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I dreamed aa I lept lost oUrht.
And becaimo tho wlkl wind blew; '
And becaiM tbo tlaali of the angry rain
Fell heavily on tlio window nam.
I heard lu my lmun tbo nob of the niafci.
On the seaboard tbut I knew.
I dreaded a4 I klept lnxt night.
And tierauMi the oak oiilHiile
?waycd knd groaned to the nulling blast,
board tin craxh of the lit rick en mnt.
And the walling shriek aa tbe giUwcgt past.
And cordage and sail replied.
I dreamed aa I slept but night.
And Uscauxe my heart was there,
I saw where tbe stars shone large and bright,
Ami thoAithrr budded upon the height,
With the crotm above It standing white;
Kj dream was very fair.
I dreamed aa I slept but night.
And becauHe of its charm fur me.
The luland voice had power to tell
Of the sights and tho Hounds 1 lovo so well.
And they wrnpt my fancy In tbe spell.
Wove only by tbe sea. Anon.
AN ACCUSING VOICE.
It was Indeed a beauty, with its box of
carved wood, its broad face with enam
eled horn figures, its heavy pendulum of
polished brass, ubiny as gold, that went
to and fro behind a round dLk of glass
Every ono who saw it through I'ierret
the clockmaker's window stopped in
apnazeinent. and thero was constantly a
crowd of admirers before thn door.
Pierret, tliu clockmaker, was still a
young man about thirty, jK-rhaps but
lie was always ktuI ami taciturn, for he
tisul liril r frrp.it imrriiw in 1 1 it lif
f Seven years before, wjiilo he was in tlie
army, his father had Ik-cii murdered in
that very 6hop which now lie occupied,
lie had heard of the horrible catastrophe
At his regiment's quarters, and returned
IVho was tho murderer? Upon whom
could lie avenge the poor old man who
had nevr done harm to any one, and
jlnd liad always treated him with so
much love and gentleness? Tlie legal in
quest Ii3l been fruitless also, although
the niuf'h-rcr had roblod as well and
stolen the 10.000 francs that tho father
Jiad put aside. ou by sou, for his son.
All researches, however, had 11-11 In
vain. Pierret had finished hjs time in
thearmj: then, free from tho ecrvlei-,
liad come hack to settle in the m-mlcrcd
man's house, J.'aving to all appearances
conquered hi. tt.l.ng and chafed away
worry by hard woi Jfr
It was evident, though, ihaf sorrow
was still gnawing him, for you coo-Jd
see him after dark roaming alwiit
the village as if hunting for some, one,
and this some one, of course, was tho
murderer, too well hidden to be dlncov
. ' ered as yet.
And thus time passed weeks, months
and years. No ono thought of it any
more except the orphan and that .other,
the still unknown, who naturally enough,
would be unable to forget.
Very recently Pierret, who was a great
jjflwspapcr reader, had gone to Paris and
rTOpjeu there for several days, "on busi
ness ItiS eaid, and he had brought with
tiim the Couitoise, that gem of art in his
window, before which tho village stood
in envy and admiration,
Country people are fond of heavy,
r . . V r r. 1 jl,
c&se of the clock was or wore than com
mon size and beauty.
"And how much could that marvel
"Come in, gentlemen," said Pierret,
politely, to tho people who crowded in
front offCls shop; "come in and I'll tell
And then there were exclamations and
praises without cud.
"But its cost?" "Dame, rather dear!"
"But the figure?" "A hundred ecus."
- t this there was a cry of disappoint-men-..
though truly the Corntoiso was
worth ,- being not only beaiitif ul but, as
Pierret decJS1"00 unjQuo and rare. "Still
a hundred ccu.- anil for a clock! Pid it
:ivv QTii-nf Undoubtedly: listen!"
and tho clockmaker Jouchcd tho bell,
that sounded with a clear, sonorous and
"Nevertheless, nobody will buy it
here." said Pierret regretfully; "I'm
much afraid I've made a blunder."
"Nobody! Well, that depends. Pierret.
We are not rich enough, it's true, but
somebody is here who is, if it suits him
to do it."
"Really! Who?" "Jocard, of course
the liandsome Jocard who is about to
Tbe married and doesn't care for expense."
-cIf you would be kind enough to tell
turn a word about it"
" .WUiinsIy. and ho'll buy it if we touch
IiU pi dc."
Xhanv. truly you'll render mo a
handsome Jocard Lut " hked
in tho vUlage, and ,fvcl reaso1
First, ho had made M fortune too
rapidly. There liad fallen to inm from
heaven and through tho agcTy of w
tary from somewhere on the Other d
.1 , in1ioritsnf , -
vi iiiu iiii .11. . 1 -j . , . (
card said, that liad immediately put il.' j
at Jiia case, and he had increased it by
speculation, in which t:iere was always
some one cheated though nevtr tho in
stigator. lie liad had lack, so to say, r.nd was
too proud of it. lie looked down 011
mail people, showed off Iu'j wealth, and
though lavish with it when personally
in question, was equally stingy with it
in his dealings with others. Still, though
Jocard talked loud, gave himself airs in
, the street and was a hard drinker, he
had hia courtiers, iind when they wanted
to untie tho strings cf his purse for a
bowl of punch or a bottle of cliampagne,
they knew how to manage him.
"Never was ono like him! He was
kins of. the country," they said. He
padded lus head, well pleased with thce
(Acrnes. and ailowcd himself lobe taken
' Ja; Vhy. then, should they not once
jnoro make use of his vanity to extract
-irom Um a good deed? Pierret was a
' - worthy man. thougli Jocard w-uld never
" have given him even Lis watch o mend.
jla did not deign to look at his shop, JIo
-ipised hlxn. in fact, because fortune
Hetl liad tuned, and he. formerly
as a church mouse, was now
-,t Pierret, dispossessed of
.a crime, was red urea to
work for hli living. Tho thing was
settled at tho Cafe do la Grand Place at
tho hour of absinthe.
It was not so easy as they hahought
at first. When Pierret's nano was ut
tered lx;foro Jocard ho made an ugly
fetuv; he liked him U't, Hint to clear.
Parbleti! uio is free to liko dislike, as
it suits him.
"IUerret wan a drono," sai;l Jocard.
"No, decidedly ho w;is unjust; and,
besides, wh'at mattered it when the mar
vel of marvels was iu question, a thing
that had no equal, in the village at all
events; neither at the Maire's, tho tax
collector's nor at tho chateau itself?
Why not look at it? Looking costs noth
ing." "Indeed, and not even the chateau had
anything liko it!" Jocard listened.
"And what nn effect it would havo in
the dining room of Jocard'u house facing
tho great polished sideljoard!"
After all he did need a clock just as
well buy something good, something ele
gant, as to buy trash. But, then, a hun
eeus phhaw! lie was not the man to
mind a hundred ecus, more or loss.
Jocard. while talking, was drinking
a good deal smd getting excited, saying
first yes and then no, and swearing
lustily; now willing to stroll up to the
shop and view tho ComtoLso and then
"Uah!" cried a companion presently,
losing patience, "one would think you
were afraid of going to Pierret's shop!"
"Afraid? Zo:i:hL! it's little I care for
Pierret. Come at once; I'm ready."
Tlie little clockmaker w;is sitting nt
his table, his lens in his eye, busy with a
watc h that he delicately touched with
his ointcd steel. He did not lookup
nor into the street no, indeed, not he;
all the same he saw distinctly the ap
proaching group and saw it with satis
faclioiifor something like a smile flitted
across hi.; lips, lie hoped to make the
sale, and it is always jigreeaMe to make
money, as you know. Jocard entered.
"Is'that it?" sai l he disdainfully. True,
he was not saying what ho thought, for
he was really delighted, though he must
never show it he would Ikj cheated.
I'ierret had risen politely, but Jocard's
back was towards him through haugh
tiness, of course.
Urielly he, Jocard, would give 2o0
francs for it i:u mediately, cash down,
and 3 et upon a condition, namely, that
"tho A:ntoisse should Ixj placed that
very night upon his dining room wall
he knew the house the big house oppo
site the church."
"Every. one knows the Jocard house,"
replied I'ierret: "within an hour" the
L'omtoisse shall be there."
'And to-night, friend:," continued Jo- j
card, not including Pierret, of course,
"we'll have ;. bowl of white wine, first
ruality, and we'll driiik to tlie Comtoise."
"All rignt what liotuv ".Miiu.
Jocard threw a hundred franc note on
the counter to bind the bargain and left
tho shop, followed by his friends.
Again alone Pierret struck a match
and carefully bunjad the note to ashes.
This strange act completed, ho brought
from the rear of tho shop a 6mall box on
which something was written hi English,
and going to the Comtoise he opened the
case to fix the tK?ndulum, doubtless.
It is in its place, well set in its polished
box. Tlje pendulum swings with a slow,
soft tick-tack. Truly It has a splendid
effect I et ween the 'shining platters and
the pink tinted engrav ng. '
Pound the table, covered with Jong
necked bottles, all sit drinking, laughing
and singing. Dcveley, tho big servant
girl, is convulsed with glee. Ah, but the
liouso won't be so gay when tho new
madamo ai rives? Ko matter; an end
mu; t come some time; uosi J'. when a
man has means, as monsieur has, ho may
well afford the luxury of having a wife
all to himself!
Eleven o'clock! The Comtoise strike
it. Everybody is silent. Jocard happy.
What a voice! Like a song-v ono could
listen to it all night long. Faith, they
shall wait until midnight, when the
clock strikes Its full. No more wine;
punch shall take its piaec, pnd we'll
light it and put out the lamps. Such
;un as they'll have when l'Z o'clock
bhhnes with tho cooing of tho (Jointoise!
They cro half drunk already heafc is
suliocating--open the window for air!
Desides. 'tis well that every ono should
know that at Jocard's house they never
Attention, friends! Five iniiiuies to
12! One; two light the punch! The
flame springs from tho saladier; the
spoon plays in tho flood that Hashes and
leaps in yellow ond blue tongues; the
sugar bubbles. Put out tlie Jamp, boys,
put'out the lamp! The congested faces
take on a purple hue.
Zounds! but 'tis fun! Hist! Silence!
the Comtoise sounds!
Sounds, b"d I say? that beautiful Com
toise! No, it speaks its calls aloud
upon the name of its purchaser,
"Jacques Jocard! Jacques Jocard! I
"UeyJ Who calls Iiim? Whose that
ol iiii, cracked voice? Whence docs it
j-omc? The cellar? The voice answers
triUi 5HOtber wail.
"Jacques Jocard? Jacques Jocaid!
Conff-v. confess, I say!"
"Confess? Eah! What nonsense or
what farce ij this? And who is this
tailing, Jocard? Why do you pale so,
man? A'd what is U,0 voice saying
"Cocf.'ss. Jocard! Ihou art a mur
derer, Jocard! Confess, confess, I say!"
"A murderer? No, 'tis false! Who
says it? He lies I swear it!"
"A murderer, Jocard, a murderer who
killed the old Pierret a murderer, and
you know it!"
Then there were cries, hiccoughs ar.d
grcans of terrors Jocard hr.ps to his
feet, his eyes staring, his hands tearing
wildly at the collar that secnis to stop
his breathing. But the voice continues
mercilessly, still cracked, ctLU broken.
stiJl far away, as if it came from a tomb.
ref cat ir.
:nd repeating obstinately the
Thcu art a murderer, Jocard, a mur
derer, and you know it!"
Jocard clnks to Ids knees, struggles to
lib feet again, to fall anew. Tho voice
goes on and on remorselessly. He can
bear it no longer ho throws up his arms
ho yields to tho Invisible! ,
"I will, 1 will!" ho screams, "I will con
fessI did kill tho old I'ierret! 1 did
rob him of his money! But for God's
sake stop it that accursed voice stop
it! stop it!"
Stop it! But it will not 6top it is like
a machine that runs forever, and it
comes from tho Comtoise. Jocard dis
covers it at hist, and with a howl of rage
flings himself iqion it. Ho strains it in
his arms, shakes it, dashes it to the floor 1
The works tumble from the case, and
with them a long roll covered with metal
I'ierret, listening at the open window,
crosses tho sill with a bound; his fingers
close upon Jocard's throat with a grasp
"Do you hear him?" ho cries. "Do
you hear him, one and all? I call upon
you to witness it Jocard confesses he
is my father's murderer!"
And how had I'ierret learned or guessed
tho truth? "Instrinct," he would have
told 3 0U, aided by Providence and an ac
cidental discovery that tho tale Jocard
related of "an inheritance" from beyond
tho mountains was a lie out of "whole
cloth," as tho saying goes; Jocard's
avoidance of his shop; a dozen such
trifles as these and an indiscreet word or
two dropped by tho rascal himself when
in lus cups. "Inspiration from heaven
assisted by genius," to quote tho procu
reur general's words in his arraignment
of the criminal, had done the rest and
taught a poor, insignificant worker on
watches to utilize tho great and scientific
principle of the phonograph in the cause
of justice by adapting it to tho mechan
ism of a clock.
Jocard was condemned unanimously,
and tho Comtoise, its mission done, sings
as cheerily as ever on the walls of the
Pierret shop, and will sing there forever,
for all the money that was ever coined
could not purchase from its owner what
to him is his father's avenger. Trans
lated from tho French of Lermiua by E-
C Waggoner for ?s ew York Mercury.
A Female Impersonator's Pranks.
St. Albans (Me.) has a young man.
George E. Goodwin by name, who takes
female parts in comedy in a way that
would havo charmed classic Greece. lie
is a charming young fellow, a trifle below
medium height, light complexioued, with
red lijo and small hands and feet. On
tho stage ho dresses in girls' clothing en
tirely, not a single article of male attire
being allowed in his make up. His fa
vorite gown is ono he cut and made him
self. It is, or appears to be, black silk.
with lace sleeves and low neck. The
sleeves reveal the round white arms be
neath tho lace. The neck and, bosom,
being exposed to a modest extent, are
very while. He wears a beautiful blonde
wig, frizzled a la mode, and the way he
handles a fan is described as simply
The young man aforementioned is not
content with his triumphs 011 tlio stage,
but is guilty pf the reprehensible practice
of flirting with the susceptible married
men he encounters while on his starring
tours. lie attended n dance after a
recent show at Athens, and made a young
wifo furiously jealous by his attentions
to her husband. At another dance,
which he attended in his feminine rig.
he made a "mash" of a highly respecta
ble 'middlo aged man who had a wife,
and who didn't detect the gams unti he
had furnished much amusement io those
in tho secret. Dexter (Me.) Gazette.
It A Certs Them Strangely.
"It's queer the waj- people are affected
by visiting a dentist's office," remarked
a dental surgeon. "Some no sooner
come here than thev 6ecm to be seized
with a sudden chill, which sets them to
shivering all over. They get in the chair
and I turn on tho natural gas to make as
much heat as possible. Why, I've even
had to put blankets around my patients
to keep them comfortable on a warm
day. Others ai& thrown into a feverish
state, and the perspiration breaks out
tho minute they sit down. Then of
course I have to shut off the lire. "
"But the strangest tiling about both
classes of patients is that their chilliness
or levensliness leaves them immediately
after they quit the- chair. It s nervous
ness and dread that cause theso remark
able physical effects, I suppose. But it's
about as hard on me as it is on them, for
tho unevenness of temperature in the
operating room, winch I must perforce
endure, keens me suilsruig from a cold,
catarrh or headache about half tm
time." Pittsburg Dispatch.
The Dos and the Ilees,
quite accidentally, into an empty barrel
lying on tho ground, and, looking out at
the bung hole, addressed his tormentors
"Had you been temperate, stinging me
only one at a time, you might have got a
good deal of fun put of me, As it is, you
have driven me into a 6ecure retreat;' for
I can snap you up as fast as you come in
through the bung hole. Behold the folly
of intemperate zeal."
When he had concluded, he awaited a
reply. There wasn't any reply; for the
bees had never gone neat the bung poe;
they went in the same way as he did, and
made it very warm for him..
Tlie lesson cf this fable is that one can
net stick to his pure reason while quar
reling with bees. Ambrose G. Bierce.
Origin of the Memt.
Here is another custom pf the ancients,
and one in which we can esq tna origin
of our menu cards. Each guest, as soon
no ha had settled upon his couch, was
handed a paper upon which was written
th name cf every article to be served at
the feast and in the order in which it was
to be served a convenient, if not an in
dispensable custom; indeed, in the presr
cnt day wo would be apt to .'ook upon
the omission as barbarous, for tvliat could
bo more so tlian to keep a man pf moth
erite gastronomic capacity in ignorance
of scraa coming delicacy, and thus allow
him, in tho dark, to crowd it out with
seme previous dish or diahes which ha
pity tolerate rather than fancy, Tabja
Uai')', Queen of Fcot.
That Mary woro falso liair, and of
many different colors, thero is every
reason to belie vu Klizabeth is known
to havo hail a collection of eighty
wigs, and her dear cousin, with the
unusual advantages of to many trea
sons in Paris, is not likely to have
been far behind her. Among the state
ments of the accounts of her personal
expenditure are numerous items of
jierruques de cheveux, and Sir Francis
Knolhs, writing to Burleigh of the
ever faithful "iiistress Mary J- ton, the
finest busker, that is to saj- tho finest
dresser of a woman's head of hair, that
ia i . lirk cjmri in unv niinfi' " cave
"And among the pretty devices she did
set such a curled hair upon the queen.
that was said to be pei-ewyke that
shewed very delicately. And every
other day she hath a new device of
head dressing, without any cost, and
yet setting forth a woman gaylie
well. Ibis variety and eccentricity
or coiuui-o naturally auus to tlie con
fusion, and makes greater the difficul
ty in identifying positively any of the
portraits or descriptions 01 Jier. His
torians say that her mother was tall
and Deautilul, tuat tier lather was
dignified, having a fair complexion
and light hair; and other and contem
poraneous historians say that she in
herited most of the characteristics of
her parents, "being about tlie ordi
nary size, with fair complexion and
Grecian features, and a nose some
what longer than a painter would can.
to perpetuate ; ' v " ner lace was
oval, her forehead high and fine.''
Froude, in later days, pictures her as
crraceful alike in person and in intel
lect, and as possessing1 tliat peculiar
beauty in which tlie tonn is lost 111
the expression, and which every paint
er has represented differently; and
Brantome, one of tlio ancient chron
iclers, summing it all up in one fine
sentence, describes her at her mar
riage to the dauphin as being "more
beauteous and charming' than a celes
"An angel is like you, Kate, and
you are like an angel," was a very
pretty speech for Shakespeare's Ilenry
V to make to the French king's daugh
ter, but it gives us of today no better no
tion of Katherine's beauty than do all
the comi)osito portraits bv painters
and historians of the wondrous love
liness of tho queen of Scots. Lau
rence Iluttaii in The Century.
Saved by an Initial.
Tlie trial at Winchester. Va.. of T.
A. Itidenour, charged with tho murder
of Andrew Broy, resulted in a verdict
of acquittal. The case is a remarkable
one in the history of criminal trials.
Tho murdered man and the accused
wero intimate friends, and the evi
dence was almost entirely of a circum
stantial character. The' murder was
committed over two years aero, and
the first trial resulted in a conviction
of murder in tho first degree, but the
verdict was set aside bv Judere Clark
of theJ county court of Frederick on
proof that during the trial several let
ters, though of a private nature, had
been permitted to reach ono or more
of tho jurymen. A second trial was
had, and U1I3 also resulted in a verdict
of murder in tho first degree, and sen
tence of death was passed and tho day
of execution fixed. Counsel for de
fense then took tho case before Circuit
Judge Turner on a large number of
exceptions, winch he had reserved
during the tria. Judge' Turner over
ruled all the exceptions, but granted a
new trial for the reason that the clerk
in making up the record had inserted
an extra initial in the name of Andrew
Lroy, tho murdered man. But for
this clerical error it is probable Ride
nour would have been hanged, though
his counsel would have taken the case
before the supremo court of tho state.
As above stated, tho third trial has re
sulted in the acquittal of Kidcnour.
The jury was composed of well known
citizens of Loudoun countv. and the
verdict was rendered within an hour
after the case had beeto given into
their hands, Baltimore Sun.
lie Was Not Missed.
Yvheu a man who is not in the habit
of going away from home takes a trip
to Iew xork from here, for instance,
he lias an idea that all of his friends
and acquaintances should know it.
About three weeks aco a vounjr law
yer and his wife started off 011 a trip
to tlie metropolis. Before ho left he
asked a friend what hotel he should
go to. Thinking to bo funny, the
cruel friend pave him the name pf
tho iughest priced hostelry m Gotham.
He remained there twenty-four, hours
at an expense of about l per hour,
then he swore at his friend and sought
more modest- quarters. Tho other
day ho returned "to Chicago full of the
glories of New York. "Halloo!" he
cried to tho first familiar face ho met,
grabbing the man by tho hand and
shaking it cordially. The man looked
midly astonished at tho demonstra
tion. "Just got back from New York,"
explained the young - roan. "Had a
gi-eat time," Then 410 rushed around
town shaking hands with every one
zrsJ explaining why Tie did so. Not
one in a hundred knew ho had been
out of town. Ho was surprised and
annoyed to learn that he had not been
missed, and ho began to think that he
was not f;ueh a devil of a fellow after
ell. Ho had forgotten that Chicago is
larger than it was when," smaller than
it is. Chicago Herald.'
Cirla CnOerstauJ Such Things.
A New York young man went tQ,
a ball the other evening, and befoit?
doing so invested in black ilk stoekj.
ings. Unfortunately on of them
ripped just above the top of 0110 danc
ing pump. Kis best guT had given
him a little silver monogram ease of
court plaster. It dangled frfou his
watch chain. He grasped it eaxceriv,
Irj n, trice tho hoio wis "effaced. A
neat black patch' effectually concealed
tho bad break in that stckjng. On
his return homo Jio could only get the
stocking ot? ofter tearing EomtJ Cesh
with it. Now he limps. A young
miss who her.i d this talo of woe ob
served: "Any girl would liavo knowy
better than Ihnt-J At school wcuss
bhick crayon, which, washes right off,"
New Ilavcn Palladium,
i Word to
The motto, "What is Home without a .Mother," exUts iu many
happy homes in this city, but the eflect of what is home without tho
Local Newsjaper is sadly realized in many of these "happy homes" in
Is steadily finding its way into these homes, and it always
comes to stay. It makes the tamily circle more cheerful and keeps its
readers "up to the times" in all matters of importance at home and
During the Year 1889
Every available means will be used to make the columns of
The IIekald a perfect storehouse from which you can obtain all in
formation, and will keep up its record as being the best Advertising
Medium for all purposes.
AT 1 5 CENTS
This paper is within the reach of all, and will be delivered to any ad
dress in the city or sent by mail.
Is the Best County Newspaper in old Cass, and this lias been
well proven to us by the many new names added to our list during
1888. Special merits for the "Wkekxy, are all the county news, 6i"x
columns of good Republican Editorial, News Accounts of all import
ant political or business events, one-half page each week containing
a choice piece ot Vocal or Instrumental Music, choice selections of
Miscellaneous Beading Matter. Advertising in it brings profitable
Our Job Department
Is eqnal to any, and does work to the satisfaction of patrons
from all over tbe county, and receives orders by mail from a distance,
which are promptly filled. We have facilities for doing all kinds of
work, from the plain calling card to" colored work, books and blanks.
Work neatly and promptly executed. Large stock kept on hand.
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