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October 4, 1891
TIIK WKAfni MAKKILS.
THE LONE INN
By FEEGU3 HUME.
CopyrUjht 1894, by the Author.
My interview with Olivia passed off
better than I expected. If she had or
dered me out of the house, I would only
have looked on it as the just punish
ment for what must have appeared my
impertinent interference in what did
not concern me. The very fact that she
listened so quietly proved that she bus
pected Felix was masquerading as her
lover. She could only be assured of this
by overhearing his interview with Rose
Gernon and therefore accepted my in
nation to go to the Jermyn street
rooms. If their tenant was Frauds, he
would resent the intrusion of Rose, but
if Felix the two confederates would
doubtless talk of their guilty secret
Thanks to a sovereign judiciously be
stowed on the carekeeper, I had disoov
ered that Rose Gernon intended to visit
Felix at 8 o'olock. How the carekeeper
found out I do not know, but in some
mysterious way servants seem to gain
all information concerning the doings
of their superiors. It sufficed for me
that Rose would be in the rooms of
Felix on this evening, and that Olivia
would catch them in a trap. I had no
pity for the guilty pair, but I was gen-
uinely sorry for Olivia. She little knew
the torture she was about to undergo. I
did and almost regretted that I had in
terfered in the matter. However, I con
soled myself with the reflection that it
was better for her to suffer a few hours'
pain than lifelong misery.
That she agreed to go to Jermyn
street at that hour without a chaperon
proved how desirous she was of learning
the truth. Delicately nurtured, gently
bred, she must have felt horrified at the
risk she was running of losing her good
name, but seeing that her life's happi
ness depended upon knowing all she
flung etiquette to the winds and cama
When I found her at the foot of the
stairs at 8 o'clock, I admired and re
spected her from the bottom of my
"Am I late?" she asked, touching my
hand with trembling lingers.
"Only five minutes, " said I, looking
at my watch. "I have been waiting at
the head of the stairs for that time.
However, we can soon walk round to
Jermyn street "
"Do you think any one will know
me, Mr. Denham?" said Olivia, taking
my arm. "See, I have on a plain dress,
and this veil is a thick ona "
"No one will recognise you," I an
swered soothingly. "Nor do I think you
will meet any one of your acquaint
"I should have brought my mother
but that I wished her to know nothing
of this treachery. If I find I have been
deceived, I shall break, off my engage
ment with Franois. But you will keep
silent about my visit, will yon not, Mr.
"No one shall hear a word from me, "
I answered earnestly. "But keep up your
spirits, Miss Bellin. Even if you find
you have been deceived there will be
some consolation in knowing that it is
Felix and not Francis."
"You are wrong there, " she replied
positively. "It is Francis. I have told
you so all along. "
I shrugged my shoulders without re
ply. Evidently nothing oould shake her
faith in the man. All I could hope for
was that the two confederates would
. betray themselves.
"What are you going to do, Mr. Den
ham?" asked Olivia anxiously.
"We will go up to the rooms of Bri-
arfield," I answered, and there overhear
their conversation. "
"Is that not dishonorable?" she said,
"In most cases it would be," I replied
hastily, "but it does not do to be too
particular in this matter. If you break
in on them, they may deny everything.
Thinking they are alone, you will hear
the truth.- Remember, Miss Bellin,
when one deals with a villain one
must beat him with his own weapons.
Depend upon it, it is most necessary that
we should learn all "
"They can speak of nothing I do not
"Are you aware of the truth?" said
I, somewhat startled by this remark.
"I am aware of the truth," she re
peated slowly, and before I could ques
tion her she flitted up the stairs. There
v was no time for me to ponder over her
words, as it was now past 8 o'clock,
and Rose Gernon might descend at any
time I therefore spoke a few hasty
words to the caretaker, telling him I
wished to see Mr. Briarfield, and fol
lowed her at onca In two minutes we
were both standing before the door of
"It is locked," said Olivia faintly.
"Never mind," answered L produc
ing my latchkey. "This key of mine
opens the door. I was, as you are aware,
a great friend of Francis and learned
that my key fitted the lock of his rooms
some time ago. I have not forgotten
the circumstancos, so it comes in use
ful now. Seel"
I turned the key, and the door open
ed noiselessly. Motioning to Miss Bel
lin to precede me, I followed herquiet-
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heard the murmur of voices in the sit
ting room. She as well as I knew its
whereabouts thoroughly. The door was
slightly ajar, and in front of it stretch
ed a tall screen, with fretwork at the
Stepping through the open door in a
gingerly manner, we placed ourselves
directly behind the screen, so could both
see and hear without danger of being
observed. Thus far our enterprise had
succeeded in the most successful man
ner, and nothing remained for ns to do
but to listen to the important conversa
tion now taking placa
Felix, standing with his back against
the manUlpieco, looked anxious and nn
gry, while Roue timion, her hawls on
tho tables facod him fiercely. Evidently
the conversation was not progressing in
a satinfactory manner to either.
"Nol" she was saying rapidly. "I ac
cept no money for what I have dona
You know the only reward. I claim
your love I"
"I cannot give it to yon, " said Felix
doggedly. "You know that as well as
"Do I?" she cried passionately. "Do
you dare to say that to me after all your
vows and protestations? Why did you
tell me you loved me if it was but a
"I did not tell you so. "
"Yes, you did, Felix you did! I re
member the hour, the day, when you
swore that you would make me your
"Keep quiet, " I muttered to Olivia,
who made an involuntary movement
"I tell you, Rose, there is some mis
take," said Felix angrily.
"You mean spirited hound!"
"I am a mean spirited hound." he
better than Ida"
"No one knows that
" VrtYi 'nno " AAntinnA1 Daca At
heeding his interruption, "some women
would have you killed. I am not a wo
man of that kind. I'll stay and marry
"Impossible! I am to marry Miss
"You promised to give up Miss Bel
lin if I helped you to see your brother
at the Fen inn."
"My God!" muttered Olivia, trem
"Hush!" I whispered. "Now we
shall hear the truth. "
"I have changed my mind," retorted
Felix in answer to the last remark of
"That may be, but I have not, Mr.
Felix Briarfield. I fulfilled my promise
and went down with Strent to that
lonely inn. Yor brother earne, and you
know that he never left it again. I have
fulfilled my promisa I now require you
to fulfill yours and make me your wifa "
"I cannot! I cannot!", he said in a
faint voice, wiping his brow. "For
heaven's sake, take this money I offer
you and leave me. "
"I have mixed myself up with crime
for your sake, and you offer to put me
off with money. It is useless. Your
promise I have, and that promise I re
quire you to keep, or else"
"I'll tell the truth to the police."
"And thus involve yourself in ruin
"I don't care," she said sullenly.
"Anything would be better than the tor
ture I am enduring at your hands. "
"And what will you tell the police?"
asked Felix in an unnatural voice.
"You know well enough. I shall tell
them how you killed your brother. "
It is false!" he said passionately,
"I neither saw nor laid a finger on my
"Indeed! Then if you are innocent
who is guilty?"
"I don't know." .
"Did you not come to the Fen inn on
that fatal night when Francis came?"
'Yes, but I never saw him. "
"You saw him and killed him. "
"It is a lie!"
It was neither Felix nor Rose who
spoke, but Olivia, who, in spite of all
"1 am a mean spirited hound," he an
could do, broke on the astonished pair.
The man advanced toward her, but she
waved him back.
"I defend you, sir," she said proud
ly, "because I know that this woman
speaks falsely, but I have also to de
mand an explanation from you. "
Felix paid no attention to the remark,
but simply stared at her in a stupefied
"Olivia," he said in a low voice,
"bow did you come here?"
"I brought her, Mr. Felix Briarfield, "
said I, stepping forward.
"You, Denham 1 And for what rea
son?" I pointed to Rose Gernon, who stood
quietly by, with a malignant smile on
"There is the reason," I retorted
meaningly, "and Miss Bellin"
"Miss Bellin will speak for herself,"
said Olivia in a peremptory tona
"Miss Bellin speaks of what she does
not understand, " interposed Rose ven
"Because I deny that Francis killed
Felix?" questioned Olivia.
"No, because you deny Felix killed
"What do you mean, Miss Gernon?"
I asked rapidly.
"I mean that this man whom Miss
Bellin thinks is her lover Francis is Fe
lix Briarfield, and Felix Briarfield,"
she continued, "is my lover. "
"No!" said Felix hurriedly. "It is
I expected to see Olivia grow angry,
but in place of this a bright smile irra
diated her face as she looked at Felix.
I oould not conjecture the meaning of
her action and began to grow uneasy.
Rose also looked anything but comfort
abla Evidently she had met with her
match in Olivia. j
"I overheard part of your conversa
tion," said Olivia, addressing her point
edly. "Very honorable, I am sure," retort
ed Rose, with a sneer. i
"Honor is thrown away on women
like you," answered Olivia scornfully
i am giaa i JiMened, lor )( eunulee inn
to protect the man I love against your
"That is not tho man you lovo," said
Roe spitefully, "lie lies in the niarnlit'
surrounding the Fen inn, slain by the
hand or his brother."
"That is not true I swear it is not
true!" cried Felix, approaching nearer
"Be quiet Francis, " she said quick
ly. "Lt t us hear what she has to say. '
"I have to say that Felix Briarfield
loved me," cried Rose angrily. "He
loved me long before he ever saw you,
but when you crossed my path he want
ed to leave ma He impersonated his
brother Francis, who was at that time
in America, and you, poor fool, did not
discover the deception."
"You are quite right I did not, " re
plied Olivia calmly. "Go on. "
"When his brother Francis came baok
this month, he thought all would be
discovered and implored me to save
him. He told me of a plan whereby he
intended to decoy his brother to the Fen
inn on pretext of explanation. There he
, intended to kill him.
; ner hand within that of Felix. I won.
dered she could do so, seeing that he
was accused by his acoomphce of a hid
eous crime, and made no denial.
"I went down to the Fen inn with a
man called Strent"
"That was not his real name," I in
"How do you know that?" she said
"Never mind. I know that it is so. "
"I decline to tell his real name, " said
Rose, darting a furious look at ma
call him Strent, and by that name yon
knew him and knew me at the Fen
"I certainly did not expect Rose
Strent, waiting maid, to change to Rose
Gernon,' actress. "
"You are too meddlesome, Mr. Den-
ham," she said coolly, "and would do
better to mind your own business. "
"Scarcely when I have discovered so
vile a enma "
"It was he who committed it," said
Rose malignantly, pointing to Felix,
"He came to the inn and killed his
"It is a lie!" cried Felix in despair.
"I laid no hand on my brother. I did
not even see him."
"Wait one moment, Miss Gernon, be
fore you make this accusation," said
Olivia.'' "You say that rehx is your
"And you promised to assist him in
removing Francis if he married you?"
"For what reason when the removal
of Francis would enable Felix to marry
me under his false name?
"He promised not to do so, and I
thought if I helped him to kill Francis
I could force him to marry ma "
"You love him greatly?"
"I love him better than any one else
in the world." -"I
am sorry for that " said Olivia,
with a touch of pity, "because Felix is
"Felix dead!" said Rose incredulous
ly. "Then who is the man?"
"This man is my lover, Francis Bri
arfield, who returned from Chile on the
6th of June."
For the moment I felt but little sur
prise, as I thought Olivia was but mak
ing the same mistake she had made
formerly. Yet when I noted that she
knew the true date of her lover's return
and remarked the strange expression on
the face of Rose I became instinctively
convinced that she spoke the truth. It
was Francis Briarfiold who stood before
me, and the dead man was Felix. How
the change of personality had taken
place I was unable to guess, but never
theless felt that it was trua
Rose Gernon, with a look of disap
pointed rage, was the first to speak.
She stamped her foot and laughed scorn
fully. "This is ridiculous!" she said con
temptuously. "It was Francis who
"Francis did not die, as yon well
know," interrupted the young man.
"Felix fell into his own trap, and for
safety I assumed his name. I believe
you were aware of this all along. "
"How can that be? And if I really
did know you were Francis, why did
you not say so?"
"Because I did not wish to betray
myself. For aught I know you slew my
brother and were quite capable of ac
cusing me of his murder. "
Rose evaded , this question, and toss
ing her head, with a sneer, moved to
ward the door. Before she could reach
it I blocked her passaga
".Not yet, Miss Gernon, " said I mean
ingly. ' 'Though we have discovered Fe
lix to be Francis, we do not know how
the former met with his death. "
"I cannot tell you."
"I thinkyoucan," said Olivia quick
ly, "seeing Felix, by your own confes
sion, made all arrangements with you. "
"And yet Felix is dead," scoffed
"He fell into his own trap. "
"I don't know how he died," she
aid resolutely. "As regards that I am
as ignorant as yon are, though I believe
Francis killed him. "
"Ah! You then acknowledge me to
"I acknowledge nothing. Let me
pass, Mr. Denham. I have to attend to
my business. "
"Not till you tell me where your so
called father, Strent, is to be found."
"I don't know, " she said sullonly.
"Yes, you do," persisted Olivia,
and you shall not leave this room till
"If I do not go to the theater, I shall
be ruined. "
"That does not matter to us," said
The woman looked at our three faces,
and seeing therein no hope of mercy
compromised the matter, .
"Let me have a night to think over
it " she entreated anxiously. j
"No," mid Frands and Olivia in one
l.roat li. "You must toll all now."
"Tlierci if no time," she urged. "I
am late a it in. I must go."
"Let tne fpenk, Briarlield," I inter
posed, MH in ho was about to refuse
again. "Wo do not want to make a
public scandal of this as yet"
Francis consulted Olivia with a look
and turned to ma
"You know more about this oase
than any one else," he said quietly.
"Miss Bellin and myself are quite pre
pared to leave the matter in your
"Very good. Then Miss Gernon can
go to her duties. I undertake that she
shall be forthcoming tomorrow. Oh,
yes, Miss Gernon," I added ironically,
"1 have made all my plans. Knowing
you were mixed up in this case, I en
gaged a detective to look after you."
"A detective!" she said, with a ter
"Yes! One of the smartest detectives
of Scotland Yari Permit me to escort
you to the stage door of the theater and
introduce you to this gentleman. Per
form your part tonight and ko homa
Tomorrow come to these rooms at noon
and tell us all you know. I am not
afraid of your escaping, as my deteotive
will watch you till we soe you again."
"Suppose I refuser' said Rose vicious
"In that case I'll have you arrested
at oiiceias an accessory to the murder
of Felii Briarfield."
You are too strong for me," she
said savagely. "I accept your condi
tions. Tomorrow I'll come here at 12
o'clock Can I go now?"
"Certainly provided you aooept me
as your escort. "
As you please, " she replied disdain
fully. "As for you, Miss Bellin," she
added, turning toward Olivia, "I wish
you joy or your bargain. That man is
Francis Briarfield sure enouzh. I knew
toy brother's horse at the side of the
house. Strent and his daughter had tak
en mine and overlooked my brother's in
the hurry of their guilty flight I saw
a means of escape and took it "
But what about the substitution of
yourself for Felix?"
I did that to throw off tha scent I
guessed that your idea was right, and
that Felix was masquerading as I, so
thought I might go back with safety as
myseli. n elix was far cleverer than I,
and it was certain that he had provided
some reasons for the absence of his real
self while he passed himself off as ma
The whole plot unrolled itself in a mo
ment before me, and I saw in carrying it
through lay my only chance of safety. "
It would nave been far easier to
have trusted to my friendship."
I see that now," said Franois peni
tently, "but I did not then. I wanted
to leave the house without your walc-
ing, so took the body of Felix softly up
stairs, undressed it and laid it in my
bed. Then I folded up my clothes on
the chair beside the bed and dressed
myself in his suit "
"And the pearl ring?"
"I had to part with that so as to car
ry out the deception; therefore I slipped
it on the finger of the dead man. Then
I locked the door of my bedroom and
came down stairs again. In a few min
utes I was on my way to Marshmin-
How did you get the horse back to
Fundy's stables, and what made you
think of going to Bellin Hall?"
As to the first, I found Fundy's
name on the saddle, so knew Felix had
hired the horsa I took it back to the
stables, and, owing to my resemblance
to Felix, easily managed to deceive the
hostler. Then, as Felix in his letter had
told me he was staying at Bellin Hall,
I went there. "
"Was there any suspicion?"
"None at all. I told a footman I had
been out for a morning ride and asked
him to bring me a brandy and soda to
my room. I needed the drink after all
had gone through, but my principal
reason for asking him was to find out
Well, I made him carry the tray up
stairs in front of ma Of course he took
it to the room of Felix, and thus I gain
ed my point without exciting suspicion.
All the baggage, clothes, etc., of Felix
were in the room. I knew all about
them, as I had seen them plenty of
times. Then I dressed in a morning suit
and went down stairs to find Olivia,"
"Did she guess the truth?"
"Not at first, but she saw there was
something wrong as she kept referring
to events of the previous week about
which I knew nothing. Luckily Mrs.
Bellin did not come down to breakfast,
so I was able to tell her all when the
servants left the room. " t
'Had she recognized that Felix was
masquerading as you?"
She had more or less, but was not
quite certain.' When I told her all that
had occurred, she believed me at once.
In some instinctive way she knew that
I was really her lover. Then we set to
work to concert measures for my safety.
Olivia told me Felix was supposed to be
In raris at the Hotel des Etrangers and
showed me his letters, so it wan rieciri! !
as wisest to keep up that fiction. She
told me all that had takon place during
- - -. ;
my absence, and by the time you came
I was thoroughly fitted into the skin of
"Then I came and insisted you were
"Yes. Yon see, I told the truth, and
so did Olivia, when I said I was Francis.
But of course, as I had changed clothes
with the dead man, we saw where you
were making your mistaka I never
thought you'd take my death so much
"Seeing that, Briarfield, you ought to
have told me all."
"Olivia suggested as much, but I was
afraid, When yon asked me to ride out
and see the inn, I asked for a night's
grace in order to get rid of the body. I
rode out during the night and threw it
into a pool near the inn."
"I know that pool," said I grimly,
"and traced your trail thereto."
"I am afraid I did it badly," said
Francis, with a shudder. "It was a hor-
riblo tank, yet neeewary, an I though
when yon saw uo body Ilia next day you
would think it wan a drcatn or a hal
"I did very nearly," I answered
gravely. "And what about Paris?"
"Oh, that was very easy! When you
said you were going there to look up
Folix, I followed you to Londou by the
same train and crossed over to Paris at
once. At tho Hotel des Etrangers I
fouud Felix had bribed the manager to '
send on those letters to Olivia. Ha of
course, thought I was Felix and talked
quite openly before ma Felix had in
vented a very ingenious plot to enlist
the manager in his servica What it
was I need not tell yon, but I told the
manager what I wanted, and he did it
well. Of course I paid him lavishly. '
"You meau he deceived ine by say
ing you had been six weeks in Paris?"
"Yes, and about my going to Italy.
Of course when you saw me you thought
I was really Felix, and that you were
out of your mind. "
"How could I do otherwise when
your statements were backed up by tho
manager? I did not know what to make
"Well, that's all I have to tell, "said
Francis, "and a lot of trouble it has
been. I wish I had told you all at first "
"What about Rose Gernon?"
"Oh, she found me out and made be
lieve I was Felix. She wanted to marry
me, as you saw. I had great trouble with
"We'll settle her tomorrow," said I
grimly. "But, now, Francis, who do you
think killod your brother?"
"I can't say. I don't even know how
"He died," said I, "from a wound
in the hand inflicted by a poisoned ar
rowhead which was taken from Bellin
"And who wounded him?" demand
ed Francis, turning pala
"We'll find , that out tomorrow," 1
answered, "from Rose Strent, alias Rose
Continued next ween.
She Could Tell.
A French chroniqueur records an in
teresting and, perhaps, valuable dis
covery on the part of a child of s
means of ascertaining whether people
are young or not This child, a little
girl, had been playing merrily in th
country with a gentleman who wai
known to have come very close, to say
the least to his fiftieth year.
The little girl's mother, seeking foi
her.came up just as she left this gentle
man's com pay. .
"What have you been doing, mj
deal ?" the mother asked.
"Oh, I've been playing with thai
yonng man over there."
The mother smiled. "What is your
way of telling when people are young,
dea?" she asked.
'Oh," answered the little one,
"young people are those that have a
No Oeeaalou for Worry.
Impecunious debtors, living upon
their wits, naturally become ingenioul
in the matter of excuses.
Such a man, says an exchange, hav
ing been importuned for his rent till
his patience was exhausted, burst out
upon his troublesome landlord;
"Now, you needn't press me so.
Why, I owe enough in this town td
buy all your old houses."
Elder Charles Baker of the Central
Christian church at Denton, Texas,
who disappeared June 14, has re
turned, lie claims to have been the
victim of nervous prostration.
The meeting of the Christian En
deavor convention next year has been
changed from San Franciscso to Bos
ton. Fire in Leoti, Kan., destroyed the
Leoti Mercantile company's building
and stock and two other buildings,
REVOLUTION IN CHINA.
A Chicago Chinese Merchant
One There Shortly.
Chicago, Oct 1. Speaking of the
report of the rebellion of the troops
in China, Sam Moy, the local man
darin, said: "It means the beginning
of the end. We Chinamen wish to
see China win, but more than that
we wish our own emperor back in
place of the usurper who now reigns
over us. For years the 'Gee-Kings'
have been growing in power and to
day they have generals and officers
in command of the army. The sole ob
ject of the 'Gee-llmg' society is to
overthrow the present emperor and
restore the old dynasty. It is a se
cret society with millions of members
in China and 8,000 in California. The
emperor has offered $1,000 re
ward for the head of every 'Gee
Hing,' but there is not enough money
in the treasury to pay for the heads.
The war with Japan will not last much
longer, for the Gee llings will soon
be strong enough to come out openly
and dethrone the emperor."
Mandarin Moy thinks this winter
will see a new emperor and an elabo
rate coronation in China, which manr
Uiinamen now in America will at-
I M A. 1
tend if they can beg or borrow
money to cross the Pacific
Kansas City (jraln.
Kansas City, Mo. Oct. 1 Quotations tor
ear lots by sample on track In Kansas City
were nominally as follow)): No. ard,4t6!o;
No a hard, 46u4o No. 4 hard, 444o reject
ed, 44o: No. 2 red. 4j48'4o; No. Bred, 45o; No.
4 red, 44o rejected. 43c. Corn No. 2, 47o;
No 8 mixed, 44a Oats -No. 8, ao, No. 2 white
oata, SHio. No 3 white. -7tfa
Cattle Dressed beef and export steers, MSB
&SV stockers and feeders. t3A90 cows and
heifers, U3j2.85: Texas and Indian ste.-rs,
S304a05; Texas and Indian oows. tetHJ;
Ho Reoelpts, 4,059: shipped yesterday,
2,011. The market was acrtive and generally
about luo hlKher The top was f& 8 and the
bulk of sales were It 15 toKSS axalnst t&M
for top and tt to Ki 20 for bulk yesterday.
Sheep Receipts, 1,72a: shipped yesterday,
ft 180. The market was dull and barely steady.
The following are representative sales:
No. Wt Price. No. Wt Price.
2. lambs.. 60 8 26 185 Wyo.... 100 2 6J
1 bunch... 100 x 0J 107Wyo.... 110 2 f0
Horses Receipts. 175 shipped yesterday,
107. The market was quiet
BRADSTREET'S WEHKLY RE
PORT ON TRADE SITUATION.
I WEEK OF MODERATE REACTION.
Wore Particularly la the Volume ot
I'orchate of Staple In the Vet ,
Wheat Make Another "l.oweat
Price on Kecord" Corn and
Oat lloth lower-Wool
New York, Oct 1. Uradstreetfs
says: The feature of general trade
throughout the country is found in
moderate reaction during the week,
more particularly in the volumes of
purchases of staples West, where
trade has been quite active and at
Eastern points in the course of prices,
the week failing to show any upward
movement of note in this line,
and in the check to ' bust
ness . South, together with dam
age to the rice and orange crops.
Leading jobbers at distributing points
which for a month past have reported
relatively most favorably concerning
the course of business Baltimore, St
Louis, JCashville and Chicago send
modified advices as to activity and
the bright outlook. Wheat has made
another "lowest price" and Indian
corn and oats have both declined.
Sugar and coffee record lower figures,
and another lowest price for cotton
has had an unfavorable influence on
the tone of business at important
Southern markets, particularly in
view of the activity of the receipts of
London wool sales have proved dis
appointing to those who predicted or
anticipated heavy purchasing for tha
American market and rapid advances
In prices. On this side quotations are
off one cent fleeces particularly being
weak. There is better trade in terri
tories and Australia.
CORBETT TO FITZSIMMONS.
Will Not Fight Him Until Ha Has Gone
Agalnt O' Don it oil.
Pobtland, Me., Oct L James J.
Corbett has sent the following to
Portland, Me., Sept 28, 1894.
Dear Sir: I have read in the morn
ing papers your very amusing chal
lenge to me. You say the Olympio
club offers a purse. Weil, maybe
they do, but I have never heard
from them as yet You put
$10,000 in the Olympic club's hands
why don't you put it up in some ne vs
paper office, or some place where a
man can see it, or is the Olympic clnb
backing you? However, that's -.either
here nor there. I suppose you are
afrad if you put the money up in any
other place besides the Olympic club
some one else might cover it It is
not necessary for me to give a reply
to your challenge, becanse you are
well aware that I will not accept it,
unless you prove yourself a cham
pion heavyweight and not a middle
weight "I must acknowledge that as a
'middle weight' you have no equal,
but all you ever did in the 'heavy
weight' class was to defeat Peter
Maber and Joe Choynski, two second
class 'heavyweights.' since both of
these men have been defeated by Joe
Goddard of Australia, another second
"You say I promised to give you a
match if you defeated Choynski or
Creedon. when you say that, yoa
know you lie. I never even noticed
you, and don't intend to unless you
prove yourself a champion heavy
weight "You want to jump over the heads
of all these other people and take
that dying chance with me, but I will
fool yon. Steve O'Donnell, my pres
ent sparring partner, an undefeated
man, has 810,000 that he can defeat
you. He will box you from one round
to a finish for fun or for money. Now,
how can you expect me to recog
nize you when this man stands
ready, with the money be
hind him to prove to the world
that he is your superior? If you will
only meet him and defeat him I will
accept an offer of twenty-five thou
sand dollars ($25,000) from the Olym
pic club and I will give you all the
fight you want If you want to fight
me this is the only way you can ever
get me to make a match with you, for
there is no power on earth that will
make me notice you until you have
defeated Steve O'Donnell and any
further talk from you I will consider
and simply put down as bluff. I put
myself on record in black and white,
that if you defeat O'Donnell I will
fight you for the championship of the
world and all the money you like.
This is positively my ultimatum.
Yours truly, James J. Corbett,
"Champion of the World."
Big Four Train Wreckers Caaght,
Terbb Hacte, Ind., Oct L
George Roberts has confessed that he,
Fred Eppert Charles Miller, William
Tully and William Souerwine turned
the switch and wrecked a Big Four
passenger train at Fontanet on the
night of July 13, when both the
engineer and fireman were killed.
Shanghai, Oct 1. It is reported
the emperor has granted Li Hung
Chang's request to be allowed to take
the field in person and that LI Hung
Chang will make his headquarters at
Lu Tai, near Kai Ping, the present
headquarters of the provincial commander-in-chief,
Auditor Prather Seriously III.
Topeka, Kan., Oct 1. Auditor of
State Van B. Prather is confined to
his bed by an affection of the bladder
and kidneys, which the physicians to
day announce has assumed a serious
form. He has been ill for nearly a
In payment of the interest due Oc
tober 1, 1794, on United States regis
tered 4 per cent consols of 1907 the
treasury mailed 26,833 checks aggro
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