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A VERY QUEER CASE.
Tb Old lwyr Tell Trvm 8try of
Haw m Mmm W f omrlrtril of m Crime
That He Sitrn Commlllfd-A Nsrrow
Copyrik-be, IXC, by CWlet B. twi.J
Granted, said the old lawyer, that not
wi sss oat of a tljntiwnd who ban been
convicted l j a jury waa Innocent, and
granted again that circumst antial evidence
is stronger than direct proof, and yet I can
tell you of a case which will shake your
confidence in both juries and the sort of
vMenc named. It occurred a good many
year ago, but no old lawyer ha forgotten
The town of Cane Hill, say, had about
4,000 inhabitant, and being in a western
state had an element of toughness. Mur
der waa not a rare crime, and robbery and
assault very common ones. One day
stranger arrived who gave out that he in
tended to establish a private bank bavins
a cash capital of about $13,000. The name
he gave was Charles Williams, and it was
understood that he was from Chicago. He
was a middle afred, genteel man, and was
well received in the town. He stopped at
the hotel while making alterations to the
building he had secured, and after a week
or so was known by sight or name to
One morning the dead body of a man
was found in the water wheel of the grist
mill, which drew It supply "from a race,
and it was soon identified as that of
Charles Williams. The skull bad been
fractured by a blow, and money and jew
elry were gone. At the Inquest as many
as twenty different citizens who had met
Williams test ifled that it was his body. Not
one of tbem identified it ky any particular
scar or mark, but only in a general way.
The idea that they could be mistaken
never occurred to any of them. It had the
general appearance of Williams, and there
fore wo Willi urns.
A murder having been committed, some
one must be arrested for the crime. Wil
liams could be traced back to the evening;
before, but to no certain hour. The land
lord was sure be saw him at supper time,
but not after. The clerk was sure he saw
him talking to the landlord an hour later.
One chambermaid saw him up stairs at
6 o'clock and another at 8.30. One man
Mtw him at the depot at 0, and at the same
hour some one else saw him a mile away.
You who inveigh against the delays mid
technicalities of the law and the cunning
of lawyers, are asked to note these side
issues of my story. Right in that small
town, where Williams couldn't have moved
a rod without being recognized and re
marked, he couldn't be traced after 6
o'clock in the evening. Men who hod
talked with him at 3, 4 and 5 o'clock
couldn't be sure, when called upon, whether
it was that afternoon or the previous one.
An arrest was speedily made. A sus
picious character named John Carnes got
iirunk and displayed a roll of money, and
when charged with the murder he exhib
ited what is termed "every sign of guilt."
The sheriff was congratulated, Games was
locked up and everybody was satisfied.
On the preliminary examination it turned
out that Carnes had only forty-five dollars,
lleing a murderer he ought to have fled,
but so far from taking any step in that di
rection he had hired out to work for a
livery stable keeper for three months.
Sifted down, the case against him was
thin. The only bad thing against him
was the fact that he could not account for
his whereabouts between 7 and 10 o'clock
of the evening of the murder. In fact,
be didn't try to, and I may as well
tell you the reason right here. He was
engaged in robbing a house in the town,
a house where the family was temporarily
absent. He got about fifty dollars In cash,
but only after a two hours' search. To
acknowledge this was to go to state prison;
to keep silent was to be suspected of the
murder. He pursued the latter course,
however, knowing his innocence and
doubting it he could be convicted.
While Carnes was held to the higher
court and many believed him guilty, the
cheriff stumbled upon another good thing.
A man who was suspected of being an ex
convict, and who was known to be hard up,
suddenly became flush. He also talked a
good deal about the murder, and seemed
very anxious that Carnes should bo con
victed. When he was gathered In the sum
of thirty dollars was found iu his wallet
Asked to explain where he got it he be
came coufused and embarrassed and told
lies. Asked to account for his time on the
evening of the murder he mixed himself
all up, and finally relapsed into a dogged
sileuce. It was believed that he and
Carnes were partners in the crime, and
again the enterprising sheriff was duly
complimented. The name of the lost man
was Joel Fisher.
When the second prisoner was examined
he vigorously denied the murder, but like
Carnes he failed to account for his time
after 6 o'clock. He tried to, and when it
was seen that he was lying the public mind
settled upon him as the chief murderer. 1
will also tall you why he couldn't tell a
straight story. From 6 to 10 o'clock he
was engaged in robbing a freight car in
the depot yard. He had two accomplices,
and the goods were taken away in a wagon.
Being innocent of the murder he didn't
propose to give himself away on the lesser
crime, He was also held to the higher
court, and the man who doubted his guilt
would , have been thought an ass or a
I told you in the beginning that it was a
queer case, and you wilnot be surprised
to learn that a third arrest was soon made.
This turned out to be the most important
of all. Two farmers living in the edge of
town had quarreled over a line fence, and
ens of them called on the sheriff at. mid
night and gave him a tip. This was fol
lowed by an arrest and a search of the
prisoner's premises. He was a single man
and kept house for himself. They found a
false face and false whiskers hidden awnv.
They also found a pair of overalls with
blood stains on them; also a hickory club,
. the end of which had evidently been freshly
scraped. While no money was found, it
was argued that he had buried the sura se
cured from Williams, and for three days
more than 100 people were ransacking his
house and barn and every foot of his land
in hopes to unearth the treasure.
The name of the third party arrested
was Black. He employed me to defend
him. My first idea naturally was to prove
an alibi. He claimed to me that he had
not left his house during the evening.
Living alone we had only his unsupported
word for this, and by accident I ascer
tained that he-was lying to me. Three
different persons had called at his house
between 7 and 10 o'clock and found him
absent. Then Black made a confession to
me. The farmer with whom he had quar
reled had a large barn on a farm three
miles away, and Black had gone there to
burn it. He had gone in disguise, and he
told me the names of people he had seen
while dodging abou U His inten tions were
bad enough, but the fire he kindled went
out and the barn did not burn. To clear
himself of the one he must own up to
the other. .
As if the case was not complicated
enough, the sheriff took another step. He
worked at the two men first arrested until
they "confessed" that Black planned the
whole affair, did the killing, and that they
only watched to see that he was not inter
rupted. The prosecution now felt assured
that it had a straight case, while I realized
that Black must run the gantlet for his
life. Nothing is abused more than the
, law, but I reiterate that the general public
; U more to blame than the lawyer, w ho is
seeking to secure a favorable verdict for
his client. I here wish to say a word about
Htrh "rofifrwuoiit'1 went tnado la thU
rnM. Once in a grt-at whlki there may be
one with amie liubi truth In it, but the
majority are "i-nuked" for the ocrwtHm. A
man rrMrd on charge riou enough
to wild him to state prison for ten y
will, if guilty, make any sort of confwtwon
demanded, except to confew his own guilt.
If he is to be tried for his life he will swear
the murder ajjaint any party the sheriff
or t hief of police diire him to. It is any
thing to pull his own neck out of the noow.
The sheriff naturally wanted to convict
Black, and when Carnes and Fisher were
"pirwed" they cooked up a very plausible
1 had verified Black's story. I had gone
to the barn and found a candle in a box
just where be had told me to look for it. I
hail timed the journey to and fro," and
found it occupied the interval stated. I
bad found mud on his boots which had
come from a spot near the barn. I had
found people who met him that night and
took him for a stranger. However, when
the case was called in the higher court 1
was appalled at the strength of the evi
dence against my client. As Is invariably
th case in a small town, everylxxly want
ed to appear to know something. Men
were put on the stand who swore they saw
Black In town at 7 o'clock; others saw him
an hour later; others still "believed" they
saw him have the club found at his house.
All this was nonsense, as you will discover,
but it told with the jury.
I could only prove two things in defense
previous good character and how the over
alls came to lie stained with blood. Block
boldly confessed that he had Intended to
burn the barn and thus accounted for his
time, but it only hurt his case. Every
body jumped to the conclusion that a man
who would commit arson would not scru
ple at murder. True, he had been known
for years as a peaceable farmer, but his op
portunity for making a strike had not
come until the stranger appeared. It was
shown that he was hard up financially;
that certain men were rather afraid of
him; that ho had been heard to make dire
threats, and tltpy could not have painted
him blacker had he been one of the Younger
On top of all this came the "confession."
Carnes and Fisher had occupied the same
cell for days, aud therefore agreed In all
the details. They swore to meeting Black
Just outside the village. They entered the
town to look for Williams and found him
on the street. Fisher swore that he ac
costed him and directed him to the mill
race, telling him that theownerof the mill
wanted to sec him. After the murder all
went to Black's house, where the money
was to lie divided. He had given Carnes
and Fisher fifty dollars apiece and put off
the division for a week. While neither
saw the blow struck nor the body flung
into the water, both agreed as to what
Black said on the way home, lie had told
them that Williams seemed suspicions and
was about to run away when struck down.
I lost my case, of course. The jury went
out simply for appearance sake, and in
seven minutes returned with a verdict of
"guilty." You mny ask what had been
done to trace Williams? Very little. lie
hail said ho was from Chicago. No one
knew his full address. The affair had been
published in the Chicago papers, hut no
one had identified Williams as Williams.
He seemed to have neither relatives nor
Black was to be sentenced to death, and
Carnes on f isher were to get on with a
term in state prison. They had not yet
been sentenced, when Williams, the man
who had been murdered and buried, re
turned to town as quietly as any other
traveler! You can imagine the public
amazement! He left town on the night of
the murder at 0 o'clock, going to Mil
waukee to see about a bank fsafe and other
things. He was taken ill en route and left
the train at a small village where he had
relatives. He had been sick with fever for
weeks, and nothing whatever was known
of the case. At the depot he conversed
with two citizens and the ticket agent and
all saw him board the train. Not one of
them came forward to testify to these facts.
They had "forgotten all about it!" In all
such cases the average man is either over
anxious to go on the stand, or he obstinate
ly refuses to remember anything in favor
of the prisoner.
My case waa won by the reappearance of
Williams. It was for his murder that
Block had been tried. Who was the vic
tim? That was never found out, though it
was generally believed that he was one of
pair of bad men who had come to Cane
Hill with some evil intent, and had quar
reled with and been done up by his pal.
Carney and Fisher at once went back on
their "confessiou" and accounted for their
time on that evening. This gave them
away on the robberies, and they were duly
tried aud landed behind the bars. Black
had confessed to an attempt at arson, but
while the case was dragging along he com
mitted suicide in jail, and thus disposed
I have given you the case just as record
ed. I haven't complicated it in order to
point a moral or adoru a tale. There was
no need of that. There is scarcely a day in
the week that your daily paper does not
complain of the law s delay and give in
stances of how it is juggled with. Law
yers and courts are referred to as almost
devoid of honor and integrity, and here
and there it is demanded that Judge Lynch
open court. Take any case you will, follow
closely and the explanation will be
ample. The ignorance, stupidity and malice
of the public called to take the witness box
on either side of any or all cases is the real
foundation of nine-tenths of the complaints
against the law.
the twin cotton-
t,..re while ri a mile wsy The liver
wa only aft ysrdswide st that point
with a mgmi nml ruuuitialotig thrMhT
hank east aud west. Only t'urou nisi
was In irlit.
"He mating tast," observed the blind
-Ye. at a Rall'ip
"Now he's passing
"Now he's at the curve where the waters
of the spring run down t"
"Now he's on the straight stretch to the
"Bav horse, white felt sombrero, long.
black hair and bushy, black whiskers?"
"Good! I can't miss him!"
Up went his rifle, pointed straight at the
dead Cottonwood opposite. The big rock !
hid us from sight of the flying horseman i
as he drew nearer, but he did not appear
to be looking aroifc.il him. He was leaning
forward in his saddle and gazing straight
ahead. I did nut realize the situation un
til too late to interfere. Had I been told
in plain words what the blind man waa
there for I should not have put forth a
hand. He would have turned on me and
killed me off hand had I meddled. For two
or three seconds the rock hid the horse
THEYOUXG FOLK'S COIi.NEK
INTERESTING TOPICS FOR
BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE.
Webster's Messenger Boy The
Clock and the StoryTho Story
of Billiards A True Dog
Story A Cold Pock
Webster's Messenger Boy.
While Daniel Webster waa secretary
of state under President Fillmore, a
I young boy named Stephen Wise was
employed by him as niessenjer. Sir.
I Webater grew very fond of the thin,
delicate, dark-eyed lad, and finding
him honest and reliable intrusted
him with papeM 'and personal effects
in a most careless and wholesome
manner. But Stephen's sharp eyes
saw everything, and his atttntive
ears heard all that was passing and
he gathered up information about
! everything that came into his hands,
ZZ"Z r The Z ' , h J "bn and could have supplied any fact. Mr.
holding his rifle to his face for ten seconds.
He could not see the sights, but it was tne
natural way. His hearing served him as
well as my vision. On the instant thut the
rider was in line opposite be fired, and the
man threw up his arms, lurched right and
left, and finally pitched headlong to tne
"Will you kindly cross over and see if he
is dead?" asked the blind man as he low
ered his rifle.
I mounted and forded the stream. The
man lay on his back, arms outstretched
and bis hat thirty feet away. His eyes
were shut nnd his jaw falling, r rom his
right side the blood was pouring out on the
sunbaked crust, while his right hand
clinched the barrel of his rifle with a death
grip. I rode back and faid that he was
"Thanks many thanks!" replied the
blind man. "The boys routed him out
above this morning, and I was sure he
would pass this way."
"Who was he?"
"The coward who blinded me! Will you
please lead up my mule? Ah, here he is!
I can get along nicely now. Good day to
you, sir; and 1 repeat that I am much
obliged very much obliged, sir."
And he rode off to the east nnd left me
sitting on my horse and staring after him
and wondering if I had dreamed it all.
Napoleon 111 and the Letter M.
Louis Napoleon really had some grounds
for regarding the letter M as both a mas
cot and a hoodoo. He was born on the
last day of Machreal (April 20), just at the
opening of Florenl, or the "Flowery
Mouth," and received his early military
instructions frem Moreith. The first of
the many books written or edited by him
was a "Manuel d'Artillerie." When Louis
Philippe began to suspect Louis, it was
none other than M. Mole who sent the
Swiss government papers requesting their
expulsion of the olmoxious prince. Ou
May 35, lfMB, after he hail been in prison
for five years frr making an attempt on
the throne of France, at Bologne, he made
his escape and went to England. M. de
Moray and M. de Man pas and Louis Na
poleon were the prin al actors in the
famous coup d'etat Dec , 1831.
The most glorious .is of the French
arms during his reign were tho capture of
Malakoff and the green of Mumelech dur
ing the Crimeau war. His famous field
marshals were McMahon, Dukeof Magenta
and Marakoff. The victory of Solferino
took place on the banks and iu the waters
of the river Mincio. His wife was Eugenie
Mario, Countess of Montijo, and the cities
of Mantua and Milan play important parts
during his campaigns. Maximilian's Mexi
can mistake caused Napoleon's power to
wane. The banks of the Meuse (Sedan)
and Metz lowered .his star forever, and
Moltks was the main cause of its lowering.
A remarkable "M" record, to say the least.
St. Louis Republic,
On One of the Great Lakes.
Close to a watering resort on Lake Mich
igan, which is crowded in summer by per
sons from all over the west, some men were
cutting timber in the winter. Two broth
ers were among them. One hit himself
with au ax, cutting open an artery iu his
leg. The other hurried away for surgical
help. When the messenger returned uoth
ing but the bones of his brother were left.
Wolves, attracted by the scent of his
blood, had eaten him up.
It is thus that there is forced upon tjie
comprehension the practical newness of
this giant fresh water sea, which geolo
gists would have us believe is millions of
years old, and which even history mentions
iu detailing tlie exploits ot men wuo ilieit
iu the Seventeenth century. But with the
youth of this new civilization have come
he vigor and enterprise needed to develop
industries aud to rear cities of which all
the people of all the states, new and old,
may well feel proud. Julian Kalpu m
A Good Cat to Have.
Biddeford papers bring interesting ac
counts of a cat that drinks coffee at break
fast, and of a child six years old who
writes poetry. The cat is worth bringing
up. Bangor Commercial.
A BLIND MAN'S SHOT.
Wonderful Story of Keveiige That
Seems Almost Incredible.
I had come down to the ford over the
Smoky Hill fork of the Kansas river to
the west of McPherson, when I observed a
white man mounted on a mule lxfore me.
He was facing me, with his Winchester
lying across his saddle, and was evidently
waiting. His head was inclined to tho
front, like one listening intently, and as I
rode up he cried out:
"Hello to you!"
"This is White Horse ford."
"There is a lone Cottonwood to the left
lud a large rock to the right?"
"Can't you Bee that there, is?"
"No. I have been blind for the last year.
These landmarks used to be here, but 1
didn't know what changes might have
I rode closer to look into his eyes. The
lids were closed as if in sleep and had a
"The flame of a coward s gun did it!" he
quietly observed as he dismounted. "Will
you lead me to the rock? Ah, I'm nil
right now! Never mind the mule he
won't stray. Opposite me on the other
tide is a dead cottonwood, with one side of
It blackened by fire."
"Now, look to the east, over the trail
running along the opposite bank, and tell
me if you see anybody."
"les, Ido. About turee miles up is a
man coming on horseback."
"Thank you. I am in time. Sorry to
bother you, but if you were blind I'd do as
much for you. As soon as you can make
out the color of the horse tell mo what it
"It is a bay," I answered him as the
horseman came nearer.
"Is he riding fast?"
"Does he wear a black felt sombrero?'
"No; a white one."
"Ah, that's good. Now, then, please
He stood behind the rock with his rifle
In his hands and bent his head to the east
to listen. From the smile on his face I
think he heard the footsteps of the coming
Couldn't Place Him.
Remarkable stories are told of the gift
which many public characters have for re
membering tho names and faces of com
paratively unimportant persons. It may
bo consoling to persons who lack this pleas
ant faculty to know that- they have dis
tinguished company. Mr. Joseph Jefferson
has difficulty iu remembering names. He
told this storv to a friend:
"I was coming down in the elevator of
the Stock exchange building, and at one of
the intermediate floors a man whose face 1
knew as well as I know yours got in. He
greeted me very warmly at once, said it
was a number of years since we had met,
and was very gracious and friendly.
"But I couldn't place him for the life of
me. I asked him as a sort of a feeler how
he happened to be in New York, and he
answered with a touch of surprise that he
had lived there for several years. Finally
I told him in an npologetical way that I
couldn't recall his name.
"He looked at me for a moment, and then
he said very quietly that his name was U.
"What did you do, Joe?" his friend asked.
"Do?" he replied, with a characteristic
smile. "Why, 1 got out at the next floor
for fear I should be fool enough to ask him
if he had ever been iu the war!" Youth'3
A Narrow Escape.
"Don't be afraid to eat some of this an
gel food, Mr. Smith. I made it with my
"Miss Daisy, I don't think there is a man
living worthy to eat angel food, especially
when it is made by one so angelic as your
self. Please pass the bread," and the per
fidious wretch got away and lived to eat
another day. Detroit Free Press.
"This sentence is rather involved," said
the convicted copy reader, wifh a sickly
smile, as he stood before the judge after
hearing It pronounced.
"Yes," said the judge, "it involves ten
years." Boston Post.
Her Dramatic Mission.
She Don't you think woman can do a
great deal toward elevating the stage?
He Yes. She can lower her hat. Life.
Webster had forgotten. ,
Mr. Webster said one day: "You
readtoo much. My law books are too
dry and old for chaps of 14. While
you wait for nie run up and down un
der the trees."
Stephen shook his head. He said
eagerly: "Xo, Mr. Webster, I can't
lose such opportunities as I have with
"Ambitious, Stephen?" dryly asked
Mr. Webster. "Going to be a lawyer
or a president?"
"A lawyer, sir, I will study 20 years
Stexhens head drooped under the
deepset eyes looking him through.
"A great lawyer, ot course,
Stephen?" Mr. Webster said, with a j
"Yes, sir! not great like Mr. Daniel
Webster but as great as I can be
come." In all Mr. Webster's public life he
rarely asked favors for himself or
frjends, but - that night he spoke
about his messenger boy to his friend
Judge Marshall, of Virginia. "If I die
first I want'you to look after Stephen.
When a boy of his age starts up the
ladder with the persistence and pluck
of a middle-aged man of ability he
must be helped along. Stephen's in a
fair way to get to the top.
For four years Stephen had the ad
vantage ot working for Mr. Webster
ah advantage he knew how to use.
He copied speeches, read criticisms,
examined and arranged papers each
and all for his own thought and into
the small hours he studied Mr. Web
ster's law books.
When Stephen Wise was 23 he was
practicing law in Virginia, his native
state. Then did the residents of Wash
ington remember his magnetic argu
ments in the law courts of those early
days; remember well the dark, wiry,
thin Virginian, who, with his court
papers under his arm, was always
dropping into the senate chamber at
the hour of a great debate, or into
the libraries f6r fresh knowledge to
bear on his arguments and opinions.
He arguedjwith the first jurists of
the time, and was retained in the
same causes with the eminent men of
his profession. leathers were wont to
point out Stephen Wise, thecekbrated
lawyer, and tell their sons the story
of the little fellow,.Tiungry for know
ledge, who was -picked up bj Daniel
Webster and eot the larger part of
his learning while acting as the great
man's office boy.
Elements bf Success.
Mark Holmes was a young man of
brilliant parts, ne was an indefat
igable worker, and his ideas as to
quality of work in what he did were
of the highest. He wrote a perfectly
legible, clear and rapid hand. His
shorthand writing was like engraving,
his type-writing was faultless. The
drawings he made the first year of his
scientific course he presented by re
quest of the Frofessor, to the college
in which be was a student, as models
for the other students to emulate.
His recitations were invariably pre
pared with care, aud his deportment
was beyond criticism.
Yet when he saw young men in his
clashes with talants so much more
showy and brilliant than his, he was
inclined to despond as to His success
in hie. He was rather slow of speech,
and found his pleasure in literary
companionship with authors in their
books rather man wun tne young
mjn about hin. He did not smoke
cigars, or carry a cane, or take a drink,
or sine a comic song. There was no
fun in these things to him.
Fortunately he.had a friend some
vears older than himself with whom
he discussed his futuve with pertect
frankness. At the conclusion of one
of their talks this friend said to him:
"You need havemo misgivings as to
your future. With you character will
be as large a factor in your success as
education, tamuy or general, aoimy.
What thejworld needsls men who can
be trusted, who can be depended on,
whose integrity is firm, whose honesty
is incorruptible, whose escutcheon is
Bootless. I am glad you are not bril
liant. Many a young man has been
wrecked by. the possession of shining
abilities, unbalanced Dy sterling vir
tue and established principle You
have onlv to go on as- you are now
doing, and the way will open before
vou: positions will seek you, and you
will perhaps slowly but surely rise to
the level you are capable of reaching
and your manhood. -x.
turn on the intnt that Gyp rnt
back to her plate and snatch another
choir bit under h-r very no.
At last the po' dog j.ati.we was
worn out, and one morning Gyp re
solved to put old Biddy out of the
way, and yet not risk the punishment
by killing" her in the way common to
bird dogs. Fhe seized the hen in her
teeth, and ran wkh it to the garden,
where, still holding it inherniouth,il
scratched a deep hole in the earth and
laid the squawking lien in it, holding
her down with one paw, while with the
other she proceeded to bury her tor
So well did she accomplish this
task that it is doubtful if the hen
could have gotten out without help.
When the hen was buried, Gyp trot
ted back to finish her breakfast in
The hen was released uninjured, and
ran cackling to the barn-yard. The
lesson proved a cood one, however,
and if the hen ever came near the
plate of food again, a spring at her
from Gyp would end her away in
great irsht. narper's Young Peo
ple. The Clock and the Story.
This was a queer clock. It looked
like a small bird-house, and hung quite
high ou the wall, out of reach of the
It was a rainy day, and Mabel,
Dora, and Fred . were tired of their
toys, for they had had a long play
with them. What should they do
next? Just then Aunt Kate came in
to the room, and the three little folks
cried out with one voice: "Aunt Kate,
tell us a story! Please do!"
Aunt Kate looked up at the clock,
and said: "Well, it must be a short
one, for I can only stay with you a
few moments. I know you are fond of
birds, so I will tell you of one that is
too lazy to build a nest for itself. It
lays its egsis in the nests of other birds,
and leaves them there to be kept warm
nd hatclieuout. Is she not astrange
kind of a mother, to take no thought
or care of her little ones, and sec that
ney are well brought up?
What is the bird s name? asked
Fred, "I should think all tho other
birds would hate her."
Mavbe they do," said Aunt Kate,
going toward the door.
Tell us its name, cried the chil
The clock will do that," said Aunt
And then there was a great whir and
whiz inside the clock, nnd out popped
wee mite of a bird, who said,
Cuckoo! cuck-oo! cuck-oo!" at the
top of its lungs.
And the clock told the truth, tor
that was the bird's name.
A True Dog Story. U-.'
Gyp was a handsome brown spaniel,
cf th6 kind known as "bird dogs.'
When only a little puppy her instinct
as a bird setter showed itself in a pas
sion for chasing and killing young
chickens, and as she grew older, not
even tfhe larger fowls were safe from
hersharp teeth. At last, however, by
much patience and punishing on the
part of her master, Gyp was taught
not to chase the fowls, on her master
rremise8 at least.
. One of the children of the family had
a pet hen, which, being always near
the house.'annoved Uyp very much
by stealing the food from the plate of
scraps set out for the dog upon the
back oorch. In vain Gyp did chase
her awav. As long as she forbore giv
ing hsr a shaking, old Biddy would re-
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A Rich Musician.
especially musicians, are very poor
business men. Rossini was, however,
an exception, though he did not prove
imself to be an exception until quite
late in life. He wrote William Tell,
which is one of the greatest of operas.
The work insured him fame for all
ime, and caused him to be buried in
Pere la Chaise, a Paris cemetery
wherein many creat Frenchmen of
imes have been interred. But while
Rossini was at work upon his famous
opera he lived in a garret. His room
was reached Dy not even a stairway,
but by a ladder which led up to a
trap-door in the floor. For his op
era the French government paid him
S3000. With it he speculated on the
Bourse, and, unlike most men, suc
ceeded there. Every verjture was for
tunate in its results, and a handsome
fortune was soon accumulated. Dy
ing, he left this fortnne to h:s sncces
sors in music. Part of it went to
found at Pesaro, where he was born,
a tine school of music. The remainder
went to establish in Paris, where ho
died, a pleasant home for old musicians.
A Q.oId Pocket Knife,
The costliest pocket-knives manu
factured for sale are retailed at a
store in New York city, which sells
nothing but knives. There are 1500
different kinds on exhibition in the
window, ranging m price trom o cents
to $25. The 25 knife is the costliest
known. The outside plates of its
handle are solid gold, and it contains
two small blades only, a nail file and
a miniature pair of scissors. There
is a" little hook in the handle by which
it may be attached t o the watch chaiu.
Th sales of the $25 knife are very
Tne largest knife in America is sup
posed to be in Cincinnati. It has fifty
six blades and is a chest of tools in
itself, containing almost anything
from a tooth-piek to a cigar punch,
from a pair of scissors to a handsaw.
It is for sale at $o00 and weighs
The largest knife ever known was
masde by Jonathan Crookes, a work-
t t 1. r ; sv.nffloiJ
It had 1821 blades.
oxjs book: list
Our list of choice literature is made up of the best and most reliable reform
books, by the most noted writers. If you want to keep posted on the great ques
tions before the American people you should consult the authorities. We name
below a number of the best books published.
The Railway Problem, by Stickuey. The greatest sensation of the
year is this great book on the railway problem by a railway
president. Clotn edition has 14 illustrative diagrams t .50
Jason Edwards, by Hamlin Garland, a new book that should be
read by every Alliance member in Nebraska. Dedicated to
the Farmers' Alliance it gives a graphic description of life in
a pioneer settlement, and the glimpses of city life are not in the
lea3t overdrawn f
Main Traveled Roads, by Hamlin Garland. Don't fail to read it
In Oflice, Bogy The latest sensation 25
Dr. Huguet, Donnelly 00
Cassars Column " 50
Whither are We Drifting, Willey
The Farmers' Side. Senator Peffer of Kansas has in a very careful
and plain manner stated the injustice of the present methods in
this new book, and outlined plans for relief
Looking Backward, Bellamy 50
Emmet Bonlore, Reed. A new book of engrossing interest by a
popular author 50
Drives from Sea to Sea, Post. Abook that should be read by all. . .
An Indiana M.n, Armstrong. A well told story of a young man who
' entered politics" and what came of it
A Kentucky Colonel, Reed. The deepest thinker and the most pro
gressive of all the writers of humor in this country is Opie P.
Reed, and this is his best work
The Coming Climax in the Destinies of America, by Lester C. Hub
bard. 480 pages of new facts and generalizations in American
politics. Radical yet constructive. An abundant supply of new
amunition for the great reform movement 50
A Financial Catechism, Brice .50
A Tramp in Society, Cowdrey :50
Richard's Crown, Weaver 50
The Great Red Dragon, Woolfolk 50
Pizarro and John Sherman, Mrs. Todd 25
Money Monopoly, Baker 25
Our Republican Monarchy 25
Labor and Capital 20
Ten men of Money Island, Norton. Col. Norton has told his story
in a way that cannot fail to interest you, send for a copy 10
Geld, Shilling. This book should be in the hands of every German
in the state 15
Cushing's Manual of Parliamentary Rules 25
Smith's Diagram and Parliamentary Rules
Roberts' Rules of Order
Seven Financial Conspiracies 10
Labor and Alliance Songster, words only 10c each. Per dozen 1.10
" " " " Music ed. 20c " " " by ex
" " " " " " board 25c " " "
Songs of Industry, Howe. In this book the author has given us a
number of entirely new songs, words and music complete, and
Alliances will find it a splendid collection
Any book on the list sent post paid on receipt of price. Liberal
Alliances wishing to purchase a library.
We are offering The Farmers' Alliance one year, and any 50c book on the
list for only $1 .85. Address
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WHOLESALE AND RETAIL
The Story of Billiards.
The first billiard player is declared
by those who have investigated the
subject to nave Deen a ijonaon
pawnbroker named William Kew. It
is his name spelled differently which is
applied to tne suck universally useu
in the game of billards and known as
A letter in the British Museum says
that Kew not only loaned the money
but sold cloth, and that the three
round balls, which he had hung in
front of his shop as a sign, were taken
down one day to De cleaned ana
polished and were laid on the cloth,
counter " by the yardstick. Picking
up the yard-stick carelessly Kew be
gan to punch these balls about on the
smooth surface of the cloth spread
out before him, and soon acquired a
certain sort of skill at making one
glance from the other. He got to be
quite fond of this amusement, which
his friends called "Bill's yard." This
'was afterwards, the letter says, short
ened into "billiards."
Punl9hment of Wlfo-Beater3 In Ger
many, Mr. Labouchere writes: My atten
tion has been called to a system said
to be in force in Germany, by which
a man may be imprisoned for an as
sault on his wife or children without
causing the punishment to react to
the further disadvantage of his vic
tims. The plan consists in imprison
ing him only on his holidays. He is
taken every Saturday when he leaves
work and locked up till Monday morn
ing, and this process is repeated until
he haadone his ''month," or whatever
the term may be. The idea is ingen
ious, but I do not see how it could be
worked effectually except in a country
where the whole population are under
Close police supervision.
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