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ClIAI'TEK VI. (Continue.!.)
All the next day my meals were brought
to me ty a servant I uM not know; and
so on the day following. At last, on the
morning of the sixth day, the door of my
prison opened, and Esperanee came ill
with red eyes, but the suspicion of a
Biuile hovering on her lips.
"Come here. Miss Olga. dear." she said.
In gentle tones. "I am to teil you some
news which should make you very, very
It was Sunday morning. As she spoke
th: bells from the little church in the
valley began to chime. Their sound was
wafted in through the open window like
a. jubilant strain of applause after long.
"Esperance, tell me."
"Thty are quite certain now that the
squire will live."
"Will live! He is not dead!" I whis
pered between white lips.
"No: he was terribly weak. For three
days and nights his life hung in the bal
ance: but he is given back to us."
The room seemed to swim. The clash
ing bells rushed in on the August breeze.
J tried to speak, to laugh, to' move, then
tame blackness, dense and sodilen, ami I
lay in an inanimate weight ou Esper
snee's arm. When I recovered con
sciousness I lay ou my own little bed.
The room was eool and sweet with aro
matic vinegar. A bandage of iced water
was a my forehead, and Esperauee
Stood o ; me.
"M,v ",';"'r- deal' little chilil," she spoke,
nursing me lender!-; "they Madame a:id
Monsieur Remy do not know yon as I
do. They believe you cruel and malicious;
they have not seen as I have the misery
if yourpoor little heart. But I must teii
you the decision they have come to.
Madame says you must go home at once, j
Monsieur Kemy vows that had he known I
how dangerous you were he would never I
have spoken to you or noticed yen at ,
all; so you would not b happy here. :
Well! I supiHjse it is for the best; but, i
oh, uiv dear little love, I would give ten
years of my life that this had never hap
pened," "I don't know I seem not to mind
anything, now he is better. I am not a
murderess," I repeated, softly, to myself,
"And so I am to go away to-morrow,
She assented, and then added:
"Oh. I am forgetting, there is one spe
cial thing you are to promise a rather
kard promise; but, I think, a very wise
oue. Your mother knows nothing of this,
and she is never to know it. Do you
think you can live without telling her':"
I felt that I could but promise.
vt was hard, very hard, to leave Bnrn
::'; it was still harder to have alienated
UtT darling Uncle Re; but it was all miti
gated by the blessed knowledge that I
said. "You need companionship. Olga.
Your little mini! has grown narrow an 1
morbid; you are quite unlike a child. Yon
must go and mix with other children of
your own age. I exact from you one
promise as a punishment; and if you give
me that pr emise I a:n certain it will be
kept. I require you to promise solemu'y
in-cr to mention to one single soul any
particular relating to this sad mistake of
yours. Let it be dead and buried
tweeu yon and me. Shall it lie so, eh?"
"I promise you faithfully," I sobbed
"Xo one shall ever hear a word from me.''
"I am satNti-d," he answered. "Yon
will not break your word, though you
can have no idea how much of your fu-
ture lite depends on your keeping thai
promise. Now. good-hy, (Uga. my child;
may every blessing be yours."
"Ob. how gucid ymi are! I havp never
been anything but rude and naught to
you!" I seized his hand and laid my
cheek on it.
"Kiss me, then." he answered, smiling,
"to show that we are quite friends now."
I held up my mouth to his. lie took my
face between his two hands, and gazed
at me long and steadily. He was aboii
to say something, but stopped suddenly
hissed tue gravely on tlie forehead sin
lips and released me. Without a wor
r . . , . ...
i siippen my uowers into Ins hand am
neu rrom tue room, halt-Uiinded by my
"I am a w;,
P'diU'iiiie lit u
of spruce tir.
"JpM one to be ts'Linu
; ou are i through," I
e tu tell you that the
it just behind 'hat clutu.i
You can't ee it be chum
it is n warm October day. 1 have open
for a long walk, and am returning !.v
way of Hanhy covers. I am a good
walker, and delight in rapid motion, so I
tnitik nothing of the eight miles I have
ir;i versed. However, tile a'ltumn biiii-
sh;t;e is hot. and 1 am hut mortal af'er
.ill: so, in I Je.-i ve ;, ! im'iet
nt) the s' ' "tile and nt me down there
on. ! am iiiniKiiig ot nonung m par-
ti-i'lar .i" J take i my hat and shak
ba: k my hair only of the joy and sweet
iiess i-f nvitirr on s;icn h day as !:iis; Tut
somotiong tinngs stindenlv hack to mv
mind -. mi vividness the events ol cvi-ti
years ago. It is never out of my thoughts
irmny days togeth.-r. but it s 'Mom
returns with such force ns it does to-lay
It is the dark background to my other
wise happy, uneventful life this secret
which lies betwci n mother ami me, and of
which sweet mother does not even sus
pect the existence.
My school life was a happy one. When
I had been there a few weeks I began to
understand what my grandmother ni-ant
about my morbid tendencies I was cer
tainly different from other girls. At.
first my efforts at self-conquest were all
made with one object that of showing
myself improved to Mr. Rimiside when
I next saw him. I could not realize th.-.i
my sentence of exile was final that I
ted not the life of a fellow-creature on ; was never to see ?ny of my relation
1J S'J'il. ! again; bnt as time rolled on I began to
On the morning of my departure I was know that this was the case. Twice a
flowed to go out round the garden. I yea.-my grandmother wrote to mother, in
roamed around, bidding a tearful fare- closing a check for my school expenses;
well to all my favorite spots; and return- frequently this letter.came from abtoa-i.'
'd with my hands laden with tl owcrs. j .r. Biirnside's health, she wrote, had
Esperance entered the room at that miu- j been greatly impaired; and in couae-
ttte, a strange expression on tier nur. ouence they wintered in France o. the
Riviera. Ah! I knew what had caued
One day about three years aftn my
unlucky visit to the South. 1 saw the fol
lowing announcement in the paper:
"On the loth instant, at St. Michael's,
BtiriiHide. by the Reverend Join. Smith,
M. A., vu-ar. Sir (Jenrae Lascelles Her
vey, Bart., of 0 lombe Hervey. to Alicia,
only daughter of .1. Lyndon. Esq., of the
Hrooklands, Burn side."
So Miss Lyndon was married! And
not to I ncle Remv! I recalled mv feel.
"Miss Olga. she said, taking my face
between her hands, "Mr. Burnside wants
to say good-by to you."
The starlet spnang to ray cheeks, the
tears to my eyes.
"Esperance, I will go," I whispered.
She took my hand, and we went noise
lessly down the corridor. How still the
bouse wi's! We stood before that door
at length. Esperance aoftly pushed it
open. I was aione, to face the man
whose life I hail attempted. The white
bed-curtains hid the head of the bed. I
uttly saw oue hand laid over the counter- j h,KS at t!ll. ;jmmy ,,-.,.; (lf Misg
pune. l remained rooteu to tue spot id
fcar and t vmbling.
"I-i that little Olga':" said a wotider
fully gentle voice.
"Yes," I answered, In low, smothered
"Come here then; don't be afraid."
Koeouraged by his words I slowly ad
raneed. with head held dow-D, still hold
ing my flowers in my hand. He put back
to curtain as I approached, and gradual
ly I lifted my tearful eyes to his face. I
was so startled that I gave a little cry.
The squire I had known was no, longer
there. The formidable beard had van
ished., I saw an almost boyish face,
Angularly fair and colorless; deep, cav
ruoas blue eyes, and golden hair cropped
closely to the bead.
He smiled. "Am I changed? he asked,
softly. 'V.''. little Olga, I had not for
gotten your aversion to my shaggy beard.
I made Evans take it all off this morn
ing, that it might not scare you. But
' does the half-light deceive me, or am I
right in thinking you are looking very
SO. my child?"
I burst into tears the first I had shed
since thnt awful night. Hitherto the
fountains of my tears had seemed to be
sealed, now they flowed freely. It was
so like, yet so unlike, what I had pictured.
Yt the vision of the silent, atern face,
bashed in death, had not been able to
tore uie aa did this pale, pathetic, living
tce, which still seemed hovering so peril
aiy near the edge of the grave.
"I want I wish " I gasped, inar
ticulately. "Ob, Mr. Burngiile, do say
jm forgive me!" '
I do -fully and freely. Now I want
jo to control your aoba and try to tell
m, Lilly and freely, exactly how it came
into your little head to do this dreadful
). How had I injured yon, little
, 1 began. He lay and listened to me
errr once moving his quick, clear glanc
truoi my face, I must have infused into
SAf talc some of the fire and pathos with
which it was invested in my own mind,
W be seemed to understand just exactly
IsXt I felt. It seemed to me something
XX making a solemn confession In
I laid bare before my former
' all Hie recesses of my childish soul.
I aseif scarcely kaew how I dared to
a confided hah but those wonderful j
ares si d to draw it all out of roe.
"torn skSst k .vay, because because
of the tres, bet i:' quite ne; ami I
know Ihey wuoi-i let you dry your things.'
"You're i;io: kind." he answers, ti
s'aring at me with h:s hard, itray eye;
"but that conf luieb-d mare has wrenched
my ankle for i:.e, so I can't get there."
"I'm very sorry," I ans.ver. "(' nildn';
you lean on me? I'm -I'm a good deal
stronger than 1 look."
"Thanks; but you don't know what it
w j;d be to have sixteen stone hanging
on you. Ail the mine, it was a kiul
offer. Who are you':"
"I am Olga Iamien. I live with my
mother in the High ireet of Shiplev-U-M..r-h."
Ho. answers, scanning me nar
rowly. "Why, you must be old Carewe's
granddaughter, then ':"
"No. I a:n not," I answer, calmly.
"Oh. you're not? I thought Mrs.
Damien was the old man's daughter.
"So i'e was: b it her father disowned
her. Di) y.u tliiiii; I would own a man
for a grandfather who disowned my
"Highty-tighty! You're an independent
young lady! S,, ,,ld Cartwi- has cast voa
off. eh?" j
"'!e? He has nothing to do with me, J
I't.-i thankful to say." I au-wi r, negli
gently. "Shu'l I ri.n to the cottage and !
see if they could send a carriage for !
"No. wait a minute confound this j
pain, be answers, twinging. "I should
imagine you think rather small beer of
this grandfather of yours, eh?"
"When I think about him at all." I re
ply, "but I don't much. It is mother he
has sinned against, not me." Here I
come suddenly to an utter pause. 1 stand
stock still and feel the blood mounting
to my cheeks in waves. Something in
the sib-nt, amused gaze of the strange
gentleman has come upon me like a revel
ation! 1 a:n the veriest blockhead in cre
ation not to have seen it long ago!
"You are my grandfath-r." 1 say, wit it
angry pride. "You have tak'-n advantage
of ice; but I have said nothing to be
"Your remarks were, however, impoli
tic, to say the least of it; there is one
thing you hav to barn, Mis Olga
Damien. and that is worldly wisdom,"
he tays, with a malicious grin. "And
lu re comes my man to look for me. so I
can dispense with your services. Permit
me to offer you my sineerest thanks for
your original and entertaining conversa
tion." "1'frmit me also to offer you my sin
cerest congratulations on your affection
ate and chivalrous treatment of your
granddaughter, I retorted, w i;h a low
As I turn to go I stop short. Yhaf
have I done? For the second
time in my life I have deliber
ately flung away a chance. But one
thing I determine. I will make a clean
breast of it to mother. I will not have
a second hateful secret between her and
me. Whatever it coats me, I will tell
her. though I know the result will be
tears and lamenting.
t..oe h'rfithi:-e.,.t md felt hat un-
terid up to the n'tidow and s'epped iu.
i 1 h- re ti a tableau- he (uiim f Xediy on
r n an 1 I trying to reclite that fhi unut
j Le u.y cousin. Rayvenham Carewe.
j At this moment Aunt Rosalie suddenly
I burst into the room with bauds out
j stretel-ed in Weh-euie: and I ootid II t
; look into her face, tille.1 with em itioii,
j without knowing somehow that mottle,
aud I were co.ne to (Iray A slit cad iiev-r
I to leave j? uain. As I so stood I heard
the d r open once re.ro and feheld my
grandfather, hale and sound, with a mix
ture of sa:isf,'ici..n an, uiale-e in his
keen eyes as he gszer) on me.
"Oh. father, faihir!" sobbed mother,
disengaging ln-re!f from Aunt R .salie
and stretching uii I., r arm- to him. He
took !--;h her hand- no 1 said:
"Hon do you dtp, my d. nr?" w ;h a
quitt. sober manner, as if he hyl tra
her la.-! week an. I all had 1 ,n rl.ot b.-
tWp-Cl, l.'l MR,. -S.J Mi-. Ho., ,.,: yjt,,r
all. codes ended t., bom r my hunibl
roof with lor pr-xei, 1 would hav
S X .-,(
iTo hi- contiuuei.)
Vi'li-ii e Ith ( nine.
Ti.i- st:J 1- li i 1 .-i.::)ti fr.u;i poverty to
ricin k ii J':.::t-::ily av.iti;p::i!if. ),
soitntitees s:ai'i!;ng ami g-ti.-mlly
nniieijtg tt;;'i i!t-.!,;oi,s. Sl-.t- oat of
let:, wh.-ii rii.-y iiii.I ttie gaunt v.ei;!' :'
hunger nlid ii;e;tiv.ni..i:i-i. forever bat:
isi ed f.-.jio i heir dt-.r. first ihink ,f ih.
Mylelii v.hicb tl,.-y slio-ibl live in order
Till to the lii:igi.;iit-, :i-'e of the;;
!.v :tcii;ivd foittmc, and they ;a
rwitli in ;is costly a li'iusc at::l
its they can nlfonl.
gnin, take extreme d"ll.In in
the tfuitsof their new in-ilij
tho.-e of their neighbors whose
opi. I. :
t U il:l 1 e
the v.ibie of
l.i rs, w hieii cna b
a policy ,,;' rot i u
chi-ri.-bis! in l,;s n
His en, id
re. It li4 1
. ny a '
lH.int is tb.-it of a t-r.vverV I
whit a short time ago wa.; for- i
etiuegl) to (0!!:e intt) property of !
T!.I thoinmis i-f -!;.. j
'led him to embark on j
wim-li he bad long '
n 1 1 : ; 1 1 1 of obscure ori- '
gin nt.i! h
been in til
the ut most
l.v. the eh-
i.aying h!m hack it: his e
'1 he (mp.,. muil.v cam.
i.ymfon, my pity and sympathy for the
two lovers. And now it had ail ended in
this! The cause for which I bad struck
that awful blow was frustrated by Miss
Lyndon's own deliberate ar t. I began to
realize for the hrst time the prartical
signification of the old prov.ob, "Never
do evil that good may come."
ow me secuiiu Toiume or my i::e is
closed and done with. The next t'ep is
to find work. My grandmother writes
to say that she would ,nake m.- an al
lowance every year, to enable me to live
at home with mother; but both of us
j mother and I agree that it ie b-tter I
I should work. So I have written myself
I to say that I intend to earn my own liv
j in? to gef a situation as governess.
I sit with my arm round the smooth
bark of a birch tree, ray foot swinging,
my hat off, my lap full of poppies. Sud
denly a sound breaks on the stillness
the exciting sound of a pack of hounds in
full cry. (.'lose to me is a crooked little
old crabtree; its branches fork delight
fully. In an instant I am up in the fork,
sitting supremely happy and secure. In
a few minutes the whole hunt swoeps by
through a gap.
Some ladies are In the field; thm I
watch with a special pang of envy. Over
they go, how light, how graceful! Oa
they sweep, away flown the fielil, the
hounds still giving tongue. Here come
one or two stragglers; they also leap and
follow; one turns back; and here, riding
In a great hurry, comes an old gentleman
in pink, who takes the hedge at a dif
ficult place. I feel sure the horse will
never do it; I half rise in my seat as they
take the leap. No! Thpre is a splash,
a flounder, .and in another instant the
horse is flying down the field, and his
rider is struggling in the muddy water.
1 heartily pily him as I come scrambling
down my crab-tree and advance toward
him. He is sitting on the grass as I
come up, a hale old man, with gray bair
and a handsome face.
"Hallo! Where do you come fror?"
Is his greeting.
"I come from the wood. I saw your
horse come to grief, and thought I'd
come and see If I eould help you."
"Ob, did yon?" he returns, looking- me
up and down. "Catch my horse for me,
"UuJorkily. not beln a young lady In
a norel, I can't," I rrply.
I pon my word!" says the old aentlc-
f3 JN bad (aaracva for oa here," be J man, "you're a nice young person."
I had anticipated many tears and
sighs from mother, but the result outran
my anticipations. When I mentioned
whom I had met, her agitation was al
most uncontrollable; and when I de
tailed the unlucky issue of the meeting.
her sorrow was beyond description. Morn
ing brought no comfort. Mrs. Burnside
had not replied to mother's letter. A
grim feeling of disappointment stole over
me as I saw the postman pass our door
Mother was subdued and melancholv. I
melancholy and sulsiued. It was not a
cheerful position. At lunch hour mother
could eat nothing, and shivered with cold.
A sound of wheels stopping at the door
drew her to the window.
Good gracious, Olga! Here is the
tjray Ashtead carriage!"
t.l ll t. 4... A I, t' . ..
jh u rtuiu juisane; i tell yon
what, mother," I suddenly announced.
rising from the hearth with flushed
hecks and a forehead ornamented with
streaks of soot "I tell you what, I don't
mean to stand any impertinent messages
from Mr. Carewc! I shall just snap my
there is no one in the carnage a
all," broke in mother. "The groom is
handing a letter. Oh. Olga! Olga!"
At this juncture the errand bov from
the shop knocked at our door with th
note, i urougnt it to tnotner. It was
from Aunt Rosalie, and simply contained
"Gray Ashtead, Wednesday.
"Get into tlie carriage Hnd come here
at once. Bring Olga with you. Bring
night-clothes. I may not say more: but
be sure Olga comes. Gome as quickly as
you can, aud excuse the incoherency of
this. In a tremendous hurry, yours as
Mother grew white to the lips. I
snatched the letter from her hands an.)
"Olga. he is dying," she whispered.
I felt it must be so. An fzcited desire
to cry surged tip in my throat. I knew
that it would be right to obey that sum
mons, but I own 1 was rrighfened.
"Oh, Olga, you will come with me I
implore you, my own darling."
"Of course we must both go, mother
dear. Don't be anxious. I dare say he
is not so ill as we fancy. Kit here and I
will bring you your things."
A minute later we were seated in my
grandfather's carriage, and bound for
Gray Ashtead. It was a very long drive,
but I did not feel it so. I did not notice
how the time passed, so absorbed was I
in picturing to myself what our reception
would be. Mother sank back in the car
riage and began to shed tears copiously
as the lodgekeeper's wife opened the gate,
and we passed up a trimly-kept drive,
shaded by lie trees. The house wat
quite modern, but built In the Norman
fashion of good gray stone. Almost at
soon as the footman touched the bell the
door was opened and we walked In. I
turned to the solemn butler, who was
preceding us down the tesselated hall,
and asked, abruptly:
"Is Mr. Garewe very ill?"
The man seemed confused, and an
swered, evasively, thnt Miss Garewe
should be instantly inforned of our ar
rival, upon which a cold fear shot through
my heart, i'.j granoratber must be
We were nshered info a long drawing
room, with four French windows opening
on a garden. A minnfe ticked by. then
I heard a fresh baritone ro'ce coming
from somewhere ont In the garden. In
voluntarily I shrank back a little as the
voice approached and a young man in a
vent of bis
iift'ei'sivf.' manners, bad
h-ibii of treating him wit it
dis.lnin. st'.-'. not tmmitural
k tiiM' .ied for a hance o!
with the fid-
t'.-e.-it riches, and In- took the
.uttage of every occasion to
envy of bis quimdrim em
ployer, and to beliule him In the eyes of
He made a prnft ice of driving in f?ate
past the lawyer's office two or three
times a day, hhs "turn-oul" hi the morn
ing lpoing a Kianrt and doKliing tandem,
and iu the afternoon an elegant car
riage uml pair.
If the lawyer flttembi the theater or
any public meeting his once (b-spiseil
clerk wii some-times there iK-ctipyliig
a better position than hiiiinelf.
Finally, happening u hoar of a debt
of $'2VX owing by the lawyer, be
ttought It at a premium, hiiihI for ami
recovered It, and administered the coup
de grace by making his enemy a bankrupt.
The flood ken l.-t I nt him I, mm.
While business depression or revival
Is a matter (if the utmost Inter st to all
business people of all classes, the Mlle
Ject of good roads, which Involves the
getting to ami from business. Is some
thing thnt Is of great impoit:illf to
every man. woman or child who trav
els, whether on foot, wheel or by Ve
hicle ou uny jiurt of the public high
way. Bad ii m ils. mud, ruts and Irri gul.iri
ties ate expensive things. All obi
farmer ne.l to s.iy thnt nits ami freez
ing uml 1 1. a w ing cost him a new w agon
every live en i s. Very few pei jde e;il
h'.e wluiv roii'-h roads cost them. Of
misc. I; i nidy :i bui to .lay. a tire
to morn i ve, a w'ii-d .xprnng next week.
or n ;ilo warped ont of . In-ipe ut some
other time; but these things cinii',
s'-inetinii -s ei eil.Hiing like shingles on
a roof. Tiny are put dnwii to wear
ami tear, and in a war accepteil as the
inev i!;i ble. simply because roads have
always 1 ecu bad uml one scarcely Inns
a right to expect anything else. But.
the difference in the lusting i'mlities
of a wagui! mi a thoroughly good road
and an extremely bad one would sur
prise the owner of Midi a vehicle, were
he able tu keep trai l; of the exact fig
ures in the t w o comlit ions.
The Guild Roads l 'iiinmissiiiti will
make u gailant effort during the com
ing spring ami summer to interest the
people In the go.nl work. It would ii-,'ii-
I ly take but liiile to put the mads ii;
j good condition if every man would giv
speei.-.l attention to thnt portion of it
j Immediately .nij:eent to his own dwel-
ling. Of course, he must do this timle
the superintendence of proper authoi-
' i!y. but If be would donate time or
money, a little of either would go a
: great way.
j Cycle paths are being built In tunny
parts f the country, ami the hopeful -
j wheelman looks forward to the time
j when be cm ride entirely across the
; country on a well built road, controlled
I pml kept in order by the I tiite.! States
It is hot ton much to expect this, he
j cause there is mulling in which the
; government, the State and the Indi
vidual have such a general and especial
right and Inton-st as the thoroughfare
that connect one part of the country
with another. The king's highway Ih-.
longs to everybody, and when it in
. well planned ami well cansl for, if is
a pleasure to all who pass over it; hut
j bad roaibs are a handicap to pleasure,
I a positive hindrance to bnslnes, and it
j is scarcely too much to ny are h diis
' grace to any community in which they
are found. New iork Ledger.
ft th' I'l iicd HlHte g.i-ili.gii al and jtur
teylng i.Militiinl In til' Indian Terri
tory. "I r w me time we had Iweri
without water ai.il were siilTerin
greatly. Among our iiuiiiImt wan an
old trapper, who was as keen on the
scent for water as Is a hound on the
trail of a deer. Finally, In' paused at a
l ice and wtopjpcd.
" i think there's water here-, If wo
could Iig n w ell,' be observed.
" "But w e can't,' I replied.
" 'No, hut we tan do soiiielliing else,'
"With that be cut a reed, tying some
moss to the end of it. Then he dug into
tin- earth, placed bis reed In the holn
ami parked the earth around the reed.
He waited for a few moments.
" 'Ho you mean to say that you can
suck water out of that thing? I asked.
" 'Yes, there's w ater near the sur
face.' "He drew at it with much satisfac
tion. " -Good,' be remarked; 'would you try
"Willi l'ttle confidence in the result I
sio keil ut the reed, w ith the surprising;
result of getting plenty of dear, pure
ater. To my parched tongue it seemed
the very nectar of the gods.
" 'It's as dear as the water of a
spring.' I s-iid.
"'Yes, the moss is our filter, be re
plied. "We pursued our Journey much re
freshed, and I never forgot the old
trapper's device." Hetroit Five 1'ivsb.
The following amusing anecdotes an?
tobl of Vhi:t:er the poet. A little girl,
who was staying at the same house
with him, and of whuin he was very
fond, aski-d h'm to commemorate in
vi re tiie deiitii of her favorite kitten,
Raihsht-h.i by name.
Without a moment's hesitation tin;
poet recited solemnly:
"Bailishehn, to whom none ever said
'Scat !' - No worthier cut liver sat on
a ma; Or might a rat. Reijnie-jcai!"
The s.i.i:.. l'.!,'. girl ii id a pony who
broke Ids leg. ami ngiin the poet was
ciille. upon to comfort tlie child with
some ; luetic seiiiimelll.
"1 have written some lines myself,"
she said, ' bin 1 can't think h iw to fin
ish the verse."
The most formidable things that
wean pilots have to deal with are the
IcelxTgH coming down from Greenland
and Polar regions.
The approach of a sailing vessel U
heralded by the tooting of the foghortm,
the steamer by the blowing of her
whistles. But the lceUrg cohim with
out foghorn or whistle. It i jillent as
death, and as colorli'.-w as the .now!.
To guard against them all ..cmu
stenmsiiijis now go with a scan-hUgh:
in their Isiws. At night it is shining
brilliantly ami i maimed tiy the sharp
est lisik-oiit of the crew: and iu foggy
days It is Just as carefully attended.
It is only in the very clenpest hours nt
nKiii-i)iiy, when the day Is warmest,
that the Kcarchlight is put out for a
The approach of n lwrjr it; said to he
unheralded, but to those w ho know the
ocean there Is a premonition of it. If
the air lM-cotm nipping, ami the ther
mometer falls phenomenally low, then
all know that it Is very di,,' and
watch for H.
The searchlight gets In Its fine work
now. With men carefully wwrcLIng iu
rays It Illumines tlie ocean, sometime
for mile Hlx-flij, and always far enou-i.
t'osvls ond Markets,
A highly important feature of the
highways iuetlou Is the effect good or
bad roads have upon the local markets
and their sources of supply. In all the
cities and large towns of I he State
( there is n ileimiml for farm product;
i and for the bulkier ami heavier prod
ucts such a .s hay ami straw ami grain.
In many rase mp Hiirrounding coun
try is ijuitt' capable of supplying. Unit
demand; In all cases it should do so as
far aa possible; iu moM cases it does
not. Instead, mippiios are brought In
by rail or canal from fur away, per
hnjw from other .States; while at the
same time, within a few miles of the
market thus supplied, are farms that
have been abandoned as not worth
working, and others w hose owners are
rn chronic discontent and despair at the
fl pa rent impossibility of getting proflt-
anie prices tor their crops. The big
fnriliM of the West, they say, monopol
Ize the markets, and so farming here
no longer pays.
Now. me prime secret of the trouble
lies In the had roads, which keep the
producer and the consumer apart, by
making It difficult. If not impos-dhlo.
for tlie farmers to gel their produce to
market. The farmer a thousand mlh's
away can get bis crops to market by
rail or canal more easily and more
cheaply thai) tiie farmer only ten miles
away can haul his In over roads that
did you writ
to the right, lie
stable post bo
bis leg short
d Mr. Whlltier. "he
"My pony kick,
kicked Id the b-ft
struck it. He br
"Ami then." add
kicked the bucket."
Iiirlug the war a Quaker friend, who
was a shipbuilder, asked Whlttler' ad
vice as to building warships.
At first Whlttler did mt commit h'm
self; but as the shipbuilder was leav
ing, he remarked: "Thomas, If thee.
builds shijis. I advise thee to use rim
bet timlier, and build them strong."
the distance to permit the ship to are so billy am rough and miry that
turu and avoid a cming berg
mere Is not one jdissenger In a thou
sand croissihg the ocean who knows
that there Is a searchlight In the lsws
always alert for the moving ghosts.
The gleam ! for ships, they think, and
they little imagine that it is for the
Large tracts of dense forests In Aus
tralia are practically shadeless. Many
kinds of tree In tlWf strange country
turn the edges Instead of the flat sur
faces of the leaves to the mm, and than ''"'"idf. Good roads would mean good
one may stand under a free of etmr- tari"- K,M,d markets, good prices and
niotm size, and sometime lw ns fully '"" "'"es for nil concenieil.
excised t0 the sun as (hough he wen- To ""' lu,mU' of the .State pr's-
mur a ton is a heavy load for a c,rM.
to draw at a slow footpace. It is not
that farms in the Fast are no longer
productive, nor that the Kastern mar
ket no longer offers fair prjecs. It is
that the roads U'tween the farms and
the markets are so bad as to make
shipment unprofitable. Good roads
throughout tlm farming region inlja
cent to the cities and towns would do
more than anything else to restore
prosperity to the farmers, enabling
them to get their goods to tiie best pos
sible market easily, nroiimtlv mot
In the open plain. Travel through these
rorests is said to be exceedingly ardu
ous work, as the trees, w1)lle they do
not cut off the sun, prevent the breeze
from reaching the ground, and thus th
traveler experiences a stilling he,,t.
Ap observatory has Is-en successfullv
completed on the aumrnlt of Mont
Hlanc, at the height of l.j,7S0 feet. In-
dead of Mug movable like an ordinary
teuweupe, tbe telescope OT, jjont Wane
la fixed In the dlrwtlon of the Polar
mar. moveable mirror Is made to
reflect any object desired down the tub
lo tiie eye p!ee for the mudy of the ob
ons at work building such ronds would
he a particularly appropriate proceed
ing. The criminal la nu enemy ,f if,e
community and of the general wel
fare, and he would thti' be made to
minister to one of the chtcf m-cils of tim
romini. -fid to promote lip; gctiei.il
wilfare iu the tin s', effect u.tl manner.
He nould la getting the tijuition ho
needs for his own health, h.; would he
rotich more than paying th cot of lib
tr'sl and confinement, nud )(. wonM bo
ctn'crrlnga permnnent vid inculcHl.i.
My great bcn"fif upon nil cbn m
honest people In the Htate.-New York
Queer Things Down Hast.
The Nantucket jail stories which
have been current court room topics
for the last ceutury have beeu entirely
eclipsed by recent stories concerning
tlie convicts of the Itarnstalde Jail. Mr.
K. G. Knapp, who Is supposed to he
serving a five years' sentence for steal
lug national bank funds, was recently
seen in tlie streets Iu prison garb.glvjng
the wife of tlie Jailer, Mrs. G. II. Gush,
bicycle lessons. Mrs. Cash Is :t.H years
old. and has a daughter aged l.H ami
tlie convict Is said to occupy a place of
congenial companionship Iu tlie Jailer's
family. Another convh-t name I Lewis
Rogers was recently allowed to take a
cow to Yarmouth and hack while tlie
sun was bright nm! the air invigorating
for a pleasant walk. There Is another
prisoner, a Portuguese, named Joe,"
who is there ou h complaint of a l'ortu
guese girl named Rosa, and her story
is that .lot- promised to marry her wblb
be was serving out a previous sentence
iu tlie Jail, and that she often met .foe
outside the Jail. It Is a pitiful story,
ls-civ.se when Joe got out of Jnii be
married another girl, after borrowing
f'M) from Rosa. And all this In Rarn
stnhle town, where the Jail Is. Tint
stories of Nantucket's easy-going Jail
pule Into insignificance In comparison
with out continental neighbor.- Nan
tucket Inquirer ami Mirror.
Water from a Planted Heed.
"When ja-ople are suffering from
We wlah there waa tome way of ao- iMnt w"l sort to all kinds of
qtilrlnfr more aenae, as there la of ac- Ret water," remarked a k'ii
quliing more property, tlomaa w ho. o at oue time a member
Ilglit in the Ocean Highways.
The best lighted bit of k-chi) high
way is thai known as "Tin- Downs,"
win re lights are much m-eded in warn
ships away from the Goodwin sntuN,
which stretch from Do ei to Rain .gate,
at a distance of about live miles from
the mainland. Tltcre are four light
ships for the protection and lighting
of that hboi-t bit of ocean highway.
The Htn-z canal has now been so bril
liantly Illuminated tit night by electric
lights that the time required for pass
ing through It has consequently been
reduced from forty-eight hours' In the
year 1WI to twenty-seven hours by the
year and since them to twenty-
four hours. Then- are lighthouses In
the proportion of one o fourteen miles
in England, one to thirty-four In Ire
land, and one u, t iiirt -nine in Scot
land. Tliroi;g(;i;( tie world there are
nliout u.iHiii; England living M7. tlm
Fulled 1st. -lies M'.'J. Canada mid New-
toiimlliiinl, I'.H: France, -IH; nmmnl
the European coart th: n- tire .''..177.
A Cut In Sport.
Iu "Famous Uritsh Warships." Wal
ter Wood fells a story of Admiral CimI
rlugton, who commanded the Ilritlsli
fleet iu the action of Navarlim, In bSL'7,
when the Turkish fleet was destroyed
by the allied kiwi rs. "When the 'Ad
miral returned from the Mediterranean
be met in town n country acqujilntineo
id Ilic class whose souls are wrapped
tifi 111 their binds and turnips.
"Hullo. Godrlnglou,' he exclaimed.
In blind Ignorance of nil contemporary
history, i haven't seen yon for some
time. Hnd any good shooting lately ?
'"Why, yes,' replied the Admiral,
'I've had some remarkable ahootlng.1
'And with this hs went bla wo."
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