Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905, September 07, 1899, Image 2

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    Harrison press-journal 0.1EYFUS BREAKS DOWN
OEO. D. CANON, Editor.
H. F. Bchloaalnger wu Arretted at
Gothenburg (or tiling liquor without
a license. A March warrant waa issued
and a drayload of bottled and keg
goods seised.
The annual meeting- of Clay County
Sunday schools was held at Clay Center
In the Methodist Episcopal church. A
very interesting: program was arranged
and a good attendance had.
Charles Blake, a brakeman on the
Kansas City & Omaha railroad, wai
crushed between two freight cars while
trying to make a coupling at Clay Cen
ter. He waa taken to his home In Fair
Held and is in a critical condition.
To My Wtfal Duo tho Fact That I
Still Live," Aro tho Words Which
Fall From His Lips.
The grocery store of J. M. Mitchell at
6 tan ton was broken into and about 85C
worth of goods were carried away. The
robbers gained entrance to the store by
prying open a window from the top,
after first cutting away the wire screen.
There is no clue by which the partiei
can be identified.
John E. Burns, a member of the
Third Nebraska volunteers, is very sick
with typhoid fever in the emergency
hospital at Omaha. He will be taken
to St. Joseph's hospital. He came from
Cass county to be with the soldier boys
on Wednesday and was prostrated
that night with heat.
A 15-year-old son of Carl Mayberger,
a well-to-do farmer living near Oconee,
Platte county, wag drowned in the Loup
river while engaged with others in sein
ing. He got into quicksand and be
fore assistance could reach him he
had been drawn under the water. The
body was not recovered until the next
afternoon. The lad was born in that
county. The parents are heartbroken
over the aair.
Thieves entered the office of the Chi
cago Lumber company at Grand Island
and blew the door from the safe with
giant powder, but secured only a few
postage stamps. The money had been
all banked the day before. There is
no duo to the perpetrators. This is the
third time within six months that the
same safe has been broken open and in
the same office.
William H. Moore of St. Louis, pres
ident of the State and Interstate Good
Roads and Public Improvement associ
ation, is In Omaha for a few days and
will return early in November to cali a
meeting there to organize an associa
tion and prepare for representation at
the national convention to be held next
spring. President Moore says that the
good roads sentiment is making aston
ishing progress, and that it is becoming
especially strong among the farmers of
the various states. He now has over
forty conventions booked In Illinois,
Minenaota, Wisconsin and other middle
western states, and each of these will
send delegates to the national conven
tion. He is trying to enlist the sym
pathies of the local commercial organ
isations in the movement and will com
plete the work on his next visit.
Rennea, France. (Special.) Dreyfui
had the most trying day he has yet
gone through. The strain proved toe
great for him, and for the second time
In the course of the trial, he gave way
to his feelings and sought relief in
tears. The generals have branded him
as a traitor before the court, tt;!r jsut
ordlnates have pointed the finger of
scorn at him. But heonly once flinched
when the official report of his treat
ment on Devil's island was read before
him and the pictures of his sufferings,
mental and physical, was thrown vivid
ly on the screen of his memory. Then
he hid his features and wept.
He passed through another such cri
sis today when, after Captain Lebrun
Renault and witness after witness had
brought up before him that cold Janu
ary morning which ushered to the scene
of his degradation, Major Forzlnetti, a
man of heart, told in simple words and
unaffected manner, the story of Drey
fus' struggle with the maddening temp
tation to take his life, and the Inter
vention of bis wife, as an angel, point
ing out the road of duty. Then again
the prisoner's breast heaved with emo
tion and tear drops trickled down his
cheeks. He rose and after forced effort
to remain calm, as he spoke a few
words concerning his denial to Colonel
du Paty de Clam that he wrote the
bordereau, he turned to Forzlnetti with
a look of thanks for his consolation so
needed. Dreyfus then uttered these
words of heartfelt irratitude tn hl wif
tor me courage with which she inspired
him .-
"It Is due to her," he cried, "that I
am alive today."
Hie prisoner could articulate no more.
but sat dowB abruptly to conceal his
Lieutenant Colonel Eager called at
the office of the adjutant general, and,
in accordance with the act of congress
regulating the care and custody of regi
mental flags of volunteer regiments,
turned over to the representatives of
the governor the First regiment's flag's.
There was no ceremony, apart from
the formal discharge of the duty im
posed by law upon the late commander
of the regiment as the depositor, and
upon the adjutant general as the re
cipient of the charge. The flags were
placed in the vault of the adjutant
general's office for safe keeping, until
the cases provided by the act of the
last legislature are put in place. The
flags were guarded by Lieutenant Col
onel Eager, and as soon as the duty
could be performed they were turned
over to the state, in whose care they
are precious relics, to be preserved sa
credly as long as there is a state of
Nebraska Lieutenant Colonel Eager
called upon the governor and other
friends at the state house during his
stay in Lincoln.
Arthur Weir, formerly an Omaha
printer, has given up the case and gone
into a good-paying business. Last
spring Mr. Weir left Chadron and went
down to Gordon and rented a patch of
about fifteen acre of cultivated land
under an Irrigation ditch. Then he
put the whole thing into onions. In
the care of the crop he organised the
town hoys Into a Weedy Onion club and
took them onto the little farm for a
month. Between fishing and swimming
and other sports the lads cleaned that
big patch of onions as free of weeds as
could be. Then Mr. Weir took them all
bac kto town and paid them well. Their
weeding did tho work, and now Weir
has onions that win yield almost a car
to the acre, and he expect to net
about H cent per bushel at harvest
time. He will ship several carloads to
the east and will clean up a tew tnou
and dollar tor his summer's labors
Ms will probably Invest hi money In
ttto and raise more onions next year
Mas be did thla
rf. Sarah Radcilir. a patient at the
a? n for the insane at Lincoln, com-
i suicide some time during wed-
aigbt of last week. Her body
1 ""Hd the next moraine, banging
from m (rating over the window In
her oa She had strangled herself by
trim; stocking around her neck and
then losfdng the stocking with a piece
of rS,. which may have been used for
spporter. The rag was run
A mgk the bar and tied, and then
lis. Radellff let her entire weight
upon the stocklnr about
Bar feet might have touched
ht when found her lea
were streteked out ou the floor, at
til li she hud had hard work t
lump from letting her weight rest on
ft rftwL Coroner Holyoke being out of
t' slty, Supertnteudent Coffin tele
J sdaat the Sheriff's office and Deputy
MMMk Woodward went out to the aay
IWs to investigate the case. He found
Utt K was a clear ease of self-destruc-tfea
wMw the victim was insane, and
t v cl not deem It necessary to hold
I tosjueat. Miss Cora Enlow, one of
attendants, stated that it was the
-1 allow the women patients to
I fMthtaf tnt their etU but their
i psht, but that Mrs. Badcllft
j a Mmti? uecded to mugMns
4 f her steefelasa sad the ran
f -wmi above. Clss Batew J4 thai
tkwt Mr. Ravdenff war
but ettrtb-
ao m;ui to
1 tAas had
sg-.tjr t
v r ti Msl t
V 1 i -l iMft f.I
(T- lelr-i
The proceedings concluded a few
minutes later and he wasXaken back to
his prison, where his wife Waited him,
and in the presence of MmeDreyfus
ana tee gendarme on guard, he troke
aown completely. The tension had be
too much for him. He sobebd convul
sively and the partner of his sorrows
joined mm in a solace of tears.
Captain Lebrun-Renault and the sup
porters of his assertion of Dreyfus'
confession had an Inning lasting near
ly the entire Mission, their depositions
containing little but what had been
presented before the court of cassa
tion. Captain Lebrun-Renault Introduced
the assertion that the fact that he had
not related the Incident of the confes
sion to President Casimir-Perier was
because be overheard himself called
"canaille," "cur" and "traitor." while
waiting at the Ely see. He, however,
could not explain why he kept this to
himself for so long a time -Instead of
recounting the incident before the court
of cassation. Nor did his explanation
as to why he destroyed the page of his
notebook containing the record of
Dreyfus' confession, sound very con
The other witnesses were a repetition
of Captain Lebrun-Renault But a very
significant question was put to Colonel
Guerln by a member of the court, Lieu
tenant Colonel Brongniart, who sits at
Colonel Jouaust's right hand and al
ways puts pointed questions. He has
thoroughly studied the Dreyfus case,
and la reputed to be one of the best
authorities on the case. It Is certain
Colonel Jouaust consults him frequent
ly during the proceedings. Brongniart
Is said to be a rabid antl-Dreyfusard.
and he today, in a quiet tone, asked
Colonel Guerin, if he thought M. Well,
who Is a friend of Eeterhazy, also
knew Dreyfus. The latter at once rose
and declared he had never before heard
of WelL
The point of this question was that
Ettterhazy has written to Colonel Jou
aust, as announced, and has undoubted
ly mentioned Weil as a go-between for
Dreyfus. This Is the person referred to
In previous dispatches as "V," a mis
take for "W." If relations can be pro
ven between Dreyfus and Well, then he
could assume Dreyfus was a traitor.
The generals, if sufficient evidence of
a Dreyfuo-Weil-Esterhasy connection
can be produced, can abandon the con
tention that Dreyfus wrote the border
eau admit Esterhazy as the author
of it. This is possibly the change of
tactics hinted at on the part of the
It was reported that Generals Mer
cler, Roget and Gonse, who are stay-
ins; Quietly at the house of a friend
some miles outside Rennes, met at Gen
eral Merder house and discussed the
evidence Colonel Sehwartxkoppen's
housekeeper, Mme. Batata, could give.
If she were subjected to a severe exam
ination, with the result that It was de
cided her evidence would not be con
clusive enough to Justify summoning
her a a witness for the prosecution.
She sits in the corner by the green
tove and waits for him. She hai
waited for over a year, and he ha not
come yet.
A year is a long to old age as It is
to childhood. The sun filters green
through the geraniums In the window,
and rests on her, but It cannot warm
her, says the Westminster Budget.
Her bones are cold with the chill of
time. On her lap, twined about her
knobby hands, lies her rosary of
coarse wooden beads strung on a brass
From time to time her fingers move,
and her violet lips stir silently. She
is praying that he may come.
And the spring, with its bloesomy
plumbough, and the summer, with Us
green, purple-globed gloom, slide by.
She watches the window an won
ders. Then the cold blue of the square of
sky is scratched across by bare black
boughs and autumn Is here.
They pile the stove full of wood and
the air quivers dizzily about It The
plum tree is streaked with snow, the
window shrinks whitely to half Its
size. It is winter and still he tarries.
The sweat stands on the faces of her
sons, as they sit In the tight-closed
room evenings, but she shivers under
the feather bed they have heaped about
her. It is cold.
The priest comes and shouts at her
that God Is good, that she must be pa
Then she answers chatterlngly: "J a,
J a. Der lleber Gott der lieber Gott" j
she can get no further. She Is eigh
ty-three years old. She has lived her
life. Is this a prologue? Or an epi
They are kind to her. Her grand
sons carry her to and from her bed, and
one of her granddaughters feeds her
and wipes her chin.
They do their duty. But Llnchen is
engaged to the blacksmith's Ernll, and
they are waiting, as well as she, for
his coming. Will he never come?
One day she grows impatient.
want to go," she cried to the priest
have waited long enough-
forgotten me.
"The dear God never forgets.
"I am only a poor peasant woman,
and he has forgotten me," she insists
She pushes away the feather bed
and sits up suddenly. "I am an old
woman and you are a boy. 1 tell you,
he has forgotten me."
en she cries bitterly and begs bis
He quiets her and goes out Into the
cold stillness of the December fHy.
wonders, t
That night she cries out in her sleep.
She thinks her Tsaby wants her, and
that she cannot go to him.
Her baby, a gauntx. man of fifty,
comes in and sits by her.
"Na. mutter, sei ruhig.'V h say.
Then she cries and explains to Dim that
she can wait no longer. She musKgo,
"Ja. la, you shall go. Only a little
The next morning she refuses to eat,
and prays for the soul of her tfi'
dren now in Purgatory. That mght
the wind comes up and the window rat
tles frantically in its socket. She Ues
not call any one ail night
In the morning they go in to see her.
She Is lying with her mouth open, her
syes half closed. The sun falls on her
yellow face.
Her daughter crosses herself. "Her
mandie Mutter" she began. "Peace
be to her soul."
Then the half closed eyes open.
She is still waiting.
Washington, D. CL (Special.) Gener
al Lawton's course in extending munic
ipal government In the Philippine Is
explained in detail In Manila newspa
pers just received at the war depart
ment They state that the general has
made a tour of many town along the
Una of hi division. Including Santa
Ana, Pandacan and San Felipe, and has
established in each a complete system
of civil government. The Inhabitants
of the town are to have entire charge
of aair according to General Lawton's
system. The general called before him
the principal men of the town and
after pointing out the general purpose
and dtstw of the American govern
ment had the native designate
mayor, vice mayor and head men for
the several ward. General Lawton ex
plained to the Inhabitants that the
United Stat government did not wish
to meddle at all with the local anairs
of the people and they were told to
proceed with tax levies, to start schools
and public Improvement and to estab
H mkb civil office a they aw BL
T Mfl were told that the tax
was to be expended at howii aad
f M wa to bo contributed I the
4 i
if U
the first civil
r--T-i a captain general I asm
j i f t ..,- ' ii mim afeo have huts rt m
A Lesson By Kaiser Frederick
The memoir of Kaiser Frederick, Just
published In Berlin, gives many inter
esting anecdotes about the kindly mon
arch whose reign was cut off in sueh
untimely fashion. Among them Is one
In which Jenny Llnd figures.
Jenny Llnd was at a small Inn, wait
ing for the post chaise that was to car
ry her to Coblenz, and. Inspired by the
beauty of the landscape and the quiet
of the moonlit night, was singing a bal
lad for her own amusement, when mine
host appeared to beg her to repeat the
last verse for the benefit of some Bonn
students, newly arrived.
The songstress, who was sitting In a
vine-clad arbor, responded, and when
she had finished a broad-shouldered,
tall young man entered, exclaiming:
"Only Jenny Llnd can sing so beauti
fully." With that he pressed a bou
quet of wild roses Into her hand and
led her out Into the garden. Tes, that
was the face; those were the blond
locks of Jenny Llnd! The singer smil
ingly accepted the student's thanks and
said: "You are a student; sing us one
of your own songs "
Bowing gracefully, the blond giant
sat down at the piano on the veranda,
and sang Arndt's great battle hymn:
"Was Blasen die Trompeten! Huasaren,
Heraus!" ("The Bugle are Sounding!
Hussars, ride fast!"
"The beautiful melody; I would like
to know it," said Jenny Llnd, when the
student, whom his comrade called
"Frit," hsd ended.
"The Swedish nightingale wishes to
learn a German war song? Ah, that
is superb!" cried Frltx. '11 you will
permit me I will repeat the words for
your benefit until you know tbem by
heart The melody, I dare say. you
have mastered already." And for a
full hour Frits and Jenny sat side by
side at the old piano, singing together,
repeating verse after verse, once, thrice,
ten times, until the great songstress
was letter perfect. Then she sang it
once more as only she could sing it,
quite unconscious of the fact that in
the meantime her audience had Increas
ed by a venerable old man whom the
student regarded with the greatest re
Now the soft notes of the postilion's
horn sounded from afar, and a llttlo
later the chaise drew up at the gate.
Jenny Llnd rose hastily. "I must
away," she said, "and may never se .
you again, for In a few weeks I will
cross the Atlantic to sing In America
I shall not forget this evening, though
find as I have Introduced myself, I be
to know your names, gentlemen, est.
tally that of the student who taught
ate the Oennan hymn."
Tkta the old man spoke up. "1
tiMak yon In the name of my puplh
far your kind words," he said. "Thie
sjagfasua. la Ms royal highness, Crowi
MasM Fraderteh. and I am Ernst Mor-
ttS AfSfiL author of tb song you learn
People outside of regular dealer In
fold leaf are occasionally surprised
vhen they purchase books of the ml
:erlal to find that the paper leaves be
tween the sheets of gold have texts
f scripture printed on them. Looking
:loser they find that the paper leaves
ire actually cut from the Bible,
Speaking of this, the head of a Chi
cago firm which deals In gold leaf said:
"The gold leaf which Is put up In
ooks made from paper leaves cut
from the bible comes from England,
rhere Is no Intention to be irreverent
tn packing the gold leaf In this way.
Host of it goes to the stores where
they sell artist's materials, and is
lacked between printed sheets because
:he slight Indentations In the paper
made by the printing serve to bold the
lellcate film of gold in place.
"Why Is it that the bible is gen
srally used? Simply for the reason
that the Bible is usually printed In
very small type, and Is always very
venly set, and the Impression of th
type on the paper Is very light but
enough to hold the gold leaf In place
without injuring It. Another book that
s used for the same nurpose is the
jook of common prayer, the small type
sdltlon, of course. The paper Is always
very fine and smooth and when print
Ml the leaves are just adapted for the
purpose of holding the gold leaf.
The first time I was asked for an
planatlon on this point was when I
aad a store for the sale of artist's ma
terials. A gentleman who bought sev
eral books of English-made gold lesf
Mime to roe and asked me If paper was
to scarce where the gold leaf was
made that they had to cut up bibleB
for the purpose of packing the leaf.
He had noticed that the sheets of gold
leaf were packed between sheets of
printed paper, but paid no attention to
X until his eye caught a scriptural
text that had often puzzled him. H
was the passage 'Iron sharpeneth Iron;
so a man sharpeneth the countenance
it his friend.' Then he saw that the
fold leaf was placed between cut-up
pages of the bible. He seemed to
ihink that the sheets of the bible were
ased by some religious manufacturer
who thought some one might be con-
ferted by reading a stray text. He
laid he was almost startled when he
ead the text he was puzzling ov.
tnd looked disappointed when I ex
;lalned In a matter-of-fact way why
lages of the bible were used,
"Once or twice very excellent people
nrho bought this gold leaf from me
A'ere Indignant when they found that
:he bible was cut up to bold It, and
told me I should not encourage the
profanation by selling that kind of
.eaf. Others who were of a different
temperament said they were glad to
ee it, as it might lead some people to
reading texts of scripture,' by glancing
with curiosity at the printed sheets,
who never took a bible in their hands.
Ihey held thsuNio matter what form
t took it was a godd thing to circulate
texts of scripture.1
London' Meat
Little more than half of the bill
that London settles every year goes
into the pocket of the English farmer.
From the ends of the earth comes this
cast supply. This great ogTe of a city
f ours, before whose gastronomic ef
forts the feats of all the giants of k-B-
snd and fairy tale fade into inslgnHl-
iance, has taken his toll of the wild
ranchers from boundless western prai
ries, of the beautiful chestnut-colored
herds of the Andalusian mountains, of
he plabald-coated cattle that the hon-
sst Dutch tend as their own children,
ud of the sturdy oxen of the North
3erman plains, says Cassell's Maga
slne. Canada and Australia send us
ambs and sheep, the Kiver Platte our
ax tongues, Hamburg and Rotterdam
ur pigs. What an advertisement for
the Nevy League! What an object
lesson for those who declare our fleet
s overgrown!
It passes human comprehennlon to
think what would become of London If
4)r command of the sea were lost and
the foreign supplies failed! If the 100,000
live cattle from America that swell the
metropolitan cattle herd during the
fear never reached their destination; if
Holland's half million of sheep were
forced to remain on the home pastures
in short, if the 140,000 tons of meat,
neither bred nor fed in these Islands,
that London annually consumes, ceased
to appear In the butchers' ahops of the
Making of Mirrora.
The mirror-making Industry In the
United States employs more than Z.O0C
persons, and the product Is valued at
about 18,000.000 a year. The first step
In the manufacture Is the adjustment
of a smooth stone table. Around this
table, which can be canted to one side
by means of a screw set beneath it, Ii
groove, tn which mercury may flow
from one corner Into bowls. The table
is made perfectly level, then tinfoil if
carefully laid over it, covering a great
er space than the glass to be coated
The metal Is then poured upon the foi:
till it is nearly a quarter of an inch
deep, being prevented from flowing ofl
by strips of glass placed along thre
sides of the foil. From the open sldt
Is slid on the plate of glass, whose ad
vancing edge Is kept In the mercury.
When Its desired position has beer
reached It is held until one edge of th
mercury has run off. It la left for sev
eral hours and then placed upon i
frame, the "back" by this time belnf
covered with the amalgam which ad
here to It. After th amalgam become!
hard the plate I ready for use. Mirror
making is generally thought to be dan
gerous on account of the Injury to ttu
health of the operators from the fumei
of the quicksilver, but tb figure col
sated by the Insurance companlea it
not appear to sua'ain th beUef.
Her la a yarn that ha been picked
up by the Society for Psychical Re
search. Dr. R W. Felkln, who had ac
companied Emin Pasha on a tour
through Uganda and adjacent territory
la responsible for It He says that
some time last year his party had got
back to Lado, about a thousand miles
south of Khartoum, and that he had
been without letters from Europe for a
year. Naturally, he was Impatient for
tidings. In that part of Africa he had
often come across wizards, who pre
tended to transform themselves Into
lions or other animals at night, and to
travel Immense distances In this guise.
They also assert that they acquire in
formation at such times about stolen
cattle and other lost property. Dr.
Felkln says that, although he has no
explanation to offer In regard to these
alleged feats, he had a chance to veri
fy one of their stories.
One morning after his arrival at La-
do, a man came to his tent, evidently
In great excitement, and said that the
local wizard or "miogo," had been
roaming about the country the night
before, in the form of a jackal, During
his rambles, the "m'logo" had visited
Meschera el Rek, fully 5D0 miles away,
between Lado and Khartoum. The
wizard declared that two steamers had
lust arrived at tihs point, and had
brought mallB. He also described mi
nutely the appearance of the English
officer accompanying the boats.
Dr. Felkln ridiculed the story. But
Emin Pasha took the thing more seri-
Dusy. He directed that the wizard be
brought before him, and questioned the
"Where did you go last night?"
"I w as at Mechera-el-Rek."
"What were you doing there?" .
"I went to see some friends."
"What did you see?"
"I saw two steamers arriving from
"Oh, this Is nonsense! Tou could
not possibly have been at Meschera-el-Rek."
'I was there," the wizard replied em
phatically. "And with the steamers
was an Englishman, a short man, with
1 big beard."
"Well, what was his mission?"
"He says that the great pasha at
Khartoum had sent him, and he has
some papers for you. He Is starting
n-erland tomorrow, bringing the pa
jers with him, and he will be here
ibout thirty days from now,"
Dr. Felkln says that thirty-two days
ater tht Englishman did arrive at La-
lo, and that be brought letters for the
party. The newcomer was Lupton
3ey. Of the wizard. Dr. Felkln says
that he is satisfied that the man was
lever outside his native village In his
1 The late Duke of Buccleugh ! M
f his walsk purchased a cow In th
elghborhood of Dalkeith, which was to
be sent to hla palace the following
mornig. The duke. In his morning
iress, espied a boy Ineffectually at
tempting to drive the animal forward
to Its destination. The boy, not know
ing the duke, bawled out to him: "HI,
nun, come here an' gle's a nan' wi'
this beast."
The duke walked on slowly, the boy
itill craving his assistance, and at
ast, In a tone of distress, exclaimed:
"Come here, mun, an' help us, an' I'll
rl'e you half I get." The duke went
and lent the helping hand.
"And now." said the duke, as they
trudged along, "how much do you
think ye'Il get for this Job?"
"Oh, I dinna ken," said the boy, "but
I'm sure o something, for the folk up
at the big house are guld to a' bodies."
As they approached the house the
duke disappeared from the boy and
entered by a different way. Calling a
servant, he put a sovereign In his hand,
saying: "Give that to the boy who
brought the cow." The duke having
returned to the avenue, was soon re
joined by the bfy.
"Well, how much eld you get?" said
the Duke.
"A shilling," anld the boy "am
there's half o' it t'ye."
"But you surely got more than a
shilling?" said the duke.
"No," said the boy, "that's a' I got
an' d'ye no think it's plenty?"
"I do not,' said the duke; "thfr
must be some mistake, and as 1 am ac
quainted with the duke, if you return I
think I'll get you more."
They went back, the duke rang th
bell and ordered all the se.rvanta to be
"Now," said the duke to the boy,
"point me out the person that gave you
the shilling."
"It was that chap there," pointing to
the butler. The butler confessed, and
attempted an apology, but the duke In
dignantly ordered him to give the boy
the sovereign. "You have lost," said
the duke, "your money, your situation
tnd your character, by your covetous-
ness; learn hencerortn mat 'nonpniy is
the best policy.'" The boy by this
time recognized his a.ltant In the
person of the duke, says the Weekly
TelegTaph, and the duke was so de
lighted with the sterling worth and
honesty of the boy that he ordered him
sent to school at his expense.
Honest Fair.
" 'Taln't everybody that's gt such
right feelings as Sally Potter and her
ma; l win say mat ror ine roiwrn,
Manufacturing an Alibi
"One evening some years ago," said
New Orleans druggist, to the Times-
Democrat, "I was standing behind the
ounter, just about where I am now,
hen I saw a man slip In very quietly
it the door and stop In the rear
that tall case of fancy good. I
uralked over at once and asked what I
u!d do for him. and It was at least
lalf a minute before he replied. 'Tou
lon't seem very keen for trade," he said
it length, and he spoke in a curious,
rasping voice like a man out of breath.
I've been waiting here,' says he, 'for
quarter of an hour,' Now, I was
positive that he had just come In, but
Is always unwise to contradict a
ustomer, so I made no remark.
'I want you to put me up some qul-
alne capsules,' he went on, 'and be
uick about It, for I have an engage
ment at 8:30 o'clock.' I looked at ray
eatch and told him that he had twen-
y minutes to spare. I was then exactly
:10. 'All right,' he said, and 1 went
for the quinine. I handed him the
package a few monments later, and as
tie reached for It he upset a tall vase
n the counter and broke It to pieces.
It was the clumsiest thing I ever saw,
tnd had any possible motive been ap
parent I would have sworn he did it on
purpose. But he cursed like a pirate,
uid after some grumbling paid the bill,
which was 13, and went away, and 1
never saw him again.
Next morning I read In the paper
that a murder had been committed In a
house nearly half a mile from tha store
it about 8 o clock the previous evening.
gave It no special thought, but some
thing like a month later 1 received a
visit from a lawyer, who told me that
he represented a certain man who was
nder suspicion for this very murder,
ind who expected ally to be placed
under arrest 'My client la not guilty,'
he continued, 'and at the time of the
rime was nowhere near the house.
As nearly aa he remembers he waa in
thla store making some trifling pur
chase. He recalls It, because be ac
cidentally broke a vase. Do you re
member the circumstance? I did In
stantly, and of a sudden the whole
thing became clear. Tou aee. my at
tention had been called to the hour.
and the vase-breaking was evidently a
ruse to fix the visit In my mind. 1
looked the lawyer In the eye. 'Tour
client entered the store at 8:10,' I said,
'and I have reason to believe he waa
runnlg juat before he reached It.'
That ended the conversation. The man
was never arrested, but toon after left
the city."
Maud Captain Dash of the Rough
Riders haa broken his engagement
with Miss Miner. Marie How did she
offend him? Maud Sent him gold
mounted suspender as a birthday pres.
"It," said the hen, as she surveyed
the slze-and-a-hr-if egg she had Just
laid, "will take a pretty good hailstorm
to equal that." Even In the lower walki
of nature there are ambition and emu
lation. "Say, haven't you been eating on
ions?" asked the patient, sitting up an
sniffing suspiciously. "No," answerec
the barber, "that la tha disinfectant."
"I've aeen that young fellow some
where before." "He draws aoda watni
In a downtown drugstore, "That' it '
recognised hi fiss."
1 never saw a man of mora round
Ins disposition than Barber." "Tbat'i
Barber, all right. Why, he even bellevei
bis owu lie." Indianapolis Journal.
even If our families aren't going to be
connected after al." Mrs. Roberts waa
speaking to her next door neighbor,
Miss Elizabeth Fprnwle.
"They're as honest as the day; I know
that," that Miss Sprawle, "and 1 only
hope our Ned will find another girl
as good as Sally."
"There's not a mile of hard feeling
betwixt Ned and Sally," answered Mrs,
Roberts; "they're good friends still,
only they se they made a mist.'tke
getting engaged. They were too young
to know their own minds, and Mrs,
Potter and I both take blame that we
didn't counsel them to wait. But that
isn't what I was going to tel you. Tou
recall that sprigged muslin dres pat
tern that Ned guve Sally when the en
gagement came out?"
"Well,1 continued Mrs. Roberts, "It
being so hot last summer. Sally had It
made up and wore It, a you probably
know, but not enough so but what
'twould have given excellent wear thla
year If they'd been married. Well, aa
soon as Bally and Ned decided to break
off Mrs, Potter came over, and noth
ing would do but I should tell her Juwt
what the material cost!
"I hated to, but she would have It,
and at last I told her Ned paid for
It; and today Sally brought over the
money In an envelope, and there was,
not only the 18, but thirty-six cents N
Interest for the year!
"I told Sally there weren't many folks
that would have thought of paying six
per cent Interest In such a case, but
ahe waa real surprised, and said 'twaa
only what waa right Now, what do
you think of that?"
"Ned neven find another such, I'm
afraid!" said Mlsa Sprawle, and Mrs,
Roberts agreed with her. The Youth's
A Remarkable Sequel.
A little fun at the Birmingham post
office led to a remarkable sequeL
Among the postal packets waa a parcel
containing a pair of handcuffs, which
were being sent from Derby to a man
ufacturer In Birmingham to be fitted
with a key. The paper covering of th
package had, during transit, been bad
ly torn, with the result that when the
handcuffs reached the Birmingham
aortlng officer they were exposed to
view. They were an object of curiosity,
and presently one of the clerks Jocu
larly clasped one of the cuffa round the
wrlat of hla left hand. To his dismay
there was no key to unfasten It, and
he therefore went to the central polio
station, Here a key was found, but aa
the officer waa turning It It broke off
In the cuff. The situation, at first com
ical, had now become really serious.
The broken key would have to be drill
ed out or the handcuff filed through be
fore the clerk could be released from
his unpleasant encumbrance. But it
waa Sunday, and no place of twain
waa open. The clerk therefore return
ed to the postofflre and explained hla
plight to the superintendent, by whom
he waa ordered to go to Derby by th
nrt train the next morning, espials
the whole circumstances to the uwnef
of th handcuff and apologise; and
then return to Birmingham and pro
ceed to the manufacturer and have tha
Maws"1 off'"HouUl Watoa Dallp