Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905, August 15, 1901, Image 3
&?e Bondman . By HALL CHAPTER VI. (Continued.) The coming of Michael Sunlocks startled him out of his tipsy sleep of a quarter of a century and his whole household was put Into a wild turmoil. In the midst of it, when be was at Ms wit's end to know what to do for bis prisoner-guest, a woman, a stranger to Grimsey. carrying a child In her arms, presented herself at his door. She was young and comely, poorly but oot meanly clad, and she offered herself to the priest as his servant. Her story was simple, touching and plausible. She bad lately lost her husband, an Icelander, though she herself was : foreigner, as "her speech might tell. And hearing at Husavik that the priest of Crimsey was a lone old gentleman without kith or kin or belongings, she had bethought herself to come and say that she would be glad to take service from blm for the sake of the home h might offer her. It was Greeba, and simple old Sir Slgfiis fell an easy prey to her wo man's wit He wiped his rheumy eyei while she told her story, and straight way sent her into the kitchen. Only one condition he made with her, and that was that she was to bear herself In his house as Iceland women -hear themselves in the houses of Iceland masters. No more than that and na less. She was to keep her own apart ments and never allow herself to bo seen or heard by a guest that was henceforth to live with him. That good man was blind and would trouble her but little, for he had seen sorrow, poor soul, and was very silent. Greeba consented to this with all earnestness, for it fell straight la the way of her own designs. But with & true woman's Innocent duplicity sh showed modesty and said, "He shall nver know that I'm in your house, sir, unless you tell him so yourself." Thus did Greeba place berself under the same root with Michael Sunloclts and baffle discovery by the cunning of love. Two purposes were to be served by her artifice.. First, she was to be constantly by the side of her husband, to nurse him and tend him, to succor him, and to watch over' him. Next, she waa to be near him for her own sake, and for love's sake, to win b1'' 4iac to her some day by DM"t". -dear than those that ? Z , , t th j. -i. she had decided not ?f r .rf.VjP1ierself to hjm In the mean time, for he had lost faith In her af footion. He had charged her with marrying him for pride's sake, but ha should see that she had married him for himself alone. The heart of bin love was dead, but day by day. un known, unseen, unheard, she would breathe upon it until the Are in its yncheg lived again. Such was the do ' sign with which Greeba took the plane of a menial In the house where her husband lived as a prisoner, and little did she count the cost of It. Six months passed, and she kept her promise to the priest to live as an Ice land servant In the house of an Iceland r.iaster. She was never Been and never Ieard, and what personal service was tailed for waa done by the snappish old man servant. But she filled the old house, once so muggy and dark, with all the cheer and comfort of llfo. She knew that Michael Sunlocks felt the change, for one day she heard him say to the priest as he lifted his blind face and seemed to look around, "Ono would think that this place must be full of sunshine." "Why. and so it Is," said the priest, "and that's my good housekeeper's dolntf.' "I have heard her step," said Mich ael Sunlocks. "Who Is she?" "A poor young woman that has late ly lost her husband," said the priest. "Young, you say?" said Sunlocks. "Why, yes; ;oung as I go," said the priest "Poor sou'.!" said Sunlocks. It cost Greeba many a pang not to fling herself at her husband's feet at hearing that word so sadly spoken. But she remembered her promise and was ailent. Not long afterwards she heard Michael Sunlocks ask the priest if be had never thought of marriage. And the priest answered yes, that he was to have married at Reykjavik about the time he was sent to Crimsey, but the lacy had looked shy at his banishment and declined to share It. "So I have never looked at a woman again," aald the priest. "And I daresay you have your ten der thoughts of her, though so nadir treated," said buniockj. .1 ,1. -1 1 . ,t I .1 A 1 . . 1. .. wen, co, ( uiu uie priest; yes. -jou were cnapiain at Reykjavik, tint looking to be priest or dean, and marhnna hlahon some day?" nnM gun lockK." i "Well, maye so; such dreams come In one's youth," said the priest. "And when you were sent to Grim tmj there was nothing before you but a cure of less than a hundred souls?" said Sunlocks. "That la to," said the priest. "The old story," aald Sunlocks, and he drew a deep breath. But deeper far waa the breath thnt Greeba drew, for It seemed to be the last gasp of her heart. A year passed, and never once had Oreeba spoken that her husband might bear har. But If she did not speak, aha listened always, and the silence of her tongue seemed to make ber ears the mora keen. Thus she found a way to meet all hla wishes, and before ho had asked be was answered. If the day tras cold he found gloves to his hand; 11 he thought to wash there waa water beside him; if he wished to write ti e pen lay near bis Angers. Meantime ha never beard more than light foot fall and the rustle of a dress about him, but as these sounds awoke pain ful memories be listened and aald nothing. x The summer bad come and gone In which h could walk out by thi ' priest's arm, or lie by the hour within sound of a stream, and the winter bad fallen In with Its abort days and Ions nights. And once, when the snow lay h!ck on the ground, Oreeba heard bin Mr bow cheerfully be might cheat time of naif a weary hour of dayt Coetlaaei Sivy. CA!NE. like that if only he had a fiddle to be guile them. At that she remembered that it waa not of money that hail placed her where she was, and beforo the spring of that year a little church organ came from Reykjavik, address ed to the priest, as a present from someone whose name was unknown to him. "Some guardian angel seems to hovar ground tis " said Michael Sun locks, "to give us everything that we can wish for." The joy in his blind face brought smiles into the face of Greeba. but her heart was heavy for all that. To live within hourly sight of love, yet never to share it, was to sit at a feast and eat nothing. To hear his voice, ye; never to answer it, to see his face, yet never o touch it with the lips that hungered to kiss it. wag an ordeal more terrible than any woman's heart could bear. Should she not speak? Might she not reveal herself? Not yet. not yet! But how long, oh, how long? In the heat of her Impatience she could not quite restrain herself, and though she dare not speak, she sang. It was on the Sunday after the organ came, when all the people at Grimsey were at church, in their strong odor of fish and sea fowl, to hear the strange new music. Michael Sunlocks played it, and when the people sang Greeba also joined them. Her voice wat low at first, but she soon lost herself, and then it rose above the other voices. Suddenly the organ stopped, and she was startled to see the blind face of her husband turning in her direction. Later the same day she heard Sun locks say to the priest, "Who was the lady who sang?" "Why, that was my good housekeep er," said the priest. "And did you say that she bad lost her husband?" said Sunlocks. "Yes, poor thing, and she Is a for eigner, too," said the priest. "Did you say a foreigner?" said Sunlocks. "Yes, and She has a child with also," said the priest. -' "A child?" said --'.". And then after a pause 0-ded, 'th more in-dlffere--Toor "lrl! Pr &rV" . earing this. Greeba fluttered on tho I verge of discovering herself. -'If only I could be sure," she thought, but she could not, and the more closely for the chance that had so nearly revealed her she hid herself henceforward in the solitude of an Iceland servant. Two years passed and then Greeba had to share her secret with another. That other was her own child. The little man was nearly three years old by this time, walking a little and talk ing a great deal, and not to be with held by any care from going over every corner of the bouse. He found Michael Sunlocks sitting alone in his darkness, and the two struck up a fast friend ship. They talked In any fashion and played on the floor for hours. With a wild thrill of the heart, Groeba saw those twain together, and It cost her all she had of patience and self-command not to break In upon them wlfi a shower of rapturous kisses. But she held back her heart like a dog on the leash and listened, while her eyes rain ed tears and her lips smiled to tho words that passed between them. "And what's your name, my sweet one?" said Sunlocks in English. "Michael," lisped the little man. "So? And au Englishman, too. That's brave." "Ot's the name of your 'Ittle boy?" "Ah, I've got none, gweetbeat" "Oh." "But If I bad one perhaps hts name would be Michael also." ' "Oh." The little eyes looked up Into the blind face, and the little lips began to fall. Then, by a Budden Impulse, the 1'ttle legs clambered up to the knee of Sunlocks and the little head nestled close against his breast. "I'l be your 'ittle boy." "So you shall, my sweet one, and you shall come again and.sk with me and sing to me. for I am very lonely some times, and your dear voice will cheer me," But the little man had forgotten hla trouble by this time and scrambled back to the floor. There he sat on hla haunches like a frog and cried, "Look! look! look!" as he held up a wbito pebble in bis dumpy hand. "I cannot look, little one, for I au blind." "Ot's blind?" "Having eyes that cannot see, sweet heart" "Oh." "But your eyes can see, and If yon are to be my little boy, my little Mich al, yor eyes shall see for xay eyes also, and you shall come to me every day and tell me when the sun Is shin ing, and the sky Is blue, and then we will go out together and listen for the birds that will be singing." "Dat'a nice," said the little fellow, looking down at the pebble In hU palm, and Just then the priest cams Into the house out of the snow. "How comes It that this sweet llttl man and I have never met before?" said Sunlocks. "You might live ten years in an Ice land house and never see the children of Its servants," aald the priest "I've heard hla silvery voice. though." aald Sunlocks. "What la the color of his eyes?" "Blue," said the priest "Then his balr this long, curly hair It must be of the color of the sun?" said Sunlocks. "Flaxen," ssld the priest. "Run along to your mother, sweet heart, run," said Sunlocks, and, drop ping back In bis seat he murmured, "How easily be might bave been my son. Indeed." Kneeling on both knees, ber hot facs turned down and her parted Hps quiv ering, Oreeba had listened to all this with the old delicious trembling at both sides ber heart. And going back to ber own room, she caught light of herself In the glass and saw that her eyes were dancing like diamond and all her cheeks a rosy red. Ufa and a gleam of sunshine seemed to bave shot Into ber face In n Instant, and wall she looked there came over her a creeping thrill of delight, for she knew that she was beautiful. And bi cause he loved beauty, whose love was everything to her, she cried for joy, and picked up her boy, where he stood tugging at her gown, and kissed Uiui rapturously. The little man, with proper manly 'uuifTeiouue to But ii einiearuielll-, wriggled back to the ground, and then Greeba remembered, with a flash that fell on her brain like a sword, that her husband was blind now, aud all the beauty of the world was nothing to him. Smitten by this thought, she stood a moment, while the sunshine died out of her eyes and the rosy red out of her cheeks. But presently it came to her to asW berself if Sun locks was blind forever, and if noth ing could be done for him. This brought back, with nangs of remorse for such long forgetfulness, the mem ory of BOTM Uiiii, u.u upiniiecuiy in Husavik, who had the credit of cur ing many of blindness after accidents in the northern mines where free men worked for wages. So thinking of this apothecary throughout tht day and the next, she found at lata a crooked way to send money to him, out of the store that etlll rem'ned to her, and to ask him to come to Grimsey. (To Be Continued. 1 Unappreciated Flower. The New York Times teils a story about a distinguished gentleman of that city who came home from a pub lic dinner the other night and woke up his wife by exclaiming: "Got boo' ful bouquet for you, darling; right off the gov'nor's table boo'ful, boo'ful flowers." "Well, put them In some water on the table and get to bed, dear," said bis sleepy wife. Next morning, when his wife examined her husbands "boo'ful" floral offering she was shocked by the discovery that it was a big bunch of artificial flowers, and they looked very much if they had been rudely snatched from some girl's bat Society Wtui Kane n laundry. . About a year ago Mrs. Alfred Scher merhorn, a society woman of Brook lyn, lost her fortune In speculation, nearly all of her swell friends mani fested such strong disposition to drop ber acquaintance that Mrs. Srhermer born took the initiative by dropping theirs, and being a woman of sense began to look around for some means at self-support. She hit upon the idea of operating a laundry and opened such an establishment in Southhamp ton, L. I., where the faithful among nei former friends are helping to make the venture a success. Wine nt SV400 Drop. In the famous cellars of the Hotel do Ville at Bremen there a dozen cases of holy wine which have been pre served for 250 years. A merchant fig ures out that if the cost ol maintain ing the cellars, payment of rent, inter est upon the original value of the wine and other incidental charges are con sidered, a bottle of this choice Ma derla has cost no less than $2,000,000, ecch glassful $270,000, and a single drop could not be sold without loss under $200. A Blow at Bis Pride. Two Spaniards who had been absent from Cuba for several yeais recently sailed up the harbor of Havana and walked through Its renovated streets. "Does It not give you pain," one trav eler was overheard inquiring, "to see the stars and stripes waving over Mor ro castle?" "No," replied the other, looking earnestly at him. "What pains me to the quick is to see that the Americans havo in two years done more for this Island than the Span iards did in almost 400 years." Ignorant Sophmoree. The professor of English at Will la ma college reports that he put test ques tions to forty sophmores of that insti tution to ascertain the extent and character of their reading. He found that ten could not mention nix nlava of Shakespeare, that thirty-four could not tell wno raistaR was, that thirty Ave could not name a slnsle nmm ol Wordsworth's or Browning's aud thai fourteen could not tali who wrote "In Memorlam." " Vermont Deed to Bar Clrenee. Not until twenty years ago were cir cuses allowed to exhibit in Vermont, but the circuHes used to skirt three sides of the state closely, and It waa most gratifying to the proprietors to see the way In which the men, women and children of the Green mountains used to troop across the border Into New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to enjoy the fiats forbid den them at home. The Tortarlng Peed Hag. One of the animal tortures of the day is the feed bag that is pulled over a horse's nose, as if it were a muzzle, and supported by a rope or strap over bis head, asserta an observing writer. When the breathing holes become clogged with oats or corn on a hot and humid day the victim's suffering must be Intense. Besides, it Is poor econ omy, as a horse wastes nearly as much au he eats by the act of tossing the bag up to get a mouthful. Ooa rani's aaoklng aaS Drinking-. Paul Kruger smokes almost Inces santly and for many years drank amazing quantities of beer daily, but only on once occasion did he ever taste alcohol. That was at Bloemfon teln after the signing of an alliance with the Orange Free State. On that occasion Oom Paul took off a bumper of champagne, and he liked it so well that be bas never tasted It since. WeiMla lament for Hire. There are three or four shops In Philadelphia where costtimis for wed dings and funerals may be hired at a reasonable rate. The renting of mas querade costumes and of men's even ing clothes Is a business as old almoat as pawn brokering, but this renting of wedding and funeral clothes is said to be something new. Began la (travel I'lt. Congressman Charles B. Land Is, the Indiana orator, la another self-made) statesman. These are his own words: "I pitched bar ! worked In a giavsl pit In my youth, and attended eollog only whan 1 reached manhood." pr SCIENCE READS LIRE ROMANCE. "Yes," said a Chicago business man to a reporter; "yes, we think we bave hit upon one of the greatest inventions of this age of invention, and when the busy world is introduced to our phono-typograpb it will stop a mo ment in amazement and admiration. That may sound to you like a clause out of a circus bill, or a chapter from a Chicago novelist's novel, but it is a true bill, nevertheless. You are aware that for a long time there have been efforts to combine in some way the present style of typewriter and the plmiiograpn, but until now these ef forts have Invariably failed, A year ago we discovered in Chicago a young mechanic who bad solved the problem, as we believed, and we put money back of our belief, and told him to go ahead with his machine until he had it where he thought it ought to be ready to be offered to the world. It is hardly that yet, for the best machine is sus ceptible of improvement, but we think we have a good thing. "Of course, I can't give you all of the details, but I think I can make clear to you the general working prin ciple of the phono-typograh. As its names Indicates, it is a typewriting of sound. That has been the idea in all other attempts, but it was not found practicable, because the sounds were words, and there were too many words to reduce to machinery, as It were. The phonograph and the telephone princi ple got the Bounds all right, but each sound was a word and that could not be put in'type. Our man, however, hit upon a separation of the words into letters, and that brought his field of operation into the limit of twenty six souuds. For punctuating marks we use spaces, but as yet we have no capitals. The machine, of course, is electric, and tile operator talks into it as Into a telephone, except that he spells out each word and as the sound of the letter strikes upon the disk it is reproduced upon the corresponding letter, which In turn is printed exactly as the ordinary typewriter would print it. "At first blush the spelling out of each word would seem to entail more time and labor than the old style of typewriting, but a very few hours will show any person that our phono-typo-graph will do the work of two people In half the time they will consume by the existing methods. We are willing to admit that our machine is not per fect in all its details, but as far as it goes, and It goes a good long way, it is a world beater. A newspaper friend of mine has one on trial on which he has written a hundred words a min ute, and averages seventy-five right along. He doesn't know anything about typewriting of the old kind, either, and doesn't have to, as gllbness of tongue takes the place of nlmbleness of fingers. We hope to have them on the market within sixty days, but are in no especial hurry, as there are some small details we want perfected before coming up for judgment. No," con cluded the gentleman in response to a query", "there Is no stock for sale. We know a good thing when we see it." Kx. HATCOCKN OK SALT. At Salton in southern California, ex ists a basin' of land between 200 and 300 feet below sea level. About 1,000 acres of the depressed area are cov ered with a deposit of salt, which C. F. llolden describes in the Scientific Am erican as one of the sights of Califor nia. The salt is first thrown into ridges by a peculiarly shaped plow, drawn by a dummy engine with cables, and then is piled into conical heaps before being carried to the drying house and crushing mill. The expanse looks like a field of snow. About 2,000 tons of salt are removed each year, hut the supply Is perennially re newed by the deposits of salt springs which flow into the basin. In June the temperature of the air reaches 150 degrees, and only Indian workmen can withstand the heat and glare. HKLLOWS roR ROCKING CHAIR. In the accompanying drawing is shown a rocking chair with an air compressing and discharging appar atus which in intended to aid In keep ing the person who sits in the chair cool. The arrangement consists of a set of bellows, which are so made that they can be fitted underneath an or dinary spring rocking chair, together with an ice chamber and adjustable discharge pipes. One portion of the bellows is secured to the under side of the chair seat and the opposite end en gages the frame on which the rockers rest, In order that the motion of the chair when belns rocked may open and close the bellows to receive and discharge the air. In the lower por tion of the bellows Is located a sliding I drawer, which can be drawn out for the Insertion of a cake of ice of any desired size, and the air circulates around this in entering the bellows, being then discharged through the nozzles attached to the ends of the arm rests. As these nozzles are ad justable the currents of air may be ulioclbd toaii uy puiUuii of face or upper portion of the body. ARTIFICIAL CALF FEEDER. What an awful disappointment it must be to a calf to wake up some morning and find its mother missing and no warm breakfast waiting, and bow disgusted it must feel when the farmer comes in a little later with a pail of skimmed milk, straddles the calf's neck, inserts his finger in its mouth and tries to convince it that drinking is the proper method of feed ing from that time on. Happy would be that calf If the farmer would pro vide it with the feeding arrangement here shown, and happy would the farmer be if he did not have to waste his time in teaching the calf to drink. The calf seems to get along fairly well until the farmer undertakes to with draw his finger and make the calf go it alone, but then rebellion rises and cn upset pail is the result in some eases. . Once Introduce the calf to this device and he may bunt to his heart's content without upsetting the milk. The arrangement consists of a reser voir, suspended from the wall, with a tube leading to a block underneath, on' which is mounted a rubber nipple. As the nipple is screwed on the block it may be removed as soon as the feeding is finished, or the entire feeder can be taken down if desired. GROWTH or COKE INDUSTRY. A report on the growth and present condition of coke manufacture has been issued by the census office, says the Black Diamond. The report says the manufacture of coke is a compara tively new industry In this country. In 1850 the value of coke produced was $15,250, while in 1899 it was $35,585, 445, including by-products amounting to $952,027 in value, or an increase of over 100 per cent in ten years, from 1889 to 1899. This extraordinary growth of the coke industry bas only kept pace with the growth of tbe iron manufacture. According to the report the modern tendency of industry to concentrate In a comparatively small number of ea tablishents is strikingly exemplified in the coke Industry, where there is an increase of only 10.6 per cent in the number of establishments reported, as compared with 1889, while the increase in tons of coke produced is 96.2 per cent and in the value of all products, 115.7 per cent. A capital of $36,502,679 has been in vested in the manufacture of the prod uct. The value" of the output was $36, 585,445, to produce which involved an outlay of $7,085,736 for wages, $19, 665,532 for raw materials and $2,184, 968 for miscellaneous expenses. Pennsylvania leads the six chief producing Btates, with 26,920 ovens in operation and an output of 13,245,594 tons of coke out of a total of 19,640, 798 tons, or 67.4 per cent of the total output. HOW TREKS BREATHE. F. Schuyler Mathews, in a recently Issued work on "Familiar Trees and Their Leaves," says: "The greatest sphere of usefulness which a tree oc cupies is connected with its life. It is a great air purifier; it absorbs from the atmosphere the carbonic acid gas which is poisonous to us; It holds and slowly dispenses moisture which the parched air needs; it gives out the ozone (or oxygen in an active electro negative condition) which is particu larly conducive to our health; and It niodinis heat which would otherwise be overpowering. Step into the thick woods from an open space on a very hot day, and Immediate relief is ex perienced from the Intense heat. This is not wholly the result of shade fur nished by the trees; much of it pro ceeds from the modification of the air through the broatbing of the tree leaves. "I have estimated that a certain sugar maple of large proportions which grows near my cottage puts forth In one season about 432,000 leaves; these leaves combined present a surface to sunlight of about 21.600 square feet, or an area equal to pretty nearly half an acre. Every Inch of this expanse breathes In life for the tree and out health for the man, while it absorbs In the aggregate an enormous amount of heat and sunlight" For very minute writing, pen made from crow quills bave been found to do excellent work. "I suppose," he ventured, "that you would never speak to me again If I were to kiss you?" "Oh, John!" she exclaimed, ' why don't you gel over the habit of always looking at tba dark aide of things?" A man's Idea of a phenomenon Is an other man who never loses his collar button. HE KULES HIS STATE. HERE IS AN AUTOCRAT WHO RULES AS HE PLEASES. Yoaa Potentate f ho to ae Abeotata am Our fwrttsm, H to Viv4er1t4 PieuiH IV Grand Dak of Mecklenonrc Senwertn. Frederick Francis IV., Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who recent ly upon attaining bis majority as sumed the reins of government, shares with the Czar of Russia and tbe Sultan of Turkey the distinction of being one of the three only absolute monarcbs left In Europe. He rules bis little principality without any restriction of constitution of Parliament. His word is law. ' He appoints all officials, levies just what taxes he chooses, and spends them as he wills, and there Is no one to question his right. He has tbe power of life and death over his sub jects; may fine them, imprison them, draft them into his army, cut off their heads or burn them, decorate them, en noble, them, or dower their daughters, just as the niood strikes bim. Mecklenburg-Schwerin bas been ruled thus ever since tbe days of Prince Nlklot, who died in 1160. The family claims to be the oldest reigning house in Europe, though there are sev eral that dispute this distinction no- FREDERICK FRANCIS IV. tably the House of Orange, of which the young Queen of Holland is the bead. HATCHING ALLIGATORS. Tea Inches Long When They Emerge from the Egg. The casual observer would be very much surprised if you were to ask him if be saw any resemblance between a bird and alligator. Palaentological evidence, however, demonstrates that our every-day barnyard fowl and tbe scaly denizen of the Florida swamps are descendants of identically and the same progenitor. But let the casual observer be handed the egg of a com mon fowl and that of an alligator, and he will be much puzzled to tell you which will hatch a tasty chick and which a lusty "nigger guzzler." Pos sibly be did not know that alligators (aid eggs, and if so, perhaps he will be interested in hearing what a profes sor of the Johns Hopkins university has been doing. He secured some fresh alligator eggs and kept them in an incubator for a couple of weeks; at tbe end of that time he noticed a curi ous squeaking sound coming from the inside of the eggs the sound which tells the mother that her babies are about ready to appear and should be helped out of the mess of earth and leaves which constitute their nest and in which they are buried. During the act of hatching the professor tells us tbe little creatures were quite savage and would snap at his fingers. The newly born alligator is about ten inches long, and it is marvelous how he can be stowed away in so small an egg. or In Examination Papon. "The grind of going over examina tion papers," said the principal of a down-town school yesterday, "bas its compensation If one has a sense of humor. Some of the answers are stu pidly funny, while others are uncon sciously witty. One of the questions in the papers I went over this morn ing was: 'Name some of the causes of dyspepsia.' One boy's answer was 'Eating green apples and drinking beer between meals.' Another answered: 'Drinking ice water and after-dinner speaking.' Isn't that delicious? A third boy said dyspepsia was caused by going in swimming on an empty stomach. Another question was: 'Name some of the vital organs of tbe human body.' One answer was: 'Heart, liver, lungs and lights. These are the eternal organs.' "Philadel phia Record. Highest Telegraph Palaa. The highest telegraph poles in the United States bave just been put np in Beaumont, Texas. So far as known, they are the highest of any in the world, the top being 150 feet above tbe ground. They were erected on the opposite banks of the Neches river by the Western Union Telegraph Com pany In order to string Its cable across the stream. Tbe span is 144 feet In length. This height Is necessary to admit tbe passage of ships through the drawbridge, their masts being 1H feet tall and more. This aerial spaa waa preferred to laying a submarine cable, for It Is expected that Coavgreas mar nt some future day have the Neches river dredged, and this would ruin tha cable, it Is also muck tba ebatper.