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By HALL CAINE.
THE GOSPEL OF RENUNCIATION.
What had happened In the great
world during the two yean in which
Michael Sunlocka had been out of it
is vtry simple and easily told. Old
Adam Falrbrother had failed at Lon
don aa he had failed at Copenhagen,
and all the good that had come of hits
efforts had ended in evil. It was then
that accident helped him in hia des
pair. The relations of England and Den
mark had long been doubtful, for
France seemed to be stepping between
them. Napoleon was getting together
a combination of powers against Eng- j
land, and in order to coerce Denmark
Into using her navy a small but effi
cient one on the side of the alliance,
he threatened to send a force overland.
He counted without the resources of
Neleon. who, with no more ado than
Betting sail got across to Copenhagen,
took possession of every ship o war
that lay In Danish waters, and brought
thorn home to England In a troop.
When Adam heard of this he saw his
opportunity in a moment, and hurry
ing away to Nelson at Spithcad he
asked If among the Danlbh ships that
had been captured there was a sloop
if war that had lain near two years
off the Island of Grimsey. Nelson an
swered. No, but that if there was such
a vessel still at liberty he was not of
a mind to leave it to harass him. So
Adam told why the sloop was there,
and Nelson, waiting for no further in
structions, despatched an English man-of-war,
with Adam aboard of her, to
do for the last of the Danish fleet what
bad been done for the body of it, and
at the same time to recover the En
glish prisoner whom she had been sent
Rpfnro anvthinr wan known nf this
final Btcp of Nelson, his former pro
ceeding had made a great noise
throughout Europe, where it was loud
ly condemned as against the law of na
tions, by the rascals who found them
selves outwitted. When the report
reached Rekyjavlk, Jorgen Jorgensen
saw nothing that could come of it but
instant war between Denmark and
England, and nothing that, could come
of war with England but disaster to
Denmark, for he knew the English
rtw nf nH Rn In nmlii ilnnhlv sure
of his own position in a tumult where
in little things would of a certainty
be seized up with the great ones, he
conceived the idea of outline Michael
Sunlocks out of the way, and thus set
tling one harrasslng complication.
Then losing no time he made ready a
despatch to the officer In command of
the sloop of war off Grimsey, ordering
him to send a company of men ashore
immediately to eiecute the prisoner ly
ing in charge of the priest of the Isl
and. Now this despatch, whereof the con
tents became known throughout Reyk
javik in less time than Jorgen took to
write and seal It, had to be carried to
Grimsey by two of his bodyguard. But
the men were Danes, and as they did
not know the way across the Bursting-
sand desert, an Icelander guide had to
be found for them. To this end the
two taverni of the town were beaten
up for a man, who at that season It
was winter, and the snow lay thick
over the lava Btreams and the sand
would adventure so far from home. .
And now It was Just at this time,
after two-and-a-half years In which no
man bad reen him or heart him, that
Jason returned to Rekyjavik. Scarce
anyone knew him. lie wag the wreck
of himself, a worn, torn, pitiful, brok
en ruin of a man. People lifted both
hands at sight of lilm. but he showed
no self-pity. Day after day, night
after night, he frequented the taverns.
He drank as he had never before been
known to drink; he laughed as he had
never been heard to laugh; be sang
as he bad never been beard to sing,
and to all outward appearance he was
nothing now but a shameless, grace
less, disorderly, abandoned profligate.
Jorgen .lorgensen heard that Jason
had returned, and order his people to
fetch him to Government Houhe. Thny
did so, and Jorgen and Jason stood
face to face. Jorgen looked at Jason as
one would say, "Dare you forget the
two men whose lives you have taken?"
And Jaon looked back at Jorgen as
one would answer, '"Dare you remem
ber that I spared your own life?" Then
"without a word to Jason, old Jorgen
turned to his peopie and suid, "Take
him away." So Jason went back to
dissipation and thereafter no man said
yea or nay to him.
But when he heard of the despatch,
h was sobered by It In a moment, and
when the guards came on their search
lor a gUIUti IU tltt? L4tiu ttut'lii Jic aa,
be leapt to his feet and said, "I'll go."
"You won't pass, my lad." said one
of the Danes, "for you would be dead
drunk before you crossed the Basket
"Would I?" said Jason, mooSiiy,
"who knows?" And with fiat he
shambled out But in hi; neart he
cried, "The hour has come at last!
Thank God! Thank God!"
Before he was missed he had gone
from Reykjavik, and made his way to
the desert with his face towards Grlm
ey. The next day the guards found tholr
guide and set out on their Journey.
The day after that a Danish captain
artved f.t Reykjavik from Copenhagen,
and reported to Jorgen Jorgensen that
off the Westmann Islands he had
sighted a British man-of-war, making
for the northern shores of Iceland.
This news put Jorgen Into extreme ag
itation, for be guessed at its meaning
la an Instant As surely ta the war
hip was afloat she was bound for
Orlmsey, to capture the sloop that lay
there, and as surely as Ergland knew
of the sloop, she also knew of the pile
oner whom It was sent to watch. Brit
ish sea-captains, from Drske down
it ards, bad beeh a race of pirates and
cut-throats, and If the captain of this
ship, on landing at Grimsey, found Ml
fhul flnnlocks dead, he would follow
n to Reykjavik, and never take rest
' until be bad strung up the aovernor
n4 his people to tbe nearest ysrdara.
So thinking in the wild turmoil nf hi
hot old head, wherein everything he
naa tnougut before was turned topsy
turvy, Jorgen Jorgensen uecided to
countermand bis order for the execu
tion of Sunlocks. ' But his despatch
was then a day gone on its way. Ice
land guides were a tribe of lazy vaga
bonds, not a man or boy about his per
son was 10 be trusted, and so Jorgen
concluded that nothing would serve
but that he should set out after the
guards himself. Perhaps he would
And tbem at Thingveltr, perhaps be
would cross them on the desert, but
at least he would overtake them before
they took boat at Husavlk. Twelve
hours a day he would ride, old as be
was, if only these skulking Iceland gi
ants could be made to ride after him.
Thus were four several companies
al the same time on their way to
Grimsey: the English man-of-war from
eplthead to take possession of the Dan
ish sloop; the guards of the Governor
to order ihe execution of Michael Sun
locks; Jorgen Jorgensen to counter
mand tbe order; and Red Jason on bis
own errand known to no man.
The first to reach was Jason.
When Jaton set little Michael from
his knee to the floor, and rose to his
feet as Greeba entered, he was dirty",
bedraggled, and unRempt; his race was
Jaded and old-looking, his skin shoes
were splashed with snow, and torn,
and his feet were bleeding; his neck
wap bare, and his sheepskin coat was
hanging to his back only by the wool
len serafe that was tied about his
waist. Partly from shock at this
change, and partly from a confused
memory of other scenes the marriage
festival at Government House, the
nlKht trial in the little chamber of the
senate, the Jail, the minus, and the
Mount of Laws Greeba staggered at
alfeht of Jason and would have cried
aloud and fallen. But he caught her
la his arms in a moment, and whis
pered her in a low voice at her ear
to be silent, for that ho had something
to say that must be beard by no one
he recovered herself Instantly, drew
tack as if his touch had stung her, and
isked with a look of dreau if he had
known she was there.
"Yes," he answered.
"Where have you come from?"
She glanced down at bis bleeding
teet, and said, "on foot?"
"On foot," he answered.
"When did you leave?"
"Five days ago." .
"Then you have walked night and
day across the desert?"
"Nlgbt and day."
She had become more eager at every
question, and now she cried, "What
ha happened? What Is going to bap
pen? Do iiot keep it from me. I can
tear it, for 1 have borne many things.
Tell me why have you come?"
"To save your husband," bald Jason.
And tlun he told her, with many
geutle protests against her ghastly
looks of fear, of the guards that were
coming with the order for the execu
tion of Michael Sunlocks. Hearing
that, she vaitcd for no more, but fell
to a great outburst of weeping. And
until her bout was spent he stood si
lt lit, and helpless beside her, with a
strong man's faint at sight of a wo
man's tea i d.
"How she loves!" he thought, and
egaln and again the word rang in tbe
tnipty pi jo) of his heart
But when the had recovered herself
lie smiled as he was able tor the great
drops that stni rolled down his own
hnpgard face, and protested once more
that there was nothing to fear, for lie
himself had come to forestall the dan
ger, and things were not yet so far
past help but there was still a way to
"What way'" she asked.
"The way of escape," he answered.
"Impossible," she said. "There is a
v,ar ship suicide, and every path to the
shore Is watched,"
He laughed at that, and Mild if every
f,oat track vere guarded, yet he would
make his way to the sea. And as for
the warship outside, there was a boat
within th9 harbor, the same that be
iiad come by, a Shetland smack that
had made pretence to put in for had
dock, and vould sail at any moment
that he gav it warning,
She listened eagerly, and, though
Ft.e saw but little likelihood of escape,
she clutched at the chance of It
"When will you make the attempt?"
"Two hours before dawn to-mor-iow."
b answered, ... -
"Why so late?"
"Because tbe nights are moonlight."
"I'll be ready," she whispered.
"Make the child ready, also," be
"Indeed, yce," she whispered.
"Say nothing to anyone, and If any
one questions you, answer as you may.
Whatever yuu hear, whatever you see,
whatever 1 'nay do or pretend to do,
rpcak not a word, give not a sign,
change not a feature. Do you prom
ise?" "Yea," nlto whispered, "yea, yes."
And then suddenly a new thought
"Hut Jascn.". she said, with her eyes
aside, and her fingers running through
the hair of little Michael, "but, Jason,"
she faltered "you will not betray me?"
"Betray you?" he said, and laughed
"Because," she added, quietly,
"though I am here, my husband does
rot know me for his wife. He In
blind, and cannot see me, and for my
own reasons I have never spoken to
him since I came."
"You have never spoken to him?"
"And bow long have you lived In
Then Jason remembered what Sun
locks bad told him at the mines, end
In another moment he bad read Qree
ba's secret br tho light of bis a an.
: understand," he said, aadly; "I
think I understand."
She caught the look of sorrow In his
eyes and said, 'But, Jason, what of
At that he laugibed again, and tried
to carry himself off with p brave
"Where have you been?" she asked.
"At Akuyeri, Husavlk, Reykjavik,
the desert everywhere, nowhere," he
"What have you been doing?"
"Drinking, gamlug, going to the
devil everything, nothing."
And at that he laugbted once more,
loudly and noisily, forgetting his own
(To Be Continued.)
Some evasions of the inheritance
tax law can hardly be regarded as
wholly unpardonable. General Dl
Ceanola, of the New York Metropoli
tan Museum of Art, says that Mr.
Charles R. Curtis informed him some
time ago that be had made provision
in his will for a bequest of 910,000
to the museum. Lately Mr. Curtis
called again and said: "General. I
don't think I will leave you that $10,
000. I will give It to you In cash. The
Inheritance tax will take up $1,500 or
$2,000 of it. and you will not get the
benefit of the whole amount If I leave
it to you In my will." And he handed
over the cash.
Tweed Responsible for tbs Tiger.
The origin cf the tiger as an em
blem of Tammany Is said by W. C.
Montayne, a coffee and spice dealer
!n New York, to date from the time
when William M. Tweed, then fore
man of "Big Six" fire company, took
a fancy to a picture of a royal Bengal
tiger In his father's store In the '50s.
Tweed adopted the emblem for the
Amerlcus club, and It soon wai accept
ed !y all Tammany. Tweed bad tho
tigtr's head woven In the center of the
pailor tui&et of the Amerlcus elu) in
its tporty club house at Greer.wreh,
Conn., and It was painted on the old
hand engine of Big Six.
Tremendous Bridge Traflle.
Twenty years ago it was estimated
that 200,000 persons crossed London
bridge daily, 130,000 on foot and the
rest in vehicles. With the growth of
population these numbers have almost
doubled, in spite of the relief afforded
by the building of the tower bridge,
half a mile downstream. It has there
fore become an urgent matter to In
crease the capacity of the older bridge,
and it has now been decided to ac
complish this by means of granite
corbels which will carry the footway
as projections over the water on each
side of the bridge.
Tbs Cur Isn't a Reader.
The czar of Russia does not rea'"
newspapers regularly, and seldom
looks at a book. While attending to
his official business in the morning he
sips one cup of tea after another, oc
casionally eata a caviare sandwich.
The hours from 1 to 4 p. m. he gives
to his family and family affairs. From
4 he works again till dinner time, at
7. His typhoid fever has left him
stronger than he was before. His
face is full and round, and he has
had none of the headaches and epilep
tic fits that used to attack him before
bis recent illness.
Salt Baths at flnme.
Persons desiring to take salt-water
baths at home should first learn the
quantity of salt to use In the tubs,
Victor Smith suggests. An ordinary
bath contains from ninety to 100 gal
lons of water, Into which a thoughtless
person will dissolve a pint or two of
sea salt, so-called, and Imagine him
self disporting In the ocean. It he
followed nature he would use twenty
five or thirty pounds of salt to the 100
gallons, and this. If purified, would
cost him 70 cents. He -would have
about four baths to each 700 pounds of
To Ruin Tea In Couth Carolina.
A new tea company, Influenced by
Dr. Shepard's success, has just bought
6,000 acres of land in Colleton county,
S. C, Intending to raise tea for the
market Tbe company paid $20,000 for
the land, and will plant but 100 acres
this season, as it is now rather late
to begin the preparation of the
grounds. Next year over 5,000 acres
will be planted, and the output Is ex
pected to exceed 300,000 pouuds.
Constructively In Sight.
A queer will case has just been de
cide by the courts of Minnesota. The
witnesses stepped through a doorway
Into the adjoining room and affixed
their signatures at a table about ten
feet from the testator, Just out of his
sight, but while he was seated on the
side of his bed and could have seen
them by stepping forward two or three
feet The attestation and subscription
of the will under these circumstances
Sanserif, Fracrlt anil Maeadhl.
India has hundreds of dialects
which may all be classed under three
great heads the 8anrcrlt, Pracrlt and
Magadbl. The Sanscrit Is the funda
mental language and that of the Ve
da; the Pracrlt the vernaci'Ar lan
guage In many dialects, and tne Maga
dhl or Mlsra Is that of Ceylon and thi
Tot an "ail" Window at Wrexham.
A number of Yale graduates hav
completed the subscription list for the
placing of a memorial window for
Ellhu Yale in the church at Wrexham,
Wales, near which Yale lies buried,
and work on the window will be be
gun at once.
A Governor's Pet.
Governor Odcll, of New York, has a
pet water spaniel of which he Is very
fond. The dog is well trained, and
among other tricks will pounce upon
a lighted match and extinguish the
flame by blowing on It aa a man docs.
nam la the nig Alps.
A road It being built In the high
Alps, which pauw the Great St. Ber
nard and fclso tbe bosplce of that name.
This groat engineering fest will be fin
ished and opened to traffic tn Jul of
NOTES ON SCIENCE
CURRENT NOTES OF DISCOVERY
Some Words of Advice to Thin People-
Something New In I'mbretlas Aa
Automatic Pistol Of Interest to Carpet
A WOKU TO THE THIIf.
A great deal has been written by
physicians for the benefit of fat per
sons who desire to reduce their
weight, but the discontented at the
other end of the scale, who long for
more covering on their bones, are very
generally left to discover for them
selves, If they can, a means to gain
Thinness, like obselty, may be due
to some constitutional defect In nu
trition, often running In the family, or
it, may be a symptom of chronic dis
ease. A gradual loss of flesh, occur
ring without any apparent cause, in
one who has been in previous good
condition, is a suspicious sign, and
should lead one to seek a careful med
ical examination, so that the cause,
whatever it may be, may be discovered
and corrected while there is time.
Other persona have always been too
tbin, while seeming in other respects
to be In fair health. To such a few
simple directions may be of service.
Tnin persons are very apt to be
nervously strung, fretting over trifles,
and borrowing trouble on every pos
sible occasion. They sleep poorly,
dream much, and are always In a state
or unrest In their waking hours. They
an not uncommonly rather large eat
ers, but tieir food is for the most part
meat, and Is bolted with very little
It will be of little use to modify the
diet in such cases unless the nervous
ness Is treated at the same time. The
person must avoid all things which
stimulate the nervous system excit
ing novels and theatrical pieces, tbe
use of tobacco, coffee, tea, and so
forth. The diet should consist largely
of articles of a fattening nature, such
as starchy vegetables, sweets, butter
and fat meats. Meals should be small
but frequent. A certain amount of
nourishment taken In six portions will
make more flesh than the same
amount divided Into three meals.
Chocolate may be - substituted for
the morning tea or coffee. Water
should be drunk in large quantities at
other than meal-times, but fluids
should be taken sparingly with the
meals, Codllver oil, If it does not
nauseate, should be taken regularly;
if it cannot be tolerated, cream may
The night hours of sleep should be
long, and a nap may be taken with ad
vantage In tho middle of the day.
rOW KB LOOM.
It is reported that an English syn
dicate has purchased from the in
ventor a new method of manufactur
ing Oriental carpets. The apparatus Is
called the Hellensleben power loom,
and the claim is made that it has a ca
pacity of thirty-five square yards per
day, while by hand It takes half a day
to make a square yard. It Is also
stated that the material Is equal to the
finest Oriental productions. A pecu
liarity of Its construction is that a
shuttle Is dispensed with, thus permit
ting the, utilization of low-grade ma
terial hitherto considered useless. An
other novel feature connected with It
is the process of coloring yarns, which,
in view of Its simple character, it Is
thought may be adopted in other
branches of textile manufacture.
MOTOR TRACTION ENOI1XK.
An oil engine, which has recently at
tracted considerable attention abroad,
and which was invented in Germany,
is said to be tbe counterpart of an en
gine brought out In this country some
time since by Richard Dudgeon, with
the exception that Dudgeon used
steam as a motive power, while the
new engine uses oil vapor. It consists
of a friction roller, working on the In
side of a larger wheel. Its tractive
power Is reported as being very great.
SOMETHING NKVtf IN IMIIItKIXAg.
Every one knows that tho weak
point in an umbrella Is the wire that
holds tho ribs together at the notch
where they unite with the stick. This
wire soon rusts and breaks, permit-
ting the ribs to t'irust themselves
through the cover. A ball-bearing um
brella Is now being manufactured
which disposes of this weak point by
doing away With the wire altogether.
In place of the ordinary notch a steel
cone, much like that used In the ball
bearings of a bicycle and like It filled
with steel balls, Is used. The ordinary
ribs, with the exception that they
holes countersunk In them, are In
serted Into the cone through notches.
Tkn balls fit Into the countersunk
boles In the ribs and a washer held
down by a screw cap holds the whole
thing together, while It admits of tbe
ribs moving up and down with perfect
ease. It is claimed that this umbrella
is stronger and can be rolled closer
than the one at present In use. Also
that If a rib breaks the owner can put
a new one in himself without hunting
up an umbrella expert.
TIIK AUTOMATIC PISTOL.
The latest In small arms Is the pis
tol wblcb bas just been adopted Dy
the Swiss government and has lately
been tested by the United States war
department In speaking of it in the
American Machinist, G. H. Powell
calls attention to tbe fact that the
limited range of tbe revolver is large
ly due to the escape of the powder gas
xbout the cylinder, and then says:
"What Is known as tbe automatic
pistol of today seems almost a perfect
realization of the ends sought. Though
called automatic, this weapon Is In
reality only semi-automatic, as suc
cessive pressures on the trigger are
necessary to its operation.
"This weapon is a repeating arm in
which the force of the expansion of the
gas tbe recoil, or 'kick' is utilized
after each shot to open the breech
block, extract the empty case, cock the
flrlng-pln, and, by means of a recuper
ative spring, charge the pistol with a
new cartridge, the operator merely
having to press the trigger for each
successive shot" In editorial com
ment the journal Just referred to re
marks: "The performance of this
Luger pistol Is remarkable, as shown
by tests of army boards. Twenty-four
. SECTIONAL VIEW,
shots were fired from it at the rate of
116 a minute. This Included the time
of removing two empty magazines and
Inserting two loaded ones, so that the
rate of firing one magazine charge, or
eight shots, must of course be consid
erably faster. In the accuracy test
the mean deviation of the shots was
shown to be ' slightly more than 0.5
inch at a range of 75 feet. It was
taken apart in 3 seconds, and reas
sembled in 12 14 seconds.
"It also stood the remarkably severe
dust and rust tests very well and gave
every evidence of being the very best
military pistol presented before the
trial board. After being immersed in
a solution of sal ammoniac and al
lowed to remain until thoroughly rust
ed, it was without cleaning fired as a
single breech-loader, and after being
simply oiled, without disassembling,
worked automatically as before. It is
thought probable that the United
States army authorities will adopt It
for army use, in which case it will be
TBI TIGER'S EYES.
Mr. Beddard of the London Zoolog
ical Society calls attention to a pecu
liarity of the ears of tigers, which he
thinks may be classed under the head
of "protective markings." On the back
of each ear is a very bright white spot,
and when the ears are directed for
ward these spots are conspicuous from
the front Mr. Beddard suggests that
when the tiger is sleeping in the dim
light of a cave or thicket tbe spots on
Its ears may appear to an enemy, look
ing tn, as the gleam of its watchful
eyes, and thus save the sleeper from
an unexpected attack.
The total undeveloped energy of
Niagara Falls Is estimated by' electri
cal experts to be 8,000.000 horse power.
Of fifty-six glaciers observed in 1897
thirty-nine were found to be decreas
ing, while five were stationary and
twelve were Increasing.
Tbe steam yacht Arrow, being built
by Lysander Wright, of Newark, for
Charles R. Flint, is expected to de
velop a speed of forty knots an hour.
A seven-story building in Chicago
has just been raised with jacks twenty-one
and one-half feet without crack
ing a pane of glass or Injuring wall.
A new line of steamers to ply be
tween Tacoma and Liverpool via the
Suez canal, touching at Manila and
other Philippine ports, comprising
nine ships. Is announced.
The British parliament is, busy at
present In Investigating the various
electric railway schemes that have
been projected In all directions in Lon
don since the opening of tbe Central
London Electric Railway.
The experiments tried during the
Ashantee campaign by the British of
ficer with the megaphone for giving
orders were unsuccessful, owing to the
thick jungle and winding paths pre
venting the sound from traveling.
An attachment Is provided in Swe
den by which the secrecy of the tele
phone line Is assured. The apparatus,
which is rented at a moderate rate,
indicates whether the telephone op
erator Is listening to the conversa
tion or not.
A German society of engineers has
In contemplation the preparation of an
International technical dictionary, to
be published in English, French and
German. The object is to secure com
pleteness and Identity of meaning In
the use of technical words.
Hydraulic press-ire Is being used at
St. Etlenne tn making steel In molds
tapering toward tbe top by pressure
from tbe bottom Instead of from the
top of the casting. It Is said to pro
duce a more homogeneous steel and
give better results generally.
COW DEPENDED HER CALF.
rat Haat-ir aa te WUght After
The calf, having nursed sufficiently
and feeling bis baby legs tired of the
weight they bad not yet learned to
carry, laid himself down. On this the
cow shifted her position. She turned
half arotyid and lifted her bead high.
As she 4id so a scene of. peril was
borne la upon her fine nostrils. She
recognized It Instantly. With a snort
of akger she sniffed again, then
stamped a challenge with her fore
hoofs and leveled the lance points of
tier horns toward the menace. Tbe
next moment her eyes, made keen by
the fear of love, detected the black
outline of the bear's head through tbe
coarse screen of the Juniper. Without
a second's hesitation she flung up ber
tail, gave a short bellow and charged.
The moment she saw herself detected
the bear rose upon "her hind-quartern;
nevertheless, she was In a measure
surprised by the sudden blind fury of
the attack. Nimbly she swerved to
avoid it, aiming at the same time a
stroke with her mighty forearm, which
If it had found Its mark would have
smashed her adversary's neck. But as
she struck out, in the act of shifting
her position, a depression of ground
threw her off her balance. The next
instant one sharp horn caught her
slantingly in the flank, tipping its way
upward, while the mad Impact threw
her upon her back. Grappling, she
had her assailant's bead and shoulders
in a trap and her gigantic claws cut
through the flesh and sinew like
knives; but at the desperate disadvant
age of her position she could inflict no
disabling blow. . The cow, on the other
hand, though mutilated and streaming
with blood, kept pounding with her
whole massive weight and with short,
tremendous shocks crushed the breath
from her foe's ribs. Presently, wrench
ing herself free, the cow drew off for
another battering charge, and as she
did so the bear hurled herself violently
down the slope and gained her feet be
hind a dense thicket of bay shrub. The
cow, with one eye blinded, glared
around for her in vain; then, in a pan
ic of mother terror, plunged back to
her calf. Leslie's Monthly.
GOOD LUCK IN BAD ERRORS.
Greet Froflta Have Sometimes Resulted
From Seeming- Mistakes.
Mistakes are not always unprofit
able. Sometimes they turn out to be
the most fortunate things that could
have happened. When Orme won the
Eclipse stakes at Sandown eight years
ago the prince of Wales sent his friend
Mr. Courthope to lay a bet on a horse
called Orvieto. But Mr. Courthope
misunderstood the name and placed
the prince s money on Orme. wnen
Orme came in a good winner the
prince thought of course, that he had
lost, instead of which he had won
$50,000. A lucky mistake was that
which resulted in the opening of the
famous Niersfonteln gold mine In
South Africa and the making of $30,
000,000. It was an error that saved a
score of people from ruin and made
wealthy many of them, for the orl
Insl Inranrlnn nf twentv nOOr men Who
were seeking fortune was to buy a
mine called the Rensnek farm. The
prospectors who examined this farm
found that It gave great promise of a
rich mine, and they commissioned an
agent to buy it for $6,000. The agent,
however, got mixed and made a hope
less blunder through not knowing the
district well. He bought another place
called Niersfonteln for the prospectors,
and the money was paid over before
the dismayed gold seekers found they
were let in for a place they did not
want They refused to accept the deal,
but the money had been paid and re
traction was impossible Worst of all,
some outside people profited by the
error and snapped up the coveted
Rensnek. Before going to law to re
pudiate the transaction the little com
pany had a look at the despised Niers
fonteln place, and on giving a trial to
it they found it worth while to hang
on. The other place the Rensnek
gave out within a fortnight and ruined
the company which had bought It,
while the Niersfonteln became a mag
nificent mine and has yielded over
Or eat Growth of "Wire Houses."
There are 500 telephones on the floor
of the exchange, each In charge Of a
boy, who receives orders from his of
fice and transmits them to the floor
broker for execution. In every brok
er's office there are from one to ten
telephones,- and many brokers rarely
see their clients, who telephone orders
from uptown offices, homes or out of
town. In recent years there has been
an enormous growth of what are
known as "wire houses." There are
New York, Chicago or Boston firms
which lease private wires connecting
with many of the leading cities east
of Denver.. No firm yet controls a
private wire to the Pacific coast, but
doubtlesss one will be heard of before
long. World's Work.
Telephone's Progress Abroad.
Although' the use of the telephone
has tncreased rapidly here there are
countries In Europe in which tele
phones are In far more general use
than here. In Stockholm, Sweden, on
person in every fourteen baa a tele
phone, there being more than 20,000
telephones In a population of 271,000.
Every tobacconist's store Is a public
call offlee and the rates are very low.
England Is far behind In the matter of
telephones, there being only 1 to every
836 of tbe population. In little Swltser
land there is 1 to every 172 persona,
but far more business is done over the
telephone In England than In Swift
land. ' "
Only a fool forgets bis folly.
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