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A ROMANCE OF MA NT LIVES' ERRORS.
BT ERNEST DE LANCE Y PIERSON.
Author "A Slave of Curcumatances," "A Bargain in Souls," "The Blmek
Ball," "The Cruel City," "A Woman's Will," "At the World's Mercy,"
The Scarlet Cyphr, "The Secret of the Marionettes." &.
(Copyright, 1902, by De Lancpy Plorson)
It was Btrange that a bit of paper, a
scrap of torn envelop, could have such
a tonic effect on an elderly man's spir
its, but Job Hendrlcka seemed highly
elated over the discovery he had made
In the Ellisons' house.
While the suddon fitting of Ellison
was a surprise to hlra, he believed that
he should have no trouble In finding
him, for he would have to appear when
the murder case came up for trial.
When he assured himself that the
young girl had been taken away that
morning by her father, he felt that for
the present he had no business further
In the town. What settled the question
of his going was when he entered his
little room at the inn and found bis bag
had been broken open and Its meagre
contents scattered about It appeared
as If the searcher, In a rage, had tossed
the things recklessly around because
he could not find what he wanted.
Job accepted the Incident with good
"So they have left someone behind to
try and get hold of that paper," he said
to himself. "With that In Ellison's pos
session, be might bite his thumb to
me. But he never will aa long as I am
able to stand upright"
The most Important articles of his
belongings he thrust In his bulging
pockets, and the rest he restored to the
bag and left It lying on the floor. Then
he wrote a note to the landlord, wrap
ped a banknote around It. that was
more than his bill amounted to, sealed
and addressed It, and left It on the bu
reau, where it could be easily seen, and
went quietly out of the room, closing
the door softly behind him. He was
rather glad that he did not find the
landlord below stairs, but even If the
worthy Peter had been there, he should
have said nothing about his going.
"Let this spy and thief think I am
In town," be said to himself as he went
out the door. "So much the easier for
me to throw him off the track."
Thinking that perhaps there might
be unseen eyes watching him, he ap
proached the depot In a circuitous way,
approaching It from exactly the oppo
site road he had et out. Then he kept
out of sight until the train arrived that
was to carry him to Farrenford, where
he knew that poor Dick Harnett was
confined. He felt satisfied as the train
moved out of the station that his de
parture had not been noticed, and the
thought that the man who had been left
to watch him was outwitted filled him
with quiet amusement.
So it came about that the little man
In brown was never again seen In the
town of Exton, and the landlord of the
Bluebell, when he found his star board
er hail taken French leave, mourned his
loss for many weeks afterward, and was
wont to regale the loafers of his es
tablishment with the prodigality of thh
millionaire traveling In disguise who
had honored his roof for a few short
Meanwhile Dick Barnett took his con
finement coolly, and now and then his
solitary life was cheered with a visit
from Grace Ellison.
She generally came with her father,
and It seemed to Dick that Ellison did
not treat him with the same feeling as
In the past, before this trouble came
tip. He often wondered, too, what had
become of the little man who acted In
men a friendly way while he was en
joying, or rather enduring, Mr. Bliven's
hospitality at Exton. He finally set
him down as an eccentric, who had be
come tired of playing philanthropist In
his case and was probably amusing
himself on a fresh subject.
When ho was examined he was sur
prised to find what a weight of circum
stantial evidence there was against him.
There were two things that counted In
bis favor. First, his good character
and even temper, making it Boem Im
possible that ho could in a fit of anger
have killed the mother simply because
she opposed his suit: secondly the dis
covery that Mrs. Ellison had been de
npo lied of her earrings of diamonds
and emeralds. Still, there was some
doubt whether she had worn them that
night though they could not be found In
tho receptacle where she usually kept
That tho young school teacher could
have been a robber as well as guilty of
a deeper crime seemed absurb on tho
face of It. On the other hand, he was
very poor.jfod had made arrangements
to leave rle town that night surrepti
tiously. Ho tho case remained, and ho was re
manded to await his trial with tho pros
The lato Dr. Charles A. Phelps of
Boston came near being the last surviv
or of the peculiar "Know-Noth!g" era
in Massachusetts Ho was one of the
original "Know-Nothing" leaders. He
later became presiding officer, In turn,
of both branches of the legislature and
acquired an Importance in politics
which resulted in giving him office un
der the Republican national adminis
tration. A comparison has been drawn In Nor
way aa to the profit of the fisheries In
the eea and In the riven, which ahowa
that the former arc three timet aa re
nauneraUve M tte latter.
pect of some months In Jail, anyway,
before he could be free. As for Elli
son, he promised to do great things. He
would pay a force of detectives to
search for new evidence, and proclaim
ed dramatically in court his belief in
the young man's innocence. He did all
he could to make his former protege
comfortable in prison, and Dick, far
from feeling downcast as he expected
to be when he found the weight of
evidence against him, became confident
that he had but to wait and all would
On the very day of the examination,
while James Ellison was still enjoying
the proud feeling of a man who has
been defending the cause of the poor
and weak, a card was brought to him
in his hotel room that drew from him
an exclamation of surprise.
"Show the man up," he Bald to the
servant, and straightway began to walk
nervously up and down the room as
If the prey to a violent excitement.
When he heard a step In the corridor
without, and a timid knock at the door.
De went ana opened it, admitting a
gayly dressed young man, with a sharp
face and closely cropped hair, who
stood for a moment on the threshold,
twisting a light felt hat nervously In
"Well, why don't you come in?"
grumbled Ellison. And then, as the fel
low seemed to have trouble In making
up his mind reached out his hand and
pulled him Into the room, closing the
door behind him.
"Sit down," pointing to a chair.
The visitor, who seemed to be uncom
fortable In his new clothes and at a
loss to know what to do with his hands,
slowly lowered himself to a resting
position on the edge of a fauteil, while
his black eyes turned here and there
aoout me room as 11 looking lor a
means of escape.
Ellison, who had taken a seat di
rectly in front of his visitor, eyed him
with a contemptuous smile.
"Well, what have you done to earn
your money?" he began.
"Blime me, Mr. Hellison, I hadn't 'ad
a good night's sleep since I went on
this here 'untin' expedition," speaking
with a strong cockney accent
"That's all very well. But what did
you accomplish by staying awake? The
paper did you get it?"
"No, I didn't."
Ellison made a gesture of Irritation
and looked at his visitor In no friendly
"What chance was there for me to
lay 'ands on it?" explained the young
man, energetically. "Didn't I plank my
telf down In the same lodgln' 'ouse with
the party? Didn't I keep a'ter him all
day? an', let me tell ye, he ain't a
pedestrian you can give distance to.
Didn't I ransack his baggage when he
"Oh, that was all nonsense. You
might have known that he carried It
about with him."
"And I suppose I was to knock tho
gent hover in broad daylight and take
It from '1m?" remarked tho other,
showing that he had a pretty skill In
the way of sarcasm.
"I dnn't care what you might havo
done. Your duty was to get the paper,
and you haven't done It I declare, you
are not so clever as I thought you
"Come, gov'ner, I done tho best I
could, so just please wait until "
"Well, go on, I am listening." replied
Ellison, with tho bored expression of
"Yo know ye wanted to find out who
this hero chap really was."
"Yes, but what can you tell me about
him that I don't know already, Brlggs?
Don't try to make up a story, bo as to
cover up your stupidity." And he
looked at tho young man In such a
threatening way that the latter cast an
anxious look at the door, as If he would
Kindly bo on tho other side of It
"Ye spo, when I was on the trail of
this gent," he began, as ho regained
some confidence and found out that he
was not to bo eaten, "I fell in with
some of our folks camped In tho woods.
They alius make known their where
about by somo sort of sign a bit o'
rag fixed to a tree or tho like. So when
I see this signal I thinks I'll go and
pay the folks a visit I plunges Intnr
tho woods and hadn't gono far when a
big rough chap comes runnln' hout of
tho bushes and axed me what I wanted.
I explains the best way I could, anu at
the same time makes It known that I
was onct a Romany myself."
"You are mighty long-winded with
your cursed story," exclaimed Mr. Elli
son, as ho leaned back in his chair and
yawned. "Do bo brief."
President Roosevelt Is to attend the
commencement at Harvard this year.
The president has many engagements
for the present month, Including one
at the dedication of the Ohio building
of the new Methodist university on the
14th and one In Carnegie hall In New
York on the 20th at a meeting of the
Presbyterian board of foreign missions.
Approximately 250,000 cases of Tas
manlan applet will, during the next
three months, be shipped from Hobart
for the English market Last year the
total shipments were 11,000 cases less.
These ahlpmenta will be made In slx
tse Urge, ocean-going steamers,
"I ain't no telegrapnlc talker," grum
bled the young man sulleniy. "I got
to tell this in my own way or not at
"There there, I was only trying to
make you hurry up a bit," said the
other, seeing that he could gain nothing
by his irritation.
'As soon as he finds out that I was
one of the people though he was
nothin' but a low down sort o' half
breed hlseelf we got to be quite chum
my and then I axes him if he knew
anything about the party I was lookin'
after. Bles ye, he knowed aa about j
'lm. The feller had paid the camp a
visit the day before."
"And who Is he?" and Ellison drew
his chair nearer and the bored look
disappeared from his face.
"His real name they don t know, but
be goes by the nickname of Will o' the
"Yes; he's a escaped convict, for he
was In for twenty year, and only es
caped the other day, with a lot of oth
ers. 'Mong them was a man he'd got to
know well In prison; his name, and
here he paused and rubbed hi chin
thoughtfully for a moment well, I
dlsremembers what it was" stopping
and shaking i.Is head.
"Wasn't It Martin Frale?" asked El
"That was it how'd ye know?" his
sharp face becoming overspread with a
"Never mind how I came to know.
But what of this Frale?"
"Well, the party what escaped was
once near gettin' caught, an Frale was
mortal wounded In the row. They man
aged to get him away, but he died the
next ttay, and they burled him. All the
party was captured at last but this 'ere
Will, and he must be the man I benn
watchin.' That was how the story the
fellow told me run."
"Well, you have not done so badly
after all." and Ellison's face expressed
deep satisfaction over what he had just
learned. He rose and walked up and
down the room a few paces, finally re
turning and standing beside the chair
where the young man was seated.
"Well, what are you doing here? Why
didn't you continue to keep your eye on
"Why? Cause he give me the Blip
that's why He left his bag "behind and
skipped. Must have got scared sus
pected he was follered "
"Well, you must find him again."
"Yes; It is more than likely that he
is in this town. He takes a deep Inter
est In the case of the young man who Is
In prison here for what happened at
"Taln't likely he'd be hanging round
where you are, gnv'nor. There ain't
sense in that," wagging his head sage
ly. "I tell you he must be here, and you
are a poor stick If you cannot find him."
"If he Is here, why, of course,
I kin get 'lm, and what then?"
"Let me know, that is all, and "now
go," and he went to the door, threw It
open and the visitor without another
word went out.
Ellison was watching him disappear
down the stairs and was about to re
turn to him room, when a voice near
him said pleasantly:
"Looking for me, Mr. Ellison? Well,
I'm glad to meet you," and turned to
face Job Hendricks.
(To be continued.)
SHOOTING LIVE PIGEONS.
The Campaign Against It Has Begun
There Is a strong campaign in prog
ress in various states against shooting
live pigeons at the trap. The cruelty
of the sport is being urged against It
and the prospects are for a revival of
the anti-pigeon shoollng laws of a gen
eration ago. New York has already
legislated to this effect and Illinois
sportsmen fear legislative action along
the same lines, sentiment In Chicago
having been sufficiently strong to cause
the arrest of four prominent members
of tho Audubon Shooting club during a
match. Following the Council Bluffs
shoot It is said that a vigorous assault
Is to begin on live hlrd shooting in
Iowa, the basis of the campaign being
its alleged cruelty. A well known trap
shot says of the movement: ."This
furore over tho shooting of pigeons as
a pastime Is considerably hysterical and
somewhat hypocritical. There is noth
ing cruel In pigeon shooting that Is not
accentuated In field shooting so far as
tho actual killing and wounding Is con
cerned. More wounded birds escape to
suffer In the field than at the trno.
These agltatom do not scruple to eat
chickens that havo been plucked while
still living or hoKB which kicked and
struggled while floating In the scalding
tanks. Two-thirds of the outcry against
the cruelty of shooting Is Ignorance and
the other third cant. Any operation
that involves killing is cruel, but there
Is very likely no more cruelty In killing
a bird Instantly in the air with a gun
than In knocking it. on tho head with
a cluh or wringing Its neck. There is
an excellent humane field for humani
tarians left without taking up the
cudgel so strenuously against pigeon
"Well, yes, I liked Dr. Hale." re
marked a Western revivalist on an oc
casion when Dr. Edward Everett Halo
preached In Pasadena. Cal., during a
visit there. "I liked him pretty well,
but I dnn't think much of his grammar.
He said In one part of his sermon: 'It
rests between him and me,' whereas ho
ought to have said, 'It rests between ho
President Roosevelt was one of tho
first contributors to tho fund for erect
ing a monument to Mrs. Rebecca Sa
lome Foster, known as tho "Tombs
Angel," who lost her llfo in the recent
Are in tho Park Avenue hotel, Now
Congressman Frank D. Currier of
New Hampshire urges that congress
should appropriate money for a statue
to Paul Jones. "Many persons think,"
says Mr. Currier, "that Jones was a
rough privateer. Nothing could be
further from truth. He was a gentle
man to his finger tips. No abler, brav
er, more patriotic, brilliant, devoted
and unselfish man ever aalled or fought
An empty 10-foot tank serves Waver
ly W. Va., aa a lockup for minor of
fenders. A drunken prisoner Is occa
sionally packed Into It and rollH
around town by the villager? un'ttf
New Museum to be Erected at Richmond, Va,,
For Preservation of Relics of the Civil War
lOSTON, June 21. Perhaps
the most definite plan yet
advanced for museum of
war to commemorate the
four years' struggles and
sacrifices of the Southern
confederacy is due, by a
curious turn of fortune, to
a thesis recently read
here iu Boston at the commencement
exercises of the Massachusetts Insti
tute of Technology.
. . There are 13 departments of instruc
tion at the Institute, and each of these
departments is represented at com
mencement by a public thesis. The the
sis in the department of architecture
was read this year by LeKoy Eskridge
Kern, a graduate of Randolph-Macon
college at Ashland, Va., who has spent
the greater part of the last few months
In preparing the plans for a museum
which, as a Virginian, he hoped might
some day be embodied in stone as a
Proposed Confederate Museum of War To Be Erected at Richmond, Virginia.
memorial to the battles and campaigns
of the Southern armies.
It was not Mr. Kern's intention to de
sign a national museum, such as the
United States might build to commem
orate the victories of the Union cause,
but rather such a building as the state
of Virginia might erect in honor ol
those who fought on the Southern sld(
in the civil war. The building would
be situated, of course, in Richmond ai
the capital of the confedercy, and woulc
serve a double purpose first, as 1
monument, and second, as a place foi
the exhibition of relics. As a monu
ment, Mr. Kern went on to say, no-,
dedicated to victory in war, but to thi
Considered as a place of exhibition, itf
design should express quiet and rest.
Considered as a lace of exhibition, lte
chief requirements would' be adequate
floor space, easy circulation and good
We hear sometimes in this country 1
of "a fine, promising family," but
where has America anything to com
pare with this in Africa, among those
whom we are accustomed to call "'th(
poor heathen?" Forty-two wives am',
more has Slkombo at one time. It
took a whole, kraal to accommodate his
interesting family, his hut being the
capitol, so to speak.
lie is puffed up with pride an Afri
can dandy and heavy swell, rigged out
In tho latest style. He Is a millionaire,
too, as millionaires go In that country.
Only a wealthy man can take unto him
self a half hundred wives.
Yet Sikombo oes not look entirely
happy. His brow Is corrugated and
"sicklied o'er with the palo cast ol
In tho accompanying picture Is
clearly shown tho manner In which a
woman's faco changes while she is
speaking. Each picture of the face, as
may be seen, has a different expression
on it, and yet all those changes of ex
pression took place within a period of
half a second.
Chronophotography Is the method
used to catch those evanescent changes
The story of the Glasgow burglar,
Ooodfellow, who has Just been sent to
prison for six years, Is very remark
able. Ooodfellow did his plundering
quite In the gonteelest manner. He
tossed and spoke like a gentleman
Mr. Kerc's drawings show a T-shaped
building of monumental character
standing on a high platform of the
same shape, and approached by a
broug flight of steps flanked by
sphinxes. This platform is treated
with heavy "battered" or sloping
walls, with angles emphasized by pro
jecting pavilions. Between the pavil
ions, at either side of the building, is
planted a row of cannon pointing out
ward along a broad curve.
The museum is Doric in general
stylewith an imposing entrance at the
center of the main facade. On the
wide projecting plinth at the base mor
tars are meant to be placed at regular
Intervals. Like the cannon on tho
platform, these mortars would be se
lected for their historic association in
war. Above the plinth the plans show
a broad sculptured band, some four or
five feet high, which runs clear round
the building. The sculptures are in
low relief and represent implements of
war. Above, at the corners, are eques
trian statues of men to be selected from
he role of distinguished Confederate
One of the most striking features of
Mr. Kern's plan is a beautiful Doric
colonade, between the columns of
which are large windows with mullions
formed of small bronze columns made
In the form of cannons. The entabla
ture is heavy and plain, with sculp
tures in relief at definite intervals rep
re3entlng shields, helmets and other
armor. Above the entablature is a
decorated cresting of stone. The stone
roof is built In steps.
The central entrance is treated after
the manner of a magnificent triumphal
arch crowned by a sort of pyramidal
pedestal bearing a four-horse war
chariot. On either side of the arch is
Doric column of peace. Around the
ONL MAN. HIS WIVES AND HIS
thought" It must make a man thought
ful to have a half hundred wives. Per
haps it is always peaceful in his kraal,
things look that way now; but, then,
you know, the photographer has just
said to Sikombo anu the ladies in black,
As a matter of cat. there are somo
compensations in Slkombo's situation,
even from the standpoint of civiliza
tion, which is thrifty, if not polyga
mous. Sikombo has a working force
of 50 women in his kraal by this mar
Grain and vegetables in Zululand are
tho product of female labor. The Zulu
woman's duty is full of toil; it begins
it 3 or 4 In the morning, when she rises
'n haste to pound the corn for breakfast
.JAN'S FACE IN HALF A SECOND.
of the contenance, the sum total of.
which give expression to the fact In
speech, and that somo very interesting
results can be obtained by means of It
the accompanying picture shows. More
over, some of theso experiments are in
structive as well as Interesting.
Thus the successive pictures of the
woman's faco shown here have been
projected by a lantern, the object being
and owned a beautiful yacht, In which
he would drop gracefully down to some
coast watering place and plunder It on
the quiet. AfUr the burglaries he
sailed away, no one for a moment sus
pecting the aristocratic visitor. He
also had a carriage and a pair ot dash-
base of each stand three female figures
representing, respectively, Peace join
ing the hands of the Union and the
Confederacy, and Industry uniting the
North and the South. Delicately sculp-'
tured palm branches in low relief deco
rate the fluting of the columns, and,
above the cornice of each colunm is a
pedestal on which is a seated figure ot
a warrior, resting after the conflict.
Between the columns runs a frieze, on
which may be inscribed the names of
the principal Southern statesmen and
soldiers, while the main entrance be
low and within the arch is supported
by two noble caryatides, or figures of
maidens taking the place of pillars.
On entering the building one comes
directly into the main hall, which is
square in plan but opens between great
corner piers into the wings. In the
corners of the main hall are small cir
cular stairs leading to a gallery. The
wall under the gallery is treated with
niches for the reception of relics, white
the wall above is intended to be cov
ered with large historical paintings.
Two rows of exhibits arranged in pyra
midal form, as in large expositions, ex
tend the whole length.
The smaller wings are intended for
similar exhibits, though of less import
ance; while In the end pavilions are
glass cases for the preservation of let
ters, documents, and historical publi
cations. Mr. Kern concludes his description ot
the building by saying: "I have sup
posed the Museum to be constructed of
ft gray limestone throughout, as
harmonizing with the local color of tho
place where I would like to have It
stand Richmond, the city of all others
where it would naturally be built la
order to commemorate that peace
which made us once more a united
in her ikovu, or wooden mo.rtar, or to
grind it between two stones.
She gathers firewood for the day's
cooking, going for it to the bush, cut
ting dead branches from trees, making;
thorn up into long bundles and bringing;
them home on her head; she brinjn
water, and often she must go a mile for
that; she sweeps around her hut, feeds"
her chickens, helps her husband or
other male relative with the weaving
of baskets, making ot pottery, and so
on; she makes necklaces (which take
tho place of the latest thing in shirt
waists with her) and embroiders bits of
things for herself; she runs and fetches
and carries for her lord and master.
And as she works and runs, she
sings. There are real choral unionef
fects in Sibombo's kraal.
to produce nn animated faco th
screen, and In this way images. the
movements which they are required to
Imitate have been pointed out to deaf
From this It will be seen that expe
rlmenta Iphonetics constitutes a wide
field of research, not only of great sci
entific interest, but also one having
practical aspects, not all of which are
at first apparent.
Ing gray horses that assisted him equal
ly as a blind and as a means of escape;
A favorite trick was to accompany hla
predestined victims to church, slip oat
before them and go through the house
while the owner and his family wan at
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