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THE RED CLOUD CHIEF.
INTERNATIONAL PflSSS ASSOCIATION.
CHAPTER IX. (Continued.)
"You frighten me," bIic cried, trem
bling still. "And I nm so alone now.
I used to linve Auntie. I could have
borne anything then, but now I feel
like a poor little rudderless boat going
out to an unknown sea."
"Not rudderless while I live," he re
"Well, Dorothy, my darling, I may
na well make a clean breast of the
worst at once and get It over. Don't
bo frightened, dear, but my name Is
not Harris at nil."
"Dick!" she cried, then Bat staring
at him as If b-he could not believe
her own cars. "Dick!"
"Yes, I know. But wait till you hear
all, dear, and then you will see that It
was not my fault, to begin with, and
that I never meant really to deceive
either of you."
And then ho told her everything
how Lady Jane must have mistaken
lilm for his friend Haines; how uncon
scious he had been that the mistake
had been made until she Dorothy,
that is had called him Mr. Harris;
how that fellow Stevenson had passed
Just as she spoke, and he had forgotten
until he got back to Lady Jane's, near
ly, that he had parted from her leav
ing her under a wrong Impression
about him; how, oddly enough, al
most the same thing had happened at
Lady Jane's. Then he told her nil
about his uncle's letter gave It to
her to read, In fact and told her how
he had come to call on Miss Dimsdale,
and had been prevented from giving
his real name to Barbara by Dorothy's
coming to meet him and Introducing
him to her aunt as "Mr. Harris," and,
linally, how he let the mistake pass,
feeling that the whole situation was a
very awkward one for him, but having
always the full Intention of making a
clean breast of It to Miss Dimsdale
sooner or later. "And the fact was,"
he- ended, half apologetically, "I
thought If you both got to like me you
wouldn't caro whether my namo was
Tom, Dick or Harry."
"But it Is Dick?" she cried quite
"It Is Dick Dick Aylmcr, at my
darling's service," he answered, "and,
after all, Aylmcr is a better name than
Harris any day."
"And you will be Lord Aylmcr one
day!" she said, her soft eyes filled wltli
wonder to think of It.
"Yes, always supposing the old sav
ave docs not contrive to carry his
"DICK," SHE CRIED,
threat about nn heir of his own Into
actual, fact," Dick replied. "But then
you won't like me any the less for that,
"Oh, no, I was not thinking of
that," she said. "I was only thinking
how wonderful It was that you Hhould
want to marry mo. But, Dick, what
will your uncle say when he finds out
"Ho will cut off my allowance
promptly," Dick answered.
"Oh, Dick!" she said.
"Well, now, my darling, that Is what
I want to talk to you about. You see,
nobody about here, not oven Lady
Jane, knows mo excopt as Harris, reg
iment vague. And if the old savage
finds out that I am married he will
make It a necessity for mo to go to
India, which I don't want to do If I
can help It. But If you would consent
to marry mo prlvntoly under the
namo of Richard Harris, wo should be
perfectly safe, so long as you were not
known by nny of tho people In the
veglmcnt that is, If you lived a mllo
or two away, or In tho next town."
"It would be quite legal?" said Doro
thy, In a trembling voice.
"It would be perfectly legal," ho an
swered. "Oh, my dear!" ho burst out,
"do you think I would bo such a vil
lain as to mako a suggestion which
would not be legal, while your aunt,
who took caro of you all her life, and
who left you in my charge, lay dead
In tho houso? Listen I have thought
it all out. Wo shall bo married, if you
consent, as soon as wo possibly can
be. Barbara will witness tho marriage,
but will not know my real name. I
will nt onco make n deed declaring that
I was married on such a day, under
tho namo of Harris, and leave It scaled
In sonio plnce of safety, so that there
can never bo any trouble about tho
Identification of tho Richard Harris
who was married to Dorothy Strodo.
We will tell Barbara that it Is nec
essary tho marriage should bo kept se
cret (or a time, and she will live with
you and take care of you when I am
absent. There, that Is my Idea. I
know that it Is a great sacrifice to
ask of you, and I hardly like to ask It,
hut yon see I am In this old savage's
hands, so to speak. Then, on thij- other
hand, If you don't feel that you ought
to do this, or that your aunt would
have objected very strongly to It, I
will write at once and tell Lord Ayl
mcr what I have done, and ho must
make himself na dlsagrceablo as ho
pleases. Only, my dearest, that will
"Dick, dear," said Dorothy, slipping
her hand within his, " we will bo mar
ried privately. I don't think Auntio
would have minded a bit. If she knew
a thing was right, she never cared vhat
the world had to say about It."
ND so It was Bot
tled. When Dick
had gone again,
Dorothy rang tho
hell for Barbara.
"Come In here Bar
bara," she said, "I
have something to
tell you. Listen
sit down, Barbara,
nnd promise me
that what I tell
you shall bo a dead secret for ever un
til I release you from your promise."
"Miss Dorothy," Bald Barbara, snif
fing, "I promise, but surely you know
It Isn't necessary."
"No, Barbara, no," soothingly, "but
It Is best to say all first, Isn't It?
First, do you know that this house
all belongs to Mr. David Stevenson?"
"To David Stevenson!" burst out
Barbara, Indignantly (she had known
David from a Uittlc boy and detested
him always). "But. Miss Dorothy,
surely the dear mistress never let him
get round her to that extent?"
"Xo, no," cried Dorothy, "but Auntio
had to sell the Hall to somebody, and
she sold It to David, and I never knew
It till he told me yesterday."
"Then I think, Miss Dorothy," cried
Barbara, In dignified disgust, "that ho
might have had the decency to wait
a day or two before he told you."
"Xo, Barbara, you arc too hard on
David. Ho has been very kind and
considerate to mo most kind and con
siderate, indeed. But ho just had to
tell me, he couldn't very well help him
self. Of course, ho docs not want to
turn us out he ho wouldn't mind If
wc stopped here for years; but then,
you see, Barbara, I am engaged to Mr.
Harris, and and this no place for
"Does Mr. David know?" Barbara In
quired. "Not yet; nnd that Is what I wanted
to tell you. You see, Barbara, Mr. Har
ris Is very awkwardly placed. Ho has
a relation who Insists that he does not
get married because he would not mar
ry sonio rich girl or other that thoy
wanted him to marry. And, of course,
ho wants to marry me, and he means
"Yes?" Bald Barbara, intensely In
terested In this very romantic situa
tion. "Yes, Miss Dorothy; well?"
"Well, Barbara dear, wo aro going
to bo married quietly," said Dorothy,
edging her chair a trlllo nearer to tho
elderly woman's chair, "without letting
anybody know, do you see?"
"Without nny of the folk round
about knowing?" Barbara asked.
"Just so. It won't bo for alwayo,
you know, Barbara only until Dick
comes Into his property; nnd he hasn't
asked mo to do anything but exactly
what ho had mado up his mind to ex
plain to Auntie, and ask her to glvo
her consent to. And I feel sure she
would have done bo, dear Auntie, for
sho did get so fond of Dick."
"Yes, Bho did," Barbara agreed.
"But Miss Dorothy, you aro sure It will
bo done properly that you'll bo mar
ried In church nnd havo your lines,
and all that?"
"You aro to seo mo married, Bar
bara," Dorothy answered, simply; "Mr.
Harris says so."
And after that Barbara gavo her con
sent, bo to speak, and promised to be
true to her trust and stand by her
A BURST OF GRIEF.
dear Miss Dorothy as long as sho lived.
"I think tho dear mistress would bo
glad If she know, Miss Dorothy."
"Sho did know, Barbara," said Doro
thy, with a tender snillo shining
through her tears.
So the two sat together for a long
tlmo, talking loug, and now and. then
weeping ns some word brought back
the memory of their loss. And Doro
thy told tho faithful servant all the
plans that Dick and she had ni!do for
the strange and nlr.ost unknown fu
ture, which sectnci so terrible to her
who had lived ni. her life till that
she could remember, at least under
the same roof and guarded by tho
same tender care.
It was so sad to have so little Joy In
her engagement and her coming mar
riage, and yet, "You mustn't think that
I don't love Dick." Bhe cried to Bar
bara, when she had another passionate
burst of grief over the dead woman
lying above. "I do love him with all
my heart, and I know that I shall bo
quite, quite happy by-and-by. But It
Is all so sudden, so strange and new;
everything Is going from me at one
stroke, and after we go away from
Grnvelelgh I shall have nothing but
you to remind me of the past at all.
Why, I don't know. I am not at all
suro that everything hero docs not
belong to David. Perhaps he can oven
take my Lorna Doone away and and
even drown her."
"Nny, nay, Mr. David on't want to
do that," returned Barbara, soothingly.
"Besides, Lorna never did belong to
the mistress. Her ladyship gave her to
you tho dear mistress had naught to
do In the matter. Then, Miss Doro
thy, dear, aren't you going to tell her
ladyship about it?"
"Lady Jane last of anybody," Cried
Barbara "last of anybody."
"I see," Bald Barbara, with an air ot
wisdom; but all the same, Barbara did
not seo anything. She thought tho
whole arrangement very strange and
unusual, and the reminded herself that
she had never been mixed up with any
thing of tho kind in her life before,
and now that she was being drawn
Into something distinctly clandestine
sho did not. at all like It. Still, on the
other hand, there was only the pros
pect of remaining nt Gravelelgh Hall
under David Stevenson, and Barbara
cordially detested David, as she had
always done. So, between her dislike
of David Stevenson and Dorotliy'ii
promise and Mr. Harris' wish that
she should sec tho marriage take place,
Barbara graciously gavo her Banctlon
to the private union, and did not try
to place nny obstacles In the young
was laid away In
yard three dayH la
t e r. Everyone
high, low, rich and
poor for Bcvcral
miles around tho
Hall, camo to pay
the last token of
affection nnd re
spect to her. nnd
bitter were tho tears that fell that day
for tho Just and kind friend who was
Naturally a good deal of curiosity
was felt about Dorothy's future, and
many were tho speculations ns to
whether she would remain at the Hall
alono with Miss Barbara or whether
sho would eventually decide to go to
Holroyd, or to take tho good-looking
ofllcer who had been eo frequent a vis
itor nt tho Hall for three months past.
With regard to Dick, there was al
most n quarrel, for Dorothy, as a mat
ter of course, had Invited him to tho
funeral, as Indeed bIio had asked all
her aunt's friends who would bo like
ly to attend It.
Now, Dorothy had not a relation In
tho world, excepting one cousin, at
that time wintering In Egypt, and
therefore unablo to nttend tho cere
mony. Sho did not cntor tho largo
drawing-room until tho last moment
before starting, and then only spoke
a few words to those nearest the door.
And when the tlmo came for them to
go, David Stevenson camo forward,
and, with n very authorltntlvo air,
solely due to tho presenco of his rlvaV
offered Dorothy his arm.
(To bo continued.)
Natural Perfumes and Knnenrea.
The preparation of natural essences,
according to tho Popular Scienco
Monthly, Is still a genuine agricultural
Industry. Flowers and loaves uro tho
raw material, and they havo to bo
treated fresh. Tho original laborato
ries are therefore generally established
very near where tho plants can enjoy
tho most favorahlo climatic conditions,
Hence tho crudo essences generally
como to us from various distant re
gions essenco of Hang from Manila, of
geranium from Reunion nnd Algeria,
of lemon and citron from Ceylon nnd
China, etc. But as tho Imported mate
rials are generally scandalously adul
terated, European manufacturers havo
lieeu Impelled to bring homo such of
tho crudo material as will bear trans
portation. So sandalwood, cloves, pat
chouli leaves nnd vctlvcrt grass roots
brought dried, and with their econta
unimpaired are distilled In Franco and
Germany rather than In tho countrlea
of their origin. Tho most Important
contcr of this manufacturo Is tho llttlo
city of Grasse, near Nlco and Cannes,
which, besides being a largo center of
production for tho distillation of
plants and woods, Is tho chief place
where theso Bpeclal processes, which
have been transmitted through ages,
and aro tho only ones for the extrac
tion of tho porfumoa of flowers, aro la
uso. Tho only chemical agonts em
ployed In theso processes aro vapor
nnd fat. The manufactories of artifi
cial perfumes, on tho other hand, aro
real laboratories of chemical products
whoro tho habitual agents of'chctnlcal
industry nro employed, requiring the
Intervention of chemists and engineers,
and aro established by preference at
tho great industrial centers,
CAREER OF A BANDIT.
TALY'S NOTORIOUS OUTLAW
WROTE HIS AUTOBIOORAPHY i
l!i Vm t:trflinr1jr ltcll;liiin PcmtIIhx
Itm Yt'uy tlo Atiirit-rpt III Coiiimtiloii
Itiuurt Mil It on I'iiii of Itm riijlclum
Willi t'niiilmtrd till' luiii4t.
One of the must sensational hooka
that has ever been published recently
appeared at Fossarl In Sardinia. It Is
nothing less than the autobiography of
a bandit, the title being "Life History
of Giovanni Tolu, Related by HlmsclT. '
It Is published by a lawyer named E.
Costa, In compliance with the bandit's
request, says the Now York Herald.
As Costa was sunning himself In his
garden sonic time ago old Tolu, who
had for years been one of the most
notorious brigands In Italy, appeared
before him and begged him to give bin
story to tho world.
"I want," said the 71-year-old bandit,
"to give in this way a warning to my
colleagues, a lesson to Highly young
men and a word of advice ns to the
manner In which the government
should treat the poor people."
With these words he handed over his
manuscript and went to his homo,
where he died a few weeks later.
Strange Is the story which he tells.
He began his Inqultous career by a
murderous assault on a priest who had
used his Influence to prevent a respect
able young girl from marrying him.
After that exploit he lied to tho woods
and there he lived for thirty long years.
No ordinary bandit was he. Lust of
gold was not his besetting sin. He at
tacked only those whom he believed to
be his enemies. Thus he way ever
ready to deal a blow against police of
ficers and spies, but on the other hand
he was n stout champion of the poor
and needy. The latter, Indeed, looked
up to him ns their leader nnd willingly
contributed to his support.
Strange to say, this redoubtable out
law, who feared no man. watt the ab
ject slave of many childish supersti
tions. For example, ho was convinced
that a priest who said more than three
prayers during the mass was bent on
Bomo evil deed and would surely be
witch some member of his congrega
tion. Being onco attacked with severe
Illness In Klorlncs, his native place, he
felt certain that n hostile priest, aided
by several others, had nllllcted him. "I
betook myself," he says In his book,
"to a worthy priest and ho took his
breviary and began to exorcise me.
Thereupon the pain left me nnd I had
rest for several weeks. Later I went
to tho curate of OrsI, who was said to
bo especially skilled at exorcising. Ho
bade me kneel nnd then he sprinkled
mo with wntcr and prayed a long tlmo.
Three times I went to him, but when
I told him on tho third occnMon that
tho pnln was worse than ever he frank
ly confessed thnt he, too, was bewitch
ed, having been 'bound' by another
priest, who was much stronger than
Tolu never ventured to take any
one'B life until he had first appealed for
advice to tho Madonna and tho whole
army of saints. Ono day ho decided to
murder a certain Salvatore Moro. "As
I went to his house," he tells us. "I
begged tho Mother of God to enlighten
me and to show mo whether this man
really deserved death. I also com
mended my soul to God In case I should
surprised and killed by my enemy. Af
ter I had slnln Moro I loaded my gun
afresh, after which I said n 'Hall Mary'
and prayed for the repose of the de
parted soul. In this way I learned that
I had killed the body but not the &oul of
Tills extraordinary bandit spent hl3
leisure In rending devotional books, his
favorite being Mgr. Dlodntl's version
of the Bible. "Although I was an out
law," he tells us, "I never neglected my
religious duties. Morning nnd evening
I said my prayers without fall; ayo, I
prayed for the dead nnd I visited ninny
churches nnd I confessed several times
each year. Through the kindness of
tho nbbot of Florlnes, I was enabled to
got Into his church by way of n secret
stairway which connected tho church
with his dwelling."
In regard to the murder of his com
panion, Rosra, who betrayed him, he
says, naively: "I killed him at the
first shot, nnd thercforo I had to laugh
when I read, somo days later, nn ac
count of the inquest. Tho worthy phy
sicians gravely testified that Rossa had
been assaulted by at least four men!
When such mistakes arc mado, Is It any
wttndcr that inquests aro often n
Criminologists nnd psychologists will
find this book well worthy of study.
Not often Is a mnn Ilko Tolu to be
found, and therefore n thorough nnnly
bIs of his character would bo very In
teresting. A brutal murderer ono mo
ment, a fawning penitent the next, ho
wns assuredly a strange mixture of
contrarieties. And tho most amazing
fact about his career Is that ho never
seems to havo looked upon himself as
a guilty man or deserving of any pun
ishment. Himke In tlio Cellar.
A fireman went Into a collar in Co
lumbia, S. C, to mako a tiro In the
furnace. Ho didn't mnko It, for ho
nearly stepped upon n 10-foot boa cor
strlctor. Ho yelled and help came nnd
tho snnko finally was chloroformed
and put In a box. Tho Bnnko escaped
from a show early last Bummor, but
tho event had been forgotten.
Cllrl Hu 1,'lertrln Hmim.
T.ln PlnUI ni.n.l 11 . 1 F I ...... 1 .. .
mil aium, ukiii ui Wilit'liuurg,
Ohio, Iiob dally convulslor.3 wh.ch tho
doctor calls electric spasms. She wns
shocked by lightning Inst summer, and
theso spasms affect her In Just tho
saino way as did the lightning,
A CASE OF MIND CUBE,
The flirt! lull NrlKiitlMft Ought to En
joy TtiN Nturjr.
They were two women and they wcro
going to visit a winter rcBort. but for
different reasons, s.iya the Philadel
phia Times. One of them was 111, and
alio was going away to get well; tho
other was well, and she was going
away to take care of tho Invalid.
"(Hi. dear," said the invalid, "If any
body finds out that I'm 111 and begins
to pity nnd 'poor' me, and above all
to recommend what I ought to do nnd
to take, I shall conic homo feeling
twice as 111 as I do now. I Just simply
couldn t stand It." "I tell you what,"
nald tho other. "Let mo poso aa tho
Invalid. It'll be the easiest thing In
the world, for you don't look a bit
111; ns a matter or fact, you look bet
ter than I do. It can't do me any harm;
It may do you n lot of good, and In
such a good cause It won't bo ho very
wicked." The Invalid consented and
the two arrived at the winter resort
with their plans well laid, There was
no need openly to lib about tho thing.
All that tho other woman had to do
was to draw her mouth down a bit at
the cornels anil now and then to pass
her hand across her forehead, and
when things wore passed her at the
tnblo to fray: "Oh, dear, do you sup
pose I ought to eat that? And the
other guests at the winter resort at
onco pounced upon her as the Invalid.
The only entertainment that guests at
Pilch places have consists In wondering
about each other, and an most such
guests nre thcro for their health they
soon learn to know tho earmarks of
the Invalid. The woman who was not
111 accordingly became tho heroine of
such condition "the Intest Invalid."
Sho Pa condoled with and advised
and criticised for not doing this and
extolled for doing tho other. Every
variety of preventive and remedy waB
recommended to her and In some In
stances thrust upon her. Each guest
had known or had heard of some doc
tor who would be Infallible In her par
ticular case. The only time that table
unit wandered from the subject of ail
ments and their cures was when It
took up tho topic of doctors. Tho well
woman couldn't btlr a peg without
some solicitous guest calling after her
to be suro to (or not to) do this, that
or the other. Still, It was all directed
at the well woman. She was tho ob
ject of all the care and anxiety. Menn
whlle tho real Invalid throvo apace
under such wholcsomo neglect. Sho
knew that the other guests must con
demn her for taking so little Interest
In the health of the supposed invalid,
but. so far as possible, she kept aloof
from all that would remind her of Ill
ness. Not only her own mind but the
minds of others had been side-tracked
from the fact that sho was an Invalid
and ner recuperation was rapid. Long
before she bad expected to bo able to
do so she was ready to depart. But
as tho two set out upon the homeward
Journey the one-time Invalid noticed
that a change had conio over her com
panion. She was pale, dull-eyed nnd
tired-looking. Her voice wns languid,
her movements listless. She looked 111.
What could It mean? Can you guos3?"
said tho one-time well woman; "I'm
no longer a make-bellcvu invalid; I'm
tho real thing. Such nn ordeal ns I've
been through would undermine th
constitution of Hebo herself."
Areola Man Wliu KxcIixiikoiI Nuiidwlclion
for it Iloran.
Frank Dovoro of Areola, 111., was the
owner of a horse, wagon and harness
which ho had used for doing odd Jobs
of hauling, snys the St. Louis Post
Dispatch. A few nights ago Dovorc
drove tho rig up In front of John Shea's
restaurant on North Oak street. Shea
came out and Jokingly bantered Devore
for a trado or offered to purchase the
outfit outright, providing n tatlsfactory
agreement could bo reached. Dovorc
asked Shea to make him an offer.whlcli
ho did. "I will glvo you flvo ham
sandwiches off my lunch counter for
the outfit," snld Shea. "U'b a trade."
wa3 Devore'a laconic rejoinder, and the
property was exchanged. During th
night the horse got loose, broke intc
tho corn bin nnd nto moro than hit
cash valuo, putting corn nt 20 cents.
The next morning Shea became sick ol
his bargain, sent for Dovoro, nnd of
fered him 23 cents to tako tho animal
off his hands. Devoro wns conde
scending nnd took tho horso nnd wag
on and 25 cents. Shortly nfterwnrd he
drove tho outfit around on Main street
and disposed of It to a peddler for one
It Is better, I think, to glvo them
nway than to sell them. Those that
havo tried to sell clothes know that
not even books descend In value qulto
so rapidly. Flvo minutes' wonr makes
a coat second hand and reduces Its
worth by some 90 per cent. Nothing
Is qulto so disenchanting as the offer of
tho dealer who looks over one's war
drobe. It Is cataclysmic In its pau
city. Finding a dealer should ho an
easy matter to tho peruBcr of adver
tisements. "Wardrobes purchased" is
one of tho commonest lines to catch the
oyr nnd every one knows tho nmblgu
otis wording of tho announcement:
"Mr. and Mrs. Rcsnrtus respectfully In
form tho public that they havo left-off
clothing of every description. Inspec
tion invited." Cornhlll Magazine.
Humorist "It Is Impossible for me
to think and operate tho typewriter at
tho samo time." Editor "Then you
aro no hotter on than when you used
Tho truo culturo of personal beauty
Is not external; U Is heart work. J. R.
CIVILIZED CROW INDIAH3.
flin Trlho Itcullv Seiim to Ho SViklnc
William C. Evans, a retired farmer
nnd stockman and prominent citizen
of West Liberty, Iowa, found tlmo tho
other day between trains to call on a
few former citizens of West Liberty,
who now live in Lincoln, says tho
Nebraskn State Journal. Ho was re
turning from a visit to a boh who is
storekeeper at tho Crow agency In
Wyoming. Mr. Evans went all through
tho Big Horn region In 1S8I and ho
was much Interested this trip In ob
serving the progress the Crow Indiana
had mado toward civilization bIiico
that tlmo. Tho Crows, he said, wcro
always a dull race, almost non-rosls-tnnt,
nnd so had not so much warlike
nests to get rid of as some other tribes.
A number of them hnvo taken land In
severalty and till It quite successfully.
It Is, of course, with tho youngor gen
eration that most linn been nttempted
mil accomplished, Mr. Evans attended
Sunday school there, and found tho
children bright and well Instructed.
Tho day schools have had about 120
pupils and should have about 200 If all
attended who nro tho proper age. Tho
families got off hunting, however, nnd
It Is hard to get some of the children
back. Just nt present tho schools nro
dismissed on nccount of an epidemic
of measles. The teacher Is thoroughly
qualified nnd doing much good. A
number of Crow men wear the civil
ized costume in its entirety nnd othors
partially. Tho women, however, cling
to their tribal dross. The children at
the school must nil wear clothes llko
the wblto people, but when they return
to tlmlr wigwams they often go back
to tho more primitive styles. A few
women who are graduates of Carlisle
pet an example of civilized dross. Tho
Crows aro a fine race physically. Many
of the lneii are more than bIx feet high
ami Btrnlght as tho traditional redman.
Tho women, through burden henrlng
nnd hard work, aro less attractive In
appearance. On tho whole, Mr. Evnns
thought that tho tribe was really mov
ing forward nnd that after awhile they
might become really self-supporting
anil civilized enough for all practical
DARKIES OF EASTERN SHORE.
Diclr llniipy-flo-I.ttckr, Idle,
It Ib worth while to see them drlvo
Into one of tho villages, say on a Sat
urday when tho country people nro
gathering to do their shopping, snyB
Llpplncott's. One will seo many nn old
negro como driving In nt a snail's pace,
clad in Ill-fitting garments too big or
too small, of any color or no color,
ragged and patched. He slouches on
the scat of his tumble down wagon, as
If It were too much trouble to sit erect.
or ns If ho wcro about to fall over In
to the bottom ot the vehicle nnd go to
sleep. His steed Is n mule, small, bony,
starved looking, wabbling In gait, a
very caricature of its kind. One ex
pects him every moment to stop and go
feeding on the grass that grows near
tho gutter. Tho wngon rattles from
afar; every bolt and screw Is loose,
tho wheels seem about to fall entirely
off; tho sideboards sway, and tho scat
moves from Bide to Bide, apparently at
the peril of the occupant. Tho har
ness Is composed lnrgely of ropo and
twine; the lines nro innocent of all ac
cusation of being leather. Ono would
ho willing to risk his life on a venturo
that Biich a team would never get down
tho street to the hitching place by tho
pump; but tho zigzag Journey Is safely
made, with no sign of anxiety on tho
part of the driver. As ho halls hi
lounging comrndes on tho pavement
with a guffaw that can ho heard a
mile; tho voice of tho Ill-clad but hap
py group Bound mellow and sweet and
good natural, as thoy chaff each other.
Theso voices aro the very expression
of tho happy-go-lucky, Idle, easy, care
less llfo of theso people, too Indolent to
sound all tho syllables of their words.
Yet they aro happy; to boo and hear
them ono would think thcro was no
tomorrow, nothing to be dono In tho
world and no such thing as care upon
London' Orrat Fire.
Tho city authorities show a laudable
disposition to tako tho lesson of tho
great flro to heart, says the London
News. At the meeting of tho com
missioners of sowers suggestions were
mado for laying out tho devastated
area In wider thoroughfares and for
improving tho quality of the buildings.
Two main causes of tho spread of tho
flro wero tho narrowness of tho streets
nnd tho Jerry building of somo of tho
houses and theso by no means tho
oldest. Tho moral as to tho laying out
of now sites is ono for all London.
Ah a rule tho old lines are rigorously
adhered to and streets which have been
robullt again and again are no wider
than thoy wero centuries ago. Chan
cery lane nnd Fetter lano aro cases In
point. They aro wholly inadequate to
their present traffic but they might
oaally havo been widened at any tlmo
short of tho last half-century. They
nre now so Incumbered with costly
property that nothing can bo done with
them. Between Farringdon streeband
Charing Cross thcro Is no good lino
of northerly approach. Tho traffic
threads Its way through as best it can,
up one street and down another, rarely
exceeding the proportions of a coun
try lane, Another matter of supreme
Importance was mentioned. It now
seems generally known thnt tho rapid-
llv ivIMi it1ilnti Itm nnrrlnna rnirtlio1 fnn
flro was no measure of their speed In
opening their attack. It was statod
that "thcro was a delay of twclvo tnln-
utca lo' .i Mio streamers got to work
and wl !'oy did tho water supply
was i' out." It la hoped that to
I tlm tin i. jfct lesson will servo.
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