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THE BED CLOUD CHIEF.
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By Robort Louis
Tills was my wife's story, as I drew
!t from hor nmong teats and solm. Her
name was Clara Htithllestone; It sound
ed very beautiful In my ears, but not
o beautiful as tlint other nnme of
Clara Oassllln, which she wore during
the longer and, I, thank God, the hap
jier portion of her life, llei father,
llernard Huddlestotic, had been a pri
vate hanker In a very law way of
business. Many years beforo. his af
fairs becoming disordered, he lsad been
led to try dangerous, ind at last, crlm-
Inal. expedients to retrieve hlnuelf
from ruin. All win In vain: be b
came more and more, cmolly Involved,
nnd found his honor lost at the same
moment with his fortune.
About this period Xorthmottr had
been courting his daughter with great j
assiduity, though with small encour
agement, nnd to him, knowing him
thus disposed in his favor. Ileinnul
Huddleatone turned for help In Ills ex
tremity. It was not merely ruin and
dishonor, nor merely a legal condem
nation, that the unhappy man had
brought on his head, it seems he could
have gone to prison with a light heart.
What he feared -what kept him awake,
night or recalled blm from slumber
into frenzy was some secret, sudden
und unlawful attempt upon bis life.
Hence, ho desired to bury his exist
ence and escape to one of the Islands
In tho South 1'aelflc, r.nd It was In
Northmour'a yacht, the Ked Earl, i::.it
ho designed to go.
The yacht picked them up clandes
tinely upon tho coast of Wales, und
bad once more deposited them at Gr.i
don, till she could be refitted and pro
visioned for tho longer voyage. Nor
could Clara doubt that her hand bad
been stipulated as tho price of pas
sage. For, although Norlhmour wns
neither unkind nor discourteous, ho
bad shown himself in several Instances
somowhat overbold In speech und man
ner., I listened, I need not say, with fixed
attention, nnd put many questions as
to tho more mysterious part. It was in
vain. Sbo hnd no clear Idea of what
tho blow was, nor of how it was ex
pected to fall. Her father's alarm was
unfeigned and physically prostrating,
and ho had thought more than once
of making an unconditional surrender
to tho police. Hut tho scheme was
finally abandoned, for ho was convinc
ed that not oven tho strength of our
English prisons could shelter him from
Ho hnd had many affairs with Italy,
nnd with Italians resident in London,
in ti.e later years of his business; and
these last, as Clara fancied, were
Boniehow connected with the doom that
threatened him. Ho had shown great
terror at tho presence of an Itnllan
ficamnn on board the Red Earl, nnd
had bitterly und repentedly accused
Is'ortbmour in consequence. Tho lat
ter had protested that tlcppo (that was
tho seaman's name) was a capital fel
low, and could be trusted to the death:
but Mr. Huddlestono hud continued
ever since to declare that all was lost,
that It was only a question of days,
nnd that Beppo would bo tho rulu of
I regarded tho whole story as the
hallucination of u mind shaken by
calamity. Ho had suffered heavy loss
by his Italian transactions; nnd hence
tho sight of an Itnllan was hateful to
him, nnd tho principal part in his
nlghtmnro would naturally enough bo
played by ono of that nation.
In short, und from ono thing to an
other, it was agreed between us that
I should set out at onco for the Usher
village, Grnden Wester, as It was coll
ed, look up all tho newspapers I could
And, and boo for myself If there seem
ed any basis of fact for these continued
Tho village is ono of tho bleakest on
that coast, which 13 saying much;
thcro Is a church in a hollow, n mis
erable haven In tho rocks, where many
hoats have been lost as thoy returned
from fishing; two or threo scoro of
fitono houses arranged along the beach
and In two streets, ono leading from
tho harbor, and another striking out
from it nt right nngloa; and at tho
corner of theso two, a very dark and
cheerless tavern, by way of principal
I hnd dressed myself somewhat moro
suitably to my station In life, nnd nt
onco called upon tho minister in his
Jlttlo manso beside the gravo yard. Ho
,tnow mo, although it was moro than
nlno years sinco wo had met; and
when I told him that I had been long
upon a walking tour, nnd was behind
with tho news, readily lout mo an arm
ful of newspapers, dating from a month
back to tho day before. With theso I
nought tho tavern, and, ordering somo
breakfast, sat down to study tho "Hud
It had been, It appeared, a very fla
grant case. Thousands of persons woro
Toduccd to poverty, nnd ono In partic
ular had blown out his brains as soon
as payment wns suspended. It
wns strange to myself that, while- I
read theso details, I continued rather
to cympathlzo with Mr. Huddlestono
than with his victims, so comploto nl
ready was tho empire of my lovo for
my wife. A prlco was naturally act
upon tho banker's head, and, ns I bo
caso was 'Inexcusable and tho public
indignation thoroughly aroused, tho
unusual flgura of 750 was offored for
his capture. Ho was reported 'to havo
large sums of monoy In his possession.
Oce day ho hnd been heard of In
Pimln, tno next thcro was suro lutolll-
pence that he wns still lurking between
Manchester and Liverpool, or along
the border of Wales, and the day after
a telegram would announce his arrival
in Cuba or Yucatan. Hut In nil this
there was no word of an itnllan nor
any sign of mystery.
In the very last paper, however,
there was one Item not so clear. The
accountants who were charged to veri
fy the failure had. It seemed, come up
on the traces of n very large number
of thousands which figured fr some
time In the transactions of the house
of Huddleatone, but which came from
nowheie and disappeared in the sayie
mysterious fashion. It was only once
referred to by name, anil then under
the Initials "X. X.," but It had plainly
been floated for the first time Into tho
business at a period of great dopres
nlon some six years ago. The name
of n distinguished toyal personage bad
been mentioned by rumor In connec
tion with this sum. "Tho cowardly
desperado" such, I remember, was tho
editorial expression wns supposed to
have escaped with n largo part of this
mysterious fund still in his possession.
I was still brooding over tho fact,
and trying to torture It Into some con
nection with Mr. Huddlestono's dan
ger, when n man entered the tavern
and asked for some brend nnd cheoso
with a decided foreign nccent.
"Slete lti.llanoV" said I.
"SI, aignor," was tho reply.
I said it was unusually far north to
find one of his compatriots; at which
be shrugged his shoulders, and replied
that a man would go anywhere to find
Even as he was speaking, I raised
my eyes, and, casting a glance Into tho
street, beheld threo men In earnest
conversation togetner, aim not tinny
It wns already drawing toward tho
close of the day before 1 bad return
ed the newspapers at the manse, nnd
got well forward on to the links on my
way home. I shall never forget that
walk. It grew very cold nnd boister
ous; tho wind sang In tho short grass
about my feet; thin rain showers camo
running on the gusts; and nn immense
mountain range of clouds began to
nrlss out of the bosom of tho sea. The
sun was about sotting; tho tide wns
low, and all the quicksands uncovered;
atid I was moving along, lost In un
pleasant thought, when 1 was sudden
ly thunderstruck to perceive the prints
of human feet.
Step by step I followed tho prints un
til, a quarter of a mllo further, I be
held them die awny Into the south
eastern boundary of Graden Floe.
There, whoever ho was, the miserable
man hnd perished. One or two gulls,
who had perhaps seen blm disappear,
wheeled over his sepulchcr with their
usual melancholy piping. Tho sun hail
broken through the clouds by n last ef
fort, and colored tho wide level of
quicksands with a dusky purple.
I stood for somo time gazing nt the
spot, chilled und disheartened by my
own reflections, and with a strong nnd
commanding consciousness of death.
I remember wondering how long the
tragedy had taken, and whether his
bcrenms had been audible at tho pa
vilion. And then, making n strong res
olution, I wao about to tear myself
awny when a gust fiercer than usual
fell upon this quarter of the beach,
and I saw, now whirling high In air,
now skimming lightly across tho sur
face of the sands, a soft, black felt
hat, somewhat conical In shape, such
ns I had remarked already on tho
heads ot tho Italians.
I believe, but I am not suro, that I
uttered a cry. Tho wind wns driving
the hat shoreward, and I ran round
tho border of tho Iloo to bo ready
against its nrrlvnl. The gust fell, drop
ping tho hat for a while upon the
qulck3nnd, and then, onco more fresh
ening, landed It a fow ynrds from
where I stood. I seized It with tho In
terest you may Imagine. It had seen
some sorvice; indeed, It was rustler
than either of those I had scon that
day upon the street. Tho lining was
red, stamped with tho name of tho
maker, which I havo forgotten, and
that of tho placo of manufacture, Ven
cdlg. This (It Is not yet forgotten)
was tho name given by tho Austrians
to tho beautiful City of Venice, then,
and for long after, a part of their do
minions. The shock was complete. I saw
lmnglnnry Italians upon every side;
and for tho first, and, I may say, for
the last tlmo in my experience, became
overpowered by what is called panic
terror. I knew nothing, that Is, to bo
afrnid of, t.nd yet I admit that I was
heartily afraid; and It was with a sen
sible reluctance that 1 returned to
my exposed and solitary camp In the
There I nto some cold porridge
which had boon loft over from tho
night before, for 1 wns disinclined to
make n fire, and feeling strengthened
and reassured, dismissed nil theso
fnnclful terrors from my mind, aud
lny down to sleep.
How long I may havo slept It Is 1m
pnsslblo for mo to guess, but I was
awakened tit Inst by a sudden, blind
ing Hash of light Into my face. . It
woko mo llko n blow. In an Instant I
wns upon my knees. Hut tho light
hnd gone as suddenly ns it came. Tho
darkness was Intenso Aud, ns it
was blowing great guns from tho sea
nnd pouring with rain, tho noises of
tho storm effectually concealed nil
My fears woro Immediately iitTjvtcd
from myself, for 1 saw that I hail
been visited In a mistake: and I be
came persuaded that some dreadful
(Linger tlirrnlencil the pavilion. It re
quired somo nervo to Issue forth Into
the black nnd Intricate thicket which
surrounded nnd overhung the den; but
1 groped my way to the, links, drench
ed with rain, beaten upon nnd deafen
ed by the gusts, and fearing nt every
stop to lay my hand upon some lurk
For the rest of the night, whlcti
Formed Interminably long. 1 p.itrolcd
the vicinity of the pavilion, without
cooing u living creature or hearing
any noise but the concert of the wind,
the sen and the rain. A light in tho
upper story filtered through n cranny
In tho shutter, und kept tno company
till the approach of dawn.
With the first peep of day I retired
fiom tho open air to my old lair among
tho sandhills, there to aw..lt the com
ing of my wlfo. Tho morning was
gray, wild nnd melancholy: the wind
moderated before sunrise, nnd then
went about nnd blew In puffs from tho
shore; tho sea began to go down, but
the rnln still fell without merry. Over
nil tho wilderness of links there was
not ti cron turn to bo see. Yet I felt
sure tho neighborhood was alive with
skulking foes. The light had boon so
suddenly und surprisingly Hashed upon
jny face as I lay sleeping, und tho lint
that hnd been blown nshoro by tho
wind from over Grnden Floe, were two
speaking signals of tho perils that on:
vlroned Clara and tho party In tho
It was perhaps half-past 7, or nearer
8. before I saw the door open and that
dear figure come toward mo In tho
rain. I was waiting for her on the
beach before she had crossed the band
hills. "I have had such troublo to come!"
she cried. "They did not wish me to
go walking in tho rnln."
"Clara," I said; "you are not fright
ened?" "No." said site, with a simplicity
that filled my heart with confidence.
For my wlfo was tho bravest, ns well
ns the best of women; in my expe
rience I hnvo not found the two go al
ways together, but with her they did;
nnd she combined tho extremo of for
titude with tho most endearing and
I told her what hnd happened and,
though her cheek grow visibly paler,
she retained perfect control over her
"You see now that I nm safe, " said
I In conclusion. "They do not mean
to harm me; for, had they chosen, I
was a dead man last night."
She laid her hand upon my arm.
"And I hnd no presentiment!" sh9
Her nccent thrilled me with delight.
I put my nrnt nbout her nnd strained
her to my side, and, before either of us
wns uwure. her hands wero on my
shoulders nnd my lips upon her mouth.
We may have thus stood for some
seconds for time passes quickly with
lovers beforo we were startled by a
peal of laughter close at hand. It was
not natural mirth, but teemed to be
nffected In order to conccnl nn nngrlor
feeling. Wo both turned, though I
still kept my loft arm nbout Clara's
waist: nor did she seek to withdraw
herself; and there, n few paces off
upon the beach, stood Northmour, his
head lowered, his hands behind his
back, his nostrils white with passion.
"Ah, Cassllls!" ho said as I disclosed
"That same," said I, for I was not at
nil put about.
"And so, Miss Huddlestono," he
continued slowly but savagely, "this
is how you keep your faith to your
father and to me? This is tho value
you sot upon your father's life! And
you nre so lnfntunted with this young
gentlomnn thnt you must bravo ruin
and decency nnd common human cau
(To bo continued.!
MOSBY AND LEE.
How tho I.t ConfrtlcruU' I'Ibr Wns Car
ried Through Alexandria.
Tho conversation has naturally drift
ed Into war channels, and the major
had the floor.
"Well, Col. Moshy, you know, wa?
a good fighter, but when Gen. Granl
sent him to China tho Virginians tunv
cd tho cold shoulder to him. Ono day
ho was making n speech In Aloxnndrla.
He told tho Virginians that they ought
to voto for him.
" 'Why,' said the colonel, 'I fought
all over northern Virginia for four
years. Talk about my war record!
Why, my war record Is a part of the
state's history. . Why, gentlomen, I
enrried tho last confedorato flag
through this very town.
" 'Yes replied Fitzhugh Io, 'for I
wns hero at tho tlmo.'
" Thnnk you for your fortunnto rec
ollection,' gratefully exclaimed Mosby,
'It is pleasant to know that thoro still
live somo men who movo asldo envy
nnd testify to the courago of their fel
low beings. As I say, gcntlemon, my
wnr record Is a part of tho state's his
tory, for the gentleman hero will tell
you that I carried tho last confedorato
flag through this town.'
" 'Thafa a fact,' said Fitzhugh Loo.
'I saw him do It. Ho carried tho con
federate Hag through this town, but
Kllpatrlck waa aftor him, nnd ho car
ried It bo blamed fast you couldn't havo
told whether It was tho confederate
flag or a small-pox warning.' "
Wife Did you seo tho doctor today..
Husband Yes. Wlfo Well, did lie
glvo you anything for your cough?
Husband No; I was lucky enough to
ceo him first.
Til 10 LOST UKRAXIUM.
The village nt Wlnthrop lay In a
Volley, amongi.t the Surrey hills, tho
July sun shone upon It. and It win the
home of lloworn. They wero lavish and
Irrepressible In their growth, lloi.rlsh
Ing us fieoly In cottage gardens as In
tho squlio's extensive grounds. The
air was fragrant with tho scout of ros
es nnd mignonette, soft summer dew
filled tho tiny sues of tho oulroolnrle
nnd glittered on tho velvet leaves of
many colored panslos. Each blade of
grnt's was tipped by a prismatic drop,
the IilnW sang their sweetest, und na
ture re jolted.
Hut now that It was afternoon the
dew had disappeared, the atmosphere
wns heavy with a drowsy boat, and
Mrs. Wh;ley's muily cat lny basking In
Mrs. WUlry lived at .lasinluc rottago,
which had no jasmine giowlug over it.
nud did not rightly depone tho name
of cotlnuo, seeing that It wan ono of
n long tow of 1hhihh nt tho oust of the
village, about n countrified In nppciir
nnro n the workmen's dwellings at
Hattorsea or Clnpham .luncllon. Mrs.
Wlgley had no hack garden whatever,
only n tiny place of ground In front
with u wooden paling; nnd tlino was
not much growing there, but n lotnark
nbly lino geranium, bearing magnlll
ccnt tuiFses of a pale pink tint, stood
In a pot on the window sill. This ger
anium was the pride of Mrs. Wlgley's
simple soul; sho took dally delight in
It In spite of falling sight, nnd words
of prnlse from admiring neighbors
warmed tho cockles of her heart.
Her friend Mis. Hubbard. Christian
mime Eliza, who lived nt West Wln
throp, was more eulogistic than all tho
rest put together, for Mrs. Hubbard
was a great gardener and knew 11 fine
specimen us well ns any one, nnd bet
ter than most. Her own gnrdeu was n
perfect picture, but she could not show
n geranium like Sarah Wlgley's, nor,
Indeed, anything to compare with It.
Sho called In on a certain Saturday
afternoon and paused beforo entering
.IiiHinlne cottage to Inspect her friend's
possession. It wns In full bloom.
"Well, I never!" cried Eliza Hub
bard, "what a waste!"
Sarah Wlgley was staring out of the
window, but failed to recognize hor
friend: her eyes wero contracted to n
narrow silt, and sho strove her hardest
to trace the familiar features, but in
"What a waste!" reiterated Mrs.
Hubbard. "Sbo can't see mo, though I
urn us big ns life and twice n's ugly; and
yet the Lord lets that flue pink gera
nium grow nnd blow under her very
nose. It Isn't any kind of good to her,
and It would bo n real blessing to mo."
She might havo waved her band to
Sarah, and enabled the contracted eyci
XMl AS rS
' . ,L 1 Hi 9-
"THE LOItU BE PRAISED!"
to reopen, but she wns too much put
out to do that. In her present niooil
sho felt thnt t'.io ways of Providence
"Thnt there geranium Is dcllborately
wasting Itself!" said she.
At this moment Sarah Wlgley opened
tho window and stood revealed a
small, shrunken, widow womnn, with n
palo face and a pair of gentlo eyes,
sweet In their expression, nlhelt some
what dimmed by defective sight.
"Is thnt you, Eliza?"
"If it ain't, Sarah, it's my double."
"You've been looking at my gerani
um. Eliza," said her friend. "Isn't it
Mrs. Hubbard responded hcnrtlly;
thero v;ns much talk about tho flower,
how fears had been entertained that
tho blight had got to It, otc, etc.
"Go In, my dear," she said to Sarah
Wlgley; "you will catch your death of
Mrs. Wlgley retired, Eliza Hubbard
drew tho door closo. Her faco was
crimson, hor heart bent fast.
"It Isn't as though sho could seo it,"
said sho; "she won't oven know It is
gono, nnd If sho does, what does It sig
nify? 'What the eyo don't seo, the
heart can't grieve for!' "
Sho seemed rather proud of the quo
tation; of a certainty It hnd never boon
used in such a connection before. Hut
prldo wns replaced by a dull sense of
shame as sho lifted up tho geranium
and, hiding It under her shawl, sped
homo with It. As sho wnlked sho
planned where nho would placo tho go
ranlum; It would look best, sbo
thought, between two flno whlto
ones, of which Bhe was uncommonly
proud; nnd thero sho deposited it in
tho darkness. Having dono so sho re
tired to bed, having first knelt down to
nay her prayers. Oddly enough, how
over, tho words would not come.
A few days later Eliza Hubbard call
ed on Sarah Wlgley. Sho peeped In
through tho window and Haw hor old
friend sitting over a handful of fii,
though tho ovenlng was btiltry, shiver
Ing nnd holding her thin hands to H10
"My gracious!" oald she. stepping
briskly in, "you ain't cold tonight, ar
Sarah Wlgl?y rose Btlffly.
"I'm a bit poorly, my dear; I ain't
felt myself sinco my Iob's,' You've
heard toll how some tramp or tno other
. J '
made off with my pink geranium,
Mrs. Hubbard was apparently n bit
poorly nihil. Mr she shlvoiod llkowlso.
"I did hear some such tale." said
she. "Hut I don't suppose you grlovo
much. eh. Sarah? It nln't as If your
eyesight was ns good us mine. You
ran't keep looking at I he bloisoiim."
For nnswor Sarah Wlgley burst In
to a flood of tears.
"I know I am worse than n fool to
mnko a fuss nbout 11 geranium plant."
said sbo, "but 1 suppose I am kind of
low In health. Anyway, I can't help
myself. I ought to bo ashamed of my
self." snld she, "at my tlmo of life not
to have faith gi outer than u grain of
mustard seed. Haven't 1 prayed the
good Lord to put It into the heart of
that tramp to bring mo back my go
lanlum. nud who knows that ho won't
see fit to do It. I'd had that geranium
tbieo yeais. 'Lt7ii. aud I'd got to set
store on It ns though It wns 11 child. I
hope you don't think 1110 11 weak sort."
Eliza Hubbard cleared her thront.
"No," fIio said, softly. "I don't. 1
wish I wns half ns good na you. Hut
I nln't. I jlold to temptation right
nwny. I nln'i moro strength of mind
than n baby. I say. Sarah. I wouldn't
tuko on so If I was you. l'erhnps- per
haps " She hesitated nnd rlearrd
hor throat ngnln. "Perhaps you'll get
your llower bark ngnln, nfter nil."
Sbo leant forward nnd kissed her
friend's wrinkled cheek. It was an un
usual action, but nccouiited for by the
"Good-nlght. Sarah." said she. "I'd
pray ngnln tonight. If I wns you, Just
as you did before."
"Yes." replied Sarah, meekly. "I
She wns cheered by her friend's syn
pat by; there was a glow nt her heart,
n ring of confidence in her quavering
Tho moment sho rose the next morn
ing sho glanced out of the window.
Did her weak ryes deceive her?? Was
It really the geranium sho saw below?
She dressed herself hastily and hur
ried downstairs. Yes. there wns no
mlstnko nbout It, It was her pet flower.
In tho same pot, with tho splotch of
red paint on Its rim.
"The Lord bo praised!" said sh".
hugging It close; "the Lord be prais
ed!" And Eliza Hubbard, meanwhile, her
face red with shame, clasped her hands
together and offored her prayer.
"There nln't no meaner sinner on
earth than me." snld nho, "but I never
found It out till now." Sho stooped
low and dug up her finest white ge
ranium. "I'm going round to Sarah's now at
once," snld Bhe; "nnd while I'm nbout
It I'll take this other white geranium
to her au well. The pink one will look
uncommon nice between them two."
CITY GIRL IN THE COUNTRY.
Her Stiiitlt rnullN Arn Vrry I.llteljr to
Spoil Hit Mtinmrr Vic:itlnii.
"When she has n fow minutes to
spare the busy housekeeper comes out
to chat with you," writes Ituth Ash
more of "Small Faults of Summer
Tlmo" in the Ladles' Homo Jotirnnl.
"Instead of telling her of the things In
which she would be Interested, of somo
of the great sights of the city, you ex
plain to her how llttlo used you aro to
country life and how ttrosomo you find
It. Suiely this Is net much of an In
centive, so far a? sho Is concerned, to
ward adding to your pleasure. Over
dressed, disagreeable In your mnnners,
you cannot expect to bo popular, and
yet you vondcr nt tho onjoyment Hint
your friend Is finding in the place
which you refer to ns 'this horrid, dis
"Sunday comes, nnd with It nn Invita
tion to go to church. Again you make
the mlstnko of overdrcBslng. In church
you staro nt tho congregation, and nre
by no means polite to the clergyman,
and pny little attention to the sermon.
When you go out, following tho country
fashion, the neighbors all stnnd for a
little chat, and home of tho young men
ask to be Introduced to you. Then you
make yourself agreeable, und being
charmed by the good manners that you
havo tho policy to assume for tho tlmo
being, tsey usk permission to cnll on
you. In a short tlmo your callers ap
pear. Aa It Is early evening tho veran
da Is filled with tho other pcojile stay
ing In thg house, but Instead of intro
ducing tho young mon to tho other
girls, and forming a Jolly party for tho
evening, you tnko them off In a corner,
devote yourself to entertaining them,
nnd express tho wonder audibly, 'Why
people, when thoy seo that other peo
ple wish to be alone, do not leave them
Twi'lii' Illinium Mnxlinc
The i.rcsident of the London cham
ber of commcrco gives twelvo maxims
which ho has toBted through years of
business ..xporience, and which bo rec
ommends as tending to ensure success:
1. Have n definite aim. 2. Go struight
for It. 3. Master nil detnllB. 4. Al
ways know moro. than you aro expect
ed to know, C. Remember that diffi
culties are only made to overcome. G.
Treat failures as stepping-stones to
further effort. 7. Never put your hand
out farther than you can draw It back.
8. At times bo bold; always prudent.
J. Tho minority often boats tho mnjor
ity In tho end. 10. Muko good uso of
other men's brains. 11. Listen well;
nnswer cautiously; decldo promptly.
12. Preserve, by all means In your
power, "a sound mind In a sound
"Y8," said Miss Pas&olgh, "I enjoy
the Bocinty of Mr. Alrylaiul. He keops
mo Intel t'ptcd. He Is always saying
something that ono novor hears from
anybody clso." 'Really!" rojolncd MiS3
Cayenne. "l!a& ho been proposing to
j-pu, too?" Washington Star.
WENT CALMLY TO DKATh
rrprl-nr of (inn of Hie O'llminoll
llrntht'i-4 Who 1 1 nil inn liion In Npaih.
In the early part of this century
threo brothers named O'Donnell lofl
their nutlvo country, Ireland, and went
to live lu Spain, where they all had ex
traorillnnry ciireors. Ono died In 18C7,
after ho had become tho Duke of To
tnun, though he was better known no
Gen. O'Donnell ; he wns ono of tho
most brilliant military men of hl:t
time. Tho youngest brother was rut
off lu his youth, but nothing In tho
lives of tho others Is no strange as
the story of his denth. In 18112 thero
was wnr In Spain legnrdlng the suc
cession to the tbrono.nnd young O'Don
nell declared himself for Isabella, who
was soon proclaimed queen; but before
thnt lime O'Donnell fell n prisoner to
Grn. iiimuhicarioquy, a lender of tho
Carllst forces. Tho young Irishman
looked upon this us utmost n piece of
good luck, for the Carllst lender waa
an old schoolmate. Tho two friends
celebrated this meeting nfter a separa
tion of years as 11 festive occasion,
nnd ns they nto supper together nnd
drunk toasts to old times, .umala
currrquy said: "Your captivity will
bo brief, my friend. I tun JiiBt nbout to
nrntl off a flag of truce to your general
to negotiate an exchange of prisoners,
so that you niuy be freo tomorrow."
Tho flag or truce wns Bent, but tho
result was terribly unexpected. The
genernl of the ChrlstnnoM (thnt was the
nn 111 e given to Isubelln's party) an
swered tho Carllst envoy by saying:
"I will show you how I trout roboln."
ami forthwith he hud nil his Carllst
prisoners brought out nnd shot down
befoie the eyes of tho ChrlBtniios, nnd
the officer had no better nowa than
tho Btory of their death to tnko back
to bis chief. The noxt morning Zuma
lacnrrequy came Into his tent, where
his prisoner wns breakfasting. He
sat down In silence. "What Is the
matter?" asked O'Donnell. "Hnvo you
slept badly, or was your chocolate
burnt?" "1 tun Immensely disturbed,"
wns tho niiswer, nnd ho told how the
Carllst prisoners had been shot, nnd
lidded: "I must mnko reprisals. My
friend, In one hour's time you must be
shot, 110 mntter how I feel about It."
O'Donnell set down his cup nfter fin
ishing his chocolate, and said: "Yes,
thnt Is n matter of courso; you must
not distress yourself nbout It; I wou'd
act in tho name wny myself. Now, glva
mo a couple of clgnrets nnd writing
materials, for I must write a letter
which I will trouble yon to tako care
of after my execution. As bo was fin
ishing the letter tho guard came to
tnko out the prisoners. O'Donnell got
up nt onre, shook hands with tho man
wlio was both his friend nnd his enemy
lit another clgnrnt, nud walked ou
to be shot. Now York Sun.
THREE QUEER CITIES.
All llullt on Inland I'ontircttul j Man)
Tho city ot Ghent, In llelglum, ii
built on twenty-six Islands. Thcsn
Islands nre connected with each othoi
'by eighty bridges. Tho city has 30C
streets nnd thirty public squares. It
Is noted for being tho blrthplnce ol
Charles V. and of John of Gaunt, whom
ShnkcBpcaro called "time-honored Lnn.
castor;" and ns tho sceno of tho pad.
flcatlon of Ghent, Nov. S, 1570, nnd ol
several Insurrections, sieges, nud exc,
eutlona of well-known personages. It
Is nsBOcIntcd with Amerlcnn history by
tho treaty mado thero Dec, 24, 1814,
terminating the second wnr between
England nnd tho United Suites, known
ns tho wnr of 1812. Amstordam, In
Holland, Is built on piles driven fnr be
low the water Into the earth. Tho city
is Intersected by many canals, which
aro Hpnnncd by nenrly 300 bridges, and
resembles Vonieo In tho mingling of
land nnd wutcr, though It Is consider
ably larger than that city. Tho canals
divide tho city, which Is about ton
miles In clrctimferonco, Into ninety Is
lands. Tho city of Venice Is built on
eighty islets, which nro connected by
nearly 400 bridges. Canals servo for
streets In Vcnlco and boats, called con.
dolus, for cnrrlngoa. Tho bridges aro,
ns a rule, very steep, rising considera
bly In tho ralddlo, but have easy steps
Tho circumference of tho city Is about
eighty miles. The Venetians joined
tho Lombard league against tho Ger
man emperor, and, In 1177, gained a
grent victory, In defenBo of Popo Alex
ander III., over tho fleet of war vessels
headed by Otto, son of Frederick Bar
barossa. In gratitude for this victor;
tho pope gavo tho Doge Zlanl n ring,
nud Instituted tho world-famous cere
mony of "Venice Marrying tho Adriat
ic Sen." In this ceremony tho doge,
as tho chief ruler ot Venice used to b
termed, with appropriate ceremonies,
dropped a ring Into tho sea every year,
lu recognition of the wealth and trada
car.-lod to Venice by the Adriatic.
Tliti l'lmt Tliroililnir In licit Itlvnr Valley.
Ono of tho Fargo pa'pers remarked
rccontly, concerning tho first threshing
down In tho Red River valley, that It
was lu tho winter ot 1SGG, at McCau
loyvillo, Clay county, Minn. Thut la
true, and I was there and helped. I
was stationed at tho time at Fort Aber
cromblo. Laborers wero scarce In
thoso days, and the soldiers wero call
ed on to help, and wo did It. Gov.
Hrlggs' father was there, too. Ho was
the commissary sergeant of Company
A. J. S. Nelson In Mandnn (N. D.) Pi
oneer. Hint from l'apa.
"I'm going far away," tho happy lovei
"I'm going far away to leave you
Then her weary father's volco In llerj
"Well, you'ro mighty slow about 1
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