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THE BED CLOUD CHIEF.
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CHAPTER XXII. (Continued.)
The Utrecht sailed with n flowing
sheet, and wag soon clear ot tho Eng
lish Channel; the voyage promised to
bo auspicious, favoring gales boro them
without accident to within a few hun
dred miles of the Cnpe of Good Hope,
when, for the first time, they were be
calmed. Amine was delighted; In the
ovenlngs oho would pace the deck with
Philip; then all was silent, except the
aplash of the wave as It washed asalnst
tho sides of tho vessel all was In re
poBo and beauty, as tho bright south
ern constellations sparkled over their
When tho day dawned, the lookout
man at the mast-head reported that he
porcolvcd something floating on the
fltlll Burfaco of the water, on tho beam
of tho vessel. Krantz went up with the
glass to examine, and mado it out to be
a small boat, probably cut adrift from
4iomo vessel. As there was no appear
ance of wind, Philip permitted a boat
-to be sent to examine it, and after a
long pull tho seamen returned on
board, towing tho small boat astern.
"There-Is the body cf a man in It."
uald tho second mate to Krantz, as he
gained the gangway; "but whether ho
Jb quite dead or not, I cannot tell."
Krantz reported this to Philip, who
-was at that timo sitting at breakfast
with NAmlne, In tho cabin, nnd then
proceeded to the gangway, to where
tho body of the man had been already
handed up by tho seamen. The aur
.goon, who had been summoned, de
clared that life was not yet oxtlnct,
smd was ordering him to be taken
below, for recovery, when to their as
tonishment the man turned as he lay,
.aat up. and ultimately rose upon nls
feet and staggered to a gun, -when,
.after a time, ho appeared to be fully
recovered. In reply to questions put
to him, he said that he was in a vessel
which had been upset in a squall, that
he had time to cut away the small
boat aBtorn, and that all the rest of
tho crew had perished. He had hardly
made his answer, when Philip, wna
Amino, came out of the cabin, and
walked up to where the seamen were
crowdod round the man; the seamen
rotreated bo as to make an opening,
-when Philip and Amine, to their as
t -tonishment and horror, recognized
knolr old acquaintance, the one-eyed
"Ho! he! Captain Vanderdccken, I
believe glad to see you in command,
and you, too, fair lady."
Philip turned away with a chill at
Ills heart; Amlne's eye flashed aa she
Biirvcyed the wasted form of the
wretched creature. After a few sec
onds sho turned round and followed
Philip into tho cabin, where she found
him with his faco burled in his hands.
& "Courage, Philip, courage!" said
Amine; "It was indeed a heavy shock.
:and I fear mo forbodea evil; but what
then? It is our destiny."
"It Is! It ought perhaps to be mine,"
replied Philip, raising his head; "but
you, Amine, why should you be a
"I am your partner, Philip, in lire
.and in death. I wquld not die first,
Philip, because it would grieve you;
but your death will bo the signal for
mine, and I will Join you quickly."
- "Surely, Amino, you would not
.hasten your own?"
"Yes! and require but one moment
or this little steel to do Its duty."
"Nay! Amine, that Is not lawful
our religion forbids It."
"It may do so, but I cannot tell why.
I came Into this world without my
own consent; surely I may leave with
out asking tho leave of prleats! But
lot that pass for tho present; what will
.you do with that Schrlften?"
"Put him on shoro at tho Cape; I
cannot bear the odious wretch's pres-
once. Did you not feel tho chill, as
bofore, when you approached him?"
"I did I knew that ho was there
before I saw him; but still I know not
-why, I feel as if I would not send him
"I believe It Is because I am in
clined to brave destiny, not to quail at
It. Tho wretch can do no harm."
"Yes, he can much; he can render
tho ship's company mutinous nnd dis
affected; besides, he attempted to de-
privo mo of my relic."
' "I almost wish ho had done bo; then
must you havo discontinued this wild
"Nay, Amine, say not so; It is my
luty, nnd I have taken my solemn
"But this Schrlften you cannot well
put him ashore at tho Capo, he being a
company's officer; you might send him
homo if you found a ship there home
ward bound; still, were I you, I would
let destiny work. -Ho Is woven In with
ouro, that Is certain. Courage, Philip,
and let him remain."
"Perhaps you are right, Amine; I
May retard, but cannot escape, what
ever may bo my intended fato."
"Let him remain, then and let him
do his worst. Treat him with kindness
who knows what wo may gain from
- "True, true, Amine; ho has been my
enomy without cause. Who can toll?
perhaps ho may become my friend."
"And If not, you have done your
' Tho Utrecht arrived at the Cape,
watered and proceeded on her voyage,
find, after two months of difficult nav
igation, cast anchor off Qambroon.
During this time Amino had been un-
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ceasing in ber attempts to gain the
good-will of Schrlften. Sho had often
conversed with him on deck, nnd had
done him every kindness, nnd had
overcome that fear which his near ap
proach had generally occasioned.
Schrlftcn grndunlly appeared mindful
of this kindness, and at last to be
pleased with Amlno's company. To
Philip he was at times civil nnd courte
ous, but not always; to Amine ho was
always deferent. His languago wns
mystical sho could not prevent his
chuckling laugh, his occasional "Ho!
he!" from breaking forth. But when
they anchored at Gamhroon, ho was on
such terms with her that he would
occasionally como Into tho cabin; and,
although he would not sit down, would
talk to Amine for n few minuter, nnd
The Utrecht sailed from Gambroon,,
touched at Ceylon and proceeded on
her voyago in the Eastern seas. The
ship was not far from tho Andaman
Isles, when Krantz, who had watched
the barometer, came in early one morn
ing and called Philip.
'Wo havo every poBpect of n ty
phoon, sir," said Kruntz; "tho glass
and tho weather are both threaten
ing." "Then we must mako all Bnug. Sen.l
down top-gallant yards and small sails
directly. We will strike top-gallant
masts. I will be out in a minute."
Philip hastened on deck. Tho sea
was smooth, but already the moaning
of the wind gave notice of tho ap
proaching storm. The vacuum in the
air was about to bo filled up, and the
convulsion would be terrible; a white
hazo gathered fast, thicker nnd thick
er; tho men were turned up, every
thing ot weight was sent below, and
the guns wore secured. Now came a
blast ot wind which careened tho ship,
passed over, and In a minute sho
righted as before; then another nnd
another, fiercer and fiercer still. Tho
sea, although smooth, at last appeared
white as a sheet with foam, as the
typhoon swept along in Its Impetuous
career; it burst upon the vessel, which
bowed down to her gunwalo and there
remained; in a quarter ot an hour the
hurricane had passed over and, the ves
sel was relloved; but the sea had risen,
and the wind wag strong. In another
hour the blast again came, moro wild,
more furious than at first; the waves
were dashed Into their faces, torrents
of rain descended, tho fchip was thrown
on her beam ends and thus remained
till the wild blast had passed away, to
sweep destruction far beyond them,
leaving behind It a tumultuous, angry
"It Is nearly over, I believe, Blr,"
said Krantz. "It Is clearing up a llttlo
"Wo have had tho worst of It, I be
lieve," said Philip.
"No; there Is worse to come," said
a low voloo noar to Philip. It was
Schrlften who spoke.
"A vessol to windward scudding be
fore the gale!" cried Krantz.
Philip looked to windward, and in
the spot where the horizon was clearest
ho saw a vessel under topsails and
foresail standing right down. "She Is
a large vessel; bring me my glass."
Tho telescope- was brought from tho
cabin, but beforo Philip could ueo it a
haze had again gathered up to wind
ward, and the vessel was not to bo
"Thick again," observed Philip, as
he shut In his telescope. "Wo must
look out for that vessel, that she doe3
not run too cloge to us."
"Sho has seen us, no doubt, sir,"
After a few minutes tho typhoon
again raged, and the atmosphere was a
murky gloom. It seemed as If some
heavy fog had bcon hurled along by
tho furious wind; nothing was to he
distinguished except the white foam of
the sea, and that not tho distance ot
halt a cable's length, whore It was lost
In one dark-gray -mist. Tho storm
staysail, yielding to tho force ot the
wind, was rent into strips, and flogged
and cracked with a noise even louder
than the galo. Tho. furlotw blast again
blew over, and the mist cleared up a
"Ship on the weather beam close
aboard ot us!" cried ono ot the men.
Krantz and Philip sprang upon the
gunwale, and beheld tho large ship
bearing right down upon them, not
three cables' length distant,
"Helm up! Sho does not see us, and
she will bo aboard ot us!' cried Philip.
"Helm up, I say; hard up, quick!"
The helm was put up, as the men,
perceiving their Imminent danger,
climbed upon tho guns to look If the
vessel altered her course; but no
down she camo, and the headsalls ot
tho Utrecht having been carried away,
to their horror they perceived that she
would not answer her helm and pay
oft as they required,
"Ship ahoy!" cried Krantz, on tho
gunwale, waving his hat. It was use
lessdown she came, with tho waters
foaming under her bows, and was now
within pistol shot ot tho Utrecht.
"Ship ahoy!" roared all the sailors,
with a shout that must have been
heard; It was not attended to; down
came the vessel upon them, and now
her cut-wnter was wlthtn ten yards of
tho Utrecht. The men of tho Utrecht,
who expected that their vessel would
be severed in half by the concussion,
climbed upon the weather guuwale, all
BY CAPTAIN MARRYAT.
ready to catch at tho ropes of tho
other vessel and cilmb on bonrd ot hor.
Amine, who had been surprised at tho
noise on deck, had come out and had
taken Philip by tho arm.
"Trust to me the shock " Bald
Philip. He said no more; tho cut
water of the stranger touched their
sides; ono general cry was raised by
the sailors of tho Utrecht they sprang
to catch at the rigging ot the other
vessel's bowsprit, which was now point
ed between their masts. They caught
at nothing nothing there wns no
shock no concussion of tho two ves
selsthe stranger npponred to cleave
through them; her hull pnBsed along in
silence; no cracking of timbers; no
falling of masts; the forcyard passed
through their malnsnll, yet tho ennvaa
was uurent; the whole vessel appeared
to cut through the Utrecht, yet left no
trnco of Injury not fast, but slowly,
as if she wero really sawing through
her by the heaving and tossing of tho
sea with her sharp prow. The Btrang
er'a forcchalns had passed their gun
wale before Philip could recover him
self. "Amine!" cried he, at last; "tho
Phantom ship! My father!"
Tho seamen of the Utrecht, moro
astounded by the marvelous result than
by their former danger, throw them
selves down upon deck; somo hastened
below, some prayed; others wero dumb
with astonishment and fear. Amino
appeared moro calm than any, not ex
cepting Philip; she surveyed the vossol
as It slowly forced Its way through;
sho beheld the seamen on board hor
coolly leaning over her gunwale, as If
deriding tho destruction that thoy had
occasioned; sho looked for Vander
dccken himself, nnd on tho poop nt
tho vessel, with his trumpet under hta
arm, she beheld tho Imago ot her
Philip tho name hardy, strong build,
the Bnmo features, about the same age
apparently; thcro could bo no doubt It
was the doomed Vanderdecken.
"See, Philip," said she; "soo your
"Even so. Morclful heaven! it is
It Is!" and Philip, overpowered by his
feelings, sank upon the deck.
The veaaol had now passed over the
Utrecht; the form of tho older Vander
decken was seen to walk aft and look
ovor the taffrall; Amine perceived it
to start and turn away suddenly; she
looked down and saw Schrlften shak
ing hlB fist In defiance at the super
natural being! Again tho Phantom
ship flew to leeward before the gale,
and was soon lost In tho mist; but
before that Amino had turned and
perceived the situation of Philip. No
ono but herself and Schrlften appeared
able to act or move. Sho caught the
pilot's eye, beckoned to him, and with
his assistance Philip was led into tht
(To be continued.)
Supplying Stationery by ttia Ton.
The supply department of tho postal
service la an Immenso business In
itself. Over six tons of stationery,
blanks, bookn, twine, scales, etc., aro
mailed every day from tho department
at Washington. Facing-slips put
around letters and packages numbered
G50,000,000 last year; blanks, over
90,000,000; lead pencils, 200,000; pens,
13,700 gross; sealing wax, over flvo
tons. Tho wrapping paper cost an
much aa the president's salary. Do
splto rigid economy, $90,000 worth of
twino was called for. Paper by tho
ton, blanks by tho thousand, Ink by tho
barrel till figures grow weak and un
satisfying. The division of supplies
occupies a building formerly used aa
a skating rink. Ono room contains
supplies of every blank used In every
postoffice In tho country, nnother room
Is filled with wrapplng-papor and
twine, another grent room has thou
sands of the 217 different articles ot
stationery for first and second-class
Cinderella of Ancient Egypt.
"Cinderella" Is not entirely the
product of fiction. Princess Rhodopts
ot Egypt was the first Cinderella. She
was bathing In the Nllo, and a bird,
which Strabo calls an eagle, flying
past, picked up one of her slippers, or
sandals, flew away with it, and
dropped it on the lap ot Prlnco Psara
metlcuB, who was holding a court of
Justice in Memphis. He was so struck
by tho dainty manufacture and small
slzo of tho sandal that, being then In
search of a bride, ho at once vowed'
that he would only wed the maiden
whose foot fitted tho sandal. There
were two elder daughters of the first
marriage who greatly envied her good
fortune and hero wo have all tho ea
sontlals of tho story.
"I came to ask you or your daugh
ter," said the young man who haa noth
ing but what he expects to earn, "but
I can't express myself." "Express
yourself." sneered tho plutocratic
parent. "You don't even need to go
by freight. Walking Is expeditious
enough In this caso. Don't forget your
hat.1' Detroit Free Press.
"I would be thought moro of," Mr.
Dismal Dawson explained, "If people
only understood my nature more bet
ter. I am that kind of a guy that
never gives up when ho has once
started to do aomethln'. That's the
reason I've always boen nfratd to start
In at anything." Indianapolis Journal,
"Do you go to school, my little man?"
asked the smiling visitor. "No,"
drawled the hopeful, "I'm sent." Tho
France Is burdoiicd with 400,000 pub
lic officials, costing the state (15,000,
000 franca a year.
"I bo marry npw forty year ap.' have
nlco lect' family- thirteen, boy an'
girl. Dat's an onlucky number you
say? Well, I don' know 'bout dat.
Nono dem be dlo yet nn' all do well.
Do four girl h'all bo marry good man
nn' do nine boy mek h'out for dam
self. Ono dem n uotnlro, 'nodor a
pries', ono bo member Pnrllnmont,
'nodcr ho work h'on do Government
h'at Quebec, two dem, Jacques an' On
Isime, kip bceg 'otel h'on Boatou, otic
'nvo gol' mine at Klondak, an' w'cu
ho como for soo me laV wlntnlro ho
bring hces pocket Jus' full dem nug
get; two more 'avo good farm near
St. Marie, Denuce, an do yotinges' hi
llvo here wit' me. Dat not so bad luck,
I tlnk, m'sleu.
"I bo tol' you how I como to marry
mn fommo? No! Illon! Ma fenimo be
do daughter ul' bonhommo Glngrns. Ho
was do mos' reeth man on dose part
den, wit' bceg farm an' tnebbo five,
four fousan' dollar h'ln do bank, llees
fllle, Corlnne. Jus' two year younger
dan me, an' we use' see h'cach odor
at church an' dance an' nil dem place
I got for Ink modi, dat loot Corlnno
wit' her black h'eyo an' red cheek an'
nlco, leet' rutin' wals'. P'raps you not
fink dat now. m'sleu. hut I tol' you
sho wns de mos' hello girl ns you flu'
any place h'ln tie whol' worl'.
"I was tmart young man den my
Bo'f, an' ahe come for lak me too. So
we 'grce for got marry, but lira', she
any, I muV ask Pore Glngras. 1 not
lak dat part, me. Ho not h'ondor
stnn' dat Jus' for wo love h'cach oder.
we mus' bo marry. Ho not tlnk I be
recch 'nough for marry hecs llllc. Well,
I gone ono day for ak him dat I wnnt
for marry Coiinno. M'sleu, dat ol'
Glngrns, ho Jus' danco wit' mad whan
I splk 'bout dat.
'"Wat's dat? You want mnrry ma
flllc? How you mak for keop wlfo?
You sak for my Corlnne? I know what
you fink. You fink you got my
money w'en I bo die. Baptcme! No!
You got not' Ing. You not marry her.'
"I tol' him dat I splk Corlnne al
ready, an' aho say yes, ahe marry mo,
an' I say, I go for marry her anyway,
sure. Wlf dat ho h'order mo h'out
hec3 malson, an' say if h'over ho catch
mo with Corlnno ho have mek me
arres' an' flno.
"'Doucemcnt!' I r.ny; 'not so fas'.
Wat for you not lak mo for aon-tn-law?'
" 'You got not' Ing,' he Bay. 'You
paurre Jus' lak one beggar. Dat's
do ralson I not lak you.'
"'Blen, m'sleu!' I say. 'I got my
leet farm. How moch money I mus'
have, too an' you lot Corlnne marry
"Y'en you have four hund' dollar
h'ln de bank I let you havo Corlnne,
HE WANT FOR BUY MA FARM,
an' you not mus' como hero till dat
" 'Cost blen,' I say. 'I go got dat four
hund' dollar, an I como back den for
"I splk lak I feel sure I mek dat
money h'ln froo, four monf, but I
not bo feol near so brave as I try for
mek h'out. Four hund' dollar! Dafs
a lot of monoy for poor habitant to
mek. You see, m'slou, It's lak dls.
Wo grow h'nll wo want for h'eat, plan,
lee patac an' grain. Wo havo tree h'on
our farm for keep good lire h'ln de
wintalro tarn. Les moutons grow wool
for mek warm clothes. No man go
'ungry or col'. Wo grow do tabac Can
adlen for smoke. Mais, m'sleu, we not
be ee vcr moch money.
"I fink- for long tam how I go for
mek dat four hund' dollar. S'poso I
work ma farm an' save h'all I can,
It tek me long tam 'foro I bo. h'able
for marry Corlnno, an' I not feel lak
wait for long tam,
"I havo cousin h'on Quebec smart
man, same lak steel trap an' I go
for see him. I tell him 'bout w'at
bonhomme Glngras say, nn' ask him
w'at bo fink I mus' do. He study
for while an den he Jomp h'up.
'"Ma fol,' he flay. 'I got do ver'
t'ing. I know how you feex dat h'ol'
man. I fink I 'ear dat dey fin' sonii
gol' not vcr' far frpra your farm.'
" 'Oul, I sayr 'dey fin' somo nt Plerro
Boulanger place, 'bout free mllofrora
me.' , '
" 'Dafa good! Dafs all correc'! I go
for veeslt your farm h'ln 'bout two
week. You not let h'on dat. you bo
know mo h'at all.'
"'He tell mo h'all w'at ho mok, an'
In 'bout two week he come an' brlug
'nodcr man wlf him. Doy havo loot
ammer, an' go h'all 'bout my place.
Dey chip h'off piece rock here, an'
piece rock doro, but dey havo oder
piece h'ln de pocket, dey brlnjr wit'
will! mm iPMUmA SHIP?
dem. Den dey go h'on do house bon
"Ho'a Var 'bout dat doy vcc3lt ma
farm, an' he fed curious for know w'at
for dpy do dat. He h'ln vile dem for
stay nn' tok supper h'at hces placo,
for try fin' h'out. At firs' doy not bo
tell moch. Dat mek do bonhommo
more curloua as before. After a while
dey tell him tlcy'a auro doro bo gol'
h'on ma farm. Dey tell him dat h'ln
conH'oncc, for ho bo hones' man. Dey
go for try buy h'all tho right for mine
h'on ma farm. Dey Bay ho mus' not
bo tol' mo dat, an' dey buy dem cheap.
Don dey show him somo dat rock doy
ho bring wlf dem, nn' say dat be
specimen quartz from ma farm. Doy
lot him kip ono dem piece. He ask
how moch dry think h'nll dem right bo
wort. Dry say dey bo worf moch,
but p'raps doy buy do whole f Ing for
fousan' dollar, for I bo h'lgnorant man
an' not know do vnlue.
"Won doy lot" for homo, of bon
hommo Glngrns laugh at dem for tool
man. Ho fink ho hco way for mek
somo money, an' nnx' day ho start
queek for Quobce, wlf hces leof bit
quartz. Ho get dat nnalysc an' tin' gol'
"After ho get back homo ho romo
for sco mo an' want for buy ma farm.
" 'Jacques! how moch you tok for
your farm?' ho say.
"'Illon! M'sleu Glngrns!' I say. 'I
not bo wapt for sell ma farm. Dat
b'long to h'our famllee for long tarn
"Ho try nn' try, for I flell, but I
know h'nll 'bout w'at he mek, an' I
not sell h'nt nil. Den ho say he fink
mebho doro be h'lron h'on ma farm,
an' ho want for buy do right tor mine.
I say he try for mek me Joko, an' dat
I never rco h'nny h'lron dere. Ho
h'offer me ono hund' dollar. I say no.
He h'offer mo two hund', den free
hund'. I let him go 'head till ho h'offer
flvo bund', don I sny:
" 'M'sleu! I tell you w'at I do. You
bo glvo me Corlnno an' two hund'
dollar, I let you havo h'all dom right.
Mebho,' I say, 'dere bo h'lron dore, I
don' know, an' mebho dore bo gol'
"Ho prick h'up hees car w'on I Bay
dat an' he say ho glvo one hund' dollar
an I tok Corlnno. After wo talk for
while he say he let me marry Corlnne
and glvo me ono hund' dollar an' cow.
"Bonhomme Ulngras was h'ln beog
hurry int I marry quecck, for ho be
'frald dem two men como back.
Well, m'sleu. I marry my leet' Cor
lnno. nn' dey'B not be como back yot
for buy dem right from Pero Glngras."
New York Sun.
HE ADDS PI TO HIS LUNCH.
Suburbanite' Struggle with the KetllrM
Tho man in the suburbs had his
lunch neatly tied In a squaro yo.llow
paper parcel which did not look Ita
function. Ho started from the house
in orderly precision, but had barely
turned the corner when he stubbed his
too and dropped tho. unsuspicious bun
dle to the sidewalk, splitting the yel
low pnpor and depositing sandwiches
and cake on tho ground. Then tho
train whistle sounded its warning note
and In despnlr tho tortured suburban
ite crammed cako and bread promis
cuously Into his pockets and started
on a run for the stntlon. Ho caught
the last platform of tho last car and
hurriedly sank Into a scat. When tho
conductor asked for hl3 ticket he man
aged to extract the small pastobord
without showing tho contcnta ot one
pocket, but tugging deep in tho othor
for his handkerchief to wipe his heat
ed brow, out flew crummy bread and
stringy hnm nnd cake that looked as
If the frosting had beon nibbled by
mice. Tho passengers smiled. They
could not havo been human and done
otherwise. But the man made no al
lowances for uncontrollable risibilities.
Ho glared at the offending men and
women, savagely thrust back tho bread
and battered cako Into his pocket and
enveloped his burning countenance In
the cooling pages of the morning pa
per. But there was a look of flint In
his eye that Bpoko tho finish of the
TABLET FOB WINNIE DAVIS.
Seruml Memorial to lie RaUitl In
Besides the artistic monument to be
erected in tho cemetery in Richmond
by which tho women of the south pro
poso to commemorate the virtues of
tho "daughter of tho confederacy" a
second beautiful tablet in memory ot
Miss Winnie Davis Is to be placed on
one of the walls of St. Paul's Protest
ant Episcopal church In Richmond,
Va,, and Is thn gift of Ambrose A.
MaglnnU, a prominent and wealthy
citizen of New Orleans, who has al
ways been a warm friend of the Davlj
family. The modollng of tho tablet in
plaster haa Just been completed by
George J. Zolney In his New York
studio. The tnblet, which Is five feet
long and thrco foet wide, fs" at once to
bo cast In bronze by tho Henry Bon
nard Compnny. Tho vestrymen of St,
Paul's church and Mrs. Davis, acting
for Mr. MaglnnU, have ft,.-mally ac
cepted tho work. Sirs. Davis considers
the portrait of nor daughter a faithful
lllconejs and Is highly pleated with th3
sculptor's artistic conception. Tho de
sign shown a bas-relief encircled with
palms, tho center of a decorated niche
A cherub's head Is placed In tympan
um and tho baco bears the momorlal
The Crltlo'4 Dilemma.
Editor Didn't I toll jou to roa t
that play that Fltzslugger, tho pugil
ist, Is starring In? Critic Yea, a r,
but Edl'-ir But what? Critic Mr.
Fltzslugger requested me to praise it.
OPPORTUNITIES IN CHINA.
Vait Flelit for American Trade That II
Ntlll Allium Untouched.
At tho present tttno American com
merce In China should ho moro than
that ot tho Bhopkccplng kind, Thcro
nro now opportunities for vast specula
tions and strong syndicates. This la
tho period of concessions, of organiz
ing for oponlng up tho rcsourcos ot
tliat largo empire. This is more than
soiling behind tho counter. And
here Americans nro llablo to
loso a magnificent opportuni
ty. Along with tho Incroaa
oil political Influence of European
countries havo come Increased com
mercial privileges. Our political In
terests nnd our commercial men hava
disliked the Chlnesu ho much that thoy
havo failed to solzo oven to soo tho
new openings In China nt tho moat
oppnrluno hour. Ilussla has secured
both railroad and mining concessions
In Manchuria. Germany has Boctirod
tho same In Shantung. England had
secured mining concessions In Shanai,
and other privileges In central China.
Both Krnnro nnd England havo secured
privileges In southern China. Amor
lea whoro Is she? Two great railroad
linos ono between Peking nnd Han
kow; the other between Tientsin and
Chlnklnng could havo bcon built by
Americans; but notwithstanding this
special opportunity European nntionn
have pressed forward to socuro these
privileges for their own people
Though these great concessions may
go to others, thore tuny Btlll bo an op
portunity for Amorican materials to
bo used In connection therewith. This
will depend on tho amount ot support
which tho United States government
and American merchants give to the
"open door" policy, which thus far haa
boen advocated by tho British govern
ment alone. Already many ot '0a
most cnorgollo supporters of British
Interests abroad have turned from the
"opon door" nollcy to tho policy or
special "spheres of Influence."
8TORIES OF RATS.
Will Illte Off n Leg to Kaeape from a
Georgo Purcell tells tho Pittaburg
Nows somo Btorlcs about mining coal
that aro interesting. Purcell Bays a
rat, when caught In a trap, will out oil
a limb to escape. He ono day caught
a rat with a blacksmith's pincers. He
had only tlnio to fix the plncora on tho
rat's tall, but with sufficient grip to
hold tho rat for n time. Ho intended
taking the rat to a feed-box In the
barn, whero Us fighting qualities could
bo tested by a terrlor. Tho rat, hang
ing by Its tall, turned around to froo
Itself from tho pincers. Finding that
the pincers wero harder than Its tooth
It turned Its attention to its own tall.
It cut with Its teeth a ring around tho
tall, and then mado a Jump. Tho ukln
peeled oft tho tall, leaving tho tall
covering In tho grip of Purcell and tho
pincers. It Is needless to say that the
rat escupod. Miners bcllevo that rata
leavo ft falling mlno. M. W. Kerrigan
met u hotde of rats one day when ho
wns entering a mlno. He attempted to
kill them with n stick, but a3 fast as ho
knocked ono out another took his
place. Ho was accompanied by a dog,
and tho dog wan so badly bitten by tho ,
rnts that he sought shelter behind Kor
rlgan. Seeing that tho dog was badly
Injured by tho attack of the rats Ker
rigan took hJm outsldo the mlno to
havo his injuries nttcndod to. Kerri
gan then returned to the workings, but
was surprised to find that tho entry In
which ho had met tho rata had fallen
in during his absonce.
"Tammany Ring" wns formed in tho
city of New York so far back as 178
ns a great Democratic organization.
Itn founder was William Moonoy, an
upholsterer residing in tho city. Tho
Tammany anniversary became n popu
lar holiday. The Ideal patrons were
Columbus and Tammany, the latter,
who gives his name to the society, be
ing a legendary Indian chief, once lord
of tho island of Manhattan, and now
a kind of patron saint of America.
Tho president rejoices In the title of
"grand sacham." The "Tammany
Hntt" is an offset moro Intensely Dem
ocratic, and represents the "Democrat
ic Republican general commltteo ot
5,000, who seek to govern New York
and 80lect all candidates for office.
There are district committees, over
whom Is set a captain known as tho
"local boss;" he is responsible for tho
vote of his district, There are 1,100
of these bosses to correspond with tho
1,100 districts. As a rule the bosses
are "liquor dealers" with a cllontele of
followers whom thoy "awing." Tho
boss Is paid for his services, and has
money to distribute. It Is alwayB-oa3y
from tho reports of these 1,100 bos3c;
to say how the vote of the city wllj
go in municipal elections.
Darlujr Repair Work.
Dai Ing repairs Inside a water main
wero recently made at the water works
In Kansas City, Mo. Tho thrcadu of
the valve seat in a 30-Inch main had
become broken, and In order to make
the repairs without removing tho valvo
It was necessary for someone to go
Into tho pipe. To leave the main closed
for tho day meant to leavo part ot tho
city without protection from fire. A
machinist, Charles Lunstbdt, volun
teered to do the work. He eutered the
main through a 24-Inch pipe ami put
in a new seat In about threo hours.
It was a cold Job, ns tho temperature
cf tho water had bcon running about
30 to 38 degrees, but hot irons wore
placed Inside tho plpo to remove tho
chill as much as possible Air was
let Into tho pipe through a pit around
the valve. Baltimore News.
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