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The tiny broke ut Inst, ntul the
guards entered the tent and cut the
bonds thnt bound the pi tanner's less.
The upper part of his faie was envel
oped In n thick woolen inutller, nnd
thus blindfolded he was led out to die.
His grave was already dug, and they
stood Iilm beside It. The firing party
consisted of four men; three of th?
illles held blank cartridges and the
fourth was to deal the death blow,
but none of them knew who held the
The flrliiK party were In chaige of
an officer who held a revolver In hU i
hand. Should the prisoner be alive
after the party had fired, It was the
ullleer's duty to execute the sentence
The rlllcs rang out, and Hendrlek
stood by his grave unhurt. Without a
word the officer advanced to within
three paces of the doomed man, rais
ed his revolver, and a bullet crashed
through Hendrlck's brain. He fell
forward, and then rolled on his back,
the bandage slipped from his eyes, and
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Night had jUBt fallen upon the veldt.
The short dusk had suddenly deepened
Into a heavy, thick obscurity, im
penetrable for a space until there rose
the rim of n full moon over the edge
of the plain which showed hard and
clear against the great disk. The nnt
hills, that alone broke the monotonous
flatness, flung Interminable Inky shad
ows as the cold, white glare, eitctilc
in Its fierce Intensity, shone out level
across the plains.
Hy the edge of the marsh a transport
wagon had outspanned for the night,
and within the circle of firelight,
where moon and llamo struggled for
the mastery, loomed the wavering
outlines of the trek oxen tethered to
the dlssclboom, and now and again
the figure of a man.
The only sounds were the crackling
chirps -of the bullfrogs in the vlel, and
the voices of two men who sat leaning
back against the kaioss of meer-kat
skins Hung over ono of the wagon
"No!" repeated the elder man, the
transport rider and owner of the
wagon raising his voice. "With us
they shall not come either she or tho
"Out look, Jakob," persisted tho
other; "It is now three weeks, four
weeks, that wc are on the trek, and
she has followed all the time, and car
ried the child, too. How tho poor girl
lives I do not know. Take only the
"flow are we to eat? How is the
vrouw to eat?" demanded the lioer
querulously. "Are theie not enough
mouths to fill already? And God
knows how much further the span can
go without water In this accursed
country; they huvo enough to pull, as
It Is. And why should I feed the wife
and child of every black schelin that
Is fool enough to want them? Ver
domte swnrtzkop!" And he spat
angrily Into tho file.
"Hut tho child," persisted Pletj
"that Is small and eats but little, not a
quarter ns much as a dog. Hesldes,
Klaus may run away If tho girl falls
sick, and he nlono knows the road and
the drifts ncross tho river."
There was a moment's pause. "Well,
then, the brat, In God's name," snap
ped the other. The girl can walk, as
she has walked these three weeks," ho
added, and rolled himself Into his rug
to avoid further surrender.
Plot rose stlfily to his feet; the night
breeze was growing chill. Ho knocked
tho ashes out of his pipe, kicked somo
fuel into the embers of the fire and
wont around to tho other side of tho
vvngon, whore tho tlneo Uasuto boys
"Klaus!" he culled. "Here a mo
ment!" A urunt from one of the blankets
"Baas Jakob says a baby may ride
with tho vrouw In the wagon, but the
girl must still walk."
There was a sudden movement at his
feet and a dark Hguie rolled out of
"No, boy. no! Not that!" His hand
was boing covered with kisses. Plot
drew it sharply away, and, taking a
strip of blltoug from his pocket, thrust
it into tho nasuto's grasp. "Here, this
may help for tho girl; It was all I
could got," ho answered roughly, and
turning on his heel ho wont back to
where his brother lay sleeping. Haas
Plet was as averse to being generous
as the transport rider, though for
For a whllo Klaus lay still.
Presently, carrying tho piece of hard
sundrled moat and his own supper of
boiled mealies, ho crept shivering from
his blanket and went slowly out to tho
silent veldt, In tho direction from
which tho wagon had como, as ho had
gono every night to listen for tho
signal that told him Delta was thero
among tho nnt hills. Then ho would
cheer her up and sit ueBlde her while
iho e wuio of his poor ratloua,
lover a odgc with Jnr Hint wrenched
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the fuce of the dead man lay upturned
to heaven. His exerutlonei took u
step forward, and then a ciy of agony
startled the morning air.
"liendilck! Ilendiltk! My Cod!
My God! Hetidilek! My brother! And
1 have killed him. Oh. Cod. forgive,
Paul Hoopslad placed hlq levolver
to his lorchead. and fell across the
toipse of his brothei'. They loved each
other In life, and together they Joined
the gieat unknown.
That morning the English army
stormed the heights of Glencoe. and
the Boers were defeat d with heavy
slaughter, anil side by side with Cap
tain Hick Harvey lode .lohn Martin.
In the engagement Captain Harvey
was wounded, and sent to Durban,
wheie Nancy inn wed her soldier lovet
back to health. He told her the story
of Hendrlck's death as he had heard
It fioin one of the Boer prisoners.
"He loved me." she said us the tears
inn down her cheeks, "lie said he
would serve me to the dentb. and In
rescuing my father he lost his life!"
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of the Boer
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though they were not enough for her
and the child,
Klaus grasped the kerrle dangling
from his belt at the recollection of
the cut across the mouth that the
drunken transport rider hud given him
with his sjambok when he had asked
his permission. Besides, there was the
baby, and he could not have left both
of them behind, so fai from the kraal
and her own people. But Baas Jakob
was a hard man, and he did nut under
stand such things.
Kvnr since tliey had left Burghers-dorp-many
weeks ago she bud
walked after them, the baby slung on
her back; and there were et thieo
weeks more and the desert strip to
cross before they reached the Great
Belt anil the river. But the baby was
to ride in the wagon now with the
vrouw. und tho girl would not be
Ah! Baas Plet was a good man bet
ter than Baas Jakob. He would help;
and later on he might even be rich
enough to buy a fow head of cattle
and some ponies and they would all
go hack to the old place on the Krel,
and He started to his feet
as the pipe of a honoybird came faint
ly out of tho distance. Betta was
there at latt.
The wagon was creaking nlong un
der the burning noonday sun; the ox
en stumbled lazily with lolling ton
gues; crawling at snail's pace without
fear of the Hick of the lash, for every
one was asleep except the little voer
loper trudging in front of the two
leaders, crooning an endless native
song to himself.
Suddenly theie was a stir under tho
tilt. The cuitaln was Hung aside, nnd
Baas Plot stepped out on to the fore
Ii.ii t of the wagon, yawning sleepily.
"Boy!" he shouted, "onsaddle the
mare. I shall ride on to the water
hole beyond the drift. It cannot he
far off now."
Klaus appeared from underneath the
wagon, where his blanket was slung
hammock fashion In the day time,
"No. Baas Plet. the spruit should
nut be more than one hour's ride now,
and the hole Is only two, threo miles
Presently he brought tho mare
around from the back of the wagon,
where she had been tied up. tightened
the girths and i oiled up the ilem of
the neck halter. Baas Plet swung
himself off the edge of the wagon Into
"Tell tho Baas when he wakes up,"
ho said; and with a shake of the reins
cantered off through the dust.
"It cannot be far now," repeated
Klaus to himself, as he watched him
until ho became invisible In the midst
ir die viihI in own exnanse of sun
It was now five days since they
had left the last vlel, nnd he had giv
en nearly all his share of tho hot
muddy wnter that tho vrouw served
out to the girl for the last few days,
hut that was very, very little, and she
was sick, too.
Tho baby was certainly the most
contented of nil, lying In an empty
sugar box under the shade of the tilt,
engaged In colling the soft end of the
eighteen-foot lash round and round
Its chubby nrms. It grew fntter nnd
merrier every duy. Tho vrouw rather
liked It. black as It was, for she had
no children of her own.
All at onco camo a warning shout
from tho voerloper. They were right
on tho edge of tho drift, und tho lead
ers began to pick tholr way slowly
down tho steep hank over tho loose
rocks nnd sand. Klaus wna busy put
ting the heavy Iron shoo drag under
one of tho hind wheels, while Baas
Jakob, In a bad temper at having hla
sleep disturbed, sat upon tho front of
tho wagon, swearing at him and tho
other boys for being lazy.
Now sliding sideways over a smooth,
sholvlag rock, now plunging down
wagon crashed down the hnnk only
to come to a dead stop nt the bottom,
Imbedded In sand up to the nxls.
The tpan were knotted In a tangled
mob of clashing horns and twisted
yoke reins, snulllng and pawing up tho
sand with Impatient hoofs; Instinct
told them that water was there but
It was far. far below, for the rains had
fallen many mouths back.
"Veidonite roolnccks"' raged tho
angiy Baas, beside hlnipclf. "Twist
their tails; get that lion spike here.
Hendrlk -that will make tho devils
But It was of no use; the spnn only
became mote hopelessly entangled. In
vain Klnus dashed In among them,
sjambok In hniiil. kicking heie and
slashing there, while lleuililk and the
voeilopet called upon the beasts by
name and urged them forwaid. Wn
ter thej knew was there, and water
they would have.
"The whip' Why don't you take the
whip, you schelins? Where Is It?"
loaied the Infui luted Boer, rising and
glaring about the wagon.
As he went foiward he stumbled
over the baby and Its box, upsetting
it and sending the child rolling across
the iloor of the wagon, where It lay
In a hall on a heap of skins, crowing
with delight. People so seldom play
ed games with It.
The Boer thrust the empty box back
against the side with his foot, and
snati bed up the bamboo whip bundle.
Polling It caiefully above his head In
both hands, lie gave a preliminary
lloutlsh, but the end was caught in
something the bial again, curse It!
It opened wide eyes of pleasure at
him, holding up Its dimpled wrists,
wound loiiud witli the end of the lash,
With a savage oath he kicked It oft
the end of the wagon into the midst of
the stiuggllug cuttle and brought tho
gieat whip down upon them with all
his force. Again nnd again It uncoiled
and whizzed down with a crack like a
rifle shot, cutting Into the steaming
Hunks of the plunging mob until they
bellowed again. Scat red and bleed
ing, deafened by the leportof the whip
and the hoarse yells of the men, the
maddened beasts straightened out, and
with Klaus and the voerloper tugging
at the leaders' heads, strained, pant
ing up the further bank of the drift.
It was late that evening boforo
Klaus crawled stealthily away from
the wagon, taking a full beaker of
fresh water from tho pool, nnd his
suppel; the Buas was veiy angry with
him because the wagon had stuck In
tho drift though how could he help It
If the oxen would not be driven? and
had forbidden him to leave the wagon
to bee Betta. But no Baas could keep
him from doing thnt, no matter how
many hidings he got for It.
Klaus walked for many hours, hut
the girl did not come. Of course, hav
ing the baby to carry again would
make her take longer; for Buas Jakob
had told him how he had seen It roll
off tho wagon that morning trying to
reach a big tortoise on tho rond nnd
crawl after it unhurt, und how he had
watched it there until Betta had pick
ed It up when she came along. Still,
she would catch them up next evening,
and he left tho water beaker and tho
food tied up In a pleco of a rng under
a heap of stones In the middle of tho
road, so that the ansvogcls could not
get at them, and Betta might find
them there In the morning.
But Betta did not catch the wagop
up next evening, or the noxt.
Four days afterward they had pass
ed the edge of the desert and out-
! spanned among the shady tamarisks
and the willows by the banks of tho
"Never mind, Klaus," said Baas Plet
kindly, patting him on the shoulder;
"hunger is n bad death, hut It Is God's
will. Besides," he added, with a smile,
"thero mo yet ninny good girls In Bu
sutoland. But you will stay with Baas
Jukoh and me yet a hit?"
"I stay with you and Bans Jnkob,"
answered Klaus simply. "He treats
me as well as nny other Bans."
Htmnlnirc'ii Astrniiomlrul Clock.
The celebrated astronomical clock of
Strusburg Is In the minster, or cathe
dral, and was originally designed by
an astronomer named Isaac Habrecht,
In the early part of tho sixteenth cen
tury. Previous to this time, In fact as
early us 1354, Strasburg hud an as
tronomical clock. It was In three
partB. The lower part had a universal
calendar, the central part an astro
labe, and In the upper division wero
figures of the three Magi und tho Vir
gin. At every hour the Mngl came
irwnrd and bowed to the Virgin; at
tho same time a chime was pluyed, and
a mechanical cock crew. This clock
of tho Mngl, as It was called, stopped
in tho early part of the slxteonth cen
tury, und was replaced by n clock
made by Habrecht, which ran until
1789, when it stopped, nnd all at
tempts to put Its works In order
fulled. In 1838 a clockmaker named
Sehwllguo undertook to remodel tho
Internal machinery, and finished It In
Mlti Kata Herd.
Thomas D. Heed's daughter, Miss
Katherlno Reed, was among tho forty
eight young women who recolved the
Chancellor's certificate of the wom
an's law class of the University of
New York the other evening. Tho
Hall of Madison Square Garden. Tho
young women have completed tho five
months' work which teaches them the
elementnry principles of Jurisprudence
and gives thorn a working knowledge
of commercial nnd business law. Tho
University prize scholarship was
awarded to Miss Louise Brewer, nnd
an essay prlzo of $50 to Mrs. Frank
ITEMS OF INTEBEST FOB MAIDS
Ttifi Mtnl .ViirMrl Ui-to-Uute l'nru
(Kiln The Niitrltr nt thn St moll I it
Milium (Inn NtjlM In l'uutneur
Our Cooking Hrliool.
UrUlnn Homo llir Colt.
(Kate l'mtuim Ogomle. who In u native
of KreitmtK. Me. coiiltlljuteil tblt poem
to Harper n .Miik.izIiio Tot Mai oh, 1m.)
Out of tlio cluxer Mini lilueM'M'd Knm
llo turned tliem Into the ilxer lane;
One nfler iinother he let UiiMii I'iihm,
And dimmed the tmmlow li.us ugillil.
t'ntler the willow mid ovei the hill,
Ilu pnlli'iiil followed their sober puce:
The hum n whittle fill iinee wn still,
And noun thing Htmdowed bis uuutiy
Only n boy' and hU father Irnl said
He IK'vei could let his nuuKStei go,
Two nlleud. were lylllK dead,
Under the feet or the ttainpllim f'-'
Hut nfter the ewnliii; woik was done,
And the nous wnu loud lit the inemhiw
Over liM shoulder he hIiihk hl B'l".
And Hli'itllhll) followed tin footpath
Across tho clover and through the wheat,
With loyolutu homt nnd purpose ki tin.
ThouKh cold mm the dow to tho hmryliiK
And the blind bat's Hitting xturttod him.
Tin Ice Mnce then hud the lime boen whlto
And the oulmrds sweet with uppli)
And now, when the cows came h.iek at
Tho foible father drove Hum homo.
Strlet In Storking.
Seldom have fashionable feet been
6o ornately clad as this season. The
new hosiery Is marvelous in Its glory,
and n small foitune could readily be
expended Just In this ono department
of the hbops. The mint expensive
Blockings, of course, are thoae of silk
of the cobwcbbleat texture, lino
enough almost to be passed through a
ring. Some of thcbo ate exquisitely
ctubroldeied. Theie are black silk
stockings daintily powdered with tiny
flowers, like the forget-me-not, worked
In delicate hues. Other black stock
ings hnve u dlnmond pattern, bright
in color, woven up the front. Upon
this lighter background of pale pink,
blue, green, violet or purple is embroid
ered a riuliiMie trnceiy of vines. A
pair of blight, yellow silk stockings
has a diamond pattern In black, pro
ducing an essentially stylish effect, In
stockings of pnlo tint, tho diamond
design Is always of tho black, and
vice versa. Some of the new black
silk stockings aro cut out In tho fiont,
to display long, narrow appliques of
lace. Others have the holes worked
around with buttonhole stitch, nnd
underneath are set pieces of gayly col
ored taffeta. The old stylo stocking
known ns "opera" top, that Is, tinted
In some delicate color, the lower half
dyed black, reappears in a modified
form. Instead of an abrupt line be
tween the say, luveuder top und black
lower portion, tho colors aro blended
by a graceful lino of black embroid
ery. Iu openwork Blockings the effects
are Indescribably delicate. In sonio
the omnmentul stripes extend the on
tiro length of the stocking; In otheis
tho openwork Is carried only pnrt wny.
Some of theso openwork stockings
look like fairy lnco woik.
The pnrnsol Is an important adjunct
to a summer gown. It must be becom
ing, for It Is a movable backgiound,
and the clever woman realizes that It
sho'ild be of a color and design that
wl& harmonize with her complexion
and her general style. The new para
sol Is a thing of beauty, showing al
most endless variation In the coloring
and kind of fabric, In design and In
tho shape and style of handles. The
exhibits In the shops of these useful
and at tho bamo time highly decora
tive accessories of feminine dress run
tho entlro gamut ot parasol Invention,
from the frivolous and Huffy chiffon
that lookH as If fabricated from n Hoot
ing summer cloud, to the serviceable
but stylish sunshade of plain silk, A
conspicuous novelty this spring Is the
squuro parasol, covered with one of
tho popular Persian pattern handker
chiefs. These hnve a bizarre effect, but
they nro extremely stylish, nnd mny bo
carried with almost nny costume. Silk
parasols scalloped around the edge und
trimmed with white silk braid are an
other novelty, nnd still others nro
mndo of bunds of silk Joined together
with open hemstitching. Satin para
boIs, with velvot polka dots, are very
stylish. These have quite Bhort, thick
natural wood handles. The spangled
parasol is another novelty, but It Is a
llttlo too pronounced nnd dazzling to
bo popular, except with tho woman
who ban such a large nsnortment of
sunshades that she can lay It aside as
Boon as die wearies of tho glitter.
Tho parasols of transparent mate
rials, like chiffon, nnd those of lnce,
nppeal persuasively to tho woman of
essentially feminine taste. They are
very dainty, elegant and extravagant,
but are well fitted to give tho crown
ing touch of distinction to an elabo
rate summer toilette. There Is an end
less number ot variations carried nut
In the transparent mnterlals. Chiffon
is tucked, shirred and niched Into
shape, and finished with ruffles, and
thero are frills and falls of lnce, in
sertion and applications of passe
menterie. One of theso nlry, fairy
novelties is of whlto satin, covered
from tho edge to tho tip with knife
plaited chiffon, tho plaltlngs growing
narrower as they approach tho fer
rule, ruchlngs of the chiffon appear
ing here and thero along tho edge of
them. A plain white satin parasol,
decorated with designs of appllquo
lnce, Is a desirable purchase, and an
other white parasol Is of satin, covered
with point d'esprlt, over which cho-
C A A JifSr fwEt
nlllo cords are sowed In a network de
sign, and is finished with two frills
of point d'esprlt. edged with several
rows of white chenille. Black Chan
tllly laco and white chiffon combined
togother, the chlfTon being accordion
plaited between bunds of Insertion.
The center of the parasol Is sometimes
of cream lace, and tho band below of
tucked chiffon, edged with plaited nif
ties finished with a narrow cream laco
edge. Black and white Is a very fash
loiiableconiblnatlon In parasols. Sonio
tlnies flowers of black laco aro applied
upon the chiffon, and beneath tho airy
laco floworB a color pink or green
Is Inserted, giving a very rich and airy
effect. A full black laco over a rulllo
of chiffon hangs from tho edge of tho
frame to flutter gracefully about the
dainty head that It will shadow. There
are parasols for every occasion tho
drive, the morning wulk, the afternoon
promenndo and tho links. The auto
mobllo parasols this season arc of
plain Bilk, In different shades, red or
purple being the most fashionable.
They nro equipped with a wooden
handle of medium length, not very
thick, nnd nro of medium size, finished
with a niching of whlto liberty silk.
Tho coaching parasol Is mado of plain
or shaded silk, and appears as heioto
fore, with a thick, short handle, which
may bo either In light or cbonlzcd
Very beautiful aro the new parasol
handles from Paris. The wood Is In
pastel tints and tho handles aro deco
rated In cut steel. Sometimes tho han
dle Is covered with black velvet, upon
which the ornamentation In cut steel
appears In effective contrast. Another
fashlonablo parasol bundle Is a ball
entirely studded with rhlnestoiies.
Smart Amnrlcmn (llrl.
An American girl, Miss Burdlott by
name, hopes to make a good thing out
of tho coming Paris exposition. She
has bought tho Pompellan house, built
about forty years ago by Prince Je
romo Napoleon. Tho houso Is on tho
Conns la Heine, ami Miss Burdlott pro
poses to transform It Into tea and re
freshment roovis for weary sightseers.
Meals will be served In tho atrium,
where niUBlcans will play, Just ns when
"Plon Plon" gave Italian fotes thore.
Tho waitresses will wear Pompellun
costumes, nnd, aside from tho refresh
ment fenturo, tho place will bo well
worth seeing simply as a curiosity.
Miss Burdlott expects to make enough
money during tho exposition to pay
for tho house.
Coo kin if Ptitiool.
A now method of preserving food has
been devised by a German, Herr F. W.
Graeff. It Is effected by exhausting
the air from the receptacle containing
the food, then Impregnating It with an
Inert gas such as hydrogen, nitrogen
or carbonic acid at any desired pres
sure, und finally scaling up hermetical
ly. Liquids may lie treated as well as
solids, hut they need restoring to their
original condition by heating or bull
ing before consumption.
Custard Eggs Put six eggs In boil
ing water, remove from fire nnd let
thoni stiind, closely covered, for 11 vo
minutes. Allow ono cup ot boiling
wnter for each egg.
Cheese Fondu -Molt ono-half cup
rich cheese (crumbled) und onc-ha'.f
tablespoon butter In ono cup hot milk.
Add u well-beaten egg, ono saltspoon
salt, one-half saltspoon cnyonno and
ono cup soft breadcrumbs. Bake hi
butteied scallop shells until brown.
Wheat Crisps Mix one cup cream
(Bweet or sour), ono-fourth cup sugar,
one saltspoon salt and ono cup whole
wheat Hour. Knead In Hour till stiff,
roll out very thin und cut out. Bako
on ungrcased tins In hot oven.
Macaroon Souillo Scald one dozen,
macaroons In a cup of milk. Pour
giiidually upon the beaten yolks of
three eggs and cook over hot water,
stirring constantly till slightly thick
ened. Fold In tho stlfily beaten whltea
of threo eggs and bako In buttered
mold Bet In hot water for twenty min
utes. Turn from mold and servo with
Mock Oyster Bisque One cup cod
fish soaked in cold wuter and picked
Into bits. Boll It twenty minutes, put
ting it to cook with ono pint cold
water and one pint Btralned tomato.
Add one saltspoon soda, ono pint of
milk, one tablespoon of butter meltod
nnd mixed with ono tablespoon of
cornstarch, one Baltspoon of whlto pep
per. Boll up onco and serve. (Mrs.
Italian Chicken Boll a chicken till
tender In lightly salted water. Whllo
It Is cooking dtp out a pint of 4ho
broth and put with it ono small onion
sliced nnd a tablespoon of butter, half
a teaspoon ot salt and a quarter of a
pound of macaroni broken Into Inch
pieces. Cook till water has noarly
boiled nway, then add ono cup of milk
and cook slowly till tho macaroni haa
absorbed the milk. Sprinkle grated
cheeso over It. Boll tho chicken liquor
till reduced to one pint, removo tho
fat and thicken slightly. Pour maca
roni ovor tho chicken and tho Bunco
ovor tho vvhalo, (Mrs. Lincoln.)
Tho supremo excollenco In all things
Is simplicity. ' l
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