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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
The Rroken Coin
A Uory of Mystery and Adventure
y EMERSON HOUGH
From the Scenario tiT
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8YNOP8I8. I to them ho roapponrod, tlio man in
whom thoy hau coniiuonco, anu 1110
man who had confldoncn In hlmsolf.
F .! Jrtl
Kitty Gray, newtpnper womnn, finds In
curio uliop lialf of n broken coin, tho
iitiilllnlml Inarrlntlim nn tvlltcll liroURPH
lior curiosity and lends her, at thn order
of her inunuKlnc editor, to ko to thn prin
cipality of areUhofTcn to pleco out tho
story BUKKi'Sted by thn Inncrlptlnn. Hhn In
followed, nnd on nrrlvnl In (JretxholTon
her adventures whllo chasing tho secret
of the broken coin bnxln,
Tho wldo wings of tho air craft roao
gracefully nnd Htoiullly from tho peril
ous dip which It had mado nlmost to
tho Burfaco of tho nca. Undor tho
Htoady hand of tho pilot It twung up
and around nnd headed back toward
Llolow tliom now lny tho towers of
arotzhoffen. Tho roar of tho motor
mado conversation Impossible, but tho
tbroo occupantH of tho car looked at
ono anothor happily. Rolonu, wot
and weary, but smiling, had curled
hlmsolf down ns bent ha could, nnd no
oeptod this last phnso of his udventuro
with hln uhuuI philosophy.
To tho rollof of all throo, at longth
thoy Baw tho groan Bhoroa of Grot-s-boffon
waterfront rlalng up to moet
thorn. Tho aoroplano, eklllfully ban
dlod, splrulod gracefully down. Safo at
length, thoy stopped from tho car.
Frodorlck and Kitty faced each other.
"Aro wo thon at tho ond of our
perils?" asked Kitty. "Daro wo bo
llovo ItT I am weary with It all I
Bcarco know whether I am not in some
harassing droam. Aro wo thon safo
"Lot us hopo It, madomolsollo."
said Count Frodorlck.
"But Btay," Bald ho. "How can wo
know what may havo transpired at tho
palaco In our absenco? Only ono thing
1b to bo dopondod upon, and that is
that Sachto will not rolont. Ho will
have Bomo plot on foot ho will not
admit hlB defeat."
"Lot us go thon," Bald Count Fred
erick, "and boo. After what wo havo
ondurod why troublo overmuch re
garding what fato may havo In addi
tion? It all seems to mo to havo boon
In tho hand of fato itself. Even I am
of tho mind that our llttlo fears do not
In tho IeaBt alter tho idans of tho gods
"That Is tho fatalism of a bravo
man," Bald Kitty, smiling.
"What! Thon you call mo nt least
bravo, mndomolscllo? Would that I
might find Homo other merit in your
oyoB and would I might blot out my
own souse of umvorthtness In tho con
duct I havo shown towards you.
"This Is no tlmo for such matters,
monBiour. Lot us haston." Sho
Bpoko composodly, nnd oven thon wus
turning toward tho palaco.
Roleau, apart at a rospectful dis
tance, for tho timo mado no attompt to
Intrude Count Frederick and Kitty
hurriod off toward tho plaza in front
of tho palaco, whoso grounds so ro
contly had been tho scono of tho dos
porato oncountor botwoon tho two ar
mies. A cortaln poaco had rolgned
thero but now, yot it had boon but
the poaco of exhaustion. Tho army ot
Grahoffen had withdrawn, that was
true, but lod by dauntless minds Its
retreat had boon chocked. With thorn
dofeat was but a relative term, a tem
porary condition. Even now thoy had
summoned up tholr courago, and those
but recently vanquished had sot on
foot a counter-attack against tho capi
tal ot tholr recently victorious foo.
As thoy advanced thoy found tho
plaza onco moro filled with arn'.od mon,
the forces of Grahoffon again upon tho
aggrosslvo. Uy stealth now, rapidly
and without tho Bound of martial mu
sic, thoy had stolon into tho unguarded
portion of tho city. Tho courago ot
despair porhaps nnimatod them In this
undertaking. Yot now contldonco and
not dospatr Boomed to rulo among
them as thoy gathered In front of tho
palaoe which still so grimly hold its
"Come quick!" exclaimed Freder
ick as this scono broko upon tholr
gaze. "Wo aro alono our forces aro
scattered thoy are upon us again In
thousands. We must tako rofugo In
the palaco only In Its hlddon recesses
can wo And any bolp now."
Carefully as might bo, and as quick
ly, thoy gained access onco moro to
the boleaguorod palaco ot Grotzhoffen.
In tho anteroom thoy mot nono less
than Michael, tho puppet king hlmsolf.
He was tho imago ot torror now, and
willing to babblo to any of his woes.
"What shall wo do? Whero Bhall
we go?" he exclaimed almost In do
spalr. "Thoy aro at us again thoy
have no morcy on us thoy do not
stay defeated, my doar count Yon
dor Sachto docs not rolont ho will
havo our hearts' blood. It is terrible.
Where Bhall wo fly from him?"
Much of theno broken utterances had
truth la them. Tho Grahoffon troops
wore Indeed In possession ot tho cen
tral defenses of tho town. By vlrtuo
ot tho magic of porslstonco and speed
ot action Count Sachlo hlmsolf onco
moro had won to tho hoad of his
troop, From some place unknown
With such an adversary King Mlchaol,
or ovon tho stouter bouI now at his
sldo, might well llnd pauso.
"Soon It will bo Indood too lato, your
majesty," exclaimed Count Frodorlck.
"Como wo must find bodjo Bafoty In
tho inner chambers of tho palaco,
Luckily it was built for precisely nuch
a crisis as this In Its fato. Como,
madomolBcllo, your hand, quick. Your
majesty, It Is not honoath your dig
nity to haBten now."
Pursuod by vaguo nolsos of combat
nnd by countless vaguo fears conjured
up by tholr surroundings, dcop In tho
hlddon fastnoHses, thoy wont on until
at longth thoy woro far bolow tho
lovol of tho rooms dovotud to tho usual
puposcs of the dally Ufo of tho pulaco.
llolow them, boforo them, all was dark
ncss and gloom. Thoy woro well
among tho subterranean dungeons
which had held so long tholr secrets
against all comors.
Mlchaol was tho proy ot yot added
apprehonslons as ho found himself
thus leaving tho light of duy and von
turlng among theso regions whoso tra
ditions held thorn so potent In ter
ror for tho human mind uu onco thoy
had offered terrors to tho human body.
Yet ho could do no moro than follow
tho guldanco of tho bolder mind which
now lod on.
Thoy wcro followed In somo part
by tho rofugecs of tho palaco, as anx
ious as themselves to find somo ref
uge. So at length thoy halted in an
abiding placo which for tho timo at
least was silent a dcop dungeon
where light and sound nllko woro cut
off. Such had boon tholr hasto that
all woro well-nigh exhausted Mi
chael spent most of all and voicing
most ot all tho babbling of his mor
tal anguish. Thus circumstanced,
thoy found such places of rest as
offorad and waited for what might
Moanwhllo tho relontless Sachlo was
searching somo entranco Into tho pal
aco, tho hiding placo of his enemies,
and, as ho supposed, also ot tho wom
an whom gladly ho would havo called
his friend tho woman whom ho
feared most of all.
"llronk In tho door, mon," ho crlod.
"Smash lu any window. Enter, In tho
nnmo of our own king. Wo havo them
defeated now, and thoy must not es
capo thoy nro trapped hero, nnd wo
will soon havo them In our hands."
Ills men obeyed. There enrno soon
tho splintering of wood, tho crashing
of glass nt tho pnlnco windows. Be
foro many momenta had passed tho
legions of Grnholteu woro pouring
through tho hi each and overrunning
tho Interior ot tho palaco. Sachlo,
with somo hurried instructions to an
nido, led on tho advnnco. All through
tho upper portion of tho palaco tho
echo ot hurrying footstops rcsoundod.
"Thoy aro coming," said Kitty at
longth quietly to her companions.
Thoy havo taken tho palace. We can
not cscapo. This must bo tho ond.
Thoy will havo us out now at any
"What Bhall wo do? Whero shall
wo hldo? What will becomo of mo?"
walled Michael. "Save mo, Frederick,
savo mo. What Bhall I do?"
"You shall keop silent, your ma
JoBty, it you pleaso. You can go no
where bettor than this. I will do
whnt I can," rojolnod Frederick. "Most
boloved majesty, you aro In a hard
enso, but pray you, troublo us not too
much in tho work of doing what wo
can for your majesty and ourselves."
Trying now this door, now that, ad
vancing, receding, tho mon ot Gra
hoffon camo on. Thoy llllod up tho
corridors, all tho reception halls ot
tho front and rear of the Gretzhoffen
palaco. Count Sachlo, his king, his
loaders and tholr soldiers all now
Joined In tho last dash upon what thoy
thought to bo tho finish ot their en
emy's last citadel.
Aloof and apart, concoalcd for tho
tlmo In tho romoto coll which had ro-
colved them, Count Frederick and his
companions hoped against hopo for
yot a llttlo whllo, but hoped In vain.
Again camo the crashing ot doors, tho
rush ot foot on tho stono floors. Uso
Iobs to contend against tholr numbers
tho last door was broken through.
Discovered, surrounded, trapped,
Count Frodorlck and his companions
tacod tholr assailants,
"So," laughed Sachlo, as ho stood
panting but triumphant, after his last
attack. "So, at last! You havo run
far, my friends, and dodged us vory
nimbly. Whero shall you go now, my
good count whero shall you go, my
pretty ono nnd you, your august ma
jesty ot Gretzhoffen, boforo whom I
must tremble what Is tho noxt placo
of retreat for you?"
His taunt had truth under It. Tho
last card sootuod to havo bcon played,
and played to an awful loss. Thoro
seemed to bo no further ro treat; the
llttlo resistance which Frederick and
Kitty could offor would servo tor
naught against such odds; as best
thoy might thoy endeavored to pro
corner of thn room, half moaning la
"Arid yet now, at tho last Instant,
It was Count Frederick himself to
whom It was given to dovlso a, plnn,
despcrato in itself, yot, as it chanced,
His oyes fell upon n grcnt wheel,
rusty and long disused, which thrust
out of ono cornor ot tho room. As
ho saw it his gazo kindled with tho
'sudden thought which It suggested.
Ho know what It was and what it
meant what hopo it offered now.
"Koop them talking," ho whispered
to Kitty, in a quick nsldo. "Engngo
thorn for Just a momont keep them
Count Frederick know that this
wheel and tho lovers boyond con
trolled tho drnlnago outlet of tho
great moat which surrounded tho
roar portion of tho castlo. Thoso low
er gates onco opened, thero was noth
ing to provent flooding of tho subter
ranean passages. Tho moat watorB
had boon used for that very purposo
in tho past bo ran tradition and
groat had bocn tho slaughter wrought
upon nnclcnt enomlos of Grotzhoffen
through that vory means. Hero thoy
woro living in tho past horo they do
tnandod of tho past Its secrets horo
thoy woro surrounded by all tho grim
memorials of tho past. Why, thon,
thought Count Frederick, why not uso
that past nnd tho means that onco
had bcon sufficient to it?
Ho lnld his hand upon tho whcol.
It had not yielded to an arm loss pow
erful than his, nnd oven his strength
was noccssary to Its limit boforo ho
could forco It to ytold, long disused as
It had been hero. But at length It
did turn a llttlo, and then moro and
Tho result was boyond nil calcula
tion. Thero camo tho sound ot rip
pling, and thon ot rushing waters. It
camo In tho passages back of tho In
vaders. It filled tho stono floors along
tho corridors. It lapped their feet. It
bathed tholr ankles. It roso swiftly
to their knees. And then consterna
tion seized upon all thoso who but now
hnd stood triumphant, taunting, men
acing. Of a truth, tho trapped crea
tures had turned and wrought their
"Quick, got to safety," commandod
Frodorlck now. And oven as ho and
his companions found a llttlo higher
level In another chamber whonco
thoy could sco tho work of tho wa
ters on their foes, thoso foos them
selves began to cry out In terror at
tho mysterious enemy against which
thoy could not battlo.
"Your Majesty," exclaimed Count
Sachlo now to tho tall figure at his
side "your majesty!"
King Cortlslaw It was who had beon
summoned to see the last struggles of
Wo do not want you to cumber our
corridors with your dead. Lot it bo
peace then, nnd this tlmo let your
word bo kept. Begono then, and thank
good fortuno, and not your Just do
sorts, that you havo Ufa loft for you,
If any of you remains death shall bo
his fato at onco. Decldo quickly, my
good Sachlo. You havo not long to
livo. Tho moat waters aro not yet
touched thoy will flood theso chun
nols In tho rock to tholr vory roofs.
"Enough, enough," cried Sachlo,
holding up his hands. "Wo submit
wo surrender wo agree"
Count Frederick rovcrsed tho whcol.
Llttlo by llttlo, tho gurgling and rush
ing of tho waters ceased. Thoy
reached tholr own lovol again. Onco
moro tho old moat was locked, nnd
onco moro a drawn battlo had been
fought ovor that secret which still re
mained hlddon deop aomowhoro in
thoso rock cavernB.
Llttlo by llttlo, slowly and in deop
humiliation, tho forces of Grahoffon
found tholr way out as best thoy
might or at least most of thorn did,
including Sachlo and Cortlslaw, his
Presontly Frederick, Kitty and King
Michael woro alono onco moro, res
cued as much by fato, by chance, as
by their own wits keen as thoso had
"So, your majesty," Bald Count
Frederick to King Michael, "whero
thero is will thoro Is way It Bccms
tho proverb is proved truo onco moro.
Wo wcro not far allko from death and
burial hero ourselves. Had our friends
tho oncmlcs remained much longer,
wo would havo tnkon toll of thorn to
tho last man. 'Twos lucky, my recol
lection of tho old tradition about tho
wheel and tho water gates.
"But como now, perhaps your maj
osty will rest," Bald ho in conclusion.
"I think wo shall now havo bettor op
portunity to do so. Unless I am now
far mistaken, our friends of Grahof
fon will leavo us. Not only with Hro
and sword, but with tho waters under
tho earth, we havo smitten them.
As for you, madomolsollo," said ho
when at length thoy had escorted tho
monarch to a placo ot groator safety,
"I congratulate you also on tho oscapo.
You aided handsomely as over. But
for your courago wo could not havo
"It was nothing," said Kitty. "Tho
trapped animal fights dosporatoly."
"It Is of no importanco," said Count
Frederick calmly. A peril passed is
passed, and noed give us no moro
concern. But stay, there was somo
unfinished business betwoen you and
mo, mademoiselle Toll mo, why
should wo bo enemies still, slnco wo
havo learned to fight shouldor to
shoulder against the enemies of our
Under the Steady Hand of the Pilot the Aircraft Headed for Shore.
his adversary. Ho stood now trapped
liko tho meanest ot thoso retainers
about him, nnd neither could llnd
"Tho whoel, the wheel," called Sa
chlo at length. "Stop him, men ho is
opening tho wator gates stop him at
Hlmsolf and a few men endeavored
to go at Frederick, but met tho lrato
Kitty, who put up a tlgcrllko resis
tance to protect her comrado at his
work. The Bound of shots camo, tho
mluglcd sounds ot much confused lam
entation from thoso now threatened
with drowning In theso deep subter
"What," exclaimed Cortlslaw to Sa
chlo, "Is It my fato to drown liko a
rat horo In their palaco? Quick, Sa
chlo, offer them poaco offor thorn
Even the sonso of chagrin was lost
to Sachlo now In his torror for his Ufo
nnd that of his sovereign. Ho ad
vanced through tho water as best he
might until ho caught tho attention of
Frederick, still busy at his task.
"Halt, Count Frcdorlck," ho cried.
"Walt wo offor parley we offer a
truco wo offer you ponco, It so you
will protect tho Ufo of our sovereign."
"So then," exclaimed Frcdorlck,
"your Boverolgn is horo?"
"I admit ho is," said Sachlo. "I ad
mlt also that you have tho upper hand
ot us onco more. We cannot perish
liko so much vermin horo Btop your
cursed whool and glvo us respite, or
soon It will bo too late."
"Aro you slnccro, Count Sachlo?"
demanded Fredorlck "niay wo bo
llovo your word? We havo had cause
to doubt it moro than onco."
"Doubt It then no moro. Cut off
thoso Hoods which aro drowning us
Inch by Inch, and wo will leavo your
palaco and leavo tho town. I glvo you
my word nnd that of my sovereign."
city? We havo been together In moro
than ono peril we have well-nigh per
ished togothor a scoro ot times and
together we have avenged ourselves.
Do you find no augury in that? Sol
diers who fight together and who win
to safety together usually are friends
why should not wo be friends?"
Ho advanced toward her now, his
arms extended, in his face all his
awakened passion as ho saw her once
moro so closo at his side.
"What!" oxclalmod Kitty, pushing
him back. "Surrondor you ask mo to
BUrrendor! Why should I? Wo nro
but now out of a situation which
loaves mo disposed for anything but
light matters. Why should I think ot
you at all, monsieur lo comto, who
havo been indeed the cnuso of so
many of those perils which you men
tion now. Until I find tho missing
half ot my coin I have another mis
Blon in Ufo, and othor matters to con
sider, than to talk of such things as
those you now suggest."
She turned from him. Ho stood look
ing after hor, baffled and unhappy,
smiling sadly as ho saw hor go.
"One tlmo, mademoiselle," said he
to hlmsolf "somo dayl Tomorrow
may bring anothor day "
"Why, then," Bald Count Frcdorlck,
tect tholr king, who coworcd la a smiling, "agreed, and Tory cheerfully,
King Cortlslaw, safe at last from the
dangor ho had encountored In the sub
terranean passagoways of tho palaco,
was grcoted with cheers by his men
when at length ho emerged. Sur
rounded by his soldiers and his offi
cers, ho passed out in retroat from
tho sccno which but now had boon a
triumph for his arms.
His officers attended him nil savo
ono. Count Sachlo, indomitablo oven
in defeat, lingered for just a
time behind tho others in tho
oscapo from tho submerged pas
sages. Hurrying hero and there,
he sought as best ha might, ungulded,
for that ancient torture chamber somo
whero bolow tho palaco, In which, n3
ho know, thero rested tho secret ot
Grctzhoffon. But slnco ho was un
gulded, how could ho know when at
length ho was closo to tho door which
barred him from that secret7
Ho did find a closed door, in a part
ot tho Biibterrancan chambers not yet
flooded by tho waters of tho moat,
Ho could not llnd entrance tho door
wafl locked ho hnd no tlmo to seek
for any koy. Looking about hhn hast
ily, ho saw only upon tho floor a Bcrap
of paper, an old, stained, charred, dis
membered pleco of parchment, loft
thoro by whoso hand ho could not
guess. Curiously regarding It, ho
picked It up to examine It moro closely.
It horo Bomo anclont inscription which
ho could but ill declphor an Inscrip
tion in Latin. Count Sachlo cudgolcd
his wits to bring to his aid such storo
ot knowlodgo of dead languages as
onco was his in his college days. Hur
ried as ho was, and disjointed as tho
inscription was, ho could make but
llttlo of It.
"By tho rood," oxclalmod ho, "hero
Is something strange enough a parch
ment from God knows where, by God
knows whom. It Bays something
about a king or an heir to a kingdom
It says something about nn abduc
tion. Why, horo wo como upon a pret
ty story. I'll warrant half my chance
of reward in this war this paper has
something to do with tho secret of
Gretzhoffen. At least I will tako It
Ho thrust It into his pockot nnd hur
ried on Into tho open to Join his flee
ing comrades. Even as thoso loft be
hind In tho palaco began to tako coun
sel of restoring somo order after tho
ruin which had boon wrought. Count
Sachlo, in possession of ono moro un
finished secret, was outsldo tho walls.
As ho passed from tho front of tho
palaco, ho camo dlroctly In tho line
of vision of Kitty, who was watching
tho retreat of the Grahoffon forces.
Somothlng in Sachio's haste his air
of uncertainty withal, attracted her at
tention. "I'm sure," said Bho to herself,
"thoro Is somo mischief in his mind.
As a rule It has been safo to follow
yonder rascal I will do so now." And
that sho did.
Sachlo hastened out through tho pal
aco grounds, bound for somo path
which without question was familiar
to him, and which now ho fancied
would offor him quick ogress from a
situation bo lacking in attractions.
In Sachio's mind was but one
thought. Ho was cogitating even aa
ho Hod upon tho contents of tho pa
per In his pocket. Halt he drew It
out as ho hastened. "A king," said
ho "abducted; who was ho? What
was his ago what king? 'Tis indeed
a cunning plot to vex my soul yot
In Kitty's mind, as sho followed htm
with hor oyos, and presently followed
him in person, thero was no inkling
of this problem which was troubling
good Count Sachlo. What concerned
her was some indeflnlto feeling that
sho must keep him In sight, Onco
more her Instinct proved of service
Count Sachlo passed among tho
shrubbery of tho place eager to find
such shelter as ho might concealment
which would offor him safety and an
opportunity to cxamlno yet moro thor
oughly this curious bit of paper which
ho had safe in his pocket. Ho thrust
this way and that, A button of his
coat entangled in tho branch ot a
shrub. Ho detached it hastily and
pasBed on. As ho did so, ho did not
notico that his cherished bit ot paper
loft his pockot and fell upon tho
ground. Trust oyes as keen as Kitty's
to noto this incldont of his flight. An
Instant later Bho had pounced upon it
and was hersolf hurrying for conceal
ment. Once more hor wits wcro at
sword's point with thoso ot the dough
tiest of her foes.
Kitty hersolf, glancing hastily at that
papor, could make no more of it than
had Sachlo. "What can it mean?"
thought sho. But whatover it meant,
of ono thing she was Bure Count
Sachto would return for it.
She had not long to wait to find this
suspicion conflrmod. Soon sho heard
him hurrying hack-saw him bending
over the placo whore ho last had bocn
euro of tho possession of tho paper
saw him look about horo and there
hastily, hurriedly, eagerly. Now In
deed she was confirmed In her own
"Aha, Count Sachlo," said sho to her
self, "onco moro I havo something
which you covet."
Sho had occasion to find once more
that tho possession of something Count
Sachlo coveted carried with it a cer
tain danger to the possessor.
Looking this way and that for some
placo ot safety, Kitty Baw a thickly
branching troo which to hor notion
might offor a Bholtor. Without hesi
tation she cllmbod up hand over hand,
tho paper with hor, and sought such
concealment as she could In tho
branches. From this placo of vantago
she could look down and cover the
country to some distance She could
boo thoroforo a llttlo guard of Grahof
fon soldiers who wero returning, hunt
ing evidently for tholr leader, Count
Sachlo. A momont lator and they had
"It was horo," said Sachlo "but
hore I dropped It. It must havo boen
taken somoono has followed mo
Bomoono Is concealed not far from
hero. Como, men, wo must search.
'Twas a bit of papor of no valuo to
any but mo, but I must havo it, do you
Liko somo hounds questing for tho
scont they scattered hero and thoro
among tho trees. It was loft for Count
Sachlo hlmsolf to discover Kitty's hid
ing placo. Ho stood laughing as he
"What, maaemolsolle, soon you do
mo tho honor to follow me porhaps
you did mo tho honor to tako Into pos
session somothlng of my property.
Prltheo como down, my dear."
"I will not," rejoined Kitty "If 1
chooso to stay hero 'tis nono of your
Tho dark flush of anger enmo to
Count Sachio's swarthy features.
"Listen, my sweeting," said ho, "I
havo no tlmo to waste words with you
or anyone You havo what Is mine,
and whnt I want. Como down you
must either allvo or dead. Ono day
you will find that Count Sachto is not
ono with whom you can idly trifle.
Quick now, tho papor."
Palo and terrified, for a momont al
most unnorved, tho unhappy girl mado
"Heady, guards," commanded Sachlo
to his mon. "Tako aim. You, thoro
drag her out of yondor treo."
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
TELLS OF PREHISTORIC EGYPT
Lecturer at the British Museum
scribes Face Paint Found In
Mr. Handcock has Just delivered a
lecture on prehistoric Egypt at the
British museum, tho first of a course
ot four lectures.
After a detailed discussion of tho
dynastic Egyptians on tho ono hand
and tho prehistoric aborigines on tho
other, In tho courso of which ho
showed a large number of ivory, slate,
bono and clay figurines recovered
from early Egyptian graves, togothor
with a number ot skulls, ho proceeded
to cxamlno somo early ceremonial
slato palettes, which aro Illustrative
ot the fauna of the country at that
period, as well as ot tho artist's skill.
Theso palettes wero used for toilet
purposes, tho malachite which was
used for faco paint bolug ground upon
them, and it Is interesting to noto that
traces of paint are still visible on
somo of thorn.
They aro of further importance In
asmuch as they Illustrate plctorlally
the traditional conquest ot tho North
by tho South prior to tho unification
of all Egypt under ono monarch, the
legendary Mona, cno whoso histori
cal counterparts would appear to have
The early predynastlc Egyptians
were Neolithic, and tho flints of their
workmanship are tho finest wrought
flints in the world, but lator on copper
came unto use
The Semitic clement in tho Egyptian
languago proves conclusively that
there was a Semitic elemont in tho
blood ot the dynastic Egyptians, but
this fact does not seem to havo much
bearing on tho connection between
the early Egyptian and Babylonian
civilization as illustrated by tho uso
of cylinder seals and similar shaped
mace heads in both countries In tho
very earliest times, for at tho period
In question tho Sumcrians and not the
Somites wero in nil probability tho
ruling factors in Babylonian civiliza
tion. Mr. Handcock concluded his lec
turo with some remarks on tho paint
ings on early Egyptian pottery, which
showed that thoy know how to build
and navlgato sailing boats us well as
rowing boats from tho earliest times.
Art of Japan.
A certain fastidiousness, a certain
lovo of scrupulous and cleanly order,
belongs to tho Japanese character; wo
find it in their manners, tholr habits,
their furniture in all tholr workman
ship. Tho word oxqulslto, so ofton
vaguely misapplied, is an epithet truly
applicable to tho art of Japan. Tho
faults of this character aro a tondency
to tho smallness which often goes with
neatness. Tho Japanese do not work
under tho pressure ot abuudant Ideas
and torrential emotions; thoy do not
fall Into tho excessive extravagance
which Bometlmes besets tho Chinese.
But tholr unfailing sense ot stylo com
pensates in great moasure for their
lack ot more gonial exuberance
Taste with thorn, as with artists like
Velasquez and Whistler, bocomes no
mere negative avoidanco. Ono might
well compare tho Japaneso genius in
some aspects with tho Latin gontus,
as it is shown in much of tho poetry
of tho Romans and ot the French,
whero a tolling economy ot words and
fineness of handling aro mado to com
pensate for a sllghtnoss or ovon com
plete absence of matter. Lauronco
Blnyon, in tho Atlantic.
8afe Servers of the Race.
Brilliant! Thoro Is safety In me
diocrity. Brilliant men and womon aro
always carried away by their ambi
tions, for which they will sacrifice
everything. A dray horso for a long
pull and a race horso for a spurt. A
plodder to solvo problems and the ven
turcsomo to try tholr fortunes with
fate. Tho statesmen whose names sur
vive and whoso achievements mako
splendid pages in recorded history
were tho careful, earnest, studious
men of affairs not the comets that
shot across the sky, nor tho skyrock
ets that leaped high into tho air, leav
ing a trail of sparks and a stick that
fell to tho ground. Leslie's.
Not Concerned With Him.
BUI Nyo used to toll this story ot
tho lato Myron W. Reed ot Denver:
Reed was a bright and original preach
er, and many curious pcoplo camo to
hear him. Onco a man from tho Gun
nison country arrived at his church
rathor lato Sunday morning whllo
Reed was making a low but earnoBt
prayer. "Loudor," yellod the lato
comer. Mr. Rood ceased his prayer
for a momont, looked at tho gentle
man from over tho rango, nnd Bald:
"My frlond, I wasn't speaking to you;
I was addressing God."
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