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Sho wns a phantom of delight
.When first sho glcnmr4upon fuy sight;
A lovely nppnrltloii, sent
To be a moment's ornament.
Her eyes ns Btnrs of twilight fair;
Like twilight, too, Iicp dusky hair,
Hut nil else nbout lier dawn
From Mnytlmo nnd Jie cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, 011 Imago pay,
To haunt, to startle and waylay.
I saw her upon nearer view,
A spirit, yet it woman, too;
Her household motion light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A couutenanco In which did meet
tiweet records, promises as sweet;
A crcnturo not too bright or good
For hiitunu nntnro'B dally food;
Tor transient sorrows, simplo wiles,
rralse, blame, love, kisses, tears nud
And now I hoc wltii cyo serene
The very pulse of tho machine;
A being breathing thoughtful breath,
A traveler betwixt llfo nnd death;
?Plm ttnift flftn 4lin 4niTitintfltn will.
. HV uinuu jii in tail; ii'bw
Endurance, forcfOght strength and
t .1.11 .ntufit, nnlilt- iitnrmiiil
jTjK.wprn, to comfort -Mid committal
And yCtTTuplrlt still nnd bright.
With something of. tin angel light.
vj A CUOUS DREAM J
Mr. Grosvcnor had asked Howard,
who was tho sou of nu old friend, nnd
myself, to stny nt Culllnghnm for a
few weeks nnd nurmio our literary
avocation, lit which wo collaborated.
Ho nualo no favor of It. "Only too
glad to sco you," ho said. "Wo nro
very lonely, and there is little to do;
no birds in tho covers, for I can't af
ford a game keeper, but if you want to
work tho place is quiet enough. I shall
not bo at homo for p. day or two, as 1
am going to town.nnd shall pick up my
daughter from n friend's house on my
way back, but William known tho
plaeo and enn Hhow you all thoro Is to
nownrd conducted mo to my bed
room tho first night.
"I say," ho said, "thoro Is a curious
point about your room of courso you
don't know this rambling old place
yet you can walk round your bed
loom." "Of courso I can, you crock," I re
turned, "I can walk round any room."
"Ah, but I moan on tho outside. You
co, this room is in tho mlddlo of tho
house, between four Intersecting corri
dors, so thafyou can walk around tho
There was nothing elso remarkable
about my room. It was comfortably
furnished. Against tho wall opposite
my bed, and nearly under tho Bkyllght,
stood a largo sofa, which seemed an
unusual piece of furniture for a bed
room. It was too big to go through
the door, and I was Inclined to think
that It must liuvo been lowered Into
tho room by a derrick before tho roof
was put ou.
I turned Into bed, and found it Im
possible to sleep. A strango bed al
ways menus several wakeful hours to
me, aud I lay with my eyes closed, lis
tening to tho old stable clock as It huy
agely clanged out its quarters and
practiced evory effort of mechanical
repetition that seemed likely to sootho
my restless brain.
At length I gave up tho nttompt nt
sleep In despair nnd lay on my back
I began to picture to myself tho
most horrible phnntotuH I could Imag
ine, to sco If I could mnko mysolf ner
vous or frlghtoued. I thought of fig-
UrPR Willi rnllllll- nvna unit r?l1lnil...
lips, phantoms that carried their heads
under their arms, nundowv. forinloss i
objects of mist, but nil to no purpose. I
My ghosts wcro fceblo frauds. I could
nav vnimiu vnpi innitin vaua,i t 1
iiui luvesj litem with tho nameless
dread, and I laughed nt them.
I must have fallen nslecp as I was
thus meditating, for when I next
nwoko the moon was high In tho heav
ens nnd shone brightly through tho
skylight Into my room. My eyes nt
ouco fell on tho face of n beautiful
young woman who was urranglng Iter
hair at a mirror that Btood on n tablo
which seemed to mo to have not been
In tho room when I retired. I was
nbout to utter an exclamation, when a
look of terror came Into her fnce. a
terror so Intense as to freeze me Into
nu unspeakable Bllence. Sho seemed
to be llstnlng to n nolso without. In
the next strained moment tho figure
As I was turning over to sleep ngnlu
I heard a light footstep in tho corridor
nt tho head of my bed. It passed
nlong the wall ntd was followed by it
hcnvler though yet a stealthy tread.
By this timo my faculties were fully
aroused, and sitting up I listened lu
teutly. Suddenly the first footsteps broke In
to a rapid pattering, as though In
Might, and the pursuer's heavier tread
vvus correspondingly accelerated.
'! wke thej sped around my chamber,
nud ns they passed along tho corridor
nearest to my bed I thought that I
could hear their panting breathB.
At the third round my bedroom
door flew open and thp young lady I
had seen before dashed in aud dropped
exhausted upon the sofn. She was fol
lowed by a man dressed In black, who
carried a murderous looking knife hi
his hand. She looked at him implor-
!. tin ho sioou over ner for nu in
stant, but never spoke a word.
In that moment of time I could see
their faces with great clearness in the
moonlight and have never forgotten
them. The girl was fair, with long
hair streaming down hqr shoulders,
nnd her lovely face was contracted by
mortal terror. The man was of mod.
bun height, with a low forehead, a
durk muttacho nnd nu expression that
reminded me grotesquely enough, of
the trademark upon tho "Demon" ten
I was summoning up courage to
spring out of bed when the man rais
ed the hand that grasped the knife.. I
haw the weapon uplifted nlmvu his
head. I saw the girl throw up her
hnnds In despair, nnd then u thick
loud passed over tho itfoon nnd plact
"' eiiamoer in touu-i'.arKucss. .r
J lie next polut In Iny momory fol
lowing that nwful scene was a loud
hatuucr!ng upon my dcor. and Wll-
Hun Howard's cheerful voles demand
ing to knov tf I meant to sleep all
day. It was alne o'clock upon a clear
October morning, nnd my bedroom
looked as coir ttiouplnco 111 tho day
light hb though U had been situated
in a London hotel. I must confess
thnt I examined tho sofa, but found
no traces of disturbance, and I dress
ed, feeling nshnmed of myself for be
ing frightened at an ordinary night
mare. A trashy ghost Btory of How
ard's a walk nround tho corner by enn
dlo light and nit uncomfortable bed
WCrO mntcrlflln minllpli in (Wnlnlt
twenty slmllcr dreams nnd I went
down to breakfast resolved to say
nothing of my experience.
During tho morning wo nttempted
to work ut our novel, but Howard
wits fidgety and restless, with tho re
sult thnt we accomplished very little.
''tc'r..l"nch wo ordered a trap from
tho vlllago Inn to fetch Mr. Grosvc
nor's luggage from tho station, nnd
walked thither to meet tho train.
Mr. Grosvcnor wns too poor to keep
it carriage his income being limited
to tho revenue from one or two farms
nnd his garden. Tho stntlon, however,
was but half n mile distant, nnd tho
day bcllltr flno. nhmilil Imvn nm.
The train came In, and Mr. Gros
vouor shook hnnds with us, and intro
duced mo to his daughter. Upon look
ing in bur face I was astonished to seo
tho exact counterpart of tho dream
girl who l-nd rushed lnt. my bcd"ooln.
MIbs Grosvcnor, who was very pretty
nnd vivacious, rallied mo during tho
evening upon my low spirits, I was
wondering if there had been anything
moro than coincidences in my vision,
to which her appearance hnd given a
strong nir of reality. At all events,
tho murderer did not seem to have n
plnco in tlds little drama nnd I deter
mined for the present at least to hold
Of our stay I say nothing, except
that Howard feel deeply in love with
our host's daughter, but feared to
Two years later I enme homo on
leave from India, in which country I
had obtained an important post, nnd
remained for a few days in town to
replenish my wnrdiobo before paying
a few rounds of vUtts.
As I was walking down Piccadilly
ono morning I felt a slap on my shoul
der, nnd turning found myself faco to
faco with Howatd.
"How go things with you?" I said
after mutual greetings had been ex
changed. "Have you mnrrlcd Miss
"No," ho replied, "I have, hnd no
luck whatever in that quarter. Sho is
now engaged to n French Johnny.
Her father Is nrottv well on now.
Tho railway was extended through
ins inuu and he made shekels over
tho transaction. They nro staying in
town at present. You hnd better call."
"Will you come with me?"
"No, thanks. I don't look well ns
tho rejected suitor. But here Ib their
address nnd mine."
I called upon Grosvcnor in due
courso nnd was Introduced to his
daughter's llance, cno Mr. Dubois. Ills
faco seemed familiar to me, nnd after
somo moments' thought it burst upon
mo that he was the d renin murderer
of two yenrs before, Thoro was not n
doubt nbout it, nnd I could lutvo
sworn to hint in the witness box, Ho
was a nmn of wealth, had lived many
years in Englnud nnd was thought to
bo an excellent match. Ho was by no
means young, but had a polished and
newonlln mnmipt. ivllli i vnrv mnlil
and sharp tnodo of speaking, which
was not, I thought, wholly duo to his
Though I attempted to dismiss my
prejudice, be gave mo the Impression
that thero was something underhand
nbout him. He also seemed to think
himself suspected, for I caught him
watching mo furtively as I was
talking to Mr. Grosvenor.
l wntKeu Homo in creat neroiexltv.
Hero was my dn
uronni exact ry repro-
duccd, nnd I hnd no possible doubt
11 u w t iirv iiiahiiik n i.n . ua . ...
a w iuu mtumj ul U1U liuraUVB f'U
vi-mi-ii. mi l cuuui not ten .ur. uros-
venor tho storytvtthourtnciirrliiff Ids
ridicule It not his anger, nnd probably
getting Into bad odor with his future
son-in-law though for thut contingency
I cared very little.
At length 1 resolved to Impart the
whole matter to Howard. He had
found permanent employment In Lon
don, Mid could remain on tho watch,
whereas I was obliged to return to In
dia hi n few weeks. Tho marriage
was not to take place for at least six
months,, which would give hint timo
to examine Dubois' antecedents.
Howard was much surprised nt my
story, and declared thnt he thought
Dubois to bo a scoundrel from tho
Hrst This was likely enough in a re
jected suitor, but at tho same time
his instincts corresponded with mine,
nnd nt his earnest request I determin
ed to tell tho wholo to Mr. Grasvcnor.
Howard also undertook to keeep strict
watch upon Dubois' movements, and
to let me hear of any new develop
ments the case might prescut.
Tho next day I called upon Mr. Gros
venor, end requesting a private inter
view, put tho wholo matter before
"This is very extraordinary," he
said, when I had finished. "Curiously
enough, tho young couple are to live
nt Culllnghnm, and occupy that very
room when the honeymoon is over.
But what can I do? His antecedents
Beem unquestionable. He is tho son
of a Froncli count, his parents nro
dead, and no has dropped his title. I
have verlflwl all tho statements he has
made, nnd. Uiomrh I do not nrofess to
like the innu, 1 really havo nothing
against hint, and r.iy daughter is de
voted to lUm."
"Well," I returned, "perhaps It is no
affair of mine, I thought I ought to
tell you what I saw before I returned
to Indln. At the same time, I hope
that you understand thnt my motives
are wholly disinterested."
"I owe you many tlutuks for per
forming what might be thought a
purely Imaginary duty, nnd an un
pleasant one. as well. Have you told
any one else?"
"No ono but Howard."
"Then I will make fresh Inquiries. I
do not anticipate any result, but it Is
us well to be sure,"
His daughter came In nt thnt mo
ment aud It was distressing to see tho
wistful look hi his eyes ns he lifted
her hnnd for a lnot.ient and gated Into
Six months later, when I was stay
ing at Slmln, I received n letter from
Howard. He wrote:
"We have nettled Dubois' hash.
Ho will not lie seen any more. 1 put
on n private del ctlve, who found out
thnt Dubois had been kept in n
French asylum for some ;cars ns n
homicidal mnninc. The hypnotic
school of physlclnns professed to
have cured him, and I think had real
ly dono so for a time, but ho was get
ting strange In his manner, nnd when
naked nbout tho asylum, though the
question was put In tito most delicate
way, ho flow at Grosvcnor like a tiger,
nnd attempted to strangle him. Help
was fortunately nt hnnd, and he was
put under lock nnd key. Wo cannot
account for your dream by any theory,
Dubois hnd never even Been Culllng
hnm, I can only suppose thnt it was
meant as n warning, nnd, In fact, it
has been the means of avoiding what
might have been an awful tragedy,
and of bringing nbout, I hope, what
will bo tho.greatest happiness of my
life." Good Company.
MAKING THIS MO&T OP IC13.
IIott to Cat It Ecouonitcnlty ft ml to
Mnlco It Lust.
"The amount of leciviistcd before I
JeiyiCiUljo,iiy tako care of It wns
i something nstouudlug," said a young
housekeeper. "I slnrted In with the
notion thnt ice had to melt about so
faBt, anyhow, nnd thnt whatever I
saw fit to do with it would make no
particular difference; therefore, I let
it go to waste, nnd paid Ice bills that
sometimes took my breath away.
Ono dny an old fellow, who wns, I
Imagine, a Btipply on tho ico wagon,
for I never saw hint before or since,
gave mo somo points. Ho showed mo
that the ice has grain, and thnt if I
worked with the grnlu 1 could split
on! pieces of almost nny size or shnpo
I wautcd. I wns comparatively handy
with tools, nnd ho showed mo how to
saw pnrt way Into a large cake, then
with n hammer nnd nny pointed In
strument crack off tho piece the size
I required. I discovered long ngo tliat
unless I have a very large family a
large refrigerator is simply a useless
extravagance, so I brought down to
tllf kltclintl II lltlln nnrlnx tnnluvr flint
I had when I boarded, and for u family
vi iour it answers every purpose.
"Tho Iceman brings fifty pounds of
lco twice a week. I put it Into n large
cloth, around which are wrapped Boine
pieces of felt nnd n blanket. Tho por
celain tank in tho Icebox Is nbout ten
by twelve Inches iu size, nnd into this
I put a piece of Ico every morning,
taking caro to keep the rest well cov
ered. I find this nil thnt is necessary
nnd nm saved tho trouble of looking
nftcr n Inrgo Icebox, than which I lin
ngluo nothing more taxing. The little
box has a porcfclaln tank with n fnu
cet from which the water is drawn ns
it melts. I find, by the way, that this
water, carefully strained through n
thick cloth, is tho most luxurious nr
tlcle for my toilet. It is Simon pure,
soft wnter, and nil the year round I
uko it in preference to nnv other.
Utilizing this sort of thing is lu my
mind one of tho fine points of house
keeping, nnd I often wonder thnt more
women do not study the little ifs and
nnus or cvery-dny life, nnd learn to
turn to account everything thnt cornea
In their way."
A Python Story.
Concerning pythons, the following is
a true story. A young lndy In tills
country for a long time resisted her
lover's entreaties to go to India with
him ns ills Avife. Sho hud n horror of
the wild nuiinnls she believed sho
might encounter there, especially ser
pents. At length, however, nfter ho
had Issued a sort of ultimatum, sho
consented to accompany him. Sho did
not, however, leave her fears behind
her, nnd lived In constant terror of
somo day meeting what she so Intense
ly fenrcd. Her husband did his best
to laugh her fears away, but without
avail. Then he resolved to try more
drastic means. A huge python was
killed In the neighborhood of his
bungalow. Without telling his wife
anything nbout tt, ho ordered tho rcp
tllo to bo brought Into the drawing
room, nnd colled up ns If asleep on the
hcnrthruir. Then lioivrnt nut nwl mill.
his wife, telling her to go into tho
drawing room, and that ho would Join
her in a few minutes. Soon nfter ho
heard n dreadful scream. "That will
euro her of her fear of serpents," he
smiled to himself, nnd purposely de
layed his entry, When at last ho went
Into tho drawing room he saw his wife
lying on the floor, nnd colled nround
her was another huge python, tho
mate of the one that lay dead on tho
hearthrug. London Itenlm.
The Thirteenth IVan Twins.
The ominous number thirteen, which
is still the case of so much anxious
perturbation from end to end of Christ
eiidom, has been disenchanted by n
happy providence, says the "Frio
lthatler," in a village of tho Hlnterr
hciuthal. The brave mother of a fam
ily of twelve children found herself
about to lecomo a mother of a thir
teenth. The new baby, whether bov
or girl, was destined beyond nil doubt
to n llfo of ill-luck. The parents eag
erly consulted nil the wlso persons lu
the neighborhood ns to the possibility
of averting tho disasters of a "thir
teenth child" front the expected new
citizen of tho world. Thev found mis
erable comforters In all their friends,
so they were driven to the forlorn hopo
mui wiu ciiiui iiugut uc stiiiuorn, ami
thus escape this world, and go straight
luto the limbo Infantum, when the.
mother suddenly gave birth to twins.
Tho Joy of the parents hi the posses
sion of fourteen children instead of
tho dreaded thirteen was exuberant;
and the happy father Invited all the
neighbors to n generous christening
feast, where the family und tho com
inune wore both congratulated ou
their deliverance from the misfortune
of possessing "EIn Drelzehutcs."
A Sniniile Query.
StuV-Here is n letter from "Anxious
Chief What does ho want to know?
Sub Ho wants to kuow how loug
n man would live If there were no
such thing ns death. Sparo Moments.
Xo Mooimhluc for Her.
He There Is tho new moon look nt
It over your left shoulder.
She I can't.
And sho pointed mutely to her bal
loon sleeves. Chicago Kccord.
A few yoars ago I had a great desire
to enter the United States service. I
didn't care In what capacity just so
so long aa I got my living from Uncl5
Sam. Mentioning my desire to the
United States marshal for tho north
ern district of Florida, it wns gratifi
ed. I was at onco ushered into tho
presence of the United States judg.
held up my right hnnd nnd, with a
heroism worthy of a better cause,
Bworo to support tho Constitution of
the United States, though at the timo
I was hardly able to support my own
constitution. Taking my formidable
commission nnd a supply of station
nry, I went back to tho village of
Dead Pine to await orders.
Dead Pine is a small town so nam
ed becauso thero is a Inrgo live oak in
front of tho principal saloon. Dead
Pine is not nn imposinc place. At
that time it hnd a little depot, some
stores, somo mortgaged farmers
and three saloons. It also had a
malarial back country, with plenty of
"bad men" living in it, a couple of
half starved churches, nnd some
Christains loaning money at from 2
to any per cent, monthly to their
struggling neighbors. It wns also the
center of a lumber and turpentine dis
trict, where -prominent citizens steal
state and government timber and call
In a few days my trouble began. I
received a portentous document from
headqunrters at Jacksonville. It had
four impressivo and sinister looking
official stamps on tho envelope, and
ordered me to nt once seizo tho body
of Thomas Perkins, supposed to bo
lurking somowhere in the country,and
bring said body beforo the United
States court, then in session at Jack
sonville. By a careful readinc of tho
somewhat dlfliiBlvo warrant, I dlscov
ed thnt Thomas had been guilty of
perjury in violation of tho statutes in
Bucti cases made and provided.
An hour later the followingdispatch
was handed to me:
OtTiCK of the United States Maubiiai,,
To United States Deputy Marjlia), Dead
Understand Perkins desperate charac
ter; got holp necessary; take hiui dead or
That dispatch made me very indig
nant. Get help indeed! Not II I was
0 feet 1 inch in heiclit, weighed 185
pounds. If I couldn't alono arrest
bno man I was unworthy to wear tho
bright red ribbon on tho lapel of my
vest labeled "United States marshal."
Besides, it I got help, thero would
not bo enough glory to co around. I
wanted tt all tor myself, nnd deter
mined to bring in tho prisoner-elect by
my own unaided efforts, or occupy
ono ol the nnslit colhns at tho village
Tho first thing wns to locato the
gentleman, who, eulTerina from some
affection of the intellectual liver, had
resorted to perjury. 1 located him.
Six miles from town, in a veritable
wilderness, two miles from any other
house, lived, moved and had his be
ing, Mr. Thomas Perkins, in whom
this great government of our was so
Tho next thing was to make neces
sary preparations. I made them. In
tho morning by the bright light, of a
beautiful winter's day, a stout wagon,
drawn by two sturdy and rellnctive
mules, was drawn up in front of the
villaso hotel, which was very inap
propiately named "Tho Delmonico."
On tho front seat was my negro driver
and pilot, Bill. On the rear seat sat
the writer. Under n blanket nt my
leot was n Winchester rifle
nnd a double barrel shot gun
well loaded with buckshot, al
though I was oppressed with
n harrowing doubt ns to whether I
hadn't putthe buchshot in first. In
the pocket of my overcoat was a
Smith it Wesson double action sixty
eight, nnd in tho breast pocket of
my inner coat a bowlH knife that
had once belonged to a Texas evanso
list. A curious crowd hnd gathereil to
see me off. They knew my mission,
though none of them knew who I was
atter. They cheered mo with novel
suggestions and well meant advice.
"1 say, Cap." said one, "ye'd better
take a bottle of whisky erlona wl' you.
There ain't no barroom whar you're
My driver looked approvingly at
"Ho won't. look very pretty comin'
back here with a furrer drlv cl'ar
through bis chist, will he?" said an
other. " 'Twouldn't do ferhim to go out
bar hunt'n' at night witlt that red
nose Bhinin', would hit?"
That lost remark hurt my vanity.
My nose was rather red, but it come
from an undue partiality for stewed
tomntoes,noc from nny other ciuse.
"When you fire at him, Cap, watch
that off mule's hind leg, for he's goin'
ter kick," said a long, lank feller ou
the outskirts of the crowd.
Even the negroes had something to
say. Approaching me with deference,
one of them whispered to me confi
dentially; "Boss, ye'd best tie dat fool nigger
what's drivin' ter the seat, fer soon's
he hears a cap pop he's gwlne ter jump
out an' run like de debil."
Bill gave the mules a stimulating
touch of tho whin and away we went.
For two miles out wo had
cood roads. After that, the
roughest and worst thnt I had ever
seen. Stumps, tangled roots, hills, gul
lies, swamp, coduroy, and the county
commissioners know what else, made
a regular penacen for the twin evils
of dyspepsia and love, according to
the "jolting up theorists. Now we
were in the wilderness, a solemn, awful
silence, broken only by the tramping
of the mules, the creaking of the wag'
ou and the hiccoughs of the driver,
who was about half drunk when we
NY OMiY ARMEST.
Btarted. It n pine wilderness, and the
underbrush all gone, no song of bird,
no scent of flower, no flutter of insect
,life, a strange, dreary desert of forest.
Here was majestic trees aged with a
century of growth. Gazing at their
stately tops, ono could well imagine
that in days agono perhaps under the
very trees "we were passing, "Lo, the
poor Indian," had onco assembled to
shako dice to see who should pay for
I was absorbed in these meditations
when tho wagon ran into a huge stump
and away I went sailinttoutintospace.
Tho shot gun about this timo decided
that it was tired of riding and came
nlong also. Neither of us were hurt,
and wo resumed our seats in the
wagon, the gun lather unwillingly I
We were now getting nenr tho camp
of the enemy and a rather curious
sensation took possession ' of me. Of
course it was not tear, but my heart
evinced n curious disposition to desert
its pericardium and homestead the
lower portion of my throat. I cock
ed both the rillo and tho shot gun,
plncing them sideways in the wngon
to satisfy the manifest uneasiness of
tho driver. Tho revolver I took out
and placed on the seat by me, cover
ing it witli a superabundance of coat
tail, The knife I loosened in its
sheath. About half a mile fur
ther on 1 saw approaching one of
the most villainous" looking men I had
ever seen. Ho was of negro blood,
neatly white, of herculean frame, and
if not a born criminal and assassin,
should havo hnd his faco indicted for
malicious libel. Ho carried a glitter
ing ax on his shoulder and eyed me
The driver turned around with a
whisper, "Dat's him, bqss."
My knees now partook of the
general excitement, my hand trembled
ns if my bent girl was nbout to refuse
me, nnd my blood seemed determined
to go into the cold storage business.
At tho same time an overwhelming
conviction reached mo that this was
not the man I was looking for, and
that it would be impolito to risk a
suit for false imprisonment.
As he came opposite tho wagon, my
driver drew up and assumed tho
"Is your name Perkins?"
"Naw", was tho surly reply.
My thermometer immediately re
smued its normal condition of "72 in
"My good man," said I, carefully
concealing all weapons, "I am looking
for one Perkins; can yon inform me
where that most esteemed gentlemnn
"In that house over yonder," ho
said, pointing about a quarter of a
mile distant, wliero a thin spiro of
smoke emphasized a tumble down log
When about 100 yards from the
house I halted the team and gave a
few briel directions to the driver.
With the rifle at full cock I cautious,
ly approached tho house. It was of
roueh logs very rickety, with tho usu
al stick and mud chimnoy. Outside of
tho smoke front that there was no
sign of lito about the place. Silently
1 came up to tho back door, with a
vigorous kick sent It off the leather
hinges, and covered with the rifle a
figure dimly seen in the semi-darkne33
of the room.
"Throw up your hands!" I com
manded. "If you stir I'll shoot."
Front the figure, in shrill, frightened
"For de Law'd'ssake, watcher mean
white man. I ain't dun nuflin."
The gun dropped from my nervous
Thomas Perkins, allegod desperado,
was an old crippled negro, about 178
years old, half paralyzed and wholly
Three hours afterward I drove into
Dead Pine with my prisoner, to be
greftted with ironical comment and up
"Did he kick much, Cap?" said one
big fellow, while another, after eyeing
Perkins a moment in silence, said, a
he moved off:
"Yes the thing is alive, I saw its
Four hours later I was in Jackson
ville, and delivered my prisoner to tho
United States marshal. As tho ma
jor audited my accounts and drew a
check for my expensss ho was shaking
with ill suppressed laughter.
"What do you see so funny about
this?" I inquired, rather tartly.
"I was wondering what the judco
will say when ho sees him," was the
Just then the judge strolled in. He
gavoaloolcat the prisoner, then at
me, aud inquired mildly, but with n
merry twinkle in his handsome eyes:
"Did you have much troublo in se
curing this desperado, Mr. Officer?"
Tho major fairly roared.
I took my check and left the room.
I have not seen prisoner, United
States marshal, or Jacksonville since
that eventful day, and Dead Pine
shall know me no more forever.
Hamilton Jay in Detroit Free Pree.
In Petticoat and Sunbonnet.
There is now living in Pickens
County, Gn., a man who, during the
rebellion, donned his wife's dress,
kept his lace closely shaved, aud
wore a big sunbonnet. in order to
avoid being conscripted nnd sent to
the front. Tho officers in search of
recruits frequently visited the house
and asked his wife where her husband
was, and at the very moment he
could be seen working in the field in
female garb. By the tune he hnd
worn out seven of his wife's dresses
he became tired of masquerading,
enlisted nnd became a good soldier.
A Startling Innovation.
Frank R. Stockton, that popular
novelist of infinite quaint humors,
is held responsible for amostatartlins
innovation in the way of wedding
trips, recently introduced in Washing
ton. After a certain wedding
ceremony, at which Mr. Stockton was
present, Instead of the young couple
coma on a wedding trip, the bride s
parents were showered with rice and
om suppers ana uamsnea on. a two
weeks' exile, while tho bride and
groom were left in possession of tho
house. Frank Leslies.
Decline of Famous Families.
Among the descendants of Thomas
Plauosenot, duke of Gloucester, fifth
son af Edward III., was Stephen J.
Penny,, who was,' not many years aio,
sexton at St. George's, Hanover
Among the lineal descendants of
Edmund of Woodstock, earl of Kent
and sixth son of Edward I., occur a
butcher and n toll-cnthercr; the first
a Joseph Smart of Halesowen, the lat
ter a George Wilmont, a keeper of the
turnpike gate at Cooper's bank, near
A story is told of a scion of the great
house ol Urquhart of Cromarty who
was necessitated by his extravagance
to sell his inheritance, and who, sink
ing step by step to the lowest depths
of wretchedness, came at last a wan
define beggar to tho door which hnd
once been his own.
No raco in Europe surpassed the
Plantagenets in royal position nnd
personal achievements, and yet not
to descend further than the year 1037,
tho great-great grandson of Margaret
Plantagenet, daughter and heiress of
George, duke of Clarence, followed the
trade of a shoe-maker of Newport,
Eraser ol Kirkhill relates that ho
saw tho earl of Tarquair. cousin of
James VI., becging in the streets ol
Edinburgh. Ho was," says Eraser,
"in an antique garb, and woro a
broad old hat, short cloak and pan
nier breeche3, and I contributed to.
ward h!s relief. We gavo him a noble.
Ho was standing with his hat off, and
received the pieco of money from mv
hand ns numbly and thankfully a.3
tho poorest applicnnt."
One of Cromwell's granddaughters,
after seeing her husband dio in tho
workhouse of a small Suffolk town,
died herself a pnuper, leaving two
daughters, the elder the wife of a" shoe
maker and the younger the wife of a
butcher's son who had been her fellow
servant. Another of Oliver Crom
well's daughters had two children, of
whom the son became asmall working
jeweler.and the daughter tho mistress
or a small jcJioflLfttMildenhall
Beforo the time of tho protector the
Cromwell family possessed estates
equal to those of th'o wealthier peers
of the present day, and the great Oli
ver himself inherited considerable
property, which, augmented from pri
vate sources, made up a total suffi
cient to maintain his family perpetu
ally in easy circumstances. But with
in a century after his death Thomas
Cromwell, his great grandson, wns a
grocer on Snow P"ll and his son Oli
ver, tho last male heir, an attorney in
When tho twelfth earl of Crawford
was imprisoned in Edinburgh castle
to restrain his recslessness and prodi
gality he left one child, a daughter,
who, having no one whatever to look
after her, received not a scrap of edu
cation and was allowed to run about
like a gypsy. Sho eloped with a com
iron critr, nnd at ono period of hep
life lived by mendicancy. Charles II.
granted her a pension of $500 a year,
but owing to her utter degeneracy, ic
proved more hurtful tiian beneficial.
The male head of this family died in
the year 17-14,in tint capacity of host
ler in an inn at Kirkwall in tho Ork
ney islands. The estate had been dis
sipated by the "spendthrift earl," his
lather, and tvith his patrimony he,
Lord Lindsay, enrl of Crawford,
boimht a small property, on winch he
resided for some years,' until through
adverse fortune, this went too, nnd to
savo himself from starvation, he wua
fain to co as a hostler.
Tea and Temperance.
An interesting token of tho growth
of the temperance sentiment in Great
Britain is furnished by a correspond
ent of tho St. James Gazette. He
shows that 'during tho past 17 years
tho averago annual consumption of
tea per capita of the entire population
has inci eased Irom less than a pound
nnd a quatter to five pounds, and of
cocoa, from nbout an ounce nnd a
quarter to nearly half, while tho use
of coffee has fallen off from 17 ounces
to 13 ounces. The total consumption
of these three lending lion-alcholic
drinks has thus increased nearly
three fold; the exact figures are from
38.08 ounces to 00.04 ounces per
capita annually. This may not in
dicate a fully corresponding decrease,
in the consumption of strong drink;
but it must mean a considerable de
crease, nnd it prove that the people
are learning to appreciate the "cup
that cheers bus not inebriates."
Consistency. Thy Name is
He was her third husband aud it
ooked as if he wa o drifting nwny.
"Henry," said she, weeping, "have
you any last request?"
"Only one," he murmured. "Bury
me in the country under the willows,"
"Henry," said she, "I hate to refuse
your 'last request, but I've always
buried my husbands in the city, and
it wouldn't bo fair to make an ex
ception. Now, would it, dear?"
Afterward she was sorry for her
consistency, as Henry got so mad
that it broke tho fever and he
recovered. Drake's Magazine.
, IM Mil
It is quite possible that we have not
come to the end of illuminating pro
jects, nnd thnt the use of electricity
may not supersede all other materials.
Glasgow has recently witnessed the
test of a new illuminant of extraordi
nary power. It is obtained by the
evaportion of tar, creosote, or other
hydro-carbon oils. The flame is pure
while, very intense and can bo carried
up to 3,000 candle power. The ex
pense is two cents per hour per 1,000
candle power. It is in the production
of artificial liuht and heat thafclvil
nation Ifas for the last twenty-live,
years most notably marked progress.
It is on the same line we shall move
-for sorrte time-to come. The end will
b,e free mCXfd'freelightS for thepeo
pie as we rqw' hnve free air. Globe
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