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WAS JURY TAMPERED WITH
ATTORNEY -GENERAL SMYTH
Tho Chnrgo Is Mndo Thnt Somo
Porson or Persona Unduly In
fluenced tho Jury In tho Dartlov
Tho state sued the bondsmen to re
cover the nmount of Hartley's shortage,
$555,000, but the Jury returned a ver
dict for the defendants. After the ver
dict charges were mndo that outside
Influence was brought to bear upon tho
Jury to bring about such a vordlct. To
ascertain the facts, a hearing will bo
had before Judge Powell, at which tlmo
the attorneys for the state will ask that
tho verdict bo set aside and a now trial
Subpoenas havo been served by the
state on a number of witnesses, Includ
ing El C. Hunt, a newspaper reporter;
J. II. Schmidt, a druggist at Twenty
fourth and Cuming streets, and Peter
Jacobsen, a street railway motorman.
All of the witnesses were required to be
In Judge Powell's court at 9:30 o'clock
this morning, at which time their tes
timony will he taken.
In addition to offering oral testimony
on Us application for a new trlnl, At
torney General Smyth will present a
number of nllldavlts detailing the con
duct of the Jury In the Hartley case.
BAILIFFS WERE NEGLIGENT.
A. J. Smith in an ndldavlt says that
during the Hartley trial ho boarded at
tho Drexel hotel, where the Jurors ato
and slept. This, he nays, afforded him
an opportunity of watching the move
ments of tho twelve men and the two
ballirrs, Laws and Knodcll, who guard
ed them. He says that during tho even
ing of Fobrunry 12 a stranger called
at tho door of tho room occupied by tho
Jury and thnt Bnlllff Lnws answered
the call. After a short conversation
with this bnlllff the stranger was al
lowed to hold a conversation In the cor
ridor with one of the Jurors. Upon tho
same occasion Smith snys that he saw
the stranger give Bailiff Knodcll a pa
per, and that Knodell took It to tho ho
tel clerk and In return for the slip was
paid a sum of money.
Afllnnt says that on February 13 ono
of the Jurors was allowed to hold a pri
vate conversation with a woman and a
boy. The conversation was held In tho
corridor of tho hotel, out of the hearing
of the bailiff. The Juror was Stevens.
On Februnry 14 Smith avers that one
cf the Jurors said to Bailiff Lnws that
"there Is ono crnnk who Is standing out,
but we will whip him Into line."
Affiant says that on February 17 one
of the Jurors was allowed to leave tho
room and hold a long converbatlon with
a stranger and thnt two days later an
other puror received a call from a
young woman, and that alone tho two
held a prolonged conversation in tho
hotel corridor, out of hearing of tho
W. R. O'Shaughncssy In an affidavit
alleges that before th6 Hartley trial ho
met Juror James Hyland and that tho
said Hyland remnrked that he did not
believe that the men who signed Hart
ley's bond should be held. At that time
Hyland was on his way to tho court
house and seemed to be In a hurry, say
ing that he might bo called as a Juror.
JUROR8 HAD GREAT LIBERTY.
F. E. McGucken alleges that on tho
evening of February 9, at tho Drexel
hotel, whore the Jury was kept. Juror
Moore, one of the Jurors In the Hartley
case, was Intoxlcnted. That evening.
McGucken snys, Moore sent out and
secured a half pint of liquor. The same
evening a stronger called on Juror Pat
terson and had a talk with him while
the bailiff was some fifteen feet ownv,
Later In the evening somo womni, called
-and held a private conversation with
"Juror Patterson. On February 11, afll
nnt says, the Jurors were taken out for
a walk and stopped at the home of
Juror Cottrell In tlio northern part of
the city. 'While there Cottrell received
a senled letter. On the same day Juror
Stevens visited his home nt Twenty
Urst nnd Iznrd streets and remained In
slde for some time. While making trips
around town during tho trial the affiant
says the Jurors were allowed to string
out along tho sidewalk, thus allowing
themselves to be communicated with.
During the progress of the trial Mc
Gucken says that somo woman sent a
bundle to Juror Cottrell nnd thnt the
same contained money. On February
15. the affiant pays, a woman called on
Juror Patterson nt the Diexel hotel
nnd gave him a pneknge. On the snmo
evening a boy called and was allowed to
hold a private conversation with Juror
Jacobsen, while a short time thereafter
he received a female caller and held a
conversation with her.
On February 19 McGucken nllegea
that Jurors Mndsen, Moore and Patter
son received female callers In the cor
ridors of the Drexel hotel. This was
with the knowledge of Bailiffs Knodell
and Laws, who witnessed tho proceed
ings, but were too far away to hear the
Women, the afllnnt says, continued to
call upon tho Jurors almost dally. Some
brought bundles nnd others books, none
of which were examined by the bailiffs.
Upon one occasion a woman called upon
Juror Patterson and gave him a hand
bag, while at another time a woman
called Juror Coother out into the hall
and gave him a packnge,
McGucken alleges that when tho Bart
ley Jurors went to their meals they were
allowed to mingle with the guests of
the hotel, that they occupied the public
wash room nnd were not watched or
observed by the bailiffs.
FIXING UP THE DEALS.
Boat and Railway Comnnnlos Get
Chicago, 111., March 22. The general
manager of the lake stenmer lines
from Chicago, Gladstone and Lake Su
perior, nt their meeting here, came to
an agreement, which may end the rate
wars of the last two seasons.
If the nll-rnll lines between Chicago
and tho seaboards come to an agree
ment at their New York meeting today,
to maintain rates on grnln and grain
products nt 20c, between Plilcnro and
New York, the steamer lines will pro
mulgate a tariff of 17c on sixth class
and 21c on fifth class. Minneapolis takes
a sixth claps rate to New York of 27o.
The line managers have agreed not to
start their boats out before April 16;
but It Is believed that If the straits
or Mackinaw nre open by April 1 tht
ngreement will not hold.
An order of nlnteen carloads of bottle j
Is being manufactured for the state of
South Carolina, nt the Pleans Glass com
pany's factory, Port Alleghany, Pa. The
bottles are of a handsome design and
have a palmetto tree ornamenting the
face. When a South Carolina citizen
wants a drink he goes to n state dis
pensary and 13 supplied with a bottle
of liquid by an ofllclal appointed by
the state. No licenses are granted.
At Galveston, Tex., the steamship Kll
burn Is loading 5,000 bales of cotton for
direct shipment to Japan.
The sound of a bell which can be
henrd 45,000 feet through the water
can be heard through tho air only 456
From tho 140 pounds of gns tar ex
tracted In coking a ton of coal over 2,000
distinct shades of anlllna dyo arc niado,
A process has recently been perfected
by which thin sheets of absolutely
transparent celluloid are silvered simi
larly to thu process formerly used on
A determination of Prof. Bnrnnrd
with the Lick telescope places the di
ameter of Neptune at 32,900 miles from
2.000 to 4,000 miles less than Is stated
In text books.
It Is said experiments made recently
by scientific men In France have de
veloped a curious and altogether unex
pected fact, namely, that certain per
sons possess a magnetic polarity that
Is, they nre found to act after the man
ner of magnets.
There has been a competitive test of
Hre engines in Philadelphia, In which
It watf pioved that the type with pis
ton had superior advantages over the
rotary The piston onglno consumes
less coal, docs bettor work and keeps
it up longer than the rotary.
A novel flower has been found in the
Isthmus of Tehunntepec. In the morn
ing It Is white, when the sun Is at its
zenith It is red and at night It Is blue.
Tho red, white and blue llower grows
on a tree about tho size of a guava tree
and only nt noon does it give out any
Chemical experiments which had in
View tho production of artlflclnl Indigo,
and which, consequently, thtcntencd to
extinguish a great East India Industry,
hnvc been In progress for years, but
they have only recently reached a stage
where tho product can be obtained
cheaply enough to compete with the
old article commercially.
It Is reported that a novel motor car
riage now being built by two French In
ventors will be one of the greatest au
tomatic curiosities of 1893. It comprises
two wheels mounted on a common axle,
with tho body between. The motor elec
tric, petroleum or steam revolves at a
high speed around a vertical axis, and
by its gyroscoplcal action tends to keep
the seat horizontal.
As a rule tho scent of flowers does
not exist In them ns In a store, or gland,
but rather us a breath, an exhalation.
While tho flower lives It breathes out
Its sweetness, but when It dies the fra
grance usually ceases to exist. The
method of stealing from the flower Its
fragrance while it Is still living Is no
new thing, nnd It Is not known when It
was discovered that butter, animal fat.
or oil would absorb the odor given off
by living lloweis placed near them, and
would thomselves become fragrant.
An artificial serum of common salt
and cooking soda (chloride sodium and
sodium carbonate) is used by on Italian
specialist, Dr. Tomasoll, for the treat
ment of extenslvo burns. Injections of
this serum dally for three weeks has
brought recovery to a young man who
had been burned over the entire right
sldo of Ills chest and back and the right
arm and shoulder, and successful ex
periments hnve been mnde on animals.
Injections of serum from a scalded dog
were found to kill a well one, while
the artificial scrum prevented this fa
Emmons, who turns silver into gold,
as he says, hns described the particulars
of his process to the great English
chemist, Sir William Crookes, who will
only consent to stnto that he Is "not
piepnred to say that this Is Impossible
still less that it Is possible." At pres
ent all ho knows Is that Dr. Emmens'
gold, which he analyzed, Is really gold,
but that does not prove that It was
made out of the silver. And Crookes
says Dr. Emmens' performance "is
either the greatest fraud or the greatest
scientific discovery of the century."
Jonquln Miller says that gold grows
now and is not wholly a product of dis
tant geologic ages.
M. Asflclot, a French chemist, hns re
cently compounded a celluloid that will
not burn. He dissolved twenty-five
grammes or ordinary celluloid In 250
grammcB of acetone. He then makes
a separate solution of fifty grammes of
mugneslum chloride nnd 150 grammes
of alcohol, and obtnlns a paste by mix
ing together the two solutions, After
the volatile parts havo been evaporat
ed, he has left a celluloid that Is Incom
bustible. The discovery should be of
greut value, for through the Inflamma
ble qualities of celluloid It loses much
of Its usefulness.
M. Gutllaumc criticises very forcibly
the project of custom house officers
making their examinations by means
of X rays. He supposes the case of a
traveler, well Informed on the subject,
who packs In his trunk a box of to
bacco, some new gnrments. some neck
laces and gunpowder not contained In
cartridges. The trunk will not bo sus
pected, ns the X rays show none of
these. Hut If a tourist bring back a
precious collection of undeveloped neg
atives, nfter a Journey of some months,
a few minutes exposure to the tube
will thoroughly spoil them all. If arm?
or Jewels are disclosed the ray will not
show whether the former are prohibited
or the latter brought In fraudulently.
The screen will not reveal whether bot
tles contain liquors forbidden by law.
Fighting plagues In India by scien
tific means seems to be a thankless
task, rewarded by freely expressed In
dignation on tho part of the nntlves and
even, ns In the lamentable case at Poo
na, by murder. In spite of this British
scientists nre working with extraordi
nary energy to discover tho best reme
dies for the terrible epidemic complaint
which nllllcts India, and none more sc
than Mr. Hnnkln. who, since his ap
pointment, has made a marked Im
provement In many directions, particu
larly by his Inoculations against chol
era. Mr. Hnnkln has now announced
that a very simple method of check
ing an butbreak of cholera In native
villages is to disinfect tho wells with
permanganate of potash (the useful
bnse of "Condy's fluid"). Sufficient of
the disinfectant Is used to give the
water a pink color lasting for several
hours. By dint of tact, which Is one
of his most vnluable accomplishments,
Mr. Hnnkin has even got the natives to
carry out this precautionary measure
themselves In many cases.
There Is a little Piety hill girl who I:
devout In her religious observances and
opens each day's campaign of her busy
young life with the Lord's prayer. The
other morning, nfter repeatlns. "give
us this day our dnily bread," she hesi
tated for a moment as If In doubt, nnd
then departed from the text to say, "An'
O Lord, It's Jus' "venlent ns not. we pray
Thee to make It gingerbread." conclud
ing In regular form. That her faith
might not be shaken, she had a good
ileal more gingerbread that day than
was good for her, but she received a
very Imperative warning thnt the pray
er must be repeated as It had been
taught her. for the Lord did not think
it right that little girls should have to
much sweets. Since that she has been
going into her closet to pray and the
mother is haunted with a fear that hot
little one Is growing skeptical. Detroit
SOME LATE INVENTIONS.
Blcyclo tires can be automatically In
flated when punctured by a new pump,
consisting of a yoke which encircles tne
tire nnd extends around the rim to sup
port the piston-rod mounted In a cylin
der attached to tho rim. The yoke sinks
in with each revolution as soon as the
tire becomes soft, and gives a stroke on
tho piston, which Is forced back again
by a spring Insldo tho pump.
Tho bennngs of reciprocating machln.
try can be automatically oiled by a new
oil cup to move with the cup nnd alter
nately open and ciose a smuil aper
ture through which oil flows to tho
Pneumatic tires for wagons und bi
cycles are molded with a Hat tread at
tached to und extending on each side
of the face of the tire, the Interior of
which contains a shield of metal discs
to prevent puncturing.
A handy basket for carrying farm pro
duce has a canvns strip attached to
tho top with a gathering string nt Its
outer edge to draw It together and pre
vent the spilling or theft of the con
tents of tho basket.
In a newly designed dental cuspidor
a hollow arm Is attached to a stand
ard with tubes inside for fresh and
wnste water to flush the cuspidor, tho
arm being Jointed nnd pivoted so as to
turn In any direction.
Electricity is used to operate a newly
dosigned pipe orgun, the keys closing
circuits which operate valves, and the
stops being operated by switches ar
ranged above tho keyboard.
To automatically guide a bicycle a
head block is attached to the upper
portion of tho frame close to the head
to support a pair of spring guides
which press ngalnst the buck side of tho
forks und hold them straight.
An adjustable colled spring Is used in
upholstered furniture to keep the sur
face of tho seats from settling, a curved
plate being attached at one sldo of the
seat and pressed upward at the other
end by the spring to keep It In place.
A St. Louis woman lias designed a
car strap which will not close up on
the hand, a rod being used with a small
ring at ono end, by which It Is attached
to tho car, and a larger leather-covered
ring at the other end for the hand.
Billiard cues ure to be made with
the butt hollowed out so a screw rod
can be Inserted on which to mount sev
eral weights, which are turned back
ward and forward on the rod to bal
ance tho cue to the player's liking.
A neat little attachment fur hats Is
composed of a spring roller placed In
side tho hat to wind up the cord serving
as a guard when not in use, the touch
ing of u spring lever being all that is
necessary to draw the cord out of sight.
An inventor has hit upon a method
of putting stone soles on boots and
shoes. He mixes a waterproof glue
with a suitable quantity of clear quartz
sand and spreads It over the leather
sole used as a foundation. These quartz
soles are said to bo very flexible and
practicably Indestructible, nnd to give
the foot a firm hold even on the most
Halls and churches can be ventilated
without danger of draughts by a new
method, in which an air shaft runs
from under the floor to u horizontal
duct under each seat, the latter hav
ing constricted openings at intervals
for the pasasge of air into the room.
A Texan has Invented a one-wheeled
racing sulky, which Is prevented from
tipping over by the manner of attach
ing the thills to the harness, the ad
vantage blng that the sulky does not
take up so much room on the track and
A combined ice-creeper and heel-plate
Is being manufactured, which has
spring clips by which It Is attached to
the hell, a roughened rubber or metal
plate fitting under the heel to prevent
slipping on tho Ice.
A device for the prevention of ves
sels sinking, recently tested with suc
cess in London, consists of gutta percha
bags fixed under the decks, which, when
inflated with carbonic gas, raised a
vessel loaded with brick and sunk to
the deck level.
Telephoning from railroad cars In mo
tion Is made possible by a new Inven
tion, which as two auxiliary electric
rails attached to one of the main rails,
with a disk mounted on a car wheel to
complete a circuit on the third rail, the
regular wheel being used for tle re
In a recently patented bed for inval
ids the mattress is formed of a series of
separate compartments, which can be
Inflated separately or simultaneously
to tho desired hardness, thus permit
ting the raising or lowering of any sec
tion to fit tho patient's body.
In a new Index for books the front
edges of tho leaves are brought tightly
together and the contents or chapters
are stamped thereon, with the tips of
nrrows which point to tne proper pugu
number ending at the page, so that If
the book Is opened nt the point of an ar
row the chapter shown on the index
will be found.
Safety boats for pleasure or life-saving
purposes are prevented from cap
sizing by a number of air receptacles
and cork floats arranged at each end of
the boat, the compartments being
placed at such height as to descend be
low the water when the boal tips, and
throw It back to an upright position.
Files are killed by a new trap, which
nna n flnt board, on which sugar or mo
lasses Is placed, a spring board being
suspended above It and released auto
matically by a clock mechanism to fall
on the bottom board and catch the in
sects, nfter which the clock raises the
board again and holds It long enough
to allow more tiles to gather on the
Kill the El ck Sr I lors.
Dr. C. A. Newcomb advises everybody
who has little block spiders about the
nouse to kill them.
Dr. Newcomb has come to the con
clusion that as beauty destroyers these
spiders are great successes.
For some time past a great many
people have been coming to the City
Dispensary with faces all out of adjust
ment. It was plain that they had all
been bitten by something and by the
enme something, but by what some
thing? All of them said It happened In
the night and they could not tell how
It happened. Dr. Newcomb studied the
symptoms closely nnd consulted the
books. Ho could reach no conclusion.
One day last week another man camo
in with his face disarranged. In his
Hand he carried the corpse of a small
black spider. It was the cause of
which the face was the rehult.
The man said he was wide awake
when It happened. He slapped tho
place on his cheek and caught the little
black spider in the act.
The doctor now knows what to do
when anyone cornea in with a full
"It Is supposed," the doctor said,
'that spiders retire from business at
the end of the summer, but it is a mis
take. They live all winter In warm
nouses. Their bite sets up an acute Irri
tation. The affected part becomes red
ind swollen. If neglected erysipelas Is
likely to develop and become very
troublesome. They breed In the cracks
oehlnd marble mantel-pieces and sally
Cortb at night on erands of devilment."
THE KLONDIKE, I8DB.
Dyen, Fob. 10 (via Seattle, Feb. 24.)
The snow was deep on the Chllkoot trail
when the denizens of Sheep Camp dis
covered that thieves had visited thorn,
and that a complete Yukon outfit had
The outfit belonged to Dave Hlgglns,
who cussed nnd swore, and was utterly
useless until the trail of the thieves
was discovered leading toward Dawson
Then Hlgglns buckled on an addi
tional gun and led the pursuers over tho
rocky ridge nnd down to the black mar
gin of Lake LIndcman.
in addition to the outfit three men
wore missing from Sheep camp. They
were William Wellington, Edward Han
son and John Dean. Dean nnd Well
ington were miners, living on their up
pers. Hanson was a gambler.
The pursuing party stormed down the
flope through tho thin snow and sur
rounded the gorge where they had seen
the smoke of a camp fire.
Wellington and Dean fled through the
dark pine woods, shooting as thoy went.
There was a fusillade from both sides.
Dean got away, but Wellington was
captured. As they were leading him
back to camp he broke loose and es
caped. When tho pursuing party returned to
the camp they found Hanson sitting at
the fire smoking a cigar. The Btolen
outfit was recovered.
He wnB taken over the snow trail
back to Sheep camp. Here the rest of
the vigilance committee was met.
Fifty men altogether took a hand in
the trial of Hanson. Ho stood In the
center of the crowd, apparently the
most unconcerned man of the lot.
Nearby was the empty coflln ready for
occupancy. On every hand were the
small board shantle3 of Sheep camp,
shrouded In snow.
Hlgglns testified that his outfit had
been stolen and that ho would like to
hang tho "pesky thief," who was still
smoking his cigar.
A red-whiskered citizen with one eye
nnd a florid vocabulary testified that
the footsteps lending from Sheep camp
were those of "that thar man, amongst
others" pojnting to the Indifferent
"Bring the prisoner Into court," said
the Judge, who snt on the stolen outfit
and utilized the sleeping bag as a bar
of Justice. A rope was colled on the
ground beside him.
Hanson was brought forward Into
the glare of tho ramp fire. He was a
handsome man, with some pretensions
toward taste In dress and deportment.
His hands were clean nnd soft and
slender, like those of most gamblers.
His hair and eyes were black, and his
manner calm and collected.
"Now, Mr. Ed Hanson," said tho
Judge, "have you anything to say as to
why you shouldn't be hung with this
"Nothing except that I am not a
thief," replied the gambler. In slow,
even tones; "Wellington and Denn asked
me to go on ahead with them and I
agreed. Wo took the Dawson trail Just
as anybody else would have done. If
anything Is stolen, I did not steal It."
A vote was taken. In consequence of
the mollifying fact that the outfit had
been recovered It was the verdict of the
court that Hanson should be given
twenty-five lashes on the bare back and
turned loose on the back trail, duly In
scribed as a thief. X
The gambler was stripped naked to
the waist and his arms fastened around
a big pine.
"This is a pretty stiff game, boys,"
he said, "but I guess I'll win out all
right. Just give me that bit of pine to
The pine splinter was put In his mouth
and the one-eyed gentleman with tho
red whiskers stepped up with a Spanish
cuerto, a short horsewhip.
Down It came on Hanson's white
shoulders with a sharp hiss. A broad,
red welt sprang In view and a few
drops of blood crept through tho skin.
There wns no motion or sign of pain.
Again and again the whip descended,
each time marking tho man's shoulders
with angry welts. You could not have
told that he was being punished, except
by his breath, which whistled through
his nostrils and clenched mouth In hiss
At fifteen Dave Hlgglns weakened. At
seventeen the Judge ordered the pun
Hanson was untied. The cords had
cut quite as deeply Into his flesh as the
whip had done.
He slapped his hands together a few
times to get his blood Into circulation
and then dressed himself as though
nothing had happened. "He's a brick,
by G ," said the Judke.
While the whipping had been going on
some of the men had prepared the even
ing meal. They Invited Hanson to eat.
He sat down with a good-natured Jest
and fell to.
"Well." said he. "life Is not all roses.
In your positions I would have done tho
same, I held a mighty bad hand, but it
can't be helped. Better luck next time,
After the meal had been finished Han
son was accoutred with two signs, bear
ing the Inscription, "Thief; pass him
Then the committee took him to tho
edge of the camp. All about them wero
the high, snow-laden hills.
In the wilderness of the pines the
night wind sounded like a. sea. It was
an apothesls of desolation, the heart
of a dead world.
"Now, Hanson," said the tall spokes
man, "we hope you will take thl3 les
son to heart. If you can get over the
Chllkoot pass you will be all right. You
are a gambler. It Is a gambler's chance.
If you return you will be killed."
Without a word Hanson turned his
back and walked steadily away along
the red-lit lanes burned by the camp
fire through the forest.
The gloom of the woods swallowed
him up. The white glare of the "thief"
on his back faded. The sound of his
footsteps died away.
Then, as the little party turned back
toward the cheerful camp fire, from the
heart of the snow-covered hills came
the long howl of a wolf. Then another
"He's a goner," said somebody. Then
they all turned Into their sleeping bags
and dreamed of gold.
The "Outcasts of Poker Flat," which
recently found Its parallel in the ex
pulsion of Ed Hanson, a gambler, from
the Klondike region by a vigilance com
mittee, was one of the most popular
hort stories ever written by Bret Harte.
It portrays the heroism and death
of "Mr. John Oakhurst, gambler."
Oakhurst was a type of the cool, nervy
gambler of the days of '49. He was
handsome, nnd. as events proved, ho
was endowed with principles of no mean
Along with three others Oakhurst had
to leave the Poker flat because he was a
dangerous character, but he accepted
his exile with characteristic philosophy.
They were escorted to the outskirts of
Poker fiat by armed citizens.
Besides Oakhurst, the party consisted
of "Uncle Billy." a drunkard and sus
pected sluice robber; Mother Shlpton,
old, sinful and garrulous, and a young
woman familiarly known as "the Duch
ess." "Tb Duchess" broke forth Into hys
terical tears. Mother Shlpton cursed
Oakhurst was silent He listened to
the mixed feelings of the variegated
trio, and then, followed by them, led
the wny toward Sandy bar, distant a
long day's travel over a steep moun
It was difficult riding over the narrow
rocky trail, and "The Duchess" finally
came sliding to the ground, with tho
declaration that she could not go a
The little party halted. Their camp
as pitched in a sort of wooded basin,
surrounded by high cliffs of bold gran
ite. There were several bottles of liquor in
their belongings, and It was not long
with unction, nnd Uncle Billy Joined her
In a parting volley of objurgations,
before Uncle Billy and Mother Shlpton
became by turns war-like, lamb-like
and finally harmlessly maudlin.
"The Duchess" too sank Into slumber
and snored. Mr. Oakhurst, still, calm
and sober, regarded them with a philo
sophical air, with his back against a
Suddenly there came the clatter of
horses' hoofs, and Tom Slmson, known
as "The Innocent," appeared.
He was a humble and boyish worship
per at the hsrlne of JTr. Oakhurst, be
cause on one occasion the gambler, after
having won all his money, gave It back
to him with some good advice, which
"The Innocent" ever afterward profited
"Alone?" asked Oakhurst
Oh, no; he had a brand new bildo
with him. Then with blushes and gig
gles "The Innocent" told how he had
run away from Sandy Bar with Plney
Woods, who used to wait on the table
nt the Temperance house.
Plney, buxom and 5 years old .ap
peared from behind a neighboring treo
nnd rode to the side of her lover.
A rude cabin of boughs was now mado
for the ladles. There were, luckily, pro
visions sufllclent for ten days.
Mr. Oakhurst, sleeping lightly, as was
his habit, awoke nenr morning to find
that snow was falling. He knew what
it meant and know also that there was
no time to lose.
He started toward the fire to awaken
Uncle Billy. He found the old man
gone. He also found the bourses and
mules gone with Uncle Billy. Their
tracks were In the rapidly deepening
Bnow; at dawn the little party was
They could scarcely keep their fires
going, but there were no complaints.
The lovers continued to be happy. Tho
Duchess appeared contented, but old
Mother Shlpton, once, a plno knot In
strength, seemed to sicken and fall.
One night when all the rest wero
asleep she called Oakhurst to her side.
She told him In a low voice that sho
"Don't rouse the kids. There's a
bundle under my head. Open It and
give them to the child."
The bundle contained Mother Ship
ton's rations for the week.
"I see,"sald Oakhurst,"you've starved
"That's about It," was tho reply.
Then the old woman turned her face
away and died.
On the following morning Oakhurst
started "The Innocent" oft to Poker
fiats for relief. There was one chance
In'a hundred of getting back In time.
There was barely food enough for
the Duches and Plney for a week
nothing for Oakhurst.
The gambler followed "The Innocent"
as far as the gulch.
For days the girls dozed and slept
all night. In the morning they found
enough food piled against the cabin to
last several days. Still Oakhurst did
For days the girls dozen nnd slept
In a sort of semi-existence, so peaceful
and quiet that poslbly neither of them
knew when death came.
When the rescuers finally appeared
there was an equal peace and an equal
purity on each face.
1 "And at the head of the gulch on ono
of tho largest pine trees they found
the deuce of clubs pinned to the bark
with a bowie knife. It bore the follow
ing, written In pencil, In a firm hand:
Beneath this tree
Lies the Body
who struck a streak of bad luck
on the 23d of November, 1850,
handed In his checks
on the 7th December, 1850.
"And pulseless and cold, with a Der
ringer by his side and a bullet in hla
heart though still, calm as In life, be
neath the snow lay he who was at once
the strongest and yet the weakest of
the outcasts of Poker flat."
George Burkhalter Is only 3 years and
9 months old, but ho already has a bet
ter education than the average ward
politician and can read writing "Just
like folk." He skims through a fourth
reader as readily as older persons read
the government guarantee on the face
of a gold certificate, and there Is no
ordinary newspaper article that he can
not read and understand. The alpha
bet was pie for him before he quit wear
ing long clothes. Repeated tests have
Bhown that he Is able to read any
writing that Is decipherable, and that
his intelligence in this line does not
stop with familiarity with any ona
Little George Is the son of Ellas Burk
halter, a poor farmer, who lives in a
sparesly settled portion of Jefferson
county. Ark., on a farm which, even
with the best management, produces
little more than a bare living. There
are two other children, both girls, aged
6 and 8 years respectively.
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for children of their age, but neither
has shown such remarkable talents as
those possessed by little George.
The boy wears short dresses and does
not look older than he is, In spite of
his mental attainments.
He has nothing of the appearance of
Little Waldo of Boston or other youths
who wear glasses before they have
emerged from the cradle. His father Is
IS years old and his mother 40. Neither
has been distinguished for anything out
of the ordinary, and the scource of the
boy's remarkable mental characteristics
Is as much of a mystery to his par
ents as to the neighbors.
A somewhat singular story was
brought out In connection with the
marriage in Columbia, Mo., the other
flay, of Emanuel Sumstake to Miss
Justine Wilkes. The ceremony uniting
them was the second one performed for
that purpose, the first having taken
place seventeen years ago, when the
name of the groom was given as Eman
uel Boss. He Is a Swede and at that
time did not understand how to pro
nounce his own name. Neighbors had
Subbed him boss, anu ns suen nis name
went on record. Recently It was found
that he was entitled to a pension, and
lome Investigation as to the name dis
crepancy by the pension department In
fluenced him to set matters right by
marrying over again under hlB patrony
mic of Sumstake.
In assisting the village marshal
In arresting a tramp chimney sweep at
Osmond. Theodore Goerea received a
ABE HOPE'3 TROUBLES.
Ho Takes tho Kurnel's Advlc
About Boe-Kotp ng.
As I sat with the squatter on his
doorstep, with the scent of a dozen dif
ferent blossoms In tho evening air, I
asked him why he had never gone Into
bee-keeping. He uttered a great or tw
of disgust and replied:
"It wasn't mo' than a month ago that
the ole woman split up the last bee hive
fur kindlln' wood."
"Then you have tried bees."
"It seems as If you ought to raise
any amount of honey In such a cllmato
as this, where tho bees can work tea
montliB In the year."
"And it seemed that way to Kurnel
Bunker, and to mo'n the ole woman,
sah, but It turned out mighty different.
Ono day last spring I wns skinnln'
squirrels right on this doah-step whew
Kurnel Hunker rid up on that spotted
hoss o' his and calls out:
" 'Hello, Abe Hope, and Iiow'b chills
and fever this Bprlng?'
" 'Jest about the same,' sez I.
" 'Abe,' sez the kurnel, ns he sorter
looked around fur my Jug o' whisky,.
'I'm powerful busy with mewls and
polytlcks and cotton and other things,
and can't take on anything mo', but
I've got a scheme that'll make a rich
man o' yo' In ten y'ars. Money In It,
Abe heaps o' money, and yo' won't
hev to lift yo'r hand to make $20,000.'
" 'No mo' canebrake hawgs,' sez I.
" 'Who's talkln' 'bout hawgs?' set
the kurnel. 'Hawgs ain't fltten fur thli
locality, but bees ar Jest go Inter
raisin' honey and you'll be a bigger man
than Julius Caesar.'
"Arter I had gin the kurnel a drink,"
said the squatter, "ho told me about
It. Thar was a feller down on the river
with a flat-boat load of bee-hives. H
was sellin' em fur $5 a hive, and tht
kurnel flggered It out In a way to make
yo'r ha'r stand up. If I began with
live Bwarms o' bees I'd hev fifty swarms
in live y'ars. Fifty swarms o' bees
meant 2,000 pounds of honey a ya'r. In
ten yjflrs I'd hev 250 hives and nigh 5,00
pounds of honey to sell every sezun. Hi
took a drink and flggered it fur me,
and he took a drink and flggered It fut
tho ole woman, and it cum out the same
way all the time. 'Peared to us like a
mighty good show to roll In wealth,
and when the kurnel said that them
bees would Just hump themselves all
day long without any watchln' from me,
I made up my mind I'd go into it"
"And you bought the five hives t
start with?" I asked as he slowly re
filled his pipe.
"Yes," bought five hives," he replied,
"and I sot them up over thar by th
fence. The stranger was a kind-hearted
man and he helped me, nnd he stayed
'round all day long and flggered whsU
them bees would do fur me. Flggered
Jest the same as the kurnel did, and
me'n the ole woman lay awake most
of the night talkln' 'bout hosses and
kerrlges and dimuns and slch. Stran
ger, mebbe yo' hev obsarved a few In
secks around here?"
"Yes, I have."
"Seems like a sort o' headquarter!
fur 'skeeters, galllnlppers, swamp files,
house flies, hoss files and canebrakt
hornets. Me'n the ole woman has got
used to them, but I notice yo' wlgglt
'round a good deal, 'specially In the
evenln'. They 'pear to be plenty 'nuff,
SUM .auto udh.w. oiuh si) poos OA.i nq
a hundred to one."
"Not skassly. That was about twa
weeks arter I got them bees. Them
hives was sot up and the bees buzzln'
around arter sweets when 1 went out
Into the cane one day to look fur my
mewl. I was gone about two hours,
and as I got back home I noticed that
the Insecks was a heap mo' plenty than
usual. I was wonderln' 'bout It when
the ole woman cums out and sez:
" 'Abe, mebbe thar's goln' to be a
alrthquake or a cyclone or a flood In the
river. 1 never did see the psky Inseck
so thick around yere befoY
"I sorter thought thar' mought be a
dead mewl in the bresh near by to draw
'em around, but I couldn't find any thin';
and blmeby we had to git Into the cab
In and close the doahs and winders and
raise a smoke. I was lookln' out when
my ole mewl began to snort and prance
and pull at the rope. He was so ole and
tuft that a bulllt would have bounded
off'n his hide, but when about a mil
lion hornets nnd galllnlppers settled
down on him he showed his feelln"
mighty quick. He Jest bucked and
Jumped and screamed out, and If hi
hadn't pulled awny he'd hev bin mur
dered right thar'. He went off down tht
rond ns if the devil was arter him, and
the ole woman feels fur me through
the smoke and sez:
" 'Abe Hope, we might as well git
right down on our knees an go to pray
In' fur the Judgment day can't be more',
fo'ty rods off! Whatever In this world
has brung all the Insecks In the state
of Mississippi Into one clearln'?'
"Jest about Ihen," said the squatter;
with a smile, "Kurnel Bunker cums
rldln" along. He'd bin over to Scotsdala
to git his mall, and he reckoned to stop
at my place fur a drink and to so
how them bees was a glttln along. He
had Jest opened his mouth to holler at
me, when he humped up nnd turned
pale. About the same time his spotted
hos begun to buck an' cavort, and next
mlnit Kurnel Bunker was Iyln' flat fur
his life. I never did see anythln' with
out wing git along faster nor he did."
"Were the bees after him?" I asked.
"Not skassly, sah not skassly. What
was arter him was hornets and hoss
flies nnd skeeters and galllnlppers, and
every lnseck meant blzness. Lands!
but his hoss rlz at every Jump as If thar
was a rail fence In front of him, and we
could h'ar the kurnel yellln' fur two
miles. 'Nuff o them Insecks got Into
the house to keep me'n the ole woman
humpln', but nobody could hev lived out
doahs fur Ave mlnits. Hefo' they got
through comln' up from the swamps
the air was dark with 'em."
"Well, what was it nil about?"
"Them bees, sah. Yes, sah, them bees
was to blame fur It all. Hadn't never
bin any bees around yere befo', and I
reckon our Insecks didn't like the smell
or looks of 'em. Mebbe the bees was
sassy nnd got up a row down In tho
swamp. Howsumever It was, the hor
nets and hoss flies and so on gathered
yere fur ten miles to wollop them bees,
and they didn't reckon to let outsiders
Interfere. They Jest fit and fit, and It
was sundown befo' the fout was over."
"And which side whipped?"
"Which side! Why. sah, thar' was a
hundred to one o' the flies and hornets,
and them bees didn't stand no mo' sho
than a coon with seven dawgs on top
o" him. They weie stung nnd bit nnd
kicked to death to the very last one o
j'em, and If this hadn't bin a might
gtout cabin me'n the ole woman would
n't never hev lived to burn up the hives.
1 Yes. sah. powerful good locality this ar'
fur bees, but I'm not hankerln to In
vest any mo' money that way."
Bishop Potter stands at the head of
che pro-cathedral mission in Stanton
jtreet. New York, and lives there when
possible. The children take stock In
aim. He overheard one day with sat
isfaction a boy say: "There goes th
olsh'; he ain't no chump."
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