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The Echoes of the "Ward Trial
Strike Terror to Other
Wlio Helped Bring The Little
Napoleon to this "Waterloo.
, , < ) . The Modern Sphynx Breaks Golden Silence
for Silver Speech on a Matter of
The Opening of the Operatic Season in Hew
, York Under Money Making
NEW Tons Crrr , NOT. 4,18S3.0
The close prospect of Tuesday's election , in
which Judge Barrett cameupfor re-election lo
bis position , may have liad some considera
ble bearing on the swift ratributfon which
overlook.Fenlln and Ward and landed bim so
summarily in Sing Sing last Saturday , with
tbe utmost sentence of the law hang'nji ovor
bis devoted liead tenenrs at bard labor ,
wblch by gool conduct on his part , can be re
duced turee months every year , and thus
commute his sentence to seven and a half
years In the penitentiary.
HSDITATIOXS IX SING SIXG.
However that may le , end whether he
would'have bran so summarily dealt with had
the JU ot November been further away , ina'es
but little difference noiv to Ward in his/medi
tations at S ng Sing , but affjrds a crumb o
nope to other financiers uho stand under the
shadow of that dark cloud i\hich has ar sou
from tlic ashes of that j reat failure , and who
are trembling lest their t'me has come to ac
count for immense profits on bogus contracts.
Everybody expected that Ward would be con- .
' VlcteJ , and probably convicted on the first
charge brought against him , so thoroughly
lias public .sentiment been aroussd against
him during th.2 past year , bit : very few enter
tained the idea for an instant that his trial on
nny cour.t would occupy less than a wc k , and
that ten days from the time he entered court
would lind him a convict-d felon i the State
I- Ten tcnt'arv. The Mi Is o * ( Ii2 Go Is qulcken-
- zd their slow process amazingly in his case ,
and this surprising despatch can only be ac
counted for in some quarters by a libaral ap
plication of the o 1 of public opin'on to the
well worn journals of the aforesa d mills.
Whether the mills will continue to grind in
the same summary fashion , now that the elec
tion is over , is a poser of great moment to
those directly interested , and a conundrum
which it is said soni3 of them mar wish they
had solved in the "over to Canada" style be
fore it is fully answered , an 1 justice is ap
peased. This high minded dame appears to
have thrown the bandage fromhercyes In this
especial case , and entered into the work of
JUSTICE OVERTAKES WARD.
cleaning up the Ward business with open vis
ion , firm determination , and v'gilant onove-
meiit. All the quibbles about a defective ln-
dlclment were thrown aside , and the sword of
justice swum ; rapidly past the qu 11 of the
lawyer , and reacheJ the Little Napo eon with
out hindrance , and without delay.
Ward has taken his place among the other
convict laborers at Sing Sing , and will earn
fifty sis cents j er day for this State in cleaning
the castings for p'ebian stoves. From dean-
ing out banks worth several million's to clean-
Ing out stove castings worth two cents per
pound , is truly a comedown from the sublime
check of the past to the ridiculous real ty of
the present , and perhaps can only bs equalled
by the sight of a man who at his state dinners
served ten courses , each course with a different
Eel of ha-id painted china , each plate in each
act different in design , and the handsomsst set
costing over § 100 per plate , in contrast to that
same man dining with convicts , on peniten
tiary hash served from tin platters , ended
with a single course , and rel'eved but by the
sullen glare of a wintry sun through barred
windows , and the hated sight of convict
stripes on surrounding criminals. Yet this is
what the Ward of 15S4 saw this is what the
Ward of 1SS5 sees. Young men who enter
upon the devious paths of Wall street with
much ambit on if occasionally little honesty ,
should ponder upon this picture rather than
npon that of the escaped defaulter , Eno , who
lives in Canada , in good style , exiled from the
United States , and comforted with consider
able cash left from his four million dollar ap
propriation of bank funds. Everyone wonders
now why itwas that Ward did not follow this
course , and are disposed to think that Eno.
whose disreDancies came to light only six days
after the Grant & Ward failure , was much the
sharpest of the two , and the result to date
would certainly indicate that he was. In fact
a great many people are besinnlng to think
that Ward was not at all sharp , and that his
success in getting a host of millionaires into
his schemes was owing more to creed , com-
bined wlui .want of sagacity on their part ,
than to any particular shrewdness on bis. A
man who has handled millions weekly , and
who calmlv stays at home after committing
numerous offences against the law , knowing
that lie cannot possibly hope to conceal his
dolmrs , and has little or no defense , yet stays
in the penitentiary , when he had every chance
to fly to Canada , during the few days before
and after the failure , and from Canada reach
other countries where ho would be safe from
tbe United States authorities , is not the typical
man of finance and embezzlement that tbe
country has been used to seeing , at least In
this section , and people who all along thought
Ward very shrewd are fast losing faith in his
sharpness , and are wondering how it could
possibly be that a man of this calibre could
fool so many supposed to be first class busi
ness men , and a great many are beginning to
think that perhaps they were not so badly
fooled after all , but had more level headed
Ideas about It than will probably be developed
in future law suits arising from this wreck.
Something of a sensation was created by
the announcement published In ono or two
evening papers , that Mayor Grace was to be
arrested last Monday , in connection with this
case. This , however , proved to be a canard
as far as tbe United States court was concern
ed , and also so fur as the stite courts arc con-
cernedJor the present , although it Is more
than likely that he will bi brought before the
latter courts , eventually to explain how niueh
money he made out o his transaction with
Ward , and what reason he c.m give why under
the circumstances , he bhould not return the
amount of the profits to the receiver , inas
much as it has proven to be about the same
as stolen mo-iey. Two banks have returned
the amount of profits to the receiver , after he
has entered sui'.s against them , but the
amounts were so small , that it wouldn't pay
to fi ht thd suits , less than § 1,0 JO be'n-s re
turned from the two combined. This widow's
mite w 11 notgo very far towasds settling the
Indebtedness , however , and the larger profil
ers prefer to stand suit before disgorging. It
Is a curious fact that Benjamin Fish , a brother
of James D. Fisti , should be one of the parties
against whom action is bsin ? brought to re
cover profits made by bim in his dealings
with the firm of Grant & WarJ , while his
brother James D. was ruined as a member of
tbe firm , and is now serving out his sentence
The anxiety of thoso who anticipate lawsuits
about their transactions with Word will soon
be at rest , it is said , so far as the beginning is
concerned , but where the eud will be is cfuite
TOE OI'ERA SEASOX IX NEW YORK
opened quite auspiciously , If rather tamely
last Monday niht at the Academy of Music ,
MAPLESOX GATHERS THEIIIX.
which has been thoroughly renovated with
new seats , new carpets , and new draperies
this season. Colonel Mapleson has had so
much bad luck with his prima donna in the
past , espec'ally those of the Patti order , who
demand cash and plenty of it , that it is claimed
his arrangements for the present seas m are
based more on the Idea of raking In dollari
for his own benefit , than for that of the lead
ing songstress. Colonel Mapleson thinks this
a cold and cruel world , especially so towards
impresarios who haven't got the ready cash to
plank down , and although when last here ho
swore by all tbe saints that he never wouli
again hold forth in the Academy , because of
the difficulties with the directors , still he K <
here as of old. There is a rumor to the effect
that he couldn't withstand the sight of the
new drapery and seats , and especially the
winning glances of the new painted muses
and cupids on the csiling and about the stage.
Some of thorn , to be sure , look as M they had
the colic , and the cupids remind one that tfca
little naked goJ of love is still afflicted wittj
an aggravated case of dropsy in the abOomeu ,
but everybody has gotten used to this now ,
and appear to forget the sufferings of the
muses and cupids in the sweet strains of
MIXNIE HAWK TVAEBLE3.
Minnie Hauk music. The house might have
been possibly more crowded than it. was the
opening night , but still there were enough
present to warrant the belief that Mmc. Hauk
would prove a paying attraction and that her
notes would coin dollars for Mapleson , which
is tbe chief end and aim of an operatic mana
Almost a Hint.
Mrs. Longcoffin , of Austin , has been hint
ing to Judge Penny tun ker , who Is old and
neb that her daughter Esmcralda will make
him a gool and loving wife.
"She is very much in love withyou , judge , "
said Mrs. Longcoffia suzgjslively.
"I am sorry , but I can not reciprocate the
nffect'on of a young lad ; who shows sach bad
taste , " replied the ol 1 jmlge. reaching for his
hat aud cane. Texas Siftings.
Anderson , Shasta county , CaL , has a fisher
man who in a week's t'me caught nine hun
dred pounds of trout and salmon , which he
salted for winter use. He reports that trout
were so plentiful they would cat from Ira
THE IUT12B BIT.
A Stc-y of a Gnrmnn nml HlB Toollsh
Translated from the German by Alex. E.
It is eight o'clock. At the corner of
the street a young man was walking
up and down. His walk and manner
betrayed impatience. He appeared to
be waiting for somebody. Prom time
to time ho glanced at his watch. A
younggirl approached , and he hurried
to meet her.
"Good evening , Laura. How long
you have kept me waiting ! I was
afraid something serious had hap
pened to you. I've got good ne\vs for
The pair walked together arm-in-arm ,
the girl expressing great curiosity to
know what the good news was.
"The drawingot thelottery in which
we each held a ticket took place this
"And ? "
"And we have won the grand prize
of 150,000 marcks. "
Laura gazed in astonishment at her
lover. She did not know whether she
was to believe him or not. She sup
posed he was joking.
"It's no joke. I have seen the offi
cial list , and I know there is no pos
sible mistake.Ve are rich. We can
start in business with a portion of the
money , and lead delightful life. And
the best of it is we need not postpone
our wedding any longer ; but Ayhat is
the matter ? Why are you so silent ? "
"Oh , I was just thinking. You have
not told me whose ticket won the
prize , yours or mine ? "
"Your ticket won. You have gofc it
yet , haven't you ? "
"Yes , I've got it , " she replied.
"Of course , it don't make any differ
ence which ticket won. We love , "each
other. Our interests are identical. I
am glad it was your ticket that won. "
1 "I don't think there is any hurry
about our marrying , " said Laura.
"Are you in earnest ? "
"Certainly , I am in earnest. You
have not been in a hurry heretofore.
You have always been postponing our
wedding for one reason or another ,
and now I am in no hurry myself.
Now thcit I am rich I can afford to in
dulge in luxuries , and single-blessedness
in some instances is a great luxury. "
"Laura , do not talk so frivolously.
"Talking frivolously is another
luxury I can afford. "
The young man looked at her re
proachfully , and he said , slowly :
"You know my only objection to
our marriage at an early day was our
lack of money. It was more on your
account than on mine that I suggest
ed delay but now that the obstacle
has been removed I am ready at any
"But I am not , " replied Laura , al
most defiantly. "Now that I think
over it , it occurs to me that we would
not be happy together. For a mar
riage to be happy , the contracting
parties should be equal in social
status. "Now that I am rich , you
would no longer love me for myself
alone , but for my wealth. I
will want to mingle in aristocratic *
society , and natually I want a hus
band who has similar tastes.
Your tastes are low and groveling.
The best thing for us to do is to part.
You had better look for a suitable wife
among the lower classes. " and Laura
glanced at him contemptuously. .
"Ish dot so ? " replied theyoungman
with mock solemnity. ' 'You had bet
ter run home and help your mother
feed the pigs. You have had a narrow
escape from putting yourself outside
of that station in life in which it has
pleased God to place you , for know ,
Miss Smarty , that it is my ticlcet , not
yours , that has won the first prize. I
will follow your advice , and look fora
wife among the rich girls who are my
equals , " and bowing politely , he with
drew from the canvass.
A Romantic Courtship ,
The Eev. and Airs. Swan Carl Fran-
zene left Ardmore for their new home
in Minnesota , where Mr. Franzenewill
labor as a missionary among the
Sweedish settlers. Their recent wed
ding has made public the history of a
romantic courtship. The bride is a
daughter of the late Charles Ivugler , of
Ardmore , for many years State Sena
tor from Montgomery County , and
long identified with the Lutheran
Church and Publication Society. Her
sister is Dr. Annie Kugler , no\v a mis
sionary in India and recently assist
ant resident physician in the female
department of the Norristown Insane
Asylum. While Miss Florence was
still a school-girl pupil of theFriends'
school , at Fifteenth and Eace streets
she formed the acquaintance of the
coachman of Dr. D. Hayes Agnew , who
spends his summers at his country
place , near Ardmore. This coachman
was a Swede , of ordinary education ,
not at all , in the eyes of the world , the
proper mate for a young lady of Miss
Kugler's position , education , and
prospective fortune. Nevertheless , she
declared h < ir determination either to
marry the coachman or go with her
sister as a missionary to India.
The young lady's relatives and
friends , of course , opposed the match.
The coachman was too sensible to
imitate Hulskamp and resolved that
if the girl could not come down to his
level he would rise to hers. Accord
ingly he resigned his situation as Dr.
Agnew's coachman and entered upon
studies required for the Lutheran
mfnistry. During his theological
course Miss Florence patiently waited.
At last the young Swede's efforts were
crowned with success. He was or
dained , all opposition gave way , and
Ardmore was entertained with a pret
ty wedding in the Lutheran Church.
As the demand for Lutheran ministers
to labor among the Swedish emigrants
in the West is largely in excess of the
supply , the young missionary has
every opportunity to keep his present
position and become useful , if not/also
eminent. Philadelphia Times.
New York Times.
Frost is frozen dew. It is deposited
on the earth's surface , upon herbage ,
fences , buildings , &c. , in precisely the
same manner as the sparkling dew
upon the grass or the moisture which
saturates everything upon the surface
of the earth during the cool hours of
the night. Frost is deposited only
under such circumstances as would
cause a deposit of dew wero the tem
perature higher. But there are times
in which frost is seen upon the
ground or grass arid low herbage when
it is not to be perceived upon any
thing that is over a foot above the
surface. This is due to the fact that
an active evaporation is going on
from the surface of the earth , at
the same time that the temperature is
near the freezing point , but still above
it , and the refrigerating effect of the
evaporation is sufficient to lower the
temperature of the soil a few degrees
and so produce the freezing which
would not otherwise occur.
Frost , as regards its effect upon
growing tender vegetation , is simply
freezing , or really "the reduction of
temperature below the freezing i > oint
at which water is changed into ice.
This change is accompanied by an in
crease in the bulk of an expansion of
the water to the extent of one-ninth ,
which is sufficient to burst the cells of
such tender and succulent vegetable
tissue as is unable to resist the press
ure or to expand under it , but it is not
always that these cells are ruptured in
this way by a trost. ! V potato tuber ,
for instance , when slightly frozen , is
much changed in its character , and
yet the cells are not ruptured in all
cases. The cold has a chemical effect
and changes the starch of the cells in
to sugar to such an extent as to give
a sweet taste to the potato , even
when the water in the potato has
not been frozen solid and the cells
have not been broken up. A similar
result happens to other tender vegeta
tion , some of which i& injured or killed
by a low temperature , which , however ,
is still above the freezing point. The
effect of frost upon corn , for instance ,
when the cold is not sufficient to freeze
the foliage is evidentlj' a chemical ef
fect , just as the plunging of a leaf into
hot water would sear and burn it. To
bacco is affected in precisely the same
way ; the leaves being blackened by
cold as well as by heat of 120 deg. ,
when it is continued for a sufficient
time. In shortjthere is no doubt that
the damage done by frost to tender
vegetation is the result of a low tem
perature more than to the actual rup
turing of the cellular tissue and the
consequent death of it.
The behavior of frost is remarkable.
Frost often occurs when the tempera
ture of the air is above the freezing
point , and there are times when the
temperature falls below freezing and
vet there is no frost.
A Xew Chapter in the History of
the Truman and the Jbslyn
Farmer Truman of Kentucky was
up an apple tree the other day , hand-
picking achoicelot ofseek-no-furthers ,
when along came Farmer Joslyn. As
Farmer Joslyn had a shotgun with
him , a careless observer might have
reasoned that he was out gunning for
quail. There was nothing of the care
less observer about Farmer Truman ,
however. He didn't tumble from the
tree right away , but he did tumble to
Farmer Joslyn's errand and he halted
in his picking and called out :
"After me , eh ? "
" .list so , naybur ! "
"Well. I was sort o' expecting you ,
but not quite so early. Is this the
same old feud the one starting over
a line fence 48 years ago ? "
"Yes , the same old thing which
has caused the deaths of three Tru
man's and four Joslyns. "
"Oh. I didn't know but something
new had come up. Say , naybur , I'll
be down in just a minit. "
"I know you will , and you'll proba
bly come head fust ! I've come over
this morning to shoot another Tru
manand kinder even up numbers. "
"But I ain't armed. My shotgun is
in the house. "
"That's all the better fur me , nay-
"But you'll give me a few minntas in
which to say my prayers ? "
"Oh , as to that.I don't mind 'low
ing you three or four minits , although
I'm'in a hurry to get back home , and
go to cutting corn. Cfo ahead , nabur. "
Farmer Truman settled himsef in a
crotch and seemed to be praying ,
while Farmer Joslyn kept an eye on
himand impatiently waited to catch
the concluding "amen , " He was in
this state of mind when a , hole about
as large as his arm was bored through
him from back to front , and a boy of
fourteen came running up and called
"Pop ! are you up there ? "
"Yes , my son. "
"I saw he had the bridge on you ,
and I got the gun and dropped him ! "
"Right my boy. That's what I was
praying for. "
"How many Joslyns does this
make ? "
"Five. We've only two more to kill
off to weed out the'lot. "
"Well , I'll tell one of the niggers to
go over and see if the family want the
bodv. ' Good-bvpa. Ishallbelate to
scho'oi ! "
"Good-by my son. Always stride to
be a good boy if you want success in
Last July a young son of Private
Dalzell , of Caldwell , Ohio.died from in
juries received in a railroad accident.
His dog Frank , of which he was very
fond , appeared to be inconsolable.
Every Sunday after his master's
death Frank went to church and sat
in the lad's pew , and he frequently
visited the grave , showing many signs
of deep grief. A short time ago
Frank disappeared and has not been
seen sinceIt is supposed that he has
AI5RAVJG GIRL'S HARD LUCK.
Working for Hoiiostlnrtopondnnce ,
the Prairie I'lros Sweep Aiviiy Kvory-
tlilne she 1ms in the World Except the
JAUthfal Ziovorvbo Arrived. Just ut the
A letter from Frederick , Dakota , to
the New York Sun , tells the following
story , which contains some elements
of romance :
The prairie fires , which have brought
flesolation and poverty to hundreds
in this section , brought a husband to
one - youngvoman. . A year ago last
spring .Fannie Jordan took up a farm
of160 .acres about nine miles north of
iereand struck out "for herself. She
camo to Dakota from Illinois ,
though she was born in the East. Not
much was known about her for sev
eral months , as she was shy and re
tiring , but when she finally became
acquainted with her neighbors they
discovered that the girl had the real
mettle in her , and predicted that she
would be rich beforeshe was 30.
Though far from muscular , Fannie
vros the picture of health , and she
easily carried off the palm as the best-
looking girl farmer in the county.
Like the majority of her sisters she
had no time to devote to the gallants
of tho neighborhood , and fora , year
and a half she led a hard , grinding ex
istence , practicing the closest economy ,
and working from early morning un
til late at night.
Some of her friends finally discovered
that the girl had a history , as many
such heroic adven turers in this country
have. She had lived in comfortable
circumstances in a rural Illinois town
until the death of her father revealed
the fact that he had lost not only his
own property but a trust fund belong
ing to a relative , not yet of age , by his
fatal propensity for speculating in the
Chicago grain market. . The girl felt
her position keenly , and , though she
had expected soon to be married , she
resolutely turned from her lover and
sought th far West. She had read of
the success achieved by young women
as farmers in this vicinity , and per
suading her morher that this was
their only hope of regaining their in
dependence , and at the same time
making good the deficit of their hus
band and father , the two converted
what little property they had into
cash and came here. Before their de
parture the girl absolved the young
man from his pledges , but in answer
to his repeated requests gave him
some slight hope that at a distant
day , if he still remained of the same
mind , she might consider a proposi
tion from him. Under" these circum
stances the work of breaking and
working a farm in a new country was
The first year Fannie and her moth
er had no help , and they did not suc
ceed in raising much. Not more than
a quarter of their land was under
cultivation , and the crops were poor
indeed. This year , with the assistance
of a boy , they did better. They got
more than half of the farm in wheat ,
and the crop was an exceptionally
good one. Besides this , they had &
fruitful garden from which they sup
plied their own wants and derived a
small revenue. Their wheat , on which
they had already borrowed money ,
was to have been thrashed a few
weeks ago , but the machine did not ar
rive , and it remained in great stacks
near their barn. Figuring on the re
sults of their'two years' work , moth
er and daughter found that there was
a chance that this years' crop ould
clear them of debt , and that with one
or two more favorable seasons they
would be able to see the results of
their toil in hard. cash.
The prairie fire was a danger which
they had not taken into consideration.
When Fannie heard that fires were re
ported at a distance she ran furrows
around her buildings and wheat stacks ,
and in other ways prepared for the
visitation. Her neighbors did the
same , and when the fires appeared
near at hand nearly everybody went
out to fight them. Fannie's moth
er remained at home when the girl
was gone on these errands. On re
turning to her place one evening ,
the young woman found firos in
her way , and being forced to make a
long detour , it was dark before she
came to a point where she could see
her farm. The fires were raging fiercely ,
and she made up her mind that her
farm was threatened of not already
burned over. Somebody had setback
fires , with the intention of stopping
the conflagration , and this was the
result. As fast as her weaty and
trembling limbs could carry her the
girl dashed on , and a few steps more
sufficed to convince her that her
home and ever j-thing that it contained
was lost. When she arrived at
the place the house was in ruins ,
the barn was ready to fall , and the
great wheat stacks"were glowing heaps
of embers. The earth was hot under
her feet , and the air almost stifling.
Shecalled _ for her mother , and called
again. _ No one answered. She became
sick with fear and foreboding , and
thought of flight , but there was no
place to which she could go for help.
The fires were all around her , making
the heavens lurid and the air heavy ,
and so , in the presence of her crushing
disaster , the girl sat down and wept.
All night long she sat by the rums
of her home , and when the morning
light appeared she made a careful
search for her mother. She was not in
the ruins of the house , and the girl
breathed easier , but in the ashes of
the barn the old lady's charred re
mains were found. She had evidently
gone there after doing all in her power
to save the place for the purpose of
taking the horse and making her es
cape , but overcome with the heat , or
possibly unable to manage the beast ,
both had perished together.
Fannie's mother was buried on Sun
day by the neighbors , most of whom ,
like the girl , had lost nearly every
thing. What was to be done nobody
knew. Where all were penniless and
wretched there was no advice that
could be followed , and all seemed
stunned by the calamity which had
come upon them. On Tuesday Fan
nie visited her farm for the last time ,
intending to leave that day for th <
railroad and seek assistanceshe knew
not what or of whom. Her poverty
was absolute. Her debts weregreatei
than her equity in tha land. Every
thing that she had on earth was dor
stroyed except tho clothing that she
wore. She stood by the ruined home
and looked out for miles on blackened
prairie. The sky was overcast with
leaden clouds , and tho wind ' blew crisp
and cold from the north. 'Above and
below everything was dark , but the
sombre view'was not blacker than her
own future. She buried her face in her
hands and turned from tho desolate
scene just in time to hero the clatter of'
hoois on the roadway , and lookingup
the girl saw tho fellow from Illinois
whom she had left in despair eighteen
months ago. Ho rode up to her ,
jumped from his horse , and addressed
her quietly. She had little to say , and
there was not much ho could say , as
his appearance caused a fresh Hood of
tears to flow. Ho told her that ho
had read of her mother's death and of
their losses by fire , and had come by
tho first train in tho hope that ho
could be of service to her. He would
do anything" that she said. He had
money and time. If she wanted to ie-
build he would stay and boss the job. .
If she wanted to go back to Illinois ho
would go with her , and they could
settle the matters up hero at their
leisure. If she disliked him and wanted
him to clear out he would do that ,
too , but to tell the truth , he said , ho
wanted her , and he believed and hoped
she wanted him now. Ho looked
around on tho waste , and tho girl
raised her eyesM swept tho blackened
oarth with them to the point where
tho lead of tho clouds touched tho
flame-swept earth. It was prido
against helplessness , and love and the
latter won. She left with the yqun
man that afternoon , and to a friend
of hers she said that she would never
return as a farmer.
Getting Down to Their Christian
From the San Francisco Chronicle.
Did you ever listen to a young couple
workingup to thatpoint of affectionate
intimacy by which they call one an
other by their Christian names ?
"It has been a lovely party hasn't
it , Miss Jackson ? "
"Lovelv , Mr. Wilkins. "
"I have known you a longtime , Misa
"And I have known you quite a
"I've often heard my sister speak
of you. "
"And my brother is always talking
about you. "
"Is he ? I hear so much about you
that I feel quite at homo with you. "
"It's a lovely night isn't it , Mr.
Wilkins ? "
"Bwitiful. I think Edith's such a
oretty name. "
"Do you ? I don't like it. "
"What'did you say ? "
"Oh , nothing. I was merely rcpeat >
ing the name. "
"I don't like all men's names. Iliko
some. Hike Philip and Ferdinand
"What do you think of George ? "
"That's your name. George ! "
" 1 beg your pardon. "
"Oh , nothing ; I was only repeating
the name. "
"What a lovely night it is , isn't it ,
Miss Edith ? "
"Oh , there ! George Wilkins , what
did you let mo slip on that cobbla
stone for ? "
"Ton my word , I didn't do it , Miss
"Wei : , we are home , or I am , Mr.
George ! "
"I am very sorry. "
"So am I. I'm so much obliged for
your escort ; I've had such a lovely
"And so have I. "
"Good night , Mr. Wilkins. "
"Good night , Miss Jackson. "
"Good night Edith. "
"Good night George. "
Old Time British Press Gangs.
Mother , about to visit her family in
South Wales , has taken her passage in
a sailing vessel from Falmouth to
Swansea. She is arranging her multi
farious luggage on board , when a
handsome young sailor , of singularly
agreeable appearance , rushes into her
cabin. The press gang is coming , he
says , "and is sure to seize him , the
only young and likely man on board.
Ho has just returned from a long voy
age. Will the lady savo him from tha
cruel fate ? Will she let him secrete
himself among her luggage ? " Mother
abhors the tyrannical custom of seiz
ing men by force for service on the
ships of war , and full of com
passion , consented to his con
cealment. The King's officer with
his men search the vessel. Ho next
opens the door of mother's cabinand
apparently much out of humor , ad
vances cutlass in hand. MotherIook-
ing up from her book or work , begs
him to respect the privacy of her
cabin. The Captain of the press gang
makes a sign to hismentostand.back ,
but says , "He is bound to do his duty ;
a man is missing , whom hehas reason
to suppose is on board , therefore "
Mother , outwardly calm , but inwardly
terribly alarmed , interrupts him with
the words , "I am a lady traveling
alone , you are a gentleman. " These
words seem to disarm himHe offers
a polite apology , and , retiring , quits
the yessel with his men. Themoment
they are gone the Captain gives order
to sail. The rescued sailor creeps from
his hiding place , but is not allowed to
show himself till they are out at sea.
He becomes mother's constant at
tendant during the long and stormy
passage which ensues ; while she , tha
only female on board , receives ex
treme consideration from the Captain
and the entire crew , who regard heraa
a general benefactress. MLnry Howitt ,
in Good Words.
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