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HIS WORD OF HONOR , i
Ta/e of ( he Blue and the Gray.
CopyrlRht , IBM , by Robert Bonnor's Sons.
Then , with this last thought , a burnIng -
Ing sense of shame filled the young of
ficer's soul. The face of his old com
mander suddenly rose vividly before
him. He saw his earnest gaze ; heard
the warning words : "If Lieutenant Ro
land has not returned by eight o'clock
this evening , I shall believe that he Is
either dead or dishonored. " And at
the same moment William felt that he
could not stand In his presence with a
He or an evasion on his lips ; that he
must tell him the truth ; and with this
thought the struggle was over.
He released himself so hastily , so
abruptly , that the young girl almost
tottered back. His lips quivered , but
his voice was as firm as when he made
the fateful promise.
"I cannot be a dishonored man , Flor
ence , not even for the prize of your
hand. If you fear Edward more than
you love me If you have not the cour
age to defend this love against him
why , I must lose you. I will not break
my word of honor. "
Florence had shrunk back. Her dark
eyes rested with a look of mingled sur
prise and anger upon the man , whose
rigid sense of duty she could not un
derstand. But ere she could frame an
answer , the door again opened , and a
stranger appeared on the threshold. It
was a < young man in uniform , who
paused a moment , scanning the pair
with a hurried glance , then courteously
approached the lady.
"Pardon this intrusion. Miss Harri
son. Allow me to request a brief pri
vate interview with this gentleman. I
have some Important news for him. "
Florence recognized Captain Wilson.
Edward's friend , whom she had seen
several times. She knew only too well
what had brought him to Springfield
that day , but this sudden entrance
into her drawing-room aroused the
utmost astonishment. For the moment
made with the greatest caution. Ed
ward's revenge was swift and sure.
"I do net know you , sir , " said the
young officer slowly , without lowerIng -
Ing his weapon or averting his eyes
from his enemy. "You , on the con
trary , seem to be very well informed
concerning my personality. In that
case , you probably are also aware
that I am In the house of my future
father-in-law , and came solely to see
my betrothed bride. By what right
do you attack me ? "
Wilson shrugged his shoulders.
"By the same right which you would
exercise If an officer of the hostile
army should fall into your hands in
disguise. I am a soldier and must
discharge my duty ; it is not my busi
ness to inquire the motive that
brought you here. Will you surren
der ? "
"So long as I carry a weapon , no !
However the struggle may end , the
first man who touches me I will shoot
down ! "
"Then you will force me to extreme
measures. The consequences must been
on your head. "
The captain turned toward the ter
race , with the intention of summon
ing the men who were waiting there ,
when Florence , who had stood trem
bling and deadly pale , anticipated
him. She rushed past him to Roland ,
threw herself on his breast , and cling
ing to him frantically , exclaimed :
"You must not , William ! There
are ten to one ! You will be conquer
ed in the struggle ! They will kill
you ! "
"Let me go , Florence ! Let me go ,
I say ! "
William was vainly striving to re
lease himself , when Captain Wilson ,
taking advantage of the favorable mo
ment In which his enemy was defense
less in the arms that clasped him so
closely , with a rapid movement
SHE RUSHED PAST HIM TO ROLAND.
she lacked the least comprehension of
But William understood it better.
He saw the Confederate uniform , and
with it the danger menacing him , and
slowly thrusting his hand into the
breast-pocket of his coat , where he
carried his pistol , he replied with cold
"I shall be at your service , sir , as
soon as my conversation with Miss
Harrison is over. We have some im
portant matters to discuss , so I
Glance and tone plainly requested
the captain to retire. But instead of
doing so , he advanced close to the
young officer , saying in a low tone :
"I wish to spare the lady , and hope
you will aid me Lieutenant William
William started. He perceived that
lie was betrayed , and did not doubt a
moment the author of the treachery.
To deny his identity was impossible.
Only prompt action could be of ser
vice now. If he succeeded in reach
ing his horse , which was fastened a
few hundred paces from the house ,
escape might yet be possible. Has
tily retreating a few steps , at the
same time drawing his revolver , he
said In a loud , sharp tone :
"Well , what do you want with Lieu
tenant Roland ? "
Florence uttered a cry of terror.
She , too. now suddenly realized the
full extent of the peril , but the cap
tain remained unmoved , though the
pistol was aimed at him.
"Yield , Mr. Roland , " he said , quiet
ly. "Resistance would be vain. You
will not find your horse where you
left him ; all the exits from the house
are guarded ; and the servants have
orders to prevent your departure by
force. Convince yourself that flight
has become an impossibility.1'
He pointed toward the terrace and
William's eyes followed the gesture.
He'really did see several figures
-whose faces were unfamiliar to him ,
and who certainly would not fail to
carry out the orders which they had
The preparations had evidently been
snatched the revolver. A cry of in
dignation escaped the young man's
lips. The next instant he had
wrenched himself free , but it was too
late. He stood defenseless.
"Florence , what have you done ? " he
cried in a tone of sharp reproach.
"Saved you ! " she passionately ex
claimed. "They would have killed
you here before my eyes ! "
"Calm yourself , Miss Harrison , "
said the captain , gravely. "Lieuten
ant Roland will not be so mad as to
offer resistance now. Once more , sir ,
yield ! Spare us useless bloodshed. It
is no disgrace to a soldier if he sub
mits to the inevitable , and I give you
iny word that you have no dishonor
ing trejitment to fear as a prisoner of
the Confederacy you will be treated in
an honorable manner.
William bent his eyes gloomily on
the floor. He perceived the truth of
the words. Longer resistance would
have been madness and , at the ut
most , brought only degrading treat
ment upon him. After a brief , un
comfortable pause , he turned lo the
"I am in your power. Dispose of
"I will send news of your arrest to
the city. Meanwhile , remain here ;
and , if you give me your word of
honor to make no attempt to fly "
"No ! I yield to force , but to that
"Then I cannot leave you in Miss
Harrison's society , but must provide
a more secure prison. "
"Which you will doubtless find in
Springfield , " said William , with an
outburst of resentment. "I was pre
pared for everything when I risked
the ride here , except treachery in
the house in which I was called son. "
"You are right , Mr. Roland. " The
captain raised his voice so loud that
a person on the other side of the cloo-
ed door could not fail to hear it. "But
do not address your reproaches to nio.
I did what I was forced to do. I do
not believe in treachery , and I regret
that you have fallen a victim to it. "
"My words do not apply to you. I
know the traitor and now I will ask
only a moment longer. "
He went to his fiance and bent over
her , but just at that moment a side-
door was hastily flung open and
Ralph rushed in.
"Miss Florence , master Is asking for
you. He has suddenly grown worse.
We are afraid the end Is near. "
Florence had hitherto found It dif
ficult to sustain herself. This last
blow threatened to crush her. She
tottered and would have fallen had
not William clasped her In his arms.
"I cannot go ! " she murmured , des
pairingly. "Not at this moment ! Wil
liam ! What will become of you ? "
"Lieutenant Roland is my prisoner
and under my protection , " said Wil
son , with marked emphasis. "Have no
anxiety for him. I will answer for
his safety so long as he remains in
"Go to your father , " said William ,
pushing the trembling girl with gen
tle violence toward the door. "You
hear ? No harm will befall me , and
your place Is there. Courage , my poor
Florence ! I cannot be with you in
this trying hour , but , at least , you
know that I am near. So be reso
He gave her to Ralph , who drew
the half-senseless girl away with him ,
and then went back to the captain.
"If you wish to go to the sick
room , " said the lattej , in a low tone ,
"I will not prevent you. "
William made a gesture of refusal.
"No. After what has passed be
tween me and the sick man , my pres
ence could not help exerting a bad in
fluence upon him. He has no suspic
ion that I am here ; let him remain
ignorant of it. I thank you for your
consideration , sir. Let us go ! "
The servants , at the captain's or
der , had left their posts at the doors ,
but stood whispering together with
troubled faces. Ralph had betrayed
that the officer under arrest was Miss
Florence's .lover. And it had happen
ed in her own house ! True , the mas
ter of the house had had no share in
it ; they all knew now that he was
Edward Harrison , pacing up and
down the drawing-room alone , with a
cloud upon his brow , knew it also.
The end so long expected was coming
more quickly than had been supposed.
The physician had given the Sick man
days , and now , at the utmost , there
were only hours. Yet Edward had
not courage to enter the apartment
where Florence was , and had Ralph
bring him reports , which constantly
grew more alarming.
Then Captain Wilson entered , but
the cordiality with which he usually
treated young Harrison had given
place to cold formality ; he bowed as
if he were saluting a stranger.
"I wished to inform you that I am
going to the city to report the cap
ture , " he said , distantly. "An escort
will be sent for the prisoner ; until
then he must remain at Springfield. "
Edward did not appear to notice the
icy coldness in the tone and manner
of his former friend , and answered
quietly , as if the point in question
were a matter of the utmost indiffer
"Have no anxiety. I'll see that the
spy doesn't escape us. "
"I am positive that Lieutenant Ro
land is not a spy , " replied Wilson ,
with marked emphasis. "What brought
him here is perfectly apparent , and
I shall make my opinion as emphatic
as possible at the court-martial. "
( To be continued. )
THE MEMORY OF FISH.
Sometimes Eeops Them from Blllnsr a
Fisherman believe that a fish al
most caught a first time does not easily
let itself be caught a second time , that
he remembers the pain he suffered , and
that he even lets his companions know
his cruel experience. This is easily
accounted for by their memory and
M. Semen gives an incident charac
teristic of the subject which shows
that certain fish have their memory
seconded by a particular gift of ob
servation. He had seen around a ship
in which he was sailing a number of
those curious fish called echineis remora -
mora , one of the peculiarities of which
is that on the top of the head they
have a kind of hook , which permits
them to attach themselves to a vessel
or to the belly of fish larger than
themselves. M. Semen wished to pro
cure some specimens and threw into
the water a hook baited with a piece
of crab. A first remora was soon
taken , but the others , having evidently
seen the capture , allowed the line to
be thrown into the water many times
without even touching it. They re
mained attached to the vessel , regard
ing with an indifferent eye the- most
succulent bits that could be offered
them. M. Semen renewed the experi
ment , and in no case could he capture
two remoras belonging to the same
band. These fish have evidently pow
ers of observation and a well-developed
From Judge : Beth was deeply in
terested in a weeping willow that her
father had planted the night before on
the lawn. "Come , mamma , hurry ! "
she called , as she looked from the sit
ing room window , "and see this cun
ning little tree with its hair all down. "
The Maid A man who has too many
wives is a bigamist , isn't he ? The
Bachelor Not necessarily. A bigamist
is a man who has two or more wives.
Bodily labor alleviates the pains of
the mind ; and hence arises the happi
ness of the poor. La Rochefoucauld
WORTHY OP HIS KIKE ,
PROSPERITY BRINGS A B1C
BOON TO LABOR.
Ono Hundred anil I'lfly Thousand Oper
atives Kecolvo Jncreuso of Wages ir
Iho Textile Factories of NtuKngluut
Tha wage-earner's share in the gen
eral prosperity is coming to him IE
liberal allotments. On top of the vasl
increase iu wages paid , as shown bj
the recent industrial census of the
American Protective Tariff league , cov
ering conditions as they existed in
March , 1899 , have come additional in
creases since that time which affecl
millions of men who work for wages
and other millions dependent Atpon
them. Last week some 60,000 opera
tives in the great cotton manufaeturlne
centers of New England were granted
a lioeral advance In wages. Next come
the 26,000 workers in the mills con
trolled by the American Woolen com
pany , who have just secured an in
crease of 10 per cent.
Last , and most significant of all ,
since it shows how irresistibly con
tagious Is the epidemic of higher
wages in prosperous times , and be
cause it brings the wage rate of that
section more nearly to a parity with
the wage rate of competing localities
in the north , comes the announcement
from Augusta , Ga. , that the cotton
manufacturers of that city are to raise
the wages of their 8,000 employes on
Jan. 1. This is regarded us an indica
tion that other mill men of the south
will also take action on the question.
Manufacturers in the north , with
very few excepions , now have granted
an advance , and the step has been
taken in spite of the knowledge that if
wages in the south remained
unchanged , New England manufactur
ers would be placed at a decided dis
advantage. The news from Georgia ,
therefore , is welcome intelligence to
It is estimated that by Jan. 1 from
a hundred and forty to a hundred and
fifty thousand cotton mill operatives
in the north will be working under an
advance of wages , and that the ad
vance in the south will bring the total
in the United States to above a hun
dred and sixty thousand.
All this is in perfect accord with
the claim that protection tends to
increase wages by increasing the sum
total of employment. The cotton and
woolen manufacturers of the United
States have a stronger grip than ever
before upon the great home market ,
with Its 75,000,000 of liberal buyers.
Hence the rise in wages. The connec
tion is obvious and indisputable.
Not Corn , but "Money to Hum. "
The free traders think that they are
kicking the high beam of humor when
they say that protectionists take to
themselves and to the policy which
they support the credit for the blessing
of abundant crops. By their so-called
"joking" along this line they hope to
distract attention from the very plain
and important fact that , although the
protective tariff does no take the place
of Providence and cause abundant
crops to grow , it does make the gifts
of Providence of some value by fur
nishing a market and a fair price for
the farmers' crops , however abundant.
In free trade days many western farm
ers , for lack of an opportunity to sell
their corn at even a decent pries , were
forced to burn it as firewood in order
to get any benefit from it. They had
corn to burn. Today , as always in
protective times , they sell their prod
ucts at a fair price , and have "money
to burn. " Good crops and no market
for them means tantalizing diasppoint-
ment. That is what free trade brings
to the farmer. Good crops with a good
market , a ready sale and fair prices
mean prosperity. That is what pro
tection gives the farmer. He may
choose between the two. The choice
ought to be an easy one , and there is
little chance that the western farmers
will have any hesitation in making
their decision. They have given con
siderable evidence that they think that
McKinleyism is good enough for them.
Small Cause for Comfort.
It is said that Mr. Bryan Is over
joyed at the election figures in Ne-
araska. We don't begrudge whatever
comfort he is able to get out of the re
sult. If the number of votes cast in
the state election for the fusion ticket
seems to suggest a compliment to
Bryan , the prosperity of the state un
der the McKinley policy of protection ,
as compared with the depression and
misery which existed there under the
3ryan policy of free trade , certainly re
flects the utmost discredit on Mr.
3ryan's pet policy. And it is not like-
y that the people of Nebraska will for
get from whence their prosperity came
when they come to vote on a national
policy in a national election.
A state can afford to compliment a
popular son at a state election. But
Nebraska may sing a different song in
1900. Whether she does or not , though ,
will make little difference. The rest
of the country will put a quietus on
Mr. Bryan and on the policy of free
trade , in which he believes. President
McKinley can take plenty of comfort
from the returns from the rest of the
country , and the business men of the
sountry can settle back in the assur-
ince of continued prosperity and the
surety that the country as a whole will
lot contemplate the possibility of
inother free trade experience.
They Toll a Cheering Story.
A recent issue of the South Bend
rribune , a newspaper which is thor-
aughly representative of Republican
sentiment in that garden spot region
Df prosperity and enlightenment , north-
Indiana , contains an interesting
budget of expressions by local business
men concerning the remarkable de
gree of business health which prevails
In that thriving city. The Tribune
"Besides business houses which have
come here many people have been
drawn In the general need of more
workmen of a good class In some ol
the factories. This has swelled th ?
population , which Is variously es
timated at from 33,000 to nearly 40-
000. It Is stated that the new city di
rectory presents enough names to make
the estimate of population over 39.000.
Few people are out of work if they
really desire to labor. Some factories
are running overtime with the largest
forces in their history , which , coupled
with the splendid state of commercial
interest , speaks volumes for South
Bend as an active , growing and pro
gressive business center. "
Uniform testimony to improved con
ditions and an increased volume of
business are given in these interviews
with the wholesale and retail mer
chants of South Bend. They all tell a
cheering story of the changes wrought
by "McKinley prosperity. "
Thoroughly inputted with Eryanllm
am ! Tn in many him.
Living in the same block in New
York city are three men who voted for
Bryan in 1896 , but who now unite in
declaring that they have had their fill
of Bryanism and Tammanyism , and
will no longer train with a crowd that
seeks to belittle the country's grant !
record of expansion , progress and pros
perity. These converts to Republican
ism write to the New York Sun as fol
"To the Editor of the Sun. Sir : We.
the undersigned , take great pleasure in
reading the brief but brave statement
of J. Maginnis in the Sun of Nov. 23
regarding the level head of our pres
ident , William McKinley , through all
the country's troubles since the begin
ning of the war with Spain and up to
the present time.
"We are three Democrats , living In
the one block , and we all voted for
Bryan in 1896. But listening to the
Tammany snarling at our system of
government , at our progression , at our
successes during our late two years *
wars and at our expansion , so nobly
acquired , and the doctrine of these
same Tammany masqueraders , dis
guised in the robes of independence ,
liberty and freedom , are in our estima
tion not safe for the country at large
"This country is now in the highest
condition of prosperity ever known ,
and why not let it continue on that
same road and keep the same good en
gineer at the throttle ?
"But the cry is , the workingman
doesn't prosper. We are workingmen ,
and we say they do , in spite of all the
great hordes of Italians and other
cheap imported labor. We will vote
for Mac next fall , and let well enough
alone. H. Nolan ,
"New York , Nov. 30. "
The signers of this declaration rep
resent a type of the average shrewd ,
level-headed American citizen , who can
be fooled sometimes , as he was in 1892 ,
but not all the time , and who finally
sets his thinking apparatus to work
and figures things out for himself. It
was inevitable that as a result of this
mental activity a change of political
predilection should occur. Such a
change has taken place , and is still go
ing on all over the country. The year
1899 has been a wonderful eye-opener.
There arc many thousands of men who
in 1900 will follow the program out
lined by Messrs. Nolan , Hart and Cas
sidy : "Vote for Mac next year a.id let
well enough alone. "
( iolden Hays In the IVcst.
The recent new discoveries of zinc
and lead in southern Missouri , which
have given a spur to industry all over
the state , is only one of the factors
which are giving an impetus to the
business and social development of this
section. The gold discoveries of Colorado
rado , Montana and other mining states ,
which are frequently chronicled , do
not attract much attention , but they
are contributing to the immense in
crease jn the production of that metal
in the United States which is taking
place every year , and which is likely
to score a bigger gain this year than
in any previous time since the Cali
fornia and Pike's Peak gold fields were
These are particularly halcyon days
for the western states. The great grain
crops are contributing their quota to
the sum of the factors which are mak
ing 1899 the most prosperous year
which the west has ever known. The
gains of this region are reflected in the
table of bank clearances published
every week , the returns of the earn
ings of the railroads centering in this
section , which are given to the public
occasionally , and the total of the trans
actions of the postoffices , which are
given out by the government every
month or two. The figures from the
postoffices , which have just been fur
nished from Washington , show a gain
in every western city , the increase in
some cases being almost without ex
ample in Its extent. St. Louis Globe-
Difference Between flood and Hud.
Out of these evidences of prosperity
can be drawn added reasons why In
telligent business and working men of
the country should give their support
to the party of sound money and pro
tection in every contest which arises ,
whether in city , or state , or nation.
The difference between good and bad
legislation can be estimated by the
difference between the good years we
are now enjoying and the bad years of
the Democratic regime. San Francisco
Up to this century the night before
Christmas In many villages special
watches wore told off to guard the
mlnco pies and other dainties against
thieves. This Christmas laro was enjoyed -
joyed In common during the merry
making that followed.
A Sunday school teacher telling her
class about Jacob's dream how In a
vision ho saw a ladder reaching from
earth to heaven , with angels walking
up and down. "But , " Interrupted the
youngest member of the class , "why
didn't they fly ? "
Wlufor Tour * .
Should you desire Information re
garding California , Arizona , Texas or
Mexico , and thn long limit , low rate ,
round-trip tickets , sold to principal
points , the various routes via which
the tickets can be purchased , or re
garding one way first and second-class
rates , through sleeping car lines ,
first-class and tourist , call upon or ad
dress W. G. Nelmyor , Gen'l Western
Agent , Southern Pacific Co. , 238
Clark St. , Chicago ; W. H. Connor ,
Com'l Agent , Chamber Commerce
Bldg. , Cincinnati , Ohio , or W. J. Berg.
Trav. Pass. Agt. , 220 Elllcott Sq. , Buf
falo , N. Y.
Important Invention * .
Patents have been allowed upon ap
plications prepared and prosecuted by
us for interesting subjects as follows :
To C. W. Cross , of Grinnell , for an
auxiliary air heater adapted to be con
nected with a stove in such a manner
that it will receive and direct the pro
ducts of combustion and aid in warm
ing and circulating air in a room , as
required to maintain ainiform tem
perature , by admitting cool air at Its
botom , heating it and discharging it at
us top. An undivided half Is assigned
to W. S. More of same place.
To J. Morgan , of Atlantic for a plant
planting machine adapted to be ad
vanced across a field by horses to set
out cabbage and tobacco plants In
rows at regular distances apart. A
boy on the machine hands plants in
succession to automatic plant holders
on a wheel and as the wheel revolves
it places the plants in a furrow in ad
vance of the wheel by a furrow opener
and furrow closers immediately cover
the roots and rollers pack the ground
around the roots. An undivided half
has been assigned to E. Whitney , of
Printed consultation an'l advice free.
THOMAS G. ORWIG & CO. ,
Registered Patent Attorneys.
Des Moines. Iowa , Dec. 27 , 1899.
A Boston Itlaii I'leasod.
In conversation with some friends ,
a prominent Boston man told of his
sufferings from rheumatism and ner
vousness , and one of his friends gave
him some advice , which will be men
tioned later , and which has proven
lo be of incalculable value.
To successful1 ! act on this advice ,
it WHS necessary to make a trip of
over 2,000 mlies , but he undertook it.
and now thanks his friend for the
advice , as he finds himself fully re
lieved of his old trouble and has re
turned to his home feeling able to
cope with his business demands , a
The advice given was to go to "Hot
Springs , " South Dakota , and there
take the baths and enjoy the finest cli
mate of any health resort in America.
If this man was satisfied after mak
ing a long trip , those residing within
a few hundred miles and similarly af
flicted can certainly afford to try it ,
or rather can't afford to neglect to
Ask any agent of the North-Western
Line for full particulars , or write
J. R. BUCHANAN ,
General Passenger Agent ,
F. E. & M. V. R. R. , Omaha , Neb.
If you have not tried Magnetic Starch
try it now. You will then use no other.
Half Kutos South via Omaha and St
I.tmls and AVahaHli Kouten.
On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each
month the above lines will sell home-
sicekers tickets to southern points for
one fare ( plus $2.00) round trip.
WINTER TOiJRIoi. RATES now
on sale to Hot Springs , Ark. , and all
the winter resorts at greatly RE
Remember the O. & St. u. and Wa-
bash. the shortest and quickest route
to St. Louis.
Remember the 0. & St. L. and O. .
K. C. & E. is the shortest route to
Quincy. Unexcelled service to Kansas
City and the south.
For rates , sleeping car accommoda
tion and all information ca i at the
QUINCY ROUTE OFFICE. 1413 Far-
nam St. ( Paxton Hotel block ) or writ
Harry E. Moores , City Passenger and
Ticket Agent. Omaha , Neb.
Among the patents issued last week
was one for an apparatus adapted to
inated sign ; while a
an electrically illum-
Ei obtained a patent for
"oasted. * .n Ohio man
coffee while being
fumes arising from
collect and utilize the
Nebraska Inventor obtained a patent
for a curiously constructed foot operat
Among the prominent manufacturers
buying patents were the following-
Griffin Wheel Co. . Chicago. 111.
Spotless Steam Sponger Co. . Cleve
American Turret Lath * Wks Co
Cincinnati , Ohio.
Mason Machine Works , Taunton
Calumet Tire Rubber Co. , Chicago ,
Veeder Mfg. Co. , Hartford. Conn.
Bali-Bearing Co. . Boston , Mass.
Campbell Printing Press & Mfcr Co
New York City.
Parties desiring free information as
to the method of procuring and selling
patents should address Sues & Co
Patent Lawyers , Bee Bldg. , Omaha'
A new kind of filter , designed to pur
ify the water supply of large cities , is
being tested at Evanston. 111. it is
the invention of Louis Gathmann , de
signer of the segmental wire-bound
gun , and consists of the mechanical
separation of impurities from water
by centrifugal force , on the principle of
i cream separator. An additional de-
rice kills by electricity any germs that
may have escaped.
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