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THIS HOUSE IOKEENT
"Just the thing ! " ejaculated David
He stood looking at the little Queen
Anne dovecote on Jackson boulevard
with eyes of critical commendation.
"Style neighborhood apparent
size all satisfactory , ' he murmured.
"Now I'll hunt up the key and take a
look at It. Let me see ! " He moved
nearer went up a few steps. There
was penciling in one corner of the
notice. "Key at cottage directly oppo
site , " he read. As fate would have it
the door of the cottage across the
street opened Just then. An old man
appeared. The sight of a stranger
scrutinizing the placard in the domi
cile to which he possessed the key
straightway interested him. He hob
bled over in an energetic manner.
"Beg pardon , sir. Lookin' for a
house ? Like to go through this one ? "
The stranger , who looked prosperous
and businesslike , turned at once.
"Yes , I fancy it Is about what I re
quire. I will see it now If you have
the key. "
"No time like the present , sir , " re
turned the old chap cheerfully. He
made a dive into his pocket and
brought up a bunch of string , half a
dozen matches , some silver change and
a corpulent rubber doll. "This here's
my grandchild's , " he explained , "but
I don't know how it got into my
pocket. " A second swoop brought to
light the fugitive key. "Now , if you'll
go right in , sir , I'll wait here a spell.
3 judge folks can make up their minds
bettor when they ain't hampered by
company. I'll wait here. "
So Gregory took the extended key ,
opened the door , and inspected from
cellar to roof the romantic abode.
"Good ! " he said to himself. "Elec
tric light wood grates stationary re
frigerator gas range. All is quite as
it should be. I'll take it. "
This he repeated to the patient in
dividual perched on the steps with
"You are the owner , I suppose ? "
"Yes , sir. To speak rightly it's in
the old lady's name , but what's hers
is mine , you know. " His senile old
laugh cackled out on the blue air.
"Fifty dollars a month that's it. A
deposit ? Well , it's customary. Thank
you , sir. And this is your card and
office address. I'll bring the contract
around one of these days. "
"You'll see that the placard is taken
down ? "
"I'll attend to that yes , sir. And
what's that ? "
"That" was a piercing yell from the
cottage across the street.
"Pa ! " it wailed. " 0 , pa ! She's
swallowed a thimble or someth-i-ng.
O , pa ! "
The old man limped down the steps
in trembling haste.
"It's my grandchild ! " the explana
tory wail drifted back to Gregory. '
was showing you her. rubber doll. I'm
coming , ma I'm coming. "
The frantic female on the threshold
sent him running for a physician. By
the time the doctor had come and re
moved the obstruction in the child's
throat the minor matter of having
i en ted the residence across the way
had quite escaped the memory of old
Isaac Harvey , . "Now you get good
and ready , " his wife advised , "and
lake this child straight out to Park-
side to Sarah. Tell her we'd like to
keep Armadora with us right along ,
but that , what with her scalding her
self the day before yesterday trying to
give the cat a bath , and getting out
en the roof to fire down the chimney
bricks that was yesterday and swal
lowing all kinds of things today , that
to keep her longer here will give me
nervous prostration. Tell our daugh
ter that. And tell her , too , that Ar
madora ain't much different from what
she was at the same age. Now you go ,
Whereat pa obediently went.
And during his absence his amiable
but much-tried spouse rented the
house that was her particular property
to one Mr. William Hazleton.
"There were two keys hanging G
here , " she remarked in bewilderment.
"I suppose he's got one in his pocket. t
Pa's memory ain't what it used to be.
Yes $50. And a deposit down , sir , if tlI
it suits you. " I
"It suits , " he decided twenty minutes I
utes later. He handed her in the key. c.
"I can have possession , I suppose , be S
fore the 1st of May ? "
"Any time , sir. Ten ? That's all G
right , thank you. Yes , I'll take the Gsi
placard down. " si
Which she soon after did.
Now , Isaac Harvey , while engaged in s
transferring his audacious small G
granddaughter to the home of her
parents , was foolish enough to fling s
his overcoat back and stand enjoying hsi
the lake breezes on the platform of the si
car as the Illinois Central train rushed sitl
southward. In the meantime Miss tl
Armadora flattened her nose against g
the window pane , which looked out
upon the pulsing bluegreenwaters , n
just freeing themselves from winter n
bondage. This rashness on the part
of Mr. Harvey was promptly paid for t\
by his going to bed with a chill on re
his arrival at Parkside. Pneumonia ir
supervened before he could return t to
home. It is really unnecessary to say e1
more of Mr. Harvey. tl :
But during his enforced absence IE
from home fate was playing tricks be C (
hind his back. Who would have supposed Vi
posed that the mother of David Gregory al
ory would be called east on business it
and the three interesting cherubs of ir
William Hazleton's sister succumb to
mumps on the same day ?
"Don't worry , " David advised his
mother , as he saw her on board the .
Pennsylvania limited. "I'll get the fur
niture Into the new place If you're not '
back in time. One can pay competent
packers to attend to that sort of thing St
nowadays. It will be all right. " And
away went the train.
"Mumps ! " echoed William Hazleton
when he called at his sister's. "And
Rodney away ? And the moving to be
done ? All three of them down phew !
Well , I'll get the first load in and the
carpets down. I'm on duty now until
the afternoon. You look after the
babies. I'll see to the rest. "
"You're the dearest boy , Will "
"That's all right. You're lucky I
picked up the place for you. If you
were to wait until Rodney got home
everything desirable would be gob
bled up. This little nest will suit you
and your blessed trinity down to the
ground see if it doesn't ! '
So it happened on one Inspiring
spring morning , when the lake was
blue and the sky bluer and the air
rosily golden , that a furniture van
pulled up before the Queen Anne cot
"This house , driver ! " called David
The van backed up to the sidewalk
just as a furniture van crawled lazily
from the opposite direction.
A slim young man came striding
along the sidewalk and paused on the
sidewalk before the canary yellow cot
tage. He twirled his cane watching
the advancing wagon. It came creep
ing along after the manner of con
veyances hired by the hour.
"Hi , driver here ! " called Hazleton ,
and pointed with his cane. That other
van there ! Some one else was moving
In the same block. He turned , draw
ing a key from his pocket. He went
up the steps and met David Gregory
"Mr. Hazleton ! " ejaculated Gregory.
"Mr. Gregory ! " exclaimed Ha2leton.
"May I ask what brings you here ? "
demanded Gregory magnificently.
From his point of vantage on the
higher step he looked down on the in
"Certainly , sir. I have rented this
house , sir. "
"Rented nothing ! I have made a
payment on the rent of this house ,
"On what date , may I ask ? " The
tone was icily polite.
"You are at liberty to ask. " The
other was consulting his notebook. He
held an open page extended. "This is
the date , sir , " he said.
"Ah ! The very day upon which I
decided the house , would suit me. I
keep no notebooks , but I have a mem
ory , thank goodness. "
"I also. " There was a significant
glare in the eyes of the speaker. "I
reserve my memory , however , to recall
personal deceit , sir the deceit of one
formerly esteemed a friend. "
The blue sky deepened in tint. The
rose sunshine grew warmer.
"You refer to me , I presume ? "
"I refer to you. "
Then were fierce glances exchanged
and angry looks bandied. Then was
wrath rampant. Then did belligerency
impend. None , noting the antagonistic
attitude , demeanor , expression of both ,
would have dreamed that three short
months ago they had been "Dave" and
"Will" to each other , and had taken to
upon themselves the roles of the ic-
doutable Damon and Pythias. But this
was before each discovered the other
was in love -with Alerta Ray.
"I rented this house ! " declared Mr. In
"I rented it ! " asserted Mr. Hazle
It does not make a difference wheie
the accent is placed. Mr. Gregory's
being on the verb , and that of Mr.
Hazleton on the personal pronoun
clashed , and like striking files emitted
sparks. ] of
"On the 28th of March , " avowed Mr.
"On the 28th of March , " solemnly
stated Mr. Hazleton.
"At the house across the street ,
where I paid a deposit ! " roared Mr.
"It was there I paid a deposit ! " in ly
sisted : Mr. Hazleton. And now it was bi
his turn to place emphasis on the personal di
sonal pronoun. y
"Say , boss ! " The appeal came from is
the curbstone. "Where does this truck in
go ? " IS
'You-h , mistah ! " came another Bi
mellifluous shriek. "Wha-h you want ta
me to tote dem chayahs ? " taCi
Whereat the two men on the steps Ci
turned with one accord upon the two
men on the sidewalk , and in language
inelegant but expressive abjured them
hold their respective tongues. But
jven while they were in the midst of .
heir vituperation which certainly
nust have served as a safety valve a and
oupe , driven slowly along the boule- °
rard. drew up'before the Queen Anne sp
ibode. From the window a charm- Wi .
ng face looked forth , a young , glow- the .
ng face , full of interest and pleasure. its .
"Alerta Ray ! " breathed Gregory. 1S
"Alerta Ray ! " whispered Hazleton.
The door of the coupe swung back.
spruce young fellow handed out a
jayly gowned figure. The folds of her half
'pastel" gown a dull , entrancing blue diM
trailed after her as she came up the M :
steps. Her chiffon hat curved over ca
a sparkling face. The rosy tint of her
fresh cheeks glowed through her veil
like a peach in a net-covered basket.
"Mr. Gregory ! Mr. Hazleton ! Why ,
what a surprise ! "
A trifle bewildered , the men bared
their heads and clasped the little glov
ed hand so cordially extended.
"How is it wo meet you here ? " she
rattled on. "George engaged this
house O , I beg your pardon , dear !
Permit me to make formal introduc
tions ! I do not think either of you
gentlemen have met my husband , Mr.
Millard indeed , it Is not the function
one expects our wedding. To be
frank , " blushing and dimpling de
lightfully , "we eloped. And now ,
George Mr. Gregory Mr. Hazleton ,
George ! how stupid I am growing !
now that Mr. Millard has taken this
dear little place I can almost feel ro
mantic. Here it will not be so diffi
cult to imagine that we are actually
"Bowered In roses and covered with
After the fun of a runaway match !
"Eh , George ? "
She looked up at her husband with
"You are always right , dear. The
agent on La Salle street was not sure
that the place might be rented by other
parties before we got out. Come
He produced a key from which a
paper tag dangled. Seeing the door
open , he put it back in his pocket. His
pretty wife had reached the topmost
step and was looking down upon the
waiting vans and the impatient driv
"To whom do all these things be
long , Georgie ? "
"Not to you nor I love. We have the
pleasant task of selection still before
us. Come in and see your new-found
kingdom. Then , 'Welcome home ! '
he said , and the two without heard
distinctly the sound of a long kiss.
They looked blankly at one another.
"She told me there was another
man , " whispered Gregory. "I thought
she meant you. "
"She told me the same , " groaned
Hazleton. "I never dreamed of any
one but you ! "
"Will ! "
"Dave ! " Their hands met.
"What a pair of fools we-ve been ! "
commented Gregory. "I rented the
house for my mother. "
"And I for my sister. "
"All we can do now is to have the
furniture carted back. "
"And hunt up other residences. "
"And have the old duck refund our
deposits if he will. "
" 0 , never mind about that ! Let's
send those poor devils off. "
"And then go and dine at the club
"I'm with you'olfl boy ! "
They were gazing at the departing
vans , when from the house came a
silvery peal of laughter. The men
looked at each other.
'If she be not fair for me , " began '
"What care I how fair she be , " con
There was a rustle of a silk-lined
skirt in the vestibule. Two pairs of
feet clattered down the steps. Two
manly forms strode off side by side.
"We were sold ! " declared Gregory.
"At a fire sale ! " agreed Hazleton.
Europeans trading in China are re
duced to great straits for money. Eng
lish gold will always pass ; but is
scarce. In large trading undertakings ,
bars of pure gold , weighing thirteen
ounces are recognized as official ex
change. Gold leaf is used by bankers
for smaller amounts. Inland , where
gold of any kind is rarely seen , horse
shoe-shaped pieces of silver , weighing
five to fifty ounces , are used. Some
trading corporations have been forced
, issue bank notes and tokens made of
bamboo slips ; but the mistrustful
Chinaman is very chary of accepting
these , so their circulation is limited to
one town , sometimes to a single street.
the new colony of Urganda , west
the great African lakes , there was
practically no qoinage but shells. As
these are bulky , and therefore incon
venient , Europeans have started a
new system. Needles and cloth are
now current every where. Three needles
will purchase one chicken , one needle
two eggs , whilst a cow cost fifty yards
cotton cloth. Shells , however , con- ,
tinue to do duty as small change , as
many as a hundred going to one
needle. I a j
New Bishop of Columbus.
The Rt. Rev. Henry Moeller.the new
appointed Catholic bishop of Colum
bus , has been chancellor of the arch
diocese of Cincinnati for over twenty
years. He was born in Cincinnati in
1840 , and was one of the first students
the American College at Rome. In
1879 he left his pastoral duties at i
Bellefontaine , Ohio , to become secretary y
tary to Bishop Chatard. Since 1880 he titi
has been with Archbishop Elder of tiSI
Spins Nearly an Hoar. I
A Providence ( R. I. ) man has in
vented a top which will spin 48 min ut (
utes , is of steel , three inches across , St
the Inventor has made nearly 100 StOi
tops trying to form one which would Oiri
spin a full hour. An ordinary twirl riri
with the fingers is sufficient to spin tl
top ten or fifteen minutes. But tc
best work is done when the affair tch'
wound with twine three feet or so.
Dick "I lost $50,000 in less than
a minute last night. " Fred "How
it happen ? " Dick "I proposed to tic
Miss Bullion and she ' ' "
said 'No. Chicago
NEW JERUSALEM. LAST SUN
Xliero Will Bo Xo Parting from Ono
Another In the Ueavonly Kingdom
Its Glorlet Surpass Human Power of
[ Copyright , 1000 , by Louis Klopsch. ]
Text , I Corinthians ii , 9 , "Eye hath
not seen nor ear heard , neither have
entered into the heart of man , the
things which God hath prepared for
them that love him. "
The city of Corinth has been called
"the Paris of antiquity. " Indeed , for
splendor the world holds no such won
der today. It stood on an isthmus
washed by two seas , the one sea bring
ing the commerce of Europe , the other
sea bringing the commerce of Asia.
From her wharfs , in the construction
of which whole kingdoms had been
absorbedwar galleys with three banks
of oars pushed out and confounded the
navy yards of. all the world. Huge
handed machinery , such as modern in
vention cannot equal , lifted ships from
the sea on one side and transported
them on trucks across the isthmus and
set them down in the sea on the other
The revenue officers of the city went
down through the olive groves that
lined the beach to collect a tariff from
all nations. The mirth of all people
sported in her isthmian games , and
the beauty of all lands sat in her theaters -
ters , walked her porticoes and threw
itself on the altar of her stupendous
dissipations. Column and statue and
temple bewildered the beholder. There
were white marble fountains into
which from apertures at the side there .
rushed waters everywhere known for '
health-giving qualities. Around thes
basins , twisted into wreaths of stone ,
there were all the beauties of sculp
ture and architecture , while standing ,
as if to guard the costly display , was
a statue of Hercules of burnished Cor
inthian brass. Vases of terra cotta
adorned the cemeteries of the dead
vases so costly that Julius Caesar was
not satisfied until he had captured
them for Rome. Armed officials , the
Corintharii , paced up and down to see
that no statue was defaced , no pedes
tal overthrown , no has relief touched
From the edge of the city a hill arose
with its magnificent burden of col
umns , towers and temples (1,000 ( slaves
waiting at one shrine ) , and a citade
so thoroughly impregnable that Gib
raltar Is a heap of sand compared with
it. Amid all that strength and mag
nificence Corinth stood and defied the
Oh , it was not to rustics , who had
never seen anything grand , that Paul
uttered this text. They had heard the
best music that had come from the
best Instruments in all the world ; they
had ] heard songs floating from morn
ing porticoes and melting in evening
groves ; they had passed their whole
lives among pictures and sculp
ture and architecture and Corinthian
brass , which had been molded and
shaped until there was no chariot
wheel in which it had not sped , and
no tower in which It had not glittered ,
and no gateway that it had not adorn
ed. Ah , it was a bold thing for Paul
to stand there amid all that and say :
All this is nothing. These sounds
that come from the temple of Neptune
are not music compared with the har
monies of which I speak. These wat
ers rushing in the basin of Pyrene are
not pure. These statues of Bacchus
and Mercury are not exquisite. Your
citadel of Acrocorinthus is not strong
compared with that which I offer to
the poorest slave that puts down his
burden at that brazen gate. You Cor
inthians think this is a splendid city.
You think you have heard all sweet
sounds and seen all beautiful sights ,
but I tell you eye hath not seen nor
ear heard , neither have entered into
the heart of man , the things which
God hath prepared for them that love i
Beyond Onr Conception.
You see my text sets forth the idea
that , however exalted our ideas of
heaven , they come far short of the
reality. Some wise men have been cal
culating how many furlongs long and
wide is the new Jerusalem , and they
have calculated how many inhabitants
there are on the earth , how long the
earth will probably stand , and then
they come to this estimate : That after
all the nations have been gathering to
heaven , there will be room for each
soul , a room 16 feet long and 15 feet
wide. It would not be large enough
for you. It would not be large enough
for me. I am glad to know that no hu
man estimate is sufficient to take the
dimensions. "Eye hath not seen , nor
ear heard , " nor arithmeticians cal
I first remark that we can get no
idea of the health of heaven. When
you were a child , and you went out in
the morning , how you bounded along
the road or street you had never felt
sorrow or sickness. Perhaps later you it
felt a glow in your cheek and a spring
your step and an exuberance of
spirits ] and a clearness of eye that
made you thank God you were permit
ted to live. The nerves were harp
strings and the sunlight was a doxology -
ogy , and the rustling leaves were the
rustling of the robes of a great crowd
rising up to praise the Lord. You
thought that you knew what it was
be well , but there is no perfect
health on earth. The diseases of past
generations came down to us. The
airs that now float upon the earth are
not like those which floated above par for
adise. They are charged with impu "
rities and distempers. The most elas
and robust health of earth , com Bi
pared with that which those experi
ence before whom the gates have been
opened , is nothing but sickness and so
emaciation. Look at that soul standIng -
Ing before the throne. On earth she
was a life-long invalid. See her step
now and hear her voice now. Catch ,
if you can , one breath of that celestial
air. Health in all the pulses health
of vision , health of spirits , immortal
health. No racking cough , no sharp
pleurisies , no consuming fevers , no ex
hausting pains , no hospitals of wound
ed men. Health swing In the air ,
health flowing In all the streams ,
health blooming on the banks. No
hea'daches , no side aches , no back
aches. That child that died in the
agonies of croup , hear her voice now
ringing In the anthem. That old man
that went bowed down with the in
firmities of age , see him walk now
with the step of an Immortal athlete
forever young again. That night
when the needlewoman fainted away
in the garret , a wave of the heavenly
air resuscitated her forever. For
everlasting years to have neither ache ,
nor pain , nor weakness , nor fatigue.
"Eye hath not seen it , ear hath not
heard it. "
fie Separation There.
In this world we only meet to part.
It is good-by , good-by. Farewells
floating in the air. We hear it at the
rail car windows and at the steamboat
wharf good-by. Children lisp it , and
old age answers it. Sometimes we say
it in a light way "good-by" and
sometimes with anguish in which the
soul breaks down good-by ! Ah , that '
is the word that ends the thanksgiving
banquet . , that is the word that comes
in to close the Christmas chant. Good-
by , good-by. But not so in heaven.
Welcomes in the air , welcomes at the
gates , welcomes at the house of many
mansions , but no good-by. That group
Is constantly being augmented. They
are going up from our circles of earth
to join in little voices to join the
anthem , little hands to take hold in
the great home circle , little feet to
dance in the eternal glee , little crowns
to be cast down before the feet of Je
sus. Our friends are in two groups a
group this side of the river and a
group on the other side of the river.
Now there goes one from this to that
and another from this to that.and soon
we will all be gone over. How many of
your loved ones have already entered
upon that blessed place ? If I should
take paper and pencil , do you think I
could put them all down ? Ah , my
friends , the waves of Jordan roar so
hoarsely we cannot hear the joy on
the other side when that group is aug
Reunion Beyond the Grave.
Unbelief says , "They are dead , and
they are annihilated , " but blessed be
God we have a Bible that tells us different - '
ferent ! We open it , and we find they
are neither dead nor annihilated that .
they never were so much alive as now
that they are only waiting for our
coming and that we shall join them
on the other side of the river. Oh ,
glorious reunion , we cannot grasp it
now ! "Eye hath not seen , nor ear
heard , neither have entered into the
heart of man , the things which God s
hath prepared for them that love
What a place of explanation it will °
be ! I see every day profound myste
ries of providence. There is no ques
tion we ask oftener than Why ? There
are hundreds of graves in Greenwood
and Laurel Hill that need to be ex
plained. Hospitals for the blind and
lame , asylums for the idiotic and ini
sane , almshouses for the destitute and
a world of pain and misfortune that .
demand more than human solution.
God will clear it all up. In the light
that pours from the throne no dark
mystery can live. Things now utterly
inscrutable will be illumined as plain
ly as though the answer was written
on the jasper wall or sounded in the
temple anthem. Bartimeus will thank p
God that he was blindand Joseph that
he was cast into the pit , and Daniel
that he denned with the lions , and to
Paul that he was humpbacked , and Data
vid that he was driven from Jerusay
lem , and that invalid , that for twenty Ute
years he could not lift his head from to
the pillow , and that widow , that she th
had such hard work to earn bread for fo
her children. The song will be all the di
grander for earth's weeping eyes and diBe
aching heads and exhausted hands sh
and scourged backs and martyred sa
agonies. But we can get no idea of bj
that anthem here. We appreciate the wide
power of secular music , but do we ap do
preciate the of sacred
power song ? at
There is nothing more
inspiring to ex
me than a whole congregation lifted exAi
on the wave of holy melody. When 30
we sing some of those dear old 30wl
Psalms and tunes , they rouse all the tri
memories of the past. Why , some of triwl
them were cradle songs in our father's sic
house ! They are all sparking with nc
the morning dew of a thousand Chris is
tian Sabbaths. They were sung by op
brothers and sisters gone now , by of
voices that were aged and broken in lei
the music , voices none the less sweet of
because they did tremble and break. wi
The IMiiHlc of Heaven. no
When I hear these old songs sung , mi
seems as if all the old country meet fri
ing houses joined in the chorus and homi
city church and sailor's bethel and mi
western cabins until the whole conti th
nent lifts the doxology and the scep do
ters of eternity beat time In the music. Pi <
Away , then , with your starveling it
tunes that chill the devotions of the teat
sanctuary and make the people sit si ? o
lent when Jesus is marching on to nii
victory. When generals come back skin
from victorious wars , do we not cheer an
them and shout , "Huzza , huzza ? " And cu
when Jesus In. ?
passes along in the con
quest of the earth , shall we not have
him one loud , ringing cheer ?
"All hail the power of Jesus' name ! to
Let angels prostrate fall , gn
Bring forth the royal diadem Re
And crown him Lord of all. "
But , my friends , if music on earth is
S7\eet , what will it be in heaven ? !
They all know
the best singers children
Join it-choirs of white robed
choirs of apes
choirs of patriarchs ,
. Harpers with
, Great anthems
Joining * * bar
* m-other ! empires
all full and
mony till the thrones are p
the nations all saved.
touch anthem , chorus Join
earth and heaven
all the sweet sounds
the ear of
en be poured into
. l a-
David of the harp
briel of the trumpet
Germany redeemed will pour its deep
bass voice into the song , and Africa
music with her matchless
will add to the
less voices. I wish in our closing
hymn today we might catch an echo
that slips from the gates. Who knows
but that when the heavenly door opens
today to let some soul through there
of the jubilant
may come forth the strain
lant voices until we.catch It ? Oh ,
that as the song drops down from
heaven It might meet half way a song
coming up from earth.
They rise for the doxology , all the
multitude of the blest ! Let us rise
with them , and so at this hour the joys
of the church on earth and the joys of
the church in heaven will mingle their
chalices , and the dark apparel of our
mourning will seem to whiten Into the
spotless raiment of the skies. God
grant that through the mercy of our
Lord Jesus we may all get there ! *
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ " "
MONKEYS OF MAURITIUS.
Keep Their "Wise Human-I-ookliif ; Heads
Nothing can be more beautiful than
the view from the back veranda at
"Reduit , " as the fine country govern
ment house built by the Chevalier de
la Brillane for the governors of Mauri
tius more than a century ago is called.
Before you spreads an expanse of Eng
lish lawn only broken by cfumps of
gay foliaged shrubs or beds of flowers ,
and behind that again is the wooded
edge of the steep ravine , where the
mischievous "jackos" hide , who come
up at night to play havoc with the su
gar canes on its opposite side. The only
day of the week on which they ven
tured up was Sunday afternoon , when
all the world was silent and sleepy. It
used to be my delight to watch from
an upper bed-room window the stealthy
appearance of the old sentinel mon
keys who first peered cautiously up
and evidently reconnoltered the ground
thoroughly. After a few moments of
careful scouting a sort of chirrup
would be heard , which seemed the
signal for the rest of the colony to
tumble tumultuously up the bank.
Such games as then started among the
young ones , such antics and tumblings
and rompings ! but all the time the sen
tinels never relaxed their vigilance.
They spread like a cordon round the
gamboling young ones and kept turn
ing their horribly wise human-look
ing heads from side to side incessantly , X
only picking and chewing a blade of/ * "
grass now and then. The mothers
seemed < to keep together , and doubtless
gossiped ' , but let my old and perfectly
harmless skye terrier toddle round the
corner ' of the veranda , and each female
would dart into the group of playing
monkeys , seize her property by the
nearest leg , toss It over her shoulder
and quicker than the eye could follow
should would have disappeared down
the ravine. The sentinels had uttered
their warning cry directly , but they
always remained until the very last
and , retreated in good order , though
there was no cause for alarm , as "Box
er's" thoughts were on the peacocks ,
apt to trespass at
those silent and un
guarded hours , and not on the mon
keys at all. Cornhill.
QUEER FOX-HOUNDS IN MAINE
Peculiar Breed Evolved by the Needs
of Aroostook County.
The three chief products of Aroos
took county , Maine , are said to be po
tatoes , politicians and red foxes. A
year ago Charles E. Oak of Caribou ,
Land Agent and Forest Commissioner
for Maine , told a legislative committee
that his country could furnish 100,000
fox pelts a year for ten years without
diminishing the supply. Hunters from
Boston and Worcester , Mass. , who have
shot and trapped foxes in Aroostook ,
say that Mr. Oaks' estimate is too low
half. The great wine-red fox that
will run for days without tiring ; that
doubles and turns to laugh at the dogs ,
and then goes on refreshed from the
exercise , reaches fullest perfection in
Aroostook county. Of the 20,000 or
30,000 foxes taken in Aroosfook this
winter , more than half were caught in
traps. Nearly all the others were shot
while running before the patient and
slow-footed hounds that abound in
northern Maine. The Maine foxhound
a hunting machine that was devel
oped for a certain purpose. The result
fifty years' breeding is a short-
legged , deep-chested , slow-running race
dogs that will run day and night
without tiring , a breed that will an
foxes and cause them to run in \
more or less restricted circles , and
frighten them enough to cause them to
hole. The Maine
to be of value
must also be taught to hunt singly , so
that ; if a hunter takes out a half-dozen
dogs for a day's hunt every dog will C
pick up a track of his own and follow
to the death.
It is not a surprising
for a hunter with six hounds to
out In the morning
and return at
night with ten or twelve
pelts. As the
of the Aroostook red fox Is worth
mywhere from $1.25
to $2.50 , the
upation is profitable /
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