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FOOL FOR LOVE
By FRANCIS LYNDS
AUTBOK OV THB GR1FTIRS." BTa
. CKAPTEK Vlil. ContinmedL
Bat Mr. Darrah chatted on, affably
on-committal. and after a time Win
wa began to upbraiu himself far sus
pecting the alienor motive. Jy no
word or hist did the vice president
refer to the streggie pendent between
ahe two companies or to the warlike
incident of the morning. And when
he finally .rose to excuse himself on a
tetter-writing plea, his leave-taking
was that of the genial host reluctant
to part company with his guest
"I've enjoyed your conve'sati-n.
eh; enjoyed it right much. Most
nappy to have had the pleasure of
your company, Misteh Winton. May I
hope job will faveh us often whila
we are neighbors?"
Winton rose, made the proper cc
Jmowledgments. and would have
'iroseed the compartment to make hii
adieux to Mrs. Carteret But at tb.it
moment Virginia, taking advantage of
. Adams' handshaking with the Rajah,
"Yob re not going yet, are you. Mr.
Wiatoa? Don't hurry. If you are
tying to smoke a pips, as Mr. Adam?
-aya yon are. we can go out on the
platform. It isn't too cold. Is it?"
Not the words themsc ves, but uer
.manner of saying them, warmed him
o suddenly tnat an Arctic winter's
sight would not have been prohib
itory. "It Is clear and frosty, a beautiful
algut." he hastened to say. "May I
help you with your coat?"
She suffered him, but in the height
jf the heart-warming glow gave him
-j cold dourhs Ir. a word to Bessie.
"Won't y-- come, too, Bessie, dear?"
he asked: and Winton set the whole
battery ef h!s will at work to fend
uff the threatened calamity.
Happl.y, it averted itself. Miss Bes-
io was quite comfortable as she was
And begged to be excused. Mrs. Car-
"teret la her capacity of chaperon
.looked askance at Virginia, was met
y a glance cf the resolute brown eyss
which she had come to obey wi'hout
i fully understanding, and contented
berself - a monitory: "Don't stay
ut too long, Virginia. It is dreadful
So presently Winton had his heart's
ieslre. which was to be alone with
Virginia; alone, we say. though the
privacy of tne square railed platform
was that of tbe ear only. For the
gatbering-rcom of the Rosemary, with
Its lights and eye3. gave directly upon
the rtar platform throri;h the two
full-length windows and the glas3
Now In whatsoever aspect the moun
tain skyland preheats itself and its
jspetts are numberless that of a
starlit winter night, when the heaven
Sights burn clear in a black dome for
which the mighty peaks themselves
are the visible supports, is not the
least impressive. So. for a littls
time, awe challenging avre in these
two had much in common, tongue and
lip were silent, and when they spoke
it was of the immensities.
. "Does your profession often open
jtuch wide doors to you, Mr. Winton?"
It gave him an exquisite thrill to
know that her mood marched so even
ly with his own.
"Outride cf the oflice work, which
t have always evaded when I could,
the doors are all pretty wide. One
year I was on the Mexican boundary
survey you can picture tnoae sil nt
nights In the desert Another time
was with the Geodetic on the coast;
since that winter the booming of the
jurf has been tbe constant undertone
for mecin all music"
"Ah. yes, in music You must love
music If you can associate it with
"I do. Indeed. I would build it the
grandest of the temples, though I
should be only a mute lay-worshiper
in it myself."
She smiled. "That temple must al
ways have two high priests, one who
prophesies and one who interprets. I
' can't play without a sympathetic lis
tener." "I wish you might play for me
sometime. You would have to be very
exacting if you could find fault with
"Would I? But we are riding away
on my hobby after we had fairly
He laughed. "Mine Is only a heavy
cart-horse, not fit for riding." he said.
"You shouldn't say that It is a
maa's work yours." And be made
sue there was a note of reeret in her
voice when she added: "So woman
can ever share it with you, or help
you in it"
"I'-should be sorry to believe that."
be rejoined, quickly. "Tbe best part
of any man's work may b3 shared by
the woman who wills and dares."
Sbe gave him a ittls glance of
"How strangely chance whips us
about from post to pillar. Two even
ings ago I was foolish enough to
.well, you know what I did. And now
we have changed placss and you are
telling me what a woman may do If
"But he would not admit the .prem
ises. "If tbe one were foolish, so 13
the other. But I can't allow that to
- stand. I shall always be the better
. for what you- said to me the other
"I don't know why you should; you
dldnt need it In the least." she pro-
tested. "If I had known then what
I know now. I should have said some
thing quite different"
"Say it ao-r. If you wish."
' "May 17 But i nave no ngnt. Be
sides, it would sound like the basest
. of. recantations."
"Woald it? Nevertheless, I should
like te hear if
fce Vrrved berself for the plunge
-.her nncle's plunge doubting more
"Yoar part la the building of this
other- railrcad is purely a business af
fair, is it aotr
"My peraeaal interest? Quite so; a
mere matter of dollars and cents, you
She went on. entirely missing the
irony In his reply.
"You did not know the difficulties
before you came .here?"
"Oniy in a general way. I knew
there was opposition, and well, I'm
not just a novice in this sort of thing,
and if I may be allowed to boast a
little. I knew my appointment was
owing to Mr. Callowell's belief In my
ability to carry it through."
"You are not smoking," she said.
"Haven't you your piper She was
finding It desperately hard to 'go on.
"If you don't mind," he returned;
but when he had pipe and tobacco in
hand she plunged again.
"You say your interest In this other
railroad your personal interest is
only that of of an employe. If you
should have another offer, from some
other company "
He smiled. "Put yourself In my
place. Miss Virginia. "What would
She tried to think It out, and in
the process the doubt grew and over
"I I don't know." she faltered.
"If, as you say. it is only a question
of so much money to be earned "
He started as if she struck him
with a whip.
"That is not your argument; It Is
Mr. Damn's." Then his voice took
a deeper tone that thrilled her till
she wanted to cry out "Don't 'say
you want me to give up; pleasa don't
say that I think I have been putting
HE OPENED THE
yon on a pedestal these last two days.
Miss Carteret You know well enough
what is involved honor, integrity,
good faith, everything a man values,
or should valu?. I was only jesting
when I spoke of the day-pay; that is
nothing. I can't believe you would
ask such a sacrifice of me of any
The brown eyes met his fairly, and
it was net Mr. Somerville Darrah's
confederate who said: "Indeed. I do
not ask it Mr. Winton. I see now
hcv impossible it would be for yon
to " she stopped short, and leaving
tbe sentence' in the air. bezan again.
"But it is only fair that you should
have your warning, and I'm going to
give it to you. My uncle will leave
no stone unturned to defeat you."
He was still looking into her eyes,
and so had courage, to say what came
"I don't care. I shall fight him as
hard as I can. but I stall always be
his debtor for this evening. Do you
She broke the eye-hold and turnsd
"You must not come again," she
"But I sball as often as I may.
And as to the railway tussle, Mr.
Darrah may take it out of me as he
pleases from sunrise to sunset, if he
will only invite me here to dinnei
notr and then."
In a flash iter mood changed and
she laughed lightly.
"Who would think If of you, Mr.
Winton! Of all men I should have
said you were the last to care so
much for the social diversions. Shall
we go in?"
When the Maharajah Gaekwar of
Baroda visited the congressional li
brary in Washington he was naturally
greatly interested in that vast and
excellent collection of books.
"How long," he asked Herbert Put
nam, "would It take a man to read all
these books?" Mr. Putnam smilingly
replied that no one could ever begin
to read all the books In, .the library.
some 2,000,000 in number. Then he made
a rough calculation. He told the ma
harajah that it had been estimated that
no man, in the course of the average
lifetime of 70 years, could read more
than 8,000 books. Therefore, figuring
on 2.000,000 In the library of congress,
a man would have to have 250 life
times of 70 years each to get through
with all of the books, and that would
mean 17.500 years.
It we mast; tat art eatil I have
thanked yea for year timely 'bint el
yesterday morning. It saved me me
end ef trouble."
"The telegram? Mr. Adams seat,
that And besides. It was meant to be
"I hare ao doubt Adams seat, the
wire, but he dlda't write It Or. If
he did, he also wrote oar invitation
to dinner. They are in the aaae
hand, you know." ..
She laughed again. "I think it -is
quite time we were going In." she
averred, and he opened the door for
If Mr. John Winton, C. R. stood in
need of a moral tonic, as Adams had
so delicately intimated to Miss Bessie
Carteret, it was . administered In
quantity sufficient before he slept on
the night of dinner-givings.
For a char-eyed Tecbnologian, free
from all heart-trammelings and able
to grasp the unsentimental fact, the
enemy's new plan of campaign wrote
itself quite legibly. With his pick
and choice among the time-killing ex
pedients the Rajah could scarcely
have found one more to his purpose
than the private car Rosemary, in
cluding 'in its passenger list a Miss
Virginia Carteret There would be
more dinners and social diversions:
other procrastinations like this of
neglecting to look after the consign
ment of steel which, by the by. was
not yet to be seen or even definitely
heard from; and In the end. defeat
All of which Adams, substituting
friendly frankness for the disciplinary
traditions of the service, set forth in
good BDBtonlan English for the benefit
and behoof of his chief, and was an
swered according to his deserts with
scoffing? and deridings.
"I wasn't born yesterday. Morty.
and I'm not so desperately asinine as
you seem to think." was the besotted
one's summing up. "I know the
Rajah doesn't split hairs in a busi
ness fight, but he Is hardly unscrupu
lous enough to use Miss Carteret as
But Adams would not be scoffed
"You're off in your estimate of Mr.
Darrab, Jack, 'way off. I know the
DOOR FOR HER.
tradition that a southern gentleman
is all chivalry when it comes to a
matter touching his womankind, and
I don't controvert it as a general
proposition. But the Rajah has been
a fighting western railroad magnate
so long that .hl3 accent is about tbe
only southern asset he has retained.
If I'm any good at guessing, he will
stick at nothing to gain his end."
Winton admitted the impeachment
without prejudice to his own point of
"Perhaps you are right But fore
warned is forearmed. And Miss Vir
ginia is not going to lend herself to
any such nefarious scheme."
"Not consciously, perhaps; but you
don't know her yet If. she saw a
good chance to take tbe conceit out of
you, she'd improve it without think
ing overmuch of the possible conse
quence; to the Utah company."
"Pshaw!" said Winton. "That Is
another cf your literary inferences
I've met her only twice, yet I ven
ture to say I know her better than
you do. If she cared anything for me
which she doesn't "
"Oh, go to sleep!" said Adams, who
was not minded to argue further with
a man besotted; and so the matter
went by default for the time.
It was very d ftly.done. and even
Adams, tbe clear-eyed, could not help
admiring the Rajah's skillful .finesse.
Of formal dinner-givings there might
easilv have been an end, since the
construction camp haS nothing to
offer in return. But the formalities
were studiously ignored, and the two
young men were put upon a footing
of intimacy and encouraged to come
and go as they pleased.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
The computation s.emed to amuse
the prince. "And what would your
Dr. Osier say to that?" he inquired.
N. Y. Tribune.
Tributes to the Departed.
Corn' and bread are still offered by
the pious Basques of tbe Pyrenees to
the dear departed on their death an
niversary. A traveler in Spain de
scribes bow, at San Sebastian, he ha?
often seen some ooor fisherman's
daughter praying in a church for a
dead relative "amid baskets full of
fruit loaves of bread and corn, and
kneeling upon the tomb of her an
cestors." A homing pigeon which was sent to
the isle of Man twe years and four
months ago returned to its -home cote
la Blackburn. England,- recently.
The opinion of a man who has had
25 years' experience In strawberry
growing ought to be worth consider
ing. He says that after trying al
most every method now practiced by
different growers, he is convinced that
the best method is to plant a new bed
every year, and explains his plan as
follows: "After the first bearing year,
as soon as we are through picking.
I begin to take care of the beds by
pulling all weeds and grass, before
they make any seed. Let these lie
on the bed in spots where there are
no plants. As soon as the ground is
frozen I cover the entire bed with
horse manure to a depth of two or
three inches. This will perhap3
smother some of the plants, but there
will be plenty of them left for the
next year's fruiting, and those that
come through In the spring will grow
with as much vigor as a newly-set
plant From a bed of one acre treat
ed as above described I picked more
berries the past season than from an
acre planted one .year ago. The ber
ries, however, were not quite as large.
After I finish picking a second crop,
I plow everything under in July and
plant to celery. The land will then
be In a high state of fertility, for
the strawberry takes but little from
the soiL If a second crop is not
wasted the ground should be sown
with crimson clover about the first
of August This should be plowed
under the following spring, when the
ground will be in excellent condition
for planting early potatoes, beets, cab
bage or, in fact, any early vegetables.
This method of growing. strawberries
gives me three beds to look after,
two bearing beds, one and two years
old, and a newly-planted one every
spring, and I am of the opinion that
there is less labor and expense in
planting a bed every year than In
trying to build up the old one year
Is the, farm horse doomed to disap
pear from the working force of the
farm? David Beecroft thinks so. for
In an article in Technical World Maga
zine he says: "No longer will 'the
plowman homeward plod his weary
way.' Instead be will simply turn on
the second speed of his agricultural
motor car and go dashing up the lane
to the farm bouse at the rate of 20
miles an hour. In the, early months
of 1902. what proved (6 be the first
successful gasoline agricultural motor
appeared, contesting at nearly all of
the great agricultural competitions of
the season in England, and carrying
off the gold medals from the horse in
every contest Plowing proved to be
the first phase of farm labor to which
the agricultural motor was introduced,
and at which, four years ago, it made
its initial reputation. Steam engines
had proven too heavy for the soft land
being plowed, and here the agricultur
ist expected to mire the internal com
bustion motor, but he signally failed.
For a plowing test among horses,
steam power and tbe gasoline motor,
two and three-quarters acres of very
heavy clay soil were selected. It was
a condition that the furrows were to
be nine inches wide and six inches
deep. In doing the work nine horses,
three to a plow, with three drivers
and three boys, did the work at a
total cost of $8.28, or at the rate of
$3.68 per acre. By steam power the
total cost of plowing tbe same area
amounted to a total of $9.08, or at
$4.08 per acre, and with the gasoline
motor the cost totaled $4.44. or at
$1.97 per acre. For plowing purposes
a three-furrowed plow Is invariably
used except in heavy clay soils, where
a couple of furrows prove sufficient"
The New York Times is authority
for the story that a dweller contigu
ous to the Long Island mosquito
marshes has discovered that he can
catch mosquitoes in large quantities
by the device of putting up a wire net
ting with a large opening at one end
and an electric light at the other. Tbe
mosquitoes with numberless other fly-by-night
insects are allured into this
dazzling inclosure, and in the morning
are pulled up in such large heaps that
they may be handled with scoop shov
els, and thus become an article of fod
der, nourishing and stimulating, to
the Long Island chicken in a degree
up to this time altogether unsuspected.
A Dustless Road association is try
ing In England to abate the very great
nuisance of dusty highways, both by
improved methods of road construc
tion and by a saner use of those roads
by the traffic passing over them. Here
Is a suggestion for our good roads
movement in this country. Let con
struction work in as far as possible
provide the dustless road. Oil and
tar are being used successfully In va
rious parts of the country to this end.
Don't feed large quantities of
cracked corn to horses, or continue
the praeJce for any length of time, as
it wears on the inner coating of the
The agricultural department of the
University of California is arranging
to conduct a series of experiments in
the manufacture of dry wines in San
Jaoquin county, and has selected the
winery of the Woodbridge Vineyard
association as the experimental sta
There Is a plant in Chicago which
manufactures more maple sugar in a'
month, said Dr. H. W. Wiley in a re
cent address, than is produced by
naturavin the whole the state of Ver
moat a year.
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J. RIB. delivered the other day ct tho
Miaaeeot state fair, ia .which He de
clared that la agriculture was to be.
foaad the salvation of taw cointry.
"Within 44 years," he said, "we shall
have to meet the wants of more than
20t.OM,Mt people.', ."lawless than 20'
years from taw moment the Ualted
States win have 13t.w3.8t people.
Where are these people, not of some
dim, distant age. but of'this very .gen
eration now growing to manhood, to
be employed and- how sup;Vrted;
When the searchlight Is thus suddenb
turned 'on we recognize not a mere
speculation, but the grim face of that
specter which confronts " the unem
ployed, tramping, hateful streets in
hope of food and shelter." Having
thus predicted the peril to the country
of the Increasing number of the unem
ployed, Mr. Hill points to the tann
ine small farm as the only escape
He declares that the first requisite is
"a clear recognition on the part ot
the whole people, .frpm the highest
down to the lowest, that the tillage
of the soil is the natural and most
desirable occupation for man, to which
every,other.4a subsidiary and to which
all else must in the end yield. And
then as a means of stimulus and edu
cation, Mr. Hill says, "the .govern
ment should establish a small model
farm on Its own land in every rural
congressional district, later perhaps
In every county in the agricultural
states. Let the department of agri
culture show exactly what can' be
done on a small tract of land by prop
er cultivation, moderate fertilizing and
due rotation of crops. The sight of
the fields, and their contrast with
those of neighbors, the knowledge of
I yields secured and profits possible.
would be worth more than all the
pamphlets poured out from 'the gov
eminent printing office in years.'
Here Is the opinion of the Seattle
(Wash.) Post-Intelligencer as to the
value of the study of agriculture:
"Modern agriculture is a science. It
includes the study of many high
school and college text-books to quali
fy one for an instructor Is the pri
mary principles of tilling the soil. It
Is both theoretical and practical. The
study of Indian corn. is as important
in the development of the student
mind as is the study of Greek. It pre
sents living object lessons In illus
tration which are more valuable than
dead languages. The study of the
classics is no more divine or rever
ential than the study of farm ma
chinery and Irish potatoes. Many a
poor boy injures his health fretting
over translations of Latin when he
should be learning how to transplant
The preliminary classification for the
seventh international livestock exposi
tion which will beheld at Chicago Union
Stockyards, December 1-8, has b3en
issued, and may be had on- applica
tion to W. E. Skinner, general man
ager of the -exposition. It should be
noted by those specially interested
that the rules have been changed from
previous rules in one Important par
ticular, namely, that covering owner
ship of animals Is revoked in the
classes of "get of sire' and "produce
of dam." In many departments the
classifications have been Increased to
discourage exhibits. This is particu
larly true in the classification for
The crop prospects are that corn
will only be 4.0C0.0C0 bushels behind
last year's huge record of 2,708,000.
030 bushels. Potatoes, oats, aud bar
ley are likely to be somewhat below
last ear, but wheat much of which
.is already harvested, is likely to go
beyond the record of 30,000,000 bush-,
els. The four great farm crops of
corn, hay, wheat and oats, named in
the order of their gross value, will
probably be worth this year some
thing like $2,750,000,000.
The North Wisconsin Farmers' as
sociation is only two years old, but
it has produced results of which it
may well be proud. It has succeeded
In securing four demonstration farms
in the lake shore counties, which are
under .the direction of the state school
of agriculture. Three special lines of
experimenting are being carried out:
Agronomy, soil and horticulture, un
der the direction of Profs. Moore,
Whitson and Sandsten. The four
farms are located at Iron River, Supe
rior, Ashland and Bayfield.
The farmer who has not wakened
to the magnitude of the things yet to
be learned in agricultural science Is
the man who does not study, who is
contented with himself and who be
lieves that the methods of his fore
fathers is good enough for him. Yes,
and we might add that he is the farm
er who is content with half a loaf
when he might just as well have the
loaf and a half.
An experimental gardening associa
tion in Germany has been making ex
periments in tbe protection of orchard
trees against night frosts by mean3
of fumigation. A part of an orchard
in bloom was thus successfully guard
ed against an April' frost by the dense
smoke of naphthalene. But the ex
periment was very expensive, 50 kilo
grams of naphthalene being consumed
by seven flames in one hour. Later
a new preparation of chemicals was
tried, producing a comparatively large
volume of smoke with the expenditure
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According to the Florists' Exchange
the latest additiin to labor's ranks is
'he United Brotherhood of Rural, Hor
ticultural and Agricultural Wage
Earners of America, with headquarters
at Dallas, Tex.
A clever object lessen In dairying
wa3 a feature at the Washington state
fair. It consisted of a model cow
3table with cows and attendants all
mmacu!ately clean and with every
sanitary condition, while right along
side or this was a filthy cow stable.
3uch as is still common in many sec
Jons. The contrast wa3 most inter
36ting and instructive
' National Apple day Is to come on
6 third Tuesday in. October each
year, according to the decision of the
Aople Growers,' association.
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I Famous Flagship of I
I Perry to be Raised I
H American Naval Victory HI
For seven years now there has been
a growing sentiment for the raising of
the Niagara, the famous old flagship
of Commodore Perry when he fought
with the British fleet in' Misery bay.
Lake Erie. This sentiment assumed
practical form during the last session
of congress and that body appropriat
ed $20,000 for the raising of the old
ship, under the direction of the secre
tary of the navy. The ship will be
placed in a permanent building of
brick 'and stone on the grounds of the
soldiers' and sailors home at Erie.
Pa as a memorial of the first victory
of aa American fleet over a foreign
The fact that the Niagara lies at
the bottom of Misery bay was -first
called, to the attention of the public
by Former Representative S. A. Dav
enport, of Erie, as a result ot a con
versation in Washington in the spring
of 1899. At that time the question of
the rehabilitation of other historic
ships was being widely discussed, and
it was suggested that among other
famous ships the old Constitution
should b3 restored.
Then some one announced that the
Niagara was still intact In the little
bay near Erie. The knowledge that
Perry's flagship was still in existence
came as a surprise to many represen
tatives, who manifested the" greatest
interest in the project soon after pro
posed by Mr. Davenport The events
of the next session of congress were
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Off the West Shore of Put-In-Bay Isla nd, and Scene of the Battle of Lake
so closely crowded one upon the other
that no opportunity was found for in
troducing the measure, but the mat
etr was suggested to Mr. Bates, who
succeeded Mr. Davenport and the re
sult was the law of last session.
While the movements of Perry's
fleet have been clearly followed In
nearly all the histories, it is not gen
erally known how the Niagara came
to be in her present position. Soon
after his battle Perry was ordered to
winter his vessels at Erie, and the
Lawrence, which was the first flag
ship; the Niagara, the Scorpion. - the
Porcupine, the Tigress and the others
were anchored in the little body of
water onenins into the eastern en
trance to Presque Isle, or Misery bay.
The Lawrence and the Niagara were
refitted the following spring and
joined the expedition against Mack
inaw. Upon their return to Erie the
Lawrence was found to be unseawor
thy and was sunk with the Detroit and
Queen Charlotte, both captured Brit
ish ships, in Misery bay. The Law
rence was sunk in the northwestern
part of the bay, where the water is
quite shallow, and she gradually be
came the victim of relic hunters, so
that now hardly a vestige of the old
vessel remains. For several years the
Niagara was used as a receiving ship,
but finally becoming too old even for
that service she also was sunk In
Misery bay; but she lies in the north
western part of the bay, where the
deep water has protected her.
The story of the battle is interest
ing reading. After Perry had built
his fleet he waited several weeks be
fore he could bring on an engage
ment While waiting in the bay at
Sandusky word was received that the
British were on their way to give bat
tle to him. Perry at once gave the
order to sail, and, hastily gathering
his vessels together at the head of the
bay, proceeded to the scene of action.
At sunrise of September 10 the ene
my's ships were sighted from the
masthead of the Lawrence.
The decks were cleared for action,
and Perry, surrounded by his oincers.
unfurled a blue flag, with the inscrip
tion in white letters: "Don't Give Up
the Ship." This he told them was to
be the signal for action, and he ex
plained that on account of the small
guns with which his vessels were
manned it would be necessary to fight
at dose range.
There were few preliminaries to the
battle. First a bugle on the Detroit
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MAN AND THE BUG.
How Science Is Prejudicing the Form
er Against the Latter.
Man's grudge against the humble in
sect waxes with increasing knowledge.
To an earlier generation the buzzers,
biters, and stingers were nothing
worse than a nuisance. To coming
ages they are likely to be a chief
menace to life. Mark the grave Indict
ments brought by the grand jury of
science. Tbe mosquito not only punc
tures us with her poisoned probe and
wrecks our sleep with her intolerable
song, but she introduces into our ve!n3
the unwelcome garms of malaria and
yellow fever. The house-fly has be
come notorious as a distributer of ty
phoid and cholera. Ugly rumors con
nect the nimble flea with bubonic
iilague and leprosy. The pestilence
that walketh in darkness, of whom the
poet sings that though he he "ha3 no
wings at all, yet he gets there just the
same." is suspected of spreading ty
phus and other infections. Not even
that model of quiet, self-elacing indus
try, the tick, escapes. Government In
was heard, followed by cheers. A
ond later a puff of smoke came from
a porthole, followed by the sallea
boom, of a cannon, while a shot richo
cheted along the surface of the watei
and splashed harmlessly near the
prow of the Lawrence. This opened
the actios. The squadrons were a
mile apart Perry, with every lack
of canvas spread, left his consorts
far behind. The Detroit fired again
this time from a long gun and the
shot passed through both bulwarks of
the Lawrence. Perry did not respond.
He was reserving his fire for close ac
tion, knowing that his small gaas
would be ineffective at a distance.
Raked fore and aft. the Lawrence
still made a plucky fight One after
another her cannons we're dismount
ed. Her bulwarks were beaten In.
The shot passed through her aides
like needles through sail cloth.
Heavy smoke hung over the decks,
which were strewn with dead sea
men t and slippery with blood. The
sails' and rigging were hanging In tat
ters over the sides. Tbe yards were
splintered. The rudder was la atoms.
Still the wounded fought on. Bleed
ing and faint. Lieut Yarnall the
ond time appealed for officers.
"Mine have all been killed.'
"I have ao more to give yon,"
This was after an hour and a half's
fighting. There was but one gun left
on the Lawrence and not enough
men to man it and so Perry, an offi
cer and the chaplain served it till a
shot dismounted it At half-past two
in the afternoon the Lawrence was en
tirely disabled, with only 18 of her
crew remaining alive. But Perry did
not despair. Forest, tbe second offi
cer, saw the Niagara in the distance.
"That brig does not help us," said
he; "see how he keeps off."
Perry took in the situation at a
"I'll fetch him," he cried, and
springing into a small beat and wrap
ping around him the flag bearing the
words of Lawrence, he was pulled to
ward tbe Niagara. The shot fell all
about him. but he reached the ship in
safety. As he mounted the deck of
the Niagara he looked back and saw
the Lawrence drop her colors, while
fainly there came to him the cheers
of the British seamen.
Perry took immediate command of
the Niagara, and, without a moment's
loss of time, bore away for the Brit
ish 'line, again with topsail spread
and his signal for close action flying.
The breeze had freshened, and the
Niagara cut through tbe waves,
splashing the water before its bow.
As the vessel approached the Detroit
that vessel tried to come about so
it could present Its starboard broad
side to its enemy. The Queen Char
lotte was under the British flagship's
lee. and. as it did not follow the ma
neuvers with sufficient alertness, the
two vessels fouled.
At this psychological moment Perry
passed under the bows of the Detroit
almost poking his guns upon her deck,
and poured into both English ships
a broadside of grape and canister.
Simultaneously his port guns played
into the Prevost, while the American
marines with 'their muskets cleared
the British ships of every living crea
ture above rails. Then, passing
adroitly to the leeward of the ships.
Perry emptied his starboard broad
side into the Queen Charlotte and
the Hunter, some of the shots going
clear through the former into tbe De
troit. The small ships of the Ameri
can fleet now came up. firing into the
British vessels and completely dis
abling them. In a few minutes every
English gun was silenced. The Queen
Charlotte struck her colors, closely
followed by the Detroit, the Hunter
and the Lady Prevost. and in seven
minutes after Perry broke into the
line all the British colors were down.
vestigators charge him with being re
sponsible for the "spotted fever" of
the western mountains. No living
man who in his boyhood days has ever
pursued with a broken-bladed jack
knife the retreat of a healthy, weft
conditioned tick, whole-heartedly in
tent upon tunneling into the interior
of his pursuer's bare leg', will hesitate
to credit any kind of ordinary cussed
ness to the species, says Collier's. But
that the burrower should thus salt his
mining operations with deadly bacilli
is almost too much to believe, even of
a traditional fee. Thus far the but
terfly has escaped slander, and the
ladybug. so far as we know, is still a
real lady. But the whole insect world
Is coming under suspicion. We expect
to see the gloomy day when the hum
of wandering wings will be more
dreaded than the whir of the coiled
rattlesnake, and njhen a ne3t of taran
tulas will be regarded as a peace con
ference compared to a swarm of gnats
dancing joyously in the dappled sun
light Nothing is so difficult but that
will accomplish it Horace.
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