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? CHAPTER XXXV Continued.
"That is not necessary." assured
. Starva. "Let all these candles be
sealed except those in the candelab
rum that stands at the head" of the
staircase. Bring your man, Jacques,
to that point and no farther. We
shall see him; but he will not be able
to see us."
Fortune was favoring; us indeed.
Locke and I silently bestirred our
calves. Now at last had come the
moment for action. But still another
grumbled; and still fortune favored
"That is all very well," objected Ig
natieff. "And perhaps a traitor may
strike a blow in the dark. I for one
refuse to gratify the curiosity of Kuhn
iu this matter."
"But Starva was determined to
have his way.
"To prevent that," he answered,
"each of us will lay his weapons on
the table at the end of the hall."
There were cries of fierce dissent.
Starva silenced them with an angry
"One moment, friends," he purred,.
"You do not quite understand. When
we first came into this room I sug
gested that lots should be drawn, and
lie who was favored with the lucky
number should fire, concealed in the
gloom, that none might be sure who
bad been chosen to snuff out Ferdi
nand's little soul. But since our
friend Kuhn's loyalty has been ques
tioned, it is be who shall have that
honor, and with Gornji's dagger he
shall do the work. And lest an acci
dent should happen, or lest his cour
age should fail him, Bratinau and I
will keep our revolvers. I think there
is none to question our loyalty?"
Kuhn had grown frightfully pale;
he trembled. But he spoke no word.
"By this arrangement." continued
Starva, "the loyalty of Kuhn of Mace
donia will be established. And if." he
was glaring at Gingaja and Count
Piteschti." there are any mad enough
to dream of disloyalty at this late
hour, and harbor treachery, they will
. Starva's ruse was hailed with
shouts of approval. Gornji, Ignatieff,
. and Gortschakoff strode to the table
at the end of the hall and flung down
their weapons defiantly. Gingaja re
luctantly followed their example.
Piteschti folded his arms defiantly,
,. "This is child's play," he muttered,
with pale lips.
"Nevertheless." whispered Bratinau
in his ear. "you will obey, and quick
" ly. By all the saints, Starva. I think
your plan has proved a wise one.
Come, sir. we are waiting.' Or are
you so ignorant of the rules of eti
quette that you insist Jn staking, prece
dence orer a king?"
With a gesture of despair Count
Piteschti walked slowly to the table
and left his revolver there.
"Now, friend Kuhn. we are waiting
only for you!" cried Starva sharply.
"I have no arms." answered the
Ioor wretch, with a sob.
"You shall be armed presently,"
"Now. Jaques, you may go. Out
with the candles. Gornji and Ig
natieff. The rest of you remain
quietly as you value your lives. You
will find your man defenseless,
Jacques. But if he proves trouble
some, you have only to call and I
will come. You have taken care of
"I have put him to sleep," he
As Jaques lifted the tapestry Locke
choked him into silence. Together we
carried him struggling up the hidden
staircase and burst into the anteroom
or the tower. Not until we had flung
him breathless into the room of the
safe, and had locked the door, did
we answer Forbe's frenzied questions.
Locke gripped his arm for silence.
"Quick, there is not a moment to
lose. Have you arms?"
"No," growled Forbes, ready for ac
tion. "In the first room to the right of the
corridor." panted Madame de.Var
nier. "In the drawer of the cabinet
near the door."
"Then come. And you two stay
here. There is man's work below."
We stole silently down the stairs,
Locke and myself in the lead, to the
cabinet, where both Locke add Forbes
chose their revolvers.
Do you. Capt. Forbes, make your
way along the gallery until you come
to the spiral staircase at the end of
the hall." I commanded, briefly.
"When I appear at the main stairway
with Locke, reach the hall with no
delay. There is a table by the little
stairway; there are arms on it; let
no one approach that table until
Locke or myself have reached your
side. Now then, Locke, are we ready?"
We had filed silently into the cor
ridor. Forbes sped with 'caution to
his vantage ground. Locke was al
ready approaching the main staircase
when I seized him by the arm.
"1 am going to fool Starva I am
going to call for help. He will think
it Jacques. As he comes. I shalk
take care of him. Bratinau is your
niair. Wait till he shows himself, and
mind you, aim straight."
I raised my voice in a cry of dis
tress. "A moi. Starva!"
My trick succeeded admirably:
Starva bounded up the staircase. As
" lie showed himself in the light of the
candelabrum I fired. He fell head
long without a groan. Locke stood
at the head of the staircase waiting.
I peered down in the darkness below.
Forbes revolver rang out again and
again. The uproar was terrible.
. "Kuhn! Gingaja! Piteschti! To
the staircase!" I cried in French.
That was the last I knew of our
the antique rug:
had struck me.
"Honor, My Sword."
I awoke to consciousness to And
myself in the music room. I opened
my eyes languidly. Helen was bend
ing over me.
"What is it?" I murmured. "Yes.
I remember the fight on the sair
case." "1 struggled to my feet, but sank
back dizzily, my hands to my aching
"Thank God you are alive, and it is
all over!" cried Helen, brokenly.
"And Ferdinand is safe?"
"Quite safe and unhurt. Already
he has left the chateau. Capt. Forbes
will tell you everything presently.
Bat this shame that curshes me this
disgrace,- can I forget It?" '
"I would help you bear it"
"Mr. Haddon. we Bretts have been
a proad race. Oar happiness we share
with others. Bat discrace' we bear
"Doa't say that; you are Utter bow,
bat" ' -
"If yoa had kaowa me setter," saM
Helena, uloxhr, "yos would' 'under
staad that I do net tae tomorrow
what I mast deny to-day.?
Wheal told, her of Winbuntby's
trade death, I had thought it pathet
ic that'a weasaa; should Wso" strong.
It was ker-calal courage kt had
first awakened my lore for r her. I
mast not complain bow if she was
not to be moved by my entreaties.
But this question I did ask:
"If I, could have proved that your
brother had not, after all shown him
self false to the motto of your house.
'Honor, my .Sword, would you still
have refused to listen to me?"
"Ah, If, Mr. Haddon!"
For almost the first' time since I had
known her she smiled; and 'that faint
smile' opened the gates of paradise
to me. She would not be moved to
declare her love for me, but she did
love me; 'I was sure of it.
And then suddenly I thought of the
words of the Countess Sarabbff when
I made my escape by the ladder of
stones: "Go, and I swear by the cause
I hold sacred, that, if you can save
Ferdinand, the honor of -Sir Mortimer
shall be saved." That nromise might
mean little. It might mean that -she
I have been unconscious so long?
Am I wounded? I feel no pain, only I would show her gratitude by refusing
this headache and dizziness
"A bullet grazed your temple an
eighth of an inch more " She shud
dered. "It wounded you only slight-
ly. but you have been unconscious
nearly an hour."
"My usual luck," I cried, bitterly.
"It was to have been my chance; I
hoped to retrieve myself; and I am
winged the first shot Fate is deter
mined, it seems, that I shall stick to
m' role of coward."
"Don't, don't ever say that hor-
to make public Sir Mortimer's, dis
grace. Or had her word3 a deeper
'But," I cried eagerly, "nothing is
quite impossible. I repeat now what
I said to you when in your grief
you asked me to meet the banker, I I
cannot believe in your brother's guilt
I cannot conceive how a man whose
integrity has been undoubtetd during
a brilliant career should suddenly
stoop to the shame of.taking bribes."
A flash of hope shone in Helena's
'ill l'-)"itn nil 1 MffityaxfflmWmr '
He Fell Headlong Without a Groan.
rible word again!" cried Helen, pas
sionately. "It was your shot that
killed Starva. It is you who have
saver Ferdinand: it is you who have
saved for me the honor of my poor
brother so far as the world can know.
How can I ever be grateful enough?"
"Helena" I cried, passionately,
"you remember at Lucerne, on the
terrace, when I told you of Willough
by's death, how he had died calling
me coward, it was you that pointed
out to me a way of escape you told
me bow 1 could regain the self-respect
I thought I bad lost forever.
It was to be a life for a life, you
said. When I had saved a life for
the life that was lost through my
cowardice, I was to stand once more,
upright among men. Tell me, you de
spise me no longer?"
"Despise you!" she murmured. "If
you knew how I honored you!"
"Ah, it is worth while to hear you
say that But you must say more, infi
nitely more than that now, dear, to
satisfy me. Helena. I thought only a
week ago that if I could win your re
spect I should be happy. But now
I want your love."
"Don't!" she cried in pain ."How
can you speak of love at such an
"Forgive me. What a selfish brute
I am. But by the by when time has
softened your bitter pain in happier
days may I come to you?"
"Happier days!" She clasped her
hands in quick despair, looking be
yond me as if into a future that must
be always dark for her.
"Yes," I said, passionately, "there
shall yet be happier days for you and
forme. Do you remember on the ter
race the little beacon light in the far
off mountains? That was my star.
It comforted me then; it bids me
hope now; it tells me, Helena, you
"Never!" She withdrew the hand
I had held almost-fiercelv.
pale face, only to be followed by
the deepest dejection. "But' there are
the proofs," she said, mournfully. "I
cannot, would that" 1 'could, - deny my
brother's writing." "" " -
"I must see Madame de Varnier. A
few hours ago she held us "at her
mercy. But now we have 'the upper
hand; there are- many things she
must explain. Where is"' she?"
'"She left the chateau-with Ferdi
nand half an hour ago."'
"Left the chateau!" I cried, aghast
"Why was she' not held?"
"Prince Ferdinand insisted that she
must go at once to Sofia. He has
sent her on' some secret mission. I
think she must' be one of his spies."'
"And she left no message for me?"
I demanded, gloomily.
"No," replied Helena, looking at me,
in wonder. "Why do you ask?"
I did not tell her of Madame de
Varnier's( promise. I knew now that
it had been given me quite recklessly
to spur me to action. " I was mad to
expect mercy and gratitude from such
a woman. She was too determined
on her revenge. I remembered bit
terly how she had told me In the tow
er that she sacrificed friends and ene
mies if they: proved obstacles to. her
plans. . , , , , .
"I had hoped. I answered, vaguely,
"now that Ferdinand was saved, that
she aelght in seme way. he able to
show us thai your brother's 'dishonor
is not so great as It appears."
"But could she explain away his
wrltingr asked Helena mournfully.
"No; even' If she feeis remorse for her
cruelty ia torturing me? it is too
late. I hare eaten of the tree of knowl
edge, Mr. Haddoa, and It Is very hit
ter.' Heaven has reraised my. fate and
yours. It is I who how-bar eloat my
self-respect, while you hare gained--''
"No," I cried, bitterly, "I have fail
ed utterly In my .task. I dared nope
for too much. I hare dared too
greatly in dreaming that I should find
happiness In this Castle of Lies."
"But," she whispered, too, hare
dared, Ernest, and I shall not' forget"-
"Helena!" I crushed her hands In
mine. "Even now I refuse to despair.
1 will find this woman though I search
the earth for her. - She shall tell me
everything, and perhaps?erea now"
"Not eren your lore can briag about
tho fmnnoiti1 ' .1
"But if it could If by a miracle
your brother's honor were 'shown to
"Ah, if you could work miracles
yes," she faltered.
The door was flung open' brusque
ly. . Locke stood at the threshold, bis
keen glance bent cynically on me.
"So you are quite yourself again?"
He concealed his embarrassment by
a. gruff demeanor. "So much the bet
ter; for you must be of before the
dawn, my friend."
"And where?" I demanded aston
ished and not a little piqued at his
"En route for America, if you are
"You are settling my destiny in a
rather highhanded manner," I cried,
angrily. "And will you tell me why
you dispose of me so summarily?"
"Why." replied he. with a quiet
laugh, "I have promoted you "
He became suddenly serious, glanc
ing uneasily at Helena.
"Miss Bret, Capt Forbes and my
self will accompany you to your ho
tel presently. Will you wait here
while I say a few words to Mr. Had-
"But it is not possible that you still
mistrust him after to-night?" she de
manded with indignation.
"No, no," he assured her. "I would
spare you from embarrassment; that
is all." (
"Come, then." I said, shortly.
When we had reached the gallery
I saw to my astonishment that "the
hall below was empty. I listened and
there was complete silence.
"What have Forbes and yourself
done with your prisoners?" I demand
ed. In my perplexity I forgot to ask
what Locke had meant in saying flip
pantly that he had promoted me.
"They are all gone but two," Locke
answered cooly. He lighted, a cigar
ette, and leaning on the gallery rail
stared down into the hall. "Starva
and Bratlnau's. bodies are in the dining-rooms,
but their souls hare been
swiftly ferried across the Styx by old
Charon. Nothing reminds us of our
fight except the dark stain on the
staircase carpet yonder. It was a
good scrap while it lasted. Your shot
winged Starva, as you probably know.
I settled 'Bratinau. Forbes peppered
away in the dark, and had fair luck.
The man called Go on or Geeup, or
something like that, got a shattered
ankle, and the Servian a rather nasty
wound in the thigh. As for the rest
of the gentry, three of them rallied
to your slogan und joined me at the
staircase; the other two were easily
settled with. Yes, it was a good
fight; but much -too short especially
for you, old chap." He. shook his
head ' despondently.
"But your prisoners?" 1 demanded
again, irritated by his superfluous
"It was Prince Ferdinand who in
sisted on, their release."
"Their release!' I interrupted, fu
riously. "What incredible folly!;
"You7 remember that Starva and
Bratinau1"' were the only Bulgars
among the conspirators, and they are
dead. The two ringleaders are wound
ed badly enough to go to a hospital.
Forbes himself has accompanied them
there to see that they are" not dis
charged until one of us is told. Prac
tically they are prisoners."- There re
mains Kuhn, Piteschti and Gingaja,
the three men who showed that they
had some instincts of humanity when
it came to the crisis. The -other two
were arrant cowards; Ferdinand pre
fers to consider the three his loyal
friends and two others powerless.
He has set them at liberty."
"By Jove, his magnanimity or his
folly will cost him dear."
"I am not so certain of that," re
sumed Locke, thoughtfully." "It is
possible that he has made five friends
of five enemies. You must remember
that even if he wished to punish the
conspirators he is powerless to do
this without advertising to the world
the intended uprising of the Balkan
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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tient has been an exceeding busy one. Mr. Smith is a native ef Massachu
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DOG WAS TOO HASTY.
SHOWING THE ERROR OF JUMP
ING AT CONCLUSIONS.
Pet Thought He Was Jumping at the
Conclusion of a Cat, But It Was
Another Kind of
Chicago. Doc, the prize speckled
bulldog which Is the joy-of the young
er members of the family of C. A.
Plamondon. 82 Astor street aad the
particular pride of his mistress, Miss
Marie Plamondon, Is in bad odor. He
admits it in all the most expressive
terms of the canine tongue and offers
no excuse. From the tip of bis
wrinkled nose to the extremity of his
stubby corkscrew tall he is the per-Bonification-of
shame aad disgust ,
The story of Doc's 'undolag Is sad
and unsavory. It is a tale of
placed confidence aad the erils of
chance acquaintances. Ordinarily
Doc is rather exclusive in his ac
quaintances, but the other night an
uncontrollable impulse led .him to de
part from his usual scruples and .in
this single lapse lay his 'misfortune.
The members of the Plamondon
family, together with several of the
young people's friends ot the neigh
borhood, were seated ia the porch of
the Plamondon residence enjoying the
lake breeze, and laughing aad talking
with the usual gayety of young people.
Doc lay peacefully stretched' out on
the stono porch coping, enjoying the
caresses of his mistress and sleepily
viewing the neighborhood, through
half .closed eyes.
But Doc was far from asleep. AH
at once he espied what he mistook to
be his dearest enemy, George Pay-
cupanta of the porch and n 1
for Indoors was made. In
ereryhody overlooked Doe, who .
the invitia eueaf dnarwar two
hahead-ef the rest ef the family: ' An
I the last member of the notch anrtr
.cleared the threshold ho
of the black and white
pursuing its course down the
of the sidewalk..
Then the commotion was -transferred
to the Interior of the Planum
don home. The house filled with the
perfume of eau de Mephitis Ameri
canos as Doc dashed down the rear
stairway to the kitchen and In abject
misery sought cover under the kitchen
stove. The problem was how to get
him out. The young men of the fam
ily donned old clothes, and glores, put
clothespins en their noses, pulled Dae
out from his retreat, and hurried him
into the back yard, where they ma
rooned him. -He was sprayed from n
distance with Florida water and
chloride of lime.
In the meaatime Mr. Plamondon
and other members of 'the family
were busy lighting, incense, mosquito,
and puak sticks and placing them In
jars, rases aad saucers throughout the
house to mitigate the. atmosphere.
Also in the interim the upper win
dows of several of the houses In the
neighborhood had hastily opened to
discover the cause of the commotion
and were as hastily closed. The whole
neighborhood thought a mammoth
stockyards had moved right down In
Two night watchmen aad a couple
of coppers were called iato service to
locate the iatruder and put an end to
his ministrations, but the task was an
unwelcome one and the policemen ac
cepted it gingerly. Reliable indica
tions point to the fact that the little
animal has taken sanctuary back of
the Paysoa domicile.
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JUDGE EMULATES SOLOMON.
Odd Trick Seen Decides Who Owns a
Philadelphia. Salt over the owner
ship of a dog has been'settled in court
here In a novel manner. The plaiatia.
Mrs. Mary Crane, swore the dog be
longed to her. The defendant, Pat
rick O'Malley, asserted with equal
posltlreaess that the animal was his,
so the magistrate concluded that the
dog should decide the case, and the
sagacious little fellow ran to the side
of the woman.
In urranging for the test the mag
istrate sent the woman into the street
two squares from the court, and
O'Malley was statioaed two squares in
an opposite direction. The dog, a lit
tle fox terrier, was liberated by the
'magistrate. Mrs. Crane stood motion
less, without eren' holding out her
arms toward the little dog. O'Malley.
on the other hand, set up a loud
The dog glanced at the crowd on the'
sidewalk ia front of the police sta
tion, and then turned its head -toward
O'Malley. The latter held' out his band,
but the animal faced about till it
caught sight of Mrs. Crane. Then end
ed its hesitation. With a sharp bark of
delight it raced away over the pave
ment, and the next moment was leap
ing about the woman.
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Atlanta, Ga. Under a strict con
struction of the prohibition law, which
goes into effect in Georgia Jan. 1 next
it is held that it will be unlawful to
administer wine at the communion
table. This feature of the law is caus
ing protests, and grand juries through
out the state have adopted the follow
ing: "After Jan. 1. 1908, every minister
who hands sacramental wine to his
members will subject himself to as
many indictments as there are mem
bers. Every deacon who hands the sac
ramental wine to the members of the
church will subject himself to as many
indictments as there are members. We
petition the general assembly of
Georgia to make such amendments to
the law as will allow the Christian
people of this state to worship God ac
cording to the dictates of conscience,
without violating the laws of the'
Los Angeles, Cal. Representatives
of church and benevolent organiza
tions in South Pasadena called on
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bailey at their
tent house near the ostrich farm to
learn what is best for their son Merv-
Thl3 Is the boy with wayward ten
dencenies who has for periods in the
past few years been kept chained by
the neck at intervals because he could
not be controlled by his parents.
, The Baileys repeated their state
ment that they have had Mervin at
the Los Angeles detention home and
at an institution for. defective chil
dren in Long Beach. They found, bow
ever, that the boy was not benefited.
The only hope for improvement in
hs condition was held out through an
otfer of an expert to furnish an at
tendant of high character who would
rear and educate .the boy and win his
confidence for $150 a month. This sum
is more than the parents can afford
Mervin has been blamed for a num
ber of neighborhood pranks, from
causing grass fires to scaring chil
dren and causing chickens and pet ani
mals to disappear, but his mother says
proof is usually lacking.
However, to silence neighbors
tongues she has tried every remedy
from whipping to chaining to keep the
boy inside of their premises.
Mervin is a bright boy of 9, of
whom mental experts say there Is
hope of a cure provided he is carefully
Because of a fall in early childhood
his bump of reverence became flatten
ed and the bump of will was abnor
This causes him to disregard what
cider persons tell him and to seize
vith and carry out with unbreakable
determination any fancy which
prompts him to commit certain acts.
Tiie case Has been talked of before
the Merchants' association and the
Humane society of South. Pasadena,
nnd committees will endeavor to find
some relief for the parents as well as
Shingle Party Scared Paster.
Middle town, .N. Y. The Rer.
Thomas Livingston, pastor of the
North Congregational church, receiv
ed a sound drubbing after prayer
meeting from about 50 young mem
bers of his congregation. The young
people entered the parsonage and se
creted themselves. All were armed
with shingles, and when their pastor
entered he was set upon and a shing
ling was given him that he will not
soon forget. The minister fought off
his assailants until it dawned upon
him that it was his birthday and he
took the drubbing good naturedly.
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Story of South Sea Shark
He Swallows an Alarm Clock, with
Most Unusual 'Results.
While crossing among the South sea
islands, 30 odd years ago In, our pri
vate yacht the Haute Flyerwe were
much annoyed by a large Irish setter
I sank gently to my-knees behind
I shark that persisted in followfne th
Her vehemence brought me rudely ship, says a writer in the Minneapolis
alarm clock which persisted" in go
ing" off furiously at all hours of the
night threw the timepiece overboard.
The shark, always on hand for dainty
tidbits from the galley, took the time
of day at one gulp. For two days aft
er that we heard the clock going in
Berlin Ladies Are Angry.
to my senses. I had been mad to
hope. I turned slowly from her,
groping my way toward the door;
for my head was still throbbing furi
ously. She stopped me with a cry of dis
tress. She clung to me in her eager
ness. "You don't understand." she plead
ed. "You have. saved my brother's.
honor as far asithe. world can know. J
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Journal. During the night the shark
would often climb up on deck, and tip
orer the garbage can. At one time
Henry Williams, a sailor before the
mast was bitten on the leg by the
brute.. He aimed a kick at the brute,
who 'growled, showed his teeth, and
sunk his fangs into Williams' limb be
fore leaping orer. the rail into the
To '' '".'''.' ' - r
Q.nea fW.JUSP crofc:aanoyed at his
Adoption ef "American. Mustache by
Men Is the Cause.
Berlin, Germany. Fashionable men
and the beaux and the fops are wear
ing a scrubby mustache called Indif
ferently "American" and "English"
which would be utterly foreign fh
Hyde Park or on Fifth avenue.
Only a few months ago these same
men were proud and happy to adorn
their upper lips with a mustache cut
like that which characterizes Emper-
a muffled way from the interior of or wiiixam. 00 pairiuiiuu . ..
the surprised shark, who was often P"' " the 8torm pubI!c
soon with nA . -.. -kt- 1 .. j .. riticism or tne new musiacue irom
--.-.; uu u ins ueau aiiu iok
other on the pit of his stomach, evi
dently trying to diagnose his clock
We were standing on the stern of
the ship one evening watching the
shark, who was evidently feeling pret
ty sick. Suddenly the clock went off
on him and the sailors, counting the
strokes, noticed that -it struck 23.
When the shark heard this, ho turned
up and died before our eyes.'
criticism of the new mustache
A leader of society writes to a news
paper that she will not recognize any
of her acquaintances who wears "a
toothbrush" on bis upper lip.
"Man is naturally very ugly," an
other lady declares In print "The only
"natural adornment he ever had was
his mustache, and that he is ruthless
ly mutilating now. Instead of the
he is marring his face with a lot of
Yet a third woman is organizing a
league of unmarried girls, each of
whom pledges herself not to marry a
man who s.mrts an "English" or
"American" mustache. ,
All the fair critics protest against
the slavishness of following a foreign
fashion and aver that if there is any
thing thoroughly national in the em
pire it is the German mustache.
Seeking to explain this feminine out
burst, a newspaper ventures to sug
gest "that the new mustache tickles
a woman's delicate face too much."
Then the paper rejects its own sug
gestion by saying that any mustache
is better than none and quoting the
"To kiss a man without a mustache
is like eating an egg without salt"
Even Luther Burbank hasn't yet
succeeded in grafting the milk weed
to the strawberry plant aaa producing
graceful hirsute ornament of the past strawberries aad cream.
Poison in Mosquito Bite.
Philadelphia. With his left arm
swollen to threetimes its normal size.
Frederick Mason, 0 years old, a fore
man at the Midvale steel works, ap
plied for treatment at the Samaritan
hospital,, and, according to the physi
cians, was treated in time to prevent
amputation of the member.
A week ago. while sitting on his
doorstep. Mason was bitten by a mos
quito. The bite caused him much an
noyance by continual, itching, and it
is supposed that ia scratching the
part it became inflamed and blood poi
son set in. Home remedies were ap
plied, until the arm began to swell
and became very painful. This is the
second time this summer that a mos
quito has sent the victim to the Sa
maritan hospital for treatment
"So you are going to lecture?"
"Yes," answered Senator Sorghum,
"not that I care for the money, hut It
Is a pleasure to get away from your
stoay-faced colleagues in congress and
face' an audience that really wants to
hear you talk."
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