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"Bat while his majesty's govern
meat agrees with 'you that Jofty prin
ciples actuate Bulgaria, it realizes
with, yourself that lofty,, principles are
not sufiteient 'to insure the success f
"In conclusion,' we hasten to as-
Rigi" had flickered out? That little
light put heart Into me then. It tells
you to hope now."
"There is no light on the mountains
over there to-night: v
"It may barn thaogh you do not see
it. The packet I took from the safe.
sure you of our fullest, sympathy in have you destroyed' itr
"I was about" to do so as, you en
tered. Here it Is.
"Bat their release will be the most
effectual way of spreading the news."
"On the contrary, they cannot make
it known without exposing them
selves. If they do that. Ferdinand will
see to it that their respective sov
ereigns quitely but effectually remove
them. Each of them is so well knon
that they may be arrested at any
time. Feidiaand shrewdly makes
them hostages, as it were. The three
certainly will exert their great influ
ence to check the rebellion they them
selves have rostered. As for Gornji and
Gortschakoff, before, they are released
from the hospital the crisis will have
"And are we left to account for
the deaths of Starva and Bratinau as
nest we may? i questioned anx
iously. "If you remember, 1 told you at
Lucerne that I am an old newspaper
man. It is impossible to hide the
fact that an attack Las been made
on Prince Ferdinand here to-night.
Hut an attack by his own countrymen
thui has proved a disastrous failure
is quite a different thing from a de
li Iterate gathering here of representa
tives of each of the Balkan States.
Ferdinand has taken my advice to
post in hot haste to Sofia. I shall
see to it that this night's work does
not get into the papers until 24 hours
have passed. By (hat time he will
have shown himself safe and sound in
Sofia. The episode of the death-mask
will have proved a complete fiasco.
My story wiil make Prince Ferdinand
a hero triumphant over his foes and
not a weak king who was lured here
unwittingly by his mistress to his
"Tbcie still remains Jacques."
"Oh Jacques," said Iocke. with
contempt. "He was only a tool of
Starva's and a stupid tool at that.
It was he who was to lower the flag
at half-mast, it seems to give the
signal to the conspirators who were
watching in the village. But when
he rushed to the chamber window to
lower the flag he found both rope and
fastenings wrenched away! He sup
posed that the gale had done this, but
seeing the flag at half-mast, the rope
being caught in the pulley, he said
nothing about the matter to Starva.
I susitect that you were rcsonsibIe
for the lowering of 'the flag, and not
"I needed tne roie," I said, short
ly, too impatient to make further ex
planation. "And now for my last
question: What the devil did you
mean when you said that you had
promoted me? And why this haste
that I leave Alterhoffen?"
"Are you so anxious then that it
be known that you have been imper
sonating the British ambassador?"'
"Scarcely." I said, uneasily.
"And. my dear fellow. Kuhii and
the rest think that it was Sir Morti
mer who came o the rescue of
Prince Ferdinand, and not Mr. Ern
est Haddon, an American tourist."
"But why do you allow them to
"Haddon. at times you are singu
larly dense. If these men believe
that the British ambassador has been
killed by one of their number while
defending Ferdinand, do you not see
that ibis will keep them even more si
lent regarding their share in this
night's tragedy? For if England's "am
bassador were really murdered, you
may be sure that she would not rest
until she had brought the assassins to
"Tou are right. Locke: I must leave
Alterhoffen at once."
night's eplsooe would have been
averted had the dispatch you gave
Haddon fallen into Starva's hands, in
stead or into the fountain?"
"My chief at Downing street would
retire me, and with no pension, ,if he
knew that I were going to divulge
state secrets. However,-1 am going
to tell you.
"This dispatch you have returned
to me.,.1 happen to know, authorized
Sir Mortimer Brett to meet. in confer
ence the men who so very nearly
snuffed out Ferdinand's life an hour
ago. I am referring now to the dis
patch which I gave you at Vitznau,
Haddon He was to assure these ren-
resentatives of the various states that
England realized that a harmonious
confederation could alone permanent
ly allay the present discontent in the
Peninsula. Had Starva seen this dls-
patch it is not likely that he would
have had recourse to violence."
"Do you mean to tell me," ex
claimed Locke) incredulously, "that
your ministers, of the foreign office
cherish so Utopian a scheme? Are
the various kings to abdicate because
"I am telling' you nothing of the
sort." chuckled Forbes. "You Amer
icans are infants when it comes to
the intricacies of diplomacy. Secret
agents .and. spies at Sofia had warned
the., government of the intended upris
ing.' It was necessary that England
yourendeavor to help an oppressed
people'gaia their liberty; and that it
Is' not' without 'satisfaction we. tad
ourselves enabled to further your per
sonal wishes and ambitions in this
matter"' 'Nor need you have anxiety
that year own interests will' run coun
ter ,to those or England. We view
with concern the precarious state of
your health; but we trust that It will
not prove an obstacle to your coatem-
. ABOUT SIMPLE
"Capt.. Forbes-has just given me -the
second packet the one that Madame
,de Varnler took front me forcibly. It
is possible that its contents concern
your' brother. May I open it?"
"Yes." she said listlessly.
I tore open the packet 'with delib
eration, though heavens knows my
Angers trembled. I spread the saner
plated meeting of the financier in'l the piano .where I had shown
conference at Alterhoffen at the
chateau of Prince Ferdinand's secret
agent With renewed expressions of
bur complete confidence in you,
"Believe me, sir. etc." .
--Haddon,' aaid Locke, not a little
crestfallen,' "I was ruefully wide of
the mark in my conjectures concern
ing Sir Mortimer's,, relations with the
Countess Sarahoff. I told you that
morning at Lucerne that I was be
hind the'scenes. I confess myself the.
Never has writing thrilled me ,as
did that dispatch. A great light was
dawning on me.4 :I clutched the pa
per. I held it with a trembling hand.
"Forbes." I cried, .hoarsely, Yonce,:
inougn quite unwittingly,-' l -incaea:
you out of the dispatch fioeker jhst
returned to you. 'But now T ask'' you
to give me for half an hour the dis
patch you have just read. It means
everything-1 to Sir 'Mortimer's sister.
Man. there has been more deviltry
in this Castle of Lies that you are
aware of. The honor of "Sir Morti
mer himself is at stake. This dis
patch will help to save it. Give me
the paper that I may show it to Miss
"I have been too much astonished at
the events of the past 24 hours to
wouacr.ai your request. laae your J
dispatch, hut you will return it in-
shoiild know more of the conspira-1 tact?
tors. Therefore. Sir Mortimer was in-- "You need have no fear as to that,
structed to profess a sympathy for But I have still another request;
"Our Happiness' She Said, Shyly, "We Share with Others."
The Second Dispatch.
I was about to go to Helena in the
music room to' bid her good-Jby, when
Capt. Forbes returned from his er
rand. "Well, that's settled." he cried, join
irg us. "And do you agree with
Iocke and myself that it is wise that
you should leave Alteihoffen before
He heard my decision with evident
relief. - -
"You will accept my apology for
mistrusing you. Haddon. and I hope
we shall be friends." said he offering
, me his hand with a winning smile.
"But you must confess you gave me
ample grounds for being a little wary
of you. Before long we shall meet,
and I shall hope to hear your reasons
for going into this extraordinary ad
venture. In the meanwhile, may I
trouble you for the dispatch I gave
to you in the hotel at Vitznau. or did
it fall into Starva's hand that night?"
"To prevent that I dropped it t from
the window into a disused fountain in
the garden below."
"Where I found it," interrupted
Locke. "Here it is, and please ob
serve that the seals -are 'unbroken." '
"Frankly, Forbes." 1 said, ;l
thought you rather an idiot' to give me
an important dispatch that night' You
must have seen that I was more or
less in Starva's power, and that he
was likely to gain possession of the
. "Had that dispatch fallen into his
hands." replied Forbes, "it is quite
possible that Ferdinand would have
been saved his bad half hour. Do you
remember I told you. -my pseudoam
bassador. (and you acted the part re
markably well, let me tell you)t that
I carried two dispatches for Sir Mor
timer, and that I gave you the one
ef lesser importance?"
"Yes. And the second dispatch?
W&s it stolen from you by Starva
when he trapped you in the tower?"
Fortes nodded. I took the liberty
of taking it from him just now."
"And nay humble American eon-
sal ask." drawled Locke, sow to-(project.
the cause which, of course, was not
sincere. This dispatch Sir Mortimer
or myself were to allow to be stolen
if necessary. Its contents were ex
plained to me before I left London,
that 1 might repeat verbally the mes
sage, should the dispatch not reach
"Since yon have already betrayed
.your government's confidence," said
Locke, jocularly, "tell us the purport
of the second dispatch."
"I will read it to you since the
seals are broken," agreed Forbes after
a moment's hesitation.
"To His Excellency, etc. Sir: The
same messenger who gives you this
dispatch will deliver you another
which authorizes you to treat with
the committee of the various states
of the Balkans, who have for their
aim a confederation of these states.
You will use the aforementioned dis
patch at your discretion. It is need-J
less to say that neither this ministry
nor the other powers can for an in
stant sanction a scheme so impos
sible. But it has come -to our knowl
edge that a dangerous conspiracy ex
ists to overthrow the rulers of the va
rious states. To check this 'conspir
acy it may be well for you to tempo
rize. If you think it expedient, per
mit the dispatch mentioned to fall
into the hands of this committee.
Capt Forbes will follow . the same
course if necessary. He has full in
structions to exercise his discretion
in this matter.
"It is not without surprise that the
'ministry has learned of your promise
to Ferdinand regarding England's sun
port of his project,'namery. the
threatened invasion of Macedonia.
Fortunatetly. the ministry is con
vinced that some such move as you
sanction is expedient to free Mace
donia from' the atrocities of Turkish
misrule that have shocked Europe so
long. His majesty's ministry there
fore is inclined to overlook in 'this
instance an) undue bias' you have
shown in espousing Macedonia's
"If you are convinced that the finan
cier of New York city whom you have
named is sincere in his offer to give
Prince Ferdinand financial support
you are authorized -to tell him -that
his majesty's' ministers are heartily
In favor of Prince Ferdinand's inva
sion, and will exert every influence to
insure him unrestricted action. More
over, the foreign office Is in" fall sxS
cord with your views as to the sum
of mosey iadisnemmble to Ferdinand's
the papers you saw me take from the
safe, which Madame de Varnler
wrestled from me they belong to
"On my bonof, they concern no one
but her. What! Do you still mis
"No, my dear fellow."
He. placed the packet in my hand.
I entered the music room to bring
to Helena tidings of great joy.
Tidings of Great Joy.
She stood at the open window look
ing out on the mountains in the far
distance. They 'were phantoms of
despair beckoning to her in -the moon
light. They had brought suffering to
her as well as to myself; for had I
not gone to Lucerne, and told her the
story of my cowardice, perhaps she
would have been spared the knowl
edge of her brother's disgrace.
"Dear," I said gently, "do you re
member 'the little beaeoa that shone I :we share with others
long after the lights on Pilatus and 1 (The End.)
Madame de Varnler the death-mask
the evening before. I read them one
after the other. The proof was ab
solute. Sir Mortimer's honor could
no longer be questioned. Fools we
had been and blind.
"Helena," I said, mastering my emo
tion with an effort "it is as I
thought; these papers throw a flood
of light on the letters and notes of
your brother that we have so harshly
misunderstood." ' t
She came swiftly to my side.
"Harshly misunderstood!" she repeat
ed with blanched lips.
I v was sorting carefully the papers
Helena had just given me, the letters
supposed to have been written by the
committee of freedom, and to which
Sir Mortimer's comments werepln-
uea. i laugnea aioua ' wnen I -saw
that these letters, supposed to be the'
originals were typewritten, as were
Now I understood why Madame de
Varnier had refused to let me see
what she called the original papers.
It was not so much that she feared I
should destroy them; she knew that
the fact of their being typewritten
would at once awaken my suspicion.
j "Did it not occurto you as being
rather suspicious that these letters
were written on a typewriter?"'
"At first it did." replied Helena,
searching my face wonderingly.
"But she quieted, my doubts by ex
plaining to me that (the letters were
typed to prevent the possibility of
their being -traced."
"The ingenious Madame de Var
nier!" Helena did notspeak: her agitation
was too great for words. She watch
ed me, at once bewildered, and eager,
while I read the contents "of both
packets carefully once more. When
I had read them. I sorted them no
less carefully. For ten minutes there
was silence between us.
"Helena," I said with a deep sigh,
when I had finished my task, "once
tonight I said this was a Castle of
Lies, but I did not realize until now
how surely I soke the truth. These
letters are forgeries."
"Impossible." she murmured, wring
ing her hands in anguish. "I know
my brother's writing too well."
"Follow me carefully, and you will
see that I speak the truth. I do hot
question your brother's handwriting.
But listen first of all to this dispatch
which was taken from Capt. Forbes
when he was trapped in the tower.
Tell me if any of the expressions in
it are familiar' to you."
"Yes. yes," she cried eagerly, when
I had finished. 'Lofty principles actu
ate Bulgaria, but' lofty principles are
not sufficient to insure success;' "You
need have no anxiety that your own
Interests will run counter to those of
England;' the references to the loan,
to my brother's indiscretion, to his
ambitions all these appear in my
brother's notes in connection with the
letters of the committee of freedom."
"Now read 'these letters the con
tents of the second packet. They
were written to your brother by
Prince Ferdinand himself, and deal
with the loan to be floated by the
banker to finance Ferdinand's inva
sion of Macedonia.- The notes and
-comments of your brother have refer
ence, not to these typewritten letters,
which were never written by any com
mittee of freedom, which were never
received by Sir Mortimer, .but are
the cunning fabrications of that wom
an but to these letters of Ferdinand.
Look, you can see the pins pierced
each of Ferdinand's letters. As I
place your brother's notes on the re
spective letters to which they have
reference, the pin marks fit precise
ly. You may still,cherish proudly the
motto of your house: 'Honor, my
"Ernest, if this be true--"
"It is true." I said firmly, and ' I
drew her to me. "I must leave Alter
hoffen to-night, Helena. It must not
be known that I have been mistaken
for your brother. I am going to' find
Madame de Varnier. When I return
to you I shall bring with me her writ
ten confession. And when 1 1 return,
sweetheart? You Bretts, you have
told me, are a proud race. Disgrace
you would bear alone. But your hap
Our happiness." she said shyly.
ALVARADO NOT MINING
HE HAS BEEN REP
RESENTED TO BE.
. ARE WITHOUT TIUTH
Believes Himself to Be. Worth Mit
Itaws, But In Reality Has Hard
to Raise Comparatively
Sum Systematically Plun
dered by These, in His Empley
Is famed .Throughout Region tor
Generosity, Rut Shirks Publicity.
Mexico tty. Pedre Alvarado, about
whom fieaten and fancy have woven
tales, ef fabulous wealth and countless
treasures, is a Mexican peoa. Willing
ly has he submitted to the flattery and
adulation which his fellow townsmen
fhave lavished upon him on account of
his ownership of a bonanza silver
mine, albeit in the profits of that
mine- he has had but a meagre share.
All the extravagant tales of Pedro
Alvarado's wealth, of bis ability to
pay the Mexican national debt and
of his efforts to commission several
regiments ef Mexicans to subdue the
Yaquis, are pure myths.
He believes himself today the
wealthiest man ef the universe, and
no one has ever dared to dispossess
him of the delusion he cherishes, that
his mine is the greatest thing of its
kind in the .world. But notwithstanding
he is reputed to be worth $150,000,000,
he has had the greatest trouble with
in the last three months to raise $300.
000. The fact that he only has been
able to accomplish this at a sacrifice
of practically all he possessed has still
failed te bring him to a proper esti
mate of bis fortune.
Lack of Management.
As one approaches Parral on the
branch of the Mexican Central rail
road from Jiminez, tales of Alvarado's
greatness are heard on all sides, if the
average Mexican peons are doing the
talking. If",' on ' the other hand, one
strikes the expatriated American who
has been living in the vicinity for a
year or two, he will confidentally tell
one, "on the side," that the Mexicans
are simply reporting what they have
heard. If ne fraternizes with the
peons. for any length of time one will
find that their ideas of Alvarado's
wealth are derived largely from the
rich ore which their relatives employ
ed at the mine abstract surreptitious
ly from time to time.
Visit to Alvarsdo'.
After becoming acquainted with the
important developments at Parral, if
one has the necessary influence and
pull with somebody who is on friend
ly terms with Alvarado, an invitation
to visit his property is soon forthcom
ing. While his ideas of-hospitality dif
fer in many respects from those to
which we are accustomed in the
United State's, still, when showing his
guests his property, he seems to for
get his alleged greatness and be-
After a while Alvarsdo suggested a
continuation of the exploration of his
mineTand showed 'the way "tote huge
chambers cut into the rock from
which great quantities of ore had al
ready been' abstracted. Here and there
the interpreter pointed out big streaks
of the rich chlorides of silver that go
to make the' property a boimBza.'lhea
came the hardest part of the trip the
descent of what is kaown as a, "chick
em ladder," which is not any toe agree
able for one unaccustomed to moving
sheet la mines.
The "Chicken Ladder.
The chicken ladder is a hi
inclined at about 45 secret
which wooden blocks have
eaed about 14 laches apart. W
fal to relate, the Mexican
ployed la the mines, carry ea their
backs aaspeaded by heavy
across their foreheads loads varyias;
ia weight from 75 to ltt pounds. They
mount the, chicken ladders with the
utmost celerity and do aot seem to
think the performance anything woa
derful. At the bottom of the chlckea lad
der a group of Mexicans were, squatted
in one of the drifts, consuming the
ever-famous tortilla, which, together
with the everlasting friola; makes up
Up to lye meaths ago- AIvaradas
day, of whfch.asout ST teas
away for treatment . aad'tho
left oa the damps. The America mus
ing eagmesr fa almost overcome wheat
told that it takes 5M) mem to. acasrav
pttsh such a little work, hat ef eemrse.
he does aot appreciate the talrajmdl
nary ceadiUeas that prevail at the Pal-
While as dae at the arias
desmRely what the ere yielde par aw.
K fa believed that the Trail
average from SXt to SSSf
that the low-grade will ma tram Hf
tefXa tea. The tarses are si
eat hi silver, with
The mine st the time ef the vfaK
referred to was miklag ahsat SMaal-
of water per miante. bat the
wereeuite able to take care ef
this low. Here agata eae is pat ha
dose touch with Alvarado's
haslassa sease. Iastead ef
the mine by a taaael which he.
easily nam at .the base ef the
tola, where his mine is located, jkm
goes to work! aad has all the water
pumped to the top of ihe hilL from
where it tows to the bottom
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Alvarado1 is careful to see that his
visitors, do not miss any important
item in his mine, and on this occa
sion it was all of four hours before he
had shown everything he wished to ex
hibit. Then came an invitation to" din
ner, and the invitation haviag been
accepted, the mine owner accompanied
his guest to the surface and gave the
necessary orders to his cook.
While Alvardo was waiting the call
of the cook his visitor had an excel
lent opportunity to study his person
ality and his character. He is a little
man. weighing about 120 pounds,
quick, alert and extremely nervous.
He has a well-shaped head with prom
inent forehead, topped by a short crop
of black hair. He wears a stubby beard
that shows the lack of care. His
features are pleasant, barring an un
usually pointed nose, and when he
smiles he shows some very good teeth.
through sluices built for the purpose.
The surface equipment at the Pal
milla is on a part with the best which
can be seen at any large American
mine. His repair shops are ef the best
and he has never been' known to" rum
down any suggestion for improve
ments that have ever been made to
him, unless the offers Interfered with
his principles. There is a leak some
, where, however, between the gross
profits aad the net income, which up
to this time no one has ever been able
te explain. It is this unknown drain
that has practically ruined Alvarado
to-day and that has made it necessary
for him to pledge all he owns to raise
a bare 300,00.
He Shirks Publicity.
Strange as it may seem. Alvarado
personally shirks publicity. On no ac
count would he allow a photograph of
himself to be taken, although quite
willing to have his entire mine aad
equipment photographed under any
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Was Love's Labor Lost
Woman's First Act ef Philanthropy
Decidedly a Failure.
A lady who was recently appointed
a visitor to a hospital .for children,
fearing that poor children failed to re
ceive the same attention bestowed on
those of richer parents, paid her first
visit, to the institutiqa. intending to
effect a change. 4n a ward- she found
a tiny boy quite alone. He informed
.her that there was another boy in the
wards, but that be was being examined
before a clinic. The lady looked
around her for evidences or neglect on
the .part of the attendants. A suit
of clothes lay huddled oa .a chair.
Folding them in an orderly manner,
she said: , . -
"Surely, my dear, these trousers are
too wag. for yea by several laches."
. "Yea'm," replied the hoy.
"A. aU aad a shame,", cried she, aad
took a "companion" from her hag
She sat down aad cat off the legs of
the garment aad hemmed the
"Now," she said, triumphantly,
when the task was complete, "they
will fit : you better."
"The other boy's taller than me,"
replied the child. "They belong to
comes quite chummy with those he is
The invitation to the writer of this
artiele to go into the Palmilia mine
called for a prompt attendance at the
mouth ef the shaft at 8 o'clock in the
morning. The mine being situated on
the very top of one of the highest
peaks ia the district, and the road
leading to it being very difficult, the
visitor was half an hour late.
Sitting en Ore Pile.
Alvarado was round sitting on the
apex ef one of his richest ore plies.
Without even so much as rising he ex
tended his hand smilingly as the in
terpreter performed the introduction..
After a time Alvarado suggested a
halt In the explpration. and seating
himself passed around cigarettes and
began to talk about his output and
other items connected with the opera
tion ef the mine. The exaggeration he
made use of was staggerinz. He
thought nothing of saying that before
long his mine would afford employ
ment to 190,000 men, and backed this
up with the assertion that he would
hoist 10,000 tons of ore every day,
once he got the mine working as he
planned to have it.
This sort of talk easily suggested
the .origin of many of the stories of
wealth that one hears in Mexico and
elsewhere concerning this interesting
Exploring the Mine.
Strange as ic may seem, Alvarado
is almost totally in ignorance of what
is being done from day to day at his
property. Those in charge of the de
velopment, who seem to be mostly rel
atives, are satisfied to give, him a per
centage of tike daily receipts, pocket
ing a good deal of -the balance and
spending the rest upon silly operations
that -fail to make any appreciable im
provement ef the mine.
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He is 44 years old. He has a kees
sense of humor, appreciates a joke,
and is always ready both to give aad
take. His knowledge of things is limit
ed to the confines of Chihuahua, his
native state. He knows almost noth
ing of the world.
He is a devout Catholic, and ia va
rious little nooks in his mine chapels
have been constructed, which he never
passes without doffing his cap and
making the sign of the cross.
A Generous Giver.
His charity abounds on all sides, and
he constantly has men employed in ex
cess of his needs simply to keep their
families out of want. When he was
asked why he still retained the anti
quated burros and ore wagons to carry
his ore to Parral instead of installing
a tramway, he said: "What would all
my men and 500 burros do if they had
no ore to carry?" It is along this line
or reasoning that Alvarado has built
up a philosophy of his own, which.
while it perhaps is comical, cannot The value of the world's railways Is
help arouse certain admiration for hi put at 127,775.000,000.
circumstances that. may suit the oae
taking the picture.
"I de aot want people to think I am
a monkey," said Alvarado,
His residesce at Parral is a mini
ature palace, and its furnishings coa
taia many expensive pieces of wrought
silver, any of which he is quite willing
to part with as gifts to those who
catch his fancy. He has Invested some
ot his money in a large hotel in Par
ral, but he has wisely decided aot
to run the hotel himself.
For an iadlvidual who has. seen so
little of the world and wno, one might
say, has been -buried in his native
town from his birth. Alvarado shows
a genius that cannot fall to obtain for
him respect throughout the district ia
which he lives. His ambitiOBs are cen
tered ia doing good, aad he still clings
to the idea that some day he will be
able to help every Mexican who re
quires his assistance.
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fsell Warns Florists of Danger.
An electric bell tinkled sharply lie
side the florist's desk. "Frost!" "he
said, and ran hatless to the green
bouses. "The fires had sunk!" the
nortst explained on his return. "The
watchman had fallen asleep. But for
iny frost bell I'd have lost hundreds
of dollars. -Frost bells are now pretty
generally used by florists and fruit
growers," he went on. ' "An electrical
.contrivance is connected with a ther
mometer and' when the mercury falls
to a certain point you regulate this
danger point to suit yourself a bell
rings a waning ia your house or of
fice. Maay a crop of winter fruit aad
flowers has been saved ia the past
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EVER FEED HORSES MOLASSES?
Experiments in New York Have Re
, suited in. Remarkable, Success.
Feed, your horse oa old fashioned
black New Orleans, molasses. This is
no joke. Novanimal has a sweeter
tooth than the horse. And this char
acteristic ef equus has .pot been suf
ficiently encouraged. There is noth
ing aew la the proposition, but the
commoa run of people never heard of
it and will scarcely believe it. Look
at those magnificent Percherons draw
ing great loads in our streets. See
those giant Normandles, weighing 2,-
000 pounds each. Feast your eyes on
those sturdy Clydesdales, those dapple
grays, able to pull a few tons without
flinching. All fed on molasses.
A firm in Brooklyn has been experi
menting with 'molasses as a,food for
horses sad tries to keep the results se
cret, writes Victor Smith ia the New
York Press. From sa iaside source I
leara this: Two of the horses la the
stable were givea up as worthless.
Thar tat so thla aad weak that they
ast de a day's work, aad were
to he retired oa peastoas at 11
years, when the molasses man came
along. The horses were off their feed,
probably sick at the stomach. They
refused oats, hay, corn, clover and
shorts. He looked them over and said
he should like to try an altogether new
regimen. "Go ahead," said the superin
tendent of the stables, in which there
are over 200 magnificent animals
worth from $700 to $1,000 each. In
two months' one of the horses, a physi
cal wreck, gained 400 pounds, aad the
other, a physical wreck, 356. Their
coats were as satin. They were restor
ed to duty and are still holding their
own oa molasses.
In administering the molasses the
blackest you can buy first chop your
hay into bits and to each peck add one
pint of molasses. Mix thoroughly. The
horse will do the rest.. Use about the
same quantity of syrup with' oats,
shorts, corn, etc If you find that one
horse may have a sweeter tooth than
another, 'regulate 'the treacle accord
iagly. . So regulate It, ia fact, that
nothing well he left ia the trough. You
can bay good New Orleans (er Perls
Rice) molasses for thirteen aad
half eeata a gallea; by the
er barrel tor a MttM lest, Try It oa
your poor, old; brokea dowa aag. He
win live to bless you, aad he pulling
yoa areuad the country or the towa
London's Meet Populous Parish.
The population of Islington appears
at last to have reached high water
mark, says the. Pall Mall Gazette. A
century ago a great part of the bor
ough consisted of open country; bat
now all is thickly covered with
houses, and as a result the population,
at well over 300.000. Is the largest of
any district ia the metropolis. When
the development of the building es
tates was entered upon, the figures
rose with astounding rapidity. Ia
1$11 the percentage of increase was
35.7, ia 1841 it stood at 49.4. and la
1851 it advanced to 70.7. A neriod of
declining Increases then set in, the fig
ures at succeeding decennial periods
heiag 83.1, 37.1. 32.3, aad 12.8. In lSff
the population was 33431. the par
eeatage af the iacrease beiagealy 4.9;
while tor the twelvemeath aow re
ported asoa the latter figure appears
at e.4. in ether weeds, the'
tlea ia aH hat statioaary, aad ere
aa actual fsttJag oft may be
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