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    THE OMAHA PAJLY BEE ; 3ppITDAY , JULY 14 , 1895.
Copyilglit'd , UOS , by 8. II. Ornrki-tt.
Hut suddenly , even while wo execrated
Black MacMlchacl for that cowardly r.ifthod
of sighting a shot at a foe's back , wo know
that we would have done as he , would have
quartered the land , could we , for the sport
of shooting the man he named.
"Mardroclmt ! " he said , rlklng from
the rocks and running down to 'he water ,
that utlll looked clear with Its sheen of
shimmering diver.
Yea , If the man lying on his face were
Jladrocluit , 1 would have held It no sin to
have done the same e'en to his hack. I
thought of all I had heard of this sly , wicked
Informer , who even the worst of the perse
cutors despised , as Kate McOhle had de
scribed him In the fight * io had had with
the lasses when they had discomforted him
so blithely. Then It was a spirit of revenge
which led him to seek the cave In the face
of the cliff above the loch , to 1)0 quits with
Malslo and Kate McOhle. I , too. would have
shot him behind while I stopped hid be
hind the hags.
With n low cry of dismay MacMlchacl
called back to us from the water's edge that
this man after all was not Madrochat , but
only one favoring him. And then , as we saw
the poor creature lying there shot In the
back , I believe we even would have taken
our comrade at the throat , now that again
the cowardice of the shot scorned apparent ,
like that of the soldiers I had seen shooting
n poor maukln a lad that ran from them.
I believe that we should have come at once
to an open rupture had I not remembered
the prudence I gained during the last days.
Our unwelcome comrade knew the country ,
how to hide , to run low , the lore of hill and
dale ; where the heather was thickest ; spots
for hiding among the moss-hags. Wo had
found these traits upon our short acquaint
ance while we hasted along the way on that
near Impossible errand.
For how could we two , with but one un
willing retainer , who had a name bad
enough for treachery , ever expect to free
Anton Lenox or his daughter , Malsle ? liy
what trick of wit or any cunning could \\c
arrive at It ?
I confess as we ran over ths hills to reach
a point ahead of them I saw no way at all.
no hope of doing aught. For It appeared
to me that Malslo was lost forever , and , for
getting all my good Scot training , I cursed
the mlEchanc. , as I would not and should
not have cursed , I deem , even at a like mis
chance having fallen to rny own mother's lot.
It was as It had been when Sandy cared
not so much about th > others , because ho
knew that Jean Hamilton was cafe , who
was his wife. Malsle had come to me like
Jean to him ; although she was a winsome ,
quiet lass , she could have had the greatest
man In all Galloway had she but willed It.
I thought of her coming each day to me ,
when hidden under the roof of the \\tll
liousa ; of the little Maisloln the adventure
when my father's horse , Gay Garland , had
saved both our lives , I would we were
again In a like plight together with me alonr
to aid.
And hero we were running over the hills
daft and fey , only with Instinct keeping
something , my chance to solve our puz
As we ran on I was sick of the heart ,
cursing my folly In having gone > to the con
venticle of the United Societies , In having
left her alone with Anton Lenox on his back
he whom they never would have took , allvt
at least , If he could hava held a sword , for
not until I had heard the story afterward
did I know that even In the sheer extreme
of Ills weakness he could find strength to
fight his enemies when rage prompted.
You see how the matter had turned me
mad , and yet Wat Gordon of Lochlnvar was
In almost equal bad way. And as we hasted
lie Aked me if I remembered tha head of
his father falling in the snow that night
of his gallantry with the Lady Wollwood in
Edlnboro' town. I told him I never could
have forgotten that grisly thing , nor the
creatura I had dreamed or saw I never
can be sure came out to bury It while 1
was In hiding.
"I told you that night you were a man ,
Will , " said he , "when you were strong In the
bonny fight. "
I knew that ho meant that I should not be
disheartened , but ho would not have been In
better spirits had It been Kate McGhie In
Malsle's stead.
And then on the Instant Black MacMlchael
called back :
"Hist ! I knew wo should find them In
time If It be they ! "
And then we , crouching low , as he had
Cone , looked down on the highway , which we
Ji ?
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I crk-J to her through the dark.
had run In on again , and there below as the
road turned by the burn , I saw again that
great man , my brother , Alexander Earlstoun ,
followed by some 300 men of tha Covenanters ,
returning from the conference of the Seventh
Thousand. As I started to run down to In
tercept hint to tell all that had happened ,
Black MacMlchael pressed my arm ,
"Ay. mou , they cast me out , and I can
Join none of them , "
I thanked him for the good service ho had
done me In showing me the strong hand thai
could help me in my need , even the hand ol
Sandy Gordon , my brother.
In an Instant Wat of Lochlnvar and I had
ittoundod Sandy by seizing his bridal rein ;
while he exclaimed at what we told , of the
witch mother of th4 idiot. Gash Gabriel , hiv
ing ID all likelihood told Mardrochat where
Anton Lenox lay , hid In the cave In the face
pf the bill , .and , how that sly spy , remember
ing that he had sworn revenge on Malsle
ni ] Kate Mcflhle- for their bravery and their
taunti , had sought the spot out. We only
could Imagine the rest , even the wont. Bui
on the other way , down that very road , were
tte dragoons who led her and Anton Lenox ,
ber father.
And then , my brother , the great man In i
lorelgu hat and coat , whom I bad ( rown t <
respect that very day , hearing him speak
from the Session Stone , smote his thigh
with a malediction. I know the Almighty
'orgave. And then , we telling him he must
lusten should we carry out our plan and
free the prisoners before Anton Lenox
should be near Edlnboro and the headsman ,
10 distributed his men , who near all knew
: he ways of the hill , scattering them over
.ho slopes In the hidden spots and those on
mrses along the bosky edges of the burn. In
such wise were wo put that we had been
iblo to have surprised a much larger force
than that we awaited.
Presently as we lay , I with my pistols
lield ready to pick my men , we heard a
voice shouting a ribald refrain.
"Hoot , a cavalier song ! " one of ours said.
Others voices took up that ditty , steeped
with the jollity of a soldier's freedom. We
knew afterward that they were full of drink
that they had had at the Inn that stands
half way on this road to the Claclmn of
St. John's .town.
Presently they came , two by two , their
war rattling above the sound of their voices.
The man by my side whispered that we
had been right In our conjecture earlier In
the day , and that It was Lag's Dumfries
troop of renegades.
Presently there came a horse with a lass ,
and straining my eyes to be In truth sure ,
I saw she was , as Wat and I had thought ,
Malsle Lenox.
I rose up at the sight , maddened , I know-
well , nnd let fly a bullet that took the roy-
sterlng blade that led the party In the groin ,
so that he yelled as he had not seen but
had felt the dell.
At the Instant white puffs of powder rose
from both sides of the burn , while- Sandy
led his horsemen from their hiding In the
bosky hollows.
They must have Imagined us many more
< H c , w * r
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Suddenly she laid her head on my shoulder
mil began to sob bltteily.
than we really were , for they scampered
away right and left , to and fro , each think
ing of his own skin , and forgetting those
fallen In their tracks.
"Malsle ! " said I , at her bridle rein now.
She had been struggling with tha llttls
horse that had his nerves tingling at the
fearsome noises.
"Oh , Will , " said she.
Then was I fearsome of that bonny face ,
so pale and distraught with what she hail
undergone. She reminded me In some way
ot the girl bairn who was still and grat
not so much as the boys before James John-
stone's cruelty. She was not , after all that
had happed , the same lass that had so re
cently the luxuries of the great house of
Dalmaghle to minister to the great sickness
of her father , Anton.
Hut I cared not a whit. Distraught as
she was , I again had her safe In charge
before all that crew of dying soldiers and
exultant membrs of our own.
Hut she was looking hack the road by
which they had come.
"My father , " said she , "who never was
taken before and Margaret ! "
Her heart was with thm , as I knew well ,
but I tried to encourage her with stating
what we would do to deliver her from this
salr perplexity ,
Sandy , returned from the pursuit , now
dismounted by his bast's side , his foreign
hat In his hand , out of respect for our lit
tle friend , Malslo of the Lenoxes.
And then , talking , she found at last how
to explain that her father had Interfered
since he was captured In behalf of a little
ofllcer hey , who had been set on by two others
of that disordered array. Anton Lenox , weak
as he was , and after the stern fight he hat
of yesterday , had been overcome and ther
bound to a horse's back and sent on by the
other of the two roads , Malsle thought , which
forked near the Inn where they had loitered.
When she had explained this and that she
thought a greater party followed , with which
It would be utmost folly for us to attempl
contention , and , after all her regained self-
possession , she broke into BODS , as , after all
she was but a lass.
"Poor Margaret ! " said she. "Poor Mar
garet ! "
Hut Sandy , who listened , said :
"Hoot , toot , be of guld heart , lass. "
He declared that he would be after the
party that had Anton Lenox , but that he
would leave three to escort Malslo and myscl
to Tonoskln In the wilds.
Wat of Lochtnvar would een stay with
Sandy because he smelt the fray. And aftei
all the Indignities he had suffered he was no
In very truth so unwilling to lift his hand In
the fight against Charles Stuar.t. who hat
belled his Inheritance as King o' the Scots.
All this dfd not indeed take all the time 1
have needed to put It to paper. Yet we were
ns It was , deliberating all too long ; for sud
denly we heard the tramp of many horse :
down the road whence the others had come.
As the hoot clank sounded down the roac
Sandy urged us to hasten In the other direc
I was sore put to it that It was my need In
order to help her we had rescued to leave
him , my brother. I had no other way , bu
yet now I would that I had not ; that I hat
stayed to see him In the guld fight , striving
as only Sandy Gordon of Earlstoun ever
could ! Oh , that I had stayed to keep him
from being taken !
Hut my duty was plain. I had no other no
tion In very truth save to accompany Malslc
Lenox nad not to leave her again In such a
plight as I had before. So separating we
rode each to his destination.
Gradually Malsle's self-control returned
and she had told the story ot all that hai
happened while we had been at the conventicle
of the Seven Thousand.
"You had scarce gone , Will , " said * he
"when Margaret and I saw a face peering
out through the bushes. I screamed in m >
horror , for It was that ot the great black
robber which ( topped us , as Kate told you
on the way from Barmoehle. "
"Mardrochat ! " said I. "Mardrochatl"
"Yes , Mardrochat , the py , was he , Will
whose wicked face peered at ui. He knew
that he bad ui affrighted , that we bad nc
help near , and he remained there hid , glow
I ering at us , while we knew not what to do
And tbioj u Urjd p Uat lilng , bo gavj i
\vlilitle , when out of the woods a dozen men
came running toward in and repeated a cry
raised by Mardrochat , 'Make the lassies show
up the whlg's hiding place. ' They had been
told that It wa a cave on the braw surface
of the beetling crag , but their knowledge of
the location was not more certain than this.
The exact ipot they bade us tell , and frighted
u again with threats of all kinds of dire
things. We toUl them they could find out for
theiulelvcR It there wcTe" such a place" , but ,
as for us , we would say neither yes nor no. "
"When they had brought us by force to the
face of rock and copse where , as you know ,
the cave l , " Malsic went on , "they asked
us again and again to take them to the
whlg's hiding place. When we refused they
uttered the most horrid threatenlngs , swearIng -
Ing what should befall us. But they were
not able at all to shake us , though we were
but two maids and at their cruel will , and
they were not able to find the mouth of the
cave In that mile of tangled galry face. .
"So the cruellest and fiercest of all , the
great , stark , black-a-vlsed man whom they
called Mardrochat , that same that stopped
us by the ford when first we fled from Bal-
nachle "
"Oh , cursed Mardrochat , " I cried ; "wait
till I come'to a settlement with you ! "
" " "all is settled
"No , said Malsle solemnly ,
and paid already with Mardrochat. So they
threatened till they were weary , and the
night was coming on. Then Mardrochat
turned about to his gallows' thieves :
' ' handed ? Let
'Must we go back empty
me try my way with the lassies. They shall
tie complaisant to tell where the old fox lies ,
or else suffer that which shall servo us as
well. "
"With that ho came near and put his hand
upon mo In the way to hurt me. Notwith
standing , with all the might that was In me ,
strove to keep from crying out lest my
'ather should hear , which they counted on.
! ) ut , as God Is witness , I could not. Then ,
the fear being upon me and the pain of a
woman , I cried out In my agony , as I had
never before done In this world. "
"Oh , tlirlco accursed Mardrochat , die not
till I meet thec , " I cried again , beating my
lakcd hand upon a rock In the Impotence of
Malsle went quietly and evenly on with her
: ale without heeding my anger.
'But when I cried the third time in my
extremity , like a lion out of the thicket came
ny father forth , springing upon them with
tils sword In the gloaming. Never was there
such striking since the world began. He
struck and struck , panting and resting not ,
roaring In anger , till they fled from the face
of him. And the first that he struck was
Mardrochat he that held me , and the blood
spurted over me. Thus It was , " she went on
calmly , "my father clave him to the teeth ,
and he fell forward on that which had bten
his face. Then plucking his sword to him
again , my father swung It hither and thither
like lightning , and pursued them over the
moor as a ( lock of sheep Is hunted on the hill.
And he smote and slew them as he
ran. My father did that all alone. But
alas In the valley , though we knew it not ,
there was a troop of horse encamped about a
flre , the same that ye halted and took us
from In the midst of Enterkln. Now , my
/ather , running and smiting blindly , tripped
over a halter and fell headlong In the heart of
them. Thus they took Anton Lennox , who
had never been taken before. They took us
maids , also , but the dragoons being officered
by gentlemen , there was no more 111 tfsage.
Now , though he had killed the Informers
and spies , the soldiers liked my father none
the less for that , despising those whom they
employed on such service. Hather they gave
my father honor and not dishonor , as one
that was mighty at their own trade. And to
us the babe-faced officer was both kind and
courteous. "
"Is It not a noh'.e th'ng ' , " she said musingly ,
"to have a father that will render up his life
for you as If it were a little thing ? "
But I thought within myself that he need
not have given It also for a peony-faced
officer boy. But I uttered not the word aloul ,
lest I should be shamed for ono that had not
the true root of the matter In him , which ,
Indeed , I had many a time suggested might
prove to be the case with myself.
( To lie Continued. )
TO r.vir/f.
Written for The Tlce.
Yaaye , gifted , from the reiilm of pound ,
Thou lendest music with a gentle hand
Along the winding ways of harmony ,
As one , who , knowing best ; lovcst the
most ,
Yet masterful In all.
Thou , having sounded well expression's
depth ,
Speaks to no sinful ear , no selfish soul ;
Hears no one message on thy siren string
Of love , faith , beauty , fame , or dark de
Yet holds them all nnd more In mighty
grasp ,
Within the chord control.
The young heart hearing feels a vague re
gret ,
A longing wake where satisfaction slept ,
A mighty upward Impulse aa desire
Mounts upon aspiration's tireless wing.
The old remember still within thy lyre
Hreathes that they wet not of ,
Suve ns experience , lighting nil the past ,
Benches athwart to gloom to where faith's
Burns bright , eternal set.
Nebraska City , July 8 , 1895.
Don't K'rk Up a Fuss Un'.est You Know
You Am ItlRlit.
Once upon a time , relates the Detroit Free
Press , an eminent citizen entered the office
of a gas company and threw down the
month's bill ho had received that day and
"Now , by the beard of my father , but I
am wrot'n and want gore ! "
"Anything wrong ? " kindly and sympathet
ically queried the young man at the win
"Wrong ? Wrong ? Can you not read !
Can't' you get that sum total through your
young and Innocent head ! "
"Of a surety I can , sir. I see by this bill
that you are charged with 50,000 feet of gas
at $1.50 per thousand , for the month ol
August total , $75. Prithee , sir , but whj
this fervldness of speech ? "
"I never burned that gas ! "
"But the meter , sir the meter makes nc
mistakes ! However , I will summon here
the secretary , who Is a man ot more fluency
of speech than myself. "
"Why this kick , my dear sir ? " kindly
asked the secretary as ho appeared.
"Because of the size of that bill. "
"Hut you must remember that last month
was a long one. "
"Hut I was away on a visit and my house
was deserted. I did not even burn ono foot
of your Infernal old gas ! "
" 'TIs passing strange , " quoth the scretary.
"I will summon 'nenco our president , who
hath the knack of unraveling strange things. "
"Man , hath thy better senses left thee ? "
severely asked the president as ho looked
out upon the kicker. "Hath news of war or
the excitement of politics turned thy head ? "
"Not by a jugful ! How could I burn youi
gas when my hou&e was b'nut up ? "
"Prithee , sir , no one says you burned the
gas , and no one denies that your house was
shut up. This bill Is simply for the leakage
that always takes place in the house when
the family Is absent. 'TIs but a trifle , and
If thou art Inclined to raise a great rev ,
and - "
"Oh ! no ! no ! no ! I simply did not under
stand. U looked like highway robbery. Youi
explanation Is not only satisfactory , but here
Is the cash and I beg your pardon for mj
unseemly conduct ! ' "
And he counted down $75 , shook
hands all around and wished them peace ant !
prosperity , and his shadow had scarce ! )
turned the corner when a woman came Ir
and said they mlcht take thex shoes off hei
feet before she'd pay the outrageous bill ol
$1.75 they had sent bythe same mall.
\Vnrkpd. .
Harper's Bazar : "Miss Harkaway , " said
Dolllner ; "I suppose you have seen the
statement In this week's Gazette that we
are engaged to be married. "
"Yes , " said she. "I saw it. "
"Well , I wish you to know that I had
nothing to do with that announcement , and
I have written this letter of dental. "
"Oh ; I wouldn't sent It , " said she , naively ,
"What Is the use ? "
"But It Isn't true ! "
"That Is EO , but It Isn't Impossible. DC
you know that paper contains a great many
valuable hints ? "
And he took the hint.
In Oilier Dayi.
Times have changed since the days of long
ago , when one church member went to an
other with this offer : "I know you are very
busy , Mr. II. , but I will take your little boy
to the circus for you , It you cannot go. "
"Not much ! " responded Mr. II. , warmly ,
"not much. I have been waiting ( even yean
myself for this boy to be old enough to take.
You go borrow a boy out ot the family where
they've got more than one , " . . . . . "
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A Most Unruly and Dangdrom Pupil for
Teachers to I&mlje.
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TIio Allntlo Itoafit Q ltiS | T aclnbla Uinlcr
Compulsion Ittnvnr'tn tlio ( > 3utl ,
Punishing tlui II ail w Murkd
Value of Minw
( Copyright , 1 3. by S. S. McClure , Limit xl. )
Only Asiatic elephants are capable of re
ceiving much Instruction , and In the Bar-
num herd , numbering twenty-four , there Islet
lot one of the African variety.
The most illfllcult trick an elephant Is
called upon to do In the circus ring Is to
stand on his head. Of the twenty-four In
.ho Barnum show there are only three that
mve learned this difficult feat. They are
'Uabe , " "Lena" and "Columbia , " all young
and females. Doubtless with great pains
and patience the older elephants and some
of the males might also be taught to stand
on their heads , but It would bo a long
When the trainer , George Conklln , has an
elephant to break to this feat ho begins by
chaining the animal's front legs to strong
stakes , and then fastens other chains to
the hind legs below the knees , the ends of
the chains being connected with a block
ind tackle attached at the top of the build
ing. When all Is ready a number of men era
a pair of horses are set to work hauling on
the tackle , and the elephant's huge hind-
cumrters nro literally hoisted Into the air
until the force of gravitation and the re
straining power of the front chains bring
him Into the required position. Of course
the animal when treated thus for the first
time Is thrown Into Intfcnse rage and fear.
She trumpets fiercely , thrashing the ground
trouble doing It , I tell you , for he fought
like a devil. But he didn't make a noun. ) ,
not a trumpet or n roar ; he Just buckled
down and fought until the whole place shook ,
Well , wo finally got him stretched out so
that he couldn't move at all except to thranh
his big trunk form ono side to another , nd
we took good care to get out of the way of
that. Honestly , It was a pity to sec htm
lying there helpless but game. I wai sorry
fur mm when I thought of what In would
have to take before wo got through with
him. There was nothing else to do , though ,
as far as we knew. It was a case of his life
against ours , and the only way to get along
with him was to make him give up. So the
men armed themselves with stakes , sledges ,
pokers , pitchforks , hot Irons , axes , every ,
thing you could think of , and formed around
old Chief In a circle though the clrcU had a
gap In It , you can make up your mind , where
his trunk was thrashing , Then we began on
him ; kept it up hour after hour all through
the night. I tell you It was an awful Bight
From 10 o'clock that night until the next
morning without any let up. that elephant
took his medicine and never whimpered ,
never gave up , never squealed. He died at 8
o'clock In the morning , and ho died game.
When I saw the last struggle come to tin
end , the last quiver die away and the big
body all torn and tortured lie still. I tell
you I felt as If a crime had been committed
And I was mighty glad It was over. I didn't
believe the old boy would give up anyhow ,
he was too good an elephant for that. "
Mr. Conklln paused a moment in his re
cital. Then he went on :
"And the worst of It all was that all this
suffering was unnecessary. If wo had only
known It. You see our Idea was that the
only way to save the elephant's life was to
make him own up that ho was beaten , and
the only way wo knew of to do that was to
make him suffer until tie squealed. If he
wouldn't squeal , then ho had to die. Since
then I have found out a way ot bringing
fierce elephants to their senses without pushIng -
Ing things so far. I never found It to fall.
Why , there's 'Old Fritz. ' the biggest ele
phant In the herd , who tried to kill me every
day for three weeks , and was In such a mur
derous mood that no one dared to go near
him. Now he's all right , you see. Look at
him ! You wouldn't hurt me , would you.
Fritz ? Come up here , old boy. There , see
with her trunk and straining at the chains.
Sometimes the chains are broken In the
violence of the struggle , but more often the
stakes are pulled out of the ground.
Fifteen minutes at a time Is as much of
this severe exercise as It Is considered safe
to put upon an elephant . She Is released and
given two or three hours to recover herself.
Then the chains are mads fast aglln , the hind
legs once more lifted .Into the air and the
elephant brought Jback ntd the position de-
elred. Four or five UnfeteA'Uay thiyoperatlon.
Is gone through with , "apd eve y time the
same struggles andv resistance are encoun
tered. Once entprod , upon , the task Is never
abandoned u'rittl the elephant has learned the
lesson , although six or seven weeks are
usually necessary to success. By degrees the
elephant grows accustomed to standing on
her head , and allows the chains to do their
work more willingly. 'Al last comes the day
when the keeper can make her roll forward
and lift her hind quarters Into the air merely
at a word of command'and perhaps with a
prod with the elephant hook.
The remarkable memory possessed by ele
phants shows Itself In 'the persistence with
which they stick to a certain order in the
tricks they do , once these have been
thoroughly learned. For instance , If Conklln
should give a wrong command to his ele
phants while they are performing In the
ring , the chances ore they would disobey
him and execute the order which should
have been given. If , for example , he told
them to march when .ordinarily he would
have told them to waltz , they would go
ahead and waltz , refusing to do the march
except In the us ual order.
When an elephant becomes unruly he must
ba brought Into subjection at any cost , and
unually no half-way measures will serve.
Indeed , many elephants , when fits of rage
have taken them , have been thought so hope-
les of reform , so given over to the deslro to
kill , that the only course open was to kill
them. Thus the famous "Tip" In Central
park was put to death with an agony of
poisoning a few years ago. In this way many
elephants have been simply murdered. George
Conklln declares that it Is only In very rare
Instances that It Is really necessary to kill
an elephant.
"We used to think , " said he , "that the only
way to deal with a bad elephant was to tor
ture him until ho squealed , which meant sur
render. And I am sorry to say that many
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good elephants have on this principle been
tortured to their death ; because their keepers
knew no better. Fully hatr the elephants
that are taken with these bursts ot frenzy
will endure any suffering that can be put
upon them rather than show the white
feather. They will let you drive hooks and
spears Into them until they are covered with
blood ; they \ylll let you-burn them all over
with red hot irons ; they will let you beat
them , Ehoot them , do anything to them , but
they will not give up ; you can't make them
squeal. And It you persist in this kind ot tor
ture you will surely end by killing the ele
phant. It's an awful thing the way keepers
used to torture elephants to their death ; It
makes me shudder to think of It ,
"I remember several years ago , when old
Chlet went mad and tried to kill several of
the men. He was a big , fine elephant , ono of
the best In the herd and the quickest to
mind In the ring. But he seemed to be so
dangerous that something had to be done ,
and the order was given to break his spirit or
kill him. We got a gang of men and went
to work about 9 o'clock one night. First we
chained the big fellow down by his four legs ,
using bloqk ajid tackle , and wo bad some
some'l 'l '
how lie lifts his trunk. He's as docile as the
baby elephant , and yet I wish you could have
seen him a couple of years ago.
"Wfiat did I do to him ? I chained him
down Just as we chained down 'Chief , ' but I
didn't use hot chains on him or spears or
axes , only clubs. I got two gangs of twelve
men each , and kept them clubbing him for a
couplet of hours. I had one gang club him
until they were- tired out , and then let the
other gang lay on ; 'and .to on. 'Fritz' never
squcatid while they we're clubbing him , he
was'too game for1 that-Oils ; rage was up und
he would have let them torture him to death ,
just as 'Chief did , without showing the
whltejfeather. ' But that wasn't my Idea ; I
didn't , want to make htm squai that day. So
after the men had clubbed him for two hours
I loosi'ned the chains and let him get up , but
kept Ihe chains on the forelegs. The next
day h'ls body was so sore from the clubbing
that the slightest touch caused Intense pain.
Afterhe , had been left alone for twenty-four
hours his rage was calmed a little ; and when
we chained him down the next day and the
men begun clubbing him again he squealed
within five minutes ; he couldn't stand any
more clubbing on that sere hide of his. The
result was we had old 'Fritz's1 spirit broken
without doing him any great harm. Now
there Is not a more obedient elephant In the
whole herd , Is there Fritz ?
The keeper patted old "Fritz" tenderly on
his big trunk , which the elephant curled up
In a half affectionate and half respectful
way , as If he appreciated the good turn
which had been done him by breaking his
spirit on an Improved plan.
In view of their enormous strength and
size , it Is remarkable bow .easily elephants
are frightened. If one of the little circus
ponies is led past the elephants as they
stand In their quarters every one of them
will begin to move about uneasily and show
signs of nervousness. It is worse still If a
dog gets Into the quarters and runs among
them , while a sheep or a pig coming near
them will set the whole herd shrieking- and
trumpeting as if some terrible danger threat
ened them. A mouse , perhaps , will throw
them Into greater panic than any other ani
mal , Whether this fear compelling power
of the mouse Is due to the notion In the ele
phant's mind that the little creature might
run up his trunk or whether It Is to be ac
counted for In some other way. Is a matter
for zoologists to puzzle over ; but the fact
of the fear elephant keepers know.
It Is remarkable how little sleep elephants
need. Two or three hours a day are usually
sufficient for their rest , and even this small
amount Is often taken standing. Indeed , when
traveling on the railroad the elephants are
packed so close that there Is only room for
about half of them to sleep lying down.
Those that He down first gain the precedence
and the others are of necessity obliged to
sleep standing. Hut even In the winter quar
ters , where they all have plenty of room to
lie down , several of the herd usually sleep
standing , merely leaning their big bodies
against the wall and sinking Into slumber.
They seem to like this way better.
African elephants , In contrast with the
Asiatic , are rather stupid and of little use
In the circus ring , slnca they are almost
unable to learn tricks. They-are more Im
posing , however , In a circus procession , be
ing taller and longer , and havuig thinner
legs and a high arched back. The famous
"Jumbo" was an African elephant. To get
the greatest height an Astatic elephant , like
a horse , is measured at the shoulder , but an
African elephant Is measured In the middle
of the back , which Ls considerably higher
than the low-placed neck. An African ele
phant has only four toes on each foot , while
an Asiatic elephant has five , and the head
of an African elephant Is much narrower
and more peaked than the head ot the
Asiatic. Elephant trainers have an easy , and ,
as they claim , Infallible method of estimating
the height of an elephant without the trouble
of precise measurement. They simply meas
ure the circumference of cno of the forelegs
at the toes , and the result multiplied by
two gives exactly the stature ot the elephant
at Its greatest height.
An ordinary elephant Is worth $3,000 or
$4,000 , but those that have received special
training are much more valuable , "John L , "
the boxing elephant , for inctance , would bring
$5,000. and "Dick" or "Fritz" at least $0,000
Mr. Bailey would not part with the little
3-year-olti "Baby Ruth" for less than $2,000
A still higher price would be demanded for
"Columbia. " the one elephant born In this
country that Is now living. "Columbia" was
born of "Babe" and "Mandy" fifteen years
ago in Philadelphia. There was another ele
pliant born In this country at Bridgeport
Conn. , and named after that city , but It diet
several years ago of water on the brain. The
body Is In the Bridgeport museum.
The lluliny South.
All eyes ara now turned to the south. You
can't afford to fight long , cold winters am
hot , dry summers , and take chances on crop
failures when you are sure of a good living
and of making money on Orchard horn
landi. Particulars on application ; corre
spondence solicited , George W. Ames , ten
eral agent , Omaha , Netu . , i . i < ia i.
. .BUYERS. .
'Are again in the east making"
' of the newest and brightest'
things shown in the Furniture and
Yet trade. We have a few odds and ends1
' our Furniture department which we will1
' at cost. Stnnv Mnttiiigs down to Sc
' per yard. Alnslui Refrigerators at cost
I Jewel Gasoline Stoves are the only abso
ute safe stove on earth , and we are sole
[ agents and sell them at the same price as ,
.thers want fo Home Destroyers.
If you have anything to buy in the way
OR Carpetiiigs
just remember that we lead the
procession in
Style nnd
Low Prices.
Oaniagas Propelled by Motors Seem Des
tined to Succeed Him.
) ctulln of the Mcclmulain , Mttunor of Gcn-
enillni ; I ho 1'invur und Uthur Keut-
ur n Popular In I'iirl iuil
to Invuilo This Country.
"Thero Is a splendid carriage team gentle ,
ntclllgcnt , spirited travelers and without a
ilemlsh. They are noble animals. To
enow them well Is to love them. "
The speaker was an eminent Omaha citizen
eated behind a handsome team of Kentucky
horoughbreds. It was the morning of the
'ourth of July. Bands were playing , crack-
rs exploding. There was a riot of natal
In on every side , and the gentleman ex
pressed a natural anxiety lest the horses
hould became unruly. The animals
cemed to understand that It was a day for
nolso and walked through It with becoming
Ignlty. Their behavior provoked the cx-
lamations above quoted.
"Good horses , " ho continued , "have not
educed much In value. The common grades
lave , becausa the demand has enormously de-
reascd. Yet I fear a like fate awaits the
> ettcr grades. It U Impossible to preJIct
vhero the development of electricity will end.
f a man had prophesied ten years
go that electric motors would sup
plant the honse ; and cable cars he
\tmld \ have been classed as a lunatic.
3ven five years ago , when the Omaha street
railway people were discussing means to
check the competition of the Mercer motor
Inc , an ofllcer of the company expressed the
opinion that the rolling stock would be worth-
ess except as lunk. A'et within a very short
> erlod electr'clty ' superseded the horse an !
ater banished the cable. Indeed , the devel
opment of electric power U so vast that we
no longer marvel at Its strides. The electric
ocomotlvo la no longer an experiment. It
s not unlikely the same power will event
ually be harnessed to the carriage. "
The melancholy fears expressoJ by this ad
mirer of the horse art } well founded. It t *
conceded on all sides that the bicycle has
iiiulo alarming Inroads Into the livery busl-
less , materially diminishing the demand for
iori'63. ' Hut the bicycle Is not aa serious a
menaceto the usefulness of the horse aa
ho application of mechanical power to car
riages , which has undergone elaborate te , ts
n France. The tests have excited world
wide Interest and are regarded as the be
ginning of a revolution in road locomotion.
Electricity and petroleum were the rival
powers In the competition , and liberal prlzw
were offered , the largest , 40,000 francs , being
'or the best four-seated vehicle. The dls-
ance covered was from I'arls to Ilordcaux
and back , about 737 miles. About twenty
nvcntors competed. The best time was
something less than forty-nine hours , an
average of nearly fifteen miles an hour. The
speed record was ina e by a two-seated pe-
rclaum carrhge. Omnlrusos , Victorias , bug
les ) and bicycles were among the competl-
A horseless carriage at first In the streets
of I'arls was looked upon as a freak. It
was a good deal more of a curiosity than ;
railway train ever was to the Chinaman , wh
ooked at It In astonishment and said : "Nc
lusheo , no pullee ; go alleo pamce. " There
was absolutely no way of seeing how tin
thing went. It must be remembered that
ho horselefs carrlago Is not a steam pro
islled vehicle , and It leaves not the slightest
: race of Ita means of locomotion visible
There Is no noleo such as steam Invarlobb
makes , no exhaust , no .waste , no smoke , n'
cinders. The thing seemoJ Incom
prehonsible. The passengers on the
earlier Parisian horseless carrlagcr
seemed to move by some en
chantment. They sat there doing nothln-
biit directing the movements of a vehlcl
that seemed to go by Itself.
The earlier trips of the new carriages werr
attractive to the Idlers , and many a "cocher"
received orders to follow and see how lonp
the curious thing went without having tr
stop for fresh supplies of fiid. Many n
Parisian horse got weary In these attempts.
The new vehicle swept down the Rue de
Hlvoll , out beyond the Mnsee du Louvre and
then returned up the hill at the Champs
Elysecs , and the more the horses followed
It the more tired they got without In any
way solving the problem as to where , when
or how the curious affair got Its power. It
would bo difficult to find anything more
simple , easy and graceful In appearance than
a horseless carriage.
The first , second , third and fourth prizes
at Paris In the Dordeaux race were won by
carriages propelled by one kind of motor.
The engine that furnished the power 1
powerful , light , and .has no such Incon-
venlence * . as steam , but it has one disad
vantage which steam has not , and which
the best brains in Europe have long been
vainly trying to do away with. This slight
Inconvenience la what Inventors on thin side
of the water are now going to try tc
This motor , which has met with mud
success In Its adaptation to launches In thli
country , produces Its power by a nerlen o
explosions conducted In a cylinder or hoi
box , and brought about by the mixture , at t
certain temperature , of air and gas. Thi
down utrck * of. the piston draws a current o :
W - " - V y y * i
lot air Into the carburetor attached to the
notor. The temperature of this current
creates the generation of vapor from gasoline )
contained In the carburetor , and the mixture
of vapor and air Is drawn out of the
carburetor Into the cylinder. Between the
carburetor and the cylinder a cold air plpo'
a attached to the suction pipe , which In"
opened or shut by an admission valve. It
iceds a certain proportion of air and vapor.
.0 secure an effective explosive mixture , and
jy opening the admission valve more or
ess , the proportion of this mixture Is regu-
ated. The upstroke of the piston forces the
explosive mixture Into a platinum tube nt-
achcd to the explosion chamber on top ot
the cylinder. The platinum tube Is heated
by a small lamp , the culy fire used. It
Ignites the explosive git > , thus creating at
sudden expansion of It , which forces the
piston down again. The second upstroke In
[ he cylinder exhausts the expanded gasea
through an exhaust pipe opened by a vulvd
at every second stroke oiily. Tli6 exhaust
plpo Is opened at the rear of the carriage
and the motion carries any dlsagreeabld
odors away from the occupants of thu
vehicle. ]
The objection to this motor is the fact thai
to start It one must turn a little crank q
half dozen times Instead of merely openlnu
a lover or turning a tiny wheel , as one would
do to start a steam engine. To do away with ;
the necessity of turning this crank to glva
the Initial start Is the problem , for this ;
motor has no explosive force on hand rev
iiulrlng a safety vavle , as has a uteairi
engine. When a motor of the kind Just
described Is shut oft It Is practically deadt1
There can bo no effort on Its part until a1
half dozen turns of the crank have sucked'
In a mixture of gas and air to begin a ncwi
series of explosions In the cylinders. *
The efforts that have been made acrosrf
the water In doing away with this disad
vantage of having to start the machlna
by giving several turns to the crank may ,
bo appreciated when It is said that in the
largo motors of this kind , the engines of
say 100-horse power , the start Is obtained
by the use of several smaller engines. Qt
course It would bo futile to attempt to start
by hand a large engine , but the largo englno
will not budge unless the Initial Impetus Is
first given to It. Tilts' Is obtained by a
scries of sometimes three smaller engines ,
the smallest of which Is not too largo to bo
started by hand. This smallest englno then
starts the next larger , and thatIn turn
sets going the malti motor. It remains to
bo seen It this clumsy and roundabout ar-
rungcment cannot bo Improved upon la
The more one looks Into It the surer ha
becomes that the next fad In America la
going to bo the horseless carriage. One ot
the objections to as well as the pleasing
feature of the bicycle Is the work It takes. '
This may seem paradoxical and Inconsistent 1
There can bo no doubt about It , the average
human being likes , when he Is not actually
Intent upon hard work In the way of exer
cise , as easy a time of It as- can be devised
for him , and there are few exercises mora
popular than driving. The main difficulty
with driving Is that It costs too much.
There Is just the right amount of exerclsa
about a good carriage ride for the avcrago
human being. You sit there In a comforta
ble wagon or carriage , and the horse doea
the rest. Now , horses are expensive ani
mals , and require knowledge and care to
make them give a reasonable amount ot
pleasure In return for the capital Invested ,
The pleasures of driving have long been
lauded , and the happiness of the gentle
exercise of long outings In country lanes
In the open air , with only enough exertion
and mind effort required to keep the thing
from becoming monotonous , have been
praised In the highest terms , but now comes
an exercise fully as beneficial as the ordi
nary driving , and having many of the ad
vantages over It that the bicycle has over
human legs. One of these ls the ability ,
to travel long distances. Everybody knows )
that one objection to walking Is the fact
that when one has gone far enough to begin
to get anywhere he Is tired out , to say ,
nothing of the journey home again. The
thing Is tiresome and monotonous , because *
It lii Impossible to have change of sccna
without too much fatigue. With a liorso
it Is much the same. Of course , one can
go much further afield with a hone than It
' 10 were afoot , but to go on a really long
journey , as things are now , when a trip
of half a' dozen miles out In the country
hardly means more than a change ( if city ,
< trects , horses are of llttlo use. With a.
horseless carriage one may go , not half a
dozen miles , but half a dozen score Ot
miles and return In time for dinner , un-
fatlguod. with no fears of a lamed pet or a
vet's" bill.
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