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••••I CH VTTERS 1- At the beginning Of tbe Civil war Valentine Weldon was suspected of ihe murder of "ta brother Pred«rIA. who had s- appeared. ur. Blan^-hard ^""^ *^ lrflf6 ' B ; m He became a widower, and ye-re atter tho BUPPO° e?£urder "eat west with his chU- dren How*'d. Alice and CLara-Captain Brae- Son conducted the train when It Cached the far west. Two ban cnaractere. Henry Ky e SVfroot Robb. Joined them. "-"^ J^d soon leaves tbetra'n and vlslis her fattier ana Later Nor». who attfimnt to turu him from hlii evil life 111— Two lawyers named Bliss ±,e to the w4 from Virginia to «»«?l* «? foroe ttie Blanch wds to reiinqulhh the Weldon SSte.i-baBU.ieg ally themselves -1th cue Biuton and hla (ranir, who are ready, for any villa! iv IV— Louis Kyle. Henry Kyle g brother • 1 V.-The Blisses accuse Dr. Blancard of nay in* murderod Ms wife. vr-Loirs Kyle enlistt " flVhtlns hermit called the Prophet In behalf of the BlanchardB agnlnst Bouton. y l -P*« b desbrtsthe Blanclmra ttod .^H^v Hvle Capwlo Brandon encounters Henry Kyle. flints him and leavei him lor dead Vlll- V.lentlne Kyle oonfesseg that hi. ;1 8 ™f£tlne Weldon and that b." killed bis brother Frede- rlok unlntontlonaliy. IX-The Blisses give Bouton their nlao. They mean to uet the Blanouards out of the way and claim the p Weldon eitate, to which the Blanohnrds are Dei n». X -Captain Brandon vl.lw ibe P-opbet. XI- Dr. Blanohard Is seized by Bouton, XI 1- oaptiun Brandon captures Patch and Bobb , CHAPTER XXV. Kushat was not mistaken. She did hear firing and see the smoke of rifles, and Hemy Kyle was right in thinking that Brandon had been attacked. Far down the rift tho clatter of hoofs and the jingle of arms told that Bouton was through the pass and in possession of the trail leading to the Prophet's valley. The captain saw that a minute's delay •would place him between two fires. "Keep cool, my men," he shouted. "We must get in Bouton's advance I Press on and .1 will cover. ' ' He checked back his horse, and the others, intent on getting down the trail before Bouton, urged their horses into a wild gallop, looking neither to/the right nor left. Bobb and his men were on foot, and they attempted to head off the horsemen. They would, without doubt, have succeeded in their object had not the captain flung himself from his horse and brought them to a sudden halt by sending down the man who was in the advance. Still on kept the captain's party. They were 200 yards ahead of him when he remounted to follow. But in'his efforts to save his men he had placed himself in deadly peril. Prom the valley Bouton saw and recognized him, uud shouting to his men : "Take him alive! Take him alive!" he led- the charge to head Captain Brandon off. Close pressed though the captain was, he might have gone tlrrough had not Bouton, who had been in the advance, flung himself from his horse and fired. He was a fine rifleman. He should be, for firearms had been his toys in childhood and his constant companions in manhood. The captain's horse gave •three quick, short bounds. The knees suddenly doubled up, and the daring rider was dashed to the ground, where he lay "bleeding and senseless. "Ho, ho!" shouted Bouton, running over and laying his foot on tie captain's slow "Ho, ho!" shouted Bouton. moTing breast "We have you, eh? I want you to know itl Curse yon, I want you to know that you are in my power before you die! Here, boys, carry this fellow to the spring. Bathe him and restore him. I shall let him know he crossed my path once too often!" The outlaws picked up the uncon- scioxis man, and the whole gang would have followed had not Bouton, now savagely exultant after his late depression, shouted to them: "Pursue I Those men must not escape us!" Captain Branddn was carried to the spring, near which Alice Blanchard and Nora Kyle were sitting, weary, pale and downhearted. Nora had heard of the gallant captain, but had never seen him. before. She did not even know who ho was when he was placed on the ground beside her, with the blood flowing from a cut in his head and the scar from brow to chin looking as if it had just been made. It did not need a second glance for Alice to know who it was. With a cry of agony she sprang to her feet, and" hurrying over knelt beside him and placed her ear to his broad breast. "Thank God, he still lives! Bring water, Nora! Help me, help me! This is Captain Brandon—Captain Brandon, our protector and friend!" Nora at the call hastened to Alice'* tide, and one of the men brought water from the spring. Alice loosened his collar, poured water between hi* lips, tatted the gash on his head, and even Mtisfied herself that the wound was not fatal byfeeling the skull In 20 minutes the captain looked into her face, smiled and whispered: "You, Alice?'" "Yea, I, £iy friend. Oh, why has this mlMfortune befallen you of all men! Yon. oor guide and protector! You, on whom all depended for advice and di- am IT* "You are a prisoner;" sobbed Alice. "A prisoner?" he repeated, and he stroked his forehead as if to clear away the mists still clouding his brain. "Yes," she said, "you are a prisoner in Bouton's power." 'And Howard and the other men? he asked eagerly. ) j They seem to have eluded pursuit ; An(i Louis Kyle—where is Louis Kyle?" "They say he escaped last night.' ' 'Escaped?'' "Yes, so I heard some of the men gay. "We have not seen him since we at tempted to enter the pass." "If he has escaped, he will join my little parly, and under his leadership I will not be missed. And yet we are too weak to spare one man. Well," he added, with a sigh of satisfaction, "having doneour best we sbouldbe satisfied toface the consequences without a murmur." . The captain sat up and looked in the direction from which came the slow but regular discharge of what he knew to be a repeating rifle. White puffs of smoke marked the location of a rifleman in the cliffs that towered above the irregular depression in which the outlaws had halted. There wits a great commotion among the Indians and white men who remained back with Bouton, and evciy time a puff of silvery smoke rose from the cliffs a man fell, or a -wounded man ran out of range. Bouton knew in his heart who the dreaded rifleman was, and he took good care to keep out of sight. A few minutes and two rifles began to flash from the cliffs, and Black Eagle hastened to Bouton's side and said with an expression of mingled anger and alarm: ' 'Knshat is up there with Henry Kyle. You told me that it was the other brother she loved." "She seems to love the family," sneered Bouton as he stepped behind a rock to keep out of range. Nora Kyle overheard the conversation between Bonton and Black Eagle, and watching the cliffs, from which the puffs of white smoke curled up, she saw a bit of vermilion coloring moving' along the giddy crest of the rocks, and she said to Alice: '' That is Eushat.'' "Yes,"said the captain, "aud the rifleman who is sending death into the ranks of the outlaws is your brother Henry. All, if he had only joined us in time!'" "Then he would have been true to himself,'' sighed Nora. At length the firing died out, and the vermilion speck disappeared from far up the mountain side. When Bouton saw this and believed he could move about in safety, he left the protection of tho rocks and" mounted his horse. He felt in his wicked heart that Henry Kyle watched for him, and death would be certain if he once ventured within range of the dreaded rifle. Not only hate for but dread of Henry Kyle made him doubly anxious to get him out of the way, and, as has been shown, he used every means in his power to accomplish his purpose. As Bouton rode in the direction which Font Kobb had taken he reviewed the incidents already recorded, and he felt elated and depressed by turns. He had ridden about a mile when ho heard firing to the front, and he hastened to a place where Font Robb had been brought to a halt. 'With an oath he demanded to know what was up now. "Louis Kyle is in cdmmand," growled Robb. "Louis Kyle!" "Jest as sure as you're thar. By thunder, I never saw such dickerin in all my life. Jest as soon as we gets one, another is off. Blow me if I ever saw or heard of such a snarl since the day I was born." And Robb, whose brain was none of the brightest, rubbed his head and looked disgusted and perplexed. "All will come out right in the end, depend on that, Font. So far you've shown yourself to be a man, and may I be hanged and quartered if I ever forget it. But yon must push those fellows. Flank them, drive them back and keep them on the run.'' Robb declared that he had men out flanking at that moment and that he expected to get the little party out of his way before an hour was over. Then he asked: "What are vou goin to do with the boss?" "You mean Brandon?" ' 'That's the rooster I'm alludin to." "Font, what .would you do with him?" asked Bouton, sinking his voice, though there was no one but Robb within hearing. "Curse me if I'd give him a chance to get away,"' replied Robb. ' 'And do yon think I will?" "I hope not*" "No, sir. I've been acting white man so far. When I come to Brandon, I'll show the Indian side of my character. Now, push on, and I'll go back and follow with the prisoners." Bouton turned to ride back, and Robb ahouted after him: "For heaven's sake send that Sim Bliss under fire! It'd do me a heap of good to see that mildewed coyote knocked over." Bouton nodded to show that he un derstood him and went back to the spring, •where the captain and girls 'were tlklVirig Ohio Baking Powder Tests. Gen. S. H. Hurst, Food and Dairy- Commissioner at the time of the official analyses, writes of Cleveland's Baking Powder "The analyses and comparison of the best eieht brands of cream of tartar baking powder show that Cleveland's ^P 6 " 0 ^^^^^ healthful or impure element in it, it is ^abso™™y tnS DGSt &n Q- jiius" ~~ manufactured." Clrr «land Baking Powder Co., Nevr York. ^f----;;^;-;'---^^.. A CHRISTMAS SERMON LESSONS TAUGHT BY THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. LATHAM'S STYLE. of the CbaracteriBtic* of the Backet Champion. Peter Latham of the Queen's club in London Is the racket champion of tho world. Ho is noted for his strength and gkill and for his exceptional coolness and self possession under all circumstances pe- LATHAM';- STROKE. culiar to his favorite game. His recent defeat of Georjie Standing of the New York Racket club for u stake of $10,000 leaves him undisputed leader of the racket fraternity. Ho further gave Standing credit for excellent; play, saying that he had played steadily Mid consistently until the last same, when he collapsed, probably from exhaustion. It is said that tho stake is the highest ever played for between professionals at racket. Latham before the match was the champion of the world, and be was challenged by Standing. The match was really in two halves, one played at the Queen's club, London, where Latham defeated Standing by four games to one, serving. T5 aces to Standing's 56 aces, the other half to ue played at the Backet and Tennis club of Xew York. From the result of the London games Latham had but two games to win to gain the jnatch. Yet, in spite of the drubbing Standing had received across the ocean Latham's practice here was so unsntisfac-' tory that even money was to bo had on Standing, and some backed Standing at odds of 2% to Ito win the match outright. PICTURESQUE BILLIARDS. Sensational Shots a Feature of the New York Tournament. Tho great billiard tournament in New York was remarkable for sensational shots quite as much as strife among the great players lor records. The desire to do won- derfol things was not confined to indivld- ROBUST GOLF LINKS. Difficulties Which Confront Player* on the Ailten Coarse. Aiken, S. C., has a, golf course which oueht to satisfy the most gamy golfer. There are IS links. The first hole is 346 yards long, the play being along the side of a dense woods, -where a sliced ball would get badly punished, and the first green is so situated that an overapproach will go into tho same woods. There is one bunker to cross in playing for the second bole, which is 258 yards long. The third hole is 418 yards long, the only penalty being to a sliced ball going out of bounds into a public road. There are two bunkers to cross in playing for the fourth hole, 319 yards, one placed to punish a poor drive and the other guarding the green. The same two bunkers are also crossed m playing for the fifth hole, as the play is back the same way, the hole being 338 yards long There is one bunker to punish tho drive for the sixth hole, 285 yards. In fact, it is the same bunker that guards the fifth green and fourth tee. The seventh hole 108 yards, is the shortest on the course. The eighth is 3S5 yards and the ninth 308 yards. Both are without bunkers, the penalty being rough grounds out of bounds for a sliced ball. The tenth bole, 162 yards, is a good iron shot. The play for the eleventh hole, $86 yards, is over a brook and the edge of a pond. The twelfth hole is 398 yards, over rolling country. Four bunkers have to be crossed in playing the thirteenth hole, 511 yards, the longest hole on the course. Tho fourteenth is a short hole, 154 yards. A road and two bunkers are crossed in playing the fifteenth hole, "240 yards. A bunker guards the green on the sixteenth hole, 30i yards. The play for the seventeenth hole, 224 yards, is along the edge of a woods, where a sliced ball will get badly punished, as will an overapproach of the green, which is placed on the edge of a woods and guarded on tho west side by a brook. There is a bunker guarding the eighteenth bole, 267 yards, which is placed in front of the clubhouse, near tho fourteenth green. Ishpeming, Mich., Dec. 23.—Clarence R. Ely, formerly city assessor, who disappeared from Chicago while there on a business mission last May. has arrived home, having come direct from Rochester, N. Y.. where his brother, Frank Ely, of Mendon, found him a few days ago. He is a physical wreck and can give no account of what happened while away. He says that he remembers having snen in a. hospital, but can- aot tell wher«. AND CHESS. Checker Problem No. 453.—By M. H. C dell. Black—21 (king), 32 (king). War- COSTOKTIOX BtLLIAKDS. ual players, but characterized the efforts of all the experts. The difference between the latest professional players and the German billiard contortionist, who is attracting attention on the metropolitan variety stage, is not so great as to prohibit comparisons. The unique player brings almost every part of his anatomy to bear in the work. Arms, legs and bead, all have their appointed task in the striking of the ball. Football Profeoional lum. It Is stated that the Amateur Athletic association will endeavor to exercise a sufficient control over football to prevent professionalism among amateurs. "3. Pferpont Morgan is said to DC planning- a big anthracite coal distributing concern, •which shall aX once act aa the repre»intative of all coal- produdnf and coal-carrying comp*ai«s, acd do away with «J1 middlemen be- twe««. »he jrodwcar and the consumer. White—28, 31. White to play and draw. Chess Problem No. 453. Black. White. White to play and mate in two moves. soLcnose. Checker problem No. 452 White. 1..7toll 2. .28 to 24 3. .24 to 19 4. .11 to 15 5. .15 to 6 6 19 to 15 T.. 15 to II) 8. .10 to T ».. 7 to 2 10.. 6 to 1 1 to a 2 to 6 U. 12. 33. M. IS. 16. IT. B. 5to 9 9U>13 6 to 2 2to T Tt» 3 S«o 8 19.. 8 to 12 SO.. 12 to M H..18tol» ». .24 to 28 If. .30 to £t ft. II t« 15, ud £»* pnble- 1U. «B: Black. 1. .15 to 18 2..17 to 21 3..29 to 25 4..25 to 22 5. .22 to 17 6..17 to 13 I..18 to 22 8. .22 to 25 9..13 to 17 10..25to29 11. .29 to 25 I2..25W22 13..14 to 18 14..IT to 14 15. .14 to IT 16.. 17 to 14 IT. .14 to IT B..lTtoU M. .14 «• IT 20..1Tt»M St.. 14 to IT m. .a toM JR..14 to » Th« Duty of Charity and the Nobility of Self Sacrifice— How Art Ha* Paid It* Tribute to the Xativity. It was the distinctive glory of Christ's evangel not that it introduced a new code of morals or of social ethics, but rather that it emphasized the force and broadened the scope of those existing and gave them higher sanctions and infinitely greater importance from being exemplified in the"perfect life of Christ himself. There were people who had been just, true and God fearing before Moses brought down the tables of the law from Mount Sinai, and men acted the role of the good Samaritan, animated by the purest benevolence, thousands of years before Christ taught by Drecept and example the duty of chari- iy and the nobility of self sacrifice. Even the sermon on the mount only presented in concrete form rules of conduct which regulated the lives of many in all ages, not with the force of law, of which there might be none, but as a result of self originated conviction and feeling. Love in Christ's code of ethics was both the soul and body, the animating principle, as well as the performing agent It was no longer be true, kind and pure because it is a duty so to be, but be all that because you love to be so. No mere formal acquiescence or compliance will meet the require ments of this new presentation of the moral law. It demands absolute obedience, but as the outcome .of love, not ai the result of authority or the claims of duty. Has the Christian church (assigning to this term its widest and most com prehensive meaning) ever come within measurable distance of realizing the ex alted Christ ideal? Yes, possibly, in th< apostolic age and for a short time sub sequent, but it would be absurd to claim that the Christian churches of to day, great as is their influence for good are animated by the spirit of the earlj Christians or inspired by that divin enthusiasm which made each one o them a center of, light and largely trans formed society throughout the Jmown world within a century after the birth f Christ. "We are now like Moses on Mount ebo—we see the promised land.but it s still in the dim distance, and we are ppareutly getting no nearer to its haven of rest—but how soon would the rospect change were the gospel of love >und humanity, preached and lived by Jhrist, to become a distinctive feature of ur civilization instead of the material- stic and selfish motives which largely way modern life and determine contact! The Saviour was born under the hum- lest possible circumstances, as if to show how low in the estimation of God re all the pomp and magnificence of hat wealth and power which men >rize so highly. His Virgin mother was poor, his foster iather was a mechanic, tad he himself dignified labor by earning his bread by the sweat of his brow. Christ was emphatically the Saviour if the poor, and those who bear Ms name best show the sincerity of their >rofessions by imitating him in his lov- ng kindness and benevolence. Charity s a duty incumbent upon Christians at all times, but even the most humane will feel prompted to be kinder and more sympathetic while celebrating the advent of one who displayed during his whole lifetime upon earth a divine compassion and pity for the poor and the suffering. Not the least of the lessons taught us by the birth of Christ is not to despise ;he humblest or be hopeless of the most depraved of that species so honored by Deity that he came and took its form and assumed its nature with all its imperfections. However low in the scale of being persons may be, there is a spark of the divine in them still, a trace of iiat promethean fire breathed into man sy the source of all life and all consciousness which constituted him a lining soul. The story of the advent and of iw climax—that amazing act of self sacn- Sce—has been the solace of the weary and heavy laden in all the intervening centuries. The song of the angel chor isters chanted over the lowly place of his birth, conveying heaven's message of deliverance for man, has sounded throughout the centuries, like an under tone of hope, above the discords of life and the mutterings of despair- Philip James Bailey in "Festus writes: We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breatlis; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. The stupendous mystery of the advent and the perfect life that followed it made it possible for mankind to attain the high state of perfection so beautifully illustrated by the poet. Precepts were not wanting before, but henceforth there was a perfect life as a model for all ages. Doubtless all events, however impossible it may be to perceive their trend, contribute to That faroff divine event Toward which the whole creation mores. 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