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* ;&, ; * ," * 4» PMtlt DES MOTNBB. ALGONA. IOWA. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29,1890. TIE EXILES; STORt, . Lafleiir grasped the hand oi i'S father to console him, and then f'grasped each other's to strengthen them- I*eiv6s In their resolutions. "Shall'we, Yerrhac," said Yegor, "before !, this tomb promise mutual assistance and • SUccor?" "No, tfegor," answered the chief of police; "you brought me into this region. 1 ' followed you without too much resistance ' because your courage had made an 1m- ' pression upon me. But ask nothing further Of me.*' The Yakoutes started on their journey the next evening in a south-east wind, vulgarly called the warm wind, which had blown all day f causing the thermometer to rise above zero, softening the suow, and melting the ice inorusted in the two little windows ol "the hut, The moon lighted up their road, and If the dogs hold out at the rate they ^commenced, they would make over eight lies an hour. On seeing them depart with the two artas, Yermac, already much discouraged Fby the death of his son. lost all hope of fleeing. More taciturn than usual, he refused all consolation, all assistance. Nadogo had tried without success to induce him to accept food at Ladislas' hands. When the guides had gone, he seated himself near the spot where Dimitri had been buried. In the palo light which fell i from above, the wooden cross seemed to be the centre of a vast cornotory. In the distance, upon the sea, in the direction of tho icebergs, the ice, broken up by the action of the sudden heat and tho dasb of tho froo waters set in motion by the wind, gave vent to resounding and continued crackings, which mingled with tho noise of tho waves dashed against the promontories by the gale. Tho Polar Sea had, for a tow hours, shaken off the yoke ol winter. • ' CHAPTER XXV.— YBRMAO'S EXPERIENCES. Yortnac was hungry. For several day? his moans of sustenance had been limited to two lemmings (a species of small rat) caught in the traps he had sot on the marshy plain which bordered upon the shore of the sea. The foxes and gluttons obstinately kept away from tho traps. Ho had also discovered several hiding- places in which foxes had collected numerous lemmings slain by them, as one might judge from tho fact that their skulls had been pierced by tho canino tooth of those animals. In one of these hiding-places, Yermac found half of a white hare. But the flesh of all those creatures, spoiled by its long stay in tho earth, could only be used by him as bait for his traps. He was hungry, but would accept nothing from his companions. He did not regret, despite the tortures of his stomach, having voluntarily stopped aside from the common life. Nevertheless, he comprehended that, if he did not take some energetic resolution he would run the risk of perishing from i-.- amtion. Tho fall of the temperature augmented the sharpness of his wants. His limbs grew numb and his sight became extremely faint. His skin grew dry, discolored and earthy; it seemed glued to his bones, so prompt had been the emaciation of the muscles. His pulse, was scarcely perceptible; his body lost all warmth and it seemed to him that his very breath was frozen. He dragged himsoU along like a man who is slowly recovering from a severe illness. His sleep became light, and, when he strove to summon slumber as a restoring agent, the lethargy which took possession of him frightened him—he saw in it a precursor of death. Ho felt himself subjected to the most terrible trial he had yet undergone in a life full of painful incidents. And yet he was not afraid of weakening in his resolution, of being forced to ask favors or of placing himself anew at the mercy of the fugitives. What ho feared was that death might compel him to abandon the pursuit of them, that he might not be able to return from one of his nocturnal walks, in the midst of which moral discouragement and physical weakness seized upon am 1 overthrow him. These walks, in company with hunger, across the ice or through tho snow, amid intense cold and boiwith tho pule light of the moon which gave fantastic figures and enormous proportions to distant heaps of ice blocks, were rapidly wearing him out. Sometimes the moon hid itself; a thick fog came from the soa, and the snow fell boater by violent gales. Armed with a stick, ho looked about hhr with eyes enlarged by fever and the hallu cinntion of a disordered brain; his teoth chattered, and his tongue, with unconscious movements, worked in his mouth as if i 1 were gathering up food chewed and pro.• pared for swallowing. With empty stomach, ho sought a prn.y, forgetting that he himself, feoblo us ho was, might fall into tho clutches of some polar boar in search of n feast. Ho sought and found nothing with which to satisfyliis hunger, now became n sort of madness. 1 f there had been grass. he would have swallowed it like a pasturing beast. Oh ! thai the; recently fallen sucnv had in something- resembled the manna of tho Israelites ]— but it was not oven capable of quenching his terrible thirst! Wide awake, ho had epicurean dreams. Ho, who all his life had boon frugal, saw blocks of ico suddenly cover themselves with a white cloth, upon which wore spread out In abundance, beneath the chandeliers of orgies, savory victuals and succulent preparations brought from every portion ol tho globe; and thus ho renewed without the power to shake it off, tho punishment ol Tantalus. At other times, his wandering imagination led him to banquets of cannibals, devouring human flesh! And whou, broken but indomitable, without regret for having exposed himself tc death from inanition, he throw a sad look over the desolate solitudes, hunger, terrible personification, identifying itself with " ' himself, seemed to him to bo their sole / guest. Yegor had restored him his gun, but he knew not what had become of his munitions during the rapidly-made sledge journey. Would it be too humiliating to ask his companions to furnish him with a new supply] {je resolved to do so. He had DO other resource, ^.Without munitions, all was over witli him%d he know it. He wisMj to live; he wished, when the nartas should return to tho camp, to resume with the Yakouto Chort those stimulations and seductions which had nearly succeeded. If he could flee, altogether relieved of obli- as he now felt himself in regard to Soinonoff w*d his companions, the Evould become ocjiwl. The winter had ,y commenced. Nijni-Kolimsk, thai ,ny the power of the law, was not so faraway! What matter how bo suf- if, iu the end, he succeeded IB Ju> at- repulsive. eve« perilous, teut for that reason wortn^ iu iu^...o^..^ all. those who allow themselves to capitulate with their consciences. The next day—he was forced to hasten, for the moon would soon abandon tho nights to their obscurity, like that of the days— Yegor and M. Lafleur saw him start out, scarcely able to drag himself along but ready to venture afar. Singular hunter, leaning upon the butt of his gun as he walked, staggering over the snow, and so thin in his furs, so bent, that lie seemed to be posing for some funereal allegory! He walked to the east, in the direction of Cape Chelagsk, across abrupt earthy hills and frozen bogs. He was fortunate enough to moot two deer, belonging to that peculiar species which inhabits the shores of tho Arctic Ocean, and does not retire into the forests in winter. He fired at one of them and killed it. All his confidence returned- to him. The only difuVulty was to convey tho animal to tho encampment. Full of ardor and proud of himsulf, he seized the deer by the antlers and found strength to drag it as far as tho hut. At last, he had food enough for many days. The chief of police rapidly recovered. He resumed his position of unfriendly observer, living us little as possible among tho fugitives. Despite the cold, ho remained without, returning to go to bod when everybody was asleep, and, in the morning, stealing away tho first from the hut, On ODO occasion, Yegor assured himself that ho had not returns 1 the night before, and became very anxio.,3 about him; some misfortune must have happened to his tormentor. At an early hour he set out to hunt for him, taking tho direction of the sea, while M. La flour wont to look in the vicinity ol Yormac's traps. Yegor advanced, slowly and cautiously, through darkness somewhat dissipated by tho brilliancy of the stars. Ho listened. A sepulchral silence reigned, broken only by tho groaning of the wind. Suddenly, on passing around an enormous 'block of ice, ho perceived Yormac sunk tc tho bolt in a hole in tho midst of nowly formed ice. Tho chief of police was keeping himseli above tho ico with his elbows, but could not extricate himself without help. He was waiting with a calm and resigned air—foi what; "What you doing there?" cried Yegor "I am looking for deliverance or death!' answered Yermac. "I have fallen into < fissure of the ice." "T.iko hold of this and I will pull you out,' said Yegor, and ho extended the butt of hie gun towards Yermac. It was with grout, difficulty that he extricated tho chief of police, whoso body wa: iucrusted in tho ico as in a sheath. "Again I owe my life to you!" murmured Yermac. "Everything conspires against me." "Why should contracting such a dobtcost you so much?" observed Yegor. Yormac vras silent. Without a word, they returned to the hut. M. Lafleur entered an instant afterwards. "This is, indeed, a day of accidents! 1 ' cried Yegor, on perceiving tho latter. "My good Monsieur Luileur, your noso is frozen.'' On hearing these words, Ladislas ran out- of-doors to procure somo snow and, a minute later, M. Luilour, paler than his nose, began to rub it to restore to it heat and life. He warmed up nt this work, got out of breath, dropped upon a rude stool and said, us he did so: "It seems to mo that this polar winter is miserably long." "My dear Purishm," answered Yegor, "tho winter ia only commencing; but be pa- tienl^-on tho 2Sth of December tho sun will reappear at the horr.ou. The cold, however, will not dimi" ll tfi-.fur from it! As for me, I shall bo ft i-.iiuu rs icing as your friendship for us remains warm!" "My friendship!—you may depend upon that, my dear Yogor. Pardon my little display of impatience—for one does not see his noze frozen without some very natural omo- tion." One morning, little Ladislas complained CHAPTER XXVI. —1'JUVATIOXS IN THE POLAR, NIGHT. When Yermac had eaten enough of his deer—ij 0 had offered some of the choicest pieces to Yegor and his companions, but had received a refusal similar to that he had made them—ho utilized the remainder for his'traps. Thanks to this bait of alluring odor, he succeeded iu capturing three line gluttons, tho flesh of which he carried away. Tho precious fur of those animals was carefully put aside. Yermac, with his project of flight, wished to create for himself resources for-his journey; besides, the fur of tho glutton commands a very high price among the u rMvos of the north of Siberia. The YakoiUus did not return quickly with their nartus loaded with food, and the fugitives began to lack provisions. In their turn, they felt tho rough attacks of hunger. Then, touching combats of generosity arose among them. M. Luileur pretended that the cold produced iu him an effect contrary to that whii.-h it usually produces and appeased his hunger. Pie insisted that Nad- ego and Yegor- should take the largest shares. Ladislas devised means to make his adopted sister believe he had eaten too much and, with genuine self-denial, obliged her to eat tho food of which he deprived himself. Yermac, much surprised to see the fugitives so soon reduced to the extremities from which ho had just been relieved, studied with curiosity tho suffering expression | of their countenances. The more they weakened—while ho was regaining strength and courage—the more things became equal between him and them. His satisfaction would have been porfot'.t, if ho had not shared tho fours of his companions iu regard to the two guides. The fugitives sought to explain the delay of tho Yukoutes, and economized their food. Yermac was disturbed by tho prolonged absence of Chort. He regretted having said too much to Tokol's comrade concerning the people ho served. Perhaps, afraid of compromising themselves, tho guides would not return. In that case, Yermac regarded his flight as impossible. But would not the continuation o1 the fugitives' journey also be rendered impossible? What could they do without thoii sledges, without their dogs, and without provisions upon tho deserted shores of tlw Arctic Ocean? They would be forced tc avow themselves vanquished, incapable ol pushing their attempt to the end, and would be but too happy to bo able to return to Yak- outsk under the protection of the chief oJ police. The fugitives were soon reduced to disputing their rations with Wab and the twc Siberian dogs which Yegor had kept. These animals, deprived of nourishment, uttered lugubrious complaints. The Siberian dogs are accustomed to howl four times a day, but Yegor's dogs now howled all day and all night. The situation of the exiles grew painful in the extreme; and, added to tm>, % biting cold, ocoa.stoned, faem aU sort? of §wf that his feet were excessively cold. M Lafleur took off his shoes and uttered n crj on seeing that the child's stockings, frozen to his feet, adhered to them. It was necessary to use caution in disembarrassing hinr of thd icy coverings. Happily, the feet, although stiff, wore yet unharmed. M. Lafleur re-established the circulation oi the blood by rubbing them vigorously witt brandy. The'difflcultics of life wore also augmented by reason of the cold. They were forced to out tho meat with hatchets. If thcj touched an iron utensil, without taking the precaution to cover the hand, tho contact oi the iron with the skin produced tho effect ol a burn. If Yegor, on consulting his little compass, neglected to hold his breath, the glass immediately vanished beneath a coating of ice. Out-of-doors, their eyelids were covered with an icy crust. Yegor's watch would no longer go, although ho took groat care to carry it always upon him and to put It at night under his coverings. Although the fugitives wore clad in flannel undershirts, drawers and stockings ot wool, flannel shirts, knit jackets, coats oi heavy felt-cloth, and seal-skin pantaloons- indispensable objects that Yogor had had- the foresight to purchase at tho bazar ol Yakoutsk—and although they slept with their clothes on and covered with furs, fre qucntly tho cold, hunger's auxiliary, prevented them from sleeping 1 . When M. Latlour exposed himself to the air, he put on a cloth coat, with a veil attached, und covered his head with a wool- len cloth resembling a huge dishevelled wig. But his laughable attire had not tho power to bring oven a smile to the faces oi his friends. Tho unfortunates were overcome with sorrow. They hud escaped from the captivity of men only to fall into that of the elements. Yet this exile, this imprisonment in the midst of ice and gloom, seemed to have attractions when compared to what Yegoi had suffered in the minus of Nortehinsk and Nudego in her life of banishment. Here, hope sustained them, As soon us tho sun returned from its long journey, they could continue their own, They compared themselves to those heroes of fairy tales, whc await their deliverance iu a forest or a chateau whore some magic power has confined them. Tho chances of safety increased daily. Oh I that hunger had not so imperiously demanded its rights and made them feel its tyrrauy I Happily, they had passed through the greater portion of that long night which lasts more than a mouth. At noon, it seemed to them like midnight. In tho south, vacillated a little twilight glimmer of a pale yellow. The sun had descended so mnuy degrees that it could bo seen only from tho top of a mountain more than thirty miles high. Whou the moon did not appear iu the sky, and when tho aurora boreulis was absent, in the sombre vault of the firmament there were produced only from time to time luminous rays traced by the silver track of a shooting star—a rapid flash in the midst of tho deep night, a spark that foil and was extinguished in space. But to break tho frightful silence o f the polar uight, which affected the mind still more than the disappearance of the light, there was only the noise produced by tho ico blocks as they broke one against another In the incompletely solidified places, a noise aapnble of making a strango impression when heard during this long and cold night. Now it was hollow and continuous like the iistaut surf of the soa, now sharp und piercing like the noise of the ungroased wheels of a cart, and now resounding and jerky like the discharges of cannon. Yegor and M. Lafleur had begun to hunt, but without success. Tho slioi-as of the Arctic Ocean seemed depopulated forever. Tho odor of tho dogs and their howling had driven away tho white bears. Nevertheless, they had tho luck to kill two seals, the fat of which they ate, washing it down with tea. M. L.ifleur thought it tasted like rancid butter, but grow accustomed to it. Finally, Yegor and M. Lifleur decided to hunt for white bears upon the fr ozon sea. The day, which for a week had boon gradually returning, rendered this project feasible.' Tho next day, when a yellowish reflection, appearing in the south, announced tho ris- in<.- of the sun, Yegor und his friend descended well-armed upon the ice, takinp with them tho two Siberian dogs. Soon, a first jot of light broke forth, and then the sun itself emerged, tho color of blood, witt its disk gnawed by tho mist. Tho snowy linos of the coast hills and of the huge blocks of ice took a mild tinge, a light pink, and tho blue shadows became violet. After an hour's walk amid tho accumulations of ioo blocks, broken, crushed, and studded with points, which the English explorers of the North Pole have culled hummocks, uud which have tho appearance of a field upturned by a gigantic plough, tho hunters reached a labyrinth of icebergs. There, they saw in tho snow numerous tracks of white bears und polar foxes (these foxes are parasites of the bears, from which they succeed, thanks to thoir agility und niiubloiicss, in snatching a portion of thoir prey). A moment afterwards, they discovered u den, tho inhabitants of which were absent. Those caverns, two yards deep, have two openings—a couplo of boars have scarcely sufficient room to lie down in 0110 of them. A little further on, they saw two bears in umbush. Near one of those round crevices from whence seals issue for air and light— and whoro they come for the sun's warmth— tho boiirs had collected u pilo of snow behind which they were hidden. At tho base of tho slight mound they had pierced ti hole to allow tho passage of a paw. They wore watching for thoir prey with so much attention that they did not hear tho approach of tho two hunters. After waiting u few minutes, Yegor and M. Lafleur saw tho head of a soul emerge prudently from the ico. The quickest ol tho two bears gave it a blow with its claws which brought it half dead out of the water. Then tho bears precipitated themselves upon tho amphibious creature, tore it to pieces, and begun to devour it. This was n, favorable moment to attack them, Yegor, who had had all tho trouble In tho world to restrain the two Siberian dogs and keep them silent, released them. Ou hearing them bark, the boars seemed uncertain us to whether they should allow themselves to bo attacked or boat a retreat. But already M. Lafleur had fired a ball at each of them. The boars hesitated nc longer, and seeing that they had to deal with resolute hunters, vanished behind the ice blocks. guns. As they went along, M. Lafleur told Yegor, who put but slight faith in what he said, that when the Ice of the soa commences to form, in the month of September, the white bear female captures and kills a great number of seals which it hides in the hollows ol somo rock. Afterwards, it goes into the interior of tho country to gorge itself with lichens, in order to create in its stomach a sort M mechanical obstruction: then, it returns to its magazines of provisions and fills itself with as much seal fat as it can hold. This done, it takes up winter quarters in a hole it hrn dug in tho side of a glacier. After a certain period of seclusion, il brings forth one, two, and sometimes three cubs. In this crystalline crib, it nourishes and exercises its progeny iu walking until the commencement of April, when, in thoir turn, the seals begin to bring forth young. Then, tho ursine family quits its retreat, tho mother marching fit its head and snuffing the air. It socks out and follows, thanks to its Hccnt, tho invisible track of a seal an far as tho spot where the poor creature if roaring its young offspring. When the beai has found tho Iglou of the seal, easy to recognize because of its round shape (like the iglou of tho Esquimau), it makes n spring, bounds upon the top of tho slight habitation, und makes such good use of its four paws and its weight that it breaks it in, immediately seizing upon tho young seals with which to rogulo its cubs. Yegor observed to M. Lnflcur that so many fables circulated in regard to the polar boar that it behooved one not to believe too readily everything: said concerning it, especially its wintering by moans of voluntary burial. Suddenly, as they wore advancing a little distance apart, a third bear, putting the dogs off tho scent—the dogs wore running too far forward—surged up from behind a block of ico and came towards them with that confidence in its strength or that ignorance of danger which characterizes tho beat of the Arctic-Ocean. Yogor perceived it as it was tre.ic'.nvvnsly advancing; ho took aim at it, and M. Laflour, quickly turning about at this moment, sent a bull after tho boar, but missed it Yegor waited until the animal came ncuirer When it. wr.s within ten paces, he ttra twice and hit it. The bojr, feeling itself wounded, stopped for an inst-mt and howled; but it immodi ntely took to flight, tinging the suow witl its blood. M. Lsil'ieur viilnly diat-.hiirged his .rnr, si it. Tho boar sc.impovi:.! awiy. and HUOH dis appeared amo::;r blocks of ice whither itwuf impossible, to pursue it. Tho (.logs, badly trained for ihe c!r-:;e, stimituly flung to the Ir.icks of the Jir.-;! ! biv.irs, and the hunters ran a frro'-l !•::>'. rotumiiijj: empty-handed—a prospect n; than disagreeable, considering tho scavc of provisions. Mouwvhilo, Nndogo 111:8 Ladislus, wht had remained iu tho hut V.csido tho lire, grew anxious at tho long absence of the hunters. Yermac, seated opposite to them, looked ut them iu silence, avoiding, when they spoke to him, any other reply thim n motion of the head or a shrug of the shoulders. Tho look of this taciturn man weighed upon Nadcgo. Wab, doubtless heiiring in the distance the barking of the two Siberian dogs, began to howl in "a fashion thut made an impression on tho young girl. She put on her warmest garments and, followed by Ludislas, ventured out of the hut. Tho twilight hud begun early, and the state of the soa-seemed to her a sufficient cause for uneasiness. Clouds, harbingers of a tempest, were heaped up to the last. Mists were rising from the ocean. Soon she saw tho water, beaten by tho hurricane, spring up in immense sheaves and fall baclr noisilv u' - "n the white promontories. (To be eontinued.) UAf.L MEX J1KPOKT 1MIOGUKSS. BUItNJSU IX A A. RuHroiul Sninsh-np Occnrs Near Cincln- tint), Oliio. CINCINNATI. 0., Oct. 22.—Pinned lown in a burning wreck* in the center of a dark tunnel, with no possible hope for lelp, the fate of the victims who were iboard of two trains that collided at 4:40 o'clock this morning on the Cincinnati Southern railway, near Sloan's Valley station, would be difficult to imagine. The trains involved were freight No .22, north-bound, and passenger No. 5, south- icnmd. No. 5, leaves Cincinnati fit, 8 p. m. Another passenger train leaves Cincinnati an hour parlier. Both these were lield nt Somerset, Ky., two hours or more, on account of a freight wreck whicli oc- :ured south of tluit jl'ice last night. When the trtick wuf. c'« ar the foremost incinnat-i train started out from Somer- «tt first, and met and passed safely a rth-bound train. Then at a safe dia- ta-'-ce Imhind it-the fast No. 5 started out. Fivt-rht trnin No. 22, north-bound was side-lracki.d i>t Sloan's Valley. The iiri'ul cause of the collision was a wreck, which occnred last night nt Elihn Station, two miles below Somerset. A mixed train was stopping to lenve a car, and had not vet g^t into motion when a freight caina up in'the rear and struck the rear ear, causing a serious wreck. Young Mr. Payne, a eohnnorcinl traveler for the firm of "Pierson & Clark, Lexington, Ky., liad both legs crushed, and lias since died. The delay of the passenger trains by the most toward making the exhibits froffl these countries -what they should be. This, be thought, could be accomplished througa the secretary of state. He also suggested the establishment of a bureau at Washing* on. WOMAN .-lUjj-FiiAoisTS MEET. Her. Olympla Brown Delivered an Ad» circs* Before the KiithnglnstS. BERLIN, Wis., Oct. 22.—The session of the eight annual convent-ion of ^ne Wisconsin Womans' Suffrage Association, which opened bere yesterday, was resumed today. Last evening Rev. Olynniia Brown delivered her annual address. The forenoon today -was devoted to the reading of reports of officers and committees. The programme for tliis afternoon includes prayer, music, reports of district presidents, and address by Mary A. Agnew, a lecture by Mary E. Homes, a song and all original poem by Mrs. L. E. Brer. The attendance is largo. NEW AGENT AT COLUMBUS. The Name of United t,eague Is Agreed Upon. NEW YORK, Oct. 21.—The brotherhood baseball players at a meeting this morning drew up a communication addressed to the players'league directors, _expressing confidence in whatever action that body might take. The league at a meeting this afternoon returned a complimentary reply. Johnson, of Cleveland, chairman of the committee on the conference with the representatives of the national league and the American association, leported that a number of meetings had been held, but no final or positive agreement has been reached except that each body had expressed a wish to meet upon some common and satisfying ground in order to prevent the difficulties and the eiubarassment in the national game. _ A common name was agreed upon lie said, that of the "United League." This report was accepted and the committee instructed to continue the conference if they deemed it advisable. The Players League added three brotherhood men, Trwin, Haitian and Ward to their committee. This may make trouble in the union conference tomorrow as the National League people have always claimed that taey would never confer with the players. SENT HOME IN A THANCE. wreck caused the mistake of the engineer and conductor of the freight f rain No. 22, by which the tuime! collision occurred. Fortunately the passenger train bad not entirely gone into the tunnel when the crash came, and so the three sleepers whicli did not lenve tho track served as a means of escape from the passengers. These sleepers were detached and drawn away from the burning train, but-the baggage car, mail car and two coaches were burned. Engineer Punblott, died this morning, making six victims of. the tunnel collision, as follows: .!NO. PKMIIT.OTT, .vtifcineer. WKLSII. S0un;r$pt.__Ky. GOULD, Ludlow, Ky. BUAKUMAN JNO. C. MONTGOMERY, A. bany, N. Y. POSTAL CLURK C. L. DOEGEN, Cincinnati. Ep. P. BAPKNKR, Ohio, express messenger. ' Injured: J. Or. Gayle, Cincinnati, severe!} ; Baggagemarter Jno. Long. Newport. Ky., severe; Passengers W. D. Wheeler. New Orleans; La Miss Ollic, Getty, Dayton, Tenn.; Arch Murphy, Madison county, hid. The injuries sustained by the three last named slight. From stories of railroad men who arrived hero today it appears that, the work was due to carelessness of the crew of freight train 22. This train was instructed to wait, at Sloanes Valley until the passenger trains 9 and 5 passed. The wait was a long one and all the crew of the freight, train went to sleep. Engineer Pimlott was tuvaliened just after No.. passed, and assuming that it was No.i and that the road was clear, arouses the crew and the train went on. The approach to both ends of: _ tho tunnel is sharply curved and within a hundred I'eet of the mouth of ib the trains met. Only the sleeper and one coach ^ of the passenger train were saved. The train hands and passengers pushed them back up the track. _ The flames started a few minutes lifter the collision and the wooden lining of.the tunnel is still burning tonight. A brave man whose name could not be learned, hearing the cries of George Long in ' the baggage car, seized an axe, cut- a hole in the car and rescued Long. I ^ '•be express compartment of the car was E. P. Ruft'iier, the United States expiv.-:s messenger. Tho unknown hero worked hard to cut a way for Ruft'ner to escape, although the flames .were darting ail about him. Tho effort was futile and Bnffner finally shouted from his prison to go away and save himself; to say good by to his family and tell them that his wouldbe rescuer did all a man could do to save his life. Thu unknown here staggered out of the tunnel badly scorched and fell down in a faint. None of the men in the excitement thought of learning his name but it is believed that, he is a railroad man. Others of the train men had wonderful escapes. It in miraculous that ar of the passengers escaped without i jury. STAHBED BY A IIUO-TIAX. A. I). Coapinnn Will Take Charge of the Vncalit IMace. CoiiTMAUs, Oct. 22.—A. D. Conpman, who has had charge of the station at Becsoville for the past twenty-four years, has been appointed agent of the Chicago, Milwaukee <fe St. Paul railway company at Columbus, in place of 0. E. Cornwall, deceased. Columbus is among the most import cut stations on the St. Paul lines in tlic interior of the state, and Mr. Coapman, one of the oldest and most trustworthy employes of the company, is thoroughly qualified for the position. li-OK I'AJ/JL'KY POTATOES. A Young Farmer Kills His Wife Pot Nothing. KKWAUNEE, Wis., Oct. 22.—Albert Ludennyer, a young farmer living near Casco, Kowauuee county, quarreled, with his bride of a few weeks with regard to the mmntity of potatoes they should put in for the winter. Ludormyer grew insanely angry and seized his Winchester rifle, and fin s hot her dead ns she ran from the house. The murderer then put the muzzle of'the rifle to his head and blew his brains out. PBAY FOll THE WICKED. Thu W. C. T. U. of Lawrence, Kansas, Determined in Thoir Work. LAWRENCE, Kas., Oct., 22.—The ladies of the local W. C, T. U. endeavored, today to induce Henry Fritxel to close his original package house by holding hourly prayer meetings therein. Fritzel was obdurate however and would not close up. The ladies propose to keep up the crusade from day today. INDIANS GET TIIEIll MONEY. CIUFTEU XXVU.— YEKMAO PAYS HIS DEBT. Then began an animated chase across the blocks of ice. Yegor and M. Lafleur advanced, guided by the furious barking- ol the dogs. But the bears went still faster; from time to time, the hunters saw tUeio cliuibiug over the icebergs, white as tb,eip- pelves, and altogether ovit of va»ge of The lied Men at. La Pointo Can Jjlvo In Af- Uuciico For Some Time SUPERIOR, Wis., Oct. 22.— Indian Agent Leahy, of Ashland, and his chief clerk, E. G. Rodman, Jr., were in the city yesterday, on their way home from Cloquet, where they had been paying tho Fond du Lac band of Chippewa Indians its share of the 890,000 granted on account of the ceding to the government by the Indians certain lands last fall, Nearly S8,000 e was paid over Saturday. Each head of a, family and each child received about, S1G. The annual payments will probably increase from year to year. This is interest advanced by the general government on moneys to be realized from the sale of pine and agricultural lands ceded by the Indians. The government agrees to pay 5 per cent, interest on the amount realized, the interest to be paid annually for fifty years. At the end of that time the principal will be divided pro rate among. the survivors. The Bois Fortes and Grand Portag_e bands will be piid about 812,000 this fall. PAItTED X.1ITE. Charles F. Hiucllcr Gets a Divorce Prom His Wife. WEST BEND, Wis., Oct. 22.— In the circuit court here yesterday, Judge Sloan granted a divorce in the_ cose of Mary of Mueller, Jr. Two Uoiiest Lives Ended by Villain. POUT HURON.-Mich.. Oct. 9^—Last night n. man nan i-l PeLcic called at the house of John O'll.n-i, a wealthy farmer, and a<ked for a drink of water. While O'Hara's back was turned getthig'&SSe]- lett stabbed him. Mr*. O'Harra interfered and was also slabbed. The neighbors, hearing the noise, rushed in, but Pellett escaped. Both Mr. and Mrs. O'Hara will die. Robbery was undoubtedly the object of the ruffian. A Mystery Sun-omuls the Alleged Corpse ol a Pennsylvania Girl. LANCASTEH, Pa., Oct. 21.—Mrs. Caroline Zettley, of New Holland, a small village twelve miles from here received a box by express from Mt. Vernon, 0., Sunday, on which above the address was written the word "suicide." AVhen the lid 'was removed Mrs. Zottley was horrified to find tlnvt it contained the body of her daughter Helen. The woman summoned physicians and asked that a post mortem examination beheld. As the doctors were assisted in removing the body from the box they noticed that the evidences of death were not there. No rigidity was apparent, not a sign of decomposition. The girl was placed in bed and a close examination made. The hands were found to be warm and a slight flush appeared on the cheeks. Restoratives were applied but to no avail. These conditions were the same throughout the night and all of yesterday. The physicians are puzzled and wonder how it is possible for a vestige of Ufa to remain after the confinement in the box. The authorities are doing their utmost to solve the mystery. CiEJS. II. II- SIBLEV DYING. Mlimesotu's First Governor IB in a Critical Condition. ST. PAUL, Oct. 21.—Gen. H. H. Sibley, the first governor of Minnesota, and tne only democrat ^ho ever held that office, is lying in a critical condition from a strode of paralysis. Gen. Sibley is nearly 8.Q years old and has-been -•---•dropsy for some time bers of the fauijl; ' ~ side, Mueller, against Clmrles F. The party we believe hails from Milwaukee, and the case was first tried in Wan- kesha. A Panic Imminent. PORTAGE, Wis., Oct. 22.—During a speech on the tariff question by Representative La Follette, last evening, a part of tho ceiling of the hall f ell. The occurrence neaily caused a panic. One man received a bad scalp wound from the falling plo°- tcr. A Young lloi-se Thief Captured. WNUKESIIA, Wis., Oct. 22.—Arthur Killing, 16-years-old, the son of respectable / people of the town of New Berlin, this ,* county, ran away from, home recently and { took a neighbor s horse with him. The sheriff followed the lad to Waukegan, and brought boy and horse home, The lad will brobably be sent to the Industrie School, IX IIONOIi OJ? TJIJ2 t'AHOTXAJj. The Father Matthew Celebration Brought to a Huppy Close. PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22.— As a part of Father Matthew's celebration a banquet was given tonight in honor of Cardinal Gibbons and Archbishop Ryan. When the cardinal was leaving he addressed the Father Matthew club saying to them "you are the jewels of religion; the gems of the church; the gospel and practice." He then gave his benediction to those present and the temperance movement. _ MADE IN THE NEW WORLD. American Locomotives Made In Philadelphia ni-e Sent to Jerusalem. WA8iiiNGTOK,'Oct. 21.— United States Consul Gillman, at Jerusalem reports to the department of state that three Ameri- ( can locomotives made in Philadelphia imd intended for the new railway from Jerusalem to Jaffa, have arrived. The consul say8 it must interest our citizens to know that the first locomotives ever used in this ancient land were made in the new world. THE FOREIGN COMMITTEE MEETS. The Establishment of ft Bureau t»t Washing is UeuommemltHl. NEW YOBK, Oct. 22.— A meeting of the foreign affairs committee of the World's Columbian commission met at the Grilsey bouse to-day, Th,pre were also present Station Agent Plckard Bead. * MAHSHALL, Wis., Special Telegram' Oct. 22.—William Pickard, who has bee, in the employ of the St. Paul ro ad f n nearly twenty years as a station agenttor this place, died this morning.' Ho was 71 years old, and was a much respected citizen. OLDEST OK ODD FELLOWS, Ills Ninetieth Birthday to he Duly Con emorated at Monroe. Mosnois, Wis., Special Telegram, Oct. 21.—Tomorrow evening Monroe lodge, No. 72, I. 0. 0. F. will celebrate the 90th birthday anniversary of Alpheus De Haven, who has been an Odd Fellow > for sixty-six years. He is the oldest living Odd Fellow in the United States, having, been initiated in to the order in Philadelphia in 1824, by the late grand sire, Thomas Wildey, father of Odd Felhjwr' tfhip in America, and first noble grand t He was born in Montgomery county, Pa-,,,. Oct. 22, 1800. He is a carpenter and joiner by trade. He was on the steamer Helen McGregor, when she blew up at Memphis long years ago. He assisted in „ organizing the first Odd Fellow's lodge IR J> the state of Ohio, Ohio No, 1, at piuoin- nati. •••'•: In 1832 he was married to. Diadama TU' lotson, of Cincinnati, and in 1886 came to Green county, where he has since resided^ , and has since been an exemplary, pub.Ji?- ?r_ *i_ _1 _!U_-™ T ^\ , four niembwe of the foreign "'"

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