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Algona, Iowa
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iPPFttR ntt'a M'»f Xtta.ALGONA.IOWA.WBPNB8PAY, ..pretty She was neighbor, and during summer outings at the iterenal homestead. I became Jted With the history of "Mrs' . as i called her. fras once a beautiful girl, ah only iter, petted by father and mother died within a few weeks of each fctttef of a prevailing fever, she was - 16ft an orphan, with a small patrimony, when: a little less than eighteen. Within a few months she married one who had alWayfi be en her lover, sensible, hand- Some Farmer Jack Elliot. •Pot two years they Were very happy togetiief, then the young wife's health /failed, and for ten years or thereabouts fine had been ridden. This was th» Story my grahdm6ther told in answer to niy'boyish questions, for I liked Mrs. Jack, and with pertinacity endeavored to solve the mystery of her forlorn II f... • My i childish vigor rebelled against tho prison-like routine of being confined, yeaf after year, to a couch. The invalid did not seem to suffer pain of any description, but was totally unable to take a step, and did not even set up. My grandmother used often to call on her Unfortunate neighbor, for, though she was 50 aud gray, she had a merry soul, and cheerful company for the sick and ailing. I accompanied her, through wondei and sympatiiy, till Mrs. Jack took such itght to disappoint Mrs. Townsend longer. She might have married wol ere this. She is trustworthy, healthy and all, he says, he can ask, as has been proved by her life with us. Now Wha am I to do?" she sobbed, her face hal buried in the pillow. At tiie beginning of tlie relation, my grandmother's face was a study of hoi- ror and pity, aird my boy-blood blazed with hot auger. As Mrs. Jack continued her tale, though grandmother Wiped frequent tears from her eyes, i saw lie: smile furtively. She comforted the tempest-shaken lady, bathed her swollen eyelids, made mesmeric passes over liet forehead, till, through the exhaustion of grief, her unwonted exercise, and my grandmother's strong magnetism, she fell asleep, though her slumbers were uneasy, and broken by long, fitful sighs, little sobs and low moans. "What does it all mean?" I queried, utrely bewildered by tills new phase of the Elliot affairs. Grandmother darkened the room, we tiptoed from the sleeper, and while my venerated relative prepared a hasty icon repast she gave me what she believed to be the cue to this tragedy in •enl life When first ill, Mrs. Elliot was truly so. She suffered intensely, and was ner- •ously prostrated by spinal trouble, and vas powerless to rise for three year*,, Ithough she made desperate efforts to lo so. At last only weakness of will i nd faith, combined with the lassitude i i°" k , "* ! ? thc W«*to*\iy It givwa f months reven ' T ' ° ns ta ««wl(tenition and caro perish. Birds that have been taken from the nest are hi a similar, condition of Ignorance. tTnle r «a kept in captivity a very short time, and afterward Supplied With food till they learn to care or themselves, to thrust them out is like taking a child brought up hi luxury and forcing him into the streets to pick up his own living. This comparison Is not In the least exaggerated. A young bird is taught, by his parents where aiut how to get his food. Close observei-8 may see this Instruction going on all summer, when nesting Is over and young birds are out. If, then, this period of Instruction is passed in a bouse, and he is adult when turned adrift there is no oiie to teach him, .•nut he must leant by hard experience, or die in the attempt I have read stories of children being nduced to set free their pets because hey would be much happier. Ono In ifirtlcular I remember, because I was so indignant about it, where the bird •pfused to be left hi the park, but flew jack several ttines and alighted on its owners, and they actually had to scheme to get away from it. It was -old as a self-sacrificing and virtuous leed, when, as a matter of fact, it vas undoubtedly pure cruelty, and that >lrd, accustomed to care and shelter, robably died of want and exposure. Another use of a caged bird, or any the opportunity it gives ON THE HILLS. I sit alone upon the hills That turn their faces to the skies, And wonder why their beauty thrills .With love iny longing heart and eyes. I fancy that fine spirits dwell -,. Within the grasses and the trees Akin to mine and breath their spell On me hi every passing breeze. And then again I dream and dream, As In a trance of days gone by, When once pure face, with sunlit gleam, Illuminated all the sunset sky. And wonder If that radiant gem Still kindles all the days and years Beyond the art of tongue ol* pen; Beyond the fartlierest vale of tears. I only know that sometliing true And fond and deep, beyond compare, Enfolds mo as the morning dew And dawning daylight everywhere W. H. Thome. of months, prevented her recovery to '• l or ' T° ns m ™nsMfinition and c full health, so many neighbor* nJ fm . °* llors ' _ nnrl lore nncl Mn*«*w A CRIMINAL DRAMA. L. E. Bayard, in Cincinnati Post: In the year 1834, at Port-au-Prince, In tho island of Haytl, a mulatto named Eriag, was condemned to suffer death for murder. About the same time Sebastian Dardozo, a young Portuguese, was many neighbors and friends believed. They had however discretely kept silent. Patient Jack . nnlmnls - shlti!(tlra - - *.- v j —.. «'«.» u » uctv/ix iv/Utt. OUCH a liking to me, I called on my own account I carried her the brightest np- Elf' wUd flowcrs - tuo flrst roses, anything and everything I thought „..-.«« v,^ ui« BUU smmnon, ana " , please her. She told me stories, laughed Imd humored the idolized wife all these I men wll ° at my fishing explolte, and was delight- hveary years, though of late grind- !mr JL° Ve ,7 Wa £ c , xcopt that **"* woul(1 mother Presumed he, too, had become K C n2^^^'^^'^ to ~^?!?. tot '!^^^bO« ra ^ hns been nscertniiied by gathered from train- tu,scretely kept silent Patient Jack [M<llir " 1W)< ««"«"-"".v wunereu irom u-iun- Imd grieved over the sad situation, and : g " SChools /" d Prisons, that very few linrl tmmnivui «,„ t,i n ii i ,„ .. :, I men Who in bovhoorl owiiPfl or imrpd bed unaided, and her only change was to the wide, plush couch, where her loyal, devoted husband caried her in his strong arms dally, and where she spent four of five hours of the twenty- four. When I was 14, Mrs. Jack had kept her bed eleven years. I shall never forget the summer of her release. Mr. Elliot employed Mrs. Townsend, a reputable widow, "as his Housekeeper. She was an old schoolmate, Jack's exact age, and had proved a most competent aid in the disorganized state of his home, and had been a member of the household eight of the eleven years of the a icted wife's iii- valldlsm. | owned or cared for a pet animal, or who were instructed in kindness to thc lower orders, are to be found among criminals. This fact, which should not astonish us when we think of the elevating tendency of unselfishness, pute into the hands of parents and teachers a, power(weapon for good. Not only does the pet ll!rd or bensfc entertain and She was attractive and pleasant and be determined. her mistress had leaned upon her for Grandmother called him a brave man comfort and help almost as much as a, hero, and said his stratesem was upon her royal-hearted spouse. She had: working well. She led tiie way to the never thought of doubting her, and like darkened room where the restless dream a clap of thunder the revelation came. ;er was just awakening. He entered The Elliots lived on the opposite side' and, with a cry of delight, poor MrV of the road, perhaps fifty rods further Jack opened her arms. west than we. One day, when tiie air j "Dear Jack," she said "how coul<] was a benediciion, and tiie sunlight you?" was as golden as the crown of an He sprang to her side, she clasped his angel need be, I made my usual call'neck, he crashed her with a mighty at the Elliot mansion. Tlie kitchen love to his heartland then grandmother door was open, as I ascertained by in- shut the door, and we heard and saw spection, but the cozy sitting-room was nothing more until radiantlv, Jack came closed door and blind, as was also the forth, eternal gladness printed on his adjoining bed-room. These were the long-shadowed brow. All was ex only apartments in which Mrs. Jack plained; all forgiven. Ho had never had ever been seen since her illness, wavered in his allegiance; was never and I fell to wondering what the mat- bothrothcd to the widow He was spotter might be with cm- sweet-faced neigh- less In his integrity, unfaltering in nfll"_ IPirVl fv\ tl\rt -Pnvisin ~4> J.1- „ . m -4».,ii-l,.e.-1 -«-. . . ° she might possibly recover to normal life. Grandmother shreAvdly suspected he had taken this way to test the physical powers of his cherished companion This was merely hinted with great tact to quiet my imagination, not told ""^ i '^" ••"••^ w. ..^viou ^m.t7iui.ui umi. to me in Its entirety till the denoncement I nmuse the boy. but under proper rtlrec- and that was, to say, most happy. """ "" x "'~" "' Jack came to us in two hours, anxietj an<d interrogation, anguish and love shining hi his dark eyes. He had watch ed his beloved young wife from thr moment she angrily staggered from his presence till he saw her safely reach our residence. Then he waited for his story to work its results, following- as soon as he thought positive effects could *• —•"•«" «*« .•.ut^J.jJLAl^) j lliiAlll LUIIUJJ JH feiiee of the second faithfulness. Even the grave of his were tho two impatient horses of wife would be dearer to him than ano- •••r?i. 4, ' Wb ° b!ul evld(? ntly paused ther woman's lips. He wrapped his •~r£' , ho Inid8t of c »Wvating his broad darling carefully, carried her home tri- i^'. lands, because of an unexpected duty. umphaiitly, bringing over his easist car- 1 was too well bred to ask information raige ;md softest cusliions, and the hap- at the kitchen quarters, and though tho plest man and woman I over saw were upper windows of tho domicile wens Mr. and Mrs. Jock Elliot when thev open ilnd the curtains lightly waving left my brandmothor's doorstep for tho in the wind, and secrecy and silence now reign of love and health in their neld sway where I wished to enter, pleasant home. I 'sauntered homeward, thinking a few They are living and happy still hours would reveal, the mystery, and «*> They have daughters aud sous; they *, "ave comparative wealth. Mrs. Jack's My grandmother was. shcllllng peas pulses arc warm, her eyes bright, her •on the wide side-porch, when she sud- cheeks stll round, and Jack is her'klntr denly sprang to her feet, dropped tho among men. basin of peas, overturned tho basket Many women are ill, and—God pltv of polls beside her, and while a look of them!—can never be well. Many others astonishment electrified her countenance might rally, aud bless themselves aud lion, it trains him in gentle ways, in a sense of justice, and It goes far to insure an honest life. she said; "In tiie dear Lord's name, wliat has happened?" for before us in the flesh was Mrs. Jack, coming feebly, alono ' and on foot to our door. I Grandmother rushed down tho front path, bordered by hollyhocks, four-o' clocks, and the dear, old-fashioned flow- era I so well remember, and half led, others of they would. CAGED BIRDS. Tho Keeping of Caged IJirtls Not So Cruel, After All. A. good deal of sentiment, says Olive TRICK OF THE TRADE. How a NewHpuper ,U»ii Got » Clean Scoop. The jig was up for the day. The last batch of copy had been sent up to the compositors. A dead calm rested on tlie local room, for the city editor had ceased swearing at the telephone for that day, and relaxed the frown on Ms brow. He joined the group of reporters hi one comer of the room, borrowed a match and a' cigar from the railroad editor, and began to tell of bygone journalistic t-xplolls of which he had been the hero. "Speaking of scoops," said he, hoisting his feet upon the political man's desk and striking the borrowed inatnh en his trousers' leg, "I once got an ironbound, copper-riveted scoop when T was a reporter on oile of the big New York dailies that I have laughed over uany a. tbne since." 'How did you work It?" cried the •oal estate man and the sporting reporter in concert, for they were both inxious to get into the good graces of tiie city editor. "Well, It was like this: The assign- uent was a scandal case in which tho lolico had been called upon to arrest tough young scion of a Fifth avenue amlly who had gotten himself into rouble. My chief got tho tip from the police departmene, and as I did the police news r.ncl was solid ^vith most of the cops I was given the assignment I accompanied Jim Murphy, tiie police sergeant, to tho house in the evening when lie went there to make the ar- i-ost. " 'Jim, I whispered, as we mounted the steps, 'can't we fix it so that I yet this whole story to-night without wait- lug for tfio trial?'. " '.Sure, you can that same; you be doomed to a similar fate for a like of fense. The two convicts wore confined in the same prison, but hi different cells. Eriag, whose stength and ferocity were well calculated to excite apprehension in those charged with his custody, was immured in a strong dungeon into which the air penetrated from a narrow grating, so situated as to exclude tiie faintest ray of light. The apartment occupied by Dardeza was less gloomy, having on one side a window, which, though closely barred, afforded a glimpse of the adjacent country. In these days the prisoners were TO die. In each cell was placed a supply of provisions sufficient for that period, and the respective Inmates, heavily manacled, were left to spend tiie brief remainder of their lives alono. Hopeless as seemed their condition, neither entirely despaired of escape. The friends of Dardeza, whose visits he had been permitted to receive up to the moment of his condemnation, had succeeded hi giving him a small file, which he managed to conceal from thc vigilance of his keepers. With this instrument he essayed to remove his fetters; but possessing neither the resolution nor address required to accomplish his object he was speedily discharged, and giving up to despondency, awaited iu apathy a doom he felt himself powerless to avert. But Eriag, in the face of obstacles iu appearance tenfold more insurmountable, instead of yielding hi tame sub i if they could effect In safety a descent of som? sixty feet, their freedom was accomplished. It only, remained to file the chains which confined their feet; but this was work of time, and tiie day was already about to dawn. The file could not ssrve lx>tii at once; and-there was scarcely time for one to relieve himself of .fetters, tlui weight of which would render flight Impossible.. A violent controversy arose between them. The file (vas in the hands of Dardeza, who insisted on his right to use It first Eriag threw himself upon him to wrest It away; and In tlie narrow cell, between two chained men, devoted to death, a mortal combat ensued. Eriag, who Was much tho stronger, threw his opponent. Dardeza saw himself vaiivtiislied, but determined not to be left to die alone,, he, dragged himself to thc window and endeavored to throw the disputed instrument out 'Hold!" cried Eriag, grasping tho other's arm. "Another such attempt, and you die on tiie spot!" "You shall never have it!" exclaimed Uie frantic Darrteza; and with a desperate struggle, partially disengaging him- s .'If from his adversary, he conveyed tiie file to lils disengaged hand, and plunged it into Eriag's breast Again and again his hand descended, and at each stroke the flic sank deep Into tiie breast of the panting mulatto. Then tiie throes of death, grasped tiie throat of th& Spaniard with a grip whose strength was bom of hate and desperation. Over and over rolled the two men. Tho life blood gushed from the wounds hi Eriag's breast. Tlie eyes of Dardeza started from their sockets, and his tongue protruded discolored from between his bloody lips. "Tha file! The file! Give it to me!" panted Eriag. "Never! Never!" gasped the Spaniard, as he threw the bit of steel to tho farthermost corner of tiie cell. The chains at tiie door of tiie cell clanged. Both men heard the sound. Day was breaking and the guards were coming to take the prisoners to the 1 scaffold. "Die! Die!" hissed Eriag, but Dar- deza did not hear him. "Die! Die!" It was only a whisper that came from the lips of the mulatto now. His muscles relaxed; his grasp loosened from the throat of tiie Spaniard. Tho guards stepped into tiie cell. They looked at the two bodies. "Theivi will be no hanging to-day," said the sergeant." morning during _„ BW , is beyond the Ifmlta' of strings,, order the latest mm- be loft at her door for a year her a season ticket to some f' Which you know £be"covets Let your gift be individual. Let it be some-thing whiclt fieeins to sav- "t. you from me> Think Over voiir J* friend's tastes and make your'select! if she bo fond of pretty trlfl» s get t,™ a jewekd hat pih, a gold bow for w hair, with a pearl drop nestling in u! depths. • a set of "jewoled" hair Unit buttons, combining your pnd hers, cliff pins for her divss ^ t , v ,. a jeweled buckle, gay Avlth brilliant^ a breast pin, with an ideal face set en it, or a cunning gold "lifter" to hold up her dress skirt. u Girte like pretty red slippers and' stockings just to match. Girls like odd footstools, dainty wllloAV chairs, spindle, legged desks, spindle-legged tables, gold candy tongs, silver stamp boxoa mid manicure sets, of course, and hand glasses, too, as ma.ny as you choose' to give. Get the present in time to have It "mafkod." The pretty calendar you have selected must have the dear gtrl'g Initials 'dashed on it In liquid gold in your qwn handwriting. The odd littlo souvenir spoon must have her mono- n * t, « ™ "1 Co ™ or .° tiie ^ 1tt>tter -, sors you give her must have "Dorothy" or "Jennie" or "Maud" upon tho bit blade. If you give her a purse, be sure to put a lucky penny in Its Inside pocket, marked with your name. Aud should a knife be your choice, place a tahV monic word of friendship upon lt» blnde. Give her a girdlo, as unique as possible; a peculiar bracelet, a pin, queerly different from any she has seen. Give your girl friend the prettiest, sweetest thing you can find. But be suro that, It is In accord with her tastes. THE BUTCHER BIRD. city marshal for about five minutes,' replied Jim jwith a whale. "When tho young scapegrace of a son was arrested, Jim took the old man aside and suTit to him confidentially. 'You had better) make youir formal statement to the marshal, h-?n?, right now, and that will save you trouble and publicity later on.' mission to his fate, resolved to occupy the scanty hours allotted to him to pro- pare for death, in unceasing efforts to avoid it. From what he had been able to observe as to the position of his cell while being conducted to it, he inferred that one of its sides constituted a portion of the 'Outer walls of the prison, hence he imagined, if he could but effect a passage thruogh it, nothing would remain but at ouce to seek safety in flight After many unavailing attempts, by an inconceivable exertion of strength he succeeded in wrenching the manacles from his wrist, at the same time gaining the freedom of his hands and securing an efficient implement wherewith to enter ou the remainder of his task in the iron bar by which they had been separated. AVitli the water in his pitcher lie saturated the cement of the wall, with the double purpose of softening it and deadening thp sound. The work OIL FOUND IN SUMATRA. Us I>lN<-overe(l Which Aro Itlvh in Fluid of a Illgli Character. The colonial secretary at Singapore, in a recent report on the kerosene trade of the colony, mentions a new oil field, for sonic time known, but only recently was slow and difficult. Two days and nights he labored without cessation, save for a moment at each accustomed round of the jailer, and yet the stone he had first attacked bm-ged not, From er, an a e, Miller, iu Harper's Bazar, is "The old gentleman took the hint half carried Mrs. Elliot to the house, expended" upon caged birds. From teu-1 and told me the whole story from be- Till then I had stood agape and speech- d< -' 1 ' hearts, and from othera not so toil- J ginning to end less; but I recovered my equilibrium dor, we often hear, *VUL?, UM-f * AV;V.U> 17J.U1.1 Jil 4 V VJl|lllllUIlllIll --"-I ,'• -^ ULVLAX JlWtli.) L UiUJ. |j LIUlll LU Justin time to roll out the lounge, dart kcon «• bird "in a cage!" Now, without, after a pillow, and help my grandmother m !lll i' way advocating the caging of to settle her neighbor quickly or sho birds, I must say that there are two would have fainted. Wo gave her a sides to this, as to most questions, glass of water, funned hor a few mo- It is true tho captive is at the mercy ments, nnd then, amid indignant sobs, of his owner, his food depends upon "hQ revealed Jack's perfidy. This AVUS *°™ one's memory, his comfort his er tale: very lifo, are in tiie pqwor of another; "I Avas fooling as Avell as usual "this nut (he Silluo is <1>lle of tlle household morning, a littlo brighter, perhaps, Avhcn (lo » ilnd civt ' sl111 muro of tllc horse, about 10 o'clock Jack came in, shut all Moroovel '. the last-named animal is so tho AvindoAVs aud doors of tho bedroom m uch worso^ off, that he is made to and sitting-room, and was so careful work ' !ma oftc n sadly abused by his, t . „._ ^ i 'to^close every apcraturo that my curl- iwuel> . yet - AUJ hear little sympathy | son, and they did. Not another paper ~~" " " " " ' *•"'•••"•'- -•'-*- -"••'- got a smell, and, I had a six-story, j time to time, as tho precious hoiu-s glided by, and the granite barrier remained firm as in its primeval bed, hope almost deserted him; but as ho pried Impatiently in tiie nan-OAV crevice, and the bcnd- iug iron, on Avhose tenacity his life depended, adomonishod him of the danger of its breaking, he recovered self-possos- sion, and continued his labors, undeterred by their almost imperceptible progress. I can't boar to j "When he had finished I said to him, 'NOAV, bo very careful not to let this, miitTer become public before tho trial j comes off. Look out for these prying i noAvspaper fellows. Don't have auy- thing to do Avith them. When tho re-! »^>jiii.o, «»m H.V.-11, tiuiiu imujjiiiLui, sous, »"• "••' w>viiui, luo j-uuii uupfuus ujiou porters couio around, as they Avlll don't • she revealed Jack's perfidy. This AVUS f 01 >"> one's memory, his comfort his oven let them see you. Don't answer 1 her tale: A'ery lifo, are in the pqAVor of another; j a single question for them, for-no matter Avhat you say they Avill tAvlst your Avords and muddle the case up and ; make your sou no end of trouble.' "He and tho old lady both promised to shun the wicked reporters like poi-' oslty Avas greatly excited. Wlien'every- expressed foi 1 this state of slavery. __ _ ^ thing was locked and barred, ho sat ll ls cniol/to capture an adult bird ' brown-stone-front scoop, wi'th all "mod- ! beside mo, took my trembling hand, Accustomed to freedom and to curing orn improvements." kissed me, and—oh!" cried pretty Mrs. fo1 ' himself, aud confine him in a cage; Jack, "and IIOAV can I toll tho rest! Ho !t is worse than cruel, it Is brutal, to _..—_, —^., ...,.„ - ,..,.* i..^. iv-^t. i^^ — r -- —' ~....».., wv ( "\Yhat is left of a proscription, tho said that in heart and homo he needed a neglect to provide carefully for his } use of which Is permanently dlscontin- • Wife I had -been such only in name comfort Avhon thus imprisoned. But- nod, should bo throAvn aAvay as It is ' 'for years His prosperity Avas marred, 1)lJlt «• captive bird, properly caught not likely that the same combination I his lifo desolate, and ho hud given up nlul Pi'operiy cherished, must necessarl- Avill over be called for again- and most, all hope of my recovery. Ho told mo lit b r bo unhappy, I emphatically deny, of them undergo changes in character had boon engaged, (expecting I Avould au <l "iy opinion Is based upon several'by a?e, so that to keep them only die) for five years to the Avidow Avho yonve' cloiie study of birds in confine- swells tho contents of the medicine' conducts our household affairs HOAV ment. chest and ror. the liability to er- cruel! IIOAV cruel! IIOAA', IIOAV cruel!" H.v "properly caught," I mean taken she Availed. "My Jack, my dear Jack! f'' 0111 the nest, or Avhcn just out of it. I want to die!" My grandmother smooth B .v "properly c-horlsliwl," I mean'not Judge: "Oh, father! AA'hy don't you ed her soft bnnvn hair, quieted hor Avith only fed and Avatcrc-d as regularly and like him?" tender, gentle Avords, and the mourner carefully as AVO attend to our OAVU j Father: "I don't want any dude to continued: , physical needs, but in every other Avny i visit my daughter that Avears diamonds v "Jack says If I Avlll give him up for- made as happy as Is possible, by loving and cats dairy lunches." " ever, and alloAv him to have a bill so attention and thoughtful consideration. , , ^Ue can marry the widow, as I shall ~ As to tiie canary, born in a cago, of I Detroit Tribune: "Yes," said tho ^/•eyer get well and seem no nearer dy- caged ancestry, lie is utterly iuoapacl-' primary Sunday school teacher, "thc ** (J than \vlirvn flT-at oloV 1m -11.111 coffin tiltpfl for froprlnm Sr> f'ir fivm-i lirvln<» „,„,.., i,nt.,r. «o „.„,. i,««,i~ i." ji.'r' hui- >vt: " ui " 1 ovum no nearer tiy- V.«H I " tuiwon.v, nu «> uuruy iiu-ujiuci- primary sunuay scnool teacher, tho 41 ? than AA'hon flrst sick, he Avill settle tated for freedom. So far from being very hairs of our heads aro numbered." ' °»'hj minilty "Pon mo; see that I am well » kindness to gh^e him his liberty, it is ' And Tommy Bangs, jerking a blonde ' *gj& f w at a distance, and it Avill pe a positive cnielty. He has neyor sought bristle out of his wicked little head, ^••Lfor us all than the way that we \food or shelter, he has no notion of held it up nnd demanded; "What num- a^^^F^i^^^^^^^^D? llvlncv TH*j-v 4-1. l«l.,_ t-^ t i/-1/-itr\r* St1tl\rm tfivirl IkA «»«m4> I.*..._J£,. 1 .1— v_ *_. i* _ i «•• Ii ^*" 11 .11 ----- r -, us all than the way that we living. He thinks he Jms noorng either, and he must Juevjtabjy ber is that?" It was not till the evening of the day preceding that fixed for his execution that ho felt a slight motion in the block which had so obstinately withstood his efforts. His heart bounded at the discovery, and,, stimulated to renewed or- erous stone was removed from its place, leaving, as Bring soon ascertained, the residue of his task comparatively easy. The wall was speedily pierced, but, on peering through the opening, the wretched prisoner was amazed to find that, lu- stoad of having secured his freedom, lie had simply effected an entrance to another cell. The dim light admitted by tho window disclosed tho crouching form of Dard'.'za, whose acquaintance ho had made b'.-fore their sentence, and in a moment more they were together. Eriag communicated his'desigu to Dar- deza, and, learning that tho window pf i the latter overlooked the country, ho expressed the conviction that escape was yet within their power. But how many hours had they yet left? The darkness of Eriag's cell hud rendered it impossible to distinguish night from day, and ho know not, till Dardeza informed him, that the night now beginning was tho last allotted to them to live. Par from dispiriting Eriag, this intelll- gonoo only, served to redouble his resolution; and, as courage is not less contagious than fear, Dardeza began to fool ills drooping spirits revive. With tho assistance of his companion his hands were quickly ivloased; and by a diligent use of tiie file already mentioned, the two prisoners alternately relieving each other, several bars of the grating wore at length removed. Tho opening was large enough to adjnlt theh? egvesa; a,n,d. become productive, In the northern part of the island of Sumartra, in the state of Langkat, with a seaboard on the Straits of Malaca. Concessions have been granted by the Dutch government to both Dutch and English capitalists, but so far a Dutch company Is tiie only one which has got to work, and, after a commencement witliiu the last twelve months, it is now reported to bo producing from 15,000 to 20,000 cases per month, with a steadily increasing output. Although, says tho New York Journal, concessions have granted for some 200 square miles of what has been pronounced by experts to be a very rich oil-producing territory, and being on tho seacoast, and not like American and Russian oil fields, far inland, and having besides an. excellent deep water, well- sheltered harbor, its position may bo said to be unique. Also tho keroscnce produced at Laug- kat is proved by a skilled English engineer to be of first-rate quality, being water white, absolutely without bloom, flashing by Abel's tost at 83 to.80 degrees, and burning at 124 to 120 degrees, tiie percentage of kerosene yielded being fully equal to good American and quite double that of Russian petroleum. Wlieu it is borne in mind that tiie Russian output in 1891 was 34,000,000 barrels, tiie bulk of which was obtained from an area of about seven square Ho I.OV..H to Kill for tho Hero 8uk« of Killing. From the Pomona Progress: Thcj 1 butcher bird, "tiuit is familiar to air ranchers In this region, Is considered by some of tlie foreniore ornithologists as the most sagacious bird Iu America. Thomas Oldham, of Lordsburg, tells ui tliat he believes it as cruel as it ii sagacious. "I liave paid lots of attention to a pair of common butcher birds at my place for six mouths," said he to us tho other day, "and T have learned many new tilings about the habita of tiie peculiar Butcher bird. A pair of them have followed me while at plow- lug for three or four days at a time, watching and waiting for mo to overturn a nest of field mice. When I overturn a nest they will pounce down upon the littlo mice and claw and peck ther to death. Then the mouse carcasses are can-led away to some neighboring orange or lemon tree and spiked the thorns. "The birds seldom eat the miceJ 1:111 them from sheer love of tha cltemont. When they can spike n| mouse, or even a rat on a thorn, flutter about and chatter \vith thfl selves as if they had great fun hi ing the rodents squirm and tjsvistl the throes of death. But I am u em-prised to see how strong bntc_ blrds are and wliat they can lift j] fly away with. I have often seen toil that had been impaled upon the thol of a century plant on my place i left to die. The other morning I a butcher bird with a. snake fuL foot long. He had it by tho bacL the nock and flow with it up into] orange tree. Ho then nailed tho repL on to a thorn and sat and watched! He let the snake almost wriggle!/ when ho flow at it and would fix it| more firmly. Because those birds destructive to gophers and rats tli are considered tho friends of the ango-gi-ower." Ono Tiling Lacking. miles of the oil field in Sumatra may be judged, assuming that it fulfills the expectations of those who have exaniin- cd it. PRESENTS FOR GIRLS. Just the Things to Delight Your Girl -Friends ut Xmuu. Phil. Times: It is difficult to choose a present for a young girl. She ia usually ao clever at making things that to give her embroideries and painliujM doito on silk and plush is merely to reproduce her own handiwork. Of course, every one is pleased bj a Christmas gift, no matter what the gift may bo. But in making a selection it is very nice to choose something which has about it tho stamp of novelty Girls like silver tilings for the dresser or tho sewing table. Give a girl a little silver tldmblo case shaped like a nut u perfume boltlo of silver liligreo, a silver cold-cieum box, a silver candlestick or a silver tray for pins Give hor ono of now style feather fans, with just four very dashing plumes in it Give her a China silk edged with veal laco. sllk tea gown of real -Juiicse pattern, or a sllk pettieo-it >r two pairs of gloves tied togistiior with a ribbon and your "beat love " If you want to delight her buy tho' finest, largest perfume atomizer In tho store, and see that Its decorations aro in accord with the dressing tablo which It Is to adorn. Sets of embroidered seven in a set, are on. welcomed and so are glass bon-bon cases, silken sweetmeat i boxes nnd Dresden china, fruit platos for the "cosy room" table. handkerchief 1 , "Did you go to Miss Hunter's ding," sho asked effusively, accordl to Judge. "No? Dear me, you shov have been fnc-re! Everything was tiie grandest scale imaginable. Ov, one drawback to the whole affair, ai no ono would have noticed that if hadn't troubled the bride so much. "The decorations absolutely defied ^ scription—such masses of flowers, yl know. They must have cost n fortul I by themselves. And the presents \vor_ 'simply magnificent One could nevoj tire looking at them. I "The bridesmaids—well, you knoy what beautiful girls the ones she hat. are, and their gowns were simply sn-i j perb. Those six girls would make a I 1 sensation anywhere. As for the bride, she was one of the lovllost brides mortal ever saw. Just enough color in hep , face to make her positively entrancing, and her wedding gown was Imported from Paris. I saw her trousseau, too, nnd it was the finest ever seen in the , city." "But hqw about tho groom?" "Tho groom; Oh!, yes. That was the drawback. Something happened to him. or he got frightened. At any rate ho didn't appear. She seemed terribly cut up about It." - \ A wet umbrella should always bo placed handle down, so that the moisture shall drip from it nt the edges of the frame and the material with which it is covered diy evenly. If it is allow-1 ed to stand handle upward, tho water runs down to ono spot nt the top, where the strong lining about the ring/I holds n good deal of it This in a com-/, parativoly short tlm'o rots the ina'teW"' andit breaks easily. J',i friend for , ave an order at tfca flori^ta |ob© sent to bey each I Modern Society: "Oh, Harry, grand the sea is! HOW wond?rf do so like to hear the, roar of the o Ho: "So dp: ~ quiet!" J,. K / / '* '1 iL>r«''.s < .''ji

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