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THE IOWA, WJEDXESnA V. FEBRUARY 16, 1893. •f HE VINEYARD'S CREW. i. New York Press: A clear, cold night off Cape Hattqras. The full moon threw a wide lone of light over the tumbling Avntcr, changing its dark green to stiver. A brig, with all sail set, rose and fell Avith regular motion on the Avavcs, her sails bellying Avhito in the moonlight before the strong south wind. Her deck Avas iu shadoAV, and back and forth in front of the wheel, crossing and recrossing a patch of light, from the companionway, a nmlnod ligure Avalked Avlth measured tread. At the Avhet'l a sailor in pea jacket, cap, and mittens moved back and forth, glancing at frequent intervals at tho compass in tho binnacle box. On the forecastle deck the forward Avatch scanned the trackless Avaste ahead. In tho forecastle a dim light burned, the brass lamp swinging in a bracket .screwed to tho foremast. TAVO men sat beside 'tho lamp, om? of them a | negro. The ; tlamo. fed by fish oil, splut- *' tered and smoked. The negro snuffed the Avick Avlth his calloused fingers, and' turned to tho man besido him, saying in a harsh whisper: •"Dat's all?" "Yes,, that's all," was, the, reply. The speaker Avas a loan man, Avith a. tliiu, cadaverous faca His eyes glittered like a rat's as he replied to the negro's .question. "Remember," ho continued, "you take the first ouo, I'll look out for t'other. When AVO'VO fixed 'om I'll take charge •of the ship. If you've lied about the :stuff, you know the penalty." Tho negro nodded as if the Avords had become familiar from repetition. "It's my Avatcli on deck HOAV," continued the speaker. "You'll hear from, me pretty soon," 1 On the quarter dock the figure paced rback and forth unmindful of tho con- •spiracy iu the forecastle. "Tho Vineyard is holding hor record." 'he muttered, glancing at the vessel's long/track of froth stretching behind luce a road in the SUOAV. "If AVO hold /•':'this breeze AVO'U bo up to the capos in twenty-four hours. I Avish we Avero in Philadelphia now. I'd rest easier with tliis cargo in the owners' hands. "Every stitch is drawing," lie continued, scanning the brig's Mm sails. •"The old Vineyard's a good sailor. Well," after a, reflective pause, turning -to tho man at flic wheel, "it's your watch below. Hero comes Gibbs to relieve you." Gibbs is tho lean conspirator of the forecastle. Ho takes the wheel, the man on Avatch hurrying away. "I'm going to turn in, Gibbs," .says 'Captain Thornby. "If it breezes up, •call me." "Aye, aye, sir," replied Gibbs; "but doesn't that binnacle lamp need trimming, sir?" "Call AVansloy to turn it then. I'll stcor." The sailor shufllod forward, and presently returned Avith tlio negro. "I -thought I noticed a light over the port .quarter, sir," he said, resinning his station at the AVhool. "Where away?" "Tins Avay, sir. I don't see it; just TIOAV, but I'm sure 1 SIIAV it before." Captain Thorn!>y peered into the distance, Gibbs looking in the same direction. Behind them stood the negro, intently Avatcliing the two men. '"There, it is, sir!" exclaimed Gibbs, The Avords w,ero the negro's signal. With tho agility of a cat he turned and seized a heavy pump brake, capped Avith iron, from Iho top of tho cabin. A SAVift swing, and the bludgeon cloA'U the air Avith a swish, its iron-capped •end coming down upon the heart of Captain Thornby. The,..murderers looked for a second into each other's faces, and Gibbs gave a shrill Avhistle that brought the rest of tho creAV to tho spot." "ThroAV him overboard," ho shouted, •"and mv for the mate!'.' Wansley seized tho captain's body and dropped it over the rail. The dead man's distorted features showed for a second in tho moonlight and then AVOTO SAvalloAved up. Tho npgro's courage seemed to fail him, but the noise of a conflict in the compam'onway banished the horrible sight from his mind. When the captain tfell Gibbs had seized tlio blood-covered pump brake « men follOAving him in mutp obedience. As they started do\vn the stairs tho door flew open and Mate Roberts stood before them, a sheath-knife in his hand. "G,et back, yon dogs, on your peril," 'ho-shouted. "I'll kill the first man that -advances." The unexpected appearance of the mate, who had boon aroused by the noise on deck, Avas a surprise to Gibbs and his co-conspirators. But they Avere mot to be cowed. They had seen blood -and Avanted more. Thoir ringleader was noted in Now Orleans as a slayer of men and they had confidence in him. Hoberts Avas a stalwart man Avith an :arm of iron, but ho saAA r In the faces of the creAV a determination that meant death. He had been through one mutiny and kneAV Avhat it meant. His only hold Avas to keep the men at bay until he could reach the captain's berth and get the pistols that lay under the pillow. \fftep by step he retreated into the •cal£'|i, Gibbs folloAving Avith the club at his side. Onco out of the companionway he raised it to his shoulder, and with a quickness born of practice he made a lunge at Roberts. The heavy bar came doAvn across the mate's arm, raised to Avard off the blow, Avith a force that snapped the hone. The knife Avent flying across the cabin, and another Avell-dlrected blow knocked the def enseless man into a corner. Gibbs continued to beat the mate, nis fellows looking on as if half dazed. "NOAV bear a hand here mates!" he shouted, , "let's send him after the <jap'n,. The ehlp a»d all on bojwd is "Here, Wnnsley, take his head—now, all together!" Thfy dragged the heavy body up the narrow stairs with dttticiuty, ami across tho blood stained deck. "Over with him!" cried Gibbs, and there was a. splash, followed by a second of silence, then a. cry. Ihe cold water had restored the mifortunate mate 10 consciousness, and his? assailants cuiiUt sou him struggle. "Tlirow nip a line! For God's sake throw " Tho voice died away and mutineers heard no sound except the creaking of the rigging and the surging of the water under the brig's bow. r nic chill gray of a December afternoon gnAV Avay to the. somber shadoAvs of approaching Iwllliglit. .Along a curving stretch of beach tho surf tumbled feather Avhito, lashpd by a strong south- oast, wind. , Bolilnd a "blind" of brush "built 1 iii tho IOAV bushes on the odgp of the beach, a, man crouched, waiting for a shot, at the sea birds that came out of thjO distance and quickly disappeared Avith u whirr of Avings. ' : As ho scanned the horizon his attention AViis arrested by a vessel under full sail in the offing. She drove before. the smart breeze, but in a zig-zag fiishiou that told of something Avrong. Tho sportman Avatched her Intently until a llouk of -fducks caught his eye. They w.ro within easy shot and ho fired, bringing down two. Then ho looked again for tho vessel, but sho was guno. The winter twilight crept on apace, and tho duck-shooter prepared to leave the bv'ndi, with a lust look at the sea to witch, if possible, another glimpse of tho -errant craft. He siuw no tiling, and was .about to turn «.wny Avlieii lie discerned two black slacks appearing at Intervals 011 the cA.-st of tho long rollers about u mile oil' the beach. They \vore boats, coming straight for the shore. NeniYi 1 and nearer they came, roAveil by stiong arms. Three mon Avorc in tho r.k'a rest one, and four in th'o other. When ilu>y had nearly reached the line ui huri! Hip man on the boa oh shouted a warning. His A'oico was lost in tho lu-ise of tho surf. On and 011 they came, until the fiist boat i-oachcd the surf lino. Tho rowers bent to their cars in an endeavor to shoot through tho surf. Tho frail craft rose on a combined breaker like a chip. Then sho was in the trough of tho sea— Avoukl' sho rise again? Tho Avatcher stood breathless. She rose bottom up. The other boat followed close . Tho men in hor threw something overboard. It was loss ballast or death Avith thorn and they worked desperately. Again they plied the oars, and rising on the top of a high roller passed the surf lin>! in safety to the shalloAV froth covered water inside. The four men jumped out, and a tall, keen-eyed follow, evidently their leader, asked: "What place is this?" "Baron Island," was the reply. "Somo. people call it Coney island." "Well, we Avnut shelter. We're drenched and you've seen how close our call was. I s'poso our poor mates are done for, buys," the speaker continued, addressing his three companions. "Lot's see if wo can find their bodies." The wrecked boat had come ashore, but sho Avas empty. Ono of the sailors— a braAvny negro—tipped her up and looked under her. "Whore's the nearest house?" asked the tall man. "Johnson's is the only place near here," the sportsman replied. "It's on the other side of the island. I'll show yon whoro." "All right. But Avait till wo get Avhat little stuff AVO saved and stick it into tho sand till wo can come back for it." The men splashed into the shallOAA' AA'a- ter and funk from the boat, throe heavy packages, wrapped in old clothes. These they pul into a hole in the sand made with an oar. "No\v, then, Avo're ready,'' said tho leader, and the party moved off in the rapidly approaching darkness. There was a light shining from the window of the Johnson house AA'hen they reached it. "I must leave you," said their guide. "I live in Gravosend. My name's Williamson—Nicholas S. Williamson. What might your name be?" The tall man knocked at tho cottage door, and nusAvercd, as a woman appeared; "My name's Gibbs. Me and my mates, Wansley, th nigger, and DaAves and Brownrigg, the young fellow, Avaut shelter. We're from the brig Vineyard. She sprung a leak, and wo couldn't keep her free. She sunk not more than ten miles from here. The cnp'n and mate are lost. They Avas in t'other boat." and tho Avoman bade him outer. Inside, as Mis. Johnson prepared supper, the story of shipAvreck Avas told in detail to John Johnson, their host, and his brother William, both honest fishermen. Next morning the four sailors departed for Shoepshead Bay. Entering tho little office of the chief hotel Gibbs approached the desk and addressed Landlord Samuel Leonard; "We Avant a coach an' four, mate," said he, "to go to Now York. We've been shipwrecked, but kin pay for a turnout." The landlord ej'ed the quartet critically and said he had no conveyance ready. "Lose everything?" he queried. "'Bout all," replied Gibbs; "saved our kits. Left 'em in the sand over on Barren fslaud for a day or two. We've got money enough to pay you, though, 1 ' and Gibbs held out a handful of Mexican dollars. "Sit doAvn," said the landlord; "they'll be a coach to NOAV York to-morrow morning." Gibbs and his f ellows looked around the room and the landlord Avent out. In about luilf an luour he returned, aad witb Mm were f our other wen. it I v<< kih.lMJBfif' "Wo. want you." sa.id the first of the ing against the rock wall, fought them off, but they seemed to grow more ex- men 10 outer the room. "You're suspicious characters." cited and determined cveiy minute. A pistol was thrust in Gibb's face This must have kept up for two hours, i while the other toeu seized Wausley, I Frank's broken arm hung limp at his Dawes, and Brownrigg, who were too side; the other, with which he Avardod , much surprised to offer resistance. off the attacks, was blooding and lacer"I'm the sheriff," explained the man | ated, while the sleeves of his coat and ; with the pistol, when Gibbs was secure- j shirt had been reduced to shreds by j ly handcuffed, "and here is a warrant I the sharp claws which never ceased i signed by Justice Van Dyke." HI. I their onslaught, | "Presently a groan gave mo warning j The gloomy New York court-room Avas that the end was approaching, and the crowded to the doors. The trial of the fury of the groat, birds seemed in- four sailors of the Vineyard was on, | creased. They at last succeeded in and excitement ran high. The men had i what ho AVUR faying to prevent—they been indicted by tho grand jury of pi-1 reached his face Avith their horrible racy, although there was but, little proof, claws. I Avill never forget the sight as against them. No bodies had been'ho staggered backward, With a scream found on the beach Avhoro the boats of triumph and gratified revenge his lilndod, and a high tide had effaced all j victors followed him <ovor the edge of .trace of tho spot; Avhero the mysterious ; tho shelf and far lUnvn into the abyss." parcels Avere burled. j Mr. BarkaloAv reached a, small settle- It Avas a peculiar case, and public sym- j niont more dead than alive, and came pathy Avas divided. j into Ogdon to ask for temporary The third day of the trial opened with , assistance from a young business man good prospects for the prisoners. Tho hero Avho is acquainted Avlth his family, stories of all but Brownrigg had boon, lie left for the east last night, told. Gibbs stuck to his story of tho beach, and the others sustained him. The prosecution, however, looked to Brownrigg as their most promising ,vit- noss. Ho was young, and lo.ss schooled hi lying than his fellows. There AVUS a hush iu the' court-room when the boy took the stand. Tho jurymen leaned forward to take a good look at him, and the judge displayed a gleam of sympathy in his usually emotionless face. After a few questions had boon put to him BroAvnrigg turned deathly pale. His imprisonment in the bridewell had BATTLING UNDER vVATER. Tlir OiiUKtlun (low lo <ii!t Under u HiiBlllr Vessel ;iml litoiv It (p. The greatest qnoslioii in naval Avar- fan; to-day is not about the big battlo- ships saucy torpedo-boats, already pictured and described, says SI. Nicholas, but how to got a boat that will safely dive bolow the kcol of a hostile vessel and blow her to destruction Avlth ! phis woro used or dependence placed entirely In cement. The modern method Avns 11 rat. used at the- Hanois itock light, on Guemsoy. On tho upper t'aoo and at each end of one block aro dove-tailed projections, and on (lie under face, and at tho other end. aro dovo-tailod indentations. Tho upper and under dovo- talls fall ink) each other, and Avhon tho hydraulic cement is placed on tho sur- I'aoo it so locks tho dove-tailing that tho slunos can not. bo separated wilhom breaking. So, Avhon tho foment is set and hardened tho whole of the base is lifomlly ono solid mass of granite. MAY BE AN EXODUS. Snn FrnnrUon Olrl« TTrtnt Ttnxbands n a chargo This mode dynamite or guneolton. ! at lacking an onomy is! entirely now, for, nearly twenty- robbed his checks of their bronzo, and; five hundred yours ago, divers Avore lowered into the walor in a simply con- there Avorc hollows under his oyos. 'Your honor," ho said, raising his hand I structcd air-box, to perforate Iho Avood- to his throat, "I can lie no longer—It I «n bottoms of an adversary's Avar- chokes me. Those mon are murderers!" His voice rose to a shriek, and ho tronx- blod like a loaf. They killed Captain Thornby and galleys, in order to sink (horn, and drrjiwn or capture their rowers and lighting men. Tho diving warrior and his box did Mate Koberts. They scuttled the Vine-! llot outlast tho great galleys they had ynrd and stole a fortune that Avas a- to slnk , and the history of these board her, For promise of pay T have; hearts passes over 2,000 years hi mr. lied. Now t am tolling the truth: DaAVos! American Captain Bnshnell of the rovo- 'lutiouary army and his diving-boai. This Avas a liny, walnut-shaped vessel, holped scuttle the Vessel. I saw him got, an ax. The bags of silver were tied up In old clothes and put aboard the boat. It is all buried in the beach now." Tho confession delivered, tho flaked truth known, BroAvnrigg foil in a SAVOOU. He AVUS removed and the trial went on. Da.Aves corroborated his story. The The agents of Stephen Girard of Philadelphia, to Avhom the money 011 the Vineyard belonged, testfied as to the a- momit—$52,000 in Mexican silver. Then the jury retired and brought in a verdict of guilty against all but Brownrigg. tSSn H JURS OFTORTURE. A I'oiiii^^ Adventurer FonRlit 10 U utility a. I'nir ori<J;i|£loK. Two young mon from Brooklyn, it is said, left here a short time ago to VIOAV the territory of the extinct cliff-dAvcllcrs jiloug Nine-Mile crook, says an Ogden correspondent of the St. Louis Globe- Democrat. Yesterday only ono returned, Aveary, footsore and apparently heartbroken. The name of the young man is J. F. Barkalow, and his friend Avns Frank M. Conroy. The story he told an acquaintance here, is as folloAVs: Frank and] I finished our jauut along Nine-Mile crook AVO concluded AVC Avould go along down the Minnie Maud crook before Avorking our Avay back. It Avas terribly rough, but AVO had placed our entire outfit on the back of a burro, Avliile AVO Avnlkcd, and so AVO got along very nicely. One morning about two Aveeks ago AVQ woro picking our way along the edge of Avhat looked like a bottomless gorge, a ICAV miles from the junction of Nine-Mile creek Avith Green river. "The path Avas a narrow one, a perpendicular rock Avail on one side and the dark precipice froAvning belOAV us on the other. I Avas hi front, the burro follo'wiug close and Frank behind the burro. Suddenly I felt the pathway apparently slipping from under my feet, and only by almost superhuman efforts was I enabled to scramble up on solid rock, as tho stones of the pathway and thin cakes, • Avhich seemed to peel off the rock, slid over the edge of the precipice. sculled by a .single oar, and havin cru'AV of ono man. The boat, sat low in the water while un tho surface, enabling it at night to got near its intended A'io tim without; detection. Then the hatch was closed, shutting in air enough to last hall! an hour, and by hitting in a little water NIK! turning an upright seroAV-bladed oar,' the bunt was sunk to near the keel-level of tho enemy's vessel, and sculled under the hull. A torpedo outside tho boat carried a hoary chargo of gunpowder, and was provided with clock-work to lire tho diarge after the little torpedoi-boat should have retreated to a safe distance. The torpedo had a pointed screw .stem, by which it was to be ail a died to tho doomed vessel, the screw being tinned from inside the torpedo-boat. Except for the breaking of tin's SCTOAV, it is possible that the British admiral's flag-ship might have boon blown up as she lay at anchor in i\cw York harbor; but tluiit is mcro guesswork, for, as General Washington said of the boat, "too many things wore necessary to be combined in it." Yet it Avas Ingenious, a credit to American skill and daring, and its arrangements aro still studied by those interested in submarine navigation. Twenty-five years later, Itobon. Fulton, who did so' much for steam navigation, took the Bnshnoll boat for a. model, and greatly improved upon if. Ho made the hull of thin copper sheets, instead of Avood, and changed the sculliiigs-oar into a paddle-AVhocl Avorkod by hand. He forced into a copper tank enough air to supply a CTGAV of four men while under Avater for six hours. For use Avliile at. the surface, the boa/t was provided Avith removable masts and sails. His experiments lasted some twelve years, the governments of Franco, Great Britain, and the United States successively supplying the moans. But naval experts everywhere scouted the scrvicenhloness of theboat, and the higher authorities denounced its mode of Aval-fare as no better than murder or assassination. Tho device. hoAvevor, was employed AA'ithout official pemissiori against some of tho British vessels blockading the NeAV England coasts hi the Avar of 1812. Though no actual damage AAMS done, the blockaders Avero badly frightened by the attempts. "I had started a lot of loose stones rolling doAvn, and tho stream kept growing till it looked as if it might separate mo from Frank and the burro, and, apparently fo prevent, this, Frank gave the burro a keen cut so as to 'make liim go on Avhile he could. Tho intelligent animal, hoAvevor, Avould not risk it and, giving a scream that Avas almost human, it endeaA'ored to turn in the narrow path and go back, but in doing so it caught Flunk in its efforts, and over the brink of the precipice they Avent together. "A hundred feet or so down the precipice a flat, level part of the rock jutted out and formed a sort of platform. On the outer edge of this the burro struck and rebounded slightly, just as Frank, in his descent, struck on the animal's sido, thus saving lumself from instant death. After the rebound tho quadruped Avent over the edge and doAvn into the ravine, Avliile Frank dropped back upon the platform. I loaned over and called out, but It Avas some time before he was able to answer. Frank Avas on a small ledge of rock, Avltli several ribs broken and one arm smashed, and AA'ith absolutely no chance of rescue inside of the days it Avould take mo to go for assistance. To make matters AA'orse we Avero both almost dying of'thirst, .anil 110 uav< > cost 800 talents, equivalent to the heat of the broiling sun Avas bccom- $1.240,000. ing insupportable. Just as AVO had TO GUIDE THE MARINER. Six Thousand l.iKhthuusrs n the World' l,:)!ii> in Autericti. The lighthouses of the Avorld aro In round numbers 0,000, with about 250 lightships. Of these lights Europe has 3,809; North America, 1,320; Asia, 470; Oceaiiica, 310; Africa, 210; South America, 100, and West Indies, 100. Tho coasts of the United states are illuminated by 802 lights, distribxitod as follows: Atlantic coast, 407; gulf coast, 79; Pacific coast, 38, and tho northwestern lakes, 218. Of these lights thirty- two are displayed from lightships, nearly all of which aro ou tho Atlantic coast. The most famous lighthouse of which history gives any record, says the Boston Globe, Avas tho lighthouse of Pharos, on tho eastern end of the island of that name in tho Bay of Alexandria. It Avas begun by Ptolemy Sotcr and AVOS finished by his successor, Philadelphia. It Is said to have been 400 feet liigh and AVO agreed that Frank should take his chances AVhile I Aveut for assistance I. heard a shriek from him, and, glancing doiwu, saAV the beginning of a terrible combat. "Above him and to one side Avas a large nest Avith several young birds in It, and two enormous eagles, suspecting him of an attack upon, their young, swooped doAvn upon him from different directions, struck at Wax with bill and claws, andi poising after the fVWaeki returned frcp, ttje opposite direction., • - •- - -' -' HE WAS A FAILURE. i'.ithoM of thi< I'.rokrii DOHII Then! i'l<'nl "Why don't, yon try comedy?" she said. "Mo,"' lie replied, pushing his llngoi-s through ills long hair and gazing fixedly at tho pale little woman beside him. "Ah! I la! 'TW'inild never do, my dear;" and Iho few spectators who overheard tills remark agreed Avilh him, for It was plainly not his forte. Ho was an actor. His every movement indicated this; but olio of the old school. Ho had boon playing serious parts so long that tho assumed expression of the stago remained with him on the street and probably did not do- part, from him even in his sloop. He play comedy? Never, says the Denver Times. It, Avonld be impossible, and so Iho pair passed out of sight. lOvorybody on Itilh street, that afternoon saw them. They wore not an ordinary couple, and had those who glanced at, them known their history they Avould probably have remembered some of Iho incidents of their life. Tli" man hi his youthful days gave, promise of becoming a groat actor, but, he developed certain oceonlrie.itios that always kept him in the lower ranks of tho profession. Ills wife, Avho was a celebrated ballot dancer iu her day, married lilin when both woro young, and has boon a good uud faithful wife 1 In him through nil Ins troubles. Tn fact, but I'm' tilt. 1 money she oarliod he would probably have Nlni'vo<(< Ho is .still an eccentric man, and Ills appearance in comedy would be a treat for the gallery grids. For yean? ho has been tho llrsl. walking gentleman in various companies. Once ho appeared in comedy, and once only. A manager Avho liad known him in his early days resolved, to give him a uli.-ince. Ho was oast for tho part of a jolly old man who Ava.s very fond of the girls, in a skit, which Avas brought out in an eastern city many years ago. He made a decided hit at. the rehearsals, but on the opening night ho AVUS so anxious lo outshine the others that instead of acting the jolly old man ho a clod a. serious, disagreeable old follow, and endeavored to make tho play a. tra- "gcd.v instead of a farce, so ho lost his place, and ever after had to content: himself Avith Iho parts of Avalklng gentleman and general utility man. Tins was his groat, fault; ho also had a bad habit of endeavoring to rival the star. There aro many funny stories told of this man. Ho ahvays dresses like the picluro of an actor and poses on ovory opportunity. Tho front of a then- tor is his principal lounging place. Ho is positively delighted if any ono looks at him, and to bo pointed oubas an actor makes him happy for nil hour. He carries in his pocket a clipping from a little country paper in Now York state which contains the only favorable newspaper notice lie over received. This is exhibited on the slightest prove* cation, with the greatest pride. HOAV does the man live? His Avtfe supports him most of the time, and occasionally ho gets a Avoek's engagement. Mayor Kllort.'s niairinioirial bureau, which Avas established for ,the purpose of casting iuy<s of sunshine Into the d fenny and desolate lives of the young mon of Austin, Tex., is doing a rushing business says an exchange. Seven letters have boon received by Secretary .Newman, and tho writer of each expresses her Aylllingness to givo iip h(W .state of slugicvblcssedness and San Francisco for a. loving husband and a qiuot homo on the plains of Iho Lone Star stn.to. Tin- lol.tors crime from maids and matrons, Iho Avidow of forty shoAving a« groat a desire to embark upon the matrimonial sea as does Iho young yirl of eighteen. Ono writer scorns ,to (have organized a Avidow trust, for she tells of her ability to provide, in addition to herself, throe other dames Avhose former husbands have long since departed this life, says tho San Francisco Chronicle. Sho guarantees that all will make per- fiH-t Avlvos, and offorod ,to send samploft of their cooking if needed. A tender lassie of eighteen lolls of a yeaniing for Texas that has long possessed her and of how happy sho Avould make a. faithful and loA'ing husband. She is quite modest in her demands, and states that sho only Ava.nts a me- dhnnio, as sho knows sho Is not quail- lied to become, tho wife of a Avoalthy man, and thai ho need not be perfect only yood. Still another, Avith a lino display of business tact, expresses a desire la marry and a willingness to permit Mayor Kllort to nrrango match for her, bn.t she desires her Ihusband to come -well rocwmiionded, and asks if , after learning his name she Avould bo permitted lo engage an Austin detective lo lnve.sllga.te his character. Several of. the. letters received Avere accompanied by photographs, aiid i£ UM.'.SO bo exact likenesses of the senders there must be .something wrong •witli s tho mai'riitgeaMe young men of San Francisco, for some very pretty girls express a willingness t'o go clseAVhere in search of a. husband, Secretary Xowman, Avho Is managing tho matrimonial bureau, has prepared a. register in Avhich the applications received arc entered, and Avhou the Supply becomes largo enough to equal the demand he will forward the .letters and any other information -ho may possess to Austin, Tex. MARKIbD MAN'S ROMANCE. Tho oldest lighthouse in the Avorld is at Comma, Spain. It Avas built in tho reign of the Emperor Trajan, and hi 1SG4 Avas reconstructed. England and, France have towers erected by their! Roman conquerors, AA'hich Avere used as lighthouses. Contrasting them Avlth tho Hght-tOAvers that have been built for the benefit of commerce Ave see that the art of building has lost nothing with the PEH.OSOPHY OF A CHILH A .Little Uirl Tmieli<« Itottom In a Mutter of Ortlittgrraplty "Spoil toos," said the mother, Avho, according to the New York Times, AVUS teaching her little daughter, seven years old, to spell. "T-o-y.-e," answered the child. "No, dear, that's not right. T-o-o-s spells toes." "But it sounds like to-x-o." "I knoAV it, but yon cannot go by tho pound." Thou in order to enforce this proposition tho mother called on her daughter to spell f TOKO. "F-r-o-e-s," said the child. "No, you're Avrong again. This time AVO do use the •/, and spell the Avord f-ivo-z-e." "Huh!" grunted the child. "NoAv, spoil rose," said the mother. The child hesitated. Finally she- said, "I don't knoAV AA'hether to say r-<Of-2-e or r-o-e-s, and really I don't ICUOAV that either way Avould be right." "Spell it r-o-s-e," said tho mother, "thougfh there is another word pronounced just like it that's spelled r-o-e-s. That Avord is tho name of tho spaAvn of fishes." The poor little child looked very miserable. "Just one more Avord," said the mother. "Toll mo how you spell WOAVS." "Well," said tho child, Avho had had quite enough nonsense, as she viewed it from hor mother, and had suddenly made up her mind to pay back in kind. "I spell it three Avays.- I spell it b-1-o-s-e for breakfast, b-1-o-e-s for dinner and b-lo-u-e for supper." . ! "I spell It M-O-AV-S all tho time," said the mother. Tho child said nothing for a minute or two. Thou looking up, she solemnly remarked: "I think, mamma, that the English language AVIIS made for persons very, very Avell educated." U'luiL < nine i»fTr.v!"K to Protect a J'oor mid T'reltv nil-'. "I'll toll yon a story as strange as it is true, if you Avill not; use injy name," said a guest of tho Southern, as he led a reporter Into his apartments and carefully closed the door, says the Globo Democrat. "Some years ago I lived in a southern city—-it. does not matter Avliat one. It was my good fortune to render valuable assistance to a beautiful Italian girl Avho had, for satisfactory reasons, run away from her homo in New Orleans. "She repaid my kindness by falling in love AvitJi me after ,thc most approved manner of heroines. Her relatives told mo that if 1 did not send her back home I Avas liable to find myself in a badly disfigured slate some stormy night, and on this goiiilo hint I acted. Some time afterward her mollicr Avroto mo .that tho girl had destroyed herself, and added the cheerful UOAVS that hor brothel's blamed mo for the rasllii deed and Avould soe mo later, 1 "I suspected that she had sought refuge in a, suicide's grave from the infamous treatment of her relatives rather than from the pangs of pining love, but Clio tragedy movod mo strangely, and ntarly dethroned my reason. While sho Ava.s Avlth mo two attempts Avero made upon my life for no other crime than saving a young girl from ,tho paths of infamy. Two of thoso interesting Avould-bo assassin*! wero rounded up by the mob tflui.t stormed tho parish prison, and T breathed easier, but not for long. "When the Mafia marks a man it never takes his name oft' the list. Sooner or later it gets him sure. He goes none know Avhore, or dies none know hOAV. The only tiling he can do is to comfort iiimsolf as best he may Avith Hamlet's philosophy and keep Avatch and Avard. It is seldom that the Mafia does its Avork so badly as in poor Hcnnessy'S case. l,t traps its victim or slips a knife into his back in some lonely by-Avay. I "But tho strangest part of my story is yet to come. A'mouth ago who should walk in upon me but the girl I had for eighteen Avenry mjonths mourned as dead. Sho had recovered from the self- inflicted. Avound, but had been kept close prisoner in hor mother's house. She finally made her escape and, penniless and friendless, started on her journey of 700 miles to crave my protection. She had bogged her Avay, walked, and stolon rides on freights, slept in the Avoods Avitih iio.coA'eiing but the sky, no sentinel but the stars. She reached me footsore, bedraggled, weary, but happy as the empress of the Avorld. "What did I do Avith her? I took her back to Now Orleans, called her relatives about me, and brought hor and my OAvn immunity for an annuity of $200 a year. I have placed the girl at school and if she doesnt make her mark in the Avorld of music I miss my guess. 'You may head that up as 'The Romance of a Married Man.' " I'uyn. The stormy of many winters have Avrought great changes in the ueach a$ (comfortable " --- -j. j^ny a time did -"•- 1 ""™" ««™-m/ The American Dairyman says: "J?ur- tog ovu- recent trip in tUe country, it was easy to tell when you would strlka a daily section, as tbere you, ^ould see of the latjer towers over tfcelr predepeja? ora ]$ teat th£ etwee of each

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