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*f*'¥\" tr • v 'W*t • > • ^ ' "*l , t - " , ' r THE WPRK tlKK MOINES; ALGONA, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, AtfOthT 23, 1891 «OMB SANITARY ASPECTS BREAD MAKING. By Cyrus Edson* M. D., OF followed, has rounded off this sequence The best baking powder made is, as of events. shown by analysis, the "Royal." it I have already pointed out that the contains absolutely nothing but cream, germs of disease are to be found in of tartar and soda, refined to a chem- Stealth Commissioner, New York City, the air and dust. The longer any. sub- ical purity, which Avhen combined un- stance to be eaten is exposed to the dor the influence of heat and moisture It Is necessary, if one would under- air, the greater the chance that germs produce carbonic acid gas, and having stand the sanitary aspects of bread will be deposited on it. Bread raised done this, disappear. Its leavening molting, to fully comprehend the pres- with yeast is worked down or kneaded «nt theory held by scientists of germs twice before being baked and this pro- and the part played by them in disease. CMS may take anywhere from four strength has been found superior to other baking powders, and as far as 1 know, it ds the only powder which will 1'he theory of disease germs is merely hours to ten. It lias, then, the chance raise large bread perfectly. Its use the name given to the knowledge had of collecting disease germs during this avoids the long period during which «f those genus by medical men, a process of raising and it has two peri-' the yeast made dough must stand in knowledge wliidi is the result of iu- dels of working down or kneading duf- order that the starch may ferment and munerable experiments. Being this, ing each of which it may gather the, there is also no kneading necessary. the old term of a "theory" has become dirt containing the germs from the j The two materials used in the Royal, a misnomer. A germ of a disease is a baker's hands. As no bread save that cream of tartar and soda, are perfectly plant, so small that X do not know raised with yeast, goes through this 'harmless even when eaten. But they bow to express intelligibly to the gen- long process of raising and kneading are combined in exact compensating «ral reader Its lack of size. When this so no bread save that rnjsed with yeast,weights, so that when chemical action ^efin is introduced into the blood lias so good a ohance of gathering begins between them they practically of tissues of the bodyf its aotiou germs. disappear, the substance of both hav- •a-ppears to be analogous to that What is meant by "raising" biead is '"S been taken up to form the carbonic which takes place when yeast is added worth a few words. The introductiou I acid gas. More than this, the proper to dough. It attacks certain elements of the yeast into the moist dough and method of using the powder insures •of the blood or tissues, and destroys the addition of heat when the pan is the most thorough mixing with the 'flour. The proper quantity being taken, it is mixed with the flour and stirred around in it. The mixture is them, at the same time producing new placed near the fire produces an cnor- aubstances. inious growth of the yeast fungi—the But the germs of the greater 'part of yeast "germ," in other words. These tho genii diseases, that is, of the infec- fungi effect a destructive fermentation' then sifted several times and this in- tlous and contagious diseases, AVill de-'of a portion of the starchy matter of sures that In every port of the flour elop or increase In number Avithout the flour—one of the most valuable there shall be a few particles of the -being in the body of a human being, nutrient elements in the flour. The powder. The salt and milk or water being added, the dough is made up as ' quickly as possible and moulded into the loaves. I These ore placed in the oven and baked, But the very moment the i warmth and moisture attack the mixture of cream of tartar and soda, these two ingredients chemically combine and carbonic acid or leavening gas is ' evolved. The consequence may be | seen at a glance, the bread is raised • during the time it is, baking in the ! oven, and this is the most perfect of all conceiA r able methods of raising it. Here, then, there is no chance for germs of disease to get into the dough and thence into the stomach, more 1 than that the bread is necessarily as 1 SAA'eet as possible, there haA'ing been 1110 time during AVihich it could sour. JThls involves the fact that the bread so made Avill keep longer, as it is less ' likely to be contaminated by the germs I that effect the souring process. It Avill be strange if the crowds of A r isitors to the world's fair do not greatly increase the number of contagious diseases, Avhich we will have to treat. Under these circumstances is it not folly of follies to open a single channel through which these germs may reach us? Is it not the part of Avisdom to watch with the greatest care all that we eat and drink, and to see that '"DISEASE GERMS FIND TIIEIH WAY INTO THE YEAST BREAD. '•provided -always you give them the fermentation produces carbonic acid proper conditions. These conditions gas, and this, having its origin in are ti/ be found .in dough Avhich is be- every little particle of the starch ing raised Avlth yeast. They are which is itself everywhere in the flour, Ivannth, moisture and the organic pushes aside tho particles of the dough •uiattc-r of the flour on Avhich the germs, to give itself room. This is Avhat is after certain changes, feed. | called "raising the bread." It is necessary to remember at this, it needs but a glance to see that It point that yeast is germ growth, and \ s> i u its effects on the dough, ±f 'fST f° t'l mlXtUre ° f glU f ' ffi « Shflnlcnl - The d ° USh ' " h "* ™ S ! a- eiyed Tn the preparation of ^ ™H n,T ', h tbe .P reseucefof before a close-grained mass, is now food? To me it seems as though there Wttiuth and moisture sets up a fer- |full of lltt ie holes, and when cooked in could be but one answel - to questions mentation. If the mixture be a starchy this condition is what we ordinarily i ike these dough the yeast flrst changes a portion'e^u llght . Tbls porous quality of j. have '^^ the d of usi -at the starch into glucose and then do- bread enables the stomach to rapidly , the yeast raised bread, and witli this I -composes the gucose by changing t, aud easily fligost ltf for the gastric | nave shown how that danger may be -mto tAvo new substances, viz., carbonic juices qu i ok i y soa k into and attack it| avold ed. T he ounce of prevention ••acid gas and alcohol f rom all sides. The fermentation of wllicll in this case is neither difficult 2vow the gluten, which is also a con- the dou gh, however, uses up a portion ' nor expensive is. certainly worth many -.li-iii-Mir f\-f rlnnnli nnrl i-»irtlc.f c.fni.nli I „ -. , . . i _ . .. ,. ^ ~ L * "• pounds of curej and the best thing i-stituGut of dough and moist •••.affords, with the latter, an excellent nidus for the development of germs of disease as Avell as for the yeast germs. 'of the nutrient elements of the loaf. If it be possible, therefore, to produce a light porous loaf without this de- . find very favorable conditions for their struction and without the "kneading" bread or biscuits or rolls made- at home with Royal baking poAvder may | germs and filth, and without the long be sure they have absolutely stopped period during which the raisng process one channel through which disease •iCbc germs of cholera, as of typhoid j process, which fills the dough with tferer, would, If introduced into dough,, <r e rms and filth, and without the lonsr about it is that it may be relied 1 on •almost absolutely. Those who eat Rowdy! 'Tis no name for it— too genteel by half. We were as •wicked a. set •at our dig.olu's sis New South Wales 1 could show— no slight tiling. If the world's kettle had been sot on the boll, we'd have come to the top as prime mini—truth, and no lie ma tie But a- inongst us was a man dubbed "the Squire." because, though lie feared like the nwt of us, toiled, lived, and dressed just as we did, yet there was that iu him wliluli stwnped hiiu 'as of quite a. different breed. Swells out (if luck are to be found by the bushel iu Australia: still, I never came upon his (Ionise ilic.foro or since. Ruiiior went. that lie was a Baron iM. at home in lOii^aiid, but had 'been forced to cut ami run; so ho tried New South Wales and the sioW tltgg'in's, bent on succeeding. I found him a.t Green Valley Creek when I reached It; we worked not far nil' each other. I can't say I liked him, though "lie. was wonder-fully quiet, and civil spoken, but. cold as ice, and hard as nails; ti who was never tired, and who never ga.ve In, but plodded ou and on towards ills own <>ml, whatever the flash of the light, that he, as well as I had been near when the Squire, held up the two great nuggets ami it struck me—I'm quick at conclusions— both scoundrels had not intended to come up to the house, but woro just lurking around—What, for? Miss Helen—I only knew her by hoi' lOhristian name then—faced Ilium steadily, though sho had called mo to her, and asked what they Avautinl. "AVhy, nothiii' In special, miss," slaiiimiorort Dl.iwllsh. lifting his ragged straw hut. Avith swell-mob politeness. ;i leer willnh made me t ingle to kick h'iiin; 'on'y, is the old Buss at home? 1—1 moan your Ta. miss,' he translated. "Xfi." she replied, holdlii.ir her itead high, to show she Avas not frightened: 1ml. I. being close to her, could hear hir heart thudding like il. hammer, whilst the blood flamed to her brows under the foul gnao roving over her. "\Vliy do you ask?" "Just this, mum. Will you be si> good as toll him that me and my pal's off to Hulton's Ranch for a short spell an<] if he'd like t'o tramp over—why, 'tis il mltflvty 'andsomo part o' the country, and ho'd lie welcome fhats all. "You must lie in a hurry to go," ] said, putting in my oar, 'if you're trudg- that, might: bo. But silent as lie AVOS ! ll } K , * wm *. y . mik ' s fl)l ' rlwisure such a and selfish he opened out a, bit to me. pra'a.ps because, though I didn't, set up either for a swell or a saint. 1 wasn't night (is this. miles for pleasure Much a night as this. "Oh. AVC didn't know as you AVOS in but quite so bad as the worst in Green Val- oh;11 '* a> llol '°'' Avlth " '>™ tlf <l> ^ ley Oreek. T had been rospecta.blv ! Ul ° Willk is OU1> l»"k<>ut; tihe lady can brought up. <t'he son of a. small farmer < - 1(>llvi ' r »• civil message, t hope!" in Kent; but. 1 didn't go iu for fespec- •" I win «' ivo Ul " •i»«"<M-pix<eil Miss respectability myself; il never agreed with me; Bo f was sent adrift at. last with t'it'ty pounds in my pocket, and the world lie-fore 'inc. ''Ohore was a. fresh stampede, towards Australia, at tlio time, mid I joined the general rush and scramble; and, as-I say. when T liad settfled down at my claim, the Helen, 'as soon as my father comes in.' "Much olfleegod. miss; then theor's iiothin' more to add; so we'll toddle. Good-night, iiniss,' and lie flourished Ids hat again. She shut, the door upon thorn, draw- lug a stcit bar across it. 'Arc- those he; men lie Avorks with?' she cried, Squire' and J scraped up a sort of a i 111 ".?' 11 " 1U> ' lK>1 ' h!imls - 'Heaven help friendship. Ho did not live alone; his daughter wins 'With him, though liow and when sho reached him none know: sho had reached him, and bore her strange life is best sho might. Tho.v dwelt in a sn.jill shanty In tho midst of many of iiiiics, a. poor rough place, far apart from the other huts; n queer frame for such a stately picture of a. woman—a. ady! AA r ifh tho same superior bearing 1 Aisible in her father. I'd walked that iViiy 'the Squire' once, and sho ran out •o moot him. Tlio sight, of hor struck no all of aheap, so unexpected in the finely spot. Avhere there AV.MS no- other company than tho bright Avinged birds, 10 ot'hor smm'd than the star of the windy trees, Sho was ifcilU. the color of )f AA'ild roses in her cheeks. Heaven's I tried to turn the subject, stirring the fire info a. blaze, and prok/ridiiif! to do a lot of things for 1 didn't; cave to leave her. 'Twas my belief t:lie two blackjruards were still hanging al'mut. As for their invitation to the Squire.' it: was but a lie invented on the moment:. 1 was eastiii.tr around for another job, when sTie stayed me by asking if i would "But J "Xay: o to meet, her faither. I do not mind. The little liini.se is secure. Why,' with a -wistful smile, 'I am always alone from daybreak until dark. i knew if. was the fa.ct; so. bidding her open to none until she hoard mo or 'the Squire" whistle, I started on -my )lno in her eyes. Her dress, dark a.nd ( ' 1 ™ close fitting, had none of the flrushy ornaments tirat Avomon such :is AVO ako up with cram on; her hair coiled hea.d. shone Iflco chums, my dear," '1'flo not wish to "pose" as an alariu- '.1st, nor am I Avilliug to say there is •/very .much chance of the germs of typ°hios and of cholera reaching the stomachs of the people who eat bread "which 'has been raised with yeast. LBut I have not the slightest cause to • T doubt that, oilier diseases have been nud will be carried about in the bread. "tt "have met journeymen bakers, suf- Bering f rou\ cutaneous diseases, working Iftie dough iu the bread trough with snaked Viands and arms. I have no rea- • son to -suppose bakers are less liable to cutaneous diseases than are other men, : and I know, as every housewife '?fcnows, yeast-raised bread must be ^worked a long time. This is an ex- •vceffingly objectionable thing from the standpoint of a physician, for the rea- .SQii that tho germs of disease which .-are an the air and dust and on sttiir- and straps in street cars, are often collected on the hands. -So well do physicans know this that 'there is no ablution practical equal • to that which they undergo before they perform uuy kind of surgical • operation. Any person who has ever 'taieaclod dough understands the way In. which the dough cleans the hands. "JPuis means that any germs which may goes on, the gain in food and the gain in the avoidance of the germs is exceedingly plain. nr.ay reach them. Note—Housekeepers desiring information in regard to the preparation of But while we can easily see the dan- the 'bread which for sanitary reasons smooth 'about her !)Ia.ck satin. "This is one frf my- *airt tlio "Squire" Avitih his soft A'oice ind his hard smile. Since then I had hung about, the log- louso often, labor ended. T fetched water, got in sticks, dloa.nod boots or lid such odd jobs as Avere not fit for ior, and said no word; but. she found mo out in ;i brace of shakes, and grow, used to and AVOS thankful for such help as I could give, knoAving that I meant no hamn thous'n I startled her at first—,-i sroot. Orson of a chap in my rough gear. One ('veiling I came on her Avot chins in the- gloaming. How eerlo it AVJIS Miero underneath the trees; tlio wind sought, through the Invtnchos, bringing a dash of rain; ;i deluge was In tho black clouds swooping across tlio sky. "I. om anxious aibout my fiiit'lior," she said, looking like a. tall, white lily that somehow had been shoved into tho 'A pot, and touched 'my big oarth- srained finders with her fino slim hand. "T am afhvays anxious olx>ijt lu'm, though, since knowing you T ha.vo- not jfelt so absolutely disti-ossod, for I am I glad to recollect: thii.t you are within lis call. You Avould stand between I'lm ond harm, T think." "Why, yes, miss; make your mind •iisy on that score; 'twould IK- done with a will. But Avhot harm is like o come, 'that: you. need flurry?" "Oli, 'but, !Mr. Stro.iglitAVoyR, It is suc-h BREAD WITHOUT YEAST —"THE MOS'I PERFECT OF ALL COXCE1VAULE WAYS OF liAISINCi IT." gers which attend the use of yeast it isDr. Edson so strongly urges, for certain that the vesiculatiug effect general use, should write to the Royal \have found a lodging place on the ! produced by it on the dough is to thcBakiug Powder Company, New York. Viands of the baker before lie makes :last degree perfect. It is apparent up his batch of bread are sure to find i that if we are to substitute any other •their way into the dough, and once system of bread making we must have -•ihere, to find all the conditions neces-jone which will give us, first, me- -aary for subdivision and groAvth. This , cluuiical results equally us good, that •Is equivalent to saying that AVO must is, that Avill produce minute bubbles of | tj° d orely ou heat to kill these germs, be-'carbonic acid gas throughout the mass |' somi rs Dionysius Lutas, the archbishop of Xante, Greece, who is iu this country on his way to Chicago to attend the re- ious congl . oss Is a lmm oi - imposing asjiect. He is lifty- ()ld aud , s a mi . !ive of .eputation has been earned for it by the experience of countless genera^ tions, and no careful mother Avill Avish The evils which attend the yeast- mdo bread are obviated by the use of a properly made, pure and wholesome 1,1 oreek church since 1884. Prcvi- u-trij uii lavjtii. \.\j *v*ii VL»V,«V- to v,i**.«, „** ^ -- -tj -- i ^(>y(»ii yoiUS lllll illlll la II JLHli'lvu Ul cause it is almost certain that they,of dough. NOAV it is iu no way difll- 7 , uU(l IJo lmg hold hls in . osent o( i ico •will be there. Now, underdone or | cult to produce carbonic acid gas chom- doughy bread is a form which every ioally, but when AVO are working at snan and AA r omau has seen. bread AVO must use such chemicals as "It is a belief as old as the hills that' f e perfectly healthful. Fortunately Undergone bread ds unhealthful. This'* 080 are uot hill>d to lind ' oug lo hljj pl . oniotlou us archbishop ho was, as archmaudrite, the, best known preacher in Greece. At an early age lie attended the Greek seminary iu Jerusalem, where he remained for ten years, afterward spending four years a\l the university of Athens. Later lie , tier children to cat bread that has not | baking powder in lieu of yeast. Bak- j studied for a year in the university of &eeii thoroughly cooked. The reason ing powders are composed of an acid i strasburg, before the annexation to .•given for this recognized unhealtliful-!and an alkali which, if properly com-1 Germany, and three years at the uui- uess has been that the uncooked yeast jbined, should when they unite, at once | yersities of Berlin, Leipsic and other plough is very difficult to digest. No destroy themselves and produce car-, German universities, and then spent •one°but a physician would be apt to bouic acid gas. A good baking powder' some time in England. From 1870 to think of disease germs which have not does its work Avhile the loaf is in the i 1884 he was tflie eloquent preacher of *>een killed during the process of bak- IBSC as a cause of the sickness following the use of uncooked yeast bread. Yet this result from this cause is more oven, and having done it, disappears, j Athens, when he became archbishop. But care is imperative in selecting i After the religious congress is over the the brand of baking powder to be cer- archbishop intends making a tour of tain that it is composed of uon-iujuri-1 the country. Speaking of the propos- tuan probable. I have not the slight- ous chemicals. Powders containing | ed movement to join tho Greek and doubt that could we trace back'aluui or those which are compounded | English churches the archbishop said: " ------ - • •• •.some of tho cases of illness which we, from impure ingredients, or those i "It may come, but there are many «neet in our practice we would find ; which are not combined in proper pro- difficulties in \ttio way. I like the move- that germs collected by the baker have •^ouud their way into the yeast bread, tfuat the heat has not been sufficient to •destroy them, that the uncooked yeast bread has been eaten and with it the «oionles of germs, that they have found their wuy into the blood and 'the call for our services which portion or carefully mixed and which will leave either an acid or an alkali in tho bread, must not be used. It is well to sound a note of warning in this direction or the change from fEe objectionable yeast to an impure baking powder will be a case of jump- Ing from the frying pan, into the fire. mont, and desire tho union most heartily, but perhaps it is not time yet. As to a union with the Catholic church, there are many almost insurmountable, dilliculittes; the time for such a union is very far off. It will, doubtless, be some time before the Greek church makes a change of any kind." Not very far liad T to go, for I met him in that same, little ravine of which his daughter Irad dreamed; it skirted the pi lie wood. His pick was over his shoulder, his right, hand in his pocket, feeling the nuggets, perhaps. He was singing a, song 1 in some foreign liii^'o Italian or Spanish Ho looked more content than I liad seen him —more at rest, nodding to mo in his jmtroniK- ing fashion. After a few stray words, I related what had happened, advising him to be on his guard. "Thanks. I will."' lie replied, haughtily amused at tho scamps 1 asking him to pay a. visit in ilie'lr company. 'But I'vn n see-ret to tell you Xed,' he added. T have done with Greon Valley Greek, and shaken off Its crow. I,uck has favored nun beyond my hoqes T can afford *o turn my back upon it. T shall take my daughter—she does not know it yot —with mo to Gouldlmrn to-morrow, whore wo shall remain for a short timo, then go on to Melbourne; I have thoughts of settling there.' As he spoke, the little tie of comradeship between us shattered; iii a moment wo woro sundered as tho Poles, KO quietly lio brushed ,if away. "If yon to stop round early in the morning naid seo us off. you can. Why, my #ood fellow, you look quito down. Well, it is kind to bo sorry to loso mo. Wo shall moot the wa.gons at tho end of tho wood. Tf those scoundrels intend to dog my stops—I ngree with you their trip to Hultons is only a ruse—T should find your company useful; also, you could help to carry our few belongings. T paid ii]> my rent, to Johnson at tho hard, dreadful life for him." ~ i tavern last: night; perhaps you'd kindly "And for you miss!" " ivo h ' Im t]l ° sllnnty lloy '' Why, Ah, but I will not: think of mysolf; Straightways,' with laughing surprise, • 1 •• - - "has my news struck you dumb?" T felt: as if it. had, as if I were shot lull; would nowr do, sho answered mickly, and going indoors, she bognn to tidy tho scrap of a room, thus trying I through and through; the earth swayed ' ' (her father always called mo so), '1 'had i uml ° 1 ' "^ foot Ho wns coudescend- uitfli a curious dream last night. I ln tf» r ^ratified at my trouMod state, Iron moil that T wont, down into n " kinK U n11 to hllusolf : ho wns wood, and thoro I saw uny father lying thf> ;man to ll ° lt: - , the. grass sound asloop-so sound Ynu w( ' ro nlw nys an honest follow, that T conld not wako him; whilst tho Nt*l!-a *™>ty cm»tiiro! Bo suro that •luster of wild i'loivors sprang up R0 1 you como to-morrow; my daughter will high tlint. thoy hid tho pines in tho solemn kind if litany. I was crying when J woko.'" "You are too much alone, miss, and grow nervous." "Perhaps. And thon-I am troubled ~ r kuow T mnst ko °P my m ' isra>y to my ' about: his journey to Goulbum tomor- s ° lf; ' 1mt my " f ° - w " 8 Oinpty! Tt h ° 1(1 ft row and ids taking .so mucli value Avith vi:«i.ut plaon l;lmt could never bo filled —never again! never again! You soo, T was hard lilt, mate, liko tlio donkeys. I stamped and stormed at: myself for (1 him and 1 heard l liko ' to slmko hands Avlth you before sho distant chanting a i io!lYOs; " an(1 he M ' ollt ou ^ through ! tho rich, thick grass. No rest was mlno that night; ovil was in 4 tlio air. So, as I could not sloop, I jgot up and wont. out. Not being a fool him." GoulUiiru' ns I suppose everybody knows, is tho chief pQaeo in tho southern gold-mining district; wo all wont mooning idol!:. What was Miss Helen uiu ^um-nuuuiH uisu-ioL, \> i; IMI wuiiL i " there at times to got our gains weigh- ! to imo? whnt c °J lld ^ no om< liavo od, or charged, or bankod. "My father lias boon vory 1'ortmiato lately, lias lio not?" s'he nskod. "Ho has had some good finds, imlss; and to-day ho got. hold of two jolly big nugge.ts." boon to mo?—<a lumbei'liiR vagabond chap, not worthy to kiss tho dust sho trod on. But T must go l>ack and watch tho houso that covered hor this last night, so T rotnirnod to tho ravine. In it were "I am glad. Will ho bring them homo i many littlo dells swarming with tho this evening? What's that?" and sho sprang to tho door flinging it wido open, tho shino of tho lump behind hor. "Dearest father!" sho cried, "is it you?" But sho broke off, alarm iu her voice: 'Nod! Nod! 1 for no father was •there, but two of tho worst of our lot- sea mqs for whom homp was growing; tlio one a blackguard sailor, tho other a smartish, slimy, chap, thin, dark, lying. His name 'was Phil Dawlish. I remember, now as I saw him by wild flowers of tho grand Australians springs. Now in one of these- same dels whnt do you think T saw?—a dead mail's face. Yes, I know at once, that lie waH dead; but so easily 'tho Squire' rested ou the % wot moss, that this song I had heard 'him singing might still have boon upon his lips, liaising his head, — found a blow aimed from bo- lilnd liart killed him— Ho had dropped and died at once. It's pocket, turned lining outward, werp empty. Snatching up Ms fallen pick, 1 tore on to tho log house, knowing well whom I should find there— my long sharp knife was in my belt. I reached round to the back tho little kitchen doty was undone; the fiends in possession liarl small fear of interruption, They were iu 'theS'qnires's' bedroom, milking free with some whiskey which lie had kept in M. cupboard. Gold was there, also, as I knew. By their shouts, I fancied they had come upon it. But t let them be. Where .was Miss Helen? I found her in the sitting room, tied in her chair, her lips bleeding over her white teeth; the cursed hounds liad struck her. 'Thoro are three of them,' she whispered; those two -who came, and another man. They -watched for my father, and murdered him— they told live so. Hark! they are coming. Xed. they have pistols, and will shoot you where you stand. Go away this instant— only— kill me first;' and she lifted her white pillar of a. throat. "Now. my beauty," roared a drunken voice through the thin partition, 'we'or brlu.srln' you a rap <>' whisky to drink our 'oalihs in. Ain't you longiu' for us to make love to ye? We'll stow away the rhino first, and then— you shall have your turn." "Be quiet," I whispered back to v her, hooking at tlio cords with my knife; and in a few seconds I had her out of •lie chair, and we dashed out of the chair, and we dashed out of the house together. 'Seizing her hand to prevent her from falling, I guided her as fast as possible from the crow who were now t'olowiug after us with curses find howls. Fortunately the .demons Averc loo drunk to run very fast. A couple of bullets wlif/zod by us. striking the tree-stems instead of our heads. Iu our desperate haste., wo stumbled and fell mere than once over spreading roots, but were up again in a moment. On and on and on until the last (roe was at our back. Then AVO made for a lane led to Johnson's tororn leaving tho yells faint in the distances; there we stopped, and thoro she told her tale. News spread quickly at the diggin's and Judge Lynch is for immediate action. Before noon the stolen gold— including the two bijr nuggets— hud been recovered,, arid a. (couple j-of figures diuiglod from an oak by tihu wayside; whilst the third villain, not guilty of bloodshed, sl'u-1 nlonly of his own bo- iieatli blows. We, had a habit of settling matters speedily at Green Volley Greek. As soon as il was possible, Miss Helen started for Melbourne, whence she was to set sail for England. Avhere sho would join her mothers' relatives vory heavy swe'.Is indeed, I believe. And I followed her in.soerot every inch of the way, though sho knew it not until 1 stood by her on tho deck of tihe steamer, after I had -helped to stow her boxes safely in the hold. Then I blurted out: that I hoped sho 'would not bo offended at: my coming, but' - Aud Mien I shut up. "Ned!" sho cried, bravo Nod! dear, kind', good, Ned! Thoro arc debts AVhich can iioA'or be repaid, and T am. your debtor always— ahvays, Ned!" and holding out her hands to mo, sho boAved her lovely head upon my big brown (lists and sobbed. "Don't bo a confounded noodle at tho 'last, Straij,'ht:wa,vs," I said to myself of myself; "you've pulled the reins in fairly well up to the proscnr; pull tight, my man, pull tight,;'' and so l did. "You a re- vory welcome, Miss Helen" — T spoke with a qnito voice. "I Avish — T could liaA-o'be-eji a gentleman for just a little- while, so that T might have served you bettor." "A gentleman!" sho cried, lifting hoi- fa co and looking full at mo, and then sho raised -those hard fists of mine to hor soft lips and kissed thorn— and I! —how Avas T to help it?— tho touch of thosft soft: lips fii-oke mo down smash. AVO.V wont, all self control, as if tho winds had blown it, and up from my heart like « pent stream bumting its bounds, rushed tho strong surge of lovo and adoration, Avhicli— having brookon loose ill. last— Avonld bo driven back. I can't rom ember clearly Avhat: I said, though I've tried— often; the Avhirl and tempest within me woro too much. I didn't, plead plead Avith hor; no, no— I knew better than that, even in the midst of my madness. I didn't doro (•A r en to 'touch hor Avith one of my rough fingers, but I think I mado her understand somehow that my heart and my life hod #0110 out to her for evermore. Then T stopped sudden, my olios t henv- ing, iny voice choking, my sight blind- od by a mist fliiot didn't: come from the soo. I stopped ,booa.uso of the groat start of surprise that shook hor from head to heel, and because of tho red color flooding up to tho .roots of her hair. Yot sho AA'OS not 'angry— nor offended. Sho put out her little hands to mo again, moaning— I knew it— both to sHoiico and to comfort inc. Sho did not speak— for what could she have said?— What could any stately lady . such «s sho have said?— besides the steamer's engines were puffing, and time avas up. Sho laid dior head down on my arm a moment, and then loft me Aviflh a ralii of pitying tears. When the A r essol had passed completely out of sight, and its long smoke-line had died out from the sky, I hurried back to Groon Valley Greek, and took up my work again— hard work is the be,st friend life has for us sometimes. But I have never forgotten Miss Helen— if shall never forgot hor; and I've trudged to tho old spot often and stood before tho empty house. And when tho sun flamed down behind the plnos, ,and tlio shadows crept longer and longer across tlio grass, I've had a fancy that I .still could soo hor at the open door— AVO tolling for .her father. That's my story, old chappie; .Ave've each our own, of one sort: or another. 1'Mll up your glass, ,and lot's have a pipe.— Vivian Brooke in Chamber's Journal. Commissioner Blount has reached, San Francisco from Hawaii. 0, (

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