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BIS M01NSS: ALGONA IOWA, JOTiY aft, 189B, INTERNATIONAL PRESS ASSOCIATION. l CHAPTER XVIII.—(Continued.) "Mr. Aylmer Is here, my lord," he fiald. "Will your lordship see him." 1 "Certainly, of course," exclaimed his lordship. "Show him here at once." The man retired, and in a minute of two returned with Dick, who said "Good-morning" to his uncle, with an air of cheerful civility. "H'gh," grunted the old lord, "morning. Well?" "Well, sir," said Dick, "I have thought the matter over, and although I have not, and never have had, any wish to go to India, I have decided that it will be best for me to accept the appointment you were good enough to get for me." "Oh—er. I'm glad you've come to your senses at last," said the old lord, a shade more graciously. "Well, you had better go and see Barry Boynton about it—that will be the best. And then you'll have to get your affairs put In order, make your will, and all that." "I have made my will," said Dick, promptly, "although it's true I hadn't very much to make it for." "Ah! that's good—those things ought always to be done before they arc wanted. By-the-bye, Dick, are you hard up, or anything of that kind? Do you want any money?" "No, sir, thanks. I could do with a hundred or two, of course—who couldn't? But I am not in debt, or anything of that sort." The old lord caressed his white mustache and looked at his heir with a sort of comical wonder. '"Pon my soul," he remarked, "I can't tell how you do it." "Eh?" said Dick, not understanding, and, in fact, not interested in his uncle's thoughts. • "Well, how you do it. Expensive regiment—flat in Palace Mansions- Riviera, and all the rest" Dick shrugged his shoulders. "Well, air, I don't owe a penny in the world, I give you my word." "Ah! Mrs. Harris must be a young lady of very moderate desires," said Lord Aylmer, lighting another cigarette. "Have one?" "No, thank you, sir," returned Dick. • "And what will become of Mrs. Harris when you are gone to India, eh?" the old man'asked, with a great air of interest. "Well, sir," said Dick, "I always make it a rule never to talk about my friends' private affairs, even when I happen to know them." "You won't tell me." Lord Aylmer chuckled. "Oh! very well, very well- never mind. I can take a hint as well as anybody." "When it suits your purpose," Dick's thoughts ran, as he watched the handsome, wicked old face. Then he got up from his chair. "If you don't want me any longer, sir, I will go and pay my respects to my lady. By-the-bye, I hope you are less 'anxious about her than you were a short time ago." Lord Aylmer .jumped up in a fury and stamped his gouty foot hard upon the floor. "Damme," he cried, "that woman is like an India-rubber ball, and as hard as nails into the bargain." "Then she is better," said Dick, with an air of profound and anxious interest. "Better! Damme," the old savage cried, "she's outrageously well, sir, Damme, her healthiness is positively 'aggressive." . "But that must be a great relief to your mind, sir," said Dick, with perfect gravity. , "Relief!" the other echoed, then seemed to recollect himself a little. "Ah! yes, yes, of course—to be sure. Well, go and see her. I dare say you will find her in the boudoir." Dack felt himself dismissed with a •wave of the old lord's hand, and being never very anxious to remain in his presence, he betook himself away, and went to find her ladyship. But Lady Aylmer was not in the house—had, in fact, been gone out some time before ' he reached it; so Dick jumped into a cab and went back to Palace Mansions to Dorothy, who met hl\i with a new idea, "Dick, darling," she said, "I know that you are worrying about me, and what I shall do when you are gone, and I have thought of something." "Yes. Have you thought that, after all, it would be safe for you to go right out and risk everything?" "No, because you do not go till September, and by then I shall have got very near to the time. No, it is not that at all; but you will have leave until you sail, won't you?" "Yes." "Then might we not go to the sea for a month? I am pining for a breath of sea air, and it will be good for you, too." "That is easy enough. Where shall •we go? Tenby—or would you rather be nea—- to Graveleigh?" "We could not go to any of the places near Graveleigh, Dick—I should be meeting people there." "Yes; but we might go to Overstrand or Cromer, or go down to one of the little, quiet places near Ramsgate. Why, If you like, we might even go to Ramsgate or Margate itself." "I don't in the least care where/' Dorothy replied. "But what I wanted ,to say is this—you remember my cousin. Esther Brand?" "I'vf beard you apeak of her." "Well, when you are gone would you let me write to her and ask her to come and stay with me till I am ready to come after you? She is young and kind, and I am v^ry fond of her, and altogether it would be very different for me than if I had nobody except Barbara." "My dearest, you shall do exactly as you think best about that," Dick said, without hesitation. "It is a good idea, and if she is nice and won't worry you about being married in this way " "She won't know, dear," Dorothy cried. "I shall show her my marrlago- lines, and say that you are gone and that I am I am going to join you t-s soon as I can." "She will bo sure to ask my regiment." "Not at all. Besides, you are going out to an appointment, are you not?" "Yes, true. Well, then, do as you think best about it," he said. "Of course, I shall be a great deal easier in my mind, and then she will be able to see you off and all that. Oh! yes, it will be a very good thing in every way." Dorothy clapped her hands together and laughed quite joyously. "Oh! Dick dear," she cried, "I'm so glad you don't mind—I feel quite brave about being left now. I do wish, though, that you could see Esther. She is so tall and strong, very handsomo. smooth, dark hair and great dark eyes—quite a girl who ought to be called Esther or Olive. And then she has always been rich, and for five years she has been absolutely her own mistress, and has traveled about everywhere. "Won't she think it odd that you have never written to her all this time?" "I don't think so. Esther is not a girl who thanks you for letters unless you have something special to say." Dick put his arm around his little wife's waist. "And you have somc- "DAMME!" HE CRIED, thing very, very special to tell her, haven't you?" he said tenderly, then cried with an uncontrollable burst of anguish, "Oh! my love, my love, you don't know—you will never know what it will cost me to go away and leave you just now, when you will want me most of all." "Never mind, Dick," she said bravely, "I am not afraid." Looking at her, he saw that she spoke the truth and only the truth— her eyes met his, clear and true, and the smile which played about her sweet mouth was not marred by any expression of the agony which she ba'l suffered during the few previous days. A week ago she had been more Dick's sweetheart than his wife; now she WBH not only his wife, but had also in her eyes the proud light of motherhood— "Filled was her soul with love and the dawn of an opening heaven." and was reading it aloud to Barbara, "Oh, It is from Russia. Fancy Mis9 Brand being In Russia* Barbara, and ehe says: " 'My Very Dear 'Little Dorothy: So you are married! I can hardly believe it—indeed, since having your letter this morning I have been saying to myself over and over again, "Dorothy Strode is married—little Dorothy has got married," and still I do not in the least realize it. So you are very happy, of course, and you are going to have a baby—that • is almost an "of course" also. And your husband has got a good appointment in India which he does not dare refuse. That looks like bread-and-cheese and kisses, my dear little cousin. However, not that money makes any real difference to one's happiness, and so long as you love him and he loves you, nothing else matters, money least of all. But why, my dear, have you waited so long before you told me of your new ties? I have wondered so often where you were and what had become of you, and about four months ago I wrote to the old house and had your letters returned by a horrid young man, David Stevenson, whom I disliked always beyond measure. He informed mo that you had left immediately after dear auntie's death, and that he did not know your present address. I felt ft little anxious about you, but eminently relieved to find that, you were evidently not going to marry that detestable young man, who is, I have no doubt, all that is good and estimable and affluent, but whom, as I said, I have never liked. "'Well, my dear child, you must let me be godmother to the baby when it comes that I may spend as much money over its corals and bells as I should have done over a wedding-gift to you. As for coming to you—my darling child, of course I shall como straight back, and help Barbara to make up to you for the temporary loss of your spouse. I gather from your letter that he is all that is good and kind and brave, to say nothing of being handsome and loving and true— you lucky little girl! " 'Expect me when you see mo, dear, which will be as soon as I can possibly get myself to London. If I were on the other side of the frontier I could pretty nearly fix both dny and time. As It is, I can only say that I will lose no time in being with you, and I will stick to you till I see you safe on board the P. and O. steamer. " 'My love to Barbara—how she and I will yarn together over the old place and the old days!—and much lovo to you, dear little woman. "From your always affectionate " 'ESTHER.' " This letter in itself was enough to put Dorothy into the wildest and gayest of spirits, and Barbara was almost as much delighted; for, truth to tell, the old servant had looked forward with no little dismay to the prospect of supporting her loved young mistress through her hour of loneliness and trial, and was therefore greatly relieved to find that the responsibilities of the situation would fall upon the strong and capable shoulders of Miss Esther Brand Instead of lying upon her own weaker ones. "It is so good and sweet and dear of Esther," Dorothy repeated, over and over again. "Just like her to throw everything else aside on the chance of being able to do a good turn to some one in need. Now I don't feel half so nervous as I did." "Nor I," echoed Barbara, speaking out of her very heart; then she added with a significant smile, "Miss Esther never could abide David Stevenson— neither could I." Dorothy could not help laughing. "Ah! I think you were all just a little hard on David. I didn't want to be Mrs. David, it is true. But apart froin that, I don't see that there was so much amiss with him." (To be continued.) / Officers of Our Navy Who Are Distinguished Inventors The American nnvy has supplied hundreds of the inventions which have played important parts in the development of the modern navy. The first essential step, the introduction of the ironclad and the monitor, was American born. Another initial advance quite as important in its way was the construction of the modern high-power rifles, requiring in their design a high order of mathematical ability and an Intimate knowledge of the characteristics of modern stcol. All guns in the navy have been designed by Professor Philip R. Alger, a former graduate of Annapolis, who has since been transferred to the corps of the professors of mathematics In the navy, and who Is tho highest authority on ordinance matters in this country, if not in tho world. Professor Alger received a diploma from the World's Fair Commission for his system of gun construction, now in use in tho navy. In order to mnke thcsii guns efficient, .methods had to bo devised for handling •them on board ship; opening and closing tho broach for loading, mounting them on carriages for sighting and .training, protecting thorn with armor (supplying them with powder and shell, .developing smokeless powder for their ,uso, designing prlmors, fuses, telescopic sights and a hundred little accessories used in connection with their services. It was also essential to provide tho necessary appliances for using tho modern automobile torpedoes to bo ilroil from our ships and torpedo bouts; apparatus for signaling ardors from tho conning towor to tho guns and to every part of tho ship, for measuring tho distance of (ho enemy, for countermining harbors and clearing channels and many other devices moro or less directly connected with tho ships as a fighting machine. To perfect these devices in foreign navies the government have had to pay millions of dollars for Improvements and inventions that tended to make their guns and ships moro powerful in their keen competition for supremacy. In this country, the homo of tho inventor, our government had paid rom BOO pounds to half a ton, of our S-lnch, 10-Inch, 12-inch and 13-Inch mis. Tho army has also recently idopted it. These plugs were formerly mmlled by hydraulic machinery, but letchcr's device enabled this to bo lone by hnnd power by one man. So successful was the device that one man, with his left hand turning ft crank, •an unlock from the breech of tho gun ts plug, weighing 1,160 pounds, with- Iraw It to the rear and swing it clear n seven seconds. Finally Mr. Fletcher is the inventor of a rapid-fire gun which ia now tho standard of tho navy. His device 13 being used on all tho 3-inch, 4-Inch, 5- Inch and 6-inch guns In the scrvleo. Just before tho war with Spalu began Secretary Long recommended to Congress an appropriation to build a big powder factory for making smokeless powder. At the same tlmo ho announced that a satisfactory smokeless powder had boon made after many years of experiment, and that this powder was superior to tho smokeless uowdora made abroad. "Lieutenant ,T. 13. Bcrnudou showed special aptitude for this work and capacity for tho solution of tho problems Involved In the prosecution of tho experimental work of this nature," said tho report of tho Inspector in charge of tho torpedo station at Newport. This Lieutenant Bcr- nndou is now at Key Wimt recovering from wounds received while In command of tho Wllslow at Cardenas. It was In fact Lieutenant Bornadou and Commander G. A. Montgomery who Invented tho smokeless powder just adopted by tho Navy Department. Tho navy In particularly proud of this achievement. Foreign governments POBSCHSS a smokeless powder, but it contains nllro-glyc-crlno, which makes It unreliable- and dangerous, and besides develops a high heat which soon ruins a gun. All countries have boon working for tho ideal smokeless powder containing no nltro-glyccrlnc, and wo aro the first to get it. AH In many other matters, our Navy Department stayed behind Europe In tho adoption of a smoke- THE KLIPSPR1NGER. CHAPTER XIX. HERE is no need for me to tell of the month which Dick and his wife passed together at a secluded little watering place' on Norfolk coast, nor of the scramble which Dick had at the last to get ready for the appointed day of sailing for the shining east. It is enough to say that after an agonzied parting he tore himself away, and Dorothy found herself left alone in the pretty flat, face to face with the sorest trial of her life. . A week before she had written to her cousin, Esther Brand, but she had had no reply. That had not 'surprised her much, for Esther wa,s a restless soul, never so happy as when moving about from place to place. Apart from that, London is scarcely the place to look for rich and idle people in September, and Dorothy had addressed her letter to her cousin's bankers, knowing that It would be the surest and probably the quickest way of finding her. But when Dick was gone Dorothy began to get very anxious for a letter from Esther, to watch for the post, and to wonder impatiently what Esther could possibly have done with herself and whether she had got her letter or not. But for several days there was still silence, and at last, just when Dorothy was beginning to despair, it came. ? "Here is your letter, Miss Dorothy," cried Barbara, hurrying into the room with it. "Oh, Barbara!" Dorothy cried, excitedly. Jn a moment she had torn it open JU Mountain Climbing IH tlio ritrfoetlon of Wild Life. The klipspringer, or klipbok, as It is often called by the colonists, seems, like the chamois of Europe, to be created for no other purpose than to complete and adorn a mountain landscape, says the Spectator, Although smaller than its distant cousin of the snowy Alps, the klipspringer yields neither to it nor to any other mountain dweller in the world in the ease with which it can get about the most difficult and dangerous rocks and precipices. To watch a. pair of these little antelopes bounding with the elasticity of a piece of India rubber up and down the precipitous face of some yawning cliff or sheer mountain wall, or on to pinnacles and ledges that might startle even a Rocky mountain goat, displaying the while a coolness and lack of fear born of countless generations of a climbing ancestry, is to watch the very perfection of wild life upon the mountains. Certainly in all South Africa there is no more charming or wonderful sight than the klipspringer amid its own wild mountains, kloofs and krantzes. About two feet in height at the shoulder- sometimes a trifle more—the klip- springer is a sturdily built little buck. The ram carries short, sharp, poniard-like horns about four inches in length; the ewe is hornless. One great peculiarity of the klipbok lies in its olive-brown coat, which is thick and very brittle to the touch. Each hair is hollow and the whole coat is singularly light and elastic. Among the colonists and especially the Boers the hair of the klipspringer is, in consequence, in great demand for stuffing saddles. The legs are robust, as they need to be; the pasterns singularly stiff and rigid, while the tiny hoofs are hollow, somewhat jagged at the edges.and exactly adapted for obtaining foothold on the most difficult mountain sides. ConnoooHt ft. rlOWtLU TORPCDO the plug until It Waft ttntoeked and then withdraw it, The matt* ten* tiort of the lever dtote the pitfi hotee and then tutned It until H locked, f h« toashlell tnachanlsm haft toeeTtt supplant* ed by the Fletcher mechanism, trat it is still to be fmtftd on some raptd-ntt guns. Lieutenant W. H. Drlggs and Lt«u* tenant Soaton Schroeder are the Invetu tors of a fapld-nre mechanism, which Is of the same class as the well-khowft Hotchklss gnn. It Is applied to oft&« portnder and six-pounder gutta. This Invention Is owned by a private corporation, unlike most of the navy Inventions, which belong to the government Commodore John A. Howell la the Inventor of the automobile torpedo, which bears his name. Its mechanlsn, consisted chiefly of a heavy cog WlHel made to revolve at a high rate of speed before the torpedo Is put In the water. Commodore Howell sold this invention to the Hotchklss company, and tor ft time drew a royalty on It. Of late It has been supplanted by the Whitehead torpedo. Lieutenant Joseph Strauss ia the Inventor of Improvements In mounting turret guns. Ho conceived the Idea ot the double turret, having an eight-Inch turret placed on top of a thlrtoen-lnch turret, as used on tho battleships Koarsargo and Kentucky, which ware launched not long ago at. Newport News. Chief Constructor Phlllptttchborn Invented the Franklin life buoy, and sold It. to a concern In Bath, Me. It Is a self- lighting buoy. Two small tin cases attached to It coutftliuPhosphldo of calcium. Stoppers to these cases are, attached to tho ship, so that whoa the buoy Is thrown Into the water tho stoppers are withdrawn, and when tho buoy strikes tho water tho combination of tho chemical with Uio water^makes a bright flame. Lieutenant Very, lato of tho navy, devised a sot of signals which are now In use, not only in our navies, but In all tho navies of the world. Lieutenant Herbert 0. Dunn Invented a stockless anchor, which is now in use on Homo naval vessels. Lieutenants Van DuKor and Mason were tho Inventors of an ingenious eloctrlo steering gear. Lieutenant Flake and Lieutenant Lu- clon Young are the Joint inventors of a boat detaching apparatus. Chief Engineer Hurry Webster invented a clinometer, used to determine the angle roll of a ship. Chief Engineer Nathan P. Towno la tho inventor of an improved boiler. Lieutenants Dlehl and Gibson aro inventors of a "compensating binnacle," designed to neutralize the magnetism of a steel ship's hull. Passed Assistant Engineer Tobln Is the Inventor of tho famous Tobln bronze, much uaod for hulls of racing yachts and for tho shells of torpedoes, and Prof. E. C. Munroo, of tho navy, IH tho Inventor of tho high explosive "Jovite." These aro only samples of tho many contributions to inventions which naval ofllcora have made. Their inventive talont and their skill fn designing have mado tho ships of tho United States navy superior in every convenience and efficiency to those of Europe. In fact, many foreign governments pay tribute to tho superiority of American ideas In royalties on tho Inventions of American naval officers. BEACON FIRES IN CHINA. OFFICERS WHO ARE FAMOUS INVENTORS. little or nothing. Nearly every Improvement has been invented by its naval officers. One instance of a, naval officer who received compensation for an invention was that of Chief Constructor Wilson, now retired, to whom the Navy Department paid $10,000 for an air port-hinge. But most of the work of naval officers' brain have been given, tto the government free. How much the inventive faculty of its keen-minded officers has meant to the Navy Department is illustrated in the case of Lieutenant Frank F. Fletcher, now on duty in tha ordinance bureau. It was said at a hearing before a committee of the Senate last winter, on a bill to give naval inventor's compensation, that a gun-mount of Mr. Fletcher's had saved the government more than $500,000. All rapid-fire guns aro now placed on this gun-mount and the World's Fair Commissioners awarded it a diploma. Briefly described and without technical terms, this gun-mount is the application of ball-bearings to the upper carriage of the gun, with a hydraulic check to take up the recoil after firing, and a spiral spring to return it to its place. There is also elevating and training gear of a complicated character. Mr. Fletcher is the inventor of several other devices. One of these la a breech mechanism for heavy guns. This mechanism is uaed for handling all the heavy breech plugs, weighing less powder until we had one that wns perfect. Lieutenant B, A. Fiske, prolific inventor in electrical devices, made souio years ago a range finder for automatically finding distances at sea. It is one of tho most useful contrivances on shipboard, and is worth an immense sum to the navy. Another of Lieut. Fiske's inventions was the stadimeter —very clever modification of the sextant, by which it Is possible to measure the distance of a ship from the height of its mast or smoke stack. Still another was a range indicator—an electrical device for signaling from the conning tower to the gun captain the direction and distance of the enemy. This is fitted on nearly all our ships. Captain Slgsbee of the St. Paul, Is an inventor. The navy pow uses a deep- sea sounding apparatus and parallel rulers for navigation of his invention, Lieutenant Dashiell invented a breech machanism which was a'great improvement on all that had preceded it. It was adopted by the navy department in ISO?, and was Introduced on many rapid-fire guns. This device enabled the man at the breech of the guu to do with one motion what had always taken two. In the breech mechanism the plug had to be turned with one motion untU U unjpcked, and then another motion. But Tho payment last month of tho great war Indemnity from China to Japan has again aroused tho question why so little patriotism was shown by the Chinese during their late war. It is not generally known that a vast secret society flourishes in that country to oppose the present emperor, and that a majority of the Chinese army is said to belong to this society. One reason for this opposition is that the present emperor is not strictly a Chinaman, but belongs to a Tartar dynasty. In China, such beacon flres as spread the alarm of the Spanish Armada through England, still call to war. Somo years ago, the story goes, the emperor sat with a beautiful woman, looking toward the beacon hills. She would like to see those waiting piles lighted,' and upon her insisting the thing was done. The greatest excitement prevailed throughout the provinces, and troops came hurrying from all sides. When the leaders learned that no danger menaced, that the flres were lighted to satisfy the whim of a woman, their wrath fed on their lost confidence, and with the actual call to arms the response was slow and un- enthuslastlc. It was a repetition of the old story in Webster's spelling-book. "Wolf" had been cried too often. "You may roughly divide nations as the living and the dying," Lord Salisbury declared in a recent address before the Primrose league. China belongs to the second class; but she will not have existed in vain if her example teaches living nations that faith in their rulers and the patriotism of the people are the sure defence of ua- tlona. Au Ideal According to the Academy, Suder- mann is "a muscular giant, bearded and blue-eyed," resembling "the ideal Wotan of Wftgnerian drama." He i* a native of eastern Prussia, A Great Scheme. Browne—"What is your object in, jilting Spain at this time?" Tpwne~>J want to ; be on the ground early so I can 'have first choice of pasties."— York Journal, by an,

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