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tffPMIt pBBMOINm* ALGONA IOWA, 12. 1898, A Brave Coward. By Robert Louis Stevenson. CHAPTER I. ' I was a great solitary when I was young. I made it my pride to keep aloof and suffice for my own entertainment, and I may say that I had neither friends nor acquaintpjiceJ..until I met that friend who became my ^wlfe and the mother of my children. JjWlth one man only I was on private terms, This was R. Northmour, ESQ., pt Garden Easter, in Scotland. We had :hlet at college, and though there was [not much liking between us nor even much intimacy, we were so much, of a humor that we could associate with ease to both. Misanthropes we believed ourselves to be, but I have thought since that we were only sulky fellows. It was-scarcely a companionship, but a co-existence in unsociabillty. North- mour's exceptional violence of temper made it no easy affair for him to keep the peace with any one but me; and us he respected my silent ways and let me come and go as I pleased, I could tolerate his presence without concern. 1 think we called each other friends. When Northmour took his degree, and I decided to leave the university without one, he invited me on a long visit to Graden Easter, and it was thus that I first became acquainted with the scene of my adventures. The mansion house of Graden stood In a bleak stretch of country some three miles from %be shore of the German ocean. It waslis large as a barrack, and as it had been built of a soft stone liable to consume in the eager air of the seaside, it was damp and draughty within and half ruinous without. It was impossible for two men to lodge with comfort in such a dwelling. But there stood in the northern part of the estate, in a wilderness of links and blowing sandhills and between a plantation and the sea, a small pavilion or Belvedere of modern design, which was exactly suited to our wants, and in this hermitage, speaking little, reading much, and rarely associating except at meals, Northmour and I spent four tempestuous winter months. I might have stayed longer, but one March night there sprang up between us a dispute which rendered my departure necessary. Northmour spoke hotly, 1 remember,, and I suppose I must have made some tart rejoinder. He leaped from his chair and grappled me; I had to fight, without exaggeration, for my life, and it was only a great effort that I mastered him, he was near as strong in body as yself and seemed filled with the devil, next morning we met on our usual but I judged it more delicate to ,thdraw, nor did he attempt to dis- e me. !t was nine years before I revisited neighborhood. I traveled at that ie with a tilt cart, a tent, and a iking stove, tramping all day beside £ wagon and at night, whenever it possible, gypsying in a cove of the or by the side of a wood. I bee I visited in this manner most of ;'wild and desolate regions both in land and Scotland, and as I had ;her friends nor relations I was ibled with no correspondence, and ['nothing in the nature of headquar- unless it was the office of my so,ors, from whom I drew my income ifqe a year. It was a life in which I Ighted, and I fully thought to have jjvn old upon the march and at last in a ditch. my whole business to find des- corners where I could camp wlth- fear of interruption, and hence in another part of the same shire ought me suddenly of the Pavil- the Links. No thoroughfare within three miles of it. The t town, and that was but a fisher was at a distance of six or pavilion stood on an even space;; 3 behind it, the wood began in a "if'ot elders huddled together by ' ! }nd; in front, a few tumbled ills stood between it and the sea. {cropping of rock had formed a for the sand, so that there was promontory in the coast line two shallow bays; and just the tides, the rock again crop- it and formed an islet of small ilons but strikingly designed, pavilion—it had been built by proprietor, Northmour's uncle, d prodigal virtuoso—presented s of age, It was two stories t, Italian in design, surround- Ipatch of garden in which noth- 4 prospered but a few coarse »nd looked, with its shuttered , not like a house that had been i by man. Northmour was from home; whether, as usual, •'in the cabin of his yacht, or t his fitful and extravagant ap- In the world of society, I had, :, no means of guessing. d a den, or small hollow, where .s u spring of pure water, and Bearing away the brambles, I e tent and made a fire to cook r. My hor$e I picketed farth- wood where there was a patch The banks of the den not .cealed the light of my fire, but id me from the wind, which was well as high. Ife I was leading made me both ,ttd frugal. I never drank but and rarely ate anything more ;hau oatmeal; and I required so [eep that, although I rose with p of day, I would often He awake dark or starry watches'of the Thus in Qraden Sea Wood, a> I fell thankfully asleep at 8 in ing, 1 was awake again before a fulj possession Qf my ties, and no sense of drowsiness or fatigue. I rose and sat by the flre, watching the trees and clouds tuhiultuously tossing and fleeing overhead, and barken- ing to the wind and rollers along the shore, till at length, growing weary of Inaction, I quitted the den, and strolled toward the borders of the wood. A young moon, buried in mist, gave a faint illumination to my steps, and the light grew brighter as I walked forth into the links. At the same moment, the wind, smelling salt of the open ocean and carrying particles of sand, struck me with its full force, so that I had to bow my head. When I raised It again to look about me, I was aware of a light In the pavilion. It was not stationary; but passed from one window to another, as though some one were reviewing the different apartments with a lamp or candle. I watched it for some seconds in great surprise. When I had arrived in the afternoon the house had been plainly deserted; now it was as plainly occupied, it was my first idea that a gang of thieves might have broken in and be now ransacking Northmour's cupboards, which were many and not ill supplied. But what should bring thieves to Graden Easter? And, again, all the shutters had been thrown open, and it would have been more in the character of such gentry to close them. I dismissed the notion, and I fell back upon another. North- mour himself must have arrived, and was now airing and inspecting the pavilion, in the morning I would pay him a short visit. But when the morning came 1 thought the situation so diverting that I forgot my shyness. Northmour was at my mercy; I arranged a good practical jest, though I knew well that my neighbor was t not the man to jest with in security; and, chuckling beforehand over Its success, took my place among the elders at the edge of the wood, whence T could command the door of the pavilion. The shutters were all once more closed, which I remember thinking odd; and the house, with its white walls and green Venetians, looked spruce and habitable in the morning light. Hour after hour passed, and still no sign of Northmour. My mind at once reverted to the original theory of thieves, and I blamed myself sharply for my last night's inaction. I examined all the windows on the lower story, but none of them had been tampered with; I tried the padlocks, but they were both secure. It thus became a problem, how the thieves if thieves they were, had managed to enter the house. I followed what I supposed was their example, and, getting on the roof, tried the shutters of each room. Both were secure; but T was not to be beaten; and, with a little force, one of them Hew open, grazing, as it did so, the back of my hand. I remember I put the wound to my mouth, and stood for perhaps half a minute licking it like a dog, and mechanically gassing behind me over the waste links and the sen; and, in that space of time, my eye made note of a large schooner yacht some miles to the northeast. Then I drew up the window and climbed in. I went over the house, and nothing can express my mystification. There was no sign of disorder, but, on the contrary, the rooms were unusually clean and pleasant. I found fires laid ready for lighting; three bedrooms prepared with a luxury quite foreign to Northmour's habits, and with water in the ewers and the beds turned down; a table set for three in the dining room; and an ample supply of cold meats, game and veegtables on the pantry shelves. There were guests expected, that was plain; but why guests, when Northmour hated society? And, above all, why was the house thus stealthily prepared at dead of night? and why were the shutters closed and the doors padlocked? I effaced all traces of my visit, and came forth from the window feeling sobered and concerned, The schooner yacht was still in the same place, and it flashed for a moment through my mind that this might be the Red Earl bringing the owner of the pavilion and his guests. But the vessel's head was set the other way. CHAPTER II, I returned to the den to cook myself a meal, of which 1 stood in great need, as, well as to cave for my horse, whom I had somewhat neglected in the morning. From time to time I went down to the edge of the wood, but there was no change in the pavilion, and not a human creature was seen all day upon the links. The schooner in the offing was the one touch of life within my range of vision. She, apparently with no set object, stood off and on or lay to, hour after hour, but as the evening deepened, she drew steadily nearer, I became more convinced that she carried Novtbmour aw i hj s friends, anil that they would probably come ashore after dark. The night set in pitch danc. The wind came off the sea in squalls, like the firing of a battery of cannon; now and then there was a flaw of vain, and the surf rolled heavier with, the rising tide. I was down at the observatory among the elders, when a light was run up to the masthead of the schooner, and showed she was closer in than when J had last seen her by the dying daylight. I concluded that this must be a signal to N.orthm°w"s Associates on s|iore; tma stepping forth, JntP the links, looked around me* for something lit response. A steal! footpath ran along the mar. gin of the wood, and formed the most direct communication between the pavilion and the mansion house; and, as i cast my eyes to that side, I saw a spark of light, not a quarter of a mile away, and rapidly approaching. i*rom its uneven course It appeared to he tha light of a lantern carried by a person who followed the windings of the path, and was often staggered and taken aback by the more violent squalls. I concealed myself once more among the elders, and waited eagerly for the newcomer's ' advance. It proved to be a| woman, and, as she passed within a few rods of my ambush, I was able to recognize the features, The deaf and silent old rame, who had nursed North- mour in his childhood, was his associate in this underhand affair. I followed her at a little distance, taking advantage of the innumerable heights and hollows, concealed by the darkness, and favored not only by the nurse's deafness, but the uproar of the wind and the surf. She entered the pavilion, and, going at once to the upper story, opened and set a light In one of the windows that looked toward the sea. Immediately afterward the light at the schooner's masthead was run down and extinguished. Its purpose had been attained, and those on board were sure that they were expected. The old woman resumed her preparations. Although the other shutters remained close, I could see a glimmer going to and fro about the house; and a gush of sparks from one chimney after another soon told me that the fires were being kindled. Some time before 11, while the tide was still dangerously low, a boat's lantern appeared close in shore; and my attention being thus awakened I could perceive another stjll far to seaward violently tossed and sometimes hidden by the billows. The weather, which was getting dirtier, as the night went on and the perilous situation of the yacht on a lee shore, had probably driven them to attempt a landing at the earliest possible moment. A little afterward four yachtsmen carrying a very heavy chest and guided by a fifth with a lantern passed close in front of me as I lay and were admitted to the pavilion by the nurse. They retxirned to the beach and passed me a third time with another chest larger but apparently not so heavy as the first, A third time they made the transit; and on this occasion one of the yachtsmen carried a leather portmanteau and the others a lady's trunk and carriage bag. My curiosity was sharply excited. While I was thus.reflecting a second lantern drew near me from the beach. It was carried by a yachtsman whom 1. had not yet seen and who was conducting two other persons to the pavilion. These two persons were unquestionably the guests for whom the house was made ready; and, straining eye and ear, I set myself to watch them as they passed. One was an unusually tall man, in a traveling hat slouched over his eyes, and a highland cape closely buttoned and turned up so as to conceal his face. You could make out no more of him than that he was, as I have said, unusually tall, and walked feebly with a heavy stoop. By his side, and either clinging to him or giving him support— 1 could not make out which—was a young, tall and slender figure of a woman. She was extremely pale; but in the light of the lantern her face was marred by strong and changing shadows, that she might equally well have been as ugly as sin or as beautiful as I afterward found her to be. One by one, or in groups, the seamen returned to the beach. The wind brought me the sound of a rough voice crying, "Shove off!" Then, after a pause, another lantern drew near. It was Northmour alone. (To be continued.) Old-Tliiiu J'ort raitn. Tudor Jenks contributes to the May St. Nicholas an article entitled "Three Boys in Armor," concerning three noted portraits by Velasquez and Van Dyck. Mr. .Tenks says: Until two years after Queen Victoria was crowned there never .had been a photograph of the human face. In 1839 the first such photograph was taken by Prof. John W. Draper of New York city. Before that date and until after 1750, those who wished portraits must pay an artist for a painting or drawing, and only a few could afford such a luxury. About 1759 silhouettes were in fashuj'n, and some of you may not know that these black profiles were named after a French minister of finance, Because he was said to be stingy, it was coasldered a good joke to speak of cheap things as being a la Silhouette; and these black paper portraits being cheap, they received the minister's name. Since great artists charged very high prices, only the great apd rich could be painted by the masters; and as their pictures were carefully preserved, the fine portraits of other days usually represent only the nobles and the wealthy, such as kings.queens, princes, generals, and great statesmen. It is natural, then, that the children whose faces have been made known to us by the distinguished painters should be little folks of high degree— or the sons and daughters of the artists, whose pictures were painted for nothing. These old time boys and girls are dressed in garments like those their parents wore, for special fashions for children's wear came at a later time. Au author is guilty of contributory negligence when he' fails to inclose stamps fpr the return pf his cpn,tribu- ticm. Freen lectures are often worth less than tl?e co&t of admission. Hurricane at Ferfiandlna, Fla,, Caused Loss of $500,000, THREE DEATHS ARE REPORTED In tli« City Arc Tidal Wave at Brnng\tlck, On., Inuh- datcn Practically l!v«ry Bntlneis ttotite and Ware ttonge lit the City. The most severe hurricane that Fer- aandina, Fla., nas ever experienced caused loss estimated at $500,000. Three deaths are reported, a father and two children. The tide rose so high that It extended for four blocks up into the city and homes and buildings of all descriptions were flooded. Women and children were taken out of the houses on the river front in boats. At Brunswick, Ga., a tidal Wave was driven in from the sea and Inundated for an average depth of five feet, practically every business house and warej house In the city. Conservative estimates place the property loss at J500,- 000. .TRAINJUILD UP, Negrito* Imported to Work In llllnoU Mlne» Arc Soul Muck. ' A band of 150 strikers from the coal mines at Pana, 111., armed with rides, shotguns nnd revolvers, laid In wait near Tower Hill for a special transporting negroes to work in the mines. When near the Shelby, Christian county, line, the train was flagged and held up by the strikers. They then eom- pelled all the negroes to leave the train, .and drilled them back to Tower Hill, where they were placed on a return train to Indiana. Want Instructions from It is the general belief that the Americans have formally demanded the cession by Spain of the entire Phil- lipplne group.This took the representatives of Spain by surprise and they asked time to secure instructions from the Sagasta cabinet. Noble Gift to University. Col. Joseph M. Bennett, the late merchant and philanthropist, of Philadelphia, hae bequeathed to the University of Pennsylvania over $400,000 to be devoted to the higher education of women. May KnUe tha Naval Constructor I-Iobson Is now making an inspection of the Spanish cruiser Vizcaya, for the purpose of determining what work is necessary to raise the vessel. CYCLONE AT SAVANNAH. Mfgh Wind BlotfH ttife Soft Inland {of Maoj- Mil**. For elghteeii hours froitt 3 o'clock the morning of Oct. 2 until & o'clock at night, Savannah, tia., was in the grasp of a West Indian cyclone. The high grinds drove the ocean for ftilles in shore* While the city escaped with comparatively little damage the loss of property among the sea islands of the Georgia and South Carolina coast is believed to be heavy. SENAfoiTOUAY ARRESTED. rrotnln*nt Pennsylvania Btan Charged with Conspiracy. Senator Matthew Stanley Quay of Pennsylvania, former State Treasurer Benjamin J. Haywood, Richard R. Quay, son of the senator, and Charles H. McKee, law partner of Lieut-Col. Lyon, have been arrested charged with conspiracy to use the public moneys of the commonwealth for their own advantage. WILL BE IGNORED. Prohibition Vote In Canada to Have No Kftact. Judging from present returns on the prohibition vote in Canada barely one- fourth of those entitled to vote gave expression to their opinions. As a consequence, it Is learned that the government will ignore the whole proceeding. Seventy-IIvo I'cople Drowned* Late information shows that the entire Georgia and West Florida coast was swept by the recent storm. Seventy-five people were drowned. Losses at Brunswick, Ga., will reach fully ?500,000 and live people drowned. Want, Cession of '.Territory. The Canadian commissioners arc said to have demanded a cession of territory in Alaska including the towns of Dyea and Skaguay, in return for fishing concessions on the Newfoundland boundary. The ISvuftuatlon of Culm. 1C present plans are carried out it Is expected that the evacuation of Cuba will have been completed by Dec. 31 and the new year will see the American colors raised all over the island. To InoreiiBO Kogulur Ai'iuy. A material Increase in the regular army is now regarded as an absolute necessity, and congress will be urged to take action upon this subject before the close of the coming session. Drive Out. Negro Miners. One hundred and fifty coal miners from Pana, 111., assembled at the fail- grounds at Washington, Ind., with the home union miners and drove the negro miners from the town. DANIEL O. ESHBAUGH, LATE PRESIDENT NEW ENGLAND TRUST COMP'ANY, Daniel 0. Kshbaugh, the self-slain president of the embarrassed New. England Loan and Trust company, was long known in New York financial circles. Nearly thirty years ago he began to dabble in western real estate, and some years ago acquired a great tract of land in the far west, hoping to become immensely rich -by a rise in values. This land was what hurried on his ruin. The taxes were burdensome, the property unproductive and he was forced to carry it during the era of rapidly falling prlc.ee .that still continues. All the money he made in other ventures was swallowed up in this useless land. Mr. Eshbaugh disappeared the day the company went into the hands .of a receiver, and was not seen again until his body was fished out of the North river. Nothing had been taken from him and suicide was clear. His family lives at Mont Glair and is plunged in grief. A DOMESTIC INCIDENT, JFrom th« Obtert/cr t iTCuWiintf, Aftoft. "fiftrijr ia ftotefflfae*, isc*," ««ys Long, who lives near Letmoii| tucfi., <'o« starting to get tip from the dinner table, t' «aa taken with & pfiia la my fmete. Trie pain increased ttnd 1 toaft oblged to take to tny bed. The physician who WftS sumriioried pronounced my cafte muscular i-rteumittem accompanied by lumbago. He gave m* remedied and injected morphine Into my arm to eaite the pain. "My disease gradually became •tfoftMStiti-i til 1 thought that death would be Welcome release from my sufferings. Beside* my regular physician t also cbtiftnlted auother| but ha gave me no encouragement. On Qctiino Up from Hie Table, ''I was finally induced through reading some occoitntgin the uewspapern regardiue the wonderful cures wrought by Dr. Williams' Pinlr Pills for Pale People, to try them. I took the pills acconding to directions and noon began to notice an Improvement in my condition. Before tbo first box was used I could get about the house, and after using flve boxen, -was entirely cured. "Since that time I have felt no return of the rheumatic pains. I am confident that Dr. Williams' Pink Pills saved my life otid t try to induce my frlendB who are sick to try the same remedy. 1 will gladly answer inquiries concerning my niukness and won-> ierful cure, provided ' stamp IB enclosed for reply, FRANK LONG." Sworn to before me at Venice, Mich., this 15th day of April, 18«8. G. B. GOMIIMITH. .Ttutt.JM of ihe, Peace. The discovery of ore on tbo gToun'd belonging 1 to Mrs. UlyseHsS. Grant, Jr., near Central City, Col., is the richest '•strike" sinco January lust. Hundreds of valuable presents given free with Diamond "C" Soap wrappers. Ask your grocer all about it. "VVbiit, <lo think of this scheme of taking 1 gold out of sea water?" "Bathhouse keepers do it every summer." __ _ ^ _ _ __ WANTKD— Ca»o of biul nunlth flint TM-T-A-7T-? will not linnent. ficndfi eont». to WpftM Cliouili-iv Co., Now York, for 10 mimiile.i and l.(H)0. toellinoiilnlB. H IH estimated that 3.000 marriages are daily performed throughout tha world. ____ Lady's Lorgnette with rolled gold chain free by saving Diamond "C" Soap wrappers. Ask your grocer; Stay Will Kf Short. Those who ought to know say that the American peace commissioners will be back home in plenty of time for the Christmas holidays. Col. StiHjebabev Is JU. Col. Studebaker of the One Hundred and Fifty-ninth Indiana volunteers is sick with typhoid lfe4*:ldrJVlt4<%ii:^ present h «8 decide^ put m mm troop? IVluter tjuurterf for Troops. The troops retained la the service are to be quartered in the mjddta southern states, where they can live iu tents during the winter. There arc known to lie 20H cities in the world with populations of over 100, 000 ea cb __ ClintH With Mothers. 5,000 JJoolcs g'iveu away free. Write for one. Delicate women who desire. to be strong should got one. Mothers who have sickly children should have one. 1 WriteMuoo-Sblvout Cp., Chicago; Why isn't the iiipubb of Russia's cx.ur a c'xarcliasm? ITuwilll iilKt tilt) IMilllunlneH. (Send four cents (in stamps) for au illustrated booklet issued by the Chicago, Milwaukee &. St. Paul Railway, the direct route across the American Continent to the New Trans-Paciiie possessions of the United States. Full of latest reliable information and vul- tiable for reference. Can be tised as a text book hi school. Address Geo. 11. Jleiifl-'ora, Gen'l Pass, and Ticket Agent, Chicago, 111. __ j Why does a ripe scholar sometimes live to a green old age'.' Piso's Cui'o for Consumption lias boon a God-send to mo. — Win. B. MoCldflaii. Cliei- tor, Florida, Sept. 17, 1895. I .a,-;. -I, i 1 1, " ' ' "^ Sunday School Teacher— Jimmy Finn, do you know anything about the Jews', 1 Jimmy — Do "I? An' me a-Hvin' •in N' Yiiwk? _____ I>J:AH KIHTOU:— If yon know or n gollcllororcun- vussov, In your oily or olHywhero, ospuulnlly u nmii wlio lias solicited for subscriptions, Insimuiue, niir- .sory stock, boohs or luilorlnu, or a man who ran soil goods, you will confer n favor Uy lolling him lo Mjmisponcl wllh UK; or If you will Insert this notlco In your papor and hiiuliiiurtlcs will out this notUie out. and mull to us, wo inity bo able to 1'iinilsh thorn a good position in thulr own and udjoInliiK counties. Address, ASimtlCAN WOOLKN MILLS CO., ChleiUJO. \Vliy does a vessel that sails before the wind always luive to wait for the wind? _________ To <3uro CoMHllpiitiou 1'Vrover. 'laku Cascuroc'a Candy Oumirtic. lllu or voq If C. C. C'. lull to euro dnitflMj) rol'imd uionur. Promise is the note and performance is the gold coin which redeems it. Alrti, \Vlnslow'8 Soothing Syrup. For children f eutlilng, Boftoun the gums, radnuos In* flauiintttlon,alluyapaln,DureswluduoUu. $jo a bottlo. The two banks of Burlington, Wis., are managed by women. Save the wrappers around Diamond "C" Soap, They are worth money, Kuslly l-i.lil. "What do you think of this ttt-x on beer?" "I think it is all right. ]Jy t!)c time a mau drinks enough beer to feel the tax he will be in a condition not t« cure," _ ___ Heailty |« ulooil l)«ep. Cleun blood makes a cteiiu skill. No beauty without it. C'ascarets Cnudy Catlmi 1 - tio cleans your blood and keeps it clean, t>y- stirring- up the lazy liver and driving «11 impurities from the body. Hegiu to-duy to Lmuitili pimples, boils, blotches, blackheads itud that sickly bilious complexion by taking Cnscnrets,— beauty for te» cents. AH druggists, tutiefftotjou Kt»ur«ut*eil^lO, M5, 50o, Why isn't the headache you have tbo nest jnoraing u. hat-rack? Gross earnings of Chicago Urout Western llailway for third week o^ September shows au iuerenso of $37,' (188.76 over corresponding week Ju September. 1807. ' t- ',.•.."

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