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TELE UPPEK J3E8 MO1ND8: ALGONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY MABCH 15, 1899 11 DICK RODNEY; or, The Adventures of f An Eton Boy.. If BY J/\MES GRANT. CHAPTER I. The Eton Boy. IU the relation of the following ad- .ventures I do not mean to Illustrate the principle maintained by some writers —that, by an Inevitable course of •events In life, that becomes fate which at first was merely choice; but rather to show how, by a remarkable combination of circumstances (to a great extent beyond my own control), I was Involved in a series of perils and peregrinations, such as rarely fall to the lot even of those who have the most restless of dispositions. That my temperament was, and Is still, something of this nature, I must confess; and the reading of my leisure hours—books of wild adventure by field and flood (I have devoured them all from the volumes of dear old Daniel Defoe, to those of the Railway Library)—filled my mind with vague longings and airy fancies for greater achievements than our periodical regatta or the ranks of our Eton Rifle Volunteer Corps were likely to afford, although I deemed myself by no means an undistinguished member of the latter. /'Existence," says a certain writer, "appears to me scarcely existence, Without its struggles and its successes. should ever like to have some great ind ."before mo, for the striving to at;ain amid a crowd of competitors ould make me feel all the glory of ife." With such vague ideas floating before me, I returned from Eton last •ear, and found myself at my father's .ouse, the old and secluded rectory of Irlesmere, in a very undecided frame if mind as to the future, and the pro- lession I should adopt. •My father, as before, urged King's ollege as a proper preparation for any Tofession. M.y mother hinted that our name had [hone in the navy, and cast a glance ,t a 'large portrait which hung in the .riir.g room. It represented George Rodney, the castigator of the jds, in a full bob-wig and white latin breeches, boarding the leading Ip of the Caracca fleet amid a whirl- 'nd of torn rigging, smoke, and can- .on balls, forming a background by no eans hilarious. But my father pooh-poohed this. I •was already far too old for the time at which the navy is entered—to-wit, the mature years of thirteen. Then my Aunt Etty, who still curled her hair in the fashion of thirty years ago, recommended the army with a pensive air; for she had been engaged to a young sub, who was killed at—I must sot say where., for it was a great ,many years ago, and Aunt Etty is unmarried still; but her views, though ^armly seconded by sisters Dot and SVb',.' (who saw military balls and picnics in perspective), did not accord ,-witli mine, for I had spent twft years 'or "'nore in our Eton rifle corps, and the monotony of the drill—especially 'that boring curriculum of Hythe position (I went through the musketry class), worried me, as I willfully deem- od myself able to sight my weapon and tiring down either a Frenchman or a pheasant without it. At Aunt Etty's suggestion, my father would shake his white head and say, quoting the author of Ecclesiasticus: " 'There are two things which grieve my heart to see; a man of war that suftereth from poverty, and men of understanding that are not set by.' The sword, Etty, Is but a poor inheritance; better send Dick to the counting house of his uncle, Rodney & Co., in London." But I trembled at this suggestion, as It did not accord with my own brilliant 'views in any way, and so months passed idly away. I missed the manly amusements of Eton and the hilarity of my class-fellows; and though loving well my home and family, when the novelty of my return and of perfect freedom passed away, I longed for a change of scene— a stirring occupation—an active employment. Is destiny stronger than intention? I should hope not; yet for a time I •was almost inclined to think so, after the terrible episode by which I was suddenly torn from my home and cast upon that world which, hitherto, I had viewed through the sunny medium of my day dreams and romances alone. Two miles from the Rectory is the village or small seaport of Erlesmere. One of the leading features in the fisher-village of Erlesmere is a little public house, at the ivy-colored porch of which a group of burly we^ither- heaten fellows in long boots, striped shirts, and red nightcaps, and constantly smoking, drinking and "taking squints to seaward" through an old battered telescope, "served" round with spun yarn. Near it is a small dock yard, where their boats are built, tarred and painted, and where a pass- Ing coaster may have a trivial repair effected, and occasionally be hove down. It happened, only last year, that a small Dutch schooner cf some fifty tons was laid down on the gridiron at EHesmere dock for the purpose of being repaired. This was an event of gome importance, and the whole nautical population cheerfully lent a hand Jn unloading her, and securing the cargo, which consisted of apples and Ter- g«u cheeses; while her skipper, Capt. ZSeervogel, sa5 the six men who com- posed her crew, became for the time the lions and oracles of the smoking room and porch of the Ivy-covered tavern, where it was tacitly agreed that nothing could be said about Lord Duncan, or "the licking he gave these Dutch lubbers off the Texel," in our grandfathers' days. I had never seen a Dutch craft before; thus the quaint aspect of this schooner, with her deep waist, her bow and stern which were so clumsy in their form and strength, so exactly alike, and tilted up till she resembled a cheese cut in half—her leeboards, her brown, oak planks, all bright with varnish, and her little cabin windows encircled by alternate stripes of red, green and white paint, all made her, to me, a source of wonder; and I was daily on board, having obtained a free entry, after the bestowal of some schnaps (i. e., gin and water) upon the captain, Jan van Zeervogel, who told me many a strange tale of the North sea, for he was a pleasant and communicative old fellow, having, as he told me, a wife and children, who kept his farm on the isle of Wolfersdyck, near South Beveland, while hb tempted the dangers of the ocean to dispose of its agricultural produce. One night, while the schooner was still on the gridiron, but when her repairs were nearly completed, I was with him in the little dungeon which he called his cabin; darkness had set in, and the hour was late—later than I ought to have been abroad—for we kept early hours at the rectory; but the novelty of the situation, the old Dutchman's stories, the fumes of his meerschaum, and the effect of some peaches, which he gave me from a large gall pot, wherein his wife had preserved them in brandy, rendered me careless as to how the time passed. After a while I proposed to leave the schooner and return home; but Capt. Zeervogel said that as he intended to sleep that night on board, and as the crew were all ashore, he begged that I would have the kindness to remain in the cabin for a few minutes until he .returned from the little tavern where they were located, as he had some orders to give. "The tide will rise higher tonight than usual," he added. "I must have the schooner made more secure by additional warps, else there is no knowing what may happen." I could not in courtesy refuse, though in no way disposed to remain in that gloomy little cabin, but he trimmod the lamp anew, as if to make the place more cheery and, without waiting for an answer, went on deck. I heard him descend the side ladder; and, as he passed away, stumbling among the logs and chips of the little dockyard, I had the unpleasant conviction of being alone. My watch told me it was now the time for supper and prayers at the rectory, from which I had been too long absent. Then a vague emotion of alarm came over me, as I expected every instant to hear some unaccountable sound, or to see something that might terrify me; so, to gather "Dutch courage," I very unwisely took one or two more of Captain Zeervogel's peaches, which, as already stated, were preserved in brandy, and consequently were more potent in effect than ths spirit itself. Dearly did I pay the penalty of that act of indiscretion! I listened intently, but heard no sound indicative of the captain's return. Once, there seemed to come a cry from a distance. My head began to swim and my eyelids to droop. The fumes of Zeervogel's long pipe, which pervaded and made closer the atmosphere of the little cabin, together with the effect of the peaches, proved too much for me. I started to reach the companion ladder and ascend on deck; but my limbs seemed to become powerless—to yield under me, and I fell into a drowsy doze, with my head and arms on the cabin table. The captain never returned; and long after I ascertained that the poor man had been knocked down by some unruly "navvies," that the cry I heard had been his, that he had been robbed and left senseless in the street of the village, while I lay asleep in the cabin of the empty schooner, with the flood tide rising rapidly about her. CHAPTER II. How I Got Adrift. I had been asleep nearly four hours, when a fall on the cabin floor, as I slipped from the table, awoke me. Stiff, cold and benumbed, I started up, confused to find myself in the dark, and at first I knew not where. I reeled and fell twice or thrice in my efforts to keep my feet, for now the schooner was rolling from side to side —rolling and afloat! "Home—let me hasten home," was my first thought. I scrambled up the companion ladder and reached the deck, to find water around me on every side, while the schooner, being without ballast and light as a cork, lay almost on her beam ends, as she was careened by a heavy breeze that blew from the shore, the lights of which, probably Erlesmere, I could see about three miles distant. A deadly terror filled my heart! To swim BO far was impossible; I dared not leave the schooner, even wltb a spa? or anything else that would float, as the wind &nd sea were ' evidently rising together, and to remain on board was almost as dangerous and hopeless. I had the risk ot drowning by her capsizing, or lying on her beam ends In the water, and so foundering and going down. A plank might start In her sheathing —she might even then be filling by some uncatilked leak! I had no idea of the state of her hold, and for many •easons feared she might sink before Jaybreak, and before my perilous slt- itlon could be discovered from the bore. The wavta 'were black as ink; the sky was moonless overhead, btit the pale, white stars winked and twinkled, and were reflected In the trough of the ocean. Now, I could perceive foam cresting the tops of the waves, and knew that the breeze was increasing to a gale—a gale that was blowing from the land. This added to my despair, for the lights I had seen soon disappeared, and the dark outline of the coast seemed to sink lower and to blend with the sea. Clutching the weather rigging, I could scarcely keep my feet, so slippery was the now wetted deck, and so cold and benumbed were my hands and arms by the chill atmosphere of the ocean, and by the salt spray which ever and anon flew over me in bitter, briny showers. I shouted, but the mocking wind bore my voice away to seaward. With despairing eyes I swept the dusky water, in the hope of seeing a vessel, a fishing boat, or the light of a steamer near; but gazed, with haggard glance, in vain. I had no hope now but to wait for dawn of day; and when it came, where might I and the empty schooner be? Fortunately, her topmasts were struck, her forcyard was lowered, and all her gear made tolerably snug. Her canvas, however, was only in the brails, and a portion of the fore and aft foresail having got loose, it was swelled out by the blast, and kept her head partially before the wind, thus accelerating the rate at which she was borne from tho land, and being without trimming or ballast, she danced over the waves, as I have said, like a cork, but in momentary danger of capsizing and foundering. As dawn drew near, the cold increased so much that, though at the risk of being passed unseen by some coaster, I was fain to creep on my hands and knees to the companion hatch, and descend into the cabin. It was darker now than ever, for the lamp had gone out. "Oh, to be ashore!" I exclaimed passionately, with clasped hands; "ashore, and free from this floating prison!" I thought of my gentle and loving mother, and my soul seemed to die within me. The schooner would be missed by daybreak—the alarm would be given; her alarm would rapidly become irrepressible anxiety, which would soon turn to a despair that nothing could alleviate. Sounds like thunder, or like tremendous blows, at times made me start. These were caused by billets of wood, or pieces of pig-iron pitching about in the hold of the schooner as she rolled and lurched and righted herself to roll and lurch again. For a time I cowered miserably in the dark cabin, until my childish fears overmatched reason, and I crept once more upon deck. A regular gale was blowing now, and the schooner careened fearfully beneath it on her starboard side, while the bellying of that portion of the fore and, aft foresail which had got loose aided In hurrying her faster out to sea. The light of the coming day was spread in dull gray over the sky, imparting the same cold tint to the whitening waves. Land was still visible, but it seemed like a dark bank at the horizon. I supposed it to be about ten miles distant, but what part of the coast, or how far from Erlesmere, I knew not. (To be continued.) NOTES 0# THE WHEEL, MATTERS OP INTEREST TO DEVOTEES OF ThE BICYCLE. Grave for War Correspondents. The London Daily News the other day printed a mournful little note as to the death roll of journalists who had fallen in Egypt and the Soudan: "The Soudan since troublous times broke upon it has come to be a grave for war correspondents. First to find their long rest on desert sands were Edward O'Donovan, the intrepid representative of the Daily News, and Frank Vizitelly, who shared the fate of Hicks Pasha's army. Power, who had also been a correspondent of the Daily News, and later of the Times, was murdered with Col. Donald Stewart in a Nile village on their way down from Khartoum. Then Capt. Gordon, correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, died on the desert, and a few days later Cameron, of the Standard, and St. Leger Hubert, of the Morning Post, were killed in battle at Gubat. At Suakim, three years later, Mr. Walker, a promising young artist of the Graphic, was killed by a shot from the dervish trenches. The Dongola expedition of 1896 claimed another victim in Mr. Garrett of the New- York Herald, who died of enteric fever, and now another correspondent of that paper, the Hon. H. Howard (the correspondent also of the Times, as stated above), has given up his life on the battlefield in front of Omdur- man." A Blouse Almost Causes Death. A little mouse gnawing through the rubber feed tube connected with a gas stove in the bed room of Kate and) Lizzie Kelly, dressmakers, of Scran-; ton, Pa., nearly caused the young wo-i men's death by asphyxiation. The' gas escaped into the room, which soon filled it. One of the sisters aroused sufficiently to «rawl downstairs and call for assists.^. The other girl was oft Stonomnn'g BUI—New York Cjcll«U Preparing to Defeat Proponed Law Allowing: Towns to Regulate Cycling—Some Recent Improvements. Opposing a Bad Measure. Representative Stoneman, from Cat- taragus county, New York, is meeting with vigorous opposition since he began in the state legislature to foster his proposed enactment for the amendment of the town law in relation to regulating the use of bicycles. Wheelmen responded heartily to the appeal of the New York state division of the L. A. W. in its recent circular calling on cyclists throughout the state to op- po&e the bill in every way possible, and if the power of the wheelmen of New York amounts to much politically, the bill is apt to meet an early and violent death. At least so the wheelmen hope. Instead of proposing a law that would be universal in its scope, Mr. Stoneman deems it desirable to enact a law which would lead to confusion and constant difficulty because of conflicting ordinances in different towns by providing that the town board of any town may adopt ordinances regulating the speed of bicycles on any highway in the township outside of a city or village requiring or prohibiting the use of bells or lamps on those highways; prohibiting rides on side or footpaths, and may prescribe fines for violation of the above not exceeding $5 for each offense. One-half of each fine, according to the proposed law, is to be given to the person giving evidence of the violation. The bill, If it passes the legislature and becomes a law, will directly injure every wheelman in the state who rides out of his own township, and for tourists It will cause untold annoyance. One township might have a speed limit of five miles, the next a limit of eight miles, and a third of ten miles, and the tourist, unless he were familiar with the various ordinances arifl knew exactly where one township ended and the next began, would doubtless in the course o£ a good day's riding unconsciously and innocently violate several ordinances and make himself liable to several fines. In one town there might be an ordinance requiring the carrying of bells and in the next an ordinance prohibiting them. It is hard to conceive what good to any one the originator of the bill believes can come out of it. Cushion Frame. The Inventor whose well-known cushion-frame construction is embodied in special models by several bicycle manufacturers seeks to strengthen the rear forks against lateral strains and twists and at the same time to afford elastic coupling between the forks and hanger by forming the connection with three flat plates. Projecting rearwardly from the crank- hanger is a transverse web or flange in which is cut a slot extending from ono end to the other. A recess is formed in the lower lip of the flange, but is not as deep as the main Blot. The round arch crown which forms the front end of the rear forks has a similar flange and slot, with the exception that the recess is cut in the upper instead of in the lower lip. The middle plate extends back into both slots abutting against their respective ends, but the lower plate, while it extends to the bottom of the rear slot me.rely enters the recess in the fronl slot and does not quite touch its end wall. The top plate enters the recess in the rear slot in the same manner Counter-sunk rivets passing through the webs secure the top and middle plates at the rear. In the center of the plates holes are drilled for the passage of a bolt which is slightly smaller than the hole, and which is provided with a shoulder at the bottom of its threading, so that the nut may be screwed down tight, but wil Etill not bind the plates. This construction allows the plates to bend either way on the same general curve without undue strain on any of the webs. The inventor has also workec the same idea of a flat plate back oi the hanger into a rigid frame for the ourpose of giving added lateral stiffness. Back Pedaling Tire Break. The brake is a combination affair in which the braking is done both through a friction brake band acting on the sprocket and through a bralfe shoe acting against the tire of the rear wheel. The front sprocket is mounted on a disk attached to the crank shaft and rotates with the disk when the pedals are moving in a forward direction, the connection being through pawls and ratchets. Project- Ing Inwardly from the sprocket rim is a flange lined on its inner periphery with cork, which forms the braking surface for a steel brake band carried by a disk secured to the hanger barrel. The expansion of the brake band depends upon the action of pawls, and occurs immediately after forward pedaling has ceased and the back pedal- Ing is begun. If the back pedaling is sufficient, a small cam arranged on onft | of the pawls will be moved backward till It catches a stud projecting from I the disk screwed oh the hanger and turns the latter backward. In turning the disk backward, the connecting arm of the spoon brake pushes the latter against the rear wheel tire. The tire brake thus affords a second brake for use when the sprocket brake Is not sufficient or when the chain breaks. The tire brake can also be operated without having first actuated the sprocket brake, by back pedaling suddenly so that the pawl cam will skip the first stud and catch a second stud on the hanger disk, which is Independent of the band brake. Unpopular Measure' Oof on tort. When the bill to prevent the trundling of bicycles along the sidewalks of Philadelphia, which was introduced Into common councils by Frank M. Riter, director of public safety at an annual pittance of $10,000, .came up for discussion last Thursday, the city solons poked all manner of fun at the bill, one of them even going so far as to offer a jocular amendment forbidding the riding of bicycles within the city limits. Afterward, when the time came to vote on the measure, not a single ballot in its favor could be mustered. The A. C. C., backed by the wheelmen of the city generally, was responsible for its downfall, and Director Rller Is breathing dire vengeance. Tube Detachable Tiro. Differing from the English tubeless detachable tires, this tire is made for applying to ordinary crescent-shaped rims. The open side is formed so that the two edges overlap and so that the under lap may bo cemented to the rim. The upper flap may be secured to the under In any of several different ways. The methods described by the Inventor include glove button fastenings and continuous lacing through eyeletted holes. All surfaces of the flaps are covered with rubber BO that when the operator is closing the tire after fixing a puncture by patching on the inner wall he can cement the adjacent surfaces o£ the flaps together with the rubber solution and thus make the joint air-tight. Banker Wins tlio Prize of Turnls. The principal event "of the race meet run at Tunis, Algiers, on the winter circuit, was the great prize of Tunis race at 3,000 meters. It was won by George Banker, in 4:45, by several lengths from Tommaselli, with Grogna third. The track was small and gave the American a slight advantage. For the first time since handicap races were inaugurated on the circuit Banker was badly defeated, running third in his heat, with Chavanne,'70 meters, first and Coquelle, 40 meters, second. Grognq won tho final iieat from Ifi motors in 1:22 1-5, defeating Coquelle, who ran second. Banker and Tommaselli won tho tandem race, as usual, with Co quelle and Grogna second. No Memorial Day Ituuu In Denver. The last Decoration day road race in Denver under the auspices of the Associated Cycling Clubs of that city has been run, the association having votet at a recent meeting to abandon the race on that day in deference to the requests of the Grand Army of the Republic. 'Hereafter the day will be left to the old soldiers and another selected for the annual road race. All About Tortoise Shell. The finest tortoise shell comes from the Indian archipelago, and is shipped from Singapore, and much of it is obtained on the Florida coast of America. There are three rows of plates on the back, called "blades" by the fishermen. In the central row are five plates and in each of the others four plates, the latter containing the best material. Besides these there are 25 small plates round the edges of the shell known as "feet" or "noses." The biggest turtle does not furnish more than fifteen pounds of tortoise shell. Formerly, the under shell was thrown away, being considered worthless, but at present it is very highly valued for its delicacy of coloring. Nowadays a very beautiful imitation of tortoise shell is made of cows' horns. A Dervish Spear Thrust, One of the many spear thrusts that resulted in the death of Lieutenant Robert Grenfell at Omdurman penetrated his watch. The timepiece was returned to his family, who have placed it in a jeweler's hands to mount as a memorial of their relative's heroism and fate. A spear thrust had penetrated through both the outer and inner cases and driven some of the works right to the face of the dial, stopping the hands at 8:39, indicating the time at which the charge took place and the precise moment of the wearer's death. It is proposed to mount the watch on a square block of crystal, for use as an inkstand. MISCELLANEOUS. .Auburn, ind.— fi. W. Foadlck, aged It, the oldest member of the De Kfclb county bar, died in Butler. New York— Nellson Burgess, bettef. known by his stage name of Nell Btif- gess, the actor and stage manager, filed a voluntary petition !n bankruptcy. Itld total liabilities are $104,069, all unsm cured; no assets. Buenos Ayres — Bishop Warrett la much better and his health is rapidly mprovlng. Washington— Minister Sampson, at Quito, has reported to the state department that In the battle which ended he revolution In Ecuador, 600 men were killed and several hundred morally wounded, and 400 prisoners were ,aken. Marquette, Mich.— Dr. • George J, Northrop, who has been a resident of his city for more than thirty years, lied of the grip at a hospital In Boson. Philadelphia— Catcher Michael Grady ilgned a New York contract. He saya that tho terms were mutually satlsfac-, tory. Madison, Wls.— Phil King will coach ,he Wisconsin football team next season. Wichita, Kan.— Gov. Barnes o£ Oklahoma vetoed tho statehood bill, on tho ground of tho expense of various elec- . tions and because he believes single statehood to be the ultimate future of the two territories. Boston, Mass.— Tho Massachusetts republican state committee elected George von L. Meyer of Hamilton a member of the national republican committee to succeed George H. Layman, resigned. Memphis, Tenn.— Tho Continental National bank will go into voluntary liquidation, effective April 25. Tho Continental has ample assets and will pay out dollar for dollar. Another bank will be organized to take Its place. Richmond, Va,— The design for the statue to be erected over the grave of Miss Winnie Davis, is by Zolvey of New York. It is the figure of a sitting angel. It is to be of Italian marble, and will be erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Port Arthur, Tex.— Tho date of the opening of the ship canal has been fixed definitely as Saturday, March 25. Boston, Mass. — At the monthly banquet of the Massachusetts Reform club Senator Caffery of Louisiana and Moorfield Storey spoke against expansion. Pittsburg, Pa. — Tho fourth annual convention of the National Association of Bridge and Structural Iron. Workers elected John T. Butler ot Buffalo, N. Y., its president. Toledo, O.— Edward M. Harley, formerly a furrier of this city, filed a petition of voluntary bankruptcy, the petition showing $50,000 liabilities and ' ?70 assets. Princeton, N. J.— Prof. Andrew Fleming West has been chosen by the •faculty to represent Princeton Unlver- 'slty at the Paris Expos! Uon in 1900. Louisville, Ky.— Kentucky's demo- 'cratic convention has been called to meet June 21. St. Louis, Mo. — Police are searching for Michael Berschlz. A fortune of, $100,000 has been left him. Austin, Tex.— W. J. Bryan spoke to the members of both houses of the Texas legislature and an audience of 0,000. Washington.— Senator Jones of Ar-' kansas is recovering gradually from his attack of illness, and is resting easily and quietly. New Orleans, La.— Tho steamship Condor arrived from Bluefields, witn' the American rough riders who took part in the latest abortive revolution. -ATEST MARKET REPORTS. CHICAGO. Cattle, all grades ...... $1.60 @6.00 Hogs, common to prime. 1.25 @3.90 Sheep and lambs ...... 2.40 @5.00 Wheat, No. 2 red ....... 73 @ .72%' Corn, No, 2 ........... 34%<g) .34% Oats, No. 2 white ....... 27%@ .28 Eggs ................. .18 Butter ................. 11 @ .19% Rye, No. 2 ............ .55 ST. LOUIS. Wheat, No. 2 .......... ,73% Oats, No. 2 cash ...... .29 Corn, No. 2 cash ...... .33%' Cattle, all grades ...... 2.00 @5.75 Hogs .................. 3.65 @3.9Q Sheep and lambs ...... 2.40 @5.00 TOLEDO. Wheat, No. 2 cash ...... .73% Corn, No. 2 mixed ...... .34% Oats, No. 2 mixed ...... .29 Rye, No. 2 cash ...... .55 Cloverseed, prime cash. 3.53 KANSAS CITY. Cattle, all grades ---- .. 2.25 @5.40 Hogs, all grades ...... 3.30 @3.77% Sheep and lambs . ..... 2.25 @4.75 MILWAUKEE. Wheat, No. 1 northern.. Oats, No. 2 white ....... 28 @ Barley, No. 2 .......... NEW YORK. Wheat, No. 2 red ...... Corn, No. 2 ..... .-...., Oats, No. 2 ............ PEORIA. Oats, No. 2 white ....,, Corn, new No. 2 ....... , Not a JProbloiu l'Ii»y. "Heavens!" am undone!" remarked the as she arosje; »ny dfcr . oked, the heroine; "{ 81," Audibly .73 .30 .49% .83% 42%@ .43% .29%' _____ .34% Have Been Offered Promotion. Maj.-Gen. J. H. Wilson, Maj.-Gen, Fitzhugb. Lee and Maj.-Gen. Wheeler have been offered places as brigadier generals in our army. »yeti Nearly WlpaH Oufe, Dyea, in Alaska, was nearly wiped out of existence by flre. The loss will be heavy, as the buildings 'vere not Insured. «% £p.*<»«<li 1I.MI4VMMMWI

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