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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, April 19, 1899
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BBS M01NMS: ALGONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY DICK RODNEY; o<% The Adventures of An Eton CHAPTER VII.—(Continued.) The vines, In luxuriance, bordered the pathway as we ascended, and it Is said that for years after the wine has been taken from these Isles to England, or elsewhere, It alwtys ferments and becomes agitated when the vineries from whence It came are In bloom; but this tale may perhaps be as true as the accounts of these mighty ruins •which Pliny avers once covered all the Fortunate Islands, but of which no trace remains now. Tom Lambourne and I, after a ramble of some hours, found ourselves In a wild and solitary place, where blocks of lava and heaps of yellow pumice dust were lying among shattered masses of basalt, which were studded •with spars and crystals that glittered as the sunshine streamed through ravine upon them. The sides of the ravine were clothed with rich copsewood and little thickets of the retama-blanca, which there grows about ten feet high, and is covered with tufts of odoriferous flowers. . The distant sea, the waves of which secerned to bask or sleep In the sunshine,, closed the perspective of this ravine; and there we could see the Eugenie at anchor, with her snow white courses loose and her other canvas •neatly handled. Being warmed by our walk, we sat down within the mouth of a species of natural grotto, formed by masses of Java and basalt, which in some past age the throes of the volcano had .thrown and heaped together. There a [clear spring gurgled Joyously from I . - — •-•- -- •J—^-'UUAJ J.J V>JA1 d ;flssure in the rocks; and now, opening ; the courier bag, we proceeded to make our breakfast on the viands I had 'brought from the ship-to wit, bologna ;sausage and biscuits, with brandy and •water. j The air was deliciously clear and over the brow of the. rocky chasm in (which we sat, there fell a natural fcreen of all the- wild Indian fig and frine creepersan h mornim? ne creepers.and these shaded us from he increasing 'heat of the sun. rt j All was still there. | We heard only the coo of the great (wood pigeons among the gorgeous foil- <n P"O f~ty* 4-lln nn.^._l __ .. . jage, or the sweet notes of the little Igolden colored canary birds as they twittered about us when we scared .them from their nests, which they jusually build in the barrancas or wat- ; er-courses, euch being the coolest gplaces in that volcanic isle CHAPTER VIII. How Tom Was Tattooed. My companion was a short and thick- 'set sailor, about forty years of age and whose figure was suggestive of great muscular strength; his hair was 'cut short, but his whiskers were of the most voluminous description, as he ;was anxious to conceal as much as possible of the strange circles, stripes and grotesque designs with which his Bun-burned face was covered, and Which, by their form and blackness. Imparted a hideous aspect of features that otherwise were rather good looking and pleasing. : He was an intelligent man.and well read, for the humble class to which he belonged. ' "Aye. Master Rodney," said he on perceiving that I was still surveying" him with something of wonder (and fcis face was a point on which he was particularly sensitive); a precious figure-head you see what these 'tarnal . — »**vwu lQ-1 lift I niggers on the coast of Africa made Tnf ma lf ~ — for me. Congo river. She missed stays and got sternway, so you see, sir, It was soon all over with her after that." "How?—I do not understand." "Don't you know what sternway Is? What do they teach folks ashore? She was taken aback in the hurricane—the most dangerous thing that can happen to any vessel—a sudden shift of wind threw her on her broadside In the trough of the sea, and with her deck toward the storm, so her hatches were soon beaten in—all the sooner that she was driven on a coral reef near the Shark's Nose, where the sea was like a sheet of foam around her. "Five poor fellows were washed away and drowned; but when day broke, and the storm abated a little, the captain, six men and I got ashore in the long boat, just as the poor Arrow began to break up, for we could see the waves beating Into her and rending asunder the decks, the inner and outer sheathing, as if they couldn't scatter the cargo fast enough far and wide. "Well, there we were, shipwrecked in a wild place on the west coast of Africa., at a part of the Congo river where the mangrove trees grow into the water, and have their lower branches covered with oysters and barnacles. "We could see high blue hills in the distance when the sun came up from the cane swamps and the wild woods which bordered the river, and we sat on the beach for a while looking ruefully at the wreck, of which little now remained but a few timbers, till the ncrease of the morning heat drove us for shelter into a grove of oil-palms, and there, Master Rodney, we found tulips, lilies and hyacinths growing wild, and six times larger than you ever saw in England. "Some of our men proposed that we should repair the longboat—she was partly stove in—and put to sea, or creep in along the coast until we were picked up. We were without carpenter's tools; but the captain had a case of surgical instruments, and the first use we made of the saw was to cut into halves an iron buoy which had floated ashore from the wreck. "Thus we had two kettles, in which we boiled some seabirds and their eggs, and made a mess whereupon we breakfasted. Exhausted by the late storm, the birds were easily knocked down by stones as they sat with drooping wings upon the rocks near the sea; but scarcely was our miserable meal over when we heard loud yells, and, attracted by the smoke of our fire, down came a whole gang of ugly darkies, all Mussolongos, wild and naked, with rings or fishbones in their long ears and flat noses—all streaked with war-paint and shouting like madmen as they brandished their muskets and spears. "They fired a volley, which stretched on the earth the poor captain and all my shipmates, dead or dying. The latter they soon dispatched with their knives and spears, and left them to be eaten by wild animals; but on finding that I had escaped their bullets, they supposed that their fetish had protected me, and so for a time I was safe. "For a whole week I was forced to help these savages in the work of taking all that remained of the wreck to pieces, though hundreds came from the interior, and they wrought hard, some men using even their filed teetli hold, for the slime in these cahebtakes •w«s 08 thick aa tar and black as old bilge-water. "One day he wafi soothing Ws ei- eitement by beating me with a heavy bamfioo, till my back and arms were covered with blood. Close by were a whole gang of the tribe squatted under a ftalm tree, smoking bubbles- bubbles made out of nut shells, look* ing on and laughing at the torture I *as undergoing; but in the midst of their sport we heard a roar that made our hearts tremble, and all ready to scamper off. "There was a mighty crashing and swaying of the wild canes In the adjacent brake, and then a great, square- headed and tawny-haired lion, as large as a good-sized pony, and with a tuft like a swab at the end of his switching tall, came plunging forward, with eyes flashing and red mouth open. "Souse as a sheet anchor goes Into the sea, he sprang upon ray owner, and In the time I take to turn this quid, Master Rodney, that troublesome personage was borne off into the jungle, a bruised mass of bones and blood, dangling in his jaws. "The whole thing passed like a flash of lightning! "At first the niggers were about to pursue the lion, but upon reflection they thought it less dangerous to fall upon me and kill me outright, saying that my stupid cries had brought the wild animal upon them. Then an old fellow, whose wool had become white with age, who was coiled up in the root of a tree, where he generally berthed himself, and who was considered a wise man, came forward and demanded their attention. He had been a brave fellow In his time, for he wore a row of human teeth at his neck, all strung on a lanyard, with a bit of an old quart bottle which he had found upon the beach, and wore as a 'great medicine,' or order of the garter, perhaps. He saved me by saying in their outlandish gibberish that I was evidently under the protection of the great fetish, in honor of whom I should be made like themselves and handsomely tattooed. "I might as well have hallooed to the wind in a tearing pampero, or a stiff reef-topsail breeze, Master Rodney, as have attempted to oppose this piece of Congo kindness. In a minute I was hove down under the nasty, black paws of flve-and-forty howling and jabbering niggers, all smearing me with palm-oil out of calabashes and old gallipots, and they persisted in rubbing it into me till all my skin was nearly peeled off. "Then the old fetishman, who lived in the root of the tree, after making three summersets and uttering six howls, ornamented all my face, hands and arms in this fashion, using a kind of knife, which he dipped from time to time in some black stuff that he carried on a cocoanut shell. In ten minutes I was all over serpents and circles, stripes, pothooks and hangers! "It went to my heart to have my beauty spoiled, but I was far past making any opposition, and so I have had to go through life in all weathers, with a face like the clown's in a pantomime. "They made me so like a nigger that they scarcely knew me from one of themselves. This so favored my escape that I soon found an opportunity of giving the Mussolongos the slip in the night, and made a shift, after many a break-heart adventure, to reach a British settlement. (To be continued.) Illinois General Assembly Up Its Business. Winds •cr> CLOSING HOURS WERE QUIET Atcngnfes t.cft on the Calendar DUpoiei Of with tittle Debate—"te*ow" Com mlttee Appointed to Investigate Do mettle Attain ot Chicago. ZANTE'S TREASURE. "How did this happen, Tom?" said I flUJng his drinking horn. ' "About twenty years ago, Master Rodney. I belonged to the Arrow a smart Liverpool bark of two hundred and twenty tons regular. I ma d e many voyages in her to South America, but at last, as bad luck, or my destiny (as men say in the play) would have it, she was chartered for the west coast of Africa, to trade with the natives, but not in black cattle, for slavery was never our lino of business "We sailed from the Mersey in June and early in August found ourselves at the mouth of the Congo river after a prosperous voyage; but on the night we made the land, a heavy ga i e came on and it veered round all the points of the compass in an hour. The sea and the sky was as black as they could be, and everything else was black too except the breakers on ahe shore to leeward, and heaven knows they were white enough^too white and too near to be pleasant. * -~% Ur e J dD i 5ei< handle <J the Arrow well, and she obeyed every touch of the helm as a horse might do its bridle; she was sharply built" lmt beavily sparred, and no other square- rigged craft upon the sea could beat ber on a wjnd. "I think I see her yet, Master Rodney, tor she was the first vessel I shipped on board of, and hang me if I didn't Jove her as if she had been my old mother's bouse, near Deptford flpcljf, •"Her bull was Jojijg SM4 low, and eat like a swan in the w»t«r, only that ehe was aot white, Jike f swan, but as black as paint <?Quld make her. Aloft, the inafets tapered away like fishing-rods, crosae.d by the square yards, while stays, shrouds, halyards bumper were always taut, as if . e^f cast-iron; but for ajl tbjs, she -> tailed/ to, weather that ga}§ pff the to get all the iron and copper bolts, wh.ich they prized more than the cargo, sails or spars, as they could fashion them into weapons and the heads of spears and arrows. But with everything they could lay their dingy hands upon, myself included, they made off inland, just as a vessel, which proved to be a king's ship, came round the Shark's Nose, and thus, with help, protection and liberty at hand, I was more than ever a prisoner. "I was in very low spirits, you may be sure, fearing they only intended to fatftn me up, like a stall-fed ox, or a turtle in a tub, before cooking and eating me, or making me a sacrifice to some idol carved of wood; for many times I saw the whole 'tarnal tribe on their knees before the figure-head of the Arrow, which had been washed ashore, and was pronounced to be a fetish. "For three days we traveled among deep and slimy-green swamps, thick, wild woods and immense pathless canebrakes, where in an hour I saw more tree leopards and zebras, howling jackals and antelopes, grinning monkeys and chattering paroquets, than ever were seen In all the shows at Greenwich fair, till we arrived at a kraal of a hundred huts, for all the world like pigsties, surrounded by a high palisade of bamboos, and situated in a forest of palms. "I was now the slave of a chief, whose rigging was rather queer, for it consisted only of a deep fringe, or kilt, of unplaUed grass, a necklace of lion's teeth and fishbones, and a cap of leopard's skin, on which towered a plume of feathers, above a row of human teeth and sea shells. "Being rope^ended by an Jncb-and- a-half cpit—aye, or keelhauled once a day from the foreyardarw—were Jokes .when compared to all this African nigger made rne undergo, iu pestilent swamps, where the very air cftojced me, as if J bad been in a ship with a foul §TUu .Search for It Is to Be Kenoweil. Just now the attention of Athenians is centered at the island of Zante, ona of the Ionian group. Some time ago there was found in the archives of the state library in Athens a parchment, dated several hundred years ago, saying that when Suleiman in 1536* conquered Corfu, the inhabitants of Zante, fearing that their island would share a similar fate, buried all their treasures and fled, and that the Empress Sophia did the same. The place where the empress' treasure lay is described as "within the fortress under a large red stone near the temple of St. Luke." In the year 1600 Pope Clement VIII. made a search for the treasure, but the result is unknown. I n 1S14 the English attempted to find it, and excavations were made, the large stone mentioned in the ancient document found but then the search-was interrupted. Now the document is in the hands of an Italian, who, together with some Greeks, In searching for the treasure. The Greek government has granted a concession for the work on condition of receiving half the treasure if it be found. A patrol of soldiers guards the place night and day. The excavators met with a well, which was easily pumped dry, but instead pf the large red stone they found at the bottom of the well two grottos, one running north, the other south. The former is said to be very remarkable. It has been explored for eighty meters, and runs close below the church of St! Laurentla. In it was found a structure of masonry, which, when 'struck, emitted a hollow sound. This has now to be opened, and the operation i a looked forward to with great interest and excitement. Adttiu ZaU, ' • The hear that walks like a man, no doubt, Is a frightful foe to be hunted out; But a worse foe yet—of his' clutch be^ ware!~ Js the awful nmn who acts like a bear, —Chicago Record. The highest value of an postage stamp is (5. The stamp ia of oblong shape, and very eeiaonj used, Springfield, III., April 17.—After on« of the shortest legislative sessions foi many years the Fifty-ninth general as sembly adjourned sine die Fridaj night. The closing hours were with out incidents of particular interest, for most of the important bills had been passed or killed before the representatives and senators began the night session. Speaker Sherman started his end of the lawmaking machine promptly at 9 o'clock, and Lieut.-Gov. Northcott followed a few minutes later. The proceedings in the senate were remarkably quiet, acd good humor waa the rule. When the legislature started its last day on Friday there were thirty- eight bills on third reading In the senate and seventy-three in the house. Before supper the house had disposed of nearly two-thirds of the bills on its calendar, and the senate made a record equally good. In the house the Berry bill, authorizing the insurance department to employ special counsel aud control the litlghtlon of the insurance department, came to a vote aud failed to pass, receiving but 71 votes. Reconsideration was demanded, and the bill passed. : The beet-sugar bounty bill passed the house, and It is believed Gov. Tanner will sign it. Tho bill appropriates $75,000 per annum for two years foi the payment of the sugar bounty. The Case bill to regulate the treat-, meiit and control of dependent ana neglected children, known as the "Juvenile court" bill, was passed by the house, and the senate passed the parental school bill. In the senate a heated debate aroso over the passage of the Guflln "voting machine" bill. This measure provides that a certain make of voting machines may be used In cities whicl) hold elections under the law which is in force in Chicago. The bill provides that the cost of the voting machines must not exceed $475 each. The Erickson bill, giving boards oi education the rjght of eminent domain for school sites,' was passed in the senate. Without a dissenting vote the senate refused to unseat Senator Joseph P. Mahoney of the Thirteenth district for the benefit of William J. Cooke, superintendent of the Chicago west park system, who has been contesting Mahoney's election. During the closing sessions import-! ant legislation was enacted as follows. In the house: Concurred in the senate Lincoln monument bill, which simply appropriates $100,000 for repairs on the monument on its present site, thus killing the removal project. Killed the senate bill appropriating $50,000 for an exhibit of Illinois corn and horses at the Paris exposition. In the senate: Killed the house bil) providing that a board of five instead of the county superintendent should conduct the examination of teachers in Cook county outside of Chicago. Passed the house bill prohibiting the use of the national Hag for advertising purposes. To Investigate Chicago. Springfield, 111., April 17.—The senate last night adopted a resolution similar to the one under which the Berry investigating committee was appointed to go to Chicago and investigate the police department and civi! .service. The language of this resolu lion is almost identical with that o) the Lundin resolitlon adopted at thi last special session. Biff SUIUH Appropriated. Springfield, 111., April 17.—No exac) statement can be made at this tim« concerning the appropriations by th« present general assembly. Approximately they will aggregate $11,500,00(1 for the next two years for all purposes. This is an increase over the appropriations of two years ago, due to appropriations for extraordinary purposes. The ordinary appropriations aru very much lower than those of two years ago. The appropriations committee of each house has been at worli on practically every legislative day foi the last two months. War aud Pencil | n Spuln. Madrid, April 17.—The minister ol marine proposes to construct ten ar- morclads and the minister of war intends submitting a proposal for compulsory military service. Senor Silvela has had several Interviews with the queen regent in regard to the coming peace conference. He highly praises the czar for taking the initiative in the matter, and says that Spain should send three delegates to the conference. Cuban Army Numbers 48,000, Havana, April 17.—The Cuban army muster rolls, which were delivered Thursday to Governor General Brooka through Domingo Mendez Capote, show o» their face 48,000 names—6,000 commissioned officers and 42,000 noij-conv missioned officers and privates, The whole statement is In orderly arrangement of corps, regiments, battaijpg aud company scores. Claim AuwK-uns Are PrUouers. Madrid, April 17.—Spaniards wh,o have just returned to Spain from tbs Philippines confirm the boast of thij Filipinos that they tola a number O j American .prisoners. reason Mrs. Pinkhatn's treatment helps tvoffiett So promptly is that they have confidence in her. Through some of the many thousands of Mrs. Pink* ham's friends an ailing woman will be led to write to Mrs* Pinkham at her home in Lynn, • Mass., and will tell her symptoms. The reply, made without charge of any kind, will bear such evidence of knowledge of the trouble that belief in her advice at once inspires hope. This of itself is a great help. CONFIDENCE HELPS TO CURE Ttfcn the knowledge that women only see the letters asking for advice and women only assist Mrs. Pinkham in replying i makes it easy to be explicit about the little things that define the disease. MRS. ELIZA THOMAS, of 634 Pine St, Easton, Pa., writes: '•DEAR MRS. 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