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THE tJPPKtt D18 MO1NE8: ALGONA IOWA, WBBJSE8DAY MA* 24, 1889, DICK RODNEY; OP, The Adventures of An Eton Boy... ' • '' JAMES GRANT. 'CHAPTER XV. The Water-Spbut. As the sun increased in heat, not- withstanding the season of the year, I was soon sensible of the comfort of •white clothing, when contrasted with dark woolen or broadcloth, as the latter absorbs, and the former repels, "the rays of the sun. ' Marc Hislop illustrated this to me by igniting paper with a burning-glass; whenever the focus was brought to bear upon dark places, such as printed letters, they were instantly - consumed. We ran along the coast of Hlspanlo- la, and saw the wavy -ridges of its •mountains that tower into the clouds; we sighted Tortuga, a rocky Island cov- •ered with palm trees and sandalwood, but surrounded by reefs and shoals; and, rounding Cape St. Nicholas, stood to the southward between the great Islands of Jamaica and Cuba, but without seeing either of them at that time. For three days we had dark and cloudy weather. About 3 o'clock p. m. on the 24th of January a small speck, which appeared to the westward on our weather beam, grew rapidly Into a gloomy cloud, and swiftly, as if on the wings of a destroying angel, it traversed the thickening air and the agitated sea, which darkened beneath its shadow; and so this speck came on, until it grew an awful thunder-cloud. "Bear a hand fore and aft! Hurry, my lads!—make all snug before the tempest breaks!" were the cheering orders of Weston, Hislop and Lambourne as the brig was prepared to encounter a heavy squall. The rain soon fell In torrents, impeding the men at their work of close reefing, furling and stowing away some of the heavier canvas, and in tightly belaying the running rigging, for when loose ropes are flying about in a tempest, and cracking In men's faces like coach-whips, they become sufficiently hewildering to impede the working of the ship. Uder the lower edge of the approaching cloud, when about twelve miles distant, we beheld an object which fllled us with wonder and awe. It was a tremendous spout, or column, of water, connected with the cloud above and the sea below (the sea, from which a circular wind had sucked it upward), that was now visible. This column was like a solid mass of white breakers, approaching with Incredible speed over waves that began to rise In short and py/amidal peaks. Hislop was too busy clewing up canvas, sending yards down from aloft, belaying and ordering, and so lost a famous opportunity for expatiating—as no doubt he would have done —on the theory of these spouts, for this phenomenon fllled us with the greatest alarm, lest it might swoop down upon the Eugenie, dismast and destroy her like a child's toy ship. Atonio el Cubano, being the most powerful and muscular man on board, was ordered to the wheel. Across the sea this column seemed to pass with the cloud, boiling, foaming and with the sound of a mighty cascade pouring into a deep valley, but yet maintaining a position quite j?er- pendicular. Around its base the waves seemed in dreadful commotion, rising and falling, seething and glittering in the lightning which shot at times from the gloomy bosom of the cloud that floated over them. As this terrible phenomenon approached from the westward, Captain Weston conceived that we might escape its Influence by altering the brig's course, and so passing it. I have heard of water-spouts being dissipated by the effect of heavily shotted guns, but we had no such appliances—at least we had no shot on board. The breeze, which was blowing fresh and had not as yet become a gale (to us at least), veered northwesterly; so we shook the reefs out of our topsails and trimmed sharp by the wind. "Luff, luff—keep your luff—keep her to," were the incessant orders of Weston, and the Eugenie flew through the water like a race horse; held by the powerful hands of Antonio, she never yawed an inch, and by especial Providence she got to the windward of that dreadful phenomenon, which passed us, cloud and all, about six mile.? astern, when, as it changed color from grayish green to white, it presented a scene so sublime and terrible that "the boldest held his breath for a time," and Antonio, who was blanched white with terror, though he had frequently seen such spouts as these In his native seas, assured me, with chattering teeth, that he had never beheld one of such magnitude, and it was long before he could be certain of our safety, and ceased to mutter: "O mala ventura—mala ventura!" (literally, bad luck.) From white the water-spout became dusky purple, when a gleam of the sun fell on it, and the waves at its base glittered in all the colors of the rainbow. "Thank heaven! that is past," said Weston. "Ay, sir," said old Roberts, the man- o'^war's man; "it is enough to make one's hair stand on end for a week." "Had we been twenty minutes' sail astern, we could not have escaped it!" said Hislop; "but we have handled the frStt******«Sfrtt**f*****«»*«* brig beautifully. That ugly Spaniard at the wheel was worth his -weight In gold just now!" For nearly an hour the sea was greatly agitated; but as the Eugenie, still braced sharp to the wind, flew from one long roller to another, we rapidly got Into smooth water. The barometer rose quickly; the vapors dispersed; and when the setting sun gave us a parting smile from the far horizon the storm-cloud and its water-spout had disappeared together or melted away in the distant sea. The little eddies of wind which on a fine summer morning may be seen whirling up the dust and dry leaves In circles on a road aro exactly on the same principle as thoso mighty phenomena which become tornadoes, cyclones, and water-spouts when they reach tho ocean, where they may easily dismast and perhaps sink the largest llne-of-battle ship. These spouts rise from the sea exactly like the moving pillars of sand which the whirlwinds sweep from the hot and arid deserts of Africa and Arabia. About six bells (i. e., 7 o'clock p. m.) this escape was followed by a dead calm, which lasted till midnight, and during that time we talked of nothing but tho skill with which we had got the weathergage of that column of foam. As the sun set, with a rapidity peculiar to these latitudes, the brilliant tints he shed on sea and sky changed with equal speed from gold to saffron, from that to vivid purple, and from thence to the hue of sapphire. The sensation of loneliness which the departure of the sun excites In the breast of a landsman at sea is peculiar; but this was soon changed from mine by the splendor of the rising moon, which changed the sapphire tints of sea and sky to liquid silver and the clearest blue. Above, no cloud nor even the tiniest shred of vapor was visible. Sea blond- ed with sky at the horizon, and seemed to melt Into each other, so that no line was traceable. Save a planet or two, twinkling with less light than usual, there seemed to bo no 1 stars in heaven, for the glory of the full-orbed moon eclipsed them all; her light fell brightly on the white sails of the Eugenie, and in it the features of our faces were distinct as at noonday, and now It was the noon of night. About 12 o'clock a fresh breeze sprang up, and the ship's course was resumed. "By keeping the weathergage, and beyond the circle of the spout's attraction, we escaped without shipping a drop of water!" said Weston, for the twentieth time. "Let me see how you enter all this In the log, Hislop." "It is no uncommon thing for a craft at sea to be deluged by a spout of fresh water, which the whirlwind has torn up from an inland lake," said Hislop; "and houses, far in-shore, have in the same fashion been deluged by salt water absorbed from the sea—and hence the showers of dried herrings, of which we have heard so much at times. Now, Rodney, you will perhaps be surprised when I tell you that It is the winds which produce a calm like that we have had tonight." "The winds!" I reiterated, surprised at such a paradox from our theorist. "Yes. The opposition of the winds will at times produce a perfect calm, and then when rain falls it is always gentle and equable; but when clouds seem to move against the lower winds, or when streams of air denote a variety of the aerial current, and consequently the approach of rain—" "What strange sound is that ahead, or, at least, forward?" said Weston, Interrupting Hislop, who would perhaps have theorized for an hour. "It is Antonio, groaning In his sleep in the forecastle," said Ned Carlton, who was at the wheel. "I wish the ship were rid of him and his dreams," added Hislop, testily. "Well, as I was saying, when the adverse movements of the clouds seem to denote " "Light ahead!" cried a voice from the bow. "Is that you, Roberts?" asked Weston, while Hislop stamped with vexation at the second interruption. "Yes, sir." "How does It bear?" "East-north-east." "Then it Is Cape St. Antonio light, the most western point of Cuba," said Weston. "I thought I could smell the land with the flrst cat's paw, before the breeze freshened." The light, dim and distant, like a star, was now seen to twinkle among the waves at the horizon. For more than an hour I remained on deck, with my eyes fixed upon that feeble but Increasing beacon, which indicated a foreign shore; then I went below and turned in, with a sigh of pleasure that the voyage was nearly over, and a hope that when I traversed those waves again I should be on my return home—home to my father and mother, to Sybil and Dot-r to the old rectory, with its shady oak grove, its green lawn and the masses of ivy, woodbine and honeysuckle that shaded its time-worn walls. Caybo San Antonio, and were running along the northern shore Ot Cuba, I was up early, by eight bells, or a little after 4 a. m., and with deep interest I surveyed the coast of that beautiful Island, the first and now the last portion of that vast empire beyond the seas which Columbus bequeathed to Castile and Leon. "Dat Is my country, senor," said Antonio, who was at the wheel, and this remark, with the repulsive aspect of the Spaniard and his mysterious character, served to dissipate by momentary enthusiasm. "That Is Caybo Buena Vista—and the breakers on the weather-bow," he continued; "mark the Collorados, a long reef of rocks. The blue sharks are as thick there as the stars In the sky." We were now In the Gulf of Florida. The sky was cloudless and blue, and now it seemed aa if the welkin above and the almost waveless sea below were endeavoring to outvie each other in calmness, In beauty and In the glory of their azure depths. The wind was off the land and rather ahead, but the sails were trimmed to perfection, and we ran through the gulf on a taut bowline. I have so much more to narrate than my limited space permits me to give In full detail that I must compress Into one chaptetr all that relates to my visit to Matanzas. Our run through the gulf was delightful, and on the 29th of January, just as a rosy tint was stealing over the sea and the rocky shore of Cuba, after the sun had set beyond the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, we saw Havana light, bearing south by west, and distant about fourteen miles. So we passed In the night tho wealthy capital of Cuba, so famed in the annals of our victories—La Habana, or the harbor—of which, from our being so far to seaward, we could see nothing but the the great revolving light which burna so brightly on the high rock of the Morro, or Castello do los Santos Reyes; and before dawn we descried the light of Santa Cruz on-our water- bow. Weston drew my attention to it, adding, "That Is the beacon which so scared me when,It shone through tho stern windows of the empty polacca brig." Next day, after encountering a heac wind, against which we tacked frequently between the Pan tie Malanzas and the wooded point of Suraberella, at 10 o'clock In the morning a Spanish mulatto pilot came on board and took the brig in charge. We ran safely Into the harbor, and by 11 o'clock came to anchor at a place recommended by Antonio, half a cable's length from tho castle of St. Severino. In half an hour after the sails were all unbent and stowed below, and preparations were made for "breaking bulk"—to unload the vessel, whose cargo, I have stated consisted of steam machinery and coals for the sugar and coffee mills. Gangs of Spanish mulattoes, negro porters and jumpers, In red shirts and white drawers, with broad straw hats, and nearly all with rings in their ears, came on board in quest of employment, and then all was confusion, garlic, dirt, jabbering in Spanish and Congo, singing, swearing and smoking clgar- itos. I was now at liberty to go ashore, and after the flrst bustle was over Weston left Hislop In charge of the brig and accompanied me. Matanzas presented nothing new to him, but I surveyed with interest, not unmixed with wonder, the new world In which I found myself. The city of Don Carlos de Matanzas occupies a gentle eminence between the Rivers San Juan and Yumuri.which roll into the bay from the mountainous ridge that traverses all Cuba, Its name, Matanzas, signifies the place of murder, because in that bay some of the 'Spaniards of Columbus were slain by the native Indians. (To be continued.) FOE WOMAN AKB HOME ITEMS Of INTfittEST FOR MAIDS AND MATRONS. A&rentare* of ft tireddlflg Bloft—OH»!n ot Some Fumons FMhtoat—Tho Polon»Ii«—The Neck and ;th« Throat—An Apron fichu. If. If I were a man," the woman sold, "I'd make my mark ere I was dead; I'd Iftad ths world with a battle-cry, And I'd be famous ere I should die— If I were a man." "If I were a youth," the old man cried, "Td seize all chances, I'd go with the tide; I'd win my way to the highest place, And stick to honor, and seek His grace— If I were a youth." "If I ttere rich," the poor man thought, 'I'd give my all for the poor's support: I'd open my door, and I'd open my heart, And goodness and I would never part- It I were rich." And lo! If all these Ifs came true, The woman a man, the man a youth, The poor man rich—then all In truth, This world would be, when we got through, Just as It Isl —James Oppenhelm. bringing In the polonaise, which H merely Its "firlhcesa" foria— thit 18, ths oteraklrt cut In on* wltfi the 6od* tee, Instead of being separated at the waist the eel skirt helped the evolution of the polonaise, which la alwayfl most in favor when fashion decrees a certain tightness above and a certain flow below in direct contrast The eel skirt accentuated this and will accentuate it still more it the eicessiteiy tight samples, skin tight above and very fleecy and flowing below the knees, which now prevail, In Paris and on the smarter London stages, evef spread to the majority. The pope wheta signlrif Offltfftl ti ments, ttses ft pen made froin feather of a white do vis. in all other Writing he employs a gold pen. • the Pownr ftf Storm. '• The Cayman Jslnnns \*ere nearly, overwhelmed by the recent storm. Ap^ parently secure things are not safe.' Even if'you have health be on yoni? guard. Disease works Stealthily. An occasional dose of Hostetter'sStotnach Bitters will Iteep the bowels regular 1 and disease at liay. If you have indi« gestlon and constipation try it. Girlish beauty Is like French jet* It can't bo Imitated. An Apron Flchn. As will be seen by the accompanying illustration, Datte Fashion has been mindful of the maid, aa well aa the lady, in distributing the little trimmings which add a certain elegance to a plain garment. The unadorned apron can now be treated in a manner that is very becoming. This apron is made with a full skirt evenly gathered upon Adventure* of a Wedding King. In Germany the Continental custom prevails that wives should give tholr husbands a wedding ring at the nuptial service In return for the one they receive from the man they have accepted. Married, women being generally superstitious as to the removal of their own wedding rings, It will surprise nobody to learn that Teuton dames are very touchy as regards the respect paid by their spouses to the token of bondage they have accepted. If It be removed from the wedding finger and carried about in the watetcoat pocket or purse, woe be to the husband should he bo unfortunate enough to bo discovered. A story conies from Berlin about a certain poulterer of Meissen, tho loss of whoso wedding ring utterly destroyed for a time the domestic peace of his home. At last, however, he was able to vindicate his character. His wife was receiving money at the till one day when a female customer walked Into the shop. "Have you lost your wedding ring?" she asked the poulterer. Tho eyes of tho jealous wife wero fixed upon him. Ho boldly replied In the affirmative. "Well," said the customer, with an artful smile, "here it is." The wife glared. "I bought a sausage hero the other day, and while I cut it up for supper my knife camo upon this ring. presume it fell from your linger while you were making sausages." At the earliest opportunity the poulterer went to the jeweler's and had the ring made a size smaller. " Think of Ease But Work On." if your blood is impure you may "work on" but you cannot even'' think of ease*' ' The blood is the greatest sus* tainer of the body and when you make it pure by taking Hood's Sarsaparilla you have the perfect health in which even hard work becomes ease* llood'i rilli euro jlret lll«i tin noii-lrrlutlnit fcttij o'nlj > titRriie to tuTce with liond'i CHAPTER XVI. Cuba. When day dawned we had rounded A LUCKY ACCIDENT. Ilow the Art of Printing; from Stone Was Discovered. One of the greatest discoveries ever made was the result of pure accident. It was in the year 1796. The citizens of Munich had just, witnessed th'e flrst performance of Mozart's opera, "Don Juan." The theater was deserted by all except one man, Alois Seunefelder, who, after making a round of Inspection in tho building to see that there was no danger of fire, went to his room to stamp the tickets of admission for the following day. When he entered his room he had three things in his hand—a polished whetstone, which he had bought for sharpening his razor; a ticket-stamp, still moistened with printing ink, and a check oa the treasurer of the theater for his weekly salary. As he placed the latter on the table a gust of wind swept it high up in his room, and then deposited it in a basin of water. Sennefelder dried the papar as well as he could, and then weighted It down with the whetstone, upon which he had carelessly placed the printing stamp. When he returned to his room the following morning, he was astonished at seeing the letters printed upon the dampened paper. A thought came to him. He wondered whether by some such means he could not simplify his work of continually copying the songs of the chorus. He went out and purchased a large stone, commenced making experiments, and, as we all know, finally discovered the art of printing from stone—lithography. It is estimated that 40,000 tons of cucumbers are raised and eaten with in the limits of the United States every year. .. Charming: Unmo Goxrn. A charming home gown in red de- laine figured with black, Is given in the Marshall. It Is made with a fitted lining cut princess fashion. Tho back corresponds with the lining, but in the front the outside material forms a graceful skirt and pretty blouse with jacket fronts, the blouse being of plain red silk, which goods also faces the revers. The joining of waist and skirt IB hidden by a red ribbon girdle. The braiding on the cuffs, collar and revers IB of black soutache. This model Is appropriate for cashmere, flannel, silk or any thin material. A special illus- a narrow band that Is fastened at the back with a button and buttonhole. Tho material Is light-colored percale over-scattered with bunches of Howera. There Is a pocket of generous size upon each side, edged with a rufile of embroidery. Tho hem Is likewise finished with an embroidered ruffle. Instead of the straight straps across tho shoulders a fichu of tho material is made and trimmed with frills of embroidery. This fichu Is crossed over tho front of the waist and fastened to tho waistband at the sides. Developed in a more expensive material this apron is ideal for my lady to wear when making fancy work. Origin of Some JTumonn ITnaliloaH. It is a singular fact In the history of fashions that not a few of the more famous of them owe their origin to tho endeavor to conceal a personal defect or deformity of some distinguished leader of society. Patches wero Invented in England In the reign of Edward VI. by a foreign lady, who in this manner Ingeniously covered a wen on her neck. Full bottomed wigs wore invented by an Ingenious French barber for the purpose of concealing an unnatural protuberance on the shoulder of the dauphin. Charles VII. of Franco Introduced long coats to hide his 111- raade legs. Shoes with very long points, fully two feet In length, wore Invented by Henry Plantngenet, Duke of Anjou, to conceal a largo excresence on one of his feet. When Francis I. was, obliged to wear his hair short, owing to a wound he received in the head, short hair at once became tho fash- Ion at his court. As a sot-off to the examples quoted, we may note that, not to conceal, but to display", her charms, the beautiful Isabella of Bavaria Introduced the fashion of leaving the shoulders and part of the neck uncovered, In order to show the remarkable fairness of her skin. Tom 'Mood's "Song of tho Shirt." was composed In 1844, while ho lay In bod, suffering from his lost sickness. A <liiiimnt<i<«l Curo. IMoa'. cllnioiilUociiro— Ol'roiiloConstlpiUlon. Yet Cnseivrcti dimly C'ailmrtlo iiioitimrnmootl tn onto uny CUSP or money rofmiiloil. l)riiani«li l U)o, l)5o,50o Tho puoplo who liavo tho finest homos spend tho least tlmo in them. I)o Your Feet Ache Mild Burn? ? Shake into yonr shoes, Allen's Foot- Eiise, a po.wder for the feet. It inaltcH tight or New Shoes feel Easy. Cures Corns. Humous, Swollen, Hot and Sweating Feet. At all Druggists and Slino Stores, !.'Bc. Sample sent FREE. Address Allen S. Oltustcd, Lellov, N. Y. _ _____ DlRnppoltilliig till rlora. Friend — 1 presume you soon found that all was not gold that glittered? Itclurnod Klomlilcor (hoarsely)— Yep. Most of it was ice. A Doolurullou of AVur, The public will watch with Jceon interest tho fight now on in dead ournuHt. Uuo of tho liirgont iiud mont inllucmtlnl (Inns in tho oust huvlng tirriiyoil itself ugniiiHt nil unscrupulous patent medicine advertising, ugroos to back up witli its on tiro capital tlio following guarantee : We hereby guarantee to alleviate all stomach and bowel troubles by tho UHO of l)r. Kay's Konovntor If our instructions aro followed. Bold by druggists at 25(i and $1.00, or sent prepaid on receipt of price by Dr. 11. ,T. Kuy Medicul Co., Saratoga, Springs, N. Y. Write their phy- siclnns for free mlvleo about your case. The latest estimate of tho population of England, and Wales is 31,000,000, tho women' being in a majority of 1)00,000. • _ _ Coughing I.oi»<lH tn Consumption. Kemp's ilalsiun will stop the cough at once. Uo to your druggist to-day and got a sample bntlla free. Sold In 2!i and 50 cent bottles. Uo at once; delays are dangerous. "Lool:! There's a colored tncssoni ger-boy, running." '-.Sure enough. They ought to advertise him iis 'Warranted, fast bluclc.' " Go to your grocer to-day and get a 150. package of Grain=0 It takes the place of coffee at £ the cost. Made from pure grains it is nourishing and healthful. ! . Inilit that your grocer glros yoa GttAIN-O. Accept no imitation, <fc.^«55&s/> tratlon and full directions about the /pattern will be found on the envelope in which it Is inclosed. The Polonaise. Thfl polonaise Is certainly to be a feature of the spring styles. In Paris it Is already an accepted fact, and, although London no longer slavishly accepts what Paris proposes In the matter of dresa, a run on the polonaise is expected there. Any one who studies the subject of dress soon discovers that what on tho flrst seemed to be a reckless revival is generally a logical evolution of some favorite style of the momeat. When the shaped flounce came in, the revival of the "tablier," "tunlo" or "draped overskirt," as It used to be called some ton years ago, was predict*}. And the draped or aep- irate orersklrt cannot come in The Neck anil Throat. The reason why pretty necka and throats are much rarer possessions nowadays than they were fifty or sixty years ago Is that for many years past It has been the fashion to wear high stiff collars, fastened tightly round the throat. Tight collars cause the neck to become yellow, and the skin to become prematurely wrinkled and baggy. A graceful carriage of the neck Is also impossible when a high, close collar Is worn. We are at last beginning to recognize these truths, and this season stiffened collars will no longer be the mode. Often the flrst signs of age show themselves In tho throat. Dally massage, using a good emollient, Is the best method of keep- Ing throat wrinkles at bay; this, If persevered with, will also prevent yellowness and scragginess of the neck, Singing exercises Improve the appearance of the throat, but, of course, It la Imperative that singers should avoid tight collars. KILL THEM Reception down. A novel reception gown is made ot lilac satin. The trained skirt has a circular flounce. The close bodice is trimmed with bands of guipure insertion and has a basque of guipure at the back. The sleeves are entirely covered with an application ot guipure and hare a slight puff on top, the wrist being flnUbed with a circular ruffle of lilac crape, veiled wH!U ac *! The headed by a baj blue taffeta. TI covered a. peace destroyers, tb( houuehold Flies. Dutoher's Fly Killer not only kills tho purent lly, but prevents reproduction. A sheet will kill uijuurt. Ask your UrueKlvt or Grocer. FRKD'I. HJTCBBR DRUB CO, ,91 ilbuil, Yt, WHEAT WHEAT WHEAT "Nothing but wheat; what you might call a Bca of wheat," la what was tmid by a lecturer speaking of Western Canada. For particular us to routes, rail-' way fares, etc., apply to Superintendent' of Immigration, Pepartroerit Interior, Ot» tawa, Canada, or to N. Bartholomew, 800 Fifth Street. Des Molnes, Iowa. , Athletic library should be re»4 by every boy whu wauu to become w» athlete. No. 4. Boxing [tote.: No. I. How to tie an Alb

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