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ALGONA IOWA. WEDNESDAY JUNE 21, DICK RODNEY; Or, The Adventures of An Eton Boy... BY JAMES GRANT. CHAPTER XX.—(Continued.) , He took us so suddenly by surprise, that, although we had been waiting and watching for him since dawn, his resolute aspect and the arms he wielded controlled us all, and we stared at each other with irresolution in our purpose and in our faces. No man, apparently, cared to act as our leader. "Presto!" roared the Cubano; "obey and keep quiet, or, demonlo! as there are so many, I have a great mind to shoot one-half, that I may control the rest. Cast loose those top-sails, and up with the royals again—set the fly- ing-gib and main trysail—quick, per- ros, or I'll make shark's meat of some more of you!" The crew seemed to lack either resolution or the power of combination, and no man appeared anxious to Incur the sure penalty of Instant death by acting In opposition to his peremptory orders in setting an example to the rest. So, sullenly and silently the sail trimmers stood by the tacks and braces; the wheel revolved In the unwilling hands of Ned Carlton, who was compelled to obey, for the cold muzzlo of a six-barreled revolver, capped and cocked, was held close to his left temple. The head of the Eugenie payed off In obedience to her helm, the yards swung round and were braced sharp up; and with the starboard tacks on board, in three minutes we were steer- Ing as due westward as her head would He for the coast of South America. The alteration of our course furnished the cr.ew with a new.source of speculation. It was evidently the intention of Antonio, if he could reach the coast of Seguro, or that of Bahla, to escape with all his valuables and his vengeance; and to this end, if ships passed without succoring or overhauling us, and if we did not destroy him, ho might certainly destroy Us, by scuttling the brig, or setting her on fire. The noon passed over without an "observation," for there was no one to frork it, to estimate'the latitude or longitude, to keep a reckoning, or take aote of our variation and leeway; and lest we should signal any passing ship, Antonio, who was a most thoughtful scoundrel, threw every color overboard. He did not come on deck again 'for some time, as he had plenty of spirits and provisions below, and the lell-tale compass In the skylight afforded him constant information as to Whether the brig was steered in the direction he wished. . He was constantly drinking, but never became so intoxicated as to be unwary. And so the fated brig glided over the hot sea, under the blazing sun. The albatrosses came round us again, with tripping feet, flapping wings and open bills; but no one molested them now —we had other things to think of; and as I sat on the anchor stock in the weather bow, watching them floating In the water, or skimming over it with their vast wings outspread, I thought of the "Ancient Mariner," and all that he had suffered for killing "the bird of good omen." I felt a strange dread creeping over me while these verses seemed on my tongue—they were so descriptive of Uie atmosphere and of the situation: "All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody sun at noon, Right up aboye the mast,did stand, ' No bigger tfian the moon. ***** "I closed my lids, and kept them close, And the balls like pulses beat, For the sea and sky, and the sea and sky, fcay like a load on my weary eye, And the dead were at my feet." }•' H CHAPTER XXI. I Confront the Cubano. From the wild thoughts and fancies which the horrors of that early morning, our strange situation, and my own rather active imagination, were suggesting, I was roused by Ned Carlton, who, on being relieved from the wheel, - came forward to the bows, where most of the crew were seated on the windlass, or were lounging against the bitts, speculating on what might turn up next. In an excited and impressive manner, he reported that he had heard, 'from time to time, the sound of moans, as from some one In great pain in ,the cabin; that he believed that either the captain or mate yet survived; and if we could get down by any means we might be in time to save one or the ' other, If he was bleeding to death, the victim could not'last long—a little time, and we should be too late! This information increased our anxiety," and greatly excited us. Remembering the manner In which 'AntonJo flret came on board—the mystery pf his being alone in the bloodstained boat—his dreams—the disappearance of Roberts—the occurrences of the morning—and though last not least, the rough treatment tp which the crew had subjected him on the "we parsed the Jlne-rnone were willing to enter the cabin where this savage Cubano, flushed with ferandy, bloodshed and ferocity, sat With loaded pistols in his bands. But felt ttwt gametWng jaunt be done; White A dp«bt remained, It and a Jlfe ep im- portant to us saved, even though others be risked for it. I volunteered to become the envoy of the crew. "No, no, Master Rodney," said Tattooed Tom; "this will never do! What, do you think we will let you venture Into that murderer's den while so many able-bodied fellows hang astern?" "But I know his language, which none of you do." "He speaks the Queen's English now as well as any of us," said Carlton, "and if I had only a pistol or a musket to give me but one chance for my life, I would have made It speak to him long ago, in the lingo such pirates know best." "Moreover, as I did not molest him on the night we crossed the line, he has no particular grudge at me," I urged. "There Is some sense and truth in that," muttered several of the crew. "I'll go—It is settled," said I, anxious to solve the mystery of the groans, while feeling a glow of triumph at the applause I should gain for the risk I ran, which assuredly was not a small one. "It is a shame for us lubberly fellows to stand by here and see that lad risk his life," said Probart, one of the crew; "and if so be that creole picaroon falls foul of him " "If he does," exclaimed Tom Lambourne through his firmly set teeth, while striking his clenched right hand on the hard palm of the left, "may I never see .England again.. If we don't attack him at stem and stern at once! I'll drop down the. skylight, with as many as will follow ma. while you, Ned, will dash down the companionway with the rest, and then at him with hatchet, handsaw and capstan- bar. He can't kill ua all, shipmates, that's one comfort—he can't kill us all!" The prospect of an early demise was neither soothed nor encouraged by this promise of the bloody scene that was to follow. The carpenter gave me a small but very sharp tomahawk. I concealed it In my breast, and resolved to use It to some purpose if molested in the cabin. The idea flashed upon me that by one determined blow I might disable him forever, and perhaps do an act of justice by dispatching him outright. With a vague sense that I was about to face a terrible danger, and that the sooner It was faced and past, the better, I walked hastily aft, and on descending the companionladder, paused when halfway down, and after knocking on the bulkhead called out distinctly and boldly— "Antonio! Hallo, Cubano!" "Well, what do you want?" asked ho, sulkily. "To speak with you; may I come down?" "Enter, companero; you have not yet harmed me, thus I bear you no malice." Putting a hand in my breast to ascertain that my little hatchet was secure, I entered the cabin, where the Cubano, with his broad back placed against the ruddercase, was seated on the stern-locker at the table, which he had covered with bottles, biscuits, cheese and polonies while papers, dockets, broken desks, and boxes lay scattered about him. He was clad, as I have stated, in the poor skipper's best shore-going suit of clothes, which he wore open and loose, for the atmosphere of the cabin, notwithstanding the shattered skylight, was oppressively hot, as the sun was now almost vertical; the flies were in noisy swarms, and the cockroaches were crawling over the beams and bulkhead panels. On first hearing a foot on the companion-ladder, he had evidently snatched up a revolver, and cocked it; but on finding that his visitor was only me, he put it down, threw away the fag-end of a cigarlto, and said, with a ferocious grin and ironical politeness— "Buenos dias (a good day), senor; to what am I indebted for this visit?" It was the first time I had ever looked in the face of a man who had coolly destroyed a fellow-being as ho had done, and my flesh seemed to creep with an indescribable loathing; but I had a purpose to achieve, and determined to do it. I was about to enter Weston's stateroom, when the Cubano cocked his revolver and cried, in a voice of thunder— "Come back, or I will shoot you as dead as he is! Ha, ha! por grades" (by degrees) "I shall get rid of you all." I paused and looked at him; my young heart beat wildly; I felt that I was facing death, and what would I not have given had my hatchet been a pistol, even with one barrel, though my opponent was master of twelve charges. "He is dead, then?" said I in a husky voice. "Who—which?" asked the Cubano, with a fresh cigarito between bis strong white teeth. "Captain Weston." "Aye, dead as Judas!" said he, laughing hoarsely. "But I understand that Hislop " I stammered, "El contra*maestr>e-r-wen?" At that moment g low moan which went through my heart came from the stateroowt V little side cable gf Marc "Well, hotabre, what ol hint*' ed Antonio. "He is Weeding to death, and I wl*h to rsmote him." "t)o as yoti please; he will be food for the fish before the sun sets!" "Ifou will allow me to take him on deck?" said I, earnestly, almost Imploringly. "Yes; you have done me no harm"' (he repeated this very often); woe. toi those who have done so!" A gleam of suspicion flashed In the eyes of Antonio as he said: "True; but not a man shall enter here, and leave alive. The shlp-boya may assist you; but I will shoot the Whole crew down like dogs if they ven-i ture to approach me; so 1 give you 1 five minutes to carry the contra-maes* tre to the forecastle bunks, or to pitch him overboard, whichever you please, though the last would please me." "Five minutes?" "Yes, five by this watch," he added, pulling out of his fob a gold repeater, which, even In the excitement of the moment, I recognized to be mine, the same which my mother gave me when I first left home for Eton, and of which I had been robbed at Tenneriffe. There was no doubting the little rings and charms which my sisters, Dot, Sybil and one of their female friends had appended to it; and thus I discovered another black link In the life of Antonio. I dared not appear to recognize It when his strong brown,hairy hand, the bloody spots on which made me shudder, held It toward me, lest he might shoot me down, but summoned Billy Wllkins, the cabin boy, by desiring the man at the wheel "to pass word forward for him and another apprentice." The boys came, but not without great fear and reluctance; and while Antonio proceeded leisurely to make another paper cigar, keeping his ears open for every sound, and his black eyes fixed keenly on us the while, we entered the little stateroom of Marc Hislop and beheld a sight which filled us with the deepest oommiseratlon and dismay. , CHAPTER XXII. I.Rescue.the-Mate. Pale as marble, with his lower jaw relaxed and his eyes almost closed, motionless as if dead, but, nevertheless, still breathing slowly and heavily, poof Marc Hislop lay in his bed, the clothes and pillows of which were saturated with blood, for he seemed to be covered by wounds, and the crimson current had flowed over the piles of his favorite books, which were scattered upon the cabin floor, where they had been trod under foot by Antonio while overhauling the repositories of the unfortunate proprietor. Shuddering, and in haste, we lifted him from the bed, muffled him In a blanket and conveyed him, passive as a child in our hands, from the cabin. As we passed out, for a moment it, seemed as if the ruffianly Spaniard repented of his temporary clemency; for when he saw the pale, bloody and insensible form of the poor fellow trailed past, he made an ominous stride toward us, and threateningly clutched the haft of the Albacete knife in his: sash. Then waving his hand, almost contemptuously, he said: "Basta—go, go—it matters little now, either to him or to me. Demonlo! I always strike deep." Alarm and pity endowed us with unusual strength, and we bore the speechless victim of Antonio up the steep, stair to the deck, where our crew, with muttered oaths of vengeance, and expressions of commiseration, bore him into the forepart of the vessel. There a bed was made for him on deck; for coolness, an awning was rigged over it, and we had his wounds examined. Wo found a deep stab in the neck, most dangerously near the jugular vein; a second in the breast, a third between the bones of the right forearm! and a fourth in the left thigh; all had evidently been dealt through the bedclothes, and with a savage energy of' purpose. (To be continued.) HIQH TEMPERATURE. How It Affeotg the Mortality of Cltlei— Suffering from Sunstroke. It will not now be difficult to un- ders,tand in what manner high temperature affects the public health of large cities. Evidently in the direct action of heat upon the human body we have, the most powerful agency in the production of our great summer mortal- Hy. While sunstroke represents the maximum direct effect of solar heat upon the human subject, the large increase of deaths .from wasting chronic diseases and diarrhoea! affections, of children under one year of age and persons upward of 70 years of age, shows the terrible effects of the prevailing intense heat of summer upon all who are debilitated by disease or age and thereby .have their "heat-regulating power" diminished, The fact has been established by repeated ex perinaent that when solar or artificial heat is continually applied to the animal the temperature of its body will gradually rise until all of the compensating or heat-regulating agencies fail to preserve the equilibrium, and the temperature reaches a point at which death takes 'place from actual combustion. In general, a temperature of 107 degrees F. in man would be regarded as indicating an unfavorable termination of any disease. In persons suffering from sunstroke the temperature often ranges from 106 degrees F. to HO degrees F., the blgb«r temperature appearing Just before a fatal termination.—Popular Science Monthly. "Pluck is the secret of success on the stock e*cb»n,ge/* "Well I'll give yp« |§,aoo U you'll ieft,ch we your Beinaikable Achievement JV,t tfce Big That Is About to Beg'a, THE OAttS GO OPEN JULY 1, 1899. A Or. «t Collection of tnterentlnjr Exhibits Jtonffht From Onr JVC it Colonial Pos- MMloat— Yait Horn* Spent to llrlng r«etrta*r that Whlck Wilt Edify and Wever before! In the history of exposition building have such grand results been accomplished in the same length of time as in the First Qreat- erer American Colonial Exposition, to be held in Omaha from July 1 to November 1. Theibulldlugs and grounds of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition, tlon on a vital question and to furnish enlightenment to thousands who are discussing territorial .expaesipn and are intensely Interested 1i» the outcome of the new policy which the ca- tion Is entering upon. Few are thoroughly informed on any phase of this important Issue and this fact is due to the genera! lack of definite knowledge of the several islands and their Inhabitants. The First Greater America Colonial Exposition solves a perplexing problem. It would be Impossible for the majority of the people of the United States to visit these far away islands, but It is comparatively an easy undertaking to bring to this country representatives of the native people and exhibits showing their resources, industries, and the possibilities of the islands wherein they live. This has been done, and when the gates of the Exposition open on July 1st those who are seeking facts upon which to base conclusions, will find that which could not be seen and learned in months of travel and research. . ... AGRICULTURE BUILDING. which represent the expenditure of more than $2,000,000, have been leased by the present exposition company, but in all other respects the exhibition will be entirely different from that of last year. The dominant feature, in fact the key note, will ba the magnificent and exhaustive exemplification of the resources, products, manufac- Many improvements have baen made in the grounds and buildings. Thousands of trees, plants, shrubs and flowers from tropic and sub-tropic lands have been added to the ground decorations,"and the night illumination' which won so much praise last year, has been vastly improved upon. Sev-> eral new and startling electrical ef- " LJb**- f*r—r-jn-i T£_«La*tJ—• i—.» GOVERNMENT BUILDING. tures and possibilities of those islands of the seas acquired in the recent war. The people of the Philippine islands,, Hawaii, Cuba and Porto Rico will bo represented in considerable numbers, and their home life, occupations, dress, customs, ceremonies and characteristics will be faithfully portrayed. The United States government has materi- fects have been introduced, notably the fairy gardens and the lighting of, the statuary upon the buildings. Three great events are promised for the opening week. On July 1 the formal ceremonies instituting the exposition will be held. July 3 there will be exercises commemorative of the destruction of the Spanish fleet at MINES AND MINING BUILDING. ally aided the exposition ma,nagqment in securing representatives ' types of these people and Uie splendid exhibits from the several islands. The great colonial exhibits building and portions o( several other large buildings will be utilized tor the display of the resources ot our far distant pos- Santiago. It will be known as Schley day and the gallant admiral will be present to receive the greetings of an admiring people. The nation's Natal day will receive fitting observance on the following day, and the people of Iowa and Nebraska have been invited to join in the demonstration. On each MANUFACTURES BUILDING. sessions and the work of securing such an exhibit, which usually covers u period of two or three years, has. with government 'assistance, been accomplished In a few short months. The coming exposition Is destined to fulfill an educational mission, to bring .to the people of. thlb country informa- of these occasions .speakers of national prominence will be present in the capacity'of'orators. The enchanted island at the Greater America Exposition in Omaha this summer will contain a marvelous troupe of marionettes performing amidst elaborate scenic effects. StORYETTES. Frank Bnciclnml, the naturalist* when collecting information ftbottfc White, of Sclborne, met with an old Imly *vho professed to have seen hinfl, '•n white-haired old gent who used to walk about his garden with a crocodile." -'Wasn't it a tortoise?' suggested Bucklnnd. The old lady admitted it might have been "one of them furren birds." . Dumas the elder was not in the habit of counting his money, but did BO once, afterward leaving it on the mantel while be left the room for a few minutes. When be returned, and was giving some instructions to a servant, he mechanically counted the pieces over ngain. and *"ttdd a louls missing. "Well," lie said, with a sigh, "considering that I never counted my money before, I can't any it pays. A story at the expense of tlie colonial secretary is going the rounds. Mr. Chamberlain, when a little boy, «»s playing one day with his sister at a gimie of "battles"—each child having a regiment of toy soldiers and a pongun to lire at the enemy. The it- tie girl's soldiers went down qulcklv under her brother's heavy Wring, and he was proclaimed the victor. Thoughtful child, he had glued bis men to the lloor! The. late Slate Senator Sessions, _ of Now York, was a clerical-looking man, always wearing an immaculate white cravat, but his appearnnee was in some respects deceptive. The will of Stephen Girard provided that no clergyman should over be allowed to enter Girard College, at Philadelphia. One clay Mr. Sessions approached tho entrance. -'You can't come in here.' said the janitor. "The 1 can't!' said tho stranger. "Oh," said the jtui- itor, "excuse me. Step right in." A school-master In a village school has been in the habit of purchasing pork from the parents of his pupils on the occasion of the killing of the pig. One day.n small boy marched up to the. master's desk, and inquired "If ho would like a bitof pork, as they were going to kill their pig." The schoolmaster replied in the afflrma.tivo. Several days having elapses, and hearing nothin'g of the pork, the mnster called the boy up to him, and Inquired the reason he had not brought it. "Oh, please, sir," the boy replied, "the pig got better." Atameet'mgof bishops, a measure wns p.'oposed and explained by its originator, but with such incoherence that nol-ody understood it. A second speaker essiiyi-d to make the matter clear, but only darkened it. When he had finished Bishop Benjamin Smith, of Kentucky, tried to explain tho question, anil also the explanations. Feeling that he had failed he said: "Bishop Williams .smiles. What has he to say about it?" "Only this," said the old Bishop of Connecticut: "that 'the mess of Benjamin was found to be greater than tho' mess of any of his brethren' " Mountain ami HeasJioi-e Kcsorts. Excursion rates to Sea Shove and Virginia mountain resorts. Address \V. E. Conklyn, N. W. P. A. Chesapeake & Ohio Ry.. Chicago. Egotists cannot converse; they talk to themselves only.—Alcott. It. Y. ]'. LI. Richmond, Vii,, July 13-10. Via Big Four and Chesapeake & Ohio Ry's. One fare round trip. Tickets on sale -Inly 11, ]!i, 13; good to return untv| July .'list. Can be extended to August IStii. For full information and dc- scription pamphlets address, J. C. Tucker, G. N. A., U'3-l Clark St., Chicago. Nature fits all her children with something to do.—Lowell. General Manager Underwood of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad has issued an order that holders of trip passes, desiring to stop off at any station, will be allowed to do so. Conductors will note on the back of passes the name of the station in ink or indelible pencil, and this endorsement will be honored for passage by conductors of succeeding trains. People are rendered sociable by their inability to endure solitude. IMnors to Suit Lake. A new and pleasing feature in travel through Utah and Colorado to California and the Pacific coast was inaugurated on June 1 when the Rio Grande Western Railway began operating its now dining car service, serving all meals on all its through trains. This now service will rob the transcontinental journey of much of its tedium and fatigue and will enhance greatly the popular Rio Grande Western. The new diners are of the finest ever turned out by Pullman; the cuisine is perfect; service being a la carte so that the traveler may have his coffee and rolls lor breakfast or may order from a menu as elaborate and complete as the market can supply. In Westminster Abbey 1,178 persons have been burled. International convention Baptist Young People's Unions ol America. RICHMOND, V/\, JULY 13-16, 1999. One Fare Round Trip ....vm.... "BiQ FOUR." AND ELECTRIC BVIWHNO. ^k*W^l42lli£Eli/l''L*Ai'aJfe li. 'A .'i 1 A. ' ,* *: ., &'

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