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B1S8 MOtNlB. ALGON4, IOWA JtJLY >«**• DICK RODNEY; or, The Adventures of An Eton Boy.,. BY JAMBS GRANT. and for a time such cups wef « the only tJAatjVibAft drinking vessels we had while on the JSAS.& BALL Island of Alphonso. THE GAME. t At last We gained the summit of the CURRENT NEWS ANb NOTES OF mountain, and With mingled satisfaction and anxiety in our hearts, swept the horizon with eager eyes. Not a sail was in sight! reach rolled CHAPTER XXVII. The Island of Alphonso. We had some dread of savages, and being totally unarmed, we penetrated Inland with more anxiety than pleasure at first; but ere long we became convinced that the island was totally destitute of human inhabitants. . Not a vestige of wigwam or hut, of road or path, not even of the smallest track or trail (save such as the wild goats made).was visible anywhere, and thus we became impressed with new emotions of wonder and awe, In tread- Ing a soil where man lived not—where no human foot seemed to have trod and where only the hum of insect life stirred the solitude of that wild island of the South Atlantic. For a considerable distance we traversed flat ground that was covered with sedge grass, Interspersed by shrubs of bright green. Beyond this 'level plain rose a series of ridges covered by trees, and those ridges formed the first slope of 'the great mountain, which was some thousand feet in height, and also of the great bluff we had first descried at sea. We found Alphonso to be the largest of a group of three-islands. It Is a mass of rock nearly twelve miles in circumference. The other two are cavernous and inaccessible, and every approach to them Is dangerous and difficult, in consequence of the foaming of the sea about them, so that during the weary days of our sojourn there we made no attempt. to explore them, lest the longboat, in our circumstances a priceless prpperty-^inight be swamp- ing with wonderful brilliance at the verge of the watery horizon. The novelty of our situation kept me long awake, and with my head pllloW- ed on a bundle of dry seaweed, with the sail of the long boat spread over us as an impromptu tent and for protection from the dew, I lay in meditation and full of melancholy thoughts ere sleep came upon me, and with it confused dreams of the burning ship, of my secluded home, and of " the schoolboy spot, We long remember, though there long forgot." Again I was at Eton! Again I saw the- smooth green playing-fields alive with ardent schoolboys in the merry summer sunshine, and again I heard the clamor of their young voices and the balls rattling on bat and wickets; again -I heard the pleasant green leaves rustle in the old woods of the Tudor times; or again I was in the shady quadrangles where the monotonous hum of many classes poring over their studies stole through the mullloned windows on the, ambient air; and in my dreaming ear that "drowsy, hum" seemed strangely to mingle with the chafing of the surge upon "th' unnumbered pebbles" of the lonely shore close by. At last, overcome by weariness, by lassitude and toll, I slept soundly. CHAPTER XXVIII.. We Build a Hut. My old tutor at Eton used to say, quoting some "wise saw,' that "a lazy boy made a lazy man, lust as a crook- Far as our eyesight could around us in a mighty circ. : the Waters of the Southern Atlantic, almost tepid with heat, and pale and white, they seemed to palpitate under the rays of the unclouded sun. At our feet lay the whole isle of Alphonso and its two rock appendages, with the encircling sea boiling in the narrow chasms between them with a fury which was the result of contrary currents, and which formed a singular contrast to its calmness elsewhere. After a brief rest we prepared to set up the signal-post. Tom took off his shirt, and drawing from his pocket a piece of spunyarn, which a seanmn is seldom without, he lashed his undergarment to the end of the studding-sail boom, and by the aid of the hatchet and our hands, we scraped a hole sufficiently deep In which to erect the spar, and then jammed it hard and fast with stones. As the shirt was blown out flag fashion upon the wind, we hoped it would prove a sufficient indication to a vessel approaching from any quarter that there were people on the island in want of succor. For some hours we lingered on, the mountain-top, in the fond hope of see- 1 ing a sail, and then returned slowly downward to the beach, where our shipmates awaited us at the wigwam which now formed our home, and which we jocularly designated the capital city of Alphonso. Bart lilt* Hard f»t llnll Players frltti Imaginary Grievances—Annoyed Over Perslntent Rumor* Regarding Alleged Dissatisfaction In Chicago team. ed or dashed* to pieces. Hlslop informed me that he had read somewhere that in, the month of March, 1506—the same year in which the great Columbus.died—two adventurers of Spain or. Portugal, named Tristan da- Cunha and Alphonso de Albuquerque, sailed for the Indies on a voyage of discovery; with fourteen •':great caravels. • . ' During this expedition they found three great islands;-which they named .after Tristan da Cunha, and elsewhere i three others, which were named from Alphonso, who, after their fleet had ibeen scattered by a great tempest, sailed through the Mozambique channel. He discovered many sea isles and •channels hitherto unknown to the Portuguese or Spaniards, and ultimately reached the Indies, of which he be- camo viceroy for Ferdinand the Catho- lie, and died in 151E* holding that office. It is very strange that since that remote period no European country has turned these islands to any account, as they do not lie more than fifty leagues from the general track" of the shipping bound for the coast of Coromandel or the Chinese seas, and in time of war would form a useful and important rendezvous for a fleet. They lie exactly in that portion of the wide and mighty ocean where it was fabled and believed a great continent would yet be found. The three isles of Tristan da Cunha, which lie some hundred miles distant, have now a mixed population of English, Portuguese and mulattoes; and a strong garrison was maintained there during the captivity of the Emperor Napoleon at St. Helena. Being thus cast away upon a shore so far from the general track of ships we resolved to make preparations for a probable residence of some time—to build a hut wherein to store our provisions, and to use every means for adding to our stock, by angling in the creeks, which seemed to abound with fish, and by hunting in the woods, which teemed with goats and boars running wild; by collecting birds' eggs, as the cliffs seemed to be literally alive with petrels, albatrosses and sea-hens; and all these exertions were the more necessary, as none could foresee the probable length of our sojourn there. A ship might heave in sight tomorrow; but a year might pass before one came near enough to be attracted by our signs. We resolved to have a signal-post erected on the mountain top, a beacon- fire prepared, and amid these and many other deliberations the night closed in and found us tolerably contented with our island, and even disposed to be merry over misfortunes that we could not control. But considerable speculation was excited when Billy Wilkins, the cabin boy, who had been in pursuit of a little kid along the beach, returned to us, dragging after him a long spar which he had found among'the layer of shingles, bright shulls and dusky weeds deposited by the sea; and on examination this spar proved to be one qf the lower studding-sail booms of the Eugenie, and the same which had parted from the brig on the eventful evening of the punishment! j "It is our own property," said Billy; "and may be useful when we have a fire to light." "Boy Bill, we have a better use for it than burning," said Tattooed Tom; " 'tis the mast for our signal-post, already made to hand, and we'll step it on the hilltop, tomorrow." For that night we bivouacked under a large tree, the name and genus of which were alike unknown to us. At times some were conversing, some slept, others lay waking and thinking, with the murmur of the shining sea close by in their ears; ,and I could see the stars of the Southern Cross shin- ed sapling makes a crooked tree." It was fortunate for me, however, while on the island of Alphonso, that my habits were those of activity, and that I was never lymphatic by nature. After dawn next morning we set about the erection of' a hut, though we had no other tools than a small hatchet and our claspknlves. With these we cut or tore down a great number of large branches, and stuck them in the earth, selecting a place where two angles of impending rock conveniently enough formed two solid walls for our edifice, leaving us but two others to erect. As Tom Lambourne said, "the fellow who cannot use a hammer or ax is only half a man," so we all worked hard with such implements as we had, until our hut was complete. We left an entrance next the rocks by which to creep in and out, and then thatched or built over the inter- twisted branches with turf, torn up by our hands, and with broad plantain leaves, creepers and all kinds of tendrils that had toughness and consistency woven to form a roof. At the erection of this most primitive wigwam we toiled the whole day, save during the scorching interval at noon, and ere nightfall it was complete, with piles of dried leaves and seagrass for couches arid bedroom furniture. Therein we placed all our provisions —the three bags of bread, two kegs of rum (which, by unanimous consent, were placed under the sole supervision of Hislop); our four casks of water were also brought ashore, though there was no lack of pure springs on the island. In this wigwam were also placed our blankets, the sails and tackle of the longboat, and then the succeeding days were spent in accumulating provisions (as we looked forward with dread to our last biscuit), and a signal-post was erected on the mountain. With Probart, the carpenter, and Henry Warren (two of our stoutest hands), Tom Lambourne and I went upon this duty. Alternately carrying upon our shoulders or dragging in our hands the studding-sail boom, we tolled through wild and untrodden wastes toward the summit of the great and yet nameless conical mountain that rears its lonely scalp to the height of five thousand feet above the waves of the Southern sea. The hope that on reaching its summit we might descry a sail was an additional incentive to toil up the steep slope without lingering by the way. On leaving a flat savanna of sedge grass we reached a series of wooded ridges, which form' the base of the mountain, at every step rousing clouds of birds, especially a species of black- cock, and twice in the jungle we came upon the lair of wild boars of great size and such ferocity of aspect that we were glad *s shrink astern of Tattooed Tom, who carried the hatchet. This jungle was exceedingly difficult of penetration, owing to its density, the number of wild aloes, with creeping plants, prickly pears and other tropical weeds, of what kind I know not, twined about them, it was a literal wilderness of serrated grass blades, yellow gourds and great squashy pumpkins, like gigantic vegetable marrows, all woven into an inextricable network of leaves, tendrils and branches. In other places we had to force a passage through thickets of richly flowered shrubs and tall plants, with mighty leaves, the general greenery of the landscape being increased by the many runnels of fine .spring water which poured down the fissures of the mountain into the plain we had left. By the sides of 'these runnels we frequently paused, and making a cup of a large leaf, filled it with the cool, limpid water that gurgled over the rocks, to quench our cc>i w *< thirst; CHAPTER XXIX, A Wild Boar. We felt very much the want of fire arms. The air seemed alive with birds —the woods with game of several kinds; and now an old musket with a few . charges of powder would have proved more useful to us than the treasure of the Bank of England. Hislop recovered strength rapidly and his convalescence inspired our little band of castaways with new confidence and vigor, as they had impllcll reliance in his superior knowledge anc intelligence. We were never idle; for, unarmec as we were, the task of procuring fooc for our general store was by no means a sinecure to those who undertook it Tom Lambourne and John Burnet the cook, first brought us a valuable contribution in the shape of a grea sealion, which was furnished with a rough and shaggy mane, that added greatly to its terrible afapect, for it was an unwieldly brute, as large as i small-sized cow. They had fallen in with it when i lay basking on the beach. Burne courageously attacked it with one o the stretchers of the longboat, and dealt it a severe stroke on the head. The animal uttered a hoarse grunt and turned upon him open-mouthed, when he thrust the staff down its throat and held it there till Lambourne hewed off the head with his hatchet. One or two others were afterward dispatched in the same way; but we had to lie long in wait, and could not catch them only by cutting off their retreat to the water. Their hearts and to:ie*»es were considered the best food by the sailors, who broiled them over a fire which we kindled by striking two stones together, and letting the sparks fall upon a heap of dry leaves; and to the discovery of these impromptu flints we were indebted to Ned Carlton. As for salt, I found plenty of it, baked in the crevices of the rocks upon the beach, where the spray had been dried by the hot sunshine. (To be continued.) Hurt T« Indignant. President James A. Hart Is inflig- lant at reports that several members of the Chicago team have said they vere anxious to be traded in order vo get away from Chicago. "I wish," said President Hart, the other day, 'when such reports were printed the lames of the men anxious to get away would be printed, too. I wish these men would say that to the management of the club instead of to outsiders. I should see that they didn't wear their uniforms long. I should see that they were placed somewhere else besides in Chicago. Such statements on the part of the players are disloyalty and treachery. If they want to get away let them talk to the management. I don't care If they are the best players on the team, I shouldn't tolerate any such talk. They might not be pleased with the trades they figured Jn. but they should be gratified in not playing on the' Chicago team." Those who know whereof they speak declare that no club treats Its players better than the Chicago club, and that If the players have any grievances they are purely Imaginary, aa ball players' grievances usually are. At any rate it Is a fact that the Chicago players have less cause for complaint Chan any other set of players In the league or in the entire profession, for that matter. bearing upon this question by the District Court at Minneapolis, Mlhii., that a person attending a baseball gaine assumes the risk of getting hurt,- and cannot recover from the manager for injuries sustained. The point arose in a suit against Manager Comiskey f&r an injury to Don. Campbell at Lexington Park, in July, 1897. Campbell was accidentally struck in the eye by a batted ball and made ill thereby. The jury was out less than an hfttir and found for the defendant. Still another case can be cited. A decision was given In favor of the New York club about twelve years ago, when a man in New York City sued John B. Day, president of the New Yorks, because he was injured at a game played on the old polo grounds, Fifth avenue and 110th street. The jury ruled that a man assumes all risks when he goes to see a ball game. In » find W«.t. ' The Approached— Why don't yott go to work? The Tramp— iAIns! lutid sir, I leitrned anything bnfc a trade. Umpire* Not Infallble, The argument is sometimes advanced —and it is not a good one—that the umpire's judgment is better than the spectators' because the umpire' is nearer the player. Owing to the fact that many of the spectators—who have good eyes—are close enough for all practical purposes, there are occasions when their judgment is just as good as the umpire's. It depends largely on where the spectator is sitting.—Washington Star. Pitcher Unmmanti. jleanttfnt Should have benttty and vigor ot health. A strong stomach is the first essential to beauty. Nirie-ttsiitlis ot the sickness comes from tveak digestion. Thousands of people hture tried Hosteller's Stomach Hitters and re- frnlhett tlieirhenltli. There is nothing 1 IlUe if. See thiil it private llevemte Stamp covers tlie neck of the bottle. People must respect their children to expect same treatment. 'Uneasy Lies the Head That ' * Bui such Are not the only oneAsy Overtoorked* fiAM-Assed* Antious people df Alt Affes And both sexes Are tmeAsy <toiih Aches, pAinsr impute blood, disordered stomAchs, derAnged kidneys And theft For Alt such, Hood's ^SArsApAtilU is the effective And fAultless cute* It infuses fresh life through purified blood. ENGLISH JOKES FROM RIVAL. Grocer: "What are you grumbling about? D'ye want the earth?" Customer: "No. not in the sugar." "Miss Makeup wears her hair just the same as she did ten years ago." Yes, Tom, but not the same hair. "Is it tru? that sailors, after becoming quite old, always stop swearing?" Old Salt: "My friend, you'll have to ask some one older than I." Grocer: "Well, little one, what can I do for you?" Jenny: "Please, sir, mamma saye will you change a sovereign for her, an' she'll give you the sovereign tomorrow?" "Have you broken off your engagement, old man? What's the matter?" "Well, I was hard up, you see, so I quarreled and had all my presents returned, and was able to realize upon them. Couldn't possibly have raised the money any other way." "Auntie, dear, Mr. Maler, the artist, has asked me for my photo; he wants to make use of it for his next picture. Ought I to send it to him?" asked Alice. "Yes, you can do so, but be sure to inclose with it a photo of your mother, or some elderly lady. It would be highly improper to send your photo by itself!" exclaimed her aunt. It OH Ion Financier*.. The Cincinnati Times-Star contains the following bit of interesting news about the champion Boston players: "The fact that they refused fr&> adr mission to the reporters' wives during the last Temple cup series of games played*in Boston, in the fall of 1897 gave the Boston players a reputation as financiers of the 'Shylock' order that will not be forgotten for a' long, long time. Last season they tried their 'Merchant of Venice' tactics again, but failed to accomplish anything. A Boston photographer wanted the privilege of photographing the team Individually and as a group, but so ruinous was the demand for royalties that the photographer withdrew his offer • and: thn team was denied the privilege of having the largest parts of their respective anatomies—their chests and heads —mounted on ca'rdboard. Then a bio- graph company desired the privilege of taking moving pictures of the team in practice, and again the - players wanted all the profits. This season a new series of photographs of Individual players will be published, for which the players themselves will pay." The I.ushers. Players who overindulge In liquor are not as numerous In these days a.s they were In the early days of the National league, and it is only occasionally that a club is compelled to resort to extreme measures In order to. keep one or two of its players fairly sober. Manager Bancroft relates of a peculiar meeting of the magnates that was held in Saratoga, N. Y., one summer, when William Hurlburt was president of the organization. About that time there was an epidemic of jags lit the league, and the game was rapidly fall- Ing into'disgrace because of this superabundance of drunkenness. So' the magnates met to do away with the evil if possible, and at, the suggestion of Mr. Hurlburt about half a dozen of the worst boozers in the league were suspended, and fox the rest of that season and during the reign of Mr. Hurlburt Francis Murphy could have gained a number of converts to the cause of temperance among ball, players. William Dammann, one of the pitchers of the Cincinnati Club, is a native of Spokane, Washington, where ne learned to play ball. He Is a good man to finish games which another pitcher has lost. It Is reported that President Brush will send Dammann back to the Indianapolis Club for this season, at, least.. Kdwurtl «J. Delelianty.. A Narrow Kacapoi For many years Cy Young has been the mainstay of the present St. Louis team in the box. Young, it will be remembered, was a green country boy when he received his first trial from the Cleveland club, and there was not much confidence placed In him by the Cleveland management. When he reported in Cleveland! for trying out he insisted on being measured for a uniform at once, apparently considering a uniform by far tlie most necessary adjunct to a ball player. Accordingly he and another new player were sent to a down-town store to be measured, Shortly after they left the place Secretary Howe came into the store and requested the tnilor not to make up Young's uniform, as there was but little doubt that he would not do, and that ib would be a waste of money to> make up the uniform. The next afternoon Young pitched his first game and won easily. The first car that came down after the game carried Mr. Howo, who rushed intoi the uniform store and ordered the' proprietor to make up Young's uniform' at once and as quickly ns possible; President , Robison came next with the same orders, and then the manager of the team. The man who the day before had not been considered worthy of a uniform was this day a hei-o. Had Young lost that game there is no doubt that he would have been sent back to rail splitting Something Now. Charley Kubn, groundkeeper of the Chicago Club, has invented a new pitching pad. It is made up of rubber and leather and fits in front of the white stripe or slab which marks the pitcheit's. line. It is 12 inches by 24, and sunk to a level in the ground. Callahan, Young, Cuppy and Griffith have pitched from it and are outspoken in favor of its merits. The idea la to give the twirlers a hard footing, so that there will be no slipping. STORVETTES. Since Pndercwski's marriage, tlvo story is being revived of n. well-known society woman who wrote to him tot "n lock of luilr." She received thisv reply: "DrcAiiMADAM: M. L'ntlerewslu directs me to say that it u(fords him inucli pleasure to comply with your request. Yon fail to specify whose hair .you desire, so lie sends samples of that of his valet, coolc, waiter, and maUi-oss belonging to M. Pullman, proprietor of the coach iu which ho traveled in America." An American who visited tlie Stev- cnsons at Samoa relates that the Samoans boldly ask for whatever tlioy may covet, wherever It may bo found. The novelist became tired of this practice, and therefore said one day to u, Siunoun friend who had acquired from him a'necktie, handkerchief, anil some other trinket: "Is there anything 1 else you want?" The Samoan inndo a hasty survey^ of. tho- room. "Thoro is llie .piano.',' suggested -'Mr. Stevenson, ironically. "Yes," replied , the native, "1 know, but." lie added, apologetically, "1 don't know how to play it." lie nad been out so late the night before that lie did not know at what hour he had come home. When lie awoke, liu was curious to learn just how "rocky" lie looked. He accordingly reached out for thosilver-backed hand-mirror tlutt lay on the table beside Ins lied. Instead of it he gotholtl of tlio silver-backed hair-brush. Not recognizing Ills mistake, lie took the brush up and ga/.ed at the bristles for a moment. Then he felt of the silver Dock and then stared back at the bristles. "Good heavens," he mnr- tnnrctl at. last, "but I need'a shave!'' An .Miirmlnimir. Tommy—It was n. dreadful day the hist time 1 went to grandpa's. ' Itblow- cd and it— M other—It "blowecV is not proper. Say it "blew." Tominv—It. blew andmsnew awful. » JOHN w.inonms, . I Washington, »; O. . 'Successfully Prosecutes Claims* I Late Principal Examiner U.S. Pension Bureau. |3 VTHlnoivIl wur, lr>mliucl[e;iriui;i'l!iinw, iittyslnce. WHISKERS DYED A Natural Black by Buckingham's Dye. Price SO cents of all.druggists or K. P. Hall * go., Nmlma.N.H. EDUCATIONAL. To Paint California Flo\verx. New York Tribune: Paul de Long' pre, the well known flower painter, after spending seven years in New York, is transporting both his studio and his entire establishment from West End avenue to Los Angeles, where he proposes to spend the next three years, devoting himself to the portrayal of the beautiful and relatively unknown flora of the Pacific coast, He expects to start next week. "If that isn't just like a woman i Here two fellows fought over a girl, and she married the loser." "Perhaps that was a condition of the fight," The Famous Fielder and Hitter of the Philadelphia Club. He Has Made More Home Runs than any Other Player of the Past or Present. Injuries to Spectator*, On the Boston grounds is exhibited a sign to this effect: "The management is not liable for any injury to its patrons hit by the ball." This brings up a question of law which has been settled by a Chicago judge, who decided In a suit bearing upon the subject that the plaintiff was not entitled to any damages, on the ground that he knew of the danger he incurred in attending a ball game; that the club provided all the protection in its power, and that the direction qf a Alison Victimized. Mike Kelly, Bwing and the other clever players of ten years ago never lost an opportunity to have a little fun with Captain Ansou. If they could get the Chicago man between bases they would run him up and down the lines until the big fellosv dropped exhausted. On one occasion "Puck" Ewing refused to touch Auson, and called for a bat that he might warm him up. "The old gag" meant to run a man up and down until he dropped. THE UNIVERSITY Of NOTRE DAME, NOTRE DAME, INDIANA. Claries, Letters, Economics and History, Journalism, Art, Science, Pharmacy, Law, Civil, Hcchanlcal and Electrical Engineering. Architecture. • _ 1 horouith Preparatory and Commercial Courses. EwleBiustloulsttdentsut special rates. Room* free. Junior or Senior Year.Colle.Tlale Courses. Kooms to Kent, moderate charge. St.'Edward'* Hall, (or boys under la. The s6th Year will opeu September sth, 1899. Catalogue Free. Address, HEV. A. MQPKISSEV.C. S. C.. President, baseball could not be changed any more than could the elements. There la also op record another ChriHliua Science Ne*t. Breitenstein, tiwyer and Vaughn are at work every morning at the Cincinnati park. Breit is trying the hot- water cure, He places the elbow of his pitching arm in ft bucket of hot water and gives it a gentle rubbing wit,h a pwyer, at the suggestion of a physician, ia doing the same thing.— Cincinnati Post. ST. MARY'S ACADEMY Notre Dame P, 0., Indiana. (One mllo Weal of the University of Notre IMiiio.) The 89th Apuileuilo Term will opau Moiuluy, September •*, 1809. AH (lie iirutioUes of A iriuiough English and Classical Education, Ini'l tiding 14 reels, katin, Spanish, Drench nnrt German are twuulu by a Pauulty o{ uopu^t^t, , teucUers, Ou coiuplotlug the full uyxtrsf) w( sturtlos stuilenls receive tlio Regular Collegiate Degrees of Lltt.B, or A.B. TM3 Uonsorvatory of Miislo is ooivduottnl on Uie pluu of tUo beut CHusiitc;vl Cwisci-vmwivi p( JSuropo, •Wie 4rt Cenarqutjul. Js,modelled atj»v U«> \*p&•,, Art ychoolwlu Hurpajii. •' ' ' i, ' Pr.opara«« v y skwl ^inlm De»9nw9uts.-Ilu»U«-.v _.>.*;.., . .,A«^ * ,-^a^ept tendar ) >naV^f^pr,W<j Acudemfe The club is BO low about c]

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