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UPPBH DM8 M01NEBI ALGONA IOWA. AtT0trST 0, Or, The Adventures of An Eton Boy • •* GRANT. CHAPTER XXXII.—(Continued.) 1 looked keenly and cautiously about me on every side, but saw only the slender and countless stems of the tall bananas, whose broad leaves, as they spread under or over each other, Interrupted the rays of the sun, and formed a shade that was pleasing and gloomy. Now, when about to cross what seemed a hole or hollow in the jungle, by stepping from the strong tendril of one creeper to another, a naked arm and great human hand came Up from amid the mass of leaves! I was seized by the right foot, and in an instant found myself dragged down through the foliage and inter- twisted plants—down—down—I knew not where; and before I had time or breath to cry or resist, I lay prostrate on my back in a hole—a lair under the matted jungle—with a man above me, his knees planted on my breast, his strong hands upon my bare throat, and his fierce wild eyes glaring like those of a hyena Into mine. Then, how terrible were my emotions on recognizing in the light that fell through the mass of foliage above, as through a vine-covered trellis—now overspread with hair, as beard and whiskers were all matted into a mass —the dark and ferocious face of Antonio, whom I believed to be drowned and lying at the bottom of the sea— Antonio el Cuban!! "Sllenzlo!" said he, in a low voice, like the .hiss of a serpent in my ear; •but the injunction was unnecessary, for so completely was I taken by surprise—so utterly at his mercy, and so destitute alike of breath or weapon— that resistance was Impossible. Perceiving that I was almost strangled he relaxed his fierce grasp a little, but still kept the sharply pricking point of his knife at my throat, as a hint to remain quiet. It would be impossible for me to describe the emotions of my soul during this time, which seemed an eternity to me! Utter fear was one, for I thought the fellow had something supernatural—something truly demon— about him; that he could neither be drowned nor destroyed; and I lay still in that dark hollow, panting in his fierce clutch without a thought of resistance. Now I heard my name shouted re' peatedly. '.' "Rodney—Mr. Rodney—Dick Rodney—where are you?" It was Tom Lambourne and others, my companions, who had now attained the summit of the rock, and were scrambling over the jungle, and pushing between the stems of the bananas, searching for me, rather than for the first object of such mystery. My disappearance alarmed them. "Can he have gone adrift over the bluff," I heard Tom Lambourne say, "or is he only having a game with us by hiding himself?" "Oh, yes!—that is it," replied Probart, the carpenter; "he can't have gone aloft into one of these bananas, for they are as clear of branches as a spare topmast; so let us sheer off to the mate, and Mr. Rodney will soon come down after us." "Well, my lads, there are neither wild men .nor wild beasts here," said Lambourne! "so we shall return back to Master Hislop, who is hanging, in the wind half-way down, and then be off to the hut. We've earned a stiff glass of grog by this bout, anyhow." My emotions became almost suffocating when I heard them turn away to descend and rejoin Hislop without me. I saw and heard them pass and re- pass over us, the creepers of the jungle yielding 'their weight. The leg and foot of one, named Henry Warren, came down through the green network of leaves and' actually touched me. I drew a long, gasping breath, and the atrocious Cubano, believing I was about to cry aloud, compressed my .throat so tightly with his muscular hands, that a thousand lights seemed to flash before my eyes, and I must have become senseless for some minutes, as the next incident that dwells Jn my 'memory is seeing him sitting in a' crouching attitude, with his elbows pn his knees; his black-bearded chin resting in the hollow of his right hand, and with his knife—his murderous Albacete cuchillo—clenched in his •white teeth, while he surveyed me •with a strange and sardonic smile in fcis deeply-set black eyes, which glittered like those of a snake in the rays of'sunllght that struggled through the woven roof of leaves about us. I heard no more the voices of my shipmates. They were goue, and I was left alone and unarmed with this man or devil—as yet I knew not which he was; but I knew that if he had the will he had assuredly the power, to kill aad leave me in his lair, or to cast me, a mangled heap, to the bottom of the ; cliff whereupon he lurked. - CHAPTER XXXIII. It might have been about the hour |6f ten, and we were still loitering on moonlit beach, when the cry of "A ; |ail in sight!" made every heart leap 1 yildly and with hope. TWBS Tom Lambourne who spoke, every eye caught the ship at once, even those who had been dozing the warms-sand or within the hut fyere awake and on the beach in a mo- pnent, stretching their hands toward with joy and exultation, but the epect of the ship gradually changed all this into suspense and utter bewilderment. She was a large, square-rigged vessel—a ship running close-hauled on the port-tack (to use a man-o'-war phrase), and with nearly all her canvas set. She was about four miles off the reef at the entrance of the bay, and was bearing directly toward it. Her canvas glimmered like snow In the moonshine, and we could see the red lights of her cabin windows flash at times upon the sea astern, and the whiteness of her long flush deck, as she careened before the breeze. Yet how was it, we all asked, that there was not a breath of wind with us? "Perhaps she brings It with her," suggested Hislop. "And how it came to pass that she appeared right in the oiling and outside the bay all at once?" asked Tom Lambourne. "She must have rounded the high bluff whi'~ we were all palavering," said Probart. Nothing more was said for a time, but whether It was the effect of Imagination or of an overstrained eyesight I know not, she seemed to melt as it were in the brightness of the moonshine—to become so indistinct that we could see the line of the horizon through her topsails; and next it seemed as if her hull, her spars and rigging were edged with bright prismatic hues. It is impossible for me to describe the blank astonishment, or rather the intense consternation, of our men on the disappearance of this vessel, which was the object of so many hopes and wishes. Some time elapsed before the poor fellows rallied sufficiently to speak on the subject; and meanwhile, there flashed upon my memory some strange and weird old Celtic tales, which a Highland boy at Eton was wont to tell us, of ships which in the days of Ossian traversed the steep hills and the salt lochs of Morven with equal facility. "It is a ship—or rather the representation of a veritable ship—which cannot be far off the island, and Is making for It at this moment," said Hislop, emphatically. "How far do you think she is, sir?" asked Hugh Shute, mockingly. "Perhaps twenty miles—perhaps a hundred—it is impossible to say." So thoroughly were our companions scared by the recent spectral appearance, which they connected in some way with the dreadful character of Antonio el Cubano, that they at once commenced with- alacrity the preparations for putting to sea. It may be that somewhat of the professional restlessness of sailors confirmed their resolution. They were already tired of their sojourn on the island, and, inspired by the desire of reacking Tristan da Cunha, which is Inhabited by about eighty families of Portuguese, English and mulattoes, among whom Hislop assured them they might linger long enough before they were taken off by a passing ship—quite as long as if they remained on> the Isle of Alphonso—and where for subsistence they would be forced to work as day laborers in the savannas and on the highways. As for the Island of Diego Alvarez, our Scotch mate, who seemed to know everything, assured them that it produced only moss and sea grass, and that if cast there they would die of starvation. Moreover, without chart or compass, how could they hope to steer with certainty in any direction? They all might perish in detail by the most dreadful deaths in their open boat, gasping with unquenched thirst under the blaze of a tropical sun. He said much more; but they would listen to nothing save their own fears and restless impulses. I, too, was weary of the island; and though feeling all the despondency that follows a severe disappointment on the disappearance of the illusory ship, I in no way shared the wild and ill-regulated wishes of the crew, though assured that I would be compelled to follow their desperate fortunes. Hislop and I still lingered; so we were told peremptorily that if we did not come on board at once they would shove off without us. Thus compelled, we stepped In most reluctantly and seated ourselves in the stern, aud he assumed the tiller. The oars were run through the rowlocks, and Lambourne was about to shove off, when Probart, who had the bow oar, suddenly remembered that he had left his hatchet near our wigwam, and asked me to get It. I jumped ashore, and was proceeding along the beach for it, when suddenly I was confronted by Antonio, who from a thicket had been watching our operations and departure. His tawney skin—for he was naked to the waist—his ferocious aspect, his head of matted hair, his colossal strength and atrocious character were not without a due effect upon the boat's crew at this crisis. "Shove off—shove off!" I beard several voices cry in the boat; "here comes that dog of a Ciibauo." I struggled with Antonio; but he laughed loudly, and drew his pistol with the air of one who would enforce obedience; besides, b/ls eyes, which the tangled masses' o| his hair over- hung, were flashing with malignant fire, as all the slumbering devil Was roused within him. The whole crew saw thiw, and I perceived that Marc Hislop made an attempt to rise up and spring overboard to my succor; but as all their hopes of reaching Tristan da Cunha depended entirely upon his skill and knowledge of navigation, he was seized by Warren, Chute and others, roughly thrust down in the stern sheets and forcibly held there. I saw now that the fear and selfishness of the rest prevailed over all that Hislop, Lamborune and Carlton could urge; for, amid a storm of contending tongues, I perceived the oars dipping In the water again and again and flashing like silver blades in the moonlight as they were feathered; and the longboat, with all my companions, shot from the creek into the bay and bora away to seaward about two in the morning, leaving me on the beact alone—marooned with the fentilsfc Cubano. Had not Antonio held me fast and meuaced me with his pistol I would have sprang into the water, and, undeterred by the sharks that were for ever gliding stealthily about the bay would have swam after the boat; for, desperate though the fortune of those who were there, I would rather havt shared it than live on the Island oJ Alphonso with such a companion. His fierce, mocking laugh grated harshly in my ear, but I heeded him not, and continued to gaze after the boat and the lessening forms of those who had abandoned me, not without a fond and desperate hope that they would return for me. Every moment 1 expected to see her put about; but no! she hoU steadily on till hull ana sail and crew were blended into one little dark spot, which ere long could scarcely be discerned on the moonlit morning sea. Her course was trimmed northeast, for where they supposed the isle of Tristan da Cuuha lay. She had caught a breeze and, before four o'clock in the morning, the last vestige of her had disappeared. Still I did not entirely despair! The idea of swimming to one of the adjacent Isles occurred to me; but the straits between were full of foaming breakers and sharks; the rocks, moreover, were inaccessible, and wherever I might go Antonio could easily follow. The sun was now setting beyond the sea, and the shadow of a great mountain was falling eastward over the island as we began to descend from the bluff where I had lingered so long by orie of the narrow and winding tracks made through the gorse by the wild goats. As it was alike dangerous and uncomfortable to sleep under the dews that descended after sunset, for two nights after the departure of the boat I was compelled to share the wigwam with Antonio, but did so with dread and loathing, and kept as far away from him as possible. His dreams, which were full of oaths, ejaculations and frequently cries ol "El aparicion! El espectro!" came on him as of old; aud as sleep to me became an impossibility I resolved to leave him to his own devices. Certainly the Island was large enough for us both. Moreover he had become so sparing of his ten charges of powder that he would not fire a single shot at either bird or goat or wild boar. I have since believed that he saved them with the resolution of defending himself to the last, if Hislop ever returned to arrest him; and now, being lord and master of the whole island, and of me, too, he exhibited a new phase of character. He became too lazy to procure food, and forced me to find it for him, under threats of shooting me. Thus for two days after the departure of the boat, being totally incapable of catching oue of the fleet goats alone, and being in no way disposed to encounter singly one of the wild boars, I had to climb the steep rocks above the breakers and steal the sea birds' eggs. (To be continued.) OLD YOUNG WOMEN. Hoot of the Evil la hi Parental Indul- geilCO. One of the saddest features of present-day life is the condition of ennui in which even the very young women settle soon after their school days are finished, says the Philadelphia Times. At 18 or 19 they have been everywhere, seen everything, possessed whatever their desires have prompted, and just when life should be most filled with beautiful promises they are hopelessly stranded on the barren shores of indifference. The root of this evil is to be found in paternal indulgence. The American father and mother work hard, saving all they can, denying themselves luxuries and ofttlmes necessaries as well, that their daughter may revel in that which they have never taken the time or the means to enjoy, From her earliest infancy the girl finds that her lightest wish Is to be gratified if it is possible, regardless of the fact that what she desires may not be becoming to her age or to her condition of life. That she wants it Is all that the parents consider, so that when the time comes that such gratification would have some significance she ia past enjoying it. She has nothing tc look forward to, she is surfeited, and should she marry, her husband will find this ennui the greatest bar to theii domestic happiness, A little more denial in early youth, plain food, plain frocks, simple pleasures up to the time of her debut, should be the rule, when the delight of new sensations will more than compensate for the doing without that which has marked, her pathway up to that time. Korea Is just about the sl?e of the island of Great Britain, being 600 mile; long and from 120 to 200 miles wide. FAKM AND.GABDM, MATTERS OP INTEREST TO AGRICULTURISTS. Some tJp-to-Date Hint* About flnl- tlratlon 'of the Soil and yield* Thereof—Horticulture, Viticulture and Floriculture. Potato Blight. B. T. Galloway: This disease attacks the leaves, stems and tubers. Generally the first noticeable effect upon the leaves la the sudden appearance of brownish or blackish areas, which soon become soft and foul smelling. So sudden Is the appearance of the disease In some cases that fields which one day look green and healthy may within the next day or two become blackened as though swept by fire. The rapid spread of the disease, which Is caused by a parasitic fungus, Is dependent In large measure upon certain conditions of moisture and heat. A daily mean or normal temperature of from 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit for any considerable time, accompanied by moist weather, furnishes the best conditions for the spread of the parasite. On the other hand, If the daily mean or normal temperature exceeds 77 degrees for a few days, the development of the disease Is checked. This fact explains why the fungus seldom occurs to any serious extent In sections where the mean or nomal dally temperature exceeds 77 degrees for any length of Late blight, flue to Phytophthom Infestans: 1, blight of the foliage; 2, discoloration and roUiiiu of the tubor. time, and probably why it appears later than the disease discussed under the former heading. The tubers affected with the disease show depressed, dark- colored areas on the surface, while within are blotches and streaks of a brownish or blackish color. Other diseases may produce similar effects, so that in this case the changes are not so characteristic as those shown by the leaves. For many years it was believed that most of the injury to the potato was due to this disease, but recent investigations have shown that view to be erroneous. Treatment—The same treatment as recommended for early blight should be followed here, and will be found to prevent the blighting of the tops and rotting of the tubers. In regions where late blight is known to occur, care should be taken to begin the application of the Bordeaux mixture before the attacks of the fungus. In all this work it must be constantly kept In mind that the main object is prevention rather than cure. Benefit will undoubtedly result if only clean, healthy potatoes are used as seed. Decayed and discolored tubers should be fed to the hogs, as It Is poor policy to plant them. \Vator for the Team When going to distant fields to work with the team the farmer will be pretty sure to take with him water for his own drinking, for he would regard himself as greatly abused if he was compelled to work a long half-day without drinking water, and he would be right. It should be borne in mind, however, that the team has similar needs, and if It is to be taken out for a long half-day's work in a distant field that Is unprovided with water, a supply should be taken along, says Homestead. The way work presses one will not feel that he can afford to unhitch and drive very far to water along about the middle of the forenoon, but the team should not be allowed to go without water, either, and the way to meet the difficulty Is to carry a supply along. A merciful man is merciful to his beast. That Is tl\ moral and sentimental aspect of th) question. The material aspect is that it don't pay to let the team suffer for water, and on one or the other of these grounds, or both, those who work with teams should see that there Is no deprivation of this kind. Anything growing in th* temper*t*' zone, And seems to b« *« much a vegetable as fruit, being used tot salads. It has a peculiar flavor which is usually not liked at first, but the fondness for It becomes almost a mania with many travelers. The writer has eaten it in Florida and Nicaragua, and believes there Is no fruit In his estimation over which it does not take precedence. It Is like a pear only In general shape.—Guy B. Mitchell. A Truth SC*«tii£tlfl«d. "There's poetry In ftvirything' letted the poet. "You're right," Milled the "For instance, there's ft. stove full of '" Tho Cnshew. The cashew nut is a tropical production with which the people of the United States are not at all familiar, but It seems likely that It may be Introduced into the market at no distant date. The cashew Is a bush-like tree, which bears a nut shaped something like a large lima bear., only much thicker and meatier. On the end of this nut or seed Is borne what generally passes for the fruit, though in point of fact the seed itself is the fruit and this pulpy mass simply the receptacle, as is the case in the strawberry. This so-called fruit is as large as a small pear and of a delicious acid flavor, very refreshing on a hot day. The seed when roasted is considered by many the peer of any. nut on the market, being spicy and highly flavored. Roasted almonds are compared as flat. The cashew is a native of the tropics, and arrangements are now being made to plant groves in Porto Rico and Hawaii. Attempts will also be made to grow them in south Florida and southern California. The tree rejoices in the botanical name of Ana- cardium Occldentale. The Allgutor Pear, A fruit which Is likely to find Its way into American markets since the tropical war is the alligator pear, or, as the Spaniards and Cubans call it, Aguacate. The tree is very susceptible to frosts, and has been nipped down time and again in Florida, where otherwise it does well. The fruit division of the department of agriculture has recently received a large amount of seed from Mexican trees which have been known to fruit after a temperature considerably belpw the" freezing point, and will distribute them to sovjjtb, Florida and southern California,, whej-3 this fruit has been tried. WbJle flemand is not large, &n.cv J?ripe§ obtained from naval who have visited come fon<| o| this ton these peajr| ye each, The Sparrow, Hawk. In many sections the sparrow hawk is recognized as a true friend of the farmer, though in others It is included In the general warfare waged by farmers and sportsmen against hawks of all descriptions. The value of the sparrow hawk lies in his habit of feeding on small rodents. He is a rapacious bird, and destroys great numbers of these farm pests; also grasshoppers. Farmers are slow to appreciate the value of birds of prey. If one young chicken is devoured by a hawk a year, the whole race is condemned and no account taken fef the 500 mice and young rats he may eat during that period. Mr. W. B. Hall of Wakeman, Ohio, was county clerk while the Ohio hawk law was in force, and he issued forty-six bounty certificates for sparrow hawks. He examined their stomachs and found them all to contain the remains of grasshoppers, beetles and meadow mice; not one held any signs of chickens. Tho investigations of the department of agriculture are more conclusive yet, showing hundreds of mice against every chicken. A Spineless Cactus.—Mr. D. G. Fairchild, one of the explorers of the department of agriculture, writes that he has discovered a valuable forage plant for the dry regions of the southwest. It is nothing more nor less than a spineless cactus, and probably not everybody in the United States understands how important an acquisition a spineless cactus would be to a dry and sandy country where ordinary grasses and clovers will not grow. In parts of Texas cacti are now used as forage plants extensively, the limbs of the plants being held over fires to singe off th3 spines and then fed to stock, which eats them greedily. These spines, while minute and apparently not particularly harmful, will play havoc with animal? swallowing them, as they form into hard and compact balls and lodge in the intestines, eventually causing deat'u. The cactuy Is a drouth lover and will grow and store up water In its thick succulent limbs and leaves where any other plant would wilt and die. The new spineless species is described as growing from ten to twelve feet in height and furnishing a large amount of forage. When to Harrow.—Land should be harrowed after plowing before the clods become hard and difficult to crush, and the surface made as fine as possible. Frequent harrowing of lands already planted will check the loss of water. Orchards, especially those containing young trees, will be greatly benefited by harrowing at brief intervals until midsummer. The disk harrow is best adapted to clayey soils. The disks should be set at such an angle that the entire surface will be tilled. If the land has been put In the proper condition early in the season ii spike tooth or smoothing harrow will be all that is needed during the 'summer. Bands for Trees.—The way the tent- caterpillars are hatching makes many persons anxious about protective bands about fruit and shade trees. What seems to be a good scheme is reported to us by a valued correspondent whom we know to be a practical man of experience, says an exchange, an untanned sheep pelt Into about an inch wide and tackeiwt about the trunks of his apripT ti wool side out. He says tha^Jpo • a pillars were absolutely over the strip of wool, worth trying, pecomp9sU}Qif of Jng pf creanj-*-<Jue to teri^ upon, the producing A Oooo-tncfe Recently discovered In the grate of Queen Dagmar Is supposed to keep away evil influences. There is HO more evil influence than 111 health, and tliera la nothing' which has so great a po wet- to keep it away than Hostetter'a Stoat* ach Hitters, which cures dyspepsia and indigestion. A private Revenue Stamp covers the heck of the bottle. The point on enjoying corn on the cob Is to forget how you look while eating, 'Honor is Purchased by Deeds We Do* not words, count fa battles of pea.ce AS tuett AS in <tUAr t It is not <wfut •we sAy, but tutiAt Hoofs SarsupatillA. does, tfiAt telfs the story of Us merit. It h*3 won tnAny rernArkAbfe victories over the Arch enemy of mAnkfyd —impure blood. Be sure to get only Hood's, becAuse You onn't always tell the amount of gas a poet consumes by his meter. Politeness caused serious injuries to William D. Jones, of New York. While walking along Ninety-first street ho politely atcppell aside to let a lady pass, and tumbled into a six- foot hole. Six months later he was able to leave the hospital on crutches, and curiosity led him to the same hole. Strange to say, lie foil in again. He sued the city, and reco voted 55,000. Yon should rotnember that people are quick to "notice" things. Can \Vear shoo* .One size smaller after using Allen's Foot Ease, a powder for the feet. It makes tight or new shoes easy. Cures swollen, hot, sweating, aching feet, ingrow- ing nails, corns and bunions. At all druggists and shoe stores, 25 cts. Trial package FREE by mail. Addro.ss Allen 8. Olmstcd, Lo Roy, N. Y. Give to every human being every opportunity you claim for yourself. American trade with Australia in leather goods has quadrupled in five years. • , If you are afflicted with n disease of the eye, ear, nose or throat you should consult Dr. W. O. Coffee, the successful oculist, of Dos Motnes. When the bait is worth more than the fish it is time to stop fishing. W10O Rcwtirtl, S1OO. The readers of this paper will be pleased to learn that there Is at least one dreaded disease that science 1ms been able to cure In nil Its stages and that Is Catarrh. Hall's Catarrh Cure Is the only positive cure now known to the medical fraternity. Catarrh being a constitutional disease requires a constitutional treatment. Hall's Catarrh Cure Is tnkon Internally, acting directly upon the blood and mucous surfaces of the system, thereby destroying the foundation of the disease, and giving the patient strength by building up the constitution and assisting nature In doing Its work. The proprietors have so much faith In Its curative powers, that they offer One Hundred Dollars for any case that It falls to cure. Send for list of testimonials. Address, P. J. CHENEY& Co., Toledo O Sold by Druggists, 75c. Hall's Faniilv Pills are the boat. No man ever lived who improved half of his opportunities Coo's Uoiign Uiiltmm la the oldest and host. It will break up u cold quicker tliun anything uluo. It is always rolluble. Try It. Some people make the best ofeverv- tliing, and others take it. FITS PormanontlyOuroiI. Wonts ornervousness attot first dny'a use of Dr. Kline's Grout Nerve Restorer. Bond fur FREE Sii.OO trial hottlo and treatise. Dik II. 11. KLINE, Ltd., 1)31 Arch St.. Pliiladulpbla. Pa. The scarcity of men should never result in making a poor one desirable, but it unfortunately does. Piso's Cure for Consumption is the best of all cough cures.—George W. Lotz, Fa- bucher, La., August 2(5, 1895. Chicago has contributed nearly seven million dollars in wur taxes. UlilOiigo Uratt Western Inoreiise. The earnings of Chicago Great Western Ry, "Maple Leaf Route," for the third week of July, 1899, show an increase of ?18,413.91. Total increase since beginning of fiscal year (July 1st) to date $79.769.34. Many u man who seems dead to the world Is only.buried in thought. Railroads generally East and West are rapidly fitting their freight cars with air brakes and automatic couplers. An officer of the Burlington road said in Chicago recently that on his line there are 39,000 freight cars, 60 per cent ef which are equipped with Westinghouse Air Brakes, and 90 per cent with Master Car Builder Automatic Couplers. Every great and commanding move raent in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Hcauty is iJlooil Deep, Not sklu deep—blood deep I Pure houlthy blood oieuns pure. lioiiHtly complexion. Cuscurots umke tlie blood pure and lieullliy. Uvugglets, lOo, S5o, &0o. The race isn't always to the swiftest; sometimes the jockey is bribable.

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