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THE UPPER PE8 l ALGQNA* J.QWA, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 16, ,1899, 1 »«*tfc st ii._ •It (-Oftst, 'T and 'abate. 1 Jnitt, "e h&r. olislied I- tl,« ted if to th«f ed. 4 tfs th»K' Mmos J down,", rtedaj DICK RODNEY; Or, The Adventures of An Eton Boy.*. JAMBA GRANT. tM*tt«*t!fc«!fc*ft«ft*.««*i*«t^^ wn to| overy he ca« IF na. State, jui-ed. id,20» 'nlted eand tand- :th a • rna- 'oyed luin. rail. 3 Til-' kliu! •iyed PTBR XXXIII.—(Continued.) 8 feat I achieved with consider- peril, for the birds, when roused their eyries, whooped, screamed, heeled in flocks and circles about applng their huge wings; so that I became so bewildered, that in- d of clambering again to tbe sum- of the cliff, I began a descent to- the foaming sea below, reascending my hat was blown :ay, and with it the wretched eggs which I had risked my life and * bs. After this event I resolved to procure d for myself alone, and instead of to Antonio, who usually .,, about the hut our men had ^•left, I went to the opposite side of the (Island, and found a banana grove, wtfnerein I took up my quarters. ',»'? I had been thirty-six hours without t Seeing my pleasant chum, the Cubano, ,iOr being near him with food. I knew pthat his rage would be great, and feel- myself unusually weak, after all mental excitement and bodily ex- 'Ince f^'posure I had undergone, necessity com* -' f( palled me now to avoid him strictly, fyjftB I was totally incapable of contend- j^ing with him in any way. fc If he found me to plead that I had |» When Searching for berries about on the western side of the isle, Hjand while the sun, though up, was yet ^~ ' the great mountain and cast its ^«hadow to the extreme horizon of the laby morning sea, I encountered Antonio at last. |f Hunger, apparently, had rendered •tilpUm furious; but feeling certain in a jpmoment that timidity would do me no y service, I started back and said in f| Spanish: 0 "Ha! ha! I told you what would jfbappen when I wanted food," said he, | feeling the point of his knife. |f My blood ran cold at these words, land I cast a longing eye upon my lost § " hatchet; he saw the glance and trampled upon the weapon with a JK mocking laugh. |ff "What do you mean, Cubano?" I |-asked, in an almost breathless voice. "Simply this—that, as self-preser- |-vation is the first law of nature, I am § ' bound to kill you." j i¥ He had the revolver in his hand, and |fwhile he cast a glance at the caps on 'the-breach, as if to see that they were Jail right, and sheathed his knife, I j'ltinade a bound aside and placed a |Sbanana tree between us. The dastard ftflred, and the ball, as it whistled past, jl|stripped off a piece of bark. pf In the same manner I escaped a sec- jlfond shot, so Antonio, finding that his M^much-prlzed ammunition was likely to fftbe expended fruitlessly, rushed fort||ward to use his knife. pi:| The, tendril of a pumpkin caugM his f||left foot, he fell heavily and hurt hlrn- «§|self severely. Then, darting past, I tosecured my hatchet, and rendered furi- pltous by all that had occurred, and by lp the imminent danger which menaced M me, a light seemed to flash before my jif -eyes, I trembled with rage, and felt us if imbued with supernatural strength. I was about to spring upon Antoio 'i- with hands, feet and teeth, to hew him with the hatchet as I would have hewn 1 1 a tree, when a new object suddenly >j -caught my eye. ' * It was a ship—but a ship ashore. 1 "Cubano," I exclaimed in a husky ' voice, "look there!" Antonio looked in the direction indicated, and, pausing in his murderous s intention, uttered a fierce laugh of satisfaction. $, In tbe rocky channel which opened f' between the inaccessible island and 'fe-'j> ours there lay the wave-beaten hull of a dismasted vessel, which might have drifted in over night, as it was certain' ?*.,. jy not there yesterday, and it was now ^pfJammed hard and fast upon a reef of 1 ' - rock that connected them. ',*- « This new object changed at once the {{ ''terrible current of the Cuban's Ideas. I s ^A grim smile passed over his olive f H %>untenance, he shook back the elf-like hair, which, in fashion, overhung his wild j^dark eyes, and sheathing his knife, 'Mio muchacho — come; I was only ing. Yonder we will find food, per- and who knows what ' more? e, it is a bargain, and if you don't ort me, I shall not molest you in," e proceeded at once toward the :h, and I was hungry enough, and reckless enough now, to be of a truce, and to follow him, in hope of finding something eatable board. ' ps, •haps CHAPTER XXXIV. The Homeward Voyage, heart beat happily; I was no sf a lonely maroon, but on the road to home and Old England. | were rescued by a ship balled by op and the others. had several days of the finest jjoal weather, and they passed un- J by a greater incident than a shoal of dolphins, sparkling y surged through the brine; the flying fish leap from one green slope to another, while the crooked fln ql the stealthy shark as usual in the trough of the etween; a piece of weedy drlft- with Mother Cary's chickens or sses, floating near it, or perhaps horizon tbe topsails of a vessel hull-down, appearing for a time like white or dusky sf ecks,according to the position of the sun. The captain of the San Ildefonso perceiving that Marc Hlslop and I were great friends kindly placed us iti the same watch. As for Antonio the Cubano, we never went near him if we could help it. He was placed in tbe cable tier, and for more complete security, in the bil- boes, which are iron shackles that confine the feet. However, we dally heard from the surgeon and from Fra Anselmo, who was somewhat skilled In surgery, and who undertook his cure bodily and mentally, that the wound under the right armpit had proved slight, through the lungs had escaped narrowly, but that the other in the breast had penetrated the fleshy portion of the heart, and was a very dangerous one. The friar added that "the Cubano was not one of those men who are easily killed, and thus he would recover rapidly." We also heard that Antonio was well cared for, as he had discovered one or two friends among the crew, such as the seaman Benito Ojeda, a most villainous looking, beetle browed and squat little Catalonian, who seemed to be the worst character on board, and was engaged in perpetual quarrels, A few days after crossing the tropic of Cancer, on a lovely afternoon, we again saw the peak of Tenerlffe lighted up by the western sunshine and rising like a cone of red flame from the blue sea. The clouds seemed to rise with it, and ere long we saw its base spread- Ing out beneath them. "Tennyreef aga'n!" I heard old Tom Lambourne muttering, as he leaned over the lee bow, with a short pipe in his mouth. "Dash my wig! I have had a spell enough of Tennyreef before this!" Manuel Gautier and Hislop now came with a party of seamen to get the anchors off the forecastle to her bows. This was no light task, the reader may be assured, for they were each about forty-five hundred weight; and now the ponderous cables rattled along the deck as they were bent to the iron rings. We approached this singular Island from a point that was new to me; but still its great and most familiar features were the same as when I first saw them from the deck of the Eugenie. Estremera now reminded us that when at Teneriffe we should not fail to visit the two great sights of the island —the Valley of the Diamond and the old Dragon tree of Caora. The wind was fresh and fair, but felt light after sunset; and when the high land of the Grand Canary was on our starboard beam it almost died away. As we crept on we saw the lighthouse at the base of La Montana Rexo, which in the warm sunset seemed to have turned into blood or port wine, so deeply crimson was the glow that lingered on the clouds and on the shore; and then the vast peak—save where girdled in midair by a light floating vapor—seemed all of a deep violet tint dotted at its base by the white walls of houses, or. of sugar mills and by groves of cocoa and rosewood trees. Darkness was soon there, but still the sunset lingered in rays of fire upon the mighty peak of Adam, on which the eye never tired of gazing. By midnight we were abreast of it, and all was darkness at last save where the millions of stars were sparkling in the wide blue dome of the sky. Hislop and I were in the morning- watch when the ship arrived off the mouth of the harbor of Santa Cruz— that pretty town which Humboldt termed the most beautiful between Spain and the Indies. A flash that broke the darkness,with a light puff of smoke floating away from the old castle walls, indicated the morning gun, and that dawn was visible. It seemed as if it were but yesterday when the Eugenie and the Costa Rican brig hud worked out of the same harbor together, in the same species of dull twilight, and that all which had passed since that time had been a dream. We beat in with the breeze ahead. The light of another day was rapidly descending from the summit of the peak, and already that green girdle named the Region of Laurels was shining in the sunbeam; so ere long we saw the windows of the custom house, which stands above the long mole, and all the shaded lattices of the terraced streets of Santa Cruz, glittering in gold and purple sheen. The anchors were ready to be let go; the chain cables were ranged upon deck in long coils that ran fore and aft; we tacked repeatedly, and each time the tacks became shorter and more frequent. "Ready about! Presto! down with the helm—let fly the head-sheets!" were the orders heard Incessantly from Estremera and Manuel Gautier. The yards slewed around sharply and the canvas flapped with a sound like the cracking of musketry; at last the anchor was let go about a half mile from the shore iu thirty fathoms of water and the ship swung round head to wind as her courses were brailed up, and the men hurried aloft to hand the topsails and topgallant sails; so she was soon denuded of her canvas. When the anchpf plunged into the frothy water, making a thousand concentric ripples run from the ship; and when I felt, by the instant attain upon the cable, that she had firm hold of the ground, my heart swelled with unalloyed happiness; for to be in Teneriffe was to be far on the watery high road to my home. Santa Cruz being the capital of these isles, is the residence of the captain- general of the Canaries, the seat of the supreme court of law, and of all the consuls and commissaries of foreign powers, whose various flags, when displayed upon their houses, make the handsome streets as gay in aspect as the harbor, which Is always crowded by the shipping of every nation. A custom house boat, with the Spanish ensign floating at the stern, came promptly off with an official, a dandled creole in uniform, with a sombrero on his curly head, a saber at his side, and a cigar In his mouth. To him Capt. Estremera made a full report of the mutiny which had broken out in his ship when off the African coast, and the stern mode of its suppression. Hence, in two hours after, we had the satisfaction of seeing Antonio el Cubano, Benito Ojeda, the old tindal of the Lascars, and elghter other rascals, taken off to the castle of Santa Cruz in a large open boat, guarded by twelve Spanish soldiers, in charge of a lieutenant, Don Lulz Pineda. I can still recall the glance of impotent and baffled malignity that Antonio bestowed on us as he went down the ship's side. It combined all the worst emotions of his angry heart,and somewhat reminded me of his face in that terrible moment when he swung at the end of the studding gall- boom, with despair in his clutch and death in his heart. We watched the .boat till it reached the long stone mole, and then we saw the fixed bayonets of the escort flashing, as the whole party ascended the great stair toward the custom house, and surrounded by a mob of those nautical idlers who usually make a pier their lounge, disappear in the interior of the town, as they marched toward the castle. Two episodes more will close the story of Antonio—his trial and punishment. CHAPTTR XXXV. The Last of Antonio El Cubano. The trial came on in a couple of clays after, and proceeded with a celerity unknown in England or Scotland either. We were all examined, and previously were sworn, not on a Bible, but over two sword blades held in the form of a cross—for such is the old chivalrlc custom in a Spanish court of law. Without hesitation the judges found Antonio guilty; he was sentenced to die by the garotte, and heard his doom with apparent apathy. The tindal of the Lascars was released, as it would appear that he had acted under compulsion; but Benito Ojedo and eight other Spanish seamen were sentenced to work in the fortifications or on the highways for ten years, in chains, as felons or galley slaves. A few days later we found a great crowd of colonists, citizens, mulattoes, Creoles and negroes, all in motley and gaudily striped linen jackets and trousers, assembled in the Plaza, where a guard of Spanish Infantry, with muskets shouldered and bayonets fixed, kept back the people in the form of a hollow square about a raised wooden platform, which was covered with black cloth and whereon was placed the garotte. "What is all this about?" we asked. "It is for the execution of Antonio, a Cuban pirate, who is to die by the garotte," replied a soldier. (To be continued.) THACKERAY'S GENTLER SIDE. Years of Perfect Happiness—Ills Own ana Ills Wlfe'B Love, The following letter was written In 1838 by Thackeray to his wife: "Here have we been two years married and not a single unhappy day. Oh, I do bless God for all this happiness which he has given me! It is so great that I almost tremble for the future, except that I humbly hope—for what man is certain about his own weakness and wickedness? Our love Is strong enough to withstand any pressure from without, and, as it is a gift greater than any fortune, is likewise one superior to poverty, or sickness, or any other worldly evil with which providence may visit us. Let us pray, as I trust there is no harm, that none of these may come upon us, as the best and wisest in the world prayed that he might not be led into temptation. "I think happiness is as good as prayers and I feel in my heart a kind of overflowing thanksgiving which is quite too great to describe in writing. This kind of happiness is like a fine picture; you only see a little b.i of it when you are near the canvas. Go a lltttle distance and then you see bow •beautiful it is. - 'I don't know that I shall have done much by coming away, except by being so awfully glad to get back." Elephants as Nurses. Siamese women intrust their children to the care of elephants, wbo are careful never to hurt the liule creatures, and if danger threatens, the sa- gaclpus animal will curl the child gently up In bis trunk and swing it up and out of harm's way upon, its ow»i brp&d, back, fAEM AND MAftfcftS df* INTfiftEST tO AGRICULTURISTS. Rofeo Vp-t6-D»t* Hint* About f!nl- tltatlon of tho Soil und tl«ld* *h«r*of—Hortlcnltore, VltlcnUoi* And Clorlonltnro. Brown Potato Bob B. T. Galloway: This disease occurs in many parts of the South, and, In addition to attacking the potato, 1* found to seriously injure eggplants and tomatoes. In the case of the potato, the leaves, stems, and tubers are affected. The disease usually manifests Itself by a sudden wilting of the foliage and soon the whole plant may become affected, the leaves and stems shriveling and then turning brown or black. The disease reaches the tubers through the stems, producing a brown or black discoloration of the tissues and ultimately a complete breaking down or rotting of all the parts. Brown rot is caused by a bacillus, a minute organism, which multiplies in the tissues and through its action produces the effects mentioned. Brown rot of the potato; wilting of .»em and leaves and browning of tubers. Various insects, such as Colorado oeetles, flea beetles, and blister beetles, lerve as carriers of tho disease. These Insects may feed on a diseased plant, ind in their visits to adjoining healthy 3nes infect the tissues through bites and possibly In other ways. Treatment.--Throughout the South, aamely, in South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and adjacent utates where this disease is known to occur, a thorough system of spraying, such as recommended for early blight, should be followed. In addition, all diseased vines should be removed and destroyed as soon as possible, and the tubers should be dug and either used at once or stored in a cool, dry place. In planting it would be well to avoid land which has Just been used for tomatoes or egg-plants, and finally seed tubers from localities where the disease is absent should be used if practicable. Disposing of Government Liuuls. There is a strong growing sentiment in many sections in favor of allowing the Western states to have control of the public lands situated within their borders and lease them to stockmen, using the rental money for state improvements, such as building irrigation works, Improving land, etc. The prejudice against allowing the government to cede the public lauds to the states is so fixed that those who have favored this policy have reached the conclusion that they will never attain their end; but tho rental proposition is a comparatively new idea, and meets with very general favor. Some of the new states have very small settled areas, and It is claimed that it is unfair that they should be imposed with the burden of policing in some cases as much as 90 per cent of the state, which is government land, and from which the state derives no visible benefit. If, however, this land should be leased for a nominal sum, it would do away with the range problem, which is becoming a serious matter in the West, now that there is not room enough for all the stockmen, and It would bring in a considerable revenue to the states and territories. Legislatures of new states are prone sometimes to do very foolish things, but it is argued that whatever they did with the money derived from the leases they could only squander the Incomes while the title to the land would still remain with the general government until needed for actual settlement. The Window Culture of Orchid*!. Orchid culture is simple, but to understand the matter one must go into the principles of the culture, and know the difference in the nature of the cultivated orchids from most plants cultivated in glass houses or windows. There is no reason why one who grows window plants cannot grow orchids wherever other flowering plants are grown. I know one lady who grows cattleyas splendidly in an ordinary window. Orchids-are the latest result of creative evolution In nature's floral kingdom—there are no fossil orchids— and are the most interesting of all flowering forms for the amateur to grow. Many of the most beautiful of all are to be bought at moderate prices, and an added interest in life would come to multitudes of people if they would take up tbe study and growing of the orchid. To make a beginning one should secure a good manual of culture. By far the best practical manual on the subject is an English work by Barberry, orchid grower tp the Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, M. P., entitled tb§ "Amateur Qrchjd. Cultivator's Guide." Aft African enltldn of this work is soon to be Issued by the Put- name, of New York, In a general way the points to be considered in the window culture of orchids are: First, that during the cooler season the plants are more of less Inactive and need little water. Second, that during the -warm season, when growth is tnore rapid, the rootd should be more or less continually surrounded by moist ait% Third, that provision should b* made to protect the roots from becoming dry during tbe period of growth, yet allow. a much more free contact with air than Is usual in the case of most other plants; this is accomplished by the nature of tho receptacle In which the plants are grown —by using a fibrous peat and moss for potting soil and by frequent waterings and dippings. Unless fresh rainwater, or other water containing the necessary fertilizing elements, is used to feed orchids there will be a gradual degeneration In the constitution of the plants; but this is a minor matter in the culture of a few plants which can be replaced at small expense. Cattleyas will usually survive a starving treatment for te& or more years. Orchids are less particular about the architectural nature of their abode than any other plants. Enclosed windows or porrh conservatories answer well.— Vicks. Bean Culture, The small white varieties of beans are the most easily raised and most prolific, ripening better and harder. They bear distant shipping or long voyages better than the narrow or roundish sorts, or the long or kidney beans, but the latter sell much higher Jn market. The navy beans average twenty bushels per acre; all kinda vary in production according to the season. The narrow are considered by some the most uncertain, but In other respects the most desirable. In growing oeans, it is more an object to obtain seed than vines; to succeed requires judgment as well as a favorable season. Too rich land inclines the vines to run too much to blossom after the first pods have ripened. Growers have succeeded best upon sod plowed down suallow; the second year yielding tho best, with a light cast of manure sowed broadcast. They should not be worked while the dew is on, less they become rusty. The vines have a longer root than the potato.— Up-to-Date Farming. A Convenient Device. The accompanying Illustration will give a good idea of how a box can be constructed that will greatly facilitate the filling of grain sacks. It is fur- nished at the top of one side with heavy hooks, by which it can be hung onto the top of the bin boards. At the bottom of the box are other hooks that hold the bag. The grain,can then be shoveled into the bags with ease and without a second person to "hold the bag." Moles in the Garden.—Various methods are adopted to destroy or drive away moles. Some parsons appear to be able to use mole traps to good advantage, while other are not so successful with them, prbably because they do not give the needed attention. It is said that kerosene oil poured into a mole run, and then covered up, will drive the creatures away. Bisulphide of carbon will kill them If it reaches them; pour into the mole run about a gill of carbon bisulphide and immediately cover it over; the fumes will penetrate the runs for some distance and will kill the moles if present. Small bits of meat containing a very little strychnine will kill the animals If eaten by them. Grains of corn soaked in strychnine and water and placed in the runs are also said to be destructive if eaten.—Vick's Magazine, American Wheat In Malta.—Some of our consuls are doing energetic work in attempting to extend foreign markets for American products. Consul Grout at Malta states: "I realize that Malta is but a speck upon the map as compared with other countries, but there is a market here for our wheat which, if small, will at least prove a factor in the sum total of our trade. Since sending in my first report on the subject I am happy to say that already one cargo of wheat has been landed here direct from New York, another is on the way and a third has been proni' ised." Rotation of Crops Illustrated.—The value of rotation of crops in preventing plant diseases has been strikingly shown in some experiments with eggplants. One plat of ground had been grown with this crop for three successive years, when the crop was compared with that of another plat on which eggplants had not been previously grown. Rot was prevalent on the old patch. There were five times as many sound fruits upon the new as upon the old laud. The percentages of decayed fruits were only 16 per cent against 61 per cent. * The Care of Colts.—One important thing for a breeder to understand Is the care of colts. Let them get aH the exercise they need out of doors, Oats are the proper feed fpr colts, and they should have plenty Qf ttienju When a colt is brought up 4ft ft Wjfcyist a,nj fa.n ine" gar* p? * WfcjFJfes W* LitERARY NQtE8. The August number of the Celine** tor is called the mid-snmmer nnmb«*» and presents a complete analysis, bj illustration and description, of all thai. Is latest and most fashionable in th« world of dress. The special article* of the nmtfaaihe are characterized- by a high literary tone, aftd tbe household, social and departmental discus* slons are on the usual distinctive plan* of excellence. •Chariest). WalCott, director of thtt United States geological survey, con* tributes ftn article on the United! States National JWtisenni to the Aiignsb number of Appletons' Popular Science Monthly. ' Tbe second installment of "A Confi* tlent To-morrow," a new novel by Bramler Matthews, appears in the cnr* rent miniber of Hnrper's JlarAr. It is » story of life among New York's lit* erary Ret, and will run until late in tbe fall. The Century Co. announces the fifth edition of "No. 5 John Street," by Richard Wbiteing, whose portrnit we present herewith. It is generally assumed that the author is a .voting man, nml bis many references to things American have misled certain review* ers as to his nationality. As a matter of fuel, be is in liis sixtieth year, and from time immemorial bis ancestors have been farmers, living under the sliiulow of Beverly Minster in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He was born in Loucloii, studied art in the Government School of Dcslpn, and became a pupil of Wyon, chief engraver of the Queen's seals. Ho disliked engraving because of Us tendency to concentrate the puze on a small object nml shutout the rest of the world, mid the. world wns what he wished to see. At twenty-five, he wrote for tho London Evening Star "A Night in lielgrave Square, by a Costermonger," which was so well received that ho dropped the magnifying glass and grayer and became a journalist. London is his home, but he has represented on the continent various English and American periodicals, including Tho Century Magazine. He knows nearly all the great capitals of Europe, especially Paris; and has twice yisitecl America, oneo while the Chicago exposition was in progress. It was in that year (1803) that the writing of "No. ~5 John Street" wus begun. A boy likes nothing better than to be kept busy. In summer when there is no school it is sometimes difficult to find healthy amusements. If a boy is interested in photography, the "Camera Club" in Harper's Round Table will tell him how to tret the best results. If he has a taste for carpentering and mechanical work lie will find. Dan Beard's articles interesting, anil' tn every number there are enough' good stories to Iceep 'him out of" trouble for a few days at least. While most rancrazines put forth a mid-summer fiction number, Ainslee's for August strikes an original course* by offering an American fiction number in which are five short stories by. the foremost native writers, F. Hop-.- kinson Smith, F. Marion Crawford, R.. W. Chambers, Morgan Robertson and John Luther Long. "The White Islander," by Mary Hartwell Catherwood, author of "The- Romance of Bollard," '-The Lady of Fort St. John," etc., comes from tbe. Century Co., New York. This is a stirring romance of the Indian massacre at Macklnac, and it is pronounced' by able critics to be one of the best productions of this popular author. I 'Die story is intensely interesting and' will repay the time devoted to it. It] is beautifully illustrated by Francis. Day and Sandham. ; Frances Sheldon Bolton's new book,' •'Baby," is invaluable to young moth- 1 ers. It contains chapters on. the, baby's diet, the bath, the bed, the; necessity of warmth, water and fresh. air, and will be found of great assist*; ance to all who have a baby in the' bouse. It can be obtained for 50cents of the Mothers Journal, New Haven, Conn. The latest work of M, E. M. Davis, author of "Umler tbe Man Fig," "In War Times," "At La Rose Blanche," "An Elephant's Track," etc., lias just- been issued by Ilonghton, Miffliu &: Co., Boston imd New York. Mrs.- Davis's novel, "The Wire-Cutters," is; characterized by the Boston Adver-' tiser us "a most spirited gtory." The New York Home Journal find's it "de« ligbtfully original in plot;" tbe New Orleans Picayune pronounces it "exquisitely written, with much fine character drawing and quaint hximorj" and The Book-Buyer says: "It is. ft story surely which carries us beyond tbe range of human accountability—a Strange, vigorous, readable story." His Opportunity. He—I'm thinking of proposing 1 to you. She—I hope you will postpone it a while. . He—Why? She—I don't know you well enough yet to refuse you. Tbe Wuc'o of » Word. "How, in tbe name of all that is wonderful, did yon induce Putter, th« golf euthuiast, to go gunning with you?" »*Wby, I told him J was going to.

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