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THE OTPJS& MOINESt ALGONA. IOWA, WEDNESDAY 'AUGUST 23, DICK RODNEY;- Or, The Adventure* of An Eton Boy... BY JAmiM O RANT. NOTES OF THE WM1EL MATTERS OP iNTEftest TO otsv* OTEES OP THE BICYCLE. Fast Mil* on tit* Ro»d—Midget Joe Dow* ney Cov«r* • >i»»§aehn*etti Straightaway Coat** to ille 8-8—Tltui Proves a Victim to J«elB»cnr«tt. CHAPTER XXXV.—(Continued.) This Instrument of the law was simply an upright wooden post rising from the platform. At its base was a low stool, on which the condemned are seated, and about three feet above that appears an Iron ring with a handle and Bcrew, by the compression of which they are strangled, instantly or slowly according to sentence. The crowd was very Impatient; the hour at which the grim scene was to have taken place was now long past. Loud murmurs arose from the people, who had heard most exaggerated Btorles of Antonio's stature, strength and ferocity, and glances of anger and Impatience were darted at the gilt dial of the town house, on which a black banner was hoisted but half-mast high. . We recognized nearly all the crew of . the San Ildefonso In front of the mob; and there, too, were a number of British sailors' of H. M.'s steam sloop of war Active, which had anchored In the harbor that morning. • •: Several priests In long, gray robes were hurrying to and fro, begging a "peseta" to pay for masses for the soul of the condemned man. - As neither Hlslop nor I had any desire to witness a scene so barbarous and revolting as an execution, we hastened to our posada to breakfast.where we were some time later joined by " Capt. Jose Estremera, who had Just .come from the Castle of Santa Cruz, where the culprit was confined, and •who gave us all the particulars concerning the execution of Antonio that we cared to know. *"' CHAPTER XXXVI. Conclusion. I have but little more to add, for with this last episode the course of wild adventures upon which I had been so strangely hurried, nearly closes. A few hours after the death of Antonio, when Hlslop and I, with Lambourne, Carlton and other survivors of the Eugenie were waiting In the office of the British consul, to make some arrangements for rewarding Jose Estremera for his great kindness to us all, we met Captain the Hon. Egerton B— of her majesty's ship Active, who was so struck With our story that he offered us all a passage to England, an offer we accepted with gratitude. His ship was leaving the African squadron, and returning home to be repaired. "Rodney—Rodney," said he, ponder- Ingly, when the consul Introduced me, "you ought to have been a sailor, for your name is well known in the service," and his words brought the memory of my poor mother's ambition back to me, and I thought of the old picture which hung in the dining room at home. After a brief conference with his shipmates, Tattooed Tom now came forward, and twirling his fragment of a hat,,said that "if the noble captain had no objection, as he, Ned Carlton, Probart and the other poor fellows of the Eugenie were out of a berth, and at uncommon low water, they would gladly ship aboard the Active and enter her majesty's service. Capt B—, who saw at a glance that they were all first-class seamen, readily accepted the offer and promised them the usual bounty, for which they gave three loud cheers for the queen, and it came from their throats not the less heartily that they were far away from her and in a foreign land, all tattered as they were, with scarcely a shirt to their backs. "Heaven bless you, my lads," said Hislop; "this is the best thing you can do; and believe me, Capt. B , you will find my old shipmates neither waisters nor green hands, but thorough ' A. B.'s." As they all loved him, another cheer for Hislop followed, and while the captain went off to the Active In his gig, we all adjourned to a posado to ' have" a friendly glass together. Soon after, as the war steamer was to sail that evening, a boat under a midshipman came off for us, and then •we 'bade farewell to Jose Estremera, to his mate, Manuel Gautier, to Fra Anselmo, and the old governor of Sura- were on the deck of good old English oak—aye, as much at home as if we stood upon the chalky South Foreland, and saw the great hop fields of fertile Kent at our feet, with the gray towers of Dover and the white spires of Deal In the distance. Old Lambourne uttered a shout, and pointed to the Union Jack. One must be abroad and far away to feel to the full the emotions that are excited, and the confidence which is inspired on seeing the old flag, that has swept every sea and shore, waving In Its pride from the gaff-peak of a British man-of-war. It Is then that we feel "what a sway one little island has exercised over the mighty earth." Hislop and I dined with Capt. B—, who was anxious to hear our story in detail. Our shipmates were told oft to their several divisions, and we were placed In the ward room mess for the remainder of the voyage. We sailed that night, and under steam and canvas, as we bore away to the north, we soon saw the Peak of Adam sinking into the dark blue sea. "Adieu to the Canaries," said Hislop, waving his hat; "the next shore we see will be Europe—the white cliffs of Old England, perhaps." But next day we sighted the great pltous of the Salvage Islands, a group of uninhabited rocks which are claimed by tho Portuguese (perhaps no one else cares about them), and which are surrounded by dangerous shoals. One of these Isles closely resembles the fantastic rocks of the Needles, at the west end of the Isle of Wight. On the Salvages the canary birds are BO numerous that an old voyager says "It is impossible to walk without crushing their eggs." We touched at Madeira, and after a delightful voyage of about sixteen days ran up the Channel, and came to anchor ia the Downs on the 29th of October. * * * I had been absent from home more than a year, when I found myself in London—in mighty London, with its dark forests of masts and Its dark cathedral dome, that meets the eye from every point of view—a wondrous and bewildering change, after traversing so long the wide and lonely sea! With a heart swollen by anxiety to learn tidings of my father, my mother and sisters, I reached the counting room of my uncle's firm, Rodney & Co., in the city, but there was something so peculiar in my aspect, which pertained neither to sea nor shore, and was unmistakably outlandish, that old John Thomas, the porter, seemed inclined to shut the door in my face. A short explanation, however, soon overcame his scruples, and I was then admitted. My uncle was at Erlesmere, but his head clerk assured me that my family were all well, though they had long since given me up for dead, as a handsome (he assured me it was very handsome) white marble tablet erected to my memory In the Rectory church remained to testify. My letters from Cuba had never reached home. As I had no desire to shock my parents by a sudden surprise, a telegram preceded me, and in less than an hour I was off by the express train for Erlesmere. But with all Its speed the express seemed too slow for me. Mark Hislop accompanied me until he could get a ship, but before looking for that he meant to visit his old mother, who lived somewhere in Scotland. After all that we had undergone, all that I had to show my family were the sword and old book found In the waterlogged brig, the creese of a mutinous Lascar, and the ring given me by the governor of Surabaya. I have now realized the truth of Goethe's maxim: "He that looks forward sees one way to pursue, but h« who looks backward sees many." THE END. Fn«t Mile on the Road. Without wind shields or locomotive pace, Joe Downey, a well known boy as- Iplrant for th« honors of succeeding fjlmmy Michael as • the midget : middle distance favorite of the track, rode a mile In 1:162-5 ever a straightaway course in Norwood, Maes. The boy, who Is but '16 years of age, was paced by an Orient motor pacing tandem, manned by Callahan and Caldwell. The affair was under C. R. C. sanction and management and the time was done by officially appointed timers. Downey and the pacing machine began moving about an eighth of a mile back of the starting point and when they flashed by the timers their gait was already up to the speed limit. On account of small rises In the ground over which the macadam course ran, the pacera and paced were soon lost to sight, but the regular puffing of the motor on the tandem gave evidence of the continuance of the work. Throughout the entire distance Joe rode gamely and never faltered from his position close behind the vermllllon motor tandem. The last half was covered In 38 seconds flat and the last quarter In 17 seconds. Earlier In the afternoon of the same day the boy made an attempt at the same game but was successful only In riding the mile In 1:25. His time of 1:16 2-5 shows'truly the meritorious'riding and pace following abilities, especially for a boy. It does not, however, quite equal the performance of Melville Dennis, who at Denver in March, 1896, rode a straightaway mile In 1:11 3-5. Dennis' ride was not officially scored by the C. R. C., as that organization had not at that time begun to sanction mile performance. Those who witnessed and timed it, however, report It to have been a straightforward ride and so, though under the guardianship of the C. R. C., young Downey can hardly claim his to have been a record performance. It is hard to compare such speed tests as the circumstances are always different and the conditions at one attempt radically unlike those at another. To make comparison Is a difficult task and the establishment of official records Impossible. Dennis had no pace, but he was favored with a gale blowing upon his back, while Downey was without the gale and aided by an Orient motor tandem manned, by a thoroughly capable team. tl A T,t DA.LL THE GAME. It Now Seettl Within the Banff* of Possibility that New fork Will See the American A i.oclat Ion Baieball Politic*. itevired— aorne financial returns for their day's I' work, regardless of whether they won I anything in the final, fairly substantial I prizes were placed on the heats. Then C (jft Re N-f NEWS ANB NOTES 01* a consolation race eligible to all those who were unplaced In the qualifying heats was run, and the first three men in this, together with the six riders finishing first in their respective qualifying heats,,constituted the bunch to ride in the semi-finals. The nine riders were divided into groups of three each, thus making three semifinals, the first man In each Instance quality- Ing for the final, which thus became a truly exciting race, the large original field having been narrowed down to the three best riders present The prizes In the final were, of course.much larger than those awarded in the trial heats. With such a system as this, where the winning riders have to rise heat by heat to the throne of honor, public Interest Is kept much more awake than when the day's racing comprises three or four races In which everyone may ride and in which the finishes are so contradictory to each other that the spectators are much In doubt as to who should be considered favorite. Steven* AVIns at Buffalo. Before «a very slim crowd Orlando Stevena gained the title of half-mile champion by defeating KImble, Cooper, Klser and .McFarland In the championship race for that distance at the N. C. A. grand clruult meet at Buffalo. Two heats only were run. In the first Mc- Titus Prove* a Victim. Fred Titus certainly must have needed the money very badly—there was a loser's end, of course—to have consented to offer himself up as a sacrifice in the manner, he did at Woodslde park, Philadelphia, when, out of condition and "hog fat," he easily fell a victim to Archie McEachren, the Canadian "un- paced king," in an "unlimited" pursuit race whose duration was less than three miles. The 1,200 spectators looked 'for a run for their money, but they didn't get It, the Canuck gaining ground from the drop of the hat. McEachren, winning the toss, chose to start from the tape, Titus being sent away from the backstretch mark. At the end of the first mile Titus had lost fully seventy-five yards; at the two- mile mark almost double that distance. At this point the Canadian, realizing what a "cinch" he had, put his head down, and after a hard sprint of fully three-quarters of a mile, passed Freddy about seventy-five yards short of three miles. Archie's victory, while hollow, was by no means a discreditable one, fts his time, 6; 52 3-5, bears witness. The ORLANDO STEVENS. Farland shut Cooper out for the paca and KImble hooked onto his rear wheel. On the first bank of the last lap KImble went by McFarland, who fought hard with Cooper for second position. At the last turn Tom man* aged to free herself from McFarland and finished next beyond KImble. However, because of the fact that the heal was the faster of the two qualifying heats, all three of the riders were allowed to take a chance at the final, Stevens easily won the second heat, Klser defeating Newhouse for second place. The final had Kimble, Stevens, Cooper, Klser and McFarland lined ujj In order from the pole. Cooper waa first to catch the pacemaker.wlth Klsei close behind. KImble was third In line and McFarland and Stevle trailed. At the bell the Californian went forward with a quick jump, Stevens on his rear wheel, KImble fought the pair down the back stretch, and those three rounded the last turn side by side. Stevens broke away first, with KImble close behind. Cooper rushed alongside and at the tape was but Inches short of having tied for sec^ ond, Stevens having won first by an open length. The time lor the final was :59 4-5. The New Association. The movement for the organization of an association antagonistic to the National league has been magnified In importance by sensational newspaper stories concerning it sent out of Chi* cago and other baseball centers. The proposed rival to the league Is without clubs, circuit or capital. Every city which its promoters claim for it is under the protection of the national agreement and equipped with a club belonging to the National or Western league, the strongest baseball organizations in existence. The cities to be represented, according to report, are New York, Philadelphia, Wasnmgton and Baltimore in the East, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo In the West. The probability of a reduction of the National league circuit to eight clubs, tho strained relations between Andrew Freedman, the chief owner of the New York club, and the dominant faction In the league, and the operations of St. Louis and Cleveland and Brooklyn and Baltimore clubs by syndicates, prompted the promoters of the now league to agitate its formation. Their Idea Is to avoid a clash of dates in cities where National league clubs are operated and to engage players from season to season wltnout the right of reservation so as to enlist the support of labor organizations. Tho statement has been made that Freedman favors tho move and so do Franklin of Buffalo and Van Derbeck of Detroit. McGraw ana Robinson have been offered the Baltimore franchise and the new Chicago club Is to be controlled by A. C. Auson. Two wealthy Hebrews will, It ia alleged, back the Philadelphia club and Mike Scanlon will be at the head of the Washington club. George Schafer, one of the syndicate which has controlled Athletic park In St. Loula, and Von der Ahe are the only parties named as connected with the movement In St. Louis, but It Is claimed that a brewery official and a capitalist are or will be Identified with It. The break at Syracuse has toeeft *&• paired by the energetic president of the Eastern league. Toe Westerft league has exchanged Columbus tot Grand Rapids with the interstate league, the Atlantic league has reduced its membership to six clubs, the New York State league and the New England league have had their troubles, and so have the Connecticut State league, the Indiana-Illinois and other minors. The South has scored two failures in the Southern and Texas leagues. Yet those who take upon themselves the task of "pet" petuatlng baseball as the national game of America" make no move to bring about reforms to prevent these annual disasters. Indeed, the? are confessedly powerless to improve conditions within their own organizations. Politics BO permeate the National league that its capacity for good is affected. The selfish purposes re> celve more consideration and engross more time than measures for the good of the game.—Sporting Life. Chlcaco's New Pitcher. Virgil A. Garvin, the new pitcher of the Chicago club, was born on Feb. 1. 1874, at Navasota, Texas, where he learned to play ball. His first professional engagement was with the Sherman (Texas) club In 1895, and the following season he was engaged by the New Haven club, which was managed, by Ted Sullivan, who recommended' Garvin to the Philadelphia club. HP was .allowed to go to the Newark club for the rest of the season of 1896. In baya. "Come, Dick, we have no time to lose," said Hislop; let us be off to the ship while daylight lasts." I shall never forget my emotions of joy when the boat with Hislop and the rest of us came steering alongside the Active. She was BO clean, so trig, so square •aloft; with the bright copper gleaming in the water below; her black bulwarks and red .portholes, through which her sixty-eights and thlrty-'twos peered above the brine; the snow-white hammock cloths, with the gold epaulets of ,tbe lieutenant of the watch glittering above them; the red-coated marines im the poop and forecastle; the great scarlet ensign of "Old England" float- Ing at the gaff-peak, and that no part of the illusion might be wanting, a little marine filer, playing shrilly but sweetly "Home, Sweet Home" in one of the boats that lay alongside, by the guess^warp boom. She was so thoroughly British in her aspect, so unlike anything we had seen J» the eeas we had traversed, that we felt ft fcenje the mowfjt our How Insects Make Soil. Mr. Darwin once wrote a book, which many readers pronounced as interesting as a novel, on earthworms and the wonderful way In which they plow up, turn over and Invigorate the soil. In a recent address, Dr. L. 0. Howard of Washington showed that many species of insects are also important agents in soil-making. They are found beneath the ground, he says, in surprising numbers, and they penetrate to a surprising depth. "The minute insects of the family Podurldea—which are wingless—have been found swarming literally by the million at a depth of six to eight feet in a stiff clay subsoil." Walters Wins Three Cornered HI lit oh. A three-cornered 100-kilometer match race was run at Nantes, France, recently, between, Bouhours, Fischer, the German, and Walters. Bourhours jumped his competitors at tho start, and before they had gotten their high gears moving in good shape was fully 100 meters in the lead. He was overtaken in the tenth lap, however, by the Englishman, who did not wait for him but ran ahead and cut out a pace that allowed him to continually lap the others. He carried off the race with eight laps to spare over Fischer, who compelled the Frenchman to finish third. The time was somewhat slow, the 100-kilometer task being dragged out during 2:14:33 2-5. The 10-kilometer race for pacemakers proved more interesting than the m&tch. It was won by the Prennet team, who rode as in a pursuit race all of the way, lapping the rest of the field at the seventh lap and finishing first by an unusually wide margin in the splep did time of 10:54. Tobonu and Catcher Smith. There has been more or less criticism of Tebeau and his men for taking liberties with Catcher Smith, then of the Brooklyn club and now with Washington. "Broadway Aleck" has a great arm, but he ie liable to throw the ball into center field In his efforts to locate gecond base. With McKean on third and Tebeau on first In the last Inning, and two out and a run needed to tie the score, Pat made a break for second while McKean tried to reach the plate. Smith made a perfect throw for a wonder, and as .the return was equally good, McKean was caught and the game was over. It was good baseball to take that chance with an erratic thrower like Smith, and the failure of the play should not condemn It. Had the throw been bad, and it was even money that it would be, McKean would have scored and Tebeau taken third, and a hit or error would have won the game. Smith's wlldness of aim led to his being exchanged along with First Baseman McGann for McGuire.—Ex. PlttsburR's Popular Manager. A change In the ownership of the PIttsburg club at the close of the season of 1897 led to the retirement of P. J. Donovan from the management of that team and the engagement of W. H. Watklns as his successor. No player of the PIttsburg club was more loyal to his club than the deposed manager, and when Mr. Watklns sev- PITCHER GARVIN. 1897 he became a member of the Read- Ing club, with which he remained until his recent purchase by the Chicago club. He has acquitted himself creditably so far and experts regard him; as a fixture In fast company. He is m glutton for work. In 1896 he pitched tho last three games for the Newark club within two days and won all of them. The first game was played on Saturday and the double-header on Sunday. These three victories gave the Newark club the Atlantic league pennant of 1897 by seven points. Garvin pitched In forty-nine games in 1898 and this year won fourteen out of nineteen games for the Reading club. Keep Moving Around. Pat Flaherty, the ex-manager of the Ottumwa club of the Western association, and Joe Zoellers, the brilliant outfielder of the Alton team, have joined the Crawfordsville club of the Indiana- Illinois league. Flaherty will play second base. Pat has an old head and his up-to-date methods should be of great assistance to his new team. He knows the game and classes high as a cantain of a team. Zoellers only needs a chance to show that he is a first-class man. He has played semi-professional ball for several seasons, but refused to accept any of tho many offers of professional engagements. He excels as a batter and base runner and is a reliable fielder with a good arm. He la always alert to take an advantage or to turn a trick, and, like Flaherty, his habits are good. Large Tires Versus Small Ones. Experiments made in the engineer^ ing department at Cornell university •have shown that, other things being equal, a bicycle runs more easily with a large tire than with a small one. A two-inch tire, for instance, was decidedly easier to run than a tire of an inch and a half diameter. We are yet so unaccustomed to the automobiles that one never appears taut a gaping crowd doe? not follow }t« progress wM tfeeir eye* ARCHIE M'EACHREN. preliminary events were of a character to whet the appetities of the crowd for a fierce contest In the event of the day, and they filed out of the grounds visibly disappointed after the idol-shattering experience. European Heat System. It is a notable fact that nearly all of the great European sprint races fur^ nlsh each in itself a full day's sport. Instead of running several distinct races, the continental promoter makes a drawing card of some one grand race in which compete from twenty to thirty riders aad which comprises some nine or ten beats and a final. For instance, ia the recent great pri?e race of the U. V. P., there were 9lS original qualifying heats. Tjje njen were di* vtded amon$ these so, tbat ea,ch heat "vvQ«ia yJeW a. i#Mte4 W- TJ*»t a-JH of tfee fcf »t riie?* iR (ha<M|ft m* itt ' American Cycles In Slam. Cycling is becoming popular in the little kingdom of Slam, and in the last two years it has developed wonderfully. This is not alone true of Bangkok, but of the surrounding country, and bicycles are encountered now where formerly the elephant was the prime means of transportation. American cycles are popular, but the field has not been as strongly worked by manufacturers in the United States as it has by German and English competitors. French and Belgiaa wheels are little kaowa. The demaad for bicycles continues to Increase dally, If it is borne la miad that Slam has a populatloa of about 8,000,000, that the couatry is steadily making progress in every respect, that the roads are good, and that the duty imposed on bicycles is but 3 per cent ad valorem, it must be admitted that the market there for American goods can be created and controlled. <'E,very human eye has a blind in it,* 4 said th,e scientific a ~ P. J. DONOVAN. ered his connection with that club in May Donovan was again intrusted with the management of the Pirates. He is an intelligent player and an ornament to his profession. He has been the right fielder of the PIttsburg club since 1892. Politics. The object of the national agreement is set forth in article 2 of that instrument as follows: "J.. To perpetuate baseball as the national game of America and to surround it with such safeguards as to warrant absolute public confidence in its integrity and methods. "2, TQ promote and a#or4 protec-> tion, to Bftoh mjftoj? prQlejBjgnal baft* bail leagues,, ft&4 '' Diamond Glints, A number of professionals have organized a strong independent team at Hot Springs, Ark., and are open for dates' with the surrounding towns. Among the most prominent are Con Lucid, "Red" Burns, "Fatty" Murray, Dudley Payne, Dillon, "Kid" Hayes, Frank Hill, Moore and several others. The boys are showing up In fine form. , It doesn't do for a ball player to sufr fer an enlargement of the head. An Instance of that occurred in Springfield, when Gleason thought he could injure the team by jumping. He couldn't have helped the team more, no matter what he did, Walter Curley Is playing as Gleason never can, and Gleason Is under suspension.—Woroes- ter Spy. Manager Wllmot is not going to resign first place in the Western league without a struggle. He has purchased the release of Pitcher Flfleld of Philadelphia, and will use him regularly with Hutchison, Friend and Menefee as soon as the latter has served out his suspension. Parker will probably be held as a utility man, as he ie a valuable player in that capacity. , Chicago lost the opening game at Brooklyn in a sensational manner. Chicago had three men on bases two out and one run needed to tie. Two strikes had been called on Wolverton, when McGuire let the ball get by him, It rolled only about flve feet, but Demont tried to run home, and was out by a close shave. Merles tried to score from second on a bunt in the eixth, and was also caught, Latham fined Miller ?9Q, but most of it was put on after he had ordered Dusty out of (he pme, and it cannot cpunt,, wrUfJ Reft MwLford, Jr.-

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