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THE trPPBtt HOMES; ALTONA^ JQWA. WIDNJBSftAY OOTOBlft 25 f 9 CHAPTER XI—(Continued.) 'Possession Is nine points of the r," I answered. "I am afraid it will Ffce a difficult matter to eject Mr. Brans- lombe unless we can produce the '•col- flel's will." "Which we cannot?"—"Which we nnbt at piiesent?" "Then nothing can be done?" \ "I fear nothing, excepting to apprise ;he heir-at-law of the possible exist- ince of the will made in Miss Brans- ibmbe's favor, and to warn him that it' may any day be brought forward." \ "Humph!"'growled the rector. "And jit it should 'never turn up—if, as I be- igln to suspect, there has been some [deep-laid plot—some rascality of which Master Charlie is, as usual, the head and front, what then?" Then," I replied, "Master Charlie remain in possession." 'And Nona will be a beggar," said Mr. Heathcote sadly. "Poor child, poor 'child!" Ms Miss Branscombe at Forest Lea?" I ventured to inquire presently. "No; she and Miss Elmslle are with ills. Mr. Charlie's bachelor establlsh- fment was. hardly a fitting home for 'her, and we thought it advisable that 'Bhe should leave the neighborhood at present—at all events until we had card your opinion." "In the circumstances I should ad- ise Miss Branscombe to retire," I said •avely. Yes, yes, exactly," assented the rec- >r. "In the circumstances—as I now :nderstand them—she must of course iave the neighborhood." \ We drove on for some time after this silence. I was occupied with rose- ilored dreams of a future for the dis- ssessed heiress—a future which had ividently not entered into the rector's Iculations, from the same point of lew at all events. ; "If the fellow were not what he is, .e poor colonel's original plan would ave settled the difficulty," muttered r. Heathcote, as he touched up his ut cob. "But he was right—he was. ght; it would be a sacrifice not to be ought of—not to be thought of." ;' As he spoke we were passing the 'orest Lea woods, which here swept she is glad that Charlie Is at Forest Lea." . And then she asked the Inevitable question, which had come to be almost an exasperating one to me— "Any news of the will, Mr. Fort?" "None," 1 answered; "its loss Is as great a mystery as ever." It was not until we were seated at the dinner table that Nona slipped quietly in, and took a place by Miss Elmslie opposite to mine. There was a consciousness in her manner, a deprecating timidity, as she met my eyes, which confirmed my fears. She was lost to me, and the Gordian Knot of the Forest Lea difficulty was cut by her hand, In a way for which I at least ought not to have been wholly unprepared. The rector was called away on some parochial business after dinner, and I, not caring to join the ladles in my perturbed condition ot mind, slipped out through the open dining room window and wandered about the old-fashioned rectory garden, and presently out into the green lanes, sweet with the perfume of late-blooming honeysuckle and silent in the hush of evening's rest from toil and labor. Love and courtship were certainly in the air of that corner of Mldshlre, and I was always condemned by some malicious fate to be, not an actor in the sweet drama, but a listener and an Intruder. For the third time since my introduction to the neighborhood I encountered a pair of lovers. They were leaning against a gate, looking into a meadow, hidden from me until I was close upon them by a great tangle of traveler's joy, wreathing a jutting bush of wildbrlar rose at the corner of the hedge. It was too late for me to retire when I came upon" the couple, so there was nothing for it but a discreet cough, whloh I had the presence of mind to set up for the emergency. The woman turned hastily at the sound' and to my surprise I saw that it was Woodward, Nona's maid. To my surprise, I say, for there was something in the staid settled plainness of the maid's appearance which was incongruous, to my fancy, with lovers and love-making. Decidedly I "FORGIVE ME," I CRIED. "MISS B RANSCOMBB—iNORA. 4own to the edge of green turf bordering the road. From one of the glade- I'tike openings two figures emerged in front of our carriage, sauntering slow- |;ly along on the grass, too deeply ab- iporbed in conversation apparently to f be aware of our approach. One—a slim Igirlish figure, dressed in black gar- guents, with graceful, fair head bowed fluke a Illy on its stalk—was, as I knew |at once, Nona's; and it needed not the Irector's impatient exclamation and fsudden, quick jerk of the reins to tell ie that the slight, almost boyish figure |jy her side was that of her cousin, 3harlie Branscombe. |; In an instant the half-scotched ser- ent of jealousy was roused again and ung me to the heart. All my old Jpubts and suspicious rushed back like flood. Fool that I had been ever to HJjream of hope in the face of what-1 mad seen and knew. There was something of mockery in Uhe elaborate bow, returned by a curt •nod, with which Mr. Charles-Branscombe greeted the rector; and, as I * read it, a gleam of triumph on the ; handsome fair face in which I recog- d the fatal beaute de dlable I had , heard described. A passing glimpse of Miss Brans- j; combe showed me a half-startled, sur[ prised glance of recognition—a swift, I Shy blush, in return for the grave bow I With which I acknowledged hers. The f meeting had upset the rector's equan- Bmity as much as it had mine. He |spoke no more until we turned in at |tbe rectory gate. CHAPTER XII. Nona was not in the drawing rpom before dinner. Miss Elmslie was, and Deceived me with tearful cordiality. "It's a sad change," she whispered, ^especially for the dear girl. But she |«e§n't seem to feel it. I really believe should not 'have given Woodward credit for having a sweetheart. Yet there she was, keeping a twilight tryst amongst the clematis and the honeysuckle, like any maid of eighteen. And if anything could have added to my astonishment it was the discovery that the swain whose arm was about her waist, whose head was bent down over hers, was the rector's . smart, new groom! There must, I decided.be something more in the middle-aged maid than met the eye, since she had carried off the prize from all her young and pretty rivals. Possibly, I thought, with a little contempt for the passion which had passed;—bless the groom and the lady's maid—possibly Plutus had as much to say in the matter as Cupid. Miss Woodward might have savings which the shrewd Londoner had scented. The man overtook me presently, as, lost in the intricacies of stable-yard and back entrance, I was trying to find my way back to the garden and lawn. "I beg your pardon, sir," he said, civilly. "That path leads to the kitchen, this"—opening a gate—"will take you to the side entrance into the hall." "Thank you," I answered. "Good night." "Good night, Mr. Fort." I looked up, surprised at the sudden change of tone and manner. The man's eyes met mine. "Widdrington!" I had almost exclaimed, but that ids hand touched mine on the gate latch and checked the word. "You left this in the dog cart this afternoon, sir," he said, handing me a letter. "I picked it up wften I cleaned the trap." I took the paper from him and- passed on with another good night. My mind was in a wild state of a\arm; Widdrington was on the track of the secret—nay, with Woodward noder his influence, the secret was probably already his. How could I Warn how save her? The opportunity was not far to When I entered the drawlng-rdom Attsa Branscombe was there alone, save- tot Mrs. Heathcote's sleeping presence. The Rector's wife lay back in he? comfortable arm-chair by the fife, blissfully asleep. Nona sat by the tea-table In the opposite cornet, her soft-shaded lamp the one spot of light in the room. Her elbow rested on the table, her cheek on her hand, her pale, sweet face grave and sad. The eyes she raised at my entrance fell almost immediately, and a deep flush, painful in Its intensity, spread over cheek, neck and brow. "You will have some tea?" she said, beginning to arrange her cups with hands which trembled so much that she was forced to desist. Then she folded them resolutely In her lap and looked up at me, making, as I could see, a strong effort at composure. "Mr. Fort," she went on, In almost a whisper, "you are angry with me; and you have been go kind, I am sorry that you cannot forgive me now that everything has come right. And I do want to tell you how thoroughly I understand and thank you for all your kind thought for me, although I am afraid I must have seemed ungrateful in opposing you, and—and—all." I bowed. I was afraid to trust myself to speak just then. And yet the precious moments were flying! Mrs. Heathcote stirred in her chair. "I wish you would believe that this— as things are now, I mean—is the very happiest thing for me, as well as right," she added, bending towards me in her earnestness. "I hope you will be very happy," I said, conquered by the sweet humility of her appeal, whilst the words seemed to scorch my heart. "Im am very happy," she answered gently. "Why do you speak in the future? I shall never regret—never. I could never .grow to be so sordid, and I should like to be sure that you are not vexed about it. We all owe so much to your kindness In those sad days." The rosy color flamed In her cheeks again. "I should like to feel that we are friends." "Why not?" I responded, with uncontrolled bitterness. "It is not for me to prescribe to Miss Branscombe what is for her happiness. It Is to ba presumed that she is herself the best— in this case, perhaps, the only—judge." The blushes faded and left her white as a IJly. Something in her look made me feel as If I had struck her a blow. "Forgive me," I cried. "Miss Branscombe—Nona'.'—as she raised her shaking hands and covered her face—"what have I done—what have I said?" And then—I do not know how It happened; I have never been able to reduce the next supreme moments to any coherent memory—but her dear head was on my shoulder, my arms were round her as I dropped upon my knees by her side, and without a spoken word I knew that neither Charlie Branscombe nor any other barrier stood between me and my darling. She was mine, and mine only, and the gates of Paradise had opened to me at last. (To be continued.) Safe Side. The unexpected humor which often tints the grave speech of the Quaker is well illustrated in a little story told of an eminent young physician of Pennsylvania at the time of the civil war. He had determined to serve his country and leave his practice at home, but met with grieved re-monstranca from his mother, a sweet-faced Qua- keress. "I beseech of thee not fo go to this war, my son!" she pleaded, her soft eyes full of tears. "But I do not go to fight, mother," said the doctor, cheerfully. "I am going as a medical man. Surely there is no harm in that." "Well, well," said the little mother, doubtfully, "go then, if it must be so." Then suddenly a gleam of .loyalty shone through her tears, and site straightened herself and looked bravely up into her tall son's face. "If thee finds thee kills more than thee cures," she said, demurely, "I advise thee to go straightway over to the other side, my son!" Dickons' Ueat Novel. It is well known among literary people that Charles Dickens considered "David Copperfleld" the best of his novels, but occasions when he actually expressed that opinion are so rare that it is worth while to recall an incident which happened while he was in Philadelphia. Mr. Chap in, father of Dr. John B. Chapin, the well-known expert on Insanity, was at that time at the head of the blind asylum here. Raised type for the blind was just coming into vogue, and, desiring to have one of Dickens' books printed in that way, Mr. Chapin took advantage of an introduction to the great novelist 'to ask him which of his 'works he considered the best, andi mentioned the reason why he wanted to know. Dickens unhesitatingly answei-ed, "David Copperfield."—-Philadelphia Record. Cftndor of a Dublin Burgeon. Dr. Colles, an eminent surgeon of Dublin, who died in 1843, was remarkable for his plain dealing with himself. In his fee book he had many such candid entries as the following; "For giving ineffectual advice for deafness, 1 guinea." "For telling him he was no more ill than I was, 1 guinea." "For nothing that I know of except that he probably thought he did not pay me enough last time, 1 guinea." Of the world's annual yield of petroleum, 6,000,000,000 gallons, the United State? produces one-half. British Rout the Enemy at Glen* coe After Heavy Fighting. SYMONS FATALLY WOUNDED, Report* Sent to London ftfctM th« IrtMRM »t BBO Killed and Wounded, , Including the General In Command— Boer Low Very (London, Oct. 23.—The first really decisive battle in the Transvaal was fought and won by the British yesterday. The scene was the Immediate vicinity of (Jlencde. Gens. Symons and Hunter led the British, Gen. Joubeft the Boers. The losses are serious on both sides. The British have 260 killed and wounded, while the Boer loss la estimated at 800 killed and wounded. Gen, Symons is among the injured and it is thought his wound is mortal. The Boers fired the initial shell of the battle from guns placed on an eminence commanding Dundee. Hardly a dozen shots had been fired until the British replied with their big guns. An artillery duel followt-cl. The British aim was the better, for the Boer guns were silenced In less than an hour. The Boers, estimated at 9,000, held good positions on Dundee hill, northeast of Dundee, and on a hill south facing toward both wings. The British charged the instant the Boer batteries had been quieted. The Boers, according to British reports—all, of course, that are obtainable at present- were unable to stand the charge, and after losing, half the guns commanding their position fell back in disorder. Gen. Symona, an experienced fighter, eagerly pressed his advantage. Bringing up two untouched battalions, the Leicestershire and Devonshire, and placing the Eighteenth hussars and their field batteries at their head, he pushed on in pursuit. It was in this advance that Gen. Symons, practically at the head of his forces, was struck down by a rifle shot and wounded In the abdomen. Tho reports of the seriousness of his Injury differ, some saying it is mortal and others that it is not necessarily fatal. It is certain, however, that the daring leader will be unfit for service for some time at least. As soon as Gen. Symons had been taken to the rear Brlg.-Gen. Tule took command and led the troops on as if nothing had happened. The battle commenced about 6:30 o'clock. The preliminary assault was made by the King's Royal rifles, formerly the Sixtieth rifles, which suffered severely at Laing's Nek and Ma- Juba hill in 1881, and the Dublin fusi- leers. This movement began at 9 o'clock, Out was not easily or quickly successful. The ascent to the point where the Boer guns were stationed was toilsome. Finally in the face of a terrific but poorly aimed fire the almost inaccessible heights were crowned. There a hand to hand fight raged for over four hours, the British finally carrying the position at 1:30 o'clock. . At this particular point the Boers had five guns, which were all promptly captured. Then the Boer retreat began. Down the hillside and Into the valley the fugitives poured like frightened sheep. They were followed quickly by fresh troops from the field below. The fighting in the valley was still on when the last reports were received in London. It is quite evident that the Boer campaign had been planned to include an assault on Glencoe and another one from Hattlngsprult, opposite the British right flank, almost simultaneously. This was undoubtedly intended for a wide flank movement and would have compromised Glencoe. At the same time a similar demonstration was to have been made against Sir George S, White's position to the left and muc^ farther to the rear. The Orange Free' Staters, who had been massing in and back of Tintwa pass since having been driven back by Gen. White several days ago, again advanced toward Acton Homes for the purpose of engaging White. The news of the defeat of their forces at Dundee hill, however, arrived before they were able to cover half the distance and the plan was suddenly changed. It is now believed the Free Staters have fallen back toward Tint- wa pass and that, re-enforced by some of the remnants of Joubert's other column, they will make a fierce charge on Sir George S. White's camp at Ladysmith. There is a suspicion that the Boers will make another effort to take Glencoe, probably employing other tactics. They may try long-reaching raids and Incursions rather than fighting in the open field, in which they never have been successful. EUROPE IS BECOMING AROUSED. Great Britain's military Plan* Puzzle the Powers. London, Oct. 23.—It Is reported that Great Britain's immense military preparations against two insignificant republics are viewed with considerable curiosity in some of the European capitals, notably Paris and St. Petersburg, Notes have been exchanged on the subject, and it is even hinted in unoflicial quarters that inquiries will be addressed to the British government as to the contemplated absorption of the two republics by the British empire. The Press association announces with an air of aythority that the government's plan is to terminate the war in 4 the speediest manner possible after tho forts at Pretoria and Johannesburg have been razed and then to promulgate by order of the queen in council a new constitution for a group of five feflerai states— caw Colony vaal, total, the bfatige ftifft* ftMM State and Rhodesia—Under tne tltt* 6* the dominion of South Afficft, tfaf crown to nominate ft governor general and the five states having power to elect Its own lieutenant governor and to have local legislatures with & dominion parliament to meet at Cape Town. With Some modifications, the scheme is based upon lines similar to those of the Canadian government. BRITISH* FLEET tS GATHERING. Secret Ndral Movements Ordered *nd Huge Array of force London, Oct. 23.— -International complications are already growing out of the TransVdaL What these complications are and where they originate the governments involved are keeping strictly secret, but Great Britain is evidently ftware of them, for Friday her greatest fleet shipped anchor. It Is this sudden show of power on the sea that reveals an expectancy of trouble. Secret naval movements are already under way. It Is believed the channel fleet will mobilize and proceed to Gibraltar, where it will be in touch with the powerful Mediterranean squadron. In the meantime the port guardshlps will be formed into a home squadron. There is much speculation as to what power this mobilization is aimed at It is generally believed to be France, as Germany has given assurances of her strict neutrality. , It is considered likely that the channel fleet intends to guard the Mediterranean sea and protect the Suez canal, The fleet will probably rendezvous at Portland, where flying squadrons always assemble. It is the most powerful fleet afloat, composed of all new battleships, cruisers and torpedo boats of great speed. Sir Harry Rawson is the fleet commander. Mobilization I«< Complete. London Oct. 21.—-The mobilization Is practically completed and It Is said that more than 90 per cent of the reserves have rejoined the colors. This Is considered eminently satisfactory. The speed with which the army corps has been got together has excited the admiration of the German headquarters staff, and they have sent a semiofficial message 'of congratulation through the British inillbary attache in Berlin to the service, Transports Sot Bull. Southampton, Oct. 23.—The transport Yorkshire carrying the first troops of the special 'army corps for South Africa, cast off Friday afternoon at 2:20, the other transports following at regular intervals. Between today and Monday 17,000 men will leave for South Africa. Will Patrol the nigh Sons. Gibraltar, Oct. 23.—The British cruisers Niobe and Diadem of the channel squadron left Gibraltar Friday. They are charged to intercept contraband of war designed for the Transvaal, and may be called on to escort transports to the Cape. TIN-PLATE MEN MAY STRIKE, President Powoll of tho National Union lu a Conference. Chicago, Oct. 23.—George Powell of Elwo'od, Ind., president of the National Tin-Plate' Workers' union, and John Rombold of Ellwood City, Pa., a member of the grievance committee, held a conference with Third Vice- President Warner Arms of the American Tin-Plate company yesterday afternoon in the office of the latter concern in this city concerning certain complaints made by the National Tin- Plate Workers' union which unless adjusted are likely to involve 25,000 union laborers in a strike. No satisfactory agreement was reached, and the representative unionists returned to their homes to report to the executive committee of the union, which is expected to take some decisive action or to advise the president concerning a future course. According to President Powell, the difference is so serious that a strike may be called. The chief complaint is 1 due to the employment of nonunion men in the various mills. Endeavorers Hear Dr. Chapman. Rockford, 111., Oct. 23.—The sessions of the state convention of the Illinois Christian Endeavor union began Friday. Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman led the quiet-hour services. He followed with an address on "Different Kinds of Christians." The following will be the ofilcers for the qnsulng year: President A. B. Turner, Lincoln; vice-president, W. 3. Dewey, Cairo; treasurer, 0. S. Stowell, Alton; general secretary, A. H, MacDonald, Chicago; statistical secretary. Miss Mary A. Crane, Chicago. Directors; Miss Brown, Galesburg; F, C. Mclntyre, Decatur; Q. A, Wetzel, Chl< cago; Miss Alice B. Smith, Waukegan, and J. F. Masterson. Baptist Meeting at an End. Monmouth, 111., Oct. 23.—The fifty- fifth annual convention of the General Asociation of Illinois Baptists and the ninth anniversary of the Baptist Young People's utlon closed Friday. The former's annual report, for the first time in the history of the association, showed a decrease of church membership. At the young people's meeting a resolution was adopted favoring a semi-rannual conference. Frank Mosher, DeKalb, was chosen president. | Suicide No* Legal Defence, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 23,—The United States Court of Appeals decided that suicide cannot be urged by an insurance company or other organization as a reason for relwsing to pay op a pc-ll- cy, unless it oajj be S^QWR that ths ift- ajt I*? ^me. pf a flit Hftfi bf Wemyss Was on * golf editts* not long ag-o, by 4ft old caddie. Hift lordsWp got hit ball on one occasion so near th« hole that to flay it was, as it appeared to hind, superfluous. So h6 siMpi** tiptoed it In off the toe of his boot. Th« caddie revolted instatiter, threw ddWft the cltibs, and looked horrified. When he found wowts to speak it was to sayj "Dammit, me lord, gowf's gowfV' John Hate once sent his coachman to acertnln theatre to secure stalls^ and the man, 'Who knew more about stables than theatres, returned with what appeared to be a difficult verbal message. "Well, did you get the stalls?" Inquired the actor. "No, sir," said the coachman; "the stalls t^ere all taken up, but they told me they would be pleased to—-to"—he scratched his head and then blurted out—"to put yon In a loose box, sir!" The late Judge Charles P. Daly, 01 New York, was a charming 1 conversationalist as well as a model citizen and an accomplished jurist, lie met the Duke of Wellington some fifty years ago, and the duke remarked to him that he Kccmed too yoitng to be on the bench. "I owe my position to one of those accidents of fortune to which your grace owes so little." "I recall my criticism," said tho duke grimlyj. "you are doubtless where you belong." The recent death of Mine. Aubemon de Nerville in I'aris recalls a reply once made to her by Dumas flls, wbo did not enjoy a certain kind of lionizing. At a dinner at Mme. Aubernon's one evening ho sat next to a certain general, who was disconcerted by Dumas's chilly manner. "Why do you not tell the general some of your witty stories?"aslced the hostess in a whisper. "Mon Dicit, maclame," replied Dumas in his most ingenuous tone, "every one to his trade—I was waiting for him to! fire off a cannon." Whoii Thomas T. Crittenden was governor of Missouri he had a colored! hostler who was much in aw« of his employer. The man was apologetic over trilles, but when the governor's favorite horse died one night the case seemed to be beyond the man's power of palliation. 'He wandered about the stable-yard for a long time, lost in thought. Then going into Crittcnden's presence lie said: "Guvnor, that yere black horse, Pluto, ain't a-goin" to live berry long." "What makes you-say that Ben?" asked the governor in surprise. '"Case he am dead." An Iowa judge recently related an amusing incident that had occurred in his court when a colored man was brought up for some petty offense. The charge was read and as the statement, "The State of Iowa against John, Jones," was read in a loud voice, the colored man's eyes bulged nearly out of their sockets, and lie seemed overcome with terror and astonishment. When be was asked ii he had anything to say, or pleaded guilty or not guilty, he gasped out: "Well yo' honah, ef de whole state o' Iowa is agin this one pore nigger, Ise gwine to give up right now." The composition of which printing rollers are made was accidentally discovered by a Salopian printer. Not being able r , to find the "pelt ball" he inked the 'typo with a piece of glue which had fallen from the glue pot. It was such an excellent substitute that after mixing molasses with the glue, to give the mass a proper cansistency, tho old "pelt ball" was entirely discharged. The sun is so vast that if it were a hollow ball the moon could revolve in the or bit, which it uow follows, and still bo entirely enclosed within the sun's interior. For every acre on the surface of our globe there are more than 10,000 acres on the surface of the great luminary. Admiral , Dewey barely got through the naval academy at the foot of the class and Captain Carter, in prison for embezzlement, passed West Point with the highest honors ever given to a • cadet. . A taxpayer says the numerous investigating committees make war an expensive luxury. There have been various stories written about the stealing of the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road engines at Martinsburg, W, Va., during the rebellion and their transfer across the country for service on southern railroads by Col. Thomas Sharp, who IB still living in Ohio. Recently, an official of the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road made some Inquiries of old em- ployes who were at Martinsburg at the time the Incident happened and they say that on June 19, 1861, 200 men of Gen'l Stonewall Jackson's command were detailed to destroy the Baltimore and Ohio's equipment at Martinsburg, They piled wood and coal over 41 engines and nearly 400 cars and then set fire to them. Only ten or twelve of the engines, however, were seriously damaged, and these not by the fire, but because the water was first let out of the boilers. Col. Sharp arrived in Martinsburg on August 18, 1861, and remained there until the following March, engaged in removing engines, machinery, etc. He took eight engines across the country over the turnpike, either to Staunton, Winchester or Strasburg, (and there are some historians who disagree on this point) 32 horses being required to haul each engine. He also removed all the duplicate parts of engines and cars and all the rough iron at the station, and took away all machinery and tools which were afterward used in the Southern arsenals. The country around * Martinsburg is extremely hilly and the work of getting the engines over the country roads required considerable engineering ability. It has been currently reported in late years that one of the locomotives was the Winans camel-back No. 99 which at that time was numbered 77, but Co}. Sharp did not care for this class of engines and took only ten wheel aj*4 passenger epn' gines. There was only one eight wheel locomotive taken and,- that wa.s No. 84. Some years after $i»$ war Col, Sharp was

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