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w»««>w«"'i«»^^ ' ft wi»kc no rt I Serene* if th*> precise latitude and Jongittsds of th« large town of Q a! & t> r I dge, which WSB' jtmt reaching a size when it was fh order and quite proper, for it to hecome a city, la not given.' was in the Empire state, not ba the idson, Mohawk, Niagara, or any •tear river of sufficient Importance to !ta location, though It had a Htober of minor streams that turned wheels of Its manufactories. The der will hare to take; it for granted at it existed somewhere In the Imperial state, and it would be uesleea to look for it on the map. Gairibrldge Was large enough and progressive enough to have an excel' lent high school, In which were taught and Latin for those "Wto were to college, and French, German, •,f£ometry and English for those who" not. It was big enough also to, a bank with a capital of a quarter " m a million, whereo'f Oeneral Loammi aalnbfldge was the president, as well as the richest and best-known man of $$e large town Juat budding into city-' tioocL Theee two Institutions are the 'Only ones that need.be mentioned. November generally gives us a mild aaon before th» snows come, and or February often brings a scaoon before the flowers pjck ,eir way out of the wet soil, which be called the Aboriginal Sum;. and it was in such a season, from * 'tha twentieth to the end of the latter ' flion^h, that the first class of the Gain- bridge high school gathered on the town beside the butMing to take their •luncheon and enjoy an Atmosphere which .was more like June than any 'month of winter. . ,' i It was'the twenty-first of the month,' *' and the .young ladles and young gen- r ',ttenten were intensely .engaged in the of a^ subject brought before them by Philip Blanker", whose father ;was the teller of the-bank, and his full Jname waai. George W. Blanker; and if f j his middle, name-was a mystery, it was the next' day at Lake Wash- Ingtop. The teller wished to be a much bigger man than he was, and ^'looked forward to the time when he .;,should be president of the Gainbridge task. The sheet of water .on his own £ ; land was small, but, very pretty, and ".'•lie thought of calling it, when it came f 'io need a name/Lake Blanker; but lais wife objected, and he compromised by giving it his middle name, "rather than that of the patriot hero who has oeen revered and honored as the Father* of his country. •' •* V ~< -Mr.' Blanker had decided - to christen ,tfae lake and hoist the. American flag $n, a polo erected for tha purpose on "the border of the "lake,nearest to his house on, Washington's , birthday, L #though it would have, suited him bet- have the' ceremony '.on bin own day. • As '.-nothing could : be done the United States' without an ora- [' and the singing of an ,ode, ; Win-, the president of the bank to the oratorical effort, and .the ft t first class of the high school to sing Pftfae ode, which had been written by p'/tha principal of that Institution. ^ A fi>' •collation was to be served on the oc- 'fyi-e&Blon, to which the scholars" were in- aud some of the magnates of the , . This' celebration was the subject of conversation on the- schoolhouse " tawn. "America," the ode, and the f|t'Star Spangled : Banner"_,had._;been _ rfe- ||l!ear8ed. The artillery company of i<3a!nbrldge were to be present and fire all their cannon at once at the mo-. when the new "did Glory," pur- d by the teller, was flung loose the breeze. /Then the national an'-. lt&era was to follow, and the ode in allusion. ....... : , • /"What do you think!" exclaimed Archer. •"Conrad and' Olga Blnn- are not to be with us!" you mean to say,- Luke, that will not be present?" demanded Blanker, the teller's daughter. the two who were to be at>sent the son and daughter of the cash" '•,-•-. '.' ; ; .- V J ...>' ' ' "That is what.! mean to say, and I thr Information from "Olga her- ijjf," added Lucy. "They have al- B led the singing, and Conrad is t the only fellow that canning " * • '.••'-. :•-'• '•'•'• '•• ':•'-.•.'• ." Tiie statement of Lucy Archer had ted a sensation and something like $anic among the pupils. It had ed to be a great occasion for ia, and their hopes appeared to be denly blighted. Conrad and Olga .taken no part in the conversation were seated apart from the others, anyone who looked into their fac.es uld have seen only a picture of espair in each, though both of them ordinarily bright .and cheerful. were the best scholars Jn the 1, as they were the leaders of the and amusementa of both sexes. they looked as though they had & single friend in the whole world, - -- ---- ...... - - Gainbridge, whose ancestors, te honored ia the name of the town, an honest and just man. but he' severe in his judgments. The er, a German who had modified uaaie so that AcaeriQans pould pro- it, was au educated wa,n and a of the highest order, and his b's equal as an artlat. He j*ft bia native land tweoty years ypder a polittoftl ,cloud; which bt bftve turned a«ld* it be b*d fconest «»4 more Bui^wvteat oi£ B^ BUpertoi'a ia of- IF YOU SAY THAT AGAIN, suite as fully developed as that of his' father, and he considered himself the' most important fellow ia 'the first class of.the toigh school, though ho. certainly was far from being the best scholar. He had a lordly ..way with him, and was Impatient of control or contradiction. ,','Opnrad and Olga are'not-; going to tb^e celebration," replied Lucy, "What's the reason they are not?" asked Philip Angrily. • "Ia this a conspiracy to spoil the celebration?" - "You know tae 'reason as well, aa the Vest of us, Phil. I am sorry they can't '•go, but I can hardly blame them, for it,", insSvered the amiable Lucy. » , "You would Wt want to go.'TPhil Blanker, if your father was slmHip'ia the county jail," interposed Ben Barren, a big-hearted fellow with big fists; and perhaps both of them caused him {o be respected, for he would aot stand by and see a weak boy or girl imposed upon. "My Cathw is not in. the Jail!" protested Philip, violeatly. "I did pet g&y be was, . he o««M to W a- In nn!? v*,-,* n. vrrv !»Mc- ftTitivkr. Bit *ral Qaihbrldge. Sorae of them th* magnate was jealous of Mm be- he had been menUcmee! !n the as th'e president of the bank by some of the wisest men In th® town, ' .. One day he reported to the president that a box containing ten thousand dollars in gold was missSng and must have been stolen from the vault. Of course this discovery created a tremen-. dous excitement at the meeting of the directors called to receive the announcement. Without tracing the matter through all its details, a detective was sent for, and he questioned everybody about the premises, from the president down to the Janitor, who was "also the watchman. At the m£et- ing of the board to. hear bis report he declared his belief in the most positive manner that.the robbery was committed either by the teller, or the cashier. • Further inquiry in regard to the two officials proved that the cashier had spent his evenings, sometimes till a late hour, at the bank, for a week be-fore the discovery that the box Was mteBing. The teller always went home as soon as he had balanced his cash, and not a suspicious circumstance pointed at him". Mr. Binnfield was called before the directors and questioned by all of them, including the most expert lawyer ia the place, who attempted to browbeat the cashier into making'a confession; but he was as'ln- dependent as he had always been, i He admitted that he had spent -his evenings for a'week at the bank to in- yestlgate a discrepancy in the teller's accounts; and pointed It out very precisely to the board in the books. His brother, who was a farmer in the country, had .called twice for him at the request of Mrs. Binnfield. The detective was present, and used all hie efforts to make the cashier contradict himself, but Mr., Blnnfleld answered every question promptly and looked everyone who spoke to him squarely In the face; ' The result w.as that the cashier was arrested and .committed to the county Jail; and this" was only the night before the meeting of the scholars on the lawn of the school. Most of the solid men of the'town refused to believe that the cashier was guilty, and the teller was not even suspected by anyone. The wife and the children of the accused were in the greatest distress, as may well be supposed. In the evening of his committal, Mr. Binnfield had writ- ten.a long and most affectionate letter to them, affirming his innocence in the strongest terms. He. advised that his son and daughter should continue their studies at school, and for this reason only.they were there; but they could not engage in a frolic at such a time, "I think we might as well give up the singing, and let the band perform all the music," said Lucy Archer, who appeared to T>e very greatly disappointed. "But Phoebe says the programmes are all printed, and, that Mr. Lane's ode is upon it," replied Kitty.Owens. "If we don't sing, it will spoil / the whole affair." . "But we can't sing without Conrad and Olga,'* persisted Lucy. r "We can go through the form, Luke," urged.Kltty. "What's all this row about, Lucy?" demanded Philip Blanker,'who came with his sister to where the girls were "seated. 'They had heard the disagreeable news a moment before. "We can't sing to-morrow, PhiJ," replied Lucy. . • , . --"Can't-Bing!"-exclaimed-the~teller's son, with a savage frown on his face. "What's the reason we can't? ; : Philip's bumpi of self-esteem -was of to*'. n "If yon say that again, there -will bs R fight!" growled Phil, with his fists doubled «p for business, though nobody who knew him believed ha would use them. "It is not necessary to say it again, and I shall not do so. It looks just now. as if your father would be the next cashier of the bank, Phil, but it is not worth, while to put on any airs yet," Bald Ben quietly. "What is the trouble here?" inquired Mr. Lane, the- principal, as he can upon the spot afad heard exciting words as he approached. ' ' "Nothing," replied Phil, turning away. • "Conrad and Olga Bihnfleld will not attend the celebration." said Lucy. "Will . not attendl" exclaimed the principal. "You cannot do the sing- Ing without them; but I can sea the reason, and I am very sorry for them." "We are all very sorry tor them except Phil and Phoebe," added Lucy. "I will see Conrad and Olga, and perhaps they can be induced to change their minds," added Mr. Lane, as he saw the eon and daughter of the cashier seated by themselves away from .the others! . Be sat down in front of them, and tbok the right hand of each; He expressed his sympathy in the tender- eat and most affectionate terms, and both of them burst into tears. He begged them not to despair, and hoped and believed their father would come out of the ordeal without the smell of fire upon him* Then he epoke of the oelebration, of the preparations that had been made for it, and the' disappointment of th'o class and the people if the music was not given as printed on the programme. They had a duet in the ode, and it was not possible to have it without them. .He prevailed in the end, and the principal announced that the music would •all be sung.-toUhe -great- joy of -tha scholars. Washington's birthday proved to be another delightful aboriginal summer 'day in February, at least in the morn ing, though it did not last quite all day. The scholars of the high school dined at home and were on the lawn in readiness to take the barges that were to convey them to "Fairyland,"* ao Mr. Blanker had presumptuously named his place, at two o'clock In the afternoon. The lake was very pretty, with a small forest on the farther side of it, but there was little else to remind one of the stories read in chlldr hood. , • • "Is everything ready out at your house lor the great time, Phil?" asked Lucy Archer, as a considerable group gathered around the teller's son. '.'Everything Is ready, but when my father got home rather late yesterday afternoon, he ftmnd that the. flagstaff man had promised to set ap had not been done," replied Phil." "He had to work till near midnight , to set it up himself. Mother, Phoebe and I had to help him to stand it up in the hole dug for it about ten in the evening. Then he sent us all to bed in order to be ready for it to-day and' filled up the hole himself/' "You had a hard time of It," added Lucy. "I should think Mr. Blanker could have found men enough t to do the work." . . • "A man was engaged to do it yesterday afternoon, but he did not come as he had promised," added PhlL "But here are the barges. The fare Is half a .dollar out and back." ' ' •' ; The scholars formed a merry party, and the girls began to slug as soon as they were seated and kept it. up till they-arrived ~- at~ "Falryland.""THey were more inclined to row in the two boats on the lake than, to do anything else. By three o'clock—the hour appointed for the exercises— there was quite a large collection of people gathered on. the premises.' General Gain- bridge came in his carriage precisely at the time and was received with the most distinguished consideration by the teller and cheered by the crowd in general. The scholars had taken their places at. the foot of the flagstaff on a platform provided for them. Another was erected .for the magnates of the town, and all were seated. The band played the national airs as an overture and slid off from them Into "America," Whereupon tho-slngers rose ^nd sang the hymn. • , ,,One of the clergymen 1 of the place then invoked the divine blessing, and the general was properly announced as the orator, of the occasion in a fulsome speech by the teller of the bank. The oration was very long and very dry, and the patience of the young men and maidens of the high school was sorely tried by the infliction. It was quarter past four wh,en it was finished, and a volley of sighs went up from the singers' seats when the end came. Nothing could hurry the general in his dis^ course, not evsn the fearfully . black and threatening clouds that were piling themselves up in the west, and he could omit no portion of his account of his ancestry from whom the name of the town was derived. _As .he .finished, jharp flashes of lightning bHoded the eyes of the audience wad deafening peals of thunder nearly stunned them. Mr. Blanker hastened the proceedings, and the flag was run up by his own hands with a salvo of artillery. At the same time Phil hoisted half way up the" staff something like the topsail of a ship on which appeared the name of the lake in large letters: "Lake Washington, Named iu Honor of the -Father of His Country." The band played the "Star Spangled Ban- i ner," and the choir saog H- - i Mr. Bleaker then rose on the plat- ; torn, t$4 ottitUBg • the speteh • li« t'fee i f-r?"OA» Jr- of if-' with brilliant effect, by the scholars, and the voices of both Conrad and Olga could he easily diuUngnished in the general harmony, nnd the solo wast applauded as though no (rtorm blackened the sky. .' Suddenly the wind twgan to howl, and a violent equall came down upon the scene. Most of. the people fled to the house and" barn, for great drops of rain begati to pelt them, The_flag8taff bent like a willow rod. The inscription was carried into the lake, and then the pole Itself went by the board. It had been mortised into a timber cross, which was rooted out of the ground, as a tree displays its roots in a hurricane. • « * Those near it saw a box thrown up in the upheaval. Conrad ran to the hole in spite of the drenching rain* It was the box of gold from the batik vault! . Mr. Blanker, who had retired from the rostrum to the piazza" of the house, saw the flagstaff go down and the box thrown up from the .bowels of the earth like a demon fr"om the infernal regions to confront . him. He fainted dead away and was borne ,to his chamber. The rain was soon over, and a great crowd gathered around the ragged hole. Among them was General Gainbridge. "That is the box stolen from the vault of the bank!" exclaimed the president. "The teller was the robber, and not the cashier!" "That is why Mr. Blanker had to set the flagstaff himself," said Ben Barron, as PhiL and Phoebe ran into the house as thoroughly overwhelmed as Conrad and Olga had been. The girls hugged and kissed Olga, and the boys grasped the hands of Conrad, and their congratulations were aa hearty aa they were sincere. The general's carriage was taken to the hole. Two strong men placed the box in It, and it was driven to the bank, where it was deposited in the vault. The general was a just man if he was haughty and severe, and hia carriage proceeded at once to the county jail. Mr.' Binnfleld. was promptly released, the general declaring that his innocence had been made apparent to a multitude of people by the direct interposition of Providence. The general's carriage conveyed the cashier to his home, and a scene such as need not be described followed. The flag had been raised, and so had the box- of treasure. —Frank Leslie's Pleasant Hours. A FREAK AMONG FLOWERS. Venus' Fly-Trap and Its Almost Human . Action' Described. Now and again in exploring American woods and swamps botanists have come across floral, curiosi'ties that almost 'bridge over the great. gulf that divides the animal and vegetable kingdoms, saya *3ie Designer. One of these, to be met with nowhere in the world eave in North Carolina, Is scientifically classified as dionoea musclpula but is colloquially known as'"Venus' flytrap." In appearance the extraordi- nary'plant Is prettily but unassumingly .the leafless 'flower stem, running from six to eight inches in height and surmounted , : ,by. a cluster of five petaled blossoms, rising erect like a rosette- like bed of leaves. It la in the edge of the leaves that the death-dealing apparatus Is set—for this modest little plant, whklh is eo delicate that it dies of the slightest injury to root or stem, sustains Its life [ bj" feeding upon the unwary insects that chance to light upon Ita leaves, enticing them to their destruction by exuding from the edges of-ita-fatal-traps a viscous-fluid,-some-? what resemWlng (honey. The traps consist of two soft,'velvety leaves, fringed with delicate bristles <and hinged together on one side. The unsuspecting fly, lured by the .ihoney, alights on these bristles in anticipation of a feast but at the first 'touch of its feet the hinges close, the two leaves come together, the bristles interlock and the hapless Insect is imprisoned in a cell from which escapa la impossible. Under the stimulus of the victim's struggles the tiny glands with which the inner walls of the trap are furnished pour forth a, secretion which Dartvln analyzed as a vegetable gastric Juice, resembling 'Uhat-which insures digestion in animal life. Under the Influence ot tWa curious fluid the fly Is actually digested alive and its juices being extracted the trap doors are reopened and the skeleton is flung out. The scientists declare.that the plant unquestionably lives upqn'the juices of its victims, but one or two expert florists take exception to this statement. It Is worthy of note that, although the habit of .tlje plant is oarnivoroue, experiments have proved that U lives longer and thrives 'better when BO Inclosed that no insects can reach it-^-a super- abundance'of Its favorite diet apparently rendering ,it even more delicate than, it is by nature. The eet of tmiscles con. trolling Its leaves are paid to resemble those of the human eyelids. ' Jobu Brown't Whistle. 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