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fS**ELY TOPICS FOR AND OIHI-9 Stolen. Bftfey," * Pretty Story for i t»«r Mttl*' Bearers—A Happy Sleeting —The Millionaire Rns-w of Wfakt K*n«t «f Stttff Good Mei^ Are IS sweet to hear the merry lark. That bids a blithe g o o d morrow; But swe«ter to hark. In the twinkling lark, " To the soothing song of sorrow. Oh, nightingale! What dotSi she all! And Is she sad or jolly? ne'er on earth was sound of mirth So like to melancholy. The merry lark he soars on high. No worldly thought o'ertakes him, He sings aloud to the clear blue sky, And the daylight that awakes him, As sweet a lay, aa loud, aa gay, The nightingale Is trilling; With feeling- bliss, no lesa than his, Her little heart Is thiilllng. Yet ever and anon, "a sigh .Peers through her lavish mirth. For the lark's bold song is of the sky And hers Is of the earth. By night and day, she tunes her lay, To drive ttway all sorrow; For bliss, alas! to-night must pass,. And woe may come to-morrow. The Stolen Baby. One . afternoon about sunset, while May and her little baby brother, Dodo, •were walking In the garden, a woman, with a dark face and a red handkerchief bound about her head, looked over the fence and said: "Little girl, will you give a poor woman a drink of water?" "Yes," said May, "I'll bring you a glass from the well." Seating Dodo on the soft grass, she darted away to the well at "the back of the house, and flew back with the _ :_WAter,,but4ha.glag8-f6ll-from-her-Jiand- -^md-lay-iliattereff at her feet, for thT gate stood open, and both Dodo and the woman^were gone. One glance up and down 'the Bhady road, and May scrambled oyer the bars of the oppo- » site field, for she caught sight of a red handkerchief at the farther side, and saw the woman walking away •with a great bundle over her back. "She has stolen Dodo," thought May In' terror, "but she shall not get off with him. I will never lose sight of the' wicked woman until she gives me back my Dodo," and on she sped in hot pursuit, tears pouring down her 1 cheeks. • May followed the woman down into. . ^ great common, where she saw a motley crowd of men, women, children and. dogs. Trembling from head to foot, •qhe watched 'the i; woman make her way to a. i cpvered, wagon, and lift the baby from her back. May slipped from one tree to another, until she stood so close, vtb-the wagon that she "'could "almost" touch iti The baby was crying. "Stop that, or I'll slap you," said the woman, fiercely. But though the baby ' - -Bcreamed louder than ever, the woman — '.. ... did not "carry~out out: "Shut up your eyes and go to sleep," as she walked away. As soon as she was left alone, May slipped from her hiding place and climbed up on the wheel of the wagon and peeped in. It was too dark to see 'now, so she put her hands in and felt around. Presently they were, seized by two chubby fists.: "Oh, Dodo! Darling little Dodo," whispered May. • , ?'Do-doi" repeated the baby. "Why, I never heard him say that .J>efore,'.L-thought — May; — hugging and "kissing" him rapturously. May looked behind her apprehensively, but there was no one in sight, so she gently put his arms around her neck. "Now, Dodo," she whispered, "hold on tight, and we'll get away 'from this dreadful place as soon as ever we can. "Do-do," squealed the baby at the top of his small voice, and he squeezed her so tightly that it almost took her breath away," '"He don't act like himself. He's been frightened, and, oh! how heavy he is," thought May, as she sprang down from the wheel on which she had been standing. Dodo's weight caused her to fall, but as baby was not. hurt she seized his hand and hurried toward the trees ahd bushes, keeping her eyes upon the group of people., • Near the hill she heard terrified screams from the. gypsy camp.- • "Do-do!" screamed the baby. As his voice rang out on the quiet air May heard the crash of heavy steps behind her. Snatching up the child, she ran,. for fright gave her strength, and she never stopped tjntil she reached the , porch of her own house, and dropped him in his mother's lap, ccy- ingi •-•---• • -- --- .......... "Hide him, quick; they are after him! 1 ' "Why, May," cried,, her mother "what la the matter, and who is this di.rty little child?" . "Jtkm't you see? It's Dodo," said May, "The gypsy carried him away and put him in her wagon; but I followed and got him back. She has changed his clothes and painted him gypsy color, as they always do in the gtories; but when you've washed it off I guess he wJU look like Dodo again.' "My dear May," .said her mother "whea you left your brother on the grass -while Jtou ran for water for the gypsy w*M»aa, I went and brought him in. He Ja BOW Asleep in' Ms" crib. ofrgidi you save toe«a stealing a tt* ckiM iato tfes house 7 r>n ftnf OH porch. In at the window sprung May's sy woman, crying: "H*»re he Is! Here is my Romany boy! Were the ladies crssy to think they could steal my Romany boy?" and she snatched him to her bosom. Other dark eyes glanced Jn at the window. May's mother tried to explain, but the gyspy only scowled. Then the lady tried another plan. She laid two big silver dollars ia the baby's grimy palm. On this the gypsy ohowed her white testhJn a smile. The crowd at the window smiled also, and they all went away laughing and singing and carrying their treasure with them. Then May began to cry. "I'm so ashamed of myself," she said. "Ah! but I am proud of you," said aer mother. "Even if you did make a mistake, you are a brave little darling." Then May was comforted. — New York Ledger. A Happy Meeting. A most touching scene was witnessed h the streets of Paris recently. A little girl of about five years of age was rolling her hoop; the hoop rolled up against a gentleman sitting on a jencb, and the child, going up to him to get it, looked at 'him Involuntarily, and suddenly cried out: /'Oh, if there sn't the gentleman of mamma's mlnia- ,ure!" This exclamation, of course, attracted the attention of passers-by, and a young woman, who Immediately came up to the child, and, giving a jlance at the gentleman^ fainted away. He appeared stupefied, and stared from the child to her mother as If he were losing 'his senses; but when he saw the latter fainting on the ground, he caught her up, clasped her In his arms, and covered her with kisses. She soon regained her senses, and fell weeping on the gentleman's bosom. An officer. 5lrl, and, calling a carriage, put~lh7enT In; but the bystanders had already learned their history from their different exclamations. Five years toe- fore they were married, with every prOspect of happiness before them; but the husband, being young, was led astray by dissipated associates, and, becoming jealous of his wife, treated her BO unkindly that she finally left Win, and took an humble lodging In a different quarter of the city, where she soon after gave birth to a little daughter, and since that time had supported herself and child by her needle. The husband had sought his wife In vain, and fcad at last come 'to the sad conclusion that she had put an end to her existence. This thought had such an effect upon his mind as to cure him, not only of his Jealousy, but of his vices, .and he had since been living a most exemplary life, consecrating all hls_thought6_toJthe_memory_of.his4ost- wlfe. "• 7 "" '• r ~T ; ~~~ ~ The Millionaire and Ills Clerk. Girard, the Jnfldel millionaire of Philadelphia, one Saturday ordered all -hls-clerk3^o-como-on-the-morrow--to his wharf and help unload a newly ar-" rived ship. One young man replied quietly: "Mr. Girard,. I can't work on Sundays." , "You know our rules." "Yes, I know, t have a mother to support, but I can't work on' Sundays," . "Well, step up to the desk and the cashier will settle with you." For three weeks the young man could find no work, but one day a banker came to Girard to ask If hb could recommend a man for cashier JiTtTnew" bank. This discharged young man was at once named as a suitable person. "But," said the banker, "you' dismissed him." "Yes, because he would not work on Sundays. A man who would lose his place for conscience's sake would make a trustworthy cashier." And he was appointed. The Safety of the Public. When a corporation acquires the right to build and manage a rapid transit line of any sort, kind or de scription, it takes upon itself, with such acquiring, certain responsibilities The plant is valuable, and the profits are, as a rule, large. Of course, these profits come largely from the patronage of the persons liv ing along the line of the road. That a corporation or company cannot con duct such business without giving due regard to the safety of the public Is a self-evident fact. They are in duty bound to provide every reasonable ap pliance required to prevent Injury to those' who have occasion to cross the lines they operate. I! these lines run through a populous city, the danger to the public and the responsibility of the company are greatly augmented. A Wonderful "Uutle." Mr. Andrew Hume, Dunblane, a well- known Scottish ornithologist, has been making some interesting experiments in bird training. He trained a red or whin linnet—one of the worst of the Scottish wild birds to domesticate—to jump and keep time with the skipping rope; perform on the slack and tight rope, climb an upright rope, stand oh top of a running carriage, draw cards out of a box, mount a ladder and ring a bell,, go round a wheeling stair step by step, and fly to its owner's head when called upon. Care and kindness can accomplish much in the case' of canaries and some other birds, but this JB 'hsKavedl to be the first time that th« "Untie" *jw m distiust-uished SOME GOOD SHORT STORIES FOR OLD SOLDIERS. In tfe« ClTl! War — Hneoln'« Term B«or**at9tn* the British Boms Change*- The Bold Three Hundred. WAS an hour of fearful Issues, When the bold three hundred stood, For their love of holy freedom, —By—rthat ---'— old T h e B a a 1 Ian flood; When, lifting high each sword of flame, They call'd on every sacred name, And ewore, beside those dashing waves, They never, never would be slaves! And, O! that oath was nobly kept: From morn to setting sun Did desperation urge the flght Which valor had begun; T$ll, torrent-like, the stream of blood Ran down end mingled with the flood, And all, from mountain-cliff to wave, Was Freedom's, - Valour's, Glory's . grave. 0, yes, that oath was nobly kept, Which nobly had been sworn, And proudly did each gallant heart The foeman'S fetters spurn; And firmly was the fight malntaln'd, And amply was the triumph galn'd; They fought, fair Liberty, for thee: , They fell—to die Is to be free. Ix»iei In the War. General Horace Porter, in his "Campaigning With Grant" In The Century, carries the narrative in the current number through the Cold Harbor campaign. General Porter says: While at the mess-table taking our last meal before starting upon the march to the James on the evening of the 12th, the conversation turned upon the losses which had occurred and the reinforcements which had been received up to -not-d iff er-raueh-f rorn In the accurate official reports afterward .compiled. From the opening of the campaign, May 4, to the movement across the James, Juno 12, the total casualties in the Army of the Potomas, Including Sheridan's cavalry and Burnside's command, had been:' Killed, 7,621; wounded, 38,339; captured or missing, 8,960; total, 54,926. The services of all the men Included in these figures were not, however, permanently lost to the army. A number of them were prisoners who were afterward exchanged, and many had been only slightly wounded, and were soon ready for duty again. Some were doubtless counted more than once, as a' soldier who was wounded in a battle, twice, and afterward killed,•.'. may have been counted three times in making up the list of casualties, whereas the atfmy had really loet but one man. *' ' Tho losses of the enemy have never been^ascertained;7~No~ precise Information on,the"subjecrha.ErbeenT'dlscoYered, and not even a general statement can be made of his casualties. In a few of the battles of this campaign his losses -were~greater-than-the-losses-suffered by—the-Union-troopsi—la—the-great part of the battles, they were less. Our reinforcements had amounted to'Just about the same number as the loeses. It was estimated from the best sources of Information that Lee had also received reinforcements equal to his loss- esj eo that 'the armies were now of about the same size as when the campaign began. All the reinforcements organized in the north and reported as on their way to -the. front did not reach us. There was a good deal of truth in the remark reported^ to have- beenr~made~uy r ~Mr7 Lincoln: "We get a large bodyTif"re- inforcements together, and start them to the front; but after deducting the sick, the deserters, .the stragglers, and the discharged, the numbers seriously diminish by the time they reach their destination. It's like trying to shovel fleas across a barnyard; you don't get 'em all there." those-contained-^walt-thero-he—would—try— ep- -4 The British Cavalry, u Aa explained by Mr. Brodrlck in the house of commons, the. reorganization of the-British cavalry of the line will effect various changes. There will still be four corps, namely, the Household cavalry, of three regiments, which is not to be changed at all; the Dragoons, ten regiments; the Lancers, 'six regiments; the Hussars, twelve regiments. The first and largest establishment will be that of the nine regiments in India; next come the eight at home, ready for service abroad; then three regiments in the colonies, and so on. According to the London Standard, each cavalry regiment will, under the new, system, consist, as now, of 630 officers and men, and 525 horses, but the total number of ofllcers will be reduced by two, i. e., one captain and one lieutenant, leaving one lieutenant- colonel, four majors, five captains, nine lieutenants; and seven second lieutenants, in addition to the regimental staff officers. The tihree regiments abroad at stations other than in India (i. c., South Africa and Egypt) will also have no change in their total numbers of men pf pll ranks and horses (497 and 360 respectively), and they will be the only line regiments to retain exactly their present establishment of ofllcers —viz., one lieutenant-colonel, three majors, six captains, eight lieutenants, and three second lieutenants. Each of the eight regiments on the higher establishment at home will have their total numbers reduced from 696 to 682, but the number of horses will be Increased from 410 to 433. There will also be &u incr^&se iu the number of officers, tb.0 m«$>rg being augmented by o&e, t&* eaptainH reduced by two. OHP], four Bmy*r«i, four Jlewtenantn, ami sin Heconfl ll«ut«»- rt*. Thfis* eljtM retteetita will pmb- ably include the Sixth Dragoon guards, First Dragoons, Second Dragoons, Third Hussars, Tenth Husnirp, Thirteenth Hussars, Fourteenth Hussars, and Fifteenth Hussars. Bach of the seven regiments on the lower establishment at home will be increased from 450 of all ranks and 280 horaea to 578 of all ranks and 343 horses. Good Yankee Barter. The guards at Andersonvllle prison we're almost as vain as Indians when It tarn e_to_ Q ashy. ._deeoratlons_on-_:thelr uniforms. Our brass buttons were a ready sale to them, at a good, price, In Confederate money, and a prisoner who still wore his buttons was sure to be a new arrival, for the coats of the older ones were tied up with strings or fastened with bits of wood, they having sold or traded their buttons with the guards for something extra to eat, says an exchange. "Staff, buttons" were the moat valuable, and they were sought after by commissioned ofllcers with the same.; avidity shown by the- privates. One day a very flashily dressed lieutenant .came among us from the south gate and was immediately surrounded by the prisoners, anxious to find out anything he might be willing-to tell Us as to the progress of the war. But the officer soon Informed us that he was on the hunt for "staff, buttons" to complete the decoration of his coat, for wIMch he would pay well. In the prison were twelve or fifteen boys, from 10 to 14 years of age; who had been drummer boys In the army. Their \y0uth had not saved them from being thrust Into the Btockfcde and having to suffer the same treatment that the elder prisoners had to endure, and I will say that a brighter, more Intelligent and >heroic and uncomplaining set of boys I have never seen. One of the boys, appeared In front of the lieutenant and told him that his partner had To sell and If he would The lieutenant eaid, "All right," and he would buy; them If they mated the ones on his coat. So off went the boy, and a moment later he came elbowing his way through the crowd beyond the officer, knife In hand, and slyly cut every button, numbering about;one,dozen, off the lieutenant's coat tail. He then slipped away and In a few moments again appeared In front of the officer with the buttons. A trade was made without further adoj the lieutenant paying the boy a good round sum for his • own buttons. He then asked if "you all" had any more buttons to sell and, not hearing of any, he turned toward the gate, followed by 200 or 300 prisoners. We all held In until ho ha4 reached the gate and was about to pass out, when some one called to him, asking what had become of the buttons he had on his coat tail. He pulled the_tall of the garment around to the front and then, for'the first time, it dawned upon him that'He had been the victim of a Yankee trick. To say that he was mad would be putting it lightly. He_was fairly wild. But the more he awore the more' we laughed—and-^flhoutedT-untll-he-anal! beat a retreat through the gate. That was all he could do, for it would have been a useless task to attempt to find that boy among 30,000 prisoners. Are Battleihlps Seaworthy? Of Great Britain's thirty-odd battleships all but one are either In home waters or with the fleet which is regularly maintained In the placid Mediterranean, says the Boston Journal. The Centurion, of 10,500 tons, Is the flag- shlp-on-the-Chlna station but, like the Barfleur, she was especially constructed for' distant aervlce, given light draught so that she could pass through Suez canal ana equipped with a battery of 10-Inch and 4.7-lnch rifles Instead of the 12-Inch and 6-inch usually carried by vessels of her class, while her armor was reduced to 9 and 12 instead of 17 and 18 inches. * The sharpest gantlet which European battleships are compelled to run is In the voyage across the treacherous bay of Biscay en route to the straits qf Gibraltar, It is the custom to wait for calm seas and light winds whenever practicable, but early in December of 1893 the new first-class British armor- clad Resolution, just out of Plymouth, was caught, in a gale and suffered, a terrible experience. Under the tremendous weight of her armament the great chip began rolling violently, going at one time fully 45 degrees, first to starboard and then to port. Her captain declared that 5 degrees more would carry her completely over. The coal ran low but for a long time the .ofllcers in charge did not dare to change the vessel's course for fear that she would capsize and founder. When at last, an abatement of the gale enabled the slilp to crawl back to Queenstown her upper works were a wreck and her crew exhausted .by labor and anxiety. The' Resolution's narrow escape produced a profound impression upon naval authorities everywhere. That is one reason why they have been go loath to send large arruor-clads on long voyages in the stormy season. But with our great length of gale-«wept coasts It is absolutely, necessary that our fighting ships sliould be able to take the sea and keep it In all weath* ers. The navy department is amply justified, therefore, in ordering thj Indiana and Massachusetts to jo.in Acf- mlral Bunce, though it be a time of year when no other nation dreama of off-shore maneuvering. A wild elephant has a keen sense ot *meli. At a distance o! one thousand it can ecent aa eaomy. I have Just received a bright newstock of Portland and Akron Cement and Windsor Plaster. Fresh Lime always on. hand MySpHngstock of LUMBER is arriving daily and the grades can't be beat. Get Prices of me before . you buy. Telephone No. 19. Good clean Clover and Timothy Seed for BBle at Moses Dillon's Elevator, Bright olean Salt, 75 cents per barrel, MOBCS Dillon. MHHnery Store. Has an elegant line of j Hats, Ribbons and Flowers of the very latest styles and colors. Our price for trimming and retrimming is only 16c. First door north of Gait House Entrance. HARTMAN and SCHRINER. 117 Locust Street, Sterling, Illinois. 4 HERE WE ARE! Real Estate For Sale or RENTING AND COLLECTIONS. oooococooooooeoo A FEW OF MY BARGAINS. 80 acres, 2 miles north of Sterling ; a bonanza. 90 acres, west of Bock Falls, well improved; at a very - ^ low figure. .'"'-• .- - • ' ^':A number of choice dwellings in Sterling and" Rock Falls. "ip; Five good farms in Iowa, well located and improved, at a ^ very low figure. ,'i, A number of choice Western farms, some improved. E.B. SPEAR, Over E. D. Davis* Store. Cor. First Ave. and Third St. AT THE . . on . . Dry Goods, New Line of DRESS GOODS Just Arrived. \ •' ... . . • ' * Clothing- Boots and Shoes, Gents' Furnishings, Hats and Caps, Tin and Glass Ware, • • • " ' , '•''•:-•.' Ready-to=wear Dress SkirtsJ Capes and Jackets, Groceries. We redeem WOOL SOAP COUPONS- bring tnern along. GASOLINE, 45c for 5 gallons. J.H.AHRENS. •it

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