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'i nc youtn did not look up, but he assented, with thick tongue: "Uh." The owner of the cheery voice took him firmly by the arm. "Well," he said, with a round laugh, "I'm goin' your way, Th' hull gang is goin' your way. An' I guess I kin give yeh a lift." They began to walk like a drunken man and his friend. As they went along, the man questioned the youth and assisted him with the replies like one manipulating the mind of a child. In the search which followed he seemed to possess a wond of a magic kind. He threaded the mazes of the tangled forests with a strange fortune. In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the valor of a gamin. Obstacles fell before him and became of assistance. The youth, with his chin still on his fbreast, stood woodeuly near while his companion beat ways and means out of sullen things. The forest seemed a vast hive of men buzzing about in frantic circles, but the cheery man conducted the youth without mistakes until at last he began to chuckle with glee and self-satisfac* tiott. "Ah, thsr yeh are. See that fire?" The youth nodded stupidly. "Well, there's where your reg'ment is. An' now good-by, ol' boy, good luck t' yeh." A warm and strong hand clasped the youth's languid fingers for an instant, and then he heard a cheerful and audacious whistling as the man strode away. As he who had so befriended him was thus passing out of his life, it suddenly occurred to the youth that he had not once Keen his face. He went slowly toward tho fire ^indicated by his fit parted friend. A,s ho reeled, ho bethought 1-,'iri of tho \vcl- coise his comrades would give him. lio had a conviction that he would soon feel in his sore heart the barbed missiles of ridicule. He had no strength to invent a talc; ho would be a soft target. He. made vague plans to go of? into the. deeper darkness and hide, but they were all destroyed by the voices of exhaustion and pain from his body. His ailments clamoring, forced him to seek the place of food and rest at whatever cost. He swung unsteadily toward tho fire. He could see the forms of men throwing black shadows in the red light, and _' i „* ,-,Artimn i+ KnoTmo Ifnnxvn "ho part, The corporal went awny. The youth remained on the ground like a parcel. He stared with a vacant look into the fire. , , • After a tirrw:, ho aroused, for some and the things about him bo- pan to take form. He saw that the ground in the deep shadows was clut- ^•r \ tered with men, sprawling in every conceivable po'sture. Glancing narrowly in the more distant darkness, he caught occasional glimpses of visages that loomed pallid and ghostlv, lit as he went nearer it became known to him in some way that the ground was strewn with sleeping men. Of a sudden he confronted a dark and monstrous figure. A rifle barrel caught some glinting beams. "Halt, halt." He was dismayed for a moment, but he presently thought that he recognized the nervous voice. An he stood totter-" ing before the riflo barrel he called out: "Why, hello, Wilson, you—you— here?" ; CHAPTER XII. The rifle was lowered to a position of caution and his loud friend came slowly forward. He peered into th« youth's face. "That you, Flem?" "Yes, it's me." "Well, well. Flein, ol'boy," said the loud one, "by ginger, I'm glad t' see yeh. I give yeh up fer a goner thought yeh was dead sure enough." There'was husky emotion in his voice. The youth found that now he .could barely stand upon his feet. There was a sudden sinking of his forces. He thought he must hasten to produce his tale to protect him from the missiles already at the lips of his redoubtable comrade. So staggering before him he began: "Yes, yes. I've—I've had an awful time. I've been all over. 'Way over on th' right. Ter'ble fightin' over there. I had an awful time. I got separated from th' reg'ment. Over on th' right, I got shot. In th' head. I never see sech fightin'." The loud private had stepped forward quickly. "What? Got shot? Why didn't yeh say so at first. Poor 61' boy." Another figure at that moment loomed in the gloom. They could see it was the corporal, "Who yeh talkin' to, Wilson?" he demanded. His voice was anger-toned. ''Who yeh talkin' to? You're the derndest sentinel— •why—hello,-Flem,'you here? Why, I thought you was dead four hours ago. Great Jerusalem! they keep turnin' up every ten minutes or so," . "Over on th' right, I got separated"—began the youth with considerable glibness. '.•-.' Jiut his loud friend interrupted hastr ily, "Yes, an' he got shot in the head an' he's in a fix an' we must see to him right away," tie rested his rifle in the hollow of'his left arm and put his right around the youth's shoulder. "Gael it must hurt like thunder," be said. . . The youth leaned heavily upon his friend- "Yes, it hurts—hurts a good deal," he replied. There was a faltering in his voice, "Oh!" said 'the corporal. He linked his arm in the youth's and drew him forward, "Come on, Flem. I'll take Ueer a' yeh." ' As they wont on together, tho loud private called out after them: "Put 'iw to sleep in my blanket, Simpson. An'-« hold on a minnit—here's my canteen. It's full of coffee " •'YEH'VE IU:F.N GRAZED BY A HALT.." with a phosphorescent glow. These faces expressed in their lines the deep stupor of the tired soldiers. They made them appear. like men drunk with wine. This bit of forest might have appeared to an ethereal wanderer as a scene of the result of some fright^ ful debauch. The fire crackled musically. From it swelled light smoke. Overhead the foliage moved softly. The leaves with their faces turned toward the blaze, were colored shifting hues of silver, often edged with rod. Far off to the right, through a window in the forest, could be seen a handful of stars lying, like glittering pebbles, on the black level of the night. The youth sat in a forlorn heap until hte friend, the loud young soldier, came swinging two canteens by their lip-lit strings. "Well, now, Fleming, ol' boy," said the latter, "we'll Jiave yeh fixed up in just about a minnit." lie had the bustling ways of an amateur nurse. He fussed around the fir,and stirred the slides to brilliant i ::- ertions. He made his patient drink largely from the canteen that contained the coffee. It war, to the youth a delicious draught. He tilted his head afar back and held the canteen long to his lips. The cool mixture went caressingly down his blistered throat. Having finished, ho sighed with comfortable delight. The loud young soldier watched _ his comrade with an air of satisfaction. He later produced an extensive handkerchief from his pocket. He folded it into a manner of bandage and soused water from the other canteen upon the middle of it. This crude arrangement he bound over the youth's head, tying the ends in a queer knot at the back of the neck. "There," he said, moving off and surveying the deed, "yeh look like the devil, but I bet yeh feel better." The youth looked at his friend with gratefiil eyes. Upon his aching and swelling head the cool cloth was like a tender woman's hand. "Well, come now," continued his hidden behind fists that twisted slowly in the eye-sockets. The youth sat up and gave, vent to an enormous yawn. "Thunder!" he remarked, petulantly. Me rubbed his eyes, and then putting tip his hand felt carefully of the bandage over his \vound. His friend, perceiving him to bo awake, came from the fire. "Well, Flora, ol' man, how do yeh feel this mornin'," he demanded. Tno youth yawned again. Then he puckered his mouth to a bitter pucker. His head in truth felt precisely like a melon, and there was an unpleasant sensation at his stomach. "Oh, Lord, 1 feel pretty bad," he said. At the fireside, the loud yonng soldier watched over his comrade's wants with tenderness and cafe. He was verv busy marshaling" the little black vagabonds of tin-cups and pouring into them the stcnming.iron-colored mixture from a small and sooty tin-pail. He had some fresh meat which he roasted hurriedly upon a stick, lie sat down then and contemplated the youth's appetite with glee. "Th' reg'ment lost, over half th' men yesterday,'* he remarked, eventually. "1 thought a course they was all dead, but laws, they keep a-comin' back last night until it seems, after all, we didn't lose but a fo.w. They'd been scattered all over, wandm-in' around in the woods, ugh tin' with other rog'mcnts an' everything. .leKt like you done." A sputtering of musketry was always to bo heard. Later, the cannon had entered the dispute. In the fog-filled air, their voices made a thudding Round. The reverberations were continual. This part of the world led a strange, battlcful existence. The youth's regiment was marched to relieve a command that had lain long in sonic damn trc.i;c!:os. The men ook positions behind n rurvin;: line of iflc-pits that had beer. Mimed up, like a largo furrow, along the line of woods, tet'orc thorn was a level stretch, peopled with short, deformed stumps. •>om the woods beyond came tho'dull CARVED WORDS ON HIS THIGH. topping of the skirmishers and pickets, iring in the fog. From the right came ,hc noise of a terrific fracas. The men cuddled behind the small embankment and sat in easy attitudes iwaiting their turn. Many had their jacks to the firing. The youth leaned his breast against the brown dirt and peered over at the woods and up and down the line. Curtains of trees interfered with his ways of vision. He could sec the low line of trenches but for a short distance. A few idle flags were perched on the dirt- hills. lk:hind thorn were rows of dark bodies with a few heads sticking curiously over the top. continued next \vc<;k. Ho* a toting Sniclde Spent HIS l<a*t Moments on Earth. Most persons OTI suicide bent are satisfied with doing a clean, thorough job, being perfectly willing to leave out any extra fancy 'trimmings that would make the deed more horrible, but not so William O. Rich, youngest son of T. G. Rich, a wealthy real estate owner, whose family moves in the first circles of Binghamton society, and is well known in Now York, who cut his throat recently at Binghamton with a razor. Young Rich, though in the best of health physically, had for some time exhibited morbid tendencies. One morning he did not come down to breakfast, and when his meal was taken to his room he refused to eat, saying that he did not feel well. He did not appear at dinner or supper. His grandmother called at his room but found the door locked. She sum moned Dr. Farnham, a friend of the family, and a panel of the door was re moved. The young man was found lying on the bed, his throat and head horribly gashed. On the walls he had traced in his own blood: "1 have no pain; it i better so. Poor mother." With a penknife he had cut several words on his thigh, while on. his chest he had carved a crown. The young man's parents are at Richfield Springs. BETTER VENTILATION, Important Alterations In the Senate Wing of tho Cnpitol tit Washington. There will be some very considerable improvements in the arrangement of the rooms at the senate wing of the capitol when congress reassembles, among them the removal of the senate post office from tho inappropriate location in one of the corridors on the ground floor to the large room heretofore occupied by the committee on patents. The new location for the post ofa-jo adjoining the eastern entrance to tho senate wing is particularly well chosen because of commodiousness and its convenience of access. By this change the largo corridor will be cleared of obstruction and the ventilation of that part of the building will bo improved, as fresh air from outside can then bo admitted to the building through the windows, which ^ have hitherto been closed. This is in accordance with the recommendation made by the scientific expert who spent some time investigating the possibilities of improving the ventilation of the capitol building. THE DftAINAGBJ CAHAJU Question as to Whether It Will In* jure Navigation on the Lak i& t*ko Carriers' Association Strong Fight A galast Chicago's tmch—Secretary lament to Decide the Slattctv Making One of the most important nja ecretary Lamont will be called < to decide during his term of office is now pending before the war department. It is the report of the board of engineers appointed to examine and report upon the effect which the Chicago ,i_ n « nn «.n r.nnot nnw in Course of COtt- WAR. :om- •rward to f.nemy. mile and a drainage canal, now in course struction, will have on the waters of the great lakes. Two distinct interests are arrayed against each other m the matter—the people of Chicago on one side and the navigation interests of the lakes on the other. Chicago wants the canal to drain the river of that name, which has for years polluted the city and Lake Michigan for many miles, rendering the water impure and threatening the health of the city. The shipping people contend that, in furnishing water to drain the city and carry off its the water level of tho lakes ay b me,,, H of c , )lnpat and coulfl before the JUST A SUGGESTION. friend, "como on. I must put yeh t bed an' see that yeh get a good night' rest." The other got carefully erect and the loud young soldier led him amonf the sleeping forms lying in groups anc rows. Presently he stopped and picked up his blankets. . He spread the rubber one upon the ground and placed the woolen one about the youth's shoulders. "There now," he said, "lie clown an' git some sleep." The youth with his manner of dog- liko obedience got carefully down like a crone stooping. He stretched out with a murmur of relief and comfort. The ground felt like the softest conch. An exquisite drowsiness spread through him. The warm comfort of the blanket enveloped him and made a gentle languor. His head fell forward on his crooked arm and his weighted lids went down softly over his eyes. Hearing a splatter of musketry from the distance, he wondered indifferently if those men ever slept. He gave a long sigh, snuggled down into his blanket and in a moment was like his comrades. The youth's genres, were sp fleartenea at WB friend's voice, sounded, from that afar he cpijld scarcely feel the pressure of the corporal's arm. He eu.b,initted passively Jo the Jattey's d> recting strength, »J8 l^ad was jn, ^h.e ow owoner bwarfoff lorwif* U P°9 &w b>ea,Bt. Rj§ knees, wobble^, powlJeahTOUrto |he glare the ftj-e, "Now, FlM»» n bf CHAPTER XIII. When the youth awoke, it seemed to him that he had been asleep for a thousand years and he felt; sure that he opened his eyes upon an unexpected world, Gray mists were slowly shifting before the first efforts of the sunrays. An impending splendor could be seen in the eastern sky. An icy dew had chilled his face and immediately upon arousing he curled further down into his blanket, lie stared for awhile at the leaves overhead, moving in a heraldic wind of the day. The distance was splintering and blaring with tho voices of fighting, There was in the sound an expression of a deadly persistency as if it had not begun and was not to cease- About him were the rows find groups of men that he had dimly seen the previous night-' They were getting a last draught of sleep before awakening, The gaunt, careworn faces and dusty figures were made plain by this quaint light at the dawning, but it dressed the skin of the men in corpse- Ilka hues and made the tangled limbs appear- pulseless apd dead. , H.O, heard the noise qf a fire crackling briskly to tye cold mv> and, turning his head, he saw the. l9ud soldier pot* How to Make a Dreary Kooin Very Bright and Cheerful. ; You can make a, dreary, sunless room very bright and cheerful by the propei use of color. Use a soft buttercup yellow paper, one of those colors which seem to reflect sunlight from themselves. A big fireplace tiled with two shades of yellow tile would be a handsome addition to the room The pretty Minton tiles which come from England and used to cost so much may now be purchased at sixty cents per square foot in colored designs. This factory used to make fascinating yellow and black tiles repeating tho stories of "The Idylls of the King" and other English classics. Such tiles would make a charming framework around the fireplace, and the hearth might be covered by tiles in tho same colors, but in conventional design, One would hardly care to tread under foot the lovely Enid, the bold Sir Lancelot, or even 'the mischievous Vivian. The paint of this room ought to be a cream white, and the ceiling paper a cream white, with lines of yellow. The furniture ought to be of a cheerful light character, with an abundance of dainty, bright-colored cushions. The sash curtain's at the windows should be striped with yellow. Such a room as this will "light up" beautifully in the evenings, and one will scarcely miss the sunshine in the daytime, The success of the room depends on the choice of yellow hues, There is a certain shade of yellow almost the exact color of the daisy or the petal of the buttercup, which always looks well in furnishing and harmonizes perfectly with pure white, while hard orange shades are always painful to the eye.— N. Y, Tribune. GHOSTS DISTURB HIS SLEEP. Young Ohio Man Thrown Out of Red by Alleged Spirits. Local spiritualists and students of psychology are excited over a remarkable statement sworn to by Miss Hone Leonard, a young lady of Hamilton, O. She declares solemnly that James Holly, a farm hand, who works for her father, nine miles west of here, is tormented with spirits. She and nine of her young male and female companions here say that an evening or so ago they were in Holly's bedroom out of curiosity, and saw the mattress, with Holly lying on it, move up from the bed. lifted by some occult power, and rest suspended in midair. The alleged spirit threw Holly from his bed, and will not allow him to sleep. He is twenty years old, and has worried so much about it that he is almost a living skeleton. All through the hot season he has slept with blankets tight- lv wrapped about him through fear of the ghost. ^^___ sewage, v~~ — . will be lowered from six to twelve inches, but many eminent engineers disagree as to the exact limit the decrease of the water will reach. It is contended that six inches will be the limit. . t . The Lake Carriers' association is making the greatest fight against the canal, It is said by these representatives that all the harbors on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron will be lowered, and that vcv.ols wKh lull loads, built for the pro-sent d, ijlh of harbors, will not be able to cr.Lcr. It is claimed that Lake Huron will be affected because the Straits of Mackinaw arc so broad and deep that the level of one lake is governed by the other. The Canadian engineers are also making a protest against the canal, and they will try and interest the Canadian government in opposition to it. It is possible that the matter may bo brought to the Mention 'of the state department. Chicago is determined to have the canal, and work upon it has been in progress for some time. It is claimed that in case Secretary Lament should decide that navigation interests will be injured to such an extent that the department cannot permit the construction of the canal tho fight will be carried to congress and a bill presented authorising the work. When Si6 ammunitions exhausted the will hurry back to receive a fresh and thereupon teaumo the d* SOME NUTMEG ALBINOS. A OUTBUTTED BY A NEGRO. pf terjng T?usi}y aljQut ft, swall W«e, A few other figures mpved in the fog, and. be heard the hard cracking of as blows,. , . Su4<Jenly thcrp was & hollow ramble p.! drums,, •A, i disteatbugj e nwglatat* ly. 1 Similar spun'ds, vary ing in, strength^ from near a»d far over the The bugles called to e*el» like bya. S e» Woman's Ways oa tbe Wheel, It is noticed that in cycling the elegant woman does not coast; neither does she race. Rapidity of movement she considers neither conducive to grace nor as evincing good style. On the contrary, she sits erect, with elbows well in, gliding along slowly, and with so little) motion that the loss of dignity is not thought of in her con* nectioh. ' She does not wear skirts so short as to attract attention when she dismounts, In fact, in everything con» nected with the wheel her movements, are so quiet and unobtrusive as to ex.* cjto the admiration of the onlooker in* stead of the derision so frequently re* corded. "Repose is always elegance," and rapidity on the wheel to quite iu ~ reverse. " DiBustrons Results to a White Sinn Who Thought .His Head Was Hard. • George Brady, a white man with more nerve than discretion or common Gense, made a bet with Sam Craig, a colored deck hand at St. Louis, that he could outbutt him. The stakes were fifty cents, and a large number of sports made heavy side bets, odds being on the negro. Tho two combatants - stood a few paces apart, ducked their heads like two billy goats, and rushed upon each other. The concussion shook the house. When Brady came to he was at tho dispensary. He was taken there in an ambulance. The top of his head had withstood the jolt without visible sign of injury, but his nose w.as broken and three teeth were gone as tho result of the impact. Dr. Newcorab put his nose m a splint , aod sent him home. The negro wasn't hurt. Of course not. MARRIED IN A HAYFIELD. White Swallow, a Wiilto Ensllste Spar- roiv and Bomo White Cucnaibe.fS. Some curious Albinos have been reported lately in the Nutmeg state, says tho New York Sun. At Wallingford a small boy had ootsd for several days an odd-looking bird, as white as milk, skimming about tho shady streets in company with a flock of swallows. Now the lad,\vho is an expert stone thrower, wanted that beautiful white bird, both because it was an oddity and bc- cav.3Q it was difficult to wing with a pebble. The other night he skillfully, dropped the scudding bird with a missile. The snowy little follow proved to be a genuine chimney swallow, perfect in. every way, and the purest Albino specimen ever taken in the state, perhaps. In North Stonington a farmer killed an English sparrow that was entirely and uniformly white, except that its bill and slender, legs and toes were of a clear, transparent pink. Korrls B. Hamilton, of Danbury, has Albino cucumbers. Last spring he bought some seed from a Philadelphia house and planted it in four hills. The seed sprouted very quickly and the; vines it produced were unusually thrifty, vigorous and healthy looking. Presently they were thickly set with tender cucumbers, and Mr, Hamilton-was surprised to find that each one was as white as milk. They are good, though, of good size, as crisp and well flavored as the best fruit of the kind in the world. When the cucumbers are first set they are cream colored, but the color changes in a few days to a chalky hue, and when they, are fit for the table they are as white, nearly, as snow. They are at no time green in color. also trained to find the wounded* anT attract the attention of the ambulance men in various ways some remaining near the ^man and barking Until assistance arrives, some rnnninl off to flttd an ambulance man and lead him to the spot, and others taking the man's forago cap or tearing away a piece of his clothing and carrying it to the Rttpndnttts. ^ VAN WINKLE IN CHINA. Ho Stopped to Watch a. Z-enctliy Gimo of Chcs»< A Chinese writer,- Tcheng-Ki-To (1{f describes Chinese chess as, a game ol patience. It is played with three hundred and sixty-one pawns, and the player sometimes deliberates half an hoiir before moving one of them. Literary men and ladies are said to be fond of it, and what sounds more likely "people who have retired from business." There are three sounds, the writer says, which help to turn one's thoughts toward what is pure and delicate; the sound of falling water, the murmur of wind in the trees, and the rattle of chess pawns. In the time of the Telling dynasty, as the story goes, a woodcutter who had gone to the top of a mountain for & day's work found two young men there playing chess. He stopped to look on, and presently became deeply interested, and after awhile one of the players gave him a piece of candiod fruit to cat. / The game grew more and more fex- s citing. The woodcutter forgo't his wofrk, and sat hour 'after hour'with his eyes on the board. Atlost h<i t happened} to look at his ax. The handle of it -liad, rotted -away. . -«. L —^^j^,^---?^ i 1 That frightened him.* He jumped^ and hastened down the mountain to 1 village. Alas, among all the people! the' street he recognized not one, ai ho found on inquiry that several ce turies had passed since he started out .with his ax. - , _ THE VICTORIOUS, WHEEL. It Is C;»pturinpr the Royal' Triad!es of ^ Knropo. * ,, ' i •,„• « The bicycle, according 1 to'the 1 'London Queen, is pushing its triumphant' way into the most exclusive and; impjjpetra- ble circles of society. Atnon^s'royal ladies, the first convert was,th^"bsaufci-, ful Queen Margherita of - ItaljfJSwho is such'an enthusiastic wJfceltWomai-E that tho cycling club of Milan recently presented her with a golden k bicyjelfer J '-~ / first in the world. Hsr e r veryd^y|||j however, is of English inake^&S | The duchess of Aogta w'~ - v -"- M - m earliest of women, ridersj' was taken to task for • it * her uncle, but snceeeded'ii both him and the que'e ter was ended, The\ . Holland rides, wliile Wales and her' at Sandringham, v __ r „ v , ^ the parks of Denmark 1 ' o;q, t| Bl^iden o-aci a Smiling No Time Jo Irksomo Maud IMullor was rather outdono by a. hayfleld episodo which topk place, north of oBucyrus, O., recently, J. Peifcr, a justice of the peace, in Jackson .township, was working- In a hay field when he was approached, by a young man who asked him if ^e coula attend to some papers for him. The squire was willing and the young man left, saying lie would be back soon, In a short time he reappeared and drove .nto the field, A lady who was w*th aim produced the papers, which proved to he a Carriage license, and standing thwe with pitchfork in hand the squire tied the knot, the happy pair leaving their seatg jn the bu«?gy. 3?or women who do not employ housekeeper there has come \vitw"; ' last 'few ysws a hoon in the sional fcQus.e-oleanejyV pf AQ4 closing city 'spring FIFTEEN HOURS UNDER WATER, Crew of B, New French Boat Will Perform a, Novel Feat* A submarine boat has just been built at Paris for the, Brazilian government, the hull of which has £een fashioned in three distinct castings of gunbronse. The water-diving craft is shaped like a cigar, true to the Jules Verne prediction in "Twenty Thousand Leagues Un* der the Sea," Experiments with these boats have proved conclusively that they arp habitable by a crew, _ Tho supply of fresh air on the boat is 'ro-' newed from reservoir tubes of qxygen and the vitiated air is forced downward into the sea by pumps, which work RU.* tomatically. The crew will consigf p:f an officer and two m,en, who cap: withv out dimity remain u »^ c ? w »tw $°? fifteen lioyrs, Tho boat is fitted, with, a.a e)e,ctr4o motor of two'horse power, which wiU, enable her to make pi$h,t' kJjQts a.n; hour- She i§ also furnished wjtJv«?a%< similar in shape to ai ,'A'uels's {991), h.y moans of which eh§ can he \Yith such , high the ladies of the'i behind; and some oft beautiful wheels^of and oxidised raet'a.1 one enameled in blue and i with all this j probably benefit than thej spins i the thne-h>ing of ^nyli of We.miinyUT-^gg in the ThQ Uamburg-American. Packet pony is having b«Ut at BeKwt a twin- lo'rew steamer o* twenty thousand tpss, which wW be , -The »ew vessel is intended tsti freight, hut it witt have 4 sterna* w * MM* •.-jw««

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