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f S --v*-- < &* 1 V-* ! "5yH £ *• y - L "1 '"Quite that, sir —in Jewels and pearls, tt lies there ready for anyone. And the queer thing about it is that the real owner is outlawed and cannot hold property, so that it belongs to the first comer.' "'To government, Small,' he stammered—'to government.' But he said it in a halting fashion, and f knew in my heart that I bad got him. " 'You think then, sir, that I should give the information to the governor general?' said I, quietly. " 'Well, well, you must not do anything rash, or that you might repent. Let me hear ail about it, Small. Give me the facts.' "I told him the v^hole story, with small changes so that he could not Identify the places. When I had finished he stood stock still and full of thought. I 'I WISH TO HAVE YOUB ADVICE, MAJOR." K>uld see by the twitch of his lip that there was a struggle going on within him. " 'This is a very important matter, ;Small,' he said, at last. 'You must not «ay a word to anyone about it, and I shall see you again soon.' i . "Two nights later he and his friend Capt. Morstan came to my hut in the •dead of the night with a lantern. " 'I want you just to let Capt. Mor- stan hear that story from your own Hips, Small,' said he. •"I repeated it as I had told it before. i - 'It rings true, eh?' said ho. 'It's •good enough to act upon?' "Capt. Morstan nodded. *' 'Look here, Small,' said the major. 'We have been talking it over, my friend here and I, and we have come to the conclusion that this secret of yours is hardly a, government matter, after all, but is a private concern of your own, which of course you have the power of disposing of as you think best. Now, the question is, what price would you ask for it? We might be inclined to take it up, and at least look into it, if we could agree as to terms.' He tried to speak in a cool, careless way, but his eyes were shining with excitement and greed. "'Why, as to that, gentlemen, 1 1 answered, trying also to be cool, but feeling as excited as he did, 'there is only one bargain which a man iu my position can make. I shall want you to help mo to my freedom, and to help my three companions to theirs. We shall then take you into partnership, and give you a fifth share to divide between you.' " 'Hum! 1 said he. 'A fifth share! That is not very tempting. 1 " 'It would come to fifty thousand apiece,' said I. " 'But how can we gain your freedom? You know very well that you ask an impossibility.' " 'Nothing of the sort,' I answered. 'I have thought it all out to the last detail." The only bur to our escape is that we can get no boat fit for the voyage, and no provisions to last us for BO long a time. There are plenty of little yachts and yawls at Calcutta or Madras which would serve our turn well. Do you bring one over. We shall engage to get aboard her by night, and if you will drop us on any part of the Indian coast you will have done your part of the bargain.' ' 'If there were only one, 1 he said. "'None or all,' f answered. 'We have sworn it. The four of us must always act together.' " 'You see, Morstan,' said he, 'Small is a man of Ins word. He does not flineh from his friends. 1 think we may very well trust him,' " 'It's a dirty business,' the other answered 'Yet, as you say, the money would .save otir corami.'.sions handsomely ' " 'Well, Small,' said the major, 'we must, I suppose, try and meet you, We must first, of course, test the truth 01 your story Tell me where the bos is hid, and j shall get leave of absence and go bacU to India in the monthly relief-boat to inquire into the affair.' " 'Not so fast,' said I, growing colder as he got hot ' 1 must have the con sent of my three comrades I tell you that it is four or none with us ' " 'Nonsense!' lie broke in 'What have three block fellows to do with our agreement?' '; 'Black or blue,' said 1, 'they are i« with rue. and we all.go together.' ''Well, the matter ended by a. second meeting, at which Mahomet Singh, Abdullah Khan and Dost AUluir were all present. We talked the matter 9ver 'at UVKI w»? cainc U> 'a,n ar* . 'W.e/wure tq p'rpvicVu both .Jft'll'li,, dwrts of tne,p$rt.Qf the Agra fcift ^htJ jraack th§ .p.i,aoe jn Maj. Sholto Was to go to India to teat our story. If he found the box he was to leave it there* to send out A small yacht provisioned for a voyage, which waft to lie off Rutland island, and to which We were td Matte our way, and finally to return to hta. duties.* Capt. Morstan was then to apply for leave of absence, to meet us at Agra, and there we Were to have a final division of the treasure, he taking the major's share as well as his own. All this we Sealed by the most solemn oaths that the mind could think or the lips utter, t sat up all night with paper and ink, and by morning I had the two charts all ready, signed with the sign of four —that is, of Abdullah, Akbar, Mahomet and myself. "Well, gentlemen, 1 weary you with my long story, and I know that my friend Mr. Jones is impatient to get tne safely stowed in chokey. I'll make it as short as I can. The villain, Sholto, went off to India, but ho never came back again Capt. Morstan showed me his name among 1 a list of passengers in one uf tho mail boats very shortly nftorwards. His uncle had died, Iciv..1 ••.[* Imr. a fortune, and he had left the army. < ot he could stoop to treat five men as iic had treated us. Morstan went over to Agra shortly afterwards, and found, as we expected, that the treasure was indeed gone. The scoundrel had stolen it all, without carrying out one of the conditions on which we had sold him the secret. From that day I lived only for vengeance. I thought of it by day and I nursed it by night. It became an overpowering, absorbing passion with me. I cared nothing for the law—nothing for the gallows. To escape, to track down Sholto, to have mv hand upon his throat—that was my one thought. Even tho Agra treasure had come to be a smaller thing in my mind than the slaying of Sholto. "Well, I have set my mind on many things in this life, and never one which I did not carry out. But it was weary years before my time came. I have told you that I had picked up something of medicine. One day when Dr. Somerton was • down with a fever a little Andaman islander was picked up by a convict gang in the woods. He was sick to death, and had gone to a lonely place to die. I took him in hand, though he was as venomous as a snake, and after a couple of months I got him all right and able to walk. He took a kind of fancy to me then, and would hardly go back to. his woods, but was always hangiug about my hut. I learned a little of ,his lingo from him, and this made hi mall the fonder of me. "Tonga—for that was his name—was a fine boatman, and owned a big, roomy canoe of his own. When I found that he was devoted to me and would do anything to serve me, I saw my chance of escape. I talked it over with him. He was to bring- his boat on a certain night to an old wharf which was never guarded, and there he was to pick me up. I gave him directions to have several gourds of water and a lot of yams, cocoanuts and sweet potatoes. "He was staunch and true, was little Tonga. No man ever had a more faithful mate. At the nift'ht named he had his boat at the wharf. As it chanced, however, there was one of the convict guard down there—a vile Pathan who had never missed a chance of insulting and injuring mo. I had always vowed vengeance, and now I had my chance. 1 was as if fate had placed him in my way that I mitfht pay- my debt before I left the island. Ho stood on the bank with his back to me and his carbine on his shoulder. I looked about for a stone to beat out his brains with, but none could I sec. Then a queer thought came into iny head and showed me where 1 could lay my hand on a weapon. I sat down in tho darkness und un- strapped iny wooden leg 1 . With three long- hops I was on him. lie put his carbine to his shoulder, but I struck him full and knocked the whole front of his skull in. You can see the split in the wood now where I hit him. We both went down together, for I could not keep iny balance, but when I got up I found him still lyjng quiet enough. I made for the boat and in an hour we were well out at sea. Tonp;a had bought fl JJ Jus, earthly pq^egsione with M*n, h.ip &rnjs and his gade Among other things, he had a long pambao spear and some Andaman oaeoaiiut mattingt with, which J ma a sort of u sail. For t e P days we were beating about, trusting to Jwki and tjtie eleventh we VYeye nickwj U.D bv a lftd^£jttl& Jeivi^ ^t ~i»ljinSJ)8 dl&4£ifr3LtfRil'J^ ;&£& tei^^kfe longa and i Soon managed to settle dtmti afflon/? Ihfenl f'hgjr htd otS gwd quality—the^ lei fbH aloiie and asked fad questions. "Weii< if t wefe td teii yws all the adventures that fliy little fenttfij and t Went thfough, you Would 6oi thaftlt tte, fof 1 would have yott fadfe Until the Sun was fehlning. Uef e ftttd there We drifted about the world* sofnethlag always turning tip to keepusfrotfl London. All the tlrne, however, I nevef lost sight of toy pufpose. f Would dfearn of Sholto at night, A . htlbdfed times f have killed him In tny deep. At last, however, some three of four rears ago, we foUiid ourselves in Bug* and. I had no great difficulty in find* ng where Sholto lived, and I feet to work to discover whether he httd real* *ed the v ir'eaSure, OP 'if he still bad-it* made friends With some one Who could help me—1 name no tiamcs, fof 1 don't vant to get anyone else In a hole—and soon fotUid that he still had the jewels. Then I tried to get at him In tnanv ways', but he was pretty sly, and had always two prize-fighters, besides his sons and his khitmutgar, On guard over "One day, however, I got word that was dying. I hurried at once to the garden, mad that he should slip out of ny clutches like that, and, looking .hrough the window, I saw him lying n his bed, with his sons on each side of him. I'd have come through and aken my chance with the three of ihetn, only even as I looked at him his aw dropped, and I know that lie was jone. I got into his room that same light, though, and I searched his capers to see if there was any record of vhere he had hidden our jewels. There was not, a line, however, so I came away, bitter and savage as a man could be. Before I left I bethought, me that if I ever met my Sikh friends again it would be a satisfaction to know at I had left some mark of our haired; so I scrawled down the sign of the WE WERE PICKED UP BY A TRADER. four of us, as it had been on the chart, and I pinned it on his bosom. It was o much that he should be taken to the grave without some token from-the men whom he had robbed and befooled. -. "We earned a living at this time by my exhibiting poor Tonga at fairs and' other places as the black cannibal. He would eat raw meat and dance his war dance; so we always had a hatful of pennies after a day's work. I still heard all the news from Pondicherry Lodge, and for some years there was no news to hear, except that they were hunting for the treasure. At last, however, came what we had waited for so long. The treasure had been found. It was up at the top of the house, in Mr. Bartholomew Sholto's chemical laboratory. I came at once and had a look at the place, but I could not see how with my wooden leg I was to make my way up to it, I learned, however, about a trap-door in the roof, and also about Mr. Sholto's supper hour. It seemed to me that I could manage the thing easily through Tonga. I brought him out with me witn a long rope wound round his waist. Ho could climb like a cat, and ho spoil made his way through the roof, but, as ill luck would have it, Bartholomew Sholto was still in the room, to his cost, Tonga thought ho had done something very clever in killing him, for when I camo up by the rope I found him strutting' about as proud as a peacock. Very much surprised was he when I made at him with the rope's end and cursed him for a little bloodthirsty imp. ' I took the treasure-box and let it down, and then slid down myself, having first loft the sign of the four upon the table, to show that the jewels had come back at last to those who had most right to them, Tonga then pulled up the rope, closed the window, and made off the way that he had come. "I don't know that I have anything else to tell you. 1 had heard a waterman speak of tho hpeed of Smith's launch, the Aurora, so 1 thought she would be a handy craft for our escape, I engaged with old Smith, and was to give him a big sum if he got us safe to our ship. > lie knew, no doubt, that there was some screw loose, but he was not in our secrets. All this is the truth, and if I tell it to you, gentlernen, it is not to fvmuso you™-for you have not done mo a ver'-y good turn—but ifcjs because I believe_the-best defense'I can njako is just ^o hpld IJapk nothing, but let all tho worjd JW>w how badly I have iny self been served by Maj, Sholto, and how innocent I am of the deatjj of hjsson," "A vej<y remarkable, accQun.t," 8aUl Sherlock Holmes, "A fitting wind-up to an extremely interesting case, There is nothing at »U new to me in, the latter part Ql y<W narrative, ex.* cept that you brought your own rope, That J 4W n.ot Know. 'By leeway, I hacHwped that Tonga. ha,cllQsi all his dartsi yet be managed ta uhapt one &t> toad Igst time," , tir* except his blow pipe a| ' \vyauia ttare my which afid wig all know thai yott &1% ft nOisseuf 0! driffiS, bttt duty Is duly, afid t hate gone rather, far lh doing what you and your friend asked me. f shall feel more at ease when we have ouf stdfy-leliSf 1 n <*re tinder ioxsk &fid ke£. The cab still w&its, And there are two inspectors downstairs. 1 am much obliged Id you both for yourassistafacg. Of course, you will be wanted at the trlaL Good-night to jrotL * "Good-night, gentlemen, both." said Jonathan Small. u You first, SffialU* remarked the wary Jones as they left the room. "Ill take particular care that ..you dont.elub me with jyott' Wooden leg, whatever .you may hateolpne^to the gentleman at the Andaman Isles." "Well, and there is the end of our drama," t remarked, after we had sat some time smoking in silence* "1 fea*; it shall be the last investigation In which t shall have the chance of 9tudy» ing your methods. Miss Morstan has done me the honor to accept me as & husband in prospective." He gave a most dismal groan, "t feared as much," said he, "1 really can* not congratulate you." I was a little hurt, "Have .you any reason to be dissatisfied with my choice?" I asked. "Not at all. I think she is one of the most charming young ladies I ever met, and might have been most Useful In such work as we have been doing. She had a decided genius that way; witness the way in which she preserved that Agra plan from all the other papers of her father. Hut love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which 1 place above all things. I should never marry myself, lest I bias my judgment." "I trust," said I, laughing, '.'that my judgment may survive the ordeal. But you look weary." "Yes, the reaction Is already upon me. I shall be as limp as a rag for a week." "Strange," said I, "how torms of what in another man I should call laziness alternate with Qts of splendid energy and vigor." "Yes," he answered, "there are in me the makings of a very fine loafer and also of a pretty spry sort of fellow. 1 often think of those lines of old Goethe: "Schado dass die Natur nur olnon Menscb aua dlrsohuf, Denn zum wurdlgcn Mann war und zum Schel- men der Staff." By the way, apropos of this Norwood business, you sec that they had, as 1 surmised, a confederate in the house, who could be none other than Lai.Rao, the butler; so Jones actually has the undivided honor of having caught one fish in his great haul." "The division seems rather unfair," I remarked. ,"You have done, all the work in this business. I get a wife out of it, Jones gets the credit, pray what remains for you?" "For me," sale),,Sherlock Holmes, ''.'there still re'mains^he <jocalne-bottle." And.he stretched' -hia'-long white hand np for it. 1890.0. 0. SHELLEY, -1896. O.D.PETTIBONE ALEHMft ffl&RHLE WflRKSL The undersigned arc now prepared to fill orders for fmmlsm, Cai., to the tootith of the €heg&f$ftlltg &l6tif the thlfty-ftlfatli f)ftf ftllfcl, has just tjMfc completed tifi* de? the tfifrdtiefi of WfHlftffi itoee ili Ifieeptidfl ifi i8?8, ift the WiSf M Jh&S fc«f fi ftftitifij? th6 «6lHt>letl6ti of tiilfl £8 UOfi it d^ifiidfi the &5tSf * the ipfcciie shape ef the and the aeamto laytef e* Haes 6! lt>fi£Hude, Ififitc&d ol the Ipp«jil* «&&*« ones that are ti6W la,tii«,^51ils^ Harwili^'lhe bails el the revision of all ft6tfott«jaii6Sl' W6?k Tirwhkh &«««* t>6*y i« deeired. It will take a yea* ta make the computation ffom the suf- tey and etioh verlflcatlofii as iaay to toeceesary, The W6fk has eoet something ovef $160,000. The chief object of thrift** vey is to detemiitie the precise figure of the earth. It has already been deter-' stained by north and south tinea, but this in the only one ef any .extent fttfitfifig east and west, There are two 6r three of the north and south lines, Russia has the longest meridian line ever run, going 1 from the Black sea up to the northern limits of her territory. There is one in India, run by the British government, that is the second in length, while the third was run by England and JTrrtnce from the most northern point. of Scotland down to the Balearic, islands. From these lands the shape of the earth has been determined north and south, while it has been necessary, in order to ascertain the exact shape, to run a similar lifle east and west. The United States is the only country that hap enough territory to accomplish this,which is the greatest geodetic line ever measured in the world. BAD START. In a Marriage That the Squire Thought Was Hoodooed. Henry De Mott and Miss Mary Bedell, who were married by Justice of the Peace John White, in Hoboken the other night, will never forget the ceremony. ' "Do you take," the justice wa« abouc to remark, when, with a crash, a large brass lamp fell from the ceiling and the place was in darkness. "The bride screamed: "Oh, Henry," and clutched her soon-to-be husband by the arm. Henry swore and the justice shouted: "Be calm, my children. I will soon have a light." The light waa secured, the big lamp refilled with oil, hung upon its hook, and the ceremony went on. Just as the justice was about to pronounce the couple man and wife the oil lamp fell again, besprinkling the clothing of the couple with oil.' Finally matters were fixed up and the couple pronounced man and wife. "Some'one must have hoodooed that ;marriage," .remarked the justice, as the couple left the office. , • • Wnrk of nil kinds in Marble, Stono or Granite: so Shelves, Munteis, Table Tops and J'lur or's Work of ujl h}«ds, When in need of anything' in our line, give us a call and. be convinced that we give you (rood material and good, work, ana at as vep^onablo prices as can bo fouucHn the country, SHELLEY & PETTIBONE, f i ' 1 Factory on £tatc St , east of J, B, oftloe. ' ' MADE THE TRAMPS WORK. Schema of a St- Louis Attorney to Keep Up His Water Supply. Whenever a tramp applies for food or money at the Bridgeton (Mo.) residence of Prosecuting Attorney Heidem, he is sent down to the well to work a force pump, which suppltes water to a small beer keg, set to the high water mark of a large tank and from which the water flows to the tank, which in time supplies the entire house. The job looks easy enough, but whenever a tramp pumpd half an hour or more he finds the beer keg as empty as when he started and gives up the job in disgust. One aged tramp kept at the pumps the other day unftl lie had filled the big tank and was rewarded with a silver dollar and a bountiful repast. The chalk .mark; "Nothing here," is, however, on Mr. Heidern's gate post and now all tramps pass on without stopping. GETTING AROUND A TREATY, THE ..f,-,JS £'*£*.£ Als-A V«; 1 i5..,^.r i ^>.'.. .f bfe nFeyiou0OT¥ffimyioe win jM he 4il iwrm tos%yi^lwS^S Wto 'ft $*» vM yswif naaiasfe m&mM& t wnw)m appJ i^yft^pp»l«»_Jwrj WTJ.V' .... rHT < < \ ,4 ••' .'".' -1 "> i ?', , * rI fijSfflpM.pg^jWMPfp™'' • » X V ' , ''. l .?,',;>>X., ~ ' v»i' , "- >. ' ".'.•;y 1 '%V •>,'- >• i' £&*$&fy;'*l How n Detroit Firm Will Find It Possible to Coimtruct (jovernment Gunboats. When bids for tho six composite gunboats were opened at the navy department on Monday last, it was thought that, the proposal of the Detroit Drydock company would have to be rejected, owing to the obligations of our treaties with Great Britain which provide that neither the United States noi' Great Britain shall construct war ves^ eels on the Great Lakes. A careful ex* timinatiou of the bid of the company shows that this treaty provision was considered before their bid was niacle, Tho cojnpany proposes toconstyuettho hull of the vessels ut Seattle, Wash,, and 'the machinery arid other parts at their- wprks in Detroit.' KITES, Apprised of TQ WARN Western Stocltinen . to RAILROAD LANDS I Southern Minnesota, lh the fertile Minn6Sotay*ttey»- '" TlheS&Hchp^aif'le,iftfidfc afe Jafk loftfri Oil find afe^erv jtfb'attctlve. This piflof lMies6ta is,welf settled and has school houses and churches. These lands ate Id* ated hear Tftfc IOWA CoioJttr, fieaf Tann* oil, Minn., a bright new town and first* lass locations for all kinds of business. Blue Joint hay grows,lit abundance on he upland prairie, making it a fine stock otihtry. we are selling these Choice oral- telaftds.Off Vefy eftSV tefmS at prices" atiglhg ffotn $?,50 te tfo&o per acre, One* rifth cash and « per cent interest! titles jerfect and no payment the second year. Two years to make, second payment and ,lie crops will pay for the land, Vfo rebate round trip fare to purchftpeFs of 160 acres over the Northwestern Line. 60,000 Acres of Fine Selected Lands At $1O to $13 Per Acre. 100 CHOICE IMPROVED FARMS or sale oh easy terms at S14 to $17per acre vlthln % to 5 miles of R, K7 towns, nlso eVeral section farms and 13 sections of Vlld land. Wo also have some finely im- 31'oVcd farms near R. R, stations at front 10 to $18 per acre on easy terms. G, F, HOLLOWAY, Agt, BANCROFT, IOWA. 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