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"Who can he be?" thought I, as 1 watched my companion in the second- class carriage of the London & Dove* railway f had been so full of the fact that ray long-expected holiday had come at last, and that for a few days at least the gayeties of Paris were about to supersede tho dull routine of the hospital wards, that we were well out of London before 1 observed that I was not alone in the compartment. In these days we have all pretty well agreed that "three is company and two is none" Upon the railway. At the time I write of, however, people were not so morbidly sensitive about their traveling companions. It was rather an agreeable surprise to tne to find* that there was some chance of whillng away the hours of a tedious journey. I therefore pulled my cap down over my eyes, took a good look from beneath it at my vis-a-vis, and repeated to myself: "Who can he be?" I used rather to pride myself on being able to spot a man's trade or profession by a good look at his exterior. I had the advantage of studying under CAPTAIN WILKIK. a master of athe art, who used to electrify both his patients and his clinical classes by long shots, sometimes at the most unlikely of pursuits; and never very far from the mark. "Well, my man," I have heard him say: "I can see by your fingers that you play some musical instrument for your livelihood, but it is a rather curious one--something quite out of my line." The man afterwards informed us that he earned a few coppers by blowing "Rule Britannia" on a coffee pot, the spout of which was pierced to form a rough flute. Though a novice in the art, I was still able to astonish raj' ward companions on occasion, and I never lost an opportunity of practicing. It was not mere curiosity, then, which led me to lean back on the ciishions and analyze the quiet, middle-aged man in front of me. I used to do the thing systematically, and my train of reflections ran somewhat in this wise: "General appearance, vulgar, fairly opulent and extremely self-possessed—looks like a man who could outchaff a bargee, and yet be at his ease in middle-class so- 1895.1 part. Coat made of tweed, and fairly old; but the left elbow, as far as 1 can See it, has as much of the fluff left on as the right, which is seldom the case with men who do much Writing. Might be a commercial traveler, but the little pocketbook in the waistcoat is want* ing, nor has he any of those handy valises, suggestive of samples." I give these brief headings of my ideas merely to demonstrate my method of arriving at a conclusion. As yet I had obtained nothing but negative results; but now, to use a chemical metaphor, I was in a position to pour off this solution of dissolved possibilities and examine the residue. I found myself reduced to a very limited number of occupations. He was neither a lawyer nor a clergyman, in spite of a soft felt hat, and a somewhat clerical cut about the necktie. I was wavering now between pawnbroker and horse- dealer; but there was too much character about his face for the former; and he lacked that extraordinary equine atmosphere which hangs about the latter even in his hours of relaxation; so I formed a provisional diagnosis of betting man of tnethodistical persuasions, the latter clause being inserted in deference to his hat and necktie. Pray, do not think that I reasoned it out like this in my own mind. It is only now, sitting down with pen and paper, that I can see the successive steps. As it was, I had formed my conclusion within sixty seconds of the time when I drew my hat down over my eyes and uttered the mental ejacxi- lation with which my narrative begins. I did not feel quite satisfied even then with my deduction. However, as a leading question would—to pursue my chemical analogy—act as my litmus paper, I determined to try one. There was a Times lying by my companion, and I thought the opportunity too good to be neglected. "Do you mind my looking at your paper?" I asked. "Certainly, sir, certainly," said he most urbanely, handing it across. I glanced down its columns until my eye rested upon the list of the latest betting. "Hullo!" I said, "they are laying odds upon the favorite for the Cam- bridgeshire. But perhaps," "I added, looking up, "you are not interested in these matters?" "Snares, sir!" said he violently; "wiles of the enemy! Mortals are but given a few years to live, how can they squander them so! They have not even an eye to their poor worldly interests," he added in a quieter tone, "or they would never back a single horse at such short odds with a field of thirty." There was something in this speech of his which tickled me immensely. I suppose it was the odd way in which he blended religious intolerance with worldly wisdom. I laid the Times aside with the conviction that I should be able to spend the next two hours to better purpose than in its perusal. "You speak as if you understood tho matter, at any rate," I remarked. "Yes, sir," he answered; "few men in England understood these things better in tho old days before 1 changed my 'TOtJ BBS!, I RAVE NOT FOB60TTSN MY Q^P CUNNING." ciety. Eyes well set together and nose rather prominent—would be a good long-range marksman, Cheeks flabby, but the softness of expression redeemed by a square-cut jaw and a well-set lower lip. On the whole, a powerful type. Now for the hands-' yather disappointed there. Thought he was a self-made man by the look of him, but there is po callous in the palm and no thickness at the joints. Has never been engaged in any real physical work, J should think. No tanning on the backs of the hands; oq the Contrary, thoy are very whitei with blue projecting veins and long, doJi* £§te fingers- Couldn't be an artist with that face, and yet he has the hands of a map engaged in delicate iaajptjpula,tion,8, NO red acid spots up,Qj) bis clothes, no Infc stains, «o siirstf «?f silver sharks upon the to negative my- ••• Umt he was a photographer) wot vvftTB ift Mjr profession. Put that is all over nqw," "Changed your profession?" said J, interrogatively, "Yes; I changed ray name, too," "Indeed?" said J. "Yes; you see, a, man wants, a real fresh start when his eyes become opened, so he has a new deal all round, BO to speak- Then no gets a fair chance." There was a short pause here, as I seemed to be on delicate ground in touching op, my companion's antece. dents, and he did not volunteer any in- fQnnation- I broke the silence by pf, joying 1 him a cheroot- 'Wo, thanks," said he; "J have given up tobacco, it was the hardest wrench pf a,jj, was. th§t- It does me good to smell tbe wbj$ pf your weed. Tell me," h e 94de4, gufldeply, looking- Uj,s shrewd. gr§y |a.ke. g$Q.elJ of BJ§ to carefully nefore you spoke?" "It fe 9 toWt of wtaei" said I "I .41 fetjtot t $6ttr face at the'tiffie 1 kttef* tfafi "Were you a detective, then?* Said I. "No," he answere'd, with' ft Iftftgh; ''t w&s the other thing—the detected, you know. Old scores are wiped out notfr, and the law cannot touch me^ so I don't mind confessing to a gentleman, like yourself, what a scoundrel t hate been in my time." "We are hone of us perfect," said 1. "No; but I was real out-nnd-outef. A 'fake,' you know, to start With, and afterwards a 'cracksman. 1 ft is easy to talk of these things now, fof I've changed my Spirit. It's as if I Was talking of some other man, you see." "Exactly so," said I. Ilcing a medical man 1 had none of that shrinking from crime and criminals which many men possess; 1 could make all allowances for congenital influence and the force of circumstances. No company, therefore* could have been more acceptable to me than that of the old malefactor; and as 1 sat puffing at my cigar, 1 was delighted to observe that my air of interest was gradually loosening his tongue. "Yes; I'm converted now," he con* tinned, "and of course 1 am a happier man for that. And yet," he added wistfully, "there are times when I long for the old trade again, and fancy rny- self strolling out on a cloudy night with my jimmy in my pocket. I left a name behind me in my profession, sir. I was one of the old school, you know. It was very seldom that we bungled a job. We used to begin at the foot of the ladder, the rope ladder, if I may say so, in my younger days, and then work our way up, step by step, so that we were what you might call good men all through." "1 see," said I. "I was always reckoned a hard-working, conscientious man, and had talent, too—the very cleverest of them allowed that. I began as a blacksmith, and then did a little engineering and carpentering, and then I took to sleight- of-hand tricks, and then to picking pockets. I remember, when I was home on a visit, how rny poor old father used to wonder why I was always hovering around him. He little knew that'I used to clear everything out of his pockets a dozen times a day, and then replace them, just to keep my hand in. He believes to this day that I am in an office in the city. There are few of them could touch me in that particular line of business, though." "I suppose it is a matter of practice?" I remarked. "To a great extent. Still, a man never quite loses it, if he has once been an adept—excuse me; you have dropped some cigar ash on your coat," and he waved his hand politely in front of my breast, as if to brush it off. "There," he said, handing me my gold scarf pin, "you see I have u'ot forgot my old cunning yet." He had done it so qiiickly that I hardly saw the hand whisk over my bosom, nor did I feel his fingers touch me, and yet there was the pin glittering in his hand. ;'It is wonderful," I said as I fixed it again in its place. '"" "Oh, that's nothing! But 1 have been in some really smart jobs. I was in the gang that picked the new patent safe. You remember the case. It was guaranteed to resist anything; and we managed to open the first that was ever issued, within a week of its appearance. It was done with graduated wedges, sir, the first so small that you could hardly see it against the light, and the last strong enough to prize it open. It was a clever managed affair." "I remember it," said I. "But surely some one was convicted for that?" "Yes, one was nabbed. But he didn't split, nor even let on how it was clone. We'd have' cut his soul out if—" He suddenly damped down the very ugly fires which were peeping from his eyes. "Perhaps I am boring you, talking about these old wicked days of mine?' 1 "On the contrary," I said, "you interest me extremely." ' "I like to get a listener I can trust. It's a sort of blow-off, you know, and I feel lighter after it. When I am among my brethren I dare hardly think of what has gone before. Now, I'll tell you about another job I was in. To this day, I cannot think about it without laughing." I lit another cigar, and composed myself to listen, "It was when I was a youngster," said he. "There was a big city man in those days who was known to have a very valuable gold watch. I followed him about for several clays before J could get a chance; but when. I did get one, you may be sure I did not throw it away. He found, to his disgust, when he got home that day, that there was nothing in his fob, J hurried off with my prize, and got it stowed away in safety, intending to have it melted down next day, Now, it happened that this watch possessed a special value in the owner's eyes because it was a sort of ancestral possession—presented by his father on coining of age, or something of that sort, J remember there was a long inscription on the back, He was Determined »ot to lose it it be could help it, and accordingly be put an advertisement in an evening paper offering thirty pounds reward for his return, and promising that no questions should be asked, lie gave tbe address of bis bouse, 3i Caroline square, at the end of the advertisement. The thing sounded, good enough, so i get off for Caroline square, leaving the watch in a parcel at a public house which I passed on the way. When I got there, tbe gentleman wae at dinner) but be came out <juiok enough when be heard that & young man wanted to see him. I §uppes,e be guessed, who the young man /would prove to be, He wag a genia.HooWng oW fellow, and be led me away wjtb biw into bis study. •» 'Wen, my Ia4,' §&W be, 'what is baafls pn $i l '»'Ob. H was y«M tb&t toofe it!' be. p< fcwd tsfc ym fiteftd ft ow, &»d tote is ffly fctreqtrS * of t&e " *dng<jiiS8 Won't dd,' S&id I; 'i faat-g it In fold.' '"It Utolild aft faon* or so k> lect in gold,* 1 said he. "'That will just suit/ t fof I have frot fot the watch with ta& I'll go back and fetch it, fthile yott raise the monfit' 1 "1 started of!, and got the Watch tthere \ had left it. When 1 ba6k, the old gentleman was sitting behind his study table, With the little heap of gold ifa front of him. " 'Mere is yoiif money,' he said, aad pushed-it oter. " 'Sere is your watch, 1 said 1, "He was evidently delighted to get it back; and after examining it cafe^ fully, and assuring himself that it was none the worse* he put it into the Watch pocket Of his coat with a grunt of satisfaction. "'Now, my lad,* hd said, '1 know it was you that,took the watch. Tell ine how you did it, and t don't mind giving 1 yoii an extra five-pound note. 1 " '1 wouldn't tell you in any case,' said 1; 'but especially 1 wouldn't tell you when you have a witness hid be* hind that curtain.' You see, 1 had all my wits about me* and it didn't escape me that the curtain was drawn tighter than it had been before. " 'You are too sharp for Us," said he, good humoredly. 'Well, you have got your money, and that's an end of it. I'll take precious good care you don't get hold of my watch again in a hurry —good night—no; not that door,' he added as I inarched towards a cupboard. 'This is tho door,' and he stood up and opened it. I brushed past him, opened the hall door, and was round the corner of the square in no time. I don't know how long the old gentleman took to find it out, but in passing him at the door, I managed to pick his pocket for the second time, and next morning the family heirloom was in tho melting pot after .all. That wasn't bad, was it?'" The old war-horse had evidently forgotten all about his conversion now. There was a tone of triumph in the conclusion of his anecdote which showed that his pride in his smartness far surpassed his repentance of his misdeeds. He Seemed pleased' at the astonishment and amusement I expressed at his adroitness. "Yes," he continued with a laugh/ "it was a capital joke. But sometimes the fun lies all the other way. Even the sharpest of us come to grief at times. There was one' rather curious incident which ocurred in my career. You may possibly have seen the anecdote, for it got into print at the time." (Concluded next week.) dftffted afrsy by fe&*. wens It iibt for laid element mortality wSuid ta&&* teas than it fa* 1ft support o! this statement he cited various cased whef e the element of fear had entered largely in as a potent fad* tof Id persuade people that the!* " had eom Presentiments, premonitions and general 611 played theif part; On the othef hand, a short time ago a patient of & &ei* Yi>rk hospital was frightened intd getting well. This man was brought ifi an ambulance, supposedly dying from heart failure. tie was laid on a table and a dlag* nosis showed him to bo suffering with hysteria. The surgeon turned to One of his assistants and, asking for a knife, remarked that he would dut dowa to the heart and find what the trouble was. The patient gave a yell and, leaping from the table, started for the that refuses to wear out, no matter how constant the use or rough the handling, belongs to Quick Bakers, Superior Cookers, Powerful Heaters. 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The criminals wef e informed that they would be set at liberty if they xvould undergo tho ordeal of sleeping several flights in the beds. From the prisoners' point of view it was a possible, though a desperate, chance of escape. They one and all decided to take the chances. At the end of the time prescribed two Were uninjured and went free, but the others developed all the symptoms and died of Asiatic cholera. Two physicians determined to take advantage of the impressionable mind of a female patient and prove a theory for the benefit of science. The lady had complained of an itching on her back. She was told that a blister would be applied. Instead, a common postage stamp was applied, and, so runs the chronicle, performed all the offices «f the plaster which . was not ihere. A college professor was once the subject of a practical joke at the hands of ;he students. They met him one after another, and each successively inquired after his health, saying that he looked ill. He took to his bed, a physician was called and for days the professor imagined ho was. ill.— N. Y. World. ONLY A MISTAKE, AFTER ALL. And Nothing for a Respectabln Colored Gentleman to Worry About. A serious blunder occurred in a .West Virginia county not long ago. A number of tho farmers had sustained losses of sheep from their respective flocks, and, being skeptical as to the efficiency of the law officers, one night took the matter in their own hands. A -dozen' or more of them proceeded some ' miles away, to the house of Rehoboth Jemson, and, notwithstanding his protestations of innocence, gave him a severe •.drubbing. ,-';• -;.-v;;:v, : :: . ••.-•;. .--• -..•'•-- "••• .-.': •••*-'• The affair created no little stir, as Rehoboth was a very respectable colored man, who owned a snug little farm and was a deacon in the Baptist church. He had the confidence and esteem of his white neighbors, who were so worked up over the matter that .they considered the expediency of an investigation that should lead to the punishment of the raiding party. Within a few days the farmers discovered they had made an awkward mistake, the guilty party having been caught red-handed and had made a full confession; so, being in the main a right good set of fellows they decided to offer balm to Rehoboth for his many wounds. Three of their number were designated a committee with full power to act, arid they hastened to the discharge of their duty. Old Rehoboth was sitting in his neat little cabin with bandaged head, while his wife was applying a cooling wash to his lacerated back. The committee looked foolish and scarcely knew how to begin; but anally one of the number stammered out an apology, and added that' they were willing to pay a reasonable amount as recompense for his sufferings. ' N "La, child, how you does talk, sho'lyl Ameckin' sich a furse dat I's ershamed on ye! You jes' git back tor yer homes 'n' stay dar J ain' axin' nuflin' V don' want nufiW, W'y honey, ef I done tuck on erbout de mistook? er white folkses I'd jes' bfa plum' mis'a'ble harf de time." —Chicago Tribune, Fooling tlie Reeper, A humorous old suburban farmer tells the following story of hpw he onco fooled a toll-gate. keeperT "It was when I was a dj'uinmeTi" he said, "and Belling goods around through country towns, in these parts, J \yas goin' through one of these old gates, and I slowed up a bit and asked of the old fellow at the doprj 'Ah, my friend, do preachers pay to 'go through gate?' l j?o, sir, 1 said i^and with profound obeisance he waved we on and backed into his little ropm, "Well, after that I passed through eight or ten tiroes, when que 4*7 he accosted jne as I drove up; _ M( Qood day t sir/ he eaids 'what church do you, preach at, sir, nsay I ask? 1 " 'None, jny gopd fellpw, Roue. 1 plied. ' ' . 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