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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 8, 1896
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lOOPYRtGBt, 1895.1 ' "Pi-ay let me hear it," said I. "Well, it is hard lines telling stories against one's self, but this was how it happened: 1 had made a rather good hatll, and invested some of the swag in buying a very fine* diamond ring. I thought it would be something to fall back upon when all the ready was gone and times were hard. 1 had just pur* chased it, and was going back to iny lodgings in the omnibus, when, as luck would have it, a very stylishly-dressed young lady came in and took her scat beside me. I didn't pay much attention to her at first; but after a time something hard in her dress knocked up against my hand, which my experienced touch soon made out to be a purse. It struck me that I could hot pass the time more profitably or agreeably than by making this purse my own. I had to do it very carefully; but I managed at last to wriggle my hand into her rathel light pocket, and 1 thought the job was over. Just at this moment she rose abruptly to leave the 'bus, and I had hardly time to get my hand with the purse in it out of her pocket without detection. It was not until she had been gone some timp that I found out that in drawing out my hand in that hurried manner the new and ill-fitting "1 MANAGED TO PICK UIS POCKET FOB THE SECOND TIME." ring had slipped over my finger and remained in the young lady's pocket. I sprang out and ran in the direction in which she had gone with the intention of picking her pocket once again. She had disappeared, however; and from that day till this I have never set eyes on her. To make the matter worse, there was only four pence half-penny in coppers inside the purse. Sarve me right for trying to rob such a pretty girl; still, if I had that two hundred quid now I should not be reduced to— Good heavens, forgive me! What am I saying?" He seemed inclined to relapse into silence after this; but I was determined to draw him out a little more, if I could possiblj' manage it. "There is less personal risk in the branch you have been talking of," I remarked, "than there is in burglary." "Ah!" he said, warming to his subject once again, "it is the higher game which is best worth aiming at. Talk about sport, sir, talk about fishing or hunting! why it is tame in comparison! Think of the great country house with Its men servants and its dogs and its firearms, and you with only your jimmy and your center bit, and your mother wit, which is best of all. It is the triumph of intellect over brute force, sir, as represented by bolts and "bars." "People generally look upon it as quite the reverse," I remarked. "I was never one of those blundering life-preserver fellows," said my companion. "I did try my hand at gar- rotting once; but it was against my fills UOMPNT SBT5 ROSE our headquarters in a little provincial cown. Somehow it got noised abroad that we were there, and householders were warned to be careful, as suspicious characters had been seen in the neighborhood. We should have changed our plans when we saw the game was up; but my chum was a plucky fellow, and wouldn't consent to back down, Poor little Jittl tie was only thirty-four round the chest, and about twelve at the biceps; but there is not a measuring tape in England could have given the size of his heart. He said we were in for it, and we must stick to it; so 1 agreed to stay, and we chose Morley hall, the country house of a certain Col. Morley, to begin with. "Now this Col. Morley was about the last man in the world that we should have meddled with. He was a shrewd, cool-headed fellow, who had knocked about and seen the world, and it seems that he took a special pride in the detection of criminals. However, we knew nothing of all this at that time; so we set forth hopefully to have a try at the house. "The reason that made us pick him out among the rest was that he had a good-for-nothing groom, who was a tool in our hands. This fellow had drawn up a rough plan of the premises for us. The place was pretty well locked up and guarded, and the only weak point we could see was a certain trapdoor, the padlock of which was broken, and which opened from the roof into one of the lumber rooms. If we could only find any method of reaching the roof, we might force a way securely from above. We both thought the plen rather a good one, and it had a spice of originality about it which pleased us. It is not the mere jewels or plate, you know, that a good cracksman thinks about. The neatness of the job and his reputation for smartness are almost as important in his eyes. "We had been very quiet fora day or two, just to let suspicion die away. Then we set out one dark night, Jim and I, and got over the avenue railings and up to the house without meeting a soul. It was blowing hard, I remember, and the clouds hurrying across the sky. We had a good look at the front of the house, and then Jim went round to the garden side. He came ninning back in a minute or two in a great state of delight. 'Why, Bill,' he said, gripping me by the arm, 'there never was such a bit of luck! They've been repairing the roof or something, and they've left the ladder standing.' We went round together, and there, sure euoitgh, was the ladder towering above our heads, and one or two laborers' hods lying about, which showed that some work had been going on during the day. Wo had a good look round, to sec that everything was quiet, and then we climbed up, Jim first and I after him. We got to the top, and were sitting on the slates, having a bit of a breather, before beginning business, when you can fancy our feelings to see the ladder that we came up by suddenly stand straight up in the air, and then slowly descend un- Col. Motley—lor It wa'£ the 6wfiet b* the iiouse himself—stfo"dfe off; aticf ifi a few minutes we heard the rattle of* his horse's hoofs going down ths avenue. "Well, sir, we felt precious silly, as you may imagine. It wasn't so much having been nabbed that bothered us, as the feeling of being caught in such a simple trap. We looked at each other in blank disgust, and then, to save our lives, we couldn't help bursting into laughter at otir own fix. However, it was no laughing matter; so we set to work going round the roof, and seeing if there was a likely water pipe or anything that might give us a chance of escape. We had to give it up as a bad job; so we sat down again, and made up our minds to the worst. Suddenly ail idea flashed into my head, and 1 groped my way oveif the .roof until 1 felt wood under toy feet, t bent down and found that the colonel had actually forgotten to secure the padlock! You will often notice, as you go through life, that it is the shrewdest and most cunning mail who falls into the most absurd mistakes; and this was an example of it. You may guess that we did not lose much time, for we expected to hear the constables every moment. We dropped through into the lumber- room, slipped downstairs, tore open the library shutters, and were out and away before the astonished groom could make out what had happened. There wasn't time enough to take any little souvenir with us, worse luck. T should have liked to have seen the colonel's face when he came back with the constables and found that the birds were flown." "Did you ever come acro:,j the colonel again?" I asked. "Yes; we skinned him of every bit of plate he had, down to the salt spoons, a few years later. It was partly out of revenge, you see, that we did it. It was a very well-managed and daring thing, one of the best I ever saw, and all done in open daylight, too." "How in the world did you do it?" I asked. "Well,;>there were three of us in it— Jim was; one; and we set about it in this way!, We wanted to begin by getting the colonel out of the way, so I wrote him a note purporting to come from Squire Brotherwick, who lived about ten miles away, and was not always on the best of terms with the master of Morley hall. I dressed myself up as a groom and delivered the note myself. It was to the effect that the squire thought he was able to lay his hands on the scoundrels who had escaped from the colonel a couple of years before, and that if the colonel would ride over they would have little difficulty in securing them. I was sure that this would have the desired effect; so, after handing it in, and remarking that I was the squire's groom, I walked off again, as if on the way back to my master's. "After getting out of sight of the house, I crouched down behind a hedge; and, as I expected, in less than a quarter of an hour the colonel came swinging past me on his chestnut mare^ Now, there is another accomplishment I possess which I have not mentioned' to you yet, and that is, that I can copy any handwriting that I sco. It is a' very easy trick to pick up if you only give your mind to it. I happened to have come across one of Col. Morley's letters some days before, and I can write so that even now I defy an expert to detect a difference between the hands. This was a great assistance to me now, for I tore a leaf out of my pocketbook and wrote something 'to this effect: " 'As Squire Brotherwlolt has seen some suspicious characters about, and the house may be attempted again, I liavo sent down to the bank, anil ordered them to send up their bank- cart to convey the whole of the plate to a placo of safety. It will save us a good deal of anxiety to know that It Is In absolute security r-JavcU principles, and I gave it up. I have tried everything. I have been a bed* ridden widow with three young children; but I do object to physical force." "You have been what?" saj4 J. "4 bedridden widow, Advertising, you know, and getting subscriptions, J have tried them all, You seem, in* terested jjj $he§e experiences, » he par." "so J wJH tell yo» another e, It was the ft&rrowjMit eft* for penal servitude that ever .J NEVE« PAYS ANT WORE TRQUR1.8 WITH IT." til it rc&ted in the garden belowl At first we hoped it might have slipped, though that was bad enough; but we soon bad that idea put out of our head. tl 'Hullo, up there!' cried a voice from below. "We craned <W heads over t-he edge, and there was a man, dressed, as far as we, could make out, in evening 1 dress, end standing in the middle of the grass plot, We kept quiet, t( 'Hullo!' he shouted again. 'How do you feel yourself? Pretty comfortable, eh? Hal hal You London roguas thought we were green in the country, what's your opinion now?' "We both lay still, though feeling pretty considerably small, ae you way imagine, M 'Jt'e all right! J see you,' he coo» tinned,, • 'Why, { have been waiting be* hi»4 that Ittao bush every Bight for the IftBt week, expecting to see you, J knew you couWn't resist going up that ladder, when ypu, found the* windows were too'fRueh tq$ yau^Joel J,o,e!' '.»*Yee, $f, s saV$.» voice, and, another ' packed up and residy, and give the bearer a glass of beer.' "Having composed this precious epistle, I addressed it to the butler, and carried it back to the Hall, saying 1 that tHeir master had overtaken me on the way and asked me to deliver it, -I was taken in and made much of down 1 stairs; while a great pacKingr-case was dragged intq the ball, and the plate stowed Awayi among cotton*wooi and stuffing. It was nearly ready, when 1 heard the sound of wheels upon the gravel, and sauntered round- just in time to see a businesslike closed oar drive UP to $he 4°w- Q$e °* °»y pals was sitting very demurely on the bpj; while Jjmi with an pfflojaHooking 1 hat sprftsg'ou.t and bustled, ^to the hall, " *No,w. then," I beard hip eay> <IQP| Wha.|'§ fpr ths'ttpwK' Come Q»! nib the" ea*. " 't think ! had bette* go with yott and see it stowed away in the baftlt,' said the butler. "'All right, 1 said Jim, nothing ibashed. 'You can't come in the caf» ihough, fW Lord Blackbury's box will take up all the spare fo'om. Let's see —it's twelve o'clock now. Well, you Waiting at the bank door at half* >ast one, and you Will just catch us." :t 'All right—half-past one,' said the butler. "Good-day,' cried my chtini; and away went the car, while 1 mads a bit of a short cut and caught it around a iUfn of the road. We drove fight off nto the nest Bounty, got a down'train to London, and before midnight the colonel's Silvef Was fused into a solid timp." 1 could not help laughing at the ver-* satility of the old scoundrel. "It Was daring game to play," i said. "It is always the dafing game whi<Sh succeeds best," he answered* At this point the train began to show symptoms of slowing down, and my ompanion put on his overcoat and gave ither signs of being near the end of his ourney. "You are going on to Dover?" ie said, "Yes." "For the continent?" "Yes." , "How long do you intend to travel?" "Only for a week or so." "Well, I must leave you here. You vill remember my name, won't you? ohn Wilkle, 1 am pleased to have met ou. Is my umbrella behind you?" he idded, stretching across. "No 1 , I beg 'our pardon. Here it is in the corner;" ind with an affable smile, the ex* iracksman stepped out, bowed, arid [isappeared among the crowd upon the )latform. I lit another cigar, laughed as I hought of my late companion, arid ifted up the Times, which he had left Behind him. The bell : had rung, the wheels were already revolving, when, ,o my astonishment, a pallid face ooked in at me through the window. t was so contorted and agitated that I mrdly recognized the features which I lad been gazing upon during the last couple of hours. "Here, take it," he said—"take it. It's hardly worth my while to rob you of seven pounds four shillings; but I couldn't resist once more trying my hand;" and he flung something into the carriage and disappeared. It was my old leather puiyse, with my return ticket, and the whole of my traveling expenses. His newly awakened conscience had driven him to instant restitution. [THE END. | *' 'Can't wait- ,^§r©'§ a paaip & pyer the country, ft»4 they are clamey ing m" »S eyerlwfef re, ' |>f u,s$ driv$ ,on, to L^ord m»ckj3ury's plaice, unless you. ar© ready-' A Waste Of Money s going on in every kitchen where there is an old fashioned stove. Fuel is only half consumed and heat goes where it shouldn't Peninsular is an economizer of time, money and fuel Pays for itself in a short time. Double walls of wrought steel, asbestos lined. Durable, handsome, cheap. A Written Guarantee with every one. 1890,0. 0. SHELLEY, -1896. 0, D. PETTIBONE MARBLE WHRKS. The undersigned aro now prepared to fll orders for stern Wnrk * of all kinds InJMarble, Stone or Granite: also Shelves. Mantels, Table Tops and Plumber's Work of all kinds, When in need, of anything in our line, give us a call and be convinced that we give you good materia and good work, and at as reasonable prices as can be found in the country, SHELLEY & PETTIBQNE Factory on State St., east of J, B. office, THE Minneapolis & St. Lonis R; B, Co, NEW ; TRAIN TC? 8TrPAOT J AND' ; MIN N B A PO LI S. IT IS A Jj U MM ERI LOOK OUT FOR IT 1 THROUGH ' OARB & COACHES. 12WM¥ J»WJ Stew fbvft A ii&ttlA SSi tor a time m abUdflbs enough of ifci td gaifi the prestige Of a fregulai* botilevafdief, it's pfetty hard now and again to hate old times thrtist upoti bite in the person of a primitive cousin Of brother-in-law, whom he is round in conscience to entertain. A case of this kind occurred last week, tt which the aftless relative saw noth- but a scfeamingly ftinny lapse of memory, while the man about toWii bund a mortification therein which was pf etty haf d to live through. A complete dellvisfance of the buinp- dfi into the hands of the outfitter made lira presentable) and then tliefe Was ,he little bachele? diimer at a Mfth avenue hotel giveti by the swell to all the smart men, who wanted "to meet jui-coustof don't you know," All went merry until the Wine list came forth, To be sure, the bumpkin Jalked too loud and refused to Under* itand any monitory wink, but then he said nothing too badly out of place, What wine Will you have?" said the cousin, addressing him, "Hawl haw! I don't know, Cousin Dick, anything* about the wine, You'll lave to settle that yourself," "Shall we begin on a bottle of Sau« terae?" "Lordy, how can 1 telll Anything like!" shouted the red-cheeked, )Ullet-headed youth, who couldn't tnake head or tail of the winks and ooks of deadly warning emanating tfom the swell's eye. People at adjoining tables pricked up .heir ears hi amused curiosity, while ,ho guests at the table looked a trifle discOhcerted at the bumpkin's noise, What," said the swell, firmly plant* ng his index finger on the word 'Medoc," and glaring at the youth meSmerically, so that he might under- itand and repeat it, "do you generally take?" Usuallyl" shouted the youth. "Hawl 3awl Hawl Isn't that great? Usual- y nothing. Of course; never see wine, low could I? You know that, Cousin Dick, as well as I do. You never saw wine at home, and now New York makes you forget all about i)t. Usually —Hawl Hawl" and the terrible youth Stretched out at full length and roared satisfactorily for about five minutes, while a sense Of frozenness stole over lis cousin and, the swells looked on in amused pity. . That frozen cousin is dead hence- 'orth to family ties, in so far as dining social recruits is concerned, at least.— N. Y. Herald. The Fatal Word. "My darling 1 ," he exclaimed, rapturously, "How brilliant you are. You "airly—er—bristle with ideas." The Chicago girl drew herself up ;o .her full height and brushed him mughtily aside as she swept out of the room. "You seem to forget"—she turned on lier heel at the door and faced him— "that I cannot brook any reference to ray-father's business."—N .Y World . BOUDOIR CATCH-ALL. A Convenient Trifle Easily Made aiitl Very Often Used. Every woman knows the convenience of a box or basket into which she may drop her rings, pins and the like when she is either too sleepy or too lazy to put each in its proper place. The receptacle'shown in the illustration is easy to make and becomes a •/pretty addition to the dressing table, 'besides providing a place for the little itrifles that often litter it. To make it, buy a small round basket of Japanese make, or, if you prefer it, of sweet grass, and three pieces of light-weight brass rod, long enough to make a stand proportionate in size. $ '.>? LANDS ! Southern Minnesota, In the Fertile Minnesota Valley. Those rich pfaifie lands are dark loatri soil and are very productive, this paftof ' Minnesota is well settled aad has school houses find churches These lands are la- cated tiear Tttfe IOWA COLONY* neai-Tatth* totij Min% a bright new town and first- eiass lodatfofis for all kihds of business. Blue Joint hay grows in abundance oh the uptad ttfairie, making it a .fine stock country, we are selling these choice oral* rie lands on very easy teriris at prices ranging frdm $7.50 to $12.60 per acre, on e-fifth cash and 6 per cent interest, titles perfect and fib payment the second year. Two years to make second payment and the crops will pay for the land. We re* bate round trio fare to purchasers of leo- acres over the Northwestern Line, 60,000 Acres of Fine Selected Lands At $ 1 0 to $ i 3 Pep Acre. . 100 CHOICE IMPROVED FARMS for sale on easy terms at $14 to $17 per acre within 3^ to 5 miles of R. R, towns, also several section farms and 12 sections of wild land, We also haVe some finely improved farms near R. E. stations at from $16 to $18 per acre on easy terms. G.F. HOLLOWAY, Agt. BANCROFT , IOWA, THE INDEPENDENT. NEW YORK, A Religious^ Literary and Family Newspaper. Undenominational, unbiased and Impartial. A paper for clergymen, scholars, teachers, businessmen and families, It discusses every topic of the day— religious, theological, political, literary, social, artistic and scientific. Its contributed articles are by the most eminent writers of the Eng 1 1 s h language. It employs specialists and distinguished writers as editors of its Twenty-one Departments. A paper particularly fitted for lawyers, doctors, clergymen, those engaged In business, young people of both sexes— mon and women who read and think for thcmsloves. A paper especially valuable for those Interested In Fine arts, Science, Music. A paper for Sunday-School Workers those who have a Farm, Garden or'House Plants.. A paper for the family, old and young. IMPORTANT, THE INDEPENDENT announces to its subscribers, and to any who may become so, that It Is prepared to furnish anypapors or .._ „ . ... large _ ______ __________ ___ s opportunity Is open only to subscribers of The INDEPENDENT. Upon receiving list of papers or magazines irom Individuals or .reaa- Ing rooms, an estimate will be given by return mail. subscription is $3. oo, or at that rate for any part of a year. Clubs of five $8.00 each. "TRIAL TRIP" one Month 25c. Spectm en Copies free. ' THE INDEPENDENT P. O. box 2787. 130 Fulton St., New York. NOTICE OP/ADMINISTUAM. The undersigned, having been appointed administrators of the estate of J. J. Wilson, deceased, will continue the business as heretofore. • LENETTE W, BUTLEH, H. J. Yarns, German knitting, Spanish and Saxony in a variety of colors at jobbers prices, at the Grange Store. ' WANTED, Line the basket with soft silk and wake two full pockets, G*«e to be attached to each side. At the hardware shop buy a quantity of pne-iRch brass rings and proohet them over with heavy knitting silk the shade of the Jim»g selected, Arrange these last in raws o»e below the other to form lambrequins, and sew each fast to the other at the points of joining, £§t each lambrequin end in a'point, and to do so wake each- succeeding row of rings two less than- the Jae|,. Sewtb,9 two last, Q»e ta each eid^,o£ th.e^ at the rim, &n£ the EXPERIENCE NOT 1 , NECESSAKY. Permanent positionsguaranteed, Snlavy,aiul Expenses or liberal commission, (Pay weekly, j Special advantages to beginners, Stock complete with fast-selling specialties, We guarantee wliat we advertise. Ad dress, GLEN BROS., Nuserymeii, Rochester, N, Y, (This house is reliable.) 0-18 One Cent a Copy. The twice a .week edition of the SlPux City Journal, issued on Tuesday and Friday of eacli week, •containing the very latent telegraphic news and complete market repprts fresh from the wires at tirao of going to press, will be sont to any address at the following cash lu advance rates: One year , §1,00 Six months , 50 Three months.,,.,., ,«, .35 Sample Copies, free. Address; Perkins Bros. CP., Publishers, Sioux City, Iowa. $800 GIVEN ITCH SEIZING A NEW BOOK BY , , , round, 'then tie aver it a bqw of BQTOP ribbou, StaHA the, tr|po& , upo. table and hoia the bask^ in phj While the ppiflt wheye, eati} rod; faQg marked, $i§ tte bft W fl.J-m.Jy a,t fe p$ the three -ffii^Wv^ Mi' •Mm i In another part of our paper you wllj notice an advertisement of the R, JJ," Woodward. Co,, Baltimore, Md. They are, making a m >st generous offer of $$po, and also other liberal inducements to anyone who will sell their new bopk "Gems olEe? Jjglous Thought" by Talwase. This, bopk has just recently been issued, bu^ Is hav»' Ing ft great sale.- Agents often soil frpra 10 to }5 copies a day, They alsp advertise their bppk . to Children about Jesus,',' This bQQk been out several years, and qver jfi^.., most pppujar bPoks o'f its kind pye,p- PU~ lished. They give Jlberal indHcerneufs, pn" this alsp,'&,nd-their- Agents are "- J ~-no profits in sellingbPth Write then} at on»e, Pf !'>'.-<», W^» »•# U >->"{; < •,*- *£, *r 4* ff r s AS « V*2 r £M, Is* m* >0 \>v« i''??. ! * .Y

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