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TfiE COtmififc, ALQOtf A, tOWA. FEIDAY MORNING. 28, T.HB Master of the Mine* BY ROBERT BtrCfiANAN. fenr." - ' But my aunt shook her head. "It be like young folk to makellglfc o* things. Wh*n you'm a bit awldet, Hugh, you'll see things as 1 do—trouble ahead, "IMS vary easy to talk, but what Is there in the Village but the mine?" "But I'm going up to London, aunt." "ToLunnbnl Lawd Save the lad 1—and what for should 'un gaw to Lunnon?" , "1 am going up'to see the company, and tell them what's going on at the mine. Keep your mind easy till I come back.aunt. 'Twill, may be, all be right then." But my aunt continued to cry quietly, and grieved as bitterly as If she knew of tlfe dark clouds which were gathering above. As for my uncle, he sat and listened, and made no remark whatever. I concluded he did not understand, so I made no attempt to trouble him at all. , There Was no time to be lost, and as soon, therefore, as I had finished my task of comforting my aunt, I began to turn over In my mind what it would be best for me to do. I was as fully conscious of the gravity of the situation as my aunt herself, though I had thought fit to make light of it In ofder to lessen her pain. To be turned from the mine meant facing starvation—unless I could find a similar situation to the one I had lost; the only way to .facilitate- this being to see the iompany, who might consent to place me iver some other mine. Besides, it was no- ,cssary that I should see them and plead the jause ofthe wretched creatures who daily 'aced death at George Redruth's command. Having fully made up my mind that the ourney must be taken, I resolved to start on he following morning, and began making my preparations accordingly. During the years that I had been overseer >f the mine my salary had not been large, iut I had been able to put by a small sum weekly. My first care was to break into this, ',o put into my pocket-book sufficient for my ourney and give a sum to my aunt. "Don't be afraid to use it," I said; "there Is more yet; and before It's all gone I'll have work, please God 1" *!gh road to recovery, I WRB compelled once more to turn my attention to the mine, which =g«jw every day more dangerous. 1 hixd «poken to the ma|ter of, these dangers again ftnd again, and he had taken no nfeed. Bo long as he was safe above ground It was nothing to him that the lives of the men who worked below were in dally jeopardy. .Nevertheless, I knew that something must be done; I resolved to make one last appeal to him, ana if that failed In Its effect to communicate with the members Of the company, *.ho, conjointly with-himself, owned the property. 1 had fully- made iip my mind to seek him at home, when I was spared the pains. He strolled down to the counting- house one morning in company with Johneon. "Mr. Redmth," 1 said, approaching him, "I should like to speak a few words to you, sir." He looked at me from head to foot with a oOld supercilious sneer which sent my blood Up to boiling heat, as ho replied: "Well, you can speak then—I am all attention." . I glanced at Johnson, but as that worthy made no attempt to go I proceeded: "It Is about the mine," i began, when he Interrupted me. "Oh, the mine!" he said, Impatiently; "I think I have heard a good deal on this subject from you before?" "You have, sir; and yon have taken no heed; but the time has passed for all that- each day the danger grows, and now, at any moment, .the sna may broak in and every soul ba killed I"; . While I hr.d been; speaking he had been engaged In lighting a cigar, when I had lln- Ished he removed the cigar from his mouth, pulled out a volume of smoke, which ho Watched ascend, and asked quietly: "Do the men know of tho danger which you say is threatening them?" "Most assuredly they do 1" "And do they refuse to work?" "No; where would be the use? If they left the mine they would be thrown out of employment, and then their families would starve. Better for them to hold their own lives In their hands than to expose their wives and children to such a fate." • "Very good; then, since by your own showing you are the only discontented spirit, It's time for you to go 1" ' ' The cool way in which he xittered these worda fairly took away my breath. "What do you moan?" I askedl-: ." "Just what I say," he returned; "that from to-day yo.u may consider yourself dismissed' from the mine, and had better seek elsewhere for employment. If you are dissatisfied, other people are not. Mr. Johnson -|s quite contented with the state of affairs, tad is willing to take your place." Seeing that resistance woul d bo useless, I accepted my cong : with as good a grace as possible, but 1 was determined not to resign Without freely speaking my mind, so I faced George 'Redruth firmly, and said, placing my Band upon his arm just as he was turning ivray. "I have been expecting this for a long time, Mid it has come. Well, so much the better. I warn you, however, that i shall do my duty, and let the company know the exact •tate of affairs." , Ho turned to Johnson, and I saw the two exchange a signliicant smile; then his face hardened as he replied, contemptuously: "You will of course, do as you please; only oblige me by getting out of my employment Os quickly as possible." "it will be a good riddance ["--muttered Johnson, breaking in for the first time. "Tre- lavvnoy has always been a croaker." The fellow's insolent leer provoked me far more than his master's sana-frold. • "I'll croak to somo tune," I cried, facing him,-"If you presume to talk to me!" "Presume, indeed 1" he repeated, turning White with fear or malice. '"Tain't inucli presumption, I guess, to take down a young eock-o'-the-walk who puts on "airs as if he was a gentleman. If Mr. George had listened to my. advice,, he'd have got rid of you longagol" •'Come along, Johnson," said Redruth; "he's not w.orth talking to." But I : clinched my lists and blocked the way. I suppose there was something in my tece which looked ugly, for the two men re 1 colled before me. ; Several of the miners, at; (racted by our high words, had now • gather- id, and were looking on m astonishment. "1 know well an honest man is not wanted here," I said. "I've known ..that for many a tyng day. Like master, like man. You, sir, tyiuvt a scoundrel to do your dirty work; and here he Is, ready made, to your hand—as )aean ana cowardly a scoundrel as ever drew breath I" "Out of the way, you ruffian I" cried Redruth, lifting his cane. : But he knew better than to strike me; ho knew that, if he had done so, I would have thrashed'him within an inch of his life; and Ije. knew, too, that not one man there would fiavo raised a finger to protect him, though he was the master of the mine. Hut the presence of the onlookers, I suppose, made his companion foolhardy; for Stepping forward, livid with passion, he Bliook his fist in my face. "Who are you calling a scoundrel?" he • cried. "Do you know who I am? I'm overseer of this here mine, and you, you're a beg- feSSKS?^aTd' 1 spT^u'out,'and «f *• **»• , f «* *** « no. v.sltod upon ltl twenty more like you I", | his head, and he is allowed to remain, they Ho had proceeded thus far, garnishine; his My hopefulness, somehow, soon Infected my aunt, and sho set about nutting my things together with a brighter face. She dried her tears, and talked quite cheerfully of my going. "They do say," she said, "that averythlng's for the best, and may be 'tis saw naw,though us can't just see it. Mayhap you'll meet our Annie In London and bring her back to us, Hugh." "It's more than likely," 1 returned. "Our black cloud won't last for ever, the silver lining must be coming round." When all was ready, I stepped down to the village to tell John Rudd to call for me on the morrow, when ho was to start before daybreak. Having done my errand, I lit my pipe and strolled slowly back to the cottage. It was a splendid night. All the earth, hardened by the keen touch of frost, was flooded by the brilliant moonrays; and the sky was thick with stars. AH was so quiet and peaceful, I could hear the click clack of my footsteps on the frosty road. I My mind was sorely troubled, I walked up and down the road until my pipe was finished, then 1 knocked out the burnt aslies upon the ground and turned to re-enter the cottage, when I started back with a half-suppressed cry. There, not very i'ar from me, standing in the shadow of one of the laurel- bushes in Annie's garden, was the tall figure of a woman. She came quickly toward me, and laid her hand upon my arm. "Madeline I" I • murmured, for it was Indeed she, dressed in her evening dress, with her mantle thrown lightly over her head and shoulders, and her dear face raised wistfully to mine. "Mr. Trelawney." she said, quietly, "is It true that yoii have been dismissed from the mine?" : ...'.. "Yes; It's quite true, Miss Graham." "Oh, why will you not be as you were just now,,and call me Madeline," sho cried, passionately;"" "Why have all those.years come and gone since we were children, and. left us so far apart, Mr. Trelawnoy. Hugh, let us be children again 1 1 was your help and solace once, let me be so to-night 1" 8he had spoken truly—why should a few years separate us? Once before sho had offered mo her friendship and I had accepted it; why not now? I took her hand and kissed it. . "You shall be the same to me now as you were then 1" I answered, "you shall be my friend!" I.think sho understood me. She made no reply, but for a moment she turned her head aside; when she looked at me again, she was as calm as the moonrays which lay all about her. . "Tell me what has happened," she said, "and what you are going to do." V "Very little has happened," I replied. "I have got the dismissal which I have all along expected, and lam going away." "Mr. Trelawney, it was more than sympathy which brought mo here to-night. 1 want to ask you a question." "Yes?" "If my cousin, offers you the post again, will you take it?" "....'. I saw in a moment what she meant; that she would intercede for mo; that the fact of my being reinstated would give that villain George Redrnth, a stronger hold over her; so I answered, firmly: "No; the situation will notba offered to me, and If it was, I should refuse It." . "Your uncle and aunt are dependent Upon you, are they not?" "Not entirely. My uncle is sufficiently recovered now to resume his work. For the last week he has been employed at the mouth jttwat late, there was not a living soul' abroad It seemed to me; yet, 'as I turned to retrace my steps, I came face to face with a man who had evidently"been following close upon my heels. It was Johnson. Madeline's softening influence was still upon me. \ et at sigh t of this evil face It seemed to fade, and there arose within me all that was worst In my soul. He paused, blocking my way, and sneerlngly addressed <mo: "1 guess, young man," he said, "you'll get into worse trouble before you're done. Jest yon let the governor see you as I saw you with Miss Graham to-night 1" The mention of her name by his foul lips roused me to frenzy. "You scoundrel 1" I cried, "mention that lady's name again and by Heaven I'll strike you dead where you stand 1" * "Oh," he sneered, "killing's your game, Is It? Repeat that to-morrow before witnesses, young mnn, and your doom's sealed." HP passed me by, and walked on toward the mine, while I, glad at heart to be safely away from him, walked with some speed toward home. I found my aunt alone; I asked for my uncle. "He ba gono back to the mine, Hugh," she returned. "Butdawn't 'ee sit up for 'un, lad. I daresay Jim Rivera '11 bring 'un hame." Aslfoiewl should have to be toady to join John Rudd at five o'clock In the morn- Ing, I took my aunt's advico and went to bed; and so soundly did 1 sleep, thatl heard nothing whatever of my uncle's return. When 1 awoke it was still pitch dark. I struck a light, and found that It was four o'clock. I therefore got up and began to prepare for my journey. I went about my work as quietly as, possible, hoping to disturb no one; but shortly after I entered the kitchen, my uncle ,ap- pgared fully dressed for the day. Ho looked sO white and strange that, for a moment, I was startled Into the belief that something was the matter. As nothing seemed to have transpired, however, I concluded it was sorrow at parting with mo. My God, how the memory of that white wan face came back to me In after days! It was the memory of it, and of the patient, pitiful eyes, which sealed my lips when one word might have proved my salvation. When John Rudd made his appearance, and my aunt came out of the bedroom, and began crying on my shoulder, I saw the wan, sad eyes of my uncle still fixed upon me. As I left the cottage, I looked back and found them gazing after me still. CHAPTER XX. IN LONDON. On reaching London, I secured a room in a small coitee-house in Soho;and, having deposited my luggage, I started off at onco to the offices of the mining company. It was three o'clock, and 1 counted 1 might just arrive before they closed. I was astonished, on arriving at my destination, to find that the "offices" consisted only of. a couple of grimy rooms in a side street off Chancery Lane. 1 was received by a dilapidated and somewhat dirty old clerk, who was crouched upon a high stool and scribbling away at a desk. He informed me that the head of the firm was at that moment In his room. 1 was taken to him, and made haste to state my case. 1 soon found that my presence there was comparatively useless. Like master, like man, they say, and certainly George Redruth, in forming a company to conduct the mine, had been careful to select men whose views accorded with his own; besides, my character had preceded me; they had been forewarned of my visit, and to all my complaints, they had nothing to say. Sick at heart I left the place, and walked slowly back toward Charing Cross. What my next move would be I did not know. It was certain 1 could do nothing for the Corn- To be continued will do very well. As for myself, I am NAPOLEON WANTED TO DIE. HU Only Attempt at Suicide Wai Decreed by .Futo to 13o Unsuccessful. IA . address with Innumerable expletives, which will tjot bear transcription, when, without j moi • parley, unable to resist the provoca-;' " tloh oMiis close proximity, 1 quietly knock-' i j ed him down, ' , • , Aa ho fell, George Redmth sprung toward me, and struck at me with his cane; but I tore the cane from his hand, broke It into pleoes, and flung It away. "Take cnre, sir!" I said, "I may hurt you too, If you go too far," He drew back trembling. "Yon shall smart for this, Trelawnoy!' Before tho day Is out you shall lie in jail!". "You know where to find me,'' I answered; and then, without another word, I walk' . «d away, It w<ia not for hours afterward that I real- •Izedwhatljjad done; and even then lam •frald I did not' regret ray hasty conduct, Young and rash, 1 did not f fear to {ace the world, though the mine was my bread, and I bad no ottur means of maintenance, • As for Rodrutli's threat of invoking the law against me, nothing cnme of it, Doubtless, as his own sacred person, had not suffered, he •thought It best to hold his tongue. " ' it""«» J t*"<" WM&C . *-Tj ' • CHAPTER. TJP) WCW 0yi?I}|s(!SBB, The pewa of my dismissal frpm the' was receive^ iiy jpy jjunj; with 'infinite wail- 'fag, T)ie poor sou!, knowing Hi!»t foi? /some timepast! had been the mainstay oftlie, 'house, saw noting before her but misery W4 starvation 5 Indeed, she was. for going '•ftralgb.t tp Redruth Jiousq ftnd appealing to young and strong; there Is no fear for me." She made no answer; and I, looking at her, noticed, for tho first time, how thinly she was clad 1 . "Madeline," 1 said, "you \siifc get your death; let me take you back," I drew the shawl closer about her shoulders, put her hav.d upon my arm, and led her away, "Hugn," sne said, presently, "you have not told me tho cause of all this trouble. Why have you and my cousin disagreed so terribly?" The very fact that he was her cousin seal- <jd my lips. "There Is nothing," I said, "but what had best be kept between man and man," "Then you absolutely refuse to make any concession?" "I refuse to receive any favor from George Redruth." , "Or from met" "From you, Madeline?" ! "Yes, I am rich, you know—very rich, ami now that you are In trouble I might help "No," I answered, quickly; "don't think of it, It is Impossible," "Impossible?" she replied; "the word, friendship to yoij means nothing," ••it means Jhjt you may g,(ve me your sympathy, J-am grateful fpp that, bu.|J oan n p!t accept njoney froju ypu." ,• < * >- u ** *••• 1 walked wjth her as far'p the entrance ft tho grounds' surrounding Redruth House,,. *-' •- h •;, \, ;, eyes, w.eje full gf tears »s shg ROYAL Baking Powder Absolutely pure. The official report shows Royal Baking Powder chemically pure, yielding 160 cubic inches of leavening gas per ounce of poW- der, which was greatly of all others and than 40 per cent, above the average. excess in more Hence Royal Baking Powder makes the lightest, sweetest and most wholesome food. ROYAL BAKIN9 POWDER CO., 108 WALL ST., NEW-YORK. Forum: By the personal examination of innumerable criminals Prof. Lom- braso identified certain physical pecu- lid'rities.and anomalies which ho claims to be diagnostic of the born criminal— the man who is by flaturelrreclaima'ble, and who may . be regarded from the start as hopelessly incorrigible. Of these the chief are lack of symmetry of skull or face, certain peculiarities of ears, hands and feet, scantiness or-absence of beard, nervous contractions of the face, prognathism, inequalities of the iris, twisting of the nose or absence of the bridge, retreating foreheads, excessive lengths of face, prominence of cheek bones, dark color of hair and eyes, while white hair and baldness are raro. He lays great stress, moreover, on tatooing—a practice which he regards as exceedingly symptomatic of criminal tendencies, and from these various external characteristics it is claimed that three types of-criminals may bo distinguished—the assassin, the violent and the thief. Books that Our Girls Read. ' First Tramp-That farmer druv us off. Let's burn down his barn. Second Tramp—All right. Got any matches? No- Well, th,' farmer is over on th' other side o' the house. Go ask him for a couple. « • » It is generally supposed that when a man's heart pulsations g«> tlovm to forty a minute death will fo .»w un'ess restoratives are udininisi • .;. Parisian doctors are now, it is HI* , pnzzlod over a man in one of tho )*,. |>it,.iU whose pulsations have sunk as !,•»• inttightutm a minute, although to all uiHioarancea he is well and strong. —Mineral oils are not so efficient as nnl- toal and vegetable oils in stilling troubled Waters. "My gorge rises at tho books I hear discussed in modern drawing-rooms. I am told even school-girls read these stories, written by women 'with a purpose,' happily sometimes too woll-veiled to be perceived by their innocent readers. But who knows, if they are to explore all veins of thought, what our girls will not come to knowing or surmising? No, no; the girl of ray imagination, .like that of every honest and healthy-minded young man, is the old- fashioned Una sitting upon the lion's bauk, passing un smirched through the world—the girl who loves and trusts, and accepts with womanly dignity tho lot her Creator has; set aside for her. As to some of the advisers of young femininity in these days—those who rant and shriek, and ferment society without arriving nt any result—may the Lord settle with them according to their deserts for the mischief they are doing." — Century. Doi'a—Men may not" think so, but nowadays there are a great many girls who have no intention of ever marrying. Geo-ge—0, I know it. I've proposed to a dozen of them.— N. Y. Weekly. 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