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'Y. •'•*' • - ' -''' NQV»MBB» 14, 1804, OOK after I Ir. Vincent luul tnkeh the lead in the criminal investigation <1 c p a i-t- mcnt of the Brig- Jisli police chief quarters he called me into his office. ".Jarnold," said "lie, do you happen to know this place Jit all," handing 1 . me u slip of newspaper. it v.-;is an auctioneer's advertisement. "An old-fashioned family res- i'.liMieo, commanding extensive views," *!'•. "Ph, yes, sir. ] have lived in Not- •tinjrhHin," f answered. "That's one <>t !ho haimted houses in that neighborhood. My landlady could have talked :t year about it. It incloses remains of a very old building 1 ," "Very good. .In fact, Van Tornow 4ind Pretty page both said you knew those parts. Well, the family, in- limsilc friends of! ours, cannot sell the property, and as the little pe- •eu'.inrities of the ghosts you have been told about verge on larceny, I think you may as well crmibiho yqur August outing with u. stroke of business that way." "Very well, sir." That was enough for me. I ran do\vn by the night train and went over in the morning to the cottage in tSherwood forest, where I had formerly lodged. At the first mention of •<!xmthorpo Manor, Mrs. Wingood chattered as volubly as ever. The ghost had not been laid by the deui; •olition of the bulk of the antique -.structure, but perambulated the new house and grounds. Vexed at its old liaunts being annulled it revenged itself by tormenting the guests, and liad taken away articles of jewelry •from several sleeping rooms, not even sparing the Countess Massarcne, who had been given the grand old bedchamber where James I. had been •welcomed. I went back to the town and saw -the family solicitor. The articles lost by visitors up to the latest and most important disappearance of Lady TMassarcne's casket had not been seen by pawnbrokers'. The police told me that they had not come upon them. ' I could answer for London's and Van Tornow had investigated Holland and Hamburg. 1 remarked to the lawyer "that the thefts have been perpetrated by some <juc who does not need mo»cy or who is unable to dispose of his plunder f roui being green to the job." AVith a letter from Mr. Waschager to Mr. Guuthorpe to blind the servants to my true position, I drove over to the house. It was very large since the thick •walls of the castle had been preserved, though the tower and ramparts had been destroyed. 1 doubt not that the Sherwood forest robbers had held it even against forces from the town and Nottingham castle. Tho latter commanded it with modern artillery, but in, its days, of glory I WOKK Ul> WITH A STAHT. it would have mocked at its "brass dragons, There was a moat with running water, in which, one could fish out of tho bedroom window, while the rabbits, always plentiful hereabouts, seemed showered over the capacious park, which merged into the forest itself. Mr. Gunthorpo was a hearty old gentleman, a little bluff at first, with "bowed shoulders, but alert under his gray hair, Ilis mother seemed quite as likely to outlive him as his recently wedded wife, a town lady who had evidently been made nervous by the mysterious purloinings. Mr. *Gunthorpe was good enough to introduce ino as a friend ,of Waschager, and a g-ontleman connected with the law. I was rather timid at first, till I felt my head, but bless you, the strange robberies had frightened away these rjch friends, and the twenty people jn the large reception room were sucli as had nothing" to losa and went to bed with their watches under their ^pillows. I kept quiet, but I was as much at home as those wjio had been staying a whole week. ', They were rather jolly, and indeed were having 51 rare laugh "at Mrs, Ounfchorpo, senior, for having mistaken the wooden effigy of Kobiii Hood in the principal bedroom i'or a living man and spoken of it. Thovo were others than 1 who had never seen it, and so I had no need to suggest that we should have a peep at it. It was really a clever thing to have been carved in times gone back. It w»a out out of the oa.U {Jybiu iJoofl S~ it) the legal authorities. JHo clad in green, the texture of the cloth wpll represented by graining- the wood, quite lifesize, and on a low pedestal, like tho figures of a waxwork show. It was all painted up in natural colors. He had a. bow and a string of wird in his hands, and leaned a trifle forward on it with a sort of mocking siiiile, and as lie laughed at the idea of his ever being captured. 1 have seen the same expression on many a superior rogue. I do not know that I examined the statue more particularly than the others, because 1 was studying their faces and those of the butler and another servant who had come along to open the door. I fancied that Mr. Butler gave a slight start when his master bade him prepare this room, not for tho persons of quality who were of the party, but for plain Mr. (trograin, as I was announced to be. Mr. Butler was very assiduous toward me at dinner, if not personally, by ordering the footmen not to neglect me, and, if I had not been on my dignity, I saw that he would have Bilked me to have shared a bottle with him in his own room. However, I lay down that night in the huge room to reflect over the legend, and whether, as I had the impression from tho start, it was not related to the thefts of tho present time. The big bed was very comfortable, and cajoled one off to sleep as if ho had been given a soothing syrup. Still I had time to reflect on tho legend told me. In tho days of the foresters of Sherwood, tho owner of Leebing castle, who lived on bad terms with the greenwood rovers, from his cherishing his deer as private property, was informed by a warden that a man in the hateful green of tho venison stealers had been pro wling around all the morning and was suspected by the sentinel of having climbed in at a window. My lord had his own opinion of the object of his visitor's call, and when he saw his young and beautiful daughter confused at his question, ho had simply felled her to the ground—brute that he was—and rushed,. foaming at. tho mouth and with s.word and dagger drawn, all over the castle, crying out: "Flame and faggot for the door stealers!" But the follower of the free woodmen was not to be found, and what made the sting of defeat far keener, when the lord returned to torture his daughter into a revelation she had vanished like a spectre. Then, only then, he remembered that the monks had talked of a secret cell, where their prior had hidden from an ancestor of his. He ordered close guard without and within and rode over to the priory. ]Hit the monks pretended to ignorance, and he went home more furious than ever. For days he lived like a hermit in the room where he had last seen his child, sleeping with drawn sword between two ^volf dogs, but his watch resulted in nothing. Isabel and the young forester were never seen more. Dreaming is something I am not given to iinless I have not had my regular "go" at tobacco. I certainly had smoked a couple of cigars—very line —but I longed for a pipe. That "made me restless, and I had the dullest serving up of my thoughts — faces that I had not seen for twenty years, and those of tho last day—a jumble so that I hardly knew where I was spending-tho night. I daresay I was tired, too. Anyhow, I remember just as I had reasoned out that, as the house walls were identical with those of tho old castle, there might still exist the secret hole, I hoard a twang like a bow string let go after a lusty pull. I am not sure I woke, but fancy I recalled a kind of human figure in light colors cross the room and return with a companion, There was a jingle, as of coin, and I went off to sleep again, sound as a stone. So I thought. But I woke up with a start, cold as if I had boon plunged in ica- water, and then I was out of thn clothes, standing beside Robin Hood. I rubbed my eyes, for the scoundrel seemed to bo nodding to me for a moment and grinning, and I could swear the bowstring- was vibrating, but, of course, the moment I put my finger and thumb to it that stopped the thrill. I walked all around it in the dark. Then I lit the candle, and made a thorough search of the room. 15ut the wainscoting had boon painted and varnished in these five years, and there was not a crack that I could decide to bo a panel, I lost my temper at being so baflled when I was confident of being on the right track, and stamped my foot. The good old oaken plank yielded not a jot to my rage, but I heard something like the clash of metal in the direction of the statue. I ran over to it and gave it a shake, I might as well have worked with the giant oak it was hewn from. Nothing gave way, though I believed there was an echo of the metallic sound, within or below. I knocked on the wood in all parts with the massive extinguisher of the candlestick, but it did not seem hollow. I sat down on the table, swinging my legs as I reflected, wrapped up in the coverlet till morning-, only removing my gaze from tho statue to scrutinize the room. Mr. Gunthorpo found me there when ho came, in anticipation of the servant's call to breakfast. His was not a house far gongs or bells. • Hu was too agitated to notice my curious position. "Mr. Brooker, the short gentleman with red whiskers, 1 ' cried ho, "has been robbed of his pocket book in the night- What on earth am I to do with this depredation going- on, sir?" lie fairly wrung his hands in despair, as if ho had lost ail hope H.OW that the Jjpncjon detective hu4 his palladium. you ploa.s$ Jeayg, go learn If anyone else has been- disturbed." He returned sfmultaneottsly with the servant and his tray of tea and toast, anchovy and eggs, with an oven more deplorable look. Pan tier, the bit tier, was missing. and his wife was sure the ghost oJ Robin Hood had spirited her poor, dear John away. I remembered the nocturnal vis- sions, the one that had become t\vo, the twang of the bow,striug, and 3 said when the footman withdrew: "I would not like you to laugh at me, sir, but tho key to the'mystery is held, 1 am confident, by this grinning monster in Lincoln green." "Eh?" astounded as if I had purposed cutting his grandfather's portrait into whip snappers. "There is a hole in tho wall or floor somewhere, here or there, and the handle to the trap or panel is in this figure. And the machinery is in actual use, for I should have heard tho creak if it was lot get rusty. I've felt the thing all over, and found nothing, though, like a boss. It's a boss' puzzler, sir, that's what it is!" "Dear me! Bless us!" said he, rubbing his chin in the hollow of his hand. "The eyes don't move, do they?" as if it made any difference whether they did or not. "More like tho hands," I blurted out, conjecturally. "Do you soe? I mean the bow! I'll have a good pull at the bow, anyway!" You are welcome not to believe it, but when I put one hand to the bow and the other to tho wire chord and pulled at the first while a-pushing at the other they bowed apart wide, and as the bow ends came down tho figure bent in the middle and ducked its head and shoulders, as if to make a back for leapfrog. "And, sir," I said, "if you will turn your eyes yonder you'll see that tho bow has done the trick." A yard square panel of tho wain- scottiug had slid right down below the floor level, clean as a whistle. Wo ran up and looked down. It was an easy jump, and a candle box was put there for a step. Tho cell was not as large as you could give a promenade concert in, but it would hold a Daniel Lambert without squeezing him tight. There was a very tidy collection of empty sardine boxes and American provision tins, showing 1 that good living does not depend on tho length of your dining table. But the birds had flown. There were two three jewel cases, empty also, under my feet when I stepped down. There was a puff of cold air. "There is another opening," said I. 'You may come down and look around for tho skeleton of your great- great-grandfather, if you like, sir"— nettled by his still looking, struck all of a heap, and this was nothing so wonderful, after all. "I am going to push straight on and see where the business comes out." I nearly broke my neck by falling down some steps in the walls, but after that it was smooth sailing into the open air. It was not hi the.woods that we were £o overtake the butler and a young woman who had begun by helping him to reduce the larder stock, and then took care of the property which he stole from the guests. They had managed it neatly. When she was afraid to tackle the guest in the Robin Hood rooms she would open tho door to let him in; or if he had robbed the tenant of another chamber, she likewise opened the way for iiis passing the goods to her in her receptacle. For caution's sake she dwelt there as long as possible without change. Luckily for the owners, ;he precious pair had intended to elope with their spoil when complete, and nearly all the valuables were recovered, and quite a show they made in the justices' private room at ;he town hall. Mr. Pantler was "nailed" at Derby, she nearer London. The trial was brushed through without more evidence than sufficed to convict, as Lady Massarene did not want any parade made over her name. Tho.hole in the wall was filled up. Master Robin was put out in tho gardens when Mr. Gunthorpo died recently, and his still young madam had a gas tube stuck in tho bold poacher's hand instead of the bow, which I had pulled to good purpose, FARM AND (*AEDM, Shoe liluokeiiing. Shoe blackening- by electricity, with the aid of the human hand, haa been known for some time, but shoo blackening without that interve ning agency is a novelty just introduced in a St. Louis hotel. The device is composed of three brushes, two of which run parallel with each oth,er. These brushes move back and forth the moment tho foot la-placed on the support between them. The third brush is placed vertically to the two others, and tho bristles of tho former move in and out of the bristles of tho latter, The third brush has a rotary motion around its own axis, and then through the combined motion of the three brushes, operated by electricity, q very nicely polished shoe is turned .out. MATTERS OF INTEREST TO AGfilCULfimALtSTS. A recent issue of tho Wollsvillo (N, Y.) Keporter contained tho following unique notice: "To whom it may concern: I do hereby say that J will prosecute any and all in tho town of Wellsvillo or in the pounty of AUe- gany who sells, buys or givos to mo anything that will intoxicate, yuuh as alo, beor, wine, older or .whisky. 1 will prosecute them to tho full extent of the law. According" to tho statistical ab&traci pf tho United States, tho total opst of the liijiwrn pf ajl kjndj ^consumed in e ever- f J& per capita, yog? 'ty Wei'y %J)41y ( jp-fee ITp to tioto Hints About of the Soil nrttl Tleldn Horticulture Viticulture tad *l6rt« eoltare< The ChlncNto Hog. On this page and In connection with this article we give the illustration of a Chinese sow, such as was first introduced into Britain from China. The Chinese breed, judging from the type, is not a thing of beauty, To it, however', we owe much t especially the more valuable characteristics of our English and American improved breeds, lief ore the advent of the Chi* nese hog the swine of the British Isles were very inferior compared with the swine of to-day. Neither were they a source of great fat production or of profit. Leanness was at a premium with the native pig. The introduction of the Chinese hog and crossing with the native pigs produced many of our fine modern breeds, among them the Berkshire, Essex, Poland-China and Suffolks. The original Chinese breed had very short legs with a long body, fine bone and bristles, and back straight or swaying, some toward tho center. In some cases the belly about touched tho ground. Tho ears were straight aiid stood out from tho head. Tho head and snout were both short, and the eyes wore wide apart. The neck was also short. In color some of the hogs were white, somo black, while others had every combination of light and shade. This breed has proved very prepotent, that is, very powerful in transmitting its characteristicts to its descendants. This prepotency has been ilxed in the Chinese breed by tho fact of thousands of. years of in-breeding, for the Chinese breed of swine may be nearly as old as Chinese civilization. One of the characteristics is the ease with which the hogs fatten. In fact in its pure state tne Chinese breed is too great a fat former to be popular in western countries. It is said that the breed is always fat, from birth to maturity, and that too when food is very 1 poor in quality and small in quantity. The flesh of the hog is inferior on account of its extreme fatness, till the breed is crossed with the laaner western breeds. thece is Only one tight fray and it! the following: When all tne hOfsea ot cattle have entered the t ifljf the marshal, at the suggestion Of the judge, should order a parade of the stock around the ring. The judge should stand in the center of the ring and matte mental or written notes regarding the horses and will, if competent, make tip his mind which animals are clearly outclassed; these should be examined at once and set aside, if un worthy of honorable mention or ii found unsound. The next move is to have each good horse put through his paces before the judge. He should first walk away and return, then trbt away and return Uy the time each horse has been thus tried the judge will have selected the best six or seven and these should now be drawn out from the rest for careful examination from head to foot for soundness and all other points taken into consideration. If this be carefully done, the horses will be changed around in order of excellence until the vote is cast and the ribbons are tied. In judging, too some attempt should be made to honor a given type in each class, so that if possible, there will be ^niformity among the winning animals. As it is even too often so, a big coarse rough iiorso takes first prize, while a neat little horse is placed second. The idea should ever be to educate the public and act justly by all concerned. Individuality lu llrco<Uii(f> Individuality, says "Horsebreeder, is, in our opinion, ono of the most important essentials to tho business, and the utter lack of regard for the fitness of things in the past m tills respect explains, in a great measure, the number of unsalable horses to bo found to-day. Study well the combination of blood lines. Don't select a horse to breed to simply because he has been successful as a sire. See with what class of mareu ne nas been most successful. Study his own individua. characteristics and those of your mare. Compare the strong and the weak points of both. If they have defects in common don't breed that way, but look elsewhere. If the mare has good bodily conformation but light bone, and the.stallion the same, you maybe sure that this deficiency will be strongly emphasized in the offspring. "Like bepets like." All other things being equal, with these conditions reversed the foal will combine the good points of both, though of course not with absolute certainty. Chance, or rather atavism, plays an important part in the breed- CHINESE 110U. Judging Stock. It is the purpose of this article to set forth for the benefit of prospective judges at county and district fairs a few points of procedure that may prove useful. As a general rule judging at local fairs is badly conducted although decisions made may. be just in many instances. There is usually a sad lack of what may bo termed discipline." The public evidently enjoys the right to crowd around competing animals, so that the judges can with difficulty approach them and often, have to explain who they are bo- fore having a chance to make a critical examination. It is also frequently the case that the judge does not look like his business, in other words lacks official dignity, and so has difficulty in making the visitors and even owners believe that he is vested -with authority to make awards. Now this is all wrong yet easily set right. In the first place a judging ring should be roped off in every fair ground and from this inolosure all except owners, judges, reporters and officers of the fair should be rigorously excluded; secondly, judges and officers should have designating badges of ribbon to bring them the required recognition from all others concerned! thirdly, there should be a marshal of the ring, whose duty ii should bo to call out as* hibits, arrange then* properly, pre^ serve order in the arena;, and announce classes ftfld win'nors. The prospective judge should take not« of these things and see to it that thjey are observed wherever he is engaged to award premiums. As to the work of the judgehimself.we oftew find that his work is poorly dope from lack of experience, in judging, rathe? than lack of knowledge. To go about the work of judging properly is q, most important point ajjd one that requires a httip thought and practice, In a large ping of horses the mejjperi- enqed jud fr9jn feprss tQ her8 ?| P? ft* ing problem, This is an important factor, upon which too much stress can not be laid in the matter of breeding, for the seeming disregard of natural law in the past has placed us where we are to-aay. There is probably no part of the world where horse breeding is reduced to a finer art than in England. With the Englishman individuality is one of the most important factors in tho problem of breeding thoroughbreds, A horse with constitutional defects, be he ever BO good as an individual, is religiously avoided, while if he bare a weak point physically no mare with a like defect is ever mated with him, The result is noted in the splendid specimens of thoroughbreds we now see in that country. Commoiulublo Treatment of Jlorsus. No observer of New York scenes can have failed to have noted the kindness which drivers show to their horses in this weather, says the New York Sun. The introduction of the cable cars has led to the weeding out of the old and sickly horses of the street car lines, and the superintendents of the big stables have learned that it is better to have frequent relays for their horses and keep their stock in good condition rather than save tne wages of a few«extra men at the expense of the horses, Perhaps the most astonish' ing thing to a visitor to New York 3s the unblinding stoicism with which street car horses accept a stream of water between the eyes from a hose in the hands of one of the helpers, The horses » ve arranged -along the street) with their heads toward the gutter, and one of the hands in charge stands off a distance of ten or fifteen feet and plays a hose on them during the heated hours of the day. Fijrei their steaming backs are cooled off and then the stream is played on the horses' heads between, the eyes.. patter and splash of the water be foeard i^aif a Woefc away, and, shifted frqm, « iihe Mefk. ¥net8.t*8 twtf StlilGti ^.^ lite of a pig as thefe IS Indeed life o* all yOung" ftntittais W Weaning period and the gerled w. they are taken front tfjfftss and fat ttf full -coffi rations. ftturiOflft' the Most critical pefibd, ,ft* all periencsd Weeder! a*t ^afi "" that if the young animal a set back, it will be vef>, v^vu** » regain the lost flesh and vitality. ';AV, the sec6nd period a nog BttflefSlftjl| accustomed to exercise and . eous food and is all at tfnce' and fed upon a highly .Carboiiafiedu*- diet which results in one ot<$9$, things, ether indigestion Of bi-eakltt$j down of the feeb and Joints.' It' la f mi gfrand thing to have a gbad BttppI; coi-fl to feed the hogs and they^ „,«„ thrive splendidly up6n It if It be' ttled!| judiciously, but too often it Is sudden*''-" ly given as a sole ration and 6d troubli'l cornea The proper way to wean fcogi If from summer diet to winter ratio*** * is to first see that opportunity afforded for sufficient daily exercise-?, s,, and second to make the new corn Butfc'.'iJ part of the ration itntil it hardens up 1 A;*" and the hog himself becomes, aS it ^ were "hardened" to It. As an ttd*v junct to corn, or rather a part of the ",;. ration, nothing is better'at first than bran and afterward as the fattening stage is well entered upon little flax* '< seed meal or oil meal to keep theV bowls open. When signs of indigos- <j tion appear during the corn feeding period tablespoonful doses of glauber s> >J salts and teaspoonful doses of baking '"" soda given in the soft feed or drink- ? ing water twice daily will usually-'prove beneficial, but, if the corn *- i '^ used gradually until the hog „ comes accustomed to it there will as rule be no trouble. I^uinpy Juw at tho Iowa, Sttitlon. The Iowa experiment station has 1 " issued bulletin No. 26, a part of which.] |, gives the results of their experimen^tsi ( ,1: in curing lumpy jaw by means of " Potassium Iodide. Tho report is writ*' ten by Prof. N. B. Niles, who says: •>, This article is not written for th& purpose of stating anything new con- corning this subject, but for the purpose of recording our observations and more extensively circulating among the cattle owners of the state the knowledge that a majority of cases of 'lumpy jaw" can be successully treated by giving internally for some time the drug known as Potassium Iodide. Last year opportunity offered for trying the remedy at this station. One of the station steers which was being fed in an experiment, developed Actinomycosis in quite a bad form. A small tumor appeared on the side of the face, one in the nasal passage, and a large one beneath the lower jaw. This animal received potassium iodide in about two dram doses twice daily for about ten days. After about one week's intermission the medicine was' given again the same as before. ' The tumors began to shrink soon after beginning the administration of the, drug and the process of absorption went on until all had disappeared, except the large one under the jaw. This still showed as a slight thicKen- ing. The animal was considered cured and passed at the Union stock yards, Chicago, as a sound animal. Since treating this case I have prescribed the remedy for several other affected animals without one failure to my knowledge. Taking into consideration the experience of others and our own I do uot hesitate to say that this treatment, if propeily carried out, will cure a, majority of cases of Actinomydesis or "lumpy jaw." Oases which cannot be successfully treated are usually those in which the bone is badly involved. SIZE OF DOSE AND HOW ADMINISTERED, The size of the dose depends upon the size of the patient For a, medium sized animal the dose is from two to ihree drams once a day, If given twice daily, smaller doses are sufficient. Dr. Norgaard states that the dose should never be more than one*' fourth dram for every hundred pounds of live weight, After giving full doses for front six to ten days symptoms of iodism will be* shown; these are discharges of water from the eyes, flow of mucous from the nose, and peeling off of the superficial layer of the skin over the body. When these symptoms are 9b- sarved the medicine should be stopped, * for three or four days and then given, again. Cases which show these syron* ,oms plainly seem to recover most rapidly. The treatment ehpuld, be tept up at intervals for about six weeks, or until the animal has sutti« ciently improved to warrant its being' discontinued. After 'the bunch has 1 shrank to one-third its original size he drug may be discontinued, aa ajji orption will go on and the bunch dlsr, appear withou! further treatment, * The medicine is best administered "> dissolved in a small amount of v^atsy'/ as a dreneh, or dissolved in th§ 'firing , , : ng water. As cattle are faeiJy/^ drenched, a convenient way is to d^ J solve the dose in abou,t & pint of wa<tep, and drench by using a long n§ebe^ bottle. If given in the drinking WfttW 1 -' he wnpunt of water should-— A ' " . greit and the »niniai ^ birsty to drink the entire ' ,^,, vt Phis treatment is thought! by ft w be expensive, but if the vales' 9* animal before treatment be SP.mj^ with that after a cvu-e ha§ bew it* will readily be seen V •T - f\ is seldom that tnqre, ftp)

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