The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 20, 1895 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 20, 1895
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nS ^a'id* *'It is-ofily a womatt." i fio^t* and tftarfoitiu choo*6 *? '"**'' to*trt*t«W themes. fcA 86'fefre lives thU r - . 'eanso the? christened he?. •< ' ' "Mtitlid. Mar$ Jflhe " £<y helpi! aet ,,1,^,4 < r0fma { h6 JjOUSC, She do6< the tnilklns t<50, v&fid Udles nj? the sittth? foofa, Whftn all thS Cliotda tarou'zli It's thor6 Seth cotnos a-cottrtitu, There's no "inooHn { m tbo kfld. 1 ' NOriHfnbf-piimby nottsonso 'bout Mitlldi Maf-y Juno •Oh, bdnnlo Ahtifo I/auMc, , She wa-i loroljr ycirs (\jo, ABd Daisy— B.iy or bjun Or Belle— Wo'rd ftl*nys t>loa-idd to know, ,Ahd tttcet Mario's a nice itlrl. too, -- 'but glfre u* somcthiti,' pliviti: Jilt's hftvo n tunu or two about MttildaM.iry Jme on Star. 13V ROllKltt CHAPTER IV— '•They tii-o in Houcn, mademoiselle! They have cut tile telegraph wires! .Lord deliver ua!" In thoso, elements of alarm Blanche -did not think of her oelf, nor Of the personal paril which. ..might soon thrccttou her; all her thought and cure •was for he v father. She prayed for 2)im incessantly. While all the district was in ,au uproar, and the chat" •oau itsalf lik-j a startled rookoi-y, with old Hubert wildly 'holding forth ' ^md the fomalo servants chattering in terror;, she remained outwardly calm, scldom.loaving the privacy of her own . .apartments. But one cold, still afternoon, when the first autumnal frost was on the ground, she left the chateau and walked out into the woods, which looked beautiful in the ssro and yellow loaf. Clad 'in a simple dress of black velvet, with an ivory cross, her father's gift, suspended around her nock, she seemed almost like a re- Hgeuso. Her only companion Was an old Norman deoi'houud, christened "Gaston," after her father. Aimlessly wandering, full of her "own sad thoughts, she passed down to tho cliffs by the sea, and standing near to the little chapel, looked down on tho village. A diligence had just come in, and an excited group was gathered round it before the inn door, while people were moving to and fro: in all directions, some running. Then- glancing toward the 'church, she saw .Father 'Andre. at the gate, conversing with a man who, with excited ges--' tures, wa§ eagerly pointing up tho St. "Valory rpad. The sun was sinking over the sea, Silod. inland tho prospect was already growing dark; yet she did not hasten lier footsteps, though she now turned her face in the direction of home. Before she reached the wicket- fjate loading into the home woods the lull moon had arisen, mingling its bright beams with the last faint rays of daylight. Suddenly she was startled by the 'sound of horses' hoofs, and almost tho same moment she perceived two men on horseback rapidly approaching across 'the field. The moonlight struck lull upon them and Hashed upon something like glittering steel. She knew at once that they were soldiers, for their spurs jingled as they came, and •each of them carried a long 'weapon like a spear. Quick as thought she drew .back among the bushes, . and seizing : the dog Gaston by the collar, inado it lio down at hev feet. They were Uhlans! ' She knew them at once by their ••dress* and the spears they carried; for pictures of the wild cavalry were familiar to her from the illustrated Journals. She had read and heard too, of the reckless deviltry and cruelty of these men, , who, mpre than any other portion of the German army, had awakened the superstitious horror of the population. < Fortunately she was safely hidden, and the strangers would have ridden by unsuspiciously had it not .been foi'. the conduct of the dog. In spite of her attempts to quiet him, Gaston be, gan to howl, show his teeth, and btruggle for escape; and suddenly, as •they passed the wicket-gate, he tore himself free, and leaping from the bushes, rushed fiercely at the horses', Utterly terrified, Blanche remained $11 Jjer hiding place, watching what followed in trembling fascination. As •the dbgf|arted out, showing his teeth, -one of tne'horsemen ' wheeled swift as lightning and covered him with a 1 pistol, There was a flash and a report and tho poor animal lay dead on , the ground, Crouching in the bushes, Blanche felt her heart; swell with mingled hate -and horror. To- her simple mind the ,jnen seemed scarcely human, re- pembling rather the savage monsters ««f popular imagination. They spoke together for some moments; then, to ' h,e,r terror she saw the younger soldier 'pointing eagerly to the place "where $je Jay hidden, and saying something which, was received by his companion with an incredulous shrug of the jshpujders, Then she heard the sharp <-aWck of a pistol-lock, and simulta- ' neously saw the elder man ride close Up to the bushes, pistol }n hand. k Something clearly attracted big at- 'te,ntion, for he uttered a loud ox• - 01am.at4on. in Qeraap, at the same 1 time poju,tin§' t)ie weapon straight /tpward tbe hiding- place of the un» •5-}»ekyg'vl, The other- called to him «Ajnipa.tiently, as if, requesting him to :- J§ftve ibe ^pQt I but he was' determined. JiteBehe, still unseen, looked straight tJlt-9 ty$ ovwfil oyes,. then unable to -herself any lorjgep, and jit him. f^te hvmg i» the uppn tp FOfes—-and a now that 'escape Was iip- Blanehe stepp'ed out Jrdin her liidiflg-place, and stood, pale as 'death, but resolute, locking- at the tWd officers, for such they Were. The elder man, apparently little thoved by he? sex and helplessness, surveyed her from head to foot With.ah angry scowl; but' the other, with a light laugh, leaped from his saddle, and leading- his horse by tho rein, walked close Up to her. She tdet his eyes without flinching, though it seemed io her as if her last hoiii 4 had come. To her surprise, howeve?, he addressed her in her native tongue which ho spoke quite fluently and with the slightest possible accent. "Pardon me, fraulein, but it is a late hour for one so young to be abroad. My friend hero is impetuous and you have had- a narrow escape with life. Will you tell mo your name, fraulein, and where you dwell?" His manner gJivo her courage; and, still keeping- her eyes upon his face, she drew : herself up proudly, as she replied: "My name is Blanche do GavrollesV and Id we'll at the chateau of Grandpre." The other Uhlan greeted her speech with a coarse laugh, and cried in French, which he ppoko With a thick Teutonic accent: j ; Tho devil! She has courage, tho little she fox! Lift the baggage up on my saddle, Hartmann, and I will carry her back to camp." Hartmann, as his companion called him, answered with a.n angry look, and atrain addressing Blanche, said quietly: . "Do not alarm yourself, frauloin. My friend .is: tin-ugly fellow, buj; does not mean what ho says." "Ho is a coward," answered Blanche firmly, "or ho would 'not have killed; my poor Gaston!" ,. "Do you mean the dog? Then it ivas yours?" • "Yes," was tho reply; and as she jave it, Blanche gazed at tho dead Dody through blinding- tears. The .in on horseback laughed again. "Thank your stars, girl, that it was not'you I killed, but the cur!" he cried. "Silence, Vogol!" exclaimed • the other. "Do you not see tho young- ady is.terrified?" "lam not terrified," said Blanche. ' 'I am French, and I do not fear tho enemies of my country." Hartmann looked at hor with a quiet smile. It was curious; but his eyes were quite gentle, and his manner more and more kindly. "I am sorry that this has happened, fraulein. We Germans, .1 assure you, do not make war on women or children, or dumb animals? Have you parents, little one?" "I have a father," answered Blanche. "He must be a careless father, I am afraid, to suffer you to be wandering in thewoo:ls alone at so perilous a time." "He is with the army of the north," cried Blanche, ' 'fighting- for the fatherland." ' 'Come Hartmann!" cried the mounted Uhlan impatiently moving away. Hartmann prepared to remount his horse; then, hesitating-, he again looked at Blanche. "Take my advice and hasten home; more of our people are about, and there may be fresh danger. I should be sorry if any evil came to you. Over there in Germany I have a dear sister of my own." He leaped into the saddle, and, with a nod and a smile, rode away after his companion, For some minutes Blanche remained stupefied. All had occurred so suddenly, that as yet she could scarcely realize the situation; but as tho truth dawned upon .her, and- she found herself safe and unharmed, the tension of her strung-up nerves gave way, and she began to sob hysterically. Bending over the dead body of the doo-, she tried to discover any signs of life; but there were none; it had been killed instantaneously. Her heart swelled with hate and indignation against his destroyer. "Ah!" she thought, "they are indeed infamous, those Germans!" Then she thought of the grave, gentle young man who had addressed her BO respectfully, and she recalled his parting-, words,—"Over there in Germany I have a dear sister of my own," and this reminded her of what her own father had said to her before they parted—that even the enemy were fellow-creatures, and had dear ones to love them living, and to mourn them when they died. It was growing dark, for black clouds were drifting rapidly up from the sea, Sue remembered the strange officer's warning, and, after one last look at the dead dog, she prepared to hurry back to tho chateau, when the sound of a voice arrested he?'. "Ah! it is you, mademoiselle, Thank God, I have found you," it said. *«I have been searching for you through the village; for, look you, there is terrible news. The aooui'sed Uhlans are upon us in swarms!" "The U)Uans!" said Blanche. "Yes, Houzel, I know, for they shot poor Gaston." She turned as she spoke, ai)d pointed to the dead hound which lay at the newcomer's feet. The man looked at the animal; then he turned to his mistFoss, with a sinister smile. ««J sa-w them," he said, "J was cu'ouohing 1 in tho bushes yonder and saw them pass. It is well for them, Mademoiselle Blanche, that you were here, otherwise o;no o£ them would be lying where Gaston |es now. I had my gun veady, pointing; at the monster's heart, and I did not lire beca'use { thought of you, But I shall rotnombei- them, ajj-cl you shall J>0 avenged !" The girt juddered, I was Jwe;" sh^ aajdi . Tlii chefailef , fay iiiastef , has ffotfe* to do it? why should .not IP*' ' «iAhf but thai is diffefent f H8ii£eL* My falhef is fighting {ft fair P%i dpeft battle; he would Wot slay aft eftefay from behind a tree." The man blilshed sheepishly attd Idoked dp>n. Me cttuld nbt say what was in his inifid, or he would hSVe said, "t cftre for my country, but 1 care more for you. These men have made you shed tears, they have filled your heart with sorrow; and for that! would shoot them like dogs." Although he was still a young man, he was tho girl's senior by several years, and all his life had been spent in the forests of Grahdpre. His father" and grandfather before hint had been keepers of the forest, and in the service of the l)e Gavrollos. For tho rest, ho was a handsome follow, aud endowed with all the manliness which comes of tho occupation of forester. He could have his pick of the Village beauties, but his heart was entirely devoted to his young mistress. Almost ever since ho could remember he had had tho care of her; .for when she was quite a little girl, and rode forth mounted on her pony's back to have a gallop through the forest, she was intrusted to his charge; for tho chevalier would say with a smile, "Take care of her, Houssel; I look to you to bring her safely back homo." And during those rides and rambles, when Hotixcl had played tho guardian, Blanche, with her pretty, artless ways, had taken captive the young keeper's hearb, and had retained it, Thus, (is she passed from childhood and bloomed into a pale, beautiful girl, his hopeless love deepened. "Have 'you been into ••• the. villagp, Houzel?"said Blanche creeping nearer to his side. "I passed through tho village in search of you, mademoiselle. When I heard that yon had left tho chateau, I was in terror lest the Germans should molest you. And now, my dear young mistress, hasten 1 ,", he added. Lot us go into the shelter of the house. Do not fear, I will see that you are safe." "And poor Gaston," she said; "ho can not be left hero, Houzel. I should like him to bo carried home and buried in the garden, close to the sun-dial." "I will see you safe first, mademoiselle; then I will return for tho hound and do as you wish. Come!" He shouldered his gun and held forth his arm. Blanche laid her hand on it, and tho two walked .-away together. They soon reached the chateau. Their arrival was opportune; for the servants, alarmed at the protracted absence of their mistress, had armed themselves with torches, and, headed by old Hubert, who was trembling with fear, were preparing to set out in search of Blanche. With a low bow to his mistress and a contemptuous look at the quaking figure of the old butler, Houzel turned from the chateau to retrace his steps through the forest when the voice of his mistress arrested him. "Would it not be better to go in the morning, Houxel?" she said gently. "There may be danger for you now." The young fellow shrugged Ms shoulders. 1 'There is always danger when such canaille are abroad," ho said, "daylight or moonlight, it is the same. But do not fear for me, mademoiselle ; I can protect myself." And he pointed to his gun. Blanche shuddered. "Be it so; but come to me, when you return, that I may know you are safe." Flushed and elated, Houzel retraced his stops along the road which he and Blanche had trodden. All was quiet now, and the s moon was shining brightly. The hound lay where he had fallen, and Houzel saw now what he had not noticed before, a white filmy substance lying near the hound. He lifted it up; it was Blanche's handkerchief, and it was still wet with her tears, [TO BE CONTINUED.] TVlwt Paper Is Made Of. There are something over 2,000 patents covering themalcing of paper. It may be manufactured, under some one of them, from the leaves of trees; from hop plants, bean stalks, pea vines; from the trunks and stems of Indian corn and every variety of grain; from moss, clover and timothy hay, and more than 100 kinds of grasses; from straw and cocoanut fibre; from fresh water weeds and seaweeds; from sawdust, shavings and asbestos; from thistles and thistle down; from banana skins, tobacco stalks and tan bark; from hair, wool, fur, old sacking or bagging and from almost any other imaginable refuse, Socrates in Londop, A costermongor was sumnaonaa before a London magistrate, recently, for obstructing the traffic. His own account was that he went into a pub' lichouse "to light his pipe." When he came out, a constable threatened to summon him. «• 'What fpr? 1 says L »Foi' stoppin' the line of traffic,' ho says. I says, 'Where is the line of traffic?' 'Why, it's gone ahead now,' sa'ys 'e, I says, «Then 'ow could I 'ave stopped it, then?' " This sooratio costermonger got off with a warning. He seems worthy pf better things — Argonaut. Old usages of modern slang- words turn up in unexpected quarters sometimes, Most pf us think that the wgvd «' jolly" in the sense pf very, ex4 tvemely, is of recent date; but in 9 §erlous theolpgical work of two bun- dyed years a,go--Wohn-Trapp"s Commentary PA'tho Old an,4 New Testament (London, J<3&6*7) w ° r ^ ad .: "All was jplly quiet at JOpftesus befpre St. Paul came thitU^v." We have heard th.e spue phVjW , from, a, ftlp,Uih Applied tp » njo44eu aunt's, ' MARCH w& •U.'. ron Plotnfes 6t S6it*le8 In tfio SofiUi ffl t$«4—liofrt*6 Atlttuta—Wounded rott?* KlRht tlmcj in dine liiittie — "the li-tico." tmwHtloii HMtory. Tho siege of Atlanta, Gfa it in the summer of 1804, produced inahy ihci-' dents of a tragic or laughable nature, not recorded in books of history or personal memoir. And it is just sueh scones, faithfully recorded, which give tho general i-eadeV of later years an insight into the life and spirit that prevailed during such trying 1 times. Atlanta, as the writer in the Na* tional Tribune remembers it t was truly a city "with hills surrotmded," whicix bi-istled with cannon of various call* ber, from the small-bore rifled l j ar- rott gun to tho G4*ponnder siege, And what a din they could produce on tho least provocation! Tho Confederates had much the advantage in point of knowing the territory occupied by us, hence their often unwelcome accurate marksmanship made many a poor follow bita the dust even when nob in liue-of-battle. One such incident occurs to mo hero. General Sherman, to conceal some movement about to bs made, ordered some regiments to march in a circle around a hill, to give the impression that ho was massing- troops on our loft. This continued for several hours. Tho rebels soon practiced their marksmanship on thoss helpless aud hapless troops, and, ore long, wo hoard tho zip of 'tho bullet and next the ' horrible sound as when a man is struck whom we soon see fall over, cither dead or wounded. But this, did not check tho column. It was a standing order to bo in line at fi o'clock in tho morning 1 , to bo counted and assigned to .picket or other duty. My regiment, tho Sixth Kentucky, lay at tho edge of a hill, behind a stono fonco, before which sharp-pointed stakes had boon set at n certain angle, and these tied together in long rows by green withes. Behind ns at some distance rose another much higher hill, on which wove situated General O. O. Howard's, headquarters aud the sig-nai corps station. Thera wore no woods right in our front, hence we had an unobstructed view of tho robol intrencli- ments, and wo could pet a view for miles to our right, and often discover the smoke pull' from a heavy siege gun that was in tho habit of paying its uuvvelcomo respects to us early and late, because we were on high ground.' But for good shooting and foolish recklessness this instance will be in point. . About, 8 o'clock in the morning-, one day, whil e wo wore lying- behind our breastworks, to avoid batl/stray and aimed bullets, which flew pretty thick at this time, wo saw, on the hill of tho general's headquarters, a man coming part tho way down, stop in plain sight of all, and black the generals, or some officer's, boots. We waited with great interest what would come next, when to our astonishment we heard the swish of a cannon-ball, and following- its direction we saw it bury itself-directly under the seat of the man who sat with his foot down hill. Wo held our breath, expecting- to sse tho man and boots fly in pieces from an exploding shell. But it did not 'explode, and-soon wo saw the man emerge from tho dust, running at topspeed for tho hill-top, amid the cheers of all who saw the shot and its lucky termination. Not all the men killed on our side were laid low by the enemy's bullets, as tho following will show: Toward the close of the siege, a few days before tho battlo of Jonesboro, there came orders to a certain battery of Parrott rifles to fire a number of rounds into, the city. Now this battory was posted about 50 yards in the rear,of a rejji- liuimt of men, and on our left, who also had breastworks, consistiug of logs piled one on top of the other, man high, in front of which was a bank of dirt, and in front of this a deep ditch. About this time, while the shells were flying over tho heads-of the men lying behind this shelter, there was one man who was polishing- up his prunj for this was his last day of service, and 'to-morrow ho would be on his way homo, lie had been a faithful, clean, and brave &oldjer, and all regretted to part with him. Uark! What was that'. 1 Tho report of a cannon,' and immediately after, the sound of an exploded shell in our own lines, right among the men! We hurried over, and saw a sad and horrible thing-, There sat our man with gun still in hand, but tho shell had struck his bead, and left only tho headless trunk sitting upright. Poor fellow, ho went to his long home,and never saw his earthly home again. This created a profound impression, and many woro the expressions of sorrow at tho seemingly-undeserved cruel fato of our comrade. Someone had blundered, und someone had died for it. One movning 1 cavly the \vi-itor, tired and exhausted from tho heat of the previous day and night, slept later than usual, not hearing- the morning ca.ll. Pis was a .small shelter, con» sisfcing of a narrow foundation tov a log hQU&e just wide enough for one ino,n to lio iu, over which was the half of a« shelter-tent, erection \vas against tho hill, s,om,e thu-ty yards behind the breast- jvpi-ks, |t was a-fair target, but not iliteuded for such whew b,u.Ut, Qn this morning'* while stJU a foiling-, 6w}sh.i»f fc over the glee&W aujj the «enoi'j> Wtls fiflt tJt# hffft ; meflwho\ sttfdct lit liae tfficlef affiiS Wiil'fieve'r'be 1 foftfoti&ti. „ 6fl Idcaiirtf tlts'ball whefs it Jikdt ilhiefc tfte faill •fre found il had glatae&! eff, 66n* tinaed ever the hill afld ftftdekSd dff the leg's of otic of the itten> Whd was cleaning a hofSe at thai ttbiift '.' It was a ndfrow aScape, dug of many, biit not fed scron forgd,ttett. Such forcible and effective Calls wefa not received" with that feifidly spirit of gratitude", nor 'tfraa the- liiiman irfl* pulse that would hasten the sluggish sleeper to arouse always appreciated with that generous promptness that would have gladdened the heart of those early and vigilant cannoneers 6f that distant fort, i'MfM %^ » - -^.Ks *Tlio Flfst Michigan £. At The batteries composing- this- regiment were originally independent, and were organized as follows) Battery A at Detroit and ColeUvater, Mich., May 28, 1801; Uattery B at rio- troit, Mich., during September, Octo* ber, November and December, 1861 ji Battory C at Grand Rapids, Mich., during-November and December, 1801; Battery D at White Pigeon, Mich.,, from September to December, 1801; Battery E at Grand Rapids, Albion atulMarshall, Mich., in March) 1803; Battory If in Detroit, Mich., Jan. > 0 1803; Battery G at Kalamazoo, Mich,, Jan. .17, 1803; Battery .11 at Monroe, Mich., March 0, 1802; Battery I at Detroit, Mich., .Aujr. 30,1803; Battery 1C at Grand Rapids, Mich,, from November, 1803, to February, 1803: , Battery L at Cold water, Mich,, in April, 180H; Battery M at Detroit, Mich., June 30, 1803. All those batteries woi-o mustered to servo throe years. They were organized as'a'regiment'August"8, 1803. On the expiration of tho terms of service of tho batteries from A to II, inclusive, tho original members,' except veterans, wore mustered; out, and tho org-aniisations, composed of veterans and recruits, retained in tho service. Tho reg-imont was mustered out by batteries at different dates, from June 14 to Ang-rist 33, 1805. Cyrus O. Loomis was commissioned colonel, November 5, 1803, On Juno 20, .1805, ho was bre vetted "brigadier- general.' William' I-I. Ross, the lieutenant-colonel, was brevetted colonel March 13, I80.v. Major John J. Ely was brevettid lieutenant-colonel Juno 30, 1805. Tho batteries of this regiment served in all the departments, and participated in many of tho great battles of tho war. They were never brought a regiment. The various batteries carried on thoir rolls, during thoir service, about 3,330 men. The loss was a little'over 400, officers and men. •«Tho ISuglo Sung True. " 1803. Tho gray mlsU'aro rlsin,-; tho day is far spent, And tho stars aro abroad like dim clusters of tents. : Tho bivouivo gleams over valley and hetaht With i/rouplngs tulow in the flare of its Hunt; While far from a summit, in silver tone, Floats a tmvlo song singing of "Homo, Swoot Homo." ' In clear modulations its intoning sweep— O'er hillside nnd valley tho ooao repeat, Till the dim Itappahannoek, entranced with tho lay, Just mellows the air to her ploltots of pray; And out-postJ are husliod with the oohoin; tone Of tju'.'le noloa winginj the countersign "Homo: " Tho son? weaves its crystallized words in the air, It opens the portals of visions so fair, That uplands grow sweet with'tbo pressure of lips, Soft eyes asain beam from war's cruel oolipso: While fav over hillside and vale la the tone Of bu.'lo notei freighting their incense of "Home!" The river-line molts, and llio soft mists that rise Aro tinted with visions of far-away,sides. The Blue and the Gray, through twln-im. nulsos thrill, cadences melt from the altar-like bill, While stars seem to lUtoa from out their treat dome, • As tho bUKlp singi—not ot alarum—but "Homo!" Afar up the valley, o 1 or hillside and fen, It captures (ho deep.throbbing hearts of tbo men. And many a face that hold war's cruel scars.— Grouped there by the bivouac under God's stars, Woro a tenderer sheen, as tfto busle notes blown d the dream of the battle-scarred veteran "Home!" -031UO and Gi'ay. Swamp >Vor|fmeu. The "Swamp Angel," the eight- inch Parrot gun, which, during the civil war, created astonishment and something more in Charleston, S, C,, by sending a shell 7,000 yards into the sti-eets of that city from a battery near Morris island, is now said to be an ornament to a drinking fountain in Trenton, N. J, A story is told of its construction that may bear retelling. The colonel of a New York engineer regiment was ordered by Gen* eval Gilmore to prepare a lodgment for tho gun in position neavjy a mile put in the Carolina swamp, and to make requisition for all needed appliances. The colonel viewed tho scenery from the nearest dry land, and se^t in a requisition fov 300 men thirty feet high, to work in a swamp twenty feet deep. IJo was placed under arrest at once by General Gilmore, aud had a hard time to placate his superior.—Argonaut. 48 Times in One of the most remarkable characters jn the United States is an old soldier known to the G, A. JR. men of the H&st &s "Conn-ado 0}\ase," served iu a Maine battery during- war, and carries tl»o scars of nearly 10Q wpu,ac)s, fovty-oigUt of wUieh were received in the single battle of; During' the "period of coniliot" he is said to have reo<4yo<J Wore, WOTjwls tliftM any. o,£he.r fqng-ht Q» either 8,140, toil of kiss mo.i<yejqvis ejchibilj Jus. * in - Ms ' to; gits .tfae 'touoifW' 'think, ftUdi jtbt fti thftt detcotive Was cattai tint"6f 'ills '. When he eaina back tea Mhuisi later*.. V he Was sailing. ' < / V k ,. ;,{? "Well?" qnerled •&» ejepftot *S» , porter. • ' •;. " Js "I've got sotnothing-tor you," said" the detedtivd. ! ' "Sowethittgf ueftP" •} '< ' "Not exactly,- It's th«- c&ttciUsioH Ot^ aft old story." ' . _i', "Give it to nit*'* and tbo r&po,f to 1 !'," pulled his pehdl, On the cMfettsW ''' '. ' "You remember^ fcd, have heard ' somotliing't" proceeded the detectivd^ • "about a man we had here once under % asntenco of death, named Jaxcta, who', »utoided.two nip-hts before' lie was to bebang-ed?" . . " Thie^ reporter nodded. "It was strange about that case," ' eontinuect the dotectivo. "JaXfim was not of a bad class, but ho bad' killed a man'In cold blood bscauso IDO was jealous of him. Ho had a fa-ir trial , and wa» convicted, but after sentence ' was passed ho grow despondoat and wo had to keep a doutalo watch, on. him ', to* prevent his killing himself. All his " food was examined, and anythlng-that came; from friends outsido was watched ' carefully to see that no poinom was handed to him, for they preferred ,. self-murder to hanging, and wora ' anxious to furnish him tho moans to '* put himsolt out of the way. ' -''»' "\Ve shut off everything- from. 'tlirt'"' i outside, oxcapfc letters, sind thote only j from his mother, and they wel-o- care-,',,' fully oxaminod before ho gofr them/'• J Still, in spite of all we could do, 'two " nights before the execution, anJ. while the two guards sat within roach of ; him, almost, he collapsed, and before V ' tho doctor could get to him h6> was dea-l. To save,us, we could not tell , how ho- got that poison, for it was poison that killed him, because he had '' received nothing- from tho outsido for . a 'week, except a farewell letter from his mother. A more pathetic one I never read, and it was stained with, • ' her toars. I even wept myself as ,1 , read it before sending it to'him. "That letter was received during- the last afternoon but one that he was alive, and at ]0 o'clock he was dead. ' To-night tho mystery is explained. A former servant in the family died today, and'just before he went he,called •' in one of our men who had befriondqd him and told him that Jaxon's letter was not from his mother, but from him, and that the paper on which ' it was written had been poisoned, ancl that Jaxoii had swallowed enougb of it to kill'him. There, now," conolud- ed tho c^tective, "you can have not only a detective story, but somewhat of asefisation as well," and so the no- porter did, as the files of an old, old newspaper will show, if tho reader will look it up. ; Who lurontoa tho Guillotine? • It is now certain that neither Dr. J. L-Guillotin, who is said to have died upon the instrument which has a name so. strikingly like his own, nor Dr. J. B. V. Guillotine, who has also been given the credit of being its inventor, was tho designer of the French instrument of capital punishment. It is known to have beea in use in Italy at least 500 years before the time of either of the gentlemen, mentioned, and was the recogniEed instrument used for inflicting the death, penalty in Scotland during both the Fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries. - Conradin of Swaoia was executed by; such a machine at Naples in the year- ' 1268, and that it was in use in Franco • more than 100 years before the time of Dr. J. I. Guillotin is proven by'th'o " fact that tho due de Montmorenoy was decapitated "by a slidino-ax" in 1682, ° Worth It. Biquon, the Paris restaurateur, acquired a large fortune, and his wife 1 carried on' the business after his. death. It is of this time that the-' story is told of a poor journalist who was seen in the restaurant eating;- fk ' small plate of strawberries at a season, when the fruit was so expensive as tp> be an extravagance even fop the. rich,,. An acquaintance saw the wuetohecj*. penny-a-liner and smiled significantly,,'. "Yes," said the journalist, "l r know< £„ '. shall have to pay ten franqs for these,, but the sight of that woman a.t tb$- counter, who is worth 9,000,000,, picking over strawberries tw m$, who.,,, haven't got t^ree louis in the world.,, ' gives me such an amount of saj" tion that the berries are worth Argonaut. to Judge to Witness — Now, madam,, J r , want you to distinctly hearsay is not evidence,. JJqw pjd. you? Witness — I don't know, iJudgo — Don't UUQYT? Witness—; hav« 0.0 Age, Judge— What do you "I anj told that I am. SQ mmy old, -judge, but it's onl you know that iaii' ow Miss Did you J was plain YM, sai4 * V/t *'J ^ . ^ V -"$ '-3 • .Jfi

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