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>ffil ME tHfe BABY. 6gS fte tfie baby tt> how. * ftftd to to ms, fee ver fear- ...„.-,_.—,.,,.. DJ3H MOINESLALaOlvA. tOWA WEDNESDAY APRILS, 1895. . a* his face with ehofei*. CWe ms ihe baby to bold, my deaft iirty yield him to say caresses. "Bother," you say? What!, "n Bothef it) me ?-- Tfl Oil up my soul with such happiness fe As tne love of n baby that lutA* to bti SnusRicd away ivhero mv heart oah he*rl Oive me the baby to hold, my dear! Ah, But his hands are ?rimed. you sa?. Ahrt Would soil my laces and s'lutch iny , hair— amazement. Hot dead?" "Tho chevalier? He is sii, whit would pleasure me more, 1 pray, . Than the touih and tU£ ot tho wee hands fc thoro"— The WQO hands tharo. and the warm face hero— ttive me the baby to hold, toy dear! tJifce too the baby? (Oh, won't yousee' * * * Somewhere, out where tkeuteenof the lawn I.t turtilti • to Mfay, and tho maple tree Is weepltu' its leives of frold upon A HttlB mound, with ade.td ro--o near •Give mo the baby to hold, my dear! * * *) —James tcomb Rlley. That Winter Night liY ttOlJJBHr CHAPTER Xill— " Silence !" sho said, in a voice so fiiint and low as to be almost inaudible. "Do not speak to me; I can Hot bear ifcp" "One word— only 'one," s'lio heard him moan.. "Is .it possible you knew him— -that Frenchman?" ., Tho question recalled her to herself, brought back to her all the agony of her loss. With a face set°like steel, she walked back to the bedside, and gazing into tho man's face with tearless eyes, replied, •"He was my father!" He shrunk as if from a blow, and altered a cry full of sorrow and compassion. At that moment she felt a touch upori her arm, and turning she '.saw the aged housekeeper, who had entered the room unperceived. "Mademoiselle, it is I; I thought I heard you call. Mon Dieu! what is Iho matter?" Blanche did not reply, but, shiver- tug as i! with cold, turned her face away; then followed by the damo, sho walked into the outer room. At last, recalled to herself by the cold breath of the night, Blanche pointed to the inner chamber and bade the woman go there and take her place. With terrible resolution sho conveyed to her the doctor's instructions, word for word. "For," she thought to herself, "I will be justified before God. When I go to meet my father up. yonder (and it may be soon) ho shall know that even to the last extremity, I have returned good for evil, and fulfilled tho written and unwritten law." Flitting through tho dark chateau, while the wind shook the walls, and the snowdrift heaped itself at tho door, she reached her own chamber, threw herself wildly upon the bed, and sobbed hysterically, still with her father's name upon her lips. CHAPTER XIV. Between Life and Death. • Daylight came, and found tho Avounded man still living, and lying 'in a heavy sleep. The old dame sat by his side, worn out with watching. From time to time during the night she had administered the 'anodyne according- to tho instructions of her young mistress, and it seemed to have had an almost miraculous effect. Early in the morning Dr. Huet appeared at the chateau, and went up to tho bedside. Ho saw at a glance that the crisis was past, and after a •careful examination and redressing of .wound, pronounced . the patient , ihe out of immediate danger. During the examination tho German awoke, ° and made a sign that ho wished to speak to the doctor alone; so the old dame •vvas dismissed, and tho two men wero loft faca to face. "'You have something to cAn- municate to me?" said the Frenchman, seating himself by the 'bed. "Lot me warn you to postpone the communication, unless 'it -is very urgent, W.e have managed to subdue the fever for tho time being, but it may recur if you submit yourself to unnecessary excitement." "Ah, monsieur," replied the German officer, "it is not of myself that I wish -to speak, but of her whom Uod sent to save me in my extremity. " "Mademoiselle do Gav'rolles? Yes, you are right; you owe your life' to her." "More than my life, monsieur!" ivied the other, in a voice choked Ith tears. « Ah! you do Woful beyond measure, in its titter misery fcad self-reproach, was the Io6k upon the Gei'man's face as he replied: "Yes, monsieur, I killed him. 1 ' Thunder-struck and horror-stricken, the doctor shook off the other's touch, and sprang to his feet. "You killed the chevalier? Do you meaa it? Grand Dieu, it is too horrible! Mow? how?" In broken accent tho German told his story—as he had told it overnight to Blanche, but iriore clearly and in fuller detail Ho described the incident of the surprise, of the cutting down m Gavroilcs, of the scene enacted afterward in tho moonlight, when the dying mail committed the medallion to his enemy's care. Dr. Huet who had known tho chevalier well and esteemed him above most men, listened in simple horror. "It is well for you," he exclaimed, when tho other had finished, "that I did not know this before. I reproach myself now that you were not suffered to die like a dog. It is horrible—it is infamous! Even yet, when the truth becomes known to the people, I will not answer for your life." "My life is nothing, monsieur," returned the sick man, with a groan. "I set no store by it, God knows, save for tho sake of those whom I have loft at home. It would have been better, perhaps, if I had died last night." But Dr. Huet stayed to hear no more. With a cry. almost of imprecation, he rushed from the room. In the bbby ho came face to face with tho old dame. "Oh, monsieur, will you come to my young mistress? I have just been to hor room, and I have found her lying there like one distracted. I am sure sho has not slept all night, and sho talks so strangely." Greatly excited, Huet accompanied tho woman to the chamber, and thoro, stretched upon the bed, her face worn with weeping, her hair disheveled, he found Blanche lying. Her eyes wero open, but she seemed to sec nothing; only at intervals, with strange monotony and regularity, sho gave vent to that terrible moan with which she had heard the German's talo overnight'. Tho doctor bent over her. and spoke to her, but she did not seem to heed. Then, as ho placed his finger upon hor pulse, his face darkened with .ominous concern. "It is cerebral fever," ho cried. "Look, she is quite unconscious. Poor child, poor child! It is fortunate that I came here." Under Knot's .instructions, Blanche was undressed and put into bod by the old damo, who wept freely at her task, for Blanche seemed to her almost like her own child. Ho turning to her chamber, the doctor found the poor girl lying with tho same fixed look and uttering the same weary moans. Clad in her white nightdress, with her silken hair falling around her face and setting it in a golden frame, sho looked strangely beautiful. "Heavenly powers!" he murmured to himself. ."What fatality! The man who killed her father, and tho father's heart-broken child, both lying under tho same roof—his roof— and under my care. It makes my head swim to think of it. Well, with God's help, I will save her if I can." Fortunately, tho good doctor had both skill and experience; and moreover, tho information ho had received enabled him to determine the character of the girl's ailment. There could be no doubt that it was, as he had rapidly diagnosed at the first, a officers in spectacles wero found strolling on the sea-shbre. Thefo was no more fighting, as all the French troops, only & handful at tho most, had retired along the coast in the direction of Dieppe. Two days after tho wounded officer" of Uhlans had been carried into tho chateau of Grand pro, a small company of cavalry, headed by an officer, rode up the avenue toward tho chateau, and halted oh the lawn bo- heath the terrace. The officer, dismounting, walked up tho stops to the door, and knocked. After a delay of sorhc minutes tho door was opened by old Hubert. 'What may monsieur please to want?" asked tho old man, quaking in every limb. "You have one of our officers lying here wounded," said tho German in French. "I wish to see him." "Certainly, monsieur," answered Hubert. "Will you bo good enough to enter? And will .you plcaso to stop softly,, as my poor young mistress is very ill!"' "Ho is alive* of course?" muttered the officer, halting on tho threshold. 1 'Yes, monsieur." On receiving this reply the officer beckoned, and another German, also in uniform, leaped from the saddle and ran up to his side. BOYS AND nfeAfJifrf* jpdft tills Iti>W Clillilftti In Olden l«M)>«.olve-Hi— A Kttr— Dttftm* nttrt SoMiti AfHrnn Knffif Cliolfr. J*e«*w- fle»K«— ItilV re you ever wondered how the .. Jiut when I have told youy : 'you. will 'adore her and pity mo, Bettey1.jf I had died! Better if I do not; live :..to; took again into her noble face! Charity so infinite is more than lean bear." Huet looked puzzled, and began to think that the mind of his patient was wandering. . "Pray coraposo .yourself,"' he said. tt "Where j s sho, monsieur?" askod the wounded man, eagerly. "Have you seen her?" . "Not this morning, Damo Fw• ereau tells me that the young lady watched during a portion of tho night kind of brain-fovor, brought on by tho oxcitemont and horror of the previous night. Ho ordered tho room to bo darkened, and dispatched a message to the village for some necessary remedies. As to tho cause of so sad a business, ho determined to keep his own counsel. *'After all," ho reflected, "it was one of the 'accidents of'war. Such things take place every day, and it is only tho complication which brought the man hero that makes the affair"so horrible. If old Hubert and the others knew tho truth, thoy would give the follow short shrift, I'm afraid; and though I could lind it in my own heart to kill him myself, that would never do." He walked back to the chamber then retired to her own Chamber," . >'^'ot before she had s&ved my mis- ovable life! Not. before she had sna^hed me from death, though gtye knew that I, of all men, YWS the most undeserving! • wonsieur, J remember, I wa* sink- fng.fasst when she interfered and suu- 'ssored Rie-X-mo whom, sho should have left to perish!— me whom she has to hate so much!!-' 'ii,*<Come, come," said the doctor, ^o.Qdrhumoredly; "of course wo know 9V e ft Gorman, pne of the enemies . «yt a bullet, Jook you, a ji gucfy enmities i and wo , 'o| >;, x people of Fiance do not carry our " Vl *- '"" into tho hospital ov the ' '' \ listen. J)Q you know—- yoy bewi'd—that she has ipst her whoi'o ho.had. left tho wounded man, who, : as,:hP "entered, looked up wildly, and exclaimed: >_VMonsieur, have you seen hor? For .p.lty's'."tiakoi tell me of her! The 'thought of Avhat sho must suffer is wringing my heart." "She is unconscious," replied Huet, between his set teeth, frowning- and drawing back from the other's outstretched hands, "You killed tho father,-and I fear you have destroyed the child. I doubt if sho will ever recover." Giving 1 a great sob, the Gorman turned his I'aeo away and cove rod it with his trembling 1 hands. "Yes; he is here. Como Avith mo, Horgfoldt; you may bo Avantod. 1 ' With, obsequious timidity, Hubert lod the way upstairs into the sick man's room. Ho was lying in bod, propped up with pillows,"a,nd. reading a book. One g-lanco at the book showed its religious character. It Avas the Douay edition of the New Testament. "Ilartmann, old follow!" cried tho officer, Avith outstretched hands, '"this is indeed -fortunate. Wo had given you up foJ* dead." Hartni.inii smiled sadly, returning tho kindly pressure. "God has boon good to 'mo, as you sec," he replied. "I survive, Avhile better men are in their graves. Ah, Dr. Horg-foldt, is that you?" "What was it?" asked Borgfoldt, who was a tall, clean-shaven man in spectacles. "A bullet wound?" Hartrnann pointed to his heart, and the German doctor, stooping- down, made a hasty examination. "It was an ugly wound," ho muttered; "the ball lodged close to tho pleura, only just missing tho left lung-. Who extracted it?" "A clever French doctor. Ah! ho is here. Lot me introduce him—Dr. Huot." Huot, who had entered the room, bowed stillly. "How is mademoiselle, your pu- ticntP" asked Hartmanu, eagerly. "Better, I pray GodP" "Better—and worse," replied Huet, coldly. "The fever is • leaving- hor, but From time to timo are sig-ns that sho is bog-inning- to remember. 1 dread the complete return of her faculties, for then—" "Yes, yos; I understand," cried Har cniau n. • -Would to heavon I could comfort hor! but, alas! it is too late for that v May God forgive mo!" " [TO HE CONTINUED.] lu Fear. Enoch Ardon, after an absence of forty years, approached his humble cottage from the rear, but the most casual observer could not fail to notice that Enoch's suspenders were fastened with shinglo nails and that there was a dearth of Avoman's care throug-hout his make up. "Ah!" ho sig-hod as ho faltered on the back door step. Ho raised his hand as if to knock, hesitated, covered his face and shrank away. "I dare not!" ho exclaimed. . He had suddenly reflected that he had forgotten to buy saleratus, as sho directed upon the occasion of his departure long- ag-o. After ho had g-ono tho gibbous moon rose grandly above tho tree tops just us if nothing had happened. —Detroit Tribune. -, .lint JJestroy Oysters. Certain sponges (Gliona) bore into shells, especially those of tho oyster, finally causing them to crumble to pieces. On the American coast Cliona sulphurea not only destroys the shells of oysters, mussels and scallops, but has oven been known' to penetrate one or two inches into hard marble. It has boon uncertain Avhothor this effect is mechanical or duo to tho solvent children who lived huhrtrals of yea 1-9 ajjo amused thomsclvoa? They could not go skitniuiiiK over the country on n. bicycle and Avore less fortunate lli tho iuiiubrr of toys nud games invented for their afiitiscnioHt, still It is surprising to irotrn how many guinea they plnye'd which arc similar to Iho ones now enjoyed by Young America, One of the oldest games Is ball. Ae- cordlnp to ancient legends tho first ball was made by a Greek lady and given to Nmitsidii, the rliaeelan princess, Avho treated Ulysses so kindly. The Greek lady also taught her how to use it. This old Avorld of ours has uuide perhaps three thousand revolutions around tho sun sllico that, yet AVO still pliiy'biill. Old Kmrllsh plolures show us boys and girls, scantily dressed, playing bandy ball or golf. lOaeh one has a long stick crooked tit, one end. That is. perhaps, the earliest form of ball iR with bats. Holes nre made In tile ground and tho one who drove Hie ball in tho holes with the fewest number of strokes won the game. Then they, played balloon ball aud bowling. The Kngllsh boys Avho played ball upon London 1*01111110113 some, five hundred years ago used to put horse-beans or peas in their balls so that they Avould make a noise when they kldceil them. One of the Ttomiin kings. Avheii a boy. spent many hours, it> is said, in plny- Uitf a wune of marbles called taw. Glusa marbles were unknown at that time, but they found Ihc game fully ns interesting when played with nuts. Leap-frog and a game similar to hlde- and-soek were played In ancient times. Pnnei* kites wore sent up by the young "John Chinamen"- before Columbus discovered America; Boxing, wrestling, running and chariot .racing Averc very serious sports among the Greek youths. It was nu honor of u lifetime to be victorious in any of these sports on the plain of Olympia during the groat festival held there once In four years. Battledoor aud shuttlecock'Is aii old game aud one often played by the children of .a hii'Kei* growth in England, Franee and other countries. It Is said that; the Siamese play shuttlecock In an astonishing manner. Their battlerloors being nothing more nor less than the soles of their very Ait feet. Spelean or jack straws Is an .old Kugllsh game. A 'Story is told of a young Englishman who had a passion for that degrading vice—gambling. He had squandered his AVhole estate In this way. Some of his AA-oalthy relations offered to give him a ne\v fortune if he would solemnly promise never to piny any games they enumerated. They made out a list of every game they could think of, even marbles, and ho promised never to play them. But, they missed one. Soon after they had given him Ills. m\\v fortune they found him playing jack straws Avith one of his old cronies at £10 for a plain straw and so on up. The training and Hying of htiAvlcs-of falcons Avas a popular amusement: for young and old In the middle ages. Many tales relating to this pastime have come down to us. One of- Boe- ctaceio's has been used as a basis for a drama by Tennyson and a poem by Longfellow. The latter entitled "Tho Falcon of Her Ferderlgo" is interesting, giving one tin idea of falconry in .those davs: "The pomp and milter of brave falconry. The bells, the jesses, the bright, sear- let hood. The night and pursuit o'er Held ami wood, All these foreverinore are ended now No longer victor, but the victim thou!" —Mary S. S our corks. The fish wfro biting slowty and we had nrrthlng to do but to talk and w«tcn. There was a oolse be hind us from .-time to time, which ft lialiy aMraetecl the attention of botli of us. It was Jtfftt n. slight fusUltig among the leaves In the dense" of willows which lihed the batik, iin<i we eotlld not have ho&rd It if evafy thing had not been qulcst about us The noise continued, and We both ft* nally deckled to Investigate, thinking it Was a chipmunk at play. The noise ceased as we drew near, but by look- log closely we saw a big simke lying Vttry still ninofcg the leaves, ^fhfc mosii foinafkft'bic t'liltlg about, the snake was tha.t a stick a.bbltt eight Inches long w.is sdcking out of its mouithi and the reptile- W..1S trj'tiig to bite It hi half, We looked inoro closely* nnd what do you think we saw? The stick Avas held Ugli'liy In tho mouth of a good sized frog. The snake had swallowed tile 1-i'og up to the stick, and, of colii'se, could get no farther. The farmer told me tlisU he supposed the Ti-og had grabbed ihe piece of wood In its mouth Just, as the snake seized It. lie said he had never seen salch a case before; We killed the snake nnd the frog jumped out. of the reptile's mouth and liniilly jumped away The Germans, While these thing's wero taking- place at the chatoau, tho surrounding district continued in a panic of excitement, owing- to the near presence of the victorious Germans, A little experience, however, showed, the country people that the ferocity of tho enemy Avas, to &ay tho least, exaggerated. True, a. sharp example was made of those peasants who, not bo- ing formally enrolled in the 1'ronch army, Avere caught with war-like weapons-, and every wow and again a spy, or som^ one suspected to bo a spy, received his quietus. Otherwise, 'the Germans did their spiriting 1 gently enough, p§id for whjit they consumed, anj sided Avith the peanuts in olpar ,ca,s,e cf brutality or 'robbery the p»vt 0| tJwU' awn soldiers. 3Bt?,et^t •pfc% .pppup-j^ .C^Ye f9f'tlp effect of some acid, but M. has lately shown tho French academy that a purely mechanical action suf- iicos, Tho JMIlloulty, Dramatic Author — Mr. Manager, may I venture to ask whether my .three-act play has been accepted P Manager— Well, you see, the three members of tho reading committee have gone through it, and they have come to tho conclusion that one act will have to bo struck out. Author— Oh! there is no difficulty about that; it is not so bad after all. Manager— No, but unfortunately oaoh of the members Avants to strike out a different act! of ox"a "When it comes to traveling," claimed the head of the family, man has to do all the real work. My wife has only packed tho trunks, dressed the children, spread cloths over tho furniture, and a few things like that, whjjo every bit of information that has been got from tho time' table I had to attend to myself.—.Detroit Tribune. In anciont times in Greece it was customary to place a coin under the tongue of u dead person. This was to. pay h.ia fai-o to CUavofl! wfrose duty it thp_u wftB to forvy the deceased'over JJjQ -« ' - 1 • ...... A Vory I'evuliur Kltv, • A Imllooii'Uiaker who uses kites in experimenting ims made a kite Avliich, upon being tossed into the air Avill scud away exactly like u bird, it will full if as tring is •allached 'to U, Anybody can make this kite if he will bear in mind tilie appearance of a bird In the air. It consists of a wing like iiinin part, and a paddle-liko tail. it may be of any size. The wings should bo like two right angled triangles, connected at the base, only the paper must, be curved outward beyond by tho hypotenuse, much iho same as a bird's wing is curved, About. half the length of one wing from this mail) portion, a light, flexible piece of wood should hold the lull— a paper paddle of the area of one of the wings. Make each wing with u lijittlo c'pn- voxlty from the under side, and don't attempt to Hy It Avith a string. Tie ;i string to the leg of a frightened bird; it will lly to the end of it, milter a moment and fall to the ground. This kite AYlll do the sumo. A bird cannot fly backward; neither ean this type of kite, J,t will go with the Avlnd, and for the s£i.ine reason that ti bird goes forward. The tendency of the breeze, which will llrst strike the tuil, Avlll be to throw the kite down, but as the tail goes down it elpvn/tos the wing portion. Tho instant the wings begin to rise to a porpuiulk'uUu* position to the AVind eurrent, it presents a broador tmrfueo to 1ho breeze, and is,, of course pushed on\va.rd. By this uudulutory snake-Jike wavering, it scuds ouwunl and upward. This movement may bo seen lu any fluttering Hag on a breezy •day. indeed, Iho discovery AVUS mudo by observing tho undujatory motion of iv Hag omu must.— X. V. Uwonlor, Electricity. "Electricity Is coming Into such fiu milliir tisc that it will soon find Its way into the nursery," said an electrician to a reporter recently. "It has nli'onily got as far as the piny room. Your boy can buy a motor, with which he cnn run tho machinery of n toy factory, or any other sort of mliinturo mechanism. For a little more money he can get a motor ami buttery combined, but the Ingenious youngster prefers to make his own buttery. All he has to do Is to get a Jar. two or three little pliitcs of carbon uti<l Bine ami a small' quantity of so-called 'elcctropoln' solution. The solution Is composed of bichromate of potash, sulphuric acid, bisulphntu of mercury aud water. ingenious youngster aforesaid pours this solution Into the Jar, and In It: ho Immerses his zinc niul carbon plates, connecting these by a couple of wiri'H with his little motor. The chemical action set up in the jar engenders enough electricity to run tho motor. I don't know of any more instructive toy for a bo.v, and It has the advantage of cheapness. The youth of tho end of tho century Is much interested In the rudiments of electricity, and what is learned in the nursery is apt to load to important inventions in'this lino when the young America of to-day is grown to adult ago. "Many '• householders now purchase Hie simple apparatus for electric bells and burglar alarms, putting thorn in themselves. Of late tho high school students have been doing a good deal of this sort of thing, tho idea being suggested to them by the studies In electrics which they arc pursuing. At tho colored high school, as I dare say you know, lessons In electrical science are being given to the boys, and girls, who are taught the rudiments in a .well oquipped laboratory. Sonic Stories of Put. rut Is a delightful fellow when he is uaiturui. The curious things the Irishmen say, and wlulch are called bulls, huvo excited a great deal of merriment in the Avorld. The latest instance of the bull that we have encountered Is the will of si deceased resident of Dublin, \\h\-h -eails us follows: "I give and bequcaith to my beloved wife, Bridget, i) 1( » whole of my property without reserve; and to my eldest son Patrick, one hall' of the ranainQer; aud to Dennis, my youngest son,' the rest. It' anything is left it may go, togethof with the old cart without wluu'ils to my sincere and affectionate friend Terence McCarthy, in sweet Ireland." ' ' Another amusing bull was that of a certain Paddy Murphy, who, with a. number of others, was discussing what tlie.V'could do in case they were slilp- wroL'ked far out tiit sea without even a. plunk to get ashore, on. After the others luul told what they would do, Paddy's turn came. "You're a selflsli lot," ho sahl. "Yo'd all be al'ther savin' yoursllves an" not savin' 'any of .the others. Oi'd do It different. Ol'd «h\vam ashore an" savo niiself first, an' thin oi'd slirwim out ugivin and siivo tho rest of ye/,."—Harper's .Young People. Waft g*ih in tfae bid in California titttt Vlgllftnfc*- fees Were Organised to Conttat—ifait A Louisville paper says: jfifr, i'hllllj,) Ivorb, 'the \vttll puppi* dealer o,u Market street be-hvoeu^ Campbell and by-, tol4 : tills story tUo ' " ttiyM' jil The, Hoy 1'rofeM.NHor. A special to tho Detroit News from Albion says that. Latin students were placed in a very humiliating position tlio other day. prof. Evans fell and broke a rib and was nuablo to attend classes. The in-crfossoi 1 has a son of lil .summers who is •taking work in the .preparatory school. When the Ovid class met there was considerable curiosity as to who would take clmrgo of M. Groat was the surprlso when, at the strokes of the lust bell, this vosy- cliookod lad, who is small for his ago, step.pe.il upon the rostrum, took tjie ]irofessov'.s chair and' proceeded to call tho roll, with Uio doljlwate com. posurc. of u veteran. When he had finished ho quietly romiirkod that his father was univblo to bo present and had requested." him to take charge.. Ho usUttd" f»H explanations of tho knotty constructions, which one or two u'jj'por clussmon AVOTO unable to glvo, and ' much to their pni'barrass- mont wero set right by the i:i-year-old profoKsoi 1 . It is said tho son converses! I'roely 5u the tongue ol! tho Oi with his i'u'thov. A jum« Ouo day in, tho Latin class he waa wrestling 1 with thp sewtpnt'e, "Hex fujjU." With puluful slowness ho translated i't,, "Tho king floes, "Bu<t lu AVhut other tpnso may tho YPt'b fuglt bo found'/"A Jopg scriltohlng of the heu.il anil a final uuswpr 'of "P-ei-feyf- ovying tq a Avhisp.t>riHl nmupiUug. *'Aiui HPAY would you translate - jt fror many years niter the Aftierlcaft occupation of California, the Mexicans continued thelf guerilla warfare Upoii AfneHcah settlers, actuated by the double motive Of fade hatred find fob" bevy* This caused the formatioh of committee of vigilance in almost everft' section Of the country, and the pistol, bowle knife, and halter composed the California code. One afternoon while t ifras at the Bomtrtguez ranch, About twenty miles south of Los Angeles (which was one of the battle gfotlhda of the reA'olutlon after the concJUest)» I noticed an American ride by with ft Mexican attendant. I thought the Circumstance unusual, considering the race hatred then existing. I kheAv the man was a stranger to that A'lclnltjv nnd I did not like the looks of the Mexican. Acting upon a presentiment* rather than judgment, I hastily followed, knowing the road to Los Angeles was lonely and dangerous, as the coast range was honeycombed with small bands of robbers and cut-throats. When within about ten miles of Los Angeles the road lay through a grove of live oak trees, Avhose shade Avas So dense as to almost shut out the light of day. I approached, expecting what I dreaded. I saw at the base of a largo tree on the side of the road, the corpse of a traveler. I examined the corpse and found that the man had been stabbed In the back. The murderer had taken all valuables ' "rom the body, the disarranged clothing' 3hoAVing that the man carried his gold in his belt around his person. I rode rapidly to the. pueblo to notify the authorities. There Avere no horse tracks on the road. The Mexican guide, who Avas evidently the murderer, had taken to the Avoods In order to "cover up his tracks," or, rather, not to make any. The town marshal gaA-e it as his opln- on that the guide was the notorious robber and assassin, Juan Gulterrez, who operated alone, as a pretended guide to strangers visiting this section. A posse of ten was organized nnd we started out in the direction of San Diego, after the 'somewhat crude ceremonial of burying the murdered man l?y..the:roadside'Avhere he fell. We; be- ieved that the murderer would, naturally make for the frontier, or for the Mexican rancherla of Agua Callentas, where he Avould be . practically sate among his own people.' ;;• We rode rapidly, all night, and the next morning as Ave entered the mission town of San Luis Rey our suspicions were aroused by seeing a Mexican ride rapidly out of tOAVn. We naturally concluded that this was the. murderer, or some other criminal, so we :ave pursuit. Seeing that he was.pur- sued he put the spurs to his mustang and sped swiftly over the plains. The mrsult continued for about five miles, when he halted at a ranch, and In an Instant was off again, liaA'lng procured a fresh horse. Three of our best riders did the same thing on arriving at the ranqh, much against the wishes of the Mexican ranchero, but we had no time to stand on ceremony. Myself and two othurs of the advance guard now steadily gained upon the , fleeing Mexican, and when within, distance we began to fire, upon him. At every shot the desperado Avould turn In his saddle, facing us, howl back, "Cara- jo!" and return the shot. Finally, one, of our party sped ahead, and there, was a running fight for about - five miles,each dodging to the opposite side of his horse, as the other fired. Excited men with their horses at full speed are not liable to do good execution, though both may be dead shots otherwise, Hope- Avell soon reached the side of the Mexican; both had exhausted their ammunition and were trying to brain each other with their reA'olvers. Their horses Avere staggering, reeling, foaming, at the mouth, and coA'ered AVlth foam, trembling from exhaustion, and almost ready to fall to the ground. "Surrender!" shouted" Hopowell, as he seized the bridle of the Mexican's horse. ' - ' • With glaring eyeballs and bating 'breath the Mexican hissed //Carajo, Gringo!" arid, draAvlng his bowle knife, made a lunge at Hope,w*y, but only cut the bridle rein that Hopewell held, and driving his long, sharp-pointed spurs Into the horses flank, the Mexican was soon beyond reach. HopeAvell urged his horse onward, but the horse soon reeled and fell dead. The Mexican looked back In triumph, hissing "Cara* jo, Gringos!" Myjelf and companion IIOAV continued' the enase, the other members of 'the party being distanced 1n"the,race. (py life. We saAV him entering a canyon. It was one of those short, transverse canyons, putting out from the coast range. When the Mexican saw that he* had got to the end of his rope, or soon Avould be, dismounted and surrendered and demanded to be taken back tp Los Angeles. Most committees of vigilance are like military court-martials—organised to convict, The committee brought In a. > verdict of guilty. When the Mexican Avas made to understand his doom, he said calmly, and Avith an attempt at bravado, "Muy bueno!" (very well!) After finishing his,cigarette he \va.a placed on a horse and led to a tree, He looked up and. saw a rape from a limb, and asHecJ if Jt good," dpubtful Avhether Jt Avould pejv form its work quickly and SuveJy.. "Adios, senors!" he exclaimed, and ' horse AVftS given a sharp 4aah. With a "Parajo, Gringos!" the Mmb can soon breathed hip Jastt The missing gold wa$ sot found. h|s yevscm. He ma,y h^ye; I ranch Whwe he ^ changed,

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