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THE UPPEH BBS MDlNlBt ALGOKA IOWA, WESBNgBBAl ',>*! j^^i^jjjj-gj^^ INTERNATIONAL PPtBS ASSOCIATION! men, on whom a blessing had fallen from the lips of a little child. CHAPTER XVIII—(CONTIHUED.) Had I had my right senses I should have known instantly—having seen such things in other places—that what I was looking on was seaweed that had grown in great strong masses among the rocks, and was eternally tossed hither and thither fantastically by the action of the waves; but I was in so nervous a condition that my Imagination colored everything before my eyes, and made it different from what it was. Knowing that if I wished to keep my reason I must school myself into a calmer state, I sat clown on a rock, with the intention of giving myself a chance of sleeping. My tired body, grateful for the opportunity, may have slept, but my mind was so excited by recent events that no effort on my part could scothe or quiet it. Every moment a new picture presented itself. I had given no thought to the tide coming in, and it was the rising of the waves that, after the lapse of I know not how many minutes, aroused my body to consciousness. At that moment I was enacting in my dreams the scene of the burial of my poor little Bob. The men were standing around the grave with the lighted torches in their hands, and I was speaking from what I remembered of the service of the dead: " 'I am the resurrection and the life,' salth the Lord; 'he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.' " CHAPTER XIX. ITH these words very clear in my mind, I woke—to find that the moon had risen and that the tide was coming in fast. Straight before me, stretching almost from my feet, was a long rippling line of light on the sea, with the stars shining and playing in it _ a beautiful and familiar sight. But it was not the glittering line of light on the sea, nor the shining of the stars, nor the creeping of the waves against my legs, and made me leap to my feet with something in my throat that might have' been a scream, if it had not frozen before it reached my lips. Floating on the water, straight before me, in the very center of the flashing diamond lights, was a spar with a body lashed to it. I could not distinguish whether it was man, woman or child but I saw clearly enough that the spar, as it floated slowly ashore, was being sucked in the direction of the sunken rocks, against which, when it reached them, it must surely be dashed to splinters. I did not wait to see more. I ran 'like mad to the flre, where the two men were on watch. "Where's the rope?" I cried. "Wheie's the rope?" ' They stared at me, and thinking I had gone crazed, laid hands on me. "For the Lord's sake, don't stop me!" I cried. "Where's the rope? There's a spar in the water, with a body lashed to it, and it will be dashed to pieces against the ^ocks if we don't save it. There isn't a moment to lose!" i My earnestness drove the truth into their souls, and they became as excited as myself. Without more ado, they aroused the men who were sleeping, and we all raced wildly to the beach, dragging after us the rope which, by good luck, had been put into the boat from The Rising Sun; and in less time than it takes to tell it, I was standing with one end of the rope round my body and the other end held by my mates. The next moment I was in the sea, swimming toward the spar. As I neared it, I saw by the trailing of the fair hair in the water that the body was that of a girl; and I called out— insanely enough, I must confess, for a moment's reflection must have convinced me that she could not be conscious; "Keep up your heart, my dear; keep up your heart!" Of course she did not answer me. There she lay, motionless, with her white face to the moon. The chill of the' water was nothing to the chill that that stole upon my heart, when, reaching the spar, I recognized the face of the child. My God!" I groaned. " 'Tis my Bob's and help me. You are fathers of children, and you will deal by this little one as if it were one of your own. Nay, my lads, stand, aside; three of us will be enough. And if there is a drop of rum or brandy among you which you intended to keep to yourself, hand it over, for charity's sake." With a face that rivaled the bright glow of the flre in redness the most careless and drunken fellow in our crew, Tom Wren, pulled a flask of spirits from the bosom of his shirt and placed it on the ground. "BrEvo, Torn Wren!" said I, "and thank you, my lad. There is not much I'll not forgive you for this." Tenderly, and with all reverence, we commenced our task of endeavoring to bring life into the unconscious body, and those whose assistance was not needed stood apart watching us, with their hearts and souls in their eyes; and some of them prayed, I am sure. Around the little girl's neck was an oilskin bag, so securely fastened that the watei had not been able to get .to the contents. This was the first thing I removed from her, and Tom Wren, opening the bag, called out that there were books inside. Patiently and with all the gentle skill we could command, we pursued our task, with heaven on our side; for we had not been at work half an hour when Starley, with his ear to the child's heart, screamed like a man in a frenzy: "Her heart beats! She lives—she lives!" "No noise, no noise!" I cried, as the men began to huzza; "you might frighten the life out of her. Fall on your knees, rather, and thank the Lord in silence for his mercy. . Ah, my girl! If I had been so blessed with Bob, and if the two of you had lived- " The eyelids quivered and slowly unclosed, and then, with a faint sigh, closed again. I mixed some water with brandy, and placed it to her lips. "Drink, my child," I said. She drank gratefully, and ate a little biscuit I soaked for her. We continued our task until the blood began to circulate freely, and then she opened rfc A T T D&LlLl friend, little Pearl!" • I slung the rope round the spa- and throwing my arm over it, was .irawu ashorp by my mates, at a safe distance from the treacherous rocks. Then, kneeling on the beach, I unlashed the body, and heard my mates asking in whispers whether she was dead. ' Ay, she was dead, poor little darling, there could be no doubt of it. The sight of the dear innocent child lying on the sand, white and cold and still, made babies of all, and the tears ran down our beards. "Come," said one, more practical than the others, "what are we standing like this for? There may still be life in the little thing. At all events, we are going to try if there isn't." . It was like an angel's voice speaking to us. With Pearl in my arms, I walked swiftly to the flre. • "Mates," I said, as I laid her with her feet to the flre, "if you've never prayed before, pray now. If we can save the life of this dear angel, it will surely be a sign that the Lord will be merciful <to us in other ways. You, Starley, ;and ypu, James Bowdeji, kneel aown her eyes again, and gazed before her with a vacant wonder in her face. "Pearl," I said in a whisper, with my face to her lips, "do you know me?" She raised her weak arms, and I placed them round her neck. She lay in my lap,'restored to life, with the warm blood flowing through her veins. "Do you remember little Bob?" I whispered again. "Bob!" she replied, after a pause, and speaking very slowly and softly. "Where is dear Bob? Oh, I have been so cold, and it is so warm here. Yes, mother; I won't forget. God protect those who are sailing on the sea. Oh, the cruel, cruel sea! I want to go to sleep. May I go to sleep!" "Yes, my child." All of the men bent over us with tender, wistful looks, and some ventured to touch her face softly with their lips. I did not restrain them. She seemed to sleep, but consciousness had not quite deserted her; and presently her lips moved, and she murmured dreamily, in her sweet child-like voice, the dear familiar prayer: "Our Father which art in heaven—" At these holy words, falling softly and sweetly from one who had been snatched from death within the last hour, and who now floated into a heavenly sleep, the thoughts of every man present flew back to the days of his childhood. "Our Father which art in heaven," said Tom Wren, in an awe-struck tone; and we all repeated the words solemnly. "Hallcwcd be thy name," continued the child more softly and dreamily still, "Hallowed be thy name," Tom Wren repeated, and we followed him. Silence ensued. Exhausted nature was struggling for supremacy, and between every word the child thereafter murmured there was a pause of a moment or two. • <Thy—kingdom—come. "Thy kingdom come," said we, with clasped hands, and heads bent in reverence. "Thy will—be done—on earth.' "Thy will be done on earth," "As it is—as it is—in heaven." "As it is in heaven." And with these last words, so softly uttered that they died away like an angel's whisper the moment they reached her lips, Pearl turned slightly in my arms, so that her face was hidden on my breast, and, with her arms still clasped about my neck, fell into a calm and peaceful sleep. Tom Wren, stooping over us, his shadow stretching behind him like a weird, fantastic monster, waited a moment or so, and then saying, "World without end. Amen!" burst into a violent flt of weeping. "Hush, my lad!" I whispered, with my finger to his lips; "you'll wake CHAPTER XX. HE land on which we had found refuge was an island, and the waters round about, fortunately for us, were a favorite mustering ground for seals. On the day following our landing my first duty, as chief of the party, was to ascertain what kind of a place we were shipwrecked on, and what chances of escape were open to us. A brief recon- noitre convinced me that this would be the work of days. It was necessary that I should make myself acquainted with the nature and resources of the island, and I selected two of the steadiest of the crew to accompany me in my explorations, and told the main body of men that we should be absent probably a week. Before doing this I had satisfied myself that those I left behind would have no difficulty In obtaining food. The rocks and shore abounded in shell flsh, and Tom Wren had already succeeded in snaring a dozen or so birds, spurred on thereto, as I rightly enough devined, by a desire to obtain, something palatable and tasty for little Pearl. He having prepared the birds, was roasting them before the flre, while I was engaged giving the men instructions as to their conduct and proceedings. Having been appointed commander I was resolved, for all our sakes, to enforce some kind of discipline. 1 hesitated as to whom I should delegate the command while I was away, and my choice fell on the oldest man in the company, James Bowden. I placed in his hands the list of names I had written down on the previous night. He stared at it with puzzled looks and shaded his eyes, and turned the paper round, and upside down. "Can't read, perhaps?" said I. "Right you are, skipper," he replied. I took the paper from him, and looked from one to another; and in a comically sheepish way es'ery man in the company strove to evade my eye. James Bowden gave a consolatory chuckle. "They're all in the same boat, skipper," said he. "You're the only scholar among us." Pearl, naturally weak and low after her long peril in the sea, was lying on a bed of loaves and dry moss. A happy thought occurred to me. "You can read, Pearl?" I asked. She nodded, "Yes." NOTES OF INTEREST ABOUT THE NATIONAL CAME. Hobby Matthews, the Once Great ntelier, ranging Ills I.nst Days In nil Asylum •••-ritcher Wrlsrley Making a. »lrt for 8 I'ltico Among the Star Twiners. oiner would a series ?1,500 to ticlpatlng The Temple Cnp. HAT a battle royal would ensue if New York and Boston have to compete for the Temple cup," exclaimed "Uncle Nick" Young as he figured up the official standing of the League clubs at headquarters the day. "The crowds that assemble to witness such would be worth about each of the players par- In those games," added feats In a single game thisyeaf were the accepting of all of eight chances at second base, three times accepting seven fthances, once all of six chances at third base, and once all except one of sever chances in the same position. "Then I appoint you commander in my absence, and you, Bowden, her lieutenant. Men, I place our little girl in your charge, and you in hers." A flush of pleasure came into Pearl's cheek, and I saw by tho men's faces that 1 had done the right thing. The precise kind of moral restraint required by the men was now supplied through their affections, and I was satisfied that all would go well during my absence. (TO ItaCOSTOJOBO. • "Uncle Nick," with a smile of satisfaction on his face and a glimmer in his eye, denoting a keen interest in the business end of the great national game. If Boston and New York should finish one and two, the seating capacity of the South End and the Polo grounds would be taxed way beyond the limit to accommodate the fans from all parts of the east, who would assemble to witness the struggle. The returns from the west indicate a scarcity of money hi Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburg, Louisville and St. Louis—hence base ball Is not flourishing in any of the League cities on the western circuit, with tho exception of Cincinnati. In the' latter city Buck Ewlng's Reds, although comparatively weak on paper, are putting up pennant-winning ball, and it would not surprise "Uncle Nick" to see the Reds in the Temple Cup chase. If on the wind-up, the Cincinnatis and New Yorks should come together in tho Temple Cup series, the hottest light in the history of base ball would follow. There might not bo as much money In the series of games as woujd result from a series between Boston and New York, but the bitter rivalry between the officials of the New York and Cincinnati clubs would add interest to the battle. Such a series would probably require the combined services of every member of the League staff of umpires every game. An umpire would have to be designated to preside over the movements of every player in tho game. By general consent the Baltimores appear to be left out of the championship calculations, although the Baltimores are still dangerous. Matthe-wa Doomed. Efforts are being made In Philadelphia by Billy Sharsig and Sam Erwin, life-long friends of the once great pitcher. Bobby Matthews, who is dying ol paresis in the Maryland General Hospital at Baltimore, to arrange a benefit with a view to raising a little fund for the aged and destitute parents of the dying player, whose last days are saddened by the fact that when he is gone there will be no one to care for the old folks. Sam Erwin visited Matthews at the Baltimore hospital last Saturday. He found him conscious and able to talk intelligently for a short time, but his memory was impaired to such an extent that continuous conversation was impossible. He knows his days are numbered, and his chief worry is now about his parents. Erwin visited them also. He found Matthews' father and mother, 73 and 75 years old respective^ ly, living in the most straitened circumstances in a small house. 513 Bloom street. They were greatly distressed because they had not means to take care of their son as they would like to, and were delighted when Mr. Erwin propounded to them his plan of raising money for his benefit. Col. Rogers, with his usual generosity, has promised the use of the Philadelphia Ball Park for a benefit game. Bill Brady has also assured Mr. Erwin that James J. Corbett would play first base on any team got- ONE _ Vtl«* Oerttode M. Allen, of Dent-en t* Charged with Many (Crime*. Miss Gertrude Allen, who has been mdicted at Denver for making false returns while acting as a judge of election In one of the precincts of that city, 19 the kind of woman who gives the whole class a bad name. She is well aducated and has been very prominent in Republican politics in Denver. Now that she has been indicted the story of her life is coming out. It is told ift a press dispatch from Lansing, Mich., where she used to live, and as published, without apparent fear of contradiction, includes such trifles as negotiating forged notes, deserting her husband to live with another man, ftftd Df robbery of an employer. She came of good family, and was married at in early age to a man named Whltta- ker, who subsequently obtained a divorce, after she ran away from him, as above noted. On the granting of the divorce she resumed her maiden name. This was about seven years ago. She went to Colorado, where the custom Df making women political officers gave lier opportunity for pushing herself into prominence. She become ordinance 3lerk In the city clerk's office and an ictlve politician. As such she was made one of the judges of elections, and—• still in the same character—she is supposed to have helped falsify the returns. Her own story is that she merely recorded votes as called off by oth- Drs, and Is not responsible if too many were called. The grand jury declines to accept ihls explanation, and has found a true bill against her, apparently on two •K ten up for that purpose. It is Mr. Erwin's Intention to arrange a large number of extra events for the occasion, although the principal feature will be the ball game. His .efforts have met with the approval of a large number of men in this city who are interested in athletic sports and who are acquainted with the former pitcher's brilliant career on tho diamond. For the past Making 11 W>1 for George W. Wrigley is one of this Words 1'oople Speak. Few people realize how limited art their vocabularies, despite the many thousand words in the English language. It is aaid that a person of education generally gets along very comfortably with a vocabulary of less than 2,000 different words. On the other hand, uneducated people manage to express their ideas all their lives with the use of but a few hundred words, repeating one or two of these, however, a great many times. A recent experiment proves how apt our minds are to run in grooves. Twenty-five men and twenty-five women, students in a psychology class, were bidden to write down at full speed one hundred words, all chosen at random. They did so, with the curious result that out of a total of 5,000 words there were only 1,266 words which occurred but once; 3^000 of the remainder being repetitions of 758 words. Of the 1,266 written only once, 746 were set down by the men, against 520 by the women. Of the 353 articles of dress enumerated, 224 were found in the women's papers, while of the 237 articles of food, they claimed 169. year's crop of youngsters who is making a bid for a place in the major leagus ranks, and if he can keep up the pace that he has already set for himself, there is no reason why he should not remain in the fastest company known in baseball for sonie years to come. Ho is a young man yet, and should improve with experience. He is a general utility man on the Washington team, of the National League and American Association, and has filled all of the outfield positions, as well as those of second and third bases. He is a Philadelphian, having been born in that city on Feb. 18, 1876, and he began to play ball as soon as he was large enough to take care of himself. His first professional engagement was with the Carlisle Club of the Cumberland Valley League, in 1895, and he did so well that season, and made such a reputation, that he was engaged by the Roanoke Club of the Virginia League for the season of 1890, playing at shortstop on its team. He participated in one hundred and six championship games, ranking sixteenth as a batsman, with a percentage of .322, according to the official averages of the Virginia League. He accomplished some fine batting and fielding feats during that season, being counts, although tho language of the lispatch is not perfectly clear on tula point.—From the Hartford Times. What Caused Her Death. Boston is In a ferment over the peculiar death of a beautiful young woman in that My a few days ago. Threo o'clock last Saturday afternoon lightning struck the office in which Miss Alice M. Barrett was employed as a stenographer. A few minutes later the young woman's dead body was found and it was supposed that the electrical shock had killed her. It was afterward found that a bullet In her left side had ended her life. Then wild speculations began and ROBERT MATTHEWS, two years Matthews has been employed at the veteran Joe Start's road house near Providence, and It was there his mental derangement and physical breakdown first manifested itself. At last accounts Matthews had been removed from tho Maryland General Hospital to Spring Grove Asylum.—Sporting Life. credited with making seventeen home Precious Stones Fade. The powerful chemical effects of tlu sun are felt even by precious stones. The ruby, sapphire and emerald suffer less than other colored stones in this respect, but it has been shown by experiment that a ruby lying in a shop window for two years became much lighter in tint than its mate kept In a dark place during that period. Garnets and topazes are more easily affected. Pearls are said to show deterioration with age, but if they are not worn constantly they will recuperate wonderfully during brief vacations spent in quiet and darkness. The only species of unluck which the practical person believes the opal will bring to its owner is that of loss if the stone is exposed carelessly to heat. It Is liable to crack, being composed principally of silicic acid, with a small proportion of water. GEORGE W. WRIGLEY. runs, eleven triple baggers and twenty- four two base hits, besides accepting twelve out of thirteen chances In one game, four different times all of eleven chances, and once eleven out of twelve. Five times he accepted ten chances, seven times seven nine chances, ten eight times twenty-one her. He checked himself suddenly, and sobbed: "God bless her, and you, anrl all of us. Good-night, mate!" "Good-night, my lad. Go you, an* There's work before us tomof* rest, row He crept to the opposite side of the flre his monstrous shadow shrinking and melting in the deeper gloom as he stole softly away; and lying down, he with the others soon were sleeping. After a time I, too, slept; and the stars shone on a band, of ship wrecked, weary A Cemetery for Dogs. One of the most curious sights In England is the cemetery of the Duchess of Newcastle's favorite dogs at Oatlands Park, Surrey. There are now no fewer than sixty burned there, and her ladyship has honored each dog with a separate tombstone and inscription. Kngluuii'u Big Orchard. The largest orchard in England is at Tottington, in th'e county of Gloucester. It is five hundred acres in extent, an4 to some seasons yields its owner, Lord Sudley, a profit of $50,000, The trees are chiefly apples and plume, , times eight chances, chances, and times six chances to a game. His best batting performance to a single game was the making of four safe hits, including a triple bagger, In a game with the Norfolks on April 27, 1896, at Norfolk, Va., and on May 6, at Roanoke, against the Portsmouths, when he made five safe hits, including a home run, two triples and a double bagger. In the following July, at Roanoke, against the Petersburgs, he made four safe hits, including a triple bagger. He has shown up well thus far this yea.r with the Washingtons. His best bat ting performance in a single gajpae Q.OT curred on June ?6, against the New Yorks 4 SockalcxlH' Speed. "Sockalexis, the red-skin of Tebeau's Erin-go-braugh Indians, has the flatfooted glide that betrays his origin," says Tom Brown. "Watch him closely when he's on the bases, and you will' discover that he plants his pedals firm on the ground at every step. He probably inherits this flat-footed tread from his forefathers, whose moccasined feet fell firm on the snow. The habit of placing the foot prone on the ground doubtless came from wearing the moccasins. You would think that Sock's emphatic habit of clouting the ground with the soles of his feet would handicap his speed. But he is one of the nimblest sprinters the major league has ever seen. When he began professional ball playing he found the spiked shoes clumsy, so he told me, and it took him one whole season to accustom himself to spikes. The heels of his shoes are about half an inch thick, almost as flat as moccasins, and are built on a special last for him. r,uUo'n Case. From the Boston "Globe": Fred Lake may cause the Boston Club much trouble. Last week President Soden received a communication from N. E. Young, saying that Lake had been fined $100 for striking Umpire Graves during a game at Kansas City, and was under suspension. President Soden answered, saying that Boston had paid $1,000 for Catcher Lake's release, getting a clean ill of sale, and therefore if the Western League expected to get $100 they nust get it through the Kansas City club, who sold the man to Boston. Pres- dent Soden said it was no doubt a scheme of President Ban Johnson tfi make the Boston Club pay the Western League $100, which the Boston Club would never do. However, if Lake ia indebted to the Western Leaguo '/) th? amount named, President Soden is will- Ing to withhold the money from the player's salary and turn it over to Mr. Johnson. The games in which Lake played will count just the same, as Bos- MISS ALICE M. BARRETT. the conflict is still being fiercely waged between the faction declaring murder and the other claiming suicide. With, the pistol on the office floor was a letter from the girl to her mother, in which much regret was expressed that $800 which she had loaned to a friend was now a dead loss. Still, up to the time of her death Miss Barrett was always considered a cheerful young woman. Tho police insist that the girl took her own life, but her family and friends look upon it as a case of murder. A brother recalls a case ti little over a year ago, when an Italian fruit peddler at'.empted to rob the girl as she was counting the company's money. He now contends that a similar attempt at robbery may have resulted in the tragedy. A Large Footed Woman. The largest pair of shoes ever made in this town will be finished tomorrow and put on exhibition in the show window of a local shoe merchant, where they will remain until the woman for whom they are being made calls for them. The woman is a Mrs. Geteflchey, who lives on a farm about two miles from this place, and who has without doubt the largest feet of any woman in Pennsylvania. After visiting all the shoe stores in town one day last week and failing to find even a pair of men's shoes that she could get her feet into, she left her measure with a shoemaker for a pair. The shoemaker had some difficulty in finding a pair of lasts large enough. In men's measurement the slices are Ko. 12, 8 wide. The woman's feet measure, eleven inches at the ball, eleven and one-half at the Instep, and fourteen at the heel. There are a number of men In this town who wear No. 11 shoes, two or three who wear No. 12, and one who wears No. 13, but not one who wears an 8 wide.—West New* ton (Pa.) Correspondence. ton had no hand in the ness.' funny busi- nientlaned In Genesis. In discussing the antiquity of the national pastline the society editor broke into the game by declaring that it was first mentioned in Genesis, where, it will be recalled, is some reference to the "big inning." After working it ofl several times without any p»e dropping the S. E. furnished t^e fcey by spelling it out in the "beglBnjn,gy etc, U. B.T- This carried QfJ ftvet hqaprs fpr nal research la tfte elftP Qt '57. "Happens" So. The distance from Liverpool to Lonion is 201 miles. On each side of the railroad, as far as the eye can reach, the most beautiful and most splendid' ly cultivated farms present themselves. But not one foot of the land belongs to those who have thus brought It to svch beauty and perfection. It all belongs to six men, who own it because they happen to be the oldest sons of fathers. Suafee ajaFM >" In the m.ark,e)| Q| 9»'9?N o^e often <sees UYS mta?-* SBWiea of boa— from te» to fifteen, feet ipng. They are employ^ & »any houses to fcunt rets at nlgfct* feeing otherwise perfectly barolwS' 'Tfesy h§po.m,e to_ 9, Uousa

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