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EVENING CAPITAL JOURNAL.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 18SS.
Rev. J. W. Hnrrls Is home again
from the springs.
Mrs. J. Johnson is back from a
visit to Mehnma.
Miss Emma Hardy, a typo, has re
turned to California.
W. A. Munly and B. F. Giltner
have gone to Portland.
Mrs. Frank Cooper returned from
Albany this afternoon.
Winter Paget of Portland, was in
town to-day on school land business.
R. J. Hendricks, editor of the
Statesman, went to Portland to-day.
H. A. Johnson nnd wife have
been visltiug relatives at Scio, this
George Townsend has located at
Cheney, "W. T., and is engaged in
Jos. Baker, with It. M. Wade &
Co., and family returned from Cali
W. T. Illgdon brought his sick
child to town to be treated by a
Elder J. W. Webb will spend to
morrow with Mr. and Mrs. Gus
Gicsy, at Aurora.
W. N. Ladue left to-day for a two
weeks visit to Victoria and other
towns on the Sound.
J. R. Dickinson baa gone to Sum
mer, W. T., where he has farming
interests, for a few weeks.
Rev. Win. Rollins is to-day at
Whitoaker, officiating at the funeral
of the late George Ashby.
John B. Kelly is back from u
visit to his parents where ho was
present at the marriage of his sister,
Rev. F. A. Post has gone fishing
for men in Portland, to-morrow; for
the Uuuy tribe, on some Columbia
tributaries on Monday.
C. W. Pomeroy, of Chicago, large
ly interested in mining in Butte,
Moutana, was in town to-day, con
Milting with the Oregon Land com
pany and others.
John Stoughfon and wife, old
Oregonlans, at ono time of Salem,
have returned from Woodford, Cal.,
where they thought, to make- their
home, and have bought near Cheney,
W. T. It was too hot nnd dry for
them in California.
Willis & Chanilxrlln Addition.
This enterprising firm having fit
ted up the opera house for the largo
store of the Capital Adventure com
pany, under the opera house; and
having moved the large East Salem
school building and fitted It up for
the Jouknal and Vtdette printing
offices, with a public hall above; nnd
the Rocky Mountain Restaurant ad
joining, they are to-day moving a
blacksmith shop In the same local
ity, facing Court street. So this
may fairly be called the Willis &
Chanibeiiln busitiqsa, addition.
(lood far Weol (irowrm.
Eastern advices say that the
freight oil' wool from California to
New York lias been reduced .ten
cents per 100 pounds, being brought
to one dollar and a half. It is pre
sumable that Oregon will be grauted
a like advantage. Jow Jf.for fresh
fruit greatly reduced rates on fast
freight trains could be obtained, It
would mean much for the Pacific
A Swett Tin.
About a score jnf the young people
of the society of Christian Endeavor
iiet at the Presbyterian parsonage
last night, and after graver matters
had been attended to, a genial old
fashioned candy pulling was thor
oughly enjoyed, the host and hostess
being regular young folks for the
time being. A fair paraphrase of an
old ailage is pcrmlssable, "all reli
gion and no play makes Jack n dull
T fee Re-ojsed.
A pleasant surprise Is in store for
those worshiper ut the Presbyterian
church who have not seen the very
handsome fresco and other orna
mental work done ill that church
during the vacation. It Is rich,
rtlstlo and very ujrproprlatu. Bcv.
H. A. Newell will preach there
morning and night to-niorrmv. And
H the usual sen-Ices will be hold.
Mr. Riddle, of Walla Walla, will
give an address illustrated by charts
d drawinc in tho W. C. T. U.
M mat Monday ulgbt. Adrnuw
Munrn. Public Invited.
suUorJbe for thelCAriTAL Jock-'
Items of News nnd ProgressAn-
noanccments and Matters of
The Cable Readings, next Frldny
night, are attracting much atten
tion. Rev. J. S. Mc Cain of Grant's Pass,
conducted chapel services on Wed
nesday. All the rooms, but one, In the
Woman's College are occupied or
Dr. Doane conducted chapel ser
vices on Thursday; several visitors
Prof. A. L. Clark of the class of
'So was seen shaking hands with
the boys during the week.
Both the socitics, as well as the
entire school, have the promise of a
orosperous year and a large attend
ance. The new teacher of elocution, Miss
Belle Truart, of Wisconsin, Is highly
spoken of. She will arrive next
The Conservatory of music Is open
iug very promisingly. Its work will
speak for itself in public and jirl
vate as the term progresses.
N. Ii. Conn is expected back from
San Francisco in a few days when
he will resume his studies in the
University. He is now in Douglas
A test examination will be given
In spelling to all students next Mon
day a. m. All who fall below 93
per cent, will have to spell during
the coming year.
The military company held its
first meeting at 3 p. m. Monday. It
is quite probable that a goodly num
ber of the boys will procure regular
military suits soon.
S, W. Stryker went to Portland
on Wednesday, returning Friday, in
the interest of the Home library
association, for which he has been
traveling during the vacation. Mr.
Stryker proved ono of tho most suc
cessful of hose who worked for the
New students are arriving every
day. J. W. Rouseau, an old time
student, arrived last evening atulH.
N. Rounds Is expected in a few
days. W. H. Hodson, art Academy
graduate of '87,. left on Wednesday
for Goldcndale T. where he will
assume the duties as principal of the
President Van Scoy announced
that it was hoped to arrange for such
lecturers as Dr. De Witt Talmagc,
and Mark Twain, to follow Geo. W.
in the course to be commenced un
der the auspices of the university
next Friday night It is said
H. M. Stanley ls on tho list, but
his central African postofilco Is In
doubt, and neither the telegraph nor
telephone lines to his present resi
dence areln workldgbWer.
The Phllodoslau society met yes
terday at 3, p. in. with Miss Susie
Harrington acting as chairman, and
elected the plllcers for the ensuing
term as follow; President, Miss
Mamlo Parvlu; Vice President, Miss
Susie Harrington; Secretary, Miss
Acta. Ferest: Treasurer: Miss Mable
Janes; Censor, Miss Ella Hodsoii;
Librarian, Miss Elepha Waller; Sar'-geant-at-arni'S,
Mun Nellie Price;
Custodian, Miss Jennie Wood.
The Phllodorlans met at 7:30 last
evening, wlthagood nttcudancQiind
a number of visitors present. After
considerable miscellaneous business
they elected the following list of
officers : For president, ,W. T. Rig
by ;' vlce-prcajdeut; ftfo E. Burke ;
Secretary; SW. Collins ; assistant
secretary, F. T. Howell ; treasurer,
J. T. Matthews; ccn,Kir, 8, W. Stry
ker ; librarian, F. M. Anderson ;
Bergeant-at-arms.'N. M. Newport.
The late.Wm. Roberts, D. D.'.'cave
his valuable library to the university,
And President Van Scoy will go to
uayiou Hiu'tiv w-u4,j. in, ......
Vntimr Wilbur's library 'and Ban
croft's History of 'the Pacific Coast,
donated by Rev. J. L. Parrtsu, will
make n latve and valuable addition
to the library. It will doubtless be
the largest and most valuable addi
tion made at any one nine in im
At the Oregon & California rail
road dopot the loug, new platform
and (ho cross walk are almost com
plete The new passonger traok Is
also well under way. Early uext
week everything will be in ship
shape nnd the grounds thoroughly
cleaned up. Thon Ealom' will have
the most attractive depot from and
Including Portland to Ashland.
ilie 1YKGKM lAl-IMI.-un'."''!
1 h year, .
Painless dental oioratlons at Dr.
T. C. Smith's, 02 State street.
To-morrov Is communion Sunday
at the Congregational Church.
Oliver Jory goes to Yamhill coun
ty to fit up another fruit dryer.
Mrs. Steeves contemplates start
lug up the Band of Hope again.
Around Sllvcrton a good many
new wiuers are observed and quite
a little property Is changing hands.
"Rainabal", the Hindoo lady lec
turer, Salem 20th. Mks Frances E.
Wlllard recommends her most high
ly. No services in tho Christian
church to-morrow, as some extra
painting on the boats is not quite
An auction salo of imported bug
gies took place on the ft root to-day
but wo were not informed of the re
sult. Mrs. II. A. Newell, we are glad to
say, Is In much improved health
since she wont to the coat and re
turned. Mr. Miller, the Medford postmas
ter, says we may look for a good at
tendance from Southern Oregou at
tho state fair.
Adams' blacksmith and chilled
plow shop is being moved bodily
from State near Front to Liberty
street, near this office.
For years Oregon City has not ex
perienced such prosperity and prog
ress as are now visible on every
hand. Courier. Glad to hear it,
Of course von are going to hear
Geo. W. Cable, the writer of those
fascinating novels of Southern life
aud in negro dialect, in readings
from his own works, at the opera
house, next Friday night.
A young people's social party was
given last night at the residence of
Judge T. C. Shaw, by Mrs. Minnie
Smith. Tho llonil decorations were
very fine. After a variety of amuse
ments, refreshments were served.
With Mr. Berry, one of the
guards at the penitentiary, con
siderably under the weather and
Warden McKiunon recuperating at
the Springs, Superintendent Down
ing and the rest of the officials have
their hands full.
Clark Braden, the controversialist,
has closed his lectures at Silverton
for the present but will make his
headquarters there until tho Braden
Underwood debate is fully ar
ranged for. Then ho will lecture at
various points till the debate comes
John West, on the farm on the
Turner road, has finished threshing
10,000 bushclHof grain, mostly wheat.
He has also purchased u band of BOO
sheep from J. R. Harding ofFreneh
Prairie, notwithstanding that poli
ticians threaten to have tho woollen
mills closed If the new tarifi"bill be
comes a law.
EvANOKincAi. Cmntcii. Rev. J.
M. Dick, pastor. Preaching on Suu
day at 10:30a. m. nnd 7:30 1 m. Sun
day school at 12 M. All are cordi
Rev. Anselm li. Brown, tho new
pastor, will preach. Morning service
commences at 10:30, evening service
ut 7:30. Sunday school at 12 o'clock.
The public Is cordially Invited to at
tend. Catholic Chuhch. Cheuicketa
aud Cottage streets. Low mass at
7:30 a. m. High mass and sermon
nt 10:30 a. 'm. Sunday school afc-8
lit m. Vespers, sermon and bene
diction at 7:30 p. m. every Sunday.
J. P. White, rector.
M. E. Ciiuncir. Services will be
held in tho M. E. church to-morrow
ha follews: Mornlmr. at 10:30:
Evening at 730. Sunday I
scnooi at !- m. rrayer meeting
Thursday evening at 0:30. All are
fnvitcd. Seats free. Rev. W.
Baitiht Onuncir. Corner Xt
Lllterty and Marlon streets. Rev.
A. R. Medbury, liastor. Services
at 10:30 A. it. aYid 7:30 v. r. Hnmlay
8ci(ol a( noon. Young Peoples'
meeting at 0:15 p. M Weekly
prayer Meeting Thursday evening.
AH are cordially Invited.
I'HHsiiYTKHiAN Ciiimeif. Rev.
H. A. Newell, pastor. Preach
lug ut 10:80 A. si. and 70
v. si. Society of Christian
Endeavor at 0:80 v. sr. Sab
bath school ut 12 M. ; It 8. Wallace,
supt- Prayer meeting on Thursday
evening at 7:80, l si. Welcome to
all, at all the services.
Remember tho gospel temperance
service hi the W7C. T. U. rooms
every Sunday afternoon at 8 o'clock.
laprUst. Tkli Trtr.
Thoro are so many strangers iu
the state that we ought to make the
state fair as attractive as possible,
and demonstrate to them how
wonderfully prolific are the farm,
nreharde and gardens of this state
in a vast variety of products.
Onr First Entranre Into Action Test
of Endnranee Visit, to n Division
HY IHK KUITOlt.
I shall never forget that approach
Into action. The fight was raging
with fury, and at every step w.e took
we came upon wounded and muti
lated wretches, either limping along
or being borne on Utters to the rear.
A New York major was carried past
us mortally wounded in tho abdo
men. A stout lad, about 18, his
cheek terribly swollen and laid open
by a minute ball, was standing by
nn ambulance, cursing almost inar
ticulately, because the shot that
wounded hhn had also killed his
captain. The corpse of one poor fol
low lay in our path, partially cover
ed with a blanket, literally blown to
pieces with a rebel shell ; his footless
ankles were visible beneath the cov
ering. An emaciated llttlo Irish
man lay upon a stretcher, his pinch-ed-up
features distorted with the
agonies of death. A portly, noble
looking ccelcslastio stood over him,
with the host elevated, administer
ing extreme unction. As the man
of God poured into tho ear of tho
dying soldier the consolations of our
holy religion, it was painful to see
with what reluctance the poorshriv-
eled sufierer accepted his fate. Ills
hollow, pinched features weredrawu
into querulousness, and he writhed
upon the blood-stained canvas as
though seeking to relieve himself
from both "bane and antidote.'
Rows of ambulances were in wait
lug, which the stretcher-bearers
Were rapidly filling with the wound
ed as they were brought oil' the
field. One mere lad had been struck
by a piece of shell iu tho groin, and
his feeble remains of life were rap
idly lllckerlng out. Two men ap
proached to raise him on a stretcher,
nnd ho faintly ejaculated, "Oh, tell
mother "But he was Interrupted
by the unfeeling rejoinder of the
hospital attendant, "Hush up! don't
be blabbing family secrets here."
The surgeons were hastily band
aging wounds to prevent a fatal
effusion of blood while the sufierer
was being borne to the division ho-v
pltal. Numerous batteries were
parked at various points, with all
their paraphernalia of caissons,
forges, forage wagons and relay
horses. It struck me as wo hurried
through this scene of confusion tho
rear as I was informed that tho
non-combatant element formed a
very largo proportion of the total of
As these tragic scenes met my
eye, I confess to a strong Inclination
to get back. A saying occurred to
my mind at tills moment, uttered
by our orderly some months ago, as
we were discussing tho fortunes of
war in oiir safe defenses of Washing
ton. Said he, iu his nonchalant
philosephy: "Suppose the company
gets Into n fight; somo are killed, of
course, but It won't bo neither you
nor me." I accepted this dictum as
prophetic, and managed to derive a
fair share of fortitude from its as
surance. on thi: fii:i.i ok iiattli:.
Arriving at hrigude headquarters
we found the regiment occupying a
strong line of breatworks, Major
Springstecdand tho four companies
he hud led on In advance, having
Joined the regiment the night pre
vious. Col. Morris directed the Im
mediate rc-orgaiilzntlon of the regi
ment. The men wero re-citlled from
tho breastworks and formed In col
umn by company; th contingent
we had brought up then took their
places in their resjiectlvo commands.
The regiment was next drawn up In
close column by battalion, and the
men were allowed to rest until fur
ther orders. I could not hut admire
the energy and military bearing of
our youthful adjutant (Lieut. Chu.
W.Hobbs)' during the execution of
this movement. The position wwi
novel to Us all; the men were
nuturally unsteady and it required
great promptitude and firmness to
keep them from crowding and get
ting into confusion. Order was
eliminated from chaos, and the regi
ment was again placed In effective
The object of the buttle was at this
time a mystery to us all, but Its
result was evidently in our favor,
dun. Grunt, In his hasty advance
upon the rebel capital, had en
countered one of Lee's columns, a
severe cannonading had bum main
tained on both sldt for some hours
and our troops had made one or two
desjtfjrate charges. This was the
extent of our knowledge. By the
time our rvgiinent was funned, the
fight wss edging oft to our right;
u-u u'ru In mtutrvA and nontil linrillv
be said to be under fire. Occasionally
a solid ball would whiz over oun
heads, or a shell would explode In '
our front; but the practice of the
enemy was poor, and I don't know
of a single casualty happening In
the regiment. I saw a shell strike
a very handsome white horse, said
to belong to a MasachuettseoIonel;
the missive exploded as It struck
the beast, ami tho gallant charger
was blown into tragments. This
was the only damage I saw mulcted
during the remainder of the fight.
Towards noon we were marched
back across the river, over a deso
lated piece of ground, perfectly
pestilential with tliedebrisof battle.
From one spot, where the ground
had been recently dug, protruded a
large number of human limbs,
much swollen, but betraying no
further signs of decomposition.
They had been recently deposited
there by tho surgeons. After a
march of two miles, tho brigade
bivouacked in a dense pine wood,
where we rested without molesta
tion until the next day.
IHK COliOM.AltlKS OH 11ATTLK.
As soon as the men had cooked
dinner, they pitched tents, cut poles
and crotches for bunks, strewed
these copiously with pine tufts, ami
made tneinselves comfortable. I
had formed a me.s with the non
commissioned stall', being Inllueneod
with the Idea that as the pack-
horses wero under charge of the
quartermaster-sergeant, I could
have my knapsack carried on one
of these animals, and thus have my
self a very unpleasant Incumbrance.
Here it was that 1 became initiated
Into the radical and universal thiev
ing propensities of soldiers. Our
men wero now In the field, but they
fell Into this deroglenient as
readily as if they had been to the
manner born. In their wholesale
alundoninent of personal olloetn
and camp and garrison equipage at
Hollo Plalne, one-half of them bad
thrown away haversacks as well as
knapsacks, oulv retaining their
canteens, arms and ammunition,
llero they discovered their error.
They had nothing to eat, nnd when
they drew rations they had nothing
to carry them In. The ouartorinas
ter's establishment was bivouacked
in a small cleared space, a few rods
away from the regiment, and to
prevent pilfering l had placed the
guards' uuartors there, putting a
sentinel also over filestores. Among
these 1 deposited my knapsack, hav
ersack and canteen, charging the
guard to keep his eye on my ell'ects,
aud to communicate these Instruc
tions to tho man who relieved him.
I then walked abroad to reconnoitre.
A short distance from our bivouac,
on a newly cleared road, a number
of field hospitals were erected, where
the surgeons were holding grand
saturnalia among amputated (hubs
and mangled bodies. 1 could not but
admire how largo a share of comfort
was Improvised for the poor muti
lated Niillerers. Commodious hospi
tal tents were pitched with wide
stretched files; tho walls were loop
ed up and the open space iilunlcd
with green boughs. This admitted
of tho free circulation of air, and
lent an Invigorating freshness totli
appearance of the place. Within
somo tents tho wounded as they
wero brought In from tho ambu
lances were tenderly placed on fresh
Uttered straw; In others blankets
were spread on the grassy turf. As
their turns came they were examln
o 1 by the surgeons ; cases for anipu
tatlo'n were carried to the board,
other wounds were dressed on tho
ground. Tho worst eases alter being
dressed were laid on mid tressed
spread upon light Iron bedsteads,
and tho hospital attendants wore
unremitting in tue service oi iiiouu
complaining sufi'oivrs. Stimulating
drinks and nourishing diet wero
freely administered, and I saw
abundance of sanitary commission
stores, which contributed greatly to
the aid aud comfort of the wounded.
These places had a ghastly fascina
tion for me: they seemed a fitting
corollary to the bloody business of
llovr lit T.k In "IKntlBK.'
The N. Y. Tribune, Dec. 0, 1883,
says "Geo. "W. Cable, the Now Or
leans novelist, has carried the Puri
tan literary capital by storm with
his delight Ail readings from his own
works. Further oxerlunco con
firms the first verdict that Dickens
was nowhere compared with Cable
as a delineator Of his creations. His
concluding cnterhdumunt, Inter
spersing Creole aud African songs
with his readings, was such a suc
cess that a rejHitltion had to be an
nounced for next week, and not a
ticket was to lie had for love or
money uy noon or uio nay oi mo
opening of tho salo." Any one who
can capture Bostou tho "hub" aud
"American Athens," ought to crowd
Salcni OjH.ra House next Friday
A conductor isiked his bond inf
the door of a car and called out the
name of thedtatlon "Sawyer" where
upon a young muu upon his wed
ding lour, wno wus uooui iokim uib
bride, yelled Iwek: "I don't cure if
you old, sir; she's my wife."
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A CURIOUS AFFAIR, 1
A good many years ago, when tho Mex
ican Central rnilrond was underway, con
struction stopped for several months on
nn arid, desert plain south ot Chihunhna.
Almost Instantly n town sprung up a
that point, niut was christened Trnck'a
Knd, nftor many similar mushrooms.
The town consisted of ono slilo ot a street
and somo scattering ailotie suburbs, nnd
when it wn learned that tho roud would
not ndrnnco for sonic time, a great hordo
ot outlaws and adventurers who lived oft
the railroad men, nnd followed the lino
as coyotes follow a provision train,
camo Hocking there. They were nearly
all American fugitives, nnd found them
selves for tho llrst time in their Uvea
where there was absolutely no inw, no
military, no police, nothing except tho
dictates of each man's particular deviltry.
Sodom nnd (tomorrnh was a Chautau
qua circlo by comparison. Tho gnmblcra
soon roblx-d all tho workingmen of every
thing they had, aril then, for want of
other victims, they fell to rending each
other. It was iu this particular epoch in
Track's Knd's brief history that I arrived
in tho plnce.
I remembered tho old proverb about
Homiin etiquette when you nro In Home,
aiidsnuuteix-d into tho hotel with all tho
uouchnhinco I could command. It was a
misoi'nhlo den, half wood aud halt ndobs,
nvl tho landlord was n promlslngn look
Jng villain as I ever laid my eyes on. I
registered by wiping my hands on the
olllco towel, nnd took a mental note to
sleep with one eye open. After going
through llio motions of eating supper I
took a look at my six hootcr and strolled
nut to M'o the town, hut in a few momenta
found ni) self helplessly wedRvd In n crowd
and tempoiarily anchored In a largo
saloon nnd gambling house that I Judged
lo Ikj tho principal resort of tho place.
Directly In front of mo vn n faro table,
and presently I forgot my annoyance ln
watching n llttlo u-cno whloh wnslnprog
ioss there. The players wero mostly
gamblers, I Judged, from their nnllor and
the Imk'scritmblo ear murks or tho profes
sion, but among them, playing his
money rather recklessly, was another
stamp of n mnu. Ho was a brnwuy.
thick set fellow, with tho hands of a coal
hm er and n curiously Innocent looking
face, in uptto of tho buohy beard that cov
ered most ot It.
This phi) er was In had luck nnd pnl
tmbly ucnoiis. lie moved his bets In a
lu'sttiitlng, half hearted sort ot way, and
muttered under his breath and swallowed
In his tluoat when he lost, as ho repvatcdly
did Iu a few moments IiIh Inst chip was
gone, and, pushing hack his chair, ho
leaned over the tahlo nnd said something
1 could not catch, pointing to tho ellvtr
1k from lilcli tho cards wero dealt,
"Vou'io crnry," exclaimed tho duller
loudly, halt rising.
What followed happened nil In a flash.
Tho thick fcot man reiiched over, seized the
Ihix and held it to the light. Whether he
dUcoiercd tnmn unfair mechanism I do
not l.now, but ho wheeled with an oath
and dashed It Into tho dealer's facry A
roar of excitement rimo from tho crowd.
I wiiHHWiijpd this way nnd that, nnd for
n moment Inst night of tho table, nnd when
I raw It again the dealer was wiping the
blood from his face aud tho mnu who liud
struck him was gone.
That was enough for mo. I went back
to tho hotel, but I hud barely seated my
self nnd lit a clgnr when I heard a sound
Of somo ono running outside, then more
people running, then a hoarse anglo of
voices, followed Instantly by two loud re
ports nnd Juvt two wordst
I think I never heard so pltlfnl a cry.
It struck right into my heart and turned
me sick, for Instinctively 1 associated U
with tho big, brawny man with tho child
ish face; mid rlfht enough I was. Tho
gambler, n mnu named Newton, had fol
lowed him out and killed him. In a llttl
whllu tho hotel was lull of peoplo talking
iilsmt tho tragedy, and ono of thorn
vouctisnfcd lomo details to inc.
"Ills nnnio was linn White," to ald,
"and he was a square man. He was a
section boss on the railroad nnd had saved
soma money, but the gamblers got hold
of him and It nil went. They say he
found out to night ltj wero robbiug
him, nnd that's how It started. The
queer thing about It'll that when Newtou
cornered him ho v,ul out hli pistol llrst
and atmppod nil six chambers, but It
wouldn't go olt. Nobody uudtirttAiids
This was strange, to say tho least, ant)
the uext day It wm the talk of the town.
The failure of the weapon htul. coat, this
man his life, aod yet nothing seemed to be
the mutU-r with It, On thei coatraryylt
Was lt perfect order) only the cnrtri.4gt,
for somo inexplicable reAin,,weUldo't,tx
'plodo In It. Everybody trUd It and very.
botlr gave' it up. The same shlj plweft
In 'other pistols rxscUyllke.lt, wero" Arid
without trmiblrv and half the, asmJileni io
Truck's Knd firmly btlluYwl that the
weapon was bewitched or "hoodooed," M,
they called it.
Blx montlu Afterward, whxn Track's
Knd wo a rrrnlnUcence only and Ms
prominent cltls lis had been divided b
twrcn the cemeteries .nd the penitenti
aries 'of' the state, "the sequel ot that
tragedy came drifting to me thrqouh.
stntnRe channel. " I ' was talking' td
'Maxlcau lawyer In Chihuahua, when he
"Jly the way, I have, n curiosity to
show ) on, J)o you. see nuy thing Xlie mat
ter with that nluoll"
As1 he spoke he opened a door and
handed me n six hootr-r-thn identical
weapon which lien Whlto carried when
he wan 11111. I took It with consider
able rcpninnce, nnd then he told mo a
curious Wiry. ' Tbq hammer of the,tUto),
Ilka nil those Of large cnlltu termlnsted
In nl!nt, which ktrlkes the cartridge Iu
the renter. Over this point u tile had
bteu drawn, taking oft about the thick
tin of a card; nit euouirii to be seen, but
enough to prevent It from touching the
shell. This completely disabled the
weapon, yet left It, to all outward ap
Iarnme, hi rftct order, and wss In
fad a devilish piece of Ingenuity.
"It seems," said the lawyer, "that
Newton hud beta expecting trouble with
this niNii, mimI uuns days before obtained
poMiwii of life jrfstol, unknown to him,
u ml did this with the file blade of his pen
knife It was not dUoirl fur mouths,
and then oulte by accident, but when It
was, Mr. Newton was brought up here;
and tried forbUllfe."
"What did they do with bin!" I asked.
The. Lawyer drew hit flngtr around till
throat and made a sitfiUncant gesture up
wardNew York Huu.