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A & Life.
CHARLES KING. D a A,
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''( l.Hl'Il .lau -
"i.v mid rapidilv of liin talk, lit' re
tens") " 1 ," ii'. ,
,rcd his ,lllt '"".'I""'1 lllH rjoe "M,l
hlv with u I'W .i in.JUfri.lii.r. uii.l
,vn gla"'d aili" ut ,Vrr'- wl'"
: leiicil with alwrinil interest und who
nw silently thinking it over, look
,,.. curioiiKly at Eweii the while.
Have I Iht'hI yu half lo donthr
i-ri the Englishman, somewhat rut
TV "I never told that story Ix-fore.
bill it lia un """''-'''"K f"r years."
lr-i-' N! ' never was more inter
,j in Uiy life- 1 was thinking what a
,j;,.rciit firt of felhiw you were from
uVinaii I "llt ollt "l,,t,r tlie other day
Ma ihcv never do utiyihing to clear (lie
ttl,r',i,y la our country it never
oiilJ have been allowed to rest there.'
It was tw far gone; anil when
n Imv killel hiinseir l!ie tin::;; was
UJ lr all the government : th--j
call them :::liiiiiiistiaaon orpins'
-an a confession of jiidgm.'.'l. When
the Lancers came home there was hhik
(jjjj.hul it was no"" hushed. J!:ii:laiid
hu.Tr.hlll P Pl:iw ''' tli;i1
ami Kne no one know where, hut 1 read
it in one of the Loudon paers-Triilh, I
I'mik-a Htory that two of the irr. gulms
I'tfi'n.U'l l!nvn reu won i lit-111-
hud quarreled Willi tlieir rellows and
after the war was over told a tale that
made a seusathui i" l;"lK' I'oloiiy. They
siiil tli:it Ihe young ollieer was a ma-li.-m-d
man; that up to midnight he had
pallid on. hut every scout and patrol
tin-T im'l warned them that thousands
ut Zulus were uhead. and that it was
nailness to try. The men begun whis
pering wining tliemselves. and begged
llie sergeant to attempt to dUs:iade the
Lancer oliieer: and he did. and they all
U"-.in t.i talk, but he it-fused to listen.
At fcisl they halted ut a little stream
anil flatly refused l go n step further
IVnnlered, U-gged "d implored, lie
iriiinised heavy reward to any one of
their n ii mi 1 er who would come anil show
Li, n the :: ' '"'' hi'ard the night
tries or signals"! some war parlies across
ihe lields. ami the sergeant and most of
llic men put spurs to their horses; the
others followed, and they rode hack live
mill until they were within our patrolled
lines, then they bivouacked. supHsing
uf course, the Lancer had followed them
Hut lie hadn't: he never joined them all
next day. and likely as not he had done
his liest to get through that strange
country by night alone, and had tried to
carry his dispatches to the detachment
Ty knew they must tell a str.iiglil
story or le severely punished They
were twelve against one when it came to
evidence, as the sergeant pointed out
will so they ugreed on the one that sent
hiai In Coventry.
Some of the Lancer officers got hold
of this and swore they believed It true,
hm Meantime the government had had
l!;eilevi' own time in tiding his lord
:ii the general over the numerous
iilumlers he had made in the campaign
aiul the Lancers were summarily or
il -n- l i;ff elsewhere.. There was no one
I II to take up poor Archie's cause at
haute, and the thing died out."
",".v the Lord Harry. Mr. Evven. il
w.iiiMn't die out here! We Yankees
nu!il resurrect such it thing if it were
oiil us a mummy."
"Snmi-timcs I think old Maitland
v.iuld lie clad of the chance lo do il
even linfkeii as he is; sometimes, Mrs
(Wan says, he walks the Hour all uighl
uml holds Archie's last letter in his
li.ii-; s She thinks he charges himself
villi having driven the hoy to suicide.'
"Dii-s Miss Maitland never revisit the
olil Imiiie?" usked I'crry. alter a mi
n: -iit's thought.
i'iie oes with her father every
:iiTh lie is i:eer here more than twice
year, and seldom for more than six
eeks at a time Were ii not fur her. he
oiiilhl Ki ttle down here. I believe lie
it tnCnpe Colony and tried to lind
tin' men who gave out that story, hut
mieiir them was dead and the other had
utterly disappeared There were still
"is survivors of that escort, the sergeant
inning theni, and he was a man of some
wlum and proierty They stuck to
Hh1 original story, and said the two men
iiu lind started the sensation were mere
klakiiuiiling vagrants. Maitland ad
fi'rtiei everywhere for the missing man
kittoiiiipurHse. I think he and Miss
lilaihs have finally abandoned all hope
' ner righting Archie's name She was
child w hen it all happened, but
HorhjM.j him. and never for an
Main has lielieved the story of his hav
lnS funked She's out here riding souie
're this morning, by the way."
"Who! Miss Mailiand?" exclaimed
V". ith a sudden start mid a Hash of
light 111 his blue eyes.
E'wi smiled (inetl; as he answered.
"V She needed exercise and wanted
tocoiiif. down to the gate and meet l)r
fritt She went on tin the valley, and
londer she is not hack."
TV bright light faded quickly as it
the glad blue eyes clouded heavi
Ewen looked at the young soldier,
rjirise m Ins llorid face: surprise that
S'ui'tly deepened intoconcern, for I'erry
"wieii suddenly away, as though look
H for his comrades of the hunt
"I Ihink they're coming now," said
" manager, peering up the valley uu
Hie hading willows. "Yes Won't
Jw 'top a
"Nut now." was the hurried reply
"nut you for that story; it has given
""lot to think about I'll see you
sun " Tlt Uist words were almost
W'-d hu k. for, urgwl by sudden dig
le spur. Nolan fndignantly lashed
l- , r - ,
" 'Ms. then rushed in wrathful gallop
"Warily ii. . i ..
nir t-imiern oiuiis. " '
Mul pan- his rider had inflicted on hit
lud comrade; it was only the invol-1
'Bt-7 transmission of the shock to his
" young heart a cruel, jealous stab, j
came with those thoughtless words, 1
"anted to come down to the gate
! nwt Dr. Quin. and went on up the
7." He would not even look back
her riding by that man' aide.
O USE the e.presrfon ol ,
Mr. Dana, "Ned Ferry
seemed 06 hi feed" fo
1 a day or two. The hunt
7 -eess, despite the fact of Perry'i
should k. repeated the Tii sT l.rlght da
after muster. That cerenionr came of
on Monday with due K.nipahd formalin
and much rigidity of ins,mil,n :, th'.
Iui oi uie K.,t coniniander. It tai 1
watched wit!, interest by the ladies. m !
Mrs. IV-lkna; even pmpose-.l that whei
the barr icks and kitchens were Mm j
visitinl they should go along. Dana ha.'
been her devote., ever since the. day ..: !
the hunt, and announce.1 his willin tw
! J1' l':ir,'-v ,,,'r siigu'i-stion lo the colonel ,
I but U-lknnp declined. She wanted a few !
, words with I'erry. mid did imt know
I how to ellect her purpose. When hi
stopK-d and sK.k to her after intrude ot
Saturday evening and would have mad. ;
M-ace. she thought to complete hfr an :
parent e.in.iiesi by a show of woumnli
displeasure at his conduct, and uti as i
suran. e that, thanks to Mr. Ian.i. (In i
day had Iwn delightful UMd his failun
to aecompaiiy her had been of no con-,. ;
qnence at all. The utterly miesix-cut ;
way in which he bxik it was simply j '
"Milliner" to the lit 1 1,, lady.
So Tar from being pupicd and j. alou-!
and huffy, us she expected, Mr. I'errv I
justiiled tae oft expressed opinion of hel !
sisterhood to the elfect Unit men wen I
simply p-isi nil comprehension" l, !
brightening up instantly uud exprenslnj
such relief at her information that fori 1
uioiiie ut she was too dazed to sjieak. Ih j
Hint lime he had pleasantly said goo'c j
jHit and vanished, imr had he lieen
i'ar her since, except to Ikiw and I.kiI '
pleased when she walked by with Dana
She never thought of him as an aetoi
More, but lhk said Mrs. IWlknan t
herself, looks like consummate uctim? I
j Had she known of or even suseelei (In i
I exi.teiiceof a woman who had interio.-ei !
I and east her into the shade the explana j
lion would have occurred to herut once j
bu( that there was a goddess in tlieshan. i
of (lladys Maitland within a dav's rid
of IJossiter she never dreamed for an in
stanl. Believing that no other womai
could have unseated her. Mrs. Iielkna
dmniy could not account for such utter
sueii unutterable, i iphieency on tin
part of her lately favored admirer in hi
virtual dismissal. All Sunday and Mon
day she lisiked for signs of sulking oi
surrender, hut looked in vain. I
I'erry seemed unusually grave and
silent, was I'arke's report of the situa
tion. but whatever comfort she miglil
havederived from that knowledge wasut
terly destroyed by the way hebrighlenei
up and looked pleased whenever the
chanced lo meet. Monday evening hi
stopKd to sieak with her on the walk
holding out his hand and fairly beaming
upon her. she icily nreived these demon
strations. but failed to chill them or him
Then she essayed to make him suffer tin
pangs of the jilted by clinging to Dana'i
arm and smiling up in Dana's face, ant
then she suddenly started: "Oil. Mr
Dana! I low could I have been so thought
less and this is your wounded side!'
Dana protested that her slight weight
was smithing balm, not additional pain
and I'crry promptly asseverated that il
he were Dana he would beg her not tt
ipiit his arm. and her eves looked scon
il him as she said. "How can you know
anything about it, Mr. Perry? You'v.
never been in action or got a scratch
while Mr Dana" and now the dark
eyes sHil;e volumes as they looked U
into those of her escort "Mr. Dana it
one of the herm-s of the lighting days ol
the regiment." Even that failed to crush
I'lin while it had the "licet of making
Dai.afeel mawkish and alisurd. I'erry
frankly rescinded that he only won
de red the women ever could lind time U
show any civility whatever to f.-llowt
like him. when lliere were so many whe
had records." She wascomnrtti ly at ii
loss to lathom him. and when tattix.
i-ame on Monday night, and they were
Jl discussing the proj.s-l of a run with
he hounds for the coming morrow u
May day celebration "ii new principles
Mrs IVIknap resolved un u change ol
Dana was ollieer . "he guard and ovc
t the .inrd house, but nearly all the
ther otliccrs were chatting about the
eranda und the gate of the colonels
liiarters. Thither had Capt. Helknap
acorted his pretty wife, und she was,
ji usual, the center of an interested
;roup. I'erry came strolling along nfler
esirting the' result of tulloo roll fall m
he adjutant, and Capt. Sin ker call.HI
0 him and asked some question aUmt
he men on stable guard The orders of
he colonel with regard to watching the
Movements of the men lifter the night
oil call were being closely oliserv. d. anil
vhen the trumpets sounded "taps." a few
noiuents later, several of the troop com
minders walked away together, and this
eft a smaller party It was just at this
juncture that Mrs. Helliniip's sweet voice
A-as heard addressing the commanding
Oh. colonell Ever since Thursday I
,ave been telling ('apt Helknap alsuit
hose lovely albums of yours, and he is
to anxious'to see them. Could he have
1 look at them to-night?"
"Wliv. certainly," exclaimed the colo
nel, all heartiness and pleasure "Come
l ight in. Helknap. come in-any of you
-"ill of von-where it's good and lyjht.
nd he hospitably held ojicn the screen
Jisir IVrrv had seen the albums a dozen
times, but he was for going in with the
jthejx when he felt a little hand press
me on his arm. and Mrs ltelkm.p'
great d::Vk eyes were gazing up into his
with mournful, incredulous apeal.
-Don't vou know I want to see you,
I ... .l...t ..nlv
Hiie niuilliureo ""
much bewildered, Mr Perry
w aited. , . ,
wi... t,vu! where sin could
through the screen door in the parlor Is
toml. watching furtively until the party
were grouped under the hanging lamp
md absorUd in looking over one an-.,,1,,-r's
shoulders at the famous albums,
then beckoning to him to follow, she
rutted, like some eerie sprite, on tiptoe
to Ihe southern end or the veran.
. .i i.,., ..mi ' vines hid her iroui
view from the walk along the parade
view ipmu ,,r " ,
iVrrT be,-an to feel nueer. as he arter
i ' ' " i ... l.o an II-o.l nloiiu
i w ards expresseu u. "
! ,,UP declining t
,,,,. 'r his heavy heels upon there
funding gallery. She put ner S ' "
lux lip, and. after a nervous glance
around, looked at him war.nngly. U-
Yha! on earth', the matterr was...
,,e perplexed and callow youth could
"jto iay.andln.M.ew utterly de
void of romance. scntin.e.U. U-ndtsnes,
-anything she wanted to hear-th. t in
i;..p nrettv. wwiic-iim-i "" .
" j " ' niJtlll,ls , ,u,u.I
b.lw can you be so unkind to meT
,t List she whispered, in the tragic
SJ she well knew ,0 be effective; ,.
1 . ml acain. But
liVe one In a maze; then lie Unit over
her in genuine concern:
"Why, Mrs. Ik-lkimp! What has hap
pened? W hat has gone wrong? Whal
do you mean by unkindness?" i
She faced him, indignantly now: "Is
it possible you profess not to know?"
"liy all that's holy, Mrs. lielkuap, I
haven't an idea of what you mean to
charge me with. Tell me, and I'll make
every aiiit-ud I know how."
He was bending over her In genuine
distress and trouble; lie had no thought
but to uviiire her of his innocence of any
conscious wrong. She was leaning upon
the balcony rail, and he rested out) strong
hand upon the o!,tut the shaded corner,
above her head, as he bowed his ow n to
catch her reply.
For a moment she turned her face
away, her bosom heaving, her little
huuds clasping uervoiudy, the picture of ,
wrongeu una sorrowing womanhood.
Uis blunt, rugged honesty was some-
thingshe had never yet had todeal with.
This indeed was "game worth the
candle," but something of a higher order
than the threadbare flirtation she had
found so palatable heretofore. She had
expected him to be revealed by this time
as the admirer who had only been play-
lug a part in his uparent acceptance of
the situation of the last two days; she
expected lo be accused of coquetting
with Dana, of neglect, coldness, insult
towards himself; and this she would
have welcomed; it would have shown
him still a victim in her toils, a mouse ,
she might toy and play with indefinitely
More bestowing the final coup de grace. '
um instead of it, or anything like it,
here stood the tall, handsome young fcl
low, utterly ignoring the Kssibiliiy of
her having wronged him, and only beg
ging lo be told bow he hud affronted her,
that he might make immediate umeiids.
It was simply exu-speiuting. She turned
suddenly upon him, hiding her face in
her hands, utmost sobbing:
"And I thought we were such such
Even that suggestive tentative did not
lay him prostrate. Fancy the utter in
adequacy of his response:
"Why, so did U" This was too much.
Dow n came the hands, and were laid iu
frantic upM-al Ukjii his breast, lie did
not bar the way; she could have slipped
from the corner without difficulty, but
the other method wits more dramatic.
"Let me go, Mr. I'erry," she pleaded.
"I 1 might have known; I might have
known." Thu accents were stilled, heart
."Don't go yet, Mrs. Belknap; don't go
without telling uie what what I've
done." And oor Ned imploringly seized
the little hands in both hlsand held them
tight. "I'lease tell me," he pleaded. .
"No, no! You would not understand,
you do not see what I have to bear. Let
me go, 1 beg, please; I cannot stay."
And her great dark eyes, swimming in
tears, were raised lo his face, while with
faint very faint struggles she strove
to pull her hands away, relenting in her
purpose to go the moment she felt that
lie was relaxing the hold in which they
were clasMd, but suddenly wrenching
them from his breast and darting from
his side, leaving I'erry in much bewil
derment to face about aud confront the
A little opening had been left in the
railine at the south end of the eranda
the same through which the post surgeon
had passed the night Mrs. Lawrence had
shown to Perry the answering signal
light; it was the doctor's "short cut" be
tween the colonel's quarters and disown
side door, and soft, unbetraying turf lay
there between. Absorbed in her melo
drama, Mrs. Helknap had failed lo not
the coming of the intruder; absorbed in
his own stupefaction aud his fair pari
ner's apparent depth of woe, Ned Perry
heard nothing but her soft words uud
softer sighs, until a deep voice at his
shoulder a voice whose uccenl betrayed
no apology gave utterance to this un
"Mrs. Helknap, this is the thirtieth
not the first of April."
"And what has that to do with your
sudden apK'urance, Dr. Quin?" an
swered the lady, with smiling lips but
flashing eyes. She rallied from the shock
of sudden volley like the veteran she
was, and took the brunt of the fight on
her own white, gleaming shoulders
needing no aid from the young fellow
who stood there, flushed, annoyed, yet
too perturbed to say a word even had
there been a chance to get In one edge
wise. Hlunt as he wus, he could not but
realize the awkwardness of the situation
And to Ih? so misjudged by such a man as
Dr. Quin! All this was flashing through
his mind as the doctor answered:
"Nothing with my upearance, Mrs
Belknap, it was yours 1 remarked upon
You seemed to think il All Fools' day."
"Far from it, doctor, when 1 thought
you mfles away."
"Well, well, Mrs. Belknap." said Quin
shrugging his broad shouldersand laugh
ing at her undaunted pluck, "I've known
you fifteen years, and never have found
you at a loss for a sharp retort."
"In all the years you have known me.
doctor, as child, as maid, as woman
vou are the only man in the army win
ot-..- nut me on the defensive. I ae
clearly that you would taunt me because 1
of ibis interview wilh Mr. Perry. Honi j
;. ...,.l . nense. Dr. Ouinl You are 1
the last man in this garrison cavalrr !
and all w ho can auord to throw i
"Whew-w-wr whistled the doctor (
"ittBuiiiiieD,lu,,;w"" j ;
...-..( Mr Prrr." said he. turnin
it nin n iIia voune officer, "let me
at once adogue for .
observation. lien I ""
known Mr. Belknap fifteen year, st w
instantly thought I meant to make he ,
lllUCII oiuer in" one
hence these recriminations. She aiwayi J
objected to me Ix-cause I useu 10 leaw fw onl(.f..H,,t.it,rSii on account of
her when she was in her first long known w(aUh lnd exU,niilve
dresses-the prettiest girl at Fort j rcpuUtion for charity. Not long ago
enworth-and she's never gotten oyer it , h(J went throu(fh , v,,ry trying ordeal.
But her father and I were good friend Jn llul() wn ,n Maryian,i thcro
and I should like to be an honest one te 1 we;e tbr(ie canJlll!lU., tot the office of
his daughter Good night to you both. I .m,,, amj the thn candidate
' "One moiucnt. Dr. Quin. said Perry 1 an carnP t see the Postmaster-On-springing
forward. "You have seen Pi 1 eraj ()n(, wai aui)Ui thirty-fire. un.
to make rommeiits and insinuation thai j marriotji n(j g,IU.ht masculine in
have annoved Mrs. Belknap at a liwt ulA.arance. Ju.utUtr
hen she was under uiy ecort" , forty, and the third a pretty brnnetu
"Oh Mr Perry, no! no!" exclaimed ' hardly twenty-five years of age. Now,
Mrs Belknap laving her hand on hi instead of each one coming and presenV
Trm. "Not awo'rd of that kind, I im j ing their letter and recommendation!
lore' Hush! here come ray husband '; and then going home to wait tha out
Ah lielknap " aaid the d-1oi ; come they would come ia all together,
klandlT a the big captain came hui i wait for a chance to see the Potmatr
blandly, iu in . General, and then all Ullc at once.
.'i I Ivnltef -ISryou'fLvI mlra
1 t to' beTevoted to Mra B
usual, trying to oe ueTuwru
a-1.0nf.rfr I ct
in get you OUIOI tinv
Why ti e j'-" taD 1 ou "'"J7"
iTO HE COSTINftD.
MICAWBE11S OF WASHINGTON
Still Thousands ofOffloe-Sookora at
8nrUrls lllslita and Trartjr llnlrftil
bf Tlirm, Hut lit l'oatailir.(irnirl
Suffer M.nt-A Cnutrtt for OrHe
Tint IUJ Konisolle tnJIng.
Special WmhinKlon CcrrrsH)inl.'ncr.1
"rni le.lerrv"lt'.:sU U a philosopher of
no mean order, despite the fact that his
departmental duties have chiefly to do
with "bt-eds uud garden sass," as Con
gressman Martin says. I wssln Secretary
Rusk's olhVo tlio other day when that
dignltury wan In a mood both communi
cative and philosophical. "I tell you
m I. 1. I- l.l 1... n.,lnllnAlin.u.l..n.
jy at a iuf olllo!, ..thlll ,ow o( Wash.
ln(?,on ,,., ,noro discontented peoplo
within Its limits thun any place of ius
Bizo in tho world. More peoplo come
here on hopes than go to Kurope on the
steamers. It's just awful to think of
how many ambitious people coine to
Washington and go away disappointed
within six mouths or a year after tho
installation of a new administration,
Why, 1 know" hero tho Secretary's
flow of sympathetic rhetoric wa stopped
by tho udvent of a lot of Western farm
Pr w ho wanted to talk "crops" and his
tory, and I lost a valuablo reminiscence,
The Idea that struck "Undo Jerry" is a
correct one, and inquiry revealed a good
deal about the people who come hero
for Ministerial positions or fat Consili
ates and Anally go away with nothing
or stay to take a S?.10 clerkship N ash
ington is a reservoir of disappointed am
bitions whose possessors stay hero in
very much the state of mind of Micaw
ber, and with very much the same sue
cess. The army of otilee-seekers of
whom ono hears so much do not come
with a swoop and then depart. They
trickle in steadily from tho month after
election and stay us long as their
finances allow, dust now thoy are real
ly thinnin? out, and not a few are right
hero in Washington without money
enough to go home.
A brilliant example of the class called
on Secretary lllalne the other day. llo
was from tho West. Nearly three
months ago he had come to Washing
ton secure In tho belief that bis letters
and "pull" would secure, him a good
place. Week after week passed, during
which time he went through all tho
grades between the F.hbltt Hon so and a
six-dollar-a-week hoarding-house. When
he entered the otlleo of the Secretary of
State Mr. lilalno was talking to Sir
Julian l'a ii nee fo te. When tho Kngllsh
Minister bad gone Mr. lllalne turned to
the suppliant from tho West with an in
quiring glance meant to signify "what
can I do for you'.'" Nervously coughing
tho man stepped forward, llo was not
a common political heoler by any
means. His black frock coat showed
considerable wear and his hat needed
turning, but for all that the man looked
like a rellnrd and educated individual.
'.Mr. Blaine," he began, "I am an ap
plicant for a position. When I came
here I wanted uu olllco, but now I sim
ply want a position where I can make
enough to livo on."
After some little conversation he pro-'
duced a lot of letters showing that his
claims for recognition wore not un
founded. "Why don't you ask your Congress
man to help you?" inquired the Secre
tary. "I have done so, but to no purpose,"
was the reply.
After a litllo Mr. lilalno promised to
see what he could do for him, and the
applicant left Then t irnlng to me the
Secretary said: "Do you think that's an
unusual circumstance hnre? Well, It's
not by any means. Visitors like that
average, half a dozen or more a day. Ask
any of the Cabinet officials and they
will tell you the same story, and then
you can estimate for yourself how many
such peoplo there are in Washington."
I then went over to Secretary Tracey
and asked him if there were any oflioe
seekers left in the city.
"Thousands." was the emphatic reply.
"They stroll In here every day."
Hero Mr. Tracey thought a minute
and continued. "There is a man who
has coino hero every other day since I
have been in olllce, except for the past
AN OFFICK-HUNTIMO TltlO.
two weeks. When he first came his ap
oearance was that of a well-to-do busl
ness man. I could not give him what
he wanted, as it was not within my
power, but ho kept coming all the
nme. Finally ho told me he had spent
his last dollar and could not even get
home. That was a little before Christ-
mas. I lent him enough to get home
snd four days airo the money was re-
. . .. - .
turned to me. The return of the
money made such an Impression on me
pancrs to bim th other daj."
er. but is
them as the Secretary of the Navy.
p0!1,IniU(t,.r.(;,.nerai U the favorite
Albert, the colored messenger who
.lands at the door. U autborit, for tb.
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1 - V. - ..n n Ah jkvldpntltr nut
aporr uno uj "' - - j -!
wanting either of the other to pet t
1 word with Mr. Wanamaker alone. When
all three arrived they would descend 00
tb I'oatmaster-Oeneral in a bnnch.
Finally the fut one gave out an, men!
home. Then the reinaiuliig two worked
things for awhile, but the money of I In'
elder gavo out, and the young one alone
remained. A few weeks ago she went
home disappointed to all upe araurc.
for a young man was finally appointed,
whereupon the last one to leave prompt
ly married the young man and they sent
ranis to Mr. Wanaiuaker a duy or two
Not all tho office-seekers. However,
come from outside the District of Col urn
biu. Dp the contrary, eve,rjr. resident of
WHAT CAN I PO roll Vol".'
th t.ty looks upon himself or herself ni
awaid of tho (iovernineut. There are
over 111.000 employes of the (ioverninent:
in the city of
the city of Washington, of which I
over 4.1)00 are women.
At least one out ot ten of these
women have children und every woman
wants to get her son or daughter into
(iovernuient service. With this end in
view they besiege Congressmen und
Senators until they succeed. .Many ol
the residents of Washington have
enough to live on and only want a Oov
eminent job to enable them to live
more comfortably. Congressman Joseph
Cannon of Illinois, llutlf rworth ol
Ohio, Snlnola of New York aud Me-1
Klitley of Ohio are the favorite targets
for applicants on account of their readi
ness to listen to the stories. On an
average these gentlemen have from six
to ten callers a day who are anxious to
draw salary from the (iovernuient. The
local office-seeker cares nothing for
geography and does not bother hnnsell
as to whether or not he is a conslttuonl
of the Congressman or Senator to w hum
A great many of the omce-seekers
from other towns and distant States
stay until their money is ull cone and
then aclually beg for tickets to their
liouies. .Major Moore, tho chief of
police, has had dozens of applications
from purtl. s who claim to have been
promised positions under this adminis
tration, but who eonio here only to lind
that they must go home at their own
expense. I he wives of the memls-rs ot
Congress have the hardest kind of times
with tho oMlce-seekcrs, and now und
then ure brought into exceedingly mor
tifying positions through the nerve of
the female olllce-hiinter. Bust week a
woman exceedingly well dressed ap
plied to the wife of a Senator for In
fluence in securing a position. She was
to all appearances a well-bred and edu
cated woman, and, the Senator's wife
not liking to treat her brusquely, took
tho trouble to talk to her about the
mutter. On the next Senatorial recep
tion day the woman called und sut
around the parlor until some one spoke
to her, whereupon she spoke of the
hostess most familiarly, and, some
ladles thinking she was a guest of the
Senator's, exchanged cards with her mid
invited her to cull on them. With thut
us a start the office-huntress begun a
heavy social career, and last week,
bucked by some of her newly-maile
friends, was about to secure her place
when a conversation between one of her
new friends und the Senator's wli'e led
lo un explanation, which resulted in the
ambitious woman losing alt tin advan
tage she had gained und her new friends
Had her sehemo not Is'en discovered
sne would have cerlainly succeeded, as
social prestige here will do more for an
applicant than ull the poll Ileal Influence
Imaginable, us It is shown forth through
the elfortH of home Congressmen. Kvory
now and then some wlso olllce-seeker
comes here with a lot of money and reg
ularly enters the soctul swim wlih a
view to getting a position, and If the la
dles of his house are bright and enter-
tuinlnir the chances are a hundred to
one that he will succeed.
His tho army of otllce-seekers from
out of tho District that is prominent
now, ow ing to the rant-that they nro "on
the move." Congress has settled down
to work for tho session, and the offices
are nearly ull full. Tho fow vacancies
will lie filled too slowly for the Hnanclul
abilities of tho remaining applicants, so
they must leave. The hotel-keepcrsure
to some extent the only mourners, and
even their grief is not overwhelming,
for they have had to cut down a great
many bills to meet the purses of the de
partingguest whiso political ambitions
have been "doomed to disappointment,"
as the Secretary of Agriculture puts It.
The owner of one o! the largest hotels
hero told me that he had been forced to
let no less than nine men who had come
hero for positions leave without paying
their hills because to his certain
knowledge they had spent all their
money in their dreary wait for thu
positions which never came. "Much of
thisoftlmes sad disappointment," says
Secretary itusk, "is duo to a political
condition which centralizes the giving
power and makes (iovernuient posi
lion a reward for political services."
YoaiiK Forrpituiili'i Mimkt-r".
Three or four years ago young Adam
I Forepaugh was over in london. He had
' spent about IO,OUO, and didn't darn ask
for any more money, ho he wire over
o the governor that he bad a great
cham-e to get some new attractions for
the show, lie said that he could get
two monkeys that were larger than
hors-s for S-VJOIJ. The irovemor con
gratulatad himself on having sueli a
smart boy. and cabled him the imiiiey
He was li'dling every one about his new
attractions, and if anyone doubted the
reailty of the alleged big monkey he
would answer angrily, "Pshaw! What
io you know about the Interior of
Africa? Of course they have monks
there as big as horses. Next day came
a eahleifram saying: "Money received;
monks dead; much obliged. PP-" The
Governor never could stand a joki about
nonkys after that Chicago Herald.
Theokra plant is likely to come for
ward in prominence a a substitute for
jute, the fiber being superior, and lbs
cost of production much less.
One's eyes are regular educational
Institution. We learn a great deal by
their aid, and they Lave pupil, too.
fto l.ons; Mtii Are Mrn lluii.sii K.tiHlHy
Will Uu lirroiii.
What is the meaning of the famoiH
phrase that "all men are Imen free and
e.iiul," which gitllii'1..'d Americans,
who were as much "iiliil.Hilis" a tlieir
Inherited comm. ill sense und their priie
tlcal ai-nualntanc.i w ith men uud with
tilfalrs would let I hem b". put forth as
the foundation of Ihe "Deehirntlun of
Independence'.'" I have seen a con
siderable number of new Ixirn infants.
Without wishing lo sieak of them with
the least disrespect a thing no man can
do, without, as tho proverb says, "foul
ing bis own nest"- 1 fail to understand
how they run be affirmed to have any
political qualities ut all. How can it be
said these poor little mortals who have
not even the capacity to kick to liny
delliille end, nor indeed to do liny IliInK
but vaguely squirm and squall, we
equal politically, except as all zeros
limy be said to he equal? How can little
creatures be said to bo "free"' of whom
not one would live for four and twenty
hours if it were not Imprisoned by
kindly hands and coerced Into applying
Its foolish wandering mouth to the
breast it could never find for Itself?
How is the being w hoso bruin Is still too
pulpy to hold an Idea of any description
to bo a moral ugent either good or bad?
Surely tt must lie a joke, and rather a
cynical one, too, to talk of the political
status of a new-horn child! Hut we
may carry our questions a step further.
IMt I4 iiinro iibi-iteiidiibrik til sneak tif
, , , . state of uollllcal
, .. . . thus fallaelouslv
confusing positive equality that is to
i say, the equality of powers with thu
' equulity of Impotences; In what con
( ceivuble state ot society is it possible
, that men should not merely be born, j
I but pass through 1-hildhoiHl and still re
1 main, free?' Has a child at fourteen 1
I lc cn free to jhoose Its language and all ;
thu connotations with which words be
came burdened in their use by genera
tion after generation? Has It been free
to choose the habits enforced by precept
and mom surely driven boinu by ex
ample? Has it been free to Invent its
own standard of right and wrong? Or,
rather, has It not been as much held in
bondage by lis surroundings and driven
hither and thither by tho scourgo uf
opinion, us a veritable slavo, although
the fetters and the whip may he Invisi
ble und intangible? Surely, Arlstotlo
was much nearer the truth in this mut
ter than Hobbesor Kousscau. And If the
predicate "horn slave'Vould more nearly
agree wltli raft than -uorn iree, wnav
is to be said about "born equal? Kous
scau, like the sentimental rhctoriaun
that he was, and half, or morn than
half, sham, as all sentimental rhetor
leans are, sagaciously fought Bhy, as we
have seen, of the question of thu in
fluence of natural upon political equal
ity. But those of us who do not care
for sentiment und do euro tor truth, may
not evade the consideration of that
which is really the key of the position.
If Uousseau, instead of letting his chil
dren go to thu fiiniiU trourr, hud taken
tho trouble to discharge a father s duty
toward them, ho would hardly have
talked so fast about men being born
equal, even in a political sense. For, if
that merely means that all new-horn
children are political teres, it is, as we
have seen, though trim enough, nothing
to the purpose; while, if it means thai,
in their potentiality of becoming fac
tors in any smdal organization cltl
10 ns In Uousseau's sense all men are
born equal, it is probably the most
astounding falsity that ever was put
forth by a political speculator; and that,
as all students of political speculation
will airrce, is saving a good deal for
it. In fact, nothing is more remarkable
than the wide Inequality which children,
even of the saine'famlly, exhibit, as soon
as tho mental and moral qualities begin
to manifest themselves, which Is earlier
than most people famry. Kvery family
spontaneously becomes a polity. Among
the children, thero are soni" who con
tinue to he "more honored and more
powerful thun the rest, and to make
themselves obeyed" (soinotlmes, Indeed,
by their elders) In virtue of nothing but
their moral and mental qualities. Hero,
"political Inequality" visibly dog tho
heels of "natural" inequality. The
group of children becomes a poetical
body, a Wri'n,wlth it right of prop
erty, and its practical distinctions of
rank and power, And all this comes
about neither by force nor by fraud, but
as tho necessary nonsequenno of the in
naUi inequalities of capability. Thus
men are certainly not born free and
equal in natural qualities; when thoy
are born, tho predicate "free" and
"equal" In thn political sense are not
applicable to them, and as they dovolop,
year by year, tho dlfforonoo in the po
litical potentialities with which they
really are born, become more and more
obviou.'.ly converted into actual differ
ences the Inequality of political faculty
shows Itself to lie a necessary conse
quence of tho Inequality ut natural
faculty. It is probably trun that tho
earliest men were nomads. But among
a body of naked, wandering savages,
though there may be no verbally recog
nized distinctions of rank or olllco, su
perior strength and cunning confer
authority ol a more valid kind than that
secured by acts of Parliament; thero
may be no property iu things, but the
witless man will bo poverty stricken in
ideas, the clever man will bo a capitalist
in that same commodity, which in the
long run buys all other commodities;
one will miss opportunities, tho other
will make them; and, proclaim human
equality as loudly as you like, Witless
will servo his brother Ku long as men
are men and society is society, human
equality will be a dream; and the as
sumption that It doe exist is as untrue
in fact a it sets the mark of impractica
bility on every theory of what ought to
be, which start from it I'rof. T. II.
Huxley, In Nineteenth Century..
THE AMERICAN BISON.
4 rtojrrt Alining to I'rntni Ih Anlotal
from Total Kitruilnstlnti.
Mr. I'lumb, of Kansas, in the Senate,
nd Mr. Peter, of the 'same State, in
the House, have introduced measure
letting apart a tract in No-Man's-Land
for the propagation of buff aloe. Mr.
Plumb goc to the extent of proposing
to reserve for that purpose during
twenty year all the land in the so-called
Neutral Strip, on the bonier of Texas,
by leasing to Mr. J. C. Jones, of Kansa.
who ha already a herd of bison and
cross-breeds, and would put It on the
reservation. Those who want that land
open to settlement will oppose soexton
! live a scheme.
As to the particular method of trying
; tardily to repair a damage already ao
, eoroplished, it may fairly be said that
I the Yellowstone Park 1 practically a
: National presenre, somewhat analogous
i to that which Mr. Peter and Mr. Plumb
j would establish in No-Man'-Land.
' verwbere out of that pot th bison
fit fii'l vanishing from tho Sew World.
Last spring Mr. Satterthwalto, making
up an estimate from hi personal ob
servation and from Informat'on which
was furnished to him, concluded that
there were fewer than three hundred
buffalo. within the Yellowstone Park,
and not more than three hundred in the
w hole I'nlted Statesoutside of that tract
This may look liko an exaggeration, but
he gave the details from which his esti
mate wus made up. lie noted about a
hundred bulTalocs In Montana, some at
the head of Dry creek and the remainder
at the head of Porcup'ne creek; In Wyo
ming, a few stragglers from the Nation
al 1'ark; In Colorado, "two bunches of
mountain bison, one of t!.'i head and the
other of II." which probably no longer
exist; In Dakota none, although there
had Is-en 33 two years la-fore, and at the
same pcrlid In Nebraska and about
Ml more In the Indian Territory and
Kansas;" In Texas, "Si head near the
Batons, In the northwestern part of the
Panhandle, and 8 In tho sand hills on
the Slaked Plains north of the Peco
I'orrect or not, this Is the detailed
counting, and, at all events, no one
questions that only a remnant of the
millions of this line race of animals Is
left Hide hunters and sportsmen have
been futal to It, when tho subsistence
which it furnished for uncounted gener
ations of the Indians of the continent
left its enormous niimlif r not material
ly Impaired. The extent to which the
aborlgln. s were dependent on tho buffa
lo and a few other animals for their sup
ply of food wus show n by (ieneral Sher
man's proHsul, in days when tho idea
was current of an Impending conflict
between tho rod men and the white,
to bring the former to term by making
war on a grand scale upon the buffalo
and exterminating It. It was too soon
evident that tblsoriranl.ed attack would
have been superfluous. Tho wanton
slaughter of buffalo, elk and antelope
throughout tho West speedily reduced
many Indian bands almost to starvation,
and they became mendicants, supported
on the (iovernuient reservations.
Colonel lodgo once declared that in
(ie years 1 ST'J, IS73 and 1874 alone "more
tlian live millions of buffaloes were
sJauglitiTcd for their hides." Thlsstate
ment may be difficult to believe; but It
is certain that during ten years after
the close of the civil war a prodigious
slaughter of these animals occurred.
Hunters for skins to sell were helped in
their work of destruction by British
tourists and others who merely sought
to kill as muny as possible without even
taking away tiio hides. Y'et more than
half a century ago Congress prohibited
by law the reckless slaughter of game
In thu Territories; and the extermina
tion of the buffalo has been carried on
in violation of that statute. The animal
was destined, of course, to gradually re
treat and disappear before the march of
settlement, but indiscriminate and
wanton destruction settled ils fate'
generations too oon'. Washington Cor.
N. Y. Sun.
A QUESTION OF RANK.
How a Muileiit l.earnr.1 a I.moiih In Dlalit
To he honest upon tho ground that It
is thn best policy la the most ignoble of
motives, und yet tho proverb which put
honesty at tho bead of the list in mat
ters of practlco Is wise in its way, asex
perlence is continually showing.
It Is to be supposed that a student in
a boys' boarding school not a hundred
miles from Boston has some notion of
this fact as the result of a recent ex
perience. He bad during all the first
half of the year been shockingly oaroleM
In thn preparation of his lessons In alge
bra, theconseqiienco being thnthls rank,
of course, was. very low. While he was at
home for the vacation at thn end of the
fall term of the school, bis father prom
ised him a w atch if at tho end of the
yenr hi rnnk came above a certain av
erage. The lad reflected that his poor
rank In algebra would probably spoil hi
chalice to gain tho prize, and on bis re
turn to school ho hit upon a plan to
niend,matters. Ho went to the teacher
in mathematics and asked him if he
was willing to let bim make up thl
branch of study as If ho hnd been out
of school when the class went over it
"I feel," be said, "I did not do It a I
should have done, and I am anxlou to
really master it; so that If you are will
ing to examlno me, I will do it as extra
work this term."
The teacher assented, and the hoy
went diligently to work to make np for
past neglect of the hated study, secretly
upKislng that in so doing be was put
ting himself In a fair way to win the
coveted watch. In duo tlmo ho went to
the teacher and passed a very good ex
amination In thn wholo of the work for
the term before. The instructor ex
pressed his approval, and the student,
greatly pleased, said to him:
"And what will my rank be now, sir?"
"Your rank?" the other repeated.
"Oh, this doe not change that I
thought you wanted to go over the
algebra for the sake of knowing it If
you had said that It was tho rank you
was after, I should have told you in the
first place that 1 could notobange that"
The student went away sadder and in
nioru sense than one wiser, but his
chances of winning the watch are still In
doubt Boston Courier.
Th I'ropsr Wlg ht of Man.
Prof. Huxley asserts that the proper
weight of man Is 154 pounds, made up
as follows: Muscles and their appur
tenances, fiS pounds: skeleton, 24
pounds; skin, 10 pounds; fat 88
pounds; brain, 3 pounds; abdominal vis
cera, li pounds; blood, which would
drain from the body, 7 pounds. The
heart of such a man should beat 75
time in a minute, and he should
breathe 13 times a minute. In 24 hour
he should vitiate 1,730 cublo feet of
pure air to the extent of 1 per cent a
man, therefore, of the weight mentioned
should have 800 cubic feet of well-ventilated
space. He should throw off through
the skin 18 ounces of water, 300 grains
of solid mailer and 400 grains of carbon
ic acid every 84 hours, and his total loss
during that period should be six pound
of water and about two pounds of other
matter. 8t Louis Republic.
"Yes, sir yes, lr-we are being
taxed to death In this country!" he
thouted, as he stood on the rear plat
form of a street car. "How much taxes
do you pay. for Instance?" quietly anked
one of the group. "How much? How
much do I pay? I I well, I'm not
talking for myelf, but for my brother.
Ill taxes would have been at least Sl'i
thl year if hi Uade'old out" De
troit t'ro Presi.
We hear from time to time of e
yere norm that do vast damage to fish
men's boats, but the number of smack
lost at sea is nothing to the number lost
a land. Rochester Express.