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THE XE W-XOHTI I WEST, Tl I UKSI) Ay, -DKCKM BEK Vi, .1881.
;the beginning of the. end v
.-. An Exomhii Tale. , . . .
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(Entered, according to Act of Congress, In the year IrtNl, In
theofllceaf the IJbrarlan of eongresaat Waahlngton.
: CHAPTER XV.
. At the dealer drew In the hundred pound, Phil'
Hanson nae; from his seat; and touchljig the de
. tectlveon the shoulder,, said :' ; ; '
"Come outside. .I've something o say to you,'
The roan followed him without speaking.- On
teaching the street, Phil saW v :
"I. have been looking for ; you. for aome time.
What-are-yQU-iloLng now? j heard you were on
the detective force. I It true ?"
"Yes, Mr. Hanson. I gave a little Information
h In a burglary case, and they offered to put 'roe on
the staff, and I accepted. It's surer pay than
it fof a little whllehe returned it to ther back
pocket of his coat, saying:
- ".Now, little girl, we, will play that I am asleep
and that you are going to get this doll out of my
pocket without waking me up. Granny will show
you how to do ft; and when you can take the doll
out of my poefcet so that I cannot feel you do It, I
will give you this beautiful doll to keep." - '
glee, she consented. And thus uncpnscl6ulythe
child took her first lesson as a thief,--
Toni Thorny believed Implicitly tie fajsehood
the detective had told him of niTevs-whereabouts,
and on meeting Will Brownly a day or
two later, he Innocently repeated the story, .
t - - . n iz.-. .: . - i
t auppose you-wouii -prererto--Temain"Tpoff-the
Not If I could get a steady Job,' saidthe de
' tectlve, Vand a good percentage." ,
'I will give you thirty per. cent of the win
nings," said Phil.
"Well, I'll think about It," said the man: '"I
heard that you and ybur wife had separated. - Is It
uYes. Hhe got a divorce from' me. Rut I have
"I should think the you rig one would be an aw
ful bother to' you."
- "Ob, no bother at;alt. I -packed' her off to
France, and that's the end of It so far as I am con
cerned." . -
- "Whyihave you beeu to Trauce, Mr, Hanson;','..
id-t he detective.
"No; but I ran across an old woman who, f-.n Hng? to"vl llage.
fancy to the child, and I told Iter it's parents were
-dead, and tjiat," although I had a large family of
"my own, 1 was going to bring up the child with
mine. Hhe swallowed It all down, and offered to
- take the brat, and I gave it to her." r
: ."Don't you know the woman's -name?" asked
, the detective. 7 . ' . ' :
"I don't now. I 'wrote her name on a card and
put It In roy pocket, and I lost it. But I don't
care about it," said Phil:
"Was this woman a French woman or an Eng
lish woman?" continued the man. . .
"Oh, come, now ! I had forgotten for the mo
i ment that you -were a detective.' I believe you
are trying to pump me. AVho hired jrouto spy
upon me?" exclaimed Phil, angrily.
. "No one, sir ; no one. When are you. -going to
j)lart your -table 7,L- -" ' ' . '
"In, two or three weeks' said Phil.
"It Is understood, then, that I am to deal for
; you for thirty per cent of the winnings?"
Z-. ."Yes. I want you, for. you are a good dealer."
:zIePlypu I wantio
find out all I can about the child for that man,"
said the detective, handing him a card.
"Oh ! oh ! My friend Tom Thorn, eh? It Js
( none of his business. He has no chance with
Rose as long aa Will Brownly Is in the road. But
I have nothing to hide, Andrews.' The law gave
me the child, and I have given .her away. That's
the truth.- You can tell him that, or a lie, as you
-like. But, see here. "Take this," handing him a
ten-pound note, "and .go down to the village and
what that woman is doing, and let me
7The detective returned"iohls employer and re
peated the story Phil ' Hanson had told, him, be
lieving It to beTthe truth, and then went to the
village to make Inquiries concerning Rose. .
Having satisfied himself on Jhathead,khe re-
turned to London to report to Phil Hanson.' But
when he arrived, Phil was sick with a fever, and
his life was despaired of. Of course the reader Is
aware that Phil Hanson had deceived the detect
ive In regard to how he had disposed of the child ;
In faot,rhe had learned nothing of her where
abouts himself. .
Jake had waited long and patiently on the night
he was to receive-an answer about the hundred
pounds, and at last, his patience beidg exhausted,
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taking Iiessle in his artn.rarrlert her to awomanf
- to whom. he gave ten pounds, telling her that .the
child was an "illegitimate" whose mother wanted
' her kept out of her way.
"Make her get her own living, Granny," he
aid, as he left the house.
- A whip soon made Bessie cease her inquiries
after her mother.
"Iam your mother now," said the old hag.
"You mind what I say, or If you don't, I'll cut
you luto Inch pieces with this whlpr You'll have
to get your own living, too. The world owes you
one, and those who have plenty should be made
to give to those that have none."
The next day an old man appeared at the old
hag's house, and endeavored to win the affections
of the child; nor did he try In vain. From the
time the child was taken from her mother, she
had never received anv words of love and affec-
. tion, and the little heart was hungry; amTwhen
Jh 1 sman.cama-a.iHl - patted-her-bead-and-spoke f tablgTind said
at : ,f ' ' - - r . i
iuem a look Jhftl fffMfl f1 "!) iong 10
fold her to his breast and shelter and comfort her.
After talking with the child,, the old man pro
duced a doll, and after allowing her to play with
"It Is of no use,f Mr. Brownly ."jjiel said.
search for the child in Englaud.. I have not
least doubt! that she Js In France, and to France I
am going. r ,The only trouble Is, I have do plcjture
of the little One, and It Is sollifflcult to find any
one by a description only." f f I had a picture, I
would have it copied anit sent Into every district
In France, offering a large reward; and as the
"I am on my way to the railroad station," said
Will. "Iam going home. Come with me, Mr.
Thorn. - My mother has a picture of Bessie. I am
sure she would loan it to you for the purpose you
"I will go with you with pleasure. If l ean
only find tlte child, I have a plan In my head. I
think lean get the child for the mother, spoil that
'tillain's revenge, and enjoy my.own." " '
"nI hope it Is not for revenge 'you- will do this,
Mr. Thorn," said Will. . " ..
"Well, not altogether. That woman's face
haunts me. , I would give half of what I possess to
see her smile. I believe that would break the
Sjell."r.- , . - K
During -Will's absence from home there-had
leen great excitement among the miners. -Men
with faces -grimy and blackened from working some janes lvlog UuUc4a-tpemty tp'ayhinltieir
The price of labor, was discussed by these men,
And loud com plaints were matle agnfnt-t hemlne
"Why should we work nj slave," they said.
"to1 make these fellows richer? What do they
care about us ?" '44
"Hold on, fellow-miners!" exclaimed one, wlio
was evidently looked upon as a leader. "I want
to talk a tittle to you totilghtiAII jiieet here at
seven o'clock." " .' ; " . . '.
Mrs. Brownly warmly welcomed Uhe return of
her son, and on being told of Will Thorn's wishes,
gladly delivered Bessie's picture into his hands,
yinJ , y'
"Takegood care of it, Mr. Thorn, and If possible
rotnrn It tn ma " ft j . i '
then separatexTrouelogoTback to London and the
other to attend the miners' meeting.
The time announced for the meeting had ar
rived. A large number of the miners gathered
together to hear the word of the speaker who had
Will was one
any man that's got the grit to talk." f
: -, "X want to tell you some things about the own
era that I know to be true. Yi have ktrowU me,
longenongh to know whether I speak, the truth
or not."?- - : (i " ' ;
, "Go on I Tell us the truth, Mr. Brownly. We
can trust you," said a voice. , .
' Thus eiicouragetl, Will explained the condition
of. the mines, the cost of tW;, coal, the. cost of
labor," hauling, freight, etc.,. and concluded by
"rheowners are making veryllttle a tliepres
"Then, tell us,'- said the orator, starting to his
feet, "how It is that all the mine owners are rich
men? Tell us that !! and he looked around tri
umphantly. ,'- '
"They were rich men when they started Into
the mining business at least the owners of these
(nines were." k
- "You are the overseer of these mines, I hear,"
said the oratort - ' .-, v .
:: "Iam," said Will. ,
.-That's It, met-J".the agitator said, turning
toward them.. "He gets so much per ton on alt.
the coal you takejrut of the mine, Oh, it's no use
aha king, your JUcadT'JUli--aaidtadl ressing-Will
"you all deny it, but I know that it Is so. It Is to
his interest to keep you at work. Don't listen to
"Stop,"t said Will. -'"Let me speak ajword.
You have known me all my life, men.- You knew
me when I was trap boy ; when I was a drifter ;
and you. know me to-day as overseer of tiese
mines. Let the "man thai can say I ever deceived
film step forward I want to see his face.."
.' Not a man moved. Will continued :
"This man says it I none of the womenVbUsl
ness.fl say It Is. Do not the women remember
the strike we had when the wuges were cut down
a few years ago ? It lasted only three weeks, but
you had to hush the cries of your starving babies
crying for food while many of your husbands
were away attending miners' meetings, and In
of the society. Is not this the truth ?'" Let the
arms nfhd another dinging- to her dress, spoke out
and said :
. "it is the truth, Mr. Brownly. We don't want
any strike." .,
At this remark the orator rose once 'more, and
"Are you going to stand that, men ? If roy
missus was to disgrace me by speaking In public
like that, I'd slap her face, Just to show her I was
a man! No man would stand that" -, " J
At these words oue of the men, the husband of
the pale little woman, proved he was."jt man". by
slapping his wife's face in the presence of all, and
ordering her to go home.
'. I viwi uvi w u iiuiuci
re two men talked togetjiejsomelme noshed and his Hp quivered wheiTlie
saw this cowardly act, and taking his hat, he
After he had left, the orator had what he called
a "full fling." The majority of the miners signed
the roll, aud the strike had commenced. -
station on a table, and commenced bis wild tirade
against the property-owners. ' - " ' '
"I am a Cumberland man !" he shouted; "arid
it I do. say It, the Cumberland men are as good
workers (I will not say better, mind you), but as
good workers a there are to be found. In the
United Kingdom." - 7 - J-:
"Hurrah for Cumberland I" cried a voiced
"Thank you,'' safd the orator, bowing.
"What is the condition of the men dowu there ?"
hecontlnued. ' "The owners have cut down the
wages nd they have cut down the price for drift
ing so much that we cannot afford to lose time to
come to "the top but once jk wseltAbout forty
men and their missuses arje living In the. bowels of
the earth. I have a baby ulne months old "who
never saw the daylight yet. What do we stand
this for? We can stop It If we only hang together.
We can mae them pay us what Is right for our
labor. Just took at those men riding In their car
riages, with their missuses and their youngsters
all dressed In silks and satins. And there ain't a
miner's wife In the village butwhat would look
as well as 4heydo aye," and bet'tef If they only
had their clothes on their bodies. ..(Tremendous
cheering. "Fine feathers make fine birds. Mora
cheers. Now, we are not going to stand it I We
are going to strike 1 And If there Is any grit In
here's the paper Come lip-like-men like Kpg-
llshmen and put your names down'5,:
"I'll put my name down,' said oneof the women.
"No you won't, marm," said the speaker. "You
had better attend to your babies, if you have any,
and wash your husband's shirts, so that he can
look clean and respectable."
At which remark the crowd laughed and cheered,
and angered the woman, who retorted with : .,
My roan's shirt Is Just as clean as yours, and
his face Is Just as prettyf too." -
" "Go in, old woman! I'll hold your bonnet f" ex
claimed a rough fellow, whose remark created a
general laugh." 1
Will Brownly had been listening to the words
of the speaker. Was It not his duty to say a few
wnnls to these men?. Would they listen to him
in their present state of excitement? He would
try, and taking off his hat, be advanced to thelAnd If friends sre-permltted to hwk Ufton and
his employers, telling them the circumstances.
V "I fear that this strike will be a serious one,"
he wrote, "for It seems to be a general uprising all
over the country. I shall anxiously await In
structions from you." ' . ...
The , President of the company - Immediately
called a meeting, and after considerable discussion
It was decided to close the mines for one year, un
less the miners returned to their, duties-within af
week. The Secretary, In communicating this
decision of the shareholders to Will, added : , -7"
ul am requested to Inform you that the share
holders are well satisfied wlthyour management,
and wish you to consider yourself, at all event;
In the employ of the-company, who will require
your services elsewhere. You will please post In
conspicuous places notices of the determination of
the company, and also . cause notices to be served
on all who are now occupying cottages to vacate
them In two weeks." .
' When Will read this to his mother and Grand
ma Hutton, they were' sorely troubled. The old
grandma sat silent a long time. Will seemed to
divine her thoughts, and said : "
. "You will not mind moving with us, will you,,
grandma ?; It will be hard for you, and for mother,
too ; but It Is all that can be done."
the warning I I fthafl never leave the village, and
It is well for all of us, I have been a burthen and
an expense to you lor some time, Will, but If an
oldwoman's prayers are of any avail, you will
you shall be blessed. You have been a father to
the fatherless and a husband to the widow. Come
to me, my boy,"
Aud placing her hcriUs upon his head, she
prayed ferveiitly t .
"Father, the dark, clouds' have again fallen
around me, and I cannot see my way Thou
gav'st thy servant staff to lean upon, even this
boy, who has tenderly helped me along the road
that leads to the grave. Wilt thou not hear an
old woman's prayer, my Father, and bless him In
his basket and his store ?". . . N
"Will Brownly t',r she continued, with her hands
still upon his head, "you have been good to an old
woman. You have given her a home and food.
bless those they love from over there, the bless-
Jltyou listen to me t&iSJttimXiL jflgftgfoavaiU'dliiw d-wtmiaTrTrfrr-Tt upoyW
j&Obtfn.'f MlilAhe-speslrer, supposing- all your life. May you .be" Hippy, son of my old
one of the strikers. "We'll listen to age, and may God bless you. " Amen.'
age, and may God bless you.'
To the mother she said :
"God Is blessing you every
in inch a
my friend. Now,0ake me to roy bed, for I feel
feeble to-night." . . ..'-
Will rose and a,sslstei the oor trembling
woman to her humble room." As he was leavjng,
she said r -..
r"WlJI, If the call comes, to me to-night, will
you promise to look after Rose ?"
- MAs longui motherjs willing, I'll do It i or, If I
can do so without mother suffering, I will any-
iiow, granttmar-: r-
"I a.reu satisfied,"' the old lady replied, with a
smile. "Iet'me'klss you before I die."
The sun, as It arose In the morning, peeped Into
Grandma Hut ton's chamber window and saw a
happy, peaceful smile upon her sleeping ace and
the hands crossed upon her breast. Higher and
still . higher rose the sun, until the room was
flooded with light. HUH she slept. What was
she dreaming of ? Ah( who knows? For her the
dream of life was over. The reality was upon her
henceforth. The messenger had arrived In the
night. Grandma'Hutton was dead. Many a tear
has coursed atlown her furrowed cheek, but angel
. 1 t t . .1 . vm.i
uaiuia itttvw wiKu iitrm bit nwnj i iiikv. h urn
Orandpa Hutton stooped to iklss a way the last, her
a k a 1 . 1 1 . ini . . a
sou i- went; out to mm witn a smue. iuou ana
friend to all, : (1 Death, and to. the well-spent life
thou bringest victory.
- .They buried Grandma Hutton by her husband's
side In the village church-yard. Tears fell to her
memory, little children brought flowers to her
grave, ami all was over. ; ,
The notices M-ere served upon the mlnerslo va
cate their cottages, and notices of the determina
tion of the owner to closer the mine anless
the ineu rtl9UmedQrkwi thin the time stated
were postel In conspicuous places.
The women were, as usual, the greatest sufferers.
Alas! that those who suffer most should not be
allowed to speak. The men met and talked long
and loud over these notices. Many hinted about
I vengejB ud Jif ewalkod 44-4t opeHiyv
"Wedmve tolled and slaved," they said, "to
niake thewmen rich, and this Is all the thanks
... Tll ni'nii fu 4lium vjit V A iijl I It Air
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prepared themselves to leave tlie cotfages In dan
gerous nukds. .
A short distance from the village was a piece of
vacant land called "the Common." To this the
miners went In a body, carrying their effects with
them. They erected shelters out of -what materi
als they, had on- hand, and prepared to pass the
nlcht in the open air. They did not lack for light
that night, for In fifty different places the fire
fiend leaped out of the vacated cottages, and while
some stood gazing horrified, a loud explosion was
heard. The earth trembled aa If In fear. The
forked tongues of flame burst forth. The pit waa .
. ..-. L-iTa-iMMMtlne4.T-
A TIMKLY HKRMON.
Rome time ago a young woman, who had been
abandoned by the man who should have been her
husband, found herself, homeless, friendless ami
KnotifTo become a mother, and the fact that she
was In the City of Brotherly Love did not lessen
her troubles In Che least. After wandering about
Mr days,- rebuffed bjr those who were fully able to
helpjier, she got a night's lodging and a few cents
from a girt as friendless and almost as poor as
herself. The next day . another woman, who In
one important essential of character was no better
than she should be, displayed for the rlrl that
human Interest that mora renu table oersons bad
. . . . - f . . 1 . ft '
laueu vo snow, rne j.oo ner wreicueu compan
ion to one Institution tafter another, all of them
professing to exist to befriend the friendless and
help the helpless, but In every case the applica
tion was unsuccessful. At poor as the being ahe
was befriending, the woman of the town plodded
and starved with her wretched charge, but all to
no avail. Finally she sold her ring for twenty
five cents, hired a room, and on a bare floor her
child was born dead, as she claims. The com
monwealth aouirht to- nrove that the child waa
killed by Ituroother, but ainhe evidence given on
the stand convicted the community Instead of the
mother. Fortunately, the Judge had a heart a
well as a head, and In discharging the prisoner h
arraigned mock philanthropy in terms that should
compel all Philadelphia to hide In sackcloth and
ashes, and should also show to many another
community tin! hypocrisy of claiming to help, the
needy while those most In' need are allowed to
starve and die. Placing in full view of the audi
ence the two women who had done what they
could for the wanderer the poor working woman
and the woman of the street he nut the snanie on
the "Christians and the rich inen and women who.
allowed the prisoner to go starving and atone to
an experience uiai even to women wuii. nappy
homes and numberless friends Is like going dowu
Into the gates of death. No wonder every one In
the court-room unconsciously stood up with bared
heads as the Judge arraigned the community for
Its Inhumanity. Would that preachers every
where would make the Incident an opportunity
to lay bare the hearts of their hearers, that there
may be a beginning of the end of that form of
benevolence that denies help to those who are
roost In need of It. AVar York JIcruUL
An advertisement in a Berlin paper announces
that "a young noblewoman, having a large for
tune and holding a distinguished position, who Is
as lovely as Helen, as good a housekeeper as
Penelope, as economical as the Klectrcss Marianne
of Brandenburg, and as uplHtuelle as Mme. de
Ktael, who sings like Jenny Llnd, and dances like
KA-mo, piays me piano like Jiosa Kastner, and
harp llkejliertrand, but who Is as austere as
-seeks a hVshand.
. uu mam-Hi i in Mn.mmnnfli
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nnw thu lianflln tf nlinl i.i..hh.Ii...i
from the bridegroom's pocket and suggested that,
out of resect to the solemn ceremony, It be laid
aside. The advice, waa heeded.- Then the bride
demurely drew a dairtrr fmm mr Kmanm mnA
toased It beside the other weapon.