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.1 - BY JULES VERNE.
OTAPTER VIII. (Continued.)
"I shot it this morning," he con
tinued, "we'll use It."
"What do you mean?" asked Alta
mont "I mean to blow up the bears en
masse with 100 pounds of powder."
"But where Is the powder?" exclaim
ed his friends.
"In the magazine. This passage I
dug will lead to it. I made it pur
posely." "And where Is the mine to be?" In
"At the farthest point from the
bouse and stores."
"And how will you manage to entice
the bears there, all to one spot?"
Til look after that Let us set to
work. We have 100 feet more to add
to our passage to-night, and that is
no easy matter. There are five of us
e can take turns. Bell will begin,
and we will He down and sleep mean
time." One by one, all went to work, and in
ten hours that is to say, about 8 in
the morning the gallery was entirely
With the first streak of day the doo
tor reconnoitered the position of the
enemy. The patient animals were stiB
cculiiu Luk'u olj iioaillun, prowling
up and down and growling.
Hastening away to the mine, he had
a- strong stake fixed firmly on the
granite foundation, on the top of which
mo uuu iox was lastenea. a rope
was attached to the lower part of the
stake, long enough to reach the pow
der stores. '
This is the bait," he said, pointing
to the dead fox, "and here is the mine,"
he added, rolling In a keg of powder
containing about 100 pounds.
"And how will you manage?" asked
"By hauling in this rope we leave
the dead fox exposed to view. The
bears are so famished with their long
lasting that they won't lose much time
In rushing toward their unexpected
meal. Well, Just at that very moment
I shall set fire to the mine, and blow
up both the guests and the meal."
"Capital! Capital!" shouted John
son, who had been listening with In
Hatteras said nothing, for he had
such absolute confidence in his friend
that he wanted no further explanation.
But Altamont must know the why and
wherefore of everything."
. oui uocior, ne saia, "can you
reckon on your match so exactly that
you can be quite sure it will Are the
mine at the right moment?"
"I don't need to reckon at all; that's
a difficultly easily got over."
"They you have a match a hundred
"You are simply 'going to lay a train
"One of us must light the powder,"
said Johnson. "I'm ready ready and
"Quite useless to risk your life,
brave fellow," replied the doctor, hold
ing out his hand. "All our lives are
precious, and they will be all spared,
thank God I
"We have an electric battery," he
conttnued, "and lines long enough to
serve our purpose? We can fire our
mine whenever we please, in an in
stant and without the slightest dan
ger." "Hurrah!" exclaimed Johnson.
"Hurrah!" echoed the others, with
out heeding whether the enemy heard
them or not
The doctor's Idea was immediately
carried out, and the lines connected.
By S o'clock everything was ready.
Johnson was stationed in the powder
magazine, in charge of the cord which
held the bait
"Now," said Clawbonny to his com
panions, "load your guns, in case our
assailants are not killed. Stand be
side Johnson, and the moment the ex
plosion is over rush out"
"All right," said Altamont
"We have done all we can to help
ourselves. May heaven help us!"
Hatteras, Altamont and Bell repair
ed to the powder magazine, while the
doctor remained alone beside the pile.
Soon he heard Johnson's voice In
the distance calling out "Ready I"
"All right!" was the reply.
Johnson pulled the rope that brought
the body of the fox on top the loe.
The next Instant the. bears had eager
ly rushed to seize the booty.
"Fire!" called out Johnson, and at
once the electrio spark was sent along
the lines right Into the keg of powder.
A formidable explosion ensued; the
house was shaken as if by an earth
quake, and'the walls cracked asunder.
Hatteras, Altamont and Bell hurried
out with the guns. But four of the
bears lay dead, and the fifth, half
roasted, though alive, was scambering
away In terror, as fast as his legs
could carry him. h
' "Hurrah!" Three cheers for Claw
bonny I" they shouted, and overwhelm
ed the doctor with plaudits and thanks.
Next morning there, was a singular
rise in the temperature, the thermom
eter going up to 16 degrees above soro.
This comparative heat .lasted sev
eral days. In sheltered spots the glass
rose as high as 81 degrees, and symp
toms of a thaw appeared.
The lee began to crack here and
there, and Jets of salt water were
Chrewa ud, ilk fountains la aa Knglisfe I
park. A few days later the rain fell
For about a fortnight hunting was
the principal occupation. There was
an abundant supply of fresh meat to
be had. They shot partridges, ptarmi
gans and snow ortolans, which are de
"Do you think we shall have a long
spell of this weather. Dr. Clawbonny?"
"No, my friend. I don't; It Is a last
b ow from the cold. You see these are
his dominions, and he won't be driven
U.LUhout ""'n ome resistance."
What Is the reason?"
"Because generally there Is a peri
odical frost In the month of May. and
U Is coldest from the 11th to the 13th.
That Is the fact"
The doctor was right for the cold
lasted till the end of the month, and
put an end to all their hunting expedi
tions. The old. monotonous life in
During this compulsory leisure.
Clawbonny determined to have a talk
with the captain on an important sub
jectthe building of a sloop out of the
planks of the Porpoise.
Tfco doUur lmiuly knew how to ba
sin, as Hatteras had declared so vehe
mently that he would never consent
to use a morsel of American wood; yet
it was high time he were brought to
reason, as June was at hand, the only
season for distant expeditions, and
they could not start without a ship.
He thought over it a long while,
and at last drew the captain aside.
In the kindest, gentlest way:
"Hatteras, do you believe Tm your
"Most certainly I do," replied the
captain, earnestly; "my best indeed,
my only friend."
"And If I give you a piece of advice
without your asking, will you consid
er my motive is perfectly disinterest
"Yes, for I know you have never
been actuated by self-interest But
what are you driving at?"
,rValt Hatteras; I have one thing
more to ask. Do you look on me as a
true-hearted Englishman like your
self, anxious for his country's glory?"
Hatteras looked surprised, but sim
ply said: .
"You desire to reach the north pole,"
the doctor went on, "and I understand
and share your ambition, but to
achieve your object you must employ
the right means."
"Well, and have I not sacrificed ev
erything for it?"
"No, Hatteras, you have not sacri
ficed your personal antipathies. Even
at this very moment I know you are
in the mood to refuse the indispensable
conditions of reaching the pole."
"Ah! It Is the boat you want to talk
about and that man
"Hatteras, let us discuss the ques
tion calmly, and examine the ense on
all sides. The coast on which we find
ourselves at present may terminate
abruptly; we have no proof that it
stretches away to the pole; indeed, if
your present information prove cor
rect we ought to come to an open sea
during the summer months. Well, sup
posing we reach this arctic ocean and
find it free from ice and easy to navi
gate, what shall we do If we have no
Hatteras made no reply.
"Tell me, now, would you like to find
yourself only a few miles from the
pole and not be able to get to It?"
Hatteras still said nothing, but bur
led his head in his hands.
"Besides," continued the doctor,
"look at the question in Its moral as
pect Here is an Englishman who
sacrifices his fortune, and even his
wife, to win fresh glory for his coun
try, but because the boat which bears
him across an unknown ocean, or
touches the new shore, happens to be
made of the planks of an American
vessel a castaway wreck of no use to
anyone will that lessen the honor of
the discovery? If you yourself had
found the hull of some wrecked ves
sel lying deserted on the shore, would
you have hesitated to make useof It;
and must not a sloop built by four En
glishmen and manned by four English
men be English from keel to gun
wale?" Hatteras was still silent
"No," conttnued Clawbonny, "the
real truth Is, it is not the sloop you
care about; it Is the man."
"Yes, doctor, yes," replied the cap
tain. "It is this American I detest; I
hate him with a thorough English ha
tred. Fate has thrown him In my
"To save you!"
"To ruin me. He seems to defy me,
and speaks ns if he were lord and mas
ter. He thinks he has my destiny In
his hands, and knows all my projects.
Didn't we seo the man in his true col
ors when we were giving names to the
different coasts? Has he ever avowed
his object In coming so far north? You
will never get out of my head that this
man is not the leader of some expedi
tion sent out by the American govern
ment" mr.11 Tin tan aunnnaa ft la an
,,9,1, .uiw-wv, r r - w v,
does It follow that this expedition is
to search for the north pole? May It
not be to find the Northwest Passage?
Bat. anyway. Altamont is In complete
Ignorance of our object for neither
J on neon, nor Bell, nor myself, have
ever breathed a word to htm about It
and I am sure you have not."
"Well, let him always remain so."
"He must he told In the end, for we
can't leive him hrre alone."
"Why not? Can't he stay here In
"He would never consent to that
Hatteras; and, moreover, to leave a
man In that way, and not know wheth
er we might find him safe when we
came back, would be worse than Im
prudent, it would be Inhuman. Alta
mont will come with us; he must
come. But we need not disclose our
projects; let us tell him nothing, but
simply build a sloop for the ostensible
purpose of making a survey of the
Hatteras could not bring himself to
consent, but said:
"And suppose the man won't allow
his ship to be cut up?"
"In that case, you must take the law
in your own hands, and build a vessel
In spite of him."
"I wish to goodness he would refuse,
"He must be asked before he can re
fuse. I'll undertake the asking," said
He kept his word, for that very same
night at supper, he managed to turn
the "conversation towards the subject
of making excursions during summer
for hydrographical purposes.
"You will Join us, I suppose, Alta
mont" he said.
"Of course," replied the American.
"We must know how far New America
Hatteras looked fixedly at his rival,
but said nothing.
"And for that purpose," continued
Aiiuuiuui, IittU keilcr build a lit
tle ship out or- the remains of the Por
poise. It Is the best possible use we
can make of her."
"You hear, Bell," said the doctor, ea
gerly. "We'll all set to work to-morrow
In the end of May the temperature
again rose, and spring returned for
good and all. Rain fell coolously, and
before long the melting snow was run
ning down every little slope In falls
But while they were building their
uoais arguments spring up.
Dr. Kane was the first bone of con
tention on this occasion, for the Jeal
ous Englishman was unwilling to grant
his rival the glory of belnir a
erer, saying that it was by mere
cnance ne had made a discovery.
"Chance!" Interrupted Altamont. hnt
ly. "Do you mean to assert that it is
not to Kane's energy that we owe his
"I mean to say that Dr. Kane's name
is not worth mentioning In a country
made Illustrious by such namea
Parry, and Franklin, and Ross, and
Belcher, and Penny; in a country
where the seas opened the Northwest
passage to an Englishman MoClure!"
"McCIure!" exclaimed the American.
"Well, If ever chance favored anvnno it
was that McCIure. Do you pretend to
Hatteras started to his feet and
"I will not permit the honor of an
English captain to be attacked In my
presence any longer!"
"You will not permit!" echoed Alta
mont, also springing erect "But thp
are facts, and it Is out of your power
to aestroy them!"
"Sir!" shouted Hatteras, pale with
"My friends!" Interposed the doctor;
"pray be calm. This Is a- scientific
point that we are discussing."
But Hatteras was dead to reason
now, and said angrily:
"I'll tell you the facts, sir."
"And I'll tell you," retorted the Irate
"Gentlemn," said Clawbonny, In a
nrm tone, allow me to speak, for I
know the facts of the case as well as
and perhaps better than you, and I
can state them Impartially "
"Yes, yes!" cried Bell and Johnson,
wno naa Deen anxiously watching the
"Well, go on," said Altamont finding
hlmseir in the minority.
With charts the doctor told the his
tory of McClure's voyage. Still Hat
teras and Altamont were dissatisfied.
"Well, If arriving on one Bide and
leaving at the other Is not going
through, I don't know what Is!" said
"Yes, but he went 470 miles over Ice
fields," objected Altamont
"What of that?"
"Everything; that is the gist of the
whole argument It was not the Inves
tigator that went through."
"Altamont," said the doctor, "we all
consider that you are wrong."
"You may easily do that" returned
the American. "It Is four against one,
but that will not prevent me from
holding my own opinion."
"Keep it and welcome, but keep It
to yourself, if you please, for the fu
ture," exclaimed Hatteras.
"And pray what right have you to
speak to me like this, sir?" shouted
Altamont in a fury.
"My right as captain," returned Hat
teras, equally angry.
"Am I to submit to your orders,
"Most assuredly, and woe to you If
The doctor did not allow him to
nrnnned. for he really feared thA torn
antagonists might come to blows. Bell
ana jonnson seconaea nis enaeavors
to make peace, and, after a few con
ciliatory words, Altamont turned on
his heel, and walked carelessly away,
whistling "Yankee Doodle." Hatteras
went outside, and paced up and dowa
with rapid strides. In about an houl
he oame back, and retired to bed with
out saying another word.
(To be continued.)
ABOTTT JIABTH'S ENVELOPE.
Three La r era ol Air Cold ana Gale,
of Hitch Altitude.
The new science of the air Is the
result of many hundred kite and sound
ing balloon flights made by day and by
night in fair weather and foul, over
land and sea, at all seasons of the
year and from the equator to the arc
tic circle, an exchange says. Most
people know that the warm air sur
rounding the earth la only a thin
belt, but we do not most of us know
that at ten miles above the earth it
would not only be bitterly cold, but
the sun would appear quite different.
The air is stratified in three more
or less distinct layers. In the lowest
we live. It extends about two miles
and Is a region of turmoil, whimsical
winds, cyclones and antVylones. At
two miles the freezing point Is reached
and then there is a second stratum
extending upward for about another
six miles. Here the air grows stead
ily colder and drier, the lowest tem
perature recorded being 167 degrees
below freezing point. Here the air
moves in great planetary swirls pro
duced by the spinning of the earth on
its axis, so that the wind always blows
In the same easterly direction.
The greater the height the more
furious Is the blast of this relentless
gale. After this layer comes the third
or Isothermal stratum, discovered al
most simultaneously by M. de Bort
and Dr. Assmann. This Is called the
permanent inversion stratum, because
the temperature increases with the
height reached. But the temperatures
so far recorded in the second stratum
are not high, being far below zero
Fahrenheit, generally somewhere from
122 degrees to 140 degrees below it
Here the air no longer swirls in a
planetary circle. The wind may blow
In a direction contrary to that in the
second layer. And the air invariably
Is excessively dry. Where this third
stratum ends no one knows. But it
must be at more than eighteen miles
above the earth, for sounding balloons
have reached this height and have not
found the end of the permanent In
version layer of air. When the in flu
ence of the upper regions of air upon
the lower ia fully understood It may
be possible to foretell the weather not
erely for a day, but for a week.
AMERICAN SUBMARINE MINE.
CAtie to o?hI niNft
OI'KKATED fUObi HHOKK.
The type of submarine mine plant
ed by the United States Coast Artil
lery Corps for blowing up the vessels
of the enemy in times of war la shown
in this drawing. At the present time
ships known as mine planters, with
detachments of troops on board, are
busy planting such mines for practice
purposes. The drawing gives an ex
cellent Idea of the mechanism of such
a mine and Ita manner of discharge by
electric current from the shore. The
buoy rising above the surface of the
water Is used to mark the mines.
A barrister noted for absence of
mind was once witnessing a repre
sentation of "Macbeth," and on the
witches replying to the Thane's in
quiry that they were "doing a deed
without a name," catching the sound
of the words, he started up, exclaim
ing, to the astonishment of the audi
ence: "A deed without a name? Why, it's
void; It's not worth sixpence." Tit
Not Llkeljr to Become General.
Of course it was the daughter ot
an American millionaire who ap
peared at London's famous roller
skating rink wearing a pair of heav
ily Jeweled skates! We should all
be terribly disappointed if any other
girl had thought of such a thing first!
But the Idea Is not likely to be wide
ly imitated, even among the ultra
rich, which Is also a comfort
Father You never heard of a man
getting Into trouble by following a
Son Yea, sir; I have the counter
With moat of your friends you treas
ure up things they do or say that
Visitor What have you in arctlo
literature? Librarian Cook books
Little girl in the country after a
long gaze at some cows: "Mister, are
them meat cowa are milk cows?"
Griggs So Tom Is married, eh?
Briggs Yea, for the present. He's
married to an actress. Boston Tran
script. "Did the ah prlsonah offer any
ah resistance?" "Only a shilling,
your wushup, and I wouldn't take it"
M. A, P.
Salesman Shirt, sir. Will you have
a negligee or a stilt bosom? Customer
Negligee, I guesa. The doctor said
I must avoid starchy things.
George Do you think that I'm good
enough' for you, darling? Darling
No, George; but you're too' good for
any other girl. Illustrated Bits.
She History repeats Itself, you
know. He Not always. You never
heard of a man eloping more than
once, did you? Yonkera Stateaman.
"Have you broken yourself of the
habit of sleeping in church?" "Yes
entirely." "Congratulations! How
did you do It?" "Quit going to church."
"How much does it cost to get mar
ried?" asked the eager youth. "That
depends entirely on how long you
live," replied the sad-looking man.
"The railroads are discharging all
men with gray hair." "Most of the
married men will be safe." "How
so?" "The majority of them art
bald." Houston Post
"Am I really and truly your first
and only love?" queried the dear girl.
"No," answered the truthful drug
clerk, "but you are something just as
good." Chicago Daily News.
"Why It la that novels are so much
more popular with the women than
with the men?" "In a novel the fel
low invariably asks the girl to be his
wife." Chicago Record-Herald.
Club Waiter (Ashing) I dreamed
last night, air, that you gave me a
five-dollar bill. Stingy Member In
deed, James! That's a little high for a
tip; but er you may keep it. Bos
"Talk about your realism, this ahow
look8 awful natural to me." "How
now?" "Six months have elapsed
since the play started and the house
maid hasn't done any housework yet"
Suburbs It is simply great to wake
up in the morning and hear the leaves
whispering outside of your window.
CItyman It is all right to hear the
leaves whisper, but I never could
stand hearing the grass mown.
"Now, Willie," said the teacher, "if
eggs were 60 cents a dozen and your
mother had 20 cents, how many eggs
would you have for breakfast?" "No
eggs," answered Willie. "We'd have
mush." Washington (D. C.) Herald.
Tommy What did you think of the
play "Julius Caesar" last night? Billy
Oh, it was a fake. "Why so? Cause
when they killed Julius Caesar and
the curtain went down, he comes out
and bows to the audience. He wasn't
dead at all!"
"I must warn you, dearest," he said,
"that after we are married, you will
very likely find me Inclined to be ar
bitrary and dictatorial in my man
ner." "No matter," she replied cheer
fully. "I won-'t pay the slightest atr
tentlon to what you Bay."
Mistres8 (hurrying frantically)
Mary, what, time Is it now? Maid
Half past two, mum. Mistress Oh, I
thought It was later I still have twen
ty minutes to catch the steamer. Maid
Yes, mum. I knew ye'd be rushed,
so I set the clock back thirty minutes
to give ye more time. Puck.
"You simply cannot trust anybody!"
declares the lady. "My maid, whom I
had the utmost confidence in, left me
suddenly and took with her my beau
tiful pearl brooch." "That is too bad,"
sympathizes the friend. "Which one
was it?" "That very pretty one I
smuggled through last spring." Life.
"Pshaw!" exclaimed Miss Yerner,
Impatiently, "I'm sure we will miss
the opening number. We've waited a
good many minutes for that mother
of mine." "Hour8, I should lay," Mr.
Sloman retorted rather crossl,". "Ours?
Oh, George!" she cried, and laid her
blushing cheek upon his shlt front
Catholic Standard. '
"Little boy," asks the U-meanlng
reformer, "is that your njAmma over
yonder with the beautiful set of furs?"
Yes, sir," answers i i bright lad.
"Well, do you know w'hat poor ani
mal It is that had to suffer In order
that your .mamma might have the furs
with which she adorns herself so
proudly T" "Yes, sir my papa."