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O holy and eternal Truth I Thon art
An emanation of hlc Eternal Mind,
A glorious attribute, k noble part
Of uncreated being, Who can And,
By diligent scarcblni? who can And out thee,
The Incomprehensible, the Deity!
The human mind Is a reflection caught
From thee, a trembling shadow of thy ray.
Thy glory beams around us, but thy thought
That heavenward wings Its daring flight away
Returns to where Its flight was first begun,
Blinded and dark beneath the noonday sun.
Tin. snnl of man. thouch elelilne after thee,
Hath never known thee, saving as It knows
The stars of heaven, whoscglorlous light we see,
The sun, whoso radiance dazzles as It glows
Bornethlnt that Is beyond us, anu auove
The reach of human xwer, thoueh not of hu
Vainly philosophy may strive to teach
The secret of thv being. Its faint ray
Jllsguldes our steps. Deyond the utmost reach
Of Its untiring wing the eternal day
Of truth Is shining on the longing eye,
Distant unchanged, changeless, pure, and
And yet thou hast not left thyself without
A revelation. All we feel and see
Within us and around forbids to doubt,
Yet speaks so darkly and mysteriously
Of what we arc and thall be evermore,
Wc doubt and yet believe, and tremble and
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CHAPTER XI Continued.
And now an idea occurred to Point
Pesciule which ho did not oaro to men
tion to the Doctor for fear ho would not
give his consent. Hut ho want and
whispered it to Capo Matifou.
Ho know,, from what ho had heard at
Santa Grottn, that a detachment of
gendarmes was at Cassono. To reach
Cassono would only take un hour, aud it
would take another hour to got back.
Gould ho not fetch this dotnehment?
Yes, but only by passing through tho
besiegers, aud making off to tho west
ward. "It is nocossary for mo to go
ihrongh, and I will go through I" ho
aid ; "I am an acrobat, or I am not."
And ho told Cape Matifou what ho
proposed to do.
"But," said Matifou, "you riak "
"I will go 1"
Capo Matifou novcr darod to resist
Both then went to tho right of the
Gasa degli luglosi, whore tho snow had
accumulated to a. considerable depth,
xeu iniujiies uuerwnrus, wnuo tno
truggfo continued along tho front, Cape
Matifou appeared, pushing before him
huge snowball, ami among tho rocks
that tho sailors continued to hurl on to
their asa'atlanta ho started this ball,
which rolled down tho slopo past Zirono's
men, and stopped fifty yards in the roar
at tho bottom of a gentle hollow. It
half broko with tho shock; it opened,
and from it emerged a living man,
active, and "a littlo malicious," as ho
aid of himsolf.
It was Point Pescado. Enclosed in
tho carapace of hardunud snow, he had
iared being star tod on tho slope of tho
mountain at tho risk of being rollod
into tho dopths of some abyss I
Aud now as ho was frou ho ntado tits
best hasto ho could along tho footpaths
It wtifl thon half-past twelve.
At this moment the Dootor, uot seeing
Pcscado, thought ho was wouudod.
Ho cnllod htm.
"Gonol" said Capo Matifou.
"Yes to get somo help 1"
"Aud how ?"
"In a snowball I"
And Capo Matifou told htm what Pes
eado had dono.
" Ah 1 Bravo fellow I" exolairaod tho
Doctor; "courage, my friends I Tho
oonudrols will not havo us after all."
And the masses of rook continued to
roll down on tho assailauts, although
the means of defence wore rapidly dis
appearing. About throo o'clock in tho morning
the Doctor, Picrro, Luigi, Capo Mnti
fou nd tho sailors, carrying tlioir
wounded, would havo to ovaounto tho
houso, and allow it to full into tho
possession of Zirono, twenty of whose
companions had been killod. Tho
retreat would havo to bo up tho central
ono that heap of lava, sooriio and cin
ders, whose summit, tho orator, was an
abyss of flro and all were to nscetid it
and carry their wounded with thorn.
Of the 1000 feet they had to climb, over
700 feet -would be through the sulphur
ous fumes that tho winds beat down
from the top.
'The day began to break, and already
the orests of tho Oalabrian mountains,
above tho eastern ooast of tho Straits of
Mewsiua, wero tipped with the coming
light. But, in tho position in which tho
Doctor nd his men found themselves,
the, day had no chnnoo of being wel.
oiaetl They would havo to fight as
they retreated up the slope, using their
bat cartridges, and hurling down the
feat masaea of rock that, Matifou sent
tying along with Mich superhuman
strength. They had almost givon thoiu
aflvea up for loit when the souud of
gm warn heard below them. A moment
of iinleiion was observed among tho
bandit. Tjiey hesitated ; and thon
ihay broke into full flight down the
mountain aide. They had sighted the
geatlanaw who Imd arrived from Caa
aotMt, Polatreaoade ut their head.
Ha lwidH't to go w far jb tho v llage j
tk gaiulariuea bd heard the firing
and were already on the road. All
ho had to do was to lead them to tho
Casa degli Iuglcsi.
Then tho Doctor and his men took tho
defonsive. Cane Matifou, as if ho wero
an avalaucho himself, bounded on tho
nearest, and knocked down two beforo
thoy had timo to got away ; and then ho
rushed at Zirone.
"Bravo, old Capo i Bravo I" shouted
Poscado, running up. "Down with
him! Lay him flat I Tho contost,
gentlemoa, tho despcrato contest
between Zirono and Cupo Matifou I"
Zirono heard him, and with the hand
that remained freo he fired his rovolver
at Pescado who fell to the ground.
Then thoro was a terriblo scone.
Capo Matifou had seized Zirone, and
was dragging him along by tho neck.
Tho wretch, half strangled, could do
nothing to holp himsolf.
In vain tho Doctor, who wishod to
have him alive, shoutod out for him
to bo sparod. In vain Piorro and
Luigi rushed out to stop him.
Cape Mntifou thought of ono thing only;
Zirono had mortally wouudod Point
Pescado 1 no heard nothing, ho saw
nothing. IIo gave ono last leap on to
tho edge of tho gaping envtor of the sol
fatara, and hurled the baudit into tho
abyss of fire !
Point Pescado, soriously wounded,
was.liftcd on to tho Doctor's knee. He
examined and bathed the wouud, and
when Capo Matifou returnod to him,
with great tears rolling down his cheok's:
"Never fear, old Cape, never fear!"
murmurod Pescado ; "it is nothing 1"
Capo Matifou took him in his arms
like a child, and followed by all, went
down tho side of tho cone, while tho
gendarmes gave chuso to tho last fugi
tives of Zirono's band.
Six hours afterwards, the Doctor and
his men had returned to 'Catania, and
wero on board tho Ferrato. Point Pas
cade was laid in tho cabin. "With Doo
tor Antekirtt for surgoon and Capo
Matifou for nurse, ha was well looked
oftor! His wound a bullet in tho
shoulder was not of a serious kind,
nis euro was only a quostion of time.
When ho wanted sleep Cape Matifou
told him tales always the samo talos
and Point Poscado wuu soou in sound
However, the Dootor'a campaign had
opened unsuccessfully. After nearly
falling into Zirono's hands, he had not
beon able to get hold of Sarcony's com
panion and obtain thu information from
him that he wantod and all owing to
Capo Matifou 1 Although tho Doctor
stayod atCataniafor oightdays, ho could
obtain no nows of Sarc"any, If Sareany
had inlondod to rejoin Zirono in Sioily,
his plans had been ohotigod, probably
when ho heard the result of tho attempt
on Doctor Antekirtt.
Tho Ferrato put out to sea on tho 8th
of Soptember, bound for Autokirtta,
and she arrivod after a rapid passage.
Thoro the Doctor, Pierre and Luig!
conferred as to their futuro plans. Tho
first thing to do, was obviously to get
hold of Carpeua, who ought to know
what had become of Sarcauy and Silts
Unfortunately for the Spaniard,
although ho moapod tho destruction of
Zirono's bund, ho remainod at Santa
Grottn, and his good fortune was of
short duration. In fact, ton days after
wards, ono of tho Doctor's agents
lformed him that Carpeua had been
arrested at Syraouso not as an accom
plice of Zirono, but for a crime com
mitted more than fifteen years ago, a
murder at Almayato in the provinoo of
Malaga which had caused his flight to
Throo weeks later Carpono, whose
oxlradition was obtained, was convicted,
and scut to Uio coast of Morocco, to
Coutn one of tho ohiof penal colonics
"At last," said Pierre, "thoro is ono
of tho sooundruls settled for life I"
"For life ? Not" answerod the Doc
tor; "if Andrea Ferrato died in prison,
It is not in prison that Carpeua ought
On the 21st of September, three weelra
after the Doe tor left Catania, a swift
slui yaoht the Ferrato could have
been seen running before a north
easterly breexe, batweeti the European
tape the English held on Hpautaa
jrouud, aad tha Afrieau eaujD the
Spaniards hold on Moorish ground. If
wo are to believe mythology, tho twelve
miles that separate theso capes from
each other wero cleared away by Her
cules a predecessor of Do Lcsseps
who let in tho Atlantic by knocking a
holo with his club in tho border of the
Point Pescade would not havo for
gotton to toll this to his friend, Capo
Matifou, as ho showed him to tho north
the rock of Gibraltar, and to tho south
Mount Hacho. And Capo Matifou
would havo appreciated at its true, value
this wonderful feat, and not a shade of
envy would overshadow his simple,
modest souL Tho Provoncal Hercules
would have bowed low before tho son of
Jupiter nnd Alcmena.
But Capo Matifou was not among tho
yacht's passengers, aud neither was
Point Pescado. Ono taking caro of tho
other, both had remained at Antokirtta.
If, later on, thoir assistance became
nccosK.ary, thoy could bo summoned by
telegram, and brought from the island
by ono of tho Electrics.
On tho Ferrato wero tho Doctor and
Piorro Bathory, and iu command wero
Kostrik nnd Luigi. Tho last expedition
to Sioily, in search of Sareany and Tor
ontlml, had resulted in nothing beyond
tho death of Zirono. Thoy hnd thero
foro decided to resume tho chase by
obtaining from Carpeua all tho infor
mation ho possessed as to Sareany nnd
his accomplice ; and as tho Spaniard
had been sent to tho galloyB, and shipped
to Ceuta, thoy wero on thoir way thoro
to find him.
Ceuta is a small fortified town, a sort
of Spanish Gibraltar, built on tho
eastern slopes of Mount Hnoho ; nnd it
was in sight of its harbor that tho yacht
was now steaming somo throo milo3
from the ooast No moro animated spot
oxists than this famous strait. It is the
mouth of tho Mediterranean. Through
it como tho thousands of vessels from
northern Europo, and tho two Americas,
bound for tho hundreds of ports on tho
ooast of tho inland sea. Through it
como tho powerful mail-boats and ships
of war, for which tho genius of a French
man has opened a way to tho Indian
Ocean and tho Southern Seas. Nothing
can bo moro pioturesquo than this nar
row channol through tho mountains.
To tho north are tho sierras of Andalusia;
to tho south, along tho strangely varied
coastline, from Capo Spartol to Almina,
aro tho black summits of tho Bulloncs,
tho Apes' Hill and tho Soveu Brothers.
To tha right aud loft are pioturesquo
towns, crouching in tho curves of tho
bays, straggling on tho flanks of the
lower hills, and stretching along tha
bonohes at tho base of tho mountainous
background such as Turifa, Algosiras,
Tangier and Cento. Between tho two
shoros, cut by tho prows of tho rapid
steamers that stop not for wind or wave,
and the sailing vessels that tho wostorly
winds keop back ut times in hundrod,
thoro stretches tho oxponso of over mov
ing water, over changing; horo grey and
streaked with foam, thoro blue and
calm and brokon into restless hills that
mark tho zig-zaggod current-lino. No
ono can romain insensible to tho sublirao
beauties that the two continents, Eur
opo and Africa, bring faoo to face along
tho double panorama of the Straits of
Swiftly does tho Ferrato approach
tho African ooast Tho bay at tho back
of whioh Tangiors is hidden, begins to
close, whilo tho rock of Ceuta becomes
moro visible as tho shore beyond trends
away to tho south. Abovo, towards tho
top of Mount Hacho, thoro appears a
fort, built on tho sito of a Roman oitadel,
iu which tho sontrioa koop constant
watch ovor tho stmita nnd tho Moorish
torritory, of whioh Coutn is but a slip.
At ten o'clock tho Forrato dropped
auohor in tho harbor, or rather about
two cablo-longths from tho pier whioh
receives tho full strength of tho soa ; for
there is nothing but an open roadstead
exposed to tho surf of tho Mediterranean
waves. Fortunatoly, whon vessels can
not anchor to the west of Ceuta, thoy
find o second auohorogo ou tho other
sido of tho rock, in which thoy lio shel
tered from tho eastorly winds.
When tho health ofllcor had beon on
board, and tho clean bill duly passed,
about one o'clock iu tho afternoon the
Doctor, aooompaniod by Pierre, wont
ashore and landed at the littlo quay at
tha foot of tho town walls. That be was
fully determined to carry off Carpena,
did not admit of a doubt. But how
would ho do so ? Nothing could bt.
douj until ho had seen tha placo, and
mndo himsolf ncqunintcd with tho cir
cumstances nnd then ho would be oblo
to decido if it wore bist to carry off tho
Spaniard by force, or help him to escape.
This timo tho Doctor did not nttcrapt
to romain incognito. Quite tho con
trary. Already his correspondents had
been on board, and gono off again to
announce the arrival of so famous an
individual. Who, throughout that Arab
country, from Suez to Capo Spartel,
Ilcvtl not heard of tho reputation of tho
earned taleb who now lived In retire
ment nt Antokirtta, in tho SyrticSea?
And so tho Spaniards, like tho Moors,
gavo him a hearty welcome, and as thero
wero no restrictions on visiting tho Fer
rato, very many camo off to her.
All this excitement was evidently
part of tho Doctor's plan. His celebrity
was to bo brought In to help his enter
prise. Picrro nnd ho did nothing to
restrain tho public enthusiasm. An
open carriage obtained from tho chief
hotel, enabled them to visit tho town
with its narrow streets of gloomy houses,
destitute of character and color, aud its
littlo squares, with sickly, dusty trees,
shading some miserable inn, or ono or
two official buildings. In n word, thero
wns nothing original to bo seen, except,
perhaps, in tho Moorish quarter, where
color had not entirely disappeared.
About threo o clock tho Doctor
requested to bo taken to tho Governor of
Couta, whom ho wished to visit an act
of courtesy quito natural on tho part of
a stranger of distinction.
It need scarcely bo said that the
governor was not a civil functionary.
Ceuta is, abovo all things, a military
colony. It contains about ten thousand
people, officers and soldier.?, merchants,
fishermen or coasting sailors, housed in
tho town, nnd along tho strip of land
whoso prolongation towards tho east
completes tho Spanish possession.
Couta was then administered by Colo
nel GuyaiTo. Ho had under his orders
threo battalions of infantry, detached
from tho continental army to servo tlioir
timo in Africa, ono regiment perma
nently quartered in tho colony, two
batteries of artillery, a company of engi
neers, and a company of Moors whoso
families occupied special quarters. Tho
convicts amounted to nearly two thous
and. To reach tho governor's houso tho
onrringo had to traverse a macadamized
road outside tho town, which ran through
tho colony to its eastern end. On each
sido of tho road, a narrow bond between
tho foot of tho hills and tho waato along
tho beach is well tilled : thanks to tho
assiduous labor of the inhabitants, who
havo a hard struggle against tho poverty
of tho soil. Vegetables of all sorts, aud
oven trees are to bo found and the
laborers nre manv
X''or tlio convicts aro sentenced to vari
ous periods, ranging from twenty ycara
to detention for life, and are set to work
in various ways, under conditions deter
mined by tho government. Thoy aro
not only employed by tho Stato in
special workshops, on tho fortifications,
nnd tho roads, which require constant
repair, but fulfil tho duties of urban
police, when their good conduct permits.
JJuring Ins visit to Uentn, tho Doctor
met several of these moving about freely
in tho streets of tho town, and oven
engaged in domestic work, but ho saw a
much larger number outsido tho
fortifications, employed on tho roads
and in tho fields. To whioh class Car
pono belonged, it whs important ho
should know, as his schonio would havo
to bo modified to suit tho man's being at
work, guarded or unguarded, either for
tho State or a private individual.
"But," said ho to Pierre, "as his
conviction is so reconr, it is unlikely
that he would havo obtained tho advan
tages aecordod to old stagors for good
"But if hois undor look and koy?"
"Then his capture will be moro diffi
cult, but it must bo managed."
'J. lie carnage rolled slowly along. At
a conpJa jf huudred yards beyond tho
fortifications, a number of convicts
undor a guard wero working at macad
amizing tho road. Thoy wero about
fifty, somo breaking tho stones, others
scattering thorn, and some rolling them
in. Tho carriage hod to proceed slowly
along the sido where tho repairs had not
Suddenly tho Doctor touohod Pierre's
"Thero he isM" said he inn low voioo.
A man was resting on tho haudlo of
his piokaxo, about twenty paces in front
of his companions.
It was Carpena.
Tho Doctor, after fifteen years, recog
nized tho salt-marsh worker of Istrio iu
his conviot's garb, as Maria Ferrato had
recognized him in his Maltose dross, in
tho lanes of the Manderaggio. Ho was
oven then only protending to work
Unfit for any trado, he could not be
employed in any of tho workshops, and
ho was not really ablo to break stones
on the road.
Although tlm Dootor hod recocnizod
htm, Curpwm had uot recognized Count
Mathiua Saudoif. Hu had only seen
him for so short a time on tho banks of
tho canal, nnd in the house of Ferrato
tho fishermau, whon ho brought m tho
police. But, like everybody else, ho
had heard that Dootor Antokirtt had
arrived at Ceuta ; and Doctor Autokirtt,
ho remembered, was tho personogo of
whom Zirone hod spoken, during thoir
iuterviow near tho grotto of Polyphomus
on tho ooast of Sioily. He was tho man
of whom Sareany had warned them to
bowaro of, ho was tho millionaire ovor
whom Zirono'e band had mot 'their
destruction at tho Oosa degli InglosL
YVimt passett in Carpena s brnm when
ho fouud himself so unexpectedly in the
Doctor's presence? Did ho receive an
impression with that lustautaneousness
which characterizes certain photogranhio
processes? It would bo difficult to say.
But lio dirt feel that the Dootor had
token possession of him by a sort of
moral asoendenoy, that his personality
hud been annihilated, that a strange
will had taken tho place of his own will.
In vain he would have resisted ; ho had
to yield to tho domination.
Tho cumago stoppod and tho Doctor
contiuued to gaze into his eyes with
penetrating fixity. Tho bnlluuioy of
those eyes produced in Carpena's brain
n strange aud irresistible effect. Grad
ually the Spaniard's senses faded. His
eyelids blinked nud closod, nnd retained
only a flickering vibration. Then tho
anmsthesia became complete and he
fell by the sido of tho road, without his
companions seeing anything of what
had passed ; and tin-re ho slept in a
magnetic sleep from which not ono of
them could rouso him.
Then tho Doctor gavo orders for tho
coachman to drive on to the governor's
house. Tho scene had not occupied
moro than half n minute. No one had
noticed what had passed between tho
Spaniard and tho Dootor no ono except
"Now, that man is mine," said tho
Doctor, "and I can do what I like with
"Shall wo find out all ho knows?"
"No, but ho will do all that I rcquiro,
and that unconscioush. At tho first
glance I gave tho scoundrel, I saw I
could becomo his master, nnd substitute
my will for his."
"But tho man was not ill"
"Eh I Do you think then that theso
effects of hypnosis can only be produced
on neuropaths ? No, Pierre, tho most
refractory ore not safe from them. On
tho contrary, it is necessary that tho
subject should havo a will of 1113 own,
and I was favored by circumstances in
finding in Carpena a nature entirely dis
posed to submit to my influence. And
so ho will remain asleep until I choose
to wako him.
"Exactly," said Pierre, "but what is
tho good of it, seeing that even in tho
stato he now finds himself it is impossi
bio to mako him tell us what wo aro so
anxious to know. "
"Doubtless," answerod tho Doctor,
"and it is obvious that I cannot mako
him say what 1 do not know myself.
But he is in my power ; I can mako
him do what I please, and when I think
fit I shall mako him do it nnd ho will bo
powerless to prevent it. For example,
to-morrow or the day after, or a week
after, or six months after, oven if ho has
awoke, if I desire him to leave Ceuta, ho
will leavo Ceuta !"
' ' Leave Ceuta ! " said Pierre. ' ' Gain
his liberty I But will the warders let
him? Tho influence of the suggestion
cannot mako him break his chain, nor
open tho prison gate, nor scalo an un
scalable wall "
to be continued.
The Dangers of Stylo.
A great French critio has declared
that stylo is the man. But surely that
cannot be asserted without much quail
fication. There aro somo styles which
are much better than tho man, though
failing to rciloct the least amiable parts
of him and many that are much worse
for example, styles affected by the ar
tificial influence of conventional ideas,
like thoso which prevailed iu tho last
century. Again, there arc styles which
aro thoroughly characteristic of the
man in one sense, and yet are charac
teristic in part because they show his
delight in viewing botli himself and tho
universe through colored media, which,
whilo thoy brilliantly represent sonic
aspects of it, greatly misrepresent or
completely disguise all others. Such a
stylo was "Carlylo's, who may bo said to
have seen tho universe with wonderful
vi idncss as it was when in earthquake
and hurricane, but not to havo appre
hended at all that solid crust of. earth
symbolizing tho conventional phleg
matic nature which most of us know
only too well. Gibbon, again, sees ev
erything oven himself as if it wero a
striking moral pageant. You roiucm
ber how ho describes his father's disap
probation of his useful passion for Mllo.
Curohod (afterward Mine. Nockcr)
"I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a
son." It was the moral pageant of
that very mild ardor and that not too
reluctant submission of which ho was
thinking, not of tho emotion itself.
And Macaulay, again, has a stylo like
a coat of mail with the visor down. It
is burnished, brilliant, imposing, but it
presents tho world and human life in
pictorial antitheses far moro vivid and
brilliant than real. It is a stylo which
effectually conceals all tho moro homo
ly and domestic aspects of Macaulay's
own nature and represents mainly his
hunger for incisive contrast. Contem
Undo Bill's Story.
Hero is what he said: Whon I was a
drunkard, I could never got my bran
moro than half full. Tho first year af
ter I signed tho pledgol filled my bran;
tho second year I filled ray brau and
had two stacks; this j'ear I filled my
bran and havo four stacks. When 1
wns a drunkard, I only owned ono poor
old cow, and I think she must havo
boon ashamed of mo, for sho was rod
in her faco; now I own livo good cows,
and threo as good horses as ovor looked
through a collar. Whon I was a drunk
ard, 1 wont from place to ploco on foot;
now I can rido in a carriage of my own.
Whon I was a drunkard 1 was $300 in
debt; sinco I havo signed tho pledge, I
havo paid the dobt, and havo purchased
200 acres of wild land, and 1 havo tho
deed in my possession; two of my sons,
who are toototallors, aro Hying on that
lot. Whon I was a drunkard I used to
swear; I have ceased to bo profane Tho
last year of my drunkonness, my doc
tor s oili amounted to !;au; sinco l sign
ed tho pledge I havo not been called up
on to expend a cent for medicine.
A Baso Hint
"Good morning, Mr. Dallywag.
"What is tho mattor nowP I thought
you wore nicely fixed."
" ell, so I was; but l got a week in
arrears on my board, anil my landlord
served mo cofleo this morning in n
fancy cup with gilt lettering on it that
read, uiuiiK oi inc.' I paid my bill
and got out. You can hot I wouldn't
put up with no such baso hints for pay
as that was. Bear a hand with ono of
thoso grips, old man, if you aro going
down my way."--.Va(ioHu Weekly.
A Hilly Country, Honeycombed Willi
IJtruHonn Ilurlnl Vaults.
The old town of Perugia is well
worth visiting on many accounts, writes
n correspondent of 27ic Journal oj
Commerce. Traveling by rail from
Home to Florence, one sees largo clus
ters of houses perched high ou tho hill
side. Thoy arc crowned with campa
niles and domes, surrounded by high
walls, and provoke one's curiosity to
make their closer acquaintance. But'
on consulting his guide-book tho tour
ist finds that these elevated settlement
contain few objects of interest, better
examples of which can be found elso
where. IIo also learns, which Is as
much to tho purpose, that they have no
good hotels. Now, Perugia is very old,
very quaint, full of venerable historical
associations, a center of Etruscan tomb
nnd other antiquities, 1,700 feet abovo
tho sea, and has a first-class hotel.
This modern structure occupies the
highest ground of the town, and com
mands a magnificent view of tho Uiu
brian valley. East, south, and west I
survey all the details of a landscape of
variety and beaut unsurpassed. It is
intersected by the Tiber unci .somo
smaller rivers, which 11 ash in the morn
ing sun. Many villages are visible as
brown patches, among them Assassi,
famous as the birthplace of St. Francis.
Mountains bound this view on all sides.
Somo of them nre still tipped with snow,
and thoir summits would easily bo taken
for clouds, if the latter wero not scurfy'"-
past in the south wind. Th'13
wind will soon molt the snow, and is
already making l'crugiu uncomfortable.
As I write a hazo is beginning to blot
out tho more distant villages. A heat
ed term is threatening. But Americans
aro not to bo frightened by that. Only
I wish the roads were not quito so white
This country is a vast cemetery. No
ono can say how many races wero
buried hero beforo tho Etruscans passed
away in their turn and left tho ground
honoycomcd with their tombs. When
ono sinks a well or digs a collar for a
houso ho is apt to strike his spado
aganst a rock, which gives back a hol
low sound. It is the roof of an Etrus
can burial vault. From this subter
ranean chamber the air has been ex
cluded for more than two thousand
years. I am told that strange tilings
aro sometimes seen in these tombs at
tho moment when they arc opened, and
then vanish forever.'' Thoy say that
glimpses arc caught of olil Etruscan
lords and ladies sitting at banquets, and
that these disappear the instant tho
outer air touches thorn. When tho
finder proceeds to open and examino
tho tomb he discovers nothing but a
heap of dust in place of tho vision that
had startled him. These arc obviously
fables, for tho most part. Though I
believe that it is true that an Etruscan
knight in full armor collapsed to dusty
nothingness in precisely this way when
his tomb was invaded a few years ago.
Wo havo been to see tho sepulcher of
tho Yolumnii, about livo miles below
Perugia, and found it and its contents
very strange and interesting. It is sup
posed to date back totho third century,
15. C. A descent of somo thirty stops
leads down to it from the road
side. First, a chamber about twenty
livo feet square is centered, and from
this smaller apartments branch to right
and left. Tho sopuleher is hewn out of
the tufa rock. It is very damp and
cold. Heads of Medusa, dolphins, and
serpents aro carved with much skill on
tho top and sides of this tomb. All
irounrt stand small stono urns, each
ono bearing in alto relievo the repre
sentation of a fight. Ono man is always
Killing anotner unless tlio ccono is var
ied by the sacrifice of a bound and
helpless woman or child on an altar.
The covers of theso urns aro higher
works of art. They are surmounted
with recumbent figures of men and
women. Theso are dressed in the cos
tume of their age and sex, and each
has in his or her hand a bowl for tears.
Lifting oil' tho cover I find inside tho
urn about a hat full of ashes. I run my
lingers through this mass aniMeel frag
ments of burnt bones. But I am rude
ly stirring up all that remains of somo
gallant warrior or somo haughty beau
ty, and I withdraw my hand with a
sonso of ri'inorse. A great many per
sonal ornaments of exceeding richness
and grnco have been taken from theso
rceoptaoles, and aro separately exhibit
ed by tho custodian. But if one wishes
to re'alizo tho full oxtont of the arts and
sciences to tho old Etruscans ho should
inspect , the splendid collection in tho
university niusoum at Perugia.
Woman's Best Friend.
A hairpin is a woman's best friend.
ft fits a multiplicity of uses, and she is
novcr without ono. If hoi hair is short
you can depend upon it that in a recess
of her purse or a pocket of her roticulo
you will find the hairpin. If she but
tons her shoos sho uses her hairpin,
and who oversaw a woman button her
gloves with anything olso? If her head
itches does she scratch it with her lin
ror? Nonsenso! Sho whips out a
lairpin ami relieves herself. Suppose
a nicklo 1. dropped between tho bars
of tho wooiien foot grato in tho strcot
car. Does sho soil her lingers as a
man would, and then not got jt? Cer
tainly not. Out comes the liairpin, and
tho coin is lifted out without trouble.
If her shawlpin is lost, whero so good
a substitute as tho hairpin? If sho
oats a nut does sho take a nutpick?
Most assuredly not. Tho hairpin again.
It is with the hairpin that sho rips ojion
tho uncut loaves of a book or magazine;
it is a hairpin with which she marks her
progress in tier iavoruo uook; ii a irtuiK
kov is missing a hairpin opons a re
fractory lock as neatly as a burglar's
skeleton koy would; with it sho
cleanses her fingernails and, if it is a
clean one, oven picks her teeth. And
tho feats ot uair-securing that she will
mako a simple bow-le22ed hairnin ac
complish nearly surpasses the belief of
man. Aitogoliior, It deserves to oo
classed among the great invontions of
tho world, and the gravo of the orig
inal man who created tho first one could
havo no prouder epitaph than this:
.11113 13 UIU M11U Ul A UIUH'IU