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HE MADE NO SIGN.
Uow a Chicago Walter Itmented an In.
suit to 1IU Dignity.
Thoro Is no hardened wrotch of a poker
harp on earth who can carry in his coun
tenance an expression of absent-minded
gullclossnoss whilo hls'brain is hatching
ut dovilish plots, moro successfully
than tho avorago hotol waiter. Just as
I was sitting down to breakfast in one
ef tho popular hotols of Chicago a day
or two ago, a man next to mo askod the
aristrocratio looking waiter for a glass
"Yob, sir, in ono mom'ont," Baid tho
waiter, as ho handed mo tho bill of fare
mnd inclined his car toward me.
I asked for some grapes. Ho brought
them and waitod for my ordor for break
fast "Uring mo that milk, ploaso,"sald my
"Kight away, sir," answered tho
"Well, I want it, and I want it now.
I smiled inwardly thon, for I knov
what tho rosult of that imporativo do-
land would bo.
mo waitor got tho milk without a
'word or tho loust chango of counten
ance. Thon ho took our ordors.
Whon ho brought tho food mino was
all right. Ho placed butter, sugar,
croam, salt and popper within my roach
and thon stood behind tho othor man's
"I ordorod coffee, not tea," said that
"I bog your pardon, sir, I'll chango
it," answored tho waitor in an apolo
jrotio tono, and ho hastonod toward tho
.kitchen with the toa. Ho was gono for
come timo and as tho man had no fork
ho continued roading bis newspaper
until tho waitor roappoarod.
"Fork, ploaso," ho thon said with a
eh alio of annoyance.
Tho waitor banded him tho fork and
thon bad an errand which took him
across tho room for a moment.
My neighbor examined tho dishes,
dropped both hands to tho tublo and
Blretohod his neck around to got tlio
waiter's attention, which bo llnally did.
"1 ordered baked potatoes, not fried,
and you've forgotten tho breakfast
Tho only expression in tho waiter's
face as ho started olf to correct tlioso
errors was one of deep regret, llo was
i;ono longor than tomo(I absolutely
necessary and my neighbor appeared to
think so, too. lie stuck his fork into
tho stoak and withdrew it ngain; ho
lrokoa roll in two and then laid it down
"bocauso ho had no butter, he reached a
sugar bowl, put two lumps into his
colfoo and thon looked in vain for a
cream jug. llo waited in gloomy silence
until tho waiter returned; then lie
asked wearily for tho cream and butter.
Considerable time had elapsed since
his breakfast was llrst brought out. 1
liad got well along with mine and was
unjoylng it, but ho eould'nt seem to en
joy his. I judged that his steak and
coffee had cooled somewhat, for he
tasted of ono and sipped the other, ate
a part of a roll and thon laid down his
"knife 'ind fork.
Tho waiter, ready to oxoeuto his
slightest ordor, leaned forward and
usked In a soft voieo if ho would like
somo nice wheat cakes
Tho man mado no answer, lie got up
from tho table, picked up his paper and
loft tho room greatly dejected.
Tho waitor quickly gathered togothor
tbodishos wlthoutevon glancing toward
tho dopartlng guost, and tho closest
Borutlny failed to discover a gleam of
tho oye or a softening of tho linos
around tho mouth to indicate tho satis
faction which ho felt at having deliber
ately spoiled tho man's breakfast in re
turn for tho insult ho had received In
liolng nBked to bring that milk "now "
Detroit Freo I'ross.
USING OLD SIGNS.
YrailrNinoii Prefer Ono lllltorl anil Uut
turiul to it Kino Stiw One.
Tho latest trick of some tradesmen is
shown In a desire to display old looking
signs at their business places. "It's
surprising," said a sign painter to a ro
porter tho other day, "to note how nnx
lous some nowly established ilrmsnro to
purchase signs that have seen service
"A sign that Is exposed to the olo
monts of tho four seasons for n number
of years is bound to nssumo that
woathur-boaten front that Is tho prido
and drawing card of tho old and success
ful merchant. A sign that bears tho
blisters of a thousand suns, and the
wash and marks of countless rain and
enow storms, is a sure guarantoo that
tho linn whoso naiiio it displays has
boon prosperous, elsu thoy and their
sign would havo faded long ago. Thus
ono can readily see tho importance of
producing a sign that, though nowly
constructed, will at tho same time show
tho Imprints of ago, wear and tliuu, I
uuvo had twenty odd year's experience
at out-door advertising, and I never saw
this old-sign craze so rampant as at tho
"To meet tho demand I havo worked
hard of lato months and I have hit upon
a plan by which I can construct at a few
days' notice a sign that will have all
tho appearances of having been through
tho water. Of courso, inferior wood
will have to bo used in its construction,
and a little mixture of my own thrown
In, and then wo havo u sign of tho old
school, so old in appearauco that tho
traces of tho llrm name are scarcely
visible Tho mixture which 1 use re
quires great care In forming, mid Its in
gredients are very expensive, so that
workmanship and material considered,
a 'nuw-old' sign costs a great deal moro
than would a sign in fresh, bright gilt
"Only questionable linns book to hn-
lose upon the public with a false sign,
mt us there are a great many such in
dilutions u II oat at tho present time, 1
havo no trouble in llndlng ready and
Btoady oniploymunt. Tho fad has Just
boon bom, In my opinion, and you'll soo
a pretty extensive trade in it within a
fuw vours." N. V. Mull and Kxurcas.
Balag aa Account of the Fall ana
Vengeance of Harmachis, the
AS SET FOETH BY HIS OWN HAITD.
By H. Rider Haggard,
Author of " King Solomon' Mlo,"
Sh," " Allan Qualermnln,"
Etc., Eta., Eto.
XXKTOfo or ciiAnuio.i trim the lkarned
olympus: ncn srjttcn with him; comino
or otTMrns iirro the prxsence or ci.io
r a tii a; the commands or ci.eopatha.
LAD In my plain dark
robe, I sat in tho
guest chamber of
the house that had
been mode ready for
mo. In a carven,
lion-footed chair I
sat, and looked upon
the swinging lamps of
scented Oil, the pict
ured tapestries, tho
rich Syrian rugs
and, amid all this lux
bethought me of the
tomb of tho Harpers that is
at Tapo, and of tho nlno
long yoars of dark lonelb
ncss and preparation. I sat, and crouched
Atoua. Whlto was hor hair us snow,
and shriveled with ago tho wrinkled
i i . i . i ; i -1 .i
countenance of the woman who, when all
deserted me, had yet clung to mo, in her
great love forgetting my great sins. Nine
years 1 nlno long years I and uow, once
ugaln, I set my foot in Alexandria! Oiicw
again in tho appointed circle of things I
enmo forth from tho solitude of preparation
to bo a fate to Cleopatra; and this second
time I camo not forth to fall. And yot how
chanced tho clrcumstancol 1 was out of
tho story; my part now was but the part of
tho sword in tho hand of Justice; no more
might I hopo to maUo Egypt free and great
nnd sit upon my lawful throne. Kliem was
lost, and lost was I, Harmachis. In the rush
und turmoil of events tho great plot, where
of I had been tho pivot, was covered up nnd
forgotten; scarce did a memory of it re
main. Tho curtain of dark night was clos
ing In upon tho history of my ancient raco;
Its very Oods wcro tottenug to their full;
nlrcady could I, in the spirit, hear tho
shriek of tho Roman eagles us they Happed
their wings nbovo tho furthest banks of tho
Blhor. Presently I roused myself und bade
Atoua go search u mirror und bring it to
mo, that I might look therein.
And this I saw: a faco shrunken nnd
pallid whorcon no smile came; groat eyes
grown wan with gazing into durknes look
ing out, beneath the shaven bond, emptily
as tho hollow eye-pits of tho skull; a
wizoncd, halting form wasted by absti
nence, sorrow and prayer; a long, wild
beard of iron-gray ; thin, blue-veined hands
Unit ovortroinblcdliko iv loaf; bowed shoul
ders and lessoned limbs. Time und griff
had done thoir work, Indeed; searco could
I think myself tho same us when, the Royal
Harninchis in all the splendor of my
otrongth and youthful beauty I llrst had
looked upon tho woman's loveliness that
did destroy mo. And yet within mo burned
the saino ilro ns of yore; yet I was not
changed, for time and grief had no powor
to alter the immortal spirit of man. Sea
sons may eomo und go; Hope, liko u bird, may
lly nwuy; Passion may break Its wings
against the iron burs of Fato; illusions may
crumblo ns tho cloudy towers of sunset
fame; faith, as running water, may slip
from 'neuth our feet; Kulitudo may stretch
Itself around us like tho meusuroluss desert
sand; Old Ago may creep ns the gathering
night over our bowed heads grown hoary In
theirsliaino; you, bound to Fortune's wheel,
wo may taste of ovory turn ot ctiaueo now
rule us Kings, now servo us sluves; now
love, now hate; now prosper nnd now per
ish. But still, through nil, we nru tho same;
for tins in tho marvel of Iil'jii!'-."
i "Open, Atonal" I said.
' Bho roso and did my bidding; and s
woman outorod, e'.nd in tho Oreemn robes.
It was Charmlon, still beautiful us of old,
but sad-faced now und very sweet to sco,
vtith a pationt tiro slumbering in her down
Bho entered unattended; und, speaking
no word, tho old wife polutod to whuro I
sat, ami went.
"Old man," sho said, addressing mo,
"lend mo to tho learned Olympus. 1 eomo
upon tho Queen's business."
I rose, und, lifting my bond, looked upon
hor. Bho giucd, and gave u little cry.
"Surely," she whisporod, glancing round,
"surely thou urt not that" Aud sho
"That Hurmuchls whom onco thy foolish
heart did love, O Churinionl Yea, I urn he,
und what ttiou beest, most fair lady. Yot
Is Harmachis dead whom thou didst love;
but Olympus, tho skilled Egyptlun, waits
upon thy words I"'
"L'easel" she said, "and of tho past but
one word, and then why, lot it llo. Not
well with nil thy wisdom canst thou know
a true woman's heart If thou dost bolluve,
Harmaohls, that it can change with tho
changes of tho outer form, for then as
suredly could no lovo follow its beloved to
that last place ot change tho Grave.
Know thou, learned Physician, I am of that
sort who, loving once, lovo ulwuys, and be
ing not beloved again, go virgin to the
Bho censed und-, having naught to say, 1
bowed my head In unswer. Vet, though
naught 1 said, ami though this woman's
passionate folly had been tho cause of nil
our ruin, to speak truth, In secret I was
thankful to hor who, wooed of nil und living
In this shameless Court, hud still through
Mio long years poured out her nnrctunied
lovo upon un outcast, nnd who, wneu that
poor broken slave of Fortune camo luu-k ni
such unlovely guise, did yet hold him dear
ot heurt. For what man Is thoro who does
ot prlzo that gift most ruro and beautiful,
thntocu perfect thing which no gold can
buy -a woman's unfeigned level
"I thank theo that thou didst not an
swor,"shosald; "forthobittor words which
thou didst pour upon mo in thoiu days that
long uro dead, und fur uwuy lu Tarsus, have
not lost their poisonous sting, und In my
heart is no moro plaoo for the urrows of thy
scorn, uew venomcd through thy solitary
years, Bo let It be. Behold I I put It from
me. that wild passion of my soul," aud sho
looked up und stretched out her hands as
though to press soma unseen presence buck.
"I put It from ma though forget it I may
uotl There, 'tis done, Harmachis; no moro
shall my lovo trouble theo. Enough for mo
that once moro my eyes bohold thoe, before
sleep seals then from their sight D st re
member how when 1 would bavo died by thy
dear baud, thou wouldst uot May, but didst
bid mo live to pluck tho bitter fruit ot
cilmo, and bo accursed by visions of tha
evil 1 hud wrought und memories of tUM
whom I hud ruined!"
"Ay, Cusrmtou, woll do I romombor."
"Wurely hath tha oup of puuWuutealheen
filled. Oh I (wuldst thou ssa into lb record
oj my heart gad read thereon tup sufferiuj
TfiaTl "Gave Uorm5bonB WTO a snUITBg
face thy justice would be satisfied Indeed 1"
"Andyet, if report be true.Charmlon, thou
art tho first of all the Court, and therein the
most powerful and beloved. Doth not
Octavianus fire it forth that ho makes war
not on Antony, nor eren on his mistress,
Cleopatra; but on Charmlon and Iras!"
"Yea, and think what it has been to me
thus, even of my oath to thee, to bo forced
to eat tho bread and do the biddings of one
whom so bitterly I hate I one who has
robbed mo of thee, and who, through tho
workings of my jealousy, brought me to
that which I am, brought thee to shame, and
all Egypt to its ruin I Can jewels and riches
and the flattery of princes and nobles bring
happiness to such a one as I, who am more
wretohed than the meanest scullion wench!
Oh, often hare I wept till I was blind; and
then, when the hour came, I must arise and
tiro mo, and, with a smile, go do the
bidding of the Queen and that heavy
Antony. May the Qods grant me to see
them dead ay, the twain of them I then
myself shalllbeoontonttodlel Hard hath
been thr lot. Harmaohls: but at least thou
hast been free, and many Is the timethatl
have envied thoe the quiet of thy haunted
"I do perceive, O Charmlon, that thou art I
mindful of thy oaths; and it is well, for i
methinks tho hour of vengeance is at hand."
"i am mindful, and in all things have I
worked for theo in secret for thee, and for 1
tho utter ruin of Cleopatra and the Roman.
I have fanned his passion and her jealousy,
I havo egged her on to wickedness and him
to folly, and of all havo I caused report to be
brought to Cecsar. Listen I thus stands tho
matter. Thou knowest how went the fight
atActium. Thitbor with her fleet went
I Cleopatra, sorely against the will of Antony.
him for the Queen, vowing to him, with
- . . i j t i t i i i ii it
tears, that, did he leavo her, she would die
of grief; and he, pour slave, believed mo.
And so sho went, and in tho thick of tho
fight, for what cause I know not, sho mado
signal to hor squadron, und, putting about,
flod from tho battle, suiling for Pelopon
nesus. And now mark tho end. When
Antony saw that she was gone, he, in his
madness, took a galley, and, deserting all,
followed hard uftor hor, leaving his licet to
bo shattered und sunk, nnd his groat army
in i Grecco of twenty legions nnd twelvo
thousand horses without a leader. And all
this would no man believe, that Antony,
tho smitten of tho gods, had fallon so deep
in shame. Therefore for nwhllo tho army
tarried, nnd but now to-night conies news
brought by Canidlus, tho General, that,
worn with doubt and bolng at length sure
that Antony hud deserted them, the whole
of that great force hath yielded to Caosar "
"And where, then, is Antony I"
"On a little islo In the Great Harbor hath
ho built him n habitation and named it
Timouium; because, forsooth, liko Timon,
he cries out of tho ingratitudo of mankind
that hath forsaken him. And there he lies
smitten by u fover of tho mind, und thither
must thou go nt dawn, so wills tho Queen,
to cure him of his ills nnd draw him to hor
arms; for hor ho will not sco, nor knows ho
yet tho full measure of his woe. But llrst
my bidding is to lead theo instantly to Cleo
patru, who fain would us.c thy counsel."
"I eomo," I unswercd, rising. "Lead thou
And so wo passed tho palaco gates and
along the Alubuster Hall, and presently
onco again I stood before tho door of Cleo
patra's chamber, nnd once again Charmion
leftmoto warn her of my coming.
Presently she came back and beckoned to
mo. "Mako strong thy heart," sho whis
pered, "and sco that thou dost not betray
thyself, for still uro tho eyes of Cleopatra
"Keen, indeed, must they bo to ilnd Har
machis in tho learned Olympus I Had I not
willed It, thyself thou hudst not known mo,
Charmlon," 1 made answer.
Then 1 entered that remembered place
and listened once moro to tlio splash of tho
fountain, tho song of tho nightingale, and
tho murmur of tho suminor sea. With
bowed head und halting gait I came, till ut
length I stood before tho couch of Cleopatra
-that same golden couch whereon sho had
sat tho night sho dii o'ercomo mo. Then I
gathored my strength and looked up.
Ther 1' '""'o mo was Cleopatra, glorious as
67 COT, TJtTt, oh"! how changed Sfnco CtWt
night whon I saw Atitony clasp hor in his
arms nt Tarsus 1 Her beauty still clothed
hor liko a garment; tbo eyes wero yet deep
and unfathomable as tho blue sea. Tho faco
still splendid In its great lovellnoss. And
yot nil was chnnged. Tune, that could not
touch hor charms, had stumped upon hor
prcsonco such u look of weary griof us may
not be written. Passion, boating over in
that Uereo heart of hers, had written his
record on hor brow, nnd in her eyes shone
the sad light of sorrow.
Low I bowed before this most royal wom
an, who once had been my lovo nnd my de
struction, and yet knew mo not.
Bho looked up wearily, and spoko in her
slow, well-remembered voieo.
"Bo thou urt come at length, Physician.
How callost thou thysolf Olympus I 'Tis
n name of vrnmise. for surely now thl.tho
uods of Kgypt havo aesorted" us, "wo no
need nid from Olympus. Woll, thou hast a
learned air, for learning goes not with
beaut'. Strange, t o, thoro is that about
theo which doth r vall whut I know not.
Bay, Olympus, have wo met beforo!"
"Never, O Queen, have my eyes fallon on
theo m the body," I nnswered. "Novor
till this hour, when I come forth from ray
solitude to do thy bidding und euro theo of
thy ills "
"Straugol and even in tho
Pshaw I 'tis some memory that I
but on, UOW
catch. In the body thou sayest! then, per
chance, 1 know theo in a dreamt"
"Ay, O Queen, In dreams havo wo met."
"Thou urt a strango man who talkest
thus, hut if what I hear bo true, ono well
learned; and, Indeed, 1 do mind mo of toy
counsel when thou didst bid mo join my
Lord Antony in Syria, and how things bofell
according to thy work. Skilled must thou
bo In thu casting of nativities and in tho
law of nugurtrs, whereof theso Alexandrian
fools bavo littlo knowledge. Unco knew I
suoli another man, ono HurtuacuU," and
she sign!; "but long is ho dead as I
would I wars I und at tlmas I sorrow for
him." Bh paused, whilo I sank my head
ticsp jny breast uudstood .client.
can not I
"iniTprcE"ffie CEIs, Olympus. In the
battle at that accursed Actlura, just as the
fight raged thickest and victory began to
smllo upon us, a great terror seized my
heart, and thick darkness seemed to fall
before my eyes, whilo in my ears a voice
cried: 'Fly rtv or ptriM' and 1 fled. But
from my heart the terror leapt to tho heart
of Antony, and he followed after me, and
thus was tho battle lost. Bay, then, what '
Ood brought this evil thlngibout!"
"Nay, O Queen," I answered, "it was no
Ood for wherein hast thou angered the
Oods of Egypt! Hast thou robbed tho
temples of their faith?. Hast thou betrayed
tho trust of Eevnt! Havlne done none of
these things, how, then, can the Gods of
V.irvnt. hn wrn n with thi1 FMrnnt. tnni
naught but some natural vapor of tho mind I
that o'ercamo thy gcntlo soul mado sick
with the sight and sound of slaughter; and
as for tho noble Antony, where thou didst
go needs must that ho should follow."
And as I spolce Cleopatra turned whlto
' ana trembled, glancing at mo the while to
find my meaning. But well I knew that tho
thln6" was of the avenging Gods, for, by
thcir wll,t 1 myself had somo hand therein.
"Learned uiympus," she said, not an
swering my words; "my Lord Antony is
sick and crazed with grief. Liko somo pour
numeu siiive uu iiiucs uimscu in youuor sea
girt tower and shuns mankind yea, o'en
mo he shuns, who, for his sake, endures so
many woes. Now, this is my bidding to
tbee. To-morrow, at the coming of the
light, do thou, led by Charmlon, my watting
lady, take boat and row theo to tho Tower
und there crave entry, saying that ye bring
tldiDgs f rem the army. Then will ho causo i
you to bo let in, and thou, Charmlon, must
break this heavy news that Canidlus bears ; i
tor uanldius mmsoii 1 daro not send. And
I wn?, '! rlet ,pa9t Olympus,
nuukiiu uia luvcruu i u uu wilii lii v firaiicrnia
soothe his fevered frame with thy draughts
or value, and his soul with honeyed words,
and draw him back to me, aud all will yet
bo well. Do thou this und thou shalt have
gifts more than thou canst count, for 1 nm
yet a Quoen and yet can pay back those who
servo my will."
"Fear not, O Queen," I answered, "this
thing shall bo dono, and no reward ask I
ivho havo come hither to do thy bidding to
So I went and, summoning Atoua, mado
ready a curtain potion.
or tub ijuawino roimi or ANTONY moM
TI1K TIMONIL'M HACK TO CLCOl'ATHA; Or
THE FEAST MADE I1Y CLEOI'ATltA; AND Or
TUT. MANNER Or DEATH OF EUDOS1US TUB
RE IT was yet dawn
camo Charmlon onco
again, nnd we
walked to tho pri
vato harbor of tlio
palace. There, tak
ing boat, wo rowed to
thoisland mount where
on stands the Timonium, a
vaulted tower, strong,
small und round. And
having landed, wo twain
camo to tho door and
knocked thereon, till at
length a grating was
thrown open in tho door, and an aged
eunuch, looking forth, roughly asked our
'Our business is with tho Lord Antony,"
"Then it is no business, for Antony, my
master, sees neither man or woman."
"Yet will ho see us, for we bring tidings.
Go tell him that tho Lady Charmlon brings
tulitiiis from tho army."
Tho lmui wont, and presently returned.
"Tho Lord Antony would know if tho tld
Incrs be good or ill, for, if ill, then will ho
noni of it, for with evil tidings hath ho been
overfed of lato."
"Why why, 'tis both good and ill. Open,
sluve, 1 will make answer to tbv master!"
aud she slipped a purso of gold through the
"Woll, well," ho grumbled us ho took the
purse, "tho times are hard, and likely to be
harder; for when tho lion's down who will
feed the jackal i Give thy news thyself, aud
if it do but draw tho nobis Antony out ol
this fc-L.i .
Mow, t !lJ l A. a.
..is, lent a not whut it bo.
i.ai.r is crin, and there's
ho read t o il.e buniiucting chamber I"
Wo passed on, to llnd ourselves in a nar
row pas avre, and, leuviug tho eunuch to
our tii'J door, udvanced till we came to a
.urtaiu. Through this wo went, and found
jurso.vea 1.1 a vaulted chamber, ill-lighted
from tho roof. On tlio further side of this
rude e'l-.imber was a bed of rjijs, nnd there
Dn crouched tho figure of u man, his faco hid
in the folds of bis toga.
"Jinn liable Antony," said Charmlon,
iruwiug near, "unwrap thy face and heark
sn unto me. for 1 bring theo tidings."
Then ho lifted up his head. Marred was
hla faco by sorrow; his tanglod hair, griz
zled with years, hung aboutlns hollow eyes,
aud white on his chin was tho stuhblo of nn
unshaved beard. Squalid was his robo, aud
moro wrotclicd his aspect than that of tha
poorest beggar at the Tomplo gates. To
this, thon, had tho lovo of Cleopatra brought
tho glorious nnd ronowed Antony, afore
time Jtastor of Half tho "World I
"What will ye with me, Lady," ho asked,
"who would perish hero alone I And who
is this man who cotnos to gaze on fallen nnd
forsaken Antony 1"
"This is Uiympus, noble Antony, that
wiso physician, tho skilled in uugurles, of
whom thou bust heard much, nnd who Uleo
natrn, over mindful of thy wehuro, though
butllttlo doth thou think of hers, hath sont ,
to minister to thoe."
"And can thy physician mlnistortoa grief
such as my grief Can his drugs give mo
back my galleys, my honor und my peace I
Nay I Away with thy physician I What is
thy tidings quick out with it I Hath Can
Idius. .Dcrcbaiico. .cr.quorod Cmsurl .Tell
mo but that, aniltJjd'stiftit have n province
for thy guerdon ay I and If Octavianus Is
dead, twenty thousaud sestertla to till its
treasury. Speak nay; speak not I I fear
tho opening of thy lips us I never fenred un
earthly thing I Surely tho wheol of Fortune
hath gone round and Canldius hath con
quered! Is it not so! Nay out with it!
I can no more!"
"O noblo Antony!" sho said, "stool thy
heart to hear that which I needs must toll
theo! Can ul ins is in Alexandria. Ho hath
tied fast nnd fur, and this is his roport. For
oven whole days did tho logious watt the
coming of Antony, ns aforetime, to lead
them to victory, puttlug aside the offers of
tho euvoys of Casar, But Antony cumo
not. And then 'twas rumored that Antony
tad tied toTmnurus, drawn thither by
Cleopatra. Tho man who flrstbrought that
talo to tho camp tbo legionaries crlo4 stianie
on ay, and boat him to the death! But
ever it grew, until at length thoro was no
moro room to doubt; and then, O Antony,
thy ofllccrs slipped one by one away to
Ciusar, and whore tho officers go thoro tho
men follow. Nor Is this ull tho story; fr
thy allies Bacchus of Africa, Tarcoudi
mbtus of Cilicia, Mlthridatos of Com
magenc, Adallus of Thrace, Philadelphus erf
l'aphlagonla, Arohelaus of Cappudocia,
Herod of Judnxt, Amyntus of 0 alalia, Pole
mou of Poatus, and Malohus of Arabia all,
all have flwU or bid thoir general fly bacU
to whence they uame; and already their
ABibosaadors do crsvo cold Cnsar's om
"ilast done toy croaking, thou raven in a
BCAwk's ui or ti lUvro ruunj jo u.mol"
asked" tho "snutlenTnahTTifting EswhlU
and trembling face from the shelter of bis
hands. "Tell me more; say that Egypt's
dead in all her beauty, say that Octavianus
lowers at tho Canoplc gate, and that, headed
by dead Cicero, all the ghosts of hell do
audibly shriek out the fall of Antony l Yea,
gather up every woe that can o'erwhelm
thoso who once were great, and 1 so them
on the hoary head of him whom In thy
gentleness-thou art still pleasod to name
the noble Antony I' "
"Nay, my lord, I havo done."
"Nay, and so have I done don", qulta
done) 'tis altogether finished, and thus I
seal tho end," and snatching a sword from
I n.1 u ij j u,...i.i. i.im
solfhadInot gprung forward and grasped
... . ..." - .
i inn nanii. noriL was not. mr uurooso mm
" who is this man who comes to oazb os
he should die as yet; emce, had ho died at
. . . . i i
that hour, Cleopatra had mado her peace
with Caesar, who rathtr wished tho death
j of Antony than tho ruin of Egypt.
"Art mad, Antony! Art indeed a cow
ard!" cried Charmlon, "that thou wouldst
thus escapo thy woes and leavo thy partner
j to faco the sorrow out alone!"
"Why not, woman! Why not! Bhewould
1 not bo long alono. There's Ctcsar to keep
her company. Octavianus loves a fair
1 woman In his cold way, and still is Cleopa-
ira fair. Como now, thou Olympus 1 thou
hast held my hand my dealing death upon
! myself, advise me of thy wisdom. Shall J,
j then, submit myself to Caisar, and I, Trl
! umvir, twice Consul, and aforetime abso
1 luto Monarch of all tho East, enduro to
' follow in his triumph along thoso Roman
I ways where I myself havo passed in tri
umph!" I "Nay, Sire," I answored. "If thou dost
, yield, then art thou doomed. All last night
I questioned of tho Fates concerning theo,
! and this I saw: When thy star draws near
j to Caesar's it pales and io swallowed up;
I but when it passes from his radianco, then
! bright and big it shines, equal in glory to
j his own. All is not lost, and whilo somo
i part remains, every thine may bo regained.
Egypt can yet bo hold, armies can still bo
raised. Ca;sar hath withdrawn himself;
ho Is not yot at tho gates of Alexandria, and
perchunco mar bo appeased. Thy mind in
its fover hath fired thy body; thou art sick
and canst not judge aright. Bee hero, I
have a potion that shall mako theo whole,
for well skilled ami in thoartof mediclno,"
and I held out tho phial.
"A potion, thou sayest, manl" he cried.
"Moro liko it is n poison, and thou a mur
derer, sent by false Egypt, who would fain
bo rid of me now that 1 may no moro be ot
servico to her. Tlio head of Antony is tha
peaco offering she would send to Cajsar
sho for whom I havo lost a.111 Givo me thy
draught. By Bacchus 1 I will drink it,
though it bo tho very elixir of Death!"
"Nay, noblo Antony; it is no poison, and
no murderer am I. See, I will tasto it, if
thou wilt," and I held forth the subtile po
tion that has power to fire tho veins of men.
"G'voitme, Physician. Desperate men
are b-avo men. There! Why, whatis'hlsl
Youro is a magic draught! My borrows
seom to roll away liko thunder clouds be
foro tho southern galo, and tho spring ot
Hopo blooms frcfrh upon thedosert of my
teart. Onco more am I Antony, and onco
again I 6co my legions' spears a-sparklo in
tho sun, and hear the thunderous shouts of
wolcomo as Antony beloved Antony I
rides in his pomp of war along his deep
formod lines! Thero'shopol there's hopo I
Yot may I soo tho cold brows of Cxsar
that Cmsar who never errs except from
policy robbed of their victor bays, und
crowned with shameful dust!"
"Ay," cried Charmion, "thoro isyothopo,
If thou wilt but play the man I O my Lord!
como hack with us; como back to tho loving
nrms of Cloopatral AU eight sho lies upon
hor golden bed, nnd fids tho hollow dark
ness with her groans for 'Antony I' who, en
amored now of Grief, forgets his duty nnd
"I come ! I come ! Shamo upon mc, that I
dared to doubt her I Slave, bring water,
and a purplo robo; not thus can I ba seen
of Cleopatra. Even uow 1 come."
In this fashion, then, did wo draw Antony
back to Cleopatra, that tho ruin of the
twain might bo mado sure.
Wo led him up tho Alabaster Hall and
Into Cleopatra's chamber, whero she lay, her J
cloudy hair about her face and breast, and j
tears flowing from hor deep eyes. j
"O Egypt!" ho cried, "bohold mo at thy j
Sbo sprang from tho couch. "And nrt i
thou here, my love!" sho murmured ; "then !
once ngain uro all things well. Como noar,
and In thoso arms forgot thy sorrows and
turn my grief to joy,
Oh, Antony, whilo
lovo Is left to us, still havo wo all!"
And sho fell upon his breast and wildly
That samo day Charmion camo to mo and
bade mo prepare a poison of tbo most dead
ly powor. And this at first I woul I not do,
fearing that Oloopatra would therewith
mako an end of Antony before tho time.
But Charmion showed me that this was not
so, and showed to mo also for what pur
poso was tlio poison. Thereforo I sum
moned Atoua, tho skilled in simples, aud
all that ufternoon wo labored at tho deadly
work. And whon it was done, Charmlon
camo onco moro, bearing with her a cbaplot
of fresh roses that sho bado mo steep lu the
(TO UK CONTINUED.
Fenutor Kdimiiitls lias introduced n hill
to pay to tho heirs of tbo ownerw of the
Cudiima, which vessel brought over 1-v
favotto to this country in 1S-M, n mini duo
for what tho French (lenoral ate nnd
drank during tho voyage. The hill calls
for l),:!71.u7, niul was referred to tlio
Committee on Claims.
I French scientific mon nnd engineer
are discussing tho feasibility of n railroad
across tho Desert of fcliihimi. It Ih claimed
Unit eiich an tiitorpriso is necessary to
confirm tho hold of Franco upon her
jKissrssiotiH iioii tho wtst coast of Africa
und to develop tlio North African prov
inces Unit Mio holds.
Steam eurfacu cars or dummies are
used l-v () timet mil road oompanie '
l'.in n.'.i.r Mi I I -' t .i' tl . ri . '
lu.nou.tiOO imsfengers wfUi only two fatal
und forty-one minor iu lidentn.
HABfTS OF THE TAPIR.
A Queer Animal Fonnd In East India and.
Tho East Indian tapir resomblos tho
boar in form, though standing hlgbor on
his legs, and has at tho extremity of his
hoad, instead of a snout, a littlo mus
cular trunk, which ho can elongatfor
Bhorton at pleasure, and which givos
him somo analogy to tho elephant, but
which is entirely dostitu to of thatfingor
liko appondago which tho lattor animal
uses with such dexterity,
i About four and a half foot high and
ton foot long, tho body of thu tapir is
fat and clumsy, and onds in a large
croup; his bony hoad is qulto strong,
his eyes small, his oars long and iloxiblo;
tho legs aro strong, and torminato, in
tho anterior extremities in four toos,
and in tho posterior In throe. Tho tail
is but littlo dovelopod, and tho skin is
scantily furnished with silky hair. Tho
head, neck, shouldors, logs and tail are
black. Tho rest of tho body is of a
whitish color, and thore is no mano on
Tho tapir inhabits tho island of Suma
tra and tho peninsula of Malacca, whore
it is as common as tho elephant and
rhinoceros. It livos solitary, and fre
quents marshy places, whero it is fond
of wallowing; It walks fast and swims
easily; its food is ontlroly vegetable,
and consists of fruits and wild roots as
well as tho young shoots of plants
Timid and gcntlo in disposition, this
animal is easily tamed; it never attacks
man, whom it avoids carefully. Tho
flesh is esteemed by tho natives,
through, dry and disagroeablo to tho
tasto, but Its hide Is very tough, and is
usefully employed by them for domestic
purposes or tlio fabrication of dofonsivo
There aro othor animals of tho same
species in othor parts of tho world.
Tlio Amorican tapir, whon full grown,
is six feet in total length, and about
threo and a half in height. In gonoral
form it resembios tho hog; but tho logs
aro rather longer in proportion, and
tho noso is prolonged into a small,
movable proboscis. Tho fore feet havo
four toos, and tho hind ones threo only,
Tho eyes aro small and latoral, and
tho ears long and pointed; tho skin
thick, and covered with scattering, short,
silky hairs: the tail short and slightly
hairy. Tho teeth resomblo tlioso of a
hoi'se. It is the largest animal of South
America, and is found in all parts of
that continent, though most abundant
in Guiana, Brazil and Paraguay. It
shuns tho habitations of mon, and leads
a solitary llfo in tho interior of forosts,
In moist situations, but selocts for its
abode a place somewhat olovated and
dry. By traveling always tho samo
rounds, it forms boaton paths which aro
very conspicuous. It comes out only in
tho night or in rainy weather, and ro
sorts to the marshes. Its ordinary paco
is a sort of trot, but it somotimes gal
lops, though awkwardly, and with the
head down, and, besidoa, swims with
facility.' In the wild state, it lives on
fruits and young branches of trees, but
whon domesticated, oats ovory kind of
food. Though possessod of greatstrength,
it niakos uso of it only in defence; and
its disposition is mild and timid. Tlio
flesh is dry and of disagroeablo tasto;
but tho skin is tough, atjd might bo ap
plied, to many ttsofui purpoaos. N. Y.
THE- PEGU JAR TRAP.
Why tlin Jliirmrso Arn So Siii'cehsful
Rats may leadily bo induced to jump
or drop into any recoptnelo, especially
as it alfords thr'uiadequuteconeeulment,
and they do this without one lingering
suspicion of their inability to reach tho
only existing outlet when tho time for
rotreat approaches. Thus traps on this
principle may readily bo designed, and
aro obviously preferable to our rat-traps
whero tho vermin aro numerous. This
method was thus explained by our cor
respondent, who spoko of tho trap as
being "most successfully used in Bur
mab, whore tho rats aro a perfect post.
This jar trap was sot for threo nights.
On the first occasion I saw seventy-two
rats turned out On tho second night
only nine rats wero caught, and on tho
third night not ono was caught. Tho
trap was thon put away for somo
I weeks, when it was again succoss
' fully used, but I am unablo to say to
j what extent it thon succeeded. Tho
i common Pegu jar I used was about
I or 3 feet deep and 14 or 15 inches broad,
j and a hole was punched in the shouldor
j just largo enough for a rat to ontor.
j Thoro was about six or sovon inches of
j paddy (rice in husk) in tlio jar, which
j was thon buried to within about oight
j inchos of tho top. Tho mouth of tho'
jar was then closed with a board and a
, stone. A quantity of old timber joist
and straw were in tho out-house, and no
ond of rat-holes evorywhoro around.
"I incline to tho opinion . that my
bluo-logged Iiiirmnh servant vory 'judic
iously' punched tho holo with an old
nail and a hammer, for, though It was,
by no melius regular or qulto round (it
soomed at llrst sight too small), it just
admitted a hungry rat. I do not think
tho rats, after thoy had oaten all tho
grain, could havo gotten through tho
holo, they soomed so illlod out; othor
wiso, with such a lot in tlio jar, some
could havo got to tho hole and pulled
through, I imagine A moving mass of
frlghtoned, scroaming rats is a bad
'taking off' for a jump, I admit, but an
old follow now and thon might havo hit
tho holo, 1 doubt If ho could, however,
havo got through." It is important,
however, in traps of this kind, to seo
that tlio inside of tho vessel is so
smooth as to atrord no foothold for tho
rats, or thoy will readily escape by
climbing the sldos. London Field.
A school boy's essny on tbo Fatbor
of IllsCountry started out with: "Goorgo
Washington liukod the British, was
olooted President of tho United States,
and woro punU that didn't bag at tho
knoos." That sooins to cover noarly tho
whole ground. Norrlatown Horald.
Tlio small boy may oocaslonnlly fall
in other thin?, but you can depend up
on it thi iv ih one thing ho will alwuva
do; fut t.. a -:,.w in tlmu. Atcbisuu
Ti.i - n moat subtle of
all too boasts of the field, but tho army
trador is sutler. -Boston Trauscript