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A Tale of tlie Early Solders
DY AUSTIN C. DUnOICK
l'or aiiuin lilotncli t n Hlliion unfed Minn
llin fillr lllrl In til I rr aaliiiilahmciit. II"
w at a limn In luidcrslaiiil whether alio
wna tusking gniiin of him, nr whether aim
win In cnriical. Ilm had lm rohVrteil fur
n iniiiiii'iil ti poll ilm i-lin mil i-r of tlin
lovely imihII lm . knew ll. in would tain
known Hint aim rniiM not ili-arcnd In "port
with Ilia fccllnga, Tlii'li lio Mt 111 IlllKlit
appeal lii her hearl.
"Alnl" liu iiiiiriinirt'il, choking down
lila liiillKiinllun, "you know nut what fun
ill). Yini know nut I hi iiri love that
dwella IIU n ruiiatinilng II ro wllliln. Hut
I will nut ask you tu tunrry inu now, (Inly
iriunlai Hint, snimt time, you will bn
mini-. Illve inn your lii'iirt, anil pledge
inn jour liniiil. Atnl llii'ii wit will lm mar
ried when you nru older. (, ilo not re
fuse iiik thlal"
"My fiuiaclriiro, Hlnion, If wn wait for
that, your hnlr will In' gray, ntul Toil will
have tu nk wlih n staff. And then
what a anrry-liniklng rnuplit wo lioulil
iiniko! Hun t, pliiiuii iliiu t talk mi)'
mure. Il'a foolMi In you in ilii an, I ilu
really begin in llilnk sou urn In enriieat
Hut I ilon't wiinl lit hear yon apeak an
any morn--truly, I dnift.
"Then ynu will never love mo?"
"Why, I Ion- you now, cumin. I have
alwaya lonsl you. Why will you In) an
"Alaa, l.nulaet you ham alruck tho
dagger (o my mil, Tim lamp of my I If"
liaa it not, nml all my hupra am ailllk
In utlvr ilnrkncaa! You liner done tluia
luuc li. Now, In merry, take my dagger
ami flu I li my pnlu. Take away the llfo
you have ruranl, ami let my aoul escape
I he aiiuuy ll miiat endure while near thro
When lliuil art not inlnel
"rllnp, Hlniiin," Interrupted the maid
rn, Juat aa he waa pulling on I lie fitilah
lug atrokv ami look of agony. "I ran't
i your wife: I netrr ran. Ho there'a
an end of that matter. Ami now let ua
forget that we ever hail any aurh foollah
"Anil how lung haa Ihla In en your
mill. 11" fairly hUael Lotmla, aa annn aa
he could ao far recover from lila utter
nmateuient aa to ept-ak.
"How long?" repeated LouLe, In stir
prlae. "Why, you mlitht na well aak me
hnw long twat allien I hail resolved that
I woillil not marry with oht Tony, Juat aa
well exactly. Nature aet up the harrier
when alio mail mo your omnia eighteen
yeara after your hlrtli. Now "
At till" moment I.oule heanl her fath
er calling her from I lie hull, nil J h
"Vou hear?" alio uttered. "My father
want" ma. Now J oil won't think any
thing mom of thla-wlll you? Put off
that ugly-looking fare aa anon aa you rail
ami then come out ainl Join ua In our ao
rial enjoyment. Them he ralla again.
Here I am-coiulng!" A 111 with thrao
wonla, Ihn liuoyaut, happy-hearted girl
tripped out from the room.
Tor aomo momeiila, Hlnion lihola atooil
Ilk ono thunileralriirk, ami aeemeil
watching, with a vacant atare, the plaen
where the young laity hail been standing,
aa If a lurl.l gleam of vivid lightning hail
made Ua tranalt. Then ho alarteil hack
a pare ami cleuclTod hoth hl Data.
"lly heavens!" he uttered, whl'n lila
fare tururil livid with raile, "anil ahall I
liear this? Khali 1 alt calmly hy, ami serf
another carry off tho mahleii ami pocket
the half of Hi. Julli-n's fortune Hhall I
c that wraith nblrli haa heen ao lung
In my graap that wenllli whlrh I hare
looked upon aa mine, now wrcatcd from
mo? Tor yeara 1'te rhrrlaheil thla fond
hope thla picture uf wealth, ami now It
til 11 at not Ih) hloHti away thua. Ht. Ju
lleu la worth thla ilay tiro humlrril thou
aaml rrowna, ami they ahall not liaro It
all-they ahall not!"
A week hail paaaeil away alnrc Hlnion
hail coiifcaacd lila romnlillc love for
Ixiulae, ami during that tlmo ho hail
maintained much of hla wonted compos
ure. Tor a ilay or two after the morti
fying rrpulao lm hail heen mooily ami
taciturn, hut ho gradually orrrramo It.
anil now ho amlleil aa uaiial, ami made
himself generally agrrnahle. Olio after
noon, aa soon aa illnner waa over, Jnu
part ami I.011I atnrleil off ou a hunting
expedition, Their plalola they concealed
within 't lie lioaoma of their hunting alilrta,
ao that they might not catch In tho
bushes, ami their knives were In llku man
ner protected, They Imlh had excellent
Toledo rillea, and aet (iff In high aplrlta.
With quick atepa they m ado their way
up tho river, uutll they hid paaaeil Ibu
bounds of tho clearing, and then their
tepa tecum moro caillloua, for they
hoped thcro might bo a deer somewhere,
They had bunted ahotlt In tho foreat
for nearly an hour, when a moremitit
among tho bualiea at aomo dlalnnco at
tracted their attention, mid upon creep
ing carefully up, they aaw a large deer
drinking at a amall brook that emptied
lulu tho river cloao by.
"Her," whispered tloupart, "here nro
I,oul looked at the spot which hla
companion pointed out, anil a audden
atart caused tloupiirt to aak hlui Ita
"Thnt'a tho truck or a man," aald
"Some of tho negroes have been out
here," ailggcatod (loupart.
"No, no," returned the oilier, "They
haru nut been out hero to-day."
"Hut t li it t may huvo been inndo yea
torday, or aoveral daya ago,"
"No," aald I.oula, atlll gailug upon the
track, "Thla win madu to-day, Juat
look, ami you will aeu that tlieao leavea
aro atlll damp on tho upper edge where
tho foot baa preaaed them up. Tbcan
other leavea, you aee, aro dry wheru tho
id go la free of the earth, Then here
eo thU broken twig! aeu wheru It haa
been preaaed down, Now look!" And na
ho apoke, ho lifted tho twig, and showed
tho pluco wbero It laid waa perfectly
dry, whoreaa, had It lulu tbero oven over
night, Its bed would baro been dump,
"Then thcro'u been an Indian here,
"Well, never mind Lot's secure thla
deer. He'll be dono drinking noon, uud
then wo may loso hlui. Lot me fire first,
tills time, Louis,"
"Very well, Itlaio away, nntl I'll bo
ready to follow, In caso you don't bring
hi in down,"
Accordingly, Ooupart brought his rlflo
to bis shoulder, and In a moment moro bo
fired, Tho noblo onlmiil guyo a leap
backward, and wlilln bo stood for n mo
ment as though about to start on, Louis
tired, but even aa ho pulled tho trigger
the deer gave n leap forward and plung
ed headlong upon tho earth,
"Your ball killed him, Ooupart 1" cried
Louts, the two started forward to
gether. And It w found to be even so,
(loupnrt'a bullet having entered Just bark
nf thn shoulder, and of (ourau penetrated
i no neari.
Louis had mnda a wound for thn liur
poan nf Needing llin animal, and Ooupart
was kneeling by hla aide, when they weru
alartled iiy Ihn whlatllng of something
between their beads, followed by a dull
"chunk" eluan in them, anil mi ralaliu
Hnlr heaila, I her aaw a long arrow atlck
lug Into a tree directly In front of them,
Willi a iiilck rry, lhay atarled to their
rent, and thn licit thing that saluted
(hem waa a low howl rluso at band.
They turned and aaw a parly of alx In
diana coming towards them, with their
"Ilern'a a scrape," ullrerd Ooupart
starting back. "What dors It Mean?"
"I'll find nut," returned Loula. calmly.
"Hut don't show your plalola, for they
know wn'rn discharged our rlflea, and
thn hnpn In taku ua nl a illaadvanlage.
Then turning to Ihn rod men, he naked
"What iiiiw, red brethren? What seek
yn hern J
llin Indians consulted a moment to
gether, and then one of them advanced
a single pace, and milled!
"Wn seek tho young while chief and hla
friend, Wo would apeak with (hem kind
"Then why did you send thai arrow at
"Wn aaw you not then, Only the head
of Iho tleer."
Now Loula almply know that they wero
lying to him, and aa tills became appar
ent he knew that Ihey meant him harm.
"If you havn anything to any to us, ssy
It at once," lm said.
"Ih-I our while brothers not fear. If
Ihey will come with ua, wn will tell them
what ahall bo In their good."
"I will apeak with my friend." And
thua saying, Loula turnod towards bis
"Onupart," ho aald, speaking nulckly.
aim In a low lone, "those are Ohlcka
sawa, and Ihey mean to lake us prison
ers. In sll probability they hop for
a high ransom from my father for us,
Wn have two plalola each. You Hover
mlaaed your mark yet In my sight. Are
your nerves steady nnwr
"As steady aa ever," returne.1 Ooupart,
not a til I to atirprlaetl to seo how calm
and fesrleaa hla youthful companion waa.
"Then hate them In readlneaa, and
mind, my word, for I know Ihnan fellows
well. Yel keep your rlllo, for you'll ueed
It for a club. '
Neat IaiuIs turned to Ihn Indians and
"We have concluded not to follow you;
but If you have anything to tell ua, we
Upon thla, the red men conversed to
gether again for a few momenta, and
then, with quirk, wild geatures, and a
low howl, not unlike the volco of a hun
gry wolf, ihey aprang forward with their
lomahawka uplifted. In all probability
Ihey auppiiaed this would be auRlclriit tu
awe Ihn white yuutba Into Immediate aub-
mlaaluii. I In- pale txiy ihey thought aa
eaay prey, and very likely Ihey knew that
lb other waa a newcomer lulo Iho coun
try, and hence Imagined that their trrrl
hie appearance and fearful antics would
strike hi in with terror.
"Now I" whispered Louis. "You take
the two men on your side, and I'll take
the two un the other side. Don t waste
In an Instant tho two coinpanlona had
drawn their weapona, and at the same
Instant Ihey both fired. Hour after hour,
and dsy after day, had they practiced
together at plalol shooting, and their
aim waa aa quick aa It waa aure. The
two otitab'e men ataggered, and on the
ueit Inatant. the yotltha tired again. At
thla movement, (he aavugca weru thrown
Into a atatn of alarm. Three of their
number were, shot through the head and
bad fallen, while the fourth had received
a ball In his neck and was staggering
back. In a moment, Uoupart and Louis
saw their advantage, and tboy aeltrd
their empty rillea ami aprang forward.
and In a few moments more tho six In
illans lay prostrate. A full minute tho
two victors a loo J and gated upon the
work Ihey had done, and then Loula turn
etl to hla companion and aald:
"If we'a killed 'em all, we ahall nover
know surely what Ibis all meant."
"Aro these two laat onea dead, think
you?" returneil Ooupart. "They may be
Well see; hut I Ihlnk you'll find tho
one I struck with hla brains rather dis
turbed." And sn It proveil with- both of them,
for upon examination It waa found that
their skulls wero both broken In, and
that llfo was eitlnct. Hut while they
wero thus engaged they heard a groan
cloao at hand, and on turning they saw
that ono of tho Indiana who had been
abot bad worked himself almost Into a
sitting posture against a tree, and waa
now trying to work further around, so ss
to get bis face lowarda the went. Hoth
Loula and Ooupart hastened to him at
once, when they found that be had re
ceived a ball through the neck.
Water, water" ho groaned,
Htop," uttered Loula, as bis compan
ion started towarda tho brook. And then
turning to tho dying Indian, hu said:
If wo II get you water and turn your
ryes to the setting sun, will you tell tho
"I will I will!"
Tho water waa brought In Oounart's
canteen, and upon drinking, the poor fel
low seemed to revive, Ooupart bound
up his neck, which wua bleeding prufuae
ly, and just as bo bad linlahcd the job
tho Indlau put out his weakening arm,
and laid his hand upon Louis' shoulder.
'The pale boy has the heart of a great
warrior. He would not have escaped ua
bad we known how bruvo he was."
'Hut why old yon try to do this?"
asked Louis, "ltemeniber now, you prom
ised to speak truly."
Whlto man brought gold here, and we
have learned to lovo It. Much gold had
been oura, and wi " The Indian
untied, for' be was weak, and he made
a sign that they ehooJd turn his faco to
wards tho sun. "And," he tittered, "bury
"Look yel" cried Louis, grasping him
by the arm, and gating Intently luto hla
face, while Ooupart stood by reloading
the rillea, "If you do not tell me Instant
ly what all this means, I'll dig a bole In
the earth ami you shall be burled with
your bead down. You know very well
where you'll go to then. Now tell me,
who sent you to kill us?"
"Wu dldn t mean to kill the pale boy,
replied tho Indian, speaking slowly and
with ililllculty. -
Hut who acnt you to capture htm I lie-
member bead down!"
"Ion bad known better, had you spar
ed another. That man was our chief;
Hut you know something. Tell ma
nil, or, as sure as I live, you go In
"Twaa white man's gold. Tho pole
boy and tho palejioy'a friend both have
enemies. There's a strange bird In the
"Bpcak plalnerl Tell mo
Loula atonned. for he aaw that the
death shade had passed over tho red
tnan'a face, and at he lot go tno now
heavy hand, the body fell over aldewnys
upon tho turf.
"Is no dead " asked uoupan.
"Yea: and tbe secret of this strange
scene is dead with him, ao far as our
uieaui of arriving at It are concerned.
Onupart, there's something here i.e. had
Hut Ht. Denis knew not what tn reply,
fur a auaplclnii had count to him, but bo
tlarnd not apeak It loo suddenly. Ho thn
two hunters aloud fur aomo moments
and gstnd upon Ihn dead men in alienee.
"Well," said l-oula, nfler a while, "let's
leave tlieao bodies hern, and In the morn
ing wu'll send our negroes out In bury
thorn, Now, let's lit our venison, and
then start for home, for we've had ad
venture, enough fur ono day. You begin
now In sen aomo nf our Ioulaliiiia life.
How tin ynu like It?"
Ht, Denla gsted upon his companion
anmii momenta In silent admiration, and
then he aald:
"(), thla Is much better than nothing,
though onrn a year would be often enough
for audi sport."
"Ho It would. Hut now for our other
They went to where tbe deer still lay,
and having removed iho skin from the
hesd, neck and foro shoulders, they sep
arated Ihn carcass, and then rolling tbe
ssildlo up, Ihey shouldered it, and giving
unit mum look at tbe fallen Indians, they
turned their faces t'owsrda home,
(To be continued.)
OASEY'8 HAIR TURNED WHITE.
Had Had Hears In lloatlle Indian
Col. I). C. C'saey. aiiiierliileiwlvnt of
Iho Medler mines, was one of n party
of olil-tlmo New Mexicans who Imp-IH-iieil
to congregate nt Clifton a ftliort
tlmo ago. nntl naturally fell to telling
stories of their early life. At lawt It
cumo Citsvy'a turn, nntl Uio Clifton Urn
reports bla version of a thrilling expe
rlt nci) wlh tho Indian. Tho rcmlubv
renro wna cnllcil forth by n comment
upon Caacy'a Nnow-whlto hnlr.
Well, aald Casey, I'll tell you bow It
hapcuiil, boys. It wna the year Uint
Judge McComaji ant bis wife wero
klllcit by thu Indians In tho Hurro
Mountain '83 or 'SI, I've forgotten
which. It was aomo lime uflcr Hint af
fair, however, when thlnpi bn4 quieted
down r. bit.
I hnil been In the, hills, ami wu re
turning to Hllvcr City through tho
Hurro Mountains, nm of course wna ou
tho lookout for Indians. My borao fell
alik, ami I aiuppctl to let htm rest I
pulled off the saddle, tin! hi in to a tree,
sprcnil out my blankets nm lay down.
I was noon fust asleep, nml how long
I slept I do not know. I wan nwnkened
by aomo one prodding rnv tn tho back.
As soon ns my eye were opened I mw
Uint I wn surrounded by twelve or
flftfen Indians. They all carried weap
ons, nml had tlieiii in ttinir nanus.
Well, sir, I was no badly frightened
that I could not speak or move I won
tmrnlyzed. I mt thcro and lookeil nt
thu Indiana, and they looked at me. I
felt my hnlr stiffen out. and I knew that
It was standing straight up.
I thought of every menn thing I had
dono In my llfo. Tray? No, I couldn't
lift n hnnd to bless myself. I knew they
would kill me, and my only !iom wna
that they would shoot me. I could al
most feel their Innct's sticking through
ray Iwdy. It swmcd to mo that they
stood there nn age and looked nt me,
and I looked nt tbein.
Their ugly face nrv stamped on my
memory forever. I should rccognlzo
nny one of them In a crowd to-day, If I
should meet him. Boon I noticed ono
or two other Indians foollug with my
horse, na he waa too tick to try to get
nwny from them.
Presently they begnn to go, one at a
time, and soon they wero nil gone, ex
cept one who seemed to be the leader.
After tho other had nil gone bo nd-
dri'sncd mo In good Kngllsh and said:
Oood tiny, Dan Cnmy!" How be knew
my tiiiine, ha nlwnya been n mystery
to me. lie may hnvo bccu mo on the
reservation, or poralbly my name may
hnvo been on aomo part of my outfit
and be could read, na many of them
After he hnd gono I cat atlll tbero so
Imdly scared that I wn unnble to moro
for I don't know how long. Thcu Itko
n flash It cnino to ma Unit they wero
government scouU. I lenped to my
feet, and, though my horse waa tick, I
bent nil record to Silver City.
I hnvo IxH'n blown up In a mine, and
hnd my body crushed with dynamlto-
enps, but I never wna scared before or
since. Tbero la no scare on eartn uke
an Indian scare. Well, Insldo of a
week from Mint time my hair wn well
aprlukted with gray, and Insldo of a
year It wna n whlto ns It Is now."
Title of tho Kinder.
Infortunium concerning the Inw of
flndlug muy bo useful on norno occa
sion. Tho finder hns a clear UUo
against all Uie world but tho owner,
nml the proprietor of n conch or mil- (
wny car or ship 1ms no right to de-
iiuind nuyUiIng which may have beeu
found upon hla property or promise.
tiucli proprietor may make regulation
with regard to found property with
their employes, but they canuot bind ,
tho public." The law wna declared by
tho highest court more than one hun
dred yearn ago, on which tbe facta wero
these: A perbou found a wallet con
taining uome tnoiwy on a ahop floor. 1
Ho returned It to tho shopkeeper to N
returned to tho owner. After thrco
years, during which tho owner did not
cull for hi property, tho Under do
innnded tho wallet and money from tho '
shopkeeper. The Intter refused to do-,
liver them up on tho ground that they
were found ou his premises. Tho find-1
er then sued tho shopkeeper, and It waa j
held aa nbovo aet forth, that "against
all the world but the true owucr the
title of tho Under Is perfect."
Ilenellt of tho Iluto Dooka.
Tho Into Lord Huto owned the Huts
docks nt Cardiff, which cost nearly ,
000,000 to complete Tho construction
of theso docks had a magic effect on
tho llttlo township of Cncr-Taff. In
tha first half of tho Inst century Cardiff
added only 10,000 to Its population of
2,000 In 1800, but to-day It has a still
growing population of over 130,'XW,
wlillo Its export trade oxceeds that of
Ixiiuloti and Liverpool.
What Dreams Come,
Hobbs Old Titowadd Is about dead
from lusomuln. Bays bo Is afraid to
go to Bleep.
Doubs Does ho fear burglars?
"No; but tho Inst time ha slept ha
dreamed of giving away nionoy." Bal
Paid In Compensation.
Tho railways of Great Urltnln pny
1,400 n day on an average, In compen
sation, ns ugnUist 100 a day In 1850.
Tha leur wss nn na; wtiers tba into?
Tha fateful saadt unfalttrlag raa,
Ami as Iho war of tears
lis uujio Into tha ytsrs,
O-ir isslnral captain, forth he cams
Aa una thai snswera to hla narna:
Nor d era Mini bow high hla charge,
Ilia work bow fair and large
Tn att the atones hsck la tbt wall
Iat lbs rllrlded hnuas sbotild fall.
Ami peace from man depart,
llnpt sad tho childlike heart.
We looked on hlmi " 'Tla be," wt aald,
"Coma crownlraa snd unhtrslded,
Tbs stientiard who will keep
Tbs Oucka, will fold tbs sbeap,"
(InknlghUy, yes; yet 'twas tha nilto
f'rraailnf tbs Immortal scsnt,
tioins hstlls of Ilia wars
Who saslsth up tbs stsrs.
Nor would bs tsk tha pall Ixtween
Ilia handa, wipe valor's lahlata duo.
Commanding grealneas wslt
Till La slsud at tbs gstsi
Mot ba would cramp to ona small heal
Tbs swful laurela of ths dead.
Time's uilshlr vlnlaga cup.
And drluk all honor up.
No nutter of tbe banners bold
Home by the lasty sous of old,
Tbs haughty conquerors
Bst forward to tbrlr ware;
Not hla Ibelr blare, tbelr pagesntrtcs
Their goal, their glory, wss not bis;
Humbly be tame to keep
Tbt Hooks, to fotd tbe sheep.
Tbe need comes not without tbs man;
Tbt preactent boors uncesatog ran,
And up the way of teara
Ita cats Into tbt yeara,
Our paatoral csptslo, skilled to crook
Tbt enear Into tbt pruning book,
Tbt alajpte, kindly maa,
Ntw York Indeptndeat.
' Aunt Sellna's Valentino
fjrrJIIIJ postman'a wblatls was clear
II and shrill that morning, tho 14th of
v February, and aa b lifted tha
knee' lr on Aunt Hellna'a narrow green
door tba aound echoed through tho houat
and reached tho tara of tao Utile lady,
who hastily threw aside the brnah ahe
was using snd, shaking the duat from
btr long print apron, opened ths door
with a pleaaant amlls.
Tbe smile vanished, however, and a
look of surprise took Its place aa ahe waa
given a large squar envelope, pure
white, and tied with dainty pink ribbons
snd quaint little bows, which even ber
nlrablt fingers found It bard to untie; but
a llttlt later It waa spresd out on Ihe
tsblo before her, a valentine, all lice and
flowers and sstln bows, with two angela
bearing up a lint of lov.
Aunt Hellna'a fact waa a study. In
deed, the made a picture sitting there by
tha old fireside trying to solve thla mys
tery, and when evening came and when
aht want to feed her chickens and dog
Hover, btr only companions, she wsa atlll
asking nersoir over snd over:
"Who In all the wide world can care
tnough for mt to tend mt such a mes
ssgo of love?"
Aunt Sellna'a life bad been a quiet one;
her mother bad died while the was a
child, and, with tho help of an old nurse,
sht bad been housokeeper for her fsther
and one brother, older tbsn herself, snd
when this brother married she wss Aunt
Bellno, not only to hla children, but to
their llttlt friends as well, for ber aunny
naturt made her a favorite with them
all. When her father died ahe was left
with tbe cottage and little garden and
enough money to live comfortably In a
Hut, though 30 yeara of age, ahe had
never had a lover, so now as her mind
ran over the gentlemen whom she knew
she could think of no one who would
send ber a valentine. Still there waa the
Hayavllle postmark, tbe town whero ahe
lived, snd once again ahe went through
ber Hat of acquaintances.
' I Hero a Deacon llayea but ho Is so
l!d and gray It can't be be. And Carlos
Srown, be tits tn the pew at my right.
ait ht la really too poor to think of
iking a wife."
Tor. some way, Aunt Sollna felt that
it meant that, else why should one send
er costly a valentine to an old maid?
Once she thought of siking the post
man, and then laughed at tbe Idea. Aa
It !t would know. Ilo waa a bachelor
of middle age, and rumor aald that bo
bad no liking for ladles' society, owing to
some experience before coming to Bays
villa. Aunt Sellna thought that hla manner
bore out this statement, as he bsd made
few .friends and seemed not to csre for
the cheerful "flood morning" which she
gave him whenever ho stopped at her
It must be confesaed that when tho
next Sunday came, Aunt Sellna waa un
usually careful of her dress. She wore
ber new black silk, and her wary brown
balr waa neatly colled beneath the amall
velvet bounet. which she had freshened
up with a new satin bow, for she felt
sure that her raleutlna friend would be
at church that morning, and aa ahe en
tered the color rose In her fair face, for
ho felt that tbe deacon had apoken
more kindly than usual, aa she came
up the gravel walk, Mr. Drown had tak
en her hand la greeting and 'Squire Wat
kins, her father'a old friend, had In
quired for her health.
Aa ebo went back to ber quiet home
ah wondered If a brighter future wero
la store for ber, something besides the
loneliness that bad been ber lot for many
Time passed, and at length,' hearing
nothing more from the sender of her val--entlne,
ahe decided that either he did not
with to be known, or bad not the cour
age to carry the matter farther, ao the
little token waa laid away, the ona ro
mance of Aunt Sallna'a life.
One day a boy came running to her
door with a message, which read:
"I am very elck; will you come to me?
Your postman. JOHN XIOOHR
"Dleak Home. Hayavllle."
Yet, Aunt Sallna would go, ahe waa
always ready to help the suffering, but
when she entered the room where John
Moore lay, the nurse, came quickly to
ward her, telling ber that he had not
long to live, and she thought the same
when aba saw what a wrock the fever
had mad of the once strong man.
Perhaps It waa bla constitution that
brought him through, or It may have
been Aunt Sellna'a cheerful face and gen
tle waya, for John Mooro did not die,
although It was nany weeks before be
could travel his rounds ngsln, and dur
ing that time Aunt Sellna learned how
much ht bad cared for her, and that It
waa he who had stut the valentine, hop
ing the little mnasugo would, In some
way, help him to gain her love, for II
waa not true, the report which the gos
sips of Ilayavillo had brought against
him, but moro a reserved nature which
had made him seem iudlfferent to thoao
who would like to have been hi friends.
AuntSollna soon found that he was a
noble, true-hearted man, one she could
trust with her wholo love and life, and
when he asked I
"Will yon shnre tho home I have made
ready with the thought of you?" she did
not refuse, but a little later went quiet
ly Into tho church which the children
had filled with flowers, and when she saw
the sweet blossoms nud realised that all
HORN PKIIIIUAItr 12, 18O0.
"Let ns have faith Hint rlirlit makes mluliti and In that faith let us dare to
do our duty as wo understand It.'
this had been done for her, teara of hap
piness filled her eyes and she thought:
'How fair Is life and all changed for
me by the aid of a valentine." Indian
Tbe February aao la coldly allpplog
i- rom note ana rrozen rui.
A February wind la rudely whipping
Tbe bedge-row on Ibe bill.
Hut rude winds can not eblll.
Nor cold auna Might, nor atlll
Tbe new-born joy that tbrougb my heart
Full well I know that spring la Cupld'a
Rare mornings decked with dew
And scented eves while summer with Its
Drtngs oy to lovers, too.
Hut. deor, roy love for you
Sball flower sll seasons tbrougb.
And Hnd la escb a summer sud a May
To-nlgbt, aglow with royal winter roaes.
lour radiant race I aee.
Ueneatb your wind-blown Isabes love dis
closes Its treaaorta. timidly.
Dear, though tbe years should be
Unkind to you snd me,
Joy csn not dlt In hearts where love re
Characterletlca of the Orent limancl-
Dator as Told In S'araizrauhs.
When 10, In building a fence, Lincoln '
epllt the ralla that played ao promlueut
a part In hla first presidential campaign,
twenty-eight yeara after.
m youm lie w on an urueni auvocaic
of temperance, and delivered dlacouraes
on cruelty to snlmsls and the horrors of
war. He liked stump-speaking much
more than the ax he bad to wield to
Among tha first situations he obtained
after coming of age and striking out for
himself was as a flat-boat hand to New
Orleana. The alave auction be witness
ed there bore the ripe fruit of after years,
It is said that then and there. In May,
18.11, the Iron against alavery entered
Tall, lanky, sallow, dark and slightly
stooping he was In appearance, helm a
muscular 0 feet -t at 17. His dress In
those daya was all tanned deer bide, coat,
trnusera and moccaalns. The luxury of
wearing garments of fur and wool, dyed
with the juice of the butternut or white
walnut, waa Just being adopted in his
neighborhood, and Lincoln waa not a
person to tske the lead In elegance.
Thought, conversation and observation
were his preferences, and when growing
np he had rather a reputation for lazi
ness and forwardness, because be loved
reading and thinking ao much. Kven
from a boy be liked to have tho first
word, and to converse with any one near
enough to talk to, even to strangers de
siring to be directed, lie Is described
when Just reaching early manhood aa
exceedingly talkative, yet elemental, un
sifted and raw,
Lincoln had very little actual school
educstlon, his first goings, at the age of
10, were In Indiana, to a woman named
Ilasel Dorscy. He waa often taken from
school to work or hire out. At 11 he
went again to Andrew Crawford'a school,
and at IT he saw the last of his school
daya under a man named Swaney. All
the education he obtained afterward was
through his own exertions. "Education
defective" was his own definition given
to the compiler of the Dictionary of Con
gress, although It was not a pleasant
thought to him.
Hclng raised tn a community supersti
tious In the extreme, Lincoln believed In
supernatural portents all his life. Fri
day he considered fatal to every enter
prise, and, aa It turned out, well be
might. He had many dreams which he
conaldered forecasts of coming events,
once sending a telegram to his wife to
take away "Tad a platol, aa he had had
n bad dream about him. A good dream
nreaaged the rlctorles of Antletam, Mur-
frecaboro, Gettysburg and Vlcksburg. Ho
related an III one just before his assas-
Too Many Hills.
"Lord Keedmonnelgh asked me If he
could bo my valentine,"
"And you told him
"That there was too much pottage due
HOUSE IN WHICH LISCOLN
DIED GOING TO DECAY.
The rapid decay of tbe house In Wash
ington In which Abraham Lincoln died Is
attracting public attention, and it is prob
able that something will be done to pre
serve It. It contains the Oldroyd col
lection of Lincoln relics, and until re
cently was In tbe care of private tenants.
who charged a amall admission fee to
visitors. Now it Is lu the cure cf a so
ciety, but nothinz hna been dono tn nre-
, serve or renalr tho w.illa or the Inter nr.
, The house Is directly across the street
from the site of I'ord'a Theater, where
Lincoln waa shot.
LINCOLN'S NARROW ESCAPE,
Fiendish Plot to Inocnlntc Illra with
The demand for nn additional body
guard around the White House recalls an
Incident of tbe civil war within the mem
: ory of many residents. During the exclt-
, In; period of 'Ul great fears were enter-
talned for the safety of the President.
nud every precaution waa taken to insure
bis jiersonal protection.
One morning there appeared at the
White House a woman, closely veiled,
demanding an immediate interview with
Mr. Lincoln. Approaching Messenger
I'erklns, who guarded the door of Xlr.
Lincoln's pritate office, the visitor made
known her request and pleaded earnestly
that she be admitted to n personal Inter
view. The doorkeeper's orders were, how
ever, very strict, and finding her eloquence
all In vain, she finally compromised by
confiding ber message to the courteous
but firm employe. Taking him to one
side, the veiled lady took both his hands
In hers and tenderly rubbed them as she
extracted a promise that he would Imme
diately deliver her request to the Presi
dent. I'erklns was almost overcome by a
most peculiar odor that appeared to ema
nate from his companion, and hastened to
get rid of her without creating a scene.
No sooner had he accomplished thla than
he confided to one of the household tbe
effect produced upon him while in con
versation with the Importunate visitor.
A physician who was present promptly dt-
Tinea ine irutn and Instituted a Bearch
fnr ttlA nrAmnn n-han It w-f... 1. 1
rr, , " " ,' ,
mediately ordered to return to his home
and await dcvelopmenta.
Within the usual period he was taken
111 with one of the worst cases of vlru-!
lent smallpox on record, and for weeks
lay at the point of death. Upon his re
covery the faithful measeugcr, whose de-
vo,ro'n' to dutV doubtles?,. the H?e of
the President, was appointed by Mr. Un -
coin to a permanent position on the clcrl-
cal force of the War Department, which
office he has continued tu hold up to date.
A man who heard Abraham Lincoln
speak la Norwich, Conn,, sonic time be
fore bo was nominated for President,
was greatly Impresed by the closely knit
logic of the speech. Meeting him next
day on a train, he asked him how he ac
quired his wonderful logical powers and
sucn acutcness in analysis. Lincoln re
plied: It was my terrible discourage
ment which did that for me. When I
was a young man I went Into an office
to study law. I saw that a lawyer's
business Js largely to nrovo thlnsa. 1
said to myself, 'Lincoln, when Is a thing
nMl 'l-K ,. . ....
t.tv.iu, .u.i ,,a u puser, 11 rial con.
stltutes proof? Not evidence: that was
not tho point. Thero may be evidence
enough, but wherein consists the proof?
i groaneu over tne question, and finally
said to myself, 'Ah, Lincoln, you can't
tell.' Then I thought, 'what use Is it for
me to be In a law office If I can't tell
when a thing Is proved? So I gave It up,
and went back home. Soon nftcr I re
turned to tbe old log cabin, I fell In with
a copy ot Euclid. I had not the slight
est notion ot what Euclid was, and I
thought I would find out. I therefore be
gan, at the beginning, and before spring
I had gono through tbe old Euclid's ge
ometry, and could demonstrate every
proposition Jn tho book, Then In the
spring, when I had got through with It,
I said to' myself one day, 'Ah, do you
know when a thing Is proved?' and I an
swered, 'Yes, sir, I do,' 'Then sea miy
go back to the law shop;' and I wot.'
NEW WAY TO KILL SNAKES.
Hqiilrreta Have Dtvlattt Method ot
Oettlitir the Iteatof an lintniy.
A new condition of nlilmnl life hns
developed ou Indian Island, In tha
Htnto of Maine. As tbs Indians, who
Inhabit the Island never kilt anything
Ihey do not cat, mid ns they eat
neither squirrels nor snakes, both of
these species hnve multiplied greatly
of late years, and they have become ns
common as grasshoppers and ns un
afraid of man.
It came about In this wayt The natu
ral food of tho targe striped snake con
sists of Insect with now and then a
plump frog or n toad for a holiday
feast. As the Indians do not kill
makes unless they nro very hungry
Iho reptiles Increased so fnat ou the
Island that all tho frogs nnd toads nnd
most of the Insects were exterminated,
compelling tbe snakes to eat chipmunks
Tboy chose tbe chipmunks. Though
these smnll squirrels are found all over
tbo latand, they aro moat plentiful In
the little cemetery nt tbe south end.
The big striped snnkes soon lenrncd
where game was thickest nnd began to
mako raids upon the undefended boles
of tbe squirrel, catching them by tbe
legs as they passed In and out, swallow
ing them whole as they do frogs.
For live or six years tbe struggle for
mastery between the chipmunks nnd
the snakes was a hard ono.
Tbe ratio between tbe two was decid
edly In favor of the snskes, and tho
chipmunks were In a fair way to bo
wiped out, when an Inventive squirrel
discovered a way of killing tbe snakes
without fighting them.
While a snake will enter any bole In
tbe ground that Is large enough to re
ceive Its body, no snnke hns yet been
able to dig a hole for Itself, and when
over a snake Is plugged Inside of n hole
that snake remains where It Is until It
dies of starvation.
Somgjjow the chipmunks learned this
weak spot In tbe defense of snakes
and tboy began offensive operations.
Every day tbey went leaping among
tbe graves snd snuffing at tbe boles to
learn If there were snakes Inside. As
oon as one was discovered the squirrels
carried earth In their cheek pouches
until the bide containing the snake was
filled with earth and beaten down level
with the grass.
They kept close watch for prying
snakes for two or three years In succes
sion, and last summer there was hardly
a large snake to be found on tbe Isl
and, while tbe chipmunks had Increas
ed so rapidly that tbey ate up many of
the growing crops upon which the In
dian depended for cash bounties from
In digging among the graves of their
sncestors to rid the Island from a pest
of chipmunks the Indians unearthed
hundreds of dead snakes which bad
been burled alive by tbe squirrels. Then
tbe world was enlightened ns to n new
wny of killing snakes.
LIKE 30 CENTS."
How a Cnrrcnt Slang Phrasal Started
on Its Travels
The origin ot slang has nlways been
a puzzle to philologists, but once In a
while a current phrase can be traced
to Its source. Tbe colloquialism "To
feel like thirty cents" hi apparently
nonsensical, but It Is certainly tbe
most forceful expression of the dny
for denoting nnythlng small, mean and
contemptible In one's own sight. Its
origin Is thus explained by a Philadel
phia lawyer, who sometimes practices
In New York:
"There Is a vagrant law In New
Vork under which a person having no
visible means of support may be plac
ed In durance. It has also been de
cided In that State that n person hav
ing to small a sum as thirty cents In
his possession has 'visible means of
support.' Now there Is no law In New
Vork except tbe vagrant law under
which pool sellers and gamblers may
be held. Shortly after tho decision Just
mentioned was formulated two gam
blers were captured In a raid and tak-p
en to the Tenderloin station house.
They sent for a lawyer, who came and
bad a talk with them. 'It will never
do to make any show of money here,'
he said. 'Give me your rolls.' They
handed their wads over to blm and he
gave each of tbem a quarter and a
nickel, with instructions to produce the
coins when be asked them to do so In
When their cases were called the
lawyer got them off on the plea that
they wero not vagrants, each having
tho legal amount of funds lu his pos
session. Just as the decision was reu-
I - ...
la;rel in favor of his clients a messen-
Inwj'cs Prescuce nt the -Supremo
Court He left without seeing his ell-
cuts, and they wended their way to the
"How do you feel?" said one.
"I feel like thirty cents, said the
0t"' 'and .
011 back' or what s lp" t It."
"And that's bow that phrase was
started In Its travels." New York
1 Mall and Express.
In 1712 tbe London Spectator com
plained of suutf-taklng as an imperti
nent custom adopted by lino women
nnd equally disgusting whether prac
ticed sedately or coquettlsbly. Some
used the box only as a means of dis
playing tbctr pretty bands; but tbe
thorough-paced woman of fashion
pulled out her box In the mlddlo of
the sermon and freely offered her best
Brazilian to friends of either sex nnd
asked the church warden to take a
plucb as she dropped her money Into
tbe collecting plato. Thus for a ttnia
tho snuffbox was as much a part of
the "flue lady's" toilet as the fan It
self. More than once the snuffbox has
played an Important part In political
life. After tbo banishment ot Napo
leon to Elba, nnd while tho IJonapart
Ists were plotting for his return, they
used to HU their boxes with snuff
scented with violets bis favorite
flower. When desirous of learning
which side an Individual favored tbey
would offer a pinch and significantly
ask, "Do you llko this perfume?"
Talleyrand always said that diplo
matists ought to tnko snuff, ns It af
fords a pretext for detaytug a reply
nnd gave opportunities for covering
any luroluntary expression of emotion.