The Contrabandist; .-TTiT-- " ' ' OR Z ne Lite's Secret! OIIAI'TIOIt XI. I A itrniiKiT liruuitlit n until for Louis soma hours nfliT tlm disappearance of ltose. Hi milil nuino was Itnlinonde, Olnl Hint liu tint been unit liy n person wlio win ii friend Imlli tu himself uml In (lift missing girl, Tlio iiulw required Louis in Inut hliu rlf absolutely In I ho lunula or tint im-n scngcr. l-'iir a time liu hesitated, Tlii'li Ills Bllllcty led him In olx-jr. Ho even consented to ho lit 1 1 1 il folil i'1, fin (liv letter IlKil I'lljullll'il, Under circumstances of n If" urgent mul etching miiiirr, I .on In might hare llllllll)ll III lIICstllll tlm wisdom of lilt eniirsu In wholly nml unreservedly en trusting himself to tlu lunula uf mi ut ter utrn njjer. Together they continued tlirlr route. Kaluiondii paused, ssylugi "Will nioniltMir atniiil here mi Instant? I luilat Iihitp ii step forward, nml lilun elciir mtiat l very rnreftil nut to re move tlm limiilkrrclili'r Juat yet." lie released lila linml mul Irft lilm. I.011U. standing atlll, heard a hash, grat ing aonnil at llttln distance before lilm, nil a launil as of some' person lifting a heavy body. "('nine, nioualeur," said the voice of Italniiuule; "tnko um step forwanl ami here la my ha ml. I mil below you now. Vim mint stoop, Put your linml on my shoulder thus. Now, you know that you stand on n rock, from which I havo Jumped, You mint follow tne so; that la It. More we are'" Tho grntlng noise waa lirnnl again. Then Louis wns conducted over what seemed to hi) n amuiilh mul lerel path of atone. Ho liml been admitted hy ltalmuinle Ihroiigli tlm rear entrance of the cavern, nml was passing now through the long subterranean gallery In the rock. At length they paused again: a nolso of Imlta mul tiara withdrawn, ami n iloor unclosed, throiiKh which Louis was led. Then tlm handkerchief waa untlril, the iloor closed Ih'IiIihI lilm, ami taking off the hnnilnge from hi eyea, l.oula foun.l himself In the cell of Jacques. "Mnnaleiir!" ullereil Jacques, spring- lug forward, "ao you are disguised, h? I illil not knoir you at first. "You here, my gooil frleml?" uttered Louts, In astonishment, looking about him. "What ilnr la tlila'f" " ht not too luml, moiialeur. If you please. I total you I waa a irlautier ilM I not?" "Yea; hut audi a prison na thla! Ainl Unset tell mo where alio la." "Mho la here nlao, monsieur-In n cell like thla, ami cloao liy It." "Jacques! an near me mul In ilnnger? It me go Inatnntly ami deliver her! 11 waa nt the door, hut Jaeqiice sprang In hla ahle. "Tor plty'a aake, moiialeur, Ik careful, or you will apoll nil! Come here, I en treat you, mill llalrn to me. Ituac la aafo at present, mul If you nru c-nlm enough to hear wlmt I wlah to any, ami to act with me, we mar reactie her In ten inluiitea, whereaa aui-h Imprtuutia liaito n yours would ruin tho scheme. It waa id ii I II enough. The count auf' fern) hlinaelf to he led tu n aeat nt the oppoalle aide of the cell, mid llalrn to the eiplnnntlon of hla companion, whllo horning with rngerneaa to hasten to tho reacuo of ltose. Jnritiea mado brief work of It. He began hy relating the atory of the nlnlurllon of Itnae, nnd tho plot that led to It. l.oula wna lingered and Indignant beyond meaaure, na he list ened to the account of Oaspardo'a vil lainy. "Who b he what la he, thla wretch. (InapnrdeV" ho uttered, hotly. "The chief of a horde of brlgnuda nnd cimlrnhitnillala, moiialeur." "la It poaalblel and yet, why not? Ono cannot be aurprlaed nt hearing It of una an baae na he. And Iloao la In hla pow er J" "Not eiactly, moiialeur. lie brought her hither, na I have told you, to thla place, which la a cavern In tho center of the forcat, and nfter placing her In the cell of which I have apoken, went nwny with tho men upon an expedition, from which they will not probably return until midnight or to-morrow morning. When tin cornea back, he will either ex tort from her a promise to mnrry him, or keep her confined In that cell, until aha pi ilea to death; for ho la Juat to morel leaa, lie never haa forgotten tho treat ment he unci) received nt your hamla, uor tho threats and rebukca of Hugh La monte; nnd ho hna been watching ever alnce for nn opportunity of rpvenge. It la oura to deprive lilm of thnt rovengo." "Your plan your plnn, Jacques!" "Tho man who accompanied you hither la the guard left by (Inapnrile. Ho hna procured for me nn Interview with you; but ho never auapecta that It la for the purpoao of liberating ltose and myaelf; for wero wo to eacape, ho known that the vengeance of the leader would full on lilm. Now, wo timat clth'er manago to gain III alienee by force or by n bribe. If we bind lilm, and lenvo lilm hero when wo lenvo tho place, why, Dnspnrde will ahoot him when ho cornea back; but If a tun of money wero offered lilm, I havo nn Idea thnt ho would not only nuffcr hit aprUonorn to escape, hut nlao take leave himself, alnce ho hna growii weary of tho cnptnln'a tyranny." "Tho bribe, then tho bribe, by nil mnmia!" aald Louis, enrneatly. "I Imp- pen to hnvo a considerable turn with me; f . I... n.lllli.110 " Mil WO I1IUBV 1'W V,.."-. "Yrs ycsl wo must bo cautious, ns you -...I I.. ..nu.. I.,, lintilil rtifllin t)iA aoy, mm i" -,u money wo must bo prepared to spring upon him. A cord for his hands and feet and n gng that will do tho bualnraa. Now, then, for tho work. I will cull him In. Ho prepared," Aim no cnueu jiih niondu!" Tho guard appeared, Jncaucs glanced rda tho count, nnd then anldi nnuiriide. roil don't forget, I suppose. tho conversation which we had nt dinner? tho agreement which wo mndo ubout ..... " .. . I..... I.. ..,.llnl V" bllllllng IIIIICU l" limiiaieiu iu infill"" Tho glltler of gold caught Hnlmondo'a eye, from a heavy purse which tho count hojd carelessly In his hand. IIU nvnrlco wna aroused, "1 remember It very well, Jucuues," ho answered, Tho count stopped forward. '.'My friend, suppose you were to shut .your eyes for tho spnee of half nn bour, nnd uucloso them nt tho end of thnt tlmo to find yourself richer by n thousand francs, or two or thrco times that sum, perhaps?" "It would bo n very pleasant thing, monsieur," "I offer you thnt num In return for n cortuln favor which I shall ink at your builds." "Namo tho favor mul It is yours, uiun- juid, ....... n which un - sleur." lock tie (loora of theso cells', and you A TRUE STORY OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE will show ma thnao lu which you hnva prisoners conlluad." It la n hargn ii. I'ollow inc. monsieur. Ho this Is your business, comrade?" nml lie smiled grimly at Jacques, "well, It nil the aatiio to me, sluci) I ahnll myaelf cacnpii from this place and bo able to lire llko an honest man." Ho saying, he led tint way from tho cell, advanced a short distance along tho gal lery, mid pausing beforo an arched door In the wall, aald, as he unlocked uml threw It open: "The only other prisoner wo hnvo Is In here, monsieur." Ami Louis, leaving the others outside, entered. Thla cell, like that of JaciUes, was lighted by a hrareii lamp, auspeiided from tho celling. Directly beneath this lamp stood Itost, allghtly bending for ward, with her hands clasped, and nil eauer. Iniiulrluc einreaalon of couuto- nance, aa alio beheld some ono entering, mid heard the words of tho gnard. Hut alio ahrank hack at flrat. with a low cry as the dlsgulaed count met hr view. Hho did not recognise him. "Host, do not fear: It Is II" he said, "You. I,ouls?-nb. Iiulsl I know yon nowl" and weeping, amid her smiles, alio sprang forward to tho arms outairetcncu to receive bar. The younc man trombled with emotion with feelings that were unutterable, na he held th light form of Hose In Ills cm brace. "Hose, I bare coma to make you free!" he ssld, tenderly, supporting hsr to the door. "Coma with me, dear child) "To sot mo free? Let lis hasten, Ixiuls. Hut where Is ho that wicked (Jos- panto?" "Oasparde Is absent, Iloao, and wo must eacape ere his return. I will tell you all when you are oneo In aafely." Jaciiues stood at the door, unable to suppress his delight oil seeing Hose again, an durglng them to hasten. Hal innnde aald, briefly) "You had better use all the speed you can, you can scarcely get away from here too eoon." "Thanks, my friend; and here la your reward," returned Louis, at tbt same tlmo Discing In the man a hand a welt Riled purse. "And now, Jacques, let us ho gone. They reached tho front of tho care. Htretched on a heap of aklns, by a glow ing fire, lay the guard, smoking a short stemmed pipe snd meditating. "Michel, come with me," aald Hah mniiitc, briefly. The man rose. Indolently, and obeyed. The coot, damp wind blew across their facta aa they gained the entrance. An Inioluntary eiclauiatlon of thankaglvlng cacancd from the lips of Hose and Ioills. "We are freo freel" uttered Hose, with sweet and thrilling solemnity: and pausing an Instant, she bowed her head upon her clasped hands. They parted, Jacqura Joining the count and ltose, to accompany them to the cha lean. I-ouls pushed on, still supporting tenderly the young girl at bis side. A few moments passed, and ther wero mak lug good progress, when suddenly their nttentlou was attractod by a sound of voices at soma distance to tho right and tho faintly discerned forms of persons moving through the trees. Jacques paus ed and 1 stened. "l'ly, monsieur fly! tho men aro ro- turning! whispered lie, suddenly. "Hosa! ' murmured l.oul, In alarm, must saro you. at least!" "Hasten hasten on!" urged Jacques "there Is a hollow tree Just beyond here where Mademoiselle ltose cou conceal herself. They pressed forward silently, but they were perceived. "Yonder yonder! the third tree on the right! whispered Jacques, frantically "hide her. or she Is lost!' There wero shouts behind; the brigands, eliht or ten of them, sent back by us parde, wero approaching; they discerned tho fugltivea inmiy in me gainenug uur' ness. and their ausplclons wero roused, Ther commenced a pursuit. Hut they pursued only the couut and Jacques; for I,ouls had gently placed tho form of tho half-fainting girl within tha hollow tree, and Instantly took an opposite direction to lead their pursuers away from the spot. The ruse succeeded; tne uriganu nassed tho treo, With an Irrepressible cry of rlctorlou lor. Louis hastened on, with Jacques their ovldent desire to escapo Increased the suspicions of tho approaching party, who now Dressed closo upon them. Un on. still, ther went: further and further, nearer to the edge of the forest. Hut tho brigands galued on them. Shots were fired, too. but they missed their aim, "Monsieur Louis, wo shall bo taken I' uttered Jacques, aa ho made n last effort for life. And answering not a word, the couut, turning, fired at one of the men, who bad almost laid his band on tho shoulder of Jucuues. Tho brigand fell, A about of rengeance was raised by tho pursuers, and they rushed forward with mad haste. "My good fellow, flight Is no longer of use. Wo must yield, nut suo is saioi aald Louts. Ho turned to deliver himself up; be heard a cry of savage Joy, felt a heav blow, and then lost all consciousness. When tho roung count recovered hli faculties ho touud himself lying on tho stono Iloor of ono of tho cavern ecus, which was fully lighted by the braien lamp swinging from the roof. How long he had been here bo was uuahlo to guess but tho scenes through which he hnd passed relative to the rescue of Hosa Unshed so Instantly aud vividly upon his recollection as to persuade him that no very great portion of tlmo hnd elapsed since their occurrence. Tho flight, tho concealment of ltose. tho moment of cap turenil these wero beforo him. Ho wondered only that tho brigands, enraged ns they wero at tho injury to tueir com rade, hnd not torn him limb from limu. His captors had taken enro to secure him beyond the possibility of escape; for they had lettered hlui, band and toot nnd to these fetters was attached a beavi chain, the other end of which was fast ened to a huge ring lu tho wall. Ho was in captivity, hut thut captivity was swee alnco ho had, as bo hoped, ensured tho safely of Itoso, let bo thought of be with tho deepest anxiety, still. Ho oa culated the chauces of tier finding tb way from tho forest, or, perhaps, alio bai fainted 111 that narrow ulaco of refugt and remained Insensible amid tho nox ious diunns of nlirht. and with slluip rep tiles and poisonous Insects all about berl Hut what would not bo prornramo to in iiilson from which alio had escaped? To Jncnuos bis thoughts turned. As . lllt.livi w.." -- been brought back, and he, too must bo 1 in n cell, chained nlso. When would a n matter or coursn no aiso must uui chuueo of escapo come to cither of them was a matter of Ignorant- to htm, whether tlnspnldo had returned with the men who had capturod him. He was In tho power of murderers now, and there was no reason for theiii to bo more leu- lit to lilm than to any other who might xcllo lu tin-in a thirst for vengeance. Yet, with the probability of the escape of ltose, ho aunt-rod nu apprehension tu ills- ijulvt him. flllAI'TUIt XII. Willi ram booty, tho spoils of that kill's work, the brigand chief, (las- parde, returned, a little after midnight, to the rare, lie was In an excellent iinior with his multiplied success In ef' feeling the capture of Hose nml gaining fur more than he bad anticipated by the robbery committed that night. What, then, wns his rage nml illsnp- ointment to lenni from the men whom lind sent back three or four hours arller that Itoae had made her eseapel te raved llko a maniac: he rowed tho illreat reiigeanco on tho faithless guard, who had disappeared, aud on the spur of the moment, would instantly have conn tu assassinate their now prisoners, had not some ipiarrel arising among the men llverted his attention fur a tune, miring this luterrnt ha had an opportunity to become cool, mul afterwnrds repaired to ho cells to ascertain whom It could Imi hat tho mail had taken III company with .Inclines, and who woro the dlsgulso of a brigand. Ills mingled nstonlshment, rage nnd i-xiiltntlnn may he easily Imagined on discovering It to bo the Count d'Artols. Oho, my line fellow I so you aro there, are vouV" ho cried, snraaclr. "Well- well, not a had exchange of prlsoncrsl Won t I make you dance presently, mon sieur! Just wait till daylight I" You may do with me what you will, answered I-ouls, calmly, "since she bas escaped. I can suffer any torture now." You talk bravely, monsieur: nut i mean to get her back again do you hear that? I will watch, day and night, till ha time comes, as I haro watched slnco tho time when I rowed revenge for all that happened to lint at your bands. Bo you helped her to escape, did you? "Yes: and be assured that sho will be kept now so far beyond your reach that no scheme of yours will ever draw her hither nirnln. We n 111 see to that, monsieur we will see to that! Now mark me! I will get the girl back, and you shall starve bvrore her eyes, dsy by day, hour by hour, till you die In your chains! II went out, and left his prisoner In the deep silence of his lonely cell to tblnk of those cruel words. (To be continued.) DADQERS FIND RICH GEMS. llcpo.lt of I'recloua moots Unearthed lr the Ilusr Animal. The dlHt'ovcry of the ledge of pre cious stouew on ioRo crevk, i-vrguH County, Motitunn, wim nuule by tlio niulltiK of true blue mipplilreH lu tlio Mirth thrown out by the badgers lu Ulf (ring their hole. The kilce pn trnceil ncroiw the country for n distance of sevcrnl iiiIIph by incaiw of these Imdgcr liolea. TIipmi animal were numerous , lu Unit mi'tlon of tho country, and, na the limestone mine very near the aur-' fnco of the (.'round, the only placo where the ImdeerH could dig holes deep enough for their deim waa In the soft yellow clay wlilcli Illleu mo hwu at tne surface. The genm nro pronounced by expert to be equal to tho true bluo oriental sapphires, nnd command n good If not better price from the lead ing Jewelers' of Iiudon, I'arla nml New York. The Htonen are found at the sur face of the ledge lu soft, yellow cloy. When depth Is nttnliictl on the ri-tn It Is found to bo hard elny or slinle, tho re sult of volcanic eruption and Identical lu iippentiincu with the diamond de posltB of Klmberley, lu South Africa. True blue snpplilrea arc round in In dia In the glncliil grnvels, but never be fore havo they been found lu the origi nal matrix lu which they were placed by the volcano which creuteil them. The new gem th-Ida aro located ubout 100 tulle northeast of Helena, on a tributary of the Judith Itlvcr, lu 1-Vr-giis Couuty. The geological survey took note of the delioidtn In lt Into re port The tlrst shipment of these irtones was n cigar box full, wlilcu wna suip- pcr to n Now York Jeweler, who bought them for S3,730. lie pronounced them equal lu every resiect to the true orien tal sapphires. Jewelry concerns in London have naked for all that can lie obtained, offeriug price ranging from W to as high na $100 tier carat. There oro two companies mlnlug sap phires. Om a London concern, has all of Its stones cut lu I-omlon, while the American company has a plant In Hel ena, where the stones nre cut, rue American cut stones, with the charac teristic skill of Amerleuu workmen. coiiunaiid n bitter price, because of the superior tire and lustre due to the more skillful cutting. The American com pany haa In addition to Its claims lu Fergus County acquired a largo amount of ground on Hock Creek, In Missoula County, from which there nre washed every month several thousand caraU of sapphires of all colors aud tluta, rang ing from greenish blue, pluks, straw colors nnd whiten, Tho Hock creek Held nlso produces among tlio Mipphlres n number of ru blcH, some of them of the true pigeon blood tint, which exceed many times over the value of the finest diamonds. These htouea lu Missoula Couuty nre found In the gravel aud not lu tho matrix llko tho ones In Fergus County, They havo evidently been washed by gluclul notion from some vein, tho lo cality of which hns never beeu discov ered. Theso off-colored sapphires aro found lu nearly till of tho placer initios lu Montana, but until tho Yogo fields wero discovered In 1803 very few of the truo blue sapphires were found. Mnny of those off-colored stoties, us they aro called, ore of great benuty, tho pinks and straw colors being exceptionally beautiful, and, while they hnvo not the stamp of fashion tho liner ones nro pur chased nt high prices by the lovers of lino gems. Hotli of theso companies nro preparing to inlno these stones on a largo Bcule. Chicago Chronicle. Short of Water. Utnh proposes to avert pending ca lamity to her agricultural section by supplying the Client Salt Lake basin with needed water. Irrigation lias cut off tho supply '""I tho lnko Itself Is In Imminent danger of drying up. Tho usual supply of wntcr Is being with held nnd evaporation Is rapidly lower ing tlio level of the lako. Centuries nso tho shores of tho great Inland salt sea wero high on the mountains, where tlio lino of the nnclcut brook Is visible to-dny nnd tlio lake, which has mm I; to Its present dimensions, promises to dis appear far more rapidly than In the nges past AN ENGLISH John Hull Joe, you make me laugh with your funny sayings. Cincin nati Tost WEAP0N8 OF THE CHINESt. C.pt, Boral Inaeraoll's Vina Collec tion Bom Curlone Implement. Captain Roynl Ingersoll, United Btataa navy, for some years one of the distinguished professors In tho naval academy, Annapolis, and from wblcb Institution bo graduated with high honors, aays the Ilaltlmore Hun, has returned to hla former homo In La Porte, Ind., from a tour In Chinese waters. Ho la a fine officer, and ranks very high aa a commander of admin istrative ability. The La Porte Herald gives the fol lowing account of a collection of curl loaUiea which Captain Ingersoll has brought to hla borne. The Herald says: "What Is believed to be tho finest collection of Chinese war weapons and Implements and Chinese curios In America, If not In the world, was brought to La Porte by Captain Itoyal Ingersoll, United States nary, who, on Bunaay, arnvca in mis cy direct rrom Yokohama, where for the past two years be had been In command of tne United States cruiser New Orleans of Admiral Evana' squadron. Tbo prtn (clpal part of the collection consists of smyuireu ouiutoj iuu jujjuunrc weapona and Implements of war, of which thlrty-alx are a complete set of the official weapona of the viceroys of China. It is ciaimea mat nownere in the world outside of China la there such a completo set, although In number of the world's largest muse ums and In the possession of promln ent persons who haro traveled In China are found Incomplete sets. Each weapon In this set of thirty six Is about ten feet long and consists of a steel blade fitted on a teek handle. the wood being extremely bard and tough. The blades are all different. there being no two exactly alike In the set All arc more or less suggestive of fishing and farming Implements, af ter which they were evidently made originally. Some of the weapona have brase trimmings, with dragons' bends thereon and other figures that remind one of the Orient. Six of the weapons nre extra flue and were carried by the very highest officials In the Chinese army. Including the Emperor. Two have dragons on the blades and were UBed more for display than actual war fare, while the others were used In the days when the Chinese army was not equipped with modern rifles, as at present. One weaimn Is like a seven star knife, another lias a blade like A Malay creese; still others are shaped like harpoons, some have prongs, one !s a steel club, some have single and dou ble moon blades, another Is like n spear or pike pole, one blade Is like nn Inverted half-moon and some are like forks. Tho blades are of extra tine steel, almost as sharp as razors. The weapons weigh from five to twelve pounds each and some of them came from the residences of Cbtneso man darlns. Deoelvtng tho Spirit. Tho custom of boy wearing ear rings In China Is thus popularly ex plained by the Chinese: The Doy is . . . T I " - - . Kverv little wnuo somcuouy sDruiKs up uuu uui iiuui,..K"( . .7. "-..: ,. ..... rausB thv do not see so many out uymg us,, uuu Some people still rldo bicycles, because they find the wheel a real neces sity, but tho faddists, who rode because It was the fashion, have long since consigned their machines to oblivion, and aro now reveling In tho Innocuous pleasures of ping-pong. ... ... It wns much tho same with photography. "You press the button," etc.. advertisements started tbe mob Into the photographic shops, and in a com paratively short time a person who did not own a camera was looked upon as an eccentric, unworthy of a place In a progressive commuutty. But, after a while, tho mob discovered that photography required an effort, nnd It was chagrined: so tho cntuera was put away on the top shelf, and art breathed again. riioto-Bcacon. Spots arc often caused by not lnovlng prints enough In the toning bath. By leaving the prluts piled up tho bnth Is not evenly distributed over the surfaces and consequently some spots tone more rapidly than others. Prints should bo constantly moved, especially In n strong toning bath, and only a few prints should be toned nt a time, except by thoso who have such experi ence as to warrant otherwise, Camera f.nd Dark Boom, JOKE. the greatest blessing that heaven can send. Tbe spirits like boy babies. It Is natural that they should; everybody like tbem. Very often. If the boy ba bies are not watched closely, tho spir its who are constantly around grab up the unwatcbed boy babe and carry him off to tbelr home. Girl babies aro not such blessings, and tbe spirit caro nothing for them. The earring Is a feminine ornament and the spir its know that; so tbe Chinese mothers have tbe ears of their boy babes pierced and put In huge earrings. When the spirit are around looking for boys they will see the earrings and be fooled Into thinking the boys are girls, and will pass on and not trouble them. Tims to Hedge Ills Wager. Several turfmen were discussing tbe sharp methods of a certain bookmaker who adds to his Income by money-lend ing, lie was conceded to be a bard man to deal with. "Hut I'll bet ?X0 that I can borrow tfl.OCO from him on my personal recog nizance, said cne. 'Doner' answered the crowd slmul taneou&ly, and as be could only stake one bet they pooled against him. Thinking he bad a sure thing, he went off with an accompanying committee of two to sec tbe money lender. "Mr. CaBh" (that wasn't hi name), ho said, "these gentlemen have bzl me Y500 that I cannot borrow fl.OOO fr.m you. I don t need tbe money, but you let me have It for a day and I'll divide tbe bet with you." Tbe committee gasped, but the effect of the cool proposition waa unlooked f.r. Instead of Jumping at the chance Mr. Cash buttonholed his Interlocutor and said: "Did you make that bet?" "I did." "You bet ?500 Uiat you could borrow money from me?" "That's what I did." Then" In a whisper "go and hedge." New York Press. A Slur on Kllta. Worthy Scots are reported a having no Inclination for lamenting tbe death of Max O'llcll. The reason Is con tained In one remark of a Highland waiter, who had refused to serve the Frenchman at table. 'It's no' to be expected," said he, "that a self-respecting Scotsman could serve him with ceeveellty. Did be no say we took to tho kilt because our feet were too large to get through trousers?" Little or No Hope. She Hasn't sho given you the least hope? He I believe she has; the least she ever gave to any fellow. Philadelphia Ledger. Freight Haul In Amerloa. rr... . MMl.a.,a nt Ilia TTnlA.1 tttam haul 1,000 tons of freight a year for oner, emnlove. Often the explanation has nothing to do with tlio case. matmr ... i,. ...hv . i.oii i,rt. .ml .. It mint lu, o. be- with cameras now as they used to, --- , -' f : BUTTONS GROW ON DU8HE8. Nil ta Furnish llnur of These Needful Article for Wenrlna; Apparel, No, tho Ivory buttons yon wear do not represent the dentil of an elephant In the wilds of Afrlcn; your pearl but ton were probably never nearer than oil took them to tho shell of n Id ol ve liiollusk, nml the probabilities nre that no rubber treo was ever tap ped to produce tbe hard rubber but ton that adorn your overcoat, say Popular Mechanics. Down In Centrnl America there Is a fruit-producing pnlm that ha quite metamorphosed the button business nml formed the nuclei for one of tho most Importnnt Industrie In the United State. The seed of this fruit contain a milk that I awcet to the tasto and relished by the native. The milk when allowed to remain In the nut long enough bo come Indurnted and turns Into n sub stance a brittle ami hard a tlio ivory plant. Most of tbe button now used In America, whether termed Ivory, pcnrl, rubber, born or bone, come from this Ivory plant Thus the probabilities arc that your button aro made from a vegetable milk and they grow on bushes. The Ivor- plant 1 one of the mar vels of the age and Is rewarding tbe growers with vast fortunes. Tho nuts nre brought to tbe United States by the ship load nnd hauled across tho continent to tbe big button factories, from which they Issue forth In every conceivable design, color, grade and classification of button. The Ivory plant baa recently been discovered In California, but the nut It produces In It wild state Is of In ferior quality and will not mako good button. It 1 believed, though, that with tbe proper cultivation the fruit would bo a valuable as tbe Central American. If so, the growing of but ton In America would become an In dustry of Importance second only to the growing of corn, wheat and cot ton, for everybody wear button. The best Ivory nut for commercial purposes Is found on tbe banks or tbe ltiver Magdalenn, in tho United States of Colombia, where by some It Is called tbe Tagua palm. The fruit forms a globular head about twice tbe size of a man's bead and weighs from twenty to twenty-clgbt pounds. The head Is a kind of cluster of bulbs and In all contains from fifty to sixty seed. Tbe seed are allowed to dry and are harvested several time a year by tbe natives. Tbe Apparel Gazette, tbe great deal ers' authority on everything that peo ple wear, says: "The Ivory nut I used almost solely In the manufac ture of buttons, though some factories also make poker chips from them. Tbe nut however, has superseded the ar chaic mud. rubber and bone buttons in vogue formerly. It admits of wider nnd more varied treatment for this purpose than nny other known sub stance and Is easily worked. The United State consumes mora than one-half of the world's product of Ivory nut and nine-tenths of the vege table Ivory 1 manufactured Into but ton. "When the nut reaches the button factory It Is cut Into three slabs. In the process of cutting out the button Is partially shaped. Afterward tbe thread bole aro drilled and counter sunk. Tho button Is then sent to the polisher, who uses tbe shavings and powder made In drilling to polish them In their white state. Afterward they are sent to the designer, who traces on the buttons in indelible dyes the designs needed to make them natch the various weaves, coloring and textures of fabrics. After receiv ing theso outlines. If the buttons are to remain smooth and receive another coat of coloring, they are put Into dyes. If they nre to be stamped with a segregated pattern they are put Into a pressing machine fitted with dies of the pattern desired." STORY OF A GOLD PIECE found In the Stomach of a Cod and Claimed by a Man tn Kansas. Some few weeks ago A. E. Levy, of C20 Broadway, New York City, went fishing down at the Fishing Banks. HI luck was not exceptionally good, but when he reached borne and the catch bad been cleaned he found that be had broken the record. In the stomacn of a cod was fouskl a $10 gold piece, with two diamonds set on one side and the Initials "P. C. E." on the other. Mr. Levy wns so amazed that be sent tbe storr to tbe papers, and It was copieu throuchout the country. This he thought would be tbe end of It, and tbe matter slipped from his mlud and was forgotten. But Tuesday of this week he received a letter from Patrick liTans, riuiuiuB m 10. Evans, residing In Kansas, wno I claims the $10 piece as hi own, and Mr . Levy w.l 1 surre nder K to b m. Mr Evans In his letter tells the following story: I "I some days ago saw In a St Louis oaDer on Item about your catching a I codfish which when you opened It gave up a $10 gold piece, on one side of which was a couple of diamonds and ! on the other the letters 'P. 0. E.' The ' ln la mr nroDcrtv. Mr. Lew. The coin ' is valuable to me, for the following rea 'son: I was fool enough about Ave l-mui-i nun tn en Into a 'wildcat' cold mining scheme In Colorado. I paid tho Dlper to the tune of $4,000 beforo found out what J was up against Tbe only thing I got out of the enterprise was this same $10 piece, wnicu i uor rowed from tbe president of the com naiiy. a man named Harris Colby, at Leadvllle, Col., having only a check lu my pocket at the time and being shy . t I . ,1 T .11.1 or reaay money, m ii uinru, i mu i . , lt ., , ,, 4,,. ." cuauuc , "n mlno busted up. So I said I would keep tbe coin ns a warning to me not to be played as n sucker by any man or men who owned gold mines, Frank H. Wells, a Jeweler, of Denver, Col., put two diamonds In the piece, and also put my Initials on the date side, charg Ing me $30 for the Job, and I guess the transaction Is still on his books If you wish to verify my statement. "1 wore tho coin some years, and It mado good whenever I was tempted to go Into some scheme tbat promised a bunch of money for next to nothing Invested. I was In New York on May 4, and remained over for some time with friends. We wont blackflshlug In tho lower bay, and I was hauling In a fish, when somehow or other tha chain to which the coin was fastened got caught In the rigging of our stoop, which Just then rolled, the chain snap ped, nnd nwny went the coin. You can t rove the truth of this It you will write me, when I will write nnd send you the addresses of wltiipftc of tho nccN dent. 1 will nlso glvo you reference of good men hero and lu Now York, who will vouch for my buslnem nnd moral character. 1 am Interested In the nilt Industry of this town, nml havo also mining and ranch Interests. HIS NERVE WON. How Yomijr Man 8ucceeil.il In Gala ina I'npn'a Conasnt As the young man entered, the old man looked up nnd scowled. "Well," said the old ninn, shortly. "Your daughter" began the young man, but th old man cut him off ab ruptly. "I've noticed that you've been hang ing around here a good deal," be said, "I suppose that you've come to tell mo that you love lur and want to mar ry her?" "No," replied the young man, calmly, I've come to tell you that she loves me ami want to marry me." "What?" roared the old man. "Sho says so herself," persisted the young man. "I never beard of such an exhibition of egotistical Impertinence," nld the old man. "Then you misunderstand me," ex plained the young man. "My asaertlon Is dictated by policy and not by Imper tinence. You see. It's Just this way: What I want Is nothing to youj now, Is It?" "Why ct not exactly." "I might want a thousand dollar, but that wouldn't matter to you, would It?" Certainly not." You're under no obligation to sup ply me with what I want, are you?" "Hardly." "Then, what a foolish proposition It would be for me to come to you and ay, 'Mr. Parkinson, I have been very favorably Impressed with your house and furniture,' or 'I think I'd like your daughter,' or anything else In that line. But when your daughter want any. thing If different. Now, Isn't It differ ent?" It certainly 1 different," admitted tbe old man, cautiously. "Precisely," said the young man. "She nnd I figured that all out very carefully last night You see, I have no particular prospect, and we could both sea that tiere wasn't one cbanco In a hundred thnt you would give her to me. Ther she suggested that you had never yet refused anything that she wanted, no matter what the cost might be, and that perhaps It would be a good plan to change the usual order somewhat. We sort of felt that tt wouldn't be right to ask you to do any thing for me, but lt' different la her case, as" I remarked before. So I'm here merely as her agent, to say that she wants me, and that she wants mo very much, and to ask you to please see that she gets me. She never has wanted anything no much as she wants me, and I am so favorably disposed to ward her, that, It you care to make the investment, I shall be quite willing to leave the terms entirely to you and her." Naturally, she got him. No wide awake man Is going to overlook a chance to get such a fine sample of nerve In the family. Bllraouloiu Vault In Dublin. The most interesting placo of pil grimage In Dublin Is St MIcban'a Church, where the organ Is still to bo seen upon which Handel Is said to have composed his "Messiah." In the graveyard is the last resting place of Robert Emmet and tbe. vault of St Mlchan's provides a more grewsome thrill than the morgue. Tbe sexton lifts an iron door and descends a few rude steps carrying a light without which the place would bo pitch dark. You follow and find yourself in a nar row passage, from which cell-like re cesses belonging to different families branch off. Whether it Is owing to the extreme dryness of tbe surround ing or to some mysterious property of the place, the process of decay has been arrested, and tho features of per sons dead for two centuries may be recogulzed from authentic portraits. Here He the brothers Shearcs, who were executed for tbelr share In the United IrlBh conspiracy, Bide by side almost with tbe Earl of Leltrlm, who was murdered about thirty years ago. Tbe Earl's ancestors for hundreds of years back rest In the same vault Perhaps the strangest thing about the vault Is tho fact tbat, apart from the weird sensation, there Is nothing of fensive in the surroundings. London Tattler. Tbe Octopus. The following pen-portrait of this strange creature bas been given by a recent writer? "Sometimes you will see one crawling over tbe congewol, changing from one pool to another In search of proy; Us greeny-gray eyes re gard you with defiant malevolence. Strike It heavily with a stick or thrust It open with a spear, and In an Instant its color, which a moment before wa either a dark mottled brown or a min gled reddish black, changes to a ghast ly, horrible marbled gray; tho horrid tentacles writhe - and cling to tbe weapon or spread out and adhere to the surrounding points of rock; a black Inky fluid is ejected' from tbe soft, pulpy, aud shiny body, and then, nfter raining blow after blow upon It, It lies unable to crawl nwny, but still twisting and turning nnd showing Its red and white suckers a thing of hor ror Indeed, tho embodiment of all tbat Is hateful, wicked, and malignant In nature." Only One I'laoo Ibr Iltin. Darklelgh Brown Br-r-, but It's cold. I'm just dying to get to some placo where It'll be really worm. Letter Green Well, I can't think of any quicker way to get there. New York Sua. A Change, ller headgear now la strangely great; It tilta snd veers In mad delight She queries, "Is my bat on straight? For If it Is It Isn't right." Washington Star. I Sometimes a bank cashier saves up enough to pay his running expenses. God will not glvo you power until you havo somo purpose to hitch It to.