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TOILERS OP THE COLUMBIA
By Paul DeLoncy
Author or "Lord of the Desert." "Orteon Sketches,"
onJ other Pacific Coast Stories
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OIIAFTER XXV.
"Sankala. Will Vou Become My Wife?"
It was the second morning .after the
doable Itinera). . Tho llshermen gener
ally were downcast. It la trno that the
tioublo regarding the fisheries had been
eettleil, but the property rights of the
northsiuo industry bad assumed the
form of a wilderness of legal entangle'
ntcnt.
lly Ilia deathbed confession Seadog
nu piaceu tne ownership of the fisher
les largely In Bankala, and the town
aile upon which trio homes woie built
practically belonged to Dan Latdiam.
The Seadogs were expected to fight for
a snare in mesc and a long drawn out
course of litigations was expected, witn
possibly the closing of the cannery and
the suspension of fishing until the mat
lor should be settled.
Where men are only adapted to one
railing they become mere children
when thrown out ol the single rut into
which they hare drifted.
Barring the legal complications
which had arisen from Seadog's death,
however, the fishermen had cause to
rejoice. The man had always been a
tyrant, lie had borne down upon
them with a merciless hand. Under
no change of masters could they expect
anything but better conditions.
The men whs had been wounded in
the encounter between the two factions
of fishermen were all recovered, the fish
were increasing dally and the ehortago
in the run in other waters had raised
the market. To lift the gloom which
hung over tho village, only required a
settlement of the legal complications
ana a permission for the men to return
to their work.
Old Bumbo, the lawyer, was the only
(tumbling block in the way. He ad
vised that Sankala close down the traps
and turn every Seadog living out into
tne world empty-handed. He would
have had Dan Lapham enforce his title
10 ine townsite and become a landlord
as merciless as those painted in fiction
Bumbo had lived from hand to month
by petty litigation for years, had en
dared the insults of the toilers wh
bad no respect for the man who made
bis scanty Hving by his wits, and be
tween him and the Seadogs there was
an antipiatbj bitter as a Routbern f ued
Bumbo would have revolutionized
things in the northside fishing in
dustry.
But Sankala was as broad minded
and magnanimous as she was brave,
She sent for Captain Budiong. She
knew that he would be able to wield an
influence over the Seadogs. She had
first laid hei plans before Dan Lapham
who approved them in every detail
The two requested a conference with
the Seadogs and asked Captain Budiong
to join mem.
The meeting took place at Bumbo's
office. The lawyer was gruff and vin
motive, iiut tne young girl spoke so
kindly and bo intelligently that all
present felt a disposition to come to
terms.
"I do not beiieve in going to law If
it can be avoided," said Sankala. "Find
ing myself possessed of the right to so
much property is a great surprise to
me. I sometimes feel that 1 ought not
to bother with it, but poor Ringwold
baa euuered so much and worked so
long to obtain it for me that I feel that
it would be an injustice to bis memory
not to assert my rights in a measure.
"While it would appear from the
confession of the late Mr. Seadog that
the bulk of the pioperty could be won
out through the courts, I am opposed
to taking this course. I am willing to
a division which should be satisfactory
to all persons interested. Dan Mr
Lapham, expresses himself In the same
spirit -with me."
"lbal is correct," said the young
fisherman.
"Old Bumbo was indignant. lie
walked the floor like a caged animal
lie took Sankala aside and remomtrat
ed, but it was all without avail.
The Seadogs were completely sur
prised. After the terrible confession
of the elder member of the family they
felt that all was lost. They expected
no money fiom the representative of
the outraged Saarela and under San-
kala's charitable views of the matter
they immediately melted into a friend
liness that was surprising for a Seadog.
Even tUe humiliated Hazel looked
kindly upon the girl hero of the late
conflict between the fishermen.
The fact that Seadog had made good
ubo of his ill-gotten gains and that his
manner of handling them had resulted
to the best interests of the rightful
heirs, led Captain Budiong to suggest
that an equal division be made of the
fishing properties and other interests
between the Seadogs and Sankala, and
that a like Bettjement be made with
Dan as to the town site property.
Sankala and Dan consented to this
without hesitation, and the Seadogs
considered it a settlement much to their
advantage.
It now only required the formality of
the courts to transfer titles to property
and legalize the acts of Sankala and
Dan, who were under age, consummat
ing the agreement and old Bumbo v.bb
ordered to prspare the papers.
The Seadogs had returned to their
home contented. Captain Budiong had
joinel Sankala and Dan In the parlor
of the village hotel where Sankala had
been staying since Ringwold's death.
Dan Lapham rose to his feet and
walked to where Sankala was sitting.
He looked down into her face and said;
"Now, Sanakla, that It is all over,
may I here in the presence of Captain
Budiong, ask you to necome my wife?"
"Dan, -Dan," replied Ihe girl in a
tone of Blight reproof, "let us be sentl
ble. I have been talking with Captain
Budiong about matters, and he Is will
ing to consider a business proposition."
Upon this statement made by San
kala, Dan Lapham cast glances at hit
military friend not of as kindly a
nature as of yore.
"Vou are young, Dan," continued
Sankala. "So am I, The captain 1H
also young but of age and has had ex
perience in the world. I feel llko
trusting him. Why not you and I (
cuio an education before either of us
thinks of marrying. Captain Budiong
can bo made our guardian and will look
after our interest while we are in
school. Be sensible, Dan, th'.s is the
best course."
Sankala'a word was law with Dan
and Dan was sensible, '
Captain Budiong returned with his
command to state headquarters and
made a full report. They were duly
commended for their services and mus
tered out.
Fishing was amicably resumed at
the mouth of the Columbia, Captain
budiong assumed the role of guardian
and business manager for Sankala
Saarela and Dan Lapham. The fishing
village was again prosperous and San
kala and Dan each entered a city acad
eniy at the beginning of the fall term.
CHAPTER XXVI.
After Twenty Years.
A steamboat was eliding down the
Uolumbia. It was crowded with pas
sengers, gaily dressed in summer attire
Chlldien were running about the
deck playing and shouting. A band
dispersed music in the large dining
room. Lovers were talking silly, lust
as they always do on steamboats. Men
were playing cards and drawing ut
their cigars in tho smoking room.
Local passengers were pointing out the
important landmarks along the river
and relating the history of the same to
tourists from the East.
It was just twenty years after the
war between the southslde and north-
side fishermen at the mouth of the
river. Time had wrought its great
changes here as at other points in the
great 1'arlnc Nortbweet. Popular sum
mer resorts had been built up on the
beach of the ocean on the south ami.
north sides of the river. Great crowds
flocked to these points evesy year. The
rivalry of the olden times still existed.
It was not over the fishing industry
now lor that was establisbed through
the process ot hatcheries aided by the
two states, and had become ono of the
stable institulions of the country.
ice people now claimed supremacy
in advancement and superiority of sum
mer resorts. "Staside" on the south
claimed it was the best on the coast.
"Long Beach" on the north claimed it
was the "Long Beach" of the Pacific.
The boat was steaming for the north
side resort. It was the pride of its
owners and the idol of its crew. It cut
the water like a knife and Tode the
waves with the stateliness of a queen
In beautiful golden letters it bore
the name "Sankala."
The boat bad just rounded the upper
point of Sand island. A middle aged
man and woman were seated side by
side on the npper deck locking out on
the water. They were casuady con
versing about the different landmarks
along the island and north shore.
Do you remember that place? in
quired the man as the boat glided by
tbe ruins of an old fish trap.
jes, replied the woman, "that
was about where I was when the south-
slders shot me."
"You are right," replied the man.
"We were off here to the left when I
seized his gun. It was too late to save
you from the wound, but you know it
is a bobby of mine to claim that I sav
ed your life."
The couple went on discussing mat
ters familiarly as tbe boat etcamed
across tbe river to tbe north shore.
"Do you see that man and woman
Inquired a citizen to a tourist whom he
had met on tho boat. "Well, they
have a history in this portion of the
world. This boat is named for the
woman. Her maiden name was San
kala Saarela, Her present name is
Lapham. That is her husband sitting
by ber side. Tbey own large proper
ties on the beach hut make their home
in the city. Tbey have a summer
home on the beach and come down
every year. This is their first trip this
season.
That town over there, together with
the waterwoiks and electric light plant
belongs to them. They also own the
beach railroad. There la a small com
pany of them. But they are immensely
wealthy. Lapham is the president of
the company and a fellow .by the name
ol liudlong Is tbe secretary and treas
mer.
"Mrs. Lapham was washed ashore
from a wreck at this very point when a
small baby. The story is very ro
mantic. An old man was also saved
from the wreck. It turned out that he
was bringing tho child's mother and
father here from Russia to recover a
fortune from a rich man by tbe name
of Seadog who then owned this place.
The mother and father were drowned
off that sand island out there and the
old man reared tbe child.
A wai arose between tbe north side
and south side fishermen when the girl
was nearly twenty yeaia old and she
being famllar with the river life took
part with the northsiders and daring
the excltemnet, when a boat load of
soldiers had arrived and treacherous
pilot bad jumped overboard In a storm,
seized the wheel and took the soldiers
to the rescue of her friends, and though
eho was wounded while guiding the
boat did not make It known until after
the riot had been quelled.
As a remarkable coincidence old
man Seadog was wounded In the came
fight and died from the effects of his
wound, but not until he had made res
titution of the property coining to the
girl.
"It was a case of a girl mnklng a
woman of herself and also making a
man of a common fisherman. When
the girl came into her property she
compelled her Buitor, her present Pub
band, to wait until she could obtain
an' education and to also obtain one
himself before she would marry him."
the boat at this juncture blew its
whistle for the landing. The woman
who had been the subject of the pas
senger's story called to a handsome lad j
In hla parly teens, and said!
"Coiro, Ringwold, my eon, and bo
ready to go ashore."
As the boat swung around against tho
wharf a man and his wife were thcto to
welcome them,
"Dear Hazel la as pretty as ever,"
Mid Mrs. Lapham,
"And Budiong still retains his sol
dleily bearing," replied her husband."
THE END.
A LIVELY LITTLE DEAR.
Always ttnppy und Oood-NntiirdVlieit
linking Ills Own Way.
Ono evening tho stage driver set
down on my hiwn a wooden box, from
which proceeded curious noises, "tin!
Uh! Uh! Wowl Wowl Sent tcli,
sersitcli, scratch! Wowl Uh-h-h-h-h!"
These were n few of the sounds which
were pouring out of the cracks In tho
box, and as we went up to investigate
we saw a largo curd, on which was
written: "Pleuso water me and give
me something to eat, but do not give
mo fruit or sweets, ns it makes mo
sick. I like milk. I nm for Krtiost
Harold Baylies. The Haven Cottage,
Newport, N. 11." T.s was nil very
Interesting so fur as It wont, but no
clow to the contents of the Ihv, so
with n hummer and chlsol I pried (iff
the cover, nnd out popped tho little
black head of n imby hour.
"Oh, the little Uonr" cried a Indy
who was present, at tho same time
springing forvwird nnd witching up tho
cub In her arms.
'The little dour," however, had been
penned up for more than forty-eight
hours, nnd moreover he was literally
as hungry as n boar and In no humor
for being petted. So he promptly tilt
the lady, tore n long rent in lier dross
with his hind paws, nnd she quickly
dropped him, having lenrnod ono of
the most Important rules In tho study
of nnimnls: "Never take liberties with
any creiituro until you know some-
thing of Its habits." This rule applies
In the case of skunks. A bowl of
crackers nnd milk mot with his In,
stanf approval, and without waiting
for It to be set before him, ho stood
up on his hind logs, seized tho rim
of the basin with his paws nnd hoist
eit himself into It. Thou It was set
on the ground, whereuixin he lay
down, threw his fore paws around it.
nnd fairly burled his little face In the
food.
Except when he Is hungry "Jimmy"
Is not cross; he simply wnnis to have
his own way, and then he Is as happy
and good-natured as can be. Hut
having bis own way moans getting
Into all sorts of mischief, and while
his antics are often very amusing, they
are sometimes very embarrassing. He
Is particularly fond of ladles nnd girls,
and be seldom sees ono without run
ning np to her and clasping her about?
tho skirts with his fore paws ana bit
ing at her In a playful manner. If
she happens to bo nervous, and runs
away, "Jimmy" Is after her ut his
best pace, and never falls to catch
her unless she takes refuge Inside the
bouse. Woman's Home Companion.
Pi
m v'; ';,;,,;,,r..,.l
ra. vi iir. w mm wia -i uiu. vttv km iw hi
white moon ceils the body's oiilnsi.
Kr Ir. Axi'tnn hllion.
Our white blood rolls are n sanitary polio
force, ever on tuo alert to arrest disease pro
duolug microbes. The practical inliid concern
Itself with the question of what may bo dono to
strengthen the hands ot these, our microscopic
defenders, which, ot course, are numbered by
millions In each Individual hotly. Wu all know-
that a high standard of tho general health rep-
resents n condition which must lie favorable to
the vitality of our whlto blood cells. Again, In many eases,
wc can prevent, by sanitary care, the entrance of microbes
to thn body, mid we can destroy them by means of dlstiv
foctnuts. Those measures are, however, of limited extent,
They represent rather extraneous aids than menus cnlcu
Intod to Increase the vigor ot our defending nrniy.
Nature helps us In part by causing tho development In
ttio stricken body of principles known as "antitoxins.
which, resulting from the multiplication of germs them
selves, ultimately cause their dentil. The white blood
cells. In addition to their powers ot destroying microbes by
Investing and surrounding thein, appear. In their turn, to
produce certain elieuiloal principles to wlileh tho name
"alexins" lias been given. If we ran increase, this power
on the part of the white blood cells of resisting germ
attack It Is obvious another a'ld powerful weapon would
lie placed In our hands In the war against disease.
Suppose that to the blood of an niiliual some stimulating
substaHce or other lias been addod. This Is the stage of
prepa ration. A few hours later let us Imagine that tnoeu
latlon with microbes of well known character Is performed.
In place of succumbing to a dose sutllclcnt to produce
serious results In an unprotected animal, It Is found that It
actually resists tho Inoculation of an amount of genus ox
ceedlng by forty or fifty times the amount capable of ren
derlng It seriously affected. This alone Is nil Important
discovery, for It shows that the iinturnl defense of the living
body against dloae atlnok Is capable of being strougtli
ened. if the further application of this principle be carried
out, wo may well find ourselves face to face with one of
the most valuable researches of our day In respect of Its
power of routing tho Invaders of our frames that are re-
sionslblo for so much pain, misery and risk of premature
ilea til.
CHURCH MIGHT PROrilABLY ADOPT LODGE PLANS.
n r e. m. haxx.
in my cmirch work i nave been where we
have had our full share of poor members whom
the deacons looked after faithfully according to
their lights and traditions. Hut some there were
who. It seemed to mo, while not unduly sensitive,
and evidently needy, utterly refused tu receive aid
from the church because It was regarded as a
charity and not as a tight. And this view the
recipients of nld seemed to fall In with by do-
ani lost their self-respect. Instead of being helped
A Queer Marriage Ceremony.
Among the Kherrlas of India tho
marriage ceremony Is very funny,
Taking a small portion of the hair of
tbe bride and groom In turn from the
center of the forehead, the priest
draws It down on to the bridge of the
nose. Then, pouring oil on the head,
he watches It carefully as It trickles
down the portion of hair. If the oil
runs straight on to the tip of their
nose their future will be fortunate,
but If It spreads over the forehead or
trickles off on either side of the nose,
bad luck Is sure to follow. Their for
tunes told, generally to their own sat
isfaction, the essential and Irrevocable
part of the ceremony takes place.
standing up side by side, but with
faces strictly averted, the bride and
groom mark each other's forehead
with with "slndur" (vormilllon).
Tbe Chaiisreahtc Man.
"Mr. Vane says he won't see you,'
said that gentleman's clerk.
"When did you ask him?" Inquired
Mr. Burroughs,
"Why, only a minute ago, of course.'
"Well, ask him again, won't you. He
may have changed his mind since
then." Philadelphia Press.
Ifow It Happened.
Washington, Sr. What, you youn;
rascal, do you mean to stand up there
and say that you cut that cherry tree?
Washington, Jr. Yes, dad. I didn't
mean to tell the truth, but you didn't
give me time to hatch out a suitable
yarn.
Ho Coiighett!
"No, boss," said the liuxky beggar, "I
never asked nobody for money bofure."
"You didn't, fh?" replied the fat little
man. "I don t believe you."
"Fact. My frame has always been tn
soak a mug wid a lead pipe an' take w'at
I want, and dat'a w'at I'll do ter you. If
yer don t cough up." Philadelphia
Press.
Power of Wealth.
"Has your daughter made her debut
yet?" asked Sirs. Uppson.
'Mercy, no!" exclaimed Mrs. Neil-
rich. "And, what's more, she doesn't
have to mako it Her father car, af
ford to have one made to order for
her."
Music, Heavenly Maid.
Hostess Won't you play somethlns
for us. Miss Keynote?
Gifted Amatd'.r Certainly. If It Is
your desire. W" at would you prefer?
Hostess Oh, lnytlilni;, only so It Isn't
loud enough to 'interfere with the conversation.
A HpenUlliK Mkmiens.
Mrs. Fondinar Don't you tldnk baby
grows more llko me every day?
iromimar' e, dear, especially so
since she began to talk.
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, who has
been a member of the British House of
Commons more than forty years, will
leave public life and may be offered a
peerage.
Associate Justice Brewer of the United
States Supreme Court entered upon the
practice of law In Kansas at the age ot
He Is now l!7, anil hale and hearty,
A New York charitable woman who Is
generous In her gifts of flowers to hos
pitals, sends butterflies with them.
greos,
and coMforted, they wore crushed
,V joung couple who had been In our town several
weeks, wo heard, had fallen Into trouble. The husband.
an Interesting young man of very good address, had been
suddenly taken 111. When I visited Ills lodgings, which
were commodious and with pleasant surroundings, I found
wo other young men present cheering up tho couple. They
had never seen tho newcomers leforc. but this was rather
hard to realize, for they seemed like members of one fam
ily. This was my first acquaintance with the workings
of a lodge. Tho young men were lodge representatives. 1
learned from the patient subsequently how delightfully he
had been nursed and entertained without cost, Incurring
no sense of obligation .except that arlslnu from irood fel
lowshlp and kindred alius. They paid their money for Just and tunning his text, Hindu nothing of
LCNQTHY BEflMONO.
VlveorPlx Hours at n Ht retch nnd lit
visions lip to "l!lulilj-ltlity."
No liiigllsh congregation would havn
listened to such sermons na used to
bo popular In tho 1'rcsliylcrlnn
' churches of Scotland, 'I'licio Is ludetid
n story told of a dlssonlliig pieaclur
named I.oiili In tho seventeenth cell-
I lury who. when South went to hour
him, "being mounted up 111 thn pulpit
Millttlug It up lulu twenty-six dlvl
slons, upon which separately he very
carefully undertook to cxpiitlatti I it
their order. Thereupon the doclor who
up, mid, Jugging tho friend who ooru
him company, said, 'Lot us go homo
such contingencies and were receiving but their own
tho more I thought of It tho iiiuio my conviction was
strengthened that the lodge's plan might bo adopted In
many respects by the church to Its great advantage In
every way, more especially to those who are continually In
fear of an unprovided and gloomy future.
1 wish that I could portray so as to suggest his general 11,111 f,'u''1 "ur Kvns nnd slippers, for
make-up. ono of the most unaffected, cheerful and sturdy 1 "'"J llml1 ' "kl' watt
Christian men that I have ever encountered, Ho was a ' "
little Englishman, a Journeyman tailor. II was a big day I llut Mr- '' himself was liumaim
when ho made a dollar and n half, and ho hud a pretty ,IB tU'lt as coinpared lo u cor-
largo family to support, hut no other mail gave as inhch lnlM Mr- Thouins Huston, to whoso or-
for benevolent objects In proportion to his moans. No one lmm" Hlr Archibald (lelklo has drawn
was moro prompt than ho at the weekly meeting. But , "H''"11"" I" Ids "Scottish Itumluls-
ho also steadily attended the meetings of his lodge, lo the wee" Mr. TlinuuiH Boston, win
great distrust of some of the brethren, who hint not tho unite n lm"k called "Pilinltlno et 111-
faintest Idea of what the secret society was Intended fur. lima." was minister of the gospel nt
This man Is Introduced that ho may give his testimony, EUrlck. In a sermon on "Fear nnd
which, though brief, Is to the point. When asked why ho ""I1''- Object nt the lUvluo Com-
went to the lodge, ho sold that In case of sickness or ills- phicoiiey." from tho text l'slnni
tress his wnuts were provided for, and ho was Insured f 'xlvll.. II, "Tho Iiril takelli pleasure
in iiioiii tnat rear nun linn in tnnio
that hope In Ids mercy," Mr. Boston,
"after nji Introduction In four section ,
deduced six doctrines, each subdivided
Into from three to eight heads, hut
the Inst doctrine required niiut li-t ser
mon which contained 'n practical Im
provement of the whole,' arranged
under eighty-six heads, A sermon on
Matthew xl '2H, was subdivided Into
seventy-six heads.' " On this text, In
deed, .Mr. Boston preached four such
Bormons.
It Is moro than doubtful whether
any brains or hearts south of 'ho
Tweed could have stood the strain of
such discourses, But n Scotch preach-
that by his payment of Ids weekly duos and was under no
obligation to any num.
Does not the church olTor us much?" I asked. "No,"
he replied promptly, "It would bo considered as an aim
on both sides and 1 could never consent tu It."
KEEP WORDS IN THEIR PLACE.
tiy ttottnet ropSam,
"Adjectives yon can do anything with!" said
llumpty Dumpty tn Alice, and ho went on to In
form her that when ho iiindo a word do a lot of
work ho always paid It extra, llumpty Duuipty's
mind a ud methods, however, were original, and
It Is certain that an ordinary mortal nowadays
cannot do what he likes with an adjective, for,
llko ehlldreli who have ceased In "keen their
place" through the Injudicious behavior of their l'r- mt lllB present doKonoralo age,
elders, adjectives have become unruly and tyrannical, and "" "'" known to preach from live
oven adverbs display a tendency to get flagrantly out of '" lx 1"'11 1,1 " "'retch, nnd some-
iiuieis tviicu one preaeiii-r nail iiuiriieil
i Ills sermon another would begin ami
there would bo a succession of preach
Persons of pronounced Individuality tend, of course, to
choose nnd employ unusual and distinctive adjectives, but
tho generality of people merely follow the fashion In their
choice. In Pepys' day mighty nnd mightily had a vogue.
In Funny Burney's monstrous, prodigious, vastly, and a
vast deal, while Jane Austen's "quisles" and "agreeable
rattles" used excessive shocking, excessive disagreeable,
etc., where wo now simply and solely employ awful and
awfully. Nauseating, a word which ouetiiay II tut used of
n bonnet or a petticoat In the eighteenth century. Is now
fortunately extinct In such a sense. Chaste, which some
years since was employed of n cushion cover or of the
pattern of a hearth rug. Is relegated with unique to the
description of doubtful articles In shop windows. Art has
been cruelly turned Into an adjective by upholsterers, nnd
ers delivering sermon upon seiumii
until the unhappy congregations wore
kept listening to "the word" for as
many as ten hours without n break.
Bishop Wlldou hi thn Nineteenth t'eu
tury.
PROPER WAY TO WALK.
A I'liyslcal liilrlu-tor !! Advice oil
tb Subject.
Tho way tu walk straight Is not to
think of the shoulders at all, says u
physical Instructor. Hung your it rut
so thoroughly demoralized that we can no longer rely on l"0,l,3f nl J'T " ''"'j' f""'
It to express our meaning. Art muslins, art colors, and vr1 'y, ""''''p1'" ' '" lM"'k
art carpets have had their blighting effect on the word,
and some steps should, I think, bo taken to prevent a fur
ther degradation of honest, reliable words, or who knows
where It will stop? We may see In shop windows bonnets
ticketed ns moral, trimmings as virtuous, parasols as In
spiring, and curtain materials as elevating In tone, and cor
inhi kind nt mlHlnorv tnnv bo ilnnprlliist Am holm? nt Hi.
higher millinery! A society ought to be formed for keeping """"J "B"rc' m" '''". becmiso
words In the r mace, and n lino mulcted on nil those who. '
persistently misuse them.
and abdominal muscles mid the mus
cles of tho neck. Then your shoulder
will have to hang right.
Don't "threw out" yur ohet. Tlw
chest that Is Incited prqcily by diep
breathing Is IhiuiiiI to be thrown nut.
and thrown out not like that of u
THE RICH MAN.
He had a gem of wondrous light
Whose ray would pierce the darkest
night,
"Experience" Ids Jewel.
He purchased It with blood and tears.
The sacrifice of wasted years
And with privations cruel.
Before his mortal race was run
He tried to give it to Ids sou;
'Twas scornfully rejected;
He tried to give if to the world,
But every lip derisive curled
And none the gift respected,
lie had some gold Its cost was small,
A market's Uct-ting rise or fall,
A cheaply bought concession;
TIip harpies gathered round his bed,
Before his final breath had sed
And fought to gain possession
New York Sun.
I II it
The happiness and misery of men de
pend no less on temper thau fortune.
Rochefoucauld.
ALTON HALL lies III the beau
tlf til valley of the Connecticut,
a dozen miles or more from
DccrUeld, Mass. Shaded by elms and
garlanded by woodbine, which clam
hers unrestrained over pillared portico
and spreading gamhrel roof, the state
ly old house presents nn attractive
picture. Meadows and tobacco fields
for miles down the valley till tho fore
ground of the enchanting view which
the quaint, many-paned windows com
mand, while tho blue beginnings of
the Berkshire rise In tho distance, to
fringe with rugged sky lino the broad,
historic valley.
Fertile und peaceful as Is now tho
scene, many are tuo toies or the In
dian, King Philip and his warriors,
wno once roamed up nnd down Its en
tire length. Ami upon a neighboring
hill of trap rock, which rises abruptly
from tbe plain and Is called by cour
tesy a mountain. Is the famous over-
Jianglng rock known as King Philip's
seat.
It was early ono bright June morn
ing when all the hillside thickets were
abloom with mountain laurel and the
fields a-hum with farm laborers, that
slender girl In black riding habit
cantered gayly down the drive from
Kalton Hall, chirping, singing to her
mare from sheer excess of blithe spir
its. "Now, Doily, off for King Philip's
seat!" she caroled, " 'TIs a steep roud,
to be sure, but you'll tnko mo up, Doll,
won't you? Now, then, hoop-lul and
away I"
Half way down tho path, however,
sho quickly reined In, her earofroo ex
pression giving place to ono of kindly
interest and even sympathetic concern.
Why, Hal!" sho exclaimed, stretching
forth her hand, "you hero? Aro you
strong enough yet? I'm so glad, of
course, If you are, but I supposed tho
doctor's order wero Oint you ro-
mnln "
"Well, to tell tho truth," was tho
reply, no sho paused, "I've run away,
Tbe smell of the fresh earth was Just
too alluring, It's such ages, don't you
know, since I've been over to tho Hall.
If you were going away, though
he added tentatively,
"Ob, I'm so sorry, Hal. If it were
only for a ride, of course, I'd give It up
this minute. But It's an engagement.
Mr. Thorndlke " sho stopped
abruptly and a furious blush over
spread her expressive face, while tho
color, which had mounted to tho tern
pies of her companion upon their meet
Ing, now faded nwny and was succeed
ed by a pallor equally Intense. Con
quering almost immediately ber mo
mentary confusion, she went on, calm
ly. "I promised Mr. Thorndlke that I
would show him the view from King
Philip's seat this morning. He is prob
ably waiting fur mo now at the cross
roads."
"I am glad you told me so frankly,
Bess," was the quiet reply. "I'll I'll
come over again some other day, that
Is, If you'll save a day for me, when
Mr. Thorudlko Isn't there," ho could
not help adding.
"Of course I will," said Bess, g,
norlng his last clause. For a moment
there was a silence, while Hal looked
Into her eyes ns If to read her Inmost
soul. At last he said: "Well, I'll wish
you happiness when the time comes,"
adding sadly. "If It's got to be. I sup.
Imiso I am not quullllodto set myself
up ns n Judge of htjn, so I II say not a
word; only well, a pleasant rldo, Bess
dear.
"Oood-by. Hal," she replied, smiling
kindly. But Instead of chirruping nt
once to Dolly, sho paused u moment
and putting out her hand again lui
pulslvely, added: "You know, don't
you, Hal, you will ulways bo my old
chum?"
'Yes, I suppose that's something,
he said, grimly, "hut now off with
you! (iood luck! Oh, I say, Boss, I'll
watch for you on tho 'seat' with my
glass, shall I."
"Yes, do. And I'll wave my hand
kerchief," sho called over her shoul
der.
For a full minute ho watched her
yearningly. "Don't bo an ass," ho
muttered to himself, -. squaring hla
shoulders, "The fellow's probably all
right. You're sore yourself, that's all,
Bess wouldn't mind your being poor.
Only she's known you too long to care
for you, except as a chum. You're a
very lucky man to have had such a
chum so many years. Hero's luck.
Bess, old girl I"
He drank an Imaginary toast grave
ly, facing the direction she had taken.
Then he slowly paced homeward, lean
ing heavily on his stick. Half an hour
later ho was sitting under tho apple
trees In his own yard, from tlmo to
tlmo looking through a pair of field
glasses toward tho perpendicular red
cliff, which culminates In tho pinnacle
already described.
Meanwhile, Bess galloped swiftly.
but loss mctrlly, toward tho crossroads.
Something bow seemed amiss. Kvon
tho impact ot her horse's hoofs upon
tho high road had n less assured sound.
Sho wondered vaguely whether tho
wind had not becomo chill, and sho ro
membered afterward looking up nt tho
cloudless sky to see if It had become
overcpst. Presently, however, Edgar
Thorndlko put his bay alongsldo Dolly,
and the rldo up tho steep Incline Jiad
begun. '
The mornng was exhilarating and
tho climb absorbing, yet Bess found
it difficult to shako oft tho depression
which possessed her, Conversation
flagged, except for conventional com-
Don't walk with n stiff nook, Hull
your head erect tho way an iinltiuil
, , , does. Watch a deer. Its neck Is ill
inents by ber companion upon the ,., motion, yet It Is nwnys held
beauty of yl.ta.s . glimpses of the vab beautifully. Your head k d on u
sillily held neck Is no good for either
Icy which from time to time obtained.
At length the summit was reached and
the horso tethered among the saplings.
"I am never tired of this view,"
said Bess, after a moment of silence.
"I used to come hero as a child. But.
please don't stand on that looso earth
so near Ihe edge."
Two days later Bess rode Into Hal's
balancing or looking around you. Pols-,
ed confidently on strong but pliant
nock muscles, It becomes what a head
should be.
.Many clsases of men wdio do inii'-ti
walking, such ns Indians, gutdis und
trnppers, walk with their ImmIIos In
clined forward n little bit. But thy
npplo orchard. rWIng him In his ro- 'I."".'t rn"".'1 ,,"'lr. I'"""'' '""P
cllnlnir clmlr on il, !,.,. .1 1.. "en"- 1 IIK'lllie mrwanl
on llut lawn. hIiii
mounted nnd walked toward blm. For """'" "'I'"- ""!
some reason, as she took his outstretch- wp-',lt n lml'' "n11 '"' fl h'A
ed hand, noted his wan snillo nnd mutv,m "lu ehanee to exert nil tlHr
bonnl his pleasant. "Well. Bess?" she p"w,,r '" "'" directions. But llm
found It hard to scuk. Flually she ,,'llK'r ,,0,l' m'v,'r l,e"t
said softly: "Hal, I've come to tell you mcni 't simply Is held forward from
what you weren't able to hear tho' "10 ,ll"' "l n v,'r' H"K'd, Iwrely per
other day. I hardly know how to say , ptlblo ""Kle.
It, though, You see. when Mr. Thorn. Kv" lf correct poise In walking hud
dike slipped down bi that crevice. Into """'Ing to do with other forms of nth-
which he could Just get ono foot and '"N 11 would bo Invaluable In Itself.
ono hand, I thought, 'If Hal were only 1,10 mn" ,v," walks right Is going lo
berer you seo my llrst thought was "eP orgnus ueari, moneys, liver
of you. Then I remembered that you "d lungs In splendid form. But, be
suld you would bo watching ns. At k,llc" n" " '"l"1 wonderfully In
llrst that didn't help mo nny, but all,0" outdoor sports.
of a sudden I recalled tho day you .
taught mo tho signal Oslo. It was so Irfiiiitnvlly In Virginia,
long ago that I was afraid I couldn't! "Mln" ' I,1U VT,' Htnt" f"r IoukovI
romeinlicr tho letters, hut I tried as ml1'' 11 Virginian, who was regis
tered ut n t;nosiniii street hotel, ac-
I
hard as f shall ever trv for niivfhltu,
In my life, for I realized at onco what , cor,l,"K to tho Philadelphia Press,
It would mean. Ono by ono the neces
sary letters for 'help' nnd 'rope' came
hack tn me; nnd though I couldn't be
sure you'd see my handkerchief at all,
somehow I Just knew you would, Hal.
Of course, I expected you to send help,
not como yourself.
"And now comes the hardest part of
what I havo to tell you the hardest
and tho dearest. Hal, when you wero
bending over the cliff to lower tho rope
discovered something, I discovered
that I cared more for your safety than
for than for anything elso In tho
wholo world, dear," Indianapolis Sun.
It Was flood Allvloo.
The man laughed uproariously. "I'm
pretty healthy-looking specimen, am
. not, doctor?" ho asked.
"You certainly arc," answered the
physician.
Well, ten years ago, you told me
to preparo for death."
"Did I?"
"You did."
"Well, I seo no reason to bo hilarious
about It. That's good advlco at any
time, Isn't It?"
"Yes, but"
"Doesn't your preacher glvo you tho
same ndvlce?"
"Of course, hut you seo"
"Well, why don't you go and lough
at him? I did only my duty by you,
and from what I know of you, I would
say that I can t think ot anyone who
has moro extended preparations to
make."
Sometimes," mused tho mnn, ns ho
went out, "It U easy tn make u point
and difficult to clinch It."
Getting at the Cause,
'The great problem of tho ago ap
pears to bo how to provont divorces."
No problem at all If you go at it
right,"
"How would you go nt it?"
"By stopping marriages, of courta,"
Illinois Btnto Journal,
can produce n list of nineteen former
citizens mid slaves ut my State whoso
years when they died aggregated
1 1 . Of thn nineteen pernios named
tho youngest when ho died was 110
years old. Two lived to be i;!o, ono to
ho llld, two to ho 121, ono to bo 1 1 it,
two US, three 111, ono 11,1, two II a,
two 111, one 110, ono la) and one, a
negro, lived to the rlpo old age of lild
years. Of tho nineteen persons only
six wore negroes; all tho others wero
whiten.
"While I am In the humor I will tell
anotiier ono. There Is, or was, a tow
years ago, standing on tho banks of
Ncnbsoo Creek, Virginia, a tombstone
carrying probably tho oldest monu
mental Inscription In tho United States.
Tho date Is 1008 and It Is thought that
the decedent was ono of John Smlth'li
men. This is tho Inscription: 'Hero
lies ye body of Lieutenant William
Herds, who died May yo Kith, 1008;
aged 65 years; by birth a Briton; a
good soldier; a good husband and
neighbor.' "
Only a Husbniiil Would Do,
"I' want to advertise for a man."
said the lady, npprouchlng tho want
advertisement counter In tho dallv
nowspapcr olileo. Judge reports tho
conversation;
"I want to got a mnn to carry eonl
In tbe winter, keep up tho llres, shovel
snow, mow the lawn In summer, also
sprlnklo It, tend tho (lowers, inliid tho
children, wash dishes, sweep tho froht
porch, run errands, and all that kind
of work. In short, I want n mnn who
will always bo around tho place, and
can be called upon for nny kind of
hard work. Ho must bo sober and re
liable, of good appearance, not over
80
"Pardon mo, madam," said-tho clork,
"we cannot accept matrimonial adver
tisements." Why do people alwnya laugh nt a
newly married couplo? What's tho
joke?