Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About Weekly coast mail. (Marshfield, Coos County, Or.) 1902-1906 | View This Issue
M. -fc. l
tHE (JROSSPAf (ft
' For liunilrcclH of year our family,
havo been proud of our name, LcIccb-'
lor, claiming descent from lliu Lolceii-
tor fniully wIiohu best known repro-'
iiontatlvo was tlio favorlto of Qucon
Ellzaboth. I was baptized Algernon
I was Introduced to a girl wlioito nntno
I llil not oiilch. if I liuil caught It 1
(loulit tlmt t should no readily havo fall
In In lovo with her. When I learned that
It wnri tlio singular nnil to her entirely
Inappropriate naino of OroHspatch I left
hur for a week, nt tlio end of which
Mini) 1 nilled on her again, for I found
It Impossible to drlru hur out of my
"How did It hnpjion," I nuked her,
"Hint you, tho perfection of iiuihihlllly,
Worn horn iindur hiicIi a niuiiuV"
"It in n corruption," hIio said, "of
tlroiw'lmeh, Tho change cnuio many
geuerntlniiH ngo, rind my gra ml father,
who studied tho family lilotory, pro
fcmied lo havo discovered that It wan
Hindu on account of tho bravery of ouu
of our ancestors, n common soldier of
Cniiiiwell'H army, who In faco of n gull
ing llro croKned a Held or patch of
ground, carrying ammunition to n force
huleaguen-d by tho Cavaliers. 1 1 In com.
radi'rt duhhed him CroxHpatch, and he,
being proud of hi it deed, retained It."
"il'nil" I muttered to myself. "Doubt
Un myauceNtorn wcro among thuCuv
iillem who opposed tho low bred Purl-
Despite her name, I loved Mini Cross
patch m dearly that I could not give
her tip, and, mm my lovo1 won returned,
wo became engaged. HcsIiIch my love
there wiih another reason for my mnr
i Intco I loiiKed to rcgul;i moiiiu of thu
nodal proiiilueuco for myxelf amj my
(leitcvudautn of tho auclout lA'Iceiiteni,
mid MUm Croimpatch wax possessed of
mi enormous fortuuo left her by thin
'hmiiu grandfather who hint discovered
the origin of the name. After nil, what
dlfferenco would It make? Tho wife nH
iiumea tho Imnband'n name, and nhu
and our children would ho IdceMem.
I hud n fancy that tho oldest koii
r.houltl have for his burimino IiIh moth
er's family name, but In this en no I
resolved that no son of initio tdiould Ihj
christened CroNNpntch IA-Icentcr. Ho
uliould bo named for me, Algernon
Cecil. I would see that ho Inherited
tho bulk of bin motlicr'rt fortune, and
In thin way I would re-establish tho
There wiih a brilliant wedding nt
which I dranlc n trllle too much wluo
nnd bonnted that an ono of our family
hud once been tho favorlto of n queen
now It would become the favorlto of
thu upper ten thoiiHand of tho United
HtatoH. We departed on our wedding
trip amid tho uniiiiI tdiower of rice, and
on our return I M-ttled myself down to
enjoy my newly acquired fortune. I
had been at homo but a few days lw
fore the collcltor for tho Crosapatch
million wrotu mo saying Hint ho would
Ilko to see mo In tho city. I went to
him nnd wiih fdiowu Into bin private
"I have Kent for you," ho mild, "that
u very Important matter may bo sot
tied the ownership of tho Crospatch
".My dear sir," I replied, "tho proper
ty belongs to my wife."
"There In a condition attached to her
"A condltlonl What In It?"
"That her liiisltand nHHiimo tho nnmo
of CroH.spntWi and tho children If any
reuniting from tho marriage only in
herit under that name. Simon Cross
patch, having no children except your
wlfo'H father, nnd ho dying during her
infancy with no other Issue, left tho
property to her with tho nbovo named
condition. Ho was very proud of tho
manner In which tho nntno originated
nnd desired to pcrpctuato tho family
"And I," nnld I, "am desirous of per
ictuutlng tho family under tho nnmo
"Tho family can only Inherit by nH
Burning tho nnmo of Crosspatch. In
'caso you ddcllnq Jo do ho. tho will
states that tho property is to go to tho
endowment of an Institution to bo
known an tho Crossputch university."
"My wlfo never told mo this," I ex
"For tho very goal reason that liar
grandfather stipulated In his will that
nho was not to bo Informed of It except
iirough her husband, Ho desired not
to stand In tho way of her marriage,
ttlo prcforred to lcayo it to her husband
lo accept tho tonus or resign tho for-
tuna Hut In caso you declluo thcro Is
nu annuity sottlcd on her of ?1,C00 a
year to keep her from want."
I nslccd for tho tltno allowed mo by
tho will In which, to innlto my decision
"nud was Informed that It was iv month,
I wna too much disgruntled to return
to my wlfo fob n week, but' by that
tlmo had decided to accent tho tiatuo
nnd tho fortuilo. My wife,, who was
nd Is nmlablllty ltBof,,T)oro with my
Irritation nnd dlsappoln'tmout. I de
clared that I wolild break tho will nnd
epont mouths trying 'to find a loopholo
by which t could do so. Indeed I uiado
,vo unch fusij that tho tnattor got out,
'nnd It waa commonly;, reported that
that 111 Unty'rcd Leicester whs 111 treat
ing Ilia good najured wlfo, who do.
rfcrrod batter, huiband... ifinally. tmr
Rrnmlillngn dlod nwny, nhil 1 pondciihly
took poHHesnlou of my wjfu'n fortune,
And nw I nm known an od Crosw
patch, my wlfo an Mrs. CroMputch, and
I have ten children all CroMNpritchcM.
What wo would do with such u nnmo
Woro it not for our wealth and ho pop
ularity of my wlfo and our hoiim ami
daughters I don't know, Ax It Is, all
except mo nro known, respected anil
holoved under tho nnmo of tho Ctoxu
JOHN JOItDAN VINOISNT.
Now Zealand linn gone further tlm
any other nn'.lou In renllzlng tlio Ideal
Htato of tho soclallHt, whero tho govern
ment owns all tho laud, mautigcH nil
tho Industries and In tho only capital
hit In tlio community. About one man
In every six throughout tho Inland Ih
In Homo form of government employ or
Ih In receipt of a pension from tho gov
ernment RAINING CATS AND D0Q8.
Various KHptnimtliin of the Origin
of ThU ICxprenalon.
Xfntll- f.Tfllrtfiril Imm IlllVf lirmtl frlvii.i
of II... origin nt ll.n .....n.1,.,1.,.. rl..lr,.,
cntH and dogs." One Ih that It Ih a per -
version of tho French "catadoupe."
waterfall-"lt Ih raining a catadoiipeH,"
or cntnriictn. Another explanation b
that tho u.alo IiIohoiiim of tho willow
tree, which uro lined on J'lilin Hundny
to repVesent tho briinclieH of palm,
wero called "cats and dogs" In oine
pnrtH of Kngland, whero they IncreaHC
rapidly after u few warm April show
ern, and tUo belief prevailed that the
rain brought them.
Others traco tho saying to northern
mythology, In which tho cat 1m nnld to
havo great liilluenco on thu weather,
nnd millom still havo a saying, "Tlio
cat Iiqh a galu of wind in her tall,"
when sho Is uuuNtnlly frisky. Witches
that rodo upon' tho utorniH wero said to
hkbuiuo tho form of cats, and the
stormy northwest wind in called "the
cat'n iioro" In tho I Ian mountain
cvon at tho present day. Then tho dog
Is n symbol of wind, which In old Ger
man pictured In llgured as tho head ot
n dog or wolf from which blunts lsiuc.
Tlio cat therefore symbolizes it down
pour of rain; tho dog, strong gusts ot
wind, which accompany It, and so n
nilu "of cata nnd dogs" Is n heavy rain
ISvnlutlou of lit Uayonet.
Tho BweyncH-fcatbcr (hog'n bristle),
which BcouiH to havo been the original
prototype of tho bayonet, was a long
rapier blade, fixed in u bundle and car
ried In a Hheath, which was given to a
musketeer for defense nfter ho had dis
charged his piece. Ktuck by its handle
In tho muzzle of his gun, it constituted
a very etllclent weapon for acting
agaliiMt plkcuicu. To diminish his In
cumbrance tho HwcyucH-feathor and
musket rest wcro combined, tlio latter
forming a sheath for tho former, In the
reign of James I.
Toward tho latter part of tho civil war
the uko of tho muHkct rest was aban
doned, nud It became thu practice to
Htlck tho dagger by Its handle into the
muzzle of tho piece after discharging it.
Iu 1CS0 two rings wero added by
which the bayonet was placed on the
muzzle without Interfering with thu
llring. This Improvement, tho Inven
tion of General .Mackay, an Kugllsh
olllcor, woo Introduced Into tho French
army by Vnuban In 1703. lly the Hug
llsh themselves It waH not adopted un
til nfter tho bnttlo of Foutciioy (1715),
where tho ndvautnges Its use conferred
on tho French woro only too painfully
manifest, tho Duke of Cumbcrlaud'H
tinny being defeated with tho loss of
15,000 men.-l'earrton'H Weekly.
JIU Omi MuiM.acrlltt.
Oeorgo Ade, In the early days of hla
career, beforo tho "Fablea In Slang"
had brought him' fame, called oiu
morning In Chlcrfgo upon n Sunday edi
tor on n mission from n theatrical man
"I havo brcAight you this mnnu.
ecrlpt" ho began, btjt tho editor, look
ing up at tho tall, timid youth, inter
rupted: "Just throw tho manuscript In tho
wnstcbaskmt, please," ho said. "I'm
very busy Just now and haven't tlmo
to do It -myself."
Mr. Ade obeyed calmly. Ho resumed:
"I havo come from tho theater,
nnil tho manuscript I havo Just thrqwu
in tho vrantobaskct Is your comic farco
or, 'Tho Erring Son,' which tho man
ngpr auks mo to return to you with
hanks. IIo suggests that you sell it to
nn undertaker, to bo read nt funerals."
Then Mr. Ado mulled gently and
Tlio following account Is given iu
Country Lifo of tho way in which pil
fering crows nro dealt with by Italian
agriculturists: A holo of a certain depth
is dug In tho ground, at tho bottom of
which Is placed some decayed meat.
A funnel shuped wedgo of pallor la
thou lnaertcd Into tho hole, tho upper
edgo of tho papor being coated with
blrdllmo. "Maltro Corbeau" Bees' tho
food, descends to grasp It, and when
ho has firm hold of It ho risen up again.
Ills head Is, howovor, swathed with
tho papor cap, nnd in his mad endeavor
to -rid himself of lit ho circles un to ex
traordinary hoightft In tho nlr, rovol
Jng constantly i hud nt bo rnpld VpjHiq
that, soon ovcrc6mn with glddiucss, ho'
fftiu tatnartii qeaa.
' Whllo acting as an Independent do
tectivo at Chicago ono night about 10
o'clock n Hcrap of paper was left at roy
door on which was jvrltton In a worn
rin'n hand, "Harney It'cdflcld, who rob
bed tho tit National bank of Denver,
will ho at No. It avotiuo tonight."
I had never neon Itcdfleld or Ills pic
ture and know nothing about him ex
cept that thcro wan a roward of $5,000
offered for his capture. I know noth
ing of tho houao In It avenue. All I
could do wan to go thcro and bo guided
I found tho hoiifio brilliantly lighted
and guests entering under an awning.
I walked in with tho rest. Though I
was not In ovculng dress I had on an
overcoat, so tlilM did not matter for tho
entrance. I wns shown up to tho gen
tlemen's dressing room, whero I ro
malned without taking off my overcoat
till tho others had gono down. Then I
resolved to look about mo for apparel
unliable to tho occasion. Going to tho
' "P "'WVP, Which WOB deserted, I ran
- Htt1 H(:lH "d4 drnwcni, finding
""," mJ cn! to ,ft, room2n wh ch
, n f1"1, ?" " 'lrt lnr cufr nnl ?
' ,n r of l,I."rlc ."" "tocklngs wcro spread
" wo 00' " n P r ,ow
R..ivn tivttj 111 iliu .ILnfl. JVlUUIJkl
Homo ono wob expected for whom they
had been made ready. I put them on
and went downstairs.
I ran a great risk, for, though I could
prove I wan a detective, I had actually
Htolen a suit of clothes and was prom
enading In them, it would bo Inferred,
to Meal other things. Going down a
winding Ntalrcano and seeing the hoat
nnd hostess receiving guests in tho
drawing room, I turned into tho li
brary. I Ntrolled about, keeping an cyo
i ...... r ...t in ..... ii.Uh
"'"' " . "Ul "w ""'
iu ivint iiiu nu. .uuiik luujr wiiu jiruv
cd to bo the daughter of tho host sat
for a long while In a window scat wlUi
n liandHomo young fellow with a very
rcstloHH eye, but plenty of peoplo havo
restless eyes, and Harney Rcdflcld
would bo moro likely to spend his tlmo
looking for Jewelry or silverware than
spooning. After spending nn hour
dodging tho members of tho family I
concluded to go upstairs, when I heard
a gentleman say:
"Thero'H been a robbery. Frank'
clothes wero laid out for him upstairs,
and when ho nrrlvcd Just now ho found
they were gone."
For a moment my heart stood still,
hut, regaining my nssurnnco And ro
membcring that If Harney ltedflcld
were In tho house nnd knew that tho
family -wero alarmed ho would Imme
diately innko an egress, I said to tho
"I would suggest, sir, that tho cxitfl
lo watched to prevent tho thief's es
cape." "Vou nro right," ho replied and do
parted to see that my suggestion was
It was soon evident that tho matter
of tlio loss of the dress clothes of Frank,
whoover he might he, had got out
among the guests, nud had it not been
that I was absorbed In wntchlng for
soiiio innu to Hhow some anxiety, there
by Indicating that ho was vulnerable,
I would havo felt the unpleasantness of
njy position. As it was, I was not dis
concerted till I saw tho host coming
toward me, his gazo fixed upon mo
with no plcnunnt expression. IIo was
followed by several others, all men.
"I beg pardon, sir," ho said, "but I
do not recognize you."
I was cornered. What should I Bay?
What should I do? I stared nt him
"If you cannot give a reason for your
being here, I tlhall send for tho po
lice." "Don't atop f6r blm to invent fltx OX'
cuse," said u guest, tho mart who had
been attentive to tho host's daughter.
"Tho fact that ho is unknown to you
nud a suit hfi? been stolen should bo
sulllclent. I'.ero's Frank."
"Frank," in business clothes, Btcppcd
up to mo ttiid after scrutinizing mo took
hold of tho lapel of tho dress coak I
wore, torned It up nnd displayed fc
penrl stick pin.
"That's my suit," ho imid. "I got
that stick pin as a cbtlltym fmvor ln
week and put it lu thuro."
Now, whllo this had been jsolug qu
my observing fucultles had been work
ing. I took CBp'eclnl notlco of tho mo
tions and expression of the young man
I had seen with tho young ludy. IIo
seemed unduly excited, cast lug hur
ried glances nf. me, as If to iriako sufo
ho had never ricjttlt me before I must
decide upon vn plan for at Iciast tern
porary use. Turning totho ho Bt, I Bald
"May I nsk a prlvnto intcrvh iwT You
don't wish a disturbance, I'm . lure," x
"Don't go off aloho wl th hh u," said
thu young mnti bt Whom I ha ivo been
"Would you d5 mo tho favor to como
With us?" I Batd.td, him polltol; r. .
Tho host led us to a Hwall ro om'nud
shut tho door. The youiag man 'b nbrv
Jtmsness increased. I do nt kno v 'what
put It Into my hefad, bu t I resol Wed to
croon myself b' accusing him.
. "I camo hero to nrreiit TJnrno r lied
Held," I Bald. ....
Tho man clutched nt o. johalr. "''J-. :
.'"And," I continued,, "bjuYinh Tovmd
my .man" I dry a"ipa)lr bt bracble,t8-
MI havo nccomnllshcd .'m-r worit.'
"Great hiaVensl'f.exrt lrimed tH D'boct.
"My lUvgliter'ii nfllancca nusriandr
I had fired at random nnd brought
down flic gamo I wanted. ltedflcld
was horn a gentleman In England,
drifted to Australia and found tin dim.
I cully In keeping up tho part lu Amer
ica. I got my reward from tho Denver
hank and n fow thousnnd moro from
Wio man whom I had saved from n
tobbor won-ln-law. My Informant was
1 girl Hodflcld wan proposing to throw
jir ror ins now lovo.
WILLIAM D. KNIGHT.
'" TNbtANA78 RAGJNQ TAD3. '
tJoltln of 1'ort to Ho Opened by M
floclnl Clnb'a Lnut Monitor.
A young man of Covington, Ind., in
18-17 read in a Cincinnati newspaper of
n Hoclal club which had been formed
years boforo that date. Tho hurt sur
viving member of tlio club had broken
tlio bottlo of whisky that had been on
tho bawpjot table at every anniversary
of tho first meeting.
Tho Incident Impressed tho reader,
and ho formed a similar club In Cov
ington. The membcrnMp wob tweuty,
and tAe club wnH called tho Itaging
Tads. The members wlfro Burnett D.
Van Trooncr, Albert Mallory, Hhcl Hnn
uegan, James McMannoney, IatwIh H.
I let field, Charles Hanslckcr, Samuel
Fields, Hanford Crane, William Brad
ley, William Donaldson, William rrib
ble, IUward Mallory, Bldney Harper,
Kd Pullen, Alexander Hctflcld, Ellas
Wilcox, Frank Clark, Ilnrvey Johnson,
UufUB Prlbblc and Hob Brown.
Instead of whisky n bottle of port
wine won put on the table, and this
was to bo broken by the Inst member.
On Thanksgiving was the fifty-sixth
ann!vcuiry dinner of the Raging Tads.
Two of the four survivors met at Cov
ington, with tho bottle between them.
Colonel McMannoney, who will be
eighty years old in March, and Lewis
Hctfleld, who Is now eighty years old,
wcro tho partakers of the feast. Bob
Brown, cighty-Uircc years old, lives in
Nebraska, and Harvey Johnson, of the
samo age, in Illinois. They wero un
able to attend.
The Covington men are halo and
hearty, but were much affected by the
smallncss of their numbers. They shed
tears as they spoke of their former
companion. Mr. nctflcld said:
"I don't want to be the last. It will
be a rad, a very sad, occasion, the
opening of that old bottle."
"I wouldn't open that bottlo for any
thing In tho Tvorld," Bald Colonel Mc
Manneriey. Tlio bottlo is cared for as If It wcro
of priceless value. From one Thanks
giving to the next it Is stored in tho
vnult of the Covington Banking com
pany, where Jt will not have to remain
mnny years before Its seal Is broken by
tho last of tho Raging Tads.
NEW YEAR MESSAGE.
Detail of the United fitntea XaVal
Tho United States naval observatory
at Washington recently announced the
details of Its scheme to send telegraph
ic tlmo signals throughout tho world
to mark the beginning of tho new year.
Tho signals were sent out last year for
each of the four great standard time
belts of tho United States, but this
year It Is proposed not only to secure u
wido distribution of these new year
signals throughout North and South
America by the co-operation of tho
telegraph and cnblo companies, but also
to send one or more of the four scries
of signals around tho world and back
to the room of tho naval observatory
where they started.
Tho signals will begin at 11:55 p. m.
nnd cud at midnight, eastern time. The
same BerleTTTTlll bo Bent out nn hour
later, ending nt midnight, central stand
ard time; again an hour later, ending
at 2 a. m., for midnight of mountain
8tamlstd time, nnd again nu hour after
that, vndlng at 8 a. m., for mlduight
of raclflc coast standard time. In each
of these Your flve-minute Intervals the
clock will send an electric Impulse prac
tically every secorfd. On tho world
circuit the signals will go by land Hues
to Capo CanBo, Nova Scotia; thence by
cable to tho Az6res, Lisbon, Gibraltar,
Malta, Alexandria and Port Said; by
land to Suez; by cablo to Aden nnd
Bombay; by land to Madras; by cable
to Penan?, Singapore, Saigon. Hong
kong, Mnnlla, Guap. Midway. Honolu
lu nnd Snu Francisco, tvX by lain', back
It is proposed to receive both the
'outgolug and incoming Bfgnals on tho
,eama chronograph at tho naval ob
servaorj' and thus preserve n perma
nent grabble record of both on a aingio
Bhcctof papor. It is suggested that, be
sides demonstrating the possibilities of
.practical astronomy nnil telegraphy
forking together through intcrnntlop.nl,,
co-operntlon, benefits will result rroin
tlio' general attention that it will direct
to tho advantages of tho uso of ac
curate standard tlmo throughout tho
wforld. Tho messages will also' carry a
New gear's greeting to tljeyoiid.
, To HarttOHH the Pintle.
Work has begun at Fremont, Neb.,
bft.'t'h'o BUrvey for a gigantic power
canal scheme which yfUl harness tho
Watc'rs of tho Platte VW furnish nu
cnor'jrious amount of yowr for the
owi)ers, which will, .it ' nrotyHed, be
.Ha&VMilml Ihrrtnehrmftllnt EOoflon. If
is knoNvn that the.Vrmour rlRaklng,
c4mpVNS is behlnU this entcrprjse aji
hiuryolflla It Place to Invwrt Ita Bur-
"It was back in tlio fifties," said tho
old sailor, "when ships were ships and
not cooking stoves afloat, as they uro
now. I was inato of a sailing vessel,
ono of those long craft with masts run
nlng against tho clouds and canvas
enough to nTBVo a floating city. You
don't see 'cm nowadays, and yon'ro not
likely ever to see 'em again. There
was comfort aboard such a ship as that
no flincll of greaHe, no shaking of the
engine, nothing bat motion harmon'ous
with the wind nnd waves.
"Ono moonlight night when wo wcro
in tho West Indies wo were lying at
anchor off the islund of Jamaica tho
captain nnd most of tlio crew were
ashore, and I was sitting on tho quar
ter deck In tho captain's chair, trying
to keep cool. Canting my eyij, In the
shimmer of tho moon, I paw a black
spot on the water. Watching it, I dis
covered that it moved moved toward
tho ship. I thought it was a canoe
coming head on, for I could see some
thing like n paddle raised with a reg
ular motion, but It wasn't a cnnor; II
was n man swimming, at each stroke
raising one arm out of the water, a
favorite motion with good swimmers.
It was evident that the man was mak
ing for our ship, as there was nothing
else nbout. When he came under the
stern ho called for me to throw blm n
rope. I called some of the watch to
bring a rope, and wo got him aboard.
IIo was no sooner on deck than he be
gan his story- Tho negroes on his plan
tation were going to rlso that night,
murder him and his family and tnke
possession of what movable goods they
could find. IIo wanted us to send a
force for their protection.
Wo had but eight men aboard, and I
didn't feci nt liberty to send 'cm, but
the fellow begged so plteously for mc
to savo tho lives of his family that I
consented and scut every man, re
maining myself to watch tho ship. A.
boat was lowered, with the eight men
in her at the oars, while the stranger
took tho tiller. I watched 'em rising
and falling on the swells in tho moon
shimmer till they were well away;
then, remembering that I wob alone in
care of a big ship, I began to walk the
deck with a feeling of uncomfortable
"Tho men I had sent had faded In
the distanco when I noticed a boat
coming from the opposite point, headed
straight for tho ship. Sho couldn't hold
any ono belonging to tho vessel, for the
captain and crew would como from the
mouth of a small river midway be
tween tlio direction of the boat that
had gono and tho boat that was com
ing. It flashed across my mind that
the swimmer hnd como to decoy what
projection thcro was aboard tho ship,
leaving her frco to bo plundered. If
this wero so hero I was sole defender
of a large vessel against a boat load
of men bent on piracy. I had assumed
the authority for sending away the
watch and determined to dlo ralhcr
than faco the captain after the ship
had been looted.
"By tho time tho boat camo up I had
gathered muskets, cutlasses, hand
grenades In short, every weapon I
could find, including a six pounder can
non, which I loaded ready to Are. As
soon ns tho bont camo within hailing
distanco I nsked who they were nnd
what they wanted. They ceased row
ing and wcro inclined to parley, looking
hard at tho vessel to bIzo up tho crew
aboard. They talked at random till
they 'were satisfied tho ship was with
out adequate protection, then, though
X ordered them away, pulled forward.
I pointed my barker and fired. Tho
Bliot skipped by them, nnd they paid
)jo attention to it except to ceaso row
ing 'fora fow seconds. Seizing a mus
ket, I 'aliot tho man at tho tiller. This
produced. Bomp confusion but ns they
enmo on I seized another musket and
dropped the stroko oarsman. This laid
out two of eight men. Soma stopped
rowing; others pulled so hard as to
swing tho boat in a circle. At tho same
tlmo there was h TSabcl of voices.
They wcro nowvncar enough for mo
to sco that there was ono white man,
evldcutly their leader, tb& rest being
mulattoes and negrobs. I 'fired nt the
leader, but missed hirji, nqd boforo I
could Bdzo another niujket, ho had got
his men ngaln to their work and they
were pulling forward. Beforo they came
directly under the vessol's sldo I bad
shot two moro men, reducjng their
,uumber to six. Then I dropped a small
.hand grenade, which struck tho. tip of
tho bow and killed ,or disabled two
Wore. .Tho leader wag stilt unhurt nnd,
bjivlng provided himself with a ropo
lnden with hooks nfoite.cud;1 threw
tho hooks nnd caught themjonjto tho
gunwale. I tried to throw them off,,
but ns soon ns thoy caught ho got on
to tho laddor and camo up the side,
followed by Bovernl of his men. I
Waited till ho camo within reach and
dropped hluyUh a cutlass. Tho next
man fired a pistol at mo, which grazed
my check. Seeing that he had missed
mo nud thnt I was ready for blm with
a cutlass, ho, crowded back on, to the
men behind, and they all tumbled into
thrf'boht. Thon'.y seizing tho tfars, they
pulled away, followed "by balls from.
my bix pouuuer.-wflicn ma.not iuko ci-
. Soon after mMnlgKt-the bont'J;bnd
cent out came buck, the men reporting
tfiat as'Tsoon as tho swimmer 'had got
nshoro ho disappeared In n clump of
trees, and thoy saw him no moro. .1
said nothing io tlinn nbout tho attack
nor to tho captain when he returned.
You sec, I had no business to bo fooled
into sending tho ship's watch away,
and I didn't want him to know how
nearly the ship had como to being loot
til. Wo sailed away the next morning,
and I was the only man aboard who
vcr knew of the, battle.
A fool flatters himself; the wlso m&a
flatters .the X poI.-Bulwcr.
rinn to prerent Armr l)eerlloiin.
Iron railings eight feet high ore to
bo erected all round tho city of Mot-z.
Tho object, t li said, Is to prevent de
sertions from the army, Which have at
tained a very high figure.
ENGLISH AS SPOKEN.
It In In Scotland, Stir a. Critic, Thnt
It In llenrd nt IU llcnt.
The query "Whore Is the prettiest
English spoken?" Is answered by n
writer in the London News, nnd.
strange to say, it Is not In Kngland, If
the writer bo accepted as an authorita
It was the opinion of Sir Morell Mac
kenzie that those who should speak
English most musically were the In
habitants of Badcnoch, Invcmcss-Hhlre,
Scotland. They had the reputation for
centuries of being perfect speakers of
English; but, the writer says, lie must
now go to tho g!cns branching north
ward from the Caledonian canal to find
the language spoken n Its purity.
"In the beautiful glen of Morlston In
particular one has rioted the moot ex
quisite speech it seems possible to im
agine. There Is an almost total ab
sence of dialect and vocal disfigure
ments, though a quaint, delicately
marked rise and fall of the voice are
very faintly noticeable. The language
tiscd is extraordinarily pure and frco
from alien words, which Is attributable
to the fact that the people acquire their
English direct from books aud that so
far dialect contaminations have not
penetrated tho glen."
The writer lias a good word to say
of Celtic pronunciation of English gen
erally: "The charm of Irish English ie
undeniable. It has a softness that ap
peals Irresistibly to tho car, but un
fortunately It Is linked with n certain
clement ot dialect which Just places It
Curious hand furnaces arc used lu
China during the winter months, chief
ly In the north, when the Are, iu place
of being In the house, as we have it, Is
carried about the person-beneath the
thickly padded cotton garments or fu
the hand. At times It is placed be
neath the chair on which one Is seated.
This contrivance, resembling the- char
coal puns formerly used before the
days of the pit coal by the Hertford
shire straw plalters, was first Intro
duced to our notice when resting at a
village In the Fuklcn province, which,
before wo had investigated the cause,
we noted as n place remarkable for the
deformity of its inhabitants, old men
and women with strange swellings pro
jecting in the most unaccountable
places. Our speculations were, how
ever, speedily set nt rest and the mat
ter satlsfactorllj' explained by uu old
gcntlcmau, who removed his greatcoat
nud disclosed a small copper furnace
secured round his wnlst with a band
and neatly covered with basket work.
'This artificial mode of heating the body
. is only resorted to in tlmo of extreme
cold, as on ordinary occasions the peo
plo deem their thick clothing a BUfll
clont protection during winter. Golden
A Attaint Feoplc.
Thchoart oC'Brlttany never changes,
but its faco'is rapidly' losing many of
Its prominent characteristics with tho
leveling influonce of tho French repub
lic. It Is only far out of tho beaten
track, now, or on special occasions, like
fetes, that you Bee universally the cos
tumes and customs of tho old Armorl
can peninsula. Only an bour'B Journey
from Qulmpcr, the modernized chle4
town of Finlstere, and you are amoug
tho BIgoudlncs, a peoplo whoso dress
suggests tho Eskimos and Chinese,
whose faces are strongly Mongolian, in
typo and who in language, customs nud
beliefs seom to have no relation with
the rest of France. Moro and moro tho
picturesque problem thoy present is
coming to,attract attention. Artists,
students and- tourists nliko are fasci
nated by It. Andre Sagllo in Century.
A Stickler For Rank.
It is not in this country alone that
the notion At, equality prevails. The
London Figaro reports tho following
As a magnificent steamer, tho prop
erty of tho Peninsular nnd Oriental
compnny, was steamfng into Southamp
ton harbor a grimy coal lighter floated
immediately in front of it. An offlcer. ,.,
on board tho steamer, seeing tlila,
"Clear out of the way , with tboU
bargol" ' f
Tho., lighter jtnan, a nauvo ot lug
"Ughtcr mau. "I'm tho captain of this."
J.UU, ..feu... .V"- - " ,1 V.. 1 " W
Emerald JbIo, Bhmited in rcpIr$"Are
yo thcaptulh of piatfvessdm; 8S J
"Nfc," answered tho officer i I a M
. iThcn snake t'oor doioliVpalditheM