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LEXINGTON WEEKLY BUDGET.
LEXINGTON, MORKOW COUNTY, OREGON, THURSDAY AUGUST 7, 1890.
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SNOW & WHITSON.
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Mix UoDtlit, 61) cents.
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Rates op advsrtisinoi
Ono square (Ceo Unoi ur less), first Insertion
$1-00; each subsequent Insertion, 60 cents.
Special rates with regular ad vortlsers.
" All transient advertisements must bo paid tor
jluBdvancr, , .
", .-- Job PRiNTisa
Of every description executed with neatness and
L B, SHIPLEY, II. D.
Medicine, Surgery & Midwifory.
. ' .''.! ' ' Registered.
JJ P.. SINE,
Atuirncy-at-Law and Notary Public,
Attorney for the North American Attorneys
and Tradesmen's Protective Union ol Connec
ticut. PRANK KELLOOO,
Attorney-at-Law and Notary Public,
Money to loan on Improved (arms. Office In
First National Bunk.
J. N. Bbowm.
jas. D. Hamilton
BROWN & HAMILTON,
Attorneys and Counselors at Law,
Opposite "Gazette" Office, Heppner, Or.
1)RACTIOE In all the Courts ot the State. In
aurance, Real Estate, Collection and Loan
Agents Prompt attention given to all business
entrusted to them.
jyjRS. KATE PARSELL,
Nolary Public and Conveyancer,
Deeds, Mortgages and all others Legal Instru
ments caielully drawn. Applications for iStaic
una school Lauds male, and Pensions obtained.
pRANK H. SNOW,
Laud Agent and Notary Public,
! LEXINGTON, OREGON .
Klllim taken on government land. Ileal
slate advertised aud sold on commission. New
miners are Invited to call and be tilled, full or
olid facte about the idvautages of Morrow
country. Office houis from 7 a. m. to midnight,
General :-: Blacksmith
TS Af.W.wg ON DECK AND PREPARED TO
1 do ativthlng In his line in a neat and work
manlike manuor. Horses shod with care and
hhop on 0 St, Lexington, Or.
G. W. BROCK,
Arcad Street, Bet. C and D,
A Stay of Proceedings.
The St Joseph (Mo.) News tells the
following story: The judge of one of
St Joseph's courts went to his home
the other afternoon, and becoming ac
quainted with some flagrant act of his
7-year-old boy summoned the lad into
"Now, sir, take off your coat!" he
laid sternly. "I am going to give you
a whipping that you will remember as
long as you live.'''
If it "please yonr honor," said tbe
boy, "we desire to ask for a stay of
proceedings in this case until we can
prepare and tile an appplicatiou for a
change of venue to mother's court.
Our application will be based on the
belief that this court lias formed an
opinion regarding the guilt of the de
fendant which can not be shaken by
svidence, aod is therefore not compe
tent to preside in the case."
Slay granted, and boy allowed 25
leuts for attorney's feos."
Wagon and Carriage Maker.
Tellurium in Oregon- t oa 0f the Cascart brothers, who have
t..,. , , , .la sheep ranob. at Tia. Juana, lying on
Fifty-seven thousand dollars a ton U , i,f h .i-u, of th line, ha been arrested
Uie assay from a two-inch vein of tel- tot resisting a Mexican puard who et
luriym oro oit bf a mint on Elk cre'ek , tempted to prevent Lis driving; sbeep
in Uregfn. i "er Mexican side.
' ' ROAD RUNNERS AND SNAKES. '
The Rattler Was Surrounded by a Wall of
Cactus and Then Goaded to Death.
There is a strange bird of the pheas
ant family, peculiar to Southern Cali
fornia, ' Arizona and Mexico,' whose
habits have long been a puzzle to uat
uralists.and has furnished much amuse
ment and interest to sportsmen in these
localities. The name of this bird is the
It is built somewhat like au English
pheasant, being of a dull brownish
color and having long tail feathers aud
short, thick legs. It derives its name,
no doubt, from its ability to get over
ground at a rapid rate, as well as from
the fact that it is more frequently seen
p on the country roads than anywhere
else. It is a wary bird aud is seen but
seldom. It rarely takes flight when
approached, but will run along the
ground, with its head down, at a re
markable rate of speed.
This peculiar bird appears to be au
inveterate enemy of rattlesnakes, which
abound in great'numbers in the locali
ties before mentioned. It is said that
the birds first kill and then eat the
snakes, but of this latter fact I am not
certain. Their methods of killing the
snnkes are at once peculiar and in
genious, and will best be illustrated by
the following incident:
Some three years since I was camp
ing on the Gila River in Arizona. I
had accompanied a prospecting party,
who had gone to this region iu search
of silver and copper, which were said
to be abundant iu this section.
I was seated one day at poon near a
number of cactus plants, and getting
such shelter from the noonday sun as a
small cluster of manzunita bushes
would afford, I had not been seated
longwhen I observed lying asleep about
twenty yards off a large rattlesnake.
Seizing a stick. I was about to make
an attack on the sleeping reptile, when
I noticed a pair of large brown birds
standing under a clump of bushes, and
upparently watching the rattler with
interest. As they had not seen me I
resolved to keep quiet aud watch for
developments. I knew the birds were
road runners, and having heard that
they never let a rattler escape when
once they saw one I was anxious to see
bow it was done.
One of the birds cautiously approach
ed the snake as if to satisfy itself
that the reptile was really asleep. The
bird then walked deliberately up to a
small cactus plant and broke off a
piece of the thorny substance, which it
carefully laid down about u foot away
from the snak. Piece by piec fol
lowed until the snake was fairly walled
in by a circle of thorns, from which it
would have been very hard for the
snake to have escaped without serious
The next movement on the part of
the birds was even more curious than
before. The snake had remained
asleep nil the time, but at this point
one of the birds, uttered a sharp note,
jumped into the ring, gave the reptile
a sharp nip with its beak and was out
again almost before his suakeship was
aw lira of what had happened.
To coil itself for a spring was the
tirst act of the serpent, and when oue
of the birds approached within what
appeared to be striking distance there
was a sharp, rpiick dart forward. As
quick as a flash the bird was out of
harm's way.aud equally sudden was the
movemeut of the other bird, which
seized the snake from the rear before
it could agaiu assume a coil.
Every time the snake launched out at
the birds it was pricked by the thorns
until it became perfectly frantic with
rage. .--. ; - ;
At last, smarting under the pain in
flicted and unable to reach the birds,
which kept jumping iu aud out of the
ring with ligntniug-like rapidity, the
rattler turned and bit itself agaiu and
At this the birds seemed to suspend
operations and very soon the body of
the snake began to swell, its move
incnts became slower aud slower and
soon ceased altogether. The snake
What might have further happened I
aui unable to say, as just at this stage
of the proceedings 1 jumped to iny feet
and thereby attracted the attention of
the birds, who scampered off and were
soon lost to sight. The snake was a
large one of its kiud and had thirteen
rattles, beside the "button" at the end.
When I told them in camp what had
happened I was informed that this was
by no means an uncommon occurrence,
and that after killing the snake the
birds invariably made a meal of their
victims. .V. 1. Herald.
Morphine and Drufxlate In France.
The French government is taking
vigorous measures to suppress the
morphine habit by punishing the drug
gists who sell the dru to persons
whom they know to be addicted to its
use. One druggist who had been con
victed of this ollenie in one districtand
had paid the peualty has been refused
a diploma in aimther district w here ho
had opened a new shop.
Sam Bailey of Nashville, Mich., came
across three rats in the road some time
HIT", and all 'if them had hold of a
straw, traveling along. On closer ln
votigation ho,found that the two out
aide ran were leading the center one,
v.hrch wus blind.
"You have got a tine hund," lie said to her,
As she lingered o ei her cards.
"Perhaps," she replied with a suit little purr,
While hut lining a strain of Millard's.
"Yiu could play It alone. 1 suppose'" he said,
As he looked In her radlent eyes.
"Perhaps I" she rejiented, tossing her heud.
Without any wherefore or whys.
"You're awfully aggravating, my dear,"
"Yes, that s one of woman's tights ' "
We eun tnke without being uusexed and queer
Or (retting society's sights."
"Will vou take this, dear, aud go It alone'f"
He suld, as he offered a curd.
"But why," she replied, with a pique In her
"U hen I make them all with a paid?"
"Then von have s good baud? Oh, yesl 1 see,"
He said, as he 1.,'W aloft
The disengaged oue lu her piquant glee,
Which was rlngkss, white, uad soft.
"If you won't take a card, mi y be you'll take
A nd the ail- was still Millard's;
And the ring ou the finger lair of the Miss
Changed the grme in a trice. "N ' cards."
Earl Mi.rble In the Colorado Graphic.
ETHEL BANE'S REVENGE.
I have seen enough to know that he
is trifling with me that her doll-like
face and baby tone have taken him
from me; anil I will not endure it
longer. This evening I will show him
that Ethel Dane's love can not be
wounded with impunity, and I will
strike her, I hope, to death. He said
he would come this evening come to
get me the flower."
The speaker, a beautiful girl, just
completing her seventeenth year, stood
at a deep bay window, whose thick
curtains almost hid her well-rounded
form. A pair of white hands were
clinched as if in auger, and dark eyes
contrasted vividly with ashen lips. A
splendid gold watch, sparkliug with
diamonds, glistened in a black belt,
and she cousu ted it as the last words
fell from her tongue.
"Georgina Grenville, if I can not
outwit you I will don the veil aud hide
my face from the world forever. De
signedly you have drawn him to your
side but, as designedly, I will take
him away. It is almost death to cross
the path of a Dane. Perhaps you have
not learned this, for you are young.
Inexorable fate has decided that I
must be your teacher. I accept the de
cision, aud this evening I teach you a
lesson you will never forget. Yes!
But them he is! I did not see him
come up the walk. Where were my
" The silvery tones of the frontdoor
bell interrupted Ethel Dane, and
springing from the parlor, tshe au-
swered the summons iu person.
A beardless youth, whose dark eyes
matched her own so well, stood on "the
steps and spoke her name in rich tones.
His appearance was noble, his face
prepossessing, aud told that he had not
yet reached his majority.
"Are vou ready for the walk, Ethel?"
he asked. "The evening is truly beau
tiful, the winds sleep, aud
The yueon of night
Blilncs fair with all her virgin stars about her I
I skirted the gorge and listed to tho
noise of the mail, muddy current. I
saw the (lower- that prellv (lower,
"So it is still there!" she cried easrer-
It is, aud in the moonlight looked
lovelier than ever. We will get it
presently. See!" aud drawing his coat
aside he revealed a coil of lope. "It
shall greet the sun from your boudoir
window to-morrow, Elhel; 1 want to
see it iu your hair."
"But you shall nut risk your life to
gratify a foolish wish of mine," she
said. " "Let the flower wither where it
"Xo, no; it grew there for you, and
you alone shall have it. Come, Ethel,
let me go; I am impatient.1'
He waited at the door until she hail
thrown some light vestment over her
head, and then walked away ut her
"The rain was a flood at Elleiinere."
he said pluckiii": a leaf from the, elm in
w hose dim shade they were walking,
"and its w aters have reached the gorge.
Yon can hear them now, Ethel."
The roar of angry waters grew luuuer
as theyjadvauced through the wood, and
at last they paused directly above the
torrent. The chasm of Ellesmere, tho
deepest ill all Cumberland, was before
tlieui; and far below the cliffs in the
moonlight the waters rushed toward
the sea. It was a narrow chasm, but
dangerously deep, and its sides were iu
many places quite perpendicular. In
other places concavities existed; aud
there, nourished by the drip, drip of
the stones' icy perspiration, beautiful
ferns and flowers flourished.
Frank Hazel had often accompanied
Elhel to the spot they had readied. His
bands had fashioned a rustic settee, and
placed it near the edge of the preci
pice. There, with the moon above
them aud the waters beneath, they
had passed many hallowed hours. lie
admired the impassioned girl; but I
I can not sav that he loved her. But at
19 years of age he did not think very
much of the lender passion; his studies
at his tutor's residence not far from
tho cliffs had kept him from the courts
of the little god. But bo loved the so
ciety of woman, the lisp of little girl J
and'their pardcnable foibles.
Ethel Dane loved him from the first.
He seemed her beau-ideal of a lover,
and into her adoration she threw tbe
wealth of her passion the voluptuous--nessof
her heart. Sh'-' tvas happy iu tho
thought that be smiled on rone but
her, until she discovered that his name
was often on the lips of Gorginn
GrenviUc, a girl whoso father owned
a small estate on tho Boyleston side ct
the ohasm. Tho discovery irritau-d
kw Ki.a irorched, and heard more,
aud her jealousy inag:,uilieil molehills
a thousand diameters.
"I von him first!" she was wont to
exclaim when alone. "(.ieorgina,
lironville shall never wear him! What
1 can not wear 1 will destroy!"
Frank Hand had often leaned over
Ellesmere l'i ;i rs and plucked ferns and
flowers fur the impassioned beauty's
hair. She encouraged him iu this; it
reculted the days of chivalry, of ivliich
she was extremely fond; and he. fear
loss to a fault, almost, delighted to win
the gleen and ..scarlet gems. Oue day
while, wandei'ihg nfoug the Boylestou
side of I lie 'cliffs, the voting student
discovered a wondrousiy niagnilicent
flower that peeped from' a cliff iu the)
rocks perhaps twenty feet below the
settee 1 lirtvc.n'eutiimeii.
lie hastened across the chasm and
examined the flower It seemed at
first a genuine tiger lily, but while it
belonged to the lily family it could not
ben'r that particular name.
It was us large us his baud aud grew
uiou the end of a rich emerald stem.
Its six spreading, somewhat crisp parts
or leaves were rolled buck at points,
and its ivory-white skin was thickly
studded with scarlet points or studs.
To enhance these beauties, in the mid?
die of eacii of the six: parts a broad
stripe of light siftin yellow gradually
lev-t Itself iu the delicacy of the ivory
skiu. The light that fell upon it win
directly from above, aud the beautiful
stripes acquired the appearance of gen
tle streamlets of Australian gold.
Our hero could not touch the flow er;
but when he described its beauties to
Ethel Dane, aud heard her wish tc
posM'is it, he resolved that he would
rob the rock and please her.
lie rauin to the Dane's house on t lie
evening llnit w itnessed the opening ol
our sloiy. prepared to seciir the match
less specimen of botany. He carried a
strong rope beneath his coat, and alter
atUfving himself that the rock still
guarded I In- prize he began b prepare
for tile undertaking.
Elhel wali-hed biin make a loop ut
one etui of I In- iiqie. with something
like a gleam of revenge iu her dark
eye, and when he fastened the curd to
a young tree that stood near the edge
of the cliff, she said, "l-'runk the rope
Break? No Ethel, il uuuid hang
a giant," lie said, smiling. ' You will
put ou uiv n loves and let me down
riuwly. I can aseeuil. you Know witu
tiUe put on the almost womanish
gauittlels he extended, and he dropped
the loop over the cliff. Then, putting
his nether limb over lie found the rope
flK,'l T'-1 his foot into the noose.
v.VortV. down we go. Ethel!" he said,
lnokiugup smiling. ' Keep the rope
tight and let it slip through your lin
She was very strung for a girl of her
yours and she held the rope as he had
His shoulders disappeared below tbe
edge of the precipice then his face,
on which anticipated triumph sat en
throned. The cord slipped slowly through her
gloved hand, and ut last she stepped
aside, for the lashing about the tree
now held him up.
She crept near the brink of tho dizzy
heiglit and listened for a sound from
the man below. A slight swayiugof
the rope that rested ou the rock told
her that he was swinging himself in
ward toward the flower, aud she
watched his movements with the eye of
Gradually the movement ceased.
"Ethel!" came up from below.
"I ha9 got the flower!"
Bravo!'' she said, and then rose,
pale as ashes.
"I will do it now!" she said, under her
breath, glancing up at a cloud rapidly
Hearing the moon. "Georgina Gren
ville, you have won him, but shall
never wear him! Vou have stolen hiin
from me; tliiseveniug I steal him from
Hor eyes now flashed w ith anger, anil
her bosom rose and fell tuinultuously
The renewed oscillation of the ropo
told her that he was ascending, and, '
springing toward the tree, she drew a
kuife. It was a beautiful, ivory-handled
knife, and the shining blade there
of was strong.
.She dropped, suddenly grown calm,
beside the rope, and looked up at the
cloud again. The fragmented edges
were crossing the rim of the moon, and
while she looked she held her breath.
The shadow advanced; such a cloud
never retrogrades; fate w as behind it.
Gradually the moon wus eclipsed,
and when that eclipse was at its full
tbe headstrong girl turned to the rope.
"This is my revenge, Georgina Gren
ville!" she hissed, aud the knife struck
The next second there was a voice at
"Ethel, Eth great heaven my "
Tho rope was severed, and the cry of
the studeut, hurled headlong down in
to the torrent ot mad waters that
plunged through the bed of the chasm,
A moment later the moon beams lell
upon Ethel Dane standing alone be
neath the tree, pale as death, but
triumphant By u'nd by she crept to
the edge of the dill, and found one
leaf of that beautiful flower, glued to
the rock by the pressure of his hand!
She could not touch it, and while she
looked it fell of its own accord down,
down, after him.
! How she listened for a wail; but none
j came rip. How sho strained her eyes
. to catch a glimr so at him lying on the
; drenched bank; below dead, but no
, such iL'ht rewarded her. Tho sileucc
; ot death hung about the cliffs of Elles
j mere as well it might, for the noblest
youth in the laud had Sold his liftj for a
And a young girl stood over his un
knowu grave with a stain of murder on
Elhel suddenly started from tin; cliff
and toiled at the end of the roiled rope
a long time. Then she w alked away
and entered her home alone. The
house was deserted, for she had been
alone for several days. Her parents
were absent on a vi-dt, and as she had
answered the ring at the bell herself
the servants did not know who had
called. Therefore Frank Hael's visit
had not been known.
She would keep the dread secret of
his doom in her own breast, and for
four years she kept it well.
lu the little churchyard of Boyleston
may he seeu au unpretentious marble
slab boating this inscription: "Frank
Hazel, aet. li). They w hom the gods
love die young" Above the name
is carved a beautiful lily fulling from
Jli ice days uitor tbu . tragedy. hu
body was found, aud in his baud was
crushed the flowor lor whose posses
sion ho had imperiled and lost his life.
fcthel could tell but little concerning
his death. He hail discovered a rare
Ilower somewhere among the rocks,
and ho had told her that nothing was
easier than to let himself over tho cliffs
by a rope and secure the botanical
prize. This was all she told, and his
fellow-students said that his love for
botany had cost a life.
With the secret shared by the grave
and Ethel's heart, unknown to thu
world, I say four ears passed.
From n lovely girl the vuluptuons
Ktliel had grown into radiant woman
hood, accomplished and admired, thu
reigning belle of Bath, many long
miles from tho cliffs of Kllesinere.
Her father was dead, and she pre
sided over n luxurious home, which she
shared with a dignified maiden aunt.
If many wooers came to her side, it
was no fault of hers, for she was beau
tiful, as beautiful as the lily of tho
She dismissed lovers with a "no"
that but iutensitied their adoration; but
at last sho gave her heart away.
Tho fortui'ate man was Sir Hubert
Mortimer, u wealthy baronet. She
loved him. I say this knowingly; that
love intensilied by years, which she had
bestowed on Frank Hazel, sho gave to
him. lie was gratitied. aud tho day
residence of Miss Dane?''
Tho speaker was a woman clad in a
closo-lilling black dress and heavily
veiled. She addressed a policeman,
who" gave her the requisite directions.
Alio knocked genlly Hi the front
"is Miss Dane iu?"
"Shu is in her chamber, still up, 1
"Can 1 see her?''
"I'll see. What name?"
Tho woman iu black hesitated, but
presently answered: "Say one who
knew her long ugo, and and that I
must see her to-night."
The servant disappeared, and a few
moments later the visilor was ushered
into Ethel's boudoir.
Tho beautiful woman. sal ut a writing
table, partly en dishabille. Shu looked
up at the visitor, and then started to
"Georgiua Grenvilo, is it vou?"
Half an hour alter the black-robed
woman was let out by the same servant
who was summoned to Ethel's room.
(I am now dealing with sworn testi
mony, given at the Coroner's inquest.)
She found her mistress apparently
calm. Ethel placed a paper ,iu her
hand, and bade her take it to a particu
lar chemist whose shop was always
kept open very. late. She did so, and
received a small vial containing a pink
ish liquid. This she delivered to Ethel,
who dismissed her after requesting her
to wake her ut seveu the next inorii-
The "next morning" Ethel Dane
It was her wedding day; but she
lay ou her couch dead; aud her icy lin
gers, resting on a small table, touched
a bottle quite empty, labeled "Hydrate
of Chloral." Why 'had she taken her
own life? Her betrothed could not
tell; to tier uitnt, even, the motive was
enveloped in mystery, aud detectives
were put on the track of the woman in
The shrewdest of the lut caught her
This part of her confession may in
terest the reader:
"I was ou the Boyleston aide of the
cliffs that night. 1 saw him deseend, I
saw Ethel Dane stoop over the rope
with a knife. Then the cloud cauiu
over the moon. But 1 heard the sever
ing of the cord, and his cry. I knew
that she hud sent him to his death. I
wanted to see her happiness again
complete. I longed fur her wedding
eve. It came 1 went to her house
and told her what 1 had w itnessed
She could not deny it Thus I made
her too miserable for this lif!. When
1 left her she said that I had blighted
her life, and death she sought iu
the poison's sting. 1 loved Frank
Hazel. He was to have married me ou
his twenty-first birthday."
The detective released her.
In a pleasant village in Cumberland,
a mother looks with hue upon a bright
eyed boy. Her face is familiar. Geor
gina Grenville is a rich farmer's wife,
and the boy's name is Frank Hazel
Her husband docs not claim nil of her
love. Some of it is buried iu a grave.
Coals to Ni wciiHile.
Tbr car-loads of u,"ar wcio idiip.
ontl, from Conway. Kan., to "NVfV
Orleans recent! v.
THE QUEER CITY OF BOGOTA.
Ruled by the IU Hilary -KUItors Write lor
r'uiif'oliceiiien Carry l.asioes.
Bogota is a city of paradoxes, of
great wealth, of great poverty, and a
mixture of customs that often puzzles
the stranger. The foremost men in the
mercantile, political, and literary cir
cles are from the ohlCustilian families,
but so changed by interniarrittge that
all bloods run in their veins. In the
legislature, on the bench, the forum,
and behind the banker's desk, you will
seethe characteristics of all the races,
from the Auglo-Saxon io the African.
The ruling tdass is the politicians, but
it is more uuder the control of tho mil
itary than is generally the case else
where. . ,,
Among the leading minds are highlv
educated men w ho can converse fluegi
ly iu several languages, who can dem
onstrate tho most difficult problem in
astronomical and mathematical formu
las, who can dictate a learned philo
sophical discourse, or dispute with any
body the influence of intricate history.
Their constitutions, laws, and govern
ment were modeled after those of the
United States; their linanciul policies
lifter England; their fashions, man
ners, ami customs after the French;
their literature, verbosity, and suavity
after the Spaniards. Patriotic elo
quence is their ideal, and well it is
realized in most of their orators.
Almost anybody iu Columbia is a
w riter or a poet. Thu number of daily
and weekly periodicals published, iu
addiliou to t lie many loose sheets is
sued as occasion may require, indicate
this. Editors, as a rule, have other
business, and take this post in addition
as a recreation. Colombian author
have furnished text-books on political
economy, grammar, geography, math
emetics, aud iirt. while philosophical,
historical, and biographical essays and
works of lietion and poetry furnish
much interesting reading. Somo of
the text-books are subsidized by the
Government, mid all authors are pro
tected by a copyright law.
The police do duty only at night,
leaving the citizens to take care of
themselves by day. F'our policemen
are stationed at the four corners of
eaidi plaza. Every fifteen minutes a
bell rings, which causes the guardians
of the city to blow" heir w histles and
change places. By this system it is
impossible for them to sleep on their
beats. .Besides a short stout bayonet,
the policeman is often armed with a
lasso, and by the dextrous use of his
formidable weapon the prowling thiet
Isea-ilv, pinioned when trying to es
cape. Petty thefts are the chief crimes,
for the natives are ucilher quarrelsome
nor dishonest. Those w ho will steal
little tilings someliines make the most
trusty messengers, to his rare you need
not hesitate to commit any amount of
moiiiy. lluyoUi Letter. .
A lllli I'llee.l IrtlHt
lu all elegantly appointed studio, not
a hundred miles fiom Hartford, sat oue
of our noted aillsls in thought, lie
was earnestly contemplating a design
for a cathedral window, and a look of
auuoyaliei) Hashed across his face MS
the door suddenly flung open to admit
the tigtire of a lady, Thu look vanished
instantly, however, us the artist ad
vance to meet his visitor.
"Aru you Mr. ?" asked the lady
shortly, yet easting a furtive glance at
her muddy boots, buried deep in the
pile of the beautiful Persian rug.
"I urn. madam." '
"Well," continued the lady, with an
air of iinpoi lanco, "1 have brought
you n commission. 1 w ant you to de
sign the toe of this slipper for me. The
design itself is to be embroidered in the
shape of a slipper It is for the City
Mission fair aud 1 must have it im
mediately. Can't you do it while 1
"Pardon me, madam," courteously
replied the artist, "your kindness iu
giving me the commission is fully ap
preciated, but as I have not tho honor
of knowing you I must ask you to pay
me in advance."
"Oh, certainly," responded the lady,
with great readiness, drawing out a
well-lilled purse. "How much will it
"Four hundred and seventy-five dol
,'Whut!" screamed his visitor.
"Four hundred and seventy-live dol
lars," calmly responded the gentle
man. "What do you mean?" demanded
the lady, grow ing more and more as
tonished. "Just what I say, mudam." quietly
answered the urlist. "I think you
have made some mistake. The com
mission you have pleased to briug me
is entirely out of my line. If you will
visit ouo of the places for fancy stump
lug, in Pratt or Trumble street you
will succeed in getting your work done
to your entire satisfaction, I have no
The lady gavo a limil glanco around
the studio, tilled with European curios
of every description aud adorned with
urtistio works, from the magnificent
picture In oils, covering half the wall,
to a dainty, delicious little landscape,
which In its very delicacy was a marvel,
and. with another look nt her muddy
siiou unit a parting. "Well, 1 don t be
lieve you are the kiud of artist I am
I looking for," (to which tho gentleman
' courteously replied: "I am afraid not,
madam") she sailed out of tho room,
remarking to herself as slm savagely
I punched the elevator annunciator, anil
glared at two conflicting shades of red,
which were mentally swearing at each
i other about her dress "I thought
artists were always ready for work,
mid g nd to get it, too." Hartford
l (Jour ant.