Lexington wheatfield. (Lexington, Or.) 1905-19??, February 14, 1907, Image 2

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    I "Her hull is constructed of phosphor-
bronze," he answered, "and she Is driven
j by gas. It was one of .Black's inspira
A Plain Tale of Strange
Happenings on the Sea
tions to choose Greenland for his hole;
it is one of the fow comparatively unin
habited countries in the world where coal
is to be had." y
"Who are your miners?" I asked.
"Honest British seamen whose voyages
have been Interrupted. We give them the
alternative of work in the mine, or their
liberty on the snow yonder."
"But how can they live in such a place?"
"They don't live," said he. "They die
like vermin."
Prlca 23c and 30c
During some days I saw no more of the
doctor, or of anyone about the ship save
an old negro, who became my servant. He
was not an unkindly looking man, being
of great age, and somewhat feeble in his
actions; but he never opened his Hps
when I questioned him, and gave a plain
'Yes" or "No" to any demand.
It must have been on the fourth day
after my capture that the nameless ship,
which hitherto had not been speeding at
an abnormal pace, began to go very fast.
Finally, by the consciousness that the
ship had stopped, and that there was
much agitation on deck, I looked from
my window and observed the cause of the
confusion, for there, ahead of us a mile
or more, was one of the largest Icebergs
I have ever seen. I watched intently, hop
ing to see other bergs that should tell me
how far we had gone towards the North,
but the night fell suddenly. I had a no
tion that Captain Black was running to
hiding; and his hiding place lay to the
north, far above the course even of Cana
dian-bound vessels.
The time passed, the weather growing
colder day by day, the bergs more fre
quent about my windows; until on the
evening of the seventh day the ship stop'
ped suddenly. The work of mooring was
not a long one. On the next morning I got
up at daybreak, and looked eagerly from
my spying place ; but I could discern only
a blank cliff of rock, the ship being now
moored against the very side of it. The
negro brought a note with my breakfast ;
and I read an invitation to dine with
Captain Black that evening. I welcomed
the prospect of change, when the old man
threw open the door and said, "The Mas
ter waits !"
He led the way up the companion lad
der, which was, in fact, a broad staircase,
elaborately lit with the electric light ; and
so brought me to the deck, where there
was darkness save in one spot above the
fore-turret. There a lantern threw a great
volume of white light which spread out
upon the sea, and showed me at once that
we were In a cove of some breadth, sur
rounded by prodigiously high cliffs; and
the light being focussed straight across the
bay, disclosed a cleft in these rocks lead
ing apparently to a further cove beyond.
I had scarce time to get other than a
rough idea of the whole aituation, for a
boat was waiting at the gangway. The
men gave way at once, keeping in the
course of the searchlight, and rowing
straight to the cleft in the cliffs, through"
which they passed; and so left the light
and entered a narrower fjord. This sec
ond cove opened after a while into a
.lake, above whose shores I observed, many
twinkling lights, which seemed to come
from windows far up the face of the cliff.
There was a rough landing stage, cut in
the rock, and an iron stairway led thence
to the chambers which evidently existed
When we had come to shore, and had
been received there by several men who
.held lanterns, the negro pointed to the
iron stairway and told me to mount ; he
following me to the summit, where there
was a platform and an iron door. The
door opened as we arrived before it, and
there standing by It I found the young
"Come 'In," he said, "they're waiting
for you."
We were in a broad passage lit by the
electric light a passage cut In a crystal
like rock, whose surface had almost the
lustre of a mirror. The passage led up
to a second door this one built of fine
American walnut ; and we passed through
It at once into a roam where I was as
tounded to see Indisputable evidence of
civilization and of refinement. The whole
chamber was hung round with superb
skins, the white fur of the polar bear pre
dominating ; but there were couches cush
ioned with deep brown seal ; and the same
glossy skin was laid upon the floor in
so many layers that the footfall was
noiseless and pleasantly luxuriant. The
furniture otherwise was both modern and
The room had a solitary occupant. One
glance assured me that 1 was face to face
with Captain Black the Captain Black I
had seen in Paris; but yet not the same,
for all the bravado and rough speech
which which then fell from his lips was
wanting. When he stepped forward and
held out his hand to me, I had the mind
almost to draw back from him, for I
tnew that the man had crime heavy upon
him ; but a second thought convinced me
of the folly of making a scene at such a
moment; so I took the great hard hand
and looked him full in the face.
"I am glad to see you," said he; "din
ner waits us;" and with that we passed
into another chamber containing a dining
table laid for four persons in a very ele
gant manner. The only servant was a
giant black, and the guests of the Cap
tain were the young doctor, the Scotsman
known as Dick the Ranter, and myself.
The captain made no attempt to con
ceal Information from me. The first oc
casion of his speaking during dinner was
in answer to a remark of mine that I
found the room very pleasantly warro.
"Yes," be said, "you must fef the
change. Ton know where you a1, of
course. This Is the west coast of lreen
land, and there is a Danish settlement not
fifty miles frsm you although we don't
leave cards on our neighbors Well, I
won't have you hurried, -and you're my
guest until I put a certain straight ques
tion to you. When that happens you
won t think twice about the answer."
"This pleasant party must disperse,"
he said to me later; "you can go to the
quarters we have provided for you, unless
you would like to see more of us."
"I should like to see everything you
can show me," I replied, being aflame
with curiosity to know all that the strange
situation could teach me ; and then he
made a motion for the others to follow,
and we passed from the room.
The way from the dining room was
through a long passage lighted with arc
lamps at Intervals, and having the doors
of many rooms on the right-hand side
of it. Several of these doors were onen ;
and I saw the interiors of well-furnished
bedrooms, of smaller sitting rooms, and
of a beautifully furnished billiard room.
At the end of the passage we descended a
flight of stairs to another landing. This
proved the way to a small stretch of
beach, and here I found several substan
tial buildings of stone, evidently for the
use of Black's company. The largest of
the houses seemed to be a kind of hall,
well lighted by arc lamps. Into this we
passed, lifting a heavy curtain of skins ;
and seated there, on all sorts of rough
lounges and benches were the men I had
seen In Paris, with fifty or sixty others,
no less ferocious looking.
"Men," said Black, "I want to tell you
that we've got a stranger with us; but
he's here to stay, and he's my charge."
"Has he jlned?" asked a blear-eyed
man, who had eyed me with much curios
ity ; but the captain answered :
"That's my affar, and you keep your
tongue still If you don't want me to cut
it out ; he 11 join us by-and-by."
"That's agen -rules," said Roaring John.
"Agen what?" asked Black in a tone
of thunder. ,
"Agen rules," replied Roaring John;
"his man broke my jaw, and I'll pay
him, or, you guess."
"Maybe you're right. No stranger
stays here unless he joins, except them
from the mines but I've my own ideas
on that, and when the time comes I'll
abide by what's done. If any man would
like to dictate to me, let him step out."
The fellow slunk away under the
threat. Black was master beyond all
question, and he protected me.
We went back with him to the long pas
sage where I had seen the doors of bed
chambers, and there he bade me good
night. The doctor showed me into a room
cut in the solid rock, but with windows
towards the sea. But first he said :
"You must have been born under a
lucky star ; you're the first man to whom
Black ever gave an hour's grace."
The bed In which I lay was wondrous
soft and downy; and the cold gave me
deep sleep, so that I awoke at a late hour
to find the sun streaming through my
rock window, and the negro telling me
that my bath was ready. When we re
turned to my sleeping place, I found the
bed curtained off, leaving a commodious
apartment, with books, armchairs, a writ
ing table and a fireplace, in which a coal
fire burned brjghtly. But the greater sur
prise was the view from my window
over a sunlit fjord, away to mountain
peaks, snow-capped and shining; and be
tween them to a vista of an endless snow
plain, white and dazzling.
The doctor came to me while I was at
breakfast. "The captain sends you his
compliments," he said. "The men are in
clined to resent the exception that has
been made In your case. I am afraid it
will lead to trouble unless you choose to
close with the offer that Black makes to
"How has an exception been made In
my case, and what Is the offer?"
"Captain Black has brought thirty or
forty Englishmen of your position to this
place within the last three years ; not one
of them has lived twenty hours from the
time he set foot In the rock house. The
time will come when you must sign an
agreement such as I have signed, and
these men have signed and I don't be
lieve that you will refuse."
"You lay It all down very clearly," I
replied, "but you can have my answer
now if you like."
"Black won't hurry you. You can't do
better than take things easy, and see the
The Idea of inspecting the place pleased
me. 1 followed Uoctor Osbart to the
beach. The coast-line was lofty and awe-
inspiring. I stood entranced with the
vigor born of the life-giving breeze. At
last he touched me upon the shoulder, and
pointed to where the nameless ship lay
snugly moored.
"Look," he said, "at the Instrument of
our power. Is not she magnificent? With
her we defy the world. Aboard her, we
are superior to fleets and nations: we
laugh at the fastest cruisers and the big
gest warships."
He spoke with extraordinary enthusi
asm. The great ship was Indeed a beau
teous object, lying there golden, yet ivan-
llke, the guns uncovered as the men vfork
ed at them.
"She Is a wonderful ship," said I. "and
built of metal I never met with."
For some days I saw no more of Doctor
Osbart or of Captain Black. Once or
twice I saw the man "Four-Eyes," and
from him gained a few answers to my
questions. He told me that Captain Black
kept up communication with Europe by
two small screw steamers disguised as
Ther were fifty prisoners in the mines,
If fifty men were to be turned free, then
Biirely I could count on fifty allies; and
fifty-one strong hands could at least make
some show even against the ruffians of the
rock house. Give them ,irms, and a
chance of surprise, and wio knows? I
It Wght have been a mad hope, but
yet it was a hope. Unless the man "Four
Eyes" deliberately deceived me. Black
would connive at the murder of fifty
British seamen before another twenty-
tour hours had sped. These men would
have all the anger of desperation to drive
them to the attack ; and I felt sure that
if I could get some arms Into their hands,
the attempt would at least be justifiable.
During the remaining hours of the day
1 engaged myself in searching the houses
on. the beach ; but, although I looked into
many of them, I found no sign of armory.
Then I remembered that Black had a
stand of Winchester rifles in his study,
I had hopes that they would suffice, with
knives and any revolvers I might lay
hrfnds upon, to hold a ring of men against
the company. This thought I hugged to
me all day, going often to the iron plat
form above the creek to know if there
were any sign of the release of the min
ers, or of preparation for getting rid of
Towards evening, when I was weary
with the watching, there was the sound
of a gunshot below in the creek ; and I
went to my window, and saw the whole of
a cruel scene. Some twenty of these sea
men, black as they had come from the
coal shaft, were going ashore from a long
boat, while an electric launch was bring
ing twenty more from the outer creek
where the nameless ship lay. But the
men who had first landed were surround
ed by the others of Black's company ;
and ,were being driven towards the hills,
and so to the great desolate plain of
snow where no human thing could long
retain life. The pirates hit lustily with
the butt ends of their pistols ; the honest
fellows used their fists, and many a man
they laid his length upon the rock.' Inch
by inch they gave way, were driven to
wards the ravines and the countless miles
of snow plain ; and as the battle raged,
the armed began to shoot with murderous
purpose. Death at last was added to the
horrors, and, as body after body rolled
down the rocky slope and fell splashing
into the water, those unwounded took
panic at the sight and fled with all possi
ble speed away up the side of the glacier
mount, and so to their death in that
frozen refuge beyond.
At 7 o'clock I dined as usual I closed
my own door, and for three hours or more
I paced my chamber, the fever of antici
pation and of design burning me as with
Of the doors about,, the majority were
closed ; but the Doctor's was open. I be
gan to feel my way In the blinding dark.
My first proceeding was to run upon some
sl.gbt article ot furniture and to overturn
it. Twice I went round the room, and
could not put my hand upon the rifles;
but at the third attempt I found them,
and gave a sigh of relief. Then an over
whelming terror struck me chill and pow
erless. My sigh was echoed from the cor
ner by the window ; and a low chuckle of
laughter followed It. I stood as a man
petrified, my hand upon a gun, but my
nerves strained to a tension that was hor
rible to bear.
In another moment the electric light
flooded the chamber, and I saw Black
sitting at his writing table, observing me,
a jeer upon his lips, and all the terrible
malice of his nature written in his keen
and mocking eyes. He had a revolver
cocked at his left hand, but a pen In his
right ; while manuscript lay before him,
so that he must have been In the room for
some time, and had extinguished his light
only at my coming. He leaned over the
table, and drew near to it a lounge on
which the skin of a polar bear was spread.
"Sit here," he said, and at the bluff
word my nerve came back to me. "You're
a smart boy, and have ideas, but, like
all little boys, your ideas don't go far
enough. I was just the same when I was
your age, always trying to climb perpen
dicular places, and always falling down
again. Silly lad, to put your head into a
business which never concerned you.
"I came here to-night to stop your
murdering fifty Innocent men," I said,
but he started up at the words and raved
like a maniac.
"And who made you judge? Who
set you to watch me, or give your opin
ions on what I do or what I don't do?
Who asked you whether you liked it or
didn't like it?"
'(To be continued.)
Talking Shop.
"It took yoi yarg to learn all about
the business In which you were so suc
"Yes," answered Mr. Cumrox, "and
mother and the girls say It Is going to
take me years more to forget about it."
Washington Star.
Alberta Country Fast Coming to the
I Front.
The Canadian Pacific Railway com
pany Is now engaged in a grout irrlga
tion work, just east of Calgary, that
will eventually bring nndor water
1,500,000 acres of as fine hind as there
is in all of Canada, They have just
thrown open to settlement the first
block of 110,000 acres, which they are
selling at from $15.00 to $25.00 per
acre. In connection with this irri
gated land they are selling non-irlgable
lands at from $12.00 to $15.00 per acre,
which cannot be surpassed for grazing
purposes, and affords a range where
stock may graze throughout the entire
year without shelter.
The future of Western Canada, and
particularly the southern portion of Al
berta province, is assured. Calgary,
its metropolic, a city ol 20,000 inhab
itants, comosed largely of Americans,
is a live, up-to-date city. Its retail
business is in the hands of bright, pro
gressive business men, who handle
enormous stocks. There are a number
of jobbing houses located there, and a
home market for stock is afforded by a
large packng house. Along the line of
the Canadian Pacific railway in South-'
ern Alberta, there have been twenty
elevators established the past year, to
De followed by thirty more next year, 1
so that there will be no shortage for
the immense crops produced in this
section. i
In nulling down the old cathedral of
Metz a strong box has been found con
taining coins and watches valued at
Imitations have been placed unon the
market so closely reseniblina Allc ck's
Pla ters in general ap' earunce as to be
well calculated to deceive. It is however,
in eeneral anfiearancn onlv that thev
compare with Alloock's, for thev are not
only lacking m the best elements which
have made Allcuck's s efficient, but ar)
often hormful in their effects. Remember
that Allcock's are the oripiivl and only
genuine porous plasters the best external
remedy known and when purchasing
plasters the only s fe way is to always
insist upon haviug Allcock's.
Uncle Allen.
"Let me see," mused Uncle Allen
Sparks, "in the old days, when we
couldn't charge it up to 'grip,' what was
it we used to call this rocky Bort of feel
ing we all have just after the Christmas
Druggists refund money if It falls to cure. E. W
GROVE'S signature is on each box. 25c.
Valid Excuse.
Indignant Matron (in crowded car)
Sir, when so many elderly women are
standing up why don't you rise and offer
one of them your seat?
Seated Passenger (with dignity) You
are laboring under a mistake, madam. I
am the Bearded Lady.
Every part of the body la dependent on the blood for nourishment and
strength. When this life stream is
Eurity and richness we are assured of perfect and uninterrupted health;
ecause pure blood i3 nature's safe-guard against disease. When, however,
the body is fed oa weak, impure or polluted blood, the system is deprived of
its sirengm, aisease germs coneci, ana tne trouble 13 manifested an various
wavs. Pustular emotions. timoles. rashea and the different skin nfWinna
show that the blood is in a feverish and diseased conaicion as a result of too
much acid or the presence of some irritating humor. Sores and Ulcers are
the result of morbid, unhealthy matter in the blood, and Rheumatism, Ca
tarrh, Scrofula, Contagious Blood Poison, etc., are all deep-seated Mood
disorders that will continue to grow worse as long as the poison remains.
These impurities and poisons find their way into the blood in various ways.
Often a sluggish, inactive condition of the system, and torpid state of the
avenues of bodily waste, leaves the refuse and waste matters to sour and
form uric and other acids, which are taken up by the blood and distributed
throughout the circulation. Coming in contact with contagious diseases is
another cause for the poisoning of the blood ; we also breathe the germs and
microbes of Malaria-into our lungs, and when these get into the blood in
sufficient quantity it becomes a carrier of disease instead of health. Some
are so unfortunate as to inherit bad blood, perhaps the dregs of some old
constitutional disease of ancestors is handed down to them and they are
constantly annoyed and troubled with it. Bad blood is the source of all dis
ease, and until this vital fluid is cleansed and purified the body is sure to
suffer in some way. For blood troubles of any character S. S. S. is the best
remedy ever discovered. It goes down into the circulation and removes any
and all poisons, supplies the healthful properties it needs, and completely
slightest trace of the trouble for future outbreaks. The whole volume of
blood is renewed atd cleansed after a course of S. S. S. It is also nature's
greatest tonic, made entirely of roots, herbs and barks, and is absolutely
harmless to any part of the system. S. S. S. is for sale at all first clasa
irug stores, Book on the blood and any medical advice free to all who write,
Conclusive neaaonlnsr.
A little elderly German who keeps
a stationer's shop amuses and Interests
himself by making up stories about his
customers and telling them to his fam
ily. "Dat young lady who has de pink,
cheeks, she be married soou, I t'luk,"
he announced one night.
"Now, my Carl, you know nottlngs
of her whateffer, Is It not so?" and his
wife tried to look as If she did not
think him a wonderfully clever man.
"It Is like (Its," said the statlouer,
solemnly. "I observe, and I know. At
first she buy paper and envelopes do
same; later she buy twice as more
paper, and den five toes as more
paper as envelopes. So I know she is
btconie betrothed.
"And to-day," he said, beaming with
pleasure, "to-day she buy only one
half-dozen envelopes and five times as
more paper; and when I tell her she
get dem cheaper If she buy mnny, she
say to me, 'I have no need of more,
t'ank you,' so I know de friend ho
comes soon, and so comes de marriage
on quickly."
Deafness Cannot Be Cured
tw local AmiMpiltlMna na thov Mnnnt raapfi that
diseased purtion of the ear. 1 Here la only one
way lo cure dea.neBS, and that is by constllu
tlonal remedies. Jjuafneas la caused by an in
flamed condition of the mucous lining of the
Eustachian Tube. When this tube Is inflamed
you have a rumbling sound or imperfect hear
ing, and when It la entirely closed, Deafness is
the result, and unless the inflammation can be
taken out and this tube re-toted to Us normal
condition, hearing will be destroyed forever;
nine cases out of ten are caused by Catarrh,
which is nothing but an lnllauiod condition oi
the-mucous surlaees.
We will give One Hundred Dollars for any
case of Deafness (caused by catarrh) that can
not be cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure. Send for
circulars, free.
F. J. CHENEY & CO., Toledo, O.
8old by Drugulsts, 75c.
Hall's Family l'Uls are the best.
The Beat of Reference.
The new servant had presented her
references and the mistress read them
over, declares a writer in Answers,
with a doubtful eye.
"I am not quite satisfied with your
references, Jane," she said.
"Nayther am I, mum," responded the
stalwart maid, "but they're the best I
could get"
"What's the matter with that man?"
asked the dealer, after the customer had
gone out. "He got mad when I tried to
sell him a Christmas tree."
"That's Uppem," said one of his neigh
bors. "He's rich and proud, but stingy.
He hangs all his Christmas presents on
his family tree." Chicago Tribune.
Reporter Colonel, you have read what
Senator Gotleft says about the country
facing an industrial crisis. Do you think
hi fears are justified?
Eminent Statesman So far as he is
concerned, young man, they are. He is
face to face with the dreadful alternative
of going to work at something or starving
to death.
flowing through the system in a state of
ana permanently cures blood diseases of
every kind. The action of S. S. S. i3 so
thorough that hereditary taints are removed
and weak, diseased blood made strong and
healthy so that disease cannot remain. It
cures Rheumatism, Catarrh, Scrofula, Sores
and Ulcers, Skin Diseases, Contagious
Blood Poison, etc.. and does not leave tt