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^A^#^ -r«bllah*d Mwry Vtldfty By JOHN LAW, OKNTJSNNIAL BLOCK. MALONE, N. Y. ONE YEAR...: $1 00 SFX MONTHS. Oath in Advance. 60 VOL. 61. MALONE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, N Y. f FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1898. NO. 9. RATH OJADTEBTISDIG. IF40B llaea SlacbM.. SlochM.. 4 Inched... Slh column column cvlnmn a oo 8TO 800 400 500 I vM l §60 8 75 4S6 600 6 60 800 480 6 60 6 60 400 6 60 760 600 « 00 12 M 1600 80010 60 U 001800 8 0010 0012 0016 0030 002800 12 00 lft 00120 OOJSO 00;88 OOJKOnpl 900 8 60 I f 00 » 60 MOO « « 1509 18 .v) «H0 2600 8000 6000 8pecUl Notice*. preeMlng Marriage* sad D<*ib» wlu be charged » per cent, in addition to above rate*. Legal •dTcrtiMmentj at rate* provided by Uw. Buinem Cards, not ftTraartrng flTe line*. *s per year. Xach additional line 75 cenU. BnatooM VottaM, tauerted In the new* column and all notice* Intended to promot* Individual Interest*, will be charged at the rate of fifty cent* for the flm line, and ten cent* for each roccevrfing line for one week. Z*»* All aeconnU for Advertising are due a* th«s time of the flntlnaertion of the advert'.wtntfB. Advertisement* honld be marked tbe lenuih o' time to be lmtortfld; otherwise they ^LU be road aed till forbid, or at the option or the pabMahrr and charged accordingly AVfcgetahle Pteparationfor As- similating tbeTood andRegula ting list Stomachs andBowels of lM \\ 1b ( HILJMth RroowtesTNgestionjCfieerfiil- ncss andRest.Contalns neither Opium.Morphine nor MiotraL 1<JOT NARCOTIC. AlxJtonm H A perfect Remedy for Constipa- tion. Sour Stomach.Diarrhoea, Worms .Convubions,Feverish- ness and LOSS OF SLEER Facsimile Signature of NEW \YORK For Infants and Children. The Kind You Have Always Bought Bears the Signature of At to mo 111 h • old tXACT C0PV OF WHAPPEB. Kind You Have Always Bought. CUSTOM TMC CCMTAUH COHMW. NMYOM CITY. BUSINESS DIRECTORY. GEOKUE U. OLIVER, M. »., O FFICE IN HOWARD BLOCK. OVER PO8T- offlce. Residence No. 14 Second Street, where night calls should be made. Telephone at boo Be. CHARLES A. BURKE, LAWYER, PLANAOAN BLOCK, Over Exprere Office, Main Street, Malone, N. Y. CHARLES A. BUBKB. PATENTS IJBTAINKD ON EASY TKRMS. CONSULT \' ear associate attorney, M. Viau, of Malone who will give all needed information. Louis BAGGKK A CO.. Attorneys, Established 1864. Washington. D. C. W. J. MEARS, 4 rTOKNKY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW— A Office in the Centennial Block, over Barry & Million's Store, Malone. N. Y. AVALTBH J. MKAKS FRKD'K 6. PADDOCK, flOUNBKLOH AT LAW, DISTRICT• ATTOR- \J ney. Franklin County. Office over Dnttrlck's Book sjiure. Hl MARTIN E. McCLARY, A TTORNBY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW. n utllce over Ha board A Mallon'a store, Malone, N. Y. Loans and collections. JOHN PTKELLAS, oUNSBLOK AT LAW, MALONE, N. Y., 01- ' / lie* over Kemr>ton & B&mam'i store Main bt. HARDWARE. R OW AUD <fc SHORT KEEP A COMPLETE hue of hardware, ioclnaing bmlding material, farming toots, blacksmiths' supplies, hameee, <tc. Uoward's Hardware 8d door ca*t of Postofflce. O. 8 UOWABU. W. C. SHORT. MICHAEL T. SCAHLON, j AWYBb, ADAMS BLOCK, MALONE, N. Y CANTWELL & CANTWELL, . TTOKNBVS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW, Jk. over Howard's store, Malone, N. Y. Enpeclnl iteoticn given to meicastile collections. >V.P CINTWIU. JOHH M. CAHTWE1X. THOB. CAJITWBLL. . AND SUPPLIES. Largest Line! Best Goods! Lowest Prices R. J. WILDING, 0HYH1CIAN AND SURGEON, MALONK.N.Y.. L ottlce over Buttrick's bookstore. Residence, irst door north of L C. Wead's on Park etreei, wnerr ntRbt cAllf should be made. Telephone ' on sections. DBS. W. L. & C. W. COLLINS, 8TREET. (NEAR T1U bridge), Maluue, N. Y. Q*t administered. T^KNTISTS, MAIN ITOENKY AND COUNSKLOK AT LAW— \ Offlct. over Postoffice in Howard's Block, Main Mreet Malone, N. Y. S. A. BEMAN, A'ITORNKY AND COUNSELOR. — OFFICE 3. over Williamson's store. 98. Main St., Malone admitted to practice In tbe United States Circuit tnd District (\oirt* DR. D. K. BELDING, I uM<BPAT. J rj PHYSICIAN, RESIDENCE ON ll Kim St., ofice over People's National Bank, •tain St. Proni|>t attention paid to calls at all oars. e I>R. H. FURNESS, flee at residence on Webster cueet. NEW YORK i OTTAWA RAILROAD. IN SrFEOT NOV. W , 1898. 61 A. M. 590 6.10 6 90 70ft 7.45 08 P. M. 1 80 1.86 tl.50 t2.01 2.46 256 328 as& 4.17 427 487 4.50 5.30 Ar. STATIONS. Topper Lake .CentralJunction. Chlldwood Klldare Willis Pond... ..Bine Pond... .. Rapids Junction. Bay Pond Brandon pJR COTC. .. SanU Clara . 8t-Regis Palls.... .. .Dickinson Center.. Moaher Moira. Malone •Lv. 62 P. M 7.20 6 26 6.05 B.J5 8.23 CO P. M. 12 50 12.40 tI2 14 t!2.06 12 01 til 50 til 88 11.30 tll.21 tl0.49 10.80 10.13 1(102 tfl.58 0.40 9.06 Trains ran dallj except Sonday tStop on signal. OEO. H. WATSON, Gen'l Pass. Agent, Ottawa, Ont. C. W. ALLEN, UEALEK IN I Scrantoa and Bitnminous COAL Also Farmers' Sheds v ^ in Connection. THOS. T. BUTTRICK MAI.ONK, N. THE QUEEN OF SODA HER HUSBAND'S VALUE. One morning early in Jnne my clerk informed me ibat a lady desired to see me immediately. Looking at the card handed me by my man, I found lhat it bore tbe iusenption, \Mrs. Mable- thorpo, The Firs, Kensington.\ She was a short and rather pretty woman, and I could plainly see by the expression of her face that she was greatly agitated. \ Now, madam,\ I said, \ what cau I do for you?\ \Mr. Vincey,\ she said, speaking in a nervous tone, \I have come to consult you because I understand that you have been very successful in clearing up niauy i>erplexing myster- ies. I am in great trouble. My hus- band has disappeared.\ \When did you see him last?\ I asked. \On Monday morning. It is now Thursday, so that you will understand what I have endured in the interval. On Monday he went away to the city as usual at 9:30, and he seemed then cheerful and composed. From that hour to this I have not set eyes upon him.\ \ You have made inquiries at his of- fice, of course?\ \ Of course. Nothing, however, has been elicited there except that he left as usual on Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock.\ \Had your husband any worry on his mind which might lead to his do- ing anything desperate?\ was my next question. \I do not think so. Ho used to con- fide in me thorpughly. I cannot con- ceive auy reason whatever for his dis- appearance except one.\ \And that is?\ \That he has been set upon and murdered by some person who has had a grudge against him.\ Here her voice shook and tears came into her eyes. 'As far as I can see at present,\ I remarked, after a short pause, \there is nothing to be done for the moment save to circulate descriptions of the missing gentleman. These descrip- tions will be sent to every police sta- tion in the kingdom and inquiries made at the hospitals and other public places. And. now I shall bo glad if yon will give me as minute a descrip- tion as possible of Mr. Mablethorpe.\ In trembling tones she gave me the required details, which I jotted down in my note book. When the descrip- tion was completed I rose and said: ' I do not think I need trouble yon further, Mrs. Mablethorpe, I shall go to work ut once to have these inquiries made, and you may rely on hearing from me directly there is anything to report.\ 'Thank you very much,\ she said with a smile of gratitude. \ I am sure you will do your best for me.\ Having bowed the lady out, I set to work to get inj' notes into order, but another client happening to bo an- Is right here in this store. Travel the world over and you'll find no drink more healthful, pleasing and cool. It requires talent to make good soda. Any- body can't do it. We use pure, fre&h, fruity syrups. nonnced the task was abandoned for the moment. I was not able to return I one to the Mablethorpe case until 4 in the afternoon, and just as 1 Avas about to take up the notes my clerk entered and informed 'me that Mrs. Mablethorpe had called again. • \Ah this looks well,\ I though; \something has occurred. Ask her in at ouce.\ Something had indeed occurred, as I judged from her face. Tn her hand Bhe held an open letter, which she ex- tended to me. \ T received that letter, Mr^yincey,\ she said, speaking hurriedly, \an hour ago, and I have come to you at once. It is from my husband. I would swear to that, for the writing is his, and several of the phrases are bis own peculiar expressions. Head it at once.\ This is what I read, the words being wiitten on a dirty piece of paper: 'MY DEAR WIFE:—Heaven only knows what you must have thought of my absence, bnt this is the first oppor- unity I have had of writing to you. On Monday evening I was decoyed by alse pretences to a house in the east end, where I am now, and I found that I was in the power of a gang of ruf- fians who had kidnapped me in order that they might blackmail me. I am completely n their power, and they ileinand as the price of my liberty the sum of $10,000. I implore you, im- mediately on receiving this letter, to seud to the bank and obtain the mon- ey. The messenger in the employ of theae blackguards will call at our house to-morrow morning at 11.-- Have the money ready for him so that ho may bring it back at once, and then I shall be released. And now I have something to add which is very im- portant. On no account seek the aid of the polico in this matter, for if you do this my life will be in danger, as the gang have sworn to murder me if the slightest attempt is made to trace them. I am no coward, bnt T do not wish to die. Above all, let me im- press upon you again to tako no meas- ures to set the police on the track of my assailants, for such a course would be simply fatal. Hoping soon to be with you again, \ T am, your affectionate husband, \JOHN MABLETHOBPE.\ \ This is a very extraordinary busi- ness,\ I said, when I had read the note; \but it is by no means unpre- cedented. Yon s%y yon are convinced that this is your husband's writing?\ \As sure as I am that I stand in this room,\ she replied. \ I would stake Office: HHftBg, Livery and Feed Stable my life on my husband having written^ those lines. And now, Mr. Vincey, what do you advise?\ \It is hard to advise in a case of this kind. If the matter is put in the hands of the police, there is every reason to think that Mr. Mablethorpe's life might be placed in jeopardy. On the other hand, it is hard to part with so large a sum as $10,000 to a parcel of black- guards.\ \ The money is my own,\ she said, quiokly. \I have $60,000 left me by my father, standing to mj name at the London and Chelsea bank. I would gladly give the money asked for to get my poor husband ont of th\a horrible sftuation.\ ..-„•' mast send to the bank for the amount named, and have it ready for the mes- senger to-morrow morning. With your consent I will be concealed in the room when the man arrives, and it is poBBi- ble I may recognize him, for it is just probable he belongs to a gang that I know very well. In that event, direct- ly your husband was free and in safety I should be able to put my hands on the sconndrels. \Your plan is excellent,\ she said with a smile, \ and whatever you di- rect me to do shall be done. Be at my house to-morrow at 10:80, and I will arrange for yon to watch all thatooenrs without being seen.\ • • • * * On the following morning I drove up to The Firs as the clocks were peal- ing the half-hour. Mrs. Mablethorpe met me at the door. \Come in,\ she said, as she held out her hand, \and tell me what you think of my arrangements for concealing you in the dining room.\ Following her into the apartment named, I found that a screen had been ingeniously arranged behind which I could hide myself with perfect ease, and, nevertheless, obtain a complete view of all that passed in the room. \ This will do most admirably, Mrs. Mablethorpe,\ I said, as I glanced round the room; \and now let me counsel you to keep as calm as possi- ble and to trust to my doing all I can for you.\ At 11 o'clock the servant informed her mistress that a \person\ was wait- ing to see her, who stated that he had been sent by Mr. Mablethorpe. In an instant I slipped into my hiding place, «nd then waited for what was to come. He was a tall, heavy-looking fellow with red hair and whiskers, and a rough but bv no means evil face. I certainly had never seen him before, and this fact somewhat disappointed rue. \Good mornin', mum,\ he said, speaking in a harsh tone. \ I expect you know what I am here for. The sooner you can settle the business the sooner .your 'usband'll be with you agon.\ \Take a seat,\ said Mrs. Mable- thorpe, controlling her agitation in a manner which did her much credit, \ and tell me how ray husband is. No violence has been used toward him, I hope?\ \Violence? Lord bless your 'eart, my mates 'aven't 'armed a 'air of 'is 'ed. Why should they? They've got no spite again 'im, but they wants ten thousand plunks, and the sooner they 'ave it the sooner the gen'll be restored to 'is 'appy 'ome.\ \ You shall have the money,\ said the lady quietly; \ I have it here. I will ask you at the same time to hand a note to my husband from myself.\ \With pleasure, mum,\ returned the man, quickly; \any little servico of that kind I shall be proud to nnder- take.\ Mrs. Mablethorpe counted ont ton thousand dollar bills which she displayed to the messenger. He scrutinized them carefully and said: \ That's all right, mum, as far as I can see. Now, if you'll inclose those notes in the envelope and put your let- ter alongside, you can bargain in see- ing the gent back within 24 hours.\ Mrs. Mablethorpe made no reply, but taking a sheet of notepapor wrote a few hurried words to her husband. The letter finished she looked up, a« though searching for some article, aud she murmured half aloud, half to herself, \I must get some blotting paper.\ As these words escaped her lips, I noticed something which sent a sud- den idea through me like a flash of lightning. Acting on the idea just born iu my brain, I walked quickly from my hiding place, and catching hold of the messenger by the collar, I tore from his head a wig, from his face his whiskers and beard. He struggled violently, whilfc» Mrs. Mablethoipe sat rigid until the pro- cess was completed. Then I saw a change pass over her countenance, she grasped the table as though for sup- port, and, white aa a sheet she stam- mered forth. \ Merciful heavens * * * what does this meau? * * • It is my husband! • • • \ The supposed messenger made an effort to escape, but I held his fast. His face was ashon with terror, and it was plain to see he had had a terrible shock. \What does this mean?\ asked the woman again. \ IR it a dream, or is it reality? What does it mean?\ \It means,\ said I, speaking delib- erately, \that yon husband, Mrs. Ma- blethorpe, has hit upon a very ingen- ious trick for doing yon out of the sum of $10,000. Come, Mr. Mablethorpe, you have nothing to gain by conceal- ment, so suppose you tell us all about your extremely clover artifice, whi unfortunately for yon has not turned out as well as it might have done.\ He sat staring at his wife and my- self in a dazed manner, but at length he mastered himself somewhat, and said brokenly: \ Well, I suppose my wife won't have her husband sent to prison for endeavoring to obtain money under false pretences, and so I may as well make a clean breast of the whole busi- ness. Are you listening?\ he added, suddenly addressing Mrs. Mablethorpe who sat motionless as a statue. She nodded slightly, and he contin- 8omething of an actor I had very little difficulty in making myself up to rep- resent a burly scoundrel of the crim- inal classes.\ There was a long pause. Husband and wife sat facing each other, the man cool and composed, the woman shattered by the shock of her hus- band's duplicity. I rose and went to- ward the door. \It seems to me,\ I said, quietly, \ that there is nothiug for me to do now but to take my leave. Good morning, Mrs. Mablethorpe. I am very glad to have been of assistance to you.\ She lookod up at me absently, and I was about to open the door when Ma- blethorpe rose and came toward me. \One moment, sir,\ he said, bland- ly, \I have told you my story, and in return I think perhaps you might tell me something I am very anxious to know.\ \ What is that?\ I asked. \ I am exceedingly anxious to know how it came about that you suspected me, and therefore took the action that knocked my plan on the head.\ \Mr. Mablethorpe, I did not sus- pect you during your interview with your wife. On the contrary, I thought you were what you represented your- self to be, merely a messenger from a gang of scoundrels.\ \When Mrs. Mablethorpe had fin- ished her letter and asked for blotting paper, I noticed that you made an in- voluntary gesture toward the oak cab- inet where the blotting paper IR kept. Had you been a stranger in the house it would have been obviously impossi- ble for you to know that the material in question was deposited there, and it therefore followed that you were not a stranger in the house. It was your mechanical gesture made at a time when you did not think yourself watched, that has robbed you, Mr. Mablethorpe, of $10,000. Let me wish you a very good morning.\— Tif-Iii/s. How In Cook Miifcli. It would be hard to find a cook too modest to claim a knowledge of mush- making; yet how many, even among experienced housekeepers, make good mush? Boiling water, cornmeal and salt—what simpler than to put them together and cook them? Yet mush of indifferent meal properly made may be better than that made of the best meal wrongly handled. The water must be freshly boiled and salted, and all the meal as it goes in must encounter the same fiercely-boiling temperature, to burst the starch-cella, as direct heat pops\ cor u. Therefore, making mush takes time, for the meal mnst be added so slowly as not to stop th& boiling, as well as to avoid lumps. A thick iron pot, porcelain lined, is the best thing to cook it in, anal a wooden spoon or paddle should be used for the stirring. Sprinkle the meal in slowly with the left hand while stirring with the right. The proportions of the ipgrodientswill vary with the quality of the meal or its character (whether crushed or cut), but an average rule would bo four quarts of water, one quart of meal and two tablespoonfuls of salt. When all the meal ha^s been smoothly stirred in, cover the pot closely, and stand it where it will give an occasional bubble for three or four hours -or for half a day. Do not disturb the surface, as stirring permits the \ extractives \ or flavors to escape. Mnsh made of good meal by the above method, and served with rich cream, is a royal dish.— fi If<tJ)ie Companion. linen HI<«) Their F«. <l ued: \ I chanced to be desperately in need of $10,000 for a purpose which I need not enlarge upon, and it would not in- terest you. I hadn't a penny myself, and I knew that to ask my wife would be useless, as on a certain occasion, some years ago, when I begged for the trifling snm of $500 she steadfastly re- fused to let me have it. However, as I believed that she valued my life at $10,000 at any rate, I conceived the idea of absenting myself from, home for a few days, and then writing the letter representing myself in captivity, tbe price of my liberty being the sum moment -and, then \ \\• # ' ' v ' \ When dry, shelled corn is more eco- nomical than corn meal to feed fatten- ing hogs. One bushel of cornmeal is worth nearly three bushels of oats as food for fattening hogs. Cornfed pigs gained 4^ pounds per week and ate about 21 pounds of corn per 100 pounds of live weight. Skim milk could not be economical- ly fed to fattening hogs unless it was a product which could not be otherwise utilized. Pork was produced during the cold weather, with corn at 28 cents per bushel, for less than three cents per pound. It required 7$ pounds, or one bushel of ground oats, to produce one pound of pork when fed with equal parts by weigth of coriimeal. Indian corn is the most economical pork producing material during the wiuter uiontliH in regions where ex- tensively grown. />'. /,. Myers, hi Market Banket. A luwyer trying to serve his client by throwing suspicion on u witness in the case in the conrso of his cross-ex- amination said: '• Yon have admitted thut you were ut the prisoner^ house every evening during all this time?\ \ Yes, sir,\ replied the wituess. \Were you aud he interested in auy business together?\ \ Yes, sir,\ answered the man, un- hesitatingly. \Ah! Now, will you be good enough to tell us how and to what extent and what the nature of this business was in whioh you aud he were interested?' \Well I have no objection to tell- ing. I was courting his daughter.\ Weary Watkins—You seem to have a lot of stuff these days. How'd yot git it? Dismal Dawson—If you'll gimme your word of honor as a gentleman not to use it in my territory, I'll put you onto the graft. I goes up to the wo men I meets and tells 'em I need i dime more to git a new hat fer 98c. marked down from $1.60. IN HEABT DISBAJSK IT WOBKB LIKE MAOIO.—\ For years my greatest eii emy was organic Heart Disease. From uneasiness and palpitation it develop edinto abnormal action, thumping fluttering and choking sensations. Dr Agnew's Cure for the Heart gave in Btast relief, and the bad, symptom* hare entirely disappeared. It is a won der-worker, for my case was chronic [ 8. DA¥imb /p $50,000 IN GOLD. A perfeot stranger walked into the Sidcup branch of the London and Mis- cellaneous Bank and asked to see the manager. \Excuse my troubling you,\ he said, \ but 3ou r may be interested to know that there is a scheme on foot for the burgling of this bank. As I happened to be passing, I thought I'd ook in and tell you.\ The manager, Mr. Julian Foster, ex- pressed his scepticism with appropri- ate pomposity. \My dear sir, a burglary at the Lon- don and Miscellaneous Bank' You must be dreaming!\ \I hope I am,\ replied the other. And if so, T owe you an apology. Anyhow, I'm not rounding on any pals, and I'm not asking money for the nformation. Fact is, I overheard a conversation that wasn't meant for me in a public house—at least, I over- heard scraps of it, and I'm very much mistakeu if the burglary of your bank wasn't the leading idea of the dia- ogue.\ Mr. Julian Foster, while expressing his gratitude, pooh-poohed the warn- ng. \Still as 1 said,\ the manager continfted, \ T am very much obliged to you, aud supposing it should turn out that 3ou - have been Avell informed the directors would naturally be very jlad \- - \Never mind about that. I'm not >n the make. I thought you'd like to inow. By by! Load up the shotgun nd look out!\ He shook hands and hurried off without even troubling to mention his name and address, and Mr. Julian Foster leaued back in his chair and urned the matter over in his mind. \Hum!\ he soliloquized. \ I won- der.\ The Sidcup branch was certainly auier to rob than most. It was situ- ated in a new house, the leane of which had been bought cheap from a. station- er whose business had been unsuc- cessful. The safe, which stood in the back parlor, was of a very simple and rdinary kind. On the other hand, the branch was not, as a rule, worth robbing. It did very little business, existing mainly for the purpose of raking iu deposits, and very little in the way of cash or ther negotiable securities was ever kept there. On the following Wednesday, how- ver, the branch would, for the first ime in its history, be iu a position to epay any burglar for his trouble. To meet the viows of a particular deposi- or in the company-promoting busi- ness, who had given notice of with- drawal, there would be 850,000 in the afe. Mr. Juliau Foster, like most bank managers, was good at arithmetic, and he pnt two and two together. \Burglars he reflected, \like po- icemen, usually act upon information •eceived, though heaven only knows whero they get it from' If there's any dea of breaking into this bank I thiuk we may take it that the attempt will be made while that money is on the premises.\ That very afternoon he began his preparations for giving the intruders a warm reception. As soon as banking honrs were over he went up to town nd bought a revolver. It was a wea- pon he was used to, and he practiced ufficiently to satisfy himself that he retained a considerable skill with it. Then, by degrees, his plan of cam- paign developed itself. 'The simplest way, I suppose,\ he mediated, \would be to got the police to keep an extra lookout on Wednes- day, or I might get a special plain slothes officer down from headqnar- ers. But where should I come in? The bank wouldn't give we a service of plate, with promotion to follow, for that; and I should look a pretty tool if t turned out to bo a false alarm.\ So ho took no one intohisconfidence but. thought out a scheme. Wednesday came and with it came the messenger from Lothbury with the old $r>0,000, tied up securely in ten leather bags. He helped Mr. Foster to lock them away in the safe, on the inadequacy of which he commented over a glass of sherfy and a cigarette. \ T'm glad you noticed it,\ the man- ager replied. \ You'll support my ap- plication for a better one. Tn the meantime, however, I've got thiu.\ He brought the six-shooter ont of the drawer of the desk and showed it was loaded. Mr. Foster meditated till dinner time; he meditated over hia chop and bread aud cheese; he went on meditat- ing over his whiskey aud water after- wards. \ Gold—yea, there it3 enough gold there to utir any inan'H cupidity—the more especially an gold can't be trac- ed. If auy burglar knows about those sovereigns that burglar will turn up to-night. \Accidents will happeu; burglars aren't over scrupulous. Sometimes they work with six-shooters, some- times with chloroform pads. They might happen to overpower me, and then they wouldn't have much diffi- culty with the safe. Perhaps for the monrent the safe isn't really the best place to keep those bags of gold in.\ He thought that matter ont. Tbe problem was a delicate one. Suppos- ing the gold to be stolen—then if by any accident it could be proved that it had been stolen from any place except the safe—then dearly it would be a very serious matter for him. So midnight arrived before Mr. Fos- ter, who had in the meantime bean to his bedroom to put ou his dressing gown and slippers, made up his mind what to do. \By Jove! I have it!\ he exclaimed at last. \ Hanged if those beautiful jerry builders haven't left a plank loose in tbe floor! The very thing!\ Working as quietly as if he had been a burglar himself, he stipped back a bit of the feltiug, lifted the loose plank and slipped the fifty bags underneath it, one after the other; then, by judic- iously driving in little wedges which he out front the ftrpwoodj.hft xn#de th$ plank tighter than \Now Mr. Burglar,\ he said, \ev- erything's ready. I'll retire to my hiding place and wait for you.\ As the front of the bank faced the street, there was no probability of bur- glars enteriug that way. They would come, if they came, over the garden wall and through the kitchen. So Mr. Foster withdrew into the bank itself and watched developments in the bank parlor through a peephe+e- which he had bored in the door with a gimlet. The hours dragged on, trying his patience Borely. It must have been between 3 aud 4 in the morning, when slight noise, which obviously was neither the rattling of a window nor he snoriug of the houskeeper, arrest- ed his attention. The door by which the bank parlor communicated with the private part of the house was be- ng tried. In a minute or two the lock was forc- ed and two men entered. Both of them were masked, and one of them carried a little bag of tools. It was too dark for him to observe their methods with exactitude. So far is he could judge, they forced the ock gradually by driving in filmy plates of steel to act as wedges, until at last the jimmy could be inserted and the proper leverage brought to bear. The process took about 40 minutes. At the end of that time the door of the strong box was open, and the thieves were pulling all sorts of papers out of t in their eager quest for bags of fold. The psychological moment had arrived., \ What in thunder!\ Mr. Foster ex- slaimed, and burst in upon them, fir- ng as he came. One of the men fired back at him, ind for ten seconds or so there was a juick exchange of shots iu the half- ight. When it had ceased and Mary's screams from the top windows had rought the constables, one of the burglars lay stretched out with a broken leg before the violated safe; the other had escaped over the garden wall, leaving a trail of blood behind him, while the bank manager biiiiBelf had a grazed cheok and a nasty flesh wound in the shoulder. A doctor, following bard on the heels of the policemen, dressed his wounds, and assured him that they were not serious. He pulled himself ogether, and gave his version of the 3tory. \ I was too late—too late; the other hap got away. He's carried off $50,- XX). It's all the bank's fault for hav- ng such a silly safe.\ \Ah well,\ said the doctor, philo- sophically, \$00 won't break the ondon and Miscellaneous' In fact r speaking as a shareholder, I shouldn't wonder if the directors found they'd ot a bit over to do something for yon. They ought to anyhow.\ Aud they did. They paid Mr. Fos- ter's doctor bill, and they gave him he service of plate which hehadprom- sed himself, and then expressed the greatest regret, when, a few months afterward he announced his intention of retiring from their employment on the ground that \ a fortunate specula- ion had released him from the neces- sity of working for his living. ^—Lon- don A nxirerx. What I he Kmiiitr Nei-rta tu Know Immense amounts of money are ex- pended annually by farmers testing the adaptability of grains, fruits and vegetables hitherto not grown in their ocahty. The results are usually dis- appointing. Frequently a good and profitable thing is condemned because the experiment has failed in an indi- vidual case. The farmer needs to know the proper climatic fitness of his locality for the successful growing of any farm product, some of which may require years for testing and for which he has neither the money nor the time to make. The experiment stations of the several States and the Biological Survey of the U. S. Dep&rtmeut of Agriculture are doing much to furnish to every American farmer knowledge of the crops and fruits likely to provo successful on his own farm, wherever it may be located. Do farmers avail themselves of these aids as generally as they might? Tbere is nn invention of the English which means so much to the house- holder that it ahouM bo imported. It consists of a couple of pulleys and ropes for the opening and shutting of heavy windows. The pulleys are high up in the frame work of the window, and there is some little arrangement in tho sash which fastens the cords. Two handles at the ends of the two pieces of rope fall where they can be conveniently reached. One IH dark, the other in light. The d*rk oue is for \ down,\ so that when the window is to be opened one has only to pull the lark handle, and down comes the win- dow. When the window is to be closed the light handle is pulled, and tho window-sash is lifted.— Harper's fin- zar. Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription is designed and recommended for only the one thing. T tracts directly upon one set of organs. No matter what is the matter with them, it will cure it. It will not cure anything else. It ia a wholesome tonic, an invigorating ner- vine, or nerve-food as well as a heal- ing medicine, and thoiiBauds of per- fectly well women ba^e found that by taking it regularly during the period of pregnancy, tie danger and pain of parturition -were much lessoned, and in many cases, almost entirely obviat- ed. In every American household there should be a copy of Dr. Pierce's great work, \Common Sense Medical Ad- viser,\ 1008 pages, illustrated. One copy free to auy address on receipt of 21 one-cent stamps to pay for mailing only. World's Dispensary Medical As- sociation, Buffalo, N. Y. A farmer near Milford, Ohlft, was plowing a hillside and his children, following the furrow behind the plow, pioked up a stone which proved to be ft rough diamond. The stone has been iBafinespeofni*nvorth I Makes the food more delicious and wholesome ROYAL eAKINQ POWKD OO., NtW VORK. CAPTAIN SIGSBEE'S STORY. Captain Charles D. Sigsbee is con- ributing to The Century Magazine Yk\p. •' Personal Narrative of the 'Maine.' \ Captain Sigsbee says: About an hour before the explosion T had completed a report called for by Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, on the advisa- bility of continuing to place torpedo- tubes on board cruisers and battle- ships. I then wrote a letter home in which I struggled to apologize for hav- ing carried in my pocket for ten mouths a letter to my wife from one of her friends of long standing. The mhin mess-attendant, James Pinck- ney, had brought me, about an hour before, a civilian's thin coat, because of the prevailing heat; I had taken off my blouse, and was wearing this coat for the only time dnriog the cruise. In the pocket I had found thennopen- ed and undelivered letter. Piuckney, light-hearted colored man, who spent much of his spare time in sing- ng, playing on the banjo, and danc- ng jigs, was for some reason in an es- pecially happy frame of mind that night. Poor fellow 1 he was killed, as was also good old John R. Bell, the colored cabin steward, who had been n the navy twenty-seven years. At taps C' turn in and keep quiet\; ten minutes after nine o'clock, I laid down my pen to listen to the notes of the bugle, which were singularly beau- tiful in the oppressive stillness of the night. The marine bugler, Newton, who was rather given to fanciful ef- ectn, was evidently doing his best. During his pauses the echoes floated back to the ship with singular distinct- eaH,repeating the strains of the bugle ully and exactly. A half-hour later Newton was dead. I was closing my letter in its en- velope when the explosion came. The mpression made on different people on board the Maine varied somewhat. To me, iu my position, well aft, and within the superstructure, it was a bursting, rending, and crashing sound or roar of immense volume, largely metallic in character. Tt was follow- ed by a succession of heavy, ominous, metallic sounds, probably caused by the overturning of the central super- structure aud by falling debris. There was a trembling and lurching motion of the vessel, a list to port, and a movement of subsidence. The olec- ric lights, of which there were eight n the cabin where I was sitting, wont out. Then there was intense black- ness and smoke. The situation could not be mistaken he Maine was blown up and sinking. For a moment the instinct of self-pres- ervation took charge of me, but this was immediately dominated by the habit of command. I went up the in- lined deck into the starboard cabin, toward the starboard air-porta, which were relieved somewhat against the background of the sky. The Bashes were out, and the openings were large. My first intention was an escape* ^hro 1 au air-port, bnt this waa abandoned JU favor of the more dignified way of making an exit through the passage- way leading forward through the su- perstructure. I groped lay way thro' the cabin into the passage, and along the passage to the outer door. The passage turned to the right, or star- board, near the forward part of the su- perstructure. When the turn was reached, some one ran into me violently. It was Private William Anthony, the orderly at the cabiu door. He said something apologetic, aud reported that the ship had beeu blown up and was sinking. He was directed to go out on the quar- terdeck, and I followed him. An- thony has been pictured as making an exceedingly formal salute on that oc- casion. The dramatic effect of a salute cannot add to his heroism. If he bad made a salute it could not have been seen in the blackness of that compart- ment. Anthony did his whole duty, at great personal risk, at a time when he might have evaded the danger without question, and deserved all the com ' endation that he received for his act. He hung near me with un- flagging zeal and watchfulness that night until the ship was abandoned. I stood for a moment on the star- board side of the main deck, forward of the superstructure, looking toward the immense dark mass that loomed up amidships, bnt could see nothing distinctly. There I remained for a few seconds in an effort to grasp the situatiou, and then asked Anthony for the exact time. Ho replied: \Tho explosion took place at nine-forty, sir.\ It was soon necessary to retire from the main deck, for that part of the ship was sinking rapidly. I then went up on the poop-deck. By this time Lieutenant-Commander Wain- wright and others were near me. Ev erybody was impressed by the solem- nity of the disaster, but there was no excitement apparent; perfect deciphne prevailed. The question has been asked many times if I believed then that the Maine was blown up from the outside. My answer to this has been that my first order on reaching the deck was to post sentries about the ship. I knew that the Maine had been blown up, and believed that she had been blown up from the outside. Therefore, I order- ed a measure which was intended to guard against attack. There was no need for the order, but I am writing of first impressions. There was the sound of many voices from the shore, sug- gestive of cheers. Dr. Bull's Cough Syrup furnishes most substantial comfort and relief to consumptives ;ii works most rdinark- EeUafean Kye M»MHK« Whenever your organs of sight feel weak do not claw at them with the knuckles, so to express it. You must not massage your eyes the same way you would the stronger parts of tho body. They need help from the hands but this help must be administered in a very gentle and delicate method. . John Quincy Adams had a way of treating his eyes which, it is said, pre- served their vision to old age without the help of spectacles. This was to place his thumb nnd forefinger each upon an eyelid, and gently rub them towards the nose a number of times each day. The ac- tion encourages circulation of blood in that locality, does away with the tiny spots that sometimes float before the vision, and prevents that flatten- ing of the lenses which causes dim- ness of light at a certain focus. It is wonderful how much good can be done the eyes of people of all agt •< by using this simple exercise ten or fifteen minutes each day. If you are where it may not be con- venient to measure time, as in the dark, it ia well to count the number of passes made by the fingers over the eyes until you have reached the mun ber that you have demonstrated by ex- periment that time will allow. For instance, when yon awake in the night and have the blues becunso your \ sight is failing,\ spend a little time massaging the eyes instead of worrying about them.— Ejci-hnnrje. The I.utint Kutlsh BaltUalilp Each battleship that is launched ' seems to surpass her predecessors in offensive and defensive equipment. The Goliath, the latest to leave the stocks, when fitted with her full arma- ment will be able to project shot at the rate of seven tons per minnto. The Inflexible was a marvel in her day, and the tremendous shells she threw into the forts of Alexandria w^re quite sufficient to account for the de- moralization of the Egyptian gunners, but she is antiquated in comparison with the Goliath, whose citadel is to all intents and purposes impenetrable and whose heaviest projectiles arc H50 pounds in weight.— Popular ,NV /- enee. Salt hay is used in winter for cover- ing various kinds of plants that grow close to the earth. It has a long staple and it serves this purpose well. Straw with a long staple still is used for bun- dling up plants and shrubs having stalks. Salt hay is u«ed in cemeteries to cover over ivy-clad graves. The ivy is thus kept in better condition than if it were left exposed to the blasts and the cold of winter. The brown hay is laid lengthwise upon the grave iu a covering of uniform thickness all over it, which is held in place by bent rods settled down upon it atintervals,hoop- like, aud with their ends in the ground on either side. \ Gentle Corrective is what you need when your liver be- * comes inactive. It's what yon get when yon take Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets; they're free from the violence aud the griping that come with the or- dinary pill. Tho best medical outhor- lties agree that in regulating the bow- els mild methods are preferable. For every deragement of the liver, stom- ach and bowels, these tiny, sugar-cuat-, ed pills are the most effective. They go about their work in au easy aud natural way, and their good lasts. Once usied, they are always in favor. In Cornell university are establish- ed two courses of study and practice, commencing the first week in January of each year and extending through tho university term of eleven weeks. These courses are free; the one in gen- eral agriculture and the other a dairy course. They were instituted especial- ly for the benefit of farmers' sons and daughters who cannot spend two or moreyeaisat colleges, but who can devote the winter months to study. The requirements for entrance are good moral character and a good com- mon school education and the fees are light. _ Exposure to a sudden climatic change produces cold in the head and oatarrh is apt to follow. Provided with Ely's Cream Balm you are armed against Nasal Catarrh. Druggists sell it at HO cents, or Ely Brothers, 5G Warren St., New York, will mail the 50c. or 10c. trial size. Tho Balm cures without l»ain, does not irritate or cause sneez- ing. It spreads itBelf over an irritat- ed «nd angry surface, relieving im- mediately the painful inflammation, cleanses and cures. Cream Balm quick- ly cures the cold. Ni t iu Stuck. The other day a fish peddjer's horso stopped in the street, and refused to stir an inch. The vendor began to be- labor the beast with a stick, when au old lady put her head out of the win- dow aud exclaimed: \ Have you no mercy?\ \No ma'am,\ replied the peddler, \ nothing but mackerel.\ Fair Sailing through life for the person who keeps in health. With a torpid liver ami the impure blood that follows it, you are an easy prey to all sorts of ailments. That \ used-up\ feeling ia the first warning that your liver iSfft doing its work. That is the time to take Dr. Pierce'B Golden Medicai Discovery. As an ap- petizing, restorative tonic, to repel disease and build tip tbe needed flesh and strength, there's nothing lo equal it. It rouses every organ into health* fnl action, purifies and otaiotan the th* 'V. ilf I

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