Anna? or mzXS317Zyji$Z2) 'JTrr His quick eye took In the situation. In another minute Colonel John If he could dodge behind certain would he obliged to spring out and logs that were conveniently at hand show himself unless he cared to he he would have a good chance to give spirted on a saber like a fowl. them the slip. He his revolver, which He managed to drop behind the could gripped only be used now as a billet. logs, though it was with some misgiv What chance would he have if he ings lest one or more of the rapidly suddenly sprang out and ran? approaching Confederates might have Would the men pursue? teen his figure, and be impelled He was fairly light of foot and if nothing more to institute under ordinary conditions might hope a search. to elude them, several things being in This would soon be settled, how- his favor, such as the fact of darkness ever. them. turrounding They were coming up fast. There was one thing, however, that As yet the tumult and confusion made the coloneI hesitate. within the old house had not ceased. He knew full well these men cared Wounds had been given freely, and little or nothing about human life. the recipients of the same had by Whether they still labored under this time been worked up to such a the impression that the figure thus pitch of frenzied excitement that they into view was that of a springing cared little whether they struck wretched or recognizing him darky, friend or foe In their reckless shooas a soldier belonging to the hostile conunder such peculiar tingIndeed, it was all the same. ditions, all men must be looked upon army, Before the hunted fugitive had gone as foes. have So far as they were concerned it ten paces three guns would would seem that the fugitive had little belched out their contents. At such a short distance he could or nothing to fear. All he hoped was that the advanc- - not noPe t0 evade the shower of lead, before the Ing forces would pass by his place of and in all probability, echoes of the volley had ceased to concealment. sound he would be lying there, dead. Those in the lead did so. It was a terrible position. Luck appeared to be in his favor. Colonel John He was even congratulating himself Try as he would on this fact, and feeling less of a found little from which to make a ,strain on his mind, when the whole choice. In his desperation he even decided fabric of his hopes was knocked down. that his best plan was attack instead Three men came to a halt. They were not more than ten feet of fight that if he could suddenly away from the man in hiding. leap upon the nearest of his persistThus he was enabled to hear ent enemies, knock him down, seize every word they uttered, in spite of upon his gun, and open fire on the the furious sounds coming from the others, there might be at least a fair direction of the house, which, it measure of hope for him. Before he had been forced into acfaintly struck him, were now united In terror. cepting these desperate chances the "Are you sartln, Cooney?'' said one. sudden change in the tide came about. The first John knew of it was "Just as sure as that I've got a head. He dodged in among these when one of the men gave vent to a logs whoever or whatever it was" de- shout: "Look! the old rookery's ablaze!" clared a second and very positive Of course he meant the house In voice. which the Federal colonel had been "Might have been a dog." taken by his enemies, and where he "Or a bar." had defied them the house they had At this there arose a protect. the man had acted toward him h such a merciless manner. After all, it looked like a Just pun lshmei t As he deilt to others ao Heaver meted out punishment to him. Other figures appeared. These, however, came through tht doorway. They staggered like drunken men perhaps this was in part due to their wounds, and in addition the pungen1 smoke which, filling the interior, ha: weakened them. After them they dragged a comrade too far gone to help himself. It was a strange sight. No wonder Colonel John gazed upon it with considerable emotion. He was the direct cause of whole affair. It made his breast heave at the very thought. They had stood a dozen men against one, and yet he could claim the victory. Surely that was something to be proud of. He had no further need of worry concerning the trio of fellows who had been so industriously examining the precincts of the wood pile. The spectacle presented by the blazing house, and the sight of men leaving it in such mad haste, had appealed to their curiosity. They even forgot what had latterly engaged their attention, and started on a run for the house. This was John's chance. Life was just as precious to him as to any other man who ever breathed, though in the heat of battle he did show a reckless disregard of it that could be set down to his ardor and patriotism. the When, therefore, he found coast apparently clear, he lost no time in leaving his place of hiding. In one sense it had served him My iter Bui MM QUfV QTfiOUMAMA i 5TZZZ? r "Thar Isn't no bars around this secs Pete comes from the whar they're at hum. Now. if I was asked my opinion I'd say 'twant too dog nor yet a bar, but a black nigger In the woodpile; you've heard that said, I reckon," with a laugh. "No matter who or what it am, let's get it out. Perhaps thar's some atween this here thing as we don't know Its natur, and the lovely rumpus In the house yonder." There spoke a wise man. He had one auditor, however, who was not likely to applaud his verdict. This was the party designated under the general term of a "thing," who crouched in the midst of the wood pile and awaited the coming investigation in anything but a pleasant frame of mind. Escape seemed hopeless. All around him the enemy appeared, and now they were about to probe al! the dark spots connected with the big pile of wood. In another minute or two he might expect to find these worthies stabbing each center of gloom most viciously with saber or bayonet. Ugh! the prospect was not very inviting. What made it worse was the fact that he had so poor a chance of de- intended should be the scene of his execution, but which, strangely enough now, gave promise of proving a funeral pyre to some of their number. Involuntarily even Colonel John bent his startled gaze in that quarter. It was no false alarm. Flames were already bursting out of the windows, showing what a fire trap the rookery was. How the Are had started was no mystery, since the reckless bombardment within had continued up to the very moment when the flames made their appearance. Then it ceased. Perhaps the ammunition of the combatants within had been exhausted, or it might be they were now awakened to the deadly danger menacing them from another quarter. At any rate, the fact of the house being on fire served John a good turn. The three men ceased their labor and turned their attention toward the house. Even as they looked there came a flying figure through one of the windows. The man did not wait to raise the sash. He was In too big a hurry. As he sprang he carried the whole sash with hlm. and there was the fense. His weapon was empty. greatest kind of a jingling as the shatBesides that he had nothing with tered glass rattled on the ground. which ho could protect himself save The cause of this worthy's extreme 'his good right arm. haste was made evident as soon as This being the case, the dismay that he appeared. seized upon our soldier hero may be He was on fire. The sight of a man with his clothreadily appreciated. He had made the most desperate ing ablaze, thus leaping from the winibid for liberty, but It began to look a dow, was enough in Itself to startle though fortune frowned upon his ef- the spectators. forts. As soon as he landed on the ground It was as welcome as unexpected to he began to roll over and over, with him. considerable presence of mind, acting The three Confederates had reach- under the belief that the cool earth ed the wood pile, and were already would extinguish the flames. engaged In cutting the nlr with the All the while, however, he was belweapons they held. labored In lowing madly for assistance, though As they Industriously was In a position to lend him this manner, they laughed and Joked no one a of much helping hand. In a way as to how they Even In this fleeting glimpse which would carve the black rascal when of the man he beby good fortune they discovered him. John had obtir.ed This was all very fine fun for the lieved he recognized him as Major hoys, as In the fable, but death to the Worden. It cannot be said that he felt much frog. for his rival and foe, sine his near sympathy place. hiding drew They tion. back-(wood- n self-sam- e by Byron 1907. William) The Race. Saturday, Stubble anil Fatty and Bill They cum fer Me 2 go sliding doWn Hill. Stub had thee Sled that he Maid X M . day. Fatty wuz swelling around with hi sleigh, Billy had one with sum WIN'ga on thee lid sumtimes Bill White is a very Meen Kid: he 8ed his Sled could Beet mine anY Day: Awl of thee Fellers wuz bragging That Way! fe so gist got ml "Pegasus" and sed: is the PRize Winning kind of a SI.ed!" It Is a Sleigh that ml Crandfather Bllt-o- nct it wuz new and awl covered with GILT! now It Is Looking quite Worn, I regret, hut It kin go like a Cyclone, yew bet! so we went off 2 thee Hill 2 slide down, proving which sled was thee Fastest in Town. awl of the Way Bill kept bragging like Time sed: "yew Walt; I will gist malk YEW ellme!" this 1 we drew a mark in thee Snow for a then start. every Feller he swore crost his HKART, he would slide square and not push with his shoe, when he wuz down at the bottom and through awl of thee time we wuz trying to JhS AN AR775 T Start, Some years ago a young man who with It it revealed some few defects had just finished his period of con-- ' He set himself to work again, and at scription entered my service. He was last produced the present pattern, so a capable stenographer, and had com- incredibly simple that my comment mand of several languages. I had en- was "The egg of Columbus." A man gaged him that he might lighten completely blind is now somewhat the arduousness of my able to print r,000 sheets every day work by copying for without fatigue, and soon the blind manuscripts well. publication, but principally that I will have as many books as they can Still, should he continue to cling to might intrust to him the manage-- j desire. This then will come to pass! his quarters he might soon have occa- ment of many minor matters. We shall be able to impart to the sion to regret it, for the three men, Very soon cruel Fate struck him blind a high culture, and shall profit finding the excitement of the fire to blow after blow. The death of his by their teaching. They will be defirst child, then of his wife, pall upon their senses, might presentand barred only from studies demanding ly return to resume their play at the finally of his mother one loss suc- the use of the microscope and the wood pile. of ceeding another with sad swiftness telescope, but in the empire On the whole, the opportunity was overwhelmed him with grief and de-- ; thought they shall be kings, because too good to be lost, since a kind forspair. I have always found that in they will be free from distraction. tune had paved the way. great sorrow work is the supreme al- - Monske and I developed our plans He again sought the open ground I decided that if I could leviator. after prolonged consultations. I asked and began to run for the shelter of give him work up to the limits of his our first oculist how many blind peothe woods. physical endurance I should make it ple were in Roumania, and when he Some evil fortune caused one of the possible for him to support his af- informed me that there were 20,000 men to turn and look over his shoul- flictions and sustain him in his soli- I was astonished. We soon became der when half way to the burning tude. conscious that it was impossible to house. Just then I heard of Nowak's in- - proceed as in other countries. In my Colonel John had by this time gotvention for the blind, and I had some native town of Neuwied is situated ten such a start that under ordinary of his machines procured. I had for the blind asylum for the province. It conditions he might have been safe a long time sought to aid the blind contains only 70 inmates, and it cost from discovery. in my own and other countries in a But here 25,000 in round figures. It chanced, however, that the very-thin- manner that others had not till then we had absolutely no money, only the which had served him so well attempted. I had found that those knowledge that we had a valuable in drawing his foes away now played who instructed the blind demanded commercial asset in the machine. him an evil turn. not enough of brain work and too Neither Theodoresco nor Monske This was the fire. much manual labor, which deprived wished to make any personal profit, As the flames burst out of various ftfct&elr hands of that fineness of touch although their patents might have windows and began to lick up the dry which helps them to perform the brought to them enormous wealth. wood so eagerly, they dissipated the functions of eyes for those bereft of We decided to deliver the machines that had heretofore their visual organs. at extremely reasonable prices, rewrapped the surrounding territory in The machine did not justify its rep- taining only a small profit, for the its mantle. utation, and I had another sent from cause of our blind. Business began Confederate Thus, this trooper America, a very heavy and expensive during October, 1906. We could have looking back without any definite rea- printing machine, which cost almost made deliveries much sooner if we son, discovered the fleeing figure of 120, and the manipulation of which had gone to foreign manufacturers; the Federal colonel, making for the was so that a vigorous but to this I would not agree, as fatiguing woods. youth could not operate it for longer wished the money to remain in the The idea came that It must be the than three hours each Thus we had to practice country. day. fellow whom they had sought in the We had established an asylum for the virtue of patience, but the call of wood pile. Just at this the aged. As I traversed its passages, the blind was impatient. If that was the case he deserved whence opened little rooms where the time our exhibition was opened; and death. were already installed two we had an exhibit, mounting both an So the trooper swung his gun patients in a room, I passed a youth wearing old machine and a new one, and havaround and with as good an aim as dark spectacles and with the gait of ing both manipulated by blind operathe conditions allowed let fly. a blind man. I asked about him. He tors, thereby showing to the world the One detonation more or less matwas blind. "But," I replied, "he is still superiority of our invention. tered little. I have never felt within me a senMy remark suggested that The fleeing figure threw up both young." sation of greater pride than when I he to a and home that ought work, arms and fell in a heap upon the for the aged was not his proper place. wrote upon one panel of wood "Printground. I was told that the youth had been ing Machine for the Blind old Amer(To be continued.) a typographer in a newspaper office, ican System" and upon another: 8 a month even "New Invention by the Roumanian earning about All Gone. Monske refused absowhen his sight, had to Theodoresco." begun The editor of a paper in Richmond and he had finally become blind. lutely to take any credit to himself. fail, tells of the assignment given to a But his employer died, and the youth, His sole desire was that to Rouyoung woman in the employ of that who was married, was driven to beg- mania should come the glory of the journal to cover the wedding of the ging. Charity is not. always wise. Invention and that the name of a citizen. daughter of a Some charitable ladies, thinking to Roumanian should be pronounced The "society editor" was prevented succor him, parted him from his wife, blessed by the world. And when the by sickness from attending the cereand placed him with one of the aged article had been exposed to public Inmony, and so was obliged to make the inmates. spection, offers flowed In like a swolacbest she could of a second-hanI If cannot see far, God has placed len torrent. In a short tinre our capcount of the fastivities. 3,200, but what was this in my heart eyes that can see at ital was we had to consider when 20.000 Early in the morning after the wed- once when is needed. prompt ding the young woman repaired to the When I had returnedhelphome I bade blind? home of the bride's parents. To the Our plan developed. We deterMonske hasten with all speed and darky who opened the door she said: hire a small house, where he was to mined to found a colony of the blind, "I have called to get some of the install Theodoresco a city of the blind, where both those and his wife. details of the wedding." The blind man began at once to with and without sight might dwell An expression of Intense regret make together, for the greater number of of the pages which the blind were came to the dusky countenance of the Monskeproofs married, or wished to then printed, and they be. servant. worked In harmony in a little garret They should come to us with wives "Ise awful sorry, miss!" she ex- In my residence. Again Theodoresco claimed, "but dey is all gone. You earned bis bread and lived happily and children, and we should form a We had already 21 oughter come last night. Oe com with his amiable young wife, thank- hive of industry. remuneratively pany eat up every scrap!" Harper's ing God daily for his fortune. In the lathers of families, Weekly. summer we went to Slnala, while The- employed in chair making. Formerly odoresco waa sent to the waters, as they begged, now they sang as they Man Doomed by His Clothes. he suffered fron muscular atrophy, worked. A lady presented me with a field of We now know why the scepter Is probably causea by lead poisoning, to 60 acres, and we laid thlH out as a from the hands of the which typographers are subject. Soon slowly passing masculine. It is because of his clothe.s. after our return Monske crime to me. garden. We built al! around It small and had for all a common I think that Theodoresco has discov- - cottages, Miss Agnes Repplier, a Philadelphia And he explained kitchen, bo that the women might be essayist and club woman, says so. She 'red something." says so long as men wore costumes that his blind friend had passed the free to work without burdening the that "Interpreted their strength, en- summer months In trying to invent a blind husbands with the care of the We started many Indushanced their persuasiveness and con- better printing machine than that he families. so long was using. cealed their shortcomings," He had decided that the tries a rope and twine making dewomen accepted them as masters. Braille characters made upon paper partment, a brush factory, a shot When men abandoned the ould be mounted on a paper cylinder foundry, and others which nre suited rashly We established bright costumes that charmed the Ifl such a manner that to take fur- for blind operatives. other sex they saw their finish. The her impressions was easy. Only a n school, presided over by blind mas We taught music, one of the situation seems hopeless. Either men tactical would have ters. typographer blind teachers being an expert violin must go back to velvet knee breeches solved the problem thus and he mastered the piano so a and frold buckles, slashed doublet, lace Monske forked day and night, 1st, to convey instruction In that Instru trimmings, feathered hat and lingerie or let woman go on dominating, ft Is naklng experiments upon paper, upon ment also. iard, upon wood, and finally, upon Our city of the blind promMes to up to man. Memphis Reimltar. metal, until the Invention owed noth be bright and Its inhabitants happy, iiig to Theodoresco except the first Cruel Man. hence I have christened it "Vatru ii vine inspiration, Itacon "They say one can now the Home of Light. Wo patented the machine In the LuminoMa," learn a foreign language by means of countries world. the principal of a talking machine." Women love dress because they Ftbivt "That's nothing new, ! Monske1 worked Incessantly. ChristDO'!, mas, he me the admiration of men and the with presented learned Frenrb from my wife." lalnty little model, b it when I worked chagrin of ether women. semi-darknes- s 25tmr (Copyright, well-know- n - en-Jo- - Billy wuz forging abed very Smart, but when we got to the bridge with a shout yew should have Been ml "Pegasus" stretch out! mi! but we flew down the criek oful fast rood see Stub wuz last. glancing around Hilly wuz crowding me though like the Ieuce Cist then he saw that It wasn't no Use, so he reached out very sly with his Toe. nudging his Sled which wuz going quite when Slow. he had stopped he got up and he sed : "Now, how is This for the Prize Winning SLEd?" then stepped up with a very Stern Face, saying: "Yew cheated 2 win this here Race!" tlitriKs wuz a when glttln' excited and Rough and went home in a Billy quit Huff. yistenlay, be told the Kids and Ruth Brown he had the Champion sled of thee Town! i have arranged for sum Judges tonight, NOW we shall see who will win in this Flte! have bjn scouring ml runners like SIN bet yew tonight that "Pegasus" will win! what do yew think of a Feller so smart be will Cheet after a Swear Crost His Hart? braking an OATH is a dangerous thing: bet the SO IT E ICG E ES will git HIM, by glng! if yew are wishing tonlte fer sum Fun cum 2 thee Coasting Plase up in thee Run! 1 Such Foolishness. little boy up In Fond du Lac, Wis., wants to know if am going to write some more verses. Bless you, my son, I expect I am. Your "Apnt Anna" keeps wanting money right along every week, while the butcherman, the grocerman. the milkman, the and the maid never fail to stand around Saturday night just as expectant as a young robin popping his head up over the rim of the nest for more worms! As long as this condition seems to be unanimous, and until my kind friends revolt, I presume I shall continue to call on the Stubby boys to help Uncle By make home hannv. But. anvhow thank von lad, for your Interest and your rare discrimination. He likes 'em, he A n Bays! Down in Indiana a burglar stole four chickens and left a short poem pinned to the door. This is not particularly strange in Indiana. Of course, in that state all burglars are poets and all poets are bur er, I mean, all poets are greatly to be adhen-hous- e mired! "It would take an express train 48 hours to go 'round the world, but an electrical message could make it in less than one tenth of a second," says an exchange. Hum, let's see a man on hiB honeymoon would take the train going out and come back by telegraph, wouldn't he? I see that Mark Twain ha3 bought a summer home down In Connecticut because some literary "gents" own property in that vicinity. Mark should have Investigated my literary home out in Olen h'llyn before buying. It's the "literarlest" place In Illinois, not omitting the Chicago public library. The trees In my yard have leaves every spring and my Boston bull pup speaks every time he wants a sweetmeat. The editor of Hill's Manual lives there and wears a white suit, just as Mark does. The president of the bank owns a horse named Shakespeare, the publisher of the Inland Printer makes the place his home, fifteen or twenty literary lights own building lots there and are building alrcastles on them every day. Once Strickland (lillilan passed through the place and left a very literary air In his wake, while Richard Henry Little would have lectured in the village if the "pitcher" machine hadn't busted Just at the l I er, I mean, crucial point. think It was the point that broke anyhow, it's intellectual as the deuce out thre, and I'm sure Mark has overlooked a good thing by not keeping posted. well-know- dog-gon- e cru-cica- Penurious. Some fellows cannot blow In 75 cot is for a pair of rubbers without expecting to catch fish In them the first time they strike a wet place.