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Boston Daily Globe (Newspaper) - November 16, 1890, Boston, Massachusetts -THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1890--TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES._  EDITED BY FRANCES HODGSON BURMETT. HIS BTBST BTTPPALO iTIXNT. An Exoitliig Tale of "Westoiji Adventure Amons Indians. BY OJCAIIENCE PUXjIiSH. OHAJPTER I. N this fresh Soptem-bor momiiiB in the "60's," Harry Mar-wood stood at his father's door faoingr the Arkansas river. , The sun just appearing above the tops of the Cottonwood groves that lino the valley lighted genially the face of the distant Eocliy monn-tain peaks in tho ivost. Aiter rising from Ms slumbers of the night the boy's first act had been to go to tho horso corral and lead out his pony, Chi-quita, to a spot that afforded good grazing: mow with her glossy coat shining in the sun, she was feeding contentedly at tho end of her picket rope. It was this swift little ani-jnal-a brown mustang with three white feet and a white nose-that had borne her . young master from the hands of his Chey. cnno captors the year before and defied their pursuit. Coining down the valley toward the house was a horseman, mounted upon a stock pony, driving before him two pack horses. The rider, a tall, spare, powerfully built man, a little past, middle ago, had a resolute but not unkindly face. He wore a wide, light-tinted sombrero, and tho hunting shirt, leggings and moccasins of the West-em hunter of that day. In front of him, across liis saddle-bow, he held a long, heavy rifle. The advancing horseman the boy recognized as "Deadshot" Cray, a hunter and trapper noted far and wide for his skill as,amarksmau. He was at that time making his hoadauarters at Fort Lyon, and with his partner was much relied upon to provide fresh meat for the garrison by buffalo hunting. At the sound of hoofs Mr. Marwood rose from the breakfast table and oame to the doorway. "Good morning, Cray," he said. "You're out early 1 Come in and have some breakfast." The hunter nodded, and dismounted at tho thre.shold. "Where are you bound?" asked Mr. Mar-wood. "Goin' for buffalo moat," was the reply. "I've got to go it alone unless I kin get a man from your place to come with me," con-, tinned tlie hunter. "My pard'^ got a bad tpell with the old arrow wound the Sioux givo him 10 year ago, 'n' can't come along. We'd agreed to have fresh buffalo meat at the fort by October. Have you got a spar' toan that Idn hunt?" "I'm afxaidnot," said Mr. Marwood. "Kin-ley and Timmons are looking for stray cattle down the river, and the otlier boys are oil haymaking on the meadows." "Well, I .kin- go by mysolf," said Cray. *' 'Tn'on't be tho first time I've gone out for hufEalo meat alone." Harry was listening to this conversation irith great interest. of Indian and other advontm'os of his wild huutor's lite, ns Harry with difficulty kept his iiery little pony down to the steady v/.ilking pace of his companion's horse, "We'll make our camp tonight," said Cray, "at a littlo water hole I know of among the far hills. Oii.riive'11 bo well out of sight thar, and moro'n likely some buffalo or antalopp'll bo driftin' 'round within strikin' distance of the water. To ah inexperienced eye tho prairie would expanse of almost levol prairio several scattered bands of huge dark animals,' in numbers varying from seven or twenty, wore grazing. In the far distance larger herds could be Seen. The nearest group was about 400 yords away, and Hnrry ffiixod with deHglited interest upon their dark brown skins, and massive, ishiiggy shoulders and heads bent to tlio earth as they cropped tho short, curly grMS tliat gains its name from tlioiu. At that time tho iiumhors of tho bnilalo- an animal now extinct M a wild croatuve of tho praino-had not been greatly diminished, and they ranged tho Western plains in oountleas nniltitndos from the Gullof Mexico to tho forests of British Columbia. Now," said Cray, "we'I work rowid 'om, so they won't git tho w nd of us, We'll leave our hor.^03 in tho hollow and crawl upon them until wo got within easy range." Screened by tho slope tho liimtors dis-mountod, tiou their liorsea one to the other, and then oravt-ling along under the shelter of tho ridgo, they soon found tliemselvoa within 200 yards of a littlo group of eleven butfaloos, ''I'll take tlie bigger cow," whisriered tlie old hunter, "and you shoot tho one uat be^ yond lior. Aim lor boliind her sliouU or, and liro when I do. All ready 1 Nowl" Tho rifles cracked almost with one report. Tho larger one of tho two cown fell upon her sidi), and after a few kioks ceased to move. The one at which Han-y tired foil upon her knees, and rose plunging wildly witli a broken leg. "Load quick and givo her another shot," cried Cray. "But don't show yoiirsoll'." Harry slipnnd another cartridgointo his ride, and tiuiokly iirod again at the animal, which fell over and soon ceii,sed to struggle. The other buffaloes in the grouv) lifted their heads, looked about .uuenaily, and moved slowly away, but did not show much, nor did tlioy appear to know whence tiio sliots, had. come or realino that the attack might be repeated. Presently they rosumod their feeding, and Harry and Cray crept toirard them under the cover of tho slam hufCalo, and again lirinR together brought down two.moro of tlie little herd. At this tho groat animals appearing at last to understand the situation lumborod away at a gallop. As they passed the nearest herd, its members seeing their lliglit began also to rim, and in a few moments there was a general stampede among the animals in sight. "Now," said Cray, we must git our horses tho farmer, who had como out to ."see the stage go by. "I'll bet a cooMo ho is!" oxolaimed tho farmer's boy. "No, I ain't a�r.aid," I said, stoutly, droad-mg ridicule more thou robbers. "There w.on't auytlung catch me tonight," I added, flinging tho pouoh aoross my .shoulder and starting rapidly down tlie road toward home. For alitlle w.ay tho road -wound through holds, and this portioirof my route I ti'av-orsed with a stout heart. But just nhoad lay tho woods, a long stvotch at unbroken forest, and I aDproaohod tliom with ii drcud nnd premonition such as, I think, I had never before nor have over since known. I plnngod into them, however, without llalt-iig or hesitation, knowing that tlioy must ;)o passed; but, instead ot peeving about for dangers in tho cfnrkiifss, I kept my eyes turned to tho ribbon nt starlit sky above the tops of tho tall trees that hoi'derod the road. When t reached tho iioint whoro the footpath started in at tho IcHt I stopped for a "he brovk FBONT OIT HORSIC." "FIVE AKKAPAHOE INDIANS WEKB GALLOPING AT FULL .SPEED." THE KOniSEIl'S FIGHT. "Let me go with him, father," ho cried Bttgorly. ' "1 don't like to let you go, Hari'y," said bis father. "It's a hard trip .and tliero's danger in it, I fear wo haven't seen tho last of our Indian troubles." Following tho general Indian war of 18G6-7 tlie Oheyennes and Arapalioes had been in ugly temper. In tho past few months they had massacred several hunting and surveying parties, and destroyed some sinall wagon outfils in, Colorado and tho Territories in tho north. "Let him go, Marwood," said the hunter.. "He's got his plains-craft to hini.and he'll not do bettor than to come with mo." It is needless to repeat the oi-gnment that . Jlr. Marwood and Harry hold over tho mat-. .er at the ranch table while they and Cray were taking their breakfast. By the timo the meal was eaten it h,ad been arranged that Harry was to go with tho hiuiter on his trip, which was to last until euomdi buffaloes should be killed to load two pack animals. The hmit might bo a matter of only two or three days or it might occupy a week or fortnight. It did not take Harry long to prep.iro for the expedition. Ho took down his now breocli-loading rifle, strapped on a ^volI-lillod cartridge-belt and placed a dozen boxes of cartridges, tied Up in two small bags upon the pack-niules. A -n'oollcn and a rubbc^r blanket rolled tightly and tied, he pUiCiHl upon one of the pack animals; ap.nrt of a side of baeon, Bomo coffee, sugar and /lour were added to Cray's outfit, and all was ready forthostnrt. Within an hour after tho tr.-iiiper's arriv.Ti at the ranch Harry had bade his father goodby and mounted upon . Chiciuita was riding beside his stalwart comrade as they followed the creek valley up toward the north. Before the morning had passed thoy had sighted two or three distant sjiecks upon the plains. Gray raised bis hand above his eyes and looked long at theui. "They're buffalo," he said i;t last. "But there's no use in tiiem beasts. AVe'll only use our horses up huntin' hvo orttiree tough old bulls. We must keep to the e:i5t where big herds .-ue." Until noon tiie two tr.ivellers kept their course up tho valley of tin; cruek. Then a litllo piLst mid-day they halted, watered their animals and allowed them to graze, while the hunters fried soniu bacon and made their mid-day meal. Ileniountiiig thoy tiu-ned their horses' heads to tho jKirtheasi, and leaviiii; the. erer-k puj-hed boldly out upon liio naked ;dain;i. Tliey had long .ngo left the Arkans.".^ river and its Cottonwtrod groves oui of siglit, and the only landscape now in view was tlic distant WKsteru mountains and tho open roUing plain. The hunters toie for the most part in silence, but Cray now and then cnlivoued the way and delighted the boy with stories have seemed one uniform expanse of treeless, rolling ground, without sign or landmark, but the old plainsman shaped his course over it with as much, certainty as if guided by a compass. Near nightfall they halted at the summit of a long prairie swell, and, looking ' downiward, Harry saw a natural basin formed by grassy, hillside slopes. Here, amid soft, moist ground, grown up with blue grass, a shallow,muddy spring overflowed in a rivulet which, a few feet away, lost itself in the -Diairie. "We'll find antelope not far away ft'om here, 'n p'raps him git a steak for supper," said Cray. '"Xhar's plenty of fresh sign." As ho spoke he pointed to foot-marks recently made by those gi'aceful prakie grazers. Thar'vo been buffalo here, too; a heap on 'em in their timo, but at this season they're only beginniu' to work back from tho north." The hunter, with a tin cup, scooped out a hollow in tho shallow muddy bottom of tho spring, and led tho animals to it to drink. Harry gathered some dry gi'ass, prairie weeds and buffalo chips with which to malco a firo. The old himtor was bonding over the littlo heap blo-sving the dry grass into a blaze, wlien loolcing upward the boy saw a b.and of antelopes upon the hill directly above him. Ho caught up his rifle, aimedquiokly at tho foremost antelope and fired. At the crack of his piece tho animal pitched forward, fell upon his luieos and head, and rolled headlong down^tho slope. Tho others huddled together for'a moment, throw up thoU lieads, sniffed the air, and then darted away. Cray had sprang to his feet at the soimd of tho shot, not loiowing its meaning. "That's well done," ho remarked. "We'll have fresh meat for supper. One of his hindquarters '11 be just fit for us." Harry ran eagerly to the hilltop, carved away a liatmch of tlio animal mth hishimt-ing knife and brought it to their little campfiro, which was now blazing. With coffee, bread and tender antelope cutlets, the two hunters made a hearty supper. It was near simsot when thoy finished the meal. Just botoro the fall of darkness Cray arose from the ground, knocked the ashes from his pipe and said : "I'll just take a look around, and see what there is in sight." Rifle m hand ho went swiftly up the side of one of the hills. He crouched as he neored the top, and finally crawled to tho summit; lying at full length, lie ra sod his face and peered about over the crest. After remaining motionless in that position for a timo, ho moved in the same cautious way to the top of another rise, until, without exposing his own presence, he had surveyed the pliun in the vicinity of their oamplng place. He came back to the camp. "It looks safe and fair," ho said; "but, all tho same, we'll make our camp up tho ravine a hit, out of sight of anybody that comes to tho spring." Accordingly, tho horses wore led about a mile up a ravine-hke depression among the hills ononing into tho basin, and here tlie party halted to pass the night. Tho distant shrieks of the coyotes as they quarrelled over the body of the dead antelope were the only sounds that broke the stillness, as wrapped in their blankets tho t^vo liunters lay down side by side upon the ground to sleep. Tho horses were picketed near them. Harry woke once or twice in tho night, gazed vipward at tho stars, looked about liTm, and fell to sleep again. Tow'ard morning, as lie opened his eyes, he drowsily noticed that tho screams of tho coyot'js had suddenly ceased. Tho old hunter appeared to bo sleeping soundly, bnt his slumbers must li.avo boen light, for at tho stopping of the noise of the wolves ho woke, opened his eyes and listened for a few minutes without moving a limb. "Hist!" ho whispered. "Something lias scared those bnites to make 'em so qiuel all at once. Lie still, with your weapons ready, while I take a look around." Ho crawled from his blankets np to tho prairie crest in tho same manner as on the night before, and looked keenly about him through tho darkness of early morning. Presently Harry saw Iiim pu-sh tho muzzle of his rifle over tho crest, and take deliberate aim at some object beyond tho hilltop, and the boy waited intently for the fia.sfi, the smoke pufT and the sharp crack of tho piece, whicli should denote that something had received the deadlj' message of the here as quick as wo kin, cut up otu' game, paokit, 'n git away." So Harry and he went back toward where they had left their horses. The old hunter came in -\iow of the place first. As his eye fell upon the animals and their .surroimd-ings he clutched his rifle harder and turned toward his companion. "Bun for the horses," he shouted to the boy. There was need of haste, for toward the four horses, wliich were feeding placidly on tlie prairie, five Arapahoe Indjians not a quarter of a mile from them wore galloping at full speed. [continued next sckday.] THE aiAHi ROBBBHS. moment, debating wlietlior I should take the abort cut or follow on around by the highway. I qiUckly dooidod upon tho lattor course. Suddenly I became aware that two men wore walking with me, one on o.ach .side of mo. I'liey had como up so noiselessly that I had not hoard tho sound of tlioir approach. "Good evening, my young friend," said the one on my right; '-what's that you're a-carrymg?" � "It's tho mail-bag," said 1,,-BtoppinB and stiinding in surprise and fear. "fstliatso?" ho exclaimed. "I'vo often wanted to lift a mail-bag. Is itvcry lieavy'?" "Not very," I replied, actually handing it to him m my bowilderinout. Ho took It, bold it up by the end strap as high as his head,and sliookit gently as if to make test of its contents. ' "I behevo there's a letter in thoro for mo, Bill," ho said to his comnnnloii, "and f there is it's necessary that I should have it at onoo. Delays are daiigoroits," ' "Tho only way to find out for certain," replied the other man, grufiiy, "is to open tho bag." "True," responded tho first speaker, "but wo must not open it on the public highway; .some evil-mindod pa.ssor-by might seek to appropriate tho contents thereof, wliicli would be a crime against the goveriimont, indeed an impardonablo offence. Suppose wo retire to some secluded woodland doll I and study the situation. "Young niau," ho I a.ddod, addressing me, "you are cordially � invited to accompany us.' "I-I'd rather not go," I replied, begin nlng for tho first time to fully realize my position. "If it's all the same to you," 1 added, "I'll go on homo.'! "Well, my dear yoiuig friend and foUow-worker, began tho man, but his gi'uit-voiced companion interrupted him; "Oh, How a Fight and a EriEhteaed IdtOe Boy Saved the Money. by HOMER GREENE. BOUT a mile from tho Pennsylvania village whore I lived when a boy was the old North and South turnpike, the main artery of travel in those days across tho northeaat-ern.tior of counties. Down this road camo rolling, every afternoon, tlio big fotir-horse stage - coach bringing passengers and mail fi'om tho south boimd for tlao county town. The mail bag for our post offico was thrown off from the coach at tho point whore our village road joined the turnpike, and as my father was postmaster, it was my duty to carry it from tho turnpike to the villago post office. I had oholoo of two routes for my daily joiu-ney; onobytho public road, and a niuch shorter one which cut through the woods that bounded the village on that side, and it was along that path that I usually carried tho mail. We were at that tim.ein tho midst of tho civil war, and the mails wore filled with tidings from tho soldiers at the front, and not unfi'eqnently contained packages of money and valuables sent, in Ui;clo Sam's care, to those at home. But the! particular afternoon of which I write, the stage, for soiAb reason which I cannot now remember, was very late. I watched the sun as it wont down behind tlio wooded hills to the west, and I saw the twilight como creeping in across tho eastern field. I sat quietly upon a roadside bank, wishing for the coming of tho stage, and calling to urind the probable appearance of tho impatient and anxious gi'oup at the post oifice. The horses were drawn sharply up, the clatter of tho wheels ceased, a cloud of dust moved forward and enveloped tho coach. Even by tho dim light of tho flaring candle, I could see tho rod and whi to passion glowing in Andy's faoo, . ^ .., , 'Hands off, you dogl" ho owed; "hands off, or I'll hurt you 1" But tho other only tightened his grip and muttered tho one word; "Divido!" For a moment there was silence. The two men stood there glaring into each other's oyes, and I. with tlio caiidlo tipping in niy hand and the melted tiillow burning my fingers, stnred at them n .stupid fright. Suddenly there was a w iirling fist, the sound of a sharp blow, and tho liext instant the two were writhing in each other's nrmS. The package over which they fought was hurled fi'orh Andy's grasp, struck the oandlo in my hand, and both package and candle foil nt my feot. Involuntarily I stooped and iilckod tho treasure iiii, and even a.s I did so tho caudle spluttorod on tho damp ground and went out. The darkness was iiiteiiso. But tho fight went on. Curses, blows, tho tearing of gjirments, all sonnd.i of a hand-to-hand contest, told that the men wove still fioiT.oly engaged. In that moment I gathered my wits to-irethor long enough to phtn my escape. Starting ont along the path, crawling on my hands and knees, feeling my way, proscnlly t found iny.solt at tho bonk of tho stream. Hero I dropped again upon my hands and crept across tho log that spaiinod tho brook. On tho other side I slopped for a moment and listened. Tbofi.ghtwas still in prog-i-es.i. 1 could hear tho cnrse-s, tho throsliing of tho leaves, the orios of rago and pain, then the sharp report of tt pistol, and, after that, silence. But in a minuto .soma one appeared to bo coining down tlio path as I 'liid como. 1 thought thoy were giving -.base to me, and I turned and scramblod up tho hill. Finally Ireaohed tho top of tho hill, and soon af torwH,rd, tho end of the path �where i; mot tho highway. From horo on tho ro.'u was level, and I ran. Behind tno I heai'c shouting, calling, a confusion of noises, but Inover turnedi Down through tiro villiigo street I fled, past tho light in tho houses. In at the open door of tho post office, and, stumbling at the door-sill, fell headlong upon tho floor, ,. "Thoy'vo robbed the mail 1" I oriod to tho astonished assemblage. "Tliey'vo robbed tho mail-they're alter mo-1 saved tlie inonoy." And drawing tho package fi'om my pookot I placed it In tho hands of tlio olork, and sank exhausted in a chair. For a fow moments tlio oxcitoment ran high. Everybody questioned me nt tho same timo. But 1 managed to make enough of my story understood to givo thom a oluo to the situation, and In a very short timo a ptvrty started out in search of tlio robbers. Not CO yards fvciin tho door they mot my father and a neiglibor, who had goiio out half an hour earlier to meet me, and between them thoy supported tho drooping form of a man. It was Bill. Ho was cnvovoQ with woimds and exhausted from tho loss of blood. It seems that my father and his companion had gone out to the turnpike by tlie nubile road, and'then, finding that 1 was already on my way home, thoy had como baok by the path, hoping to overtake me. Near the foot of the hill tliey had como suddenly on the wounded robber, the cut mail bag and the scattered letters. Though greatly alarmed for my safety my father waited to gather up the mail, and to help tlio wounded robber along, but I shall never forgot his look of relief when ho saw mo sitting safe but oxbaustod in the big chair at home, in the' midst of an admiring and symnathizing circle. Bill recovered from his wounds, and served a term of years in prison for his offence, but Andy was never captiu'od, and even his identity was never known. The mail package oontaiuod fiiCOO in crisp, new government bills. it. Ho offered to try again, and soon afterward sot out with two canoes, one of which waa commanded by Bartholomew Fiosco, who had accompaiiiod Columbus on his third o.xpodition. For oigl t long months, replotn with sick-noaa.robelllou and mut ny, Columbus heard notliing of bravo Ment oz and his companions. What liad become of them? Day after day Columbus looked the surface of tho sea, but not a sail appeared in Biglit. . It the littlo oxpodition had roachod its dostiiitttlon, why did not help arrive? '.riio voyage of Mondoz wns one of hardship and privation, and enough to test the courago ol the bravest. Ho had put to sea only to find the surface of tho water like a mirror. Tho Indian canoeists were compelled to spring into the sea to cool thom-solvos, nnd tho Spaniards had to watch voiced ^-,......._......_____,.,, _ letup on that, Andy! Wo ain't got. anv timo to lose. Come along, young foUor 1" And, before I had time to protest I was seized by one arm, hurried to tho roadside across the ditch and in among tho trees. 1 beliovol began to cry and beg; it would have boen strange if I liad not done so; hut, in language more forceful than olegant, I was ordered to hold my peace. In the meantime tho first robber was threading his way carefully through the thin underbrush among the hemlocks, in thick darloiosB, and wo wore following him, It seomed to mo a very long timo that we journeyed thus, In reality it must havo boen only a fow minutes. W' " �� - -r... said; "Here's a kind of an open plaoe; lot's hold up liere. Bill, wliere's that candle?" Fresantly I heard the snappinjg of a match and saw BUI lighting a piece of candlo froiii which he hadTimroIlou a bit of newsiiaper. Looking around me, by the light of this oandle^^I was not slow to recognize tho place. We wore i spoken, on a litti "irook. Indeed, ' DIEHO MBNDBi!. SAVED COLUMBUS" IIFII. Diego Mendez, Truest Friend tho Great Explorer Ever Had. by T. C. HAIlD.VUail. UlUNG his varied career, checkered with the ups and downs of fortune, with triumphs, struggles and defeats, Columbus had one friend who was truer to him than all tho' rest. His name is nearly forgotten now; wo see it in print so seldom that his very existence sooma a myth, yet to this thsm at all times through fear ot troaohorv, It soon booamo a torrlblo journey. Tlie Indians gave up one after another, and, falling down in tho bottoms of tho boats, bnsoechod Diego and Bartholomew to despatch them. hk last the rocky island of Navassa was sighted, and here tho voyagers found water and a fow ahoIlUsli. Thoy rested a day at Navassa and put to sea again. Thoy oould see the mouutaina of Hispaniola, but thoy were far away, and dangers untold had to bo met hoforo thoy could bo roachod. On tho fourth day after leaving Jaraoloa thoy gained Capo Tiburon, and^iero Mondoz parted with bis compan-lona, and with six now Indiana set oil for San Domingo. After proceeding nnmy leagues ho found that Ovondo had gone to Vorngud, and tlum ho abandoned tho canoe and plunged into the unlcnown forest. Through this terrible region, encompassed by bloodthirsty tribes, poisonous sorponts and wild boasts, and htmted as well by all mannox' of sickness, Mendez led Ids little band. The hardships tliey enoou.utored cannot bo told. It was one of the most heroic joiu'noys overtmdortalcon by man for tho safety of a companion, but at length the ondunmco of Mondoz triimiphed over every' tiling. Ho found Ovando, who proved a secret enemy of Columbus, and by whom ho was put oif from time to time. Mendez at last oifored to victual a vo.saol at his own expense, and this brought Gov. Ovando to terms. He sent a caravel to Jamaica and rescued tho old admiral from what would soon havo been a death by starvation in one of the wretched hulks. Such was the spirit manifested by the favorito friend of Columbus, nnd suoli tl devotion of Diego Mendez. It is pleas ng to note that when King Fordiniuid lourned of his bravery ho bestowed rewards upon liini and permitted him to have a coat of arms painted on his canoe. Moudez remained faithful tobis old com mnudor to tiiecloso of his lifo. When tlio dark days camo, and Columbus found him feU doBortod by those whom bo had served lendaz eloauontly pleadod his cause ali court, and it was Iris hand that smoothed the brow of tho dying navigator at Vallado. lid. Diego became the tions, bnt died poor a: .,oro of other expedi tor all. Ho ia known as "tho best friend Columbus over had," aud this is honor enough. In hia will ho quested that a onnoe, with his armorial 11 the path of.which I have .0 plateau just above tho ___,____, :he soft rinplo of waters could bo heard at no great distance from ns. I now, for tho first time, recognizod thu two 1 -------'�- - ^ -............ from know liiuuiii^uvr.i.j........... ___________ mo for the very purpose.of robbing the mail. Tlio one addressed as Andy had already laid the mail pouch flat on tlio ground, 'and, with an open jnck-knifopoised in ono iiand, was passing the thumb-and forefinger of the other hand c.arefullyalong tho leather surface, as if considering the proper point (or tho blade to ponetvato. I had seen butchers do the same thing before cutting up a side of beef, and tho similarity of movomont now was ve.ry suggestive. "Here poesl"hosaid finaln', piiBhing tho knife point firmly into the leather; then, with a strong, dextrous sweep, ho drew the blade dow^n lengthwise of tho bag, and laid it open nearly from top to bottom. "Givo the candle to tho boy. Bill," be said, "and you help mo sort tliis stulf over. Here, you," he added, addimsing mo, "hold it hero, hero whore I can see. If you move It an inch I'll-I'll excommunicato you I" With trembling h.aiul, tooth chattering in my head, and too greatly overcomo with astonishment aud fear to spoalc I sat and liold the fl.aring candlo while ho spread wide tho gap in tho ruined m.ail bag, and poured the contents of it to tlio ground. The packages of papers- were quicKly cast aside, and the bundle of letters taken up. In those days each sepanito bunch of letters was carefully folded in brown wrapping oapor, and the post office address placed on tho outside before entrusting it to the mail bag'. Those wrappers wore pulled hastily off by tho robboi-a, and tho letters inclosed in them were looked over rapidly, many of thom being torn open before they wore thrown down. Nearly the entire contents of tho mail bag were gone over in this %vay before imy money M'as found, and both men began to loolc disappointed and angry. At last Andy oame upon a thick envelope of brown manlla paper, with a seal in red wax on the back. "Hero it is 1" he said, holding it up ti'ium-nhantly for Bill to see. "I knew I couldn't be mistaken about its being here. Bob told mo, yon know,and Bob always tolls tho truth." He had risen to hia feet in tho meantime. bullet-for Cr.iy never pulled the trigger for a shot. But the liammer did not fall, and tho veteran hunter continuod to lie motionlesB. his long rifle, its butt at his shoulder, renting before liiin in the grass, as lie kept his Jixed gazo upon something beyond tAie eminence. Harry could stand the suspense no longer, and arising crept with rille in hand after tho hunter. As ho came near, Cray without moving his head motioned to- him to crouch and crawl. In the same manner in which ho bad seen tho hunter apiiroacli the hilltop Harry worked bis way inch hi-inch to tho crest and cautiously raised his head so that ho could see beyond it. Following the directionin whir;h theoldhun iiter ness g in was gazing ho saw far away in tlie dark a group of indistinct figures proceedin single file toward the sp.ving where the two hunters had taken supper liio nigiit Oei'oro; nnd as his eves became accu.stomod to tho darkness Hai'iy saw that they wore five mounted Indians. "That's tod luck," .said Cr.ay. "If the.'je fellows camp on our ti-ail we'll have to rustle tn Have our sealp.^ instead of K'illin' buffalo Our hunting is going to bo risky business, alter this, ijui they haven't seen us yet and we'll have time to pack up and get a long start before they find our sign about the spring." It was the work of but a few minutes for the hunters to retiini-to tlieir .slneiiing place and to load the pack animals. Then mounting, t.h",y wound their way along the little valley between the hills, keeping tho high inound alway.s betwomi them and the Indian,^ until they had gained scverai miles of distance. Thence they pushed (,n in a direct euiuse until, at an hour after dav-break, as they aniiroiK-hed the suimnit ol'a raise of the prairie, Cray, w)io was ahead, paused, ajid his eye lighted with satisfaction. "Thai'Bwhntwe've como fori" he said to Harry. "Thar's yer buffalo!" Suro enough, there thoy were. On a wide "AND NOW TUE STAGE WAS IIEKE." and out from the door in the midst of the dust stopped hvo mon. They paidoyed for a few minutes with the driver about tiie fare, and tlien disappeared in the darkness. I had a good view ot their faces as I wont up close to tho forward wheel, and I saw that both of them, though well dressed, were evil-looking in the extreme. "Is that you, Harmon?" asked the driver, peering down at mo through the shadows before throwing the mail pouch into my hands. "Yes," I replied, complainingly, ^"and I'vo bee/i waiting here for you just two hours." "Well, it won't take you long to get Iiome now," ho said, cheerily; then, bending down still farther, and beckoning me to come still closer, lie added, in a low voice: "You want to hang on to that mail bag tight tonight, Harmon. It's got-" A sudden starting of the horses interrupted him, ho swung baok into his scat, and, finding that he could not readily quiet tho impatient animal.^ ho cracked bis long whip over their heads, shouted out "Good-night" to me, and the next minute coach, horses and driver were far do^vn the road, swallowed up in tlio darkness. "Are ye'fraid to go down alone?" asked scattering the remainder of tne letters froiu him disdainfully, had opened his coat, and was about to put tho package into an inner breast pocket. "Hold on!" exclaimed his companion rising also. "Open it up, Andy; let's see how much there is in it, anyway.' "Oh, that's all right!'' was tho,.reply, know how much titere is in it. j-- ,. ------------ _ Wo'il open It wlien v,'e get to a safer place. Come, let's fix the boy, and get out this." I trembled till the candle nearly ' Ing. They have returhfidftditt areceptlon. She had felt restless and norvons dtirlng the day, but, realizing tho demands of society, resorted to an artificial stimulant, one of those Quack Poisons that flood the market under various names. The picture shows the reaction. A BEAUTIFUL WRECK. Women, thi.s is a fearful fact! Avoid the misery ^ that must ensue from the �ltiv�Tcr��re and K-es-Uiraiato HlleTOcdy C_0 WHO WAS BEN BDTLER? Not He of New Orleans, But Another. Who Didn't Burn Rome Couldn't Fiddlo at Ali. and How Great Names HaTa Been Obsoured by Greater or Less. DIEQO MENDEZ LAJ^MNQ. friend Jiiegreatnavigator owed his lifo, and when princes deserted him Cavalier Diogo Mendez drew cloaer nnd liLs heart boat ivariner than ever for the negleotod dis-covprer of a now world. AVo find no mention of Mendez until Columbus Bet out on his fourth voyage. It is probable, however, that ho had aooom-oaiiied his friend botoro this, but, if so, lie aeems not to have performed any sorvloea which entitled him to special nieutlon. During tho voyage roforrod to Columbus decided to establish a fcolony on the coast of Voi-agua, and the natives sooiv formed a plot for its destruction, Mondoz w.ts tho first to soont danger, and, taking his lifo in his hands, he entei'Od tho Indian camp as a spy, unravelled the cunning plot and took mea>suro3 which led to tho capture of tho Caoitiuo Quinian, and the do-feat of tho conspiracy. Bnt tho great sacriitoo which Diego Mendez made for his beloved master was yet to como, and it stands today prominent among thous.ands of stories of bravery and devotion whicli is connected with tho lives of tho old dis-coverors. In tho month of April, ir>0,l, Columbus loft Veraguain caravels liardly fit to put to �oa in. Ho intended to steor for tho coast of Hispaniola, whence ho hoiiod to sail for Spain; but contrary winds drove him out of his course, and, after a terrible voyage, ho rcaohod .Inmaica. Here lio found a little cove, whore ho anchored his worm-eaten barks and btult thatched houses on tho decks for bis halt-starved mon. Mendez wont ashore among the treacherous savages and secured some provisions, but tho skies did not brighten. Tho nearest point from which succor could come was Hispaniola, v/hich was 80 leagues across a rough sea, whoso dangers Columbus dtu-ed ^lot faco in las rotten hnllts. In his dilemma he looked to Mendez, the trienu wno liad never deserted him for a .noment, and at his call tho old cavalier camo to his side. Columbus had formed a plan of escape. It cost 1dm many a sleepless night and much anguish of body, but to him it seemed tlio only chance. Columbus and Mendez wont to a secluded part of ono ot the ships together, nnd there tlio old navigiitor told his lioiitenant thathe believed that a boat could cross tho water to Hispaniola. Mendez solomuly shook his iioad. 'rii(!n he said that tho feat was iin-po.ssible. 'J.'he route was an unknown ono, the sea rouith and dangerous between the islands, andnoboat's crew could accomplish tho .iourniiy. ColumDus was silent, but Mendez camo to the rescue. "Sonor," said he, "I have many times put my lifo in peril to save you and my comrades, and God has hitherto preserved me in a miraculous manner. I bog, tliereforo. that you will a.9Sf;mble our people luid propose this enterprise, to see if any one will undertake it,wbich I very much doubt. If all decline I will then como forward and risk ray hfo in yom' service, ua I have many times done already." The next day Columbus assembled his crews and tlio desperate proposition wius made, but the men, though brave, rctusod to volunteer. Then it was that the spirit of Diego Mendez asserted its luiswerving lovo and loyalty. Uo stopped forth and fearlessly offered to carrj' the admiral's message to Ovando, the governor of Hispaniola. Columbus embraced him before all, and Mendez began to ju'cpare for tho voyage. He drew his canoe on fihcre, gave it a fake keel, payed it with a heavy coat of tar, and jitted it out with a mast and sail. Then ho selected .twliite comrade and six imtivos and set out on his dangerous mission, But he was destined to go iio furtlu-r than the end ot the ishiiid, for there tho Indians fell upon the expedition, and ciipt.ured tlie whole of it. All were dragged into tho iiitonor to be put todeath, but Diogo escaped, and after some days ot almost iucredilile adventures in the forest along tho coast reiolned Oolumbus. One would think that this woulo have dampened the hero's ardor, but not so. He had Promised to save tho life of Columbus, and he would not stop short of boarings, should be engraved on his tonib-stono, and under it tho following inscrip- "Horo lies tho Hon. Cavalier Diogo Mendez, who served greatly tiio royal crown of Spain in tiio oonnuest of tho Indies, with Admiral Chi'istophor Columbus, ot glorious memory, who made tho discovery." The date ot ]\Iendoz's death is unknown, but ono act will always Icoop hia name from oblivion. Ho saved tlio lifo of Coliunbus. WOT DOma ALIi SHE MIGHT. EUn Wheeler Wilcox Iioctures Her Sisters. With all her increased opportunities, woman is not doing ail she might do to benefii; liorself and the world, writes Ella Wheeler Wilcox to tiio World. She is striving to be useful in remarkable and unusual ways, and allowing herself to become usoloss in her own kingdom. To say that she is doing nothing, however, in the way of right development is unjust. Never siiico the niuroh of oivilizntion sounded the degeneration ot the norfoct pliysical being lias woman made such oiTorts towards physicnl culture, health and beauty as filio is maiving today. Even despotic fa.shion has boon obliged to modify her unreasonable whims and adapt them to tho luovaihiig demand of woman for free limbs, unnifltrictod waists and circulation. Good health ijud bodily vigor are tho fof-tunato facts of tlie time. A sound body is an esKontial requisite of motherhood. But in almost every other respect, it seoins to mo, tho tendency o Orator. Tho name Demosthenes is ono that bus been passed down by generation after gen-oration, and is today familiar to tho yoimg-ost school boy as ho mounts the rostrum to tell admiring parents and applauding friends on e.Kamination day: You'd actu-co expect ono ot uiy iii;e 'I'd aiieiiK. In imbllc on tlio Klagoj Ana It I clunieo to full liolow DomoBf.liones or Clocro, Don't view ma wllli a orltlo'H oye. But imss my Impnrtnitloiis liy. Groat as was Demosthenes tho orator, to tho men, women and children ot Athens in tho lattor part of tho fifth century before the (Jlirlstiaii era, tho name otDcmosthenos the soldier was the siiell to awaken tho most entliuslastio feelings o( patriotism nnd pride, and beyond a doubt at ono period in bis career it might have been dooidod by an almost unanimous vote on thojiartof his countrymen that such a general thoro never had boon before, and probably never would 1)0 again. And yet of his history we have but fragments. Certain it is that Doniosthenea by his eoimnanding qualities and soldierly Kl'.iU did nioro than any ono else to raise Athens to tlu^ proud position she afterward occupied in the world by crushing lier jealous rival. Sparta. We know ot his one failure, wliich was owing entirely to others. ,Sent to take part in thu siego ot and war with iSyracuse after ills country had poured out her blood and treasures m a profitless w:u-, tliroiigb mismanagement and incapacity, it was only by a hair's weight, as It were, that the scales were tippedl and bis almost achieved victory turned to dcteut. Had tho accident ot war decided the day otherwise it would have been tho lustre of Demosthenes, tho orator, to palo into for-tfettuln(iS.s, for this check to Greece's grandeur in the west rendered the greatness of Homo possible and brouglit about the domination ot thu Latin ratlior than thu Greek race in tlio history of tho world. Tills Ni-ro Wan Ko Fitlrtloi-. Tho word Nero is a synonym for tyranny and cruelty. In a long dynasty of treacherous, uiurderous and despicable rulers ot tho Komun world, liy common eon-sent, Nero is cieditoil with having readied the lowest depths of turpituile. .\sk the question, "f'^iir what is tho Kero of bislory noted tor?' and the iinswor usually will he 'for Ihldling while Kuuie w.i.-i burning, and hir illuminiiting his gardens with toiclies made ot Christians, smeared with pitch and set uji ty i jioles." That is the ordiiniry train ut thought sug-gesKHl by tho wc;'d Xeiu. It is ono of tlio curi(His ironies of fate and of tamo that the soldier who won for Koine its nuist signal victory and lasting triiiniiih, talcing into consideration the exigencies of tho occasion and tlio stake iuvolv( unknown save to the student ot history, because in after yeui-s his name was borne by one whoso colossal crimes were enough to mark him a prominent tig-ure in the v.'orlcl's history. Cuius Claudius Nero w.'is chosen coneul with Marcus l.ivius and ajipointed to thu comnuiiidot the Roman arms at the vital period in lier history. Eight years bad been Biient in an unsucctiaslul struggle to drivo from lial.v the invader Hannibal and his ('artliru;mian hosts. Trebia, ThrusyuKino and Ciiiinie, the passa.^o of the Alps, but, above all, the mere fiu't of an encinv BctUing down in a hoslilo country, cut oti fi-om his base of suppUes, foraging at his leisuro and existuig ill spito of eveiy attempt to dislodge huu, was enuugh to try the temper and courage ot any nation. But now the apiHou'-hing spring brought t now uioiiaee m Komeo tladrusbal, a :irotber ot the great Carthuyiniau. who tnuw so well how to hate, a soldier scarcely renowned in battle, was hastening to lis assiijlanco. Hanmhai occupied Southern Italy, aud Rome's allies in that direcl ion were cither overpowered or cut off. Ihidrusbal wa.s now sw-oop'ng down on Northern Italy. With a similar campaign m that quarter Rome could well count the tinu> wh.'u she would bo st.arvod into submis.sion; with a union ot tho two invading armies dotep,t and annihilation were almost certain. It was at this stage of the long war, or rother when the brothers had so manosuvred thoir forces, that only about 200 miles separated thom, that Nero, who, with one army, had been in front of H.-inni-bal, while Livy was holding Radrusbal in oliock, quietly and secretly drew off the flower of his army, rushed to formajuiio-tion mth liis colleague, forced a battle, dotoatod tho newly-arrived army, and was back again before his proper opponent, oven ere the latter had learned of the stii'atngom. The gory head of Hadrusbal, pitchod into Hannibal's camp, told tho ston- and foreshadowed the doom of Carthage. Byron has truly said: "To this victory of Nero's it might bo owing that liis imperial namesake reigned at all. But tho infamy ot tlio ono has oollpsed the glory of the other. When the name of Nero is hoard, who thinks of tho consul? But suoh are human things." Wot tlie Same. "Victoria, by the grace ot God, ot tha United Ivingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Quoon, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India, whom God preserve," is not; the first of that name who has worn an imperial crown in her own right, though per r5.y, cottM reaist such plradlng? So ivc gruntoJ Tomuiy'd prayer. Aiul ho lovea to brunh htb tooth now, Keeps theui aUvjiya swoot untt fair. It is the JDuty of Parents To Beo Unit tia'ir ct'.ilitrcu'a tfcth ale not nilced tliroUi:;h la-filoc:. Tiif tlfutil jvw of u hoy \,r j;irl niiiy bo liopt o'.,iiti'.1 wilh .SOZOt>0.\l'. IlcsiaoB thit, tho tfctU, uiiifsa ubaolutoly and hnpeloaaly luiiound, iuuy lie inirillcd lui.l roudfrod -.vlUto by Uils juatly pojiuUtr urtide. f^OZOPON'l' has uo aflUuty vrilh tho^e pastes aud powvlery wUkh wldtou tooth by corrodiog tho narfaco. It ta a (luro nnd pieu4ftut bot;uUo Uaulil, ugtoetilde to the Uaeto and to the otneU, and In every rBspvot nti ortlolo to bo ro!)�( upoa. } nAtt