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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta TOPO? of BOYLET GUN It. T nr.- l i j f fa Mow clin0 fa tvppoted ialitmanie kuio OHO man planned to bend tht papiii by Ijvkt Thrice. UNXV how a nian'll take a fancy to some fool tiling or other, like a wftteii charm or a Hash torch or a shoe observed Lax ton profoundly.. lie pins lib luck on Ills mascot he won't be found without It. Th Hi's a common enough said Itqrch. "I've known clever operators who did them- selves so "much of an Injustice as to ascribe their Kuccesses to'some such tallsnwn and who firmly be- 'Her an" tlmt the whatever It.happened to be, exercised a direct Influence UJKHI their every ucllon, Sure." ugrectl the "Not tlmt crooks have any monopoly of such Ideas. I guesn (here's muny ji decent Mkc my grHmlfat tier'kicking around. He began -carrying a chestnut "flRalnRt the ,rheumatl7i and first" tiling''wo know tbat chestnut was his all hunch lie sign T papei 01 letuc the Iiousc or plant potatoes unless he. had it with him. Hut they (ell of crooks that lost their nerve- when thfM tost imscot Ihinibk Juke for instance said the maiter ".That's a fiimous case. He used to-.wear a thlmbla the third finger of Ills left liiii'd whenever he ta is follow int profession In the household line three rears be enjotcd complete iinnuinltv and one night he lost Iiis thimble. He was down .oil all foursv'scffimbllnp for It hi the dark when the family woke" up and iiabbed him. He broke out of stutioii liouse and ciimc back next night for tho thimble. nabbed him agnin and ;he never clime back'from up the river. 'Then there seems to be something In It after n.njbe bJltl r niton 3. The muster glanced at him curiously Who shall he aBlted when no coo) md matter pf fa.ct on Lnxton himself will weur a bronze inedal oh tug inside of his La i toil flUBhed and looked sharply put out, while the master seemed to enjoy' his momentary dlscom fiture. "N'erer said Burch quickly. "I laid a trap for But, going on with our subject. recall a diise in which an Inanimate object ap- pnrenth hold the scales In the life of n man and ar ranged develop men Is ou some strange, mysticnj ajfstem of own. t And this Is! flic story tbe mnster The dull, crush of a revolver shot dormitory overhead. re- men In-the wardroom gripped-their chairs and at enjch other with before they c'puld gain their t'cefc tjie door burst open Heiiteniint on from Luke Thrice 4 U v> iif ajid iieuteniint i the front of the station hoiisi i j Whert tbaf be demanded sharply (icon lleulenant -Hho was half Way to lho foot of the staircase. Grayson passed him lp two nervous stildes and by reserves. In exciteuieiit came from above. S The doimijorv was dimly llgiited from tbe fortber" punier, ns they Ktumbled into It. The first platoon ifrd bee- in .for nearlj sleep It ,wlldered fiices sat up hi their beds, crying questions thnt no one Answered. Others still slept peacefully (lirougii the.inrmoll.' A few were running aimlessly down the niale between the two ranks of The Accident. Grayson swept the scene with a rapid comprchcn slve glance aiid turned toward the rear, ihonldcrtng aside those tii his path. The door room was open and there was a light Inside." lieutenant bended the group that crowded through. against Uie marble alab with bared arrui, one hand thrust in a bowl and tbe other holding a piece of soap stood a mm clad in trousen and shirt. He was gazing at something that lay on. the floor almost at bis feet. It was a revolver. Hugged of smoke drifted up uudei the flaring if Wbats tbld snapped Grayson Boyle looked up blankly. gun dropped out-of ray pocket." he said, with no change of ei- jtression. 'Orayson stooped and picked np the glittering THE SUGAR MOTHER USED. WHEN tbe top flatter started down town his wife told him for the third time not to forget the sugar 'Remember, I want brown she said, "Yon bad better stop and see It .weighed out, so as to hiake snre ybii are getting the right.kind. If you are not there they mar cheat vou It seema awfully hard to get browu sugni top-rtatter was in a hurry, but linn i self so ulieu be gtue oiders for -ten pounds of brown sugar to be sent up to the house ihunedifttely. .he marched buck .to the counter and snpcrintctided tbe weighing proceas suspiciously. clerk 'shovelled one st-oopful of sugar Into the tray liml had, reached-down for n second Instalment .when I be 'top'; flatter stopped him. 'Great !3colU" he said, "j'pu don't cull tlmt brown eugar, do you clerk snId he did and Intimated that If the top flatter called :it any other color -there be soiue-' thing the matter with his eyes The ton flutter'iron tented this point hotly. 'No. sir." he'said, "my eyes art all .right, but.that not the klnd'of sugar I want I 'nant bronu sugar That's iiot brpwn; It's a whitish, sickly yellow What I call brown sugar la tbe kind mother used to hWcfteu hoi pies when I boj Great Caesar' don't you remember..ft? It was dark and cotirme grained and full of lumps as big as your (let- There was more of the concentrated essence of sweetness in one of those jumps than In a whole shovelful of this yellow stuff, and after a fellow had sneaked a chunk otlt out of the barrel and crawled off under the back weapon. "Again, eh' asked jerkily, frowning. "Yes sir. "With this same revolver? Ton wcro warned to get a ne.w said. Grayson, breaking the weapon and testing didn't you? 'It's a regulation said Boyle, rather sul- lenly 'What In hell has tlmt to do with retorted tbe peppery lieutenant, with sudden llerceness. "Do you think you can go on risking lives by accidental dlHcbnrire with a defective gun like this? 7 couldn't find nothing wrong with tbe said Boyle, shifting uneasily. Grayson controlled another outbreak of wrath. He contented himself with extracting the cartridges from tbe chamber. "Ton can tell tlmt to the cap- be grimly, as he handed the empty weapon" back owner. "You're the kind that "At the instant he fell thTe was a strange, muffled explosion Third time, Isn't be chunky person on thick arms, and glared down the line he groMltd Boyle stepped lorwunl from the front rank. 'Your reioher Is unsafe aald the cnptaln filing Blnj nfth a commanding eye 'You get a new one or you go up on charges of Insubordination d 5 "we sir said Captain :Wemble looked over the blotter while tbe men filed out. "When Grajson comes on tell him 1 11 be back this evening he said to the lieutenant charge." "Ar.d see that Boyle doosn't get any subpoenas to serve. We'll give him his -chance to go shopping for a new gun." He buckled on his belt and left the station bouse. ft -was eight o'clock at night. The first platoon bad reported In from post and, being entitled to an Interval off dutyf had broken up. Some of the men had started for their homes. Others were stand- ing abont the wardroom In conrersatlon. Suddenly the building with a crashing re- one of the youngest patrolmen In tbe precinct, n member1 of the flcst platoon Mason I Is it bad? Can you spenk, The others, crowding helped to raise their comrade tenderly and upon a: cot in the left hand tier. They; 'opened bis 'coat, revealing a spreading stain upoii: bis shirt. Mason's 1'rm twisted once aud were still. bending over him with a hand upon, hla, breast, stood suddenly erect. 'Ho is he said tensely. Wltb tbe words hit hot eyes fell upon Boyle', still crouching by the side of bla bed, hli bead sunk In bis bands. A revolver lay on .tbe floor near him. The policemen fell back and gave their lieutenant a clear field as be ad- vanced. _fc rf 'What happened r asked Grays on, In a tone that "I coan up-to "And hi. head. "I don't know I him tnorlua; around, over by bed." was low and husky u "Go on" V '111 "I took off Liy coat It must 'a nulled 107 fU part way out. I was bending over, bere, wbfftt I dearU it fill and go off." Tbe mao'a maniwr waa and aubdued, such as a heavy nature might Msbow under a crushing catastrophe. Qraysoa him a moment, then motioned to two of tha .patrolmen who stood about. "Here, Walsh and Cray. Take him down to the wardroom.' 7 Boyle rote and accompanied bis guard without murmur. Tbe Lieutenant turned back to the body an4 looked down at the pale, composed face. bid scarcely known Miwon, save us a willing, handsome boy, who gave promise of being a good policeman. :A. IPrs 1n phrases They were to follow 111 in thiRlj to the wardroom and range them seh about BovJe giving him no Jntl- be was suspected of anytblnf nwn 'j- serious than negligence. "Let no one make a move' till I give tbe word be said In conclaslon 'Then htm He a clever and desperate" Then he started toward tbe stairs Boyie had fallen liiiipu into chilr In the ward- room bis head sunk, on his breast Walsh and Gray f stood near him talking In uhispera Peacendtnc steps sounded on the staircase Boyle looked up I just as Lieutenant Grayson stepped doVn Into tua Jt Perhaps there was that upon Grayvftt'f which gave tbe alarm 'n spite of him; ptraapa It was the long period of silence tint bad font bcfon; perhaps ft stra> fragment of an excited from those who followed or tbe nun's own dread Grayson er knew Bat suddcaly, U any one could err out or reach a hand to atop him, Boyle bounded from his chair and flung room to tbe door leading Into tha front of UM tloo tore It open and thnmyh. aboutad and darted after htm. Tbt keeper and the man on clerical duty started lm amaxemeat aa the punnit flashed pavt Utem Boyle gained the front door In safety Tbert, jnat twfon him at top of the loomed tWck of Captain Wemple Boyle erred captains foot shot and tripped the fqgttirt In full career Boyle burled beadJoag, hearlly on the At the Instant he fell there was a strange, muf- fled expiation Boyle writhefl an Inttant and stilt knelt by him as be had by bla tlm a few mmntei before and examined him A smoking rent Inside tbr cotit a powder stained woaod In the side, nude it clear how he bad met end Oraysoo ihnist n hand In tbe pocket of tbe coat and drew ont the rerolver [A "I that tula time It was an at MIA 7 A PATRIOTIC PIGEON. f CS, hare recently been to termlne tbe length of time tluouih which a car- rier pigeon will preserve the homing" that Is to say, bow long a bird murt kept away from Its original home loft before It will kwe the In- stinct to return. Seventy-two pigeons In Qormai mllUnry service were taken from Bruna- wick; a distance of one hundred and Sjsrrtjity mltei, (IM tinjr of it? that bullet go' j'The" clerk ejcd tho top flatter plty.lngjy. The others In tbe search flrled "No, he anlrt, "we don't keep It. It Is very oW his hanrts nnd silently to his husbloncd.' There Is only n llttlo of It on the mnrket. the further end of the dormitory. They found the............. ._.________......___... There seems to be an Increased demtnd for It In bullet Imbedded In the rear about Hie fwt from moment .they, thought It he .wbo had fltlen, Rast few seasons, but extra refined sugar h noir the ind It la hard to gel the kind you mean ......ird port, accompanied by a faint yell and the sound of thl! rlsP chilled steel. Hta faco wns as white fall. Words died away on the lips of1 those who as his collar. Boyle let his hands drop. His ex- concerted rush for clattered up they. were speaking nnd there 'wa stairway. As the leaden heard' the jerky, exnsperntod Voice of Grayaon at their heels 'God I Is it Boyle It was Boyle. He WM crouching by hla bed toward tbe end of tbe right hand tier and for a presalon was blank, alcioit stupid. Be kept his and kept In cnptlvlb n mouth Then were lib- erated l4Jhey started Inntmntly In tbe direction of Mftycnce ami arrived there In fovr and hours It seems renlly Impoastble to extinguish Ing Instinct In a good pigeon A utory la told tata connection of n French carrier pigeon captured by tbe German soldiers during the tlege of ba 1870. Tbe bird waa being .carried In a balloon from Parla to some point In the country, whence It waa expected to return to Parti with a mcatafc. It was taken the German headqnartera and presented to eon- raauder, Frederick Charles, who aeat It to hla mother In Germany Here It WM placed tn a splendid and roomy aviary, and fed and nourished But although it waa lowered. u, kept there, Urlm la tlw of (un dropped out of my be v yens, tbe French pigeon did not forget tuber- Without a word Orayaon walked slowly the 4 aisle ajaln until he itoofl by the body Btooulna A'the the -ssr_sf the ttlary mi The top flnlkr slglird "I understand now." he said, "why no many and pies and preserves and things don't .taste right. I nited to put tbe blame ou the ccnrccttoucrs, but 1 know now that the degeneration Is due to the famine In brown angftr the floor, commented Grayson he But as he hurried toward him down the aisle they of a hole In Melc tmntntd thi yolnti of awl took light In a retnrned'.to bis to write a report of the accident caught at the tbroat of of wound In bnut In front was Uotfw 'It's nlwnyg bended Idiot like that who nerer gets hurt. Captain .Wcmlilc waa behind the desk when tho flrwt platoon was mngcd at roll call before going on duty the following afternoon. After tho general alarms had been read he stood up, propping his A taure lay oatatTCtched In the aisle M IU not far from Boyle's bed. two Inehea Ufbn tbu ttnilon In bin Out of Pockft. to nwnptd and a crlmton Boodtd spnk to his kmn fluon and cbnln, wm yon doing isked. tnrned It orer. "Masonl" he criwl as he recopiHwl H WM no foe rwjrtntiutJon, MfRajfifPH' On day bat It belt la wtan entrance to Its old loft la the Boilerard Cllcby. There It was iwofnlMd, and, Ita being brought to public attention, It was M a Mtrtot returned from fortlgn captlrlty. It rwmJnul at tbe Parta Jirdln d'AccIlnatlm until It died, ta iSO. I ;