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! CltAP'FER I. "The 8:45 far Chicago? Ju~ gram. It's the last train this evening. First in the morning at 6:15. mi.,;s." "Gone;" cried the girl IT, despair. Sire reached out her lmud and caught one of the wooden pillars supporting the roof of the little station at Mdhvsy. It was ulmost dark. Ni,ue o'clock had struck. The straight warm raiu was ~[alllng thr,:,ugh lhe dusky, windless air. t was nil evening towards the end of June--the last Wednesday of that mouth. ~rhere was not a sound but the dull muf- fling beat of zhe rain upon the roof. Not soul visible Lut the girl and station ageut. .8he took her hand away from the wood- en pillar, and gathered her cloak round And yet she was on her way back to Elthum House! There was no alterna- tive. She had nowhere clse to go. " For lack of courage and money she could in)t venture upon au hotel. She had lmver l)~n from home alone I,efore. and she felt as if she were in a new lflanet. She was uot desperute,but she was awkward, timid, afraid. VVet sad lonely ~s the uight was. she would have preferred walking about till nlorniug rather than rot urn to the ~ house. All the time she was in the house Leigh had orced his odious, insolent attentions upon her. He had lain in wai: for her wit-'- expostulations for her prudery in not allowing him to welcome her iu patriar- chal fashion to his house[ Patriarehul fashion, iudeed! He had*himself, said he . it will, It looks as if 'twould rain all might." She sighed, moved her shoulders under the cloak to settle it. and saying "Thank you," in a listless way, moved with droop- lag lmad s'owly out of tile station, raised her umbrella and walked uuder the inlge bebches of n broad, deserted road leading southward. Althougil her pace had not heen quick, she felt her bren!h e,me short. The mild, moist, scent-laden air seemed too rich for fresheutng life and cooliog the blood. She was tired, and wouht have liked to sit down and rest. but m,ither time nor place allowed of pause. She must get on--she ~aust get back as quickly as possib'o, or ~he might be too !ate, too late to regain Eltham IIouse end steal unperceived to her, in prepar:,ti,m for going~ knew lm was not an Adonis. but that he "Can I do anyihing for you. miss? Have was m)t a Methuselah either, sad his you far to wa!k?" asked the man. poor, simple, paralyzed mother told her She did not answer his qoostiou; she lie ~was thirty-five years ohl. She would asked instead: "Do you think the rain not take all the money in the world Io will stop soon?" stay in a house to which he was free. At He glmH:ed at the thin line of dull. eight o'etock that evening she had plead- dark leadeu sky. "No, miss, l don't think ed fatigue and retired to her own room for the night. When she found herself al~ue with the door locked, she thought over the events of the day and her posi- tion, and in the end made up lmr mind to escape and return to town at once. She wrote a line to the effect that she was going, and placed it ou the dressing table, by the wiudow. tier room was on the ground floor, and the window wide open. She could creep in and change her wet boots and clotims and sit up in the easy chair till morning. Then she could steal away again, walk to the railway station and take the first traiu for the city. From the time the girl cleared the straggling outskirts of the town until she gained the high hedge and gateway o her destination she did not meet or ][:Ious, under which to-night rested that lion, she pushed the gate opeu and enter- odious Oscar Leigh. Oscar Leigh, the ed the grmmds. She emerged from the grinning, lmld, audaci,)ns man. cover of the trees and hasteued across "About the clock," said. Mrs. Leigh. "You wore going to tell me what new wonders you have added to it, and wheu the crowning wonder of all was to be fixed." "Oh, ay, the ch,ck. Of course. Moll> er, when I sell my unrivaled clock, I'll give up living in the city and come down here to you and become a private gentle- his II. ' ' "But why can't you come down" aud stop here ahv,,~,s, my ()scar? Surely your clock couhl be brought to Milhvay." "I)[:!al', d(!ur mother, I canuot lucre the clock. You forget how l'trge it is. I have tom vml over and over ag-aJn it wouhl half t'ill this room. Besides, I have other business in the city I cannot leave just now'. I will COPUO US BOOU 8S ever I cam You may take my word for that. I was going to exIdain to you about mv inurvel- otis clock. Let ule see. What have I ah'eady told you?" "Oh, it was too wonderful to remember. Tell me over ag'dn." I "Very well. To begin with, it will, ofi course, measure time first of all. That is the principal and easiest thing to con- trive. It will show tile year, the month, the day of the mo uttb the day of the week, the i~our oi~ the day, the minute of., the hour, the secoud of the minute, tile tenth of the second.All these will be shown on one diaL" "That much ah)ne puzzles and astou- ishes the. It will be the most useful clock in the world." "So far that is all easy, aud would not make it eves a very remarkable clock. mother. It will take account of leap years, and be constructed to ruu till the year ten thousand of the Christian era." "When once wound up?" "Oh, no, you simple nlother. It will have to be wound up every week." "But will not tl)e machinery wear out?" "Yes, the metal and the stones will wear out and rust out before eight then- sand years. But the principle will have eight thousand years of vitality in it. Steel and brass and rubies yield to fric- tion and time. but a principle lives for- ever if it is a true principle-- " "And a good principle," interrupted the voice of the old woma.n piously. "Good or bad, if it is true it will last." said the voice of the hunchback harshly. Then he went on in more gentle and even tones: "On another face it will tell the time of high water iu fifty great mari- time cities. There will be four thousand figures of time. figures of all the great men of the past. each bearing a symbol of his grentest work. or thought, or achieve- meat. and eaeh appearing on the anui- versary of his death; thus there will be from eight to twenty figures visible each day, aml that ,lay will be the anniversary of the cue on which each of the men died years ago." "Four thousand figures! Why, it will cost a fortune:" "Four thousand histor!c figures each presented .on the anniversary of death! I am at work on the figures of those who died on the 22d o( August jus~ now. They are very intereMiug to me. and one of her room there. To that batefu] E]tham overtake a soul With serious trepida- them is the most inN.restiIig of all the the open drive. Thank heaven, the win- dow was open[ After a severe struggle she found herself in the room. With great caution she searched where she knew her trunk lay open, found the garments she needed, and replaced her wet clothing with dry. She resolved to Owing to the loss of the little money left her by her fatiler, Edith Grace had boeu obliged to try and get something to do, as she could not conseut to encroach (m the slender raceme of her grandmoth- er. Mrs. Grace, the only relative she had ~ln the world. As she had been so long 'with Mrs. Grace, she ~hought the thing sit still. It was eleven o'clock. It would ~to suit her best would be a companmn- be bright daylight in a few hours. As ,ship to an elderly or invalid lady. She soon as the sun rose she should, if the ~dvertised in the daily papers, and the rain had ceased, leave the house and ~most promisiug lookil,g reply came from wauder about in the bright open daylight ~Ir. Oscar Leigh, of Eltbam'House, Mill- until time to take the first train for Chi- ~:a~', who wanted a companion for his iu- cage. She sat with her back to the parti- firm mother. Mr. I~qgh eoold not give l~ion between her and the dining room. much salary, but if advertiser took the She had not dared to move the heavy situation, she wouhl have a tlmromghly chair for fear of making noise. ~"omfortable ann highly respectable home. "Have you done, Oscart" four thousaud figures. Richard Planta- genet, of Gloucester, commonly called Richard the Third of England, aud niek- named the Idunchback Tyrant," mali- ciously. "Osear": in a tone of protest and mis- ery. "Yes. Hump and all, I am now making the figure of the most famous hunchback iu history, t take delight in modeling the figure of my tlunchbaek Tyrant. In body and soul I can syml}athize with-- him." tie spoke furiously, and there was a sound in the room as if he rose. "Oh, you break my heart, my boy, my boy, my sou! Don't, don't. You cut ,he to the soul: You frighten me when you look in that way." She spoke in terror and anguish. "Break your heart, mother!" went on Leigh, in a tone of qxcitem~nt. '%Vhat :Mr. Leigh could make an appointment for "Yes, mother. I have finished' for the hurt can words do? Look at me! Me: ~. meeting in Chicago. night." If I were to say my heart was broken, The meeting took place at Mrs. Grate's Edith Grace sat up in her chair'andno one wmfld wonder. I am not reproach- Ilodgingt~~, aml althouzit Miss Grace shrank gasped with terror. The words seemed ing you. Heaven knows, if I turned upon from t e appearance and manners of Mr. spoken at her ear. The voices were those you, I sho*ald have no friend left in all ~ijh, .~L'e a,:eepted the situation, of Oscar Leigh, the hunchback dwarf, the world. Not one who would care for ~r. ~s~:a~' :Loigh was very short, and and his mother, Mrs. Leigh, the paralyzed me--care whether I lived or died, whether had shoulders of unequal height and a oht woman! I prospered or was hanged by the common ~ltght bunch on hi~ back. ' His faec was "Yes," the voice of the man said, "1 hangman on a gibbet!" long and bol'ow eheeked. The eyes small have made the drawings and calculations. "Oh, Oscar! What has soured you so? and black, and pie~zingly bright, ttis ex- It has taken me time--a great deal of You never talked in this way until now. pre$~ion was saturnllae, s!nister, cruel, time, mother. But I am right. I have What has changed you?" The woman H|~ teeth were fan~t:i"i[~ and yellow. His triumphed. I generally am right, moth- was weeping through her words. voice hollow when he spoke low, and harsh er. I generally do triumph, mother." He " i ' " ' A g rl s face. A gwl s face has chang- wt~n he raised it. His breath came in spoke in" a tone chelation. "But you,,are ed me. I, who had a heart to the core of ~hort gasps now and tlmn. tie drooped tired. It has been a long day for you. adamant befitting the crooked carcass in towards the right side, and carried a "No, Oscar. I am feeling quite wellwhich it is penne(t and warl)ed. But there[ mhort and um:sually thick stick, with and lively and strongto-night. For an old I have been vaporing, mother. Let my huge rugged aud battered crook. 5Iis~ woman, who has lost the use of her limbs, words pass. I am myself again. I know Grace would have pitied hint only for his I keep very well. When you are with me, your mtviee is good'. I mean to follow it. Impudent glances. She would have loath- I do not seem so old, my son." "Who is she? Do I know her'? Do ed him only she could not forget that Ills "Old! OldF' he cried, with harsh, ent- I know even her name?" deformities ware deserving of pity. The phatic gayety. "You ard not old, mother[ bargain ~;as there and then conufleted, and it had beeu arranged that she should ~o to Eltham House that day week. This night that was now upon her and around her. this dull, dark. heavy-perfum- ed, rain-drowned mid'summer night, was the night of that day w~ek. Only one ~eek lay between the visit of this hunch- ~Ck and this day. 2'his morning she had left Chicago and seen Millway for ~e ltret time in her life. She had got there at noon and driven straight to El- them House. The hire of the cab had ado Considerable tar(rod on the mone" In her pockeL ~he sum was now reduced to only a few eent~ more than her merse fare to Chicago. .tVhen she ~o't there she would bate to walk home. Oh' ~ralking home through the familiar streets thronged wits every~lay folk, would be ~/d6!lghfful compared with this bleak, ~olitary Elthnm Houa~, this hideous," in- ole~t, monstrous, deformed dwarf. It was impossible for her to stay at El- them Honse, ntterly impossible. This ~aa Leigh had told her he should see lit- tle or nothing of her at the place, and ~t when she reached the house his was and figure she laid eyes on. door for her and wel- Ilouse, and o~ the to kiss Yea are a young woman. You are a girl, compared with the old women I know. Up to sixty-five a woman ages faster than a man, but once over sixty-five, women grow young again. Mother. I mean to as- tonish you soon. I mean to marry a very handsome wife. I have one in my eye already. You know I never make up my mind to do anythiug that in the end does not come off. But before I marry I mast finish my great work. When I have put the last touches to it I shall sell it for a large sum, and retire from business, and live here with you, mother, at my ease." "And when, my dear, do you think the great clock will be finished? It is the only thing in the world I am jealousof. . Have you added any new wonders to it'?" . The flight had by this time died out of Edith s heart. She now understood Who the owners of the voices were, why the epeakers seemed so near. Oscar Leigh was talking to his mother in the dining room. They both believed she was in deep sleep aud" could not hear, or they for- got the thinness of the substance separat- ing them. Between the dining room and where she sat was only the slight panel of a folding door. "All that is my secret, mother. I will not say any more of her but that I ant accustomed to succeed, and I will succeed here. I will keep the secret of her name in my heart to goad me on. I am accus- tomed to succeed. Rest assured I will succeed in this. We will say no more of it. Let it be a forbidden subject between us until I speak of it again; until, per- haps, I bring her to you. Ah! that storm has cleared the air. I was excited. 1 have reason to be excited' to-day. At this moment--it ts now just twelve o'clock--at this moment I am either succeeding or failing in one of my most important aims." CHAPTER II. "Soon, soon,, mother. It shall be finish- ed soon. I cannot tell exactly when. but the end of my Is- "Just now. Oscar. Do you mean here?" "No. not here. In Chicago. You do not believe in magic, mother?" "Surely not. What do you mean?" "Or in clairvoyance or specters?" "No, my child. Nor you, I hope." "And yet not everything--not half ev- erything-is understood even now. "Will you not tell me of this, either?" "Not to-night, mother. You know I IN A GOLDEN VASE Res~ the Hearts of the ~oyal Haps- bnrg~ of Austria. A curious eastern has heen follow~t by the members of the Auslrian house of lIapsburg for many centuries. It is that of having their hearts 0ut out after de-~th and each one inclosed in a recep- t'lclebyitself. Knowledge of th~s an(,ient custom re- cently came to light in Vienmt, by a :'e- port that tile late Carl 1,udwig, heh" to the A u s t r i 't n throne, forlmde the renlovalofhis ~k YIAPSnUIIG ItEAnT]leart after death. The report (.at~scd quite a sensation. ~rhe custom dates back to the thi='- teenth century, when Francis, Duke of Aa~'au, dying away from home, di- rected that his heart be cut from his body and sent back to his native land. Since then evmW Hapsburg has had his or her heart removed aml buried apart frown the body In a gold and crystal vase. This custom has prevailed up LO the time of Carl Ludwig's death. In the Calmcine Chapel in Vienna. placed in a vau~r beneath the ground, there are ]13 coflhis, comaining all that re- mains of the royql HalxSbul~s, who Pave ruled over the destinies of Austria. There are also 152 vases of crystal mounted in gold, each containing the heart of one of these rulers and of oth- ers whose bodies rest elsewhere. M, HOSHI TORRI, The NewIy Aecedited Japanese l~Iinta- ter to the United States. M. YIoshi, Japan's new minister to this commw, is a statesman and scholar of prominence. Mr. Hoshi--tim name means "star"--has long been a proml- ffAPA~N~S .NEW MINISTER TO ~VASIIINGTO~o "nent figure in the political arena of Ja- pan. Ite studied law In England, and was one of the th-st Japanese *o become a barrister in ~che Middle Tmnple. He is an ex-president of the Lower House of the Japanese diet or congreos. A FREAK OF NATURE, not. With three mouths and throats to furnish sustenance to one body the, hog takes on flesh surprisingly, and the gain in avoirdupois will pay for the ~.~,~,,,.,e _ex~rac::nsCnsurned when hog killing And!hen with three heads_ to one ( A Missouri ][~og Has Three Well Formed Head~. TMwber would make a success Mr. J. M. Jones, of Columbia, Me., palnter? .... He hasn't the l, of punctutation, and if he ever has a hog that has three fully devel- a word .right it is only by accid oped heads. The hog eats with all three mouths and grunts and squealsBoston q_ranscript. In concert. This might appear to be a tte told her he had lost his heart, disadvantage at first thought, but it is As ne gazed in her lovely e.W-~_;~ But, alas! the cruel n,a~d answer~-'-~ THIIF~ E-ItE A DEI) I1OO. hog think of the feast of hog jowl and tongue and brains and head cheese that Farmer Jones and his family will en- Joy In the fall. I am pIaccd between two issueS, And I don't know which I if 1 go down to tile seashore I shall have to pawn my bike. : ,-Chicago Record. '%Vhat figure do you like best quadrllle ? .... Yours, Blaetter. Lord Nocount (proudly)--I can my descent from William~ the queror. Cynacus--You have long time ou the downward Truth, Mabel--And so he had the to demand that you marl.'y him. did you say? Ethel--I told hl~a supply was not eqlml to the Truth. The deaf man no longer needs To walk the railroad ties: The scorcher fiu(ls him ou And wafts him to tim skies. --Indian~ polls Jonrual. Cumso--Well. Johnny, how do like your new teacher? Johnn much. She doesn't know anything.: day she asked me who A merlca.--Brooklyn Life. "Now. Eleanor. you weigh and the weight gauge on the registers 300 pounds. Where other 170 pounds come fromT' N-new York, I think."--Life. "I see the Jacksons have put all around their piazza." "Yes, have my opinion of people who : stingy that they won't even let on .theiv'porch."--Chicago Record. "Make hay while the sun shilteS'f Is advice often nee(led. ,, "Make love while the moon shines is oftener heeded, --Washington Star. Bloomcr--That man Crafty, wMt, doesn't know enough to come II~ of the rain. Giobmer--Y~s; b~ does know how to hold on al~ brella.--Philadelphta North 5Item Keedick--Did you know wealthy Ruth Stopacloek was M'.s~ Fosdtok--No; is she? diek--Ye_~. Miss Fosdick--NoW why people call it Hie almighty --Judge. Teacher--Willie. you are to after school and do three extra plea. Willie--What! and put the Scholars' Union for time? I wlll, I don't Enquirer. "But what makes you gomther'to it is ver~ late for you, We must vhUe helaniS at It, but ~ doesn't last ,mYhometaP. yo~ had a week ago no intention of coming long and not une'vem.tful lithe, but never here to-day. I did not come to welcome did I hope to reach the flay when I Man with awful Miss Grace. I had another reason for might be of the sHg'htc~t assistance friend and tells him his coming. I am trying an experiment to- to ~:he greates~ man th'at ever lived." frientl--Ah.I hail Jt~t ~ night. At this moment 1 am putting the "Don't be u damned fool!" responded ache as you yesterday, result of many anxious hours to the touch, the duke. aI~d turned on his heel.home; and my wife If my experiment turns oat well I sh~ll ed me, ~nd made so come into a strange power. And now,A man does a fierce Job of loving the nearly all night. ~,Voonsocket er, Smithson--Hello. Dobson, getting stout, aren't yoff? Well, I was getting bought my wheel I have off eonsiderabl Telegraph. 1 thought her mine---my "Us ride away, then he Went straight and'boy Of course that settled me --Cleveland Plain Dealer. She--Do you remember, ' day one year ago you hand aud heart and "I you? I--I have slate. He---Umph! So York Herald. .~Iobsou--How do you st currency question, D0bSOa I'm awfully sorry, be glad to accommodate fact is. I'm broke.:-New ctal Advertiser. As tlm duke of Wellington w,~ts stand- lng one day opimsite his house in Picca- dilly, waiting a~ opportunity to cross the street, an entire an'anger .to him of- fered his arm to the duke to assist him In crossing. Although ~,Vellln~ton hated assistance of any kind, he aecepted the stranger's arm, and the latter, having secured a passage by signing to tJ~e drivers of t,he vohleles to mop, conduet- ed the great man tn mafety across the street. "I ~hank you, sir," said the duke, rel.easing hts arm and proceed- ing to his htouse door. But the s.trknger, instead of moving off. rated his hat and delivered himself to the following efft : "Your grace. I have passed a Wellington Hated Flattery. "Why don't yo~l advertise?" --Up-to-Date. "Miss Fly Is so clever; women shirt waists that fit " " " ? ) )el ] thnc. t ooh. Miss Chil I " clever still; she can sell tlW: waists that don't fit."--ChiCa~ ord. Visitor--What makes you s .Tommy? Don't you love baby brother? Tommy (v We[l, I did till somebody caI said he looked like me.--, Journal. She--How provoking this beeu waiting an hour for the up. He--Yes; but you ~ho Impatient. Remember It's