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 *.'%  NO. 283  CUMBERLAND, B   C.   [Formerly   Union]' TUESDAY APRIL 19th., 1898  $2.00 PER ANNUM.  A '  6'  I:  0  hi -  fro  j;  f'\-  ft'!  at Market  For the choicest meats we are head quarters.  If you have not tried our noted sausages,  bologna and head cheese, you should do  so at once. Fresh vegetables, eggs and  butter, salmon bellies, Mackerel, etc.  SHIPPING SUPPLIES  -     siik/ionsr LBISBB  NEW GOODS,  JUST arrived from Great Britain,  A huge consignment of Dry-Goods,  ? And  will, be opened   out this week.  Towels,    Me.Vs and Boys Sweaters,   Dress Goods,  Silks,    Ribbons,    Hosiery,   Gloves,     Ties,  Flannellettes, Underwear, Blouses,  Handkerchiefs,  Collars;  Etc., Etc.,   Etc.  SEE NEXT WEEKS' AD  o-Txs _e_:_a.tjo_=_:.  uir  lit  a New and Full   Stock of School  Supplies, and Stationery.  TAKE  Sarsaparilla  for a good  Spring Tonic.  It cures  that tired feeling.  __3F" Open Sundays  . from 10 to 11 a. m.  After having  La Grippe  try a bottle of  Beef Iron Wine.  The best  Strengthening Tonic  jen   Sundays  from 3 to 5 p. m.  NOTHING BUT THE   BEST   AND   PUREST  DRUGS FOR DISPENSING.  Syrup of Douglas Pine the latest cure for  Coughs and Colds. Scott's Emulsion, Linseed  and Turpentine.  eaeey  ������7  GIDEON HICKS.  ARTHUR WHEELER.  P.O. Box 233 Victoria, B. C.  Dealers iri New and Second-hand Pianos and Organs,  BERLIN (Berlin, Ont.,) MASON & RISH (Toronto, Oat.,) BUSH & GEO TS (Chicago, 111.)  All kinds of Sheet Music kept in stock.  Orders promptly attended to.  TUNING and REPAIRING.  Cumberland representative Rey. Wm. Hicks.  LATEST BY WIRE.  Spanish News.  Madrid,  April  14.���������The  Queen  says  she prefers the horrors of war to tarnishing the prestige of the  army  or impair  ment of the rights of the crown.  New York, April 15.���������The second  Spanish torpedo flotilla expected daily  by the officers of the torpedo boats, is  no at in port at Cape Varde Island.  Nanaimo  News.  T. Hopkins, a pioneer of this city, was  killed in an - explosion at Baker City  to-day  Steamer Carralton left here this evening, crowded with passengers for the  north.  ' Another Man Gone Wrong.  . Kamloops, April 16���������City Clerk, J.  Mclver, has'been arrested on a .charge  of defaulting the city and provincial  government out of considerable money.  Intervention.  Washington, April 14.���������The resolution  of foreign affairs committee, calling upon  the president to intervene at once to stop  the war in Cuba, passed the House shortly after 6 o'clock by. a^vote of 324 ayes to  20 nays. This practically means that  war will be declared within next 48 hours.  Note.���������It doe_ not mean intervention  or war unless Spain- renews hostilities at  expiration of the armistice.���������Ed.  ��������� More War -Vessels.  Washington,"    April. 15I���������The   Navy  Department  has bought  the  big  trans-  Atlantic liners St. Paul and St. Louis.  Cudan Postal Service'  , New York, April 15.���������The ,U.' S'. -iu-  thoriiies have closed the'postal service lo  Cuba forthe present.'  .   MAINE DISASTER      V    -/   '  Chicago, III. April 1-5���������Chas. A. Cran-  dal, alias Esoido,' who acting under Capt  Gen. Weyler, planted the mines and torpedoes in Havana, was run to earth in  Chicago last night He \\--is in custody  of three U. S. secret service men, who  were taking him to Washington, where  he is expected to testify. , He was run  down by a Cuban spy.  WHARF NOTES  The Pakshan arrived from the north5  stopping here to coal on the 1.3th. She  reports the rivers opening up���������40 days  earlier than last year������������������and that numbers  are coming out over the passes from Daw  son. Among the passengers was R. A.  Ellis of Montana. He had $30,000 in  gold dust.   Others had some dust.  The same day the Islander passed  down with 200 passengers. She did not  appear much the worse for being run into  bv the Williamette while lying at anchor  in Juneau harbor. Fifty-four persons  had been taken out of the snow avalanche  150 more still burned���������some never to be  recovered. One man in digging for his  outfit dug out'4 bodies.���������There are 4000  people trying to get through on the Trail  The snow has left and sleighs are useless  On the Stickine river the ice is breaking  up. Wrangel is being eaten up with  sharks and gamblers. Two men from  Dawson came down on the Islander���������  had little or no gold; things quiet there.  The Ning Chow called here on Tuesday on her way to Wrangel and northern points.  ROBERT GRANT'S LETTER  Dawson City, Mar. 3d 1S96  Dear Jack:    My health is good; weigh  10 lbs more than when I left home.  The place is very rough; but good e-  nough for a young man, who if he has  luck may make a strike. The winter is  right cold and not by any means short;  and the food is largely bacon and beans,  and very poor bread. Gold here in some  places is something you can hardly believe. I was up Hunker Creek the other  day to see Harry McGregor. I passed  a claim and saw them hoist in one bucket $300 worth of dust There were six  pans to the bucket which w ould go $50  the pan. A man could lift from 100 to  150 buckes per day. I did not strike it  so good, though my chances in the property on Bear Creek are turning out fairly  well; can sell for more than double what  To those who want to buy the   BesT  Goods  - ___o���������    For the jueast Money.    ���������o-���������  \ ' t  , We have now t'he Choicest Stock bf,f  High Class Groceries   Suitable for Family-Trade.  Jur  Hams,   Bacon,   Cannot  be  beat.    Always a  Large stock  of Fresh Eggs on hand.  Dry Goods.  IFe have a nice as-  sortment of Spring Dress Goods, Flannelettes,  Gighams, Prints,  Etc. for which we beg your:  inspection.  McPHEE & MOORE.  4 I paid for it; may sell before long. I  have taken out some very good gold-this  winter.  The boys who left Union are all kicking yet; some of them are not well. (A  lof of them have the scurvy, H. McGreg-  , or among them. I took him fresh meat  and eatables���������about the only cure for it.  Heard from him yesterday. He is able  to be at work again. Neil McFadyen  worked with'me all winter and is well;  and'-O is Joe Grieve. Remember me  to all the boys, and , my friends. I will  be home before long.  . Truly yours,  R. Grant  CITY COUNCIL.  The City - Council met last Tuesday  evening.. Ail present but Aidsr.Carthew,  and Westwood. .-"'<���������'"..  Mi nines of previous meeting re.id  and adopted.  Bills.  Granger for labor $1.50; Stokes working on ditch $7.85; Clerk postage, etc.,  $1.55; Whitney for March rent $8.00;  News for publishing Dog Tax by law  $7.00; J. L. McKinnon work on street  crossing $13.65.  These accounts were referred to  Finance Committee and ordered paid if  found correct.  Reports.  Board of Works, recommending bill of  A. Armstrong for $12.50 be paid. So  ordered..  That! crossing at corner of 3d street  and Dunsmuir, and siaewalk on Second  street were complete.  Tenders.  Tenders for tending street lamps were  opened as follows: Leonard Piket $15.00  per month;- Geo. Bish 40 cents per night.  Tender of Bish accepted.  Misclenaniotjs.  Aid. Calnan was added to committee  to interview the Fire Comdany.     ,  It was decided the Council should  interview Supt. Little, with reference to a  park.  . "   '.  Thf- clerk was instructed to write to  the Hon. J. W. Turner, requesting that  the Sanitary Engineer detailed to visit  interior cities re sewers, be also requested to visit Cumberland.  Aid. Westwood entered and took his  seat.  By-Laws.  The Public Morals by-law passed its  third reading.  Sunday Observance by-law passed its  third reading.^  Incorporation Accounts.  Finance Committee reported favorably: Registra General $25.00; Dr. Lawrence, cash paid out $27.50; L. P.- Eck  stien $230.'  Adjourned.  A sitting of the County Court of  Nanaimo will be held in the   Court  House, Cum-  Derland,   oa   Wednesday   April   _.7th,    at  3 o'clock p. m.  W. B. ANDERSON,  Cumberland, B.O,       Deputy Registra.  A_>ril 15, 1898.  DIM SHIPPING,  Apr. 11:���������Vancouver. &scow, 213 tons;  Lois, 216 tons coal. ,   . -  13    Pakshan, 241 tons coal. ~   - y \ -���������  Quadra, 75 tons coal.     * x   ;  City of Nanaimo, 24 tons coal,. <,,  15 Ning Chow,'362 tons      ' "'���������   ���������' -*'  Lois & scow 165, tons <_ coal ��������� and",  24 tons of coke.  ''"     ' \ .'"'  ���������Lome, 35 tons coal. ,.'.,     ."   , '.  16 Hong Kong, 190 tons coal  Bk Carrolton, 2400 tons,. Alaska.  '     %l- Wolcqttj 10 *   - ,.'���������.-_   "  19   Wellington, 2650 tons coal  San Mateo due-Wednesday.  SKAGWAY   LETTER.  \ Skagway, April 4, 1898.  Editor News : As ' promised I write  you briefly my impressions. There is  nothing but mud here; I leave this afternoon up the Trail, shall hire a freighter  to take me about-12 miles. Claude [his  son] I hear is all right' but I shall get to  him as soon as possible.  We had a tiresome voyage, and did  not arrive here until Monday April 4th,  at 10 a.m. At Wrangel the passengers -  dropped about $3,000 during the step.  I saw several Union people���������Carthew,  Hugh Stewart, Harrigan, Lambert,  Nighingale, McLaughlin. Here in Skagway I met a few I knew. Owen Grant is  running a pack train. I saw Alex. Grant  going up the Skagway trail. Skagway  although up to a horse's middle in mud  is lively; gambling and bad women in  the majority. Wasn't able to see Soapy  Smith.  As regards sickness, they say there  have been only 29 deaths since last fall,  bnt it is hard to get at the truth.  The latest news about the Dyea snow  slide disaster is they have identif-ied 67  bodies. Probably it will reach 100, and  turn the people on the Skagway trail.  Weather is warm. Time may be will  make a good town of the place. Outfits  can be bought almost as cheap as in  Vancouver. It takes lots of money and  red tape to get your outfits tnrough���������as  much as to buy it.  Yours truly,  M. F. Kelly.  MRS. MASTERS OF NANAIMO  The  Fashion-able   Milliner.  - Formerly  well  and   favorably known  here as Mrs. Harden, will  visit Cumberland Thursday next   after pay-day, this  month.  She will bring with her an assortment  of millinery, consisting of Children's  Headwear, Ladies' Sailor and Walking  Hats, ana a nice lot of Trimmed Bonnets  and Hats, both for Ladies and Children..  Mrs. Masters will also take orders for  Trimmed Millinery, which she will trim  after her return and for. ard by  next boat. She will only be here on the  Thursday mentioned, and ladies will do  well to keep posted as to pay-day, and  give her a call, and thus save the expense  of making a trip out of the district for  what can on this occasion be as well  obtained al home.  -;r'-i  MINSTREL   TROUPE.  H. M. S.   Sparrow   Hawk  will give an  unique and original entertainment at- Cum* >  berland Hall on - Wednesday evening 'April ���������  20th, in aid   of the Hospital.' Tickets 50  cents.  '1     J '"'-Si.'I  ; > A  ��������� , '-'\.' >',  ���������" ���������*^ yST������\  ���������--*-  v'  VS������\  -.__������_������������ U.m>K. u~~������������������^.. .- .��������� ;���������-���������  jf     *  BY LAWRENCE C. LSTNCH.  i'.-.  (CONTINUE) D.)  "'     If her own honor - wore   threatened she  '-'-. could not have been more   troubled   and  "I'full-  of fear; for   in   rebellion,    in   self-'  '���������* contempt, in a fierce burst of rage against  the heart sbe   could   uot   control,    Constance "Wardour, heiress and   queen absolute, was forced to   confess to that heart  that Clifford Heath's   happiness was her  happiness too.  Having been forced   to   recognize  this  fact,    against   her- wish   and will, Constance came to   a.   better   understanding  -with herself, and she confessed to herself,  -with cheeks a flame   at   the   recollection,  that her petulant outbreak,   and   shameful accusation against. Doctor Heath, was  but the mutinous   struggle   of   the head  .against the.heart's acknowledged master.  .:'Too late came'this self confession.    Sybil  Lamotte's letter had never   been   found;  , the   mystery   surrounding its disappearance',    remained   a   mystery;   and,   how  could she recall her ; ccusation, while the  circumstances under which   it was made  remained unchanged?   Realizing that she  .owed him reparation, she was yet powerless-to make it.  -       "It would be   equivalent   to  a confession, that I could not be  happy   without  ihis friendship," she ��������� said,   hotly.    "And  j he would not accept an apology while his  '. J innocence remained   unprpven. ., Let   me  suffer the consequences of my own folly,  11 deserve   it;-   but," ��������� setting   her   white  , j teeth resolutely, "no' harm shall come to  jhim that I can avert; and,   I am not the  "',;weakest of women."  ,i     Oh, the perversity of women.  Who can  ;'! comprehend it? Who analyze the mystori-  ' ous creatures'? ..   "  11   :When.    there     -was   against      Clifford  '"! Heath only a breath of  suspicion,   a few  .. -whispered words from his own lips,   that  might mean nothing of importance, when  j calmly   reconsidered;   a   missing   letter,'  j with the, con tents of which ho was   familiar, and which,   therefore,   could   hoof  I little value to him, and it   was   enough.  He stood before her   accused,   and   went  out from her presence wronged, insulted,  splendid as King Arthur in   his   helpless  indignation.  Now the detective's strong chain of evidence,    John   Burrill's   strange insinuations,   and   still   stranger   conduct,   his  ���������words when he spoke, his reticence when  he-kept silent, all were   arrayed   against  j him, with telling effect,   and   iri spite of  .' them all, Constance Wardour   angrily'as-  'sured<herself,   and   fully 'believed,    that  fJClifford Heath was a wronged, and innocent man. She did not reason herself into  this belief; and it was  absurd, of courso.  She arrived   at   her   conclusions,   as all  loving women do, through   her   feelings,  'and her instinct.    A  woman P'/ido-m ren-  'j sons, but in many cases her   roady i r.tuition0 is worth more than   all    man's w:*-  dom.  Her delicate instinct strikes diswrly  : at the truth, when   man's reason   gropes  . in the darlcncss.  \     Constance went out very  little, di-nng  these troubled days, and   for   this   i heiv  l were    several   reasons.      John   Burrill's  obstrusiveness was at its height,   and he  fairly haunted the vicinity   of   Wardour;  .and since   the   advent   of   Mr. Belknap,  Constance had au uneasy feeling that she  -was in   some   way,   under   surveillance.  Nelly, who was argus-eyed,   and   always  : in armor on behalf of her   mistress, h-:d.  i on one or two occasious,   spied   a   lurker  about the premises; and   Constance   was  .resolved to give   Mr.    Belknap   as   little  trouble, on her account, as possiblo.   She  ihad not visited Sybil for some   days, for,  ���������.although she had informed the   detective  (that she desired to consult Mr.   Lamotte,  [she had no   such   intentions; and,   since  j the day when slie had promised   Mr. La-  ���������motte to retain the detective   for another  iweek, she had avoided meeting him, and  (being forced to resume tho   conversation.  i     To know   herself   under   the  watchful  while   anxiouslv ex-  be  taking off his cap, he produced from  thence a letter, -which he put in her  hand.  "I'm to wait for the answer;" he said,  and took up his position beside his wares.  Constance opened the letter, with a  hand trembling with eagerness. It ran:���������  '' Miss Wardour���������By all means keep the  secret of the diamonds, and trust all to  me. I think it best not to come to you,  as Belknap keeps a constant watch upon  your movements; dismiss him as soon as  you like. Have no fears regarding Heath,  I have his enemies well roped; be assured  that I shall be on hand when needed,  and when you see me expect to have the  question of the diamond robbery forever  set at rest. If you have anything to say,  send verbal instructions by boy; he is to  be trusted.    Yours sincerely,  "NEIL J. BATHURST."  Constance heaved a sigh of relief, as  she finished the perusal of this note, and  after a moment's reflection, she said:���������,  " Tell Mr. Bathurst that I will obey  his instructions, and-that Mr. Belknap  will be dismissed from my service today."  "Yes, madam. Now if you will pleas'?  to select some of these things for the sake  of appearance."  "Of course. You are very thoughtful.  Are you a young detective too?"  The boy* looked up with a gleam of  pride in his eyes.  "I have been in Mr. Bathurst's service  two years, madam."  "Oh, then I have no fears as to your  discretion; so I will ask you a question,  knowing that you are wrise enough to  refuse me an answer if I am asking too  much.''  Tlie boy smiled, and stood attentive.  ��������� ���������"May I ask  if   Mr   Bathurst   is really  now in W���������, and when he arrived?"    <  The boy laughed an ' odd laugh, and  full of mischief.        c  "Mr. Bathurst is here,"    he   said.    "I  can't tell just when he did arrive."  "Then you������did not come together?"  "We! Oh, no, indeed!" laughing again.  "Mi*. Bathurst,is too smart for that."  Constance smiled with a returning feeling of ease and restfulnees.  "Ah, I see I can trust Mr. Bathurst���������  and you, and lest I ask the wrong question if T continue, I will not ask another  one; tell Mr. Bathurst I rely on him to  straighten all tho tangles; and that I like  his   messenger   almost   as   much  as his  Constance gave a nervous start, and  then arose hastily.  "Who is it, Nelly?".she asked, merely  for appearance sake, for she fully expected  to see Mr. Belknap.  "He didn't give his name,    Miss,   but  said he come   by   appointment.    It's the  same gentleman   as1 called   a   few days  ' ago.''  "Oh! then he won't detain me long,"  said the young lady, a resolute look coming into her eyes. "Auntie, I'll be with  you again in a very few moments.''  "He won't be very graciously received," was Mrs. Aliston's mental comment. "I know that gleam of the eye,  and what it means."  But Mrs. Aliston was mistaken for  once. -  "Oh, Mr. Belknap," Constance said,  sweeping into his presence with , her  proudest air, and smiling upon , him her  sweetest smile. "I am glad you have  come."  ''Promptness is our first lesson in my  profession," replied he, with an affable  smile.  "Yes! and have you learned anything  new since Monday?"  "Nothing of   importance.    The   party  under suspicion has   been entertaining a  friend, and has been out veiy little."  "Oh!"  "One thing occurred on Monday last,  not long after I had left you, which I  can't help looking on with suspicion."  "Indeed! and may I hear it?"  "I think so. Without stopping to explain my modes of taking observations,  I will give the bare fact. On Monday  afternoon, while Doctor Heath was alone  in his office, a boy, carrying on his head  a tray of carvings, stopped at the foot of  the 'stairs, set down his tray, ran up the  flight like-a. young   cat,    and   just   as  quietly, and   slipped  the office door."  a   note underneath  \  ,eye of one detective  1 pecting the advent of another, and to  1 aware that the presence of the   one must  '��������� not be made known to the other, afforded  I her a   new   and   strange   sensation; not  1 altogether an unpleasant   one   either, for  ��������� | Constance was no coward, and  had a de-  ' cided taste for adventure,  i     She realized, too, the  absurdity   of being thus shadowed, in her own house, by  her own hired agent.  "I should go down   to posterity as the  ��������� first woman   who   ever   hired   a   spy to  I watch herself,'' she mused   with   a little  laugh.    "I begin to  think that I am   an  ��������� absiu*d   creature, throughout."  Two days passed, and Constance endured them, although the hours crept  slowly. On the third, her anxiety was  almost beyond control.  If Bathurst should fail her!   If her letter had not found him! If he were absent  , from the city!   Oh, what   a   chance was  ' here for   disaster.    Mr.   Belknap   would  ' soon be   in the field, and Ray's time had  almost expired.  "Oh," she said, anxiously, "if he disappoints me, what shall I do. I must  trust Ray, and will he be strong enough  to battle with this danger?"  While she mused thus, growing wild  with anxiety, a half-grown boy, bearing  oh his head a small tray of delicate ivory  carvings, was applying for admittance at  the servants' entrance. He was shabbily  dressed, but possessed a fine, intelligent  face, and bore himself with cool confidence.  "I have brought the carving for Miss  Wardour," he said, briskly. "Can I see  her, please?"  Nelly hesitated.  '' She expects me,'' said the boy, quickly; "and, as I am a little late, I would  like to show her the wares and be off,  for I've more to sell in the village. Just  tell her it's the chap she's looking   for."  Constance stared in surprise when  Nelly delivered this message.  "The chap I am looking for," she repeated slowly; then, with a sudden  brightening of her whole face, she added:  "Oh, to be sure? I had almost forgotten.  Send him here, at once, Nelly."  "I hope you will excuse me," began  the boy, apologetically; then, as Nelly  closed the door, he dropped his voice, and  -���������aid, "I come from Mr.   Bathurst;" and,  "My but ain't she arum young lady,"  mused the boy, as he trudged away from  Wardour Placo with his lightened tray of  ivories, "and handsome! jingo! if I was  Mr. Bathurst I'd work for her, just to  see her smile, and no pay; but Lord, he  don't care, he don't; he'll work just as  hard for any old crone; he's another rum  one." "   c,  1 "Ah, what a relief," breathed Constance, reading for the third time Bathurst's reassuring note. "I begin to feel  like myself once more. Now I am rc^dy  for you, Mr. private detective Belknap."  And; truly, Constance was herself once  more. Poor Mrs. Aliston,sitting aloof, and  abandoned during the days of her niece's  perturbation of mind, was the first to  receive the benefit of tho returning sunshine. Constance, for reasons which any  woman can guess, had kept her anxiety,  concerning Doctor Heath, a profound  secret from this good lady; and she,  watching the signs of the times, made  no comments, but speculated profoundly  ���������and, wide of the mark.  "You should have gone with me to  drive, yesterday, Con.," said Mrs. Aliston  to Constance, who was sitting in her  aunt's room, half an hour after the departure of her small messenger, was endeavoring to atone for her neglect of tlie  past few days by chatting cheerily upon  every subject but the one which was of  deepest interest to herself.  "You should have been with me and  seen Sybil Lamotte."  '' Sybil!    Did you call there?''  "On, no.  I can't get on -with Mrs. Lamotte well enough to brave  such   a   call  alone; she is too   stately   and   non-committal for me."  "You don't- Understand her, auntie;  but Sybil, did you speak with her?"  "Yes, we met just over the bridge, and  Sybil stopped the carriage to ask after  you; I think she is anxious to see you."  "Poor Sybil," said Constance, contritely, "I have neglected her of late; but we  will drive there to-morrow; to-day I don't  feel just like going out. Does Sybil look  well, auntie?"  Mrs. Aliston leaned forward and lifted  a plump forefinger to give emphasis to  her words.  "Con., Sybil is dying or going   mad, I  can't tell which.'"  "Auntie! why?"  But Mrs. Aliston went on rapidly. "I  never saw such a cha.nge; two weeks ago,  one week ago, even the last time she  came here, Sybil seemed nerved to bear  her trouble, she carried herself well and  seemed firm as a rock."  "Outwardly."        ^  "Outwardly of course, one couldn't feel  much secret pride, compelled to live  under the same roof with that low man  she has married; but Sybil is not calm  outwardly now, she has lost all that bril-  liant color."  "So much the better, it was the Outward token uf a mental excitement that  would soon drive her mad; Sybil should  never have attempted to brave criticism,  and bear her shame so publicly. Every  time she has allowed that man to appear  beside her in the streets of W���������, has  shortened her life as surely as slow poison  could do it.  "Well! mark my word, she won't  undergo the ordeal much longer; her eyes  have lost their steady light and luster,  and have a wild, frightened, expectant  look impossible to describe; when a horse  came suddenly up behind us, she started  and almost screamed with fright, and I  could see her hands tremble and her lips  quiver for minutes after; hands, they are  mere claws! and she is growing more  shadowy every day.  "Auntie, hush! you have made me as  nervous as you picture Sybil. I shall not  rest until I see her.  '' There is a gentleman to see you, Miss  Constance, said Nelly, from the doorway,  which position she had gained unnoticed  by the two ladies.  "Really!" in real surprise, and some  disturbance of mind. "And you know  nothing more,about the note?"  '' Nothing; but I shall soon I trust.''  "Then you intend   following   up   this  case, Mr. Belknap?"  He looked up with a start of astonishment.  "Is not that your intention?!'  "Decidedly not."  "But���������have you consulted with Mr.  Lamotte?"  "I have consulted with no one. sir. I  thought over the matter once more, and  decided to lot my own mind guide my  actions.' *  "But Mr. .Lamotte thinks the ca-se  should be pushed.''  "Mr. Lamotte is my neighbor, not my  guardian. He is good enough to advise  me sometimes; I think he would scarcely  presume to dictate."  "Ah! then I am to consider myself no  longer in your service?"  She bowed her head.  1    "After I have cancelled   my ' indebtedness to you,'' she said, serenely.  With a look of vexation that he could  not hide, the private detective drew from  his pocket a memorandum book, and  from thence a slip of paper, which he  handed   to Constance.  "This is my statement," lie said.  She ran her eye over the   itemized   account, smiling   a   little   as   she   did so.  Then, rising swiftly, she said:���������  "Excuse me for one moment."  He bowed silently, and  she   went out,  returning   soon   with   a    bank   cheque,  which she placed in his  hands, saying:���������  "So ends the case of the Wardour   diamonds. I shall not lake it up again."  "What! do vou really mean that?"  "I really do."  The detective opened his lips, as if  about io remonstrate, then closed them  suddenly, and moved toward the door.  "Do you still cling to your intention  of notifying the town authorities, and  setting them upon Doctor Heath?" she  asked.  He turned toward her, with a peculiar  smile upon his face. "You have offered a  reward for your jewels, I believe?"  ��������� "You mistake, I have offered a reward  for the apprehension of the thief" or  thieves.''  "And���������as   you   have   withdrawn   the  case, shall  you   withdraw   your   reward  alsorJ  "By no means."  "Then���������if I bring you both the jewels  and the thieves my reward should be  doubled?"  A queer gleam shot from her eyes, as  she answered, without hesitation:���������  "And so I shall. Place my robbers in  the county jail, and put my diamonds in  my hands, and you shall receive a  double reward." ���������  "Then, for the present, I shall keep my  clews in my own hands; Miss Wardour,  I wish you good morning." And the ryri-  vate detective stalked from the room with  the air of a man who was  with desirable information.  " That's a queer woman," mused Mr.  Belknap, as he turned his face away from  Wardour. "I can't make her out. If it  were not altogether too.. fishy, I should  say she had a suspicion concerning those  diamonds. I intend to look a little closer  into the doings of Miss Wardour; and,  blow hot, or blow cold, I'm bound to  have my reward, if not by this, why by  that."  With this enigmatical reflection, he  looked up to behold, sitting by the roadside, a tramp of sinister aspect, who  turned his head indolently as the detective approached, and then applied himself closer to a luncheon of broken  victuals, eating like a man famished.  Mr. Belknap, who, on this occasion, had  visited Wardour on foot, came quite  close upon the man,, and then halted suddenly, putting his hand in his pocket, as  if with charitable intent; instantly the  tramp dropped his fragment of bread,  and sprang to his feet, with outstretched  hands, as if greedy for the expected  bounty- He was a dirty, ragged fellow,  undersized, but strong and sinewy, with  an ugly scarred face, and a boorish gait  and manner. As the private detective  withdrew his hand from his pocket and  tendered the tramp a small coin, a passerby, had there been such, would have  called the scene a tableaux of alms-giving ; but -what the detective said was:���������  "Well, Roake. here you'are; are you  ready for business?"  And the tramp replied: "You bet, if  it's a solid racket."  overflowing  ��������� "-'Then follow me, at a distance, until  we reach a place where we can talk  things over." And Mr. Belknap moved  on, never once glancing back.  The tramp once more seated himself  beside the fence, and resumed his occupation. When the last scrap of the food  was devoured, he arose,' and, taking, up a  rough stick that served as a cane, he  followed the receding form of the private  detective.  At sunset, Ray "Vandyck presented  himself punctually for further instructions, at Wardour.  "You are released, Ray," said Constance, coming to meet him, with a  bright face and a Avarm hand-clasp.  "You are free to follow your own devices ; Doctor Heath has a better guardian  than either you or I."  "Cool; upon my word," said Ray, with  a,grimace. "So I am discharged without  references?"  "Even so, and you must be content  without an explanation, too, for the present.  My tongue is still tied."  "Worse and worse, Conny; can't I even  know who has supplanted me?"  "It's a great secret, and must   be carefully guarded, but, I   believe  I will confide that much to you, as it does not conflict with any promises."  "Well! I listen."  "Doctor Heath is protected by an able  detective. His name I must not communicate."  Ray Vandyck opened wide his handsome eyes, and gave vent to a long, low  whistle. ,   ,  ���������' Conny,- you are too deep for me," he  said; "I am all at sea; I will drop the  subject,as it is working severely upon my  curiosity." ' .  For   a   few   moments   they     sat     in  silence, Constance   thinking   how   much  she regretted not   asking    Mr.    Bathurst  to make   himself   known   to   this loyal  friend, who must now be kept   in ignorance, however worthy he, might  be of all  confidence!, and   Ray - thinking of sonic-  thing that caused his face to sadden, and  his eyes to   darken   with   inward   pain.  Presently he drew a little nearer his hostess, and asked, in-a low, sorrowful tone:���������  "Conny, have you seen her lately?"  "Not for a week or moro, Ray."  "I saw her yesterday."  "And   slie,"    anxiously; "did   she sec  you, Ray?"  "No, thank God! she was driving with  her mother, and, Con.,','   his voice broke  away; "I  wish  and he turned his   face  you would go to her."  "Why, Ray?"  . "Because���������oh,   you   should   have seen  her face.  She is suffering horribly; she is  dying by inches."  CHAPTER XXIII.  At early morn on' the next day, Jasper  Lamotte and his son, Frank, were seated  together in the dining-room of Maplcton.  Jasper Lamotte was hurriedly eating a  bountiful and appetizing lunch, and  washing it down with plenty of light  claret; and Frank was seated near the  table, smoking a strong cigar, and giving an attentive ear to the words of his  sire.  "That is the first time we. have got the  lead on Burrill," said the elder Lamotte,  "and in some way it must be-made to  count. Drunk or sober, heretofore, he  has looked after his interests too closely  to serve ours."  "The devil's got into Burrill," replied  Frank, bending forward to knock the  ashes from his black cigar; "and into  the rest of the family too, I shoiild say;  Evan has been bad enough any time  within the memory of man, but look at  him now. Why, he has not been sober for  ten days."  "Well, he is sober this morning."  "Really, have you seen him?"  "Yes. I went to his room   to   ask him  some quesitons   about   Burrill.    I found  him white as a cloth, and quite as limp;  lie had overdone himself   at  his last carouse; is as   sick   as   a   dog,   and  on the  verge of delirium tremens if a   man ever  was.    He wron't get   out  of his bed for a  feAV days, if I am a judge; the room was  full of medical perfumes, and his mother  was trying to induce   him to drink some  hot coffee."  . "And Burrill?1'  "He knew nothing of him, and recommended me   to   look   after   my own vermin."  "He's a sharp tongued cur," said  Frank, with a short laugh.  "Next, I went to Sybil's rooms; she  was sitting over a roasting fire, wrapped  in a shawl, and shivering from head to  foot; she almost shrieked at the mention  of Burrill's name; Sybil looks bad, very  bad. When we get these other matters  safely settled, we must do something for  the girl."  '' And that means���������'f  '' That   we must   master   Burrill. ���������   We  will soon   be   in   a   position   to   do it, I  hope."  "I hope so," gloomily.  "We must be, or be  ruined.    You will  settle this business   with   Constance,    at  once, to-day'?'  '' Yes-^I suppose so."  "You suppose! man, you talk as if you  were leading a forlorn  hope. Do you expect a refusal?"  "I don't know what to expect," flinging away his cigar, angrily, "I can't  unaerstand Constance? I wish that  cursed Heath were safely out of my  path."  "Can't you trust him to Belknap?"  ''There we are again! what is that confounded detective doing? He has been  here five days, or nearly that; four days  ago, Constance asked three days to consider upon the case. What did that mean?  Belknap should have been here with  his report long ago. Why don't he come?"  "That I can't tell you; he has his own  way of doing things; his absence does not  alter the fact, that I must use this opportunity for getting to the city; and you  must press this business with Constance,  and bring it to a settlement. I don't  think there is much doubt as to her answer. ''  "Well, I wish I could feel as sanguine,  that's all."  At this moment there came the sound  of wheels on the gravel outside, and  glancing toward the window, Frank  sprang up exclaiming :������������������  "There's Belknap, and not a minute to-  lose. I'll go meet him," and he hurried-  out, wearing a look of relief, mingled,  with expectancy. '_  In a moment he returned, closely followed by the smiling detective.  "Quick, Belknap," said Frank, closing-  the door, carefully, "give us the   important points.    The carriage will be here in  a short   time,    to   take   the   old man to-  town, and he must be on time, for trains-  won't wait."  "True,"   said   Mr.    Belknap,    seating  himself near the table.    "I   should  have  reported to you last evening, but thought-  it best to remain   about   town,   and   let-  myself be   seen   by   the   hotel loungers;  people in a   place   like this,    are curious ;  about a man who keeps too much to himself, and one must always conciliate sus- ���������  picion."      . , '������������������''{  "True," from Mr.  Lamotte.     ' 1  '.'I saw, Miss Wardour, yesterday, gentlemen ; she entirely withdraws tho case.'''  "What! entirely?" asked Frank.  "Entirely; she asked for my account,  paid it, and dismissed me, saying, that-  she should not resume the search, but ���������  should double the reward."  "Double the reward!" repeated Frank.  "Yes, provided both the diamonds and.  the thieves were found."  A moment's silence and then the elder-  Lamotte emptied his glass and set it<  down, saying as he did so:���������  "Well, but the point is not yet reached.  Did you explain the necessity   you   were-  under if the case left your hands?"  "I did.    She   was suprised,   of course,  and incredulous,    but , sho   made   no re- !  marks,and seemed not at all discomposed.1  at the danger   menacing   Doctor  Heath.   '  After we had   settled   our-' business, she-  asked mo if I should   now   drop the case  and let the authorities work   it out,,or if'  I would continue to work independent of  her."  "And you said what?" asked Frank.    , '  . VI said..hat circumstances must decide-,  that." ' ; ,  "And   she   was   not   disturbed   about-  PI oath?"  "Evidently   not; she   was   as cool   as-  myself.''  Frank drew a long breath of relief.  "And   now,    Mr.   Lamotte,"    said the-r  private   detective,     '-' what   is   the   next."  move?"  "Perfect quiet for-the next two or three-  days; like Miss Wardour, we, will take  time to consider. 1 am going to the-big-  city to-day, Mr. Belknap, if you need any  funds before I return/call on Prank. L  shall be. back in two days, and then we-.  will decide upon our next move. Is that-' ���������  the carriage, Frank?" ��������� ���������   ���������  , It was tlie ea.rria'ge; aud almost' before-  Mr. Belknap could realize   it   or   gather-  together   his   scattered   forces, ' Mr. La-  motte   had   shaken   hands   with     him, ������  nodded   to   Frank,     donned     his    hat.  gathered up his traveling coat, cane, and.  gloves, and was   on   his   wav, to the car- -  riage, followed by a servant, who carried. ���������,  his traveling bag.  As .may  -he   seen,   Mr.    Belknap had.  made his "reports" according'to his own-  lights, as for   instance,   giving   his   first-- -  interview with Constance in brief, on the''  ���������same day it took   place,   merely   stating '  that Miss Wardour requested time to con-'  sidcr:    and   reserving   all   that   portion.  concerning   Doctor   Heath,   until to-day,  when he gave that too, in brief, and with.'  many "mental reservations."  Mr.    Belknap   was   a   little  bit   nonplussed at this sudden journey   of Jasper*  Lamotte's; he did not liko to be so wide-;  ly separated from his patron,   even for n,.4  few days, and especially now; but it was-  too late to make an amendment   to   this  state of affairs, so ho   contented   himself  with a cigar and   Frank's   society.    Not-  finding'the latter of the best,   and being-  able to enjoy   the   former   anywhere, he-  soon took his leave, and   drove   back   tolas hotel, the best in W���������, where he went-  straight to his room,   ordered   up   a   hot-  brandy, complained of a slight indisposition, and spent the remainder  of the day"  and the entire evening in and   about the:  hotel,     lounging,     smoking,       reading,  chatting and always visible.  Meantime, Mr. Lamotte,    arriving ten-  minutes early at the W��������� depot, sauntered.  out among the people   swarming   about,  and waiting the arrival   of   the   fast ex-'  press.  There was always a   bustle   about   the-  W��������� depot at this hour of   the   day, and.  Mi*. Lamotte nodded graciously here  and!  there, and stopped to extend av" patroniz-,  ing hand to a chosen and   honored   few.  Presently he cai'ne   face   to   face   with a.  man who, with   hands   in   his   pockets,  was watching the unloading of a belated  dray.  "How do you do, Brooks," said he, ,  glancing at the hands and face that were-  a little cleaner than usual, and at the-  pretence of a toiled that made the awkwardness of the fellow unusually apparent. "You seem taking a holiday. Are-  you bound to leave us?" , ,  "That's   what   I   am,    sir,"   said   the-  man, touching his hat.  '' Work's too scarce  for   me,   sir,    and   bad    company's   too  plenty.    I've   said   I   would   go, a dozen.'1  times, sir; and now I'm off." v  "I am sorry we could not keep you on;  at the mills, Brooks; but���������you know who  was to blame." f  "Oh it, was me, sir; I don't deny that.]  It's hard for me to keep away from the-  liquor. But look here, Mr. Lamotte, sir:  If yon ever see me again, you'll see me  sober." |  Mr. Lamotte uttered a skeptical laugh!  and turned away. The train was there,!  and it bore cityward the gentlemanly}  Mr. Lamotte, and the half-inebriated,  loafer, Brooks.  CHAPTER XXIV.  \  All that day, or what remained of ifc'  after his father's departure, and the al-j  most simultaneous withdrawal of the  private detective, Frank Lamotte passed]  in an uneasy reverie. He had much at  stake; and now- that the crisis of his for-J  tunes was so near at hand, he began to  review his ground, and every word, look,i  and tone of Constance Wardour, as he  recalled them, one by one, was to him a,  fresh puzzle. i  Six months ago, Frank Lamotte would'  have scoffed at the suggestion of a refusal j  even from the   proud   Constance.   Now,  somehow, he had lost his self-confidence.  Again and again he imagined   the words  A  ___ ~.-y  ���������c  p."  ���������ti  fe  i!    '  i ���������  V    1  that he Would say, and the words he  hoped, that she would answer. Then, as  he forced himself to face the possibility  ' of defeat, the veins upon hi9 temples  swelled out, his teeth clenched, and one  of those "atttacks," to which he was  subject, and against which Doctor Heath  had warned him, seemed imminent.  Again and again he gazed, with proud  satisfaction, upon his reflected image, in  the full lengthdrawing-room mirror, and  turned away, vowing himself a fitting  < mate for any woman. Again and again,  when the.image of his own physical perfections had ceased to dazzle his vision,  his heart sank within him, and a dismal  foreboding put his courage to flight.  "Confound it all," muttered he, as   he  wandered   aimlessly   from   one deserted  room to another: "the very   house seems  under a spell. Sybil, sitting like a recluse  in her   own   rooms,   growing   pale, and  wild-eyed, and   spectre-like,   every   day.  Evan, in his room, sick with   drink, and  verging on the D.    T.    Mother,   gliding  like a stately ghost from one to the other,  or closeted in her own room; she has not  been dowm' stairs . to-day.     Burrill,   the  devil knows >vhere he is, and what   took  him out so unusually early this morning.  He's been cutting it worse than   ever for  the   past   week; the   fellow,   seemingly,  can't find company low enough   for him,  in one   stage   of   his   drunkenness,    nor  high enough for   him    in   another.'   It's  ' fortunate for us that liquor ��������� has   at   last  relaxed his vigilance; the   old   man   has  taken a   leading   trick   by   the   means.  Curse the brute!   Why won't he die in a  drunken   frenzy,   or   from   over-feeding,  but he won't!"     Thus   soliloquizing, he  lighted a   cigar   and   went out into the  grounds.    "I'll   try the effect of   a little  sunshine," ho   muttered; "foi;  the house  feels like a sarcophagus; one would think  the family pride was about   to receive its  last blow, and the family doom  about to  fall."    ���������   ��������� ���������  So, restless and self-tormented,   Frank  , Lamotte passed, the . long   afternoon, in  the double solitude   of   a   man  deserted,  alike by   his   friends   and   his   peace of  mind.  "We make our own ghosts," said some-,  body once. Frank Lamotte's phantoms  had begun to manifest themselves, hav-  _ ing grown into things of strength, and  become endowed with the power to torture; thanks to the atmosphere into  which he had'plunged himself'and them.  , Late in the afternoon, John Burrill  came home, but Frank avoided him, not  caring to answer any questions at that  time.  Burrill seemed to care little for this,  or anything; he was in a wonderfully  - jubilant inood. He rambled through the  tcnantless rooms,- whistling shrilly, and  with his hands1 in his pockets. He commanded the servants like-a Baron of old.  He drank wine, in the' library, and  smoked a cigar in the. drawing room,  and when these pleasures palled upon  him, he ascended the stairs, and went  straight to the room occupied by .Evan.  For some time past, Jasper Larnotte  had made ah effort to break the bond of  good fellowship, that, much to the' surprise of all the family, had- sprung up  sbetween the wild young fellow; and the  coarser and equally or worse besotted  elder one. How even reckless Evan Lamotte could find pleasure in such society,  was a mystery to all who knew the two.  But so it was, and Jasper Lamotte's   in  terdict was not strong enough to sever  the intimacy. John Burrill responded to  his exhortations with a burst of defiance,  or a volley of oaths; and, Evan received  all comments upon his choice of a companion, with a sardonic smile, or a wild  mocking laugh.  They had not been much together for  the past few days, owing to the indisposition which had kept Evan away from  their favorite haunts, but had not kept  him away from his favorite beverage.  As Burrill entered his room, Evan received him with a shout of welcome, and  for more than an hour they were closeted  there, some times conversing in low,  guarded tones, and sometimes bursting  into roars of laughter, that penetrated  even through the shut doors of Sybil's  rooms, causing her to start nervously,  and shiver as with "a chill.  A little before sunset the carriage from  Wardour deposited Constance and Mrs.  Aliston at the door of this home of little  harmony, and even Constance noted t io  unusual stillness, and whispered to her  aunt, as they waited in the drawing  room the appearance of Mrs. Lamotte:���������  "Bah! I sniff the ogre here, auntie.  ' The trail of the serpent' is over the  entire house."  T sniff the dead odor of a vile cigar,"  retorted Mrs. Aliston. "As for the ogre  ���������if he won't appear in person, I'll try  and survive the rest."  "I am very glad you have come, Constance," said Mrs. Lamotte, entering at  this moment. "We are so dull here, and  Sybil has wished much to see you.''  And then she extended a courteous but  more stately greeting to Mrs. Aliston.  "It grieves me to hear that Sybil is  not so well, dear Mrs. Lamotte. Does she  employ a physician?" asked Constance,  presently.  "She will not have a physician called,  much to my regret. The very suggestion  make her wildly nervous."  "And���������she keeps her room too much.  I think Frank told me."  "Yes, recently. Bu;-, Constance, go up  to her; Mrs. Aliston and I will entertain  each other for awhile, and then we will  join you. Sybil heard you announced, and  will expect you."  Thus commanded, Constance lost no  time in making her way, unattended, to  Sybil's room.  In the upper hall she met Frank, who  started, and flushed.at sight of her, and  then hurried forward, with extended  hand.  "Constance," he exclaimed, eagerly,  "how glad I am to see you.,"  "I'm such an   uncommon   sight!" she  laughed, too much absorbed with thougl t������  of Sybil, to notice   the   extra warmth of  his greeting, or a certain change of manner, that was a   mingling   of   boldness,  bashfulness, humility and coxcombery.  "How do you do, Frank?"  "Well in body, Constance���������"  '' Oh! then we can easily regulate your  mind. I'm going to see Sybil, and I don't  want your company; so adieu, Frank."     j  "One moment, please. I want to���������I  must see you, this evening. Shall you  remain with us?"  "No. Aunt Honor is below; we go  home, soon."  "Then���������may I call, this evening, Con  stance?"  "What a question! as if ,you did not  call whenever the spirit moved you so to  do; come, if you like, child; I shall have  no better company, I am afraid," and on  she swept, and had vanished within his  sister's room, before Frank could decide  whether to be chagrined, or delighted,  at so readily given, carelessly worded, a  consent.  The start, the nervous tremor, the terrified ejaculations, with which Sybil  greeted, even this expected and welcome  guest, all told how some deadly foe was  surely undermining her life and reason.  And Constance noted, with a sinking  heart, the dark circles around the eyes  that were growing hollow, and heavy,  and full of a strange, wild, expectancy;  the pale cheeks, thinner than ever, and  the woful -weariness of the entire face.  Greeting her tenderly, and making no  comments on her changed , appearance,  Constance chatted for a time on indifferent subjects,. and noted closely, as a loving friend will, the face and manner of  her listener. Sybil ��������� sat like one in a  trance, rather a nightmare, her eyes roving from her visitor's face to the door;  and back again, and this constantly repeated ; her whole attitude ��������� and manner,  that of one listening, rather for some  sound, or alarm, from afar, than to the  words of the friend beside her.    .  At last, Constance finding .commonplace about exhautsed, said:���������  "Congratulate me, child! I have,  thrown off a burden from my. shoulders;  I have brought, my diamond investigations to a close."  ��������� "Ah! diamonds!" Sybil almost started  from her chair, and the exclamation came  sharply from lips white   and  trembling.  "Yes, my lost diamonds,   you know; I  have dismissed Mr. Belknap."  "Belknap!" an unmistakable look of  horror crossed her face. '' Dismissed him;  oh, I wish I could!"  Sorely at a loss,   yet  not. to seem   surprised  lieyed to be the efforts  mind to grasp   and "master   the  subject  under discussion,   Constance   talked   on,  answering questions and making observa- '  tions, without allowing Sybil   to see the  sm*prise and sorrow that filled her heart;  and, not until-many days  later   did   she  recall her friend's wild words, to see how  much   of'  method   there   might   be   in  this seeming madness.   .  "Mr.- Belknap was conducting the  search for' tho diamonds, you know.  Sybil?" ,#   ,  , Sybil seemed making   an  effort 'to collect her scattered senses.'  PRUNING OF SHRUBS.  ���������Uatakes  Made < In Winter  Pruning ��������� A  Proper, System Described.  In the' winter season much of the  pruning of flowering shrubs is performed, and usually the operation takes  ���������with it all the flower buds that should  clothe the plant with a mass of bloom  during the spring and early summer.  This is because gardeners do not consider  the flowering habits of the various  ���������hrubs with which they have to deal.  As explained in a', manual recently is-  ined by Thomas Meehan & Sons, German town, Pa., to prune away in winter  the young wood from a weigela, deutzia,  on peach trees, but the Japan plums  and other trees that bloom early. It is  quite as easy to believe as that it will  prevent sun scald of the stem.  ���������J  MATS  FOR  HOTBEDS.  thinking ' it best  at what she be-  of   a   wandering  she   whis-  "Yes, yes, Conny, go on  pered.  '"."havo   paid   him   off   and.  am done  with him; that's about all, dear."  "Conny-;" in a half whisper, "is he  gone?".   ,   ' . v  "I don't know about that; . he said  something , about remaining here for a  time."  "Oh!" ejaculated Sybil, and' then,  under her breath, "My God!"  Constance shuddered as she looked  upon the shivering figure'before her, the  wavering eyes, the hands clenching and  unclenching themselves; she found conversation difficult, and began to -wonder  how sho could avoid subjects that  brought painful thoughts or suggestions.  But suddenly a change came over Sybil;  sitting erect, she looked fixedly at her  friend, and asked:���������  "Conny, has he tormented you of late?"  "He! Sybil; you mean���������"  "I mean my  curse! has   he -dared   to  annoy you?     He   has sworn that he will  be   accepted   and     recognized    as   your  friend."  Constance laughed a short, sarcastic  laugh.  "Be at rest, Sybil; he never will."  "No;" with a strange dropping  of her  voice.  "He never will!"  Again she seemed struggling to recover  herself, and to recall some thought; then  she looked up and asked abruptly:���������  '' Conny, have you promised  to   marry  my���������Frank Lamotte?"  "No, Sybil."  "Then���������promise, promise me, Constance, as if I were on my dying bod,  that you never will." .  "Why, Sybil, dearf"  (TO BE CONTINUED.) ���������*""  Gypsy Christmas "Lore: .  They call the cross trushull���������a trace of  their Hindustani belief in Siva and his  trident.  English gypsies call.the cross trin bongo  drum (three crossroads), or a sort of finger  post.  Christmas, or the Great day, is Boro  Divvus.  On this day they burn an ashwood fira  They believe that Christ was born like the  Romanies out in the fields and brought up  by ash fire.  Tho ivy and holly and pine never told  where Christ hid, and so they remain  green all winter.  But the ash and the oak told where he  was hiding, and so they die during the  winter.  The Saviour went round like a Rom  riding on an ass and begged his bread like  a gypsy.  He asked a mule If he might ride on  her, but she would not, so she was cursed  never to be a mother of children.  The ass carried him, so is marked with  a cross, and all asses are the special property of gypsies.���������Selected.  The average duration of lift in England is 28 ynars.  "If, as  such large  An Easy Throw,  you say, the Chicago girl  has  feet, how is it she marries so  readily?"  "Well, I fancy no man ever throws himself at her feet in yaln."  At that the boarders were put In-rare  good humor.    There  DEUTZIA SCABRA���������UNPRUNED AND PRUNED.  mock orange; lilac or bush honeysuckle  takes,with it all the bloom of, the following spring. "This is usually the case,  however, when indiscriminate pruning  Is practiced. -  The authority quoted says: There'are  yery few shrubs that may be severely  out" in winter. The hardy hydratagea,  althaea and some smaller shrubs, like  the hypericum, form their flower buds  on the young growth made in the summer of the same year they bloom, but  nearly all other shrubs make their flower buds on the young growth made the  season previous to their expanding.  The proper system of pruning is one  that will induce an abundance of young  wood, and this can only be accomplished  by the trimming out of much of the  8-year-old growth���������that which has already flowered���������cutting but the old  shoots close to the , ground so that the  new growth will push out from the root  of the plant." .. If the bush makes too  strong and rank a growth, a moderate  amount of pruning in winter will not  lessen the bloom to any extent, especially as the extreme ends of the young  wood do not flower.  Summer pruning of flowering shrubs  Is practiced by some gardeners with  success, after the plants have done  blooming, but in this case it must be  done with great care, as the cutting  away of much wood when in full leaf  tends to weaken the plant, while the  object to be gained is to foster a strong  and vigorous growth. It is an excellent  time, however, for a moderate pruning.  Roses For Winter Blooming.  Teas and hybrid teas, such as are ordinarily forced commercially, require a  temperature in the vicinity of 60 degrees at night. Catherine Mermet, the  Bride, Bridesmaid and Papa Gontier  prefer a little lower temperature than  some of the others, and 65 to 60 degrees  at night will suit them best. Even 50  degrees will not cause a check. Perle  des Jardins, though often grown in  with the above varieties, does best at  from 60 to 68 degrees. La France  thrives with little change from 62 degrees at night. Meteor requires a niuch  higher temperature than any other rose  grown for forcing, preferring 68 to 70  degrees at night American Beauty does  best where - the temperature, does not  fall below 58 or rise above 63 degrees.  When a crimson rose is required in a  general rosehouse, where  such varieties  as Bride, Bridesmaid, Perle des Jar-  dins, etc., are grown together, Souvenir  de Wootton should be selected.    While  night  temperature is taken as a basis  for consideration,  with  sun  heat the  warmth  increases rapidly during  the  day,   this giving the opportunity  for  abundant air.   Of course it is not  expected that, even with free ventilation,  the temperature will be kept down to  the night standard during daytime.  The  ventilators are both opened and closed  very gradually,   nothing being   more  likely to produce mildew on roses than  an abrupt change of temperature, says  Rural New Yorker, authority for  the  foregoing.           Tree Protection,  The bulletin issued from the Missouri  itation concerning the spraying of peach  and plum trees with whitewash as a  protection against winter killing has  brought out the views of well known  horticulturists. J. L. Budd, Iowa, writing to Rural New Yorker, says :  I have practiced for many years the  Washing of the stems and main branches  ot fruit trees with limewater colored  with flowers of sulphur. I have little  doubt that it lessens the tendency to  blight and sun scald of apple trees by  lessening the absorption of the sun's  rays, and in winter, if kept on, it prevents the gnawing of rabbits. We have  not  tried  the spraying  to retard  the  A Substitute For' Straw Mats���������Mats Used  -   by Violet Growers.  ' Attention is called in American Gardening to a substitute for straw mats so  generally used in protecting hotbeds and  oold  frames.    The mats in question are  made of ordinary canvas and excelsior.  In  making  the mats the canvas is laid  on a table and a layer of excelsior  1^  to 2 inches thick is spread upon  it. ' A  covering of canvas is then placed on top  of the excelsior, and the whole is quilted  with strong thread, in  blocks  about  4  inohes square.   The'edges are of course  firmly  secured,   and  the mat is then  ready for use.   Ordinarily, they should  be made  to cover two 8 by 6 sash, and  have projecting ends of about 8  inches  ���������that r is,   the, mats,   when   finished,  should be about 7% feet long and 6 feet  wide.   The projecting ends are important, as' they keep 'the cold from the  sides of the  bed and offer a place for  laying a scantling or board to hold the  mats down. Mats "made as described are  said to last as long as straw and to be  warmer and more' easily handled.   The  canvas  costs about 10 cents a yard and  the excelsior 2 cents a pound.   At these  prices the cost of a mat' covering two  sash would be about  65- or  70 cents.  Doubtless the' protection cloth  used by  seedsmen would answer excellently for  the  mats.   This cloth  is prepared to  withstand water', and for this reason  it  would last louger than ordinary canvas.  '   Another form of mat extensively used  by violet growers in Virginia is made  of  burlap and  straw.   These- are also  described  in the journal quoted:   The  mats are made of   12 ounce burlap, 45  inches wide, costing about  6  cents a  yard.   The straw between the - tackings  of the mat is about two inches thick,  but at the part where  the tackings are  made  it is only about half an  inch  thick, as the string  is pulled tight and  tied in a square knot to prevent all danger of its getting loose.   A woman-can  make about  15 mats a day, making the  total cost about 35 cents each.   The burlap mats are not very durable and .are a  constant source of expense.    By the end  of one season the straw' has worked, up  to such an extent that the mat will not  be warm  enough for another winter.  The  burlap usually lasts but" two seasons with  the rough  use it receives.  With care the mats should last two,seasons without making over, and the burlap   might   perhaps   be   made   to  go  through three or even four winters with  good attention^' Altogether it is believed that the excelsior mats would prove  more durable and satisfactory.  CHRISTMAS   LEGENDS.  K_>  Dwarfed Deciduous Trees.  Readers are doubtless familiar with  the illustrations of the dwarfed conifer-a  was suoh laughter  and confusion, under cover of whioh latter  the landlady hurriedly passed a few things j opening of the fruit buds, but can read-  a second time.-���������Detroit Journal. j ������_y beiieve it worthy of  trial  not only  A JAPANESE POT PLANT.  of which the Japanese are so fond. Less  is known of their dwarfed deciduous  trees, an illustration of which appears  hera  It is a weeping double flowered cherry, in which the Japanese specially delight, and which they grow in great  numbers for the decoration of their gardens, often grafting them to assume  ourious and abnormal forms, and cherishing them year after year among the  most precious of their household belonging*  '  Floral Brevities.  Thunbergia is recommended as a window plant by one who has tried it  The single petunia is a good blooming plant for the window garden in  winter.  Clematis paniculata is the queen  among climbers.  Plumbago larpenta proves to be  quite hardy around Chicago with ordinary winter covering.  The first chrysanthemum flowers to  appear in the New York market this  season were Marquis de Montmort, a  pink Japanese variety having a rather  flat flower.  For most flowering plants the windows opening to the south are preferable  to those with a western outlook.  i_ach year about ������10,000 Is expended m  sprinkling the streets of London with  sand to prevent the horses from slipping.  Christ Child Flowers That Came Into  istence at His Birth.  Many flowers are believed to have sprung:  into existence the night on which .he-  Christ child was born.  In France there is a pretty legend of the  rose  colored  S-ain-foin.     When the babe*  was  lying in   his manger, this plant was  among the grass and  herbs which  composed his bed, but suddenly it opened its ���������  pretty  blossom and formed a wreath for"  his head.  The black hellebore, or Christmas roscv-  is also called Christ's herb because'' it flow-,  ereth  about  the  birth of our Lord Jesu**>  Christ."  In Sicily the children put pennyroyal (i*_"-  their cots on Christmas eve because it always flowers at the exact time of Christ's*-  birth.  In the east the rose of Jericho is said to*  blossom at Christmas, close at Good Friday, or the crucifixion, and open again ob  Easter, or the resurrection morn.  The peasantry in Spain believe that rose^  mary brings happiness with its perfuniee  on Christmas eve because the Blessed Virgin hung the littlo frock of Jesus to'dry*?  upon the rosemary bushes.  The  variegated  thistle  known  as Our'  Lady's thistle was so called because of the  Virgin's milk which  dropped on it where  nursing  .lesus     Its healing qualities are -  attributed to this  The snowdrop, or "fair" flower, of February blooms in memory of the time wh������n>  the Virgin presented Jesus in the temple.  The pretty little wayside flower knowTBs -  as "Lady's Bedstrand" was  so called  ber  cause Mary made the manger bed of it.   _  The sycamore attains its great vitality^  and verdure because, the Mohammedans ������  say, it is the tree of, Joseph and Mary and :  sheltered them in their flight into P.gpyt.  '' The Star of Bethlehem was so called bo- r  cause of its resemblance to the star which.:  guided the Magi , -���������    ���������  The rose of Jericho is also called' Mary's?*-  rose.     It sprung up wherever the  BlessedS-.  Virgin's feet touched the earth on her way  to Egypt : -     -  ,  .The juniper, which is sacred among the-  Celtic peoples, received its wonderful powers because when Herod's soldiers pursued  the  holy family the juniper 'opened   hex:  branches and covered them from sight.  Another legend  tells that the cross waa*' ��������� "  made from juniper wood.  The pine, hazel, fig, date, palm and rosemary are all attributed with virtue as the-\  shelters of the holy family.    ' * ���������'     >\  When they passed through the' forest; all -���������  the trees bowed in reverence; only the aspen remained erect and arrogant So ,tbe -  Holy Child pronounced a curse, and "at*  the sound of his voice the aspon began to ''  tremble through all her leaves and has no* -  ceased to tremble to this day."    t ,    ,  There carne not a breath of wind through the-"  . trees.  Then why did the aspens shiver ? ."**  Another version'is: -       '*",''  Once, as our Saviour walked with men be.ovj-T"  His path pf mercy through a forest lay,  And mark how all the drooping branches sho*-*"*  What homage best a silent tree may pay.  Only the aspen stood erect and free,  Scorning to join tlie voiceless worship pure*  ' But see 1   He cast one look upon the tree.  Struck to the heart, she trembles evermore*  An old legend tolls that by the fountairts  where Mary washed the swaddling clothe&    '  of tho  Holy Child beautiful flowers ancf  bushes sprang up.  In Italy the lupine is said to be cursecR  by the Virgin   because  when  she carriedJ   ���������  the  Holy Bambino through  a  field  they"  rustled  so  loudly she feared that robbere*  were following her to kill the Holy Child.  Another version tells that they all with'- '  ered and fell flat, and when she found otilr.  her mistake  she  blessed them, they grew  erect and bore tenfold better produce thart������  before.'  The brooms and chickpeas rustled  &nii~  crackled so loud that they brought Herod'ts ���������'  soldiers near, and Mary cursed them.  A Spanish "legend tells that the holy  family came to an orange tree guardecK  ���������by ah eagle. The Virgin begged an orange  for the Holy Child. The eaglo miracu-  ��������� lously fell asleep and the Virgin plucket?. -  three oranges���������one for Jesus, one for Joseph, and one for herself.  A Roumanian story is something thfc'  same, but of apples The Christ Child is.  restless and will not sleep. The Virgiu>  gives him hor apple; then ho throws hie*  own upward and it becomes the moon, the--  other'and it becomes the sun Then tho  Virgin knew that he was Lord of hcavei44  and earth.���������Philadelphia Ledger. .,  Christmas In France.- j  Christmas begins at midnight on Chrfss-  mas eve, when every one goes to midnight  mass in the churches.    This  lasts for  an  hour.     Then we go homo and  havo a fine  | dinner or  supper, to  which  our  friends  and relations are invited.    Black  sausage*  and champagne always figure prominently  at this feast, and it is kept up till an early  hour in the morning.    We always put our  shoes by the chimney corner Christmas eve-- ������������������  in tho hope that the little Noel would come  and fill them.     Tho grown people receive -  no presents and send  no  Christmas cardtr  or letters.    It  is  only  the  children  who  havo  gifts.     The  night beforo Christmas-  the  shops  are ablaze with lights; the rUs-  taurants keep open all night and are dec������-  rated with greens and have Christmas trees  in  their windows.    In  the   Bon   Marche  thero is a huge tree every Christmas, loaded with presents for the poor children.   lithe  Latin   quarter every  one   is  up  all  night Christmas eve, ands all sorts of fun  and   jokes  prevail.    Every  one  goes    tc-  church Christmas morning and on the altar of each church is a creche representing-  tho  Holy Child, his mother and Joseph  The  scenery of the Holy-Land  is in  th������  background.  Christmas dinners in Franc������  aro very  like  the  English  dinners���������tux-   -  keys, partridges, roast beef and plenty oil ���������  champagno and bordeaux.���������Exchange.  Christmas Trees In England.  Christmas trees were unknown in JEng4-  land until the reign of Queen Victoria.  After the present Prince of Wales had become 3 or 4 years old Prince,Albert orns*-  tnented a Christmas tree for the amusement  of the infant prince. The idea pleased tht-  people, and as Christmas trees were e\&ry  year made a feature of the court celebration the fashion soon spread among thfc -  English. ���������Exchange.  ���������>���������*��������� ;i  y>\ a n**i _fmiiext^i  ������-*V'������������*l__������11*f_B.W_'*l.-.lt_-,*7^0A_W_.  a. mx^&^XS, MUcmT.jgtMa  xssasEaanuaet v^wmwiamih^bs^i������iuMsmvia,^ I  idea  0"IR/  ide a  And you go wrong-.  Prices $55.00 and $80.00.  -    The above Wheels now "Circle the  VVorld."  All Eastern Papers speak in  the highest  , praise of these 1898 Cycie_.  See the samples and  Convince yourselves.  J. iH, GOOD, Auctioneer  SOLE AGENT  . '  For Nanaimo; and Wellington  BRITISH COLUMBIA  ���������0���������      ���������o���������  IS ON THE  DIRECT  ROUTE  ���������TO   THE���������  The Last Port of Gall  _0_       AND   THE       -O���������  Best Place to Outfit  FOR THE  ���������Yukop  Sanano Merchants  Carry the Largest Stocks, are  thoroughly   acquainted    with  the    requirements,    and   the  , Lowest Prices Prevail.  liners' Licenses and  Custom Clearances  OBTAINABLE HERE.  Steamers Sailed From NANAIMO.  ISLANDER March 4th.  PACKSHAN '*     8 "  DANUBE "     9"  NINGCBOW "    12"  DATES for/TEES, THISTLE axd other  STEAMERS LATER.  JAUAI10 OUTFITS  .   Have been found the best that  have   gone    over   the   passes.  Passenger I_ist.  -    Per City of Nanaimo, April 13th:  D. Izett, D. McKinzie, A- Atchison, John  Nash, T. Snow, P. Dunne, D. Martin,  Appleby, C. Meyer, L. Meyer, B. Atchison, Edwards, Moffat, Miss Gameer, A.  Dona, F. Dallas and wife, Mrs. Potter, J.  Farm, F. Richardson, Frank Richardson,  G-. Richardson, J. Hele, J, Anderson, Mr.  MacKtnzie anr* wife, H. ������jowan, McKty,  Richardson, MfS. Watson, Miss Barnes,  Garner, G. Beadnell.  FOR SALE.���������Story and a half 8 roomed  house, full size lot, every convenience.  Fine location���������a bargain. Enquire at  News Pi'tici".  LOCALS.  We apologize and ask the indulgence of  our subscribers for this and last week's  issues. The editor is yet suffering from  effects of recent illness, also Mr. Ralph  Cummings is alone in the composing room.  Hope next issue to have more help and will  endeavor to give ,our patrons as good a  paper as lies in our power.  The examination for high school will take  place at Courtenay on the 26th inst.  Rev. J. X. Willemar is about again after  a severe attack ot la grippe.  Cuba is 750 miles long with an average  width of nO miles.  Harry Hamburger has returned to Wellington from the north for supplies,  FOR SALE.���������Two nearly new counters  Enquire at the News Office.  The U. S. Cousul, G. W. Clinton, was  confined to his house with la grippe yesterday.  Mr. Gordon Murdock has placed a handsome new sign' over his "Cumberland  Stable."  The band appeared on the streets Saturday evening furnishing some very acceptable music.}  FOR SALE���������Cumberland residental property   on   favorable   terms  by D. B. & L.  Association.  o  H. C. Lucas, the Comox: baker is kept  busy turning out bread for the navy. He  bakes 1000 lbs. at once.  ESTRAY.���������A yowe sheep and lamb on  my premises. Owner will please call, prove  property and pay damages.���������Dave Roy.  There -will be a foot ball game at Recreation Grounds, Wednesday afternoon between H.M.S. Sparrow Hawk team and the  local team, at 5 o'clock.  Do you sleep   well   nights ?   If not try a  package of the delicious Revalenta  food to  - be had at Peacey & Co.'s.    Some gentlemen  here have tried   it and   iound it very effective.  The committee on the Fruit and Flower  Festival met at the News office on Saturday.  The date for the Festival v/as fixed for  August 3d, aud 4th, and a committee ap-  pointed to propare a list of objects for  which prizes will bo cffer.d.  The News owes .it to Miss - Cathca'rt to  state that her absence alluded to in our  issue of the _2th, was to attend the Teachers' Convention. As we always aim to be  fair, are pleased to give this informat ou, for  the young lady's beuefit.  ���������JUST OPENED out a splendid  line in Boys Blouse Suits in Navy,  Brown, and Drab, made 01'good durable Scotch. Twoed, From $1.25 to  $2.50 a suit at GUS. EAUCK'S.  The annual meeting of the Union and Cc -  mox District Hospital took place Saturday  evening at the old Court House. Jas.  Abrams wa3 elected President,.M. Whitney,  Vice-President, Robert Lawrence, Treasurer, J. B. Bennett, Secretary, C. H. Tarbell,  J. B. McLean, Jas. Reid, L. W. Hall, and  Lewis Mounce, directors.  Alexander Pierie who was sent up, to the I  next court of competent jurisdiction from *  Mayor Bate's, court Nanaimo, a few days  ago, elected to be tried by Speedy Trial on  the charge of steahug a photographing outfit, the property of John Uren, Wellington.  It appears Mr. Uren loaned the prisoner a  complete ouifit to compete against Mr.  Kelley at Union, and Pierie promised to  return it in three weeks. ��������� This he failed to  do on account of- -jumping his board bill at  the Waverly hotel. The articles, except a  lens, which he pawned to Mr. Kelley for S3  were left in the hotel. Last Friday the  judge sentenced the prisoner to three  months in the ' common jail at hard  labor.���������Wellington Enterprise.  NOTICE  In the Supreme Court of British Columbia  Iu the matter  of  the  Estate  of Richard  P.us T. Auderton, deceesed, intestate.  All persons  indebted  to or having   any  claims  Heainst this  estate are  required to  pay the amount of  their indebtedness  and  send particulars, of their ciaims  to the administrator, Mr. William Anderton, Comox  B. C. on or beforo tho 10th day of May 1898  L. P. Eckstein,  Solicitor for the Administrator.  Fred   Kimple  The only   First   Class   Tonsorial   .  Artist .in. the City.  .When you may wish an easy shave  As good ns barbers ever gave,  Just call at my Shaving Parlor  At morn, ove. or busy noon  T cut and dress the hair with grace  To suit the contour of the face,  . The room is neat.and towels clean  Scissors sharp and razors keen.  And everything, I think you'll find  To suit the taste and please the mind:  And all that art, and skill can do,  It: ,you just call I'll do for you.  : FRED KIMPEL.  Do you know that we can print you just  as neat a business card as you can get in  any other printing office in the Province,  and just as cheap too? Bear in mind, we  print meal tickets also? In fact we-can  do anything in the line ot job printing  Give us a trial;  BLACK DIAMOND  NURSERY.  Gornos 1Roa������>, TRanaimo, 3B. C.  Fuit trees   of  all   descriptions*  1  Ornamental   treest Shrubs, and  ���������"Roses.  P. O. BOX 190  XXXXXXXX XXX  HUTCHERSON & PERRY.  i  PIANOS for SALE  EACH A BARG-AIN'^.^,^^^  ,  Nordheimer Piano, Cabinet Grand,  7]A,   Octaves,    handsome case,  fine  tone,  durable.    Slightly used:    Net  price CASH $275.00.  Dominion   Piano,   medium  size 7  Octaves.    Sweet tone and durable.  Net price cash $190.00.  Address, Geo. H. Suckling,  734 Pender St., Vancouver.  For Ornamental Trees  Shrubs,  Roses,   Greenhouse  and  Bedding Plants, Cut Flowers, GO '  TO���������  J, P.  Davis,   f  Cumberland, B. C. "  IST Ornamental Designs a Specialty.  FOR Rent.���������Fine apartments for. living  rooms in Willards brick block. .Enquire of.  owner on the premises.  SUBSCRIBE   TO  THE  NEWS;    ���������  SUBSCSIPTION   A YEAR $$$$$$$$  1  ,4_  il  * .-.i  - '���������������  ' A  ���������We  i&orf Ii 01  doubt the fipest  f GOODS  ve ever shown  e have;.s������ far:  200 Men's Suits, ioo Boys' Suits, 100 pairs Pants, -Men's Hat and Caps,  Ladies'and Children's Straw Hats, Ladies' Blouses, Ladies'Whitewear, Lace  Curtains, Curtain Muslins, Lawns, Nainsooks, \ Mens, Women's, and  Children's Shoes.  15 eases of English and Scotch Goods.    Consisting oil  Dress   Goods,   Trimmings,   Silks,   Prints,   Flannelettes,  Linens,   Quilts,    Fray   Cloths,  Sideboard Covers, and all the newest lines in fancy  Dry Goods to be had.    We want to  show and sell you these goods, and it will be to your advantage to. see them.

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