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Chapter NumberXIV
Chapter TitleAN UNEXPECTED MEETING.
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Newspaper TitleEuroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 - 1920)
Trove TitleA Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia
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A FINAL 1RECKONING* I A TALE OF BUSH LIFE IF AUSTRALIA. t - dc By G. A. HENTTY CHAPTER XtV.--A. " U-N-EXPECrTEI MIEErTISO. As soon as it was light the party were if assembled and started, Jim leading the way at a swinging pace which kept the horses going at al a hand canter. The marks were fora timeper feo'ly easy to follow. Five miles on the tracks sc led to a shepherd's hut. At their call the man came out. R " You had a visit from bush-rangers last e night?" 'l " hat if I did?" the man replied gruffly. t, " I can't help where the bush-rangers pay their visits. Yes, they came in here and said they tl wanted some supper, and you may guess I did si not keep them waiting long, for they were not *, in a particularly good temper. From what b they said three of their men had been killed. t] This was already known to the party, as Jim a had found three bodies at a short distance from tl the house. Two of these had evidently been a carried there from the back winlow, where they [ had been killed in trying to effect the entry, the 7 other had been shot when approaching to fire p the house. "The captain of the gang was terrible put h out, and was a-cussing and swearing as to what t, he would do to those as did it. I wouldn't be h in their shoes if they were to iall into his hands." s " They didn't say anythling which would ri give you an idea as to the direction they were a taking?" "Not they," the man replied. "You don't is suppose they would be such fools as that, andit c they had you don't suppose as I should be ti such a fool as to split on .'em. Not likely. I s ain't no desire to wake u p one night and find n the door fastened outside and the thatch on h fire." "We may as well ride on," Reuben said. s; we shall learn nothing here. The fellow is a n ticket-of-leave man, and as likely as not in league with these scoundrels. I wonder what ',they.came here for," he added as they started I oisn. t "I tell you, sah," Jim said. " Dat fellowh has driven his herd ober theirtrail-allstamped g ut-no saing where they hab gone to." a - "We must follow theherd then," Reuben a id. " If we look sharp we ought to be able b see the traces wherethey left them." d Jim shookhis heae. a " No find," he said decidedly. " Plenty I places where de ground de ground am berry t hard and horse feet no show. Day choosesome place like dat and turn off, perhaps put rug c under hores' fret so as to make no mark. :se surch, sah. Jim look him eyes very hard, but t Link no find." o And so, to their great disappointment, it i turned out. They followed the ttacks of the Sheard three miles, until they came upon them quietly grazing; but nowhere could they see a anytraco of a party of horsemen turning off. All ihe party were greatly vexed at the ill success of their expedition, for all had hoped { that they were at last going to overtake the gang who had dent such mischief in the colony. 1 .n euben was especially disgusted. . Ie had only i the day before received from his chief acknow. I edging thereceipt ofhis report describing the pursuit of the blacks, and congratulating him warmly upon his success. The letter ended : " If you canbut give as good an account of the bushrangers we shall be indeed grateful to you. As it is, you have more than justifed my selection of you for the post." Leaving two constables as guards at Dick Caister's station, in case, as was probableh enough, the bushrangers should return to take t revenge for the repulse they had experienced there, Reubentrode back to his headquarters, from which he had now beenabsent some time. The evening after his return he called Jim into his room. " Jim," he said, "I want your advice as to the best way of finding out where these bush rangers are quartered. How do you think we had better set about it ? Would it be of any use, do you think, for you to go among the nativesand try and find out? There is no doubt they know, for they have often acted with the bushrangers. Do you think you could pass among them ?" " No, sah," Jim said at once. "Me no speakdeir way. Me understand black fellow, me talk dar language, but not same way. They find out difference directly and kill me. De wild black fellows hate those who hab lived widde white men. W'e hate them just de same way. We say dem bad black fellow, dey say we no good." " But those rascally trackers who led us wrong that day of the fight, they were friendly with them." "Yessah, but dey not so very long away from the bush, and always keep friends wid the others. Meetdem and talk to dem, and tell dem day set the white men on wrong tracks."' "Well, Jim, but could not you do the same?" - tr 5.eN" cscis.5U..jsn,,m ht'n nscce+do. whites eber since me littfle by. Dey not believe me if I go and say dat to dem. Jim ready to get killed if de captain want him, but no good at all him getting killed in dat way," " I don't want youe to get killed in any way, Jim, and if that's your opinion about it we will give up the p.?a at once. Can you think of any other way?" "Me tfink a lot about him. Me know de captain-want very much to catch dose fellows, but Jim no see how dat can be done for sure. But de best plan me can see is for Jim to go out by himself and search de country outside white man's bounds. If he find de track of horses he follow dem up. Me know about de way dey ride off after dey be killing people at de sta tions. If Jim look, and look, and look berry sharp he find dar crack for sure, and once he find dem he follow dem up. Must be water for sure where dey live. Dat good guide to begin with. But captain must not hurry; Jim may be long time before he find dem, dar no saying how long. Captain wish Jim to go?" " Well,Jim, I don't want you to go-that is to saoy, I should miss you verymuch; but if you could find out the haunts of these scoundrels you would be doing me a very great service as well as the people of all the stations." "Jim no care about oder people," the black said; "he care for de captai, and will go out and try and find traclks." "Be careful, Jim, and don't get into trouble with them. If you were to fall into theirhands, and they were to find out you were connected with the police, they would shoot you like a dog." "Dey won't find out. While man not un derstand. Blackfellow all one to him. You hib no fear for Jim. Wholook after hoess while Jim away ?, "I shall appoint one of the policemen as my orderly, Jim, and he will look after him." Jim made a contemptuous gesture to signify that he had little confidence in the power of any white man to look after Tartar. For the rest of the eveningJimwas occupied in cooking, and in the morning he was gone. A week lates Reuben was among the outlying stations gain. He had heard nothing of the bashrangers, and no fresh attacks had been made by them since that upon Dick Caister's station. One evening just as he had gone up to bedhe was roused bya sharp knocking at the door of the house in which he was stopping. The settlers had grown cautious now, and an upper window was opened, and Reuben heard itheuestions, "Who is there'?" and "What "Is Captain Whitneyhere ?" " Yes, do you want him ?" " Yes, I want to see him directly." In a minute Reuben had opened the door. Lit ,am Captain Whitney," he said," what is - I am glad I have found you, sir. They told me at the next station you were here - yesterday, but they did not know whether you Swere here now. Well, sir, I am shepherding -,some-twenty miles away, and this afternoon, .3 ntaa gotbackto myhut, in runs a black s.··L-reached for my gun, thmuking there was more of them, when he said: "N'o shoot, me o Ofriend. e saree Captain Witney of de police. Yonknowhiln?' I saidi hadheardyo.rn.me. (You know where he is?' the black asked. I said I did not know for certain, but that when my mate went in for grub tro days before he had hoard say that you had been along there Sthat morning. The black said: 'Good You run and fnd him.' 'Thank you,' says I. 'WhatforP?' 'Ifind outaboutthe bush-rangers,' She said. 'You go and tell captain dat to morrow morning he de day begma dey attack the station of Donald's.' 'Are you quite sure?' Says La 'Quite sure,' says the bhack. 'e , beard dem say so.' So as I hates the bush - rangers like poison, I saddles up und rides into the station, and when I had told the bors he Ssaid I better ride and mind you ifI could. You .. would be it one of the stations this way. I s-top ed at three:of them, and at the last they /told nyo was here." eoThank you greatly, my good fellow. Donald's I don't know the s mn e. a here do • they live?" "They have only been here a couple of months," Reuben's host, wIo wos standing beo sidehim, replied. "They beougt thnta'sttion of Anderson's. He was a echieken-heartedyonng fellow, and sold outbecause of the bush-rangers. There is a man, his wife, and her sister, I believse. I fancy they have gotaprattyfaircanital. They took Anderson's stock, and have becn buying a lot more." ... That's why the bh-rnger are going t •attack them." - " .I thought," oRuben said, "'that Anderon'sa was not one of the most epored stations." " ""o, that was what everyone toldhim before . "How far would you say it was from . he rsP"?. T"hirty fivemiles,"the settler said. "It's ten osshes from Barker's, and I reckon that's ".- twenty-five from heoe." ,Well, of course, Ishallride at once; asthere are women there it makes the ease all the more urgent. I have got my orderly and there are '.two more men at the station this- side of "Barker's." "I will go, of course," Reuben's hoit said, e*hb?lshd bv slpe?! arrnet with tmalsnress s

"and will bring two men with me. You had ! ci best stop here for the night," he added, turning w to the shepherd. "You have ridden pretty well in thirty miles already, and that at the end of your tt day's work." "Not I," the man replied. "Jim Walsh is at not going to be lying in bed with the thought in of two women in the hands of them murderous is bush-rangers. You might lend me a freshhoree al if you have got one. If not, I must try and al pick one up at one of the stations as we go ti along." "I have plenty of horses in the yard," the p settler said. "Well, let us be off as soon as possible," ri Reuben put in. "It's past twelve o'clock now, a and we have thirty-five miles to ride, and to stop t at two or three places, so we haven't a minute ci to lose." 1 In a few minutes the horses were saddled, and si the six men dashed off at fuall gallop. At three stations which they passed on the way to h Barker's they picked up seven men. There was but little delay, as the instant the news wnastold tl themenhurrid up,saddled their horses, and rode fter the party, who pushed straight oi whetn I they had told their story. At llarkr's they I oere joined by BarkEr himself and two men. Two constables had also been picked up on the way. The others overtook them here. and the a party now numbered twenty men. There was t a oause to allow all to come up, and to give the 0 horses breathing time, for they had traversed twenty-five miles at a rapid pace with scarce a is halt. DMrs. Barker herself prepared a meal, to 1I whiclh, while the horses got their breath, their ri riders did justice; then they montted again n and rode for Donald's. b "It all depends," Reuben said, "as to our ni being there in time, whether the man keeps a o: careful watch. If he does they may not attack n till the doors are opened, and then make a li sudden rush and catch them unawares. If, ec when they arrive there, they find the whole o house is asleep, they may bhrst in at once." 0' "I think they will be careful," Ir. Darker h said. "I know Donald is very anxious, and a no wonder, with two women with him, both ti young and pretty, quite out of the way indeed. It fact, he told me the first'day I rode over he a had no idea of the unsettled state of the dis. g trict, and wouldn't have taken the place if he y haud, not even if Anderson had given it ais a gift, and he wrote down at once to some agent, d and told him to sell the place again for what. ever he can get for it; but I expect there will b be some trouble in finding a purchaser. The I district here has had a bad name for some time, and if Donald had not arrived fresh from England he must have heard of it. Listen! I a thought I heard the sound of Efiring." .h There was a momentary pause, hut no one t could hear anything. Nevertheless they went t on at redoubled speed. They were now within threemiles of the station. Suddenlyon coming over a crest a faint light was seen ahead. It increased rapidly, and a tongue of flame leapt "Come on, lads!" Reuben answered; " the a scoundrels are at their work." At a hard gallop they crossed the intervening ground until they were within half a mile of t the station, from which a broad sheet of flame was leaping up. Then Reuben drew rein, for c he had outridden the rest of the party, and it was important that all should ride to- s gether. 1 "Now," he said, when they were gathered : c "let us keep in a close body. If they ride off t as we arrive there, do you, *Jones and Wilkins, I st p at he statio ,, and sea if you can render 1 any elp ; if not, follow us at once Let the rest keep on with se straight after tl o bush- I rangers. There is already a faitt '.ight in the east. In half an hour it will be broad day, to even if they have got a start we th ill be able f to follow them. Now, came on." At tle head of his party Reuben rode at full speed down to the staticn. ds he neared it he saw to his eatisfact:on that the flames arose i fromsome of the outbuildings, and that the hbnse itself was still intact; but as no firing had been heanr hi hep-d that it still resisted. 1 l hare was a shrill whistle when the party approached within a hundred yard?. Men were seen to dash out of the house and to leap upon their horses. W?th a shout Res-ben rode down. He did not pause for a moment, but dashed past the house in the direction in which the i boshrangershad fled. They were, he knew, but a hundred yards ahead, but it wa not light encugh for him to see them, especially after ridirg through the glare of the fire. The sound of the horses' feet however, afforded an indication; but as there was no saying in which direction they might turn, he was forced to halt every two or three minutes to listen. To his mortm fication he found that each time the sound was getting more indistinct, for the speed at which they had travelled had taken so much out of the horses that they were unable to compete with the fresher animals ridden by the bush rangers, who were all well mounted, many of the best horses in the districthas inobeen stolen by them. At last the sound couldibe heard no longer, and Reuben was reluctantly obliged to give the order to halt, for he feared he might override the trail. horse. "They will know as well as we do that they are out of hearing now, and might turn off anywhere. It is terribly annoying; we are too late to save the station, and the bush rangers have escaped. However, we will take up their trail as soon as it is daylight. Indeed, I am expecting every moment to be joined by Jim, who is sure to be somewhere near, and con perhaps guide as direct to their hiding. place." Deeply disappointed, the party dismounted from their horses. "The scoundrels must have had some one onthe watch," Reuben said, " or they would never have taken the alarm so soon. I am sorry now that we did not send a party round to the other side before we charged down upon them: but my blood was on fire at the sight of the burning station, and at the thought of the womenin the hands of those scoundrels." A minute later a man rode up at full speed from behind. " Is that you, Jones ." Reuben said, step pingforward. "Yes, sir," the man replied, reigning in his horse. "I left Wilkins behind and rode on to tell you what had hanpened." S"W hathashappeied, Jones " . "It's a bad. business, sir-a shocking bad business, but it might have been worse. It seems they broke inabout half an hour before we got there : one of the hands was supposed to be on watch in the stockyard, but either he was asleep orthey crept up to him and killed him before lie could give tho alarm. Then they got up to the house and burst in the door before the others were fairly awake. They shot the two bands at once ; but I suppose, as their blood wasn't up, and no resistance was offered, they thought they had plenty of time for fooling. for they must have reckoned that no force they need be afraid of could be got together for three or four hours, so they made Donald and his wife and sister get breakfast for them. The women, it seemed, had got pistols, and both swore they wouldblow out theirbroms if any man laid a hand on them. However, the bushrangers did not touch them, though they told them they would have to go off with them. They made Donald sit down at one end of the table, while their captain took the other, and the two women, half dressed as they were, waited on them. It was lucky for them that we were so close when the alarm was given, for all made a rush to get to their horses, only the captain stopping a moment to let dVf at Donald." . "Didhe kill him ?" Reuben asked. "No, sir, the bullet hit hun in the body, and the ladies were crying over hins when I went in thinking hlie was dead. I thought so too, but I found he was breathing. They poured some brandy down his throat, and presently he opened his eyes; then, as there was nothing for me to do. I thought I hadbest gallop on and give you the news, for I knew that you would be anxious to mknow what had taken place." "Thank you, Jones. you did 'quite right. What an escape those -poor. -ladies .had Asnother quarter of an hour we mighthavebeen too late, for those villains would not have kept up the farce long." -.' " N'o, air, spoecially' s they were drinking wine. The table wasailcovered with bottles." "You, did not iee'sanything of Jim, did you h" Reuben inquired.: . "No, sir, I did not seeor hear anyone stirring about the place." Reuben gave a loud cooe-. "That will bring him if heis anywhere within hearing." But no answering call came back. " I hope nothing has happened to the poor fellow," Reuben said after a pause. " " He could not possibly be herebythis time," Mlr. Barker said. "The place where he warned the shepherd must be siaty miles from here." "Yes, quite that: buthe canron nearlyas fasts as a horse can go, and he would be ten miles nearer here in a straight line' than the way the man went round to fetch me." As soon as it became light they followed the track, which was plaisly visible: but when they had gone half a numile further there was a general cry of dismay- the ground was trampled in eveiy direction. " Confoundit." Mr. Barker said, "they havedonous ! Do you see, they have ridden right into themiddle of a large herd of cattle andhave driven them off in every direction, and have,' no doubt, themselves scattered among the cattle. Theymay go like that for ,threeor four miles, and then draw off froai the cattle at any spot where the ground is hard and no tracks will be left, to meet again at some appointe?L place maybe fifty miles away." Si'Then you don't think it's any use in pur suing therm P" Reuben asked inma tone of deep .diaaPaointment. "-'ota bitin the world," Mr. Barker re plied decisively. "If wehad a native tracker with us he might possibly follow one horse's track among those of all the cattle, discover wherehe separates from them, and take up his trail, but I doubt even theo if he would be successful. These fellows know that a strong party is in pursit of them, and each of. them will do everything can to throw:us off the scent. They sre sure not to go atraight to their n?Tne of meeting. but eachwill take a

circuitous route and make for thick busoh, where it willbe next to impossible for even a native to follow them. No, they.havedone us this time." "Well, gentlemen, I hope you will all wait as long as you can at the station here. If my boy h?is not been shot by those scoundrels he is sure to find his way here, and will be able in all probability to set us on the right track. At c anyrate, though thebushrangers have givenus s the slip, wemay congratulate ourselves on our morning's work. Aeo have at least saved thosee poor ladies." So daying Reuben turned and with the party 1 role slowly back to the station. On arriving there they dismounted and unsaddled I their horses and turned them into a paddock close to the house to feed. Reuben and Mr.t Iarker then went up to the house; the con. stable who had been left behind came out. " Well, Wilkins, how is Mr. Donald, and how are the ladies ?" " He is sensible now, sir; but I don't think there's much chance for him." " We ought to get a surgeon at 'once," Reuben said; ."Who is the nearest, Mr. Barker?" "The nearest is Ruskin." "Is there no one nearer than that ?" Reuben asked. "Why, he lives about half-way be tween where I was sleeping last night and my own place. Itmust be seventy miles away." " Ie'a the nearest," MIr. Barker said; "take my word for it." "I'll tellyou what will be the best plan,' Reuben'ahost of the night before said. "I will ride at once to Mr. Barker's, and if he will let me get a fresh horse there I will gallop straight back to my place, and will send a man off the momentI arrivo there to fetch Ruskin. It is only eight o'clock now; I can be home before noon, andrmy man will do the next stage in a little over four hours. If he finds Ruskn in he can get to my place by ten o'clock at night and can start again at daybreak, so by eleven o'clock to-morrow he can be here. If he isn't here by that time it will be because he was out when my man got there. At anyrate he is sure to start directly be gets the message." "That will be the best plan," Reuben agreed; "and I am sure the ladies will' be greatly obliged to you when I 'tell them what you have undertaken." " Oh, that's nothing," the settler said; "we don't think much of a soventy miles' ridehen.' Without any further delay the settler saddled his horse and went off at a gallopi towards Mr. Barker's, where he was to get a fresh mount. " And now, how are the ladies, Wilkins?" "They are keeping up bravely, sir. I think, as far as they are concerned, Donald's being hit has done them good. It has given them some thing to do, and they have not had time to think about what they have gone through and what a narrow escape they have had." " Which room are they in, Wilkins ?" "In these to the left. sir." " As you have seen them, Wilkins, you had better go in and tell them that we have sent off at once to fetch a surgeon, and that they may rely upon his being here some time to.morrow, we hope before noon. Ask if there is anything that we can do for them or for Mr. Donald." The policeman went in, and Reuben called one of his other men. "Perkins, do you, Jones, and Rider go in and fetch out the bodies of the men who -have been killed;. don't make more noise ithan you can help about it; carry them out to that shed there, and then got a bucket and wash down the floors wherever there are blood-stains about. I want to have the place straight, so that those poor ladies may avoid seeing anything to recall the scene they have passed through. Of course you won'tgo into the room where they arenow." Three or four of the settlers at once volun teered to set to work to dig a grave. "Choose a place a bit away from the house," one of them said-" the farther the better; it will remind them of this affair whenever they see it." While Reuben was arranging this point the constable had come out and told Mr. Barker the ladies would be glad to see him. " It's a terrible business," the settler said to Reuben as he turned to go into the house; "I feel downright afraid of facing them. To think how bright and pretty they looked when I rode over here ten days ago, and now they are broken-hearted." He returned in afew minutes. "How is Donald?" was the general ques tion. "He is hard hit," the settler said, just under the ribs on the right-hand side. [ expect the fellow aimed at his head, but he was start ing from his seat at the moment. He isn't in much pain. I have told them they must keep him perfectly quiet, and not let him move till the surgeon comes. They have asked me to see about everything. It's better we should not be going in and out of the house, as he must be kept perfectly quiet, so I think we had better estab!ish ourselves under that big tree over there. There are some sheep half a mile over that rise if two of you will go over. Kill one and fetch it in. If you will light afire under that tree I will hand out from the house floor, tea, sugar, and some cooking things." There was a general murmur of approval, for 11 felt silent and awed at being so close to the ouse or seatm ann sorrow; -Two men gotthaiL horses and rode off to fetch the sheep, the others carried the various articles requisite up to the place fixed for the bivouac; while Wilkins was installed in the house to assist in anything that might be required there. "The poor things told me to tell you, cape tain, how grateful they feltt 0 you for the exertions you have made. I told them how it was we came to be here, and how you had ridden when you got the news to be here in time. 'lDrs. Donald did not say much, poor thing, she seemed half. dazed; but her sister, who seems wonderfully cool and collected, quite realised what they had escaped, and there's many a young fellow who would give a good deal to win that look of gratitude she gave me when she said, ' I shall never forget what I owe you all.' I am just going to send off one of my men to fetch my wife over here: it will be a I comfort to the two girls, for they are little more. to have a woman with them." " There's nothing to be done for Donald, I suppose ?" Reuben asked. " Nothing; the wound is hardly bleeding at all. I told them that, as far as I knew, the best thing was to keep on it a flannel dipped in warm water and wrung out, and that they should give him a little broth or weak brandy and water when ever he seemed faint. My surgery does not go beyond that. If it had been a smashed finger, or a cut with an axe, or even a broken limb, I might have been some good, for I have seen plenty of accidents of all Skinds since I came oun t,twenty years ago but a bullet wound in the bodvin bavond m alto. gether." After the meal wa. cooked and eaten there was a consultation as to what had best be done next. Two or three of the settlers, who were married men, said that they would go home, as their wives would be anxious about them, thereat agreed to stop for, at any rate, another Mr. Barker had found out. from Mrs Donald's sister the direction in which the cattle and sheep were grazing, and two or three of the party rode off to tell the shepherdo and herdsmen, for there were three on the farm in addition to those who had been killed, Swhat hadhnppened, andto tell them that they had better bring the cattle and sheep up to within a mile or so of the house, and come in Sthemselves for their stores when required. A grave was now dug and the three men Sburied. In the afternoon Mrs. Barker arrived and at once took charge of the affairs of the' house. In the evening Mr. Barker came up to Sthe fire round which the men were sitting. " Will you come dorwnto the house, Cap. trin Whitney ? The ladies have expressed a wish to see you. Thiey want to thank you for what you have done." "There is nothing to thank about." Reuben said. "I only did my duty as a oelice offioe and am disgusted at those scoundrels havming got away. I have done all I could since " arrived, butI can'thelp feeling, being in com mand of the force here, that we are to some extent to blame for these fellows carryinkot as they have done for months without being t caught." " I think you had better come down, Whit. ney," Mr. Barker said. "'There is something ii bright and hopeful about you, and I think that a talk with you might cheer the poor things up a bit. When people arein the state they are, theyseem to turn to everyone foragleam of hope and comfort." " Oh, if you think I can do any good;, of Scourse I will go, though I would rather stop here by a good way."' So saying Reuben went down with Mr. SBarker to the house. A lady met them at the door. "Arthur has just dozed off," ashe whispered. " Mrs. Barker 's sitting by him; she insisted Son our coming out. Will you come in here P'" As silently as possible the two men followed her into the kitchen and closed the door after them. The fire was blazing brightly, Wilkins Shaving piled on some fresh logs before going out to smoke a pipe. Mrs. Donald was stinsg Sin a dejected attitudes by its right when her Ssister entered with lMr. Barker and Reuben a She rose, and coming towards Reuben said : " How can.we thank you, sir, for the ex ertions you have made. and for having saved us from I dare not thilnk whit fate? As longe as we live my sister and I will bless you." " I can assure you, Mrs. Donald," Reuben said, "that Ihave done nothing but my duty, and I only regret that we did not arrive half an hour earlier. S ' Ah, if you had!'" Mrs. Donald said. "But there-we must not repine-even in my sorrow Ifeel how much we have to be thankful for." " Yes, indeed,' her sister said, "we hare trulyreason to be grateful." As she spoke Reuben looked at her more and more intently. He had started when she first spoke outside the house. "Good heavens!" he exclaimed, "is "it oossible, or am I dreaming? Surely you are r Certianly I am," she said in surprise at his tolne; "but I don't think-I don't remember Swhy, surely it is not Renben Whitney?" g . (TO B- Co0551r501.) Accord'mg to a NeWs1k physiciannearly ball the ailmenteas which end in death comefroe ecolds.