uniforms. What kind of uniforms shall we
' have?‘ ‘ ‘
Peter said he wouldn't have it.
He could not put a feather in his hair,
because he didn't have any hair to put a
I roux TARGET PRACTICE
By "in" If he wore xv. feather he would have to
glue It onto his head, and he didn’t like
to do it. ' .
PART [1, It would spoil his phrenological develop-
. V . . , . ment, and mar his hum of beau
S“e“'.o,’I Gears“ 5” mmarkr t“ the 9" lloward De Vere saidpa regimental unl-
fect that iialker’s picture gratcd the pages mm,
of the Rogue's Gallery at police headquar-
. "I would rather,‘ said he, “have my pic-
ture there. amid the great politicians of
would be sweet. All blue with white
‘I d t cal‘:-,"' said Sweet-Oil George,
“what color the uniform is, as long as it is
red. I'm an old sea.-dog. I am, and I don't
.g2p?,gf;..5"““ have it Where Wu’ puma" fight upon trifles. [Have onyiccloired uni-
. v -. . ,. . , form on want, as on; as it 3 re .”
0”“ here” ml photograph? bked Snag‘. “I'll, tell you the uniforl:n,".said Cable.
,' , ,, “We'll wear high hais and while gloves."
,,P,' T‘ I,:‘f’m"“d5 3“ “‘ “What a spectacle we would prvseut,”
““ her“ . said Deacon Small. ‘walking up Broadway
Dofn, ‘W M5 mnuv in M3 CI‘“‘k“"‘ in nothing but high hats and white gloves!
mmse‘ Verlly-verily the idea. is indecent. I will
“What's he got it there for?"
“To scare eggs out of his roosters and
batch chickens from door-knobs."
A general laugh followed Walker's re-
,torL W‘ did not laugh so much at the
retort itself us we did at S‘ t-Oil's face.‘
His face expressed resignation and long
propose a good uniform; cheap and also
pretty. Blue shirts, black pants, and white
hats, with white waist-belts."
The deacon‘s idea seemed a good one.
it was put to a v e.
Everybody seemed to think it was a very 9
good uniform, one which contrasted well
sufeljngj in color, was suited to the not particularly
D” 3"“ “"97 11?” M ”' "F" “'11” “0‘"' capzlcious limits of our purses, and was
‘Shed “ “per 1" ms M50“? he 35k9d- also very serviceable; besides, it would
“N0” "plied 1- “hm 1'” beam "f 3 look very well to spectators.
mggngguvggedl. .s,n::lEds Isl.1W]:5,st,gflDtS'" i 0 The two points regarding the name and
need [,5 my N51“, ca: Sam: as 1'tp‘:yt”‘ga;1m uniform of our target company being set-
mmg the man ’And the man ‘naked and tied, the next and last detail of any im-
went to hold -rainbows. It was a very penance was where we Ehmud go‘
com day for the man‘, Various places were'proposed. -
T T . ,, . g Tom Teaser, however, said that he knew
den:xenm'easEr gme vent :0 3 S13)‘ 0! “on a nice quiet park down on Staten Island,
, . , within easy distance of the city, where we
What under the heavens are you talking coma go. an from Tom-S representation
abfu" Gcorger asked he‘ .. ' of the spot we concluded we would go to
“Now,” said P..'I‘. Raymond, “who will
. be our captain?"
.1 t-’ 7 - . .“Anybody " gravely responded Sweet-
I has? 3lp;a;“]SanD::l('1IS‘I?e%1k:;a‘ISK:5;e 13.23 on George‘, “‘?.l.‘yb0dy ‘tan be captain‘ as
Walker fainted I have put sllow down his long as “'5 me‘ "
back to revive him; when Walker fell (TO BE CONI'1Sl'ED.)
over fences I have yelled to him to fall
back, andwhen somebody said Walker was
:1 gentleman I said he lied Now Walker . ,
keeps up his viperish character by stinging ' fi;,eOt“,‘;’NbG35:l‘gTg;EstgfI%:1fgg..wN?y1g!;
me,“]3e5or1,Ca”y “mm my pmmran Price, 5 cents on all news-stan :: ::
Xi alder was about to reply to the alle- -
gation with a stove, when P. T. Raymond
“‘.'."'“‘ ., ., > CHAMPION FHARLIE
We have met, he remarked. to speak THE 80‘, s?(A,rER ’
about our proposed target excursion, not
(Continued from page 8)
to listen to the quarrcling of two cranks."
With shrewd skill, Larony held his lead
“Right you are,‘ said a dozen voices.
“And if Mr. Sweet Oil George and Mr.
our assemblage and saved his strength. But suddenly,
d “'11 went Charlie's head, and he mad
Wnllrer continue to sturb
Like a meteor, he shot
“That viper -racket 2 "
what fate will be theirs?"
with the utmost ease, he went by Larony.
The clr.-champion was crushed and almost
dumfoulldcd. He tried to overcome his
load, but in doing so he lost. his balance
,, ‘ , I . and shot hcadiirst to the ice.
gklvtfu ‘yo; ,"Ea"-."1“,C ‘Font any 0‘, as ‘o slid twenty yards and lay in an un-
”" “bm " I “ - ‘ he 9”‘ my I" ‘Lei’ conscious heap. It was an unexpected de-
' Was heard from the boys, while lloward
De Vere said
This awful threat seemed to disconcert 2:
CW“ umgIe';eg'" uement, and the crowd gave 3 great
r‘ v ' "1 . -
QWEEK-Oil. merge. . Charlie crossed the finish line fully three
‘I want not cr speak to Walker again," ya,-as in ‘me )9-ad,
said he. “No-scarcely frequently," and 4
he went and sat upon a distant sofa.
I’. '1‘. Raymond then proceeded.
"Gentlcl en,” sal he, “do you all ap-
prove of our target excursion?” 53' ‘‘‘5”-'‘'- >
We said We did. and Walker was heard ' The fall of Larony madeule race look
to murmur that be approved of everything 15.53 like an earned victory for Charlie,
cxccpt a sucker, at the same time darting umugh 1; certainly was such,
a most idndictive glance at Sweet-Oil. Befm-9 1,3,-any gen, chm-119 had a lead,
“The llfit NUDE." 8-1151 Yet“. “I5 10 E01 3 which nothing could have overcome in that
name for our company. Has anybody 5110;: Space,
Larnny was beaten fair and square.
vsald Cable, But the adherents of the Katonall Lake
' man had a pretext for the establishment of
“can it the ‘Ed’ Guards,”
who owed me :1 quarter.
I said I was (load broke;
police would not allow any
V a doub . Various cnes went up:
besides, the "Ills skate brokel”.
organization “He was fouledl“
with such a name to parade. “IIe'd have won, if he hadn't fallen!"
“Well, call it after me,” suggested Cable. There nre always plenty of people whom
" il walk ahead on a yellow horse, with sympathy or personal interest will make
my high hat on. We'll march on the ele- blind to the truth. These were the insti-
VMBJ 1'3-'1?!-‘?-5 ‘ gators of the claim.
Here Sweet-Oli George emerged from his ‘L31-any wag not In any way injured, He
quickly came to and got upon his feet.
He was much crestfallen and not a little
‘ dejected. Ills friends swarmed about him.
“What's N. G. L. stand for?" I asked. "You can beat him, Guy." .
‘The Never Gets Lefts." “It as a fluke!"
“Good!” said P. ‘All in “You won't fall next time!”
favor will please say . So that even the‘ skater himself began
All sud “aye"'except Sweet-Oil. to believe that his defeat was due tulhis
He sold “beer.” , ' . He showed the quality of his
“Now that we've decided upon the cog; sportsmanship by acceding to the claim,
nomeu,” said Peter, ‘the next thing is the . But Charlie gave himself up to Dan lila-
gce, and, wrapped in blankets, had repaired
to the boathouse for a rubdown.
“Ye made & monkey of him, boy!" cried
Magee with glee. “An' I was mighty glad
it. We've taken his conceit down a. bit,
"W-.-‘ll call ourselves the N. G. L.'s," said
Paul Ilraddon thought the Indian uni-
form would a good one. '
It was cheap and inexpensive.
that was necessary; though, ‘ t was the race I ever saw,
it we desired to he nouceably ostentatious, Charlie." cried Hollister. "Clara
we could put feathers in our hair. 1 sends her congratulations." - - .
it was all a. very hal>DY moment for
Champion Charlie. His eyes gleamed with
joy and triumph. ,
Already he saw the silver cup in his
grasp, and the thousand dollar prize as
He reflected upon the pleasure the news
would give Mrs. "amey.
"Dick," he snid,"‘l feel that I can really
beat that fellow. I could have passed him
anywhere in the race.”
"I could see that." replied Dirk. “He is
not your match, Charlie
“I do not say this boa.-:tingl3'."
"In case I do win, I shall be able to re
pay you the thousand dollars you so kindly
d us." v
“Charl!e," said Dick, earnestly, “I don‘t
want you to think of such a thing. Let
the mortgage remain and put that thousand
aside. It may enable you to start in busi-
ness some time."
"But I know that your father needs all
the money he can get. It may be only :1
drop in the bucket, but it may be the very
drop needed." .
"We will consider that later," said Dick,
with a. thrill of emotion in his voice. “You
will attend the banquet at the Skating Club
' ht?" .
' “I expect to." '
- "Very well, I shall see youythere. I be-
lieve father isyto preside. Also, after the
banquet there will be a business meeting
of the club. You know father is president.
I believe there is some sort of a cabal or-
ganized by the Dockers to get hold of the
Charlie's eyes flashed.’
“Every member of the
your father," he cried. .
‘ don’t know about that. Some under-
hand influence has lately been at work.”
“We shall see," said Charlie. rletern1inell-
"We will fight it out to the end. if
the Dockers are to run this town and every-
thing in it, I shall feel like getting out of
club will stand by
it. I ,
"In fact, it will be unpleasant for all of
us, if they get the upper hand,” said
Charlie went home later, and Mrs. Vamey
wept for joy, when she learned that he had
we the first heat of the race.
“ y prayers were answered, Charlie."
she said. “I felt sure that you would vs "
After the evening meal, be young cham-
pion donned his best clothes and started for
the boatlmuse. '
The annual banquet of the Skating Club
had been set for that evening. ,
It was generally an affair of the swcllest
I evening dress, Champion Charlie
showed to the best advantage, his well-
knit, graceful figure giving him a distin-
guished air. ,
When he arrived there, it was to had a
scene of great elegance and beauty. The
interior of the beathonse was heavily fes-
tooncd with evergreens and flowers. The
long tables were set with costly silver and
rich viands. ’
great company was in attendance.
When Charlie entered, he was surrounded
by an admiring throng.
It was with difhculty that he extrlcatr-d
imseif long enough to pay court for n
time to Clara and her friends. He did this
In fact, when the hour came, he was hap-
pily able to lead Miss Clam to the supper
table. The fact was noted by the Dockers.
"Do you see that?" said Anthony to hls
‘fl tell you, those Holiisters are
dropping in the social scale."
“They will drop down before I'm done
with them,” declared the elder Decker.
"She snubs me and goes to supper with
a peunlless pauper like that," growled An-
thony. “Put the screws to old Elollister as
hard as you can, father.” -
“I intend to make a. beggar of him."
“Perhaps, then, is; Clara won't hold her
head quite so nigh."
When the wine was passed, toasts were
Mr. Holllster led off with a well spoken
compliment to the ladies of the club. Oth-
ers followed in order, and Charlie, in his
turn, made a neat little speech treating on
the social life of I-Iighcliff.
He had barely seated himself, when An-
thony Decker, ilusbed with drink, was upon
“I propose success to Lhe new president
of the club." he shouted. “May he lack
the churlish qualities of the present in-
cumbent, nnd excel in obliging propensi-
Like a stroke of lightning from 3 clear
slcy was this brutal insult. For a, moment
there was appalled silence. .
Members of the club stared at each other
and then at Decker. A low murmur finally
swelled into an uproar. -
“That is bad taste."
“It is ridiculous."
"The man has been drinking."
Several men arose to nlnkejl. reply. In
an instant there was an uproar. Dacha’:
adherents attempted to uphold him.
For a time, it looked as if the banquet
would end in most disgraceful fashion.
run CLUB h.Il1‘l’IZiG.
it was with difficulty that order was fi-
nally obtained. The toast was not. drunk,
an .t c matter was discussed with the
intimation that it would be resumed later
in the club meeting. ' .
But the pleasure of the evening Was
marl-e . .
There was no longer spontaneous good
feeling and how of spirit. The club, for
the first time in its existence, seemed di-
vided against itself. I
‘ Champion Charlie trembled with indig-
nation and resentment.
“That wasa cowardly attack for Decker
to make," he said. "He should be expelled
from the club."
"Ah, Charlie," said Clara. al=l:rehensiVe-
ly, “I can see that the tide is against us.
The power of money is ccrtaiuljl S1'Cv1t- MY
father's financial misfortune has begun .
leak out, and you can see how readily 1115
erstwhile friends are dissosed to turn
"It is cowardly!" sad Charlie, with
great force. “No truer or nobler man ever
lived than your father, Clara. Sad, in<‘lcc.l, -
will it be for the social life of Hlghcliff if
the Dockers gain the sscendenc ."
"At least you will be true?” she asked,
softly. ' V ‘
‘L'.tll my lips close in death," replied
Champion Charlie, emphaticmly.
Clara gave him a look which he never
forgot, and which set his nerves tingling
as never before. There was a better uh-
dc.s ending between these two young
people than words could convey.
The banquet broke up flnaily. in a sort of
ominous way. '
depression which none of them could un-
For a time, they gathered in knots, talk-
ing over various matters. Finally the table
was cleared away and the meeting organ-
It was called to order by Mr. llollistcr,
pain as he went to the chair. i
After the usual routine business had been
transacted, the warfare b .an. A member,
i: or .3 Alesantler Mari n, led off with a‘
'ons were neces-
‘ of a candidate
for nlenzbersllip. ,
“Thszt is easily answered,” replied Mr.
llollister. f‘If the secretary. will read
article ten of the by-laws the inquiry will
be fully answered."
The secrctaly complied:
“Any resident of the town of Hi cliff,
of good character and financial standing,
acceptable socially and otherwise to all
members of the club, and above the age of
sixteen years, may, upon application and
playbnlent of dues, become a member of this
c u ." >
as to what qiialifl“
to assure the eligib
ask for on the ground of absolute luck of
nancial and social standing."
There was a dead silence. The president
gazed at Martin a moment and then asked:
“W' you name that menlber?"
"Yes; his name is Charles Deland!"
Thi most astounding and personal at-
tack held the entire party spellbound for
some seconds. Then a cry went up:
“Shame! This is cov-'n.rdlyl”
"I protest!" shouted Dick Hollister, wild-
ly. "That is a malicious statenlent."
The president rapped loudly for order,
but it was more than a minute before it
was obtained. The moment the uproar be-
gun to subside, Champion Charlie was upon
his gaze clear and flashing
"Mr, President!" he called. in a clear,
He was recognized.
“It is my right to be allowed-to answer
preferred against me by a. fellow member.
If you will consult thcrecords, I was all-,
mitted to the membership of this club by
a. unanimous vote. At that time, if there
had been any stain upon my honor, or
blight upon my character, or other
ndrnnce to membership, it could
scarcely have escaped notice. I was born
and reared in this town. Most of the mem-
bers hlew me and vouchedfor me. I am
. I would gladly
If it is a matter of disgrace to
be poor and honest, then I stand
resin. But if it be shown to satis-
faction that my fellow members construc-
tion of the by-laws are not correct, I shall
regard his attack as personal and vindica-
There rcstcd upon the company a sort of
He looked a trifle worn and ‘
I-Iis figure was erect, his head high, and '
before the members of this club the charge -