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, MARCH 7, 1919.
Country in tha Time
Virrel of the Bleed
"pyrlght, 1817, Irrtos BaeaeUer)
-.pteR I-Barton Baynes, orphMi.
TV. live witn nis uncie, reaonoy
U taken to j Aunt Deel on a farm on
WJaUib neighborhood called Liok-
iit about the year 1826. Barton meets
Ityspl'iiber. about his own aye. but
P"7ii of a class above the Bayneses,
BWalAn mated by the pretty faoe
P fine clothes. -
WJown In the neighborhood as the
t the r:
ii runs j
found by Silas Wright Jr promi
tefiR public affairs, who, knowing
5,enLSvBaynes, takes Barton home ftf-
ter buying "
Tr.e man lifted me in Ms arms an
leid me close to his breast and tried
tO comfort me. X rememuer oeeius
. Woman. AII1US vi."0"ci.t
Mn visitor at the Baynes home, and
14 rrate tells the fortunes of the two
P death on the gallows for Amos,
fved for an act of boyish mischief
n runs away, intending to make his
! wtth the bunkelbergs. He reaches
e " " - Portnn and fa I la into .
the 1uago t-v, tviot.
Kindly Faced Man Was Leaning
1 Over Me.
pe Silent Woman pass while I was
1 Tell me what's your name," be
I "Barton Baynes," I said as soon as
i coma speax.
"Where do you llvef
"Bow did you get here?"
"Dug Draper brought me. Do vou
liknow where SHv Tnnkrfhrfl' Hvm?"
II "Is she the daughter of Horace
'Mr. and Mrs. Horace Dnnkelberz.
"Oh. 'VPS. T Imrvn? ho- Callv ta m
"-Criend of mine. We'll get some break
fast and tnen we'll go and find her.
Jde earned me throneh th onen
loor of his office and set nie down
t his desk. T?w mia ot t
ight Lad chilled me and T wns shin.
"You Bit there and TCl ho a fi
Jolng in a minute and get you warm
He wrapped me in hia
No the back room and built a fire
P a Small StOVe and hrnno-h ma In
M set me down beside it He made
me porridge in a kettle while I sat
owing my little hands over th srnv
o warm them, and
tt grew in me.
put them on n small nr.
pTrio V J bcvc
p had watched him with growing
Rerest and I got to th
P soon as the porridge and mounted
-au ana seized a spoon.
One moment Rnrt " gdm m
lost. bv :r T
j-"bvy neve lorgotten to
FJ ed of a river m'i v;mwr
fcf, -wvv x a uuu"
ere ttere were a wash-stand and a
and tin hncJr. j,,
ioaP. He dinnoH v, i
arrel and fiii i -r
Pned DivKoif 1 4- s A
P nest, but made for the table and
er hi , Cat' beinff very hungry, af-
F nastily drvJno- Tr,,r i
r nunBte he came and eat down
utter n porrIdSe and bread and
the dishes and I asked:
-'OW ffilll T J
elberg?" 6 Bauy 1JUI1'
What in 1 i j
. worm qo yon want
'Jr Dunkelbergr' he askd.
ju&i to play with her," I said
1 Sn0Wfrt l t i
tr J jju vt j. tuuiu oil oil
:J nands nnr ..i,.
'Ser yU aDy ne t0 Play
Onlv mi. tt . .
- mCie jfeaooay."
rlQt you like to Play with himr'
) ionger. He's all tired out, and
Deel, too. I've tipped over
Kddp 6 e tning on Place. I
,ra Over the honev vpstprdnv
ut it n .iiTn
Wpn everyuimg nun
(o r ,Dly clothes. I'm a regler pest
rl want i . ..
1r vw-s wilu oaiiy uuiiKei
t :J Wat to play with her a lit-
joi u wee little wniie."
hf8w "arcnr- earn ne an
aaSMBS-el!. t bad eeeo tt oly
fMee before. " People were moving
about In the streets. One thine I
did not fail to notice. Bvery man
we met touched his hat as he greeted
It was a square, frame house that
of the Dunkelbergs -large for that
village, and had a big dooryard with
trees in it As we came near the gate
I saw Sally Dunkelberg playing with
other children among the trees. Sud
denly I was afraid and began to bang
back. I looked down at my bare feet
and my clothes, both of which were
dirty. Sally and her friends had
stopped their play and were standing
In a group looking at us. I heard
"It's that Baynes boy. Don't he
look dirty T
I stopped an withdrew my hand
from that of my guide.
"Come on, Bart," he said.
I shook my head and stood looking
over at that little, hostile tribe near
"Go and play with them while I step
Into the house," he urged.
Again I shook my head.
"Well, then, you wait here a mo
ment," said my new-found friend.
He left me and I sat down upon
Ihe ground, thoughtful and silent.
In a moment my friend came out
with Mrs.1 Dunkelberg, who kissed me,
and asked me to tell how I happened
to be there.
"I Just thought I would come," I said
as I twisted a button on my coat,
and would say no more to her.
"Mr. Wright you're going to take
him home, are you?" Mrs. Dunkel
"Yes. I'll start off with him in an
hour or so," said my friend. "T am
interested in this boy and I want t
see his aunt and uncle."
"WeM, Sally, you go down to the of
fice and stay with Bart until they go.
"You'd like that, wouldn't you?" the
man asked of me.
"I don't know," I said.
"That means yes," said the man.
Sally and another little girl came
with us and passing a store I held
back lo look jt many beautiful things
L - - " PAGE SEVEN
THE' INDEPENDENT, ELIZABETH CITY. N. C.
T5eaT aTTaon't TfT
ayes I" .- ",.. .' .
"If any oe needs ' help Sile Wright
Is always on hand," said Uncle Pea
body. I was soon otot of bed and he came
no more- to sit up with me.
When Iwas well again, Aunt Deel
said one day: "Peabody Baynes, J
ain't rd no preachin' since ,Mr.
Pangborn died. I guess we better
go down to Canton to meetin' some
Sunday. Jf there ain't no minister
Sile Wright always reads a sermon,
If he's home, and the paper says he
dont go 'way for a month yit 1
Zlnd o feel the need of a good sermon
"All right m hitch up the tosses'
and well go. We can start at eight
o'clock and take a bite with , us an'
git back here by three.'
I had told Aunt Deel what Sally
had said of my personal appearance.
"Your coat is good enough for any
body ayesl" said she.. 'Til make
you a pair o' breeches an' then I guess
you won't have to be 'shamed no
She had soent several eveniners mak
ing them, out of an old gray flannel
petticoat of hers and had put two
in a big winaowr
'Is there anything you'd like there,
Bart?" the man asked.
"I wisht 1 had a pair o' them shiny
shoes with buttons on," I answered
in a low, confidential tone, afraid to
express, openly, a wish so extrava
"Come right In," he said, and I re
member that when we entered the
store I could hear my heart beating.
He bought a pair of shoes for me
and I would have them on at once,
and made it necessary for him to
buy a pair of socks also. After the
shoes were buttoned on my feet I saw
little of Sally Dunkelberg or the other
people of the village, my eyes being
on my feet most of the time.
The man took us into his office and
told us to sit down until he could
write a letter.
Soon a horse and buggy came for
us and I briefly answered Sally's good
bye before1' the man drove away with
me. I remember telling him as we
went on over the rough road, between
fields of ripened grain, of my water
melon and my dog and my little pet
I shall not try to describe that home
coming. We found Aunt Deel in the
road five miles from home. She had
been calling and traveling from house
to house most of the night and I
have never forgotten her joy at seeing
me and her tender greeting. She got
into the buggy and rode home with
us, holding me in her tap. Uncle Pea
body and one of our neighbors had
been out in the woods all night with
pine torches. I recall how, although
excited by my return, he took off
his hat at the sight of my new friend
"Mr. Wright, I never wished that
I lived in a nalace until now.
He didn't notice me until I held up 1
both feet and called: Took a there,
Then he came and- took me out of
the buggy and I saw the tears In his
eyes when he kissed me.
The man told of finding me on his
little veranda, and I told of my ride
with Dug Draper, after which Uncle
"I'm goin' to put in your hoss and
feed him, Comptroller."
"And Tm goin' to cook the best
dinner I ever cooked in my life," said
When the great man had gone Uncle
Peabody took me In his lap and said
very gently and with a serious look:
"You didn't think I meant it, did
ye? that you would have to go way
"I don't know," was my answer.
" 'Course I didn't mean that I Just
wanted ye to see that it wa'n't going
to do for you to keep on tippln things
That evening as I was .about to go
up-stairs to bed. Aunt Deel said to
"Do you remember what ol' Kate
wrote down about him? This is his
first peril an he has met his first
great man an' I can see that Sile
Wright is kind o' fond o' him."
I went to 6leep that night thinking
of the strange, old, ragged, silent
We Go to Meeting and See Mr. Wright
I had a chill that night and In the
weeks that followed. I was nearly
burned up with lung fever. Doctor
Clark came from Canton to see me
every other day for a time and one
evening Mr. Wright came with him
and watched all night near my bed
side. In the morning he said that he
could come the next Tuesday morning
if we needed him and set out right
after breakfast, in the dim dawn light,
to walk to Canton.
"Peabody Baynes," said my Aunt
Deel as she stood, looking out of the
window at Mr. Wright, "that is one
of the grandest splehdldest men that
I ever see or heard of. He's an awful
smart man, an a day o his time Is
worth raore'n a imenth of ourn, but
he cemes away eaT here to set up
with aBtck sggtts one asd, bbp
She Had Spent Several Evenings
Making Them Out of an Old Gray
pockets in them of which I was very
proud. They came just to the tops
of my shoes, which pleased me, for
thereby the glory of my new shoes
suffered no encroachment
The next Sunday after they were
finished we had preaching in the
schoolhouse and I was eager to go
and wear my wonderful trousers. Un
cle Peabody said that he didn't know
whether his leg would hold out or
not "through a whole meetin'." His
left leg was lame from a wrench and
pained him if he sat long In one po
sition. I greatly enjoyed this first
public exhibition of my new trous
ers. I remember praying in silence.
as we sat down, that Uncle Peabody's
leg would heM out. Later, when the
long sermon had begun to weary me,
I prayed that It would not
It was a beautiful summer morning
as we drove down the hills and from
the summit of the last high ridge we
could see the smoke of a steamer
looming over the St Lawrence and
the big buildings of Canton on the
distant flats below us. My heart beat
fast when I reflected that I should
soon see Mr. Wright and the Dunkel
bergs. I had lost a little of my Inter
est in Sally. Still I felt sure that
when she saw my new breeches she
would conclude that I was a person
not to be trifled with.
When we got to Canton people were
flocking to the big stone Presbyterian
church. It was what they called a
"deacon's meeting." I remember that
Mr. Wright read from the Scriptures,
and having explained that there was
no minister in the village, read one
of Mr. Edwards' sermons, in the
course of which I went to sleep on
the arm of my aunt She awoke me
when the service had ended, and
"Come, we're goin' down to speak
to Mr. Wright"
I remember Mr. Wright kissed me
"Hello 1 Here's my boy In a new
pair o' trottsersl"
"Put yer hand in there," I said
proudly, as I took my own hand out
of one of my pockets, and pointed
He did not accept the invitation, but
laughed heartily and gave me a little
When we went out of the church
there stood Mr. and Mrs. Horace Dun
kelberg, and Sally and some othei
children. It was a tragic moment fot
me when Sally laughed and ran be
hind her mother. Still worse was It
when a couple of boys ran away cry
Ing, "Look at the breeches 1"
I looked down at my breeches and
wondered what was wrong with them.
Th'ey seemed very splendid to me and
yet I saw at once that- they were not
popular. I went close to my Aunt
Deel and partly hid myself in her
cloak. I heard Mrs. Dunkelberg say:
"Of course you'll come to dinner
For a second my hopes leaped high.
I was hungry and visions of jelly
cake and preserves rose before me. Oi
course there were the trousers, but
perhaps Sally would get used to the
trousers and ask me to play with.her,
"Thank ye, but we've got a good
ways to go and we fetched a bite
with us ayesl"- said Aunt Deel.
Eagerly I awaited an invitation from
the great Mrs. Dunkelberg that should
be decisively urgent but . she only
Tm very sorry you can't stay."
My hopes fell like bricks and. van
ished like bubbles.
The Dunkelbergs left us with pleas
ant words. They had asked me to
shake hands with Sally, but I had
clung to my aunt's eloak and firmly
refused to make any advances. Slow
ly and without a word we walked
across tie park toward the tavern
Wo riftd started aWST UP the SoUtS
road when, to my smrprlse, Aunt Ded
mildly attacked the Dunkelbergs. ?
"These here village folks like t
be waited on ayes! an they're aw
ful anxious you should come to sea
em when ye can't eyes I but whea
ye git to the village they ain't nigh
so anxious no they ain't 1"
In the middle of the great cedar
swamp near Little Biver Aunt Deel
got out the lunch basket and I sat
down on the buggy bottom between
their legs and leaning against the
dash. So disposed we ate our luncheon
of fried cakes and bread and butter
and maple sugar and cheese. What
an. efficient cure for good health were
the doughnuts and cheese and sugar,
especially If they were mixed with
the idleness of a Sunday. I had a
headache also and soon fell asleep.,
The sun was low when they awoke
me in our dooryard.
I soon discovered that' the Dunkel
bergs had fallen from their high es
tate, In our home and that Silas
Wright, Jr., had taken their place in
the conversation of Aunt Deel.
CHAPTER IV. '.: k
In the Light of the Candles.
One day the stage, on its way to
Ballybeen, . came to our house and
left a box rind a letter from Mr.
Wright, addressed to my uncle, which
"l)ear Sir I send herewith a box
Of books and magazines in the hope
that you or Miss Baynes will read
them aloud to my little partner and In
doing so get some enjoyment and
profit for yourselves.
"S. WRIGHT, JR.
"P. S. When the contents of the
box have duly risen Into your minds
will you kindly see that It does a
like service to your neighbors In
School District No. 7? S. W. Jr."
"I guess Bart has made a friend
this great man--sartin ayesl" said
Aunt Deel. "I wonder wholl be the
The work of the day ended, the
candles were grouped near the edge
of the table and my aunt's armchair
was placed beside them. Then I sat
on Uncle Peabody's lap by the fire
or, as time went on, in my small chair
beside him, while Aunt Deel adjusted
her spectacles and began to read.
I remember vividly the evening we
took out the books and tenderly felt
their covers and read their titles.
There were "Cruikshanks' Comic Alma
nac" and "Hood's Comic Annual";
tales by Washington Irving and James
K. Paulding and Nathaniel Hawthorne
and Miss Mitford and Miss Austin;
the poems of John Milton and Felicia
Hemans. Of the treasures in the box
I have now in my possession: A life
of Washington, "The Life and Writ
lags of Doctor Duckworth," "The
Stolen Child," by "John Gait Esq.";
"Rosine LavaL" by "Mr. Smith" ; Ser
mons and Essays by William Ellery
Channing. We found In the box also,
thirty numbers of the "United States
Magazine and Democratic Review"
and sundry copies of the "New York
Aunt Dee! began with "The Stolen
Child." She read slowly and often
paused for comment or explanation or
laughter or to touch the corner of
an eye with a corner of her handker
chief in moments when we were all
deeply moved by the misfortunes of
our favorite characters, which were
acute and numerous.
In those magazines we read of the
great West "the poor man's para
dise" "the stoneless land of plen
ty"; of its delightful climate, of the
ease with which the farmer prospered
on its rich soil. Uncle Peabody spoke
playfully of going West after that
but Aunt Deel made no answer and
concealed her opinion on that sub
ject for a long time. As for myself,
the reading had deepened my inter
est in the east and west and north
and south and in the skies above
them. How -mysterious and inviting
they had become 1
One evening a neighbor had brought
the Republican from the post-office.
I opened it and read aloud these words
in large type at the top of the page:
"Silas Wright Elected to the U. S.
"Well I want to know I" Uncle Pea
body exclaimed. "That would make
me forgit it if I was goin' to be
hung. Go on and read what it says."
I read the choosing of our friend
for the seat made vacant by the res
ignation of William L. Marcy, who
had been elected governor, and the
part which most impressed us were
these words from a letter of Mr.
Wright to Azariah Flagg of Albany,
written when the former was asked
to accept the place : '
"I am too young and too poor for
such an elevation. I have not had
the experience in that great theater of
politics to qualify me for a place so
'exalted and responsible. I prefer
therefore the humbler position which
I now occupy."
"That's his way," said Uncle Pea
body. "They had hard work to con
vince him that he knew enough to be
"Big men have little conceit ayes I"
said Aunt Deel with a significant
glance at me.
The candles had burned low and I
wa's watching the shroud of one of
them when there came a rap at the
door. It was unusual for any one to
come to our door in the evening , and
we were a bit startled, uncie Pea
body opened It and old Kate entered
without speaking and nodded to my
aunt and uncle and sat down by the
fire. Vividly I remembered the day
Of the fortune-telling. The same gen-
He smile lighted her face as she
looked at me. She held up her hand
with four fingers spread above it
Ayes," said Aunt DeeL "there are
My aunt rose and went Into the
but'ry while I eat staring at the
ragged old woman. Her hair was
white now and partly covered by a
worn and faded bonnet Forbidding
as she was I did not miss the sweet
ness in her smile and her blue eyes
when she looked at me. Aunt Deel
came with a plate of doughnuts and
mad aad tatter aad bead cheese
Uncle Peabody Opened It and Old
Kate Entered Without Speaking.
and said in a voicmu or pity:
"Poor ol' Kate ayes I Here's same
thin for ye ayesl"
She turned 16 my uncle and 5tdS
"Peabody Baynes, whatH we do
I'd like to know ayes! She can't
rove all night.. .. -
TU git some blankets an' make
a bed" for her, good 'nough for any
body, out In the - hired man's room
over the shed," said my uncle.
He brought the lantern a little
tower of perforated tin and put a
lighted candle Inside of It Then he
beckoned to .the stranger, who fol
lowed him out of the front door with
the plate of food in her hands. .
"Well I declare! It's a long time
since she went up this road ayesl"
said Aunt Deel, yawning as she re
sumed her chair.. ,
"Who is ol Kate?" I asked.
"Oh, just a poor ol crazy woman;
wanders all 'round ayes I"
"What made her crazy?"
"Oh, I guess somebody misused and
deceived her when she was young?
ayes! It's an awful wicked thing to
do. Come, Bart go right up to bed
now. It's high time ayesl"
"I want to wait 'til Uncle Peabody
comes back," said L
"I rm afraid shell do somethin
"Nonsense ! Ol' Kate Is just as harm
less as a kitten. You take your can
dle and go right up to bed this min
ute ayes I"
I went up-stairs with the candle
and undressed very slowly and
thoughtfully while I listened for the
footsteps of mr .uncle. I did not get
into bed until I heard him come in
and blow out his lantern and start
up the stairway. As he undressed
he told me how for many years the
strange woman had been roving in
the roads "up hill and down dale,
thousands an' thousands o miles,"
and never reaching the end of her
In a moment we heard a low wail
above the sounds of the breeze that
shook the leaves of the old "popple''
tree above our roof.
"What's that?" I whispered.
-I guess It's or Kate ravin'," said
It touched my heart and I lay lis
tening for a time, but heard only the
load whisper of the popple leaves.
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