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MAY 16, 1919
THE INDEPENDENT, ELIZABETH CITY, N. C.
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CHAPTER XVII. '
I start in a Long Way.
vre reached Canton at six o'clock In
rtP evening of a beautiful summer
7 T went at once to call upon the
JnTrdberes and learned from a man J
vork iQ e dryard that they had
8" e away for the summer. How
gon was my disappointment! I went
fethe tavern and got my supper and
hen over to Ashery lane to see Ml
hael Hacket and his family. I found
Se schoolmaster playing his violin.
..ow God be praised here Is
l,it jje exclaimed as he put down
Ua instrument and took my hands
in Us- "I've heard, my boy, how
Sovplv ye're weathered the capeT an
I wondered what he meant or ar
ond and then asked:
Bow go these days with you?"
'Swift as the weaver's shuttle, he
uiswered. "Sit you down, while 7 call
&e family. They're out In the kitchen
putting the dishes away. Many hands
make light labor.
They came quickly and gathered
about me a noisy, happy group. The
younger children kissed me and sat on
my knees and gave me the small news
of the neighborhood.
How good were the look of those
friendly faces and the full-hearted
pleasure of the whole family at my
"What a Joy for the spare roomr
exclaimed the schoolmaster. "Sure I
wouldn't wonder if the old bed was
flancln' on its four legs this very min
ute." "I intend to walk up to the hills to
night," I said.
"Up to the hills !" he exclaimed mer
rily. "An' the Hackees lyin' awake
thtokhV o' ye on the dark road! Try
it, boy, an' ye'll get a crack with the
ruler and an hour after school. Yer
auBt and uncle will be stronger to
stand yer comin' with the night's rest
imm them. Ye wouldn't be routin
them out o' bed an' they after a hard
flay -with the hayln 1 Then, my kind
hearted lad, ye must give a thought ttr
Michael Henry. He's still alive an
stronger than ever thank God !
So, aaough I longed for those most
m to me up In the hills, I spent the
up with the Hackets and the school
mfter and I eat an hour together af
ter the family had gone to bed.
"Row are the rrankelberes?" 1
"Sunk in the soft embrace o lux
ury," he answered. "Grimshaw made
him; Grimshaw liked him. He was
always ready to lick the boots o' Grim
shaw. It turned out that Grimshaw
left him an annuity of three thousand
dollars, which he can enjoy as long
as he observes one condition."
"What is that?"
"He must not let his daughter mar
ry one Barton Baynes, late o the town
f Ballybeen. How Is ''that for spite,
my boy? They say It's written down
in the will."
I think that he must have seen the
flame of color playing on my face, fot
he quickly added:
"Don't worry, lad. The will o God
Is greater than the will o' Grimshaw.
He made you two for each other and
she will be true to ye,x as true as tic
needle to the north star."
"Do you think so?"
"Sure I do. Didn't she as much as
tell me that here in this room not a
week ago? She loves ye, boy, as trut
as God loves ye, an she's a girl of a
"Why did they go away? Was 11
because I was coming?"
"I think it likely, my fine lad. Th
man heard o' it some way perhaps
through yer uncle. He's crazy for th
money, but he'll get over that Leavt
him to me. Tve a fine course o in
struction ready for my lord o Dunkel
"I think I shall go and try to find
ber , i gaid.
"I am to counsel ye about that,'
said the schoolmaster. "She's as keen
M a brier the fox I She says, Keer
ay. Don't alarm JkAm, or he'I
bundle us off to Europe for two oi
ttree years. v
"So there's the trail ye travel, mj
by. It's the one that keeps away.
Don't let him think ye've anything uj
Jbe sleeve o' yer mind. Ah, my lad,
J know the heart o youth I Te'd Ilk
to be puttin' yer arms around her
V wouldn't ye, now? Sure, there's timi
enough! Ye're in the old treadmill d
trodthe both o' ye! Ye're belri
jelghed an tried for the great prize
b not pleasant, but it's better so
on, now, ando yer best an what
ever comes take it like a man. .
A little silence followed. He brbtei
ith these words: . : ;
Je're done with that business It
WBkili, an' rm glad. Ye dldnl
now ye were befit tried there-dM
Ye've stood itlika man; .Wfiai
ye be doin noyrT, J ' '
tvd to go toWashintfon wltt
ttSnator." . ... , .. ;
g laughed heartily ,
VVa e,tf ay , that?. '4u
went on. "TOell, boy, I tbiiik it can b
!7?ged- lni the senator, as soot
v! ,er he comes an I believe feel
thiJi v .t0 know yr wishes.
woSm 8 been opm llke,that yt
With d a haPPT month or
yer aunt an' uncle. Itll do y
been growin' plump dowx
tnere. . jto an- mere ic onr ui rs
A little more talk and we were off tc
bed with our candles.
Next morning I went down into ith
main street of the Tillage before leav
ing for home. I wanted to see how ii
looked and, to be quite frank, I wanted
some of the people of Canton to sei
how I looked, for my clothes were oi
the best cloth and cut in the latest
fashion. Many stopped me and shool
my hand men and women who hai
never noticed me before, but there wai
a quality in their smiles that I didn't
quite enjoy. I know now that thej
thought me a little too grand on th
outside. What a stern-souled lot thosi
Yankees were! "All ain't gold thai
glitters." How often I had heard thai
version of the old motto I
"Why, you Took like the senatoi
when he is just gittln home from tht
capital," said Mr. JenisonV
They were not yet willing to. tak
me at the par of njy appearance.
I met Betsy Price one of my school
mates on the street. She was vers4!
cordial and tojd me that the Dunkel
bergs had gone to Saratoga. -
"I got a letter from Sally this morn
ing," Betsy went on. "She said thai
young Mr. Latourwas at the same ho
tel and, that .he and her father wer
J wonder if the really enjoyed stick
Ing this thorn into my flesh a thon
which niade it difficult for me io fol
low the advice of the schoolmaster anc
robbed me of the little peace l might
have enjoyed. My faith in Sally wav
ered up arid down until it settled at
Its wonted level and reassured me.
It was a perfect summer morning
and I enjoyed my walk over the famil
iar road and up into the hill country.
The birds seemed to sing a welcome
to me. Men and boys I had known
waved their hats in the hayfields and
looked at me. There are few pleas
ures in this world like that of a boy
getting home after a long absence.
My heart beat fast when I saw the
house and my uncle and Purvis coming
in from the twenty-acre lot with a
load of hay. Aunt Deel stood on the
front steps looking down the road.
Now and then her wavin handker
chief went to her eyes. Uncle Pea
body came down the standard off his
load and walked toward me.
"Say, stranger, have you seen any
thing of a feller by the name o' Bart
Baynes?" he demanded.
"Have you?" I asked.
"No, sir, I ain't. Gosh a'mlghty!
Say! what have ye done with that boy
What have yon done to our house?"
I asked again.
"Built on an addition."
"Thafs-what I've done to your boy,"
"Thunder an' lightnln 1 How. you've
raised the roof !" he exclaimed as he
'Thunder ant Uflhtnln'I How You've
Raised the Roof!"
grabbed my satchel. Dressed like a
statesman an' blggern a bullmoose.
I can't 'rastie with yon no more.'"- But,
say, m run ye a race. I can beat ye
an' carry the satchel, too."
We ran pell-mell up the lane to the
steps like a pair of children.
Aunt Deel did not speak. She just
put her arms around me and laid her
dear old head uoon mj breast. Uncle
Peabody turned away. Then what a
silence ! Off in the edge of the wood
land I heard the fairy flute of a wood-
"Purvis, you drive that loajd on the
floor an' put up the hosses," Uncle
Peabody shouted in a moment. "If
you don't like it yon can hire 'nother
man. I won't do no more till after
dinner. This slave business is played
"All right," Purvis answered.
"Yon bet It's all right. I'm f er abo
lition an' I've stood your domlneerin,
nigger-driver ways long enough fer
one mornin'. If yon don't like it yon
can look for another man."
Aunt Deel and I began to laugh at
this good-natured, make-believe scold
ing of Uncle Peabody and the emo
tional strain was over. They led me
into the house, where a delightful sur
prise awaited me, for the rooms had
been ., decorated with balsam boughs
and sweet ferns. A glowing mass of
violets, framed In moss, occupied the
center of the table. The house was
filled with the odors ot the forest;
which, as taey knew, ,werev dear;o. me.
I had wrltteet;- Kat , ibpar ! ??ftjf tct
me some ilm ; before ; no'- but j I
begged them' not to" meet . me to ;ya
ton, air r "Me4 toi wBpeafr
my long rjdV 'So they vreye Jady for
me. . .. :; ., . . )
. I remember how they fejt the ,ctotu
.veyed-.it.' - .vl -k . ,.Vj '-' .: v t: i
H3ouidn't bny them goods
"Feels a leetle bit like the butternut
trousers, said Aunt Deel as ahe f elt
"Ayes, but them butternut trousers
ain't vf hat; ttey. nsdv 16 So yfb?$
was young and Umber," Uncle Peabody
remarked. "Seems so they was get
tin kind o wrinkled an baldheaded
like, 'specially where I set down., r ,
"Ayes I - wai x guess a man cant
grow 'old without his pants growin
old, too ayes I" said Aunt Deel.
"If yer legs are intern ev'ry Sunday
they ketch it of ye," my uncle an
swered. "Long sermons are hard on
pants, seems to me."
"An' the longer the legs the harder
the sermons In them little seats over
t the schoolhouse ayes I" Aunt Deel
added by way of t justifying bis com
plaint. "There wouldn't be so much
wear in a ten-mile walk no !" .
The chicken pie . was baking and the
strawberries were ready for the short
Tve been wailerin' since the dew
was off gittln them berries an vi'-
lets ayes 1" said Aunt Deel, now busy
with her work at the stove.
"Aunt, you look as young as ever, I
She slapped my arm and said with
Clock severity: . -
Stop that! Wy! Yoti know better.
How vigorously she stirred the fire'"
'T can't return the compliment my;
soul! how you've changed ayes!" she-
T hope you ain't fit no more, Bart.
i can't bear to think o' you flyin'-at.
folks an poundin' of 'em. Don't seem
right -no, it don't!"
"Why, Aunt Deel, what in the world
do you mean?" I asked.
"It's Purvis' brain that " does the
poundin', I guess," said my uncle.
"It's kind o' got the habit. 'It's a reg'-
lar beetle brain. To hear him talk
ye'd think he an you could clean out
the hull Mexican nation barrin' acci
dents. Why, anybody would suppose
that yer enemies go to climbln' trees
as soon as they see ye comin' an' that
you pull the trees up by the roots to
git at 'em." ,
"A certain amount of such deviltry
is necessary to the comfort of Mr.
Purvis," I remarked. "If there is no
body else to take the responsibility
for it he assumes it himself. His imag
ination has an intense craving for
m i" j a a. x . i
Diooa ana violence, ax s wai type ox
American who, egged on by the slave
power, is hurrying us into trouble
Purvis came in presently with a
look in his face which betrayed his
knowledge of the fact that all the cob
webs spun by his fancy were now to
be brushed away. Still he enjoyed
them while they lasted and there was
a . kind of tacit claim in his manner
that they were subjects regarding
which no honest man could be expect
ed to tell the truth.
As . we ate our dinner they told me
that an escaped slave had come into
a neighboring county and excited the
people with stories of the auction
block and of negroes driven like yoked
oxen on plantations in South Carolina,
whence he had .escaped on a steam
boat.. "I blieve Pm goin' to vote for abo
lition," said Uncle Peabody. "I won
der what Sile Wright will say to that."
"He'll probably advise against it ; the
time isn't riper for so great a change,"
was my answer. "He thinks that the
whole matter should be left to the gla
cial action of time's forces."
- Indeed I had spoken - the view ol
the sounder men of the North. The
subject filled them with dread alarm.
But the attitude- of Uncle Peabody
was significant. The sentiment in fa
vor of a change was growing. It was
now to be reckoned with, for the abo
lition party was said to hold the bal
ance of power in New York and New
England and was behaving itself like
a bull in a china shop.
After dinner I tried to put on some
of my old clothes, but found that my
nakedness had so expanded that they
would not cover it, so I hitched my
white mare on the spring wagon and
drove to the village for my trunk.
Every week day after that I worked
In the fields until the senator arrived
in Canton about the middle of August
On one of those happy days I received
a letter from old Kate, dated, to my
surprise, in Saratoga. If said :
"Dear Barton Baynes: I thought J
would let you know that my father 1
dead. I have come here to rest and
have found some work to do. I am bet
ter now. Have seen Sally. She is verj
beautiful and kind. She does not. know
that I am the old witch, I have changed
so. The others do not know it U
better that way. I think it was th
Lord that brought me here. He has e
way of taking care of some people,
my boy. Do yon remember when I be
gan to call you my boy you were verj
little. It is long, long ago since I flrsl
saw you in your father's dooryard
yon said yon were going to mill on s
butterfly's back. Yon looked just as
thought my boy would look. You gav
me a kiss. What a wonderful gift ii
was te me then ! I began to love yon
I have no one else to think of now.
hope yon won't mind my thinking sx
much of yon.
"God bless you,
I understood now why the stronf
will and singular Insight of this worn
an had so often exercised themselvei
1& my behalf. I could not remembei
the . far day and the happy circum
stance of which she spoke, but I wrott
her a letter which must have warmed
her heart I am sure.
Silas Wright arrived in Canton an
drove np to our home. He reached
our door at eight in the morning witl
his honnand rifle. He. had aged rap
idly since I had seen,hiin 'Zast. ' Hit
hair was almost white.; There wen
many new lines : in ids face. Hi
seemed more grave tpid dignified. H
did not lapse toto J.e deci of. hii
fathers when 'he 'egio&& t the, ac,cen1
pastimes of hunting and ftRh'ing as hi
had been wont to do.
"Bart," he said when the greetlngf
were over, 'let's yon and me go and
spend a day in the woods. 17 leaf
my man here to help your uncle whlfa
We. went by driving south a fen
i miles- and tramping in to the foot ol
long fanuliar to me.: The' dog left u
coon after' we took it and began to
range over thick wooded hills. We sat
down among j eijIsi4rfdke spruces
at the river's edg withTallong etretca
of water in sight while the music' of
the Ji5und! yoJC came faintly to oui
'ears from tbedlstant forest f -
. . "Oh, I've been dreanung of this fei
A Sliit Crop M r Mioiiiff
Indications Still Point to Good Prices Ahead For
JiKli3ini r O I A it Mmm
Don't Gamble Your Crop Away
It was never more important to local growers to connect up witH
t5 v --r m. gvf ijr Tr im UlU LdmriXOX VUl 11 iCLUUl IO
I have never tied to any one or two houses and the old true and
tried commission merchants with whom I have dealt for a num
ber of years are the best on their respective markets.
I have strong, steady and reliable outlets for everything you will
produce this year and believe it will be more than ever to your
advantage to get touch with me early.
HERE ARE MY CONNECTIONS-- YOU CAN' T BETTER 'EM
NEW YORK CITY
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SMITH & HOLDEN, 303 Washington St.
S. H. & E. H. FROST, 3 1 9 Washington St.
OLIVET BROS. Inc., 335 Washington St.
BERNARD ABEL CO,, Inc.
Cor. Washington & Duane Sts.
P. WILSON, 1 16 Dock St.
JAMES SAWYERS & CO., 222 Dock St.
J. L. CULVER, 114 Dock St.
NEWARK, N. J.
LEVERAGE & BETHARD, 88 Commerce St.
General Forwarding Agent
Elizabeth City, N. C.
a long time," 6aia tne senator as ne
leaned back against a tree and filled
his lungs and looked out upon the wa
ter, -green with lily pads along the
dge and flecked with the last of the
white blossoms. "I believe yon want
to leave this lovely country."
"I am waiting for the call to
"Well, Tm Inclined to think "yon are
the kind of man who ought to go," he
answered almost sadly. "Yon are
needed. I have been waiting until we
should meet to- congratulate yon on
your behavior at Cobleskill. I think
you have the right spirit that is the
all-important matter. Yon will en
counter strange company in the game
of politics. Let me tell yon a story."
He told me many stories of his life
in Washington, interrupted by a sound
like that of approaching footsteps. We
ceased talking and presently a flock
of partridges came near us, pacing
along over the mat of leaves in a lei
surely fashion. We sat perfectly still.
A young cock bird with his beautiful
ruff standing out, like the hair on the
back of a frightened dog, strode
toward us with' a comic threat. In his
manner. It seemed as if he were of
half a mind to knock us Into the river.
But we sat . as still as stumps and he
spared us and went on with the others.
The baying of the hound was nearer
now. Suddenly we saw a big buck
come down to the shore of the cove
near us and on our side of the stream.
Be Rooked to right and left Then he
made a long leap into the water and
waded ,slowly until it covered him. He
raised his nose and laid his antlers
back over his shoulders and swam
quietly downstream, his nose just
showing above the water. His antlers
were like a bit of driftwood. If we
had not seen him take the water his
antlers might easily have passed for
a bunch of dead sticks. Soon the buck
slowly lifted his head and turned his
neck and looked at both shores. Then
very deliberately he resumed his place
under water and went on. We watched
him as he took the farther shore be
low us and made off in the woods
T couldn't shoot at him, it was such
a beautiful bit of politics," said the
Soon the hound reached the cove's
edge and swam the river and ranged
np and down4 the bank for ' half an
hour before he found the buck's trail 4
ftfato. .. , ' - . ..
uTfe seen many a rascaL drlTen to
water , by the , hounds, go swimming
away, as slyly as that buck, with their
horns In the air, looking as Innocent
.i 'oiCof 4too-H They come In
from Jfcfth ,hireft the Whig and the
Dem5crcratic- dl they are always shot
at from one titik'm&jty&r-
I remember it surprised me a little
to hitAi'.hfm m.v that tber came in
from both shores. ;
"Just what do you want to do?" he
"I should like to go down to Wash
ington with you and help you in any
way that I can."
"All right, partnerwe'll try it," he
answered gravely. "I hope that I don't
forget and work you as hard as I wort
myself. It wouldn't be decent. I hav
a great many letters to write. Til try
thinking out loud while, you take then
down in sound-hand. Then yon can
draft them neatly and I'll sign them.
You have tact and good manners and
can do many of my errands for me and
save me from those who have no good
reason for taking up my time."
"You will meet the best people and
the worst. There's just a chance that
it may come to something worth while
who knows? You are young yet. It
will be good training and you will wit
ness the making of 6ome history now
What elation I felt!
Again the voice of the hound, which
had been ringing in the distant hills,
was coming nearer.
"We must keep watch another deer
is coming," said the senator.
We had only a moment's watch be
fore a fine yearling buck came down
to the opposite shore and stood look
ing across the river. The senator
raised his rifle and fired. The buck
fell in the edge of the water.
"How shall we get him?" my friend
"It will not be difficult," I answered
as I began to undress. Nothing was
difficult those days.
I swam the .' river and towed the
buck across with a beech . withe in his
gambrel joints.- The hound Joined me
before I was half across' with my bur
den and nosed the carcass and swam
on. ahead yelphig with delight :
We dressed the deer and then I
had the great joy of carrryin" him
en my back, two miles across, the' coun
try to' the wagon.' " The senato wished
to send agoide for the der fcnt 'it 'in
sisted that the carrytoff was my privi
lege. ;;,; V'' . ....r"
"Well. I guess your big thighs and
broad shoulders can stand it," said be.
"My nncle, has always said that Bfl
maxf could be rgaUed. hunter; nam
can go Into the wo$di wKhotit a "guide
his back; I want to be ablet to testify:
Wrrasked;me with. a toile; f.
basswoods yellowed: by. frost tr!j
whldt we traveled. .irtwArtig
wiudown wh4n we got t
"What a day" it has Deen i" saia 'Mr.
Wright when we were seated In the
"One of the best In my life," I an
swered with a joy In my heart the like
of which I have rarely known In these
many years that have come to me.
' We rode on in silence with the calls
of the swamp robin and the hermit
thrush ringing in our ears as the night
"It's a good time to think, and there
we take different roads," said my
friend. "You will turn Into the future
and I Into the past.
Tve been thinking about your
ancle, he said by and by. "He is one
of the greatest men I have ever known.
Yon knew of that foolish gossip about
"Yes," I answered.
"Well, now, he's gone about Ms busi
ness the same as ever and showed by
bis life that It couldn't be true. Not a
word out of him! But Dave Ramsey
fell sick down on the flat last winter.
By and by his children were crying for
bread and the poormaster was going
to take charge of them. "Well, who
should turn up there, just In the nick
of time, but Delia and Peabody
Baynes. They fed those children all
winter and kept them In clothes so
that they' could go to school. The
strange thing about it is this : It was
Pave-Ramgpy yfh.a really started that
storfr. He got up in church the other
night and confessed his crime. His
conscience wouldn't let him keep It.
He said that he had not seen Peabody
Baynes on that road the day the
money was lost but had only heard
that he was there. He knew now that
he couldn't have been there. Gosh
t'almighty! as your uncle used to
say when there was nothing else to be
It touched me to the soul this long
delayed vindication of my beloved
The senator ate supper with ns and
sent his hired man out for his horse
and buggy. When he had put on his
overcoat and was about to go he
turned to my uncle and said : '
"Peabody Baynes, if I have had any
success in the world it is because I
have had the exalted honor and con
sciousness that I represented men like
He left ns and we sat down by the
glowing candles. Soon I. told them what
Bamsey had done. There was a mo
ment of silence. Uncle Peabody rose
and went to the water pail for a drink.
"Bart, I believe TYL plant corn on
that ten-arce lot next spring darned
if I don't," he said as he returned to
None of us ever spoke of the matter
again, to my knowledge.
(Continued next week.)
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
Saving qualified as administrator of
the late William H. Overton I hereby
give notice to all persons indebted to
his estate to come forward and make
immediate settlement, and those hold
ing claims against the same to present
them for payment within twelve
months from the date of this notice,
or it will be pleaded in bar of their
ERNEST L, SAWYER,
May 6th, 1919. 6t.-
GET IN TOUCH WITH
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