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AT LOVE'S COMMAND
By JOHN A. STEUAET,
[Copyright, 1883. by John Alexander Steuart!
"Donald Gordon has done many things
that"he ought to have left undone," he said,
with a quiver In his voice. "But there is
one thing he has never done-he has never
broken his word. Thaf has always been
' better than "his bond. I and my wife will go
with you to Scotland as scon as some neces
sary business is transacted here. I never
intended to set foot in the old country again.
But heaven has its own way of upsetting
tho designs Of man. I am happy enough to
"I wish I could fly to The Elms," I said,
"and let them know."
""We'll sail, Kilgour; we'll sail," he laugh
ed. "That'll be quick enough. And now
for the preparations."
Ho turned away abruptly, and I knew
there was a lump in the throat of the war
rior who had been thought a devil, and in
deed my own was strangely tight, while as
for Ranee, being a woman in spite of her
country and color, she was fairly weeping
with downright gladness. So to keep our
selves in heart I took the liberty, greatly to
the astonishment of Donald's chief butler,
of serving with my own hand some of the
best sherbet all round.
A little later I broke the news to Tabal.
"I am going away, Tabal," I said; "far
away to my own country, and the desert
and tho black tent will know me no more
"Cannot Tabal go with thee?" he pleaded
"That can scarcely be, good Tabal," I
answered. "It will be better for thee to re
turn to Marabel with the caravan."
"I will not return unies? thou drive me
away," he replied stubbornly. "Hast thou
not saved my life, and where thou goest
will I not go to serve thee ? Thou wilt take
thy little Fatima Let me go, I pray thee,
to care for her."
"Take the honest fellow with you, Kil
gour," called ont Gordon, who happened to
hear us. "I will be at the cost of him, and
. he will look after my rogue Mahomet. Be
sides, Hassan" (the great black warhorse)
"ia going to keep your little mare com
"Be it as thou sayest then, Tabal," I said,
and the poor fellow leaped for joy.
Three weeks later we embarked at Yedda
with all our belongings, Yumen Yusel, the
shereef of Mecca and a brilliant company
of sheiks and great men doing us final
HOME AND VICTORT.
So once more we are among loved and
familiar scenes, the torrid sands are left
behind, and we are back to the scented
heather and the fellowship of friends.
That ' ome coming was such as had never
been known ia the sedate valley that in
cludes Kilgour and the Elms. Old people
talk of it yet by the chimney cheek in win
ter nights, and the young listen with open
mouths and wide eyes to the wondrous tale
of the sudden appearance one quiet evening
O? a company of outlandish folk with the
jargon and garb of heathendom. I wish
some of these people were now at hand to
describe what they saw and thus save me
much trouble, for I have come to a point
that seems to touch me more closely in my
tenderest part and to make it more difficult
to write than anything that went before.
But I will briefly relate what remains cf
this extraordinary history and endeavor to
In his wanderings in the east Donald
had imbibed high notions of pageantry and
the picturesque, and so he insisted we
ahould go home in the best style at our
command-that is to say, in full oriental
costume and a special carriage.
"It will be a free sight for the natives,"
he said. "It isn't every day that Arabs of
our standing arrive in Scotland."
Accordingly on reaching Perth we in
voked the aid of my old friend of the
"Hound and Stag," who procured for us at
a cost that, in his own words, was "perfeck
ly awfae," the best barouche and tho fast
est pair in the city. j
To make the more imposing show Tabal
and Mahomet were to ride behind on Fa
tima and Hassan, accoutered in Arab fash
ion, with a spear and half a dozen daders
apiece. Very glad they were to get into
the saddle again, both to stretch their mus
cles according to wont and to display their
horsemanship. The horses also whinnied
with delight at the touch of the familiar
girths, and when mounted danced a jig un
known to the sober steeds of these isles.
The town gathered to witness the specta
cle of our departure, and it afterward leak
ed out that the provost and council were at
the moment excitedly considering the ques
tion of entertaining the Indian nabobs who
had so unexpectedly honored their city.
But we were off before the good men could
decide, with half the population at our
heels, ns if we exercised the charm of the
Pied Piper of Hamelin. And the mighty
sensation of tho starting was continued all
along our route. People rushed gaping
from houses and fields to get a glimpse of
ns at close quarters, and those whom we
met generally turned and followed us as
long as they had breath. Some saluted us
as if we were foreign potentates, others
stared as if they had been turned into stone,
and yet others, by their looks, seemed to
apprehend an invasion.
When we swept through our little village,
there was the commotion that an earth
quake or tho descent of an armed band of
robbers might have caused. Fain would I
have stopped to make myself known to the
villagers and see theirastcnishment, butat
that stage we could net bear to tarry. Two
miles ahead was Kilgoui a jd p. little beyond
was the Elms. So we sped on without draw
ing rein, our hearts beating short sud fast,
with the expectation which the returning
exile alone knows. The carriage horses
were lathered and blowing after their 40
miles, though Fatima and Hassan, with
more trying work, did not show a wet hair.
But no consideration for blown horses could
have induced us to delay. The coachman,
rathar against his will, whipped up, and in
stead of slackening the pace increased.
As we rolled, bumping and shaking, over
the mountain road in tho midst of many
whirling thoughts, suddenly old Duncan's
parting words flashed upon me.
"God bless ye, take it. It will be tho sil
ler pipes I learned ye toblawon. Ayonc
the seas ye'll can gio a skirl nt times to
mind ye of old friends, and when ye come
back ye'll can march to your own quick
Why shouldn't I? In less time than it
takes me to write this sentence the silver
pipes were out of the green bag.
"You shall be played home like a hero,
Gordon!" I cried, leaping upon the dickey
to the great discomfort of the coachman,
?.?ho was evidently unable to make up his
?nind whether we were great folks or sim
The scream of the pipes made the horses
Almost as wild as I was myself. ,
"I canna baud them!" yelled the coach
man, laying his weight on the reins. "I'll
nevei win back to Perth safe. Woa! Woa!
They're off, sure. May I be burned alive
if I ever take a trip like this again. Woa,
Dandy! Woa, Meg! Ah, ye Ummer, tak
ing the bit atween your teeth! If I smash
this kerridge, I may just go and hang my
"Let them out, you fool," I said breath
lessly. Tho speed was glorious to me.
They could not go too fast. Another mile
-ono short mile, but it was too much to
I blew as I had never blown but once be
fore, and that was when I thought I waa
playing a ranting air as my own dirgo.
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
was now my tune, and tho birds flew In
terror from the rocks at the mad excito*
ment of the strain. Another half mile
two or three minutes n.ore. Couldn't the
ass of a coachman use his whip? Then ali
at once the chimney tops of Kilgour roee
amid the dusky heath ?us I had seen them
rise when last I returned from Edinburgh,
and I almost dropped.
"There it is, Gordon!" I screamed, pointing
to the right. "Don't you see it standing
alone there? All the chimney.? are smok
ing. They must have company."
And settling down to work again I played
fiercer and fiercer, and Ranee stuffed her
ears, and Donald encouraged me, /ind thc
coachman, hanging on the rein?, swore wo
should bu headlong over a precipice, but
tho speed was not checked.
A quarter of a mile more, and I saw a
man in a field near the house. He stood
looking toward us, shading his eyes with
his hands. He gazed thus for oerhans half
a minute; then suddenly turning be n
off as if be were pursued by the enea
mankind. It was Duncan. I sUoutt
him, I waved his own pipes and but foi
pace would have leaped down and run ;
him. Compelled to keep my seat, I sti
up again faster and fiercer and more
cordantly than any piper blew since r.
were invented by Adam.
Tho girls will sing, and thc boys will shoat
And the ladies they will all turn out,
And wo'll all feel gay when Johnny c<
At last we were off the county road
into the avenue-the avenue to Eil'
House. I was blind and dizzy and
tracted. I played, but heaven alone kn
what the tune was or how many tunes ^
hashed up together. Up we went at a
lop, the barouche bounding like a ball \v
it struck a stone, the horsey dripping,
driver like a ghost. Duncan had reac
the house and given the alarm, and pe?
were hurriedly gathering on the la
Heavens above! There wero my moi
and Isabel and Sir Thomas Gordon and
I made a heartrending effort to strike
"The Highland Laddie." Thete wa
noise, but no tune. Finding myself h
less as a musician, I got to my feet
whirled the pipes about my head ic r
exultation. Donald, too, unable any lor
to resist, rose, and snatching off his tur
waved also. Bruce charged down upon
every bristle on his back erect, and tl
on the lawn looked ns if they would fly.
Two hundred y; rds more to go! Co
the horses not mend their snail's pr
Bending forward, I struck at them with
pipes, and they gave a leap that ne?
broke the harness.
"Od, it's weelwo're so near the end!" E
the coachman, "I'm no used to this."
I threatened to fling him from his ri
and out went the lash in stinging coi1 ?t
made tho frantic horses spring afvesh,
could have gone faster than the; did. i
beside my crazy turmol) of r!ud their
citement was tranquillity itself. All
experiences I had gone through were
nothing to the sensations of that mom
of transport and agony.
We dashed through a gate and roun
curve. Then all at once the horses were
their haunches, as, without asking
co^'liman's leave, I threw myself on
reins. Before the wheels had stopped
were on the ground, and those who I
been watching our desperate approach, p
as death and crying with joy and fright a
I amazement, were upon us.
The scene that followed is not to be
scribed. The only person in it, outside
Tabal and Mahomet, who made any p
tense of keeping hi6 head was Donald, a
he afterward said he had never kno'
himself to act so much like an idiot. 1
rest of us had not the least semblance
sanity. There ls a joy, they say, that ki!
Assuredly there is a joy that makes rai
and it was upon us then in raging for
We were delirious with an ecstasy that se
our wits flying like chaff in a sudden bia
In a single instant, so to speak, we w<
whirled through a million realms of po
nant feeling. The emotion of a lifetime vt
condensed into one burning moment, and
i the stress vm acted as beings possessed. Th
at any rate was Tab?l's opinion, com mm
j cated to me confidentially a few day subi
In any case I was in no condition to o
serve minutely; consequently I find it no
not only impossible to give an accurate a
count of the demonstration, but hard
disentangle even the major impressio
Perhaps what remains with me most vi
idly (after my dear mother's frenzied er
brace) is that Sir Thomas Gordon, mu
muring words of grat Itude for the service
had done him, took my baud and weptovi
it like a child, and that Isabel in the pre
ence of them all kissed me fervently on tl
Ah, me! I never could forget that. Who
I think of it after the lapse of nearly half
century, that spot seems to glow with
youthful heat as if it were the only part <
me that keeps perpetually young. It is o
the right cheek, pretty high up, and som
times I go to her and say, "Isabel, is thei
aredringon that cheek of iniue?" An
she, well knowing what ! mean, will ai
swer with a pleased smile and maybe
slight heightening of the color, "Tush, tus!
A man of your years should be thinking c
other things." Nor can I deny she is righ
for a man who has grandchildren climbin
over his knees ought not to be foolisl
though, as I tell her, I can scarcely convie
myself of foolishness since it does one goo
to try to feel young again. But all that i
too far ahead of this story to be gone int
As you may suppose, a wondrous fuss wa
made over Ranee. Sir Thomas and Isabc
to her unutterable delight, welcomed he
cordially in her own tongue, and ray fat bei
forgetting his antipathies to foreigners c
her color, kissed her little brown baud i
his grandest fashion, and my mothei
though sorely puzzled what to make of
creature who dressed so oddly and undei
stood no English, received her with all til
warmth of a heart that knew not how t
be cold. But indeed Ranee's pretty way
were not to be resisted, and she was soon
by virtue of her own good qualities, estab
lished as a favorite with all. To Isabel sh
was as a sister, and to my mother as i
I should add that Tabal and Mahomet
considerably to their embarrassment, cam<
in for a liberal share of the good will, ant
that with Donald and Ranee they long con
tinued to be objects of intense curiosity
n?'; merely to those at Kilgour, but to th<
whole countryside. The general opinior
was that they had all come as part of mj
retinue, and every ono suddenly remcm
bered how he or she had predicted speedj
wealth for me.
"I kenned ye would soon be back wi's
fortune and wheen black men, sir," thc
people would say when congratulating me
on my happy return. ."I ay $ said so."
Good cause I had to wish that the fawn
ing supposition was true. The first glad
ness of my home coming was scarcely over
and the cale of my adventures told when I
began to suspect that things were as bad
with us as when I left-that indeed they
were a great deal worse. My father, being
a taciturn man, sak1 little to indicate press
ing trouble, but my dear mother, who used
to be the light of the place, now went about
with a white, drawn face and eyes.that were
hardly ever dry.
At last her distress became so plain and
so painful to me that one day-the third or
fourth after my arrival-when we were
alono together, I asked ^vhy she was so
troubled and if there was anything I could
do for her. At this, throwing her arms
about my neck, she laid her head on my
breast and sobbed so sorely that I could cot
help crying ?or company.
"My darline mother," I said, "what does
all this mean:' Tell mo what is the mat
She did not speak, but stood weeping and
stroking my hair as she used to do in the
"Tell me, mother, what is wrong?" I said
again. "Tell me-I cannot endure this."
"Oh, Andrew, it breaks my heart," she
answered through her crying, "to think
that after all you have done and suffered
you comeback to a ruiued home. Nothing
but a miracle will save us from being turn
ed out like beggars on the heath."
Tho world suddenly swam before my
"And who is doing this?" I asked in a
"The man who professed so much friend
ship for us-your father's cousin, Thomas
Clephane, the lawyer of Dundee."
"Thomas Clephane!" I repeated, for the
idea could scarcely force itself into my
brain. "Thomas Clephane! And how
may he have the power to do lt?"
"He has the power which an overdue
mortgage on the whole place gives bim."
"Mother," I cried fiercely, "he shall not
take Kilgour! I will kill him first."
"No, no," replied my mother, clinging
closer to me. "You will not. commit mur
der. I mnst not lose my boy ns well as my
home. No, no, I must not lose you."
"Stay, mother. Just one quest ion more.
Has his son-has Peter been near the place
"Yes; he has been both hore and at The
Elms. I think he is friendly with Miss
Gordon. But wh? do you start so? You
must, not be doing anything rash. Promise
me that, Andrew."
"I will do nothing rash, mother, except
In your defense. Now let nie KO."
My father entered, and I went out saying
I wished to see Donald Cordon.
Five minutes later I was at The Elms, hot
with nianing and hotter still with anger.
In the drawing room I found Sir Thomas
Gordon, Isabel, Donald, Ranee and-Peter
CleDbane. At steht of him my anger rose
to a white hot passion that made it hard
keep my promise to my mother. Rising
his feet, Peter saluted me with a feign
Bniile of pleasure, saying he had heard
was home, and I bowed slightly in retui
pretending not to notice the three flng<
he held out to me. Then we sat down a
did not address each other once while we ;
niained in the room.
When my visit, which was brief, was
an end, what must Donald in his devilme
do but propose that we three young m
should have a walk together. To my si
prise Peter Clephane agreed with ali
rity, remarking it was the very thing
desired. The reason was speedily ma
"Sir," he said to me when we were in tl
road, "your travels have not mended yo
manners! Yon have insulted mel"
"Sir," I replied, "you give me unspeak
ble pleasure. 1 will insult you again."
Donald looked from one to the other f
an explanation, but we had no time
"Sir," hissed Peter, "if I had a sword 01
' pistol, you should eat your words!"
"It's a thing I mortally hate," I a
swered. "But that needn't deprive you
your satisfaction. Choose your weapc
and name your time and place."
Donald whistled. "A private matter,
presume," he said.
"I don't know that it Is," returned Pete
with the .spitefulness of a girl callir
names. "It's simply this: Some peop
spend more than they earn and then t
a-borrowing. My worthy cousin can te
you the rest."
"And wiU," I said. "Some people lee
as friends and on slight temptation tm
into Jews. Li the present instance tl
Jews are a fat lawyer of Dundee and h
"It's a foul lie!" cried Peter. ""We on
want our own and nothing more."
"No Jew ever wants more," I answer?
"Shylock didn't, and the breed retains i
uprightness and integrity. But we're g?
ting away from business. We have mo
than one score to settle, and this seems i
excellent opportunity." And to make
long story short it was arranged weshou
have a moonlight meeting, pistols to beti
weapons. Donald was to act as my secom
and one David Macfarlane, a companic
from Dundee, who was then Btaying at tl
village inn. was to see that Peter shoal
have fair play.
When the time came, I slipped secret]
out (having breathed no whisper of wbi
was in the wind) and made off to the trys
lng place, where Donald was to have m
weapon tested and ready. As I was hurr;
ing along, thinking what' would be the coi
sequence if Peter or myself were killed,
was startled at hearing my name calle
from a thicket by the wayside. Turnln
quickly, I saw a tall, muffled figure comin
toward me from among the bushes. Nov
lt 1B perhaps best to own I am not above a
occasional superstition. Immediately m
head was full of uncanny thiig. aboc
wraiths and ghosts, and the hair rose o
my cold scalp. But the next instant m
heart was leaping with an emotion thf
was not fear, for the voice that s^oke to m
was not one to frighten.
"You are in great haste, Mr. Andrew,
said Isabel, coming up and throwing 01
the hood that concealed her face. "Surel
you must be bent on some deed of charit
to be in such a hurry."
And then laughing quietly she added tx
fore I could speak:
"You are a very pretty fellow in you
warlike humor. I am afraid your travel
have made you forget the ways of peaces
Seeing that she knew all, I asked he
how she had discovered the secret.
"1 knew something unusual was goin,
on, and so I picked it out of Donald," sh
answered. "And now don't you think yoi
had just better go back and not put crim
on your head by killing that poor fellow?'
So we stood and argued the matter,
pointed out to her as well as my clums
tongue could how deeply my honor wa
concerned and bow dastardly It would b
to turn back.
"A fine thing is this honor to fight about,'
she said, with her bantering little laugh
: "Do you think you will be any better o
? happier after you have maimed Mr. Cle
? phane for life? Tho quarrel, I think, is o
)your seeking. You ind better consider, Mr
Andrew, what you are doing."
- So she had come to beg for Mr. Clephane'i
Bfe, had she? Well, we would see abou
granting her petition. Liko a boor I tok
her it would bo my greatest pleasure in lifi
to put a bullet into the heart of Pete
"Oh," she said In a changed voice, and '
could see a sudden flush on her face in thi
moonlight. "Oh, I did not expect that an
sw'er, Mr. Andrew." *
I saw my mistake Instantly, but befon
there was time to speak a word of apology
Donald was through the wood looking foi
1 "This is fine work," he called out. "W<
shall belate Itwantsbutflveminutesof th?
time now. For heaven's sake, Kilgour, don'l
be lat?! It's almost as bad as running away."
"But, Donald, this is a foolish quarrel,"
pleaded Isabel, in spite of my rudeness.
"Tut, tut, sis. Girls don't understand
these things," answered Donald. "You
shouldn't be abroad at this hour. Go back
and keep Ranee company. She ls lonely
Then just as we were about to turn into
an adjacent field a boy came up and pre
sented a letter to Donald.
"From Mr. David Macfarlane," he said.
"Hold on!" cried Donald. "I mnst run
to tho light to see what he says I" He went,
and Isabel .and I were again alone.
I made hasta to stammer what apology I
could frame, and being unused to the exer
cise I managed badly and Buffered griev
ously. But, luckily for me, I was dealing
with one who had better qualities than
pride Laughing at me for m> pains, she
asked if lt was the ladies of Arabia who
had taught me to make fine speeches, said
she had never suspected my eloquence, and
rather by manner than word indicated that
perhaps I had not forever forfeited her
Scarcely had I my peace made when Don
ald came back.
"Coward, poltroon, alanderor!" we heard
him say while he was still some distance
off. "The mean, sneaking curl The con
temptible cabbage headed whelp!"
"What is it, Donald?" cried Isabel, run
ning to meet him.
"This," he answered In disgust, "that
the hound who dared to come to The Elms
as a gentleman has funked-called off on
sudden business, as if an aflair of this sort
were not more important than any busi
ness. If ever he sets foot here again, I'll
There was a rippling laugh of gladness
"Sis," demanded Donald fiercely, "have
you any hand in this dastardly trick of his?
Have you helped to get him out of the way?"
"I don't answer rude questions, my war
rior of the crescent," Bhe said, smiling in
his face. "When you find me doing a das
tardly trick, then ask again. You are both
very angry at having your fun spoiled. But
my brave gentlemen must remember they
aro now in a civilized land. Get home, both
of you, and pray heaven to grant you more
sense for the future You need it, and one
is just as bad as the other." '
And there being nothing else for it, we
did as we were told.
The duel was a fiasco, yet it was not with
out result, and that is the end of my story
and my reason for dwelling BO long on a
trivial incident. From Peter's words and
a letter he wrote to Isabel, which has not to
this day been acknowledged, the Gordons
heard of the desperate condition of our af
fairs, but as our pride would not permit us
to speak of our diilicultles, so neither would
the delicacy of the Gordons permit any ref
erence to them that might cause ns pain or
But at length tho time came when it was
impossible to conceal matters any longer,
and taning me with him for company my
father went ono day to The Elms to tell Sir
Thomas all. He bud no intention of ask
ing for assistance nor any expectation of re
eelving lt, but simply wished to do away
with false appearances and stand, as he
was, a ruined man.
Tho two retired to the smoking room
for their talk, and they might have been an
hour together when Donald and I, chancing
to pass the door, were called In. There was
a strange silence when we entered. My fa
ther's eyes were wet-a thing I had seen not
more than once In my lifo before-and Sir
Thomas was smoking at a furious rate as
If trying to hide himself in the blue clouds
ho was emitting. They looked at each oth
er once or twice with an odd expression be
fore a word was said. Then Slr Thomas,
taking his pipo from his mouth and with
great difficulty clearing bis throat, made a
Imagine my astonishment to hear Km
begin a eulogy on myself for the inestima
ble service I bad rendered him in restorug
Donald to bis family (here Donald nodded
with great vigor) and for the hardihood I
had shown in going to the ends of the earth
after the scapegrace (here Donald agiin
nodded with greater vigor).
"And whereas, Mr. Andrew," he pur
sued, "one Mr. Thomas Clephane, bekiK
blessed with more gear than grace, has by
wile and guile and by sundry acts of tho
usurer got into his possession certain deels
and documents which will entitle him, fall
ing the payment of certain moneys, to take
possession of Kilgour, to the ruth and hann
of its rightful owners, I being moved
thereto by divers good reasons already set
forth, have made up my mind to cheat
"Quite right, father," put in Donald.,
"The proposition is sound and Just."
I did not then know what I afterward
learned, that Donald had warmly urged Sir
Thomas to this generous act.
"On this day week," resumed Sir Thom
as, "at 12 o'clock noon precisely, this Thom
as Clephane and his myrmidons will, ac
cording to an instrument which I have pe
rused, demand the aforesaid moneys at Kil
gour house, and failing one payment will
proceed to take possession. It will be my
pleasure to see the money paid, and the j
usurer and would be usurper kicked from
the premises. I am a mild man, but such
measures of justice are at times necessary."
"Oh, papa, papa," cried a clear, bell-like
voice, "that is ferocious language for you."
"Come in, my dear," called Sir Thomas,
and Isabel and Ranee walked in. In a^ew
words Isabel was told what had taken place
She, however, knew it as well as we, though
she did not care to own she had been listen
ing. But indeed the proposal had been no
secret at The Elms for a week before
"But the conditions, Sir Thomas," I said,
all in a tremor with excitement. "You
must name the conditions,"
"These," said he, and I thought there
was a Bparkle in his eye as he glanced from
ma to Isabel, "these, I dare say, can be
arranged, Mr. Andrew. Dear me, how
stuffy it is in herel Let us got into the
With perhaps the fleetest foot I ever set
to earth I ran to tell my mother the good
tidings. At first she could not believe me,
but when my father, too, burst In breathless
and beaming, her unbelief gave way and
she must needs cry for joy.
"I knew my boy would Bave us," she
said. "Let us thank God for all his mer
cies." And we did.
Punctually on the day and at the hour
when the money was due Thomas Clephane
and his man appeared. He strutted into
the house with an insolent air of ownership,
thinking it no longer necessary to be polite
even to my mother, and spreading out his
warrants began to read them. But my fa
ther stopped bim.
"I think this will probably save you the
trouble," he said, taking down a bag from
"Qo ? '
a convenient e
he counted ou
laid down the
my lawful re
you breathe ne
"Go," I said
off the premises
At that insta
his son came fri
"So here you i
with tho mone
here to see your
"Ah, Sir Tho
"And be out of t.
treat you as you <
Ho went shameracedly with his bagot
gold weighing upon him heavier than a
millstone, and so Kilgour was ransomed.
Here my story naturally ends. What be
fell in the happy times that followed, how
Donald and I scoured the country on our
Arabs, how Lsabel and myself became fast
er friends and Ranee was established as
mistress of The Elms I may not tell, nor
may I tell the story of Donald Gordon, as
in the long days among the summer heath
er he told it to me Some other time it
may be set forth for the delectation of a
world, which I believe is not averse to ro
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
Court Common Pleas.
Summons for Relief.
E. J. NORRIS, Plaintiff,
Mrs. M. A. EICHELBERGER, Defen't.
To thc Defendant Mrs. M. A. Eichel
YOU are hereby summoned and re
quired to answer the complaint in
this action, of which a copy is here
with served upon you, and to serve a
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Dated March 22,1894. .
NORRIS it CANTELOH,
To thc Defendant Mrs. M. A. Eichel
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Springfield, Oreen County, Mo.
OT lie Je
Corner Broad and
To the good people of Edgefield Co.,
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have something upon which to j
base his judgment ineraployiug a
person to do work for him.
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..... ?rysipcins.Eruptions.. .25
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16-?Halarla, Chills, Fever and Airue. .25
19- Catarrh, Influenza, Cold in the Hood. .25
20- Whooping Couch. .25
27-Kidney D?HCRBCS .25
30-UrInary Weakness, Wetting Bed.. .25
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Pimples, Blotches zs
and Old Sores 2
Catarrh. Malaria ES
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-Prtcklv Ash. Pole? Soot and Potas- ^?
Blum, the groatest blood purifier oo ^
ABSBDBB?T. O.. Joly 21,1891-,.
MESSRS. LIPPMAN BEOS., Savanna!!. fM
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It has don?me more good than toree
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Aberdeen, Brown County, 0. .*&
Capt. J. D. Johnston.
To oH ?Aon? ? may concern: I bife- -
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and nm now entirely cured. , ^ro
Skin Cancer Cored. ~^mm
Testimony from the Mayor of Sequin,Tex.
SEQUIN, TEX., January 14,1893.
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Attorney at Law. ~"^sW
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: McIntosh Streets.
W. N. BURNETT?
Successor to GEO. B. LAKE,
CYCLONE & FIRE INSURANCE
Office over Bank of Edgefield.'
GEO. W. CROFT. JAS. H. TILLMAN.
Croft & Tillman,
EDGEFIELD, (Norris Building) ? '
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Will practice;in all thejCourts of the
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r who arc nervous
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