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As You Bowl Along
ie road your pleasure will be com
pter if you have perfect confidence
your horse's harness. People
^ho have bought harness from ns
[ave learned by experience that it
tn be relied upon even under the
?verest strain. Try a set and you'll
Icquire a harness confidence grcAt
r than ever before.
The Maker of Our Carriages
has a reputation for never skimping
in either the quantity or quality of
his materials. He uses the best
and plenty of thom and employs
the most skilled craftsmen he can
obtain. That's why a carriage
bought here runs easily, looks fine
and lasts long. That's the kind
Wilson & CanteJou
JP^"I am better supplied than ever before
to suit you in wagons, buggies and car
riages. We sell the celebrated Studekak
er wagons and carry a full line of sizes.
We have a large assortment of buggies in
Brockway, Summers. Columbus and oth
ers. Come in and see what we have. Our
harness department is well stocked with sin
gle and double wagon and buggy harness.
Can suit any purse.. Full stock of Furni
ture. We buy in large quantities direct
from manufacturers and can make close
prices. Full assortment of house furnish
ings of all kinds. We carry a full line of
stoves. Buy your wife a new stove and
make her happy. It will surprise you how
cheap we can sell you a good stove.
In this as in all other departments we can supply amy rea
sonable demand. We carry a full line of sizes both in cheap
coffins and higher priced cases. Our hearse responds to all
calls, either day or night
G. P. COBB,
Johnston, S. C.
Pianos and Organs
At present we desire to call especial attention to
;ttie Adam Schaff piano, which is used exclusively
in the public schools of Chicago. The factory has
been established forty years, lt is a strictly high
grade standard piano. Prices of uprights are from
$300 to $500.
We have sold over 1,500 Farrand organs and all
of them are now giving satisfaction. We also car
ry a line of other makes of pianos and organs. Any
lof our goods are sold on liberal ti;rms of payment.
[Satisfaction guaranteed in every particular,
Holland Brothers, I
Greenwood, S. C. ?
Horses and Mules t
Our fifth Car of Stock for This Sea
son will Arrive Next Monday
Do not fail to see these
horses and mules bef of e buy
ing. They were purchased
in Lexington by Mr. Wilson
and can be depended upon
in every particular
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Send all essays contesting for
prizes offered by the Womans Chris
tian Temperance Union by Februa
ry 20th to Mrs. J. L. Mims, Edge
field, S. C. The best on each sub
ject will be read at the Tri-Connty
Convention at Johnston, March
4th, and prizes awarded
World Famous Reds
Beerin now to set hens. You will
not be troubled with mites or chick
en lice. ??rprs Si.50 per 15. No
more stock for sale this season.
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Edgefield, S. C. R. F. D. 1
I -ight Saw, Lathe and Shin
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Supplies and repairs, Porta
qle , Steam and Gasoline En
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Schedules Southern Railwa y
Premier of the South Effective
Dec. 3, 1911. (N. B. Schedule
figures shown as information only
and are not euarteed.) Arrivals
and departures Edgefield, S. C.
1:10 a. m. No. 209 daily for Tren
ton, Columbia, Greenville, Spar
tanburg, Asheville, Cinciinnati.
Arrivals Trenton 8*30 a. m. Co
lumbia 10:50 a. m., Greenville
5:5*> p. m., Spartanburg 4:10 p
m. Asheville 7:34 p. m. Cincin
nati 10:00 a. m.
10:5 a. ra. No. 231, for Trenton,
Aiken, Augusta and intermediate
points. Arrive Trenton 10:40
a. m. Aiken 11:25 a. m. Augusta
11:35 a. m.
1:30 p m No 229, daily except Sun
day for Trenton, Aiken, Charles
ton, Columbia, Washington, N.
Y. Pullman sleeping car from
Trenton dining car service. Ar
rive Aiken 3:05 p. m. Charleston
9.15 p m. Columbia 0:40 p m.
Washington 8:53 a m. New
York 2:31 p m.
6:50 p. m. No 207, daily for Tren
ton, Augusta and intermediate
points. Arrive Trenton 7:10 p
rn. Augusta 8:35 p m.
9:00 a m. No 208 daily, from Au
gusta and internediate points.
11:00 a m. No. 208 daily, from
Augusta and intermediate points.
11:00 a m. No 230, daily from New
York, Washington, Columbia and
1:00 p m. No 210 daily except Sun
day, from Aiken and intermedi
4:55 p. m. No 232 daily from Ai
ken, Augusta and intermediate
7:40 p m. No. 200, daily, from Cin
cinnati Asheville, Spartanburg,
Greenville, Columbia and inter
For detailed information call on
ticket agent, or E. II. Coapman,
VP&GM., Washington, D. C.
J. L. Meek, AGPA.,
F. L. Jenkins, TPA.,
The contract for operating the
ferry at Shaw's Mill ' will be let to
the lowest bidder on Tuesday Feb
ruary the 27th at ll a. m. The
board reserves the right to reject
any and all bids
W. G. Wells, Supervisor.
Round Trip Excursion Rates
Via Augusta, Ga.,-Via Southern
Railway-Premier Carrier of the
Account Aviation Exhibitions, Au
gusta, Ga., January 10, 26, Februa
ry 14, 23, March 13 and 29, 1912,
by the Aviation Schools, the South
ern Railway announces low round
trip tickets to Augusta on the above
dates, good returning the third day
from, and inoluding date of sale.
For further information, call on
ticket agents, or,
John L. Meek, AGPA.,
Frank L Jenkins, TPA.,
(^ouiiiiUed from Opposite Page)
"Be all means; I cannot say I found
the play diverting, despite the skill of
your friend's chef. I gather ye wish
to get to business1? Well-I'm wait
ing." O'Rourke pulled at a cigar,
honoring the man with a cat-like at
tention. He had no longer to watch
the honorable; the latter had wil
fully relieved him of the necessity.
"You have been then," pursued the
vicomte, without further circumlocu
tion, "to the palace of Monsieur le
"I have-unfortunately a few dayB
too late, it seems."
"You are satisfied-?"
"I'm satisfied that the Pool of
Flame has been stolen."
"Then you will probably believe
me when I declare myself the male
factor. 'It was an easy matter: I
jpurposely brought up the name of
Chainbr^t in conversation with the
Governor^nd by him was informed
of the exist?SCt^of the packet-which,
O'Rourke Whipped Hilt to Chin With
of course, I had already surmised.
Afterward . . . the secretary was
absent, the safe open, the name on the
packet stared me In the face. What
could I do?"
"Precisely: I'm convinced that, be
ing what ye are, ye did only what ye
The vicomte bowed, amusement
flickering in his glance. "Touched,"
he admitted. . . . "Well ... I
have the jewel, you the information."
"And ye have to propose-?"
"A plan after your own heart: I do
your courage the credit to believe it,
monsieur. With another man, whom
I had studied less exhaustively, I
should propose a combination of
forces, a division of profits." O'Rourke
made an impatient gesture. "But with
you, Colonel O'Rourke, no. I esteem
your address and determination to?
highly and-pardon me If I speak
plainly-I despise and hate you too
utterly to become willingly your part
"Go on-I begin to like ye better.
Ye grow interesting."
"That does not interest me. . .
The situation, then, is simplified. Es
sentially it involves two propositions:
first, we cannot combine; second, di
vided wo both fail. While both of us
live, mon colonel, the Pool of Flame
will never eavn its value."
" 'Tis meself takes exception to
that. Let me once get me hands on
the stone, monsieur, and I'll tack me
self against a dozen vicomtes-and
"While I live," the Frenchman stat
ed, unruffled; "you will not touch the
Pool of Flame; while you live, I can
not dispose of it to the best ad
vantage. It would seem that one or
the other of us must die."
"I am armed," remarked O'Rourke
slowly, "If ye mean ye've brought me
here to murder me-"
ly. I asked you, you came of your
own will-to fight for the Pool of
Flame." O'Rourke started; a glint of
understanding danced in his eager
eyes. "I see you catch my meaning.
What I have to propose is this: you
will take pen and paper and write
the name of the person who offers the
reward, with his address. This you
will enclose in an envelope, seal, and
place in your pocket. The Pool of
Flame-you see I trust you-is here."
O'Rourke got upon his feet with an
exclamation; the vicomte was play
ing a bold hand. Before the Irishman
had grasped his intention he had
thrown upon the table a ruby as large,
or larger, than an egg; an exquisite
Jewel, superbly cut and polished.
Fascinated, O'Rourke remembered
himself and sat down.
"You see." The vicomte's cold In
cisive tones cut the silence. Slowly
he extended a hand and tock up the
great ruby, replacing it In his pocket.
"There is," he Bald evenly, " a level
stretch of grass beyond the veranda.
The night, I admit, is dark, but the
light from these long windows should
be sufficient for us. If you slay me,
take the ruby and go in peace: this
sot"--with a contemptuous glance at
the unconscious honorable-"will nev
er hinder you. If you die, I take the
note from your pocket. The issue is
fair. Will you fight, Irishman?"
OTtourke's fist crashed upon the
table as he rose. "Fight!" he cried.
"Faith, I did not think ye had this in
ye. Pistols, shall it be?"
"Thank you," said the vicomte, with
a courtly bow, "but I am an indiffer
ent shot. Had you chosen rapiers at
Monte Carlo one of us would never
have left the field alive."
He went to a side table, returning
with a sheet of paper, an envelope,
pen and ink. And when O'Rourke had
slipped the paper Into his pocket ho
saw the vicomte walting for him by
one of the windows, two naked ra
piers, slender and gleaming and long,
beneath his arm. As the Irishman
came up, with a bow, the Frenchman
presented the hilts of both weapons
for his choice.
Together and in silence they left
the dining-rcom, strode across the ver
' anda and down, a short step, to the
lawn. The vicomte stood aside quick
ly, bringing his feet together and sa
luting in the full glare of light,
v. O'Rourke whipped hilt to chin with
cfcficumrnate grace, his heart singing.
Work~SUCQ as this he loved. The
night w?fi/pttcky t>lack, the windows
barred it ^X^n^tS5^?r^J^e daric
spaces between a man misST^TS^^
blunder and run upen his death. T**
. Somewhere in the shadowy shrub
bery a night-bird was singing as
though its heart would break. There
was a sweet smell in the air.
His blade touched the vicomte's
with a shivering crash, musical as
Early In the dull hot dawn a chat
ter of winches and a bustle of
shadowy figures on the deck of a
small trading vessel, which had spent
the night between the moles of the
harbor of Algiers, announced that the
anchor was being weighed.
While th?^ was taking place a small
harbor boat, manned by two native
watermen and carrying a single pas
I Benger, ptit out from the steamship
quay, the oarsmen rowing with a will
that hinted at a premium having been
placed upon their speed. The coaster
was barely under way, moving slow
ly in the water, when the boat ran
alongside. A line was thrown from
the ship and caught by one cf the
watermen, the boat hauled close in,
and its passenger taken on deck.
An hour later, a pipe between his
teeth, O'Rourke stood by the helms
man, staring back over the heaving
expanse, swiftly widening, that lay be
tween the coaster and the Algerian
littoral. The world behind was gray
and wan, but the skies ahead were
golden. "A fair omen!" breathed the
The bulk of the great ruby in his
pocket brought his thought back in a
wide swing to the girl who would be
walting for him at Rangoon. "Faith,
and I must be getting below and mak
ing a dab at writing a letter to her.
. . . That was nothing."
He nodded with meaning towards
the bold profile of Algiers. . , .
A.n ill wind it was that blew Colonel
O'Rourke ir.to Athens. ... It has
blown itself out and been forgotten
this many a day, praises be! but thai,
once lt had whisked him thither, im
mediately lt subsided and stubbornly
it refused to lirt again and waft him
forth upon his wanderings, in the
course of time came to be a matter of
grievous concern to the Irishman.
All of which ia equivalent to saying
that the dropping breeze of his
finances died altogether upon his
arrival in the capital of Greece, lie
disembarked from a coasting steamer
in the harbor of the Piraeus encum
bered with a hundred francs or so, an
invincible optimism, a trunk and a
kit-box, and a king's ransom on his
person in the shape of the Pool of
Flame; which latter was hardly to
be esteemed a negotiable asset There
after followed days of inaction, while
his hopes diminished.
Nearly two months had elapsed
since he had promised two people
himself and one infinitely more dear
to him-to be in Rangoon in ninety
days. In little mere than a month
she'd be waiting for him there. . .
And where would he be? Still was
he far by many a long and weary
mile from the first gateway to the
East-Suez; and still he lacked many
an aloof and distant dollar the funds
to finance him thither.
If only he could contrive to get to
Alexandria-I Danny was there
Danny Mahone, he of the red, red
head and the ready fists; Danny, who
held the O'Rourke as only second to
the Pope In dignity and Importance;
who had been O'Rourke's valet in a
happier time and of late In his hum
bler way an adventurer like his mas
ter. He waa there, In Alexandria,
half partner In a tobacco Importing
house, by virtue of money borrowed
from O'Rourke long ?ince, at a time
when money was to he had of the
man for the asking. . . . And
Danny wou ld help. ... ?r j
Toa must see O'Rourke revolving^!*,
his mind -tblr unhappy predicament^*
bis, on tue last o:? tHem?ny*aft?rS?T$?
that he spent in Greece. Draw dottro
the corners of hie wide, mobile mouth,
stir up the devils in his eyes una!,
they flicker and flash their resentment,
place a pucker between the brows ?G
his habitually serene and unwrinkled*
forehead; and there you have hfja
who sat beside the little table in tqe>
purple of the Zappeion, with a heaft
bared to the cool of the evening
breeze, alternately puffing at a me
diocre cigar ar.d sipping black co?te?
from the demi-tasse at his e"' >w.
Nov/just as the sun wr-s sinking be
hind tho mountains and /?.vr?ettus wi)
clothing its long slopes In vcguc v:oyt
light of mystery and enchantment (fir
this view alone O'Rourke took himself
to the Zappeion daily) the Irishman**
somber meditations were interrupted.
"Phew! 'Otter'n the seven brass
'inges of 'ell!" remarked a cheerfsl
voice, not two feet from his ear.
O'Rourke turned with an imper
ceptible start-he was not easily st?
tled. "True for ye," he assented, tA
ing stock of him who, with his weatk
er-wise remark for an introduction,
calmly possessed himself of the va
cant chair at the other side--of tho
table and grinned a rubicund grta
He showed himself a man in stature
no whit inferior to the Irishman, Se.
to height; and perhaps he vas ?
stone the heavier of the two. Hta
lacked, otherwise, O'Rourke's alert
habit, was of a Blower, more stolil
and beefy build. The eyes that mst
O'Rourke's were gray and bright r.nfl
hard, and set in a countenance flang
ing red-a color partly natural arJ.
partly the result of his stroll through,
Athens' heated streets.
His dress was rough, and there wq?
this and that about him to te?
O'Rourke more plainly than words
that his profession was something
nautical; he was r.iost probably a cas
tain, from a certain air of determina
tion and command that lurked be
neath his free-and-easy manner.
^Therefore, having summed th?
strewer xup in a glance, "And wh^
did yeV^et in? captain?" inquir?
The man j\mDed wltn surprise anfl
shot a frlghtSPed-at lea3t a fIueB"
tioning-glanceX ?'Rourke' TheB?
seeing that he was\milinS in a fneQd"
ly fashion, calmed ?Sj continued hs
cool his face and hear\?J* blood by
fanning himself vteoroaM?7 with a
" '?V the dooce do you knTfiJ? r
captain ?" he demanded, with a
ly aggrieved manner.
"It shouldn't, take a man an bourel
guess that, captain-any nore than1
it would to pick ye out for an Eng
The captain stared, gray eyes wid
ening. "An" perhaps you'll tell me my
nyme next?" he suggested rather
"Divvle a bit. 'Tis no clairvoyant !
am," laughed O'Rourke. "But I caa
tell ye me own. 'Tis O'Rourke, and
'tis delighted I am to meet a white
man in this heathen country. Sir, yoscr
He put his own across the table asad
gripped the captain's heartily.
"Mine's 'Ole," the latter informed
"Ole?" queried O'Rourke. "Ol?
"Not Ole nothing," said th? cap
tain with some pardonable asperity.
"I didn't s'y 'Ole, I s'yd "Ole."
"Of course," O'Rourke assented)
gravely. "I'm stupid, Captain Hole,
and a hit deaf in me off ear." Tli^p,
however, was a polite lie.
"That explyns ff," agreed the mdHt
Ced man. "It's 'Ole, plyn WiH'm 'Oki
master of the Pelican, fryghter, jtifi
ic from Malta."
A light of interest kindled ta
O'Rourke's eye3. He reviewed the man
with mere respect, r,s d;:e to one wtyo
might prove useful. "And bound-!"
he insinuated craftily.
"Alexandria. . . . I just drepp
in. fer a d'y or two to pick up a
cf cargo from a chr.p down at Firae:?Si
[t's devlish 'ot and I thought as "ow
I'd tyke a. run up and see tho flif
- "aving ii bit of time free, y'knev/."
"Surely," sighed O'Rourke, a '?*
away look in his eyes. "For Alexa*
dria, eh? Faith, I'd like to be sailiapj
Again tho captain eyed O'Rourto
askance. "Wot for?" he demandai
directly. ' "The Pelican's a slow on
tramp. You can pick up a swifter pas
sage on 'arf-a-dozen boats a day." ,.
" 'Tis meself that knows that, surei"
assented the Irishman. " 'Tis bet s
trifling difficulty about ready moa^
He Gripped the Captain's Ham!
that detains ice;" hts """""
(TO BE CONTINTTED.)