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E. J. NORRIS, Agent
Edgefield, South Carolina
Representing the HOME INSURANCE
COMPANY, of New York, and the old
HARTFORD, of Hartford, Connecticut.
The HOME has a greater Capital and
Surplus combined than any other
The HARTFORD is the leading com
pany of the World, doing a greater
Fire business than any other Co.
See Insurance Reports
"HAS THE STRENGTH OF GIBRALTAR."
E. J. Norris,
FIRE AND LIFE INSURANCE.
Pianos and Organs
At present we desire to call especial attention to
the Adam Schaff piano, which is used exclusively
in the public schools of Chicago. The factory has
been established forty years. It is a strictly high
grade standard piano. Prices of uprights are from
$300 to $500.
, Farrand Organs.
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
of our goods are sold on liberal terms of payment.
Satisfaction guaranteed in every particular.
Greenwood, S. C.
For Boys and Men
We have never bjen better equipped
than^we are this season to supply the
boys and men of Edgefield county with
Clothing, Shoes, Hate,
Large assortment of all kinds. We de
sire to call especial attention to our
large stock of Eclipse shirts for men.
Notqingjbetter on the market for the
Drop in to see us. If we haven't what
you want, we will order it out for you
Dorn & Mims
A E. Padgett, President Thoa. H. Rainsford, Vice President
W. H. Harling, Cashier W. A. Byrd, Asst. Cashier
The Farmers Bank
ST * TE, COUNTY AND TOWN DEPOSITORY
Capital and Surplus
Total Resources over 300,000.00
After 20 ye?rs of-successful banking, greets the public and its
patrons for the year 1912 with beat wishes, thanking- them for
their patronage and confidence in the patt Conserrative business
solicitor. Iirtef?sfc paid on"sp?cial" o^pOSits. Your account sp
preciated. If not already a depositor, begin now.
DIRECTORS': Thea. H. Rainlrord, Df. C. P. D^V^ W.
23. Penn, E. HI Folk, S. B. Maj?, C A, Wells, W. H. Harlin*,
4L E. Padgettl * ^,1^
rt-.wu jim iiiiiwlillipilliwtfrtliiil^MBWliB.nm.?.??III
I hereby announce myself a can
didate for re-election as a member
of the town council of Edgefield
from Ward 4, and will abide the
result of the election.
. E. S. Johnson.
Yielding to the solicitations of citi
zens who reside in my ward, I have de
cided to become a candidate for war
den from the fifth ward of the town of
A. T. Samuel.
I respectfully announce that I am a
candidate for warden for the town of
Edgefield as the representative of the
5th ward. J. U. Rives.
(Continued from Opposite Page)
Mrs. Prynne, roused out of her seml
E tupor by O'Rourke's cry, with some
return of her habitual clearness of
thought, stepped to the companionway
and cj?led for her maid.
O'Rourke passed a hand over his
eyes, and brought it away black with
blood, but was no more than half
aware of this. Dazed and heart-brok
en, he stared blankly round the sham
hies that was the deck, then, recover
ing slightly, saw Cecile Join her mis
tress, and realized that, whatever his
personal grief, pain and despair, he
must play the part cf the O'Rourke.
So he turned and staggered down into
Danny was in his berth, sleeping the
childlike and loglike sleep that was
ever his. Dravos, below, his ears deaf
ened by the mighty chant of his en
gines, had been no more conscious of
the drama on deck than had Danny.
O'Rourke caught the boy with hands
that gripped his shoulders cruelly, and
shook him awake, then methodically
booted him up the steps to the deck.
Once there, Danny came to his prop
er senses and fell with a will to the
tasks O'Rourke set for him. With Ce
cile he lifted the unconscious captain
and bore him down to hi* berth, then
left him to the ministrations of mis
tress and maid and returned to throw
overboard the last corpse, that of the
lascar whom the Berang had set to
slay the adventurer from behind.
O'Rourke himself proceeded to the
bridge, where he found the helmsman
still at the wheel, soberly keeping the
vessel on her course. Tba circum
stance at the time surprised bim; but
it afterwards was developed by dint
of cross-examination of the remainder
of the crew that the Berang had spe
cially exempted Quick and Dravo?
from the general massacre, they being
held necessary to the navigation of
the ship. He had likewise put strict
Inductions ou the beuna man not to de
sert the wheel, whatever the tide of
battle, whether for or against his
brethren. The stabbing of Quick
seemed to have been accidental, or
necessary under dre um s tances unfore
As a matter of fact, the remainder
of the lascars were thoroughly cowed
and proved unbelievably docile-Cor the
balance of the trip.
Thus tt was that the voyage of the
Ranee from Aden to Bombay was
pushed through without further fatal
ity. To the Irishman, however, must
go more than half the cr?dits tor for
ty-eight hours he never left the bridge
nor once dosed his eyes lu slumber.
It was not indeed until the Ranee,
on the stroke of the hour, the evening
of the fifteenth day of June, walked
smartly into Bombay harbor, the In
ternational code signal "NJ" flutter
ing from ber peak, rounded Colabra
and dropped anchor off the point; not
until Danny and Dravos, free at length
from their toll in the broiling engine
room, came on deck to relieve him,
that O'Rourke collapsed-stumbled
down the bridge ladder and lurched
drunkenly down the saloon compan
ionway. His head humming with
sleep, his brain bemused with fatigue
and pain, his eyes heavy, he brushed
by Mrs. Prynne without seeing her or
even hearing her low cry of pity and
Solicitude; and so entering the first
stateroom that he came to, threw him
self, already asleep, Into the berth.
As he did so a loaded revolver
dropped from his numb fingers. . .
It was night when O'Rourke awoke;
he found himself staring wide-eyed at
the celling of the stateroom, upon
Which rippled wavering lines of light
reflected through the porthole by the
waters without His mind for the
time was a blank; he was merely con
scious that he was rested and very
thirsty, and that the ship was mo
Then lu a blinding flash memory
returned to him. He rose, curiously
light-headed and strangely weak,
pushed open the door and stepped in
to the saloon.
v lt was Ugh ted, If poorly, hy a smoky
kerosene lamp dependent from a beam
..abere the center-table, and wore a hol
] low, dlnsy ah- ot desolation for ah
that Danny slept there, bia vivid head
pillowed op anni crossed before bim
oajthe table. The ship was utterly al
and the OlUmrkVs sensitive in
told him that it wai tenanted
Be clapped a hand on Danny':
shoulder and shook him into wakeful
ness. The hoy leapt to his fest witl
a cry and, seizing O "Bourke's hand, he
gan to sob upon it-a touching bu
disconcerting performance, to the las
degree exasperating to a man thirst
log and famished.
O'Rourke, as gently as he couM, dis
engaged his hand and thrust Dann]
away, at the same time indicating ii
no uncertain tones that he preferre<
meat and drink to emotional crisis
Provided with a duty, Danny's senti
mental nature was diverted; he bust
led away and returned with an excel
lent cold meal-sandwiches, a salad
cheese, and other edibles upon a tra;
graced likewise by a bottle of chain
pagne. And you are to believe thal
the master fell to and wolfed it all
to the last crumb and the last drop
A new man, refreshed, he demanded
a pipe, and, with his head cocked or
one side and something of his old hu
mor twinkling in his eye, what time
it was not clouded with bewilderment
and concern at the answers he re
calved, cross-examined his valet.
"How long," waa his first question,
"will I have slept now, Danny ye
"Wan complete round av the clock,
"Where are we?"
"At anchor, sor, off the Fort in Bom
"Umm-hm. I'm by way of remem
bering something of that What of
"Raymoved, yer honor, to a horse
pittle ashore, sor, to con-valesoe. At
laste, I'm thinking thot's the word
the doctor used, sor." .
O'Rourke pulled at his cigar, re
garded regretfully the empty glass be
fore him, and with some visible reluct
ance put the question that, more than
aught else, he had wished to put ever
since he had eaten.
"And Mrs. Prynne?"
"Aw, yer honor!"
"What's the matter, Danny?"
"Sure, sor, and axin' 3'er pardon for
spakin' so, and manin' no manner of
"What the diwle, Danny!"
Danny drew himself up with an air,
bristling indignation. "Sure, and 'tis
meself never seen the loike av thim
wimmin for rank ingratichude, sor.
And afther all thot meself had said
to thot black-eyed Frinch vixen-"
"No, sor, not wan word av ut will
? widdror, not if yer honor discharges
me wid me usual month's notice, sor,
this minute. Faix, didn't I see? No
more and the anchor was down, sor,
and yersilf did to the worrld in yer
berth, sor, thia thim two does be after
ballin' a boat and lntendln' to go
ashore, widout so much as a fare-ye
well, and me meanin' the most hon
orable intintions in the world toward
"Have your Intentions ever been
aught else toward any woman ye ever
won a smile from, spalpeen?"
"Aw, now, yer honor-"
'"Get on with your story. What
about Mrs. Prynne?" demanded
O'Rourke, eyeing his servant curiously
and trying to fathom his but half-dis
guised and wholly awkward air of self
esteem. Plainly the boy thought
highly of himself because of some
thing he had accomplished, some ex
ploit of prowess or stroke of diplo
macy as yet undisclosed.
"Yissor. ... I was teilta* ye it
seemed to me the height of inaneness
she was displaying ma'nln' this same
Mrs. Prynne, whin 'twas meailf knew,
none betther, how much ye*ve laid
out on her account and hersih* not
waltin' to settle up wid ye-"
"What business was that of yours?"
"'Twas none, sor. But yersilf had
keeled over and was did to ivrythlng,
and what am I for if not to look out
for ye at such times? .... So
I'm afther sthoppin' thim two just as
they would be lavin' their staterooms,
and szl, 'Missus Prynne,' sz'I, *me
masther's compliments and he'd like a
worrd wid yees before ye'r-3 gone en
tirely.' And 'What's this?' sz'she wid
a fine show of surprise-the dayceyt
ful huzzy!-though I'm watchin' her
and thinkin' she was frightened about
somethln', from tho white turn av the
face av her. Sz'she: "Tis in the
dlwle's own hurry I am the minute,'
or worrd s to the same iff let Sz'she:
'And phwat will he be wan tin' av me?*
'A momint's conversation wid ye,*
BZ'I. And sz'she: 'I've no time. Let
me pass.' 'I'll be doing,' sz'I, 'nawthln'
like thot,' for be now I'm thinkin'
there's somethln' deeper behlnt her
fluster and flurry thin a mere desire
to bi'" -e-p'rhaps 'twas this thing in
te um I've heard ye mintion. And
I dXt minlt I'm sure av ut, for she
.A white as snow in the face and
_iie eyes of her begins to burn like
cold grane fire and she screams to Ce
cile for help and is afther whipping
out a gun to blow me opt av her
way wid; but 'tis mesilf thot's be way
sv bein' too quick for her and takln'
the pistol away; and be the mercy av
the Saints Mlsther Dravos hears the
shindy and hops down just in time to
snatch anpther gun out of the hand av
that same Cecile, and he grabs the
gurl and turns her into a stateroom
and abuts the dure on her and-"
"And," interrupted O'Rourke ls a
black rage, rising and turning back his
sleeves -"And now rm going to give
ye the father and mother of all
thrashings, ye Insolent puppy! How
dare ye lay hands on a lady--*
"Ow, murtherP chattered the boy?
leaping away. "Be aisy, yer honor,
and hear me ont, for tis tain yell not
be blands' me, but if ye do ni take
the patin* widout a worrd, sor."
"Very wall," assented O'Rourke om
inously. "But be quick about lt, for
rm mistrustful of ye altogether. Get
en^ye whelp r _ _ _
Danny placed , the table between
them with considerable expedition.
"Aw, listhen now," he pleaded. "While
Misther Dravoa was 'tendln' to Cecile,
this Missis Prynne was scrappin' like
a wildcat, scratching and bitin', and
-tis all I can do to kape her by wrap
pin' me arms tight about ber and hold
in' her so, and I'm makin' a grab at
her waist whin be accident like what
do I catch hold av but something un
dernathe ^as big as a hin's egg-a
stone she's carryin' round her neck,
the same as yer honor did wid the
Pool as Flame; and be the feel av ut
ut's the same entirely; and thin I'm
sure 'tis the same and thot some scul
duggery's be way av havin' been put
"What the diwle!"
"Wan momint more. . . . Now
in flghtin' wid me the collar av her
waist has come unfastened and me
self can see the string av ribbon that's
holding the thing there. So I sez to
mesilf, sz'I, "Tis strange enovgh to
bear investigatin',' sz'I, 'an* I'll be
takln' a cbanst at this if the masther
do be afther flavin' me alive. So I
calls Misther Dravos -nd gets him to
hould her fast while I takes out me
knife and cuts thot ribbon and pulls
the thing out widout any immodesty
whatever; and there on thot ribbon ls
a chamois-case, all sewed up, and I'm
rippin' it open an' finding-this I"
"God in Heaven!" cried, O'Rourke,
stupefied and agape; for Danny, hav
ing worked up to his climax, had dra
matically whipped from his pocket and
cast upon the table between them the
Pool of Flame.
He looked up, blind to the glee and
triumph in Danny's face.
"How did ye come be this?" he de
manded, speaking slowly and steadily,
as one who. having drunk more than
*nou;rh. listens to his own enunciation
to detect m lt the slur that liquor
brings. "I mean-I mean-how could
ye have taken this from the woman
when it lay all the time at the bottom
of the sea-six hundred miles and
more behind us?"
"Ask Misther Dravos If ye do not
belave me, sor. How would I be hav
in' it at all, widout I got it like I've
told ye? . . . 'Tis the real Pool of
Flame ye're handlin'; that's sure.
T'other one-the stone the serang
flung into the say, sor, was a counter
"How do ye know that?"
'Aisly enough, yer honor; be puttin'
the maid Cecile on the witness stand.
'Twas this way: I tuk the stone from
Missus Prynne and Misther Dravos
and mesilf locked her in her cabin.
Thin afther talkin' things over we let
Cecile out and be dint av threats and
persuasions, got her to tell what she
"She sez thot Frinchman ye kilt
back there in Algiers, sor, is at the
bottom av it all, only he's not did be
cause ye dldnt make a elane job av
ut, but lift him wid the laste susphie
ion av the breath av life in the body
"I was afraid of that," nodded
O'Rourke. "The next time we meet,
Des Trebes and I, there'll be no mis
take about it"
"She sez thot befure he fought wid
ye he'd taken measuremlnts av the
stone and made a wax mould av ut
"God in Heaven!" Cried O'Rourke.
so thot whin he failed to kill yersilf
and had got his strength back, he wlnt
to Paris and had an lmltashun av ut
made there-somehow be fusing chape
stones together and all thot, I belave.
'Twas Ixpinsive an' him tight up for
money, so he takes Missus Prynne in
to partnership and she puts up the
cash. Thin-they've been watchin'
yersilf all the time, sor-they sets
Cap'n Hole onto ye to get the stone
away, and he does it like ye know.
Afther ye escaped from the Pelican,
he goes ashore and mates the lady
at her hotel and daylivers the stone
to her, getting his pay and the lmlta
shun Into the bargain, he insistin' on
thot because he knows ye'U be comm'
back for the Pool av Flame, and he's
afraid av ye-afraid yell kill him If
he can't turn over a ruby to ye like
the wan he stole. So 'twas the faked
stone we tuk from him thot same
night and the same we brought aboard
the Ranee and the same the serang
s thole from yo."
"I begin to see. But how about the
serang? What did Cecile have to say
in explanation of html"
"She couldn't account for him at
all, sor, save thot mebbe the natives
in Rangoon had somehow got wind av
the fact that the stone was oomhV
back and a gang av thlm set out to
stale ut She ass Missus Prynne uiv
er cud account for the way they dis
covered she had ut but the/ seemed
to know pretty certain sure, ?or, for
yell recall they nlvar bothered ye ai'
AU sAJlrsjL andjftffSsl ttl* bo ehspat
like, thot the serang got the imitashua
"But what about Des Trebes? Did
the maid 6ay?"
"No more than he'd been lift lill
"And what 'ev ye done with the two
of them, Mrs. Prynne and the maid?
Are they still locked up safely?"
"Divvle a bit, yer honor. 'Twas im
possible to kape them so, Dravos said,
wid Missus Prynne threatening to yell
bloody murther out av the poort and
kick up such a row thot the authori
ties wud be down on us-if we didn't
let her go. Besides, we'd got what we
wanted out av her, and pwhat was the
use av holdin' her anny longer?"
"So ye let them go?"
"I could kill ye. for it," said
O'Rourke, "and Dravos, too; for
there's a deal of matters I'd like to
be inquiring into with the lady thia
blessed minute. But, Danny boy,
there's nothing in the world I can't
forgive ye now, for what ye've doner
for me, and 'twill be a strange thing]
if I don't serve ye handsomely when,
I come into a fortune. . . . Nowl
don't be standin' there like a ninny,'
but be off with ye and pack me thing?
before I lift me hand to ye. 'Tis ia
haBte we are-with Des Trebes alive
and Mrs. Prynne on the loose; and
there'll be no such thing as rest for
either of us until we reach Rangoon."
"Danny ..." said O'Rourke
without looking up from the occupa
*ion which had engrossed his atten
tion for the last three hours; and for
the first time in that period he spoke
audibly, making an end to the mum
bled confabulation he had been hold
ing with himself, a Murray's Guide, a
Bradshaw, an Indian railway guide,
several steamship folders and a large
colored map of the Indian empire.
"What day's this day, Danny?"
Danny thought laboriously. " Twas
this morn' we lift th' Ranee, sor?1
. . . Thin yestiddy was Wednes
"And today Thursday, be logical
progress of reasoning, eh?"
"Aw, yiss, sor."
"And what's the time?"
Danny consulted O'Rourke's watch
on the bureau. "A quarter av twilve."
"Then bestir yourself, ye lazy good
for-nothing, and pack up me things."
"Aw!" cried Danny, expostulant
"Our train leaves at two. Ye have
an hour and a half."
"Aw, but yer honor, is ut no rist at1
all we'll iver be havln'?"
"Ye can rest on the train," said!
O'Rourke. "I've just ten days left in;
which to reach Rangoon, where I've an
appointment to keep with a lady, Dan
ny, to wit, Madame O'Rourke. D'ye
mind her, and do ye blame me, Dan
Danny became suddenly extraordin
arily busy. '?Why did ye not say as;
much to begin with, yer honor?" her
complained. "As If I wouldn't work;
me hands to the stumps av
thim. . . ."
"'Tis now Thursday noon," con
tinued O'Rourke thoughtfully. "The
two o'clock train's scheduled to land
us in Calcutta at ten Saturday night
At eight Sunday morning a steamer,
leaves Diamond Harbor for Rangoon,
scheduled for a fair-weather passage
of three days. That'll leave us a lit
tle leeway, barring accidents. But
we've no time to waste."
"But how'll we be catching thot
steamer at Di'mind Harbor, sor? How
far's that from Calcutta, now, an' will
there be thralns at that hour av the
"That's to be dealt with as it turns
up, Danny. There's only for cy miles
between the two places, and if there's
no train, we'll charter a motcr-car or
a boat down the Hughll. . . ."
The latter expedient O'Rourke final
ly adopted, although he could have af
forded a comfortable night in a ho
tel at Calcutta, had he deemed lt wise.
But in the fifty-six hours of unmitigat
ed sweltering that he and Danny en
dured in their f ight across India he
had leisure to think m?tters over very
carefully, with the result that, all
things considered, he felt justified in
assuming the world to be in league
against him and in shaping his course
accordingly. Therefore it were un
wise to permit himsel' to be seen and
recognized in Calcutta, or even to lin
ger on the soil of India an instant
longer than absolutely necessary.
Within an hour, then, of his arrival
at Howrah, he had, by dint of per
sistence and rupees, succeeded in hir
ing a launch to take him from the ter
minus by water to the steamer at Dia
At a small hour of the morning they
made Diamond Harbor in pitch dark
ness and without misadventure were
successful in causing themselves to be
transhipped, bag and baggage, to the
twlnscrew steamship Poonan, which
vessel rode at anchor in midstream.
Toward eight o'clock of the white
hot forenoon that followed, O'Rourke,
in the shadow of a long-boat on the
Poonah's promenade deck, stood fin
ishing a matutinal cigar and watching
narrowly a tender ferry out a final
boatload of passengers from the east
ern river bank.
Slowly the teador forged toward the
steamer's side; and as it drew near,
O'Rourke forgot to smoke and bent
o?er the rall to inspect with unremit
ting interest those upon its decks.
The forward deck of the tender held
ids regard bot briefly; those who
waited there, eyeing impassively the
towering flanks of the liner, were one
and all of the asst. of races, creeds
(TO BE CONTr?TJED.)