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FROM A CLEAR SKY
By AGNES C. BROGAN.
Rosalia walked beside the tangled
. hedges of roses in her garden and look
ed wistfully up and down the road. .
"Reckon," she said, "we may as well
give up looking for some one to come
or something to happen Susan, we've
been looking a good many years."
The black cat who was the lone littJe
woman's Vmly companion, answered
by a sympathizing purr.
"Seems," Rosalia went on, "that wc
ought to get over expecting. If anything
new or pleasant had been coming our
way, it would have come when the old
house was fresh, when father tended
the rose vines and kept them neat,
when carriages drove past our door
with happy folks coming to town for
holiday, or stopping in to visit."
Rosalia sanfc down upon a grassy
mound and drew the cat into her lup,
silent with her memories.
"Carriages come no more down our
quiet lane,", she told the cat, "it's
autos now, great whirring autos fly
ing along the great white road."
Rosalia rose to her feet smiling whim
sically upward, "anything that will
come our way these days, puss, must
drop from out a clear sky." And as the
woman stood gazing absently upward,
a whirring sound coming not from the
main road, rent the air. Then she saw
lt-the wonder thing with the out
spread wings of a monster bird sweep
ing the sky. And before Rosalia could
catch her astonished breath, the won
der thing circled, drooped, and still cir
cling, came crashing toward her own
Like a throbbing monster It lay In
the wide space beyond the rose hedge ;
and Rosalia, trembling, rushed to a
man who frantically beckoned from Its
side. He was a young man and dead
"You'd better get someone," he gasp
ed, "to help carry me Inside. Nothing
but a broken bone, I guess-awful jar,
but made landing-in time." Then the
man of the airplane fainted.
When she returned with the assur
ance that help would soon come, the
young man turned upon the cushions
she propped about him.
"It's probably nothing to worry
about." he said slowly, "but you nev
er can tell. Might be internal injury.
So I wondered-If you'd be kind !
enough-to write a sort of-message to j
a girl. You could mail It to her from !
me in case-" he smiled faintly. "Well,
In either case," he said.
So Rosalia brought her best note
paper, and seated herself close to the
great broken bird, which had soared
toward the sky.
"Yes," she prompted.
"Begin lt," the man said steadily.
^Dearest,' that includes everything.''
"Dearest," Rosalia wrote, and wait
ed. "Today only, do I dare to tell you.
that which has long been In my heart,
I love you. Always, I think I have
loved you-" She still waited as he j
lay with closed eyes apparently think
Rosalia was thinking also. She had 1
wished for something to happen.
Something miraculous had happened,
the 'something' had darted into her
solitude from out a clear sky. Rc-I
manee Itself, was close to her. and she,
as usual, but an onlooker. She thought
of this dearest 'girl' far away, won
dering if she had listened wearily for
a step that never came back. But the j
.Dearest girl' did not live, she was
sure, in an old house set far back
from the road, where briers and cares
grew thick, to screen and choke young
life. The dearest girl's Inver had not
gone away years before. He was a
young lover still. Neither had heart
. less parents sent him abroad to finish
a medical education, killing romance- i
country romance they had called lt,
with one blow. And after twenty-five
years the memory of that broken ro
mance still had power to bring a mist
to Rosalia's blue eyes...
He had married-her own lover of |
long ago-a gay creature abroad, who
had not lived long enough to return
with her hushand to his home. And
when he had returned, taking up In
later years his father's practice of
medicine, Rosalia kept resolutely and
proudly out of his way.
As an auto rounded the curve, she
Jumped apprehensively to her feet and
hurried into the house. It was the
same step she remembered, which now
crossed the porch, as the doctor car
ried the aviator upon his own broad
back. The same confident laugh
which echoed back from her sitting
Presently the doctor sought her out.
"We shall need you," he said, but
his eyes were upon her, as he talked
with his patient.
And later when Rosalia and her lov
er of long ago stood together beside
the airplane In the gardon, the doctor
bent to pick up a piece of paper.
"Dearest." he read, "today only, do
I dare to tell you that which has long
been in my heart, I love you. Always,
1 think, I have loved you."
He turned, as he was leaving, to put
Mhe paper into Rosalia's hand.
"I will come again this evening," he
And as she would have continued
.ithe young lover's letter, she saw be
neath her own handwriting a hastily
"This is my message to you, Rosalia,
the message I, myself, would have
And when the moon shone through
the old house windows at evening, she
fouru" herself again listening for a
iCcpyrJert, 1919, Western_Newspaper Union)
YOU FUT IN
Copyrieht 1909, by C E Zimmeman Co.-No. 65
VERY dollar you put in the
'J bank means another step
toward success. No successful man !has ever been
without a bank account. A bank account means in
creased prestige and a sense of reliability and securi
ty, well worth +v > greatest effort in order to acquire
BANK OF EDGEFIELD
OFFICERS : J. C. Sheppard, President; A. S. Tompkins, vice-President
E. J. Mims, Cashier; J. H. Allen. Assistant Cashier.
DIRECTORS : J. C. Sheppard, Thos. H. Rainsford, John Rainsford, M. C.
Parker, A.S. Tompkins. C. C. Fuller. E. J. Mime. J. H. Allen
To Our Edgefield Friends
We have the most complete stock of s\ .sthat we
have ever bought and they were bought before the
rise in price, making it possible to sell good, depend
able shoes at reasonable prices.
Every department of our shoe stock is full, giving
a large assortment to select from. We call especial
attention to our very strong line of every-day shoes
for men. Nothing better on the market. . Try a
pair and you will always come us.
We also have a complete assortment of dress shoes
for every member of the family.
We invite our friends from Edgefield county to
make our store their headquarters while in the city.
Mr. Walter Harris is with us and will take a delight
in serving his friends.
J. Cook fflcKie
974 Broad Sreet Augusta, Ga.
LARGE STOCK OF
JEWELRY TO SELECT PROM
We invite our Edgefield friends to visit our store when in Au
gusta. We have the largest stock of
of all kinds that we have ever shown. It will be a pleasure to
show you through our stock. Every department is constantly re
plenished with the newest designs.
We call attention to our repairing department, which has every
improvement. Your watch or clock made as good as new.
A. J. RENKL
980 BROAD ST. AUGUSTA, GA.
AN INVITATION TO
EVERY DAY we are adding to our already large stock of good
things for Christmas season, and we want Santa Claus to stop
with tis during the holiday season.
Our stock of fruit consists of Grapes, Grape Fruit, Oranges,
and the Choicest Apples that can be bought.
We have very large stock of candy in spite of the sugar short
age. We placed large orders early and we have all sorts, from
plain old-fashion stick candy to the choicest ' chocolates and bon
bons. Let us have your orders.
Our stock of walnuts, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, raisins, figs
and dates was never larger or better selected.
LET US HAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS ORDERS
Edgefield Fruit Store
Can you be
What will it
How long will
I treat successfully;
PILES. Without operation, pain
or loss of time.
STOMACH, KIDNEY, BLADDER,. SKIN
DISEASES AND NERVOUS TROUBLES
Dr. P. J. O'Neill
Carolina National Bank Building
COLUMBIA, S. C.
Special effort made to avoid delay in
Record 4 bales per acre. Free from
disease and weevil. It's a boll weevil
smasher. Write for facts.
HEAVY FRUITER CO.,
Peter's "Diamond Brand shoes are
arriving daily. We also have on hand
a complete line of the famous Walk
Over shoes. The pinces are right.
FOR SALE: One 1318 Ford tour
ing car, run but little, perfect condi
tion, quick sale at $475. Two more
touring cars good condition at $350
and $375. Apply to
WALL & MINER,
Plum Branch, S. C.
FOR SALE: Blue stem May wheat
for seed. Apply to
A. H. CORLEY.
To the Judge of Probate and
County Pension Board. '
"The time being extended to De
cember 20th, wish you would give no
tice through your county papera and
otherwise so that no one will have
any excuse for not being enrolled for
a-pension next year."
The above notice was this day re
ceived by me from ' State Pension
Commissioner, and I herewith pub
lish same and request that every pen-'
sioner of this county file application
with me at once. Please remember
that the time WILL CLOSE ON DE
CEMBER 20,, 1919
W. T. KINNAIRD,
Probate Judge, E. Co.
November 24, 1919.
Lumber for Sale
My saw mill is located on the Five
Notch road near Cedar Grove church,
?and I have lumber to sell'from the
the yard or can cut it any dimensions
when- bill is furnished. Better buy
while you can get it.
H. H. Sanders
We want to supply every member of your family with a
useful gift of some kind. Every department of our store is
chocked full of the season's best offerings.
For the ladies we have beautiful dress shoes, waists, stylish
tailored suits, cloaks and sweaters.
For the gentlemen we have suits, overcoats, shoes, hats,
cravats, shirts, gloves and handkerchiefs and other things
too numerous to mention. Our assortment is not yet
broken, which makes it easy to supply your Christmas
wants at our store. Come in and let us make your holiday
shopping easy. We can help you to make your friends
happy at the Christmas season.