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By JOSEPH HATTON.
Autfior^f "The Queen of Bohemia," "The
Tfiree Recruits," Etc.
a busdlk of letters act telegrams,
which brings this tragic story to
From Joseph Xorbury, Liverpool, to Miss
Kate Xorbury, Wyedale.
"Arrived hero safe and well?much b?ttcr
than when left home. Go on board Oceau
Queen first thing in the morning. God
bless you. Hopo Aunt Dorothy is quite
well. Best love."
From Kate Norbury to Joseph Xorbury.
"Love and congratulations on your im
proved health. Fair weather, a pleasant
voyage, and a quick and safe return. Aunt
Dorothy joins with me and Dick in best
wishes and Codspeed." *.
From Joseph Norbury to Kate Xorbury.
"Good-by, my dear sister; just off on the
tug to Ocean Queen; will write from New
York; writs to me at New York hotel;
best love to alL"
These three telegrams demonstrate the
completeness of John Needbam's escape,
and the safe beginning of his new career in
tho assumed character of Joseph Norbury.
Monday's newspapers, however, hadagreat
shock for Kate Norbury, in the report of
- John Needham's suicide. This wa3 the one
acquaintance Joe had made in London, and
they were so much alike in appearance that
he had written and described the odd cir
cumstances of their meeting. The affair
disturbed Kate a good deal; but Aunt
Dorothy calmed her with affectionate ad
vice and wise comments upon the proverb
that truth is stranger than fiction. On
Tuesday night, however, when Kate read
that Mr. Green, M P., had sesn John Need
ham on the platform of the Liverpool rail
way station, a strange sense of fear and
alarm took possession of her, and the fol
lowing telegrams passed botween her and
From MiSS Xorbury to Richard Woodville,
"Picas; come to Wyedale at once; Aunt
Dorothy and myself are anxious to confor
with you on an important matter."
From Richard Woodville to Miss Xorbury.
"I snail Catch tho mail and be with you
From Richard Woodville to Horace Wood,
of Wyedalc, at The Cottaye, Richmond
"At what hour did you so Mr. Joseph
Norbury on Saturday, and when did you
leave him? Pleas.- reply at ouce."
Wood to Woodville.
"Dined with him at (J, New Hummum's
hotel; ioithimat'J; why do you ask}"
Woodville io Wood.
"Did he niendon Need ham to you in your
conversation, and do you know whore he
went after dinner? And if you do not,
please go to tho hotel and telegraph at once
the hour he went out, wbon ho returned,
and what he did. Kato is disturbed, for
some reason, about him."
Wood, Xew Hummum's hotel, London, io
"Am staving here to-night; return to
morrow. Joseph did not mention Nosdham
to me. Tho porter says ho wont out about
9 o'clock, smoking a cigar, that he returned
at about 1:30, said ho hud baeu in the coun
try, and had lost tho local train, seemed in
goci spirits, was called in the morning at
7, had breakfast, paid his bill, and left by
10 train for Liverpool."
Woodville to Wood.
"Don't omo do.wu; I will como up?wait
for mo." _
Dick arrived in London on Wednesday
night, read the evidence given at tho open
ing of the inquest, conferred with Lawyer
Wood, talked with the porter, and on tho
next day asked permission to sea tho body
of the suicide. Th? shell had boon screwed
down, but through the influence of Mr.
Wood th> coroner gave the necessary order
to remove tho lid. Decomposition had set
in. but the faca had not much change!, and
Woodville was shocked at this resemblance
to bis friend. Later in tho day he bad an
Interview with Mr. Wilfred Greou, the
membsr for Harwood, who statoJ that the
gentleman ho met at Liverpool said ho was
From Richard Woodville, New Hummum's,
London, to Miss Xorbury, Wyedale.
"My Dear Kate: 1 have done as you da
sired in all things, and com? to the conclu
sion that our dear Joe is all right. The
coincidences which have made such an im
pression upon you would have oniy amused
you had not this miserable man committed
suicide. It was the shock of his doath coming
upon Joe's mention of him that set you
thinking of tho tragic possibilities you have
imagined. Then that old fool Groen (his
constituents were Green 'when they elected
h<m) not taking the trouble in his letter to
Tho Times to say that the stranger gave
ins name and that it was Norbury; he.did
not do this because he wanted to make out
that be had really se?n a ghost?tho idiot;
but now that he has been chaffed, and
people say tho whole thing was an inven
tion, ho is vor}- glad to have it shown that
he really did see somebody, and that the
stranger was very much liko Need ham. A
- pompous old ass, this Green, with a groat
wide straggling forehead, goggle eyes, and
a very self-assertive manner. I can quite
understand Joe snubbiuz him?it was just
like Joa to do so.
"Tho adjourned inquest takes place to
morrow, but there are no now facts. Tho
body was fully identified; and there does
not seem to me a single suggestion, my
dear Kate, to bear out your alarming fancy
that Need ham had killed our doar Joe and
escaped in his clothes, eta My dear child,
it is only a had dream. 1 saw th> body this
morning, it startled mo for a moment; it
wa3 like him, but stouter and taller; and ?
well, thank God it was not our dear, great
hearted Jo-. Furthermore, I found at the
hotel that Joe had left some money in
chargo of the landlady; that part of his
luggage wa> in the baggage-room, and
that when be paid hu bill ho forgot nono
of theso thing--. I trie I for the time to
think myself a detective acting upon 'in
formation he had received,' und following up
your theory; but it would not work, thank
goodness, an 1 Woo', who leaves to-night,
will tell you so and give you the comfort of
cur united opinions to this effect. Besides,
a? I sail before, Joe's telegram from Liver
pool, mentioning Aunt Dorothy, Jiows
that he was not Needbam ..->r Neadunm's
ghost iu masquerade. No, no, my darling
Kate; you are not well. Joe's going hni
troubled you; the shock of this man'.- death
following, as I have said before, on Jo'-'s
genial mention of him: and the sensational
novels yon have been reading lately?th'-o
are tho causes of your morbid thoughts
Forgive me for saying morbid. Tb'.? truth
is, you arc lonely and fanciful; so, also, am
I; and the best thing tor both of tfs is to
jrot married. What do you say now to
this proptsul?a honeymoon trip to New
Yurk! Won't that b.mefit you? Tuen you
can tell Joo yourself whnt a doar, silly
goose you are. and \>hat a wild-goose chase
you sent me on to this great, busy, God
forsaken city, when I would have much
preferred a day's tiding in the Wye, a
ramble with you, and an* evening's whist
with Aunt Dorothy at double dummy.
Well, shall it be as I suggest, and to New
York for our honeymoon?
"Your devoted and ever affectionate,
Thereupon followed in quick succession
the following telegrams:
From Miss Norbury to Richard Woodville.
From. Richard Woodville to Miss Norbury.
"Do you really mean it?"
From Miss Norbury to Richard Woodville.
"I never was more in earnest. "Wait for
I letter which I am now writing, and then
j come to Wyedale with all spe.,1."
! Fi-om Richard Woodville to Miss Norbnry.
"I wait impatiently, and write ?nean
while, so that our letters will cross.*
These are tho letters that crossed:
"My Dearest Kate: Your telegram fills
me with alarm and with joy, and I should
not be the honest Dick lhope lam if I did
not say that joy is in the ascendant We
shall be two happy people, because wo can
make sacrifices for each other. Our love
has nothing of selfishness in it, audwhUe
we have postponed our marriage for the
sake of others, we are now, it seems, to
hurry it on becauso we both love our dear
Joe, and you are miserable in his absence.
Well, so am I, so far as it is possible for a
man to be miserable under the' circum
stances. ? You have got s omo strange fancy
into your dear little head about Joo, and
wild not be satisfied without following Kim
to New York. I take you at your word,
and shall write to Manchester by this post
to fix my vacation, and I am glad to say
my partners can well afford to let me go.
Business has prospered with u3, and the
future is even more hopeful than our most
sanguine expectations. So, sweet Kate,
my dear love and friend, we will become
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Woodville as quick
as the law and tho church will lot us, and
then 'Hail Columbia.' Tho hours are weeks
until I got your letter in the morning, my
doar, dear Kate.
"Love to Aunt Dorothy, aud a heap of
kisses for you?ono of which you can trans
fer to A Di, but only ono. Your own,
"My Dear, Kind Dick: Our dear Joo if.
dead. I am sure of it?dead aud buried in
that grave in Kensal Green. Don't
think mo mad. Aunt Dorothy says
I am; she is very good to me. Dr.
Ware says tho news of Mr. Needbam's
death, coming upon Joe's letter describing
their meeting, has upset my nerves. Law
yer Wood has put tho affair in what he
calls its logal and logical shape, and
laughs at mo. But, oh I Dick, there is an
instinct that is above logic, a pain that is
beyond medicine. My heart knows its own
sorrow, and my heart mourns for our donr
Joe. Ho is dead aud that man Needham
has gone to New York in his place. Mr.
Green may have a name that suggests ridi
cule and a boliof in supernatural things
that soeins foolish. But I have seen Joe
since ho left us, and ho was standing by tho
white column in the churchyard. 1 said
nothing of this until I read Mr. Groon's
letter in The Time3, and then my heart and
soul and mind, all my boing, were filled
with tho revelation of Jos's death. It was
on Saturday night. You had just arrived
by the mail from Manchester. The clock
was striking ton. It was a lovely night.
There was u beautiful moou, I looked out
of the window to blow a kiss iu my taucy
far away to Joe, when the moonbeams
seemed to strike a halo about that
white column in the churclryard,
and though it is a quarter of a mile away,
I distinctly saw Joe standing there.
Ho was in evening dress, and ho looked
towards mo and then turned sadly away.
While 1 gazed transfixed, a cloud passed
over tho moou; and churchyard, column,
the sad vision, and all vanished away.
Don't you remember that I was sal all tho
night? Don't 3*011 remember that Aunt
Dorothy gave mo her smelling salts, and
that sho was very angry bo causa I 1 evoked
at whist? Don't you remember that you
said 1 looked polo and ill the next day at
church, and that you put it down to poor
Mr. Luke's sermon? Your cheering words,
Aunt Dorothy's kindness, helped me to
begiu to forget what I had seen or fancied,
aud Joe's telegrams on Monday quite cured
1110 until night, when the death of Needbam
shocked me, and tho letter of that member
of parliament in The Times on Tuesday
drove me crazy. I recalled tho vision of
Saturday night, and my heart seemed to
cry out 'ho is dead, your brother is mur
dered, tho wretched man who was like him
has poisonod him!' I could not shako it off,
I cannot now, even after your letter and
assurances, and the evidenco aUthe inquost,
the identity, the letters, everything. I am
a woman, and not logical; I am a woman,
and don't ask me to reason. 1 love
him; I ask my heart, 'Doos ho live?' The
answer is, 'No.' I go into his room,
I touch his coat, I look at his picture?
'Does he live?' I ask. No! His dogs go
whining about tho place, the summor wind
moans in the troes, ray pigeons come and
nestle upon mo as if thoy knew and wora
sorry. Two of the roses on tho gra>v
wbero Joe's heart was buried with hers h
loved so (and I loved her dearly as I oould
love and did love everything ho loved)?
two of his favorite roso trees ar.i dring,
and 1 never saw so red and angry a sumset
as that of last night. Now, dearest Dick,
come back to Wyedale and t"lce me to Now
York. That is, if you care to have so for
lorn a companion. I have told you all I
feel and fear and dread; but I am still tho
business-like little woman ycu say you ad
mire, and mean to be very shrewd and
business-like, aud either to find Joo alivo
on tho other si do of the sea or to track his
murderer down. So if this is the sort of
woman you care to marry, go to Doctors'
Commons, pet tho license, bring it, an 1 my
things aro packed for our journey. And,
oh! if God should bo so good as to spare us
this awful calamity, if H? should reverse
it as He can, if that vision and all the
rest should bj nothing but 'a little disor
der and au overwrought fancy,' us Aunt
I Dorothy siys, then, dem' Dick, my best
j friend, what a happy, happy world it will
, Lei Come to your wretched, loving
Dick and Kate on their way to America.
We gather from the n.'xt letter in the
bundle that Dick did procure the licame,
that the couple were married, and that they
sailed as spaedilv as circunisr? res would
permit for the New "World.
From Richard ,'oodville to Mrs. Dorothy
"New York Hotel, )
New York City, TJ. S. j
"My Dear Friend: Wo have ju3t ar
rived after a stormy passage, and I write
to advise you of this, according to'promise,
but I can do little more at present than give
you this information. Kate did not suffer
from mal do mer; it turned out that 1 was
the worse sailor of the two. If wo should
only find that all is well we shall havo a
very happy time. I need not tell you that
Kate is the dearest, sweetest girl in the
world. You know that; Wycdale knows
it; everybody knows it The sea air and
the change havo done her good. Sometimes
during the voyage she seemed to forget all
her gloomy forebodings. She made friends
with a most agreeable American family
living in the Fifth avonue?father, mother,
two daughters an 1 a son, very nicj young
people all of them, father and mother as
young as the rest, and they have invited
us to dinner. The weather is exceedingly
hot, and New York is almost like a contin
ental city. I think we shall like the Amer
icans, which will be quite in keeping with
my business experience of them gainod in,
Manchester, though I know you are pre
judiced on account of the slave business;
but every nation has its peculiar institu
tions, and after all we English endowed
the states with this one, to which you and
all of us now so much object. It is like
me, you will say, to leave what may seom
the bad news of my letter to the last Joo
is not here, and now I am sorry Kate did
not let me write a mail ahead of us to say
wo were coming. Ho loft a week ago, for
the west they think, or for one of the sum
mer resorts, the hotel paoplo don't know
which. They believe he went west, as he
made somo inquiries as to the route to
Chicago, and talked of going back to Eng
land by way of San Francisco and Japan,
which means a tremendous journey, and a
dangerous one, across tho plains. Kate
bears up well under this news, which, unless
it is explained to-morrow by tho lawyors iu
ro the Norbury proporty business, is rather
extraordinary. 1 wish we had written to
him; 'but suflicieut for the day.' The best
U3ws is that we have arrived safe and well
?Kate far better than when wo sailed;
that this hotel seems vory comfortable, the
people civil; and let us hope that Kate's
strange nud curious faucies will bo dissi
pated to-morrow. If there is timo to put a
postscript to this letter before the mail
goes in the morning I shall add it with tho
latest nsws of Joe that cau be got. With
our united loves, I am your true and affec
"P. S. Just timo to say have seen the
lawyors; they had written to Kate a week
ago, and linclosj a copy of thoir letter."
Broadway, Now York.
"Dear Madame: Your brother, Mr.
Joseph Norbury, requests us to inform you
of his safe arrival, and of the good prospects
there are of his succession to a share of the
Norbury proporty in this state. Whou
alighting from a carriage at tho hotel ho
met with a slight accident, which incapaci
tates him from writing at the moment?a
sprain of the thumb, a slight matter, but
rather painful On this account ho asks us
to be his correspondents to }'ou. He wishes
us to add that it is his desire thatyou should
no longer consider him in regard to your
marriage. On reflection ho feels that ho
has been solfish iu this matter, and he hopes
on his return to find a brother as
well as n dear sister at Wyedole. You
may expect a letter from him by the
next mail, and in tho meantime should ho
leave New York, as he expects to do in two
days, any lotters addressed to him to our
care will bo mailed to him. Ho will post
us up iu his address from time to time.
We are to say that wich the exception of
the slight sprniu before mentioned ho is
quite well, aud you will please give bis kind
remembrance tw Dr. "Ware and Law3-or
Wood, and to inform Dr. Ware that bis
opinion was quite correct: it was change
that he needed. Also give his love to Auut
Dorothy and to Dick, and accept tho same
with his sincere affection and solicitude for
yourself. Wo remain, yours,
"Hall, Bond & Fiske."
Later there comes among other corre
spondence, which need not bo mentioned,
the following history of tho adventure of
Kate and her husband in a letter to Law
yer Wood, the contents of which are to be
discreetly commuuicated to Mrs. Dorothy
Norbury. It seems to the historian that
tliis remarkable letter brings to a suffi
ciently comploto climax the story of John
Needbam and bis most unfortunate double.
From Richard Woodvillo to Horace Wil
kins Wood, Esq., Wycdale, England.
Queen's Hotel, T?ronto, Canada
"My Dear Mr. Wood: You will bo good
enough to break this news to Aunt Dorothy.
My dear wife, who has behavod with sin
gular heroism, is quite calm under the blow
which Fate has dealt us. 'I know it from
tho first,' she says, 'and while I shall never
!io a happy woman again I shall bear my
-orrow with Christian resignation, and do
my duty to ?. mi'-moan.ng m.?. 1 am be*
ginning in a ramu...i^ lasuiou, but you
must b-ar with iu . W-ej. you have
broken tin intelligence convoyed in this
.etter to Mr<. Dorothy Norbury you will
pleasa take >ueh Jegal and propor steps as
are necessary for tho removal of tho re
mains of Joseph Norbury from tho grave
at Kensal Green, whore his murdorcd body
was interred in the name of Neodham.
The inclose I depositions and other papers
our lawyers hero consider, as I do, sufficient
for you to obtuin tho necessary faculty for
lha removal of tho body to Wyedalo, where
it is to be interred in tho family vault by
the side of the rem ?.im of the late Mrs.
Joseph Norbury. All this you will please
attend to with dispatch, so that everything
may b: prepared for our return, our dear
Kate being anxious that the proper inter
ment of the dear fellow shall be our first
melancholy duty on our return home.
"I am so borue down by the events that
have occurred during the past few days
that I could not proceed to relate them to
you without letting you understand at once
that my cjear wife's views, confided to you
at our departure for New York, have been
proved to be only too true nn interpreta
tion o^tha dreadful facts. When wo ar
rived in New York we found that .).> '??d
k<ft; Messrs. Hall, Bond & Fiske, th
yens, ha 1 written to Kate informing
that ho had hurt his thumb anil could not
at that moment write himself. Mrs. Don
othy Norbury will have opened this lutter
and shmvu it to yon, no doubt, as it was
understood she woul I have the benefit of
your advice, and had authority to open all
letter.-. Well, it seemed nil perfectly nat
ural, for there were uwisnges in it to you
and to Ware: but Kate was not satisfied.
I trie-J todistraci her thoughts from their
all-absorbing fear. \\\> went to the theatre,
drove about the city, accepted nil invitation
to dinner. Thus three day.- went by, and
wothen asked the lawyers if Mr. Norbury
had communicate 1 with them.' Yes, that
day Iy telegraph, his letters to l?e sent to
the Parker Houso hotel, Boston. I would
have telegraphed our arrival to him, but
Kate preferred that we should go straight
" 'Shallyou write to him? she asked Mr.
" 'Yes,' be said, 'we shall inform him that
we nave bad the pleasure of handing to his
sister a copy of the letter we had forwarded
" 'Might I ask you, as a favor, not to do
'"If you have any special reason for mak
ing the reque.t wo shall gladly act upon it,
apart from the fact that the request is made
by a lady,' said the lawyer.
" 'I would like to surprise him,' she said.
'You have written to me upon the question
of my marriage, and we, my husband and
L would ourselves like to be the bearers of
the news of our unioo. If you will humor
us, especially me. to this extent, wa shall
start by tho first train for the Parkor house,
" 'Why, certainly, Mrs. Woodville?I
shall consider your request a command;
there are no letters for your brother, and
we have no information to send him except
tho news of your arrival I hope you like
" 'Oh yes, very much,' said Kate.
" 'I know the Parker house people, and
shall be happy to give you a line to the
clerk fchero to sec that you have every at
" 'Thank you very much,' I said, 'for
your kiudness and for obliging my wife.'
" 'No thanks required; you aro welcome
to the best we can do,' he said.
"The next morning wo were in Boston.
We traveled all night Mr. Norbury had
left Boston for Chicago. His letters were
to be held for him until ho communicated
his next addross to the hote*""clerk. YVe
called upon the chief of police. This was
Kate's wish. Not that we told him any
thing beyond our desiro to overtake Joseph
Norbury. Could tbey assist us? They
would do anytlrfng to oblige us, but if we
had no charge to make against the gentle
man they did not see their way. Wo put it
as a matter of family importance and the
anxiety of a sister to find her brother;
offered to pay any expenses. They detailed
a detective to our servico. I gave him pri
vately a heavy fee. At night he brought
us news. Mr. Norbury had not bought u
ticket for Chicago; he had gone to Toronto,
Canada. Kate clutched my arm for sup
port The detective noticed her emotion.
"'Don't you think you had better tell
mo what the trouble is.-' the detective said.
'Igue3s you can trust me.1
"Wo told bill] all. At least I did. He
want and had a long talk with tho hotel
clerk. Kito was tired. Siie went to bed
on the understanding that there was no
train leaving for Canada until the morn
"'Did he always shave, this yere Mr.
Norbury?' the detective askod me af tor his
"'Always,' I said
" 'He is growing a beard now, shave* tho
upper lip, has gotten about four weeks'
on his chin, and a streak of side whiskers.
He nsked for English newspapers and road
them diligently, made a great show of
going to Chicago; but I have a friend at the
depot who has an eye for faces?English
faces in particular. Bet your wife is right;
women are very cute, sir, very.'
" 'What is to bo done''
" 'Guess; I have done it?I've telegraphed
to have him stoppe 1, ami his baggage held
awaiting our arrival/
"The next night wo arrived at Toronto.
There was no such name as Joseph Norbury
on the hotel hooks. Tho police had not
discovered him. No baggage had been
found with his name or initials upon it.
" 'He felt secure until ho got to Boston,'
said tho detective; 'then I guess something
in tho newspapers scared him; bring mo the
latost English papors.'
"A waiter brought a bundle of papers. We
read tho sensational article alluded to by
tho coroner at tho inquest and tho cor*ro
spoirdoiico of Mr. Greon and othere.
'rPJlij niado up his mind at first to bo
Joseph Norbury for n long time, but changed
it at Boston; ho would have kept it up at all
events until he had grown a strong beard
and got right away anyhow, but tho papers
have scared him?not that anybody else
evidently lias doubts except the dear little
clover woman, your wife, but we'll get
"On inquiry at the Queen's hotel it was
found that six passengers had arrived on
the previous day, and that ono gentleman's
luggage was 'decidedly English.'
'Show me the baggngo room.'
"Wo went into the baggugo room.
"Look round,' said the detective; 'it is
hardly likely that he will have changed
his trunks at present; he can have no i
reason to think that he is followed; hois
only yet in the first stages of his prepara
tions to efface himself as Joseph Norbury.'
"Yes," 1 said in a whisper, 'that is one
of my friend's portniunteaus?I know It by
the brass bindings; if I am right, you will
find J. N. under the label that has been
pasted there by tho handle.'
"I felt a chill run through mo as tho de
tective rubbed at tho label and called for
water and a spongo.
" 'Yes; thoro were the initials '
'"What is tho number of tho gentleman?*
"'Twenty-flvo.' said the atteudant.
" 'Is be int'
" 'Give me bis key."
"It'was found that ho had taken his key
but his room was opened with a master key.
" 'Tha' s my friend's dispatch box,' I
paid.' ?' ignizim; tho prop.-rty at once.
"It w.-u ooked. The officer forcod it
Joe's letters, pocketbook, Kate's lotters,
paper knife, writing pad, portrait-. It
seemed to me that Joo must bo here. I
could not realize when looking at these
familiar things tho possibility of tho crime
they now represented.
"We loft tho room; locked tho door. Tho
detectivo posted himself in the room oppo
site. I loiterod in tho hall. My wifo re
mained in her room. The hotel clerk was to
look straight at mo when 25 came in. Pres
ently a gentleman, Joe's height ami build,
camo in. The clerk looked at me. I looked
at tho stranger. Ho wore spectacles, and
had lon^ gray hair. I followed him. Ho
wont into N>. 20. I went into the room
" 'It is u wig, then,' said the detective.
'You but tho English papers havo scared j
him. Come?follow me.'
"Tho detective took n revolver from his
pocket, knocked at tho door, quietly con- J
i'rontod his man, and. pre-.oiting the re
volver at his head, sat 1: 'John Need ham, J
put up your hands.' _
"John Necdham, put uji your "lands.'"
"Tu; wretc?ed man was not afraid of
death, as was afterwards shown; but he did
not put up bis hands; he staggered, and
clutched a chair for support. In an in
stant the detective slipped his hand be
neath his coat and took away a revolver,
which he handed to me, and the next mo
ment ho bad passed his hands over all the
wretched creature's pockets.
" 'That's all right; don't want you to hurt
yourself; guess we've surprised you. Now,
sir, take off your wig so that your friend
may recognize you.'
"The officer did not wait for his instruc
tions to be carriod out?he removed the
wig; and then, ob, my dear Wood, it was
my turn to stagger; the man before mo was
a cruel likeness of our dear Joe. If he had
not attempted to disguise himself, if w<;
had met in tho ordinary cour?o of events, I
cau imagine myself being deceived.
M,is it Josoph Norburyl' tho detective
" 'It is strangely like and unlike him,' I
"As I spoke tho wretch seemed to pull
himself together, at which the detectivo
moved towards him.
"'Don't be afraid, sir,' ho sail; 'I am your
prisonor, and I wilt not attempt to run
"The voice pf our dear fellow?tho voice,
and as I have heard it in sorrowful mo
" T am John Needham, and lam sorry
you did not shoot me. Let mo make tho
last reparation that is in my power?a full
confession of my guilt, tho last confession
of a miserably guilty wretch-'
" 'Well, I guess that will keep for the
present,' said the dotectiva 'Como with
" 'Give me leavo a moment,' he said,
rising; 'it is tho last favor I ask, and tho in
formation I can give you may save you
trouble and further sorrow.'
"The voice, the mannor, now that he was
calm, ulmo't the look of our dear Joe!
" 'May I ask who this gentleman is?'
" 'I am Richard Woodville,' I said.
" 'I would like, before I go to prison, to
place into your hands this locket,' ho said,
suddenly thrusting his hand into his breast
pocket, nnddoingso with an air of authority
as the detective was about to iuterposo.
But it was uot a locket. He had tricked
Iiis captor. The next inomenthe had rushed
to the othor end of the room, and before
tho officer could seiz> him he had gulped
down a carefully calculated dose of prussic
"We took his dying deposition, unl they
buried him with the ignominy that belongs
to tho old English law. The papers inclosed
will give you the dotails, and d also send
you two Canadian journals that deal with
the matter in extenso.
"Kate bears up nobly, with womanly for
titude, and 1 look to you, dear friend, tc
help me to give her the consolation, such as
it is, of the removal of our d.ar beloved
dead to the silent companionship of the
woman he loved and mourned. My dear
Kate has been watching me with tearful
eyes while I havo been writing this terrible
record, now and then getting up to lay her
hand upon my head, and to say, 'Poor Dick,
what trouble I havo been to you,' as if she
blamod hers?lf for being wisor than any of
us. if it were not for keeping myself uptc
help her bear her woe I feel as if I could
fling myself upon tho floor and cry like a
"God bless you, my dear Wood, and be
lieve mo to be, your devoted friend,
One soft, dreamy August day there was a
fresh smell of nowly-turned turf in the little
churchyard of Wyedalo, nnd they laid the
body of Joseph Norbury by tho side of his
dead love. The dews of heaven fell there,
and tho seasons earn*) and went, and the
roses grew red and white by the column
upon which tho two names were inscribed.
Time was very gentle with overybody and
everything at Wyedale, nnd is to this day.
Tho gray hairs of Kate and Dick are but
the first frosts of a halo and hearty win tor,
tenipored with tho sunny laugh of youth
and hope, for a cluster of boys and girls
gathor round about them and call them
father and mother. The siiuplu joys of
their childron send their own thought:
back to tho springtimo of life before the
shadow of death had witherod any of its
buds and blossoms. All the country side
knows of the tragedy in their history.
During several years they only gavo token
nf their knowledge by,the fresh flowers
they laid upon tho gravo at the foot of the
white -illl ar; but now the old pooplo speak
to Kate and Dick of tho dear fellow they
lost so sadly, and a sort of pious mystery
und awe in the general mind of the conn
tiy-folk attaches to the gentle character of
Mrs. Joseph Norbury, who saw visions that
wcro truo in tl.e days that aro past and
Sequel to "Ncedhnm'a Failure."_
Tho story of "Need bain's Failure" was
founded on the death of Mr. John Sadlier.
Tho New York Sun recontly published the
following interesting sequel to that suicide:
One morning, twenty-nino years ago, ths
body of Mr. John Sadlier, n celebrated
Irish financier and speculator, wa? found ly
ing stark and cold near Jack Straw'.s Castle,
on thfc Hamjistoad heath, and near it the
little vinl containing prussic acid, with
which, in the depths of his despair, In had
rid himself of life. An inquest was held,
and the medical witness on the occasion
was Dr. Edward Staunton. About ten
days ago again nuother body was found,
stark an 1 cold, on nearly tho same spot,
and the finger- still gripped a small Iwttl"
which had contained pru3dc acii. It was
taken up mid recognized as that of tho samo
Dr. Edward Staunton, whom tho wear,
passage of twenty-nine y 'urs hud brought
to the same end.
4. VALUABLE PLANTATION
J\ eight miles east of town on the Five
Chop load. Contains 3U0 ticrea of land, 130
of which i- under cultivation, and remain
der well wooded with pine, oak, hickory,
A-c. Reside- dwelling and other necessary
buildings, all of which up- ii. excellent con
dition, there is a well appointed)steam gin,
saw and grist mill, with power cotton press,
seed eriifhcr, cotton elevator, wagon scales
and cut oil saw. < >n the place is an excel
lent carp pond. Mocked with scalcearp (the
only pond in this county, to my knowledge,
that has raised carp.)* This place is excel
lently located in the center of a thickly
settled neighborhood, tliere-by posses-iiiig
excelle.ii advantages, a- a location for phy
sieian. This place with stock and all other
appurtenances, together with crop made
upon it tlii-year, except cot ton crop, will be
sold on tersiis to -nil purchaser. Apply to
\Y. S. I'.AItTOX, M. I).
"Starwall" Kanu. Oraiigchurg, S. ('.
rtuss. fl.rs.a i.\Ui*iib.hv
ARTIST AND MUSIC TEACHER.
i:oo.ms at Mi;s, l). K.Glover'sIIol'sk,
ipn consul: of Doyle and St.
John Sts., Okaxoehuu;, S. C.
Will Teach Music, Drawing and Paint
Music three les-on-! per week ?3.00.
Drawing and Fainting, ?2.00 per month.
IN FINE DRESS GOODS,
The critical time in the Dress Goods trade
of the season has arrived and
will not delay the usual
Which he makes in the prices of his Spring
Dress Goods .Stock In order to close them
Those who desire to get the most for their
always respond to my notice of "CUT
Cashmeres, Plaids, Albertross, French
Dazes, Mikado Suitings ami Tricot Cloths,
have been reduced fully 23 per cent, to re
duce tho stock.
Fine White Embroidered Robes in boxes
from $2.50,92.73 and?3, these prices are
one half of former price.
HENRY KOIIN'S new Shoes and Slip
pers, the best and cheadest stock ever offer
ed in the City.
NO SHODDY SHOES!
NO Tlx ASH SHOES !
HENRY KOIIN'S stock of Ribbons and
Laces, is beyond comparison, the largest
and cheapest a.-sortment in the City.
RUGS, MATTTOS AND SHADES.
Shade and patent rollers complete 7? cents.
Gents reinforced Shirts, linen fronts 50
No use in talking, HENRY KOHN leads
in Hu- Clothing trade for Men, Roys and
Children, be >ure and look when you want
a suit of Clothing.
Thousands of Bargains in Corsets, Fans,
Doniesties, Ca->buiers, dec, limited space
forbids tin- mention of.
it?:osts >oTiingi? look.
It wil! stive you money to do so.
LEADER OF LOW PRICES,