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Wl MILLION POUNDS.
Ry T. WEMYSS RS-:SE>.
CHAPTER XY CONTINUED.
Ho looked at mo with a satirical smile on
his lips when I had finished my statement.
"So you think I can clear your friend Miss |
StancliiFe, do you?"
"I hope you can throw somo light upon tho ;
mystery that surrounds Mr. Maulovcror's
He laughed outright. "Of courso I can do
that; bu' you havo come to the wn nr man
for informal] 3:1 that will char Miss Daisy. '
Haw you forgotten what 1 told you in the i
railway train when you wero on your way j
to the old man's hcuset"
"It i3 precisely because I havo not forgot
ten it that I have dedred to see you again.
You spoke tue:? of a conspiracy to commit
murder. I want you to ba kind enough to
tell me frank'y what you meant by your
words. Y"< u remember that you charged
not only Mish Stancliffe, but Flinter and Dr.
Branksoma, and myself as well, with being
in sons? plot What did you mean by it?"
"0, don't hi afraid on your ow;n account.
Mr. Fenton. 3 know now that you were not in
the plot You were only the duDO, and a
very simple one, too."
I wan determined that come what might
I should not lose my temper during this in
terview of :mch vital importance to my
darling. Tho moro I saw ut the man the
more certain I become that ho did not speak
without knowledge, and when I observed
tho growing gravity of Hard tag's face I
felt sure that he also entertained the same
conviction. I took no notice, therefore, of
Gregsoa's snoer but repeated my question.
"Tell me, if you please, what was the
nature of tho plot of which you spoke?"
?^Is it possiblo," ho retorted, "that you are
so dull as no: to seo tho nature of the plof
for yourself now? I should havo given you
credit for being not quite so stupid ns you
appear to raa Good Lord! The whole
thing has bom carried out under your nose,
nnd now that it is finishe 1 you come to me
to tell you what it moans."
"Pray tako pity, then, on my stupidity,
and tell me all!"
"Oh dear, no!" ho said with a mocking
laugh. "My secret is worth a good deal
more to me than it can be to you."
"Is it mon ;v that you want for telling tho
"Yes, itismonoy; but I don't want any
from 3-011. You are a very clover fellow, 1
daro say, in your own opinion, and a very
knowing ono; but you must not think you
can buy mo."
"Well, kindly say what you nro prepared
to toll mo without being bought"
"Just this, Mr. -*-Mr. ?I declare I forget
your name. What I told you would happen
when I saw you in the train has all como
true. Mauleverer has been murdered by the
pjang who have been plotting against his life
for years, and who are now going to get
cKan off with the swa;;?all !?utono of them;
mid thanks to somo stupid blundering on
tbcii- part?or perhaps 1 ought to say on
your part, mister, for I'm told you have
meddled a good bit in tho business?sho'll bo
hanged, That's all."
The malice of tho man revealed itself in
th? tones in which he spoke. I kept my tom
jior. however, but I saw at tho same time
that the moment had arrived when 1 ought
to use tho weapon intrusted to me by the
"Mr. Grog-on,'" I said, "since that is tlw
name by which you choose to call yourself,
ycu uro making a great mistake in supposing
that I am quite so helpless as you imagine.
I hurc the means of making you speak, and
by heaven, sir, I'll use thorn, and quickly,
*too, or make you pay dearly for your si
He looked up at me with -n startled air.
The fellow was a cur, and at tho first straight
blow be appeared to be moro than inclined to
succumb. But ho recovered himself after a
"I don't know what you are talking about
First of all you want to bribo me, and then
you try bullying. I've not como hero to bo
either bought or sold."
"Then, perhaps, as you don't want to bo
sold, you will tell mo your story without
compelling mo to summon the detective who
is waiting in tho next room, in order that I
may make a communication to him about
yourself and Smith & Sharp, Gracechurch
Tho stroke told oven moro quickly and
completely than I had dared to hop?. A
ghastly pallor overspread the fellow's face,
and ho sat for moro than a minute speech
less, staring at mo with eyes full of terror.
"You don't moan to bring that up against
mo after all theso years? Good God! how
havo you got to know anything about it?"
After a pause he continued: "Well, I'll tell
you as much as I can if you'll promise not
to givo mo up."
"If you toll mo every thing, j-ou will bo
quito safo so far as I am concerned. If you
do not then you must tako tho conse
All his assumed ease had vanished, and he
.sat before us now as abject a craven as I havo
ever seen. Bielski's secret had worked like
magic. In a faltering voico tho wretched
creature asked if he might havo "a drop of
brandy" beforo ho began his stor)-, and I was
by no means sorry to supply him with it.
Thon ho bepan nnd unfolded tho marvelous
tale which 1 shall repeat in his own word.;,
merely omitting his redundancies of speech.
"They havo been plotting against Mnu
leveror ever since Pro known him, and that
is seven years. Whom do I mean by they?
I mean Dr. Branksomc and his gang; that ;
is, Flinter and the girl Daisy, and a lot of j
fellov-s in Australia, aud now they have ^ot !
this Fosdyke in tho business. You s<m< it I
has been a regular company, and they, bavi
been working it for years. Talk of gold j
mining; but there is no gold mine in ail 1
Australia that will yield half &o much as ;
Mr. Mauleverer. So you need not wonder
that tho wholo party?there are some of j
them stiil over there?have been workingat
tho business for years past. At ono timo J j
know they meant to make an end of tho oil j
man in his own house ut Wnngoorn. But |
you see somo of them had got a bit blown \
upon there, and they wero afraid that it '
anything happened it would not do; so then j
tho doctor bit upon a plan of bringing bin:
away to England and getting rid of him 1
quietly, at a timo when the worst members !
of the gang were at tho other side of tne
"But how could it profit Dr. Brank-omo to I
kill Mr. Mauleverer? Ho was not his heir." I
"No; that is just it. But tho plot began a |
great deal sooner than you seem to suppose, j
It began nearly twenty years ago. At that
timo Mauleverer had no heir. His only sis
ter had died childless, and there was neither
kith nor kin to com? after him."
"His sister childless! Why, Miss Stan- !
'cliffe had been born then."
"Just so; only In those days she was Mis* '
Somebody else; Miss Stancliffe, as you call J
her, had not been thought of at that time." I
Harding uttered a low cry of amazement
I found it difficult to put tho next question.
"What in heaven's name do you mean?''
"I mean," ho said Uo^jjcdly, "that it was a
plant from tho very beginning! Dr. Brauk
somo and bis party were determined to get 1
every farthing of the old man's money. He
had no heir, nnd so they found ono for him, I
and planted her on him success full)'."
"But why should they havo fixed upon
Miss Stancliffe? What good did they
imagine it would do thorn, supposing that he
did Iea\ o everything to her?" I
Tho sneering smile appeared on the fel- ;
low's face again.
"Really." he said, "you are not very
bright. They must have found it easy to
make a foal of you. Daisy was adopted by
tho doctor's wife when sho was little more
than a baby. She lived in tho doctor's house
for a uV.z >n years or more, and Brnnksoavj
got such an influence over her that ho knew
he COtdd twist her round his fingers ex
actly as he pleased. Why, I bet you two to
one that she has made her will in his favor
since her arrest"
i cou-d not command my cou;:tennnce en
tirely when I heard this direct guoss at tho
truth. It brought with it to my mind u
tcrriblo confirmation of the truthfulnes; of
this unwilling witness.
"I b.'O you know something about it." he
continued. "Wed, it is just as I thought it
would be. They never mean: iln girl to
share with them. She was to have all lb*
kicks, while they got ell the ba'| once. JJ
would have been different, though, if she
had 1 st no I to me."
"I don't want either to throw doubt upon
your story or to seem to accopt it without
further inquiry; but I must ask you to tell
me who. in your belief. Miss Stancllflfe Is?"
"Did I not tell you just now! No. Well, I
she is tho daughter. 1 am told, of a poor old
parson named Sheldon, who died at Mel
bourne twenty years ago. His wife lived
twelve or eighteeu months after him, and
then sho died, too, and Daisy was loft a littlo
child, without a friend in tho world. It was
then, as I've said^ that Mrs. Branksome
took pity on her, and adopted her. She was
a good woman, was the doctor's wife, and ho
never dared to carry out his plot about
Daisy until stio was gone. God knows
whether he did not he p tier off in the end.
He was equal to it. At all events, as soon
as she diel, Branksomi gees to poor old
Mnuleverer, and tolls him tho whole tale?
the tale he had made lip?how he had kept
tho fOCret of Daisy's real birth until then,
partly because of his pronrse to her mother,
and partly for hi> w fc's sake, a; sh ? would
neve ? have ; artel with the girl. Mauleverer
swallowed the bait wh ile, and from that
time Branksome had complete command, not
only over Daisy, but over the old man also."
"How have you sot to Ijarn all this?"
"That's my busiao s," he said in sullen
tones. But immediately some swift'fear of
the consequences of giving me otf-ms? to:>k
possession of his mind. "If you must know,
I learned it nil from an old servant of Brank
some's whom I got hold of. I always sus
pected there was something wrong, ami after
Braiiksomo quarrelel with me, and got me
dismissed by Mauleverer, I wormed tho truth
out of the cid woman."
Harding axvl 1 were so much astounded by
the extraordinary revelvion thus made to
us that neither of-is felt capable of carrying
Grcgson's examination further. Strangens
it may seem, we had no doubt as to the
truth of his story. Rnscil as the fellow un
mistakably was, bo had told his tale in u
?manner which compelled our acceptance of
it I snt bewildered, ..lmo?t paralyzed, by
tho nature of his statements, Daisy not the
nieco of Maulcvererl And Branksome the
iiead of a gang of scoundrels, whoso dia
bolical plot against tho life of the millionaire
ha 1 only now boon carried out, after years
nf careful preparation! It seemed incredi
ble, and yet in my heart I felt certain that ii
v. iis true.
Harding was the first to recover the full
use of his faculties.
"Will yoti be good enough," ho said, ad
dressing Gregson, "to giva us your op'nion,
if you have one, as to the way in which Mr.
Mauloverer wns murdered?"
"I though*, you know all about that Daisy
Btancliffo gave him the poison instead of his
powder that night"
By a look Harding warned mo to koe'i
calm. "D. ? I understand," he pursued, "that,
in your opinion, Miss StonclilTc?for so, I
think, wo may still call her?administered
the poison knowingly f"
"Why, put it to your own sense, sir.
Somebody gave the old gentleman his dose
that night. It was not done by Brnnksomc,
Of by Flinter, or by Fosdyke, nor by Mr. '
Fen ton here. Who did it* Nut any of tho I
English servants at Great Lorton. There's
none of them in the secret, I am sure. Don't,
you see it must have been done by tho girl
who had been brought up for that very pur
pose?ever since sho was a baby!"
"No!" I cried, regardless of Harding's ap- 1
jiealing glance, "I do not see it God only
knows how tho thing was done, but. if Miss
Stanoliffe was tho accomplice of these vil
lains, sho was an unconscious and an inno
"Thon will you tell mo how tho thing was
done? Why, you know yourself that neither
Branksome nor Flinter had boon near the
hall for weeks beforo tho old man died; and
they wcro a thousand miles awa}' when tho 1
dose was given."
I put my hand to my forehead wearily.
"Ah, if I could only toll you how it was
done! I have thought, and thought over
everything till my brain has grown giddy.
There is only one theory that has oven a
chance in its favor, and of that, alr.s! if it
be tho true one, we can never obtain the
"And what may that theory be':'' asked
Gregson, with an air of interest
I hesitated as to whether to reveal my idea
to him. It was ono which had occurrod to
me more than once during tho long sleepless
watches of the night: hut I had said noth
ing of it to an)- one, chiefly, I think, becauso
it was but, and in the nature of ih.uj.-s never
cou'.d be nnythlngVioro than, :?. theory. Un
less a miracle were to happen, no pnxf of it,
short of the confession of the criminals,
could ever be adduced. Still, it might bo
well in hear Gregson's opinion of it.
??.May it not have been ptssible," I said,
"for a powder containing strychnia to have
been secretly substituted by Flinter for one
containing Mr. Miiulovcrer's proper me li
eh:? .' In that case Flinter might bo able to
prove an alibi, although he was really tho
culprit; and Miss StouclilTe may have given
the poison to Mr. Mauloverer, although per
fectly innocent of any knowledge of its
I heard a low chuckle and looked up.
Bielski had entered the room while I wus
speaking an I had heard my theory:
"1 beg your pardon, gentlemen. 1 knocked
twice, but I could 11 ?: make you hear me.
You'll excuse ni ", Mr. F.-ntvii, but I sh ould
likr to tell you that you Luve got on the right
track n' last. As soon ns Mr Harding to'd
im.- the facts I saw the trick Lad been doiio
in that way. But lor! What a pity- Mr.
Bel more didn't bring it out before the jury I"
"l hinted at ittollim," I replied, "but ho
seemed to think it would only damage our
case, as no proof coul l be 1-:i invd i:i sup
port of it."
"Tru-, tt.at is tho weak joint; but you
know, si'-, I suppose, that murder h-is been
done that way b.Toref Aye, and nn inno
cent man guillotined for the crime of which
ho knew nothing. I think, after all, Mr.
Be!more ? as right not to suggest this while
the mystery of the stryehni 1 that the young
lady had bought was unexplained. Jt would
have been too far-fetcho 1 then. Hut things
are. different now, and the homo secretary
will h*v<? to think whether, after all, the
evidence will justify Mm in rofusiiij; a re
prieve. For my part. Mr. Fenton, I'll put
my money on a respue.'
Biolski looked round at Gregson and ovi
dently judged from tho state of that gentle*
man's features that the screw had been 1
applied to him not inofFectuaily.
"Got all you want out_of this young '
"Got all you want out of this gentleman?'
gentleman?" be risked. "Enough for tho
present, eh? Well then, my good fellow,
take your book into the next room and wail
there till I come to you. Don't trouble
yourself about the door. It is locked and I
have the key in my own pocket."
Tho detective winked knowingly at the
Unlucky Grogson and in this unceremonious
manner dismissed him from our presence.
THE SECIIET OF THE CIPHER.
"Gentlemen," said Bielski, when we were
alone, "I think I have somothing to say that
will surprise you. He held in his band tho
little memorandum book, tho mysterious
contents of which ho had been studying
while wo had been engaged with Grogson.
"Have you discoveied the cipher? Does it
betray any thing of tho fellow's secrets/" I
asked with eagerness.
"Yes, sir; 1 have found tho clew to tho
cipher. Do you know what it is? It is an
old-fashioned system of short hand, with '
some new abbrevintioni end arbitrary signs.
You see 1 had to learn short hand for my
own purposes, so I know all about it."
"And do you mean to say you know this
"Oh, dear, no! We are going a little too
fast, if you'll excuse me. sir. It may tako
weeks to unriddle this; for at the best of
times it is not always easy to decipher short
hau I. All tho same, I hope we may pick
the lock in a shorter time than that I have
a friend in London who will help me."
"And this is the surprising rows you have
to tell us, Bielski?" interjected Harding. j
"Xo, sir, no. It is Hum-thing more than :
that. You gave me this book as Footer's.
P.ut I find that it is not his at all. It is writ
ton by "Francis Brnnk-nmo, M. I).' Hero's
his name upon Use first page." Ho pointed
to some hieroglyphics that to Harding and'
myself were quite unintelligible,
"And have you read that already?"
"Yes, that is quite easy to understand It
is written in a system that 1 know something
of myself. What makes me nio-t suspicious
about this book is that tie.' cipher has been
altered in many ways as tho writer has gone I
on with his entries. It is tolerably clear
and simple at first, but it becomes more
difficult and complicated as wo proceed.
That shows that the man wr.s determined to
hide from everybody wlmt ho was writing. ?
Why should Dr. Branksomo bo so anxious :
to do that?" .
"We have heard something about Dr. j
Branksomo this morning which may per- |
hops throw light upon t-.at question," said'I
"From tho young man outside there?"
"Yes;"' and thou 1 related to the detective ,
the strange story which had been told by !
"By Jove! gentlemen," ho cried, slapping '
his tliigh in las exultation, "this is really
magnificent What a case I'll have when I
get that in hand! It'll mean a trip to Aus
tralia for me, though; and I don't care so
'much about that."
"But what light will it throw on Miss
Stan ditto's case? How will it assist her?' j
"How will it assist her? I should say
nothing could assist her more. It is the vory
evi lenco we have been wanting to weaken 1
tho motive for the murder. You must hand ,
this young man over to mo now, gentlemen, j
I mast get that story of his down in ship :
Bielski was quite excited over the pros
pect of tho task, which he had apparently !
already allotted to himself, of unraveling
the whole mystery of which Grogson pro
fessed to have given us tho outlines. For my
part, I care I little or nothing about that
mystery in itself. All that 1 wanted was!
evidence which would doliver my darling, I
not only from a shameful death, but from :
that stain of criminality which the verdict
of tho jury had cast upon her. We had
goue far, I felt, towards arriving at tho
truth; but nothing short of the complete ex
oneration of Daisy would satisfy me, and '
that, alas! was apparently still remote.
When the detective had taken Grogson otT
to his own hotel to cross-examine him at his ,
leisure regarding the story be hai told us,
Harding and i sat together discussing all
that had now come to light. Our chief feel
ing?or mine at any rate?was one of won
dor at the fact thai Dr. Branksomo should
besuch a villain us Gregson represented.
Never, surely, was there a man in this
world who looked loss lika a villain, who
bore himself less like one, who seemed t > all
around him to be more completely above
suspicion. I recalled all my dealings with
him from that first day when we m d in tho
Grand hotel at Scarborough, and I could
not remember a single incident, a look or n
tone of the voiee, that had boon calculated
to awaken suspicion in my mini, il" was
nlways the same?cool, self-jHvssi-ssed, gen*
tlemanly, frank in manner, brilliant in talk.
He had never played the part of Joseph Sur
face and assumed the functions of a cham
pion of moraiitj ; but I reinem n-_> one
whom I had nu-t in the coins..- :.f my lifo
who had made a deeper impression on m ?,
or who had more completely won my confi
dence an ! regard. Kven now I could hardly
bring myself to believe thai ho was a villain
?much I .-s a villain of the cold, cruel, cal
culating l v; e Ii j ieled by Grcgson.
I rememlicred, however, that my first
quarrel with him had arisen when he
dropped to ma a hint of his belief that
Daisy was guilty. Ii was only then that, in
my overpowering love for her, 1 had broken
through the glamour which had hitherto in
vested hint I believe that even now, when
1 had heard Grogsnn's story, 1 should havo
rejected it with my wholo heart if it Lad
not been for Brauksonu's desertion of Daisy.
That offense I had never forgiven; and the
fact lhat he had been guilty of it enabled
meat tin's moment despite all my experi
ence in my personal relations with him, to
accept tin1 apparently incredible story of his
crimu which 1 had received from thu lips of
Grogson. I saw, too, quite clearly, the
strong confirmation of that story, which was
to be fuuu.l in the fact that ho ha 1 acted
just as Grogson had pro llcted that he would
uet. In thu event of the sentence of the law
boing carried out upon L>aisy, bo would stop
into undisputed posst sdo.'i of Mauleverer's
millions. Yes; I folt convinced, in spite of
all my prepossessions, that I had indeed
been, as Grogson had declared, tho veriest
dupo throughout this business?but tho dupe
of a man whose villainy was such as to defy
all ordinary sagacity.
Bielski, wilh bis usual rapidity of tn'vo
mca:, darted off .lint very ?i*rht to L > eton,
hauling the unfortunate Gr -g on .-.inn,' with
him. It was on the following moming that
1 had my second interview with my dari ng.
1 I found her more niters! than 1 ha 1 an
ticipated. Tho strain npon her mind had
evidently been terrible during that wee::
which she had passed in th > grim so.i' ud: of
the condemed cell, with mithin;.: hu n
Bbameiul death staring her in tho face. How
my heart overflowed w.:!i love and 'jin
pothy, when 1 saw 'hot; pah and worn,
standing upright in tho gloomy cell, await
ing me witn a pathetic smi'o upon her white
lips! It was long, long before I 'ould mur
mur even the first words of greeting.
And even then, when I had found my
voice, and when I had answered some ot
tho many questions sho addressed to me, I
laLored under serious embarrassment I
dared not toll hor how I had Leen engaged
daring thoso days which had ???iss<?d since
we met before. I had written to hor imme
diately upon my return from tho hall to let
her know that ths strychnia had boon dis
covered, but I did not venture to speak of
those other discoveries for which wo wero
indebted to Gregson. And yet I could not
leave her without somorayof hope to lighten
ber miserable cell. I am afraid that, ero I
quitted her side, I had imparted to her a
nharo of -the agitation by which I myself
was .possessed. And yet I could not be sorry,
when that brief interview of mingled bliss
and agony camo to an end, to think that her
dear faco no longer wore that sad look of
pathetic apathy and resignation which had
distinguished it when wo met
It was on my return to tho hotel that I
found a tr'ogram from Biolski: "Cipher dis
covered. . iost important." Tho detective
evidently did not waste words in telegraph
ing. I was consumed with eagerness to learn
what tho important news might be to which
we had now g it tho key.
"A gentloman to seo you, sir." It was tho
evening of this same day, and I was sitting
by myself in my room. Tho waiter held tho
door open, and Dr. Branksome, who must
have adopted somo special means thus to
insure his admission to my apartment, en
"Dr. Branksome!" I said, in astonishment.
He ?miled with the crave air that I knew
so well, and, removing iris glove, offered his
hand to me. What was the magnetic influ
ence which the man exercised over nil who
came in contact with him? I cannot tell. 1
only know that, while 1 cursed myself f??r
my weakness, I di 1 not refuse his outstretched
Ho seated himself with great composure,
"I must apologize for my untimely intru
sion, but I think you will forgive me when
you know tho purpose of my visit You
have seen Daisy, I understand, to-day. I
havo not had that privilege mys 'If. 1 want
yon to tell me how the poor child is."
Daisy's nnmo acted as n spell to Bavo mo
from the strnngu influence of tho man
"Yes," 1 replied, "I have seen Daisy, Dr.
Branksome, !ut 1 can say nothing to you
He arched his 03*0brows in mute surprise.
"I think you carry your resentment too far.
I admire it, but it i- unjust."
"Hypocrite!" I cried, my impetuous torn
per ?nco more breaking down "h s'clf-croctcd
barriers of prudence. "Hypocrite and liar,
I know you now. Why do yon coma to me
with your smiling face, and your simulated
tenderness for the girl wlio:n you have made
your victim?tho girl whoso very life you
have been ready to sacrifice to your devilish
plans] Go to somebody else, and smile, and
smile, and play the villain with them. Don't
come to me. I toll you, I know you."
F*nron." he-said, rising to his foot, "if
grief i.a- distempered your imagination you
ought at least be ab!o to put somo check
upon your tongue when you receive a gen
tleman who ha. eomo to you in a spirit of
tho purest friendship."
I lau bed bitterly. "Friendship, purity!"
I cried. "Don't I tell you, sir, that I havo
found you < lit?that I know now for what
purpose thi- sweet girl whom you havo made
your U'teo 1 cious too', and whom you have
now abandoned to a shameful death, was
adop'' d by you, given a name to which sho
hud no right, and palmed off upon a man
with whom she had no relationship I know
it all. sir, end the moaning and end of it nil.
Everything has been done on a grand scale,
I confess. Nobody thought that the magnifi
cent Dr. Branksomu was a vulgar scoundrel,
plotting by day and night to obtain po.-sossion
of Sfauleverer's millions!"
"Ah! 1 seo it all!" ho replied, in tones in
which there was veiled irony, that I found
it vory hard to bear. "I thought that it was
grief for Daisy that had turne 1 your brain.
I seo now that you have been listening to the
slanders of a convicted thief, a discharged
tervnnt, a would-be assassin, and that, in
fluenced by his malignant fables, you aro
inclined to mrurn rather Mr. Maulcvercr's
money than the fate o;' his nieco. If that be
so, Mr. Fentoi), 1 must wish you good even
ing. I can bear a great deal for Daisy's
sake, nut 1 decline 10 keep any terms with a
man who really believes such slanders as
those which Gregson has imparted to you."
He turned to go. A sudden thought struck
me. I went forward and laid my hand upon
"Dr. Branksome,'1 I said, trying to keop
down the surging emotion which seemed to
stifle my utterance, '"I may have wronged
you. I don't know. All I know is that you
are a wonderful man, and that, in spite of
the hideous crimes of which 1 cannot help
feeling that you are guilty, I am drawn
towards yon in a way that I cannot explain,
oven to myself. Will you hear me when 1
cry to you for mercy for Daisy? See, I will
grove! at your feet if you will but promise
to save her! Take ail the accursed money
that Mauleverer possessed, do with it w hat
you wdl, but save hor! As you hojxs for
oteru-d happiness hereafter, as j'ou dread
the punishment which sooner or later fails
upon every wrong-doer, bo merciful, and let
tho poor child escape from the net that Ins
been woven around her."
As I live, when 1 l oked up into that hand
some face, I saw tears in the man's eye-;.
My own were dim enough, but they were
not mistaken in what they t?ld me thoy saw.
IIo grasped my hand with the warmth and
firmness of a brother's greeting, and for
once bis measured tones wero broken as he
"Fcuton, you are an honest man! Forgive
mo if f used rough language just now. On
my part I forgive you all your suspicions of
me. Yi 11 s 11.-;iI hear from me again, and
perhap- then you will not think so hardly of
me as you do a! present."
Hi- hand was 011 the door when iio turned
and s id: "1 think my memory is failing.
I bad 1 lea 11 forgotten one oi the objects of
my coinin-.; ;o sve you. It was to ask whether,
on the occasion of your visit to Great Lorton,
you by any ehanco took away with you a
small pocketbook belonging to mo?a littlo
diary hi wine.1 l male.1 memoranda, in short
hand, of things which happen to interest
me, but which aro of no importance to any
If he hod pat this question to mo two min
ute? 1 efbro I should opsnly have exultod
over him. As- it was, so creut was the power
which this extraordinary man was able to
wield over those urouud him, that I an
swered him now in a manner that might
nlmo-t havo led n bystander to imagine that
I regretted tho fact which I had to oommu
nicate to him.
[TO BE CONTINUED.]
After Forty years*
eiperionco in the
preparation cf moro
than Ono Huudrod
Thousand applications for patents in
tho United States and Foreign coun
tries, tho publishers of tho Scientific
American continue, to act as solicitors
for patonts, caveats, trade-marks, copy
rights, etc., for the United States, and
to obtain patents in Canada, England, Franco,
Gormany, and all other countries. Thoir oipori
onco is unouualcd and thoir facilities aro unsur*
Drawings and specifications prepared and filed
In tho Patent Ofilco on short notice Terms vory
roasonablo. No chargo for examination of modoli
or drawings. Advico by m.-.il free.
Patents obtained throurh Mnnn AOo.aronoticod
lntho SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, which has
the largost, circulation and Is tho most influential
jtowspapor of its kind published in the world.
Tho advantages of such a notice every patentes
This largo and splendidly illustrated newspaper
In publishod AVEEKLY at S3.00 a year, and is
admitted to bo tho best papor dovotod to scionce,
mechanics, Inventions, onginooring works, and
other departments of Industrial progrois, pub
lished in any country. It contains tho names of
all patentees and title of overy invention patonted
each week. Try it four monthu for ono dollar.
Sold by all nowsdoalers.
If yon bavo an invention to patont write to
Mnnn & Co., publishers of Sciontiflo AmeriOaD,
261 Broadway, New rk. . ._ .
Handbook about) eats mailod fro*.
PM W .-^ Bt OE2 i2 A MS.
I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW
that 1 represent seven leading PIAXO
Ali I) ORGAN FACTORIES and will sell
at Manufacturer's LOWEST CASH OR
IXSTA J ,LM EXT FIGUR ES.
J aill prepared to give special induce
ments to long time purchasers.
Any Instrument sent Oll fifteen days
I will positively save every purchaser
from $10 to $30. 1). II. M A HCl IA N T,
OKANGKlil'KG, S. C.
AtG. II. Comclson's store.
TU? Wfsito tifSonlii (':>r<>n?:i.
OHANGE?URG COI N TV.
r.Y I'.KXJ. I'. 17.1.,\ ii. ESQ., I'ltOKATK .Iff KSK.
' HKl.'KAS, I.awrnn II. Waiinamaker,
V? COM*, lias made suit to me to granf
him Letters of Administration of the dere
lict Instate and effects of Mar arot Ann Oar
THESE A UK THEREFORE to cite
and admonish all and singular Ihc kindred
and Creditors or the said Margaret Ann
Garick, deceased, that they Ik; and appear
before me, in the Collll of Probate, to In
held al Orangcburg Court House on the."is!
I day of December next, alter publication
hereof, at li o'clock in the forenoon, to
shew cause, il any they have, why fin- said
Administration should not lie-granted.
Given under my hand, this ?$rd day id
Novell her, Anno Domini inst'?.'
I'.KN-i. P. I/.i.ai:,
NoV L'.Vii Probate Judge <>. C.
/io licc !?> 3";j :-::n
rrni: iMiKsi i.m:n rs ok tiik v*a
' rioiis larmcrs' clubs, throughout the
County, arc hereby reipicstci! In call flicir
respective ein I s together the fourth Satur
day in this month for Ihc purpose of elect
ing delegates to the regular meeting of the
Orangebiiig Furniers' Association, which
will be held at the Court House on the first
Monday in December.
J. E. WANNAMAKKi:,
President Farmers' Association 0. C.
pY VJUTUE UK AN OIIDKK OF
I> the Probate Court I will sell at the
late residence of Ephraim Cuminiugs, de
ceased, till the personal property belonging
to said Estate, consisting of Horses, Wagon,
Household and Kitchen Furniture, Sc., oil
the first day of December next.
Terms?Gash on delivery of propcrlv.
JaMES F. IZLAlt,
Nov 1S-L' Qualified Executor.
Okfick ok City Ci.kiik ami Tteabckeii, )
OltANGKBUltO, S. (-'., Nov. KJ, 188(1. ^
VTOT1CK LS IIEKKBY GIVEN
-1 ^ that tlur City Council will elect on Fri
day, December aril, lssij, a Lamp-lighter
at twenty-* wo dollars per month, to ft 11 the
vacancy Caused by the resignation of Mr.
George Hitter. Applications for the same
will be received at this office till that date.
C. D. KOIITJOHX,
Nov 18- Clerk of Council.
?)x f\AA BUSHELS CHOICE TEXAS
ZO.UUU PvUST PROOF OATS.
x A/if i BRSI1ELS SOUTH CAROLI
?),UUU NA RAISED RUST PROOF
OATS. FOR SALE by
Kracke & Janssen,
100 East Day,
Sept :i0-.'lmos Charleston, S. C.
"MOORE COUNTY GRIT"
The IivnI Millstone lathe World for Table Men!.
S'lmt-I'-s '-I m-:il teilt -.a :i|-|.|i.- ii. Smi-l for prices "ii
C.rlal l?- It-rn Mills. i>|?r ami l'n-1-r ltm.-i-r- and Mill
r:.i. We are agents for KiieineH, Holler*, Saw
MIIIx, Cotton Giiw, I1???r?. Shafting. I'nlltvs. .tc.
a I . ICiillet'-.Hitl Oillfits h ? ?? im.1
(.,r do miller in every barrel of Hour h? make*.
Write stating what yon want mil terms y< n wish t" l uv on.
Give references. Address, North Carolina .Hilt
stone CO., C-ttU-tt.-.-l. M re Co., N. C.
.?\<ici<*?; <>1" i'opnvi?tvv>ii?i>.
rPIIE L'XDKllSICXKI'J HAVE
fl this day associated themselves together
for tin' practici' of law under the firm name
of Clover ec Bowman.
- MORTIMER G LOY ER,
I. W. now MAN.
Orangeluirg, s. ('., (let. :, tssij- if
Al'.i.U. bATIinUP. V. M. WANNAMAKKI.',
(?rangeburg, S. C. St. Matthews, S. C
j ATllKnP & w A N N aM a K KlI,
attorneys at law,
OUANtiKISL'UC, s. ('.
( mice rp Stairs J ?vcr tin- Pustollicc.
; \ LLKKiiSOXS HAVING ( I.A I.Ms
: i \ against Ihc Estate of Mis. K. M.
: Wolfe will present their duly attested ami
1 till indebted to the stum; will conic forward
! and make pavuicilt to
Nov " MKS. T. C. K I'. ITT.
ON TIIK 2nd DAY ()!?' DIXKM
ber next, we will file our final accouill
! with the jutig?! of Probate as Executors of
! the Will of Elvill E. FmichcS, deceased,
i and ask for a final discharge
(i. I). .1. COLLIER,
.1. s. FL'N.CIIES,
I Nov Ml* Executors.
~ .^oliee ol" H>iMiii>>al.
ON TIIK Ifdh DAY OF IlKCEM
bei next, 1 will file my final account
i as Gunrdjnu of Miss Adriana Fugle, and
! ask for a release from said Guardiansiii]).
REN.I. P. IZLAR,
I Xov4?1 Judge. ?f Probate and Guardian.
B. H. MOSS. V. O. DANTZLEU
OSS & DANTZLEIL
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
Op.-vn?eijuhg, S. C.
:i_r. 571?. a::: zz:.::-.2zz fob ths ?"rz:r.~z
3: ail ..?72:t:s::':i:th2
DISORDERED AM) TORPID LIVER,
DERANGED STOMACH AND
ucli as Biliousness, Chills ami Fever,
Liver Complaint. Jaundice Siek and
Nervous Headache, Indigestion, Constipa
tion Heartburn, Sour Stomach. Loss of Appe
tite, Eruptions, Skin Diseases Diarrhoea, etc.
OTTS A LTER AT1VE TILLS is no patent
preparation, or experimental humbug, but
are compounded after a formula of an emi
nent Southern physician of ::o years' expe
rience They have been used and tested in
his practice anil vicinity for years, and the
demand has so increased that at present it
becomes necessary to manufacture them
regularly for tin-trade, which has oniy been
done for the past six month, anil upon their
merits alone, unassisted by advertising;
their sale is unprecedented and astonishing.
Get a box and try them. For sale bv
D. J. G. WANNAMAKER.
Sept3(Myr._Orangcburg, S. C.
SIGN OF THE WATCH.
NORTH SIDE RUSSELL STREET.
The undersigned calls the attention of
the citizens of Orangeburg and elsewhere
throughout the State to his fikst class
EVEltV ARTIBLK IN
THE JEWELRY LINE,
EYE GLASSES, &C, &C.,
which he is prepared to sell at the LOWEST
His stock on hand is VARIED AND
CHOICE, AND CANNOT HE SUR
It EPA IKING WATCHES, CLOCKS
AND JEWELRY he makes a specialty,
and guarantees perfect satisfaction ill every
ease. Customers are solicited to give his
articles and work a fair trial before going
elsewhere. T. DfiCIIlAVETTE,
Oct 7- Watchmakf.u and Jkwelkh.
Z. M. WOLFE,
(ATSCHIFFLEY'S OLD STAND.)
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES
ets-:nt wb:vs?s h,2?$3'?ks.
PurcN. C. Distilled COHN WHISKEY
a S]iccialtv, Si.7.1 per gallon.
Pure liYE WHISK KV. 81,7.1 per gallon.
Fine eld IJAKE1J IIYE WHISKEY,
?4.00* per callon.
XXXX GIBSON WHISKEY, S.-S.73 per
FINE SKOALS AND TOBACCO IN
As I expect to change business on lirst of
January, will sell cheaper than any house
in the City.
Don't mistake the place, but call at the
Northwest corner of Railroad Avenue and
lilisscll Street, right at Railroad Sign.
State of South Carolina, County of Orange
burg?Court of Common Pleas.
Ilv virtue of a certain execution issued
out of said Court, and to be directed, I will
sell in front of.the Court House, on Mon
day, the 6th of December next, during the
legal hours, all the rigid, title and interest
of W. C. Hives, in and to the following de
scribed real estate. To wit:
ALL THAT CERTAIN TRACT OF
LAND, containing fifty live acres, more or
less, and known as Tract No. 1, of Home
ALSO LOT NO. :i of Swamp Tract, con
taining one hundred and sixty-four acres,
more or less. The same being that portion
of the estal" lands of the late Win. T.
Rives allotted to W. C. Rives as hi-, share
of said estate (See plat attached to judg
ment roll in case of B. II. Moss, Adminis
trator, vs. W. C. Rives, et al.)
Levied on as the property of W. C. Rives
at the suit of Gco. 11. Cornclson, ct al.
Terms?Cash, and purchaser to pay for
papers, and if terms are not compiled with
will be resold at risk of former pur
chaser. A. M. SALLEY,
Nov IK-:;_Sheriff O. C.
Sale of Real Estate.
rPHE UNDERSIGNED WILL
1. sell at public auction on the salesday
in December next, in front of the Court
House, the following described real estate,
for the purpose of paying off the debts of
Joab W. Moselev, deceased. To wit:
ALL THAT LOT OR PARCEL OF
LAND, with live small buildings thereon,
situate, lying and being in tin: City of
Orangeburg, containing four acres, more or
less, and bounded bv lands now or former
ly of Samuel Dibble. George llollver, Es
tate lands of W. A. .1. Sistrunk and lands
of the South Carolina Hail way Company.
Terms?One-half cash. Credit portion to
be secured by bond and mortgage of the
premises, time twelve months; purchaser
or purchasers to pay fwr pajiersand refold
The above described properly will be sold
at private sale if desired by parlies wishing
to purchase same. ' !ood titles will be given.
JULIA D. MOSELEY,
Nov is- Qualified Executrix.
'E'he SJ:iSe oTSosith Carolina,
IIY lUiXJ. I*. I7.LAK, K-ij., lltOUATK JUDGE.
TTTHEKEAS, L. IL Wannamakcr, C. C.
H 1'. has made suit lu lue to grant him
Letters of Administration of the ilercliel es
tate and effects of Sam'I KaiTison, deceased :
These are therefore t<>? ite ami admonish all
and singular the kindn d and Creditors of
Hu- >aid Sam'l Karnson, deceased, that they
be and appeal -before nie. in the Court of
Probate, to Ik*held at Orangebiirg Court
house, on the ?lst da\ of December next,
after publication hereof, at J l o'clock in the
forenoon, In shew cause, it'any they have,
why the said Administration should not be
Given under my baud, this L'Ulld day of
November, Anno Domini, issti.
I.K.VJ. I'. f'/.t.Alt,
Nov L'.'Hl .Indue ol Probate._
Oh'KII K iiK Coi'.VI V L'OMMISSIONKISS, f
OltANOKIU'Ui;, S. C. Nov. Ii, ISSI?. S
VOTIl L is llEIIKI'Y HIVES
that the Board of (.'oiiuty. Commis
sioners will receive sealed bids mi or before
the first day of December, issd, at p.'o'clock
M., for the purpose uf letting out a con
tract to support the paupers of said County
for one \ear.
The eoiitaactor will be required to exe
cute a bond for the faithful performance of
Specification can be seen at this office.
The Hoard reserves the rigid to reject
anv and all bills.
By order of the Hoard of County Com
missioners, Orangebiirg Count v.
II. II. MOSS,
Nov 1S--J Clerk County < 'oiiiiiiissioiieis.
THE L'NDEUSKJNKD HEREBY
L forbid all persons from hunting, fish
ing, or otherwise trespassing upon his lands.
All violations will be prosecuted to the full
extent of the law. J. D. FOGLE.