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* chaptebTxv continued.
"Yes." If aid gravely. "i took possession
of the bcok you msntio:u i did- not know
that it w?s yours; i imagined that it be
I longed t-i Fiinter. It is not in my possession
now. Bcl'ki, the detective whom i em
ployed to (1 recover Gregson, took it to Lon
don with him yeyterdoy, and I received this
message from him to-day."
i hanxVl to Branksome the telegram which
announced that the secret of the cipher hod
been discovered. He glanced at it, and as
he did so i fancied that a slight pallor passed
over his face. But he returned the paper to
me with a steady hand, and it was In a voice
which showed no traces even of the emotion
he l:ad displayed when he responded to my
appeal on behalf of Daisy that he said:
aIt is curious that they should think, they
have dkoo .-ered, my cipher. The very fact
that they talk of the contents of the book as
important, tells me that they ore utterly
Wrong. But I most not detain yoa longer,
Mr. Fentoi* I promise yon that you shall
hear from me wi thin the next twenty-four
In another moment he. had sileatly quitted
The "aewspspor train.*' as it Is eallod.
reaches York from London, shortly before
ten -la tho rooming. It "brought With it
Blelski, who had telegraphed to apprise ibj
of hi* cooiing, and whoa I accordingly
awaited on tho platform. The detective
looked somewhat haggard and excited when
ho greeted me.
"Mr. Harding here*" he said. MI am glad
of it i want yen both. i have something
vary important to lay before yen."
We hurried to my room, where Harding
awaited ua Breakfast was on the table; but
Blelski seemed little disposed to eat or drink
until he made his great communication te
us. The instant tie waiter had left the room
be addressed ua
"Gentlemen, it. is all right Tho young
lady is as innocent as a dove, and in forty
elgbt hours she'll be as free as we are. You
wore right Mr. Jenton, m your guess at the
' way it was done; and now i can prove it"
What was it that made the little detective,
with his shrewd, keen face, stop suddenly in
the middle of what was evidently meant
to be a long harangue? It was simply tho
sudden springing to bis feet of Harding,
whose hands the next moment held mine,
and were violently shaking them, while,
with a Voice curiously unlike his usual ono,
he gasped out: "Old fellow?eo glad?God
And It But I shall not weary the reader
with any analysis of my emotions. It was
a dark December morning; ah, how unlike
that bright summer weather in which Daisy
and i had first met and learned to lovo each
other 1 But when these words fell from the
detective's lips, the summer sun shone out
again, and the birds sang in my hoart, and
the very heavens seemed to be opened abovo
"I dont wonder at your being upset, gen
tlemen. I feel obit queer myself; but you
must really compose yourselve* and listen to
what I have to tell you. I never had such a
story to tell befora Lor bles-i met I'll nover
believe ha clever mon again. Every oao of
them is alike. They play their game so
beautifully that you think there can be no
catching 'em; and then, lo and behold I you
find that all the time they have been playing
your gome, too, and in the way that you
least of all expected."
Having delivered himself of this exordium,
Blelski took from his pocket a small parcel,
from 'which hs'duly extracted the little
memorandum book I hod found at Great
"This book, gsntlemen, is neither more nor
less than the diary of Francis Branksome,
Esquire, M. D.. for nearly the whole of tho
present year. And in it Dr. Branksome has
set down, all as plain as a pikestaff, tho
whole history of his own proceedings during
that time, and of the crimes which he bos
committed, including the murder of Mr.
Hauleverer, and the plan by which the sus
picion of that murder was to be thrown up
on Miss Standiffe."
a cry of horror broke from the hps of
Hording. For my part, i sat spellbound
"I never saw anything in my life before to
compare with this, gentlemen," continued
the detective, shaking his head emphatically.
"I have tieen a many queer things in my
time; but sevei* anything like this. Here's
a clever man, on educated man, a man who
t-Mnlr? that he can take in everybody around
him, and that we ore all nothing more than
chessmaa to be moved about by him at his
pleasure?aye, and a man who does move
people about just as he pleases for year
after year; and yet this clever man is such a
fool that he thinks he can put his secrete into
writing, and prevent anybody discovering
'em, simply because be mixes up two sys
temt of short hand, and makes one of his
own out of 'em, In whioh to keep hfa diary."
Blelski looked round as though to ask our
opinion on the subject
"i remember," said Harding, "a case of a
murderer in Paris who was convicted
through a diary* in which he left a record of
all his crimes."
"Do you Indeed, sir? Well, all i can say is
that it is the first time Pve come across such
a cose. But now, gentlemen, I must tell
you what the diary says. It took me and
my mole all day yesterday and down to
three o'clock this morning to translate it;
and we shouldn't have got done with it yet
if it hadn't been that luckily this clever Dr.
Branksome had chosen for his cipher two
systems, both of which my friend happened
Thereupon Blelski produced a large botch
of manuscript, and he began to turn over
the poges, most of which i saw wore covered
with his handwriting.
"My friend deciphered, and I wrote down
as he read It," he explained to us. "I am
not going to trouble you with tho early part
of tho story, though there is plenty that I
shall have to deal with afterwards. I'll keep
straight to what concerns this case. Here is
tho first extract after ho has seen you, Mr.
Fenton: 'Arrived Scarborough six a. m.
Wont ashore at eight, aud joined the bos3 and
Daisy at Grand hotel The old man very
well; appears to have got over the attack of
bronchitis. Looks as if ho might live twenty
years yot Ead the usual business talk with
him, and settled everything satisfactorily.
No suspicion of Fosdyke's gama' Fos
dyke's game," said the detective, breaking
off suddenly, "was to transfer an immense
number of Mauleverer's bonds into portable
and transferable securities. The rogues
were determined, whether the man lived or
died, to dip their hands into his pockets.
?Found to my disgust that Daisy has made
the acquaintance of a young man named
Fenton. I 6vspected something from her
manner of speaking of him. It seems that
he protected her from that brute Grogson at
York railway station, and she repays him
by falling ia love with him. I made an
opportunity of observing them both closely.
There Is no doubt that ho is fond of her, and
I find that he has got an influence over her
which I must destroy as speedily as possible. j
A commonplace, Inoffensive young man, but!
In my way, and therefore to be got out of
This extract affords a fair sample of the
pirfect franlmess with which Branksome
had committod his thoughts to paper. There
was not the faintest attempt in the diary at
DOtf-decaptlon. If bo told"a fie, he Barf bo I
straight out; if be committed any crime, i
trivial or great, it was described with cynical I
plainness oC speech. If the whole of that ;
extra ?rdinary volume were to bo published '
it would bo one of the most interesting psy- :
cbological revelations ever given to the 1
But It most suffice for my purpose here to
give but a brief .-.erics of extracts from the '
diary. The entry referring to my visit to j
tbo hall was as fellows:
"September.20. ?This morning I procured 1
I from London my old medicine ohost. Found a i
I good supply of strychnia. Ascertained that ,
the boss bad got a new box of pills from
Carrick yesterday. Have been busy experi
menting all the morning, making up pow
ders in imitaiion of Carrick's. Fenton came
I on a visit just berore dinner hour?more des
perately In .ovo than ever. After dinner ho ;
and Daisy went into the garden together,
?ad I set Flinter to watch them. He was ;
the witness of a very pretty love scene? [
Daisy and her young gentleman billing and
Cpoing in the most approved style. When I
got ttw boss away from bis guest at night ] <
told him the whale story In my own fasalo? i
and let him know that I bal ascertained:
quite enough to prove that Fenton was a
?camp, probably in leaguo with Gregson. I'
had a little difficulty with him at first Ho '
seemed to have taken rather a liking to the :
lad But when I told him that he had bo?n j
speaking contemptuously of him (Maul
everer) to Daisy, and speculating upon the
chance of his dying soon, and leaving them
in possession of his Wealth, hia temper j
changed, und ho be cacao furiously angry, and
told me that Teuton must be got out of the
hot.*?> immediately after breakfast to-morrow
morning. Flinter, I find, has grave Buspi- |
cions that Fen ton knows something, and in
sists upon his being removed from the spot
at the moment the grand coup is struck.*
Then oame other entries describing my;
departure from the hall, and the way in ?
' which Branksome succeeded in inflaming
the mind of the doomed Mauleveror against |
both me and Daisr. Finally came the story
of the execution n? the vile plot itself.
"October 7.?i" ?v was sont off to Little;
Lorten with strict orders to procure enough
strychnia to poison all the rate In the hall I
Brought back a big parcel of the stuff, and 1
seemed quite frightened at having it in her
possession. Am keeping up the estrange
ment between her and the boss. Went into
the latter's room to-night after he bad gone
to bed, and suggested that be did not look
welL Propose J he should have one ot bii j
powders. He assented to this, ant I duly ?
administered i: to him. On taking the |
powder from the box in the dressing room, j
I Slipped in my own powder of strychnia.
I saw that the powders were taken hi regu
lar order, so placed mine near the bottom ol.
the box. It will como duo, i calculate, in a
"October 8.?Left ball this morning foi
Scarborough and the yacht Fosdyke went
with me, having evaded the old man's request
that he would complete his new will at,
once. Query: That will is not vory likely
to be executed now, is It? Took an affection
ate leave of th i old gentle\nan, end felt1
really sorry to think I should see him nc j
more. On getting to Scarborough, found I*
was a stormy d iy. Fi inter had carried out
my orders about Fenton, nud the latter wai
safe on board in the yacht's 'kitty.'"
This particular boolc ended at this point
There were no furthor entries after that re-;
I lating to my abduction.
"Now, gentlemen, you see it all," said
Biels!::, when he had finished the reading. '
"We have to do with the greatest scoundrel
1 the Lord ever sent upon this earth. But wi
have got him tight" He pulled out hit
watch. "By thin time, Mr. Fenton, oui
friend, Dr. Francis Branksoma, ought to bi j
safe in the hands of the Scotland Yard de
tective whom 1 brought down from London,
but whom I did not think it absolutely
necessary to introduoe to you in the station
two hour* ago."
"You have got a warrant against him!"
"Of course we havp. When we had found
as much as was necessary cut of this book,
I rushed off to Scotland Yard, and left that
part of tho business m their hands. It will
bo all right provided Branksome has not got
"I am afraid he has got a hint," I said
feeling more than a little guilty.
"Eh, what do yon say, Mr. Pentc-nf* cried
the detective, wheeling round upon me and
eyeing me sharply,
I told him the whole story of Brnnksome's
visit to me, and of how ha had even toon tht
telegram which Blelskt himself had di?
patchod. Bitterly did I now upbraid my
self for my folly. I saw how tho villain, by
that momontary assumption of emotion, bad
once more overmatched me, and bad won
I from mo the secret he came to learn.
The detective wasted no time in any re
proaches. He snatched up his hat and
rushed from the room. When he was gone,
Harding and I discussed the posdble results
of Branksome's escape. Anxious ns we were
that he should be brought to justice, out
chief thought was for Daisy; and we cared
I little what became of the villain now that
! her life and honor were secure,
i In little more than half an hour poor Biel
ski returned, with chagrin written in unmis
takable characters upon his face.
"Just what I expected," bo cried; "tht
rogue has boon too sharp for us, after all:
but, thank God, he has not gone until tht
young lady has been as good as cleared"
He throw a tologram upon the table. It
was from tho chief constable at Bear
borough, in answer to one from Bielskl, an
nouncing that tho Golden Hawk bad sailed
that morning, destination unknown, carry
ing with her Dr. Branksomo and Benjamin
DR. BRANKSOME'S LAST.
Early on t'uo day following that on which
Bielski had informed us of his extraordinary
discovery, my good friend Harding found
himself at Whitehall, in tho room of the
P'.rmanent under secretary of tho homo de
partment Belnioro was with him, and they
had ?ilready drawn up a brief statement ol
the facts which ha I been discovered with
regard to tue murder of Mr. Mauleverer
and tho actual pos t ion of Daisy. One by
ono Mr. Belmoro p-uced these facts before
tho great official, and showed, not merely
how the strong evidence which had been
brought against my darling at tho trial had
boon neutralized by subsequent discoveries,
but how there was now positive testimony?
testimony of an extraordinary kind, indeed,
but still testimony which was conclusive?
with regard to the actual criminal and his
real accomplices, for whoso arrest warrants
had been issued.
The under secretary listened with patience
I and attention, and then armed with the docu*
meats which they handed to him, he went to
tho apartment of the secretary of state. A
few minutes later they stood in tho presence
of the minister himself.
"1 have been deeply interested in thL case,
Mr. Belmore, and vory much troubled by it
It was so difficult to believe that a young
girl could have been guilty of u erime of
this sort And yet tho evidenco was ap
parently complete, and unfortunately I have
too much reason to know that we can nuver
trus! absolutely to antecedent improbabili
ties in cases of this kind."
"But now, sir, I think you will admit that
tho ovidenco is clear as far as it goes, and
that it establishes the innocence of this
"I must see the judge first in the matter."
repli-jil the minister, cautiously.
"Ant may 1 venture to ask," interposed
H.irdin?, "that you will act as soon ns you
pnssib.y can, sir? I need not point out to'
ynu ;h* cruel position of this young lady at!
the present moment, or of those to whom she !
"My dear sir, I shall act at once; In such
a case delay would bo inexcusable. But you
mutt forgive me if 1 withhold my own j
opinion until I have ascertained that of the !
Half an hour later I received the telegram
for which I was waiting with breathless im
patience at York. Alas! it did not announce,
as I had hojwd might be the case, the im
mediate dischargo of my darling. Patience!
But a. nightfall the glad sews come.
"Secretary of state will odri.? queen to grant
free pardon. Formalities can be completed
And the next day I was at the castle by
daybreak, waiting to bo admitted to the
governor's room. I was too soon, of course.
Even when officialism eat* vita unwonted
speed, it cannot outstrip the impatience of -
lover. It was now the 18th of December.
In a week longer Christmas would be with
as. Twelve days had elapsed since I bad
heard the shameful doom pronounced upon
my beautiful darling?the woman whom t
had chosen out of' all the world as worthiest
and best, aye, and who had chosen me, all
unworthy as I was?to keep that tender
heart of hers?the purest and truest that
ever beat in. a human bosom.
Oaly twelve dxr^s tUnoo that awful seen*
when. Daisy and < had seemed to stand to
gether within the very jaws of death! I
could not believe it Half of my entire life
appeared to have been expended in the |
varied emotions through which I had passed
since Ahea The officials of the prison were j
long, loag in coming. I walked to and fro
impatiently. I declare this waiting now!
was harder even than had been that waiting
for the verdict when my darling's fate J
hung in tho balance. I recalled all the
history of those eventful four months which
had passed sines I first saw her in her peer- j
less beauty, and the full flush of health and
strength, in the railway station of this very j
city; and while I rejoioed more than ever at
the blessing which had been bestowed upon
me in her love, my heart oriod out to heaven
for pardon for all those errors which
' in my recklessness and blindness I
had committed, and from which she had
suffered. Ah, if it could but have come over
again, how differently I should have acted,
and with what loving caro I should have
shielded her even against that infernal net
work of lies ?. iiich bad be6n woven so cun
uingly about her I So I thought, as I looked
bsck upon it all; and so, possibly, it might
have boon if that strange drama could have
Leen re-enaoted. But who can toll? Even
now, when I fully recognize the blunders of
which I was guilty, the folly, the t.lindness,
the stubbornness 1 displayed in my dealings
with Maulovorer and his friends, I some
timos ask myself whether my blunders may
aot have been moro usoful than my pru
dence would have been.
But what is that sound? The door opens,
and I turn to greet tho governor with the
longed-for nows. No; the govornor is not
thoro. It is my darling herself who stands
beforo me, pale as a statue of marble, worn
and wasted by llto strahl of an agony which
might have brought even a strong man to the
grave, but with ail toe light of life and love
shining upon mo from her star-lit eyes.
We \tterr at Scarborough boo days later
We were at Scarborough two days later,
staying onoe more in the Grand hoteL The
great house was practically empty now, and
Daisy and Mrs. Cawthorne might, if they
pleased, have had their choice of any of the
rooms In the building. I bad induced Hard
ing to como with us to the place where I had
first met him. It was not merely that I
needed to consult him on a hundred matters
that concerned tho interests both of Daisy
and myself. Iu that fierce ordeal through
which my darling and I had passed I had
learned to lore this true and tried friend as I
had lored few men before.
It was on this second day of our stay in
tho hot*! that I received the following letter
from the arch villain who had bo nearly by
his crimos marred the lives of both Daisy
and myself. The lotter had been posted at
Scarborough on the very day on which the
Golden Hawk sailed for its unknown port
But strange te say, it bad been directed to
me, not at York, whore tho doctor know
that I was staying, but at Great Lorton Hull,
from which place it had readied mo, after
somo delay, at Scarborough.
"Golden Hawk, )
Oft 8cAHBOaouGH, Doa 10. (
"Dear Mr. Fenton: I promised to lot
you hear from mo within twenty-four hours,
and I mean to prove myself a man of my
word. 1 said that when you did hear of mo
again I should probably causo you to think
loss hardly of mo, and I still trust that It
may be so.
"You aro a young man who is not wholly
lacking in discrimination, though in your
impulsiveness you make somo vory great
mistakes. You aro probably now cursing
what. you may regard as the blundor you
mado last night when you revealed to mo tho
telegram from that detective with tho for
eign name on the subject of my diary. Pray
console yourself. Evea from your?and
Daisy's?point of view, you did not blundor
there, as I shall soon prove to you.
"Every man, groat or small, has some
weakness. Mine has beeu a vory simplo
one. I havo had no confederate all through
my lifo; even Flintor, and one or two moro
in Australia who havo been permitted to
understani something of my schemos, have
never really been in my confidence. I am a
sociable being, as you know. I could con
fide iu nobody elso; I made a confidant of
myself. Don't suppose that I did not know
there ~c? a risk In doing it, even with tho
cipher I hau adopted I was well awaro of
that fo?*t But there must bo an e lemon t of
ris& in all things human, and the chances
were certainly a thousand to ono against
any harm happoning to me through tho in
dulgence of this little foiblo. Now, of
course, aU yonr petty moralists, from your
detective upward, wilt preach thoir little
sermon about tho blindness with which
Providence afflicts all criminals, and will
prove entirely to their own satisfaction that,
if I am a great villain, I am a still greater
fcoL I deny It I am no fool; and even
aftor the losBon I have new had, I should
not hesitato once moro to repeat?of course,
under different conditions?the indiscretion
which has cost me so dear now.
"Mv door sir. let rue remove any difficulty
that may now lie in your way. ft I had not
heard from you of the discovery of my
cipher, and if, instead of writing this lotter
comfortably to you on board our beautiful
yacht, I had been in jail just now on the
charge of murder, I should have been com
pelled in self-defonee to put you and all your
friends to an amount of trouble that I think
would have far outweighed the object you
were seeking to attain. Moreover, I should
in all probability have baffled the whole of
you. But your appeal to me lost night,
coupled with the fact that I shall certainly
not now be permitted to gather the fruit for
which I have waited so long, has caused mo
to come to a conclusion of which I think you
ought to hear with gratitude. 1 do not
mean to fight I am leaving you forever;
but I shall do what I can in departing to
?mooth your way, and to leave yon and
Daisy to think not unkindly of me.
ul acknowledge, therefore, in the most
formal manner, that the story sot forth in
my diary is literally true. I murdered
Mr. Mauleveror in tho manner therein da
jtstthod?by substituting a powder ef strych
nia for one of bromide of potassium. I had
no accomplice in my crime save Benjamin
Flinter. Daisy is absolutely innocent; and,
though Fosdyke may bare had his suspi
cions,-be knew nothing. Fosdyke, my dear
Mr. .Fenton, is a very commonplace sort of
rogue. I shall do nothing so absurd as to
attempt to justify or palliate my conduct to
yon, I have my owt justification, and I
assure you it is altogether satisfactory to
myself. ' My digestion is excellent; I sleep
perfectly; and I know no more of a re
proaching consclenco than of a disordered
There is one point on which, by the way,
I should not like either yon or Daisy to lie
under any misapprehension. Though it was
necessary, in case of need, to place Daisy
under suspicion of being the real murderer
of Mr. Maulevorer, there was not tho slight
est intention of putting her life in jeopardy.
That was your doing, my dear Mr. Fenton,
and you remember the hot indignation
which Flintor?who always bad a sneaking
kindne?s for the dear girl?showed when he
heard of what I must say was your inex
cusable rashness at Trondhjom. We wanted
to oreate evidence against her, not that we
might fling her into the dock to take
her chanco before a jury, but In order that
we might have somo means of counteracting
the influence which unfortunately you
seemed to have obtained over her, and of
keeping both her and you in our power.
But then, the best laid schemes,'etc lam
no mouse, however, ovon though on this
occasion my plans havo 'gone agloy.'
"Daisy Is the daughter of a gentleman, a
man of birth, refinement and education, a
clergyman of the Church of England, who
died at Melbourne in 18?. I know nothing
of her family history, save that her name is
Sheldon; but you may depend upon it that
she is, in every sense of the word, a lady.
""And now. nothing remains but that I
should say, 'Bloss you, my children,' and lot
the curtain be rung down upon the play I
Ton will have Mauleverer's millions upon
which to enjoy yourselves?minus the com
paratively trivial sum which my necessities
have compelled me to appropriate; you will
have youth, beauty, good conscionco, etc,
etc. Really, my dear Fenton, I envy you.
Pray, whon you are happy, bear In mind the
fact that you owe your wife to me,
"And now, farewell! This Is tho last tlmo
you will ever hear of your sincere but un
repentant Francis Branksoue."
This extraordinary lotter, which left tho
man's character almost as much of an
enigma to me as it had ever been, did some
thing to clear away any remaining mystery
connected with the tragedy; and it con
firmed my darling in tho intention which she
had formed that under no circumstances
would she touch the money of the man who
had taken her as his child, and loved and
benefited her, under the influence, of the
fraudulent delusion impressed upon him by
Bnmksomc, Legally, she was full mistress
of all Mauleverer's wealth?the amount of
which we soon found had been greatly
exaggerated. She made use of her powers
over It to transfer the wholo sum to trustees
for tho exocution of the purposes which
Mauleveror had named in the will he never
And so, though I married the heiress of
the millionaire, I got a penniless bride. But,
strange to Bay, I havo never regretted that
faet; ner, I verily believe, would Daisy hor
self exchange her present lot for that which
she enjoyed when men crowded round her
eager to pay court to her as the inheritor of
the rich man's wealth. The brightness of
our honeymoon, whiob came very soon after
those tragic days of which I have written in
these pages, has nover quite died out Nay,
it renews itself from year to year; and we
are fain to acknowledge that we are happier
now becnuso of the sorrows through which
wo have passed together.
Mr. Fosdyke, the clever attorney, had been
too clovor for once. Ho knew nothing of tho
plot to murder Maulevorer?of that the au
thorities were fully satisfied; but he hod for
gotten certain elementary rules of his own
profession in his dealings with the rich man's
property, and so one day he was struck off
the rolls, and consigned for the remalndor of
his lifo to poverty and ignominy.
Wh.it became of Dr. Branksome and hia
accomplice, Flinter, is a secret which time
has never revealed. The last word that ever
reached me from them was tho letter which
the reader has now before him; tho lost that
was ever seen of thorn was on that gray
December morning when the Golden Hawk
slipped out of Scarborough bay liko a
shadow, nsver more to como within mortal
ken. Various are the rumors that I have
heard regarding this arch villain whoso dupe
I was along with so many others. Some
spoke of him as loading a life of sybaritic
self-indulgence in an isle of tho JEgean;
others doscribed him as being a prominent
leader in a revolution in the newest of the
Central American ropublics, whllo there
was ono story?to which I myself attached
more weight than I did to the rest?which
spoke of the sinking of a large schooner
yacht, namo unknown, in tho English chan
nel, by a homeward bound P. & 0. steamer,
during a denso fog, somo four-and-twenty
hours after the Golden Hawk loft Scar
borough. That a yacht was lost, with all
bands, at that time, and that the (Jolden
Hawk has nover moro been heard of, are
facts admitted by everybody. But whether
it was tho vessel which carriod the bin-laden
soul of Francis Branksome that went down
so suddenly in the cold waters of tho channel
is one of those mysteries which will nover be
revealed until the sea gives up hor dead.
Womon and Umbrellas.
I am a firm bei.ever ;.u woman suffrage.
Women preachers edify me, womon lecturers
delight me, womon doctors thrill mo, women
telephone clerks onchant mo, and women
barbers aro to mo a sourco of flfteoc-ceut
joy. Woman's rights should bo ro.spec:ed.
In tho pulpit and in tights, before tho bar
and behind it, woman mutt havo hor place.
Against one thing, however, in the name of
humanity and eyeballs, I must protest?tho
i ight of women to carry umbrellas. To tho
maniac who never goes out iu u rain storm
(except when it may bo raining in London
tvnd dry here) this may seem absurd; it may
even be the unhappy uause of illumining the
face of some drum-brained pessimist with a
smile; but sensible democrats will agree
On c rainy day a woman with an urn
braHft is a terror; on a drizsry night aha is a
fiend incarnate. This innocent and useful
contrivance, once placed in the grasp of a
vornan, becomes a hideous and deadly
In every well appointed rain storm you
may observe that saeolian combination?a
woman with an umbrella. Unmindful of
aught but her Sunday bonnet, she rushes
madly along with the rain protector berore
her face. She knows not, neither does she
care, who or what is before her; but is,
alas! too well aware that undisputed mon
opoly of tho sidewalk is hers. Presently
the victim appears. He is a misguided mor
tal, laboring under the delusion that he has
rights on tho streets?women or no women.
Harmlessly, aye, aimlessly perchance, ho
comes along. He perceives the woman's ap
proach but does not leap in the gutter, or
plunge wildly in a friendly doorway. They
Wo need not further discuss this painful
scene. It is enough for us to know that
the victim takes a free ambulance ride and
finds his left optic demolished and his nose
out of place.?Life
WILLIAM RAVENEL, President.
oiDio Plosjlate Cornau,
CHARLESTON, IS, G.
BlfsrJi Grade Fertilizers.
SOLUBLE GUANO, (highly ammoniated.)
HIGH GRADE RICE FERTILIZERS.
All orders promptly filled.
R. M. MEANS, Treasurer.
Watctaabr aai Jeweller,
Under Times and Democrat Office,
Keeps on hand n fine Stock of
Gold and Silver Watches,
Gold and Silver
Headed Canes, &c.
Also. Musical Lnstruments, such as
Banjos and Guitars,
And all other goods in this line.
23TA largo assortment of 18 carat Plain
Gold Rings always in stock.
2^"Good warranted, and prices low.
I have removed to Dr. J. G,
Wannamaker's old stand next
door to Messrs. Vose & Sallcy,
where I am ready to sell you
anything in the way of
at the lowest possible prices.
I have also added to my stock
a lino line of CIGARS AND
Country Merchants will do
well lo call on me for Tinware,
Candy and Cigais which I pro
prose to sell them at wholesale
as cheap as they can buy it for
in Charleston or elsewhere.
welch & eason.
We are still at the OLD STAND and if
you want to help us
Now is the Time.
An order now is worth twice as much to
us as it will be at any other time,
Si:\I> FOR PRICE I.I.ST
and mail us your orders and we will treat
Welch & Eason,
185 and 187 Meeting and 11 Market
Streets. Warehouse l'U Hayue Street,
Sept. :io-3mo. Charte ton, S. C.
PIANOS AI\'I> ORGANS.
I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW
that 1 represent seven leading PIANO
AND ORGAN FACTORIES and will sell
at Manufacturer's LOWEST CASH OR
I am prepared to givo special induce
ments to long time purchasers.
Any Instrument sent on fifteen days
I will positively save every purchaser
from ?10 to?30. 1). IL MARCUANT,
ORANGEBURG, S. C.
At G. II. Cornelson's store.
"MOORE COUNTY GRIT"
The best Millstone lathi World for Table Meal.
Samples "f meal lent on application. Send for prices on
Portable Corn MilU. Upper and bailor Runners and inll
steaes. We are apnti for Enoiaes, Hollers, Saw
"?Ulis. Cotton Gins, Planer?, Shafting, PuUoj?, tc.
a" for' Roller-Mtll Ontflts which ?ar. .Wsoen*
for the miller in every barrel of flour ho makes.
Writ* statin* what jon want and Unas Ton wish to MWM.
Giro references. Address. North Carolina IrliU
?toae Co., Pariswood, Maor? Co., N. C.
SAFE, ST73E AHB XELIASLE TOB TUE ArTECTWX CffEE
OF AU AFF2CT10273 0? TEE
DISORDERED AND TORPID LIVER,
DERANGED STOMACH AND
Such as Biliousness, Chills and Fever,
Liver ComplaiDt, Jaundice Sick and
Nervous Headache, Indigestion, Constipa
tion Heartburn, Sour Stomach, Loss of Appe
tite, Eruptions, Skin Diseases Diarrhoea, etc.
OTTS ALTERATIVE PILLS is no patent
preparation, or experimental humbug, but
are compounded after a formula of an emi
nent Southern physician of 30 years' expe
rience. They have been used and tested in
his practice and vicinity for years, and the
demand has so increased that at present it
becomes necessary to manufacture them
regularly for the trade, which has only been
done for the past six month, and upon their
merits alone, unassisted by advertising;
their sale is unprecedented and astonishing.
Get a box and try them. For sale by
D. J. G. WANNAMAKER.
Sept 30-lyr._Orangeburg, 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 fiust class
KVEEY ABTIBLE IN
THE JEWELRY LINE,
EYE CLASSES, &c., &c.,
which he Is prepared to sell at the lowest
market pricks '
His stock on hand Is VARIED AND
CHOICE, AND CANNOT BE SUR
REPAIRING WATCHES, CLOCKS
AND JEWELRY he makes a specialty,
and gnarantees perfect satisfaction in every
case. Customers are solicited to give hfs
articles and work a fair trial before going
elsewhere. T. DeCHIAVETTE,
Oct 7- Watchmaker and Jeweler.
Z. M. WOLFE,
(AT SCHIFFLEY'S OLD STAND.)
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES
BEST WINES LIQUORS.
Pure N. C. Distilled CORN WHISKEY
a specialty, ?1.75 per gallon.
Pure RYE WHISKEY, ?1,75 per gallon.
Fine old BAKER RYE WHISKEY,
?4.00 per gallon.
XXXX GIBSON WHISKEY, ?3.75 per
FINE SEGARS AND TOBACCO IN
As I expect to change business on first 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
Russell Street, right at Railroad Sign.
State of South Carolina, County of Orange
burg?Court of Common Pleas.
By 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 right, title and interest
of W. C. Rives, in and to the followiug de
scribed real estate. To wit:
ALL THAT CERTAIN TRACT OF
LAND, containing fifty five acres, more or
less, and known as Tract No. 1, of Home
ALSO LOT NO. 3 of Swamp Tract, con
taining one hundred and sixty-four acres,
more or less. The same being that portion
of the estate lands of the late Wm. T.
Rives, allotted to W. C. Fives as his share
of said estate (See plat attached to judg
ment roll In case of B. H. Moss, Adminis
trator, vs. W. C. Rives, et al.)
Levied on as the property of W. C. Rives
at the suit of Geo. 11. Cornelson, et 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 18-3_Sheriff O. C.
Sale of Real Estate.
HPHE UNDERSIGNED WILL
X 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. Moseley, deceased. To wit:
ALL THAT LOT OR PARCEL OF
LAND, with five small buildings thereon,
situate, lying ~nd being in the City of
Orangeburg, containing four acres, more or
less, and bounded by lands now or former
ly of Samuel Dibble. George Boliver, Es
tate lands of W. A. J. Sistrunk and lands
of the South Carolina Railway 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 for papers and recoid
The above described property will be sold
at private sale if desired by parties wishing
to purchase same. Good titles will be given.
JULIA D. MOSELEY,
Nov 18-_Qualified Executrix.
Tlic State of South Carolina,
BY ijenj. P. izlar, esq., PROU.yte judge.
WHEREAS, L. H. Wannamaker, C. C.
P. has made suit to me to grant him
Letters of Administration of the derelict es
tate and effects of Sam'l Farrison, deceased :
These are therefore to cite and admonish all
and singular the kindred and Creditors of
the said Sam'l Farrison, deceased, that they
be and appear before me, in the Court of
Probate, to be held at Orangeburg Court
house, on the 31st day of December next,
after publication hereof, at 11 o'clock ill the
forenoon, to shew cause, if any they have,
why the said Administration should not be
Given under my hand, this 22nd day of
November, Anno Domini, is?6.
BENJ. P. IZLAR,
Nov 25-15 Judge Ot Probate.
The Slate of South Carolina.
UY ltKNJ. P. IZLAR, KSO.., PRORATE JUDGE.
"ITl/llEKEAS, Lawton II. Wannamaker,
V\ C. C. P. has made suit to me to grant
him Letters of Administration of the dere
lict Estate and effects of Margaret Ann Gar
ick : THESE ARE THEREFORE to cite
and admonish all and singular the kindred
and Creditors of the said Margaret Ann
Garick, deceased, that they be and appear
before me, in the Court of Probate, to be
bold at Orangeburg Court House on the 31st
day of December next, after publication
hereof, at ll o'clock in the forenoon, to
shew cause, it any they have, why the said
Administration should not be granted.
Given under my hand, this 23rd day of
November, Anno Domini 1S8<>.
benj. P. izlar,
Nov 25-6_Probate Judge O. C.
4 LL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
J\. against the Estate of Mrs. E. M.
Wolfe will present them duly attested and
all indebted to the same will como forward
and make payment to
i Nov 25-4 MRS. T. C. KEITT.