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Br "Tai DCEES8."
Aaer9 qV 'qnca," "Mona S~nW
i the me the dayM dwln
twlgtdeends &en that
n w darkness falls U
is nonw0 f din
thwr is aleady
treated with nerO
Sp& tW~ct thefr ++O ebamdo
44bated olid Ady r1&Io
atperha1s IRI be as we
mdind e wayMay
the ess that has ensued on the
absenee of their host, decides
to l on the morrow, to the gess
distress of both Dora and FlorIce Del
.&ine, who shrink from deserting the
7stle while its Master's fate is undeoi
de& But they are also sensible ths,
to' remain the only female guesto,
woud be to outrage the convendonah
Henry VIMes Ethel's father, Is also
of that they should all quit the
-Lwithout delay. He Is a hunting
an I. F. H. !n his own county,
d% naturally anxious to Let back to
ow quarters some time before the
Mkting-wson commences. Some oth
ers have already gone, and altogether
itseems to florence that there is no
other course open to her but to pack up
andAesert him, whom she loves, in the
hour of his direst need. For there are
moments even now when she tells her
self that he Is stMi livin and only
* .waing for a saving hand todrag him
into smooth waters once again.
A silence hae fallen noon the bose
nore melancholy tha tfhe loudest ex
yression of grief. The servants are
intrslng over thefr sup in fright
gand g mood
as to oath late master.
them Sir Adrian Is indeed dead, if
In the servants' oorriddr a stran
dun lght f beingiun upon the
IshedI bards by a han g-amp tha is
buring dimly, ss though oppressed by
the dire evi that has fallenupon the
old oMstle. No sound Is to be heard
here in this spot, remote from the rest
of the house, where the servants sel
- dom coeecet to go to bed, and
never indeed without an inward shud
der as they pas the door that loads to
Just now, being at their supper, there
-is no fear that any of them wil be
about, and so the dimly lighted corrl
dor is wrapped in ku unbroken silence.
Not qte unbroken, however. What
*Is t strikes upon the ear? What
soun-t asto break the unearthly
stilli Acre Ing footstep, a cau
tous tred, a Ktn=g, haling. uncer
tain motion, belonging surely to some
one who sees an enemy, a spy in every
flitting shadow. Nearer and nearer 1t
comes now into the fuller glare of the
lamp>-light, and stops short at the doot
o drea ed by the castle servants.
Looking uneasiy around him, Ar
thur D our--for it is he-unfast
(e te door and, entering hastily, ol
ses i firmly 4h b , and ac4
the withine . ere isno hat
ag hsWe footsteps now, no uncertain
- ty, no caution, only a haste that betok
- ens a desire to _t hi. errand over as
H Ingm ' the first landing, he
walks slowly and on tiptoe again, and,
creeping up the stone stairs, crouches
down so asto bring his ear on a level
with the lower ehtnk of the door.
Alass, all is tl1; no faintest groan
canbe heardI he silence of Death is
all around. In spite of his hardihood,
the cold sweat of fear breaks out uon
D ecurt's brow; and yet he tells h~
-sef that now he is satisfied, all is well,
his victim issecure,is byond the pow
or of words or kln ly search to recall
him to life. He may bediscoved- now
of onn ore I
n~b1Gw Ofviolends to crimi
-1t~ayone. X~~-s mife sind ina
- -thhad so aoee set last his
somethinm fiendish in the
lkofernitation that light. Arthur
pyeor' face He has a si.all dull
ltrnwith hiand now It reveals
the vi1leance oftriumph that fires his
eyes e wuld ain ave entered to
'gt pnhis victim, to assure himself
redkeeps him back, and, wi.h a
frown, he prepares to' descend once
Aga'in he listenis, but the sulle~n roar
of-therising night wind Is all taat can
be heard. His hand shakes, his face
assumes a livid hue, yet he tells him
self- that surely this deadly silence is
better than he listened to last night.
SThen a ghostly moaning, almost inces
saat and unearthly in sound, had
orc~bIed his brain. It was more like the
cry, of a dying brute than that of a
man. Sir Adrian slowly starved to
death! In his own'- mid Arthur can
heeim now, worn, emaciated, lost to
-knssof anything air or comely.
the atsattckehim yet? As
'grwsome thought presente Itself,
Dynecourt rises quickly from his
oreuching position. and, flying down
the steps, does not stop running until
b-~..rnves in the corridor below again.
1He dashes into this like one posses
sed; but, finding himself in the lheht of
the bagn lamp, collects hlimse~ by
a 'violent effort, and looks around.
Yes, all Is still No living form but
his Is near. The corfldor, as he glan
ess affrightedly up an'd down, Is empty.
Hea can see nothmng but his own shia.
ow, at eight of which he starts and
- arns pale and shudders..
henext moment he recovers him'
, nmuttering an anathemaunpon
oardice, he moves noiselessly to-.
- ward his room and the brandy-bottle
Uia has been his constant companion
Yet, here In his own room, he can
not rest. The hours go by wIth laggard
steps. Midnl ht has struck, an tl
.be pcshis floor from wal to wall,
hal-maddened by his thoughts. Not
that he relents. No feelings of repen
tance stirs him, there is only a nervous
dread of the hour when it will be nec
cessary to pioduce the dlead body, If
nltoprove his claim to the title so
* eryand so infamously purchased.
Is heindeed dead-gone past recall?
Is this house, this place, the old title,
the chance of wbing the woman he
would have, all his own? Is his hateful
.~4-atefull to him only because of
isfair faco and genial m ners and
l~'be disposition, al e esteem
with which he flleame hearts of afl
who knew him-actually swept out of
Again the lurking morbid ioneing to
'view rne body with his ewn eyes, the
ion g that had been his some hours
ago when listening at the fatal door,
se'a hold of him, and grows in inten-.
si~ with every passing moment.
ca last tcoquers hi. L ghti2~ S
,out. No one is astir. In all probahill.
'yevery one Is abed, and now sleenmng
- the sleep of the just-all except finm.
SWil theie ever be any rest or dream
less. sleep for him again?
He goes softly down-stairs, an&
makes his way to the lower door.'
Meeting no one, he ascends the staire
like one only half conscious, until he
nuds himself again before the door of
the haunted chamber.
*Then he wakes into sudden life. An
*wfrdl terror takes possession of him.
He struggles with himself, and pres-~
ently se far succeeds in regaining some
degree of composure that hie can lean
aginst the wall and wipe his forehead,
and vow to himself that he will never
des~end until he has accomolished thiS
object of his visit. But the result of
thi terrible fight with fea~r and con
science shows itself in the increasing
palor of his brow and the cold per
praonthat stands thick upon his
Nerving himself for a final effort, be
lsys his hand'uponthe door and pushes
it open. .This he dees with bowed head
>-n11f eyes averted, fraid to. look upon
his terrible workl: A silence more hor
fib to his guiltry conciencethp th.e
a.mt annam le n $, foilw st
anu, aam erw n:neiess terror seizMg
him, he r ans against it gladly, as if for
And now at hist l'e raises his eyes.
Slowly at tirst and cringingly, as if
dreading what. thv might see. Upon
the bIoard at his feet they rest for a
moment. und.i 'then gnid, to the Dext
board, and so on. unis coward eyes
Lao eired. a considerable portion of
And now, grown bolder, h lifts his
gazo the wall ppostad searfhes I
it carnctull. Then his aves turn again
to tho dloor. Is* face gheAtly. and with
his eyes nlmest daring frMm their
socktA.s he n ls himself to bring his
awful investiga ion to an end. Avoid
lng the corners et tirst, as though there
he expects his vile deed will cry aloud
him demandhiig eng&nce. he gazeI
a dazed Way at the center Of the
apartment, auli dwells upon 4 stuid
1y. itnil he knows be must look er
till; and then his dull eyes turn to the
corners Wh-re the dusky shadows lie,
brought tlIdgor by toe glare of his
Smalllantern. Rteluct.ntl , but cmre
fully. he scniws 'Li .rt1ment, no remo
: znot ea-n--e his roused attention.
Bat ro olbject, -Iad or living. attract
his r.tice: The 1*om is empty!
K e staggors. His hnid upon the door
relaxes. His iaimf) fNs to the ground;
the door closes wi'th asoft but deadly
thud behind him. zad-he is a prisoner
in the haunted eibamb.r! As the dark
ness closes in upon in, and he finds
himself alone with what he hardly
dares to con hiis senses grow
-confmiis. in reels; a fearful
screan isues fr' as ips, and he falls
to the Akwr -
Dora. af,:-r ex i.ervw with Ar
thur fnr:. r adced that all
Is lost. ilet is . -ui- nrucx-nothing
remaina lni des. and in this i
stance desialr -O. in ooinruc by
the knowledge that she believes she
knows the m-an who would help them
to a solution of their troubles if he ever
would or dared. No, clearly he dare
not' Therefore, no assistance can be
looked for from him.
Dinner at the castle has been a pro
miscuous sort of entertaiment for the
past three or four days, so Dora feels
no compunction in declning to go to it.
In her own room she sits broodig mis
erably over her Inability to be or any
use in the present crisis, ivhen she sad
denly remembers that she had prom
ised in the afternoon when with Flor
ence to give her, later on, an account
of her effort to obtain the truth about
this mystery which is harroring them.
It is now eleven o&clock and Dovra de
cides that she must see Florence at once.
Rising, wearily, she is about to cross
the corridor to her cousin's room. when.
the door opening, she sees Florence,
with a Dale face and agitated, coming
"You, Florencel" she exclaims. "I
was just going to you, to tell you that
my hopes of this afternoon are all--"
'Let me speak," interrupts Florence
breathlessly. "I must, or-" She sinks
Into a chair, her eyes close, and invol
untarily she lays her hand upon her
heart as if to allay its tumultuous beat
ra really alarmed, rushing to her
dressing-case, seizes upon a flask of
eau-de-Cologne, and flings some of its
contents freely over the fainting girl.
Florence, with a sigh, rouses herself,
and site upright.
"There is no time to lose," she says
confusedly. "Oh. Dora:" Here s
breaks doiwn and bursts into tears.
"Iry. to compose yourself," entreats
Dora, seeing the girl has some impor
tant news to impart, but is so nervous
and unstrung as to be almost Incapable
of speaking with any coherence. But
presently Florence grows calmer, and
then, her voice becoming clear and full,
she is able to unburden her heart.
"All this day I have been oppressed
bry a curious restlessness," she says to
Dora; and, when you left me this af
ternoon, your vague promises of be ig
able to' elucidate thie terrible secret
that is weighing us down made me even
more unsettled. I did not go down to
"Neither did I," puts in Mrs. Talbot
"I wandered-uand -down my room
for Aasast'two hours, thinking always,
-a waiting for the moment when vou
would return, according to promIse,
and tell me the success of your hidden
enterprise. You did not comie, and at
half past nine, unable to stay any lon
ger in my own room with only my own
thoughts for company, I opened my
door, and, listening intently, found by
the deep silence that reigned through
out the house that almost every one
was gone, if not to bed, at least to
their own rooms."
"Lady- FitzAlmont andi C,?rude
passedto the& roamns about an hour
ago," says Dora. "But some of the men,
I think,'are still in the smoking-room."
"I did not think of them. -I stole
from my room, and roamed idly
through the halls. Suddenly a great
I can not help thinking now a super
ntrlystrong-desire to go into the
nsrats' corridor took possession of
me. Without allowing myself an in
stant hesitation I turned in its direc
tion, and walked on until I reached it."
She pauses here, and draws her
bre on rientreate Dora Impatiently.
"I'he lamp was burning dimly. The
servants were all down-stairs-at their
supper, I suppose-because there was
no tae of tem anywhere. Not a
sound could be heard. The whole place
looked melancholv and deserted. and
nuea me wirtn a sense or awe I coumd
not overcome. Still it attracted me. I
lingered there, walking up and down
until its very monotony wearied me;
even then I was loath to leave it, and,
turning into a small sitting-loom, I
stood staring idly around me. At last.
somewhere mn the distance I heard a
clock strike ten and, turning, I decid
ed on going 6ack onoe more to my
Again, emotion'overcoming her Flor"
ence pauses, and leans back in her
"Well, but what Is there in all this to
terrify you so much?" demands her
cousin, somewhat bewildered.
"Ah, give me time! Now I am com
ing to it,' replies Florence quickly.
"You know the large screen that
stands in the corridor gus) outside the
sitting-room I have mentioned-u
there, I imagine to break the draugt
Well, I had come out of the rooman
was standing half-hidden by this
screen, when I saw something that
paralyzed me with fear."
She rises to her feet and grows dead
ly pale as she says this, as though the
sensation of fear she has been descrily
ing has come to her again.
"You saw_" prompts Dora, rising
too, and trembling violently, as though
in expectation of some fatal tdings.
"I saw the door of the room that
leads to the haunted chamber slow'y
move. It opened; the door that has
been locked for nearly fifty years, and
that has filled the breasts of all the ser
vants here with terror and dismay, was.
cautiously thrown open! A scream
rose to m'y lips,bnt I was either too ter
rified to give utterance to it, or else
some strong determination too know
what would follow restrained me, and
I stood silent, like one turnned into
stone. I had instinctively moved back
a step or two, and was now completely
hidden from sight, though I could see
all that was passing in the corridor
through a hole in the frame-work of
the screen. At last a figure came with
hesitating footstens from behind the
door into the full glare of the flicker
ing lamp. I could see him distinctly.
"Arthur Dynecourt!" cries the widow,
covering he'r ghastly face with her
Florence regards her with surprise.
"It was." she says at last. *.But how
did you guess it?"
"I~ knew it," cries Dora frantically.
"e has murdered him, ho has hidden
his body away in that forgotten cham
ber. Hie was gloating over his victim,
no doubt. Just b~efore you saw him,
stealing down from a secret visit to
the sceha of 'is crime."
"Dor'i," ex laims Florence, grasping
her arm, "if he should not have murder
him after all, if he should only have
secured him there, holdIng him prison
er until he should see his way more
clearly to getting rid of him! ' If this
idea be the oorrect one, we may yet be!
n +ma tn sae to reme himf"
-ne agitation or tie past hours prov
ing now too much for her, Florence
bursts into tears and sobs wildly.
"Alas, I dare not believe in any such
hope!" says Dora. "I know that man
too well to think him capable of show
in; any mercy."
"And vt 't'hat man,' as you call him.
vou wo'lid once have earnestly recom
inended to me as a hsband!" returns
"Do not reproich me now," exclaims
Dora; "later on you shall say to me all
you wish, but now nomcnts are pre
"You are right. Something must be
done.. -Shall I-shall I speak to Mr.
"I hardly know what to advise"--dis
tractedly.~ "If we give our suspicion
publicity, Arthur Dynf(-eurt may even
yet find time and oppo;rtulnity to baffle
and disappoint us. Besides which, we
may be wrorg. I1e imay have had noth
Ing to do with it. a d
At that rate, isrcreev is to be our
ftrst thonght. lyo a Af me go alone
in search of Sir Mrian.
"Alone. and at ths hour, to that aw
ftl room:" exclaims Dcra, recoiling
"Yes, at once"-1lrmlv-"wthout an
other Moment's dieav .
"Oh. I can no:" diclIares Dora, shud
-Then 1 shall go alone!"
As Fio:Pnee says this, she takes up
her candlestick and moves quickly to
ward the door.
"Stay, I will go," cries Dora tremb
ling. 3ut a slight interruption occur
ring at his instant, they are compelled
to wait 1or awhile.
Ethel Villiers. coming into the room
to make her parting adiev to Mrs.
Talbot. as she MA her father intend
leavinz next morning. gazes anxiously
from Florence to Dora, seeing plainly
that there' is something amiss.
"What in its" she asks kindly, going
ap to Flo'e.
Miss De'm2ene, after a little hesite
tim:. m :! by a glanzc at Dora's
terri - ' -. snee, cetermines on
w-ing the n-coe into tWeir cond
aw r n i:e explains all that
has tate . i. e. and t.hir suspicion.
Ethel.. I: ;: unig Ieneath the hor
ror and sunr:i a :imed bv the re
cital, does not lose her self-possession.
"I will go with you." she volunteers.
"But, let -me say," she adds. "I think
you are wrong in making this search
without a man. If-if indeed we are
still in time to be of any use to poor
Sir Adrian-always supposing he really
is secreted In that torrible room-I do
not think any of us would be strong
enough to help him down the stairs,
and,'if he has been sowly starving all
this time, think how 'on he will be!"
"Oh, what a wreted picture you
conjure upi" exclaims Florence, nerv
ously clasping her han is. "But you
are right, and now tell me who you
think can best be depended upon in
"I am sure," says Ethel blushing
slightly, but speaking with intense
earnestness. that, if you would not
mind trusting Captain Ringwood, he
would be both safe. and useful."
As this suggestion meets with ap
proval, they manage to convey a mes
sage to the captain, and in a very few
minutes he is with them, and Is made
acquainted with their hopes and fears.
Silently, cautiously, without any
light, but carrying two small lamps
read7 for ignition, t go down to the
corridor where is the oor that leads to
the secret staircase.
Turning the handle of this dor,
Captain Ringwood discovers that It Is
locked, but, nothing daunted he pulls
It so violently backward and forward
that the lock, rusty with Age, gives way
and leaves the passage beyona open to
Going into the small landing at the
foot of the staircase, they close the
door carefully after them, and then.
captain Rinerwood producing some
matches, they light the two lam~ and
herts, up the stairs. in
The second door Is reached. and now
notnmg remaims ijut to mount the last
flight of steps and open the fatal door.
Theii 'tearts at this trying moment
almost fall them. They look into one
another's blanched faces. and look
there in vain for hope. At last, Ring
wood, touching Ethel's arm, says, in a
"Come, have courage.-all may yet be
He moves toward the stone steps,
and they follow him. Quickly mount
ing them, he lays his hand upon the
door, and, afralil to give them any
more time fo'r reflection or dread or
wb~t Aulay yet be in store for them,
throws it open.
At first the feeble light from their
lamps fails to penetrate the darkness
of the gloomy apartment. At the cur
sory glance. such as they at first cast
rouxd the room. it appears to be empty.
Their hearts sink within them. Have
they Indeed hoped in vain!
Dora is crying bitterly; Ethel, with
her eyes fixea upon Ringwood, is read
ing her own disappointment in his face.
when suddenly a piereing cry from
Florence wakes the echoes round them.
She has darted forward, and is kneel
ing over something that even now Is
barely discernible to the others as they
come nearer to it. It looks like a bun
de of clothes, but, as they stoop over
it, they, too, can see that it is In reali
ty a human body, and apparently rigid
But the shriek that has sprung from
the very soul of Florence has reached
some still living fibers in the brain of
this forlorn creature. Slowly and with
dificulty he raises his head. and opens
a p air of fast-glazing eyes. Mechanic
ally his glance falls upon Florence.
His lips move; a melancholy smile
struggles to show itself upon his parch
ed and blackened llos.
-ne is not aeaa:- cries nrenlA paa
sionately, "He can not he! Oh, save
him, save him! Adrian, look up
speak to me. Oh,. Adrian. mak~ie some
sign that you can hoar me!*
But he makes no sign. is very
breath seems to have left him. Gath
ering hIm tenderly in her arms, Flor
ence presses his worn andl wasted face
against her bosom, and pushes back
the hair from his forehead. He is so
ompletely altered, so thorough a
wreck has he become, that it Is indeed
nly the oyes of love that could recog
aize him. Htis cheeks have fallen in,
nd deep h~u show themselves.
His beard N crown. and Is now
ough an d ' ; his hair is un
obed, : .'- wat despair, and
:uel saz -. - ?e blotted out all
te ol: - of his features, His
cothes a- - aloosely about himr,
his h'sadi. . ; nd nerveless, are ly
ing by his ';. Who shall tell what
agony he has suffered during these past
lonely days with death-an awful,
creeping, nawing death staring hnim
A deadly silence hes V~n upon the
little group now iozinnina~nly down
upon his quiet form. >'hLrence, hold
ing him closaly to her heart, is gently
rocking him to and fro, as though she
will not be dissuaded that he still lives,
At length Captain Ringwood, stoop
ing pitifully over her, loosens her hold1
so far as to enable him to lay his hand
upon Sir Adrian's heart. After a mo-I
ment, during which tev all watch him!
closely, he starts, and,. lookin still
closer into the face that a second ago
e believed dead. he says, with sub
dued hut deep excitementr
"There may yet be time! lie breathe.
-his heart beats! Who will help me to
carry him out of this dungeon?"
He shudders as he glances roud him.
"I will," replies Florenca calmly.
Thse words of hope have steadied
her ~dbraced her nerves. Ethem and
Mrs. .4!b~'ot, carrying the lamps, go on
before, +!!es Ringwood and Florence,
having . 'i1 the senseless body of Ad
rian, not sdeed sufficiently light to be'
an easy burden, follow them.
Reaching the corridor, they cross It
hurriedly, and carrying Adrian up a
back staircase that leads to Captain
Ringwoods room by a circuitous route,I
they gain it without encounteringa
sinle soul, and lav him gently down,
on hingwood's bed. almost at the very
comenth that midnight chimes from
the old tower, and only a few niinuites
before Arthur Dynecoumrt steals from
his chamber to make that last visit to
his supposed victim.
A Farmer Acensed of Crime Commits Sul
cide by Hanging.
PENDLETON, S. C., April 1 .-The
body of E. D. Cason a whi -nan
living on Wiilim Watkin f , siX
miles from Pedh-e"r, we fiu.
Sunday morU'D hanging t: A L I t r
near Watki h aith p u 'u
two huid.ed =ds from Mr. CW -n
Circump,tmetC 'Ahowe, that b -L'
cide was t hem: uhly pland !rA 3 b
Aset n-a a i I
curadt two 1a rbrn er n
smnll cotton rare.plaed 1hem~ around
his neck swurely, having tied knots
so as to avoid all pasmbilit~ lsof an
accident,cimbod up &n oa tre.plae
ed the lines secur il. srrmd a limb
and jumped off. His f-t were ordy
a fw inehes from the ground
Nothing was foimd on hir., prson
as an explanation foW this te-mle act
but it is believed that recent charges
made against himself and others of
brutality, beating a woman in (Geor
gia, gave the cause. Mr. Cason was
out on bond, having been arrested a
few dys since and taken before a
tria.l juaticc. where the charges were
sustained and the Case was s.nt up
to the higher court. I am told that his
wife said she thought there were other
troubles that would confront Mr Ca
son. if he appea-ed before the courts
in Georgia ar.d that with this recent
trouble was the cause.
Mr. Cason was a tenant on Mr.
Watkin's plantation and in that s-cL
tion bore a very good character and
was thought well of by his landlord,
who promptly went on'his bud. H7e
was a native of Geor;;ia where he mar
ried and subsequently got a divorce.
He casme to South Carolina, began
work on Mr. Watkin's farm and
shortly married Harvey Soord's
It appears from what I could gath
er that Mir. Cason was brought into
this last trouble by his brother who
induced him to go to Goorg's and
help beat the woman who hadgained
a lawsuit over him.
Why She Called a Ha&.
It was't what ehe said so mumh as
the way in which she said it. She
took the word and drew it out until
it was a long, tremulous filament of
sweetness. Yet there was a tingle of
reproof in her tone.
"George!" She only said it once
in reality, but it is customary with
story writers to say George twice un
der the circumstanoes.
"What is it?"
"You have been squeezing my hand
with great regularity and emphasis
for some time."
"I know it," he replied. with the
frankness that was characteristic of
his manly nature.
"Please don't do it any more," and
her voice dropped almost into a whis
"No more?" This nounded like heart
throbs of anguish (whatever they are)
and his form shook with emotion.
"Because" she faltered.
"Because, rm getting a corn a my
A Singular Lab-w Fight.
Rernstons, Md.. April 17.-A .eui
ous labor fight is in pr'ogr-ess here.
While there is ao etrike for eight
hours, the trades unions are trying
to enforce their card system, by
which they expect to be paid for all
extra work. In this contest they do
n z ecog'nize the Knights of Labor,
bui, place them on the same level as
'-scabs," and refuse to work with
them. There is a great demand for
carpenters and workmen at this time,
and work on important buildings i.',
delayed because of the fight.. On
many of them the union men nave
quit work because the employers re
fused to dismiss the Knights of La
The Right Spirit.
Visitor: "You're getting to be a
pretty old man, Uncle Johua."
'Uncle Joshua: "Eighty years."
Visitor; "And you don't havo to
use glasses yet, I understand.''
Uncle Joshua: "No. an' I don't
even calculate to. When I can't drink
outent a bnttle, I'll take a dipper an'
-Meehie's magnincent equestrian
statue of General Robert E. Lee
will be unveiled at Richmond on May
29, and will be made the occasion of
a gre <t demonstration. The R. E.
Lee Camp of Confederate Veterans
is in charge of the ceranmonies, and is
taking measures to seenre the largest
possible attendance of the old sol
diers of the Confederacy. Arrangc
ments will be made with the railroads
for a rate of one cent a mile,accommo
dations will be far-nished to visitors
in Richmond at exceedingly low cost,
eseecially to military and veteran
organira!tons, and everything done
to make iihe stay of visitors enjoys.
--The gorgeous ranlway train which
the Queen and King of Italy bad
built for their journey tolBerlin this
month was burned in the Florence
railway station about three weeks
ago. The cost of the train was more
1than 70,000 lirn. It was furnished
with a wealth of gold and silver orna
ments and was filled with the most
costly uphoistery. Most of the pres
ente intnded for the Berlin court had
already been placed on it. Only a few
of the most valuable pieces of table
ware and about a third of the presentse
-It would be singular if the first
long distance electric road should be
established in far-away Russia. Such
a thing, however, sems more thian
probable, for a project is now on foot
to conneet St. Petersburg with
Archangel a distance of 5000 miles.
by an electric railway. The enter
prise, with which the name of the
Siemens is connected. is backed by
Archangel interests, and the esti
mated cost of the road. Lincding~
olling stock, will be $15,000 per
-A eurious case is related in the
New Haven. They are young. wealthy
ma loving, but Mr. Wyncoop's hung
are affected and he can live only in
Colorado, while his wife has heart
disease and cannot live except near
the coast. They are, therefore, ef-'
fectually parted. The question is
hether the fact will justify a di
-The new disease, alleged to be a
sccessor to the grip and called La
ona, is said to be a form of the
pellegra, and to be caused by the use
f mildewed corn flour whicht is con
sumed in North Italy in the shape of
polenta. The viti sink into y
peaceful sl'-p and die~ muconscio:s,
nstead of sne-zing their heads ofi'
ad livng a in the grip.
COAL OIL JOHNNY.
New Faots About the Spendthrift Who
Spent 8100,O0 a Year.
The visitor to the oil regions asked
first about Coal-Oil Johnny and
next about Jolmit D. E,-solkeftlkor.
T stat n t is (f ten ublished
that Coal-Oil .Jhcnny h died or
that he has regainod his squan dlered
fortune. There is ai munch truth in
one as in the othor. Fic, is sill alive
at the age of about fifty yeaxs, and
his address is Ashland, Saunders
County, Neb., where he has lived for
the past twelve ycars. He is at pres
ent employed as a station agent at
Ashland. He has not recovered his
fortune or any part of it, but makes
a comfortable living and has appar
ently forgotten the princely days of
Coal-Oil Jolnny was about three
years runing through with his for
tune. It was at Rousenile where
Johnny began to throw away his
money, but that town, although one
of the red hot oil towns, was soon
too small for him. Erie, Buffalo and
Pittsburg know him next, but it was
at Philadelphia that he distinguished
himself most. How much money he
squandered in threeyears is a matter
of conjecture, even in the oil country.
There is, however, a wide misappre
hension as to the amount. .His for
tune did not zeaeh into tho millions.
as has so often been stated. The
best judgment here plaet- t at not
abovo $300,000. He was the adopted
son of widow McClintock, and at her
death her oil farm and its aseumulat
ed earnings passed to him. Perhaps
$100,000 was turned ovar to Johnny
on the settling of her estate, and his
share of the product of the farm after
that time is supposed to have been
about $200,000. He therefore squan
dered about $100,000 a ye.r for the
three years the money lasted. At
the end of this time the old bonanza
farm had ceased to yield and his
money was spent.
His career as a spendthrift came to
an end on Thursday, February 14,
1868, when he filed a voluntary peti
tion in bankruptcy in the United
States District Court at Pittsburg.
His indebtedness at the time was
H. W. Kanga, Girard House,
William E. Galbraith, attorney
at-law, Erie, Pa. 10,000
J. E. Caldwell & Co., Philadel
phia, jewelry. 5,805
John D. Jones, harness 1,280
W. S. Horn. cigars. 56
E. H. Conklin, Philadelphia,
Phelan & Collender, billiard ta
bles. . 1,500
Unknown ereditor, oil painting 2,000
For hats, 800
This soedule tells its own story of
a royal spree extending over a period
of three years. The indebtedness at
the Girard House was for board,
liquors, cigars, etc. While at this
hotel he occupied a suite*of rooms on
the parlor floor, and usually had
from one to three kindred sportswith
him, whose board and expenses he
paid for the sake of their company.
The amount of his unpaid bill at tie
Girard House, nearly $20,000, is an
indication that he and his compan
ions lived tolerably high. How much
money he paid to the Girard House
is notknown, but it is thought to have
been as much as he left unpaid.
It is a curious fact that the old
played-out Steel farmhas been revived
and is making another man rieh. The
man is John W. Waits, of Oil City,
who bought the old place a few years
ago for $7,000. He has since been
offered $80,000 for it. Waits was a
street gamin about Rouseville when
Johnny Steel was cutting his wide
swath there, and frequently held the
young oil prince's team while the lat
ter went into a saloon to get a drink.
A. Naked W/anderer on the Medave Burprises
Two Railroad Men.
Lxtenaing from the San Bernardi
na medin o.n the west to the Colo
rado river on the cast and from thae
south line of Inyo county onth
north to the north line of San Diego
county on the south is that vast ex
panse of "melancholy waste" known
as thes Majove Desert. Many are the
tales of privation and suffering en
dured on this verdureloess expanse.
One of the strangest and yet true oo
currences has been experienced near
this place, which is in the middle of
the desert. Last Tucsday evening
as engine 51, Engineer Spencer, was
returning from Lavic. he encountered
the following experience, which is
best told in his own words:
"I had just rounded the curve near
mile-post 673 and had taken my
watch from my pocket. Noting the
time,6:25 o'clock. I returned it to its
plce and naturally glanced ahead of
my engine. What was my surprise
to see not over thirty yards ahead of
me and approaching the track from
the south, a man apparently six feet
tall, about thirty-five years of age,
with long, black hair hanging down
his aboulders and heavy black beard.
He was entirely naked, and his skin
was tanned. Putting on the driver
brake, I brought the engine to a stop
just as thb man crosssed the track.
ftr crossing he stopped and looked
"I immediately crossed over to the
fireman's side, and as I started to
climb down to the ground he started
off. I called to him aslIreached the
ground, but, with a frightened look,
he dashed away. I thought I was a
good runner, but the way his bare
feet got over the cinders and gravel
led me to believe otherwise. Once
or twice he looked back, but did not
slacken his pace. Reaching the hills,
which are about half a mile from the
track, he soon disappeared. The
freman, who had remained with the
engine, now came .up, and we went
around the hill, but he had diisap
peared from view. I confess I did
not dare to follow him around there
alone. As it was late, and our ,n
ine was standing on the main track
tone, we abandoned further search
and returned to the engi'ne."
How to Tell a Counterfeit BIn.
Take a United States bill of any
lenomination and hold it to the light,
mnd you will see two lines running
ntirely across it lengthwise. Uponi
xamination you will find these to
onsist of silk threads, a red one and
~lue one. Every genuine bill has this
ark of genuineness. With out these
narks a bill may be put down as
ounterfeit, no matter how good the
mgraving on it is. No paper mill
v'ill dare make this sort of paper and
:his is the government's only protec
SOUTH CAROUNA'S CROP
The Condition of the Farming Interest of.
the State as Indicated by the Rteports to
the Department of AgricuIturo.
From the reports of the correspond
ents of the Department of Agricul
tur- in all - z of the statoj t-e fo)
lowing ; facts hve- b-een le44ued 47l,
the cotiiI4tes as to conlditiol of
the exvp.; given terwti been made,
The aoreasg in wheat bs been de
creased about 7 per cent. br-low last
year, and the condition is30 per cent,
lesi than at the samre last year, and
ha been materially injured by the
Hessian fly. The damage by winter
freeceS was nominal. About 9 per
cent. of the crop was drilled against
91 per eent. broadcasted. The drilled
wheat i- generally reox)rted in the
brtter londition. The crop was, as a
rule, sown latoer than in 1889, the
averagc dat-e of seeding beingDecem
ber ist. As usual, the early sowing
is rpported in botter coition than
Tbe acreage in oats is reported at
about the sume as last year and the
eondition is 1G per cent. below that of
last year. The failing of is attributed
largely to the ravages of the Hessian
ny, and a small percentage has been
injured by the late freeEes.
The acrenge in both rye and barley
has been slightly rediueed and the
conlitior is not so good a at the
same time in 1889.
The remarkably open winter has
been very favorable to live stock of all
kinds and they are reported as in gen
erally fine codition. The deaths
fro-n winter exposure have been nom
inal and confined to but few localities.
The percentage of loss from diseases
is exceptionally small. About 5 per
cent. of the bogs in the State have
died from cholera..
COTTON ON NAND.
It is estimated -that 21 per cent., or
13,000 bals. of last year's erop is still
in the hands of the growers.
DnCeuAASU1 FAR)M SP.a.
Judging from the reports of the de
partment's correspondents, the farm
ers of the State are in better condi
tion than ever before. Notwith
standing the enormous increase in
the quantity of commercial fertilizers
purchased, the decrease in fsrm sup
plies purchased is per cent. on
than last year.
There is a scarcity of labor reported
from some sections, on account of the
emigration of the negro farm hands
to the turpentine farms of Georgia
and Florida. Oneltundred and fifty
five correspondents report labor as
"good," seven as '-bad"-and sixty-five
colwck m zRTL I.
From November 1st, 1889, to April
1st, 1890, about 165,000 tons of com
mercial fertilirers were sold in the
State, against 126,56S tons for the
same period in 1889-'89-an increase
of about 30 per eent. over last year,
which would indicate a large' increase
of the cotton acreage for 1890.
Corn planting has been nnished in
many sections and cotton planting is
All honesty conhcientions physi
clns who give B. B. B. (Botanic
Blood Balm) a. trial, frankly admit
its superiority over all other blood
Dr. W. J. Adair, Rockmnont, Ga.,
writes: "I regard B. B. B. as ce af
the best blood medicines."
Dr. A. H. Roseoe, Nashville, Tenn.,
writes: "All reports of B. B. BR are
favorable, and its speedy aetioni is
Dr. J. W. Rhodes, Crawfordville,
Ga., writes: "I confess B. B. B. is the
best and quickest medicine for rhenu
matism I have e'rer tried."
Dr. S. 5. Farmer, O'rawfordville,
Ga.. writes: "I cheerfully recommend
B. B3. B. as a fine tonic alterative.
Its use cured an excrescence of the
neck after other remedies effocted no
perceptible good." .
jDr. C. K. Montgomery, Jacksoi
yille, Ala., writes: "My mother in
sisted on my getting B. B. B. for her
rheumatismn, as her case unbbornl~y
resisted the uisual remedies. She
experienced- immediate relief and her
improvement has been truily wonider
Dr. G. W. Earle, Piekens, 5. C.,
writes: "I recommended B. B. B. to
a man who had suffered for years
with a malignant ulcer on his leg,
that seemed to resist all other knat
mont. After using four or nye bot
ties the ulcer began to heal and his
leg is now sound and well."
Piance and Organs.
N. W. Txux, 134 Main Street, CO.
lomnbia, S. C., sells Pianos and Organs
direct from factory. No agents' corn
miasions. The eelebrated Chickes
ing Piano. Mathumek Piano, eele
brated for Its clearness of tone, light
ness of touch and lasting' qualitis.
Mason & Hamlin Upright Piaao.
Sterling Upright Piano, from $22
Arion Piano, from 3200 ng
Miason & Hamlin Organs, suraae
Sterling Orgeans, $50 11.
Every Instrument guaranteed for
ix years. Frf teen days' trial, ex
pensos both way's, if not satisfactoro.
A poliey in the Valley Mutual LI!.
Association, on the teni year re
newable plan, at age 40, costs anly
$11.25 per annum pe'r 31,009. See
-ohn Smith and Edward Lin
ball, two young me~n of Northwood,
N.H., purchased two onnees of Jasmai
ca ginger at Tu.ker's drug store and
dranfk it.Smiath died in 1Afteen minutem
Kimrball was ned4e wry ifll but mayI
-New York State is now agape
over another scandal, charges being
made that a bill offered in the Legis
laturo for the regulation of pawn
brokers was defeated by the use of a
boodle of $40,000 collected by persons
in that business.
-The Sen:ae Committee on Naval
.kfair,; has agreed to report favorably
Senator Butlena bill for the con
struction of a drty dock at Port B~oy
al. S. CL
-The carpenters' trike in Chiego
continutes and thoussunds of workmien
in otheri building trades are now out
o' work becaus. they emi'ot go oni
Uncl s IIl-M r.- Visit From
Thieves-The Treasury V~nnts Not Safe.
WASHINGTON AJ The tireas
uv e-r of the Unit' '-- has asked
ihe Hiouse comnittn - appropria
iVon to put t.r1eo . He im
mediately a specil approp LCton to
enabIe him to strengthen the old
tresurv ault, in which are deposits
aggreg-ti9g )0ot e. H-e had
experiments ma~de r-t.iM. his sus
pitions having been aroused as to the
security of tie -vauits which are of a
style twei.ty-Iive :- old. His
expert bored a nole tirough the
vault w :l lai sevenL'-cU sfc(nds, and
he made the holb irge enough to
crawl through in Z m?Ien iminutts.
Practically the coure;ts of the vaults
were at his disposal, induding .250,
000 in greenbacks in a corner six feet
square. The cuiuittee. on receiv
ing this startling information, told
Treasurer Huston to go ahead and
prepare estimat- j- -tisinu1g to put
through the House namediatf-ly any
appropriation deemea necessary. The
treasurer is now preparing estimates
which will probably be rcady so that
the bill can be presented at once.
Meanwhile the treasiy guards have
The totad a.ou Ithe funds for
whieh Treasurer Huston is responsi
ble is about 5770.000,000. Of this
amount abou't '% 170,000.000, chiefly in
silver, are t1 ne . steel silver
vault, the remacinei oealg in the old
treasury vault, which it is now pro
posed to repair and strengthen.
Treasurer Huston does not think
much of the steel silver vault. but as
it is rather difficult to carry off the
cart wheel dollars, it does not make
so much difference about this vault.
But in the old treasury vault are
miscellaneous moneys, gold, silver,
greenbacks, etc.. which could be car
ried off, and Treins-rer Huston is
unwilling to cairy this risk longer
without trying to strengthen the
vault walls. The treasury watchmen
have always been noted for their
integrity and !idelity, but if2 by
political influence, their positions not
being protected by the civil service
law, two or three expert cracksmen
could be got on the force or if the
cracksmen could get into the treas
ury at night on an employe's pass or
in any other way, kss than half an
hour's work on the old treasury
vault would give them the biggest
fortune in the world if they got away
with nothing but the greenbacks.
The treasurer's examination of the
vatit and his recommendation to the
committee on appropriations have
been kept profoundly secret from all
but five members of the committee
who would have especial charge of
the matter under the committee's
division of labor. Treasurer Huston!
almost jumped out of his chair wfien
he was asked about it this evening.
Dn'ecting his messenger, who was
blotting his mail as the tr"asurer
signed it, to leave the room and close
the door, he proceeded to- interview
the interviewer as -to how he; got -the
news which he thought he had kept
profoundly secret. Of course he did
not learn anything, but seeing that
the interviewer had the facts, admit
ted that it was all true, but said that
it should not be published lest it
create an unnecessary sensation. The
interviewer had to- tell him that he
couldnot ke'ep an 'oyed segret;. and
so the'stor' goes. - . --
Unveiling ofrThe Lee Monument,
R. K LseCsap, N56. '1Confeder
ate Veterans, at the request of the
Lee Monument Association, has as
sumed charge of the exercises for the
unveiling of a monument to General
Robert E. Lee, at Richmond, Va.,
May 29, 1890.
The railroad lines to Richmond will
probably agree to grant a rate of
about one cent for each mile tray
cled, to all visiting organizations and
individuals. As soon as arranged,
definite information will be given.
Shelter will be furnished for all visit
ing organizations. Meals have been
arranged for with responsible res
taurants, to be furnished at t wventy
tive cenits each. Camps or organiza
tions owning tents and camp equi
page, desiring to form an encamp
ment, will give notice. that the neces
sary space may be provided and ar
It is necessary that notice shall be
given to the Secretary of the Comn
mittee, as early as possible, of your
intention to be present-certainly not
later than the 15th of May.
A War Reminisenee. .
"That man was one of the bravest
and coolest soldiers in the Confeder
Such was the- remark of an old
Confederate soldier in front of the
Hotel Chiquola last Monaday, point
ing to a man with an empty sleeve
who had just passed. Those who
heard the remark were young men
who have come upon the stage since
the trying time of war, but being
none the 'less admirers of lieroismn,
they at once inquired as to the one
armed man's history, when the nar
"It was in the Will's Valley fight
at Lookout Mountain. in 1863, when
we tackled the Yankees in the night
and found them a little too many for
us. We were considerably worsted,
but most of the boys got *back to
camp by morning. Among others,
one man made his way over the
mountain with one arm hanging limp
by his side, and sat down to breakfast
with his old mess. When he he'got
through he raised -up and said:
"Well, boys. I guess this .is the last
time I will eat with you. I will go
down now and have this arm taken
off, as it will never be any more use
to me. I can't handle the rifle any
more, but I wish you all good luck.'
With that he walked off towards the
hospital, as cool as if he was going to
have his picture taken, and that
evening we heard his arm Lad been
The one-armed man was D. N.
Major, of this county, a good' citizen
and a good soldier. who was a mem
ber of Anderson's Company, Palmet
to Shiarpshootersin the late war. The
narrator was Wood Fant, another
well known sharpshooter. Nearly
every body knows *Wood Fant.
Anderson (S. C.,) Journal.
-Two Florida men cut down a bee
tree and saved several hundred
pouds of hoey. Wheni they finished
~athring' the honey they commenced
o investigate the top of the tree and
~oud whe're cranes had built theiir
ests. They gathered up 140 dozen
s.utyi supposed the gendlemen
11byan inc(ubator and starta
s read iiness to~ meet J. 21. Cor-bett.
d San Fianeisco, anid to forfeir the
-a .ke. $1.'i00, if he~ does not knock
ruo ll*! ai~or"ir.s wl i ds n:n~d a
siim -in-1 ae 7 t i - i -41 , 0.r'
the 1..gisint!re of that. .1'iO MAly
make- for Mv ;e-i Unive-r.~sv-- f v. hich
The A~e-n'iisan $hat. J. Im
The censu- e: ru.atr i- n.:z 't
persi:t >;': an y r Lnt u'ai,
wi htr Le %o,. :.wig:y or ifi block,.
of eve. T-m,, ; qutiry Jht be mi.
as rytrg to 5(t-2ce p-'pie as the much
dremid-i q:lt-tion to a womawn touch
ing her age.
Nr. 1.'-ae i. rvognized as the cham
pion of I -e scheme to admit the fraud
u!nt R:-iUbloivjn nator, from-Mon
tar.a Ir is noticeable that Senator
Hfoar de end:chefly upon; techfrneali
tieg and ifuscs to consider - i.a equi
En-zil ha: a coLnstitution t last, but
the pvop!e are not yet satisfied.Theido
rUt trust t he men who art- in pJower
sev-rel of whom lhaveshowi; a marked
teudetncy towari btcilutism. The
co:.st ire ~ic redus' %eil, bt t here are
dlfii-renat. (pI.Dir as to N)oLw it Will
The demonstrated success a4
smokless poa d'-r has given rime to the
hope of a new industry in Plorii%. A
large ingredient of the ex:i.-sive is
camphor, arA-1 it is believed that the
camphor tr"e can be succesmfully cul
tivated in Florida
Eigrteen persons out of eve-ry thou,
sand die -ach year in 1biA country
In England the average is 20.5, :or.d in
Germanty,26.1. These figures leard :-.
uraly to the reflec'ion that while
Am4-ricans may live fasut-r in this
world ;han some of their contempora
ries, they ma. age also to live a little
The i zar of Russia has tried the ex -
perime-t. of crus' ing the discow;rdt
of bi.z -ubjects by cruel oppressica., and
the result is tshat he is afraid to ven
tcre outside of his paiare withoat- a
jzuard of soldiers. It i. about time "e
wa.s trying the experhaent of atowit
Russians a voie i. t ieir own govern
The Cayuga woolen miils of Aubuzi
N. Y., failed last . onaay. Alm~sat
evet: day some disaster of this sort is
reported and will condn tiue -as ong .a
wooienl mauaturers in the United.
&Stes are compelled to usze taeed ran.
material. Yet the proteciinists coni.
tinue- to pr-ate about the glorious bena
enjts of their pobecy :o our "ifanEt is.:
dus'..ries." Possibly woolen inilia are
considered old enougTh to stand ie
pressure. But, it..eems, they don't.
A Northern Methodiat minieaeer, tk;
R sv. J. B. Hamilton, mnakesa a-stte.
ment whioh reflects very discreditably
upon his church. He finds, .upon in
vestigation, that during the forty years
from 1833 to 1872 i here were in thirty.
five conferences deficier-cies ia presch
ers' salaries to the amount of 5,45,
000. The average preacher 'is -no.
handsomely paid. Indeed the- price
of intellectual labor is fired a' 'lower
figures for the. clergy thasn for any otbt
er class of workers. -Aud when to in-.
su~fliiLn remunfneration is adI led defi6
ciency in collections wet have a. state'
cf things strirngely suiggestive of "the
rarity of Christian charit -hM ia
diff.rence of aomxe people- to ottliga
tions that oug... to be regarded as es
The- Mracon Telegmraph calls aittesn'
tion to the fact that at the eleetioun
lately held in2 the r-ix new Sates, there
were polled not quite a quarter of-a
million votes and in six of the -did
States whose population is largest not
quite five million; yet the reprsenta
tion oif the t wo grous of States ini the
Senate isi th4 .'amne, w.hereas, if the
proportion were meade equal, th's six
old States would have two hmdred'
and forty senators. Of course, the
senators represent the states rather
than the people, cut the di parity of
power in the government exercised by'
the old and the new States, as shown
by these figures, indicates the difficul
ty in the position in which the Repub
lican party finds itself. It would not
have given the 16,000 votes of Idaho
a power equal to that of the 1.30 ),000
votes of New York ini determining the
legislation of the .courgtry, had it. not
been sure that Idaho would veto New
York's will only when the latter desir
ed the adoj'tion of Demiocratic meas
The A tlanta Constitution c-alls atten
tion to the fact that only a faiw years
ago the country rrang with the pnaee
of Miss Kate Shehtey of Monigenza,
Iewa, who crossed a swollen stream in
the dark, at .a gress risk to herself and
in the midst of a howling storm to save
a passenger train,.for the bridge had
been swe away by the torrent, says
the Chicag Tribune. Poems . more
written on the episode, picturea ap -
pear-ed in the illustrated papers, and
innumerable paragraphs were written
about the heroine. It is said that ,.he
saved the railroad company $50,:000 or
more in property, to say nothing
about what they might have been
called upon to paty f-sr live. los., or
passengers injured. To-dlay Miss
Sihelly is the so~ie support of a widow
ed mother and three small children
and they are living ina a heavily mort
gage~d home which is their only pop
rty. Three years ago she risl ed her
life for others, and her reward is chief
L the consciousness of a brave and
mecessful deed. The railroad catwpa
ay gave her a enail reward--!s' than
:he value of one of the tars
wich she saved, and the pasergers,
b--i'vese- were preserved by heri