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IN THE NIGH T.
Sometimes in the night wheN i sit and
I hear the strangest things,
As my brain grows hot with a burning
That struggles for form and wings.
I can hear the beat of my swift blood's feet
As it speeds with a rush and a wbirr,
From heart to brain aid back again,
lAke a race-horse under the spur.
With my soul's fine e.r I listen and hear
The tender silence speak,
As it leans on the breast of night to rest
And presses his dusky check.
And the darkness turns in its sleep and
For something that is kin
And I hear the hiss of a scorching kiss,
As it folds and fondles sin.
In Its hurrying race thro' leagues of space
I can hear the earth catch b-eath,
As It heaves and moans and shudders and
And longs for the rest of death.
And high and far from a distant star,
Whose name Is unknown to me,
I hear a voice that says, "Rejoice!
For I keep ward o'er thee!"
Oh, sweet and strange are the sounds that
Thro' the chamber of the night.;
And the watcher who waits by the dim,
May hear if he lists aright.
A STORY OF
THOMAS P. MONFORT.
There was nothing before the Greens
but a repetition of the experiences of
the winter two years before. Their
store of provisions saved from the crop
of the preceding year was almost gone,
and they had no money and no means
of raising any. They had not even the
privilege of borrowing from Scraggs
this time, for they had nothing to
mortgage him in return for his accom
modation. Take the most cheerful
view of the future that they could, and
picture it in the brightest colors their
buoyant fancy could suggest, and it re
mained a dark, somber, forbidding
prospect, unrelieved by a single ray of
John regretted the loss of his money
now as he had neverregretted it before,
and no opinion he could form of him
self, however low and debasing, was
spared him. With that money all safe
ly at hand he and his family could pass
unpinched through the coming wirter,
and have enough left to pay the debt off
the farm. But regrettingdid no good. and
so Mary told her husband, though she
was far from free of it herself.
The Greens were not the only family
that were thus placed in a precarious
position. Nearly all the settlers in that
section were victims of the Paradise
Park boom, and now found themselves
stranded. Very few of them had three
months' supply of provisions on hand,
and none of them had money. The
farms were all under mortgage to the
eastern -capitalists, so they could not
money, and it was useless to
think of earning anything in that part
of the country, for there was no em
ployment to be had.
In this state of affairs somebody
eedameeting of the settlers a
Markham's store, and when the day
came around John Green went over to
see what could be done. There were
twenty-five or thirty other men there,
all with sad, bronzed faces and quaking
--hearts. The men spoke together in low,
earnest tones. There was none of the
~pig and laughing in which men thus
assembled usually indulge. Not a
smile disturbed the gloom that hung
over the meeting. No hopeful light
kindled in the eyes of the poor settlers.
It was a solemn occasion and weighty
matters occupied the thoughts of all
that gatheringof stouthearted pioneers.
*-.Before them and their families they
saw nothing but starvation, and it is not
to be wondered that their cheeks were
*blnhed and their eyes dull and heavy
with anxiety and fear.
The situation was discussed in all its
peph~es, and innumerable plans of action
~' erjuggste. Some favored givingup
the lad and movinigaway, but a great
m like Gr~en were too poor to go,
and of o place where they could
betercondition, even if they
were abe make the change. After
a. great many had given their opinions
some one called on Green to speak.
"Men," Green began as he arose, "we
are placed in a position where it is
hard to find any way out. We have
7nothing but our claims, and unfortu
nately they are in the grasp of the
*money Shylocks of the east. The ma
~jority of us are little better than pau
pers. We have no money, we have no
provisions, and our land, the only pos
session we have, is being devoured day
*by day by that gormand, high interest.
The country in all this part of the state
is in desolation, and there is nothing for
-us to do to earn bread for ourselves and
families. Yet we must eat or die, and
we cannot starve. We must find some
way of earning a livelihood."
"That's so," said some one, "but how
is it to be done?"
"That's what I am coming to,'" John
replied; "but, after all, my suggestions
may not be worth much. There are
some men here who have friends in the
east who are able and willing to aid
them. Those men can get means to
tide them over the present difficulties,
or, if they. prefer, can return east with
their families. Those who are thus
fortunately situated need have no
anxieties and fears. But there are
some of us who are less fortunate and
-who have no one to look to for as
sistance. We who are in that condition
must have recourse to our own ener
gies. We must earn a living, and,
since we cannot do that here, we must
go where it can be done. In short,
men, we must leave our families here
and go back east in search of work.
Back in eastern Kansas and in Missouri
employment can be had at some wages,
and even if we earn but little we ought
to feel thankful if it enables us to keep
our families alive."
When Green sat down several others
all in indorsement of his plan,
and at last it was agreed to by the
meeting. It seemed a hard thing to go
away leaving the wives and the chil
dren out there on the bare, brown
plains, without friends or money; but
there was no alternative. It was that
or worse. So it was agreed that on the
following Monday all those who wished
to go east in search of employment
should meet at Markham's store and
start from there in a body.
After the meeting John went home
and informed his wife of the proposed
plan. Her face paled as he spoke, and
the tears started to her eyes, but with
an-effort she controlled her feelings, and
true to her nature attempted to look
cheerfully on the arrangement.
"I regret having to leave you and
Louise thus,"' John said, "but I see no
way to avoid it, and besides the separa
tion will not last long."
"Never mind us, John," said Mary.
"We shall get along all right. We shall
miss you and feel lonely while you are
away, but we shall look forward to the
time when you will come back to us,
.and the autumn and the winter will
soon pass. Cheer up, dear John, and
don't worry on our account."
Wttiers took placz at arikhan!s stre:
and all day Weducsday Mary Graen
busied herself arranging John's cloth
ing and preparing for his departure.
John was away most of the day looking
after some business affairs. and Louise
went over to the store to make some
Left thus alone, poor Mary had plenty
of time to think over her situation, and
naturally her mind reverted to the past
-to the long line of sufferings that had
fallen to the lot of herself and loved
ones, and from that to her child
hood home and her father. Unable
longer to hold her feelings in check,
the poor woman laid her head down on
the table where she sat, and gave way
to her grief. Long the tears of bitter
anguish flowed, while her frail form
shook with heart-rending sobs.
Arising after awhile she went to a
little drawer and, unlocking it, took
therefrom a picture of her father.
Through all her sufferings andthrough
all her father's ernielties and neglect
she had elung to this shadow of him,
and often in her hours of sorrow, when
the (lays were darkest and her heart
heaviest. she look-el on his face and re
ealled all that he once had been to her.
Long and intently she scanned the
well remembered features. recalling
the times when he had taken her on his
knees. hugred her to his breast and
kissed her with a father's fondest affec
"Ah. father, father," she cried, in
deepest anguish. -little did I ever think
then that you could be so cold and un
relenting to your child. Little did I
think those lips that so often kissed
mine could be so cruel of speech.
Little did I dream that you could steel
your heart against me and make me
less than a stranger to you."
For a long 'ime Mary Green sat there
gazing on the picture she held in her
hand, her mind butsy with fancies of the
past and pre- ent. She lived over again
all the old Imp days when she was at
home with her father, and as she re
caled his tender expressions of love a
faint shadow of a smile lurked about
her worn and wasted features. But
even that shadow was. fleeting, for the
remembrance of the present brought a
cloud to drive it away, and the old sor
row that preyed on her soul came back
to her in all its terribleness.
Then Louise returned from the store,
bringing with her a letter addressed to
her mother. Listlessly Mary Green
took it and glanced at the postmark.
Then she eagerly tore the envelope, for
it was from Dayton, and her first
thought was that it must be from her
father, and for a moment she indulged
the wildest, fondest hopes. Perhaps he
THE LETTER WAS NOT FROM HER FATHER.
had relented, and again opened his
heart to receive his child. WXith trem
bling fingers, and fast beating heart,
she drew the letter from its cover and
began to devour its contents. But soon
the flush of hope died out of her face,
and a shadow of sorrow and grief deep
er than any it had ever worn succeeded.
The letter was not from her father,
but from a lady of her acquaintance,
who wrote with more zeal than discre
tion. A portion of it was as follows:
"Your father is well and apparently eon
tented. His wife is all he can desire. I sup
pose, since he bows to her will in all things.
She has her way in the home and the business,
and she needs but to hint a wish to have it grat
ified. She has brought her sister's chii
dren, three in number, to liv-e with
her, and of course your father supports
them. The two youngest, girls. he keeps
in college, while the other, a young man grown.
he has taken into the bank with him, making
him a partner In the business. Your rather and
his wife are active members or Reverend
Wheedler's church, and she Is one or the most
devo-ut members of the congregation. The
young man whom your father has connected
with him in the bank is somewhat rakish, and
I think very unprincipled. Ho spends money
lavishly, and of course it is your father's
money. for he has none of his own.
He has just returned from a stay of several
nonths In the west, and has married the
daughter of a merchant here. It's my opinion,
though. that he did not marry for love, but for
moey. I think, from what I have learned, that
he met some one out west whom he loves. Your
father made a great dinner on the occasion of
the wedding, Inviting all his wife's relatives.
I was there, as was also Rev. Wheedler. The
minister pronounced it a most enjoyable meet
ing, and I wondered if he noted your absence,
or remembered that you were a stranger to
your father for no good cause. I told this min
ister afterwards that I could not understand
how your father could so far forget his own
flesh and blood ad take to his bosom those
who were nothing to him. I told him that in
my opinion no parent could be a good
Christian while he was so unrelenting, Ie re
plied that sometimes children tried. theIr
parents sorely, and that no matter how Chris
tian a man might be It was not in his nature
to forget some things. He thought Brother
Blatchford was more forgiving than the ma
jority of men. and as for Sister Blatchford, she
was deserving of much sympathy, for hers was
a trying situation, and no doubt her heart often
bled for her husband's wrongs. Mrs. Blatch
ford has a brother, Joseph Spickler, whom your
father has set up in business several times.
Joseph doesn't seem to be of any great conse
quence in a business way, and about all he
sems to have any success at is falling. He
has failed enough already to make your father
several thousand-dollars poorer. He Is not ta
only one of Mrs. Blatchford's relative who
have had your father's assistance. for nearly
all of them have gone to him'.for money to tide
ovr hard places. Old Mrs. Spickler. Mrs.
Blatchfords mother, has come to live with
your father, and intends remaining there all
her life. I hope the day will come when your
fathr will see and understand his duty, and I
think it will"
When Mary Green finished the letter
she sat for a long time with her hands
clasped inl mute despair, 'too deeply
troubled to utter a sound. Then turn
ing her sad face to lkeaven she moaned
in anguish, and in her sotul cried out:
"Mv (God, what have I done to merit
this? WXhat crime, what sin have I
committed to call down on my head
such punishment? Was it so wro)ng to
marry the good, honest man my heart
loved? Oh: God, if Thou be just, how
eanst Thou permit such things to be?"
For an hour Mary sat there heart
broken and disconsolate. pouring out
the sorrow of her soul in tears and
moans. Oh! who can picture the misery'
of that hour? Christ in the gaxrden of
Gethsemane wept tears of blood. He
knew what it was to be poor, friendless
and alone. He felt the bitter grief of a
forsaken soul. Hie wept andi lie pr'ayed.
Yet ie knew that God wals with liim
and that Hie was only to pass through
the shadow of night and come into a
brighter and better life. Mary wept.
All about her there was darkness.
There wvas no future hope to buoy her
soul-no beacon light to guide her on.
She was penniless and fria-'>s, and
in afew short days she and ner had
would be alone on the great plain with
no one near to offer aid or speak a con
The agony of that hour was too great
for her, and her feeble frame sank
under it. The dread disease that had
lo- ben sealing into her system and
tntrMii Vkiein, anid waa a mn~ re.
ttirnedI homo he found nis wife buruiu
wxih --ver, while her eye3 roamed
A dli \'r was omeed inimexdiateli.,
and v.~he . cme as.: msmned is
patient. he '2iouk his head :.io::lv.
"It is a b:1.l cas." he sid, "a Very
bad ease. Tihe disease has bIeen ii grow
in in her system for nwiths, and s'he
i, thoron,hly iipre.:nated with it. I t
will take a long time to eradi.-:atc it,
ani it may he several months before
is able to g'o about. I am afraid
she has sujI'eredl a great deal mentally,
for her mind aplars to be broken
dow n. It is a bad ease at any rate, and
she ought to have the best of care, and
Joln sat a long time with his face
buried in his hands before he made any
reply. Then, looking up, lie said:
"Great God, doctor! What is it you
say? . it possible I have brought the
best and noblest of women to this? Oh,
it can't be so bad! She cannot be in
such danger! You can! you must save
"Well! well!" cried the doctor, who,
by the way, was as kind and generous
an old soul as ever lived, "don't get ex
eted. Green. It is not so bad as that.
Didn't I say she would get along all
ri.tht. only it. would take a long time to
beingr her through?"
"Yes, yes, butyou said she must have
good care and attention, and I have no
way of pro-uring them for her. How
can I Wt them, doctor, when I haven't
a dollar in the world?"
For a little while the old physician
rem:ined silent. This state of affairs
Was nothing new to him, for he met
with similar cases almost every day
now in his practice, but he was not
inured to it, and each new ease ap
pealed to his sympathy and touched his
"You. can get some means from your
friends to tide you over this spell, can't
you?"' the doctor asked. "From your
relatives or hers?"
"No. it is useless to think of that,
doctor," John replied as lie slowly and
sadly shook his head. "We have no
friends to call on for aid, and both my
parents and hers have cut us adrift and
left us to stem the tide alone. Her
father is rich, but he denounced and
disowned her when she and I married,
and from that day to this he has not
spoken to her. She is dead to him."
"But surely, Green," the old doctor
urged, "in a case like this he would not
maintain such unnatural and unfather
Iy feelings. He cannot be so hard and
inhuman as to let her suffer when he
has it in his power to prevent it. Why,
think of it, man, that would be simply
terrible. It would be heathenish. it
would be worse than brutal, and surely
no Christian man would be so hard as
"I fear it would do no good to appeal
to him," John replied. "I don't know
what to do, doctor, I'm sure. My poor
wife must have attention, but I am not
able to even so much as pay you for
"Never mind about me, Green," the
>ld doctor replied. "Don't-worry about
my pay. I'll attend her and do what
ever is in my power to benefit her, and
you can pay me when you are able.
Thore won't be any trouble on that
John wept like a child at these words.
It was the first time he had heard such
for three or four long years, and he had
onme to believe all mankind heartless.
lie had felt all alone in the world and
thought that of all the millions of souls
on earth, not one had a feeling of sym
athy for himself and family. And now
to meet with such kindness, and to
ear such generous language from the
ips of a stranger, touebed John's heart
eeply. H~e reached out and took the
"Ho ca vr hn ou otr
dor sch kndines? and ath I tere
ay you for such generous conduct?"
"Come, come, Green," said the doctor
with embarrassment, "don't act so.
et's not be children. Why, why it's
othing. Come, rally 'up, man, and be
The old physician's tone and manner
were so frank, quiet and unpretentious,
hat John was struck by them, and they
acted on him like a soothing potion. In
a little while he became calm again,
amd as the doctor talked on. always in a
heerful, confident tone, John's spirits
evived and something of his fear and
read forsook him.
'We can't have everything in tis
world that we want," continued the
octor, "so we have to do the next best
hing, and get along the best we can
with what we have; and I guess we'll
et along well enough."
So lie put out the medicines for his
atient. saying as he did so that he
ever liked to give prescriptions to the
rugstore, because the m'edlicinles there
ere not always fresh, and the drug
ists were not ahvays careful in com
ounding them, thus unostentatiously
taking it upon himself to furnish his
remedies wvith his skill. Having com
pleted the object of his visit, he
arose to go, saying that he would eall
n the morrow, but when he camne out
f the cabin lie haited by the door, and
for some time stood hesitatingly on the
hreshold. At last he beckoned John
"Green," lie said, "your wife's father
ught to knowv about this sickness, and
f you don't object I'll write to him. It
an't do any hiarm,. and it might result
n some good. What do you say?"
"I don't know that there would be
nything wrong in it," John replied,
fter thinking a moment, 'and if you
think it best I shan't offer any objec
ion. But I don't think it will do any
"Well, perhaps it won't, but we can
ry. Anyhow, we will give him a
hance to show his heart. Just give
ne his adldress, and I'll write whecn I
John gave the address, and that night
the doctor wrote his letter to Hiram
ANOTHlER. L'AN NEEDED.
John was, of course, compelled to
give up the idea of going cast in quest
of employment, lHe could not think of
leaving his wife. lie waited day~ after
day and week after week, hoping
against hope for a happy turn of aff airs.
The doctor had written his letter to
latchford, but no reply came, and
after a month of waiting all hope of
any was abandoned.
Mfary continued in a precarious condi
tor W -.P1fiLhful in his n.istratiaun
th dread mainria had :n:d t
firm a hold -,a is victizn that it was
dillicult '> miake an iinpres~son (in it.
*.ion ando Loiuise shared the duties o:
nurse. and often through the s-d. sol
M nights.h'hU sL out the heirrs by
the sie o-f his :.ic wif, and in the(
stitude and loneliness his tho uht,
ran back over the events and sevnes
o i s lif,-. O)ften in her dieliri e-,si hours
11 mind of p)o Mary wnme:-d, and
in a weak, fra il voice she i:, e f
her youth, of her old homlne in the east
and if her father. A-rain a again
Shle imained herself achild and thounght
her mother caie and1 -nt over her
and Eoothed her with loving words
and caresses. just as she had so often
done in the long ago. Again she would
remember her father as she knew him
when a child, and in her wild fancy he
would come and kiss her and fondle
her as lie used to do in the old. happy
days. Sometimes she would dream
that she was -in the old house, playing
about the large. airy, cozy rooms, and
again at other times she romped over
the smooth, soft lawn.
Then her fancy would take a turn,
and through her mind would come
trooping remembrances of less pleasant
scenes. She would live over again all
the sufferings of later years and in the
agony of her soul cry out to her father
"Oh, napa, papa," she would cry,
"have m arcy on me and spare me. Do
not be so cold and cruel to your child.
but let me once more feel the touch of
your hand, the pressure of your lips.
Let me once iore hearyou speak words
of tender love as you did vwhen I was a
Thus the weeks dragged by and the
autumn came. John's store of provis
ions dwindled down until the larder
was almost empty. For (lays he and
Louise had gone on short allowances in
order that so much as possible might
be spared to the sick woman. But now
the time had come when the larder
must be replenished in some way. John
ponlere-d the matter over long, and at
last he hit upon a plan. le had his
wagon and team and few farm imple
ments left. i1e would make an effort
to dispose of them. Ile was loth to take
thib step. for with the sale of the things
he parted with all chance of raising
a crop the coming year.
"Yet, it must be done," he mused.
"Thiey must go, if there is anyone to
So he made an effort to raise some
means that way, but day after day he
sought for a purchaser in vain. There
was nobody to buy them, for few of the
settlers were much better off than he,
and many another would gladly have
exchanged his possessions for provisions
or the means of securing them. Find
ing it impossible to get a purchaser for
his things at any price, -%hn began
to seek out another plan, nd at last hit
Scraggs still lived, and as a last re
sort he decided to go once more to him.
Perhaps under the circumstances
Scraggs would be so good as to increase
the loan on the farm, or at least accom
modate him with a loan on the wagon
and team. There was no great hope of
his doi:.g either, but as a drowning
man catches at a straw, so will a starv
ing one catch at anything that offers a
bare prospect of relief. Nobody save
Scraggs seemedI to have money to loan,
so to Scraggs John went. e
When lie entered Scraggs' office John
found Harry Pearson there. Pearson
gave him a warm salutation, asked
after the health of the family, and was
greatly shocked and much saddened
when John told him of Mrs. Green's
"It is too bad," he said, "and I regret
it exeedilngly. You have my heartfelt
sympathy, Mr. Green, indeed you have.
I have felt a great interest in you. and
while I was away I often thought of
Iyou. I should have been out to see you,
but only returned from the east three
day aoand I have been very much
crowed ithbusiness since."
John thanked Pearson for his kindly
interest-thanked him from the bottom
of his heart, for he was in that condi
tion when the kindness of a dog, even,
would have been grateful. Moreover,
John looked upon Mr. Pearson as an
exceedingly generous young man and
was glad to have his friendship and
company. So he expressed a wish that
Harry would visit his family as often as
he found it convenient.
Scraggs looked on this little scene
with anything but a pleased ex
pression. H~is face showed a mingling
of anger and pity, and if John had
been a close observer, capable of read
ing the human countenance, he surely
would have seen something in the ex
pression of Seraggs' face and eyes to
have warned him against future
dlanger. B3ut as it was John saw
"Mr. Scraggs," John said when the
salutations were over, "I have come to
you for a little further accommodation;
as you call it, and in this instance I will
term it an 'accommodation' myself
even though dearly bought. I have
come to that point where I must have
money from some source, even if I
have to steal it, and I want to know
if you couldn't possibly make a slight
Iadvance on my loan. The farm is un
doubtedly perfectly good for more than
double what is now on it, and you
could surely let me have fifty dollars
more. at least. Come, Scraggs, can't
von do0 it under the circumstances?"
Seraggs made no reply further than
to shake his head slowly in the nega
tive. "Seraggs," said John, "it is a
miatter of life and death. I must have
money or my wvife will die, and you
mfust- let me have it. You must, do you
hear? I can't get it anywhere else, and
you must let me have it."
It was a long time before Scraggs
spoke, and then he deliverred his words
slowly, and there was a tinge of sadness
in his voice so foreign to him that it
sounded strange even to his own ears.
"Mr. Green," said he, "I sympathize
with you, and were it in my power to
aid you with a loan I'd do it gladly.
Buit it is not. You know that the money
I control is eastern capita-1, and I have
rules to govern me--rules that arc not
of my mnaking, and I dai'c not overstep
them or vary from them in the least. I
have had other petitions such as yours
from the se'ttlers of the plains, and in the
Ihope of being able to accomplish some
thing fer those people, I have written
to the compnany whose money I have,
lraying the true state of affairs open to
them, and begging them to make more
liberal terms so that these unfortunate
people might have a chance tco live
through these close times."
AXt this point Scraggs happened to
gl'ance up and his eyes met those of
Peason. The latter was scowling and
look i' dag~gers and shaking his head
angrily 'at Seraggs, but the agent paid
no attention to these gestures; and went
"I have exhausted every means in
the effort to induce these capitalists to
show a liberal spirit to the settlers, but
it has been all in vain. They say ad
vance no more money under any cir
cumastances, andI that ends the matter
for mec. I would let you have the mon
er, Green, if I c:ould, and I'd be glad
to (10 it. hut my hands are tied, and I
caii (do nothing.'
"Could y'ou let me have some on my
team and agricultural implements?"
"Couldn't do that even," Scraggs re
plid with oanother slow shang of h is
"Nct; eve a veyid uan
"N t a d0llar
"Te n, wblt in the nsme o.f God am
I to o?' Must my wife die of want 'be
fore ny eyes. and iny daughier and mv
self starve? Surely there must ue some
way to avoid that. Surely all mankind
are not brutal."
And the tears came to John's eyes,
strong man that he was, and his voice
trembt-led and his form shook. Even
Serags was touchel by the sad spec
tacle the poor man presented and he
felt anxious to do something for him.
After the lapse of a minute, during
which the agent did some serious think- al
ing, he looked up and said:
"Green, I pity you, and-all the poor y
settlers who are so situatc, and I wish ti
I had the power to help you all. But I 01
haven't. I am not rich. Far from it- di
I have some means, it is true, but it is t
nearly all in real-estate, and in these tc
times it is impossible to get it out. al
Your case. though, is a little harder p0
than any I know of, and I feel that you
must have help, so I'll tell you what u
I'll do. I'll do my best to get in a
little money from some source. and if
you'll come here again day after to
morrow I'll let you have some. Say t
nothing about this offer. though, for if
it was to get out that I had made it to fc
you, I would be overrun with impor- bi
tunities from a hundred others. Keep
it quiet, and come day after to-mor- fa
At this point Harry Pearson left the tN
office, and Green arose, and, pressing w
Scraggs hand, thanked him again and 3
again for his offered aid. SL
"Mr. Scraggs," he said, "I have mis- bi
judged you in the past, and I feel that I
owe you an apology for it."
"That's all right, Green," Scraggs re
plied, "all right. I am not a saint by bo
any means, but I guess if the truth was at
known I would not be considered alto- w
gether as bad as some people think I p)
am. Ilowever, that is neither here nor tt
there. Come back as I tell you and I'll
see what I can do for you." hi
[To be continued.] P
A MISS!SSIPPI HORROR. g
ST. Louis. October 29.-Private dis- d<
patches just received here say that the w
steamer Oliver Bierne, used here as an U;
excursion b at during the summer and of
as a cotton carrier in the lower Missis- al
sippi in the fall and winter, was burned h(
at Milliken's Bend, twelve miles from L;
Vicksburg, this morning. Twelve lives fr
are reported lost. th
The lire was discovered in cotton in cc
the hold early this morninir, and the
flames spread so rapidly that many of or
the crew and passengers had very nar- sc
row escapes. The dead are a daughter d(
of J. D. Adams, of Omaha, Mrs. Fraz- in
er's nurse and bTe cabin boys. Two
colored chambermaids and a number of se
rousters are also missing. D
The Bierne left here about a week
ago, and carried 708 bales of cotton and 'h
100 tons of other freight. She was one at
ot the finest and largest boats on the
There were quite a number of narrow br
eseapes. Capt. ThorwEgan was the .o
last to leave the boat, having to slide hL
down a guy rod from the upper deck, hi
Pilot Massie made his escapa by passing ta
through the flames to thme etern of the
boat and jumping in the river. He was Sa
severely burned. The mate displayad c~
his bravery by lettinr himself down by
a rope,hiolding a little child by the cloth
inir. The bodies oi the pantryman, hi
baker and chambermaid have been re
covered. The crew and passengers all la;
left for Vicksburg by the steamer She!- H
flied this evening, with the exception of la
Mrs. Frazier and child, Mrs. Worrell p1
and E. M. Howell, whose injuries are hi
too severe to permit their travelling ha
The boat had lantded at Rose Hill and
Milliken's Landing to take two hundred al
bales of cotton for A. S. Collharp & Co,
of this place, and after landing loaded
this cotton, dropped down a couple of' fo
hundred yards and tied up for the night.
The fire broke out after nearly every sit
one had retired for the night and spread ha
with such rapidity that thie engineer was ab
uur~ble to turn on the hose. The Ash- co
ley Company had about five hundred am
bales of cotton on the landing only a s
short distance abcove, whichl narrow;d
escaped burning from falling cinders.,' to
A Vicksburg special says that at
Green 7ille the mate had some trouble en
with tbe rousters, many of them quit
ting work, after which the mate hired
levee men, paying them 25 cents per en
hour. This enraged the negroes, who m
made open threats against the mate and hi:
boat. At 3.30 in the mornn the cot- ap
ton in the deck room was discovered on pa
fire, and the boat was a mass of flames B3r
in a short time. Every effort was made ra:
to save the life of those on board, but an
it is feared the death list will reach te
twelve or more. The yawl was lowered th
to pick up) those it could reach in time. w~
It; was the only hope of saving many a
who were co.apelled to jump into tne tb
The New Orleans Picayune's Mll- ni
ken's Bend special, via Tullulah, says tol
that the boat and cargo are a total loss. bh
Shte had about eighty deck and about
twenty cabin passengers. It is dillcult tri
to ascertain the loss of life, several re- Bi
ports differing as to exa.:t number. The
following are known to have been amtong an
those who perished: Mrs. Waddell, an au
elderly lady, 0f New Orleans; Sam ti'
Ertrycken, son of the clerk; two daugh- te<
ters of Dr. Worrell, of Baton Rouge thce fu
chambe-rmaid and the daudhter of Mfrs. O'(
Adams, the barber, second cook and vil
pntryman, live cabin boys and two Re
white levee laborers. The passengers rei
amd crew lost everythin,: they bad in the bci
way of clothing and baggage, many
leaving the burning boat in their night o!
clothes and1 bare leet. Oi
LuciiarnG. VA., Oct. 29.-A resi- M.
dent of this city who has just returned
fronm a visit to M1ontgomery county be
county gives your correspondent the N<
following particulars of the horrible E.
death ot a youmng lady named Likens, Fm
near Shawsville, on Friday last. Mi1ss me
Likens, who resides a few miles south
of Shawsville, went to gather berries Mi
on the mountain side, near her home, dr
at about 10 o'clock in the morning. She it
not returning by dinner time the sus- t
picions of the family were aroused, and p
a party was formed to go in search of exn
her. Af ter being out some time alarge it.
bear was discovered a few miles from an
her home, perched upon one of thme a
lower brauches of a large tree, while~ the
outlines of a woman could be indistinct- tui
l observed on the ground. One ol the exl
party fired on BiruiL', who dropped dead 101
to the ground. On arriving at the b.ise Dr
of the tree, where the bear had been thi
killed, the body of Mtiss Likens was thi
found. It was terribly mnutilated and as
eery evidence went to show that the
unfortunate victim had tirst bee'n dr<
squeezed to death by the bear and then St:
Slidiing into the River.
Niny ORLEANS, Oct. 2.-T1he levee sal
and wharf at the foot of St. Philip. tuc
Dumane and Ursuline streets contmnue wa
to cave in. the land having already sunk sc
from three to eizhteen feet. covering live ha
acres in extent. The Louisville and
Nashville Railroad has abandoned itsde
depot at the foot ot Canal street and
transferred its business to the iPonchmar- bee
train depot because of the dlanger to its bet
proertv. It looks as if all the laudl up ma~
to the #ra!'ch market would eventually d'I]
I g into the river. ca;
A HORRIBLE DEAJI.
R. MORTON OIc.S OF A GENUINE
CASE OF HYDROPHOBiA.
9 Det:.P .' ihe H.>rror--Pauted Like a
Uc;- Cn;i~otw t., tie L*at-Kuw 1is
CotU-r1nIA. S. C., October 211--Bitten
')ir- tha i three montbs ago by a mad
g. diLt-harged as cured from tie cele
raied Idasteur Institute, New York,
-er a t horough trea! ment.livirg since
ithout prenonitory signs of his imi
nding fate, Mr. Robert D. Morton,
e weil known and popular engineer
the Richmond and Danville railroad,
ed ye!terday morning in exactly
venty-eight hours after the first symp
ms appeared, suffering all the agony
tached to that fearful malady, hydro
The State yesterday morning, as us
i1, gave the public first facts concern
g the illness of Mr. Morton and the
ar of the physician that it was a gen
ne cas' of hydrophobia. Hardly had
e people of the city recovered from
e shock of the information when the
ouncement was made that the un
rtunate sufferer was dead, having
eathed his last at 6.30 a. in.
During yesterday the State represen
tive called at the residence and ob
.ined all the facts. The very first
mptoms appeared while Mr. Morton
as on his engine in the Columbia and
reenville railroad yard. le felt a
idden pain in the arm which had been
tten, and a sickness at the stomach.
This was on Friday night last. He
ent home, and after his arm had been
tbbed down by his wife, the pain
ent into his left side, where he had
en inoculated. le grew worse and
2 o'clock Friday morning Dr. Howe
as called to attend him. When the
iyician first saw him he stated that
e symptoms were of hydrophobia.
The physician was unremitting in
s attention, and did all in medical
)wer to quiet the patient. On Satur
y icrning ihe unfortunate man be
Lu to pant like a dog which had run a
og distance, and white froth fell
orn his lips. This continued all day.
r. Morton, still retaining his senses,
)wever, was in a high state of excite
ent. As night.came on he quieted
>wn somewhat, but seemed much
eaker. Thus his condition remained
itil about ten o'clock.
At that time Mr Morton complained
being cold, and was suffering intern
agony, saying his sides, where he had
en inoculated, were in fearful pain.
ter he complained of being warm.
e refused to take any liquid, and the
th which came from his mouth, like
at of a mad dog. turned green in
At times he would draw himself up
td raise his body on all fours, but as
on as spoken to would again lie
iwn, the incessant panting continu
With all this he retained wonderful
f-control, and calling Messrs. M
)ugal and Shumbert, who were watch
g with him, to his bedside, informed
em of certain papers he had. which, if
tended to, woulI provide for his fam
r, and asked them to see that every
ing was attended to. He realized
at his end was near and told his
other, when he left him for awhile,
at if he wished to see him alive be
.d better hasten back. Friends told
m that it was merely a billir us at
k, he said he knew better.
Dr. Howe was with Mr. Morton all
turday night, and did everything he
uld to quiet the sick man. IHe had
St dlspatched a messenger for Dr.
ylr, asking for a consultation when,
fearful agony, Mr. Morton breathed
Mr. Morton retained his senses to the
t, by the exercise of indomitable will.
could recognize all corners to the
it. All the time, however, he would
eously beg everyone not to touch
m, evidently being fearful of the
rmn he might do them. IIe would not
en let his wife co'me near.
The wounds did not open afresh, and
the pain seemed to be in his sides.
[e told his attendants that he did not
mt them to think he was mad; that
knew what was coming, and had
ught against it as long as he could.
he brother of Mr. Morton said that
ice his return from the institute he
s had but little signs of illness. Once,1
out three weeks after his return, he
mplained that his hat was too heavy
d hurt his head. This caused him to
my at home a few days.
his brother says that Mr. Miorton
d han recently'that while in New
>rk he had two or three times, awak
ed at night to find himself trying to
:e his half-brother, with whom he
~r. Morton was bitten by a large dog
the 6th day of August last, the ani
11 knocking him down and lacerating
arm. Immediately madstones were
pied to the wounds and worked ap
rently successfully. At once the
otherhood of Locomotive Engineers
Ised the necessary amount of money
d Mr. Morton was sent to the Pas
.r Institute in New York. IHe was
ere within twenty-five hours after lie
[be Institute charged $225, and guar
teed a cure. Mir. M1orton remained
ere fifteen days, receiving inocula
ins in his sides twice a day. On thei
eteenth day he was discharged and
.d that the wound would never trou
[he family severely condemn the
~atent and it is stated that the 1
otherhood will do likewise.1
Mlr. Morton was insured for $1,500 in 1
accident company and for the same 1
iount in the Brotherhood of Locomo-1
[he Brotherhood yesterday afternoon
k charge of arrangements of the
eral, which will take place at 10:30
lock this morning at the Barhamn
le Chapel, outside the city limits, the
v. Mr. Chrietzberg otficiating. The
nains will be interred in the family
Cie deceased was thirty-six years
i~e leaves a widow and four little
e, the oldest being nine years and
youngest four months of age, be
.es a mother and one broiher, Mr. W.
the following were chosen as pall
trers: John Germany, Thomas I
rth, Siai. Soetburst, R. McDougal, 4
S. Fickling. Taylor 31cPhers:>n, and
ata Iholland. The Brotherhood will
. again this morning at 9 o'clock.
)r. llowe signed a certilicate that.
.Morton's dieath resulted from hy
phobia. When s een, Dr. IHowe said
~as uudoubtedly a case of hydropho
6. I~e realized that when he saw the
.ient Saturday night. lie thought
~itement had somethIng to do with
r. M1orton never closed his eyes,
the doctor could do nothing to
ke him rest.
'ie patient had internal spasms and
'ned from water. Had he been less
iausted he might have lived 48 hours
ger. As to the Pasteur treatment,
.owe said: "I certainly failed in.
s case, but it undoubtly modified
symptons. lie was not as violent
he would have been without it."
Lhis is the dirst genuine case of hy
>phobia ever known in Columbia.
A Fiedish 5cheme..
(NoxlLLE, Tenn., Oct. 29.-A sen
ion or a peculiar and startling na
e is extant here this afternoon, it
s occasioned by the disclosure of a I
eme somie notorious coilored woman I
found to poison all the Chinanmen
t~is city. An abundant supply of -
dly drugs had been purchased, and
dose was taken by Hop Wah, one
the intended victims, but he has
*n saved by medical attention. The
ter class of colored people and
n whites are furious, and it is with
iculty that the would-be murderess
BOLD HIGHWAY ROBBFRY.
A Ftrmer Kolievd of SG5 (n G -fv;ik
S ree t.
COLUMIA, N. C.. ei 23 -J.hl S.
Summers, a white Ifar. r frnu. the Lex
inIon. Fork s . : i-:ed of
$65 la-,t ,igih-,;! z z. to is di.,Sat,.nac
Summers to ti of the robbery
to Chief of I'o i e ari several
other parties.and' .wa iv ig that his
story varied very m a u
To a Register reporter Sa m:uers told
his "tide of w ow." -l aid th:it about
11.30 o'eiock li ws wlini along
Gervait srreet and at I * corner of Lin
coin strvet was met by a mnia:: who seiz
ed him by the sho der .,ad asked if he
(Summers) knew him.
Summers lookid at hi int-rloenitor
and said "Yes, vou're Bill Baxter."
Baxter then infornwed *unnuers that
he was goingto beat him and co:nmen
ced shaking him. Sudceniv Baxter
threw him across a (itch.
Summers pir-k-d himself up and came
back across the ditch. A colored wo
man then cane up to him and attempt
ed to chuck him under tie chin.
Summers thought of his money and
run his hand in his pocke-t. withdraw
ing it quickly with a despond ing wail.
"My mo.ey's gone."
Summers s.aid that wlin Baxter met
him. he had 365, six tens and - live dol
lar bill, in his inside coat , scket and
was walking along with his iiand on it.
He was unable to say when the money
disappeared, bat thought he might have
jerked the roll(it was wrapped in paper)
out of his poc'iet when he was thrown
over the ditch. He claims that another
mar was present with Baxter during
the whole transaction, and thinks that
he might have filched the money from
his pocket. lie said it was possible that
the colored woman might have abstract
ed the money.
At any rate he speut considerable
time searching around the place where
e was assaulted for fear that he might
not have been robbed, he might simply
have dropped the money in the scuile.
A long slit in lis pants and another
in Lis coat just over the pockets Sum
mers pointed to. Ile was unable to say
who cut them. ur, clair-med they were
made during the struggle.
The police were informed of the cir
umstances of the case, and were out
last night after Bill .,mxter. He will
probably be caught to-day.
Summers heard that a colored woman
was on the stre:..s with S20, and about
2 o'clock was hur.ting all over town to
lind her, thinkiug she might have been
been the one who was present at the
Eight Trestles Bunrued.
MAcox. Ga.. Oat. 2'.-E:ght tres
Les on the Central Raliroad. between
Oconee and Suu Hill, were burned Mon
:lay night and the omattr c-used the
greatest excitemnent. invastigation
proved that the trestles had bel. set on
ire, and opinion ;irs' attributed it to dis
:-harged employees of tie Ricimond &
Danville systemu. The -arties also cut
the telegraph wires in several places.
his morning detectives, assited bv
Parties from Tenulle and Sandersviile.
irrested two brothers named Horton, o
Rorton, who robbed the espress train
2ear Savannah a shirt time since, and
1hey are now in jail. The men defied
irrest, but were inally turrounded and
aken. It is claimed the men made re
peited threats to commir dlepredations
their brother was not released from
For the past two weeks fires. evident
.y started by incendiaries, have been
ut out just in time to save serious
vrecks, but the trouble has been kept
liet, in the hope 01 capturing the per
>etrators. Trains have been shot into.
iross ties placed on the track and wires
ut. The burning of the trestl-t reached
;he climax, and it is believed the same
nen originated all the trouble.
ilortons went from tiieir.honme at Sun
WiI to Oconec, flfeen miles distant,
unday. They remained mn hiding tili
iight and then started back, burning the
resties as they went. The men were
;r icked from Oconee to Sun 11111. The
dortons were carried to Sandersville
'or safe-keeping, as talk was equally
;eneral of lynching and rescue. The
nost inten~se excitement pirevails, as
nore than half a dozen dires have oc
trred on the Richmond and Dianvil-e
mystem during the past week.
Her Spirit Haunted Him.
LONDON, Oct. 29.-A man giving the
lame of Charles Green, and d!ressed as
mn American seaman, surrendered him
ielf to the police yesterday evening,
itating that he was wanted by the po
Ice of Philadelphia, Pa., for a murder
ommtted about six months ago.
reen's statements were entered upon
he blotter, and he was accommodated
with a cell, pendiug communication be
ween Scotlarnd Yard and police head.
luarters at Philadelphia. According
o the story told by the prisoner, he
nurdered a young girl named Minnie
ilmour while in Philadelphia in
~Iarch last. Minnie Gilmour, Green
ays, was his sweetheart, and she made
iim so terribly jealous cf her that in a
it of rage he killed her, and subsequent
y escaped to England. From this
:ountry, the sailor added, he shipped on
oard a merchant vessel bounui for the
lack Sea. During the uight watches
it sa, Green continued,. the spirit of
he deai girl hauinted him coutmuually,
d made his iife such a misery to him
nat, upon his return to Lnidon, he de
ermined to sirrender h:melf-i to the
olice in order that hie miAgnt be seat
iack to Phiateiia and thiere suffer
he peralty he had inc-urred by his
Kteyealing Amauce .scrts.
CLARKSnURG. \W. n., Oct- ?2
['he members :f the~ Fm mers' Alliance
a Tyler county are excitcd because Jos.
. Tw~ man, an ackn-leda enemy
f the society, has hnrev. aliug its
asswords and se-:- ts. A be has
ever been a muember of the Ance, it
as been a mn'.stery whlemt he 0bliled
is intormation. and -harles i roh
r who ViaS femerly a memli~er, has
keen accused' ua b-aki~ a ca-th.
oseph a ubhesc- a. .ard clin-m ta
e got his ibnf-maon iom -arsi and
:arrol, the ora .es an assrth.
is right to.imp.rt... o whom lie
eases. The matite.r we me rert (to
be national bo-ard at Wa sh-into-.
A cream of tart-ir baking powder.
[igh est of all in leavening strength.
James F. Walsh,
WHOLESALE LIQUOR DEALER,
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A very large stock of Britannia waie, e
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Goid Rings on handi. Fine line of Clocks.
Wedding Presents, Go!l Pens, and Specta
cles. A big lot of solid coin silver just re
ceived, at lowest pricos. My repair'g de
partment has no superior in the Stat. Try
around first and get prices, then come to me.
You will certainly buy from me.
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CHARLESTON, S. C.
llachinery, pplies, Oil
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in the city of Sumter, in the Solomons
building on Liberty street, where I will
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IUORS, TOBACCO, CICARS,
and all kinds of smokers' articles. My sa
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tender, who will prepa.-c all the latest in fan
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gone to considerable expense in preparing a
in the rear of my saloon. My tables will be
illed with the very best the market affords,
and this branch of my business will be un
der the supervision of one who has served
as chief cook in several fine restaurants.
The trade of my
! respectfully solicited. Come to see me,
take a drink of something good, and then
sit down to a meal that will serve as an invi
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Sumter. S. C.
NOTICE OF RECISTRATION.
State of South Carolina,
COUTNTY OF CLARENDON.
I N ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRIOVIS
ions of an act of tue General Assembly
ratiied on thle 9th day ot F.;bruary, 1882, I
wvill be in tihe court hense~ in Manning. in
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Mondar~ of each month. for the purpose of
alowng personls comning of age since the
lst generai election to register, and to at
tend to any otuer business pIortaining to my
oflicial duties. s. P. HOlLLADAY,
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1P.0. Addre-s: iPanla. S. C.
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