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LOUIS APPELT, EDITOR.
MANING, S. C.:
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 1896.
PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY.
DO YOU EVER THINK?
Do you over thiuk as the hearse drives by
That ikbwon't be long till you and I
Will both rido out in the big, plumed back
And we'll never. navor, never ride back?
Do you ever think as you strive for gold
That a dead man's hand can't a dollar hold
We may tug and toil and pinch and save,
And we'll lose it all when we reach the grave
Do you ever think as you closely clasp
Your bag of gold with a firmer grasp
If the hungry hearts of the world were fed
It might bring peace to your dying bed?
-L. A. W. Bulletin.
FOUNDED ON FACT.
"Mr. Rogers, did you say?"
"Yes, sir; a tall, middle aged gen
tlemaI," replied my servant.
I could reollect no acquaintanci d
"Ask him to step in here," I said
The man who entered ry study wai
a complete stranger to me. He was tall,
between 40 and 50 years of age, rathe
thin and very angular in his move
ments. He wore a short beard, wai
slightly bald and had decidedly pleasan
features. .When he smled, his eyei
eemed to.sparkle and he'erhibited tw<
excellent rows of teeth.
"I am afraid I am quite unknown t(
you," he began..
I bowed my bead and wondered wha1
was coming next.
"But your name as a rising younj
novelist and writer of short stories is,
of course, familiar to me."
Who could he be? I began to hav4
'visions of publishers and editors clamor
ing at my door for contributions fron
my pen. Was he about to give.me i
commission for a new serial? Perhap
he represented some leading magazin
and was prepr':ed to pay sums undream
ed of for my tales of love and adven
ture. Or w.-s he only some newspapei
interviewer bent on satisfying the curi
osity of his readers respecting my opin
ions and manner of life?
"Pray be seated," I said.
We sat facing one another on opposit<
sides of the hearth rug. It was a cold,
dull November day, and the bright fir
that burned in the grate was comfort
ing. Mr. Rogers took from his pocket i
copy of a popular magazine and held il
on his knee.
"Capital story that of yozrs!"
"Which?" I asked.
"That last one in here," he said, tap
ping the covers of the book, "the stom
called 'The Mystery of Rowner's MilL"'
"I am glad you like It, but -
"A splendid story! ~ahrdari
"Yes-to ~liha story of real 1if4
as mer on."
" ~o't understand what"
~"'But why did you make Maud a darn
grOf course .she was fair, as yoi
know. Her real name was Mabel, bui
that doesn't matter."
"You are quite"
"Still, you have hit off Maltby ti
"The story, I assure, you, was"
"Written under pressure of time
Yes, I have no doubt of it. But your de
acription of the old mill is exact. Row
ner's Mill is, of course, Radford's Mill,
"Allow me to explain"
"Quite unnecessary, I assure you.
You were perfectly justified in changing
the name. But that passage in whici
- ou describe the act of vengeance or
Maltby is remarkably powerful and ao
curate. Ah ! here it is: 'Seeing his vie
tim powe:-less, Jasper Gore, with th4
strength of a giant, seized him in hii
arms and bor one moment held hin
above his head in front of the open win
dow. Then he hurled the wretched max
into space. Down, down, he fell, until,
with a splash that was inaudible amid
the roar and r'attle of the mill, Maltby
disappeared in the deep water of th4
race, and was instantly battered to
shapeless mass by the huge revolving
"But surely you know"
"Oh, yes; I know every inch of the
place. Of oourse you are a little bil
rough on me."
"Yes; you see, Jasper Gore"
[ rose to my feet. So far I had hardly
been able to get a word in edgeways.]
had not the slightest idea what he was
driving at. He was exhausting my pa
"Look here, sir," I shouted warmly,
"I haven't yet the pleasure of knowing
who you are. What the--wifllyou kind
ly tell me What you are talking about?'
"Why, my dear sir, I am talking
about this story of yours called 'Thi
'Mystery of Rowner's MilL' I was just
sa 5*igthat you have made me-other
"Gore Is one of my characters. I un
derstand your name Is Rogers!"
The man leaned back and roared wit!
laughter. I sank into my chair i
state of exasperation.
"Excuse my laughing," he said, "bui
when you put on that innocent air it it
Irresistibly funny. What does it mattel
which name I use, Gore or Rogers-arn
they not one and the same? What was
eagier? You took my realname, Rogers,
rejected the lass two letters, transpose
the others, and then you had It-Gore!'
I was now quite out of temper.
"I don't know what your object is,'
I said, "in coming here and talking this
-nonsense. The story is pure fiction-i
abnple creation of my own brain-fron
beginning to end. So far as I know, thi
characters never lived, the incidents
never happened, the mill described nev
er had any existence-except in my owr
My visitor watched me as I spoke,
and a krin slowly broadened on his face,
until he again burst into loud laughter.
"I should never have believed it!l'
"You novelists, it would appear, are
so steeped in fiction that you lose all re.
gard for truth."
"What do you man', sir?" I cried in
"Is it necessary to explain? Here, ix
this magazine, I have a sita: . c e
sential detail of which is' actual tra;b,
and you coolly tell mue that it was all
evolved out of your own brain !"
"Certainly. So it was. "
*"Now, what is tho use of talking
like that to me-to me? Iami Rogers
Rogers is Gore. I (call me by which
name you like) am the man whose acts
are described in this story."
"Do you mean to sis there and tell
identical with that I have described?"
"Precisely. I say the story is true in
every essential detail. Every action of
the plot, every motive of the characters,
all the descriptions of places; and even
portions of the dialogue are absolutely
true. I say again I am Jasper Gore!"
Imagine my feelings! Never before
in the history of fiction writing had so
remarkable a thing happened. Some oc
cult power had clearly been at work on
my brain and directed me to write a
story founded on fact in a degree that
was simply marvelous. The situation
w.s so extraordinary that it staggered
me. I was here face to face with the
murderous ruffian of my own creation.
What was to be done? I glanced at
the bell at his elbow.
"Never mind the bell," he said. "We
shall not want to use that. Listen to
He brought his chair toward me until
our knees were nearly touching. With
his hands on his thighs and his body
bent forward he fixed his penetrating
eyes on mine.
"I have told you that I am Jasper
Gore. But that is only one of the names
under which authors have used me in
relating my exploits. You are not the
only writer who has employed my deeds
in fiction. You have read Blandford's
novel, 'The Red Witness?' Well, I am
Paul Varnham. the man who poisoned
his brother and threw the body into the
limekiln. You have seen the story in
the last number of The Masterpiece
Magazine called 'The Case of Roland
Wier?' I am Roland, the man who stole
the bonds and stabbed to the heart the
only witness to the deed. Why, the
stains of the crime are still on my
I shuddered visibly, and cold sweat
was on my forehead.
"Metaphorically speaking," he added
with a sne, "I suppose you have
"Stop!" cried. "What is it you
I want of me Why do you come to tell
me all this!
"I came to make a proposal. I am a
man of many deeds-crimes, you would
call them. The world is getting too hot
for me. I am in danger from the sleuth
hounds of the law. Shelter me; hide
me, and I will give you material for
some of the most thrilling stories that
ever were written. I can keep you going
for the rest of your life-with facts, sir,
"The Rowner's Mill affair I don't
know how you got hold of, but it was
not obtained fairly, But I will not say
anything about that. Stand by ine, and
Iwill make your fortune and your ever
lasting fame. Is it a bargain?"
To accept such a proposal never en
tered my mind for one moment. My
only thought was to get this dreadful
creature out of my house, whether what
he said was true or not. How was I to
Just then my servant knocked at the
door and entered.
"Here is a gentleman wishes to see
"Say you are engaged." said Rogers,
rising from his chair and grasping me by
But the new arrival had already en
tered the room. -
"Excuse me, sir,'e said. "I have
soeior our good friend, Mr. Rogers.
He lives with us atX-.
X.i-Iknew to be the place where a
certain county lunatic asylum stands. I
saw everything in a flash. He handed
Bogers over to the care of another man
in thme ball, and the poor fellow wont as
meekly as a lamb. Then the attendant
came back to me.
"I hope he has not alarmed you, sir.
He escape two days ago. "
"We~ he gave me an unpleasant half
hour. The man seems to be steeped in
"He's all right except on that point.
Be fancies that he Is every criminal that
he reads about in the story books. We
traced him to your house, andlIexpect
1he has been pitching a lively yarn about
some of his doings. Ah I thought so.
But, bless your heart, air, the poor fel
low wouldn't hurt a fly."
Nevertheless, he had knocked me off
my work for that day.-London Tit
Bits. ____ __
How James Otis Was Killed.
James Otis was killed by a stroke of
lightning in Andover, Mass., at the old
Isaac Osgood fari, May, 1783. Mr.
Otis wanted a mug of cider. The hired
man went into the cellar to draw the
cider, leaving theocellar door open. Mr.
Otis was standing in the, doorway at the
side of the house looking'at the clouds.
remarking that a heavy shower was
coming up. Scarcely ha~ the words been
spoken when the bolt camne down, struck
Mr. Otis and killfliiiii instantly, then
passed into a large beam In the cellar
way, going the length of the beam to
the cellar, where it went off into the
ground. The hole in the beam was large
enough to thrust one's arm down, as
the writer has done when visiting the
Osgood farm.-Boston Transcrip~t.
The Ma ad the Clothes.
There was a Methodist minister who
dressed so well that a friend felt hor
rified and offered to give him a suit of
clothes and pay for them provided he
could have them made according to his
ideas. The, offer was accepted, and the
tailor was ordered to make a suit in the
plainest possible fashion. The order was
flled, and the suit was tried on. The
giver of it was amazed. So magnificent
was the form with which nature had en
dowed the minister that that plain
Methodist suit upon him looked as if it
had just been received from Paris.
Asked by ant Insurance Company.
Here are some of the questions which
a new Insurance company requires to be
anwered satisfactorily, and the public
will agree that there is more reason for
then than many of the old queries:
".Do you ride a bicycle? Single or
"Do you eat (a) hot cakes, (b) ta
mas, (c) mince pie, (d) welsh rabbit,
"Do you swallow grape seeds?
"Do you drink any mixed drinks?
"Do you ever sleep in a folding bed?
"Do you smoke (a) cigarettes, (b)
"Have yol a mother-in-law?
"Did you ever attempt suicide?"
San. Francisco Post.
Deaths Due to Chloroform.
I is stated that 81 deaths have occur
red within the past year in the United
Kingdom, of which 52 were from the
administration of chloroform. This
would be a feartul indictment against
the use of that anesthetic if we only
knew what was the relative proportion
of patients submitted to its influence and
to the influence of other ansathetics. In
other words, if the number of chloro
form cases were 52 times the number of
nitrous oxide cases, chloroform would
be no more dangerous, although it might
have caused 52 deaths for one death
caused by the latter ansthetic.-Medic
The water snail is a combination of
raft and boat. When it desires to float
on the surface of the water, it turns its
shell downward and floats on its hack,
R. W. DERiANT & SON,
4S 7IJ A&rE30 L, 7 .
To Our Clarendon Friends:
We are now prepared to offer lower prices than ever. Cill or write
for what you want. Our Stock is cnup!ete. We have added to our in
mense stock of hardware a large line of
PAINTS, OILS, ETC.,
at low igures.
Harness, Saddles, Rubber an<1 Beltin- Leval'er.
Great bargains in Guns, Pistel, etc.
Headquarter for Powder, shot and Shl11., 0-aled nd] ent .
Engine Supplies, Delting, ett.
HEADQUARTERS FOR COOKING AID HEAi!NG STOVES (WARRANTED),
Mowers, Rakes, Brick, Lime, Hair, -
AND ALL KINDS OF MACHiNERY.
We will receive in a few days a car of the Aulburn wagons, one and two
borse,wide and narrow tires. These wagons are kt tght.1. rash andt at prices
that we can under sell any wagon of like value.
We have on hand a lot white hickory wagons, one ual two h-orse, which
are worth the money.
We have built a convenient house for storing bugi-s anl we will carry
a full line of all kinds of buggies and harness, which we will sell c-heap for
cash. Be sure and give us a chance to show you how cneap we do sell for
the spot cash.
Don't forget that Thomnas & Bradham Ican) Sall you-. al m i nyting" y(u
want from a brick to a saw mill.
THOMAS & BRADHAM,
_ _ _ _ _II T 1
232 MEETING STREET, CHARLESTON S. C.
A. ts f'r the Sale of
WVhol.~esah- .le fl.- in
Stoves, Tinwres. House Furnishing goods
Tin Plate, heet Iron, iinners' Supplies.
Galvanizei (utter and Rahiwatel
Pipe in ten teet lengths. We
Manufacture TOBACCO BARN
FLUES and Deliver Taem
Freight Prepaid to Any Sta
1 rlnn; rf Tobacco Barn Flues 6- ve .
ercival Manufacturing Co.
Doors, Sash and Blinds.
8 to 486 MEETING ST., CHARLESTON, S. C
iliL. W. JFOLSOM,9
Sign of the Big Watch,
SUMT3R : S. C.
-- A BIG LINE OF -
Birthday, Adding and Christmas Presents
Fine Sterling Silver Clocks, Optical G.ods,
Fi Knives, cissoran.l ' zrs. MachN e Needh sI j
.l repairing giarant'-d.
T'1IOMAS WILSON, R'. i. J-4Ui?, JOHN WI:.8N.
Tr(-si-lent- Manag-r. Scretary and Tr.-axnrer.
Caroli1a Grocery Uompaly
SUCCESSORS OF BOYD BROTHERS,
Uiiole0a1e Gw0en8 and Coiiisioii MterhanIts,
NQ. 195 EAST BAY,
) CONSUMERS OF LAGER BEER:
The Palmetto Brewingz Company of Charlest.m. S. C., Lve maua.le arrangementi
tl.e sonth Carolina State- authorities. by which they are enabled ti fill ordrFs froD
nmers for shiipments of beer in any quantity at thei folowig n:es
1 ; ut terit . I ......... . . .......... 7(uc. I~e dlozen
Fo r do a it nt- i crate................................ $2 80 per crate
Eighth-ke ... .......................... .... ...... ........... .$1.25
Qaarter-keg.... ........... ........................ 2...... 25
Ha'f-barrel........................ ............--- ...-- -,...... $450
Exports, pints, ter. dozen in barrel .......................,.... ., $0-00
It will be ncurs-ary for eorisunipr-N or partier. ord~erirng to sdtte that the beer is fo
ite - us inption. We offer sial rateg for these S mipments. This beer is guar
a.1 pu . mule of the chicest hops an l na!t. anl is recomienel by the Medica
rmltv Send t:1 as ror, tr al or 1
'almetto Brewing Company, Charleston, S. C.
H08. S ROGA*N,
~D IER IN
i nia, Glassware, imips iLIamp Gods0(,
Woodenware, Brooms, and Tinware.
and Gasolene Stoves, Fly Fans, Fly Traps, Ice
Cream Churns, Fruit Jars gnd JIly Glasses.
NT FOR THE HOME PRIDE COOKING STOVES AND RANGES,
Big Bargains Always on the 50, and 10C.
RE SUMTER CHINA HALL,
Opera House, Opposite Court House, Sumter, S. C.
On the American and European Plan.
DELIGHTFUL AND COMFORTABLE
PLACE FOR COUNTRY VISITORS.
0WMAN & L EVIN,'8RIE1o"s'
King Street (Business Centre of City),
Carlston-.. S- C
ates $2 and $3 Per Day.
.bCribe i0 h~ anning imS $1 50 per Year,
a nom. - OHIN S. WILSON
!'H t ii.. .ilinr,wa andl I' n P. -r ati !.r:w.
MANi GS. MANNINGi S. C.
LEVI BROTHI i
HERE WE ARE
To tell the people of Clarendon that glib-tongued oratorsP
keep the country in a state of agitation about the finain'
problem. bat wfhat is more of interest to them iiow is to f
the best place to buy goods cheap.
Levi Brothers have a good reason to feel proud of t1
success in business and to no people are they more inb
than to their old home folks in Clarendon. Goods are cl
and this season affords our farmers an opportunity of obt
icg a fair price for cotton and a chance to buy goods at
cotton basis price.
We hajve for years been avknowleflned as leaders in the
spective lines that we handle any it is onr 1urpose to cOt
This department has been selected with unusual care
our stock is not only varied and large, but a lady can
the very latest fabrics with the necessary trimmings to ma
There is no store in the city of Sumter that can excell
in this line, and we defy any house- in eastern Caroliret.
show up a prettier line of piints.
Oassirneres and Jeans..
This line we carry in large (iantities andi can say w
safety that no where south of Baltimore can you get a bet
value for your money.
Notions, Hosiery, &
Every buyer is invited to' examine our line of La
Misses' and Children's Hose, Handkerchiefs, Buntdifs,
els. Doilies and other articles too numerous to mention.
Plaids and Brown.
Goods, Long 0loths,
. This stock was bought when cotton was at its lowest P
and we took advantage of the depression.
Clothix Hats, and C e
We can say without fear of successful contradiction th
have the most complete line that can be fiund anvw
Tranks by the car load.
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
Every kind and style that is manufacttured by first
factories is handled by us and we take a special interce
Our stock is up to date aiid our farmers can save mnone
buying from us.
Remember, we pay highest prices for cotton.
- Su.~ter, s.
New Store! New Stc
CHARLES F' CFADDI
Formerly of Clarendon,
Has opened up one of the largest Genet
Mercantile stores in Sumter.
GREAT CROWDS OF GOODS r
ARB ARRIVING ON EVERY TR
A cordial welcome is extended to m~
endon friends. Will say more later.
Charles F. McFaddin
16 Sixteen to One.
This is what is agitating the minds of the people
of the country, but whether this wins or the gold
banner floats on the breeze
You are Compelled - to Shoe Yourself,
Wife and Children,
and there is no place in the State where you cai be With
better suited in shoes than iii Sumter, and CO
No place in Sumter can. compee with
WALSH & SHAW.
Now if you have 10 children or 1 it will pay you
to call and see us. We make it a study, SHOES
WALSH & SHAW3
The Sumter Shoe Store,
Sumter, S. C. -
CENTRAL WAREHOUSE5 ,
One of the Leading Ware- oil
houses on the Largest Loose
Leaf Market in the World.
Has ample means and every facility for handling
and selling tobacco to the best advantage.
AlirWe desire a sbare of your patrouage. Correspondlene soileile1
Letters of inquiry propt ly answe:Td.
J. 1-. WILSON, Manager.
REFERENCE-"Border Graiige Bk," Diil-, V.
AND STILL THIEY COE!
A Car Load Horses and
Mules arrived on Oct. 3rd. and
a Car load all Horses Oct H
6th, at the Feed and Sale
Sumiter. S. C.. Oct. 7, 1896.
POSITIONS GUARANTED .ilacetnoe ortiioo
tio. Eater at any time. Cheap board. Send for freillustrated catalogue. (Mention this paper)
Boeepl ,. PenaasbipSo Tla Xvrtt: Tn rpby. etc. Te iot oro Righ
n o teeweby th nldpan. hi President,1 FJ Iaug n isauthor of Daughons Nev
System of Bookkeeping whih cnot be tuh in ny ot - icto nsfrookkeer.n
nte Soal"obnd"cn show to have rcie inthe pastfz'yes. eepndmr
money in the interst of or Emplyment ar taa oste t Bu e Colleges tae as
espec ia f uro e tu bokso Bookk rii Sho thaiid and enmanship. rtefot pic lst
PrF . .fuGnos, Nashville.- now have a position as bookkeeper and steiiographr
for th SouthrnsprceryCmay-fhsp1c:slrS5 per month. oe t lto yourhok __
l>ENTI !T. A I TOl NEY AT' .AW
OF\C I ANNI H1'f. ANN.S .