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J. WN. .'dc LEor, XX. E. Bnowis,
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.Buggies, Wagons, Road
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WH EELWRIGHIT and
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pipes, or I will put dowvn a new Pump
Ifr you need any solderi ng d1one, give
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did not have it shed by R. A. White,
the man that ptl oin .uch neat shoe~s
and makes horses travei with so muen
We Make Them~ Look New.
We are making a-specialty of re
painting old Buggies. (Carriages. Road
Carts and Wagons cheap.
Co'me and see me. My prices wil
plas yo'u, and I gruaramnee all of my
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R. A. WHITE,
MANN!NG. S. C.
J A. WEINBERG(,
A'rrouIt:Y A"' LAw.
JOSEPH F. R~HAME.
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
MANNING. S. C.
. .s. s .N. W ' U A T
~. NNING, S. C.
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
MANNING. S. C.
DR. J.* FRANK GEIGER,
MANN TNG, S. C.
Copyright, 1901, 1
HOJIACE QAKFELL, represent
ative from the parish of Avoy
elles, was the youngest mem
ber of the Louisiana legisla
ture of 1857. Of medium
height, broad of shoulder, deep chested
and brown Rired and brown eyed,
with a countenance brave and frank,
he.was regarded as the Adonis of the
house. His dr- s of milk white cassi
mere, ruffled shirt and deep Byronic
collar gave warrant to the poetic ap
prairal of the women. But his col
leagues set a different estimate upon
him. To them he was known as a well
trained lawyer, a close student, a
young man much given to philosophic
research and meditation, one of learn
ing and gravity unusual at his age,
true, courageous, but of a seriousness
bordering upon melancholy. He was a
forceful debater, though his years were
but 24, and his utterances were always
heard with sincere respect.
Though himself a slaveowner, he had
from motives of humanity eloquently
but unsuccessfully opposed the bill
"That from and after the passage of
this act no slave shall be emancipated
in this state."
His speech had been published in full
by the leading journals, and its perora
tion was long remembered.
"Can It be," he exclaimed, "that in
this part of Christendom, in a time of
profound peace and tranquillity, an
American legislative body will from
the black cloud of slavery tear the
narrow fringe of hope and in its stead
inscribe by statute the frightful legend
seen by Dante over the portals of hell?
Can it be that enlightened citizens will
forbid the reward of liberty to the sl.ve
who serves the state? Wil! the law
making power deny to ihe master the
exercise of the noblest virtue of his
nature by prohibiting him from confer
ring the boon of freedom upon the
slave who has stood between his life
and the knife of the assassin or safely
borne his fainting wife through the
flames of the burning mansion or
plunged into the down sucking Missis
sippi to bring back the fair haired child
to the frantic mother? Can it be that
the flower of civilization will make
unlawful that kindness to a faithful
human slave which It approves to a
dog or a horse? I cannot believe it
But if I mistake the sense of the house
then let me say that the logical conse
quence of this measure will be the sti
fing of moral growth in the master,
the removal of incentives to loyalty
in the slave; the one must become
more narrow and cruel, the other des
perate and ferocious; the sense of jus
tice of other communities will be
shocked and their righteous anger will
be provoked; a decade cannot fail to
bring some frightful catastrophe on
our state as the fruit of this unholy
measure. 1 protest against It I ap
peal to my colleagues to be true to
their better nature and -prove by their!
negative votes that the white race in
Louisiana can defend itself and yet be
His appeal was ineffective. The bill
was passed by a pronounced majority,
was approved by the governor and be
After the adjournment of the legisla
ture Oakfell returned to the parish of
Avoyelles, taking passage on the steam
boat Red Queen. The vessel was one
of those popularly called "floating pal
aces," of which a score plied the lower
Mississippi and its tributaries during
the decade preceding the civil war,
when no railroads had been laid in that
part of Louisiana lying wesf of the
great river. She was a side wheeler,
with high pressure engines, capable of
great speed and with accommodation
for over 150 passengers. There were
a profusion of white paint upon her
exterior and a plenitude of gilding
and low hanging chandeliers within
The boat carried some 00 passengers,
many of whom were planters returning
from ther annual spring visits to New
Orleans factories to settle accounts. of
the past planting year and arrange
credits for the new. Some were ac
companied by their wives and daugh
ters, and a sociability prevailed among
the company which is wholly wanting
in the commercial travel of the present
Three were planters in Avoyelles, one
of whom, Dr. De Roux, added the busi
ness of a physician to that of cotton
raising. His plantation was near the
Marais des Cygnes. in the Avoyelles
prairie. The second was Constant
Quillebert, a low browed, long nosed
Gascon Frenchman who had lived on
Bayou des Glaises for 20 years, but
had never married or become an Amer
ican citizen. The third was Leonidas
Latiolals of Bayou Rouge, a man of 60,
whose hair was white and whose blue
eyes and short chin bespoke a kindly
but weak character. Of the three La
tiolais alone threw any warmth into
the salutation of Oakfell. The ethers
referred to the legislative incident in a
purely polite manner, as if tenderness
for him required that it be quick.ly
passed over. Latiolais, however, spoke
regretfully of the result, b'ut rather out
of sympathy for the young 'egislator
than for the cause he had championeC.
Oak-fell received their different ex
pressions with apparent unconcern and
evinced a preference to avoid any dis
cussion of the supposed merits or de
merits of the bill.
After the evening meal had been par
taken of in the long saloon, with the
usual clatter of china sei-vice and scur
rying of the numerous yellow and black
waiters, the extension tables were
closed and run together, and while mu
si, dancing and conversation engaged
the women and young folks In the la
dies' cabin the tables in the forward
end were arranged for cards and were
speedily occupied by the older men
and some of the younger, gambling be
ing an unfailing feature of the steam
boat travel in the fifties. These card
tables were in close neighborhood to
the bar, and this was the beginning of
the barkeeper's business day.
Oakfell passed the greater part of the
evening reading in the captain's state
room on the hurricane deck. Returning*
to the cabin at 11 o'clock. he found his
constituents from Avoyelles at the ta
ble nearest the bar. They were not
playing, but cards, ivory chips and
half drained glasses of liquor were on
the table. None of the chips was on
the side where Latiolais sat Some'
T. H. THORPE
)y T. H. Thorpe.
the rema1-.in1(,r. :1 n n ny stac,. . were'
The young man sat at a -distance
from the three, but not so far that their
conversation was not audible to im.
Quillebert in a half jocular and half
bantering tone had said:
"Leonidas, If I were not a man of ex
traordinary good nature you and I
would now be at outs instead of sit
ting here over a friendly game of pok
er and clinking our social glasses,
because it wasn't neighborly in you to
sue me for $2,000 for that old negro of
yours when you know that you couldn't
have sold him for $700 even on credit."
"No, I don't know that," replied
Latiolais. "I could have sold him for
$750. But that isn't it. I never tried to
sell him, I didn't want to sell him, and,
although he was 50 years old when you
shot him, I wouldn't have sold him for
$2,000 cash. I was attached to Bap
tiste. He was the best judge of horses
among iny negroes. He was faithful
and nursed me and my son through the
yellow fever, and, although my son
died, I have always believed that had
it not been for Baptiste's care and
watchfulness I should never have re
covered. Therefore I never thought
that $2,000 could have at all repaid me
for his loss. Moreover, It would have
been the act of a good neighbor In
you to have complained to me of any
offense :Baptiste had given you and
allowed me to correct him. Instead of
that you shot him dead."
"I admit that," said Quillebert, "but
when he struck my pointer dog with
that ox whip and I saw the blood red
den the white skin of the poor brute I
was so enraged that I couldn't help
shooting the Infernal negro down in his
tracks, and you would have,.done the
"But had not the dog bitten the
negro before he struck it with the
whip?" Latiolals inquired.
"I have heard something of that
sort," said Quillebert curtly.
"It was a fact," Insisted Latiolais,
"and the wounds Inflicted by the dog's
teeth were found upon the dead man's
body. But, as we never quarreled about
that," Latiolais continued, "let's r-ot
quarrel now. Of course, when you de
stroyed my property you owed me
something. and, since we couldn't
agree upon the amount, there was
nothing to do but leave it to a jury,
so I brought the suit. I was willing to
T he yiountg man sat at a distance from
abide by the award of the jury, al
though it was only $1,200; but you
have seen di to carry the matter. on
appeal to the supreme court and pro
long this only cause of difference be
"I think," Dr. De Roux remarked,
"that you both made a mistake by let
ting the matter go into the courts. Lit
igation always begets bitterness. The
longer it Is drawn out the more invet
erate becomes the Ill feeling. I think
yet you ought to take it out of court
and settle it as friends and gentlemen."
"I am afraid it is too late," said La
tiolais, "as Constant perfected his ap
peal yesterday and employed a city
lawyer to argue his cause for him In
the supreme court."
"No, it is not too late." Quillebert ex.
claimed; "it is never too late to do
good. Let us have anotlier toddy, and
when we dr-ink that to friendship 1
will make a proposition to you."
Their glasses were filled and drain
ed with expressions of good feeling.
"Now," said Quillebert, with a know
ing leer in his eyes. "you say. Latiolais
-at least I have heard you say many
times-that you are the best old sledge
player in the parish of Avoyclles.
know you play that game better than
you do poker." And lhe significantly
glanced at the bare space on the table
in front of Latiolais, then at the piles
of red and blue chips on his owna side,
and continued: "I will offer to play
you 11 games of old sledge. If you win
six out of the 13, I wili pay you $2,000
as soon as we reach home. If 1 win
six out of the 11, you will give me a re
ceipt in full for the judgment and
csts in your suit against me for kill
ing Baptiste. If you agree, I will now
write to my attorney- in the city in
structing him to withdraw the appeal
and deliver the le'tter to the cap-:aiu to
be mailed when the boat stops at Ba
"Tbat certainly is a liberal proposi
tion," said Dr. De Roux. "You would
do well to accept it, Leonidas."
Latiolais looked down, and his face
assumed an. expression of doubt and
trouble. Oakfell watched the work
ings of his countenance intently.
"Let's have one more toddy before I
With this aid Latiolais accepted the
proposaL. Calling for writing materiail
and a new deck of cards. Quillebert
wrote the message to flie lawyer i'
New Orleans, passing it to Laticlais to
be read, addressed, sealed, and handed
It to the captain of' the boat, with the
request that he mail it at Bayotu Sara.
The cards were shuffled and the game
was begun, Dr. De Roux keeping score.
The play was silent. Victory went
alternately from the cue player to the
othe: through ten games. The eleventh
was close, but by turning a knave as
trump and scoring a six spot as low
Qaillebert won by a point. Latiolais
too: pen and paper, wrote and signed
a receipt in full of the judgment. prin
cipal, interest and costs which lie had
obtained for the -killing of his negro
man Baptiste and gave It to Qulle
bert also n 0 nT for the sum of
$300, representing his loss in the game
of poker they had previously played.
Forcing a smile, he ordered three more
glasses of whisky, and when these had
been tossed off bade his companions
good night and retired. Quillebert and
Dr. De Roux strolled to the hurricane
deck to soothe their nerves with cigars
before seeking sleep. Oakfell repaired
to his stateroom soul sickened by what
he had witnessed.
THE FEnRY AT BAYOU DU LAC.
F ROM Fort De Roussy, on the
Red river, to Pointe Midi, on
the Bayou Claire, near which
"L'Esperance," the Oakfell
plautation, lay, was a dis
tance of some 20 miles. The dignifying
name of fort was given to a small
earthwork which had been thrown up
by direction of the United States gov
ernment under the supervision of Colo
nel De Roussy at the first rise of
Avoyelles prairie abutting on the low
alluvial river bottom. Four miles in
land from the fort the highroad ran
through the little town of Marksville,
the parish site or seat of justice. The
courthouse and two magazines for
cotton were the only brick structures
of which it could boast. All the other
edifices, including the church, were of
wood, painted white or yellow, ranged
on either side of a long main street
and two lateral and four cross streets
Intersecting at right angles. The sit
uation of the village was a gentle dip
in the prairie, the two sides of which,
when the thick foilage of umbrella
china, pecan, fig and oak trees was at
its full and softened by the sprinkling
of rosy flowered myrtles, gave the re
semblance to the trough between
waves of a great green sea. The pop
ulation of 600 or 700 souls was almost
entirely Gascon French and French
creole -' whom but few spoke Eng;
lish. The exceptions were the families
of foior American lawyers, who had
acquired the French language and used
it ao-e frequently than their mother
Nine miles southward from the vil
lage tie smooth surface of the prairie
broke suddenly and the land declined
sharply to a broad belt of stiff soil,
incalculably fertile, bearing a thick
growth of cypress, gum and oak and
termirating at Bayou du Lac, wide and
deep, on the farther side of which lay
the Magnolia hills. These latter were
a series of gentle undulations, rising
someuhat above the general level of
the alluvion and extending quite eight
miles to the fine, sandy soil of that per
fect agricultural country formed by
the network of bayous Rouge, Huff
power, Boeuff and Claire. Here the
stately magnolia tree dominated, its
evergreen leaves of olive hue and var
nished freshness preserving to the
landscape throughout the year the
warm sylvan tints of summer and Its
big blossoms of creamy white loading
the air with the fragrance of com
bined .iasmine and lemon and imbuing
with sensuousness the luxuriant spring.
Robed in gown of woven vines, which
trailed to the ground and flowered in
yellow, red, blue and white, the mag
nolia was truly queen of the forest.
The day had been sultry, overcast by
low bang' ; clouds, from which fell a
steady, t ilng rain from noon until
nightfail. An intense darkness suc
ceeded the day, and the rain became
fitful, while the lightning was frequent
and blinding in Its lurid brilliancy. The
public road leading from the rope ferry
of Bayou du Lac to the Magnolia hills
and which constant use had worn to a
deep gully in the soft ground was re
duced by the rain almost to a state of
ooze, rendering travel arduous and
slow. The dwelling of Valsin Moull
lot, the ferryman, stood in an inelosure
near the road and 50 yards from the
bayou. Valsin was short and muscu
lar, of middle age and scant education,
but blessed with a cheerful mind. He
was a widower, with three little girls
dependent upon him, and his resources
were the public ferry and the yield of
30 acres of clear-ed land, which he op
erated with the aid of three slaves
an old man and woman and a boy.
This last drew the ferryboat along the
wide stretch of rope more frequently
than did the ferryman and on such
nights as this cccupied the lookout
shed on the bank to respond to the
calls of travelers.
Notwithstanding the warrmth of the
night and the open doors of the house,
a bright fire of cypress bark burned
on the hearth of the largest room to
resist the moisture with whieh this
low region reeked. In front of the
fire sat a stout, broad faced, dark skin
ned man of advanced years, whose garb
of black and turned down band of
white about his neck discovered the
ag, eysl rgeadsrng.n i
countnace thoughr cosasin to bgoad
fiinacvied a siritd ofanevo
Calc pn rity His harwas Fthck
Francois Grhe, cure of Mansura, whose
ecclesiastical dominion extended south
ward to the Bayou Bonuf. He haa
heard a call to the ferry, and later,
when the sound of rushing hoofs and
wheels in the road fell upon his ear,
he had peered out into the darkness,
but, notwithstanding the Illumination
of a lightning flash, had discovered
nothing. Valsin entered the room
swishing the rain from his broad felt
hat and, stamping his wet and muddy
boots upon the floor, said:
"I don't like a night like this, father
hot and dripping and heavy. It always
makes me feel that something bad is
going to happen."
"Keep your soul clean, Valsin," said
the priest, "and whatever happens on
a night like this cannot be bad for
"Oh. it is not for myself-no-that I
am uneasy, but I think that persons
traveling abroadare sure to meet with
accident, and If a man is hurt in the
Magnolia hills on such a night he may
lie there until morning and no one
know of his suffering."
"I have just heard some one drive up
"r.ind pass oi toward the il. Who
was it, Valsin?"
"I do not know." replied Valsin.- "I
did not go to the ferry. The boy
Pierre is there tonight. But come, fa
ther; your supper of chicken. eggs and
coffee is ready. You must be very
hungry after driving so far and wait
ing so long."
"Thank you. Valsin. . have an ap
petite, you may be sure, although I am
not Impatient. for, you know, I am
practiced In fasting."
As the priest rose to follow his host
to the supper table a voice came from
"Iello, Valsin! Hello: Hello!"
The dogs of the yard set up a furious
Both men stopped. and Valsin, step
ping out on the veranda of bis house,
"Hello yourselU! Who Is it? Come
"I can't until you call your dogs off."
"Walt; I will be there in a minute.
Here, you rascn!. Jacques; get away!
And you, Rosa; go off! Do you want
me to kick you? Now, sir, they won't
bite. They know i am bere. Who is it
"Oakfell. Valsin. I have to claim
shelter of you."
"Why, bless my heart, Mr. Horacel
How do you do? I am glad to see you,
sir. . Come right in." And he grasped
Oakfell's hand and shook It warmly.
"What's happened? Where's your bug
"Never mind the buggy, Valsin. Let
us get out of this rain and mud," said
Oakfell, "and then I will tell you what
"To be sure, to be sure," said Valsin.
"Fow foolish of me to keep you here
at the gate to tell me about it when
you can just ai well come inside and
get dry and comfortable and then tell
me and take your own time." And he
led his unexpected guest into the house.
Father Grhe gave Oakfell an- affec
tionate greeting, but, observing that his
face was scratched and his clothing
torn and smeared with mud, manifest
ed anxiety and asked with an air of
"Why, my son, you have met with an
accident. Are you hurt?"
"No, I believe I have sustained not.'
ing beyond a rude shaking up. I ar
rived 6n the Red Queen at Fort De
Roussy this afternoon and, stopping for
a short time at my office In Marksville,
concluded to drive to my plantation this
evening. The big black which was re
cently sent me from Cincinnati had
been stabled In town since I left for
Baton Rouge in the early part of the
session. I had him put to the buggy to
day. Just as I was getting out of the
gully beyond Valsin's field the horse
took fright at the upright shafts of an
ox cart tilted on end in front of old
Grineau's house, which I in the dark
did not see. Before I was aware he
bounded to the left, leaped up the bank
and started on a dead run into the Mag
nolia hills. I braced myself to bold
him in. but he was beyond control, and,
positively, I expected to be killed. I3ad
he got as far as the woods he surely
would have dashed my brains out
against a tree; but, fortunately, at the
edge of the field the left wheel of th(
buggy struck a thorn stump, and every
thing went to pieces. The buggy.
suppose, has been broken into a thou
sand fragments. I was thrown violent
ly to the ground, the reins left my
grasp, and the horse has gone dashing,
through the hills like some mad ca
ture. So here I am, all that is left of
the cortege that started out so bravely
from Marksville, and I may thank my
stars that there Is this much left sound
"The kind God be thanked, it is thi
best part which has been saved," said
the priest fervently.
"Yes, yes," Valsin added. "we could(
not afford to lose such a one as Mr.
Horace, and we must take the best of
care of what God has been good enough
to preserve to us."
He hurried Oakfell into another room,
calling to his aid the old negro Alonzo,
and the two, after delving Into varicus~
cypress chests and armoirs and bus
tlng about like busy housewives, short
ly returned him to the fireside dry and
comfortably clad in a suit of Valsin's
homemade and clean Attakapas cotton
ade, his feet Incased in a pair otf soft
moccasins of deerskin. The garme~nts
were indeed a scanty fit, but they be
stowed the desired comfort, and, no
women being present, slight impor
tance was attached to mere appear
Valsin urged his guests to the meal
that was awaiting them. and after
grace by the priest the three played at
knife and fork in the manner of men
blessed with good health and quiet con
"Who else of Avoyelles came on the
boat. Mr. Horace?" Inquired Valsin.
"Dr. De Roux, Constant Quillebert
and Leonidas Latiolais."
"Constadt, I hear, has carried to the
supreme court that unhappy lawsuit
between himself and Latiolais," said
Father Grhe. "It Is a great pity that
such disputes should arise between
neighbors and a greater pity that they
should be prolonged."~
"It is deplorable." said Oakfell, "that
In a Christian country the very possi
bility of such a dispute as that should
exist, but there is no lon~ger any law
suit between those two ne'ighbors. It
was settled last night in a manner both
unique and imnpressive." He described
how the price of a human life had beeni
liquidated by the hazard of cards un
der the inspiration of' whisky.
"Meet lamentably un-Christian," sad
Father Grhe. "I am especially sorry
that Leonldas Latiolais was a party to
such an act. Hie is a good man at
heart His Intentions are right, but he
is In some things weak, very weak.
At times I am grievously distressed by
apprehensions of misfortune to, his
granddaughter, Estelle. As her guard
ian he controls her inheritance, and,
while I know his love for her is little
less than a worship, yet his yielding
nature is a continuing menace to her
"Your fears are in all probability c-or
rect" Oakfell observed. "Lat ialais' hm
providence may be hurtful to his grand.
child in the dissipation or the estate
which she should inherit from him, but
he could not without gross dishonesty
imperil that which she derives from
her mother, and L~atiolais, I am sure. i
"Certainly he means to be," said
Father Grhe. "I trust my fears wvill
never be justified by the event. hut,
speaking of Estelle, my son, I must
ive you a bit of news which probably
has not reacL&e youi since you hfae
been at the capltal. The' new bell pre
sented to the church by our guod
friends at Bordeaux arrved from
France last week and will be christ en
ed the first Saturd~ay after Easter. On
the Thursday before a fair is to be held
at the Mlansura schoolhouse to raise
money to pay the expenses of bringing
the bell from New Orleans and to
build and paInt a new belfry. At the
fair the godmother of the hell will be
elected, and quite- a spirited contest is
being waged by a number of our girls
w~o are ambitious of that honor. Es
telle has been persuaded to enter he
competition. and I :n afraid her grand
father's absence in New Orleans has
not improved her cuances of wiauing.
She is too modest and timid to canvass
for herself, and, while I ought not to
be a partisan of any in the race, yet I
grieve to think that Estelle should suf
fer for the want of a champion."
"Is it too late for a champion to be
of service to her?" asked Oakfell.
"By no means."
"What Is the mode of election?"
"Each vote must be accompanied by
$1. The candidate In whose name the
greatest number of dollars are con
tributed is elected godmother to the
bell," the priest explained.
"The candidates are, of course. all
young girls?" queried Oakfell.
"Oh, certainly." replied the priest.
"No matrons are admitted."
"How many candidates are there?"
"Six. The lists were closed last Sun
"Then," said Oakfell, "though I have
not had the pleasure of meeting Mle.
Latiolais since her return from the con
vent, I suppose she is now regarded
quite a young lady. I will be her ac
tive champion from this on to the close
of the polls, but, of course, Incegnito to
"Good'" exclaimed Valsin. "I will
give you five votes for Estelle to begin
"Steady, my good friend," said the
priest. "No voter can cast more than
"Well, I will give my own vote," per
sisted Valsin, "and get four others. I
Will be good for five anyhow. I polled
five votes for Mr. Horace to go to the
legislature, and I can poll that number
for his candidate for thekbell christen
"Thank you, Valsin," said Oakfell.
"Our present candidate is more deserv
ing than the other and less likely to
"How so?" asked - Valsin. "When
have you disappointed me?"
"When I voted against the antieman
cipation !,ill. I am afraid." replied Oak
"Not liy a jugfull" declared Valsin.
"But you would have done so if you
had voted for that bill. What! I paid
my own money for old Alonzo and old
Jeanne and I cannot set them free if I
want? 1 could have thrown my money
into the bayou. Then why cannot I
free my negroes, for whom I paid my
money? No, sir. You voted right, like
a real man, and I honor you for it."
"And so do I, my young friend," said
the priest. "and I advise every man
who wishes to see and do the right to
read your speech and engrave it on his
memory. You spoke for that broad hu
manity which was the especial care of
the Lord Jesus and in which alone lies
the ultimate safety of this nation."
"Should all others disapprove these
expressions from you- two would suffice
to sustain me, for in your sincerity and
judgment I have abiding faith." Oak
fell spoke warmly and sincerely.
When the meal was concluded, the
rain had ceased and the late moon
risen above the tree tops of the sur
rounding forests. The priest announc
ed his determination to push on to
Mansura, and, his horse and buggy be
ing led out by Alonzo, hle thanked Val
sin for his entertainment, gave his
blessing and good night and drove on,
to be ferried across the water by the
Oakfell's sleep was that of the young
man fatigued. At suurise of the fol
lowing mncrning he was speeding In the
ferryman's buggy througl- the glisten
ing, odorous magnolia woods to his
plantation at Pointe Midi.
TnE MANSURA BELnL.
HE fair and election were had
as notified to Oakfell by Fa
ther Grhe. It was a notable
ocso.The quaint little
hamlet of Mansura, whose
residents were nll. French and whose
verauned dwellings and shops fronted
its single street, broad and umbra
goous, in two ranks of unequivocal yel
low. was throughout the day denied Its
accustomed sleep by noise of buggy
teams and saddle horses hitched to
its trees and the chatter and laughter
of women, young and old, pretty and
otherwise, who vended gumbo, roast
fowl, coffee, eake and claret punch at
famine prices to the men boisterously
patronizing their tables. The con
course was distinctively French. No
English word was heard in the grePe
Ings, jests and chafferings. The pale
nuns of the Holy Family convents at
Marsville and Mansura chaperoned
coveys of shy girl pupils and stood
between them and the bold glances of
dark eyed youths, and the priests of
Moreauville, Choupique and Marks
yille lent the influence of their pres
ence to the interests of their good
brother of Mansura.
The four reverend gentlemen, smok
ing cigars in front of the schoolhouse
-Good dayL, jathers fortr.
in which the fair was held, were ac
costed by Quilhebert. whose manner
evinced but Miight respect for their pro
fession and wh-> was, truth to tell, dis
pleaslng to them by reason of his boast
ed fondness for the literature of X'ol
"Good day, fathers four," was hls
airy salutation as he approached. "Do
you know a strange thing? Whenever
I meet more than One nun or more than
one priest ther-e are always two or
fon- or some greater number of them
but nover' three. They seem to avoid
the number or the Tinity as if the
feared it would bring had lck Now,
that is even odd, is it not. my good -
thers? How do you account for- it
And he laughed loud and hard at his
"That is no m're str-ange than my
own experience. Constant," said Fa
ther Galotte. "When~uever- I have met
the devil he has always been aloe.
And, jabbing his pudgy forefinger
against Quillebert's ibs. he shook fro
his throat an oleaginous gurgle which
had served him as al laugh since his
first appointment to a parish in Louisi
"Which." expxained little Fathe!
Chialine of Iu:e.iuville, "makes quit(
plain Father Galotte's frequent and
easy victories over hm of the cloven
hcoof. Ore lone devil is no match for
Te :gh was now a quartet, and
Quilml;rt did not long hesitate .tc
pnake it a quintet.
"Well, in this encounter of my own
seeking I yield to numbers and will
pay tribute In forage to my vanquish
rs," Quillebert said, with a mock air
of submission. "It is noon and time
for solid nourishment. Come with me,
fathers, to old Mime. Goudeau's table
and take a stout absinth and anisette,
and then we will sample Mother Pier
rot's turkey and rice with a bottle of
bordeaux." And as host he led the
priests into the building.
Mme. Goudeau received her patrons
with profuse acknowledgment of rhe
honor conferred, and with great cere
mony mixed five glasses of the appe
"Sante to you, fathers, and success
to my candidate," was Quillebert's sen
timent as he raised the green liquor to
"Dominus nobiscum," responded
Father Galotte. "How is the election
"Satisfactorily," said Quillebert.
"Laure Luneau is a sure winner. My
guess now is that she is 22 votes ahead
of Estelle Latiolais, and the race was
really befween those two. It is too
late In the day for Estelle to overcome
such a majority, as her strength was
chiefly from Borodino and the Big
Bend of Bayou des Glaises, and It has
been voted. I am sorry for her; but.
then, Laure's father and I came from
the same part of France, and, you
know, I had to stick to my clan. I
have worked hard for Laure, and she
cannot be beaten. How proud the
saucy little Gasconne will be!"
Having laid a coin upon the table,
Constant was leading the way to
Mother Picr:ot's. when Mme. Goudeau
"Hold M. Constant. till I give you
"No change is coming to me. madame.
I gave you a gold dollar, and 20 cents
apiece for five absinth anisettes is
cheap enough for a church fair."
"No, M. Constant, this is not $1; it is
a five dollar piece."
"Oh, Mme. Goudeau, your sight is
failing like that! This comes of read
ing your prayer book so much. Put on
your spectacles, madame, and examine
the coin carefully, and if you find it a
five I may stop again for the change."
And, bowing merrily, he moved on.
"Well, that is handsome of Constant
and will get him two more votes for
Laure Luneau," remarked madame to
Maximilien Cantonet, an ancient ex
justice of the peace, who in religiously
intoxicated condition devoutly assisted
her with the bottles and glasses.
Mother Pierrot bustlingly superin
tended the carving by her mulatto man
and served five- heaping plates of breast
and back, declaring one gobbler to have
been a 20 pound bronze and the other
a cream yellow of equal weight and
both to have been fed on pecains for
three weeks prior to their martyrdom
In the cause of the church. A pyramid
of steaming, fiaky rice flanked each
plate, beside which~ was set a Dottle of
bordeaux wine of good body; There Is
no need to discuss the efficacy of the
absinth. The fact is, the five portions
were disposed of by the five men wjth
every Indication of hunger, thirst and
"Is our little Laure still ahead, Mi.
Constant?' Inquired the old woman.
"She is and will remain ahead till
the poll closes at half past 5 o'clock,"
Quillebert replied confidently. "Leon
Idas Latlolais Is no politician. He be
lieved he could elect Es'telle by simply
Interesting the neighbors on Bayou des
Glaises, while I have electioneered for
Laure not only on the bayou, but oni
the prairie also. She has had votes to
day from Mfarksville, Isle de Cote, Le
Coigne, Par en Haut, Bayou Blanc and
even Pointe Maigre."
"You have indeed been very active,"
said Father Grhe. "I am edified to see
you manifest such Interest In a matter
of the church."
"It is not the church-no," Quillebert
protested; "it Is politics with me. Who
ever enters a canvass against me can
not win by sitting quiet and looking
amiable. He has got to travel and
maybe get mud on his shoes. . Good
Mother Pierrot, this will about pay for
our refreshment," he added, placing a
coin In the old woman's palm.
"But this is $20, M. Constant!" she
cried in amazement
"I said It would about pay for our.
refreshment, and thank you," said he,
"Such a generous man! I wish he
was on better terms with the church.
Certainly I must get some more votes
for Laure," soliloquized Mother Plierrot
as she dropped the glittering golden
eagle into her silken purse.
Declining with thanks an Invitation
to join the priests in pipes at Father
Grhe's house, Quillebert sauntered
along the crassy sidewalks of the
street and had proceeded but a short
distance when he encountered Dr. De
Roux and Leonidas Latiolals lounging
under a flowering china tree. Latiolals
looked bored and worried. He knew
nothing of the condition of the contest,
but he felt he had not perfectly cham
pioned his grandchild's candidacy and
was apprehensive of the result. Her
defeat would grieve him deeply, and he
would lny It to hi.~ .a.n supineness.
"Ah, my friends, this is a slow affair
for full blooded men," remarked Quille
bert. "You both look as thoroughly de
ected as I feel exhausted. Can we not
have a small game and hasten this aft
ernoon off? Else I will go into the
graveyard and take a nap."
"Yes," said Dr. De Roux, "let us go
to Dede Lebrun's cabaret at the coulee
bridge and swap chips; either that or
I will go home. I cannot stand this
Latiolais hesitated, then consented,
and the three proceeded to the one sto
ried public house of the village, where
in the back room they were joined by
the brothers Tailleur of Isle de Cote.
and, supplied by Dede, the stunted,
swarthy, pock lpitted proprietor, with
ards, chips, rum and whisky toddies,
they were soon absorbed in the prob
lems of American p~oker. Quillebert
as not without ulterior aim In his
proposal. He was confident of Laure
Luneau's election should no especial
activity be displayed in her rival's In
terest and concluded that the surest
eans to prevent that would be to .se
uce her champion from the field;
ence he set about to make the game
nusually attractive by betting boldly
ad drinking freely, and in a measure
is tactics proved successfulI, for soon
he attention of the players was so en
rossed that they were unconscious of
he iight of time and the passing of
any buggies and troops of horsemen
o-er the coulee bridge into the one
To the surprise and, it must be ad
mitedth iappointment of Father
Bestowed the name "St. Ceci-e"
Grhe, Oakfell .did not apifear at the
fair. The priest feared he had for
gotten his pledge of support-to Estelle
given at the house of the fryman at'.
Bayou du Lac on the night he soiler
rowly escaped death. 'But he took
heart when at 4 o'clock 'he saw Val
sin ride in at the head of seven'neigh-'
bors from the Bordelon slough and
lead them to the poll for Estelle, and
ten more from Lac de la Pearle march
ed up in the same interest, and these
followed at short intervals by doseisi
and twenties from Choupique, Cotton
port, Pointe Midi and a company-.f-G -
non-Catholics from .Evergreen and tfe
surrounding plantations, and learned -
that every one of these late comers de
posited a vote for the granddaughter
The game at Dede's was running
high, and the strong drink had taken
possess!on of the players, when at
o'clock a cheer from the schdollios
fell upon their ears. They .knew tAien
priests had- counted the vote andE
nounced the result, and the cheer wa
for the victor. Quillebert doubted'ot
she was Laure, and,- hastily githering,
in the winnings, which, as.usual, had
fallen his way, he proceeded with
companions to learn the exact
His heavy eyes and purpling face took
on an expression of cruel enlftloi
Latiolais lagged behind as If loitb to
hear the decision.
Seeing Either Grhe In the door
ofthe schoolhouse, Quiflebert caiHed 1
"What's the majority, fatherr'
"Seventeen," the priest said.
"Is that all?' said Quiflebertoa
ly. "At 1~o'clock she had'22 ofeTs
telle .Latiolais." -
"Who had?" asked the-priest.
"Laure Luneau," shouted Quiebert.
"Bt Estelle Latiolais-has nowf
votes over Laure Luneau, and the poU'
Is closed.- Estelle Latlolaiss eleet i 7
godiother of the bel," said 'ath
Quillebert's features fairly,
with rage, but his exclamation o
doubt profane, was drowned 1y there '
newed cheer from the crowd, hileA
LatiolaLs' white face -was wetwS
tears of joy, unexpected 9ad-unmUr et tW
The fast falling darkesside e~
dispersion of the .assebgdoiIt3
choosing of the church- bers sponsor
was a scored event in the history of-the'
The christening day rof tbe bel-was
the most perfect of that.incomparably
lovely season, the Louisiana spring
The pale blue sky -had notfa.eel~ta
Thie bosom of the littepalewS'
spread with velvety.. greenspnke
with buttercups and violets, and'onte
edges of coulees bright willows
in the gentle breeze. The lanes wer
bordered by walls of dark h~ke
vines, against which-white ropes
tened in the sunlight -2The cns
ting stretching branches :n
were opening in light, h eir
while afar In 4the- swamp~-bv~
bluish gray festoons of Spanish i6
could be seen the feathery fringe which
later would be plumes In the crowD*
of royal cypresses. The soft air was
scented with jasmine, china, flower and.
sweet gum and rang with the joyousa
song of the mocking bird.
The bell, secured upon the stouitest
of plantation wagons, drawn by aBir'
sleek mules, was arrayed in a robe of~
white swiss, set off with bands of blue'
satin and bunches of pink rosesA
string of red coral, the gift of the godI
mother, encircled Its brow, above *iehk
was a wreath of white magnolia
blooms. The wagon was cloth-ed ,In
white cotton cloth, the harness of th(
mules decked out with knots and bows
of ribbon, and the herculean black who
drove them was attired in his holiday
ralment, with a broad red sash Across
The cortege escorting the bell in Its
progress of six miles from the ware
house at Marksville to the church at
mnsura was composed of full 200 per
sons on horses, in buggies and afoot.
It was headed by Elol Durant, the an
cent volunteer sacristan, bearing aloft
a banner of blue silk on which was em
broidered in yellow the name of the
sodality society. Following him rode
Homer Debellevue, holding a tall, slen
der wooden cross painted white n
garlanded with flowers. A dozen yon
ger men with silk banners inscrib
with sacred legends formed a cava
cade preceding the c'arriage. of Father
Grhe, who in black robe and cap, white 7
surplice and gilded stole sat betweenl
two acolytes gowned in red and white
and carrying censer burners On each
side of the wagon six horsemen sashe-d
with blue rode as a guard of honor to
the bell -and then the fair sponsor in
an open conveyance seated beside her
grandfather. She was attired In- white.
a thin veil over her hair and shoulders,
and held a nosegay of large white roses
In her lap. A sweet, childish face,
brown hair and hazel eyes distinguish
ed the victor of the contest, a girl of 15,
gentle, shrinking and blushing. On a
roan pony at the side of the carriage a
oung mulatto woman rode and screen
ed the face of her mistress with a sun
shade. The cavalcade closed with ve
hicles, In which were many women,
matrons and maidens, and a long line
f white youths and negroes marching
afoot came after. .
As the processIon wound past the
Marksvlle church the bell In the tower,
rung by Father Chaline himself, greet
d Its new sister with a merry peal,
while all the men uncovered their
Arrived at Mansura, the bell was rev
erently lifted and hung in the sheltered
temporary scaffolding which had- been
provided for it at the church front, and
around it the people arranged them
selves in a wide circle. Two trays of
white roses were placed on the scaf
fold, ~an acolyte brought from within
e church the silver vessel of hioly wa
ter and sprinkler, the aromatic gums in.
the censers were lighted from live
oals, and Father Grhe, reading the
words of dedication and bathing bell
nd flowers with incense and blessed
water, bestowed the name "Ste. Ce
:e," chosen by the sponsor. Estelle
tagaset"~gMra in aoice_..o
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