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THE LAW SCPrEME.
SEPTEMBER of the year 1860
was exceptionally hot and
dry even for the climate of
Louisiana. Navigation of the
Mississippi's tributaries was
impracticable. The baked alluvion
crumbled Into a depth of Impalpable
dust, which rose in clouds at the dis
turbance of a dog's trot. The stiff
lands were of stony hardness. CreamS
white lay the cotton fields on either
side of the bayous to the green borders
of the moss hung swamps, and the
beds of the deep, yawning bayous
themselves could almost be traversed
It was afternoon at the close of the
month when Evaristc attired in the
latest of the city's modes, alighted
from his buggy at Mother Deshau
telles' gate. Though he had driven the
long distance from Red River landing,
on the Mississippi. where he disem
barked from the steamboat on his re
turn from a visit to New Orleans, he
appeared neither travel stained nor
heated. Rather he looked spotless and
cool. Laure, in a gown of stuff which
might have been woven of the spider's
web and which clung lovingly to her
perfect figure, welcomed him with a
warmth of manner which would have
proved fatal to any of her 20 Gas
conoid admirers. Her beauty, though
dark, was rich, dazzling and dangerous,
and she knew It. She realized the pow
er of a smile made up of glistening
teeth and parted carmine lips. heglint
ing of deep brown eyes. tLe arch pose
of a pretty head and the springing
step of dainty feet were a poem of
health and vitality of her own composi
tion. But the narrow forehead and
mouth spoke as much of will as of
She led Evariste to the shaded veran
da and, serving him a draft of refresh
Ing wine, said:
"Now tell me. great traveler that you
are, all about the wonders of the grand
city, for you know I have never been
"Oh, no," he replied. "I saw no won
ders except miles of steaming streets
and swarms of sweltering people."
"Nothing short of Paris for you,
then?" said Laure.
"Well, I might compromise on Vien
na or possibly Nice. But see, Laure,
what I bring you." Evariste took from
his pocket a small packet, opening
which she discovered a dainty Russia
leather and satin lined case. with gold
en Initials "L. L." inlaid upon it and
within It the watch given her by Quille
bert, which Evariste had taken to be
repaired In New Orleans. Lifting the
watch, she discovered at the end of the
chain a charm, a gold crescent studded
with wine red rubies and sparkling dia
She could not speak her delight at
once, but looked in an ecstasy from the
jewel to the young man and from him
to the jewel-her face would then have
been an artist's treasure-until words
came to her, when she exclaimed:
"From you to me?"
"If you will accept." be said.
"I do accept." she cried. "and shall
prize this crescent as the most precious
of my possessiopis. But what will Es
"What will Quillebert say?" returned
Evariste, with some shade of irritation
in his voice.
"Why?" asked Laure, startled.
"He gave you the watch and chain,"
"And she gave you the"- She check
ed herself and bit her lip In vexation.
"The what, Laure? Say it and let it
"Forgive me, my friend. Yes, let it
go and with it any thought of those
two persons who"
"Let us not speak ill of the absent,
but talk of other things. Be prepared
for unwelcome news from the city later
on. Quillebart will lose the suit."
"Why do you say that?"
"Because I heard the arguments In
the supreme court and thought I ob
served their effect upon the judges and
the assembled lawyers. The whole
matter Is exceedingly distasteful to me,
as you know; still I could not well d.e
cline my brother's invitation tobe pres
ent at the trial of the appeal. Zabourin
made a learned and forcible effort for
Quillebert, quoting authorities and
drawing deductions which appeared
absolutely unanswerable. But Horace,
with an ease at which I marveled, met
every proposition, and his irresistible
logic picked it Into shreds. He ex
posed the sophistries of Zabourin's con
tention and flung them aside. With
childlike simplicity of language he
made Leon's case so plain that every
layman understood the principles on
which It rested as thoroughly as did
the most learned lawyer, and with the
eloquence that comes of unaffected
earnestness he held up the justice and
equity supporting the decision of Judge
Tailleur. Be appeared to carry every
man within hearing of his voice, and
when he concluded It seemed that all
doubts of the righteousness of his case
had been demolished. His peroration
was beautiful and pathetic without
being theatrical-in fact, was what
they call a prose poem. I was as much
amazed as any of his hearers could
have been. I cannot divine when and
where he got all the wealth and vari
ety of learning he displayed in that ad
Laure was Interested, but not pleas
ed, by Evariste's glowing account of
his brother's brilliant and masterly ora
"Where Is M. Horace?" she asked.
"He came up on the boat with you?"
"Oh, nothing. I only supposed he had
returned with you and stopped at Es
tele's. That is what he will do when
he does come back."
"Laure, why do you persist in such
allusions. You surely know full well
how they wound me."
"Of course I do. But It Is not to
wound you. No; it Is to make you see
who they are that care nothing for
your happiness. That gIrl is as indif
ferent to you as the pearl whose beau
ty she vainly affects. She reaches for
fortune; you have none. She aspires
to American ladyship; you are a creole.
Stay with your kind, my-friend. It
will pay you best in the long run."
This speech was a whip cut to Eva
riste's spirit, and words of chagrin and
anger rose to his lips, yet he forced
them back and, consummate actor that
be wasaveo no sian of his smffe-in2.
49 'T. H. THORPE *
y T. H. Thorpe. .
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"ion nave not told me where your
brother 1s," Lanue sai. fondling the
"I left him at New Orleans talking
politics. One hears nothing else there
now. Thei suppo:ers of Dreckinridge
encourage Horace to run for congress,
and he is quite willing to do so, though
he tells them he is opposed to the ex
tension of slavery. They regard tho
race as being entirely between Mr.
Breckinridge and Mr. Douglas. Lin
coln's candidacy is laughed at."
"If the lawsuit should be decided
against M. Horace, lie will be bitterly
opposed in this parish," Laure ob
."That is a very big if," Evariste re
"And if Lincoln should win a great
niany plans will be upset. I know
nAthing of politics, but they say these
things on the highlands." Laure smil
"You must make that 'if' still larger.
Laure. The great heads in the city will
hardly admit that Lincoln is running."
"I have heard my grandfather say
there were just two smart men in this
parish-Baldouino and Quiliebert-one
gifted as if from God, the other as if
by the devil."
"Well?" queried Evariste.
"I have also heard that Baldouino
sa' not long ago that If both Douglas
an Breckinridge are candidates to the
end Lincoln will be elected president,
and Quillebert has said that he will
win the suit in the supreme court."
Laure had spoken with a positiveness
that was not without its effect upon
Evariste. and as he pursued his jour
ney homeward he seriously revolved in
his mind these possibilities and their
bearing upon his own alms and inter
Oakfell returned a week later, and
his supporters set actively to work to
secure a favorable delegation to the
convention called to met at Baton
Rouge on the 15th day of October. They
were successful. though considerable
strength was developed against him.
It was believed te would receive the
nomination, which would be tanta
mount to election. His friends proud
ly anticipated the distinction his career
In congress would give to the parish
and had agreed upon three representa
tive citizens to accompany him In a
short canvass of the district after the
convention. He had spent a happy
hour with Estelle and was sitting In
his plantation office thinking of her
when Leon brought letters and papers
from New Orleans just arrived by way
of the Red River landing. One bulky
envelope bore the card of a profes
sional friend of whom he had request
ed the earliest possible news of the
court's judgment. The letter said:
"I caused a copy to be made of the
opinion handed down by the supreme
court this morning In the suit of Leon
Queyrouze versus Quillebert for free
dom and mail it by today's boat In
order that you may know the result
before tomorrow's newspapers can
reach you. The chief justice was the
organ of the court and had the con
currence of thr-ee of the associates.
One justice, as you will notice, dis
Quivering with interest,-he read the
following dictum of the highest court
of the state, penned by Its chief justice:
"The plaintiff, with his mother and
other children, were inventoried as be
longing to the estate of Queyronze.
One Poydre, actIng as agent for the
heirs, made sale of the property, with
the exception of the boy Leon. He sold
the mother of the plaintiff and her oth
er children to the defendant Quillebert.
Leon himself was expressly exempted
from the sale, being then In the keep
ing of one Mrs. Wyley. to whom he
had been sent by the expressed wish of
Quyrouze. About nine years after
the defendant obtaIned possession of
the pliantiff and enjoyed the benefit of
his labor until he ran away after the
Institt.tion of this suit.
"There is testimony In the record to
show that Queyrouze and his heirs in
tendedI that Leon should be free and
some conversations in which he said
he was free. The plaintiff, however,
never asserted bis freedom and never
left tlhe service of the defendant until
he absconded after the bringing of
this suit. On the contrary, be admitted
he was a slave to a person whom he
wished to bargain for him.
"Howvever desirous the heirs of Quey
rouze may have been that the plaintiff
should become free, their wishes alone
could not make him so. This being a
matter affecting the public order, It
required the action of the public au
thorities before it could be brought
"It is apparent that in this contro
versy it Is a matter of no consequence
who is the owner, whether Quillebert
or the heirs of Queyrouze. The only
question which we can consider is
whether the plaintiff had acquired the
status of a free person of color prior to
the promulgation of the act of 1857,
which now prohibits emancipation.
"It is quite clear that the plaintiff
has never enjoyed his liberty for one
week, much less the space of len years.
He has been all his life under the con
trol of others, who have enjoyed the
benefit of his labor. -It matters not, so
far as this controversy is concerned,
whether the defendent Quillebert has
acted in .good or bad faith or whether
he has acted agaInst the wishes of the
heirs of Queyrouze. If the plaintiff
canot show the facts on which the
law declares his emancipation or free
dom, he must fail in his action.
"The judgment of the lower court,
which was in favor of the plaintiff,
must be reversed."
Oakfell with burning eyes read again
these words of the chief justice: "It is
a matter of no consequence who Is own
er, whether Quillebert or the heirs of
Queyrouze." "It matters not whether
the defendant Quilebert has acted in
good or bad faith or whether he acted
against the wishes of the heirs of Quey
Sick at heart, he let fall the paper
and lowered his head, murmuring:
"He Einds his felIcw guilty of a skin
Not colored liie his; :v~ urd. having power
To cnforce ta vern. e uch a worthy cause
Dooms and devotes him a~s his lawful prey."
From his gloomy reflection he was re
called by the voice of Leon at the door,
"Mr. Horace, are you sick? Is any
"Yes: I never was so sick as now, and
Bomething has gone wrong. Leon, the
supreme court hr-s adjudged you a
"O merciful God!" Leon groaned,
clutching a chair for support. "Save
me from that man, Mr. Horace, or kill
"Save yourself. Take a good horse
from the stable and fly for your life.
Never stop until you are where that
human wolf cannot reach you. The
cursed news may not be known to any
one else in the parish for tw days yet,
and, if so, you will have that much
start. Take this and go." Oakfell
gave him a sum of money.
"Some day I will prove I am grateful
for all your goodness. sir," said the
poor fellow, retreating from the door.
Soon the muffled sound of a horse speed
ing over the dusty road was heard, and
Leon was again a runaway slave.
The newspapers of the city arrived
two days later, bringing the intelli
gence of the supreme court's ruling,
with editorial remarks cormending it
as a timely check to abolitionist propa
ganda. Great was the rejoicing on the
highlands. The cabarets had a day of
business recalling that of the trial.
Dede did so thriving a trade that he
was put to bed early in the afternoon,
leaving the harvest to the madame.
At night bonfires were lighted, and po
nies clattered and flitted across the
prairie, their courses indicated by the
cracking of pistols and shrill cries of
"Long live Quillebert!" "Down with
The victor received the congratula
tions of his admirers at Dede's with
profuse entertainment of gumbo and
rum, but with the t?- :luillity of a
strategist who had foreseen success
planned through feigned retreat. Prat
jean's lips and eyes were beyond con
trol and continued to dance long after
the hot rum had stilled his tongue.
Oakfell assembled his friends and,
explaining that the decision could'be
used as an effective weapon against
him in the convention, requested their
leave to withdraw his candidacy. Aft
er.much discussion the justness of his
view was conceded. and the consent he
desired was given. A formal note was
received from Pratjean demanding the
return to his client Quillebert of the
slave Leon. who. the writer said, was
harbored by Cakfell. It was consigned
to the flames. A little letter came
through the local post saying. "I suffer
for poor Odette's grief, but more be
cause you suffer and through my fault."
This was not consigned to the flames.
The result of the litigation was a se
vere shock to the young lawyer. His
confidence in his fellow men was weak
ened. le lost respect for authorities.
Ambitions seemed but snares to peace
of mind. Wrong. chicanery and cruel
ty appeared essential to success. His
brother, upon whom he had lavished so
much affection, could not or did not
cheer his drooping spirit. The time
"Save me from that man!"'
was sadly out of joint; the adjustment
was that of the powerful, "brief, com
fortable and wrong."
Thus dejected and gloomy, he wan
dered for days about the plantation,
not caring to read, avoiding converse,
unable to feel interest in what had
formerly engrossed him, when .in the
early days of November came the in
telligence, astounding, incredible, yet
verified, that Abraham Lincoln had
been elected president of the United
IE now seemed to quicken its
fgh.Events trod on the
heels of events in scramble
- nd hurry of occurrence. Dis
integration of institutions, en
terprises and associations, public and
social, appeared everywhere like a cor
roding disease, and demoralization 'was
the rankest of growths. Secession, civ
i1 war, suspension of industries, gath
erings and departures of volunteers,
dissensions and suspicions, dread of
the negro-4dumb cause of contention
gave somber color to the life of fair
The first banner flung to the breeze
was. the flag of France, hoisted by
Quillebert over his dwelling, thus
warning both factions that molestation
of him or his would be at the peril of
his imperial master's displeasure.
Oakfell was instant to take his stand,
Though discountenancing negro slav
ery, he was wedded to the doctrine of
state sovereignty and in its defense
buckled on his sword. He was choseri
lieutenant of the company of horse or
ganized under the captaincy of Judge
Honore Victor Tailleur, whom Prat
jean succeeded on the bench.
'..he ay approached for the~ company
to proceed to New; Orleans Cor assign
ment to its regimem. and brigade, to be
forwarded to the front. The half
brothers held a long conference in the
"Evariste," Horace said, "I do not
concur in the general belief that this
strife will end in 00 days. My fore
cast is that it wvill extend into years
and will be fierce and desolating. My
life has known three sweet affections
which have been as incense to it. The
love I bore your mother still clings to
her memory. All my yearnings for
kinship have been centered upon you,
whom I have cherished as son, brother
and friend and have sought to shield
from the rude experiences of life.
Though absent, I wish to leave my pro
tection with you and for that entreat
you to promise that under no circum
stances wvill you enter the military
service during the coming war. I leave
with you full authority to manage all
my interests, and this will supply you
with ample means to purchase exemp
tion from any call which may be made
for troops. Promise me, Evariste."
"Would not that be taken as coward
Ice?' asked Evariste.
"Not necessarily," replied Horace,
"after what I will say to our friends
on the subject. But, even if it should,
make that sacrifiee for may sake and
give me your promise. for should you
enlist my anxiety for you would on
man me as a soldier, and should you
be killed this would never be home for
me again. Promise me, my boy."
Evariste walked to the door and look
ed out into the starlit night. Return
ing, he gave his hand to Horace and
said, as if he had strtggled:
"I thank you, Evariste. Now let us
pass to another subject near my heart.
You know I have intended always to
divide with you all I own. Such is still
my purpose. Perhaps it should have
been done in form before this, but you I
have never intimated the wish, and I
have been much distracted by other
matters. But it is here provided for."
Giving him a sealed envelope. he con
tinued: "If I fall, open this ai:d act up
on it. A second and last pledge you
must give me. I told you three af'ec
tions have made life sweet to me. The
last, Evariste, is my love for Estelle
Evariste's heart suddenly ceased to
beat He felt himself falling from his
chair, but clutched the arms with
tightening grasp and by a supreme ef
fort of will restored his self command
without drawing his brother's notice.
The latter continued:
"I need not tell you what this love
is to nic. You can well understand
that it is more than food, drink, air,
rest or sleep. It is all that makes
life. Yet I have never told her of my
"You have not?" Evariste exclaimed
"I have not."
"But you will before you go?" he ask
"I will not," replied Horace, and Eva
riste breathed freely.
"The fate that awaits me as a sol
dier," Horace resumed, "is so uncertain
that it would be unjust to leave her
plighted, though I knew my love to be
returned, and I have no such knowl
edge. Now, Evariste, you are well
aware of the weakness of her old
grandfather and how profitless to her
is his guardianship-ndeed, how sadly
she needs protection against his im
providence; also you cannot be ignorant
of the baneful influence exercised over
the old gentleman by that conscience
less wretch Quillebert. Swear to me,
brother, by all you hold most sacred
that you will advise, aid and protect
her against the mischiefs these two
may work to her fortune and defend
her from danger and harm in every
form. I place you on guard; give her
In charge to you. Swear you will pre
serve her safe till my return." Oak
fell's feelings had mastered him, and
his eloquent eyes welled over.
"I make the promise and swear to
keep it," said Evariste.
"A wealth of gratitude shall be your
reward," Horace cried, embracing him
warmly, and the brothers spoke good
Wearing for the first time his mili
tary uniform, Oakfell paid his visit of
ade to~ Esel nteev ftecm
panys dpartre.Bot hadschole
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wod oflv thtwreee rsn
fromhis eartto hs lis. A is sua
in uchtrilsth resul wa dlue
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Igadie Estae perhap beven tsome
phany' deparure Bontrin yoar schoole,
tohapprove for theodeal, syour onpy
ar yourave admited to kee, bac theg
wos ofialoe t weeer singex
tnt subjctas the ruilet'ws dina
wtemtion. Ihage saf brote say e
nderstood thng toter beteehn you
"Most rein an givnt braeh.il
"Memoell," Oakfellrd sai ouak
ug alee one he peras be se
utenl. Repan hmy acnd trs beg you
pltoy p deoie. Lll, ou nlyl
kinsmasns yrise.I haut hors~e hpmro
thi ecaavser, kos rointyl carac
trand ouhve aditnedt to-heis, mthrg
hi aile guieknesby him becaue ex
tent subject Ete ullebid er tremina
ion.ce havedin chare my roerly. "We
anins," shingsd pnn to stndbtwe yoat
And cocade of Evrite acptd he
cArged Eere ao sd. feln
"Mostd passinly andssingl he hand.
keep rI,O f ansdwered. yu"isol
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plictly mdemielho sold behny perl
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couldo say noepre, uhrew plaer arms
and wetrmifer foloer were bokn
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etddto the byumoat the acstam
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handeriefios of dark peype icreoasd
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andmdemdlynolowegod prires Oak
thes markts of the old.r Thouhtey
bargo wreasld u by the oiteapo
sxotadard to the mst.pe be sccs
daity. sugge crigos ownh tme
and privaonsadts of the pB nrasedo
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tins strange mpnecessaie o e a
eorbitantlatiDedes forartto, wutiso
cogrossed wermthe negodsprices the
thein markes of their isoutio that
brgo was ol y iletoriesr o
Teprtato ofa the stple hersesar
fllysmugontabad cargotes owas the
Aevdtch thereg shrig bay shol
Fetrders and ingugof eyes, ack-b
Etseloe won replld noefthea aicios
engrossed+werete unewnos wittie
with Evariste's explanation that his
intimacy with Quillebert and the caba
ret was intended to enable him the bet
ter to guard her grandfather, for it
was true that Leonidas was almost dai
ly the third of the trio at Dede's test
ing the fortune of cards -with Quille
bert; that he made periodical settle
ments of losses by giving promissory
notes, and habitually reached his gate
stupefied by potations of rum.
After one of these seances, the old
man having been lifted to his saddle
and his horse's head turned home
ward, Quillebert and Evariste sat at
table in the cabaret, the former drink
ing brandy, the latter sipping a light
"How much of Latiolais' paper do
you hold?" asked Evariste.
"Sixteen thousand dollars, to be paid
in gold," Quillebert answered.
"How much of it Is secured by mort
"Eleven thousand dollars."
"What will you take for half the
"Fifty bales of cotton."
"Have I that much under your shed
"Where are the notes?"
"At my house."
"Will you transfer them today?"
"Yes, if you will come with me. But
why do you want this paper, and what
need is there for such haste?"
"It does not concern you to know.
Come," Evariste said, rising from his
"I am not so sure of that," replied
Quillebert, following him.
The exchange having been completed,
Evariste continued on to the Latiolais
home. Most solicitously he plied Es
telle with inquiry as to her comfort
and health, the affairs of her planta
tion and behavior of her slaves.
"None of these matters gives me the
care that my dear grandfather does,
M. Evariste," she said sadly. "Not
only does his Intemperance increase
appallingly, but he seems haunted by
some secret fear, and he cannot sleep
unless in his cups or under the effect
of a drug. So kind, so gentle and lov
ing, it is killing me to see his old age
thus miserable. I am sure much of It
is due to his association with M. Quille
bert. Oh, can you not stand between
him and that wicked man?"
"Mademoiselle, believe me, I am sm
cerely distressed by what you say and
am doing all I properly can to effect
what you desire. A more direct Inter
ference on my part would be resented
by M. Latiolais and render me power
less for future service In his behalf.
But let us be hopeful. For your sake
I will be watchful and ready to act for
his protection." Evariste accompanied
his words with look and gesture of sin
"I know you will. I know you will,"
Estelle replied, "and I trust in your
friendship and tact unquestioningly, as
your noble brother bade me."
Evariste flushed and said:
"Is It impossible for me to win your
confidence by my own merit, made
moiselle? Must I have it only at the
bidding of'another, though that other
be my brother?"
"IM. Evariste," Estelle exclaimed, "do
not speak so! You wrong yourself,
your brother and me by such words."
"Possibly, but I have feelings, though
you persist In ignoring them."
"My friend, forgive me if a word of
ine has wounded you. I did not so
intend. Your brother always delighted
at the mention of you, and I suppos
"Yes, mademoiselle, except when he
is held up as the lens through which
alone I am seen. I only mean that I
strive by my own endeavors to deserve
your trust and seek it not through- the
Inspiration of another."
"I do trust you, Md. Evariste, because,
being Horace Oakfell's brother, you
cannot but deserve to be trusted," she
This display of loyalty to Horace
staggered him, and he retired, nettled
and meditating things which boded no
good to the dependent girl's peace. -
The second year of the war witnessed
a. second conscription of recruits to
Gave vent to her overwrought feelings.
strengthen the armies at the front, and
Evariste's name was drawn, to the in
inite amusement of Quillebert and
Dede. He joined in the merriment and
by the application of 4,000 francs sent
Dominique Binoret of Par en Haut to
the enrolling officer in his stead. Six
weeks later Dominique was capering
as nimbly as ever at the gumbo balls of
Bayou Blanc, vanishing with the stars
of morning and as completely.
Evariste hastened to explain to
Estelle that his sending of a substitute
was n fulfillment of the promise ex
acted from him by his broth'er, adding
"Therefore, mademoiselle, you will
not only acquit but you will praise me."
But when at sight of him Laure sang
"Soldier, soldier, marry, marry me;
I will give you a fife and drum,"
he was annoyed not a little.
"Very well," said he; "If you wish it
so very much, mademoiselle, I can vol
unteer and march to the battlefields,
gaining the credit for two recruits in
stead of one."
"No, you must not; you shall not,"
said Laure, suddenly dropping her gay
ety and showing alarm. "It is not
your fight. You own neither slave nor
land to fight for. Even the gains of
your ventures with Md. Quillebert you
must account for to your hero brother
f he returns, for they were made by
the use of his money."
"Laure, why are you continually say
Ing things which you know vex me?"
"Because I want you to realize your
situation, learn the truth, see your in
terest and know who are your friends.
Does that girl over there," extending
her arm in the direction of Estelle's
home, "ever tell you a truth for your
"She does not presume to advise me,"
"A little presumption in the way of
good advice would be but slight return
for your devoted protection of herself
A he.. Anotng, gandfather, nrotectionn
so disinterested and costing~ so much
self sacrifice on your part." Laure
laughed contemptuously, assuming a
mock attitude of humility and lifting
her saucy eyes to the young man's
"Do you make bold to insinuate that
I am acting selfishly?"
S"Oh, I do not call It making bold to
say what I know or what I think, and
I never insinuate."
"How, then, can you know my mo
tives save as they are indicated by my
"I am the granddaughter of the doc
tress," she said haughtily.
"Bah!" exclaimed Evariste.
"Have a care, Evariste; have a care.
The doctress must not be insulted."
Laure's warning was so serious and
dramatic that Evariste Involuntarily
checked the impetuosity of his manner.
"Laure, I meant no Insult, no disre
spect Her relationship to you would
forbid that. We are friends?"
"Friends?" she repeated. "I am your
friend. I do not believe anything
could make me other than y6ur friend.
But what does it mean to be friend to
one? Is It n6t to tell the truth and
warn away from danger? I am not
convent taught, and I know nothing of
what are called convent proprieties, but
I do know when to speak and what to
speak to a friend who is blindly endan
gering his career. Hear me well.
Openly join hands with Quillebert and
trust in. me, and Independence and hap
piness will be yours. Pursue your dou
ble faced course with that tearful chit,
and upon your brother's return your
post will be that of servile dependence
upon his bounty. Bold? Yes, because
I feel the truth and say It for your
sake and"-turning away and hiding
her face, she sobbed-"for mine."
"Laure, you have said too much!" he
exclaimed hotly and started away.
"The senseless infatuation for a girl
who despises you makes you say that.
But time will show. You will come to
me yet. You are of my kind. You will
come to me yet" Her eyes blazed with
passion as she confronted him again,
and her words seemed to burn their
way into his soul. She ran into the
forest and, throwing herself at the foot
of a familiar old oak tree, gave vent to
her overwrought feelings in a fit of vio
lent weeping. Then, bathing her cheeks
and eyes in the cool waters of the ma
rais, she stood long upon Its edge,
thinking intently. Setting her teeth
firmly and clinching her little fists, she
mentally vowed, "I will It-he shall be
mine!" and returned to the cottage
with the bright look and airy step of
one whose spirit had never known
But Evariste's agitation was not so
quickly allayed. He now saw in Laure
an active, interested hinderer of his
designs. He could not estimate the po
tentiality of her Influence with Quille
bert, who could make disclosures fatal
to him in the regard of the pure hearted
Estelle. He recognized that he had
made no progress in her goodagraces.
Difficulties accumulated, but they only
hardened his determination and drove
him to devise a course of action of
swift and heroic severity in ending all
uncertainty. The event on which this
policy depended, though abhorrent,
was one for which he devoutly wished.
Laure's speech had stung him, and he
swore Estelle LatiolaIs should be his
THE BLIGHT OF WAB.
ITH the line of Federal oc
cupation extending along
wthe east bank of the Mis
sissippi from New Orleans
to Vicksburg and the Con
federate army of the transmississlppi
department hovering about the western
and northern borders of Louisiana, the
people of Avoyelles were in a state of
Insulation which made life harder day
by day and at times appeared to men
ace even the very possibilities of exist
ence. Commercial navigation of the
rivers, on which they depended for
much of their supplies, was stopped.
A number of the largest planters had
taken refuge with their slaves and ani
mals in Texas and the Indian Terri
tory. The scarcity of all staples of
food and clothing increasing from
month to month, labor was but poorly
sustained and diminished crops were
cultivated under formidable and multi
plying difficulties. Medicines were a
desideratum sorely needed. Privations
and suffering'were present actualities.
Selfishness grew apace, community
interests waned, social phases disap
peared, and indifference to neighbor
hood concerns prevailed. And thus it
was that, though a numerous cortege
attended the obsequies of Mother De
shautelles, the doctress, who was
found dead In her thronelike chair,
with Egyptian cotton in her hands and
an unfinised fillet in her lap, yet when
Laure accepted the protection of Quille
bert and. became his- housekeeper, an
event which In normal times would
have set the entire parish by the ears,
the spirit of gossip and censure mate
riaized now in mere shruggings of
shoulders and shakings of heads. On
returning to the cottage after the fu
neral Quillebert had said to her:
"You cannot live here alone. Your
father and I were friends. I am older
han he would be if alive. Do not mind
what these dolts about here may say.
Look to your own Interests. Come to
my house. When this war is ended and
I have finished the harvest It yields to
me, I may go back to France to end
my days. Perhaps we may then mar
And Laure had replied:,
"No; we will not marry then or ever,
but I will go and keep your house. I
have no kin here. It is nothing to me
what the neighbors say. I can truly
speak worse of them than they of me,
and they know It. I am not beholden
to any one and will make my way ac
tordng to my own notions, not those of
In the autumn of 1862 news percolat
ed into Marksville and thence spread
rapidly that a terrible battle had been
fught near Perryville, in Kentucky,
between divisions of the armies com
manded by General Buell on the Union
side and General Bragg on the Con
federate and that Judge Tailleur and
Horace Oakfell had been slain and left
on tbe bloody field by -their retreating
comrades. For many months the re
port could not be verified or tested,
communication with the army of the
southwest being cut off by the Federal
lines east of the Mississippi, but gen
eral credence was given to It An add
ed gloom settled upon the people.
Father Grhe strove in vain to prevent
these tidings from reaching Estelle.
She staggered as If under a bludgeon's
blow, but tears came not to her relief.
Odette knelt beside her and repeated
like a devotee telling beads: "There is
no proof Mr. Horace Is dead. Then,
mistress, do not believe It." And by
dint of her strange persistency she
lodged a doubt in Estelle's mind, which
brought her the consolation of a frail
Quillebert gave the intelligence to
Laure witha chuckle and observed:.
rCnnuend on noetna.
3-ply Roofing Paper.......75c per roll.
2-ply Roofiig Paper.......52c per roll.
1-ply Tarred Paper........$35 per ton.
Rosin-Sized Sheathing Paper, 17 lbs.
per roll..................30c per roll.
20-lb. Paper...............38c per roll.
30-lb. Paper...............50c per roll.
All prices f.o.b. Charleston.
For direct shipments from factory in
lots of 25, 50 or 100 rolls, we can make
closer delivered prices.
0ROH1 PORRIND Mi W.9
94-96 E. Bay St., CHARLESTON, S. C,
I have opened up a Sewing Machine
store next door to Mr. S. A. Rigby's
general merchandise store August 1st,
1900. I will carry the
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The new ball-bearing "New Home,"
the best machine made: also "New
Ideal" and "Climax," from $18 to $40.
I sell on Instalment, Easy Payment
Plan. I clean and repair any kind of
machines for least money possible.
Call and see me.
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COUNTY TREAsum's OFFIcE,
Manning, S. C., Oct. 4, 1901.
The tax books will be open for the
collection of taxes for the fiscal year
commencing January 1st, 1901,. on the
15th day of October, 1901, and will re
main open untll the 31st day of Decem
ber, following, after which time a
penalty of 15 per cent attaches to all
The following is the tax levy:
For State purposes, five (5) mills.
For Constitutional School Taxjthree
For Ordinary County Tax, three (3)
Total, 1U mills (separate from Special
Special one (1) mill, School Tax,
School District No. "24". Total 12 mills.
Special two (2) mills, School Tax,
School District No. "16". Total13 mills
Special three (3) mills, School Tax,
School District, No. (21". Total 14 mills;
Special four (4) mills, .School Tax,
School DistrictsNo. "7", "9","19","20"
and "22". Total 15 mills.
Every male citizen between the ages
of twenty-one and sixty years, except
those incapable of earning a support
from being maimed or from other
causes, and except those who are now
exempt by law, shall be deemed taxable
The law requires that Commutation
Roid Tax shall be paid for the succeed
ing year when State and County Taxes
S. J. BOWMAN,
Treasurer Clarendon County.
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Beer all .over the State at the following
Imperial Brew-Pints, at $1.10 per doz.
Kufheiser-Pints, at..90c per doz.
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Cash must accompany all orders.
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Sumter, S. C.
us. sorne to travel ppointing agents other or
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