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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
QQ(ST OF COMMON PLEAS.
Alfred A. Strauss, Plaintiff,
Prestoo Conyers and E. L. Wilkins,'
Judgment for Foreclosure and Sale..
UNDER AND BY VIRTUE OF A
Judgment Order of the Court of Corn
mon Pleas, in the above stated ae
tion, to me directed, bearing date of
June 5th, 1901, I will sell at pub
lic auetion,-to the highest bidder for
cash, at Clarendon Court House, at
Manning, in said coanty, within the
legal liours-tor judicial sales, on Mon
day, the 2d day of December, 1901,
being saleeday, the following de
scribed real estate:
Allthat-tract or parcel of land sit
nate-and beipg in Clarendon County,
in the State aforeaid, containing
- ^p'y-gve acres, more or less, boon
Ne; orth, by lands of El izabeth
Conyeri; east, by lands of Charlie
Weleci; south, by lanids of J. F. Cole,
and west, by lands of Elizabeth Con
Pur asr ?TEE~)VS
Sheriff Claretidoil County.
Manning, S..C., November 6, 1901.
Shesrit Tax Sales.
BY VIRTUE OF SUNDRY EXE
entions issued by S. J. Bowman,
CountyTeasurer Clarendon County,
State of South Carolina, and to me
direeted, I will sell at the Court
~oue in Manning on Monday, 9d
day of Decembernext, it being sales
Ga'y,the following veal estatie for de
Midway Township-taxes 1898 and
1899, levied upon as the estate of J.
S. Wood-one acre, bounded: NorthI
by J. W. Gibbon; south, now or for
mrylands of S. R. Epps; east, now
or oa lyS. R. Epps; west, by es
tate of Na. McCray.I
Fulton Township-taxes 1899-lot
levied upon as estate of Lo~uis Me
Conico, deceased, known as No. .3,
Block "B," and measures 80x121 feet.
Terms-Cash. Purcnaser to pay
for papers. J. ELBERT DAVIS,
Sheriff Clarendon County.
Copyright, 1901, b:
t v hnIs Eaross.ber
L AURE'S quick eye perceived
the change in Evariste's bear
ing. She saw the lofty con
fidence In his face as he pass
ed to and from the Latlolais
home with increasing frequency and
understood that he felt he had been'
lifted above the level on which she
stood, far and beyoud her reach. And
Quillebert's manner of easy familiarity
and assured control she attributed to
his belief that her passion for the
young man must be attenuated by the
suddenly lengthened distance from its
object. But her stout heart was not
dismayed nor were her faculties blunt
ed by contact with difficulties. Her
hate was strong and unpitying; her
love was fierce and selfish. She had
never forgiven Estelle the defeat in the
contest for sponsorship of the church
bell She had an added grievance
against her as the magnet which drew
him who was her own life's loadstone
and abhorred her as the source of
Quillebert's hope of power over berself.
That Estelle loved Horace and could
never love again; that marriage with
Evariste would make her life one long,
bitter misery, she well knew. But wel
come as was that prospect to her ha
tred, it terrified her love as its doom.
Estelle's punishment and her own suf
fering were inseparably involved. The
counter currents of passion met in her,
and, as the sclentists.,declare of the
sinoldal positives and negatives of
electricity, Instead of annihilating each
other, commingled and produced a force
partaking of the natures of both. Her
watchfulness of QuIlleberz was sharp
ened, her demeanor toward Evariste
grew bolder and warmer, and she re
fused to admit into her mind a doubt of
her final triumph over both.
The cause of the Confederacy was
expiring when the Federal commander
ordered the burning of the Proshame
distillery near Mansura, from which
Dede's cabarat had long drawn its sup
ply of rum. That notable boniface
was thus enabled to double the price
for the goodly store of-It he had-then
on hand. The conflagration attracted
the country folk in large number
Among the spectators were Quillebert,
Evariste and. Latiolais, who had await
ed it at the cabaret; also Laure, return
Ing from a visit to the lirde milliner at
Marksville, viewed the spectacle from
a favorable point which she selected
near Evariste. When the dense black
"M onyyt Itu.
prouct o ti vnihe anufaeter
fols ofissonkeehng. sunlyeritane i
run ing Evaist alluonedadastcaly
"I belave~i s seen writhionsnta ol.
c"ou the oes pofen ls through a the
"Yrsduct the visheds depresstme.
"Ts whyio youeingd genhem?"ne ik
"ecsi e Eanot as srsisty
"hYE, Jure,:be visyn deprscome.a
"Because you will prevent."
"Not I," said Erarlste positively.
"Yes, you," she Insisted, with firm
"Is this another Cassandra prophe
"It Is a true prophecy. I know noth
ag of Cassandra. Come with me,
please. I wish to atop'for a. moment
at the old cottage to get a book of my
granduncle's which I left there."
"I will be delighted." he assented,
with a condescending air which was
not lost upon her. "Are you not fear
ful that those things will be stolen
from the deserted cottage?"
-"No. The thieves among us wilt not
risk the vengeance of the doctress."
"But she Is dead."
"Thcy gead her ourse .the more be
mause she Is dead."
They rode through the swamp in
silence. He affected to reinstate the
dignity which he thought had been un
wittingly lowered by the free converse
in the crowd. She gave herself to a
train of disturbing thoughts, which
lushed and paled her brown face and
escaped in sighs from her -heaving
bosom, and she threw from dar'k, melt
ing eyes glances of yearning and adora
tion upon her unseeing companion for
which many a Gasconoid would gladly
have given all his worldly possesslons.
Arrived at the e-.itage, she drew a
bunch. of keys from~ her reticule and,
keging tiiariste to await her on the
vragda, unlocked- the door and enter-I
ed. The stillness of the house and all
Its surroundings, the motionless pros
pect of open field and rigid forest, the
creeping shadows of evening and
Laure's words, "They dread her curse
the more because she is dead," wor-ed
Insidiously upon the scoffer a sense of
the uncanny, and Evariste was 0p
pressed by a feeling of the presence of
the old doctress. Dreamily he fell Into:
a reverIe, in which he seemed to receive
a presentiment from the white halred
racle. A footstep recalled him, and he
started, as if at an apparition, upon be
holding Laure, her head bared and the
luxuriant hair tumbling in wavelets
about her forehend, clad in the gown
of filmy, clinging fabric she had worn
the day he gave her the crescent of
rubies gad diamonds. Her rinened fig
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ure, of voluptuous contour, strained to
the utmost the delicate enveloping tis
sue. Entreaty was in her moist eyes,
passion in her mantling cheeks. Quiv
ering lips and quick breath betrayed
the agitation of her heart. Rich, glow
ing, tropical, her beauty was that of
the red lily. Evariste gazed upon her
in mute, admiring wonder.
"Hear me patiently, Evariste, and
weigh well what I will say." There
was intense pleading in her voice, and
as she drew near to him he could see
the rapid throbbing of the veins in her
satiny neck. "You have book learning
and know the ways and rules of what
is called society. You understand the
business and politics of men.. But you
do not. know yourself or human na
ture. I do. It is a gift. Your passions
possess you. If you attempt to hide
them, they consume you. Opposition
slays discretion and sends you on reek
less courses. You have never been
happy. You envied your brother. His
very generosity irritated you. His for
tune you coveted and his intended
wife. Both desires were enemies to
your content. Your heart was lighter
when you had none of his fortune. than
now that you possess it all. You would
be more at peace with only the half he
Alarm came to Evariste's face at
these words, but whether she detected
it or not she continued her dissection
of his life without pause.
"And should you acquire the woman
as you did the fortune, your wretched
ness would be complete and beyond
other cure than death. She will never
love you. Her weak spirit would
yield a tearful, meek submission, which
would rub against the grain of your
temper, hold you back, fret you and
end in tragedy."
"Indeed, Laure, you talk very like a
fortune teller," Evariste said coldly,
"and I foresee quite a career for you
in taking horoscopes. 'You will have
many patrons. but at present I do -not
care to be numb2red among them."
"Do not mr.ke light of what- I am
saying," Larre implored. "Be-just to
yourself, Evariste, and to me. I know
that fine lE.dies would condemn me in
this, but I know they would be hypo
crites. A'bandon the pursuit of that
which can only desolate your life, and
-and--coue, Evariste, to me, who
alone can"- Her speech was stifled by
a rising sob. Opening her arms to
him, devouring him with her passion
lit eyes, her face aflame, she put aside
restraint from her words, which came
burning from her ravishing lips. "Oh,
Evariste, I love you! I care not what
you think of me for saying It I love
you. Do you hear, Ev-ariste? I love
you. My love is not what these people
about us call love. My love is myself.
Apart from it I am not: without it I
cannot breathe or sleep or think-I do
not exis't. And1 you are my love, you
are my life. Without 'you I cease to
be. W~llld not you defy the world's
opinldn'to. save your 'life? I live but
once;. '. love biut once. Life ~and love,
they ar'e but one to me. Then I brave
the world to sav'e my love, my life."
Pausing for breath., she .saw the
frown whiich had setitled upon~&his brow,
and as -scalding tears coursed down her
cheeks she said. in supplicating tone:
"No other woian can ever know you
so perfectly as I. do. Ei-ariste. No one
can smooth youir path'as I can. Nt
one will ever understand how to stay
and direct your impulses as I will. I
can and will be your watchful guard
an, your faithful slave. It is not
your fortune I crave; it is only you.
All interest. in the estate .I would re
nounce. I would sell this little place
my grandmother left and maintain my
self upon its proceeds. I care nothing
for dress or luxury. It is only you I
want. Oh, -come to me, Evariste,.-and
let me compel your love and happiness!
Save me from myself and let me save
you. from yourself. Come to moe in
peace and wait not till you must fly to
me for refuge from storm."
She was. on her knees. and her up
turned face shone with the light of de
votional prayer. -
It cost Evariste an etrort to steel him
eelf against the poweor of such:a- reve
ation~ of beauty and passion. But his
a~swer was delivered coldl'y and harsh
"There is at least one insurmountable
obtcle to what you propose." he
"Name it, and I will overcome it,"
Laure exclaimed hopefully.
"You cannot." He gave a cruel em
phasis to his words. "it is your posi
tion in Quillebert's household!"
She sprang to her feet, every fiber of
her being tingling with the sting of
this thrust, and glared upon him with
the fury of a wounded tigress.
"You know your words imply a mean
lie!" she cried. Checking her anger,
covering her burning face for an in
stant and gulping back the bitter
speech, she presented to him an Qffend
ed countenance struggling for calmness
"nut go your way. I cannot renounce
you and live. Thus far I have waited
and sufl'ered. I can endure a little
more. It will not last very much lon
ger, for, Evariste, come to me you will
and in the flight of terror. I see it! I
There was in her manner the posi
tiveness of prescience which awed the
man who had prided himself on im
passibility, and he turned away per
turbed and vexed. She re-entered the
dark room and, flinging herself into
the huge chair of her grandmother, sat
staring into the future until .the fury
within her haid spent itself. As if
eparged with the sturdiness of spirit
which had borne the old doctress
through many a trial, she resolutely
"He shall not,, though it take his
death and mine to prevent!"
Resuming the gown she had worn
through the day, Laure composed her
features and returned to Quillebert's
dwelling, loathing it now as a charnel
house, but choosing not yet to leave it.
THE VIBGIN wIDow.
IT is the curse of many to desire
most those things they have least
courage to attemipt. Innumerable
Cesars are chained to plows by
dread of unseen hordes of Gauls;
endless vows of would be Rothschilds
stand bind counters measuring tape,
not daring to leap over into the fluctu
ating sea of values, and Mirabeaus sit
mute at every country crossroads lest
he, world should hiss A braen act a
bold venture, an earnest word might
win the prize, but the arm hangs, the
project lags, the lips are dumb in the
presence of a possible negation. To
such what might be ever holds more
terrors than what is.
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard, their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.
EvaristeOakfellwas thusaffected. He
had rushed into dissolute ways to profit
by the evil talen-ts of his brother's foe.
He had recklessly embarked in Quille
bert's perilous and piratical commerce
to enrich himself. He had ruthlessly
spurned the love of a lion hearted wo
man to be untrammeled in the pursuit
of a shrinking maiden. Without com
punction he had traded with a villain
for the proofs of a guardian's infidelity
to his trust in order to coerce the sub
mission of the ward. Unflinchingly
had he suppressed the tra will of his
brother and propounded a forgery to
render defenseless her whom that
brother had loved and sought, to pro
All these had he dared and done
and had experienced no trepidation or
sting of conscience. But that to which
they had reference only, that to which
they were designed as mere aids, ap
palled him. His mind by day and
night reveled in imaginings of joyous
life with Estelle his wedded wife. A
hundred times he set forth determined
to make his bliss assured and returned
with void yearnings .:,l nothing more.
He dared not hear refusal from her
pale lips. Could he brave that the
course of cruel duress and compulsion
he had prepared would be easy, swift
and grateful to his temper. But his
vanity shrank from her rejection. He
sought to convince himself that she
would not, could not. say the dreaded
word, and yet he knew she had loved
Horace and feared she would be loyal
to that love. Though armed with the
instrumentalitics for forcing her cov
sent, he was unable to expel the un
quieting belief that the frail, gentle
girl was in character such as Carlyle
describes his wife, "In her bright ca
reer she had more sorrows than are
common, but also a soft invincibility, a
clearness of discernment, a noble loy
alty of heart, which are rare."
Impatient, fretting, chafing at his
timorousness, he. nurtured his design
upon Estelle-it was destitute of the
tenderness and generous warmth of
love-uatil it became a mania. Yet he
lingered, held back, deferred the test of
his fate, not noting the flight of time.
The d!rge of the Confederacy was sung
at Appomattox, and still he halted.
But another spirit more masterful
than his rebelled against this proc'as
"Do you know the war is ended?"
said Quillebert. appearing at "VEsper
ance" for the first time during his resi
dence In the parish.
"Yes," Evariste replied uninterest
"Then the period has come when I
must wind up my affairs here and go
back to France, for a time at least, if
not permanently," Quillebert contin
ued. "Some of my Christian neighbors
are zealous to have the United States
authorities pry into my business. My
absence will not facilitate .them."
"Well, Constant, how can I speed
"Settle our business first. I owe you
$8,000 on the last cotton sales. Which
do you prefer, the money or the abso
lute transfer of those two Latiolais pa
"You said you would give me those
"I said I~ would put them at your
service free of charge, but you have
never called on me for them, and I
have no assurance you will ever use
them for the purpose which induced
my promise. That brings us to the
second thing you must do to speed my
"What is that?"
" Marry the Latlolais girl."
"What bearing has that upon your
staying or going?"
"This-I have made up my mind that
Laure must go with me."
"As your wife?" inquired Evariste,
"Not at first; later, perhaps," replied
Quillebert. "But she knows too much
about my business to be left here."
"~True enough," Evariste said. "But
what has my marriage to do with
"Everything," auillebert said em
phatically. "I am not a fool. I can
"CanatantI You cUm not do that?"
see my nose at midday without a can
de. She will not budge an inch while
you remain unmarried. I know her
thoroughly. She is as set as the .rock
of Tenerife. When you marry, 1 can
contro-1 her, not before. She believes
she can prevent you, but she cannot.
This : ntter must not longer be put
off. it must be brought to a finish
"I am not quite prepared"- Evariste
"As well prepared as you would be a
year hence," Quillebert interrupted per
emptorily. "Take care! This is vital
to me. I have no time to be wasted by
your chicken heartedness or to devote
to arguments. Few words are needed.
If you will pledge me to marry Estelle
Latiolais before the expiration of 60
days, I will give you the papers of old
Loidas now and pay you the $8,000
he day after the marriage. If you
fall, I will go to France alone, leaving
Laure Luneau here with a full history
of the olographic will." Quillebert's
face grew hard and cruel. His enun
iation of this threat was like the click
of the cocking of a rifle.
-"God above us, Constant!" exclaimed
Evariste trembling violently. "You will
not do that?"
"I certainly will," Quillebert said
"She will not be believed. The origi
nal was destroyed," said Evariste in
"Perhaps. Nevertheless, she could
make great use of the story," Quille
berteplied, with a vicious nod.
The torture inflicted upon him by
this meace and the prospect it opened
before him appeared to deprive Eva
n.tea of the nower of speeh. With
terror depictdin lils Tac6he stared at
his tormentor until the latter stirred
"I accept your proposition," he said
faintly. "Within 60 days Estelle La
tiolais shall be my wife."
"Hone!" grunted Quillebert. "Set
about it a:: once."
"I will begin tomorrow."
"Good!" Quillebert rose. Reaching
the door, he stopped and said: "An odd
thing has occurred. My little pistol,
the one I kept under my pillow at night
and in the armoir during the day, has
"Whom do you suspect?" Evariste
asked, forcing a show of interest.
"I do not suspect any one yet. Laure
is the only other person who knew
where the weapon was. But I will
discover the thief," said Quillebert con
fidently, and, mounting his horse, he
Evariste returned to his room to
brood over the particulars of this most
disturbing interview. The Importance
which Laure had assumed as a factor
in his life startled him as he now real
ized It. The mention of her name In
connection with the missing pistol
caused him an uneasiness, too, he could
not shake off. Her passion, protesta
tions, warnings and prophecies pre
sented her to his harassed thoughts as
an impediment to his purpose, inex
orable and mysterious.
The self denials imposed on the peo
ple by the conditions of civil war he
had escaped through means of the
contraband trade so successfully prose
cuted by the genius of Quillebert. From
France he stocked his larder and buf
fet; from Paris he supplied his ward
robe. Hence, when, after a night of
feverish unrest, he set out in quest of
his bride he was arrayed, primmed and
perfumed as became a gallant of the
boulevards, offensively Incongruous to
the neighbors clad in homespun, the
broken fences- and grass grown fields
he passed on the dusty bayou road.
There was unrest, too, at the La
tiolats home. Age, dissipation, hyp
notics and remorse were hastening the
grandfather to wreck and miserable
death. Night after night he walked his
room with shaking step, sleepless and
bemoaning his impotence to recoup his
own and Estelle's estates or conceal
the unworthy methods by which he
had incumbered them to gratify his
low appetites. Her written authority
to mortgage for maintenance, unques
tioningly conferred on his advice, he
had meanly used to protect his gam
bling debts and bills for rum and mor
phine, leaving the legitimate accounts
unliquidated, unsecured and bearing
ruinous interest. His perfidy would be
come known to Estelle and the world
at his death, now fast approaching;
his memory would be execrated by all
honest men; his grandchild would in
herit only poverty and his disgrace.
The sole escape lay in her preceding
him to the grave; his only hope was to
die before the storm broke. These
goading, unrelenting thoughts banished
sleep; distress gave free current to his
tears, whether alone or In the presence
of Estelle; the coma of opium was his
When Odette announced Evariste.
Estelle, tenderly ministering to the ven
erable sufferer, was on the point of
leading him to stroll In the garden
among flowers she herself had planted,
nursed and reared into loveliness. At
the name of the visitor a tremor passed
over the wasted frame of the old man,
but he looked beseechingly at his com
panIon and said:
"Go to him, child, and receive him
pleasantly. He has been our very
soliitous friend. Do not keep him
waiting. Odette will asist me into
the house when I become fatigued."
She left him with Odette and pro
eeeded to her parlor.
She was gowned In simple white. A
deep collar about her neck was clasped
by a medallion portrait of her mother
in miniature. The pale brow deepened
the hue of her soft brown hair. The
eyes of dark hazel, large and liquid.
the small mouth of perfect curves and
the finely molded chin gave a beauty
to her face which was eloquent of af
fection, truth and patience-the beauty
which subdues by Its gentleness, com
pels by Its sweetness, the beauty which
refines prosperity and hallows afflic
"It is kind of you to call, my friend,
for our house is sadly In need of cheer,"
she said, greeting Evariste.
"No misfortune has come to you, I
ope," he replied, seeking, yet dread
ing, a suggestion for the declaration he
was resolved to make. "You have not
"No; I must not fall sick, for there
would then be no one to nurse my poor
"Is he not as usual?"
"Much worse than usual. I am sore
ly distressed over his state. He Is rap
Idly failing. Sleep and appetite are
Ldenied him. He is grieving over some
Imaginary or real trouble which he
keeps secret to himself. Oh, why could
not this good old gentleman be rescued
from that wicked man Quillebert?"
"Mademoiselle, I labored for that2
"I believe you; Indeed, I believe you.
It was not to complain of you that 1
spoke. It was only to bewail the hard
fate. I fear it is now too late."
"How too late?" asked Evariste In a
tone of concern.
"I do not think my grandfather will
live through the summer. I am sure
e will not unless he can be relieved of
the mental anxiety. that Is so fast con
suming his strength." Estelie's eyes
began to well over as she made this
"Mademoiselle, what would you do,
what would you give to cure M. La
tiolais and make him what he was ten
years ago ?" Evariste's nerv-ousdess
became apparent as he thus suddenly
approahed the crisis.
"Ah, le bon Dieu!" she exc-laimned. "I
m very weak, and I am very p~oor, but
there is no task I would not undertake,
nothing of mine I wvould not give!
But, alas, I am powerless to cure or re
"No, you are not powerless. You
have the cure."
"I?" she said, astonished. "Surely
you are jesting, monsieur. But It Is a
strange subject for merriment."
"Mademoiselle, it is a subject upon
which I could not jest if I would," Eva
riste protested, with warmth. "I re
pea serzuusiy malit you possess your
grandfather's cure. Will you give him
the benefit of It?"
"I love my grandfather so that 1
would willingly die to save him. But
what is this cure, monsieur? Hlow can
I restore him? Your words mystify
"And yet they are simple and easily
understood," replied Evariste. "Lis
ten, mademoiselle. I perfectly compre
hend the troubles which oppress M.
Latiolais and threaten his health. He
has not the talent for business and has
not exercised due care In his affairs.
'he consequence Is that he now finds
himself indebted beyond his means of
payment and fears he has involved
your Interests also. Having the sen
sitiveness of a gentleman, this condi
"1sc my wfu:c," he exclaiincd hotly.
diction to -drink and drugs1has -unlttd
him to bear the strain. He is shorten
ing his life by silent, corroding grief."
"If you have correctly stated the
case, monsieur, how can I save the
poor dear sufferer?" Estelle asked, ter
"Will you, if you can?" demanded
"You need not ask that question,"
"Then It rests with you, Estelle. Be
my wife and redeem your grandfa
ther," said he, fiercely springing the
"Evariste!" she whispered, starting
to her feet as If in fright.
He also rose and advanced toward
her, but was chec:ed by a repelling
"Yes, be my wife," he exclaimed hot
ly. "Estelle, it has been the dream of
my life from boyhood. I have loved
you with every breath I drew since
long ago we met at Father Grhe's ta
ble on the day of the races. My love
and hope of winning you have sustain
ed me through trials, indignities and
injustices. I remained a civilian
throughout the war and endured the
contempt which is the coward's lot to
be near you and protect you. I loved
you in silence, for I was poor. But
now, Estelle, I have ample fortune.
Peace has come; life begins. Be my
wife, and my whole existence shall be
devoted to your happiness. Share my
fortune; be mistress of my estate as
well as of my heart.- Give me the hus
band's right to guard your interests,
and my joy will be to put away the
burdens from your inheritance, lift the
crushing load from your grandfather's
shoulders and give to his declining
years the boon of calm and ease. We
will take him to our -home, and I will
vie with you in affectionate, venerating
care for his tranquillity and comfort.
I can control the debts that bear him
down, and I can command Qulebert.
Consent, Estelle, and I promise that
within a month after our wedding day
the debts shall pass into your hands
and Quillebert shall pass to France.
Do not refuse, Estelle," he cried fran
tically, observing she was about to
speak. "Take time to reflect. Answer
me another day."
"I need no time for reflection. My
answer is ready now and must be de
livered. What you ask can never be."
She spoke gently and firmly, but he!
voice was not wholly free of resent
"Not to save your grandfather from
poverty and disgrace?" he said, his.
face darkening with anger and malice.
She staggered, but answered reso
"And yet you said you would die to
give him peace and health."
"And so I would, but I did not say
I would commit sacrilege."
"What do you mean ?"
"I prefer not to explain."
He eyed her suspiciously.
"You have not taken a nun's vows?"
"I wished to do so, but Father Grhe
would not give his sanction. .He In
structed me that I would best serve
God through my .duty to my grand
"And by dooming him to shameful
beggary you perform that duty?" he
"The duty must be a sirliess one.
Rather 'than profit by a sinful service
my grandfather would cheerfully lay
his hand in mine and walk forth from
this house forever homeless, beg from
door to door and sleep under the trees."
So serene and self trusting did she ap
paassespoke and looked away to
the green forest that Evariste felt him
self dwindle before her.
"Have I asked of you a sinful deed?"
"Yes. A loveless wife Is a sinning
woman. I co-uld not give you my love
with my hand. I have no love to give."
"You were not always loveless. Why
"My love is dead," she moaned pite
ously, no longer able to restrain her
emotion, and-hid her face against the
"I understand," he said tauntingly,
"and lies buried under the apple trees
She turned upon him a withering
look of mingled contempt and indigna
tion. "Wretched man," she cried,
"how can you speak such ruffian words
of the noble dead? Can you not see
him hide his head from the shades of
his comrade heroes, humiliated by the
perfidy of the brother wvhom his love
and generosity strove in vain to make
a gentleman? Oh, unhappy ingrate,
spare from your desecrating hatred
that sacred spot where sleeps your
benefactor, whose narrow bed beneath
the sod shines with a light the black
darkness of your heart will never
"Then you do not deny that your
love lies dead in that same hallowed
grave?" persisted Evariste, writhing
under the denunciation. "And you seek
to play against me Horace dead as you
did Horace living."
"Monsieur," she cried, do you dare"
"Yes," he interrupted insolently, "I
dare anything now. You have made
me desperate. I decline to accept this
answer as final. I will come this day
next week for another'. Dare: Yes, I
will dare to come again, and I will dare
meanwhile to make such provision that
you will not then dare say me no
"Do not return."
"It will be useless."
"We shall see."~
"I will not receive you."
Blind with rage, he dashed furiously
up the bayou road and across the
swamp to Dede's cabaret to inform
waIting Quillebert of his rebuff.
Estelle flew to her priedieu and fell
upon her knees. In anguish she prayed
for strength to hear her through the
approaching ordeal. Rising, she stood
a moment gazing into the sky of cloud
less blue and murmured softly:
"Rest, my Horace. My love shall
wake only with you. Remember the
vow I made whenl they told me you
were dead. That vow shall not be
treaty of Estelle the feeble
D ESPITE the protest and en
invalid responded to the sum
mons of Quillebert to a meet
ing at the old cabaret. He
dared not disobey, though the journey
was made with pain of body and men
tal misgiving. He bad vaguely con
nected Evariste's last visit to his house
with impending catastrophe, for Es
telle had since been more depressed,
more reticent and even more tenderly
solicitous in her watchfulness over
him, but he feared to question and was
left in Ignorance of what had occurred.
At the cabaret he was ushered by
Dede into the familiar rear room,
where Quillebert and Evariste awaited
him at the baize covered table. Eva
riste was smoking a fragrant Cuban
cigar. One glass and a bottle were be
fore Quillebert, who was doggedly
drunk. Tatiolais was received with
ominous c)ldness. No glass was of
fered him. He lacked courage to ask
"Leoni.as, settling day has come,"
said QWlebert, with brutal abruptness,
termirdting an embarrassing silence.
"What? How, Constant?" Latiolais
aslked, shaking as If with an ague.
"What? Your indebtedness to me.
How? In money. Pay me the mon
"Yes, now. It is past due. You have
had more time than I ever asked of a
"But the notice Is so short, Constant."
"So Is my time, Leonidas."
"My debt is large."
"I know that, to my sorrow."
"I have not the money."
"Within what time?"
"Then the property must answer."
"Oh, Constant, my friend, spare me!"
groaned the unhappy man.
"Leonidas, my very dear friend, I
have not time. My other dear friends,
Americans and Christians, are pressing
upon me inducements to return to
France which really I cannot resist
We are getting old, you and I. Just
think of It, I am oldei' than you!. I
may not live to come back to this para
dise, and therefore my afairs here
must be closed up just as if I meant
not to come back. I really have not
the time to spare you, Leonidas."
Quillebert appeared to enjoy the pains
of his victim as much as he did the
rum, which he quaffed at shortening
Intervals, his Insolence increasing with
"Are you serious, Constant, and will
not pity for my grandchild move you?"
"I never was more serious In my life,
and nothing but death can move me.
At present, Leonidas, I enjoy perfect
"My God! My God! My poor Estelle
must suffer want and hide her head in
shame for my disgrace. And there Is
no escape, no hope!" The old man's
head was lowered, and his shaking
frame rocked to and fro.
"There Is hope, there is escape," in
emphatic tone said Evarlate, whose si
lent presence had been forgotten by
Latiolais in his distress.
"Where? By what means?" cried the
latter, looking up with wonder and
wistfulness In his haggard face.
"Estelle can save you," Evariste re
"Estelle? My Estelle? Explain, my
dear young friend."
"Be calm, monsieur, and I will make
my 1neaning plain to you." Evariste
exemplified his advice, being as un
perturbed In manner and free from ex
citement In speech as If he were dis
cussing persons and affairs remote
from his own Interest. "In the course
of business with Quillebert I have be
come possessed of a portion. of your
obligations-namely, some of your
notes, your granddaughter's procura
tion to you to contract debts for the
maintenance of her property and au
thorization to cancel her mortgage
against you so as to give first rank to
the security I hold. M. Quillebert has
determined to leave this country very
soon, and I appreciate the necessity
for haste. There must be mutual ac
countings between him and me to ad
just finally our joint ventures during
the past four years, some of which
have been quite heavy. As your notes
and their securities held by us two are
In the main concurrent, If he forecloses
I shall be compelled to do likewise.
I understand, of course, you have not
the means of payment. The sale or
surrender of your property and your
granddaughter's must follow pressure.
Now, I will purchase all your obliga
tions which -M. Quillebert has and de
liver them, together with those which
are in my hands, to you, making you a
debtless, solvent man and reinstating
your granddaughter's estate on one
"And that Is, monsieur?"
"That Estelle becomes my wife with
In a month. You now understand that
Estelle, and she -alone, can save you,"
Evariste concluded, as he had begun,
speaking coldly, deliberately, precisely.
"You are a prince in generosity, my
dear frIend. IL am overwhelmed by
your munificence. You give me life,
peace and health, and in return I can
give you only an old man's thankful
ness." Latiolais in a transport of grat
itude rose and started to embrace Eva
riste, but in sheer weakness reeled and
would have fallen to the floor had not
the young man caught him and return
ed him to his chair.
"Collect yourself, monsieur. There is
no occasion for demonstration," said
he dryly. "Do you promise Estelle's
"Certainly I do," he replied, half
weeping, half laughing. "She, dear
child, will be honored and overjoyed,
and she will be as grateful as I am.
To save her grandfather and become
the happy wife of the noble and g:'eat
hearted M. Oakfell. Ha, ha, ha, ha:
Oh, I promise, I promise her consent."
"Attend, monsieur. This is Wednes
day. On Saturday next at 4 o'clock I
will call on Mile. Latiolais and ask her
hand in marriage. Her answer will de
cide the matter we have discussed to
'Will you not come In time to dine
with us?" said Latiolais almost affee
"No; that can await her answer,"
Evariste curtly replied.
"Never fear the answer, M. Evariste.
It will be as you wish. Is all this
agreeable to Constant?"
"It Is. He wants his money; that is
a11. Eh. Quillebert?"
"Hone!" grunted the latter, waking
from the torpor Into which he had suf
fered the rum to sink him since he had
been left out of the conversation.
"Then," said Latiolais, "let us drink
to amity, peace and happiness for us
"No," Evariste objected; "you must
ot drink until this matter is conclud
"I will do the needful drinking, Le
onids," said Quillebert, refilling his
glass. "You make sure of Evariste's
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2-ply Roofing Paper.......52c per roll.
1-ply Tarred Paper........835 per ton.
Rosin-Sized Sheathing Paper, 17 lbs.
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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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I sell on Instalment, Easy Payment
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COUNTY TREASURER'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 I5 per cent attaches--to all -
The following is the tax levy:
For State purposes, five (5) mills.
For Constitutional School Tax, three
For Ordinary County Tax, three (3)
Total, 11 mills (separate from Special
Special one (1) mill, School Tax,
School District No. "24". Totall2mills.
Special two (2) mills, School Tax,
School District No. "16". Total13 mills.
Special three (3) mills, School .Tax,
School District, No. (21". Total 14ms.
Special four (4) mills, School Tax,
School Districts No. "7", "9","19","20"
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those incapable of earning a suprt
from being maimed or from o er
causes, and except those wh6 are now
exempt by law, shall be deemed taxable
The law requires that. Commutation
Road Tax shall be paid for thesu&eed
ing year when State and County Taxes
are paid. S. J. BOWMAN,
Treasurer Clarendon County.
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