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50 Per Cent of the Cotton Brought to the Sum
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Because we are in touch with those who make advance con
tracts, and who are able to put us in position to pay more
for cotton than any other buyers in our city.
But our cotton business is only an addition to our 'GEN
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trade to come to us, but by our reaching out and coming in
touch with the farmers of the country, and selling them
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These are facts that have been demonstrated by our con
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Dauphin. Jan of Louis .
Copyright. 1901, by the B(
ne- Lao not yet adjustea ner mind tu
the fact that Louis XVIII. was no lon
ger the one to be treated with by Bona
For an instant I wa6 croiwd.
parte or any other potentate, and the
pretender, leading her, smiled like the
oy of twenty that he was.
"Napoleon can have no peace while a
Bourbon in the line of succession
"Oh, remember the Duke d'Enghien!"
Then the door of a lofty but narrow
abinet lig.ted with many candles was
pened, and I saw at the farther end a
portly gentleman seated in an arm
A few gentlemen and two ladies in
waiting, besides Mile. de Choisy, at
Louis XVIII. rose from his seat as
my sister made a deep obeisance to him
.nd took her hand and kissed it. At
nee, moved by some singular maternal
mpulse perhaps, for she was half a
ozen years my senior, as a mother
mould whimsically decorate her child,
'arie. Therese took the half circlet of
ems from the casket, reached up and
et It on my head.
For an instant I was crowned in
Vittau with my mother's tiara.
I saw the king's features turn to
ranite and a dark red stain show on
Uis jaws like coloring on stone, The
most benevolent men, and by all his
raits he was one of the most benevo
lent, have their pitiless moments. He
ust have been prepared to combat a
retender before I entered the room.
ut outraged majesty would now take
its full vengeance on me for the un
onsidered act of the child he loved.
"First two peasants, Hervagault and
runeau, neither of whom had the au
~acity to steal into the confidence of
the tenderest princess in Europe with
he tokens she must recognize, or. to
enetrate into the presence," spoke the
ing, *"and now an escaped convict
~r~om Ste. Pelagle, a dandy from the
I was only twenty, and he stung me.
"Your royal highness," I said, speak
ng as I believed within my rights,
my sister tries to put a good front on
y intrusion into Mittau."
I took the coronet from iny head and
;ave it again to the hand which had
erowned me. Marie Therese let it fall,
ad it rocked near the feet of the king.
"Your sister, monsieur! What right
have you to call Mine. d'Angouleme
"The same right, monsieur', that you
ae to call her your niece."
The features of the princess became
pinched and sharpened under the soft
ness of her fair hair.
"Sire, if this is not my brother, who
Louis XVIII. may have been tender
o her every other moment of his life,
but he was hard then, and looked be
yond her toward the door, making a
sign with his hand.
The door opened again. We turned
our heads, and I grew hot at the cruel
y which put that idiot before my sis
ter's eyes. He ran on all fours, his
gaunt wrists exposed, until Bellenger,
dvancing behind, took him by the arm
and made him stand erect.
How long Bellenger had been before
hand with me in Mittau 1 could not
guess. But when I saw the scoundrel
who had laid me in Ste. Pelagle and
doubtless dropped me in the Seine,
ready to do me more mischief, smug
and smooth shaven and fine in the red
ollared blue coat which seemed to be
the prescribed uniform of that court,
ll my confience returned. I was
ouis of France. I could laugh at
anything he had to say.
Behind him entered a priest, who ad
vanced up the room and made obei
sance to the king, as Bellenger did.
Me. d'Angouleme looked once at
the idiot and hid her eyes, the king
protecting her. I said to myself:
"It will soon be against my breast,
not yours, that she hides her face, my
excellent uncle of Po-vence."~
Yet he was as sincere.a man as eve:
said to witnesses, "We shall now hear
The few courtiers, endIuring with
ardiness a sight which they perhaps
had seen before, though Mmne. d'An
oeme had not, made a rustle among
themselves as if echoing, "Yes; now we
shall hear the truth!"
The king again kissed my sister's
hand and placed her In a scat beside
his armchair, which he resumed.
"Monsieur the Abbe Edgeworth," he
said, "having stood on the scaffold
with our martyred sovereign as priest
and comforter, is eminently the one to
onduct an examination like this which
touches matters of conscience. We
leave it in his hands."
Abbe Edgeworth, fine and sweet of
resence, stood by the king, facing Be!
lenger and the Idiot. That poor crea
ture, astonished by his environment,
gazed at the high room corners or
smiled experimentally at the courtiers,
stretching his cracked lips over dark
"You are admitted here, Bellenger,"
said the priest, "to answer his majes
ty's questions In the presence of wit
"I thank his majesty," said Bellen
The abbe began as If the idiot at
tracted his notice for the first time.
"Who is the unfortunate child you
hold with your right hand?"
"The dauphin of France, monsieur
the abbe," spostgot Bellenger;, his left
and on his hin."
Surrounding the Fae of the
(VI. and Marik Antoinette)
WEN-ME I L L COMPANY
V'at!' Take care what you say!
How do you know that the dauphin of
France is yet among the living?"
Bellenger's countenance changed, and
he took his hand off his hip and let it
"I received the prince, monsieur,
from those who took him out of the
"And you never exchanged him for
another person or allowed him to be
separated from you?"
Bellenger swore, with ghastly lips,
"Never, on my hopes of salvation,
monsieur the abbe?"
"Admitting that somebody gave you
this child to keep-by the way, how
old is he?"
"About twenty years, monsieur."
"What right had you to assume he
was the dauphin?"
"1 had recelved a yearly pension,
monsieur, from his majesty himself
for the maintenance of the prince."
"You received the yearly pension
through my hand, acting as his maj
esty's almoner. His majesty was ever
too bountiful to the unfortnnate. He
has many dependents. Whe2re ha;e you
lived with your charge?"
"We lived in America, sometimes in
the woods and sometimes in towns."
"Has he ever shown hopeful signs
of recovering his reason?"
"Never, monsieur the abbe."
Having touched thus lightly on the
case of the idiot, Abbe Edgeworth
turned to me.
The king's face retained its granite
hardness, but Bellenger's passed from
shade to shade of baffed confidence,
Irecovering only when the priest said:
"Now look at this young man. Have
I you ever seen him before ?"
"Yes, monsieur, I have. both in the
American woods and In Paris."
I "What was he doing in the American
"Living on the bounty of one Count
de Chaunnt, a friend of Bona
"Who is he?"
"A French half breed, brought up
among the Indians."
"What name does he bear?"
"He is called Lazarre."
"But why is a French half breed
named Lazarre attempting to force
himself on the exiled court here In MIt
"People have. told him that he resem
bles the Bourbons, mousieur."
"Was he encouraged in this idea by
the friend -4of Bonapart whom you
"I think not, monsieur the abbe. But
I heard a Frenchman tell him he was
like the martyred ing, and since that
hour he has presumed to consider him
self the dauphin."
"Who was this Frenchman?"
"The Duke of Orleans, Louis Phi
lippe de Bourbon, monsieur the abbe."
There was an expressive movement
among the c-ourtiers.
"Was Louis Philippe instrumental in
sending him to France?"
"He was. He procured shipping for
"When the pretender reached Paris
what did he do?"
"He attempted -robbery and was tak
en In the act and thrown into Ste. Pe
lagic. I saw him arrested."
I"What were you doing in Paris?"
"I was following and watching this
dangerous pretender, monsieur the
"Did you leave America when he
"The evening before, monsieur. And
we outsailed him."
"Did you leave Paris when he did?"
"Three days later, monsieur. But we
passed him while he rested."
"Why do you call such an insignini
ant person a dangerous pretender?"
"He is not insignificant. monsieur, as
you will say when you hear what he
"HIe was thrown Into the -prison of
Ste. Pelagie, you told :ne."
"But he escaped by choking a sacris
tan so that the poor men will long bear
the marks on his throa'. And the first
thing I knew he was high In favor with
the Marquis du Plessy, and Bonaparte
spoke to him, and the police laughed at
complaints lodged against him."
"Who lodged complaints against
"I did. moznsieur."
"But he was too powerful for you to
"He was well protected, monsieur
the abbe. He flaunted. While the poor
prince and myself suffered inconven
ience and fared hard"
"The poor prince, you say?"
"We never had a fitting allowance,
monsieur," Bellenger declared aggres
sively. "Yet with little or no means I
tried to bring this pretender to justice
and defend his mnajesty's throne."
"Pensioners are not often so outspo
ken in 'their dissatisfact:on." remarked
I laughed as I thought of the shifts
to which Bellenger must have been
put. Abbe Edgeworth with merciless
"How were you able to post to Mit
"I borrowed money of a friend in
Paris, monsieur, trusting that his maj
esty will requite mec for my services."
"But why was it necessary for you
to post to Mittau, where this pretender
would certainly meet exposure?"
"Because I discovered that he car
-ied with him a casket of the mar
tyred queen's jewels, stolen from the
Marquis du Plessy."
"How did the Marquis du Plessy ob
tain possession of the queen's jewels?"
"That I do not know."
"But the jewels are the lawful prop
erty of Mine. d'Angoulemne. He must
have known they would be seized."
"I thought it necessary to bring my
vidence against him, monsieur."~
"There was little danger of his im
posing himself upon the court. Yet
you are rather to be commended than
censured, Bellenger. Did this pretend
er know you were in Paris?"
"He saw me there."
"At least twice, monsieur the abbe."
"Did he avoid you?"
"I avoided him. I took pains to keep
him from knowing how I watched
"You say he flaunted. When he left
Paris for Mlttau was the fact gener
"You learned It yourself?"
"But he must have known you would
"He lett with ,-eat secrecy, mon
sieur ihe abbe. it 'was given out that
he was merely going to the country."
"What madc you suspect lie ws
coming to .!ittau?"
"He hired a strong post chaise and
made many preparations.
"Bu: didn't his friend the Marquis
du Plessy discover the robbery? Why
didn't he follow and takc the thief?"
"Dcad men don't follow, monsieur
the abbe. The Marquis du Plessy had
a duel on his hands and was killed the
day after this Lazarre left Paris."
Of all Bellenger's absurd fabrications
this story was the most ridiculous. I
laughed again. Mme. d'Angouleme
took her hands from her face, and our
eyes met one instant, but the idiot
whined like a dog. She shuddered and
covered her sight.
The priest turned from Bellenger to
me with a fair minded expression and
"What have you to say?"
I had a great deal to say, though the
only hearer I expected to convince was
my sister. If she believed in me I did
not care whether the others believed or
not I was going to begin with Lake
George, the mountain and the fog, and
Bellenger's fear of me and his rage
when Louis Philippe told him the lar
ger portion of the money sent from Eu
rope was given to me.
Facing Marie Therese therefore in
stead of the Abbe Edgeworth, I spoke
her name. She looked up once more.
And Instead of being in MLittau I was
suddenly on a balcony at Versailles!
The night landscape, chill and dim,
stretched beyond a multitude of roar
ing mouths. coarse lips, flaming eyes
Illuminated by torches. the heads orna
mented with a three colored thing
stuck into the caps. My hand stretched
out for support and met the tight clip
of my mother's fingers. I knew that
she was towering between Marie The
rese and me, a fearless palpitating stat
ue. The devilish roaring mob shot
above itself a forced, admiring, pierc
ing cry, "Long live the queen!" Then
all became the humming of bees, the
vibration of a string-nothing!
[TO BE CONTINUED.]
TRAMPS ARE WELL POSTED.
As a General Rule They Are Careful
and Coutant Readers.
Most tramps are omnivorous readers,
and they are posted upon a wide range
of topics. In speaking of tramp read
ers a man who has had a chance to
study these peripatetic students said
the other day:
"You hardly ever find a genuine hobo
that is an ignoramnus. You find lots of
men who are tramping who are doing
so because they haven't intelligence
enough to earn a living, but I am speak
ing of the real hobo, who is a wanderer
from choice and who would not work
if he had the chance. These fellows
are pretty wise, I can tell you. They
can tell you more about what is going
ou in European politics than a college
professor can, and they know almost
everything that Is coming off in our
own country for the next six months.
"When you are traveling you will no
tce the hoboes sitting along the rail
roid track reading a frayed and soiled
newspaper. Often you will see them
pickng up the loose pages lying in
the streets. and I do not believe I ever
saw traces of a tramp's camp fire
around which there was not left one
or more old newspapers, where they
had been cast aside after reading.
Then the tramps have a sort of trav
eling library, tea, that few people have
ever heard of. If one tramp finds an
old magazine he will read It and then
pass it to some other tramp. It keeps
goIng the rounds in this way udtil It is
worn out. If one picks up a book
some place it does service In trampdom
"I never saw a tramp with a fresh
paper In his hand, but I have never
run across one of the wanderers that
did not show he was a careful and
constant reader."-Chicago Inter Ocean.
An Honored Chinaman.
Queen Victoria, with the prince con-'
sort and her family, attended in state
the opening of the great exhibition of
1851. While the choir was singing the
"Halleiuiah Chorus" a Chinaman su
perbly robed suddenly emerged from
the crowvd and prostrated himself be
fore the throne. No one knew who he
was. Hie might be the emperor of Chi
na himself come secretly to England to
share in the great doings. The lord
chaberain. greatly perplexed, applied
to the <lueen and thet prince for advice
and instructions. Hei was informed
that there musr be no mistake as to the
strangers rank and that it would be
bet to place him between the arch
bishop of Canterbury and the Duke of
Wellinrton. In this position of honor
the Chinamwan, with maagnificent dig
nity, walked through the buildings to
the delight and amazement of all who
watched. Next day it was discovered
that lie was the keeper of a Chinese
junk which had just cast anchor in the
Thames and which everybody was in
vited to visit on payment of a shilling
a Japanese Custon1.
in Japan the well to do have almost
always In their houses one ream called
the "'chamaber of the Inspiring view."
Its essential is a beautiful view, but
taste is catholic In Japan, and the de
lightful view may be a blossoming
cherry tree, a glimpse of a river, a
miniature garden or only the newly
fallen snow. In thIs delightful country
they get up parties to visit the maple
trees in the glory of autumn color or
the fresh, untrodden snow, as in this
country one gives theat.er parties and
dinners. M1ushroom hunts -are a fash
ionable diversion, and verse writing
and harp playing are occupations
which, in the estimation of these eter
nal children, befit the gentiewoman
when she is within doors.
Fish are nary the same weight as
the water in which they live, so that
they can move In it with great ease.
The majority of them also have an air
bladder Inside of the body, which en
ables them to go up or down In the
water at will. When a fish desires to
go down deep it can press the air out
of this bladder by means of certain
muscles and thus increase the weight
of its body, and when It wishes to rise
again it takes off the pressure, the
bladder fills with air again and its
boly becomes light enough to rise.
The Absem~ Jack.
The wife of a Washington street
merchant is very fond of roses, espe
cially of the brilliant varieties. By
way of reminder she said to the hus
band the other morning before he
started for business:
"I see, my dear, that Jacks are be
"That may be true," said the hu;
band absently, "but I have known'
men who would have been willing to
ay $100 for one to put with the two
already In their hand.."-Indianapolis
Only Makes a Bad Matter Worse.
Perhaps you have never thought of it
but the fact must be apparent to every
one that constapation is caused by a
lack of water in the system. and the use
of drastic cathartics like the old fash
ioned pills only makes a bad matter
worse. Chamberlain's Stomach and
Liver Tablets are much more mild and
gentle in their effect, and when the
proper dose is so natural that one can
hardly realize it is the effect of a med
icine. Try a 2.3 cent bottle of them.
For sale by The R. B. Loryea, Isaac M.
TIME TO HEDGE.
Bookmaker Wouldn't Lend Money,
but Gave Good Advice.
Several turfmen were discussing the
sharp methods of a certain lookmaker
who adds to his income by money lend
ing. He was conceded to be a hard
man to deal with.
"But I'll bet $500 that I can borrow
$1,000 from him on my geim3onal re
cognizance," said one.
"Done!" answered the crowd simul
taneously, and as he could only stake
one bet they pooled against him.
Thinking he had a sure thing, he went
off with an accompanying committee
to see the money lender.
"Mr. Cash" (that wasn't his name), he
said, "these gentlemen have bet me
$500 that I cannot borrow $1,000 from
you. I don't need tbe*jney. but you
let me have it for a day, and I'll di
vide the bet with you."
The committee gasped, but the effect
of the cool proposition was unlooked
for. Instead of jumping at the chance
Mr. Cash buttonholed his interlocutor
"Did you make that bet?"
"You bet $500 that you could borrow
money from me?"
"That's what I did."
"Then," In a whisper, "go and hedge."
-New York Press. '
Where There's a Will There's a Way.
"One of those things which go to
show that where there is a will there
Is a way is well exemplified by a
happening in a certain southern city,"
said a well known former railroad
man. "A man before his marriage had
purchased a beautifully located lot in
the city cemetery and paid $100 for it.
After awhile he married and some ten
or twelve years afterward died and
was buried in the aforesaid beautifully
located lot. and his grave was care
fully tended for awhile by his widow.
When the big fair came off in Chicago
and all the world was en route to that
Mecca the widow took a notion she
must see that show. As a result of a
long cogitation over ways and means
she had the body of her deceased hus
band exhumed and railroaded fifty
miles away and reburied at a cost of
about $75, when she sold the ceme
tery lot for $00 and had a good old
time at the big world's fair. Some
what of a financier, wasn't she?"
New Orleans Times-Democrat
Study Them.; Don't Kill!
If, instead of shooting the birds,
scotching the snake, smashing the
beetle and pinchiiig the tiny life out
of the butterfly, we were to watch any
one of these creatures on a summer
day the day would pass like an hour,
so packed with exciting experience It
would seem. Through what myste
rous coverts of the woodland, Into
what a haunted underworld of tunnel
ed banks and hidden di'fches and se
cret passages the snake would show
us the way, and we should have
strange hearts If, as we thus watched
It through Its mysterious day, we did
not find our dislike of the clever little
creature dying away and even chang
ing Into a deep tenderness toward the
small, self reliant life, so lonely a speck
of existence in so vast a world.-Suc
Malayan Tree Dwenlers.
The Sakais, or tree dwellers, of the
Malay peninsula build. their houses In
forked trees a dozen feet above grouind
and reach them by means of bamboo
ladders, which they draw up when
safely housed out of harm's way. The
house itself is a rude kind of shack,
made of bamboo, and the flooring Is
lashed together piece by piece and
bound securely to the tree limbs by
These curious people are rather small
and lighter in complexion than the Ma
lays, though much uglier. They have
no form of religion at all-not even
Idols-no written language and speak a
corrupt form of Malay.
The venomous lizard, heloderm, lives
in the warm zone between the Cordille
ras of Central America and the Pacific
ocean. It secretes a poisonous saliva
and has the curious habit of throwing
Itself oa its back when struck. Its bite
is not always so dangerous as popular
opinion makes it, and after severe pain
it often rapidly heals. Recent observa
tions show that the saliva is sometimes
very poisonous and sometimes very in
offensive. The poison acts by coagulat
ing the blood and first increasing then
diminishing the irritability of the
Riidng thc Limit.
"Don't you think that the ideals of
statesmanship are higher- now then'
they used to be?"
"Sure they are," answered Senator
Sorghum. "I've known the time when
$500 was considered big money. Now
you can't get a man that amounts to
anything to look at less than $10,000."
His Feeling Faculty.
"I don't see anything remarkable in
that mule," said the prospective pur
chaser. "except that lhe's stone blind."
"Yes, suhi," replied the mule's proprI
etor, "he blin' in his eye, but you des
orter see him feel fer you wid his
- ro~t With the Brush,
"Do you think it possible for a man
who is clever with the brush to make
a living these days?" asked the dis
"Yes," responded the cruel cynic, "if
ie s a bootblack."-PhiladelP~ia Rec
Did you ever notice the indecision
of a woman about choosing a seat in a
street car with but few passengers?
A Startling Tes:.
To save a life, Dr. T. G. Merrit. of
No. Mehoopany. Pa., made a startling
test resulting in a wonder ful eure. Hle
writes, "a patient was attacked with
violent hemorrhages, ca ised by ulcera -
tion of the stomach. I l'ad often found
Electric Bitters excellent for acute
stomach and liver trouble,: solJ rescrib-I
ed them. The patient ga."ied~ from thel
first, and has not had an cack in 14
months." Electric Bitters se positive
ly guaranteed for Dyspepsia, Indiges
tion, Constipation and Kidney troubles.
Try them. Only 50c at The Rt. B. Lor-'
8 THE MINOR STORE
Where the purchasing power of YOUR DOLLAR is
always vastly increased, and in many instances
doubled. W'e mention a few of the many items that
you can find here, there's some-many more.
@ Dress Goods and Trimmings,
Laces and Embroideries,
Hosiery and Underwear,
Shoes for Men, Women and Children.
Hats for Men and Women,
Corsets and* Gloves,
Notions and Toilet Articles,
Stationery and Purses.
Linens and Drapers,
Rugs and Mattings,
Men's and Boys' Furnishing!Goods.
Ready Made Shirts,
Jackets and Shirt. Waists.
All of these are priced in keeping with our way of.
doing business. Not marked as high as they would.
sell but for as little as we can sell them for and live.
wy When you are in Sumter, we'll make it interest
ing for you. Phone or write for samples.
Have no time to write ads. I am
busy selling bargains in Furniture,
?Clocks, Blankets, Comforts, etc.
Will see you shortly.
S. L. KRASNOFF,
The Furniture Man.
Next to Mutual Dry Goods Co.
DicksoII Hardware COmnpany.
Holding an Edge.
Ihe you eetas tio o re iembe todan edge yumust look for qality
fom anufacturers noted fr the segoeoleice of their product and there is entire
Wehanrru thc well-known and hly appreciated
Seou lne of Hfatchets, Hammers, Levels and Plabes. Do not forget that
we ar eleader osen xs We have ten diffrent patterns and makes.Raos a
lot this fal Tey are the oneto pesond we wil stave mercyon you
Dickson Hardware Comp'y.