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The scene at the opening of the story Is
laid in the library of an old worn-out
southern plantation. known as the Bar
ony. The place is to be sold, and its
history and that of the owners, the
Qulntards. Is the subject of discussion by
Jonathan Crenshaw, a business man. a
stranger known as Bladen. and Bob
Yancy. a farmer, when Hannibal Wayne
Hazard, a mysterious child of the old
southern family, makes his appearance.
Yancy tells how he adopted the boy. Na
thaniel Ferris buys the Barony, but the
Quintards deny any knowledge of the
toy. Yancy to keep Hannibal. Captain
Murrell. a friend of the Quintards. ap
pears and asks questions about the Bar
ony. Trouble at Scratch Hill, when Han
nibal is kidnaped by Dave Blount. Cap
tain Murrell's agent Yancy overtakes
Blount. gives him a thrashing and secures
the boy. Yancy appears before Squire
Balsam. and is discharged with costs for
the plaintiff. Betty Malroy. a friend of
the Ferrises, has an encounter with Cap
tain Murrell. who forces his attentions on
er. and is resoped by Bruce Carrington.
ty sets out for her Tennessee home.
Carrington takes the same stags. Yancy
and Hannibal disappear, with Murrell on
their trail. Hannibal arrives at the home
of Judge l8ocum Price. The Judge recog
nsles in the boy, the grandson of an old
time friend. Murrell arrives at Judge's
home. Cavenish family on raft rescue
Yancy, who is apparently dead. Price
breaks jail. Betty and Carrington arrive
at Belle Plain. Hannibal's rifle discloses
some startling things to the judge. Han
nibal and Betty meet again. Murrell ar
rives in Belle Plain. Is playing for big
stakes. Yanecy awakes from long dream
less sleep on board the raft. Judge Price
makes startling discoveries in looking up.
land titles. Charley Norton, a young
planter, who assists the judge. is mys
teriously assaulted. Norton informs Car
rington that Betty has promised to marry
him. Norton is mysteriously shot. More
light on Murrell's plot. He plans upris
ing of negroes. Judge Price. with Hanni
bal. visits Betty, and she keeps the boy
as a companion. In a stroll Betty takes
with Hannibal they meet Bess Hicks.
dkughter of the overseer, who warns
Betty of danger and counsels her to
leave Belle Plain at once. Betty. terri
fled, acts on Bess' advice, and on their
way their carriage is stopped by Slosson.
the tavern keeper, and a confederate, and
Betty and Hannibal are made prisoners.
The pair are taken to Hicks' cabin. In an
almost inaccessible spot, and there Mur
rell visits Betty and reveals his part in
the plot and his object. Betty spurns
his proffered love and the Interview is
ended by the arriv'al of Ware. terrified
at possible outcome of the crime. Judge
Price, hearing of the abduction! plans ac
tion. The Judge takes charge of the
situation, and search for the missing ones
is instituted. Carrington visits the judge
and allies are discovered. Judge Price
visits Colonel Fentress. where he meets
Yancy and Cavendish. Becoming enraged.
Price dashes a glass of whisky into the
colonel's face and a duel is arranged. Mur
rell is arrested for negro stealing and his
bubble bursts. The Judge and Mahafty
riscuss the coming duel. Carrington
makes frantic search for Betty and the
boy. Carrngton finds Betty and Hanni
bal, and a fierce gun fight follows. Yancy
appears and assists in the rescue.
But Betty shrank froem him in in
"Oh, not now, Bruce-not now-we
mustn't speak of that-It's wrong
it's wicked-you mustn't make me
forget him!" she cried brokenly, In
"Forgive me, Betty, I'll not speak
of it again," he said.
"Walt. Bruce, and some time-Oh,
don't make me say it," she gasped,
'"or I shall hate myself!" for in his
presence she was feeling the horror
of past experience grow strangely
-r. , only the dull ache of her
mi-~Ue remained, and to these she
elung. They were silent for a mo
ment, then Carrington said:
"After I'm sure you'll be safe here
perhaps I'll go south into the Choctaw
Purchase. I'vQ been thinking of that
recently; but I'll find my way back
here-don't misunderstand me-I'll
not come too soon for even you, Bet
ty. I loved Norton. He was one of
my best friends, too," he continued
gently. "But you know-and I know
-dear, the day will come when no
matter where you are I shall find you
and not lose you!"
Betty made no answer in words,
but a soft and eloquent little hand
was slipped into his and allowed to
Presently a light wind stirred the
dead dense atmosphere, the mist lift
ed and enveloped the shore, showing
them the river between piled-up I
mass of vapor. Apparently it ran
for their raft alone. It was just twen
ty-four hours since Carrington had I
looked upon such another night, but I
this was a different world the gray
fog was unmasking--a world of hopes,
and dreams, and rich content. Then
the thought of Norton-poor Norton- I
who had had his world, too, of hopes 1
and dreams and rich content- .
The calm of a highly domestic ex- t
istence had resumed its interrupted
sway on the raft. Mr. Cavendish, as- I
sociated in Betty's memory with cer
tain ear-splitting manifestations of i
ferocious rage, became in the bosom
of his family low-voiced and genial
and hopelessly Impotdnt to deal with
his five small sons; while Yancy was I
again,the Bob Yancy of Scratch Hill,
violence of any sort apparently had I
no place in his nature. He was deep- c
ly absorbed in Hannibal's account or I
those vicissitudes which had befallen I
him during their separation. They a
were now seated before a cheerful fire
that blazed on the hearth, the boy I
very close to Yancy. with one hand a
clasped In the Scratch Hiller's, while
about them were ranged the six small t
Cavendishes sedately sharing in the h
reunion of uncle and nevvy, toward v
which they felt they had honorably1
taboreL ; i
*"Aa4 w war~ 't dead. Uncle Bob?" g
said Hannibal with a deep breath,
viewing Yancy unmistakably in the
"Never once. I bees floating peace
fully along with these here titled
y friends of mine; but I was some anx
ious about you, son."
"And Mr. Slosson, Uncle Bob-did
i you smack him like you smacked
Dave Blount that day when he tried
e to steal me?" asked Hannibal, whose
childish sense of justice demanded
reparation for the wrongs they had
Mr. Yancy extended a big right
hand, the knuckle of which was
skinned and bruised.
t "He were the meanest man I ever
felt obliged fo' to hit with my fist,
Nevvy; it appeared like he had teeth
all over his face."
"Sheo'-where's his hide, Uncle
Bob?" cried the little Cavendishes in
I an excited chorus. "Sho'-did you for.
get that?" They themselves had for
gotten the unique enterprise to which
Mr. Yancy was committed, but the
allusion to Slosson had revived their
memory of it.
"Well, he begged so piteous to be
allowed to' to keep his hide, I hadn't
the heart to strip it off," explained Mr.
Yancy pleasantly. "And the winter's
comin' on-at this moment I can feel
a chill in the aur-don't you-all reckon
he's going' to need it fo' to keep the
cold out? Sho', you mustn't be bloody
"What was it about Mr. Slosson's
hide, Uncle Bob?" demanded Hanni
bal. "What was you a-goin' to do
"Why, Nevvy, after he beat me up
and throwed me in the river, I was
some peevish fo' a spell in my feel
ings to' him," said Yancy in a tone
of gentle regret. He glanced at his
bruised hand. "But I'm right pleased
to be able to say that I've got over
all them oncharitable thoughts of
"And you seen the judge, Uncle*
Bob?" questioned Hannibal.
"Yes, I've seen the judge. We was
together fo' part of a day. Me and
him gets on fine?"
"Where is he now, Uncle Bob?"
"I reckon he's back at Belle Plain
by this time. You see we left him in
Raleigh along after noon to 'tend to
some business he had on hand. I
never seen a gentleman of his weight
so truly spry on his legs-and all
about you. Nevvy; while as to mind!
Sho'-why, words flowed out of him
as naturally as water out of a branch."
Of Hannibal's relationship to the
judge he said nothing. He felt that
was a secret to be revealed b~y the
judge himself when he should see fit.
"Uncle Bob, who'm I going to live
with now?" Cuestloned Hannibal anx
'That p'Int's already come up,
Nevvy-him and moe's decided that
there won't be no friction. You-all
will just go on living with him."
"But what about you, Uncle Bob?"
cried Hannibal, lifting a wistful little
face to Yancy's.
"Oh, me?-well, you-all will go
right on living with me."
"And what will come of Mr. Ma
"I reckon you-all will go right on
living with him, too."
"Uncle Bob, you mean you reckon
we all are going to live in one
"I 'low it will have to be ftixe that
a-ways," agreed Yancy.
The Judgp Receives a Letter.
After he had parted with Solomon
Mahaffy the judge applied himself
diligently to shaping that miracle
working document which he was pre
paring as an offset to whatever risk
he ran in meeting Fentress. As san
guine as he was sanguinary he confi
dently expected to survive the en
counter, yet it was well to provide for
a possible emergency-had he not his I
grandson's future to consider? While
thus occupied he saw the afternoon
stage arrive and depart from before
the City Tavern.
Half an hour later Mr. Wesley, the
postmaster, came sauntering up the I
street. In his hand he carried a let
"Howdy," he drawled, from just be
yond the judge's open door.
The judge glanced up, his quill pen.
"Good evening, sir; won't you step
inside and be seated?" he asked gra- I
clously. His dealings with the United
States mall service were of the most I
insignificant description, and in per
sonally delivering a letter, if this was
what had brought him there, he felt t
Mr. Wesley had reached the limit of
oflcial courtesy and despatch. -
"Well, sir; it looks like you'd never i
told. us more than two-thirds of the (
truth!" said the postmaster. He sur- t
veyed the judge curiously. c
"I am complimented by your opin- b
ion of my veracity," responded that'
gentleman promptly "I essdUer two.
thirds an enormously high per cent.
to have acqleved."
"There is something in that, too,"
agreed Mr. Wesley.' "Who is Colonel
Slocum Price Turberville?"
The judge started up from his
"I have that honor," said he, bow
"Well, here's a letter come in ad
dressed .like that, and as you've been
using part of the name I am willing
to assume you're legally entitled to
the rest of it. It clears up a point
that off and on has troubled me con
siderable. I can only wonder I wa'n't
"What point, may I ask?"
"Why, about the time you hung out
your shingle here, some one wrote a
letter to General Jackson. It was
mailed after night, and when I seen it
in the morning I was clean beat. I
couldn't locate the handwriting, and
yet I kept that letter back a couple of
days and give it all my spare time.
It ain't that I'm one of your spying
sort-there's nothing of the Yankee
"Certainly not," agreed the judge.
"Candid, judge. I reckon you wrote
that letter, seeing this one comes un
der a frank from Washington. No, sir I
-I couldn't make out who was cor
responding with the president, and It
worried me, not knowing, more than
anything I've had to contend against i
since lI came into office. I calculate
there ain't a postmaster in the United
States takes a more personal interest I
in the service than me. I've frequent
ly set patrons right when they was
in doubt as to the date they had I
mailed such and such a letter." As I
Mr. Wesley sometimes canceled as
many Ra three or four stamps in a
N* - (I~Z
"I Was Quit. Peevish After H. Threw Me in the River."
single day he might have been par
doned his pride in a brain which thus
lightly dealt with the burden of offi
cial business. He surrendered the
letter with marked reluctance.
"Your surmise is correct," said the
judge with dignity. "I had occasion
to write my friend, General Jackson.
and unless I am greatly mistaken I
have my answer here.' And with a
fine air'of indifference he tossed the
letter on the table.
"And do you know Old Hickory?"
cried Mr. Wesley.
"Why not? Does it surprise you?"
inquired the judge. It was only his
innate courtesy which restrained him
from kicking the postmaster into the
street, so intense was his desire to
be rid of him.
",o, I don't know as it does, judge.
Naturally a public man like him is in
the way of meeting with all sorts. A
politician can't afford to be too blame
particular., Well, next time you write.
you might just send him my regards
G. W. M. de L. Wes!ey's regards-
there was considerable contention
over my getting this Office; I reckon
he ain't forgot. There was speeches
Ihade, I understand the lie was passed
between two Un!ted States senators,
and that a quid of tobacco war
throwed in anger." Having thus clea
ly established the fact that he was a
more or less national character, Mr.
Wesley took himself off.
When he had disappeared from
sight down the street, the judge closed
the door. Then he picked up the let
ter. For a long minute he held it In
his hand, uncertain, fearful, while his
mind slipped back into the past until
his inward searching vision ferreted
out a handsome soldierly fgure--his
"That's what Jackson remembers it
he remembers anything!" he mat
tered, as with tremblitn finger~ he
broke the seal. Almost instantly a
smile overspread his battered fea
tures. He hitched his chin higher and
squared his ponderous shoulders. "1
am not forgotten-no, damn it-not"
he exulted under his breath. "Recalls
me with sincere esteem and consli
ers my services to the country as well
worthy of recogniton-" the judge
breathed deep. What would Maha~f
find to say now! Certainly this was
well calculated to disturb the soua
cynicism of his friend. His bleared
eyes brimmed. After all his groping
he had touched hands with tbe reali
ties at last! Even a federal judgeship.
though not an olmce of first repute in
the south, had its dignity-it signified
something! He would make Solomon
his clerk! The fudge reached for his
hat. Mahaffy must know at once that
fortune had mended for them. Why,
at that moment he was actually in
receipt of an income!
He sat down, the better to enjoy
the unique sensation. Taxes were be
ing invied and collected with no othet
end in view than his stlpend-his ar
dent fancy saw the whole machinery
of government in operation for his
benefit. It was a singular feeling he
experienced. Then promptly his
spendthrift brain became active. He
needed clothes-so did Mahaffy-so
did his grandson; they must take a
larger house; he would buy himself a
man servant; these were pressing ne
cessities asahe now viewed them.
Once again he reached for his hat;
the desire to rush off to Belie Plain
"I reckon I'd be justified in hiring
a conveyance from Pegloe," he
thought, but Just here he had a sav
ing memory of his unfinished task;
that claimed precedence and he re
sumed his pen.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Little Alice was terribly afraid of
cats. One day she had been staadian
on the doorstep for several minutes,
looking at a big black tom cat galll
vanting on the fence. Finally she
rushed into the house, looking very
excited, and exclaimed: "Muvver, I
thought I'd better come ila. Dat
kitty was just so aft'ad of me. I felt
sorry for it and corned away"--
Woman's Home 'nmaaloes
SELECTING SEED CORN
Preservation of Good Ears In
Instanees In Southern States Where
Imported Seed Produces Detter
Than Home-Grown Variety
During Dry Summers.
(By C. P. HARTLEY.)
Great progress has been made in
recent years in a more generalgpdop
tlon of fall selection lastead of spring
selection of seed corn, but there is
room for still greater progress.
Nearly all farmers should select
their seed corn three to four weeks
earlier than they do.
As an excuse for not having good
seed It is customary to state that the
season was exceptional. Such seasos
will continue to occur, and the only
way to escape loss is by being pre
pared erih year for an exceptional
year. Last year was a very adverse
season In some of the corn states;
consequently this past spring it was
necessary to import seed corn into
these sections. Nevertheless, well as
citmated and unquestionably higher
yielding seed cold have been selected
last September from felds in those
Final Selection of Seed Ease.
sase states. This statment is made
with full knowledge of the facts, be
cause at that time such seed was se
lected and dried in those very sections
that was practically perfect and ger
minated 100 per cent.
Having personally assisted in the
gathering and drying of seed corn in
those sections in September, the writ
er knows that quantities of seed
could have been saved at that time
from the same and many other flelds.
Unfortunately, however, most farmers
postponed the selection until freezing
weather, with the consequence that
the seed will not yield well and most
Df it did not germinate well. It is not
the season so much as the man.
There are usually a few days be
twen" the time the corn stops grow
ing and the coming of frosts, especial
ly if an acclihnated corn is grown.
We would have bettdr corn yields and
make better progress in, originating
and acclimating higher yielding
strains of corn for diferent locali
ties if seed corn .were as readily
killed by frosts as are sweet potato
vines. If seed corn would not stand
so much abuse and if It were killed,
outright by the frst frost farmers
would dry their seed corn before they
dig their potatoes, and the sezt
year's crop would be better.
No animal recovers so slowly from
low condition, nor is so apt to re
cover at all, as sheep.
When you get a good team let the
other fellow whistle, but don't pet a
price on it, and so invite its early sale.
For a brood sow prefer one of good
length and breadth of body and placed
on short, strong. welLmade legs, set
Prime fit lambs cannot be produced
by alternate grass and grain. They
must be pushed to lay on fat from
start to finish.
Instead of feeding we mashes to
chickens try gviag cracked grain in
small quantities in litter It's good
Cultivation hasteps the liberation
of plant food by permitting air to per
meate the sell and oidise or burn out
the organic matter.
Cowpeas sown in corn and the en
tire crop pastured down by hogs gives
one of the very best returns that can
be secured from the land.
To make the lock most proftable,
or at all profitable, no source of rev
enue must be neglected, whether it
be mutton, fleece or increase.
Each pig should be looked after in
dividually; a general look will not do.
It is just llke a big family, each
has his or her individual need.
Any egg eaters in the Sock? Make
the nests as dark as possible; that
will help. If that doesn't discourage
the culprit, shorten pp the ax.
Sheep are utilisers of waste. They
clean fields of weeds, utilize to great
advantage any kind of pasture and
ft In well with farm practice.
A while let of seccess with pigs
comes from the owner's and feeder's
watckfulness. Chaane must be made
from time to tme in food sand am
The bladme can not be fjustly shifted
u'pon the season. It Is the farmer
who falls to do his part. Corn h
been transported from a land of pen
petnal summer, where the returning
wet season permitted the seed to g--
minate without having endured winter
conditions. It has been Introduced
into northern localities where the w.la
ters are severe. It has shown a ir
markable ability to adopt itself to
short summers, but is dependent upon
man to care for its seed during the
winter. Without this care the corn
crop would not perpetuate itself in
the United States. Our first duty In
giving the crop opportunity to yield
well is early selection and good preser.
vation of the seed.
To make certain of always obtain
ing the greater productiveness of
adapted varieties It is necessary to
save sumcient seed for two or three
years' planting. In localfties where
extreme weather conditions may make
the corn crep an entire failure, this
practice is of the utmost importance.
It is plainly impossible to acclimate
and adapt varieties it all seed is do.
stroyed occasionally, making new Im
portations of seed necessary.
There are occasionally ,instances in
which imported seed produces better
than homegrown seed. Such cases
are experienced especially In the
southern states, where dry summers
permit early-maturing northern-grows
e varieties to escape the samet
r drought. For this reason northern
grown~esed is preferred tn omo see
* tions. a better practice would be to
select and acdlmatlhe an early ma
turing variety. It would the escape
a the summer droughts sad by becom
lnug acclimatized and adapted would
produce better than Imported sdd.
The shortage of seed cor in mas3
sections ot the country in the sprin
`. of 1912 furnish s a good esample e
what has happened and tis Ikely to
happen again unless seed corn receives
more and better attention.
The lose from planting neglected
sad corn reduces or destroys the pref
it on Mte corn crop of each thrIdum
farmer and la the aggregate a an
nual loss to the country of many mil
lions of dollars.
I By the early selction t saSfeeat
1seed corn for several yearW pslea
and its proper preservate. these ir
mense and oft-recurring losse ana be
By makenst geranhetina t est at
I neglected eed asa by heavy plmattme
I full stands can be obtained but the
yield may be I bushels per sem, tem
r than wld have been harvestld lad
t the seed bee sel aected ery and we
GET PURE DRINKING WATER
Method Sheow In Iluetratieo WilI l.
sure Cooler Uquld Than That
Where It Is necessary to draw
drinklng water from an open wet or
sprils, pure water can be takest from
beneath the surface, aecording to Pop.
Iar mechanies, In the obllowlan man.
Imrf a cork In a bottleh n an t
vorted positfda, as showmn in the
sketch, having rest atteoahed a stout
cord, A. to it. A weight l thean swng
to the neck on the ohtside as showp.
Attach snother stout cord, B, to the
neck and lower the bottle Into the wa
ettlng Pur Water.
tar by holding the srd, A. After the
bottle has entered - the water ar
enough, change the hold faem cord,
A to B. The water prssure wilt posh
the cork into the bott and this will
be illed with water. The bottir tI
then raied with the cord, A.
This methd not only seeares pu
water, !bt water that it aite a lt,
tle eser than obtainedl at the snu