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The Colfax chronicle. (Colfax, Grant Parish, La.) 1877-1981, November 02, 1912, Image 2

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inetatonal,. rellgious or charitable insu
tutirns, or to trustees for e:tl.atlonal. re
lIgious or pharhtatIh;e perpioas. shaltl be
exempt from this ta\. unless such Idncin-.
tion. or legacy, amsll Il ,o:tu t.lan ltalf
of tile disoposale Ipoltin ,L1 the test;a
tor', or donoi'- e'tl.Lte. in v'bi' il ta:=c
the' tyx .shail be ltrn p.eil u!:a tIhei "tlre
lega'y or doration and itiH leI'g.It," or
donpoes shall be oonidered- to be w it itt
the t hird class.
R. Such other ape, i t taves as the
,~eneral Assembly 1I3 t a a' tof two-trI.i.l-l
of all the memnermars viet'" t, leachl house
lay front time to tin i. p,'~ lh~e.
Article IV.
1. The General AP.s tlly sthi!l have
power to levy licc.ense taPts onliy on per
soan. partnerships, a s'slattori and c-r
po*ations engagedi in husi't.i or I.c"upls
lions that fall strict l tl.der II h. domaln
gef the polite tw:wer. and for tlhit purpose
to -assilfv all sutch lusi itirta,' anti ittu
patlons, and to gratdulte tII., tax within
each class.
2. Local subdivi.lons of the State gtt
ernment shall liiar t le poweltr to itv
llcenses onl businesses anld ~oc.(llpatirns
falling strictly within tle domain of the
police po.er as prIt; io d 1i tin frepn
ing sctlion for the Ststet, . r:,,. that s, llh
loc-al li-enes as may. he hviedl on Irafflic
In malt. vinous alnd ale'inh, tlt Ii tto'rs shll
not he lers than those ,lt.d i. tilht' StteI
nor less than those otow or htref:tflt'r it,
be prescribed by the Gel:rtr; Assent.ly as
mlnimunr local licenses.
3. Sulh local subdivisions as each it.
deternilne for Itself shall also have the
tight to Ivy license tatxes, classified and
grdiiatedl with due respect toI equalityi
and uniformity within eaih class., on all
buslness-es and o'ttlltutl inns not ctvered
by Sectlon 2 of this Arti ie' sate and ex
cept licenses on c'lrpor.ati.ns. perstons,.
firms and assocrations whorse property or
business is among the sourc-tS otf reienuc
reserved to the Sltate. and save and ex
cept licenses on Indlt iduals engaged int
trades. cccupations and callings involving
the personal labor or skill of the person
to be taxed, and not falling within the
dolnatn of the police power; and save and
excePt corporations. associations, part
nershins or Individuals engaged in manu
facturing or industrial pursuits whose
capital stock, or capital in business, is
less than five thousand dollars, and not
falling within the domain of the police
power: and save and except persons.
firms and corporations engaged in agrl
cultural or horticultural pursuits. In no
event shall any such local license ex
ceed one-tenth of one per cent of the
groes receipts of the licensee, providedl
that no license shall be less than $5.00.
nor shall the licenses provided for in
this section be levied unless the general
property tax of each taxing locality, when
ereised to sixty per cent of its limit.
shall not be sufficient to pay the expenses
of lts povernment. Whenever a munici
pi Hircense equals the license levied by
the parsh. only the municipal license
mall be due and collectible.
Article V.
1. All assessments of property for
State purposes shall be made by a State
Tax Commission, composed of three
members to be elected, not later than
July 1st. 1913, by a Board composed of
the Governor, the State Auditor and the
State Treasurer, from among the quall
Sed electors of the respective Railroad
Commislson Districts. as constituted at
this date, and they shall not be subject
to removal except for the causes and in
the manner provided for the removal of
adistrict Judges.
2. The terms of the first commissioners
shall be for two. four and six years.
The period each is to serve shall be de
termined by lot At the expiration of
such terms, election shall be for the pe
iled of six years; and commissioners shall
be elected and vacanct"p filled for any
wnexpired term by the qualified electors
tf the respective Railroad Commission 1
I)itricts at the regular congressional
elections held in this State tne first Tues
day after the first Monday in November
every two years; and at the said congres
skimal election held just prior to the ex
piratlon of their respective terms.
2. The Commission shall maintain an
oflice and have its domicile at Baton
Iteage, and the members shall reside in
Baton Rouse and devote their time ex
elusively to the discharge of their du
ties. C
4. They shall each receIve a salary of
live Thousand Dollars per annum, be
ginning January 1, 1914, and their tray
-"eng expenses, not exceeding a maximum
amount to be Axed from time to time by t
the (kneral Assembly, an itemized ac- r
.aneat of which shall be rendered in an
annual report,
I. The chbaman of the first Commis
'aon shall be named by the appointing
Beard and serve until the expiration of i
ela term of ofibe, and thereafter the
Commission shall select its .own chair- -
. The Cormmission and the individual
members thereof shall perform such d- t
ties In respect to assessment and taxa- n
tiok as Are herein prescribed. and such
other and further duties as the General C
Assembly may from time to time pre
scribe.
7. The General Assembly shall pro
wide mid Commtnssion with an adequate
leeal force. t
S. The Commission shall have power to R
adopt and enforce such reasonable rules. -
regulattens and modes of procedure, not
imesiatent with law, as it may deem
proper for the discharge of its duties, and I
to hear and determine complaints that
may be made against assessments, and
ether of its acts required or authorized
by laiw.
9. The Commission shall hate power r
to summon and compel the attendance
ef witnesses, to swear witnesses, and to Q
compel the production of books and pa- c
pes, to take testimony uinder comm..- '
son, and to punlsh for contemnt, as fully
as is provided by law for the district
courts. The General Assembly may pro
vide other penalties for violatIng the or
demr of the Commti,on.
1W. If any person, firm. association orc
eorporatlon shall be dlssatisfied wlthl the
assessment made or action taken by the I
Comnllmsion. such party may file a Detl
tjIon setting forth the cause of ohjer
tlon to such assessment or action of the
Comnamison or to either or both in a
coumrt of competent Jurlsdlction. at the
domicile of the Commission, rsilnst said
Commlnsion as defendant. Rltler party
lsyi appeal to the Supreme Court of the
State without regard to the amount In
waved; such appeals to be returnable
wtthtn ten days after the date that the
declsion of the lower court becomes final. d
All stash cases, both In the trial and ano
penlate court, shall be tried nummarily,
ead by preference over all other cases. t
Stch cases may be tried in the court of (
the riat hInta'ce either in chambers or
at term thee,
11. No bond shall be required of said *
CommLisson In any case In any court.
ar shall advance costs, or security for
csts, be reoutred of it.
I1. It shall be the duty of the Attorney
denseral. and the various district attor
ays on proner renlest or direction hby
the Cenmltaston of the Governor. to aid
the sald Commisaion in ell legal matters .
and to proserte and defend all cases In I
eeeoneance with sbch requests and direc- S
tine , A ftalre on the part of such law
elrers. whe so requPsted or directed to I
pernm the duties here lmnroosed upon t
them. shall coestltute misfeasance in
Article VI.
1. fter January 1st. 1914. all ssess,
nents. for all State purposes, except as1
Iaeithfter provided, shall be eynptc't l
on or. before April ist In each tear. tt Id
the taxes shall beconte due ntl ryah:e t
on the first Monday in JTuntp of each yeJar.
and shall become dielinquent on the first
Mondsy in September in ea:ch year. Each I
parish and muncl'a'it- sh:all ha:ve the
right to fix the date ftlr tlhe completion t
of Its local assessments. and tile payment
of Its local taxes and tlIcenses. cenernl i
and epectal. until othlern rltescrlbed by
the General Asetnmhl. Untilt othertwise
lrovdl@d, existing laws on these sublectls
shall be onerative. lever distrlct taxes
and torred contributions, e-nlu.sive of
produce taxes, shall he Resseti-d and le
come delinquent colncidentally with par- 1
Ish taxes. '
2. Puble service cornorpltilna shnl be
saresed on their phystetdr irtnrttv and i
on their franchises *ar'aratetlv, but the (
eeersl Anembly shall have power to all- t
tect the Tax Commlsslhn to usess the 1
property of Lsuch Cctrortitons at a valuat,
tltseindudinl both ohysiDc l Iroperty and I
*ssbilee, to ie detetrpined Iy gross re-- a
easatst. or by divdendHr 'in totks annt In
tesit natt on 1~bnole4 debt. or by ay I
eIler available mthed. I' I
& Inoepesratd behas shall he assesset aI
t ~msae the beckhokders In the bak i
w of the stock. I. C.. capItal stock. (
b >J ·P·.
surplus and undivided profits less the as
essed value of real estate locally as
-e sened and taxed,. and less such further
- deductions of not less than five per cen'
f .,n their loans and discounts to cover had
-1debts and unearned interest as the cieqi
•eral Assembly may prescrib'e. whihli dI,
Slnc-tion shall be made only from tIoeit
r surtn,!u and undividedl profits: all t..:e
It . lie paid by the banks -ntd charged t,
the stockholders.
S4. Ilndividual bh:nkers, bankiln firm,
a and unincorporated banking avrociatlont.
e d. n, !itel in thlis: State. shall be asse.stse.I
ott the amntc,tlt of capital. sutrplus ant
undivide.d profits actually employed in
a lrlir busil:ness. less the assessed it\Hlse of
- real e-tate locally assessed and taxed.
act.-:: Iy and exclusively used sand P n
- ploy.:el n their business, and less suCh
further 'leductiors not less than five per
I cent on their loans and discounts t,
- c, er had debts and unearned Interest as
Stlhe G;eneral Assembly may prescrlh,.
which deduction shall Ihe made only frot,
Stheir surplus and Itudivided profits.
Foreign banks ant indlvidual bank
y. rr. ankinlg firnts and unincorporated
banking assoRrcations. doretelled ott of t!,e
- State hbut doing business in this S:t te.
shalll be i:sscsaed ,n sutlch propo.-tin of
their capita I. surplus and undividtl
nrofits s ns i actuallly employed in this
State. less the asasssed value of real es
tate locally assessed and taxed, actually
and ex.htlsively used and employed it
their hysiness in this State. andI les
stuch fr'rther deductions, not less than
five per cent on their loans and dis
* counts. to cover bad debts and unearn
ed interest as the General Assembly
may prescribe. which deductions ihll?1
be made only from their surplus and un
dvl\lded profits.
t . Insulranc-e, bonding and -::rety cmon
* panies, and persons, firms and assowit
tions engaged in the insurance. lundin-;
and surety business, excluding however.
fraternal insurance companies and asso
clations. shall be taxed on a percentage
of their gross premiums received utpon
their business done in this State. Icss
return premiums and reinsurance in com
panies or associations authorized to do
business in this State. The percentage
aforesaid shall not exceed three per cent
for all branches of insurance, bonding
and surety business, except life and
industrial Insurance and shall not ex
ceed two per cent for life and Industrial
insurance. The special taxes to support
the office of fire marshal and fire pre
vention bureaus shall not be deducted
from the premiums hereby authorizedI to
be taxed. When by the laws of any other
State or country any taxes, fines, pen
alties, licenses, fees, deposits of money
or of securities, or other obligations, or
prohibitions are imposed on insurance.
bonding or surety companies of this State
doing business in such other State or
country, or uoon their agents therein in
excess of such taxes, penalties, fees, It
censes, deposits of money, or of recurti
ties, or other obligations or prohibitions
imposed upon such insurance, bonding
or surety companies of such other State
or country, so long as such laws continue
in force the same obllkations and prohl
bitions of whatsoeser kind may be Im
posed by the General Assembly of this
State unon Insurance, honding or surety
companies of such other State or country
doing bulsiness In this Stste.
7. Irrigation canals shall be taxed on
a percentage not to exceed two per cent
of their gross receipts, only such real es
tate and the buildings and structure i
thereon, rights of way. machinery. tools
and implements as are necessary to the
operation of any canal shall he Included
in and covered by this tax on gross re
ceipts. All other real estate and pers~nal
nropertv of the owner of any canal ihall
be locally assessed and taxed.
R. All sutar refineries, rice mills, rot
ton seed oil mills, cotton seed oil re
fineries and refineries of nretrole,'m tn 1
Its products shall be assessed on the fair
market valuation.
9. Until otherwise provided by t he
General Assembly by a vote pf two-thirrl s
of the members elected to each house. 'lli
operating mines of sulphur, salt or other
minerals, all oil or gas wells, all stone
quarries, sand, gravel and shell pits shall
be taxed upon a percentage of the gross
value of the product at the m-'tth of
the mine. well. quarry or pit. This per
centage shall not exceed five per cent fr
sulphur: three per cent for salt; two and
one-half per cent for oil and ga,. and
two per cent for reek and other mine-ls.,
inclusive of gravel, sand and shells. This
tar shall not apply to the product of any\
mines, nuarries or pits or oil or gas wells. t
where the owner, other than ubhlic ser
vice corporations, uses the same for ils a
personal purposes and does not sell the !
same or its produats or manufacture the s
same into another product for sle.
Where gravel, sand or shells are taken 1
from the beds of public waters or from
shores not subject to private ownershln.
the General Assembly may levy specral
taxes noer cubic yard of material taken
out and may levy a different special tax
for each of samid objcts of taxation. The
Government of the United States for any
nuroses,. and contractors engaged in the
etnatructlin of any public work for the
State or for the United States solely for
the nUrpose of s'yvh public work 'se sa
thorized to take free from taxation
gravel, shell or sand from the beds of
nublc waters and the public shores of
the State. Every citizen of thl State
shall have a similar right to take such
materials for his own nersonal use free t
from taxation, unless they are taken for
sale. All real and personal property of
the owners of such mines. wells. qua rrtes
and pits. except machinery. tools and tm
plements absolutely essential to tile on
eration of any mine. oil or eas well. =tone
Quarry. sand, gravel or shell pit. san1 ex
cept the products themselves white in
the hands of the producer, shall be Io
ally assessed and taxed.
11. All real and peraoal property re
served fort local taxation shall be ss~esse
at sucht nercentage not to exceed t100 per
cent of its fair market value as each la
cal governing authority may establish.
and a lower percentage may he estah-l
lishbel for personal than for real property
or for the values of improvements tIlan
for lad values.
11 In all assessments of real property
whether for local or for State purposes.
the value of the land shall he assessed
separately from the valne of the Improve
ments; hut railroad. pine line and canal
rilhts of way. whether held in fee or un
der easement. may he assessed setarately
from. or together with, the Imnrovements
thereon as the Tax Commission may
deem most practicable.
12. Assessments shall h narraneed geo
graphlcally as far as, possible either uren
the roll or unon selarate records and the
General Assembly shall prass laws pro
vldinr for the printing -and publication In
namphlet form of the records, showlng
such eographlcally arranged assessmments
and for the sale of suchl pamphlets at a
small prici,.
1.. lverv taxnayer shall have the
right of testinw the correctness of his as
sessment in the courts withiln such time
as the Genernl Ac"bhly mnay nsserthbe:
and no lmroperty shall be asessed for a 1
sum In excess of the pereentare of its
fair market --'tIn., as prescribed by the
governing authority.
14. State licenses and snecial State
taxes shall he dute and navabhle at such
tlnie as the General Assembly may pre
scribe.
Article VII.
1. Every municpallty shall lisve the
right to provide. at Its discretion, by
ordinanme of its governing authority, the
officer or officers. who shall collect its
taxes. an. to fix the compensation to
be paid such ofloer. or officers. and the
mnWde of their election or appointment:
and ever- Parish at:all elect by a vote of
its qualifled electors the noicer. or offi
rers. to assess its property for taxation.
the conlnenslttlon of such officer or o19
cers to be fixed by the Police Jury not
less than ten months before the election.
and not subtict to change during the
ekrtedc officerE inctmency. This power
shall not 1.. cersseed In the Parishes.
nor in tl-. Parif h of Orleans as to asses
sors. until the tosma of oftice of the pres
ent incumbents er,'lre. After January 1.
1914. and :ntil thlt expiratlon of the
terntl of -id officers. all local assess
mrts shall he ma!'o by the assessors (f
eqch Parlisl and the earssr of e New
Orleans at the rrprent tate of compena
tfln. Alt local t;taxes and licenses except
than ln-ta. ir l w'l r-nalitios shall he
eolletedt byh the Shaerti if each Parish ex
rent t. Poat'lsh fr-Ie-nra, at the tres
nt rate af ecn*menatinn un'esa such
commensaton shall be changerd by the
Cenerai Assemhlv. After January 1.
1914. Plrish A..ssetrs shall he compen
sated by the Parishes and the Assesmei
the Parish of Orleans by the City o Ne
Orleans. If under tle refelepdum apsd
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SYNOPSIS.
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
Quintards, 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 boe. Na
thaniel Perrls buys the Barony, but the
Quintards deny any knowledge of the
boy. Yancy to keep Hannibal. Captain
Murrell, a friend of the Quintards, ap
pears and asks questions about the Bar
ony. Trouble at Scratch 11111. when Han
nibal is kidnaped by Dave Blount. Cap
tain Murrell's agent. Yan-y overtakes
Blount, gives him a thrashing andI secures
the boy. Yancy appears before Squire
Balaam, and is discharged with costs for
the plaintiff. Betty Malroy. a friend of
the -Ferris.s, has an encounter with Cap
tain Murrell, who forces his attentions on
her, add Is rescued by Bruce Carrington.
Betty sets out for her Tennessee home.
Carriegton takes the same stage. Yancy
and Hannibal disappear, with Murrell on
their trail. Hannibal arrives at the home
of Judge Slocum Price. The Judge recog
nizes in the boy, the grandson of an old
time Flend. Murrell arrives at Judge's
home. Cavendish family on raft rescue
Yancy. who is apparently dead. Price
breaks jail. Betty and Carrington arrive
at Be:;e Plain. Hannibal's rifle disclosed
some startling things to the judge. Han
nibal and Betty meet again. Murrell ar
rives in Belle Plain. Is playing for big
stakeu. Yancy awakes from long dream
leas sleep on board the raft. Judge Price
rrnaka startling discoveries In looking up
land titles. Charles Norton, a young
planter, who assists the judge. is mys
teriously assaulted. Norton informs Car
ringtna that Betty has promised to marry
him. Norton is mysteriously shot. More
light on Murrel's plot He plans upris
na 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.
daughter of the overseer, who warns
Betty of danger and counsels her to
leave Belle Plain at once. Betty. terri
fied, acts on Bess' advice, and on their
way their carriage It 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 arrival of Ware. terrified
at possible outcome of the crime. Judge
Price. hearing of the abduction. plans ac
tlon. The Jidge 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
raell is arrested for negro stealing and his
bubble bursts. The Judge and Mahaffy
discuss the coming duel. Carrington
makes frantic search for Betty and the
boy. Carrington finds Betty and Hanni
bal. and a fierce mtn fight follows. Yancy
appears and assls in the rescue. Bruce
Carrington and B .ty come to an under
standing. The Judge receives an import
ant letter. Solomon Mahaffy's last fight.
Fights duel for the judge and is killed.
CHAPTER XXXII.--(.ontlnued)
Hannibal instantly sat erect and
looked up at the judge, his blue eyes
wide with amazement at this extraor
dtnary statement.
"It is a very strange story, Hanni
Jal, and its links are not all in my
bands, but I am sure because of what
I already know. I, who thought that
not a drop of my blood flowed in any
veins but my own, live again in you.
Do you understand what I am telling
you? You are my own dear little
grandson-" and the judge looked
down with no uncertain love and pride
into the small face upturned to his.
"I am glad if you are my grand
father, judge," aiid Hannibal very
gravely. "I always liked you."
"Thank you, dear lat," responded
the judge with equal gravity, and then
as Hannibal nestled back in his grand
father's arms a slngie big tear drop
ped from the end of that gentleman's
prominent nose.
"There will be many and great
changes in store for us," continued
the judge. "But as we met adversity
with dignity, I am sure we shall be
able to endure prosperity With equani
mity---only unworthy matures are al
fected by what Is at beat supertficial
and accidental. I mean that the
blight of poverty is about to be lifted
from our lives."
"Do you mean we ain't going to be
pore any longer, grandfather?" asked
Hannibal.
The judge regarded him with in
finite tenderness of expression; he
was profoundly moved.
"Would you mind saying that again,
dear lad?"
"Do you mean we ain't going to be
por'e any longer, grandfather?" re
peated Hannibal.
"I shall enjoy an adequate compe
tency which I am about to rgover. It
will be sufficient for the indulgence of
those simple and Intellectual tastes I
propose to cultivate for the future."
in spite of himself the judge sighed.
This was hardly in line with his
ideals, but the ri~ht to choose was no
longer his. "You will be very rich.
Hr.nnibal. The Quintard lands-your
grandmother was a Quintard--wlll be
yours; they run up into the hundred
of thousands of acres hereabout; this
land will be yours as soe' as I can
cstab!lsh your Identity."
"Will Uncle Eob be rich too?" in
quired Hlannibal.
S"Certainly. How can he be poor
when we possess wealth?" answered
the judge.
"You reckon he will always live
with us, don't you, granifather?"
"I would'not have it otherwtae. a
admire Mr. Yancy--e i simple sad
dsrect aI. aS ser snar uodsuun eA
THE
PRODIG AL
JUDGE
Li y VAUG I1Ar iKESa
heaven except that of fools. His treat
ment of you has placed me under
everlast!ng obligations; he shall share
what we have. My one bitter, un
availing regret is that Solomon Ma
haffy will not be here to partake of
Sour altered fortunes." And the judge
sighed deeply.
"Uncle Bob told me Mr. Mahaffy
got hurt in a duel, grandfather?" said
Hannibal.
"He was as inexperienced as a
child in the use of firearms, and he
had to deal with scoundrels who had
neither mercy nor generous feeling
but his courage was magnificent."
Presently Hannibal was deep in his
account of those adventures be had
shared with Miss Betty.
"And Miss Malroy-where is she
now?" asked the judge, in the first
pause of the boy's narrative.
"She's at Mr. Bowen's house. Mr.
Carrington and Mr. Cavendish are
here too. Mrs. Cavendish stayed
down yonder at the Bates' plantation.
Grandfather, it were Captain Murrell
who had me stole-do you reckon he
was going to take me back to Mr.
Bladen ?"
"I will see Miss Malroy in the
morning. We must combine-our in
terests are identical. There should
be hemp in this for more than one
scoundrel! I can see now how crim
inal my disinclination to push myself
to the front has been!" said the judge,
with conviction. "Never again will I
shrink from what I know to be a pub
lic duty."
A little later they went down-stairs,
where the Judge had Yancy make up
a bed for himself and Hannibal on
the floor. He would watch alone be
side Mahaffy. he was certain this
would have been the dead man's wish;
then he said good night and mounted
heavily to the floor above to resume
his vigil and his musings.
CHAPTER XXXIII.
A Crisis at the Court-House.
Just at daybreak Yancy was roused
by the pressure of a hand on his
shoulder, and opening his eyes saw
that the judge was bending over him.
"Dress!" he said briefly. "There's
every prospect of trouble-get your
rifle and come with me!"
Yancy noted that this prospect of
trouble seemned to afford the judge a
pleasurable sensation; indeed, he had
quite lost his former air of somber
and suppressed melancholy.
"I let you sleep. thinking you need
ed the rest," the judge went on. "But
ever since midnight we've been on the
verge of riot and possible bloodshed.
They've arrested John Murrell-tt's
claimed he's planned a servile rebel
lion! A man named Hues, who had
wormed his way into his confidence,
made the arrest. He carried Murrell
into Meumphis, but the local magis
trate, Intimidated, most likely, de
clined to have anything to do with
holding him. In spite of this, Hues
managed to get his prisoner lodged in
jfail, but along about nightfall the sit
uation began to locok serious. Folks
were swarming into town armed to
the teeth, and Hues fetched Murrell
across country to Raleigh-"
"Yes," said Yancy.
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"Well, the sheriff has refused to
take Murrell into custody. Hues hs
him down at the court-house, bhu
whether or not he is going to be' ale
to hold him is another matter!"
Yancy and Hannibal had dressed' by
titl time, and the judge led the way"
from: the house. The Soratch liUler
looked about him. Across the street
a group of men, the greater number of
whom were armed, stood In front of
Ptggoe's tavern. OlancinF in: the dl.
rection of the court-house; he ob
served that the square before it held
other groups. But what impressed
him more was the ominous silence
that' was everywhere: At h1i elbow,
the judge was breathing deep.
"We are face to face with, a very
deplorable condition, Mr. I"ncy.
Court'was to sit here today, butiJttdge
Morrow and the public prosecutor
have left town, and as you see, Mule
rell's friends have gathered for'w 1n5-
cue. There's a sprinkling' of tte bet
ter element-but only a sprihliing:
I saw Judge Morrow this morning at
four o'clock-I told him I would' ot>
ligate myself to present for Ittls em
sideration evidence of a striktin aMd
sensational character, evidence which
would show conclusively that Murrell
should be held to await the action' of
tne next grand Jury-this was after a
conference with Hues-I guaranteed
his safety. Sir, the man refusedt
listen to me! He showed' liself'ut
terly devoid of any feeling of public
duty." The bitter sense of failure
and fttility was leaving the judo
The situation made its demands on
that basic faith in -his own powers
which remained imbeddedin'Ms chas
acter.
They had entered the court-house
square. On the steps of the building
Betts was arguing loudly with HeOs,
who stood In the doorway, rills
hand.
"Maybe you don't know this is eout
ty property?" the sheriff was saytng.
"And that you have taken unlawful
possession of it for an unlaWul per
pose? I am going to open thedm doors
-a passel of strangers can't keep
folks out of a building their own
money has bought and paid forl"
While he was speaking, the judge-had
pushed his way through the crowd to
the foot of the steps.
"That was very nicely saidd Mr.
Betts." observed the Judge. Me
smiled widely and sweetly. The shes
ff gave him a hostile glare: "Dsnyou
know that Morrow has left: town?"
the judge went on.
"I ain't got nothin' to do with-Judg4
Morrow. It's my duty to sea that
this building is ready for. Ias wheb
he's a mind to open court' Ins It;"
"You are willing to assume the re
sponsibtlity of throwing open these
doors?" inquired the Judge affably.
"I shorely am," said Betts. "Why,
some of these folks are our. leading
people!"
The Judge turned to the crowd, and
spoke in a tone of excessive civility.
"Just a word, gentlemenl--the aher
if is right; It is your court-louse and
you should not be kept out of it. No
doubt there are some of you whose
presence in this building will sooner
or later be urgently desired. We are
going to let all who wish to enter, but
1
.- -
1 beg you to remember that there will
be five men frsfde whose prejudiees
sre all in favor 4D law and order."
Me pushed past lUes and entered the
eort-house, follmdd by Yancy and
Hanlnibal. "We'll lot 'em In where A
can talk to 'em," lit saki almost gaily.
"Blbsdes, they'll come in anyhow when
they get ready, ao tdle' s no sense ia
exciting them."
In the court-house. Murrel, bound
hand and foot, was seated between
(Carrington and the eals of LImbeth
Iw the little railed-of space below the
Judge's bench. Fear andL suerhag ha4
blanched his unshaven cheeks and
lven a wild light to his deply aunt.
e. eyes. At sltht of Ya.Yt a smOth
ored exclamation broke from his Ups;
he had supposed this ma dead these
many months!
Hues had abandoned hib pest, and
the crowd, suddenly grown eameors,
stormed the narrow entrance. One of
the doors, borne from its hings, went
down with a crash, The judge, a
flere light lashing from. his ee,
tared to Yanc.
"No matter what hapens, this tel
low Murrell Is not to escape-!4 he
calls on his frreds to acue hia
Is to be shot!"
The hball was alling with swrerag,
struggling men, the Iaotr. slabe be
heath their heavy treed; the they
burst into the coortreoom and saletd
Murrell with a great shoaut But Mua
roll, bouad, in rags, apd shahi Ms
lips froam in a wofihL gr8in, was a
s lig hsight, and tha boi4ee elt
*etins of as urestrained , mess.
nesu g from him.
Lees nolsy now, the crowd a"
itself eat among the beacL s or
swarmed up Into the tiny galle at
the back of the building. Man ater
man had hurried forward, Inleat s
passig' beyond the railing, but ese
had ano atered the judge, fora
ble and forbidding, and ad. tusrnt
aside Gradually the many pairs ea
eyes roving over the-little group s.
roundl , the outlaw, focussed AhW .
selves on 8locum Price. It was Ia o
conscous. recognitlo of thant ia
force whidh was his, a. tribute to t
grim 4dignity of his unshaken eaae,
what he would do seured wore o,
He was harmed to hear htn amo.
pas In a whisper tem lup Is M0
Wall, it was time ther new -hlet mI
squared hds ponderous shoulder sad
Smad tre a ture eemm ds a ese.
Battered; shabby and debaeurlu, he
was like some old wei hoiso wrh
salts the-oder of battletht the whe
inoentineetly brings to his maotrls.
"Dost, let himo speakl" trtud a
vorice, a a tumt' e asoeeded
Co0 sad tenomiasta the jpge
waited 'or it to sutside He sm tdat
th eSlor was stealis back tU t Mar
rell's face.- The outlaw was fteas ,
that he was a leader setow tý ,
these *era his friends mmsi ainar
his aafettwas their sensb too. to a
lull Ii thi atorm of sund te d1ge
attempted to make htmral Ihear4 bt
his words were lost n the angry roar
that decenaded on. hilk.
"Don't let him speakn Mla Ml
Kill Miml''
A score of men sprmg to th feet
and. tram all side em th esik oe
rile and pistol hammers s the were
drawsh to the full ceek. The levag
fate seemed to res a a weath. tie
swn g boeat on hi. heel g sae a
caunt ed to Yamey and O(vedh,
who, failig back a step tsemed their
gunsai t heir shonor and eovered
Mumdi A sudder aush grew up ouOt
orf the tmult; the ctes, n lry sad
Jeerlg, dwilndled to mrPrmr, sad a
deed par of semue rwste m the
uiawded room.
The verr t4sW D trrwaph wm a
the fedse's mouth. Then am ae.
motien at the beck of the builtdg.
A ripple oI eomment, and Colanet
lgtress elbowed his way throlgh the
erowd. At spi t e his eaesay the
$olse's ace weat from whte to rend,
whille his eyee Muaed; but for the oe.
meat the fres of his emotions left
him speechlem Here sad there, s
he advanceud, entres recognised a
triend and bowed coolly to the right
and let.
*cTO 5 CONTINUED.)
ImpreveE Spanklng Mahlne.
A speak·tlq machle, operated W
electricity and warranted to eare us.
irly younsters, was exhirbited a New
York recentlyu. Th eectur spamk
is ceatruete somewhat similar to a,
electric vibrator. Tbhe preUmlnuay
prepIratlets for an electrie speanlll
are the same asu in the olden days.
Whan the child is ready the hard rub'
ber disk is applied to the area uad
treatuent and the current turned .
Small disks are provided for the
feage' M~ deraa. To add to the ether
advautages of the siettke spsnker, It
ight. bsaid it does not pain thel.
uare.tt moreo thn the chhl
t wlVSnLkt i sdkem ed a uatele
migF htey to tdlooii pu- m
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