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-'"* COPYRIGIIT, 1901, BY THIOMA,
A DANGECROUS MElTINO.
Although a copile of' weeks had pass
ed since Jimhes iel vinl arrived onI 'OS
sum1) iidge, the public bad by Io iteIalis
lost Interest In him, and nelther had Its
curliosity regarding him been in any teo.
gree satislied. lie was still a tilhijert
of wontder, and speculatilon voncerning
him-his past life atId chairaItr ci al
his purpose in coming to the li -itg' -
was 1s rife as It hail ever beel.
Of course his staitenilell to old 111i1n
Turner that he hal(d comeIV IIereto1 IrO-t
pect for minen halid spraltd IIIbOad
aliong tile people, but therle' wetr ery
few who bel!'?ved for. a it hlalie t 1 t11:1t
there wavIs i word of' truth iI It. ThIIer
were to I ine a e velot' ilive ts i tll:t
Section alnd, S1so fa s anly one kw. tr4
i o nois rs f rin ral delimsits. Il
view of thse tings, wtliw i eilo
was thiere of a coinpany (o ttapit:msis
seld.(tk ing t a Irua therli on liny s ch i I
ill) S.a11111so:1, S s O W 1*1 Orals f l i i HlIM
Ity to judge peo le at fir-t 1ih, 4a
bien compelled to al it, thoug lih, did
It reluctia tly enughli t nlt' it foll r It nice Ilt
lraid ae1l41 a mistaki wheIt he ml 0111it'
dently a.i s srlted that Melvi t' wls ai
rIllea er and that his object inl eting
to Poussuinl Ridge wsto h14oh l sne
"evetin's i t the (t11t 10 11n "n -ti tn
holuse." Jason i oberts, Wtill h01 tinlt
exCuse for holding to hi s ter 111' not 1
opinion, continued to rgue 1hav e lic %
there for the puriose orfm. llin, sai tine
th1ing. But Jaisonl was alo i, wr v try'.
oll ly so, in hIe ll ipillilll, a'ld ll h lit
and )lat had the St. d ll! io lie saI ing
Jlln Thorn,1 liund. upst'-r, lolisltlil t '
leald In pubile opinion for ollwe.
todvt soon ot woved thal(hot whivier'
hae went tiheed people watched him culi
ously anid t1Imt thle great manjkrity (of
the n so l fin till 1nista kal , diLois
doll to aivoid himn. lic conl (en Igl,
but few k the l oin l overs otion . if
h o I h e mse group ' timi :141a till'
ebtook herto sh to-el 1he l si'il.ni o ll
Ills n tuer htI- it'l'itdia ot b Ilg a '
exrsaidge fr1 irke ghtilleds :nti tlt'still
ly, one bly one, dn1-ppe-d away 11unil hc
a left abtl'e.
Oif course this ritSlit onilO 1.11h 1 h l
the people whi ph.asant t. a it .ra
ger, for gt It Inade h tu l t hat i. us
nlot w lo IIIt : lt tha t hi s tt
was less ry ofer. i
To Mle vinl It waIs 1111nc . It 1110 tI
ann -htoyed b' t disarbed(I.' m. .
inat1 who s. aryIn inl hi-. I -.Ii n
h"Nson o'te that.heIwioin tobefu!
outel an aoul anttl thantiy coul for
conduIt tof t oe ou hiuIns. ureit
Ixcyou heis suapicions in thunlwn lin
bin loa feeling It uintnbetwrigs. t
do' leve ts; utingt two weonk,
I loe you had I'lati visittoa' you.keI
chases' t he I t. rbt''rait o
hear fdit lreu*thre. uic Ie, wau
ever,' heay contha s e hnt' "o
hisu Ipurosle repnlied. "It hati
moe rightithaneanmdonefelsee fil'aI lov
lopmore, ahnd iou loosinc.l thha
thiekwodhe e caely, butder face t
fa er with.\ds. Preaentl hoh .'ated
hin'tl youlve an, Louiasngh"
hnd wIte has moene looked uptol
"You ar el: I h rid I
yoTharenkot, y.ou'd Spac in. you
hat noras ttt!" ia ha.
"Thcn Ite re," h rid, hoyfully,
furher looreds upto hsfa and ena(te
"Gtomen iose wonhIisv drawnd bu-r
ians tway ez behwl thel ILas lo.
BY THOMAS -
P. MONTFORT -'-Y
"It Isa n~~wedc," hc rep)lied.~ ""e
learned to love when Nwe lid a righl.
before you inarriled thait man. It Is not
as though we had begtui to lo% 114)w
You were inline- your heiart 1niid your
soul--hel'ore you Iweafli Iis. We loved
each other tly-1, anIId It is Iot wicked iI
118 that our love wIll not Ilie."
" don't know,"' shl answered
thougltlfl' lly. "It seeiiis like' 111 happl
ness Is wrolig ainld tlat we cai't (lo
right withouit being iiniseraile. Oh, I
don't kiow why wve should ever liave
"Siy raith.r that you dlon't knilt(w why
"Ol, 1ouis:., why dId you1 go aIwiy
from tle when youi kliew I loved you
and witited you to be lily wIfe'? W Iy
did( you leave lte wheni you lovedl nie?"
"] didn-t. knlow then."
"Dlidn't knlow what1C?"
"That I lovedl you."
"Dlidn't you knlow I( thient"
"No. I knew I liked you. 1nil I
thoiuhit oi you set ti.ies III I a d:ierin
wiy 4ro11 what i evel t1hoght 41 a. ny
(pile eise, b1it I was young, an 1 I1 h1n' 1
lili)%w w h.at love was."
"Why 4ll41 youl Inarry - that t r?
.lIy parents urgel d tiie. lit11 1 ILiwel
hin. I vlle thought i loved himA In .
radthe rels(it w l:tlg a tn awalnigt aIn
',I*\\ 3.11,41 t i't
wI ll li t he trut. T , wIm
illn: wa bitterni cruel I . "
"i'i yolus l h salid 11 t'
pIla i g hi I is ba ld Iliii i r' 1il-:i1. ".\ :
" Yes ; I sulfeored," shte repIl ie-d wonrily.
".tal I od lo e kn owsow i n 1u11'' lI I sil%
I know." he said, ag.in taking her
''11int in us.li t IIhere I h-. ew Ili
She shook her~l hecad silowl.I.
"it will bet thet s. 11i t'.a thlt. past andl
(t(ie presentf. I shiall go (Onil llo ii a
"lilt yonll11e(1 illot ."
Ile w as thougih illy silent fIo I li tle
whil'. Thn) he. said:
"Lllisa, you have nk righkt to sci
ie lift! a t I
bngY your lit' Wid 1hainess, bnin e o .
SI oui he t sino, a lt'r greatr Si than
-- th e o tb
si! kew Is 141ning, :11 She. drew
ItwVay ' roin b1l11. W het, Shit spolw,
there.L was resenltinent in) her. voice.
"I dol't think I hale given o ay
s been fIo saying titt," s Dot go
tit. Y u intst let,
'ne o."tr tiel ~usL
aftr Ill 'OUr longo sarationel" hse
"In hur oe.
"Ihae saletoo 1iin 'leay""h
"1 did11 nolest nn t at Inthien to
hut you, hall I hto ly ." nerl
head.1(' Wotii her lieemuisa?" l
"''yes (14' blive youi. INowiiI iI iit
gos b~en sluce I I saw' yttl Don'ti go
just; yet 131111Irii-st 01'
"'it (11s you who114 a(re scruel
"anlht' il't you undersandlwh t'u
keeing lme aterel~ mans?"euwtha
"Irennoi undestan hat lItpeas
tasteliof heento me"i etl o
t"And lore pa, and nu~rin a forl
tll you thin I hve o cons,.juch t"
"Iwoh youtin itr eloss wnheonew
drop ofyour logh itis banto lof you
go.ehen shal l pt'see you~ atIn':"
the mnlillons (t h itman beliis on thR
earth. Is your love greater thaI that?"
"No. 11ut yet you dive mie from
"I do, because I know it Is best and
because I a in strong enough to resist
temptation. You must leave here, and( 1
weLi must ievet imtet againl. Goodby."
"Wat a Imolielit. )ild you receive
amy note that i rst (aly I came?"
"I am glad of It. I was afrald the
boy I seit it by might lose it or got it
isiiplaced. You knew who it was
"O 0f Coit I'se.
"Amld I Presule You wondered what
"Naturally. I cold not understand
why you should be so anxious to keep
yotir namie a secret."
"Shall I tell you?"
"J list ats you please."
"I think I would better. I am In hid.
"In hiding! Froin what?"
"Fromn tie law."
She started back with a little cry of
ril'j)t'se and 1)1a1in and placed her hand
oil hier heart.
"Oh, Frank!" she cried. "You havo
not ('0tuiiittt'd a cLr'ile? Don't tell ine
"I .ouisa," lie said in all seriousniess,
"I have (on1e soIethlIng dreadful,
soin('thing I would give all the world to
udo. liut it, was not mlly fault. I did
It heanlist' I (ould iot lielp it."
She lookel tilt at hi ini woIlderingly,
whi a t1 erile seinsion of fear and
(re'ad tlugged lit ier' heart. W' Ith that
keen, unneountabile itiltioni pecillar
to w(1114-n she gu'lessed the truth ait
onc'', bit she would nlot accuse lili
evel to hiit'self. She drew a little
naIIrr to ha1111 d Spol iI low tonts.
" I-,-'raItik, " she saItid, "tell file thle
tr1u11h. What hav%-( you donet10"
"Are you sure," hle asked, "that I
hadll better tell you':"
"Yes; I miiust know."
"11111 It Is dtiful, Louisa."
"Yes; I expect th1e worst."'
"TIe very worst ?
"The vey worst."
"And YoUi do not shrink fron me?"
"No, bVeaeiIL' 3ou m:ay youR were not to
blate 111 (1tht yout couldi't help it."
"lIut I t reible to tell you."
"Ilave RIO feari for tue. I belIev
what You have sitid. You have"
"Taken the lif'e ofi a fellow 1 mani'!
"You illis i1n1y say wltt you pleise',
ait YOU ul 11111 Y sIiy it jest ns long 11s
yoll unlls please; hut, as I have said be
fore inl its I'll colitineitr to say, thar's
s0min111I pow'fiul heavy at-weighin n111
Sn ill an11k4' iit
"Lord, Pl) 8:ampsl"on, you've bieen
at-sayin ftell words till we unils haI.ve aill
donele rn 'em1-) by .1111 hea,11 Ml You can111
keep ()n 21-S-1yin '4-m1 till youi've woreo
'e1 pIIiiiI oti if yI wait to, blut I
tell yolu right now yuill'rt brlilkliR) lilte
wron1g t'e. I' salid lefor', al I Say
ag'i, that all on taris le Itiatter
with Silli)ns Is 1tha ie's fixin to <
iiave ai spell Iof I'evir." '
''You have oahi lhat. .htioii Itoberits,
thO ol 30s 1 tilliilt. lilt If y'Ol'll allow
ilit I jest Wall lii aisk y'oi OnRe (lies.
Toul jest g.o ah teaildIa Batupson1, anl
ask all thle 'Inlestin y(11 Ou please. I'll
answier aill I kin of 'etii, an wmhten you
as5k tone I C1nn't scraple up1 itO aniwer fort;
"Vetry wvellI. N ow. then, ,Jason0 lob-|
ets, entni youR t'll mR liwhyli3 a feller fix in
to haiive a spiell of fe'ver wiould go mop1-|
ilInroundl for' t wo lonlg weeks, Riot a-feel-|
In slek norii nothlin , bu11t jest actin for all1
te worl Iike he'd lost e vetr'Riet hie
back'~ . 'an you11 jest tell mec that '"
"'Couldn't a teller lix In to hav1 e thle
fevter net that a1-way ?"'
"'i lbby hel. couild, , lsoni, but lie don't.
Yolu hain't anliswer'ed liy (JuestIOn,
'"N' y 0 noio Is, I'api, that thar' alin't Rno
nieed or him aniswein It, for I reckon
you an1 Jastin's bo0th got the wronig ptig
by the tail.''
"'If yo'r'te so smarllt, Jim11 Thorn, whiy
doni't y'ou Rettehi ito the penl an gI t ai
hold oft the tail of the righit plgt"
"Th'len youR jes5t show that pilg to us an
let uts see its ('olor1, wmill you?"2'
''1 wIll. Ali on 'athl's the maltter
with SI anks is toot this.~ ll's
maoonin rounid '11use lie enni i't have her,"
"'That's thei 'olor of' thie pigK you got
by the tail. ia.
'"Thn, Junii iThori. all1 I got to say is
thiat yoti d id'l t eve I'l 4it yet11r pig oulteni
the riht iie'n. The one 011 you got's a
sont, but you11 .iest wit an y~t ou'lI see."'
I 'a p t humlped his enn'tie downl almost
vIe lo 11013.
"'Jilt Thlorn,'" lhe osait, "y3oul'll never
make tue htelleve'i no ichI a Ithitig as that
of 5111m HanRks, Riot If you'I prleach it till
y'ouRr hteitd's as 1bahI as5 aiIit Iumk in, I've
k nowed Sim sincIte lie wa 'n't no bigger
thanl a1 eat, an i 1n t' say013, ani s1ay It opein
an ab1o1veboard't, Itillt I ait' t liever yet
knowed~t't bIinti to io itry3 a sfiglte thing
that he lit' a11111y eatll t o be aishiamIed of.''
"'N1y lanid. l'atp. do y'ou t hiink beln in
loive wilth Nlis'uis Nlaln l i anythlulg to
be' itshamied of't"
''It woui lit fotr a man11 that1's al
ready13 got at woiianl slhor'ely, 11n iin't
kntowi, Jriun T1hornt, but whati I 'dI he1
aishamned of it e'venii I didn't havi no ii
There w'~as a geneRatlI lit1gb at
which entIsedl 'ap to atra'ighiten lip andti
"Th'lat'R a pultty hard knock on I the
wldder,"'Ilieks observ~ed presently.,"hnt
if P'ap was a widower I bet lie wou~inIi't
talk 110 slech a way."
"Nary t ime lie wouldnl't," ,lnsoni
agreed, "L~ord! If l'ap was ainglt, he'd(
lbe cuittin r'ounld after' tho womieni
wulss'ni a hungry e'at after crieiami."
"That's all right, JIason," P'ap saitd,
"an I Reckon you1 ain't talkin so
moughty mutch Out of y'our' head as
sonme folks mtought think. Lord a-mias.
53', it's a powv'full good thing f'or t hese
young c'hiaps round here that I haIi't
*Ingle. Lord(, I'd soon h.lave all thir
liesen out of joint even If I am iini onl
"You 'low you1 could cut 'em all out,
" 4Je as eay as falllin tlown a well
Why, shu1cks4, Jak1e, donl't you know I'C
Lkave the plek an~d ch'.lee utnlong the
Wvo niell 7",
"Mebby you1 woulin't, Pap," soti
Me said, "if that Mi'. )ielvin were tc
ltilrn loose an take to sparkin r'ound."
"lteekon Simu Hanks' wvife Is the Only
wvoman Melviii keers 'bout t sparkin,'
roung Sam Morgan observed.
l'ap Sampson brought 1i.9 cane dowi
"Sam Morgan," he said, "do yoU
nind how Sti Banks done Jim Thon
thar, right here on this platform, the
"I guess I (1o," Sfam replied.
"Then let iue tell you that It you ain't
tehii to be done the 111110 way you'l
"Tell -u18 al1 about it, woufi't youm"
letter tightenl the revins oil yourlt b1osses
lititle anl be Sorter keert'ul wvhar You
"I hlaill't arearil of Sim lan iks."
"Youl hetter he it' y-ou git to le-ttinl
'mll. tonlguet 1,un onl I.41neesy."
"I hainl't saild nar1y it word about
.oucvesy, have I ':"
"\Yanl, in-bby notA exactly."
"Btut I wIII Say this, l'ap sailupsonl. I
voIlldil'1 wvallt lit) wift' of tillille IlileetUil
hait fllr1 out inl th o a 1tdin
'talkinl lo hin, with himn a-holt of her
"Youl mieanl to saly, Sain \Morganl, thlat
touesy Itaiks done th'a"
"I ain't enllitt It() nlames, I'l'a S.alup
onl, but I rec'ko mliost anybody ort to
e thriigh a hoard if it's got a :ighr
ole Iln it."
Tlet init exchanged i surpri 1
tlatinc, buit fIo a little m ile no ole
poke. Finally, hiowever, icks broke
"Sai,"lh salid, "have you been seeh
iat vIi vili al' some ti lil doi n like
"01 'TIout iren tionin lit ini es, Jake,
inl bounial to say 1 have."
"Whlen was it, ai whiar? "
"eYisttddy evenin, right down here in
;limt Banksi' own iliece of tiilber land."
"Tell It, :l 'hout it, wvonl't You?"
There11 was- a1 conlcerted hlitching of
'hair up los r .11-1111d 3a1,1a d a
msihoaittstt as3 1tl hav eat oe
he littl group iT, er whasitle' vr
ittl, ofeieineti rt dinteet heo thn
lve.s oif the eiltzens or P'ossult Itidye,
uid when'l any t thing strianige or out (of
he' colgninult did lulilppen they liked te
nake th Ittoost8 of It and1( et~loy It to t he
uillest 10ss1ible ox tent.
''Ten, too, inl tis inlstane, they .sc'ent
ad stomiethintg it the way of scandal
listenetrs4. Unsoph~liistIietl and s11m1ph
ais tiley) wert, I ty possessedl tha t insa
tLable curmioslity (a114 that1 moorbid love t:
the unlsavorlty whlih art' nott altogethlei
thIngs apart11 frinl thei lives of manyli o
Sam .\iorgan, tindiing htitnself' the een'l
tter of' alt tag'r girtup whlo walltd will
01)en inoth Is for' himi 1 1tospek, t'elt hi
impoirtanctte, attl It was excusable [
hun tat lhe remtalint'd silenit for a littli
whlteIt to enjoye, the situitaton. It wat
ntot 'el'ry tdaty lbe ('ould( occupyI)3 ai posi
thon tlIke I tha. tt, ndIt was v'ery ntatur'a
that lie shotuld desire to make the 1110
But glor'yIing in a Itinmlph, eve sue15i('
ai tr' till h as511 tha t ita110t las It forevier
So finally Som oin tes'tendetd t) speak.
"via' bee Souttt n-utoi," he shotan
"anilel orni 'n up oners tImhe litk
timberI hoini, l'ei lt'm 'lot r 1 tired 'l ni
' tlowed ' I iIn o lt.'s elst'o n a
rst n hlit. Soe. redoto tept
'luirrlsot oif lat tinie tin1fol hnih
tlht tre, 111 I 1rec o." lst11 toy'
'Tedalllsodded,' .Issti Thenl'at
"'aal t i was seve n est, uam I''sto
"Youii adilat mt~,w t tlimte yothld 'hout
edt,"' sit rit ed~ii. "I mu'ut'l utat mos
"An Igide time nbt efr hawt," .lasin
thl etso adel. "Iiord Itrkon it'llound
tiht nt tim Papll otletan sthoy."
"al tdtt on t anuirrlslnt'almt
til ~y an 'ner'enIt allt.'" l' CO,'asked. l
"Notd dedun ont"(so.epid
"Wa~l, yhar whats aeven quitrl ut
bpo''before itt kIlled, ''bttafwrd
Sovelll ellreltsetti 'ong ont at thnb
turey initto, with)1 ath as, turm
ed t hec r. tt10w Ste., 0(1 Ita ed tha re''
''ite not tuck i at the ItIheadef'th
niginlestuto il. "I'haleen awayti thi'.
alie flty ill'i s, whe aill ggen 'ow
Itheolsi 'a brecii linle'l0 m~uiblille of
tht lllie 15il ttl-l ' bleaguniog
.\I 1 tleeyfll gtine ofil nkilhed al tol
'urkey teriatr tree kne atou," Jao
apnin, P-allIi admt't,"utothar wlas
oerbot fellhrrshot h.iu offs't th
"WAt downC behin it yn? th hae
-waai, they talked kinder low most
of the time," Sam replied, "so I
couldn't hear iuch they said, but what
I did hear was nioughty int'restin, I
can tell you."
"What was it?" Hicks asked, and tie
others all leaned forward in breathless
eagerness to listen for the reply.
"Waal, in the first phice," Sam said,
"I heard Melvinl say, 'It may he wrong,
but I don't b'lleve it is; but, right of
wrong, I love you.' "
"Lordi" Jason exclaimed. "He was
gittin sweet, wa'n't he? But what did
she say then?"
"Site says: 'Don't say that. You ain't
no right.' Then he says, 'I have more
right than anybody else, 'cause I love
you more an 'cause you love me,' an lie
says, 'Don't you love ile?' "
"Then what did she say?"
"She didn't say nothin."
"Jest stood thar an never opened her
"At first she did, but after while,
when he had crowded her a right smart
an had said to her, 'You do love me,
don't you?' site up anl says: 'God knows
I do. It's wicked, but I can't help it. I
love you with all my heart an soul.' "
"Lord! Did you ever hear the like?
Say. I bet then he jest gathered her in
his arms an kissed her."
"No; lie didn't."
"Wonder why. Any woman was to
tell me, like that, she loved me I'd
shore kiss her."
"Not if she wouldn't let you, I guess."
"Wouldn't she let him?"
"Not much; wouldn't let him tech
-her, only her hands."
"What else did they say?"
"Didn't make out much they said
after that on account of 'em tulkin so
low, but I heerd her call him Frank
oncet, which shows that lie ain't goin
by his shore 'nough name, an toward
the last I heerd him say he'd done
soiethin dretful art was hidin out froni
For a full minute Sam's auditors sat
staring at him in astonishment. Then
Hicks broke the-slience by ejaculating:
"Waal, I'll be datd gummedl If that
don't stump mly taters!"
"I reckon, ,lake," Jason said, "It's
enough to stumip anybody's taters.
Lord! Did anybody ever hear of any
thing like it?"
They all shook their heads, and again
there was silence. After a little [licks
"I wonder what we ort to do 'bout
"I don't know," Jason replied. "I
reckon, though, we shore ort to d
somehthin. 'Pear's like it's our plumb
duty, don't it?"
"Do somethin 'bout what?" l'ap
"Why 'bout puttin the law on to thc
track of that fellow an bringin Ulm
to jistice an 'hout-well, somebody ort
to tell Sim Banks, I reckon."
"'Bout puttin the law after that fel
low-that's all right, an I'm willin tc
help you. But 'bout tellin Sit Banks
are you willin to be the one to do it.
Jason inde no reply. Pap put th
same qiuestion to llicks and Sanm Mor
gan and the others, and they all shoolt
their heads. 'Then lie turned to Thort
"Jimi Thoru, are you whill to be the
one to tell Simu Banks?"
"It ali't nothin to mie," Thorn re
Iplied, "ant I guess I ain't got no call tF
miiix upl In no slch mat ters."
"That's sensible.,.limt, aii I feel 'bou
It jest like the rest of you." hiclks said
"We ain't none of uts got no call to tel
Slut Banks nothtin, an the best thlnj
we can do is to keep outr mouths shli
I tell you now, an it's a gospel trutt>
as shore as Sim Blanks ever finds on
what Sam Miorgani hats told uts hie'l
shoot that M 'lvini dotwn jest like' ini
would a shti) kill in (log. Yoiu mari i
mav word f'or 1"
TrO UE CONTINUED.J
THE HAUNTED RED HOUSE
The Prank of Mischievous Boys
Told By One of Themn in Afte,
The Yorkville Enquirer is reprintini
bits of local history. written by Dr
Maurice Moore and' first published i
The Enquirer of 1870. In its last issui
is an excellent ghost story, which wil
be enjoyed by our readers even if the
are not acquainted with the local sur
There still stands on the cross stree
in Yorkville, opposite the residence o
the late Colonel Withers poon, and a
present occupied by Mr Whit a houst
built by John Mc Knight, a carpenter
and known in my (lay as " the ret
McKnight soldl the house in a feiw
years antd moved to Florida. 1t passet
from one hand to anothter--frequentl3
changing hands. It bore an Ill name
Strange and unaccountable noises has
been heard in it. It was said to be s
haunted house, and, therefore, was ofter
without a tenant.
A man namied Aberniathy, fronm
Charleston, a sailor previously, mioved
up to Yorkville, bringing with him som<
trunks of dry goods on speculation
He rented the " red house," and in oat
of the lower rooms laid the goods out on
a long table, in dlefault of a counter,
ready for inispection atnd sale. Hlimself
his wife and his mother, occupied apart
mients upstairs. o They soon told of
being awakened at night by the sound
of a crush, like goods falling off the
table. As soon as they could get a
catidle lighted they hurried down stairs.
No onet could be found. The table,
though, was overturned, and the goods
all lying on the floor. On examining
them not a piece was gone, and nothing
else thley could discover appeared to
have been disturbed. Looking to bolts
and bars with redoub'ed vigi ance, they
set the table up as they were before
Hardly retired to theIr beds until they
heard the same sounds of a crush. On
going dow n, it was a repetit[r n of the
first disturbance. Trablo overturned
goods on the floor--but not the wrap
plng of a finger to be missed. This, A b
ernathy, his wife and mothor, all solemn.
ly affirmed, happened night after night.
The aso heard, they salid, strange rap
pings in different parts of the house, for
whIch they could find no cause, nor In
any way explain. The reputation of the
house- confirmed in his mind by those
mysterious occurrences- determined
Abernathy to move his family, as soon
as he could get another house to go in,
firmly believing this one to be a haunted
For a long time " the red house'' wasn
without an oceupant, and had eons.
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think, when an opportunity of renting it
if in a better state, induced him to hav
it fixed up. Abernathy had moved inti
the country ; but, being a " jack of al
trades," Dr. Crenshaw got him to tak,
the job of glazing it, the windows beinj
nearly guiltless of glass, there beinj
scarcely a pane to the sash.
Abernathy came to town and went t
work quite readily, for in daytime h
did not mind being in the haunte(
house. One evening, having been drink
ing a good deal during the (lay, he lai(
down before the tire ho usually kept ui
in one of the fireplaces when he was a
work, and fell asleep. le did no
awaken until next morning, and thei
was proud beyond measure at the ac
cident, boasting that he had stayed al
night, alone, in the haunted house
Abernathy, in his elation, began t<
banter me for a bet that he would spen
a night alone in the haunted house. I
of course, cariag nothing about th
matter, declined. For a day or two
every time we caime in contact, h,
would again propose and insist on ii
At length, becoming annoyed by his per
tinacity, I determined on some fun a
his expense, and agreed to make the be
with him on cer ain conditions. II
was so eager for the wager, he sull
scribed to anything to get it up. Th
stake, by his own choice, was a fine hal
and a condition of the bet was that afte
t he once laid down that night he wa
not to rise. If he did so on any accouo
Afttr supper, armed with his tool:
and a b)ottle of whiskey, he went int<
the "~ haunted houae.'" Ie worked unti
late, taking frequent pulls at his b)ottle
to fortify his courage. ie locked an<
barred the doors, and over each lowe:
window sash drove a nail to preven
them from being hoisted At length
tiredl andl sleepy, he laid down on hii
p allet before the lire.
Outside. watching our chance, weri
beside myself, William McCaw, Itan
dolph Ervin, andl one or two others W<
were tired of waiting, for Abernath~
had worked later than we had anticipa
ted. As soon as we saw through th<
windows that he had laid down, we be
gan operations. His head could hardi1
have touched the pillow till he slept
and so sound was his slumber, he was
not easily disturbed. We were provide(
with one of old Mrs. McCall's cats, r
bladder containing shot to tie to itt
tall, and William MlcCaw had a syring<
which held nearly a quart, filled with:
water ready for use.
Abernathy had fastened the window
50 securely, it was a great deal of troubh(
to get one open. With the help of a
crowbar, we at length succeeded ir
doing so. We threw in the cat as w<
raised the sash, for she was getting ob.
streperous, and using her claws vigor
ously, andl then let the sash fall of iti
ownI weight. This noise aroused A ber
nathy for the first time. Around thc
Iroom went the cat, dragrging the blad der
of shot after her on the floor. "[Il
shoot some of you !" roard A bernathy:|
"I know you boys are trying to scarct
me." Rattle, r attle. " I'll shoot some of
you, I say," again he cried, afraid tc
raise fromi the pallet on the floor, thc
condition of the bet being that he was tc
lose if he arose. The cat found a dark
corner, and the fire was nearly burned
out, and rested a moment on her
terrified circuit. A confederate, under
the house, gave a sepulchral groan, aiid
in a ghostly voice pronounced the awful
words, " ThIs night shall thy soul be re
qluired of thee." The cat again began
to run aroundl the room as furiously as
before. Rattle, rattle, went the bladder
on the floor, and groans issued from
different corners of the building. "I'll
shoot you ! I'll shoot you !'' halloed
A bernathy. The threat was cchoed by
a hollow groan. On went the cat in its
frantic course, fairly mad itself with
terror. " Great heaven ! I can't stand
this," said our hero. Groans buist from
every side In response. " I must get
up," he cont inued. lie arose andl dashed
to the door of the room in which lie was
lying. He had this so securely fastened
that it took him some little time to un-.
do It, and in the meantime we were en
abled to meet around the corner. The
front door opens near the corner. At
last he got the dloor unlocked, anid
reached the front entrance, where lie
pused a moment on the step. William
Mc~aw, from our station aroundl the
corner, discharged the whole contents
of the syringe full in his face. The
terrified man looked up at the sky-it
was beautiful starlight -and exclaimed.
" Merciful goodness!I raining and not a
cloud In the heavens !" With that he
str~rted at full speed dlown the street ;
in his friht and haste leaving the door
open. Guessing that he had gone to get
some one to help him fathom the matter,
we ran in and i berated the cat, in order
that no evidence of human handicraft
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" We hid ourselves in some rank
weeds near. Presently Abernathy re
turned, accompanied by his landlord,
I Mr. Smith. As they drew near, we heard
the latter say soothingly, "Oh, its just
some of the boys who were trying to
" But, I tell you," said Abernathy,
"forty empty wagons running away
would not have made the noise."
A full examination of the different
parts of the house revealed nothing, and
at length they came out, Mr. Smith ad
hering to his belief, and accounting in
varTious )lausible ways for the noises.
"You were scared, Abernathy, and could
not judge closely," said Smith.
" Isn't it clear ?" asked Abernathy
" Yes, perfectly so," rep led Smith,
for there were myriads of stars stud
ding the etheral vault with its cold
Well ! I declare I ncvcr.saw a hard
er dash of rain in my life. Here, Smith,
just feel my clothes ;I am right wet
This wvas a p)oser Mr Smith, with =.11
his imagination, could not clear up.
t " Ilo shuddered, as no doubt. the bravest .
When he can't tell what 'tis that doth
,How odd a single hobgoblin's non
Should cause more fear than a whole
Abernathy never said hat or bet to me
after ward, and neither again did lhe try
the expefriment of sleeping in the
" haunte.l red house !"
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