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Oi n night while trnvolinir In thomun
try I stopped at 11 farmhouse. I could
see plainly that the farmer's wife was
u6t a person to be lived with on
unliable terms. After she had gone
/ to bed the farmer and 1 sat together
chatting about the dull winters in the
. country and the want of means of
^ amusement, especially for the older
people. I asked him If ho liked to
"Waal, stranger," ho ?ald, "I reckon
I do like to read ef I kin git tho books.
For a long time I had nothin* but
Shakespeare ami the Bible. But last
winter I got a historical book about
them kliiKs and queens of England. I
was Interested In one of 'em, a kins
caneu Jtienry VIII. Tlmt king was the
only man I ever rend or heered about
that got ahead of 8lx wlmmen, all IiIb
wives, and didn't hev to kill niore'n
two of 'em neither."
"lie was a monster," I protested.
"Waal, now. straniror. I hnln't nn
eartin about that. I don't know that
he was quite excusable In the matter of
his first wife, the Spanish woman; but,
ye see, a man to git ahead of six wlmmin
has got to be mighty sharp. If I
remember right, Henry bed married his
brother's widder, which Is contrary to
Scripture, and after livin' with her
twenty years his conscience troubled
him. It may be tliet he^adn't orter
married her in the first place, but it
nillkos 11 irnrwl ilnn I /~>P il I
er a woman's young and amiable or
old and spiteful. No, I think, under
the circumstances, Ilenry was excusable
tor glttin' a tender conscience at
the right time. Most people's consciences
pricks 'em at the wrong time.
nenry s come in remarkable handy."
"You surely don't approve of bis DolieadinK
Anno Holeyn. his second wife?"
"Waul, now, I hain't so sartin about
that neither. Henry's conscience was
u very tender one and, as I said nfore,
always pricked him at n convenient
time. When his lirst wife died, lie
wanted to show her every mark of respoc'
and ordered his court to put on
black. Anne Iioleyn showed what kind
of a woman she was when she ordered
lier winimeu to wear vniti>r Timt mn/in
Henry mad. It was a convenient time
to be mart. lie was Klttln' ready for
his next wife. I reckon ef be hadn't,
boon king and wise as a sarplnt besides
he'd never 'a' done what be did
Wltli tlie bull six on 'em."
"Ilia third wife," I remarked, "Jane
Seymour, was. I believe, the only one
of the six who died a natural death
while married to him. The next. Anno
of Olevos. he divorced."
"The Clevos woman wna tho only
sensible one o' the lot, the only one
that come any ways near gittin' even
with the king. When he said, 'You git!"
Blie was very much pleased to go. This
wounded tho king sorely. A man don't
like to ho taken at his word by a woman,
no matter how onruly she Is."
"What do you think of the case of
Katherino 1 toward V"
"Lenune see. What did slw> do?
There's so many of 'em I foririt."
"As a more child she had boon lod
Into several Indiscretions, including a
sort of marriaKC with a low brorl ft>l
low who afterward turned pirate. As
noon ns she married the king all those
who had led her astray"?
MI remember now. They all turned
offiee seekers, and the queen had to
give 'em situations or they'd blow on
her. Waal, now. l don i sou bow Henry
could 'a' done any different. lie
wouldn't believe not kin' a^'ln her till
tlie hull thhiK was out. Katherlne was
one o* them rilddle-o'-thu-road wlmtnln.
She might 'a' lived ef she'd only
Klv/jn In. Sho wouldn't own up to her
first marriage. The king couldn't jrlt
a 'nulment of his marriage oil any other
ground, so 1 e had to chop her head
off. She done that; Henry didn't. You
hc<\ stranger. there's a peculiarity
about wimniin that it requires jist
such a man as Henry to handle. They
never give In. Katherlne preferred to
lose her head, mid In doin* so she only
showed a woman's natur'.
"There's nnotlier point in Henry's favor.
Ho had two Kals to leave the
crown to and only one hoy. an' he n
< wcaUiiup. Henry had a m.teral Insight
Into wimuien's ontltncss to run things,
and. having a tender eonseience. It
prioved him to think o' leavln' l^ls people
to sntTer under 'em. And it tunus! out he
was rlpht. His first darter was "Moody
Mary,'whose name speaks for her. Then
comes KlizalH'th, who out olY the heads
of the men she loved, and loved her
cousin, Mary, queen o' Scots, so well
that she cut her head off too.
"So, strnuKor; In r-tnnmln' up tinmarried
life o' Henry VIII. I consider
?! -? ' ...
nun hi? wus :i romarKaiue man and a
Tory conscientious! one. lie done all ho
con Id to keep Hnglatid from Ih'Ih' pestered
with winirncn rulers, and for that
nlone lie orter ho honored hy his graiofnl
countrymen. 8lx of 'em! .T 1st think
of it, stranger. Six of 'eni! What
would you and I do with such a lot, restricted
hy law as wo air? Henry VIII.
was a great and good man."
The farmer's arguments set me to
thinking. Of late years wd have had
liyes of Aaron Burr^ setting forth his
| virtues, and of Benedict Arnold, showing
liow bad troatinont and Inexorable
fate compelled him to betray his country.
I confess the fnrmpr's Innrlo lm- I
I pressed me as favorably as many lives
i T have read of the world's prominent
The farmer having no more of Kin;,'
j Henry's queens to discuss except the
i last, who survived her husband, ami.
1 as the farmer expressed It. "didn't
! count," he showed me to my room. I
I overheard a curtain lecture he received
j from his wife, which somewhat dlnilnI
lshed my respect for her opinion of wo!
men In general and the unbiased churI
ncter of his excuses for the great Brit
ish royal Bluebeard.
F. A. MITCH EL.
A LITTLE NONSENSE.
Short Love Tale of tho Wandoror's
"Home ngain at last, darling."
"John, dearest, you don't look a
l day older."
I "I must. Centuries can't roll
over a man's head without leaving
| "It was aces and aires, wasn't it ?
And, oh, John, how lonesome I
| "You poor little wifey! If ever I
have to go away again you shall go j
with me. But you're more beautiful '
than ever, sweet one. What have i
you boon doing with yourself all the j
time I was away
i "Thinking of you, darling, and ,
longing and longing and longing for i
j you to come home."
I ?Tf i 1...4 n.- l < 1
xi linn, is liiu sccrut 01 ocauiy I
; ought to have grown a perfect Ado1
7iis. And you're sure you recognized
1 ine right oir without thinking nt
: least a minute?"
I "Of course, you old dear. Do vou
i 6uppose I could ever forget you ?"
"Good gracious, it doesn't seem
possible that I've really been away
! only since day before yesterday,
I does it, sweetheart?"
j ^ '
"Not a bit more, husband mine,
than that we have actually been
married a whole month tomorrow."
".Lost wo forgot."
One Fatal French Duel.
"The last Fro no h duol was a very
? ,1 .. a- . _ ?y
iCil OYV hU ?"
"It terminated fatallv."
"Yea. The morning was so chilly
that one of the combatants caught
| cold and died three weeks later of
"Gracious!" sighed Mr. Do Spep!
sey. ''I v,i;h L cuuid iKquiru an api
"For goodness' sake," exclaimed
I his wife, "what do you want with
Ian appetite? It would only givo
! you more dyspepsia."?Philadelphia
Tho Society Manner.
Fritilla-?1'apa, what is a society '
I manner ?
\ Father?Well, meet your guests
| with stylish cordiality beaming out |
of one eye and critical inspection!
glaring out of the other.?Brooklyn
Charles?My wife's handwriting
is awful! .hist look at that letter.
llis Friend?How do you manage
to read it?
Charles?I don't. I just Bend the
check.?Detroit Free l'rcss.
"My daughter," said the eallpr
proudly, "writes for tho magazines." ;
"Oil, does she?" said tlie plain
little woman. "Why, my daughter
goes down to the news stand after
He?Here's this invitation to the s.vV\
masquerade ball tomorrow night. I C
wonder what disguise I had better ? .
She?Whv not just look pleasant?
?Omaha World. I
Two Good Rules.
"Why is it," asked Robinson,
"that you always appear to be happy P
"I suppose," replied Barker, "it's
because I never borrow trouble or
Nothing Sudden About Them.
"IIow suddenly these mountains
rise from the plain!"
"Do you think so? I noticed
them a long time ago."?New York
nhlimVl T)irl vnn ootf ? :
. vu dii_j j wui uvy in
stilI pursuing his studies at college?
Gotham?-Yes; he hasn't caught
up with them yet.?Yonkcrs Statesman.
Hicks?Tie isn't much like a captain
of industry, is he? "/fl
Wicks?No. lie's a lieutenant o< _____
laziness.?Somcrville Journal. "nr*-?
$10.00 Reward. H t,
I will pay a rownrd of $10.00 to Bj
any one for information as to the B
wherpubonla of I), IS. Gilmore, who Kg
in 1800 lived with '1'. 11. IVnther, of j u
Major's, S. ('., aho lived at J. Sum, I
Wilson's. Information strictly con-J W
Ikluntial. iJok. .J. Fretwoll, j kg
Pel). 17\v*t. An.lf.-Bn., ? n
Iii The Merry Spring 'l ime.
In the merry spiing time Iho festive I
malaria microbe, goeth forth determined B
to colonize overy Immuu organism. If
this arch foe has iuviuled your system
allow liH to suggestRydales Tonic. Thin
remedy frees the blood from malaria J*
microbes eliminates poisonous matter ^IjlJEZ
from the system, strengthens the nerves,
and restores robust health. Rydalos
fonie is guaranteed. Pickens Dreg Co.. -m??
L'ickeus; \V. A. Slu ltlon & Co., Liberty! |-Vy
Wanted. * T
Special ropivgan tative in this ^ S('^ *
county and adjoining* territories, to] ^'dned
represent. and advertise an old es-! H'la^soi
tublislmd busincas house ot solid j hints i
financial standing. Salary ?21 canton
weekly, with oxpeneot* ndvano-d
each Monday by check direct from
I! o i < I?| u a ? t ?-r*=. B or so and buggy |T..
luriiiKiied wlion n?cessnry ; position 11 1 cc:n
pc numont. AfMn es Bl?*\v Hnm.;
& Co., Motion BWlg., Chicago, 111. ,
WANTKt)?SwvitiiI Ii.iIihM'Iiiiii poi'MOIIM ' VA
ill eilifh MhIc to I:>t 1 lui ! .ilM! e>tu!>lis!ic.l j
eleven ynir* >in<I wit .1 .1 In: jo enjill il, t < nil tU
upon ineiehnnts noil > ijents !nr MH'ri sHful titul j fJ]
lootitniile line. I*> 111"iii t eie_M,:o ee!i'. \V Vc I /V
ly eush vile ry of . 11 n>I .1:1 tuiv- iir.jj expense* j Ul
nml hotel luli> mlvniicc l in i>!i eneli week <
I'.\pet ienee not esMMitini. Mention reference !
lino enclose hvlf-iuitlron o<l envelope. 'I'll iZ
N A'i'li >'.< A !*, :i:lil Denbu n St,, ('Iticu^o. .
rCAN WE INTEREST YOU%
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IS AW M3iLL?8
5 HEACOCK-KlNQ VAniA.QLC Fksd WokKS.R I
IT can't be: heat. i A
Write "The Machinery I'eoplo" for pricesfl AWi
| W. H . GIIH5ES ? CO.I fljjk
COLUMBIA, S. C. R I Fyk
INOINf S, OOILEHO, COTTON OIN9. I tffliS <1X7.
the ornate ponTAon shimcic macminb B
A New Dlacovnry j -j^.
BIL??? and NESBVES. F]
It |>111"iIi i IiI< 1.1 > ! 1. tlx- J
waste matter and other impurities and by
destroying tl?o ycrms <?r miuobe tiiat Is
infest tin- blood. It b:ii! ! . up i!>. blond njipfi'C
by recon-tructiii" ! i f. tit.'- in I!.? red ; i
i i . i t \ i i i 1 in b is
corpuscles, inakci^ ilia l.<i )od lc li and rod. | . .
It restores* and stimuli.' < the nerve*-., kllldlti
causing a full free ll;nv of nerve for< e
throughout tlie entire ncive system. It
Spe' dily III s um till'..; I . I'\ , lieivotls- o
lie- Ill 'Vltl's I I'lWf l-ll'l 'II"! 'I "'It. ? .
diseases of the nervous s\ (cm. rpi ,
KYI >AITS TONIC is sold iindor a j?o?i- 1 nftl C
live guarantee. f>Ht to <
Trial sl/c Si) cciits. Family si/c $ I .Ow ''' ^J ^
The Radicaf Remedy Company,
hickory, n. c.
l'ickeiiH Drug Co.. Piukcn.s.
Jrnjj!?-ru?r??M zimikjwa ?/r. r?rr i rnvww-i r. - \r
- ;3ainlcr.3maan?tfu.^j.,-jr.nvi.rt ;ai i.ir^irjirr.-j.iinacii^/ixnHJAiu-^ia r
nriT>TtT A n VT A n
srKiNtt -- bHDE -- SELL
OUR NEW SHOES ate now com
Big Car Loads.
We have made larger and b<
pajation for this season's business
CI "f--- 1
lvu y ouuc wiiiiL can oe supplic
i IUW iwmMPrjwBMroLTgiacm
KUxm'Isi Peach Trees, ]>nrr<
111011t.il Hocks, Ked Raspberry
Eggs for Hatching a SpeeiaH
inquiries promptly answered,
(jeo. F. Montgom
es Tested Free.~=?
will test your Eyes fr< e and lit your glasses si
lie heft pebble g'at-s and guarantee tlm Fame,
and glasseacxcnaug?fd, it for any causa they <
uln ,',nt l.irl M
..? Willi- >"ii. II vy .11 u III) Window
roureyeg. My prices mv low. Try me and
DIXIE BARGAIN HO
iar. Building. Louis
lb, (J. M'COLLl
(At Duke Old Stand.)
''our-aiHl-onc-luilt' nuli s east of Pickens a
north of Knsloy.
Handles nothing hut the <>f fji.ous and i
Tiio trading public will do well to give i
an anve thorn money.
Mrs. Ilnttie Craig i? with mc and will w;
j Pnnrln TP^-mve udh
now in llio Northern Markets prcpm inj; foi
into tln< manner in which the Pickens )H'<p,e
doss, and I slinll continue t<? show my ;i[I>y
j^ivinK them th?
..Very 1 ]esl Goan
l,e had lor tho leapt money possible. It \
continue trading with m<>. IJcmenilu r, "^'()I
ODS AKH NOT SATISFACTORY.
A. K. PA
code Storo, West End (i
IK 6 !
injr in in
:d by us.
? ,,|| m.
& ? @
us good ay any one,
Sat is! act ion guarlo
not t-nit yon. ]\1 y
glanH. Cheap glass
you will lif u pleased
n?l four miles M
u reason.~il>!o ff
iif .1 cn 11- I M
lit on you. ^
faring Uusiii -s. I
have stood l y nie
pronation <?! tlir.ir
f X (
< V 11 ??. aiu
vi 1 i he to voiir intori
k monk y hack
roonville, S. C.