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By ALBERT FLEMING.
(CoprMgbt, 1S90. by tho Author.)
It was f? hot day in August, one of
those reeking days that begin to be bot
early in tho morning and go ou getting
[hotter and hotter till nearly midnight.
In tbo year 1870 Cow court aud ids
unwholesome cluster of neighbors still
clung to the skirts of Uolboru and fes
tered round Ht. Albnn's ohurcb, stretoh
Spjg from Gray's Inn road to Leather
lane. Tho flno shops and warehouses
that now adorn Gray's Iun road then
. only existed in the brain of somo eity
archltoot. Of all those ?Hey? Cow court
?^juried off the palm for squalor, dirt
and general decay. You bad to turn out
of Leather lane to get thero. Tho turn
ing was flankod ou either side by a tav
ern, aud tie ?0 taverns, with their plate
glass and gilding, were tho only things
that were bright and oheurful in this
region. If you explored farther, you
?aw an arobway on tho rigid, inudo by
swooping away tho ground floor of ouo
of the crazy tenements. This was tho
pesteru gute to Cow court. If any one
ever got so. fur as.this and rotaiued bis
watoh and chain, ho always lost them
on approaohing this arch Way.
On this August evening a young man
waa passing through Leather lane in
search of Cow cOurt. Ho was dressed in
the lutest west end fashion, but even
the hideous chimuuy pot hat, pointed
shoos und rigid collar could not disguise
bin comeliness, At n guess ho was threo
aud twenty. Being of a trusting nature,
ho allowed hisgold chain to disport it
self across his waistcoat, and bis jew
eled pin remained in his scarf.
Kenneth Gordon was down from Ox
ford und had been calling oil one of tbo
clergymen at St. Alban's, who had asked
him to take a letter to u dying girl in
Cow court. Ho strode through the dingy
street, sometimes asking his way of ouo
of the residential ladies of Leather lano,
and always winning a civil answer by
the force of his genial smile. When ho
reached Cow court, u pleasant thrill of
excitement, pervaded that locality. Tho
watch and chain bad survived Leather
Jane, nnd now (lashed gayly ill the even
ing light. His pin held its accustomed
placo. His handkerchief gleamed white
against his uout.
Inquiring of n boy, ho learned that
Polly Turner lived at No. 7, and bo was
escorted thero by a crowd of loafers. Tho
girl waa dying. Tbo study room was
crowded with friends, nearly dark aud
unspeakably umcrublo. Keuueth gayo
her the letter, but had to take it buck
and reud it to her. In (ho presence of
that doutbly white face ho felt all usual
forma of speech to bo useless. He held
her band for a minute, tried to say u
fow kind words and then felt that bo
had failed, but tho gentle touch nnd
words wont straight to tho girl's heart,
and thero rested until it ceased to beat.
When Kenneth left No. 7, u child was
lying in a doorway just opposite Dirt,
famine aud ill usago hud effectually ob
soured tho bloom of youth in her. Her
face was so dirty that ho could only kco
two largo eyes flushing from u tanglod
mass of hair. This was .Sally. As sho
never owned u surnamo it is impossiblo
to introduce her more formally. If hor
friends wished to identify her with pre
cision, they called her Tim's Sally.
Tim was her father, aud bis surname
was ulso bidden in obscurity. Sally had
heard that a young swell bad eomo into
Oow court and was waiting to havo a
look at him. On that she reckoned with
out her father, for Tim, coming dowu
tho passngo behind her, enforced paren
tal discipline by a vigorous kick on her
shins. When you havo kicked a body
for ten years, you aequiro precision in
tho art, and Tim planted his kick with
Buoh exactness that the girl fell down
On tho doorstep, and there sho lay, too
listless to ory out. Now nothing is
tamer or moro monotonous than to wasto
good kicks on an irresponsive person.
So Tim was aggrieved, and followed up
his Urse kiek by others, accompanying
thorn with a volley of inspiriting oaths.
Tbo lust kick must have caught Sally in
a sonsitivo place, for she gave a sharp
aoroam of agony.
"What's that?" cried u woman from
au inner room.
"Oh," auid another, "it's only Tim
a-waking up his gell."
As Kenneth left No. 7 he saw this
kick and heard Sally's scream. Ho in
stantly strode ucross tho court. Tim waa
girding himself up for moro kicks. For
tho first timu iu his lifo ho found this
simple pastime of bis interfered with.
Kenneth faced him sternly.
"Leave tho girl alone, you black
guard! How dare you kick a woman?"
Not kick a woman I Cow court was
convulsed. Why, women were kicked
?very day. They expected it, accepted
it ua a law of nature. Tim und tho by
standers paused fur a moment to grasp
tbo full absurdity of tho idea, but only
. for a moment. Then Tim turned on him
, liko a wild beast, tho veins in his great
bull's neck swelling liko cords.
"Who tho-aro you? Can't a man
kick bia own goll? Got ont of this, or
I'll kick you tool" Thon, in moro bra
vado, ho lifted bia foot to give tho girl
"Touoh her at your porill" oried
Kenneth, flushing to tho roots of his
hair. In another moment he heard the
thud of Tim's foot ua it drovo lustily
into the girl, and nt tho selfsame mo
ment Kenneth's fist crashed into Tim's
face, catching him on tho jaw and send
log him reeling backward down the
passago. Thou Cow court perceived that
there was a joyful prospoct of a Homeric
combat. Iu a few momonts a ring was
formed, and old Biddy was whisked
aloft in hor chair in tho arms of t\v
stalwart supporters. Kenucth's bloo
was up. Ho flung his coat and waist
ooat to one bystander and bis bat t.
another. Cow court accepted thorn with
alacrity. Tim divested himself of some
superfluous rags, bared his stalwart
arms and prepared to "smash the swell. "
I5iddy surveyed both combatants with a
critical eye. She know tho points of a
"Illood'll toll," sho said oraoulorly as
?ho saw Kenneth straighten himsolf for
tho fight. He had boxed nt Oxford aud
was iu fair condition, sound in wind?
above nil, temperate and cool. Tho first
round revealed to him that Tim fought
in a very effective but utterly nnsoion
tlflo manner. Ho camo at his enemy
with a furious rush and plantod tcrriflo
chance blow*. br?f. hn 1ef> h'^mnif nn.
t?"t' uw... ana wasted a lot of strength
? ito no pnrposo. Kenneth quietly bided
his timo, parried Tim'a blows nnd lot
him exhaust himself. Tim drow first
blood, boating down Konnoth's pnrry
and landing on his tomple with consid
erable forco. Still Konuoth kopt his
temper, and tho cooler ho wau tho moro
savago grew Tim. Tho ring oheercd him
on, exhorting him to go in and do for
Kenneth now began to aot on the of
fensive. Letting drivo, he caught Tim
fall on tho month with all tho strength
of his sturdy left hand. His knuckles
cut deeply into Tim'a lips nnd sent him
crushing to tho ground. Biddy rapped
approval with hor crntoh. Sho loved to
see a straight blow woll plautod. Tim
W?h set on his f< it rather gjddy and
dazod. i in was not o pretty sight, liia
lip* wero l>ko raw liver and his faoe
distorted with pawiou. What little
steadiness he had ho then threw to the
wind?, tiud Kouueth's next bloweaogbt
him full in the eyo. After this he suua
moned hia strength for one more furious
onslaught. His blow wan partially par
ried, but landed on Kenneth's shoulder.
In reply Kenneth caught him full in the
forehead, felling him tu the ground uh a
butcher does uu ox. After this Tim did
uot como up to time. He win drugged
off into somo baok rogiou and left Ken
neth undisputed master of tho fluid. Old
Biddy took a pull at her pipe, expecto
rated und aaid k imply:
?'Ah, blood ban told!"
Whon Konneth pulled dowu hia abirt
sleeves and turned to the crowd to de
mund his coat and waistcoat, they wore
not forthcoming. They bad vanished.
Then Kouueth flushed out, called tbem
curs, sneaks und thieves. Cow court be
ing accustomed to lunguago of far grant
or pungency, preserved an unbroken
calm. Then Biddy roso in her wrath,
and, steadying herself on hor crutob,
vowed, with many blood curdling oaths,
thut tho mi 'iiiK garments should be
forthcoming, und thut quickly, cou
| dooming en passunt tho eyes and limbs
of the thieves to infernal torments. Tho
clothes appeared, und it was an ouuo
bling night to see tho old crone stand up
and order him to search bis pockets
while she asked eutcgoricully : "Purse?
Wipe? Cigar case? Watch? Chain?"
etc. Knob had boon honestly replaced.
Kenneth then shook Biddy by tho band
und gave her u sovereign to distributo
among her subjects.
Just then be felt Homotbing at bis
feet. Ho bad almost forgotten the girl
ho had fought for. Sho had orawled to
"Jfoie (fare you hick a woman?"
his feot and kissed them. There was a
pathetic and dogliko fidelity in hor look
"Don't loavo mo here," sho suid.
"Ho'U do for mo worso now than ever
when you're gone."
Konneth paused. It was easier to fight
than to know what to do with tho dam
sel ho bad reBouod, but he acted on im
pulse and threw bis card to Biddy.
"There, mother, is my card. I'll take
tho girl and got a good homo for hor.
That's my address. Coiuo aud see her
when sho has pulled round."
"You havo fought for her and won
her," said Biddy. "I'll hot you'ro hon
est and will do well by hor. So tako
Kenneth lived in an old fashioned
house in Kensington, fenced from tho
outer world by well grown trees. His
father and mother hud lived there before
him and hud died there. Konneth then
asked bis two aunls to live with him.
Aunt Hannah was tall, bbuy and vigor
ous; Aunt Matty fat and geutlo. Han
nah Cordon was well known in tbophil
anthropie world. Sho was an aotivo
member of tho Charity organization?
in fact, organization was her forte. Her
special season begun about November,
whon tho first touch of winter woku up
tho poor. Then, take up what paper you
like, and ton to ouu that in some corner
of it you would find Aunt Hannah en
lightening tho world as to what they
should do or not do. Exeter hall knew
her uot, nor did she subscribe to African
missions or soup kitchens. What she
gloried in wore boards?school boards,
poor boards, paroobial boards?all kinds
of boards. Nothing she enjoyed more
than ferreting out abuses and getting
thorn remedied. Her abomination was
promiscuous charity. It was beautiful
to put her on tho truck of somo philan
thropic impostor and observo with what
holy zeal sho would hunt him down to
iho death, It was sho that opened peo
ple's eyes to the iniquities of that arch
impostor, tho archdeacon of Saratoga.
Before that bo was tho darling of west
end drawing rooms. When sho took
him in hand, ho exchanged Bolgraviu
boudoirs for Holloway jail and wasted
muoh persuasive peuitouco.on tho chap
lain. How man)- sham mendicants did
sho not expose, pouncing upon them in
tho highways and byways and giving
them in charge With joyful alacrity I It
was Aunt Ilannnh who plunged into a
crowd in Picoadilly when a poor man,
soized with an epileptic fit, was sur
rounded by u ring of sympathetic by
standers. Elbowing her way through
them, sho speedily seized him by the
"Epileptic fit, is it? I'll soon euro
"Loavo tho poor nnin alouel" cried a
tonder hearted bystander. "Don't yon
see bo's foaming at tho mouth?"
"Soap!" cried Hannah contemptu
ously, and, lo and behold, (he maUgdid
como out of his very artistic fit, spat
out u lump of soap and said:
"Lot mo go, can't yer? Ye'ro either
tho dovil or old Hanuah!"
"You'ro right!" she sriid triumph
antly. "I am old Hannah, and, what's
moro, if over I catch you having a fit
again I'll run yon ill, "
Aunt Mattio was the very reverse or
this. Aunt Hannah always alluded to
her in her milder moments as "poor,
doar Mattio," and in her moro vigorous
ones as "that fool, Matilda." Matilda
had never been on a board in her lifo,
but if you looked down tho subscription
list ef any missionary society you won hi
bo sure to find her modest initials.
"I never put my full name," sho said
meokly. "Hannah makes such a fuss."
It was to this h0U8ell0l(1 that Kerne Mi
brought Sally. Tho girl had fallen
asleep as thoy drovo along. Kenneth
placed her on the seat, but Sally prefer
red lying on tho floor of tho cab and
colled herself up at bis feot liko a dog.
When they got homo, Kenneth oar
ricd tho tired girl in, and, seeing Hint
sho was not fit for tho drawing room,
placed her on the mat in tho hall, whoro
sho lay?a little heap of rugs, dirt and
tousled hair. As ho entered tho draw
ing room bo board Aunt Hannah read
ing in her very emphatic Voice tiio sum
mary of a papor sho intended to deliver
at a charity organization conference
next day. It was entitled "Sixteen Roa
sons Against tho Present Systom of Ont
door Parochial Relief." Sho had got as
far as tho tenth. Konneth's entrance
was hailed with joy by the long auffer
"Oh, hero you arol" sho cried. "Ton
o'clock, and yon wore to bo hero by 5."
"I'vo brought homo a girl. "
Aunt Hannah dropped tho 10 roasons
and ojneuhitod, "What?" Mattio start
ed. Those five words might moan so
muoh. With the calm that precedes a
storm Aunt Hannah took off Her glaums,
rubbed them slowly and waited, but
further explanation was interrupted by
a scream from Aunt Mattie:
"Why, Kenneth, you'vo got a great
out on your.temple, and there is blood
on your collar!"
"It's nothing. I've had a fight A
brute was kicking a girl, and I licked
him and brought tho girl home. She's
only a child."
Aunt Hannah pot her glasses into
their case with a snap and recovered
her voice. "Brought ber home! Is this
house a casual ward or night refngef
Why, heaven bless us, the boy's gone
stark, staring mad!"
Mattie bad forgotten the girl and was
giving hor mind to sticking plaster.
, "I've left her on tho mat outside,"
Odded Kenneth apologetically. "She
isn't as oloan as she might be." Han
nab strode to tbe door. The hall was
pretty with fresh flowers, ferns and
bright tilos. Its prettineas emphasised
tbe incongruity of Sally's appearance.
She was lying where Kenneth bad left
her. Her one shoo was tied on with a bit
of string; her frock was ragged, but the
rents did not show, for her skiu was as
black as her frock. One frightfully bony
arm foil across her knee, and the other
hid her face.
Mattie peeped from behind Hannah.
Hannah said authoritatively:
"Got up and bo off with you!" 8?lly
immediately gavo veut to such a torrent
of had language that the two ladies
rushed away and shut thoinsolvei in tbe
drawing room. Mattlo bogan to cry, but
Hannah seated herself rigidly in her
"This is too much, Kenneth I"
"It's getting awfully late, " said Ken
neth. "Suppose wo don't talk of this
till tomorrow. I'll got Bridget to wash
Sally and make bor up a bed some
"Keep that thing in tho bouse and be
murdered in our beds and havo the houso
ravisnokod from top to bottom?"
"You can't turn ber into tho street at
10 o'clook at night. Bridget can surely
give Sally somo suppor aud a blanket,
and wo will lock her iu the baok
Tho aunts protested, but yielded.
Sally followed Kouuetb down stairs like
a lamb, but fresh difficulties arose with
Bridget. They increased when Sally an
nounced tbnt she would toar anybody
limb from limb who touched her. But
wbeu Kenneth said that he wished ber
to he clean aud neat tho child changed,
aud she informed Bridget that "sbo
might boll ber alive if the boss wished
Next morning Kenneth surveyed the
positiou. Of course ho could send Sally
to a workhonso school or to nrefugo, but
bo did not want to let the girl ho bad
won by bis how and spear drift away
His old uurso was now living on a
pension, and ho resolved to send Sally
to hor. This seemed easy while ho was
dressing, but much less easy when ho
saw bis aunts. Mnttio was nervous,
Hannah full of repressed vigor.
"It's a comfort that we still havo
spoons to stir our ten with," said tho
"I have been thinking ahout Sally,"
bo bognu. "I am suro, Aunt Hannah,
you will help mo." Ha was interrupted
by a sound of crashing chiua?a scuffle
accompanied by pioroing shrieks and tho
sound of hurrying feet. Aunt Hannah
made ? dash at the bell, exclaiming,
"Has tho dovil broken looso?" The
door was flung open and tho servants
dragged in Sally. She resisted violently,
kiokiug, plunging and swearing liko a
trooper. Bridget bognu ! "And I do say,
?ir, it's too bad to go and bring home
snch scum and expect decent people to
sit with her. She's half killed James."
"Ypb, " cried the housemaid, "she up
with a plato and broke it over his head,
aud he's a mass of gore in tho kitchen
"Come hero, Sally!" cried Keuneth
sternly. They released her, and she
stood before him with flashing eyes and
cheeks, flushed with l ho glow of combat.
An old dress of the rook's had boon pin
ned round her. It was half torn off now.
Her matted hair had hern combed out
and rolled up. It lay on her shoulders
now in a shaggy mass, and, as Aunt
Hannah said, sim looked a little demon.
But when Kenneth look her iu hand and
Spoke kindly tho flash in her eyes turn
ed to tears.
"Solly, what havo you been doing?
How daro you attack James?"
"What call 'ad ho to lay 'ands on your
'?'What on earth does she mean?"
"Why, sir, after breakfast James be
gan to clean your boots as usual, and
she flow nt him llko a tiger, toro them
out of hin hands, broke a plato over his
head aud swore she'd kill him. And as
for hor languago"?
"If ho touches them ngain, I'll cut
his liver out," interrupted Sally.
"Now, look horo, girll" Aunt Han
"Ouo moment, aunt." said Kenneth.
Tliejservants dragged in Sally.
(urniug buTiy's tear sialncd taco to trio
light. At his touch tho hunted, wild
beast look passed from her eyes. Then
bo said: "Now, Snlly, listen. I want
yon to forgot your savago ways and ho
a good child. If you use bad laugnage
and frighten and hurt pepplo, you must
go baok to Cow court, and I shall he
?orry I tried to savo you from yonr fa
ther. I know it will ho hard for you at
first, but all good things tiro hard. You
must tell James you are sorry yon hurt
him, and I'll promise that every day
you are good you shall clean my hoots
"Blessed if I won't hy, and I'll go
this moment and ax his blooming par
don." And, so paying. Sully picket! up
her trailing garments and rushed out of
"A perfect little savage," said Han
nah. "Two years at n reformatory
might do good, but I d inbt it."
"I thought I saw tours in her eyes,"
"And what handsomo eyes!" raid
"Now, jnnt nnswer mo thin," said
Hannah. "What on earth made you
bring this vagrant here? Yon plungo
into some filthy court, got your head out
opnn and havo this creatnro flnng on
3-our h.mds. if it is sentimental rnhbish,
you aro a bigger fool than I thought
you. If you flatter yourself it's philan
thropy, yon havo begun at tho wrong
"It in a littlo of both. You do your
philanthropy iu a noiontiflo, wholosalo
way. Ism beginning mine with a small
ratuil iiamplo. And it is sentiment, too,
fur I ferd rather like a knight who baa
rescued a maiden and is forbidden by
the law? of chivalry to abandon her."
"Thru, by the laws of the round ta
ble, the knight is bound to wed the
maiden, and?I wish yon joy of your
"Well, aunt, let Sally have a month
nndor your supervision, and then we
will hold another meeting npon her."
The annta at last reluctantly agreed to
give her a trial.
(concluded next week.)
the powers and duties of maois
The following bill bas passed the
House, defining the powers and duties
of magistrates, and declaring their
jurisdiction in this State :
Seotion 1 The Governor shall havo
authority, by and with tho advice and
consent of the Sonate, to appoint mag
istrates in eaoh county of tho State,
who shall hold thoir offices for the
term of two years, and until their
successors aro appoii ted and qualified.
The number of magistrates to bo ap
pointed for eaoh county and thoir t- r
rtorial jurisdiction shall he tho samo
as heretofore preecrlbed by law for
trial justices in tin respective counties
of tho Stato, except as hereinafter
otherwise provided. Such magistrates
may bo suspended by the Governor
for incapacity, misconduo' or neglect
of duty ; and the Governor shall re
port any suspension, with the cause
thoreof, to the SoDate at its next ses
sion for its approval or disapproval.
See. 2. The Governor shall havo au
thority, by and with tho advice and
consent of tho Senate, to fill any va
cancy caused by death, removal or
otherwise of any magistrate for the
Sec. 3. Boforo entering upon the dis
charge of the duties of his office eaoh
magistrate must take, in writing, the
oath of office prescribed in the constitu
tion, and also the several additional
oaths required to bo taken by trial
justices boforo the clerk of the court of
common pleas of tho county, or in
case there bo no such e'erk, before any
ono authorized to administer an oath,
and must file tho same with the Secre
tary of State.
Sec. 1. Tho civil jurisdiction of mag
istrates shall bo the same as that
heretofore exercised by trial justices.
They shall havo exclusive jurisdiction
in all criminal cases in which the
punishment docs not exceed a fine of
$100 or imprisonment for .'10 dajs, ex
cept in cases of riot, assault and bat
tery, and larceny and carrying con
coaled weapons coupled with an of
fense in which such weapon Is used.
In criminal matters Ivyond their juris
diction to try they shall sit as exam
ining courts, and commit (except in
capital cases) or discbarge p rsons
charged with such offenses. Magis
trates shall havo concurrent jurisdic
tion only with tho court of general
session in eases of riot, assault and
? battery and larceny. In counties where
they aro givon separate and exclusive
territorial jurisdiction, criminal cases
shall bo triud in the district where t in
offense was committed, unless the
place of trial be changed to "another
district in tho same countv in tho man
ner prescribed by law. The drawing
of juries and the taking of appeals
shall be goxerned by tho Bamo pro
cedure as obtained in trial juctlees'
St c. 5. Magistratesshall havo all the
powers and perform all the dutiesherc
t fere vested in and incumbent upon
Sect*. Ti e rulesof procedure in civil
and criminal cases shall bo the sane
in mn?ri>tr:ites' courts as in former
trial justices' courts.
Sec. 7. Magistrates, in thoir discre
tion, sentencing prisoners to labor on
tho public highways may comm t them
directly to tho officer in charge, of per
sons so laboring upon the public high
ways or other public works. But um
comtiiitiai und dlr>cl :irgo foo shbll b
charged by any sheriff of tbo State for
t-ueh prisoners when incarcerated ir.
tbo county jail after sentence. All
cos's and lines collected by magistral .
in criminal oases shall bo pud ov< r
forthwith to the county treasurers of
tho respective counties.
AMENDING the PENSION LA w.
Tho Souse committee's b 11 toamend
the general pension l*w was called up
and Mr. Loy ton offered an amendment
to hnve township boards consist of lour
old soldiers und ono physician.
Mr. Ousbraan Baid that tho com
mittee had thought it be.-t not to hav>
pbysiclans on the township boards, bu'
to have one on tho county hoard. Phy
sicians at homo would bo influenced by
Mr. Leyton said his object was to
keep tho old soldiers from going tt
tho county seat to bo examined. Tin
amendment was then tabk-d and the
bill passed in this shape :
Suction 1. That section 943 of tin
revised statutes of 18DU, as amended bj
an act approved tho 9th of Mare ,
1896, relating to pensions, bo, and tin
same is hereby, amended by striking
out said so tion and inserting thu fol
lowing, which shall be section 943:
11 The examining board of pension*
for each township in the several ooun
ties of this State shall Decomposed o:
three ex-Con ted crate so'di .'rs or sailors,
who shall be non-applicants for pen
sions, if available, otherwise to b<
composed of reputable cit:zins there
of, to bo elected as hereinafter pro
vided, to which all application fo
pensions shall be made, whoso duty It.
shall be to decide to which class sain
applicant belongs ; ard in case of any
contest it shall bo roforrtd with all
tho facts to the county examining
hoard, which shall bo composed of four
ex-Confederate soldiers or sail >rs, wl o
shall bo non-applicants for pensions, t >
bo elected as hereinafter provid a,
whoso decision shall bo final. The sev
eral township boardsebsll met t at such
Jmo and placo most convenient bo (on
tho first Monday in April, 1897, and or
tho third Mondays of January of oach
succeeding year, for tho purpose ol
considering applications, and within 10
days thorcaft r tho county oxamlulng
board shall meet at tho several count
"Cuts t ? bi tile all dispu'os and contest
It ?bull bo tho duly of said board i
examine each api Uoant or his applios
t on under rules and regulstloi s pre
scribed by tho Secretary of Stat ?. the
i t >rney general and comptroller ger
en 1, who aro hereby created a Statt
hoard of pensions, giving in detail tin
reasons which lave inline net d them ii
granting or rejectlogsald applications
iceompaniod by all tho evidence upoi
vi Ich thoy acted, aftor first beliii
duly sworn fairly and i mpurtbt11 v t
d B< hargo the duties herein prescribed
or tin in to the best of their ability;
ir d after said oaths aro duly iilod in
'h> office of tho clerk ofthocouit th?
m< mbors of said township boards of
ii r sioas shall meet as soon as praoth
il lo for tho disehargo of tho duties
? rein imposed npon them. In so
l c'lng pensioners from among tho ap
I cants tho board shnll havo regard to
i eir physical coudiion and flnanoial
cans, and also to the (inane nl coo
I ion of their noar relatives, allowing
ae ppl cantso selected the sum of
tti. $-1 and $:$ per month, as they m .\
be entitled unoor tho i r..visions of
this act. A maj rrltv of t ie members
of Bald hoard ? hni constitute a quorum,
?vho may dotermin < any matter pre
sented by them, subject, however, to
tho right of review by too Stat i board
As soon ns such township and county
boards comph to thoir list as above,
giving tho names of tho pensioners,
thoir residonces and the amount por
month to which th^y aro entitled, thoy
ib, 11 certify tho samo to the Sta'e
boa id of pensions to bo rev lowed by
them. Tho Stato board of pensions
sha'l thereupon pass upon tho names
contained In said list, and shall certify
to tho olerks of the court of the several
counties the lists of the names and
amounts approved by them, and the
eald clerks of court Bball record the
same in a book, aod the said roll so
made up shell be designated " approv
ed pension nil for 18?," and suoh pen
sion roll shall oom-tltute the pensioners
outbid to receive the aid herein pro
vided for the ourrent year. That fie
members of t?o several township
boards shell serve without compensa
Section 2. That section 951 of the re
vised stetutua of 1893 and tbeact amen
datory thereto approved the 9th of
March, 189G, be further amended, so as
to read as follows :
"That on some convenient day prior
to April, 1897, and prior t? August of
? ach succeeding year, t <e surviving
soldlois and sad us who were in t'u
servloe of the C"nb derbt.- States or of
this St t> In t ie late wur between the
StaU-c, residing in the several t >wr
ships of the. counties of t >is State bin 1
meet at Such | 1 e? in th? ir s vrn
townships its may bo m>'B? conv mlent,
end a t r organizing und electing a
chairman aud secretary shell il ct by
a majorit) vote of three t ietr mem
bers, who me not ap|ilicauls for pen
sions, to constitute utd ho known t?s
the township examining board ; tha'
the sai?i townships boards sht<ll elect
on' of their menbsrs chairmen, it
shell bo th" du*y of tbo chairman of
the seven 1 t >wus>ip bca^d-? to meat a1
their nsi>oiivo county sf-a's withb
10 (Ih\h thereafter and organize by
el cting I rum umong their numb r a<
ebairuiun and socn tary, and when so
organ z duhsl < l.-ct.by a majority vnt<
four of their m? rnbers and a regular
practicing physician, who shi, 11 con
stitute and be known as the coun'\
examining board of pensions. Th
said counts examining board shall m?- t
on salesday In April 18?7, and on sulcs
day In August-of each succeeding year:
Provided, however, That In those
t iwnships whore such survivors fad Oi
r. fuse toicomply with the provisions of
this act the S'at.o board of pensions
shall appoint three ex-C -nfedi rut
holdters or Bailors, who shi 11 be not
applicants for pensions, whenava 1 I 1 ?
und when not, to appoint three ri pu
tabl ?*, citizens of said township as m< in
bers of said t iwnship boards, who shhll
hear all appllcations."
Sf>c. 3- That tho members of tho
several county examining boards of
pensions shall rtcelve as compensation
for tboir services $1 per day, and 5
cents, per milo ono way ; said per diem
aud mil age not to exceed $8 each in
any one year.
LAND SOLD FOR TAXES.
Tbo bill t) provide for tho redemp
tion of Und sold for the payment of
taxes was passed without discussion.
It reads as fo 1 iws:
Section 1. That, whenever any lands
or tenements si alljhereufter bo si Id t >
enforce tue paymett of taxes, the
owner, his heirs or assigns, or any per
.son or corporation having a lien upon
or int-rest in said premises so sol),
ebsll have the right t> redeem the
name by paying to the Sheriff or other
officer making such Bfcla within one
year from too date thereof the full
amount of t iu purchase money wit
t n percent. Density tlo-reon, which
said sum shall ho paid by the said
Sheriff or Other officer to tho party
who purchase d at such delinquent sal
Sec 2 That whenever such redemp
tion shall be effected as hereiobefon
provided tho title to said land in
stantly revests in the former owner
then of, subject to all tbo ircum
branees and liuhil ties that existed
thereon at, tho tint" of said svl-t: Pro
vided, however, That whenever re
demption is made by a person other
'han the owner, his heirs or assigns,
the amount so paid for redemption
shall constitute a prior and preferred
in upon the said premises,
Sec. 3. That in order to nllow for
such r>d? mptlon t?ll Sheriffs or o'her
111 crs making such sales shall hell
trie sill plus proceeds thereof, if any,
or one year from tho data of such
?el?, and in case no redemption sbsll
be. then made, shal pay over tho same
ts now provider' v-y law.
An Aot authorizing the building of
ono or more school houses In Spartan
An Aot authorizing Railroad Com
missioners to require all railroads to
To provide for the buildif -r of a new
court bouBe and jail In Anderson Coun
An Aot to amend tho Goneral Stat
utes relating to jurors.
To prohibit the catching of oysters
and terrapin except under certain reg
A joint, resolution to author'ze the
paymi nt of (Ulms of certain Super
visors of Registration.
An Act to provide for cortain ex
pen-es incurred in tho Broxton Bridge
An Act to apportion the road fund.
An A-1 to ?t Quo tho jurisdiction of
An Act to provide for tho removal of
Coutity ofiieeis in certain cases.
An Act to author zu tue school trus
tees of Greenville to b.irrow money for
A j -it t resolution to provide for the
?HVM . nt to El z\ Baker the pension of
S. J. Yutes.
An Aet to repeal an Act providing
for a special tax on curtain IIvo stock
iu B rki ley County.
An Act to amend an Act relating to
the lawful height of fences in Borko
Ad Act to authorize the deposit of j
Money in proceedings iu the courts in
lieu of bondd.
An Act U) prevent tho obstructing of
rivers and harbors.
An A- t to vitlidat ? the. < 1 >ction of In
tendant aud wardens of Wal in 11a.
Au Art t? provido for tho claims of
?eitiin Orangt burg m'l tia companies.
To authorize Sheriffs to purchase and
keep bl rod hounds.
To n./ulit- tie traffic In seed cottjn
n c-i t liu coui tea.
To prohibit tue carrying of conoeul
To provido for tlie further dit-tribu
t on of t :e .Beau fort County Federal
diret t t ?x.
To provide nubl'c school pupils with
books ut actuul co-1.
To provido for the transportation of
WHAT is THK ZOIMAC?
President Carlisle, of WofTorcl Col
lege, Explains the Matter.
A correspondent of The Spartan
at-ked tho following questions, which
have boon ans wot ed by Dr. J. U.
Carlisle, presidentof Wofford College :
Is tborc any such thing as the zodiac?
Docs it affect the human body ?
There is certainly a bolt of tho sky
called tho zodiac. The sun, moon and
the large planets aro always In that
narrow strip of the sky. Thoy nevor
wander outside of it. This bolt is six
teen degrees wido. Cut from The
Spartan one column and bold it ton
inches from your eyo. It will then
cover a strip of tho sky as wide as tho
zodiac. This bolt has iu it clusters of
stars named aftor animals, men and
women?twelve to all?such as Ram,
Bull, Goat, Virgin, otc. The word
"zodiac" means animal j, or living
things, and is so ended because of these
eonsttUations with names of living
things. These names were given thou
tat.ds of years ago, and aro well known
in all parts of the world. A fow even
ings ago. soon after sunset, ono large
planet, Venus, was seen In the West ;
another, Jupiter, in the East, and the
moon between. The zodiac ran along
the sky so as to take in the moon and
Dura the zodiac affect the human
This question touches another ques
tion that has long boen debated. Has
tho moon any influence over the wea
ther, or tho bodies of men? Many
have thought that it does. They have,
supposed that when t ie moon is in one
cluster of etars in the zodiac, it has
some strange power over the head, so
I that a wound in the bead of man or an
I lioal will not hoal rapidly. In anoth
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Who is Will Whitener ?
He is our Fashionable ?air Cutter and Shaver,
tJg-?N BCKIDCLI^A HOTEL,-1
er cluster the lungs may be affected by
?borne almanacs still have a plot ire
of the human body with lines reach
ing from head, lunge, feet, etc, to the
constellation which Is supposed to
have innueoco over that part of the
The best authorities now pay but
little attention to this belloi. One of the
greatest living Ameriean astronomers,
Prof. C. A. Young, of Princeton Uni
versity, says : "The multitude of cur
rent beliefs as to the controlling Influ
ence of the moon's phases and changes
over the weather, and tbo various con
ditions of life are mostly unfounded,
and In the strict sense of the word,
'superstitious'?tuero survivors from a
Perhaps some practical roadnr of
The Spartan may bavo something to
ay on the other side of this old qucs
ioa. J. H.C.
Bits ol Humor unit Nugget* of Truth
for (ho Multitude.
- ?Any delayed duty, be it ever so
small, becomes irksome and disagreea
?January 1 was made the begin*
ning of tbo legal year in Boglaud in
?Thero aro in France 2 I?? found ?
authors and j mrualiets, and abuui 700
?L?t him who regrets the loss of
time make proper use of that which Its
to come in the future.
- N ?ono is so poor as tbo mtn who
won ies over the fact thut he has uolh
log to grumble about.
?It is estimated that, about 40,000
horses wore exported In l.syti. a inucli
larger total tbatl ever before.
I ?Trying to be happy if liko trying
I to go to sleep. You v.iil uot succeed
unlofB you forget that you aro trying.
- L ?uitduna now remains the only
I Slate which confers the suffrage upon
foreigners in advuncu of naturaliza
- L vsiuess will cover your garde n
with weeds. Hard drinking, if you
keep it up, will cover your wife with
?Thero are somo things, such aa
the acquisition of knowledge- snd 'he
growth of character, that cauuot be
?The small things of lifo aro often
of more importance than tlio great;
the slow than the quick : the still than
? -There can bo no greater folly in
man, than by much lubor to icicreaso
his goods, and with vain pleasure to
lose bis soul.
?When tho queen of Italy enters a
store to do her shopping, tho doors aro
closed and tho public excluded until
she has left.
?The public lands still vacant in
this country amount to over 000.000
000 acres, without including Alaska
with its 300,000,000 acres.
?II it wero not for tho salt of the
ocean the whole sea would soon become
a mass of corruption, owing to tho or
ganic matter it contains.
?There are 6,609 distilleries in the
United States. North Caiolina leads
with 1,824, and Virginia is next with
1,352. Pennsylvania lias 130.
?Within tho last 150 years the rate
of ipeod of ocean steamers has trobled,
and tho usual horso po.ver increased
from 700 to 10,000.
?One reason why more women do
not get their lives insured may bo that
tho applicant for lifo insuranco is al
ways required to make a statement of
?If the tlmo wo spend in wishing
we h d other people's advantages were
spent in using our own, we would soon
have as many advantages as wo could
?Whilo many ministers aro con
sidering how they may till up their
churches, Mr. Moody thinks "tho great
eat need of tho Christian church ia
?When you become convinced that
you have done a wrong thing, it is not
a sign of weakness for you to make a
prompt and explicit acknowledgment
of tho fact.
?The demand for frogs has reached
Colleton county, S. C, und the county
press think it would he a profitable
business to engage iu.
? Minnesota and South Dakota are
the only two States of the Union thai
have, half of their population makeup
of foreign-horn residents.
? Is tho social lifo of your neighbor
hood all that could he in sired ? Culti
vate the friendship of good neighbors :
it stimulates one to bcttoi life.
?It is a waste of energy to resolve
to break off one had habit, if wo are
as (irmly reeolvi d to hold on to another.
Cod don not give us grace to make a
compr? miso with him.
? It has been noticed, says the
Somrrvillo Journal, that tho moder
ate drinker does not always agree with
other people in Ida idea of what mou
erato drinking is.
?When the Or. im mariner puts tc
sou, his prayer is, "Keep me, my Cod !
my boat is so sma'l, ami Thy ocean su
wide !" Does not this beautiful prayer
truly express tho condition of each
of us V
??" Yob kain't set down no fixed
rule o1 conduct in disher life," said
Ut.cle Eben. " Samson got inter trou
ble 'caso ho done got his h'ah cut, an'
Absalom got inter trouble 'cause ho
?" My boy," said old Drywator,
" in all creation you won't lind any ani
mal except man who makes a habit of
smoking." "Yes, sir. But neither do
I know any other animal that cooks
?In Penohscot County, Me., the
line imposed on dealers who violate
the liquor law pay all tho county ex
penses. The fines aro collected with
as much regularity as if they wero li
?Scientists claim that tho daily use
of onions by children will prevent dip
th' r''a, scarlet fever and worms. While
tho children ma) be able to stand
It, tho delicate ar'vnaof tho fragrant
on'on is too much for bacteria und
Tllli LAURENS BAR.
Hi Y. SIMPSON. 0. l). BAKK8?ALK
SIMPSON A BARKSDALI?,
Attorneys at Law,
LAURKNS, SOUTH CAROLINA
Special attention given to tho investi
gation of titles and collection of claims
B. W. BALL. U w. st.m kins. w. w. BAM,
It A id,, SIM KINS Al BALL,
Attorneys nt Law,
LAURBN8, South CAROLINA.
Will practice in all State and United
Steles Court. Special attention given
W. H. MARTIN,
Attorney at Law,
LaUUBNS, - South Cakomna.
Will praetieo in all Courts ol this Stalo
Attontion given to collections.
f. t. johnson. w. R, hi Oil k y
JOHNSON & RIO HEY,
attorneys at law.
Dtrida?Fleming 'Oorn >r, Northost
side of Public Square
P1IDMON I' AIK LIKEs
Dond?u<gJ Souednle of ruM.upr Tr?te*?
In KOeet ?lau. IS, 1807.
Lv. Atlanta, CT.
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Lv. Mi Airy.
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Lv. Clmrl.it (?
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Ar. Atlanta, K. T,
Ar. Atlanta, ?, T,
"A" 1?. 111. "P" p. 111. ".I" noon. "N" night.
Nos. !!7 nnd 38?Dully. NV?*ht>?Kton and South*
vriwiiTti Vestibule LfiiittoiL Through Pullman
Bleeping cm s bc'w ecu New York end Now Or*
tears, via Washington, Atlanta and Moutgom*
cry. and also between Nt?>\ York nnd Memphis,
via Washington, At !a';tu mid lltriniughnin. Pull?
man sleeping ?;ir? hei ween Now York and Now
Oi P aus, in couuootlon with tlto "Sunset Lim*
lied" trains for Hun Francisco, BOinbweaklyi
leaving Jersey City Tuesdays nnd SaturdayeJ
roturniii v, le?v? Now Orleaus Wednesdays and
Saturdays. Thta train ulso carrios Richmond*
Augus'a h;(.hig ears between Danville nnd
Clmrloi tn. lfirKi class thoronghfaro eoneliea
between Washington and Atlanta. Inning curs
['.-im- all ni?.<j\is ?111 route.
No*. 85 ami SO?United Hinten Fast Mali
nuts solid liotwoen Washington and New Of
leans, vin Southern Railway, a. & \v. P. R. lt.,
ami 1.. ? N. It. Ii., being composed of Imggnge
oar and coaehos, through without change tor
passengers of nil clnssos. Pullman drawing
room Bleeping cnra hoi ween Jersey City and
New Orients, via Atlanta and Montgomery.
Leaving Washington eaoh Saturday, a tourist
sleeping car will run through lietwccn Wash
In?- "" and Ban Francisco without ohnngo.
Noa. ill and 82?New York and Florid* Lim
ited. Vestihnlod train between New York and
Bt. Augustine, \ta SVashlngton, Cliarlotte, Co*
lntnliin, Bavanunh and Ja?ksonvlllo, consisting
of Pullman drawing room sleeping pars, Pull*
mar. ooiiipartniciit. cam, l'lilliuan obsol vutlon
eniH nnd dining corn, leaving Now Yotk und
Bt. AnguHlmo (terminal point*) drily txeept
Bunday. Tliia t rain also carries twelve section
drawing room lmiTcl sleeping cars between
AUgUHtH and NOW York.
Nos. II and 12?Pullman sleepingc irSbOtWOOD
Kiel.mi anil Danville.
.Tlio Air I.lnO Hello train, Nos. IT and 18, lie
twenu Atlanta and Oornolla, Gtu., daily except
\V. H. WKKTCDT, J. M. C\ 'I.P,
Gen'l Siipt., Trnfllt M g'r.,
Washington, D. O. Waahingtou, D. O.
yr. A. TURK, 6. H. HAUDWKJK,
Gen'l Piu*s. Ajtft., Asu'tUou'lPass Ag't.,
Washington, D. O. Aua.itn, Ga,
Oond.meil Sclicdiilo In ItfTeet
NOV. 15, ISOIi.
Lv. Chariest on.
" Prosperity .
Ar. Anderson .
Ar. 0 1 een\ Ilia
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Ar. ' lonnalds
r.v. Abbeville _|
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" o ri Hiiwood
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12 22 p m
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11 2.'? 1 310)) Ar ?jiartaaburg.
11 4ftii, BU8p;Lv B|iartanburg.
llOpI 7ikio Ar Ashoyille...
"P," p. m. "A," a. m.
Trutus 0 nnd 10 entry elegant Pullman
sleeping cnra hotw can Columbia and Ashevllle,
anrouto daily l.ji u <?< -.. Jacksonville and Oinota*
Trains Utave Bpartnoburs, A. Ss C. dlrlaloa,
?ortlibound, 4 42 a. m , ;. :47 p. m., 6:18 p. in.,
IVei-ilbule Limited): suutlibouiid 12:26 a. m..
1:16 p. in., 11 ?:7 a. m., (VeattbulS limited.)
Trains leave Greenville. A. and (3. <Uvislon,
northbound. 6:4A a. in., 3:81 i>. rn. and 5:30 p. in.,
Ivaatibulod Limited):southbound, 1:20 a. m.,
4 :V0 p. in., U-80 p. 111. (VesftbnlSd Limited).
I'ul I in*. 11 Service
Pullman palace sleeping cnra on Trains 85 and
SS, 87 and :*8. cn A. and O. division.
W. L. UltieiCN, J. M. cin.p
Gen. Sutmrintendent, Trafilo M'g'r,
Washington, l> O. Washington, D. O.
V. A. TURK. S. R.HARDWIOK,
. #en. Pans. Ag't. As'tUen. Pans. Ag't.
Washington. D. a Atlant?, Ob.
PHARLR8TON A WKSTBRN CARO
w Una K ilhvay Ct?. " Augusta and Ashe
ville Shoi t Line." Schedule in effect Feb.
Lv Augusta.IHt 1 am
Ar Oreenwood.12 17 pm
1,'iurciiB. I IS pm
Ureonvillc. 2 65 pm
fileur: Kiirings. 4 05 pm
8partanourg. 3 00 pm
Saluda .6 2 ? pm
Hcnilursonville. .. 5;'il pm
Aahovillo. (i 46 pm
Lv An) icvillo.820 am
Hpartanburg.ll 45 am
Or .onvillo.11 65 am
La ircna.... ..115 pm
(Iro mi w ood.2 2S pm
Ar \ Ufl isi a.5 0d pm
Ar A ikon.0 50 pm
1 40 pm
(i if) ani
7 iV) am
10 ^0 am
0 28 am
4 00 pm
1 (i0 pm
7 00 pm
11 10 am
Lv (Irecnvfltu. li <o am
Ar Clinton. 2 10 pm
Newberry.,?..,#-.*.-.... 2 57 pm
Prospority .. 8 13 pm
< oluinbia. 4 80 pm
Bumter.'. 0 42 pm
Lanes. 7 .is pm
Lv Charleston. 7 00 am
Lanes . a 2<i am
Sumtcr. . 08) dm
(lolumbia. 11 no a n
Prosperity . II 5S am
Newberry. 12 10 pm
Clinton. 1260 j,m
.\r Greenville. .no pm
Closo coniioctloiiR at Urceuwoort for at
points on ti. A. L and C. it O. Railway, and
atSpartanhuK with ejouthem Railway.
For infnririatioii relative to tickets, rates,
sohedulcs, etc., addroas
J. CRAIti, Gon. Pass. Agent.
J. B.Gureton, Agont.a.H. Bpeighto, Gen.
Agent, Greenville, B? 0.