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The Eleventh Commandment.
By MARGARET LEE. 1
On (Imt particular arternfiofi Storer
reached his house somewhat later than
usual. Ho had undertaken tho ^mar
riage notico" und was determined that
tho oitizeua of Ceuterville shuul? havo
every opportunity of reading it. Ho ran
up tho stoop, let himself in and took
his way, two steps at a time, to tho front
room on tho second door, which was
in ndqnartord for tho family. Tho lower
lluor was lighted, und tlio quiot did not
concern him. Ho often awaited Iiis
wile's return from her old homo.
Ho had invested in some while chrys
anthemums, and ho proceeded to ar
range them in tho vases that adorned
his wife's-dressing cuso. If Sallio had a
preferenco, it was for these feathery
blossoms, bo ho placed them to the best
advantage, enjoyed their reflection in
tho mirror and turned up the lights to
boo the effect against, tho delicate blue
draperies. The waitress, who had run
up stairs for a news item, observed his
satisfaction. Ho glanced at her and
"Jano, any sign of Mrs. Storer and
"No, sir. Perhaps they'are to drive
?out, but tho mistress didn't say so. I
?see a noto for you in tho library. "
"So? Get it, please."
Storer recognized Mrs. Justis' band
?writing and, rather surprised, opened
tho noto and read:
To Mr. John Storer:
Your wickedness lias been discovered. I fiiw
?you today with your lulstress. Make no effort
.to boo my poor heartbroken child.
V. B.?Tho proper legal steps for obtaining a
divorce will Lo taken as noon us possible.
Storer sat down quite dazed at lirst.
?Gradually bo collected his thoughts and
?surmised what bad occurred. Liko other
,good natu red, even tempered, healthy
~?youu,g people, it took a great di al of
provocation to excite Iiis anger; but,
once aroused, bis fury was something
terrible.^Ho now exerted himself to con
trol this passion, mid, sending for a
mcsscuget boy, be wrote a lino to Iiis
Hallio, come homo nt once*. I can explain cor
'.tain circumstances to you. Jack.
The "you" was underlined.
\i seemed to him that the lad would
nev< r r< turn. Meanwhile ho busied him
self m as to prevent suspicion in tho
bouse. He ordered tho dinner to be kept
back, tried to rend tho evening papers
and quieted himself so effectually that
bo vent at intervals to tho windows
und peered out, hoping to distinguish
tho tall, slender figure and its little at
tendant one in the twilight.
Bt( rer was not given to putting po
etry into words, but in Iiis heart ho
treasured strange fancies in connection
with these two jewels, his wife and this
child, which seemed so much closer to
her than it could possibly bo to him
and was for that very reason so much
the more wonderful and sacred to him.
The twilight pave place to dark, and
out of it came the messenger boy with
this note from Mr. Justis:
Air. .t<ihn Storer:
Hut?The explanation offered must be made
tome. Respectfully, RieilAKn JuSTia
Storer dismissed the boy and retired
to the library for consultation with bis
sensible sell. Hitlurto lie had always
risen to the emergency.
"What a confounded mess that med
dling old woman lias made of whatever
?ho saw and heard this morning I Hut
it will never do to let this thing go on.
I must see Sallio at ouoe. Tho idea of
making her suffer!"
Storer put on his overcoat and bat,
selected a cane and called to the servant:
"We're going to dine down town,
The night air bad a cooling Influence,
fitoror was ushered into the drawing
room, whero in a few moments be was
joined by Mr. .Instlf, n tall, thin, dys
peptic man who bad sacrificed health to
"I will tell you the leading facts in
this matter, but I cannot give names,"
Storer said, without losing a second in
tho recital. "1 am very sorry on my
wife's account that this tiling lias be
eomo public. Let horcomo down. There
is nothing in it to affect her happiness,
I assure you. "
"You wouldn't give names? Wo
should need them, you know, to verily
"What do you mean?"
"What I say."
Mr. .Justis had a voice that matched
his appearance?thin, weak and high.
Storer gazed at him in curious amaze
"You are doubting my word."
"Tho case is so peculiar," whined
Mr. Justis. "It is so easy to manufac
ture a plausible explanation of it. 1
think you'll have to bring forward these
friends of yours to prove your share in
"I want to see my wife."
"She lias concluded to let mo arrange
this matter for her. If you will satisfy
me, she will abide by my decision."
"I don't know that you are expected
to bOlioVO me, but she is. Send her
here, and I'll give her names cn condi
tion that she does not disclose them."
"That won't do."
"Now, look hero. I'm just as anx
ious to settle this question now ns you
?can possibly be. It is like springing a
mine upon mo, and I consider tiiat Mrs.
Justis has acted very hastily and im
prudently. I will not betray tho people
who havo trnsted mo, and I insist that
my wifo shall come hero now and listen i
to nie. If she cannot exhibit so much
faith in me ns this crisis demands, then
I am altogether mistaken in my esti
mate of her character. I want you to
bring her down hero and her mother
with her. I will not give names. Any
other questions I can unswer fuhy." .
Storer sat down with tho air of set
tled determination that takes no denial,
and Mr. Justis left the room. Ho Was
gono for hnlf an hour'by tho clock the I
Storer mechanically watched.
Tho houHO was deop, tho ceilings were
high, tho doors heavy. No sound of
voices in counsel, protestation or dis
pnte was audible. Storer could feel tho
Mr. Jnstis returned slowly, spenking
a .?? i in lied monologue
"It's HO URO. Sallio must SCO these
friends with hor own oyeB. She agrees
?with hor mother that tho story sounds
\mjpxohahlo. Of course .yop. cpold pro
aflco trie tvo rpeoptu wuea bo mticii is ul
"I just told you that they bad loft
"It's very unfortunate for you that
?'Can 1 see my wifo?"
"I think not. Sho tins taken hor po
sition. This thing must bo thoroughly
explained 10 mo so that every suspicion
enn be removed from my mind and her
mother's, She is too much agitated to
net for herself or trust tu bor OWU judg
ment. In BUOll a crisis she wishes to bo
guided by rensou, not blind impulse."
"That is a new dofiuitiou for confi
dence in u man's honor. "
"You should not have left your honor
open to doubt."
"if my honor is what 1 think it is, 1
can do r. kindness and be above ques
"You mustn't overestimate human
"D?u such human nature as you
understand! I am very sorry that my
Wife takes your view of it. We seem to
havo lived together for three years to
little purpose if I have not won hor per
fect trust in me. What 1 did today un
der similar circumstances i ll do again.
1 won't bo slandered or judged by any
one. Sallie can come home tonight or
she can slay away, as she thinks best. 1
need not detain you with useless argu
Storer left the house. He was in a
condition of mind that tilled him with
consternation. When he reached bin
own stoop and looked up at the hand
some windows, he felt liko turning bis
back upon the bouse forever.
But lie went in. Jane presented her
"We may not bo back tonight,"
Storer said carelessly, then bustled
about in the library and put SOUlO pa
pers in bis pocket.
His acting surprised himself. Ho
went out again, whistling an air that
would always he associated with tho
night and its strange doings.
He spent the night alone in tho
streets, coming at intervals to the cor
ner and watching if bis wifo bad
thought better of him and her own du
ty and returned home. Hut the dim
lights remained untouched in the up
per room and main ball. Storer lived
over every moment of this ti rrihlo
break riu Iiis peaceful existence Ho
blazed and burred in the white beat of
anger and shivered with cold in tho
depths of bis despair. What was wrong
in tho world? An honest man should
havo the right to act generously What
hud ho done that he should be suspected
and accused of infamy? Could it bo all
n frightful dream? No. He was in hid
sober senses, and be felt the physical
strength of a doSSOU ordinary men.
15ack and forth through the silent,
deserted streets bo paced and thought.
At 8 o'clock he rang his own hell. June
was in the dining room and came hasti
ly to open the door.
"Get me seme breakfast at once. I
am off to Europe, .lane, business is all
wrong there, and I'll have to attend to
it. While 1 eat put What 1 need in my
valise. I haven't a moment to spare. "
Having swallowed some food, storer
went into tho library and wroto this
My DCAn Sai.i.ii:?Tostup gossip I am k"uin
abroad. Btny with your own pcoplo or como
lioru, just us you think lest 'Jlns house will
(?.ton under Juno's management, and by si in
ply pleading business matt era my absence can
be fully explained. 1 leave our future in your
hands. When you toll me that your faith in
my honor is us nci feet na 1 Bupposi tl it to lie, I
will return to you. i blame your mother for
tins dim break in our happiness, ilud slut
minded her own business wo should be logotli
er in love und ponce, 1 arranged your bunk
account yesterday. Draw on it na you usually
do. If you care to anawi r this, semi your let"
ter to the office to be forwarded. I need not
tell you to take care of the boy. (Joodhy.
P. B.?It is possible?I trust not probnbh?
that WO may havo parted forever. I want you
to remember that 1 BID yours faithfully In bio
ant' death, Jack.
Storer closed tho envelope and wroto
a business letter of some length. Ho
gave botli to Jane, who stood in the hall
fumbling with the valise strap.
Her eyes were full of tears. Shu
"Uh, sir, I am nfrftid something
dreadful has happened I"
"Why, Jane I Do you think I have
done anything wrong?"
"Oh, no, sirl I know you wouldn't
do a thing that wasn't right"?
"It is all a mere business question.
Now, Jane, you nre to get a check every
week for tho bouse expenses and kcop
everything precisely as I havo it. i'ost
this letter, and you'll get tho money
promptly. This note 1 want you to put
it) my wife's hand. You understand
mo? No one else is to seo it."
"Yes, sir. "
"That is all. Takocaro of yourself as
well as the house."
He was gone, valise in hand, and
Jane watched him out of sight.
Storer's plan of action unfolded itself
without a bitch, even to a good state
room that had been resigned at the last
minute. When tho ship was outside tho
Narrows, ho breathed a great sigh of
"No ono hero can wring Gertie's se
cret from mo. At least 1 can grow calm
and think coolly as to my duty to all
concerned in this miserable business."
What Storer could not explain or get
over was the lack (if faith in his integ
rity displayed by his wife and her fam
ily. Their suspicionsncss baffled him.
Ho could not submit to being judged
und condemned without so much as a
Ho hud made his wife's acquaintance
when sho was a schoolgirl. Ho bad car
ricd her hooks homo for her many an
afternoon, and as bo paced tho deck of
tho steamer ho recalled his courtship
and his short married life.
This was tho first break in a sequence
of happy experiences. Sallio had been
influenced. lid could not help mating
excuses for her defection, although it
eut him to the heart. It was tho only
thing in the list of possible misfortunes
that could materially affect him. There
was nothing morbid in ins naturo. He
was devoted to Iiis business in business
honrB, and he loved his home. He was
not a Student of great Hociul problems;
his ono motivo was tho happiness of
thoso who depended upou him for it.
He reasoned that ho bad donowbat was
simply his duty. Porhups he had erred
in Judgment by not confiding in his
wife. When ho sat between sea and sky
arifTTlved over afl tho incidents ns they
occurred, he felt the same rolnetancp
still that hud piewnttd him from tell
in? this sad story to his happy young
Loyalty to her <oji bad been upper
most. It wns not necessary for her to
know of nnotber woman's frailty. Her
judgment might be sovoro. What ri^ht
had bis wife to know or judge in this
matter? The more ho considered the
point t ln? more satisfied lie bcoamo with
his own sileueo regardipg the incident,
and as ho paced the dock he lifted his
face and determined to stand by his
own decision. When ho readied Eng
land, ho learned with gliul surprise that
his presence was a very much needed if
He became so nhsorbed in business
matters that the cause of his trip grad
Uully faded from hi.- mind, lie kept his
??lf7it/, Jane! Do you think I have done
health and spirits and put his troublo j
precisely within tip> limits whoro it be
longed. He would neither magnify it
nor let it encroach upon bis thoughts.
There is everything in nbiding by duty.
Meanwhile .lane bad posted ono let
ter and carried the other to her mis
tress. Mrs. Justin rcei ived her with an
air of arm? d n< utrulity.
"Mrs. Btorer is not feeling well and i
cannot' bo disturbed. If you have any '
message for her, 1 v\ill take it to her."
Jane hesitated. Mrs. Justis was not
among in r favorites.
"I thought she might wish to see mo.
The house is to go on, the master said,
and she may have orders tor today. I
came for them."
"Ob," said Mrs. Justis, "I'll sco if
you can con.e up!"
"Come up indeed," thought Jane in
dignantly, "uftcr taking t?te of lur
house tbeso three years!"
Following a delay that roused Jane's
suspicious she was ndmitti d to the trout
room on the third fl< or. It was careful
I ly darkened. There was a strong odor of
j cologne, and Mrs. Sb r< r v H still in
j bed. Her chocks were burning with
fever, ber oyos were glassy and the eye
lids red as if with crying.
"Merciful God I" cried Jane, quite
"Mrs. Storer hasn't slept all night,"
explained Mrs. Justis, who bad mount
t d guurd at once.
"Well, indeed, neither did I, ma'am.
I couldn't; it was all so sudden. I'm
sure 1 don't wonder at all. But perhaps
if you'd dress and coma up to the hotlSO,
sure you'd feel hotter. I m v't t put out
a light in your room, ma'am, and there
you'll see the pretty flowers that tho
i master fixed last night with !>;s own
bands against you'd come in, niu'am."
Mrs. Storer put her handkerchief to
her eyes, and ber mothor quickly loft
the room. Jane darted to the hedsido.
"Here's bis U tter. Keep it to yoUl'SI If,
and have you anything to say to mo,
Juno put tho note in Mrs. Storor's
band and retired to her first post near
"Uh, Jane, you'll have to do as usual
for the present. I may come up today.
Wait I Let me read this, open tho win
Jane opened the window and dis
creetly gazed into tho street w hile keep
ing OUC ear on tho door and another on
the rustling letter.
A shriek that brought bnck Mrs, Jus
tis and startled Jane out of her senses
was the result. Then Mrs. Storer was
seized with fainting spells, and June
ran for tho doctor.
This family physician, having used
proper remedies and ordered perfect
quiet for the patient, retired to tho par
lor and held a consultation with lur
parents. He was persistent in his in
quiries. Mrs. Storer was suffering from
a mental shock, and lie wanted all tho
particulars. Medical inen prefer not to
work in the dark.
In ber wild grief Mrs. storer bod
told ber mother some sad truths.
"Oh, you have ruined our happiness!"
she cried repeatedly, regardless of Dr.
Bclford'S presence. "thick lias gono
abroad. I'll never see him ugaiu. Oh,
send for him I Why did I leave him?
Oh, fool that I was to let you middle
between us I"
This continued till the anodyne took
Mrs. Justis unfolded to tho doctor
Mr. Storor's infamous conduct and her
own decided action
"I suppose ho has taken (hat wonuui
with him," she said sadly.
"No doubt," agreed Dr. Bolford,
who was quite beyond being surprised
by anything in the line of immorality.
Tho story, coming from such author
ity, lie quietly accepted, and ill the
course of time confided it to his wifo.
It wtis quickly communicated, and
When Mrs. Storer was able to >;o about
she judged from the sympathy for her
expressed and cxbil tied that her moth
er's solution oi the foroign trip was the
YetWbeil she read over lur husband's
letter slio had her doubts, and tlieso
doubts were so strong that she refused
to tako any Stops w hatever of a legal
nature. She objected to putting detect
ives on her husband's path and sim
ply remained away from her home and
devoted liorsolf to her ohild. If tho
worst was tmo, she (HdttyOt wan?tO
have it proved to hor. 't
Certain other annoyances developed
ns tine, elapsed. For instance, llttlb
Jack became a 1 one of contention. In
his own botne where he ruled as prince
his baby ways were humored and Iiis
nnruly moments patiently ignored.
Sousiblo people never look for angels'
wings on tin. shoulders of healthy,
noisy children. Growth means perpet
ual motion, und Ja? l< seemed to possess
tho whole bop** Ho iau.-ed Ms irrila
hlo, nervous grnndfi thorendlpfts nneasi
?fcess. The niati. with his. cross expros
siou, his ill bun.or and his exacting
manner, fltit?i.'J)izjjd tint eMid. Jank
Ii ail 'Ii Ts jolly, ciiiunii y father in Ins
mind when ho saw nun. in il h? meas
ured them by bin tretiMMul stnttdnrd.
(July a Spencer, a Durwill or a lluxhy
could explain why thin beautiful child,
with his nugcliu oxi res>i<,u und stout
liinhs, should sit Ii 1 iiiK? If in lliu tor
menting of his grnndluthi r v ith i w< is
Of illVl'Util II and CXCCUth Ii || il \. , | ,? ;;s
amazing as they wire im I mule.
Mr. Just is stored imil thrctitenctl
and even at ten; 11< <l to i m ish the child.
Then Mrs. Ittricr caught lur baby to
her heart and would huvii c: I t ri 1
ogo in In r own house I ttd m I In r lot th
er taken her side iu the quuin 1 und pro
vouted the siioi.d break iu the family,
Mr .Insiis upbraided his wifo and
made n atters sn wretched in thu house
that for the l:: i tfii.u she sat down un<l
admitted tu In im It that perhaps she
had made a mistuliu in taking her
daugliter home. A boarding house in
Which Jack would have had no freedom
would have been much better for the
Toward spring the domestic relations
in tho Justis family had reach'd such a
pitch of unpleasantness tbut every mem
ber of ic lived in a condition of nervous
excitement bordering upon insanity.
Mr, Justis was like a bomb of human
dynamite, exploding unexpectedly at
the most trilling provocation. Ho no
longer noticed his grandchild, so Airs.
Storer and lur little delinquent took
their meals before tho ciders of the
household ate theirs. This necessity for
double duty caused a pailio in the kitch
en cud materially increased Mrs. Jus
tis' problems. At the earliest date pos
sible Mrs. Justis secured rooms in a
pleasant country place and ostublislicd
Mrs. Su rer, Jack and his nurse fur the
Season. She returned to town with a
feeling of intense relief ami devoted
hcr-clf tu the humanizing of her tyran
Poor woman I She often reflected oil
tho misery of lu r experience, if sho
had broken up her daughter's homo,
she had also destroyed all comfort in
in r own. The wear und tour hud aged
her so pern ptibly that In r changed up
penruueo was a topic of conversation
among her many friends. Her social
duties were m gh eted ; lu r thoughts no
lunger wandered to gorgeous offccts in
costumes. Thu world turned fur her on
her husband's bitter tongUO. livery day
he reproached her as the causo of the
family disci rd und Iiis own steady less
of health : ml made her burden as heavy
as he possibly could. Conscious of her
mother's misery, Mrs. Storer gladly
found herself uuioug utruugcrs in a
(To be contlnui ?.)
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i ill: STOKY <>k Y MUIIDHH.
the Horrible Crime or a Vicious
Negro?His Victim a Popular
Ollleer anil Good Citizen.
The li iai id a negro named Jim
Anderson fur the murder of Mtli. .James
K. Marshall, Ol C ester, recalls one of
tin most blood-thirsty murders among
all the I.? arth s^ and horrible ferooith h
uf recent times in South Carolira.
Maj Marshall was an old soldier, an
i lllcieut and popular member o( the
Chester police for fifteen years, with a
wide reputation for coolness and coin
age. The Yorkvllle Enquirer gives
the following account of the prime,
and is the fullest statement that has
been made of t he shocking deed !
It was on the 7th day of last l'Ybru
aty, at about - o'clock p. in. A largo
sized, intelligent looking mulatto
negro, I pparently about 25 years of
age, stepped 'nto the Exchange Hans
uf Chester and pre St iiting a check for
&20, asked to have it cashed. The
check had been drawn by Mis. Janle
Stringfi How, of K ick Hill, in favor of
Mrs. Saliie II mphlll, and vwis good :
but the circumstances were such as to
make Cashier White suspicious.
Among other things, the cashier
noticed that in tho endorsement of the
check, on the back, Mrs. Hemphill's
name was divided?a portion appear
ing on one lino and a portion on the
Other?ami as the result of his suspi
cions, lie began lo ask qilOStiOtS.
The negro at once, assumed an easy
and Indifferent manner, and without
tho slightest embarrassment, told a
story to the i licet that he had been
working for the lady who lived in the
brick bouse 0V< r In a certain direction
which he indicated, and in a selil
iiu nt with him, she had given him tin.
check. The whole if20 was not bis of
course. His claim amounted to only
$2, and ho was to take the balance
back to the lady. All right. Why
certainly If was all right, anil step
ping to the door, he called in Major
Marshall to VOUOb for his credibility.
Major Marshall had never seen the
in pro bi fore und said so; but not the
least abashed, the Negro invited the
major logo with bun to the house of
the lady and havo the wholo thing
* t rat gh lent d out.
Tho Whole incident had passed < IV in
such an easy-going matter of fact way,
that even tho shrewd policeman, ac
oustomcd for years to deal with crimi
nals of all classes, was not more than
half put on Iiis guard. That he should
go with the negro was quite natural,
and the two started out in the direc
tion of the risidooce of the lady re
f, i red to. It Is not thought that
Major Marshall had tho slightest suspi
cion of danger, and even when the
negro led the way up Saluda street,
when be should have taken York
Btret t. the major continued to follow
wj hunt, quostlon.
Hut as the negro nt arc d tho vicinity
of Mrs. Mutiny's residence, he evident
ly began to realize that his game was
Up. Major Marshall was following be
hind. A few seconds before, K. H.
Caldwell, K?q., had passed tho police
man and toe negro. The next turn
was across Walnut street. Hero a
little girl spoke to Major Marshall,
and the major retU"nod the greeting.
His face was in the direction of the
little, girl, and his blind eye was to
ward tho Negro. It was at this in
stant lhat the tragedy occurred.
As already indicated, tho Negro bad
not been previously searched. Noth
ing bad occurred to make this seem
necessary. Quick as a Hash almost,
tho negro drew a large revolver--38
calibre is our Information?and fired
two shots, in rapid succession. Koth
shots took murderous effect, Ono
bullet struck Major Marshall in the
throat, severing tho carotid artery
and tho other ot.tercd at tho back of
his car. Either wound would havo no
doul t proved fatal. Covering the
wound in his throat with his hand,
Major Marshall walked across tho
istreet and grasped the palings in an
? Hurt to sustain himself.
\ H. 13. Caldwoll, Esq., just raontlon
ld, hearing tho shots, nt once hasten
>\d to tho assistance of Major Marshall.
Vie roaohed tho wounded man in time
to hoar him exolaim, "I am dying,"
und to assist him in easing his body to
a reclining position. Major Marshal)
hod been unable to draw his revolver,
and indicated to Mr. Caldwel! to look
after tho negro. All this had oc
curred m> quickly that the ?negro Nui
riot yet gotten away, and as Mr. Calci?
well began to possets himself of Ma
jor Marshall's revolver, the Negro
opened lire on him. Ho returned the
shots, bowever, and the negro ran
away, jumping over a wiro fooce into
Mrs. Mobley's pasture anil making
lor a piece of woods hack of the ceme
Attracted by the firing, people of
tho neighborhood soon began to ap
uear on the scene, and after the news
was telephoned to police headquarters,
it was not more than a quarter of an
hour before tho whole town was arous
ed. Within a few minutes, Sheriff
Cornwoll arrived on the scone with
his dog "Spot," and with the help of
tiie dog, the negro was rapidly fol- j
lowed across the cow pasture, around
the cemetery, over plowed ground
and marshes, nil wi'hout u break, to
a point about six miles northeast of
town where lie was overtaken, at about
4.80 p. in.
Mr. A. W. Lovo was in tho van of
the pursuing party, some distance
ahead, and was the lirst to get within
hail of the fugitive. Upon tho ap
proach of Mr Lovo, tho negro turned a.id
tired, tho bi llet whistling uncomfort
ably close to his pursuer. Mr. Love
Immediately commenced a return fire
nid kept it uo until he struck tho
negro in the side, bringing him to tho
ground. The negro threw asvay his
pistol and gave up, and by direction
of Mi*. Live the fellow was placed in a
buggy and rapidly driven to jail,
where he arrived just a few minutes
ahead of an angry crowd that was
not at ali disposed to leave the punish- |
mcnt of his horrible erimo to the
N< xt day, it developed that the I
Dame of the negro was Jim Anderson ;
that he had previously made an unsuc
cessful clTort to have a check cashed
at the First National Back of Kock
Hill ; trat the check be had presented
at the Kxohange Bank of Chester had
been taken from u mi il sack that bad
been stolen at the depot in i.'ock Hill
a few nights before, and that the negro
himself was a worthless vagabond who
had for sonn time been hanging around
Rook Hill without visible means of
BUpport, and who was also pretending
to prepare himself for the "ministry."
Upon being questioned about tho
murder after Iiis arrest, Ander.-on
denied all knowledge of it. Ho said
he hail not been up town ir Chester at
all ; but bad only passed through that
day. One Krank Neal, about the same
age, height and color as himself, had
arranged to go to Kock Bill with him
and he was to wait for Neal Dear the
cemetery. When Neal came up he
was out of breath from running and
wanted to continue the run : hut he,
Anderson, was tired, and would not
run with him. Neal bad then gone o.i
to the left of tho cemetery and Ander
son had gone to the right, afterward
striking across the country for a maca
damized road whlob he bad been In
formed led to Kock Hill, and it was
while going to this road that ho was
overtaken by the dog. Uo was not
aware of being followed until after Mr
Love had Bred at him, and he fired
back in .-elf defense only.
When tho bank officials saw A ler
sop, they stateil that he answered the
description of the man who presented
the chock in every particular except
hisdross, Of which they were not so
positive. Mr. W. O. Guy, however,
ban taken the precaution to make a
careful measurement of the tracks of
tho man who committed the murder
and who ran across the cow pasture,
etc. This measurement fitted the foot
of Anderson to perfection, and taken
in connection with tho ease and un
hesitating certainty with which the
dog followed the negro's trail, there
was left but little reason to doubt that
the right man had been captured. In
fact, tno negro. Krank Neal, was able
to give a very satisfactory account of
himself during the time of the occur
rence, and for several days previous.
Hut all these things are a matter of
testimony and will no doubt be sifted
to the bottom.
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A GOOD KUOUKSTION.
The Sons of lite American Revolu
tion Propose a Monument to hu
The Atlanta Constitution says that a
movement has recently boon started by
the Sons of the American Kovolution
toercotin the oity of Paris a monument
to the illustrious Coneral LaKayctte,
ami, if possible, to unveil it during the
gn at exposition in 1900,
Mr. Ferdinand W. Keck, one of Chi
cago's leadiog citizens, recently out
lined the. movement in a speech which
be delivered in New York. Ho states
that the plan agreed upon is to call
upon every oltlz >0 of tho United States
to contribute something toward tho
fund, and that in order to make tho
monument worthy of General Lafay
ette not less tiian $2.">0 000 should bo
raised for this purpose. Ho states
further that a measure is now pending
in ('engross which seeks to givo na
tional recognition to the movement,
and that in a few weeks favorable
action will be taken in regard to it.
There are two rroad reasons upon
which Mr. Keck grounds tho Impor
tance of erecting this proposed monu
ment to Cencr"l Lafayette. In tho
lirst place he argues that. Kranco has
shown her regard for the United States
by presenting us with Bartholdi'sstatue
of Liberty, which stands at tho mouth
of Now York Harbor: and that some
requital of this courtesy is duo on our
part. In the second place, ho argues
that the patriotic service which the
great Frenchman rendered to this
country during the American revolu
tion calls for some substantial recogni
tion of this character, and that by
erecting a monument, to him in Pat is
woian repay our debt of courtesy to
Kranco anil at tiie same time do honor
to our illustrious benefactor.
Mr. l'ock states that Ceneral La
KayettO is burled in one of tho obscure I
cemeteries of the Kronoh capital, and j
tl a' nothing but ajrude stone marks his
last resting place. If the money can
bo raised and tho movement put
through BU0C6BBfillly, Mr. Keck thinks
that the monument should bo unveiled
with august ceremonies on the 4th of
Undoubtedly thero is much in the
proposed movement which appeals to
the warm sympathy of the American
people. Gent ral LuKayo'.to Is ono of
our traditional heroes, and wo place
him almost in tho samo nicho with
Washington. We associate him lndis
solubly with our struggle for liberty,
and wo cannot be? tow too much honor
?The oldest match manufactory In
tho world is in Swcdon. Matches woro
mado thero long boforo tho old, rough
.y-trlmmod splinter of wo6u tippod
with sulphur, was discarded* with tho
tinder boxes for which they wero used.
In twenty-five years tho export trade
of Sweden in foreign matches lnoroased
to 1,000,000,000 boxes a year.
I THE PEACOCK IS AN ARISTOCRATIC BIRD,
ELEGANT, GRACEFUL, IJKAUTI
Hill Arp's Flock Causes the Neighbors
Trouble and lie Gets [an Anony
"Sic utru tuo ut alteum DOB toedas,"
which means if your chickens cot In
your nabor's garden ho must sic the
dog on 'em, or words to that effect.
Yesterday 1 received a kind letter from
some unknown friend saying that our
peafowls wero annoying the neighbor*
ing gardens aud if they were not put
up they would be killed. I was run i
nating about Ibis anouymus letter and
my opinion is that this is not tho best
way to make a complaint. Our nabors
are all good aud kind to us and I sup
pose it was tho fear of giving ollense
that kept the- writcrs's name from the
ietter, but I really would have felt bet
ter if the writer had told mo face to
face about tho peafowls, As it is, 1
am afraid several nabors havo been
feeling unkind and I don't know who
to apologize to. My wifo has told me
several time that she feared the pea
fowls wero trespassing and that we
had better get rid of them. Well, we
havo bad four or five every year for
twelve years and they never did any
serious harm to our own garden?not
half as much as some of our nabors1
chickens anil dogs have done, but folks
are folks about such things and nobody
likes to havo other folks' bipeds or
quadrupeds prowling around. Tho
peafowl is such a nice, pretty, aristo
cratic bird that wo thought the nabors
would like to see them occasionally,
and if they behaved badly a few stones
and clods and sticks and womanly
"shoos" would drive them away for
good, for they are timid and easily in
sulted. As for putting them up, we
can't do it, for wo can't catch them and
they rost so high we can't''reaoh them.
A colored Methodist preacher couldn't.
And so when I got the anonymous letter
1 engaged a friend to come and shoot
them in tho treetops, but they had
(town away before be got bore. Wo
then baited them into the workshop
and limilly caught them and have sent
them to the country where nabors are
not so near or so anonymous.
Tho peufowl is a historic bird.
Solomon sent his ships to Tarshish and
brought back ivory and gold and pea
cocks. Anil the Lord saiil unto Job:
" Who gtve to tho peacock his goodly
wings." It is said to he the most
magnificent of all birds: its form is
elegant; its movements graceful: its
plumage resplendent with tints of
green, golden, bronze and blue: its
long bu-hy tail is beautiful beyond
description with its iridescent hues,
velvet centers and brilliant eye spots.
In their incomparable robe wo find all
that glisti ns in tho rainbow and
sparkles in tho mine?the a/uro tints
of heaven and t he emerald of tho fields.
Nowisentit a pity to kill a bird like
thatV And yet the ancient K imans
killed them for their brains and
tongues and it took 1,000 to furnish
enough for a g rent entertainment.
The peafowl is a gallinaceous bird,
but not gl*amlnlfer0U8. How's that.
It belongs to the polypleotron genera
of tho sub-family of pavonine. Just
think of it. Tho bill is moderate with
the base of tho uulmen elevated, the
apical half arc hi d ami vaulted: tarsi
long and strong, spurs conical, anterior
toes united at the base and the tarsi in
the females tubereulatc.
Mlrable dictu ! Some people don't
know all that. Maybe my anonymous
friend didn't know it or he would have
had more consideration for tho bird.
Their food is grain, .-eed and insects,
but they arc non-scratch I bous. They
jan't scratch for their legs are not
built that way. They sing but one .
abort strain of two notes that sounds
like "paon," and that word is its
French name. There is not much
melody in this oor.g, especially when
uft in the stilly night it trie's to play
upon its gramapbone and begins and
finishes with a wild Comanchee screech.
Like some ohi'dren, they are to bo
seen and not he rd.
Hut 1 have long wondered why tho
male was made so much more beauti
ful than tho female. This peculiar
distinction seems to ...... .. the males of
nil gallinaceous birds and makes them
arrogant and vain. "As vain as a pea
cock" is ono of tho oldest proverbs.
When ono is in full array ho will sit
upon the balustrade for an hour and
survey himself In the half reflecting
window glass. What be would do
heforo a largo plate mirror I do not
know, but I found out long ago that
tho best way to steal your neighbor's
pigeons was to set up small pieces of
looking'glass on the shelf ofthodo/e
Hut in mankind and most all quadru
peds the male is coarse, domineering
lind unadorned. In fact, most all men
are positively ugly and unattractive,
and woman weds him only because she
can't do ?; y better. It is woman who
wears tho ornaments of nature, and
"when unadorned is adorned the must.''
Strange to say, she wants more than
the Creator gave her, and delights to
array herself in beautiful fabrics and
to wear pearls and diamonds and other
jowolry. This is her nature and she
cannot help it. She loves the beauti
ful and would bo miserable in a room
without a mirror, though I have seen
some who never had but one admirer.
1 wonder who wero those sons of (Jod
who saw that tho daughters of men
wero fair and took wives from among
them and raised up giants and mighty
men of renown. 1 wonder if the wo
men of that day were so beautiful that
tho angels camo down to mate with
them. There is no telling what men
or angels will do for a beautiful woman.
I have never ceased to be sorry for
Jacob, who worked s von long years
for Kachel and then had to take hoi
homely sister, and hud to work seven
years mole o get the girl of hisoholco.
Hut tho sacred historian says these
seven years "soomcd to him but a few
days (or tho love ho had to her." Was
evorlovo like thai? Not in thesodays.
Mon must havo been scarce in that
country or Kachel wouldn't have wait
ed that long for Jacob. Old Laban was
a sheep raiser, and I reckon bis nearest :
nabor was another about fifty miles
away, and those poor girls never saw a
young man once a year. Kachel let
Jacob kiss hor on sight before she knew
his name or where he came from, and
that historic kiss has come down to us
through all tho corridors of timo for
4,000 years. 1 remember that away
back in tho 40a when I was young' and
fairly handsome my fat her sent mo on
business to Mississippi and as there
wero no railroads I bought a horse in
Mobile and rodo across the country to
Vicksburg. Ono night I found com
fortable lodgings with a big cotton
grower on the Chlcasaha river. He
had emigrated from South Carolina
many years before with his wifo and
little children and about 200 nogroos.
His namo was Calboun, and ho was a
cousin of John C. Galhoun. T, it. ho
lived outside of olvl'.lzatlon; not a
school aor a ohurch within' mllos of
him and Ik kept puting off moving his
! family to whero there were some, His
oldest daughter, a lass o? eighteen, was
as shy of me as a fawn, but sho brushed
her hair ami washed bur face and
changed her dress and shoes and gazed
and lingered on the sly long and sweet
ly. I made advances to ber that nigh.
In the parlor and pleased bor father
and mother and bowlldored ber, for 1
I soon found out that she was a Mower
I horn to blush unseen. Whan I left the
I next morning the old gentleman fol
j owed me to the gat9 and begged me to
! come back that way. "Maybe you and
Sally might fix up things to your
notion,'' Bald be, "and if you do 1 can
spare you Jill) or 300 acres of the linest
land In Mississippi and as many nig
gers as you want to tend it," and he
laughed In a half serious and half jok
ing way. There were no fourteen
years about that, but I never saw Sally
any more, Poor girl, 1 have often
wondered what became of her. Sho
was of good old Carolina stock, but svas
smothered in the woods. No compan
ions, no books or newspapers, no no
thing but niggers and cotton?much
like P .ohol, I reckon, who saw nothing
but sheep and longed for a nice young
man. ! romombor that two negro boys
held torches lor us to eat our supper
by and everything el?e was of the same
But what has this little episode of
mine totlo with peafowls and anony
mous letters? 1 don't know how my
thoughts drifted that way, but they
will drift. To go back to them, I will
say that a woman did not write the let
ter, for she is too fond of the beautiful
to want to kill a peafowl. And if tho
man who wrote it bad have known
their ancient, historic renown he would
have taken off his hat to that beautiful
bird and said: "Con . morning, sir, I
hope you are well." BILL Ahl'.
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NO \V.\K VOH " UNCLE BPH."
lit; Will Turn Democrat and Go to
PrcacMng Ratliar Than r'ight lor
Uncle Eph is a darkey of "the old
school,''or rather of "the no-sohool."
He has many gifts and graces uot
found among tho post-boll um sons of
Ham, for whom ho shows undisguised
contempt "'Possum and taters" is
his Ideal ?>f luxurious fare, and be has
a magical power for discovering resin
ous pine splinters for kindling pur
poses. He has vivid recollections of
the war between the States and tails
with never failing indignation of how
" de Yankees rid their bosses into old
massa's house, and cussed right 'fore
the white take*." With a mystery of
misconception be bates " Yankees,"
half-doilies Mr. Lincoln and swears by
the Republican party.
The war talk which ho hears on all
sides has quickened bis memories ol
tho stirring events of the sixtiesar.il
Sherman's inarch through Georgia.
As soon as I havu read the morning
paper ho wants to bo told the war
news, und never faiis while kindling
the evening' lire tie ask what the even
ing paper has to tell about *',dem
A few evenings ago tho press dis
patches were rather bare of any real
news, and wen: only padded with the
speculations of the correspondents who
had morn space than facts at their dis
posal. When Uncle Bph made his in
quiries while working with his "fat
lighten) splinters" at tho lire I thought
I might interest him by imitating the
reporters and manufacture a little ,
news wurranted to furnish excitement.
Holding the. paper closely before my
eyes I spoke as if reading thus:
"President McKinley has decided to
have war with Spain. He says as
Cuba is nearer to tho South than it is
to the North ho depends upon the
South to do most of the lighting, and
that a- most of his parly in tho South
are ntgroes he relies upon them for
soldier.-. He propo.-es therefore at an
early day to conscript all ablo-bodied
Republican negroes in the South and
set thcin to drilling that they may he
ready to go to the front as soon as the
lirst gun IIres. He can, he think.-., in
this way give all the negroes ollioos in
tho army, and this will be a relief to
him since be Qnls himself without
ono lgli posti dices to go around."
My news item might have been
lengthened, but was out by Uncle
Kph. who couldn't restrain himself
longer. He dropped his ? kindling
wood, stood erect, with an expression
of counten.ir.ee he hasn't had since the
" pattorroilors" i|uit running him
"fore de war" Ho exclaimed, "rede
dat agin." Slowly I repeated the
StateinontS about tho conscripting of
the colored troops, while he recovered
his Ightwood, It was too great a strain
for Uncle Kph'.- devotion to his party.
He oiiid : 'Den do Democrats has
duthin' to do wid dis war bi/.ness ?"
"Certainly not," I said. "It is not
our tight. We would be a set of fools
to lot you Republicans bava all the
post' 111 COS and we go oll and ho shot in
order to keep up a government for
your crowd. Mr. McKinley knows
this, and he is depending on you
negroes; and the poor "while trash'
that make up the Republican party to
do the lighting in this war. Ho is r.ot
giving you nostolllocs and such like for
nothing." The ai'guemontOVOi'Whelm
"Well, dat do head ine, shore. Mas
John, you knows dat white trash ain't
a-glne to lite. You jist as well spec a
hound dog to stay treed in a yalle.w
jacket's lies' as to spec poor white l rash
nko dese white publloans to lite deni
Spaniels. If you git 'em in dar dev
gwine ter run, und what is more flan
'Jat you ain't gwine to git 'om dar.
Day is tui ty handy ahout postollloes and
sich like, but guns and shootlft', dat
don't suit 'cm none. Ncdor does war
suit a nigger. Hits list and skull wid
him, or maybe ho ino.it cut some wid
his rtiZ.ir. But whon do big guns gin
to sbutu tie niggor gwlno ter git rite
oherde fonso and etroak it for home.
N >w I j Is toll you, Mas John. If Mr.
McKinley is a plannin' like what you
rode in dat paper here is gwine to
bo ft sight a i.hangln' about here,
sbon? as yon is born. I already fool do
Dumocrnl rlsin' up In roe. You know
my o!il uiassa was a Democrat anyhow.
He raise mo dat way. I tell you, Mas
John, I hates dem Yankees y it , what rid
do hur.-' s Into tho big house and cussed
rite dar fore old Miss, I hopes de
Spaniels will git some of dem blue
coat devils yit. But, bless vor soul,
?Iis nigger ain't a gwine to bo thai*.
Kso a-gwlne to turn Democrat dls
By this time Uncle Kph, who was
backing out of tho room while his
mouth was running, was outside, and tho
doorolosod. Prosontly the door opened
suddenly am. ,T"<do Kph pushed his
excited countenance far enough into
tho room to ask : " Mas John, ef a
mam was a publican preacher would
dey make him go to do war? Case
of dey gwlnno to let preachers Inno I
wants to git me some licenses. I been
a-fee, I In' liko 1 was called anyhow."
Uncle K|.hV. R ?publicanis^o, if not
his pioty. had quickly roue ^> ? state
A MONKIOY IN THE 1IKNCOOP.
The Wonderful Discovery of a
Town Hoy Who Didn't Know a
New York Sun.
John Welch, a farmor living a tew
inilos oust of Chester, N. Y., brought
from a Now York charitable institu
tion a ten-year-old boy to livo in his
family. Toward evening, one day last
week, the boy came running into tho
house in a great state of excitement.
''Mr. Welch," he exclaimed, "thoro's
a monkey in the chicken coop sottin'
right by the side of our big roostor."
Farmer Welch, went out to see what
tho boy had discovered. Ho got to tho
coop in time to discover a big 'possum
making oil with the roostor. He made
a rush for the cl.ickon thief, which, on
seeing that it couldn't escape, dropped
the rooster and tumbled over pretend
ing, after the well-known manner of
its kind, to be dead. Farmer Welch
picked the animal up by its tail,
carried it into tho house, and throw it
by no means gently on tho kitchen
lloor. Tho 'possum never lot on that it
had lifo enough to know what was
goin ' on. It was tossed and pushed
and tumbled around by dillorent mem
bers of the family for some time, but
it stayed dead. Farmer Welch know,
of course, that the 'possum wasn't dead,
and by and by, bo tumbled it into a
box, and, by tho way of experiment,
threw a piece rf -aw meat in near its
It was evident from the fact that tho
'possum had come to tho farmyard in
such eold weather and before dark
that it must bo very hungry, but with
tho tempting morsel lying against its
very nostrils it never moved a musclo
any more than if it had been really
dead. After a while tho big family
cat came into tho kitchen. She got
scent of tho meat, and strode up to
the box. The sight of the 'possum
caused the cat to stop and sniff for a
moment. She evidently w?s fooled
into thinking tho 'possum was dead,
for she jumped into tho box and
grabbed the meat. Sho bad po sooner
done so. though, when the 'possum
came to life with the suddeness and
velocity that startled tho family. It
seemed that if a buz/. si?w had run
against that cat the. fur couldn't have
been scattered around in a more lively
manner than that 'possum scattered
it. Tho ground and lofty tumbling
and caterwauling lasted but a briof
space, for the cat escaped and circused
around the kitchen so wild-oyed and
big tailed that they opened the door
and lot her out. Sue hasn't been seen
Having put tho cat to flight, and
seeing the excited family group about,
?die 'possum promptly tumbled over
and died again. After a while, find
ing that no one made move toward
doing it injury, it came to life, got into
the box, and ato the meat as coolly as
if it was dining at home in a hollow of
a tree. The 'possum has "cmainod in
the family ever since, and has develop
ed a particular fondness for tho boy
who discovered '? and toook it for a
BOTH ARK NAMED SMITH.
They Have the Same Initials and
.They l,ook Alike?Yet One Proves)
The Columbia correspondent of tho
Atlanta Constitution tells tho follow
ing story : "If there are two Kniest
J. Smiths, or if there aro not, a caso
if mistaken identity or of the mistake
if a couple of hundred witnesses U:at
ias developed at I 'acolet, is certa/nly
me of the most remarkable on re
On December 17th last U. B. Morri
son, of Honea Path, Abbeville CiAmty,
Had $200 stolen from bis bousi the
-auie day Kniest C. Smith, whi) bad
been doing carpentering work ff<r him
[or two months, disappeared. l/escrip
Lions were sent out and a reward o.'
fercd for Smith's arrest. Noting was
heard of the fugitive until three wooks
ago, when the police of Ashevillo, N.
CJ , arrested a man named ljrnest C.
Smith who fitted the descri|lion aud
had gone there from South Carolina.
Mr. Morrison went to Ash/villo anil
Identitied tho man, but for <ome rea
son lie was discharged, 1'he Smith
then arrested said bo ha/ been work
ing as a painter in the /acolet cotton
nulls since August, IS'/, and had just
gone to Ashevillo to/sit his mother
when arrested. /
Two weeks ago Sijfth returned from
his vacation and -i suined work at
1'acolet He was hpnediately arrested
un a warrant sw<rn out by Morrison.
A writ for habe? corpus was at onco
taken out by Smith's attorney and a
hearing had ?foro two magistrates.
At the heuriujr 11 number ol the best
men in I'aeojSt swore that tho Smith
under arrosj bad not been away from
the town ajpc< August until ho wont
to Asheville : the hooks of tho time
keeper fjjnthe mills show that during
the two?onths that Ernest c. Smith
was wonting for Mr.Morrison at Honea
1 *ath. seventy miles away, Ernest C.
Smith was drawing pay at 1'acolet
?nil Is. Two hundred mill omployos
-wop to the same thing.
The ea>e of mistaken identity was
so strong that the State's attorney did
not resist tho motion and Smith was
Hut Morrison was not satisfied. Ho
roturm d to his home and got a neigh
bor and a constable who knew tho
Smith who hail worked for him, and
wont with them to I'acolet. They all
instantly Identified that Smith as tho
man they wanted. He .vas again ar
rested and to avoid another habeas
oorpus in Spartan burg County they
hurried across the county to Intercept
ft train at a way station. But Smith's
friends telegraphed theshoritTtOinter
cept the men on a train.
This was successfully accomplishe.il
and the party taken back to Spartan
burg. Both parties have employed
counsel and witnesses in scores havo
been summoned to appear at tho hear
ing next week.
?The monument erected by tho
Chester County (Pa.) Historical Society
to mark the silo where Lafayette was
wounded at the battle of the Brandy
wine, is Incorreotly located and the
government contemplates erecting a
new and moro enduring shaft.
?The length of the coast lino of tho
United States, according to the coast
survey, is 5,715 miles, embracing 2,39-1
miles on the Atlantic Ocean, 1,55(1 on
the Gulf of Mexico and 1.S10 on tho
?An organist says that a cow moos
in a perfect fifth octavo, or tenth ; a
dog barks in a fiftli or fourth; a donkey
brays ti1 a perfect octavo, and a horse
neighs In a descent on tho chromatic
? Liberia is tho only m< re or loss
civilized country whori oeks ar
almost entirely dlspom th. T'
sun rises exactly at <> a I set
8 p: m. throughout tb H
vertically overhead at