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VOL. XVI. LAURENS S. C, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12. 1900. NO l(J
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M. Peyrac bail .lust finished dressing
the next morning when the sound of u
Kill's voice drew hiui to tin- window,
which v as open.
Out in tin- garden, near to the box
hedge which divided tin' Maltlands'
grounds from the Abbotts', stood Lia
na. She was stooping forward, play
ing with Silver, Anna's beautiful grey
hound, in one hand sin- held a sort of
scarlet wrap, a fragile, silken feather
weight thing, which had proved too
warm for her shoulders. The other
hand Was stretched out seductively to
the dog leaping after her. 'The scarlet
showed vividly against her white
morning gown, a little crystal buckle
(lashed at her waist, and the sunshine
caught the waving hair, the pink
Cheek, the white moving hand, the lace
ruffles at her throat and wrist.
For a moment only Poyrac stood still
The girl was yet playing with the
hound, when she turned suddenly with
a smile on her lips, and there in the
full glare of the intoxicating .June sun
light she me! the man's eyes for the
first time. A blind feeling of helpless
ness and indefinite longing ending
somewhere round her heart In a thud
uf Indescribable pleasure passed
through her frame.
She pulled herself together angrily,
aud the smile vanished. "Co down,
Silver," she said severely to the ?log,
whose paw was making for her shoul
der. Clearly this was shyness pushed
to the verge of absurdity. She must
Conquer the ridiculous feeling, must
"Good morning, monsieur. It Is go
ing to he a warm day, do you think'/"
She nearly forced the words through
her lips, which had remained parted all
Peyrac did not hear the words. He
was studying the g rl intently.
"Pardon mo," he said, putting his
hend on one side and drawing his eye
lids together as he concentrated his
gaze upon her. "People fjorglvo paint
ers for personalities, and you don't
know how much I should like to get
you on canvas, just as you are, the doc
The blood invaded Liana's cheeks,
slowly at first; then, as she realized his
meaning, In a hot blaze of crimson.
"I do not aspire, monsieur, to he an
artist's model." She walked toward
the house with as much dignity as her
It) years were capable of.
But this was only the beginning.
That evening, as she was singing for
Mrs. Abbott in the drawing room, she
became aware that I'eyrnc wns stand
ing witn the group of people on tho
porch and was looking In through the
French window. She threw back her
lovely head and sang with exultation.
"Even then." she told herself after
ward, "1 must have been loving him
Without knowing." She snnp the old
Spanish ballad of the knight errant,
and when she came to the last lines?
Some day more kind I fate rniy find,
Some iiikIu kis? thee?
she marveled at tin' beauty of her own
voice; her face Hushed, her eyes spar
kled. She knew that she was doing bei
But evidently the artist had taken no
notice of that lovely young folce; St
was only her face that attracted him.
As they were getting ready for bed
that night Anna said:
"What have you done to our Invul
nerable painter? lie remarked, when
he heard you singing awhile ago, that
he Just tingled for his brushes. Ho
wondered If It would be possible for
you to slug that snme song In the snme
way, unaccompanied, in his studio."
This seemed a little too much, no
not only wished to use her as a model,
but he even wished to have her moods
and expressions subject to his orders!
Liana was perched upon a bedpost.
Sho was perfectly poised, her slender
limbs dangling floorward. one arm
akimbo, the other behind her hack.
Anna was reclining on an ottoman,
umoothlng out her ribbon sash.
"Well," she said, as Liana made no
reply, but kept on dangling her limbs,
"do you think you can oblige him?"
Liana's only comment was to tap up
on the heel ot her right slipper with
tho toe of her left.
"He says," pursued Anna mischiev
ously, "that you hove u great deal of
scenic effect about you, whatever that
means. 1 confess I'm not sure of tho
"Neither am I." Liana's right slip
per landed many yards off across tho
Tho next day she caught tho obnox
ious, rude man stepping backward sev
eral times to get her in perspective.
Once he actually ventured to make n
tube of his hand. When he put It to
his eye end turned his head sideways,
screwing up one side of his face, Liana
couldn't help noticing In spite of her
vexation thnt the corner of tho lip
which was thus drawn up exposed
somo magnificent white teeth. How
ever, she said:
"You are extremely Impolite," and
then, with a sudden fear thnt he might
compliment her on the effect of anger
on her face, she turned nnd left him.
It was with direct reference to tho I
advancement of his art that Peyrac set
'o work to Interest and make friends I
with Llarra. Ele found his way beset
with dllllcultles, and at the end of n
fortnight be hnd to acknowledge that
ho had made no progress at all. Ho
had come to Twyeffort meaning to do
somo landscapes and sea views. But,
fudge, how tint they seemed now! Ho
was a portrait painter If anything, and
at last the gods had led blm to a boing
who appealed to the power within blm
ae no one yet ever had done. He must
MM ttda gtrL; by. Jove^be mjiatl _^_
But, 0VCII supposing she consented,
j there was a difllcully. The w.Icr or
her faco was its expression the way
the spirit gleamed through he- t'ea
| tures tier expression was sn madden
' Ingly changeable ami evanescent. At
times It was niarvelously like shot
Bilk. To get the effect he wanted she
must be strongly moved moved, for
instance, as she had I.n by the si^ht
of the sunset oil the sea the other even
ing. Plainly one could not get sunsets
and seas Into the studio. But"
Saprlsti! 1 le would do it. Why not?
lie know himself to possess a charm
for women, n charm that was all the
more potent bceiiuse he had seldom
cared to use it.
Then it was that he changed his tue
tics, lie eeased fuming and fretting
ut being thwarted in his will; instead
he looked at Liana with a compelling
tenderness In his eyes, and he spoke
to her in tones that were a more sub
tle music to her ear than ail} she had
ever heard. It was beneath IVyrae to
weigh life lu the balance; he scorued
the Idea that right and wrong should
enter Into a man's calculations.
As to the ghi, she was as unsophisti
cated in her comprehension of I he emo
tions as ih.' man was familiar and ex
perienced. She only knew thai she sang
JJiese days as she never before had
sune; and that she felt the need to sing
coutlnually. She called ii practicing
When she Spoke of il. lint it seemed
to her as it' It were really taking breath.
However. Poyrnc was as powerless as
ever to effect the one wish of his heart:
she would not sit to him. One day he
Studiously let fall some Wolds about
his intended departure the followlug
week. Ho spoke to Liana alone, and
his face looked stolid.
The girl's heart bounded, then stood
still. It was some seconds before she I
felt it boat again, a reckless determi
nation took possession of bet*.
"Why ore you going?" she said. Her
voice was cold, almost hard.
"Because I've nothing to paint lu re,"
be answered curtly, "nothing that suits
me, at least."
"Would you slay if you could paint
"Then slay," she said in (ho samel
He seized her hands like a man in
side himself with joy. Bending over I
them lo drop a kiss, he whispered the I
one word. "Darling!"
But to himself he said. "Fame and
fortune at the next Salon!"
That night, alter Anna had gone to I
sleep, Liana slipped out of bed and, I
leaning her elbows oil the sill of the
opcu window, she sat for :i long while I
letting the cool air fan her brow. Her I
ears were full of Poyrnc'a Infectious I
tones, her pulses still throbbed with
his mesmeric touch, she reached over I
to the dressing table and, taking up a
Crimson rose which she had placed
there In a tiny vase, she kissed !t pas
sionately. Poyrnc had given It to her,
and In this wise: ills artistic eye had
not liked the magnolia flower which
oho had carried about with her that
evening; the milky whiteness had
brought out unpleasant hits lu her
bmooth skin. "The crimson suits your
Castlllnn beauty better, Bcnorltn," he
had said as lie handed her the rose.
"Poor, dear Inoccnclol" sighed Liana
demurely, recalling lids little instance.!
"He never found fault with mo and
the magnolia." Hut the sense of cap
ture was upon her, ami even while she]
felt indignant and resentful for having
been forced to yield about the picture
there was a Strange sense of sweetness
By and by in the alternate light and
shadow of the trees down below a
small, red spark appeared, moving reg
ularly to mid fro, but the folingo was
too thick for her to see it. It was Pey
rac's cigar. He had just come out from
his studio, where he had been choosing
a canvas, placing it on an easel and
arranging a model stand prcpnratoryl
to the first sitting the next morning.
The appointment was for '.) o'clock. I
The early light was tin; best. "I'll give
her a half hour's grace." he had said,
but punctually to the minute the han
dle of the door turned, and Liana was
on the threshold. He turned quickly
to greet her.
She stood framed In the dark cur
tained doorway, her Ion? dress caught
up round her In one hand, the other I
resting slightly on the portiere. It was
an attitude of grace and beauty, and
she looked upward at him with eyes
that were bewildering In their mani
fold lights. She looked at him appeal
Ir.gly ns a child. Innocently as a girl,
proudly ns a woman.
"Dearest," he exclaimed, "could you
take that pose? Would it bo too hard
The gentle beauty of that first word!
pervaded tlio rt-bc with a light of Its
"Try mo and see," she said, with a
soft exultation In her voice.
And when at last the picture was On-1
(Shed It was wonderful Indeed. Even I
those Ignorant of the art of painting I
could seo that. Peyrnc had decided
that his subject should be dressed in I
queenly apparel. There wen? jewels I
on the slender shoo, from which the
wind about the door was supposed to I
blow the garments back a little, and I
Jewels on her fingers and at her throat.
She was wrapped In a rich cloak or
rather coat of strange cut, of that
dusky, rose sheen of which Tintoretto*]
alono seems to have mustered the yel
lowing tones, but which the brush here ]
had caught and riveted. However, It
was tho fneo that was the wonder.
The child, tho girl, tho woman?the
painter had put them all Into the love
ly eyes that looked out at one from tho
When Poyrac had been working on
tho face, his movements had boon like
tho dartlngs of n bird. Ho dabbed and
mixed his colorn, scarcely glancing nt
them. Tho sitter could even boor tho
hurry In his breaths. In tho quick
glances from tho canvas to hor face
and bock ngnln there was no sign of
aught except a workman's concentra
tion on his task. Ho was flushed, of
course, and his eyes scintillated, ror no
was realizing n long cherished dream
In this glut of form and color ocst.iay.
But Liana did not know?how could
Bio??what his emotion meant. The
ttlng which It all Implied to her was
i warming and swelling her heart day
I by day with a sweet, subtle Joy.
I And so things might have gono on In
? defltjltely^butjor aJettexwhlch^Peyrac
received one day Hum Paris, in read
ing it lie came upon an Item of news
Which agitated him greatly. The words
of ihemselvoSi however, were nothing
Btnrtliug simply these:
' Vein recall, of course, thai pretty.
hlllC eyed I ?e GllOI'lll Mill that you used
to see a great deal of? Well, she has
COIIIC into possession of a fortune. She
was i lie I.iily living relative of an uncle
or soi.in. who died suddenly with
out a will. The law did tho rest. I met
her driving today in the Bois de Bou
logne. Von would scarcely have recog
nized your once shy, simple little coun
The next day Peyrac was much con
Corned about getting a packing case
A man and a woman were talking to
gether in the woman's home on the
ltue tie Vereintes. The man was sav
"So you refuse to marry me. That's
foolish of you. hut whether you do or
not, you haven't the heart to allow me
to rot in poverty while yon luxuriate in
afllUCIlcc. Considering our old time re
lations, the thing's impossible on the
face of it."
"Ah'." returned the woman, "then
you have come here to beg?" She spoke
with a careless scorn.
"No. One begs w hen one has no pow
er to enforce," he corrected with a se
raphic smile. ' I've .(line all the Wliy
from Atnorlch to offer you my hand
and make an holiest woman of you. If
you refuse to recognize my claims upon
you I'm in a position to take reprisals."
The woman did not answer.
"If you've any trace of your old self
left, Marie" the man's voice was low
ami soft, conciliatory, caressing almost
- "surely you luve me still. Think how
you loved nu? once."
Tin' mesmeric, musical voice came
near undoing Marie de Cuerln.
"Was it you I loved," she said
dreamily, "or the man my untutored
heart took you to boV Ah, the weary,
weary months when 1 wanted you,
when I sobbed for you day and night!
Where were you then. Edouard Pey
rac V" She seemed to he living In the
hungry past, hut only for a moment.
The lud scorn of the present surged
over her and dried up the (ears at their
source. "Now," she said, "I do not
She rose with an air of dismissal.
"Look here, Marie," pursued the
man, keeping his seat, "if you w ill lend
me a helping hand from time to time
I'll promise never to take a step to
harm you. Moreover, 1 shall he mod
erate. Von might simply buy a pic
ture occasionally. That would he the
nicest way. Yes, you might buy my
"It might lie Well to know whether I
am dealing with a blackmailer or a
bagman," remarked the woman wea
Kdoutird Peyrac Hushed red, but he
conquered his savagery ami went on:
"I've not sohl a picture for over a
twelvemonth, and I'm head over heels
In debt. I've been hanging around
friends' houses for a year, and here
you are. rich beyond the dreams of av
arice. You can't expect me to sit down
"Now, If you arc quite ready to go?"
suggested tho woman quietly, putting
her hand upon the bell button.
This time the man's anger got the
better of him. lie scowled and looked
tit her blackly. "I'm not. I think It's
absurd of you to smash your soelal po
sition In the face like this. What will
become of it, do you suppose, when I
have a good, long talk with the fau
"To a man of Intelligence the solu
tion surely can offer no difficulty," she
said languidly. But she added with a
vague little smile, "If you could dream
how remotely my social Standing Inter
ests me you wouldn't bother about it."
"I'm going to give you a few days In
which to think this over. Perhaps in
the meantime you will care to send m<
a note." He laid his card on the tablti
significantly. "In return for a cheek 1
will send you a picture. Now good
The woman rang, and he was shown
out. As he got into a fiacre he thought:
"By Jove I What if she means to turn
devotee againV What If she doesn't
care a rap about her social stnnding?
She always did talk about saints and
miracles and feast days better than
anything else!" Then he remembered
her dnlnty, fastidious taste; he recalled
the sybaritic room he had Just left.
"Oh, no!" he concluded.
"Pierre," said Marie de Cuerln to the
servant In the hall when the door had
closed upon I'eyrnc, "I expect M. le
Cure In a hnlf hour. I will receive him
In my boudoir."
?o a little Inter she rose from the
desk at which she was writing ami
greeted the priest, l'ere Darvllle was a
man whose eyes were kind and whose
mouth was linn. He looked the man to
do without swerving what Ids con
science told him, were It even to cost
the happiness of all lie loved. In fact,
thnt Is why Mile, ?le (hierin had sent
for him?She had seen Ids face and It
had appealed to her.
He snt down In her little blue and
gold botide!. with the ease of a man of
the world who was ns much nt home
among the cushions of a woman's sanc
tum as on the hard sent of a confes
"I wrote for you, father, been use 1
need help. I?I have not many friends."
The woman's volco wns listless, tired.
"I will help you If I can. my daugh
ter. My whole time belongs to encb
soul thnt comes to me. Are you a chlh.
of the church?"
"Once I was. I wan an orphan, p- e
perlng to outer a convent, when lovi ?
or what I mistook for love?came It lo
my life. I balanced the flashing Jev el
and the pnsto diamond, and I thr? w
tho first away." The woman's hnno
weighed In her lap like spiritualized
marble, and her hair, so much of It,
Bcomed too heavy for her head. "The
man for whom I gave up everything
would not give mo even bis name."
There was a pauBc. No Interruption
came from the priest.
"Slneo then I have trled-Ood. how I
have tried!?to forget. It Is an awful
thing to hnto living, but to be afraid of
dying because of the other side"? Sbo
settled her hands a little more tightly
"^t^my djuglit^er^therejdwj^ys re
mains to ns. even to the eleventh hour,
the way of ponlteuco ami of renuncia
tion." The priest's voleo was level,
Just a little above the whisper of the
"Ah, 1 know," the woman broke in,
"ami it Is just beeatise of that I have
sent for you. I have only begun to tell
Pero Darvllle gave a quick, upward
"A year ugo an uncle who had allow
ed me to suffer penury and a servile
dependence idl my life died. He died
suddenly and w ithout a will. The law
gave his fortune to me because 1
chanced to be his sister's child. Two
months ago, In a secret drawer, 1
found a document?a confession writ
ten by my um ie ami evidently Intend
ed to he made public in order that res
titution might be effected.
"My uncle," Mario de QtlCrln went
on. "was a Creole, and for years he
was the trusted agent for an aristo
cratic New Orleans family in America.
He turned their fortune round and
doubled It. It appears, and managed
their affairs In such a way that he
came to be indispensable. The family
finally dwindled down to one repre
sentative, a young man who seems to
have trusted my une'e blindly.
"When the war between the states
broke out. tho young man?Ctttotl his
uame was -enlisted promptly In the
cause of the south. My uncle was sent
over here with money to Invest. Paris
received him With open arms. The
Confederate colony was then lu high
She crossed to her wrltina ('<??': ami un
locked a ?< ort t drawer.
favor with the court. He was sought
out by the business men also as the
possessor of a large sum of money to
Invest. He suffered some disasters.
News from the Confederacy became
more and more gloomy. Hut his busi
ness ventures here woro fabulously
"There's no royal road to fortune,"
breathed Here Darvllle half to himself.
"It's the same old dirt rut, Impossible
to travel over with perfectly clean
feet. But go on. If you please."
Marie do Cuorin moistened her lips.
"Together with the news of tho fall
of New Orleans came also word of tho
death of this young Catou. He had
been taken prisoner In the llrst engage
ment and died In prison, asking that
word bo sent to my uncle to take care
of his wife. It appears my uncle knew
who his wife was?In fact, in the docu
ment here he explains how ho happen
ed to know."
She crossed to her writing desk, un
locked a secret drawer and, having
spent a few seconds lu turning over
various packets of paper, returned to
her chair, handing the priest the docu
ment In quest ion.
"You will see," Bite continued, "tliat
tills wdfe was far away, not easily ac
cessible. Besides, she was a half sav
age, an Indian, a Mexican or some
thing, and well, my uncle drugged his
conscience and turned thief and scoun
drel. Toward the end of Ids life, how
ever, he seems to have been In terror
of dying without making restitution.
In the document there"?she pointed to
the priest's lap "ho swears that ev
ery cent of his money belongs to this?
this woman, that it was all made with
her husband's fortune. In order that
things may be righted he gives names,
dates, localities ami all facts necessary
Here Darvllle looked grave.
"The confession bears the date of the
morning my mu le was stricken down.
ID? had a kind of lit and never fully re
covered consciousness. They said, he
was constantly asking for something,
but that his speech was so Incoherent
they could make nothing out of It.
Doubtless had he lived he would have
Induced some one to go on a mission
for Him to Mexico."
"Doubtless," echoed the priest sol
"Well, the months that have passed
BlncO I discovered this document have
been months of torture to me. 1 knew,
of course, there was only one rightful
thing to do and I was not strong
enough to do ll. Now I have decided
And If you will Hud a place for me.
father, I shall enter a convent. I could
teach, you know. Besides, it v ns my
"I shall sny mass tomorrow also with
a special Intention. I shall ask the good
God for the pence ami happiness of
Mile, do Guerln." Tims spake the Padre
Antonio as he sat at solitaire by old
Jose's table in the warmth of Mexico.
That morning the special intention had
been the repose of the soul of Henri
BeaUSOlell. '-..< ns he slowly laid one
enrd ii? ... another, now here, now
th.ro, he thought of Inoceiielo. What a
clear, starry soul was his! What an In
strument for good he could be! What
Stubborn faith no was capable of! A
shadow fell upon the table.
"Padre," Inoccnclo said, 81111111111"
there straight and tall nod brown, "be
foro I dccldo Upon my future 1 must
go far away. I must sec the little
Liana. Her last letter does not show
her to be hnppy."
The player pushed tho cnuju from
u.-o, pile by pile, leaned back In hla
sea and ran his fingers slowly through
his t dn, gray hair. Then he looked up
and f. 'iiled.
tiro n CONTINUED. 1
lha Kind You Hare Alwa/s Bought
THIS STORY OF THIS TRAGEDY
A CKLKIlltATKO tot linn it TRIAL.
Rev. W. K Johnaou Testlllt s In III?
Own Behalf?Ihn C?h?- ? uiiHiuned
'Jhrer I)?)h>imI Kmtctl In a Verd e?
ol " Not t> ulliy."
The court room at Bamberg was
crowded for three days with an array
of spectator* not olten seen uud r ?-uoh
circumstances to witness the trial ol
ll'.v. W. E. Johnson for the murder Ol
Wm. T. Bellinger, who was killed by
Johnson on tho 1th of May last. Many
ladies were in attendance and main
tested a deep Interest in tho proceed
logs. Sixteen witnesses on tho direct
xamlnatioi testified for the proseou
tlou, am' 'ttuong thetu were two young
radius who witnessed the bad tragedy.
A feature of this case was that tvo
men who havo for years been antago
nists were tho leading lawyers on the
dllferontsldes, and each was conducting
the crot-s-cxamlnations for his Bide. The
animosity existing between Attorney
General Bellinger aud Colonel Hubert
A'drlch Is a mattur of general know
ledge. They mot once before on op
oosito sides in a famous case It wa*
at Walterboro, live years ago. when
tJolMnger was solicitor and pushed the
tirosecutlon of the " Broxtor. bridge
yncbers." Aldrich defended tho white
men who were charged with whipping
o death an IuolTcnslvo old negro wo
man and her son. It was tho conduct
it this caso that won Mr. Bellinger the
attorney generalship. Ho and Colonel
Aldrich havo been contesting every
joint. Both aro able lawyers and the
nonors are about oven.
Dr. B. U. Bruueon was tho llrst wit
aess to tako the stand for tho State.
Bo testified that ho was a resident
physician and surgeon of Bamberg :
has lived In Bamberg three years :
.hat on Mhv 4th, 1UU0, " was called to
see W. T. Billlngor ; found him lying
in a path leading from tho Carlisle
Fitting school across the campus In
'rent of the house of Jno. it Belliugor,
father of deceased. Ho was dying
vhoo I reached him, and probably
lived ten minutes after ho was shot.
Examined wounds and found that 12
ouckshot had pierced right side of
Bellinger's body, somo of which peno
rated his liver and sotno his lungs,
?vhieh caused death." Dr. Brunt>on
testltied that In order for Bellinger to
havo been shot In the side, and for no
wounds to havo boen recoived in the
arm, thai his arm must have necessari
ly havo boen hold behind him, or held
in u vertical or horizontal position, and
that it would havo been necessary for
Bellinger to have turned partly around
and exposed bis side to Johnson to have
boon wounded In tho right side from
cno direction In which It is alleged tho
?ihot waa fired. Dr. Brunson thought
not more than 12 buckshot could bo
oaded In an ordinary shell.
Tho coat and vest that B lllngor
.voro when he was shot was exhibited
%cd tho position of tho wouuds pointed
>ut by Dr. Brunson. Ho test lijd that
he wounds received could not havo
produced paralysis, and that Bellinger
?mi il have used his ham s and tired
?its pistol, though ho had been mortal
ly wounded, Ho examined what ho
thought to ho shot marks on the widi
?( the school building and said that
they woro caused by Binall shot and
nuckehot, and that Bollinger was lying
in a direct lino between these marks
and tho telephone pole at the edge of
L. N. Bellinger was tho next witness.
Bo said ho was a surveyor ol 40 years'
experience ; rosldt. d In Bamberg: had
-.urvoyed the surrounding grounds,
treet, etc., and had made a plan show
ing tho ri Ktlvo positions ol thestroots,
nouses and paths In tho vicinity of
Messrs. Johnson's and Bellinger's resi
dences. This plan was exhibited to
the jury and offered In evidence.
Miss Verbena Brabham testified that
sho was now a resident of Allendale,
and a 'aughter of Dr. U. C. Brabham,
but at Loo time of tho aileg?. d tiomlcido
was a student of tho Carlisle Eitting
school, and on tho morning of May 4th
was btarillng on tho front up stairs
porch of tho young ladles' boarding
hall ; that she was acquainted with Mr.
W. T. Bellinger aud saw him coming
acrosB tho school campus, going in the
direction of his home. Bo was walking
in a path leading to his father's resi
dence. "Just at this time I saw Mr.
Joe Brown drive up to tho f^ont of Mr.
Johnson's, whoso house adjoined that
of Mr. Bellinger ; hero ho Stopped and
remained In tho buggy and hold his
horse. Mr. Johnson thou camo out o(
his house, holding In his hand a shot
gan. Ho went, walking very fast, dl
rectlp out and across tho stroot, a lit
tle to tho left of his houso : stopped at
or near a telephone pole, and as Mr.
Belllngor camo along tho path, hold
ing a newspaper lu his hand, Mr. John
son ralaed his gun aud tired once. Mr.
Belllngor drew his rovolver and shot
twico at Mr. Johnson. Johnson then
raised his gun the second time, hutdld
not tiro ; Instead, lowered It and re
turned to the houso from whence ho
came." Miss Lula Hamberg was with
ber on tho piazza while tho difficulty
was in progress.
Miss Lula Bamberg, a daughter of
Gen. Bamberg, and at tho tlmo of tho
homicide a student at tho Carlislo
school, said she know Wllllo Bollingor
oy sight; that on tho 4th of May she
was standing on tho piazza of the young
ladles' hall with MUs Brabham ; saw
Bellinger coming across tho campus;
saw Joo Brown drive up to Mr. John
son's houso just as Bellinger had turn
ed into pain leading to his father's
imune. Johnson walked directly across
the stroet, without stopping at buggy.
1 feared trouble and turned my head.
Just aB I did 1 hoard a loud report, as
if the tiring of two guns. I turned to
look aud Baw Mr. Bellinger falling,
with pistol In his hand, which he tired
tWO Or three time:'. The loudest re
port was the first, which I think was a
gun. After the shooting Mr. Johnson
turned and went to his houso. Brown
drove up with hia buggy, looked at
the body and drovo away."
Tho first witness for dofonso was C.
Arthur Best, Esq., an attorney at law
who lives at Barn well, b. C. lie testi
fied that ho know William T. Bellinger
and saw a groat deal of him whilo ho
waB In Baruwoll, and that ho had a
conversation with Bellinger in Barn
well about throo woe lea before tho kill
ing; that Bollinger told htm Johnson
waa a damned dog and when ho went
'own there ho would stralghton it up;
that he would not havo a dog light on
tho streot like ho and Price; that ho
would fix him up. This conversation
ocourrod In the rear of the offico of
Patterson at Barnwoll. " I was inti
mate with Belllngor when I lived lu
Bamberg. I olorked for Joo. Kolk and
left tho town In December, 181)7. The
conversation ocourrod In tho spring of
this year. I havo never known Bol
lingor to be drunk or to havo had a
row with anybody. I believed him to
be a bravo fellow and that ho waa truth
ful and made no Idle throats. "
Col. T. J. Counts, a gentleman 70
years old, said that ho was standing on
a promlnenoe In the roar of hla store
on the day of the homicide; that he
heard the gun shooting; heard four
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sho's very close together; was satisfied
In his mind that three pistol shots wore
fired first, followed by a gun. Ho Im
mediately got on hla horse and rode In
the ditection of Johnson's house. Oa
arriving there " I found a crowd of peo
ple and a dead body : the body 1 learn
ed was that of W. T. Bellinger. The
day before tho homie'do 1 went to Mr.
Johnson's house on hearing of the dif
ficulty that ho and the Hellingers had,
and I wanted to investigate the cause.
I told Johnson that his Ufo was In
danger, and on returning to my home .
1 borrowed a gun and Mr. Sanders and
myself sent down for some cartridges,
which wc got and reloaded with buck
shot, extracting tho small shot which
woro in the shells and refilling with
tho others. After which Senders took
two of the shells and the gun and car
ried them to Johnson."
Col. Counts repeated a conversation
which ho had with .1. VV. Stokes, say
ing that ho told riiokes ho had tried to
settle the difficulty botweon tho John
-Di!- and Bellingers and had failed, and
now intended helping Johnson on. Ho
told Johnson tha*. his life was in dan
ger, gave him a gun and told him to
kill any one who came on his premises;
to protect himself and kill any one who
tretpissod on him. Ho said ho expect
ed a dilliculty between Bollinger and
Johnson whilo Hellinger was in the
postotlicc. He admitted that he had
told his pastor to kill any one who
Horo fudge Watts stated that ho did j
not wish it understood by those pres
ent thut the law justiti ;d a person in
killing another for trespass.
Col. founts explained how the pistol
which Brown got out of tho postoffloe,
camo to bo thore, stating that it be
longed to a delivery clerk and that
Hrown took It with his permission for
tho protection ol himsolf.
" I tried several times to make peace
between Hellinger and Johnson. 1 con
sider tho digging of a ditch in Join
son's yard by Hjlllngor during John
ron's absence was tho greatest insult
that could bo thrust into a man's teeth.
When a man has been imposed on as
has Mr. Johnson Christian spirit goes
out tho door, for man by nature is vin
Col. Counts was kept on tho stand
several hours and was rigidly cross
oxamined by tho attorney gonoral.
Tho examination at times would be
como very dramatic.
Joo Hrown, tho only eye-witness to
testify for tho dofonso, said he was a
member of Mr. Jonnson's church and a
brother-in-law of William T. lielllngor,
thodeoeasod. He married Bellinger's
Bistor In Juno, 189'J, and Johnson per
formed the ceremony. On too morn
ing of May 4th ho drove over Into Ham
borg from his farm and hoard of the
troublo tho previous day botweon
Johnson and Holllngor. Ho wont to
Johnson's houso, told him ho was sorry
to hoar of tho trouble; then took John
son In hla buggy down town. They
wont to tho postoffloe* Johnson loft
him there, Hator, witness drovo by
Johnson's houso and stopped.
?'Mr. Johnson camo out with a gun
in his hand, and wo saw B-jllingor
corning across tho campus. My horse
became restive, moved up and then
hack, oxposlng Johnson to tho full
view of Hollinger, who was co.nlng up
at tho time. Holllngor saw Johnson
[ and oponod tiro on him, shot twice and
I then Johnson shot him. Joh uson and
Holllngor woro within twont-y live or
thirty foot of each othor. Holllngor
foil immediately after being shot. Ho
fired twice before and twico after
Johnson shot. 1 do not romombor
saying: "That's all right: you havo
killed him; go In tho houso."
Tho witness said ho had warnod
Johnson that his lifo was In danger;
told him that Willie Holllngor had
made, throats against his lifo.
Thomas Koldor, of Denmark, tostilied
that ho was Id Brookor's hardware
store, in Hamberg whon Holllngor camo
In, got a pistol, loaded it and put It in
his pocket. As h.- started away ho
said to Hrookur: ''I'll shoot tho dam
nod -.' Witness hoard Hrookor
say, "You ht.d hotter keep It to your
S. U. Sanders, a merchant of Flor
ence, told about having boon In Ham
borg at tho tlmo of tho trouble; of hav
ing, at tho suggestion of Colonel Counts,
loaded shells with buck and duck shot
and taken thorn with a gun to ;ho
paraonago. Ho thought it tho duty of
any patriotic cltlzon to olTor a man this
protection. Johnson had a wlfo and
throe chlldron. Ho would havo done
tho name for Holllngor undor similar
circumstances. Ho was at tho inquest.
When somoono called for tho gun, he
left for the parsonage; moved the gun
from one room to another, po the sheriff
could DOt lind it. Ho did not think tb<
sheriff mid uny right to it and though
Johnson might need it again.
lt'.v. Wm. 13. Johnson, tho defendant,
was tho last w itness to testify fur thi
defense. He took the stand In his owi
behalf and testilied as fo'lows :
1 am a minister of the gospel of the
Haptlrtt denomination ; am pastor ol
Bamberg, Hunter's cnapel and Den
mark Baptist churches ; havo buon lo
cated at Bamberg about four years,
In Juno, 1800, I waa called on by Mr.
Brown to perform a marrlago cere
mony between himself and Miss Bellin
gcr. Tho Saturday night following
the marriage Mrs. Bellinger came to
my houso 1 left her and Mrs. Johnson
In conversation i n my piazza. I was
in back part of ray house and heard
Mrs. Bellinger abusing me to ray wifi ;
I also heard r man's voice : I heard my
wife say to Mrs. Bellinger: "1 am
surprised ?t your conduct." Willie
Bellinger, who bad come for bis motu
er, told ii.y wlfo to "shut up, I've heard
enough ol tnat."
1 did not see Willio Bellinger again
until the day before the tragedy, when
I found him sotting a lino fence which
separated my houso from Mr. Bollin
ger's. Mrs. Beilinger was also present.
A negro painter named Walker was in
ray yard painting a fence ; I called
Walkor quietly to my stops and said to
him: "Do the painting as you agroed
to do or get out of here.'' I then went
down town and asked Mr. J. C. Moye
to help mo get a negro out of ray yard
Moyu came and entered ray back door.
1 asked him for his pistol and ho gave
it to me, I then walked out of house
and told Walker, tho painter, to get
out of ray yard. I ronreated this several
times, and ho would start, but Willie
Bellinger would oach tlmo call him
back, telling him to paint tho fence.
Finally Bollinger asked if ho was
going to paint that fence ? Walker
said, " I'm afraid." Bellinger said,
"Afraid? What, afraid of that long
legged-," at tho samo time.
using several other epithets.
I told Bellinger ho could not go out
in the road and say that. He jumped
down off '?no post on which ho was sit
ting and came out of his front gate ; 1
went to my gate and saw then that he
had a pistol In his hau l : I exclaimed:
" You are armed, oh V" Bellinger re
peated his abusive epithets and I
turned and walked back to my house.
Soon after this occurred Col. Counts
came up to my houso and talked with
mo. 1 told him of tho d tl.iulty 1 had
with B Uingor and ho left out returned
with Mr. Sunders, who brought mo a
gun. (Tho gun was then for tho first
1,1 me produced in court. Mr. Jounson
examined it and pronounced it the
gun which ho used in snooting Mr.
Bellinger.) Tho gun was loaded ; I
took it and put it in rny sitting room
I expeoted to noed tho gun to defonu
myself, my family and my home, which
had been intruded upon.
Tho next morning as I was about to
go down town Mr. Brown drovo up to
my gate and tolu mo that if i was go
ing down town ho would take ine. I
I went with him ; transacted my busl
| noas at the postotlice and returned to my
! homo. During ray trip to tho postotlice
I I was armed with a pistol, because I
thought I was In danger of being shot
by Bellinger. A short time after my
return homo from tho postotlice Mr.
Brown again drov up to my galo and
I sta. ,ed out to rucjt him. I then saw
Mr. Willie Bellllnger coming across
the campus, winch Is located In front
of my house, and I picked up my shot
gun to defend myself against any posal
bio danger. As soon aa I got out the
houso and Into tho road where Mr.
Brown waa, Mr. Bellinger had by
that lime approached to within 10 or
16 steps of us, and he opened lire on us
with a pistol. I raised my gun and
lire. Mr. Bellinger shot at mo twice,
then I shot, and he shot twlco more
aftor I fired. I was standing In tho
road at tho tlmo and had no reference
to the telephone polo rofer.-ed to ; did
not know tho pole waa about; there
was nothing between us that 1 saw : i
ahot him to aavo my lifo, which 1 be
hoved to bo In great danger; after that
I returned to my house and reloaded
tho gun. foarlng that I might havo
On o cross-examination by Attor
ney < loral Belllngor, Mr. Johnson
.-aid that when ho went out to moot
Mr. Brown that ho stood by tho horse
conversing with him rolativo to a fence
which Mr. Brown propoaed to build
hotwoon tho two promiaoa ; that while
standing thoro tho hora** became rest
less and Mr. Brown jerked htm back
just aa Bellinger oame up, thus expos
ing him, (Johnson) to full view of Bel
linger, when he openod fire.
Johnson said after firing first shot he
brought tho guu to position of "ready"
sO thut ho could uso it again 11 00009*
Too lumber which was ordered to
build the pronosod new division fence
win hauled uwhv several days uftor
the tragt d/. The feuce was never
/Vier the shooting I returned to my
iouso aod there rein lined until I had
quieted iuy wife, who was very much
xeited, and then in company with Mr.
Sanders drove to the j*d and volun
-.inly surrendered. 1 stayed In j ill
Ight days until released on ba'l, re
turned to my home then where 1 have
boon since living, follow lug my usual
avooat.ou oi pruaoniug at my former
Bellinger and myself had not soon
much of each other since the marriage.
A uen 1 ud.lross d nun 1 oallod nun
Mr Bellinger, I did not spoor to any
of tho Bellingers.
Joe Brown, Cd. Counts and S II.
S inders told me of throats mad' by
Bjlllncor. 1 did not arm myself be
?;ausi I >vn< not fond of carrying weap
ons. I had apprehensions that Bel
linger was goi?g 10 shoot mo, but UOl
u strong until t;.o day Ooforo too
Co!. Counts advised mo to Kill the
icgro or any one else who would not
cave my yurd. 1 did not think of ne
essity of asking in cftloor of tho law
o get him out. I did not tell Mrs.
Iljllingjr to "shut up." I told hor " I
avo heurd from you before."
y icstion by attorney general?When
,ou told Willi? B lunger to come on
, he street wbat did you moau 'i
Answ r ?1 meant to Whip him i( 1
ouid. M> heigbt is 0 loot; weigut
140; thut of B 'litngjr was ? feet aod
weight about 110. 1 tbougnt llioro
vUJ more nonor in whipping a man
ibyslcally than returning ins words.
Q icstion ? Why did you retire when
,ou louud Bellinger hau a pistol i
Answer- IJid not want that kind of
Attorney General ?You were then
not willing to meet poor little
Willie li. i.uiger as man anu inuu usu
ally do, but you had something lu your
iouso whicb would km an elephant.
With this you wanted to meet Willie
lljllluger who was only armed witli a
pistol, eh '.- This question elicited no
response and wus rather dramatic in
Mr. Bellinger then a-kod witness if
tho two witnesses who were put up this
morning by tho defense, and who tcsii
tied that ho had rested hit) gun against
tho pole, bad testified to tho truth.
Unanswered: "No, sir. That is not
A..is concluded the examination of
Mr. Johnson and he arose in his seat
and asked permission of the court to
make a statement. Tho request was
granted and ho said: "There is no liv
ing human being who more regrets the
tragedy whicb caused Willie Bel
linger's death than 1 do."
John K. Bellinger, the father of the
deceased, te.-tilieii: N'nlio was lib"
yours old -vud was living at Barnwell.
Ho visited me on April 23 and remain
ed until ho was killed. He was not in
Bamberg between March 28 and April
w.llll? m?9t have soon J oh n?on fre
quently preceding the homicide, ab ho
was H/Ing next door to him while at
my house, and was also frequently on
the streets. Willie attended [oTcL?
as stenographer and must ha.e s ?
between Johnson's retldence and mine
had been finished on my side and a?
her bythe arm (the witne s he re b ko
down and could say no more or a few
minutes, crylno and 1...,.,,
with ir,-i?f\ ' . 1 Do.lnl? ?'vercomo
wun grief) and we went by II. C Folk'*
store to tho pi?ce where too Sdv lav
Ihero was some twltchinc ? ,i,* V
after wo reached ffi'Vut nS words
were spoken. [ realism,! , "<>?*
hopo for him and Sled m?? 00
ioto our home i f,, , i " W\to on
and six No. 2 em be m v? buok?h<*
In his coat pocket o? lr ",m? ',H,,,;rH
the day a&dio ft Tbo?M*i?ffi
in his testimony, the case f ? cUi?C
Jones was being tried i Vh ^' U"d
houso hero. VVllllo?ri2 ?? COUrt
stenographer, l) rLu
the case' hot words were ?S88K?f
twoonMr. Jones and myself S3aflX
camo near beini? mwi .ii, *IU
saw the sroubtofc?JT?^n I"1-0
store to get a !^iy?g?J
turned the trouble between r
the "ry ?fth?D,r
homicide and allowed *?
amlno the grounds n.? ,. . ex"
aod tb?,?riruK;ff?^?S2 ?22
were allowed to each, aMi J ht)UrH
woro six lawyers , .d ' I? as thurti
fenso ?apt J A IS 9,(1 fur do"
tion, 'hoo bift % n?, proaoou;
Alken, closed fir ,l,,f'.? un,,0^?n' of
ney G4oeral G.Diaoao IfflJ Alt?r'
thoStato. uu^Hn Bellinger for
There was not standing room In th?
largo new court room when th . .
meats began, and the closest In
?*as given all the speaae^ T^00!10"
monts all showed the ? v . 10 "rtJU
preparation, we 1 " ?' Cirful
well receivod. It Is h I . 1V'i''?J und
lawyers aro pitted airaU,.. 'earned
in a'country Kurt ff? ^Sfii tfS
wonder that evorv o?? 11 Lfl nu
Bamberg turned It o " roaon of
broken shower of K? noar, ,l" un*
-eom unfair tocinV; Sm Ul,ulf
and not the others Mi ill ?i ?POeoh
tirst appearane^^ ^hisciuntl oTo! Uui
file's eloquent yX^l^tQS!S?
Mooney, who oami to SJsIs? the
proseoutlon. Hi? si?e,...i, . ttu
to tho eyes o' maf r?, r,???fht tears
torney gonoral closed. Ht
Judgo Watts charged the iurvnr thn
law covorinf botnlolde >v.J 7 tho
and implied malice. Murd?* El AS1
? ? (t,;o^F^v:?
neeeesarlly bo thSre S ^ "?t
filing, htft S?Tn/iSI^klUl?f
Tho law l?ipllea malice if a man Ks
Mio because of Insults. A m?a wS
has been threatened has a nor oetrl^M
Plea^ ? Hndi ,W ?SyXWi
pieases, on tho public hiffhwava
elsewhere, but even though hoTh^ht
tho throats woro ffolna to uL tnou>"1
execution, he hl?fno S Jht ft ,,utu,Pt()
self aod 'shoo? down the n,!V;m hlT