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COPVRIOUT, luoi. 15Y THOMAS P, MONTFORT
a talk in THE i WILIOHT.
After supper Mclvlll Mid ??I?1 man |
Turner sat out i" Uio vard and talked
that Is. Turner asked questions, and
Melvln answered them. Mclvlll was 1
in a better Inn. >r since lie was slightly ]
rested and his 1)01)gel' had beeil ap I
peased. and to the hundred questions
Turner asked he returned ready and
good natnred answers, although he did
not always return true ones.
Finally Melvln found an opportunity
io lead I lie conversation, and then he
told nbout the old man hack in the
Woods and of his queer experience with
lilm. tor the first time that evening
Turner burst into a roar of hearty
"Lord a-massy," he cried, "don't you
know who that old boss was'.'"
"Certainlynot." Melvln replied. "How
should I know w hen I am a total stran
"To tie shore. 1 forgot 'bout that.
Still. It seems like ever'body most ort
to know old in Jenkins. Lord, he's
been n-livlu forever, 'pear3 lack, as the
'?Is he crazy V"
??Crazy: Who?old III?"
"Old Hi crazy! Why, snakes an cat
erpillars, stranger, what you mean by
u- ..in sieh a question as that?"
"I thought from the way he acted
that In-certainly must be crazy."
?d eal possums an persimmons! Talk
'boltl old Hi belli crazy: Yon don't
know not hin 'bout that old boss or you
wouldn't never ask 110 sich a tool thing
as Hint. W hy. old Ill's the smartest
man in all these parts, lie sot on to a
jury oticct down at the county seat."
"Yi ?. bet it are: Yes, sir-ee!"
? W onder w hy he behaved so strange
ly w Ith me. t hen V"
"Why, Hint's [dain enough when you
come to llgger It out. You jest happen
ed to run aci'OSt him on one of his off
"Y? s. one of his off days."
?What do yon mean by that?"
"1 lon'l you know ?"
"1 certainly do not."
"Waal, by shucks, yon shorely don't
know not hin 'bout the w ays an doln's
of folks yere'bonts! W hat 1 mean by
ili's oil day is that this is his day for
"Ah. he has the chills, does he?"
"To be shore. W hy shouldn't he
have 'em ?"
"1 don't know. I'm sure."
"Course, he has the chills, an he
shakes ever' other day. lie was sett In
mit Hinr on that log a-waltln for ids
chill to come on w hen yon seed him."
"And that v as why he behaved the
way he did?"
"Of course. Thar hain't many peo
ple. I can tell you, wants to be both
ered with questions when a chill is
eomln nil. an if a feller was to shoot
yon under them kind of provocations
you wouldn't never git 110 court to
"The court would consider the shoot
ing justlllable, you think?"
"N'oii bet it would. I.old a-massy. I
Wouldn't nigh kill nobody for UOtblll
else on earth. I ^ness. but I jest most
know I'd shoot a feller if he collie
a-pickln an ii-nnggln at me with fool
questions when my ugcr w as a-worklu
"You say Mr. Jenkins shakes with a
chill every other day?"
"To be shore, I said that. Why
wouldn't he shake ever' other day?"
"It's a regular part of his life. Is It?"
"Jest as much a part of his life as
eatin an sleepill is. Yes. sir eel W hy,
say. if anything was to happen to old
Hi so that he missed ha\in his chill on
his reg'In I' day 1 reckon he'd feel more
lost than if his old woman was to die.
In these parts ager is a part of a fel
ler's rights an privileges, same as vot
Itl an Imidin olllcu is."
"You bet your hide."
"Does Mr. Jenkins live near this?"
"No, not as you mought say right
near. lie lives over t'other side of
Coon Run river. Hain't been over In
that settlement, I reckon?"
"Waal, you won't loscnothin, 1 guess.
If you never do go over thar."
"Oh, them folks over thar ain't jest
the sort a body keers to have much to
do with. Leastwise I lind 'em that
"Are they bad characters?"
"No, I don't know as you can put it
that a-Wfly exactly, 'cause they're
peaceable enough an lionost an all that.
They're jest so different from we uns
"In what way are they different?"
"Waal, for one thing they're so dog
gone tgn'unt. Why, say, them folks
over thnr hain't got no more edleatlon
than a Bang of possums, not a blame
bit more. Sich Ign'unce Is plumb piti
ful shore. I allUS feel sorry for thein
that hain't got learnln, don't you?"
Melvln looked at the old man in open
eyed QStODlahmont and muttered an as
sent. It occurred to him, however, that
, If the people on tho other side of Coon
Hun were any more lacking In learning
than Turner was their condition, as far
ms education goes, was pitiable Indeed.
Hut ho was very far from giving utter
ance to any such thought, for already
ho had learned that the average Pos
sum ftldgor was a sorely sensitive Indi
vidual who was liable to take offense
on the smallest provocation.
There was a silence of two or tbres
minutes, and Mclvin's thoughts had
drifted back to Heokett's Mill and to
the little scene there that day in which
be had been a participant. And In
the center of that "scene there was
one llgure that stood out boldly and
distinctly from all the rest What the
others said or what the others did he
did not know or care, but every word
uttered by Louisa Hnnks and her every
movement and every look was as vlv
Idlj before him now as It hnd boon at
that time. Nor was this strange, for
?o him she was the only living reality
\orc. The rest were only so many fig
urfs whose trivial deeds and existence
were unworthy of a thought.
Ho recalled the expression on her
faoe at the moment when her eyes met
his, and now It wns a wonder to him
how he hnd ever managed to hold him
self so woll In check as not to betray
even a hint of tho great, consuming
passion that filled his heart
Suddenly bis wandering thoughts
were recalled by Turner, who renewed
lue conversation i>y opening up a new
"Mr. Melvln," be said, "l reckon you
ain't one of theni doggoned overly nice
an finicky sort of cbaps who are so
dad blamed bard to please that they
jest put ever'body all upon edge?"
"Why. 1 don't think I'm particularly
hard to please," Melvln replied. "I try
not to be, at least."
"That's kind of the way 1 tlggered
you out, but you know a body can't al
ways tell about folks. Sometimes a
feller's Qggcrlll don't turn nut notion
like right. One time I got pow'ful fool
ed on one of them doggoned pill ped
dlers, nn I been a little mite shy of
folks ever since."
"How was that nboul the pill ped
"Why, It was this away. lie rode
up to the fem e thai* one lilglll an want
ed to know if he COllld stop, jest for nil
the world like you dour while ago. lie
j was in sieh a li/.z an a stew that be
wouldn't tell me notliin seu'eely an
I 'peared like he didn't waul to answer
nary a question 1 asked him. though the
Lord knows I ain't no hand to Inquire
Into other folks' business an ask fool
questions 'bunt things that don't com
sarn tue. Von know that's so, I JodgC,
from what you've seed of me?"
Melvln sin'1'"' but with reckless hard
"Waal," Turner went on. "thai t hor
pill peddler 'lower In- was jest bound
to stop yore, an stop he did. Hut. oh.
my land, what a bother an a pester In*
' was! Staid most a month, 1 guess, an
that whole endtiritl time be was for
ever an eternally a-grumhllu an flndln
I fault. Wa'n't never satisfied with
' notion. The very fust thing he done
was to raise a furse 'cause he had to
sleep in the bed with the hired mini,
"Von are not keeping a hired man
now. are youV" Melvln asked, a little
"No. not now. I ain't. Hut. as 1 was
goln to say. when we tried tu humor
"Know Sim Tinntt8!"
that feller Oy put till him to sleep the
next night with three of the children
he kicked up a wuss furse than ever,
Reckon the blame fool wanted a winde
bed to hlsSOlf."
"And if he was here now." Melvln
said eagerly, "you could give it to him,
"Yes. we COUltl UoW, since the hired
man's gone." Turner answered, and
Melvln drew a long breath of relief.
"Like enough, though." Turner added,
"if WeM give him u winde bed the next
thing he'd been askbl for a room all
to bissclf. I wouldn't 'a' put it a bit
a past him to HCl jest that miserable
"You could you give him a room nil
to himself now'.'''
"Waal, practically. Wouldn't be no
body in thnr with him 'eeptln n couple
of t he buys."
Mclvin's fnet; lengthened.
"Then he didn't like it." Turner con
tinued, " 'cause he had t<> go out in Hie
pump ever' morn ill to wash his face.
'Lowed he ort to have it fixed go's he
could wash liglll in the room what' In
slept. Kver hear of slcli a ernnkV Hut
that wa'n't all. No. sir-ee! Nesl he
flggei'Cd that In- didn't like In use the
same towel we all used, but wanted
one all to hisself. [tut on top of all
that foolishness be was so blamed par
tleular about bis things. Cut mad
'cause in" an the hired man wore some
of his clothes an 'cause my old woman
got out his watch for the children to
play with. Yes. sir-eel That's jest the
sort of n unreasonable, finicky blame
cuss that feller was, an I'm doggoned
glad you ain't notliin like him shore."
When Turner had finished, there was
silence. Melvln had IIO observation to
offer, and he felt that Iber*? was no ne
cessity for him to say anything. He
had his own opinion, however, of Tin
ner's ideas of hospitality, but he was
under the Impression that it would be
Just as well If he kept that opinion to
himself, lb- was sure Turner would
not feel any kindlier or more friendly
toward him if he should give Utterance
to his thoughts.
So when lifter a long pause Melvln
Anally spoke it wns on another and nn
entirely different subject. A little dif
fidently, as If he knew be was ap
proaching dangerous ground, be said:
"I presume, Mr. Turner, you are ac
quainted with a man named Hanks,
who lives over at Heekett's Mill?"
"Who?Sha Hanks?" Turner ques
"I think so-a tall man with red hair
"Oh. It's Sim!" Turner Interrupted.
"It's bound to he him, 'cause thnr ain't
no other Hanks thitr."
"You know him. then?"
"Lord, tnc know Sim Ranks! Why,
wdint a dem fool question 1 Do you
reckon 1 know myself? Know Sim
Ranks! Why, Lord a massy, man, I've
knowed tbnt chap ever since be was
knee high to a grasshopper. Yes,
"He's married, I believe?"
"To be shore. Yes, Sim's married."
"And happy, 1 presume?"
"Happy ns some, I reckon."
There was n short pause. Then Mel
"I saw Ranks and Ida wife today
over at Heekett's Mill. I don't know,
of course, that it Is so, but It appeared
to me that they are a mlsmated pair.
What do you think about It?"
Turner looked ?t Melvln, aqulntetJ
bis eyes and grinned.
"Young feller," be said, "them two
may bo_mlsmatcd[ for all_I know, an
they may not, an if they uro uilsmuted
It uln't none of my dolu s, an I nlll't
dow I so responsible for It."
"Certainty not." Melvln admitted,
"but l (bought perhaps you had no
ticed that the wife is so different from
tho husband. She appears to he edu
cated und refined, while he doeS not.
Haven't yon observed that'.'"
"I hain't blind," Turner replied quiet
ly, "an what I see l see."
"Do you think It possible for two
people so entirely different to live to
"I hain't been doll) no thlnkln along
that line, Mr. Mclvlll. 1 don't llgge.'
thut I got any call to."
"Hut you certainly have an Idea along
Turner eyed Melvin very narrowly
for a moment, then slowly replied:
"Young feller, I can't make out that
you got any call to worry 'bout Sim
Banks an bis wife, au I 'low lt d be
Jest as well for all parties concerned If
you didn't do It. I'm n-glttlll along up
In years myself, an I ain't lived all my
Ufo in this world without learnin one
or two things. One of the tilings I've
done learnt Is never to mix up in no
body else's business when I ain't got
no interest In it. an another thing is
never to bother myself 'bout what goes
on between a man an his wife. 1 aln'l
so blamed smart as some, inebby. nor
I ain't no denied idiot asylum, an I
know enough '.<> know that 'bout the
most dangerous place a feller kin stick
his nose Is In bei w een a man an his
woman. He'd a dad burned sight bet
ter slick it in a steel imp. Yes. sir ce!
You bet he had."
Turner paused, but Melvln offered no
reply. Presently the former went on,
speaking in all seriousness:
"You are a young teller. Mr. Mel
vln." he s!tid. "an 1 guess you ain't had
no great experience with the world, so
1 11 jest risk given you a little piece of
lUlviCO. W hatever else you do In this
life an however many oilier mistakes
you may make, be shore of one thing,
nn that is don't you ever go an gtt
mixed up In no mess with no oilier
man's wife. No matter what comes
nor what goes, don't you ever do no
Blell a thing as that, for as shore as
you do you'll live to see the day when
you'll bitterly rue It. You mark my
words for that."
Melvin laughed at the old man's seri
ousness and turned the matter off light
ly. He had no Intention of going to
any dangerous extremes, and he felt
that there was no occasion for nil this
However, there came a time In after
days when those words came home to
him with stunning force, and ho wish
ed with all his heart that he had heed
a cruel awak! NINO.
What did It mean?
This was the question Sim Ranks
asked himself as he sat there holding
that note In his hands, reading over
ami over the few lines it contained.
What could it mean, and who could
have written it'.'
Though Sim pondered these oues
tlous long, he was able to lind no an
swer to them. The whole affair was
wrapped in a thick and impenetrable
mystery which he could not solve. He
felt, however, that there must be some
thing dark and unpleasant back of It
nil, and a sensation of uneasiness took
possession of him. Aller his experi
ences of that day. which had been a
day of events m his uneventful life, he
was in a state of mind to expect all
manner of curious and unaccountable
Could it be possible that Louisa had
nn Important secret that she was keep
ing hidden from him'.' Could it he pos
sible that she and some man had form
ed a friendship, or at least an acquaint
anceship, the existence of which they
had guarded so well that he had never
even so much as suspected it 7
i That the author of the note was a
man he was assured from the Hist.
The strong, bold chirography and the
I language of the note convinced him of
I that. This much, and this much only,
was dear to him.
The thought that his wife and some
man should be linked together by a sc
i cret which no one else must share
made his heart sick. To his mind it
smacked of a dangerous and unwar
ranted intimacy, and it caused him to
SUrmlSC the possibility of unpleasant
things. For the first time in his life
he felt the bitter pangs of -alousy.
It did occur to him for a moment
that the note might have been written
by Melvln. which was very natural
considering all that had happened that
du*y and in view of the fact that Mel
Tln was the onlv strange man who hud
been nf TTocl^fs "MITT for weeks. .Y
little reflection, however, decided him
that he would have to look further for
the author. Melvin was a total stran
ger there, so what could Louisa know
of him or his name'.'
Sim said nothing to his wife Hint
night about the note, but He next
morning when they were seated at the
breakfast table he took the scrap of
paper from his pocket and banded it to
her. remarking quietly:
"Thai's Homotbin l found last night.
Louecsy, an from wbnl I can make out
It must be your'n."
Louisa reached out and took Hie note,
and as she glanced over It Sim was
watching her. lie saw the color mount
to her face, while her head drooped tin
til her eyes were llxed on her plate.
She remained silent, and after a mo
ment's wait he said:
"Louecsy, is that your'n?"
There was a short pause. Then she
looked up, and Instead of answering
his question she asked:
"Where did you get It?"
"I found It on the floor, where you'd
likely dropped It. Is It your'n?"
"Yes, It Is," she admitted hesitating
"Then what does It mean, an who Is
It from?" he demanded almost sternly.
"That I cnnnol tell you," she answer
ed in low tones.
"Why can't you?" <
"Recanse I have no right to toll."
"No right to tell anything to your
man, your own husband?"
"Not Hint. You had us well say no
more about It."
Sim looked at his wife very hard for
almost a minute, his face rapidly Chang
lug color and n variety of thoughts
flashing through his mind.
"Louecsy." lie said nt last, "that note
was wrote by a man, an I want to
know what It menus. I have a right to
She flashed him n look full of resent
"Whether you have a right to know
or not," she replied, "you will never
know from me."
"Because, as I have already said, I
cannot tell you."
"Can't tell mo? Louecsy, what am I
to think of pitch talk as that?"
"You are to think what you please, I
"Rut what can I think when you and
some man have a secret between you
that I ain't allowed to share?"
Sbo fixed him with her eye? and with
a scornful curl of KTiililiWtflftlill_
??Ami \\lial am I lo Lhlhk when you 1
and si.iiic woiuuu have not only <>m- so- 1
eret. but UlUliy secrets, tu t ween you
that 1 ?im no! allowed tu Khun*7"
II? looked Ut lit i III astonishment.
"Mo IUI Millie woman bUVO secrets'."
llC repealed. "What do \ou UieUII by
"1 mean just wind I say. Last night
was not So long ago that you should
forget what took plaee then."
"I don't understand you. I've never
had a secret from you in all my life.
UlUOh less a sei fet between me Uli any
"Are you so sure of that'.'"
? Then you must have forgotten Mary
Sim's faee Hushed Instantly, and his
head drooped, lie had forgotten MlU'.V
Mann, hut now he remembered her. as
well as Ids meeting with Ii? r tie- night
before, it was the mcinuiw "t 1 i?t
*? \'#>t/ iriu never know from mc."
meeting that made him blush, ami lie
blushed, not for himself, but for her.
"Ami your meeting with her last
night," Louisa added after a pause.
"Who told you about that?" Sim ask
ed Inconsiderately, thus admitting the
truth of the charge.
"Then you did meet her?" Louisa
"Yes, but it was not my fault. Who
"It doesn't matter who told me. Al
though you say you have never had a
secret from nie. 1 inn certain you
would never have been the one to tell
"You're mistaken tbar. Lotieesy. Thnr
ain't no reason on earth w hy I should
not 'a' told you. an I'd a' done it. .Notli
in happened at that meet in. so far aa
I'm concerned, that I'd be nshnined to
tell to the whole world."
"Not even your hanging over the
fence and making love to Mary Mann':"
"I never done it. I.oueesy, nil any
body that went an told you any sieh a
thing told you a p int blank lie. I nev
er made love to nobody in all my life
"That will do for you to tell, bill you
can't fool me. If you were not making
love to Mary Mann last night, why
were you with her7"
"I was jest pnsslll along the street,
nn she called to me."
"Aml you stopped?"
"Of course. What else could I do'.'"
"Nothing but stop and make love to
"I tell you I never done any Bich a
thing as make love to her. You ask
her If I did."
Mrs. Lanks tossed tier head disdain
"I'll be aid to ask any woman such a
thing as that, and that woman in par
"Waal, you needn't, then Hill It was
Jest like I r-ny. I never dreamed ol
ma kin love to her "
"But you stopped there with tiet and
liung over Hit' fence ami talked t"
?.ct, s'pose I did. 1 couldn't help
myself. I couldn't Jest walk on an leave
her wliH ? she was talkln, could I?"
Tei la 'y not when her talk was so
sweet ami iiteresting. You must have
found it real pleasant to have her as
sure you (hill I didn't love you. bin
that she klleW some woman w ho did "
"I didn't lind it pleasant, an it I had
I wouldn't :i done the way I did."
"Wotlldtl ! have staid to listen to
"I wouldn't have lei on that I didn't
understand what she meant an dlscour
aged tier ever' way I could."
"By hanging over the fence und talk
big back to tier'.'"
"If I did hang over the fence an talk
line!; to her. I never said notion mil of
tin' way an nothbi t<> be iisbainetl of.
nary a wui d."
"Some people haven't a very keen
sonst? of shame."
Sim paused for a moment Then he
said very soberly:
"I.oueesy. .Voll don't love me. If you
Old, you woiddli'l never believe tie- lies
somebody's gone an odd you when 1
tell you they are lies. A woman that
loves her man ain't never a goin to he.
Hove some old long Inugucd tattler as
ng'in him. It's a -"-pel truth, if ever I
spoke one in my life, when I say 1 nev
er made love In Mary Mann, an I'd
swear to ii on n slack of Itlblcs a bun
died feel high. Voll ain't got no rigid
to license nn- of any sich a thing."
"Hut you have a rlghl to license nn
of something Just as bud?"
"I ain't never accused you of uothin
I.oueesy. an yon know it."
"Not exactly in so many words, pet
haps, but you have intimated it pretty
'"Mi- intimated lh.it you made love to
some other man besides me?"
"Something like that. You reinem
her. I suppose, what you said about
"I never said an 1 never meant that
you loved somebody else."
"1 know what you think."
"If I thought sieh a thing as thai,
would I 'a' told Mary Mann ylsteddy
that she was a-lyln w hen she said what
she did? An last night, when Jim
Thorn hinted at the same thing, do
you know what I done in him? I Jlsl
knocked him down plumb Cat on his
back, an if they hadn't 'a' held me I d
'a' stamped the cry daylights outfit
Louisa looked up. a surprised and
pained expression on her face.
"Did .Mm Thorn dare to say such a
thing its that of me?" she cried.
"lie did." Sim replied, and. feeling
sure of her gratitude at least, he added
"Hut he ain't never goin to say It no
more, I bet. I done settled him for
"Yes," she said; "but you've gone ami
set everybody else to talking. I wish
you had let .lim Thorn alone."
Sim wns n ran zed, and the look on his
face showed It.
"Why, my land, Lotieesy," he ex
claimed, "you ain't nlinln to say I thine
wrong in knockln Jim Thorn down,
"You had belter not have done It."
she replied, "nnd I wish you hadn't."
"Waal, I'll be blamed! Why, Tap
Sampson an Hicks an Jason nn all the
rest, they all 'lowed 1 done Jest right,
an ever' oue of 'em said he'd 'a' done
Jest like 1 did If he'd 'a.' been In my
place. Lord] 1 was couutlu sinne on |
you belli pleased 'cause I tuck up for '
you ttutt u*way. uu uow you don't
think i ort a' doue it! '1'eurs like euu't
nothin I do pk>U80 you. I.oueesy. UU
ever* time I try to do so tuet bin for you
l seem to make n moss of It."
Sim's voice was so putbotlc uud his
dl8uppolntincnl so evident that, in spite
of her ill humor. Louisa was touched
She looked at him. ami there was nil
expression of pity ami something like
sympathy in her eyes. Slowly ami
sadly she said:
"Sim. It Is a sad thing to say. and
you may think It cruel,, but God knows
It Is true. It WOUkl have been better
for us both If we had never met."
"I.oueesy:" Sim exclaimed fearfully,
starting to his feet, all in a tremble
"What Is that you say? Surely you
don't mean Ibem words."
"I do. and what I say Is true. It
would have been far better for us both
If we had never, never met."
He stared at her a long time In si
lohee, and he noticed that her lace was
painfully white and drawn. Ills, too,
lie knew, bore the murks of a great
dread and fear.
"I.oueesy." lie said, his voice husky
and scarcely audible, "for Cod's sake,
don't say that! Remember, you arc
my wife. riea;e take back them
words. Bay they're not so."
"I cannot. SilU, I cannot, for I would
only be lying if I did."
She folded her arms on the table and
dropped her head on them and began to
sob. SilU stood watching her. a sick
ening dread stealing over him. Un
certainly he hesitated for a moment,
then went to her and put out his hand
and began to stroke her hair. She drew
away from him. and a cold shudder ran
over her. He stood aloof and looked
on her, his face painfully white and
drawn and a hard, tense sensation
clutching at his heart.
"I.oueesy." he- said presently, "what
does this mean? Why do you treat me
She made no reply, but continued to
sob. He reached out his hand again
and placed It gently on her head, and
again she shrank from him as though
his touch were poison. Her action cut
him deep, and a pain, sharp stud poign
ant, passed through his soul When
he spoke again, his voice was low and
"I.oueesy." he said, "is It true, as
Mary Mann says, that you don't love
She did not answer, and when he had
waited a moment he repeated bis ques
tion. This time she looked slowly U|l
until her eyes met his. From that mo
ment there was no need for her to
speak. In her eyes he only too plainly
read her answer to his question. Slow
ly, as one in a dream, he turned to
leave the room. There was a queer
sensation of emptiness about his head,
and everything around him bore a
strange air of unreality. At the door
he stopped and put his hand up to his
forehead ami for a full minute stood
like one dazed. Then, turning his eyes
once more on his wile, he snid:
"My Cod. I.oueesy. you are killin me'
You ha' .- otot-.-o my heart. Oh. please,
felt me It. Is noTtrue, that look I
saw In your eyes, and that you do love
She did not raise her head, but be
tween her sobs he heard her murmur:
"I can't, I can't, tor i don't love you!"
Without another word .In- passed
from the room and went staggering nn
certainly clown the walk to the street,
lb- felt that he had n eel veil a death
blow, and in reality he bad received
that which was far worse, for dentil
would have brought an end to pain and
suffering, and this brought pain and
At the yard gnlo he stopped, and.
leanine heavily auainsi a posl. he look
ed back at the house. Through the
window he saw his wife sitting as he
had left her. and a great yearning came
over him to lake her in his arms and
hold lu-r to his bosom ami kiss her. Rut
the next moment he remembered the
words she had spoken and the look she
had given him, and. laying his head
against his arm. be said sadly:
"Rut she is not mine! Sin- Is not
1 [to be continued.] *
As the Tennessee Legislature will do
nothing for the protection of cheep,
the N ishvillo American thoughtfully
suggests tliat it should at least pa-s a
law '-to encourage the cultivation ol a
belter breed of dogs."' Possibly this
is the long-sough! ground of com
promise and reconciliation id" the ad
miters ol the iwo kinds of animals. If
only they would nol kill cheep we
might have ten dogs where we now
If you have it, you
know it. You
in the stomach, the
formation of gas, the
nausea, sick headache,
and general weakness of
the whole body.
You ean't have it a week
without your blood
being impure and your
nerves all exhausted.
There's just one remedy
There's nothing new
about it. Your grand
parents took if. 'Twas
an old Sarsaparilla before
other sarsaparillas were
known. It made the word
over the whole world.
There's no other sarsa
parilla like it. In age and
power to cure it's " The
leader of them all."
SI.00 a bottle. All tfrtiftlttt.
Ayer's Pills cure constipation.
"After mi ft,-i-lne terribly I wae
Induced to try your Sarsaparilla, I
took three bottles and now fool llkn
a. now num. 1 would ftdvlso nil my
follow creatures to try this medicine,
for It has stood the tost of tlmo and
Its. curative power cannot lie ?x
collod." I. 1>. Goon,
Jan. 30,1W. llrowntown, V?.
Wrhm Ihm Doof or.
If you havd any complaint whatever
and deilro ?ne beet medical advice yon
ean pontbiy receive, write the doctor
freely You will receive a prompt re
ply, without co?r AddreM,
Dr. J. 0. AY Kit,
Success Iii farming i* often caused
by attention to details; failure is just
ns frequently due to neglect ol details.
Not every I'nrtnur appreciates ihesigui
llcai ce of a rotation of crops by which
deep-root ing arc alternated with shah
I w?rootillg plants, for iusttllice, and
yet it (tppt-ius that there arc consider* I
able posibilitlcs in a practice to ihis
elVecl. Thus ii is lield that there can
be secured a "greatly Increased length
and development of potato roots when
the potato crop is preceded by a crop
of, long-rooted lupines, and the con
sequent increase in growth of vines,
freedom Of the vines Irom disease, and
\ icld of tubers. These results are espec
ially noticeable in dry year-, ami arc
thought to be due to the greatci supph
of water brought withiu the reach of
the plants by the long< r roots." It is
held that deep working of the soil will
produce the same sort of results.
A unique battle look place in North
llergen, N. J., a few days ngo. Johu
I'etris. a wealthy rcsidcut, recently
added Spaniard, a handsome black
stallion, to nis i-table, and tho acquisi
iion w as reci lvi il with anger by 1 >ow cy,
another black stallion of great beauty.
They fought whenever opportunity of
fered, and one morning broke their
h.dters and dashed out into the yard,
coining together with such force that
it sent both to the ground. Quickly j
pu king iheniselvos up they resumed I
hi stihiies, kicking und biting savagely. |
Dewey finally fastened his teeth in j
Spaniard's throat and did not release |
Ins hold until the black was (hud. I
Dewey w as covered with blood and was '
badly i nt ni.d torn.
tfltj. The far famed
? cleanliness of a
with the i
/CVfegctable Preparation lor As
similaling lite Food andliegula
tint; ihe Stomachs and Bowels of
lNf?N TS /CtflL ?KEN
iu'ss and Resl .Contains rteillter
Opium .Morphine nor Mineral.
Not Nah cotic.
/frttfft ?f oh/ Ik '& Wl 'EL PiTCHEIl
Hmyjim Sirel " .
sllx Xfntin ? \
llotkttU S*/U - j
Hi Ciirt>iiiwlt\ulii '
flwihtd ? Knant
A period Mcmedy forConslipn
lion, Sour Stomach,Diarrhoen
ness and Loss OF SLEEP.
FacSumlc Signature of
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The uncertainty of what a jury will
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ed in the circuit court in Iowa last
week in the trial of a couple of whiskey
cases. The tamo witness was used in
both cases and teslilicd to exactly the
same facts in ouch instance?that he
bought and paid for and drank the
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loalbtm Pin??.I0 82pm lO 'am
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vprlitm Junction. J l am 2 lr?|im
Petersburg. 09?m i 4tpiu
Richmond. ' -?? ?' ?i,m
WashinKtonviaPennKK S I'ano H HUpm
Baltimore " i 3 im 11 23pm
Philadelphia " 12 27pm 2 fiOaui
New York - lft?'?" ? M*m
Noif -tDally Kx. Sunday.
1 lining c;irs liMtweuil New Nmk and
lliulimnnd, and llaiulel and St. Augustine
on Traluo Mos ill III ll 11
'Central time. jKaslern Time.
Condensed Schedule ?>f Paaaeilget rfra4ae\ ,
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p. in. "M" noon. "N" nicht.
TrntiiH lenvn Kingvllle, daily oxcepl Bundnyi
for t'nindon I0:l5n in, and 4:50 p, in, Haturn
Ing leave Cnindnii for Klngvllle, daily exrapt
Sunday, H 113 a. in. and 2:50 p. in, Also for Sum1
(erdally nxoo;?i Sunday 8.00a. in. 10:16 a. m.and
4:60 n in. Hemming lenvo Suinter at 6 50 a.
in. 10.05 a, m.and 4:l(0p, in.. nniktiii[co>uinotl<'>l
at Killgvillo with truliiH ln't wren ('oluii)lita aud
Trnlna leavo Snartnnhnrc vis R. V. A 0. fit
vision daily for Qlendale, ,fi mosvllls, Union and
(Jolunihia and Intermediate poiuts at 11:45 a,
in. ami i'i l. p. in
Train* leave Toccon, n?.. for Kilmrton, (*a.,
dntiy 4:25 i> in, exrupl Sundnr, 7:00 a. m.
Hoturniii? leave Klhertou daily W:00 a. in.
except Saiiduy, 2 i "i p. m., miiKlng conm-o
lion io Toeinu with tiniiH between Atlanta,
Ureenvllle and die Kasl.
ChesMpealoi Line .>t":ini(>rs in daily anrvioa
between S'orfolk nud Kalt I more.
Nos ?'. iiii'l !it??"Wushlnston And Month'
western l,imlto<l." Through Pullman sleep1
in,; curs hetween New York and N'ew
Orleans, vln Was Inuton, Ailioua n?d Mont<
joinery, und u *> between Now i.irk and
Memnhia. via Washlmtlon, Atlanta and Bir>
min?linin, AI an eloftnnt PtM.i.MAM LlliitAUf
Oliai iv 11 ihn Cm-, between Atlanta and N>\?
York Kirstelasa thoronnnfnrn oosohes tie
t\\.->.'ii Wlishilli!tnn and Atlanta. Dining CliVi
aer\" nil meals en route. Pullman Bloenlng
oars hei?.n Hrf-imahoro end H.iie gh. ('lo-.'
oonne Ih'iijjl Norfolk for Ol.l> PoiNTUOM ro^iiT.
Also n I Atlanta with I'ullnian DT" R, tleepel
for Ohntinnooua und Oinoianstl,
Nos :.. and 1)0 ?'? United States Fast Mall" raw
aoliii between 'A .. .? aud New .Or.'aana.
i.rinf compe h| ofconchoi, tlnough withoul
eh a iifr e for i aongors <>f ail olassaa. Puiiinan
drawiug-room sleeping cars betwuen New York
and New < Irlenns, via A t Ianta ami Montgomery
and i'i'ween Hlrnnnghnni and rtlcrimond.
Dining ears nerve all monlsenronta,
N". . IBI nnd ;<4 ?"Atlnuta and New YorA
Bznreas," Now loc^al train butwaan Atlanta
ami Charlotte, connecting at charlotte with
through 11 inn* of same numbera. oarr v
lue I'lillmnn *ieoplnij i-?ri between Charlotte
and Utehinoml, Norfolk. Wnihlngten and NeW
York. No I'tillmnn cara on iliaan train* l.iv
tween Atinnui and OlinrlottO. Leaving Waah
lngion onch Monday, Wodneiday and Friday
a ionrlsl H.eeping r.ir \Till mili through b??
tN\o. Ti WSShingtOn and P*.n Kranelaoo without
?hangn Conneelion At Atlanta with through
PiillniMri ili au ihi; i i~om s>einng oar for .la^lc*
aonville : also PttUUiau slcttplng oar for Mr ana
Conneetton made at Spnrtanburg wits
through I'nllmnn sleeper for Ashevllle, Rjaox<
rill" tind Cinelnnsti; also at Columbia for hmt
taiiiinh mid ,In<'k?onville.
FRANK 8. HANNOS*. S. B. U a UDWK1K,
Third V P. St linn. Mgr.. Oaa F>a*a A(?.,
Wnehlngton, D. 0. Washington,"). Ol
W. Ti. TAY I.OB, J. D. MoOHB.
Ash'i 0< n l Pea*. Ag'i., Paaa * T'kt Agent,
_Atlanta, 6iw_ChHI^Ut S, ft
MONEY TO LOAN
On fnrmirg landa. Haey payments. No
eommiMloni charged. Borrower pays ac
tual cost of per fact! tiff loan. Interest 7 par
cant, np, according to security.
.?NO. B. PALMER <*. SON.
Oftlnmhia. H. C
More calls tt?an we can poaatMr All. ftrjar
anteeof pnattinna hacked \iv %sn 0. Conreee
mrieica led. Bnter an v tlaie. catalorue frae.
?*.i-ir. ii. coi.rMiilA Bt'llNIll ? ;<u.i,set it,