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I THE PATH .*
i TO PERDITION |
By LOUIS VINCENT
2 CopyrlsAt, 1001, by I<ouUVlncont Do Foo.
ROM tho window of Dea~
cou Blrdsell's house tho
bright rays of a lamp
marked the t< "ks of the
country d wl'.di led
to the i'i 'til, past the old
Quaker meeting house,
and, to the left, through
tho worldly and Iniquitous village call
ed Into existence only a year before by
the coming of tho new railroad.
This little cluster of bouses, u mush
room growth of unpaluted hoards, In
cluded, besides a blacksmith shop and
general store, both welcome enough In
their way, n tavern conducted on wide
open principles under the name of
Lowden's Halfway House, which had
speedily brought tin? locality Into gen
oral dlsropute. No one had discovered
toward what goal It marked the half
way point, unless It was that goal of
torment which Is the ending of every'
career of Intemperate profPtfacy.
In the dining room, which served like
wise no a sitting room, the deacon was
carefully gleaning stray scraps of wis
dom from the columns of the Michigan
Agriculturist, the silence of the house
disturbed only by the loud ticking of
the farm clock on tho shelf In the cor
ner and tho busy click of the knitting
needles In the deft lingers of Mrs.
Blrdsell. it was characteristic of the
deacon that he always postponed his
study of Tho Agriculturist until after
tho harvest, when the information he
might gain was suro to be of least
value to him.
Presently the clock tolled the hour
Of 8, lingering long, It seemed, upon
the final stroke. Deacon Blrdsell
"Mother," he said, "don't you know
It's gettln pretty late?"
Mrs. Blrdsell paused In surprise and
dropped tho half ?ulshed sock lu her
"Bight and after, an It's high time
folks was abed," said tho deacon. "Did
you shut down the back window an
bolt tho kitchen door? An Joel?of
course Joel's In."
As If In answer to tho deacon's ques
tion, tho quavering, uncertain notes of
a song sifted through tho celling from
the chamber above.
"Sh!" Mrs. Blrdsell said, holding up
her finger In warning.
The song from tho chamber above
gradually bocamo more distinct until a
word could be understood here and
there In Its uncertain rhythm. It bore
a distant resemblance to one of the pop
ular songs of the day heard with great
froquency lu the neighboring town, but
Justly abhorred for its worldly Insinua
tions In the peaceful Quaker church
"William," exclaimed Mrs. Blrdsell In
a trembling voice, "somethln must be
done right away. It's gettln Ju?t awful]
It's been welghtn on my mind until
sometimes I get that nervous."
Tho deacon gathered Ida shaggy gray
brows and stroked his angular unshav
en chin In silence for a moment. "I
hate to think It of Joel," bo observed
thoughtfully, "but I guess It must ba
true. Have you been notlcin anythInfi
else lately, Martha?" The deacon sel
dom addressed his wife by her given
name except on occasions of great so
"Anything! Good land alive!" Mrs.
Blrdsell swept her bands around her
head as If she was warding off a swarm
of Impending evil. "It's gettln woi'bel
an worser every day," she exclaimed,
with great earnestness, "an the worst
part of it all is he's gottln that brazen
about it?to think-, too, William, that
he's your own brother!" The song be
gan again In tho chamber above, this
time accompanied by the unmistakable
sound of shufiling foet.
"Just listen to that now," she went
on, with mournful emphasis. "I guess
you can hear It for yourself!"
"Yes, mother, you're right," pro
nounced the deacon reflectively, slowlj
nodding his head In flho aftlrmatlve.
"Poor Joel 1b certainly gotn strnigm 10
the?I wns almost gola *o say dovll, an
here wo are, you an me, slttln with out
hands folded, not doln tt blessed thing
to put him right."
"It didn't get renl baj till tho middle
of June?leastwise Joel didn't take to
goln out nights till tho*." Mrs. Bird
sell squinted thoughtfully through her
glasses as If to look lufeo tho past. "I
first susplcloned him ?Mrcus day over
in the town, when am spent all that
money for a box of collijrs an them red
an green neckties, litt seemed right
ashamed of 'era, too?*0*t is to say, at
iflrst he did."
"When was it he spofee to you about
ere&ftln h,9 nant 1****** , ,^ .
"Why, dear me, yow ain't forgotten
jtliat, have you? It wag the very sam?
day ho como out from town brlngln hie
mil coat. I'll nover forget that! Tie
maa precious careful to keep thnt rl
pp^io.io thing out of my sight, an when
H&lpSES about tho pants no mushed
[lllto a boy. Ho says to me: 'Martha,
sown tlmo when you'vo got a flntlron
fen I wish you'd press out my gray
pants an leave 'em crossed beforo nn
behind. Folks say nowadays It keeps
'em from wenrln out so quick.' I al
most gavo him a piece of my mind
right then nn there. I says: 'Joel Bird
?eil! An nt your timo In lifo too.' Ho
'didn't sny another word, but went off
up stairs that ashamed-- nn that very
night wns tho first time In the 20 years
he staid out till after midnight!"
Deacon Blrdsell clasped his long fin
gers around his bony kneo nnd bowed
"If I do say it, I watched him from
(the window when ho went out," Mrs.
Bird sell earnestly continued, "an 1
seen him unmo ttrnlght off toward tho
Jtavern. 'Twasr.t tho last time r've
?een him either."
The deacon suddenly stnrtod up ond
thumped his flat hard upon tho table
Them Cowdens will get to prison
7etl" he burst out wtth indignation.
"?Twould be a true religious net to set
their cussed dram shop on flret Fd do
it, too, if*'?
Mrs. Birdsell reached across the ta
.ble to place a restraining hand upon
her husband's arm, but tho tips of her
fingers barely touched his shirt sleove.
"William," she said In a more com
posed tone, "we mustn't get excited.
jWbat we must do Is to 'tend to Joel's
case. The Lord thnt judges between
the righteous an tho unrlghteouL will
'tend to the Lowdeus himself."
Before such an undeniable exposition
of truth the farmer's anger slowly sub
^Smwlaow the time Joel washed tiie
buggy an went 10 town f' Mrs. inrosei.
went on. "Ho didn't get back that
night till a quarter past 12, an be took
his boots off before be couio Into the
bouse. 1 know all about it because be
clean forgot 'ein an left 'em on the
"You wouldn't call them things boots,
would you?" The deacon threw his
whole available fund of sarcasm Into
"Galtess, I mean," corrected Mrs.
Blrdsell quickly. "An that's another
thing. Just to think of a mau takln to
gaiters after boots has been good
enough for him for 50 yearsl It's a
sure sign, William."
"Yes, mother, that's the long an the
short of It. (Ja'ters may bo a small
thing In themselves, but In Joel's case
they help powerful to show what fast
Hvln an strong drink will do ouce a
man gets goln lu the wrong way."
Tho deacon started suddenly at the
meaning of his own words. A Bpade
had llually been called a spade. Mrs.
Blrdsell straightway began to sob au
dibly, while her husband searched ab
stractedly for bis handkerchief, which
ho llnully produced from the armholo
of his vest.
Joel Blrdsell fllled the placo of a son
not only In the hearts but In the home
of the deacon and his wife. Back 1j
the fifties, when heavy Umber still cov
ered what Is now the rich, rolling farm
land of lower Michigan, William Bird
sell bad gone forth from tho clrsum
scribed acres of the homestead In Ver
mont to win a place for hlmBelf In the
world, with only a young wlfo and his
owu grit to aid him. Then Michigan
was not the farmer's El Dorado It aft
erward came to be. But tho house In
which bo still lived was built, and then
Joel, tho next younger by three years,
was seut for to share the Increasing
fortunes, Incidentally to lend a helping
hand In the runnliu: of the furm.
And Joel, he wns a shlnlug example
of New England stagnation. Never In
clined to marry, always content with a
kind or helpless dependence upon his
brother and sister, whoso homo had not
been brightened by tho advent of chil
dren, be grew moro and moro to be the
object of parental solicitude to the
fanner and his wife as tho years
passed by. lie was satisfied with his
unique position, and gradually tho hori
zon of bis lifo came to bo bounded by
the views and wishes of hie foster par
Mrs. Blrdsell was the first to break
the oppresslvo silence. "William," she
said, "there's no use puttln It off any
longer. Supposo we call Joel down now
?thlB very night?an point out to him
like?toll him?that Is to say, ask
him"? She hesitated. The task seem
ed greater when framed In words.
"Shi" Tho exclamation escaped the
pair at the same instant.
in the chamber abovo the song began
again. This time tho words were loud
and distinct, although the tune was
still doubtful. Silently Urn couple fol
lowed tho lines:
I dreamt that I dwelt In maxblo hall*?
Not a word was uttered until the
verse ended. Mrs. Blrdsell was busy
maklug a mental analysis of the mean
ing of tho words. Their Import seemed
beyond a doubt
"It's a real garablln house tune," she
pronounced, with ussurance boia of
conviction, although there was a trem
bling in her voice. "I'vo heard all
about tho infernal places; all marble an
glass an electric lights an polished
The squeaking, heavy footsteps grew
louder. Tho culprit was certainly com
ing down tho stairs. Next the door
opeued, and be walked into the dining
room. Mrs. Blrdsell looked straight in
front of her. Tho deacon hastily snatch
ed The Agriculturist from the table.
Joel appeared surprised to find the
rest of tho family keeping late hours.
"Still settln up?" he asked Innocently
enough, but In tho ears of tho others
the words had a guilty ring.
From tho corners of her eyes Mrs.
Blrdsell was taking a quiet Inventory
of Incriminating evidence. There was
the red necktio encircling the stand u\
collar that sagged out in tired fashioj
at the front. Tho long tailed coat weu
also conspicuous. She wished she bn<?
had the forethought to put on bej
spectacles, for she knew that prope.
scrutiny would detect faint creases in
front of the bagging gray pants. Ai
for the shoes, the uoiso on the stah?
bad already told its own story.
"Well, I guess I'll walk out for a lit
tie bit," he went on, taking no notlc?
of the unusual restraint. "Tho sky'i
as clear as a bell, an It seems Jusl
shameful to stay In. Won't have nmu\
more nights like this."
"It's time honest folks was abed nil
asleep." The deacon's volco grated
harshly, although he tried his best ti
"That's Just ono of your notions,
William," Joel answered, with a faint
laugh. "Como now, night's Just np
good as day, ain't It? Don't fret nbont
me. Just leave the key to the dlnlu
room door under tho stone by the
steps, an I'll get In all right."
There was no reply.
"An that reminds me," the culprit
went on, "the next time I go t<> town
I'm goln to take that key nlong with
me nn have ono made like It. No use
talkln, a man ought to bnvo a latch
This !i-'Ht worldly whim, more slgnlfl
emit tlinn anything else, worse even
tluin the reckless get up of tho cos
tume, fell with astounding weight on
tho farmer and his wife. It was noth
ing less than the limit of moral de
pravity. In the suddenness of tho
shock there was no clinnce for reply.
Joel hesitated a moment, then picked
up his hat and went out
The dencon and his wife remained
seated, rigid with consternation, until
they heard him step off the porch,
Then with one accord thoy nroso and
tiptoed to the parlor window. Peering
out Into tho darkness, they watched
him walk through the yard to the gats
and then turn his steps In the direc
tion of the tavern, the lights of which
tinkled dimly half a mllo away down
tho left fork of tho road.
"The time's come, Martha," the dea
con burst out. "Joel will hear from
mo tho first thing tomorrow mominl
ELo's got to be shut off his scand'lous,
drunken ways Instanter or, by the
Lord, he'll never stay another day un
der my roof I"
Mrs. Blrdsell was fairly struck dumb
beforo her husband's awful denuncia
tion. It was the tlrst time in her mar
ried ,iff that he had so ruthlessly
broken tho third commandment, and
sho laid herself down to broken sleep
and troubled dreams.
Tho first gleam of the rising sun was
already painting gold and purple hues
In the eastern sky when the deacon
slowly roused to the troubles of a new
day. Quickly throwing on his working
clothes, he hastened to the foot of the
"Joel," he called to the upper Cham?
her, "Joel, bestlrrlnl The pun's more*n
an hour high. We've overslept scan
No answer came from above*
"Joel!" This time thers STM Ml ftf>
Ami still no answer.
The deacon did uot cull again, lull
started briskly for the stables Ins
heavy boot iu><aiH making dark iiair
clrch's lu tbe llgbt frost thill covered
tbe groUlld. lie was surprised Hgillll
to litid tbe heavy doors thrown wide
open to the morning breezes. Sounds
were Issuing from within, and as tie
paused be beard bis brother Joel's
voice lifted In song, tbe rhythm puncto
nted by tbe Bteady "swish" of milk
against tbe bottom and sides of the
tin milk can.
The absolute uuexpectedness of tbe
situation caused tbe deacon to hesitate
In doubt a moment on tbe threshold.
Bending slightly forward ami listening
attentively, he managed to catch tbe
Met my money on the old bay mare,
Somebody bet on the ?ny.
The doggerel bad only one meaning
to the deacon. It was a shameless de
fense of horse racing, an unholy pas
time Into which be had gained some In
sight through the Innocent medium of
"Morula, Wllllotul" Tbe greeting
was fresh and cheery?surely not spo
ken with the languor that Is supposed
to follow a night of debauchery. "(Juess
you kind of overslep'. Must be you an
mother kept late hours!"
"There's one way you might of know
ed bow late hours mother an me kept."
The deacon's answer bristled with
harsh Insinuation, but It was all lost
on tbe erring one. Whistling softly
to himself, he picked up the milk palls
again and Btarted for tbe bouse, while
the deacon, mystified and angered,
clambered up the perpendicular ladder
to the hayloft. He threw down a
generous quantity of sweet smelling
clover to tbe neighing. Impatient
horses below and then leaned medi
tatively upon tbe fork handle to ar
range In his mind the admonitory talk
which lie wos morn certain than ever
alone Intervened between his brother
nnd Irredeemable damnation.
The morning menl In the little farm
house wii8 not os comfortable as usual,
particularly for the farmer and Ids
wife. It might have been noticed that
the deacon lingered long nnd fervently
over the thanks which he Invariably
offered up from his board. It might
tinve been noticed also that appended
to those fervent thanks was an earnest
supplication that Divine Providence In
^ nil seeing wisdom might not Judge
..irshly the weaknesses of bis erring
children, nil of which wns lost on Joel.
Inasmuch as It was well known to be
a part of the deacon's religious philos
ophy to regard all earthly beings as
weak and sinful In the eyes of the
Lord. As for the deacon, he was sur
prised to note that .Joel's appetite
seemed even better than usual.
The meal finished, Mrs. Hlrdsell arose
nnd from force of habit began to cleat
away the dishes.
"Joel," the deacon Bald, trying to ap
pear natural nnd nt ease, although In
spite of himself there waf- n threaten
Ing ring In bis voice, "supposln yoi:
walk down to the barn with me for n
moment. I've got somothlu I'd like to
talk over with you this mornln."
Joel had picked up his hat nnd bnd
started toward the door. "Better put
It off till dinner time. William," he r?t
plled carelessly. "Pin an hour hit*
now gottln to the creamery, an"?
"Then the creamery cun wait! I wnut
you nhould do what I say! D'yor
"All right, then; must be somcthlv
terrible pressln. What's on your mlndf
Jowl detected a stern look on his broth
er's fnce and sensibly concluded thai
argument was n waste of tlmo.
Th? deacon did not wait to make fur
ther reply, but started out of the house,
motioning for bis brother to follow him
Silently lending the way, he sought th?
seclusion of the storeroom, where a
nondescript collection of sleighs nnd
bobsleds stood, covered nnd festooned
with a summer's accumulation of dust
anc* cobwebs. The silence of the plae*
good man prided himself on tho exer
cise of a neat bit of strategy. Further
more, It removed the most remote dan
ger of Interruption.
For some time the deacon sat In si
lence, his cold eyes Bhnrply fixed upon
his brother's fnce. Then, when the
sonnen He had begun to grow painful,
he cleared his throat with evident ef
fort and spoke, carefully weighing ev
"Joel," he said, "I've come down here
to talk to you man to man, an I'm In
earnest. It's hard, but It's got to be
done. It's been on my mind for a long
"I hope there ain't any trouble, Wil
liam." Tho shadow of on Impending
calamity had gradually formed beforo
Joel's eyes, and his face wore a polo
and anxious look.
"Troublo? Yes, there Is trouble an
plenty of It Tho truth la, I've been?
mother an I've been ? watchin you
now this last six months, an what
you've been doln Is as clear to us as an
Instantly a sheepish, self conscious
expression spread Itself over Joel's face,
and his eyes sought the floor In embar
rassment. The deacon noted the quick
chango, and bis last lingering doubt In
stantly vanished. Ills course was now
"Yea, Joel," he continued, with great
er earnestness, "there's no use denyia
it now. Mother an me"?
"I ain't denyln nothln, William."
The deacon started suddenly and bit
his lips with anger. The last thing he
had anticipated was a frank acknowl
edgment of guilt. It came so unex
pectedly that he hardly knew how to go
on, yet he realized that the bent way to
approach the crisis was by successive
steps. The culprit exhibited no further
willingness to speak in solf defense, so
the deacon plunged In again.
"Yes," he repeated; "we've knowed
all about you right along. We suspl
cloned you when you took to high fan
glcd notions about stand up collars an
gay neckties. We was surer of It when
you got to soendln your money on tall 1
coats an such, an then," dropnlng his
voice to an Insinuating whlepei and |
punctuating each word with a pause,
"we Anally saw tbtough tbe whole
thing when you took to goln out lato
Before such an accumulation of evi
dence Joel hung his head. Uhi expres
sion changed gradually from embar
rassed confusion to guilty assurance,
while with the heel of his boot ho on
consciously drew parallel lines on the
dusty barn floor.
"Well, what of it, William r he ask
?d. with a faint smile. "What If you
"What of It?" The deacon repeated
the words, with angry surprise.
"Yes; what of ltt I don't see the
good of makln a fas* about It, any
The deacon swallowed something
that seemed to rise In his throat to
choke hlk' words. "What of it?" he re
peated again angrily. "Why, man, you
have gone clean mad. Can't you see
that If you keep on It's goln to mako
your life a regular hell en earthT"
Bven tbe unpleasant prospect of Im
mediate earthly perdition seemed to
have no effect upon the culprit. His
confusion did not diminish, but his
?mile broadened to a faipt .laugh. VheA
be looked luOUgbtful nod Bald:
"1 Bliouldn't hardly tblok you'd like 1
to say tbat, William."
"Bay It, man alive! Why, don't 1
kuow It? Do you tblnk I've been livin
all these years for notbln? Ain't It al
ways tbat way?"
The deacon spoke the words In an
angry treble, accompanied by an Im
patient and deprecating gesture. "An
besides, Joel," be went on, bis voice
rising to a still higher key, "look at It
this way, If It ain't too late: You've
got a little money put up In the sav
in's bank. How long dj you suppose
It's goln to last If you keep on?"
To a tlnnnclal consideration of the
question Joel made no Immediate an
swer. He seemed to be actually rock
oulng up the costs. After meditating
quietly for a little while he composed
"Well, suppose It does cost a litt!?
more? I guess It's worth the dlQYr
The calm reduction of moral depru\
tty to a matter of dollars and ecu
brought the deacon to his feet with ai
I Impatient start.
"An your friends, your now friends!'
he exclaimed. "What do you supposi
they'll do when your money's gone
Are they goln to stand by you theuV"
"Come, William, you talk as If 1 \va.
goln to commit a crime Instead of jus!
followln out a man's natural way
There ain't much ?langer of starvii
anyhow." Joel's Impatience, too, win
beginning to show Itself. "If you'rt
goln to go back on me now, well, I
suppose there's other places I can g?
to. 1 wasn't ex pect III to stay In tin
old house much longer anyhow. Hut
1 didn't think this of you, William. It
ain't deserved for you to get mad."
"TryIn to play reproachful, eh? Just
look back over the last !H) years oi
more. Ain't I always been ;ill a broth'
or could be? Ain't Martha boon moro'ti
a flesh nn blood Bister could be? An
how about your home? Ain't it been
all a reasonable man couhi waut?"
Tho deacon's voice trembled n little
as he rapidly summed up tho list ol
"Well. William. 1 ain't forgettln all
that, not a bit of it. But what if n
man after awhile gets tired of llvltl
day In an day out In a rut? What If
ho wants to get out Into a bigger, bet
ter life? I suppose I wouldn't though I
of It if tho railroad hadn't been put
through. I got to goln there first
when they was layin the tracks. Well,
that wos all right enough, an then"
"That'll do! Enough of that! I won't
hear It from your lips."
"Stop, man! I say stop, In the mime
of what little regard for decency you've
got left! 1 won't hear from you! I
didn't come out hero to listen to yout
bonstln nn plumln yourself ubotit yotli
reckless, senseless goln on."
The deacon's bloodless Hps trembled
as he fairly thundered the command
and shook his clinched list In unbridled
wrath. "I won't have It made any
worse by your goln Into all the details
of what you did," he went on hotly. "I
wanted you to listen to reason, an I
wanted to talk to you like a brother.
But there ain't any reason left In you.
Ifs gone too far, nn Martha an I'm too
lato. You're proud of that broader UtV
you talk nl>out, are you? All right,
then. Now listen to what I've got to
?ay. The way's still open for you to
tarn over n now leaf an come back an
be one of us ns you was before tho
Lowdens an their tavern came to
Quaker Church. It's got to be one oi
the other, an you've got to decide right
now. Either you quit this new. broad
er life that you've been harpln on ot
you must get along without Martha an
m? from this day for'ard!"
The deacon pronounced the sen toned
In excited, Impassioned tones. "Tho
wny's open. Which do you take?" ho
repeated, wiping away the beads of
cold sweat that stood out upon his
Joel's flushed face turned pale at tho
deacon's words. They cut him like a
sharp knife, and his brother knew It.
But quickly the scornful look returned,
and he met the Issue squarely half
way. Without a tremor he stepped
close to his brother and, placing bin
hand gently on the other's shoulder,
"William. William, If It was the last
thing on earth I didn't expect this of
you! If It was anybody else, I'd 'a*
-said he'd gone clean crazy. You an
mother never did circulate much
around among tho neighbors, but I
never onco had nn Idea either of you
had anything against Mis' Cook. I
can't understand It. Dor husband's
been dead for three years now, an dur
ta that whole time she's hardly been
oateido her doorynrd. It's goln to be
hard to tell her that this is our weddln
present from you an Martha, but I can
Ao It, an I will. One thing has got to
be settled between you an me, howsom
?fer." Hero Joel's words became delib
erate and foreboding. "I ain't goln to
Stand up an listen to anybody throw
SSlsernblo slurs on tho woman that's
gain to be my wlfo, not even you, my
?Wn brother an a dencon in the church,
Who ought to bo above such a thing. I
Want you to understand that If the
Lewden boys did build their tavern
across from her houso sho ain't respon
sible nor the worse for It. An as far aa
that place Is concerned, I hate It worso
than you do. It's hurt her property
When that cry sounds how people
Mh to help and sympathize! And
fMsen some fireman rescues n woman
from the flames, the
tstreets echo with ap
/Hrf plaudlng shouts.
'ffljay' And yet if thai
UKy woman had pe-ished
J^js*- In the flof.s it Is pos
'iyjT^ slble that she would
V^A Luve Buffer?! less
^5j^ than she suffers ul
i B^XB^ disease has lighted In
frXnffvSUf i\ tnt' delicate womanly
Cdui*J&(3L : That fire of inflaui
"jyET |B illation can hr put
fSL <>ut' 1'u* K,,ftwn,K
T&\<!zz^M3?nh ulcer can be cured.
aSssT xJt&Smi Or. Pierre's Pavorlte
nfllk vHSraK Prescription not only
uhSHBUI wBjSE establishes womanly
wJ\S^^/?^ia0A regularity and dries
Al? IfSrJ aWr enfeebling drains, but
wMn. I QU It heals inflammation
77fy*lBS k and ulcerations and
WfBte^E' 11 t\ Walt cures female weak
*^B#^ if//// ness. It makes weak
\ * women strong auu
f.lck women well.
?I sttflWred for four year* with what four phy
?liana pronounced uleeraUon and prolapsus of
e iiterun," write* Mrs. Ada Brook?, of Ktrby
vfile, Teney Co., Missouri. ? Also Inflam motion
of bladder and urethra. My case was chronic
and complicated. Had several good physicians,
but kept getting worse. Had been confined to
my bad ova months whan I wrote to you. t
received your reply very soon and then dis
missed my phyafolan and began taking Dr,
sVierce'a medicines. I took eight bottles of his
'Favorite Prescription* and TQoiden Medical
Discovery.' and began to get better at once. In
two months I could sit up in a chair, and kept
KUng better. In four moath* could do all my
im work, including was bins and sewing.*
Dr. Pierce'a Common Sens* Medical
Adviser, paper covers, is sent Jrt* on
receipt of ai one-cent ?tamps to pay
?msnss of mailing only. A4 dress Or.
R. V. Fis??aiBufllAkc,?V.
Wedding bells often ring out In unex
pected places. Tbelr notes ace the
sweeter when they sound above the din
of discord. In vain the deacon, per- j
plexcd and confused, his excited mind
In a whirl, tried to Interrupt Joel's
words. Then he gave up the attempt
nnd grasped weakly at the objects near
him for support, tie could only gasp,
"Mis' Cook; you marry Mis' Cook?the
Widow Cook at the erossln ?I?you"?
"We've been thlukln It over ever
since the day the circus was In town,
un last night we fixed it all up an de
cided to hitch."
"Lord save us all I Joel, I"? It was
too much for the deacon, and his
strength deserted him. Ills knees bent
beneath his weight, and his voice drop
ped to an Inaudible whisper, lie lean
ed upon the sleigh and rubbed his eyes
as if to bring back his scattered senses.
Then he suddenly found his voice
again. "Is that the meanln of It all?
Is that where you've been goln evonin
after evonin when mother an mo
thought you was at the Lowdons'? Say
Bomethln, man! Are you struck clean
The scornful look had left Joel's
Tace, and tho suggestion of a tri
umphant smile played around the cor
ners or ins moutb as lie watched tht
successive stages of his brother's col
lapse. But malice was not a part oi
Jool Blrdsell'fl make up. Hi* answered
the deucon's question with a question
"You ain't forgot, William," be askec"
seriously, "the day you an me signed
tho pledge back In Vermont? Well
%1'VC kept my share of It to this day
but I never signed a pledge not to go
"But you dido't tell us."
"I didn't have nothlu for sure to toi!
till last night. You know how court Ii |
Is, William. A man don't like to speal
Onco again the deacon Bwnllowoc
Bomothiug that Bcoinotl to choko hi.
words. "(Jod lilcss you both!" ho said
und his voice trembled as he spoke
Then he added quickly: "Pcrlmpi
you'll forget the hard things I Bald
You sec" -
"It's Just the same as If you hadn't
ever spoke 'em." Joel Interrupted. "All
now perhaps there's time yet to g<.
over to the creamery. Supposln yoi
tell Martha about It while I'm gone."
The quitverlug notes of a song awak
ened the deacon from a deep brown
study as he.strode alone In the middle
of the storeroom lloor. Listening, lit
caught the words until they were los
In the rattle of the wagon wheels:
Hot my money on tin- ? >1?1 bay insrc,
Somebody bet on tlio gray.
The deacon did not stir until the
sound had died away in the distance.
Then ho left the barn and slowly walk
ed tip the path to the farmhouse. A>
he reached tin- porch he hesitated a
moment. "Darn my fool picture," he
said to himself, "I might have knowod
it! Hut it's a good Joke on mother
Then he entered the kitchen, closing
the door behind him.
Hlv DIDN'T WANT THE PLACI?
An Atlnntn Man Twice Offered
Position in Treasury Depart
The Oiltcers of the Treasury Depart
ment in Washington have had a
strange experience. A few months
ago in making a .selection from one of
the eligible registers of bookkeepers at
the civil service commission their at
tention was attracted by the most ex
cellent papers of a young man from
Atlanta, (Ja., and as they were so busi
ness-like and presented such a neat
clerical appearance he was selected and
tendered a position at $fi<i() a year. In
due course of time the department re
ceived a communication slating that at
that lime he was so busily engaged
that he very reluctantly declined the
"I have used Aycr's Hair Vigor
for over thirty years. It has kept
my scalp free from dandruff and
has prevented my hair from turn
ing gray." ? Mrs. F, A. Soule,
There is this peculiar
thing about Ayer's Hair
Vigor ? it is a hair food,
not a dye. Your hair dees
not suddenly turn bla ;k,
look dead and lifeless.
But gradually the old color
comes back,?all the rich,
dark color it used to have.
The hair stops falling, too.
$1.00 a bottle. All druu!?ti.
If your druggist cannot mi|>ply yon,
send us ono dollar and WO will express
you a tiottle. Ro Hiiro nnd plvo tlio nnmo
of your nearest exnroai office. Address,
J. C. AYKK CO., Lowell, Mass.
. irf^K^ .i ntlSCHOOL- SHORTHAND
CAclual Business!? ^4,r*r? g#
h e p p PoTrT^/ sITUATlQWtSrc u R E D,
position. A few mouths aftcrwuril his
name was again certified, und ho was
again selected and tendered a position
at the same salary. He again, in a
very courteous and business-like letter,
declined the position for business rea
appearod at the department a
day or two ago and called on the prop
er otlieers, and after paying respects
and thanking them for their selection
he stated that the reason he did not
take tlie position at the tunes tcudercd
was that he had a business position
that was now paying him $00,000 a
year. Ho stated that he was born in
Pennsylvania and drifted from there
to Wilmington, Del., whore bo en
tered the Technical Institute at that
place and completed a four years'
course. He obtained the means for
bis college course by selling newspapers
in the mornings and afternoons before
and after classes. After finishing bis
course at the iuslituto he went to At
lanta, Ga., and eugaged in his present
business, Being in a position to en
I joy a rest from bis hard labors be
stated that he. was taking a vacatiou,
I which included a trip to Halifax, Nova
Scotia, the Buffalo exposition ami other
1 [daces of interest ill that section of the
I country, and beingOU his return home
and passing through Washington be
called at the department to express hia
thanks for I he twice-olTcred Appoint*
moot, which, under the circumstances,
be thought he very wisely declined.
The veteraus in tho .Secretary's olilcc
speak of this caso as the most unique
that ever came under their obsorva
Kansas City, Mo., docs not main
tain n city iirc-alarin system, but the
lire department depends entirely upon
the telephone for alarms for lire, we
arc told by The Electrical Hcvicw.
u Statistics show that Kansas City bus
been remarkably free from destructive
(ires. The chief of the lire depart
ment gives the credit for the efHcicncy
of his department to the promptness
and correctness with which the alarms
and exact location of fires are trans
milled to the lire department by means
of the telephone. Every telephone, is
a recognized lire-alarm signal. The
company also maintains for the city a
police system, and police headquarters
may he. promptly rcachc 1 at any hour
from any subscriber's telephone in the
Kansas City Exchange. These liro
and police connections widen the scope
of the telephone, particularly for re
sidence purposes, and they arc of
special advantage to residence sub
Boars tho /J lhe K|nd YOU HaVB AlWSJfS BOUgtlt
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In effect May 'i?, 1001.
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Ar Greeuwood.is lf? p .
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" Bpartanburg . 3 20 p
' Saluda. ? 'M p
" Hendersonville. .... 0 11 p
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" Flat hock. N 15 a
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" Try on. 0 13 a
" Simrtanhurg. 12 10 p
" Glenn Springs. 9 00 a
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" Of en wood. 2 5?i p
Ar Augusta. . !> 20 p
Lv Augusta. 2 80 p
Ar Allendale. 4 42 y
" Fairfax . . . 4 62 p
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Port Royal. 7 00 p
" Savannah. ....
" Charleston. .
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U-aufort. 6 60 a
Youiassee. fi 40 a
Fairfax_ . 7 41 n
Allendalu. 7 62 a
Ar Augusta. . . 10 00 s
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North, Kast, South and West.
Unequalled Schedules to Pan-American
Kxposition at ItutTalo.
L!cii rimu.hs In Kpprct May 20, HH>t.
No. 00. No. 31
(.-/Savannah, Central T...11 15pm 2 lopm
Fairfax . 1 34am :> ftspm
Denmark. 2 10am I 3!lpm
Columbia, Kastorn T... 140am 7 12pm
('amden.> :<7am K06pni
Chcraw.... . 7 12am !l43pm
Ar Hamlet .7 loam in 16pm
Lv Calhoun Kails. 1 00pm 4 1 lam
Abbeville. 1 33pm l Main
Greenwood. 2 01pm 5Ulam
Clinton .. .... .... 2 66pm 5 47am
Carlisle. 343pm U l^ani
Chester .4 10pm 7 dSam
Catawba Junction. 1 15pm 7 85am
Ar Hamlet.7 lopm 10 loam
Lv Hamlet. 800am 10 35pm
Ar Kaleigh.1037am 1 21am
Petersburg.2 15pm 5 18am
Kichmond. .., 3 28pm 0 20am
Washington.7 ospin in loam
Baltimore.1125pm II 25am
Philadelphia. 260am I iMipm
New York. 6 30am I2>pm
Portsmouth?Norfolk.. 650pm 7 00am
local atlanta to CLINTON.
Lv Calhoun Kalls. II 47am
Clinton. ., I ."? m.iii
No. 81. No. 27.
Lv Cberaw, Kastern T... " 18am n l.spm
Camdcn. 0 ?5am 12 63am
Columbia, Central T. ? 0 lUam 1 OAam
Denmark.II 00am 2 tVam
Fairfax .II.Mam 3 05am
Ar Savannah. 1 47pm 152am
Jacksonville. U lopm 0 I Bam
'l'ampa. 0 15am 340pm
Lv Catawba. Kastern T 045am 105am
Chester .lU 20am I 42am
Carlisle.in i?am 20r>am
i linton .1137am 2 55am
Greenwood ...12 22pm 8 40am
Ahheville .12 48pm 115am
Calhoun Falls. 1 h>pm I iKai.i
Ar Athens . 240pin Ij 28aui
Atlanta. I .v>pm '.i 00am
1.0 CA I. CLINTON TO ATLANT A.
Lv Clinton. 2 10pm
Abhcville . 3 33pm
Calhoun Kails.4 1 Ipm
Ar Athens. 6 43pm
Atlanta . s 00pm
No. (Hi connects at Washington with the
Pennsylvania Uailway Buffalo Kx proas,
arriving Buffalo 7.;i? a m.
Columbia, Ncwbcrry A I,aureus Kail
way train No. 52, leaving Columbia, Union
station, at 11.2'tam dally, connects at Clin
ton with 8 A l< Ky No f?;t, affording short
est and quickest route l>y Rovcral hourR to
Atlanta, Chattanooga, Nashville,St. Louis,
Chicago and all points West.
close oonneotion at Petersburg. Rich
mond, Washington, Portsmouth-Norfolk,
Columbia, Savannah, Jacksonville and
Atlan a with diverging lines.
Magnificent vestibule trains carrying
through Pullman sleeping cars between
all principal points.
Kor reduced rates, I'uilman reservations,
etc, apply to
Wm. Uutlkr, Jr.11).P. A..Savannah,Oa,
(i. Mel', Battk, T. I*. A., Columbia, S. C
J. M. Barb. 1st. V. P. a.m> o. M? it k i,
Hunch, (i P A, Portsmouth, Va.
OrVH K and WoKK*. NORTH \(Kluhta S. 0
Doors, HrhIi, KIIikIh and Iluiidcr'ff
FLOORING, SIDING, OKI UNO AND
INSIDE FINISHING LUMBER
IN GEORGIA PINE.
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MONEY TO LOAN
On farming lands. Kasy payments. No
commissions charged. Borrower pays ac
tual ooat of perfecting loan. Interest 7 per
oent. up, according to seourlty.
J NO. B. PALMKR A SON,
y Columbia. 8. O
Oon<l<'ii?i<il Bohaflrtle of l'ittHongor rradne.
In Bftvot Juoe BO, 1001.
QrcoaviUoi Washington and th<? Haut.
i i asl&r?.aTNo. ?*
Nortltbouud. D?ily Dally.lDailyl Daily.
Lv. Atlanta, O.T
" Atl/rota, ic. t
" Beueotl .
Ar. Norfolk .'. ?
Ar. Riohinond .
" Now York
froin file ?osi
Soul Iii ii' i .
Lv. Rlchjm :? '. .
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Greeuvlllo; aTso to Atlanta.
.No. ItfilNo. 87|No.ll|N0.8i
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.I ?65 p_
:i 33 p u ;so v
TTJ pj Tib" p
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Ar. < harlotte ...
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- Tnoeoa .
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I QalnoavIHe .
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I " Atlanta, ?. T
" i hat (anooga
Ar. Clnolnnatl ..,
n 10 n io 4
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60 pj s 40 aj ? 60 r
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10 05 ? j
10 oO p
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Ar. New Orleans' 8 25 p i 86 .i
Ar. Columbua.Qa! t> 60 ? B 85 p_.. ! 8 08 p
" Macon .. ft h,i q 7 00 p 12 65 a! 7 00 p
" Uriiuawlck... | 8 86 p I 5 16 a. .....
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Lv .Ohai:'TJ;vi, Ari 7 00 a 5 TiJp
" .?U!innc-r\tllo." I f? fi? a 0 48
" .. Cohwnl.iu . " '11 60 V 2 4>
" .. Newhfil ry . *? 110 !5 p1 1 10
" ..Greenwood., " 8 50 p ll f? "a
Hodgea .. . " I 8 80 p 11 86 a
bhevllle Arl SOfjp R?Tp
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* "jAr i<i'ai lantuirg Lv 18 80 a H 44) a
' ..Aehovllla.,,, "I ...; 7 OS a
.Kdoxvilla... " I ,_1 60 a
IA r ?. Of??l nil a 11.. L y I.....,. !"5 ivTe
|Ar...l.-?'.-..-i:;- .iCv'.I 7 45 a
"A" a. m, "P" p. in. "M" noon. "N" night.
Trains lcnvo Spartanburg via H U. A (.*. dl
jl-tlon dully for Qlendelft, Joiiosville, Union and
OolnniMa and intermediate points at 10::tf a
?I, and 0:1ft p. in
Ohesapaaka Line Htoamers in dally aervloo
between Norfolk and Paltlinor*.
Noa. 87 and W>? \Va?hlngton and South
wettern Limited," solid Pullman train,
Threugh sleeping cars between New York and
Now Orlifina, via Wiinhinftton, Atlanta and
Montgomery, Rtin ?lao botweon New York and
Memphis, via Washington, Atlanta and pu*
tniligliaiil. A ? <>l<>tratlt I'um.han LlBHAftY
piirtmviTiON Oaka between Atlanta and New
York, ok.stixmbs ? Club Oaw? uxtwi?
A tlanta asm> MhW Yomr. Dining cars aorva
all iiifnli on rout*. Pudinan sleeping uri
botweon Qrennahoro and GohUboro. Close eon
neotion nt Norfolk for OLD VotWT Comfort
Alxont Atlanta witti Pullman D. K. Hlaopar
for OhAliAiioiiita and Cincinnati,
Now. B5and Ii? -? I nlti'd statoa Kept Mall" run?
aoitd between Washington and Now Orl?ant,
benig composed of conches, through without
change for | n iHongoi n of all nlaAgee. Pullman
drawlngToi >m .-;< apingcaru betwyen .s York
and New Orleans, via Atlaiouand Montijomarr
and botweon Ulrniuighnm nu<l itlonmoiid.
Dining cars noi ve all meals on route.
Nos. 'M and .'>4 ?''Atlanta and New York
HxnrcsV Local train botweeri Atlanta
auu charlotte, connecting at Charlotte with
through trnliiH of same nurubors oarrr
lng I'Ullmiin aUiiMdug ciri between Charlotte
and Richmond, Norfolk, Washington aud Now
York. No Pu?iiuui cms on th'*a<> train* \>6
tWOen Atlanta ami Charlotte. LmvUig WaaV
lngtoneach Monday, Wednesday and Krida?
a tourist sleeping oar win run through txV
twaen Washington ana Hau Kranolsoo without
ohnngo. Conn",mi, ii at Atlanta with through
Pullman drawing loom Hleonlng oar for Juok
?onvtlle; also Pullman sleeping oar for Brun?
through I'ullmaii sie
vide and Cincinnati;
vannah and Jacksonville.
IRANKS, ?ANNON. 8. II. IIARUWICR".
Third V P, i- Geil. Mgr., Gen. Pa^n Agt.,
Washington, l>. C. Washington, U. O
W. H. TA V (.< >K, J. I) MOOHB,
Asa'tUcn'i I'iikm. Ag't., Pass. ?sT'kt Agent,
Atlanta. U?. _ Qreepvlllo. B, Q,
Sdo at tlpartanburg with
?looper for Asheyiile, Knox
ati; nlao at Columbia for Ha