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i i gzsg By Bert Estes
? Copyright, 1901, by Bert Estes.
IA T.LI A CITY, like most Ohio
river towns, had a mixed pop
lotion full of sharp antago
nisms, social, political and re
ligious. Notwithstanding, there was
one local Institution about which there
Wa'S only one mind. Tho (lallla City
Baseball club, the apple of the munic
ipal eye, wati felt to be set for the city's
defense against the world in general
apd the nine from Centerport in par
Centerport, a few miles down the
river, was a high headed little town
given to vaunting Itself unseemly and
challenging other towns to come out
and meet their doom. Worse than that,
Centerport hud In hand a large stock
of doom and was liberal In applying U
? over the diamond. The mutual scorn
of Centerport and (Jallla City had
something tragic In its Intensity. To
bent ' Centerport was tho summit of
Qalllan achievement; Centerport lived
only to repeat Its victories over the
hated foe. In both business of all sorts
was trans.? ted ns a sort of adjunct to
the larger ? ilsslou In life.
Breul Harwood came to (Jallla City
to supply Dlckson pulpit while Dick
son, poor man, was away In hospital.
Dlckson was the Presbyterian minis
ter. Harwood was to live 'n the va
cant parsonage and take hit als over
with the Potters. Dlckso.. had ar
ranged all that. Harwood hoped he
had arranged also for some one to meet
him, but when he stepped off the boat
from Cincinnati early one Saturday
morning and looked about he found
none to welcome him.
When the dock had been deserted by
all but roustabouts and chronic loung
ers, Ilnrw d made up his mind that
there was some hitch?his letter of an
nounccme had possibly miscarried?
so he walked up to an old river man In
the freight house and said:
"I believe I am to board with a fam
ily here named Potter. Do you know
of any such people?"
"Know 'em! Why, sonny, they ain't
man, woman nor child?doggone It,
even er ornerey yaller purp nor scase
lv (>r fl^n on that purp?llvln' In these
here that I don't know! You bet
I know 'em?hull fambly, Includlu' tho
cat?ole chap, with b'lles on his nose;
nice ole gal for his missus, son, the gol
nlfernnlcst cuss in seventeen states tor
sell planners an! orglns, an' tho son's
wife, Annie, who Is jest er great big
bunk o' the salt o' the earth. Say,
what d'ye want with 'ein? Bo ye one
o' them drummer chaps tryin' ter sell
Pot some more goods?"
Harwood shook his head. "I've come
to spend the summer here," he said.
"I shall take my meals with tho Pot
ters and live at tho parsonage."
"Why. it's shot tip! Dlckson's gone
tor New York ter have gome big doctor
cut ltir . open an' rigid him up Inside,"
the river man said:
"I did hear lhar was a?say, young
fellow, you ain't tho now preacher
"I am going to try and preach," Har
wood said modestly. "My name Is
"Brother Harwood," faltered tho riv
er man, "lemme beg your pardon tho
durndest worst way. I had no idee?
you don't, look like a parson, you don't
dress like a parson, you didn't let on
you wus n parson?how In tuuklt was a
fellow to kno\> ? I hope you'll forglt I
called you sonny. If you will, by grab,
you can lick mo If I don't come to
church not next Sunday, but. some
time bof " e yon go."
"That's a bargain," Harwood said,
shaking hands before ho made his way
to breakfast at the hotel.
Upon his second Monday morning in
Gnllla City Harwood strolled down to
Stevenson Potter's music store. Ste
"Letnme beg your pardon, brother liar
wood," fdltortl the river man.
venSon he had found a fine fellow, al
though everybody but his own family
did call him Pot. Pot, on his part, had
at first been doubtful of tho young
preacher Just out of seminary, but aft
er a little had said of him to a friend:
"Out parson Is all right from tho
ground up, not one of those white ehok
ered fellows who go around with
faces as long as a snail track, as If
they had given up the world, the flesh
and tho devil and wore almighty sorry
they had to. Harwood Is none of that
oort. He's u man first and a minister
As Harwood stepped Inside tho mu
sic store a strung voice called across
"Hey, there, Pott"
"Coming, colonel," 1'otter answered,
picking his way across the newly
sprinkled street to a big crockery store
opposite. A muscular young fellow
leaned against the doorjainb.
"Here's lire devil to pay and no pitch
hot, and mighty far to water," he said.
"Centerport has challenged us to play
'em Saturday, and Tom Jordan Is off
on a big, big bat. You kuow, there
ain't another man In the whole darn
town thnt tan pitch a ball within four
feet of tho plate. Centerport knows It
too- that's Just why they've run this
t hallongo oh us."
"Hound tip Tom. He can get In
shape," Potter said confidently.
Colonel snorted: "Hound nothin I
Tom's a holy terror when lie's on n
Bpreo besides, he's gone. Maybe tho
Lord knows where he Is?I don't, for
sine Ifs the very cusselej-l luck?I'd
rather Jose a hundred dollars than
them fellows com?? and wallop un
and wd'vc /cot to play 'em. If we re
fusc they'll crow over it forever and
the dny after."
"Great ni'idl" said I'otter ho nover
hing sli -nucr -that mustn't
bjipuon. < i ult ? pitcher'/
gOPPI Uiu flUKv. Stevens of the
Riversides? lie's, a liird no mistake."
Colonel shook, his bead. "Never do
In the world," be said. " 'Twouldn't
be a square deal for ouo thlug; for uu
Other, they'd bo sure to get ou todlt?
"Well, we've got to ucccp% tbo chal
lenge," Totter said. "Do >. right away
mid throw In a big blulT. Tell 'em
we've got a new pitcher tliut will take
all the kluka out of 'em. Then we
must rustle for a pitcher?wo've got to
"Lord, Tot, It makes 1110 sick abed
tblnklu* of the luck of those Center
port scrubs," Colonel said. "They've
bent us and beat us on Qukes tbls way
?we've not bad a fair show In the
longest time. And now, just as Tom
Jordan was pitching In such gnat
shape, olY lie goes and gets full again.
Wish the old man Jordan would pitch
hiin In the river, neck and crop?it's
less than he deserves."
"Well, whining nor cussing don't
help us, as 1 see. I'm going back to
talk with the preacher," rotter said.
"Preacher be banged!" Colonel said
Irreverently. "Are you going to set
him pray tug against the Ceuterports?"
Totter did nol unswor--the last word
caught III ill half way across the street.
"Who is your military friendV" Hur
wood asked, smiling.
Totter osplftlned briefly that Colo
nel was not a military man. He bad
been baptized that way and was the
"son" of UoOdsell & Sun. Moved by
an impulse be did not understand, be
told also of the challenge and of Gallla
City's predicament. Harwood listened,
thriiinmllig softly ou the strings of a
line guitar. At the end he said:
"I'm feellnjj pretty dull and blue this
'morning. Do you think your friend
Co! inel wo ' I let me toss boll to liliu
i . iiough t.) set my bioud circulat
"Great mud, parson! Do you play
ball?" Potter asked.
"1 did tit college, also at the semina
ry, whenever 1 bad the chance," Har
wood answered Totter whistled.
"Dickson almost had Ills If you nam
ed baseball to lilm," he said. "Why,
he preached against it and came near
losing bis Job. He did lose half the
congregation. Rut come oll. I want
Colonel to sei? you."
Colonel stared a little at ITarwood's
request, but invited his two visitors
out Into tlu' alloy back of the store,
where they might toss balls to their
hearts' content and not a soul bo tbe
wiser. Tut to Harwood's suggestion of
gloves bo only said, "If It gets 'no hot,
! I'll put 'em on, but I reckon the won't
i be any long whiskers on the halls you
j Ilorwood's eye twinkled wickedly,
; but he said nothing, only stripped off
I coat, vest and collar nnd began to toss.
I He played lightly, but ensllyi Colonel
caught With an air of condescension
and returned tbo ball with a great
show of consideration for the minis
ter's soft hands. After a little Ilar
| wood asked If Colonel would mind
catching a bit while he tiled his band
"Blaze away, parson," grinned Colo
nel. In a minute or two a square box
cover was In place as a "home plate"
and Colonel behind It, caricaturing the
man at tho bat. Harwood pretended
not to see the implied satire. He step
ped into the pitcher's place, which he
had marked at tbo proper distance. A
ball or two went over the plate true as
"Good enough, parson!" Colonel
laughed, still patronizingly. "You've
got the ball under bully control, sure."
Harwood said over his shoulder to
Totter: "Open your eyes and get right
behind me. You'll tee something. So
will Colonel." Then In a louder voice:
"Do you mind If I pitch a few stilTer
ones? I want to see If I have lost tho
bang of It."
"Let 'em come, parson!" Colonel
shouted back, almost convulsed (hat a
little man, whom be could fling over
his shoulder, should be so considerate.
Harwood nodded, saying:
"Thank you. Of course I would not
put twist in them unless I knew you
did not object. I wish you'd put on
elovos, though. I hate to pitch hard
to a man In bare bands."
"Gloves, nothln'l" Colonel said, al
most nettled. "Maybe I don't look
contagious, but you can bet your last
nick you'll And me catching."
"Very well, my Christinn friend!"
Harwood called back. "Catching as
you may bo, you are not entirely Im
mune. Mind out! Here goes!"
Blffl Blzzl the ball went out of tbo
parson's right hand like a rifle shot,
flipping off tbo ends of his fingers with
a crack like a whiplash. It started to
the right of Colonel so fust the eye
could scarcely follow It. Colonel dart
ed to get behind It, when suddenly It
Changed Its mind, plunged to the left,
passed blm entirely and writhed, hiss
ing, far down the alley.
"Sufforln* JImlny! What was that?"
"Oh. only one of tbe things you
didn't catch?not exposed enough, I
fancy," Harwood grinned. "Now let
me give you another."
Whizz! A great OUtSboOt went
whistling through tbe nlr. Colonel did
bis little dance again?only this time
he reversed. As ho brought up stand
ing, empty handed, he said in awe
"For the love o' Cod, parson, nobody
but a crosseyed man could catch those
dum things! Get one right nt mo?
light here!" folding bis hands In front
of his stomach.
"That's right where they would go it
you didn't get out of the way. Stand
Rtill .Mid keep your eyes open." llar
wood commanded, "Now!"
Biffl Another sizzling inshoot. Crack:
Colonel was ill tho air dancing |lko a
wild Indian, trying to blow-on his
hands and rub his elbows at the same
m very sorru," Harwood mid de
Tho bnll bad gono as Harwood
The concussion of It had Jarred
Colonel from Qngcr tips to 'shoulder
"If you'd only put on tho mitts,"
Harwood said, with a tantalizing grin,
"I'd like to throw you a fow speedy
ones. Otherwlso I'm really afraid I
might hurt you."
"Hurt mel" Colonel's tone was ab
ject. "And them paws feeling like a
full crockery crate had smashed 'em.
I'm no glutton, parson. I know when
I've had enough. But, say, you're tho
decelviugest package ever I struck."
"Mr. Harwood," said Potter, "If you
don't mind I'll go get Bill Itced to come
and catch for you."
"I should like It of all things," said
Harwood. "Tho little I have done
makes mo feel a new man."
"Me, too, and a denied poor one."
Colonel added, but he plucked up spirit
to grin heartily when Pottor enme back
with Bill Heed, catcher to tho Galllas,
two or throe other members and sev
eral "fans" besides.
When Harwood suggested gloves,
Bill sniffed oven more disdainfully than
Colonel had done. Harwood smiled as
he took position In the box and said
softly: "Say where you want the balls,
Mr. Heed. I'll try to put them over tho
plate about right."
Bill squati 'd bock of the plate, spat
tobacco juice on his hands and said,
"Give us a low ball."
Harwood gripped the leathern sphere,
leaped the length of tho box, gave a
twist of tho wrist and let drive a
straight drop over tho middle of tho
plate. Hoed put up his hands; but, to
his amazement, the thing ducked un
der his lingers ami went skipping down
tho alley. He was chagrined, of course,
but when Harwood again named gloves
he said almost roughly: "Don't you lay
awake nights tlllnklu' o' Hill Heed. Ho
don't need no gloves to catch no preach
er's pttchln' "
Harwood nodded and pitched tho
same lnshoot he had sent to ColoneL
Bill leaped to this side and that In a
vain attempt to get behind tho ball.
As It passed him and went hustling
through the dust ho cried:
"Follows, did you see that thing? If
I hadn't quit drlnkln', I'd swenr I had
Potter lined up his forces behind the
Parson. Harwood winked at Potter;
then, with a motion like tho uncoiling
of a steel spring, ho sent another ln
shoot to Heed so swift that Hoed had
no*thuo to dodge It'. Bill managed to
get his hands up In tho Instinctive
movement of self defense. He caught
and hung to the pigskin cannon ball,
though his fingers did not feel It, they
were so Jarred and numb.
"Whoop!" roared Bill, sitting down
suddenly and staring wild eyed at the
parson. "Boys," ho wont on solemnly,
"that wuz a close shave. If I hadn't
caught the durned thing 'twould a-gono
plumb through my Innards. Say," look
ing ruefully at Ids hands, "no more
ball today, thank you! I've got to see
Doc Johnson about them things."
"I'm very sorry," Harwood said de
murely, "but you wouldn't put on
gloves for a parson's pitching, you
know. Soak your hands In very hot
water; It will set them all right. Now,
Is there an. other gentleman who cares
to play ball 7"
In tho soft, warm twilight of that
eventful day Harwood sat coatless and
Comfortable in the parsonage study.
He was smoking and trying hard to
keep cool. He was also very lonely
and. It o.3U6t be confessed, blue from
staying alone In the deserted house.
So ho was genuinely glad to hear heavy
steps upon the gravel and a little later
to welcome Potter, Colonel. Heed and
some more men he did not know.
"This Isn't exactly a social call," Pot
ter began, "yet we can't exactly call it
business,and the fact Is we're all afraid
"Oh, he! Somebody going to commit
matrimony? Who is It?Colonel or my
friend Heed?" Harwood asked, his eyes
twinkling. Heed grinned broadly. Tho
day before he would have thrashed tho
man who had named him friend to a
parson. But a man who could play such
ball?that was another matter altogeth
"You're dead wrong, parson. That
sort of thing comes right 111 your line,
and ours Is way oft' It," Potter said.
"We are In a hole. We want your help,
but wo don't know how you'll take our
"But you do know?at least you ought
to?that If I can legitimately help you
or any one In this town I shall he both
proud and happy to do It." said Har
"But this Is clean outside ministerial
duty," Potter began. Harwood smiled.
"I am a man as well as n minister,"
Bill Bccd hi !;?? In: "Now. looky
hero. 'All ??? el.awln' longer on
that rag. Parson has give out fair an*
square ho wants t;> bo took on the dead
level?a man same as we are, only a
dashed sight-excuse my French, par
son?It gits the- best o* my United
States before I know It. The case Is
this?we want you to help us lick thorn
da?er, them measly Centerport chaps.
Wo can do It If yon pitch for us.
Nothln' In this county *nlnt In (ho
game with you. If you'll do It, every
man Jack o' us '11 stick to you like n
lean tick to a hog. That's whut's the
matter with us, and there ye be."
Hnrwood's face was a study. Ho
was amused, pleased, beyond evory
Do you have a feeling of undue fullness
in the stomach, belchings, or sour or
bitter risings? These ore but a few of
the synijnoms of the diseased stomach.
The wot'St thing which can be done
for the stomach in such a case is to take
some tablet or powder which merely
gives temporary relief from discomfort.
The best thing to do is to begin the cure
of the disease by beginning the use of
Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical Discovery.
It cure9 diseases of the stomach and
other organs of digestion and nutrition.
It makes the "weak" stomach strong,
and puts the lxxly in a condition of
ci wan troubled a long time with dyspepsia,
torpid liver, and constipation,* writes Mrs. Julia
H. Deal, o? Ostwalt, Iredell Co., N. C. "Could
scarcely eat anything at all: would have attacks
of pain something like cotlc, and sometimes it
seemed as though I could not Hve. I wrote to
Dr. K. V, Pierce, stating my condition, and In a
few days received a kind letter or advice, telling
me to use Dr. Pierce's Oolden Medical Discov
ery. I took four bottlea, and one vial of Dr.
Pierce's Pellets, and now I can eat anything 1
want and it don't hurt me. I have not hcen in
bed a day since I took yonr 'Golden Medical
Discovery,' and I have not since felt any symp
toms of disease. I have not taken any medicine
In twelve mouths."
Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets cure con
tttSug touched, by this recognition of
common manhood. It was tbe passion
of bis life to help ?neu realise their
own possibilities. He yearned to
preach manhood rather than dogtnns.
Ills heart was warm, and be smiled
as he said:
"I thought you bad come for that,
and inn glad you came. If yon had
not, I should have volunteered* that is.
if you had agreed to my conditions'!
"We'll fix nil that, parson," two 01
three began eagerly.
Harwood held up bis band8. "You
don't understand. 1 don't wan I
money," bo said. "I do want?your
selves. If I do something for yoii
something on which your hearts nn
set, you ought to do something for me
That Is to say, If I play ball you come
to church. Is It a bargain V"
"You help us everlastingly lick them
Centorports," Bill burst out, "and you
can sny, 'Boys, come roost on the
church steps from sunup to sundown
every Sunday,' and gamble on our
doln' It?every dashed one of us. Hey,
boys? Ob, do excuse me, parson. 1'vo
been a tough sort all mo life, but I'll
be banged If I don't quit swearln'
' right now."
"Ah!" said Harwood. "Gentlemen,
Ibis brings up something else. You
know, and I know, how 111 I can uf
tord to have It said I belong to an
organization of toughs. I want to be
long to?an organization of gentlemen
In tbe best sense of the word. If I rim
to be n club member, you must give
me your word that drunkenness and
swearing shall stop. Now we under
stand each other. There's my ha ml.
If you shake it, I shall know you takt
me?conditions and all."
Every man In the room gave htm n
hearty grip; then talk began to buz/,
about Saturday's game. All agreed tbo
new pitcher had best be kept dark; also
that Harwood should wear a baseball
suit. "I have my own with mo. A 'G'
on tbo shirt will make It all right,"
Harwood said. And so the little com
pany went away, exultant beyond
Saturday was fair and hot?tbe very
weather for great ball. But, hot as tbe
sun shone, It was mild compared to the
baseball enthusiasm of Gallla City.
Tostors all about announced the coin
ing contest. The local press under the
biggest, blackest headlines possible to
Its fonts hinted darkly at a "phenome
non" In the pitcher's box for the homo
team. Placards also warned citizens to
do their Saturday buying betimes, as
every shop would be shut during the
hours of the game. The little city bub
bled and seetlnd. Local patriotism had
risen to a passion and swept through
It In a tldnl wave.
St 111 mystery lay thick and murk over
tho pitcher and sonic other things. One
of them was why not oue of the nine
bad showed bis face ar Mike (Slogan's
saloon, which theretofore bad been
baseball headquarters. i'eyoml that
there were Incredible rumors of no beer
on tho grounds not even I lie custom
ary two kegs for the team. The !;: teh
mnn who bad commonly owned that
profitable privilege hud been warned
off. There was talk also of swearing In
extra deputy marshals wh ise business
It should be to suppress swearing and
all sorts of riotous language.
The visiting club was amazed at Its
reception. There were no white clad
players In wait to drag them off to
Grognn's for a social guzzle. Instead
Colonel and Rill Reed met them and
took them to tbe hotel, while the Gallla
City band went along, playing its loud
est. Tbo strains came to Harwood as
he was slipping Into his suit. lit? was
not to go with the procession, but to
meet the team at tbo grounds.
It was a great procession, tho band
at tbe bend pulling doggedly through n
Sousu march; next the bus bearing Cen
terporters in white, with blue caps and
hose; after them another busful of (ial
llas, also In white, but red on heads
and feet; then swarms of buggies,
hacks and farm wagons, packed with
friends of both nines; last of all a fray
ed out drizzle of small boys Intent up
on finding cracks or knotholes In the
fence through which they might at
least view the promised land.
It would be bard to say whether
there was more curiosity or anxiety lu
the glances which Gallla City folk bent
upon their champions. Interest, of.
course, centered on the "phonoin." The
strain was not relieved when careful
counting showed in the Gallla bus only
eight regular players and two Sllbstl
tutes. Gloom deepened perceptibly.
Those who bad given odds on Gallla
felt their coin already as good as hist.
They began to feel also that they bad
been badly sold, ami by their own.
Without new blood In the home team
the game was n gift to Centorport, and
so far there was no sign of new blood.
About a minute after the appointed
hour the umpire sent the Galil?a to tho
Held and the Centorports to the bench.
Their short stop spat loyally upon the
gleaming new ball and rolled it in the
dirt, so tbe pitcher might easily grip
It. There had boon preliminary prac
tice by both teams. Gallla partisans
were amazed and somewhat cheered to
seo tbo substitute pitcher go to the
bench, not tbe box. Tbe points were
empty. Almost before anybody could
remark It, out from the dressing room
beneath tho grand stand shot a slight,
wiry figure In wddte, with red stock
ings and red cap. When the figure
walked briskly Into the pitcher's place,
a buzz rippled clean around the ground.
Ceutcrport's captain seemed to kick,
[ but at a low word from tho umpire
dropped back, saying to hlmsojpt:
"For Gawd's sake!" . ?*
"Batter up!" called the umpire. A
modern Goliath, big Jim Bunker, stalk
ed up to tbo plate.
"Play boll!" cried tbo umpire. Tbe
boll was passed. Brent faced tbe
mighty slugger with n little Irritating
"Say, Jim," bawled the captain, "ei
ther this hero 'phonom* Is young, or It
was picked mighty green. Anyway it
ain't big enough to send a ball across
tho rubber. It oughter be set piny ill'
marbles. This ain't no place for chil
dren. Now, then, Jim, swat 'er over
tbo fence and break the 'phenom's'
"You Just watch my smoke," Jim
said. "When I bit 'er a lick, she'll look
liko a saucer. I'm going to knock the
dashed thing flat."
"IOxeuse mo, but ihnr ain't to be no
swearln' this game," u deputy marshal
said, touching the big batsman's elbow.
"All right, boss. I didn'l know tills
was a prayer ineotin'," Jim said, amaze
ment In every line of his face.
All eyes were fast on tbe pitcher, tbe
"phonom." Ho certainly looked too
slight for tbo game be wns up against.
Would he fall? Harwood screwed the
ball' Into the palm of his right hand,
sprang forward, then lightly, swiftly,
as an archer might loose a tense bow
string, loosed Ids arm nnd sent the ball
hissing across tbo plate to raise a puff
of sand botween the pinto and Reed.
"Ono strike!" cried the umpire.
"Thunderl" shouted Jim. "I didn't
SCO It I"
Ilnrwood silently pitched a writhing
rlso that wound over tbe pinto to tbo
utter confounding of tho batter.
"Two strikes!" said tbo umpire.
_ "Thought It was goln' to bo a low
ball." Jini said apologetically to bis
captulu. Tiic captain glowered. Hill
Herd pet on the mask nud squatted
close up behind the bat. Ilarwood
gripped tin* ball peculiarly, a slgu to
Ulli that I ho pitch would be a wide out
curve. The ball started apparently for
.Ilia's stomach. Jim doubted It would
Plarwooii oerewed the ball Into the i?iim
of Ms rlnht h&iui.
agree trlth hlna?ho Jumped very far
back from the plats j.'.et cm the ball,
iwlstlng llko u WJrtfoat, nailed right
OV?J t'ji? middle of I ho rv.l toer.
"Tt-.iee strikes! Qtrice? out!" bawled
tho umpire. "Hatte.* up!"
he crowd was at t-lrst t x> ninazed to
ulaud. N could hard'/ believe Ita
A stripling had olruck oit too
' ivineible Jim Hr.i ker. Jim tlbuk to
ward the bom b, giowllujj at whrit hi
nlh I "Iho empire." lie was prompt
ly silenced by the assertion that tho
'empire" was till right; it was himself,
Jim Hunker, who bad an oyster la bin
forehead in place of an eye.
When Centei port's captain bad said
that, he went to the bat himself. Har
! wood smiled, Hack at college It bad
been said \) at Brent Ilarwood won at
bail as much by his grin as by his
curves. The grin was slow, Insinuat
ing, exasp rating, calculated to drive
the coolest batter wild. Ilarwood stood
a half minute rubbing the ball and grin
ning at tho captain.
"Aw, git a move on ye, there, kid,"
snarled the batter. Ilarwood grinned.
"Needn't be 'frnld I'll bust the dinn
ed thing. Gimme or crack at 'or, an'
I'll show ye a trick with a hole In It.
Ye ain't pltchhl' to no blind niau this
trip," the captain went on.
The parson kept on grinning.
The batter got explosively red. Ilar
clgnr simply dropped out of his nerve
less Hps, and he made a shivering
sound as if be were cold or freezing.
I pitied him.
He finished and spread himself along
the bars for support. He did not say a
word. 1 could not lift my eyes to bis
and turned away.
Then I beard a sound that made a
chill run up my back.
"Hsi! Pstl" The noise that people of
ten make to attract attention In n
I glanced around, and such a sight !
Roach had one arm stretched at full
length through tho cage across the
narrow passage to the left. There was
a stai.d of Springfield rifles there close
against the wall.
Have you ever seen a person reach
for something on a high shelf, some
thing lie eevid just touch with the
"Tip ii, Tommy" (lie never called me
by that name before). "Tip it." lie
said in a cringing entreaty, "(b) ahead;
you can do it," he added, with a hide
I could not stay there longer, 1 be
en me so weak. In my mind now as 1
write I can see a big knuckled, hairy
hand, with a diamond flashing on the
middle linger, reaching-reaching.
Almost as 1 went through the swing
ing doors the report came to mo.
I heard voices inside the building,
and a reporter rushed past me, bis face
ablaze with news.
The papers were all wrong. They
who remember It and read this will
lenrn the truth.
My mother was troubled with
consumption for many years. At
i last she was given up to die. Then
? she tried Ayer's Cherry Pectoral,
? and v/as speedily cured."
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THE TOWN OP WASHINGTON.
Georgia Has the Oldest Namesake
of the Father ot Hit) Country.
Miss E. F. Audiew6 contributes tbe
following article to tho Washington
(Ga ) Chronicle:
a I'll ii ?!> (ur town it* tbo eldest
namesake of tbo Lit bur of hia coun
try," wry few peopn\, apparently, are
aware that President? Vashiogtou once 1
made a visit to this, tbo iiitt born ofl
the numerous ptogeuy of geographica I
Washingtons?-Wusbingtous big utul
Wtisbinglonu little, VVusiiiugtous iura!,
urban und tortitorial, thai bnvo sine
done more or less honor to tbe mime.
Vet, such is the fact; the great founder
ot tbe republic onco spent it night in
our town, and there arc people still
living in our midst that have seen and
talked with the veritable colonial dame
that entertained him.
It was in tbo year 171)0, when
Washington made ins great tour of the
Southern States, embracing Richmond,
Charleston und Savannah, returning
by Augusta at,d the inteiior towns of
the Carolinas aud Virginia. Oar little
Washington was on Ihegreit highway
between Richmond and Augusta, and
thus 1 ly along the roiite tbo president
bad so carefully mapped out for him
self thai be never failed to arrivo at
each place where ho proposed to hull
OU tbe very day be bad lixed There
was living here at that time a Colonel
Allison, who had followed tho tido of
emigration that flowed from Virginia,
like so many of our early settlers. Ho
was n bravo Revolutionary ollieer, a
member of Washington's staff, auda|
warm personal friend and so, when
tbe great general was passing through
Georgia, what nunc natural I ban that
be should arrange to stop at Washing
ion town and spend a night with his
old ft iend?
Colonel Allison lived in a two story
frame house- quite a pretentious build
ing for those times?that used to stand
back of where Wood's livery stable
now is, and was burned oown in the
great lire of 1H95 that destroyed the
the Episcopal church and many oilier
buildings on that block. Tho writer
r< members it as a dilapidated old
sliuclure that med to be pointed out,
in the days of lier youth, as the < 1 lebt
house in town. This fact gave it a
certain interest and seemed to con
stitute its only distinction, as the cir
cumstances that it had once, slulteied
so illustrious a guest as the lit at pri si
| dent of the republic set ins, strangely
I enough, to have, passed i ntiri.ly out ? f
mind. The old bouse gtadqnlly went
i fr? m bad to worse, and as the writer
I last r< numbers it was inhabited' by
I negroes whoswai'iued within the dingy
old walls us thick as the population Ol
j ii New York tenement.
Colonel Al ison was one of the origi
nal founders ol tbe Older of the Cin
cinnali, and bis certificate of m< 111 be 1'
shtp, signed with Washington's auto
graph, is now in tbe pussctsiou of
Captain .J. II. Alex inch r, ? f Augusta
I lie left a Wid w Who lived to a great
a.\o, und a son, Robert, who was the
tlrsl husband of Mrs. Burnett, the
mother our honored citizens, Dr. Frank
Willis and the Holl. Samuel Batnetl.
Mrs. Allison, whose n ai 'en came
was Me Rae, was very fond of tbe first
Mts. Adam Alexander, ami Mrs.
Alexander's daughter, Mrs. Clifford
Hull, remembeis when a very little
girl having sometimes accompanied
her mother on her visits to the aged
widow. Mrs. Allison owned a t-el of
china dial had been given to her as a
bridal presentGeneral Washington,
and just before her death she presented
this set, six cups and saucers, together
wllh the colonel's certificate of member,
ship in tbe Cincinnati, to Mis. Alexan
der. As iho china had been used on
her table at the time of Washington's
visit ilts ceitain that be. had drunk
from one of the cups, but as there was
no mark by which that particular cup
could be identified, hero-worship.ug
tea drinkers who urod any of die six
could 11 liter themselves with the pos
sibility that they were drinking after
Washington. Two cups and saucers
of this set are slill in existence, one in
the possession of General E, L\ Alex
ander, the other of Mrs. Cooper Pope,
of this i lace. The cups are without
handles and of tho sbullow bowl shape
familiar in old china, while the sanceis
are veiy deep, as it was the collect
thing in those days to pour lea or coffee
into tlu saucer and dunk from it, and
l have no doubt but Washington took
his that way. What a treasure one of
these old relied would be to the Daugh
ters of the Revolution.
The steamer Argyle passed through
a unique experience recently, when
forty milvjs off the coast of Mexico.
The sea had been exceptionally smooth
for some time, when suddenly il be
came thick with earth of a reddish
e 1 >r, and was agitated ns if some
great submarine lire wcro healing it
to die boiling point. No damage was
done to tho vessel, and live minulcs
la'.er the sea was smooth ngain. The
cause of the disturbance was a subma
Dr. A. C. Borger, of Greensboro,
N. C a pillar of the church and I-Jp
worth League leader; seeks to join the
Knights ot Pythias. They investigate
and Und ho has more wives living fhan
the law allows.
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Gary. 1 1!?
Jalana .... . . 1 54
New berry. 2 10
Little Mountain. 238
i nupin. 2 62
White Kock.3 02
ltalenlino . 3 07
Irmo. . 3 11?
Leaphart . 3 22
8 vto pm
5 2 pin
4 S pm
3 In pm
2 m m
2 0 pm
4 ? o pin
I 17 pin
1 ( 5
3 35* Lv 11 2u
Clinton..... (i in
Goldville.... .0 63
Ki nurds. 7 OS
Gary. 7 17
J alana.7 2(i
Ncwberry.8 i tt
Prosperity. .... 8 26
Blithe . ?42
Little Mountain .,s 66
Obapin.... . o 16
Hilton . 0 24
Leaphart _ _10 02
rolumbia.10 8 1
A. C. L.
Suit tor .4 f5
v iiarleston_ . 8 10
n i Ofttr
t Harris Springs. *t)aily except Sunday
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H. M. Bmrrson, Gen. Freight and Pas
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always bo rolative to value to bo a
fair tost. The lumber we sell may
not always bo tho cheapest in prioe,
but it's always cheapest in the
long run, because wo give the best
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CAPITAL CITY ltOU I K.
Shortest line between nil principal ciltej
North, East, South mid Wcsi.
8oiiRnuLR8 In Ektkct Dec I. ifOl.
No. (><> N >. I
L7 Savannah, Central T...11 30pm l 65pm
Fairfax .1 vain !1 10pm
Denmark. I AO am 1. v<v.i-*
Columbia Kaetern T..;. "4 lQam 7 Ujpm
Che raw_ . (j 30am 11 10pm
Ar Hamlet .7;G5am I" 1 ' p?
Lv Caihnun Falls. 1 oopm i r! rii
Abbeville.? l.'i pin 4 Mam
Greenwood . 160am 6 1!? un
Clinton .... .....24 -am (>??sam
Carlisle. 3,3 am 0 3am
Chcs'cr .4 00am 7 2 ;>i
( atawba Junction. 4 Slam 7 Mam
\r Hainlol.TO iam 10 16am
Lv Hainlo.7 2 am l" <
Ar alci h.10 ir> m 1 am
Potciebur?<.2 20pm 5 51am
ttiulimond. :t 03pm t; 3 am
Washington.H35pin lu K am
Baltimore.11 26. in 11. ?am,
Philadelphia. 2 66am I 30pm
New York.F. 30am I l i>m
Porn mouth?Norfolk.. 6 26pm 7 16am
LOOAIi ATLANTA IJ CLINTON.
l.v Calhoun Kails. . 12 2
(ireenwood. I 2 pm
Clinton. 2 loplli
No. bl. No '.'7.
Lv Cheraw, Eastern T... 7 )lam 11 t'Opm
t'amdcn. 8 31am 12 Mam
Columbia, Central T.. stoam 1 0 am
I'cnmark.P 521111 2 17am
Fairfax . .10 30 am 2 67am
Vr Savannah.12 05pm 4 Pain
J aoksonville.3 60pm ??sam
Tampn. 6 tiOam "> 1 1 m
Lv Catawba, Eastern T 0 07am 12 57um
('bester .U 4.r>ani 1 '?' > m
Carlisle_ .to loam 2 00am
Clinton.11 1 Gain 'l 67am
(ireenwood.11 flam 8 43am
Abbeville .12 21pm 4 Warn
Calhoun Falls.12 6pm 4 39 m
\r Athens.2 21pm ? 13am
Atlanta. I 56pm s ?Oiim
LOCAL CLINTON TO ATLANTA.
Lv Clinton. 2 45 m
(Ireenwood. ;j 85| m
A bbcvillo . . 4 07pm
Calhoun Kalis. . ... I 16; m
Ar Athens.? ji. m
Atlania .K., s .0 111
Columbia, Nowberry .V Lauren* Kail
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