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LAURENS, S. ('., Nov. 5, 1U02.
Overtures for Poace.
Within a few days after the' publica
tion of Mr. R. O. Bhett's lottors in tbe
News and Courier with regard to the
Southern Railway's handling of cotton
and the freights Into Charleston the
officials of tbe Railway Company has
tened to Charloston for a conference
with Mr. Rnett and other business
men, inoluding the representative of
Inman & Co., the leading cotton buy
ing firm In Charleston. What will be
the result of the conference no one can
toll but tbe sensitiveness of the cor
poration to agitation is fully Illus
trated. Transporation companies aro
always fearful of aroused public senti
ment. They aro peculiarly desirous of
popularity and they know very;!well
that the power to make them "behave
themselvod" always rests with the peo
ple. The Southern was quick to recog
nize the menace to their interests in
volved in Mr. Rhett's charges and the
Southern is consequently making over
tures for poace. If Mr. Rhott and his
friends will persevere in keeping the
facts before tho public, if they will
watoh and promptly expose any unfair
play on tho part of the Southern, even
that groat corporation will bo com
pelled to "to the mark." Of course If
It should be proven that Mr. Rhett has
no case agitation will fail but so far his
allegations have not been satisfactorily
Answered; The people ol South Caro
lina are fully able to take care of them
selves whenever their cause is just,
strong as the Southern Railway may
be. They may bo depended upon to
pull together if they are properly and
Verdict was *Not Illogical.
The verdict in the Walker Edwards
case has been criticised by a number of
newspapers, among them the Newberry
Observer, whose opinion is worth
?The other case was that of Walker
Edwards, tried in Laurens for killing
his wife. In that case no one was
present except tho deceased, the de
fendant and their sleeping infant, The
testimony of tbe defendant was that
the woman shot herself. The jury
brought in a most remarkable and in
consistent verdict?manslaughter with
recommendation to mercy. There is
only one way that such a verdict could
be reached, and that Is by compromise.
There was no possibility of there hav
ing been technical manslaughter?It
was murder or nothing."
As already pointed out in The Ad
vertiser, the verdict was far from un
reasonable. The jury was satisfied
"beyond a reasonable doubt" that Ed
wards killed his wife. A faint doubt,
however, remained and the evidence
was wholly circumstantial. Nobody
saw the woman shot. What took place
between Edwards and his wife before
the killing nobody knows. Meanwhile
the State's testimony as to motive was
vogue and fragile. The jury felt justi
fied, in the absence of contrary evi
dence, to assume that the shot was
fired during a sudden quarrel, which
would make the crime manslaughter.
Deliberation was certainly not proved.
Therefore, in our judgment, the ver
dict of manslaughter was no means il
logical. This being tho case, the re
commendation to mercy was a matter
of small consequence and if those jury
men who favored tho manslaughter
verdict prevented a mistrial by conced
ing so trival a point, thoy undoubtedly
This Reform Needed.
TnK Advertiser is Indebted to one
of the best informed lawyers of South
Carolina for the suggestion that tbe
next governor and legislature should
take up the question of pilotaga at tbe
ports of the State. The rates nf pilotage
are undoubtedly excessive and they
operate to drive commerce away. The
legislature has power to regulate the
pilotage laws. The subjeot ought to
be Investigated at once. While the
seaport towns would doubtless be bene
fltted by removing the pilotage barrier
to trade, the interests of the whole
State are more or less at stake and the
reform should be accomplished regard
less of the ports. Harbors at Charles
ton, Georgetown and Beaufort crowded
with ships would mean cheaper
freights and cheaper goods to all the
people. Tbe olalm that the existing
pilotage system in Charleston is out of
date and maintained in tbe interest of
of a few Individuals is believed to be
well founded. /
Calumniating The Dead.
Aguanaldo, In a letter to'Roosevelt,
reoently published, speaks of the "de
scendants of George Washington."
We are Informed by returned visi
tors to the state fair that Capt. D.
Cinch Hey ward, the nominee for gov
ernor, was the handsonest of all tbe ex
ASLEEP AMID FLAMES,
Breaking Into a blazing home, some
firemen lately dragged the sleeping in
mates from doath. Fancied seourity,
und death near. It's that way when
you negleot coughs and colds. Don't
do it. Dr. King's New Discovery for
Consumption gives perfect protection
against all Throat, Chest and Lung
Troubles. Keep it near, and avoid suf
fering, death, and doctor's bills. A
teanpoonful stops a late cough, per
sistent use tho most stubborn. Harm
less and nice tasting, it's guaranteed
by Laurens Drug Co. and Palmetto
Drug Co. Price 50 cents and $1.00.
A NEW LAW FIRM.
The undersigned have this day en
tered Into a partnership for the practice
of law in the Courts of this State, under
the name of Simpson & Cooper and will
promptly attend to all business en
trusted to them.
_ R. A. Cooper.
Bsantss _/p^ Kind You Haw Always BoiaH
A .MONO OUR FRIENDS.
Mr. J. Y. Addy was in town Friday.
Magistrate Sam Kiddle was here
from Youngs last week.
Mr. Jesse Woods was in the city last
Mr. J. T. Peden.ofGray Court, was
Mr. Jock Saxon, of Huntington, was
in the city last week.
Mr. Thomas W. Cannady, of Youngs
township, was here last week.
State Senator J. L. Glenn, of Ches
ter, was here at Court last week.
Mr. John Turner, a leading young
farmer of Cross Hill, was in town last
Mr. George Byrd was in the city
Thursday and his numerous friends
were glad to see him.
Watts Davis, a prominent young
planter of Hunter's township, was in
the city Thursday.
Mr. S. Mi Garrett, one of the pro
gressive farmers of Youngs, was in the
Mr. William Miller, of Cross Hill,
was In tho olty last woek. Mr. Miller
fs one of the prominent men of one of
tho most progressive towns In the state.
Mrs. C. D. Barksdalo attended the
Woman's Missionary Society of Enoree
Presbytery in Union last weok. The
Society next year will meet in Clinton.
Good Man and Judge.
The term of Circuit Judge O. W.
Buohanan who presided at tho rccont
I court will expire next spring so he
will not come to Laurons again in tho
capacity of a judicial officer. This Tub
Advertiser regrets. Judge Buchanan
is an able, clear-headed lawyer and a
man through and through . We all like
like him and the people of Laurens are
his friends. He isanupright,brave gen
tleman and it is always a real pleasure
to have him among us. The Adver?
I tiser hopes he will come to Laurens
again, even if he is not a judge and he
will always have a hearty welcome. Re
gardless of political divisions South
Carolina will be safo while she has
plenty of true men like O. W. Buch
SKINNER WAS II VAU).
Soven Feet and Four Inches and 0row
ing Very Fast.
Last Wednesday a youth of 23 named
Skinner who is a drummer for a to
bacco house was here. He was then 7
feei 4 inches tall and looked as though
ho wore growing fast.
Wiley Willis who Is 0 feet 3 stood by
him and his head reached to the drum
mer's shoulder. Uncle John Copoland
who is ? feet 5 or 0 glanced at him and
sneaked off home by a back street.
Skinner is as slim as he is long, He
was born in Georgia. While here he
I was viewed by the whole town. One
man suggested that It would a good
scheme to Illuminate him at night with
electricity. He was truly tho lankiest
man ever seen la these regions. He
was built up about four stories besides
basement and garret. He was even
taller than some of the stories told in
the late campaign.
When Mr. Skinner called at Capt.
Phllpot's store It was funny to see the
Captain get his step-ladder and climb
up to shake hands. If the Captain had
slipped from the ladder and Skinner
had loosened his grip, he might have
The hallways in the hotels aro us
ually long enough for Mr. Skinner to
lie down in.
See our line of ladles' street hats.
We have the newest styles at whole
Davis, Roper & Co.
Millinery that Is distinctive in style
is what every lady v/ants. We are
showing delightful modols at astonish
ingly low prices. The Hub*.
If you are thinking of buying a jack- I
et this season you oan't afford to pass j
our line. We have the best styles and
at the lowest prices.
Davis, Roper & Co:
See our line of Misses and Children's
school shoes. The prices run from 50
cents to $1.60. The Hub.
We have hundreds of yards of 0
ounce all wool jeans. Regular 35 cents
grade that we are selling at 25 cents.
Davis, Roper & Co.
THE County Treasurer's Books will
be open for collection of State, County
and Commutation Road Taxes for fiscal
year 1901 at the Treasurer's Office, from
Oo.obor 15th to December 81, 1902.
All persons owning property or paying
taxes for others in more than one Town
ship aro requested to oall for receipts in
each township in whioh they live. This
is important, as additional cost and pen
alty may not be attached. Prompt at
tention will bo given those who wish to
pay their taxes through the mail by
checks, money orders, etc. Porsons
sending in lists of names to be taken off,
aro urged to send in early as the Treas
urer is very busy during tho month of
Toe Tax Levy is as follows:
Laurens Special School. 3} mills
Fountain Ion Special School.. 4 "
Qrayoourt Special School..... 2 "
Waterloo Special Sohooi.2 "
Cross Hill Special School.... 3 "
Mountvillo Special School.... 2J "
Clinton Special Sohooi1
Ordinary Tax....14 ?
All able-bodied male citizens between
the ages of 21 and 60 years are liable to
Say a poll tax of $1.00, except old Hol -
ier?, v.'I.v/ Etfe rfjkOiujpt ae 50 years ol
ago. Commutation Road Tax $1.00, in
lieu of working the publio roads, to be
paid at the time, as staind ?boro!
Come early and avoid the rush. It is
j said thoro will bo no extension this time.
J. II COPrCLANP,
Liurcos, 8. O., Oct. 8, 1902?id.
QROSPER BBRTOMY bad been
languishing in Ids prlvato
cell for nine days when one
Thursday morning tho Jailer
caum to Inform him that ids case had
not been proved. Ho was conducted
before tho officer who had searched
him when he arrived, and tho contents
of his pocket?his watch, penknife and
several llttlo pieces of Jewelry?were
rente-rod to him. Then lie was told
to sign a'large shoot of paper, which
ho did. Ho was then led across a dark
passage and a door opened and shut
behind him with a bang. Ho found
himself on tho qua!. Ho was alone.
Ho was free.
Free! JuhMco had confessed hor In
ability to convict him of the crime of
which ho Jwas accused. Free! He
could walk about, ho could breatho tho
pure air, but every door would bo
closed against him. A decl?lon of
"Not proved" had loft him covered
with suspicion. At tho moment of his
restoration to llhorty Prosper so cruel
ly suffered from the horror of his situ
ation that he could not repress a cry of
rogo and despair.
"I am Innocent I" ho cried out. "I
nm Innocent 1"
Two strangers who were pnsslng stop
ped to look at him. They took him for
The Seine was at his foot. A thought
of Bulcldo crossed his mind.
"No," ho said, "no! I have not even
tho right to kill myself. No, I will not
dlo until I have vindicated my inno
On entering Ohaptal street ho stood
beforo his own door, but hesitated to
enter It. He suffered from the timid
ity which an honest man always feels
when ho knows he is viewed with sus
picion. He dreaded to remain in tho
street. Ho entered. At seeing him
tho porter uttered an exclamation of
"Ah, you hero, monsieur? I told ev
ery one you would come out as whlto
as snow, and when I read in the pa
pers that you were arrested for rob
bery, I said: 'My third floor lodger a
thief? Never I' "
Tho congratulations of this man, mal
adroit but sincere, impressed Prosper
painfully, and ho cut them Bhort by
"And whoro nro my servants?"
"Gone, monsieur. Your father paid
and discharged them."
. "I suppose you have my keys?"
"No, monsieur. When your father
left this morning at 8 o'clock, he told
mo that a friend of his would take
charge of your rooms until you should
return. Of course you know who ho
is?a stout gentleman with red whis
Prosper was astonished. What coold
be the meaning of one of his father's
friends being In his rooms? IIo did
not, however, betray his surprise.
"Yes, I know who ho Is," ho said.
Ho ran up tho stairs nnd knocked at
his door. It was opened by his fa
ther's friend. Ho had been accurately
described by tho porter. A fat man
with n red face, sensual lips, brilliant
eyes and of rather coarso manners
stood bowing. Prosper had never seeu
"Delighted to make your acquaint
ance, monsieur," he said.
Ho seemed to bo perfectly at home.
On the tnblo lay a book which ho had
taken from tho bookcase, and ho ap
peared ready to do tho honors of tho
"I must confess, monsieur"? began
"That you are surprised to find me
here? So I suppose. Your father in
tended Introducing mo to you, but he
was compelled to return this morning
to Beaucalre, and I must add that ho
departed thoroughly convinced, as I
myself nm, that you never took a cent
from M. Fnuvel."
At this unexpected good news Pros
per could not restrain an exclamation
"Hero Is a letter from your father
which I was charged to glvo you. I
hopo It will servo as an introduction
Prosper took the letter, opened it,
and ns he read his eyes grew brighter
nnd the color retnrnod to his pale
cheeks. When ho had finished, ho
held out his band to tbe largo man nnd
"My father, monsieur, tolls mo you
are his best friend. IIo advises mo to
have absolute confldonco in you and
follow your counsel."
"Exactly. This morning your father
said to me: 'Verduret'?that is my
I name1?Werdurot, my son is In great
trouble. Ho must be helped out' I
replied, T am ready,' nnd hero I am.
Now tho ice Is broken, is it not? Then
let us go to work. What do you in
tend to do?"
This question revived Prosper's slum
bering rngo. His eyes flashed.
"What do I Intend to do?" ho said
angrily. "I wish to seek the villain
who has ruined rnel"
"Naturally. But have you any means
of attaining that end?"
"None. Yet I shall succeed, because
when- a man devotes his whole life to
an object ho is certain to achieve it."
"Well said, M. Prosper, and, to bo
frank, I fully expected that this would
be your purposo. I hnvo therefore al
ready begun to-think and act for you.
I havo a plan. In the first place, you
will sell this furniture, quit this house
"Disappear!" cried Prosper Indig
nantly. "Disnppoarl Why, monsieur?
Do you not see that such a step would
bo a. confession of guilt?would au
thorize tho world to say that I am
hiding so ns to enjoy undisturbed tho
"Well, what then?" said tho man
with tho rod whiskers coldly. "Did you
not say Just now that tho sncrlflco of
your lifo Is made? Tho skillful swim
mer thrown into tho river hy malefac
tors is careful not to rlso to tho sur
face immediately. On tho contrary,
he dives nnd remains below ss long as
his breath holds out. Ho comp? up
again at a great distance and lands
out of sight. Then, when ho is sup
posed to be dead, lost forever to the
ti&VA ?l iiiHii, uu rises up and lins
Ms vengeance. You have an enemy?
Some petty lmprudenco will betray
him. ' But while he sees you -on the
watch ho will bo on his guard."
It was with a sort of nmn/od submis
sion that Prosper listened to this man
who, though a friend of his fafber, was
an utter stranger to himself.
He submitted to the ascendency of a j
tire more erergotle than ht^ own.
Iu his helpless condition he was grate
ful to Und n friend.
"I will follow your advice, monsieur,"
"I was sure you would. Lot us de
cide upon the course you shall pursue.
And remember that the proceeds of
the sale will be needed. Have you any
ready money? No, but you must havo
some. Knowing that you would need
It nt once, I brought here a furniture
dealer, and he will give 12,000 francs
for everything except tho pictures."
Tho cashier could not refrain from
Bhruggtng his shoulders, which M. Vcr
"Yes," nald he, "It Is hard, I will ad
mit, but It 1h necessary. Listen. You
are the Invalid, and I am the doctor
charged to cure you. If I cut to tho
quick, you will have to enduro it. It
is tho only way to save you."
"Cut away, then, monsieur," answer
ed Prosper, submitting.
"Well, wo will hurry, for tlmo pass
es. You have a friend, M. do Lngors?"
"Raoul? Yes, monsieur, an Intlmnto
"Now tell mo, who Is this fellow?"
The term "fellow" seemed to wound
"M. de Lngors, monsteur," ho Bald,
piqued, "Is M. Fauvel's nephew. Ho Is
a rich young man, handsome, intelli
gent, cultured and tho best friend I
"Hum!" suld M. Verduret. "I shall
bo delighted to mako the acquaintance
of one adorned by so ninny good quali
ties. I must let you know that I wrote
him a noto in your nnmo asking him
to eomo hero, nnd ho sent word that
ho would bo hero directly."
"Whatl" cried the nstonlshcd Pros
per. "Do you suppose"?
"Oh, I suppose nothing. Only I must
sec this young rann. Also I have or
ranged and will submit to you n little
plan of conversation"?
A ring at the bell interrupted M. Vor
"Tho dickens! Adieu to my plan!
Hero he isl Where can I hido bo ns
to hear nnd see?"
"There In my bedroom. Leave tho
door open and tho curtain down."
A second ring was heard.
"I must go," said Prosper.
"Now, remember, Prosper," said M.
Verduret In a warning tone, "not ono
word to this man about your plans or
about me. Pretend to bo discouraged,
And ho disappeared behind tho cur
tain ns Prosper ran to open tho door.
Prosper'? portrait of M, do Lngors
had not been exaggerated. So hand
some a fnco nnd manly n figure could
belong only to n noblo chnracter. Al
though Itnoul said that ho was twenty
four ho appeared to be not more than
twenty. Ho had n nuperb figure, well
kuit and supple; a beautiful white
brow, shaded by soft chestnut curly
hair, and soft blue eyes which beamed
Ills first Impulse was to throw him
self into Prosper's nrms. "My poor,
dear friend!" he said, taking Prosper's
hands. "My poor Prosperl"
But beneath these affectionate dem
onstrations there was a certain con
straint, which, if it escaped tho cash
ier, was noticed by M. Verduret.
"Your letter, my dear Prosper," said
Raoul after being seated, "made me
ill, I was so frightened by it. I asked
myself if you could have lost your
mind. Then I left everything to come
Prosper did not Boem to hoar him.
Ho was preoccupied about the letter
ho had not written. What were its
contents? Who was this man whoso
assistance ho had accepted?
"You must not feel discouraged,"
continued M. do Lngors. "At your ngo
you mny commenco lifo anew. Your
friends aro still left to you. Rely upon
mo. I am rich. Half of my fortuuo Is
at your disposal."
This generous offer, mndo nt a mo
ment Hko this With such frank sim
plicity, deeply touched Prosper.
"Thanks, Raoul," ho snld, with emo
tion; thank you! But unfortunately nil
tho money lu tho world would bo of
no use uow."
"Why so? What aro you going to
do? Do you proposo to remain In
"I know not, Raoul. I havo ruado no
plans yet. My mind Is confused."
"I will toll you what to do," replied
Raoul quickly. "You must start afresh.
Until this mysterious robbery Is ex
plained it will never do for you to re
main In Paris."
"And if It is never explained?"
"Only tho more reason for your re
maining In oblivion. I havo boen talk
ing about you to Clamernn. You aro
unjust to htm, for ho is your friend.
'If I wore in Prosper's place,' ho Bald,
*I would turn everything into money
nnd embark for America. There I
Would make u fortuuo and return to
crush with my millions thoso who
have suspected mo.' "
This advice offended Prosper's pride,
but he said nothing. He was thinking
of what tho stranger had Bald to him.
"Well?" said Raoul.
"I will think it over. I will see. I
would like to know what M. Fauvel
"My uncle? I suppose you know
that I havo declined the offer ho mndo
me to outer his banking house and we
have almost Quarreled. I hove not
t>0t foot in his house for over a month,
but I hour of him occasionally."'
"Through your friend, young Cavnil
lon. My uncle, they say, Is more dis
tressed by this affair than you are.
Ho is scarcely ever nt tho bank nnd
wanders nbout ns if in a terrible
"And Mine. Fauvel nnd"?Prosper
hesitated?"and Mile. Madeleine?"
"Oh," said Raoul lightly, "my aunt
is ns devout ns ever. Sho has a mass
snld for the benefit of tho sinner. As
to my pretty, icy cousin, sho cannot
bring herself down to common mat
ters, because sho is entirely absorbed
in preparing for tho foney boll to ho
given day after tomorrow by MM. Jnn
didtor. Sho hns discovered, so ono of
her friends told mo, n wonderful dross
maker, a StfAUger who has suddenly
appeared from no ono knows where,
who is making a costumo of Catherlno
de' Medici's mnld of honor, and It Is to
bo n marvel."
IOxeesslve suffering brings with it a
sort of insensibility. Prosper had
resetted that state of ImpnsslblUty
from which he never expected to bo
aroused When, this lust blow made him
cry out with pfon;
"Madeleine! Oh. Madeleine!"
M. do Lngors, pretending not to have
hoard hin), nro ''?
"I must loavo you now, my dear
Prosper," ho said. "Saturday I will
soo those ladles at tho hall nnd will
bring you news of them. Keep up
your Courage and remember that, what
ever happous, you .can count on mo."
ItllOUl shook Prosper's hand and left
tho bouse. Prosper remained immov
able, overcome by disappointment.
He was aroused from his gloomy
reverie by tho red whiskered man, who
camo from his coticcnlmout.
"So these aro your friends."
"Yes." said Prosper, with bitterness.
"You heard him offer mo half of his
M. Verduret shrugged his shoulders
with an air of compassion.
"That was very stingy on his part,"
ho said. "Why did be not offer the
whole? Offers cost nothing. Hut I
have no doubt that this pretty boy
would cheerfully give 10,000 francs to
put the ocean between you nnd him."
"Ho, monsieur? Why so?"
"Who knows? Perhaps for tho snine
reason that ho had not set foot for a
month In bis uncle's bouse."
"But that is tho truth, monsieur. I
am sure of it."
"Naturally," said M. Verduret, with
a provoking smile. "But," ho contin
ued seriously, "wo hnvo devoted
enough tlmo to this fair youth. Now
be good enough to change your dress,
ami wo will ko and call on M, Fauvel."
This proposal seemed revolting to
"Never!" ho exclaimed, with excite
ment. "No, never will I voluntarily
set eyes on that wretch!"
This resistance did not surprise M.
"1 can understand your feelings to
ward him," said ho, "but at tho same
time 1 hope you will change your mind.
For the same reason that I wished to
see M. do Lngors do I wish to see M.
Fauvel. It is necessary, you under
stand. Aro you so very weak that you
cannot restrain yourself for live min
utes? I shall Introduce myself ns ouo
of your relatives, and you need not
speak n word."
"If It Is absolutely uccessary," said
Prosper, "if you wish"?
"It Is neeessnrx Como on. Hurry
nnd ilx yourself up a little. It is get
ting late, and I am hungry. Wo .will
breakfast on our way there."
Prosper bad hardly passed Into his
bedroom when the bell rang again. M.
Verduret opened the door. It was tho
porter, who handed him a thick letter.
"This letter," said he, "was left this
morning for M. Bertomy. I was so
flustered when ho camo that I forgot
to band It to him. It is a very odd
looking letter, Is It not, monsieur?"
It was indeed n singular epistle.
Tho address was not written, but
formed of printed letters, carefully cut
from a book and pasted on tho euvol
"Oh, ho!" cried M. Verduret. "What
Is this?" Then, turning toward tho
porter, ho said, "Wait till I return."
Ho went into the next room and clos
ed tho door. There he found Prosper,
who had heard the bell ring and was
anxious to know what was going ou.
"Here is a letter for you," said M.
Prosper at once tore open tho en
Some bonk notes dropped out. IIo
counted them. There were ten.
Prosper's face turned purple.
"What does this mean?" ho asked.
"Wo will read tho letter and find
out," replied M. Verduret.
Tho letter, like the address, was com
posed of printed words cut out nnd
pasted on tho paper.
It was short, but explicit:
My near Prosper?A friend who knows the hor
ror of your situation soiuls this succor. There la
one heart, lie assured, that shares your Bufferings.
Go awny. LcftVO France. You are young. The fu
ture Is before >ou. Co, and may this money help
As M. Verduret read tho note Pros
per's rngo Increased. IIo was angry
und perplexed, for ho could not ex
plain tho rapidly succeeding events
which ?woro so calculated to mystify,
his nlready confused brain.
"Everybody wishes me to go away!"
ho cried. "Then there must bo a con
spiracy against me."
M. Verduret smiled with satisfaction.
"At last you begin to open your eyes.
You begin to understand. Yes, thcro
nr? people who hate you becouso of
tho evil they havo dono you. There are
people to whom your presence In Paris
Is n perpetual menace and who will
not fool safe till they aro rid of you."
"But who aro theso people, mon
sieur? Tell mo who presumes to send
"If I know, my dear Prosper," said
.Verduret sadly, "my task would bo at
an end, for then I would know who
committed this robbery of which you
nro accused. But I havo finally pro
cured cvldenco which will soonor or
later become convincing proof. I havo
heretofore only made deductions moro
or less probable. J now possess knowl
edge which proves that I was mistak
en. I walked in darkness; now I havo
a light to guido me. Now wo must
tako advantage of this evidence, gain
ed by tho Imprudcneo of our enemies.
Wo will begin with the porter."
IIo opened tho door and called out:
"I say, my good man, plenso come
Tho porter entered, looking very
much surprised at tho authority exer
cised over his lodger by this stronger.
"Who gave you this letter?" said M.
"A messenger, who said ho was paid
for bringing it."
"Do you know him?"
"I know htm well."
"Go and bring him here."
After tho porter had gone M. Verdu
ret drew from his pocket his dlnry and
compared n pago of it with tho notes
Which ho had spread over tho table.
."Theso notes woro not sent by the
thief," ho snld.
"Do you think so, monsieur?"
"I am sure of It?that is, unless tho
thief Is endowed with extraordinary
penetration nnd forethought. Ono
thing Is certain?those notes nro not
part of tho 3r>0,000 francs which was
stolon from tho safe."
"Yet," sold Prosper, who could not
explain this certainty on tho part of
"Thcro Is no yot about it. I havo the
numbers of all tho stolen notes."
"What! When even I did not havo
"But tho bank had, fortunately. When
wo undertake an affair, wc must an
ticipate everything and forget nothing.
It is no excuso for a man to say, T
did not think of it' when ho commits
somo oversight I thought of the
If in tho beginning Prosper had felt
somo rcpugnnnco about confiding in
his father's friend, tho feeling had now
Ho understood that alone, scarcoly
master of himself, governod only by
the inspirations of his incxperlonco,
never would ho hnvo the patient pen
etration of this singular man.
Verduret continued talking to him
self, as If ho bad forgott n Prosper's
i "Then, as tola package | id not .come
Distress by cloy and night?
That's the complaint of those who
are so unfortunate as to bo afllicted
with Eczema or Salt Kheum?and out
ward applications do not euro.
The source of tho troublo is in tho
blood?make that pure and this scal
ing, burning, itching skin disease will
"I was taken with an Itching on my
arms which proved very disagreeable, f
concluded it was suit rhoum and bought a
bottle of Hood's Sarsapaxllla. In two days
after I began takln? It I felt better and It
was, not long beforo I was cured. Have
never had any skin disease since." MB3.
Ida JC. Ward, Cove Point, Md.
rid the blood of all impurities and euro
from tho thief, It Is plain that it can
only come from the other person who
was near tho safe nt the tlmo of tho
robbery, but could not prevent It, and
now feels remorse. Tho probability of
two persona assisting nt the robbery, a
probability suggested by tho scrutch,
is now changed into undeniable cer
tainty. Therefore I was right."
Prosper, listening attentively, tried
hard to comprehend this monologuo,
which ho dared not interrupt
"Let us sock," went on tuo big man,
"this second person whoso consclenco
pricks him and yet who dares not re
Ho rend the letter over several times,
scanning tho sentences nnd weighing
"Evidently this letter was composed
by a woman. Never would ono man
doing another mnu n service and send
ing him money use the word 'succor.'
A man would havo said loon, mouoy
or some other equivalent, but succor
never. No ono but n woman ignorant
of masculine susceptibilities would
havo naturally made use of this word
to express the idea It represents. As
to tho sentence 'There is one heart,'
and so on, It could only have been
written by a woman. Now let us see
If wo can discover whence tho printed
words were taken to compose theso
He approached the window and be
gnu to study the pasted words with all
tho scrupulous attention which an an
tiquarian would devote to an old, half
"Small typo," ho said, "very slender
nnd clear, well printed. Tho paper Is
thin and glossy. Theso words havo
not been cut from a newspaper or a
periodical. I have seen typo liko this.
I recognlzo it at once. Dldot often
uses It. So does Mine, do Tours."
He plopped with his mouth open and
eyes fixed, making a strong appeal to
Suddenly ho struck his forehead.
"Now I havo it I" ho cried. "Now I
havo itl Why did I uot seo it nt once?
Theso words havo nil been cut from a
prayer book. Wo will look at least
and then wo shnll bo certain."
Ho moistened ono of the words past
ed on the paper with his tongue, nnd
when it was sufficiently softened ho
detached it with a pin. On tho other
side was printed n Latin word?Deus.
"Ah, ha!" ho said, with a little laugh
of satisfaction. "I knew it Father
Tnberet, if ho wero here, would bo
pleased to see this. But what has be
come of tho mutilated prayer book?
Can it havo been burned? No, because
a heavy bound bock is not easily burn
ed. It Is thrown In some corner."
M. Verduret was interrupted by tho
porter, who returned with tho messen
ger from Plgallo street
"Ah, hero you are," said tho big man
encouragingly. Then ho showed tho
envelope of the letter.
"Do you remember bringing this let
ter here this morning?"
"Perfectly, monsieur. I took partic
ular notlco of the nddress. iWo don't
often sco anything llko it."
"Who told you to bring it, a man or
"Neither, monsieur; It was a porter."
This reply made tho porter laugh
very much, but M. Verduret did not
"A porter? Well, do you know this
colleague of yours?"
"I never even saw hint before."
"How does he look?"
"Neither tall nor short lie woro a
preen vest and had on his modal."
"Your description Is bo vague that it
would suit every porter in tho city.
But did your colleague tell you who
sent the letter?"
"No, monsieur. Putting 10 sous In
my hand, he said: 'Here, carry this to
30 Ohnptal street. A coachman on tho
boulevard handed it to me.' Ten sous!
I am suro he made more than I."
This answer seemed to disconcert M.
Verduret So many precautions taken
In sending the letter disturbed him and
disarranged ids plans.
"Do you think you would recognlzo
the porter again?"
"Yes, monsieur, If I saw him."
"How much do you gain a day as n
"I don't exactly know, but I hnvo a
good stand. I suppose I make from 8
to 10 francs a day."
"Very well, I will give you 10 francs
n day If you will go about and look for
tho porter who brought this letter.
Every evening nt 8 o'clock como to
tho Archangel, on tho Qual St. Michel,
give mo a report of your search and
receive your pay. Ask for M. Ver
duret If you find our man, I will give
you uO francs. Will you do It?"
"I think I will, monsieur."
"Then don't lose a minute. Co on."
Although ignorant of M. Verdurot's
plans, Prosper began to comprehend
the sonso of his investigations. Ills
fate depended upon their success, and
yet ho almost forgot this in his ad
miration of this singular man.
"Monsieur," said Pre per when tho
porter had left the room, "do you still
think you see In this affair the hand
of a woman?"
"More than ever, ami a pious woman,
too, and a woman who has two pray
er books, since she could mutilate ono
to write to you."
"And you hope to find the cut book?"
"A groat deal of hope, thanks to tho
opportunity l hnvo of making an Im
mediate search, which I will set about
Saying this, he sat down and rapid
ly scratched off a few linos on a slip
of paper, which ho folded up and put
In his vest pocket.
"Aro you ready to go to M, Fan
vcl's? Yes? Como on, then. We have
certainly earned our breakfast today."
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