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LAUKENS. 8. Cm D*c ?, 1?02.
What Laurcus Offers.
The oity and county of Laurens in
vite the Methodists of South Carolina
to place their college for young women
in the city of Laurens.
Tho city of Laurens ofTers first and
ohiefly an earnest, cordial and enduring
support if the collego be brought here.
It oilers a monoy consideration.
It offers sites of beauty, of large
acreage, of One natural drainage, with
groves of noble trees in the high hill
country of Carolina.
It offers sites of fror** 29 to 70 and
more acres. It olfors sites with build
ings that compare favorably with that
the college now occupies.
These sites are wlioin three quarters
of a mile from tho court house, the
town's conter. They are near enough
for day Echool purposes, If a day school
We are justified from a selfish point
of view in asking: If the college re
main whore It is on a lot already
crowded, will it be wiso to erect an ex
pensive building on such a lot? If the
college grows, can It expand on Its
present site? If it should be moved to
Columbia's suburbs, can a twenty acre
site bo had within two miles of the
state house at any roasonable figure?
If the collego bo removed two miles
from the statu house, are not any ad
vantages Columbiu may offer in the
way of municipal conveniences, water,
lights, streets, sewage, abandoned?
Would it not practically surrender the
Laurens oilers water that is fit, yes
good, to drink.
Laurens is In tho Piedmont. Lau
rens Is the center, tho heart county of
the Piedmont. Tho map proves that.
Laurens Is over 700 feet above sea
Not In the memory of man, not at
any time, has a deadly or dangerous
disease been epidemic in Laurens.
No man or woman ever saw a mos
quito ret in Laurens.
Laurens is within seven or eight
hours by rail of the remotest towns In
Laurens Is 24 hours from Columbia
and seven from Charleston. The great
county of Spartaoburg with its 70,000
people is nine miles north. Greenville
county is 16 or 10 miles north west.
Wofford College Is within an hour of
us?and we are glad of It. Greenville
city Is within an hour of us. This
proporous town of Newberry is but an
hour from us. The beautiful, progres
sive and ambitious city of Greenwood
is less than an hour from us?her peo
people almost as able and, we hope, as
willing to support your college hero as
If it were in Greenwood.
Laurens is closo to Abbeville, An
derson, Pickens, Walhalla and all the
Savannah Valley. And It la far nearer
to Spartanburg, Groenvllle, Gatfney,
York, Rock Hill, Lancaster,?far near
er to all that country where tho white
peoplo of South Carolina mostly Inhab
it, than any other town extending you
an Invitation. It seems to us that you
wish your college, other things being
equal, as noar to South Carolina's cen
ter of population as possible. You will
find that we think, closer to Laurons
than to any other Piedmont town.
Here in Laurens your Methodist
people are numerous, zealous, influen
tial and prosperous. They are in
earnest,?in earnest for all good works,
?of which this effort to bring your col
lege to Laurens we think Is a true and
excellent example. In this we of Lau
rens, city and county, are all Metho
dists and we have caught tho Infection
of your peoplo who have built two
strong churches in our city, the infec
tion of their Wesleyan fervor. That is
why we aro hero. Baptists, Presby
terians* and Episcopalians, we are one
in this invitation with your own peo
ple. Bring your college to us and It
loses no jot or tittle of its Methodism.
It will be a Methodist college as now.
But it shall be more?it shall be a Lau
rens County and a Laurens City college,
our institution and our prido; the pride
of a county with more white peo
ple we think than has Ricbland, inclu
ding Columbia. Laurens will have an
oye single to its success and expansion.
Laurens wants this college to become
the alma mater for Laurens glrls.There
is no other girls' college, no institution,
no orphanage to divert our affections
or divide our resources. Whatever the
concentered and undivided interest of
a people like those of Laurens is worth,
that, your college once here would
wholly, heartily, abundantly receive.
That, we say, is worth more, incompara
bly more, than money. Does any other
oity offer It? Is there any other oity
inviting your college thathas not some
other Institution to draw upon its en
ergies and benevolence,or for that mat
ter, that has no girls' college in proxi
imity?as olose as Due West to Green
From a Laurens newspaper's view
point, this is Laurens' case. Bring us
your college and whatever future Lau
rens may have, whatever prosperity,
whatever aspiration, they with the
college's greatness and usefulness shall
be bound in the love and endeavor of
"Laurens' men and women.
Are you at a loss to know what to
buy your family for Christmas? If so
call and lot us show you a combination
book ruse, and writing dosk, or a hand
some suit, writing desk, dressing ta
ble, sideboard, china closet, wardrobe,
hall rack, dining tablo, dining chairs,
iron bed or a bright new carpet, Buck
Stove or Range. Any of those will
make suitable presents, and we can
show, you the best and cheapest line
ever shown In Laurens.
8. M. & E. If. Wllkes.
FOR RENT?Good two-horse farm
near Cross Hill. Good terms to a good
man, White or colored. Address
, W. W. BALL.
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AMONO OUR FRIENDS.
Judge Watts was in the city Friday.
Mr. John Mills was here Saturday.
Mr. James H. Babb was in town Fri
Miss Josephine Minter is visiting her
brother, Mr. J. e. Minter, at Sedatia.
Miss Mary Ferguson has been visit
ing friends in Columbia.
Col. Frank Hammond of Greenville
spent a few days in the city last week.
Rev. W. S. Holmes of Columbia has
been visiting friends in the city,
Mrs. Cosby of Vicgioia is visiting
her daughter, Mrs. R. B. Hughes. .
Mrs. Lewis Meng has gone to Darl
ington to visit her son, Mr. William
Rev. and Mrs. W. e. Callender of
Greenville spent Sunday with Mr. and
Mrs. Aleck Long.
Mrs. W. W. Graham entertained a
small party of friends at dinnor on
Mrs. L. M. Roper and children of
Spartanburg have been visiting Mr.
and Mrs. Luther Roper.
Miss Nettie Hayne of Fort Motte
spent Thanksgiving with Miss Pcrrin
Mr. Arthur Simklns of Columbia
spent Thanksgiving with his brother,
Mr. L . W. Simklns.
Mrs. J. R. Nolan attended the con
vention of tho Daughters of tho Con
federacy in Anderson, representing the
Dr. B. F. Posey has greatly improved
his handsome residence on South Har
per Street. It has beon newly re
painted and otherwise repaired.
Miss Charlie Hill Is In Mountville
going to school.
Mr. W. Press Turner Is not very well
at this writing.
Miss Nora Turner is visiting her sis
ter, in Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. F. L. Hol
Miss Willie Mae Hill is visiting
relativos In Cross Hill.
Miss Vixle Rudd Is expected In our
Community now soon. Miss Rudd is
John Hitt has completed his storo at
Mrs. Duff Goodwin has returned to
Georgia after visiting friends and rela
Miss Annie Rudd and niece, Florede,
are visiting in Greenwood.
Miss Ida Turner has opened her
Miss Lois Loner is visiting her sis
ter, Mrs. Walter Crowder.
Miss Julia Turner is going to school
at Cross Hill this session.
Mr. J. H. Iusti will move out of our
community next year.
Mies Bettie Hill is staying with hor
sister, Mrs. Will Goddard atCrossHill.
This is to advertise the fact that The
Aovertiskr will be glad to have all Its
subscribers who owe anything for sub
scriptions to call in and pay up.
Tlioy can pay at this season if they
ever can pay. Most of the subscribers
of The Advertiser are people who do
Of course bills will be sent out as
usual. But It costs about throe cents
to send out one bill?not counting the
labor. Three per cent on one dollar is
a good deal of money.
As Thk Advkrtiser has said, it is
difficult to print a paper at$l. a year,?
it requires the hardest kind of saving
Therofore It is hoped that Advkrtiser
subscribers will not need another re
quest and will make it a point to settle
now without waiting for bills.
ONE CENT A WORD.
Fou Rent?Two of best office rooms
in Laurens in Advertiskr Building,
South side, public square. Those rooms
easily heated in winter and are best
summer rooms in town.
For Rent, cheap.?Two good rooms
opening into each other, second Moor
Advertiser building. These offices arc
believed to be the most comfortable,
warm in winter and cool in summer, in
the city. Possession given at once?
rental cheap. See W. W. Ball.
FOR SALE.?132 acre farm near
Kinards, S. C. Somo of the host farm
ing land In tho. county. Three room
house and water on promises. Excel
lent opportunity for Investment or farm.
Part cash, balance on timo If preferred.
For particulars address, W. J. Con way,
1635 Main St. , Columbia, S. C.
GLENN SPRINGS WATER
The Kidney Cure.
For sale by Laurens Drug Co., Pal
metto Drug Co., Dr. B. F. Posey, W,
W. Dodson and J. 8. Bennett.
. ?Midway between?
GRAYCOURT and OWINGS, S. O.
Session opens Monday, October (Ith,
Location beautiful and healthful.
Instruction thorough and comprehen
sive, preparing students for Sophomore
and Junior College classes.
Faculty experienced specialists.
Offers superior advantages. Mrs. Thos.
F. Jones, who will have charge of this
department, has taught several years
In leading Colleges of Georgia and Ala
Board only #8.00 per month.
Those who apply early can secure
Board with Prof. Rice at that rate.
Correspondence solicited. Address
THOS. P. JONES,
' or Principal.
R. L. Quay, Pres't Board Trustees,
Uraycourt, 8. 0.
? $ ? ? 0 ? ? ? 0 ? 0 ? $ 0 ? ? ? ^ X ? ^ @ j
t. IjAZAKE street was crowd
ed by carriages, whoso occu
pants wore impatiently await
ing their turn to drive up to
the door. Nourly ail tho costumes were
rich. Some were original. Among tho
latter was a clown. His costume was
in perfect keeping. Indeed, his whole
makeup, his Insolent oyo, coarse lips,
high cheek hones and a beard so red
that it seomed to emit (lames in the
reflection or tho dazzling lights were
In accord. Ho carried in his left ham]
a canvas banner, upon which wore
painted six or eight pictures, coarsely
designed like those' found In strolling
fairs. In his right he waved a little
switch, with which he would every
now and then strike Ids banner, like a
quack retailing bis incdlciucs. A crowd
surrounded this clown, hoping to hear
some witty speeches and puns, but ho
kept near the door and remained si
lent. About half past 10 ho quitted his
post. M. and Mine. Fauvel, followed
by their niece Madeleine, had just en
tered. A compact group Immediately
formed near the door. ] Hiring tho
last ten days tho affair of Provence
street had been tho universal topic of
conversation, and friends and enemies
Were alike glad to seize this opportuni
ty of approaching tho banker, some to
assure him of their sympathy, and oth
ers to offer equivocal condolence, which
of all things is the most exasperating.
Belonging to the body of elderly men,
M. Fauvel had not assumed a fancy
costumo, but merely threw over his
shoulders a short silk domino. On his
arm leaned Mine. Fauvel, nee Valen
tino do la Verberle, who graciously
greeted her friends. Her beauty had
once boon remarkable, and tonight the
effect of the soft wax lights and her
very becoming dress half restored the
freshness of youth. No one would have
supposed her to bo forty-eight years
But Madeleine was tho object of uni
versal admiration, beautiful and queen
ly in her costume of maid of honor,
which seemed to have been especially
Invented to set forth her superb figure.
Forgotten by the crowd, the clown
had taken refuge in the embrasure of
a window, where ho kept his eyes upon
a couple not far off. It was Madeleine,
dancing with a splendidly dressed dogo
?tho Marquis do Clamorau. ire ap
peared to be radiant, rejuvenated and
to all appearances triumphant. At the
end of a quadrille bo leaned over his
partner and whispered compliments
with tho most unbounded admiration.
She seemed to listen, if not With pleas
ure, at least without repugnance, now
smiling and now shrugging her shoul
"Evidently," muttered tho clown,
"this noble scoundrel is paying court to
tho banker's niece. So I was right yes
terday. But how can Mile. Madeleine
listen so graciously to his Mattery?
Fortunately Prosper Is not here."
Ho was interrupted by a distinguish
ed looking elderly man In a Venetian
mantle, who said to Iii in:
"You know, M. Verduret"?half seri
ously, half banterlngly?"what you
Tho clown bowed respectfully, but
with not the slightest shade of humil
"I remember," ho replied.
"But do not bo Imprudent, I beg of
"Monsieur tho count need not bo un
easy; he has my promise."
"Very good. I know what that
Tho count walked off, but during his
short colloquy tho qundrlllo had end
ed, and tho clown lost sight of m. de
Clamcran and Madeleine.
"1 shall (hid them near Mine, Fau
vel," thought bo.
And ho nt oneo started to aearch
among the th?ong for the banker's
Incommoded by tho stifling heat,
Mine. Fauvel bad sought n littlo fresh
air in tho grand picture gallery, which,
thanks to the talisman called gold, had
been transformed Into a falryllko gar
den, tilled with orapgo trees, japonicas,
laurel and many raro plants. The
clown saw her seated near a grovo not
far from tho. cardroom. Upon her
right was Madeleine. On her left
stood Haoul do Lagors, dressed in a
costume of Henry III.
"I must confess," muttered the clown
from his post of observation, "that the
young scamp 5s very handsome."
Madelelno was very sad. Slio had
plucked a camellia from a plant near
by and was mechanically pulling it *
pieces as she sat with her eyes down
cast. Itaoul and Mine. Fauvel were
sitting together in conversation. Their
faces were composed, but tho gestures
of one and the trembling of the other
betrayed preoccupation and a serious
discussion. In tho cardroom sat tho
doge, m. do Olamernn, so placed ns to
have full view of Mine. Fauvel and
Madeleine, although himself concealed.
"It Is the continuation of yesterday's
scene," thought the clown. "If I could
only got behind thoso camellias, I
might hear what they are saying."
Ho pushed his way through tho
crowd, but as bo reached the desired
spot Madelelno arose and took "che arm
of a bejowoled Persian. At tho sumo
moment Ituoul went Into tho cardroom
and whispered a few words to Do Chi
"There they are," muttered the
clown. "Tho two rascals certainly
hold these poor women In their tolls.
What can bo tho secret of' their pow
His attention was attracted by a
commotion in tho picture gallery. There
was to be a wonderfu, minuet danced
in tho ballroom. Tho Countess do
Cofnmnrlll and the I'miecss Korasoff,
with her superb Cluoralds, which were
reported to be tin; finest bl tho world,
had both arrived. In an Instant the
gallery became almost deserted. Only
n few forlorn looking peoplo remained,
The clown thought It a favorable op
portunity for carrying out his project.
He: abruptly left his position, flourish
ing his switch and beating his banner,
and/crossing tho gallery, seated him
self In a Choir between Mine. FntlVOl
and the door. As sunn as tho people
had Collect oil In a circle around him
ho struck a comical altitude, standing
up with his body twisted f.ideways
ami his hat on one ear. With imtCh
buffoonery and volubility ho made tho
"Ladles and gentlemen, this very
morning'I obtained a Ik'ense from the
authorities, of. thin town. And what
for? Why, gentlemcn.Voi the purpose
Of exhibiting to you a fspcotnclo which
has already won the admiration of tho
four quarters of tho glol>o. Insldo of
this booth, Indies, Is nhont to com
mence the representation of n most re
markable dnunn, nctcd for tho first
tlmo In Peking nml trnnslated by our
most celebrated authors. , Gentlemen,
you enn take your sents. Tho Inmps
uro lighted, nml the actors aro chang
ing their dross." ?
Here ho stopped speaking and Imi
tated to perfection tho feats which
mountebanks piny upon horns and ket
"Now, ladles nnd gentlemen," ho re
sumed, "you wish to know what I am
doing outside If the pleco Is to be per
formed under tho tent. Tho fact Is,
gentlemen, thnt I wish to glvo you a
forctasto of tho entertainment which
you may enjoy by paying tho small
sum of 10 cents. You see this superb
picture? Very well.* It. represents
eight of Hi ? most thrilling scenes In
the drama. Ah, I seo you begin to
shudder. And yet this splendid pic
ture gives you no more Idea of the
acting than a drop of water gives an
idea of tho sea or a rny of light of tho
"Do you know this clown?" asked an
enormous Turk of n melancholy Punch.
"No, but ho can imltato a trumpet
"Oh, very woll Indeed I But what la
ho driving nt?"
Tho clown wns endeavoring to at
tract tho attention of Mine. Fauvol,
who since Haoul and Mndeleino bad
left her had abandoned herself to a
mournful reverie.. He succeeded. The
showman's shrill voice brought the
banker's wife bnck to a sense of real
ity. She started and looked quickly
about her, as If suddenly nwakouod
from a troubled dream. Then she no
ticed tho clown.
"Now, ladies, wo are In China. Tho
first picture on my cunvns, hero to tho
left"?ho pointed to tho top daub?"rep
resents tho eolebrated Mandarin Ll Fo
In the bosom of his fninlly. This pret
ty ?woman leaning over him is his wife,
and these children playing on the car
pet arc tho fruits of a happy marriage.
Do you not Inhale tho odor of happi
ness emanating from this ppenklng
picture, gentlemen? Mine, Ll Fo Is tho
most virtuous of women, adoring her
husband and idolizing her children.
Doing virtuous, sho is happy, for the
wise Confucius says, 'Virtue IS better
than vice.' "
Mine. Fauvel becnino Interested. Sho
left her seat and npproached nearer to
"Do- you seo anything on tho banner
like what ho Is describing?" asked tho
melancholy Punch of his neighbor.
"No. Do you?"
The fact is thnt the daubs of pulnt
on tho canvas represented ono thing as
well as another, and tho clown could
call thorn whatever ho pleased.
"Picture No. 21" ho cried after a roll
ing of drums. "This old lady seated
before ft mirror tearing out hor hair,
especially tho gray ones?do jngu rec
ogni/.o her? No, you do not Sho Is
tho fair mandarine of tho first picture.
I see tears in your eyes, ladles nnd
gentlemen. Ah, you have cause to
weep, for sho Is no longer virtuous,
nnd her hnppincss has departed with
her virtue. Alas, It Is n snd story!
One fatal day she met on tho streets of
Peking a young ruffian, fiendish, but
beautiful ns an angel, and sho loved
him?the unfortunate woman loved
During this tirade ho had turned
about till he' faced the banker's wife,
whose- countenance he closoly watched
while ho wns speaking.
"You are surprised, gentlemen," he
continued. "I nm not. Tho heart nev
er grows old, and tho most vigorous
wallflowers nourish on old ruins. This
unhappy* woman Is nearly fifty years
old?and In love with a youth! Hence
this heartrending scene, which should
serve ns a wurnlng to us all."
"Renlly," grumbled a cook dressed
In white satin, who had passed the
evening In carrying arouiuL, menus
which no one rend, "I thought ho was
going to amuse us."
"Hut," continued the clown, "you
must go Inside of the booth to witness
tho effects of tho mandarine's folly.
At times o ray of reason penetrates
her diseased brain, and then the sight
of her anguish would soften the most
Unpltying. Enter, and for the small
nun of 10 cents you shall hear sobs
such as the Odeon never echoed In its
halcyon days. Tho unhappy woman'
realizes the absurdity and inanity of
her blind pnsslon. - Sho confesses to
herself thnt she is madly pursuing n
phantom. She knows but .too well thnt
ho in tho vigor nnd beauty of youth
cannot love a faded old woman like her
self, who v:ilnly makes pitiable efforts
to retain, the hist remains of her onco
enchanting beauty. Sho feels thnt tho
sweet words ho onco whispered In her
Char mod ehr wore false. Sho knows
thnt the day Is nenr when she will bo
left alone, with nothing save his man
tle in her hand."
As tho clown addressed tids volublo
description to tho crowd beforo him
he narrowly watched tho countennnco
of the banker's wife. Hut nothing ho
bad said seemed to affect her. Sho
leaned back in her armchair perfectly
culm and occasionally smiled.
"Can I bo on tho wrong trnck?" mut
tered tho clown uneasily.
M. do Claincran Joined tho circle.
"The third picture," tho down con
tinued, "depicts tho old mandnrlno aft
er sho lias dismissed thnt most annoy
ing of guests?remorse? from her bos
om. Sho promises herself that Inter
est Shall supply tho plnco of love In
holding tho seductive youth. It Is
with this object thnt she luvests him
with fnlso honors nnd dignity and In
troduces him to tho chief hinndu.'lns
of tho capital of tho Celestlnl empire.
Then, since so hnndsoine n youth must
cut n flue (lguro in society, tho Indy
iniiHt needs to sncrlflco all of her pos
sessions for, his sako?necklaces, rings,
bracelets, diamonds and pearls?every
Jewel she possesses. Tho monster car
ries all theso to tho pawnbrokers on
Tlontsl street and then lias the cruel-'
ty to refuso her the tickets, so that she
may baVqi a chance of redeeming her
The down thought that nt. last ho
had fulfilled tho conditions. Mine.
Knuvol began to betray signs of un
easiness. Once sho inndo an nttempt
to rlsti from tho chair, but It seemed as
if her strength failed her, nnd sho
sunk back*", forced to flsten.
"Finally, ladles and geutlemen," con
tliiucd tho clown, "tho richly stored
Jewel coses were emptied. The day
cnmo when the mnndnrino hau nothing
more to give. It was then that tho
young scoundrel conceived the project
of carrying off tho Jasper button be
longing to the Mandarine LI Fo, a
splendid Jewel of Incalculable value, a
badgo of dignity. It was kept in a
gruutte chest and guarded by tbreo
soldiers night and day. Ah, tho inau
darinc resisted n long time. Slio'fencw
the Innocent soldiers would bo accused
and crucified, as Is tho custom in Pe
king, and this thought restrained her.
But her lover besought her so tenderly
that sho dually yielded to his en
treaties, and tho Jnsper button was
stolen. Tho fourth picture represents
tho guilty couple stealthily creeping
down tho private stairway. Seo their
Ho abruptly stopped. Three or four
of his auditors rushed to tho assistance
of Mmc. Fauvol, who seemed about to
faint. Tho clown felt his arm roughly ?
BClzed by some one behind him. Ho
turned and faced Do Clameraa nnd
Lngors, both of whom were pale with
"What do you want, gentlemen?" ho
asked, with his most gracious air.
"To speak to you," they both answer
"I am at your service."
Ho followed thom to the end of the
picture gallery, near a window open
ing on a balcony. Here they were un
observed except by tho man in the Ve
netian cloak, whom the clown had ad
dressed as "monsieur the count." The
minuet having ended, the orchestras
were taking a brief rest, and, the com
pany pouring into the gallery, it be
came very crowded. The sudden raini
ness of Mine. Fauvol had passed off
unnoticed save by n few, who attrib
uted It to the heat of the room. M.
Fauvol had been sent for, but when.ho
came hurrying In he found his wife
composedly talking to Madeleine. Not
having as much control over his tem
per as Itnoul, M. do Olnmcrnu angrily
"In tho first place, monsieur, I would
like to know who you are."
Tho clown determined to answer as
If ho thought tho question were a Jest.
"You want my license, do yon, my
lord doge? I left it In the hands of tho
city authorities. It contains my name,
age, profession, domicile and every de
With an angry gfcsture M. do Clamc
ran Interrupted him.
"You have committed a gross Insult!"
"I, my lord doge?"
"Yes, you! What do you mean by
telling this abominable story?"
"Abominable! You may call it abom
inable, but I, who composed it"?
"Enough, monsieur. You will nt
least have the courage to acknowledge
that your performance was a vile In
sinuation against Mine. Fauvol?"
Tho clown stood with his head
thrown back and mouth wide open, ns
If astounded at what ho heard. But
any one who knew him would hnvo
seen his bright black eyes sparkling
with malicious satisfaction.
"Upon my word," ho said as If speak
ing to himself, "this Is tho strangest
thing I ever heard of! How can my
drama of tho Mandarine 1.1 Fo have
any allusion to Mine. Fauvol, whom I
don't know from Adam or Eve?"
"Do you pretend," said M. do Clame
rnn, "to be Ignorant of M. Fauvol'f
"1 refer, monsieur, to tho robbery ol
Which M. Fauvol was the victim and
which has been in every one's mouth."
"Ah, yes, yes, I know. His cashier
decamped with 850,000 francs. It Is n
thing that almost dally happens. But
as to discovering any connection be
tween this robbery and my play, that
Is another matter."
M. do Clanierau made no reply. A
nudge from Lagors had calmed him as
If by enchantment. Ho seemed to re
gret having uttered tho significant
words drawn from him by excitement.
"Very well," ho finally said in his
usual haughty tone. "I must have
been mistaken. I accept your explana
But tho clown, so humblo a moment
"I have not nindo nor do I Intend
making any explanation."
"Monsieur"? began De Clamernn.
"Allow mo to finish, If you please.
If unintentionally I have offended tho
wife of a man whom I highly esteem,
ho is her protector; not you. Perhaps
you will toll 1110 ho Is too old to de
mand satisfaction. If so, let htm send
ono of bis sons. One of thom Is here.
You asked me who I am. In return T
ask you who aro you?you who consti
tute yourself Mine. Fnuvel's champion?
Are you her relative, friend or ally?
What right have you to Insult her by
pretending to discover an allusion to
her In a play invented for amuse
There was nothing to bo snld In re
ply to this. M. do Olameran sought a
means of escape.
"I nin a friend of M, Fnuvel," he
snld, "and this title gives mo tho right
*to be as Jealous of his reputation ns If
It were my own. If this is not n suffi
cient renson for my interference, I
must Inform you that his family will
shortly bo mine."
"Next week, monsieur, my marriage
with Mile. Madeleine will bo publicly
This news was so unexpected, so
startling, that for a moment the clown
was discomfited. But it was only for a
second, and, bowing with deference,
ho said, with covert Irony:
"Permit mo to offer my congratula
tions, monsieur. Besides being queen
of tho ball tonight. Mile. Mndelelno
will have a dowry of half a million, I
Itnoul de Lngors had listened anx
iously, watching tho people near them,
to bco If they overheard this conversa
"Wo hnvo hnd enough of this gos
sip," ho Bald In n disdainful tone, "t
will only say ono thing more. Master
Clown, nnd thnt Is that your tonguo is
"Perhaps, my pretty boy, perhaps,
but my arm Is still longer."
Do Olamoran hnstoncd to end tho
"It is Impossible-for ono to seek nn
explanation from a man who conceals
bis Identity under tho gulso of a fool."
"You aro at liberty, my lord doge, to
ask tho master of tho houso who I am
?If you daro."
"You are," cried Clamernn?"you
A warning look from Rnoul chocked
the forgemaster from using nn epi
thet which would hnvo led to an affray
or at least a scandnlous sceno.
The clown Btood with a sardonic
smile and after a moment's silence
rtared M. do Clamerau steadily In tho
face and said coolly:
"I was the best friend, monsieur, of
jspur brother Gnston. I was his nd
?fser and the confidant of his last
? Thoso few words fell llko a clap of
thunder upon De Clamerau. Ho turn
ed deadly palo and recoiled with his
band? Ntretched out) before him, as if
?blinking from ? ?lleeter. He tried to
r~:-^>?h?.. . ? iLr*. . iS****?
answer, lo protost, "but the words fror?
on his lips.
"Come, let us go." said I.ngors, who
rctnlncd his equanimity.
And bo dragged Chuueran away, sup
porting lilin. for ho staggered like a
.?drunken man nnd clung to the.walls to
"Oh. bo!" exclaimed the clown.
lie himself wns almost ns much as
tonished as the forgemaster nnd stood
stock still, watching tho lntter as ho
slowly loft the room. It was with no
decided object In view that he had
ventured to use the last mysteriously
threatening words, but he had been In
spired to do so by his wonderful In
stinct, which with him was like tho
scent of a bloodhound.
"What can this mean?" ho muttered.
"Why was he so frightened? What
terrible memory have I awakened? I
need not boast of my penetration or
the subtlety of my plans. There Is a
great master, who without any effort
in an Instant destroys all my chimeras.
Ho Is called chance."
His mind had wandered far from the
present scene when some one touched
him on the shoulder, recalling him. It
wns the man In the Venetian cloak.
"Are you satisfied. M. Verduret?" ho
"Yes and no. monsieur the count
no, because 1 have not completely
achieved tho object I had In view
when I asked you to be admitted hero
tonight; yes, because these two rascals
behaved In n manner which dispels all
? "And yet yon complain"?
"I do not complain, monsieur the
,'Cou:it. On the contrary, I bless chance,
or. rather, Providence, which has Just
revealed to me the existence of a se
cret thnt 1 did not before even sus
Five or six guests nppronched the
count. Interrupting the spenkcrs. He
went off with them after giving tho
clown n friendly nod. The latter In
stantly threw aside his banner nnd
started through the crowd in pursuit
of Mine. Fauvel. She had left the gol
lery. Ho found her sitting on a sofa
In tho large salon, engaged In an ani
mated conversation with Madeleine.
"Of course," muttered tho clown,
"tlioy are talking over tho scene. But
what has become of Lngors nnd De
lie soon saw them Wftudoiing nmong
the groups' scattered about the room
and eagerly asking questions.
"These honorable gentlemen are try
ing to find out who l am. Keep It up,
my frlcmls. Ask everybody/'
(to ?b continued.]
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