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ture as heretofore, It will express views
that will exolte opposition but it is
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mind that honest men must sometimes
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Grateful for the support which the
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Laure.os County "just as good a news
paper us the times will permit."
This being Christmas week editorials
Bre mostly out of order. The Adver
tiser believes that most of its friends
nave had a happier Christmas than us
ual. The Advkutiser hopes that all
of its host of friend? and subscribers
are in a lovely frame of mind and
keyed up to the point of wishing
To D*. C. U.
The Advertiskr wishes to you as
happy a new year and as few troubles
as you can reasonably expeot. You are
"up against a hard proposition," the
governorship of this State at a Mme
when the treasury is in the tolls of a
deficit. Besides, a great deal more is
expeoted of you than has been of a
governor In?well, why should we name
the number of years?
To M. B. McS.
Oh, you about to get out, we wish
you a rioh and luxurious New Year,
with good digestion and plenty of
money, for during four years you have
made nobody ill and few angry.
Tho health of our section is excep
tionally good at this writing?only a
few cases of colds.
Mr. Lewis 8. Martin is very sick,
though ho is thought to be a little bet
ter. Mr. Martin is in his eighty-third
Rev. J. O. Martin has moved from
Irby's to near Breworton on the place
known as tho Berry Knight place. His
address from now on is Honea Path R.
F. D. No 4.
The roads in this section are fearfully
cut up owing to so much hauling to and
from Wares Shoals.
Mr. E. E. Pitts has moved back to
his place where he formally lived. All
welcome him back.
Mr. Lewis Martin celebrated his
eighty-third birthday today. A few
visiting friends and his children en
joyed tho occasion with him. The or
der of the ro-union of the children on
this occasion was prayer and praise
service. They all report a happy time.
"Uncle Lewis" as he is called, has al
ways been very prominent and has al
ways been looked up to. He has the
best wishes of all Iiis friends and rela
tives. May he be spared to us much
longer. M. O. J.
THE PRIDE OP HEROES.
Many soldiers In the late war wrote
to say that for Scratches, Bruises,
Wounds, Cute, Corns, Sore Feet and
Stiff Joints, Bucklen's Arnioa Salve is
the best in the world, Same for Burns,
Scalds, Bells, Ulcers, Skin Eruptions
and Piles. It oures or no pay. Only 26
cents at Laurens Drug Co. and Pal
metto Drug Co.
Ask your lawyor about "Fewer gal
lons; wears longer."
O. E. GRAY.
1st Ward?John Y. Gariington.
2nd Ward?E. W. Martin.
3rd Ward?Dr. T. O. Lucas.
4th Ward?Clarence Babb.
6th Ward?Dr. G. O. Albrlgot.
6th Ward?W. R. Richey.
Bsanth? j) The Kind You Haw Alwart BotgH
Sends "Wireless" Tele
gram Over the Ocean.
Communicates with the
King of Italy.
The Success of Great System of Tele
graphy Without Wires Seems
Wireless messages sent in Italian
by Mr. Maro nl. from Nova Scotia to
Gen. Brusaldi, first aide-de-camp to the
King of Italy, to the lady-in-waiting to
the Queen Dowager Margherlta and to
tho Italian minister of marine have
been reoeived at Poldhu, Cornwall, by
operators who have no knowledge of
the Italian language. This is consid
ered proof of the accuracy with whloh
messages may be transmitted. The
following message was sent to the di
rectors of the Marconi Wireless Tele
graph Company in London:
"My best Christmas wishes to my co
directors and their families sent for the
first time by Trans-Atlantic wireless
HAD MONEY IN PLENTY.
Yet This Man wag Nearly Dead of Star
Last week William Bowie, a rioh
merchant of Cleveland, Ohio, was
found in a barn atSohagbtlooke, N. Y.,
half starved and nearly frozen, suffer
ing from a rare disease known as am
He at first refused to take food, as
serting that efforts were being made
to poison him.
When found he was dressed in an ex
pensive suit, and had nearly 9200 in is
pocket. He wore a gold watch, a ohain
and some diamonds. An unloaded re
volver was found In one of his pockets,
and a diary whleh showed that he in
tended to commit suiolde.
Bowie left Cleveland a few weeks ago
for New York, and was returning
home when he became suddenly in
sane. How he got to Schagbtlcoke is
IN THE ^^^^^^^
Church of the Epiphany, Laurens,
S. C, W. Edward Callender, Minister
in charge. The following services are
held in the above church every Sunday.
10:00 a. m. Sunday School; 11:00 a. m.
Morning Prayer and Sermon; 4:00 p. m.
Evening Prayer and Address.
The first series of addresses will bo
on the Prayer Book. A cordial Invita
tion is extended. All seats free.
First Methodist Episoopal Church,
South, Rev. Watson B.Duncan, A. M.,
pastor. Preaohlng at 11 o'oelok a. m.
and at 7.30 p. m. Prayer meeting on
Thursday at 7.80 p. m.
Sunday School, Hon. C. C. Feather
stone, Superintendent, at 10 o'clock at
Woman's Missionary Society, Mrs. S.
D. Garllngton, President, meets on
Tuesday after First Sunday, at 4.80
o'clock p. m.
Ladies' Aid Society, Mrs. J. F. Bolt,
President, meets on Tuesday, after
Third Sunday at 4 80 o'clock p. m.
Church Conforence every Third Sun
day after the morning service.
First Presbyterian Church, Rev.
Hobt. Adams, Pastor, services at 11 a.
in. and 8:15 p. m., each Sabbath. All
Sunday School, C. W. Tune, Super
intendant, Sunday Morning at 10 a. m.
Todd Memorial Presbyterian Church,
East End,-Pastor. Preach
ing in Factory Hall every
Appointments for North Laurkns
Trinty, First Sunday, at 11 o'clock,
Trinity, Third Sunday, at 3:30
o'clock, p. m.
Shlloh, First Sunday, at 8:80 o'clock,
Shiloh, Third Sunday, at 11 o'clock,
Dials, Second Sunday, at 11 o'clock,
Dials, Fourth Sunday, at 3:30 o'clock,
Graycourt, 2d Sunday at 3.30 o'clock,
Graycourt, 4th Sunday at 11 o'clock
Sunday Schools at each appointment
one hour before preaching.
Prayer meeting Thursday nights at
Graycourt, at 8 o'clock. All are alike
invited to attend these services, for it
is here, as it is in Heaven, "the rich
and the poor meet together."
J. K. McCain,
Langston's Church, Baptist, preach
ing 11 a. m., Fourth Sundays, and Sat
urday before, by Rev. E. C. Watson.
Hurricane Church, Baptist, preaoh
lng 11 a. ma, First Sundays and on Sat
urday before by Rev. E. C. Watson.
Dorroh Presbyterian ohurob, Gray
Court, 8. C., T. B. Cralg, pastor.
Preaohlng on 1st Sunday at 11 a. m.
3rd Sunday 4 p. m.
Sabbath Sohool on 1st and 2nd San
days at 10 a m., and on 3rd and 4th
Sundays at 8 p. m.
J. T. Pedkk, Supt.
Lanford, Baptist preaohlng 11 a. m.
Second Sundays by Rev. E. C. Watson;
Preaching at Cedar Shoal Church on
same day at 3 o'clock p. m. s
Padgett's Creek, Baptist preaohlng
at 11 a. m. on Third Sundays by E. C.
Warrior Creek Baptist Church, Rev.
O. L. Jones, supply. Service every 4th
Sunday at 11 o'clock and Saturday be
Mt. Bethel, Second Sunday at 11
o'clock, a. m.
Mt. Bethel, Fourth Sunday 'at. 3:30
o'olook, p. m.
_S. W. Henry, Pastor.
Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Rev. R.
B. Vaughn, Pastor?Service on the 1st
Sunday of each month at 11 o 'clock a.
m. and on Saturday before at 2 o'clock
Ii BLACK I
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OHRISTMAS EVE IN A LUMUEIt CAM 1*.
T was due to a mysterious dis
pensation of Providence nud
a good deal to Leslie Graeme
that I found myself In tho
heart of the Selklrks for my Christmas
eve as thu year 1882 was dying. It had
been my plan to spend my Christinas
far away in Toronto with such bo
bemlan and boon companions as could
be found in that cosniopolltau nnd
kindly city. But Leslie Graeme chang
ed all that, for, discovering mo In the
village of Black Rock, with my traps
all packed, waiting for tho stage to
?tart for the Laudlug, thirty miles
away, be bore down upon me with re
sistless force, and I found myself re
covering from my surprise only after
we bad gone in his lumber sleigh some
six miles on our way to his camp up in
the mountains. I was surprised and
much delighted, though I would not
allow blm to think so, to find that his
old time power over mo was still there.
He could always In the old varsity
days?dear, wild days?make mo do
what be liked. He was so handsomo
and so reckless, brilliant in his class
work and tho prince of halfbacks on
the Rugby field and with such power
of fascination ns would "extract the
heart out of o wheelbarrow," as Barney
Lundy used to say. And thus It was that
I fouud myself just three weeks later?
I was to have spent two or three days?
on the afternoon of the 24th of Decem
ber, standing In Graeme's Lumber
Camp No. 2, wondering nt myself. But
I did not regret my changed plans, for
in those three weeks I bad raided a
cinnamon bear's den and had wakened
up a grizzly. But I shall let the grizzly
finish the tale. He probably sees more
humor in It than I.
The camp stood in a little clearing
and consisted of a group of three long,
low shanties, with smaller shacks near
them, all built of heavy, unhewn logs,
with door and window in each. The
grub camp, with cook shed attached,
stood In the middle of the clearing; nt
a little distance was the sleeping camp
with the office built against It, and
about a hundred yords away on tho
other side of tho clearing stood tho
stables and near them tho smlddy. Tho
mountains rose grandly on every side,
throwing up their great peaks Into
the sky. The clearing in which tho
enmp stood was hewn out of a denso
plno forest that filled tho valley and
climbed half way up tho mountain
sides and then frayed out in scattered
and stunted trees.
It was ono of those wonderful Cana
dian winter days, bright and with a
touch of sharpness In tho air that did
not chill, but warmed the blood like
drafts of wine. Tho men were up in
the woods, and tho shrill scream of tho
bluejay flashing ncross the open, the
impudent chntter of the red squirrel
from the top of the grub camp and tho
pert chirp of the whisky jack hopping
about on tbo rubbish heap, with tho
long, lone cry of the wolf far down the
valley, only made the silence felt tbo
As I stood drinking in with nil my
soul the glorious beauty and silenco of
mountain and forest, with the Christ
mas feeling stealing into me, Graeme
came out from his office and, catchlug
Sight of me, called out, "Glorious
Christmas weather, old chap!" and
then, coming nearer, "Must you go to
"I fear so," I replied, knowing well
that the Christmas feeling was on him
"I wish I were going with you," he
I turned eagerly to persurdo him, but
at tbe look of suffering in his face the
words died on my Hps, for we both
were thinking of the awful night of
horror when all bis bright, brilliant
life crashed down about him in black
ruin and shame. I could only throw my
arm over bis shoulder and stand silent
beside him. A sudden jingle of bells
roused blm and, giving himself a little
?hake, he exclaimed:
"There are the boys coming home."
Soon tbo camp was filled with men
talking, laughing, chaffing, like light
"They are a little wild tonight" said
Graeme, "and tomorrow they'll paint
BlacV P yk red."
Before many minutes had gone the
last teamster was "washed up" and all
.were standing about waiting impa
tiently for tbe cook's signal?tbo sup
per tonight was to bo "something of a
feed"?when the sound of bells drew
their attention to a light sleigh drawn
by a buckskin broncho coming down
the hillside at a great pace.
"The preacher, I'll bet, by his driv
ing," said one of tho men.
"Bedad, and it's him has the folne
nose for turkey," said Blaney, a good
natured, jovial Irishman.
"Yen, or for pay day, more like,"
?aid Keefe, a black browed, villainous
fellow countryman of Blaney's and,
strange to say, bis great friend.
Big Sandy McNaughton, a Canadian
hlghlander from Glengarry, roso up in
wrath. ''Bill Keefe," said he, with de
liberate emphasis, "you'll just keep
your dirty tongue off tbo minister, and,
as for your pay, it's little he sees of
St or any one else, except Mike Slavln,
when you're too dry to wait for some
one to treat you, or perhaps Father
Ryan, when the'fear of hell iflro Is on
The men stood nmnzed nt Sandy's
maiden nngcr nnd length of speech.
"Bonl Dnt's good for you, my bully
boy," said Baptlstc, a wiry little French
Canadian, Sandy's sworn ally and de
voted admirer ever since tho day when
the big Scotsman, under great provo
cation, bad knocked him clenn off the
dnmp into tho river and thon jumped
in for him.
It was not till afterward I learned
the causo of Sandy's suddon wrntb
which urged him to such unwonted
length of speech. It was not simply
that the Presbyterian blood carried
With it reverenco for tho minister nnd
contempt for papists nnd Fenians, but
that he had a vivid remembrance of
bow, only a month ngo, the minister
bad got him out of Mike 8levin's sa
loon and out of the clutches of Keefe
and Slavln nnd their gang of blood
Keefe started up with a curse. Bap
tlsto sprang to Sandy's side, slapped
Mm on the back and called out:
"You keel blm I I'll bit (eat) him up,
It looked as if there might be a fight
when a harsh voice Mid In a low, sav
age ton?: /
"Stop your row, you blunk fools!
Settle It, If you want to, Bouiewherc
1 turned niul wns nranzed to seo old
man Nelson, who was very seldom
moved to speech.
There was a look of scorn on his
hard, Iron gray foco and of such set
tled fierceness as made me quite be
lieve the tales I had heard of bis dead
ly tights In the mines at the coast. Be
fore any reply coul 1 be made tho min
ister drove up and called out In a
"Merry Christmas, boys! Ilello, San
dy! Comment ca vn, Baptlste? How
do you do, Mr. Graeme?"
"First rate. Lot me Introduce my
friend, Mr. Connor, sometime medical
student, now artist, hunter and tramp
at large, but not a baa Bort."
"A man to be envied," sold tho min
ister, smiling. "I am glad to know any
friend of Mr. Graeme's."
I liked Mr. Crnlg from the first. Ho
had good eyes that looked straight out
at you, a clean cut, strong face, well
set on his shoulders, and altogether
an upstanding, manly bearing. lie In
sisted on going with Sandy to the sta
bles to see Dandy, his broncho, put up.
"Decent fellow," said Graeme; "but,
though he Is good enough to bis bron
cho, it Is Sundy that's in his mind
"Does he come out often? I mean
nro you part of his parish bo to
"I. have uo doubt ho. thinks so, and
I'm blowed if ho docsu't make the
Presbyterians of us think so too." And
be added, after a pause: "A dandy lot
of parishioners we are for any man.
There's Sandy, now. ne would knock
Keefo's head off as a kind of religious
exercise, but tomorrow Keefo will bo
sober, and Sandy will be drunk ns a
lord, and the drunker he Is tho better
Presbyterian he'll be, to tho preacher's
disgust." Then, after another pause,
he added bitterly: "But It Is not for
me to throw rocks nt Sandy. I am not
the same kind of fool, but I am a fool
of several other sorts."
Then the cook came out and bent a
tattoo on the bottom of a disbpan.
Baptlste answered with a yell; but,
though keenly hungry, no man would
demean himself to do other than walk
with apparent reluctance to his place
at tho table. At the farther end of the
camp wns a big fireplace, and from the
door to the fireplace extended tho long
board tables, covered with platters of
turkey not too scientifically carved,
dishes of potatoes, bowls of npplo
sauce, plates of butter, pics and smaller
dishes distributed nt regular Intervals.
Two lanterns hanging from tho roof
and a row of candles stuck into the
wall on either sldo by means of slit
sticks cast a dim, weird light over the
There was a moment's silence, and,
nt n nod from Graeme, Mr. Cralg rose
"I dou't know how you feel about it,
men, but to me this looks good enough
to be thankful for."
"Fire ahead, sir," called out a voice
quite respectfully, nnd the minister
bent bis bend and said:
"For Christ tho Lord, who came to
Bave us, for all the love and goodness
we have known nnd for these thy gifts
to us this Chrlstmns night, our Father,
make us thankful. Amen."
"Bon! Dat's fuss rate," said Bap
tlste; "seems lak dat's make me hit
more better for sure."
And then no word was spoken for a
quarter of an hour. Tho occasion was
for too solemn nnd moments too pre
cious for anything so empty ns words,
but when the white piles of bread nnd
the brown piles of turkey had for a
second time vanished nnd after the last
pie had disappeared there came a pause
nnd n bush of expectancy, whereupon
the cook nnd cookee, each bearing aloft
a huge, blazing pudding, came forth.
"Hooray!" yelled Blaney. "Up wld
ye!" And, grabbing tho cook by the
shoulders from behind, be faced him
Mr. Craig was the first to respond
and, seizing the cookee In the same
way, called out:
"Squad, fall In! Quick march!"
In a moment every man was in the
"Striko up, Batchees, ye little angci 1"
shouted Blaney, the appellation ft con
cession to tho minister's presence, and
away went Baptlste In n rollicking
French song with tho English chorus:
"Then blow, ye winds, In the morning'.
Plow, yo winds, ay oh I
Blow, yo winds, In tho morning*,
Blow, blow, blow I"
And nt each "blow" every boot came
down with a thump on the plank floor
that shock the solid roof. After the
second round Mr. Crolg Jumped upon
tho bench and called out:
"Thrco cheers for Billy the cook!"
In tho silence following the cheers
Baptlste was heard to say:
"Bon! Dat's mak mo feel lak hit dnt
puddin' all hup mcsclf, me."
"Hear till tbo little baste!" said Bla
ney In disgust.
"Batchees," remonstrated nnndy
gravely, "you've more Btomacb than
"Fu sure, but do more stomach dat's
more better for dls puddin'," replied
tho llttlo Frenchman cheerfully.
After a tlmo tho tables wero cleared
and pushed back to tho wall, and pipes
wero produced. In nil attitudes sug
gestive of comfort the men disposed
themselves In a wldo circle about the
uro, which now roorcd and crackled up ,
the great wooden chimney hanging
from tho roof. Tho lumberman's hour
of bliss bad arrived. Even old man
Nelson looked a shad ; less melancholy
than usijtl ns he snt clone, well away
from the fire, smoking steadily and si
lently. When tho second pipes were
well n-goii:g, ono of tho nu'tj took down
a violin from tho wall and banded ft to
Lachten Campbell. There wero two
brothers Campbell Just out from Argyll,
typical hlgblanders? Lachlnn, dark, si
lent, melancholy, with (ho faco of a
mystic, and Angus, red haired, quick,
Impulsive nnd dovoted to his brother, a
devotion ho thought proper to cover
under biting, sarcastic speech.
Lachlnn after much protestation, jh>
tersperscd with gibes from his brother,
took tho violin and, in response to the
call from all sides, struck up "Lord
Macdonald's Reel." In a moment the
floor was filled with dancers, whoop
ing and cracking their fingers In the
wildest manner. Then Baptlste did
tho "Red River Jig," a most Intricate
and dim colt series of steps, the men
keeping tlmo to the music with hands
When the Jig was finished, Sandy
called for "Lochaber No More," but
"No, no; I Ct? mot play that tonight
Mr. Cralg will play."
Cralg tool; tho violin, nnd nt tho tirut
note I knew he was no ordinary play
er. I did not recognlzo tho music, but
It wns soft and thrilliug and got in by
tho heart till every ouo was thinking
his tendorest and saddest thoughts.
After he bad played two or three ex
quisite bits be gavo Cumpbell his vio
lin, sayiug, "Now, 'Lochaber,' Lach-*
Without a word Lnchlan began, not
"Lochaber"?bo was not ready for that
yet?but "Tbe Flowers o' the Forest"
and from thnt wandered through
"Auld liobin Gray" and "Tho Land o'
the Leal," and so got at last to that
most soul subduing of Scottish la
ments, "Lochaber No More." At tbe
first strain his brother, who had thrown
himself ou some blankets behind the
fire, turned over on his face, felKuing
sleep. Sundy McNaughton took his
plpo out of his mouth nnd sat up
straight and stiff, staring into vacancy,
and Graeme, beyond tho fire, drew a
short, sharp breath. We had often sat
Graemo and I, in our student days, in
the drawing room at home, listening
to his father walling out "Lochaber"
upon tho pipes, and I well knew that
the awful minor strains were now eat
ing their way Into his soul.
6\i?r and over again the highbinder
I played his lament lie hud long sluco
forgotten us nnd was celng visions of
the hills aud leciis and glens of his far
away native land nnd making us, too,
see strange things out of the dim past
I glanced at old man Nelson and was
startled at the eager, almost piteous,
look In his eyes, and I wished Camp
bell would stop. Mr. Cralg caught my
eye. nud, stepping over to Campbell,
held out his hand for the vlollu. Lln
gerlngly and lovingly tho Highlander
drew out the last strain and silently
gave the minister his Instrument.
Without a moment's pause and while
the spell of "Lochaber" was still upon
us the minister, with exquisite skill,
fell into the refrain of that simple nnd
beautiful camp meeting hymn, "Tho
Sweet By and By." After playing tho
verse through once he sang softly the
refrain. After the first verse the men
Joined In the chorus, at first timidly,
but by the time the third verse was
reached they wero shouting with
throats full open, "We shnll meet on
that beautiful shore." When I looked
at Nelson, the eager light had gone out
of his eyes, and in Its place was a kind
of determined hopelessness, as if In
this new music be bad no port.
After the voices bad ceased Mr. Cralg
played ognln the refrain, more and
more softly nnd slowly. Then, laying
the violin on Campbell's knees, he drew
from his pocket bis little Biblo and
"Men, with Mr. Graeme's permission,
I want to read you something this
Christinas eve. You will all have heard
It before, but you will like it none the
less for that."
His voice was soft, but clear and pen
etrating ns lie rend the eternal story of
the nngcls nnd tho shepherds nnd the
Rnbe, and ns be read a slight motion
of the hand or n glance of an eye mudo
us see, ns he was seeing, that whole
radiant drama. Tbo wonder, tho timid ;
Joy, the tenderness, the mystery of it
all, wero borne in upon us with over
powering effect. He closed the book
and in the same low, clear voice wont
on to tell us how, lu Ids home years
ago, he used to stand on Christinas ovo
listening in thrilling delight to his
mother telling him the story, nnd how
she used to make hi in see the shepherds
and hear the sheep bleating near by,
and how the sudden burst of glory used
to make his heart jump.
"I used to bo a little afraid of the
angels, because a boy told mo they
were ghosts, but my mother told mo
better, nnd I didn't fear them nny
more. And tho Baby, the dear little
Baby?we all love a baby."
There was a quick, dry sob. It was
"I used to peek through under to see
the little one In the straw nnd wonder
what things swaddling clothes were.
Oh, It was all so real and beautiful!"
He paused, and I could hear the men
"But one Christinas eve," he went on
In a lower, sweeter tone, "there was
no one to tell mo the story, and I grew
to forget It and went away to college
and leurned to think that It was only
a child's tale and was not for men.
Then bad days came to me, and worse,
and I began to lose my grip of myself,
of lifo, of hope, of goodness, till one
black Christinas, in tho slums of a far
away city," when I had given up nil
nnd the devil's arms wero about ine, I
heard tho story again, and as I listen
ed, with a bitter ache in my heart, for
I had put it all behind me, I suddenly
found myself peeking under the shep
herd's arms with a child's wonder at
tho Baby in the straw. Then it came
over mo Hko great waves thnt his
name wns Jesus, becauso It was ho
that should save men from their ship.
Save! Sovo! Tho waves !:ept beating
upon my cars, and before I know I
had called out, 'Oh, can ho save me?'
It was In n llttlo mission meeting on
one of tho side streets, and they seem
ed to bo used to thnt sort of thing
there, for no ono was surprised, and a
young fellow leoned across the olslo
to me and sold, 'Why, you Just bet ho
con!' Ills surprise that I should doubt,
his bright face and confident tone, gavo
mo hopo that perhaps It might bo so. I
held to that hopo with all my soul,
nnd," stretching up bis arms nnd with
a quiek glow In his faco and a little
break In his voice, "ho hasn't failed
me yet, not once, not once!"
He stopped short, nnd I felt a good
deal like making a fool of myself, for
In thoso'dnys I had not made up my
mind about theso things. Graeme, poor
old chap, was gazing nt blm with a sad
yearning In his dark eyes; big Snndy
was sitting very stiff nnd stnrlng hard
er than over Into tbo flro; Bnptlsto wna
trembling with excitement; Blancy was
openly wiping the tears away. But tho
face that held my eyes was that of old
man Nelson. It wns white, fierce, iron*
gry looking, his sunken eyes burning,
bis lips pnrted ns if to cry.
Tho minister went on. "I didn't mean
to tell you this, men. It all came over
mo with n rush. But It Is truo, every
word, and not a word will I toko back.
And, what's more, I can tell you this?
what he did for mo ho con do for any
pian, and It doesn't make any differ
ence what's behind hlin, nnd," leaning
slightly forward and with a llttlo thrill
of pathos vibrating In his volco, "oh,
boys, why don't you glvo blm a chanco
nt you? Without him you'll never be
the men you want to he, nnd you'll
never get the better of that that's keep
ing some of you now from going back
home. You know you'll never go back
till you'ro tbo men you wont to bo."
Then, lifting up his face and throwing
back his head, he said, as If to himself,
"Jesus?ho shall savo his pcoplo from
their sins," nnd then, "Lot us pray."
Graemo leaned forward with his face
In his hands; Baptlsto nnd Blancy drop
ped on their kneos; Snndy, tho Camp
bells and somo others-stood up. Old
man Nelson held bis *eyes steadily on
the minister. J
Only ouco before hud I seen that look
on a human face. A young fellow had
broken through the Ice on the river at
home, and as the black water wan
dragging bis fingers ono by one from
the slippery edge* there come over his
faco that same look. I used to wake
up for many a night after in a sweat
of. horror, seeing the white face with
its parting lips and its piteous, dumb
appeal and the black water slowly
sucking it down.
Nelson's faco brought It all back, but
during tho prayer the face changed
and seemed to settle into resolve of
some sort, stern, almost gloomy, as of
a man with bis last chance before him.
After tho prayer Mr. Cralg invited
tho men to a Christmas dinner next
day in Black Rock. "And because you
aro an Independent lot we'll charge yon
half n dollar for dinner and the even
ing show." Then, leaving a bundle of
magazines and illustrated papers on
the table, a godsend to the men, he
said goodby and went out.
I was to go with the minister, so I
Jumped into tho sleigh first and waited
whllo ho said goodby to Graeme, who
had been hard hit by the wholo serv
ice and seemed to want to say some
thing. I heard Mr. Cralg say cheerful
ly and confidently: "It's a true bill.
Bandy, who had been steadying Dan
dy while that interesting broncho was
attempting with great success to bal
ance himself on Ids hind legs, came to
"Coine and see me first thing, Sandy."
"Aye, I know. I'll see you, Mr.
Crolg," said Sandy earnestly ns Dandy
dashed off at a full gallop across the
clearing and over tho bridge, steadying
down when he reached the hill.
"Steady, you idlotl"
This was to Dandy, who had taken
a sudden sldo spring into the deep
snow, almost upsetting us. A man
stepped out from the shadow. It was
old man Nelson. Ho came straight to
tho sleigh and, ignoring my presence
"Mr. Crnlg, nro you dead sure of
this? Will it work?"
"Do you mean," said Crnlg, taking
him up promptly, "can Jesus Christ
save you from your sins and make a
man of you?"
The old man nodded, keeping his
hungry eyes on the other's face.
"Well, here's his message to you:
'The Son of Man Is como to seek and to
save that which Is lost.' "
"To me? To* me?" said the old man
"Listen. This, too, is his word: 'Him
that cometh unto mo I will in nowlso
cast out.' That's for you, for here you
"You don't know me, Mr. Craig. I
left my baby fifteen years ago be
"Stop!" said the minister. "Don't
tell inc?at least not tonight, perhaps
never. Tell him who knows it all now
nnd who never betrays a secret Have
It out with him. Don't bo afraid to
Nelson looked at him, with his face
quivering, and said in a husky volco:
"If this Is no good, it's hell for me."
"If It's no good," replied Crnlg, al
most sternly, "It's hell for all of us."
The old man straightened himself up,
looked up at tho stars, then bnck nt
Mr. Cralg, then at mo nnd, drawing a
deep breath, said:
"I'll try him."
As he was turning away tho minister
touched him on tho arm nnd said quiet
"Keep an eye on Sandy tomorrow."
Nelson nodded, and we went on, but
before we took the next turn I looked
back nnd saw what brought a lump In
to my throat. It was old man Nelson
on his knees In the snow, with his
hands spread upward to the stars, nnd
I wondered If there was any ono above
the stars nnd nearer than the stars
who could see. And then the trees hid
him from my sight.
[to he continued.]
Pains in the Back
Are symptoms of a weak, torpid or
Stagnant condition of the kidneys or
liver, and are a warning it is extremely
hazardous to neglect, so important
is a healthy action of these organs.
They are commonly attended by loss
of energy, lack of courage, and some
times by gloomy foreboding and de
"I had oalns in my b;>.ek, could not sleep
and when I got cp In the morning felt
worse than the ni^ht before. I began tak
ln? Hood's SarsapnrlUn and now i can
sleep nnd K"t up feeling rested and able to
do my work. I attribute my cure entirely
to Hood's SnrsaparlUa." Mas. J. N. PKaay,
care IL S. Copelnnd, l'ike Head, Ala.
Cure kidney nnd liver troubles, relieve
the back, and build up tho whole system.
Do you hold a Draft
on us for a THIMBLE?
If you do call and we will
be glad to explain how you
can get a
Ask to see our Art Portfolio.
For Four Cents you can get a
Visit our store and we will be
Palmetto Drug Co.
Look for sign with the Tree.
Btnuathe lha Kind^You Have Alwafl OoqzM
Tho Kind You Have Always Bought, aud which 1ms been
iu uso for over 30 years, has homo tho signatnro of
and has heen mado under his pcr
ffout jf?-- sonal supervision since its infancy.
^&4C"U#i Allow no ono to deceive you in this.
All Counterfeits, Imitations and " Just-as-good" arc but
experiments that trifle with and endanger tho health of
Infants and Children?Experience against Experiment.
What is CASTORIA
Castoria is a harmless substitute for Castor Oil, Pnrc
goric, l>rops and Soothing Syrups. It is Pleasant. It
contains neither Opium, Morphine nor other Narcotic
substance. Its ago is its guarantee. It destroys Worms
and allays Feverishuess. It cures Diarrhoea and Wind
Colic. It relieves Teething Troubles, cures Constipation
and Flatulency. It assimilates the Food, regulates tho
Stomach and Bowels, giving healthy and natural sleep.
The Children's Panacea?Tho Mother's Friend.
GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAY!
Bears the Signature of
The Kind You toe Always Bought
In Use For Over SO Years.
THC OKNTAUR COM.ANV, TT MUAI1AV .TMCCT, HIW VOHK CITY.
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Only a Few
The end of the Season is fast approaching and
our big stock of Merchandise must be turned
into CASH ; and while you want Che goods is
the time to move them. We arc determined to
sell the Goods, and you are determined to buy
them where your money goes tho farthest, so let
tts pull together.
Everything in Dress Goods at 25 to 33 per
Everything in Millinery goes at same price.
Nothing must be carried over. Big lot Boy's
Clothing at actual
3?T COST. 3?
The biggest values in Ladies' and Misses' Shoes in the oil}'.
Ladies' Fleeced Undervests 15 to 45 cents; Lot North Carolina
Wool Blankets at a sacrifice, $4 00 values at $2.98 ; vv6.jo values
at #4.98. Get into line and make straight for our store.
R. P. riilam & Co.
We offer to our Farmers the chance to buy
goods, especially Groceries, at?
.We sell all Supplies, the best kinds, at.
and make your dollars go furthest by trading here. Try us and
see for yourselves.
Our Undertaker's Stock is Complete. We cany a well
selected stock of everything from
the cheapest Coffin to the best Me
talic Cases ; in cloth goods we carry
the best?among them embossed
white plush goods ; also black, full
draped in cloth. A First-class Hearse
when wanted. We can furnish white
ro black horses when desired. At
night or Sunday 'Phone R. P. Milam's residence or call on I. Mills
Hunter at J. A. Copeland's residence.
H. P. MILAN & CO.
H. B. GRAY. j c SHEA LY
Gray & Shealy.
ought to interest fjtho man
whosa roof has a holo in it.
Also tho man vho has no roof,
but intends to build one. Our
Long Leaf unblcd Pine Shin
gles are tho best offered in
this city. Mado from a fine
grade wood and right in overy
And those figures ought to provo
that prices aro right, too.
Gfay & Si?ealy.
A NEW LAW FIRM.
Tho 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 w ill
promptly attend to all business en
trusted to them.
The Kind You Have Always Bought
R. A. Coopkr.
For Infants and Children.
Ton Cents Cotton.
Wo are prepared to take rare of a
quantity of ootton ou storago and ad?
vanoo money on samo. Now la tho
time to store your cotton for a profit.
Don't soil too fast, or it will give out
J. Waok Andkkson,
6m President and Manager.
J. N. LEAK,
I Offers his services to the peo
ple of Laurens County.
I Address: Gray Court, S. C.