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LAUBENS. S. C, April 15, 100?.
Laurens aud the Coast Line.
Ihe oity counoil of Hpartanburg has
pa&ied an ordinance requiring the rail
roads entering that town to maintain
gates at a number of dangerous cross
ings. The railways have of course ob
jected to the ordinance and meanwhile
its enforcement has been deferred,
pending investigation of the subject
In the city of Laurens ure several
railway crossings which seem to be
constantly menacing to lifo and limb.
Tho crossing in North Harper street
near Dr. Pooled homo is dangerous.
The crossing in east Main street
near the passenger depot Is especially
dangerous. In fact, tho location of
the passenger Btatlon as related to this
crossing constitutes what is a contin
uous peril. In our deliberate judg
ment the city of Laurens should sys
tematically appeal to every known
legal resort to require a complete re
formation of tho passenger station fa
cilities. This should bo done regard
less of expense to the railways, the
wretched aud dangerous blunder of lo
cating tho station where it Is having
been made by them.
The railway crossing in Fleming
street near the oil mill is especially
dangerous. Vehicles approaching from
tho west are cut off from view of the
train a cuuiing from the south. Mr. J.
O. O. Fleming and his little boy have
twice had narrow escapes from being
run over at this crossing. The cross
ing is a constant source of dangor.
The crossing In Chestnut ttrcet, rear
of Dr. Aiken's houso, Is full of clanger.
The crossing in Hampton street
noar T. H. Nelson's is one of the most
dangerous in Laurens?and this is put
ting the case strong.
The Advertiser has never been un
friendly to the railway companies. The
Advertiser is not of the class that
rejoices in verdicts against railways, a
large proportion of which are ab
surdly illogical and unjust. The Ad
vertiser deprecates tho settled cus
tom of the public suffering in silence
tho illiberal treatment often accorded
by the railway coinpanlos and wreak
ing its vengeance in big verdicts in fa
vor of individuals who are sometimes
unworthy. Without doubt, these ver
dicts are frequently just but in most
cases damages are fixed by juries by
guess-work. It i? tho fault of the legal
system rather than of the juries, who
are given little guide.
This is the condition of affairs: the
railways as a rule act on the principle
that tho people are thoir natural en
emies, that the people are predatory
animals, bent on robbing them. The
people, on the other hand, act on the
principle that the railways are preda
tory animals, that they are bent on
robbing the people. Tho result la that
the people take advantage of opportu
nities to visit penalties upon railways
In "damage- suit verdicts, the whole
benefit of which Is frequently reaped
by undeserving persons. The rail
ways, meanwhile, yield as little as pos
sible consistent with maintaining traf
fic and deriving revenues that would
help the public generally.
This town is wholly dependent on tho
Atlantic Coast Lino Railway. It oper
ates every passenger train entering or
departing from Laurens. We must
travel by that system or stay at home.
So far as we know, not one of the high
officials of this great system ever saw
Laurens, unless in a casual trip
through. The interests of the town
are wholly subordinated to the inter
ests of tho road elsewhere. Laurens,
Gray Court, Clinton and other towns
are scarcely known to exist by the
owners of the road.
What are we going to do about it?
We can do a great deal. Wo, our peo
ple, have contributed about $300,000 to
the 'construction of these Atlantic
Coast Line properties. We are entitled
not only to fair but liberal treatment.
We are in a position to at least compel
the railways to observe the letter of
tho law. We can compel the abate
ment of the passenger depot nuisance.
Our city council can act and act again
aud again until remedies are provided.
We can appeal to the railway commis
sion. If the railway commission does
not do its duty, Laurens county can
mark the men who fail, remember
them and poll three thousand solid
votes in a Democratic primary against
When a city and county like Lau
rens are in earnest and act together
they can obtain what the statutes
We should say in conclusion that the
division office's of the 0. & W. O. and
the C. N. A L. are not largely if at
all, responsible for the condition of af
fairs here. We know enough of rail
roading to say that division officers
have very limited powers and count for
"mighty little" in the policy of a great
system like the Atlantic Coast Line.
We believe that Superintendent An
derson and President Childs are
friendly to Laurens, as naturally they
should he, hut the ra6n who hold the
purse strings ignore us.
The Abbeville Press and Banner
which is deeply interested in the rais
ing of the Hampton monument fund is
respectfully informod that the county
of Darlington has raised about $1,000.
No such amount has been raised in
There was a big sensation in Lees
vllie, Ind., wbon W. H. Brown of that
place, who was expected to die, had
bis life saved by Dr. King's New Dis
covery for Consumption. He writes: "I
? endured insufforable agonies from
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| WHEN KNIGHTHOOD |
I WAS IN FLOWER I
2jf Or, Tb? Lot? Story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor, the King's SUter, aud %?*
? Happening jtn tb? Rdgn of His Aoguat Majesty King Henry the Eighth Tjf
ILtwrittMi aokl ILf darart Into Modern Knrfliah From Sir F.Jwm
flp C?*kodcn'? Memoir p 3$jjr
& By EDWIN CASKODEN [CHAi?Lf:S MAJOR] #
? Cbpt/HpM, MW and 1901, tty the lloicen-ilerrill ComjHinv W
A LESSON IM DANCIITO.
LAUGHED heartily when Jane
told mo of the tilt between
Brandon and Princess Mary,
the latter of whom was In tho
habit of saying unkind things und be
ing thanked for them.
Brandon was the wrong man to say
them to, us Mary leumed. Ho was not
hot tempered?In foot. Just tho rovcrso
?but ho was the last man to brook an
affront and the quickest to resent in a
cool hended, dangerous way nn Inten
He respected hiniBolf and made oth
ers do the same, or seem to do so at
least. He bad no vanity, which is but
an Inordinate desire for those qualities
that bring self respect and often tho re
sult of conscious demerit, but he knew
himself and knew that be wiis entitled
to his own good opinion. He was every
Inch a man, strong, Intelligent and
bravo to temerity, with n reckless dis
regard of consequences, which might
have been dangerous had It not been
tempered by a dash of prudence and
caution that gave him ballast.
I was not surprised when I heard of
tho encounter, for I knew enough of
ldm to be sirro that Mary's high handed
noss would meet Its counterpart In my
cool friend Brandon. It was, howevor,
nu unfortunate victory, and what ali
Mary's beauty and brightness would
have failed to do her honest, open ac
knowledgment of wrong, following so
quickly upon tho heels of her fault, ac
complished easily. It drew him within
the circle of her fatal attractions, aud
when Jane told me of It I know his fate
was sealed and that soonor or later bis
untouched heart and cool hend would
fall victim to tho shafts thut so surely
winged nil others.
It might and probably would be
"later," Blnce, as Brandon had said, ho
was not ono of thoso who wear tho
"I met your friend. Did he tell yout"
heart upon tho sleeve. Then he had
that strong vein of prudence and cau
tion which, In view of Mary's unattaln
ablcness, would probably come to his
help. But never was man's heart strong
enough to resist Mary Tudor's Bmllo
There was this difference between
Brandon and most others?he would be
Slow to love, but when love should onco
fairly take root In his intense nature he
would not do to trifle with.
The night ufter the meeting Mary
cuddled up to Jane, .who slept with her,
and whispered, half bashfully:
"Tell me all about Brandon. I am
interested In him. I believe If I knew
more persons like him I should bo a
better girl, notwithstanding he Is one
of the boldest men I evor knew. Ho
says anything ho wishes and, with all
his modest manner, is as cool with mo
as if I wero a burgher's daughter. His
modesty Is all on the outsldo, but It Is
pretty, and pretty things must be on
the outside to be usoful. I wonder if
Judson thought him modest."
Jane talked of Brandon to Mary, who
was In nn excellent humor, until tho
girls fell asleep.
When Jane told me of this, I becamo
frightened, for the surest way to any
woman's heart is to convince her that
you make her better and arouso in her.
breast purer Impulses and higher aspi
rations. It would be bad enough should
Brandon fall in love with the princess,
which was almost sure to happen,
bq$ for them to fall In lovo with each
other meant Brandon's head upon the
block and Mary's heart bruised, broken
and empty for life. Her strong natnre,
filled to the brim with latent passion,
was the stuff of which lovo makes a
conflagration that burns to destruc
tion, and should she learn to love Bran
don she would move heaven and earth
to possess him.
She whose every desire from child
hood up had been gratified, whose
every whim seemed to her a para
mount necessity, would stop at noth
ing when tho dearest wish a woman's
heart can coin was to be gained or lost.
Brandon's element of prudence might
help him and might forestall any ef
fort on his part to win her, but Mary
had never heard of prudence, and
man's caution avails but littlo when
set ngnlnst woman's daring. In case
thoy both should lovo they were sure
to try for each other and lu trying wero
equally sure to find ruin and desola
A few evenings after this I met the
princess in tho queen's drawing room.
She beckoned me to her and, resting
her elbows on the top of a cabinet, her
chin in her hands, said: "I met your
friend, Captain Brandon, a day or two'
ago. Did ho tell you?*'
"No," X answered. "Jane told me,
but he has not mentioned it.
It was true Brandon had not said a
word of the matter, and I had n?$
spoken of It either. I wanted to gap
how long he would remain silent con
cerning an adventure that would have
set most men of the court boasUnsM
a great rate. To have a tilt wltb?
ever victorious Mary and to come
victor was enough, I think, to Ifl
any tongue loss given to bragging than
"So," continued Mary, oyjdon^iy
somowht t piqued, "he did not t^flc his
presentation to me a thing worth men
tioning? We had a little passage at
arms, and, to tell you the trnji, I c%ne,
off second best and hod to acknowledge
it too. Now, what do you think of this
new friend of yours? And ho did nqt
boast about having the better of me!
After all, thereIs more virtue in his si
lence than I at first thought." And she
thiew back her head and clapped her
hands and laughed with the most c*n
tuglous littlo rlpplo you over hcnnl. She
seemed not to grieve over her defeat,
but dimpled us though It were a huge
joke, the thought of which rather
pleased her than otherwise. Victory
hud grown Btnlo for her, although so
"What do I thiuk of my now friend?"
I repented after her, and that gave mo
a theme upon which I could enlarge
eloquently. I told her of hie learning,
notwithstanding the fact that ho. had
been in the conttnontul wnre ever sluco
he was a boy. I repeated to her atorles
of hl? daring and bravery that bad
been told to me by his uncle, the mas
tor of the horse, and others, and then
I added what I know Lady Jano had
already sold. I had expected to bo
brief, but to my surprlso found a close,
and interested listener, even to the'
twleo told parts, and drew my " story
out n little, to the liking of us both.
"Tour frier.? has an earnest advocate
In you, Sir IMwIn," said tho princess.
"That ho has," I replied. "Thero Is
nothing too good to say of him."
I knew that Mary, with her better,
clearer brain, held tho king almost in
the palm of her hand, so I thought to
advance Brnudon's fortune by a timely
"I trust the king will seo fit to favor
him, and I hopo that you will speak a
wo. d In his behalf should the opportu
"What, In the namo of heaven, have
we to give hlni?" cried Mary Impa
tiently, for sho kept an eye on things
political, oven If sho wero only a girl, j
"Tho king has given a way everything
that can bo given already, and now
that tho wor Is over and men are com
ing homo thero are hundreds waiting
for more. My father's great treasure Is
squandered, to Hay nothing of the mon
ey collected from Empson, Dudley and
the other commissioners. There Is not h- j
lug to give unless it be tho titles and
est me of tho lato Duko of Suffolk.
Perhaps tho king will give these to
your paragon if you will paint him in
as fair a light as you bavo drawn him
for mo." Then, throwing back nor
head, with a laugh, "Ask him."
"It would be none too much for his
deserts," I replied, falling In with her
"Wo will so arrange it, then," went
on Mary bnntermgly. "Captain Bran
don no longer, but Charles Brandon,
duke of Suffolk. How sounds it, Mas
"Sweet in my ears," I replied.
"I really believe you would havo the
king's crown for him, you absurd man,
if you could get It. We must havo so
interesting a person at court. I shall
at least sco that he is presented to tho
queen nt once. I wonder if he dances.
I suppose not. He has probably been
too busy cutting and thrusting." And
she laughed again at her own pleas
When the mirth began to gather In
bor face and the dimples came respon
sive to her sudles, when sho threw
back her perfectly poised head, strotch
lng her soft, white throat, so full and
round and beautiful, half closing her
big brown eyes till they shono again
from beneath the shndc of those long,
black, sweeping lashes; when her red
Hps parted, showing her tooth of pearl,
and she gnvo the little clap of her
hands, a sort of climax to the soft, low,
rippling laugh, she made a picture of
such exquisite loveliness that it is no
wonder men wero fools about her and
caught love as ono catches a contagion.
I had it once, ns you already know, and
had recovered. All that prevented a
dully relapse was my fair, weet anti
dote, Jane, whose image rested In my
heart, a lasting safeguard.
"I wonder if your prodigy plays
cards--that Is, such ns wo ladies play?"
asked Mary. "You say he has lived
much In France, where the game wus
Invented, but I have no doubt he
would scorn to waste his time at so
frivolous a pursuit when he might bo
slaughtering armies single handed and
"I do not know ns to his dancing
and card playing, but I dare venture
a wager he does both," I replied, not
liking her tone of sarcasm. Sho had
yet to learn who Brandon was.
"I will hazard ten crowns," said
Mary quickly, for she loved a wager
and was a born gambler.
"Taken," satd I.
"We will try him on both tomorrow
night in my drawing room," she con
tinued. "You bring him up, but tell
no one. I will have Jane there with
her lute, .which will not frighten you
nwny I know, and we will try his step.
I will have cards, too, und we shall see
what ho can do nt triumph. Just wo
four, no ono else at all. You and Jane,
the new Duke of Suffolk and I. Oh,
I can hardly wnltl" And she fairly
danced with joyous anticipation.
The thing had enough irregularity
to give it zest, for while Mary often
had a few young people In her drawing
r'Hjm, the companies were never so
small as two couples only, and the
king and queen, to make up for greater
faults, were wonderfnl sticklers in the
matter of little proprieties.
The ten crown wager, too, gave spice
to It, but to do her justice she cared
very little for that. Tho princess
loved gambling purely for gambling
sake, and with her tho next best thing
to winning wns losing.
When I went to my room that night,
I awakened Brandon and told him of
the distinguished honor that awaited
"Well, I'll bo"? But be did not say
whot he would "bo." Ho always halt
ed before an oath, unless nngty, which
was seldom, but then beware. He
had learned to swear in Flanders.
"How she did fly nt mo tho other
morning! I never was moro surprised
In nil my life. For once I was almost
caught with my guard down and did
not know how to parry the thrust.
I* mumbled over somS sort of a lanio
retaliation and beat a retreat. It was
so unjust and uncalled for that It
made me angry. But sho was so gra
cious in her amends that I was almost
glad it happened. I like a woman
who can be as savago as the very
devil when It pleases her. Sho usually
has in store au assortment of possibili
ties for tho other extreme."
"She told mo of your oncounter," I
returned, "but said sho had como off
second best, and seemed to think her
overthrow a huge joko.':
"The man who Ienrns to know what
n woman thinks and feels will havo a
great deal of Valuable information," he
replied, nnd then turned over for sleep,
greatly pleased, that ono woman
thought ns sho du?
1 was not sure ho would be bo highly
flattered If he knew that ho had been
invited to settle a wager and to help
Mary to a little sport
As to tho former, I had an interest
thoro myself, although I dared not Sec
tio tho question by asking Brandon If
he played cards and danced, and, as to
the matter of Mary's sport, I felt there
was but little If any danger of her
having too much of It at his expense,
Brandon being well able to care for
himself In that respect.
Tho next ovenlng at the appointed
time we wended our way by an unfre
quented routo and presented ourselves
as secretly as possible at the drawing
room of tho princess.
Tho door was opened by Lady Jane,
and we met the two girls almost at the
threshold. I had told Brandon of the
bantering conversation about tho title
and estutes of tho lato Duko of Suffolk,
aud ho bad laughed over It In tho best
of humor. If quick to retallato for nn
intentional offense, ho was not thin
skinned at n pleco of pleasantry, nnd
hud none of that stiff, sensitive dignity
so troublesomo to onosclf and frlonds.
Now, Jnno and Mary were always
bantering mo because I was short and
Inclined to be, in fact, round, but I
did not care. It mado them laugh, and
their laughing was so contagious It
made me laugh, too, aud wo all en
joyed lt. I would give a pound sterliug
any time for u good laugh, and that, I
think, is why I have always boon
So, upon entering, I said:
"Ills graco tho Duko of Suffolk, la
They e oh mndo a sweeping courte
sy, with ..and on breast, and gravely
"Your graco, good oven."
Brandon's bow -is as deep and
graceful, If thai ero possible, ns
theirs, aud when he moved on into the
room it was with a little halt in his
step and n big blowing out of tho
cheeks lu ludicrous imitation of his
lato lamented predecessor that sent the
girls iuto peals of soft laughter and put
us nil at our easo Immediately.
Ah, what a thing it Is to look back
upon?that time of life when one finds
his heaven in a ready laugh I
"Bo soated, nil," said the princess.
"This is to be without ceremony and
only wo four. No one knows a word of
it Did you toll any one, Sir EdwinV*
"Perish tho thought!" 1 exclaimed.
She turned her face townrd Brandon.
"But I know you did not I'vo heard
how discreet you wero about another
matter. Well, no ono knows it, then,
and wo can have a famous evening.
You did not oxpect this, Master Bran
don, after my reception of you tho oth
er morning? Wero you not surprised
when Sir Edwin told you?"
"I think I can safely say that I was
prepared not to bo surprised at any
thing your highness might graciously
conclude to do?nftor my first experi
ence," ho answered, smiling.
"Indeed?" returned Mary, with ele
vated eyebrows aM a rising inflection
on the last sylla. > of the word. It
was now her turn tor a little surprise.
"Well, we'll try to And somo way to
surprise you one of these days." And
tho time came when she was full of
surprises for him. Mary continued:
?'Hut lot us not talk nbout tho other
day. Of what use are 'other days,' any
way? Uefore tho ovenlng Is over, Mas
ter Brandon, wo want you to give us
another sermon." And she laughed, set
ting off three other laughs ns hearty
and sincere as If she had uttered the
rarest witticism ou earth.
Tho princess had told Jane und Jane
had told mo of tho "Sermon In tho
Park," as Mary called it
".lane needs it as much ns I," said
"I pnn't believe that," responded
Brandon, looking at Jane with n sof
tening glance quite too admiring nnd
commendatory to suit mo, for I was a I
jealous little devil.
The eyebrows wo.it up again.
"Oi you think she doesn't? Well, in
truth, Mnater Brandon, thcro is ono
falling that cannot bo laid at your door
?you are no flatterer." For answer
Brandon laughed, aud that gavo us tho
cue, and away wo went in n rippling
chorus, all about nothing. Somo per
sons may call our laughter foolish, but
there oro others who consider it tho
height of all wisdom. St George! I'd
give my Garter for just ono other laugh
like that, lor Just ono oiher hour of
youth's dancing blood nnd glowing soul
warmth, of sweet, unconscious, happy
heart beat and paradise creating Joy
After a few minutes of gay conversa
tion, in which we nil Joined, Mary ask
ed: "What shall we do? Will ono of
you suggest something?"
Jane sat there looking so demuro you
would have thought mischief could not
live within a league of her, but those
very demure girls are nearly always
dangerous. She said, oh, so innocently;
"Would you like to dance? If so, I
will play." And she reached for her
luto, which was by her side.
"Yes, that, will bo delightful. Mas
ter Brandon, will you dnnco with me?"
asked the princess, with a saucy little
laugh, her invitutiou meaning so much
more to three of us than to Brandon.
Jnno nnd I Joined In the laugh, nnd
when Mary clnpped her hands that set
HmiKlon off, too, for ho thought It the
quaintest, prettiest little gesture In the
world nnd wns all unconscious that our
inugh wns at his expense.
Brandon did not answer Mary's Invi
tation?tho flt of laughter had probably
put It out of his mind?so she, evidently
anxious to win or lose her wager at
once, again asked him If he danced.
"Oh, pardon met Of course! Thank
you!" And he was on his foot beside
her chair in an instant ready for the
dance. This time tho girl's laugh,
though equally merry, had another
tone, for sho know sho had lost.
Out they stepped upon the polished
floor, ho holding her hand in his, await
lug the pnuso in the music to te.ke the
step. I shall never forget tho sight of
those two standing there together?
Mary, dark eyed and glowing; Brandon,
nlmost rosy, with eyes that hold the
color of a dark spring sky and a wealth
Of flowing curls crowning his six feet
of perfect manhood, strong and vigor
ous ns a young lion. Mary, full of
beauty curves and graces, a veritable
Venus In her teens, and Brandon, an
Apollo, with a touch of Hercules, were
a complement each to tho other that
would surely mnko a perfect one.
When tho music started, off they
wont, heel nnd toe, bow and courtesy,
a step forward nnd a step bnck, in per
fect tlmo and rhythm?a poem of hu
man motion. Could Brandon dance?
The princess had her answer In the
first ten steps. Nothing could be more
graceful than Brandon's dancing un
less It wero Mary's. Hor slightest
movement wns graco Itself. When she
would throw herself backward in
thrusting out her too nnd then swing
forward with her head a llttlo to one
side, her uplifted arm undulating like
the whlto neck of a swan?for her
slcevo, which was silt to the shoulder,
fell back nnd left It bare?she was a
eight worth a long iourncy to see. And
when sho looked up to Brandon with a
laugh in her brown eyes nnd a curving
smile just parting her full, red Hps
that a man would give his vary fcoek to
?but 1 had bettor stop.
"Was thero ever a goodlier couple?"
I asked Jane, by whoso side I sat.
"Never," she responded as she played,
and, strange to say, I was jealous be
cause sho agreed with me. I was jeal
ous because I (eared It was Brandon's
beauty to which she referred. That I
thought would naturally appeal to her.
Had lio bceu less handsome I should
perhaps have thought nothing of It,
but I knew what iny feelings wore to
ward Mary, and I judged, or rather
misjudged, Jauo by myself. I sup
posed she would think of Brandou as
I could not help tblnklug of Mary.
Was anything In heavou or earth ever
so boautlful as that royal creature
dancing there, dnlutlly holding up her
skirts with thumb and flrst finger, just
far enough to show a distracting little
foot and unkle and make one wish ho
hnd been boru a sheep rather than n
sentlont r.?nn who hnd to live without
Mary Tudor? Yet, strange as It may
seem, I Avas roally and wholly in love
with Jane. In fact, I loved no ono but
Jane, and my fueling of intenso admi
ration for Mary was but a part of
man's composito Inconstancy.
A wotnau?Qod bless her!?If she real
ly loves a man, has no thought of any
other?one nt a time Is all sufllclont?
but n man may lovo one woman with
the warmth of a simoom and at the
samo timo fcol llko n good, boalthy
south wind toward a dozen others.
That is the difference between a man
and a woman?tho difference botween
tho good and the bad. One average
woman has enough goodness In her to
supply an army of mon.
Mary aud Brandon .went on dancing
long after Jane was tired of playing.
It was plain to sco that tho girl was
thoroughly enjoying it. They kept up
n running flro of small talk aud laugh
ed and smiled and bowed and courte
sled, all in perfect tlmo and grace.
It Is moro difficult thnu you may
think, if you have never tried, to keep
up a conversation and dance La Qal
llard a tho same tlmo?one Is apt to
balk the other. But Brandon's dancing
was as cusy to him as walking, and, al
though so small a mutter, I could see it
raised him vastly iu the estimation of
"Do you piny triumph?" I hearik Ma
ry ask in tho midst of tho dancing.
"Oh, yos," roplicd Brandon, much to
my delight, as tho princess threw a
mischievous, knowing glance over her
shoulder to sco if I hnd heard. She at
once saw I had, and this, of course,
settled tho wngor.
"And," continued Bi.ndon, "I also
play the now game, honor and ruff,
which Is moro Interesting than tri
"Oh, do you?" cried Mary. "That
will moro thau compensate for the loss
of my 10 crowns. Let us sit down at
once. I have been wishing to learn,
but no one hero seems to know it. In
France, they aay, It Is the only gamo.
I suppose there Is where you leurned
It. Perhaps you know their now dances
too. I havo heard they aro delightful."
"Yes, I kuow them," replied Brandon.
"Why, you aro a perfect treasure!
Teach me nt once! How, now, master
of the dance? Hero is your friend out
doing you in your own line."
"I nn> glad to hear It," I returned.
"If Lady Jane will kindly play some
lively air written In tho time of 'The
Sailor Lass,' I will teach the Lady Ma
ry the new dance," said Brandon.
Jnnc throw ono plump little knee over
the other and struck up "The Sailor
Lass." After sho had adjusted the
ploying to Brandon's suggestion ho
stepped deliberately in front of Mary
and, taking her right hand in his loft,
encircled her waist with his right arm.
Tho girl was startled at first and drew
away. This nettled Brandon a little,
and he showed it plainly.
"I thought you wished mo to teach
you the new dance," he .snld.
"I do, but?but I did not kuow it was
danced thnt way," she replied, with a
fluttering little laugh, looking up Into
his face with a half shy, half apologet
ic manner and then dropping her lashes
before his gaze.
"Oh, well!" said Brandon, with a
Frenchman's shrug* of tho shoulders,
and then moved off as If about to leave
"But Is that really tho way you ?
thoy daneo It?with your?their arm
around my?a lady's waist?"
"I should not have dared venture up
on such a familiarity otherwise," an
swered Brandon, with n glimmer of a
smile playing around his lips and hid
ing In his eyes.
Mnry saw this shadowy smllo and
said: "Oh, I fear your modesty will
cause j'ou hurt. I am beginning to be
lieve you would dnrc do anything you
wish. 1 more than half suspect you
ore a very bold man, notwithstanding
your smooth, modest mnnncr."
"You dp me foul wrong, I nssuro you.
I am the soul of modesty, and grieve
thnt you should think mo bold," snld
Brandon, with a broadening smile.
Mory interrupted him. "Now, I do
believe you aro laughing nt me?nt my
prudery, I suppose you think It."
Mary would rather havo been called
a fool (Inmi u prude, aud I think sho
was right. Prudery Is no more n sign
of virtue than a wig is of hair. It is
usually put on to hide a bald place.
Tho princess stood Irresoluto for n
moment iu evident hesitation and an
"You are grieving becauso I think
you bold. And yet you stand there
laughing at me to ray face. I thluk so
moro than ever now. I know it. Oh,
you make mo augryl Don't! I do not
llko persons who nngcr me and then
laugh nt me." This turned Brandon';
smile into a laugh, which he could not
Mary's eyes shot fire, and she stamp
ed her foot, exclaiming: "Sir, this goes
beyond all bounds! I will not tolerate
your boldness another moment." I
thought she was going to dismiss him,
but she did not. The tlmo had come
when he or she must be the master.
It was a battlo royal between the
forces on the floor, and I enjoyed It and
felt that Brandon would come out all
He said good bumoredly: "Whatl
Shall you have all the laugh in your
sleeve at it y expense? Do- you **p*et
to bring me liero to win n "wager-for
you made on tho assumption of my
stupidity and lock of social accom
plishments aud then complain when It
comes my turn to laugh? 1 think I am
the one who should be offended, but
you sec I atu not."
"Caskoden, did you tell him?" de
manded Mary, evidently referring to
"lie said not a word of it," broke in
Brandon, answering for me. "I should
have been a dullard indeed not to have
seen it myself after what you said
about the loi?s of your 10 crowns. So
let us cry quits and begin again." i
Mary reluctantly struck her tlag.
"Very well, I am willing," she said
laughingly; "but, as to your boldness,
I still insist upon that. I forgive you,
however, this time." Then, half apolo
getically, "After all, it is not such a
grievous charge to make. I believe it
never yet Injured any man with wom
en. They rather like it, 1 am afraid,
however angry it makes them. Don't
Jane, of course, did not know, so
we all laughed, ns usual, upon tho
slightest pretext, and Mary, that fair
bundle of contradictions aud quick
transitions, stepped boldly up to Bran
don, with her colors Hying In her
cheeks, ready for the lirst lesson in the
Sho was a little frightened at his arm
around her waist, for tho embrace was
new to her-tho llrst touch of man?and
was shy nnd coy, though willing, being
determined to learn the dance. Sho
was an npt pupil nnd soon glided soft
ly and graciously around the room with
Unfeigned delight, yielding to the new
sltuntlon more easily ns sho became
accustomed to it.
This dance was livelier exercise than
La Qalliard, and Mary could not talk
much for Inek of breath. Brandon kept
the conversation going, though, and sho
answered with glnnces, smiles, nods
and monosyllables, a very good vocab
ulary in Its way, nnd n very good way,
too, for that matter.
Once he huId something to her In n
low voice, which brought a Hush to her
cheeks and caused her to glance quick
ly up Into Ids face. By the time her
answer came they were nearer us, and
I heard her s:iy: "1 am afraid I shall
have to forgive you again If yon are
not careful. Let nie see an exhibition
of that modesty you so much boast."
But a smile and a Hash of the eyes
went with the words and took all the
sting out of thom.
After a time the dancers stopped, and
Mary, with flushed face and sparkling
eyes, sank Into a chair, exclaiming:
"The new dance Is delightful, Jane. It
is like Hying, your partner helps you so.
But what would the king say- and the
queen? She would simply swoon with
horror. It Is delightful, though." Then,
with more confusion in her manner
than I had ever before seen, "That is,
it Is delightful If ono chooses her part
This only made matters worso and
gave Brandon nit opportunity.
"Dare I hope?" ho asked, with a def
"Oh, yes; you may hope. I tell you
frankly it was delightful with you.
Now, aro you satisfied, my modest ono?
Jane, I see we have n forward body
here. No telling what ho will be at
next," snld Mary, with evident impa
tience, rapidly SWOflng her fan. She
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spoke almost shnrply, for Brandon's
attitude wns more that of nu equal
than she was accustomed*to, aud her
royal dignity, which was the artificial
part of her, rebelled against It v and
then in spite of her real InclluiUlons.
The habit of receiving only adulation
and living on a pinnacle above every
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practice that it appealed to her as a
duty to maintain that elevation. She
had never beforo been called upon to
exert herself in that direction, and the
situation was new. The servile ones
with whom she usually associated
maintained It for her; so she now felt,
whenever she thought of It, that sho
was In duty hound to clamber back, at
least part of the way, to her dignity,
however pleasant It was personally
down below In the denser ntmosphero
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A. L 11 LOG ENS,
Laurens, S. C.
F LO RO DO R A or hybrid COTTO N
PRIZES ALMOST DOUBLED.
Sl.OOO IN CASH TO BE AWARD BID
Seed Now Within Reach of Every Farmer.==Order To=day.
Don't miss-this opportunity! Fortune (opportunity) is wondrous shy?it
comes not often. As you read this, however, it approaches. Seize
it! Welcome it! It's name is "FLORODORA.9 9 A Hybrid or
Extra Staple Cotton, worth 12 to 14 cents per pound.
"Florodora" is a cross between an extra staple cotton and an ordinary prolifio variety, in wlii<:li productively ss
and characteristic to 2i inch staple are fixed, no deterioration having occurred, though years have elapsed ..inco its
introduction. In other words, it will not run out.
On February 13, 1003. W. S. Wheeler, of Mayesville, S. C, reports: "Just sold two biles of your 'Flovodora' cot
ton, the last of my crop, at 13} cents por pound, grown from seed bought of you last; year " P. II. Allen, of Somloolo,
S. C., has just sold at 131 cents.
I. B. Fonville, of Goldesboro, N. O., made considerably over a bale per acre, though dry we.ithci* prevented >rc:
mination till late, stand being poor, while later, excessive rains destroyed by rot a laive par cent of the lower bills.
George W. Kelley, of Swalosboro, Ga., though using only 200 pounds of fertilizers per aero oa ordinary soils hav
ing secured not over two-thirds of a stand, produced a heavy bale per acre, selling the lot In Swalusboro at Iii oonts
per pound. W. H. Kerr, a reliable cotton buyer of same address, corroborates Kelly
T. O. Sanders, Jr., of Haygood, S. G., reports most flattering results.
J. Hurt Jonos, a cotton expert of Herndon, Ga., says my cotton is all I claim for it. It is worth 12 to 11 cents par
Sound and any man with half sense can makn as much of It on an acre of land as he can of any other kind of ootton,
icely prepared cotton, free from trash, should bring not less than 15 cents per pound.
T. P. Hunnicutt, manager of The Southern Cultivator, has seen reports from farmers of very satisfactory yields
and 13 to 14 cents per pound, and pronounces the seed cotton sample sent him by me the finest ho has ever seen grown
on upland. This cotton differs In no ospentlal from an ordinary prolific variety save in extra length of staple, being
adapted to every cotton area, most flattening reports soming from upper and lower sections of North Carolina,
South Carolina and Georgia. Areas north of Chatanooga, Tenn , being adapted to it. Lint covers the seed as In ordi
nary cotton, common saw gins for short staple bsing used successfully for ginning it. I gin this cotton on any ordinary
CO-saw t-in. Suoh gins have a capacity of about ten bales per day of short staple, but In dellnting my extra staple I
speed to not over tlve bales por day in order not to Injure staple by cutting it. Do likewise..
Cotton of early maturity?plant any time in April or May?paying crops being common after oats in June.
It is not only very proliilc, but of early maturity, paying crops being commonly planted after oats ill June. Why
do I plant this cotton to the exclusion of all other varieties, though farming in the heart of the short Staple bolt? I novor
made moro with any other variety, whiio owing to extra length of staple an independent markot Is open to It, it being
used extensively in tho manufacture of fine yarns, commanding never loss than 12 to 10 cents per pound, when o irofully
gathered. Why are you planting common cotton? You have fallen in a rut and cannot soo beyond its edgos: then tho New
York and Liverpool speculators?the makers of prices, they who live by raising or lowering it at will?tell you ootton is
scarce, acreage reduced, less fertilizer bought, cotton will bring 10 conts next fall. What are tho facts? Don't be
lieve me; read your paper. More cotton In sight than tho same time last year; sales of commercial fortill'/ers surpass
those of any other period in the history of tho world; never before such active preparations for an increased acreage
Look out for 5 centi cotton! Did you evor got that price whan everything pointed to 10 cents? No, you got 3i cents, and
bo did I, and I bestirred myself then for a substitute and found It in "Florodora."
For most heavily fruited stalk, $100; second has*, stalk, $75: third best, $20; fourth best, $5. For best one-pound
sample of "Florodoia" lint, $50; second best sample of lint, $25; third bost, $20; fourth, $5. As it is the opinion that the
productive capacity of this cotton is almost limitless, throe to five bales par acra bel?g possible, following an intensive
system of farming, an additional prize of $400 In cash will be given for the groatost yield of seed cotton on one acre to
be determined as follows: An acre planted 4 feet by 2 feet will give, say 5512 stalks per acre. Every contestant for tho
prize must ship me five unpickod stalks. Assuming that 100 bolls will give one pound of seed ootton and that average
of five stalks represents the yield of the 5512 stalks on an acre, the to&al production par aero may thus be approximated,
not accurately, but in perfect f drncss to contestants.
Every oontesUut must buy at least one bushal of seed and will ba permitted to enter for overy pri/.o. Unpicked
stalks only will be aooepted, as picked cannot be distinguished from an ordinary proliilc variety, Djtaohetl bolls will
not be counted. Five stalks in one package well wrapped and tagged for the $100 oont-ast tor largest yield par ftoro.
Four stalks In one package with four samples of lint well packed and tagged for entry to the $000 contest. All stalks
must be shipped, prepaid by express or freight to arrive at Allendalo, S. C , not later than December 1, 10.13.
If this cotton Is what I olalm for It, it behooves every farmer In the cotton bolt to prove it by correspondence;
if it is not, it is equally imperative to disprove and brand it as a fraud.
Many contestants are suspicious; tho' remitting for the contest, a vein of uooaslue9s is evident in their letters;
therefore in order to guarantee to every one perfect fairness, I shall allow free transportation with accommodation af
ter arrival to their representatives from Atlanta, Ga., to Allendale, S. C, constituting a committee upon which will
devolve the responsibility for an honest awarding of prizss.
?One bushel of this cotton carefully planted should cover four acres, which treated intensively should yield u pos
sible 8-balo oiop, returning in seed a sufficiency to plant any one farmer's cut ire. crop for another year.
Southern Cultivator of Atlanta, Ga., 1 asoonsented to hold priza money and name ooinmittoo to decide con lost.
PRICE OF SEED.
l-Bushel Lots, f. o. b. Aiiendale, S. $2.00 per bu. 50 bu. lots, f. o. b.
Allendale, S. 0., $1.50 per bu.
Cash must accompany all orders. Remittance to be made by registered money letter, postolllce money ofder
expreeg order money or cortlfled check.
L. A. STONEY, Allendale, S. C.
G. Walter Molver, manager Fert llzer Company, Charleston, S. O.; J. E. Foster, salesman fertilizer Oo nnanv
Charleston, H. C.;L. W. Masked, vioe president Southern Oil Company, 11 Broadway, Now York; (J Fit/.si m.is
general manager Southern Oil Company, Columbia, 8. C; J. L. Oswald, merchant, Allendalo, S. o ?'E 0 Oswald'
hotel proprietor, Allendale, S. C'; O. B. Farmer, banker, Allendale, S. G.; O. F. Calhouu, prosldent Bank of Du nwell'
S. O.; C. D. Jordan,assistant manager Oil Company, Savannah, Ga.; T. P. Hunnicutt, manager Southern Cultivator
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