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ItAUHKNN, H. C, Sept. I>, 1008.
Merely a Fnd.
A rccont fad of South Carolina news
papers, which will pass away In a few
days, is to criticize the railway com
panies and more particularly the South
ern Railway Company.
Because of an unfortunate series of
accidents a number of newsoapers and
Individuals who volunteor to eorva as
pegs upon which the reporters hang
interviews have suddenly d'scovcred
that the railway companies are not
proporly managed. Meanwhile,the pub
lic has as much or as more to do with
managing the railways in this country
than the railway officials havo. If the
legislature, which is the voice of the
public, should enact that shoe-deal
ers should sell shoes for two dollars a
pair and no more it is possible that the
(|uallty of shoos which now Boll for five
dollars the pair would deteriorate If
the price of leathor should go up lifly
per cent, the shoe dealers would bo
forced to cut down the expense of mak
ing and selling shco3 in order to save
Now the public cimpels the railways
to haul people for threo cents a mile or
loss. It dictates tho limitations of
freight rates. It requires that trains
shall or shall not stop at certain sta
tions and that cortain connections
shall bo made. In short, wc have a
complicated system of national and
stato laws with officer* to execute
them which restrict tho earnings of
the railways and consequently the ex
penditures. When a great freshet de
stroys a million or two dollars worth of
property of a railway company, as the
freshet of last June did for the South
ern, the public does not bother its mind
concerning how the railway company is
to rocovor from tho loss. If the boll
weevils destroy half the cotton crop,
tho prioe of the remaining cotton is af
fected, but the destruction of half the
railway lines by high waters docs not
ulTte'j the prlbo of transoortatlon be
cause tho law says it shall not.
Meanwhile, the attitude of the pub
lic to tho railways is one of unfriendli
ness. Some men servo on juries with
tho predisposition to find verdicts
apainst railways without any especial
rogard to the evidence. Tho average
man feels that tho railway company is
his natural enemy and to be punished
whonevcr an opportunity is offered.
Undoubtedly, American railways as
a rule are not what they should be.
Most of tho accident?, in the South, at
least, are due to the choapness with
whicli the l'nes are constructed,
equipped and operated. But the pro
blem is, how can tho company build
such trestles and tracks as are had ii
England,-- Hood and storm proof tres
tles,?when thcro is no possible way to
increase tho income except gradually?
In tho long run it would bo good busi
ness policy lo enirely rebuild most of
tho railways in this state, at twice their
original cost, but where would the
money como from?
It is probably true that many of tho
companies arc over-captali/.edand that
thcro is waste in tho payment of inter
est and dividends. Thus money is paid
to holders of watered stock which
ought to go into the road's physical
Improvement* Apartfrom this, we be
liovo that the railways are managed
with tho host ability available and that
they do the best they can under the
conditions?as a goneral ru'e.
The present system of interference
by tho public with the control of the
railways cannot last, in time tho pub
lic must either control and operate
the roads?through government own
ership?or else withdraw from the
partial control which rosults for the
mos', part in the embarassmcnt of busi
ness without adequato boaefit to any
Under the direction of its new own
ers, Messrs. Cabaniss and Loylcss, the
Augusta Chronicle has become one of
the host morning papers in this part of
tho country. In it Augusta has what
Augusta has not had In years, a first
rate morning paper, creditable to a
city of Augusta's rank. It is not con
ceivable that Augusta will fail to lib
erally support such a paper, for fail
ure, in spite of a large population
would mean that Augusta had scarcely
passed tho village stage.
Tho most serious obstacle in tho way
of Tho Chronicle is tho railway sched
ules. Tho territory of the Charleston
and Western Carolina Railway is tho re
gion by odds richer than any other nat
urally tributary to Augusta and this the
business mon of Augusta have never
duly appreciated Tho circulation of
The Chronicle would bo worth more
than any agoncy in devoloping a largo
business in Augusta with Piedmont
Carolina but a considerable circulation
cannot bo built with tho present rai'
way schedules. The Charleston Nows
and Courior loaves Charleston at 3.20
A. M. for the Up-Country: The Chroni
cle leaves Augusta at about 10 A. M.
If Tho Chroniclo could loave Augusta
at 5 A. M. it would bo placed in Spar
tanburg and Oreonvllle by 10, In Lau
rons and Andorson by 8.30 and in
Groonwood still earlier. This would
mako Tho Chronicle univorsally read
in this section and nothing olse could
bring Carolina people Into close rela
tionship with Augusta merchants and
businoss men. At this distance, It
seems that Augusta's paper and Aug
usta's merchants wouhl Inaugurate an
effort novor to end or rolax until Aug
usta had gained possession of its own.
For Infants and Children.
The Kind You Have Always Bought
I p-Coimtry and Low Country.
Occasionally, oven lu theao luttor
days, one hear* from politicians whose
selfish ends theory suits, mention of the
UUU Country and Low Country", in a
political sonse. South Carolina, may
bef as the headlines of a Columbia pa
per insist, a "proud" stato but no
stretch of tho imagination will make it
a big stato. Tho territory is not large
enough to loave oxcuso for the pooplo
to be divided by geographical linos and
broad-minded nton havo little tolera
tion for tho suggestion of voting for or
against candidates according to their
pluses of residence. In Mr. Q. M.
Plncknoy's book, The Lifo of John C.
Calhoun, tho folly of this so-called di
vision, while not In words or by any tie
sign of the author, Is none the less
strongly brought out. It Is empha
sized by the facts of Mr. Calhoun's life
Mr. Calhoun was the stato's, the
South's and perhaps the country's
clearest thinker and most profound
publicist. Hy ancestry, birth and edu
cation (so far as tho latter was gained
in South Carolina) ho was an "Fp-Conn
tryman." Ills people were Scotch
Irish, just as most of the people of the
Piedmont are. Nevertheless, his bosom
friend and political associate was that
omlnent Charleston man. William
Lowndes, a South Carolinian whose
elevation to the presidency was ex
pected by political leaders throughout
the country. In those days, when the
state was gloriIWi hy the citizenship of
such men, how small, how puerile
would It have bcon to speak of either
Calhoun or Lowndes as other than
"South Carolinians?" How either of
them would have shamed the utter
ance of such a distinction!
When Mr. Calhoun's labors of love
for his country and state wero ended,
the people of Charleston begged tho
honor of giving to his body its last
rosting place. Nowhere were the mani
festations of sorrow more sincere and
striking. In St. Philip's old church
yard, the great Carolinian, native to
the red-hills of tho Up-Country, sleeps
and nearby lies his friend and fellow
patriot, Lowndes. In his life, South
Carolina was one insustalning Calhoun
and as long as his memory is honored
thcro should be no room for two peo
ples in our state.
SPliKAl) THE NEWS.
Laurons Citizens Assist
ing in the Good Work.
Day by day and hour by hour tho
"Little Conqueror" becomes better
known and more respected by the pub
lie. Nothing iu modern times has
reached the high pinnacle of popular
favor In so short a time: people talk
about and thoy have reason to. They
tell their experience for the good of
their fellow beings and through grati
tude. To publish their expressions is
to show you that that the same exper
ience awaits you.
W. H. Smith, grocer, at 826 Wash
ington St., Columbia, S. C, residing at
823 Washington St., says: "I had
whooping cough when I was live years
old, strained myself coughing and
have never been well since and have
always had kidney and bladder trou
ble, sometimes much more severe than
at others. This year I had a spell of
typhoid fovor and lay in bed three
months. 1 had such pains In my kid
neys that every breath I drew cut to
the quick. It felt like a knife being
thrust in right through tho bladder. I
had a doctor examine me and he gave
me medicine but It did not do any
good. I tried proprietary medicines
und used plasters and rubbed my back
with a dozen ditTeront liniments but
nothing relieved the pain. This has
been my condition for forty years and
it bothered me at night so that I could
not get a night's rest. The secretions
many a time wero almost like blood.
Hemodies that helped other people
would not help me at all, and I nevor
expected to get well. I saw the testi
monials of people who had used Doan's
Kidney Pills and had been cured by
them and I began taking them. The
soreness in my bladder has disap
peared, I do not have to get up at all
during tho night and I feed better in
every way. Tho soreness In my blad
der has disappeared, I do not havo to
get up at all during the night and I
feel better in every way. I have used
two boxes of the pills and have had no
pains since taking them. The treat
ment has made me foci so much better
that 1 know that It is a wonderful
Just such emphatic proof 1? given by
Laurens people. Ask the Palmetto
Drug Co. to lot their customers report.
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the gh tp
Cyrus CTotvnsend "Brady,
Author of " Uh? *Southtmtrj," "In th* ttfajp'j /<fejt," Etc.
Copyright. I900, by CM AHL ES SCR / 2? A EH'S SOJVS
_ KMtit JIAJOl! COVENTHV.
**~r\ UUEQ days Inter tho Ranger,
J[ under all pin In sail, In a geu
fe^jsj tie breeze, was slowly plow
?cw?^?! log along through the Irish
soa, off tho English const, near (ho
month of the Mersey. Tho whnlebont,
nuinned by six ?u' tho smartest seamen,
armed with cutlass and pistol, and
dressed in (lieir best clothcu, old Prlee
being coekswnlu ngnln, was just bel?g
inado ready. The ship was presently
hove to, and a side ladder was dropped
overboard at the gang*v.\y w here .Miss
Elizabeth Howard and her maid were
standing wnitlng for tho lowering of
the whnlebont, and around which tho
officers of the deck speedily congregat
They were a sorrowful lot of men,
these Impressionable sal lorn, for O'Neill
was not alone in his captivity. True to
his promise, Captain Jones bad shifted
his course and was about to laud his
fair passenger, lie had chosen to put
her ashore upon a rocky bench four or
live miles nway from a fort at Utrkcn
head which guarded the mouth of the
river which nave entrance to the hnr
I or, not caring to venture bis ship In
any closer proximity to tho fortifica
tions and the war vessels probably In
the river. It was a risky performance
at best, but he trusted to (he known
speed of the Ittingor ami his own sea
manship to effect his escape In case the
ship should be discovered and pursued
Once on shore It would not bo a dltll
cult matter for the lady ami her maid
to procure a conveyance to lake them
to the City, a little farther Inland. 'Tho
melancholy duty of landing the two
women, by special request, had been al
lotted to the first lieutenant, much to
(he disgust of (he various midshipmen,
who conceived that tho matter of tak
ing charge ?f boats appertained more
properly lo one of their number.
'The farewells were soon spoken by
(he grateful girl to tho ofllcors, who
had done their very best In making the
days pass pleasantly and lightening
the tedium of tho voyage, and to (he
captain, who had been kindness and
consideration Itself. Tho young lieu
tenant, still somewhat pale from his
adventure, had clothed himself In a
handsome full dress uniform and, with
a splendidly Jeweled sword swinging
by his side, came on deck from his
cabin, the envy of all (he others.
The ship had been hove (o, the ac
commodation ladder shipped, (lie whale
boat was lying at (he gangway now,
and (ho three passengers at once took
their places In (he stern.
"See Miss How ard safely landed, Mr.
O'Neill," said (ho solicitous captain,
leaning over (he rail, "and assure your
self as far as possible of her ability to
reach (he (own without harm and then
return at once. In any event do not
leave the beach. We will watch you,
"Aye, aye, sir," answered O'Neill.
"Shove oil out oars-give way!" and
the little boat at once shot away from
the side, and, under the Impetus given
by the watchful men, dashed toward
the not distant shore.
Miss Howard should have been ra
diantly happy at leaving the Hanger
and In her proximity (o Liverpool,
whore she was about to meet not only
friends and family connections, but
one who was destined to he something
more. 'This person was Major Edward
CovcnPy, a gallant and distinguished
young ofllcor, (he son and heir of her
guardian, Lord Wcstbrooko, and to
whom for many years from infancy,
in fact?she had been betrothed. Hut
an unaccountable tinge of sadness hov
ered over her lovely face, though she
strove to conceal It under an affectation
of lightness and gnyoty.
As for O'Neill, he made no effort
whatever lo bide his misery. The Im
pressionable young Irishman had fallen
deeply in love with Elizabeth Howard.
He bad fallen in love a thousand times
before, but no I In this way, and the
heart which had withstood tho suc
cessful assaults of the brilliant beau
ties of (he gay court of France bad lit
erally succumbed al the first sight of
this beautiful English girl whom be
lllgnnilt fortune had (brown across his
She, and she only, was his fate, (hen
and (hereafter, A new and hitherto
unknown feeling had been excited in
his heart at the sight of her. In that
hour in the boat when he lay with his
head upon her knee, when he bad look
ed up at her, heaven had opened before
his gaze, and lo his disordered fancy
she had seemed an ntlgel. Each pos
ing moment discovered in her a new
charm, and he loved her with the Im
petuosity of a boy, the doting passion
of an old man and (he consecration of
With (ho daring of his rate, he bad
not hcstltated to acquaint the girl with
his passion, either, though II w as stale
new s lo her. There is nothing a woman
discovers more quickly nild more cer
tainly than the feelings of a man who
loves her. That she had laughed at
his ardor had not In the least deterred
him from persisting In Ids attentions,
which she hod not found unwelcome,
for he thoroughly understood the value
of determined pursuit. She had told
hiin (lint they were like tWO ships sail
ing tho grcnl SCO, WhOSO paths hap
pened (o cross for a moment, They
meet, nod lo each oilier, and pass on;
tho deep swallows them up. and they
Sec each other no more forever.
He had VoWCd ami prolOStcd that II
would not be so; (hat England was a
little country ami Admiral Weslbrooko
n great man; that she could not bo any
where Without attracting (ho attention
of tho World?she could by no menus
hide her light; that he would withdraw
from tho American service, which lie
could honorably do nt the expiration of
tho present cruise, and search the
whole island until ho found her- all of
which was pleasant for her to hear, of
course, though It elicited' no more fn
vorablo reply. She was attracted to
tho young man; his handsome person,
his cultured mind, his charming man
ners were such that no one no woman,
that Is?COUld bo indifferent to them;
but she did not lovo him, at least not
Elizabeth Howard was a woman to
make a man f.ill desperately In lovo
with her, and many men had done
so. Hhe was tall and graceful, golden
haired, blue eyed and of lio.blo pres
ence. She was proud, she w.is Wl?0i
?ho was Witty, Sho was londorfftllO was
contemplative, she was B*Ji "hu was
Sail, hIi >v a ?? joyous, in different moods.
\w\ . yoi in oven, could not exhaust
Iho ? ?! a'l' im of her Inlllllto variety,
tl: u ,ii far down honoath tho surface
of her :?.itun wore 111?- quiet deeps ??f
:?!>?:,\::ey ami (lovotloil What plummet
could : -. uii'l 11 sc in, who should discover
U'.oinV Thoro was about bor that
indefinable, air of one born for homage
and coiinuand which speaks of genera
tions lo whom have been accorded hon
or alid phico unquestioned.
It was not a long row to the land,
and ns they approached the rugged
eonsi tho young lieutenant eagerly
scanned the shore for a landing place.
Steering around a little promontory
which hid them from tho Itnilgor he
discovered a stretch of sandy beach
Under Us ice, and the boat was seid in
Its direction until the keel grated on the
soft sand. It was a lonely spot, a little
stretch of sand ending Inland, and on
one sldo In precipitous rocks over
which a wandering pathway straggled
"Allow mc," soid O'Xilil.
unevenly to the heights above. The
other end of the beach gave entrance
through a little opening or pass In the
rocks upon a country road which wan
dered about inland, losing itself under
sonn? trees a mile or so away.
Oil the lucky promontory back of
and at one end of the bench there was
a small lighthouse, and several miles
from the beach in the other direction,
at the end of the road probably, was a
castle or fort, the Hag floating lazily
from the stall' Indicating that it was
garrisoned. Springing lightly from the
boat O'Neill stepped recklessly Into tho
water alongside. Miss How ard rose to
her feet and looked anxiously about
"Allow nie," said O'Neill, and then,
without waiting for permission, he lift
ed her gently in his arms ami carried
her to the shore. "Would that all the
earth were water and that I might car
ry you forever," he said as he put her
down upon the sand.
"You would not like heaven then?"
she replied, Jesting,
"1 lind my present experience of it
delightful, madam. Hut why do you
say thatV he naked anxiously.
"Hcenuso there, we are told, there
will be no more seal" she answered
with well simulated gayety.
""Iis a poor place for a sailor, then,"
he replied gravely, in no mood for
badinage, "and 1 fear few of them m ill
l'rlce, who had followed his ollieer's
example wilh tin,* maid, now stopped
up to him for his orders, necessarily
Interrupting the conversation.
"Price," he said to that Intrepid old
sailor, "you may go back to the boat
and shove off and keep her under the
lee of that little* point until I call you.
Keep a sharp lookout too."
"Aye, aye, sir," said the old sailor,
turning to fullill the command.
"Now, I suppose, the time has conio
for me to say goodby to Lieutenant
O'Neill," said Elizabeth.
"Oh, not yet, Miss Howard. I can
not leave yon here alone until I know
that you are safe."
"Hut your duty, sir?"
"A gentleman's, a sailor's, first duty
Is always toward a helpless woman,
especially if she Is"?
"His prisoner, you would say, I sup
pose," y)i<} said, Interrupting hastily.
That was not at all what he had in
tended lo say, but he let It pass.
"Von know who Is prisoner now und
forever, Miss Howard."
"If you refer to Lieutenant O'Neill, 1
will release blm now ami forever ns
well, at onco, sir," she said archly.
"Von cannot." i
"Ah you will, sir," she replied; "but ,
iiH I happen to boo so vorn 1 horseino a
coining down UlO road yonder I lina jr.
iiu> you will not bo detained from y< jur
ship n very long time. Let us go for
ward to meet them. Perhaps they /can
give us some information."
The horsemen, evidently an officer
and two orderlies who wero g Sloping
toward the bench, at this moi oont no
ticed the boat party and prol jably tho
Hanger itself. They reined j In their
horses nt once, nnd tho ofl? |t*>r appar
ently gave some directions dto ouo of
the others, for ho saluted Jjturned his
horse about In tho road ran) 1 galloped
rapidly back In tho dlnr>ctj on of tho
castle. Tho offlcor then t tot} ted hastily
forward, followed by 1 iio? remaining
man, nnd, looking intently ahead of
him until ho renehed, *bol vicinity of
tho llttlo group, ho ''fismrt tinted and,
handing the bridle/to/lho.td ddler.'bodo
him wait where ho;v^hs. 11 o came for
ward fearlessly, w?l h|one m innd on his
sword, the other ho.nlIngjnB dstol which
he had taken^roin fl lief 11 olster. Ho
was a young nud'huuidspni, j man in a
new nnd brilliant 'scarlet ni dforin.
BWOTtDS a Hi' <'itoss*u> ox |''f iik^sand.
'I ? 1ADY kh5Va/i9ht(fi, you
I JLy I hereV" he A>xcla/pn?d, stop
"Wnayi^th^Aiyr aping, of
this';" He stood/a ftKfneat^vilf petri
fied, nnd thery^cauM^ieainlfjriJj'^VVTio.is
this person'("Aw ih.tmotyCffniaporlOM
"Major 'Coventry! Ddwnrd!" sho
cried. ' I
"Are you/a 'lJidy' On>|*am?" said
O'Neill inX?qunl sni-prls'e, addressing
the astonlJaed girl nndfpnylng no at
tention to/the offlcer. !
"For w/ial else do youVnkedicr, sir?*'
tnterrupy<sl the olHcer.br) stling with in
? "Faith,(qjlr, ( would tnftefher Tot ls?t
lev ?V worse,' ns 1 could," replied tho
"Unfortunately for you, that Is n
privilege i propose to exercise myself,"
sohl the I '.ngll dininn stonily.
? The world will doubtless BliarO my
regiel, sir." said the Irlsbinan auda
ciously, a hitter pung In his breast at
this unleoked for news.
"Now I wish to know who you nre
mid how yon come here and what you
are doing nu explanation, sir"' asUed
the olllc* r.
"I inn uol nccustoiued lo give ex
planations snvi' to those who have the
right to demand thein," replied O'Neill.
"I huvo two rights, sir."
"First, 1 am betrothed to this young
lady." said Iho olllcer. "Second, this,"
laying his hand upon bis sword.
"Either of these may la? sufUcient
from your point of view, neither of
them from mine. As to the ft rat, I
refer you tu H)0 young laUy herself:
1 will have it from her owill lips or not
at all; as to the second, yon will see I
have a similar right of my own."
"Will you, Lady Hllzi\l*>lh," said the
young olllcer. addressing iher formally,
"have the goodness to Icform me bow
you came here ami whmthls person Is,
or shall t force the knowledge from
"If you v. ish him to have the Infor
m.'ltloll, Miss llowivd. you would, I
think, better glvo it him. Otherwise I
do lud see how he Is tot get It," said
O'Neill grimly, his ihu*kffaco Hushing
"This gentleman," wnhHtho girl faint
ly, pointing In the (olllcer, "is .Major
Edward Coventry, tine son of my guard
ian, Admiral Wcstt>OO0~k0."
"And your hctrollw-d, Elizabeth; you
forget that," addetl/V?oveutxy."
"I almost wish I) couldv" she replied
sharply, gathering/ cournjge. "Vou re
mind me of it to<? constantly for It to
he pleasant and at no time so Inoppor
tunely as at the present."
The Engllshiimn in great astonish
ment and perturbation opened bis
mouth to speak, but be wns Interrupt
ed by tho quicker Irishman.
"Why so, Mistress ?Howard?"
"Lady Elizabeth, IC you please, sir,"
"Lady Elizabeth.(then. 1 thank you.
sir, for the reminder," answered O'Neill
suavely. "Your 1'nVmds on the Hanger
are all interested/in your welfare, and
I am suro they/are glad In my person
to meet with and congratulate the for
tunate gentlemnu yWho aspires to your
hand." He sinllcdlbltterly at her as he
"Will you tell mo or/not, Lady Eliza
beth, w ho this person/is and bow you
came here?'* said Coventry Impatient
ly, with mounting co/lor at all this by
"This Is a liculcnut.t of the American
Continental ship Ito/.igor, Captain John
"The d d nuu/jcring pirate!" ex
claimed Coventry hotly.
"Stop:" criedjrO'Neill, stepping for
ward with his/hand upon his sword.
"You shnllntctfltcr swear before a lady
nor shall you/in this scandalous man
ner disparage tho ship of which I have
the honor to/ be the lirst.lieutenant nor
asperse tiny ehnraeter irt' her captain.
Withdraw (your words,or you shall an
swer to mt! ?Willi thatl-wlilch hangs by
"I llglrt/unly with gentlemen," said
< 'ovenlry/ coldly.
"My c/istom," replied O'Neill prompt
ly, "is/tit. tho mni/tl the same as your
own, I'ut.ll koiuo'Jdios make exceptions,
Which lJ.im w iling to do In 1 tils In
stance, i re? tiro you Immediately, In
stantly, to/ nfrnkigizo to mo for your
"1 sliajfl .-rlrlke thonddown your throat
with nxy mind."
"'s ihitth, sir! How ilare you, a
boggrndventurer, talk,thus to mo,
an oiH?er, a major, in Ihe'nrmy of his
grucloAis'mujcsly King George, a Cov
"f.f y.?n were an nngcl Ifroin heaven
'twould make no difference to mo, for
I Avould'Juivo you know, slr.cthat I am
'/f as good a house as uye)) a belter
than your own, a descendant of
"An Irishman, If Infer ?"f said Coven
try, sneering. I
"Von are correcr.islr, and .my people
hnvo been chief tail 5s for thirty genera
"Ah, In IrelandY'v The'inanner of the
question made It juinotber insult, hut
O'Neill restrntned^thimsclf under the
great provocationAin)d< answered coldly:
"Whero else, str^nud where hotter?
As for mo, 1 um*trtat])ornrily an olllcer
of yonder ship, /the\ Hanger, dying the
flag of the Aioortvinn republic, hut I
flin n lloutennr/t Inlfliolnnvy of his mnj
OSty Louis X vi. vM.v,.fathcr Is n mar
shal of France, will you draw now?"
he cried, st /?ppingjforward Impetuous*
"A brll'Aant array I of titles surely!
Pity It '/jjeks otherj confirmation than
your w< Mtl. I scnrc/ely comprehend the
catalor Au\" replledtCovonlry coldly.
"1 s Anil eudcavorno enlighten you as
to I AV credibility ' with this," said
O'N AUi, drawing his sword. "Now will
J'O1 j light or not ?"
'/"And If I persist in my refusal?"
' ifeked Coventry, who was playing for
"At this junelUTO I shall be uiulor
the painful necessity <>r killing yon In
tlvo presence of your betrothed j so
draw, my dour sir, if not for honor,
"On guard!" cried the Englishman,
whipping out his sword.
"Slop!" ci icd rcilznUOth, springing be
tween (heir swords. "He saved my
life at the risk of bis own."
"Curse liluil" said the Englishman,
grinding his teeth.
"Your condemnation comes too late,
sir," said O'Neill with bitter emphasis,
Wull nil expressive glntlCO at Elizabeth,
wdio continued impetuously:
"This gentleman treated nie with the
most distinguished courtesy."
"1 wish that he hnd exhibited BOU10
of 11 here," Interrupted Coventry ngclt*.
' i nave hill followed your own ex
ample," rotorted O'Neill calmly.
"Will you hear ino in silence, Ed
ward ? They are not pirates"?
"I call them so," said Coventry stub
"Enough, Lady Elizabeth," said
O'Neill, taking his sharo In the con
versation again. "Two lovers nro
sometimes an embarrassment of riches.
This seems to be one of the times. If
you will stand aside, I trust that n few
moments will rid you of one or the
other of them."
"I will not go!" said the girl defiant
ly. "You shall not fight; you hnvo
nothing to quarrel about."
"Wo have you, or rather ho has,"
responded the Irishman.
"Withdraw, I beg of you, Elizabeth.
This matter must be settled," sa!d
Coventry In ids turn.
"I will not, I tell you!" persisted the
girl determinedly, "if you fight, you
will fight through mo."
"We are doing that now," said O'Neill
savagely. "Will you withdraw, mad
"t repeat It, I will not, ami I wish
to remind you that I do not like your
1 tone. T?U uro not ou the deck of youf
ship now. sir."
"Oh, um 1 mil? Hont ulio.v, therel
Prlco!" cried O'Neill, waving his band.
A few strokes brought tho wbaleboat
to the shore again. Tho crow wcro
eager to take a baud in tho Cray.
"Cockswain, come herel" BUld tho of
"Ayo. oyo, sir," replied the Bailor,
And while (he other two stood wonder*
lug the vetomn seaman rolled up to
them and saluted his lieutenant with a
s? ii scrape. "Want us lo illko a hand
in this yero liitie Bcriununge, yer hon
"No. Take this lady and her maid to
(hat clump of rocks yonder."
"That's easy; 'taint no light III' at all.
that. Come along, yer leddyshlp," said
the old man in great disappointment
um (he boat shoved oil' again.
"You monster:" cried Elizabeth,
stamping her loot on the sand. "Von
are a pirate a t ier all!"
"As you say, madam. Stop, sir:"
said O'Neill to Coventry, who made a
move to approach the sailor. "My
man will do no harm to bei- ladyship,
and you have other matters to attend
lo unless you wish lo shelter yourself
behind a woman's petticoats."
Coventry had been playing for utoro
time, but (his was more than be could
stand. "I think you have sah! enough,
sir, ami if you are ready," ho sitid, "we
will talk in another fashion."
"At your service," said tho Irishman
composedly. 'Two swords Unshed in
the air simultaneously ami rang
against each other with dcafclly purpose
a moment after. Both inen wen? mas
ters of the weapon. Coventry bad
been thoroughly trained In *4ho more
direct English school, while O'Neill
was a master of all tho graceful trick:'
of (he subtle fence of Eraneo and Italy.
It was as pretty a play, parry and
"Sir Englishman, pick up youv tsivoril."
thrust, as one could hupe In see, ami
for a thuo tlio ml van luge wus with ncl
thor one of thout. l?lizabeth stood
with clasped hands,,her faco pnlo with
emotion, her lips parted, eagerly Walch?
inj*. The maid, as usual, was furnish
ing a comic side to tins scene by her
screams uf "Murder! Help!'' while the
sailors wore deeply.'interested, in the
Finally after one especially vicious
thrust on the part of Coventry, whose
foot slipped a little, a clover parry, fol
lowed by a ?lashing riposte en quarto.
Which was met ami returned with less
skill than usual, O'Neill, with a grace
ful turn of the wrist, whirled the Eng
Ushmnn's sword from his hand. It
Hew up Into the air and fell clanging
on the rocks some distance away.
Coventry was unarmed and helpless
before a bitter enemy. lie was the
stronger of the two, and it Unshed into
his mind to spring upon his antagonist
suddenly, catch him in his arms and
overcome him by brute force, but the
glittering point of his enemy's sword,
shivering in the sunlight like a ser
pent's tongue, effectively barred the
way. Ho had played the game and
lost. If he must die In the presence of
his love, he would do it like a gentle
man, on the sword's point.
"Strike, sir'." he said hoarsely, with
one rjuick glance toward Lady Eliza
beth, who stood perfectly motionless,
looking on in terror. She would have
run forward had It not been for old
"Oh, he will bo killed; he will !>?? kill
ed!" walled the maid.
"Sir Englishman, pick up your
Sword," said O'Neill, lowering his point.
"Sir Irishman," said the other, bow
ing, "men may call you pirate" -
"Not with impunity, sir," Interrupted
the touchy O'Neill.
"That I grant you. I was about to
add that, whatever they call you. you
light like a gentleman, and it will give
me great pleasure to testify to your
personal worth at every convenient
season. Will you permit me, (hough 1
do not know your name, to call you my
There is a great educational value In
the point of a naked sword, and it may
account for the sudden change which
came over Coventry.
"I shall esteem myself honored, sir.
My nnillO Is O'Neill, Harry O'Neill, nt
"I shiill remember It. You have no!
only saved the life of Lady Elizabeth
Howard, but now you have given mo
"Thus am I the prince of match
makers," said O'Neill bitterly, "I would
that I had lost mine In one of the sav
"Now, sir," continued Coventry, dis
regarding this last remark, "if you
would bo advised by me, withdraw
while you may yet do so In safety."
(To UK CONTINUED).
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