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LAUREMS. 8.C., Sept. 1?, 1008.
The Uallroad Commission.
When Railroad Commissioner Garris
states In his report concerning the
Fishing Creek disaster that for tho
railroad commissioners to inspect the
traokage and trestles in South Caro
lina carefully would bo a physical Ira
pjsslblllty ho states the truth. No one
will set up the claim that the commis
sioners should be track-walkers. It is
needless to etlargo on this proposi
At tho samo time, tho commissioners
could bo and ought to be informed
fully and thoroughly as to tho general
physical condition of any considerable
seotlon of railway mileage and its roll
Ing stock In South Carolina. If, for ex
ample, it hi true that the Fishing
Creek tro3lle was in obvious and noto
rious used of repair or reconstruction,
tho likelihood Is strong that tho tres
tles and trac.kago of that railway di
vision was In similar need. Any man
of common sense should bo ablo to ox
amino ono or two trestles and a mile
or two of trackage of any railroad and
thon to judge with reasonable certainty
whothor or not tho road's condition
was being properly maintained. Mr.
Garris' explanation that the commis
sioners cannot keep watch over each
trestle in detail does not go far enough.
Tho only sate position for tho commis
sion to assume la that it lacks tho pow
er or is not bound In duty to keep
watch ovor tho physical condition of
the roads. Whother or not this posi
tion would be justified turns upon
what the commission's duties aro de
fined by law to bo.
Assuming that tho commission Is re
quire;! by the statutes to watch tho phy
sical condition of the roads, could it to
day answer in a general way and with
approximate accuracy this question: is
tho Atlan'.ic Coast Line's track be
tween Columbia and Charleston kept
up to a good standard *of safety? Lot
us assume that it could answer the
question afiirniatlvcly, could It also an
swer a similar question affirmatively as
to tho railway of which the Fishing
Creek trestle is a part? Stories aro
'vory gouorally current, emphasized by
the recent disaster that the condition
of Ibis latter road is not and has not
been physically pood, if they were so
current can tho commission givo any
reason why liny wore not Investigated
and tho results of the investigation at
last made public before the accident?
Trestles may and do break en the
best of [roads. No rules instituted by
the railroad commissioners will pre
vent accidents. However, any intel
ligent man who travels in the state can
see and truly say that there are rail
way divisions by no means so well
maintained, as, for instance, the South
ern's division between Greonvllle and
Charlotte or Greenvillo and Atlanta.
The i-i.ilroad commissioners should be j
able to distinguish between dilTerentJ
sections of track as truly as tho aver- i
age layman. They should bo able |
moreover to establish general rules as
to railroad construction and mainten
ance and these could be enforced in I
part simply by keeping tbo public in
formed. Wo beliove that we know of
one section of railway track that Is, as
compared to others that wo know of,
not8afo?and th's In South Carolina.
In lato years it has had more than its
proportionate share of wrecks, and ono
can tell in traveling over it that trains
aro operated on certain trestles with a
caution that betokens a want of confi
dence In these trestles' security. If we
are correct In this caso, an official pub
lication by the commission of the
facts would tend to drive business from
this road and so cause its.ownors to im
prove it, in self-defence.
Tho railway commission should fix a
standard of security In railroad con
struction at loast as good a* the bost
now found on any line In South Caro
lina which wou'd cortalnly bo none too
good. Tracks not kept up to this stand
ard had better not to ba operated at
nil. Tho commission could employ pub
licity as a valuable if not adequate
remedy In enforcing tho regulations.
Meanwhilo tho railway commis
sioners should be men educated in the
railroad business. Such men cannot
bo selected In popular elections. I n
fortunately, the poople m.ich prefer to
give these and all other offices requir
ing expart training on tho part of those
who hold them to mon who aro master s
of tho business of politics than t> men
oapablo of rendorlng the best service.
We even as a rule, elect poll'ioiani to
manage our schools and state merchan
dlsa bu?iness instead of school men and
merchants. Thoro would equally bo as
much sound sonso displayed If we
elected railroad mon, editors or doc
tors to sit on tho supreme bench. Af
ter all, shall wa not ?ome of these days
elect a phys clan or a printer to a seal on
the supremo bench? If net,.why not?
Moro Reform Needed.
Ho form! Three choors for reform!
After cr?ol, grinding, Weary years of
stubbing our toos against tho roots and
rocks of the road that tho minority
travels, THE Advertiser has porched
on the rofbrm bandwagon and is now
the loading reform organ in South
Mr. Josse T. Gantt, a thoroughbred
reformer and incidentally Secretary of
State (also a mighty nlco young man)
points out that tho Sate of South Caro
lina ended the yoar 1001, (a yoar before
tho present administration took office),
?1 l.r?,00.) In dobt. Ho also declares in
Ihis oteap and able article prepared for
the press that tho state is getting deep
etiitt debt each year about $100,000.
The time was when we thought South
Carolina had been reformed a plenty
but?we need another dose.
When we reflect that In the bloom
ing days '4 of reform ever sinoe 1898,
the state has been getting In debt
each yoar we are pained, When
we remoinber that. In all these years,
hieb some ol IU have boon
continually reformed till it hurt, we
Can it be possible that anybody has
been banibauched and deboozled?
Perish tho thoughtl
It is true that taxes aro paid on many
millions moro of property than in the
days when the stato was ruled by "the
oligarchy" and "incipient corruption"
was discovered- thosodays, by tho way,
when tho stato lived within its income.
It is horribly true.
What ace wo going to do about it?
Plainly we need reform and noed it
quick. In the noon-day splendor of re
form the "Octopus," alias tho hateful
Coosaw Phosphate "Monopoly," was
slaughtered. Since then the phosphate
royalties have about disappeared.
Oivo us reform. Verily we weep for
What arc wo going to do? Wo might
smash the stato colloges, but Mr. Gantt
tolls us that tho saving thereby would
not amount to a great deal.
Really, we do not think South Caro
lina should llvo beyond her "lien."
Tho proper remedy is to reduce
To begin with the salaries of the
members of the state whiskey board of
control should bo reducod from $400. a
year to a dollar a month This would
savo about $11<>4. a year.
Tho salaries of the three railroad
commissioners should bo reduced to a
dollar a month and the members of the
legislature should be allowed to ride
on their free passes. Thus tho "inile
ago" of all tho legislators would be
Tho salary of the governor should be
abolished ontirely. A governor should
bo ab'o to live In Columbia on tho gar
den truck raised in tho penitentiary?
Tho governor's mansion should be
rented. It is far too nice a house for a
governor. Some of tho bottlo factories
or distilleries now nourishing in Co
lumbia might pay $80. a month for It.
From what wo have heard It would
not do to reduce the salaries of any of
( ho other ?t?te officers. Since tho erec
tion of tho 1'sky-scraper" in Columbia,
the expenses of living in that town are
said to have gone up thirteen stories.
Some think these officers Could dwell
over in Lexington County, it's only a
mile, but that Is out of tho question.
There's a toll bridge across the river.
It's no use to talk about reducing sal
aries of state ofAoors. Wo've got to re
duce the state oftlcors. The trouble is
that they arc a tonier set than this
down-trod state can afford.
Mr. Gantt favors raising additional
revenue by a ''franchise tax." So do we
but our "franchise tax" is of a differ
ent kind. Let tho constitution be
amended so as to allow every man not
now entlted to vote to do so on pay
ment of ten dollars each olection year.
Roosevelt, Hanha, Lodge and other
plutocratic Republicans in the North
would be glid to pay this tax, out of
the Republican campaign fund, for
21,000 negroes. Wo could afford to let
that number bo counted; at $10. per.
Hero is another good schome. We
are told that 1000 men applied for posi
tions as state constables and were re
jected. Let tho governor reconsider
and appoint all, charging each a fee of
$10., to go Into tho state treasury. This
would raise $16000. Tho 1 GOO new con
stables could bo stationod in Columbia
and Charleston where they coidd easily
seize enough blind tiger beer and whis
key to pay their servicos.
In conclusion we wish to remark thai
among all tho firms in the United
States engaged in the whiskey busi
ness tho proud state of South Carolina
is probably the largest singlo dealer
and when such a firm is getting behind
?very year there must be need of more
IT SAVED HIS LEG.
P. A. Dantorth, of LaGrange, Gr.
suffered for six months with a fright
ful running sore on his leg; but writes
that Bucklen's Arnica Salve wholly
cured it in five days. For Ulcorp,
Wounds, Piles, it's the best salve in
the world. Cure guaranteed. Only
25 cents. Sold by Laurens Drug Co.
and W. W. Dodson.
Every bottle of Our New Discovery
The Board of County Commissioners
for Laurens County will receive and
open Sealed Bids for the re-Indexing
the real estate title records of the
Clork of the Court's office on Monday,
the 21st day of September, 1003, at 12
o'clock noon. All bids to be accom
panied with a certified oheok for thirty
dollars as security for the execution of
bond required of bidder.
Tho said re-indexlng to be according
to the Cott System, according to speci
fications in contract on file in the of
fice of the Clerk of the Court. Bidder
required to give bond in doub'e the
amount of his bid for the faithful ex
ecution of the coniract. The right re
served to reject any and nil bids.
II. B. Hu.MUEtir,
Supervisor, Laurons County.
September 1, 1O03 ? 3t.
It is a fact that every article in
our stock is thoroughly good
and reliable ; just what
it pretends to be. It
is a fact that our
It is a fact that quality consid
ered, our prices are reason
ably low . Don't these
facts interest you?
Cyrus XSo\Mnsend *Brady9
Author <j/""CA# .J~outhtrn?rj," "In th? XOajp'j JVtat," Etc.
Copyright. I900. by CUA.'RLES' SCRIVSfEH'jr SO/fS
THE MABTKK ri.AYKIt TAKES A HAND.
|T tills moment a number of
rod con tod soldlors clnuibored
down tlio path in tho rocks,
wlill?! a squad of cavalry
come galloping upon the bench by the
road at the other end, and, at once dis
mounting, advanced up the strand.
The seamen In tho bo,at, In obedience
to a wave of O'Neill's hand, swept her
In toward the shore, Jumped out and
moved toward htm, drawing their cut
lasses and handling their pistols threat
eningly though they were greatly out
numbered they would not give up with
out a struggle. It was Coventry's op
portunity now. "1 shall not bo able to
Indulge your desire for the loss of jour
life," ho said, stepping back and pick
ing up his sword, "but I fear that duty
Imposes upon me tho necessity of de
priving you of your liberty. 1 regret
the necessity, believe me; Mis a poor
return for your generosity, but I have
"What mean you?"
"You are, by your own statements, a
rebel against bis majesty. It Is my
duty ns commander of this post and a
loyal servant of the king to apprehend
you. Indeed, I have been especially
charged to look out for you. I will
promise you and your men the best of
treatment, however, and you liberty of
action If you will give me your pa
"I am twice captured then, it seems,"
said the lieutenant, looking at Eliza
beth, who had come forward as soon
as old Trice, who bad left her, had
sprung to bis olllcer's side. As the girl
drew near to him and Major Coventry
turned away his head to give an order
the Irishman said to her:
"Why did you not call out to save
your lover a moment sinceV"
"It was not necessary," she said,
looking at him With eyes filled with
tears. "I knew what you would do."
Delay was dangerous to him, Coven
try was posting his men. He hesitated
a moment, however, ami, taking her
hand, bowed low over it.
"Thank you," he whispered grateful
ly. "This word, and you, I shall re
"And I," said the girl, her eyes tilling
with tears, "will never forgot"?
"Come, sir," said Coventry dryly,
turning at this moment, having finished
his dispositions. "I think you overstep
the privileges of a parole, and If you
Will have your men lay down their
arms we will go up to tho castle. I
have sent for a carriage for you, Eliza
beth, which will be hero shortly."
"Do you know," said O'Neill, "that I
have a mind to say to you that I might
ns well die right here as at any placo
else, and I do not think I shall go to
that castle, after nil. There are seven
of us hero"?
"Close in there!" sharply shouted
Coventry to his soldiers, who obeyed
him promptly. "Make ready!"
"Handle your pistols, men!" cried the
other, whipping out his own; but again
Elizabeth Interfered In tho fray. She
ran between the American seamen and
tho English soldiers with outstretched
"Stop!" she cried. "There must be
uo further lighting here. This gentle
man came to this spot to do mo a favor,
to set. mo free. My life Is his"?
"I give It back to you!" cried O'Neill.
"And yours. Major Coventry, was bis
also," she added reproachfully.
"I give it to him ns well, and If any
more lives uro wanted anybody con
have mine for the tailing," interrupted
tho sailor again.
"This must go no further," continued
"And It shall not, madam!" cried a
deep, clear voice as ono of the cutters
of the Hanger, filled to the gunwales
with heavily armed men, nnd with a
swivel in the bow and a man standing
over It with a lighted match In his
hand, came sweeping around the head
land and dashing in toward the shore.
It was under the command of .Tones
himself, who had grown Impatient at
"1 run sorry to Interrupt a letc-n-tctc,,
gentlemen," he cried.
"You are beaten again, Major Coven
try," said O'Neill calmly. "The odds
nrc In our favor now. Throw down
your arum Instantly, you dogs," be
shouted to the English soldiers. "Hack!
Out of the way, Miss Howard."
He sprang to her side and, clasping
her around the waist as If she bad been
a child, lifti <1 her out of Ihe line of fire.
Tho J?nlous Coventry noticed two
things be did not release her. nor did
she Struggle to get nwn.V. The sullen
soldiers rallied about Coventry and
presented their arms (hreatenlngly;
they bad no mind either to yield with
out a lb ht.
"Stand by!" shouted Jones to the ma
rines In his boat and to tho gunners;
"Stop, for Cod's sake slop, Captain
Jones! You have been good to me,"
cried Elizabeth, now struggling faintly
to escape from Ihe grasp of O'Neill. "I
know that yon are a gentleman. That
officer is my betrothed. Withhold your
lire. They will retire. There must be
no bloodshed. You promised to set me
free and in B.tfely ashore and leave 1110
there. (So, I ell treat you!"
"Steady, lad?, steady!" cried Jones,
stepping out of (ho boat, ,-<*^ ml ; ni,
sir." to the English officer, "will you
Withdraw qulelly, taking your lady
with you, of course, If we engage lo do
ihe same? You are outnumbered, and
we can cut you to pieces. Take tho
word of nn older fighter, your honor
will bo safe, sir."
"You are right, ?lr; 'tis best. I must
needs submit, I suppose," said Coven
try, resigning himself the more grace
fully to the Inevitable, ns he could then
receive his love again, "Come, Lady
"Now, why didn't you protest when I
was captured'/" paid O'Neill, releasing
her waist, but still holding her hnnd.
"Could It be because I wanted you to
be With m??" fhe whispered, caught
off her guard in spite of herself, with
a blush covering her face.
"God bless you for that, and goodby,"
? \c said, bowing over her hand. "A
year, give mo a year"? IIo turned
and walked away.
"Sir," said Coventry, sheathing his
sword and Walking down to where
Jones stood lipon the sand, "we havo
been misinformed concerning you. I
havo had n little interview with JfOUt
first lieutenant which has convinced
me that I was wrong, and this talk
bns added to my knowledge. As an
oib< er of the king I offer you my hand.
\Vli:?tovoi" your polIIleal or personal
itUlllutlom nay bo, I um glad to reo
.ignlxu in you gentlemen ot* merit ami
distinction. I trust to ho ablo to re
pay tin* obligation you huvo lalit upon
rod i i.v bolrotbeil on some future
k < sision. Wo are friends?"
' !>!.?." replied Jones, "I love a gul
i.i itt foe, I shall remoinber you. 1
tlmul< yon for your courtesy."
"And 1 ."is well," added O'Neill.
"It is not tlio prnctlco of tho Amor?
lean nnvy," eoutinucd Jones, "to forco
ships "f war and bloody battles be
tween loving hearts. Mistress How
ard, frtro you well. The Hanger, her
ofltccrH and crew uro yours l( you wish,
if wo should im met by another ship
wi:li you In command, we strike to
you without a blow."
"Kll/.abeth," sntd Coventry magnani
mously, "can you not bid your friends
"1 rIiuII over remember Captain John
Paul .lours," said Lady IQIhsabeth,
stepping forward and giving the little
captain her hand to kiss, "and I shall
never forget Lieutenant O'Neill."
? Will you wait one year for him?"
lie whispered as he bowed iow over her
"Come and see," she answered, and
avtku a i.oxu time.
RBKH are only two men-of
wnr In too whole lot."
"lllght, yer honor. That
un near tho shore there
nwny looks like a big frigate. That 'II
be the Serapls, I'm thinkln'."
"Yes, and that oue farther out tho
"Aye, aye, sir, an' all the rest on 'em
Is nierehontmen. There ain't a gun on
board any on 'em. Nice plcklu's them
'II be for us poor sailor men arter wo
dlsposo of them war vessels. Dash my
wig, Jlst think of them fat traders an'
we n-rummagln' among 'em"?
"That will do, Price. Just moderate
your transports a little," said the ofll
eer, stepping forward to tho brow of
the hill and taking another long look at
"I ain't no transport," muttered" tho
garrulous old man under his breath.
"I won't carry no soldiers nowhere.
I'm a man-of-war, I nin," but he took
good care that his superior should not
bear these somewhat Insubordinate ro
' Well." said the other, finally turning
about nflor his close scrutiny, "I think
we have ascertained about all we have
coiuc for. They are the Baltic convoy,
without doubt, and you would better
.make a straight course for the ship at
once and report."
"An' you, sir?" asked the old man re
spectfully. "Won't you come along,
sir? I hate to cut cable an' leave you
here ad lift alone, yer honor."
"No," answered the ofllcor, after a
retleellvo pause. "I think I shall go
up to thiil castle on the bluff beyond
aial lind out a little mote definitely as
to the situation, if possible. Mean
while do you get on your horse and
ride hack to Dridllngton bay. Co
aboard the Alert and tell Mr. Unit,
from me, to Join the Richard to tho
southward at once, and notify Captain
Jones of what we have seen. Tell him
1 think It will be perfectly safe for him
to come on. There Is a great tleet of
merchant ships here with only two
ships of war. lie will rejoice at the
chance of a fair light. I will find
means to join him tit tho rendezvous
before the rest of the ships can nsseni
ble and they can get under way. Now
bear a band. Don't let tho grass grow
under your keel."
"Oh, Lord, yer honor, have I got to
git on board that 'ere four legged craft
ng'in?" said old Trice ruefully.
"That's what you bavo to do, my
lad," remarked tho officer cheerfully,
"Seems like somethlu's wrong with
him," said the old sailor. "A animal
wot steers by the head 1s contrary-like
to natur". Now If I could only git him
to go about on t'other tack, or wear
him, by sblftin' bis tail, I'd understand
him perfectly; but this yore tiller rope
rlggin' over his bows Is wot gits mo.
An', sir, I can't make out with them
?ero stirrups nufher; it's like hangln'
on to tho ynrdarm In a tossln' sea
without no foolropes. Ifowsomever,
tf I must, I must, I guess."
"Oh, you won't mind It," replied the
Ofllcor, laughing at the old man's rue
ful face. "Resides, the wind's fair
and you'll be going free most of tho
way. Just give him a touch of your
weather heel once in awhile, and you'll
soon make the harbor."
"I nover thought about the wind,"
said the veteran gunner thoughtfully,
bis face brightening as he turned and
listened for It. "Yer honor's right.
' J'wlll bo plain sallln'. Well, sir,
chor's nweigh, an' hero goos',''
Tho old seaman, giving great evi
dence of his disinclination In splto of
flie favoring breeze, at last climbed up
on the back of his staid old horse, and,
resisting the temptation to give him
his direction by a pull of the tail,
got under way nnd lurched rapidly
down the road. Deft to himself, tho
lieutenant mounted his own horse?
surprising to state, for a sailor he was
an excellent horseman?and rode down
toward tho sleeping town nestled
around Hcarhorough harbor, which,
was Ailed with n largo fleet of mor*
chant shtps convoyed by two men of
war, all riding cpiletly at their anchors.
Opposite tho acclivity on which tho
two men had stood and to tho north
of the town rose a bold, splendid head
land, or scar, almost an Island, to the
height of about 800 feet. The rugged
crest was crowned by a picturesque
old castle. The headland Jutted boldly
out Into the sen, nnd the wild waters
dashed upon Its walls from every side.
Access to the castle from the town
wns by uicans of a causeway imd
bridge springing ovor- a rocky and
otherwise Impassablo roiincction be
tween tho cliff nnd tho mainland,
which was sometimes flooded at high
Portions of the enstlo were in bad
repair or had been dismantled in tho
several wars in which it had played a
memorable part since its erection near
ly 700 years before by a follower of
William tho Conqueror, but a largo
part of It wss still Inhabitable and
had boon provided with a sufficient
garrison. A heavy wator battery,
which had boon placed in position dur
ing tho rebellion In 1745, had been re
cently strengthened ond re-onforeed.
Captain Jonog, In tho Bon ETommo
Rhjbjird. -toad teem crulsjnt around the
connts of tho British Islands for some
time. Ho had hoard of the expected
arrive] of tiie Baltic Hoot In those wa
ters nud had presumed that it would
make Scarborough harbor. Word bud
boon received from a amall trader he
had overhauled that a large number
of ships bad assembled in that harbor,
and In order to ascertain whether ho
might safely attack theui with his
small nondescript stiuudron he had ac
cepted the voluntary services of Lieu
tenant O'Neill, seconded by Gunner
Price of tho Hon lloinine Hlchard.
'Day had goiiO on ahead of the
squadron In the cutler Alert and had
landed bolow Scarborough headland
and ridden on to Scarborough to ascer
tain the facts. The Alert was to carry
the news hack to Jotlcs, ou the Hlch
ard, farther down the coast, and the
vessels of his squadron woro nil to ns
somble u day or two later at Bridling
ton hay. n small and unimportant town
with a good harbor within easy reach
ing dlslanco of the expected prey.
Should the report of the scouts be fa
vor.' hie they would proceed at once to
nttiu I; the convoy.
On their journey to Scarborough
O'Neill had ascertained from a pass
ing countryman that Lord Wostbrooko
was still governor of the ensile, and he
at once surmised that Lady Elizabeth
1 low ai d would probably be there with
her guardian. Sl\ mouths more tiian
Ihe year he hud asked for from her
hnd elapsed, and many untoward cir
cumstances bad prevented him from
carrying out his plan of seeking her,
but she had ever been in bis heart,
and time and separation had but In
tensllled his passion. The mercurial
Irishman had been deeply smitten by
the proud English beauty, and the con
stancy of his devotion evidenced tho
depth of tho impression she had made
When Jones had returned with the
Hanger from his first successful cruise,
he nud his ofllcers had been feted and
made much of by the French court.
The gallant adventures in which ho
bad participated lent a new charm to
Ihe fascinating personality of tho Bon
of tlie old marshal, whose entree wna
already everything that could bo de
sired, and his heart accordingly had
been a target for repented attacks upon
the part of Ihe bright eyed and fasci
nating dames of France, but to no
avail bad they attempted Its capture.
Something of the story of his devo
tion had been allowed to leak out,
however, to account for his obduracy,
and they Anally understood why he
was so unusually Insensible to their
charms. This romance naturally only
added a piquancy to the feminine pur
suit of which he was the object, al
though the ladies' sportive love chase
Moved In the end unavailing, lie had
resolved, O'Neill said, to shqw the
world that unusual spectacle, a con
stant Irishman. This was to attempt
the Impossible, bad been the quick re
ply, but nevertheless be had accom
Our Celtic mariner did not resign
from the American service, however,
not because he cared particularly for
America, for democratic doctrines could
inner be acceptable to a follower of
Ihe young SlUOI't, the Intimate associ
ate of the young nobles of France; bur,
primarily, because he saw In It renew
ed opportunities to annoy and humili
ate the stout Hanoverian whom ho and
his people hated and from whom they
had received much harm, and, second'1
ly, because he was so much attracted
by the strong personality of l'anl Jones,
So great had become his regard for
this wonderful man that he had even
waived considerations of rank In favor
of an American, the gallant lthhard
Dale, and had consented to serve as
"HYN, sir, wot (ire J/OM fl-f/O/H' ViTi"
second lieutenant Instead of flrsl on
Ihe Hlchard, when that famous ship
and her ill assorted consorts started
forth upon Ihe memorable cruise,
Tho tacticians of the Pronoh navy
unfortunately were not given to con
sider downright hard lighting ns the
?ml and aim of naval enterprise, Their
maneuvers were ealculaicd to annoy
uid harass the enemy, but their llrst
though! was liol to destroy his ships,
but lo protect their own a fatal mis
take i< i olley from which they have
This was not John Haul Jones' way.
Whatever else he did, he was a lighter
from (ho beginning to Hie end, and
O'Neill found in him n congenial spir
it. The lovelorn irishman had hied
several tlnfFs to COinmunlentO with
Lady Elizabeth by letter and messen
ger, but without success, for ho re
ceived no reply to his letter*, and his
messengers bad never returned. There
fore, when he found himself In such
(dose proximity to her as on this, the
evening of Tuesday, the 21st of Sep
tember, 1771?, he was Utterly unable to
resist tho temptation at least to try to
see her again.
Jones and the ships were not dhft fit
tho rendezvous until tho day after tho
next dayj that would ho Th'JWdaj
morning. There would bo ample time
to rejoin them on the next day, Wednes
day. O'Neill Imagined himself perfect
ly Knfe. He bad used no disguise except
to wear the uniform of a French naval
officer, and as France nnd England
were nominally nl pence he persuaded
himself that he was In no danger. It
was n breach of military propriety, ho
admitted, of course, but nothing more,
this failure to return promptly to his
ship, nnd for that ho was willing to
With tho delightful casuistry of lov
ers, he persuaded himself against his
better Judgment nnd failed to see his
action In Its true military significance.
Trusting to audacity, mother wit and
Dnn Cupid for protection, he went
bravely on. In fact, he was tnklng his
life in his hand. His love blinded him.
It Is the chief function of the cherubic
god. Without that power most matches
ho attempts would fall. Meanwhile,
With n beating heart-beating not from
fenr, but with anticipation?ho rode
slowly doWn the hill and Into the town,
where ho left bis horse nt an Inn nnd
made his; way, on foot and supporloss,
such his eagerness, toward the castle.
He had no definite plan. There dkl
not see,,, .oberen for any. He had
one consuming desire?to see, to speak
to, to wnio In touch nun In with tho
I ..-.-nit l t'n! girl who had been tho object
of Ids every thought, tho end of his
every deBlro, the spirit of every dream
In which ho hud Indulged slnco they
had met. He had a thought, a hope,
tbut Bho was Btill Elizabeth Howard.
Thero was that in her promise, in her
look, In her word, when sho had said.
"Come nnd see" on the strand, which
gave lilm tho hope that sho would wait
nut II he did come, be It one year or two,
and, with the SQUgUtne spirit of bis
rnc<\ he could not prepare himself for
The moon had risen as he walked
quietly through the town and began to
mount the hill. lie did not know how
to gain admittance to the castle when
ho approached It, and as 111 luck would
have it as ho was standing on tho
cnuseway looking toward tho gate he
was approached by a squad of soldiers,
Under the command of a sergeant,
which was returning from an errand in
the town. His meditations as he stood
ga/.lng at tho lights shining from tho
different windows, wondering behind
which wall was ensconced the Idol of
his heart, were rudely Interrupted by
the grasp of a rough hand upon bis
shoulder and a harsh voice In his ear
"Well, r.lr, wot arc you a doin' 'ere
at this hour o' the night? Entrance
to the castle Is forbid to every one ex
cept members of the garrison or them
w'lcb has passes. .No one is allowed
on the causeway after sunset even.
There's so many biles of rakiln's an'
bell's own doln's on the coast by that
bloody ravagln' pirate Jones an' bis
blcedin' gang that we're n'most in a
statt? of siege. (Jive an account of
"My friend." said O'Neill calmly,
glancing rapidly about him and giving
up at once any Idea of resistance, for
he was surrounded by at least a do'/cn
men. one or two of whom Juid laid
violent bands upon him "iny friend,"
be said, speaking In broken English,
with II well simulated French accent,
"1 am an officer of the king of France,
traveling for pleasure through your
great country. I hear of the old cas
tle I wish to see it ; heuet? I come here.
I have done nothing. You will let mo
"Yes. monsieur. 1 l ave that honor."
"Well, that settles it. You've got to
come along with us now. A frog eat in'
Frenchman's our natural born enemy."
"Hut, monsieur, there is no war be
tween my master nnd your king,"
"Don't inonsluir nie. i don't take
no palaverin', an' I don't know uothln'
about whether there Is war or not,"
saht the sergeant brusquely; ' but we
always did hale the bloody Frcnchtes,
an' we always will, an' whenever we
ketch one of 'em around hero he's got
to give an account of hlsself. Now, if
yon come along peaceable like, all
right we won't hurt you. If you
don't, we'll Just pick you up and carry
yon. You can take your chfXjeo," he
A horseman galloping In from the
town at this moment drew rein in front
of tin- little group.
"Ah. sergeant, what is it? Whom
have you thero?'" he queried sharply.
"'Tis :i Frenchman, sir. We found
blm a-prowlln' round hero, lie's a spy,
I takes It." answered the sergeant, sa
luting, but still retaining bis grasp.
"Pardon mo, monsieur," said O'Neill;
"I am no spy. i am a gentleman of
France, as I explain to this man. l
travel ?come here to see tho castle" -
"Well, sir, I can assist you to at
tain your end," Interrupted the lieuten
ant on the horse, "and, since you de
sire to see the castle, perhaps you
would not object lo taking a look at
it from the Inside."
"As a prisoner, monsieur?"
"Well. I am sorry you put it that
way, but I shall be compelled to turn
you over to the governor."
"P.ut I protest, monsieur;''
"Yon can protest to the admiral if
you wish the governor, I mean ?for
you will have to come along now, un
der the circumstances. Wo hear that
d-d Scots buccaneer l'aul Jones Is
on the coast, and wo don't know when
he might strike or whom he might
send on shore. We can't be too care
ful, you know."
"Very well, monsieur, I come," said
O'Neill, shrugging his shoulders and
resigning himself gracefully to the In
"That's good," answered the young
officer. "Bring him along, sergeant."
"Yes, loftcnant. Now. you Johnnie,
right about face, march:"
It was in this unexpected and undig
nified manner that O'Neill gained en
trance to the castle. As they walked
beneath the great gates of the gloomy
fortress bis heart, In spile of tho seri
ous nature of his position, grtvo a bound
of elation. Tills reckless young man
had as yet no other though! than that
l>y every step he had been brought a
little nearer to his divinity. If other
thoughts bad come It Is doubtful if ho
would have allowed them to slop him
now. As the party halted in the court
yard, while (he lieutenant dismounted
and hastened to apprise the governor
of the capture, he even ventured most
Imprudently to ask the sergeant if
I.ady Elizabeth Howard was In the
'jSho Is," replied tho astonished func
tionary. "Wot's tlu\t to pou, I'd liko
_(TO UK CONTINUED).
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