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LAURENS, 8. C, May 25, 1904.
Columbia, May, 21.?The meeting
ofthes'at) convention last weak was
in striking contrast with the last I had
seen. That last was held in May, 1890.
Mr. Cleveland was then president of
the United States and white democrats
held the federal offices in South Caro
lina. Most, or at least half, of these
federal office holders, including post
masters, had belonged to the Reform
faction la South Carolina politics.
There were no Orums in office in this
or any other Southern State then.
Nevertheless tin domln%nt sentiment
In that co lvention was a profound and
bitterly expressed hate of the Demo
cratic administration in Washington.
Senator Tillra in was the most promi
uont immoor of the convention and
"10 to 1 or bust" was his rallying cry.
Too late So iator Irby of Laurens, a
faithful "party man," who believed in
voting tho party ticket in all circum
stances, mado a gallant and hopeless
li ?ht against tho resolutions of Senator
Tillmiu Instructing the South Carol
ina dolsgates to bolt the Chloago
convention in the event it should fail
to declare for free coinage at 10 to 1.
Souatoi* Tillman thus laid dowa the
doctrine in South Carolin? that a
Democrat should bolt the ticket when
the national platform was in his judg
ment a da.jart iro from the principles
of Democracy. Fr je silver was held as
a supre no and fund wn mtal test of de
mocracy at that time?It was the
"paramount Issue,'' tin shibboleth of
good staadlag In the party.
Tho "conservatives" In the conven
tion w.Mv few and scattering though I
think that posslb'y one or two Charles
ton men, among them Mr. St. Julien
Jorvjy, opposed tho 10 to 1 resolutions
Timos havo changed wonderfully.
Senator Tillman was in this conven
tion last week. So was Ex-Governor
Shoppard as tho head of the Edge&eld
delegation. Both were present as
avowed Parker mn, as at present ad
visod, and Park jr is also Mr. Cleve
land's candidate. The Senator said
very truly ani sensibly that the favor
of Mr. Cleveland was no reason for any
decent democrat, "decent" was his
word, to oppose Parker, provided
Parker himsolf proved unobjectiona
ble Tillman, Shoppard, 6trong dele
gations from Columbia and Charleston
and from most of the other counties
wore present, all harmonious and lov
ing and tender to each other and all,
with rare exceptions, unfriendly to the
candidacy of Mr. William Randolph
Hearst who alone of the presidential
candida'es seems acceptable to Mr.
William Jennings Bryan of the Repub
lican state of Nebraska.
Harmony fairly oo/.ed in this conven
tion and trickled over its members.
Probably the majority of the delegates
had at one time belonged to the old
"conservative" faction, yet Senator
Tillman was elected a delegate at large
by acclamation as was our handsome
nod able young governor Duncan
Clinch Heyward. Col. James A. Hoyt
was a prominent and influential figure
and his strong common sense was con
spicuously valuable In Its deliberations
more than once. Mayor Rhett of Char
leston, Col. Jones of Columbia and
Senator Latim?r were the other three
candidates for delegates at large and
Mayor Rhett and Co'. Jones were
elected, Mr. Rhett leading the other
two with a large majority and receiv
ing the hoxrty support of scores of
delegates from all factions who live in
tho Up-Country. The action of these
Piedmont men of Laurens and Green
ville and other counties, such men as
Col. Crews and K. Y. Helium, of
Greenville and many others, was gen
erous and broad-minded. Mr. Rhett in
his throe minut3 speech after his elec
tion convinced the whole convention
that he would be a creditable repre
sentative of the South Carolina de
mocracy at St. Louis and I am sure no
man will have cause to regret the bal
lot cast for him.
J'drsonally, I think It was rather un
fortunate that Sonator Latimer was not
elected?and this is said without mean
ing in the loast to suggest that Col.
Jones' election in to be regretted. Sena
tor Latimer was not present in tho con
vention. He was not on hand with his
friends to hustle for votes and in poll
tics in these days one must hustle if
one would win.
The members of the lower house of
congress as a rule were at home. Messrs.
Lever and Finley were on hand but the
five othors were away on business for
their constituent*. Your average con
gressman does not care to be plaoed
where he will have lo vote against some
body now and then. Your average con
gresnn m would like to vote for all men
and all things and at all times and un
der all circumstances. Old man Finley
is an exception. He has an opinion and
would as leave express it when the
crowd Is against him as when it isn't.
In the convention a lot of young men
employed a good deal of "language"
but It did no particular harm. Young
men like to "rise up" from tha midst of
the body of a convention and they do not
specially mind when they are ' sat down
The convention adopted an admira
ble platform. Its wisdom lies in that it
allowed the dead past to moulder un
molested in its grave. It gave to Gov
ernor Heyward a deserved endorsement
of his administration. Everybody likes
Governor Hoy ward. The whole State is
for Heyward. It's a great thing for a
etate to have a high-minded and clean
W. W. B.
A RUNAWAY BICYCLE,
Terminated with an uglv out on the
le* oi J. B. Orner, Franklin Grove, 111.
It developed a stubborn uloer unyield
ing to dwtors aod remedies for four
years. Then Buoklen's Arnioa Salve
cured. It's just as good for burns.
'Is, skin eruptions and piles. 85
at Laurens Drag Co. and Pal
A Olance Backward.
At this season when the schools are
closing it is well to look back ten and
twenty years and consider how greatly
the schools in Laurens have improved.
The time was when many of the col
lege! in this State did not offer tho ad
vantages that the Laurens City
Schools offer now. The oity of Lau
rens has a school building better than
the best building in some of tho col
leges of today. The Laurens Mills
school building is even better equip
ped. All over the county there aro
school-ho uses so much more excellent
in appearauce and appointment than
those of a few decades gone by that
comparison Is out of the question. The
teachers of this day are as a rule
trained teachers, teachers who havo
attended and a-e attending at numer
ous opportunities in tho summers,
teaohera' schools. Books are more
plentiful. Libraries aro not uncommon
and there are newspapers published
abundantly and cheaply by which the
teachers are enabled to tea- h the his
tory of tho day an its history is mado.
Truly it is a vast improvement and tho
boys or girls of Laurens have great ad
vantages even over those of us who still
regard oursolvea ?s almost young. An ef
ficient county school superintendent by
the way is a treasure.
Looking to Church Union.
After morj than forty yoars of divis
ion the signs are hopeful that the great
branches of the Presbyterian church in
the United States will ho reunited. Tho
northern and southern Presbyterians
seem disposed to make mutual conces
sion). They are willing and eager to
forgive and forget. This is as it should
be. There is no reason that the energies
and activities of a groat church should
be scattered and dissipated. The work
that the churches have befo-e them is
more than sufficient to demand earnest,
concentrated and unselfish efforts. The
strength employed in controversy,
whether as between branches of ono do
nomination or &3 between the denomina
tions, is strength lost which cannot ho
spare 1. Every indication of tho join
ing of forces for good should afford en
couragement to all who look forward
with hope and faith to the final tri
umph of the Christian church in the
mighty designs which its Master has
laid ont for it.
The Only Bight Position.
In his inaugural address Gov. BJanch
ard of Louisiana declared in vigorous
terms that he would use all his pjwer
to prevent and suppress lynching and
other forms of lawlessness in his state.
He coupled this with an equally em
phatic declaration that no approach
towards social equality or social recog
nition as b .'tween the races shall ever
be tolerated in Louisiana Separate
schools, separate churches, separate
cars and separate places of entertain
ment, he said must be rigidly main
tained and racial distinctions and
integrity must be preserved. This is
the only true and safe position for
southern white men to take upon the
negro question. The negroes should be
given and compelled to understand that
there can be no hope of eocial or politi
cal equality with aud over the whites,
but they should at the same time be
promised protection in life, liberty and
property and the honor of the white
race should be the sacred guaranty of
the promise's performaco. When both
races see and accept this situation as
right and inevitable the race question
will have beon stripped of most of its
The Conviction of Murray.
George W. Murray, the former negro
congressman from this State, who is
eaid to own 8,000 acres of lsnd in Sum
ter county, was convicted last week of
forgery. The man whom ho attempted
to vlotlmize was a poor and ignorant
black with whom he had contracted
for the sale of land. It must bring lit
tle comfort to those who expect the ele
vation of the negro race to sje this ex
ample. If a negro upon whom has been
thrust exalted honors and who has ac
quired groat wealth fa'ls before the
temptation of gaining perhaps $100 by
defrauding one of the humblest of bis
own race, what Is to be expected of tho
hordes less firtunate? Murray's be
havior has done more to close the ' door
of hope" to the negroes than all of
Roosevelt's insane attempts can do to
Letter to O. A. Power.
Dear Sir: Pay more for Devoe; be
glad to It is full-measure and honest.
Paint is a watch-dog. How would
you like a watch-dog that wouldn't
watch from two to five o'clock in the
morning? That's short-meas ire.
How would you like a watoh-dog
that had a way of wagging his tail at a
burglar. That's false paint. The bur
glar la rain and snow.
Go by the name; D?voo lead-and
P. W. DkVoe & Co.,
P. 8.?Moseley & Roland sell our
Carelessness Is responsible for many
a railway wreck and the same nauses
are making human wrecks of sufferers
from throat ani lung troubles. But
since the advent of Dr. King's New
Discovery for consumption, coughs
and colds, even the worst cases oan bo
cured, and hopeless resignation is no
longer necessary. Mrs Lois Cragg of
Dorchester, Mass*, la one of many
whoa* life was saved by Dr. King's
New Discovery. Tins great remedy Is
guaranteed for all throat and lung dis
eases by tho Laurens Drug Co. and
Palmetto Drug Co. Prioe 60 cents and
J. N. LEAK,
Offers his services to the peo
ple of Laurens County.
W. Y. BOY-D,
Attorney at Law.
Will practice in all Stats Court:
Promptettentlon given to all business.
W.B. knight. r.k. darb
UTOHT & BABB,
Attorneys at Law.
mt Will practloe tn all the State and
Federal Courts. Strict attention to all
bubineas intrusted to them.
Offloe u ?-stairs, gftsaoona' Building.
5/>e SKY PILOT
*By *RAL?H COJVJVOH
"Tho Man rrom ?Jiong'txr ry "
Glengarry School Dtvyy" txnd "Bltxck Rock'
Copyright. IS99. by FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY
HIS rU.cOXP WIND.
riK urst weeks were, not pleas
ant for tho Pilot. Ho had
boon beaten, and tho sense of
failure Oa uiped his fine en
thusiasm, Which was one of his elilof
eharins. The Noble Seven despised,
Iguored or laughed at him, according
to Jtbolr mood und disposition. Bruce
patronized him, and, worst of all, tho
Mulis pitied him. Tl?t8 hist It was*
thut brought him low, and 1 was glad
of lt. I Und 1? hard to put up with a
man thai en joys pity.
It was HI Kcndul that restored him,
though Hi had no thought of doing so
good n deed. It was in this way: A
baseball match was on with the Porcu
pines from near the Fort, To Hi's dis
gust and tho team's dismay Pill fulled
to appear. It was Ill's delight to
stand up for Bill's pitching, and their
battery was the glory of the Home
"Try the Pilot, III," said some one,
Ill looked glumly across nt tho Pi
lot standing some distance awny; then
called out, holding up tho ball:
"Can you play tho game?"
For answer Moore held up Ms ba
for a catch. HI tossed him the ball
easily. The ball came back so quickly
that 111 was hardly ready, and tho Jar
seemed to ntnaze him exceedingly.
"I'll take him," ho said doubtfully,
and tho game began. Hi lilted on his
mask, a new Importation and his pe
culiar pride, and waited.
"How do you like them?" asked the
"Hot!" said Hi. "I hain't got no
gloves to burn."
The Pilot turned his back, swung off
one foot on to the other and discharged
"?trlkel" called the umpire.
"You bet!" said III with emphasis,
but his face was a picture of amaze
raent and dawning delight.
Again the Pilot went through the
maneuver In his box und again the
Hi stopped tho ball without holding
It and set himself for tho third. Onco
more that disconcerting swing and tho
whlpllkc action of tho arm, and for the
third time tho umpire railed:
"Strike! Striker out!"
"That's the hole," yelled 111.
The Porcupines were amazed. Ill
looked at the ball In his hand, then
at the slight figure of the Pilot.
"I say, where do you got It?"
"What?" asked Moore Innocently.
"The gait, the speed, you know!"
"Oh! 1 used to play In Princeton a
"Did, eh? What the blank blank did
you (pill for?"
Ho evidently regarded the exchange
of the profession of baseball for the
study of theology as a serious error In
Judgment, ami in this opinion every
Inning of the game confirmed him. At
the bat the Pilot did not shine, hut he
made up for light hitting by his huso
running. lie was Hoot as a deer, and
he knew the game thoroughly. He was
keen, eager, intense In play, and before
the innings were half over ||0 was rec
ognized us tho best all round man on
the held. In tho pitcher's box he puz
zled the Porcupines till they grew des
perate and hit wildly and blindly,
amid the jeers of tho spectators. Tho
bewilderment of tho Porcupines was
equaled only by tho enthusiasm of HI
and his nine, and when tho game was
over the score stood .57 to 7 Ju favor of
the Homo team. They carried the Pi
lot off the Hold.
Prom that day Moore was another
man. He had won tho unqualified re
spect of Hi Kendal and most of tho
others, for he could beat them at their
own game and still 1k> modest about
It. Once more his enthusiasm came
back and his brightness and his cour
age. Tho Duke was not present to
Witness his triumph, and, besides, he
rather despised the game. Bruce was
there, however, but took no paid In
the general acclaim. Indeed, ho
seemed rather disgusted with Moore's
sudden leap into favor. Certainly hin
hostility to the Pilot and to all that
ho stood for was none the less open
Tho hostility was more than usually
marked at the service hold oil the Sun
day following. IL was, perhaps,
thrown into stronger relief by tho
open ftnd delighted approval of Hi, who
was prepared to back up anything the
Pilot would venture to say. Bill, who
had not witnessed tho Pilot's perform
ance in the pitcher's box, hyt had only
Hi's enthusiastic report to go upon,
Still preserved his judicial nlr. 11 |s
fair to say, however, that there was
no mean spirited Jealousy In Bill's
heart oven though Hi had frankly as
sured him thai the Pilot was a "de
mon" and could "give him points,"
BUI hud groat conlhleuco In Hi's opllp
ion upon baseball, but ho was not pre
pared to Hin render hls> right of private
Judgment in matters theological, so hi
walled for the sermon before commit
ting himself to any enthusiastic ap
This service was an uudoubted suc
cess. The singing was hearty, und iu
senslbly the men fell into a reverent
attitude during prayer. Tho theme,
too, was one that gave little ruom for
skepticism. It was tho story of Zac
cheus, and story telling was Moore's
strong point. The thing was well
done. Vivid portraitures of the out
cast, vhj'owd, converted publican and
tho supercilious, self complacent, crit
ical Pharisee were drawn with n few
deft touches. A single sentence trans
ferred them to tho foothills and' ar
rayed them in cowboy garb. Bill
was none too sure of himself, but III,
with delightful winks, was indicating
Bruce as the Pharisee; to tho latter's
scornful disgust. The preacher must
have noticed, for with n very clever
turn tho Pharisee was phowu to be the
kind of man who likes to fit faults up
0? others. Then Bill, digging his el
bows Into Hi's rjb?i said In an audible
"Bay, pardnor, how does Jt fit now?"
"You git out!" answered HI Indig
nantly, but his confidence in his Inter
pretation of tho application was shak
en. When Mooro came to describe the
Master and his place in that ancion
group, wo In the Stopping place pnv|o
fell uuder the spell of his syes an
voice, and our hearts wcro move
Within us. That great Personality w
matte very rem ana very winning. HI
wiih quite subdued by the story and
the picture. Iti11 was perplexed. It
woh till new to him, hut Rruce was
mainly irritated. To him it was all old
and filled with memories ho hated to
face. At any rote, ho was unusually
savage that evening, drank heavily and
wont honu? late, raging and cursing at
things in general and tho Pilot in par
ticular, for Moore In a timid sort of
way had tried to quiet him and help
hhn to his borne.
"Ornery sort o' beast now, ain't he?"
said III, with tho Idea of comforting
the Pilot, who stood sadly looking
after Bruce dhmppenring iji the gloom.
"No, no!" he answered quickly. "Not
a beast, but a brother."
"Brother! Not much, ir i know my
relations!" answered III disgustedly.
"The Master thinks a good deal of
him," was the earnest reply.
''(.'it out!" said HI. "You don't mean
it! Why," he added decidedly, "h>B
more stud; on himself than that mean
old cuss you was tellitt1 about this
afternoon, and without half the
But Moore only said kindly, "Don't
be hard ou him, Hi," aud turned away,
leaving ill and Rill gravely discuss
ing the question with the nld of sev
eral drinks of whisky. They were still
discussing when, an hour J?ter, they,
too, disappeared into the darkness that
swallowed lip the trail to Ashley ranch.
That was the first of many such serv
ices. The preaching was always of
the simplest kind, abstract questions
being avoided aud the concrete in
those wonderful Bible tales, dressed
In modern and in western garb, set
forth. Rill and HI were more than
over his friends and champions, and
the latter was heard exultantly to ex
claim to Bruce:
"Ho ain't much to look at as a par
son, but he's a kctchtn' his second
wind and 'fore long you won't see him
the LAST of the permit sundays.
<Spa"lHK spring "round ups" were all
? I over and Rruce had nothing
to do but to loaf about the
Stopping Place, drinking old
Latour'8 had whisky and making him
self a nuisance. In vain the Pilot
tried to win him with loans of books
and magazines and other kindly cour
tesies. He would be decent for a day
and then would bronk forth in violent
argumentation against religion and all
who held to it. He sorely missed the
Duke, who was away south on one of
his periodic Journeys, of which no one
knew anything or enred to ask. The
Duke's presence alwnys steadied Rruce
and took the rasp out of his manners.
It was rather a relief to all that he
was absent from the next fortnightly
service, though Moore declared ho was
ashamed to confess this relief.
"I can't touch him," ho said to me
after the service. "Ho is far too clever.
Rut," and his voice was full of pain,
"I'd give something to help htm,"
"If he doesn't quit his nonsense," 1
replied, "he'll soon be post helping.
Ho doesn't go out of his range, his few
eattlo wander everywhere, his shack
is In a beastly state and ho himself is
going to pieces, miserable fool that he
Jb." For It did seem a shnmo that a
fellow should so throw himself away
"You are hard," said Moore, with his
eyes upon mo.
"Hard? Isn't it true?" I answered
hotly. "Then, there's his mothor at
"V.s, but can ho help It? Is it all
his fault?" ho replied, with his steady
eyes still looking into mo.
"His fault? Whose fault, then?"
"What of the Noble Seven? Have
they anything to do with this?" Ills
voice was quiet, hut there was an ar
resting intensity in it.
"Well," I said, rather weakly, "a
man ought to look after himself."
"Ye.-; and his brother a little." Then
ho added: "What have any of you
(lonp/to |l0|p Him? The DuUo could
have pulled him up a year ago If he
had been willing to deny himself a lit
tle, and so with all of you. You all do
Just what pleases you regardless of any
other, and so you help one another
I could not (lud anything just then to
say. though afterward many things
On me to me. Kor, though his voice was
qqlet and low, hjs eyes were glowing
ami his face was alight with the tire
that burned within, aud 1 felt like one
GOl)vioted of a crime. This was cer
tainly a new doctrine for the west, an
Uncomfortable doctrine to practice, in
terfering seriously with personal lib
erty, but, in the pilot's way of viewing
things, diillcult to escape. There would
be no end to one's responsibility. I
refused to t|iinl> It out,
Within a fortnight wo wero think
ing it out with some Intentnoss. The
Noble Seven wero to hnvo a great
"blowout" at tho Hill brothers' rnnch.
Tho Duke bad got home from his
southern trip n little more weary look
ing and a little more cynlcnl In bis
smile. The "blowout" was to bo held
on permit Sunday, the alternate to tho
preaching Sunday, which was a con
cession to tho Pilot, secured chiefly
through tho Influence of III and his
baseball nine, it was something to
have created the situation Involved in
the distinction between preaching and
permit Sundays. Hi put it rather
graphically. "The devil takes his
Inulll's oiio Sunday and the Pilot the
next," adding emphatically, "He hain't
done much scorln' yit, but my money's
on the Pilot, you bet!" Rill was more
CAUtlOUS and preferred to wait develop
ments. Ami developments were rapid.
Tito Hill brothers' meet wns unusu
ally successful from a social point of
view. Several permits had been requi
sitioned, and whisky and beer abound
ed. Ihn es all day and poker all night
nnd drinks of various brews both day
and night, with varying impromptu
diversions, such as shooting the hprns
off wrinderlng steers, wero the social
amenities indulged In by the Nob|e
Company. Op Mopday evening I rode
out to the ranch, urged by Moore, who
Was anxious that souie Qim should
Irs' k after1 Rruce.
' I don't be)Qt)g to them,," |ie said/,
"you do. They wop't fosent your cow
Ney did tl.oy. They were sitting at
tea nnd welcomed me with n shout,
I'HolIo; jfld domino!" yelled Brno*.
"Whore's your preacher friend?"
"Wl croVui ought, ta bo if xey could |
fret there?at home,"'! replied, nettled
at his Insolent tone.
"Strike one!" called out HI enthusi
astically, not approving Bruce's atti
tude toward his friend, the Pilot
"Don't be so cute," said Bruce after
the laugh had passed, "but have a
He was flushed and very shaky and
very noisy. The Duke, ut the head of
tho table, looked u little harder than
usual, but, though pale, was quite
steady. The others were all more or
less nerve broken, and about the room
were the signs of a wild night. A
bench was upset, while broken bottles
and crockery lay strewn about over a
floor reeking with filth. The disgust
on my fuce culled forth an apology
from the youuger Hill, who was serv
ing up ham und eggs us best he could
to the men lounging about the table.
"It's my housemaid's afternoon oat;**
he explained gravely.
"(Jone for n walk in the park," added
"Hope Mr. Connor will pardon the
absence," sneered Bruce lu his most
"Don't mind him," said HI under bit
breath. "Tho blue devils are ruunln*
This became more evident as the
evening wont on. From hilarity Bruco
passed to sullen ferocity, with spasms
of nervous terror. 111'b attempts to
soothe him finally drove him mad, and
ho drew his revolver, declaring he
could look after himself, In proof of
which ho began to shoot out the lights.
The men scrambled Into sofe corners,
all but the Duke, who stood quietly
by watching Bruce shoot. Then say
ing, "Let me have a try, Bruce," he
reached across and caught his hand.
"No, you don't!" said Bruce strug
gling. "No man gets my gun."
He tore madly at the gripping band
with both of his, but In vain, calling
out with frightful oaths:
"Let go, let go! I'll kill you, I'll kill
With a furious effort he hurled him
self back from the table, dragging the
Duko partly across. There were a flash
He began to shoot out the liahte.
and a report and Bruce collapsed, tho
Duke still gripping him. When they
lifted him up he was found to have en
ugly wound in his arm, the bullet hav
iug passed through the fleshy pa/t I
bound It up as best I could and tried
to persuade him to go to bed. But he
would go home. Nothing could stop
him. Finally the Duke agreed to gO
with him, and off they set, Bruce loudly
protesting that ho could get home alone
and did not want any one.
It was a dismal break up to the meet,
and we nil went home feeling rather
nick, bo that it gave mo no pleasure
to And Moore waiting In my shack for
my report of Bruce. It was quite vain
for me to make light of the accident
to him. Ills eyes were wide open with
anxious fear when I had done.
"You needn't tell me not to be anx
ious," he said. "You are anxious your
self. I see It, I feel It."
"Well, there Is no use trying to keep
things from you," I replied. "But I am
only a little anxious. Don't you mo
beyond mo and work yourself np Into
a fever over It."
"No," he answered quietly, "but I
wish his mother were nearer."
"Ob, bosh! It isn't coming to that.
But I wish be were in better shape.
Ho Is broken up badly without this
hole In him."
He would not leave till I had prom
ised to take him up tho next day,
though I was doubtful enough of bis
reception. But next day the Duko
came down, his black bronco Jingo
wot with hard riding.
"Better come up, Connor," he said
gravely, "and bring your broiuld<uj
along. Ho has had a bad night and
morning and fell asleep only before I
came away. I expect he'll wake in de
llrlum. It's the whisky more than tbe
bullet. Hnakes, you know."
In ten minutes we three were on the
trail, for Moore, though not invited,
quietly announced his Intention to go
"Oh, all right!" said the Duke indif
ferently. "He probably won't recog
nize you anyway."
Wo rodo hard for half an hour tUl
we came within sight of Bruora
shack, which was set back into a little
"Hold up!" said the Duke. "Was
that a shot?" Wo stood listening. A.
rifle shot rang out, and we rode bard.
Again tho Duke baited us, and there
came from the shack the sound of
singing. It was nn old Scotch tune.
"Tho Twenty-third Psalm," said
Moore in a low voice.
Wo rodo into the bluff, tied np our
horses and crept to the back of the
shack. Looking through a crack be
tween tho logs, I saw a grewsome
thing. Bruco was sitting up in bed
with a Winchester riflo across his
knees and n belt of cartridges banging
over tho post. His bandages were
torn off, the blood from his wound
was smeared over his bare arms and
his pulo, ghastly face, his eyes wet*
wild with mad terror, and be was
shouting nt the top of his voice the
"Tho Turd's my Shopherd, I'll not want;
He makes mo down to lie
In pastures green; ho leadeth me
Tho quiet waters by."
Now and then he would stop to say
In an nwesomo whisper, "Come out
here, you llttlo devils!" And bang
would go his rifle at the stovepipe.
Which was riddled with holes. Then
QPCP more In a loud voice be wopM}
jjnrry to begin tho psa|m:
"Tho Lord's my Shepherd-"
Nothing that my memory brlqgs to
mc makes mo chill like that picture?
(he low log shack, now In cheerless
disorder; the ghastly object upon ths
bed In the corner, with blood smeared
face and arms and mad terror in the
?yes; this' awful cursings and more
awful psalm Ringing, punctuated by
the quick report of the deadly rifle.
For some moments we stood gaslna
?t one another. Then ths Duke said
I? a low, fierce top?, wore to himself
than to us:
l*_ tbe Ujt. ?Theres _bej*
more of this ?*ur?ea roay among t7io
And l thought it a wise thing lu the
Pilot that lie auswered not a word.
TUE PILOT'S OBIT.
>v-\inbj situation wos one of ex
J I trenje danger ? a madman
with a Winchester rifle.
Something must be dono and
quickly. But what? it would be
death to any one appearing at the
"I'll speak. You keep your eycB on
htm," said the Duke.
"Hello, Bruce! What's the rowT"
shouted the Duke.
Instantly the slnglug stopped. A.
look of cunning delight came over his
face as, without a word, he got his rlllo
ready pointed at the door.
"Come In!" he yelled, after wall lug
for seme moments. "Come In I. You're
the biggest of all the devils. Come on;
I'll send you down whero you belong.
Come, what's keeping youV"
Over the riile barrel his eyea gleamed
with frenxied delight. We consulted ns
to a plan.
MI don't relish a bullet much," I said.
"There are ploaoanter things," re
sponded the Duke, "and he Is a fairly
Meantime the singing had started
again, and, looking through the chink,
I saw that Bruce bad got his eye on the
stovepipe again. While I waa looking
the PUot slipped away from un to
ward the door.
"Oome backt" said the Duke. "Don't
be a fool! Come back; he'll shoot you
Moore paid no heed to him. but stood
waiting at tho door. In a few moments
Bruce biased away again at the stove
pipe. Immediately the Pilot burst lu
calling out eagerly:
"Did you get him?"
"No!" said Bruce disappointedly.
"He dodged like the devil, as of course
he ought, you know."
"I'll get him," said Moore; "smoke
him out," proceeding to open the stove
"Stop!" screamed Bruce. "Don't
open that door! It's full, I tell you."
Moore paused. "Besides," wont on
Bruce, "smoko won't tou?;h 'em."
"Oh, that's all right," said Moore
coolly and with admirable quickness.
"Wood smoke, you know; they can't
This was apparently a new idea in
demonology for Bruce, for he sank
back, while Moore lighted the lire and
put on the teakettle. He looked
round for the tea caddy.
"Up there," said Bruce, forgetting f?>r
the moment his devils and pointing to
a quaint, old fashioned tea caddy upon
Moore took it down, turned it in his
hands and looked at Bruce.
"Old country, eh?"
"My mother's," said Bruce soberly.
"I could have sworn it was my
aunt's In Ballymenn," said Moore.
"My aunt lived in a little stone collage
with roses all over the front of it "
Ami on he went into an enthusiastic
description of his early home. His
voice was full of music, soft and sooth
ing, and poor Bruce sank back and lis
tened, the glitter fading from his eyes.
The Duke ami I looked at each other.
"Not too bad, eh?" said the Duke
after a few moments' silence.
"Let's put up the horses," I suggest
cd. "They won't want us for half an
When we came in, tho room hail been
'set In ortlcr. the teakettle was singing,
the bedclothes were straightened out,
ami Meorc had Just finished washing
the blood stains from Brucc's arms and
"Just in time," he said. "I didn't
like to tackle these," pointing to the
All night long Moore southed and
tended the sick man, now singing
softly to him and again beguiling him
with tales that meant nothing, but
that had a strange power to quiet the
nervous restlessness due partly to the
pain of the wounded arm and partly to
the nerve wrecking from his months of
dissipation. The Duke seemed un<?om
fortnble enough. He spoke to Bruce
once or twice, but the only answer was
a groan or curse, with an Increase of
"He'll hare a close squeak," said the
Duke. Tho carelessness of the tone
wns n little overdone, but the Pilot
wos stirred up by It.
"He has not been fortunate In his
friends," lie said, looking straight Into
"A man ought to know himself when
the pnee Is too swift," said the Duke,
a little more quickly than was hi
"Y"ou might have done nnythin
with him. Why didn't you help hhu?"
Moore's tones were stern and very
?toady, and he never moved his eyes
from the other man's fnvc, but the only
reply he got was a shrug of the shoul
When the gray of the morning was
coming In at the window the Duke
rose up, gave himself a little shake and
"I am not of any sorvico hero. I
shall come bock in the evening."
Ho wont and stood for n few mo
ments looking down upon tho hot,
fevered face; then, turning to nie, he
"What do you think?"
"Can't say! The bromide Is holding
him down Just now. His blood is bad
for that wound."
"Can I get onything?" I knew him
well enough to recognize the anxiety
under his Indifferent manner.
"The Port doctor onght to be got.'*
He nodded and went out.
"Have breakfast?" called out Moore
i . om tho door.
"I shall get some nt the Fort, thanks.
They won't take any hurt from me
there," he said, smiling his cynical
Moore opened his eyes in surprise.
"What's that for?" he asked me.
"Well, he Is rather cut up, and you
rather rubbed It into him, you know,"
I said, for I thought Moore a little
"Did I say anything untrue?"
"Well, not untrue, perhaps; but
truth is like medicine?not always good
to take." At which Moore was slh-nt
till his patient needed him again.
It was a weary day. The Intense
pain from the wound and the high
fever from the poison in his blood
kept tho poor fellow In delirium till
pvenlng, when the Duke rode up with
the Fort doctor. Jingo appeared of|
pearly played out as a horse of his
Spirit ever allowed himself to become.
"SoTepty miles," said tho Duke,
swinging himself off the saddle. "The
doctor was ten miles out. How Is he?'
I shook my bead, and he led away
his horse to give him a rub and a feed.
Meantime the doctor, who was of
the army and had seen service, was
examining his patient. Ha grew more
and more pusaled as he noted the va
Hove symptoms. Finally he broke out:
"What have yon been doing to hlmf
Why Is he In this condition? This
Sea bite doesn't acoonnt for all," point
to the wound.
Tbon the nuko Bald hesitatingly:
"I four, doctor, tho lifo bus boon a
little loo hard for him. H,0 had a se
vere nervous attack?seeing things,
"Yes. 1 know.*' stormed the old doc
tor. "I know you well enough, with
your head of cast iron and no nerves
to speak of. 1 know the crowd and
how you lead (hem. Infernal foolsl
You'll get your turn Bomo day. I've
warned you before."
The Duke was Btaudlug up before
tho doctor during this storm smiling
slightly. All at once the smile faded
out, and he polutcd to the lied. Bruco
was sit?ng up quiet and steady. Ho
stretched out ids hand to tho Duke.
"Don't mind the old tool," he said,
holding the 1 Mike's hand and looking
up at him as fondly as If ho were a
girl. "It's my own funeral?funeral?"
Ho paused. "Perhaps it may bo?who
knows'.' feel queer enough?but, re
member. I>uk'\ It's my own fault.
Don't listen l<> thoso bally fools," look
ing toward Moore and tho doctor.
"My own fault" his voice died down
?"my own fault."
Tho Duke bent over him and laid
him back on the pillow, saying:
"Thanks, old chap. You're good stuff.
I'll not foi'got. .lust keep quiet and
you'll bo all right." Ho passed his
cool, drin hand over the hot brow of
tho man looking up at him with love in
his eyes, and in a few moments Bruco
fell asleep. Then ti>? Duke lifted him
self up end. facing the doctor, said in
his coolest tone:
"Your words are more true than op
portune, doctor. Your patient will
n.1 all your attention. As for my
morals, Mr. Mooro kindly intrusts him
self with the euro of them." This
with a bow toward the 1'ilot.
"I wisli him joy of his charge,"
snorted the doctor, turning again to the
bed where Bruce had already passed
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