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LAU KENS, S. C.i June 22, 1904.
The Colorado Strike.
Ton years ago a great strike occurred
in Chicago. Business was paralyzed
and anarchy threatened. The strikers
refused to allow trains to run and the
general public, and the people of the
whole country who cared little about
the strike,were suffering Inconvenience
and loss on account of it. The governor
of Illinois fail-d to interfere and en
force the peace and dignity of the law.
Then one Grover Cleveland, president
of these United Stttes, declared that,
strike or no strike, the mails should be
carried by the railways under contract
to carry the mails and he sent federal
troops to Chicago to make it good. In
a few days the trains wore running,
there was no more danger to lifo and
property and the striko with its
bloody rioting was over.
In the stato of Colorado, the minors
union has been in charge of affairs un
til very lately and strike has followed
strike until the mining properties have
almost lost their value. The strikes
succeeded solely becanse of Intimida
tion of the non-union men and the un
ion's prevention of work by them, As
a general rule strikes that succeed do
suoccod only through Intimidation of
others who are not in sympathy with
tho strike or the union. The union
men persecute the "scabs" until the
"scabs" (that Is tho name for those who
do not choos j to surrender to the union)
find life unendurable. Then they cease
to bo "scabs" and join the union. In
Colorado the people who do not belong
to the unions finally resolved that they
would submit to union dictation no
longer. When a depot platform was
blown up ten days ago by an infernal
machine and 11 non-union or "scab"
miners were slaughtered, the people
and the governor of Colorado took a
hand. Tho militia were called out and
Toller county was pat under martial
law, hundreds of union men were ar
rested and some hundreds were placed
on trains under guard and carried out
of tii ? state. Tho people of Colorado
have declared that the unions shall not
exist In the mining district and they
appear to be in earnest. Meanwhile, as
is always the case in such circum
stances, some unlawful things have
been done by theopposers of unionism,
by the people who are now "In the sad
dle." The union minersaro thoroughly
crushed and whipped and the day of
dynamiting depot platforms is over for
the present-at least.
A singular incident of it all is that
some of the unions of Chicago have ap
pealed to President Roosevelt to send
federal troops to Colorado to protect
the union mineis. This Is the same
Chicago and theso are probably the
same un ons which in 1801 so bitterly
condemned Mr. Cleveland for sending
Federal troops to Chicago to protect
the public and the public trains and
mails from the tyranny of the unions.
Federal interference then was usurpa
tion, it was a violation of state's rights,
it was the assumption of dictatorial
powers, from the union and Altgeld
viewpoint. Now the union ox is gored
in Colorado and it would bo right and
benovolent for the president to come
to the ox's rescue.
A Pitiful Case.
One of the most pitiful cases of the
times is that of Harry Stillwell Ed
wards of Macon.Ga. Edwards is a bril
liant literary man. He is ono of the
most successful story writers of the
day. What he has written is full of
Southern fervor and has breathed a
spirit of love for his native State and
section. However, Edwards needed
money. Macon needed a postmaster.
Edwards knew about as much con
cerning politics and cared about as
much as most prodigal and harum
?carinii literary men do. However, Ed
wards became a Republican and post
master at Macon at about the same mo
ment. Now they have put upon him
the task of seconding the nomination
of Theodore Roosevelt in the coming
Chicago Republican Convention. In
other words, Edwards, this brilliant
and popular Southern writer, must pay
for his postmastership by exhibiting
himself to the gaze of tho curious pub
lic as a Southern renegade of respecta
ble antecedents. To have become a
renegade must havo been a high price
for Edwards to pay. To force him to
hold up and expose his humiliation is
a refinement of cruelty on the part of
tho Republican party.
Many a Laurens House
hold Will Find Them So.
To have the pains of the back re
moved; to be entirely free from annoy
ing, dangerous urinary disorders is
onough to make any kidney sufferer
grateful. To tell how this change can
e brought about will provo comfort
ing to hundreds of Laurens readers.
J. R. Sample, a farmer near Green
wood, says: "I have used Doan's Kid
ney Pills and can recommend them as
a good remedy for the back and kid
neys. 1 was troubled for a long time
with my liver secretions which were
full of sediment, very dark and of a
strong odor and caused mo annoyance
during the night. My baok has caused
me great suffering especially at night,
right across the small of it. A dull ach
ing pain existed which oaused me to
lay awake all hours of tho night, there
by losing rest, greatly to my discom
fort as well as to tho derangement of
my general health. I tried all kinds
of remedies, liniments, and plasters,
but nothing gavo me any relief. See
ing Doans* Kidney Pill? advertised in
our papers I obtained them. Since us
ing them according to directions, the
secretions from the kidneys cleared up
and the backache left me. I attribute
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. Plenty more proof liko this from
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Hopkins ?f Illinois.
When the convention that nominated
Palmer and Buokner in I81K) met in
Indianapolis one of its conspicuous
(not prominent) Hgure3 was a well
groomed and rather oily looking in
dividual named John P. Hopkins, then
late mayor of Chicago. Hopkins was
a noisy "sound money man," He
brought to Indianapolis a gang of
toughs In the guise of a "marchiog
club." These toughs after a few 1 ours
found themselves as a rule in the po
lice stations, in no way did this John
P. Hopkins create a specially favora
Li9t week the Illinois Democratic
Convention mot In Springfield and en
dorsed William it. Hearst for the
Democratic nomination for president.
Hopkins was the boss of the conven
tion and was elected a delegate at
largo. He is established now aB the
head of the Chicago and Illinois Demo
cratic machine, having utterly routed
Hopkins is the brand of politician
that wo are accustomed to in South
Carolina. Of course Hupkins does not
favor Hearst. Of courso Hopkins very
well knows that Hearst moat nearly
represents now what he declined to
follow in 1890 and on account of which
he bolted the party. To suggest that
he does not know this would bo to set
bim down a fool. However, In order to
be boss In Illinois, in order to control
the machine and p rbaps bo elected to
the United States Senate some day, it
1? necessary for him to swallow Hearst
?so he swallows
In this state our leading politicians
arc In tho sam? boat with Hopkins ex
cept that tho conditions are reversed.
They are supporting for the presidency
candidates most opposed to Rryanlsm
?the Bryanlsm which they acclaimed
a few years ago. it is not popular to he
a Bryan man now and our South Caro
lina loaders mean to be popular at any
cost. They will not be caught on the
weak side?not they. They are for any
thing that the people are for or think
themselves for. It is eo easy for a polit
ician to deceive the people. It seems
to Tub Advertiser that the politi
cians find it easier as the years roll by.
There is no issue, no shade or phase of
Democratic polit'cs from free silver,
sub-treasury and socialism straight
through to the gold standard that such
politicians as B. R. Tillman and A. C.
Latimer have not, expressly or sub
stantially advocated within the past
ten years. They are as good gold
standard men as any one need wish
Fresh testimony In great quantity is
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coughs and colds to bo uneqaled. A re
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Laubkns, S. 0.
IS SKY PILOT ^
"The M?rt From Glengarry"
"Glengarry School D?y?" an4 'Dlack Rock" T
Uorrlfkt, 1899. k> IlLMINO H. WVU1 COMPANY
TI'K CANYON FLOWERS.
HIE Pilot's Qrst visit to Cwon
lwtil boon a trluiupb. Itut
none knew bettor than bo
that tlx* fight was still to
come, for deep in dwon's heart wore
thoughts whose pain made her forgot
"Was It God let 1U0 fall?" sln> asked
abruptly one day, and the Pilot knew
the fight was ,?n. but lie only answered,
looking fearlessly Into her eyes:
"Yes, Owen, dcttr."
"Why did ho li t mo fall?" And her
voice was very deliberate.
"1 don't know, dwell, dour," said the
Pilot steadily, "lie knows."
"And docs he know I <-imII never rid'*
again? Does ho know bow long tho
days :irc mid Ihn night when I can't
sleep? Hoes ho know?"
"Yes, d wen, * dear," said tho Pilot,
und the tears were si.Hiding in his eyes,
though his volco was still stoady
"Are you sure ho knows?" The voice
was painfully intense.
"Listen to me, dwen," began the
Pilot in groat distress, but she cut him
"Al'C you (jultc sure he knows? An
swer me!" she cried with her old lin
"Yes. (iwen, ho knows all about you."
"Then what do you think of him, just
because he's hi*: and strong, treating a
little i.'irl that way?" Then she added
viciously: "I hate him! 1 don't care: I
Put the Pilot did not wince. I won
dered how ho would solve that problem
that was puzzling not only Owen but
her father and the nuke and all of us -
the why of human pain.
"dwell," said the Pilot, as if changing
the subject, "did It hurt to put on the
plaster Jacket V
"You Just bet!" said Gwen, lapsing
In her English, ns the Duke was not
present. "It was worse than anything
?awful! They bail to straighten jno
out. you know." And she shuddered ut
tho memory of that pain.
"What n pity your father or the Duke
was not here!" said the Pilot earnestly.
"Why. they were both here!"
"What a erii"l shame!"' burst out the
Pilot. "Don't they care for you any
"Of course they do," said Owen indig
"Why didn't they stop tho doctors
from hurting you so cruelly?"
"Why, they let the doctors. It Is go
ing to help mo to sit up and perhaps to
walk about a little," answered Gwen,
With blue gray oyes open wide.
"Oh," said the Pilot. "It was very
mean to stand by anil set; you burl like
'Why, you silly," replied Gwen im
patiently, "they want my back to get
struigbt and strong."
'Oh, then they didn't do it Just for
fun or for nothing?" said the Pilot in
Gwen gazed at him in amazed and
speechless wrath, and he went on:
"I mean they love you though they
lot you be hurt, or, rather, they let the
doctors hurt you because they loved
you and wanted to make you beater."
Gwen kept her oyos tlxod with curi
ous earnestness upon his fflCO till the
Ucht bcvaii to dawn.
"I?o you mean." she began slowly,
"that though God let me fall be loves
The pilot nodded. He could not trust
"I wonder if that can be true," she
said, as if to herself, and soon wo said
good by and came away?the Pilot limp
and voiceless, but 1 triumphant, for I
began to see a little light for Owen.
Hut the fight was by no means over.
Indeed It was hardly well begun. For
when the autumn came, with Its misty,
purple days, most glorious of all days
In the cattle country, the old restless
ness came back and the fierce refusal
of her lot. Then came the day of tho
round up. Wbj- should she have to stay
while nil went nftor the cattle? Tho
Duke would have remained, but she
Impatiently sent him away. She was
weary and heart sick, and. worst of all,
she began to feel that most terrible of
burdens, the burden of her life to oth
ers. I was much relieved when the
Pilot came In fresh and bright waving
a bunch of wild flowers In bis hand.
"I thought they were nil gonol" ho
cried. "Whore do you think I found
them? Hlgbt down by the big elm
root." And, though he saw by the set
tled gloom of nor faee thar the storm
was coming, ho went bravely on pictur
ing the canyon In nil the splendor of its
autumn dress. Put the spell would not
work. Her heart was out on the slop
ing hills, where the cattle wen? bunch
ing and crowding with tossing heads
and rattling horns, and It was in a
voice very bitter and Impntlont that
"Oh, I nin sick of all this! I wapt*o
ride! I want to s.'o the cattle nptl the
men nnd and and nil the things out
side." The Pilot was cowboy enough
to know the longing that tugged at her
henrt for one wild race after the calvea
or steers, but he could only sayt
"Walt, Owen. Try to l>e patient."
"I nm patient; nt least I hnvo beep
pntlent for two wdiolo months, nnd Ira
no use. and I don't believe Ood cares
"Yes, he does, Gwen, more thnu any
Sf us," replied the Pilot earnestly.
"No, he does not care," sho answered
with angry emphasis, nnd tho Pilot
made no reply.
"Perhaps," she went on hesitatingly,
''he's nngry because I said I didn't care
for him, you remember) That was
very wicked. Hut don't you think I'm
punished nearly enough now? You
mnde me very nngry, and I didn't real
ly moan It."
Poor Owen! God had grown to be
very real to her during those weeks of
pnln, and very terrible. The Pilot look
ed down a moment into the blue gray
eyes, grown so big and so pitiful, nnd,
hurriedly dropping on his knees besldo
the bed, he said hi n very unsteady
"Oh, Gwen, Gwen, bo's not like that!
Don't you remember how Jesus was
with the poor sick people? That's what
"Could .loans make nie well?"
"Then why doesn't he?" she asked,
nnd there was no impatience now, but
only trembling anxiety as she went on
In a timid voice: "I nsked him to. over
and over, and said I would wait two
months, nnd now it's more than three.
Are yon quite sure he hears now?"
Phe raised herself on her elbow and
gazed searehlngly into the Pilot's face.
T was glad It wns not Into m!:;o. As
she Uttered the words, "Are you quite
sure?" one felt that thing*wore In the
balance. I could not help locking at
the Pilot wiih intense anxiety. What
would he answer? The Pilot gased out
of the window upon the hills for a few
momenta? how long the silence seem
ed '.?then, turning, looked Into the eye?
tbnl searched his so steadily nnd an
"Yea, Owen, I ani quite sure!" Then,
with quick Inspiration, lie got her
mother's Bible and said, "Now, Owen,
try to see H an I read." But lx?fore be
rend, with the true artist's Instinct he
created the proper atmosphere. By a
few vivid words he made us fool tl?e
pathetic loneliness of the Man of Sor
rows In his last sad days. Then he
read that masterpiece of all tragic pic
turing, the story of Gethsemane. And
as ho read we saw It all?the garden
and the trees und the sorrow stricken
Man alone with his mysterious agony.
Wo hoard the prayer so pathetically
submissive, and then, for answer, the
rabble and the traitor.
Gweu was far too quick to need ex
planation, and the Pilot only said. "You
see, Gwen. God gave nothing but the
best to Iiis own Son only the host."
"The best? They took him away,
didn't they?" Sho knew the story well.
"Yes. but Iiston." Ho turned tbo
leaves rapidly and read: "'We aeo
Jesus for the suffering of death crown
ed with glory and honor.' That Is how
he got his kingdom."
Gwen listened silent, hut unconvinced,
nnd then said slowly:
"But how can this ho best for me? I
am no use to any one. It can't bo beat
to Just He here and mako them all wait
on me, and?and?I did want to help
daddy- nnd?oh- I know fh?y will get
tired of me! They are getting tired al
ready. I--I--ean't help l>elng hateful."
She was by this time sohblng as I
had never heard her before?deep, pas
sionate nobs. Then again the Pilot bad
"Now, Gwen." he said severely, "you
know we're not as mean ns that, and
that yon are just talking nonsonee, ev
ery word. Now I'm going to smooth
out your red hair and tell you a story."
"It's not red." she cried, between her
sobs. This was her soro point.
"It Is red, ns red ns can bei a beau
tiful, shining purple red," said the*llot
emphatically, boglnn?ig to brush.
"Purple:" cried Gwon ecomfnlly.
"Yes, I've seen It In the sun, purple.
Haven't you?" said the Pilot, appealing
to me. "And my story Is nbout-.tno can
yon, our canyon, your canyon, down
"Is It true?" asked Gwen, already
soothed by the cool, qulok moving
"True? It's as true as?an"?he
glanced around the room?"as the 'Pil
grim's Progress.' " This was satisfac
tory, and the story went on.
"At first there were no canyons, but
only the broad, open prairie. Ono day
the master of the prairie, walking o\lt
over his great lawns, whore were only
grasses, asked the pralrlo, 'Where aro
your flowers?' and the pralrlo said.
'Master. I have no seeds.' Then he
spoke to the birds, and they carried
seeds of every kind of (lower nnd
strewed them far and wide, and soon
the pralrlo bloomed with crocuses
and roses nnd buffalo beans nnd the
yellow crowfoot apd the wild sunflow
ers nnd the red lilies nil the summer
"Then the master came und was- well
Eleased, but he missed the flowers be
ived best of all, and ho said to the
pralrlo, 'Where aro the clematis and
the columbine, the "sweet violets and
Wind tlowers, and all the ferns and
flowering shrubs?' And again he spoke
to the-birds, and again they carried ul!
the seeds and strewed them far and
wide. But, again, when the master
came, he could not find the llowers he
loved best of all. and he said, 'Where
are those, my sweetest llowers?' and
the prairie cried sorrowfully, 'Oh, mas
ter, I cannot keep the llowors, for the
winds sweop fiercely and the sun bents
upon my breast, nnd they wlthor up
and fly away.'
"Then the master spoke to the light
ning, and with ono swift blow the
lightning eleft the prairie to the heart.
And tho prairie rocked and groaned In
agony, and for many a day moaned bit
terly over its black, jagged, gaplnjr.
wound. But the Littlo Swan poured
its waters through the cleft and car
rind down dee)) black mold, and once
more the birds carried eeede and
strewed them In the canyon. And aft
er a long time the rough rooks wens
decked out with soft mosses und trail
ing vines, nnd all the nooks were hung
with clematis and columbine, and great
elms lifted Ihelr huge tops high up Into
the sunlight, nnd down about their feet
clustered tho low cellars and balsams,
and everywbere the violets and wind
flowers and maiden balr grew and
bloomed, till the canyon became the
master's place for rest and peace and
The (pialnt tale was ended, and Gwen
lay quiet for some moments, then said
"Yes. The canyon flowers are much
tho best, 'fell mo what it means."
Then the Pilot read to bor: "The
fruits- I'll rend ?flowers'?of the Bplrlt
are love, Joy, peace, long suffering, gen
tleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self
control, nnd some of these grow only
in the canyon."
"Which are the canyon flowers?" ask
ed Gwen softly, and the Pilot nnswewtj:
"Gentleness, meekness, self control;
but, though the others?love, Joy, peace
?bloom In the open, yet never with so
rich a bloom and so sweet a perfume as
in the canyon."
For a long time Gwen lay quite ytill,
and then said wistfully, while her Hp
"There are no flowers In my canyon,
but only ragged rocks.n
"Pome day they will bloom, Owen,
dear. lie will find them, and we, too,
shall seo them."
Then ho said goodby nnd took me
nway. lie had done bis work that day.
Wo rodo through tho big gate, down
the sloping hill, past the smiling, twin
kling little lake nnd down again out of
tho broad sunshine Into the shadows
and soft lights of the canyon. As we
followed tho trail thai wound among
the elms and cedars the very air was
full of gentle stillness, and as we moved
wo seemed to feel the touch of loving
hands that lingered while they left us,
and every flower and tree and vine and
shrub nnd the soft mosses and tho deep
bedded forns whispered as wo passed
of love and penco and Joy.
To the Duke It was all a wonder, for
as the days shortened outside they
brightened Inside, anil every day and
more and more Gwen's room became
the brightest spot In nil tho house, nnd
when ho asked tho Pilot. "Whnt did
you do to tho little princess, and what's
all this about tho canyon nnd Its flow
ers?" tho Pilot said, looking wistfully
Into the DUke'S eyes, "The fruits of
the Spirit are love, peace, long suffer
ing, gentleness, goodness, faith, meek
ness,, self control, and some of these
flje foujid only in tho canyon." Aqd
tho Duke, standing tip straWl band;
some and strong, looked back at the
Pilot and -Mid. putting out hla hejid;
"Do von know, I bettor* yotfr*
"Yes. I'm quite sure," ana fraud thfl
Pilot simply. Then, holding imc i?&Ltfv
baud as long ns nno man dare bold1
another's, ho added, "When you coco*
to your canyon, remember."
"When I comet" sold the Daks* sod
a quick spasm of pain passed over hto
handsome face. "Clod holy me, Ifs not
too far away now." Then he smiled
again his old, sweet smile, and said:
"Tea, you nre all right; foe of all the
djpwers I hnvo seen none Is fairer
Of sweeter than those that are waring
In Qwen'fl canyon."
|HE Pilot had sot bis heart up
on the building of a church
In the flwnn Creek dtatrkt.1
partly because he was human
and wished to set a mark of re mem
brauce ui>on the country, but more be
cause he held the sensible opinion that
a congregation, as a man, must have a
home if ft Is to stay.
All through the suinmor he.kept set
ting Oils as nn object at once desirable
and possible to achieve. But few were
found to agree with him.
Little Mrs. Mulr was of the few,
but she was not to bo despised, but
her Influence was neutralised by the
solid immobility of her husband. He
had never done anything sudden 4n his
life. Every resolve was the result of
a long process of mind, ana every set
of Importance had to bo previewed
from all possible points; an honest
man. strongly religious and a great
admirer of tho Pilot, but slow moving
as a glacier, although with plenty of
Are in Ulm deep down.
"He's sooud nt the balrt, ma man'
Robbie," bis wtfo said to the Pilot,'
who was fuming and fretting at tge
blocking of bis plans, "but he'B terrible
dolecberato. Bide yo a btt, laddie.
He'll come tae."
"But meantime tho summer's going
nud nothing will b? done," was the
Pilot's distressed and Impatient answer.
Bo a meeting was called to discuss
the question of building a church, .with'
the result that the dve men and three'
women present decided that for tbe
present nothing could be dornt This
was really Robbie's opinion, though bt
*fused to do or say anything but grunt,
?s the Pilot said to me afterward In a
rage, it is true Williams, the store
keeper Just come from "across the
line," did nil the talking, but no one
paid much attention to his fluent fatu
ities except as they represented the un
expressed mind of the dour, exasperat
ing little Scotchman, who sat slk*nt
but for an "aye" now and then, ro ex
pressive and conclusive that every one
know what he meant and that the dls
>nssion was at an end. The school
bouse was quite sufficient for the pren
ent. The people wore too few and too
prior, and they were getting on well
nndcr the leadership of their present
minister. These were the arguments
which Hobble's "aye" stamped as quite
It was a sore blow to tlie Pilot, who
had set bis heart upon a church, and
neither Mrs. Midi's ' hoots" at her hus
band's slowness nor her promises that
she "wnd mak him hear it" could bring
otnfort or relieve bis gloom.
In this state of mind ho rode up with
mo to pny our weekly visit to tbe little
frlrl shut up In her lonely house among
It had become the Pilot's custom dur
ing those weeks to turn for cheer to
that little room, nud seldom was he
disappointed. She was so bright, so
brave, so cheery and so full of fun thot
gloom faded from Tier presence an mist
before the sun and Impatience was
shamed into content.
Owen's bright face- It was almost al
ways bright now?and her bright wel
come did something for tho Pilot, hot
the feeling of failure was upon him,
and failure to his enthusiastic nature
wns worse than pnln. Not that he con
fessed either to failure or gloom| he
wns far too true n man for that, hot
Owen felt his depression In spite of aQ
61? brave attempts nt brightness, and
Insisted that be was ill, appealing to
?Oh, it's only his church," I eaki, jp*o
ceedlng to give her an account of Bob
ble Mull's silent, solid Inertness end
how he had Mocked the Pilot's scheme.
"What n shame!" cried Owen India
nnntly. "What a bad man he must
Tbe Pilot smiled. "No. indeed," he
answered. "Why, he's the best man In
the place, but I wish ho would say or
do something. If he would only get
mail and swear I think I should feel
Owen looked quite mystified.
"You see, be sits there In solemn al
ienee looking so tremendously wise
that most men feel foolish If they
speak, while as for doing nnytblng the
Idea appears preposterous In the face
of bis lnunovableness."
"I can't boar him!" cried fJwen. "I
should like to stick a pin In him."
"I wish some one would," answered
tho Pilot. "It would make him aeoni
more human if he could be msde to
"Try again," snld Owen, "and get
some one to make him jump."
"It would be ensicr to build the
Church," said the Pilot gloomily.
"I could make him Jump," said Owen
viciously, "and I will," she added after
"Yon!" answered the Pilot, opening
his <?yes. "How?"
?'I'll IInd some way," she replied reso
And no she did, for when the next
meeting was called to consult as to
the building of n church, the congrega
tion, chletly of farmers and their
wives, with Williams, the storekeeper,
were greatly surprised to ses Bronco
Pill, III and half a dozen ranchers and
cowboys walk in at intervals and sol
emnly seat themselves. Hobble looked
at them wjth surprise and a little sus
picion. In church matters bo bad AO
dealings with the Samaritans from the
bills, and while, lu their unregenerate
condition, they might 1>e regarded as
suitable objects of missionary effort, as
to their having any part In the direc
tion, much less control, of the church
policy- from stub a notion Hobble was
delivered by bis loyal adherence to tbe
Scriptural Injunction that he should
not cast pearls before swine.
Tho Pilot, though nurprlsed to see
Hill and the cattle men, wns none the
less delighted and faced the meeting
With more confidence. He slated the
question for discussion: Should a church
building be erected this summer lu
Swnil Greek? and he put his case well.
Then followed dread, solemn silence.
Hobble was content to wait till the ef
fect of Ihc speech should he dissipated
In smaller talk. Then ho gravely said:
"The kirk wad bo n gran' thing, nae
(loot, im" tin y wad a' dootlcfis"?with a
?tispli Ions glance toward Hill?"rejoice
In lt:? erection, Hut wo maun be cau
tious, an' I wnd like to Inquire boo
much money n kirk cud be built for
an' v. haiir the money wad come freer**
The i Hoi was ready with his answer.
?be cost would be $1,200. The church
butldJng- fund would contribute $2???.
the people would give $3<X> In lal>or
and tbe remaining $700 ho thought
I Wold bo raised In the district In two
"Aye," aald Robbie, nud the tone and
manner were sufficient to drench any
enthusiasm with tho chilliest of water.
Bo much was thl? tho ens.? that the
chairman, Williams, seemed quite Jus
tified In saying:
I "It Is quite evident that the opinion
[ of the meeting is adverse to any at
tempt to load the community with a
debt of $1,000." nnd he proceeded with
a very complete statement of tho many
and various objections to any attempt
St building a church thlB year. The
people were very few, they were dis
persed over a large nr^n. thpy were not
Interested sufficiently, they were ell
spending money and inaklug little In
return; he supposed therefore that the
mooting might adjourn.
Robbie sot silent and expressionless
In spite of his little wife's anxious
whispers and nudges. The Pilot looked
the picture of woe and was on the point
Of bursting forth when the meeting
WSS sturtled by Hill.
"Say. boys! They hain't much stuck
?O their shop, heb?" The low. drawling
Yolcc was perfectly distinct and arrest
"Halu't got no use for It siremlngly,"
Was tho answer from the dark corner.
"CHd Hcotchte takes his religion out
In prayln', I guess," drawled In BUI,
"but wrmte to sponge for his plant."
TTMb reference to Bobble's proposal
|? ?ee the school moved tho youngsters
to tittering and .made the little Scotch*
man equinn, for he prided himself
?poo bis Independence.
"There ain't $700 In tho hull blanked
outfit" This was a stn tiger's voice,
and again Robbie squirmed, for he
rather prided himself also on his abil
ity to pay bis way.
"No good!" said another emphatic
votce. *'A blanked lot of psalm singing
"Ordor, order!" cried tho chairman.
"Old Windbag there don't see nny
ahem- for swlptn' the collection with
Bcotchlo round." said III. with a fol
lowing ripple of quiet laughter, for
Wlllmms' reputation was none too se
Robbie was In a most uncomfortnb'.u
state of mind. Sj> unusually stlrrod
was ho that for the lirst lime 111 his
history lro made a motion.
"I move we adjourn. Mr. Chairman."
be said In n voice which actually vi
brated with emotion.
"Different here! Kb, boys?" drawled
"You t>et!" said III. lu huge delight.
'The mee'tln' ain't out yIt."
"Ye can bide till mor-r-nln'," said
Bobble angrily. "Ahn gnen name," be
ginning to put on his coat.
"Seems as If he orter give the pass
word," drawled Bill.
"Right you are, pardner," said Hi.
springing to the door and waiting In de
lighted expectation for bis friend's lend.
Robbie looked at the door, then at
bla wife, hesitated a moment, I h?vo no
doubt wishing her home. Then Bill
stood up nnd began to speak.
??Mr. Chairman, I hain't been called
OQ for any remarks"?
"Go on!" yelled his friends from tho
dark corner. "Hear, hear'."
?"an* I didn't feel as If this war
hardly my game, though the Pilot ain't
moan about lnvltln' a feller on Sunday
afternoons. But them as runs the shop
don't seem to want us fellers round
Robbie was gazing keenly at Bill, nnd
here shook his head, muttering angrily:
"Hoots, nonsense! Yo're welcome
"But," wont on BUI slowly, "I guess
I've been on the wrong track. I've
been a-cherluhln* the opinion" [ "Hear,
hear!" yelled his admirers], "chcrlshln'
the opinion," repeated BUI, "that these
fellers," pointing to Hobble, "was stuck
on religion, which I ain't much my
self, and reely consnrned about the
blocking of the devil, which the Pilot
says can't be did without a regular
gospel factory. Of course, It ain't any
blznis of mine, but If us fellers was
reely not mi nnythln' condoocln',"
["Hoar, hear!" yelled III In ecstasy],
"condoocln'," repeated Bill slowly and
with relish, "to the good of the Order"
(Bill was a brotherhood man?, "1
b'Hcve I know whar $500 mebbo cud
per'aps be got."
"You bet your sox," yelled the
strange voice In chorus, with other
shouts of- approval.
"Of course, I ain't no bettin' man,"
went on Bill Insinuatingly, "as n regu
lar thing, but I'd gamble a few jlst
here on this pint; if the boys was stuck
on nnythln' cost In' about $700, it seems
to me likely they'd git it in about two
Here Robbie grunted out an "aye" of
such fullness of contemptuous unbe
lief that Bill paused, and. looking
over Robbie's bend, he drawled out,
even more slowly and mildly:
"I ain't much given to bettln', as I re
marked before, but if a man shakes
money at me on that proposition I'd ac
commodate him to a limited extent."
["Hear, hear! Bully boy:" yelled III
again from the door.) "Not belli' too
bold, I cherish the opinion" [again yells
of approval from the corner 1 "that
even for this here gospel plant, seein'
the Pilot's rather sot on to it. I b'lleve
the l>oys could And $500 inside of a
month, If perhaps these fellers cud
wiggle the rest out of their pants."
Then Robbie was in great wrath,
and, stung by the taunting, drawling
voice beyond all self command, he
broke out suddenly:
"Ye'll no can mnk that gnid. I doot."
"D'ye mean I ain't prepared to hack
"Aye," aaid Robblo grimly.
"Tnln't likely I'll be called on. I
guess $500 Is safe enough," drawled
Bill, cunningly drawing him on. Then
"Oo uye!" Bald he in a voice of quiet
contempt. "The twn hunner wull be
here and 'twuh wait ye long enouch,
I'se warrant ye."
Tbeu Bill nailed him.
"I hain't got my card case on my per
son," he said with a slight grin.
"Left It on the planner," suggested
HI, who was In a state of great hilarity
pt Bill's success |u drawing tho Soottlo.
"But," RHI proceeded, recovering
himself and with Increasing suavity,
"if some gentleman would mark down
tbe date of the nlronnac I cherish the
opinion" [cheers from the corner] "that
in one month from today there will be
$500 look In* round for $200 on thut
there desk, mebbe, or p'raps you would
Incline to two fifty," he drawled In his
most winning tone to Robbie, who was
growing more Impatient every moment.
"Nen matter tae me. Ye're hnveruV
like a daft loon, ony way."
?'You will make a memento of this
?light transaction, boys, and per'aps
the schoolmaster will write It down,"
It was nil carefully token down, and
amid much enthusiastic confusion the
ranchers and their gang carried BIB
off to old Latour's, whlk Robbie, in
deep wrath but In dour silence, went
sat through the dark, with his little
Ufr lfiU87h>&|om? ?*cef befcte$ his,
His Chief grievance, however, was
against the chairman for "nllootn* sic
a disorderly puck o" loons tue disturb
resp?vtnMe fowky for ho could not
I hide the foot that he bnd boon toads
to break through his accustomed de
fense lim.' of immovable silence.
lint when he understood, some days
later, that Bill was faking stops to back
tip his offer and hail boon heard to de
clare that "he'd make them pious
docks take water if he bad to put up
a year's: pay." Hobble went quietly to
work to make irood his part Of the bar
gain, for his Scotch pride would not
Buffer him to refuse a challenge from
such u quarter,
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