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CHARLES CLARK NUNN
Copyright, 1800, by l-oo Sc 8hep*rd
Then sho raised nor one free arm.
nnd, resting it ngalust a nonrb.r tree,
pressed her faco upon it and almost
whispered: "Oh, don't ask me now!
I cnn't say 'yos,' and I can't say 'no.'"
"I shall believe that your heart says
?yes,'" he responded quickly, slipping
one arm around her waist, "and until
you do soy 'fio' I shall keep on loving
you just the sain^T
Sho drew herself away and, turning
a piteous /ace toward him, exciulrued,
"Don't, please, say nnother word now,
or I shall hate myself as long ns I
live If you do."
For one moment he stood dumfound
ed, and then It dawned upon him.
"Forgive ino, BWeet Alice, ho said
softly, "for speaking too soon. I be
lieve I know why you fool as you do,
and I shall go away hoping that In
time you will come to know my mother
better. And since you have said that
you can't say 'no,' I shall anticipate
that some time It will be 'yes.' Now
we will go ond gather lilies."
Then, ns he led her to the boat, his
arm once more stole around her waist,
nnd this time she did not try to escape
When, two days afterward, the broth
er nnd sister were ready to depart,
Blanch put ono arm caressingly around
Alice and whispered, "Now, remember,
you have promised to make mo a visit
next winter, and you must keep your
And poor Romeo, standing by, had
to look the love that was in his hoart
while he envied his sister her parting
|HEN Frank ond his sister were
away from Bandgate sho
said: "Well, my dear Ben
Holt, did you capture sweet
Alice that afternoon? You must have
made an effort, for she showed It
"No, I did not," he answered frankly,
"but I made a break, and as she didn't
take it amiss I feel hopeful. The fact
is, sis, she is the most proud spirited
girl I ever met, and mother is the ogr?
that stands In the way. If mother ap
proves of Alice I am all right, but if
she doesn't receive her with open arms
It's all day with me."
"I could have told you that the day
after we arrived there," answered
Blanch, "and I am not surprised.
Now"?with a laugh?"you must court
mnmma for a few months os well as
your pretty Alice. It will do you
good, for you never have been over
Frank frowned. "Oh, bother these
finicky mothers!" he exclaimed. "Why
will they turn up their noses at every
poor girl? If Alice had rich parents
she would be all right, no matter if
she were as homely as a hedge fence.'*
"Maybe that's so," answered Blanch,
"but you can't change mamma, and If
you want to win your Alice you must
do as I tell you and court mamma.
Now, I will tell you what to do, and If
you're good to me I'll help you do it.
In the first place you must stay in the
mountains until we go home, and do
nil you can to please mother. Take her
driving, ask her to play whist with
you, und when she makes a good play
praise it; carry her wraps for her, be
solicitous about her welfare and com
fort in all things, and treat her just as
if she wer?} Alice Instead of mamma.
Then when she Is well cared for, act
downcast at times and depressed. Wait
a few days before working the melan
choly net, and don't say muchto other
girls. Danco with Ede and me and
say sweet things to mamma for a
week. Then some day take her out for
a drive and act as if you had lost your
lost friend. She will inevitably ask
what alls you, but don't tell her too
quickly. Let her coax you a little, and
after awhile make a clean breast of
"I would suggest you Insinuate the
girl has favored your suit, but has
practically said 'no' because sho in
too proud to marry Into o rich fam
ily. That will do more to pique mam*
ma's Interest In the matter than vol
umes of praise for Alice. Don't say
too much, but if sho questions yon
about her answer frankly to the point,
but convey the Impression that you
consider your case hopeless, and leave
the rest to mo."
Frank looked at his sister In silent
admiration. "I didn't know you had
such a wise head on your shoulders,"
he said at last.
When Frank and Blanch had made a
short stop at Saratoga, "Just to be able
to say so," as Blanch said, they return
ed to the mountains, ami the little do
mestic drama began. As It progressed
Frank grew Interested In watching the
effect it had on his proud mother. To
have her only son show her so much
devotion before crowds of people glad
dened her heart, and it was soon no
ticed and commented upon. She hod
known that Frank was from the first
a little smitten with this sister of Ids
college chum, but as he had had several
mild cases before she thought nothing
of it. With motherly caution she took
care to ask no questions, even when
Blanch told her they had visited Alice
on their way to Saratoga. When the
denouement came she was, as Blanch
hod predicted, completely taken aback.
She made but little reply to !'s love
lorn tale except to laugh at him and
assure 1dm he would soon overcome It,
but that night she questioned Blanch.
"I noticed Frank was very attentive
to Miss Page," Blanch said, "while she
seemed to avoid being left alone with
him a moment. She Is one of tho
sweetest and prettiest girls I've met in
a long time, and also one of the proud
est. I fell In love with her at sight ond
oin sure Frank has, but so far as I saw
she gave him no encouragement, Sho Is
poor, pretty and proud, and that tells
the whole story. I imagined she be
lieved she would not bo welcomed by
When the last of August came and
the NasOtlS returned to Boston, Frank
and his mother were on excellent
"What has come over Frank?" Edith
sold to Blanch ono day. "He has never
been so well behoved In his lifo. First
ho quit idling and began to study low
ns if bo meant to be Homebody, then
ho deserted his crowd of cronies for
us ond has acted os If wo were his
sole core In life ever since. What Is
the meaning of It, Blanch?"
"It seems so good to bOVS him de
voted to us that I om not going to ask
any questions," onswercd Blanch.
|HB lost doy of August downed
fair in busy Boston. Sum
mer sojoiirncrs wero return
ing, .lohn Noson's store
was filled With new fall styles, the
shoppers wore crowdtiig" the streets,
and the hustling, hustling life of a
front city was at flood tide. Albert
'age, full of business, was In hU of
fice, and Frank Nason was studying
hard agnin. Small fortunes wore be
ing won and-lost on State street, and
In one smoke polluted broker's office
Nicholas Frye sat watching the price
of wheat. The September option
opened tbat day at 78'4, rose to 70,
felt to 70% rose to 78 aud then
dropped back to 70. lie bad margined
bis holdings to 71, and If It fell to that
price his $00,000 would be gone and he
?ruined. For many nights be had bad
but llttlo sleep, and that made hideous
by dreams filled with the unceasing
whir and click, click, click of the
ticker.. II? was worn and weary with
tho loJg nervous strain and misery of
seeing his fortune slowly clipped away
by tho .-?ckor'H tick that had come to
sound like the teeth of so many little
devils snapping at him. To let his
holdings go, be could not, aud, lured
on and on by the broker's dally uttered
assertion thnt "wheat could not go
much lower, but must have a rally
soon," he bad kept putting up margins.
Now all he could possibly raise was in
the broker's hands, and when that was
gone all was lost.
Frye nut and watched the blackboard
where the uneven columns of quota
tions looked like so many little legs
ever growing longer. Around him
were a score of other men watching
the figures. No one cared whether an
other won or lost in the great gam*
bliug game that ruins thousands.
it was the caldron filled with lies,
false reports, fictitious sales and the
hope and lust of galu thnt boiled and
bubble,!, heated by the fires of bell.
And over around that caldron tho souls
of men were circling, cursing their
losses and gloating over their gains.
And Frye was muttering curses.
So fast came the quotations that the
boy could no longer record them. In
stead he called them out In a drawling
"September wheat now seventy
three the half?flve-elghths?A half
five-eighths split?now a half?three
eighths ? a quarter ? seventy-three!"
Frye set his feet hard together and
clinched his hnuds. Only 2 cents In
price stood between him and the loss
of all bis twenty years' saving. All
the lies he had told for miserable galit,
all the miserly self denial he had prac
ticed, nil the cllonts he had cheated
and robbed, nil tho hatred he had won
from others, availed him not. Ills con
temptible soul and bis life almost now
hung by a miserly 2 cents. .
"Seventy-three-a quarter -an eighth
?seventy-three?now seventy-two sev
?three-quarters spilt?now five-eighths
?a half a half!"
Pandemonium was raging in the Chi
cago wheat pit, and the ticker's teeth
clicked like mad.
"Seventy-two?a hslf?a half?three
eighths- a half?three-eighths?a quar
Cold bends of sweat gathered on
Frye's forehead. One cent more and
he was ruined.
"September wheat now seventy-one
seven-eighths ? seven-eighths - three
quarters?seven-eighths split -now the
three-quarter?flvo-oighths?a half ? a
half?flve-elghths?a half?a half again
?three-eighths -a quarter?an eighth?
a quarter?an eighth?a quarter?an
eighth an eighth?a quarter split?an
Frye was ruined.
lie gave one low moan, the Hist and
only one during those three long weeks
Tho devil's teeth kept snapping; the
endless colls of tape kept unwinding.
The boy continued his drawl, but Frye
paid no heed. Only those spider legs
on tho wall seemed kicking nt him, and
that fatal seventy-one - one?Olio?kept
ringing In his cars. He une.e and
staggered out and with bowed head
made his way to the olllce.
Click, click, click!
Seventy-one -one one! It was the
last be heard, and then ho sank for
ward on his desk in stupor.
At this moment Uncle Terry, with
Frye's loiter In bis pocket and right
eous wrath In his heart, was speeding
toward Uoston as fast ns steam could
The clear, incisive strokes of an ad
jacent clock proclaiming midnight
awoke Frye. lie raised bis bead, arose,
lit tho two gas Jots and sat down.
They brought It all back to him, and
now, alone In his misery, he groaned
aloud, and with bis despair came the
dread of the morrow, when he must go
forth crushed, broken, despairing, pen
All would know It, aud all would re
joice. Out of the many that hated or
feared him not one would fool a grain
of pity, and bo knew it.
Then his past lifo come back to him.
Ho bod never married, and since he
had looked down upon his dead moth
er's face no woman's hand had sought
ids with tenderness. All bis long life of
grasping greed had boon spent In money
getting and money saving. No sense
of right or Justice had ever restrained
him. Year after yenr he bad added to
his board, curefully Invested it, and
now It bod all been swept away!
He toek a pen and wrote a brief let
ter. Then be went to his tail safe,
opened both doors ond, taking a small,
flat packet from an inner till, returned
to his desk, placed that and the letter
In one long envelope and sealed and di
Once more bis head sank forward on
the desk, and ho groaned aloud. For
a long time he remained thus, living
over the past three weeks of agony,
and then there smote upon bis tortured
nerves the sound of many clocks strik
ing 1. It sounded as if they were mock
ing him, and from fnr and near, some
harsh and sharp, some fnlnt in the dis
tance, came that fatal, one, one, one!
He arose and, going to a small locker lp
his room, grasped a bnlf tilled bottle of
liquor ond drank deeply.
He arose again and, taking a letter
opener, crowded bits of paper Into tho
keyhole of the door and up and down
the crack. Then he closed the one win
dow, turned out the two gas Jots and
opened the stopcocks again. An odor
of gas soon pervaded tho room, into
which enmc only a faint light from the
[JyTUDRT PAGE had Just fin
ished reading his morning
mail the first day of Septem
ber when his office ^oor
opened and Uncle Terry entered.
"Well, well!" exclaimed Albert,
springing to his feet. "How are you,
uncle Terry? How ore yonr good wife
and Telly, and when did you arrive,
and why didn't you let me know so I
could meet you?"
"Waal," answered L'ncle Terry, seat
ing himself, "I got in purty late last
night an* put up nt a tavern near the
"But why didn't you write or wire
me, so I could have met you at the
"Tha fact ou't is," replied Und?
Terry, removing his hat and laying it
on the floor beside hhn, "I've allus
pulled my own boat In this world, an'
It sorter goes agin the grain now to
h'lst the oars over to 'nother fellow."
Then, reaching into his pocket, draw
ing out a letter and handing it to Al
bert, he added: " 'Bout two weeks ago
I got tblt, 'ere from that thief Frye. I
was 'spectiu' the gov'ment boat 'long
most every day an' so couldn't cum
Albort read tho letter and gave a low
whistle. "Frye must have been either
very hard up when be wrote," he said,
?'or wlso the other parties are crowding
him, and this Is his last effort to fleeco
you. I have heard that he hns been
speculating In wheat lately, and it may
be he has got caught. I hope so, so It
will bo easier for us to bring him to
terms. I have my plnus all mapped
out, ond I think we had best go for
him ut once while he Is llkoly to be in
his ofliee." Then, calling to Frank and
rapidly writing a check for $000 while
that surprised young man was shaking
hands with Uncle Terry, ho continued:
'"Please go up to the station, Frank,
and get an officer at once and step Into
the Maverick bank on your way back
aud get tbls check cashed. We will go
prepared for the worst."
When Prank had gone Undo Terry
said: "There wa'n't no need o' yer get
tin' money, Mr. Page. I've brung
three hundred, which Is all ho asked
"We may need more nevertheless,"
answered Albert, "and ns I wish to
mako but one visit to Frye's ofliee, It's
best to go prepared." Then after Ail
ing out a writ of replevin he added:
"Excuse me a moment, Mr. Terry.
I will he back soon."
He was absent perhaps live minutes,
and Iben Uncle Terry was astonished
to see a strange man enter from on
Inner room. He wore a full black
beard, smoked glasses, brood slouch
hot aud a clerical coat which was but
toned close to bis chin. Undo Terry
looked at him In surprise, waiting for
the stranger to spook.
"Don't you know mo, Uncle Terry?"
sold the new arrival.
"By gosh, It's you, Mr. Page," ex
claimed the old man, "or else I'm tuck
with a change o' hoart!" Then he add
ed, with a laugh, "I'd never known yo
'cept for yer voice."
"I'm oil right, then, I guess," said
Albert, "and now for my plan. When
the officer comes we four will go at
once to Frye's ofliee. You will go in
alone and open matters. Contrive to
leave tho door fljar, ond when you get
to talking the rest of us will creep up
and listen. And here Is where your
wltB must work well. Act as though
you did not suspect anything wrong,
but tell him you are discouraged and
hove put out oil the money you can;
also that j'ou ore poor nnd can't af
ford to waste any more on what you
believe to be a hopeless cose. Then
auk him to return you the trinkets
you gave him, as the girl values them
highly; and right here Is where you
must contrive to get Fryo to admit he
has these trinkets. Most likely he
will refuso to give them up until his
fee Is paid, and he may ask quite a
sum. If you can settle the matter by
paying him one or two hundred dollars
I should advise it, but not more. If it
comes to his refusal we will walk In
at that point, and the officer will serve
tho writ. We can search his premises
and even make him open his safe, and
If we tlnd what we want we will take
When Prank and the officer returned
und ike formor had also donned ft dis
guise, the four proceeded to Frye's of
fice. It was early, ond none of the
other occupants on that tloor had ar
rived. Uncle Terry knocked at Frye's
door, but no one answered. He knock
ed ogoln; still no answer. He tried the
door; It was locked. Then he knocked
harder; no reply. Then ho stepped
back to where the others were waiting.
"Thai's nobody In thar." be whispered,
"or, if thar is, he's asleep." Albert went
forward and listened. There Avas no
sound. Then lie stooped and tried to
look through the keyhole; it was plug
"I smell gas coming out of Hie key
hole," he whispered to the officer.
"You go and try it."
The officer did so. Then he took out
n pockctknll'c and thrust the blade
through the keyhole and peeped In.
Then he beckoiu <1 to Albert.
"Something's wrong in there, Mr.
Page," he said. "I can see a man's
legs, and the gas is coming out of that
keyhole enough to choke you. We'd
best call the Janitor."
That official was found, and he, too,
"I noticed a light in Frye's otllce
when I retired last night," he said.
"Dopond upon it, there is something
wrong." Then, turning to the ofllcer,
ho added, "You are an officer of the
law, and as I am in charge of this
building I give you permission to open
Frye's door on the score of public safe
Orosplng the knob, the officer threw
his Weight against the door, and it gave
wny. A cry of surprise escaped him.
Frye was sitting in his chair, with
head thrown hack, staring nt the cell
ing and with mouth and eyes wide
open. The room was stilling with gas,
and tho olllccr opened the window. In
doing so he noticed tho two stopcocks
were opened, nnd he turned them off*.
Then he returned to the hall. When
the room was fit to breathe In again all
four entered, and tin- officer laid Ids
bond upon Frye's foce.
"Dead:" he exclaimed.
Albert noticed on envelope on Frye's
denk directed to Silas Terry. He quiet
ly put It In his pocket nnd Joined with
tho rest In a search of the room.
"It looks like o case of suicide," ob
served the officer "door locked, key
hole and cracks plugged, window shut
and two gas burners open; safe un
locked and wide open, nnd here's a till
with money In It!"
And then he added, "In the no me of
the law I must close the door and noti
fy a coroner."
When Albert, with Uncle Terry and
Frank, reached the otllce he drew the
letter he had taken from Frye's desk
out of his pocket and handed It to Undo
Terry. "It was directed to you," he
said, "and I thought hcsl to bring It
When the old man opened it he ex
claimed: "By the great eternal jlltnpln'
Jehosophnt, if here ain't the hull o' the
things we waid so bad, an' a letter to
some furrlnersl Here, you read It,
Mr. Page. The wrltin's wussen crow
tracks in the mud."
The letter was fis folio vs!
Messrn. Thygemvi & Co., Stockholm:
Gentlemen i have need nn?l sunicii-nt
reason to bellevo an h? n- to tho estab In
your hands exists In the person of a
young woman now living with one Sllaa
Terry, a lighthouse keeper on Bouthporl
I'd. ,1.1. Maine, and known an Telly Terry.
This person, when a babe was saved
from n wreck i>y Ihlfl man Terry and bj
him cared for nnd brought up. A report
of the wreck and the saving of ono lifo
(the child's) was made at tho tlmo by Ihlfl
man Terry nnd In now on Oh- In Vv'.irfh-1
Ington. Ae I nm Kohig away on n long
Journey, I turn this matter over t ? you
for further Investigation, and p.ubo< rib*
myself, rerpectfnlly yovvg,
_KICHOLA8 l it vi:
When Albert had nOUbed rcaalug tho
letter aloud be grasped Uncle Terry's
hand and exclaimed. Take those valu
ables back with you, but leave me the
letter, and I will attend to the rest!"
Then he added, "You are my guest as
long ns you cun stay In Boston."
When, two days later. Uncle Terry
was ready to deport Albert handed him
a large package containing a silk dress
pattoru for Aunt Llssy, n woolen one
for Mrs. Loach and a complete artist's
outllt for Telly. "With these things,"
ho said, "go my best regards for thoso
they are for, and among them are tho
photographs of two sketches I made
when 1 was with you that I want you
to ask Miss Telly to paint for me."
When Telly opened her package she
found two sketches of herself, one
loaning against a' rock with her face
resting on her hand, the other sitting
beside a llower decked boat with a
broad sun hat In her lap.
NT a letter which Frank wrote
to Alice soon after his re
turn to Boston he said: "My
mother and, in fact, all my
people seem to think BO much more of
me since I have set about fitting my
self for a profession. Father says ho
is growing proud of me, and that
pleases me best of all, for he Is and
always has been my best frleud. Of
course I think the world of Blanch,
and she seems to (hink 1 am the best
fellow In the world. Little do any of
them know that it Is you for whom I
am working, and always with the hope
that you will deem me worthy of the
prize. How many times I recall every
moment of that one short hour on tho
old mill pond and all that made It
sacred to mo no one can toll, I go out
little except to escort mother and the
girls to the theater once in awhile, and
so anxious am I to he able to pass an
examination I often go to the ofllco
and read law till midnight."
When this effusion reached Alice the
mountains around Sandguto were Just
putting on their autumn glory of col
or, and thai night when she sat on the
porch a) 1 heard the katydids In the
fast thinning foliage of the elms she
bad what she called an old fashioned
Qt of tho blues. And how lonely It
was there too!
Aunt Susan, never a talkative per
son, sat close, but as dumb as a graven
Image; no house near and only tho
twinkling lights of several on the other
side of the valley wore visible. On a
knoll just below them she knew were a
few score of while headstones, among
them her mother's, and when there
was a moon she could see them plain
ly. It is during the lonely hours of our
lives that wo see ourselves best, and
this quiet evening- no more quiet than
many others perhaps, but seemingly so
to Alice she saw herself and her pos
sible future as it seemed to be. Every
woid of her lover's letter had been an
emissary of both Joy and sorrow Joy
thai lie was so devoted to her and sor
row because she felt that an Impassa
ble barrier separated thein. "He will
forget me in a few months," she said
to herself, "and by the time he has
w,m his coveted law degree bis schem
ing mother Will have some eligible girl
all ready for him to fall In love with.
As for me, she will never have the
chance to frown at me, for even If
Blanch begs, I would never set foot In
her house." When her feelings had
carried her up to this point she arose
and, going Into the parlor, began play
ing. Her piano was the best and about
(ho only companion she had and quick
ly responded lo her moods. And now
what did it tell? She played, but every
chord was a minor one, ful.1 of the
pathos of tears and sorrow. She sang,
but every song that came to her Hps
Carried the some refrain and told only
of hungry hearts and unanswered lovn.
And last, and worst of all. almost in
sen,il.lv her lingers strayed to tho
chords of one well remembered song.
One verse only she sang, and when the
lasl pathetic i'.no was ended she arose
lind, going b> her aunt and kneeling,
bowed her head i:i (hat ;;.>?>.i ?.ld soul's
lap and hurst into tears. ItVld not last
long, however, and when the storm
was over she nrosu and said:
"There, auntie; I've been spoiling for
a ;:-.i> 1 cry all day, and now I've had It
nild feel belter."
SI ? (bought of her brother, toward
Whom her heart had always turned
When hi trouble, .and not in vain. Of
(ho Jes( thai Frank had made regard
ing th" island girl Albert had fallen In
love with she thought but little. She
foil to thinking what a void It would
make in her life if his thoughts and
affection were centered elsewhere.
Then she began wondering why he had
failed to write as often as usual (lur
ing tho past six weeks. She had known
his plans for the yachting trip, and Im
agined his letter announcing its failure
and bis return lo work an expression
of disappointment. Sinei? Iben he had
written but once, telling her that he
was ovorwholmned with business and
inclosing a check, but falling to Inclose
any but the briefest expression of love.
Life with Alice was at best a lono
somo one, and Sunday, with Its simple
services In tho village church, tho sing
ing In the choir and pleasant nods from
all she met, was tho only break in Its
monotony. Now, during summer va
cation (line, It was worse than ever,
and she began counting tho days until
school opened again. Once, with Aunt
Susan for company, she had visited (ho
old mill pond and, rowing (he boat her
self, had gathered an ample supply of
lilies, only to come homo so depressed
she did not speak once during the four
mill' dilve. Sho had written Frank an
account of the trip, but failed to men
lion that she had landed at a certain
point and sat on the bank and shed a
few tears while Aunt Susan waited In
the boat and sorted tho lilies. She had
Inclosed a woo little Illy hud In this
letter, but not a word by which 1)0
could infer that her heart was very
hungry for some one.
But all things and all series of days,
be they 111 led with Joy or sorrow, conic
(o on end, and so did the lonely vaca
tion days of Alice. When tho school
gathered once more and (he dally round
of simple recitations began, she realized
ns never before how blessed a thing It
I? hi this world that we can havo occu
WEEK after Uncle Terry's
return from Boston he asked
Tolly to go with him on ids
dally drive to. tho head of tho
Island. He had described the excit
ing incidents of his trip both to his
wife nnd Telly, and, feeling obliged to
do so, had told thOin thn.t Mr. Page had
taken charge of the case and would
Communicate- with him when anydilng
definite was learned. Telly had seem
ed unusually cheerful ever since, nnd
more affectionate, and hod ot once sot
about painting the two sketches Albert
"Tho leaves Is turnlii' purty fast,"
ho said to her that day, "an' I thought
mebbo ye'd Uko ter go with me an' take
a look at 'em. They won't last long.''
When the two had Jogged along In
almost sllenco for a few miles Uncle
Terry said, pohitln? to a small rock by
the roadside, "That's whar I russ found
Mr. Page, Telly."
lie watched her face closely as lie
spoke and noted the look of Interest
'?I told him that day," lie continued,
chuckling, "that lawyers was mostly
all thieves, an' the fact that he didn't
take it amiss went fur to convince mo
ho was an exception. It's a hit bird
as allus Mutters. From what he's dono
an' the way be behaves, I'm tblnkln'
more mi' more o' him the better 1 know
Min. an' I believe him now to bo as
honest an' square n young man as I
Uncle Terry was silent a few mo
ments while be flicked at the daisies
with his whip as they rode along.
"Ye've bad a couple o' letters from
him sense he went back, hain't ye?" ho
asked finally. "I noticed they wus in
his writln'." lie saw a faint color
come to her checks.
"Yes, he wrote mo be was finishing
a couple of sketches he mado here, and
wanted to have me paint them for him.
They are the ones I am working on
"That's all right, Telly," continued
Uncle Terry briskly. "Pin glad ye'ro
doln' it for him, for he's doln' A good
deal fer us."
Nothing further was said on tho sub
ject until they were on their way back
from the head of the Island. The sun
Was getting low, the sea winds that
rustled among the scarlet leaved oaks
or murmured through the spruco thick
ets had almost fallen away, and Just
as they cairn; to an opening where the
broad ocean was visible he said:
"Did ye ever stop ter think, Telly,
thnt I.lssy an' me is glttln' purty well
'long in years? I'm over seventy now,
an' in common course o' things' I won't
be here many years longer."
"What makes you speak like that,
father? Do you want to make 1110
"Oh, I didn't mean It that way, Tel
ly, only 1 was tblnkln' how fast the
years go by. The leaves turnln' allus
makes mo think oil't. It seems no time
sense they fust came out, an' now
they're goin' ag'in! It don't seem
moro'll two or three years sense yo was
a little baby n-pullin' my fingers nn'
callln' me dnda, an' now yer a woman
grown. It won't be long afore yer
a-sayln' 'yes' to sonn? man as wants
ye, an' a-goIn' to a home o' yer own."
"So that Is what you are thinking of,
father, Is It? And you are imagining
that some one of the name of Pago is
likely to take mo away from you, who
are pad always have been all there Is
in life for me."
She paused, and two tears trembled
on her long lashes, to be quickly brush
ed away. "Please do not think nie so
ungrateful." she continued, "as to let
any man coax mo away from you, for
no man can. Here I was cast ashore,
here I've found a home and love, and
here 1 shall stay ns long as you and
mother live, and when you two are gone
I want to go too." She swallowed a
lump that rose in her throat and then
continued: "As for this legacy that
you have worried about so much, and
I am sure lias cost you a good deal, It
Is yours, ?very penny of It, and wheth
er It Is big or little, you are to keep
and use It as you need If you love me.
You haven't been yourself for six
months, father, and nil for this trouble.
I have watched you IllOI'O than you
think, and wished many times you had
never heard of It."
When she ceased Uncle Terry looked
nt her n moment, suddenly dropped the
reins nud putting both arms around
hor hold her for a moment nud kissed
her. Ho had not kls-.ed hor for nmnv
"I hain't bin tbtnkin' 'bout myself In
this matter," be observed as he picked
up the reins again nnd chirruped to
tho old horso, "an* only am wnnttn' ter
see ye provided fer, Telly. As fer Mr.
Pago or any other man, every woman
needs a purtcetor In thin world, an'
when the right 'un comes along don't
let yer feelln's or senso o' duty stand
in the way o' bavin' a home o' yer
"But you are not anxious to bo rid
of me, are you, father?"
"Ye won't think that o' me," he re
plied as thoy rattled down tho sharp
inclines Into the village.
She noticed after that that he want
ed her with him of tenor than'ever.
Later, when another letter camo for
her In a hand that he recognized, ho
handed it to hor with a smile and Im
mediately left her alone to read It.
HM halcyon days of autumn
had come, when one day Al
bert packed a valise and
boarded the early morning
train for Maine. An Insidious longing
to see the girl that had been in ids
thoughts for four months had couio to
him, and week by week Increased until
It had overcome business demands.
Thon he had a little good nows from
Stockholm, which, as he said to him
self, would servo as an excuse. He
had told Frank what his errand was
to Uncle Terry, and to say to auy that
called that he would return In two
duys. Of his reception by Telly ho was
a good deal In doubt. She had written
to him In reply to bis letters, but be
tween each of the simple, unaffected
lines all he could read was an under
tone of sadness. That, with a vivid
recollection of what Undo Terry had
disclosed, led him to believe there was
some burden on her mind.
Whou ho grasped Uncle Terry's hand
at the boat landing that old man's faco
"I'm right glad ter see ye," he said,
"an' so '11 tho folks be. Thar ain't
much goin' on at the Cape any time,
an' sence ye wur thar it seems wussen
"I thought I'd run down and stay a
night or so with you," said Albert,
"and tell you what I've learned about
Uncle Terry's face brightened. "Ilev
ye got good news?" be asked.
"In a way, yes," replied Albert.
"This Arm of Thygeson & <"o. wrlto ex
pressing surprise that Frye should
nave given up the case alter they had
paid him over $500, and ask that I fllo
a bond with tho Swedish consul in
Washington before they submit a
statement of the case and inventory of
the estate to us. It is only a legal for
mality, and 1 have compiled with It."
."They must 'a' got skoery o' lawyers
frum dealin' with that thief Frye," put
in Uncle Terry, "an' I don't blame 'em.
l>ld ye 1'arn the real cause o' bis sul
"Wheat speculation," answered Al
berl. "He dropped over $00,000 In
throe weeks, and It broke his miserly
heart. I never want to see such a
sight again In my life as his face was
that morning. It haunted me for a
When Uncle Terry's homo was reach
ed Albert found a most cordial recep
tion awaiting him from Aunt Ltssy,
and, what pleased him far more, a
warmly welcoming smile from Telly.
"I'm sorry we didn't know ye were
comln'," said Aunt Llssy. "so wo could
be better prepared for company."
(TO BK CONTINUED.)
Arrested After Nine Years.
Mack Thompson colored, alias John
Green, who killed Jordan Gary near Hel
ena, Newbery Co., in September 1896
was arrested, on Thursday near Laurens
by Mr. J. W. Abrains and carried to
Newberry on Friday.
Church of the Epiphany.
rev. henry thomas, hector.
Next Sunday. June 4th.
10 a. m. ? Sunday School,
jll a. in.?Morning Prayer, Sermon
and Holy Communion.
8.30 p. m.? Evening Prayer and Ser
Service at night at 8.30. You are in
I have sold my interest in the busi
ness of Clary, Adams and Co. Laurens,
S. C, to J. J. Adams and S. R. Todd
who will continue the business and who
have assumed all liabilities.
-12-3t *J. E. Clary.
See the big line of embroidery bar
gains this week at O. B. Simmons Co.
Sec our corsets with hose supporters
attached for 50c. The Hub.
15 1-2 pounds granulated sugar, $1.00
at Red Iron Racket.
Have you seen those $2.25 oxfords
for men at Copeland's? They come in
patent, tan and vici.
17 cakes laundry soap 25c at Red
Rig reduction on ladies and misses
oxfords this week. Sec our prices. The
Negligee Shirts in neat designs at
See us for belts, gloves, Handker
chiefs, Fans and other seasonable no
tions. O. B. Simmons Co.
Gibson Ties for Juno Brides at Cope
Lot Indies' fine dress goods 7 l-2c,
10c to I7c per yard at Red Iron Racket.
Special slipper and oxford bargains
for the balance of the summer at O. B.
White canvas oxfords for women $1.50
New shipment of the latest novelties
in ladies neckwear just received at The
Sec that big line of embroidery bar
gains fresh from the manufacturer at
O. B. Simmons Co.
Just received another big lot of ladies'
hats and flowers at way down prices at
Red Iron Racket.
Si raw hats are "Kool and Komfort
able" in hot weather. Price 10c to $3.
Copeland's is the place.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy The Very
"1 have been using Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy and want to say it is the
best cough medicine I have ever taken"
Bays Geo. L. Chubb, a merchant of Har
lan, Mich. There is no question about
its being the best, as it will cure a cold
or cough in less time than any other
treatment. It should always be kept
in the house ready for instant use, for
a cold can be cured In much less time
when promptly treated. For sale by
Laurens Drug Co. and Dr. B. F, Posey.
CL> r$ O X2. T A ,
Bear? tho 1115 K'ri1 ^[ ILiVfl Mv.iy.s BOUgM
is often as great as woman's. But
Thos. S. Austin, Mgr. of the "Repub
lican," of Leavcnworth, Ind., was not
nnreasonablc, when he refused to allow
the doctor to operate on his wife, for
female trouble, "Instead," he says,
"we concluded to try Electric. BitU/^.
My wife was then so sick, she could '
hardly leave her bed, and [5J physicians
had failed to relieve her. After taking
Electric Bitters, she was perfectly cured
and can now preform all Tier household
duties." Guaranteed by Palmetto and
Laurens Drug Co., price 50cts..
O jSt*. ?35 <E? HPS. X .
Notice of Election
In School District No. 6, Dial Town*
Whereas, a written petition from one
third of the electors and a like propor
tion of freeholders of the age of 21
years, residing in School District, No. li.
Dial Township, Laurens County, has been
filed with the County Superintendent oi
Education of said County,asking that an
annual tax of two mills be levied ami
collected upon the real and personal
property returned for taxation In said
District, to supplement the Constitu
tional tax of .'1 mills levied for school
purposes in said District, it is ordered
That the Hoard of* Trustees of said
School District shall hold an election nl
Barksdale Station in said District, on
the 31st day of May, 1905, for the pur
[>osc of deciding If said tax shall be
evied and collected.
At said election only such electors as
return real or personal property for
taxation, and who exhibit their tax re
ceipts and registration certificates, as
required at general elections, shall be
allowed to vote.
At said election the said Board of
Trustees shall act a? Managers, and the
election shall be conducted as is pro
vided by law fortlie conductof general
At said election each elector favoring
the proposed levy shall cast a ballol
containing the word "Yes" written or
printed thereon, and each elector op
posed to said levy shall cast a
ballot containing the word "No" writ
ten or printed thereon.
Within ten days after the olec
tion, if the majority of those voting
shall vote for said levy, the said
Board of Trustees shall furnish the
County Auditor with the statement of
the amount levied,
By order of the County Board of lid
ucation of Laurens County.
R. W. NASH, Chairman
K. B. BABB,
W. I'. CULBERTSON,
County Board of Education.
J. R. fiellams
MARBLE AND GRANITE MONUMENTS
Gray Court, S. C.
Highest Grades and Finest Work
manship In Granite or Italian, Vor
mont and GeOgia Marbles. Desij ;n
and estimates furnished on apphca
W. B. KNIGHT,
Attorney at Law.
Strict, attention to all business entn
Office hours !t u, m. to5 p. in.
Oflicc .second floor Simmons' Block.
Red Iron Racket
CHEAPEST HOUSE ON EARTH ^^s^
General Merchandise, Wholesale and Retail
Shoes and Slippers,
Hosiery and Underwear.
Don't miss Seeing: Bargains in Basement: Tin, Glass, Crockery,
Lamps, Curtain Poles, Window Shades, Trunks, Matting,
Rugs, Jewelry, Watches and Clocks.
Six Special Bargain Days Each Week.
Wc are located completely out of the High
Priced District, 200 yards West of
the Public Square.
Red Iron Racket.
208 Lauren.s Street.
Laurens and Greenwood, S. C.