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Strong grunted uncivilly und went
down tlif steps, she saw from Hie
window Hint he mot Elverson In front
of the church,
"Doy sine am a-nienuln' trouble,"
The bund IkxI stopped playing; tin
last of the audience had straggled
dowll the stree t. She opened the door
and stood on the porch; the house
seemed to suffix-ate her. Whnt \yas
He came :it last, but Mlltldy could
tell from his gait that he brought tin
"Ain't she dar?"
"She's a -truhhcllu' wld 'em, Matidy.
but she didn't done ride."
"See heul), Hasty Jones, Is d.it ere
"I don' rightly know," said Hasty.
"A great big man, what wored clothes
like a geinmen, coined out wld a w hip
In his hand Oil' says as how- he's
'bilged to 'nounce anudder gal In Miss
Holly's place. An' den he says as how
de udder gal was Jos' as good, an' den
evor'body look disappointed like, an'
den out comes eh- udder gal on a hoss
an' do tricks, an' I ain't heard no more
?bout Miss Polly."
"She's sick, dnt's w hat I says." Man- ,
dy declared excitedly, "an* somebody's
got to do somethlu'!"
"I done all l hnowed." drawled Has
ty, tearing that Mainly was regretting
ho- twenty live cent Investment,
<;?> 'long out an' <ix up dat 'ere
kitchen lire," was Mandy's Impatient
reply. "I got to keep dem vlttels
warm for Massa John."
She wished t>> be alone, so that she '
could think of some way t<- get hold
of Polly. "Hat baby faced mornin'
glory done got Mnndy till wobbly 'bout
de heart." she declared to herself OA '
She crossed to the window for a sight
of the pastor.
It was nearly dark when she saw
blai coming slowly down the path
from the hill. She lighted the study
"SIh'x fihk, ihtfs whitt I suy*.'1
lamp, .rearranged the cushions .and
tried to make the room look cheery
lor his entrance.
"Pa "fraid yo's mighty tired." sin
"Oh, no," answered Douglas absently.
"Mcbbe yo'd like Mandy t.. be sar\ in'
your supper In hen- tonight. It's more
He crossed to the window and looked
on: upon the circus lot. Tin- dare of
the torches and the red tire eame up
to meet Ills pale, tense fttCO. "How
like the picture of thirteen months
ago!" he thought, and old Toby's words
came back to him "The show h:is got
to go on."
He longed to have d.-ne with dreams
and Speculation, to feel something tan
gible, warm and rent within hN grasp.
"I can't go on like this!" he cried. "I
can't!" lie turned from the window
and walked hurriedly up and down the
room. Indoors or out, he fonnd no
re;.I. He threw himself' In tho :ii-iii
?*.iair near the table and sal burled in
Mandy enme softly Into tin- rooih,
She was followed by Hasty, who car
ried a tray laden with things that
ought to have tempted any man. She
motioned for Hasty to pm the tray
on the table and then began arranging
the dishes. Hasty stole to Hie Window
rmi peeped out at the tempting flare
of red Iii?-.
When Douglas discovered tin- pres
ence of his two "faithfuls" he was
lOUchcd with momentary contrition,
"Have you bud a bard day with the
new gravel walk?" he asked Hasty,
remembering that be bad been laying
a fresh path to the Sunday Rcliool
"Jes' yo' come eat yo' supper." Man
dy called to Douglas, "Don' yo* worry
your head 'bout dat Inzy husban* ob
mine. He ain't goln' ter work 'nuff
to hurt blsself." For an Instant she
bad been tempted to let the pastor
know how Hasty had gone to the cir
rus nnd seen nothing of Folly, but her
motherly Instinct won the day, nnd
she urged blin to eat before disturbing
Ii I in with her own anxleth-s. It was
no use. He only toyed with his food;
he was clearly 111 at ease and eager to
lie alone. She gave up trying to tempt
bis npjK-tltc and began to lend up In
a roundnliout way to the things which
she wished to ask.
"Dnr's quite some rncket out dar In
de lot tonight," she Faid. Douglas did
no! answer. After a uibmcnt sue went
on. "H:isty didn't wort; on u<> wnlk
today." Douglas looked at her qulK
zlrally, while Hasty, eonvlneotl that
for reasons of her own she was going
to get hint Into trouble, was making
f ran tie motions, "He done gone ter tie
circus." sin' blurted out. Douglas* nice
became suddenly grave. Mnndy saw
that she had touched an open wound.
"] Jos* couldn't stau" It, Massa John.
I had ter find out 'bout dnt angel chile."
There was a pause. 81?0 felt that he
was wahlng for her to go on.
' She didn't done ride today."
lie looked til' with the eyes of a
dumb, persecuted animal. "And de
gem men in de show- didn't tell nobody
why Jes' spenked 'bout de udder gal
tflkln" her place."
"Why didn't she rldeV" cried Doug
las, In an agony of suspense.
"Dnt'S what I don' know, snh."
Mandy began t<> cry. It was the Hrst
time In his experience that Douglas
had ever known her to give way to
any such weakness.
1 tasty came down from the window ?
and tried t>> put one arm about Man
"IXMlb me alone, yo' nigger'." she ex
Claimed, trying to cover her tears with j
a Show of anger that she did not feel;
then she rushed from the room, fol
lowed by Hasty.
The band was playing loudly. The
din of the night performance was
Increasing. Douglas' nerves were
strained to the point of breaking. He
would net bu himself go near the win
dow. He stood by the side ? ? f the ta
ble, his lists clinched, and tried to
tteat hack the Impulse that was pulling
him toward the do,,r. Again and again
he set his teeth. 1
It was uncertainty that gnawed at ;
htm so. Was she III? Could she need
him? Was she sorry for having left
him? Would she be glad If he went
for her and brought her back with
him? He recalled the hysterical note
In her behavior the duy that she went
away how she had pleaded, only a
few moments before Jim came, never
to be separated from him. Had sho
really cared for Jim and for the old
life'/ Why bad she never written?
Was she ashamed? Was she sorry for
what she had done? What COtlid it
mean? He threw his hands above bis
bend with a gesture of despair. A mo
ment later be pnssol out Into the night.
IM was slow tonight. The big
show was nearly over, yet
many of the props used In the
early part of the bill were still
He was tinkering nbscntmlndcdly
with oni- of the wagons In the hark lot,
and the men were standing about Idly
waiting for orders when Marker came
out of the main tent and called to him
"Hey. there, Jim: What's your ex
cuse tonight ?"
"Kxcuso for what?-' Jim crossed
slow ly to Darker,
? The couk tent was started half an
hour late, and the sideshow top ain't
"Your wagons Is on the bum; that's
what: No. SS carries the cool; tent,
ftll' the blacksmith has been tiukerin'
with it all day. Ask him what shape
"You're always stallln'," was Dar
ker's sullen complaint. "It's the wag
ons or the blacksmiths or anything but
til truth. I know what's the matter,
"W hat do you mean by that?" asked
"I mean that all your time's tool; up
n-carryln' and n-fetchln' for that girl
what calls you 'Muvver Jim.' "
"What have you got to say about
her?" Jim eyed him with a threaten
"I g ?t a plenty." said Darker as he
turned to snap his whip at (ho small
boys who had stolen into the back lot
t> peek under the rear edge of the
big top. "She's bOOh about as much
good as a sick cat since she come back.
You saw her act last night."
"Yes." answered Jim doggedly.
"Wasn't it punk? Sho didn't show at
nil this afternoon; said she was sick.
And mo With all them people In8ld0
what know od her waltln' to see her!"
"Give te r a little time," Jim pleaded.
"She nln't rodo for a year."
"Time!" shouted Darker. "How much
does she want? She's been hack a
month, and Instead of bracln' up she's
a gOtlIII' worse. There's only one thing
for me to do."
"What's that?" asked Jhn uneasily.
"I'm goin' to call her, and call her
I "Look here, Darker," and Jim squared
bis Shoulders as hO looked steadily at
the other man, "you're boss here, and
I lakes orders from you, hut If 1
catches you abusln' Poll your l>o!n'
boss won't make no difference."
"You can't bluff me!" shouted Darker.
"I ain't blulllu'. Pin only tellln' you,"
said Jim very quietly.
"Well, you tell her to get on to her
Job. If she don't, she ipilts; that's all."
He hurried Into the ring.
Jim took 0110 step to follow him,
then stopped and gazed nt the ground
with thoughtful eyes. He, too. had
seen the change In Polly. He had tried
to rouse her. It was no use. She had
looked nt him blankly. "If she would
only complain," he said to himself;
"If she would only get mad, anything,
anything to wake her." Hut she did
not complnln. She went through her
dally routine very humbly nnd quietly.
She sometimes wondered how Jim
could talk so much about her work,
but before' she could answer the ques
tion her mind drifted back to other
days, to a garden and flowers, and Jim
stole away unmlsscd and left her with
folded hand and wide, Staring eyes,
gazing Into the distance.
The memory of these times made
Jim helpless ((.night. He bad gone on
hoping from (Tay to day that Barker
might not notice the "let down" in her
work, and now the blow had fallen.
How could he tell her?
One of the acts came tumbling out
of the main lent. There was a mo
ment's confusion as clowns, acrobats
and animals passed each other on their
way to and from the ring; then the lot
cleared again, ami Polly eamo slowly
from (ho drcssim.: tent. She looked
very different from the little girl
whom .Mm bad led away from the par
son's garden In a simple white frock
tue month before, tier thin, pensive
face contrasted oddly with her flitter
ing attire. Her hair was knotted high
"St<tr gaztn\ PoUf he a?kcd.
on her head and Intertwined with
flowers nnd jewels, ihr slender neck
soemed scarcely able to support its
burden. Her short, full skirt and low
CUt bodice were ablaze with white
and colored stones.
"What's on. Jim?" she asked.
"The 'leap o' death.' You got plenty
Polly's mind went back to the girl
who answered that call a year ago.
Her spirit seemed very near tonight.
The band stopped playing, Parker
made bis grandiloquent announcement
about the wonderful net about to be
seen, and her eyes wandered to the
distant church steeple. The moonlight
seemed to shun it tonight. It looked
cold and grim nnd dark. She won
dered whether the solemn bell that
once called Its tlock to worship bad
become as mute as her own dead heart.
She did not bear the whir of the great
machine Inside the tent as it plunged
through space with its girl occupant.
These thing were a part of the daily
routine, part of the strange, vague
dream through which she must stum
ble for the rest of her life.
Jim watched her In silence. Her
face was ttimed from him. She had
forgotten Ills presence.
"Star gazln". Poll?" he asked nt
length, dreading to disturb her reverie.
'i guess I was, Jim." She turned to
him with a little, forced smile. He
longed to save? her from Parker's
"How you feelln' tonight?"
"I'm all right," she answered cheer
"Anything you want?"
"Want?" Sin? turned upon him with
startled eyes. There was so much
that she wanted that the mere men
tion of the word bad opened a well of
pain In her heart.
"I meat) can I do anything for you?"
"Oh, of course not." She remem
bered how little any one could do.
"What Is it, P..!-!?" he begged, but
she only turned away and shook her
head with a sigh. He followed her
with anxious eyes. "What made you
cut out the show today? Was It be
cause you didn't want to ride afore
folks what k no Wed you ride afore
"Him?" Her face was while. Jtm
feared she might swoon. "You don't
mean that he was"- -
"Oh, no," he answered quickly, "of
course no!. Parsons don't come to
places like this one. I was only flgur
ln' that you didn't want Other folks to
see an' to tell htm how you was rld
ln'." She did not answer.
"Was that It. Poll?" he urged.
"I don't know." She stared Into space.
"I guess It was," she said after a
"1 knoWCd It!" he cried. "I was a
fool to 'a' lining you back! Yon don't
belong with us no more."
"Oh, do;, t. .lim! Don'tl Don't make
me feel I'm In the way here too!"
"Here too?" He looked nt her In as
tonishment. "You Wasn't In bis way,
was you, Poll?"
"Yes, Jim." She saw his lo*k of un
belief and continued hurriedly: "Oh, I
tried not to Im?! I tried so bard. He
used to read me verses out of a Bible
about my way being his way and my
people bis people, but it isn't so, Jim.
Your way Is the way you are born, and
your people arc the people you are
born with, and you can't change It,
To be continued.
NOTICE TO CLEAN STREAMS.
State of South Carotine,
County of Laurens.
Pursuant to an Act of the Clenernl
Assembly of South Carolina providing
therefor, the County Board of Commis
sioners for Laurens County, State
aforesaid, docs hereby order and fix
the following dates for the cleaning
of streams within said county during
the year A. I >. 1009, to wit: All
streams within said county shall he
cleaned out as required by law during
the period beginning Februar.. 1st and
ending March 31st, and that they shall
bo again clenned within tho period
beginning July 15th and ending Au
gust ?1st. lAll landowners and
persons In cha '?re of lands within the
< aunty are hereby notified and re
quired t?> Clean their streams v. ithin
the above naihed periods.
Pone at I.aureus. S. C. i:i regular
annual meeting this 7th day of Jan
uary, A. u. Riot).
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The Piano and Organ Man. I,aureus, S. C.
Real Estate Offerings
K.7 ncres of land bounded by lands
M. 11. Holder, W. D. Abercrolnbie, and
others; S room dwelling. tenant
houses, good barn and out-buildings.
Price $20.00 per acre. Terms: $1,000
cash, remainder In five eQltnl instal
17"> seres known as old Goodgyn
place, has S i'oom dwelling, 3 tenant
Ionises, line corn mill in good running
order with 7", horse water power.
Price $4,500, Terms made easy.
122 acres of land, bounded by lands
of Mansel Owings. Eva Jackson, and
Warrior Creek. Price $20 per acre.
117 acres of land near Cray Court,
bounded by lands of E. T. Slull. W.
E2, Cray; seven room cottage, fine
barn and outbuildings and fine past
ure. Price $60 per acre.
200 acres of land near Durbin Creek
church, bounded by lands of W. T.
Parks and Laurens White; ,', tenant
houses, well timbered, good state of
cultivation. Price $30.00 per acre.
acres land, bounded by lands of
.1. P.. Wells. Thomas Hurts, and others
with five room dwelling, good out
buildings; near Ekom. Price $1.", per
One pit at Waits Mills, with seven
room cottage, 200 feet front and 100
feet deep, with meat market. Price
Some valuable property in town of
Clinton.--Nine business lots on liroad
street, ranging in price from $500 to
$1,200 per lot. Two lots fronting on
MllSgrove street. >:;(iu each. One
beautiful building lot fronting Mus?
grove street, price $2,000. One lot
with beautiful residence fronting on
Musgrove street, price $3,500. See
mc early if you wish to purchase, this
is an exceptional opportunity.
150 acres land, one-half mile of Dial
church, with a handsome dwelling,
tenant houses and good outbuildings,
Come quick if you want this place.
Price ?.'.u per acre.
52 acres of land .just outside of the
corporate limits of the town of Gray
Court, with one tenant house. Price
$50 per acre.
Two acre lot in the town of Cray
Court. With 7 room dwelling, nicely
located. I'rlCO $2,.".(Mi.
One business lot. CO feet front. 150
feet de.-p, in town of Cray Court.
One lot at Watts Mills. 250 feet fr?nt
by 70 feet deep, 1 room cottage and
out buildings. Price $1,000.
SS nci'eS of land near Pramlelt's
church, bounded by lands of W. P.
Harris and .luo. DurdcttO. Seven
room dwelling, 2 lettnut houses, good
barn and out buildings. 1'rlco $20
I |0 aer s of land bounded by
Will Martin and Uarrett lands, seven
room dwelling, 2 tenant houses, good
bam and out buildings. Price .*2.">
r.i acres land near Owings Station
bounded by land of .lohn Join's and
Tom Pr?mien with dwelling and out
buildings prico $:..">.ou per acre.
acres of land, with dwelling, good
bain and out-buildings, near Owings.
Price $3,500; terms made easy.
Ill acres bounded by hinds of Jeff
Davis and Herbert Martin; :'. good ten
ant houses, and good barn. Price
$50 per acre.
29 acres land near the Incorporated
limits of the 'I own of Fountain Inn
bounded by hinds of Hobt. Taylor. T.
B. Nelson, Jim Adams and ot.iers;
dwellings and out buildings. i rico
$75.ou per acre.
100 acres of land, with five room
dwelling. It-room tenant house, good
out buildings, near Hickory Tavern,
Sullivan township, Trice $15.00 per
50 acres of land in town of Lnnford,
with tenant hous, at $50.u0 per acre.
One lot at I.aurens Mills, with well
and 2 brick chimneys. Price $.;."o.
SO acres of land in one mile of the
town of dray Court, with two dwell
ings. Price $10 per acre.
52 acres of land in town of Gray
Court, dwelling and outbuildings.
Price $r.o per acre.
348 acres of land near Rnbun Creek
church, 8-room dwelling, three tenant
houses. Price $:;2.50 per acre.
21*1 acres of land in Hunter town
ship, bounded by lands of Unfits Dun
lap. Uebeccn Christian and Oeo. Caw
ford; 2 four room collages, good out
buildings, line bottom lauds, well tim
bered; i>0 acres in cultivation, Only
$20 per acre.
CO acres in Dial township, bounded
by lands oi Pink Heliums, Ludy Holt
1 d H. C. Wallace. Price $1,300.
I0S acres of land in Orccnvillo coun
ty. Puller township, bounded by li ndS
of Mary Snow, and Taylor and Creigh
toil place; known as Hie Thomas Ben*
nett place, on Rnorco river; six room
dwelling. 2 good tenant houses ami
stole building. Price $3,000.00.
lift acres bounded by lands of V.
C. Heliums iiml Mitchell Owens, in 8
miles Of I.aurens; 2 dwellings end
out buildings. Price $35 per acre.
One I room cottage, with hall : ml
2 iiorches, on Garllngtoh avenue.
2 acres in town of C.ray Court;
nice building site. Price $500.00.
127 acres land in Sullivan township,
0 room dwelling, trend out buildings, 1
tenant house. Price $30 per acre.
loo acres "f land in Youngs township,
11 room dwelling, two tenant houses,
good barn. Price $2,250,
517 acres land 1 miles of Damons,
bounded by hinds Mrs. P.urgess, Bob
Brown, Jno. Madden and others: fi ten
ant houses; 7 horse farm in cultivation.
Will be cut into lots of L00 acres each.
Price per acre.
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