Newspaper Page Text
ILUTRATED y- I
WT/Y'/J i2 Y ar u .O5 -dEALL cm.
CHAPTI'- I-John Valiant, a rich so
ciety favorite, suaddenly discovers that the
Valiant corporation, which his father
founded and which was the principal
source of his wealth, has failed.
CHAPTI'rR I-Ito voluntarily turns
over his private fortune to the receiver
for the corporation.
CHAP I1'FR III-llls entire remaining
POsscisions consist of an old motor car,
a white bull dog andl I at'wry court, a
neglected estate in Virginia.
CHAPTR:vt IV Ii- 'earn Ihit this es
lato calo 111it Iro th :Unily biy royal gnalt
".nd h:as been in th, possession of tho
\ allnrutsa ever since.
CIIA I 'I'it \ o the w:iv to Dltm'rv
ourt he I ne t. Shile Dte,',1iri-,' :tti ati
,urn-h~iir'a"l ienut . :an~i 111. is ":: ihit lie
:t nofllin to like \'irginia bri vrim~n ly.
Tho old niegro noddld his head.
"Good wat ah," he said in the gen lie
1tlaverii; t0nes of ext re'e age. "Yas,
Miarse. I e'p y'se'f. (otno 1iom he
centah oh de yerf, dIt wiaah. En dah's
olks say de centah of (o yerf is ai
ciah. Yo' ro'ck'n dey's right, Mars'
"Now, how the devil do you know
who I am, Anthony?" The judge set
iown his cup on the well-curb. "I
haven't been by here for a year."
The ebony head moved slowly from
side to side. "01' Ant'ny don' need
no eyes," he said, touching his hand
to his brow. "lie see ev'ything heah."
The judge beckoned to the others
and they trooped inside the paling.
"I've brought some other folks with
me, Anthony; can you tell who they
The sightless look wavered over
thom and the white head shook slow
!y. "Don' know young mars,'" said
the gentle voice. " low many yuddahs
wid yo'? One, two? No, I don' know
young mistis, eidah."
"I reckon you don't need any eyes,"
Judge Chalmers laughed, as he passed
the sweet cold water to the rest. "One
of these young ladies wants you to tell
The old negro dropped his head,
waving his gaunt hands restlessly.
The judge beckoned to Betty Page,
but she shook her head with a little
,rimace and drew back.
"You go, Shirley," she whispered,
and with a laughing glance at the
others, Shirley cane and sat down on
the lowest step.
Mad Anthony put out a wavering
hand and touched the young body.
1it i fingers strayed over the habit and
went up to the curling bronze under
the hat-briim. ")is de ll'l mtistis,'' he
'nuttered, "ain' afeahd oh o' Ant'ny.
D)ah's flah en she ain' aiealhd, en dhlt's
watah en she ain' afeahd. Wondah
whut Alt gwine tell huh? Whut de
coloh oh yo' haih, honey?"
"Black," put in Chilly Lusk, with a
wink at the others. "lilack as a crow."
Old Anthony's hand fell back to his
knee. "Young mars' laugh at do ol'
tnan," hte saidl, "but he dotn' know. D~at
deo colih dat bithni malt han's-do coloh
ob gol', eni eyes blute like er cat-bird's
aig. Dalh's er man gwine look in dem
eyes, hontey, en gwinte make 'emi cry
en cry." lie raised htis head sharply,
his lids shut tight, and swung his arm
toward the North. "Dab's whah he
come f'om," he said, "en heah"-his
arm veered and he pointted straight
lowardI the ragged hill behind thtem
Lusk laughed noiselessly. "He's
pointing to Damory Court," he whi:
nered to Nancy Ch..lmers, "the only
uninhabited place within ten miles.
That's as near as he often hits it, I
"Heaht's whtah ho stay," repeated the
old man. "Heap ob troutble wait heah
to' him too, honey-heap ob trouble,
heah whah li'l mistis fIn' him."
"Come, Anthony," said Judge Chal
mers, laying his haind on the old man's
shoulder. "That's mucht too mourn
ful! Give her something nice to top
off with, at least!"
But Anthony p'ad no heed. "Gr'et
treublo. Daht's flah en site ain' afeahd,
en dah's wataht en she alit' afeahd. En
Ah sees ye' gwine ter him, honey. Ah
beah's do co'ot-house clock a-strikin' in
de night-otn ye' gwine. Don' wait,
(Ion' walt, li'l mistis, er do trouble
cloud gwine kyaht him erway t'om yo'
* * * When d~e clock strike thuh
'een-when de clock strike thuh
The droning voice ceased, The
gaunt form became rigid. Then ho
started and turned his eyes slowly
about him, a vague look of anxiety ont
his face, For a momnetnt no one
moved. When he spoke again it was
once more in his gentle quaverinig
"Watah? Yas, Mars', good watah.
The judge set a dollar bill on tlto
step and weighted it with a stone, as
the rest remounted. "Well, good-by,
Anthony,' Ito said, "We're mightily
He sprang into the saddle and the
quartette canttered away. "My experi
ment wasn't a great success, I'm
afraid, Shirley," ho said ruefully.
"Oh, I thtink it was splendId!" cried
Nqancy. "Do you suppose ho really be
lieves those spooky things? I declare,
sit the time I almost dId myself. What
an odd idea-'when the clock strikes
thiteenn, which, of conren t nevne
[MIGIfJ3 POT -nr>
"Don't mind, Shirley," bantered
Lusk. "When you seo all 'dem trou
bles' coming, sound the alarm and
we'll fly in a body to your rescue."
They let their horses out for a
pounding gallop which pulled down
suddenly at a muflied shriek from Bet
ty Page, as her horse went into the
air at sight of an automobile by the
Now, whose nder the canopy is
that?" exclaimed Lusk.
"It's stalled," said Shirley. "I
passed her( this afternoon when the
owner was trying to start it, and I sent
U nc' .leffierson as first aid to the in
"I wonder who he can be," said
Nancy. "I've never seen that car be
"Why." s:ai 1eity gaily, "Ah know!
It's M"iad Anthony's tirotthle-man, of
course, come for Shirley."
A red rose, while ever a thing of
beauty, is not invariably a joy for
ever. The white bulldog, as he
plodded along the sunny highway, was
sunk in depression. iv'ing trammeled
by the limitations of a canine horizon,
ho could not understand the whims of
Adorable Ones met by the way, who
seemed so glad to see him that they
threw both arms about him, and then
tied to his neck irksome colored weeds
that prickled and scratched and would
riot by dislodged. Go it was a chas
tened and shamed Chum who at length
wriggled stealthily into the seat of the
stranded automobile beside his master
and thrust a dirty pink nose into his
John Valiant lifted his hand to
stroke the shapely head, then drew It
back with an exclamation. A thorn
had pricked his thumb. le looked
"Howdy Do, Anthony," He Said.
down and saw the draggled flower
thrust through the twist of grass. "Oh,
pup of wonders!" he exclaimed.
"Where did you got that rose?"
Chumn sat up and wagged his tall, for
his master's tone, instead of ridicule,
heid a dawning delight. Perhaps the
thing had not been intended as a dis
grace, after all!
With the fIrst sight of the decora
tion Valiant had had a sudden memory
of a splotch of vivid red against the
belted gray-blue of a gown. He
grinned appreciatIvely. "And I warned
her," he chuckled. "Told her not to be
afraid!" He dusted the blossom pains
takingly with his handkerchief and
held it to his face-a live brilliant
thing, breathing musk-odors of the
mid-moon of paradise.
A long time he sat, while the dog
dozed and yawned on the shiny cush
Ion ber ide him. Of a sudden Chum sat
up) and barked in earnest.
Turning his headi, his master saw ap
preaching a dilapidated hack with
side lanterns like great goggles and
decrepit and palsied curtains. It was
drawn by a lean mustard-tinted mule,
and on Its front sat a colored man of
uncertain age, whose hunched verte
brae andl outward-crooked arms gave
him a cun'ious expression of replete
and bulbous inquiry. Abreast of the
car tue removed a moth-eaten cap.
"Evenin', suh," he said,-"evenin',
"Hlowdy do," returned the other
"Ahi reck'n yo'-li done had er breck
down wid dat machine-thing dar. Ye'
been hyuh 'bout er hour, ala' ye'?"
"Nearer three," said Valiant cheer
fully, "but the view's worth it."
A hoarse titter caime from the con
veyance, which gave forth sundry
creakings of leather. * "Huyh! Huyh!
Dat's so, suh. Dat's so! Hm-m.
Rteck'n Ah'Il be git tin' eriong back."
Hie clucked to the mule and proceeded
to turn the vehicle round.
"Hold on," cried John Valiant, "I
thought you were bound In the other
di recti on."
"No, suh. Ah'mn gwine back whah I
come f'om. Ah jus' druv out hyuh
'case Miss Shirley done met me, en
she say, 'Uno' Jeffe'son, ye' go 'treckly
out de Red Road, 'ease or gemman
done got stalled-ed.'"
"Oh--Miss Shir.t 8he told you
did she? What did you say her ,rnt
"Dat's huh fust name, Miss Sbirley.
Yas, suh! Miss Shirley done said f'
me ter come en git de gemman whut
-whut kinder dawg is yo' got dar?"
"It's a bulldog. Can you give me a
lift? I've got that small trunk and-"
"Dat's a right fine dawg. Miss Shir
ley she moghty fond ob dawgs, too."
"Fond of dogs, is she?" said Valiant.
"I might have known it. It was nice
of her to send you hero, Uncle Jeffer
son. You can take me and my traps,
"'Pens on whah yo' gwineter," an
swered Uncle Jefferson sapiently.
"I'm going to Damory Court."
A kind of shocked surprise that was
almost stupefaction spread over the;
other's face, like oil over a pool.;
"Dam'ry Co'ot! Dat's do old Valiant:
place. Ain' nobody lives dar. Ah
rock'n ain' nobody live dar for mos' er
hun'ord yeahs!" '
"The old house has a great surprise
coming to It," said Valiant gravely.
"Henceforth some one is going to oc
cupy it. How is it anyway?"
"Measurin' by d coonskin en th'ow
in' in d tail, et's erbout two mile.
Ain' gwinetor live daL yo'se'f, sub, is
"I am for the present," was the
Uncle Jefferson stared at him a mo
ment with his mouth open. Then ejac
ulating under his breath, ''Fo' do,
Lawd! What folks gwineter say ter
dat!" he shambled to the rear of the
motor and began to unship the steam
er-trunk. "Whut yo' gwineter do wid
dat-ar?" he asked, pointing to the car.
"Ali kin como wid ole Sukey---dat's
mal mule-en fotch it in do mawn
in'. Ain't gwineter rain ter-night no
This matter having been arranged,,
they started jogging down the green
bordered road, the bulldog prospecting
"S'pose'n do Co'ot done ben sold en
yo' gwineter fix it up fo' do new,
ownah," hazarded Uncle Jefferson
Valiant did not answer directly.
"You say the place hasn't been occu
pied for many years," he observed.
"Did you ever hear why, Uncle Jef
"Al done heerd," said the other
vaguely, "but Ah disremembahs.
Sump'in dat happened befo' Ali come
heah f'om ol' Post-Oak Plantation.
Reck'n Majah Bristow he know erbout
it, or Mis' Judith-dat's Miss Shirley's
mothah. Her fathah wus Gen'l Tawm
Dandridge, in he died fo' she was
Shirley Dandridge! A high-sound
ing name, with something of long
linked culture, of arrogant heritage..
In some subtle way it seemed to
clothe the personality of which Va
liant had had that fleeting roadside
"Reck'n yo'-all come f'om New
York?" inquired Uncle Jefferson, after
a little silence. "So! Dey say dat's
or pow'ful big place. lut Alh reck'n
ol' Itichmon's big ernuf fo' me." Ile
clucked to the leisurely mule and
added, "Ah bin ter Iltichmon' onct.
Yas, sub! Ah nevah see sech houses
--mos' all bigger'zi d county co'ot.
John Valiant expressed a somewhat
absent interest. lIe was looking
thoughtfylly at the blossom in his
hand, in an absorption through which
Uncle Jefferson's reminiscences dozed
What Happened Thirty Vear-s Age.
When Shirley came across the lawn
at Rosewood, Major Montague Bristow
sat under the arbor talking to her
The major was massive-framed,
with a strong jaw and a rubicund
complexion-the sort that might be
supposed to have attained the utmost
benefit to be conferred by a consist
ent indulgence in mint-juleps. His
blue eyes were piercing and arched
with brows like sable rainbows, at
variance with his heavy iron-gray hair
and Imperial. Is head was leonine
and he looked like a king who has
humbled his enemy. It may be added
that his linen was fine and immacu
late, his black string-tie precisely tied
and a pair of gold-rimmed eye-glasses
swung by a flat black cord against his
"Shirley," said her mother, "the tina
jor's brutal, and he shan't have his
"What has he been doing?" asked
the other, her brows wrinkling in a
delightful way she had.
"He has reminded fte that I'm grow
Shirley looked at the major skep
tically, for his chivalry was un
doubted. During a long career in law
and legislature it had been said of
him that he could neither speak on
the tariff question nor defend a man
for murder, without first paying a
tribute to "the women of the South,
"Nothing of the sort," he rumbled.,
Mrs. Dandridgo's face softened toe
wistfulness. "Shirley, am I?" shes
asked, with a quizzical, almost a droll
uneasiness. "Why, I've got 'every emo
tion I've ever had. I read all the new
French novels, and I'm even thinking
of going in for the militant suffragette
The girl had tossed her hat and
crop on the table and seated herself.
by her mother's chair. "What was it
he said, dearest?"
"lie thinks I ought to wear a wor
sted shawl and arctics." If er mother
thrust out one little thin-slippered foot,
with its slender ankle gleaming
throuigh its open-work stocking like
* f-pearl. "Imaginel In May.
M knows I'm vain of my feeti
*r you had ever had a wife,
you mean well, and .I'll take back what
I said about the julep. You mix it,
Shirley. Yours is even better than
"She makes me one every day, Mon
ty," she continued, as Shirley went
into the house. "And when she isn't
looking, I pour it into the bush there."
Major Bristow laughed as he lilt
the end off a cigar. "All the same,"
he said in his big rumbling voice,
"you need 'em, I reckon. You need
more than mint-juleps, too You leave
the whiskey to me and the doctor, and
you take Shirley and pull out for
Italy. Why not? A year there would
do you a heap of good."
She shook her head. "No, Monty.
It isn't what you think. It's-hero."
She lifted her hand and touched her
heart. "It's been so for a long time.
But it may-it can't go on forever,
you see. Nothing can."
The major had leaned forward in
his chair. "Judith!" he said, and hl;i
hand twitched, "it isn't. true!" And
then, "low (10 you know?"
She smiled at himn. "You remre'mber
wheN that big surgeon from Vi''nn'
camo to see the doctor last yea-Cr?
\'ell, the doctor brought him to m'.
I'd known it befor'' in a way. but it
had gone farther 111:1n I thought. No
ono can tell just liow long it emay hr.
It, may be yea rs. of eoirrc. but I'm not
taking any sea tris. Monty."
lie Cleared his throat anid his voice
was husky when he spoke. "Shirley
"Certainly not. She mustn't." And
then, in sudden sharpness: "You
shan't tell her, Monty. You wouldn't
"No, indeed," he assured her quick
ly. "Of course not."
"It's just among us three, Doctor
Southall and you and me. We three
have had our secrets before, eh, Mon
"Yes, Judith, we have."
She bent toward him, her hands
tightening on the cane. "After all,
it's true. Today I am getting old. I
may look only fifty, but I feel sixty
and I'll admit to seventy-five. It's
joy that keeps us young, and I didn't
rjt my fair share of that, Monty.
For just one little week my heart had
it all-all-and then-well, then It
was finished. It was finished long be
fore I married Tom Dandridge. It
isn't that I'm empty-headed. It's that
I've been an empty-hearted woman,
Monty-as empty and dusty and deso
lato as the old house over yonder on
"I know, Judith, I know."
"You've been empty in a way, too,"
sho said. "3ut it's been a different
way. You were never in love-really
in love, I mean. Certainly not with
me, Monty, though you tried to make
me think so once upon a time, before
Sassoon cane along, and-Beauty Va
The major blinked, suddenly
startled. It was out, the one name
neither had spoken to the other for
thirty years! lie looked at her a lit
tIe guiltily; but her eyes had turned
away. "verything changed then,"
she continued dreamily. "everything."
The major's fingers strayed across
his waistcoat, fumbling uncertainly
for his eye-glasses. For an instant
he, too, was back in the long-ago
past, when ihe and Valiant, had been
comirade-. It had be'en 1 curious
three sided af'air--. he. and Valiant and
Sassoon. Sassoon with his dissipated
flair and ungovernable temper and
strange fits of recklessness; clean,
hilgh-ldealed. straight -away Valianit;
and lie-a Ilristow, neither beotter nor
worse than the rest of his name. -He
remembered that mad straliied season
when he had grimly recognized lisa
own cause as hopeless, and with burn
ing eyes had watched Sassoon and
Valiant racing abreast. He remem
bered that glittering prodigal dance
when he had come upon Valiant and
Judith standing in the shrubbery, the
candle-llght from some open door en
goldening their faces: hers smiling, a
little flippant perhaps, and conscious
of her spell; his grave and earnest,
"You promise, John ?"
"I give my sacred word. What-.
ever the provocation, I will not lift
my hand against him. Never, never!"
Then the same voice, vibrant, appeal
ing. "Judith! It isn't becauso-be
cause-you care for him?"
Hie had plunged away in the dark
ness before her answer came. What,
had it mattered then to him what she
had replied? And that very night had
befallen the fatal quarrel!
The major started. How that name
had blown away the dust! "That's
a long time ago, Judith."
"Thirty years ago tomorrow they
fougiht," she said softly, "Valiant and
Sassoon. Evey woman has her one.
anniversary, I suppose, and tomor
rowv's miino. Do you know what I
do, every fourteenth of May, Monty?
I keep may room and spend the day
always the same way. There's a little
book I read. And there's an old hair
cloth trunk that I've had since I was
a girl. Down in the bottom of it are
some-things, that I take out and set
round the room * * * and there
is a handful of old letters I go over
from first to last. They're almost
worn out now, but I could repeat them
all with my eyes shut. Then there's a
tiny old straw basket with a yellow'
wisp in it that once was a bunch of
cape jessamines. I wore themn to that
last ball-the night before it hap
pened. The fourteenth of May used to
be sad, but now, do you know, I look
forward to it! I always have a hot of
jessamines that particular day-I'll
have Shirley get me some tomorrow
-and in the evening, when I go down
stairs, the house is full of the scent
of them, All summer long it's roses,
but on the fourteenth of May it ham
to be jessamines. Shirley mumt think
me a whimsical old woman, but I in
sist on being humored."
lHe smilo4 . a little bleakly, and
"Isn't it strange for me to be talk.
ing this way nowt" she said present
ly. "Another proof that I'm getting:
old. But the date brings it very close;
it seems, somehow, closer than ever
this year.-Monty, weren't you tre
mendously surprised when I married
"I certainly was."
"I'll tell you a secret. I was, too.
I suppose I did it because of a sneak
ing feeling that some people were feel
ing sorry for me, which I never could,
stand. Well, he was a man any one
might honor. I've always thought a
woman ought to have two husbands:
one to love and cherish, and the other
to honor and obey. I had the latter,
at any rate."
"And you've lived, Judith," he said.
"Yes," sho agreed, with a little sigh,
"I've lived. I've had Shirley, and she's
twenty and adorable. And I've had
peopl enough, and books to read, and
plenty of pretty things to look at, and
old laco to wear, and I've kept
my figure and my vanity-'m not too
old yet to thank the Lord for that!
So don't talk to me about worsted
shawls and horrible arctics. For I
won't wear 'em. Not if I know my
self! Hero comes' Shirley. She's
made two juleps, and if you're a gen
tieman, you'll distract her attention
till I've got rid of mine in my usual
" * * * * * * *
The major, at the foot of the cherry
bordered lane, looked back across the
box-hedge to where the two figures
sat under the rose-arbor, the mother's
face turned lovingly down to Shirley's
at her knee. Ho stood a moment
watching them from under his
"You never looked at me that way,
Judith, did you!" ho sighed to him
self. "It's been a long time, too, since
I began to want you to-'most forty
years. When it came to the show
down, I wasn't even as fit as Tom
(Continued Next Week.)
We offer One llundred Dollars Re
ward for any case of Catarrh that can
not be cured by lail's Catarrh Cure.
F. J. Cheney & Co., Toledo, O.
We, the undersigned, have known F.
.1. 'Cheney for the last 15 years, and
believe him perfectly honorable In all
business transactions and financially
able to carry out any obligation made
by his firm.
National Bank of Commerce,
lMall's Catarrh Cure Is taken intern
ally, acting directly upon the blood
and mucous surfaces of the system.
Testimonials sent free. Price 75
cents per bottle. Sold by all drug
Take Hlall's Family Pills for consti
Ine. W. Ferguson C. C. Feathertonm
W. B. Knight
FI R(itSON, PEVA THIERSTONEi & KNI(iMiT
Attorneys at Law
Laurens, S. C.
Prompt and carerful atentkmn given
to a2l huainess.
Offie Over Palmetto Bank.
Buy Your Tires Dire
Bly buying and contractIng dl
I large quantities for spot cash, we
money saving price direct to the
to 60 per cent.
to pay the dealer's profit, the dis
mission andl other high selli'ng
tir-es direct to consu-mer at jobbers
AND) EXACTLY WHl-AT YOU -PAl
Shrewd auto owners compose
bankers, merchants, lawyers, doet
who know values and realize tht
excellent deals from the factoriei
I the followIng prices:
U Among our tires are Diamond,
D ire, Fisk and others of equal qu
*ALL~ TIRES GUARANTEOD F1
28x3 $7.20 $
S 30x3 7.80
5 3ix3%A 11.002
O 34x8%k 12.408
. 35x4' 17.25
34x4%1 18.00 4
35x4%A 18.75 4
I 37x4%. 21.50 5
* 36x5 23.00 5
* 37x5 24.405
* WE OAN FURINISHI ALL OTIJI
* CENT HI
Our supply of those tires is limw
*high grade .goods (hat will give'b
* TIDRMS-5 PER CENT DISCOI
*order. C. 0. D. upon receipt of F(
* monts. Mosey returied If unab
"1 certainly do like to Work on a
job where the material is furnished
by the Augusta Lumber Co."
"Everything they furnish is right
-- never any botch job -carelessly
f i n i s I e d sash, doors, blinds, etc.
Things go smoothly - contractors
feel good -we don't get called down,
and when the building is done, she
That carpenter was simply expert
encing the result of a perfect organi
When you build, let us make you
an estimate on your requirements.
It will save you time, trouble and
exphnse, and you will be certain of
an No. 1 job.
ur specialty Is complete house
bl . all or mail us your specifi
"Buy of the Alaker"
AUGUSTA LUMBER CO.
wats , i ver better demonst.rated than
whei t.he animal voluntarily comes
here Ito be shod. After once being
shod here, a horse knows the coim
fort of our system and would pre
t'or to come here always for his
foot wear. And you can rely upon
the quality of tho work in every
pirtlenlar, as well as upon saving
J. D. SEXTON & SON
LAURENS, S. C.
ct at Lowest Prices.
rect from factories for tires inU
are able to offer them at a groatU
consumer. A Baving of from 35
au got full value, you don't have
tributor's profit, salesman's comn
Lnd overliead expenses. Wo sell
prices a d YOU GET 1310 VALUE
our ,ous omers. Among them u~re
ors, jy,~ ters and men in all lines
Sadlva tages of buying direct.
and now offer our purchases at
Goodyear, Quaker, Nassau, Emr
DLLYN. NOTE THESE PRICES
.65 $1.90 $1.85
.95 2.20 1.40
.80 3.10 1.90
.90 3.20 1.95 E
.95 3.25 2.00
.00 3.30 2.05
.10 3.40 - 2.300
.20 3.60 2.35
.35 3.80 2.40 U
.50 3.90 2.45
.60 4.00 2.60 U
.75 4.20 2.70
.80 5.10 3.40
.85 5.20 3.45
.90 6.30 3.60
.10 6.40 3.70 .
.80 . 6.20 4.00
.90 6.35 4.20
OR SIZES-NON-SKID 10 PER
ted, so we advise early ordering.
'esh, fully guaranteed Foods. All
INT If full amount accompanies
I per cent of cost. Prompt ship..
le to fill order. Send us trial