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VOLUME~ XXIX. L-AMNEINS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WED[NESDAy9 APRIL 1, 1914.0UBR3
ILWTRATED fy' I
CHAPrErn I-John Vallant, a rich so
O ety favorite. Buddeilly discovers that the
Valant corporation, which his father
founded and which was the prIncipal
source of his wealth, has failed.
CHAPTER II-lIe voluntarily turns
over his private fortmo to the receiver
Pr the corporation.
CHAPTER III-is entire remaining
pssessions consist of an old motor car,
a white bull dog and Iamory court. a
ineglected estate in Virginia.
CHAPTER IV-H-o learns that this es
to came into the family b1y royal ant
'aad has been in tho possession or the
Valianits ever since.
CHAPTER V-On the way to Damory
oourt he ineets Shirley Dandridge, an au
burn-haired beauty, and decides that he
is going to -like Virginia immensely.
CHAPTER VI-An olfl negro tells Shir
ley's fortuno and predicts great trouble
for her on account of a man.
CHAPTER VII-Uncle Jefferson, an old
'negro, takes Valiant to Damory court.
CHAPTER VIII-Shirley's mother, Mrs.
Mandridge, and Major Bristow exchange
,teminiscencesi during which it is revealed
that the major, Valiant's father, and a
man named Sassoon. were rivals for the
ihand of Mrs. Dandridge in tier youth.
Bassoon and Valiant fougiL a dual on her
account in which the former was killed.
CITAPTER TX-Valiant finds Damory
court overgrown with weeds and creep
ers and the buildings In a very much
,neglected condition. Uncle Jefferson and
his wife, Aunt Daphne, are engaged as
He awoke to a musical twittering
and chirping, to find the sun pouring
iinto the dusty room in a very glory.
He rolled from the blanket and stood
upright, filling his lungs with a long
Ideep breath of satisfaction. lie felt
Isingularly light-hearted and alive. The
bulldog came bounding through the
iwindow, dirty from the weeds, and
flung himself upon his master in a
"Get out!" quoth the latter,.laugh
ing. "Stop licking my feet! How the
Idickens do you suppose I'm to get into
my clothes with your ridiculous antics
going on? Down, I say! Hark!" He
broke off and listened. "Who's that
The sound drew nearer-a lugu
'brious chant, with the weirdest minor
reflections, faintly suggestive of the
rag-time ditties of the music-halls, yet
with a plaintive cadence.
"Good morning, Uncle Jefferson."
The singer broke off, set down the
twig-broom that he had been wielding
and came toward him. "Mawnin', suh.
Mawnin'," he said. "hlopes yo'-all
slep' good. Ah reck'n dem ar birds
woke yo' up; dey's makin' seh er
"Thank you. Never slept better in
my life. Am I laboring under a delu
sion when I imagine I smell coffee?"
Just then there came a voice from
the open door of the kitchen: "Calls
yo'se'f er man, yo' triflin' recon
structed niggah! W'en marstah gwine
ter git he brekfus' wid' yo' ramshack
ln' eroun' wid dat dawg all his
Glawd'-blesisid mawnin'? Go fetch
~so me' fiah-wood dis minute, Yo'
A turbaned head poked itself
through the door, with a good-natured
leaf-brown face beneath it, which
Ibroadened into a wide smile as Its
owner bob edl energetically at Va
1llant's gret pg. "Fo' do Lawd!" she
~exclaimed, wiping floury hands on a
~gingham apron. "to' she' is up early,
but Ah got ye' brekfus' ready, suji."
"All right, Aunt Daphne. I'll be
He sped down to the lako to plunge
hbis head into thle cool water and there
~by sharpen the edge of an appetite
Ithat needed no honing.
He came up the trail again to find
'the reading-stand transferred to the
;porch and laid with a white cloth on
'which was set a steaming coffee-pot,
~with fresh cream, saltless butter and
corisp hot biscuit; and as ho sat down,
with a sigh of pure delight, in his
dressing-gown - a crepy Japanese
thing retdeemed from womanishness
by the bold green bamboo of its de
'sign-Uncle Jefferson planted before
* him a generous platter of bacon, eggs
tand potatoes. These he attacked with
a surprising keenness, As he buttered
his fifth biscuit he looked at the dog,
rolling on his back in morning eceta
~sy, with a leek of humorous surprise,
"Chum," he said, "what do ~you
think of that? All my life a single
troll and a cup of coffee have been
1the most I could ever negotiato for
~breakfast, and then it was apt to taste
~like chips and whet-stones. And now
look at this plate!" The dog ceased
Iwinnowing his oar with a hind foot
and looked back at his master with
;much thp same expression, Clearly
Lhis own needs bad net been forgot
"Reck'n Ah bettah go ter git dat ar
machine thing," said Uncle Jefferson
behind him. ".Ol' 'ooman, heah, she
'low ter fix up do kitchen dis mawn
in' en we begin on do house dis eve
"Right-o,' said Valiant. "It'o all up
hill, so the motor won't run away
with you. Aunt Daphne, can you get
some help with the cleaning?"
"Ho'p?" that worthy responded with
fino scorn. "No, suh. Moughty few,
in do town 'cep'n low-down yaller new
issue trash dot ain' wu'f killin'! Ah
gwineter go fo' dat house mahse'f 'fo'
long, haminah on tongs, en git it fix'
"Splendid! My destiny is in your
hands. You might take tho dog with
you, Uncle Jefferson; the run will do
When the latter had disappeared
and truculent sounds from the kitchen
indicated that the era of strenuous
cleaning had begun, be reentered the
library, changed the water in the rose
glass and set it on the edge of the
shady front porch, where its flaunting
blossom made a dash of bright crim
son against the grayed weather-beaten
brick. This done, he opened the one
large room on the ground-floor that he
had not visited.
It was double the size of the library,
a parlor hung in striped yellow silk
vaguely and tenderly faded, with a
tall plate mirror set over a marble
topped console at either side. In one
corner stood a grand piano of Circas
sian walnut with keys of tinted
mother-of-pearl and a slender music
rack inlaid with morning-glories in the
samo material. From the center of
the ceiling, above an oval table, de
pended a great. chandelier hung with
glass prisms. The chairs and sofas
were covered with dusty slip-covers of
muslin. Ho lifted one of these. The
tarnished gold furniture was Louis
XV, the upholstery of yellow brocade
with a pattern of pink roses. Two
Japancse hawthorn vases sat on teak
wood stands and a corgr held a glasa
cabinet containing a collection of
small ivories and faience.
He went thoughtfully back to the
great hall, where sat the big chest on
which lay the volume of "lucile." ie
pushed down the antique wrought
iron hasp and threw up the lid. It
was filled to the brim with textures:
heavy porticres of rose-damask, table
covers of faded soft-toned tapestry,
window-hangings of dull gre'en-all
with tobacco-leaves laid between the
folds and sifted thickly over with the
sparkling white powder. At the bot
tom, rolled in tarry-smelling paper, he
found a half-dozen thin, Persian pray
"Phew!" he whistled. "I certainly
ought to be grateful to that law firm
that 'inspected' the place. Think of
the things lying here all these years!
And that powder everywhere! It's
done the work, too, for there's not a
sign of moth. If I'm not careful, I'll
stumble ever the family plate-it
seems to be about the only thing want
Hie thought a moment, then wecnt
quickly into the library and began to
ransack the trunk. At length he found
a small box containing keepsakes of
various kinds. He poured the medley
'on to tihe talie-an uncut moonstone,
an amethyst-topped pencil that one of
his tutors had given him as a boy, a
tiger's claw, a compass and what-not.
Among them was a man's seal-ring
with a crest cut in a cornelian. He
looked at it closely. It was the same
The ring had been his father's,
Just when or how it had came into
his possession he could never remem
ber. It had lain among these keep
sakes so many years that he had al
most forgotten its existence, H~e had
never worn a ring, but now, as he
went back to the hall, lie slipped it
on his finger. The motto below the
crest was worn away, but it showed
clear in the marble of the hall-mantle:
His eyes turned' from the carven
words and strayed to the pleasant sun
ny foliage outside. An arrogant boast,
perhaps, yet in the event wvell justi
fled. Valiants had held that selfsame
slope when the encircling forests had
rung with war-whoop and blazed with
torture-fire. They had held on through
Revolution and Civil WVar. Gooll and
bad, abiding and lawless, every gener
atien had cleaved stubbornly to its
acres, I clingo. ils father had clung
through absence that seemed to have
been almost exile, and now he, the last
Valiant, has come to make good the
Ils grnze wavered The tnil of his
eye had caught through the window a
spurt of something dashing and vivid,
;that grazed the corner of a far-off
field. Ho craned his neck, but it had
passed the line of his vision. The
next moment, however, there came
trailing on the satiny stillness the
high-keyed ululation of a horn, and an
iinstant later a long-drawn hallo-o-o!
mixed with a pattering chorus 'of
le went close, and leaifing from the
sill, shaded his eyes with his hand.
'The noise swelled and rounded in vol
,ume; it was nearing rapidly. As he
looked the hunt dashed into fNll view
between the tree-boles-a galloping
melee of khaki and scarlet, swarming
across the fresh green of a wheat
field, behind a spotted swirl of hounds.
- "Confound it!" said John Valiant
belligerently; "they're on my land!"
They were near enough now for him
to hear the voices of the men, calling
encouragement to the dogs, and to see
the white ribbons of foam across the
flanks of the laboring horses. One
scarlet-coated feminine rider, detached
from the bunch, had spurred in ad
vance and was loading by a clean hun
dred yards, bareheaded, her hat fallen
'back to the limit of its ribbon knotted
Under her chin, and her waving hair
gleaming like tarnished gold.
"How she rides!" muttered the soli
tary watcher. "Cross-saddle, of course,
-the sensible little sport! She'll
never in the worl do that wall!-Yes,
by George!" Jchn Valiant's admira
tion turned to uelight. "Why," he
!sald, "it's the Lady-of-the-Roses!"
IO put his hands on the sill and
,yaulted to the porch.
The tawny scudding streak that led
Ithat long chase had shot into the yard,
turning for a last desperate double,
'It saw the mftn in the foreground and
.Its bounding, agonized little wild heart
;that so prayed for life gave way
With a final effort, it gained the porch
and crouched down in its corner, an
abject, sweated, hunted morsel, at
Like a flash, Valiant stooped,'caught
'the shivering thing by the scruff, and
as its snapping jaws grazed his thumb,
dropped it through the open winaow%
behind him: "Sanctuary!" quoth ha,
and banged the shutter to.
At the same instant, as the place
overflowed with a pandemonium of
nosing leaping hounds, lie saw the
golden chestnut reined sharply down
among the ragged box-rows, with a
shamefaced though brazen knowledge
that the girl who rode it had seen.
She sat moveless, her head high,
one hand on the hunter's foam-flecked
neck, and their glances met like
crossed swords. The look stirred
something vague and deep within him.
For an unforgettable instant their
eyes held each other, in a gaze rigid,
challenging, almost deflant; then it
broke and she turned to the rest of
the party spurring in a galloping zig
zag: a genial-faced man of middle age
iin khaki who sat his horse like a
cavalryman, a younger one with a
preckless dark face and straight black
hair, and following these a half-dozen
-youthful riders of both sexes, one of
the lads heavily plastered with mud
from a wet cropper, and the girls
chiefly gasps and giggles.
The elder of the two men pulled up
beside the leader, his astonished eyes
'sweeping the house-front, with its
open blinds, the wisp of smoke curling
from the kitchen chimney. Ho said
something to her, and she nodded.
The younger man, meanwhile, had
flung himself from his horse, a wild
eyed roan, and with his arm thrust
through its bridle, strode forward
among the welter of hounds, where
they scurried at fault, hither and
thither, yelping and eager.
*"What rotten luck!" he exclaimed.
"Gone to ground after twelve milesi
After him, Tawny! You mongrels!
Do you imagine lhe's up a tree? After
him, Biulger! Bring him hero!"
He glanced up, and for the first time
saw the figure in tweeds looking on.
Valiant was attracted by his face, its
!dash and generosity overlying its in
~herent profligacy and weakness, Dark
!as the girl was light, his features had
the same delicate chiseling, the in
breeding, nobility and indulgence of
generatIons, Hie stared a moment,
,and the somewhat supercilious look
traveled over the gazer, from dusty
boots to waving brown hair,
"Oh!" he said. Ils view slowly
'took in the evidences of occupation.
"The house is open, I see. Going to
get it fit for occupancy, I presume?"
The e ther turned. "Well, Judge
'Chalmers, what do you think of that?
The unexpected has happened at last."
Hle looked at the porch. "Who's to
"Wonders will never cease!" said
the young mian easily, shrugging,
"Well, our quarry is hero somewhere.
F~romn the way the dogs act I should
say ho's bolted into the house. With
your permission i'll take one of them
in and see." lie stooped and snapped
a leash on n. dog-colar.
"I'm really very sorry," said Valiant,
"but I'm living in it at present."
The edge of a smile lifted the care.
fully trained mustache over the
other's white teeth. It had the per
fectly courteous air of saying, "Of
course, if you say so. But-"
Valiant turned, with a gesture that
Included all. "If you care to dismount
and rest," he said, "I shall be honored,
though I'm afraid I can't offer you
such hospitality as I should wish."
The judge raised his broad soft hat,
"Thank you, sir," he said, with a soft
accent that delightfully disdained the
letter "r." "But we mustn't intrude
any further. As you know, of course,
the place has been uninhabited for
any number of years, and wo had no
idea it was to acquire a tenant. You
will overlook our riding through, I
hope. I'm afraid the neighborhood
has got used to considering this a sort
of no-man's land. It's a pleasure to
know that the Court is to be re.
claimed, sh. Come along, Chilly," hc
added. "Our fox has a burrow under
the house, I reckon-hang the cunning
lie waved his hat at the porch and
turned his horse down the path, side
by side with the golden chestnut,
After them trooped the others, horseE
walking wearily, riders talking in lowv
voices, the girls turning often to send
swift bird-like glances behind thew
to where the straight masculine figure
still stood with the yellow sunshine or
his face. They did not leap the wall
this time, but filed decorously through
the swinging gate to the Red Road
Then, as they passed from view be
hind the hedges, John Valiant heard
the younger voices break out together
like the sound of a bomb thrown into
John Valiant stood watching till the
last rider was out of sight. There
was a warm flush of color in his face,
At length he turned with a ghost
of a sigh, opened the hall door wide
and stalking a hundred yards away,
sat down on the shady grass and be
gan to whistle, with his eyes on the
Presently he was rewarded. On i
sudden, around the edge of the sill
peered a sharp, suspicious little muz
zle. Then, like a flash of tawny light
the fox broke sanctuary and shot for
* * * * * * *
The brown ivied house in the vil
lago was big and square and faced the
sleepy street. A one-storied wing con
tained a small door with a doctor's
brass plato on the clapboarding be.
side it. Doctor Southall was one of
Mrs. Merryweather Mason's paying
guests-for she would have deemed
the word boarder a gratuitous insult
no less to them than to her. Another
was the major, who for a decade had
occupied the big old-fashioned cor
ner-room on the second floor, com
panioned by a monstrous gray cat and
waited on by an ancient negro named
lereboam, who had been a slave of
The doctor was a sallow taciturn
man with a saturnine face, eyebrows
like frosted thistles, a mouth as it
made with one quick knife-slash and
a head nearly bald, set on a neck that
would not have disqualified a year
On this particular morning neither
the major nor the doctor was in evi
dence, the former having gone out
early, and the latter being atethe mo
ment in his office, as the brassy buzz
of a telephone from time to time an
nounced. Two of the green wicker
rocking-chairs on the porch, however,
were In agitant commotion. Mrs. Ma
son was receiving a caller in the per
son of Mrs. Napoleon Gifford.
"After all these years!" the visitor
was saying in her customary italics.
(The broad "a" which lent a dulcet
softness to the speech of her hostess
was scorned by Mrs. Poly, her own
"a's" being as narrow as the needle
through which the rich man reaches
heaven.) "We came here from Rich
mend when I was a bride-that's
twenty-one years ago-and Damory
Court was forsaken then. And think
what a condition the house must be in
now! Cared for by an agent who
comes every other season from New
York. Trust a man to do work like
"I'm glad a Valiant is to occupy It,"
remarked Mrs. Mason in her sweet
flute-like voice. "It would be sad to
see any one else there. For after all,
the Valiants were gentlemen."
Mrs. Gifford sniffed. "Would you
have called Devil-John Valiant a gen
tieman? Why, he earned the name
by the dreadful things lie did. My
'grandfather used to say that when his
wife lay sick-ho hated~ her, you know
-ie would gallop his horse wvith all
lisa hoeunds full-cr-y after- him under
her windows. Thon that ghastly story
of the slave lie pressed to death in the
hogshead of tobacco."
"I knew," acquiesced Mrs. Mason.
"He was a cruel man and wicked, too.
Yet of course ho was a gentleman. In
the South the test of a gentleman has
never been what he doees, but who he
is. But his grandson, lleauty Valiant,
who lived at Damor-y Court thirty
years ago, wvasn't his type at all, lie
was only twenty-five when the duel
"He must have been brilliant," said
the visitor, "to have founded that
great corporation. It's a pity the son
didn't take after him. Have you seen
the papers lately? It scens that
though he was to blame for the wreck
Ing of the concern they can't do any
thing to him. Some technicality in
the law, I suppose. But if a man is
only rich enough they can't convict
himi of anything. Why he should sud
denly make ui) his mind to come down
here I can't see. With that old- af
fair of his father's behind him, I
should think he'd prefer Patagonia."
"I tako it, then, madam," Doctor
Southall's forbidding voice rose from
the doorway, "that you are familiar
with the circuiimstances of that old af
I fair, as you term it?"
The lady bridled. Her passages at
arnms with the doctor did not invaria
bly tend to sweeten her disposition.
I'i sure I only know what people
say," sho said.
"'People?'" snorted the doctor iras
ciby. "Just another name for a corn
munity that's a perfect sink of mean
ness and malice. If one believed all
he heard here he'd quit speaking to
his own grandmother."
"You will admit, I suppose," said
'Mrs. Gifford with some spirit, "that
the name Valiant isn't what it used
to be in this neighborhood?"
"I will, madam," responded the doc
tor. "When Valiant left this place (a
mark of good taste, I've always consid
cred it) he left it the worse, if possi
ble, for his departure. Your remark,
however, would seem to imply de
merit on his part. Was he the only
man who ever happened to be at the
lucky end of a dueling-ground?"
"Then it isn't true that Valiant was
a dead shot and Sassoon intoxicated?"
"Madam," said the doctor, "I have
no wish to discuss the details of that
unhappy incident with you or anybody
else. I was one of those present, but
the circumstanceu you mention have
never been descanted upon by me."
"I see by the papers," said Mrs. Gif
ford, with an air of resignedly chang
ing the subject, "they've been investi
gating the failure of the Valiant Cor
poration. The son seems to be get
ting the sharp end of the stick. Per
haps he's coming (own here because
they've made it so hot fo- him in
4New York. Well, I'm afraid he'll find
I this county disappointing."
"lie will that !" agreed the doctor
savagely. "No doubt he imagines he's
coming to a kindly countryside of gen
I-bo-n 1)1ol:le with soulis and imagi
nations; h ie'll ind he's lit in a section
that's entirely too ready to hack at his
fathe: 's nam and prepared in ad.
vaic to call hin Northern scum and
turn: up its nose at his accent-a coin
rjnii t so fill of dyed-in-the-wool
ibbery th-:t it would make Boston
c like a poor-white barbecue. I'm
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