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"?AxUtre will prosper without your
annra,* replied Ransom, overlooking
Ban) Imartlesaness of the man In the
unaccountable sense of relief
which he listened to hie with
from concerns for which ha
an little sympathy. "There
re who will be glad to do all
asm ha dona for Georgian's for
an. That la all right, hut?"
Haaen squared himself acroaa
aap of the table before which ha
anting; "1 must ha made aura
asm fhota hare bean rightly repre
so ma and that the girl now
la Georgian's deaerted
rm not yet satiafled that ahn
0\ amd I must ha convinced not only
em ones point but on many. others, be
thJe day la over. Buainaan of
Importance calls ma hack to the
It may be, out of the ooun
I may never ha able to spend
day on purely person al al?
so this one must tall. 1 ham
(It la a eery eimpl? one)
If carried out an I bar? plan
will aatlafy ma an nothing alee
an to the identity of the girl we
anU? from lack of positive itnowl
?nitra. Will yon help me in Ita
T It Man with yon to do
your reasons for doubting
girl," retorted Raneom. "They
ha ex cell out onee for you to re
evidence of anch conclusive
aa yon have yonmelf been wit?
he since entering this house. I
husband. I have the
wiah in the world to aae her
at my aide yet with the excep
f her wonderful likeness to my
1 and nothing In thli raw If
girl, of the polished, highly
woman I married. I have not
In startling her ear
which I should hare been
to do if aha warn not the totally
she appears. Confide to
your reasons for demanding
proofs of nor identity. If
enrry conviction with them, 1
aid yon in any aehama yon can
which will neither frighten
to hin faat Narrow aa
waa. ha yielded to his rest
to more about and began
np and down the restricted
bounded by the edge of the
and the door. Not until ha had
the second turning did he
; than It wad with seeming open?
like putting the torch to my
nhJp." aald ha; "but this Is no
? to heel t?te. Mr. Raneom, I do
tmat my eyee,. I do not trust my
your a yea, nor your ears, nor
of any one here, because I have
with a man who waa on the I
train with my sisters. He no?
bs cane i of their similar
and cloee intimacy. They
euned alike, hnt they wer?
alike nod one did not move
ton other. Mora than that
Bot only walked about the vart
atationn wham they waited, arm
m arm, but they tat thus ciosi ly join?
ed tn the nan all the way from New
This Interested him esj
great anxiety an*
rem eat in the one, and com
iveneae in the other. She
anno eat in the outer seat war watch*
tel. bean/, and ready to prose the
arm nt the leant provocation,
at either spoke It waa always the
It waa not till the quick rush
shrill whistle of a passing train
start and not the other, that
the Idea that one of them waa
Aa thin waa the one by the
r, ha felt that their peculiar ac
warn now accounted for, and in
ahnn far It all tallied with what
am might expect from Georgian trav
with the hapleea Anltra. But
remained a fact to >e told,
rouses doubt Whon they
O-and he aaw from their
rising that they were about to
the train, he naturally glanced
Ir way again, and this time he
night a glimpse of the Inner one's
meek. Her roll had become slightly
disarranged, exposing the whole nape.
unexpectedly dark, almost
almost brunette In color, and
ejutte devoid of delicacy; such a skin
mm one might look (or tn the gipsy Anl
fl K^^^l ^Sj
tra after years of outdoor living and
a long lack of nice personal attention,
but not such as I saw and admired a
few hours ago on the neck of the wom?
an bending over her work in the land?
lady's room. Oh, I recognised the
difference i I have an eye for necks."
He paused, coming to a standstill
in the middle of the room, to see what
effect his words had had on Ransom.
"I have that man's name," he con?
tinued, "and can produce him if I
have time and it seems to be neces?
sary. But I had rather come to my
own decision without any outalde in?
terference. This is not an affair for
public gossip or newspaper notoriety.
It la a question of Justice to myself.
If this girl Is Georgian?" Hla whole
fnce changed. For a moment Ransom
hardly knew him. The quiet, self-con*
talked man seemed to have given way
to one of auch unexpected power and
threat that Ransom rose instinctively
to hla feet in recognition of n super?
iority ha could no longer deny.
The action seemed to recall Hasan
to himself. He wheeled about and
recommenced hla qnlet pacing to and
'1 beg pardon," ha quietly finished.
"If it in Georgian, aha must stand my
friend. That is all I waa going to
nay. If it la, against all mason and
probability, her strangely restored
twin, I shall leave this house by mid?
night, never probably to see any of
yon again. 80 you perceive that it la
incumbent upon us to work promptly.
Am you ready to hoar what I have to
Hasen paused again, this time In
front of the door. Laying hie hand
lightly on one of the panels, be
glanced hack at Ransom.
"You are nicely placed here for ob?
servation. Your door directly faces
the hall ahe must traverse in return?
ing to her room."
"That'a quite true."
' She's in her room now. Ah, you
"Yes." Ransom seemed to have no
other word at his command.
"Will she come out again before
night to eat or to visit?"
"There's no telling. She's very fit?
ful. No one can prophesy what she
will do. Sometimes she eats in the
landlady's room, sometimes in her
own, sometimes not at all. If you
hare frightened her, or she has bocn
disturbed In any way by your com?
panion who shows such Interest in
her and In me, she probably will not
come out at all."
"But she must I expect you to
see that she dog*. Use any mes?
senger, any artifice, but get her a .. ay
from this hall for ten minutes, even
if It is only into Mrs. Deo's room.
When she returns I shall be on my
knees before this keyhole to watch
her and observe. To see what, I do
not mean to tell you, but it will be
something which will definitely settle
for me this matter of Identity. Does
this plan look sufficiently harmless to
meet with your approval?"
"Yea, hut looks cannot always be
trusted. I must know Just what you
mean to da I will leave nothing to
a mind and hand I do not trust any
mom fully than I do yours. You are
too eager for Georgian's money; too
little interested in herself; ind you
are too sly in your ways."
The words rang out involuntarily
It almoat seemed as if the man would
spring with them straight at tLe oth?
er's throat. But he controlled him?
self, and smiling bitterly, added:
"1 know the marks of human stog?
gle. I have read countenances from
my birth. I've bad to, and only cue
has baffled me?hers. But we are go*
lng to read that too and very soon.
We are going to learn, you and I,
what lies behind that innocent man?
ner and her rude, uncultured ways.
We are going to sound that deafnecs.
I say we," he Impressively concluded,
"because I have reconsidered my first
Impulse and now propose to allow
you to participate openly, and with?
out the secrecy you object to, in all
that remains to be done to make our
contemplated test a success. Will
that please you? May 1 count on you
"Yes," replied Ransom, returning
to his old monosyllable.
"Very well, then, see if you can
make a scrawl like this/'
Pulling a piece of red chalk from
hla pocket he drew a figure of a
somewhat unusual character on the
bare top of the table between thorn; |
then he handed the chalk over to Ran- I
som, who received it with a stais of j
wonder not unmixed with suspicion.
I "I'm not an adept at drawing," said
he, but made his attempt, notwith?
standing, and evidently to Hazen's
"You'll do," said he. "That's a
mystic symbol once used by Georgian
and myself in place of our names in
all mutual correspondence, and on the
leaves of our school-books and at the
end of our exercises. It meant noth?
ing, but the boys and girls we asso?
ciated with thought It did and envied
us the free masonry it was supposed
to cover. A ridiculous make-believe
which I rate at its full folly now, but
one which cannot fail to arouse a
hundred memories in Georgian. We
will scrawl it on her door, or rather
you shall, and according to tne way
she conducts herself on seeing it, wc
shall know in one instant what you
with your patience and trust in time
may not be able to arrive at in
Ransom was about to proceed to
take the first required step, when they
heard a disturbance in front, and the
coach came drivng up with a great
clatter and bang and from it stepped
the lean, well-groomed figure of Mr.
"Bah!" exclaimed Haren with a vio?
lent gesture of disappointment. "There
comes your familiar. Now I suppose
you will cry off."
"Not necessarily," returned Ransom.
"But this much is certain. I shall
certainly consult him before hazard?
ing this experiment. I am not so sure
of myself or?pardon me?of yourself
as to take any steps in the dark while
I have at hand so responsible a guide
as the man whom you choose to call
A Suspicious Test.
ET him make his experiment.
It will do no harm, and It It
rids us of him, well and
Buch was Mr. Harper's decision
after hearing all that Mr. Ransom
had to tell him of the present situa?
tion. Ransom expressed hie satisfac?
tion, and left the room with a lighter
heart than he had felt since Haxen
came upon the scene. He did not
know that all he had been through
was as nothing to what lay before
It was an hour before he returned.
When he did, it was to find Haxen
and the lawyer awaiting him In Ill
"Have you done it?" exclaimed Has?
en, leaping eagerly to his feet as the
door closed softly behind Ransom.
"I couldn't get hold of Mrs. Deo any
sooner," replied Ransom. "Anitra is
having her hair brushed, or something
else of equal importance done for her
in one of the rear rooms. 80 we can
proceed fearlessly. Have you looked
to see If you can get a good glimpse
of her door through the keyhole of
"Haven't you already made a trial
of that? Then do so now," suggested
Haxen, drawing out the key and lay?
ing it on the table.
But this was too uncongenial a task
"I shall be satisfied," said he, "it
Mr. Harper tells me that it can."
"It can," asserted that gentleman,
"Very well. Eere is ths chalk."
falling on his knees and adjusting his
eye to the keyhole. "Or rather, you
can see plainly the face of any one
approaching it. I don't suppose any
of us expected to see the door itself."
"No, it is not the door, but the worn
in entering the door, we want to see.
Did you ask for on extra lamp?"
"Yes. and saw it placed. Tt is on
a small table almost opposite her
"Then everything is ready."
"Ail tut Uli mark which I am to put
on the pafttL"
"Very well. Here la the chalk. Let
us see what you mean to do with it
before you risk an attempt on the
Ransom thought a minute, then
with one quick twist produced the
"Correct," muttered Hazen, with
what Harper thougui to be a slignt
but unmistakable shudder. " One would
think you had been making use 01
this very cabalistic sign all your life."
"Then one would be mistaken. I
have simply a true eye and a ready
"i?nd a very remarkable memory.
You have recalled every little line and
"T'.-at's possible. What I have made
once I can make the second time. It's
a pecularity of mine."
There was no mistaking the con?
tinues intensity of Hazen's gaze. Ran?
som felt his color rise, but succeeded
in preserving his quiet tone, as he
"Besides, this character is not a
wholly new one to me. My attention
was called to It months ago. It was
when I was courting Georgian. She
was writing a note one day when she
suddenly stopped to think and I saw
her pen making some marks which I
considered curious. Flut I should not
have remembered them five minutes,
if she had not impulsively laid her
hand over them v. hen she saw me
looking. That iixcd ti.e memory of
them in my mind, and when I saw
this combination of lines again, I re?
membered it. That is why I lent my?
self so readily to this experiment. I
lent that what you said rbout her ac- j
quaintance with this odd arrangement
of lines was true."
Hazen's hand stole un to his neck,
a token of agitc tion Tv'hich Ransom
should have recognized by this time.
"And her account of the use we
made of it tallied with mine?"
"She gave me no account of any
use she had ever made of it."
"That was because you didn't ask
"Just so. Why should I ask her?
It was a small matter to trouble her
I "You are right," acquiesced Hazen,
wheeling himself away towards the
window. Then after a momentary
silence, "It was so then, but it is
likely to prove of some importance
now. Let me see if the hall is empty."
As he bent to open the door, the
lawyer, who had not moved nor spok?
en till now, turned a quick glance on
Ransom and Impulsively stretched out
his hand. But he dropped it very
quickly and subsided into his old at?
titude of simple watchfulness, as Has?
en glanced back with the remark:
"There's nobody stirring; now's
your time, Ransom."
The moment for action had arrived.
Ransom stepped into the hall. As
he passed Hasen, the latter whisper?
"Don't forget that last downward
quirk. That was the line she always
Ransom gave him an annoyed look.
His nerves as well as his feelings were
on a keen stretch, and this persistence
of Hasan's was more than he could
"I'll not forget the least detail/' he
answered shortly, and passed quickly
down the hall, while Hazen watched
him through the crack of the door,
and the lawyer watched Hazen.
Suddenly Mr. Harper's brow wrink?
led. Hazen had uttered such a sigh of
relief that the lawyer was startled.
In another moment Ransom re-enter?
ed the room.
"She's coming," said he, striving to
hide his extreme emotion. "I heard
her voice in the hall beyond."
The door Ransom had carefully
closed. Harper watched through the
keyhole. The remaining two stood at
his side breathless, waiting for his
first word. It came in a whisper:
"She's approaching her room. She
looks tired. Her eyes are stealing
this way;?no, they are resting on
her own door. She sees the sign. She
ctands staring at it, but not like a
person who has ever seen it before.
It's the stare of an uneducated wom?
an who runs upon something she does
not understand. Now she touches it
with one finger and glances up and
down the hall with a doubtful shake
of the head. Now she is running to
another door, now to another. She is
looking to see if this scrawl is to be
found anywhere else; she even casts
her eye this way?I feel like leaving
my post. If I do, you may know that
she's coming - No, she's back at her
own door and?gentlemen, he" bring?
ing up or rather coming up asserts it?
self. She has put her palm to her
mouth and i3 vigorously rubbing off
The next instant Mr. Harper rose.
"She's g;one into her room," said he.
"Listen and you will hear her key
click in the loc':."
Ransom sank into a seat; Hazen
had walked to the window. Present?
ly he turned. I
"I am convinced." said he. "I will
not trouble you gentlemen further.
Mr. Ransom. I condole with you upon
your loss. My sister was a woman of
Mr. Ransom bowed. He had no
words 'or this man at a moment of
such oxtrer^e excitement He did not
even note the latent sting hidden In
the other's seeming tribute to
Georgian. But the lawyer did and
Hazen perceived that he did, for paus?
ing In his act of crossing the room
he leaned for a moment on the tabla
with his eye3 down, then quickly rais?
ing them r#sujrl;e? 10 i-a* gentleman:
"I an going 10 le-ve by the mid?
night train for New York. To-morrow
I shall be on the ocean. Will it be
transgressing all rules of propriety
for me to ask the purport of my sis?
ter's will? It is a Lerious matter to
me, sir. If she has left me anything?"
"Sbe has not," emphasized the
A shadow darkened the disappoint?
ed man's brow. His wound swelled
and his eyes gleamed iiunically as he
turned them upon Ransom.
Instantly that gencleniun spoke.
"I have received but a moiety," said
he. "You need nc. ^nvy me the
"Who has it then?" briskly demand?
ed the startled man. "Who? who?
Mr. Harper never knew why he did
it. He Was rasorvad as a man and,
usually, more than reserved as a law?
yer, but as Hasan li.ted his hands
,.o.ii i' e table and turued to leave,
.e quietly remarked:
"The (lief legatee?the one she
ho-e to leave the bulk of her very'
.o.?at.e 10 ?is a u*an \>c none oi'
know. His name is Josiah Auchin
The change which the utterance of
this name caved in Hazen's expres?
sion threw them both into confusion.
"Why didn't you tell me that in the
beginning?" he cried. "1 needn't have
wasted all this time and effort."
His eyes shone, his poor lips smiled,
his whole air was Jubilant. Both Mr.
Harper and his client surveyed him
in amazement. The lines so fast dis?
appearing from his brow were begin?
ning to reappear on theirs.
I "Mr. Harper," this hard-to-he-under
1 stood man now declared, "you may
! safely administer the estate of my
I sister. She Is surely dead."
A Startling Decision.
[EFORE Mr. Ransom and the
lawyer had recovered from
their astonishment, Hazen
had slipped from the room.
As Mr. Harper started to follow, he
saw the other's head disappearing
down the staircase leading to the of?
fice. He called to him, but Hazen
declined to turn.
"No time," he shouted back. "I shall
have to make use of somebody's au?
tomobile now, to get to the Ferry in
The automobile was soon leaving
the stable. Hazen was already in it
and the man who had come up from
New York was with him. Stepping
out into the road Harper stopped full
in the glare of the office lights and
held up his hand. The chauffeur re?
versed the lever and the machine
"One word," said Har*per, approach?
ing to the side where Hazen sat. "I
thought you ought to know before
leaving that we can take no proceed?
ings in the matter we were speaking
of till we have undisputed proof that
your sister is dead. That we may not
get for a long time, possibly never.
If you are interested in having this
Auchincloss receive his inheritance,
you had better prepare both yourself
and him for a long wait The river
seems slow to give up its deed."
The quiver of impatience which had
shaken Hazen at the first word had
settled into a strange rigidity.
"One moment," he said to the chauf?
feur at his side. Then in a low,
strangely sounding whisper to Harp?
er: "They think the body's in the
Devil's Cauldron. Nothing can get it
out if it is. Would some proof of its
presence there be sufficient to settle
the fact of her death?"
"That would depend. If the proof
was unmistakable, it might pass in
the Surrogate's Court. What is the
"Nothing." The tone was hollow;
the whole man sat like an image of
death. "I?I'm thinking?weighing?
he uttered in scattered murmurs. Then
suddenly, "You're not deceiving me,
Harper. Some proof will be neces?
sary, and that very soon, for this man
Auchincloss to realize the money?"
"Yes," the monosyllable was as dry
as it was short. Harper's patience
with this unnatural brother was about
at an end.
"And who will venture to obtain
this proof for us? No one. Not even
Ransom would venture down into that
watery hole. They say it Is almost
certain death," babbleM Hazen.
Harper kept silence. Strange forces
were at work. The head of another
gruesome tragedy loomed vaguely
through the shadows of this already
sufficiently tragic mystery.
"Go on!" suddenly shouted Hazen,
leaning forward to the chauffeur. But
the next instant his hand was on the
man's sleeve. "No, I have changed
my mind. Here, Staples," he called
out as a man came running down the
steps, "take my bag and ask the
landlady to prepare me a room. I'll
not try for the train to-night."
Then, as the man at his side leaped
to the ground, he turned to Harper
and remarked quietly, but in no com?
"The steamer must sail without me.
I'll stay in thin place a while and
prove the death of Georgian Ransom
The Devil s Cauldron.
|AZEN'S solemnity and hli
queer manners impressed
Mr. Harper strongly. As soon
as the opportunity offered he
cornered the young man in the office
where he had taken refuge, and giv?
ing him to understand that further ex?
planations must pass between them
before either slept, he drew him apart
and put the straight question to him:
"Who is Josiah Auchincloss?"
The answer was abrupt, almost me
naclng in its emphasis and tone.
"A trunk-maker In St. Louis. A
man she was indebted to."
"How indebted to-a trunk-maker?'
"That I cannot, do not desire to
state. It is enough that she felt she
owed him the bulk of her fortune.
Though this eliminates me from uene
fits of a wealth I had some rights to
share, I make no complaint. She knew
her business best, and I am disposed
to accept her judgment in the mattei
"You are?" The tone was sharp,
the sarcasm biting. "I can under?
stand that. For Auchincloss, in this
will, read Hazen; but how about her
husband? How about her friends and
the general community? Do you not
think they will ask why a beautiful
and socia'!y well-placed young wom?
an like your sister should leave so
large a portion of her wealth to an
obscure man in another town, of
whom her friends and even her busi?
ness agent have never heard Y It
would have been better if she had left
you her thousands directly."
The smile which was Hazen's only
retort was very bitter.
"You drew up her will," said he.
"You must h;tve reasoned with her on
this very point as you are now trying
to reason with me?"
The lawyer waved this aside.
"I didn't know at that time the so?
cial status of the legatee; nor did I
know her brother then as well as 1 do
"You do not know me now."
"I know that you are very pale;
that the determination you have just
made has cost you more than you per?
haps are willing to state. That there
is mystery in your paBt mystery in
your present, and, possibly, mystery
threatening your future, and all in
connection with your great desire for
(To Be Continued.)
AN OLD CITIZEN RETURNS.
Col. Jas. O. RUWf Revisits His old
Home at Wedgelield After Many
Years Al>st nee.
Editor Watchman and Bouthron:
Will you giv< me space to submit
to papal a few thoughts from this
thriving little city on the banks of
the Waterce swamp?a swamp fa
tnous ai the only point that (h n
Sherman, in the stormy days of the
sixties, could not cross or penetrate.
?Mt r an absence of some twenty-two
years I am again here visiting my
only brother and relatives, and my
comrades of the famous Palmetto
Eattery that went to the front in Vir?
ginia from this county. My visit Is
to erect a headstone to my brother,
John J. Ramsey, who was a soldier in
the Butler-Dickinson regiment of vol?
unteers that fought at Vera Cruz and
Cherubusco, Mexico, 1846-7. The Uni?
ted States government, after i lapse
of 60 years, donating the same by a
requisition, I furnished of my broth?
ers record. The same has be n
placed at the old family graveyard,
one mile from Wedgefleld.
? I must now mention something of
progress in this section. The cotton
and corn being the finest in my jour?
ney of 300 miles from Atlanta The
absent faces of old settlers, who made
this country, is sad, but the prestige
and footprints of what I observe make
me believe there is life in this El?
dorado and Egypt of South Carolina
yet. The buzz of fussy gin-saws
grinding out thirty and forty bales
per day. The broad acres are full of
busy hands, gatherers of the fleecy
staple. Looking as far as you can see
?making over a bale to the acre?
and last but not least, the clustering
ears of corn hanging in profusion?
making forty and fifty bushels per
acre. This is no fancy picture. Deep
ploughing, judicious cultivation and
heavy fertilization have produce!
these wonderful results, notwith?
standing the enormous rains that fell
this season. Some of these lands to
my certain knowledge have been in
cultivation over 100 years, and yet
their productiveness has not yet at?
tained their highest zenith. These
farms with their thousands of acres
are selling almost equal to town loth.
Well, as I rode along this old stage
road with the majestic oaks 3 to
4 feet in diameter, with the gray moss
clinging to their lofty branches. I re?
called some vivid scenes, where Gen.
Potter made his raid through this
section, and where some of the last
fighting was done, east of the Mis?
sissippi river, one of them being at
Boykin s Mill. April 18, 1865.
Well, as I have written quite
lengthy. I thank you in advance for
COL. JAMES O. RAMSEY.
4 53 Gordon St.. Atlanta, Ga.
Wedgefleld, S. C, Oct. 3, 1909.
?The pleasant purgative effect ex?
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the healthy condition of the body- and
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J. F. C. Suhestedt, a farmer living
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Try it when in need. It contains no
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The Williamsburg County grand
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against P. M. Lee, C. P. Johnson and
T. B. Johnson, charged with arson.
They were accused of burning Lee's
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?Hoarseness in a child subject to
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Having tried all other remedies.
Will you Nmtinue. to suffer
through false pride?
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Jkwf.lkr and Optician.
6 S. Main St. Phone 333.