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A STORY Of
HY5TCRY. IKVOtVINO STARTLINGI
COMPUCATKWS &? ADVENTUR
U anna Kathciunc CRteh
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a forcible feature, out
of deolel or depreciation, It
mm not easy to decide.
"Would It not then be better for all
,** pursued Ute lawyer, "for you
Hen me tome Idea of the great
which your Bieter lay
that I may have an an*
ready when people aak me why
yon no conspicuously by,
to enrich this stranger?"
story la not mine. Had ehe
yon to know It, she would
It to you herself. I muet
Harper interrupted the other
aely. "Do yon realist what
may bo thrown upon your
by tale reticence on
port? Her death waa suggestive
without the complications you
In Juitlce to your relation
ehould spaa* If, as I think.
In really mannt for you,
new The subterfuge may be dlflV
but It will not hurt
aa mach ae this extreor
on your part"
are n man of limited expert
nr. Harper." replied Hasen,
not understand the truth,
me. Kennom might but
not even rink Ransom's 4 lee re
How thie la all I am going to
thai matter. Georgian e last
Eautnment followed through
by nulctde, wag n perfectly reg
The only Impediment to Its i
and acted upon
9a taw Anna* an to her actual donogen,
at fJhn body of my poor young elfter
mm hoeeene lodged In the Devil's
I am going thorn to seek
An the projecta culm for ooarage
all, a good eondltion of
mind, 1 shall be obliged to
nan ft? yon will allow mo the benefit
eg nan ginnt I nvoet certainly need. To
I geny have something more
F ?n yon, and I may not Per
1 ah all want In make my will,
ir Agni with a smile full
moaning;, ho pushed Mr. '
aatde and made for the
ap which ho presently van
another attempt on the
_gart to hold him back.
aV now mtnatoa Inter the lawyer wag ?
what Information ho could
the no-called Dortra Cauldron. |
that thin waa n rory deep
. on account of the rocky
eurroundlug It, the water
aa eddy which had the force
whirlpool. No one had ever
Its depthe and nothing had
again which had once
narked Into It* deathly hollow.
Georgian's body had found Its
grave there many had be
from the first, and If the con
had not yet been publicly ex?
it was out of consideration for
i, to whoee hopes it could
at ring n final knelL
"Waera la the hole* How tin from
an waterfall?** queried Mr. Harper.
"A good mile," muttered one inaa
a horrid place, eir. No one has
sounded its depths.''
could no longer hide hit ex?
it at the thougnt that Hauen
"How he muet want money!"
That a man ehould face such a hol?
ier far another man's profit did not
likely enough to engage his con
tor a moment Lnwyer Har?
tha world?or thought he
Next day the whole town was
Into a hubbub. Word had
out through every medium pos
to ee small a place that Alfred
rfaran. Georgian's long loot brother, 1
going to dare Death Eddy In n
attempt to recover hie sister's
was a gray day, chill and
ominous. Ae the three meat
Interested In the event came
tugether on the road facing
from which Hasen had de?
le make hie desperate plunge,
dreartsBis of the scene wee re?
in the troubled ere of the law
yer and that or the still more pro?
foundly affected Ransom. Only Has?
en gated unmoved. Perhaps because
the spot was no new one to him, per?
haps because an unsympathetic sky,
a stretch of rock, the swirl of churn?
ing waters without any of the light?
ness and color which glancing sun?
light gives, meant for him hut one
thing?the thing upon which he had
fixed his mind, his sout
Under a tree at the' spot a email
group of strong and determined men
waa already collected; not as specta?
tors hut as helpers in the adventurous
attempt about to be undertaken oy
their old friend and playmate. The
spectators had been barred from the
point and stood lined up in the road
overlooking the eddy. They were
numerous and very eager. Hasen's
?rows drew together in his first ex?
hibition of feeling as he saw women
and ?Ten children In the crowd, and
eaught their expression of morbid an?
"Cormorants!" escaped his lips.
They look for a feaat of death, but
W" escaped his lips. "They
look for a feast of death."
they will be disappointed. I shall sur
j*f?0 this plunge."
> '^slr. Hasen?" It was Harper who
Spoke. They had passed a little
thicket of brush and were drawing
near the group under the tree. "Have
you duly considered what you are
about to do? I have talked with
several men of judgment and expert
ence about this attempt, and they all
gay it can have but one termination.'
"I know. That is because they know
little or nothing of the life I have led
since I left this town. There is not
a man amongst them so slight and
seemingly frail of figure as myself,
but none of them, not one, has been
so often up to the very gates of death
and escaped, as I have. My schooling
naa been long and severe, perhaps in
preparation for this day. I have been
through fire; I have been through wa?
ter. The twirling of my own native
stream does not appall me. I rather
welcome it; it it but another expert
"But for money ?" broke In Ransom.
"You acknowledge it it for no other
purpose. Will it pay? 1 own that in
my eyes no amount of money could
pay a man for to tuperhuman a risk
as this. Take a few thousands from
me?I had rather give then to you
than tee you leap into that water
opening beneath ua like a hungry
Hasen stood silent, his eye glisten*
ing, his hand almost outstretched.
Harper thought he would yield; the
offer must have struck him as gen?
erous and very tempting?a good ex?
cuse for a hot-headed man to with?
draw from a very doubtful adventure.
But he did not know Huzen. This lat?
ter advanced his hand and squeezed
Ransom's warmly, but his answer,
when he was ready to give one, con?
veyed no intention of a change of
"Will your thousands amount to a
clean million?" he smiled. "That
Is the amount, I believe, bequeathed
by your wife to Mr. Auchincloss. Noth?
ing less will suffice. Yet I thank you,
The latter bowed and fell a little
behind the others. The struggle In
his mind had been severe; it was se?
vere yet; he did not know but thst
it was uis duly lu Stop Ibis HhSOfi
from his intended action by fo: i e,
He was not sure but that the onus u?
this whole desperate undertaking
would fall upon his conscience if the
end was fatal. The horror of this
self-probing was still upon kim as he
followed Hazen's slight and virile fig
ure across the rocks, out it fled as he
felt the spray of the tossing waters
dash Its chilling reminder in his face.
The event was upon him and he
must add to his former actions that of
a complete and determined opposition
to the risk proposed or possibly for?
feit his peace of mind forever. Quick?
ening his pace, he reached Hazen and
the lawyer Just as the men awaiting
them had advanced on their side. In?
stantly he knew It was too late. There
was neither time nor opportunity for
any weak protests on *n*s part now. (
Older men pointed out to Hazen what
especial points of suction were to be
avoided, and showed him the chain
they had brought for his waist, and
how be was to pull upon it the very
instant he felt his senses of his
strength leaving him.
He answered as a courageous man
might; and making ready by taking
off his coat and shoes he gave himself
into their hands for the proper fast?
ening on of the chain. Then, while
the murmur of expectation rose from
the crowd on the river bank, he step?
ped back to Mr. Ransom and whisper?
ed hurriedly In his ear:
"You have a good heart, a better
heart than I ever gave you credit for.
Promise that, In case I never come out
of those waters alive, you will put no
obstacle in the way of Mr. Auchincloas
Inheriting his fortune in good time.
He's a man worthy of all the assist?
ance which money can bring. You do
not need her wealth; Anitra?well, she
will be cared for. but Auchincloas?
Ranaom half drew back in hla
amaxement Then started forward
again. This man whom he had al?
ways dletruated, whom he had looked
upon as Georgian's possible enemy,
certainly hia own, waa looking into hia
eyes with a gaze of trust, almoet of
affection. The money was not for
himself; he showed it by the noble,
almost grand look with which he wait?
ed for hla ana wer; a look that carried
conviction deaplte Ransom's prejudice
and great dislike.
"You will give me that much addi?
tional nerve for the task lying before
me?" he added. And Ranaom could
only bow hla head. The man's mas?
tery was limitless; It had reached and
moved even him.
Another moment and a gaap went
np from fifty or more thronte. Hazen
had taken the chain In hla hand,
walked to the edge of the rock and
?lipped Into the quietest water he saw
"Strike left!" called out a voice.
And he struck left The eddy eelzed
him and they could see hla head mov?
ing alowly about In the great circle
which gradually grew smaller and
amaller till he auddenly disappeared.
A groan muffled with horror went up
from the shore. But the man who
held the chain lifted up hla hand, and
alienee?more pregnant of anticipa?
tion than nny aound?held that whole
crowd rigid. The man played Out the
chain; Harper stared at the seething,
tumbling water, but Ranaom looked
another way. The torture In hla soul
waa taking shape, the shape of a
ghoat rlalng from those tossing waters.
Suddenly the pent-in breath of fifty
breasts found its way again to the
The men who held the chain were
pulling it In with violent reaches. It
dragged more slowly, stuck, loosened
itself, and finally brought into sight a
face white as the foam it rose
"Dead! Drowned!" the whisper
But when Hazen waa dragged
ashore and Ranaom had thrown him?
self at hia feet, he saw that he yet
lived, and lived triumphantly. Ran?
som could not have told more; it waa
for others to aee and point out the
smile that sweetened the wan lips,
and the passion with which he held
against hla breast some sodden and
shapeless object which he had res?
cued from those awful depths, and
which, when spread out and clean of
aand, batrayed itself as that peculiar
article of woman's clothing, a small
"I remember that bag," said Harper.
"I saw it, or one exactly like it, in
Mrs. Ransom's hand when she got
Into the coach the day we all rode up
from the ferry. What will he have to
aay about it? and could he have seen
the body from which it haa evidently
unfathomable man," grum?
bled Mr. Harper, entering
Mr. Ransom's room in mark?
ed disorder. "They aay that
he haa not spoken yet; but the cor?
oner is with him and we shall hear
something from him soon. I expect
?" here the lawyer's voice changed
and his manner took on meaning?
"that his report will be final."
"Final? You mean?"
"What his fainting face showed. For
all its pallor and the exhaustion It ex
pressed, there was triumph in its
every feature. Tbe little bag was not
all he saw in that pit of hell. You
must prepare yourself for no common
ordeal, Ransom; it will take all your
courage to listen to hiR story."
"I know." The words eairg with
difficulty but not without a certain
manly courage. "I snail try not to
make you too much trouble." Then
after a moment of oppressive silence.
"Did you notice, when we all came in.
the figure of a woman disappearing
up the stair way? It was Anitra's
am! it mused before it reached the
top, and I saw her eyea staring down
at Hazen'a helpless figure with a
wildueaa in its inquiry that has sap?
ped all my courage. How are we to
answer that girl when she asks us
what haa happened? How make her
know that Hazen is her brother and
that he haa just risked his life to sat?
isfy himself and us that Georgian was
really lost in that dreadful pool."
The lawyer, darting a keen glance
at the speaker, softly shook hia head.
"1 am not thinking of Miss Hazen,"
said he. "I'm wondering how far the
proof he has obtained will go." He
paused, listening, then made a gesture
towards the hall. "There's some one
there," he whispered.
Ransom rose, and with a quick turn
of the wrist pulled open the door.
A man was standing on the three
hold, a ghastly figure before which
Ransom Involuntarily stepped back.
"Hazen!" he oried; then, go the
other tottered, he sprang forward
again and, reaching out his hand to
steady him, drew him in with the re?
mark, "We were expecting a summons
from you. We are happy that you find
yourself able to come to ue."
"The coroner has just gone. The
doctors I dismissed. I have something
to say to you?to both of you," he
added as he caught sight of Mr. Har?
Entering slowly, he sat down in the
chair proffered him by the lawyer.
There was something strange in his
air, a quiet automaton-like quality
which attracted the latter's notice and
led him to watch him very closely.
Ransom was busy with the door,
which the strong west wind blowing
through the hall made difficult to
*1?" The one word uttered, Hasen
seemed to forget himself. Sitting
quite still, he gased straight before '
him at toe open window. There was*!
little to be seen there but the sway?
ing boughs of the huge tree, but his
gase never left those tossing limbs,
and his sentence hung suspended till
the movement made by Ransom re- ,
crossing the room roused him, and he .
went on. !
'1 have made the plunge, gentlemen,
and fortune favored me. I?" here his
voice failed him again, but realizing
the fact more quickly than before, he
shook off his apathy, and facing the
two men, who awaited his slow words
with Inconceivable excitement, con?
tinued with sudden concentration up?
on his subject, "I saw what I went
to see?poor Georgian's body. I have
satisfied the coroner of this fact The
little bag I tore from her side proves
her identity beyond a doubt You saw
it Mr. Harper. They tell me that you
recognized it at once as the same you
saw in her hand in the stage-coach.
But if you had not the initials on it
are unmistakable, Q. Q. H.. Georgian
Quinlau, Hazen. Auchincloss will get
his money, and soon, will he not?
Answer me plainly, Harper. Such an
experience merits some reward. You
will not make difficulties?" i
"I?" The lawyer's query had a
strange ring to it He glanced from
Hazen to Ransom, and from Ransom
back to Hazen, whose features had
now become more composed, though
they still retained their remarkable
"If the proof is positive," he then
went on, "you assuredly can trust
both my client and myself to remem?
ber our promise to you."
"The coroner, you say, is satisfied?"
"Yes, with the proof and my sworn 1
statement. He Is obliged to be. No
one else, least of all himself, feels
any desire to go down to that whirl?
ing eddy for confirmation of my story.
And they are wise. I do not think
that any man with less experience
than myself could sound the depths
of that vortex and come up alive. The
noise?the swlrj?the sense of being '
sucked down?down in ever-increasing j
fury?but my purpose kept the life in
me. I was determined not to yield,
not to faint, till I had seen?and
The cry was from Mr. Ransom. A
sudden gust of wind had torn its way
through the room, flinging the door
wide, and strewing the floor with fly?
ing papers from the large stand in the
"Nothing but wirl." said Harper,
half rising to close the door, but im?
mediately sitting down again with a
strange look at Ram om. "Let be," he
whispered, as the other rose in his
turn to restore ore*; ~. "Keep Hazen j
talking. It's important; imperative.,
I'll see to the doer."
But it was the window he closed,,
not the door.
Ran torn, with thrt oh; ''"^c natural
to a client in presence of his most
trusted adviser, did as he was bid.
nnd turned his full attention back to
Hazen instantly. That gentleman,
upon whom the rushing wind and the
havoc it created had made little if
any Impression, rushed again into
"I've led an adventurous life," he
declared, "and, in the last few years
especially, passed through many perils
..ml experienced much awful suffer
ig, I nave felt the pang of hunger
t?uU the k>~tii of biting, ueapair; but
nothing I have ever endured can equal
the horror which beclouded my mind
and rendered powerless my body as I
felt myself sliding from the sight of
earth and heaven into the jaws of that
rapacious eddy, whose bottom no man
had ever sounded.
"I went in young I have come out
old. Look at my nands -they shake
like thoiie of a man of ninety. Yet
yesterday they could have pulled to
the ground an ox."
"You saw Mrs. Ransom's body down
in that pool some fathoms below the
surface," observed the lawyer, after
waiting in vain for some word from
the shrinking husband. "Won't yoa
particularize. Mr. Hazen? Tell us just
how she was lying and where. Mr.
Ransom cannot but wish to know, dim
cult as he evidently flnds it to ask
"The coroner has the story," Hazen
bagan, with the slow, painful gasp of
the unwilling narrator. "But I will tell
it again; i* is your right, the painful
duty which we cannot escape. She
was lying, not on the bottom, but in
a niche of rock into which she had
been thrown and wedged by the force
of the current One arm was free
and was washing about; I tried to
clutch this arm as I went down, but
it eluded me. When I arose, the rush
and swirl of the water was against
me and I felt my senses going, but
enough Instinct was left for me to
snatch again at the arm as I passed,
and though it eluded me again, my
fingers closed on something, which I
was Just conscious enough to hold on
to with a frenzied grip. We have
spoken of this thing?a little bag
which must have been fastened to
her side, for the end of its connect?
ing strap is torn away by the wrench
I gave it."
"Vivid enough, but I am sure you
(will tell me one thing more. Did you
see the face of this body as well as
the arm? It would greatly add to
the strength of your testimony if you
could describe it"
Ransom, who had been watching
Hazen, cast a sudden look back at the
lawyer as he dropped these insinuat?
ing words. Something more than a
rold-blooded desire for truth had
prompted this almost brutal inquisi?
tion. He must know what it was, if
anything In Harper's well-controlled
countenance would tell him. The re?
sult transfixed him, for following the
lawyer's gase, which was fixed not on
the man he was addressing but on a
email mirror hanging on the opposite
Vail, he saw reflected in it the face
and form of Anltra standing in the
open doorway behind them.
She was looking at Hasen and, as
Ran jm noted that look, he under?
stood Harper's previous eaution and
all that lay behind his insistent and
cold-blooded questions. For her gase
was no longer one of simple Inquiry
but of horrified understanding;?the
gase of one who heard.
Meantime, Hazen was answering in
painful gasps the lawyer's pointed
question, "Did you see the face of this
body as well as the arm?"
"Did I see?God help me, yes. Just
a glimpse, but I knew it Eyes that
my mother had kissed, blind?staring
?glassed in awe and unspeakable
fright The mouth, whose every curve
I had studied in the old days of per?
fect affection, drawn into a revolting
grin and dripping with unwholesome
weeds brought down from the shal?
lows. Ail strange, yet all familiar?
but recognizable. Don't ask me if I
saw it I always see it; it is before
me now, the forehead?the chin?the
Ransom sprang to his feet, Harper
The girl in the doorway had gone
white as death, and with outstretched
arms and frantic, haggard eyes was
striving to ward off the frightful vis?
ion conjured up by her brother's
words. The movement made by the
two men recalled her in an instant to
herself, and ehe drew back?the hesi?
tating, appealing, anxious-eyed girl
whom they all knew. But it was too
late. Hazen had seen as well as the
others, and leaping in frenzy from
his chair stood confronting her?a
dominant and accusing figure?be?
tween the quietly triumphant lawyer
and the crushed, almost unconscious
(To Be Continued.)
We offer One Hundred Dollars Re?
ward for any case of Catarrh that
cannot be cured by Hall's Catarrh
Cure. F. J. CHENEY ft CO., Toledo,
We, the undersigned, have known
F. J. Cheney for the last 15 years,
and believe him perfectly honorable
in all business transactions and finan?
cially able to carry out any obliga?
tions made by his firm. WALD IN 6,
KINN AN & MARVIN.
Wholesade Druggists. Toledo, O.
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and mucous surfaces of the system.
Testimonials sent free. Price 75c.
per bottle. Sold by all Druggists.
Take Hall's Family Pills for con?
?C. R. Kluger, the Jeweler, 1060
Virginia Ave., Indianapolis. Ind..
writes: "1 Was so weak from kidney
trouble that I could hardly walk a
hundred feet. Four bottles of Fo
hy's Kidney Remedy cleared my
complexion, cured my backache and
the Irregularities disappeared, and I
can now attend to business ev ry day
and recommend Foley's Kidney Rem?
edy to all sufferers, as it cured me
after the doctors and Other remedies
hud !;.ik-<!." Slhert'S Drug Store.
Mit. X. < . DuKAXT LOBES BARN.
Mgntnitig .Mies Hani on Hie Risb.op
vlUe Plantation?Lose About $soo.
Blshopvtle, Oct. 7.?During the elec?
tric str?m last night lightning struck
ihe cotton hous< on the DuRant farm
about two miles above town and set
it on fire, which consumed the build?
ing and its contents, about 1.700
pounds of seed cotton and the seed
out of 20 bales of cotton. The dam?
age sustained by Mr. A. C. DuRant,
the owner of the building, is about
$400. while Mr. S. J. Strickland, the
tenant, lost the seed and seed cotton
worth about $400. Neither had ln
?Fall colds are quickly cured by Fo
ley's Honey and Tar, the great throat
und lung remedy. The genuine con
tains no harmful drugs. Sibert'
NEGRO FOUND MEAD.
Peter Ilowell Uen Deed for More
Ttutn a Week in Iii? House on
Peter Howell, an old negro, who
lias lived alone in a house on Walk?
er street for several years, was found
dead in his house Thursday, the con?
dition of the body indicating that
death occurred a week or more ago.
Howell's house has been closed for a
week or longer and none of his neigh?
bors recollect having seen him for at
least a week, but his absence caused
no comment as he frequently absent?
ed himself for a week or two at a
time, while visiting members of his
family who live in the country. A
bad odor proceeding from Howell's
closed house attracted the attention
of negroes living In the vicinity and
Health Officer Reardon and Coroner
Flowers were notified and the house
was opened and an investigation
made. The body was found to be in -
an advanced stage or decomposition.
There was no evidence that Howell's
death was due to violence and the
physician who was called in was of
the opinion that death was due to
SUMTER LOAN & TRUST CO.
Meeting of Stockholders Held Thurs?
day?New Board of Directors Elect?
At a meeting of the stockholedrs of
the Sumter Loan & Trust Company,
held on Tharsday, the following di?
rectors were elected:
H. M. Stuckey, H. J. Harby, E. L.
Witherspoon, C. L. Stubbs, Perry Mo
see, Jr.. J. K. Crosswell, Marion
Moise, Geo. L. Ricker, G. A. Lemmon,
W. W. Slbert, L. B. Du Rant, D. D.
Moise and I. C. Strauss.
The directors met after the ad
Journment of the stockholders meet?
ing and organized by the election of
the following officers:
President?G. A. Lemmon,
Vice President?Perry Moses. Jr.,
Secretary and Treasurer?Geo. I*.
Attorney?I. C. Strauss.
The Sumter Loan & Trust Com?
pany will do a regular trust business,
devoting its energies to the handling
of real estate loans and the manage
ment of estates and trust funds. It
will act as trustee, administrator or
executor of estates and guardian of
minor children. The business will be
extended and enlarged along conser
avtive lines and will fill a sphere in
the financial life of the conmunity
not occupied prior to the organization
of this company.
?The pleasant purgative effect ex?
perienced by all who use Chamber?
lain's Stomach and Liver Tablets, and
the healthy condition of the body and
mind which they create, makes one
feel Joyful. Sold by W. W. Sibert.
TWO COTTON HARVESTERS.
One of Them Is Owned by Price aiul
Others and the Second by a Marl?
Bennettsville, Oct. 7.?The demon?
stration of the cotton harvesters,
which was to have been made here
about the first of this month, has
been delayed on account of a fire in
the machine shops of the construction
company. It will be several days yet
before the trial will be made. Mr.
Theodore Price and asaociates will
come to Bennettsville about the 10th
of this month and the test of the cot?
ton picker will be made between that
day and the 15th.
The machine will be tried on Sen?
ator McLaurin's "Irby place" in the
upper part of the county, where
about lOo acres of cotton have been
reserved. A number of other North?
erners will be with Mr. Price, for
the machine was operated in Texas
last year and it is said that strong
financial interests are backing it.
Marlboro county, however, already
has a cotton picker in the field. The
inventor, Mr. J. M. Brasington. of this
place, has allowed a few friends to
sea his machine while at work. Y? s
terdey afternoon on the plantation of
lieeare. Evans' brothers, he gave ;in
exhibition and in a lew days he will
be reedy t<> put it to a test. Those
who saw it et work are favorablly im
preeeed with it and think that Mr.
Brasington will succeed. Powtbtf
both of there harvesters will I I ex?
hibited at the same time.
better for work,
play or rest if you
eat Quaker Oats
at least once a