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A STORY Or
HY5TCRY. INVOLVING STARTLING
COMPLICATIONS &? ADVCNTUR
ty ANNA KXThCRtNE GREW
^S* LtAVCNWOHTII CAAfc, atMtHO CLOSE
ZEN'S face was frightful Is
see; the more so that physi?
cal weakness contended with
the outswssp of passion, so
and overwhelming In Its power
destructive fores that to the two
srs It see med to spring front
sources than ordinary Ufa and
Amltra's eye was spellbound by It
?All ft dilated upon this vision of un?
tie wrath and almost super
ktion, her own sxquls
ess lace Ailed with a reflected horror,
es sannt squallng his la force and mean
fMm> tflJ ths two awed spectators sow
tm thes mom set of startled recognition
OJWMfce ap-gathsring of two great na
the oaeomlag of some hideous
kx far which the many strange
contradictory experiences of the
few days had mot served to prs>
words Hasan loosed out his
keen cry of the wind running
the house was his only an
**Ye? hoarl" ho repeated, advancing
end laylag a determined band upon
mar arm. "You have mads a mock of
on with your pretended deafness.
It mean?Stop! no more
** ho fiercely admonished
as her eyes assumed a look of
la entry and wandered away
curiosity to the papers scat
Over the floor?"we bars had
of that; you cannot deceive
cannot dec si re mo twice,
played at deefnsss?why? Be
?nitre mast ears some disability
her from Georgian? Be*
yon are not Anitra? Because
are Georgian after all?"
aal Ths word' foil like a
into the hollow of that great
cy. lssjsorn shivered and
Harper's ward cheek changed
. Hasen only stood unmoved, hit
his grasp, the spirit behind that
and rasp, Implacable and deter
Their Influence was terrible;
she succumbed to it against
will and purpose, ths win ana,
of a vsry strong woman. Her
mwm rose In a painful and lingering
sAnmwif to his face, then, with t
mm drawn snd parched lips could
mm suppress, she flashed them in
ssnney on Hansom, sag ft is loog-tutfer
man road In tnstn ths maddening
Thsy wsrt his wife's eyes; the
bsfoTt him was Indeed Goos?
I" rang out ths voice 'of
as Harper, realising from Rao?
's face what Ransom had Just
from hers, stsppsd to ths
aad slosed It Ths Urns to
; I have much, vsry much to da
my seks. for ths sake of this .
bused man, whom you allowed '
yon, speak out, tall ths truth
Ton are Georgian."
foil In almost an Inaudible
from hsr Ups, "1 am Georg.
as hs loosed his grasp from
arm and shs wsa left standing
alone, some Instinct of Isolation,
realisation of ths mysterious pit
" fell in an almost laaudlbls
per. "1 am Georgian."
she had dug for herself and possibly
flsr others, In this avowal of her Iden?
tity, wrought her brain Into momen?
tary msdoess. and flinging up hsr
arms shs fell on hsr knees before
ss undsr ths stroks of soms
"You made me say it," she cried.
"On your head be the punishment, not
00 mine nor on bis."
Then aa Hazen drew slowly back,
touched in hia turn by some emotion
to which neither his look nor gesturs
gars any clew, she rose to her feet
and fixing him with a look of Strangs
defiance, added In milder but no leas
"A tongue unloosed talks long and
loud. You have made me give up my
secret, but I shall not stop at that
1 shall say more; tell sll my dreadful
1history; yours?mine. I will not bs
thought wicked because I undertook
so great a deception. 1 will not havs
this good man's opinion of ms shak?
en; not for a minute; what I did. 1 did
l>r him and hs tatll Inow rfcftV
husband?his love to me is priceless,
and I will hold it gainst you?against
the Cause?against Heaven?yes, and
against Hell." i
Here was truth. To Ransom It came
like balm and a renewed life. Bound?
ing across the room, he strove to
seise her head and draw her to him?
self. But Hasen would hot have it
His anger, iadeterminate before, waa
concentrated new, aad not the white
pleading of her face, nor the warning
feature of Baasem, could hold it beck.
"Traitress!" ha erted, "traitrees ta
ma aad ta the Ceoee. You thought ta
escape what hi taeesapabie. Do you
know what yew have done? Yaw
The reut huag m air. A sudden
weakness had sot sad aim aad ha sank
faltering teak Into a chair Harper
pushed towards him, still denouncing
her, however, with lifted head and ac?
cusing eyea, the Image?though bo
longer a speaking awe?of the Implaca?
ble aad determined avenger.
A draft of Heuer revived Hasen; ha
looked up at Oeorgiaa. "I ballere yaw,
so do theae men believe you. But yaw
were not alone la this plot. Where la
?ultra? Where la the deaf aad soli?
tary owa you dragged from the streets
of New York to bolster up your plait
Tall us aad Uli aa Quickly. Where 1?
"Anltrnt Do yea ask that?" erted
Harper, roused to speak for the first
time by hie boundless amasement aad
Indignation. "You hare described the
body la the pool?a description which
fits either alster, and yet you would
make thte woman tell ue what yaw
hare aaaa with your owa eyea"
He might as wall not hare spoken.
Neither he nor she seemed to hear
him. Certainly neither heeded.
" Anltra T" she repeated softly aad
with a strange Intonation. ~\ am
Anltra. I am both Georgian aad Anl?
tra. There hare never been two of
us since I came Into this houesV*
OHBRB have never been but
one of us since I came Into
Monstrous assertion! or
so it seemed to Ransom as the whirl
of big thoughts settled and reason re?
gained its sway. Only one! But ha
bad himself seen two; so had Mrs.
Deo and the maids; he could even
relate the differences between them
on that first night Yet had he ever
aeon them together, or even the shad?
ow of one at the same moment he
saw the person of the other? No, and
with euch an actress as she had shown
herself to ba these last two days, such
changes of appearance might be pos?
sible, though why she should engage
In such a deep, almost Incredible plot
waa a mystery to make the hair rise,
?ahe^ the tender, exquisite, the be?
loved woman of his dreams.
She saa the maddening nature of
bis confusion and, springing to him,
fell on her knees with the Imploring
"Patience! Do hut try to think?t
will tell you. It cat all be said in a
word. I was bound to this brother of
mine, to do his bidding, to follow his
fortunes through life, and up to death,
by promises and oaths to which those
uttered by me at the marriage altar
were but toys and empty air. Anltra,
or the dream sister my misery took
from the dead, was not so bound, so I
strove to secure our Joy by the seem?
ing death of Georgian and a new life
as her twin. You do not understand;
you cannot You have no measure
with which to gauge such men as my
brother. But It will be given you.
There is no hope now. The weakness
of a moment has undone us."
Ransom must have heard her;
after events proved that he did, but
he gave no token of It. The visions
that were whirling through his mind
still held It engrossed. But Mr. Har?
per, though surprised as he had nev
?r been before In all his professional
career, lost himself in no such abyss.
Fixing his keen gaze on Hazen, he
observed very quietly, but with an un?
derlying note of sarcasm:
"If this lady Is your sister, Georgian
Hansom, and there is no Anltra save
the fast fading memory of the child
commemorated In your family's monu?
ment, then your statement as to the
body you saw under the ledge was
The answer cane deliberately, un?
affected both by the muuner of the
accusation or by the accusation itself.
"Perfectly so," said he, "I saw no
body. Perhaps my description wo.Ud
have been less vivid if I had. My in?
tention you know. This woman had
deceived me to the point of making
me believe that she was iudeed Anitra,
the twin, and not my millionaire sis?
ter, aud Georgian's fortune being nec?
essary to her heir, I wished to cut
short the law's delay by an appar?
ent Identification I never doubted
from the moment this woman faced
with such well-played ignorance the
mark of great meaning we had placed
upon her door, that Georgian was in
the river, as you all believed. Why
then not give her a positive resting
place, since this would smooth out all
difficulties and hasten the very end
for which she had apparently sacri?
If there wee any Irony In hie heart,
hie tongue did not show it The die
may with which Georgian followed hit
worda grew as she listened, and
reached its height as he added in
"The bag I did draw out of the pool,
but only because I had taken it down
there in my blouse front. Did you
, think a man could see that or any
thing else indeed in that maddening
, swirl of water?"
"But it was Mrs. Ransom's bag,"
came from Harper in ill-disguised
1 amazement. Even his sang-froid was
I leaving him before these evidences of
j g plot so deep as to awaken awe.
i "Where did you get it? Not from
Mrs. Hansom herself? Her own sur?
prise is warranty for that."
"No, I got it from the river, an?
other reason why I credited her
drowning. It was Ashed up from the
sand, a little way from the Fall. My
man found it; I had sent him there in
a vain hope that he might find evi?
dence of the tragedy which others
had overlooked. He did, but he told
no one but me. You flung the thing
too far," he remarked to Georgian. '
"You should have dropped it nearer J
the bank. Oniy such a prodder as my
man Ives would ever hare discovered
Georgian shook her head, impatient
at such banalities, In the face of the
Important matters they had to dis?
"To the point" she cried, "tell these
maw what will clear me of everything
but a wild attempt at freedom."
"I have said what I had te say," re?
turned her brother.
Georgian's head fell. For a moment
her courage seemed to fall her. Mr.
Harper rose and locked the door.
"We must hare no Intruders here,**
said he, pausing with a certain sense
of shock, as he noticed the faint smile,
full of some sinister meaning, which
for an Instant twisted Haxen's Hps at
these words. But the delay was but
momentary. With an odd sense of
haste he rushed at once to the attack.
Stepping in front of Hasen, he ob?
served with force and unmistakable
"Your devotion to the legatee Auch
incloss cannot possibly be explained
by any ordinary feeling of obligation.
Your sister has mentioned a Cause.
Can he by any possibility be the
treasurer of that Cause?"
But Hazen was as impervious to di?
rect attack as he had been to a covert
"Georgian will tell you," said he.
?'When a woman looks as she looks
now, and Is so given over to her own
personal longings that she forgets the
most serious oaths, the most binding
promises, nothing can hold back her
speech. She will talk, and since this
must be, let her talk now and in my
presence. But let it be briefly," he
admonished her, "and with discretion.
An unnecessary word will weigh heav?
ily in the end. You know in what
scales. You shall have just fifteen
He looked about for a clock, but
seeing none drew out his watch from
his vest pocket and laid it on the ta?
ble. Then he settled himself again in
his chair, with a" look and gesture of
imperative command towards Georg?
ian. Struck with dismay, she hesi?
tated and he had time to add:
"I shall not Interrupt unless yon
pass the bounds where narrative ends
and disclosure begins."
And Harper and Ransom glancing
up at this, wondered at his rigidity
and the almost marble-like quiet into
which his restless eye and frenzied
movements hnd now subsided. Georg?
ian seemed to wonder also, for she
gave him a long and piercing look be?
fore she spokei Hof ftrtt words set?
tled one point Which hp to this mo?
ment had disturbed Ransom greatly.
"You muit forget Anitra's story. It
Was suggested by facta in my own
Ufa, but it was not true of me or mine
in any of its particulars. Nor must
you remember what the world knows,
or what my relations say about my
life. The open facts tell little of my
real history, which from childhood to
the day I believed my brother dead
was indik'solubly bound up in his.
Though our fathers were not the
same, and he has old-world blood ia
his veins, while I am of full Americaa <
stock, we loved each other as dearly
and shuied each other's life as inti?
mately as if the bond between us had
been one in blood ae it was in taste
and habit This was when we were
both young. Later, a change came.
Some old papers of his father fell Into
his hands. A new vision of life,?sym
I pathies quite remote from those which
had hitherto engrossed him, led him
further and further into strange ways
and among strange companions. Igno?
rant of what it all meant, but more
alive than ever to his influence, I
blindly followed him, receiving his
friends as ray friends and :;ub3criblng
to such of their convictions as they
thought wise to exprocs before me.
Another year and he and 1 were living
a life apart, owning no individual ex?
istence but devoting brain, heart, all ?
we had and all we were, to the ad?
vancement and perpetuation of an j
Idea. I have called this idea the
Cause. Let that name suffice. I can
give you no other."
I Pausing, she waited for some look ;
j of comprehension from the man she
! lought to enlighten. But he was yet
I too dazed to respond to her mute ap?
peal, and she was forced to continue
without it. Indicating Hazen with a
gesture, she said, with her eyes still
fixed on those of her husband:
"You see him now, as he came from
under the barrow; but in those days?
I must speak of you as you were, Al?
fred he was a mau to draw all eyes
ami win all hearts. Men loved him, j
women adored him. Little as he cared
for our sex, he had but to speak for
the coldest breast to heave, the most
indifferent eye to beam. I felt his
power ait strong as the rest, only dif?
ferently. No woman was more his
slave Ihm I. but 1t was a sister's do
votlon 1 felt, a devotion capable of
being supplanted by another. But I
did not know this. I thought him my
whole world and let him engross ma
in his plans and share his passions for
subjects I did not even seek to under*
"I was only seventeen, he twenty
five. It was for him to think, not me.
And he did think, but to my eternal
undoing. The CauBe needed a wom?
an's help, a woman's enthusiasm.
Without considering my motherles
condition, my helplessness, the imma?
turity of my mind, he drew me day
by day into the secret meshes of his
great scheme, a scheme which, as I
failed to' understand till it had absorb?
ed me, meant th6 unequivocal devo?
tion of my whole life to the exclusion
of every other hope or purpose. Fav?
ored, he called it, favored to stand
for liberty, the advancement of men,
the right of every human being to an
untrammeled existence. And favored
I thought myself, till one awful day
when my brother, coming suddenly
into my room, found me making plani
for an Innocent pleasure and told me
such things wars no longer for ms,
that a great and Immortal duty await?
ed ms, one that had corns sooner
than hs expected, but which my youth,
beauty, and spirit eminently fitted ms
tovparry on to triumph.
"I was frightened For ths first
time in my memory of him hs looked
like his Italian father, ths man ws
had all tried to forget Ones while
rummaging amongst my mother's
treasures I had corns across a minia?
ture of Signer Toritti. Hs was a
handsome man but there was some?
thing terrible in his eye; something
to make the ordinary heart stand still.
Alfred's burned with the same mean?
ing at this moment, and as I noted
his manner, which was elevated, al?
most godlike, I realised the difference
in our heredity and how natural to
him were ths sacrifices for which my
mind and temper were as naturally
unprepared. With difficulty I asked
him to explain himself, and it was
with terror that I listened when he
' did. He may have been made te
ask, but I was not made to hear such
words. He saw my inner rebellion
and stopped In mid-harangue. He has
never forgiven me the disappointment
of that moment T have never forgiv?
en him for making me sign away my
Independence, my holdings, and my
life to a Cause I did not thoroughly
"Tour life?" echoed Ransom, roused
to involuntary expression by this
"Surely not your life," echoed ths
lawyer, with the slow credulity of ths
matter-of-fact man. j
"I have said it" she murmured, her
head falling on her breast At which
token of weakness, Hazen stirred and
took the words from her mouth.
1<The organization," said he, "is a
secret one and its code is self-sacrifice.
To the) band of noble men and women,
of whose integrity and far-reaching
purpose you can Judge little from the
whinings of a love-sick girl, life and
all personal gratifications are as dust
in the balance against the preserva?
tion and advancement of universal
happiness and the great Cause. I
thought my sister, young as she was,
sufficiently great-minded to compre?
hend this and i u.fidently great-heart?
ed to do the society's bidding with joy
at the sacrifice. But I found her lack- 1
ing, and?" He stopped and almost
lost himself again, but roused and
cried with sudden fire, "Tell what I
,fYou took my duty on yourself," she
conceded, but coldly. "That was
brotherly; that was noble, if you had
not exacted a vow from me in return,
destined to lay waste my whole life.
Released from this one great duty, I
was to hold myself ready to fulfil all
others. At the lift of a hand?a finger
?I was to leave whatever held ms
and go after the one who beckoned in
the name of the Cause. No circum?
stances were to be considered; no
other human duty or affection. If it
were to enter upon a fuller and mors
adventurous life, well and good; If it
were to encounter death and ths ces?
sation of all earthly things, that was
well too, and a good to be embraced
with ardor. Obedience was all, and
obedience at a mere signal! I took
the oath and then?"
"Yes, then?" emphasized Hazen In
wavering but peremptory tones.
"He told me what had led to all
this micery. ThE.t as yet this com?
pact was between us two, and us two
only. That he had considered my
youth, and in speaking of me to ths
Chief had held back my name even
while promising my assistance. That
he should continue to consider it, by
keeping my name in reserve till he
had returned from his mission, and
if that mission failed, or succeeded
too well, and he did not return, I
"Wretch! Had you no mercy?"
might regard myself as freed from
the Cause, unless my enlarging naturs
led ine to attach myself to it of my
own free will. That said, ha wen?
and for a year I lived under the dread
of his return and all the obligations
that return would eutail. Then came
tidings of his death, tidings for which
he may not have been responsible, but
which he never contradicted, and I
thought myself free?free to enjoy
life, and the fortune that had so un?
expectedly come to me; free to love
and, alas! free to marry. And that is
why," she pursued, in all the anguish
of a dreadful retrospect, "I recoiled In
such horror and hung, a dead weight
on yorr arm, when on turning from
the altar, where we had Just pledged
ourselves to mutual love and mutual
life, I saw among the faces before me
the changed but still recognizable one
of my brother, and beheld him make
the fatal sign which meant, 'You are
wanted. Come at once.' "
"Wretch!" issued from the frenzied
lips of the half-maddened bridegroom,
as his glance flashed on Hazen. "Had
you no mercy? Have you no mercy
now, that you should torture her
young, creduloui soul with these fan?
ciful obligations; obligations which
no human being hss any right to Im?
pose upon another, whatsoever the
Cause, holy or unholy, he represents?"
"Mercy? It is the weakness of the
easy soul. There is no ease here," he
cried, touching his breast with ao gen?
"Thea you forget my money* sug?
gested Georgian. "Can you expect
mercy from a man who sees a million
Just within his grasp? 1 know," she
acknowledged, as Haxea lifted that
same ungentle hand in haughty pre?
test, "that it waa not for himself. I
do not think Alfred would disturb a
fly for his own comfort, but he would
wreck a woman's hopes, a good man's
happiness for the Cause. He admitted
as much to me, and more, in the In?
terview we held that afternoon at the
St. Denis. I had to go to him at once,
and I had to employ subterfuge in or?
der to do so," she went on in rapid ex?
planation, as she saw her husband's
eye refill with doubt under a remem?
brance of the shame and anguish of
that unhappy afternoon. "1 had not
the courage to leave you openly at the
carriage door. Besides. I hoped to
work on Alfred's pity in our interview
together, or. If cot that, to buy my
release and return to you a free wom?
an. But the wound which had chang?
ed his face for me had changed and
r-ori* h??rd bi? hoort. He had other
purposes for me than quiet llvng with
a man who could have no real Inter*
est in the Cause. The money I in
j herlted, the rare and growing beauty
which he declared me to have, were
too valuable to the brethren for me to
hope for any existence In which their
interests were not paramount I
might return to you, subject to the
same authoritative beck and call
which had put me In my present posi?
tion, or I might leave you at once and
forever. No half measures were pos?
sible. Was I, a bride, loving and be?
loved by my husband, to listen to
either of these alternatives? I re?
belled, and then the thunderbolt fell.
"I was no longer on probation, no
longer subject to his will alone. I
was a fully affiliated member. That
day my name had been sent to the
Chief. This meant obedience on my
part or a vengeance I felt It impossi?
ble to consider. While I lived I need
never hope again for freedom without
"'While I lived'; the words rang In
my ears. I did not need to weigh
them; I knew that they were words
of truth. There Is no power on earth
so Inescapable as that exercised by a
secret society, and this one has a ter?
rible safeguard. None but he who
keeps the list knows the members.
You, Roger, might be one, and I never
suspect It, unless you chose to give
me the sign. Knowing this, I real?
ized that my life was not worth the
purchase if I sought to cross the will
of my own brother. Nor yours, either.
It was the last thought which held me.
While I dutifully listened, ray mind
was working out the deception which
wcs to release me, and when I left
Mm it was to take the first step in
the complicated plot by which I hoped
to recover my lost happiness. And I
ncr.rly succeeded. You have seen
what I have borne, what difficulties
I have faced, what discoveries eluaed,
but this last, this greatest ordeal, was
too much. I could not listen unmoved
to a description of my own drowned
body. I, who had calculated on all,
had not calculated on this. The hor?
ror overcame me?I forgot?perhaps
becaure God was weary of my many
(To Be Continued.)
FERTILIZER RATE QUESTION.
MercliantM und Manufacturers Ask for
Columbia, Oct. 12.?Application has
been made to the railroad commission
for a reopening of the fertilizer rate
matter, upon which a hearing was
held hist Tuesday, the applicant be?
ing the South Carolina Merchants and
Manufacturers' Association, headed
by Mayor W. B. Reamer, of Columbia.
with Senator P. H. Weston, of Rich
land, as general counsel, and Repre?
sentative w. w. Dixon, of Falrfleld,
as assistant general conusel.
in Its letter the aesoc!ation,through
its manager, begs that the railroad
commission give a representative of
the association a hearing before an?
nouncing its decision,
"It was my understanding." the
letter says, "that the hearing held
was intended to allow the roads to
present arguments against your pre?
vious decision, and not for complain?
ants to be heard. The answer or argu?
ment of the railroads was, in my
opinion, so far as reported in the
? newspapers, deluding and diverting
from the main issue."
TWO EXHIBITIONS UNITED.
Buffalo Bin's Wild West and Pawnee
Bill's Far Eeast Have Combine*!.
TIWO men of mravelou? achievements ha*?
combined i.i ct?e enterprise c rdiibftiosS
*? ?., 53, ,or nn,re i.iaa n qi?.*r.(.r of a century,
have stood UMb tof pubapexpcctaiiosa
Col. VT a. ??. Cjdy, l.'.o o .'.y and original 'Huttal?
BiU,"sod M ^rOtsUonl/.iiUis*known to fame as
"Pawru^e Bitf/'v ho ha <\ i t lricn.i!.- ji I ten
previ.';u.-iy i.ier.u?.ed with two separate iiMtitetioaa
of atxcnenip-nt. now direct a:*. l?V.^a _ org r.ization
which ei'cocipaiita the pick und choice ?>f the fea?
tures SS 1 attr.'.ct i'iitf > .?ich they, as individual
managen previously presented. Through this al
iiancc the r >.r l&ejfc and J : r VVtst am brought to
Cether; the Orient and Occident contrih :testno:ie
entertair.mcr.t, in o*e Sisns* Two bwiUnheita
are contrasted In .?. series t-i tesficaand tvpesj se?
thentically out rest anu historically accurate. The
tnen and the
? re proupod in
tations of he?
roic ep< " i).;;tJ,c
h istorie :>ast
uves us in in
vist is of a by?
gone er.;. IS
re.l.T. -.n of tlie
I the denizens of
i Boudan; reck- ?
i less Cossacks from the Steppee of Russia, darin?
i cowboys from the Westsrn plains, the Bedouin
horsemen from t..e ?Sahara sod Oauahos from the
South American pampas display their saddle
expert nc-a in visual comparison. The observant
and interested student finds ample food for
thought, while the votaries of pure amusement
are rewarded in abundance. There is novelty
and diversion in every number from the time
the mighty cavalcade of horsemen, led by the
original and only Ool. Wn. 1?'. Cody, "Buffalo
1 Bui," enters the arena. The Indian Km:'- of
I Summit ?prinfrs gives way to the Orient il Spec?
tacle; the oucking hone and Indian pony of the
plains retires in favor of the eleph-.nt and camei:
Arabian acrobats. Whirling I>rv?*he3. Hindoo
fakirs, and other strep* people from mao?
rlimes are shown in a ro^elnas0-"* ""?n of brilliant
scenes and strenuoua a/?ivSis* ^ '?' ? oth*r exhi?
bition offers fh** ??.,,'?'-?;*v cf <!i< .<.'? the ?wilSSJ
li?n an<1 U ?" . ?? ?'f?ovlcd
BOARD BILL LAW.
John Nelson, white, was lodged in
jail Saturday on the charge of beat?
ing a board bill, and will be brought
up for trial before the magistrate
early this week. The warrant was
sworn out by N. Cannon, who claims
that Nelson owed him something over
sixteen dollars for board. The case is
of some interest to the legal fraterni?
ty of this city, in as much as it is the
first case that has gone to trial in this
county at least for this offense.
The law against beating a boad bill
was passed at the session of the legis?
lature in 1908. The legislature in pas?
sing the bill, seems to have forgotten
itself to some extent, since it forgot
to name a penalty for the offense.
The statute simply describes the of?
fense commonly known at "beating a
board bill" and says that it shall be
a misdemeanor, not naming any pen?
alty for the guilty party.
Hitherto, when the law has been
brought into use for redress when
persons running boarding houses or
hotels had been defrauded out of
money, the guilty parties have in?
variably paid the prosecuting party
the money, and the case was then and
there withdrawn. Thus there ha.s
newer been a case tried in this coun?
ty for this offense. There may have
been some tried in other counties, or
it is not improbable that the case has
never come up before a court.
Now however, the defendant in the
case will have a trial, and should he
be convicted, the magistrate will be
the first to impose sentence for the
crime. What this sentence is, will be
left entirely to his personal opinion of
the gravity of the offense.
The csse is watched with keen in?
terest by all the members of the bar
in this city. There is a difference of
opinion among them as to whether
the statute, in its present form, would
be upheld by the Supreme Court
were the case appealed. If Nelson
is convicted of the crime of which be
stands charged, it is not all improb?
able that the case will be appealed.
The decision of the Sessions Court
and of the Supreme Court would both
be watched with interest by the mem?
bers of the bar in this neighborhood,
since upon them rests the validity of
this statute, which has been put to
great use within the past few months
for the collection of board bills.?
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