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The Richmond Palladium, Friday, October 12, 1906.
Page Seven &jr AGNES and Auihorj of "The COPYRIGHT. 100 0. CHAPTER X. ORD MARKHAM vr.aa a person of indefinite age and lnftnite manners, lie wore a? ill f.t- ting wig, but he'biftPli high reputation as a man of honor. He sat beside Sir Jasper on tbe front seat while cn the back seat sat Tom Staf ford; and the curricle sped cheerily along: the up and down Bath streets out Into the country budding with green, down, down the hill to Ham mer's fields by the winding . Avon. Kir Jasper's face bespoke great dis satisfaction with life at large and with his own existence in particular. Tom Stafford was beginning to feel slightly bored. "'Tis an early spring," said Lord Markham, in the well meant endeavor to beguile away the heavy minutes and distract his principal's mind. "'Tis very mild weather for the time of year, nnd the lambs are forward." "Ugh!" said Sir Jasper. "Speak not to him of lambs," whis pered Stafford. "Do not you see he is all for blood and thunder?" - Then he added maliciously: "There Is but one animal in the whole fauna that Sir Jasper takes an interest in at present, and that's not easy, it seems, to fins in these purlieus,: though we know it does haunt them; 'tis the red dear!" He chuckled, vastly delighted with tie conceit. "Let us hope we shall not have rain," said Lord Markham; "these clouds are menacing." "Nay, they will hold up for half an hour, enough to serve our purpose," growled Sir Jasper, and tipped the horses with the lash so that they Ipurned the slope. "Bat we shall get wet returning," pleaded the well meaning earl. "I nald so all along. Twould have been better to have gone in a coach." 'I vow," cried Sir Jasper, with a sud den burst of spleen "I vow that 1 have it in iny heart to wish that Vil liers' ' ball may speed so well that I may feel neither rain nor shine coming borne again. Home again," said he, with a withering smile. "Blast it. a pretty home mine Is!" ."And a' pretty cheerful fellow yon ore to brings out to a merry meeting,' quoth Stafford from the back, "and a nice pair of fools you and the colonel be, plague on you both! And when you are shot 'twill be a fine satisfac tion to think that your wife can con sole herself with the owner of the "red curL eh? What are you going to fight old Villiers-' about, I - should like to know?" "You do know," growled Sir Jasper. Then he exploded. "You goad me, sir. Io I want to fight Villiers? Is not this business the merest fooling, : sheer v-:--: . hy:i the real fellow ir tut- v 2Wmi Square dealing ? Dr. Pierce's world-famed medicines are put out under the belief that puuuui 13 iuc uesi pussiuic uaxa.uiy vn uicui, ciuu iuai 111c uiuai intel ligent people generally want to know what they take into their stom achs, whether it be as food, drink or medicine. Although it was a bold step to take, and quite out of the usual practice of makers of proprie tary medicines, yet Dr. Pierce, some time ago, decided to publisn broad cast and on all his bottle-wrappers all the ingredients entering rjnto the composition, or make-up, of his celebrated family medicines. ( square deal is therefore assured every one using his medicines, for or knows exactly what he or she is paying for when purchasing them, syce every ingredient is published in plain English on the bottle-wrappes and the correctness of the same attested under solemn oath. These seveqjl ingredi ents are selected from among the very best known to mediffd science for the cure of the various diseases for which these meficines are recommended. . The, most eminent and leading med ical teachers and writers of all the several schools of practice have endorsed each of the ingredients entering into Dr. Pierce's medicines in the strongest pos- eibir terras. The makers of Dr. fierce s medicines believeVhat intelligent people do nptVish to opn their mouths like a lotVf I young birlta and gulp down whateverjSjjpiiseeavto them, either in the way oFtckW, mk or medicine, without knowing sVtihing of the properties and harm lea character of the agents employed. Thev believe, tnatf neaitn is rnr sacrprt nerigp. rp be experimented with, and that people ouitt not take ylicinc of. the cow- nosttton t'l which Jneu are kent in ignor ance. Ur. tierce's medicines are made wholly from the roots of plants found growing in the depths of our American forests. Thev are so compounded that t hey cannot do harm in any case, even to the most delicate woman or child. By open publicity Dr. Pierce has taken his medicines out of the list of secret nos trums, of doubtful merit, and made them REMEDIES OF KNOWX COMPO SITION. They are therefore, in a class all by themselves, being absolutely and in every sense non-secret. By this bold step Dr. Pierce has shown that his formulas are of 6uch excellence that he is not afraid to subject them to the fullest scrutiny. There is "a badge of honesty on every bottle of Dr. Pierce's medicines in the full list of its ingredients duly attested as correct under solemn oath. . No other medicines put up for general use through druggists can make claim to any such distinction, and none other than Dr. Pierce's medicines hare any such professional endorsements their ingredients. Such professional endorse ment should have tar more weight with the afflicted than anv amount of lay, or non-professional, endorsement, or testi monials. Of course, the exact proportion of each ingredient used in Dr. Pierce's medicines as well as the working formula or manner of preparing the same, and the specially devised apparatus and ap pliances employed in their manufacture, are withheld "from publicity that Dr. Pierce's proprietary rights may be fully protected from such unprincipled imi tators as might be piratically inclined. The preparation of these "medicines without the use of drop of alcohol, so omeay EGERTON CASTLE Pride of Jennico" BV EGERTON CASTLE villain! aa.. II13 hold u the reins tiiteneJ. belaid on tli whip, and the curricle swayed as th horses leaped and plunged. "Really." ssid Lord Markham, " wish I had come in a coach." "Hold on." cried Stafford. "Hold c:. Jasper. We 16n't all want to leav. our bones In thi3 business." There came a pause in the converse tion. They bowled along a more level roa." with the wind humming in their ear and the rhythmic trot of the gray beating a tune. Then Stafford rc marked vaguely: "I have a notion there will be no duel today at Hammer's fields, Jasper: that you will be able to rctnru with undiminished vigor to the hunt of the unknown culprit." "How now?" cried Sir Jasper fiercely "Have you heard from Villiers? Art they all rats nowadays? Verney first, then that Spicer, then the colonel? No, no; the fellow was mad with me, sir. and the offense was miner "Nevertheless," said Stafford, un moved, "I happen to know that Colonel Villiers' man was sent in all haste for his physician, Sir George Waters, at such an unconscionable hour this morning that Sir George dispatched the apothecary in his stead, and the apothecary found our fire eating colo nel roaring in a fit of tbe most violent gout 'tis possible to imagine, so vio lent, indeed, that poor Mr. Wiggiu botham was soundly beat by the colo nel for not being Sir George. Villiers foot is as large as a pumpkin, old Foulks tells me. I had it all from Foulks over a glass of water in the pump room this morning, and zooks, sir, his falsa teeth rattled in his head as he tried to describe to me the awful language Colonel .Villiers was using. He's to be Villiers' second, you know, btit he swore 'twas impossible, rank impossible, for any man to put such a foot to the ground." ' They were rounding tbe corner of Hammer's fields as he spoke, and Staf ford's eye3, roaming over the green expanse of grass, rested upon the little group drawn up toward the entrance gate. . . "Unless," he went on, "the colonel comes upon crutches. No, zounds! Ila. ha! Jasper, I will always love you. man. for the capital joues you have provided of late. Strike me ugly if the old fellow has not come in a bath chair!" , - ReaTly;" said T.ord 'Markham," "thio ls very Irregular. ; I have never before been privy to a duel where one of th combatants fought, iu a chair. And 1 am uot sure that F can undertake thi responsibility of r concluding arrange merits in such clt'cuin stances." "Blaste.1 i:o:i"5PTi?t!" sr.ld Sir Jasper with nP ' 0f tif. mr- 4 generally employed andyetfeo harmful, in the long run," to most iiralids when its use is long continued, elen in small doses, cost Dr. Pierce sevllral years of careful study and labor, wlh the aid of skilled pharmacists and M? hemists to assist him. Naturally, hefloes not care to give away his scientil p and exact Erocesses for preparing thj Je medicines, ut he does want to deaLjn the most open manner with all hijpatrons and patients, and under this frskk, open and honest wav of dealing, tnUy may know exactly what they are taki ; when using his medicines. 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Addrew as above- . - , . - -. . -. mean or. lie flung tue reins to txis man as be spoke and clambered-down'frtraF the curricle. Stafford had, gone before him to the gate and was now stamping from one foot to another in exquisite enjoyment of the situation. , IIa, ha, ha! Hello Morning, colo nel. Sorry to see you this way! Ha, ba Have you brought .another bath chair for our -man?-Oh," eonie, yes. Twon't be fair if he da not sit in a bath chair too! Say, Foulks, you wheel one chair, I'll wheel the other; and we will run them one at the other and let them lire as soon as they please. Gad, what a joke!" ' Colonel Villiers turned uiou his vola tile friend, a countenance the color of which presented some resemblance to a well defined bruise on the third day. It was yellow and green with pain where it was not purple with fury. "Mr. Stafford, sir, these Jokes, sir, are vastly out of place. (Curse this to explam. Major Topham, explain to these gentlemen that I have come out to fight, sir, and that fight I will, by the living jingo!" He struck the arm of the chair in his fury, gave his suffering foot a nasty jar and burst into a howl of rage and agony. "Stab me," said Stafford, "I'd as soon fight an old bear! Whisper. Foulks, is he going to shoot in his cage beg pardon, I mean his chair?" "Such is his intention," said Mr. Foulks; grinning nervously as he spoke and showing the set of line Bond street ivory already referred to by Mr. Staf ford. "But it strikes me it is some what irregular." "Somewhat irregular?" ejaculated "Lord Markham. "It is altogether ir regular. I decline to have anything to say to It" Sir Jasper remained standing gloom ily looking at the ground and driving his gold headed malacca into the soft mud as if all his attention were di rected to the making of a row of little tunnels. "What is the difficulty? What is the difficulty?" bellowed Colonel Villiers. "You wheel me into position and you mark the paces, eight paces, Foulks, not a foot more, and you give me my pistol. What is the difficulty? Blast me! Blast you all, I say! What is the difficulty?" "The combatants will not be equal," suggested Major Topham. "I told Vil liers that I will gladly take his place." "No, no, no!" screamed the old man, turning round, and then, "Oh!" cried he, and screwed up his face. And then the gout had him with such fury that he gripped the arms of his chair and flung back his head, displaying a ghastly countenance. "I remember," champed old Foulks, "the dear Duke of Darlington insisted upon fighting Basil Verney (that's Ver ney's father, you know) with his left arm in splints, but as my Lord Marquis of Cranbroke, his grace's , second, . re marked to me at the time" "Oh, spare us the marquis!" Inter rupted Stafford brutally. "Let us keep to the business on hand, if you please. The whole thing is absurd, monstrous! Look here, Jasper, look here, colonel, you two cannot fight today. - How could you be equally matched even if we got another bath chair for Jas per? We .cannot give him the gout, man, and 'twould be too dashed un fair. Colonel, you would shoot too well or too ill; 'twon't do! Come, come. gentlemen, let us make a good busi ness out of a bad one. Why should you fight at all? Here's Jasper will ing to apologize. (Yes; you are, Jas per. Hold your tongue and be sensible for once. You pulled off his wig, you know. It was not pretty behavior not at all pretty.) But, then, colonel, did not he think you had cut him out with h'is wife, and was not that a compliment? The neatest compliment you'll ever have this side the grave! He was jealous of you, colonel. Faith, I don't know another man in Bath that would do you so much honor nowadays!" "Oh, take me out of this!" cried the colonel, suddenly giving way to the physical anguish that he had been struggling against so valiantly. "Zounds, I will fight you all some day! Take me out of this! Where is that brimstone idiot, my servant? Take me out of this, you devils!" Between them they wheeled his chair into the road, and his screams and curses as he was lifted into the coach were terrible to hear. "Lord, if he could but call out the gout!" cried Stafford. "Well, Jasper, what did I say? No duel today." "Do not make so sure of that," said Sir Jasper. He was moving toward the curricle as he spoke and turned a sinister face over his shoulder to his friend. "Oh," cried the latter, and fell back upon Markham, "the fellow's look would turn a churn full of cream! No, I will not drive back with ye, thank ye, Sir Jasper; I will walk," said Stafford. T don't mind a little jeal ousy in reason myself, and if a hus band has been given a pair of horns I don't see why he should not give somebody a dig with them, but if I were to drive home in that company I'dbave no appetite for dinner. Come, gentlemen; 'tis a lovely day; let us walk." So Sir Jasper rolled home alone, and, as his coachman observed a little later, as he helped to unharness the sweating horses, "Drove them cruel." CHAPTER XI. DADY STANDISH was one of those clinging beings who seem morally and physically to be always seeking a prop. Bef fore adversity she was prostrate, and when his lordship the bishop of Bath and Wells was ushered into her sitting room, half an hour after Sir Jasper's departure for llammer's fields, he found the poor lady stretched all her length upon the sofa, her head burled in the cushions. "Dear me," said his lordship, and paused, ne was a tall, portly, hand some gentleman, with sleek counte nance, full eye and well defined waist coat. Could human weakness "have touched him, he would have felt a pride in those, legs which so roundly filled the silk stockings. But that human weakness could never affect the Vishop tf Bath and Wells was a thing that dignitary? (and be gave his Maker thanks for !tjfelt't be utterly lncon celvable. "Lady Standjsh," said the bishop; then he waved" bis hand to "the curious erraat - " C . " "Leave us, leave us, inenas," saia 'he. - " .: . Lady Standish reared . herself with a sort of desperate heartsiekness into a sitting posture and turned her head to' look dully upon her visitor. "You come too late." she said: my lord, Sir Jasper has gone to this most disastrous meeting." "My dear Lady Standish," said Dr. Thurlow, "my dear child." He took a chair and drew it to the sofa and then lifted her slight languid hand and held it between his two plump palms. yy dear Lady stauUish, pur sued he, iu a purring, soothing tone. If he did not know how to deal with an afflicted soul, especially it that afflicted soul happened to . belong to tbe aristocracy and in preference In habitated a young female body, who did? "I came upon the very moment I received your letter. I might perhaps have instantly done something to help in this matter had you been more ex plicit, but there was a slight incoher ence very natural !" Here he patted her hand gently. "A slight incoher ence which required explanations. Xow ten me. I gatner tnat your worthy husband has set, forth upon an affair of honor, eh? Shall we say a duel?" Lady Standish gave a moaning, as sent "Some trifling quarrel. Hot headed young men! It is very reprehensible, but we must not be too hard on young blood. Young blood is hot! Well, well, trust in a merciful Providence, my dear Lady Standish. You know, not a sparrow falls, not a hair of our heads. that Is not counted. Was the ah quarrel about cards, or some such trifle?" "It was about me," said the afflicted wife in a strangled voice. "About you, my dear lady!" The clasp of the plump hand grew, if pos sible, a trifle closer, almost tender. Lady Standish was cold and miserable This warm touch conveyed somehow a vague feeling of strength and com fort. "About me," she repeated, and her lip trembled. "Ah, is it so? And with whom does Sir Jasper fight?" "With Colonel Villiers," said she, and shot a glance of full misery into the benign, large featured face bending over her. ; , "Colonel Villiers," repeated the bish op in tones of the blankest astonish ment. "Not eh, not er old Colonel Villiers?" "Oh, my lord," cried Lady Standish, "I am the most miserable and the most innocent of women!" "My dear madam," cried the bishop, "I never for an instant doubted the latter." His hold upon her arm relaxed, and she withdrew it to push away the tears that now began to gather thick and fast on her eyelashes. The bishop won dered how it was he had never noticed before what a very pretty woman Lady Standish was, what charming eyes she had and what quite unusual ly long eyelashes. It was something of a revelation to him, too, to see so fair and fine a skin in these days of rouge and powder. "And yet," sobbed Lady Standish, "'tis my fault too, for I have been very wrong very foolish. Oh, my lord, if my husband is hurt I cannot deny 'tis I shall bear the guilt of it!" "Come, tell me all about It," said the bishop, and edged from his chair to her side on the sofa and repossessed him self of her hand. She let it lie in his. She was very confiding. "We are all foolish," said Dr. Thurlow. "We are all, alas, prone to sin." He spoke in the plural to give her confidence, not that such a remark could apply to any bishop of Bath and Wells. ' "Oh, I have been very foolish," re peated the lady. "I thought, my lord, I fancied that my husband's affection for me was waning." "Impossible!" cried his lordship. But he felt slightly bewildered. "And so, acting upon inconsiderate advice, I I pretended only pretend ed, Indeed, my lord that I cared for some one else, and Sir Jasper got jeal ous, and so he has been calling every body out, thinking that he has a rival." "Nevertheless," said the bishop, "he has no rival. Do I understand you correctly, my dear child? These sus picions of his are unfounded? Colonel Villiers?" "Colonel Villiers," cried she, -"that old, stupid red nosed wretch! No, my lord, indeed, there is no one. , My hus band has my whole heart." She caught her breath and looked up at him with candid eyes swimming in the most at tractive tears. "Colonel Villiers!" cried she. "Oh, how can you think such a thing of me? But my husband will not believe me.i Indeed, indeed," indeed, I am innocent. He was jeal ous of Lord Verney, too, and last night fought Mr. O'Hara." , The bishop smiled to himself wfth the most benign indulgence. His was a soul overflowing with charity, but it was chiefly when dealing with, the foi bles of a pretty woman that he appre ciated to the full what a truly Inspired ordinance that of charity is. "My dear child, if I may call you so, knowing your worthy mother so well, you must not grieve like this. Let me feel that you look upon me as afriend. Let me wipe away these tears. Why, you are trembling. Shall we not have more trust in the ruling of a merciful heaven? Now, I am confident that Sir Jasper will be restored to you unin jured or with but a trifling injury. And if I may so advise, do not seek, my dear Lady Standish, In the future o provoke his jealousy in this man- iner. Do not openly do anything which will arouse those evil passions of an ger and vengeance in him." "Oh, Indeed, indeed," she cried, and placed her other little hand timidly upon the comforting clasp of the bish op's, "Indeed I never will again!" "And remember that in me you have a true friend, my dear Lady Standish. Allow me to call myself your friend." Here there came a sound of flying wheels and frantic hoofs without, and the doorbell was pealed and the knock er plied so that the summons echoed and re-echoed through the house. "Oh, screamed , Lady Standish, springing to her feet, "they have re turned! Oh, heavens, what has hap pened? If he is hurt I cannot bear it; I cannot I cannot!" She clasped her head wildly and swayed as if she would .have fallen. What could a Christian do. a gentleman and a shep herd of souls, but catch her lest she tain i-.-.'.'; ..-.Yjr, she turn ed and clung to him as she would have clung to the nearest support. "Have courage." he purred into the little c - "I am with you. dear child Have rage." So tliey stood, she clasping the bi?h op and the b.'shop clasping her, pat ting her shoelucr. whispering ia her ear, when Sir Ja?ner burst in upon them. It was his voice that drove them apart yet it was neither loud uor fierce it was only blightingly sarcas tic. "So!" said he. What was it Stafford had said: "There's the bishop of Bath and Wells. He's red. as red as a lobster, from toe to toe. They have a way, these di- Sir Jasper hurst in upon them. vines." Oh, Stafford knew, doubtless all Bath knew! Sir Jasper cursed hor ribly in his heart but aloud only said, "So!" Lady Standish flew half across the room to him, with a joyful cry, but was arrested midway by his attitude, his look. The bishop said "Ahem" and "Ahem" again, and then said he; "I rejoice I rejoice. Sir Jasper, to see you return unscathed. Lady Standish has been greatly distressed." ' "And you," said Sir Jasper dryly, "have been consoling her." "To the best of my poor power," said the bishop, and felt, he knew not why (if. Indeed, it were possible for him to feel that way), a shade uncomfortable. Sir Jasper closed the door and bow ed. "I think," said he, "I ought to crave pardon for this Intrusion." "Oh, Sir Jasper!" cried my lady. Her husband turned toward her for a second. She wilted beneath his eye and sank into a chair. "Oh, Sir Jasper," said she, maunder ing, "the bishop has beeu very kind. I have been so unhappy about you." "I see," said Sir Jasper, "that his lordship has been very kind. nis lordship, as I said, has been adminis tering consolation." Here all at once his stoniness gave way. He walked toward the bishop and bent a ghastly face close to the florid, uneasily smiling countenence. "My lord," ' said Sir Jasper, "your cloth will not protect you." '"Sir!" ejaculated .the divine. ' ''Your cloth will not protect you!" repeated Sir Jasper in that voice of strenuous composure that seems to tremble on a shriek. "Oh, shepherd, you!" "Sir!" cried the bishop. "Do you mean to insinuate" "I insinuate nothing," cried the other, and sneered. "So, madam" be turned again to his wife "this is your choice, eh? You were always a pious wom an, were you not? Yon would like to have the approval of the church upon your acts, would you not?" 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