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i Ccior.e! ! ITODHUNTER| j of Missouri j j By KIPLLV 0. SUNPCRS i • Copyright, 1911. t y th« B bbs Mot- • J r.ii Com; ~ y * CHAPTER XIV. Acquitted. T'f'lHE state rests its case." an I nou •ed the i rose utit gat I ti rtiey. A profound and umi nou-- silence f illowed. It was broken by the entrance or Colonel Todhunter into the courtroom. He came through a door opening from the sheriff's ofliee In the rear. His clothing was covered vi.lt dust, as of hurried travel along sun scorched roads. • He made his way direct to where Colo nel Bill Strickland and Major Gentry I Dryden were sitting. The latter rose a moment later. "1 beg the court's indulgence for a little time." lie said hurriedly. "An ad , Journruent is not asked—merely oppor- j tunity for a brief conference." Tlie request was granted. Taking hasty notes meanwhile, Ma- I Jor Itrydcn was deep in consultation j with Colonel Todhunter. Suddenly he \ stood erect and faced the trial Judge, j bis eyes ablaze with excitement "May it please the court," he said, i "new evidence of a most important Character lias just conte into possession of counsel for the defense." Then he turned to the Nineveh sher iff. "Call Lottie-May Doggett," he ■aid. Lottie-May Doggett, emerging from the sheriff's own room, took the stand in answer to his call. The murmur of excitement that had ■wept through the courtroom at hear ing Major Gentry Dr.vden's announce ment sank into absolute silence as the girl confronted the crowd. She her self was deadly pale. "Where were you, Miss Doggett," asked Major Dryden. following the necessary questions as to the witness' name, place of residence and the like, "on the morning of the 27th day of July Just past?" "I was at home that mornln', suh." "Were you alone there?" "Yes, suh. after grandfather left me. aoon as he got his break fas'— until Colonel Todhunter come there, maybe ■ome two hours later'u that, sub." "What did Colonel Todhunter come to see you about?" "He came to tell me that Stam Tuck er had been shot and killed the night befo' and that Tom Strickland had been arrested for klllin' him." "Was that the first you had heard of Stam Tucker's death?" "Yea, suh." "Did you know before then that a threat against Stamford Tucker's life had been made?" "Yea, auh." "Did you know by whom that threat bad been made?" "Yes. suh. i knowed the man who made it He made It to me when him and me was alone together." "Who was that man. Miss Doggett?" "It was Jesse Bream, auh—'Chicka saw Jesse' folks here In Nineveh calls "Who was that man, Miss Doggett?" him, 'euuse they say his old grand mammy what came from Tennessee had Chickasaw blood in her, suh." "When did Jesse Bream make this threat against Stamford Tucker's life in your presence?" "On the moruln' after that party what the soldier company here in Nine veil gave at the hotel, suh." "What led him to make tlie threat?" "Soruethin' that I told him about Stain Tucker, suli: sometliin' that bad come up at tbe party I just spoke of." "tou must l<e more definite than this, if you please. Miss Iloggett. What had you told Je-.se Bream that caused him to make this threat?" "He come to see me about somethin' I had said to Mrs. Todhunter the uigl.t befo' at tbe party. They shamed me that night, and 1 told Mr». Todhunter that Tom Strickland was tbe man who t . ;. ' t ' \ ■ I thoi. ,!esw 1; «■ i ■ ,r: * l'i ■ 1 : '•* the t .! - ■ 1 hot ■■ u-.e ti ■ ,:.'' r y |,;■ . rtt .1I .' .. waned t.» marry in*, > ;t ho sni i tie wis goia t, kill Ton* st ri< klan l f<-r wrongln' n.o m:. 1 it w»> lltei t told bitu about or.'' 1 C«'t ' W'.\ I I - eel for Tom Str; . Ml. vo .. . t :t!i < i o, ; 'f •' I knowi il vv t I \ 'is ii - > iii' I leoi t tli.U : '. - - en T ■ „ r i. ; • : S': i kktwi w! ■ h » t." tig' • A ll! si 1!: It J. - - ''l lie I." c,t to u..\ it ml hi Si. !.•• Tucker ti.e ti'-' 11. I' "Why iliil you not toll Colonel Tod , It - ..:, r this';" •• •I 'illiM' 1 wits ::feared to stilt. .Jesse ' linil <1 >ne t..!il me tli it lie wits n-gnlu' to il" .1 f"r my sake and that if I evet so iliil, !i us 1 •!'• -atlic-1 11 Wold of it lie would kill too. hut that he'd take me away ai.d I lart'y me if 1 didn't. I'.' would ha' 1 ad lite too. 1 kno wed that mighty well." "Had yoti'i't'otuised Jesse Bream to go nway with liitnV" "Yes. suit, 1 had. I wanted to Ret away from Nineveh, where I'd been shamed and disgraced, anil he was the only man what would ha' married me after that. I might ha' told Colonel Todhunter the truth if I hadn't been a fell red o' Jesse and if I hadn't seen that it would lie* evenin' things up with Tom Stri< kland as well as Jesse had evened 'em up with Stain Tucker if I wont away with him." "What <lo you mean by evening tip things with Tom Strickland'; You have just testified under oatli that Tom Strickland had done you no wrong " The girl was silent for a moment. Iler face flushed a dark red and then went while again. "Tom Strickland made me eat my heart out for liini!" she cried sudden ly, shame and a desperate defiance In the passionate eyes that confronted her audience. "He wouldn't see that I loved him better'n anything else in nil tills world and that I wanted him to love me the same way. And the reason lie wouldn't see what 1 was al ways n-showin' hint was that he was so dead in love with Miss Mary Tod hunter. That's what made ute tell that lie against him when I ktiowed that Mrs. Todhunter was a-goiu' to ask me to leave the party." There was a pitiful break in the girl's voice. "1 didn't care the tip of my linger for Jesse Bream!" she cried. "I hated and despised him. But he was willin' to marry me and take me away from Nineveh, and so I kep' my mouth sliet and waited for lilm to come and do it." "I am going to ask you. Miss Dog gett." said Major Geutry ( Dryden. "when was the first time you saw Jesse Bream after Colonel Todhun ter's visit to you that day?" "1 didn't see him till the day before this here trial begun, suit. He had gone away to fix things up for mar ryln' me and takin' nte down some where in Oklahoma, aud he didn't come back till then." "What time of the day did you see him?" "I reckon 'twas 'long about three or fo' o'clock in the day. suh. He didn't come clear to the house 'cause he saw grandfather settln' on the front gal lery. But he give a whistle 1 knew, and I went out and met him." "Where did you meet him?" "In a little clump o' woods 'cross the road, not far from the old cabin where Aunt Mirandy Hansom and old Jed Ransom, her husband, two colored peo ple, are livin", suh." "What bud he come to see you about?" "He come to tell me that ever'thlng was ready for us to run away that very night He was plannin' to drive over into Halls county, und we'd get married there and then start for Okla homa. And he'd been driuklu' and was braggin' about how he'd killed Stam Tucker. It was then I knowed for the first time, from bis own lips, that it was him that killed Stam. but I'd been certnin of It in my mind all the time." "Did you consent to go away with him?" "Yes, suh. and we went away togeth er. The first day aud uight he got to drinkin', and when we stopped at the hotel In Sidon be quarreled with me, keepln' on snylu' that I was In love with Tom Strickland and would blub about who did really murder Stam Tucker if 1 got half a chance. And somethiu' I said then about my wish in' I had told the truth at first skeered him. 'Stead o' stayin' in Sidon till he was ready to go straight to Oklahoma, he took me away from there the next day. We went fur, too, and he was al ways a-wutohin' me. At daybreak one mornln' we come to a tumbledown cabin deep in the woods, and he said that's where we'd stay till dark, and then I begun to be sheered myself." "Of what were you afraid?" "1 begun to feel sheered that he was a-goin' to kill me. We had quarreled and quarreled, and whenever 1 10-i my temper good and proper I told him the truth—that i oughtn't to leave Tom Strickland to be hung when 1 kuowed Tom wasn't guilty and knowed who was. Then—well, all of a sudden we had our biggest quarrel, and what I'd been sheered of come to pass!" "What do you mean by that. Miss Doggett?" "I mean that Chickasaw Jesse tried to kill me. stih. lie sorter went crazy and jumped for me with his bowie knife in his hand, and I'd ha' been dead the next minute if it hudu't been for Colonel T alhunter, sub." "For Colonel Todhunter?" "Yes. sub Colonel Todhunter bust ed in the door o' the cabin that very minute, bringiu' the sheriff o' lial s. eounty nk ng with him. liim and the sheriff both laid their iik-.ols s ghted on 11l 1 V. \HIIV;'!"X STANI >.\Kl>. JINK 2<>. I!UJ ! I! ' V his klltf. \ • I .• w! it I'd WUIlt ti . 1 * <1 tlieui It v . i < t, .• if-1m who had ki • I 'J "• : • ~i . •••..) v. hen you did •i , ' '• " I -1 'tit like t 1j t ,iii' :. ;i' feci 1 i ■ [, ... v lit! 1 h< hi id dog!" s|.p said. a ■ res. "Jes ■ • 1 . ■! f..:d.'d li , .• I at t. • :• ad then at i . . ... •niter ' 1' if sheriff tin l hi ■!i: : 1 told Hie I 'I killed Statu Tucker because lie ruined Lottie M ; lie id. - i.i "Al'd I r - hm. iy w ill her '' ■ i ii. ne r Kilt she s I.■ u' Ihe 1 nth li" , t. gel et o" I. :i I i| . I •. re w! ' n". es ne ,t. Take me end hang- me hi done!' " A -lit later the witness was turned • \er t" the to 1 lie cross examination strengthened rather than shook her testimony for the defense. Briefly under the questioning of the lending counsel for the defense Colonel Todhunter told of Ids visit to Lottie \l v |ii,.' :e!t en the forenoon following the murder of Stamford 1 ueker. "Where did you go. t'nlnne! Todhun ter." asked Major Drjden. "when you left the Doggi Us' hone after that visit ?" "I went to a cabin across the road, just a few yards down from the Dog get Is' gale, to see Aunt Mirandy Itan som. an old colored woman who lived there." "What was your reason for wanting to see Miranda Hanson) that time. (loionel ToilhunterV" • I wanted to engage her to keep a close watdi on the girl. Lottie-May Doggett. still. I did not believe that Tom Strickland killed Stamford Tin !; er. nor did I believe t hat he w as guilty of wrongiu" Lottie-May. He himself had told me that the girl confessed to liim that Stamford Tucker had been ma kin' love to tier secretly. 1 felt sure ill my own mind Hint Slnnifnnl Tucker had been killed for wrongin' Lottie May Doggett, and this would mean that he was killed by some man who loved Lottie May and knew that Stam ford Tucker had wronged her or that the girl herself had killed him. I want ed somebody to watch that house, and I knew I could depend on Aunt Mirundy Hansom better'n on anybody else." "Hid you see this woman. Miranda Hansom, sir?" "I did. sub. She promised to keep a close watch 011 the girl and on the house, and she kept her word. It was through her that I learned the news that sent me away to Halls county lookin' for Chickasaw Jesse Ureumand Lottie-May Doggett. sail." "Do you mean that she learned of their flight. Colonel Todhunter?" "Yes. still. She erep' up close enough to overhear what they was a-snyin' when they met in that clump o' trees between the Doggett house and the Ransoms' cabin, suh. She heard all that went on between 'em. suh. She was waitin' for me when I got home from Colonel Hill Strickland's the night be fore this trial began, and she told me the whole story." "What did you do then. Colonel Tod hunter?" "There wasn't but one thing to be done, suh. If Chickasaw Jesse was to be caught and Tout Strickland Rnved front bein' found guilty of murderin' Stam Tucker. That one thing wus to follow Jesse Bream und Lottie-May Doggett without losin' n minute's time and arrest him befo' lie got out o' the state, suh." The wltuess then confirmed in detail that part of the girl's testimony relat ing to the capture of Jesse Bream. "Did this man, Jesse Bream, make a confession of his guilt as being the murderer of Stamford Tucker?" "Y'es, suh. And, furthermore, under oath, he told a mighty strange story of a happenin' that in itself might ha' hung Tom Strickland." There was a quick stir of heightened dramatic expectancy in the courtroom. Major Gentry Dryden paused until it had subsided. "What was that strange story. Colo nel Todhunter," be asked, "which, as you have just testified, the man Jesse Bream told you and the sheriff of Ralls county under oath?" "He told me, suh, that Tom Strick land himself appeared on the scene of the murder nlinost the next moment. 'As I hollered to Stum Tucker, cussln' him and teilin' him that I was a-goin' to kill him for bavin' wronged Lottie- May,' said Chickasaw Jesse Bream, 'Statu Tucker drew his gun and fired just the iniuit I fired. My shot got hitn, but his'n didn't tech me. When 1 saw that lie was a-layiu' still 1 ran up to his body, looked down and saw that 1 had plunked him through the head, right between the eyes, and that iie was stone dead. Then I turned and started to run down the road to'urds the town of Nineveh. •"I hadn't gone any ways hardly when a man tame to'urds me on that road. W hen he saw me he laughed, and the nest minit he outs with his gun and Ores at me. 1 was skeereil. 'cause 1 didn't want to be recognized, and 1 turns and runs straight through the woods, lookin hack once or twice. And that man came to the edge of the woods, and 1 heard him laugh and then mutter like he was drunk and talkin' to himself, and then he delib erately turned hack on the Black But tolas road and went to'ards town.' " "Did Jesse Bream tell you and the sheriff ol' Bails county. Colonel 'rod hunter, that tie recognized the man whom he thus met after having killed Stamford Tucker?'' "He did, suh." "What was that man's name?" "It was Thomas \\\ Strickland, suh ' hickavtw Jesse Bream swears that he saw him plainly, and he takes his oath that it was Tom Strickland " i I, -- !'. .-a in teli you wl.at lie del . fter tti-'t ("e-' iiMterV" \ - sun 11 ■ -'' - that he lay mt ll tlic woods for about an hour and F i? then Ii ■ went tan k on the road a I ■an « 'a t> town and the next day 1,, we ii !•' <>U aliotna. not get tin' back . .. N i". "h until the day before tl.o t ria 1 I egall, Mill." TV •• was a momentary pause, ••a '. -.el I'odliunt' r." resnioeil Major In ■i• • u quietly, "is there any record ,i Ii - i 'lifession "l.'s, suli. The confession is written, worn to and signed by .lesse Kream. It is attested by two competent wit nesses, It is in the possession of the sV : ,IT of Halls county. And tin* sher iff f Kalis county has-just delivered tile person of Je.-e Kream to the jail authorities here in Nineveh, suli. eliarg in' him, on his own confession, wit!i the murder of Stamford Tucker." ' May it please the court," said Major lUAilrii. "the defense will next place in evidence this sworn confession of Jesse l'.ream and ask that the ease against Thorn.' s \Y. StrVl; and. charged with the murder of Stamford Tucker, be dismissed." There was a sudden and tensely dta ! tnutic stir through the crowded court- "What are they a-goin' to do to my girl?" room. It was followed by a trium phant cheer from a group of Tom Strickland's friends near the door. And tweuty minutes later Thomas W. Strickland stood a free man, cleared of the dreadful crime that had been laid to his doing. But Colonel Todhunter was not among those who tirst crowded around Tom Strickland with their congratula tions. He went Instead to where he had sCen old Hafe Doggett almost fur tively join Lottie-Mny, sitting apart within the railed luclosure after having given bis testimony. Alike upon the faces of the old man and his grand daughter there rested an expression ol pathetic dread. "What air they n-goiu' to do to my girl. Colonel Todhunter?" asked old Doggett piteously. " 'Tain't all het fault that she done what she done, keepln' her mouth shet about Chickn snw Jesse and then runnin' away with him. She wanted to tell all she know ed. but she was a-skeered for her life, Colonel Todhunter. I ain't excuslu' her none fot - her own badness. God knows, but the law ain't got no call to punish her along o' Chickasaw Jesse's sin!" "The law ain't goin' to punish hep, Rnfe," replied Colonel Todlmnter. "I've ftlready made sure just how Lottie- May stands. She'd ha' been an accom plice o' Chickasaw Jesse's for not corn- In' hero at tirst and teilin' what she knew if the truth wasn't plain now that she didn't tell because C'hickasnw Jesse threatened to kill her if she did. And her wantln' to testify In Tom Strickland's behalf and doin' It like she did proves that she was innocent Just the minute she was a free agent. I've laid all these facts before the court, Rafe. The law ain't goln' to pun ish Lottie-May." Old Itafe Doggett bowed his white head as if in prayer. "Thank the Lord God Almighty!" he spoke at last. "And me and Lottie- May won't trouble Nineveh's folks after this day. I'm n-goiu" away f'um here, Colonel Todlmnter. I couldn't live here no more to save my life. And Lottie-May's a-goin' with me—goln' somewhere away f'um here where her mother's shame and hers won't be in ever'body's mouth like now in Nine veh." "You can go any time you want to, Itafe," said Colonel Todhunter. "Th' ain't no charge against Lottie-May on the docket o' this court. You can go now if you feel like it." The old man and the young girl moved toward the door. Colonel Todhunter accompanied them, screening both, as far as lay in his power, from I lie curious staring of the multitude. Lottie-May spoke no word during their progress. Iler face was still tense with the shadow of that dread but late ly lifted trom her soul. More than ever did site see. n ttie llagar of this little Missouri coinnii: illy - a llagar now go ing into uttermost exile. At the door she turned and looked back Into the courtroom. Her eyes rested upon Tom Strickland's face Mary Todhunter stood at Tom's side. A great joy shone in her eyes. Tom's glance lingered witti a deen fondness LOBBYISTS HEBE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE ! WASHINGTON, June 20.- Even witli lie senate's investigation well under way, there's a dark man with a sinister purpose lurking in his brain, in every corridor of the capitol and tin- Wliile House and the senate office buildings these days. Each of thesi gentlemen carries concealed in his w rbal apparatus a series of explosive arguments against various schedules in the tariff hill. Each lurking gei: tlenmn is desirous of setting off these verbal bombs umh r the particular seln dule in the tariff which meets the disapproval of his employer. Among the number is the worried looking person of sleek aspect who i; here to save the sugar industry from utter r-r-ruin.. Members of this class are more numerous than any of the others. Does a harried congressman seek solace in the bright sunshine ami balmy air of the eapitoi grounds, a cut awayed gentleman leaps from bdliind some nearby bush and fastens his thumb and forefinger in the weary eon pressman's coat lapel. The gentle man's pockets protrude with memoran da and statistics tending to prove be yond peradventure that the sugar beet is due for eternal demnitlon if the fortress of protection is kicked from around it as suggested in the tariff bill. From behind another bush creeps another frock-coated lobbyist who lias a tragic piece to speak about the sugar cane plantations which will be 110 more if tlie senate passes the bill. When, faint and exhausted, the con gressman reaches his office and bolts the doors, there skips nimbly from the next room a pleasing, open-faced gen tleman with more statistics, lie's the representative of 1 lie sugar refiner, who is perfectly certain that with the duty taken off sugar, the common people can afford two lumps in coffee and tea, and daughter can serve fudge every night in tlie week, without embarrass ing the family exchequer, and without hurting the pocket of the plutocratic sugar cane grower. Hut the sugar devotees arc only a part of the army of would-be tariff bill murderers who are here waiting an opportunity to kill the entire bill or merely to relieve it of a part of its anatomy. There is a very ardent band of wool apostles, who can reel off at r. moment's notice enough statistics on sheep and the wool Industry to make existence a nightmare of Bheep count ing for our legislators. The American Woolen company, that organization which dolefully admits it will probably go to the bow-wows when the propos ed tariff law becomes effective, has a small army of representatives here making a last desperate stand agains* the new schedule K. Then there are the cotton men, steel men, iron men, flour representatives and others, representing practically ev ery United States industry which fears for Its dividends if they are not. pro tected by a mountain-high tariff wall. All are adopting tactics similar to those employed by physicians when as a last resort oxygen is pumped Into the lungs of a dying man. A national ad vertising scheme by three of the sugar factions is but a small part of the cam paign. Letters, statistics, delegations of manufacturers from the home dis tricts, threats of reprisals—in fact, ev ery method known to love, hate and [ war are being put Into use to stop the I passage of the schedules which the in terested Industries fear. But, through It all, like a dread nought sailing a stormy sea, the party leaders arc steering the old Underwood tariff measure through the legislative waters to the haven of the president's signature. Recalcitrant congressmen of Demo cratic persuasion who have been ap posed to certain of the schedules have been whipped into line. The moment they have shown signs of becoming skittish and overstepping the traces of party pledges, they have been whip sawed andspurred hack into line. The bunt of this unenviable job of keeping the party intaet lias fallen on tlie shoulders of the chairman of the powerful ways and means committee, Oscar Underwood. With a skill and dexterity and calmness of purpose that lias evoked admiration and praise even front his most, bitter political foes, Un derwood lias curled the lasli of author ity about the flanks of those who gay signs of balking and the tariff wagon lias successfully crossed the legislative plains of the house and into the road ways of the senate witli no material o> essential ounce of freight that was on it, when it started jarred off. In the upon tills girl whom he loved so dearly Wit I) a little cry of poignant heart break I.i>ttlo-.\lny Doggett threw one lira: across her grandfather's age stooped shoulders, seeming to draw him and herself beyond the seeing of that which had so moved Iter to uncon trollable anguish. The next moment the door had closed upon the two, shutting them out from Nineveh's vision. (To 11K CONTINI TD.] senate Senator Simmons, chairman of the finance committee, is lighting the tariff battle aided by Senator Hoke Smith. Despite the fight which some senators are making against certain schedules, notably the duet from Louis iana, the passage of the tariff bill seems assured without change. And behind the immediate line of battle against the lobbyists is Presi dent Wilson. He has declared for this tariff measure. The wool and sugar schedules are his own pets. He in tends to see that they become a law. As the result of the lobby investiga tion it is possible Congress will be urged to consider a registration law, requiring every "lobbyist," legislative agent or other person who comes to Washington to influence legislation to at once identify himself and the inter i sts he reprtsents. * HERE IS SOME STORY. * The old expression that "there is nothing new under the sun" has been given a rude shakeup by the achieve ment of the caretaker of Old Faithful inn in Yellowstone park. Last winter his ingenious brain devised the scheme of building a hot house over one of the many boiling springs in the vicinity of the hotel. Upon completion of his improvised hot house, he immediately planted let tuce., radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes! and mushrooms, bringing fertile soil from back in tlie hills and construct ing boxes in which to plant 'tis seed. There was no soil where he built this green house for the reason that it was located on the hot springs formation, where the crust is lava and volcanic rock. Things grew in the hot house like wild fire, while the outside tempera ture ranged anywhere from 20° to 50" below zero. The only difficulty experi enced was in keeping the temperature inside the hot house down to the prop er point for the welfare of the plants. The heat from the hot spring was so intense that the problem of moderat ing the temperature proved a serious one. BIG SALMON PACK. More Tlinn I.OOO.IMHL (BNl'tt KNIIIIIIIICII Output of Koiiml I''lxlierli-M. As an Indication of the tremendous proportions that the fisheries Indus try has assumed in Washington wa ters, the announcement is made that the Puget Sound packers are preparing to handle 1,000,000 cases of salmon this year, on the occasion of. the regular quadrennial appearance of sockeyes, dues in July. The run tills year Is expected to be tlie greatest in the history of Puget Sound. The Increase over last season, which was an "off" year, will likely be about 850,000 cases. The humpback run will also be unusually large this year and canneries are getting ready for this catch, in addition to tho sockeyes. SOME RAILWAY HISTORY. THIM of Port Tow IIK«*IMI Survey Five Yenrn Ago. Referring to the article published In THE WASHINGTON STANDARD recently that Olvripia would be overlooked In the proposed extension of the Fort Townsend Southern, the Qullceno Megaphone had this to say in a lata Issue: "There has never been a time since the northern end of the Port Town send Southern was built that exten sion to Olynipia has been considered. A line was surveyed from Hood's Ca nal to the Capital City 24 or 25 years ago, but It was found too expensive. Neither will the extension touch Shel ton by several miles. "Simpson is a branch of the North ern Pacific line running northeasterly from Elma on the (Irays Harbor branch. Five years ago the final sur vey for the Port Townsend Southern extension was made by Northern Pa cilic engineers, who were camped near the Megaphone place for two months,, while running the line along Hood's Canal. A most careful survey was made, as it was to be final, and blue printed to be put in the hands of con tractors when the time came to build tlii> line. "The route follows Hood's Canal to .is head nt Potlatch, from which placo the survey runs southwesterly to Simpson. A grade not exceeding 1 per cent, was found." Come to 01 ympia and help us cele brate the Fourth!