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? a????a??? in??????!??????????i-??-f???*???? ??? ? >???>*?.> ?HI ?.. ?.? ?.. ?.? ??? ?.. ?.. ?.. ? ?l ??. &' 1?? i: !.?; From Indiana \ ?She Gentleman *By "Booth Tjk\*rk.ij*ctoj* ;;?;; :!: X ??? Co?jmjmt. I?9 9. my Ocuktcdajr /?32 McCturo Co. +?'.'. CcKyrifht. ?0O2. br McClmro. VhiTtlm* /s\W Cat. '??" ?#????? ?????????????????? ???<?? 1111 ? ?>? hi a ???->?> r*?w?t-T*?* f****************?*'*********?: ni aa>#ai??-?< n-x???*???i.?.?.^? CHAPTER VI 11.^ THE courthouse bell ringing In th- night! No hesitating stroke of Sohot?ohls" Henry, im une*erta?n touch, was on the rope?. A loud, wild, hurried clamor peaiirig out to wake the e*ountryside, a rapid dang! clnncJ etBn.fl ?hat struck clear in lo the spine. The courthouse BetU had tolleel for the eh\<itb of Mor? ton, of C.artield, of Hendricks; had rung je>y peals of penca after the war aud after political campaigns, hut It bad run?* as it was ringing now only three times-once when Hibharel's mill burned, once when Webb Landis killed ?>**?.? Bard lor k and iutreuched hinisi'lf t?n the lumber yard and would not be taken until he was shot through and *hn?'igh, and once wf?en the Konen ?<? ?*eHHiuodatiou. crowded with children and women and men, was wrecked within tweuty yards of the station. Why was the bell ringing BOV. Men and women, startled into wide wnko fuJeess. groped to windows. No red tuist hung over town or country. What was it? The bell rang on. Its loud alarm bent Increasingly into men's heafte and quickened their throbbing te ti*e rapid measure of its own. Vague forms loomed In tho gloaming. ? home, madly ridden, splashed through the town. There were shouts; voices ealkxl "hoarsely; lamps began to gleam In the windows; half dad people emerged frcMu their houses, men slapping their ?*t???1 mi their shoulders as they ran out of de>ors; questions were shouted . ln?e? the dinumss. V Then the news went over the town. It w-us cried from yard to yard, from group to group, from gate to gate, and reached th?* furthermost confines. Knn ue?T8 BBOntCd it as they sped by, and Ixiy** paiit?*d it. btvatMess; women with ??oseued hair stumbled into darkling chambers and faltered it out to new w?k?n.<l sleepers, nnd pale girls, cluteh BBJ Brrnpa ?! their throats, whispered it across ftenden. The si?k, tossing on their hard beds, heard it. The hell clamoreel it far and near; it spread ov?r ana countryside, and it flew over the ?? res to distaut cities. The White Caps had g?.t ?Mr. II a rilessi ? I-ig.? Willetts had lost track of him out near Krisooe's, it was said, anil had ?time into town at midnight Becking Mm II?? hael found Parker, the 1!? rahl foreman, ami Boss Si -boti? Id. th?* type setter, and It ml Tipworthy. the elevil. ut ?m k m the printing offici?, but no >;-.r? pf Harkless the-re? or In the e-ot tage T?jir?'ther these had sought for tua- ami hael roused other*- who had in qaircd at every house wbere he B??ftal have gone for shelter, anel tbey had beard nutbimr. They ha?l WBtcbed for his coming during the slackening of the etorui He had not conio, and there was no place he could have gone. He was misslnu. Ouly one thing could taina happened. ? he> hael roused up Warren Smith, ' the? prosecutor, anel Horner. the slier- ? Iff. aud Jan?! Wiley, the deputy. Wil- ' ..-.m Tmld hail rung the alarm. It was igniij that the tirst thing te> do was to limi him. After that there would be tr??ubl??. If uot before. It looke?el as if there would he trouble before. The ' men tramping up to the muddy square iu their shirt sleeves wore bulgy about ? the right hips, and when Homer Tlbbs | joined Columbus Landis at the hotel corner and Landis saw that Homer v-ts currying a shotgun Landis went t-iio-W for his. A hastily sworn posse t'uilupcd enit Main stroe't. Women and vhilelren ran Into neighbors' yards am" began to cry. Day was coming, ano ai? ?he light grew mem swore and sav Bfarj kicked at the palings of fon<???> - ?hey ran by them. Iu the foreglow of dawn they gatlier ?d in the square anel "listinoti to War? ren Sjnith. who made | speeeb Horn the courthouse fonce and warned lb? m to ge? slow. They unswereel bini wifh angry shouts ami hootings. Itut ..?? made his big bass voice heard and onio them elo nothing rash. No facts w?-re kiiowQ, he said. It was far from ???rtain that harm hail been done, amlj Be ana knew that the Six Crossroads' BBBpi? Bnd done it. even if something had happened to Mr. Harkless. He de ? ? ? hat beepoke In Barkleaa' name. I n ttbing coniti dlatreaa Un so ni?eta as for tl:i?m to defy the law. to tak?? it ??!' t!:?? proper bands .lustier would j.? done "Yes it Will!" Bbonted ? man below bint, brandishing th?? butt of a rawhide j w!:ip above his bead ??Ami while you ,..w ?m about it bete he may be tied up Ukc a doa la the winds, aboi full of! ?- li\ tl..? men you never lifted a? ? tej**r to bender, becaane yoB want They in,s,? ml him With OnpTBJ stimila. tneir vous when you run for circuit i Judj?e. What are we doin' here? What's I the !????'?1 of listenin-i to you?" i There was a yell nt this, and those aria) heart! the speaker would prohnhly have started for the Crossroads hud not a rumor aprimi; up which passed rapidly from man to man und in a f?*\v moments had reached every poison in the crowd. Tbe news came that the two shell -?ambler-* had wrenehed a liar out of a window under cover of the stoni!, bad broken Jail and were at Iar-ie. Their threats of the day bet?re were reiiiemiiei t*?l now with convinciti;; vividness. They had sworn repeatedly to Bardlock antl to the sheriiT anil in the hearing of ?ithers thai lh?*y would "ti<i" forthe man who liad taken their mon? ey from them ami had lliein arrested. The iBTOaeCllllllg attorney, quickly per esirlag the value of this complication iu hold??? hack the aioli that was -li ready form i ??, called Homer from the : crowd an?! made him get up on the fence and confess that his prison.?is had escaped, at what time lie di?l not know, probably toward the betiinniii? of the storm, when it was noisiest. "You see." cased the attorney, 'there is notliin?,' as yet of which we can ac cuse the Crossroads. If our frittiti has been hurt it is uiucli more likely that these crooks did it. They escaped in time to do it, ami we all know they were laying for him. You want to bei ruiiihly careful, fellow citizens. Bar* inr ?s already in telee-raphie coiiinnml cation with every town around heve, a ml he'll have those men before Bight All you've ??\ to do is to control your? selves a little and go home ?piielly." He could see that his worths (cm opt those iu reference to ivlurnin.tr homo no one was gatssj home) made an im? pression. There was a babble of shout ititf and argument and swearing that greti louder and louder. Mr. Kphraim Watts, In spite of all eonfusitm, clad as carefully as upon the precedine day. deliberately climbed the fence and stood by the lawyer and miti?* a siiiifle steady testure with ba? band. He was lisp-nod to at once, ?is his respi'ot for the law was less imto rioiis than his irreverent??* for 't. tad he had been kimwn in ?'allow as ? lis? tonan ?ly a reckless man. They want? ed llBlgBl and ?lesiierate ad vie?* mid qateted down ta bear it. He aposta in his professionally caini voice. "< ?eiitlemeu. it seems in mo that Mr. Smith and Mr. Kibshaw." nodding lo the man with the rawhkrt whip, "are botta right. What t.ro?xi at??? we doing barai wi.ai are want io know ?s what*a bappeaadj to Mr. Harki??**, it ?atata just ii-iw I?k?* the shell BBSS, Balgbt have done it. Let's tint! out what they ?a?^ Si.itter antl hunt for him. Soon as any tliinii's known for certalB Ilibhard's mill whisile will blow three times. ? ? '? ? on look!ii? till it ?loes: ;!i"ii." he finished, arlth a barely perceptible sroinful smile at the attorney "then we ?an decide on what h:-d BSSBjM be done " Six ? '? .ssriBat? lay dark and sf?>ain In-,' in ' ? sun ?hat intimine The forj;e was silent, th?* saloon looked up, the roadway ?loser?.?1 even by the pl^s. The broken old >>J*ggT ?*to0d rot tini; in ta? mud without a Blngle lean littst old man or woman su? li arata the ehil ?iren of th?? Craaaraad? to play about it. On????, wlien the depOtj BhefflaY rod.* tbraegk alone, a tattert! black hound, mor?? wolf than dog. half emerged. ?.Towlintr. from betieatb. one of the tumbledown barns ami w:is jerked back into the darkness by his tail, with a snarl fh-rcer than his own, while a gaaj barrel shone for a second as it nraag for ? strok" OSJ th? brute's head. The hound did not yelp off whine when the blow fidi. He shut It 1st eyes twice and slunk sullenly back t?? his place. The shanties mij;lit have received a volley tir two from some of the mo.lut? ed bands, exasperated by futile search inir, had not the escape of I belter's prisoners mad?? th. grossi of the CrOBB? roads iippoar doubtful in the ?Binda of iiiiiny. As the mornlne: wane?! the ad? vocates of the theory that the gata? biers had niatle away with Harkless prow in number. There came a tele? gram frot.1 the Rouen chief of police that be had I ?lew to their wh ?r a bouts. lie UBuoght they had succeeded in reaching Ronen, and ?t began to be generally believed that thrty bad OB enpod by the 1 o'.lock freight train which bad ?topped to take on ?ante empty ?ars at a side truck a mile nor; h west of town, across the holds from the ala lacen bouse. Toward noon ? party went ?ui! to examine the rail? road embankment. Mm began io osane bach late the vii laj??? for breakfast by twos and threes. but many kept on scar?-faIng the woods. not feeling the need af food or eating if'they ?lid. livery grore and clump of underbrush, every thicket, was ran Backed. Tfae waters of the creek, shal? low for the most part, but swollen orernlght, were dragged at every pool. Nothing was found. There was not a sign. The bar of the hotel was thronged all inoriiinir as the r??turtiin>; citizens rapidly made their way thither, and thus?? who had hr??:ikfastod and were iTouit?. out again paaaed fot Internal as well as external re-eaiforceaaent, The landlord, himself returned from a knag hunt, sot out liis whisky With a lavish han?!. "Ilr was the best man we bad. boys." said Lundis as h?* poured the little priasses full. 'We'd ort of s?*nt him to the leglalatlTe hails ?if Washington loag ago. He'd of done aa hanor there, I tut ?c never thoiiv.ht of ?loin' any thing fer hita. Jest ael round and leti him bu?tl up the town ant! .ulve him enapty tbankyea, Drink hearty. ajen tlelllcll," be finished Bjlt mini I.V. **1 do?'l gradge no liquor today except to Lip Willette.** "He was a pajod man," said yotntg W ? Imi m Todd, whose nose was red. noT from the whisky. "I've aimut give up." "It's goin' to seem mighty empty around here." said Keiss Schofleld. "What's goin' to b?*oome o' the Heralel and the party in this district? Whereas the man to run either of 'em now? Like as not," he continued desperately, j "it'll go against us In the fall." Dthb Zane choked over his four fin? gers. "We might's well bust up the dab dusted ole town ef he's gone." "1 dont know what's e-ome over that Cynthy Tipworthy." said the landlord. "She?"* waite*d table ein him last two years, and her brother Bud works at the Herald orfico. She elidn't say a ! wore!, einly looked anel looked and looked, like a crazy woman; then her ami Bud went off together to hunt in the woods. They jest tuck hold i>f each other's hands like"? "I reckon there ain't many crazier than them two Bowlders, father nnd son." interrupted a patron, wiping the drops from his beard as he set his glass on the bar. "Th<?y rid into town like a couple of wild Indians, the old man hen tin' that gray mare o' tholtn till she was one big wait, and he ain't natchorly no <-riicl man either. 1 ex pect Lige Willotts better keep out of Hartley's way." "I kee-p out off no man's way!" cried a voice behhnl him. Turning, they saw Lige standing on the threshold ??f the door that led to the street. In his band he held the bridle of the horse be had rielden across the sidewalk and tlm now stood panting, with lowered bend half threuigh the doorway, beside his master, bice was hatiess. Bnlaahed] with mud from head to foot; his jaw was set. his teeth ground toother, bis ?yes burned under reel lids, ami his hair lay tossed and damp on his brow. "I keep out of no man's way." he^ re? peated hoarsely. "I heard you. Mr. TtbbS, but I've cot too much to do. while you loaf am] cas and drink over Lanelis' bar. I've got other business than ke'epin' out of Hart TowUler's way. I'm lookin' for John Harkless. lie was the liest man wo had in Ibis ornery bole, and he was too gooel for us. anil so we've maybe let bim g>?t billed, and maybe I'm to blame. But I'm goin' to timi lim. and If he's hurt I'm goin' to bave a hand em the rope that lifts the men that did it if I have to go to Kouen to put it there. After that I'll answer for my fault, not be? fore?." He threw himself on his horse and was (noe. Sion the room ein? .?ed. as the patroni of the bar re'uriud to the search, and only Mr. WUkerSOB and the landlord remained, the bar being the professional ollice. so to speak, of both. At p o'clock Judge Briacoe dropped wearily freni bis borsa ni bis own "pite and s.iid to a wan uirl who cani?? run nine down the wa!k to meet him: "There is BOthhnj .Vet. I sent th?? Id? eer? m It) your mother?to Mrs. Sher? wood." Helen tvrned away without answer ing. Ret face was very white and looked pinched about the mouth. Bhe went back to arhere old Flanee sat en the porch, his while ln-ad held lietw.-.o bis two handa. lb? araa rocking him self to and fro. She touched h m gen* t'y, but h<" did not look up. She? spoke to him. "Father." abe aald. He did lint scot?i to hear her. "Then leni anything yet. Bo sen tin? telegram I shall stay with y?>?.; now, no m t what you say." Mm* cat beatala bim and pnt her head down mi b's aboQrdcr, and, though for a Btm iii-Mit be innen it d noi to notice It, erben Minnie? came Otti 00 the porch. Ima ri ic? hor father at the door, the old min h,:.l put Ins arm about ?he girl ami was stroking ber fair balraoftly. Briaco? glanced at them and rais???'? a warning Anger '" ??hi ? aughter, and they went tiptoeing Into th?* arenane. where the lodge dropped bevily upo?? a sofa, alluni?, stood before htm with a look of pal?? inquiry, and be shook his heml. "No use to tell bini, but I can't see any hope," be BOBWi red her, biting nervously at the end of a cigar. "I ox pect you bettet bring me some cotTe?? ? here. I ooddn't take another step to save nie. I'm too old te? tear around the country boTBehOCk before break? fast. Bke 1 have today." "liid you Bend 1er teleem in?" Min nie asked as he drank the COffC! sb.? bronght bin. She had Interpreted "COCLie" liberally aii'l. with the assist? ?t.;?? of Mikly rpton. whose subdued BOW was frankly rid and who shed tears on tin? raspberries? had prepared an appetising table at bis elbow. "Yes." rreponded th?? judge, "and I'm g1 ad she sent it. I bilked th?? ?liher way yesterday, what little I said?it Isn't any of our business but I don't think an.? too mil? ?? of those people somehow. She thinks she ii.'i.iu.i??? with Plebee, and 1 .?iiess she's right. That young fellow must have got along with her pretty w. 11, and I'm afraid wli.il she givea ill? she'll be pretty bad eiver i;; but 1 gneet w?? all will. It's terribly sudden, somehow, though it's anty what everybody hair expected would com.?, only we thought it would ??oui?? from over yonder." lie nodded tow ani the west, "..ut she's got to stay hen? with us. Boarding at T?bhs' with that old man won't do. and site's no girl to live in two rooms. You ti\ it up with her you make her stay." ??she mu. i.'" answered his daughter as she knelt beeide bita and patte?! DM eoat and handed him several things to eat at the same time. "Mr. Fisbee Will help me persuade her. BOW that she's bound to stay in spite of him and tb?? Bberwooda too. I've always though? Bbe was grand, ever sine?? she took me und??!? ber protection at school, when I"? Minnie area speaking sadly, me chanically, but suddenly she broke off With a quick Spb, turned te? the win ?low. then turned again to BliSCOC and cried: '1 don't believe il! lie knew how to take ?are of himself loo well. He'd have gut away troni them." Her father shook his head. "Then why haso't he turned Up'.' He'd have gone hor.*.?? after tin? atOtm if something bad wasn't the matter." "But nothing nothing that bad could bave happ md. Tbey hnveaVt found any anything.'* "But Why ha-n't he com?? hack. Child'.'" "Well, he's lying hurt BOUBOU diere. Um all." "Then why haven't tbey found him' "Ftitht r,'' ?/tc suiti. "I doni tare." she cried tint! choked ? with the winds unti tossed her dishev i ?letl li.-iir from her t?-inpios, "?t isn't true: Helen won't believe it. Why ehouhl IV It's only a few Ixmrs since he was rlgfal here in our yard talkini; tons all. I wont believe it till they've aaarctaed every sii.k ami Beaste af Six Crossi?i.i?Is sad found him." "It wasn't the < 'rossr.unis."' said the o?d pin tirana ?. pendil iig iba tabi?* away and resSJCaag lus linihs on the sofa. "They prohably didn't lut ve any? thing to do with it. We Ih? ??-,-lit they had at first, hut everybody's altout conio to behove il wat those two fel? lows that he had arreeted jf elinlnj ** "it wasn't the Crrjaatraadar echeed Minnie, ?ml she begun to tremble vio hnlly. "Haven't they been out natta yet G "What us,??.? They are out of it. end they can thank Cod they arc." "They BIB not:" she cried, very much nirilatitl. "They did it. It was the Whit?* Caps. We saw tin ni. Batatal and I." The Jastaje cot upon his feet with an oath. He had not sworn for years un? til that moi nini;. '-What's this:" lie said sharply. "I ofiL-rht to bave toh! yen l*.*fnro. but tre were so frightened, and and you aratri aal Ih su?h ? rush after Mr. wii ? was her??. I never dreamed everybody would'i'i know it was the < 'rossro.ids; that they would think of any BflaS else. Aad I kookcil for lh<* soarivrow as stvui ns it was liuht. ?mil it v.a:-. away <??? from Where are saw theill and wasn't blown down at all: and Helen BBS? them in the ti?-hl besides; saw all of them"? He internipt?*d b r. "What do yo?u mean'.' Try <o tell BBC atMMtl it ?pii"'ly. j eliiltl." He laid his hand on her shout- ? dor. She told bim breathlessly what sh?> ! nnd Helen had seen, ami he -rr?.w moro : and inore visibly perturbed and un easy, biting his ?-???ar to peeeaa ami! trrouning at i irti rvals. When she had Bnlshed he took ? few ajan k turns nltout the mom. with his hands thrust Bang} Ht his coat piK-ki'.s. and then. charging her to repeat tin* story to m one. left the bous?* and. fo met I inn his fatigue, rapidly erossed the Ihdds t?? :he paini where the btaarre nazarea of ras aighl had shown theusanlsua to the t,. o ?-iris at l ht w indow. The soft gmnnd had btUBJ trampled liy maii\ fast. The boot prints pointed to th?? aofftheaat. He traced thent back ward to the soiitliwesl through th?? Badi an?! saw where they bail come from near Iba road, gaaag ?snrtaaeaat; then, returning, he dlnibed the fence and foltosred then northward through the m*?t lieid. Croni there the n??\t lie!?, to ihe in,i;h. lying beyond the iva?! thai w .is a con: inn?! : ion ?if Main Street. st;. t.hetl to the railroad ??ni'iatiknienl The track, ruggedly tb-lined in tram pled loam and nnddy furrow, beni in ? tliri?clion which imlica'.i-tl that it?? tarnitnaa mi.cht be the switch where tbe ei.ip.y cara had s!oo?l last Bight ?raiting rat th?? ? ?wiock freight. Though th?? tiiids bad been, trampled iu many placea by ?h?? aearchlng partios, ha r??it sure of the direction lalv?'ii by the Crossroads men, and he pere el tad that the searclnrs had mistaken the tracks he billowed for those of olirli??!- parlies iu the hunt, ? in the embankment lie saw a number .if men walking Brest und exBnalaiag.tbe ground on each side and a BBatJ line ?d people following 1 hem out from town. He ?tapped. He hohl the fale of Si\ CroaSfftatd? in Ids hand, and lit* know it. The men ?ni the cinliaiikiin nt wen* walking slowly, bending far over, their ?yes li\e?l ou the "?round. Suddenly one of tlioui st?i<nl ere? t antl tossed liiy arms iu the ail and BhOUted loudly. Other men ran to him. and another far ?low ? the track repeated the shout sad ? ho gesture to another far in liis roiir. This man took it np and shouted antl ?rated to ? fourth man. and s?? they paaned the ?Ignal bach to town. There ?amo almost immediately three Ioni;, loud whisth*s from a mill near the sta? tion, and the ?-lnbankmciit gres* black with penpal pcatrlag out from town. While the sear? hers cant? running from the batan ami woods sad ninfci tatuali OU both sities of the railway. Brkacoe began to walk aa toward the , ? in : ?? ii k it ? nl. The track lay level and straight, not dinuning In the middle distances, the rails COUTerglng to pointa bet h north west and southeast in the olean washed air like examples of porsp???tive in a Child?? drawing book. About seventy mil?*s to the west ami north lay Iiotien. In th? same tliroi'ti.ui, nearly six miles from whore the Bigatti was ?riven, the track was crosse?! I?y a road leading directly sonth to Six t'rossroads. The embankment bad been newly ballast?*?! with sand. What had heen discovered was a broftd Impubi a stain ba the santi on the south slope near the top. There were sniall??r stains abate antl below, mute beyond it to left or light, and Hit-re wer?? many deep foot? print? m the sami. Men were exam? ining the place excitedly, talking and aaattrnlttlng It was Liga Wille.ts who had found it. His berat was Bsthcred to a fence near by at the end of a lane tfarough a eorndohl. .la roti Wiley, the deputy sheriff, was talking to a giasBp near the slain. o\;ilainini;. "You see. them two must have know???! n bout the 1 o'clock freight and that it was to stop here to take on the empty lu m tier care. ? don't know how tbey know ed lt. but they did. It was this way : When they get out tbe win? dow tliey beat through the storm straight for this side track. At the BBgne time Mr. Harkless leaves Bris BaO*u, pnftaf west, it beajpha to rain. He <*uts across to the railroael to have a sure foot In* ?nei stri kin' for the det^p?? for shelter near place as any, except BrisciM-'s. where he's said good Bight uln-ady. and proh'Iy don't wisli to go bnck, fe*ar of giriti' trouble or koeprn* "em up. Anybody ?an under stanel that. He comes along and gets to where we are precisely at the BUBO tbey ?io, thnm enantn* from town, him at ri kin' for it. They run rieht into eimh other. That's what hippem-d. They re eog-nhted him .and rais???! up on him ami let hint bave it. What they done it with I elon't know. We* took everything in that line off eif 'em. I'rob'Iy useel niilriKid iron, and what they ihm?? with him afflMUUrd we don't know, but wo will by night. They'll sweat it out of 'em up at Kotieu when they get 'em." "I BSCaBBl maybe some of us might help." remarked Mr. Watts retleetIvely. Jim Barellock swore a \ iolent oath. , "That's tho talk!" lie shouted. lit' I ain't the first man of this crowd to BCt my foot in Hoowun and tirst to beat in that jail dOBT I'm not town marshal of Blatt ville, county of CnrtOW, state of Indiana, and the I?ord have mercy em OUT souls!" Tom Martin lookoel at the brow stain and quickly turned away. Th**n he went baijc slowly to tbe village. On tin* way he passed Warren Smith. ? "is it sov Baked tbe lawyer. Martin nnswe*rt?d with a dry throat. He lookoel out over the sunlit holds and swallowed once or twice. "Ye??, it's so. Iberos a good deal of it there. Little more than a boy be was." The olel follow pass?-?! his seamy hand over his eyea without ceoceahnent ? ivter ain't very Brighi sometimes, it seems to me." be added brokenly; "overlook BoelolTer and l-'isbe?? and mo. anel all of us old husks, nnd and'' he glllp ed sudelonly. the-? tinished?"and act the fool and take a boy that's tbe best wo had. I wish tli?> Almighty would take Pater olT the gate. II?? ain't fit for it." ? When the attorney reached the spot where the crowd was thickest, way was made for bini. The old colored man. Xenophon. approached at tho same time. Learning on a hickory stick and lvi'iit very far over, on?? hand rest? ing on bis hip as if to ease a rusty joint. The negro's age was an Incentive to fable?. From bis appearance h? might have kr.-iwn the prophets, and be wore that hoary look of unearthly wis dim which many decades of super stitious experience sometimes give to members ef his race. His face, so tor? turili with urini"ha thai it might have been made of innumerable black thread*. wov.?n together, was a living mask of the mystery of his blood. Harkless had omo said that I'ncle Xenophon had riattai heaven before Swodcnbore ami ball before liante. To day as be slowly limped over the ties bis eve?-- wen? brieht and dry under the solemn lids. and. though hi* heavy BOBt rila were unusually distended in the effort for regular breathing, the deeply peefcored lips beneath them WOre BBl firmly. He stopped .'?nd look iil at th?? Bacea baffere him. When be spoke his retace was gentle, and. tlioirgh the tremulousness of age? harped on lit?? vocal string?;, it was rigidly control lad. "Kin some kino gclniun." It?? asked. **plasna t* t>e ?<? go??i ??/. If show de id? main ??huh eh* \\ ite Clip.? ir, doue BBOot tatnrse HawkUear"1 "llerv was where it happened, I'm tal /.en." answered Wiley, leading him for? ward. Here is the slain." Xenophon b?nt over the s'iot on the sand, makine little mid noises m his throat. Then he painfully resumed his former position. "Pass his blood," he sake] in th?? same gcntU?, quavering tone. "Pass my Lus' trien' what lay SB de groim' w hay yo' stai'.?l. eelmun. I ?a?-? w hub dey labi 'im. tin' dass w huh he lie." the old m'ero coiitinu.il. "Dey shot iui in ia BaffB. Dey ain't shot 'im li?-ah. Yoiuhdi ?ley druggcii 'im, but dis v. bub he lie?." He bent over again, then kneit gm.tiiiiigly and placed his hand on the stain, on?? would bUTO said, as a man might phoe his band over a heart to see if it still lioat. He was motionless, with the air of heark i-ninu. "Marse, honey, is you gone''" He rais???! his voice as If calling. "Is y??' gone, sub marsi?'.?" Ho hoked up at the circle about him, and then, still kneeling, not taking his hand from the sand, seeming to wait for a sign to listen for a voie?*, he B?ht. W'hafo' yo' golmun think ele good l.awil summon Mars?? HawklissV Kase BO eh? mos' tittes'V You know, dat man he gete? im? in de cole Bight, w intuii ??" lais." stealin' 'is wood. You know whnt be ?Ione f ile ole thief*. 1>b an' liuil' up big tiali ten ol?? /,?n' shainty. Say: He'p yo'se'f, an' welcome. Reck* OB yon lummy, too. ain' you. Xeno? phon G Tek an' f?d me, tek an' tek beer b* me ee* ainee. Ah pump eh? bnltk full in tie mawn', nu-k 'is bed. pull ele weiils iiut'n de front walk; ?lass all. He? tek me in. When Ah alsk 'im ain' he 'fruid beep id?? thief he say. jess?). 'Pass all my fault, Xenophon** ?ought look yon up long go; ought know long 'go you be cons anse botai nights. Beck* ou All'in dB tliiovetiest one 'us two, Xenophon. keepin' all ?lis wood st?,??!?' up when you got nom?.' be say, jesso. T?'k BM in; say he ?abk a thief, pay me sala'y; food me. I ?ass du niai ? whnt ile Copa gone shot lut?**1 nieid." lie ?aised his head shar? ly. and the mys !ery in his gloomy By08 iniensit'teel as ; tbey opened Ulde and stared at the sky unseeinrdy. "Abs lawn wid a cawl!" he exclaim ed loudly. His t ? Bated frame was braced to an extreme tension. "All's baWU wid a CUWil l>e blood BBOOUhr "It wasn't the White Caps, I'ncle Xe?noplioii," said Warren Smith, laying his band on the old man's shoiihler. Xenophon rose to his font, lie stretched a long, bOUy arm straight to the West, where the Crossroads lay; stood rigid and silent, like? a s??er; then spoke: "l>e men whut shot Mars?? Hawk llss lies yondeh. hidin' funi de light o' day. An' him"- he swerved bis whole righi body till the arm pointed north w??st he lies yondeh. "ffOU won* tine 'im beob. I>y fought 'im in ile tiel's. an' dey druggoB 'im bean. D?f wbub dey lay '!ui down. Ah? batta wid a eatrir There were exclamations from the listeners, f?ir Xenon hon spok?? ns ata? batttaj authority. Suddenly lie t*ini?-d ?ml |Hiint?*il his outstrt-letteti hand full ut tftatge Hris< oc. "An' ?lass de mairi." he fried: "?lits? tie main kin tell y?y Ab siM-ak tie trufe!" Balata Krisen?*? .ins we reti. Kph Watts looked ?t him Keenly and thii turn?*?! to Lige Wilh-tts nnd wldsfterttl: "<;?*t on your luirse, ri?!?? in -?ml rin-j; th courthouse bell like fury. I>o aa I say." Tears stood in the ju?:*;*?'s eyes. "It is so." be said solemnly. "?<? njBrUtBU the truth. I tlidn't mwni to tell it to day, but somehow" Be paaaasal "The hounds!" In* eriett "They de s?'rv<? Jf. My ?laughter saw then? ?Toss? ili jr the fiel?!s in the ni-J-i saw th'?ni ciinib the fence, ? big etuataj of tacan She nnd tbe ludy who i.-?. visiting its saw them -saw them (dainty. The lady saw them several times clear ne day by tin* flashes of liixbtriirrjc. The scoti minds arete ??ominir tliis way. They , must have been anags^hg him with j ".I?Vn hit il ti uni il ./?l'i!" them then. He couldn't have bad a show for bis Hffe among them. i??> what you like. Maybe they've ge*l bini ?t the t 'rossroaels. If there's a charter of it. dead or alive, bring bim back!** A voice rune OUI above the clamor that followed the Judgr'B speveh ""Bring bim backf God renkt, aaay he. but h?? won't. Who"?? tnrvelin' HT* way? ? go west!" Hnrttey Bowlder had ridden his sorrel rieht up the <??? hanknieiit. ami the boras Steed BflWi en the rails. Then* was an aturry roar fnun the crowd. Tin* prosecutor pleaded and threatened nnhe?*dod. and. as lor tin deputy sheriff, he declared blalntentkni Of taking with bini ali who wished to gO asliis BOOBS, l'.ph Watts ?BC'U'rdfd In making himself heu ed ?bove the tumult. ??The Sinnm?:" he BhOUtedL "Start rr??in ibe si|iinre. W?? want overybialy. We'll need them. And w'e want ??very one in e "arlow to be iuiplh-atcd iu this ?Hisse." ? '?????? will be"' shouted a farmer. "Don't you wot\ about that." "We want to gni ;nto son??? sort of B*BBpef* cried I.ph. *"Sh:i|???!"' repeated Hartley Bowlder ???orniully. There was a hiss and el.arig and rat tie behind bim. and a sicani whistle aliriekid. The er??wil elivided. and Hartley's sorrel scrainhh?l down just In t?in**? as the? west hound accommoda? tion rushed by on its way to Koiien. from the rear plot futili leaned the sheriff, llorner, waving his hands fran tic.-illy as he flow by, but no one un ib'istiKMl or cared what he said or in tin? general excitement even wondered why lie was going away. When the train hael dwindled to a ?lot and db> iippeared ami the noise of its rush grew faint the ewirt house bell was heard ringine. and the mob w.as rusli mg pelimeli into the- village to forni on the smiaro. Tbe judge sto??d alone ?in the embankment. "That s.-t?es it." he said aloud, gloomily WBtehlng tbe last figures. II? took ??it his but ami pushed back the thick White Unir from his forehead. "Nothing iodo but wait. Might as well go bon? fOI ti.al. lb.ist it!" be ex dainied imp. ietidy. "1 don't want to go lluro. Is too bnrd on the little girl. If abe 'al rome till next week She'd " .... ?'?,.?!< less." (TO ? ? Ce?NTINUt?.!?.' Soi ?. -il 111?? f'rnlilrn?. Miss Btrongmln?. Pare ? ? me. hut if I .un no; mis.a. ? n > du an on. of the pour uueirrpaid working girli whom our BmancipotioB socle*] irtedtobene? fit?or at least. >?>u were two years a^o Fatr Stranger- -Thm is true. "Then our society has iviibntly r.ot bom nit boot influence, for ron look Bery prOBD* runs now " "l have everything ! wan', andaever was so happy in my iife." "Thank Heaven! You must have solved the WOmaB BToble m " "I haw " j "(?lorions* Tt !? nie bon jim niar: agedf** "1 married a nice y our: g man"??. Y Weekly. Tl??? Mran III In?. "My d. ar, ! < n.arki ?; Mr J?l?f ?a bla wife, as he gatlu-reo up nib rr.i?;; on the first of the month, "* ? ?? ha\i- ? your venation. Yon aOOUld hUV*j i I I ?. a memher of the sto.te legislature." "What do yen: ir.;:.i. h\ that?** ashed his innocent wife "You arc so Indefhtignblf in irdrodue it.g bills." replied Jot.t.1 d: cii.i..?.;. Commercial Tribur.e (irnrralb PvrSiat?. "What do you think of ibhl new theory that if yon cough ab you can ?ben you hav? the pneumonia it won be BO hard on j ot) !*" "I don'i buon about that, hut I re? member that aller ? uot b*oII of pneu? monia two or thr???? .vint?!.- ago I had to do some hud COUgbiBg every SO days for aonrl] ?ix rnontba.**?Chicago Tribune. Hitlhi-r Airy. "She seems to be wrapped in thought." he ?.aid. reterrlBfl to ine lady with the b? astila. . "Ves." his ?in compatii?)?? reptiaitV "Shouldn? you think n would he rath?** er < hill> to b<? wrapped iu ntithie?; UasTX thought ab?te the waits? line?"?Chir?* cago Kettird-lierald. ?\ ..r?h I.i>uI?Ib| r'??, "What are you looking for? We'ssj got ererything worth takins;.?? "I am lookini; for?" And the aaarghaT ccntinusd search. " tat the much larger booty whicbv the BBatta to-morrow will sajr are orazs. looked "?Tit-Bits. % ?..?.. ?>. ... ? allia?/, "He starred out to be the aixhrt*<iP of his owu Fortunes Di?! be ouccsjooir** "Well, he's tin? architect ail right,, but he didn't aasTSataJ in putting oa*> much of a sirncture." "What aaaaaed to be 'he trouble?*"**? "He revise?! ?he plans too oft?? a.**-?*? Chb.ago I'ttM. ' ti- .-. t.ti l.iar. She laagatlyj sir. ? aaeVaeasaaTal roa?, said I had' a face thai would stop.? Ba elook. He ('?almlyl?So 1 did Aay assil??.. ratiniate?! .lock would pause aad holot np It? Kinds in admiraiion at sight Ct*? your lovely face.?Chicago Daily Nsiaaag, lati itr-iii lion ?.f Inlcrrst. "Teacher la interesied in you, pa??"** "Ho? -o?" "Win ?? day. afo-r she tolti" tct> sev. ? i'.rr.<< to sit ttown antl behar-sa myself ?h? said ahi wo m ???red wha? sort of a fa: tier I had.**?Clev-elia,??? Plain Dealer, Mnr.T's ? I.?tic?. "Farmer Sawyer what is ywrm ?ianghter Mary gota?, to ?lo when ?????*?, fin::!:.* si '->ilepe?" "Wall r kinder reakon i-hr'u teseti schon: sh.-j thlaka ihe*d like the v**x ? a; ?on.- "' ? Harper'? Itamar. ??? ri????!? jr. "Lft's go out and tei whnt's buraia'."**? Bald PJti to Mike at the theatar. "Wl a ?I've tr,r-?u'>" "Tl??-? 'wo n.? n hfhind us ?-?Id tfc?*?*r wer* g In' u> th?? foyer"' Bet rati TTrewt. B*p-eaa ?% RRtMSO ?"\ ?? t? ?;. "What ????? ? be need an oil.? ?? for? estua narrer dna? aa] work." "Will be*a not to go somewhere whilai^ riis wiii ?.o. s the housework."?Chisagts^ Chrot*;? i? 2 \ ?? < ???itili for lllaa. Wh. ?: BtltVan had -i "i'i?h ha>- ' W'l?- ? ,:?! to ?.rink it? ????iff????. ??: ? ? tar he's bui <!. ? !" ? '.? ?? nid*? ???; ????? rouKh up hit essaajh l'a??. -Jim?-.? ? \t It \ it ? la. Larel) Li:'u- S<" my new snfsaR??-,?. mei t rlngl Doa'trot thin? (*%BJriBt?sBBtw ? otiti t Barras tic Sue He certain!* ' ? the si belici, nl a rug. < .. > uaaaa>a?aaB quirer \ I.on? ?UaaUflMPli "! wrote yot a ???? h tter y-asterda?."*? "Wh>. it was only five w.-irds."? "Put it was in I lenta tu ? ?lops?,?"??t Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. / \ |)'lTri-**nrr in Ilot; r.?? Art?Now money is r-eklly a atiafl-tai consideration. Hen With me it's a minns c-ossfdr?! ?ration. Va!? Record. <????? f??r ?tut*. ITamll?;. Bacon -?!an you tel! a smoker ?rors?? on? who dot | BOI flaaa?ha*? itlhail Some!ime.- l < an. "llow?" ''Well, at ? dinner, when the cigars ? are passed around, th?? Btaa who take? one cigar at a 'ira.* la a smoker, the nata who takes twn Hgart i.s? not a? atnoker, but has aaaokera in his fare?,... v iiy."?Tfoabera Stataaniaa , >??? lini<-n tut. Office Roy -Pieuse. Miss Dais?'.. would yer mind wri'in' a buie -jloweri?, aben I'm un ?d? r pewritar - w ay? OfBce Boy*??Buracas wry time your. pretto tii era tow I ate heart thanapa, aad anlas*, ron ?.?educes yourc i-pted ?'?? BaTraid I'll gli a cart disease;? - -Chicago ? ?n ?; ena Tim >luoit I n ?I ?linen???. "?low did you like L?r Kour.hlr la^t. Sunday inorili::?.'.' a?*' ? ! Mrs. Old<*s?iV tie. "Duri'l rea think he indulged.) rathe? freelj m mixed mi ;aphor?" "(c.ioiir:. .??! I didn't BOtlCU. Did ha? have ?? before uo?ii?; Into the pulpit?*? This . ?!, be ? terrible blow to Joslab-, He think? so much of the dori. or. "??-?? lit-Bita. It ?-??rut?.?? la Sittrl. "The people in the flat ahove bougbvv a pianola, ?nd I alniosi went erara?.. trying to think boa to ?set even withf them." ^ "And did yon?" "Oh. yes. ladead; I've .aught little?, Bobby to plaj 'Bedel?a* with his f?^re-v Anger and the loud pt da] ? Town Top??? I.-?,_-?* r??n*na?s?il. J ??Henry rVaaecker,** observes blrf wife as they all at the bappy breakfaal table, "you arata certainly in a sad eea> ?it ion when you e.tme home last night?*v "Wiiy, my ?ar," stammers Hanry. "h?iw ?an \(>u say su? h a thing? I re*??. antsaher dkttlnctly thai when I cajneia,? you asked BM Ul wind t lie clock, put on* the dog, and light th<* nij^ht-lamp." "Yes; and this morning I found the? , nipht-Iamp with all the wick wound us> In the chimney,and Fido'stail perfectly bare where you had touched him with a match, ami the clock lying on the haoa> porch."?Judge. - --'