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Edgefield advertiser. (Edgefield, S.C.) 1836-current, February 05, 1913, Image 2

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All night long Polly Witham had
shivered under the sheets and at 4
o'clock when the eastern sky was a
faint yellow and the birds were sing
ing in the tall locusts she turned her
lace to the wall and slept for tan de
licious minutes.
The screeching of the pump chain
at the back door brought her trem
bling to the lioor and she tiptoed to
the window and looked out, her eyes
heavy with weariness.
Before the pump stood a tail young
man clad in spotless white yachting
clothes. His fair hair was guiltless of
covering. He was drinking water from
a bright tin dipper.
Poily watched him with bated
breath-as one watches an r.pparition,
expecting it to vanish in thin air. But
he did not vanish.
Polly raised the window a few cau
tious inches and spoke gruffly.
"Do you want anything?" she in
quired inhospitably.
The stranger turned a pair of very
blue eyes toward her. It was evident
that he could not see her, but he
stared at the shutter.
"Yes," he replied deliberately, "you
may bring me half a cup of tea, half
a cup of coffee and a few waffles."
"Is that all?" murmured Polly meek
"And make haste, please," he added,
waving a sun-burned hand toward her.
Polly locked the window and hasten
ed to the kitchen which was a dark
and deserted as any kitchen would
be at 4:30 on a June morning with
mistress and maids away from home.
. Polly made a hot fire of pine kind
lings, set on the waffle iron to heat,
filled the tea kettle, and ran upstairs
to dress. Her only thought was to
feed and get rid of the queerly be
haved stranger on the front porch.
Presently she groped her way
through the smoke filled kitchen with
a tray containing crisp waffles and
butter, a cup of tea and a cup of cof
fee with the necessary sugar and
cream. Cautiously she opened the
back door and placed the tray on the
bench outside. Then she re-locked
the door and hastened to the front
"Your breakfast is ready on tbe
back porch," announced Polly through
a crack of the window.
"Thank you," he said alertly, and
hurried down the steps.
! He stopped short at sight of the
breakfast tray and shock his head.
[Then he grasped the coffee cup and
?poured half its contents upon the
,'ground. He repeated the operation
.with the tea cup. Then he sat down
?pa the steps and proceeded to con
sume the waffles, drinking first a
swallow of tea and then a swallow of
^coffee. Suddenly he leaped to his
jf_ rfeet, swept his cap off and addressed
.the kitchen door:
; "Farewell, fair waffler!" he ejaculat
:ed, and stalked away.
J Polly Witham watched until his tall
.form had disappeared down a wooded
road that led to the village. Then she
.sat down on the floor and alternately ?
laughed and cried.
* Later in the morning she drove her
little car down to the postoffice. As
'she passed the livery stable she no
ticed that the newly washed carriages
Vere ranged along the curbstone.
. On the front seat of a horseless
?surrey sat her visitor of the morn
ling, a rose in his lapel. A laprobe
?was carefully spread over his knees
and he was sitting very straight and
.staring right over the heads of the
?Indignant liveryman and the village
; The constable rubbed his ear with
{a polished stick of authority. "Come
jdown outer there, young feller," he
j The stranger smiled patronizingly.
*'My good man, be good enough to
!bring me half a cup of tea and half a
?cup of coffee," he said.
As the words died on his lips, the
?stranger's face grew pale and gaunt.
jHis head drooped and he crumpled
?down on the seat.
"Ah!" cried impulsive Polly, as the
.'little crowd of onlookers held back
ffrom assisting the stricken man.
."'Can't you see that he is ill? Help
?him into my car, constable-he s a
ffriend of ours," she lied.
: In a few moments Polly was racing
ttoward home with the constable sup
?por?ng the unconscious man in the
?seat beside her.
I Late that afternoon a little party of
yachtsmen called at the Witham
"home and inquired for Polly's invalid
vrho had regained consciousness only
ito sink into a deep slumber. They ex
jplained to Polly that the stranger was
(Paul Amory, owner of the yacht Sea
idrift, anchored in the bay below. Mr.
Amory had been suffering from sun
stroke and had eluded his watchers
and left the vessel in the night.
Two weeks later, long after Mr. and
Mrs. Witham had returned home,
Paul Amory, quite recovered from his
illness, took his departure.
! "Miss Polly," said Amory, "since
Eve been convalescent, I've been re
lembering some funny things that
appened-before you befriended me
?that morning."
"Yes?" asked Polly, blushing a llt
"You are the fair waffler?" he smil
jed down at her.
"I am the waffler," admitted Polly
"And the half cups-were you not
j "I was-and yet it was funny, too."
"Well-I wonder if you'll forgive
jmen for all the trouble I've caused
!ycu and if yow will let me return
isome day for the other half cups?"
jills hand closed over her small one.
i "X-nope you will," faltered Polly.
Edna sat up and listened. Her
heart was beating with almost breath
less rapidity from having been
awaked from sound sleep. It was the
third time during the night that she
sat up to listen, and as she sank back
at this hour of three in the morning
she told herself it was only the
strangeness of an unfamiliar room
that kept her so keenly alive to
She closed her eyes but opened
them again. Surely some one was
just outside her window! The sound
came from below as if the intruder
were attempting to climb up the great
vine that covered the side of the
Edna became strangely calm. She
stepped from her bed, and in the
darkness slipped on her pink silk hose
and satin slippers that she had left
carelessly lying after an evening of
dancing. Then she drew on her dain
ty pink tea gown.
Edna went cautiously toward the
window and peeped through the mass
of vines that clustered about the win
dow frame. Her heart fluttered. A
man was making his way slowly and
by painful stages to her window.
She paused a moment wondering
whether to wait until he reached the
top and fell him with a chair or to
throw something weighty down on his
unsuspecting head.
Edna chose the latter method. She
turned in the dark and by light of a
pale moonbeam caught sight of the
great water Jug on the stand.
"That would certainly kill him,"
she told herself with a shudder; "I
can not possiibly do that." She would
empty the contenta of the jug on that
ascending head.
The man was several yards from
the ground; for a second Edna hesi
tated. Perhaps even then the fall
might prove fata).
"But I can not be murdered in my
bed," She shuddered again and with
a burst of courage leaned far out of
the window and spilled the water
with sure aim on the burglar's head.
She heard a muttered remark, a
heavy thud and the pitcher dropped
from her nerveless fingers. Her cour
age completely gone. Edna did her
first feminine act of her escapade;
she dropped in a heap just within the
The man, suddenly foiled in his as
cent, picked himself up with many
short and terse words falling from his
lips. He shook himself like a shaggy
terrier, but he was drenched to the
Looking up to sec the cause of his
downfall the man gasped. Lying
across the window sill like a pale
wedge of moonbeam was the arm of a
With almost superhuman strength
be sprang toward the vine and climb
ed to the window ledge.
He drew himself within the room
und picked up the girl tenderly.
Being without, resources of his own
and knowing not what to do. he rush
ed out in the darkened hall and made
his way ??wn the stairs with his pre
cious Bundle.
Groping his way toward a door he
hammered with his feet lest he drop
the uuconscious girl from his arms.
The door in the hall opened and a
very frightened girl in blue kimono
peeped out
"Jack Danvers," she screamed,
"have you lost your mind!" She
glanced with frightened eyes at her
brother. His clothes were dripping,
and his face white and stern.
"No! But switch on the light and
look at what I found in my room!"
He followed her into the room and
laid the girl on the couch. It seemed
to Edna the action was reluctant. She
began gradually to regain conscious
ness and opened her eyes. They lit
first upon the stalwart big man whom
she had taken for a burglar, and
from him to the girl in the blue ki
The latter rushed to Edna's side
and gathered her into her arms.
"Edna darling." she asked tenderly,
"what in the world have they been
doing to you? And why is my broth
er Jack all soaked and tearing madly
through the pitch dark house with
"I took-your brother for a burglar
-and emptied the contents of the
water jug on him. I am so sorry,"
she said prettily.
"It is all my faul' " he told her
quickly. "I was a silly chump to come
out to the country at this time of
night when the family would all be In
bed. but somehow I just wanted to
wake up in my own roora and hear
the birds sing. I often take a fancy
of that kind, and when everyone is
asleep I sometimes.get in by climbing
up the vine."
"I never even dreamed of your
coming out for the week-end when I
put Edna into your room," Mary Dan
vers was saying.
"It does not seem so terrible, sis,"
laughed Jack. "Does it to you?" He
turned to Edna.
Edna glanced quickly up at him.
and the color rushed swiftly up to
meet her downcast eyes.
He gave a little helpless shrug of
his shoulders that brought an ache
to Edna's throat. He threw a glance
at his sister and turned to leave the
Edna jumped up suddenly and flung
herself into his arms. "Of course
it did not seem terrible, dear," she
cried swiftly. "But everything else
has seemed terrible since I broke my
engagement to you, and if you still
love me-"
There was no need for words.
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Round Trip Excursion Fares to Columbia,
S. C. and Return
Soutkern Railway
Premier Carrier of the South
National Corn Exposition
Jan. 27- Feb. 9,1913
Account of this occasion, the Southern Railway an
nounces very low round trip fares to Columbia. S. C. and
return, tickets on sale January U3. 25, 2I and 31, February
3, t^, 7, 1913 with final limit returning to reach original
starting point not later than midnight February 12, 1913,
as follows : *
Aiken, * $2.45 Edgefield, $2.10
Batesburg $1.20
Leesville $1.20 Johnston, 1.70
Proportionately reduced fores from other points. At
tractive side trip fares from Columbia. For further infor
mation call on nearest ticket tgent, or?
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Augusto, Ga.
Office and salesroom 8S3 Broad Warehouse Ga. Railroad
P. S. Mr. M. Gary Sntcher is with us and will be glad to see his friends

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