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vol. 36 yorkville, s. c., wednesday, may 7, 1890. n019.
By Capt,'
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Their fellow traveler on the Pullman.
Even in the excitement attendant upon
their reception at the station neither Mra.
R&yner nor her sister could entirely recover
from the surprise and pain which
the stranger's singular words had caused.
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Mrs. Rayner well understood from his
manner that not the faintest discourtesy
was intended. There was not a symptom
of rudeness, not a vestige of irritation or
haste, in bis tone. Deep embarrassment,
inexpressible sadness even, she read in
the brief glimpse she had of his paling
face. It was all a mystery to her and to
the girl seated in silence by her side.
Both followed him with their eyes as he
hurried away to the rear of the car, and
then, with joyous shouts, three or four
burly, fur enveloped men came bursting
in the front door, and the two ladies,
the baby, and the kitten were pounced
upon and surrounded by a group that
grew larger every minute. Released
finally from the welcoming embrace of
her stalwart husband, Mrs. Rayner found
time to present the other and younger
officers to her sister. Aj many as half a
dozen had followed the captain in his
wild rush upon the car, and, while he
and his baby boy were resuming acquaintanceship
after a separation of
many long months, Miss Travers found
herself the center of a circle of young
officers who had braved the wintry blizzard
in their eagerness to do her proper
homage. Her cheeks were aflame with
excitement and pleasure, her eyes dancing,
and despite the fatigue of her long
journey she was looking dangerously
pretty, as Capt. Ravuer glanced for a :
moment from the baby's wondering '
eyes, took in the picture like an instan- j
taneous photograph, and then looked
again into Mrs. Rayner's smiling face.
"You were wise in providing against
possibilities as you did, Kate," ho said,
with a significant nod of the head.
"There are as many as a dozen of them,
or least there will be when the ?th
gets''back from the field. Stannard is
out yet with his battalion."
"Oh, yes; we saw them at a station ,
east of here. They looked frozen to !
death; and there are ever so many of
the soldiers frozen. The baggage car is
full of them. Didn't you know it?"
"Not a word of it. We have been
here for three mortal hours waiting at ,
the station, and any telegrams must
have been sent right out to the fort, j
The colonel is there, and he would have ;
all arrangements made. Here, Graham!
Foster! Mrs. Rayner says there are a .
lot of frozen cavalrymen forward in the
baggage car. Run ahead and see what 1
is necessary, will you? I'll bo there in a
minute, as soon as we've got these ladies
off the train."
Two of the young gentlemen who had
been hovering around Miss Travers took
themselves off without a moment's delay.
The others remained to help their senior
officer. Out into the whirling eddies of
snow, bundling them up in the big, !
warm capes of their regulation over- !
coats, the officers half led, half carried
their precious charges. The captain bore j
his son and heir; Lieut. Ross escorted '
Mrs. Rayner; two others devoted them- j
selves exclusively to Miss Travers; a '
fourth picked up the Maltese kitten. !
Two or three smart, .trim looking in- ;
fan try soldiers cleared the section of
bags and bundles of shawls, and the entire
party was soon within the doorway
of the waiting room, where a red hot
coal stove glowed fierce welcome. Here
the ladies were left for a moment, while
all the officers again bustled out into the i
storm and fought their way against the '
northwest gale until they reached the
little crowd gathered about the doorway
of the freight sheds. A stout, short,
burly man "in beaver overcoat and cap
pushed through the knot of half numbed
spectators and approached their leader:
"We have only two ambulances, captain?that
i3 all there was at the post
when the dispatch came?and there are j
a dozen of these men, besides Dr. Grimes, '
all more or less crippled, and Grimes j
has both hands frozen. Wo must get \
them out at once. Can wo take y?ur !
"Certainly, doctor. Take anything we |
hava If the storm holds, tell the driver j
not to try to come back for us. We can j
make the ladies comfortable here at the j
hotel for the night. Some of the officers i
have to get back for duties this evening.
The rest will have to stay. How did
they happen to get caught in such a
"Thev couldn't help it. Stannard had
chased the Cheyennes across tho range,
and was ordered to get back to the railway.
It was twenty below when they
started, and they made three days' chase
in that weather; but no one seemed tc
care so long as they were on the trail.
Then came the change of wind, and a
driving snow 6torm, in which they lost
the trail as a matter of course; and then
this blizzard struck them on the back
track. Grimes is so exhausted that lie
could barely hold out until he got here.
He says he never could have brought
them through from Buff Siding but foi
Mr. Hayne: he did everything."
"Mr. Hayne! Was he with them?"
"Ho was on the train, and came in at
once to offer ins services. Grimes says
he was invaluable."
"But Mr. Hayne was east on leave; 1
know he was. lie was promoted to my
company last month?confound the luck
^-and was to have six months' leavo before
joining. I wish it was six years.
Where is he now?" And the captain
peered excitedly around from under his
shaggy cap. Oddly, too, his face was
"He left as soon as I took charge. 1
don't know where he's gone; but it's
God's mercy he was with these poor
fellows. His skill and care have done
everything for them. Where did he get
his knowledge?"
"I have no idea," said Capt. Rayner,
gruffly, and in evident ill humor. "lie
is the last man I expected to see this
day or for days to come. Is there anything
else I can do, doctor?"
"Nothing, thank you, captain." And
the little surgeon hastened back to his
charges, followed by some of the younger
officers, eager to be of assistance in
caring for their disabled comrades.
Rayner himself hesitated a moment,
then turned about and trudged heavily
back along the wind swept platform.
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! The train Cad pulled away "anil was out
! of sight in the whirl of snow over the
| western prairies. He went to his own
j substantial wagon and shouted to the
j driver, who sat muffled in buffalo fur on
I the box:
"Get around there to the freight house
: and report to the doctor. There is a lot
of frozen cavalrymen to be taken out to
the hospital. Don't try to come back for
us to-night; we'll stay here in town.
Send the quartermaster's team in for the
trunks as soon as the storm is over and
the road clear. That's all."
Then ho rejoined the party at the waiting
room of the station, and Mrs. Raynei
noted instantly that all the cbeeriness
had gone and that a cloud had settled on
his face. She was a shrewd observer,
and she knew him well. Something more
serious than a mishap to a squad of solnlvuif
ikft on/l/lnn
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change. He was all gladness, all rejoicing
and delight, when he clasped her and
his baby boy in his arms but ten minutes
before, and now?something had occurred
to bring him serious discomfort. She
rested her hand on his arm and looked
questioningly in his face. He avoided
her glance and quickly began to talk.
She saw that he desired to answer no
questions just then, and wisely refrained.
Meantime, Miss Travers was chatting
blithely with two young gallants, who
had returned to her side, and who had
thrown off their heavy furs and stood revealed
in their becoming undress uniforms.
Mr. Ross had gone to look over
the rooms which the host of the railway
hotel had offered for the use of the party;
the baby was yielding to the inevitable
and gradually condescending to notice
the efforts of Mr. Foster to scrape acquaintance;
the kitten, with dainty step,
and ears and tail erect, was making a
leisurely inspection of the premises, sniffing
about the few benches and chairs
with which the bare room was burdened,
and reconnoitering the door'leading to the
hallway with evident desire to extend
her researches in that direction. Presently
that very door opened, and in came
two or three bundles of fur in masculine
shape, and with them two shaggy deer
hounds, who darted straight at the kitten.
There was a sudden flurry and scatter,
a fury of spits aud scratching, a yelp
of pain from one brute with lacerated
nose, a sudden recoil of both hounds, and
then a fiery rush through the open doorway
in pursuit of puss. After the first
gallant instinct of battle her nerve had
given out, and she had sought safety in
"Oh, don't let them hurt her!" cried
Miss Travers, as she darted into the hall
and gazed desparinglv up the stairway
to the second story, whither the dogs had
vanished like a flash. Two of the young
omcers sped to the rescue and turned the
wrong way. Mrs. Rayner and the captain
followed her into the hall. A rush
of canine feet and an excited chorus of
barks and yelps were heard aloft; then
a 6tern voice ordering, "Down, you
brutes!" a sudden howl as though in response
to a vigorous kick, and an instant
later, bearing the kitten, ruffled, terrified
and wildly excited, yet unharmed,
there came springing lightly down the
steps the young man in civilian dress
who was their fellow traveler on the
Pullman. Without a word he gave his
prize into the dainty hands outstretched
to receive it, and never stopping an instant,
never listening to the eager words
of thanks from her pretty lips, lie darted
back as quickly as he came, leaving Miss
Travers suddenly stricken dumb.
Capt. Rayner turned sharply on his
heel and stepped back into the waiting
room. Mr. Ross nudged a brother lieutenant
and whispered: "By gadl that's
awkward for Midas!" The two subalterns
who had taken the wrong turn at the
top of the stairs reappeared there just as
the rescuer 6hot past them on his way
back, and stood staring, first after his
disappearing form, and then at each
other. Miss Travers, with wonder and
relief curiously mingled in her sweet
face, clung to her restored kitten and
gazed vacantly up the stairs.
Mrs. Rayner looked confusedly from
one to the other, quickly noting the constraint
in the manner of every officer
present and the sudden disappearance of
her husband. There was an odd silence
for a moment; then she spoke:
"Mr. Ross, do you know that gentleman?"
"I know who he is. Yes."
"Who is he, then?"
"lie is your husband's now first lieutenant,
Mi's. Rayner. Thpt is Mr. llayne."
"That!?Mr. llayne?" she exclaimed,
growing suddenly pale.
"Certainly, madam. Had you never
seen him before?"
"Never; and I expected?I didn't expect
to see such a"? And she broke
short off, confused and plainly distressed,
turned abruptly, and left the hall as had
her husband.
' jfill ,
Alone in the colonel's presence.
The officers of Fort Warrener were
assembled, as was the daily morning
custom, in the presence of the colonel
commanding. It had long been tho
practice of that veteran soldier to require
all his commissioned subordinates
to put in an appearance at his office immediately
after the ceremony of guard
mounting. lie might have nothing to
say to them, or he might have a good \
deal; and he was a man capable of saying
a good deal in very few words and
meaning exactly what he said. It was
his custom to look up from his writing i
as each officer entered and respond to
the respectful salutation tendered him
with an equally punctilious "Good mornC'lnf
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Mr. Blake," never omitting the mention
of the name, unless, as was sometimes
tried, a squad of them came in together
and made their obeisance as a body. In
this event the colonel simply looked
each man in the face, as though taking
mental note of the individual constituents
of the group, and contented himself
with a "Good morning, gentlemen."
When in addition to six troops of his
own regiment of cavalry there were sent
to the post a major and four companies
of infantry, some of the junior officers
of the latter organization had snirsreetod
to their comrades of the yellow stripes
that ;is the colonel had no roll call it
might Ix; a matter of no great risk to
"cut the matinee" on some of the fiendishly
cold mornings that soon set in; but
the experiment was never designedly
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tried, tlianks, possibly, to the frank oxposition
of his personal views as expressed
by Lieut. Blake, of the cavalry,
who said, "Try it if you are stagnating
for want of a sensation, my genial plodder,
but not if you value the advice of
one who has been there, so to speak.
The chief will spot you quicker than he
can a missing shoe?a missing horseshoe,
Johnny, let me elaborate for your comprehension?and
the next question will
be, 'Mr. Bluest rap, did you intentionally
absent yourself?' and then how will you
get out of it?"
The matinees, so called, were by no
means unpopular features of the daily
routine. The officers were permitted to
bring their pipes or cigars and take their
after breakfast smoke in the big, roomy
office of the commander, just as they
were permitted to enjoy the post-prandial
whiff when at evening recitation in
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me Bame omce mey sai niounu tne
room, chatting in low tones, for half an
hour, while the colonel received the reports
of hisjadjutant, the surgeon and the
old and the new officer of the day. Then
any matters affecting the discipline or
instruction or general interests of the
command were brought up; loth sides
of the question were presented, if
question arose; the decision was rendered
then and there, and the officers were dismissed
for the day with the customary
"That's all, gentlemen.'' They left the
office well knowingthatonly in the event
of some sudden emergency would they
be called thither again or disturbed in
their daily vocations until the same hour
on the following morning. Meantime,
they must be about their work?drills, if
weather permitted; stable duty, no matter
what the weather; garrison courts,
boards of survey, the big general court
that was perennially dispensing justice
at the post, and the long list of minor but
none the less exacting demands on the
time and attention of the subalterns and
company commanders.
The colonel was a strict, even severe,
disciplinarian, but he was cool, deliberate.
and just. He "worked" his
officers, and thereby incurred the criticism
of a few, but held the respect of all.
He had been a splendid cavalry commander
in the field of all others where
his sterling qualities were sure to find
responsive appreciation in his officers
and men?on active aud stirring campaigns
against the Indians?and among
his own regiment he knew that deep in
their hearts the ?th respected and believed
in him, even when they growled
at garrison exactions which seemed uncalled
for. The infantry officers knew
less of him as a sterling campaigner,
and were not 60 well pleased with his
discipline. It was all right for him to
"rout out" every mother's son in the
cavalry at reveille, because all the cavalry
officers had to go to stables soon
afterward?that was all they were fit
for?but what on earth was the use of
getting them?the infantry?out of their
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morning and having no end of roll calls
and such things through the day, "just
to keep them busy?" The real objection
?the main objection?to the colonel's
system was that it kept a large number
of officers, most of whom were educated
gentlemen, hammering all day long at
an endless routine of trivial duties, allowing
actually no time in which they
could read, study, or improve their
minds; but, as ill luck would have it,
the three young gentlemen who decided
to present to the colonel this view of the
case had been devoting what spare time
they could find to a lively game of poker
| down at "the 6tore," and their petition
for "more time to themselves" brought
4own a reply from the oracular lips of
the commander that became immortal
on the frontier and niado the petitioners
nearly frantic.
For a week the trio was the butt of all
the wits at Fort Warrener. And yet the
entire commissioned force felt that they
were being kept at the grindstone because
of the frivolity of these youngsters,
and they did not like it. All the same
the cavalrymen stuck up for their colonel
and the infantrymen respected him, and
the matinees were business like and
profitable. They were rarely unpleasant
in any feature, but this particular morning?two
days after the arrival of Mrs.
Rayner and her sister?there had been a
scene of somewhat dramatic interest,
and the groups of officers in breaking up
and going away could discuss nothing
else. The colonel had requested one of
their number to remain, as he wished to
speak to him further, and that man was
Lieut. Hayne.
Seven years had that young gentleman
been a second lieutenant of the regiment
of infantry, a detachment of which was
now stationed at Warrener. Only this
very winter had promotion come to him,
and, of all companies in the regiment, he
was gazetted to the first lieutenancy of
Capt. Rayner's. For a while the regiment
when by itself could talk of little
else. Mr. Hayne had spent three or four
years in the exile of a little "two company
post" far up in the mountains. Except
the officers there stationed, none of
his comrades had seen him during that
No one of them would like to admit
that he would care to see him. And yet,
when once in a while they got to talking
among themselves about him, and the
question was sometimes confidentially
asked of comrades who came down on
leave from that isolated station, "How
is Hayne doing?" or "What is Ilavne
doing?" the language in which he was
referred to grew by degrees far less
truculent and confident than it had been
when he first went thither. Officers of
other regiments rarely spoke to the
"Riflers" of Mr. Hayne. Unlike one or
two others of their arm of the service,
this particular regiment of foot held the
affairs of its officers as regimental property
in which outsiders had no concern.
If they had disagreements they were
kept to themselves; and even in a case
which in its day had attracted widespread
attention the Riflers had long
since learned to shun all talk outside.
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thellayne affair was a sore point and
one on which they preferred silence.
And yst it was getting to be whispered
around that the Riflers were by no means
so unanimous as they had been in their
opinion of this very officer. They were
becoming divided among themselves;
and what complicated matters was the
fact that those who felt their views undergoing
a reconstruction were compelled
to admit that just in proportion
us the case of Mr. Hayne rose in their
estimation the reputation of another officer
was bound to suffer, and that officer
was Capt. Rayner.
Between these two men not a word
had been exchanged for five years?not
a single word since the day when, with
ashen face and broken accents, but with
stern purpose in every syllable, Lieut.
Hayne, standing in the presence of
nearly all the officers of his regiment,
had hurled this prophecy in liis adversary's
teeth: "Though it take ine years,
I will live it down despite you; and you
will wish to God you had bitten out your
j perjured tongue before ever you told the
' lio that wrecked me."
No wonder there w:is talk, and lots of
it, in the "Killers" and all through the
garrison when Kayner's lirst lieutenant
suddenly threw up his commission and
retired to the mines lie had loouted in
Montana, and I layne,the "senior second,"
was promoted to the vacancy. Speculation
as to what would be the result was
given a temporary rest by the news that
I war department orders had granted the
subaltern six months' leave?the lirst he
had sought in as many years. It was '
known that he had gone east; but hardly
had he been awu\ a fortnight when there J
camo the trouble with the Cheyennes at
: the reservation?a leap for lilierty by
some fifty of the band, and an immediate
rush of the cavalry in pursuit. There
were some bloody atrocities, as there
always are. All the troops in the department
were ordered to lie in readiness for
instant service, while the officials eagerly
watched the reports to see which way
the desperate band would turn; and the
next heard of Mr. Ilayne was the news
that he had thrown up his leave and had
hurried out to join his company the moment
the eastern papers told of the
trouble. It was all practically settled
by the time he reached the department;
but the spirit and intent of his action
could not bo doubted. And now hero he
was at Warrecer. That very morning
during the matinee ho had entered the
oflice unannounced, walked up to the
desk of the commander, and, while every
voice but his in the room was stilled, he
quietly spoke:
"Permit me to introduce myself, colonel?Mr.
ilayne. I desire to relinquish
my leave of absence and report for duty."
The colonel quickly arose and extended
his hand:
"Mr. Ilayne, I am especially glad to
see you and to thank you hero for all
your care and kindness to our men. The
doctor tells mo that many of them would
have had to suiter the loss of noses and
ears, even of hands and feet in some
cases, but for your attention. Maj.
Stannard will add his thank3 to mine
when ho returns. Take a seat, sir, for
the present. You are acquainted with
the officers of your own regiment, doubtless.
Mr. Billings, introduce Mr. Hayne
to ours."
Whereat the adjutant courteously
greeted the newcomer, presented a small
party of yellow strapped shoulders, and
then drew him into earnest talk about
the adventure of the train. It was noticed
that Mr. Ilayne neither by word
nor glance gave the slightest recognition
of the presence of the officers of his
own regiment, and that they as studiously
avoided him. One or two of their
number had indeed risen and stepped
forward, as though to offer him the civil
greeting due to one of their own cloth;
but it was with evident doubt of the result.
They reddened when he met their
tentative?which was that of a gentleman?with
a cold look of utter repudiation.
Ho did not choose to seo them,
and, of course, that ended it.
Nor was his greeting hearty among the
cavalrymen. There were only a few
present, as most of the ?th were still out
in the field and marching slowly homeward.
The introductions were courteous
and formal, there was even constraint
among two or three, but there was civility
and an evident desire to refer to his
services in behalf of their men. All such
attempts, however, Mr. Hayne waved
aside by an immediate change of the subject
It was plain that to them, too, ho
had the manner of a man who was at
odds with the world and desired to make
no friends.
The colonel quickly noted the general
silence and constraint, and resolved to
Bhorten it as much as possible. Dropping
his pen, he wheeled around in his chair
with determined cheerfulness:
"Mr. Hayne, you will need a day or
two to look about and select quarters and
get ready for work, I presume."
"Thank you, colonel. No, sir. I shall
move in this afternoon and be on duty
to-morrow morning," was the calm reply.
There was an awkward pause for a
moment The officers looked blankly
from one to another, and then began
craning their necks to search for the
post quartermaster, who sat an absorbed
listener. Then the colonel spoke again:
"I appreciate your promptness, Mr.
j Hayne; but have you considered that in
choosing quarters according to your rank
| you will necessarily move somebody out?
IVe are crowded now, and many of your
juniors are married, and the ladies will
want time to pack."
An anvinna gilpnro nrrnin. Pant. RilV
ner was gazing at his boot toes and trying
to appear utterly indifferent; others
loaned forward, no though eaeer to hear
the answer. A faint smile crossed Mr.
Hayne's features; ho seemed rather to
enjoy the situation:
"I have considered, colonel. I shall
turn nobody out, and nobody need be incommoded
in the least."
"Oh! then you will share quarters
with some of the bachelors?" asked the
colonel, with evident relief.
"No, sir;" and the answer was 6tern in
tone, though perfectly respectful; "I
shall live as I have lived for years?utterly
One could havehcard a pin drop in the
office?even on the matted floor. The
colonel half arose:
"Why, Mr. Ilaync, there is not a vacant
set of quarters in the garrison. You
will have to rnovo some one out if you
decide to live alone."
"There may bo no quarters in the post,
sir, but, if you will permit me, I can live
near my company and yet in officers'
"How so, sir?"
"In the house out there on the edgo of
the garrison, facing the prairie. It is
within stone's throjv of the barracks of
Company B, and is exactly like those built
for the officers in hero along the parade."
"Why, Mr. Ilayne, no officers ever
lived there. It is utterly out of the way
and isolated. I believe it was built for
the sutler years ago, but was bought in
by the government afterwards. Who lives
there now, Mr. Quartermaster?"
"No one, sir. It is being used as a tailors'
shop; half a dozen of the company
tailors work there; but I can send them
back to their own barracks. The house
is in good repair, and, as Mr. Ilayne says,
exactly like those built for officers' use."
"And you mean you want to live there
alone, Mr. Hayne?"
"I do, sir, exactly."
The colonel turned sharply to his
desk once more. The strained silence
continued a moment. Then ho faced his
"Mr. Iluyne, will you remain a few
moments? I wish to speak with you.
Gentlemen, that is all this morning."
And 60 the meeting adjourned.
While many of the cavalry officers
strolled into the neighboring club and
reading room it was noticed that their
comrades of the infantry lost no timo at
intermediate points, but took the shortest
road to the row of brown cottages
Im n ? 1 ?
feeling of constraint that had settled
upon all was still apparent in the group
that entered the club room, and for a
moment no one spoke. There was a
general settling into easy chairs and
picking up of newspapers without reference
to age or date. No one seemed to
want to say anything, and yet every one
felt it necessary to have some apparent
cxcuso for becoming absorbed in other
matters. This was ho evident to Lieut.
Blake that he speedily burst into a laugh
?the first that had been heard?and
when two or three heads popped out
from behind their printed screens to inquire
into the cause of his mirth that
light hearted gentleman was seen sprawling
his long legs apart and gazing out of
the window after the groups of infantrymen.
"What do you see that's so intensely
funny?" growled one of the elders among
the dragoons.
"Nothing, old mole ? nothing," said
Blake, turning suddenly about. "It looks
too much like a funeral procession for
fun. What I'm chuckling at is the absurdity
of our coming in hero like so
many mutes in weepers. It's none of our
"Strikes me the situation is damned
awkward," growled "tho mole" again.
I "Here's a fellow conies in who's cut by
his regiment and h:is placed ours under
lasting obligation before ho gets inside
tho post."
"Well, does any man hero linov the
rights and wrongs of the case, anyhow?"
said a tall, lieardod captain as ho threw
aside the paper which ho liad not been
reading, and rose impatiently to his feet.
"It seems to mo from tho little I've heard
of Mr. Havno and tho little I'veseen, that
there is a broad variation between facts
and appearances. Tie looks like a gentleman."
"No one does know anything moro of
tho matter than was known at tho timo
of tho court martial five years ago," answered
"the mole." "Of course you have
heard all about that, and my experience
i9 that when a body of officers and gentlemen
find, after due deliberation on the
evidence, that another has been guilty of
conduct unbecoming an officer and a
gentleman, the chances are a lmudred to
one he has been doing something disreputable,
to say the least."
"Then why wasn't he dismissed?"
queried a young lieutenant "The law
says ho must be."
"That's right, Doily; pull your Ives and
Benet on 'em and show you know all
about military law and courts martial,"
said the captain, crushingly. "It's one
thing for a court to sentence and another
for the president to approve. Hayno
was dismissed, so far as a court could do
it, but the president remitted the whole
"There was more to it than that,
though, and you know it, Buxton," said
Blake. "Neither the department commander
nor Gen. Sherman thought the
evidenco ^conclusive, and they said so,
especially old Gray Fox. And you ask
any of these fellows here now whether
they believe Hayne was really guilty,
and I'll bet you that eight out of ten will
flunk at the question."
"And yet they all cut him dead. That's
prima facie evidence of what they think."
"Cut be blowedtj By gad, if any man
asked me to testify on oath as to where
the cut lay, I should say he had cut them.
Did you see how he ignored Foster and
Graham this morning?"
"I did, and I thought it damned un
geuwemouijr in mm. xnuao icnuwo uiu
the proper thing, and he ought to have
acknowledged it," broke in athird officer.
"I'm not defending that point; the
LoYd knows lie has done nothing to encourage
civility with his own people; but
there are two sides to every story, and I
asked their adjutant last fall, when
there was some talk of his company's
being sent here, what Hayne's status
was, and he told me. There isil't a
squarer man or sounder soldier in the
army than the adjutant of the Riflers;
and he said that it was Hayne's stubborn
pride that more than anything else stood
in the way of his restoration to social
standing. He had made it a rule that
every one who was not for him was
against him, and refused to admit any
man to his society who would not first
come to him of his own volition and say
he believed him utterly innocent. As
that involved the necessity of their looking
upon Rayner as either perjured or
grossly and persistently mistaken, no
one felt called upon to do it. Guilty or
innocent, Lo has lived the life of a
Pariah ever since."
"I wanted to open out to him, today,"
said Capt. Gregg, "bu> the moment I
began to apeak of his great kindness to
our men he froze as stiff as Mulligan's
ear. What was tho use? I simply
couldn't thaw an icicle. What made
him so effective in getting the frost out
of them was his capacity for absorbing
it into his own system."
"Well, here, gentlemen," said Buxton,
impatiently, "we've got to face this thing
sooner or later, and may as well do it
now. I know Rayner and like him, and
don't believe he's the kind of man to
wilfully wrong another. I don't know
Mr. Hayne, and Mr. Ilayno apparently
don't want to know me. 1 think that
where a man has been convicted of dishonorable?disgraceful
conduct and is
cut by his whole regiment it is our business
to back the regiment, not the man.
Now tho question is, where shall we
draw tho line in this case? It's none of
our funeral, as Blake says, but ordinarily
it would bo our duty to call upon this
flp C11..11 A ~ .'i ?.!?1,^ Zr,
omcer. ouuu ntjuuik, jju?v uwi nu xo
in Coventry, or shall we leave him to his
own devices?"
"I'll answer for .myself, Buxton," said
Blake, "and you Can <10 ug you please
Except that one thing, and the not unusual
frivolties of a youngster that occurred
previous to this trial, I understand
that his character has been above reproach,
So far as I can learn, he is a far
more reputable character than I am, and
a better officer than most of us. Growl
all you want to, comrades mine; 'it's a
way we have in the army,' and I like it.
So long as I include myself in these malodorous
comparisons, you needn't swear.
It is my conviction that the Riflers
wouldn't say he was guilty today if they
hadn't said so live years ago. It is my
information that he has paid every cent
of the damages, whether he caused them
or not, and it is my intention to go and
call upon Mr. Hayne as soon as he's settled.
I don't propose to influence any
man in his action; and excuse me, Buxton,
I think you did."
The captain looked wrathful. Blake
was an oddity of whom he rather stood |
in awe, for there was no mistaking the
popularity and respect in which he was
held in his own regiment. The ?th was
somewhat remarkable for being emphatically
on "outspoken crowd," and for somc
years, thanks to a leaven of strong and
truthful men in whom this trait was pronounced
and sustained, it had grown tc
be the custom of all but a few of the officers
to discuss openly and fully all matters
of regimental policy and utterly tc
discountenance covert action of any kind.
Blake was thoroughly popular and generally
respected, despite a tendency tc
rant and rattle on most occasions. Nevertheless,
there were signs of dissent as tc
the line of action he proposed, though it
were only for his own guidance.
"And how do you supposo Rayner and
the Riflers generally will regard youi
calling on their black sheep?" asked Buxton,
after a pause.
"I don't know," said Blake, more seriously,
and with a tone of concern. "I
like Rayner, and have found most of
those fellows thorough gentlemen and
good friends. This will test the question
thoroughly. I believe most of them, except,
of course, Rayner, would do the
same were they in my place. At all
events, I mean to see."
"What are you going to do, Gregg?"
asked "the mole," wheeling suddenly on
his brother troop commander.
"I don't know," said Gregg, doubtfully.
"I think I'll ask the colonel."
j '??- . ? * wv do?"
"I don't know again; but I'll bet we
all know as soon as ho makes up his
mind; and he is making up his mind
now?or he's made it up, for there goes
Mr. Hayne, and here comes the ordcrly
Something's up already.
Every head was turned to the doorway
as the orderly's step was heard in
the outer hall, and every voice stilled to
u ~ ^ ffr iir\ nrnicti'il fnr
I JL'ai LliU " Mr., wv -v.
the commanding officer to send for one
of his subordinates after the morning
meeting. The soldier tapped at the
panel, aud at the prompt "Coino in"
pushed it partly open and stood with one
white gloved hand resting'hn the knob,
the other raised to his cap visor in salute.
"Lieut. Blake?" he asked, as hoglanced
"What is it?" asked Blake, stepping
quickly from the window.
"Tho commanding officer's compliments,
sir, and could he see the lieutenant
one minute before the court meets?"
"Coming at once," said Blake, as lie
pushed his way through the chairs, and
tho orderly faced about and disappeared.
"I'll bet it's about Ilayne," was the i
apparently unanimous sentiment as the
cavalry party broke up and scattered for
the morning's duties. Some waited purposely
to hear.
The adjutant alone stood in the colonel's
presence as Blake knocked and entered.
All others had gone. There was
a moment's hesitation, and tho colonel
paused and looked his man over befoiv
ho spoke:
"You will excuse my sending for vou.
Mr. Blake, when I tell you that it is a
matter that has to be decided at once.
In this case you will consider, too, that
I wont you to say yes or no exactly as
you would to a comrade of your own
grade. If you were asked to meet Mr.
Ilayno at any other houso in the garrison
than mine, would you desiro to accept?
You are aware of all the circumstances,
tho adjutant tells me."
"I am, sir, and have just announced
my intention of calling upon kini."
"Then will you dine with us this
evening to meet Mr. Hayne?"
"I will do so with pleasure, sir."
It could hardly have been an hour
afterwards when Mrs. Rayner entered
the library in her cosey home and found
Miss Travers entertaining herself with a
"Have you written to Miss Van Antwerp
this morning?" she asked. "I
thought that was what you came here
"I did mean to, but Mrs. Waldron has
been here, and I was interrupted."
"It is fully fifteen minutes since she
left, Nellie. You might have written
two or three pages already; and you know
that all manner of visitors will becoming
in by noon."
"I was just thinking over something
she told me. I'll write presently."
"Mrs. Waldron is a woman who talks
alxmt everything and everybody. I advise
you to listen to her no more than
you can help. Whafc was it sh# told you?"
Miss Travers smiled roguishly: "Why
should you want to know, Kate, if you
disapprove of her revelations?"
"Oh," with visible annoyance, "it is to
?I wanted to know so as to let you see
that it was something unfounded, as
"She said she had just been told that
the colonel was going to give a dinner
party tliis evening to Mr. Hayne."
"She?said?she?had ? just ? been?
to give?a dinner party?this evening?
to Mr. Hayne."
"Who told her?"
"Kate, I didn't ask."
"Who are invited? None of ours?"
"Kate, I don't know."
" Where did she say she had heard it?"
"She didn't say."
Mrs. Rayner paused one moment, irresolute:
"Didn't she tell you anything
more about it?"
"Nothing, sister mine. Why should
you feel such an interest in what Mrs.
Waldron says, if she's such a gossip?"
And Miss Travers was evidently having
hard work to keep from laughing outright.
"You had better write your letter,"
said her big sister, and flounced suddenly
out of the room and up the stairs.
A moment later she was at the parlor
door with a wrap thrown over her
shoulders. "If Capt Rayner comes in,
tell him I want particularly to see him
before he goes out again."
"Where are you going, Kate?"
"Oh, just over to Mrs. Waldron"s a
moment "
Current Selections from History's
Broad Page.
May 7.
839 B. C.?Death of Socrates; aged (10.
973?Death of Otto the Great, emperor of Germany;
born 012.
1731?Coronation of Catherine, empress of Russia.
1830?Birth of Alexander II. Stephens, vlco president
of the Southern Confederacy.
1843? Earthquake at St. Haytien, San Domingo;
between four and five thousand lives lost.
1859?Papers found in a cairn, Arctic regions, certifying
that Sir John Franklin died June 11,
1817, and that his ships were deserted April
SK, 1818.
1804?Gen. Sherman moves from Chattanooga on
his "march to the sea," and after a series of
battles reaches the coast at Savannah, Ga.,
Dec. 21.
18M?Butler defeated at Bermuda Hundred, Va.
1873?Death of Chief Justice Chase, U. S. supreme
May 8.
1205?Birth of Dante; died 1825; ^
"the poet of the religious life \
of the Middle Ages; the -rf*
Christian Homer." \oHifQt i\
1057?Oliver Cromwell declines ' rr
the title of king. rK
1GC8?Alain Itelne LeSage born; ^?~WTT
died 1747, aged 79; author of
"Gil Bias" and many plays.
1814?Steam substituted for ^
horse and other power on
the Fulton ferry boats, New j. stuart mill.
18-10? Battle of Palo Alto. Mexico; Mexicans defeated
with loss of 400; Americans, 63.
1801?Secession of Tennessee from.the Union.
18C4?Beginning of series of battles at Spottsylvanla
Court House, Va., continuing until the
1873?Death of John Stuart Mill, English social
and political economist; born 1800.
1879?Chinese excluded from citizenship in San
1889?S. S. City of Farls makes unequaled time between
New York and Queenstown.
May 9.
1819?Rivalry between Edwin Forrest, American
tragedian, and Macready, an English actor,
culminated in the Astor place riot. New York.
One hundred and fifty persons wounded and
several killed.
1850?Introduction by Henry Clay in the U. S.
senate of the "omnibus bill," providing for
the formation of the territories of Utah and
New Mexico; prohibition of slave trade in the
District of Columbia; the return of fugltivo
slaves to their masters and the payment of
$10,(XX),000 to Texas for claims due by Mexico.
These measures subsequently adopted separately.
16G0?Death of Theodore Parker, eminent Unitarian
divine of Boston.
1802?Pensacolu occupied by the Federal forces.
1802?Confederate iron clad Virginia burned, it
being impossible to move her into the James
1805?Jefferson Davis captured near Irwinville,
1805?Surrender of Gen. Sam Jones at Tallahassee,
I860?Completion of the Pacific railroad and ceremonious
laying of the last rail at Promontory
Point, 1' !i. The jxiint of junction is 1,080
miles west of the Missouri river and 090 miles
east of .Sacramento City.
May 10.
1590?Death of Cardinal do Bourbon; born 1520.
1750?Great Britain declares war against France.
1700?Death of Count Zinzcndorf, founder of the
sect of Moravian Brothers.
1775?Ticouderoga surprised by Ethan Allen and
Benedict Arnold.
1805?Death of Frederick Schiller, German poet;
Kn..n irrUI
184(V?Buttle of Resaeu de lu Pulma, Mexico.
Ainericuns victorious. Gen. La Vega captured
by Capt. May.
1800?John Bell, of Tennessee, nominated for
presides; by the "Constitutional Union" party.
1801?Gen. Wool occupies Norfolk, Va.
18(12?Gen. Hunter, commanding in South Carolina,
issued an order emancipating the uegroes.
18(14? Buttle of Cloyd's Mountain and New River .
Bridge, Va. Union loss, 745; Confederate loss,
1801?TwO dilys ugul uu unin uu...i .
loss, 41)0; Confederate, 500.
1871?Treaty of i>caeo signed at Frankfort between
France and Germany.
1870?Tidal wave at Collao destroys shipping and
1870?International exhibition opened in Philadelphia.
1870?Death of Admiral E. G. Parrott, U. 3. A.,
aged 79; inventor of Parrott gun.
May 11.
1310?Jacques de Molay, grand
master of the Templars, born
1647?Arrival of Peter Stuyve- jKa
sunt, director general of New ?
Amsterdam, now New York;
the most jxjpular of colonial ^
1745?French defeat English at
Fontenoy. *-?- '
1778?Death of William Pitt, earl juitiu'R outon
of Chatham, friend of the (.Tichborne.)
colonies in the revolution; born 1708.
1810?President Polk sends a message to congress,
and war with Mexico is declared formally.
Hostilities began in April.
1857?Mutiny of the Sepoys nt Meerut and Delhi,
1858? Minnesota admitted Into the Union.
18(41? Passage of the Red river forts by Porter's
1805 Gen. Jeff Thompson surrenders in Arkansas.
1805?Italian seat of government transferred to
Fli trence.
1871 ?Trial of the Tichborne ease in England. Tito
court decides against the claiiuaint and he is
sent to Newgate.
May 1U.
1(411?Execution of Thomas, earl
of Strafford, English minis1701?Execution
of William Kidd, MB jM 4M
the most famous pirate that ^ . \J
ever infested the sens. He
wius previously a New York TclgRKgS
1175? Crown Point taken from
the British by Col. Seth War1780?Siege
of Charleston, S. C.. , , '
by the British; the Ameri- 0KNK'<^L,f' E' D'
j stl art.
cans capitulated.
18(43? Union victory nt Raymond, Miss. Natchez
18(44?Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, sometimes called the
Confederate "Sir Rupert," a distinguished
cavalry leader, killed in Virginia; aged 41.
1804?Federal attack on Drury's Bluff, near Richmond,
Va., repulsed; Union loss, 3,012; Confederate,
1871?Death of Sir John Ilcrschel, astronomer;
born 1794
1873?Gen. Ignacio Agramontc, Cuban insurrectionist,
killed, aged 32.
1878?Death at Elmira, N. Y., of Catherine Beecher,
authoress, aged 71; sister of Henry Ward
1883?Death of the mother of President U. S.
Grant, aged 84.
May 13.
1707?Carl Linnceus, born Sweden, died 1778 j professor
of ' otany and medicine; author of
many works.
1780? Charleston, S. C., surrenders to the British
under Sir Henry Clinton.
1809?Napoleon defeats Austrians and captures
1832?Death of George, Baron Cuvier; remarkable
naturalist, born 1709. His chief works are
"Fossil Bones" and "Animal Kingdom."
18C1?Queen Victoria commands her subjects to
be neutral in the ensuing American war.
180-1?Battlo of Drury's Bluff, Va., eight miles
from Richmond, on the James. Federals repulsed.
Union loss, 3,012; Confederate loss,
1807?Jefferson Davis released on ball.
1871?Death of Auber, musical coinjioser; born
1874?Terrible famine in India; nearly 40,000,000
people distressed; $37,500,000 expended in relief
^UsccUancouss j&fading.
For the Yorkville Enquirer.
Editor of the Enquirer : I
would respectfully ask a short space
in your columns to explain the character
of the denomination I represent
in York county, as a missionary,
and my relation toward the people
of both races. I am a native of the
.grand old Palmetto State, though not
a native of York county. I was born
and raised in the county of Marlboro,
and was raised by one of the best
white families of that county. On
the death of my mother, when I was
but a child, these kind people took
me and raised me, giving me some
opportunity to improve myself by
study. I thank these white people
I have ever found the white people
to be my best friends. Towards me
they have ever shown such friendship
that I am opposed to negro emigration.
I believe this to be the
best place for the colored people, and
invariably so advise them.
I came to Clover last January for
the purpose of introducing the Colored
Methodist Episcopal Church of
America, known as the C. M. E.
church. This church was organized
by lawfully authorized men of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South,
in 18GG. When the general conference
met at New Orleans, April,
18GG, it was seen by the results or the
war a change had taken place in our
political and social relations which
made it necessary that a change
should be made in our ecclesiastical
relation. Provision was, therefore,
made for the organization of the colored
people into separate congregations,
districts and annual conferences,
if we should desire it, and that
our preachers should receive ordination
as deacons and elders; and that,
should the time come when two or
more conferences were organized
among us, and if it was our wish to
have a separate and distinct church,
they would assist us in organizing
it, provided we should adopt the
discipline of the M. E. Church, South.
At the general conference of the M.
E. Church, South, at Memphis, May,
1870, it was found that five annual
conferences had been formed among
the colored people, and that it was
our unanimous desire to have a distinct
church of our own. The same
general conference appointed A. L.
P. Green, Samuel Matson, Edmund
W. Sehan, Thomas Whitehead, R. J.
Morgan and Thomas Taylor to aid in
organizing our general conference.
The general conference of the M.
E. Church, South, further agreed
that should the time arrive when we
should be set apart as a distinct organization
all the church property
held by trustees of our churches
should be transferred to churches appointed
by us. This was a more
liberal spirit than all the churches of
the North have shown towards us.
In December, 1870, two colored
men, K. H. Nendenhaist, of South
Carolina, and AV. H. Miles, of Tennessee,
were ordained bishops by
Bishop Paine, J). 1)., of the M. E.
Church, South. This is the church I
I ask the good people of York county,
if any of our denomination should
nsK ior a pior 01 ground on wmcn to
build a church that they will donate
or sell. T think, if we am succeed in
establishing a church in York county
of our principles and tenets, that it
will be instrumental in causing the
colored people to cherish a kinder
feeling towards their white friends.
Of course our church differs essentially
from the M. E. Church, North.
I am as much opposed to the Northern
organization as are the white
people of the .South. Let us sit under
our own vine and tig tree. Respectfully,
?S. A. Adams.
Clover, S. C.
The proprietor of a large jewelry
house in Cincinnati can scarcely have
forgotten his experience with an expert
knave, says the Chicago InterOcean.
It was along toward noon
one very hot day in the summer of
187") when a ministerial-appearing
fellow in a black suit, with a white
tie entered the store. He leisurely
walked to the show-case and asked
to see some diamond studs. After
some hesitation he bought a small
stone, for which he paid $3o. He
then wished to look at some ringsthought
of making his wife a present.
As he followed the clerk to the showcase
containing the diamond rings he
began to eat an apple. Several valuable
gems were looked at with dissatisfaction.
One valued at $500
pleased him, but was not just what
lie wanted. At length he saw one in
the case that he thought was just the
thing. As the clerk reached to get
it the parson-like customer pressed
was eating and cievem lusseu mmi of
the door. The clerk didn't notice
the move, but a fellow who was
standing on the outside did, and hastily
picked up the apple and departed.
The diamond purchaser decided
not to get his wife a present till
another day. He was on the point
of leaving when the clerk missed the
"Wait a minute, please," called
the clerk, who was nervously looking
over the tray. "I cannot find that
large diamond ring you were looking
The sanctimonious gentleman in
black at once returned and remarked
that the clerk must he mistaken.
The search continued, but it was
fruitless. The proprietor was allied,
and in a very austere and blunt way
insinuated that it might be found in
the folds of the ring buyer's garments.
"1 am the Rev. Dr. (i n," said
the customer in tones of excited
wrath, naming a clergyman who
lived in a village about thirty miles
distant; and I'll give you to understand
that I did not come here to be
Well the proprietor became angry
and called a policeman, and the alleged
clergyman was removed to a
back room, protesting indignantly
at the treatment. A short consultation
was held, and a telegram was
sent to the address given by the
prisoner, making inquiry as to his
character and whereabouts. The reply
was slow in coming, and it was
decided to search the prisoner. He
was forced to strip, and every fold
and crease in his clothes was searched.
It is needless to say that the
ring was not found. The telegram
to the village, thirty miles away,
came, saying that Rev. Dr. (J n
was one of the most reliable men in
the town, and that he was visiting
friends in Cincinnati. Up to this
time the proprietor had been of the
opinion that the customer was a pi
ous fraud, but the telegram changed
his tune. He wanted to make
amends right away. The parson
talked heavy damages and law, hut
was at length soothed to silence by
four ?100 bills. In some way the
story of the minister's insult leaked
out. His friends heard it and
asked him about it. In the end he
called at the jewelry store to see
about it, and the proprietor was not
a little amazed to find he had been
duped. Detectives were at once put
on the case, and in a few days arrested
the bogus clergyman and his
confederate trying to pawn the ring.
They were the notorious "Frenchy"
La Mountain and Cal Duncan.
"A night watchman who was employed
to protect a jewelry store in
Denver against the ravages of
thieves was neatly outwitted by the
notorious Billy Forrester some years
before his death. The firm carried
an immense stock of gems and kept
them in a large old-fashioned safe.
Forrester had by long years of experience
become so familiar with safes
of that pattern that he could tell
when to reverse and when to .turn
the knob forward by placing his ear
close to the door above the combination,
and in this way could open the
safe in a short time. By taking a
wax impression of the keyhole he
made a key for the front door. Having
previously located the safe in the
store, he was now ready to begin. It
was a cold, snowy, stormy night
aoout ten o'clock, ana Forrester
walked up to the store \Cith an air of
ownership and unlocked the door.
He carried a small sample case in his
hand. Going in, he turned up the
gas in the rear of the store and then
shook down the stove. He leisurely
worked the combination to the safe,
and in less than half an hour he had
before him thousands of dollars
worth of costly jewels and watches.
At this very interesting point the
night watchman came in.
"Good evening," said the cordial
burglar, and he continued to remove
valuables from the safe to his sample
case. "I'm packing up my samples,"
went on the thief, suavely. "Going
out on the road in the morning, and
thought I would get ready to-night.
There! isn't that a beauty?" he asked,
holding out an elegant Jurgensen
for the watchman to examine.
In this way Forrester packed over
$9,000 worth of gems and watches
into his sample-case, chatting cheerfully
with the night watchman all
the while. As he was about to close
his sample-case he stopped suddenly,
as if struck by a happy thought, and
then picked up a very pretty ring.
Turning to the watchman, he asked
him if he had a wife. The watchman
had, and, with a careless laugh,
Forrester tossed him the ring, say
ing: "Give her that, and tell her it
is a mark of appreciation for the
faithful services rendered by her
The brilliant guardian of other
people's property was delighted, and
was unusually wide awake all the
rest of the night. It was not until
the next morning that he became
aware of the hoax that had been
practiced upon him. Forrester, by
that time, was well out of the way,
and his connection with the robbery
was not discovered till a few days before
his death, when* he confessed it.
The Washington correspondent of
the Philadelphia Times says that
Congressman Hemphill, of South
Carolina, is especially severe in condemning
the speech recently made
by Speaker Keed, at Pittsburg, in
which Reed was not only abusive of
the South, but indulged in much misrepresentation
and perverson of
facts. Speaking of Reeds, vituperative
address, Mr. Hemphill said:
"It is certainly very unbecoming
in a man who is speaker of the house
of representatives to go to a social
XI 1 XI. ~ O XI. ~
guuieriug una accuse me nouuteni
people of lying as Mr. Reed did.
"The truth seems to be that the
Republican managers know that they
bulldoze and bribe their people and
that they are trying to divert the
public mind from their own iniquity
by keeping up a constant fuss about
the South. The objection of the
South has been to the sending of men
there to override and bulldoze the
people. Our experience in South
Carolina has been that they do not
confine themselves to men for Federal
officers who actually reside in the
precinct or even in the county. They
pretend to reside there, but they are
roughs and bullies sent there to lead
the negroes and get up a row or to
override the white people.
"If the Republicans nave the right
under the constitution to regulate
the election of members of congress,
they have an equal right to legislate
upon the election of senators, because
they are both referred to in the same
section of the constitution. It is only
one step in the general process by
which the Republican party proposes
to take away from the States every
right they have and centre everything
in Washington as if the people
who came here to represent the constituencies
were any more honest or
virtuous than the people who repre
sent tnem in tne legislature 01 tne
several States.
"There is more virtue and a deal
more politics and partisanship in congress
than in the legislatures of the
several States. If Mr. Reed and his
people are so anxious to have the negroes
in congress, why do they not
set the South the example by electing
at least one from a Northern State ?
The negroes have been entitled to
vote and hold office for more than
twenty years, and they are an absolutely
essential part of the Republican
party in many of the Northern
States. j
"The Republicans seem to want to
make the South do what they will not J
fin tlinnijnpin 1 I* i 'H
not in the majority they ought to be .
excluded, for. if they are American
citizens, and as good as the whites,
they certainly ought not to be excluded,
because there are not enough
in one district to elect one of their
own number without assistance from .
the white Republicans."
YALIIEi UE rai&.iia.
A few months ago an inventor of
a certain apparatus of a very simple
character, which could have been 1
readily duplicated in many different
forms, was offered six thousand dol- 1
lars for the right to a certain inland
town. He was a poor man and needed
the money badly. The reader
supposes, of course, that the inventor
jumped at the chance, and pocketed
the money on the spot. Not he; he
told the buyer that the patent was
worth one hundred thousand dollars,
and he was not going to sell one town
in New York State for six thousand
dollars. The same inventor was offered
a similar sum for another large
town in the State, or ten thousand
dollars for only two cities in the
country, but he refused to take it.
We have these facts from the inventor
himself, says Engineering, and
they are correct. Before it was too
late to negotiate we berated the man
soundly for his folly, but he was deaf
to all our argument. The sequel was
the inventor never sold a single
right, and has his patent to this day.
The fatuity of inventors on this one
point, the value of their patents, is
wholly uneoinprehensible from a
business point of view. If a farmer
was offerred ten thousand dollars for
ten bushels of potatoes and refused
it upon the ground that the bushels
would produce tons of potatoes, he
would be no more inconsistent than
the inventor who refuses a good
round sum of money for an unmarketed
invention. Yet this is what
they do every day in the year.
There are men walking the streets in
poverty who have devices of more or
less value, which in the hands of business
men would have commercial
value, that they refuse to part with
because they are not paid highly
enough in their own estimation.
The First Clock Turned Back.
Standard time, it seems, is not a new
thing. In the twentieth chapter of
II Kings it was applied with far
more facility and variety. Hezekiah,
who was a cotemporary of Homer,
was sick unto death, and was
advised by the Prophet Isaiah to put
his house in order. On being thus
admonished Hezekiah turned his
face to the wall and wept, then prayed
for recovery. Soon afterward he
was assured by the prophet that his
prayer had been heard, and that fifteen
years had been added to his
life. Hezekiah asked for a sign that
he would be thus happily healed.
Isaiah answered that tlie shadow on
int; sun ami snouiu De movea iorward
or backward ten degrees as the
desired sign. And the sacred history
continues thus:
10. And Hezckiah answered, "It is a
light thing for the shadow to go down ten
degrees; nay, but lot the shadow return
backward ten degrees."
11. And Isaiah the prophet cried unto
the Lord : and he brought the shadow ten
degrees backward, by which it had gone
down in the dial of Ahaz.
Thus the first known mention of
the sun dial, says the Jewelers'
Weekly, is coupled with a more difficult
problem in time keeping than
any that is now agitating the public.
Beans and Dollar Bills.?
Guessing is always an amusing game
for Yankess, and the Canners' and
Grocers' Gazette reports a trial of
skill in this line which lately occurred
in a Boston grocery.
Several customers were in the shop
chatting together, when the grocer
pointed to a lot of pea beans, and
asked how many of them it would
take to make a bushel.
A great variety of estimates was
offered. One reckless person said fifty
thousand, to the great amsement of
the rest of the company, all of whom
had guessed a much smaller number.
"Well, gentlemen," said the storekeeper,
"there are one hundred and
nineteen thousand such beans in a
No man was inclined to believe him
at first, but he showTed them that it
took sixty to weigh half an ounce,
and a little calculation convinced
them that his large figures must be
approximately correct.
"Now then," said the grocer, "how
many dollar bills will it take to weigh
as much as a silver dollar?"
One said a hundred: another
guessed seventy-five, and one, remembering
the beans, put the figures
at three hundred.
"All wrong," replied the grocer.
"It takes just twenty-two," and that
also he proved by the scales.
Lyman Beecher's Courtship.?
A story concerning Rev. Dr. Beecher's
courtship of his third wife is now
going the rounds, in which Dr. Pond,
of Bangor, plays an important part.
Dr. Beecher, so the story goes, was
on a vacation, and spending a short
time with Dr. Pond. One day he
remarked that he thought of marrying
again, and asked Dr. Pond if
he could suggest a good, Christian
woman, among his circle of acquaintances,
for a wile. Dr. Pond reflected,
and then suggested Mrs. Jackson, of
Boston, a former parishioner of Dr.
B's. That crpnHpmnn vvna fnvnmhlv
impressed with the idea, and on his
way home called on Mrs. Jackson,
and stated his errand. The lady was
taken by surprise, and she said she
would like to pray over it. "Let us
pray over it now," said Dr. Beecher,
and he instantly dropped upon his
knees and devoted his prayer to the
object of his affection, concluding by
saying as he tenderly took her hand,
"Dearest how do you feel now ?" In
less than a month they were united
in the bonds of holy wedlock, and
it proved a happy marriage.
A 'Possum Hunting Hog.?Louis
Crawford, an old colored man living
on a farm live miles from Birmingham,
Ala., has a freak of nature in
the shape of a razor-back hog, for
which he has refused $100 cash. The
hog is a natural-born 'possum hunter,
and Uncle Josh has no less than fifty
hides this season as evidence of his
hog's prowess. He was in Birmingham
recently with his skins and
razor-back, which follows him round
like a dog. The old man tells a very
simple story of how he discovered
the animal's queer instinct. One
night while going through the woods
he discovered the hog under a tree
grunting furiously and rearing up
against the trunk. Approaching the
tree and looking up he discovered a
big, fat 'possum. Having a similar
experience several times, he came to
the conclusion that the hog was a
natural-born 'possum hog, and, making
a pet of it, he took it to the woods
frequently, with splendid success.?
[Chatham Record.
A Wrinkle in Reckoning
Dates.?A gentleman was showing
a curious thing in the State house recently?showing
how to tell the day
of the week of any date. He gave
the following formula, which can be
tried by any one: Take the last two
figures of the year, add a quarter of
this, disregarding the fraction; add
the date of the month, and to this
add the figure in the following list,
one figure standing for each month,
3-0-6-2-4-0-2-5-1-3-0-1. Divide the
sum by 7, and the remainder will give
the number of the day in the week,
and when there is no remainder the
day will be Saturday.
As an example, take March 19,1890.
Take 90, add 22. add 19, add 6. This
gives 137, which divided by 7 leaves
a remainder of 4, which is the number
of the dav, or Wednesday.?
should like to ask for a little information,
if you please." The speaker
was a northern tourist in the Ozark
mountains of southwestern Missouri.
He had halted near a small, windowless
cabin, in front of which a sallow,
shrewd native sat smoking a cob
pipe. , ml
"Wull!" came the slow reply. The
A\A nor HIM hp
man atu nut mv/tv "v*. v*?v?
his pipe from his mouth or his hands
from his pockets as he surveyed the
elegant young man in corduroys.
"I should like to inquire," said the
tourist, "if this isn't the region where
the clay eaters live ? I was told I
should reach it about noon."
The Missourian rose slowly, and,
advancing his lank figure, a gleam of
fun in his eye, asked in his turn:
"Clay? Be you hungry for some,
young feller ?"-[Youth's Companion.
? >
"Great Fish" in the Mediterranean.?It
is almost worth a journey
to Syria to see one of the specimens
in the college collection. It is
nothing less than a veritable pair of
whale's jaws as wide as an ordinary
door, and longer than an ordinary
tloor is high. The skeleton was
found near Tyre, and put to rest all
the doubts which have been raised
against the presence of "great fishes"
in the Mediterranean. And if any
one has any doubt alwut the Hebrew
prophet's being able to slip down
such a monster's throat without serious
abrasion to the skin; a single
look at these jaws will satisfy him.
l)r. II. H. Jessup told me that he
had seen the skeleton of another
whale on the coast of Syria, and had
also seen modern representatives
spouting in the Mediteranean.?[Beirut
Letter to the Interview.
? ?
4^* Less than thirty per cent, of the
colored children in Alabama were
even enrolled in the public schools
last year, and only about sixty per
cent, of the whites were enrolled.

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