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l. m. grist 4 sons, publishers. } % Jfamilg $ eicsgager: 4or promotion of th$ political, gonial, ^gricultupl and ?ommti[tial Interests of the ?ou(ft. j TERM3reGLE copi,EFiraNcEs?ANCE' established 1855. YORKVILLE, S. O., SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 1899. . 3STTJMBER 24. 1 By WETHERL Tonvricht. 1899. by Weatherley Cbesney. Synopsis of Ppevious Installments. ^ In order that new readers of The Enquirer may begin with the following installment of this story, and understand it just the same as though they had read it all from the beginning, we here give a synopsis of that portion of it which has already been published: Commander Duncan Bretb R. N., having been accepted by Mabel Fenton, on his way home finds her brother George bending over the dead body of a woman. In her hand is the broken ofi hilt of a glass dagger?a curio which has hung in George's room?the blade buried in the woman's heart. A man, Fitzgerald, endeavors to take possession of the woman's jewelry. Brett interferes, whereupon the man denounces him to the police as the murderer, and be is marched to the station. Brett proves bis innocence and is discharged. George Fenton endeavors to escape, but after a long flight is a last arrested, charged with the murder of Harriet Staples, a woman to whom he has long been known to be attached. Mabel Fenton has faith in her brother's innocence. She tells Brett that if George is guilty she will never marry him, being the sister of a murderer. Mr. Keighley Gates is heard talking about the glass dagger. Brett resolves to establish George's innocence. George describes me muraer 01 namci Staples as he witnessed it. She reftised to marry him. He turned from her, heard her fall and saw a man running away, the dagger being in her breast. Brett gets Harriet Staples' photograph and discovers that it is the likeness of Lady Florence Mostyn, daughter of the Duke of Lundy. ? Brett calls upon Keighley Gates and notices in a drawer of Gates' desk a photograph of a woman which he recognizes as one he had seen in Scotland Yard over the name of Lady Florence Mostyn. Brett finds a visitor in his room, Mr. Vandeleur, an actor who tells him that he had played with Lady Florence Mostyn, or Mary Western, or Harriet Staples, or whatever she might be, and through Vandeleur, Brett gets on the track of Arthur Durant and is led to believe that the murdered woman was disreputable. Brett consults Arabella Pridgett and learns more of the murdered woman, as Lady Florence Mostyn, which makes her appear as a receiver of stolen goods. It is discovered that the father of Lady Florence Mostyn bad married a widow with a son, who had gone to the bad. CHAPTER XIL i WAS MR. KEIGHLEY GATES A LIAR? First of all I called at Scotland Yard, and as a favor I was allowed possession of the photograph substituted for Lady Florence Mostyn's. Armed with this I oalled at the Metropole and again inquired for Mr. Keighley Gates. Yes, he was in?in faot he was confined to the house by a cold. I made my way up stairs, and on turning the oorner of the corridor leading to Mr. Gates' room I ran into some one. "Confound you, sir!" said a voice I eemed to know. "Should look where yon are going. I might have been the Prince of Wales?leze majesty, sir? they'd have hanged yon for it!" I apologized for the occurrence and he V seemed mollified. "All right, sir?beep your blinkera off next time. Go straight ahead now? don't bring the monument down," and he passed on. The voluble gentleman bad not recognized me, but I knew him in an instant. He was got up in irreproachable attire, from bis patent leather boots to his shiny silk bat But despite his altered appearance there was no mistaking the once seedy looking vagabond who called himself Dr. Fitzgerald. The last time we had met was beside the still warm body of the murdered Lady Florence. What was be doing at the Metropole? Had he been to see Mr. Keighley Gates? If so. about what? I had not time to pursue these reflections any further, for a few steps brought me to the door of Mr. Gatee' room. Mr. Gates was in a very bad temper, that was evident. He scowled ferociously as I entered, and when he recognized me it evidently required an enortonnis k part to greet me in a friendly way. "Yon must excuse me, Captain Brett, if I am not in my usual form today," he said. "I have got an infernal cold, and there are one or two little matters that have annoyed me this morning. " "Was Dr. Fitzgerald one?" I jocosely remarked. "Dr. Fitzgerald?" 6aid Gates, looking | at me inquiringly. "I met him in the passage just now. He seemed to be coming from this direction. Gaunt looking man?speaks disjointedly." "Oh, that fellow 1 He did not give me the name you mention. He came on a begging errand. Do yon know him?" "The last time I 6aw him?indeed the ^ only time before?was on the night of the murder. He tried to rifle the dead body." Mr. Gates seemed surprised at this piece of news. " Was he mentioned at the police oourt proceedings?" he asked. "Yes. Indeed, it was owing to him that I was arrested. You will find it in the newspaper report." "I remember the incident you mention, now," 6aid Gates, "but I did not know this was the man in question. Thanks for the information, Captain Brett. It will be very useful in case he pesters me again." We6poke on general matters for a few minutes, and then I inquired if he had any news from the States. "No. It is too soon for a letter, but as there has been no cablo I presume we may conclude that Durant is not in EY CHESNEY. evidence at the moment. Have yon learned anything more?" "Nothing that bears direotly on the oase," I guardedly replied, for I did not 1,'-L fall him nf f-.hA ro. ID 111 K lb JLJCTUCCaai J VW ig?i .?v .w salts of my visit to Hinton. "Bat," 1 added, "there is one piece of information yon may be able to give ua When Lady Florence MoEtyn disappeared the Dnke of Lnndy sent her photograph? an amateur one, yon will notice, for the means of tracing her. We now find this photograph has been taken oat of the albam and another substituted for it I have this one with me. Here it is. Do you recognize it?" Mr. Gates took hold of it and looked at it closely. " Yes," be said. "I knew the original of that. In faot, I believe I have a copy of this identical photograph?an amateur one, yon will notice, for there is "J met Mm in the vassaqe Just now." no photographer's name. It is a Mrs. Cecil Slater. I met her on a P. and O. boat How on earth did it get in the Scotland Yard album?" "That is what I should like to know, Mr. Gates.'* Mr. Gates' turned to his drawer, and after a few minutes' rummaging produced the pioture I had seen on my last viBit. "Here is my print. It is identical with yours, you observe. But why should you have come to me? It is simply a remarkable coincidence." "Well, to tell you the truth, Mr. Gates, I happened to see the copy of yours when I was here last week. It was lying in that drawer, which, you may remember, you could not close. I oould not help noticing it, for it was staring me in the face while yon were showing me your curios. I thought it was the same and brought this to yon to make sure." Gates laughed. "1 see, Captain Brett, you are warning to this detective work. I must congratulate you on your ingenuity and powers of observation." He said this somewhat sarcastically, but I forgave him, for he admitted to being in a bad temper. "But how did it get in the police album?" I asked. "I'm sure I don't know, "said Gates. "I did not put it there." "Of course not," I laughed. "But do yon happen to know anything about the lady that would conueot her in any way with the murder?" "Nothing at all that I am aware of. I met her some time ago returning from India, and I' heard she died last year. She was a most charming woman and bad many friends. Some one on board A 1 ? on/4 cUa konnr cxrl tUUH U?l puuiu^iapu, auu cuu uuiiuiww me, along with others, with a print. That is the whole history of my copy." This was distinctly disappointing. What we had looked upon as ah important clew turned out to be of no value at all unless we could trace the prints, and that was rather unlikely. "Can you tell me who got cqpies besides yourself?" "I cannot. I don't know bow many prints there were, and I certainly never knew where they all went to. The man who took tbem was called Ralston. He is in the Indian civil service, and 1 have no doubt 1 could find out his address for you if you wish it." "I don't expect he will be of any use to us, but I dare not leave even that stone unturned. I shall be very glad, Mr. Gates, if you will get me that information, and possibly yon may by that time remember the others of your fellow passengers who also got a picture of the lady." Gates promised to do his best, and 1 took my leave. I did not much care for the man, but he seemed willing and even anxious to help me, and on two points at least he had given valuable information. I took the photograph back to Scotland Yard. The officials there were boginning to know me, so frequent had been my visits on one poiDt and another. Ono of them stopped me in the doorway just as I was leaving. "Ah, Captain Brett," said he, "I hovra cnmn a fnr rnn .TnnlHna nno of our men, has just returned from a mission in the Argentine. He had charge of our album before he went away, and we have told him about tho photograph being stolen. He distinctly remembers an inquirer fumbling over that page in a rather suspicious mauer. He thought it queer at the time, but did not detect the substitution of the print. He kept his eye on the man, however, and learned bis name afterward. He is certain he did it." "Well, who was it?" "It waB a Mr Keighley Gatea Do you know him?" TO BE CONTINUED. StiSCcHancous Sending. BRYAN AND BELMONT. They Set Forth Their Views as to the Meaning of Pore Jeffersonian Dem ocracjr. Having been informed that Mr. Belmont had not made it public, Mr. Bryan, on Monday, gave out to the press the correspondence with reference to the recent invitation sent him by the New York Democratic club. The correspondence is as follows : "Champaign, 111., March 16, 1899. "Hon. Perry Belmont, President, Democratic Club, New York : "Dear Sir?I received a few days ago the following telegram : " 'New York, March 9.?Hon. Wm. J. Bryan, Liucoln, Neb.?In arranging the toasts and responses at the banquet of the Democratic Club of Jefferson's birthday, April 13, the committee are most desirous, if your engagements will permit your attendance, to have you select such subject as you prefer to discuss, in your own way, within the limit required for all speeches?20 minutes. Please wire reply. " 'Perry Belmont, President, " 'Richard Croker, Chairman.' "Upon my return to Nebraska, I sent the following inquiry : "'Hon. Perry Belmont, Democratic Club, New York : " 'Invitation received. Remembering that you openly repudiated the Democratic platform in the last campaign, I desire to know before answering your invitation, whether you have, siuce the election, publicly announced your conversion to the principles set forth in that platform. " 'Wm. Jennings Bryan.' "'I have just received your reply. The invitation extended to you is on behalf of the Democratio Club. Individual opinions have not been considered in issuing the invitations to celebrate the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. 'Perry Belmont.' "I might plead a previous engagement as a reason for declining but that would be equivalent to saying that I would come but for the engagement, but fraukness compels me to add another reason. I appreciate the comriliment which the Democratic Club c pays me in extending an iovilation ; but I do not uuderstaud bow individual opinion can be ignored at a political gathering. You are the president of the club, and represent the club before the public. Your position upon public questions was well knowu in 1896 aud your telegram indicates that your position has not been changed. My positiou upon public questious is also well known. The antagonism between our opinions is so great that we canuot with propriety join in apolitical banquet giveu in honor of Democracy's putrou saint. "Jefferson stood for certain well defined principles. If your views are a correct reflection of his ideas, I fear that my voice would sound a discordant note at your banquet. "If, on the other hand, the Chicago platform applies (as I believe it does) Jeffersonian principles to present conditions, then your conspicious presence at the Jeffersonian banquet would not honor the memory of the world's greatest Democrat. "Do not misunderstand me. You may be right aud I may be wrong ; hut I take it for granted that we are equally conscientious, aud I irust that I may not show myself less courageous than you. You proclaimed to your fellowcitizens in 1896 that my election upon a Democratic platform would endanger the nation's welfare; you will pardon me if I suggest that a banquet, presided over by you, will injure rather than aid the Democratic party. I believe in harmonizing personal differences; but differenceiin principle cannot be harmonized, and, in my judgment. no Dartv advantages are to be de rived from political communion between Jefferson Democruts who stand upon the Chicago platform and the Republican allies who masquerade as Democrats between campaigns in order to give more potency to their betrayal of Democratic principles on election day. "Yours truly, "Wm. J. Bryan." After the above was made public Mr. Belmont, on Monday night, gave out the following as his reply to Mr. Bryan's last letter: "Dear Sir?I have just received your letter of the 16th, in which you describe those who declared in 1896 that your election to the presidency on the Chicago platform 'would endanger the nation's welfare' as 'the Republican allies who masquerade as Democrats between campaigns in order to give more potency to their betrayal of Democratic principles on election day.' " Mr. Belmont then goes on to say that before answering "tne uuwariam,ed letter," he had instituted a suit against a New York newspaper on account of an alleged libel in which he was characterized as a "higher-priced man than the tloater who sells his vote for $2 on election day," and continues: "Your purpose to be equally defamatory is obvious. Your skill in the use of words forbids the plea that iu your letter you misused them through ignorance. The design is plain, and were it not that you have interwoven in your abuse reference to my opinions upon public questions as opposed to your own, to the Democratic Club of which I am president, and to its proposed celebration of Jefferson's birthday, I should have left your offensive statement unanswered. "The Democratic Club of New York has a membership of nearly 3,000 Democrats, who all bold to the main principles of Democracy, while their opininno mnu vnrv in rpor#rH fn slU'h nnlili ?-J .-.J -- - ~0? - ? cal questions as are Dot fundamental; but merely local or transitory, like many of tbe vain conceits you have espoused. But none of those 3,000 members is a Republican. As for myself, I never voted for a Republican candidate either for a great or small office. "The board of governors and tbe president of so large a Democratic organization endeavored to represent officially tbe wishes of the majority, which was that tbe coming anuiversary of the birthday of Jefferson should be celebrated this year by tbe organization as in previous years. To recall these principles and traditions with which bis name is so indelibly associated, tends to bring about tbe revival of Democratic control based on public questions, tbe conditions of which are not transitory. "To the explanation made to you 'that individual opinions have not been considered,' you replied that you 'do no( understand how any individual opinion can be ignored in a political gathering.' Then your proceed to contrast your opinions with mine, to emphasize their antagonism, and finally declared that 'you and I cannot with propriety join in a political banquet given in honor of Democracy's patron saint.' "Your contention is that the Chicago platform applies Jeffersonian principles to present conditions and that because I criticised that platform in its application to conditions existing three years ago, and then resisted your candidacy fur tbe presidency, therefore my presence at tbe proposed dinner would not honor the world's greatest Democrat. "The course of events will probably prove your understanding of the relations of individual opinions to Democratic gatherings, and it is therefore not required of me now to indulge in your politics of temporary to permanent questions. "On returning from the Chicago convention, I explained my course in a public address to my constituents aud justified my protest on the ground that legislation and executive action in enforcing the Chicago platform would be an assault on wages and savings, bring on silver monometalism aud impair the obligations of contracts. I thereafter contended wherever I had opportunity lhat insistence by the United States on the coinage ratio of 16 to 1 would be the grave of international bimetallism and that if Europe opened its mints at 15? and this government persisted in the ratio of 16 the result would be as in 1834, aud the Uuited Slates would be left with only a subsidiary currency. "I answer you as an individual and not as committing the organization ol which I urn president. No copy of your letter has been seen by any member of the Democratic Club, and will not until after the reply has been mailed to you. "It is not practical for me to recall in this letter the substance of what 1 have written or spoken during or since the last presidential campaign iu regard to the Chicago platform, and it.many new phruses, although I do not iu any way recognize your right to question my Democracy. I am sending you by this mail a volume which correctly gives the list of everything which has been published, and you are at liberty to indicate and expose any portion that is unpatriotic, un-DemoIin-iinurinnn or in conflict with the Demoaratic creed as set forth in Jefferson's first inaugural address. (Signed) "Perry Belmont." USE OF SCHOOL FUNDS. Have Trustees the Right to Anticipate Tax Collections ? Columbia Record, Friday. The superintendent of education, in pursuit of his investigation of the purchase of charts, finds that almost incredible sums have been spent for them in some instances, leaving practically nothing with which to run the schools. Some trustees even went so far as to anticipate the school tax for a year in advance and made arrangements to pay cash for the charts. The attorney general has been requested to give bis opinion as to the right of trustees to purchase supplies after this fashion. The opinion is not ready just yet; but generally speaking it will hold that trustees have no such riirht. When the mans and charts have thus been purchased there is no doubt but that they should be paid for. But that is a question for the agent and the trustees to settle amongst themselves. It may be, however, that it will be legal to enter into an arrangement to purchase now, and the supplies to be paid for when next year's taxes are available. Trustees throughout the state are much interested in the subject and many letters are being received by Mr. I McMahan in reference thereto. There does Dot appear to be aoy objection to tbe supplies themselves, many teachers believing them first class aids in tbe school room ; but it is a question whether such luxuries should be iDdulced in when tbe school fund is al ready too small. LAURENS MILL CASE. Opinion of tho Supreme Court Court Relation to Tax Exemption. August Kohn In News and Courier. The supreme court decided an important question on Monday. In a nutshell, it decides that tax exemptions granted prior to the adoption of the new constitution are null and void, and that exemptions granted since the adoption of the new constitution have to be upon a direct vote. Several communities have exempted cotton mills and other enterprises from taxation prior to the new constitution, and the supreme court holds that these exemptions are null and void. It remains to be seen whether auy taxpayer will take action in the matter. The decision just rendered was prepared by Justice Pope, and refers directly to the Laurens cotton mill; but the principle is applicable to all such enterprises and cases. The opinion begins in this way : "This is an application for the writ of mandamus addressed to this court in the exercise or its original jurisdiction." Then the decision goes on to state that - 1 t J 2- T ... me relator resiues iu juuuicuo auu wishes taxes paid on the Laurens Cotton mill, which has been excused from paying taxes under a resolution adopted in 1893 that all cotton mills would be excused from municipal taxes for 13 years if they located in Laurens. No ordinance was passed until 1898. The Laurens Cotton mill was incorporated in 1896. The court thon goes on to say: ''Upon the presentation of the petition for the writ in question the usual order was passed requinug the respondent to make return thereto. The respondent, the city council of Laurens, made return, virtually admitting all the allegations of fact aet up in petition, but insisting that its co-respondent was not liable to pay any taxes for the year 1896, 1897, 1898. But the return of the Laurens cotton mills denied that the relator was a citizen or owned property in the city of Laurens; denied the allegations of fact set out in the petition, alleging that it had been assessed to pay taxes for the years 1896, 1897 and 1898 and so on. On the 12th day of December, 1898, the relator demurred to the returns of the respondents. By this step be admits the allegations of fact asset out in the returns. So far as the city of Laurens, or the city council of Laurens, or its elurlr and treasurer, are concerned, the demurrer to their return is well taken. ''There was no power in the city council of Laurens in the year 1893 to exempt or to promise to exempt factories from taxation upon their location in the city of Laurens. Such a step was' in palpable violation of the constitution adopted in 1868, for the instrument required all property, real and personal, to be assessed for taxation. It is useless to multiply words iu the discussion of this point, for it had recently been considered in the case of the Germania Savings Bank vs. Town of Darlington, 50 S. C., and the case is practically conclusive of this." The court then goes on to say : "If the city council had no authority to release the property of Laurens Cotton mills, the instructions of the clerk and treasurer were illegal, null and void. "There never was any power in this state after 1868 to release properly from taxation until the constitution of 1895 gave cities and towns such power for the limited period of five years, and upon the matter being submitted to the voters of such city or town for their approval." The court then takes up the various legul details and coucludes its opinion thus: "It is ordered, therefore, that the return of all respondents, except the Laurens Cotton mills, be held insufficient, but that the demurrer of the relator to the return of the Laurens Cotton mills be not sustained, witb leave to the relator to apply for a trial of the issue of the facts between himself and the Laurens Cotton mills in one of the methods required by law. In the meantime, the issuance of the writ of mandamus against the city council ol Laurens will be stayed." BLACKSBURG BUDGET. Mr. Beean Goes to tlie University of the South?The Alleged Dying Statement of Mrs. Anderson. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. Blacksburg, March 20.?An unusually heavy rain on Saturday afternoon and night raised Buffalo creek and Broad river higher than they have been for the past 12 or 15 years. Mr. John Beean held his last service at the Episcopal church on Sunday. He left today for the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., to take up his theological studies again. The members of the church and other friends, regret very much to give him up and send their best wishes for his welfare and success. Id a private letter to one 01 our citizens, Mrs. Patterson, the mother of Mrs. Ellen Anderson, of the ReeseLuckie murder trial, announces the death of Mrs. Anderson, which occurred recently in Atlanta. On her death bed, she declared that she murdered Williams, and did so under the impression that he was her hhsband? Robt. Anderson?who, with another party, was trying to kidnap her little girl Foster. That she fired the pistol at the man while he was running up the street, and, of course, the impression is that the killing was accidental. w. A. ACCORDING TO DEBS. The Great Agitator Speaks of Prison Labor and Its Effects. About 350 members of the Nineteenth Century club gathered at the ball room of Delmonico's, in New York, last Tuesday night, to listen to an address to the organization by Eugene V. Debs. There were a number of the substantial business, professional and scientific men present, and the interest in Mr. Debs's words was rather out of tbe ordinary, and the speaker was applauded mildly several times during bis remarks. Mr. Debs spoke on "Prison labor, its effects on industry and trade." Among'other things, Mr. Debs said : "Here in this proud city, where wealth has built its monuments grander and more imposing than any of the seven wonders of the world named in classic lore, if you will excavate for facts you will find the remains, the bones of the toilers, buried and imbedded in the foundations. They lived, they wought, they died. In their time they may have laughed and sung and danced to the music of their clanking chains. They married, propagated the species and perpetuated conditions which, growing steadily worse, are today the foulest blots the imagination can conceive upon our much vaunted civilization. And from these conditions there flows a thousand streams of vice and crime which have broadened and deepened until they constitute a perpetual and ever increasing menace to the peace and security of society. Jails, workhouses, reformatories and penitentiaries have been crowded with the victims, and the question how to control these institutions and their unfortunate inmates is challenging the most serious thought of the most advanced nations on the globe. "The pernicious effect of prison contract labor uDon 'free labor.' so-called, _ f ? when brought into competition with it in the open market, is universally eonceded, but it should not be overlooked that prison labor is itself an effect and not a cause, and that convict labor is recruited almost wholly from tbepropertyless wage-working class, and that the inhuman system which has reduced a comparative few from enforced idleness to crime, has sunk the whole mass of labor to the dead level of industrial servitude. "It is popular to say that society must be protected against the criminals. "I prefer to believe that criminals should be protected against society, at least while we live under a system that makes the commission of crime necessary to secure employment. Developing along this line it would be only a question of time until the state would be manufacturing all things for the use of the people, and perhaps the inquiry would be pertinent: 'If the state can give men steady employment after they commit crime, and manufacturing can be carried forward successfully by their labor, why can it not give them employment before they are driven to that extremity, thereby preventing them from becoming criminals?, "Prison labor is accountable for the appalling iucrease of insanity, suicide and murder and a thousand other forms of vice and crime which pollute every foundation and contaminate evlk-v stream designed to bless the world. Prison labor did not create ourarmy of the unemployed; but has beeu recruited from the ranks, and both, owe their existence to the same social and economic system. These conditions are as fruitful of danger to the opulent as they are degrading to the poor." The Wreck of the Maine.?One of the Cincinnati papers printed a story lust Monday to the effect that the location of the keyboard by which the Maine was blown up in Havana harbor has been found by an American engineer officer. The story is that Captain T. L. Huston, of the volunteers, who entered the service from Cincinnati, and who has been assigned to the duty of cleaning out the fortifications of Havana, bad discovered in the gun room of the Cuartel de Fuerste, a wooden box or hut, in which he found a gutta percha tube containing one large copper wire and several smaller wires. He also found evidence of a keyboard having been torn away. Captain Huston had confided his discovery to Mr. Warren J. Lynch, newly appointed passenger agent of the Big Four, who was visiting Havana and * J L ? ?? krtn f A f fono tfiu tL'ippQ saiu uc was auuut iu .... ? to prove his theory that the Maine was exploded from that point. The wreck of the vessel can be seen from this gun room, not more than 100 yards distant. The room itself was in a part of the prison tower to which access was only allowed to a few officers. 86T A friend of ours, says the St. Mark's Monthly, then living in Racine, ordered with other books, from Gregs & Co., of Chicago, a copy of Cannon Farrar's book, "Seekers After God," just then out. In a short time the other volumes came to hand, but being out of the Canon's book, G. & Co., wrote at the bottom of the invoice, "No seekers after God in Chicago."