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How Youngster Tickled the
“Grim Reaper” and Got
Away With It
DOWN In the lower* extremity ot
Winston county lives Uncle Billy
Bunting. You would not at firs;
glance recognize In Uncle Billy the man
who was considered way back In the 'SO?
the most daring soldier ot the south. And
yet the young man wlio for the excite
ment which adventures involved almost
daily put his neck within the coils of the
rope and quietly drew It back again, and
the old man of Winston are one and
the same, though separated by half a
hundred years.
Mr. Bunting, or Captain Bunting, as
he was known long ago, was in Bir
mingham last week. Unlike others who
have engaged in enterprises. Uncle Billy
shows no reluctance In telling his story,
although his manner of recitation elim
inates, or would eliminate entirely, his
personal entity.
Those who cJnn with Uncle Billy to
Birmingham Introduced the old soldier by
relating a few of his thrilling experiences.
One day, they said, he was captured with
in th^Yankee lines. Between two caval
rymen he was Instructed to ride to the
I headquarters of the commanding general.
For a mile^Uncle Billy rode, agid ns he
rode, talked of men and incident and
matters immaterial—talked, in fact, until
his guards, thoroughly entertained, for
got for a moment the serious nature of
their duty. And then Uncle Billy put
•purs to his horse and rode away. He
was fired upon, but escaped unwounded,
and within ar, hour was again under the
protection of the Stars and Bars. And
again, Unelo Billy proved that he was
too daring—too daring in the sense that
fiis spirit prompted others, less fortu
nate, .to emulate, invariably at the cost
of their lives. On thfs second occasion
five Confederates, on a scouting expedi
tion, were trapped, surrounded, and con
fronted with the muzzles of a hundred
guns, ordered to surrender. Four did.
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Uncle Billy didn't. Instead, he drove his
horse forward and escaped in a storm of
leaden missiles.
"They tell a great many things,"
stated Uncle Billy, "which did not oc
cur. For some reason, however, I
did have a fondness for going into
the lines of the Yankees, although I
knew that If I should happen to be
captured, I would run the risk of dy
ing the death of a spy. But I always
got away, and with a couple of horses,
a cask of liquor, a batch of cigars, a
side of bacon, a number of blankets,
or other things of value which we need
ed, and afterwards used to advantage.
But on one occasion, X was not so
fortunate—although I did escape in the
most perilous adventure which evet
came my way.
"I had crawled on my knees by the
Yankee pickets, and had managed to
get very close to a tent which I be
lieved to be occupied by General Burn
side. At any rate, standing hitched by
the tent was a magnificent horse, < ne
which I thought would just about suit
me. No sooner had I decided on (he
horse which I thought was that of the
federal comtnat/der, than I untied him,
mounted, and started away. And then
behind me came the noise of tho bugle
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Disappointment Involved in
the Strange Adventure of
the Gallant Steed
blast, and the hasty tread of startled
men. I was aware that It had become
known that some prowler was within
the sanctity of the enemy’s lines, and
I started forth. My horse, at the touoh
of the spur, leaped forward, and I
smiled In satisfaction, although from
the rear I could hear the thunderous
gallop of a score of steeds. Every
now and then someone took a crack
shot at my head, and X heard the bullet!
whistling by. As X passed through the
line of pickets, several men emptied
their carbines Into my face, but on I
ride, smiling all the while.
"And It was then a race, a race in
which human flesh was to play a puny
part. The issue depended on the speed
and the stamina and the steadiness
of foot of the horses. My animal was
doing nobly. I reached over and patted
his neck and he urged himself forward
with renewed energy.
"Onward we rode. It was the dark
est night I had seen. The country was
exceedingly rough with little gulleys
and larger ditches. Occasionally the
horse sprang forward In such manner
that I knew he had Jumped a fallen tree,
or a fence of rails, or a babbling brook.
In and out of the woods he wound
almost at will, for I did not attempt
to guide him. From behind on came
the Yankees, firing and shouting. On
ward I speed on the finest animal I
had ever ridden. I felt entirely safe,
and my blood tingled In the hilarious
sport of deadly adventure.
"And, at the end of an hour, I should
think, I saw ahead the light of our camp
fires. The pursuing Yankees also saw
and halted. I dashed between our pick
ets and was complimented by the firing
of rifles and cries for the guard. Very
soon, naturally, I was under arrest.
"After everything was explained I was
permitted to depart with no more serious
punishment than a reprimand from the
colonel. I went to my company, rubbed
down tile gallant steed, and was soon
wrapped securely In slumber.
After reveille the following morning I
told the story of the night before, the
story the outcome of which was the re
sult of the gameness of the horse. All of
the boys wanted to see the animal. And
we found him where he was left the night
before. I’'rom a distance he was magnifi
cent, and the boys were offering me boot
lo trade for theirs. But nothing could
have bought my gallant steed—nothing at
that moment could ha«e bought him.
"XVb Inspected the animal from head to
foot, and the verdict would have been
perfection, but for the discovery of an or
derly. This Individual had strolled by
and stopped to watch. And finally ho
raised his voice:
• ‘Where did you find that old blind
nag?’ he cried.
" 'Blind, the devil,’ I returned, remem
bering how he had brought me out of the
woods In the darkness without a bobble
or a moment's halt to And tils way.
’’ 'Blind, all right enough,’ returned the
"And he was right
"For we hastily examined, and the good
old steed failed to raov^a lid as we waved
our hands before his face or shook a
stidk with violent threat.
"But I kept the animal." eontluued
I.'ncle Billy, "and he served gallantly for
a month. He was so powerful and so
same and so Intelligent that sight
would have been superAuous. He fell un
der me, shot through and through, In
Pickett's charge at Gettysburg.”
In the Cause of Peace
From the National Monthly.
Quite a good deal of ridicule has been
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i which he conceives to be In accord with
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a convention's success.
It seems that as against 583 signatures
of conventions in 1907, there ure reported
28« artificatlons, with 19 powers, totaling
211 signatures still to be heard from.
Ratifying states have failed to act In 33
Instances on conventions. Twenty-six
powers are delaying action on the Inter
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Doubtless the figures given here will
be hailed by some as proof of the bar
renness of international diplomatic con
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From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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simply the stupidest man I ever met,'
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whether ho v a» kidding me or not.”
Grace Darling’s Boat Pre
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l.ightkeeper's Daughter and Father
Rowed Out to Sinking Vessel.
Sweetheart of the Heroine
Tells of Courtship
Newcastle. February 15.—(Special.)—
Comparatively few American travelers
find their way to Newcastle, compared
with the thousands that find visit other
parts of Kngland, but those who do so
hereafter should spare time for a visit
to Armstrong college, which has just
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boat; In other words, the craft In whlcn
the lighthouse keeper of Longstone and
his fearless daughter rowed out to the
wrecked steamer "Forfarshire” 74 years
ago and rescued such of the crew as
survived; a deed which made this girl
of Northumberland world famous and
her name a household word.
Grace Darling's boat, which has been
presented to Armstrong college by I^ady
John Jolcey Cecil, is of the type known
on the Northumbrian coast as a "coble.”
It was on the 7th of Sephember, 1838,
l hat the deed In which It figured wus per
formed. Grace Darling was 23 at the
time, having been horn at Bamborough
In 1815. Longstone, of whoso lighthouse
William Darling was keeper, Is one of
the Fame Islands, and when the ' For
farshire,'' which was bound from Hull co
Dundee with 63 persons on hoard, struck
the adjacent Barker's Rock disaster wad
swift, 43 of her passengers being drowned
within 15 minutes.
The vessel was seen by Grace Darling
at a quarter to flvo In the morning lying
broken on the rocks. The girl was a
superb oarsmen and at once proposed to
her father that they go to the rescue,
but the lighthouse keeper declared that
It would he madness, the soa running
mountains high. The girl, however, ar
gued that If they could gel to the For
farshire some of the crow would he able
to holp them back, and finally Darling
consented to make the attempt. With
wonderful strength and skill they
brought their "coble" to where the sur
vivors nine in number, crouched. Tho soli
tary woman and four men were safely
taken to the Longstone, and two of the
men returned with Darling and succeeded
in bringing the remainder off by 9 a. m.
This deed, so daring in itself, and so
successfully carried out, thrilled tho
world. The lighthouse at Longstone, rol
itary and unknown no more, was visited
by many of the wealthy and tho great.
Presents, testimonials and money wore
heaped at the feet of Grace Darling, and
she was made thp subject of hundreds
of poems, but she utd not live long after
her change of circumstances, dying of
consumption after a year’s illness, on
October 20, 1842.
But the man who was Grace Darling's
lover Is still alive, so it proved recently.
This Is "Jim" Giles, a veteran seadag
who for nearly firt years was a dock
gateman and assistant engineer at Ips
wich, and who retired only a few weeks
ago. The story of his courtship of the
Northumbrian heroine as told by him
self is as follows:
"When a young man I took a cargo of
salt from Ipswich to Sunderland. While
there 1 left my brig and was made a
coxswain of a coble that supplied Long
*tone lighthouse with provisions. This
Was In 1889, and as Grace's great dried
took place the previous year I was anx
ious to meet the lamous girl. On my
first trip in the coble I saw her standing
at tho lighthouse door, but although •
tried to attract her attention she got be
hind tho door: The next time I visit el
the lighthouse I took a silk handkerchief
full of grapes and gave the lot to Grace
when I saw her. Hho thanked me, and
we got on well. We walked and sat
about on the rocks, and one day we
paid a visit to Bamborough to seo tho
castle. As she had to return eagly to
see to the llghthosue I rowed her
"Grace was not handsome but she was
passable, with dark eyes and hair and a
face bronxed by tho sea air. and con
veying a sense of purity and Innocence
that 1 have never beheld In any other.
She wore very short skirts and a dark
blue Scotch cap, which suited her well.
She was as good as any sailor, and could
set a sail or pull an oar with tho host
of them.
"Her father, an old man nigh 70. was a
very old fashioned man, and always wore
drab knee breeches and buckled shoes,
with a sparrow tailed coat, big walst
(oat, and a round skull cap trimmed
with fur. He didn't think much of my
carryings on v.Mth ner. Grace often re
ferred to the loss of the 'Forfarshire,'
but made little of tier own ex pipit. She
showed mo her presents, Including a
gold slipper in a scarlet morocco caso
which the exar of Ttussla sent her. Hhe
was often asked to go to London, but
she wouldn't leave ‘daddy.' And, although
I i ccarne her sweetheart, that was the
reason she gave for not marrying, and
so we drifted apart-”
Had the Only One
From London Answers.
Only that afternoon had the travel
ing show arrived, but now tho merry
business was in full swing.
"Now, then, ladles an' gents,” roared
the showman. In stentorian tones,
"walk up and see th© live giant! He’s
the biggest giant you ever saw! Only
twopence to see the real giant!”
Business was not very brisk, how
ever, and the more the showman
strained to his invitation. The man
grew angrier and angrier.
■Tome, come!” he cried, at length,
nearly exasperated. "Who wants to see
the giant? Only here for one evening,
off again tomorrow! Now, walk up.
pleaso. and see the biggest man ever
horn—9 feet high in his socks!”
"Nine feet!” ejaculated the unbeliev
ing countryman. '"E ain't 9 feet high!
Why. your van ain't much higher than
"But he's not standing up," said the
showman; "he’s lying!"
"Tea," rotroted the countryman, as he
walked away, with his hands In his
pockets and a smtle on his good natured
face, "an' 'e ain't the only one neither!"
He Hid
From Llpplncott's. •
A certafn man was Invited to speak at
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on the list of speakers.
Moreover, the chairman Introduced sev
eral speakers whose names were not on
the programme, and tho audience was
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"Is 551 Park Villa, and I wish you all
good night."
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Market Value
U. S. and State Bonds.• $ 1,068,930.00
County Bonds. 4,116,452.46
School Bonds . 2,726.902.00
Municipal Bonds . 11,072,725.00
Market Value . 18,985,009.46
Mortgages, First Liens. 25,525,899.10
Loans on Company’s Policies. 6,777,464.74
Premium Notes on Poli. ies .... 1,929,223.24
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Cash in Banks and Office. 566,867.80
Agent’s Balances . 1,233.19
Ledger Assets at Market Value.$54,060,697.58
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Gross Assets .$56,038,867.81
Insurance Reserves .$42,390,723.00
Annuity Reserves. 4,947,071.00
Life Rate Endowment Reserves. 174,048.34
Trust Fund Reserves... 188,994.00
Policy Clams Unadjusted .. 100,482.79
Premiums Paid in Advance. 10,550.23
Surrender Values Unclaimed. 4,528.62
Taxes Accrued hut not Due. 181,578.27
All Other Accrued Liabilities. 96,076.22
Dividends Unpaid, Due and Accrued. 47,597.62
Surplus, Assigned for 1912 Distribution ... 1,010,576.88
Surplus Set Apart for Deferred Distribu
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Surplus Unassigned. 2,463,677.98
Total . $56,038,867.81
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Jan. 1 Income Assets Surplus Ins. in Force Jan. 1
1893 $2,497,779 $ 8,762,955 $1,002,074 $ 58,678,353 1893
1913 $9,431,839 $56,038,867 $6,886,640 $179,464,607 1913
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