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?The Croxley Master]
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S GG?G? ?.//er Mi~~jAMijiZ^
jONTUOMERV-CrasBs!" said he.
Ml A great hush fell over the. huge
| assembly. Even tho dogs ?Hop?
ped yapping; one might have
thought the monstrous room
wne empty. Tha two men had
stood >ip. the email whlto gloves over
their hands. They advanced Trom their
corners shook hands; Montgomery grave?
ly, Craggs with a smile. Then they fell
Into position. The crowd gave a long
sigh?Iho intake of a thouijand cxcltod
breaths. The rofcrco tilled his chair on
to its back legs nnd looked moodily criti?
cal from one to thc other.
II was strength against activity? unit
Wiis evident from Ilio first. The Master
stood stolidly upon his K-lcg. It gavo him
a tremendous pedestal; ono could hardly
Imagine his being knocked down. And
he could pivot round upon It with ex?
traordinary ciuickiifiss; bul his advance or
retreat was ungainly. His frame, how?
ever, was so tnuc.h, larger and broader
than that ot the student, and his brown,
massivo face looked so resolute und
menacing that tho hearts of tho Wilson
party sank within them. There was one
heart, however, which had done so. It
, was that of Robert Montgomery,
Any nervousness which ho muy havo
had completely passed away now, that
he had hl3 work bofo re him. Hero was
something definite? this hard faced, de?
formed Hercules to beat, with a career
ns the price of beating him. Ho glowid
with'the Joy ot action, it thrilled through
his nerves. Ho faced. ???? man with little
In-and-out steps, breaking to tho left,
breaking to the right, feeling his way,
while Craggs, with a dull malignant eye,
pivoted slowly upon his weak leg, tils
left arm half extended, his right sunk low
across the mark, Montgomery led with
his left, and then led again, getting light?
ly home each lime. He tried again, but
the Master had his counter ready, and
Montgomery reeled back from a harder
blow than he had given. Anastasia, tho
woman, gave a shrill cry of encourage?
ment, and bor man let fly his right. Mont?
gomery ducked under it and in nn In?
stant the two were In each other's armi.
"Break away! Break away! said tho
The Master struck upward on the break,
and shook Montgomery i with the blow.
Then it was time. It had been a spirited
opening round. The people liuzsed Into
comment and applause. Montgomery was
quite fresh, but the hairy chest of tho
Master was rising and falling?. Thc man
passed a sponge ovar his head, while
Anastasia flapped the towel before him.
"Good lass.' Good lass!" cried tho crowd,
s ?id cheered.
The men were tip again, tho Master
erimly watchful, Montgomery as alert
as a kitten. The Master trold a sud?
den rush, squattering along with his awk?
ward gait, but coming faster than ono
would think. -.0 student slipped aside
and avoided lilm. The Marter stop;.cd,
grinned and shook his head. Then he
motioned with his hand as an invitation
to Montgomery to come to him. The stu?
dent did so. and lt-d with his left, but
a swinging right counter in tho ribs in ex?
change. The heavy blow staggered him,
and the Master came? scrambling in to
complete his advantage; but Montgomery
with his greater activity, kept out of dan?
ger until the call of "time." A tame round
and thc advantage with the Master.
"T' Maiste.-'s too strong for him," said
a smelter to his neighbor.
"Ay; but t'oiiier's a likely lad. Happen
we'll see some sport yet, He can Joomp
But V Maister can stop and hit rare?
ly. Happen he'll mak' him Joomp when he
gets his nlef upon him." "*
They were up again, the water glisten?
ing upon their faces. Montgomery led in?
stantly and got his right home with a
f-ou?dtng smack upon the Master's fore?
head. There was a, shout from the col?
liers, and "Silence: Order! from the
referee, Montgomery avoided thc counter
and scored with his left. Fresh applause,
and th<- referee upon his feet In Indigi-.u
tlon. "No comments, gentlemen, if you
please, during the rounds."
"Just bhle a bit!" growled the Master.
"Don't talk?fight!" said the referen,
Montgomery .rubbed In the point by a
flush hit upoii Uie nibuth. and the Mas?
ter shambl?cl hack, to his corner like, nn
nngry bear, having had all the worst.of
"Where's thot seven to one?" shouted
Purvis, tho publican, "f'l! take six to
Th^re were no answers.
"Five to one!" There were givers at
l?J5t. Purvis booked them in a tattered
Montgomery began to feel happy. Ho
lay back with his let's outstretched, his
V?ack against the corner-post,* nnd ono
gloved hand upon each rope. ./"What a de.
ilciou? minute It wan between each round,
"If he could only keep out of harm's way
lie must surely wear this man out beforo
?lie end of twenty rounds. IT.?? was so
slow that,all his strength went for noth?
ing. "You'ri iightln' a wlnniri' ficht???
?winnln? fight." TeiJ Barton whispered |
1n hie ear. "Go canny; tak' no cilancos;
you httvf? him proper."
Bui the Maaler was era ?.-.?. Hi had I
fo.inht so tnanv battles with bis maimed
limb that he knew how to make tho be.?*t
of it Warllv nnd slowly ho ?nnnccu
vrcd round Montgomery, stenptnn- for?
ward and yet otrain forward until he had
Imriereentlbly barWd him Into his corner.
The student suddenly caw a ila?n of
triumph upon the grim foco, and ? ?!????
l|i the dull, malignant eyes. The Master
was upon him, He sprang aslrir* and
was on the ?opes. T)-e Jlnnpr smashed
in one of hi? terrible upper cuts and
Montgomery half broke it with his guard.
The student sprenir, thn oth?r way und
was a?*a!n"t II?*? otlw r eorv^rcdritr rone,
He was trapped In the. angle. The Mastirr
M*nt in another, with a hoggish grtrnt
which ?spoke of the en?:rgy hfhlnd it,
Montgomery ducked, but got a Jab from
1 he left upon the mark. He closed
witli his man. "Break away! Break
away!" cried tlio referee, Montgomery
?'.U-f ngHEtd, and ?ot u swinging blow on
Ihe tar as he did so. |t Pad been a darn,
aging round for bim, and U:e CrOxlOy
people were shouting their delight.
"Gentltmen, f win not ?a?* this noise!"
QtapJeton roared. '? have been accu.?*?
lomecl to presidi} at a well conducted
. fini,, una ,.?? at ,?. y?nr g&rden." This
little trian with ti.e tilled hat and the
bulging fortiv-a.i. dominated the whole
?.???'?..IP?. He was like a hwlmuster
anione his boys. He glared raunt] him,
and nobody cart-d to incut his eye,
Anana.-.la Nul klyfed the .Master when
he renimi?:?.! his ?><-at "OootJ lusn. Do't
egai'i!" cried the laughing crowd, and
the angry Mentor ?hook his giovo at her,
?:, ihe flapped her towel In front of him.
Montgomery was weary and ?j little ?pre,
but nut depressed. ??.: hud learned nome.
Uilr.g. He would not again be tempted
For three round? Ihe honors) vvtjrfl
fairly ??ijuai. The sludc-nt'v hlitlng wn.s
the quicker, the Muster'? tu. harder.
Profiling by Ids lesson, Montgomery kept
himself In th'; open, und refuted lo be
herded Into ? corner. Sometime* the
Maater luccoeded In rushing hlrn to the
?(de rojeo, but the younger rnati slipped
?way, or closed nnd then dlsciigngqd.
Tho monotonous "Break away! Break
away!" ot tho referee broke in upon .the
tiiilck, low pallor of rubber soled shoos,
tho dull thud or tho blow's and tho sharp,
hissing breath of two tired mon.
Tho ninth round found both of them
In fairly good condition. Montgomery's
head was still Einging from the blow
thnt ho had In tho corner, and ono of his
thumbs pained him acutely und seomod
to bo dislocated. The. Muster showed no
sign of a touch, but his bren thing was
tho more labored, and a long lino of
ticks upon the referee's paper showed
that the student had a good show of
points. But ono of tills iron man's blows
was worth three of his, and ho know
that without tho glows he could not
have stood for three rounds against him.
All the amateur work that ho had dono
was tho meros, tapping nnd flapping
when compared to those frightful blows,
from arms toughened by tho shovel and
It was the tenth round, nnd tho fight
was half over. The betting was nowonly
8 lo 1, for the Wilson champion had held
his own much hotter than had been ex?
pected. But Ihose who know tho. ring
craft as well as the staying power of
Hie old prize fighter knew/ that the odds
wn???? ""till ? loiiiT wny In ht? favor.
"'Have, ?i care of him!" whispered Bnr
ton. as he sont his man up to tho scratch.
"Have a caro! He'll play thco a trick If
But Montg?mery saw. or Imagined ho
saw, that his antagonist was tiring. Ho
looked jaded nnd listless, and his hands
drooped a little from their position. His
own youth and condition were beginning
to tell. " He sprung In und brought off
u fine left-handed lead. Tho Master's
return larked his usual fire. Again Mont?
gomery led, und ???a?? ho got home. Then
he tried his right upon Hie mark, and
the Master guarded II downwards.
?Too low! Too low! A foul! A foul!"
yelled a thousand voices.
The refereo rolled his sardonia eyes
slowly round. "Seems to me this buildln'
Is chockfull of referees," said he.
Tho people laughed nnd nppUiuded, but
tholr favor'was as immaterial to him as
"No applause, please! This Is not a
theatre!" he yelled.
Montgomery was very pleased with
himself. His adversary was evidently In
a bad way. He was piling on his points
and establishing a load. He might as
v.oll make hay while tho sun shone. Tho
Master was lookihg all abroad, Mont?
gomery popped ono upon his blue jowl
r.nn got away without a return. And
then the Master suddenly dropped both
hands and began rubbing his thigh. Ah!
that wns It. was It? He had muscular
"Go In! Go In!" cried Teddy Barton.
Montgomery sprang wildly forward nnd
the next Instant was lying half sense?
less, with his neck nearly broken, In the
middle of the ring.
The whole round had been a long con?
spiracy to tempt him within reach of
one of those terrible right-hand upper
cuts for which the Master was famous.
For this the listless, weary bearing, for
this the cramp In the thigh. When Mont?
gomery had sprang in so holly he had
exposed himself to such a blow as neith?
er flesh nor b|ood could stand. Whiz?
zing up from below with a rigid arm,
which put tho Master's eleven stono
into its force, it struck him under tho
jaw; he whirled half round and fell a
helpless and half-paralyzed mass. A
ragne groan and murmur, inarticulate,
too excited for words, rose from the
great audience. With open mouths and
staring eyes they gazed at the twitching
and quivering figure.
"Stand back! Stand right back!'' shriek?
ed the referee, for the Master was stand?
ing over his man, ready to give him the
coup-de-grace as he rose.
"Stand back, Craggs, this instant!"
The Master sank his hands sulkily and
walked backward to the rope with his
ferocious eyes fixed upon his fallen an?
tagonist. The timekeeper called the sec
ends, if ten of them passed before
Montgomery rose to his feet tho fight
ii.ib ended. Ted Barton wrung his hands
and danced nliout In an agony in his
As if in a dream?a terrible nightmare
?tho student could hear the voice of the
timekeeper? throe? four?five?he got up
on his hand?six?seven?he was on his
knee, sick, swimming, faint, but resolute
to rise. Eight?ho was Up, and the Mus?
ter was on him like ? tiger, lashing sav?
agely at him with both hands. Folk
hclij their breath as they watched these
terrible blows, and anticipated tho piti?
ful end?so much more pitiful where a
game, but helpless, man refuses to ac?
Strangely automatic is the human brain.
Without volition, without effort, there
shot Into the memory of this bewildered,
staggering, half-stupafied man, the one
thing which could have .saved him?the
blind eye of which the Master's son had
spoken. It was tho samo as th? other
to look at, but Montgomery remembered
that he had said that it was the left. He
reeled to the left side, half felled by a
drive which lil upon Ills shoulder, Tho
Matter pivoted round upon his leg and
was at him in un Instant.
"Vurk bini, lad! yark him!" screamed
"Hold your tongue!" said the refereo,
Montgomery ?dipped to the left again
and yet again; but the Master was too
quick and clever for' him. He struck
round and got him full on tho face ns
he tiled once more to break away. Mont.
(tomory'a knees weakened under him, and
he f'?ll with a groan upon the floor. This
Unie ho knew that he was dono. With
bitter agony he realized, as he groped
blindly with bis bande, that he could not
possibly raise himself. Far away and
muffled lie hoard, amid tho murmure of
the multitud?,, tho fateful volco of tho
timekeeper counting off the seconds.
"Time!" said thn referee.
The pent-up pusslon of the uroat as
rornbly broke Ioohc. Croxley gnvo a deep
groan of d'sappolntrnnnt. The Wilsons
were on their feet, yelling with delight.
There was ?UH a chanco for them, In
four more seconds their man would bave
beep ?olemnly counted out. But now
lie had a minute In which to recover.
Tho referee looked round with relax,?*?!
features and lausrhtr.?: oye?. He loved
this rough game, this school for humble
h?roes, and It wn? pleasant for 1.1m to
Intervene as a Deux ex r?i?'"hlna nt ho
dr&metlQ " moment. His chair and his
hiit were both tilted at an extrem? an?.?!'-;
he and the timekeeper suit!?.?-! ut each
ether, Ted Burton and ll.?? other second
rushed put and thrust an ?inn each, under
Montgomery's knee, ihe other behind hla
loins, and so can-led blm buck tu hl?
(?triol. Ills he-id loll??.I upon his shoulder*,
? in a douche or ,?.,! ? water sent u shiver
through iiiiii. ami he sturted and looked
"HP's a' right!'' cried Iho people rpuiul
1 Iles a iure brave ltd. Good i.ui: gout]
lad!" Barton poured some brandy into
i-i? mouth, 'l'ho mists cleared a utile,
und !v* realised where jit M-as und ?what
he had to do. Rut be was siili vor;,
v.eak. ?imi lie hardly reared to hopo that
he could survive another ?..und,
"Seconds out ?G Ilio ring!" cried tho
Tho Crox!,3,v Master sprung engerly off
"Keep clear of him! Oo easy for a bit,'1
said Barton, and Montgomery walked
out to moot his man once more.
Ho had lind two lessons?Ihe oho when
tho Master got him Inlo Ills corner, tho
other when ho hud been lured Into mixing
II up wllh so powerful nil iintiigonlst.
Now ho would bo wary. Another blow
would finish him; he could afford to
run no risk!?., Tha Master was deter?
mined to follow up his ndvantngu, tint,
rushed at him, slogging furiously right
and 13ft. Hut/ Montgomery was low
young and active to be caught. Ho wns
strong: upon his logs once moro, and his
wits had all como back to him, It was a
gallant sight?tho llno-of-battloshlp try?
ing to pour Ils overwhelming broadsldo
Into tho frigate, and the frigato manoeu
verlng always so as to avoid It. Tho
Muster tried nil his ring-craft. Ho coaxed
tho student dp by protended Inactivity;
ho rushed nt him with furious rushos
toward tho ropes. For throe rottnds ho
exhausted ovory wllo In. trying to gel
Montgomery during nil this time wns
conscious that his strength was minuto
by minuto coming back to him. Tho spinal ,
Jar from an uppercut Is overwhelming,
but evanescent. Ho was losing ,all senna
of It beyond a great stiffness of Uio
neck. For the first round after his down?
fall he had been content ta bu entirely
on the defensivo, only too happy If lid
could stall off tho furious attacks of Hie
Master. In the second lie occasionally ven?
tured upon a light counter. In tho third
he wae smacking back merrily whero Ito
saw an openltiK. His people yelled their
approval of him at tho ond of every
round. Kvon tho Ironworkers cheered him
with that fino unselfishness which truo
sport engenders. To most of them, tin
spiritual and unimaginative, tho sight of
this clean limbed young Apollo,, rising
nbovo disaster and holding on while con?
sciousness was iri him to his appointed
task, was Ilio greatest thing their ex?
perience had over known,
But the Master's naturally morose tom
per becamo moro and more murderous ut
this postponement of his hopes. Three
rounds ago the buttle had boon ln his
hands; now it was nil to do ovor ugaln.
Round by round his man was recovering
his strength. By tho fifteenth ho was
strong again In wind and limb. But tho
vigilant Anastasia saw eomothlns whloh
"That bash In t' ribs Is telling on him,
Jock," she whispered. "Why else should
ho bo gulping V brandy? Oo In lad, und
thou hast htm yet."
Montgomery hud suddenly taken tho
flask from Barton's hand and had a dee;/
pull at the contents. Then, with his-taco
a llttlo flushed and with a dirions look
of purpose, which mado tho referee atare
hard at him, ln his eyes, ho roso for tho
"Game ns a partridge!" cried the publi?
can, aa ho looked at tho hard set face.
"Mix It oop, lad; mix It oop!" cried the
iron men to their Master.
And then > -ft hum of exultation ran
through their ranks as they realized that
their tougher, hardor, stronger man held
tho vantage- after all. -.'?.?. ?;'A '. ' :
Neither of the men showed much Bign
of punishment. Small gloves crush nnd
numb, but they do not cut. One of the
Master's eyes was even moro flush with
his cheek than Nature had' mado It.
Montgomery hud two or three lived
marks upon his body, and his face was
haggard save for that pink spot which
the brandy had brought into either cheek.
Ho rocked ? little as ho stood opposito
his man, and his hands drooped as if ho
felt the gloves to bo an unutterable
weight. It was evident that he
was spent ?. and desperately weary.
If- ho reco|vcd' one.-other blow it
must surely bo fatal to bini.. If he brought
one home, what power could thero be be?
hind It, and what chanco wus there of
Its harming tho colussus In front of him?
It was tho crisis of t'ho fight. This round
must decide It. "Mix It oop, lad; mix
it oop!" tho Iron mon whooped. Even tho
savage eye of tho referee was unable
to restrain tho excited crowd.
Now, at last, the chance had como for
Montgomery. Ho had learned a lesson
from his more experienced rival. Why
should he not play his own game upon
him? He was spent, but not nearly so
spenl as lie pretended. That brandy was
to call up his reserves, to lot' him have
strength to take full advantages of the
openingAWhon It came. It was thrilling
and tingling through his veins, at the
very moment whim ho was lurching and
recking llko a beaten man. He acted
his part admirably. Tho Master felt that
thero was an easy task before him, and
rushed In with ungainly activity to finish
it once Tor all. Ho slap-banged away
?left and right, boring ' Montgomery up
against tho ropes, swinging in his fero?
cious blowB with tliuso animal grunts,
which tuld of tho vicious energy behind
But Montgomery was too cool to fall a
victim to any of those murderous upper
cuts. He kept out of harm's way with a
ligld guard, un active Coot and a head
which was swift to duck. And yet ho
contrived to present tho sumo appear?
ance of a man who Is hopelessly done.
The Muster, weary from his own showor
of bibws, und fearing nothing from sn
weak a man, dropped his hand for an In?
stant, and at that Instant Montgomery's
right came home,
It was a magnificent blow, strulght,
clean, crisp, with the force of tho loins
and tho bnck behind it. And lt landed
where he hud meant It to?upon the ex?
act point of that blue-grained chin. Flesh
and blood oould not stand such a blow
In stich a place. Neither valor nor hard?
ihood can save the man to whom It comes.
The Master fell backwards, flat, pros,
trate, striking the ground with so simul?
taneous ? clap that It was like a shut?
ter falling from a wall, A yell which
no referee could control broke from tho
mowded benches as tho g!unt went down.
He lay upon his back, his knees a littlo
drawn up, his litigo chest panting. He
twitched and shook, but could not move.
HI? I'cet pawed convulsively pneo or twice,
It was no use. Hu was done. "rJIghu
nino?ten!" salii the timekeeper, and thu
roar ot a thousand voices, with a deafen?
ing clap like tlie.brondsldo of a ship, told
mat the Master of Croxley was il,<; Mas?
ur no moro,
Montgomery stood'half dazed, looking
down at the huge, prostrato figure, Ho
could hardly ? call/,? that ll was Indeed
all over. He suw tho referee motion to?
ward lilin with his hand. He heard his
iminu bellowed In triumph Irom every
side. Anil then ho was aware of ?orne
oui rushing toward h'tn; he caught u
glimpse of a flushed face und ?hi aureole
ul flying red hair, u giovale.?-? f|i,l nii'iick
lit tit be iv. ecu t!,u eyes, and lie v. a? on
his back In thu ring beside bit, antagonist,
while ? dozen of his hupporteic wein mi
cica voting to ???curii Uio frantic Aiina
lllhia, Hu heard the ?ingi y shouting of the
referee, the screaming of tho fin loll? wo.
mon, and tho cries of th? mob. ??? ?
Something seemed to break like iin pVfci'-?
ureiclicd banjo string, und tie sank lo?"
thc deep, de^ii, mist-gin abyss of unco/i?
The did-siny wus like a thing lit a
dream, nnd so was a vision of tho Mas
1er with tho grlirof a bulldog upon his
fuco, and. his three tooth amiably pro?
truded. He sljook Montgomery honrttly
by Uio hand, .
VI would have beon rare pleasod to
shako tlioo by the throtllo, lad, a short
whllo syne," said he. "But I bear no III?
foollti' agnln' theo.""It was rare poonch
thai brought mo down. I huvo not, hud
? better day since my second fight wl'
Billy 13d wards In 'SO. Happened thou
might think o' gain' further wl' this busi?
ness. If thou dost, and want a trainer,
thoro's not much lnsldo t' ropes as I
don't know. Or happen thou might llko
ir, try It. wl'?: mo old stylo and baro
knuckles. Thou basi lint to writo to t'
Ironworks to find mo."
But Montgomery disclaimed tiny such
ambition. A canvass bag was his share?
one hundred and ninety sovereigns?was
handed to him,, of which ho gavo ton to
the Muster, who also received somo sharo
of tho gato money.
/ Then, with young Wilson escorting him
on ono sido, Purvis on tho other, and
Fawcetl currying his bug behind, ho went
In triumph to his carriage, and drovo
omid a long roar, which lined the high?
way llko a hodgc for tho sovon milOB,
back la his starting point,
"It's tho greatest ihlng I ovor saw In
my Ufo. By George, it's ripping!" cried
Wilson, who liad boon left In a kind of
ecstacy by .fho oventa of the day.
"Thoro's a chap over Burnsloy way who
fundes himself a bit. Dot us spring
you on him, and lot him see what he can
mnko of you. We'll put up a purse?
won't we, Purvis You shall never want
'?'At his weight," said tho publican,
"I'm behind him, I am, for twenty
rounds, 'and no ago, country or color
"So am I," cried Fawoett; "middle?
weight champion of tho world, that's
what he Is?h?re, in the same carriage
But Montgomery was not to bo be?
"No; I havo my own work to do now"
"And what may that bo?"
"I'll uso this money to get my medical
"Well, we'vo plenty of doctors, but
you're the only man In tho Riding that
could smack the Croxley Master off his
legs. However, I suppose you know your
own business best. When you're a doc?
tor, you'd best corno down Into these
parts and you'll always find a Job watt?
ing for you at tho Wilson coal pits."
Montgomery had roturned by devious
ways to tho surgery. The horses woro
smoking at the door and the doctor
wus Just back from his long journey.
R?verai patients had called ln his ab?
ronco and he wns in tho worst of tem?
"I supposo I .?houkl be glad that you
have come back at all, Mr. Montgomcryl"
he snarled. "When next you elect to
toko a, holiday I trust It will not bo at so
busy a timo."
"I am sorry, sir, that you should havo
"Yes? sir I huve been exceedingly In?
convenienced." Hero for tho first time ho
looked hard n|, tho assistant. "Good
heavens. Mr. Montgomery, what have you
been doing "with'Vour ie?t eye?"
It was'Wheto Anastasia had lodged her
protest, rxe mU ? ;..e ?
Montgomery^, laughed. "It Is nothing,
sir." said. ha.. . ?, ... .
"And yod have d livid mark under
your jdw. It !ls, TrfdecoV terrible that my
ropresentutlve-.'should bo going about In
so disreputable a condition, . How did you
receive these Injuries?" , ,
' "Well, sir. as you know, thero was ?
little glove fight to-day over at Croxley."
"And you got mixed up with that brutal
"I was rather mixed up with thorn."
"And who assaulted you?"
"Ono of tho fighters."
"Which ono of them?"
"The Master or Croxley."
"Good heavens! Perhaps you Interfered
"Well, to tell tho truth, I did a Uttlo."
"Mr. Montgomery In such a practice us
mino, intimately associated ns it Is with
the highest and most progressivo ele?
ments of our small community, It Is Im?
But Just then the tentative bray of a
comet player searching for his keynote
jarred upon their ears, and an Instant
Inter the Wilson Colliery brass band wa*
In full cry with "Seo the Conquering Hero
Comes," outside tho surgery window.
Thero was a banner waving, and a shout?
ing crowd of min?rs.
"What Is It? What does It mean?"
cried the angry doctor.
"It means, sir, ;that I have, In the only
way which was open to mo, earned the
money whloh Is necessary for my educa?
tion. It Is my duty, Dr. Oldaorc, to warn
you that I am about to return to the
university and that you should loso no
timo In appointing my r.ucccssor."
8 NEWS IN BRIEF FROM 8
HANOVER, GERMANY.?The ono hun?
dredth anniversary of ilio formation of
the former Hanoverian regiments was
tho occasion to-doy of a considerable
celebration. B?n>eror William reviewed
tho regiments and somo thousands of
veterans of the old Hanoverian arpiy,
Tho Kmperor mado an addross. In a loud
lone of voice, and was enthusiastically
HOUSTON, TUX*?Thc huslness portion
of the town of Carthugo, coi#.ty seat of
Pnnolft county, ..Texas, burned to-day.
Loss, ffiO,tX?0; Insurance, $16,000.
CHARUJKTON, ?. C.-Tho torpedo f?o.
Ulla ?ailed to-day lor Key West, where
li will Join tho squadron for ihe wlntflr
WAHHINGTON.?it was stated at the
Navy Department to-day that the cruiser
Now York, now In Pugot Sound, Is un?
der orders to go to ?nn Francisco, an
soon as repairs aro completed. After
Inking on supplies thoro, she will go to
the Isthmus to net as Admiral Glass'
?BAUM?NT, TEX.?Crude nil. which
has been ?elllng up to Ti cent? per bar?
rel within threo days, dropped back from
&u <?(;???? to l.'i cents to-day, Increased
p-oductlon being tho direct cause;
U DO A/i'h 20
OKNT8 I'KR I'Oijnij
\? l-J) NORTH HJX.TI1 H'l'ItKKT*
Watch tm' i/iit W?K'"i with ?limplei*
ut niiti?*'.?/ grown li?u>? Tutsday ?ud
vY<di..s?'|ii/. ?? G?,???1??|? and Giace
W. ?, HOOD I 00.
Rush! Rush!! Rush!!!
That's just what shopping is going to be this week and you'll find it to your ad?
vantage to go to the store that gives you the quickest service and the largest stock
to pick from?that store in the furniture and Carpet line, is
A FEW REMARKS.
We've had several dozen people tell us that we had all the other stores skinned
' to death on Book Cas?s, Desks and Combination Cases.
For a gift to an employer nothing surpasses a Leather Turkish Rocker or Couch.
You forget you're, living when you sit in one of ours..
Our present stock of Rugs and large-sized Driiggeta is as good as the one we
showed in September.
Just a few more $3.85 Morris Chairs left?come quick. We hardly think it's ne?
cessary to remind you that we've got a big assortment of Rocking Chairs, etc., etc.,
and we're busy, so won't say any mote.
419.21 E. Broad St. Credit Given On Any Purchase If It'll Help Yow.
LONG PULL, AND STRONG PULL ON STATE CHAIR/MAN.
BUILD AT ST. LOUIS
SOON AS POSSIBLE
An Important Meeting Is Held
by the Virginia Com?
. The Virginia Commission for the. Louis?
iana Purchase Exposition met at their
offJoe on Governor Stroiit ' last night,
President Kolnor In the chair, and Messrs.
A. M. Bowman and J, L. Patlon pres?
ent; also Assistant Commissioner W. W.
Baker, and Superintendent G. XV, Mur?
ren, Messia. T. C. Morton and O, W.
Stone were likewise prosont.
Tho meeting was an Important ono, as
It was finally und definitely determined
to reproduce Montlcello and to take tho
ncceasury stops at unce to bogln work
on the building, and to empower Mr. XV.
XV. ?akor to accompany Captain Thorn?
ton Maryo, tho architect, to St. Louis,
to make tho necessary arrangements for
erecting tho struoiuro In tlio grove of
uaks which has been assigned to Vlr?
? communicatlon was received from
Captain Maryo saying that In a few (lays
ho would accompany tho Mayor of At?
ilinta to St. Louis and arrange to erect
un Atlanta building there, By combin?
ing his two operations tho expensa will
bu much reduced.
Tho superintendent was Instructed to
secure another thousand bushels of corn
for exhibit In tha corn lower, which will
bo fifty-two feet high mid will require
two thousand bushels, much of whloh
has already been presented to the Staio
for thai purpose. An offer was received
l(rom the eUpervlsQtra of Buckingham
county to pay ?fWl lo wards tho expenses
of tt nw1 to be employed In gelling up
a mineral exhibit from that couiuy. This
proposition was thankfully accepted by
tho commission, and thq necessary siena
will bu liiken lo get up a good exhibit
from that county.
Alter a busy session, ?luring which much
other husillos? was transacted, the com?
mission adjourned after U o'clock.
TWTTINGTON, VA., Duc. Ilk-Judge
Sidney Smith, of Wllllamsburg, presided
ovai' thu Charles C'ily County Court on
Thursday lust, in placo of Judge isaao
If. Christian, who is confined to his
houso by sicklies?;, though reported much
WlNCllKSTiSU, VA.-T, ?. Cluggotl
formerly o( Clarke county, hut now u
mining uiigliu.ui? with Sclwyri M. Tay?
lor, will leave I'lltsburg till? week ?W
London, en route to Bornen, to nii'iUc. an
Inspection uf some estensivo, co?I coitcos
?iloim belonging to an Bnglish banking
IKMNOKK. VA.-Tim largo building of
tho Houtbw.ust Virginia Trust Company
narrowly cscupijil destruction by flro to.
day. The filo started In the collar from
thu lu? nuco, and the smoke was so
stifling that the firemen hud great clltli.
cully In .extinguishing Urn flames, The
lo*? Is ubout t'.'.W, fully covered by
M15IUSRRIN, VA.-The result of th?
cloetlon held In Leigh District, Prince
Edward county, to get tho sentiment
of the votera to establish a dispensary
at tills place, was ua to ? In favor of tho
bill. Tho dispensary will be opened Jan?
DAXVILDE, VA.?The Elks to-mor?
row will distribute "00 tickets to the poor
(hlldren ot tho city, inviting thorn to
their Christmas treat to be given by the
local lodge at tho Municipal Building on
Christmas afternoon. Each child U to
have a present and fruits and candy.
DANyiLDK, VA.?The Plttsylvanla
County Club, an organization Just out
s'ilo of (ho city limits, was fined $100 !u
tho Police Court this morning on the
choreo of selling liquor to minors. An
appeal wns noted.
WINCHESTER, V?.?Tl?o Winchester
M?morial Hospital to-day 'accepted tho
ort'or of Mrs. bowls 11. Hyde, of New
York, to erect Inrgo sun parlors at that
Institution for the uso of convalescents.
Mrs. Hyde Is tho daughter of the lato
G a ? Id McGulro. of Ciarlio county, anil
has given about $10.000 to the hospital
Rev. Mr. Cutler's Death.
To the Editor of Uio Times-Dispatch:
Through tho columns of your paper 1
desire to thank my friends for their let?
ters of sympathy which t have received
since tho death of my husband, Mr. h,
I have received so many telegrams and
letters from friends asking tho cause of \
his Illness, how long ho was slcit, etc., ?
that it would bo Impossible for mo to an?
swer all by pen.
Mr, Cutler hud not been In good health
for a year or more, When he lot't home
for his last appointment, which was J
November 1-lth, I Insisted Hint be remain ?
at home, but ho replied that It was very ?
Important that he should go: Hint Utero !
waa u misunderstanding: among some of
his church members, and he wished to
try to make things right,
Ho preached at tho morning service on
Sunday, bul was too ill to address hin
comr'-egntlon ut night. Dr. Orlttendon.
his friend, with whom he was staying, ad?
vised him to come home, rest up and try
tc get well.
Ilo returned home Monday night fol?
lowing, happy In the conviction that his
members wero nt peace with one another,
but so reeblo that he retired at onoo to
his bed, and growing gradually worse,
passed away at 3:15 o'oloul,, A. M., on
When wo llrst called In our family
doctor, ho turned to mo and ????,
"Brother Cutler bus simply worn himself
out with his llfe'.e work."
When Mr. Cutler waa but a boy of six?
teen years, ho prayed In public and made
short t'slks (n church.
During tho lout, course of hlg ministry,
a period of nearly llfty years, he never
rested from his labors?labors always
painstaking and in tho interest Of Chris
Hla churches, it. Is true, sometimes
gave iiini vacations, but these were used
lu aswl?tinif hl? brethren tu holding
meetings-or in preaching for ehurehes not
having a pastor.
Ills whole life was one Of tloyotlon to
Ihe cause of Christ, and when the Mau?
ler called him, he wa? reaily?slnglns
oi.ly two nights before his death, "tt Is
Well With My Soul."
I thank my friends for their love nnd
hympathy, mid for beautiful ftorul tri?
, Very truly,
Mrs. h. A. CUTDBR. '
Loueln, Va., Dec IS, }903.
MADE HIS ESCAPE
FROM LENOIR JAIL
Wautauga County Desperado
Breaks From Prison Bars
(By Associated Press.)
CHARLOTTE, N, C, Bee. 10,-Boone
Potter, a young whlto ?nan, who ie
known as "thc \V:iutauga cJmty despe?
rado," being charged with the murder of
a number of people and awaiting trial
for his life, escaped from jail at Lo*
noir, N, C, lo-dny by removing several
holt?; from a section of his cell. Pottelr
forced a nciirn prisoner to go with him
for kcvc.vI miles to prevent his giving
|:otter baa been In Jail a number of
times, Ivt aa often has nut do his escape.
His last, arrest occurred in Montana,
whorn ho had fled from offlcors in thl?
CONSTANTINOPLE. ? Rear - Admiral
Cotton loft Beirut yesterday on board the
I'nilcd States cruiser San Francisco, talc?
ing Consul Davis to Alexandrin,
A Little *
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it frequently happens thtit
tho smallest investment
One of the smallest In?
vestments one can make
Is an ad. in the
and experience has prove?
that tho returns are tn??
menso. Tce-1'Jeo want'
iTfls, pay because so many
thousands of peoplo read
thon? every day*
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