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A YOUNG LAWYER'S. ADVENTURE.
"Can I sit with you ?" "Certainly, sir." "Nice weather." "Splendid, indeed." "Crops growing finely'?" "Yes, couldn't do better." I was sitting in a passenger coach on a Wisconsin railroad, one day, years ago, when a good looking, pleasant-spoken man came along, stopped at my seat; and the above conversation took place, the latter part of it after I had given him a part of my seat. Now I'am regarded as a social man. I like a joke, a good bit; and I think a sour,-morose man, wiho uses his tongue only when obliged to, is bound to die of some terrible disease, and go to pome place of red-hot punishment. On entering a railroad car I always look about for a talkative man, and then get as close to him as possible, and drain him dry, if the journey is long enough. And I want to state one thing more. Left an orphan before I could realize the event that made me one,'I got kicked here and cuffed there, and "grew up between folks," as they say. I ought to have had, at the time of wki'sh I write, a prettyF thorough knowledge of human nature, and' have beeh enabled to read in a man's face if he idtended me evil. I did not pride myself on being over keen or extra ,sharp, but the knocking around among strangers ought to give one good experience. Well, the stranger and I fell into an. easy train of conversation as we rode on together, and in ten minutes I began to enjoy his com pany. He was a well-made fellow, finely dressed, and be wore a fine watch and simon pure diamond ring. I never saw a man who could talk so easily and so pleasantly. I seemed that he had but to open his mouth and the words fell right out. I had traveled º:n the South; so had he. I had heard the loud roar of the Pacific; he knew all about it. I had been up in a bal loon, down in a mine; been blown up, smashed up, and repaired again; my new friend had experienced all these things, and was waiting for something to turn up of a more startling nature. We agreed on poli tics, and I had never met such a railroad companion. " Did you ever meet a man who, though a stranger to you ten minutes before, could wrest from you secrets which you'd sworn to yourself not to reveal ? Well, he was just such a man. It was not.long before he com menced asking me questions. He did not seem to be trying to quiz or draw me out, but he asked me questions in such a sly, round-about way, that before I knew it I was giving him my history. I was just at that time on the point of be ing admitted to the bar of Wisconsin as a student of Law & Law, of Brierville. 'I'he firue were old lawyers, with a lucra. live practice, and it had been talked over that in about a month I was to become the "Co." of the firm. A year before, an old farmer named Pseston, down about four miles from Grafton, had died, and his mat ters had been put into the hands of Law & Law for settltment. Preston had died rich. He had money in the bank, railroad stocks, mortgages, etc., and everything was settled up to the satisfaction of the relict and the fatherless. About a year before his death, being short for money and not wishing to sell anything at sacrifice, Preston had given a mortgage on his farm for $3,000 While the papers read "one year from date," there was a ver bal agreement that it should be lifted off any day when Preston desired. A month after when, having the money, he desired to clear off bthe paper, the old money-bags holding it refused to disgorge, wishing to secure his interest for a year. I was on my way to ascertain the date of expiration. A fire among our oflce papers had destroyed the memoranda, and I mut go down and get ,he date from old Scrip, who lives south of Grafton about five miles. The stranger had pumped all this out of me in ten mioute.; and yet I never once sus pected that he was receiving information. "I am not positive," I added, "but I am pretty sure the time is the 18,h-which would be Tuesday." "And then your folks will send doown the money and discharge the mortgage, of coarse ?" he inquired. "Oh, yes. I should most likely bring it down," I replied; and it never occurred to, me how imprueent I was. He turned the conversation into other channels and did not onte attempt to pump me further. We got to Grafton at half-pastl ten, and to my surprise he announced that he was to stop in the town on business for a few days. I had not asked his name or vocation, while he knew everything about me. We went to the hotel, had c.oner, and then I at cured a livery team anddrove out, gettih g thnrough with the buness mso that I was back to take the half-paut two express east. My friend waU on the porch of the hotel as I drove p cartrinlg that sae hlbet, digniaed face., "Well, did so ad oueat ?" he Iaquired, in "IV'eom h1ir&atbt, als eaxtedt " I tepied We bad iunch therki, aned vu we shook hendeat d pWatsI1 & b A aaor. idee ot ameagh, m _ Gi. hlter I .ha.. rOt k*g •·t· :A; ·. Everything at the office went on as usual, and the 13 h came at length. Law & Law had arranged for me to go down with the money, and I looked upon at it as a business of no special importance. "We know you are all right," remarked the senior partner, as I was athout to go; "but I want to give you a word of warning, nev ertheless. Don't take any strangers int6 your confidence until you have passed out the money; and lookout who sits next to you." It was something new for him to caution me, and I could not but wonder at it; in the tbstle of getting on board the train I forgot what hp said. Ordinary prudence had in duced me to place the money, which was all in bank bills, and divided into three packages where the deft hand of a pick-pocket could not reach it. Interested in a newspaper, time flew by as the train flew west, at length, the hoarse voice of the brakeman warned me that I had reached Grafton. I had leaped down and was making my way to the livery stable when I heard a familiar voice, and looked up to see Raleigh. He was seated in a buggy and had, seemingly, waited for me to come up. "Don't express your surprise," he began as I stopped at the wheel. "I did intend to go away, but I changed my mind, and like this section so well that I am going out to day to look at a farm, with a view of pur chasing. Come, ride up to the hotel." We rode up ordered a lunch, and while we were discussing it Mr. Raleigh discovered that the farmhe was going to see was just beyond the Script's. How fortunate ! I could ride out with him, see the farm and return in his com pany, and he would be greatly pleased. I was also pleased. If any one had told me, as we got into the buggy, that George Raleigh meant to return with my money in his pocket and my blood upon his hands, I should have believed him a lunatic. And yet George Raleigh had planned to do that very same thing. It was a lovely day in June, and the cool breeze and the sight of meadows and green groves made my heart grow larger. My companion was very talkative, but he didn't even hint at my errand. "O, excuse me," he exclaimed, after we has passed a mile or so beyond the village and were among the farm houses, "1 should have offered you this before." He drew from his pocket a small flask of wine and handed it to me. Now, I was tem perate in regard to drink. In fact I detested the sight and smell of anything intoxicating; but I had not the moral courage to tell him so and hand back the flsak, and when I look ed around again be was just removing it from his mouth as if he had drank heastily. Ia about five minutes I began to fee! queer. The fences ,long the road seem to grow higher, and the trees to glow larger; some thing got into my ears, so that the rattle of the buggy sounded a long way off. "How strange ! why I believe I am going to be sick I" 1 exclaimed, holding en to the seat with all my might. "You do look strange," he replied, a sick. ly smile stealing over his face. "I shouldn't wonder if it was apoplexy." 1 did not suspect the game he had played. His words were like an echo, and his face seemed twice as large as it usually was. My head~began to snap and .cracK, and I was greatly fIrightened. "You are badly tff," he cohtinued, looking into my face. "'1 will drive as fast as posui ble and get a doctor." My tongue was so heavy I could not re ply. I clutched my seat, shut my eyes, and he put his horse at his ~est pace. We meet a tarmer's team and I can remember that one of the occupantt of the wagon called out to know what ailed me. Raleigh did not reply, but urged the horse forward. About three miles from Grafton was a oug stretch of forest, and this was soon reacLted. The pain in my head was not so vi lent, and I was not so badly affected by opening my eyes. I had setted Into a sort ot dumb stupor, with a brain so benumbet that I had to myself, "this is a tree, this is a stumlp," etc., before I could make sure that I was not wrong. Half a mile down the road, after we struck tihe forest, and then Raleigh turned the norse int. the blind road leading back into the woods. I could not understad what he intended. I tied to grap. it with the question, but I could not silve it. "Well, here we are," excliamed Rileigh. when he had reached a point about tufrty rols from the road. He stopped the horse, got out and tied him and then came arouud to the wheel. "You don't feel just right; but I guess you will be better soon," he remarked "come, let me help you down." He reached up his arms and I let go of the seat and fell ilto thm. It seemed to me at if [ weighed a ton; but he carried me along wiurout an fEfort and laid me down within a red of the fence which ran alobg on one ni e of an old pasure,. Just now tlhet.fect offtb baid il *aring off, andi I begaut wto ea 1itti bqt an nIgpt a faeint sum but I wa oee.rlo. to arno a limb; the reeayso waMike that wI bW your foot goes to 'Slep "UHe you speakr ?'aquired R delh, bend. I* ov Sto, " .t i ift yeIa tJ- .iStI ;ri youbse nt- aowed that sosd4 ? Now Ibhean to reUalise my aitaoad. His .. .-... . face looked natural again, and the .,load was off my tongue. "George Raleigh, are you going to rob me ?" 1 exclaimed, finding my voice at last. "Well, some folks might call it robbery, but we dress up the term a little by calling it the only correct financial way of equaliz ing the flating currency, so that each one is provided for, and no one left out." "You shan't have the money; I'll die first !" I yelled, rising a little. "Bh, I see, you didn't take quite enough," he coolly remarked. "Well, I have provided for this." He went to the buggy, procured ropes and a gag, and kneit down beside me. I had but little strength yet, and he conquered me in a moment. Laying me on my right side, look ing towards the fence, he tied my hands, and then forced the gag into my mouth. "There, now, you see, you are nicely fixed up, and all because you acted like a fool, in stead of a sensible young lawyer, soon to be admitted to the bar. While he was speaking-indeed while he was tying me-I had caught sight of the face of a little girl looking at us between the rails of the fence. I could see her great, blue eyes. There was red stains about her mouth and on the little hands retting on the rails,and I knew that she was some farmer's daughter searching for strawberries. I could not warn her of bet danger, and I feared she would be seen or heard. While Raleigh was tying the last knot I winked at the girl as hard as I could, hoping she would see me and move away. But she did not go. "Well, now for the money," said Raleigh. and he began searching my pockets. He went from oqe to the other, removing all the articles, and finally passed his hand over my bosom and discovered the money. "Ah, here it is," he exclaimed, drawing out the packages ; and he was cool enough to go at it and count the money. As he commenced the girl waved her hand at me. My heart began thumping, for 1 expected she would utter a word or shout; but she sank down from sight and I caught a glance of her frock as she passed through the grass. "You see, my young friend," remarkeu Raleigh, as he drew off one of his boots and deposited some of the bills in it, "there is nothing like transacting business as it should be transacted. Some men would have shot or stabbed you; but it's only apprentices who do such work. All the gentlemen of ou: calling do b..siness as gentlemen should." He drew 'ff the other boot and placed some fifties and twenties in it, and then con tinued : "I have it all planned how to deal with you as soon as I get this money disposed ot ,round my person. I shall lay you on your back and pour the balance of this wine down your throat. There's enough of it t,, make you sleep till to-morrow night, and by that time I will be hundreds of miles away. As soon as I see that the drug has taken effect I shall untie your hands and re pove the gag. When you come out of your sleep-if you ever do-you had better crawl out to the road, where you will he most like ly to meet with psome traveler. I want to use the horse and bugy, otherwise I should leave them for you." Bow co,)lly he talked ! He treated the matter as if it was a regular business trans action in which I fully acquiesed. He had me a fast prisoner, and I felt that he could do just as he pleased. Wnile I was thinking I saw the little white face appear between the rails again ; but in a moment it faded away and its place taken by the sunburned phiz of a farmer. He looked from me to RIleigh and back again, and I winked to him in a way which he readily understood. His face disappeared, and I felt that I should be saved. "No, old Script won't get his tin to.day," mused Raleigh, storing away the bills in his pocket. "You will go back to Law & Law, feeling put out and cut up. But they shouldn't blame you-it is not your fault at all. True, had you minded your business on the cas and not Deen so free with a stranger this wo(uld not have happened I was on my way to Milwaukee, and had no thought of such rich pickings here." '"How, in just about a minute, we'll be through with this business," he remarked trying to put the mouth of the fi sk between .my jaws. I rolled my head to one side, and he did not succeed. He was jamming the glass against my teeth, when I caught the sound of a soft footstep, the crash of a club, and Rdeighl rolled tff my bdy. He tried to leap up, tutthree or four farmers struck him down, and one of the blows rendered him senseless. B tore he came to, I was free of ropes and gag, and we had him nicely bound. Over beyond the pasture a tarmer and his hands were raking up h.by. "Little Blue Eyes," only eight years old, had wandered ,ff after strawberries, and fortunately had witnessed .part of R-leigh.'s proceedings. she had bahurried back to her fatier and told him "a manwasal tledup there" and he hsd, rmureed to the fence. Uiderstandio g tbeuaiion, habedsay1 his eti had moved aroud go as to sec to the advtuinage. Ra lei'a pcaptqre wa the resalt. 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