Newspaper Page Text
% MY ODD UNCLE By DWIGHT NORWOOD My uncle's life hud been blighted by an ill assorted marriage. In every other respect he was to be envied or would have been had it not been for his mnrrinne Ho WHS nrnsnpronq In business affairs and accumulated a fortune. But no children were born to blm during tlie brief period of bis marriage. and nfter bis separation from Ills wife be never entered upon a second matrimonial adventure. 1 was bis only male relative, and after besitatlng for some time between leaving bis property in trust for a philanthropic work and leaving It to me be dually came to tlie conclusion to allow it to accumulate through my lifetime. I to establish the foundation that he intended. But this plan was contingent on my agreeing not to marry. His pro|>osition to me. if accepted, would give uie every comfort and luxury so long as I lived, but would deprive me of wife and children. I did not ngree with my uncle on the subject of matrimony because I knew that, though a splendid man. he must be a very hard mau to get on with. He seemed to be fond of me, and If 1 wanted anything I had only to ask him for it. Yet 1 dared not oppose hlui In any of his prejudices. The difference between me and the wife from whom he separated was that I understood him and had the tact to manage him. while she failed In both these respects My aunt was much younger than my uncle?she was but little my seulor? and. being conscious of her lunhillty I to get on with him. came to rely on me ^ to h^^ier mr.nage him wheu a deadweejjr them. 1 was born old and never given to acting upon Impulse. while she was sensitive and had j no faculty for going around a stone n*nl1 X* nan IUOICUU VI U> Ul 1U My uncle's proposition?which ignored my aunt?placed me in the position of taking what belonged rightfullj' to her. In making my decision I was influenced far more by what was my duty to her than to carry out my uncle's intentions. I accented the condition, niul my uncle made ins win, leaving ins property in trust to me. I to have so much of the income as 1 chose to appropriate to myself, but in consideration of this 1 gave my word to him that I would never marry, and the will stipulated that in case I did marry the property was to pass out of my hands and the foundation was to be established. Under this condition it would lie practically impossible for nie to marry, one of the reasons being that I would be obliged t<? drop from ailluence to poverty. a very unpleasant fall. Before acceding to my uncle's wishes i asked my aunt if she would dlsap I>iu<c "I 111,1 .. 1/1 ill; .--u, >11111 >111.' IIIC that since slit' could not benefit by her husbnud's projierty she preferred that I should do so. However, before accepting the proposition I made bold to tell him plainly that his separation from his wife was principally his own fault and that he was doing her a greut injustice to leave her property, or, rather. Its income, to me insteud of to her. I expected that this would alter his determination, but was surprised that it had no effect whatever to deter him from his purpose. Indeed, it seemed to confirm him in it I did not promise not to turn over a part of the Income from his estate to his wife. My privilege to do so would have satisfied me with the position I assumed had it not been that I was pledged to celibacy. Moreover, there was a woman whom I wished to many._ When the papers Jiad been ? signed I informed my uncle of" tills fact though I did not tell him who that womnn was. He merely said, "You should thank me, my boy, for saving you from a life of misery." Upon the completion of the agreement my uncle gave me the position of his right hand man that I might be prepared to manage his estate after his death He was certainly a very queer man. and no one could tell what Lie would do., Two years after our compact he was taken suddenly 111. lie called for mo and said: "I have been told by my doctor that I hnve but a few days at most to live. The approach of death hus made a change in tuy feelings. It is a part of a new plan I have made that you Bhould marry." I looked at him in astonishment When I had recovered from my surprise I said to him: "If I marry there is hut one woman in the world I will make my wife." "You will marry the woman I intend you shall marry or I will make u new will, leaving you out in the cold." He was very weak, and I knew there was no time to waste. "Whom do you require that I shall marry?" 1 asked. "The woman whose life I have made miserable." My heart came up into my throat but I controlled any expression of my euiuuuu. "Have yon obtained her consent?** "Yes." "Very well, I will not stand In the way of your doing this last act of Justice." I have always been balanced between two opinions as to the prime motive of my uncle's act. Either he was so perverse that he wished to marry me to n woman 1 did not love, thus separating me from one 1 did love, or he had observed the love that had sprung up between me and the woman he had put away. But to do him Justice ! believe he was repentant toward her. The people of (iainesville will be given an opportunity of voting on the question whether the city shall accept the offer of the Carnegie corporation to locate a SIP.null free i.ii.. m? at mi early date. Within the next ten days or two weeks all of the engines running between Miami and Key West on the Florida Fast Coast railway will be equipped with oil burners and eoai will be dispensed with entirely for engine fuel south of Miami. Work on the new phosphate plant, at Floral City, is being pushed forward to completion. This company, by drilling and pitting, lias developed one of the largest deposits of high grade hard rock phosphate that has as yet been discovered. DIES OE STAR wmtvnc Florida Cattleman Succumbs to the Wounds of Assailant. C. A. Hedges, 45 years of age. a' prominent cattle trader of Tampa, Fin., was stabbed in the abdomen while walking along Fifth avenue ami died in a local hospital. Hedges was conscious until a sliorl time before ltis death. lie is nllegi d to have stated that he knew who stabbed him. but would not give the man's name, saying he preferred to settle with the fellow titiii??.n? v? arrests have been made. i'reiimiiiary steps are being taken by the county commissioners of Leon county to float a bond issue for the construction of surfaced roads in different sections of the county, and especially for surfacing the route of the Dixie highway from the tieorgia line to Talluhnssce and from Tullnhassee to the Jefferson countv line Form Bar Association. With thirteen Iuwyers of Pinellas county in attendance, the Pinellas n| County Bur association has been organized at St. Petersburg. Fin. Judge ai Roy V. Sellers was elected president, a] Crockett Owen vice-president, L. L. j PnrlvH flOPVntd rv-frnuo..??/v? * 4 * ....J -..VUOUM-1, 11 I M1 uie v following attorneys as an executive ( committee: State Attorney McMullen, Judge Itrandon, of Clearwater, und al Judge Cook, of St. Petersburg. r? C A Threshing Mach Tractors, Aut 1 Also Lummus ( t JBiiysilwS Write or see TEr A L R Chesterfield, S. ( Fresh Beef, Pork and I H. A. BURCH PH0N1 Covington Hotel Bid CHERA^ 1 Sunday Columbi via C 1 I CJCdUU'dlU . Tickets on sale day, May 30th, and < after until Septembc date of sale. Rate fi Cheraw J. S. ETCHBERGFR, 1 Columbia, S. C. C. V ! NEURALGIA PAINS STOPPED You don't need to suffer those agnizing nerve pains in the face, head, rm, shoulders, chest, and back. Just pply a few drops of soothing Sloan's lniment; lie quietly a few minutes, ou will get such relief and coiufoit! et a bottle today; 3 ounces for 25c. t all druggists. Peuetrutes without lbblng. S E " inery, Engines, Gas and Oil omobiles and Automobile Accessories. Cotton Ginning Machinery. WHITE. epreentatives. McFarlan, N. C. *ork Saussage 'S MARKET I 8* Second Street iv, s. c. ccursions a, S. C. Air Line commencing Sun CF each Sunday there;r 12th, limited to rom 1 e r. p. a., /. SMALL, D. P. A., Savannah, Ga.