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"Opal Fromjrapuato." By F H. Lancaster. 8 t a n g e r sight of the scoundrel leaning low over bis norse a Bauuie uuw. xio was nerhaDS a hundred yarda from where I eat in the shadow, and the way be urged on his norse ana looked behind him showed me that he know he was pursued. If he ia emectinir an attack from the heart he will be unprepared for an assault from the fore. I reflected, and clapping spurs to my pony I lachp.l forward at full speed. The THE whom they had taken on board at Vera Ciuz seem ed i n c 1 i n e d to make himself quite agreeable, and the the lie drew her close and looted earnestly into her eyes. "Dear, Ihave never lied to you, by word or deed, and never expect to. If I had known mat you were listeuing, not all the fiends and all the furies could have made me eay a word about that plaguey opal except that I bought it of a beg garly looking old chap in Irapuato for f 0 and 6 bits." It is not barely possible that those rumors about the resignation of Mr. Schwab might be traced to his understudy. pas sengers, bored and bothered by a long voyage in a hot climate, were nnlr tnn lad to be amused. They i . i:.. t .lna rt Meyien And Mexican travel and pi ed him with distance between us was so slight Wiri whn that before he realized my inten- Kon f f prion and who sank tion I was upon him. To drop tne deeper behind her paper and smiled lines upon my pon's neck and v i .-All knnwn catch the eirl in my arms as I tore , ,nr nnri hv was as easilv done as said. It voice came to uvi, - , eteady above all minor noises. was a moment oi two before he ,.v'.. i j -u.-i; c.;- am in could check, his horse and turn in 'r rnoies anu cum, on, - t uu .nii iWi npn-. pursuit, and when a pony is rac- fri.. u vilpr dose me full speed down a mountain uer. j.ucic uiar w ---- i in the world, but I pray my pro tecting saints that I may never ue called upon to taste it." T, falV rhiplrpnpfl ana IUB W- side, a moment means a good deal. "it was nia time to noia nre, but I heard the jingle of the sheath as he drew his knife, and at every man behind her paper smiled more plunge my pony made I expected LADIES! DO YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE PROMPT REPLIES TO YOUR LETTERS? If so. you should be care ful in the selection of your stationery, for a pretty let ter on otyliah stationery ia sure to be answered prompt ly. A complete line of society stationery, embracing all the latest and most fashion able hades in paper of the finest texture with your mo nogram or name on it at the MESSENGER JOB OFFICE. k . Heavy and Shell Hardware in all their v aned Branches V V -V -V MniniinninininininifnniniiiiinnininiiHniniinniinininn IJj.O. PARCHMANfe I broad'v. He was really telling h frmfh in unite, of the tempta inn ft! a rrednlons crowd. Yet, she had suspected him once of ftnoa it tnff faille. Rn stronz had to feel that knife-blade between my shoulders. Not a pleasant sensation. I can assure you. Well, not to be tedious, we met the pur suit in the nick of time, and my r , :! a 4 f-s 111 Business of the Kind UNDER ONE I flanagement ?H!43 E IN fall Northeast Mississippi. THE "OLD RELIABLE" "1 a; ..- ardware House.! 3 r si-:, A A f Sf Cj ? been that suspicion, she had gone rescuer proved to be the daugntet : i Knoair nn ft I or the nacieuaa. i naa an over- HWity iiuui uuuic -f V . . . f. . friendship that was growing- dan- dose of Spanish politeness and at Kerously dear. To fall in love parting this ring an opai irom ira- Mniii nnf I niifttn. was presented to me. "It WilUHUIIU WUVW 1 r - - , . .wifi KoHawoi in wnnld he is bevond price." a slap in the face that her self re- The girl came from behind her 1 iffinnu ana. naner and went on deck, her face w V r r i retail. Call and see us be tj REMEMBER SOUTH SIDE S nk'OlOVA XfISS tain. "T if, tme that the century plant blooms once in a hundred Tcara nnrl then diest" BOme One J - asked. "For that I cannot speak posi tively. I was told though that it nale with passion. "He is lying, lying," sne wnis- pered, fiercely. "Didn't know you were on board." remarked a big voice at her elbow. Hit m Am a wr OArraa wvta tino ? XX 111 J UICU1UIJ OCt TCO LUV UUQ) B.Dahmcr&Co Confectioners AND BAKERS. DEA LERS IN Groceries CHOICE FRUITS. Canned (roods. Toys, Notions, Musi cal instruments. Tobaccos, Ci gars and Smokers' articles. Soda water always on Tap. Okolona, Miss. X 4 W X W U 1 J i4 W X X U X X X X W X W X X y X ttf X U j X U 4 X U ? 1 11 ill Kf tnoiira voara. she remarked, frieidly. "the opals And I dare say the natives know of Irapuato are neither costly nor oil o hnnr it noranm inpv uun iiv. their national drink from the heart of the big Maguey. Cut out the heart before the blooming and the iniee collects in the hollow, une 4Xo." he replied, carelessly; "plentiful as peas at Pentecost. I picked this one up ior a song." lDe gin bittiteu ul uiiu, uum- Southern Railway. lar,- frrm i nn trt iso pal- foanded by his audacity. He was ywu.j.v.u.u.-. ... - O . V J OD 8." . lOOKlDg away uuui uci tuo iv "Why, how large is the plant!' 4Good size. The leaves are ten (r twelve feet lone." "And this iuice is pulque 1" 'jno, sir; inis m aqu T0U were" It must undergo a , twenty-four J,?". rnmes the pulaue." "it Hppms an eaav drink to one hand in his tronser pocket, jingling the loose coins slowly, ab stractedly. "Then," she began, sternly, nrion -crm rnlrt Mint wnnnerfnl she hesitated at "Eh, what ! Lying ! Yes, of course. You did not believe it lor an instant, did you!" "No," she said viciously, "i could not." "There was no need for von to try," he replied, still with that air of being bothered by sotaetning 6888 Milea One Management. Penetrating Eight Southern States, Reaching Principal Cities of the South with its own ivines. Solid Vestibuled Trainn. Unexcelled Equipment. Fast Schedules. make," some one remarked vag uely . Tf it. wa not it would not be made in Mexico," was the dry re eponse . . . . it "Ob, Mexico is wasmg up. far a -"Yes, unfortunately. Mamma is so much more restful than push and nroeress, The eirl behind the paper star ted a little. A laugh from the big crowd brought her back to her snr- rnnndinira in time to Catch the ouestioH. "But, man alive, didn't you have a single adventure ,in that -a al lana oi romance 1 . - . , , p-ratm "No." he said slowly. "Mexico nt? h f lar8e 8raBP to nnr an mnrh rrint wav AS it HSfld 6"' ig iiijl 0J a u v a-a . w w J to be. I did have what you might cull sin nd venture, too. but as it was more profitable than perilous, Derhaps I had better not mention it." "Out with it. man." "Then don't blame me if it falls rather flat. I suppose you have DINING CARS are operated on Southern Railway train. OBSERVATION CARS No need 1" she exclaimed. "It seems to me that whenthelast vestage of respect for a friend is slipping from one there is bitter need to try to save at least a little of it." Th man returned to the pres. ent with a start of glad surprise. "Thpn tnn ao care." ne saia. eagerly, as he gathered her hands piJLLM AN SFEEPING CARS uear ncue on Washington and Southwestern Vest! baled limited, and Wasnington ana i.na tanooga Limited, via. Lyncnourg. "I am not a little eirl," she cut , . -w iri sharniv. "i am a woman wuu somp sense of honesty ia mv soul." He looked at her witn a toucn oi wonder and tightened his grasp nnon the bands sne attempted 10 withdraw. "Very well, a woman, and as much bouI and honesty as you 8outh Side Main Street, Okolona, Miss. 3 Pf 04'' rr2 P v- Ha, for 25 yars.enjoved the largest volnme of trade, di 3 5" :'s OKOLON m t from the finest and moet trustworthy chh of citi- "Zi m eenship that visits any town on the M. & O railroad ZZ2 q bttweetl Mobile and bt Louis. This fact has induced V and to add to it in every legitimate way. a t TMIB MtfL((DM Iff! We feel more capalM and better equipped to take care of an 5 A X immense trade than ever before, since wo have bought more "ZZ S fH, and at better figures than for many ycai, and shall share our 3 vr i pood fortune with our rapidly increasing number of pataons. 3 33. ! X SEE. OUR DOORS, SCREENS AND PAINT. 3 3 2 P . at wholeeale or i ,r 2 rX A T r DADPUMAM o OKOLONA. MISS. - rnnui iivi-hi. g S.iiiiiiniiiiiiiiiMniitniiiniMMiiMiniMiiiinnninniniinniiiiinniiiiiniiunfc- .... ..... .. ..... ..... ....i.i. .... ..... .i..i.r. . . . .i..r .1. ii. .i.w . r. i ft H r r 4 ' I i i l : 1 .3 I ake Home Beautiful ! By Artistic Purnlshlrig. We invite attention to .our complete 1 Li 5 1 s and well appointed stock of kI. ! L- -sL- 1- -1- -I-, -Ja-ak- furnitur: r-gf. -T- -T- T-' -T "T "T- -T- -T-. Tr "T- "T- T "T "T- "T" Comprisine extensive Lines of th9 Newest and most , Stylish Parlor Suits, Chamber Suits, Dining Suits, AND MISCELLAJXMVUS Jf UJWlTUtui. 1 V. VAn ManHn tVa AArrMUl visa f th tfUAn In ft.ll thl W newe defla- ' wooaorit j ana ' "Jpn""""" ,ninto meet onr pricel. ouallti of toodi conaidered. v" wa can and will, wi oodmii job cm una - "" V . . . V. A j i.v m l f' (-A UKDERTAKINO. We carry the Largest Stock of Undertaking Goods in the State. j t-,2 OKOLONA, MISS. of the lateet pattern on all through train J. H. Cclp, Traffic Manager, Washington, D. 0. W. A. Tuu, Gen'l Passenger Agent, Washington, D. C. C. A. Hikscottm, Aas't Gen'l Passegr Agt, nbattanooga.TeM Illinois Central P EFFICIENTLY SERVES A VAST TERRITORY." 1 By through service to and from the followini cities: all heard of the opals of Irapuato piea8e . y0Q cannot deny that you not only the most beautiful in are dear to me and" he leaned his voice the world, but the most costlv as well. This is an opal from lrapua to. lie took off a ring as he spoke and it was passed admiringly from hand to hand. "That represents the profitable part of my adven- . ture ; now for the peril. I was riding one night along a lonely road that skirted a great hacienda when I was startled by the shrill scream of a woman. I faced around and caueht the Quick beat of horse's hoofs. The woman screamed aerain. but this time the - t cry was cut short as though a hand had been claimed rndelv over her S mouth. The drumming hoofs drew rapidly nearer. Of course I un derstood that the scoundrel bad stolen the girl and was making for the mountains as fast as horse neen could carry him. But what was I to do about it t A Mexican is not only a good shot ; he is always ready to shoot. If I attempted to Etop him the contents of a revol ver would be all I could expect to car t are, whereas I dare not ven tare a shot myself for fear of kill ing the, eirl I meant to rescue. Just then the moon threw its first nearer and lowered iHhut f am Hpstr to von." "You are nothing to me," she returned, indienantly. "My dear, that is as Dig a one as mv opal from irapuato. ion n(arlv broke mv heart, eomz on thai wtiv without a word of part " j . m 1 . . II ins?, j have touowea you an over Mexico and always missed you. When I came on board today I bad about decided that you were avoiding me intentionally. The thousht troubled me, dear, more than I can tell yen.' T alwavs knew I was nothing but a purple bordered Pharisee." "Not at all. xou are tne aear est little girl I mean, the dearest little, highest-souied woman in tne world." She slipped her lips from be neath his, with an anxious ques tion 'Bat yoa are n.t going to keep nn dninr it f " rt "Indeed. I am, sweetheart, un aornn Rtrav tool eomes Diun derinsr into mv paradise." m HMn'r mpiin I meant auout FOR SALE-PURE LEAF TOBACCO. Besides the heavy war tax on store tobacco, the infernal trusts now tax you to death. Now if you want to smoke or chew pure leaf tobacco free and untaxed and save your dimes these hard times and help a brother Populist who has dared much to de fend and propagate the immortal principles of the People's party, write for price on leaf tobacco of my own raising. Address. Wm.L Parks. Adams Tenn. Earal Eonte No. 1 The Messenger uses no other to bacco and can vouch for its character as the highest Chicago, Illinois. Omaha, Nebraska. Minneapolis, Minn. Bt. Paul, Minn. Kansas City, Mo. Peoria, Illinois. Kvansville, Isdiana. Through encnreion sleeping-car service ne. tween wnicago ana utiweeu iiuv.i"" Cincinnati, Ohio. New Orleans, La. Memphis, Tennessee. Hot KnrinffB. Ark. Louisville, Kentucky Nashville, Tennessee. Atlanta. Georgia. Jacksonville, Fla. AND THE PACIFIC COAST. Connections at above terminals for tha East. West, South, North, t 7 ( ) i THERFa IS ONLY ONE 0 QLAKESLEE Gas and Gasoline mis:fae FOR Everybody, Everywhere The Ideal Power at Least Cost. For Information apply to Blakeslea Manufacturing C9., BIRMINGHAM, ALA. Fast and Handsomely Equipped Steam Heated Trains -Dining Cars Buffet Library Cart Sleeping Cars Free Re clining Chair Cars. Particulars of agents ot the Illinois Central and connecting lines. A. H. HANSON, G. P. A-, CHICAGO p o aa u t irifllllii U I UIUU ray over the monstaln and I caught teihrig tiags. it nn. r. jr. TrrtrTTTV' i I Dlrrhe.Dvuntcry,n i ! t Towel Tr.:.: s cl '! Dutlon. F'-Ulj c.U U C J. MOFFSTT. M. D, ST. LOUIS. t' O. 4 itE&i t lid t uuii n t- -tt a- 10 ii 434 a Not alone for the looks of it, but also for the comfort of having your clothes fit you. 1 t 1 'air Hade Will bold its Bbape and look well ai long aa yoa wear it, while the "Hand Me Down," no matter who takes jonr measare.will disgust you in a week. FOR 'HIGH GLAOil vjuuk, Okolona's Merchant Tailor, will please yon: 'T 4. ' Give him a trial, and yoa will look no farther.