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|V ¥. The Hope Pioneer PEPPER & ICEENE, Publishers. HOPE, N. DAK. LET THE CHILD BE A CHILD Dear little Curly Head, careless and jolly, Life, as you view it, is play Toiling is useless and fretting is folly, At least when you're having your way: Shouting for fun, You romp and you run, Worrying not over work to be done. Seeing no tasks that the years are to bring. Thinking the future will always be spring. Dear little Curly Head, quickly forgetting Bruises of heart and of limb, Taking your own and unselfishly letting Your brother have what is for him, Thinking that they Who choose the fair way Are sure to be fully rewarded some day, Tou borrow no sorrow and treasure no dread Of heart-breaking tasks that are lying ahead. Dear little Curly Head, shouting and sing ing, "Who is it frowns at the noise? Know they not what the gray future is bringing, After the play and the toys Do they not know As they harry you so That God hears the song of each child here below— That if children ne'er shouted and never Were glad, Men never could sigh for the joys they once had? Dear little Curly Head, why are they try ing To lure you away from your play, To fret you with books while your child hood is flying Like the blown rose's petals away? Before you have care And burdens to bear Oh, why are they trying to hurry you there? Dear little Curly Head, God never planned That men should be men as they come from His hand. —S. E. Kiser, in Chicago Record-Herald. Mystery of the Bayou Woods By WALKER KENNEDY. Copyright, 1903, by A.N. Kellogg Newspaper Co, CHAPTER XIV.—CONTINUED. "We ask no other indulgence, your Honor," said Mr. Everett, "than the .permission to tell our whole story in our own way." "Call your first witness*" said the judge. "I believe I will take Col. James Franklin first," said the lawyer, ex amining a memorandum. "I am not certain whether a subpoena has been served on him or not, but he is pres ent, and I presume will accept service now." Franklin looked darkly at Everett a moment, and then bowed gravely to .the court, took the witness chair, stolidly faced the lawyer, and twirled his thumbs. Mr. Everett asked him a few playful questions about his pro fession, his xage, etc., which put him in'a subdued'passion, and then began in earnest: "Do you know the condition of Mr. Wright's estate at the time of his Heath?" "I do." "What valuation would you put on it?" "About $5,000." "When did Mr. Wright dispose of most of his estate?" "About 20 years ago he disposed ot all his property to the Shelby County Real Estate & Investment company, and, I believe, to some western company." "The Diamond Mining company?" "I believe it was." "You are interested in the Shelby County Real Estate & Investment company?" "Yes." '"Own about nine-tenths of the slock, don't you?" tf'Can you tell me what all this fol fl$-rol has to do with this case?" ^'Well, yes, I could tell you," said Eyerett blandly, "but that is not ma terial. Answer my question, please." ""'Answer the question, Colonel," said the judge. J|Xes I do." •^iYou also own virtually all the stjftck In the Diamond Mining com p%ny?" r»cYe3." MThen fcTV you are to-day the owner of ?3|s£r-'y that has been regarded as tip. Wright estate?" suppose I am." *'$Vili you please tell us what that estate consists of?" softer considerable haggling Frank liSr mentioned the various city lots ajg}. plantations, but omitted any xngantion of the Colorado tract. ""There was a tract in Colorado, va^.there not?" "Yes." "It was purchased by your mining company?" "It was." ""The consideration for all this was about how much?" "Twenty-five thousand dollars." •'Was it a bona flde sale?" "It was." "And you paid Wright $25,000?" .. ''About that sum." "What do you mean by that?" "He owed me something for legal services, which was credited on the amount?" fWliat is all this property worth najv?" .'Ijt lias increased very largely in irttlue- la 20 years, as a matter of course."" "What figure do you put upon it?" "I should say that it was worth feetireea $200,000 a ad $300,000/' iOLcouKe that^oes not Include the C^ftmc/TrkcW" "Well, no I was not thinking that." "What is that worth?" "That is impossible to say." "You have some idea?" "If it should prove to contain gold it would be a very valuable piece of land. If it contains no precious met als I should not think it was worth a song." "Is it worth $10,000,000?" asked the lawyer, quietly. "Why, sir, I could not place any valuation on a piece of land I have never seen and that has never been mined." "Well, I'll put the question in an other way. If you could show a clear title to that mining tract could you not sell it at once for $5,000,000 cash?" Franklin looked at his questioner keenly for a moment, but the latter was casually examining the contents of a letter as if lie were preparing to propound another query from something he found therein. The wit ness answered somewhat savagely: "Yes." "Couldn't you easily get $10,000,000 for that property?" "I suppose I could." There was a tremendous sensation in court when Franklin, with evident reluctance, made this admission. "You have recently, I believe, been in correspondence with capitalists re garding the Colorado tract?" "Yes." "I believe that is all I want to know on that branch of the subject, but there is another point on which I wish to question you." Franklin was evidently aware of what this point was, and he put on a swaggering air of victory^ "When all the Wright estate was turned over to you 20 years ago, was not a secret agreement'drawn up be tween you and John T. Wright speci fying that no consideration was ever paid by you, and that the transfer was made in order to protect Wright from damage suits that might be brought by the family of Jeremiah Baxter?" "No." "And did not this paper state that you pledged your honor to take steps to re-vest the property in Wright whenever he desired it?" "No." "And did not this agreement spec ify the Wright homestead, several pieces of city property, plantations in Louisiana. Arkansas and Missis sippi, and tracts in Colorado and Texas?" "No," said Franklin, with increas ing vehemence. "There was no agree ment of the kind between us. It was a bona fide sale." "You were at my residence a few weeks ago?" "Yes," reluctantly. "I received you in my library?" "Yes." "Did you not at the point of a .ie volver compel me to sell you a copy of this very agreement, which had been in the possession of Wright, for the sum of $10,000?" "The idea is preposterous. You are evidently losing your wits, sir. Such a betrayal of trust on your part could not be to your credit. I deny it in toto." "You also deny in toto that there was any such agreement?" "Most emphatically." Lawyer Everett now took from his pocket a yellow paper which he light ly shook at the witness as he pro pounded the next question: "When you came to my house that evening, Colonel, I had just had the* agreement, whose existence you de ny, copied on an old piece of paper and dried thoroughly before the fire to conceal its age. When you were an nounced I threw the original in the back of one of my bookcases, and the copy I placed in my safe. At the point of your pistol, T® I was more than willing to sell you the copy for $10,000. Now you can refresh your memory suf ficiently to tell whether this is your signature appended to this paper, and to reconsider your denial of its existence." Franklin clutched the paper which the lawyer politely extended to him, and then a pitiable appearance of de feat seemed to shrivel him up. He glanced at the lawyer and pre served a dogged silence. "You have not answered my ques tion," said the lawyer, blandly. "It is not my writing," said Franklin, savagely. "The whole thing is a clever, manufactured lie." "I desire to introduce this paper in the case and have it read to the jury," said Mr. Everett. "Subse quently I shall prove how it came into my possession, and the jury can judge of its genuineness." This was done, and Mr. Everett re sumed: "I presume, Col. Franklin, that you remember that about a year ago the safe of John T. Wright was entered by one of his clerks named Morris and some of its contents ab stracted "Yes." "And that Morris is now in China?" "Yes." "By the way, do you know that he is in China?" "I was not thinking. I meant that he had left this part of the country." "Then you have not learned that he is in China?" "No I may have heard it, but I do not recall it." "Have you not within the last 'month received a letter from China?" "I have not." "I hope you will reconsider that answ.er, colonel', for I have in my possession an affidavit from the letter carrier who delivered your mail, in which he swears that he delivered to you a letter bearing the postmark of China, which attracted his attention on account, of its rarity." "I bhall admit nothing." -35* "Did you not reeeive letter from Tom Morris in China, telling you that he had stolen the agreement from "^Vrightvand handed it to your clerk Hillsman, to give to you?" "I did not." "Did yoti not make such a state ment to Hillsman in the presence of Irving Warde, the city editor of the Gazette?" "I decline to answer." "On what ground?" "That the answer might be preju dicial to me." "Oh, then, I will not press it. Did you, or did you not, pay Tom Morris to steal that agreement from Wright's safe?" "I demand rfle protection of the court from this brutal examination," said Franklin, aggressively. "I am not on trial, and "If it please the court, I will ask no questions that are not justified by the testimony in my possession. The witness has not replied to my last question." "No!" thundered Franklin. "Did Mr. Wright notify you a few days before he was murdered that he desired to have all his property placed back in his name?" "No." "Is this your watch?" said Mr. Everett, quickly, handing to the wit ness the unidentified watch which FRANKLIN SPRANG IMPETUOUSLY FROM HIS SEAT CRYING FURIOUS LY: "I SHALL HOLD YOU TO AC COUNT FOR THIS." had been pawned by Herbert Wright on the day of the murder. Franklin changed countenance per ceptibly, but answered promptly: "It is not." "Is this your diamond pin?" hand ing him the pin that had never been identified. "It is not." "On the day that Mr. Wright was murdered, were you in the Bayou Woods at all?' "No." "You were out there the next day?" "Yes." "Did you see anyone that day with arctics on?" "I did not?" "Did you wear a pair of them your self?" "I did not." "When was the last time you saw John T. Wright alive?" "Let me see. I think it was the day before he was killed." "Were you or were you not present when Wright was killed?" "I suppose as the court offers no objection, I shall have to answer that question. I was not present." "Is this your pistol?" asked Mr. Everett, handing him the weapon with which it was supposed Wright had been killed. "It is not." "Did you have possession of it at any time?" "I did not." "I have only one more question to ask," said Mr. Everett, in a most im pressive manner, while an intense, silent expectancy pervaded the court room. "The witness has the legal right to decline to answer it." "Well, what is it?" asked Franklin, turning slightly pale. "Did you murder John T. Wright?" Franklin sprang impetuously from his seat, crying furiously: "This passes all the bounds of tolerance, and I shall hold you to account for it Here the court, amid the wildest kind of excitement, said: "The ques tion is not proper but the utterance of the judge was like a reproof to a storm at sea. Men and women arose from their seats, so •ntense was-tlie feeling. It was a time when pistols were pre cariously prevalent* and there was an indefinable dread that they might be used. Amid it all the voice of Mr. Everett, singularly clear and ringing, could be heard: "May it please your Honor, the wit ness announces that he will hold'me to account for the charge implied in my question. I am entirely willing that he should do so. Herbert Wright's defense is that the murder er of John T". Wright is James Frank lin, and Here the lawyer paused for a mo ment, and fearlessly regarded the blanched face of Franklin as he con cluded: "And I shall prove it." CHAPTER XV. Mr. Everett's startling announce ment terminated the morning ses sion of the court. A scene more dra matic and thrilling had never been witnessed in that room and during 1he recess for dinner the excitemen! conimunicated itself over the entire city. Franklin was credited with be ing a man of nerve, and many thought he would attack Lawyer Everett when court had adjourned and al one time when they were thrown ac cidentally together in the crowd, il looked as if a collision were inevit able. But Franklin, if he thought oi at all. put the inclination aside, and no trouble occurred. It is pos sible that he was too much concerned about the damaging facts brought out against him and with speculations as to the proof held in reserve by Ever ett to squander his time in personal altercation. During the recess lie rushed from place to place, putting a number of agencies to work to bring his forces together. He wanted Hills man. There was work for Old Tom and his comrade.. He needed Meri vale. But defeat confronted hitn at every step. He seemed to be abso lutely deserted, for nowhere were his accomplices to be found and when the recess was over he felt that he had accomplished nothing. "Mr. Everett," said Warde, as they were going together toward the courthouse, "you have a great dra matic instinct. The most skilled French playwright could not have arranged a more startling climax than you did this morning in court." "Perhaps there is an art in this kind of thing as well as playwright ing. I have always endeavored in a case like this to give it color, to make sharply defined points, to make it un fold itself, to give it 'go.' "But wasn't it a little risky to in troduce your climax in the first act. as it were?" "Not in this case, which goes from climax to climax. Even you will be startled when I get through with the testimony. I have a little surprise which I have kept in store for you particularly." "I thought I knew this case inside out." "Wait and see if you do." They had some difficulty in making their way through the dense crowd to their places within the railing When the court resumed its sitting Mr. Everett said he had no further questions to ask the witness Frank lin, and he would turn him over to the state. The prosecuting attorney waved cross-examination for he was in some perplexity as to what he wanted to learn. Nothing that Frar.k lin had said had invalidated his case, and if he were guilty the prosecutor did not care to assist him at the (ex pense of an innocent man. Irving Warde was accordingly put on the witness stand. He told his story well how he had traced the footprints in the snow that ,eold morning in December, how his inter est in the case—which was known to Franklin—had been attended with personal danger, and an attempo had been made to murder him at Peter's Rest how he had obtained the agree ment from Hillsman and what Frank lin had said to Hillsman about Mor ris how he had himself made copy of the agreement at Mr. Everett's house when Franklin was announced, and all that happened with reference thereto. He also gave a detailed ac count of the demands made upon him for the paper which Hillsman had given' him to read. "Was anyone pffsent when the de mand was made?" asked Mr./Ever ett. "Yes, sir the eastern capitalist, Frederick Merivale, was present but whether he gave any attention to the conversation I could not say." Lawyer Everett smiled inscrutably at this, but made no comment. [To Be Continued.] Advice From Sad!.'' Of the distinguished authors ot Persia none, perhaps, has enjoyed a wider popularity than Sadi, who lived in the thirteenth century. He was a great traveler and a cicise observ er, and his anecdotes and short stories are described as being found ed on his own experiences and ob servations. In "Persian Poetry for English Readers" Mr. & Robinson quotes the following from Sadi's writings: ^A pupil said to liis r^instructor, "What am I to do, f/r people in commode me with the frequency of their visits to such a/degree that their conversation produces a great distraction of my valuable time?" The teacher replied^ "To every one who is poor, lend and from every one who is rich, borrc/w. They wil! not come about you again." Another example e,mbodies excel lent advice: A silly fellow, having a pain in his eyes, vtent to a farrier and asked him for a remedy. The farrier applied tojhis eyes some thing which he would have given to an animal, and it blinded him, upon which they made: an appeal to the magistrate. The magistrate said: "This is no case for damages. It is plain that this fellow is an ass, or he would not have gone to a farrier." No man of enlightened understand ing will commit weighty matters to one of meanfabilities. Small Boy Logic. A small boy who had been taught to recite fifom the prayer-book the Collect for the week every morning at the breakfast table was very naturally led into lhat inquiring condition of mind concerning God and the many problems of life which are wont to perplex the infant as well as the maturer reason, says a writer in Lip pincotfs Magazine. After reciting the Collect on? morning, he added with eagerness: "Now* grandma, you say God is every where?" "Tlets, everywhere." 'fls He in this house now?" j'Yes, in this house now." A'Is He in this room, this minute?* wYe.s, in this room, this minute.*' "Well, is He in my pocket?" -"Yes, in your pocket." "You forgot, grandma, the breechet I put on this morning don't have anj pocket—there Bowl" W»V/sr.S S NORTH DAKOTA SEWS Bonds Killed by the Court. The supremo court handed down a decision declaring void the bonds au thorized by the last legislature for state' institutions. About $700,000 is in volved. These bonds were to be issued for new buildings, several of which are al ready under construction. The insane asylum, agricultural college, state uni versity, school for the deaf, school for the feeble minded and the normal schools all suffer as a result of the de cision. A special term of the supreme court was called July 17 to hear the argu ments in these cases. The decision was written by Chief Justice Young and assented to by the other two mem bers. The authority to issue the bonds was granted by the last legislature for the purpose of erecting necessary addition al buildings and making permanent improvements. Thestate board of uni versity and school lands purchased the bonds with moneys in the permanent school fund of the state. State Trea surer McMillian thereupon refused to advance the money on the money on the purchases, and an action was brought to mandamus the state trea surer and compel him to pay the bonds. This action, under the decision of the supreme court, will not lie, and the bonds are declared void. No declaration is made by the court with reference to the $ 100,000 of bonds authorized for the erection of an ad dition to the state capital, except that these bonds are not subject to the same limitations as other institution bonds, for the direct sales of capital lands may be applied to the erection of buildings for administration purposes. This it is believed will permit the car rying out of the extensive improve ments planned for the state capital. All other state institution buildings will have to await some other means of raising funds. In past years several hundred thous and dollars of similar bonds have been paid by state treasurers. What will be the status of these obligations for which value has been received will bo an interesting complication. Arrested. A man representing a wholesale liquor, house in St. Paul, was arrested a number of days ago at Lynchburg, charged with selling and giving away intoxicating liquors, and had an ex amining trial before Judge Walker in Casselton. He was bound over to the district court in the sum of $1,000. He gare bond and was' released. Judbe William Barnett, assistant state's attorney, prosecuted the case and Attorney Callahan of Casselton looked after the defendant's interests. It was shown to the satisfaction of the justioe that the order for the whisky was taken in the state that the goods were delivered here and that the payment was made in North Dakota, all of the elements of a bona fide sale. Defective- Titles. Judge Glaspell found a verdict for the plaintiff in the case of the State Finance Company vs. William H. Beck et al., involving title to Stuts man county land.. The plaintiff was the owner in fee simple of the land and the defendant claimed title be cause of purchase of tax titles. Judge Glaspell ruled that the title of Beck was defective because the taxes were improperly levied, the lands were not properly described in the tax rolls or tax lists, the assessor failed to verify the assessment by oath and other ir regularities. In the case of Louisa M. Nind vs. Valeria R. Meyers for title to other Stutsman county lands the coxirt rulea that the plaintiff was en titled to the land on account of ir regularities in .procedure similar to the case against Beck. Raised the Rate. The state board of equalization agreed upon the assessment of rail roads in the state for the ensuing year. The Soo line was raised to $7,000 a mile for the main line and $6,000 for branches. The Northern Pacific and Great Northern were as sessed at the same figures as last year, $7,500 for the main line and $6,000 for branches. The Washburn road was raised to $6,000 a mile and the Northwestern and Milwaukee branches to the same figure. The board will take up real estate assess ment tomorrow. Miners Strike. Miners in the Davis mine, near Mi not, to the number of about 50, are out on a strike* for salaries due them. The amounts range from $10 to $200 and over and the strikers threaten to institute foreclosure proceedings if, the trouble is not adjusted within two days. 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