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L LAIBORNE GUARDIAN _N.
i. . OMER, LA., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST-29, 1877. IO..2 Teres r s l par, . .....os: - Im--e S o .............. I a rode say i D JOHN. ADIDLE. he Ih "- latior Bv Col...t. W. I.DE FORERT. hlllla - ifig e (C'Meldfdl.) ing o t this mater could not go on tinta; and how lho'Jd lie arrest it! that I usual with ascetic anld n. to li ly persons who interfere in pable passionate, complications, he Th ered. Hle should have gone oblig ht at Maylilil; he sholli have to rt to him. "Vol are a gentlemii:, to lie you abase` mr isqsitiotn; yot comU been educatvl under wuorthiy his fl si, and y*t lyou plhay the and ter and nisjhader; you are re. vellne sible for this lily, and you must Mtanin it ." to" l t lie was pr4udiced against Iirln;(t , as not Ini D clhurclt.inen. fact and as being oe daughlter of mniil, eker allid rutseller; he conl- chivll I that it will her rustic ef. Thor ry which was chieftly reslpon new for this fnltiveuºod indecorous distri making; and, naoe did not find Old imself the hardtass to face her oi0s. such a charge, u resolved to ,i__ tlier fati~ . ra t y the way,. Myfle inurled sini zi notions as to Li 's guilt; -lie that. veulently forgot that I l had hed his lips to helliheek before ie('t': had ever opened )rs to spea;k "I al him; he andellor and grun., iist , after the taaiioi over lucky fact rs, about "i wom thlrowing'ni" mar If at a fellow's Ral.." And *"' i Pareon .eymonmtlad boldly ret ill to him, "Tilworarlie crimli g1athi to he would havroadnlted it. inm As the minister lppro tlled Iad s be saw a chance otgbtening t.ikl dreaded task. It ftint of the ;.in vero, just about to inoio his tall tlhnil bony bay, stood thefather of b~i"" ly Mrs. John RIaddle, atherv, ()1 w,ronnd-shlouldered farr here eity popularly styled d Zeke dow. SThis man being some qute discoverable reasons, faions in still rville, we must not baig hiim gulf our narrative without word widl descriptiin. As a philo hical ter ( t deoled a lion to be "a ir of youi mounted oni four leg so I Ilet y portray Old Zeke Jefiri as a her o.n two logs. Thle pr her spit, of his hbowed shouldlers a ed he ei ly sufficient to balanc his ca:u aquiline proboscin. hil- m were terrified at it, at in it mabthood never frgot it. 'he is claim to antiquity wa~nll to Y tioed; he was not obligº' , t upon it, after the egot c. 'lb, on of John haddle; time ot "f nd everybody who knew himli evI led him old Zeke Jeffris. Tot' aginations of the students fati rican history in the Metho lle:lt minary it seemed possible tl ern. anight have been clearing. t 4 about Somerville before tl mun vent of Columbus. Men wht ril ve measured the monuments o w~h nmoond-bnilders of tihe We\'t " fetsed that thev never he-.er -anything wiicih had o otteiiim an air of forgotten ages as Old te Jefris. ' It Is, however, diflicult to accounrt his reputation as a "character." ' e was called "a keen old chap." dry old chap." "a severe olda " and yet he never seemed to. or amy anything to justify these f thets. He simply minded his bus: and held his tongue. It you a remark to him, his usual meat was .i noiseless laugh, a d.shouldered lurch, and two to right or left, by way of re Bring his equilibriam. But pe who knew him felt that the and lurch were very signifi t, being always on the lookout f keenless, or dryness, or severity, Is Old Zeke Jeflris. When the Seymour family horse j ran away with Mrs. Seymour and 4 two children, and the ancient hbus bamdaun galloped after the esca- 1 pade bhalloolg like a fexhunter, thereby searlg the family horese in to twie the speed that he hd con. temlated, ll Bomerville wa agree. ably eonsacous thiolieiad viudiea ted his repotation for being some .tbing out of the- common way. Poyrat Ilendrus's Chloe, the lame landreas, related from house to boause how "Ol Mars Jeffris went Sposundin down de buller;" and JoLa BIddle triunphantly observ* ed several times a day for a week afterward, "I told ye the old man bed It ia him. To this incarnation of mysterious _see..i , dryness, and reverity, Mr. I'meo r gently broke thie i-. esti tLhat hi rIddle t er eo·6i~oir'=l made one of Ihis Inrches; theu with al a stretnous pinch of his fIthery rI lips, he mounted the¶ony hay and t1 rode off at a gallop; all this without t< saying a word to the anxious eler al gymlan, or to anybody else. What ftr he thought of Mr. Seynlour's reve ta Iation he never tol, uand no nmrely vI human being could guess. Noth hI ung could be inteirred froul his go. e ing oft at a galthq, for he was tonu it tiunually departing trom people In that fashion. It an angtthadl come I to hinm with a mnessage, he was ca- f :ablel of going oil at a gallop. ft Thrus the iiuistterfounid himself It olbliged, as lie clillusily eucnthted t to report Le's s iisdointg directly g to her parents. .John Itaddle had II come out of his ftout door rust asm! 4 his fither-it-law thundered away, ' and now stootd looking after the a venelratble cavalier with a tobacco. a stained smile of admirkiion. He t touched his hat as Mr. cymaour atlt- I proached, lot liht. recognized the I tl fact that flt the parson was ai gentle- 11 litnIt, altholgh tnot of conrse so re hiv'atlrIous ast the Squire antd Col. it Thornton. Jtilr his recepltion of the p news of l.uce's llisellneeanr was as II distressingly hartldetned as that Iof I Old Zeke Jefiris had been mnyst.eri. (o "'Kissint', her " he answered with fl a iroaid, easy. anti st,itewliht ptz. h zhRYT lau;igh. "'No --r;tet -iat'iTrTh that. P'rsotn, I reckon." t Seeing tihat plain dealing was e nIcessa;ry, Mr. Seymouilor s.tid tirinr: : "I atn aftraid so, Mr. altt lh'. You p1 imust take into ceonsiderr.tiot tlhe t fa;t tihat this yoiung IIaIU neveCr cani e marry lurett." *\'ho wtits hinl to marry herl" .1 returned Old Johnt, hot a; then, i gatherintg pride, "',\hat's to hitelder I hint fromlll Iarr itn' herr" llie is oe ,of the Mayvlictls of t .I aklatd IDistrict." pursutted the clhr r gyman; "mid sutch people' as they ' think a great thal of wealth aind blhh.i amd position." Of at studtlden Johnl :Ithan le relemn- . bertl Ith:it he had beten Iorn a low- I downler, and that, with all his ;re quired acres. ntd negroes, he was I still not a gentleman. The great 1 gulf between tihe tao easttes At"l nid wide htfore him: Ihe sawl his datgh ter oil onte sidle and this hitgh toned youngster oiln the othetin ino union between them I,osihle except to I her depreciation and injury. Itn spite of the pint of whiaky which i he ad drlrin re "sun-upl" lie be ca:lle Ithumnile and tractable in a amo ment. "W'l, I'arslon-l'll tend to this." he said. "'mn powetrtul otleegtah to yo." Thus it happened that IL'ce 1:ad, dll can teil f!ront d'l' u tl ;hio r i tt n.olll of rto'y-c.aekeI happtiness to alt evening, of nsrrow. "\Vhar e bee-:l, I.ue.r" w;as hed faither's grim grc.ting, ais slihe slyly entered the back dour of the tav ern. "Out'l the pinte woods," site mumbled, telling a little of the truth, after the ftshltion ot lejqile o who have much to concteal. "Come in yere," lithe said, ttthiting .er ilto that vryt' front rtutn whicih l r ebtau t s at proper place for spark ig. "You've bIenl down to thak rove with that student tellow." t Wal, an' what et I hel" retort r" I Luce. who infetrred at once that I'' had entl watched, altl that it t uld be useless to deny the imeet e You' v beon thar every day for s:- lonug it ,i ntintetd tite fith oial Imetimbering altternoon ahtsreuces ~lh1 had hitherto excited no sie , a Petn. wo know it. I've been thar to r 5eim. I love him a' lie loves eom the bw, I jest wat tye to quit these i- catl." he said, drawing a cowhide t fro is sleeve. "Will ye promise icy, to f" 'I won't! I won't!" answered rse L . r a screaln of rage and mtis ,nd ,ery deslpair. It- Jt )ltddle reasoned in the sa- blocyithoht drawing tine distinc. ter, tiou ookig at both sides. lie Iin- ause to consider .LoetheF ,on- it w t his fablTt that his dallgh te ter own nu a foolish horden 15· Be aiiE iade iti-icar to his mind me t mht * as one, and that she most r'. be bro of it; thet he took her in tme hald fogged her unmercifully. Sto An bacielor friend of mine rent often P imnelfwith declaring and (tat "a cowhiding will brin_ err* any vw to ter senses." When reek the Arsi w stung through Lucy's man homrpP k she shouted del. aes, be minoute monore she wna ios on her bk holding up her huads rity, sad wall d paro " Sj. "Will r r epeated Jo Ateri e o l Oak a ees su *els r.ac ·a rOk 1 ake Mr wi and writhing and crouching, to her J( room, her shonidrra in a tlanme of wi stings, and her heart, as it seemed or to her, broien. To make snre that cco she should not escape she was in forced to go to bed, her shoes were to taken away, and the door was fast- as eined on the outside. Ilt'r tather's TI last words we're "( it ver nose pint- hi ed to start for Uncle Jim's in the II uorinu'." ly This was the cnlminaton of ca lalnity: this was worse than her gi fiercest throbbings. Unclle .lim .Ief w. t'ris lived thirty miles or so "up S~ 1 th ludy," and Ietfore she could return an to Solera ille hier hero would Iw w, gone. Lucy cried, twisted. rubbeil I ti her tingling arms, tried-to see their disicolora;ttions, muttered threats of hi yen geahce, coucocted pl:ans of escanpe "w anld theu went on with her crying, hi all that evening. They brought her w; no sUlpper, and seW was furious at hb that, for she had meant to break as the plate and upset the jug of milk. si lint amid all her pain and wrath she' reluemnlwred Frederic Mayclehl with vi a pin'kilness of tflection which this- di poses a mIIa to lift his hat to her rt mlenmory. HIIungr, sore, and shoem- c less, slit' was resolv4t to se him r.i olce more. Throughout theevening ol Wshe watched a chance to escape ha froml the house; and it swinele l to lher as if the hated world had never It t utwlr-r s -twfnr~ . t.ally. . there caine an I our when doors ha ce-ased slanluing, lanld no more clum- w 'y feet bhistred along the creaking pI-.asages. l Iand no more laughter or 8 whistling of bIwlated idlets resound- fti ed fromut t he street. r; .\After trying vainly to force her ui hwk, shel had recourse to the ian- c dow. Knotting the sheets and sI I lanltket toget1her, phie mande It lad- a der long eoiough to take her to the a earth, and set offi for the clerical g residence. Stones, sticks,ald burrs woiiundedt her bare feet in the dark- sl i nss, uint she onlly cring-ed, and nev ii er uttered a cry nor slackened her tl - speed. She threaded the piie grove, v ; rail swiftly by a dooryard or two in ii fear of dogs, crept under cover of a fence uill i short alley, and was be- d Ie uath the catalpas which eubow- a Scred the palr.onage. " The little wooden "half house" a 1 was as pitilessly quiet as a tomb. d Sliad Frederic Mayfiehld actually i lIeen asleep and never known oit the i u shivering girl who wias blubbering ai Sher pasionate grief under his win- . dodw because she should see him no t SInmore. it would have been a ferocity a at destittny which even itr- -arts tere.-uindled ntau light lie tenhpted I to grumble at. Things halilwned V titter titui thait, and lorsei. ,uey .1 hdetected a gliltuir behind til b.y's t el::tai.!; ':.- t, -sed sa pe'hbhle or two ;ii iaiilt an w indlw-panle; in another - Slte hle was beside her. Shell clung to him, told her woful story, e1 y nmadte him touch the welts on her - aris, Std et ied over the aliproncI-, ;i ig separation, holpintg that lih' ewould somehow prevent it. I i Low-down girls, take warning. e If unwindoin is not its own rewarl, it has none. The suitor who can g not worship cannot love. Although iI Maylield was sorry for Lnoe, aul savage i piisi winp -din fT k received, although he knew himself to be mailly responsible for her t- griefs, lie still wished that bhehad it never seen her, and he longed to º it get rid of her. Of course he wpeted I t- her; of course he tried to quiet her tiresomlne crying; but, of course too, I ir he urged hlerto return home. They it were whislw'riig a parting when -s they heard ai whistle, tfolwed by3' a a- stealthy, menacing rush of ab proaching footsteps. to III. A discovery which transforms this e story from a doleful comedy into a c downright tragedy, had been made e by John RIaddle. " After whipping Luce, his bloot up and his hand in, I he sought a new victim. This vie s. tim was LueC's confidante, and this confidante was a negro girl of fit oe teen, John Raddle's purchased pro. .-. perty. Holding her in some way e responsible for his daughter's o r deuisms, he plied her so fercey h with the cowhide that under the torture the chattel made a woful revetatuu.- . 1t The born low-downer, the illegal in trader with negroes, the cwue ig ly. norant drunkard and mean, had no crept so far up toward respectabill ug ty that when be heard the tale of ng hiseohild's misaonduct he felt injered el and dishonored. Hie dropped his y's cowhide ad drew hbis revt ver; he 8- reeled about the room, tbreatehing as the life of the naegres, stmpi di and swearing. At uas he rt sed out, called for his orse, and rode be ait u ll op to Old e&4dl la M sa lt.Imhplasl ad U' " A- -, i ehemg 4 bum ) John Ratddle was proud of his I wil'e's relatives, sensitive to their anO criticism, sad uuct ervient to their fuse council. A sob or two of shame sue mingled with Ilia oaths as he now in I told themr what he had to tell, and pisi asrked them what should be done. was They, too, (Old Zeke, hlis wife, and bac his two grown grandsaotl, Scott and the Illaris,) were sullenly, it not acute- dar ly, conscious of injury and insult. ing "I "'lpose he thinks, 'cause he's a mei great gentleman's son, hlie can do " what lie likes," growled Scott lefiriu, Jet the eldest of the grandsons. "I yer say let's git after him, an' if he ) won't do what's right, kill him. dit By - , that's what I ray." on 11 The grandfather, who had na hI hitherto spokºn, now Inrehed to ward thle mantle-piece, took downi thr his alwaysloatled ridle, and led the l M way to the stable, iillowed in silelee pol by the others. In teu minutes four tha armed mnle were riding through the ar six miles of dinm starlight which lay jetween the farmlouse and Soner. ext ville. Iteaching the tavertn they lin dr:ank largely of whisky; then they vid repatired to Luce's room to obtain a mn confirnation of the negro girl's sto- lhit ry; they found it empty, the window tiol oeln, and the string of blankets wh hanging. old ",She's run awny," excliimed John ate ltadlelh bewildered. citi -The--,kt maim, egin!Y " laughed in his strange, nmechmanical sel way, and said nothing. the "She's gone for him," broke out to Scott Jeffris; nnd they started on evi ftit ibr the parstage. A stealthy, gel rapid wv;I!k; at gllmpse of the couple ed under the entallps; a whispered pet coinsultation ,behind ai thicket of ro- to sea; a gliding of two shadows wo around the rear of the house; then hal a whistle, and they were tall to gether. wa '(Oh, par!" gasped Luce. She i Co sprang away front her lover with ne instinctive fright and shame; but in hn the next instant sIte saw the revel sea ver in her father's hand, and leap. Hli illg at him, she caught his wrist. tol "Yout git away!N cried Johin Had- Cc dle, flilging her violdently aside, a while llarris.leflris seized her arm. Iph "Look yere, Mr. Mayfield, donl't you po stir. Stand thur whar ye be till I've ari done talking." lO0 A ghostly moon came out at this mUt moment, and showed the youug Ft man standing with his back to the uc house, his face apparently pale In iS the dim light, but his manner cool fot and even defianut, and his hand lba graspigH a-revolver4 4s- I "Now, Mfr. Mayfihld, yot know an I what, this teanst," contiiued Old oli .tohn. "aes*, otu know. I want stl Syolt to mn:l\ tyit hatgal." me º Even as he t:mah- this dlemand it ws Saeeured to him absu:rd presumpltion, or and his voice sank and . quavered Jdoubtfnilly over the last syllables. ch Nr ever l,efore, to his knowledge, hail as Sat man of hias iasa laid such an in.- "I junnetion upon it man of the class of ad Fre(deric Mayfield. wt ".I s'Ise you kllow wj you 31 ough'ter marry her," he continued of with a gasp. "I s'pou, you know it." ce I 1 suppose I understand you," in answered the youth wiith a frank lei whiekt- shewed- gfeatw - pri d rie - iitrt ina courage. cn (I "'\ell, will do ye itt" r "No." ki Both men raped their pistols g a simultaneously, but Ilucie prevented in I them from tiring; she broke away Si r frot llHarris Jefis, flung herself ai , upon herlover, asnd covered him ywith her body. "You shan't go to si nt make him statry ame," she screamed. in a "He needn't marry-me." gi i- Her cousin jerked her violently of from her hold, and drfgged her, g9 struggling, to some distance. cw AThat's right-take her away," is saidkt the hard, resolute, pugnacious it a boy for whom she had sacrificed her b; he happinoas,aud would havesacrif6ced 1 g her life. lie looked as sternly and tl 1I imperiously in the taces of the four tl a threatentng men who stood around " 5him, as -a Homan patrician "might it f have stared at brawling plebeiaus. a or a Polish noble at insolenit serfs. a y "And you, the rest of you, be ofi " he hwent on, gatherinu g anger. "An- C Sother wonrd of this ballyisg, and Ill v IC send some of you to -. -Those f ul that 1 miss I'll follow up. Ill hunt, yi i out -T~th e~trtry. m ml you to insult and threaten a geotle I- asafL~ it 4 8o prodigious st that date was Ia II- the terrorism of old planting fhai J of lies in the Booth, aud mo grestly were d even the well-to-do sfarmers uder is their iasmrse, that the three Jet. e fris quiealled before these tlhthts, ag looted doubsrltI Into ese othet a hriskiogdaeua ~ l she - 1 l~ away. JelSlhadi eone h stod htilsgrouoadl . lHI awasterdeper I than tbers, r4 wiw mere he ' II- wa bes hwl thwI.Ts b w e is was the prdslS skll ha There were more angry wordts; cri nother demand, and another re- coa ousal; then two detonations in rapid elle succession. John Raddle, with a ball alai in his thigh, the shot of a drooping bar pistol, saw Frederic Mayfeld fa11 for- hon rard onl hie face. The others ran Ja back; there was a ghastly group in ed i the moonlight; a corpse wetting the Ma; dark turf with its blood; a girl roll- alw ing and shrieking beside it; four aws men, white and staring. frol "lie's done for," whispered Scott trIa Jeffria. "(it p and git,tnrele Find the yer hoss andl travel for the swamp. whi As John Raddfle and his relatives tue diaappeseda, Mr. Set mour came up- fot on the saene. lie had been awakened be lIy the altercation; had looked out of it t [he window at the moment when the sue three Jeffisea were retiring belbfa tb Mayield; bald dressed as rapidly as as possinble, and arrived too late. All Plo that lie conld do for his pupil wasto rev carry his body into the house. poe Next day there was a prodigious 4e.' excaitement in the district. At first public opinion was soldewhat di. Kit vided as to the guilt of John Raddle, qo u ninny permoas sympathizing with ye. him when they learned the ,rovoca. tion under which he had acted. BIt sail when the Judge ofthe('ircuit Court, ta old Squire Somers, Col. Thornton, 1 nud in general the lofty and wealthy ter citizens, took.the ground that imur. sle drduma murder Ihn nnmonlity as. sented to the proposltion,a and agreed an thattlhe fngitive mnost be brought 1 to trial. Ilis low origin, his generally the evil life, and especially his crime of my selling whlisky to negroes, also work ed to hIis prejudice. Perhaps, too, his bi e pecuniary success was now ant injury hi to him, for envy abounds in back. at woodish regions, and is a good "C hater. a0ot The feeling against the homicide oh was heightened by the exertions of ('ol.. Mayflold, who, on receiving b'a news of his sotn's death, hurried post go haste to loraerville, attended by ga several martial coneections, as a it Hligland chiet of the olden time ms traveled with iis doibnewasaal. The let Colonel was a naan of forty.fire, swarthy, small, lithe, and gracefl; a CO planter of unusual wealth; a leading politician inthostate,andathor gh aristocrat in feellag; but smoothly er condeaoeeding with themasses, per. do snasive, fascinating, and eloquent. wi Full of grief, bdt fuil of viodieive-. in ness, he was determined that Jol s Raddle should die; and he labored as for that and very much as be would ms have labored for an election to 'onegrnaa.- . tmst.be admittead, l anpposPe, that verdicts in South Car. gla olina did not at that period follow aIt strictly in the footsteps of law. To secure a favorable result ita court it was often nlecessary to secure a fav. oratble iublic opinion. as "M. mii did perfectly rigbt," dle. th clared (Col. Mayfeld to Col. Thornton, as to other hightoned personlages. sa "lie did just what I would have wi advised him to do, and just what you would have advised him to do. In Marry the daughlter of a airrcker!- to of the keeper of a crossroads gro. bc cery ! impossible! It was a most Bi inalent demand, and urged with l. dil legal, insulting violence. What will di can be nun a on it The y -didti J perfectly right-as I might have a' known he would. As fie a boy-as m gentlemanly a boy "-bere the Colo. I niers voice quavered a little-" es, ti Sir, as noble and honorable a y pa as your own." a Thornton grasped his hand in he silence, andi Mrs. Thornton bhst into tears. The sorrows of the di graded Raddles were crowded oat w of sight by the sorrows of this fine gentleman - their asmoelate and it equal. To commoner spirits the Colonel insinuated that the whole adventure had been a matrimonial plot of the i Raddles; that they had put out their girl as a bait, with the hope of thereby deluling or bullying a rich b youth into marriage; and that and hug their game fruitless, they had murdered him in coarse aloer, or! mere savagery. ti "I'm glad I met up with y ('Colonel," said more than one o vinced farmer. "I never got at sh full rtghts of the earns aIre ow, 1 It is a pietre of j.stiee ia Its I One is remiuded of ljaits Q5 tleu implorim theim Qutrites in aoer his msu, CLu eo rgii dalain- d lsg with ssbs lth Ioruf, l e I Iparatm es he i rial-~oaIl r(l aullIe of asmus Ath ex* -I SibitinLg their tearsm md thi m -rs. tlaE mea tiitWtrJlae 5r . r were eammttetd to s 1 wt the aithlbdd d i wese .m s s reasue ia -riinal at the o iamb w. mouesidered an eateast by . aIases, the poor w ttes ai rlaves. They w- L Iarbarism, aurroandiSg 04eg lhose with a baekweed John ladldle wass rpulaL . ed after" by the ShLerielb t paSr - Mayflekl, armed to the tn wasll alwaysof the party. At Miam s swamp on the 8alada, tea wadg"' ronm Somerville, the auu I- i w - tracked to the ruinou bvel, siu the shelter of a rumaway dave, whieh served him for a hlir. - turning from a long expedities a Ifoo be had hallen asleep, sad tmd he awoke aF the mound of it was to look in the eyes sof h i. new. Six armedautu the ab - huswadeIIn Id neta ttabs ;ilt - - as many on its manhe anid Pluanting himself, ril lo-aSl edl revolver in belt, beb hl4_t __.. t, he eacted out "stel w ryes "Steady, Old John P re!peded Kin bertain, the Shberit. "Jo e quarrelin' about it. We're aDll ro 3e." "Stand right whar ye te, Kim,' said Ibaddi "1'm not gwine to be taken alive." There was a pease and a mat. tered consultation amon the be. slegers, Col. Mayheld sayig, "blea hiLhm atram here,s ad htlh Ubel. _ answering, "4o, no I lets soean i . John Iladdle took advao so tbo momenataryquiet touak, "*Mw% my daa'ter " "bhe's been mighty iekL, btt dbot better!" replied Uhertaln, whyL.ed himself a father, and tel hi s at that moment itir to meet l "Come, John, don't let'ss have' nonsense now. Come out here,ad. obey the laws.' "bee here, Kin, I .wat e to b'ar witnesM of one tbhi. Yeuv got the Jefless in jell. Tkey ail guilty. They was iwlne aagm whoa it happened; theiddnt m ash's see it till 'twas done. wate let the soars keow that, ' "'lU do all I ean lar' e, uals. Come now, some at.' As the bemicide made no se aplts farther tha, to glanee at the isn esmin horise, d as e was dently revelvig the sm1 bisae which reialel tMm in the apposeeklg-al Oel - lold's hate burst h ., ad e shboted, "nrres mt oaondrel l' "Who be gyol" demandid td die, bringing hi bla to a lval d glancing along the barda at the strange eface, ball tb A d pine tree wbhih serv-tti ite boecade. r "I1 am CooL Mayfold," replied ti unflinching planter, soolly wateMSS the ey% that was upon him. At these words the ma eri shrunk back and slightly rnld hls weapon. ,)on eome no neser he s to a boarse volue. "I dos' walt ter hurt ye. Wii. ll --- -w s -ii boy is enough-ean ma m% eosh. Baut thar's one thing I da't de- i didn't lay traps to eateb h mte_ . dea'ter. You've said wa. Mes ha Jobhr Riddle sever t rot a thing. ie never t oefL maridge till paridge wee ie knows whbr be t iosp, the like of you blep. ?e m put my gal l his w r. le r d seb meanmes as st be--wal, no use eam ; "Yes,Johm,you'vetalked lc said thtsberiL "aow ieam au' .anurer. if ar~ leave it to te a jay, sas i r 'twas right.' "No,~ was the et. ' e for uders. I naWr pt in this eosutoy . A mlnl de't bloegl tin scrl. 5u5 show fa r a lowdown u h e when hMghbtme gOstilb on him. As be said thbl e, (. S brat am, tets tee s tood witi o e Ia I he ea" pl ..& .