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The Lower Goast Gazete.
Devoted to the Interest of the.Lower Coast Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries and Commerce.
Vol. V; POINTE-A-LA-HACHE, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1913. No. 25.
Popular Talks on Law.
CHECKS AND BANK ACCOUNTS
BY WALTER K. TOWERS, A. B., J. D., of the
John McGee owed Warren Gordon five dol
lars for a couple of loads of cordwood. Gordon,
having delivered the wood at McGee's residence
went to McGee's store to secure his money.
McGee drew out his check book and signed a
check in the usual form, instructing his bank
to pay to Gordon the sum of five dollars. This
was on Tuesday afternoon about 2 o'clock. The
bank,did not close until four, but Gordon know
.ng that McGee was a responsible man of means
and not needing the cash at that time, decided
he wouldn't cash the check at once, but would
keep it until he needed money at the end of the
week. Wednesday passed with the bank open
for business in the usual way, but again Gordon
did not present the check for payment. On
Thursday Gordon heard rumors that the bank
was in difficulties and might fail, so he hastened
to its doors only to find that he was too late
and that they had already been closed. The fail
ure proved complete.
Gordon went to McGee and asked that he be
paid the five dollars, insisting that it was Me
Gee's bank that had failed and that he had
never received his pay for the wood deliyered.
McGee inquired into all the circumstances and
pointed out that had Gordon presented the
check for payment on either Tuesday afternoon
or any time Wednesday it would have been paid
in full. McGee further stated that he had had
the money on deposit in the bank and it had
been lost. Had Gordon presented the check
within a reasonable time five dollars, at least,
would have been saved, and there was-no reason
why McGee should lose the five dollars a second
time. Before the law McGee's position was cor
rect, he was not required to make, good the
check, Gordon having failed to present it for
payment when he reasonably might have at a
time when it would have been paid in full.
The payment of obligations by checks on
bank accounts is a familiar business procedure
in every community; and an examination of the
legal relations of the banker, the depositor who
signs the check and the person to whom he
gives it, is of the greatest practical importance
i-" US exats n 1e e gasln nce of a check,
the requirements of a good check and the obli
gations of the various parties to it.
The form of a bank check is familiar enough
to all of us. It is usually prepared by filling
in ink or pencil blank spaces in the printed
form provided by the bank. But the entire
check may. be written and checks have been
prepared on many substances besides paper.
Lumbermen have whittled out a smooth shingle
and written their checks thereon. A young
profligate in jail, after a spree once tore off his
S cuff and wrote on it a check to obtain funds to
secure his release. The requirements is .that
the check be in writing of some kind which in
cludes typewriting, etc. -
Si It is addressed to a stated bank, which is
directed to "Pay to the order of John Jones,"
or "Pay to the order of Bearer" a certain sum
of money. These words "pay to the order of,"
are necessary to the negotiability of the check
that is necessary so that it may fulfill all the
legal requirements and be capable of passing
I: by endorsement, etc. Acheckmay.bedrawn
>; to "Bills Payable," or "Rent" or. "Cash,"
and is then payable to bearer.
There is.no legal requirement that a check
> be dated, but this is a wise and almost inva
· riable custom. Any legal holder of a check may
:' 1fill in the date where it has been left blank. A
S cheek may be dated in the past or in thefuture.
i: If dated in the past it isi payable at once, and if
S- dated in the future, it is payable on or after
: its date. While the words "on demand" are not
used in a check, they are implied in law, the
understanding being thd e' bank is ini~trit
ed by its depositor to pay to the Qrder of John
Jones on demand. . .i
A check must be signed by the depositor and
: usually in his own hand, though contract rela
tions between the bank and depositar may au
thorize the use of a rubber stamp, or some such
device in place of a written signature.
In law the person who draws-a check and
- gives it to another is understood to agree that
. he will stahd back of the check and see to it
that the person receivipg it secures the money
. for which it calls, provided he handlesp it in a
. prbper and reasonablemanner. If theperson
receiving a check presents it to the bank 'ithin
i a reasonable time, and the bank dishonors the
cheek, and he then gives notice of this to the
,: ,person who drew it, that drawer is.bound to
ne Ipay to him the amonimt of the cheek. A check
should be presented during business hours by a
person entitled to receive money on it on the
next business day after receipt, at the latest.
As we noticed in the case of John McGee and
Warren Gordonfi if the check is not presented
within this time, and the bank fails, the loss.
must fall upon the person who failed to pre
sent it. But if the depositor suffer no loss be
cause of the delay in presenting the check he
cannot escape liability if it is dishonored. Thus
if Warren Gordon had carelessly kept. McGee's
check for several days before presenting it for
payment and in the meantime McGee had with
drawn his account from the bank, there being
no failure, McGee would have been bound to see
that Gordon received the amount of the check.
If a check is reecived drawn upon a bank in
another city, it cannot of course, be presented.
for payment on that or the next business day,
so it is sufficient if the check is put in course of
collection on the business day following its re
ceipt. One should be as prompt in'giving notice
to the drawer of the refusal of the bank to pay
a2icheck as to put it in course of collection.
A check that is drawn payable to "BIearer"
may be transferred simply by delivery, hand=
ing it from one to another. If the check is
drawn payable to "John Jones," John Jones
may transfer it by endorsement-that is, by
writing his name on the back. If he endorses
iri blank he simply writes his name "John
Jones" across the end of the back of the check,
when it is payable to anyone who may hold it.
If John Jones should write, "Pay to the order
of Sam Smith, John Jones," Sam Smith alone
would then have the right to present it for pay
ment. or transfer it by further indorsement.
The blank endorsement of the person present
ing the check at the bank is, of course, sufficient
to transfer the legal rights in the check to the
One who takes a, check from another usually
required that he indorse it even though it be
already indorsed in blank or payable to bearer.
This is because the person who indorses a check
to another is understeod in law to make cer
tain promises to the person to whom he in
dorses the check even though he does nothing
further than white his name on the check. The
indorser engages that when the check is prop.
erly presented at the bank 'it will be paid,
and if it is not paid and notice is given tohim
he wjll pay the amount to the person to whom
fie trsrd the heck or any other who-nmay
subsequently receive it by proper indorsement.
Thus when you indorse a check you make that
promise to all future holders of tlhe check. If
you are compelled to make it good.y~oumay have
recourse in turning against those who trans
ferred the check to you, and whose names ap
pear on the back as indorsers, or on the face
While a man owes a duty to depositor to pay
his proper check drawn against an adequate de
posit, the banker is not bound to pay any check
as against a holder of it. The rights of the
holder are against the signer of the check, and
those who transferred it to him. But if a
bank certifies a check, it becomes bound to
pay it to a proper holder. Certification of a
check is secured by presenting it to the cashier
of the bank against which it is drawn. Upon
determining that tlie signer has funds sufficient
to cover the checkon deposit, and seeing to it
that they are set aside for that purpose, tke
Eashier marks "Certified" across the face of,:
the check and adds his official signature.
SFunds to cover this check are then withdrawn
from the control of the depositor who signed
the check and he may not stop payment of: it,
or withdraw the funds to cover it. The bank
becomes absolutely bound to pay it, and the.
check is as good as the bank. Usually the per
son who signs a check has it certified in order'
·that one to whom he would give it in payment
of an obligation will be more ready to receive:
it. His liabilities on the check remain the same
if he has it certified. But .if one who holds
the,.check, other than the person who drew it;,
has it certified,-he the inh effect says that he·l
chooses tooii~ to tthe baiik foipayment of the
check, and the depositor who signed it: and all
who endorsed it before him are relieved from .
their liabilities, the bank alone becoming liable.
to the holder..
If an ordinary check comes to you the safe.
procedure is to either present it to the bank on
which it is drawn and secure the cas'h, or to de-:
posit it in-your own baink foi collection and do',
this within twenty-four hours after lit is repi
ceived, or at least on the next business day. It:
may seem immediateiy convenient to turn an-.
other's check over to a third party, but:if yo1:1
do so you recognize the i~isk involved. i The safe
procedure is to cash the cheek you have and
pay the third party by youri own perso inal cheek
on your ownaccount or with the.eash hreeived-?t
TQ MARKET ,FARM PRODUCTS.
The vist majority of the staerage
- a irmer's time is given .to productdon
aind the Utthe remaining to distrlbu
ion,or the marketing of bhi productse
b should tarmertspend weeks of
psend thought on growing acre4
* cro mn.an. the rdispose; f it to
tt bd: that appear Inl any
+"y ? :ý ' -b · ·i·: ý jt a ht- 1
sides put to production without a
thought even to marketing. The cause
a of this condition in this country Is the
Splenty i. all aides And numerous mar.
kets. Only li. a faie cases has nece
sity worked .to form, c-op" ation.
• among growers which resultse n dia
t criminate selling as 4well a growng.
I. Western fruit gre"wereeo*d to t for liAc
y wdrefr. ditnta Hon say mapket
try of want to one of prosperity" b
the opera1on of a welldefined -co
operative bystem. Germany wouild be
at a lose without it. :
A eoiriiplete· .ystem' of cooprative
selling could: 'Sot go Into effecti.-t
once. It muit come gradually. Par
cell ;pot will enable the fanet t'
worl up his own specialtrade which,
urai is' that : he'. wIW-y reap profit from
his matta syo r i
STATE, NATIONAL AND FOREIGN
Emile Daigle, of Houma, La., own
er. of the Daigle Barge Line, died aft
er disposing of all his business con
nections and planning to live a quiet
life. He started living too late. He
sold his life to business and the price
of his release was death.
Louis- Marks, a 15-year-old boy, of
Crowley,' is living with his brains
shattered. -He is conscious and says
that he feels no pains.
Houston D. Bickjham, President of
the Commercial Bank of Franklinton,
La., and the Mount Herman Bank of
,Mount Herman, is charged with the
embezzlement of $5,000.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School
Board, by a vote ofi 4 to 1, recom
mended the dismissal'of C. M. Hughes,
Principal of the City Schools, and al
so by the same vote barred married
women as teachers in the schools. The
ob ection to Hughes was his support
of retaining married women as teach
The 1912 sugar crop in Louisiana
was 153,573 short tons. St. Mary Par
ish led the State, producing 25,597
Lumber manufacturers of Louisiana
lead all others for donations of lands
for forest reserves. ,The last dona
tion :was one of 25,000 acres by the
Urania Lumber Company, whose presi
dent is Henry Hardtner, who is a rep
resentative Louisiana :.Conservationist.
Dr. William H. Harriss, of Tulane Uni
versity, has isolated the pellagra germ,
and the cure is now only a matter of
a small time.
Up in West Virginia they have a
coal strike and they have an armored
train which made one:. violent trip in
to the coal mine district and poured
shot into the tented cities of the strik
ers, where few of the men congregat
ed, ut each tent had iis family full of
women and clildren: The State of West
Virginia allowed that.and a Senator
from West Virginia, who knew that
such things were fouAded on truth,
though -colored by th ecited hiagi
'no sin of exaggeration, ad' rrible
was the terror that these -legalized
bandits spread with shots through the
white canvas -cities of .-women who
could only. do. as women--work-and
children,' who yet believed in God and
thought the world was good. The
United States Senator, under pretense
of defending the honor of -his State,
defends the. criminality .of murdering
mine owners, and ' forgets that the
murdered. were his" people ,and that
his, people wanted right. And behold
the sad spectacle of a man whose po
sition- is honorable sweating blood in
dishonest effort to set the seal of in
nocence on the murdering, marked
mine operators! State endowed mill
tary operations-o, to: uphold these
men the militia was sent against these
People who were disorderly-to restore
order, whifle. law abiding armored
trains showered death on guiltless wo
men and guileless children. The Unit
ed Statesi Senate conqludes to investi
gate, and then there is a fear express.
ed that it can do nothing because the'
obliging law is so framed that nothing
can .be done;, In' these e pressed in
competences of law wealth finds re
fuge, ;and l!awmakers, know this. .Yet
law-makers let linger as laws these
wealth-written measures. An ex-'nine
guard, Leej Calvin, tells the story of
the: itrlp of- the armored death-train,
He tells of the expressed desire of ,the
men of the train to return after they
:ad raked the little vfllage ofthe strk
eirs iand on~ie man had been killed be
side his .home. His unshaken story
startles the :striped souls of the coal
minei owners and-. an army:of lawyers
is recriited for the battlerwhose ver
diet may -save a State, whose filthy
decision m.ay :wreck a nation. In-:
courts : are, decided questions upon
whose truth or falsity vital principles
are suspended. Championiflg the truth
miy breathe new hope and spirit into
thse eien and make them better. But
falsehoodmay do almost anything the
enorminty of :which is iftiite and it
will breed despair and :dejection and
will make these: men secede froin our
natlon-in spirit:and there :will be many
others who wfill su1fer the s1ub mis8si o0
but rejectthe task ofdefending ten- 1
dsal government wiich has forgot themn
and tlrns to the. enemy- at the first
call asainst their country; They 'WIll
can never iiuderstand that govern
zaent Is a:stttutqion whose-auty is
tie bettermento: f the people'and that
when government falls of Its purpose
it forteilts, its right to lif· a glory
a~id' should be idlled and burled with
thoseother ations which sinceiAdam
hiave b(e led to betray Jhetrust of
the peope, ho in time' revenged
theseles, o wlit btwith Amer
•~ aOait nUIo~
The cotton crop is fairly good, spot
ted; there has been an acreage in-.
crease of but 3 per cent at the most. I
Low temperatures have retarded
growth. In some districts the scar- I
city of labor has been felt.
Roosevelt, Hearst and Sulzer, three 9
men who seldom agree, will speak
fronm the same platform in advocacy I
of the . lzer direct primary bill, I
which the last New York Legislature I
killed and adopted a substitute for,
The Department of Labor reports as I
a result of its investigation that a
baby nursed by its mother has ten
times the chance to live that a bottle
Ten thousand striking street clean
ers marched to the Mayor of Phila
delphia's home and things looked du
bious. The police turned them back
with riot guns. When the qroWd ar
rived all lights in the Mayor's house
went..out, the Mayor having been
warned of the approach of the strik
ers by attaches of the City Hall.
Mexican rebels have been on the
increase. They have been victorious
and together with the effect created I
by the changing of the Huerta cabi
net, the effect of these triumphs have 1
been toagain threaten a recurence of
the bloody-conflicts of the last three
The Servian-Bulgarian conflict has
not been officially settled. But as no
reports indicative of battles had been
heard it is assumed that matters, if I
unsettled, are dormant.
THE PULSE OF THE WAVE, OR HIS
SBy Tropical Bend.
The old man laid his hand on her
head in that innocent way peculiar
to the old and then resumed his
walk. His melancholic manner led h
him through the churchyard, where
a few ill-kept graves interested his
morbidity. When he neared his
house he was surprised to observe the
unusual brightness that shone there
in. Celeste,, his old faithful servant,
was not often guilty of such indiscre.
tions as attempting to battle with the
gloom of night. John Drew felt. this
unusual brightness tear the curtain
of Time off the Picture of some old
girl who had. made his life once
-bright; aiind the choking sih, the bnlti
lections, attended the resurrection. c
The memory, too, was most sorrowful. I
He remembered her whom he had r
turned his back upon when he was an
angered and jealousy was his master.
His remembrance was remorseful and a
under its rigorous sadness he shivered n
-cold with remorse. ;.1
He heard a voice with the unwash
ableimpression of the French beside
him. "Good evening. I am the one- f
whom you helped' after a fall from my a
horse at Fort St. Marie last week."
The old mani smiled. This meeting
was a blessed remedy for the melan
choly that. was sapping Drew's life.
The newcomer, Louis Legran'de, had l
been a soldier, but was one no long- n
er. The severity of the military dis. P
ciplinie was too much for him. He
had resigned. He would stay in River. a
view it he found RUverview fit to stay b
in . . -a ,,. : , t. " " -- . i " ' '
-The similarity between the impetu- t
osity of Hazel and the discontent of
Legrande made :itself apparent to '
.Drew. Legrande told his taleof hisr
life spent in pleasure, which consisted t
in doing all things that were barren of
producing :and in -'spending money
withoutgood results. :The old man
saw he was a dreamer. He, too, was c
a dreamer, But he did liot believein e
other's dreams. .
SHe censured Legrande. -He told him! e
to do something, and therein lay: Le- t~
grande's damnation. Pot LegrandeB
had done all things that would avail
him naught; 'Woman," the young man n
said licentiously, 'are to amuse h.en.,
Beyond amusement I want no - w-d ' m
man." .." i'
* Drew remembered these were- the gi
sulleti sentiments that moved hinito b
do avay with one for ;whom he night- cl
ly prayed, for years, to :return, and h,
those prayers for her which he had C
cast aw~ay were neter answered. d.
The old ..man" told Legrande he was .M
wrong,· Legrande said: '"If I meet a d
woman that makes ie thihk different I
of woman I shall live for that woman
of inspiratlon. I want a domestic" trI
want a woman that cries forchildren.' c:
Such to Drew's mind was Hazel Gar
ner, and this old dejected man began ci
to think and wbati he thought was to le
bring Legrande and Hazel together, q
Ltgrande bade Drew :good-ibght. Le
grande walked away remembering the ls
unhappy events of his life-his fath- ui
er's indulgence; ,the money foolishly v
Dspent; his expulsion from thei army-, dii
all these, with -their pathetic detati ' 4d
he remembered. - - P
--. ** . * *. L
When Hazel wentiback to her house d,
she began to~play:on the piano. The
seiectlon wasi one from an immortal ni
opeiraI. On.the table was an envelope, s
which she opened It-contained an in- k
vitation to aiIal'at. Riverview.- River- -
view was madi doii ::this affair. .:The n
host wes a elt stranger who had I
ist j purche e sence n River -
VlW..:-: ',.-" ."'"'"?' :'S.-:i,:v, tl:.
Hazel, after worrying about the
dress she might wear, decided to wear
an old organdie gown which made her
d look like a blooming flower. Having
no one to love, she was still only half
alive. She was dressed for the ball
e in the garb of a wall flower.
k The.feeling of caste at a country ball
y is. very much alive, and this was the
1, influencing feeling that was going to
a make things miserable. Hazel drove to
the residence of Mr. Orlando accom
s panied by Hetty, her servant. Hazel
walked into the parlor, and she caught
the glance of a man who was viewing
Sher critically. The music began and
then the dance. Hazel did not dance.
.- The stranger' did not dance either.
SMrs. Orlando seeing this, introduced
Hazel to Legrande, and Hazel felt dif
t ferent, like the pleasant difference
she had dreamed of.
e Legrande contemptuously spoke ir
a reverently of the Virgin Mother. Hazel
chided him for this, and Legrande ap
preciated the rebuke and smiled be
cause he was inwardly rejoiced. He
liked her peculiar differences. This
a made him attempt to go further than
g acquaintanceship. Legrande, accus
I tomed to being petted by society, re
membered how many had abandoned
themselves to him in an embrace in a
dance. But the stoical, domineering
attitude of Hazel was a grateful
change from the submission of the
many that had bowed to him before.
She danced with Legrande. Le
grand accustomed to handling women
as toys, still felt that Hazel was dif
ferent. She was so pure and innocent
she would have made a devil a saint
for loving her. After the dance Le.
grande led Hazel to a bench beneath
the roses. Hazel was sweetly.succumb
ing to the silent love tenders of Louis.
And ,Louis became sentimental. Thou
sand roses, bruises and knocks, and
philosophical life theories, told in a
I loving way, all these lived for min
utes whilst Louis told Hazel that he
loved, but not bluntly, but by the som
.ber, sublime mway she felt when he
spoke and stopped speaking. Dinner
ended the tete-artete and Louis, leav
ing Hazel, asked leave to write her.
When Louis left, Hazel felt sad, as if
she had lost the most precious thing
SEn passant au bas de 1'e ialper qui
conduisait a la chambre de D4mon,
Blanchette entendit le bruit d'un siege
remue avec violence, et, aussitOt
apres, un gemissanent. Son coeur
bondit. Qui gemigsaat ainsi? ce ne
pouvait 6tre qde D4iD6n. Qu'avait-fl?
a coup silr il souffrait. Blanchette
n'h6sita pas; elle monta et courut & i
la chambre de Demon. 11 6tait pAle,
l-aletant, les traits tirs 'et raides. I
Blanchette se prEcipita vers lul.
"'Ah! parrain, dit-elle en voyant le
flacon de strychnine, est-ce que vous
avez pria de cela, ?
"Oui, rdpondit D~mon; de grAce,
Blanchette, pas de bruit; laisse.moi
mourir tranquillement. I
"Mourir!" dit- Blanchette; "mouri
comme cela, sans m'avoir avertle; me
laisser toute seule: ah! parrain, ce
n'eat pas bien. iNon, non; cela neo
peut pas Etre, je m'en iral avec vous."*
Demon voyant qu'elle. allait prendre I
la flacon, le saisit.- Immediatement
apr~s, ile out une autre :eecousea. Sea I
bras et s.es jambes s'alloig~rent, tout
son corps se 'mit A trembler. et fitg
trembler le fauteuil; puis, sa tete -soe
jeta en arribre, son echine se ploya
eja are. Aprbs quelques seconde d'im*
mobilitE, 11i retomba affaissE, respi
rant, peine; mais sa main crisp~e
tenait toujours le_.flacon. • I
Blanchette aperCut lerevolver; elle I
santa -dessus. DI mon, incapable de
bouger, la vit diriger le canon contre '
sa poitrineo la hauteur du coeur. Le '
coup partit. La balle perca l gabrl*
elle.et la chemise, efftleura Ia peau et i
alla casser une vitre, Blanchette d4 !
chargea un .autre coup. Cette fois, '
elle Eprouva une douleur aigu6; la dO- I
tonation fut suivie d'un cr1 pergant. '
Blanchette se pencha sur I)mon; sa "
Stte se.o posa sur sa poitrine comme d
sur un oreiller~. ls'rendirent le der- l
nier soiupir en mEme temps.
SDes bruits de pas, des cries, des lafr
mentationa iremplirent .la maison. A
l'aspect des deux cadavres, Mlle Geor
gine, qui .n'avait Jamais lvu de inort, i
fut saisie- d'une .pouvante incoerci
ble; elle redescendit eni poussanit des
crise A peine vtuej..chevelEe, les yoeur
hagards,' et: se prcipits dans la
cour. :Livia l'arreta pour lui deman
der ce. qui- arrivait. Au milieu des
paroles incoherentes de la jeune tille,
Mamrle et Livia distinguarent uin fait
dEplorable, le'est que D~mdn et Blan-,
chette dtaient morts. -
Livia, emport~e par la curiositE, en- c
tra dane la maison. Mile Georgine se
reprit A Jfuir, et s'chappa dans la i
campagne. o: c
Lagniape etalt dans la cuisne; ell c
criait, appelait les uns et les autres,' c
levant les bras au clel, et demandant It
quel malheur mettait ainsi toute. la e
maison sens dessus dessons. d
SLivia.revint auprPs de Mamrie; elle p
lui fit, en pleurant et en gEmlssant, a
un tabletau de ce qu'elle venait de c
voir. Mamrie ne cria pas; elle rests f
immobile, assise :dans is poussitere; r
de sees yeux Eteinta et fixes roulalent a
de grosses larmes. Totit 'coup sea 1
pleirs s'arraterent; elle demands A I
Livia. oa Etait. M: de Lauzun. Livia d
rbpondit qu'ilE talt dans la chambre v
de DEmon, avec PBlasge, a
'CE bon, dit Maimrle, couri c~tE Lag
niape hi.apE cr14 comme asin possEdE, G
san li colnin~ cofair; di 11 ain bonne
foi va ki riv64 au 'moin la cri6 pou C
kichoge." ' 1
.Pendant que: Livia parlait A Lag- a
niape, Mamrie cherchalt dans son tas f
Sde couteauxL. ,:Ayant trouve~ le cou,
teuu A .dEcouper, elle le cacha dane
son-corsage, et appoiBf Lvia,. . Elle ae.
e Damon. Un pen avant d'arriver A la
r porte, elle dit & Livia:
r "Largu6 moin."
Livia la laissa. Elle arriva sur le
Sseuil, en tftonnant. LA, elle s'arrOta,
I et dit:
Li "Lauzun, mo fi, to 1I?
"Oui, Mamrie, repondit M. de Lau
zun, mo 1i; ga vou oule?
11 "Tan pri, Lauzun, pranne mo lamin
e pou condul moin cot6 mo cher pitt
o M. de Lauzun prit Mamrie par la
main, et la conduisit pres du fauteull.
De sa main droite elle reconnut le
corps de Ddmon; elle promena ses
,t doigts, d'une maniere caressante, uar
sa figure et ses cheveux. lle s'arr6
ta sur la cicatrice. Ells se pencha, et
baisa Demon A l'endrolt meme ot flt
3* avait 4t6 bless6.
r. Pelasge ne se sentit pas la force de
d supporter davantage ce douloureux
spectacle; 11 sortit.
Mamrlie toucha lea cheveuz de
e Blanchette, balsa sea Jones encore
- chaudes, soupira profond6ment et se
redressa. Elle retira sa main gauche
de celle de M. de Lauzun, et, Ia posant
sur son 6paule, elle dit:
"Lauzun, mo fi, to pa connin ga
.moune di?....eh bient y6 di cO tot
e qui cause tou malevur lal6 rive. 06
tot ki soufle, avec ain cerbacane, di
a poive 6 pluman dan si6 Lagniape, pon
n vole ain lette dan so poche. CG toi hi
Scause Titia n6y6 li meme dan pl. To
cause Demon pranne poison-li; to
cause Blanchette mouri oucite. E to
tB cre tou ga asr pac6 comme cs, com
a me arien! To cr6 ta sorti m~zon cill
i pou trompe tie encor av6 to bel pro.
I messe, Epi apr6 ga pou f6 to faro 6 to
vanteur. Non, mo garcon; tan pyn
r6gle to con tevini."
Mamrie saisit M. de Lauzun par sa
[ cravate, et dit:
, "A genou, c61era!
"Mamrie, pa trangl6 moan comme
ga, as'cria M. de Lauzun, on sinon ma
" cognin vou.
.t "Cognin moin, tot! rpliqua Mamrie
. .... c pa ain capon comme tot ka f6
l moin largu6 Ca mo tchombo... .A ge
nou, mo di tot."
Mamrie tordit Ia cravate, et, sanm
i. donner A M. de Lauzun le temps do se
L reconnaltre, elle le fit tomber sar ses
i genoux. perdu, A demi asphyxi6, ii
voulut parler; mais as voix no put
franchir le cercle qui 6treignalt son
e "Si to gagnin mn lapriore poun f,
. dit Mamrie, f6 li vita."
Et elle tirsason couteau.
M. de Lauzun fit une hori'ble gri.
r mace en voyant luire lame pointue
et tranchante. 11 agita valnement ses
mains at ses pleds pour trapper Mam
rie. Elle le laissa ee debattre quelques
secondes; puls,.d'un mouvementhbras,
s que, elle serra encoreaIs cravate. -M.
de Lauzun ports rapidement see malas
t son cou, et essays, dan aun deraier
effort, d'dcarter lea doigta da Mamrle.
O'4tatt jusetotent '1. qu'elle Vatten.
dait; el p . Wit- riiee, moment, pour
"C6 pa la peine to rsaista, eolOrs;
to to mouri."
t Sentant, an poids du corps de M. de
Lauzun, qu'll 6tait sans vie, elle le -
laissa aller. Elle se rapprocha de ID
mon et de Blanchette, et s'agenoalla
de mani~re i appuyer son dos A lears
'Les dernieres paroles de Mamrie,
prononcees d'une voix tonnante, 6t .;
tent arriv6es jusqu'aux oreilles do.:
Pelasge et de Livia. Ils acconrurent.
ensemble. Mamrle venalt d'esapier
son couteau sur sa robe. Elle,intiina
sa tAte en arrfire, en deant:.. -
"Chant-d'Olfsel, Demon, 'Blachette,
cher piti, zote apO atta 'Maarle:
Elle posa" a pointe 'de son conteuen
entre la clavitClelt'si,.cou. -
Pelasge et Livia so prcipittrent
vers elle, pour arr~ter sa main; fs1
n'arriverent pas f;.ttmpa: la lame dis
parut jusqu'au mianche. mmiie Oten
dit les bras, lu'an sur Ddmon I'antre
Isur Blanchette, et as tete sncllna ten
tement du cOte de Demon, comme sons
le polds d'un doux sommel. .
L'Epouvantable tragdie n'Otait paS
nteo. Qu'etait devenue Mile Geor
gine? On la chercha vainement tout
,Ile jour. Sa mere et ses soeurs pas .
rent une nuit d'angolsse.. Le lende-.
Smain, au'lever du sololl, sla tfugitive fat
ramene par des nAgres qui counpalent
du bots dans las cypriere. Elle Etait
dans un Etat deplorable; elle avait en
tiprement Bperdu la raison. Rile 6talt
nue; son corps, ses mains, ma figare,
profondement ddchirds, Otaient con
verts de sang et de bone. Elle pons
salt des hurlements de fureur et de
douleur, et soe debattait comme une
byte ftroce blessee. 8a mere et see
soeurs eurent toutes les peines di
monde it la nettoyer, et it la mettre
dans un lit.
Le matin, de bonne heure, des amis -
de M. de Lauzun Etaient venus rcla-"
mer son corps.
Pelasge avalt donnE I'ordre de crett
eer tne grande fosse sous le sachem,
it ii avait fait savoir aux amis de in
famillo Saint-Ybars que l'enterrement
de Demon, de Blanchette et de Marn
rie aurait lieu i huit heures du matin.
Les cercueils fuarent places dans mne
volture decouverte A quatre rones. Une
vingtaine de personnes les accompag.
na!ent; Pelasge marchait f la tete du
Trols negres, masss au bord de la
fosse, attendaient en fumant et en
causant paisiblEement. Lorsagque le
cort~ge arriva, Us se levErent et se dO
couvirent respectueusement. Tlasge
fit placer d'abord la biere de Mamrie,
ensuite celle de Demon, et it la gauche
deD' mon celle de Blanchette. Lea
pelletees de terre e'accumulerent,
avec un bruit sourd, sur les trois cer*
cueils; quelques personnes Echanges
lent des rEflexions f voix basse. Ioav
rage des fossoyeurs terminE, sla foule
se retira; le silence se retablit sons
le vieux sachem; les oiseaux habituOs
it vivre sons ses rameaux, revinrent
de la frayeur que lear avait causue la
vue de tout ce monde, et ils reprlrent
avec conflance lenr chant matinal.
En rentrant, PElasge apprit que Mile
Georgine venait de succomber, apr~s
une longue convulsion. On lui annon
ca que le corps serait transportO de
l'autre cete du fleuve, la mEre et les
soeurs de la jeune filles, deirant qu'll
ftt enterrE dans. le clmetiere de lear
Au coucher du solell, an grand e
quit manoeuvrfE par quatre negreis tra
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