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wl lb# opsntag of t the story to J**® J* U>« library of aa old worn-out •outhera plantation, known aa tha Bar ony. Tha Diace I# to bo Bold, and Ita MPT and that of tha owners, tha «• th * oobjact of dlaouaalon by Jonathan Cranahaw. a bualnaaa man. a stranger known aa Bladan. and Bob southern family, makaa his appearance. tails how ha adoptad tha boy. Na tnanlal Karris buys tha Barony, but tha Quin tarda dany any Jtnowladiia of tha Taney to keep Hannibal. Captain Murrell, a friend or the Oulntarda. ap panra and asks questions about tha Bar ony. Trouble at Scratch Hill, whan Han nibal Is kidnaped by Dave felount. Cap- Udn Murraira scant Taney overtake* Blount, gives him a thraahlnc and secures the boy. Taney appears before Squire Balaam, and Is dlacnarged with costs for the plaintiff. Batty Malroy. a friend of the Parrises, has an encounter with Cap tain Murrell, who forces his attentions on bar. and Is rescued by Bruce Carrington. Betty seta out for her Tennessee home. Carrincton takes the same stage. Taney end Hannibal disappear. wtthMurrell on their trail. Hannibal arrives at the home of Judea Slocum Price. The Judea recog nlsea In the boy. the crandson of an old time friend. Murrell arrives at Judce's home. Cavendish family on raft rescue Tanoy. who Is apparently dead. Price breaks Jail. Betty and Carrincton arrive at Belle Plain. Hannibal's ride discloses some startling thine* to the Judge. Han nibal and Betty meet again. Murrell ar rives In Bello Plain. Is playlnc for blc stakes. Taney awakes from long dream less sleep on board the raft. Judge Price makes startling discoveries In looking up land titles. Charley Norton, a young planter, who assists the Judge, Is mys teriously assaulted. Norton Inforroa Car rington that Betty has promised to marry him. Norton is mysteriously shot. More light on Murrell's plof. He plans upris ing of negroes. Judge Price, with Hanni bal. visits Betty, and she keeps the boy as a companion. In a stroll Betty takes with Hannibal they meet Bess Hicks, daughter of the overseer, who warns Betty of danger and counsels her to leave Belle Plain at once. Betty, terri way their carriage It stopped by Slosson, fled, acts on Hess' advice, and on tlielr th* tavern keeper, and a confederate, and Betty and Hannibal are made prisoners. Th* pair are taken to Hicks* cnbln. in an almost Inaccessible spot, and there Mur rell visits Betty and reveals his part In the plot and hla object. Betty spurns his proffered love and the Interview, Is ended by the arrival of Ware, terrified at possible outcome of the crime. Judge Price, hearing of th* abduction, plans ac tion. CHAPTER XXII. Thg Judge Takas Charge. All work on the plantation had stopped, and the hundreds of slaves — man, women and children —were gath ered about the house. Among these moved the members of the dominant race. The Judge would have attached himself to the first group, but he heard a whispered question, and tne answer: "Miss Malroy's lawyer." Clearly it was not for him to mix with these outsiders, these curiosity seekers. He crossed the lawn to the house, and mounted the steps. In the doorway was big Steve, while groups of men stood about In the hall, the hum of busy purposeless talk pervad ing the place. The Judge frowned. This was all wrong. "Has Mr. Ware returned from Mem phis?" he asked of Steve. “No, sah; not yet." “Then show me Into the library,*' ggtfl the Judge with bland authority, surrendering his hat to the butler. "Come along, Mahaffy!" he added. They entered the library, and the Judge motioned Steve to close the door. "Now, boy, you'll kindly ask those people to withdraw —you may say it Is Judge Price’s orders. Allow no one to enter the house unless they have business with me, or as I send for them —you understand? After you have cleared the house, you may bring me a decanter of corn whisky— stop a bit —you may ask the sheriff to step here.” "Yes, sah." And Steve withdrew. The Judge drew an easy-chalr up to the flat-topped desk that stood in the center of the room, and seated him self. "Are you going to make this the excuse for another drunk, Price? If so, I feel the greatest contempt for you," said Mahaffy sternly. The judge winced at this. "You have made a regrettable choice of words, Solomon.” he urged gently. "Where’s your feeling for the boyT” "Here!" said the Judge, with an elo quent gesture, resting his hand on his heart. "If you let whisky alone, I’ll believe you; otherwise what I have said must stand.” The door opened, and the sheriff slouched Into the room. He was chew ing a long wheat straw, and his whole appearance was one of troubled weak ness. •‘Morning,” he said briefly. "Sit down, sheriff.’* and the Judge Indicated a meek seat for the official in a distant corner. "Have you learned anything?” -he asked. The sheriff shook his head. "What you turning all these neigh bors out of doors for?” he questioned. "We don’t want people tracking In and out th© house, sheriff. Important evidence may bo destroyed. I propose examining the slaves first—does that meet with your approval?” "Oh, I’ve talked with them; they don’t know nothing.” said the sheriff. “No one don't know nothing.” "Please God. we may yet put our fingers on eome villain who does," said the Judge. Outside It wae noised about that Judge Price had taken matters In hand—he wae the old fellow who had been warned to keep hla mouth shut and who had never stopped talking since. A crowd oollected beyond the library windows and feasted Its eyes on the back of this hero's bald head. One by one the house servants were ushered Into the Judge's presence. First he Interrogated little Steve, who had gone to Mies Betty's door that morning to rouse her, as was his cus tom. Next he examined Betty's maid; then the oook. and various bouse serv ants, who had nothing especial to tell, but told It at considerable length; and lastly big Steve. "Stop a bit," the judge suddenly In terrupted the butler In the midst of his narrative. "Does the overseer al ways come up to the house the first thing In the morning?" "Why, not exactly', sah, but he come up this mo’nlng.-sah. He wae talking to me at the back of the house, when the women run out with the word that Missy was done gone away." "He Joined in the search?" "Yes, sah." "When waa Miss Malroy seen last?" asked the Judge. "Bhe and the young gemman you fotched heah were seen In the gyar den along about sundown. 1 seen them myself." "They had had eupper?" "Yes. sah." "Who sleeps here?” "Just little Steve and three of the women; they sleeps at the back of the house, sah." "No sounds were heard during the night?” "No, sah." “Hicks Baya Miss Malroy’s Been Acting Queer Since Charley Norton Was Shot.” "I’ll see the overseer—what’s his name? —Hicks? Suppose you go for him!” said the judge, addressing the sheriff. The sheriff was gone from the room only a few moments, and returned with the information that Hicks was down at the bayou, which was to be dragged. "Why?” Inquired the Judge. “Hicks says Miss Malroy’s been act ing mighty queer ever since Charley Norton was shot —distracted like! He says he noticed It, and that Tom Ware noticed It.” "How does he explain the boy’s dis appearance?” “He reckons she throwed herself In, and the boy tried to drag her out, like he naturally would, and got drawed In.” "Humph! I’ll trouble Mr. Hicks to step hero,” said the Judge quietly. "There’s Mr. Carrington and a couple of strangers outside who’ve been asking about Miss Malroy and the boy; seems like the strangers knowed her and him back yonder in No’th Carolina,” said the sheriff ns he turned away. “I’ll see them." The sheriff went THE PRODIGAL JUDGE \By VAUGHATi HESTER. luvarymarts By AMeinu *sAwsi wrssiu from tha room and tha Judga dismissed tha servants. "Wall, what do you think, Prfoe?" naked Mahaffy anxiously whan they ware alone. "Rubbish! Taka my word for It, Solomon, this blow la leveled at me. 1 have been too forward In my at tempts .to suppress the oarnlval of crime that Is raging through west Tennessee. You'll observe that Miss Malroy disappeared at a moment when the publlo la disposed to think she has retained me aa her legal ad viser; probably she will be eat at Üb> arty when she agrees to drop the mat ter of Norton's murder. As for the boy, they'll use him to compel my si lence and Inaction." The Judge took a long breath. "Yet there remains one point where the boy la concerned that completely baffles me. If we knew Just a little more of hla antecedents It might cause me to make a startling and radical move." Mahaffy waa clearly not Impressed by * tbe vague generalities In which the Judge was dealing. "There you go. Price, aa usual, try ing to convince yourself that you are the center of everything!" he said. In a tone of much exasperation. "Let's get down to business! What does this man Hlcka mean by hinting at sui cide? You saw Mlsa Malroy yester day?" "You have put your finger on a point of some significance," said the Judge. "She bore evidence of the shock and loss she bad sustained; aside from that she waa quite aa she has always been." "Well, what do you want to see Hicks for? What do you expect to learn from him?’* "1 don’t like his Insistence on the Idea that Miss Malroy Is mentally un balanced. It's n question of some delicacy—the law, sir, fully recog nizes that. It seems to me he Is over anxious to account for her disappear ance in a manner that can compro mise no one.” CHAPTER XXIII. The Judge Finds Allies. They were Interrupted by the open ing of the door, and big Steve admit ted Carrington and the two men of whom the sheriff had spoken. "A shocking condition of affairs, Mr. Carrington!" said the Judge by way of greeting. “Yes,” said Carrington shortly. “You left these parts some time ago, I believe?” continued the Judge. "The day before Norton was shot. I had started borne for Kentucky. 1 heard of his death when I reached Randolph on the second bluff,” ex plained Carrington, from whose cheeks the weather-beaten bloom had raded. He rested hte hand on the edge or the desk and turned to the men who had followed him into the room. “This Is the gentleman you wish to see,” ho said, and stepped to one of the win dows; It overlooked the terraces where te had said good-by to Uett) •carcely a week before. Tbe two men bad paused by the door. They now advanced. One waa gaunt and haggard, hla face disfigured by a great red scar; tbe other wae a shock-headed Individual who moved with a shambling gait Both carried rifles And both were dresaed In ooareo homespun. “Morning, sir," said the man with the scar. "Yancy’s my name, and this gentleman 'lows he'd rather be known now as Mr. Cavendish." The Judge started to hlo feet "Bob Yancy?** be cried. “Yes, sir, that's me." The Judge passed nimbly around the desk and shook the Scratch Hiller warmly by the baud. “Where’s my nevvy. sir?— what h all this about him and Mlsa Betty?” Yancy*e soft drawl was sud denly enger. “Please God we'll recover him soon' snid the Judge. By the window Carrington moved Impatiently. No barm could come to the boy, but Betty—a shudder went through him. 'They've stolen him." Yancy spoke with conviction. **l reckon they've started back to No’th Carolina with that don’t explain what’s come of Miss Betty, does it?" and he dropped rather helplessly Into a chair. "Bob are Just getting off a sick bed. He's been powerful porely In conse quenco of having his head laid open and then being throwed Into the Elk river, where 1 fished him out." ex plained Cavendish, who still contin ued to regard the judge with umnlxcd astonishment, first cocking his shaggy head on one side and then on the -other, his bleached eyes narrowed to a silt. Now and then he fuvored the austere Mahaffy with a fleeting glance He seemed Intuitively to un derstand the comradeship of tbclr degradation. "Mr Cavendish fetched me here on hla raft. We tied up to the sho’ this morning. It wbb thero we met Mr. Carrington—l’d knowed him slightly back yonder In No’th Carolina,” con tinued Yancy. “He said I'd And Han nibal with you. I was counting a heap on seeing my nevvy." Carrington, no longer able to con trol himself, swung about on his heel. “What’s been done?” he asked, with fierce repression. “What's going to be done? Don't you know that every second is precious?" ”1 am about to conclude my Inves tigations, sir,” said the Judge with dignity. Carrington stepped to the door. After all, what was there to expect or these men? Whatever their Interest. It was plainly centered In the boy. He passed out Into the hall. A8 the door closed on him the Judge turned again to the Scratch Hiller. ‘Mr. Yancy, Mr. Mahaffy and 1 hold your nephew In the tenderest regard; he has been our constant companion ever since you were lost to him. In this crisis you may rely upon us; we are committed to his recovery, no matter what it Involves.” The Judge’s tone was one of unalterable resolu tion. "I reckon you-all have been mighty good and kind to him," said Yancy huskily. “We have endeavored to be, Mr. Yancy—indeed I had formed the reso lution legally to adopt him should you not come to claim him. 1 should have given him my name, and made him my heir. His education has already begun under my supervision," and the Judge, remembering the high use to which he had dedicated one or Peg loo'a trade labels, fairly glowed with philanthropic fervor. 'Think of that!” murmured Yancy softly. He was deeply moved. So was Mr. Cavendish, who was girted with a wealth of ready sympathy. He thrust out a hardened hand to the Judge. "Shake!" he snld. "You're a heap better than you look.” A thin ripple of laughter escaped Mahaffy, but the Judge accepted Chills and Fever's proffered hand. He understood that here waa a simple genuine soul. "Price, Isn’t It Important for us to know why Mr. Ynncy thinks the boy has been taken back to North Caro lina?” said Mahaffy. "Just what kin Is Hannibal to you, Mr. Yancy?” asked the Judge resum ing his seat. "Strictly speaking, ho nln’t none. That he come to live with me is all owing to Mr. Crenshaw, who's a good man when left to himself, but he's got a wife, so a body may say ho never la left to himself,” began Yancy; and then briefly he told the story of the woman and the child ranch as he had told It to Bladen at the Barony the day of General Quintnrd’s funeral. The Judge, his bnck to the light nnd hla face In shadow, rested his left el bow on the desk and with his chin sunk In his palm, followed the Scratch Hiller’s narrative with the closest at tention. (TO BE CONTINUED.) WESTERN MINING NEWS IN BRIEF Western Newepnpt-r Union N**w» Ht-rvlr*. TUB THEM* OF MRTAt PRICK*. ftlilUu::::::::::::::::::::::: Colorado. The Buckley mine In Gilpin county now being operated by Salt iJiko capitalists. The prospects of tho Corydon mine, near Central City, being a heavy pro ducer are very promising ut the pres ent time. An Increased flow, believed duo to heavy seepage and recent rainstorms has been noticeable In the past few Jays from the Roosevelt deep drainage tunnel at Cripple Creek. The Leadvlllo Mines Pumping Com pany has notified the owners of miues on East Fryer hill in tho leadvlllo district that tho project of draining that territory by means of pumps will be abandoned unless contracts for tho work arc signed by August 15. The Gaylord mill, under construc tion at tho Dante mine on Bull bill, Victor, Is nearing completion and Su perintendent Reid In charge of the mining operations of the well known lessee, reports that the plant will be In operation by the 10th of August. lessees Duncan nnd Carnduff will gather a fortune from their strike In the Dead Pine nnd Crown Point, Crip ple Creek. They are shipping a car of ore every other day which runs SBO per ton. Ore lias been opened on three different levels for about 100 feet and ihe vein is three feet wide. The company operating tho Alps mine. Quartz hill. Gilpin county, are developing the east 700 and 800 foot levels from the main shaft. In the former level the streak Is from 12 to 14 Inches wide which assays IV4 ounces gold per ton, and In tho 800 tho streak measures 18 inches from which assays of 1.80 to 2.20 ounces gold have been received. One of the richest mineral discov eries made in years in the George town district is reported In tho Old McClellan mine, on Leavenworth mountain. The ore body Is fourteen inches wide and a shipment of two tons Just made returned 1,600 ounces or $’ '0 silver per ton. Picked sam ples assay as high as 3,000 ounce* or SI,BOO per ton. The shoot has been exposed for sixty feet, and Its contin uity proved from the surface down. Thu operators, E. Bovie and C. Pllz, have ready for shipment about seven ty-five tons of ore. Following the great success of tho El Paso Consolidated Gold Mining Company in getting Investments of Eastern and foreign capital In its stock, .1. R. Young, a mining man of Colorado Springs, is representing an Eastern syndicate which will pay 25 cents a share for a controlling interest in the Isabella Mines Company, for merly one of the bonanza producers of the Cripple Creek district. Thu stock is selling around 13 cents on the min ing exchange, and Mr. Young is au thorized to pay practically double that price in consideration of the control. The Isabella Mines Company, owning 120 ncres on Bull hill. Is controlled by Denver men. The mine was formerly one of the heaviest producers at camp, and the company Is a merger of the old Empire and Isabella companies. The property had produced nearly $2,- 000,000, and has paid several hundred thousand dollars in dividends. Wyoming. J. G. Christ nnd John E. Reisenwev er left Sheridan recently for the head waters of Big Goose, where the gold mines are located In which they are in terested. Although the shuft is only fifteen feet deep, some exceedingly rich ore has been taken out, a recent assay showing SI,OOO per ton. Hanley & Co., who have recently be gun operating in the Salt Creek field, near Casper, have made a rich oil strike on the northeast quarter of sec tion 3, township 39, range 79. Oil was found at a depth of 1,250 feet and, more ns an experiment than anything elßo, a small shot of nitroglycerine was exploded at the bottom, when the well Immediately began to flow at a rate conservatively estimated at rrora four to five hundred barrels per day of twenty-four hours. William B. Adger, who has been in the South Pass country for the past five years, has purchased the Albert son prospects on Pearbody Hill, near Joinder. He says he will go down a thousand feet for copper nnd gold. These properties are adjacent to the Miner’s Delight mine and are consid ered among the richest in the Atlantic field. Development work will begin at once. Manager Paine, of tin* Grosvor nor group, is preparing to ship three tons of the $2,250 per ton one taken from tin* Hidden Hand mine to a Den ver smelter. He will ship from either Lander or Rock Springs, at whichever point he can make the best freight rates. New Mexico. The mining business in New Mexico Is growing in away that plcnscs those interested. A full force of men Is working at the Flora mine near Silver City and the Beck mine is running three shifts. A seven-foot vein was cut into on this property on .July 4, the ore bring high grade. Mr. Sher man, president, of the Beck company, is in Silver City from Chicago and states that they will commence sink ing a new shaft soon. LATE MARKET QUOTATIONS Wtilvrn N«wi|>apar Union .Sewn Service. DENVER MARKETB. Cattle. Beef steers, corn fed, good to choice 8.0008.85 Beef steers, corn fed, fair to good 7.60(^8.00 Beef steers, pulp fed, good to choice 8.0008.75 Beef steers, pulp fed, fair to good 7.4008.00 Beef steers, grassers, good to choice 7.2507.76 Beef steers, grassers, fair to good 0.7507 25 Heifors, prime, pulp or hay fed 7.600 8.00 Cows and heifers, grassers good to choice 5.7506.80 Cows and heifers, grassers, fair to good 6.0005.75 Cows and heifers, pulp fed, good to choice 6.40 07.00 Cows and heifers, pulp fed, fair to good 5.7506.40 Cows and heifers, grassers. .5.0006.26 Canners and cutters 3.50 04.76 Veal calves 6.000 8.50 Bulls dry lot 6.00 07.00 Bulls, grassers 4.50 0 5.50 Stags 4.50 0 6.50 Feeders and Stockers, good to choico 6.26 07.00 Feodors and stockers, fair to good 5.500 0.25 Feeders and stockers, com mon to fair 5.00 0 5.60 Hogs. Good hogs . 7.7508.00 Sheep. (shorn) 6.5007.15 Ewes (shorn) 3.5004.10 Yearlings (shorn) 4.6005.25 Wethers (shorn) 4.2504.60 Hay. (Prices Paid by Denver Jobbers F. O. B. Track Denver.) Second bottom, Colorado nnd Nebraska, per ton. .12.500 13.50 Timothy, per ton 15.000 16.00 Alfalfa, per ton 9.50010.50 South Purk, choice, ton ..18.000 19.00 San Luis Valley, per ton . .12.000 13.00 Gunnison Valley, per ton. .15.000 16.00 Strnw, per ton 5.000 6.00 Grain. Wheat, choice milling, 100 1b5...1.57 Rye, Colo., bulk, 100 lbs 1.25 Idaho oats, sacked 1.80 Corn chop, sacked ..1.60 Corn, In sack 1.59 Bran, Colo., per 100 lbs 1.40 Dressed Poultry. 'I urkeys, fancy, D. P 19 021 Turkeys, old toms .... v ..15 016 Turkeys, choice 15 01G Hens, large 16 Hens, small 11 012 Ducks 17 018 Geese 12 Roosters 10 Live Poultry. Hens, 3*G lbs. and over.... 14 Hens, under lbs 9 @lO Broilers, lb 20 @22 Roosters 6 0 7 Ducks # . 15 @IC Turkeys, 8 lbs., or over.... 16 @lB Geese 10 Butter. Elgin 25 Creutneries, ex. East, lb .. 28 ’reanieries, ex. Colo., lb. .. 28 Creameries, 2d grade, lb. ..24 @25 Process 24 @25 Packing stock 20 Eggs. Eggs, case count, less com $4.85 MISCELLANEOUS MARKETS. Price of Flax. Duluth. —Linseed —On track, to ar rive and July, $1.98; September, $l.9OVi asked; October, sl.Bl asked. Price of Sugar. New York. —Sugar Raw, steady; Muscovado 89 test, $3.55; centrifugal 96 test, $4.05; molasses 89 test, $3.30; refined, steady. Live Stock. Kansas City. Cattle Market strong to 10c higher. Native steers, $firstname.lastname@example.org; Southern steers, $4,250 6.50; Southern cows and heifers, $3.2506.50; native cows and heifers, $3.0008.50; stockers and feeders, $4.0007.00; bulls, $3.7505.50; calves, $email@example.com; Western steers, $5.50@ 8.50; Western cows, $3.2506.00. Hogs—Market 5010 c higher. Bulk of sales, $7.7007.85; heavy, $7,550 7.70; packers and butchers, $7,650 7.85; lights, $7.7507.90; pigs $5,750 6.75. Sheep—Market steady. Muttons. $3.5004.50; lambs. $5.5007.00; range wethers and yearlings, $3.2505.50; range ewes, $2.5004.00. Eastern Produce. Chicago.—Butter Steady; cream eries, 23025 c; dairies, 21 0 24c. Eggs—Steady at mark, cases In cluded lo*6ol6Vfec; ordinary firsts, 16!4c; firsts, 18c. Cheese Steady, da isles, 15 \\ (rt> twins, 14%@15c; young Ameri cans, 15 !4 015!£; long horns, 151',0 15Vl*c. Potatoes—Easy, Illinois, 680 72c; Kansas and Missouri, 75080 c; Vir ginia, barrels, $3.0003.10. Poultry—liens, weak; turkeys, 12c; chickens. 13!£c; springs, 170 20c. Veal—Steady, 8011 c.