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Loulsn aiiks fit tait ier cup of
mliery was r'uil, but tier'e was muore,
inIch illore, to le pourel In yet.
Whlen Sfin did nlot appear ait brenk-.
IAst next inorni'ling, she wenLt u to ls
ror to see If he was there. It Was
thenl shte discovered thet- little 111le of
iinoitey anid the papers lie Ihad left oil
the table. With n premionition of what
was to coline she pushed the anoney
aside and agerly took up1) the fiist pa-'
perI anld unlfoldd it. It wals thet poor I
litt(e note Sil had written to her. She
read It through, then satik into a chir1
a1nd, pillowing her head on the table,
1ur1'st lato tears.
It would have beien a hard heart that
would not have beenvii affected by the t
siiinple paitlos of Slil's words, and Lou- f
Isa was not h harted. She wvasi
touched, deeplly touched, by thet nlinly,
genierols uinr in lt' II which Ile absolved
her froin all ahiie and bravely took it
ail (itn his own sioulders. That note
presetied hii to ter IiI a new and I a
far iiore favorabl light thanl she lad
'ver een h01n. It showed how truly lie
colid love, how git and generous 1is
her-t was atid how grand alid ioble his.
1 hle realized IIw ilit Il losing 1il1n
shte haId lost oeli of the pitit-st amid tri
(st Ilis that evet lived, nild she re
grettd, del.I\ an11d sinCerTly. that she t
Conld noit lit\.( himn.
"lInt I tr -l, he (told herself, "God
knows I triei. tit love bin1i wiOd wanted
tO live hittm, iit I c01lldi'. UtL i W3S
)wt woerily (if such a 11ani or of such
loovv as I' giv e tIle. Iv
PIr'esCntly slit' took up the detds and
lead tho' rnl ovlr. The tearis started
afresh to Ii it's.
"Nitoe tf his iooinluss." site thought.
"No other ti:an 11wold have done sich t
t I ing. Oh. Sii! P'rl' leartbroiken
Siln! low I pity yiu!"
1.ater inl the day sit' welt out antd
stotd by the gate, looking" tIown IIt
ward the w lt-, t' way she hItd stntlit
lli ti was lit':t vy, ant lit' tI holughil
were0 all (If hlini. In -foreT heV went Shit
hadl always" though-It she could n-Vt I' het'
happy exept with F'rank Sltoln'ii. tit
u I se felt th il sli' ceild ittVir It
.1f -!:1 i I i t 1,lne l ily e le lls ltts
P'resetitly N 1a.1'y M aim 1 1111lt' 4th1wilt
the strit tn it' W:iv w Iaitt frtiuiii I l
Stirt. w her' slt hail gont' to \h-w Nltil- ti
viii's r'iinaints at1 tt learnl all t ' iu-w I
aboutt theit tra get)y. I. inisa hadl iin t
Itt'en frin I:,i 1 ,i lll dli , Idn nd 114) <>tle
hiadtl visiil heri'. so shlI as til rIely Ig
tiranit of all that hadl trantspiredo to set
g.ladt if ani thppotunityt to tell the news
al itt thei s:lle titne linflict ai cruiel
wounid oii one site hated, shte stoppedt't
whenit~ shte reach1ed Mi's. I iau k an ai)te
vositd her swveetly, very', veiry sweetly,
"iltowdy, Loeueesy? i'mn ighit gld
to sHoe youl. Y'iou ratle wo'L"
"in vtery well. lts. Mianni,"' Lou isa
ri'pliied t'ully w ittut lotokig uip.
"'h'in L'lal tit heal it,''" irs. Mlam saidl
in htter suiav'est tont's. Ignitng Lounisit's
vtohintss. "'' inalie ghid to, htear It,
l.toucet'sy, bt itust imy you nin1't1
"I' in veriy well, I tha'ntkyu.
"Yes? AndI Shiu *- I tiisupo )e's
"I pre'tsumne so."
"Is tie at home today?"'
"WVhiere Is lie, 1.ouce'Osy' '
isir s. I haniks, rinemlt iibering al) she had
hiearid of' theL r'tallontsblyil existinug het
tween'l t his woitanl andi Sihi, flashed'i an.
gry3 In ani Instant.
"'I ditn't k now,'" slit 't'ltied sco 'ifuh)
13', ''that It's irtleulai'ly any oif your
buisiness where lie Is."
Mr's. Mlait did not allow~ ber' feellinzs
to buli ed n byv i thIiIs curt ansiiwerl. Iileri
tun e to dheal a deatdly thr'ust was com.u~
lng. and1 th en her revenge woulId lit' so
full that she ctold welall nord to wait.
Quiletly she saId:
"Oh, you feel that way 'bout It. do
"I do."
"Waal, I s'pose It's nat'ral, L~ouc'esy,.
auat'ral that you shiould f'e'l thatmit I
aIn't nobody's busliness."
"Whethler I t's niatua or'iitI not, Mi's.
Miain, that Is just how I 'et'l."
"Jest so. Bunt, fior all that, L~out'csv
there's mnany mas ill lee') d Iit'l''i
specially the otlicerms, who will thinlk
it's a rIght simar't of their busiin'ss.''
Louisa raised her hieadl andi gaive Mi's.
Mann a look of scorn.
"1 kzuow of noi reasoin why the'y
should," she replied, "nor do I precsumie
you know of any."
"LaI ' Is that so? Then you've not
heard 'bout all that's been goln onl to
"I have beard nothing."
Now had the tImo of Mrs. Mann's
revenge arrivedI-revenge for the loss
of SIm and all she had suiffered~ in con
sequence of It. Bluntly, almost brutal.
ly, she said:
"Then you didn't know that your lov
er, James Melvin, had been found dead
with a bullet hole through l heart.
It was a cruel blow cru ly dealt,
and Louisa staggered under It. Iher
eyes opened wide, her faco becamie
deathly white, and for a momnenit hier
heart stopped beatIng. She reeled and
would have fallen had she not clung to
the fence for support. Her lIps moved
as if in speech, but no sound esenped
fler suffering was intense. It was
pitIful. Etven a heart of stone must
have been touched by it. But Mary
Mann was impervious to pity. In her
heart thore was no compassion. She
had dealt a hard blow, but she had a
llarderxet to deal, and she Ald not hes
ate. RelentlessIy She said:
"Yes, your sweetheart has been kil
!d, an It was your husband luurdere
"in, an you, Loueesy BaIks, aro r(
polsible for it all."
With 010 wild, heartrelding sliel
4oulsa fell back in a d('nt failt.
Two hours later a group of n1)n wer
taldling in fronit of 11eks' store di,
ussing the nurder. Sonie there Wei
vho talked, and soi1 there were wil
1ly listened. P'ap Sanipsoni. ,1n4oi
toberts and Sanm Morgai were of 11i
atter. Jiml Thorn, still occupying tii
osition of suprtne lnportance in til
hilage, was snying:
"No, sir, men, I've got tiothin m!
arth ag'in Sim iniks, nil thir's not j
ian tli the worltl <'d berilend <iuickol
han I woulm bInI,, but in, site of :a.
hat I can't shut liuy eyes to the phili
act that ever'thing goes to Show tIa
1in Hanks fired the shot thilt killet!
"I hate Ilnou1gltily to think Sill cout
o scli a thing," Icks retalrlket
but 'in areali I'il ivte to owi thit
ver'thing" seeinls to point pow'fl
I rong ig'i b111 ."
"Of co'se it dioes," Thorn iti agreed.
Lorid, Jake, its iluill its I lit to say
, I got to own thast It's 1 plu111nb pla1in
Ise. III the Iu)st place. uinl h:l a It
Iii for k lyli Nel- iu. Jil har wa W
:11y :lanotlhel' S011 iII this whiole sectio
int dikd have a reasonl. you knlov
tat's s, doll't you?"
"I'mn afenni It Is, .11hn1," llekls ad
"Then ylsterly evenin. Jest bfrt
[elvin muust 'n,' been kdieil," Thor1,1
-ent. onl, "Slinl was seenl goin<0
Ito theln w tools with his guni till sII
:ioulder. Ile knowed NIelviii was alt
le Store here, o doulbt., Jiii volhl bi,
-passill througlh them woois oil [iil
',y to Turner's. What in ore Ilikily
Jan that he velt down (11h11.rll an hid
ehL11 thatt tree till Nielvill Collie a1lng.
IL1n) Rel au dlra11ed hil7"'
"It 'pvars to lloi like It tnought 'a'
pen tha*t nt-way," Hiceks replievd. "I t
"Then onl t(p of all thjat." Thorn
illtl, "is the i'act that Siun itanks i
onle (or else Is" in) hitln So InIIe-whIInr.
ow. vIly wouil it, runl otT or 1hb4e if
L' wa'n't guilty Or S01inethinI An[Id
-lat cotid lit lih e glilly of It It ain't
HIicks sighld and shook his heul.
"I reckonl youl Ilust he righ11t, Jilin,"
C. Saidl, "thoughl I ha:1te wulss'nl pizon
i have to say so. Yes, It looks IlilO
ill) t1uust 'a' lone It. It does shorec."
"o course lie done It," another said
inlphatically. "Lord, that's jest as
hInIn to 111y iitnl as. the tiose Onl your
net'. I don't. 8(ee how~ anybo'tld ianl
"htis o ie, iTor'n."'
evidnceag'n 810.It's too plu(1u
"'Ti so" areeIlaotheir. T1henl I
aihitld, ''.\ly IbllI, w~ha t y(ou rt'cl
thecy'lI do wIth Sin foit?"t'C
"Lor'tl, thll'I han. hzii, of course
Molle (one r'ep Ilid. '"Th'iey'rei slhore' to.'
It, he ha~d a riht sinar't ca:1use f'or|
Inl I guess inebbily the. ('our1. wouhl( ft
some11 of thle!)u extenutinLi elninstane1
IItolotr he' i(lp himl (lut. Any15how, si
llln't kietched ylt, anl ketchina comn
a fore hanugh .''
"Ity . oshi, Jake, thait ar'4 ai fact! SI
111n't ketched yht, an I het ho( ali
a-goln to be ke'tehid uuthe'r. N
'fore this."
''1 on't Iyou go an tool youris-' C 'hot
that,'' T1horn sl. ''It takieis a uuth
sIght sInaurter felb-r thlan im~l gi::l
keep (out of thei wa of5 tihel~ law, ni
he ailn't keltched, I i les' ii a wteek I'llt
Iin nlu to biti.'"
nti ot) IS they'r'e tut shorieli to doi tha
Th'lem kInd of circum !1s1 tn'i ' you Sg
of while ago ain'it a-gin to cut inne
fllger' hi Shnl's ':asi'. .\tnylmwi~ thev'~
shore siitu up11 !I to itsin for' lift :
the ver'y bitst."'
"yoliu ' a toiz bie ded3ta'in iall i
'"1 ain't. I'm Jlest tailkin facts."'
"Th'1ey'rue nliis'ablu hlle aineth'd falt
em1) hardi."
"'Waaul, I hope t hey' wonl't never hiI
01ld SItu nobiow. (Goshi anmity, ti
"'It wouhtIl'io,"' IIlleks agr'eed, '"an
w~outldn 't havi e It done11 for a purty."/
''ay3,'' called( Sal) Mor'gan, "'who yeC
all reckon that str'anger was that cons
'long over thjar in h wnds tona ?"
"Lordl," Thorii cxelaizn'd, "if I
hadn't gone an clear forgot all 'bout
hint! But I ain't no notion who Ie
was uohow.''
"H1e 'peared to take a right sinart
Intrust in the murder, didn't lie?"
"Shore. 'Poared to think it was a
painful pity Melvin got killed."
"Did so. Acted like It nado hin
consid'able sorry. I bet he's pow'ful
tender hearted."
"Purty good sort of feller, I guess.
But, say, fellers, what you reckon
Loueesy Banks thinks 'bout the way
things has turned out?"
"I dunno, I'm shore," Hicks replied.
"Guess niebby she don't know nothin
'bout it."
"Lord, if she does I reckon she can't
feel none too good with her sweetheart
I dead an hter husbanil a tiurderer."
"That IF a lie, Jim Thorn-every
word a lie!"
They started anllid looked around, and
there anong themn stood Louisa, tier
face white and drawn, her form treat
bing, but a look of dreadful earnest
ness in her eyes.
"It's a lie, a positive lil" Loulsa re
peated, with her gaze flxed steadily
on Jilm, I'lorn's face. "I don't care if
the whole world says he did, and I
(ion't care what proof there is agaiust
IIn1, I Say SIn Banks never comniat
ted such a crime as murderl"
"That's what lie didn't, Loucesy,"
and Plap Sampson stepped to the wo
nina's side, thnmped his cane firmly
against the ground and faced the oth
ers defiantly. "I say it, Jilu Thorn,
an I say It openly an aboveboard, an
I'll continue to say it till the last dally
in the evenin, Situ Banks never took
that 11an's life."
Louisa turned a grateful look on the
old man, and the tears started to her
"Thank you, ['ap, with imy whole
heart," she rald. "It's a comfort to
know that Sitn has one true friend in
all the world wcho will stand up lit his
defense to the list."
"An I will stand I) for hlin, Loicesy.
As long as there's a bre:thl of life iII
Illy body I'll tieIfeid Siinl 14Itiks agalist
ulI tIe woibI. been use I knowit' lie's ill
.1 I'l'iThorn1 atool with his head bent
uind his galze. tise.l (m the- groundll lie
nt 1n rioli Io ayting Louisa or
11p vniel l'*rhap for al that, hie
iy hav benl in iest in his ex pressed
belie-f ill 'un -. guilt There weeOth
ers I her1 A% h11-r1 T n' couldi scaree
ly b lGn -rteerursa cs
"Yo:' I .nowi H ' iinl is iliiloceti ,
i.'tika 2 , i:' ez I iir liind on 'ap's
in lii a n :ill (lit- world believes
:'' ' ;.' lied. "IIt w.'e are
notI a-I .. I. : v 'yiThar's others here
l'1i insisted. "Sam
\lrW: nblieve it, don' ,t y-oil?"
t'a~ s .:ald oi'l 1 Andl after. besi
t'in': : oli t lie tiui'led aiti walked
-lx:wl axI It iii'tled iio words to
%%*;;what 111- thou1ht l'p as dlisap
pointi. 11. bu11t - ::Iid:
".Nix ti' :ind1. I.iutesx. Sani Morgan
i h wni ll. a'i bl I l n' t hell his opin
hton,. Thiurl's (tt iihe Ihough,. 1 knowx
"thit you ll it ask n te rutha t.i I
(11 't t'll youi a lit'."
sid]es'', if' tinis, tw xxt in wxer'e nt
fiindly~ to Sino i.her'e shouhui lie lotok
terillit' xxi wxas?.
'lT' atiotn of' Srii aiiid .Jasoni cut
nruitilg Sint's iit-:irest fr'ieinis, and iif
it xxhe ae uinfori ytuhat 1 tihak tti eiou
toyhiue. Yu' knwI'a as true friend
int M'rany, an t inebb shteixi'''tl you
away i t l m. F r ii.tineate
the xx r li bil soth' ie t.b tthr.a
lxr 1s himsel as' he fl t heiii't Jho ix.' '?
''wSiii li a in ttinha to hit':i was versi
del'i'nt, ruI . . toi br 's b iti without ' i
''1u llifiet'tseemedh lnt esyi ta's. tg t
I t' lit beven stt ure i ti't ' o h i inb say~ il
"L oxI xes yous kno I iliii'lour friendi'
i a~n. that 3'I ihtit dioxx 1'verythn'.''f
y 'o; pennan that. I w~ohx't noilimn'to
do tnt.rxy ai thin Is ilhut''fo oti
it ott er t YIu b'liev i mi nt . you ?"ee
e isoky. tillti bu you n h-o im, nn
- Il tuht-y ouh trust you it knopeno
u1t "Yes," she repiled.
of Site passed through the door, and
111- I11a1 wAaited onl thie otside. WaV~lt
I transpired In ttlit ioom n11 [to one Savo
at Loist ever kinew. The duor stooi
't partlilly open. niad I'ap i1ght Iave
looked In, bult hie would nlot halve dlone(
3d such a thing for the world. -
to A quarter of nll hour pissed, and
n10 then Louilsa cvaun ouit. 11'a1 Saw that
I't she 3 was very pale. blit perfectly Ca1lm1.
Without a word le put out the light
CO and closed the door, and in perfect
or silentce they walked hack liomle.
u CIIAl'TEilt XXI.
u One day III Jenkins aind Jonithat1
I Turner ro(le over to Beckett's Mill to
ly see abIlout selling sole hogs. it wa4
11 o of the days when. III's "ager'
of was not working on him, so lie w1a1
fa iI I alPproaehable hutor. Naturally
as in the conversation that followed th
11s arrival of the two men the murder of
tir Melvint and the disaIppearance of SIn
Blanks formed the chief tople.
10 "1 knowed from the very fust," Tur
1 uer riarked, "that that feller wa'n'
uit down yere smellin round fur no in
I eral, tin I knowed thar was somethht
n, back of him that lie wa'n't keerli
h1, 'bout people knowin. But, Lord t-tmais
sy, itment, I never dreamied that hle'
at gone an done sich a thing as murder
at Great snakes an caterpillers, jest thiink
Al of -. will you-that feller stayin that
n in my house, a-sleepin In my beds ar
a-eatin at my table when he'd don
1 tuck a feller critter's life! My land
y- If I'd 'a' knowed I wouldn't 'a' had
hIm thar for a htoss. Why, don't you
to know sence he was thar it Jest seeit
's like ever' blame thing on the place II
10 got human blood oil It-seems like It's
)u o1 the beds an the towels an the cheers
ul all the dishes, an 'pears like I can taste
r4 It in the vittles. Lord a-massy, but it'i
f- awful!"
"I bet you'd 'a' been skeered of him,
ar too," Jason Roberts said, "if you'd 'a
knowed 'bout him kIlIun that feller."
"Great possuils tall persimmons, I
il- reckon I shorely would 'a' been skeer.
d, ed. Why, Jest think-that feller mought
ir 'a' got up1) som1e night an killed ever'
s- blame one of us."
Ig "An lie never clieceped a word to you
'bout nothin he'd done nor nothin?"
"Nary a word. If I'd been kInder
e, lmnuisitive, like some folks, an had lit'
!d pried Into him, I mnought 'a' found out
11% som1ethhin. But, Ldrd, I ain't no hand
L- to ask questilons, you knlowv, an when
a feller acts like lie don't want to tell
'I nothiln I Jest let 11111) alonte."
.n "Didn't you ask hit notlln?"
"Scarcely a thing. When he conic
io up thar fust that day, I sorter flung out
" one or two little questions, but I see
F. right away lie cdin't wait to answer
noth)[n, so I Jest quit. Land, I ain't no
hanld to try to make people tell things
t, anyhow whether they want to or nit."
u There was anl oppressive silence after
o this, a silence during whileh there was
u much thinking. But Turner was bliss
o fully Ignorant of the trend of thought.
't He did not even suspect it when he
saw a smile on more than one face.
"An 'bout that feller over to your
t, house, Hi?" HIcks remarked question.
e Ingly.
8 "le ain't thar no more," III replied.
I- "Cone away )O"
n "Yes; went ylstodly."
''I'd say't."
e "Yes; lie got so'd he dIdn't 'pear to be
satisfied 1no more, so ylstedy he packed
I ip ani it out."
t "Wa'n't satisfled with the 'commier
dation you glive him?" Turner asked.
a "Them fellers mostly ain't satisfied
with nothin."
e "Oh, It wa'n't that, I guess. Least
wIse hte never made no fuss 'bout his
i "What alled hIm, then, you reckon?"
"I dunno, I'm shore. Jest sented to
a 'a' got sorter 'restless an unieas'y an
couldn't he stIll nowhar. When he
a wa'n't asleep, lie was all the time moy
in abloult, either' trapsIn round over the
? woods or ('se walkin back'ards an for
'ards across the yard. I've seed him
walkini out thair in the yard for hours,
1 gest gola to an fro, to art fro, till it
wore mne cleani out. It got so's lie (lone
it of nights jest the samei, an lots of
tImes i've waked up way long towards
mornin an seed 1111m at it. Then thar
wvas a k In' of a skeered look Itn his
eyos, an at ever' little noise he'd Jump
anl look round lIke he'd been shot.
never see nobody do like lie (lone."
"B3y grab, It was funny, wva'nl't it?"
"Looked that a-way to mie shore."
"What you reckon was the matter of
him, 11I?"
"I ain't no notIon, Jake."
"I het it was that murder done It,"
Sam Mor-gatn saId. "Don't you all reck
on it was'?"
"Lord(, I don't see how thlat murder
could 'a' had anythIng to do wilth it,"
Hi relied. "Thle murder wa'n't nothina
to hin noway, an lie ldi't knowv Mel
vin nior SImu Baniks nuthler. Guess he
never see nuthier of 'em 'less lie see
Melvin that day he was lyin here a
"IIe dId see him that day," Sam said,
"an he acted sorter quaire too. I was
a-watchin him when lie went' up to
whtar the cawvpse lay, an, for all he'd
beent so cool out thar in the woods, the
seconld lis eyes fell on thlat (dead face
he turned right white an lput hIs hand
upi to his heart, then looked round
right quick, like lie wondered if any
body'd seen him. Guesq lie must be
one of theCm kind of people that's easy
teched by anything likec that."
"Must be If he (dotne that a-way," 01(d
III replIed. "My skin, It don't make
110 difference to inc to look at a dead
feller, an I'd Jest ats soon tech hIm as
"Lord, Ill, not If he'd been killed?"
"Yes, sir, even if he'd been killed."
"Bly grab, I w~ouldn't. They say if
you tech a feller' that's been murdered
that a-way he'll come to you thiree
nights hand ritmnin antd stan' by your
bed an look at you."
"Wonder if that's so?" Jim Thorn
"By grab, they say it is, shlore, an I
can tell you right now I dlon't want no
dead fellers pesterln round me of
"Lord, yon bet I don't. I don't want
niothini to (10 wIth themi ha'nts an flx
In's, an~ I ain't never goin to tech no
body that's been killed, you bet, even
If they never are teced~."
"Shiucs, you fellers don't know what
you're talkcin 'bout. Say, you all jest
wait till you've seed dead men as I've
seed 'em, lt i ..- . - a~fi
co-se, atni 1 iny lie iall 1in the wrong, 1
I kinder 'lowed iuobby, on 'count
what xan ItNvlxt you two, thilt ilt'r
ly You'd like to see hiIi Once lore.
jest sorter 'lowel it inought be ti
a-way, you know. tiln I hope I all
sild nothil to huIIIrt you.
"No, you have not." she repiled, "a
perhaps it's wrong. but I would like
sec hiln. I hope youI Won't thiiink I
wicked, Pap, for God knows I ca
help lny f(elings."
"I don't, LOlcesy. It alni't ly pin
to judge, on I aIn't blaintiolody I
nothin. I know it's sad that you
Sm couldn't git along, but If y
couldn't you couldn't, nln that's ill th
Is to it. Sill ain't never faulted y
for nothili, ait I'm iouglity shore
ain't a-gon to nuther. Whatever im
he said, I know one thing, Loneesy,
that is, 110 ilatter whiat you thought
flnybody else, you've alwtiy .been
true wife to 8ii. Your conduct hI
been right, tn that's ill the world I
got to do with. Your thoughts an yo
feelini's Is latwixt You all your God."
"And God knows I never ieant to
Wionig," Louisa Kaid, "but I did whetr
mautrried Sini without loving hIm. 13
I didn't know, Pap; I didn't know.
was too young. I loved the other the
but I liked Slim, and I wasn't sure. C
love is so ci'tiel, so cruel!"
"No, Loueesy, it ain't that. It's ti
people ain't keerful enough of wh
they're dn when tley inarry. Y
was too young to know your o0
"I was, aind the consequence is
have ruined Slim's life and made m
self miserable forever."
"No, no, Loueesy. Don't you go
lookini at It that nt-way. Lord, tha
man1y years afore yoti, an thar's 1
tellin what all Inay1 happen yit. Yo
jest keep up1) Colrage all ie as hoper
its y-oui ('nn, on soine of these da,
you'l 1111fid tint ill yOu)11 a111i a 1n
forin1's hals beenl left beindI~."
"Not in this life, l'1p. It can't ev
be in this hard, cold world."
"But It caln, an It will. You'll see."
They walked oil i little waly in I
lence. They were boti t hinking, an
though nellitCer of thIeiii knew it, thc
iminds were oi the same subject. 're
mitly Louisa sighed and, as if speakii
to herself, sd1(1:
"Poor Slim, poor. Slim!"
Pilp glaneed quickly at her fac
6yhile the faint trace of i smile play(
ihout his lips. In that moment I
miw farther into the future than Lo
si would have believed.
"An now about Melvin," he said.
'eckon y-oui know what people say c
h1nk ?"
"No, but I suppose they think n
'lcked and sny hard things about me
"Wail, sone of 'eiI do, Louces
Ces; 'i afeard soime of 'em do."
"I'm sorry, but I can't help it."
"In eo'se. I understand sill that. Bu
r'eln as things aire so, I 'lowed yc
votildn't keer. 'hout givin folks r
nose room for sayin things thani yc
,ainl holp. so I i'eckoned you'd ruther C
o see Melviil whenl ever'body wa'II
lilr to see yOu."
"Yes; I would. Iut can I?"
"Shore. If you jest Wait till tonigh
vhen ev'r'body's gone home, I'll taik
ou tihnr. I'll arrange It with Iliek
o's- you can go in. j'hat a-way ti
1(dy3 won't know nothin 'b)out it, a
obodly can i't have n. iothini to sny."
"'Thiank y ou, Pap. You are imor
hanu thou01ght l a nd kInd.''
"Lord'(, thait aiin't nothin. Even if
lidns't keer' niothini fom' you I'd do ths
31uch1 jest to Ihalk Mlar'y Manni."
A t t he ment Ion of tha t noamo Louis
hudi'ed. IPap niot Ieed it and saId:
"I retckonf y'ou ain't got much mor
na'e for t hat womni~i thain I have.''
"'I detspise hier'.'' Louisa replied.
"31 ost lolks dio(e. Lord(, she masde;
>h1n11h tiol of h1eltrself tover! Simi.''
'Andmi I neeused im of inakIng lov
"'lkini~i hive to4 hier! Sim Bank
nin I've to) Mary Maiinn! My Loi'
al1, whati was you ev'er ai-thinkin of
lihy~, Miml hantedl lher' wussin pizen.''
"I kniow n11ow tha:t I was unjust.''
"To lie shlore yOU was. But I reckoi
omeb11ody I told y'ou som~ethin ?"
"T hat's the way' it is-nlhis somes
oi fly i13 pllittini thir skins to gi
Ii stir up>i irouble'. Siih ieoplie Or't ti
aret theirl tongues3,''. silit 2an their leg:
in through'1 'em."'
As l'aiy hadil i1rliis',d. Mrls. Mamnpsoi
>rovedl a true' fiend1 to Louisa5. Shie
l'teji'ed her hiimlly 1( atlilmade her fee
ii'art ily wei'ozs'',iiro the inlstnt shi
m3iered tihe houlise. h.iike Panp, she nel
hiei jud1'g.'d nor3 hnned31, buit rathie:
ein rols kIil '1 il53h& loiis ofthlet opn
', ain1 she ie 'ver f'org'ot It.
'han~t night l'aii toolk Louisa to thi
11r31 to see' forl thei Pist timne aill that
einined 03' the, imain she loved. I11
li tat he wlas ding right, and~ whm
II sp oke of itI to Ihis wIfte she read ily
''1 think It ill bei for the' be.4t,"' sI
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Il tte titIreibt lip 1h211 secured'e
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vbhero thjo b)ody lay. Leav'ing Louise
In thio outside, ho openedl the door and)
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"Waal, I didn't see her come," he
said. "Any you fellers see her come?"
They all shook their heads.
"Some folks 'lowed she'd take on a
heap over him an mebby give sim fits
"Lord, she tuck right off for Sim.
She Jest acted for all the world like
she kiered more for him than any
"It would 'a' been a menghty good
thing if she'd 'a' tuck oi for hIm soon
er 'stid of foolin wIth that other feller,
a-gittin him killed an puttin SIm Into
this mess."
"I reckon that's so, III, but I ain't
never b'lleved Loueesy Banks aimed to
do nothin wrong. She was jest sorter
thoughtless, I guess."
"No, sir; it's jest like I've said time
an ag'n. Jake. WYheiever you go an
send a gal oil' to theml) doggole colleges
you Jest nat'raliy spile her for all time
to come. By gosh, you Jest as wll
take her out an knock her in the head.
That's all in the world's the matter of
Loucesy Banks."
"No, I 'low her an Sim jest nat'rally
didn't suilt.''
"Co'se they dl~int atter' she'd gonte
down thmar an tuck upi a lot of' doggone
fool notions. Thiey'dl 'n' suitedi well
enough if it hadn't been for that she
'lowed shet'dl got to lire one of0 1 themii
white shirt fellers or she couldn't lie'
er he happy. It's that (dad hurn college
done it all."
"Still, Ili, edleation's a pow'ful good
"Not for a gal, It ain't."
"W'aal, she ain't got no use for It, an
it's jest plumb shore to ma~ke a fool or
her1. Lord, a manh1 een, dlon't need so
awful blame munch edicatlon to git on~
all right."
"You think so'?"
"I know it. Take mysell', for in-.
stitince. I ain't nlever~ had no edication
to speak of. yit see how 1 sot on to that
jury' that t Ime. I managed 'bout run
n11n that court jest aLs well as any of
them rellers dlown thmar. If a feller's
got it in himi, lhe can gi t uip in the world
even if lhe ain'tI got no book I'iirn in "'
"spea0kin 'bout se'ttlin On to a jury
'minds mo1 of somlethin."
"What ls It7" .Jnson askedl.
"Why, It Simu's ever ke'tched' they'll
have to git a jury to try him, an I dui~n
no but likely enough I'll git a chanice to
set On It."
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jest ever'whar." 'hius spoke Ebenezer
Sparks, the warrior bold. "Lord
n-mighty, I've fit into many a battle
whar men were jest a-drappin all
round me so thick that I couldn't move
'thout steppin on a lot of 'em. My
land, I wa'n't skeered of techin 'em, an
they never come back of nights to pes
ter round ha'ntin of me, nuther."
"It wa'n't that at-way that time when
you went into Ilicks' cellar to whup
the battle, was it, 'Ebenezer?" Jasoil
Roberts asked.
Ebenezer flashed angry.
"Doggone it all," he cried, "ain't I
never goin to hear the last of that dad
burned old cellar? Ever' time I men
tion any a word 'bout when I fit into
the war some blame fool has got to go
to work an drag that dod blasted old
cellar in.
"Waal, we want to show a intrust in
your war record, Ebenezer, an that's
the only battle we ever see you fight in,
80 that's all we got to speak 'bout."
"Waal, you needn't pester 'bout
showin no intrust, then. I'd ruther
you wouldn't."
"Say," Sam Morgan called, "don't
you reckon Sim Banks has a ha'nt?"
"Of co'se he has," Thorn replied, "an,
say, fellers, I bet it pesters him jest
"To be shore," Turner agreed.
"Speakin of Sim Banks 'minuds me- of
somethin," i said, "Reckon ain't
none of you uns hearn nothin of Sinm
senco he went away ?"
"Nary a wordl," Ilicks answered.
"Quaire themi oflcers don't find out
nothin 'bout him, ain't it?"
""'is so. Guess they've hunted round
all over ever'whar most an they ain't
found hair nor' hide of him."
"S'Dose he must 'a' gone clean off
"Looks like it. You know lie left a
note for his woman sayin lhe war a-go
in away an wa'n't never comina back no
more ?"
"I hearn he did."
"But she don't .b'lieve it."
"Don't she'?"
"Not now, she don't, She b'lieved it
a right smart at fust, but Pap Samp
son kept a-talkin till he got her to
change her mind."
"Pap still stan's out that Sim never
killed that feller?"
"La, yes, wuss'n ever."
"Quaire he'd git that sorter notion,
ain't it ?"
"'Tis, shore. Pap's gln'rally putty
level headed, but he got his nose p'int
ed wrong this time shorely."
"Ho thinks Sim'll come back, does
"Jest knows he will."
"Waal, he'll be hung or sent up to
prison if ho does come."
"Pap's got a notion somethln'll turn
up to clear SIm 'fore h3e gits back,"
"Don't see how he goes 'bout makin
that out."
"I don't see nuther2 but that's his
"How's Sim's womain a-doin?"
"Kinder porely, 1 guess. She ain't
liv in hero no more,"
"That so?"
"Yes; she left the tust of the week."
"Whar'd she go?"
"Down to the county seat."
"What's she 'lowin to do down thar?"
"She reckoned she'd git into some
work of some kind."
"An jest 'bout manage to go through
ever'thing she's got."
"She ain't got nothin."
"Ain't? Why, I been hearin Sim left
her all the land an ever'thing."
"lie (lid, but she won't tech it."
"Won't? Why, say, what's the rca
"e'lows it's his'n an she ain't no
right to live it up. Says mebby some
time he'll need it."
"WaaI, i'll be smutched I"
"Then I guess she kinder wanted to
git away from here anyhow. That
'bout her an Melvin started a good bit
of talk, an I reckon she found it'wa'n't
none too pleasant a-stayin here."
"Nat'rally. IIow'd she take it 'bout
Melvin beln killed? Did sho carry on
"Nary a bit that any of us seen.
Guess she behaved plumb nice."
"Did she como to see the cawpso?"
Hicks hesitated for an instant, Ho
knew from Pap Sampson about that
night visit, but ho had pnomied to

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