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Aud the Rigor of the Game
By ROBERT BARIi.
[Copyright, 1307, by tho Author.]
Old Mr Buuudera went homo with
bowed in nd tiud angry brow. Ho hud
not known that Diek was in tho habit
of coming in lato, but he had uow no
doubt of tho fact. Ho himself went to
bed oarly ami slept soundly, as a man
?with a good conscience is entitled to do.
But the hoy's mot In r must have known
tho hours he kept, yet she had said noth
ing. This made the matter all tho
blacker. The father felt that mother
und son wore lengui d ngniuat him. Ho
had beo> too lenient. Now he would go
to the root of things. Tho young man
would speedily olltlUge his ways or take
the consequences. Thero would bo no
half measures.
Poor old Mrs. Sounders saw the mo
ment her husband eume in that there
?was a storm brewing, and a wild fear
arose in bor heart that her hoy was tho
cause. The first words of tho old man
Bottled the question.
"What time did Richard como in last
nightr"
"I?I don't know," slio hesitated.
"Shuffling," her husband always called
it. Site had been a buffer between fa
ther and son since Dick WHS a child.
"Why don't you know? Who let him
in?"
She s'ghcd. Tho secret Vad long
?weight J upon her. and she felt it would
come at some hapless moment.
"Ho has a key," she said at last.
Tht old man glared in speechless
amaze ucut In Iiis angriest mood he
had never suspected anything so had as
this.
"A fcoyl How long has ho had a key?"
"About six months. Ho did not want
to disturb us.''
"Ho is v ry thoughtful. Whero does
ho spend his nights?"
"I don't know. He tells me ho be
longs to a club, whero he takes somo
kind of exercise."
"Did lie tell you he exercised with
oards? Did he say it was u gambling
club?"
"1 don't believe it is. T am sure Dick
doesn't gamble. Dick is a good hoy, fa
ther."
"A precious lot you know about it
evidently. Doyen think his employer,
Banker Hammond, has any idea, Iiis
olerk belongs to a gambling club?"
"I am sure I don't know, is there
anything wrong? Has any ono been
speaking to you about Dick?"
"Yes, and not to his credit."
"Oh, dear!" cried the mother in an
guish. ' Was it Mr. Hammond?"
"I have never spokon to Hammond
in my life," said the old man, relent
ing a little when he saw how troubled
bis wife was. "No; I propose to stop
this" club business bolero it gets to tho
banker's ears that one of Iiis clerks is a
nightly attendant there. You will seo
Robert when be COtnos home tins even
ing. Tell him I wish to have a word or
two with him tonight. Ho is to wait
for me here. I will bu in shortly after
ho lias his supper. "
"You will not bo harsh with him,
father. Remember, he is a young man
now, so please, please advise and do not
threaten. Angry words can do no
good."
"I will do my duty," said tho old
man uncompromisingly.
?entle Mrs. Sauudors sighed, for sbo
well knew the phrase about duty. It
was a sure include to domestic trouhlo.
When the old gentleman undertook to
do his duly, lie nailed Iiis Hag to the
mast.
"Sen that lie waits for me tonight,"
was the parting shot as tho old man
Olosed the doOf behind him.
Mrs. Sauudors had had her sharo of
trouble in the world, as every woman
must who lives with a cantankerous
man. Win n she could save her son a
harsh word, or even a blow, sho was
connnt to take cither uncomplainingly.
Tho old man's severity bad put him out
of touch with his son. Dicksullouly re
sented Iiis boyhood of continual fear.
During recent years, when fear had
gradually diminished and finally disap
peared, ho was somewhat troubled to
find that the natural affection which a
son should have for his father had van
ished with it. Ho had, on several oecu
ilons, made half hearted attempts at a
otter understanding, but these at
rapts had unfortunately fallen on iu
?portnne momenta, when the old man
n not particularly gracious toward
tvorld in general, and latterly there
i been iileuco between the two. Tho
ng man avoided hi* father as much
possible. lie would not have re
ined at homo had it not been for his
thor. Her steady, unwavering affeo
<n for him, her belief in him, and tho
membranes of how sho bad stood up
ir bim, ?specially when ho was in tho
/rons,, had bound her to him with
???mit toft as silk aud strong as steel.
Ie often felt it would be a pleasuro to
go wrong, merely to refute his father's
idoas rogarding the way a child should
h bronght up. Yet Dick bad a sort of
admiration for tho old man, whoso
any good qualities wero somowhat
erslmdowed by Iiis brutal temper.
When Richard came homo that oven
?g, ho had Iiis supper aiono, as waa
mal with him. Mrs. Sauudors drow her
*lr near the table, and while tho meal
out ou slin talked of many tilings, bat
voided tho subject uppermost in her
"Ind. which .-In. nontnoned until tho
;st moment. Perhaps airor an ano
"uld not need to ask him to stay. Ho
'lit remain of his own accord. 8ho
died him narrowly as sbo talked
inwwith alarm that there wnH anx
o his faoe. Some caro was worry
in, and she yearned to liavo him
(i his trouble to her. And yet aho
and talked of other things. She
l that I to made but a poor pretenso
ng, and that ho allowed hor to
bile ho made few replies, and
ntmindedly. At last lie pushed
'mir witli a laugh that souud
jother," ho said, "what is
') a row on, or is It merely
o horizon? Has the lord
kl Yci mustn't talk in
iero is nothing mnoh tho
?. I want to speak with
nr club."
d Sharply ot his mother for
then bo said: "Well, what
want to know about the olub?
i to join?"
SUV yjaur father"-*
hi didn't say it; tint, my dear
yon are as transparent aa glass,
i right through you and away
. Now, somebody has been talk
fathor about tho club, and ho is
m warpath. Well, what does ho
? t to know?"
Ho said it woa a gambling clnb."
'Ji.'ght for once."
"Ob, Dick, is it?"
'Certainly it is. Moat olnba nrogam
. g clubs and drinking clubs. I don't
noso tho True Blues gamble more
i others, but I'll let they don't gnm
ny less."
h, Diok, Dick, Pni sorry to hoar
And Dick, my* darling boy, do
I gamble, mother? No, I don't.
/ you'll believe though th*
"\\ in n's IHchardt"
loss. I can't afford it, for it takes money
to gamble, and I'm not us rich as old
Hammond yet. "
"Oh, yes, Dickt dear, and that re
minds me. Another thing your father
feared was that Mr. Hammond might
come to know you wore a member of tho
club. It might hurt your prospects in
tho bank," film added, not wishing to
I frighten the boy with the threat of tho
dismissal she felt B?ro would follow tho
revelation.
Dick threw hack his head and roared.
For the lirst time that evening the lines
of caro left bis brow. Then seeing hie
mother's look of incomprehension ho
Bobered down, repressing bis mirth with
Home difflonlty.
"Mother," ho said at last, "things
havo changed since father was a boy.
I'm afraid bo hardly appreciates how
much. Tho old terrifying relations be
tween employer and employeo do not
exist now?at lei'i.t that is my experi
ence. "
"Still if Mr. Hammond camo to
know that yon spent your evenings
j at"?
"Mother, listen to mo a moment. Jn
tis Hammond proposed mo for moin
1 rship in the club?my employer. I
F ould uevor have thought of joining if
i hadn't boon for him. You remember
my last raise in salary? You thought
it was for merit, of course, and father
thought it was luck. Well, it was
neither?or both, perhaps. Now, this
is confidential and to yourself only. I
wouldn't tell it to any one elso. Ham
mond called me into bis private oftlco
0110 afternoon when tho bank was closed
and said: 'Saunders, I want you to join
tho Athletic club. I'll proposo you.' I
was amazed and told him I couldn't
afford it. 'Yes, you can,' ho answered.
'I'm going to raise your salary double
tho amount of entrance fee and annual.
If you don't join, I'll cut it down.' So
I joined. I think I should havo been a
fool if I hadn't."
"Dick, I never heard of such a thing.
What in tho world did ho want you to
join for?"
"Well, mother," said Dick, looking
at his watch, "that's a long story.
I'll tell it to you somo other (veiling.
I haven't time tonight. I must be off."
"Oh, Dick, don't go tonight Please
stay at homo for my sako."
Dick smoothed his mother's gray hair
and kissed her on tho forehead. Then
ho said: "Won't tomorrow night do us
Well, mother? I can't stay tonight. I
havo an appointment at tho club."
"Telegraph to them and put it off.
Stay for my sake tonight, Dick. I never
asked you before "
Tho look of anxiety ouino into his
f ace. ufuti?.
"Motber, it is impossible; really it Is.
Please don't ask mo again. Anyhow, I
know it is father who wants mo to stay,
not you. I presume he's on tho duty
tack. I think what bo has to say will
keep till tomorrow night. If ho must
work off somo of his sentiments on
I gambling, let him place his efforts
whero they aro needed?let him tacklo
Julo Hammond, but not during business
hours. "
"You surely don't mean to say that
a respected business man?a banker liko
Mr. Hammond?gambles?"
"Don't I? Why Hammond's a plun
ger from Plnngorville, if you know what
that means. From 'J to 53 ho is the strict
est and best business man in tho city.
If you spoko to him then of tho True
Blue Athletic (dub, ho wouldn't know
what you were talking about, but after
tt o'clock he'll take any odds you liko to
offer, from matching pennies to backing
an unknown horso."
Mrs. Saunders sighed. It was a wicked
world into which her boy had to go to
earn his living, evidently.
"And now, mother, I must really bo
off. I'll stay at homo tomorrow night
and take my scolding liko a man. Good
night."
Ho kissed her and hurried away be
fore she could say anything more, leav
ing her sitting there with folded hands
to await, with hor customary patiouce
aud just a trifle of apprehension, the
coming of hor husband. There was no
mistaking tho heavy footfall. Mrs.
Saunders smiled sadly ns sho heard it,
remembetting that Dick had said ouco
that, oveu if he wcro safe within the
gates of paradise, the sound of his fa
ther's footsteps would make tho chills
run np his backbone. Sho had reproved
the levity of the remark at tho timo,
but sho often thought of it, especially
When she knew there was troublo ahead
?as there usually was.
"Whore's Richard? Isn't ho homo
yet?" woro tho old man's first words.
"Ho has boen home, hut ho had to go
out again. He had an appointment."
"Did yoo toll him I wanted to speak
with him?"
"Yes, and ho said ho would stay
homo tomorrow uiuhr. "
"Did ho know that f said tonight?"
"I'm sure that I told him you"??
"Don't shuffle, now. Ho either know
or did not. Which is it?"
*' Yes, ho knew, but ho thought it
might not bo urgent and ho"?
"That will do. Whero is his appoint
ment?"
"At the blab, I think."
"Ah-h-hl" Tho old man dwelt on tho
exclamation as if ho had at last drawn
out the reluctant worst.
"Did ho say when ho would bo homo?"
"No."
"Very well. I will wait half au honr I
for him, and if he is not in by that timo
I will go to his clnb and have my talk
with him thoro."
Old Mr. Stum dors sat grimly down
with his hat sail on and crossed his
bands ovor tho knob of his stout walk
ing stick, watching the clock that tiokod
slowly against tho wall. Under these
distressing circumstances tho old wom
an lost hor presence of mind and did
tho vory thing sho should not havo
dono. Sin should havo agreed with
him, bnt instead of that shaopposod tho
plan and so made it iuovitnblo. It
wonld bo a cruel thing, sho said, to
shame thoir son boforo his friends, to
mako him a Jnnghing stock among his
acquaintances. Whatever was to bo said
eonld bo said as woll tomorrow night
as tonight, and that in their own home,
whoro, at loast, no stranger would ovor
hear. As the old man mado no answer,
bnt ailontly watcbod the clock, she bo
onmc almost indignant with him. She
felt she w ^^^^^^^^^
S WWWMM?W I II I II.I
aioiotisjy unvttrci uiCR. ?ne nopea nno
might turu hin resentment from their ?
8ou to herself uml would lmvo welcomed
any outburst thut would bo directed
against her alono. In tins excited state,
being brought, as it were, to bay, sho
hud the temerity to nay:
"You were wrong about ono thing,
and you may also bo wrong in thinking
Dick?iu?in what you think about
Dick."
Tho old limn darted ono lowering
look at her, and though she trembled
she welcomed tho glanco as indicating
tho success of her red herring.
"What was I wrong about?"
"You wero wrong?Mr. Hammond
knows Dick is a member of tho club.
Ho is a member himself, and ho insist
ed that Dick join. That's why ho raised
his salary."
"A likely story 1 Who told you that?"
"Dick told nie himself."
"And you believe it, of course."
Sounders laughed in a sneering, cynical
sort of way ami resumed his scrutiny of
the clock. Tho old woman gave up tho
! fight and began to woep silently, hoping,
! but iu vain, to iiear tho light stop of
, bor son approaching tho door. Tho
clock struck the hour. The old man roso
j without a word, drew bis bat farther
! over his brow and left tho house.
Up to tho last moment Mrs. Sauuders
hardly believed her husband would
! carry out his threat. Now, when slio
I realized ho was determined, she had ono
wild thought of Hying to the club and
warning her sou. A moment's consid
eration put that idea out of tho ques
tion. She calk ' the serving maid, who
came, as it seemed to tho anxious wom
an, with exasperating deliberation.
"Jane." shn cried, "do yoa t>u\_
wncro tue Athletic club is? Do you
know where Center street is?"
Jane knew neither club nor locality.
"I want a message taken tbero to
Dick, and it must go quickly. Don't
you think you could run there"?
"It would be quioker to telegraph,
ma'am," said Jane, who was not anx
ious to run anywhere. "There's tolo
graph paper in Mr. Richard's room, and
tho office is just round the corner."
"That's it, Jane. I'm glad you
thought of it. Get me a telegraph form.
Do make haste."
She wrote with a trembling hand UP
plainly as she could, so that her sou
might havo no difficulty in reading:
Richard founders, Athletio Club, Center
Btroot:
Your father is coming to see you. Ho will
bo nt tho club before half an hour.
"There is no need to sign it; ho will
know his mother's writing," said Mrs.
Sanndorsas she handed tho message and
tho money to Jane, and Juno made no
comment, for she knew as little of tole
graphing as did her mistress. Then tho
old woman, having done her best, prayed
that tho telegram might arrive before
her husband, and her prayer was au
i svnred, for electricity is moro speedy
than an old man's legs.
Meanw hile Mr. Saunders strodo along
from the suburb to the city. His stout
stick struck tho .:*ono pavement with a
sharp click that sounded in tho still,
frosty night air almost like a pistol shot.
He would show both his wife and his
?on that he was not too old to bo mas
ter in his own house. Ho talked angrily
to himself as ho went along and was
wroth to find his anger lessening as ho
ueared his destination. Anger must he
very just to hold its own during a brisk
walk in evening air that is cool and
sweet.
Mr. Sanndera was somewhat abashed
to find the club building a much more
imposing edifice than ho bad expected,
j There was no low, groggy appearance
about the True Blue Athletio edifice. It
was brilliantly lit from basement to at
tio. A group of men, with hands iu
pockets, stood on the curl) as if v ?i*ing
I for something. There was an air of 00
oasiou about the place. The old man in
quired of ono of tho loafers if that was
tho Athletio club.
"Yes, it is," was tho answer. "Are
you going iu?"
"I iutr nd to."
"Ard yon a member?"
"No.."
"< lot an invitation?"
"No.'
"Then I suspect yon won't go in.
We've tried every dodge ourselves."
The possibility of not getting in had
never occurred to the old gentleman,
and th(? thought that his son, safe with
in the sacred products of a (dub. might
defy him (logged his flagging anger
and aroused Mi dogged determination.
"I'll try, at least," he said, going up
the stone steps.
The men watched him with a smile
on their lips. They saw him push the
electric button, wheroopon tho door
opened slightly. There was a brief, un
heard parley ; then the door swung wido
open, and when Mr. Saunders entored
it shut again.
"Well, I'm blessed I" said tho man
on the curb "I wonder how tho old
duffer worked it. I wish T .bud aalrnd
mm. " Hone or mo rest nia?q any com
mout. They were struck dumb with
amazement at tho Rnccess of tho old
gentleman who had even to ask if that
wero the club.
When the porter opened tho door, ho
repeated ono of the questions asked a
moment before by the man on tho curb.
"Havo you nn invitation, sir?"
"No," answered the old man, deftly
placing his stick so that tho barely
opened door con Id not be closed until it
was withdrawn. "No. I want to seo
my sou, Biohard Sanndera. Is bo in
side?"
Tho porter instantly throw open the
door.
" Yes, sir," ho said. ' 'They 're expect
ing you, sir. Kindly conio this way,
sir."
Tho old man followod, wondering nt
tho cordiality of his reception. There
must be some mistako. Expecting him?
Brow could that he? Ho was led into a
most sumptuous parlor where a cluster
of electric lamps in tho coiling threw a
soft radiance around the room.
"Ho seated, sir. I shall toll Mr.
Hammond that you aro hero."
"But?stop a moment?I don't want
to seo Mi Hammond. I have nothing
to do with Mr. Hammond. I want to
sco my son. Is it Mr. Hammond tho
banker?"
"Yes, sir. Ho told >no to bring yon
in horo when you camo and to let him
know nt onco."
Tho old man drew his hand noross
his brow, and ero ho could reply tho
porter had disappeared. Hosnt down iu
ono of tho exceedingly easy leather
ohnira and gazed in bowildormont
around tho room. Tho flno pictures on
tho wnlls related exclusively to sport
ing auhjects. A trim yacht, with its
tall, slim masts and towering cloud of
canvas at an apparently dangerous
nnglo, seemed sailing directly nt tho
spectator. Pugilists unked to tho
waists held their clinched lists in men
acing nttitndes. Kaco horses in states
of activity and nt rest wero inter
spersed horo and tbero. In tho oentor of
tho room stood a pedestal of blank mnr
blo, and npon it rested a hugo silver
vnso iucrustod with ornnmentation.
The old man did not know that tlr i
elaborate specimen of tho silversmith's
?im ?afnrrod to uh tha "nun. " Rnmn
one had hung a placnru on it bearing
in orudoly scrawled lottors the words:
I'm < thoo well, and if forovor
ttt ill forever faro thoe well I
While tho old man whs wondering
ooniyuurtcu ami Micro entered an elder- |
\y gentleman Bouiowhat jauntily attired
in evening dross with a roso at his but
touhole. Bauuderh iustautly reeoguized
him as the bauker, and be felt a reseat
meat at what In- considered I is foppish
appearance, realizing almost at the
same moment the rustiuess of his own ?
clothes.au everyday suit, not too ex
pensive even when now.
"How are you, Mr. Saunders?" cried
tho banker, cordially extending his
band. "I am very pleased indeed to
meet you. Wo got your telegram, but
thought it liest not to give it to Diek.
I took the liberty of opening it myself.
You see WO can't bo too careful about
??He's been going from bad to xvorse."
those littlo detailB. I told tho portor to
look after you and let me kn >w tho
moment you came. Of courso you are
anxious about your boy."
"I am," said tho old man firmly.
"That's why I'm here."
"Certainly, certainly. So are wo all,
and I presume I'm tho most anxious
man of tho lot. Now what you want to
know is how ho is getting along?"
"Yes, I want to know tho truth."
??Well, unfortunately, tho truth is
about as gloomy as it can bo. IIo's boon
going from had to worse, and no man in
1 more sorry than 1 am."
"Do you mean to tell mo so?"
"Yea There Is no use deluding our
selves. Frankly I have no hope for
him. There is not one chance in 10,000
of his recovering his lost ground."
Tho old man caught his breath nnd
loaned on his cane for support. Ho real
ized now the hollowno8H of his previous
I anger. Ho had never for a moment be
lieved the boy was going to the had.
Down underneath bis crustiness were a
deep love for his son and a strong faith
in him. He had allowed his old habit
of domineering togot the better of him,
and now in searching after a phantom
ho had Suddenly come upon a ghastly
reality.
"Look here," said the hanker, notic
ing bis agitation, "have a drink of our
special Scotch with me. ft is the best
thoro is to be had for money. Wo al
wayR take off our hats when wo speak
of th.? special in this club. Then wo'll
go and see how things arc moving."
As he turned to order the lhpior he
noticed for tho first time tho placard on
the cup.
"Now, who the dickens put that
there?" ho cried angrily. "There is no
uso in giving up before you're thrashed. "
Saying which he took off the placard,
tore it up and threw it into tho waste
bnsket
"Does Richard drink?" asked tho old
man huskily, remembering tho eulogy
on th-) special.
"Bless you, no, nor smokoeither; no,
nor gamble, which is more extraordi
nary. No, it's all right for old fellows
like you and me to indulge in the spe
cial?bless it!?but n young man who
needs to keep his nerves in order has
to livo like a monk. I imagine it'b a
love affair. Of course there's no uso
asking you. You would bo the last one
to know. When ho came in tonight, I
saw ho was worried over something. I
asked him what it was, but ho declared
there was nothing wrong. Here's tho
lirpior. You'll lind that it reaches the
spot.
Tho old man gulped down some of
tho eolobrated special; then ho said:
"It is true that you induced my sou
to join this club?"
"Certainly. I heard what ho could do
from a mau I bad confidence in, and I
said to myself, 'Wo must huvu young
Banndors for a member.' "
"Then don't you think yonaro large
ly to blame?"
"Oh, if you liko to put it that way,
yes. Still, I'm tho chief loser. I loso
$10,000 by him."
"Good God!" criod tho stricken
father.
Tho bankor looked at the old man a
littlo nervously, as if ho feared his head
was not exactly right. Then ho said:
"Of courso you will bo anxious to seo
how tho thing ends. Come in with me,
but bo careful tho boy doesn't catch a
sight of you. It might rattle him. I'll
get you a place at tho back, where you
oun soo without boing seen."
They rose, and tho hanker led tho
way on tiptoe through between tho cur
tains into a large room filled with silent
men earnestly watching a player at a
billiard table in the center of tho aonrt
moinr. lonipurnry seats nau noon emit
around tho walla, Dor above tier, and
every placo was taken. Sumatera no
ticed his son standing near tho table in
his shirt sleeves, with his cuo butt
downward on the ground. Ilia faco was
i pale and his lips compressed as ho
watched his opponent's play liko a man
fascinated. Evidently his back was
against tho wall, nnd ho was fighting a
hopeless fight, but was grit to the last.
old Saunders only faintly understood
tho situation, but his whole sympathy
wont out to his boy, and ho felt au in
stinctive hatred of tho confident oppo
nent who was knocking tho balls ubout
with a reckless accuracy which was
: evidently bringing dismay to tho hearts
of at least half of tho onlookers.
All at once thoro was a burst of np
plauso, and tho player stood up straight
with a laugh.
"By Jovo!" cried tho banker. "IIo's
missed. Didn't put ouough stick behind
it. That cornea of boing too blamed
! suro. Shouldn't wonder but thoro is go
I ing to bo a turn of luck. IVrhups you'll
provo a mascot, Mr. Saunders."
Ho placed the old man on an olovatod
Beat at the back. Thoro was a buzz of
talk as young Saunders stood thcro
chalking his cue, apparently loath to bo
gin.
Hammond mixed among tho crowd
and apoko eagorly now to one, now to
another. Old Saunders said to tho man
next him:
"What is it all about? Is thia an im
portant match?"
"ImportantI You hot it Ja. I anpposo
thoro'a moro money on thia gamo than
waa over up ou n billiard match hofore.
Why, Julo Hammond alono haa $10,000
on Saunders."
Tho old man gnvo a quivoring sigh of
reliof. Ho was beginning toundorstand.
Tho $10,000, thou, was not tho tigere
of a defalcation.
"Yos," continued tho othor, "it's tho
great match for tho oup. Thoro'a been a
series of games, and this is tho culmi
nating one. Prognor has won one and
Saunders one. Now this game settles it.
Prognor is tho man it the High Fliers'
nhA He's a good ope. Sanndors won
JftyBftJUptti*frat year, sq they
Royal makes th/> pur?,
wholesome and delicious.
xni-y vo never nan a man tocoaonoaau
dors in this club since it bogatl. I doubt
if there's auother amateur liko him in
this country. He's u man to ho proud
Off although ho seemed to go to pieces
tonight, they'll all he down on him to
morrow if they loso their money, al
though he doesn't make anything ono
way or another. I believe It's the high
betting that's miulo him so anxious and
spoiled his play."
"Hush, hush!" was whispered around
tho "ooin. Young Saunders had begun
to play. ProgUOl stood bj with a supe
rior smile on Iiis lips. He was certuin
POWDER
Absolutely Puro
ROYAl BAKING POWOER CO., NEW YORK.
to go out when his-tum came ngaiu. j
Buuudera played very carefully, tak
ing no risks, and Iiis father watched
him with absorbed breathless iuterost.
Though ho knew nothing of the game,
ho hoou began to see how points were
made. Tho boy never looked up from
tho green cloth and the balls. Ho stepped
around the table to his different posi
tions without hurryi and yet without
unduo tardiness. All eyes were fastened
on Ins play, aud there was not a sound
in the large room but the ever recurring
click clack of the halls. Tho father mar
veled at the almost magical command
the player bad over the ivory spheres.
Th?f came and went, rebounded and
struck, seemingly because he willed
this result or that. 1 'hero were a dexter
ity of touch, an accurate measurement
of forco, a correct estimate of angles, a
truth of the eye and a muscular control
that left the old man amazed that the
combination of all these delicate nice
ties was concentrated in one person, and
that person his own son.
At last two of the balls lay closo to
gether, and tho young man, playing
very deftly, appeared to be able to keep
them in that position as if ho might go
on scoring indefinitely. He went on in
this way for some time, when suddenly
the silenco was broken by ProgUOr cry
ing out:
"I don't call that billiards. It's baby
play."
Instantly there was an uproar. Sauu
dors grounded his cue on tho floor ami
"Your father had his eye on you all ths
time."
stood calmly amid tho storm, his eyes
fixed on the green cloth. Thero were
shouts of, " You wero not interrupted 1"
"That's for the mnpires to decide,"
"Play your game, Saunders!" "Don't bo
bluffed 1" The edd man stood up with
Hie rest, and ins natural combativoncss
urged him to take part in tho fray and
fmil for fail olav Tl>? nnvoire voko und
uemanoed order. When tho tumult had
subsided, be sat down. Some of the
high fliers, however, cried: "Decision!
Decision!"
"Thero is nothing to decide." said
the umpire severely. "Uo on with your
play, Air. Saunders."
Thou young Saunders did a thing
that took away tho breath of his
friends. IIe deliberately struck the balls
with Ids cue ball and scattered them far
and wide. A simultaneous sigli seemed
to riso from the breasts of tho True
Blues.
"That is magnificent, but it is not
war," said the man beside old Saun
ders. "Ho has no right to throw away
a singlo chance when ho is so far be
hind "
"Ob, he's not so far behind I Look at
tho score," put in a man on tho right.
Saunders carefully nursed tho halls
up together once more, scored off thorn
for awhile, and again ho struck them
far apart. This ho did three times. Ho
apparently seemed benton showing bow
OOropletoly he had tho table under con
trol. Suddenly a great cheer broke out,
and young Saunders rested as before
without taking his eyes from tho oloth.
"What does that mean?" cried tho
old man excitedly, with dry lips.
"Why, don't yon see? He's tied tho
scoro. I imagine this is an almost un
precedented run. I bcliovo he's got
Prognor on toast, if you ask mo."
Hammond came np With flushed faeo
and grasped the old man by tho arm
with a vigor that made him wince.
"Did you ever seo anything grander
than that?" ho said, under cover of tho
momentary applause. "I'm willing to
lofio my $10,000 now without u mur
mur. You see you are a mascot after
all."
? Tho old man was too much excited to
speak, but be hoped the boy would tako
no more chances. Again came tho click
clack of the balls. Tho father was
pleased to seo that Dick played now with
all tho care and caution lie had observed
at flrfet. The silence became intense, al
most pninful. Every man leaned for
ward and scarcely breathed.
All at once Prognor Strode down to
tho billiard table and stretohed bis hdnd
across it. A cheer shook tho coiling.
Th0 cup would remain on tho black mar
blo pedestal. Saunders had won. Ho
took tho outstretched hand of his defeat
ed opponent, and tho building rang
again.
Banker Hammond pushed bis way
through tho coiigratub.tiiig crowd and
araoto tho winner cord ally on 'ho shoul
dor.
"That was a great rue. Diok, my boy
Tho old man was your mascot Youi
hick changed tho moment ho cumo in
Yonr father had his cyo on yon all the
time."
" Wbatt" cried Dick, with a Jump.
"I'm very proud of you, my son,*'
eoid his fat her when at last he reaohod
him. "It takes skill and plnok aud nerve
to win a contest like that I'm off now.
X want to tell yonr mother abont It."
"Wait a moment, father, and we'll
walk home together," said Dick.
CON FKIt KN CK APPOINTMENTS.
How tlio Methodist Preachers Arc
Assigned Tar tho Year mos.
CiiAiii.KSTON DisTHiCT.?Presiding
Edor?\V. 1'. Moadors.
Trinity? J. W. Kilgo.
Bethel-II. W. Bays.
Spring Street?S. P. II. Elwell.
Cumberland?.1. M. Stcadman.
Berkeley?\V. II. Thrower.
Summervillo-G. P. Watson.
Hidgeville and Cypress?J.L. Hay and
(.). N. Hountreo.
St. George's Station?A. C. Walker.
St. George's Circuit?W. T. Patrick.
Colleton?II. C. Mouzon.
Round O and St. Paul? E. K. Moore
and W. H. Buchanan.
Walterboro?W. M. Duncan.
Hendersonvillo?0. llueks.
Hampton aid Port Royal? R. L. Hol
roy d and W. A. Fairoy.
Allcndalc W. B. Duncan.
Black Swamp ?W. H. Wroton.
Hard".,villo?J. C. Welch, supply.
Beaufort?I'. A. Murray.
MoClollanvillo and St. Stephens-G.
W. Gatlin and I). A Patrick.
Hurley villo - E, M. McKlsslck.
CoKKsiteav Distkict.?Presiding
Elder?G. T. Harmon.
Cokosbury?J. c. Chandler,
Gicon wood?M. Dargan.
Verdory-G. H Shatter.
Ninety-Six ?W. A. IJetts.
Donalds?W. H. Wliarlon.
Abbeville - J. W. Daalel.
Antrcvillc?W. J. Snydt r.
MoCormlck -W. II /mail.
Lowndosville?E. \V. Mason.
Mt. Carinel? H. Stokes.
Princeton S. D. Vaughun.
Waterloo ? W. W. Jonos.
Phoenix - P. Stokes.
Ncwberry Station and City Mission?
C. W. Grolguton and.I. VV. Bpcako.
Now berry Circuit-1). Tiller.
Kinard's?A. S. Lesley.
Saluda?J. J, Stevenson.
Butler?W. C. VVinu.
Parks villo-J. c. Uolloy, supply.
Prospeiity ? E. G. Trice.
OoLUMUIA DISTRICT.? Presiding Elder
?.1. Walter Dickson.
Washington Street-W. W. Daniel.
Marion Street?P.L. Kirton.
Green Street and Hrookland?W. B.
Baker.
Uichland and Granby?J. C. Ahncy,
supply.
Edgowood U. C.McRoy.
Hyatt Park-J. VV. Nooly.
Lexington - William M. Harden.
Lexington Fork?M. L Banks, Jr.
Lcwiedulo?J. N. Wright, supply.
Lecsville?N. B. Clarkson.
Batosburg?D. I). Dantzlor.
Johnston?C. 0. Herhert.
fidgclicld? D.Z. Dant/ler.
Granitcvillc?N. (1. ballcnger.
Langloy? J. II. Nolaud.
Upper St. Matthews ?J. W. Ariail.
Fort Motte? R. W. Humphries,supply.
Hidgcway?A. H. Phillips.
Wluusboro?J. D. Crout.
Fairlicld-W. 11. Miller.
Columbia Female Oollego?J. A Rice,
president, and R. E. Stack house, pro
fessor.
Kpworth Orphanage - George II. Wad
dell, superintendent.
Paiuc Institute?George W. Walker,
president.
Fl.ohbnck District?Presiding Elder
? E. T. Hodges.
Florence Station?W. I. Herbert.
Darlington?It. A. Child.
Cheraw?D. M. Mcbcod.
Choraw Circuit?R. E. Mood.
HattSVlllo? G. P. Clarkson.
Clyde?J. S. Abercrombie.
Darlington Circuit?W. S. Martin.
Lamar-J. M. Boyd.
Thnmousvillo?R. W. Barber.
Claussen ? M. 11. Pooser.
South Florence?lt. M. Duboso.
Seranton?J. \Y. Harris.
Lake City?W. H. Kirton.
Kingstroo?A. B. Karle.
Union?G. W. Davis.
Lane's?.1. A. White.
Sailers- R. 0. Boulwaro.
Johnsonvillo?A. K. Holler.
Georgetown -A. J. Stokes.
Georgetown Circuit?O. L. DuRant
and J. B. Wchlon.
Gki.knviu.ic DI8TR1CT? Presiding El
der?W. C. Power.
Greenville - buncombe Street and
Mills?W. A. Rogers and 1). W. Keller.
Greenville-St. Paul's?II. B. Browne.
Anderson, St. John and West End ?
W. R. Richardson aid S. B. Harper.
Starr and Iva?F. IL Shuloi and R. E.
Turnipsced.
Willianiston anil Helton?P. F. Kilgo.
Pel/.cr?T. G. Herbert, Jr.
Piedmont - H. P. Taylor.
Greenville Circuit?J. C. Counts.
Fountain Inn?J. W. Shell; one to bo
supplied.
Reidvillo-C. H. Clyde.
Qreer's and Pelham -A. II. Best; one
to he supplied.
Traveler's Rcst-O. B. Burns.
Easloy and Bethcsda?J. E. Rusbtou.
Piekens ami West Pickcns?J. S.
Porter, A. M. Attaway, supernumerary,
North Piekens-To he supplied.
Walhalla Circuit-Supplied by J. L.
Mullinax.
Seneca and Walhalla?J. L. Daniel.
Westminster? It. R. Dagnall.
Townvillo?L. L. [nabinot.
Pondloton?A. T. Dunlap.
Williamston Circuit and West Ander*
son ? W. J. Dowcll; one supplied by I
N. Stone.
Editor Southern Christian Advocate ?
J. (). Willson.
Assistant editor Southern Christian
Advocato-S. A. Weber.
Assistant Sunday School Bditor?L. F.
Beuty.
Williamston Female College?S. Lan
der, president.
Marion District.? Presiding Elder?
J. B. Wilson.
Marion?T. E. Morris.
Ceutcnnry?G. H. Whitaker.
Britten's Neck---E. S. Campholl, supply.
Conway?W. S. Stokes.
Conway Circuit?W. F.. Barre.
Bucksvillo?J. F. Way.
Waeeumaw?D. A. Culhoun.
Bayhoro? Sum Jones, supply.
Loris?J. R. Sojourner.
Mullins?8. J. Betkea.
North Mullins?J. K. McCain.
Latta-J. K. Beard.
Little Rock?A. .1. Cauthen, Jr.
Clio-W. W. Williams.
Blcnhehn-P. H. Wells.
Bennott;;villo ?J. L. Stokes.
Benncttsville Circuit-J. S. Hcasley.
Brightsville ?J. B. Tray wick.
McColl Mission?T. L. Belvin, supply.
North Marlboro?W. S. Goodwin.
Ouanokiujuo District.?Presiding
Elder?John Owen.
Orangeburg and City Mission?E. O.
Watson andJ. C. Strickland.
Orangchurg Circuit?W. L. Wait.
Lower St, Matthews?M. W. Hook.
Providence?C. D. Mann and E. Z.
James, supply.
Branchville?J. C Stoll.
South Branchville? E. A. Wilkcs.
Bamherg-T. C. O'Doll.
Denmark?M. B. Kelly.
Baruwell?W. A. Wright.
Williston-J. C. Davis.
Springfield- O. E. Stokes.
Boiling Springs?J. I). Fricrson.
Orange?N. K. Melton.
Edisto?J. 0. Yonguo.
Aiken?A. J. StnlTord.
Swansea?J. T. Macfarlunc, supply.
Wagcncr?To be supplied.
RoOK HiMj Dirthict.? Presiding Elder
J. B. Oampboll.
Chester- J. E. Grior.
Chester Circuit?J. K. MahafToy.
East Chester?R. A. Yonguo.
Richburg- E. P. Hutson.
Rock Hill, St. John?S. H. Zimmcr
nu n.J
Rock Hill Circuit and Laurel 8trcet?
T. C. Ligen.
North Rock Hill?.J. B. Harris.
Yorkvillo?A. N Brunson.
Blacksburg-II J. Cauthen.
Hickory Orovo-J. II Thackor.
York Circuit?J. W. Humbort.
Fort Mill?J. A. Campbell.
Van Wyck-8. H. Booth.
Lancaster-J. E. Carlisle,
i Lancaster Circuit?G. O. Leonard,
f Tradesvlllo?L. L. Bodenbaugh.
Choetorfiold-J. P. Attaway.
Jefferson?Allan McFarlan.
li'llil'lfllllhll- || 1
SPAKTANnuno DISTRICT.?Presiding
Elder?A. J. Cauthen.
Spartnuburg, Central ?M. L. Carlisle
Duncan?W. C. Kirklaud.
bpartanburg Mission ? E. B. Luyless.
Clifton - K. W. Bplgner.
Union Station and Mills?W. A. Mas
sebeau and J. C. Hoper.
OalTrey?T. M. Dent.
UalTucy Circuit-S. T. Creech, supply.
Laurens Station and Mission?R. II.
Jones and J. M. Shell, supply.
North Laurens ?1). P. Hoyd.
Cherokee?J. M. Law son.
Jonosvillo?K. II Beckham.
Kol ton ? J. N. Isom.
Pacolet Mills - Ii. M. drier.
Pacolet Circuit ? E S. Jones.
Bnoreo?J. M. Pridy.
Clinton?.). L. Barley.
Whitnnro?I). A. Phillips.
Santuc?A. P. Berry.
Campobollo?S. A. Nettles.
Eehnont ?S T. Blackman.
WolTord College-C. B. Smith, pro
fessor.
Bumtkh District.?-Presiding Bldsr?
T. J. Clyde.
Sunder ? J. a. Clifton.
Magnolia St. Mission ? W. A. Kelley.
Sumtor Circuit?M. N. Bird, supply.
Manning?W. H. Hodges.
Santee?A. B. Wat80U.
Jordan?W. a. Pitts.
PorcBton?J R. Conoland.
New /.ion ?W. E. Wiggins.
Lynchburg?W. B. Justus.
Oswogo?J. P. Anderson.
Bishopvillo?J. W. Klkins.
Bethany?O. II. Poosor.
Salem Station?S. W. Henry.
Kershaw?J. G. Meek with.
Bmithvillo?W. T. Duncan.
Catndon?J. T. Pate.
Camdon Circuit?B. M. Robertson.
WatercL'?S. i). Bailoy, supply.
Rickland -T. .!. White.
Wodge?old?P. Spoor.
BUPBHANNUTBD PUBAC1IBKB.
F. Auld, M. Ii. Banks, J. C. Bissell,
Sidi II. Browne..I. M. Carlisle, Williuni
Carson, W. A. Clark, A. M. Ohreitzborg,
(). A. Darby, R. L. Duflle, J. P. Smith,
J. A. Wood, A. W. Walker, J. J. Work
man, John Attaway, L. M. Hamor, A.
W. Jackson, Simpson Jonos. L. A. John*
son, Paul F. Kistler, L. C. Loyal, M. M.
Brabham, J. J, Novlllt.S. J. Nowborry,
J. A. Porter, W. C. Patterson, T. 1'.
Phillips, 0. K. Wiggins, J. 8. Sifley.
SUl'BUNUMBHAltY PHBA0IIBH8.
M. M. Ferguson,.!. M. Hogers, 'Phos.
(}. Herbert, Sr., T. E Wannamakcr, A.
M. Attaway.
! follow loss of appetite, or headache, or nerv?
; ousncss and sleeplessness, or stupor. These
sic the advance heralds of consumption,
malaria, nervous exhaustion and piostra
? tloil, and a multitude of other ills.
There is an easy way to avoid, and a sure
way to escape from, ill-health, for. Pierce's
Golden Medical Discovery gives edge to the
appetite, invigorates the liver, makes the
digestion perfect and the blood pure. It is
the goat appetite-sharpener, blood-maker.
flesh builder and nerve-tonic. It cures c>8
per cent, of all cases of consumption. It
does not make flabby flesh like cod - liver
oil, but Grill, healthy tissue, without corpu
lency. Honest dealers don't urge substi
tutes for a little extra profit.
"i cannot praise Or. Pierce's Golden Medical
Discovery too highly," writes Mrs. Mary A.Scny,
of Audcrsonville, Knckiughatn Co., Vn. " ]\fy
frieints gave me up as dying of consumption. I
tried everything, t>ut grew worse, until I became
B<> weak i gave up nil my housework. I tried
four liottlcs of the 'Ol .en Medical Discovery'
Bild have now HO more ncc<! to take medicine of
any kind, i recommend your medicines?the
?C.olden Medical Discovery' and 'Pleasant rel
icts' -to my friends with a full belief in their
efficiency."
When any member of the family is sick or
butt, look in Dr. Pierce's Common Sense
Medical Adviser, and there you will find *be
remedy, it used to cost Si.so; now it's rur.r.
looK patres. Over ,v*> illustrations. Send ?i
one-cent stamps, to cover cost of mailing
; only, to World's Dispensary Medical Asso
ciation, Buffalo, N. Y., for paper covered
Copy. Cloth binding, to cents extra.
l?^lt. _ It comes In
. ? various guises.
AfliAt first it is
usually as a tri
fling indiges
tion or a slight
^ntlack of bil
iousness. Then
The raging
lion that rav
ages the earth,
seeking that
which it may
d e v o n r is a
fearsome an
tagonist to
fi z h t. 111
health i b a
Btcalthier but
I much more
, dangerous en
emy. It is al
ways easier and
better to avoid
it than to fight
?The ways of tho Speaker of tho
House of tho Georgia Legislature aro
as poeuliar as thoso of tho other mem
bers of that suprising assembly. A fow
days ago, whou a quorum was not pres
ent, be addressed tho doorkeeper as
follows; "Mr. Doorkeeper, go ye out
into tho high ways and hedges and sum
mon all absent members to this ban
quet ball, iiring ye them in so that
this public feast may proceed."
?Tho best thing to give your onetny
is forgiveness; to an opponent,tolerance,
to a frieud, your heart: to your child,a
good example; to your fathor, defence;
to your mother, conduct that will make
her proud of you: to youreolf, rospoct;
to all men charity.
I ?A Pennsylvania Railroad train
made tho eastward run from Chicago
t > I'itsburg in 505 minut ;s. It is ex
pected to reduce tho time of tho limited
between Chicago and Now York to
twenty hours.
?A well informed statistician btutod
that moro Jewish synagogues have
been set up in this country during tho
I past ton years than in all previous
I years of America history.
Needs No Explanation
Madison, N. C, Aug. 4, 'U7.
Goose Grease Liniment Co., Greens
boro, N. C.
Doar Sirs; I'leaso ship us at oneo
ono gross Goose Grease Linimot. Wo
are entirely out. Don't fail to ship at
once. Please give us jobbers' prices.
It is tho best tiling wo havo ever seen
Yours truly,
w. o. Jones & Co.
/?"HARLK8TON * WESTERN CARC
Una Railway Co. " Augusta and Aslu
vdle short Lino." Schedule in effect tK'.
3rd, is;?7.
Lv Augusta. 0 40 am 1 40 pm
\r Greenwood.12 17 pm .
l.v Anderson. (i 10 ana
Ar Laurens. 1 15 pm 7 00 am
Greenville. 2 00 pm 10 30 am
Glenn Borings. 4 1)5 pm .
Spartanburg. 3 00 pm 9 25 am
Baluda ........ 6 3 > pm .
Uendersonville. .. 6 03 pm .
I Asheville. 7 00 pm .
Lv Asheville. 8 20 am .
Spartanburg.11 45 am 4 31 pm
Greenville.1155 am 4 00 pro
Laurens.... .... 115 pm 7 80 pro
Anderson. 7 00 am .
Greenwood. 2 28 pm 9 35 pm
i Augusta. 5 00 pm 11 10 unc
r A' en. 6 50 pm_
Lv Greenville. n 50 aw
Ar Clinton. 2 10 pro
Ncwberry. 2 57 pro
Prosperity . 3 13 pro
Columbia. 1 80 pro
I Bumter. (i 42 pro
I _Lanes.. 7 tw pm
Lv Charleston. 7 00 am
Lanes . 8 2(J am
Bumter... ... :? um
Columbia. 11 00 am
Prosperity . 1158 am
Newberry. 12 10 pm
Clinton. 12 50 pm
Ar Greenville_ . 3 no pm
i lose connections ai ureenwoou 101 ui
points on 8. A. L. and 0. ft G. Railway, anri
>it Bpartanburg with Southern Railway.
For information relative to tickets, rat e
schedules, etc. address
W.J. CUAIO, Gen ".'ass. Agent.
Augusta, Oft,
J. K Grllli i, Agent ; ?. H Bpoighte, Gcd
Vnonl. Groenvlllo. 8. 0.
W. H. MARTIN,
Attorney at Law,
Laurens, - South Carolina.
Will practice in all Courts of this State
Attention gl von to collections.
J. T, JOHNSON. W. r. ri0hby
JOHNSON & RICH ICY,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
Okki ok Fleming 'Corner, N ort host
side of Public Square.
a. Y. SIMPSON. 0. 1). OARKSDALF
SIMPSON ?V BAKKSDALE,
Attorneys nt Law,
LAXTRENS, SOUTH CAROLINA
Special attention g i ven to the investi
gation of titles and collection of claims
b. W. ball. ti. W. si M KINS. W. W. ball
BALL, SIM KINS & BALL,
Attorneys ut Law,
Laurens, South Carolina.
Will praotloe In all State and United
States Court. Special attention given
collections
Who [ is Will Whitener?
He is our Fashionable Hair Cutter and Shaver
-IN BENDELLA HOTEL.
W. H.Gibbes & Co.,
-AGENTS FOR AND DEALERS in
Hki'Rkbrnts: A. B. Farnuhar Comptiny, engines, Boilers, Saw Mill*, Thrashing Ma
chines; Chandler & Taylor Compan\% Engines and Boilers; Lombard Iron Works
nud Supply Company. Boilers and saw Mills; biddcll Company, Cotton Presses,
ICngines and hollers.8 <w Mills; Daniel Pratt Gin Company, cotton gins and cotton
presses i YVInshlp Machine Company, cotton gins and cotton presses ? Drown Cotton
uin Company, cotton gins; Lane Manufacturing Company, saw mills; Straub Ma
chinery Company, grist mills; Brannon & Co.. cane mills, evaporator pans, etc:
lien y it. VVorthington, steam pumps; Meridian Machino shops, "Hunter Pull
Circlo May 1'reflBcn; Jno. ft, chisolm, "< hisolm's $35 hay press;" stover Manufac
turing Company, wind mills, tanks and towers; Rife Mydranlic Manufacturing
Company, hydraulic rams; Henry DlSStOll A Sons.saws; Peering Harvesting Com
pany, harvesting Machinery; Keystone Manufacturing Company,corn shredders;
j. A. Fay a ICgan Company,wood working machinery; Btudeoaker Brodten Man
ufacturing Company, wagons, buggies, etc; J. B. Mcl'arlan Carriage Company, ve
hicles; New York Belting and Packing Company, rubber belling and packings.
Wo aro in a position to quoto Factory Prices on anything In tho Machin
ery, Vohlc'.o or Mill Supply lines.
Wo keep in stock eotton gins, threshing machines, hay presses, binders,
m.)wors. reapers, hay rakes, cano mills evaporator r ? , furnaces, saws, diso
harrows, pipe and pipe fittings of all kinds, lnjec. ?rs, boilor tubos, pumps,
drive points, pump cylinders, rubbor and leather bolting, wagons, buggies,
road carts and general machinery supplies.
*??? Uollablo Goods.
sj^T Low Prlcos.
*ir Fair Treatment.
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801 Gervais St.
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