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VOLUME XXXVII. LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1921.
(Continued from Last Week.)
H1er husband laughed. "I don't think
s8he'd go so far as to actually accept
such a person and write home to an
fnounce her engagement to the faintly.
I suppose most of her swains here
'have been in the habit of proposing
to her just as frequently as she was
unable to prevent then from going
At This, the Stender Form of Florence
Underwent a Spamnodio Seizure, in
'that far; and while I don't think she's
been as discouraging with then.," she
might have been, she's nevei'leally
accepted any of 'em. She's ndaM been
"No," Mrs. Atwater admitted, "Not
to tWe extent. She's never announced
It to the family before."
"Well, rd hate to have Julia's job
when she cones back I" Julia's brother
"Breaking it to her 'admirers.'"
"Oh. she isn't going to do that I"
"She'll have to, now," he said. "She'll
either hsve to write the news to 'em,
or else tell 'em, face to face, when she
- "She won't do either."
"Why, how could she get out of It?"
His wife smiled pityingly. "She
hasn't set a time for comaing home,
has she? Don't you know enough of
Julia's ways to know she'll never in
the worild stand up to the music? She
writes that all the family can be toll!,
because she knows the news will leak
out here and there, in conlldence, lit
tle by little; so by the time she gets
home they'll all have been throlgh
their first spasms, and after that she
hopes they'll just send her some for
giving flowers and greet her wtgh
manly handelasps--and get ready tP
usher at the wedding I"
"Well," said Mr. Atwater, "rm
afraid you're right. It does seew0
rather like Julia to stay away till thle
first of the worst is over. I'm realty
sorry for some of her lovo-lornera.
I suppose it will get whispered about,
and they'll hear it ; and there ate
some of the poor things that nmig'gst
take it pretty hard."
"'Take it pretty hard i'" she echo'id
loudly. "There's one of 'cem, at leapt,
who will just merely lose his resoo I"
At this, the slender form of F'l'r
enco underwent a spasmodic seizure,
in her chair, but as the fit was short,
and also noiseless, it Dassed without
"Yes," said Mr. Atwater, thought
fully. "I suppose he will."
"ie certainly will I" Mrs. Atwater
declared. "Noble's mother told ie
last week that ,he'd gotten so bie
was just as liable to drop a fountain
pen in his coffee as a lump of sugpr;
and when any one speaks to him he
either doesn't know it, or else jumps.
When he says anything, himself, she
says they can scarcely over mhke out
what he's talking about. lIe was ty
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In enough befrore TuIlla went away
but since she's been gone MIrs. Dil
SAYS lie's like nothing in her expe-l
ence. She says he doesn't inherit it;
Mr. Dill wasn't anything like tblt
Mr. Atwater smiled faintly. "Mrs
Dill wasn't anything like Julia."
"No," said his wife. "She was
quite a sensible girl. I'd hate to he
in her place, now, though, when she
tells Noble about this I"
"How can Mrs. Dill tell him, sinceo
sie doesn't know it herself?"
"Well-perhaps she ought to know
it, so that she could tell him. Some
body ought to tell him, and it ought
to be done with the greatest tact. It
ought to be broken to him with the
most delicate care and sympathy, or
"Nobody could foretell the conse
quences." her husband Interrupted
"no matter how tactfully it's broken
"No," she said, "I suppose that's
true. I think he's likely to lose his
reason unless It is done very tactful,
"Do you think we really ought to
tell Mrs. Dill, Mollie? I mean, serl,
ously: Do you?"
For sonic ioments she considered
his question; then axwered, "No. It's
possible we'd 'e following a Christian
course in doing it; but still we're ruth
er bound not to speak of it outside the
family, and when it does get outpide
the family I think we'd better not be
the ones responsible-especially sipce
it might easily be traced to us. I
think it's usually better to keep out
of things when there's any doubt."
"Yes," he said, meditating. "I new,
er knew any harm to come off people'q
sticking to their own affairs."
But as he and his wife became si
lent for a time, musing in the 1re
light, their daughter's special convic
tions were far from coinciding with
theirs, although she, likewise, was %i
lent-a strangeness In her which they
phould have observed. But so far
were they from a true comprehension
of her, they were unaware that she
had more than. a casual, young-cou
sinly interest in Julia Atwater's en
gagement and in those possible con
sequences to Noble Dill, which they
had sketched with some intentional
exaggeration, and decidediy without
the staggering seriousness attributed
to their predictions by their daughter.
They did not even notice her expres
sion when Mr. Atwater snapped on
the light, in order to rend, and she
went quietly out of the library and up
to her own room.
Onl the floor, near her bed, where
Patty Fairchild had left her coat and
hat, Florence gnado her second dis
(covery. Two small, folded slips of'
paper lay there, dropped by Miss Fair
child when she put on her coat In the
darkening room. They were the no
p1ies to Patty's ,whispered questions.
in the game on the steps-the pledged
Truth, written by Henry Rlooter and1
IHerbert Atwater on their sacredl words
tand honors. The infatuated pair had
either overestimated Patty's caution,
or else each had thought she wouldl
so Prize his little missive that she
would treasure it in a tender safety.
perhnps pinned upon her blouse (alt
the first opportunity) over the hearnt
It ila positively sate to say that neither
of the two veracities would ever have
b~een set upon paper had Herbert and
fienry any foreshadowing that Patty
mighlt be careless; and the partners
would have been seized with the utt
most horror could they have conceived
the possibility of their trustful mecs
sages ever falling into the hands of
the relentless creature who now, wvith
out an Instant's honorable hesitation,
unf'olded and read them.
"Yes, if I got to tell the truth, 1
knowu I have got pretty eyes," Herbert
had aamfortunately' written. . "I am glad
you think so, too, Patty, because your
eyesr too. Herbert Illingsworth
And Mr. Henry Rooter' had likewse
ruined himself a a coincidental man
"W~ell, Patty, my eyes are pretty,
but suppose I w mid like to trade with
yours because you have beautifaileyes,
also, sure as my name is Henry1
Florence stood close to the pink
shaded electric droplight over her
small white desnntalenha.enaang
agaiu and again these pathetic-ily
honest little confidences. Her eyelids
were withdrawn to an unprecedented
retirement, so remarkably she stared,
while her moutlh seemed to prepare
itself for the attempted rece)tIon of
a bulk beyond Its total eapacity. And
these pla1stle toklenS' so immoderate
as to be ordinarily the consequence of
nothing short of poignant horror,
were overlaid by others, subtler and
more gleaming, whien wrought the
true signifleance of the contortion-a
joy that was (imfounding.
Her thoughts were first of Fortune's
kindness in selecting her for a favor
so nitraculously dovetailing into the
precise need of her life, then of Henry
and Herbert, ench at this hour prob
ably brushing his hair in preparation
for the Sunday evening meal, and both
touchingly unconscious of the calami
But What Eventually Engrossed Her
Mind Was the Thought of Walle
ty now befalling them; but what even
tually engrossed her mind was the
thought of Wal1ie Torbin.
Master Torbin, approachlpg four
teen, was in all the town the boy
most dreaded by his fellow-boys, and
by girls of his acquaintance, including
many of both sexes who knew him
only by sight-and hearing. He had
no physical endowment or attainment
worth mention; but boys, who could
"whip him with one hand," became
sycophants in his presence; the terror
he Inspired was moral. He had a spe
cial overdevelopment of a faculty ex.
ercised clumsily enough by most hu
man beings, especially in their youth;
in other words, he had genius-not,
however, genius having to do with
anything generally recognized as art
or science. True, if he had been a
violinist prodigy or mathematical prod
igy, he would have had some respect
from his feUows-about equal to that
he might have received if he were
gifted with some pleasant deformity,
such as six toes on a foot-but he
would never have enjoyed such deadly
prestige as had actually come to be
his. In brief, then, Wallie Torbin had
a genius for mockery.
Almost from his babyhood he had
been a child of one purpose: to in
crease by ghastly burlesque the suf
ferings of unfortunate friends, If one
of them wept, Wallie incessantly pur..
sued him, yelping in horrid mimicry;
if one were chastIsed, he could not
appear out-of-doors for days except to
encounter Wallie and a complete re
hearsal of the recent agony, "Quit,
papa ; pah-puh, quee-yet I I'll never
do it again, pah-pub I Oh, lemme
alone, pah-puh l"
(To be continued.)
Votice of Lost C'ertlilcate of Deposit
Notice Is hereby given that Certifi
'ate of Deposit No. 2055 of 'Peoples
o~an and Exchange Bank, dated May
N, 1920, has beeni lost or misplaeced
rnd .that I will make application for
lduJplicate of same at said bank on
)eccmber 15. 1921.
MRS. AMFIJLIA K. :lARIID.Y,
iaurons, S. 0., Nov. 1 ,1921.
Take notice that' on the 9th day of
)ecember, 1921. I wIll render a final
Lecounlt of my acts and doings ka Ex
cutrix of the estate of W. M1. Pinson
leceased, in the office of the Judge of
*robate of Laurens county, at 11
'clock, a. mi., and on the same day
vill ap~ply for a final discharge from
ny trust as I'xecutrix.
Any person lndlebted to asld estate
a notified and reqiuiredl to make -pay
ent or that date; andl all persons
taving claims against said estate will
>resent them on or before said date,
luly proven or be forever barred.
NOR A PINSON,
State of South Carolina,
County of Laurem.
IN COUTIT Ol, COMalON PIAFAS
W. I.. Gray, Plaintiff,
al .G inn efenjdantj.
Pursualnt to a decree of the C(ou
in the above stated ease, I will sell
public ouic ry to the highest hidder,
Iaurens '. -Ii., S. C., on Salesday I
December next, being iM.londay the ,t
day of tho month, during the leg.
hours for such sales, the following d<
seribed property, to wit:
All that lot or parcel of land lyin
being and situate in Dials townshi
cloulity and state aforesalid, containin
nimety-five (9.) acres, more or les
bounded on the north by lands of
N. Woods, on east by lands of 1,. 1
lienderson, on the south by lands 4
T. A. Armstrong and on the west I
Luds of Z. N. Gray and Rahun cree
and being the lands conveyed to tl
said M. J. Gwinn liby John Godfrey.
Terms of sale: one-half cash, ha
ance to bo paid t.welve months froi
(late of sale; the credit portion to I
secured by bond atnd mortgage of ti
pturchaser over the said Premise
bearing 8 per cent interest from dat
with leave to 'purchaser to pay his pi
tiro bid 'In cash. Purchaser to .1)1
for papers andI stamps. If the tern
of sale are not complied with. the lar
to he resold on same or some subs
qtient salesday on same terms, at rib
of former purchaser.
C. A. POWFR,
C. C. C. P. and G. S., Laurens, .. 1
I)ated. this Nov. 14, 1921. 18-3t
All Coat Suits,
to be closed oul
tunity to purchi
Come make yot
All1 $15.00 '-o $18.50 Ua ts ret
A ll $I1 1.00) to $14.00 Ihnt s re
All $10.00 Hats reduied~ to
See our Bargain Hat.' at $1Ji
$45.00 Coat Suits reduiced te
$39.'/5 'Coat Suits reduced to
$35..00) Coat 'Suits rednieed ta
$29).75 Coat -Suits reduced to
$25.00 Coat Suits reduced to
$39.75 a nd $42.50 Silk l)ress
$35.00 'Coa ts redtneed t'o ....
$29.75 Coats reducedl to ....
$25. 00 C'oatsa reduced to....
$2.50 Cota r educed to ..
$18.50 Coats reduced to....
We will close our gin for
this season on Saturday,
y November 26. Bring in
your cotton this week.
Laurens Oil Mill
Coats, Silk Dresses and Wool Dresses
at Reduced Prices. A good oppor
tse your winter outfit just as the cold
ur selection before the stock is broken.
uced Sweaters Reduced
hiired to $10.00 All the cold weather is .just ahead of us.
..e ....700 Nonw is the time to ibuy.
)0, $1.98, $2.98 $10.00 Sweaters reduced to .... ....$7.98
________$8.50 'Sweaters redluced to..... ....$.98
.......$$32.98Sweaters redued~ to .... ....$5.99
'...'..27 $6.00 Se wat ers redneed t o.. .. .. ...$4.49
..... ..$24.98 $5.00 Sweaters reduced -to..... ....$3.98
.......$22.98 Children 's Sweaters . .. . $1.49, $1.98, $2.49
.... ....$29.98 $35i.00 $ilk Driesses reduced to . . . . $24.98
$22.50 and $25.00 Silk D)resses reduced
-... ..2 .9 t .... .... . .. . . .$18.98
. .. ....$18.98 $22.50 Wool Dries.ses redued to . $17.98
. .. ....$17.98 $17.50 and $18.50 Wool Dresses re
.... ..$13.98 duiced to .... .. ... . . . .$13.98