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THE SUMTER "WATCHMAN, Established April, 1850- "Be Just and Fear not-Let all the Ends thoa Airas't at. be thy Country's, thy God's, and Truth's." _ rr.n TH?'E SOUTHRON, i^?.-ibl?shed .Tune, 1S66<
?TAiiSAliilfttftfl Ansr. 2. Iftftl.l ?TTTvyrnPTT.T? ff n TTTTT.R'n A V RTT,PTF,MBER 20. 1881. Now SonV*-Vol. T. No. 8.
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Published 0TCT7 Tuesday,
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t Company,
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the Office, to N. G. OSTEEN,
Business Manager.
ON and after Maj ?5th, ISSI, (be following
schedal? will be ran on this Road :
(Nos. 47 West and 4S East.)
Leave Wilmington....... ..............TO 05 p m
Arrive at Florence.---.. 2 25 a m
Leave Florence .....-.- -. 2 40 a m
Leave Sumter....4 OS a m
Arrive at Columbia..................-. 6 00 a m
Leave Columbia.-.10 00 p m
Leave Sumter-.-..12 OS a m
Arrive at Florence........ -.1 40 a m
Leave Florence........ 2 00 a m
ATTI ve at Wilmington.-. 6 20 a m
This Train stops only at Brinkley's, White
v??le, Flemington, Fair Bluff, Marion, Florenoe,
Timmonsville. * Mayesville, Sumter, Camden
Junction and Kastorer.
Daily, except Sundays.
Leave Florence-.- 12 25 a m
Lesiva Sumter .. 3 13 a m
Arrive at Columbia..-.-. 6 25 a m
Leave Columbia--.-.- 5 00 p m
Leave Sumter-........-. - ? 8 20 p m
Airive at Florence.ll 10 p m
LOCAL FREIGHT- (Daily except Sunday.)
Leave Florence. 3 50 p m
Arrive at Sumter-Lie over. 7 50 p m
Leave Sumter.-. 7 30 a m
Arrive at Columbia .....................ll 00 a m
Leave Columbia-..._-.-- 3 15 a m
Arrive at Sumter-Lie over. 8 00 p m
Lea va Sumter.--.-.. 6 00 a m
Arrive at I loren ce. - .-... 12 00 m
A. POPE, G. P. A.
JOHN F. DIVINE. General Sup't._
South Carolina Railroad.
Passenger Trains on Camden Branch will
ran as follows, until further notice:
Leave Camden. ? 45 a ra
Leave Camden Junction. 8 50 a m
Arrive at Colombia.10 55 a m
Leave Columbia_........ 5 10 a m... 5 55 p m
Arrive Camden Junction, 11 01 a m... 7 32 p m
Arrive at Camden. I 00 p m... S 37 p m
(Daily except Sundays.)
Leavo Camden.......-. 3 ?0 p m
Leave Camden June*. 5 37 p m
Arrive at Charleston.10 30 p m
Arrive at Augusta-. 7 25 a m
(Dally except Sundays.)
Leave Charleston. 6 20 a m
Leave Augusta. 7 00 p KI
Arrive Cumden June*.14 01 a m
Arrive at Camden. 1 00 p m
Colombia and Greenville Railroad both wayy,
for all points on that Road and on the Spar?
tanburg, Union and Columbia and Spartanburg
and Ashville Railroads, also with the Char,
lotte. Columbia and Augusta Railroad to and
from all points North by train? leaving Camden
at 7 45 & m, and arriving at S 37 p m.
Connections made at Augusta to all points
West and South; also at Charleston with
Steamers for New York and Florida-on Wed?
nesdays and Saturdays.
cold to and from rtll Stations at one first class
fare for the round trip-tickets being good till
Monday noon, to return. Excursion tickets
good for 10 days are regularly on sale to and
from ail stations at 8 cents per mile fvr round
THROUGH TICKETS to all points, can be
purchased by applying to James Jones. Agent
at Camden. D. C. ALLEN,
General Passenger and Ticket Agent.
JOHN B. PECK, General Sup't,
_Charleston, S- C
Columbia and Greenville Bail Scad,
COLUMBIA. S. C., August 31, ISSI.
1st, ISSI, Passenger Trains will run as
herewith indicated, upon this road and its
branches-Daily except Sundays :
No. 42 Up Passenger.
Leave Columbia (A).ll 20 a m
Leave Alston........_-.12 26 p m
Leave Newberry......-*.- 1 21 p m
LeaTe Hodges... 3 52 p m
Leave Belton.-.. .-. 5 05 p m
Arrive at Greenville-. 6 27 p m
No. 43 Down Passenger.
Leave Greenville at....--. .........10 33 a m
Leave Belton-.-,..-.-...ll Z-7 a m
Leave Hodgt-s.-. -,. 1 12 p m
Leave Newberry. 3 47 p m
Leave Al?ton.4 46 p m
Arrive at Columbia (F). 5 50 p m
No. 42 Up Passenger.
Leave Alston.......-12 40 p m
Leave Spartanburg, SU AC Depot (B) 4 03 p m
Arrive Spartanburg RAD Depot (E) 4 12 p m
No. 43 Down Passenger.
Leave Spartanburg R & D Depot (H) 12 4S p m
Leave Spartanburg S?4C Depot (G) 1 07 p m
Leave Union.-. 2 36 p m
Arrive at Alston. 4 36 p m
Leave Newberry.. 3 55 p m
Arrive at Laurens C- H;. 6 45 p m
Leave Laurens C. H. 8 30 a m
Arrive at Newberry.-ll 30 a m
Leave Hodges. 3 56 p m
Arrive at Abbeville. 4 46 p m
Leave Abbeville.-.12 15 pm
Arrive at Hodges..-.-. 1 05 p m
Leave Belton-.-.. 5 08 p m
Leave Anderson. 5 41 p m
Leave Pendleton. 6 20 p m
Leave Senaca (C) ^.... 7 20 p m
Arrive at Walhalla-.-. 7 45 p m
T^eav? Wpihalla.. 9 23 a m
Leave Seneca (D). 9 54 a m
Leave Pendleton-...10 30 a m
Leave Anderson..-.- ..-.ll 12 a m
Arrive at Belton...ll 4S a m
On and after above date through car? will be
run between Columbia and Henderson ville with?
out change.
A-With South Carolina Rail Road from
Charleston ; with Wilmington Columbia <fc Au?
gusta R R from Wilmington and all points north
thereof; with Charlotte, Columbia <fc Augusta
Rail Road from Charlotte and points north
B-With Asheville ? Spartanburg Rail Road j
for points in Western N. C.
C-With A. <fc C. Div. R & D. ft. R. for all j
points South and West- i
D-With A. & C. Div. R. & D. R. R. from At- j
lanta and beyond.
E-With A. & C. Div. R- & D. R. R. for all j
points South and West.
F-With Sooth Carolina Rail Road for Char- j
leston ; tvith Wilmington, Columbia & Augusta
Rail Road for Wilmington and the North ; with
Charlo;-?, Columbia & Augusta Rail Road for
Charlotte and the North.
G-With Asheville & Spartanburg Rail Road
from Hendersonville.
H-With A. & C. Div. R. & D. R. R- from
Charlotte <fc beyond.
Standard time used is Washington, D. C.,
which is fifteen minutes faster than Columbia.
J. W. FRY, Sup't.
A. POPE, f'-encral Passenger Ag^nr.
August CO, ISSI. tf.
? Robberies and Murders Surpassing those of
[ the Celebrated Murrell Gang-What the
I Mother of the Boys Says, A Dozen Express
Trains and a Score of Banks Plundered.
From the Cincinnati Enquirer.
[ Continued from last week.]
j Out of the Muncie robbery grew
the tragedy enacted at the house of
Mrs. Samuels, in Clay County, in
JaDuaiy, 18?5, which added one
more to the many fancied causes why
the James boys should continue their
career as brigands. The proffered
reward of Kansas Pacific and Express
officials for the arrest of the perpetra?
tors of the Muncie outrage again
brought Pinkerton's men into the
field. One cold evening in January
a special train having on board a pos?
se of heavily armed men stopped
near Kearney, Mo. Wagons being
in waiting, they were quietly driven
to the neighborhood of the Samuels
home. In a few minutes they had
surrounded the house, supposed to
contain Jesse and Frank James. In
order to light up the inside of the
house, a prepared cast iron shell about
three inches in diameter, filled with
oil and supplied with a fuse, was hurl?
ed through a window in the kitchen.
Mrs. Samuels quickly pushed it into
an open fireplace with her foot, where
it exploded, killing her 14-year-old
son Arthur, and blowing her right
arm off near the elbow.
What followed has never been
made public, but it is known that the
boys were in the house at the time of
the attack, and that a terrible fight
took place. A fence on the east side
of the house was perforated with bul?
let holes, made by bullets coming
from the house. The next morning
when the special train reached Quin?
cy a badly wounded roan was trans?
ferred on a stretcher to a Chicago,
Burlington and Quincy car for Chica?
go ; but who he was, or who hi? com?
panions, is housed in^the archives of
Pinkerton's agency. This much is
known, however. The boys were
not killed, or captured ; but five days
afterwards a neighbor of theirs, named
Daniel Askew, was called to his door
and riddled with bullets. The mur?
derers, awakening a man close at
hand, said: "We have killed Dan
Askew, and if any one ask who did
it, tell them Pinkerton's detectives."
Askew was killed because suspicious
circumstances pointed to him as the
one who carried information to the
detectives that the outlaws were at
their mother's house thc night their
half-brother was killed. For fear of
a like death the officials of Clay Coun?
ty took an indifferent interest in the
search for the murderers of the inno?
cent farmer.
So hot and determined was the
pursuit of the gang after the train
robberry at Muncie, which resulted
in Bud McDaniel's death, that the
robbers separated, the James boys
going to the Pan-ITandle of Texas
where their brother-in-law, Allen
Palmer, owned a fine ranch. Fiank,
however, soon went to Kentucky,
where he was joined by Cole Younger,
Thompson McDaniels, and a man
known as Keen, alias Webb, alias
Hinds. The Huntington, W. Va.,
robbery was then planned and carried .
into execution. Thefobbery occurr?
ed in September, 1875. It has al?
ways been thought that Frank James
and McDaniels entered the bank,
leaving their companions as a guard
outside. The cashier was compelled
to delivor up what money he had,
about $6.000 With this booty the
four men rode rapidly out of town. In
less than two hours a posse of over 100
men started in pursuit. In the moun?
tains, nearly 100 mlies from Hunting?
ton, a fight took place between the
officers and fleeing robbers. Thomp?
son McDaniels was killed, and Keen,
alias Hinds, captured ; but as usual,
Cole Younger and Frank James
escaped. Keen was sentenced to
fourteen years in the penitentiary,
and is now serving his time. He
has never told his name or home,
and steadfastly refuses to open his
mouth regarding his companions at
Frank Janies joined Jesse in
Texas, and the band was increased
by the addition of several outlaws
from the Indian Territory, in July,
1875, their plans were completed, aud
the eastbound train on the Missouri
Pacific Railroad was robbed at a point
about twenty miles east of Sedalia,
called Otterville. The party consist
of Jesse and Frank James. Cole, Jim
and Bob Younger, Clell Miller Bill
Chadwell, Charlie Pitts, and Hobbs
Kerry, a green country miner, who
eventually was captured, and at
Booneville made a full and free con?
fession of the plot. The train was
stopped in a deep rocky cut after
midnight by obstructions placed on
the track. Seven of the gang jump?
ed on board Jesse James and Cole
Younger entered the express car and
forced the messenger to open his safe,
from which they took nearly $15,000
in curreucy. None of the passengers
were disturbed. After a hasty
division of the spoils five of the party
went directly south, while the James
boys, Clell Miller, and Chadwell
returned to Clay County. They rode
about fifty miles before daylight, and J
the second night reached a safe hid-1
ing place in the county. j
Kerry was arrested at Joplin, Mo., ?
in August of the same year, while j -
playing faro, and is now in thr peni- j .
tentiary at Jefferson City, serving j,
out a seven years sentence. In his ;
confession he named all the above i
participants in the robbery at Otter- 1
ville, hoping by this to escape him- ?
self, but having LO attorney his case j 1
was hopeless, and an easy conviction j 1
followed. Several threatening letters 11
were received by Kerry while in jail 11
at Boonevilie from Jesse and Frank j <
James, and one from thc man Pitts. .
ne was told that the most horrible (
death would be his if he gave them J1
away to the officers, and at thc head j ?
of both letters was a cross of blood j ;
as a fearful reminder of what i
store for him. After his con1
a last letter was sent to Kerr
forming bim that the entire
had sworn a solemn oath to k;
as soon as his time was out i
penitentiary, and that until th
one of the party was dead this
of blood would be held as a s
trust. In less than three n
from that date three of the
were dead and three in the pc
tiary for life, leaving Jesse and
James alone to carry out the
sions of the oath.
The immediate pursuit o
Otterville robbers being given i
plan was arranged for a trip up
Minnesota, where it was pro
to rob the Northfield Bank.
Chadwell, who was recruited i
ranks of the Missouri band fron
Indian Nation, was an outlawed
thief from Minnesota, aud was
doubt?dly the originator of the
journey which ended in the a:
total extermination of the entire
ty. There were plenty of bani
Missouri and Iowa as easy of a?
as the one at Northfield, and ?
well must have used some pow
i "ntive to draw the James boys
Youngers on that fated trip, sc
from home, into a country of th<
pography of which they knew i
ing. Chadwell and one of
Youngers were sent in advanci
the others several days to reconnc
the main body of the exped
leaving Clay County, Missouri, t
time during August, 1876. (
Jim, and Bob Younger, Jesse
Frank James, Clell Miller, Charlie]
and Chadwell comprised the ps
the same who operated so success;
at Otterville. At a little station
Northfield the eight desperadoes
a consultation on Sept. 6, and on
afternoon of thc 7th they entered
last named town at a furious p
shooting their revolvers right and
in order to intimidate the people
the streets. With their horses o
dead run, the party halted direct!;
front of the bank. While Frank
Jesse James and Bob Younger en
ed, the other five remained outsid
guard against attack. J. L. flay wi
the Cashier, and two clerks were
the institution at the time. For
fusing to open the time lock J?
James sent a ball into Haywai
brain. Meanetime the citizens
thc streets realized what was go
on, and opened fire on the robbi
Chadwell was shot from his horse
a man from the Court House wind?
just opposite tbs bank, and in a :
seconds Clell Miller, who had esc
ed dozens of times in Missouri, ^
also killed.
By this time the firing became g
eral, and Jesse James was in
tightest place of his Ufe. Jim You
cr had a bullet in his month ?
Frank James one through his left 1
but the entire six succeeded in mou
ing their horses and escaping fr
the town. Then began a flight a
pursuit, which for persistence a
endurance is almost without a par
lei. The robbers were in a strati
and unknown country, followed
fifty armed men. When it was se
that the chase was to be to the dei
a proposition was made to separa
Before this time Jesse James want
Bob Younger killed, as the bio
from his wound made a plain tra
but Cole Younger would not-allow
and said he would kill the first m
who dared lay a finger on his broth(
Jesse and Frank James went off in
northerly direction, while the thr
Youngers and Charles Pitts remain*
in a body. As on all previous occ
sions, luck followed the James boy
for, ivhile they escaped after beii
pursued nearly 50O miles, the Youn
gei*8 were shot down and capture
and Pitts was killed. The three foo
er were terribly wounded before thc
would surrender, and are now ser
ing life sentences in the Minneso
Penitentiary at Stillwater.
Jesse and Frank James, after bein
chased for weeks, succeded in read
ing Texas, and at Waco, Frank had
surgical operation performed upo
his leg in consequence of the bulli
he received at Northfield. The wcun
was so many days without care th?
it made Frank a cripple for life, an
a detective told your corresponder
that Frank James would be capture
either in bed or on horseback, as h
could never walk again for any dis
In the fall of 1879 the boys return
ed to their old haunts in Clay county
and very soon had about them a nev
gang ready to follow wherever a rici
haul was in sight. Among the rc
cruits were Ed Miller, brother of Clell
killed at Northfield ; Jim Cummings
a noted Clay county horse thief ;
Tucker Baashman, Ed Ryan, anc
Dick Little. The last three were
young farmers' sons, who, led on by
the persuasive power of Jesse James,
went blindly into the work, and two
of then: are now in the hands of the
law. Frank James, in consequence
of the wounds received in Minnesota,
did not leave Texas with Jesse, but
remained on the ranch of his brother
in-law, Allen Palmer, and was not
one of the gang who again made
Missouri so obnoxious to persons
from abroad.
After looking about for a few days,
Glendale, a little station in Jackson
county, seventeen ?niles from Kansas
City, on the Chicrgo and Alton Rail?
road, was selected as thc scene of
their next exploit. On tho evening
of Oct. 8 tin- attack was made by
Jcsse James, Ed .Miller, .Jim Cum?
mings, Ed Ryaa, Tucker Baashman
and Die!: Little. Like ali ether train
robberies, it was a success- After;
battering down tho door of tuc ex- j
press car, Jesse James and Ed Mil- j
1er entered with revolvers in their j
lands and compelled Grimes, thc !
nessenircr, to unlock his sale and ?
?and over the content?, variously !
estimated nt (Vom ?25,000 to $30,000; \
With this amount thc gang left that j
section, and in less than twenty-forr \
lours were scattered about Jackson '
md Clay counties. James Bigget
it that time Marshall of .J ackson corni- .
ty, at once organized a strong- party
to capture the robbers, if possible,
and George Shepherd, a former friend
of Jesse James, and one of the Rus?
sell ville. Ky., bank robbers was taken
into thc confidence o? thc officials.
Shepherd was a lieutenant under
the noted guerrilla Quantrell, and
was known as a brave and desperate
man. Ile had an old grudge against
Jesse Janies, who he claimed murder?
ed his nephew and robbed him of
?5,000 shortly after the trip into Ken?
tucky which resulted in Shepherd's
capture and imprisonment for three
years. A plan was arranged whereby i
Shepherd was to go and join Jesse
James, who it was thought would try
and reach Texas, and when the right
time arrived he was to betray him into
the hands of the officers. Shepherd
accepted the trust and did join Jesse
James, and remained with him several
days. Ed Millier and Jim Cummings
were also of the party, but the leader
seemed to mistrust Shepherd from the
start, and watched him so closely that
no chance was given to communicate
with Marshal Ligget.
In southwestern Missouri the gang
made arrangements to rob the bank
at Galena, in the lead district. Shep?
herd w^s sent into the town to recon?
noitre, ont, to be on the safe side, Bd
Miller was sent in to watch
Shepherd and see if all was right.
Shepherd easily fell into the trap, for
when he reached the town he at once ?
sent a telegram to Ligget giving the
date of the bank robbery, and also
warned the bauk officials. All this
Miller ascertained by closely watch?
ing Shepherd. After satisfying him?
self of the.treachery of tho man, he
rode back to camp and related what
had taken place to Jesse James. It
was at once decided to kill Shepherd
when he returned, and about 10
o'clock the following morning, when
he came back, the attempt was made.
What occurred at that time has never
been known, except from the lips of
Shepherd, who said that as soon as
be came in sight of the camp he saw
something was wrong, and determin?
ed to kill Jesse James then and there.
As the boys saw him returning they
mounted their horses, and when he
was close enough, as they thought,
they opened fire upon him. Ile re?
turned it, and says he shot Jesse
James in the back of the neck, and
that the latter fell from his horse dead.
Shepherd then turned his horse's head
a?d fled, and was shot through the
left leg by Jim Cummings., who follow?
ed him three miles.
Subsequent events proved that the
lucky highwayman, Jesse James, had
only been badly wounded. Protected
by his friends, he was taken to a
place of safety, and in's wound attend?
ed to by a doctor from Joplin, who
was heavily paid for his services.
Before he saw his patient, however,
he was blindfolded and driven an
hour or more through the heavy tim?
ber in the neighborhood of Galena, to
the spot where the wounded outlaw
had been carried by his friends.
It was weeks before Jesse recover?
ed sufficiently to travel, but in Jan?
uary he was removed to Texas, where
it is thought he remained until he
came back and planned the Winston
robbery on the Chicago, Rock Island
and Pacific Road. Shepherd is now
living in Kansas City, in hourly fear
of his life. *
Both of the James boys are married.
Frank was married in 1875 to Miss
Annie Ralston, whose father resides in
this county, at Jackson, eight miles
from Kansas City. She is reputed
to have been a beautiful and intelligent
but sentimental girl, who became car?
ried away by her romantic temper?
ament with accounts of the James
boys. Accidentally meeting Frank,
she fell in love with him, and a clan?
destine marriage followed. Jesse
was married to his cousin, Miss Ze
relda Mimms, in 1S74. At the time
she was a public school teacher in
this city. On the occasion of one of
Jesse's rare visits to his mother's, she
was summoned there, and the two
were united. Both ladies are repre?
sented to bc devoted to their husbands
who in turn are kind and affectionate;
They have lost their identity to their
friends, and share with their husbands
the perils they encounter in fear of
detection and arrest. Their where?
abouts is as much a mystery as the
ubiquity of their husbands.
Heavy rewards are hanging over
the heads of these two outlaws. But
hereabouts it is believed nobody will
ever earn them.
Guiteau's Head Grazed.
WASHINGTON, September ll.-At 7
o'clock this eveniog an attempt was made
to kill Guiteau in his cell. At that hour
Battery B, Second Artillery, was reliev?
ing Captain Grave's command, which
had been on duty at the jail the previ?
ous twenty-four hours. Tho battery ar?
rived in three wagons, in the first of
which was seated First Sergeant Mason.
As the wagon drew up in front of the
jail. Mason jumped out, threw his cap
aside, and, with his musket on his
shoulder, proceeded to the right wing
of the jail. A few seconds brought him
abreast of the window through which
Guiteau had been ofteu seen. Putting
his gun to his shoulder, the clear report
which rang through the jail told the
story of his intention and act. The ball
grazed Guiteau's head and penetrated
bis coat, which was hanging on thc side
of his cell. Sergeant Mason surrender?
ed himself to his commanding officer, ;
McGilvcary, who immediately put him ;
under arrest. Mason i.-- a native of i :
Virginia, and h.-s boen nineteen years!
ia the service ile s:;vs b-1 shot for the
p?rpese of killing G ul ...van, und he was |
S?;;TV h? misled him. ?rad become I
tired of riding over the cobblestones to ; t
tho jail every day to guard tho life of !
such a our as Guiteau, so he made up ?
his mind to kill him. lie loaded his <
trun before he left thc arsenal, :iud as ?
soon as he reached thc jail went to j.
thc window where Gakeaa usually j 1
stands wailing and gaping for thc arri- ! :
val of the guard ; that ho fired, and that j
is nil there is about it, Guiteau was i i
overcome with fear, and he pleaded for j
removal to another part of ths building. ! 1
Wc didn't wait for an income to mar?
ry on, little Kate and I. We had no
rich relations to leave os legacies or to
send pearl necklaces diamond ornaments,
or thousand-dollar bonds for wedding
presents. I was simply a brakeman on
thc Eastern Michigan Railway, a long
and lonely stretch of rails over desolate
marshes, steep mountain grades, and
solitary sweeps of prairie land ; she was
the bright-eyed waitress in one of the
restaurants along the line. But when
I fell from the platform when the great
accident happened-you've heard of
thc great accident, I suppose, when
there was such a shocking loss of life
it was Kate's care and nothing else,
that brought me back into the world I
had so nearly quitted for good and all !
'I would have done it for anybody,
Mark !' said she, when I tried to thank
'Would you ?' said I. 'But it isn't
everybody that would have done it for j
me, Kate !'
So I asked her to marry me, and she
said yes. And I took a little cottage
on the edge of the Swarapscott woods,
and furnished it as well as I could, with
a red carpet, cheese-cloth curtains at
the windows, a real Connecticut clock
and a set of walnut chairs that I made
myself, with seats of rushes, wovcu in
by old Billy, the Indian, who carried
his baskets and mats around the coun?
try, and Mrs. Perkins, the parson's
wife, made us a wedding cake, and so
we were married. Pretty soon I found
out that Kate was pining a little.
'What is it, sweetheart V said I.
'Remember, it was a contract between
us that we wore to have no secrets from
each other ! Are you Dot perfectly hap?
py 1
'Oh, yes, yes !' cried Kate, hiding
ber face on my shoulder. 'But it's my
mother, Mark. She's getting old, and
if I could only go East to see her, just
once, before the Lord takes her away!'
It was then that I felt the sting of
our poverty most. If I had only been
a rich man to have handed her out a
check and said, 'Go at once!' I think
I could have been quite happy.
'Never mind, sweetheart,' said I,
stroking down her hair. 'We'll man?
age it after a little. We'll lay up a j
few dollars from month to month, and
you'll go out and see her before she
dies !'
And with that little Kate was forced
to be content. But there was a hungry,
homesick look upon her face which it
went to my heart to see.
'If I was rich !' I kept saying to my?
self. 'Oh, if I was only rich !'
One stormy autumn night we were
belated on the road, for the wind was
terrible, shaking thc century old pines
and oaks, as if they were nothing more
than tall swamp grasses, and driving
through the ravines with a shriek and
a howl like a pack of hungry wolves.
And the heavy rains had raised the
streams so that we were compelled to
go carefully and slowly over the bridges,
and keep a long look ahead for fear of
I was standing at my post, in front
of the second passenger car, stamping
my feet on the platform to keep them
warm, and hoping little Kate would not
be perturbed at my prolonged absence,
when the Dews agent came chuckling
out :
'We're to stop at Stumpville Station'
said he.
'Nonsense,' said I, 'I know better.'
This train never stops short of Wau
kensha City, least of all when we are
running to make up for lost time, as we
are to night.
'Oh, but this is an exceptional occa?
sion,' said Johnny Wills (which was
the agent's name. 'We're going to
put an old woman off) She has lost
her ticket, she says. More likely she
never had one. Goes on as though she'd
had her pocket picket.'
'It's most a pity, isn't it, to put one
off to night?' said!. Least of all at
such a lonely place as Stumpville Sta?
tion, where there are only two houses
a?d a blacksmith shop.
'Yes, I know,' said Mills, adjusting
the newspapers that he carried in a
rubber case under his arm 'But the
Superintendent of the road has got out
a new set of instructions, and he's that
particular that Jones wouldn't dare
overlook a case like this. There's
boen so many confidence gnmes played
on the road lately.'
'Which is the one ?' said I, turning
to look at the end window of the car
which was at the rear.
'Don't you see ? The old lady at the
back of the two fat women in the j
red shawls. She's haranguing JODCS
'I see,' said I. It was a little black
silk poke-bonnet, a respectable cloth
cloak, bordered with ancient fur, and a
long green veil, who was earnestly ges?
ticulating and tajking with the conduc?
tor. But he shook his head and passed
on, and she sank back in a helpless
little heap behind the green veil, and I
could see her take a small handkerchief
from a small basket and put it piteously j
to her eyes.
'It's too bad,'said I. 'Jones might J
remember that he once had-if he hasn't
got now-a mother of his own.'
'And lose his place on thc road,' said
Mills. 'No, no, old fellow, all that
sort of thing docs very well to talk
about, but it don't work in real life.'
So he went into the next car, and the
signal to slack up came presently. I
tnrned to Mr. Jones, thc conductor,
who just then stepped out on thc plat?
form .
'Is it for that old lady?' said I, 'Ile
answered, 'Yes.' Said I, 'How far did
she want to go?' 'To Swampscott,' 1
sat:! he
'You needn't st. n, Mr. Jo;,cs,' said I,
'FM pay her f ire/
? You !' he t ehr- .J. i
. Vos, I,' s: M I. I'll take her to my i
>wn hoi?.^e, na til she eau telegraph to ?
lier friends for something. My wife i
'.viii osgood tn lier, I know, furiiio ?-ako ]>
j'i her own old mother down East !" 1
\Ju.--i as you please,' said Mr. ?Tones. '
l?iit when you've been on thc read as ' !
long as I have, 'you'll find that this j i
?ort. ':. ?T?T?L: doesn't answer.' i !
'1 hope I shall never bo on the road \ 1
;oo long to forget my Christian charity/ j !
[ answered, a little nettled. And I I 1
look out my worn* pocket book and han-1 i
jed jver thu money. j 1
We did Dut stop at Stitmpville St:
after all, but put on more steam anc
as fast as it was tafe to drive our cn
-and when, a little past midnight
reached Swampscott, where we were
at 7.o0, Pierre Rene, the Frenchi
came oe board to relieve mc, ar
helped my old lady off the train,
basket, traveling bag and all.
?Am I to be put off, after all?5
she with a scared look around her.
'Cheer up, mam/ said I, 'You
all right. Now, then-look out for
step i Ilcre we are.'
'Where am I?' said the old lady
'At Sampscott, mam,' said I.
'And you are the kind man who
my ?ire I' said she. 'But my daug
and her husband will repay you whci
'All right rna'tn,' said I. And c
if you'll just take my arm, we?ll be
home in a quarter of an hour.'
'But,'said she, 'why can't I go
rectly to my destination ?'
'It's middling late, ma'am,' said I. '.
houses don't stand shoulder to shou
in Swampscott. My nearest neigl
is a mile and a-half away. But n<
fear, ma'am I've a wife that will bc <
to bid you welcome for the sake of
own mother.'
She murmured a few words of thai
but she was old and weary, and
path was rough and uneven, in the ?
teeth of the keen November blast
walking wasn't an easy task. i
presently we came to the little cott
on thc edge of the Swampscott wot
where the light glowed warmly thro*
the Turkey red curtains.
'Oh, Mark, dearest, how late
are !' cried Kate, making haste to o
the door. 'Come in, quick, out of
wind. Supper is all ready, and
who is that with you Y
In a hurried whisper I told her al
.Bid I do right, Katie T said I.
'Right ! Of course you did,' said s
.Ask her to come in at once. And
put another cup and saucer on
Tenderly I assisted the chilled !
weary old lady across the threshold.
'Here's my wife.' said I. *J3
here's a cup of smoking hot coffee ?
some of Katie's own biscuits and chi
en pie.' You'll be all right when
cold is out of your jo?Dts a bit !'
'You are very, very welcome,' s
Kate, brightly, as she advanced to i
tie our visitor's veil and loosen I
folds of her cloak. But all of a suddi
I heard a cry, 'Mother, oh, mother !:
And looking around, I so Kate a
the old lady clasped in each o the
Hold on, Kate !' said I, with thee
fcc pot stiii in my baud, as I had bc
lifting it from the fire. 'This
'But it is, Mark I' cried out Ka
breathlessly. 'It's mother: my o:
mother ! Oh, help me, dearest, quic
Iv : she has fainted awav I'
But she was all right again preset
ly, sitting by the fire with her feet
one of the warm cushions which Kc
had knit on wooden needles, and drin
hot coffee. It was all true. The u
fortunate passenger whose pocket h
been picked on the train, and to who
rescue I had come, was no ether th
my Kate's own mother, who had detc
mined to risk the perils of a journey
the far West to see her child on
And she has been with us ever sine
the dearest old mother-in-law that ev
a man had, the comfort of our hoes
hold, and the guardian angel of litt
Kate aud thc baby, when I am away <
my long trips.
And little Kate declares now that si
is 'perfectly happy !' God bless her
may she never be otherwise.
nil? ? * -? I
Rural Philosophy.
As it Oozes from tho Pen of Arp.
A ten weeks drouth is not calci
lated to produce much hilarity iii
farmer's family, nevertheless w
haven't put on mourning atmyhous<
The bottom corn is pretty good. Th
barn is full of hay that was cut an
cured iii the early summer. Abo?;
ten thousand bundles of fodder wi
soon be added to the stock of lon
forage There is a good lot of oat
in thc sheaf, and wheat straw in th
rack, and so reckon we will pul
through ail right. Wc never plantei
any cotton, and are that much bette
o?? than our nabo rs. They talke<
about making a half crop a few week;
ago, but now they have got down ?
quarter, and their upland corn h
burnt up. Already there are lots o
second class mules and hors- s seek
ing purchasers, for the farmers can'i
winter 'em and nobody wants to buy,
and they will go for a song. I tel
yon it's a real collapse, and the peo
pie had better begin to set their house
in order for hard limes. From Rich?
mond to San Antonio, from the Ohio
river to the gulf it's generally bad
failure of crops with the exceptions.
If I was a speculator and could find a
partner who would furnish thc money
and take ail the risk 1 would buy cot?
ton futures right now, and give him
half the profits, for the crop won't
reach five million bales this year cor
tain. Corn will be 1.50 a bushel be?
fore January. Every farmer ought to
sow some rye or harley right away,
an acre anyhow for spring forage.
Sow plenty of oats for later suppl}-.
Plow deep, manure richly and use the
harrow. Sow some grass or clover
seed with thc oats. Let the farmers
in upper Georgia compost all their
cotton seed so they won't have any
to plant, and maybe in two years we I
will gain till that we have lost by the j
When ? feel blue at home : hunt up j
thc child roo an go to fi-dicking with '
'cm. There arc children and gland- .
children all mixed up together, and j
they are up to all sorts of sport and
mischief, and keep Mrs. Arp in a
slate of maternal anxiety, but they
love us and wc love them. They
keep us amused anil perplexed, for
we wonder what they will do next
for devilment. Three of 'em were
ridi'ig the old mare without a bridle j
.ind suddenly she t<iok a notion to j
tvalk into the stable and then into her
stall. Tiie top of ? no door just raked j
'om all oil" in a pile and from their !
screams 1 was shore they were killed !
jut thc fertile sod they fell on was l
soft ami no bones were bn
They caught the Tom cat and 01
'em took him by thc foriegs
another by thc hind legs, and
trying to pull him in two, and
a squalling I never heard when
denly thc hand bolt give way an
Tom took his revenge by scrate
thc other boy into a squall ol'a d
ont kind 1 made 'cm a litte
across thc branch under thc wil
for 'em to bathe in and they wa
to stay in all day, but Mrs. Arp
down their time to half an hour ii
shank of the evening. The t
morning f missed 'em and so in ]
sing around 1 heard 'em at the I
ing and saw their clothes a little
of on the grass. I managet
slip up and steal 'em, carried 'en
Mis. Arp with as much solemnity
Joseph's brcthern carried his bh
coat to their father. -'Mercy on
what shall ? do with those childi*'
she exclaimed. "They will c
their death in that branch. Will
, you must get mc three swilches
then go out and call them I
I not stand it." So I g.->t half a di
! ones from a peach tree and brm
7 cm io her when she gave me om
j tier curious looks and remark
"Did you expect me to beat the ]
little things to death '( I did
want but cue,1' and she broke
about a foot and a half of the 1
end and throwed tho others away
called 'cm awhile ami it was pitifi
see tl:e little chaps hunting aro
for their clothes and finally con
like a funeral procession to the ho
They hid behind the cabin and v
taking on powerful when Mrs. A.
'em with their clothes in one h
and thc switch in thc other. T
bogged and promised and cr
Narry lick was struck that ? heart
and in ten minutes they all had
cuit and syrup on thc doorstep
harmony prevailed. What is h<
without a mother.
The other morning my big \
went down to get some watermel
and the watermelons were gc
Just over in thc corn field close
was the sign of where the rascals 1
Cut open and gutted about a dozer
the finest ones in the patch. If
rascals take one and leave two
rot so bad, but when they take all
best ones and cut 'em up and wa
more than they cat, the agiivation
of a very lively character* There
no religion that I know of that \
enable a man to go back home sen
for the next fifteen or twenty mi nut
Shot guns will come into his mind
spite of all he can do. When a nal
tells me about thc roges stcalin
melons I can give him Christian ;
vice about patience and forgiven'
and sanctification and all that, 1
when they seal mine its a very diil
ont thing. Says I to my boy, "lin
arc nigger tracks and they will coi
again." So that night we agreed
kill a nteffer whether he come or h
There were two darkies on tho pla
and we loaded the guns and tied
the dog and my boy told the darki
he wanted 'em to still hunt with h
and lie in the corner of the fence a
watch. I fixed up a bottle of Sp;
ish brown and just before night si
ped down in the field and sprinkled
along for a hundred yards to the ero
bank, knocked down a few co
stalks and come back. I was to g
over the fence into the melon pat
that night and the darkies was to s
me and give the alarm and my bi
?-vas to shoot over me and I was
run round thc fence to thc house ar
my boy and the darkies was to rt
after me to the creek and the ne
morning they was to find thc bloc
and it was to bc iterated that we he
killed a nigger arid he was drownc
in the creek besides. Weil it work',
very nice. Thc darkies saw mo ar,
thought I was a shore enough liri
and my boy shot at me und I holler*1
"Oh Lordy'7 and fell over the fenc
and run and here they all come
tearin'. My boy led the race towar
the[creek but one of the darkies sa^
me a slipping along another way an
about that time the dog got looso an
herc he come a barking and a yelp?
and got on my track and the darke;
followed him and I shook the load cu
j of my heels and split for home,
.haven't had such a run in thirty years
I beat thc darkey badly but the ch ?
caught me by the breeches leg as
fell on the steps and conic might;
near getting some, blood that wastj*
spanish brown. Mrs. Arp and th<
children heard the fuss and such ?
screamin and hollerin all mixed ur
with the fool dog a barkin was neve
heard before at my house. It tool
several minutes to quiet the family
and explain, but as good luck would
have it thc darkey turned back to the
creek for my boy kept a catlin of him
and before they got homo again the
excitement was all over and the dark?
ies had a big time tellin us how the}'
run one nigger into the creek and an?
other to parts unkown. Next day the
blood was tracked and*cvcr since its
been all that we can do to keep the
coroner from coming out and drag?
ging thc creek for a dead nigger, No
more melons have been stolen since,
but thc next time we try that remedy
1 think I will do thc shooting aird let
somebody else do the running, for I
haven't got over it yet and the catch
in my back is more thin my rheuma?
tism* When Mrs. Arp sees mc a limp?
ing around she says: "William, I'm
afraid you arc losing your senses.
Will you never realize that you are
growing old and can't do like you
use to when you were young?' Then
1 hum that sweet and plaintive song
"When you and I were young, Mag
orie,- and smooth her raven hair willi
a rough but loving hand.
Tlie Ohio State Fair made a prout
of $10,(RH)
Well has Sir Thomas Browne ex?
claimed, "Our very life is bat a dream,
..mci while wo look around eternity is at
A bright little boy, who had been eu- ?
garred in combat willi another hov. was I
reproved by his aunt, who told him he ! :
ought always iv wait until thc other boy
'[.otehed into him.' 'Weil !" exclaimed :
the little hero : 'but if I wait for the
nthcr boy to begin, i'm afraid there 1
wo&'t bc any fight.;' 1
Thc Apaches are thought to have
murdered 400 people in New Mexico.
The Stalwarts arc still trembliog at
the thought of thc probable candidacy
of Mr. Tilden for the Presidency,
Thc word "syndicate" as used in
large stock operations simply means
"association'' or "partnership/*. The
meaning of the word is "a council."
Thc sergeant who attempted to mur?
der Guiteau is as big a fool as Guiteau
himself and should bc dealt with ac?
J. li. Morrison, of McClel laos ville',
South Carolina, has raised three hun?
dred pounds of excellent Malaga grapes
this season.
Gov. Blackburn will be accompanied
to Yorktown by six Kentucky compa?
nies, the expenses of which he will pay
The cotton States consume 42,252,
244 bushels moro wheat thao they
raise and pay to the North for wheat,
corn, oats, and hay, ?150,000,000 an?
Thc Mormons are not only encourag?
ing the Indians togo in and take scalps,
but are sclliug them the very best arms
in market and giving them powder for
Mr. John S. Barbour, President of
tho Virginia Midland Railroad, says
positively that the North Carolina Mid?
land is to- be completed to Spartanburg,
It is noted as a curious fact that no
President, from Washington to Garfield,
was born in a city, and that only the
second Adams was even nominally a
resident of a city when elected.
There are only six newspapers pub?
lished in Iceland, and copies of these
are lugged around by the editor aod
traded for dried meat and frozen whis
ky. _
Hiding is very cheap in the Nortb
just now. You can go from Boston ta
Chicago, some 1.200 miles, we believe,
for ?6. Of this sum thc Pennsylvania
Hail road reveives 25 cents. Such is
Senator Burnside, of Rhode Island,
died very suddenly last Tuesday from
disease of thc heart. He was a faithful
if net a successful soldier on the North?
ern side, and hore a good character for
A new but exceedingly proper pun?
ishment for brutes convicted of assault
on a woman is now being put in force
by the Canadian authorities. Persons
convicted of this crime are now, in ad"
dition to terms of imprisonment, sub?
jected to a dose cf thc cat-o'-nine-tail*
every ten days.
The long drought has compelled In?
diatna saloon-keepers to announce :
'Whiskey straight, 10 cents \ whiskey
with water, 15 cents." The higher
priced drink has been called for but
once, and th st was by an Ohio prohibi?
tionist, who was not partial to water
but distrusted Indiana whisky.
A new fact in regard to melons has
come to light. It is said that if a mel?
on bc varnished it will retain all its good
qualities fur an indefinite time. A per?
son who tried this method of preserva?
tion says that at Christmas, when the
melon was cut, tue melon's flavor and
sweetness were equal to those of a fresh
Maj-Gen. Weitzeil says i? an article
in the Philadelphia Times that when
Jefferson Davis's desk was opened, on
the entry of ihe twenty-fifth corps into
Richmond, a confidential letter from
Gen. Lee was found, dated the previous
October, saying that the Confederate
cause was hopeless.
There is a boom in turpentine as wel?
as io cotton. This time last year the
price was 34 couts. The price is now
50 cents, an advance of nearly 50 per'
cent. A lot of turpentine that would
have sold for a thousand dollars last
September will nowbriog fourteen hun
dred and seventy.
One of the Cotton Exposition's at?
tractions will be an 'ensilage cattlcry*
in full operation. Thc pits are being:
dug and the multitude of horses, sheep,
hogs, cows and mules will be fed on the
ensilage during the exhibition. The
main object of the system is to save la?
bor and time.
Ex-ScDator Sprague's version of why'
Cockling resigned is said to be as fol
lows : *I have no doubt it was because
Mrs. Spraguc toid him to do it. She
used to be always telling mc I must re?
sign and go home to bc vindicated
whenever matters in the Senate did not
go to suit me, and it is certainly from
her that Conkling got the idea.'
James J. Clyburn, for the murder of
A. A. Sheorn, was sentenced to bc
hanged on the* *2Slh of October next.
When asked by Judge Cothran if he
had anything to say, he replied, No:
The judge sentenced him in the most*'
solemn manner. The court-room was*
crowded. Clyburn preserved a very*
indifferent countenance, and during the
charge bc was laughing and chewing:
tobacco vigorously.
A Paris friend has sent Miss Mary*
Anderson a very beautiful dress to wear'
is Julia in thc 'Hunchback.' Here is
its description :
.The texture is white India muslin1
painted in landscape. Thc coloring of
he flowers, leaves and grasses is ex
juisitely done, while the texture of the
iress is so sheer aud fine one wonder*
aow thc brush couid even trace the out
The oyster law just signed by Gov
iruor Cornell, of Now York, provides .
,hat ail oysters in the shell not sold Hy
ictual count shall be sold in a stave
?casurc Vo\ inches across thc bottom
IS, inches across at the top. ?7id 21
nehes diagonal from inside chime to
op. Persons who sell oysters other?
wise than by count or this measure run
he risk of S100 fine or imprisonment
or not more luau GO days.
Tho labor troubles in Now Orleans
rontinucs, and thc Governor has placed
lie city under matial law. A float
?river shot one of the strikers, who
.toned him on tho 13th inst , and a
iot was imminent. Men loading a
>h;p with cotton were driven away, and
he raub boarded the vessel and com
uenced firing through the hatchway at
-he men in the hold.

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