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<4/>o Good Unto All Men."
VOUg^; FORT MlLLTsrc. WEDNESDAY, JUNE- 15 '892. N036
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S. M. Mills, Ts the place
to buy your Dry goods and
notions. Hats,
Shoes, Clothing, Hard
ware, Tinware, Willow
and Wooden ware, Crockery
and Glass ware. Tobacco.
Pipes, Groceries of all kinds,
. w*
in fact a complete line
of General Merchandise all
ways on hand low for spot
cash,call and be convinced*
New Drug Store.
1 carry a good stock of
new drugs, Chemicals and
Fancy toilet articles, Letter
paper and envelops, Cigars
Cigarettsand Tobacco. Come
and see. I have a competent
drug clerk to fill all prescriptions,
having had four years
wvnai<Son(>a Ha in nnvirma
to serve suffering humanity
and will wait on them night
or day. My Soda Fountain
is now in operation and I
will keep Coca-Coiaihe great
specific for headache and
nervousness, besides several
other nonular drinks, that
Kill send the thirsty pilgrim
on his way refreshed.
I a,m in the store formerly
occupied l?y Massey& Hughes.
No. 7, VV. Trade St.
Charlotte, N. C.
WAgons andJ Buggies
r Wheelwright.
Repairing of Furniture
and All Kind of Woodwork
ttimi A HI'ECI AIjTY
A- A YOt/flQ.
The S4 range Imaginings of an Almost
Hopelessly Discouraged
Reporter on a Big Metropolitan
It was a chilly April even!
iti<r uttrl 1
iii^ iiuu i at iv i wn HUB Ul'UWU
A steady drizzle fell slowly,
converting the streets into
slimy pools in which the
pedestrians splashed mournfully.
Through the swinging
doors of a great news!
paper building surged a rest11?
ss sea of humanity. Worn
; out and discouraged /breasted
my way through it to the
editorial rooms.
i was anew man on the
staff and I had failed to get
my story. My heart sank
still lower as J intered my
chief's presence; it was my
third unsuccessful attempt.
"Couidn't get it, eh?" he
remarked after hearing my
report. "You seem to be
havi/ig hard luck. I really
don't know what to put you
"Just try me once more,"
I begged, remembering that
I was alone friendless and
penniless in the great city;
"just once more ana I'll
work it out if I die for it."
Die for it. A bright thought
had struck me. Ves, life
wasn't wort living. I'd make
a success for once?in death
if not in life.
1 mentioned my thought
to my chief, and he laughed
grimly. "You'll do," he said,
evidently thinking that I
was iokinir. "Trv anvthimr
? o %/ u "n
you please."
How cold and damp the
air was as I went out into
the street again and turned
towards Broadway. IIow
was I to die, 1 pondered.
Poison was unpleasant, and
a bullet made such a mess of
one's appearance. I laughed
aloud as I imagined my
landlady's horror on finding
her floor stained with blood.
Several men turned to wonder
at my odd mirth in the
Illitif Jinrl rbntuij An/... >
? V?*V4 Villi V/lICl'j III
passing a brightly lighted
window, I caught sight of
my face in the glass?a face
so distorted, so wild, with
bloodshot eyes, that I almost
thought the family taint of
insanity had claimed me for
its victim at last. Perhaps
it had?perhaps I was mad.
An icy chill shot through
every nerve at the horrible
thought. I dashed forward
breathlessly until I brought
up before my lonesome lodg
ings on a Hide street.
1 stumbWl through thei
narrow, darA halls to my j
room and opened the door,
and as I did so the dampness
of the ehamber seemed like n
hreti.1 h from +,h? rri*n%r?? Tf
was needless to light a
match, for tlje mood had
drifted from behind the
1 "
clouds and shone full and
bright through the dingy
window. Its beams trembled
on the bare floor, danced
on the white bed. then crept
up the wall in silent, waving,
shadows. They made me
shiver as 1 sat down to
think. To-night 1 must die.
Then the reaction came and
I almost enjoyed the thought
of the new experience and
gloated over the fact that I
would be the first to wr.te
of travels in the srrent iin-l
My razor! I tried i?s Keen
edge anil found that it could
sever a floating hair. Then
sat down again and rolled
up my threadbare sleeve.
Bleeding, I had heard, was
an ea^*' eath. I gave the
artery .iced,sharp cut with
the blade and a stream of
crimson struck my shirt; the
arm dropped and I wat< hod
the tiny stream trickling
down my leg, it reached the
floor and Collected into a
tiny pool beneath the table.
I watched it overflow and
8 tart down the dusty planks,
creeping out of the br ight
into the shadows beyond. It
seemed a sniiKe crawling to
its den. Perhaps it was a
snake?perhaps I dreamed.
A feeling of deadly weakness
came ovar me. I glanced
at the patch of moonlight
in the cracKed mirror and
a white face, from which
shone n. nnir nf rrlon mino
eyes. Then a flash blinded
me and my head fell forward
on the damp sill. 1 could
hear a mighty roar, a roai
liKe a giant Niagara that
surged and beat upon 1113*
maddened brain, a roar far
above that of the great oity
below me. The boom of
cannon, the sharp rattle of
musketry and the roll of
Inure dnims seempH oriflior/wl
0 - rv ** vyM
into a volume of sound.
Like the waves of the raging;
s ?a it surged over me. Then
silence came as suddenly?
silence oppressive, intense.
Too weak to lift my head 1
turned it with a sigh and
looked around the room. It
witll n mio+TT
sheen and through it floated
strange, dancing shadows.
Flashing lights spun before
my nan emit eyes. Then a
gray mist seen ed to swallow
up everything and I could
hear the whir of the presses
as they ate up the vast piles
of paper. I elosed my eyes
and listened. Was it a bell
ringing? Slowly came every
stroke, and it seemed to beat
like a leaden hammei on mv
barfreniiig brain. I was too:
weak to move my eyelids
more than a hair line, but 1
could see a mass of blazing*
fire whose flames seemed to
leap and dance and burn my
very flesh. A cliill that froze
every drop of blood struck
me and for a second I felt the
convulsion of a mighty
struggle. Then blackness.
I was standing on my own
body?mv body that had ;
rolled from the chair and lay
stiff and silent in the pool of
blood beneath the table. 1j
looked about without curiosity,
without awe, and wondered
what the reporters
would say of that stiff, dead
form lying therein the moonlight?the
form with the
gleaming razor in the stiffened
hand and the maniac's
smile on the thin, hard iTtce.
In another instant I had leftit
there, passed through the
closed door and out into the
street. My motions were
strangely light and free. The
_ A 1 * 1 1 * ' ?
great nuuoing was blazing
with light and the reporters
rushing to and fro as 1 entered.
Many of them \ knew;
none knew or noticed me.
The whole building seemed
to shake with the roar of
presses and the tramp of
In a darA' corner I have
found a notebooK and pencil
1.. i ~:.i- a ^ r
iic-n? i ?il iuiu write, i can
hear a fellow reporter telling
the editor tliat *'Edwards
has just been found dead;"
the news came through the
'phone a minute ago. They
are talking now about giving
me a funeral and discussing
the kind of coffin they
will order.
i navo aimosr finished my
story, vou see. I got it litis
time. Will the editor find
these notes and know that I
have kept my word? I hope
vis I pen these last words I
see the faint streaks of dawn
breaking through the gray
iat W ) 11Ti
niinu. M liUli IICAI i 11 UCrfi
shall I go? I do not know.
1 only know tnat niy work is
done and ho I sign my first
and last report.? Laville Edwards
in New York H'orld.
A Rock Hill PftBtor Called
Rock Hill, S. C., June 8.?
Rev. W. M. Anrlornon. nf tho
Frst Presbyterian Church of
/Jock Hill, liad a call extended
liiin some time since by
the Presbyterian congregation
at Jackson, Tenu., has
not yet indicated whether he
will accept. Mr. Anderson
preached for that congregation
a few Sundays ago and
they were much pleased with
him. lie is offered a salary
of $2,000.
A Murderer Murdered.
Denver, Col, June 9.?A
special from Creede, Col, says
that Dob Ford, the slayer of
Jesse James, was sho4-. and
killed by Deputy Sheriff ATelley,
in Ford's Dance Hall,
this afternoon.
K el ley and Ford had a
quarrel in Pueblo in February
last, and ill-feeling had
existed between the two men
ever since. This afternoon
Kcllev was standing in the
< _ O
doorway at Ford's Danee
Hell, known man
was seen to hand him a
double-barrelled shotgun,
after which Kelley stepped
.A-i- i n ^ ~
iimiut; i nIltlll OIKl CUllOCt
Hob." Ford who was about
five feet a nay, turned around
at the same time reaching*
for his hip po?-Kot. Kelley
raised his <^un and fired a
load of buccshot full in
Ford's neek and severed the
uinpipe and jugular vein,
and he died instantly. Kelly
gave himself up and refused
to tal <.
Crash on the Rails,
Lawrence. Mass., June 11.
There came nearbeing a horr
ble accident on the Andover
oiectric road this afternoon,
but it was bad enough as it
was. Two cars going to
a drill collided. An unknown
boy lies at the point of death
a lady messenger has both
legs broven; a motorman
anr/ a conductor havebro <en
limbs, and a half-dozen others
are injured. On both cars
200 people were lidiiifir.manv
n * c/*
clinging to the sides.
Killed his Tenant.
Greenville, June 10.?I)r.
W. Thomas Bennett, who
lives three miles below Bntesville,
in this county, to-day
shot and dlled Robert Ren
1 i
won, u coiorea tenant on hit*
place. Hen son was riddled
with buc vshot. The shooting
occurred in Dr. Bennett's v*> N
yard. The particulars have
not been learned.
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