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Ok CONQUEST
OF CANAAN
By BOOTH TARK1MGTOM.
AufKor af "Quart,"
"HIIMIIW
Copyright. 1005, by Harper
A BvotlMn
Then Joe gave the prosecutors an il
luminating and stunning surprise and,
having offered in evidence the revolver
found upon Claudine, produced as his
first .witness a pawnbroker of Denver,
who Identified the weapon as one he
had sold to Cory, whom, he had known
very well. The second witness, also a
stranger, had been even more Intimate
ly acquainted with the dead man, and
there began to be an uneasy compre
hension of what Joe had accomplished
during that prolonged absence of his
which had so nearly cost the life of the
little mongrel, who was at present
(most blissful Respectability!) a lively
convalescent in Ariel's back yard. The
second witness also identified the re
volver, testifying that be had borrowed
It from Corv in St. Louis to settle a
question of marksmanship and that on
his returning it to the owner the latter,
then working his way eastward, had
confided to him his intention of stop
ping in Canaan for the purpose of ex
ercising its melancholy functions upon
man who had once "done him good"
In that city.
By the time the witness had reached
this point the prosecutor and his as
sistants were on their feet, excited
ly shouting objections, which were
promptly overruled. Taken unawares,
they fought for time. Thunder was
loosed—forensic bellowings. Everybody
lost his temper—except Joe. And the
examination of the witness proceeded.
jCory, with that singular Inspiration to
confide in some one which Is the char
acteristic and the undoing of his kind,
had outlined his plan of operations to
the witness with perfect clarity. He
would first attempt, so he had de
clared, to Incite an attack upon himself
by playing upon the jealousy of his
life 'victim, having already made a tenta
tive effort In that direction. Falling in
this, he would fall back upon one of a
dozen schemes (for he was ready in
such matters, he bragged), the most
likely of which would be to play the
peacemaker. He would talk of his
good intentions toward bis enemy,
•peaking publicly of him In friendly
and gentle ways, then, getting at him
secretly, destroy him in such a fashion
as to leave open for himself the kind
gate of self defense. In brief, here
was the whole tally of what had actu
ally occurred, with the exception of
the last account in'the sequence which:
bad proved that demise for which Cory
had not arranged, and it fell from the
lips of a witness whom the prosecution
had no means of impeaching. When
lie Jf
ft the stand, unshaken and undls
credlted after a frantic croSs exttinina-~
tlon, Joe, turning to resume his seat
let his hand fall lightly for a second
upon his client's shoulder.
That was the occasion of a demon
stration which indicated a sentiment
favorable to' the defense (on the part
of at least three of the spectators), and
It was in the qature of such a ham
& merlng of canes upon the bare wooden
lies floor as effectually stopped all other
proceedings instantly. The Indignant
judge fixed the colonel, Peter Brad
bury and Squire Buckalew with his
I glittering eye, yet the hammering con
tlnued unabated, and the' offenders
surely would have been conducted
j| forth in ignominy had not gallantry
I prevailed, even In that formal place.
The judge, reluctantly realizing that
3g some latitude must be allowed to these
aged enthusiasts, since they somehow
seemed to belong to Miss Tabor, made
his remarks general, with the time
worn threat to clear the room, where*
nppn the loyal survivors of Eskew re
lapsed Int6 unabashed silence.
It was now, as Joe had said, a .clear
enough case. Only the case itself,
however, was clear, for, as he and his
friends feared, the verdict might pos
sibly be neither in accordance with
the law, the facts nor the convictions
of the jury Eugene's defection had
not altered the tone of the Tocsin.
All day long a crowd of men 'and
boys hung about" the corridors of the
courthouse, about the square and the
neighboring streets, and from these
rose somber, murmurs, .more and more*
ominous. The, public sentiment of a
community like Canaan can make it
self felt Inside a courtroom, and it was
strongly exerted against HappyFear.
The Tocsin had always been a power
fu) agent Judge Pike had Increased Its
strength with a staff which Was thor
oughly efficient, alert and always able
to strike center with the paper's read
ers,
and in town and country it had
absorbed the circulation »f the other
journals, which resisted feebly at
but in the matter of* the Cory
bad not dared to do anything
follow, the Tocsltfe issfl. The
Tocsin, baving lit the fire, fed It—fed
It saltpeter and sulphur-^for now M(ir
tln Pike was fighting hard.
Tbe farmers and people of the less
urban parts of the country were ae
customed to found their opinions upon
tb* Tocsin. They regarded It as the
ringle immutable rode of journiUlB^ic.
righteousness and wisdom
world. Consequently, stirred by
mtbursts of tbe paper, they cane
Canaan in .great numbers, and*
tbe pressure from the town Itself wis
to strong that only a few of tbein
managed to crowd Into thecourtroom,
the others joined their voices to those
murmurs outdoors, which in
to loudness as the trtal wenr
Us lawyer had diminished, it was no
ticed, in "very respectable quarters.'*
information Imparted by Mike
ian to the politicians at Mr. Far
bach's had been slowly seeping through
the various social strata of the town,
and, though at first Incredulously re
jected, it began to fln£ acceptance,
Upper Main street cooling .appreciably
In Its acceptance of tbe Tocsin as the
law and the prophets. There were
even a few who dared to wonder in
their hearts If there had not been a
mistake about Joe Louden, and, al
though Mrs. Flitcroft weakened not,
the relatives of Squire Buckalew and
ef Peter Bradbury began to bold up
their beads a little after having made
kome horrible for those gentlemen and
reproached them with their conversion
as the last word of senile shame. In
addition, the colonel's grandson and
Mr. Bradbury's grandson had both
mystlfytngly lent countenance to Joe,
consorting with him openly, the former
for his own purposes, the latter be
cause be had cunningly discovered that
It was a way to Miss Tabor's regard,
which since her gentle rejection of him
he had grown to believe, good youth,
might be the pleasantest thing that
could ever come to him. In abort, the
question had begun to thrive, Was It
possible that Eskew Arp bad not been
Insane after all?
The best of those who gathered om
inously about the courthouse and Its
purlieus were the young fanners and
Held bands, artisans and clerks, one of
tbe latter being a pimply faced young
man (lately from the doctor's hands),
who limped and would limp for the
rest of his life, he who, of all men,
held the memory of Eskew Arp In
least respect and was burningly de
sirous to revenge himself upon the liv
ing.
The worst were of that mystifying,
embryonic, semi-rowdy type, the Amer
ican voyou, in the production of which
Canaan and her sister towns every
where over the country are prolific—
the young man, youth, boy perhaps,
creature of nameless age, whose
clothes are like those of a brakeman
out of work, but who Is not a brake
inan In or out of work 'wearing the
black soft hat tilted forward to- shelter
—as a counter does the contempt of a
clerk—that expression which the face
does not dare wear quite In the open,
asserting the possession of supreme ca
pacity in wit, strength, dexterity and
amours the dirty handkerchief under
the collar, the short black coat, al
ways double breasted the eyelids
sooty, one cheek always bulged, the
forehead speckled, the lips cracked,
horrible teeth and the affectatiqn of
possessing secret Information upon all
matters of the universe, above all, the
Inirtlnct of finding the shortest way to
•ny 'scene of official Interest to the
policeman, fireman or ambulance sur
geon—a singular being, not profession
ally criminal, tough histrionically
rattier than really, full of its own
argot of brag, hysteslcal when crossed,
"timid through great Ignorance and
therefore'dangerous.' It furnishes not
the leiders, but the mass of mobs, and
'tt springs up at times of' crisis from
heaven knows where. Yon might have
driven through all the streets of Ca
naan a week before the trial and have
seen four or five such fellows, but
from the day of its beginning the
square was full of them, dingy shuttle
cocks batted hp Into view by the Toc
sin.
They kept the air whirring with their
noise. The news of that sitting which
bad caused the squire, Flitcroft and
Peter Bradbury to risk the court's dis
pleasure was greeted outside with loud
and. vehement disfavor, and when, at:
noon, the jurymen were marshaled
out to cross the yard to the National
House for dinner a large crowd fol
lowed and surfaranded them until they
reached the doors of the hotel. "Don't
let Lawyer Louden bamboozle you!"
"Hang him!" "Tar and feathers fer
ye ef ye don't bang him!" These were
the mildest threats, and .Toe Louden,
watching from an upper window of
the courthouse, observed .with a trou
bled eye how certain of the jiuy shrank/
from the pressure of the throng, how
the cheeks of others showed sudden
pallor. Sometimes "public sentiment"
has done evil things to those who have
not shared it, and Joe knew .bow rare a
thing Is a. Jury which dares to stand
square against a town like Canaan
aroused.
The end of that afternoon's session
aaw another point marked for the de
fense. Joe had put the defendant on
the stand, and the little man had prov
ed an excellent witness. During his
life be bad been many things—many
things disreputable high standards
were not brightly illumined for him in
the beginning of tbe night march
which his life had been. He bad been
a tramp, afterward 4 petty gambler,
but his great motive bad finally come
to be the Intention to do what Joe told
him to do—that^ and to keep Claudine
as straight as he cottld. In a measure
these were the two things that had
brought him. to _th*pass In whtcji -]he
no#1tood, bis loyally to Joe and his
resentment of whatever tampered witb
Qaudine's stralgbtness. He was safe
missive to the consequences he.was:
•till loyal. And now Joe asked hlm
to toll "just what happened." .and
Happy obeyed with crystal clearnees.
Throughout the long, tricky cross
amlnatlon he continued to tell ,^Just
JJoe
The Tocsin, however, was not hav
ng everything Its own way. Ths vol- the corridors, acnMS the square and
•meof outcrv against Happy Fearwd '«y*r ihe_ town oue was
'M
sppened" with a plaintive truth
not to be Imitated, and through-,'
guarded him from pitfalls'
(for lawyers In their search after truth
are compelled by the exigencies of
tbelr profession to make pitfalls even
for tbe honest) and gave him, by v»rt
ous devices, time{torernember,.though
not to think, and made tbe word*
right" ta ble mouth, so that be
fore the sitting wa|,overa disquieting
ran througbtjbe waiting crowd in
ly going "Louden's way." This was
also the opinion of a lookeron In
Canaan—a ferret faced counselor of
corporations who. called to consulta
tion with the eminent Buckalew (neph
ew of the squire), had afterward spent
an hour in his company at the trial.
"Ifs going that young fellow Louden's
way," said the stranger./ "Yon 6ay
he's a shyster, but"—
"Well," admitted Buckalew, with
some reluctance, "I don't mean that
exactly. I've got an old uncle who
seems lately to think he's a great
man."
•Til take your uncle's word for It,"
returned the other, smiling. "I think
he'll go pretty far."
They had come to the flight of steps
which descended to the yard, and the
visitor, looking down upon the angry
crowd, added, "If they don't kill him!"
Joe himself was anxious concerning
no such matter. He shook hands with
Happy at the end of the sitting, bid
ding him be of good chefer, and when
the little nian had marched away un
der a strong guard began to gather and
sort his p^ers at a desk Inside the
bar. This took him perhaps five min
utes, and when be had finished there
were only tfcree people left In the room
—a clerk, a .negro janitor with a broom
and the darky friend who always hope
fully accompanies a colored man hold
ing high public office. These two ap
provingly greeted the young lawyer,.
the Janitor handing him a note from
Norbert Flitcroft and the friend me
chanically "borrowing" a quarter trow
him as be opened the envelope.
"I'll be roun' yo' way to git a box o*
se-gahs," laughed the friend, "soon ez
de campaign open up good. Dey all
goin' vote ye' way down on de levee
bank, but dey sho' expecks to git to
smoke a little 'fo' leckshun day! We
knows who's bw frlen'l"
Norbert's missive was lengthy and
absorbing. Joe went on his way, pe
rusing It with profound attention, but
as he descended the stairway to the
floor below aloud burst of angry shout
ing outside the building caused him to
hasten toward the big front doors
Which faced Main street The doors
opened upon an Imposing vestibule,
from which a handsome flight of stone
steps, protected by a marble balus
trade, led to the ground.
Standing at the top of these steps
and leaning over the balustrade, be had
a clear view of half the yard: No one
was near him. Everybody was run
ning in the opposite direction, toward
that corner of tbe yard occupied by the
Jail, the crowd centering upon an agi
tated whirlpool of men which moved
slowly toward a door in the high wall
that Inclosed the bnlldlng, and Joe saw
that Happy Fear's guards, conducting
the prisoner back to his cell, were be
ing Jostled and rushed. The distance
they had made was short, but as they
readied the door the pressure upon
them increased dangerously. Clubs
rose In the air, hats flew, the whirlpool
beaved tumultuously, and the steel door
clanged.
Happy Fear was safe inside, but the
Jostlers were outside, baffled, ugly and
atlrred with the passion that changes
a crowd into a mob.
Then some of them caught sight of
Joe as he stood alone at the top of
the stops, and a great shout of rage
and exultation arose.
For a moment or two he did not see
bis danger. At the clang of the door
his eyes, caught by the gleam of a
wide white hat, bad turned towaird the
street, and he was somewhat fixedly
watdilng Mr. Ladew extricate Ariel
and her aged and Indignant escorts
from an overflow of the crowd in
which they had been caught. But a
voice warned him, the wild piping of
a newsboy who had climbed Into a tree
n®?r by-, ^iSP 'v
(To Be Continued.)
MUBDE&EB IS |BEEB
Man Who Killed Waldo on H. & D.
Train Discharged^
Andover, S.. D., Sept. 8.—(Special
to the American.) 7—Gustav Lauren
zen, who shot and killed William
Waldo on a Milwaukee passenger
train near this city a few days ago,
was given bis preliminary hearing
and was discharged, as it was clearly
shown that he was acting in self-de
fense.
Ed Gllman,' the man who 'KWas
shooting the revolver out of the car
window, was charged with carrying
concealed weapons and fined $20 or
ten days and chose the latter: Lau
renzen was taken to Webster and
placed in the Day county hospital,
and It Is thought he will recover.
Quinsy, Sprains and Swellings Cored
"tn November, 1901, I caught cold
and had the quisy: My throat was
swollen so I could hardly breathe^
I applied Chamberlain's Pain Balm
and It gave me relief in a short time.
In two days I was all right," says
Mrs. L. Cousins, Otterburn, Mich.
Chamberlain's Pain Balm Is a lini
ment and Is especially valuable for
spralns and swellings. F6r
all druggists.1
Afflicted With Son Eyes for 33 Yean
I have been afflicted with sore
eyes for thirty-three years. Thirteen
years ago I became totally blind
sndVaS bllndjfor six years. Jly eyes
ware badly. Infiainedw One' of my
Neighbors insisted ^apanc.: my trying
Chamberlain's Salve And gave
me
half a box of" It. To my surprise |t
healed my eyes andMfiy «i«bt caine
back to me.—P. C. BMU, Cynthlaifca,
Ky. CbamberlaWa'" flalver fcr for
sale by all druggists.
ASEBDESff SXKOGiUT^ 11IDA?, KfTOCBER l£
ir
COUNCIL APPB0FB1ATES *67,500
FOR EXPENDITURES DUBIHO
s?HSCAI
Levy for Current Expenses Will Be
13.2 Mills, for Sinking Fond 3.3
Mills, and for Interest Fund 2.5
Mills—Biggest Appropriation Goes
to the Street and Alley Fond, That
Item Being $12,000—Other Impor
tant Business.
At the meeting of the council, Mon
day the tax levy for. the fiscal year
commencing September 1, 1907, Was
made, the total levy being 19 mills
on an assessed valuation of $2,606
378. The aihount of the appropria
tion fpr all expenses is $67,500. The
following report drawn up by the
city auditor and the finance commit
tee was accepted, and an ordinance
embodying the same was passed.
To the Hon. Mayor and City Coun
cil of the City of Aberdeen,"South
Dakota:
Comes now your city auditor and
finance committee and renders the
following estimate of the probably
receipts and expenditures of said
City of Aberdeen for the fiscal year
beginning September 1, 1907, for the
purpose of basing a levy thereon for
providing current expenses, Interest
and sinking fund for said city for
said fiscal year.
Estimated costs of city govern
ment for current expenses' for the
year beginning September' 1, 1907:
General fund ... $ 9,000.00
Salary Fund .. 10,000.00
Fire department ^fund 5,000.00
Library fund (VvS
Water and sewer fund
Street and alley fund
Pkrk improvement fund
Cemetery fund
Lighting fund
Saloon license ...
Water and sewer
Dog license .....
General license
City scales .....
Sundryfe^-tv. .'ft*/.
as an
Uncollected tax,
2,000.00
22,000.00
12,000.00
ooo.oo
.§^1,000.00
f%5,000.00
Tdlal $67,500.00
Estimated Receipts
i,ooto
.$11,000.00
..^ti2'000-00
100.00
200,0.0
Jrgg 500.00
...jv^S.ooo.OO
2,168.42
less un­
collected taxes at end of
4V000.00
As?
Total. :3'-v ....
Balance to be raised
taxation
.$32,968.42
by
.. .$34,531.58
Assessed valuation .$2,606,378.00
This will require a levy of 13.2
mills for current expenses.
That there Is required tor the
sinking fund $8,500,000 which will
require a levy of 3.3 mills.
That there is required for the in
terest fund $6,687.00, which will re
quire a levy of 2.5 mills.
•Making the total levy for all pur
poses 19 mills.
We therefore recommend that a
levy be made of 19 mills for the
above purposes.
Respectfully submitted^
St
•m-
F. W. RAYMOND,
City Auditor.
g.-WELL#M? :1:
E. N. TAYLOR.
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ommit^e.
Finance C01
Other Business Done,
Besides fixing the rate of Interest
the deferred payment paving certifi
cates shall bear, which is described
in another column, the council did a
large amonnt of other routine busi
ness. It allowed the usual grist of
bills, granted water mains in Law
son's replat of the Wolverton addi
tion, on Second street south, between
Ninth and .Tenth avenues and on
South Moody street passed an ordi
nance prohibiting the moving of
buildings upon the, paved streets, ex
cept In cases where bulldlngB are al
ready situated In the paving district.
It passed an cflrdinsnce providing for
the widening of Waldron avenue
where it crosses Main street in tbe
Highlands of Aberdeen, japd paid
Kelly Rlngrose what Was due
them for work on the storm sewefr J"
Lepper Gets His
On recommendation^ of the -«£ty
engineer the city council" drifted^ an
ordinance and placed ,lt upon ltj^Jtrst
reading giving the city_ engineer the
right tb hire enough to work'on
the septlc tank to inside Its couple
tion Wore cold weather sett ing
engineer, in a cojnmunl«*tiajiia
Sfi
,'
'ABERDEEN,
South Dakota.
$9.75
&
ww
and
per
and
money.
Acme
Jf:
nacmne
the council, stated that he had warn
ed Contractor Lepper several times
that the work was not going on as
rapidly as It should, and that he at
last
BJtold
same
contra
him that he would recom­
mend the city council to.:put on..a
force of men to do the work unde^i
his supervision: Mr. Lepper, said,
paid no attention to' the warnings^
The council, passed a resolution to
the effect that the necessary men b«)
hired and put at work under the_ d!«,
recti6n of tbe city engineer, th$
amount -of money required to do- the
.thkon ro.ti.^r. ^Lepper's
"—fee#
it*'
The strongest traction engine in the wort
placed near outside rims in main drive wheels app
the gearing betrifc protected from the dirt bv large si«el platesl Ax
speed gear, balanced valve and\djustable reverse universal high' prcwur^
50
percent. oMuel is saved by
a the power dii
ed_double'speed gear, balanced valve and
boilers.
or threshing. Sample Engine and New Maasillon Cyclone Separator now on the vfey Irom
factory. Don't fail to see it at my new large Thresher Warehouse opposite the M. & St. It.
depot.
using a
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We haveon han
our warehous
Aberdeen a good sup
ply of twine manufac-"
tured by the^J^ C.
Groendy ke Co?i Miam
isburg, Ohio,»« which\r':
we fully guarantee
vill *ell at
hundred. .Call
see iis^ridjsave
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work on the pumping station'- Was
also progressing too slowly^ ^he city
engineer replied" that the contractor
bad assured bite that the work would
be rushed from this time on^^ifcjid
recommended -that no^^aetlon^'-be
taken at the prg^nt^tlme.'.!'.
attorney, Ira 0.sCurtls^appefir*S'4nd
announced tba|^e company, detfred
-the council to change the ordinance
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