The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911, July 15, 1909, Image 3
wisps 3ff The Methods of Josephine By Ella MirJdleton Tybout r -m ma i i m m N)O9O00O9(OCOC0OCO0O0O0Q AUTHOR'S NOTE. The material facts In this story of circumstantial evidence are drawn from an actual re corded case, only such change of names and local color being made as to remove them from the classification of legal re ports to that of fiction. All the essential points of evidence, however, are retained. HE Calf Skin club had as sembled early for Its week ly session and every mem $UJ ber wa8 ,n his accustomed noes place wlth Judge Grower iii mo i-iiMir. wnen me routine business was fin. lshed the chairman rose and said: "We now will hear from Judge Stoakes who we trust has a story rela tive to circumstantial evidence. Judge Stoakes." Judge Stoakes, a large man of dig nified presence, whose sliver hair alone bespoke his 70 years, rose and began: "My story Is of the troubled days In Missouri following upon the civil war, when factional rancor still ran high and the conqueror and tho con quered lived together In outward amity but with secret suspicion. I had Just hung up my shingle In a little town in the southern part of ' the state which had been the hot-bed of factional warfare, now captured by Lyon, now held by Price, and re peatedly preyed upon by the roving bands of Irregulars of either side. Among the most noted leaders of these latter was Col. Jim Farrar. Among the northern sympathizers he was classed with Quartrell and the Youn gers, but. when the struggle was over he settled down quietly In the little town of Chester, and his tall form, his flowing moustaches, his campaign hat and long coat became him as the costume did many another warrior of the lost cause. "Col. Farrar's household consisted of but one daughter, 17 years of age, and of that rare type of beauty which so often crops out In an advonturous and warlike stock. Her name was Luclle and she soon set the heart of every young man in a flame. I ray self fell at the first glance, and as I look back down the long stretch of years I can se9 the black hair, the rosy lips and the flashing eyes of Lu clle Farrar as I watched her In sllont -adoration In the meeting house, upon the street or flying along on her pony which seemed as full of life and spirits as Its fair rider. "It was silent adoration upon the part of us all, for never a glance did the fair Luclle have for any of U9. Itut when Melvln Leasure came to Chester It was different. Something In her woman's heart must have drawn her toward him, for all the In difference and all the scorn were gone and they gave themselves up willingly to a love that quickly ran the gamut from passing Interest to pas sionate devotion. "The very mention of a suitor for his daughter's hand was sufflcleiit to fiend Col. Farrar Into a ra?e terrible to witness. He noted the growing Intimacy of Luclle and Lessure with jealous anger. But he could not watch her always, and many a time when he was away looking after the Interests of his extensive plantation near the town we less fortunate youths saw Lessure starting on long walks with the fair Lucli:?. "Melvln Lessure Inherited all the flrey Impulsiveness of a long line of French ancestry ai.1 was not the youth to brook long this uncertain entente of his lovemaklr,?. Ho had a big plantation several Uk'les from Chester and had moved Into town for the social advantages that looked large to us then. He was amply able to support matrimony in a stylo cjual to the best In tho community. He was handsome, studious and courtly In his manners and seemed to be eligible from any point of view. The local Madame Grundy could And no - reason why Melvln Lessure and Luclle Farrar were not a perfectly matched couple. "nut the rock on which their happi ness seemed destined to break was , that of factional rancor. Col. Farrar was of the south unreconstructed and unreconstructable. Gaspard Lessure, Melvln's father, had cast his lot with the north and had died at his own doorway defending his property against the enemies of his adopted flag. "Melvln Lessure was no match for Col. Jim in brawn or bluster, but he hesitated not to go to him with his suit, and the storm he provoked I give you as It was later reconstructed through the searchlngs of the law. "'Never, by the Almighty, never!' roared the colonel. 'Before I would see my daughter married to one of the accursed assassins of my country ! would slay her with my own hands. Get out of my sight and never dare to raise your eyes to a daughter of the Farrar i.' em 1 "Melvln Lessure stood with white face, clenched hands and gritted teeth while Luclle threw herself at her father's feet and weeplngly begged and Implored him to mitigate the harsh sentence. But he cast her rudely from him with a curse, and, turning to Lessure with murder in his eyes, said: "'You dog! You want my daugh teryou! Why, I shot your father down In cold blood because he differed with me politically. Do you think I'll do less for you for trying to rob me of my daughter?' " 'So It was you who killed my father,' , returned Lessure In a voice beneath the quiet of which lay the tense fixedness of a stern, unbending resolve. 'Then, Col. Farrar, I tell you that I will have your daughter and I will avenge my father. Are you mine till death, Luclle?' " 'I am yours till death,' said the girl as she went over and placed her arm proudly about his neck. "Very little was seen of Lessure In town after that and It was whis pered that he was Btaylng out on lis farm and keeping out of the Irate colonel's way. "About two weeks after his unsuc cessful Interview with Farrar, which was noised abroad as such things are lu a small town, Luqii" Farrar disappeared, and the tongiJb?gan to wag in earnest. When VSi a week she had not turned up the towns peo ple, who had little love for Farrar at best, were ready to believe auythlng. His threat against his daughter was known and the bolder ones did not hesitate to whisper that he had put It Into execution. These hints took form by degrees and at last a witness came forward who told of passing the colonel's house, situated on the edge of town, late at night, and of hearing low moans and pleadings. "At last suspicion took such fierce root that the sheriff headed an in vestigating party. Col. Jim was away and they had free run of the prem ises. "The search led to a cave In the side of tho hill, once used as a cellar but long since abandoned. There they found torn pieces of a dress, a bloody hatchet and some tangled locks of black hair drenched with blood. The dress and the hair were easily Identified as belonging to Luclle Far rar, the hatchet as the property of the colonel. "When charged with the crime his knees tottered and he nearly fainted. He made no direct denial but moaned and cried like a child. During the trial that followed he seemed stunned and oblivious to what was going on. "I will admit that the courts of to-day would be loath to accept so Inadequate a corpus delicti, but our blood was hot In thoso times and It seems to me we hanged more than we do now. Service was had on Les sure and he testified to the facts of the quarrel and the threat. Upon this evidence and the prisoner's failure to deny they found their verdict of guilty and fixed upon the death penalty. "As the day of execution approach ed Col. Farrar continued In a . state of almost total insensibility. But when the sheriff came to read the death warrant he roused and raising his hand to heaven, said: "'Beforo my maker I swear that 1 am guiltless of my child's death.' "They led him to the scaffold and on the way he passed Melvln Lessure who was watching tho scene like a bird fascinated by a snake. Col. Far rar requested the sheriff to stop, ad w f extending hi3 hald to Lessure ex claimed: 'Young man, I have wronged you and I have no wU to leave this earth with the 111 will of any man. I ask your forgiven ss fw standing between you und my poor child and for the death of your father which I believed to be in tho line of duty to ward my country.' "Lessure trembled violently but did not reply or raiso his eyes. The march to the scaffold continued. A deputy was forced to support the tot tering form of Farrar while the sheriff adjusted tho black cap. Then the sheriff stepped back and all was In readiness for the fatal word when Lessure sprang forward and cried in an agonized voice: "'Stop! I alone am guilty I alone!' "The ofllcers of the law called him forward and demanded an explanation. He declared that Luclle was not dead but thnt they had run oft and been married and his wife was then living In concealment in St. Louis, for fear of the wrath of her father and until he could settle up his affairs and Join her. But he had not divulged to BOTH STRENGTH AND BEAUTY Proper Respiration Adds to Each, But It Too Little Under stood.j There will be fewer flat-chested wo men and much less nervous prostra tion when proper attention Is giving to breathing. Bays an exchange. As DclsarU has said, there should be "strength at the renter, freedom at the surface," and this freedom" is but acquired by learning to use one's lungs at will. By developing and en larging them the thoracic cavity is In creased, and upon the degree of this power depends expansion. In order to control one's nerves one must learn to command one's Involun tary muscles, which are diaphragm, the heart and the Intestines. Hy breathing deeply and controlling one's breath and so increasing one's lung capacity, the heart action Is stimulat ed, and this supplies tho nerve centers with fresh blood, and tho nerves act upon tho muscles and the brain upon the nerves aud muscles. f In order not to have any waste ot nerve force, the chest should be keat xmmm her a plan which had formed In his brain to revenge himself upon her father both for his insulting words and for the death of his own parent He had cut off a portion of her hair while she slept and dipped It In the blood of a lamb. He had also sprink led blood over pieces of her dress. The hatchet was easily procured. These he had placed In the cave dur ing one of Col. Farrar's numerous ab sences from the house and there also he had hlmsolf emitted the moans which had been heard. He would have carried his hellish plot through to the end but that the colonel's plea for forgiveness at tho gallows un nerved him. "This confession was made partly nt the place of execution and partly afterward in the Jail. As soon as It became clear that Lessure had an im portant statement to make the sheriff turned to the colonel to take the In signia of death from his head. Far rar, unobserved by all who were in tent upon the words of Lessure, ha4 sunk into a sitting posture. The sheriff stepped up to him and raised the black cap. He was dead. "Lessure was Immediately placed under arrest. He blew hla brains out In his cell that night with a pistol procured, no one knew how. Luclle went mad on hearing of the tragedy, and was confined some time In an asylum. She recovered and ended hot days in a convent. "That, gentlemen, Is my story." There was a Btirring of chairs and a general lighting of pipes which had been allowed to go out In the rapt attention that prevailed while Judge, Stoakes was speaking, when Judge Grower arose and said: "I believe I voice the sentiments of the club In extending thanks to Judge Stoakes." (Copyright. 1909. by Josoph 11. Bowles. actlvo by deep Inhalations, thus loos ening the tension of unemployed mem bers. The persistent and regular prac tice of a breathing exercise will not only do this, but will give poise and self-confidence. The movements of respiration stand In a double relation to the nervous system, being required to Introduce oxygen into the blood, which takes up the oxygen, and freeing Itself of the carbonic acid it contains, the latter thus acts as a powerful stimulus to the lung nerves. One should remember to avoid collar-bone breathing, to cultivate the raised and actlvo chest, and to gain control of the diaphragm In order to have complete mastery of breathing It Is not necessary to take a long, tiresome trip to somo far away place In order to be taught to care for oneself, for nature will come to one's aid with joyful alacrity in ono spot as well as another. But knowledge Is not the only thing required. It Is Its application that counts, and this means steadfast U termination. (Copyright, by J. I think I can truthfully say that the first time Josephine awakened any real Interest In my heart was when I discovered she was In love. One afternoon she returned with the usuul bunch of violets and a most un usual expression. The instant I saw her I knew a crisis was at hand, and rose to the occasion as a cork rises to the surface of tho water lightly, buoyantly, yet determinedly. Josephine went nt once to her room and closed the door with decision. I hovered on the stairway, palpitating with uncertainty, and the affectionate solicitude which Is so far removed from mero vulgar curiosity. Finally, mustering all my resolution, I turned the knob of the door and entered with julte a Jaunty air, carelessly hum ming a tune. Josephine lay face downward on the bed, the violets crushed and broken, nd the heels of her patent lent her shoes sticking pathetically outward. Ahoklng, gasping sound revealed '.hut she was crying Into the counter pane. Gently murmuring an endear ing epithet, I laid my hand upon her head. "Oh, Aunt Gertrude!" sobbed Jose phine, "Aunt Gertrude!" "Poor child," I returned, responsive ly, "1 understand I understand." "0, no, you don't," she Interrupted, ungratefully. "You you can't." ' "Josephine," I said, kindly but flruy "y, "you are engaged to be married and to a man." It was evident she was astonished at my perspicuity, for she raised her head as though listening and nodded assent. "Furthermore," I continued, fellow "You Go and Explain Things." ing up my advantage and speuklng with conviction, "you are unhappy." Down went her head again, and the sniffling Into the counterpane recom menced. "Dear," I whispered with unalloyed sweetness, "Is ho worthy of these tears?" No reply. "Do you love him," I continued, "deeply, truly, everlastingly?" Josephine sat upright and pushed the hair out of her eyes. "Oh, Aunt Gertrude," she gasped, "It Isn't him it's them." "Them?" I hazarded, faintly. "Yes," said my niece with tho calm ness of despair, "that's the trouble. I'm engaged all right but there's two of him." "Tell mo about It," . I suggested, chiefly because I felt something was expected of me. "Yes," she agreed quickly, "I might Just as well. I've got to tell some body." "I Ignored tho last clause nnd com posed myself to listen. Her story was briefly thus: Being unable to withstand the fas cination to two callow youths, and finding It Impossible to preserve the peace between them, Josephine had formulated the scheme of taking them on alternate days, like two varieties of pills, as it were. She remarked casually that she had stopped their visits to the house, as she disliked to see them glare at each other, and, moreover, her evenings were thus left free for others. She did not explain this, however, but Insinuated parental opposition and dally persecution of herself, borne with angelic sweetness. Gently, but decidedly, I laid the facts of the case before my niece. I told her that, as she could marry but one man, it was manifestly improper to be engaged to two. "You must now," I continued ig noring her remark, because I could not help comprehending that such a situation might be agreeable, albeit sinful "you must now, dear child, make your selection. Which of your suitors do you love the better?". "Yes," said Josephine miserably, "It's up to me to choose, and I've done It." "Let your heart guide you," I ad vised gently. "That's Just what I tried to do," re turned Josephine, confusedly, "but the old thing wouldn't work. So I tossed up a ponny heads for Ned and tails for Harry. It came down tails." "And," she continued, quietly, "I'm going to elope with him tonight." "Tonight!" 1 cjnculuted, aghast. "Yes, to-night. And, oh, Aunt Ger trude, I don't want to ono bit. It's not Harry, after all It's Ned. Just as soon us the penny came down tails up I knew it was Ned I wanted, but 1 's. U. Llpptnrutt Co) was afraid to toss again, because then If I got Ned I might want Harry don't you see?" I did not see. in fact, such vacilla tion wns quite Incomprehensible tc my well balanced mind, but I was obliged to devote my energies to soothing Josephine, who again turned her face to the counterpane and wept copiously. "And he's waiting on the corner by Trinity church," she sobbed; "ho said he'd wait till I came. And It's rain Ing. And he has a cold. And 1 slm ply can t go marry him. And he's bought the ring. And I think Harry's such a hideous name. And he'll wait till I come, nnd and " Josephine suddenly sat upright and grasped my hand. "You go," she said, "you go, and. explain things." It Is needless to recount the argu ment thnt followed. Enough to say that I finally agreed to go and tell the man waiting to marry my niece that, after all, she preferred some one else. Josephine produced a long, light cloak and wrapped mo In it; she also adorned me with a large hnt loaded with plumes; because, she explained, Harry would be looking for just that costume. Over the hat and face 6he tied a thick veil, remarking that no one could possibly tell who was In side It, and perhaps Harry would marry me In spite of myself, as he was very Impatient. Then she gig gled hysterically. Secure In the consciousness of my, rectitude, I compressed my lips and drew on my rubbers. It was not a pleasant evening. A fine, sleety rain fell steadily, turning the pavements Into shining sheets of glass, over which I shuffled carefully. Trinity church Is situated on a side street entirely off the main thorough fare, where It is very quiet and se cluded. I paused as I reached the corner and laid my hand on my bosom, a little to the left of the breast bone, as described in physiologes when fa ceting the heart. Its throbbing was very evident. Summoning all my fortitude, t looked in the direction of the church There, beside the lamppost, stood a. manly form, and drawn conveniently close to the curbing was a herdlc cab Suddenly an arm appeared about my waist, a face was pressed close tc mine, and I distinctly felt the pricking of a mustache. I blushed beneath the veil and was glad the street hap pened ta bo dark and quiet. I found myself gently but forcibly propelled towards the cab, the door of which stood invitingly open. Twtc I strove to articulate, but both time) my voice failed me. "I'm going on the box with the cabby," he continued, cheerfully, "to make sure he gets the right place. It won't do to have any mistake, you know. Now, then, In you go." ' And I found myself picked up bodll and deposited in the cab. The doot slammed and we were off. I was eloping. My first Impulse was to Bcream, but this I resisted firmly; my second, tc draw the laprobe closer about me, and to this I yielded nnd resigned myscll to the Inevitable. The cab stopped abruptly and th cab door was flung eagerly open. Strange undulations traveled up anc down my spine. We wero In the chapel by this time, and the clergyman In his robes was waiting for us with two witnesses everything very proper and legal. At I could not trust my voice I began to fumble with my veil; at least '. could uncover my face. "Let me help you," he said, geutly nnd untied the knot. : I turned and faced him, and for i moment we stared at earh other at though petrified. "The devil!" he exclaimed, very rudely, I thought. I made a gigantic effort to speak. "My dear young friend," 1 said in a voice which sounded weak and au tomatic to my own ears, "I fear mj presence may be somewhat of a dls appointment as well as a sur prise " But I got no further, for he turned helplessly to the clergyman as though terrified. "Take her away," he gasped. "there 9 some mistake. Let me out of this!" But the minister lifted his hand folemnly. "There seems to be some strange misapprehension," he said, sternly; "let us get to tho bottom of this mat ter at once. Did you expect to marry this gentleman, madam? Pray ex plain." And I explained as well as I could. When I reached home a long time after, for the distance was great and the street cars Blow I found my wrapper and Blippers laid out in my room and Josephine hovering anxious iv about tho window watching for me. I told her the whole story, and she laughed In a way I thought ungrateful and unappreclatlve. "Josephine," I said solemnly, "I Bhall never recover from this night's experience. I hope you will always remember all I have done for you." "Oh, well," returned Josephine care lessly, "of course it was awfully good of you, but do you know, Aunt Ger trude, I think you bungled the thing most awfully."