The Nebraska independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1896-1902, June 28, 1900, Page 10, Image 10

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After an existence of a century and a
quart a a coectry wbre the govern
meet derives ii authority colely from
the eoorct of the gorerted. the United
States u turning back upon its own
history and tradition. From a . free
it is is drz e tootaiag a
tyrazxicaL imperialistie oligarchy. The
adult repbie. me tan to be entering it
aeoaod childhood a a baby eta pins.
-As a a, that it ha deserted the
principle cl individual freedom "upon
which it vu founded it u at this pres-
est oxazt try i eg to craia its rale, at
the beyoset point, down the throat of
the people i ui pi do. Cubans and Por
to Fijurasa vhota the declarmttoa of tode
prodeoce declared were crald eual,
with certain e&aiie&able rijhW amoci;
which are life, liberty azd the pursuit of
A far as the Fi!ipio-i are condensed
the Csited Slat i doing it damsed
to ahesate all three of these "on
aliecabi tigthC TLtir Urtm hare bn
lakes, they hare beea robbed of thr
liberty, Ed istrad erf pruir:ff hppi
ceaa tiy are beieg pursued like wild
beart ito the aae ictetior f their
tatiTe inlands- axkd all bectQKe they be
iiered, luce the Atsericaa co!ocit of
1774, that they were jotied ia tryieff
to ictitut a new poTemsaect ia con
formity with their leptixsale desiresi
aad ceed when the old ce imposed
vpoa theta bj tjpaia had become tatol
erb. It l abost time to fare the fitcatioa
fruarely. The Ucited State caanot.
vnll sot allow the war to oosticue xauch
Is the Crst place, it doe cot py
eiht ce cise bead red thomaad dollars
a cay for tailitarj aad caral eipenditcre
i taore thas the i'b cf graft Ir if the
A&ericaa oostiUitioa trpoa the liiip
paae ieUcd ie rth. la the &raocd
place, the caiioaal pajiuoa for freedom
is the Ucid State rio'ectJy oppo-ed
to the forcihle &bjsgatioa of a people,
be they Malay or Jioer. that have back
I one eoouh to fht for their iadepeod-
I a the perfod iaased lately foUowicg
the dose of the Spaaih wr it may hate
beea jgpnhble to withdraw from the
lfeilippuea. The ulaad hare beea
bocht aad paid icr, both with blood
aad treasure, aad a Spaia tu uaable
todelirertheroudathe Caited States
waa perhapa eoacpelled to prove title by
force of area! but cow taat thi haj
bees doae. cow that the oppotettiaa ia
the inlaada h beea redoeed from aa
active stajf to little cuore thaa a ullea
frobmkwaoa to the power of the pur
chaser, the tiae ceeak to have cotne to
Set the weyward is4er go ia peace At
aay rate' co reaaoa exit why a very
large taeajrare of aatoootay should aot
be offered to the Filipiao. ladeed,
cotazaoa prudeace dictate that this
ahooM be doae. aad quickly, too.
it would be the first tep oa the home
trial to the tree aad coble tradition of
the Aiaerkaa peoj le. It would indicate
a healthy recuariatloa of the unhealthy
oolocial ezpaaaioa phaataiajrora.
"Therefttisal to shoulder the re'pon
bility of patmmizg coJoaie i the begin
cirx of calical wisdom, for colucie are
vulnerabie rjot in a reran try "a cuirass.
Spaia fouad out thi to her cost.
" 1 1 i big h tis&e the Ucited St ten wok e
op aad pulled out of the imperial bui
aa, The gaoe ia cot worth the caadle,
for that way ruia tieM.
" The real aatiocal taWioa of the Unit
ed State u pacific aad commercial one.
Such a iaiioa ia the won ruccinsr aate
ia the world for imperial apeiatioxua.
"Irsperialifoa i a military. ot a com
oerciai aaibitioa, aad is oae that, by a
atrarfe fatality, detroy thoethatcher
Shit. The republic of hitory lie buried
ia the aahea d etspire. Is the Ucited
State etii ready to be added to the
The Harveyixed armor plate f the
Aseriraa republic up to the prefect ha
beea it complete freedom from the ae
ceKty of directly participating ia the
q uarrtji cf the outidoe wdrld. There ia ao
advaatare to be by abandon in
thai pokey aow. Oa tbe contrary, there
absolutely Bothlafr to justify the Aaic r
icaa people ia utarticc oil upon a career
cf imperial aad eokeual adventure.
" The Uaited Statee caaaot aSord to be
a baby expire. It caa afford to staad
oi? aad catch the Ijaby empire of ilnr-
laad.the baby empire of Germany, worry
with their trouble--New York Herald.
ilk Vmltm Mla fckl4 f aa
We who have aat aad llateced to all
the public epeaktr ia a political cam
tbin hi party." Ilanna."
New York WorldL
paiga ia which a new reform party fig
ured prominently, are familiar with the
oaay reasons given why our legislators
should aot accept passes. That- the
member who has a railrad pass resting
saugly ia his vest pocket is not so likely
to legislate ia the interest of the farmer,
taechanic or general laboring man, and
against a railroad system, as the one
who returns his pass unused. And it is
always thought of the latter class that
bring the wrinkles of uncertainty to the
brow of the Ilailroad magnate.
Tbe leaders of our political parties are
act particularly interested whether the
iadieg understand that the Railroad
systems are or aot great monopolies
or corporations. The great hosts of
Christian ministers are not seizing every
opportunity to enlighten us on the
wickedness of railroad pass bribery; and
our thousands of prominent educators
are aot writing books nor holding insti
tutes to instruct the women as to the
benefits to be derived from, or burdem
ira posed by the roads.
Without having much knowledge of
railroad affairs we can make restful
homes, have pleasant emiles for those
returning from the outside work, tea:h
our boys and girls to be truly honorable
aad attend to our religions and social
duties. Still we have a grievance, not
one of those that is said to oppress the
masses as against the clashes or that is
bo far reaching that it is being grappled
with by our men of energy and brain,
aad one that touched au every day life,
our home life.
Women's lives are said t be made up
of urnall things. Hut onf fmall drop of
water after another will wear away the
hardest fctone.
Oar grievance is the woman with "the
railroad pass.
Krery man in the state who happens
to be aa office holder, from the governor
to the pouee couimissioner, is expected
to hold railroad "v? passes, and the fact
does rot trouble us seriously, but when
every employe of a great railroad com
pany caa and does furnish the female
members of his family with passes, so
many a year or go many a month, then
our troubles begia.
When the cold storms of winter come
aad we ' imagine we will tit
COsil 2y by the fireside, or the spring days
aad with them the feeling that we would
ecjoy a time of real laziness, or when
the long days of hot f ummer come, and
with fagged bodies and weary minds we
plaa to rest quietly at home, or have de
cided to go to some cool resort for a few
day, then it is that the tever failing
letter from our dear railroad mend or
relative arrives telling us how much
they would enjoy a visit with us and as
they caa get a pass they will visit us at
our homes and thus save us from paying
railroad fares.
Maay womea receive such letters
every month aad while reading them,
cope dies witain us ana we say, "now
long oh Lord! how long." But there is
no time for repining. ureat loaves of
bread must be gotten into the oven. pi?s
aad cakes must be baked, vegetables
prepared and spring chickens cooked,
for our railroad manV wife is always a
good eater, and there is no use of cook
ing regular meals, you Know, wnen ooan
is off ca the road. Aad the dollars that
were ived up for a week's rest are take n
and exchanged for luxuries for our rail
road company.
Of course the pass costs them nothing
and they bad the rest aad change, we
the expense and labor.
In do-es repeated numth after month
this becJme wore ttan monotonous, it
makes life a burden and the thought of
company is like a nightmare, and we
wih with our very fuls that we had
enough influent over the Congress of
the United States to induce all its mem
bers to banish all passes from our fair
land. C.
Summer Excursion
The Union Faciflc will place in effoct
oa June 21, July 7 to 10 inc, J uly 18 and
Augut 2d, Summer Kxcursioa rates o
plus 12 from Kaasas & Nebraska points
nrrxrEK. Colorado piti??Gs,
Ticket good for return until October
31t For time tab!ea and full informa
tion call on
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Wholesale manufacturers and retail
dealers in Tents, Awnings, Wagon Cov
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We Lave bargains for you
most every day, in furniture,
iron bedsteads, stoves, ranges,
gasoline stoves, window shades,
carpets, queensware,glassware,
tinware and granite iron ware.
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Special Kxcursions to Colorado and Utah
via the Chicago, Rock Island &
1'acific liailway
June 21, July 10 and 18 and August 2;
Good returning until October 31, 1900. -
Denver and return, $18.25; Colorado
Springs and return, $18.85; Pueblo and
return, $19.00; Salt Lake City and Og
den and return, $32.00. For further in
formation, apply to
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or F. II. BARNES, C. P. A. Lincoln, Neb.
An Ideal Climate
The first white man to set foot on
Uah soil, Father Silvestre Velez de
Escalante, who reached the GREAT
SALT LAKE on the 23rd day of Sept.,
1776, wrote in his diary: "Here the
climate Is so delicious, the air so
balmy, that it is a pleasure to breathe
by day and by njght." The climate of
Utah is one of the richest endowments
of nature. On the shores of the Great
Salt - Lake especially and for fifty
miles therefrom in every direction
the climate of climates is found. To
enable persons to participate in these
scenic and climatic attractions and to
reach the famous HEALTH, BATHING
the UNION PACIFIC has made a rate
one5fare for the round trip, plus $2.00,
from Lincoln, to be in effect June 21st,
July 7th to 10th inclusive, July 18th
and Aug. 2d. Return limit Oct. 31,
For full information, call on or ad
dress E. B SLOSSEN, Agent.
Whiten the Teeth and
. Sweeten the Breath
Try a Tooth Wash made by a
Lincoln Dentist. Ask for a
Sample Bottle.
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Office hours 9 to 12 & 1 to 5. Second Floor
Hwrr Itlock, Corner room.
Kansas City,
By all odds. Two daily through express
trains. One leaves at night and the
other at 2 p. m. City ticket office 1039
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and Cigars. Jug trade a spe
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Between Chicago and San Francisco
Leave Omaha on big 5 at 1 :30 p. m.
All the best scenery of the Rocky Moun
tains and the Sierra Nevada by daylight
in both directions.
Theso cars are carried on the limited
trains of the Great Rock Island Route,
Denver and Rio Grande (scenic route),
Rio Grande Western aad Southern Pa
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."Is you all de cap'n of dlshyer raft
load, Buhl" ;,' v " ''
Russell looked up from his desk. It
was not the omnipresent negro vender
of persimmons or muscadines. It was
a woman, gray, bent and wrinkled and
with the pleadlngest old eyes that ever
looked out upon a masterful world.
She wore a knotted bandanna on her
head, and her dress was of the coars
est," but Russell, whose glance was
that of a trained summarist, remarked
that everything -about her was scrupu
lously neat and spotless.
T am the passenger, agent," he said.
"What can I do for you?" ,
"Yes, sur; flat's whut 'dey tole me,
an I des climm up dem sta'rs ter see
ef you all couldn' holp de po ole nig
gah 'ooman git back ter ole Firginny.
I'ze dls nigh home, mahsteh, but dese
ole lalgs dey ain' gwine cyar me dah
no, suh. - Dey des mek out lak dey
couldnV' ' V - i
"Where are you. from, aunty?" Rus
sell was new - to the" south, and all
negroes . of- a. certain age were yet
"aunties" and "uncles', to him. 5 ?
"Fze fom Alabama, suh, dis las' time;
yes, suh. Done tromp all de way fom
Montgomery, suh." -" J
Now, a railway passenger agent, be
ing stationed at a principal junction
point of human desires and disabili
ties, must needs harden his heart, but
it is a long walk from Montgomery to
Chattanooga. "
"What will you do when you get to
Virginia? Have you relatives there?"
"Kinfolks? No, suh. But dan's wha
I'ze bo'n an rats'." , ,
"How long have you been away?"
"Ain' been dah sence de wah time;
"Since the war? Why, you won't
find anybody there now that you
know!" ' . . '
"No! suh; I don't spect ter. But I'ze
lak ter lay' my ole bones en de ole
manneh fahm wha' de mahsteh an de
missis is sleepin; yes, suh, I would."
Russell put business aside and with
it the stereotyped rule in such cases
made and provided. An application for
half, fare "account charity" should
have come from the proper official of
the county court, but he waived the
formality. 1
"What is your name, aunty?" he
asked, dipping his pen. ' !
"Sephny Dickson, suh" yes, suh.
T"ank you kln'ly, suh."
"Dickson?" It was a family name in
which the passenger agent was deeply
interested for cause.
"Yes, suh; Sephny Dickson."
Russell filled out the order for half
rates, but; when the v money stage of
the small transaction, was' reached the
little heap of nickels and dimes which
the old woman took from a knot in the
corner of ;. her kerchwjf was all too
small, and the charitable causeway
broke down in a new place. - :
"Is that all you havK.aunty?"
"Yes, suh; ev'y las picayune, suh."
"It isn't half enough, even for the
half fare." V
Thedim, old eyesj filled-with tears.
"Dat's dat's des what I'ze skeered of,
suh. 'Spect I'ze des got ter trompv it
after all. How" fur is it, mahsteh?"
Russell's hand sought his pocket, but
something in the old woman's manner
made him, withdraw it empty. "It's
too far for you to walk, j Can't you
stay here , till you've earned money
enough to pay the half fare?"
"Dat's whut I'ze layln off ter do twel
I tried, yes! suh; but I'ze mighty ole an
no 'count, an de white folks dey wants
de young ones nowerdays yes, suh,
dey. does." , ,
Russell recalled something which had
been said on the occasion of his latest
visit to a certain hospitable household
on the hither slope of old Lookout.
"Can you cook, aunty?" he queried.
"I kin dat, sho'Iy, suh."
"Would you like to get a place in a
good family here for awhile?".,
"'Deed t would dat! Mo 'speshully
ef dar's any chillun."
Russell 'smiled under his mustache
and wondered if a certain young lady
he wotted of, aVouhg woman who had
recently attained to the dignity of be-
11 Thank you for coming to meet me," h
vv- " said, si
lng. her. father's housekeeper, would
consent to pose a's a child for Aunt
Sephny's benefit. Then he took his
courage In both hands and wrote a
note: " -V -' "
'Dear Miss Lois I heard you say
the other evening that you would be
glad to get one of the old time, before
the war 'mammies for a v house serv
ant. Here Is one who stumbled Into
the office a few minutes ago, and 1
hope she will Impress you as she has
me. She ' will' if . you'll v give her a
chance to work upon your sympathies.
Will yon pardon the liberty I'm taking
-rla for Everybody Tmg9 A.
and send her back to town if you do
not want'Uer?" . . -
When It .was written and Inclosed,
he found his hat and closed his desk.
"Come with me, and III put you on
the street car he said. "I think I
know,ot a plscEfor you" y v r V- ;
The shadow cf Chattanooga's great
sentinel mountain was marching out
across the valley when Russell board
ed the Incline car at St. Elmo that
evening. He was tofbe a dinner guest
at the Dlcksons', and when he dropped
from: the ascending car at the end of
the white paved battlefield . boulevard
the major's daughter was there to meet
him. She was a sweet faced young
girl of the type known to our forbears
as winsome, and to the young Illinol
san the" four -mile pilgrimage from
Chattanooga to the mountains was long
only In its retracing. None the less
there was a fly in his pot of ointment
In the shape of an old fashioned pearl
ring worn on a suggestive finger of
Miss Dickson's left hand, the gift,
some one had told him, of a cousin
gone to fight the Spaniards. The ring
was in evidence when he shook hands.
Thank you for coming to meet me,"
he'said when they had faced about for
the walk to the cottage. f ?
She laughed softly, ; and Russell
thought of gurgling brooks and' whis
pering leaves and ! such' like lyric
similes. . "Don't tank 'me. It was I
who couldn't wait to thank you. You
don't know what you've done for us.
How did you ever happen to think of
"If youll tell me what it is, perhaps
I can explain." .
' "Why! Mam Sephny, how did you
ever come to send her up here, of all
places in the world?"
"She got next to the sympathetic side
of me, and I didn't know what else to
do with her. .And I happened to re
member what you said the other even
ing about the old time negro women.
What have I done?"
"If you had been our good angel, you
couldn't have done a lovelier thing. Do
you know who Mam' Sephny is? She
is papa's own old Triack mammy. She
was a house servant in Grandfather
Dickson's bid home in Virginia."
"Well,ril be blessed! You don't
say! Why, it was the merest chance in
the world! As I say, I didn't know
what else to do with her."
"It 'was an an inspiration, I think,"
declared Lois Impulsively. "Papa can't
make enough of her. and she well, I
just thought she would die with the
sheer joy of U. , Poor old woman! She
has had such a dreadfully hard time of
it."- i
"Has she? T guessed as much from
her eyes, you know."
Then she didn't tell you her story?"
"It is fairly heartrending. She had a
child, a little boy who was 3 years old
when she lost him. It was in the last
year of the war. and Wythe county
was overrun with negro stealers, mak
ing the most of their opportunity while
it lasted, papa says. They stole the
boy, .and Mam " Sephny . . could never
learn anything more definite about him
than that he was sold south with a lot
of others, old and young. Wasn't it
The . young man nodded. He had
abolition ; blood- in his ' veins, and it
made him glad to the finger tips , to
know that a daughter of slaveholders
could also sympathize with a black
mother bereft. -
"Of course there was nothing for her
to do at the time," Lois went on, "but
when grandfather and grandmother
died and papa was reported killed at
Petersburg she was free, and she start
ed out to hunt for her baby. Did you
ever hear of such a hopeless task?"
"Never," said Russell, trying to im
agine himself seeking a loved one, say.
a sweet faced young woman with star
like eyes, under like hopeless condi
tions. "Did she find the boy?"
"Oh, no; it wasn't to be expected.
She has spent her whole life going
from place to place all through the
southern - states, looking and asking
and always hoping. But she has given
it up at last, and she was trying to get
back to the old home place in Virgin
ia." "Yes; to die and be buried beside her
old master and mistress. She told me
tfcat It's very pathetic, and and, Miss
Lois, you don't know how glad I am
that you can sympathize with her."
He said It because It was in him and
clamoring for speech, but he was quite
unprepared for her half reproachful
protest. '.'""'V-''"1'"' :''
"Glad, but surprised Is that it?" she
queried, with a little note of antago
nism in her voice.
"1 suppose T ought to, be polite and
say 'No,' but I'm going to be truthful
and say .'Yes.- I've always been led
to believe that your attitude that is,
the attitude of the southern people
toward the er the negroes was a"
He stumbled, not knowing just how to
put it in the least offensive phrasing,
but he needed not to go on.
"I know," she laughed, and the little
whiff of antagonism was gone. "But
after you've been here longer you will
understand. They are men and women
to you yet. I suppose, but to us they
are simply good natured. overgrown
children." And we are kinder to them
than you will be until you know them
as well as we do."
. The young man suspected that he
was getting upon'thln ice and made
haste to go back to Mam Sephny and
safety. ; ,
"Will you tell me what the old
aunty's name' Is?" he asked.' "It's been
puzzling me all day,"
'Persephone. of course." said Lois.
"She cried when papa called her that;
said she hadn't heard her 'chu'eh
name' since her bid mistress died. But
you, mustn't call her ''aunty. That's
only a brevet title, you know. She Is
a 'mammy.' "
Russell promised to remember and
opened the gate for his companion. A
moment later he was trying to explain
to Major Dickson that, his sending of
8e th Armstrong- ! oa pfs 8 andl 1.
Mam' Sephny was the purest bit of
haphazard and so quite thankless.
, "But our obligation is , the same,"
said the major. "Why, bless my soul.
sen, I couldn't feel mo' gratified if
somebody had made me. a present of
Sthe . old home , place in - Virginia I
couldn't, for a fact!' JBeing from the
north, you cyahi't quite appreciate buv
feelings toward these old black mam
mies of burs; you'd have to be south
era bawn for that. Will you walk out
to youh dinner, seh7"
" Under the circumstances the table
talk was Inevitably of faithful old
servants and the patriarchal system of
bygone days, but later, when they had
all adjourned to the veranda, the ma
jor with his long stemmed pipe, and
Russell with his camera, the young
man made good his promise to Induct
Miss Dickson Into the mysteries of the
fad photographic. Lois proved an apt
pupil, and when they had taken snap
shots of the valley, of each other and
of the negro man working on the lawn
the young girl sighed for fresh sub
jects. "Hwlsh we could get Mam Sephny.
She's "a, type, you know, and one that
is nearly extinct. , Is there light
enough? Shall I call her?"
Before Russell could reply, and as if
the wish had evoked her, the aged ne-
Tht negro flood over him with a great
ttone uplifted.
gress came around the corner of the
house and stood with arms akimbo
scanning the man at work on the lawn.
Her pose was exceptionally good, and
Russell made haste to adjust the cam
era. ' ' -
"The light is exactly right on her
face." he said. "Tell her to stand just
as she Is for a moment, please. It's a
chance in a thousand."
Lois called to the unconscious pose
use: "Stand still. Mam' Sephny don't
move. Mr. Russell Is going to take
your picture." -
The effect of the warning was alto
gether unexpected and not a little dis
concerting. The old negress threw up
her hands, shrieked and disappeared,
and the man on the lawn caught up his
scythe and ,: made as If he would
charge the group on the veranda. Lois
laughed merrily - -
"Dear me," she said, "I quite forgot
that Mam Sephny might object." And
then In explanation, "It's a foolish su
perstition among the older ones; some
how connected with the 'evil eye, I be
lieve." "She didn't object soon enough," said
Russell, laughing. "I got her before
she moved."
He said it In an ordinary tone, but
the stalwart negro overheard. With a
quick thrust of his boot heel , he knock
ed the scythe blade from its socket,
and it became a sword to slay. Catch
ing up the weapon, he made a dash for
the veranda.
Russell saw him coming and realized
dimly that he might presently have to
fight for his life with a superstition
crazed maniac. But at -the critical in
stant the artistic prompting was stron
ger than the self defensive. The man on
the steps, with his weapon swung high,
became for the moment a camera sub
ject not to be duplicated in a 'lifetime.
The rays of the setting sun, streaming
over , the shrugged shoulder of the
mountain, fell full on his rage distorted
face, and a livid scar, invisible at other
times, gashed one black cheek from
temple to jaw angle. If there had been
certain death In ' the biting of the
scythe blade, Russell could not have re
sisted the impulse to photograph the
man as he stood.
. The click of the camera shutter broke
the spell for all of them. Lois shriek
ed, her father sprang from his chair
and the negro dropped his weapon. It
was tbe major who first found speech.
"Why, David, you black rascal, you!
What are you about, seh? Put that
scythe back on the snath and go to
youh work! ' Do you heah me?""
The man turned and went back to
his grass cutting without a word, and
when he was out of earshot Russell
laughed good naturedly.
"You've been telling me all along
that I've a good bit to learn about the
brother In black, major, and I'm be
ginning to take it In slowly. 'Pon my
word, I believe that fellow really had
It in mind to kill me!
From that tbe talk drifted easily to
oblsm and racial characteristics and
things atavistic, and it was late when
Russell rose to take his leave. Lois
rose, too, and went around to the side
veranda to look for the incline signal
at the Point hotel. It had disappeared.
"The last car has gone down." she
announced, going back to the two men
at the steps, whereupon the hospita
ble major made Instant offer of bed
and breakfast, but the young man
would not fray his welcome.
"I shan't mind the walk In the'
least," he protested. "It. will do me
good. I don't have enough exercise
So It was concluded, and. Russell
shook hands with his host. Lois walk
ed to the gate with him." and, since
there was now no car haste to be. con
sidered, the leave takings .were pro-
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longed until the light In the upper win-
dows of tbe cottage warned Lois that
her father had gone to bed. ' v
"Really, I must go now," she said
across the gate for the tenth time at
least. "Do be careful, and be sure to
take the road. It's longer than the
path, but ifs much safer."
The young man" laughed and was
glad. What he would rain have said
could never dare say Itself while she
still wore the old fashioned pearl ring.!
but it was worth something to have
her anxious for his safety.
"Don't borrow . trouble on that
score," he rejoined, slinging tbe cam
era over his shoulder. "I: doubt if I
could find the path in tbe dark If t
should try. When may I come again?"",
Her blush . made him thrill with
pleasure. He could not see it, but he
knew It was there. r -
"When do you want to come?"
"Tomorrow and. the ;next day and1
the day after that and"-- !
"Hush!" she commanded. And then
by way of reprieve: "I'm glad you like
our . mountain. Come whenever you
please. Papa Is always glad, to see
you." f , .
A sudden access of daring filled hi
soul. "And you?" he queried.
"Et moi aussl. toujours," was. the
laughing concession as , the fluttering '
draperies disappeared up the. path,'
The music of the . words sang itself
over and over as he went his wayi
down the starlit lane making shift to
forget the dull luster of the pearls on
Miss Dickson's finger-temporarlly, at.
least. . ;
Lois stood at the edge of the porch
until the shape of him. was but a dark
er blur against the shadowy back
ground of the forest at the lane's foot.
Then she turned to go In. In the act
she had a glimpse of a shadow darting
quickly across tbe lawn. It disappeared
in the blacker shadow of the cedar
hedge, and something impelled her to
go back to the gate. She was just, In '
time to see the figure of a man glide
through an opening in the cedars. It
crouched for an Instant, as one who
gropes for a missile In the dark, and
then ran swiftly down the lane. Lois ,
saw and needed no explanation. It
was the negro David,. and his supersti
tious rage bad again got the better of
his fear cf consequences. In the catch
ing of her breath she understood that
Henry Russell's life lay in her hand,
and tbe next moment she. too, was
flying down the starlit lane. '
She came upon the. two men at tbe
first turn in tbe main road, and at tbe
sight ber tongue clave to the roof of
her mouth, and her bones became as
water. Russell was down, and tbe ne
gro stood over him with a great stone
uplifted. .. '
"David r Speech and strength came
back to her in a tidal wave of conflict
ing emotions, and she flung herself be
tween them. : ' ' '- :
The man dropped" the stone, as he
had the scythe blade;-but he was loath
to abandon his purpose. .
"Doan yor- git en' deiway; Miss Lois.
I ain't gwine ter hu't him none.-1'ze'--des
almin terstnash dat debbil's hoo
doo box of hlsn.9i etri -i
"You've -knieaniflm!" she sobbed,
kneeling be'sld-therelled one. Then,
with a sudden upblaze of authority:
"Run run to the house and call my
father! 5 Tell him what you're ;4oue
nrt hrinv him nnlrklr! On?" - 'W.
When Russell opened his eyes, be
thought he was on a train which was
roaring through an Interminable tun
nel. Not otherwise could the din and
clamor drumming In his ears be ac-
counted for. Then tbe imaginary train
shot ' out into -darkness and starlight
and silence, and he remembered. None
the less, there was a gap and things
unaccountable in it. Something had
struck him fairly between the sboui
ders, and be had fallen face down
ward. Now he was lying on his back.1
with his head pillowed. He groaned,!
and the hallucination returned. It was'
a train, after all, and he must be in a1
berth In the Pullman, with tbe roof of i
the car gone and the stars twinkling "
sleepily overhead. Undoubted stars
they were, and In a clear sky, and yet'
It was raining. He felt a drop plash
on his cheek and was vaguely con- '
scious of a prompting to get up and
seek shelter. But when be would have
essayed it two soft arms went about
his neck, and a pair of tremulous Hps
touched bis forehead. As a half stun
ned man might, he said the first thing
that suggested itself, "I don't care if It
rains pitch forks f
"Oh. 1 am so glad!" said a voice with,
a sob In It. "1 was sure be bad killed'
yon! Where are you burt?"-
Itussell came to his own In the mat
ter of self possession with gratifying
celerity. -
"As long as I lie perfectly still I'm,
not hurt anywhere. Don't move, ple&ieJ.
Was It the crazy beaded negro?" .
"Yes; it was David. He thought you
had 'hoodooed' Mam Sephny, and he
was trying to smash the camera."
"Where is be now?" V
"He has gone to tbe house for help.'
Oh, I do wish they'd hurry!"
"Don't. I'm quite comfortable."'
Then in a spasm of reluctant thought
fulness. "But you'll take cold sitting
on the ground."
He made a shameless pretense of ris
lng. and the two arms held him down,
as be had hoped they would. One of.
them was unsleeved for a little way,
and be kissed it. . , .
"Ob, I don't believe you are hurt at
all!" . . . .
"Yes, I am dreadfully. How dtd
you come to be here?"
"I saw David following you." . .
"Then you were not In such a hurry
to go. In as you said you were."
"I I was going In when I saw him."
"Oh! And then you ran after him ,
and tried to save me, like the brave lit
tle girl that you are. Lois, my darling. .
I suppose you've got to be true to the
other man, but I love you love you a
thousand times better than he ever
could If he tries till doomsday!".
"The other V There was a whole '
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