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Tho scene at tho opening of th story li
laid In the library of an old worn-out
southern plantation, known aa tho liar
nny. The placo la to bo sold, and Its
lilntory ana that of tho owners, the
Qulntards, In tho subject of discussion by
Jonathan Cronshaw, n business man. a
atranger known an Dladcn, and Dob
Yancy, a farmer, when Hnnhlbal wnyrm
Ilaxard, a mysterious child of tho old
southern family, makes his npnearanco.
Yancy tells how ho adoptnd tho boy. Na
thaniel Korrls buys tho llarony, but the
Qulntards deny ony knowlodKo of tho
boy. Yancy to keep Hannibal. Coptiiln
Murrell, a friend of tho Qulntards, np.
pears and asks questions nliout tho Har
ony. Troublo at Scratch Hill, when Han
nibal Is kidnaped by Dave Hlount. Cap
tain Murrell's nuent. Yancy overtakes
Hlount. Klvos him a thrnshlnic and securei
the boy. Yancy nppenrs before Squlio
Jlalanni, nnd Is dlscliurKed with fnsts for
the Plaintiff. Hetty Malroy, a 'flpiid of
tho Korrlses, has an encounter with Cap
tain Murrell, who forces hit attentions on
her, and Is rescued by IJruco CnrrlnKton.
Betty sots out for her Tcnncsseo homo.
CarrlKlnton takes Uin sampstiiKn. Yancy
and Hannibal disappear, with Murrell on
CHAPTER VI. (Continued.)
In tho taVorn tho thrco mini wcro
drinking Murrell with tho Idea that
tho moro Yancy camo under tho In
lluonco of BloBson's corn whlsKy tho
onslor his speculation would bo man
aged. Mr. Yancy on hiH part bollovod
that If Murroll went to bod reason
ably drunk ho would Bleep lato and
glvo him tho opportunity ho coveted,
to quit tho tavern .unobserved at
break of day,
"When yo' got to toelin' llko Bleep,
young boss, Mns'r Slosson ho Bays 1
Hhow yo' to yo' chamber." It was
Hlonson'B boy Eph.
"Yes, you can show mo my cham
ber," Hannibal said.
Enh secured a tin candle-stick with
a unlf-burnf 'candlo In It nnd led tho
way Into tho passage back of tho bar.
They mounted a flight of stairs and
passed down a narrow hall. This
brought them to the back or tho
building, and Eph pushed open tho
door on his right.
"This neah'B yo chamber," he
Bald, and preceding his companion In
to the room, placed the candle ob a
The moon was rising and Hannibal
went to the 'open window and glanced
out. For a moment he considered the
night, not unaffected by Its beauty,
then, turning from the window, he
moved his bundle and rifle to the
foot of the bed, where they would be
out of his way, kicked off his trousers,
blow out tho candle and lay down.
Yancy bad become more and more
convinced as the evening passed that
Murrell was bent on getting him
drunk; and suspicion mounted darkly
to his brain.
"Have a drink with mo!" cried Slos
son, giving way to drunken laughter.
"The captain's dropped out, and 1
'low It's about time fo' those hero
festivities to come to an end. I'm
thinking some of going ,to bed my
Belf," said Yancy. He kept his eyes
fixed on Murrell. He realized that It
the latter could prevent it be was
not to leave the bar.' He never shift
ed his glance from Murrell's face.
Scowling now, the captain's eyes
biased back their challenge as he
'thrust hlB right band under his coat.
"Pair play I don't know who you
are, but I know what you want!" said
Yancy, the light In hla frank gray
eyes deepening. Murrell laughed and
took a forward step. At the same mo
ment Slosson snatched up a heavy
club from the back of tho bar and
dealt Yancy a murderous blow. A
Btngle startled cry escaped tho
Scratch Hlller; ho struck out wildly
as ho lurched toward Murrell, who
drew bis kntfe and drovo it Into his
shoulder. Yancy dropped heavily to
How long tho boy Blopt ho never
qw, but ho nwoko with a start and
nfuscd senso of things. It was
ntly very lato, probably long
midnight but where was his
Ho sank back on his pillow Intent
and llstonlng. A chilling terror that
gripped him fast and would not let
him go, mounted to his brain.
Where was hla Uncle Dob? Why
didn't ho come to bed? Memories of
Idle talos of men foully doalt with In
these lonely taverns Hashed through
He slid from the bed, and for a
long moment stood cold and shaking,
bin every sense on the alert With
Infinite caution he got Into his trous
ers and again paused to listen, since
be feared hla least movement might
betray him. Next he secured his
pack, and was ready for Might
Kncumbered by his belongings, but
with no mind to sacrifice them, he
topped out upon tho shod and mado
blB way down -the slant of the roof to
the eaves. He tossed his bundle to
the ground ,aBd going down on his
knees lowered Ms rifle, letting tho
" xnuszle fall lightly against the side of
tbe abed as It left bis hand, then ho
lay flat on bis Btomach and, feot Hrst,
wriggled out Into spneo. When he
could no longer preserve his balance,
bo gavo himself a above away from
tho oavss and dropped clear of the
As ho recovered himself ho was
suro ho heard a door open and close,
and throw himself prone on the
ground, where the black shadow cast
by the tavern hid him. At tho same
moment two dark llgures camo from
about a corner of tho building. Ho
could Just distinguish that they car
ried somo heavy burden between them
and that thoy staggered as they
They passed out of sight, nnd
breathless nnd palsied, Hannibal crept
about a corner of tho tavern. Ho
must bo sure!
Presently he heard a distant sound
a splash surely It was a splash
A Ilttlo" lator tho men camo up tho
lane, to disappear In tho direction of
tho tavern. Hannibal peered after
them. His very terrors, whllo thoy
wrenched and tortured him, gavo him
a despcrato kind of courago. As tho
gloom hid tho two men, ho started
forward again. Ho reached tho end
of the cornfield, climbed a fonco, and
entered a deadening of timber. In
tho long wet grass ho found whero
tho men had dragged their burden.
Ho reached down and swept his hand
to and fro once twice tho third
tlmo his Ilttlo palm camo away red
There wus tho first 'pato premoni
tion of dawn lu tho sky, and as ho
hurried on tho light grow, and tho
black trunks of trees detached thorn
Eclvos from the whlto mist that tilled
tho woods and which tho dawn made
visible. Thero was light enough for
him to 8co that ho was following tho
trail left by tho men. Ho emergod
upon tho bank of the Elk rlvor, whlto
llko tho woods witb Its ghostly night
Tho dull beat of tbe child's heart
quickened as ho gazed out on the
swift current that was hurrying on
with Its dreadrul Bocret. Then tbe
full comprchonslon of Mb loss seemed
to overwhelm blm and be was utterly
desolate. Sobs shook blm, and be
dropped on bis knees, holding fast to
the stock of bis rifle.
"uncle Bob uncle Bob, come
back! Can't you come back!" be
wailed miserably. Presently be stag
gered to bis feet As be glanced
about, be saw almost at bis feet a
dug-out, made from a single poplar
log. It was secured to an overhang
ing branch by a length of a wild
grape-vine. Witb one last fearful look
off across tbe deadening In tbe direc
tion of tho tavorn, bo crept down to
the water's edge and entered the
canoo. In a momont, he had it free
from its lashing and the rude cratt
was bumping along tbe bank in spite
of his best efforts with the paddle.
Then a favoring current caught It and
swept It out toward the center of tbo
; CHAPTER VII.
On the River.
Detty stood under a dripping um
brella In the midst of a downpour.
Just arrived by the four-horse coacb
Presently He Heard a
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thnt plied regularly between Wash
ington and Georgetown, she had
found the long board platform beside
tho canal crowded with her fellow
passengers. Suddenly she became
aware or a tall, familiar figure mov
ing through tho crowd. It was Bruco
Carrlngton. At the samo moment bo
saw her, and with a casual air that
qulto deceived her, approached.
"You'ro leaving tonight?" he asked.
"Yes Isn't it miserable the way It
rains? And why are they bo slow
why don't thoy hurry with that boat?"
"It's in the last lock now," ex
plained Carrlngton, and gathering up
Dotty's hand luggage, ho helped hor
Dy tho tlmo they had reached
Wheeling, Hetty had qulto parted with
whatever superficial prejudlco alio
might havo had concerning river-men.
This particular one. waB evidently a
very nico rlvor-man, an exception to
hla kind. Ho mado cholco of tho
steamer on which sbq should contlnuo
hor journey, and thoughtfully chose
Tho Naiad a slow boat.
"I haven't a thing to offer her this
Is plain madness of mine!" ho kept
telling himself, and then tho expres
sion of his faco would becomo grim
and determined. No more of the rlvor
for him ho'd get hold of somo land
and go to raising cotton; that was tho
way money was mado.
Slow as Tho Naiad was, the days
passed much too swiftly for blm.
Whon Memphis was reached their
friendly Intercourse would come to nn
end. Thero would bo her brother, of
whom sho had occasionally spoken
he would bo pretty certain to havo
tho ideas of bis class.
Tho days, like any other days, dwin
dled. The end of it all was close at
hand. Another twenty-four hours
and Carrlngton reflected there would
only be good-by to say.
"We will reach New Madrid to
night," be told her. They were
watcblng the river, under a flood of
Carrlngton, with bis back against a
stanchion, watched ber discontented
ly. "You'll be mighty glad to have this
over with, Miss Malroy" be said at
length, witb a comprehensive sweep
toward the river.
"Yes shan't you?" and sbe opened
ber eyes questlonlngly.
"No," said Carrlngton witb a short
laugh, drawing a chair near hers and
Betty, in surprise, gave him a quick
look, and then as qulckly( glanced
away from what sbe encountered in
bis eyes. As she looked, suddenly
pale points of light appeared on a dis
"Is that Now Madrid Ob, Is It, Mr.
Carrlngton?" she cried eagerly.
"I reckon so," but be did not alter
"But you're not looking!"
"Yes, I am I'm looking at you. 1
reckon you'll think me crazy, Miss
Malroy presumptuous and all that
Distant Sound a plash.
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but I wlsb Mompbls could be wiped
off the map, and that we could go on
like this for ever!"
"You mustn't talk so I am nothing
"Yes, you are. You're everything
to me," said Carrlngton doggedly.
"You shall love me" She was pow
erless In his embrace. She Jelt his
breath on her cheek, then ho kissed
her. Suddenly his arms fell at his
side; his face was white. "I was a
bruto to do that Betty, forgive me!
I am Borry no, I can't bo sorry !"
They were alongside the New Mad
rid wharf now, and a certain young
man who had been Impatiently watch
ing Tho Naiad's lights over since they
becamo vlslblo crossed the gang-plank
with a bound.
"Hetty why In tho namo or good
ness did you ever, chooso this tub?"
Bald tho new-comer.
Carrlngton stepped back. This
must bo tho brother who had como up
the river from Memphis to meet her
Iiut her brothor'a namo was Tom!
Ho looked this stronger this Charley
over with a hostile eye, oflended by
his good looks, his confident manner,
in which he thought ho detected an
air of ownership, as It certainly ho
was holding her hands longer than
wbb necessary. An instant later, when
Betty, remembering, turned to speak
to him, his placo by the roll was de
serted. All that day Hannibal was haunted
by the memory of what he had heard
and seen at Slosson's, tavorn. More
than this, thero was bis tcrriblo senso
or loss, and tbe grlot he could not
master. Marking tbe course ot the
road westward, bo clung to the woods,
where his movements were as stealthy
as the very shadows themselves.
Presently, as be stumbled rorward,
be came to a small clearing in tbe
center of which stood a log dwelling.
Tbe place seemed deserted.
Tilted back in a chair by tbe door
ot this bouse a man was sleeping.
Tbe boot or an owl from a near-by
oak roused blm. He yawned and
stretched blmseir, thrusting out bis
fat legs and extending bis great
arms. Tben becoming aware ot that
path aB be slept and now stood. be
fore blm in tbe uncertain light, be
fell to rubbing bis eyes witb tbe
small figure which bad stolen up tbe
knuckles of his plump bands.
"Who are you?" be demanded.
"I'm Hannibal Wayne Hazard,"
said the boy. Tbe man quitted bis
"Well I am glad to know you,
Hannibal Wayne Hazard. I am Slo
cum Price Judge Slocum Price,
sometime major-general of militia and
ex-member of congress, to mention a
few ot those honors my fellow coun
trymen have thrust upon me." He
made a sweeping gesture witb bis two
bands outspread and bowed ponder
The boy saw a man or sixty, whose
gross and battered visage told its own
story. There was a sparse wblte
frost about bis ears; and bis eyes,
pale blue and prominent, looked out
from tinder beetling brows. He wore
a shabby plum-colored coat and tight,
drab breeches. About bis fat neck
was a black stock, witb Just a sug
gestion of soiled linen showing above
It. His figure was corpulent and un
wieldy. "You don't belong In these parts,
do you?" asked the Judge, when he
had completed his scrutiny.
"No, sir," answered the boy. He
glanced off down the road, where
lights were visible among the trees.
"What town Is that?"
"Pleasantvllle which Is a Ho but
I am neither sufficiently drunk nor
-sufficiently sober to cope with the pos
sibilities your question offers. Have
you so much as fifty cents about
you?" and tho Judge's eyes narrowed
to a silt above their folds or puffy
Nesb. Hannibal, keeping his glance
fixed on the man's face, fell back a
step. "I can't let you go if you are
penniless I can't do that!" cried tbe
Judge, with eudden vehemence,' "You
shall be my guest for the night.
They're a pack or thieves at tbe tav
ern," be lowered his voice. "L know
'em, for they've plucked me!1' He
rested a rat hand on tbe boy's
shoulder and drew blm gently but
firmly into the shanty. Witb flint and I
steel he made a light, and presently
a candle was sputtering In bis bands.
He fitted it Into tbe neck of a tall
bottle, and as, tbe light flared up tbe
boy glanced about blm.
The Interior was mean enough,
with Its rough walls, dirt floor and
black, cavernous 'fireplace. A shake
down bed In one corner ot the room
was tastefully screened from the pub
lic gaze by a tattered quilt
(TO BIS CONTINUED.)
"One o' de mos' curlosest things
about a fool," said Uncle Eben, "Is de
way he'll boiler and git mad If you
doa't let blm ahm off bis mltfortuaa."
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If such a patient refuses to obey the
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$3.00 a week for each person main
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those who are ablo to pay for tho cost
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