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VOL IX i THIRD SERIES
SALISBURY, BT. C, JULY 18, 1878.
MR. HESDERSOX'S ADDttESS
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the People oi xneoui oeuv .
f, tficrfor of Rovan and Dade:
The letter of Mr. Hobson, which appears
umin. of the 3d inst., supple-
in ed as it is by the "open letter" of Mr.
T r Foard "to the Farmers and Mechan
?oh"f iiowan ami Davie," leaves me no al
rltive hut to pick up the gauntlet, which
SitUn'tare e defiantly thrown
1 Mr Hobson, "as Chairman of 4 he
fS delation, authorises" f the editor of
,be HWeA to -announce J tt Foard a s
!K nominee of Davie county" for the Sen,
T rin-as Mr. Hobson alleges'the
tterhe wi e . dewltionv Whether
-.Sir how many-of the Davie
VbWes "authorized" Hit. Hobson to make
deletes ehlirin(in nf tiiat
Hobson nor Mr.
-. , itm,qtCs delegation mceu au
m m m AW M mm
d ,1 the peope of Davie county have notice
Chairman of the Davie delegation 1 hc-ro-
ceedincs of that invention.
She Watchman of the 3d int., do not show
that 1V6 Withdrew from the couvention or
even protested gain.t ita .. . lor the
infonnation of the voters of Rowan and Da
vie I herewith subjoin a brief summary ot
the proceedings of that body:
Frank Urown, of Rowan, was elected president-
S J.-Tatum, of Davie, secretary. The
following haraed delegates were present :
From Rowan-Jno. W. Mauncy, Frank
Brown, W. H. Overman, C. IK McKcnzie
Hnl Wm. R. Fraley. r .
From Davie-Dr. J. W. Fmjnn, Dr. J. Yl .
Wiseman T. F. Eaton, B. I- Smith, AV. H.
' Hobson, W. T. Hicklcr. W. F. Smith Frank
- Charles. B. Bailey, J. L. Adams and J. I.
AVoodruff. . i.it .
! On motion a joint committee of three from
each county was appointed to decide which
rountv had" tbe right to name the Senator
The delegation fnm each county separated
and appinnted itsxwu member of this toni-
uiitttc. - i . T
Bowan selected Uno. A . Mauney, m. R.
Fraley and C 11. McKenzie. Davie scl cest
ui W. H. Hobn, Dr. J. W. Wiseman and
1 J. I. Woodruff. The committ 'e retired and
after deliberating returned, and Mr. Mauney
for the maj. rty reportedthat Rowan was
diritled to name the Senator four members
of the committee voting in the majority.
Mr. Hobson tor the minority protested
against -'the report of the majority two
- members of the committee voting in the mi
nority. The majority report was lost by 4
vote "of 7 against 8. "Both majority aid mi-
- narity reports were then laid on the table.
! After much discussion as to the mode of
-voting, Mri Mauney moved that eac h coun
ty be entitled to vote according to ita.Dei.n
: orratic strength at the election in November,
' 1M7I5 this method giving Rowan 23 votes.
and Davie 11 motionadopted by a vote pf j
T 8 to 64 Davie men anil 4 Uowan men -'
ting in the affirmative, and six Davie men
in the negative.
Messrs. John C. Foard and John S. IIen
tlcrfon were then put iirnomination, and
the convention pnxreeded to ballot for Sen
ator: Bowan cast 20 votes for Mr. Mender
win and 2 votes for Mr. Foard ; conceding to
the latter the vote of Franklin township.
Mr. V. II. Holison declined to report the
" vte of Davie, county, but Mr. B Bailey, on
Ix-half of the minority ot the Davie delega
tion reported 4 5 (5 votes from Davie for Mr.
Henderson, which the t hairman refused to
allow to be counted, upon the ground that
it would be a breach of parliamentary eti
quette to recognize any vote not handed in
by the chairman of a delegation. The votes
of two townships for Mr. Foard were also
tendered to the President, wlueh he declin
ed to allow to be counted. The President
then announced that Mr. Henderson having
received a maioritv of the votes cast, had
received the nomination of the convention.
You will observe that the action of the
convention was deliberate and regular, and
that I received a clear majority of the Dem
ocratic votes of the two counties, to wit
Ten-elevenths of the vote of Rowan, and
about two-fifths of the vote of ' Davie-rcp-
resenting ten townships in Rowan and two
in Davie Ttcelce in all out ot IxxenUtn in
the two counties,
" It is insisted, however, without proof that
several of the townships of Bowan county,
which were represented as having declared
for me, and "? whose Vote I received at the
SenatoriafConventioTU. are not really for me
but for Mr. Foard. Which are f hev f Is it
Scotch Irish? That township voted-for
me almost unanimously at-the primary meet
ing, and was solid for me in the Rowan
County Convrn' ion. Is it Unity ? That gave
me a unanimous vote atrthc township meet
ihg, and also in the County Convention Is
it Mt. Ulla? That acted in the same wav
as did also Locke. I defy the friends o
Mr. Foard to Jiamc a single township
Rowan county, the vote of which was count
ed for me iu t the Senatorial Convention
where, he received anr votes whattferreither
at the primary meetings, or in the Rowan
county Convention. And in Franklin tovn
4 ship, which the friends of Mr. Foard claim
to Iks so strong for Wni, no ballot was taken
. at the primary meet in sr.
Mr. Foard says that "the county of Davie
met" in convention "and voting "by town
ships recommended his name." ' That same
v . convention recommended my name ami also
the name of .Mr. John H. Clement. The of
ficial report of the Davie County Conven
tion does not show that Mr. Foard receive 1
t he vote of a majority of the townships rep
resented in that convention. The secretary
of that convention, in an otiicialletter, which
I presume is now in the, hands of the late
secretary of the Senatorial Convention, stat-
ed positively, that at the Davie County Con
vention John C. Foard received f Aravoces.
John 8. Henderson tteo votes, and Jolm. H.
Clement one vote, and that no one having
received a majority of the. townships there
was no choice for Senator on the 1st of June
Nobody has denied, that inthe Davie con
vention 1 received the votes of Mocksville
and Calahan townships.
How does Mr. Foard expect to reverse
this overwhelming preponderance of the
Voters against him t What difference does it
make, to hun. whether Rowan county was
represented at the South River convention
by delegate from each township or not, so
- that' the oice ofj Rowan county was truly
heard there Mirough her duly, accredited del
egates? It is not the custom -nf Rowan coun-
f to te represented in a .Senatorial convwi-
. xwn-y tnthhi). she has never yet been
tlms represented, ller rule is for the town
lJLel ei ,. .'lminrht nroner to explain-. D
of tbSm lo n t When and v
f r ill I1T n") ul" r
' Sfr Uoln attended the Senatorial Con
vention, which met at South River, on Sat
urday the 2flth day of June, participated in
"L . L;i,rt;An tif thatlxxlv. and acted as
T I1H IICIILVI '
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ships in tbeir primary meeting and at the
county convention 10 Bignuy tiicir preier-
ence9 amj the delegates appointed to attend
the Senatorial convention, whether few or
many, are expected to reflect the wishes of ,
the , xplc! of the county as thus expressed,
The reason' why Rowan, this Year, sent a
small delegation to South Hirer was for the
purpose of avoiding the usual incidents of
a laree, excited, amrrv and tumoltuoa body
. J . . . .. . I
uavie wouia sena a smau commitieeoi rep
resentative men to confer with the commit
tee on the! part of Rowan. It wasbelievcd
that a small delegation of five or six from
each county could settle all disputed ques-1 sent to vote for it. Before a bilJLcan.be
tions amicablv, peaceablv, and witliout-pas- I come a law, it must usually obtain the re-
i " i . . I i . : jr m. f . : .x
siou, prejudice or bitterness.
- Every large political convention, the mem-Ik-ts
of which are actuated by strong and
angry partisan feelings, is frequently the
scene of noisy, disorderly and disgraceful
proceedings, and this too insspite of all the
efforts whicli men, who love peace and hate
strife, can make to calm the troubled waters
and to bring about "unity and concord."
. Mr. Foard, in hi "open letter" says, that
"the delegates met at South River, and no
nomination iras declared." This is a mistake,
as will appear by reference to the published
proceedings. 1 was not only declared t( le
the nominee of the convention, but I am the
undisputed choice of the voters of Twelve
townships out of Seventeen, iu the two coun
ties. Mr. Foard seems to fear that I will at
tempt to hold over htm "the party whip
and to lash all who object" to my nomina
tion. But I am not so devoid of sense and
prudence as to wish to be elected by any but
the most fair and honorable, means. I de
mand for myself nothing but an open field
Although I have never sought office, I
have filled several positions of trust and
usefulness and whenever 1 nave been a
candidate lefore the people, I have eucoun-
ered opposition. But I have never yet been
empted to secure my election by appeals to
the paioHs and prejudices of particular
classes of; society, nor ever been forced 'to
adopt any of the devices for winning votes,
so commonly made use of by the political
charlatan! and intriguing demagogue.
Iu Bowan and Davie counties -1, am per
sonally known to large. numbers of the peo-
)Ie. and mv reputation and public record
is known and can be read of all men. It
is true I jim not a farmer by profession.
But is it anything to my discredit, because
im an humble memlicr of-a learned, an
lonorable and a liberal profession i Why
hould there be any antagonism between
hese two classes nf society. There is none
except when fostered and encouraged by
the one class or the other. 1 hvc uvea on
a tarni all my life, and am the son of a man
who has always leen a farmer and has nev
er "pursued any other avocation. I have as
much sympathy lor the tanners, as a class,
as Mr. Foard can .possibly have, and I am
quite as fully identified with their interests
as he. i
As a member of the Constitutional Con
vention of 1875. I earnestly supported that,
amendment tothe State Constitution, which
compelled the legislature to create the De
partment ot Agriculture. Ami Oaring the
labi miii in i lie Licisiaiiiic, i Btmciv
sunixirtetl every good bill, which was cal
culated to advance, pot only the material
interests :ot.tlie whole State, but iot the Ag
ricultural and Mechanical classes in partic
ular. I Endeavored to le the irieud alike
-of all classes and professions, without re
gard to caste, race, color, or previous con
dition. Experience is a safe counsellor, and teaches
us lessons of wisdom and discretion. As I
grow older, I feel that I am gradually be
coming more and more conaertatirc andm
dilatory in my principles and conduct. I
1 ' ll?lT .1 A
entereti puuiic nie nuoui seven years ago a
fiery young partisan, and was somewhat
noisy in Inv denunciation of all who differed
M itli me in olitica! opinions. But I have
changed all that. I am still as strongly at
tached to the political party of which I
hare ahvsivs been a memwr, as 1 ever was.
Bv education, by inclination and by con
viction, I am a democrat no oue can be
truer thffn myself to his party affiliations
and allegi mce. But I feel more kindly and
more tolerant towards my political adver
saries than formerly, and I have made it the
rule of my public, lite, not to do a wrong for
the purpose of gaining a partisan triumph.
For this jreason, therefore, when tjie majori
ty of thej Democratic party Th the last Leg
islature purposed to declare vacant the seats
of three; Representativesone white and
two colored from the counties of New
HanoVcrland Pender who had been elect
cU by-overwhelming majorities at the polls,
I. protested against such a policy; and as
a member of the Committee on Privileges
and Elections wroteLthe majority rejiort,
which retained those members in their seats.
I took this course because I did not lwlieve
the reasons given for the expulsionof these
mcnilH-rs jto be sufficient or just.
For this action on my part, I received the
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coiHicinpauoii oi many oi my Hiuieai assj
ciates, atnl of the leading Democratic daily
newspaper in the city of Raleigh. But I
hud what was far better the approval of
m v own Conscience,
I deplore as much as any man can the
present depressed condition ot business, and
the financial embarrassment of all classes of
our peoblc - and I shall rejoice to sec the
day when prosperity and contentment shall
dawn again in the land. But our present
condition has been occasioned by a variety
of-evilsi We are still reaping the bitter
fruits of one of the fiercest and bloodiest
civil wars the world has ercr seen. In that
mightv Revolution, the flower of our youth
and manhood was' cut off by disease and the
sword, i Our lands were laid waste, our
homes rendered desolate, and the bulk of
our property -was swept away. Burdened
with debt, both public and private, and
suffering from the most grievous oppression
and misrule, under the yoke of stranger? for
several years during the era of reconstruc
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IIOIK YIIIIIC IIIL'IC HD9 MlUG Ul Utl
tor bfe and property, and scarcely any per
sonal liberty left in the land pur peoph
being systematically robbed both contrary
to and under the forms of law it has been
h most difficult thing for the peoplejof North
Caiolina to throw off the trammels environ
ing them, and with new hearts and renewed
courage! to attempt gradually to rebuild
their shattered tortunes. ine federal gov
ernment has imiiosed upon us a delib
crate syktem of tyranny, espionage and op
pression;, through the Reconstruction acts
of Congjress, and corrupt and ruinous laws
for the (L-olleetioft of Internal Revenue. The
r eiierai: auminisiranon uas aiso iorceu upon
the peojile a financial system and policy,
which is dragging the country to bankrupt
cy and ruin. The legislation of the State
governinenf, even under the- most ben en
cent and economical rule, is not, and can
not be nladP perfect, No doubt there are
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still many unjust laws upon the statute
wwk which ougm u oc icireoicuf -"
and will be in d
if the people will
signify their wishes through their accredit-
ed representatives. But legislation is some-
thing that requires time to perfect it. I
r have tound by my own personal experience,
that it is with the utmost difficulty that a
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! new law, iiowever good it may be esteemed
b? those who wish to secure its adoption,
leirislature. Lerislators are unusually de
liberate and cautious men. They like to
understand thoroughly a new law, in all its
sections and bearings, before they will con-
commendation of at least one important
committee, and if it then passes the house
in which it has been introduced, it is quite time when I don't think l cared the least
probable that it will fail to pass the other for her beauty her souFvra so much more
house. It requires not only some experi- j attracti ve than her She was uu hum -
ence in legislation, but also skill and tact i i i. i
of no mean order, for a member to succeed I We wild-flower maiden, but a woman who
in securing the passage ot a new measure bad received n maguinecut dower of blue
however advantageous he.itiajt, think it to blood, iucluding taleutf iiud all that cul
be to the interests of his constituents. Goodtnre dflvclop iu ft rutiful and in
laws are the result of experience and prac-i
tice. They must be used and tested before j llectual woman washers ; all that wealth
they can Ire pronounced admirable. j could bestow upon her she possessed. She
I shall be glad if Mr. Foard will point out had the good fortune to have no singular
to me what legislation lie thinks is highly ! it of natuit5f but aU wua a Hymmetrical
necessary tor these times ana especially i , , , ,
what is needed to develop the agricultural j aml " hnniioiuona whole,
resources of the State. If he has carefully I loved lier,nud I possessed the humble
elaborated and worked out a scheme, which 1
eiaooraiei unu worneu our. a scueme, w men
will relieve the people from debt, from bus- j
iness depression, a scarcity of money, and
from the burdens of taxation, I tender him '
my cordial congratulations, and shall aid
him to the utmost of my power to obtain
the passage of such an excellent bill.
All history will bear me out in the state-
mcnt that the man who seeks the suffrages ,
of the people, for a legislative position, by
promising them some cheap patent method
of legislation for relief from all their bur
dens, is doing what he certainly cannot ful
fil. It is easy to make a promise, but to
perforin it is very uithouit
Every honest and faithful legislator will
to reflect the wishes of his con- (
i.il .m'lll i-f ii nntl lien lll lllH II- I
stituents, and will vote aim use
U1IU Will tlll WO 111 iiiiiu
ence accordingly. But if he promises to do
the work of 170 jMirsons sitting in two
houses guaranteeing to obtain their votes
for his favorite measures he will find by
making only one trial, that he has promised
I am not" responsible for the contrcvesy
which has so recently been the theme of
discussion, as to whether Bowan or Davie ' tiou. A trifle more in vivacity, when sur
ise'ntitled to name the Senator this year .j rmimk,a t y geutlome n, made her utterly
I have never sought the 'nomination, and!. . . ' " ,
did not even consent to the use of my name : -fesihtiule.
in connection with the position, until I had I saw aud felt the charm, and could not
been assured by prominent citizens of Davie cotiteut myself with the thought that in
county, that Davie would not only be per- j (he j t la together I knew
ic iiv sniiMievi wim oie, inn nun mic ukj iiwl j
claim the right to name the Senator, ami j
that it was perfectly understood in Davie, ;
that it was Rowan's turn. I have before me
at this writing a recent letter from a gen
tlemen of the highc-t character, and of great .
influence in Davie county, and whose views
1 have not previously had the benefit of, in
whicli he says: "Up to the time of Davie's
county meeting, l uau never hearu ,oi any
person claiming that it was Davie s turn to
umish the candidate; thought we had no
contest with Rowan on that score." I was
ilso assured that there had been a distinct
igreement between the two counties in the
year 1874, that Bowan should have the
right to name the candidates for the vears
187(i and 1878. Mv own investigations eon-
firmed what my Davie friends had rcprc-
sented to me,
The following is the record of the Sena-!
tors elected in the two counties for a series ,
1861, Win. B. March, of Davie county.
18C6, B. F. Johnston, of Davie county.
1868, Wni. M. Bobbins, of Row an county.
1870, Win. M. Bobbins, of Rowan county.
1872, Charles Price, of Davie county.
1874, John 11. Clement, of Davie county.
1876, W. II. Crawford, of Rowan count v.
I have made the year 1SC4 the starting
point, because in that vear the old Whig
and Democratic parties, having previously
disbanded, in the presence of the public en
emy, had become united as one party. But
if that shall be considered too far back, we
ought to begin with the year 1872 the first
election after the last Senatorial apportion
ment. However, if you begin at the time
of the adoption of the new constitution in
the year DhJS, there will bo no difference in
the result, according to the record. 1 he
custom has been and I suppose will not be
departed from until the two counties adopt
a different rule for each county to name
the candidate for two successive terms, and
so on alternately.
If I had foreseen the present complications, at the
start, 1 should most i-ertatnly have i el used to be a
candidate. For weeks and weeks my name was be
fore the pwple ot Kowan and Ditvle, without a com
petitor. Nearly all the townships In Kowan count j ,
with singular unanimity, declared tor me at the prt
lo.iry meetings. The Uowuu County Convention
declared tor me without a murmur of op;osltion.
Mr. Koard had not been voted for at any oi the town
ship meetings. Franklin township handed lu no
vote for Sen itor, on the first ballot, at the County
Convention, and I did not know until very recently,
that the Franklin delegation had afterward taken
& ballot, and that the delegates present when that
vote was taken, bad declared for Jar. Fo.ird. Tnc
nrst Intimation 1 had that 1 was going to have oppo
sition, was on hem-IDE the result ot the Jerusalem
meeting of the 6iw or May. t p to that time I had
fully understood thit the people of Davie had set
tled down to the belief that 1 was to be the caiuli
date. My hame had been before the people of the
two counties ever since the latter part of March.
The Kowan township meetings were held on the
2th ot April, and the County Convention on the
18th of May. Mr. Foard'B allegation, therefore, that
I and my friends have been opposing him and '-the
Interest which he represents," is au entire mistake.
On the contrary I have recently become the target
for hlni aud his friends to shoot at being shot at,
too, mainly In the house of my own Immediate
friends. The war against me being one of unrelent
ing bitterness. I am to be proscribed and ostracized
not because 1 have done any wrong not because
I have proved recreant to any public duty not be
cause I am not qualified for the position but simply
and solely as Is untruly al:eged because I am "uo
fully ldentUled with the farming Interest." Therj
li no natural or real antagonism butweeu a lawyer
aad a fanner; but In my case, I was tjom lu a far
mers house, and have never had any other horm ;
and the insinuation that I am hostile to the farming
class, because I have studied and practiced law, is
not only untrue, but preposterous aud absurd.
t have none but the kindest personal feelings for
Mr. Foard and his family. Our relations have al
ways been most cordial. One of his sons I have al
ways regarded, not only as a warm supporter of
mine, but a personal friend. I regret the necessity
for this personal contest, which hat beenfurerd on uw.
I (t id nut provoke it.
It is therefore Impossible for me to withdraw from
the canvass, and succumb to what I cannot but re
gard as intimidation and threats. The letter of Mr.
vV. 11. Hobson, announcing Mr. Koard as a candidate,
was written on tie Monday following the Senatorial
Convention sunlay only intervening and the same
Issue ot the ITcWuim which officially Informed me
of the proceedings of the Convention, contained
sucu announcement; and on the day after such isaue
Mr. Foard's card was published.
I am now In the bands of my friends, and will
yield only to them, or to the decision of the people
at tue ballot box.
If you shall do me the honor to elect me to the
State Senate, on the first Thursday In August, I
promise to serve you diligently, faithfully aud zeal
ously, and will endeavor to discbarge the duties of
the position with all the skill and ability, whioh
God haa given me. It Is unnecefesay Jy add that I
am In favor of an honest an3Q0itourtcalulmintstra
Uon of public aTIulrs: an 1 oi unrlty. ability and in
tegrity lu the conduct of $ ) ery department of the
fPl.n In llLiMt1nn "Hjl A . -t
uonas are loosening prejuuicra are oemg removed,
and the people of all classes and parties, la North
oome together In a spirit ot eonciUaUon andgood
feeling. The time has come for higher aspirations
tertaln such views, I eonnoentijr appeal to them to
w m elerttonlhT.Sniie OI con"
demaatlon upon a programme and policy of narrow-
ne8d and intolerance, the success of which would be
a burning disgrace to the spirit ot the liberal and
enllflrbtened aire In which we live.
with very nigh regard, I be? leave to subscribe
Your mend and obedient servant,
JOHN S. HENDERSON.
July , 18T8.
HER STOOnNa DID TL
She was very pretty but there came n
m-ss of true love. The more intimately I
ness ot trn
j.ew j,er ,
t,,ac Wl ,-
she made me conscious of things
mean in myself. Out of this
feeling grew jealousy ot other men.
A bitter jealously. She was of too sunny
ail(1 ge,.,,,, Sl temper to pick for flaws,
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nor co,,lt she know -- lu:lu as otl,er lu
She could not understand that Dr. Cos
grove was irritable in private, as Ik-was
suave and agreeable in public, and 1 would
not tell her that Capt. Laugdalc seldom
p.jjj his debts. They were but two of her
maiy a,ni,.t..s aml t,,ev wcrt. hotI ,,aud.
gimirr aud showier than myself. In time I
was miserable on their account.
I caunot now, in cold blood, accuse her
of coquetry, but Stcplienie St. Jean was
of French blood on her father's side. Be
side speaTdng that language perfectly, she
had-the French woman's secret of fascina-
myself dear to her. Many a winter evening
had we sat together on the little velvet sofa
before the dr.iwing-room lire, secure from
intrusion, her beautiful hand resting on
my arm, content in her eyes, happiness
iu her smile. -And .yet, swearing her to
be the proudest and most delicate of wo-
men, l was mnuiy jeauxin or nruer-men.
For months I wo.ild not see her alone.
She was one of a large family, and she had
a favorite cousin, Lilly Law ton who was
her cou.st.aiit companion.
She was very young and a bl ight, sweet
little thing ; but of late she had seemed
. drooping, as if out of health, ami Steih-
enie had beeu unusually prote. tie and
For Stephenie's sake 'I often took Lilly
out to drive, though her exceeding sim
plicity' often bored me.
1 could not but wonder that Stephenie
associated with her so constantly ; but
Lilly worshipped her magnificent cousin,
and the latter delighted in being kind to
those weaker than herself. 'Kitten,' she
called Lilly', aud there had Ik-cii something
especially kittenish iu the girl's round,
blight, gray eyes, and playful, graceful
Her special charm was gone now. She
was a pale, faded, spiritless little thing.
Stephenie kept her constantly under her
"Kitten must have green fields and
pastures new,' she said. " The May sans
are getting strong, and I, too, long for a
country trip. Wo are going to Branch -ville,
aud Khali be absent alwmt a week.
Mind you are a good boy till we come
I smiled, but on tho wrong side of my
A week,' I murmured.
A; week and one day,' she laughed.
'I shall be gray-headed wheu you come
back,' 1 said, smiling at my own vexa
tion. She laughed more gaily than ever ; then
a shadow fell over her face.
'It is for Lilly's Bake,' she whispered.
'Look at her.'
Lilly lay uu a hammock on the piazza,
her hands lying listlessly iu her lap, not a
shade of color in her cheek.
The thought cam to me that the child
certainly was bound for the laud of shad
ows. 'She must have help soou,1 said Steph
enie. Yes.' I answered.
I saw them oft" on the morning train,
Kitten with her cheek on Stephenie's
shoulder. I carried the picture before my
eyes all the week my magnificent, gen
erous brunette- supporting the failing
strength of that pale, fair-faced child. And
1 had never loved her better in my life
than in the phase.
A week and a day Stephenie had said ;
therefore I had no expectation of seeiug
her, when, at the end of five days, I enter
ed the drawing-room of her father's house
to find an opera-glass I had left there.
I had told the servant at the hall door
what my errand was, and that I knew
just where to look for the glass. But on
the threshold of the apartment my steps
were arrested by the sound of Stepheuie's
. A T n s
ed Stephen!, was aeated in tfie alcove of
an inner room beside a gentleman. ,
Is tood-irresolute. A curtain of blue skil
fell across the upper part of tl figures,
but upon it their shadows lay, as they
sat against the sunny windows beyond,
aud plaiuly outlined Stepheuie's beauti
ful Imadand Captain Langdale's pro
file. I did not mean to be a listener to their
conversation, but as I demurred abont go
ing forward, I distinctly heard Stephenie
"I love yon utterly with all my heart.
I am not ashamed to soy this, because you
will never see me again."
She continued talking, but her voice fell
to a low monotone, and I realized my po
sition and stumbled backward out of the
room, and found myself in the street, go
iug dizzily home. Like some hunted thing
I rushed" to my Tooni and, hid myself from
I remember throwing myself upon a
couch and then starting up aud walking
the room, looking at my pale face in the
glass, taking up books aud opening as if
to read them, doing all sorts of nuinten
tional things in a mechauical.way, trying
not to think of the revelation that had
come to me, because it seemed 1 should
go mad if I did. But a haunting voice was
cryiug iu my ear : Stephenie lost Ste
"No, no, she is mine !" I cried in dis
pair. "1 have loved her so long and so well,
and she is my only darling! - What could
I do without her ! Oh, God, what can I
For the truth would not be gainsaid,
and must be faced. With mine own ears
I had heard her say to another man, "I
love you," aud what I may have murmur
ed iu moments of impatience, I kuew iu
my soul that Stephenie St. Jean was no
Captain Langdale had been ordered to
his .regiment, and she had probably return
ed home to bid him farewell. A soldier's
life is always in peril, and in the moment
of parting -Stephenie had confessed to him
what I never had suspected.
Heaven knows that I had no reason, and
I had good cause to think differently. She
had never plighted her troth to me, but
by word and look and sweet privileges
she had accepted my love, and I had such
utter faith iu her truth that the possibility
of her deceiving me had never ocurred to
The warmest and tcuderest intimacy
existed between us, and yet ehc never had
given her promise to marry me.
Sick at heart, I realized it uow, review
ing the past in the hateful light of my
Eudden discovery. I was a lawyer, and in
the long hours of that utterly sleepless
night I studied the case untiringly as if it
had not been niy.owu.
It was not a matter of mistaken identi
ty. Leaving out the consideration that
my heart would never mistake Stephen
ie's voice, I distinctly saw tho outline of
her bust, and her dress, revealed below
the curtain, was very familiar to nie.
It was of cream-colored silk, trimmed
with black lace. On her foot she wore a
pretty black satin shoe, with a silvcrjbuc
kle, and the instep showed a cream-colored
stocking, embroidered with silkeu buds
The dress and the stocking, with its cm
broidery, were all of the same tint, and
the whole costume of but two colors
cream and black. As she sat within the
blue curtain the artistic effect was very
Ah, no! It was Stephenie, peerless
among women, and in heartsick misery I
at length gave up the lost cause.
The gray dawn was stealing in at my
window, its sweet breeze bathing my ach
ing temples, when I sat down at my desk
aud penned my farewell letter:
Stepiikxie: I cannot trust myself to
see you again. I am as weak as a child,
and worn out with such suffering as I pray
you may never know.
Inadvertantly yesterday, I heard you
confess your heart to Captain Langdale.
I heard you say that you loved him. Then
you did not love me! God only knows
how utterly I believed you did, aud what
fervent gratitude and hapiness there was
tomeiu that belief. Oh, my darling!
How could you let ukj wreck my heait on
the shoals of your mere careless liking. I
was only a congenial friend, a pleasant
companion. Your heart was his, aud his
alone farewell !
This passionate, incoherent letter I di
rected to her, then called my valet
'Pierre, pack my trunks. We will go
down to Black Bocks for the summer."
The man started.
"Pardon, monsieur, it is very dull down
there. No Gunning, no fishing, and no
young ladies !"
'And consequently no waiting maids for
you to ogle," I answered, with a dreary
attempt at ease and lightness of spirits.
But the fellow still looked at me.
"Monsieur looks very ill. I will bi.l
the doctor to call on you, and if lie coii -
sents we will go to that horrid place to
'Nonsense ? 1 shall be well euough af
ter a bath and some breakfast. Don't be
imiertinent, Pierre. We start on the 10
i Black Rock was not inhabited by fash
able society ; th3 was my only reason
1 . ktt -
I took np my abode, was Urge ramUing
oU1 faallioned inni ' t. ??
j j w aio iUQl IU IUC
world like a modern seaside hotel.
My valet, of course, arranged the con
reniences of my life, consequently I did
not know the dark skinned old woman
who one day presented herself at the door
of ray apartment with a long covered bas
ket upon her arm. My mau was dusting
a coat on the back piazza.
There is sonic one at the door Pierre," I
said to him, as I sat in the window with .a
book, which I was not reading.
"It is the washerwoman. She Is a verj
uice laundress, monsieur."
"Yes," I said indifferently. "Pay her."
He received the carefully covered bas
ket, settled the bill, and the woman de
parted. Pierre prepared to arrange my linen by
opening a bureau drawer. I turned a
page of my book as he withdrew the white
cloth from the basket, when my attention
was arrest ed by his exclamations.
"Mon Dieu! Laces, ruffles."
" What's the matter, Pierre !" ,
"These are ladies' things. Here is a
wrapper with fluted rutlles, white skirts,
and ha, ha ? embroidered stockiugs.
Mees Betsey, Meea Betsey, come back !"
He dropped the basket on the floor and
rushed after the old woman. 1 glanced
within and saw a mass of snowy lace and
embroideries! beautiful asa bed of lilies.
The clothing too dainty and expensive to
belong to any but a lady, and I wondered
who the owner might be.
In one corner was a pile of hosiery.
The stockings were not all white one pair
was of cream color, with a silk embroider
ry of buds aud vines; aud, while I was
carelessly considering how and where
such exquisite needle work was done, the
thought flashed across me that I had seen
that very pattern of silken rose-bud on
Stephenie St. Jean's foot.
My hand trembled. I dropped tiie book
as Pierre came rushiug back with the
pauting old woman.
"Yes, I have lofn he wrong basket. The
other, outside, is yours, sir. "Hope you'll
excuse me. I am getting old aud forget
ful." "Stay," I said, breathlessly. "Whom
are the lady's things for ?"
"For tho young lady down stairs who
came last week, sir. Miss St. Jeau. 111
take them, away directly."
Unheeding the wouderiug eyes of the
two, I snatched up a handkerchief on
which I saw a name marked. "Yes, it
was 'Stepheuie.1 "
I grew l'aiut ami luiiied an ;iv U liidc
my emotion. My hand shook us 1 si);iti li
ed up my hat and rushed out of doors.
The sun was settiug across iho water.
The waves danced blood-red iu its light.
The air had grown cool, and a pair of
singing sliore birds rlew before me as I
jght a favorite scat of mine, retired
among the rocks.
I had not composed my mind, when
there was a rustic of silk; and a soft hand
was laid on my arm.
"You know I am here now, aud so 1
have come to speak to you."
She sat down clo,so beside me, facing
me, her nruisacross my knee, her clear
blue eyes steadily meeting mine; and be
fore she spoke a word, I took the fair
hand tenderly, feeling that she was to be
restored to me.
"Forest, I have Ihjcu here a week wish
ing to set- you, yet repelled by your deter
mined seclusion. If the old w oman called
Aunt Betsey, who frequents this place,
had not told me to-night that accident had
revealed my preseuco to you, I should
have lost my remnant of courage, aad re
turned home without speaking to you."
"What have you to say to me now,
"You overheard me talking as you sup
posed to Captain Langdale. Forest, I was
reading a letter."
"A letter !"
"I have a startling story to tell. Listeu.
All the spring my .cousin Lily's malady
had seemed strange to me. 1 Could not
understand her loss of strength and color,
uutil I learned by occupying the next
apartment to her at Brauchville, that she
spent her nights in weeping. While I
wondered that she should have a secret
trouble from me; and perplexed myself
how to gaiu her confidence. I entered her
room oue morning and found it to be full
of a strange, sickening scent, "while Lily
lay senseless upon the bed. She had ta
ken au opiate powerful - euough to' pro
duce death, and upon the table lay two,
letters, due was addressed to me, the
other to Captain Langdale.
"As soon as I had procured assistance
aud a physician's help had saved her life,
I read the letter the poor child had ad
dressed to me. PKirKitteu ! Her heart
"was breaking, for she had set it on one
friend, and she believed that he loved me.
I am speaking of Capt nin Laugdale. He
is haudsome, gay, and debonuaire, aud
the poor girl believed him necessary to
J her existence. So she confessed to me
tt her heart seemed to hold no bitterness
for her si'pposed rival.
"She had always loved me, she said,
and I was more worthy her hero. But she
wis so pitifully miserable, poor little
thing! Well, I considered the matter
carefully. I was only an hour's ride from
Captain Langdale, and I resolved to see
slumber, ani I eonhlgo to thetity ami
returu.in about three hours. I did' so.
Wheu I reached the depot I sent a 'car
riageforhim toconioto our house; 1 Ho
came and 'read thu letfcrr Our soldier
has a tender hearti he-w as affected to
wars. lk save me tl
e letter to rial
l.T.i.i: . . . '
.uumS me to reaa it aloud. As I did so,
you entered and heard the worth which
so misled you."
Her eyes were swimming asfcey toe
wine; but after an instant she went on t
'Captain Langdale showed deeper and
more delicate feeling than I had supposed,
him capable of.""
"If little Lily thinks such harum scarum
fellows as I am worth trying for, I onght
to make myself worthy of the blessing of
such love," he said, and added: "I-wilf
give wysief to Kitten to-morrow, if she
wants-tne, and I will be abettermaiithau
I over have been, for her sake.
"So," said Stephenie, brightening,
"there is to be a marriage is eatir arT
tumn. My Lilly i8 jUito kafoif ln tht
prospects of sharing a soldier's life, aiidi
aud" blushing radiantly, . and fastening
one beauteous look into my eyes "there
may be a double wedding if you please,
dear !" -
I tell my wife my happiness wits saved
by such a fragile thing as an embroidereoV
stocking-crtaiuly for this world f and 1
believe tor the next.
AX ENTERPRISING REPORTER,.
From the. Xew York Sun. '
There was a picnicjn Eby's Grove near
way ton, -Ohio, one day.. Some of, the
young men wandered down tlieriver. In
a secluded nook they discovered a pile of
female clothing. The looked into the .
river for signs of life or death, but saw
nothing. A newspaper reporter' took
down all the surroundings, rummaged
among the clothes and found there were
several sets or suits of them, little and:
big. In one of the pockets a love letter
was found, wi itteu byllal to Julia. The
clothing was tenderly bundled up and
taken to the picnic camp, stuffed under a
buggy scat, the party started home" feel
ing very sad. It did not occur to thVm
at once that it was a little-trange that
a young woman and two or three little
girl.s'should commit suicide all at ouce It
was perhaps Julia and her liKle sisters
who had thus plunged into eternity. It
was a very sad case all agreed disap
pointed love, perhaps and ou the theory
of suicide the love letter would be a good
ihioti fm- the aciMniut Tim idothes Wern
taken to the police office. The reporter
was satislied that l.e had a god thing.
The account was read evidently, for early
in the morning an angry father came
riging into police quarters demanding
the clothes. His daughter had taken a
walk on the river bans with twolJr three
little neighbor girls, and the place being
secluded, and the temperature warm, and
the water inviting, they concluded to take
a bath. Soon they heard voices in the
woods, aud hid themselves in the bushes.
They huddled together as quiet-as "mice
until the intrudiug young ulen had eomo
and gone goiie witlrtheir clothes." The
only thia they could do was to remain
quietly where they were until after dark
and then steal to their homes in tho kind
ly shadows of night.
THE END OF THE CABARRUS EX0CH
It will be remembered that some time
ago the Observer told the story of au
Enoch Ardcn case iu Cabarrus. A Mis
Dodson had married a Mr. Earnhardt,
aud after awhile he left. Iu the course of
time she was married to a Mr. Miseu
hciiner, and years afterwards Mr, Earn
hardt returned . to find his wife .surroun
ded by a family -of children not his, own.
Unlike the historic Ardcn, he did npt, af
ter looking iu through the open wjudow
upon the happy scene, wipe a, toar, from
his sun-burnt facujiud refuse, to djsturh
itt but he wanted to claim his owu, Tho
wife which was formerly hi,, asked for a
divore from him, and at the hut term of
Cabarrus court, just closed, the case was
hear I and the divorce granted. Mr. Mis
euheiiner theu, very properly tok steps
to have the legitimacy of Iris children es
tablished, and next Monday "he. will b
re-mniried to the woman of whoso joy
and sorrows ho lias. for th? lat haB
doze:i years been aiuithful ttkreivf-f-7.;.
Although the President insists tiiat tb
refusal on tho partTof Federal yttici.-k cid
ers .to pay anything for campaign pur
jmmcs will not work to their prejudice,
yet the opinion- seems to be. entertained
by the truly loyal" oues in ihe, jrarioun
departments that the l-st ljiui to d
is to respond to the cail made Jbr the
"voluntary contribution" by the .Republi
can congressional committee, lj is as
certained by inquiry. 1'iat -Uu.o his
bc-en a very general response'to tho
call for money, and that the number n ht
have failed to make subset iplkrujj is very
few. The talk that it will not injure tho
standiug of an employee to refuse to con
tribute is not accepted with fuU ,tiih l y
those most interested,, otherwise tji" re
publican coruujittee would not have so
much money as they now have Ujt thejj