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The Siege
of the
Seven Suitors
Copyright, IMA hy Meredith Nkbetasn
I Meet Heaekleh.
WIGGINS asked me to lunch
eon, and on tbe way back to
tbe inn, after Inquiring my
plana for retaralag to town,
be proposed that I delay my departure
until tbe following day. _What be
wanted, and be pot It bluntly, waa Sj
friend at court, and aa I had seeming
ly satisfied blm or my entire good faith
and of my devotion to hla interests he
begged that i prolong my stay In Miss
Holllater's bouse, giving as my excuse
tbe condition of the chimneys of Hope-
Held Manor. He brushed aside my
plea of other engagements and appeal
ed to our old friendship. He waa tak
ing bia troubles bard, and I felt that
be really needed counael and aupport
in the Involved atate of bia affairs. I
did not see how my continued pres
ence under Miss Holllater's roof could
materially assist blm, and tbe tbougbt
of Remaining there when there waa no
work to be done was repugnant to my
aense of profeeaional honor, but be was
so persistent that I Anally yielded.
While we ate luncheon 1 Bought by
every means to divert bis thoughts to
other cbauhels. After we were seated
in tbe dining room four other men fol
lowed. exercising considerable care In
placing themselves as far from one an
other as possible. A few moments lat
er a motor bummed Into the driveway,
and we heard its owner ordering his
chauffeur to return to town and hold
blmaelf subject to telephone call. This
latest arrival appeared shortly In tbe
dining room and, surveying tbe rest of
us with a disdainful air, sought a ta
ble In tbe remotest corner of tbe room.
Others appeared, until eight in all bad
entered. Tbe presence of tbeae men at
tbla hour, their air of aloofness and
the care tbey exercised in Isolating
themselves Interested me. Tbey ap
peared to be gentlemen. They were,
Indeed, suggestive .of tbe ampler met
ropolitan world, and one of tbem waa
unmistakably a foreigner.
While Wiggins appeared to Ignore
them, I was conscious that be reviewed
the successive arrivals with every
manifestation of contempt One of
these glum gentlemen seemed familiar.
I. could not at once recall him, but
something in his manner teased my
memory for a moment before I placed
him. Then It dawned upon me that
he was the third man I bad met In
tbe field overhanging the garden after
my eavesdropping experience the day
before. 1 tbougbt It as well, however,
not to mention this fact, or to speak of
the man 1 bad seen so grimly posted In
the midst of the cornfield. I was an
observer, a looker on, at Hopefield, and
my Immediate business was ths col
lecting ot information.
"Will you kindly tell me, Wlggy, who
these strange gentlemen are and Jnst
what has brought tbem her* at "this
"I know them—they are guests of the
inn. Moet of tbem were more or less
companions In our procession across
Europe last summer. Tbe one in tbe
tao salt Is Henderson—yoo most have
heard of him. The abort dark chap of
atrablllons countenance is John Stew
art Dick, who pretends to be a phlloeo
per. As for tbe others"—
He dismissed tbem with a Jerk of tbe
bead. My wits straggled with his ex
planation. It Is my wish to reduce in
formation to plain terms.
"Are these gentlemen, then, yonr ri
val* for tbe band of 'Mlee Cecilia Hoi
llster? If so. they are a solemn baad
of suitors, I must confess."
*"You bare bit It Ames Tbey are
suitors, assembled from all part* of the
"Nice looking fellows, except the
chap with tbe monocle, who baa Just
ordered ratber more liquor than a gen
tleman ahould at this boor.'*
"That Is Lord Arrowood. I have
feared at time* that Mlaa Octavla fa
vored him."
"Poeaibly. but not likely. Bnt bow
long Is tbla tbiag going to last? If
yoo fellows are going to bang on ber*
nntll Miss Cecilia Holllster baa cbosm
one ef you for ber hus baad 1 shud
der for your nerves. I imagine that
any one of tbase gentlemen Is likely to
begin shooting acroaa his plat* at aay
mluute. Such a situation would be
come Intolerable very quickly If I were
In tbe game aixLforced to lodge bare."
"I hope." replied Wiggins with beat,
"that yoa don't Imagine tbeae fellow*
eaa crowd m* out I've paid for a
month'* lodging In advance, and If jroo
will atand by m* I'm going to win."
"Spoken like a man. my dear Wlg
gtnal Yon may couat oa me to tbe
sweet or bitter eod, even if I pail down
all tba superb chimneys with which
Pappartoa adorned that booae op yon
Ha silently clasped my bead. A lit
tle later 1 telephoned from tbe Inn to
my odea explaining my sba*nri aad
Instructing my assistant to visit sev
eral pressing clients, aad 1 Instructed
tbe valet at tbe Hare aad Tui total to
aeod me a week's supply of linen and
aa odd salt or twa
At about 8 o'clock I left Wlggla* la
firat rate spirits and set oat on my re
turn to Hopefield Manor.
I made a wrong torn on leaving tba
l'reecott Anna, and 1 came eat pres
ently near Katonab village. I got my
bearings of a shopkeeper and *artad
again for Hopefield Manor, bat tbe
mldafternoon waa warm, aad tbe hills
were steep, end as Mlse Holllater's ad
cob showed signs of wesrin*-.
I drove Into a teste corner mm ioowii
ed the mare's check. Oa a sunny slope
several hundred yards a bore the high
way lay an orchard, advertised 40 th>
larcenous eye by the ruddiest of r»l
apple*. Not In many years bad I rob
bed an orchard, and 1 felt Irresistibly
drawn toward the gnarled trees, which
were attll. In their old age. abundantly
I drew down a bough and plucked
my Brat apple, tasted and found it
food. At my palate'a first responsive
tltillatlon something wblxzed past my
ear, and, following the flight of the
missile, I aaw an apple of goodly a lie
fall and roll away into the grass. I
had Imagined myaelf utterly alone,
and even now as 1 looked guiltily
around no one was in sight The ap
ple had paased my ear syvlftly and at
an angle quite un-Newtonlan. It had
been fairly aimed at my bead, and the
law of gravitation did not account for
it Aa I continued my scrutiny of the
landscape I was addressed by t voice'
whose accents were not objurgatory.
Bather, the tone waa good natured
and Indulgent If not Indeed a trifle
patronizing. The words were these:
Soup of the evening, beautiful aoupl
It waa then that, lifting my eyes, I
beheld, sitting lengtßwlse of the wall,
with her feet drawn comfortably un
der her, a girl In a -white sweater,
bareheaded, munching an apple. There
was no question of Identity. It waa
the girl whoae head behind the cash
ier's grill of the Asolando bad Inter
ested me on the occasion of my sec
ond visit to the tea room. In soliciting
my attention by reciting a line of
verse she bad merely followed the
rule of the tea room In like circum
stances. The casting of the apple at
my head possessed the virtue of nov
elty. While I tried to think of some
thing to say I -pecked at my owu ap
ple, but kept an eye op her. She con
cluded her repast calmly and dung
away the core.
"I mentioned soup," she remarked.
"The courses are mixed. We have
partaken of fruit. Are you Ash. flesh,
fowl or good red herring?"
"Daughter of Eve, I will be any
thing you like l rin for the ap
pie, and I apologize having enter
ed Eden uninvited." !
"It's not my Eden. Nobody Invited
me. But It's not too much to say that
these applea are grand."
"I'm glad we're both In the same
boat I'm a trespasser myself. I don't
even know the name of the owner.
But if you have bad -only one apple
two more are coming to you If you fol
low Atalanta's precedent"
"I don't follow precedcnta. and I've
forgotten the name of the boy who
threw the applea In the race. U
doesn't matter, though. Nothing mat
ter* very much."
Her bands clasped ber knees. Her
skirt waa short, and I waa conaclpus
that she wore tan shoes. She con
tinued to regard me with lazy curi
osity. Bhe seemed younger than at
the Asolando. Not more than eight
een times bad apples reddened on the
bough In ber lifetime. She waa even
alenderer and more youthful in her
sweater than In the snowy vestments
of the Asolando. Her hair, which in
the glow of the lamp at Asolaudo cash
desk bad been golden, waa today bur
nished copper and was brushed straight
back from ber forehead and tied with
a black ribbon.
"I quite agree with your philosophy.
Nothing la of great Importance."
"So it'a riot your orchard?" she asked
"The thought flatten me. I own 110
lands nor ships at sea. I'm p chim
ney doctor, and if necessary I'll apolo
gize for it"
"You needn't submit testimonials. I
take' the swallows out of my own
"That requires a deft band, and I'm
sure you're considerate of the swal
"You may come up here and sit on
the wall If you care to. I saw you
driving in a -trap. I hope your horse
Isn't afraid of motors. Motors speed
scandalously on that road.",
"I am not In the least-worried about
my horse. Ifs borrowed. .As you re
marked, this Is a nice orchard. I like
It here."
"If yon are going to be silly you will
And me little Inclined to nonsense."
rSbatl we talk oLtbe Asolando? I
haven't been back since I saw you
there, and yet—let me see, isn't this
your day there 7"
She seemed greatly . amused, and
ber tanghter rose with a fountain
like spontaneity and fell, a splash of
musical sound, on the mellow sir of
the orchard. She bad changed her po
sition as I Joined ber. sitting erect and
klektog her heels lazily agalnat Ha
"Mr. Chimney Man, something terri
ble happened Just after you left that
afternoon. I was bounced, fired—l lost
my Job."
"Incredible! I'm sure It was oot for
any good cause. I can testify that you
were a model of attention-yon were
snrpaaelngly discreet Too repelled me
In the most delicate manner when I
Intimated that I should come often on
the days that yon mad* the change."
"The aad part of It was- that that
was not only my last dsy, but my first:
I had never been there before. ezepl>
for a nibble now and then when I was
In town. Bnt I couldn't stand It. It
was like being lo Jail -In fact. I think
Jail would be preferable But I'm gin.l
1 spent that one day there. Tbey dis
pensed with my company tiecauw I n*
marked to one of the silly girls who
are making the Asolando their llfework
that 1 thought the English pre Its
phaelltes bad carried tbe dish fact
ratber too far. Tbe girl to whom I nt
tered this heresy was so shocked sb-
dropped a know bow brli
tla everything la In tberw-aud I Mine
home. Too were really tbe ooly ad
natm I got out of my day there
Aad I didn't find yoo entirely aatlsfsr
"Thank you. Franceses, tor these
confidences. Aad having kst your po
sitlon yon are now free to roam tbe
fcffla aad dream on orchard wells.
Yonr scheme of life Is to my liking. I
can see with half an eye that yon were
horn for tbe open and that the walla
ef no prison bouse can ever bold yoo
MM nodded a dreamy arqotaaene*.
R* ' '' '.l" JW-%
Then ahe turned two very brows eye*
full upon me and demanded:
"What Is your uuuie, please?"
I mentioned It.
"And you doctor chimneys? That
sounds very amusing."
"I'm glad you like It Most people
think It absurd."
"What are you doing here? There's
not a chimney in sight."
"Oh. I have a commission. In the
neighborhood. Hopefleld Manor. You
muy have heard of. Miss Holtlster's
"Of course, every one knows of her."
"Aud now that I think of It It wi*
■he übout whom you asked In.tbe Aso
lando tbat afternoon. You wanted to
know wbat she said tbe tea
room." ' —.
"I remember perfectly."
She wus quiet for-a moment, then
she threw buck her bead and laughed
that rare laugh of hers. "You might
let me Into tbe Joke."
"It wouldu't mean anything to you.
I have a lot of private jokea tbat are
for my.own consumption."
"Your laughing Is adorable.
1 hope to hear more of It. In the Aso
lando you repulsed me In a manner
that won my admlrutlon, but I venture
to say now tbAt, If you roam tbese
pastures, I am the grass beneath your
feet, and If yonder tuneful water be
fucred to you I sit beside tbe brook to
team Its song."
"You talk well, sir, but from your
I tone 1 feur you can't forget that we
met first In the Asolando. That day
of my life Is past, aud I am by no
means what you might coil an Aaolan
ded. I don't seem to Impress you wltb
that fact. I'm a human being, not to
be picked like a red apple, or trampled
upon like grass, or listened to as though
I were a foolish little brook. I'm great
ly given to the highway, and I prefer
macadam.* I like asphalt pavements,
too, for the matter of that. I should
j love a motor, but lucking the coin I
pedal a bicycle My wheel Ilea down
there In the bushes. You see. Mr.
Chimney Man. I am a plain spoken
person und hare no Intention of deceiv
ing you. My uame was Francesco for
one day only. It muy interest you ft>
know thnt my reul name Is Ilezekluh."
"Hezeklnh! Then you are Cecilia's
sister and Miss Holllster's niece?"
"Over there somewhere beyond that
ridge." And she wnved her band
vaguely toward the village and laugh
ed again.
"Prny tell me what this particular
joke Is. It must be Immensely fun
ny." I urged, struggling with these new
"Oh. It's Aunt Octavla! She will be
the death of me yet. You know the
girl who waited on Aunt Octavla that
afternoon took all that artistic non
sense ns seriously us a funeral, and she
told me after you left, wltb tbe great
est horror, that Auot Ocldvla bud
asked for u eocktnll." Thnt laugh rip
pled off again to carry Joy along the
planet trulls above us. "Hut yon
know." she resumed, "that Aunt Oc
tavln never drank a cocktail In her life
and wouldn't She doesn't know a
cocktail from soothing sirup She pines
for adventures She is Just like a
boarding school girl who has read her
first romance of the young American
engineer ln*a South A merman repub
lic shooting Ibe, Insurgents full or
tortillas and marrying the president's
dark eyed daughter. She rends pirate
books and is crazy about buried chests
and pieces «r eight. And they suy I'm
Just like ber. She Is the most iierfect
ly killing person In the world." Hezc
kinh laughed again.
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Nine Silk Hats Cross a Stile.
SO this was the child wbime devo
tion bad rendered Wiggins »o
miserable nnd tlie sisler Of
whom Cecilia Holllster aud her
annt bad sisikeu so strangely. I had
not suspected it She was as unlike
Ceclliu os isisslble. and tlie difference
lay lu ber Independent spirit and bub
bling bumor.
She Jumped dowu from the wall, shook
three apple* froiu-a tree nud sustained
them In tbe air wltb the deftness and
certainty of practiced Jugglety Her
absorption wit* complete, and when
■he weuried of this »port she flung tbe
apple* away, one after the other, with
a hoy's free swing of the arm ller
rlck would have delighted In ber. Dob
sou would have spun ber bright balr
Into a rondeuu. hut only Aidrlcb. with
a twinkle In bis eye. could have brought
ber up to date lu a dozen chiming coup
She bail gone on up to Ihe cres of
the orchard and stood clearly limned
against the sky. her hnuds thrust luto
tbe pockets of her sweater. She ap
peared to lie Intent upon something
that lay beyonil and .half turned her
bend and summoned me l>y whistling
I like/1 thl» lietter thau the quotation
method »f addrew* It was a clear,
shrill pi|ie. tbat whl-tle. and she em
phasized It lurlher by a peremptory
wave of ber arm When I stood beside
ber I was surprised to And tluit the alt*
commanded a wide area. Including tbe
unmistakable roofs and chimneys of
Ho|ielle!d Manor, half a mile distant.
"You will mt xomelhltig funny down
there in a minute They are out of
tight now. but ihere's a sille v tbe kind
With *te|M. Jut tieyoud those trw«
It'* In a isifh that lead* from tbe
Prescott Aruis to Aant Octavla's.
My eyes discovered thestll*. It was
«et In s wall that was. she told me, tbe
boundary dividing " ll»p*tleld Manor
from another estate nearer our poet-
Suddenly n silk hal bobtied In the
path beyond the stile. II roe* aa Ita
owner moimled tlie step*, it paused an
InstaM when the top of (be stile was
reached, then quickly descendsd and
cam* toward us, a black blot *bov*
a black coat I waa about to *sk ber
tbe meaning of this apparition whan a
aecond silk bat bobbed In tbe patb and
Chan rose Ilk* Ita predecessor, descend
ing and beeping on Ita way nnUi bid
dan from our sight by shrubbery. A
third, fourth, fifth, six lb. seventh,
eighth and nlntb followed. Nine gen
tlemen In silk hats •crossing a stile la
a lonely (mature between woodlands;
•o mucb was plain lo (lie eye from our
vantage ground, Kul I gro|>ed blindly
f'»r -.11 cm 'I lin- »|iectacie.
ge'sted wanderer* from some aartc Plu
tonian cave, lieut upon mischief to tbe
upper world. Their step was Jaunty—
they moved as though drilled to the
same cudence.
We waited a moment, expecting that
another figure might Join the strange
procession, but nine waa tbe correct
couut. I looked down to flud Heze
klab checking them off on the finger*
of ber slim brown hand. ,
"Has there been a funeral, and are
tbey the returning pull bearers?" 1 in
"Not yet" she replied.
Her fuce showed amusement The
twitching of her lips encouraged hope
that another of those delightful laughs
was Imminent. Hhe an Id:
"Those are Cecilia's suitors. They
have been to Aunt Octavla's to tea.
They're staying at the Prescott Arms
"They're terribly formal. I can't get
rid of the Impression of aomberness
created by those fellows. You'd hard
ly expect them to tramp cross country
In those duds. Such grandeur should
go on wheels."
"Ob. they are afraid of Aant Octa
vla. She won't allow a motor on ber
grounds, and I suppose they're afraid
they might break aome other rule If
they went on any kind of wheels.
She's rather exacting, you know, my
Aunt Octavla."
"1 was at the I'rescott for luncheon
today, and I must have seen these
gentlemen there."
"Ob. you were at the Preacott?"
Almost for the first time her mnnner
betrayed surprise, tjnt mischief dnnced
in tbe brown eyes. With Wiggins'
confession. as to the havoc be bad
played with llezekluh'* confiding heart
fresh In my memory. I felt a delicacy
about telling her that It was to see
Wiggins that I bad visited the Inn.
But to my surprise she Introduced tbe
subject of Wiggins Immediately and
with laughter struggling for one of
those fountain-like splashes that were
*o beguiling. '
"Oh. Wlggy Is staying there! Do
you know Wlggy?"
"Know Wlggy, Hezeklab? I know
no man better."
"Wlggy Is no end of fun, Isn't he?
I've beard him speak of you. Yon are
bis friend the chimney man. He was
the last man over the stile. Did you
notice that he lingered a moment long
er at the top than the others? From
bis being tbe ninth man I Imagine that
be was the last lo leave the bouse, and
he probably felt that this set him apart
from the others. Wlggy is nothing I?
not shy and retiring."
A heartbroken, lovelorn girl did not
apeak "here. She whistled softly to
Nine Gentlemen In Silk Hats Crossing
s Stile.
herself as we descended. Tlie tlr was
cooling rapidly, and tbe west wus hung
In scarlet und purple und gold The
horse neighed In the rosd below, sud I
knew that I must lie on my way to the
"ilerekluh." I said when I had
drawn her bicycle from Ha hldlug
plaee. "you'd iietter leave your wheel
here nud let me drive you home. It's
late, and there's frtmt In the air. I Im
agine it'* some d Ist sue* lo your
house." . -'
"Thank you. Mr. Cblipney Man: It Is
siurh farther to Aunt Octavla's. Hut
•ell me this: What do you think ol
Wlggy's chalices 7"
"Of winning your sister? " I should
say* froui ni> knowledge of Wiggins
that he Is a insn much given lo stny
Ing In a game ou.-e lbe tenia are sbuf
fled "
"Then you tlilnk he knows the
There seemed to be something be
neatb the surface meaning of bei
word*. but I answered:
"Wlggy's affairs,have been feV. and
while be mny not know the game In
sli Its Intricacies, lie has a shrewd If
ralber slow mind, and. liesldea. he has
asked my help in flie matter."
"One of tln-se s|iesk for yonraelf-
John altuatlon*. Iben? Well, I should
aay, Mr. Chimney Man, I should say"-
Bbe made ready for flight, looking
ahead to be mire of a clear thorough
"I should say." she concluded, set
tling ber skirts, "tbat tbat indicates
cona(durable intelligence on Wlggy's
The tires rolled smoothly away, th*
gravel crunching, the pebble* popping.
Tbe while aweeter clasped a straight
back anugly: then suddenly, aa tbe
wbecla gained momentum, aba beat
low for * spurt, and ber rapidly raced-
In? figure became a gf*y blur hi tbe
purple dusk,
e • • e e • •
Miss Octavla was In tbe gayeat spir
ita at dinner that night, and struck
afield at once with one of ber amusing
dicta. „
"Unman beings." abe Mid. "may be
divided into two group*—lnteresting
and uninteresting, bat Idiots abound la
both classes."
Cecilia and I discussed this wllb
more or lea* gravity, until we bad ex
haueted tbe poeeibilttlea, Mlae Octavla
fallowing wltb apparent Interest and
setting os off at a ttmw tangent when
our »n«hn«lssm '..Mrt She referred
In bo way whutever to her chimney*,
nor did she oik me how 1 bad «pen*the
day. I felt the pleading of Cecilia'*
•jea that I should accept the situation
•a It stood, and liavlng already agreed
to Wiggins' suggestion that I abide In
Ulna Holllater'a house aa a *py—for
this wna the Ignoble fact—l felt th*
threads of conspiracy binding me fust
So far as my hostess was concerned,
I was now less a guest than a member
of the household.
The variety of subjects that Mlas
.Octavln' suggested wus unitizing. From
aeronautics to tho negro question,
from polnr exploration to the ftolltleal
conditions In Rulgtirln, she passed with
the Jauntiest InsoucMßkce and apparent
ly with a considerable fund of infor
mation to support her |msltlons. She
knew many |ieo|de In all walks of life.
As we rose from the table Miss Oc
tovla declared tlmt she must show me
the pic |inntry. I wus now so accus
tomed to tier ways that 1 should not
have been In tbe least surprised if
she had pro|iosed opening a steel vault
filled with a uiuuunl(ted Egyptian dy
"The gentleman who built this
touso," she explained, "hud already
growu rich In the manufacture of the
famous rlbless umbrella liefore be ac
quired u second fortune from a nos
trum warranted to cure dys|iepslu. He
was Inordinately fond of pjes. and In
order that this form of imstry might
never Iw absent from his home, he had
a special puntry built to which be
might adjourn st Ills pleasure without
any fear of finding the cupboard Imre."
She led the way through the butler's
pantry und Into a small cupboarded
room adjoining the table linen closet
At her command the butler threw open
the doors ami disclosed lines of shelves
so arranged as t» accommodate in tbe
most compact and orderly form imag
inable several dozens of pies. These
pastries. In the pans as tticy Imd come
from the oven, peeped out invitingly.
Mis* Octnvla explained their presence
in her ttMiiiil Impressive manner.
"It was one of the conditions of the
sale of this house to me by tbe origi
nal owner's executors that tbe pie
vault should lie kept tilled ut all times,
whether I iiiii In residence here or not.
He felt greatly Indebted to pie for the
success of the dyspepsia cure. It bad
widened and steadily increased the
market Tor the cure, and pie was to
him a consecrated and sacred food. It
was bis habit to eat a pie every night
before retiring, and on the nightmares
thus Inspired lie linil planned the strat
egy of all his campaigns against dys
pepsin. The man had elements of
greatness, and these shelves are a
monument to his genius In order to
keep perfect my title to this propcrtv
It Is necessary for me to maintain a
pastry cook, und as I do not myself
care grently for pie the total output
la distributed among the people of the
nelghlsirhood every second day. The
stntldb agent at Bedford, is a heavy
consumer, and a retired physician at
Mount Klsco has a standing order for
a dozen a week. My niece Hezoklah.
of whom you have heard me speak. Is
partial to a particular type of pie, and
one ouly. It Is the gooseberry that de
lights llezckluh's palate, and under U
In file 3. In tho corner behind you.
there Is well now n gooseberry pie
that I shall send to Hi-zeklnb. who. for
reasons I need not explain, does (lot
now visit Ijers." %
"But tbe d.vs|wpsia man—you apeak
of hint as though he were dead,"
"Your assumption Is correct, Mr.
Ames. The builder of Hopefleld died
only a few weeks ofter he bad estab
lished himself lu this bouse. Having
entered upon the enjoyment of Ills
well earned leisure and made It un
necessary that he should ever go ple
leaa to lied, be gave himself up for a
fortnight to a mad Indulgence In me
ringues and died after great sufferl/ig.
steadily refusing his own medicine to
tbe end,"
We still lingered In tbe file crypt
after this dlverllfig recital, while Miss
Octavla entertained rue with ber views
on pies.
"Tbe soul color of pies varies great
ly, Mr. Ames. It has always seemed
to me that apple pie stands for the
homelier virtues of our civilisation. It
Is substantial, nutritions and filling
Tbe custard und lemon varieties -are
feminine and do not. perhaps for thst
reason, appeal lo me. Cherry pie at
it* best Is tlie last sad final expression
of-Tbe pi* genus, and where cooks
'bate been careful In eliminating the
seed* and the juice hnsn't made and
den dougb of the crust a cherry pie
meets tbe soul's highest demands. In
tbe gooseberry I find a certain rael
neas or. If I may use the expression
dp, that la highly stimulating. Both
qualities you will observe In ii«xeklab
If yen come to know ber well."
"I have already formed a high opin
ion of Mlas Hezeklab. and I should
deal harshly with any one who ven
tured to criticise ber lo any particu
lar," I replied
"Will you kludly Inform me joat
when you made tbe acquaintance of
my younger niece? I should greatly
dislike to believe yon guilty of dia
simulation, but when Heaeklab was
mentioned In the gun room last night
your alienee led me to assume thai
she waa wholly unknown to yon."
**Bbe waa, I assure you. at tbe din
Ber hour last nlgbt. Hut I met ber
quit* by chance thle afternoon In an
orchard at no great distance from
ffi|a |)OUM.''
Miss Octavla paused In tbe ball and
bent ber bead In thought for a mo
"May I inquire whether she referred
la any way to Mr. Wiggins In this in
"She did. Mlae Holllster." I replied.
And I could not help amlilng aa I re
membered iieaeklab s laugncer at nw
mention of my fr)end. My smile did
not escape Mlas Octavla.
"Just bow, may I ask, did she refer
to Mr. Wiggins?"
"Aa though abe thought him tbe fun
niest of human being*. Bbe laughed
deUdonaly at tbe bare mention of fall
"It waa not your Impression, then,
that abe waa deeply enamored of blur,-
that abe waa eating ber heart out for
"Decidedly not Miss flolllator. She
gave me quite a different Idea."
"Tou relieve me greatly. Mr. Wig
gins' eenae of humor la tbe slightest,
and I should not In tbe least fancy
him for Hezeklab. And besides, lam
■ot yet «wdy to arrange a marriage
I / \
Tha soul color of plea variea greatly,
Mr. Amaa."
for fier.'
She laid (lie allghtvat at re** on the
floal pronoun. It wan a fair Inference,
then, (hut Mlxn Cecllla'a nlTiilrw were
being • arrniiKwl;" when tliejr bad been
determined a buahnnd would be found
for Ilezeklnh. I did not doubt that
Mini Holllater'a Intention* townrd her
nlecea were the friendliest, no matter
what atraiiKO derleea title might employ
to bend tboae young women to ber pur
Tbe hen atood on the louey neat.
Where mttea had on her fed.
And, gaalng round the bughouae cook
She ahook her tiead and aald:
"With Ilea Joy riding down my back,
Mltea chewing ma at night
And mlcrobca waiting for a chance
To make of jpa a bite,
"And bad amella floating all around.
Rota gobbling all my feed,
It aurely la dlacouraglng
And makea my pour heart bleed.
"With cholera In tho air I breathe,
Droad roup gttrma drawing near
And naught to feed my egg machine
How can I lay In horeT
" To be or not to bo!' Ilka me,
Cried Hnmlet In hla lay.
Perhaps t tie boat thing 1 can do
ia to put myaelf away.
"Oh, no; I'll not take rough on rata
Nor shoot ma with a gun.
I'U almply croaa tha public road
Whore automobllea run.
"And BO goodbyl The die la caat.
The car Aemla never mlaa.
A apeedlng car, a little Jar—
Proato—l'm put of thla!"
mini nil M ■W"M-i"i-i"i"i"i"i4'>
Play oeunta for merala, for It '
. la In eur play that we ohooae • ■
' thinga aooerding to our ehar
) actar, and by sheealng wi make \
• our character^—Elmer Ellawerth ■ ■
; Brown, United Stataa Commla- '
! aionar of Education. !,
| Happy hearta and happy facea,
! Happy play in graaay placaa—
-1 ■ That waa how In ancient agee
' Children grew te kinga and-eagee. '
—Robert Louia Stavenaon. ~
Of all methode of aerving |
i • thoae the oonditiona of whoee ■ •
; live* are narrow and hard I ]
! know ef none mora important ,
' • than the ereation, in great ag- • •
gregationa of population, of \
breathing epaoea.—Biahop Pot
■ tar '
' [ He who helpa a child helpa \
• . Humanity with a diatinctneaa, • >
■' with an immadiataneaa, which no ]
) other help given to human crea- \
■ ■ turea In any other atage of their f >
1 human life can ever give again. '
! ! —Phillipe Brooka.
• • Tha modern city child haa loot • •
) hie moat precioue birthright, j;
! the baok yard. Or. Woodo ..
' ■ Hutchinson. . ; |
ma parmla, oct wue, adver
Seventy-Ore per cent of the adver
fleer* In tbe London (O.) Democrat arc
They are wlao to tbe quickest, allclt
let, eaalmt way to get bon ton, to
keep gooda moving out and tbe caab
coming In.
No, Mr. Farmer, advertlalng wasn't
invented for the exclusive uae of tbe
town merchant to boom bualneaa any
more tban you were born to stand In
a cn rim tone market and freeze off youi
noae and toea waiting for cuatomera to
tneandpr along to buy your butter and
•gga at any old price.
Til* proaperou* merchant amllea
♦ben aome fellow with cobweba on
hla cerebellum aaka, "Does advertla
lng payT With blm It'a the atne qua
Mm who fall in bualneaa are often
Mamed for lack of bus In ess capacity
Vbn It Is almply tack of advertising
The fanner wbo advertises In n good
medium and backs hla ad.' with a
•quota deal has a cinch.
People do not buy calico, aboaa.
etove* and paint ever}' day, but every
day tbey must have eats.
Tbe farmer feeds tbe nation.
Tbe people depend on blm for bread,
and there are always empty stomachs
and empty pantry abelvea for hint to
With such contlnnooa demand for
bia product wby should the fanner
travel in that aaroe old rat to market
•r trade hla products at tbe cross
roads store or get gold bricked by tbe
City middleman when an advertise
ment will bring blm into qnick com
munication with hla cuatomer, build u|i
a bon ton private trade, give him hlgb
ar prlcaa and aave blm ao much time,
wear and tear?
Tbe modern newspaper la a business
miracle worker, and it not only ivA-ks
Madam. Read McCall'g
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