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In Itlietta's Garden.
BY MAUY L. B BRANCH.
It was only a little spot south of the
house, but violet-J blossomed sooner
there than anywhere else, and great
bursting pinks made the air spicy while
other people's were only in hud. There
were daffodils in the grassy border, and
blue hells,and blue spider-lilies. There
were two rose hushes, one cinnamon
and one damask, while double sweet
gillyflowers sowed themselves and
caiue up every year along with inignou •
ette and chrysanthemums. It was a
sweet, flagrant, old-fashioned little
garden, which Rhetta's mother had
tended aud taken pleasute in, and now
it was Rhetta's. There she worked all
her spare half-houis, sowing aud wa
tering, weeding and transplanting, till
her little hands weie brown, and her
cheeks like her own cinnamon roses.
Aunt Dorcas, in the kitchen, used to
wonder 'how 011 airth that child could
he so content all alone out in her posy
But Rhetta was not so olten alone of
late, since they had taken a boarder.
Ralph Callender found that the pleis
antest path to the house lay through
the little flower-garden, and when his
jobs of copying failed to occupy his
time, what could ho more natural than
to use his leisure helping the blushing
gardener ? It was lie who carried a
way all the weeds, divided the white
peony roots and reset them, and dug
more thoroughly than Rhetta ever
could around the dear old rose-bushes.
Over their work they fell talking, as
young people will, and already Rhetta's
father began to watch them a little
anxiously above his spectacles as he sat
011 the porch, while one of the neigh
bors had remarked privately to Aunt
Dorcas that it was a pity young Callen
der was not a man of fortune as well as
In truth,riches had taken unto them
selves wings and down away from the
Calender's a year before,so that Ralph,
iustead of becoming junior partner in
an old and prosperous business, saw
notning before him but what his two
hands could earn, and being totally un
prepared for such a prospect, he had to
take a little time to get used to it, and
to find out which way to turn. Mean
while he had drifted to this suburban
town, and waiting to find a situation
as clerk or accountant, did copying to
support himself and boarded at Rhet
It was the day they had been trans
planting touch-me-nots,and R ilph had
thrown himself down under the plum
tree for a respite, while Ithetta pulled
the faded blossoms from a primrose,
lie might haye been misanthropic e
nough at that moment it he had chosen
for the last line of copying lay upon his
table finished, with not so much as a
hint of an order for any more. Worse
than that, a clerk's place he had been
hoping for had that very morning been
giyen to another. If he had got it, ho
could have spoken to Rhetta at once.
His glance followed her as she bent
over her plants, her garden bonnet
dropping back trom her bright brown
hair, and his fingers sought instinctive
ly a little ring that hid in his vest
pocket. The old Callender pride had
come to this, that he only waited for
the barest chance of being able to earn
a living before he offered heart and
hand to pretty Ithetta Wood, whose
bonnie face was all her dowry.
But he could not help letting love
color his words a little when he said,
presently, to Ithetta, as he watched
her : 'When I make my fortune, you
shall have green-houses and hot-beds,
and gardens laid out on terraces.'
'Like Colonel Porter's V laughed
Rhetta, blushing oyer her trowel.
'Oh ! have you ever seen his plate. Mr.
Callender ? It's over on the west
4 I think I have passed it," answered
tlie young 'man, indifferently. 'Big
tree, three terraces, ribbon beds, and a
peacock, on the lawn ; is that the
'Yes isn't it splendid !' exclaimed
lihetta. 'I always go that way when 1
take a walk by myself ; and oh ! how I
do long sometimes for things I see the
gardener throwing away—slips and
cuttings and roots that he thins out.
Perfectly lovely things 1'
'Why don't you ask him for them ?'
'Ask him r" and Rhetta caught her
breath at the very idea of her doing os
audacious a thing. 'Why, I wouldn't
'Don't you know them ?—the family,
'No ; how could I ? Rose Porter
and I went to the same school, and
when she rides by and sees me she
bows and smiles ; but that isn't being
acquainted. She is as beautiful as a
princess. It is time for her to be at
home now ; she has been in Washing*
ton all the spring.
Ralph Calleuder mads no answer.
He was busy weaving a true-love knot
MILLIIEIM, PA., THURSDAY, AUGUST 2G., 188 G.
of grass blades, and when it was done
he gave it to Khetta. She blushed again
over it, and went on talking about
'I wish I could get some slips of Col
onel Porter's geraniums,'she said ; 'lie
has so many kinds, and 1 have only
this little pink one. And I want a
root of day-lily very mueh. and so.llo
tea-rose cuttings, and a double Genoese
violet ; a blue salvia too, and— Oh,-
Mr. Cullender, look ! There is ltose
Porter now driving up the street in her
pony phaeton. Isn't she lovely ?'
As the jaunty basket phaeton moved
slowly bv, a bright, pretty face glanced
from it,smiling cordially at Khetta,and
then was over spread by a look of sud
den recognition and pleased surprise at
sight of Ralph Callender, who took his
hat off respectfully.
'Why, do you know her V' asked
'1 tfn\l I do. She and my sister Sal
ly became great friends two years ago
at Newport—or was it Nahant V And
Miss Porter spent tho holidays at our
house the next winter. 1 thought it
must be she, when you described her.'
Ralph Callender paused and gazed
reflectively at the ground. He was re
calling that gay holiday season when
Rose Porter and his sister were the
belles of their set. lie could have
counted his friends then by tho hun
dred, and now —'Poverty does make a
difference,' ho thought bitterly. All
who had it in their power to aid him
turned the cold shoulder. lie was
simply a poor man seeking employ
ment, and he felt at odds with the
Ilhetta, grown suddenly shy, pulled
away the dead leaves from a pink root
and said nothing. Newport! Nahantl
And people like the Porters for inti
mate friends. It seemed to remove
Ralph far from her quiet, even life,and
to set him where she had no part.
The basket phaeton was now seen re
turning down the street with is pretty
occupant, who stopped her ponies op
posite the cottage with such an evident
intention to speak to Ralph 'Callender
that he at once went out of the garden
and stood in the road at her side.
Rhetta saw them shake hands iu the
most frienly manner, heard Rose's mu
sical laughter and sweet voice, though
she could not distinguish the words ;
and in a few moments more,to her sur
prise, Ralph stepped into the phaeton,
sat down by Rose, took the reins in his
hands and drove rapidly away, with a
backward glance and smile, which to
Rhetta seemed to say : 'She is an old
friend, you see !'
llut when he did not come home to
dinner she thought it strange. Her
father and Aunt Dorcas made no com
ment, for Ralph had often been absent
at that hour when seeking for employ
ment. Rhetta did not mention that he
drove away with Rose Porter, but a
neighbor, who had watched them,
came in during the afternoon and
spoke of it with great interest. Aunt
Dorcas at once felt a great interest
too, and Ithetta found it so trying to
listen to their remarks and surmises
that she &l : pped out of the house to her
garden, and did hard weeding in her
flower beds for two hours without
sparing herself. But she heard every
step that passed by on the sidewalk,
and knew that Ralph Calleuder did not
The afternoon waned restlessly away.
He would surely come back by supper
time ; and Ithetta, in a fresh gown,
with pansies at her belt, hummed little
songs as she moved about setting the
table for Aunt Dorcas.
'I wouldn't put on that dish of hon
ey " said Aunt Dorcas—'not till you
see whether lie's coming.'
'Oh, he'll come,' said Ithetta ; but
she stopped singing.
Mr. Wood came in, washed his face
and hand at the sink and sat down in
his place at the table. Aunt Dorcas
passed him a cup of tea.
'Where's Calleuder V he asked, look
'Why, haven't you heard ?' said
Aunt Dorcas. 'He drovo off with
Rose Porter, and we haven't caught
sight of him since.'
'The Porters are old friends of his,'
said Ithetta flushing up.
'Hum ! hum !' muttered her father,
as he drank his tea from the saucer, in
which he had cooled it.
Aunt Dorcas now questioned the
girl as to all she knew about this old
friendship, and at the close said, with
the air of one who meant to do her du
ty by all, no matter how mercilessly :
'Well, like as not they'll make a match
of it. Birds of a feather flock togeth
Supper was over, cleared away, and
all the dishes washed, but still Ralph
Callender did not come. As it grew
dark, Mr. Wood strolled off to chat
with the neighbors, and Aunt
Dorcas, putting on her bonnet and
black silk shawl, went to the weekly
prayer meeting. Rhetta, left free from
comment, went up into her little gar-
A I'AI'HU I'OR THE HOME CIRCI.E
den, and leaned against tin* plum tree
with a .strange dull pain gnawing at
her heart. It seemed like days and
weeks since Ralph drove away with,
smiling, pretty Hose Porter. And she
herself has begun to think of him as
somehow her own. That very morn
ing, undei that very tree, there had
been in his looks and in his tones
touches of tenderness that had filled
her heart with subtle happiness. lint
now it was all oyer ; in an instant
she had lost him. lioso Porter had ta
ken him away, and though he might
come back ho would never be the same
Ralph again. She felt a girlish certain
ty of that. The little bright dream
At first slio did not blame Rose.
Veiy probably she had loved him two
years ago, and had been influenced to
give him up on account of his poverty,
and now, regretting the step, had come
to reclaim him.
'Well, I can take my turn, and give
him up too,' thought Rfietta, with
great hot tears springing to her eyes.
'Only I can never drive after him and
biing him hack in a phaeton.*
And at that she threw herself upon
the dewy grass and wept unrestrain
edly. She was too young to he capable
of the terrible, tearless sorrow with
which an older woman may meet be
reavement and heart-break. She only
knew that everything had changed
since morning, that Ralph had gone
away, that she was very, very wretch
ed, and that no one must know of it.
The fire Hies flashed in the grass, the
flowers were heavy with dew, the air
was full of the fragrance of mignonet
te, heliotrope and roses, but lthetta
did not heed them. She only felt that
night was kind to make such darkness
aud solitude in the garden that no one
could see her or hear her, poor misera
ble little lthetta Wood crying for a lost
happiness that had never really- been
hers. And now it seemed to her that
Rose was cruel, from the midst of her
wealth, tier luxury, and her dozens of
lovers, to come swooping down upon
this one chance of bliss in a lifetime.
For khetta was sure that in all the
years to come she should never, never
marry. That was all oyer from this
The crickets hummed about her, the
nightmoths brushed by her unheeded ;
the moon rose,but she did not know it.
She was thinking how she should live
all her life long in the little old house.
After a while her aunt Dorcas would
die, and she would be left alone with
her father. Then after a while he too
would die, and she would liye 011 there,
an old, lonely woman.
From this reverie she was aroused
by the stopping of wheels, and cheerful
voices at the gate.
'Rhetta I Rhotta 1' shouted some
body in joyous, manly tones.
Sho rose to her feet in the moonlight,
bewildered and uncertain. Was she
dreaming,or was it really Ralph calling
'Rhetta, is tlint you under the plum-,
tree ? Come here for a moment to the
Yes, that was Ralph calling her.
With girlish celerity she smoothed
back her disordered hair, and ran to
the gate. There he stood, his arms fill
ed with flowers, which he loaded upon
her, while Colonel Porter's coachman,
who had brought him home, was al
most staggering under the weight of an
immense basket, full of bloom and fra
grance, which lie made haste to deposit
on the garden walk.
'Everything is here,' said Ralph,gay
ly—'the geraniums, the day lilies, tea
rose bushes, and the double violets.
Roots, slips, cutting, all you wanted,
you have them now, and I'll set them
every one out for you.'
'Oh, how beautiful ! how leauti
ful 1' murmured Rhetta, very softly
and gently. She was wholly overcome
by this strange ending of her passion
The coachman departed, leaving the
two lovers alone in the moonlit garden.
Lovers they were, for Ralph drew
Rhetta close to his heart, while he
placed upon her finger the ring that
iiad waited hidden in his pocket.
'You know what that means, dar
ling ?' he said, fervently. 'My way is
clear before me now. Colonel Porter
has given me a chance in his own busi
ness, beyond anything 1 dared to hope.
You don't know how hard it has been
for me to wait till I had a right to ask
you to be my own little Rhetta always
Ilappy Rhetta ' The moon ought to
have laughed right out to see how her
face had changed, it wa3 so full now of
smiles and blushes.
Aunt Dorcas,hurrying home an hour
later, eager to explain how she had
gone to sit awhile with poor old Mrs.
Davis, who had sciata, was taken all
aback by hearing merry voices under
the plum-tree, and finding Ralph and
Ithetta there at work with trowels set
ting out roots and tying up plants.
'Rose Porter sent me all these !' ex
claimed Ithetta, triumphantly—'all
this great basketful of loveliness and
luxury, and we must set them every
one out to night, because night is the
best lime,and they will get the dew.'
'For the land sakes !' ejaculated
Aunt Dorcas. 'Don't yo want the lan
'Oh, the moon is as bright as day,'
said Ralph, as he paused to choose a
place for a fine blue salvia.
'Well ! well !' tiie old lady exclaim
ed ; and then, as if she dimly compre
hended that something in the glamour
of youth and romance might make it a
thing to be desired to dig in gardens at
unusual hours, she said no more, but
went quietly into the house.
A WHALE HUNT.
Pursuing' tho Gigantic Fish in a
Boat Containing Two Largo
Whalo Bomb's Work.
A Santa Cruz correspondent of the
San Francisco Alfa ('ali/orimi writes:
Tho quartermaster of tho Aggie re
turned from n cruise to Monterey this
morning, and is glowing with the
consciousness of his bravery in partic
ipating in a whale hunt that resulted
in a capture. The Montery AY haling
Company is about the oldest institu
tion of the kind on the coast. The
business office, store room, and eating
and sleeping apartments of the com
pany are in a white abode building in
the western suburbs, and a half mile
further south is a high cliff, whereon
is located the company's lookout. He
is armed with a powerful glass, and a
tall mast is rigged with hallards for
hoisting a signal when game is sight
The hunting tools consist of three
of the regulation double pointed boats
in use by whalers the world over, live
long oars to each boat, two hundred
fathoms of line smoothly coiled in
tubs in the bow,and two guns to each
boat. The larger of the two has the
proportions ola young cannon and is
mounted on a pivot. The missile dis
charged from it is a steel bar, four
feet in length, and provided with a
folding barb, that opens out when the
harpoon buries itself in the whale's
interior. This takes the place of the
old time harpoon, and is much more
certain and effective. The lighter gun
is fired from the shoulder, and looks
like a large sized fowling piece. It is
an inch and a half bore. It is used to
put the finishing touches on the whale
after the harpoon has made him fast,
and the method is to fire an explosive
bomb into a vital spot. The bomb is
an inch and a half in diameter by
eighteen inches long, the butt-end be
ing winged with rubber tips, after the
manuer in which an arrow is feather
ed, to secure guiding power. It was
early in the morning when the white
signal fluttered to the top of the staff
of the mast on the cliff, and, having
previously obtained permission to join
the hunt with Captain Marino, the
quartermaster was speedily seated in
the sternsheets, awaiting the signal to
shove off. This was soon given, and
six miles to the northwest the three
boats came up with their game, which
proved to be an unusually large spec
imen of the California gray variety.
The gigantic fish rolled laziy about
on the top of the water, all uncon
scious of impending danger, and did
not even deign to notice the approach
of the boats that came up on either
side and behind her. A hundred feet
cwav the men lay on their oars, ana 1
Captain Mariano sighted over his j
swivel-gun. The men bcut over their
oars, with every muscle ready to pull
or back water at the slightest hostile
movement on the part of the enemy.
It was a moment that seemed an age
of awful suspense to the green hand,
but suddenly the captain had a fair
mark presented, and pressed the trig
ger. The boat quivered under the
shock accompanying the Tcport, and
the eye could plainly catch the flash
of the harpoon as it cleaved the air
and buried itself out of sight some
where in the right shoulder. Attach
cd to the steel missile was the stout
manilla line coiled in the bow, and it
bore the appearance of a flash of
brown lightuing as it zigzagged
through the air after its powerful
motor. The whale hardly seemed to
comprehend the trouble that had over
taken her at first, and it was fully half
a minute before she emmitted an an
gry snort and started for the bottom
at a rate that made the line smoke
and emit sparks as it ran over the
bows Both the captain and the boat
steercr peered uneasily into the clear
depths as the line stopped running,
and a minute later the former shout
ed : "Back all ! Back hard !'' The
The liye ashen blades bent and quiver
ed with the strain put on them, but
it was none too much, as the boat
was scarcely a dozen feet awav when
the huge bulk of the infuriated whale
rose to the surface and spouted twin
columns of brine high in tho air, a
bucket or two seeking the back of the
reporter's neck for a resting place as it
descended. Before the animated wa
terspout could repeat the dose the
boat was out af range,both of the fire-
Terms, SI.OO per Year, in Advance.
extinguishing apparatus and tin; ter
rible flukes that soon commenced to
thrash tho water into foam. Her con
tortions were so violent that tho Cap
tain could not got U] 11 Hii°t with his
bomb-gun,which he raised and lower
ed half a dozen times without pulling
the trigger. Finally the flukes quit
their thrashing, and like a flash tie
leviathan dashed away at a terrific
rate, burying the boat's bow between
two walls of water fully eighteen
inches high, but the speed was such
that scarcely a drop entered the boat.
This gait was kept up for a good ten
minutes,aud then the speed commenc
ed to slacken, and the wounded mon
ster swam easily and quietly on top
of the water. The living tug came to
a total standstill at last, and pulling
around to a broadside position the
Captain was given bis opportunity.
The second explosion was followed
by the whistling of the rubber-winged
bomb, which buried itself in the great
mass of blubber with a dull kerchug.
Scarcely had the smoke cleared away
from the bow before the muffled boom
of the bomb exploding in the histori
cal residence of Jonah sounded the
death-knell of the poor old whale.
The victim's huge bulk grew animat
ed again, but for only a moment. The
flukes thrashed violently for a few
seconds while the waterspouts became
tinged a warm red. Struggles and
spouts became more and more con
tracted, until,with the last final
the inwardly-wounded monster roiled
over and expired. The other boats
made fast, and a bard pull of three
hours landed the prize on the beach
near the try-pots.
Judges in Satin Gowns.
The judiciary all wear big, flowing
gowns, made like a bishop's gown, of
black satin,writes thePicoqune's Wash
ington correspondent. To see nine of
those mighty, diomified and awesome
gentlemen, strung out all in a row in
their big arm chairs, all glaring sternly
—in their official character, mind, for
in private life some of them are the
most delightful and gracious of men
down on a poor little mouse of a lawyer
is a spectacle that had always a fascina
tion for me. I used to go in again and
again to delight in this tableau. Nat
uraUy I scraped acquaintance with the
doorkeeper, and one day, as I was slip
ping out, be asked me in a hospitable
way why I didn't stop longer. I told
him frankly the speeches were so dull,
and then besought him to let me know
some day when a really eloquent lawyer
was going to make a fine speech. lie
threw back his head and began an up
roarious laugh, recollected that sound
travels, looked scared, clapped bis band
to his mouth,and,when duly composed,
answered: "Bless your soul, man,
they don't make fine speeches in there
—they expound the law." And I hum
bly admit that, for the first time in my
life, I became aware that in the Su
preme Court of the United States the
judiciary listen t<J the law—no elo
quence uor rhetoric.
Once a lawyer, as green as I, got up
to address the supreme bench, lie be
gan with quotations, flourishes and
gush ol pathos. One of the "Mr. Jus
tices" stopped him, "We want nothing
but the law, sir," he said.
THE DEMOCRATIC CANDI
Hon. Chauncey Forward Black
Hon. Chauncey Forward Black, the
Democratic candidate for Goyernor, is
a son of the lato Judge Jeremiah S.
Black. and was born at Somerset, in
this State, in November, in 1839. lie
was educated at the Monongahela Acad
emy, in West Virginia, and afterwards
attended Jefferson College,in Washing
ton county. He was under instruction
at Iliram College at the time the late
President Garfield was a student there.
A friendship was established between
the men, and their relations were most
cordial up to the time of the death of
the lato President. Young Chauncey
studied law with his father, and in IS6I
was admitted to the bar of Somerset
county. He "practiced but little, the
profession of the law not suiting his
tastes. Literary work was more suit
able to his tastes, and Mr. Black began
as a correspondent for several of the
daily newspapers. For six or seven
years he was a regular contributor to
the columns of the New York Sim .and
his letters showing the inside move
ments of Pennsylvania politics always
attracted considerable attention. Al
though he has not published any books
written by himself, there are numerous
publications from his prolific pen in ex
istence under the names of other per
sons. Although he has a manifest lik
ing for the whirl and excitement of pol
itics, he did not become much of an ac
tive politician until he was brought i'or-
L ward four years ago as a candidate for
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Lieutenant Governor. 110 was,indeed,
an aspirant for the nomination as Con
gressman in the York and Cumberland
district in 1874, but was defeated by
Hon. Levi Maish, the gentleman who
placed him in nomination for Lieuten
ant Governor in the State Convention
of 1882. By that body he was placed
second on the Pattison ticket on the
first ballot by a vote of 1704 to 731 for
George 11. Irwin, of Dauphin. In 1880
he was a member of the CmcinnatiCon
vention, and voted for Judge Field at
first, but changed his vote to General
Hancock. He went through in 1882
witli the rest of the Democratic ticket.
Mr. Black is credited witli being tho
author of a revival of the so-called Jef
fersonian system of politics,which con
sists in the establishment of societies
throughout the country for the study
and practice of the Jeffersonian princi
ples. He is the President of the organ
ization of that name in York county,
at the capital of which he resides. For
many years before he was made Lieu
tenant Governor nearly all the plat
forms adopted by Democratic State
Conventions were bis handiwork, and
be always attended the Conventions
well provided with planks of all sorts.
His counsel was sought by the leading
men of the party, and bis acquaintance
has been extensive with the prominent
men of the country of all shades of po
litical opinion. Mr. Black married the
daughter of Hon. John L. Dawson,who
represented the Fayette district in Con
gress and was a prominent politician in
his time. In personal appeaiancc he
is tall, of good physique, and bears a
strong resemblance to his distinguished
Colonel R. Bruce Rickotts.
Colonel It. Bruce Ricketts, who re
ceived the nomination for Lieutenant
Governor,comes of Scotch-Irish parent
age, and was born at Orangeville, Co
lumbia county, Pa., on April 29,1839.
lie was educated at the Wyoming Sem
inary near Wilkesbarre, and was read
ing law when the Rebellion broke out.
lie promptly entered the Union service,
and having assisted in recruiting a bat
tery of artillery, was mustered in as a
member of Battery F, First Pennsylva
nia Artillery [Forty third Regiment],
on July 8, 1861, and promoted to be
First Lieutenant, Aug. 5,1861; to Cap
tain, May 8,1863 ; to Major, December
1, 1864, and to Colonel, March 15, 1565.
Battery F was furnished during the
month of August. 1861, with horses and
equipments and four smooth bore piec
es. As early as Seutember 12 following
it was ordered to join Gen.Banks' com
mand at Darnestown, Md., and from
that date on was in active service con
stantly until the close of the war. For
a time the battery was divided into two
sections, one under Lieutenant Brock
way, and the other uuder Lieutenant
lticketts. The latter had its first en
gagement December 20 h with a body
of the enemy's artillery as.d cavalry,
which was attempting the destruction
of Dam No. 5 on the Upper Potomac.
For more than three 101 l years from
that date. Ricketts was always in the
front, and his battery beci me one of
the most famous in the Union Army.
In almost every one of the great engage
ments of *62, 63, and '64 in Maryland
and Virginia, and in scores of minor
conflict:;, it was prominently engaged
and at Gettysburg especially it did
brilliant service in assisting to repel tlie
fierce, terrific onslaught of the Confed
erates upon the right of the Union
lines. In this battle Colonel lticketts
lost forty horses and twenty-seven men,
and the ground on which his guns were
planted is among the historic spots of
this great contest. lie was under fire
one hundred times, and engaged in 57
battles. At the close of the war Col
onel Ricketts returned to Wilkesbarre,
and has since been engaged iu manag
ing his large lumbering estate at which
is known as North Mountain in Sulli
van couuty. He has been an active
and consistent Democrat ever since lie
reached manhood, but has never been
William J. Brennen.
William J. Brennen, the nominee for
Auditor-General,was born in the South
Side, Pittsburg, about 34 years ago.
His parents, Irish working
among the early settlers there. He re
ceived a common school education, and
was apprenticed and learned the trade
of a machinist. He followed that trade
until 27 years of age, and sayed money
to tit himself for the legal profession,
lie read law with Colonel J. K.P.DuITj
his present partner. lie was a delegate
for Tilden at the St. Louis Convention
of '76, when but little more than 21
years of age. He has been a delegate
to seyeral Democratic State Conven
tions, and is a member of the State
Committee now, and is serying his sec
ond term as Chairman of theAlleghany
County Committee. He was counsel
without compensation for the coal min
ers cluirged with conspiracy over in
Washington county; is a cousin of Gil
bert R:\fferty, the coke operator, is un
married and a total abstainer from in
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