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THE TIMES NEW BLOOMFIELD, PA., SEl'IEMUEll 20, 1881. ted ly mystery, and a sense of utter helplessness In face of it. Mr. DufF might far better be losing his furtuue on the Block Exchange, or throwing his money away on turf speculations ; In these there would be some remote chance of profit, If not fiallfactlon In losing his property. His bark had up to this lime sailed smooth seas, had veu, hitherto, floated In a sheltered bay, unexposed to financial tempests or lireakers; but now a leak of a dangerous sort had sprung, as likely, he imagined, to ingulf him at his anchorage as any bufl'etlug of waves In open sea. Mr. Duff became a changed man. He was thin, worn aud ill with anxiety and watching. They were all watching. Traill was watching Hamilton ; Ham ilton turned a keen glance on the boys; the boys kept their eyes very widely open all round. Mr. Dull" was unwill ing to put the matter In the hands of the local police, knowing that the first to be suspected would be his clerks, aud that the affair would Bpee dlly become town gossip. Secretly Mr. Buff began to think the place was bewitched. His partner, George Traill, being call ed upon to pay up half of the five hun dred pounds, resolved to get to the bot tom of the matter. He had a bed fitted up In the banker's business-room, and determined to spend his nights there until some solution of the problem pre sented itself. His transfer from the Ab erdeen branch Beemed just theu to prove a bad bargain. The keys of the safe, it should be mentioned, numbering eight, were placed every night after the locking up of the safe and the dropping of the iron bolt from the banker's bedroom, in a strong-box, the key of which was al ways carried by Mr. DufT. George Traill, armed with a revolver.ln spite of Mary's protests and Mr. Duff's jeers, occupied the room when the bed had been fitted there, and waited philosophically the course of events. He slept little for the first night or two; but no intruder came to disturb his repose. The long dull hours crept on without adventure or other result'than to make Traill sleepy aud cross during the following days. The bankers were beginning to despair of discovering the thief. Yet Traill despite Mr. Duff's perfectly reasonable argument that if any man broke Into the safe It would not be merely five hundred pounds that would satisfy him, nor would he likely risk a second or third visit continued to spend his nights in the bank. At daybreak, however, on a certain morning in the following week, Traill, who slept very lightly, was suddenly awakened and startled by hearing the bolt that passed through the lock of the outer door of the safe drawn sharply up. He could hardly believe the evi dence of his ears, thinking that perhaps he dreamed. But the "click" was still reverberating, exaggerated as all sounds are in the Btillness of night. If the bolt was really lifted, the person that drew it up must be iu the room where Mr. Duff slept. Traill was a courageous man ; but in spite of himself, he trem bled as he felt for and' examined his re volver. When the reverberation sub sided, there was a silence for a few mo ments as of Death, Sleep's twin brother. Then he thought he heard, far ofT, a door open, followed by a step on the stairs. Then a light showed at a seam under the door; presently the door open ed, and a man entered, carrying in one Land a lighted candle, in the other a bunch of keys. The revolver was firth ly held in Traill's grip.and before firiug, he was about to utter a cry of warning, when he noted that the figure paid no heed to his presence, but passed him, making straight for the safe door.. In the dim light, to his astonishment, he distinguished the fixed, even rigid feat ores of his friend and partner Mr. Duff! His eyes were wide open, and he moved with his usual deliberation, but with an air of stern preoccupation quite foreign to his working habits. Traill saw at a glance that the banker was walking in iits sleep. His first Impulse was to seize him and wake him ; but a moment's reflection decided him to wait the natural issue of events. Mr. DufT, without hesitation or fumbling, chose the right keys for the outer door, and pushed it, as the lock sprang back, slowly open ; then the wicket-gate, the inuer iron door, and so on, until he disappeared silently in the vault-like shades of the strong-room. When he reached the safe, he took from the well-packed store of pound notes Traill eagerly watching him from the door a bundle containing five hundred; he then noiselessly shut the door as he retreated. He passed within an arm's length of Traill, bearing the bundle of notes, the keys, and his lighted candle ; left the offloo followed by his partner walked slowly up stairs to his bedroom, where he deliberately dropped the bolt back in its place, and finally laid the keys carefully, apparently counting them, in their usual place in the box fixed in the wall for that purpose. Traill expected he would then retire to bed; but It wag evident that the somnambulist had not finished his night's work. Having safely put away the keys, he lifted his candle and again went down stairs, carrying the notes in his hand. Traill followed him through the kitchen and out Into the courtyard behind. With-the same purpoae-llke deliberation that he had showed at the safe, he now marched to the unvarnished truth, O romantic reader, must be recorded to the Pio-sty 1 Arrived there, he lifted a loose fold of thatch that rested on a slab of stoue In Hie rickety roof, secreted the bundle of notes there, replaced the thatch carefully, and then turned with an Air of relief and went indoors. Traill did not disturb him, did not even take the trouble to follow his partner to see if he reached his bed safely, but sprang eagerly to the loose thatch, In which, snugly lylug,he found the comfortable sum of one thousand nine hundred pounds in bank notes! He could not help laughing as he stood there in the dim gray morning, hardly half-clad, for the pursuit had not been without excitement. "An expensive roofing for Duff's pigs," he murmured, gathering the various dusty bundles to gether and retreating indoor9 from the cold morning air. " I think, DufT," Baid Tralll.serlously, when they met In the office, after break fust "I think, to make certain that no thief, or witch, or ghost has been tarn pering with the cash during the night, we had better count the cash henceforth In the morning as well as at night; that will make certain whether the money disappears by night or during the day." Mr. Duff assented. " Suppose .you begin this morning." Again Mr. Duff assented; and with reluctant fingers, at his partner's sug gestion, counted the money. "Powers of darkuessl" he exclaimed, "I shall not stay another day in the house. The cash is again five hundred pounds short." Had Mr. Dull not been a remarkably bald mau, he would have probably toru his hair in agony. " How much do you reckon your pigs cost you anuually, Duff?" Traill asked with apparent Irrelevance, aud, as Mr. Dufr thought, flippancy. "Tigs! Hang the pigs! Hang the bank! and Yes; I mean to resign my office. I'm not to remain here to be robbed aud ruined." "I see you are putting a new roof on your Bty, and papering it," Traill went on sententiously. "Sparing no expense on it. Doing the thing stylish ly, ehl"' "Are you mad, Traill V" " Well, let me see. At the rate of two thousand pounds, say, in three months, that pig-sty will cost you and me just about eight thousand pounds a year." Traill was apparently in his gravest mood. " That's pretty moderate, eh V" " Poor Traill ! The loss of his money has taken his brain. What demon has entered this house r"" sighed Mr. Duff in the presence of a despair more tragic even than his own. " Look here, old fellow I" said Traill suddenly burstiug into laughter" look here! I fouud these in the roof of your pig-sty thia rnornlug ; aud what is more, I saw you put them their with your own hands." " Prodigious !" " Yes, all the missing money was there. The banker gave a champagne dinner to his delighted clerks on the evening of that day. His own health, however, was in rather a bad way.' In a month or two he resigned his office, retiring on a liberal pension to his farm ; and In order to compensate James Ham ilton for all his recent trouble and mis ery, Mr. Duff requested, as a personal and final favor, that the Directors might appoint him to the position of Assistant-agent with George Traill ; a pro posal which the Directors favorably en tertained. These offices both of the gen tlemen hold with honor to this day. It may be mentioned too that George Traill and James Hamilton are now brothers-in-law, each having iu due time wedded one of Mr. Duff's daugh ters. The hank is James Hamilton's home ; while George Traill has rented a farm adjoining Mr. Duff's. The fresh country air, and exercise, aud fishing, and unlimited golfing all enforced on him by the doctor as the best medicine have put an end to the old banker's somnambullstio rambles. "The Domestic Tyrant." "The average man" quoth Mrs. Par tington "is a weak and irritable domestic tyrant," and Mrs. P. is correct. Tyran nical to a fault the average man will enter the blissful Paradise of a happy home, scratch himself in fiendish glee, aud send the baby into convulsions, and for what V Why, because he has the Itching Piles, and is too mean to buy Rwayne'a Ointment, which is an infal lible cure for the worst cases of that annoying complaint. rarWomen that have been bedridden for years have been entirely cured of female weakness by the use of Lydia E. Plnkham'a, Vegetable Compound. Bend to Mrs. Lydia K- Pinkham, i!3;i Wes tern Avenue, Lynn, Mass., for pam phlets. aS-39 A NOVEL MURDER TRIAL. THE Gallatin Tcnncmcan says '. Mrs. Ilhoda E. Hester was arrested at her father's, Esquire D. B. Hunnlcutt, Wednesday night, charged with the murder of one George Martin, the day before, at Mr. Hester's, in the western portion of. this county. &he had a pre liminary hearing before Esquire W. N. Warren, Thursday, at Hendenson's store, some three aud a half miles west of Cotton Town, and the magistrate, after hearing the proof, bound her over uuder bund to appear and answer the charge at the next term of the circuit court. So far as we can get the facts the case Is singular lu its features, aud will attract a great deal of attention. The lady accused of murdet is the daughterofD.il. Hunnlcutt, a justice of the peace, well-known In the county. She Is said to be about 22 years old, very intelligent, aud rather handsome. About twelve months since she mar ried Taylor Hester, the boii of a very reputable family iu the western portion of the county, and at the time of the killing she and her husband were living at his father's, and had been for some months. George Martin was also living at old man Hester's, and had been for two or three months. We are also in formed that the accused, Just before her marriage to her husband, instituted suit In our circuit court for breach of mar riage contract against him, and had ail his property attached. He married her shortly afterward, aud the suit was dis missed We are also Informed that Tuesday last, the day before the alleged killing, the husband of the accused came to Gal latin, in company with George Martin,, and filed a bill for divorce against her, charging her with intimacy with Mar tin. It is further Baid that her hus band had been threatening to leave her aud get a divorce for' some weeks, charging her with intimacy with Mar tin' which she strenuously denied, and called upon him to believe her aud protect her from tiie slanders of Martin. It seemes however, that he saw proper to believe the charges of Martin. Her husband and Martin returned from Gal latin on Tuesday, when she was inform ed of the filing of the bill agalust her, and the nature of its allegations against her, aud that she must prepare to leave next morning. Wednesday morning her clothes were bundled up1 by her and a horse was caught for her, to enable to go to her father's. Just before this her husband aud Martin had started for the woods, some three hundred yards from the house, to cut wood. The accused follow ed them, so we hear,-and caught up with them at a pair of bars, some two hundred yards from the house. Martin asked her if she wanted to see him, and she said no, she wanted to talk to her husband, and that he could go along to his work. He did so, and she and her husband talked some twenty minutes at the bars, aud'then both, walked on to where Martin wa9 chopping. Her hus band aud Martin both went to cutting offlogs ou the same tree, about ten feet apart. While they were thus cutting Mrs. Hester, the accused, was standing on the log between them. Her husband says he heard the noise like a pistol fire aud looked around and Baw his wife bring her right hand up aud something was In It like a pistol. Martin Jumped from the log, ran about forty yards, fell and died In a few minutes, the shot It seems, having hit him lu the side about on a range with his heart. Mrs. Hester left at the same time aud walked to her father's some three miles, where she was arrested on Wednesday night en a warrant issued charging her with the murder of Martlu. Her friends say that her husband and Martin, the latter acting under the In stigation of the former, had formed a conspiracy to destroy her character, in order to enable him to secure a divorce; that he and Martin had dogged her steps, and that they had concocted these slan ders against her, and that when her husband refused to protect her from the falsehoods of Martin, and joined with him to support them, arid turned her out of doors, she become desperate and resolved to avenge herself, if the tale of her husband be true, which is denied. With respect to this her friends claim that the shooting was done by her hus band, and that the killing was accident al iu this : that while her husband did the shooting he did not Intend to kill or hit Martin, but simply to shoot at him and mles him, as part of their scheme to destroy her and enable him to get his divorce. It will thus be seen, if the above report be true, that the case is a novel one. Messrs. Wilson and Head represent the accused, and it is said the prosecution will be vigorously pushed. A Polite People. The city of Lucknow, India, is re nowned for the politeness of Its people, exceeding, it would seem, that of the French, who are geuA-ally regarded as the politest people In the world. A cor respondent, writing from the spot, gives a ludicrous Illustration of the extent to which the natives carry their ideas of courtesy. Two native gentlemen, on their way to the railway etatbu, acci dentally fell into a ditch. One . would suppose that both would have been on their feet in a twinkling; but no, the law of politeness Interfered, aud one said to the other : ,l When your Honor rises then I may get up." No, your Honor Bhould get up first," replied the other. "Never; how could I take precedence of your Honor V" and thus the contest went on for an hour, it is said, because neither gentleman would consent to violate the laws of good breeding. What Is Curious about Branford ? A PARTY of gentlemen were riding over the Shore Line railroad be tween New Haven and Providence a few nights ago, and were amusing each other by telling good Btorles, when the train halted and the conductor cried out "Branford." One of the party seeing no sign of a village inquired where the town was. " About three fourths of a mile away," was the reply from one who knew the locality. " Well, what Is there in particular about Branford "("' wa9 the next inquiry. Well, said the man, "to the manor born," "I can tell you just what kind 'of a place it is. A few years ago there was but one pauper lu town, and he a former well-to-do citizen, whose proper ty had gone, through sundry misfortunes and perhaps too convivial habits; once extremely popular, aud with warmly attached friends. But fulling at last upon the town for support, the citizens had voted to board him at the village hotel, and allowed him In addition to his living two drinks per day. At the end of the year when the annual town meeting was held the pauper aforsald deliberately arose and made a motion that his allow ances for the coming year be increased to three drinks. On this a warm debate ensued, which consumed a large part of the afternoon, the former friends and cronies of the pauper strenuously advo cating his claims, and the motion was finally carried by a decisive majority. And that," said the speaker, " is what there is peculiar about the town of Bran ford." How Far the Sound of a Cannon Goes. The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought June 14th, 1775. The sound of the can non used in the engagement was very distinctly heard by persons on the Deer field River, on the east side of Hoosick mountain, where now is the town of Charlemont, Mass., the distance being oue hundred and twenty miles. This Is asserted in " The Memoirs of Capt. Lem muel Roberts," a rare work' printed a Bennington, Vt., 1809. He was an ofll cer in the army of the Revolution. He says : " We were surprised at the hear ing of a heavy cannonade from a great distance, which proved to be the battle of Bunker Hill." Ou July LOth, 1812, a naval engage ment with a cannonade lasting an hour and a half, occurred between the United States flotilla of Deleware, Lieu. Samuel Angus commanding, and some British ships that were In the bay. The conflict transpired near Cape May, not far from a place called Crow's Shoals. The fir ing of the cannon was heard by many persons at Washington City, distant, iu a direct line, one hundred and twenty miles. This is recorded as "A Curious Fact" in a weekly paper called "The War,"published at New York in 1812-13. These cases are well authenticated. The cannon could not have been so large as the ones now in use. How He did It. A traveling dentist in Australia adver tises a new method of extracting teeth, " without the aid of chloroform or laugh ing gas." 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