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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
" 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
" 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
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 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
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
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
" 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." When a patient calls upon
him for treatment, he places him in a
chair and makes a fixture of him with
straps and bands., Then he puts the for
ceps) to the tooth and gives it a terrific
jerk inward. " That," he says, "is the
way that Dr. Smith does it." He gives
it another yank in the opposite direc
tion, remarking. " And that is the way
that Dr. Jones goes to work." By this
time the tooth is quite loose. With a
gentle pull he forces it out, saying, " But
this is the way that I do. Send your
friends to me and I'll convince them of
the superiorly of my method."
He Kept His Promise.
William Brooks attempted to shoot
his wife, at Shelby, N. C. The Indigna
tion of bis neighbors was outspoken,
and they proposed to have him prose
cuted ; but he said that they need not go
to that trouble, for he fully realized his
despicable character, and would punish
himself with death on the following day
Next morning he shouldered his gun
and a rope and started for the woods,
telling Ma family that when they heard
a shot they might know that he was
hanging himself, and could get his body.
They did not believe him; yet they went
in search of him on hearing the promis
ed signal and fouud htm dead.
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sut f roe. Address 8TINSUH fc CO., Portland, 11 aloe
ly; .
E3TATB NOTICE. Notice Is hereby given,
that letter ot administration ou the estate
ot Rev. 8. 8. Richmond late ot Torone township.
Perry Countv. Pa., deceased, have been granted
to the undersigned. P. O. Address Laudiaburg,
Perry County. Pa.
All persons Indebted to said estate are request
ed to make Immediate payment and tkose Bavin
claims will present them duly authenticated lor
settlement to
Cms. H. Bmilit, Att'y. Administrator
.May 10. 1881.