The Hennessey Clipper (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 23, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 4, 1912 Page: 6 of 8

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Republican Platform Demands
Freedom cf Judiciary.
The scene nt the opening of tho story Is
fctfd in the library "f an old worn out
louthern plantation, known as the Har-
•ny The plm.- is t<> be sold, and It"
blstorv and (hat of th«' owners, the
Quint.trds. ih the subject < f dlscuss!o?i t>v
Jonathan Crenshaw a business man. 'l
•tranter known as Bladen, and Hob
Va.i< .> a farmer, when Hannibal Wayne
Hazard, a mysterious child of th «>I<1
louthern fanillv. manes his app«aranc -
Van,-j tells how he adopted the hoy Na
lhanlel Ferris buys the Barony, but the
QuintaliIm deny any knowledKe of the
boy. Yancy to keep Hannibal Captain
Murrell. i« friend or the Qulntards. ap
pears i ad asks • luostlons nbout the Bar
ony. Trouble it Scratch Hill when Han-
nibal is kidnaped by Pave Blount, Cap
tain MurrcH'x agent Yancy overtake
Blount. «lves hhn a thrashing and s "-ur s
the boy. Ya ncy app< i ra before Bqulre
Balaam, and is discharged with cnsls f< i
th plaintiff. Betty Miilroy, a friend u(
the I'' rrlses, has an encounter with Cap
tain Murrell. who forces his attentions on
rer. and Is rescued by Bruce Currlntfton
Betty s.-ts out fur her Tennessee home
Carrln^ton tak.s the saim sta^.-. Yancy
and Hannibal disappear, with Murrell on
their trail. Hannibal arrive! at the home
of JuilKe Sloeuni Price. The Jud* • rn •-
niiea in the bov. the grandson of an old
time friend Murrell arrives at Judge's
home. Cavendish fainlP on raft pn<-w
Yam \ who Is apparently dead. Price
breaks Jail Belts and Carrlngton arrive
at Belle plain llaunlburs rill discloses
some startling things to the Judge Han
nibal and Betty meet again. Murrell ar-
rives :n Bell*- plain Is playing far hi
Stakes Vaucv awakes from long dr- un
less sleep ,.n 'hoard the raft. Jmlge Prlc-
makes startling discoveries fn looking up
land titles. Charley Norton, a young
planter, who asalrfts the Judge. Is mys
terlously assaulted Norton Inf'^ ins < 'at
niiKton that Hetty has promised to marry
him Norton is mysteriously slu>t More
light on MurreU's plot. He plans upiis
I ti K of negroes Judge Price, with Hanni-
bal. viH'is Betty, and she keeps tile boy
u.> a <•( nipanloii In a stroll Hetty takes
with Hannibal they meet Bess Illcks,
daughter of the overseer, who warns
Betty of danger and counsels her to
leave Belle Plain at once. Betty, terri-
fied. acts on Bess' advice, and on their
way their carriage It stopped by Wesson,
the tavern keeper, and a confederate, ami
Betty and Hannibal are made prisoners.
CHAPTER XIX (Continued).
As they stumbled forward through
the thick obscurity he continued his
personal revelations, the present en-
terprise having roused whatever there
was of sentiment slumbering in his
soul. At last they came out on a
wide bayou; a white in 1st htuig above
It, and on the low shore* Iwaf and
branch were dripping with tho night
dews Keeping close to the waters
edge Slosson led the way to w point
where a skill' was drawn up on the
"Step In, ma'am," be said, when he
bad launched it
"I will go no farther!" said Betty
In desperation. She felt an over-
mastering tear, the lull horror ot the
unknown lay hold of her, and she gave
a piercing cry for help. Slossoti swung
about on his heel and seized her For
a moment she struggled lo escape,
but the man's big hand pinioned her.
"No more of that!" he warned, then
he recovered himself and laughed.
"You could yell till you was black in
the face, ma'am, and there'd be uo
one to hear you."
Where are you taking me?" and
Betty"m voice faltered between tho
sudden sobs that choked her.
"Just across to George Hicks s."
"For what purpose?"
"You'll know in plenty of time."
And Slosson leered at her through the
Hannibal Is to so with me?" nsked
Betty tremulously.
Sine' agreed Slosson affably.
"Youi nigger, too—quite a party. '
Betty supped Into the skltT She
tell h r hopes quicken—she was think-
ing oi Bess; whatever the girl's mo-
tives, she had wished her to escape.
She would wish It now more than
ever since the very thing she had
striven to prevent had happened.
Bloi 'ti seated hltnsell and took up
* he oars, Bunker followed with Han-
nibal and they pushed otT. No word
was fcpoken in til they disembarked on
the opposite shore, when Slosson ad-
dressed Bunker
"I reckon I can manage that young
rip-staver, you go back after Sherrod
and the nigger," he said
He conducted his captives up the
bank and they entered a clearing, j
Looking across this Hetty saw where;
a cabin window framed a single
square of light. They advanced to 1
ward this and present ly the dark out-1
line of the cabinet ltseir became dls- j
tlnguishable. A moment lator Slos-
son paused, a door yielded to his
hand, and Betty nnd the boy were
thrust Into the room where Murrell
had held his conference with Fentress
and Ware. The two women were now
its only occupants, and the mother,
grosu and shapeless, turned an ex-
pressionless face on the Intruders;
but the daughter shrank into the
shadow, her burning glance tixed on
"Mere's yo' guests, old lady!" said
Mr SloBson. Mrs. Hicks rose from
the three-legged stool on which she
was Bitting.
"Hand me the candle, Bess," she
At one Bide of the room was a steep
flight of stairs which gave access to
the loft overhead Mrs. Hicks, by a
gesture, signified that Betty and Han
nibal were to asoend these stairs;
they did so and found themselves on
a narrow landing inclosed ey a par
titlon of rough planks; this partition
"Here's Yo' Guests, Old Woman!'
was pierced by a low door Mrs j
Hicks, who had followed clone at |
their heels, handed the caudle to Het-
"In yonder!" she said briefly, nod-
ding toward the door.
"Wait!" cried Betty In a whisper.
"No," said the woman with an al-
most masculine surliness of tone "1
got nothing to say." She pushed them
into the attic, nnd, closing the door,
fastened it with a stout wooden bar.
Beyond that door, which seemed to
have closed on every hope, Hetty held
the tallow dip aloft, and l>y Its uncer-
tain and flickering light surveyed her
prison. The lirlelest glance sufficed.
Tho room contained two shake-down
beds and a stool; there was a window
in the gable, but a piece of heavy
plnnk was spiked before it
"Miss Hetty, don't you be scared,
whispered Hannibal. "When the Judge
hears we're gone, him and Mr. Ma-
huffy will try to And us They'll go
right ofT to Helle Plain—the Judge Is
always wanting to do that, only Mr.
Mahaffy never lets him—but now he
won't be able to stop him."
"Oh, Hannibal, Hannibal, what can
he do there—what can any one do
there?" And a dead pallor over-
spread tho girl's face To speak ot
the blind groping of her friends but
served to fix the horror of their situ-
ation in her mind.
"1 don't know. Miss Betty, but tne
judge is always thinking of things to
do; seems like they was mostly things
no one else would ever think of."
Betty had placed the candle on the
stool and seated herself oil one ot the
beds. There was the murmur ot
voices In the room below, she won-
dered if her fate was under eonsldera
tlon and what that fate was to be
Hannibal, who had been examining
tho window, returned to her side.
"Miss Betty, if we could Just pet
out of this loft we could steal their
skirt nnd row down to the river; 1
reckon they got Just the one boat;
the only way they could get to us
would be to swim out, and if they
done that we could pound 'em over
the head with the oars—the least lit-
tle thing sinks you when you're in
the water " But this murderous fancy
of his failed to Interest Betty.
Presently they heard Sherrod nnd
Uunlter come up from the shore with
Oeorge. Slosson Joined them and
there was a brief discussion, then an
Interval of silence, nnd the sound ot
\ ill ti again as the three white men
moved back across the field In the
direction of the bayou. There suc-
ceeded a period of utter stillness,
both in the cabin and In the clear-
ing, a somber hush that plunged Het-
ty yet deeper In despair Wild
thoughts assailed her, thoughts agatnst
which she struggled with all the
strength of her will.
In that hour of stress Hannibal was
sustained by his faith in the Judge.
He saw his patron's powerful and
picturesque Intelligence applied to
solving the mystery of their rtlsap-
nftaniiice from Bell* Plain; it was Ui-
coneelvable that this could prove
otherwise than disastrous to Mr. Slos-
son, and he endeavored to share the
confidence he was feeling with Hetty, |
but there was something so forced
and unnatural in the girl's voice and
manner when she discussed his con-
jectures that he quickly fell Into an
awed silence. At last, and it must i
have been some time after mlduight, |
troubled slumbers claimed him. No
moment of forgetfulness came to Het-
ty, She was waiting for what—she j
did not know! The candle burnt low-
er and lower and finally went out ami
she was left In darkness, but again
she was conscious of sounds troiu the;
room below. At tirst it was only a j
word or a sentence, then the guarded \
speech became a steady monotone i
that ran deep into tho night, liven-1
tually this ceased and Betty fancied
she heard sobs.
Murrell Shows His Hand.
At length points of light began to
show through chinks In the logs. Han-
nibal roused and sat up, rubbing bis
eyes with the backs of his hands.
"Wasn't you able to sleep none'.'" he
inquired. Betty shook her head fie
looked at her with an expression ot
troubled concern. "How soon do you
reckon the Judge will know?" he
"Very soon now, dear." Hannibal
was greatly consoled by this opinion.
"Miss Betty, he will love to find
"Hark! What was that?" for Hetty
had caught the distant splash of oars
Hannibal round a chink in the logs
through which by dint of much squint-
ing he secured a partial view of the
"They're fetching up a keel boat to
the shore. Miss Hetty—it's a whoop-
er!" he announced Betty's he^rt
sank; she never doubted the purpose
for which that boat was brought Into
the bayou, or that it nearly concerned
Half an hour later Mrs Hicks ap-
peared with their breakfast. It was
in vain that Hetty attempted to en-
gage her in conversation. Either she
cherished some personal feeling of
dislike for her prisoner, or else the
situation In which she herself was
placed had little to recommend It,
even to her dull mind, and her dis-
satisfaction was expressed In her at-
titude toward the girl.
Betty passed the long hours of
morning in dreary speculation con-
cerning what was happening at Belle
Plain In the end she realized that
the day could go by ahd her absence
occasion no alarm. Steve might rea-
sonably suppose Ueorge had driven
her Into Raleigh or to the Bowens'
and that she had kept the carriage
Finally all her hope centered on Judge
Price. He would expect Hannibal dur-
ing the morning; perhaps when the
boy did not arrive ho would be tempt-
ed to go out to Belle Plain to dis-
cover the reason of his non appear-
i *:
ance. She wondered what theories
would offer themselves to his In-
genious mind, for she sensed some-
thing of that Indomitable energy
which In the face of rebuffs and
laughter carried him Into the thick or
every sensation.
At noon Mrs Hicks, as sullen as in
i he morning, brought them their din-
ner. She had scarcely quitted the loit
when a shrill whistle pierced the si-
lence that hung above the clearing.
It was twice repeated, and the two
women were heard to go from the
cabin. Perhaps half an hour elapsed,
then a step became audible on the
packed earth of the dooryard. Some
one entered the room below and be-
gan to ascend the narrow stairs, and
Hetty's fingers closed convulsively
about Hannibal's. This was neither
.Mrs Hicks nor her daughter, nor
Slosson with his clumsy shuttle. There
was a brief pause when the landing
was reached, but it was only momen-
tary; a hand lilted the bar, the door
was thrown open, and Its space
framed the figure of a man. It was
John Murrell.
Standing there he regarded Hetty In
silence, but a deep-seated tire glowed
in his sunken eyes. The sense of pos-
session was raging through him, his
temples ^throbbed, a fever stirred Ills
blood. Love, such as it was, he un-
doubtedly felt for her, and even his
giant project, with all its monstrous
ramifications, was lost sight of for the
moment. She was the inspiration lor
it all, the goal and reward for whlet
he struggled.
"Betty!" the single word fell soltly
from his lips. He stepped into the
room, closing the door as he did so.
The girl's eyes were dilating with a
mute horror, for by some swift, in-
tuitive process of the mind, which
asked nothing of the logic of events,
but dealt only with conclusions, Mur-
rell stood revealed as Norton's mur-
derer. Perhaps he read her thoughts,
but he had lived in his degenerate
ambitions until the ceminon Judg-
ments or the understanding of them
no longer existed lor him. That Het-
ty had loved Norton seemed inconse-
quential even; it was a memory to
be swept away by the force of his
greater passion. So he watched aer
smilingly, but back of the smile was
the menace of unleashed impulse.
"Can't you And some word of wel-
come for me, Betty?" be asked at
length, still softly, still with some-
thing of entreaty In his tone.
"Then It was you—not Tom—who
had me brought here!" She could
have thanked God had it been Tom,
whose hate was not to be feared as
she feared this man's love.
Tom—no!" and Murrell laughed.
"You didn't think I'd give you up? 1
am standing with a halter about my
neck, and all for your sake—who'd
risk as much for love of you?" He
seemed to expand with savage pride
that this was so, and took a step to-
ward her.
Don't come near me!" cried Hetty.
Her eyes blazed, and she looked at
him with loathing.
"You'll learn to be kinder," he ex-
ulted. "You wouldn't see me at Belle
Plain, what was left for me but to
have you brought here?"
While Murrell was speaking the sig-
nal that had told of his own presence
on the opposite shore of the bayou
was heard again. This served to ar-
rest his attention. A look of uncer-
tainty passed over his face, then he
made an impatient gesture as if he
dismissed some thought that had
forced itself upon him, and turned
to Betty.
"You don't ask what my purpose is
whore you are concerned; you have
no curiosity on that score?" She en-
deavored to meet his glance with a
glance as resolute, then her eyes
sought the boy's upturned face. "I
am going to send you down river, Het-
ty. Later 1 shall Join you In New Or-
leans, and when I leave the country
you shall go with me—"
"Never!" gasped Betty.
"As my wife, or however you choose
to call It I'll teach you what a man's
love is like," he boasted, and extend-
ed his hand. Hetty shrank from him,
and his hand fell at his side. He
looked at her steadily out of his deep-
sunk eyes, in which blazed the tires of
his passion, and as he looked, her
face paled and flushed by turns. "You
may learn to be kind to me, Hetty,
he said. "You may find it will t>e
worth your while." Hetty made no
answer; she only gathered Hannibal
closer to her side "Why not accept
what I have to offer, Betty?" Again
he went nearer her, and again she
shrank from him, but the madness of
his mood was In the ascendant. He
seized her and drew her to him. She
Btruggled to tree herself, but his lin-
gers tightened about her.
Cubans Fond of Raisins.
The life of Cuba is largely sustaii ed
ty ralBins, its people consuming ihe
fruit more generally than any other
of the Spanish-American colonics.
Changes in Anti-Trust Laws Framed—
Protective Tariff Approved and Mod-
ifications Suggested—Lauds Pres-
ent and Past Administrations.
Chicago.—The following is the plat-
form adopted by tho Republican na-
tional convention on Saturday after-
noon :
"The Republican party, assembled by
its representatives in national conven-
tion, declares its unchanging faith in
government of the people, by the peo-
ple, for the people. We renew our al-
legiance to the principles of the Re-
publican institutions established by
tho fathers.
"We believe in our self-controlled
representative democracy which is a
government of laws, not of men, and
In which order is the prerequisite of
progress. The Republican party will
Btrive, not only in the nation, but in
the several states, to enact the nec-
essary legislation to safeguard the
public health; to limit effectively tho
labor of women and children and to
protect wage-earners engaged in dan-
i gerous occupations; to enact compre-
hensive and generous workman's com-
pensation laws in place oi the present
wasteful and unjust system of employ-
ers' liability; and in all possible ways
to satisfy the just demand of the
people for the study and solution of
f the complex and constantly changing
problems of social welfare.
"The Republican party reaffirms Its
intention to uphold at all times the
authority and integrity of the courts,
both state and federal, and it will ever
insist that their powers to enforce
their process and protect life, liberty
and property shall be preserved in-
"That the courts, both federal and
itate, may bear the heavy burden laid
upon them to the complete satisfac-
tion of public opinion we favor legis-
lation to prevent long delays and the
tedious and costly appeals which have
so often amounted to a denial of jus-
tice in civil cases and to a failure to
protect the public at large in criminal
"Since the responsibility of the ju-
diciary is so great, the standards of
Judicial action must be always and
everywhere above suspicion and re-
proach. While we regard the recall
of Judges as unnecessary and unwise,
we favor such action as may be neces-
sary to simplify the process by which
any Judge who is found to be derelict
in his duty may be removed from of-
"Together with peaceful and order-
ly development at home, the Republi-
can party earnestly favors all meas-
ures for the establishment and pro-
tection of the peace of the world, and
for the development of closer relations
between the various nations of the
"It believes most earnestly in the
peaceful settlement of international
disputes and in the reference of all
Justiciable controversies between na-
tions to an international court of jus-
"The Republican party favors the
enactment of legislation supplement
ary to the existing anti-trust act.
which will define as criminal offenses
those specific acts that uniformly
mark attempts to restrain and to
monopolize trade, to the end that
those who honestly intend to obey the
law may have a guide for their ac-
tion and that thase who aim to vio-
late the law may the more surely be
| "In the enforcement and adminis-
tration of federal laws governing in
terstate commerec and enterprises
Impressed with a public use engaged
therein, there is much that may be
committed to a federal trade commis-
sion, thus placing in the hands of an
« administrative board many of the
functions now necessarily exercised
■ by the courts.
"We reaffirm our belief in a protec-
tive tariff. The protective tariff is so
: woven into the fabric of our industrial
and agricultural life that to substitute
for it a tariff for revenue only would
i destroy many industries and throw
: millions of our people out of employ-
ment The prod nets of the farms and
! of the mine should receive ti e same
i measure of protection as other prod-
' ucts of American labor.
"We hold that tho import duties
should bo high enough while yielding
a sufficient revenue to protect ade-
quately American industries and
wages. Some of the existing import
duties are too high nnd should be re-
: duced. Readjustment should be made
from time to time to conform to chang-
ing conditions nnd to reduce excessive
I rates, but without Injury to any Amer-
ican industry To accomplish this cor-
rect information is indispensable. This
information can best be obtained by
an expert commission, ns the large
volume of useful facts contained in
tho recent reports of the tariff board
has demonstrated.
J "The pronounced feature of modern
industrial life is Its enough diversifi-
cation. To apply tariff rates Justly to
those changing conditions requires
closer study and more scientific meth-
tds than ever before The Republican
party has shown by its creation of a
tariff board, its recognition of this sit-
uation, and 1U determination to be
equal to It We condemn the Dem*
cratic party fer its failure either to
provide funds for the continuance ol
this board or to make some other pro
| vision for securing the information
requisite for intelligent tariff legist
tion. We protest against the Demo
cratic method of legislating on thesi
vitally important subjects withoul
careful Investigation.
"We condemn the Democratic tarifl
bills passed by the house of repro
sentatives of the sixty-second congress
as sectional, as Injurious to the public
credit and as destructive of business
"The Republican party will support
a prompt scientific inquiry Into th«
causes which are operative, both in
the United States and elsewhere, to in-
crease the cost of living. When the
exact facts are known, it will take
the necessary steps to remove any
abuses that may be found to exist, in
order that the cost of the food, cloth-
ing and shelter of the people may In
no way be unduly or artificially in-
"Our banking arrangements today
need further revision to meet the re-
quirements of new conditions. Wo
need measures which will prevent the
recurrence of money panics and finan-
cial disturbances and which will pro
mote tho prosperity of business and
tho welfare of labor by producing con-
stant employment. We need better
currency facilities for the movement
of crops in the west and south. We
need banking arrangements under
American auspices for the encourage-
ment and better conduct of our for-
eign trade. In attaining these ends
the independence of individual banks,
whether organized under national or
state charters, must be carefully pro-
tected and our banking and currency .
system must be safeguarded from any
possibility of domination by sectional,
financial or political interests.
"We recommend and urge an au-
thoritative investigation of agricul-
tural credit societies and corporations
in other countries and the passage of
state and federal laws for the estab-
lishment and capable supervision cf
organizations having for their purpose
the loaning of funds to farmers.
"We reaffirm our adherence to the
principle of appointment to public of-
fice based on proved fitness and tenure
during good behavior and efficiency.
The Republican party stands commit-
ted to tho maintenance, extension and
enforcement of the civil service law
and it favors the passage of legisla-
tion empowering the president to ex-
tend the competitive service so far as
practicable. 4
"We favor the amendment of the
federal liability law so as to extend Its
provisions to all government employes
as well to employ a more liberal scale
of compensation for injury and death.
"We favor such additional legislation
as may be necessary more effectually
to prohibit, corporations from contrib-
uting funds, directly or Indirectly, to
campaigns for the nomination or elec-
tion of the president, vice-president,
senators and representatives In con-
"We heartily approve the recent, act
of congress requiring the fullest pub-
licity in regard to all campaign con-
"We rejoice in the success of the
distinctive Republican policy of con-
servation of tin- natural resources for
their use by t.iv public without v.aste
and monopoly. We pledge ourselves
to a continuance of such a policy.
Parcels Post.
"In the interest of the general pub-
lic and particularly of the agricultu-
ral or rural communities, we favor
legislation looking to establishment.
' nder proper regulations, of a parcels
post, the postal rates to be graduated
under a zone system in proportion to
the length of the carriage.
"We approve the action taken by
the president and the congress to se-
cure with Russia as with other coun-
tries a treaty that will recognize the
absolute rest of expatriation and that
will prevent all discrimination of
whatever kind between American cit-
"We believe in the maintenance of
an adequate navy for the national de-
fense and we condemn the action of
thp Democratic house of representa-
tives in refusing to authorize the con-
struction of additional ships.
"We believe that one of the coun-
try's most urgent, needs is a revived
merchant marine. The Mississippi
river is the nation's drainage ditch.
Hence we believe the federal govern-
ment should assume a fair proportion
of the burden of its control so as to
prevent the disasters from recurring
"We favor a liberal and systematic
policy for the improvement of our riv-
ers and harbors. Such improvements
should be made upon expert informa-
tion and after a careful comparison of
cost and prospective benefits.
Immigration Laws.
"We pledge the Republican party to
the enactment of appropriate laws to
give relief from the constantly grow-
ing evil of induced or undesirable inv
migration, which is inimical to the
progress and welfare of the people of
the United States.
"We favor the speedy enactment of
laws to provide that seamen shall not
be compelled to endure Involuntary
servitude and that life and property
at sea shall - bo safeguarded by the
ample equipment of vessels with life-
saving appliances and with full com-
plements of skilled, able-bodied sea-
men to operate them.
"We commend the earnest effort of
the Republican administration to se-
cure greater economy and increased
efficiency in the conduct of govern-
ment. f
"We call upon the public to quicken
their interest In public affairs, to con-
demn and punish lynchings and other •
forms of lawlessness and to strength-
en in all possible ways a respect for
law and the observance of 1L"

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