The Cushing Herald. (Cushing, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 5, No. 1, Ed. 1 Friday, July 21, 1899 Page: 1 of 4
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The Cushing Herald.
CUSHING, OKLAHOMA TERRITORY, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1899.
My heart sank as I remembered the
Incident of last evening, the evidently
clandestine meeting in the shrubbery
at Forest Lea. Coald this journey be
coneeted with that meeting, and could
the timid, modest girl I haa known at
f orest Lea be capable of planning and
carrying out secret arrangements, sur-
rounded by so many difficulties in,Jier
circumstances? What did it mean?
The endless green panorama still
flitted by; not a sound, save the occa-
sional rustling of a newspaper, broke
the silence of the railway carriage;
the passengers were either 6leepy or
unsociable. An Irrepressible desire to
speak to Miss Branscombe possessed
me—I could bear the situation no
longer. I turned toward her with the
paper I had been reading in my hand,
Intending to offer it to her. She was
already occupied with a book—one of
those thin paper-covered volumes
bought at book-stalls—and she did not
raise her eyes from it or otherwise
appear to have noticed my movement.
There was no doubt of her wish to
ignore our previous acquaintance. And
a conclusive further proof of her iden-
tity'was given me in her dress, which
I now had the opportunity of seeing
more distinctly. It was of a brownish
shade, and the pattern a little check—
a simple girlish costume which I re-
membered she had worn in the morn-
ing of the day Col. Branscombe died.
Could I forget the least detail con-
nected with her?
A sudden inspiration flashed through
my mind. Miss Branscombe had sought
this method of communicating with me
privately, away from her family circle,
and the reserve she maintained was
necessary for the moment in the pres-
ence of our fellow-passengers, some of
whom might be known to her by sight
at least. When the proper moment ar-
rived she would explain herself. I
as she had entered it—swiftly and sud-
I sprang after her.
"Just starting sir—time's up!" called
I gave little heed to the warning;
but a stream of passengers just ar-
rived by the branch line interposed
between me and Miss Branscombe, the
whistle of the express sounded, and
the remembrance of Col. Branscombe's
will, left behind me in the carriage,
recalled me to my duty. I dashed back
just in time, mad with disappointment
and baffled curiosity, and regained my
seat in a condition which roused my
"Young lady not coming back, sir?"
said one of them, a portly squire, with
a humorous twinkle in the corner of
his eye. "She's left her cloak and her
book"—pointing to the latter where it
lay on the floor. "Not coming back—
"I suppose not," I answered as in-
differently aB I could, stooping to pick
up the dropped volume. On the fly-leaf
was written in pencil the name "Nona
"Five minutes past four," I said to
myself as I sprang out on to the plat-
form at Euston Station. "I shall just
have time to report myself at the of-
fice before Rowton leaves, get a feed
somewhere, and catch the 6:30 back to
Forest Lea. Here, hansom—as fast as
you can drive to Chancery Lane!"
My plans had been rapidly formed
in the time which elapsed between
Miss Branscombe's disappearance at
Molton Junction and my arrival at
Euston. If Miss Branscombe intended
to return to Forest Lea that night,
reference to Bradshaw had shown me
that it must be by the 6:50 train from
town—there was no other stopping at
Westford; and if she did not return
"IT WAS NONA HERSELF."
knew what fruitless attempts she had
already made to enlist me on her side.
This idea did not perhaps remove the
primary and greatest difficulty of the
situation, but I hailed it eagerly. It
gave Miss Branscombe the loophole
which my love demanded. I was con-
test to wait my lady's pleasure—nay,
I was more than content—I forgot all
the doubts and fears which had har-
assed me a moment ago in the rap-
turous delight of the thought that she
trusted me, she turned to me for help
in her difficulties. A man in love will
forgive any indiscretion of which he is
himself the object and by which he
The train sped on, the afternoon
shadows lengthened. The express
6topped at few stations on its rapid
journey, and, as one after the other of
these halting places was passed with-
out a sign from Miss Branscombe, 1
began to conclude that her destination
was the same as my own-or, was she
enly sitting out the fellow-passengers,
not one of whom had left us?
The question was presently answered
in a startling and unexpected manner.
Molton, a large busy junction, was
reached. We were on the point ?f
leaving It again after a three minutes'
halt, when Miss Branscombe, with a
turrled glance at the platform, staned
to her feet, and before I could assist or
prevent her, she had snatched her bag
from the opposite seal, beckoned to
a passing porter, and left the carriage
from that mysterious errand—whidh
I could no longer flatter myse'.f was
in any way connected with me—then
my presence at Forest Lea might be
urgently needed. Such testimony as
I could give as to Miss Branscombe's
movements might be of the utmost
consequence if she was to- be saved
from some unknown villainy of Char-
lie Branscombe's. I shuddered at the
thought of her possible danger in his
hands, and urged my cabby to swifter
speed over the rattling London streets.
James Rowton received mo with
"Awfully glad you've come back, old
man; the chief is still laid up, and 1
find myself up to my ears In work."
The junior was not fond of work.
"There's that case of Rose versus Em-
ery—you know all about it, I suppose,
and old Mrs. Entwistle's estate, and
Sir Everard Brimbone's settlements—
they are all on me like a pack of
wolves. Morton, from Morton and
White's, has been in three times to-
day. Sir Everard wants the thing
pushed on—marriage comes off at the
end of the month. Wish people
wouldn't get married! Fagged to
death—ugh!"—rising and stretching
himself. "Well, what's your news?
Old man dead?"
"Yes," I said laconically, for his
tone Jarred upon mo. "Colonel Brans-
combe's will la here"—pointing to my
Gladstone bag. "We'd better take a
copy, 1 auppose."
| "Yea, 1 suppose io. What haa the
old fellow done—left everytHing t«
that rip of a nephew?"
"No," I anawered unwillingly. Nora's |
name had become a sacred word to
me, and I hesitated to pronounce It .
in such a presence.
"No? Then what has he done with
the estate? I thought he had no othei
"He had a niece," I replied, fumbling !
for the key of my bug. "Oh, here It '
is!"—taking the key from my pocket.
"Jennings must stay and make the
copy, and nend it down."
"A niece?" interrupted Rowton.
"Who is she? Never heard of her.
What's she like? Young or old? Does ,
she come in for the land and all? Why
don't you speak out, man?"
"I—I will in a moment," I rejoined.
"What on earth is the matter with
this key?"—holding it up to the light.
"Something in the barrel—dust, I
dare say," suggested Rowton carelesa-
I ly. "But about the niece—I'm inter-
I ested, Fort. Is she young and beau-
tiful, and an heiress?"
"It's the lock," I exclaimed; "thf
key's right enough, and yet the bag
has scarcely been out of my sight.
What the—" I stared at my partner,
whilst I felt every vestige of color
leaving my cheeks. "This bag lan't
mine; it's—it's—look at this"—point-
ing to a half-effaced label of a foreign
hotel adhering to the bottom of the
Gladstone. "I have never been at
Venice, and"—examining it more
closely—"this is not my bag; the key
"Whew—w!" whistled my partner.
"A case of 'exchange no robbery.'
You've bagged somebody else's, and |
he's bagged yours"—laughing at his I
own pun. "Awfully disgusted he'll be
when he sees the documents."
"It's an impossibility," I ejaculated. |
"The bag was put into the carriage
and taken out again by my own hands,
and it never left my sight throughout
the journey. It was on the opposite
seat. I can swear there's been no mis-
take. It's a robbery! Send for the
The words died on my lips. A ter-
rible suspicion darted into my mind.
Nona Branscombe had carried a black
bag—a Gladstone, the facsimile of
mine—and I had deposited it beside
my own on the vacant seat. In her
precipitate flight she had taken the
bag, leaving cloak and book behind
her, and, as I remembered now, ef-
fectually covering up the Gladstone
she had left. In her agitation she had
evidently exchanged the bags by mis-
"Robbery? Nonsense—it's a case of
exchange!" persisted James Rowton.
"Can't you remember who had the
other? Did he come all the way?"
"Yes," I said confusedly, putting my
hand to my head. "I remember; ahe
got out at Molton."
"She!" echoed my partner. "Was it
a woman? And with a Gladstone!'"
"Yes," I answered, heartily vexed
with myself for the involuntary admis-
sion, "it was a woman. I'll go back to
Euston and wire to Molton at once.
The mistake may have been discovered
and my bag left there; and I will fol-
low the message by the first train."
"Off again?" exclaimed Rowton rue-
fully. "There's a week's fag here"—
pointing to a pile of documents which
filled the table.
"Can't help it!" I retorted. "The
funeral takes place the day after to-
morrow. I must be present to read
the will, take executor's instructions,
and so on; and there is other busi-
ness which must be attended to."
"Can't I run down?" proposed Row-
ton. "Is the heiress there? I should
like to see her."
"I must find the will," I replied.
"There's no time to be lost. The Col-
onel gave me special instructions; I
am bound to be present—other things
"You're off then?" said Rowton, re-
luctantly. "Well, ta-ta, old fellow!
Wire when you've got the bag. It's
an awful joke, though—such a sell tor
"Don't let the chief hear of it, I
stopped to request as I left the office
the fatal bag In my hand—"It would
"All right," nodded the chief 3
nephew. "It was an awfully flat thing
to do, you know, Fort—to let a wom-
an run off with the old Colonel's
will. And a steady-going fellow like
you, too! Now, if it had been I
I stayed to hear no more. My han-
som was waiting, and my Jarvie
ceived his instructions to hurry back
to Euston with the equanimity of his
order. What did it matter if all the
world had gone mad so long as hi/
fare was a good one?
My message was soon dispatchad
and whilst I waited for the answer 1
made my way to the refreshment room.
But, notwithstanding my long fast, I
was too fevered and excited to eat,
and coutd only swallow a glass of
wine and break a biscuit. Then I
hovered impatiently about the door of
the telegraph office, musing on thai
complication which this unlucky acci-
dent hud brought into the whole af-
fair, . . „
(To be continued.)
England Has the Moral Support of
America in the Transvaal.
IS WATCHING NEGOTIATIONS.
Intereiti of the lTnlte I 8t te« \V, t<hoit
Carefully In Wmhlnjton— An Afri-
kander Domonitr Uloii Nu r (Mpetown
— Iteport of Concos*loin by tliu Hoora.
New Yobk, July is.—A dispatch to
the Now Yorlt Herald from Washing-
ton says: Although taking 110 active
part in the effort to obtain redress for
the Ui tlanders in the Transvaal, the
administration undoubtedly sympa-
thises with Great Britain in its en-
deavor to obtain concessions from
Information in the state department
shows that Americans in business in
the South African republic are re-
stricted as nro the British and other
Ultlandcrs. This information is not
a protest from Americans, but has
been furnished by consular officers,
who, under instructions, are e'.osely
following' the negotiations between
the British and
The functions of American con-
suls do not extend to diplomatic rep-
resentations and this government
would not care to antagonize Great
Britain by making direct representa-
tions to the Transvaal government,
with whoso external relations the
British government is charged under
a tror.ty with the Boer republic. Any
negotiations, therefore, would of ne-
cessity have to pass through the court
of St. James. The United States is
watching the present negotiations be-
tween the British and Transvaal gov-
ernments with considerable anxiety
as any satisfactory conclusions will
benefit not only English, but Ameri-
cans and other foreigners as well.
The report that Rear Admiral IIow-
ison, who went to Pretoria from his
flagship, the Chicago, at Capo Town,
is under instructions to make diplo-
matlc representations to the Boer .
government in tlio interests of Amer- j
icans Is declared untrue at both the
Navy department and State depart- I
inent. No Instructions whatever, it |
is asserted, to Admiral Ilowison to
make the trip has been issued. Undfe
the naval regulations an officer in for-
eign territory is required to make a
report upon anything of interest to
the United States, so that it is ex-
pected that the admiral will send to
Washington a full report of the con-
ditions lie finds in the Transvaal.
No representation has been made to
the state department, as reported from
Pretoria, touching the alleged inten-
tion of Americanj in the Transvaal to
become British citizens to avoid Im-
j pressment in the Boer army.
Capetown, July IS.—The Cape par-
I liament will open to-day and exiting
| scenes are anticipated, owing to the
attitude of the premier, W. P. Sclirel-
ner, on the Transvaal question. A
large number of the opposition mem-
bers favor his impeachment.
In the meantime the Afrikander
party is working up a pro-Boer agita-
tion and doing its utm >st in this di-
rection. An attempt to hold a Loyal-
ist meeting at Worcester last evening
was frustrated by the Afrikanders,
who forcibly dragged the Loyalist
speakers from tho platform and ex-
pelled them from the h id j-ers
and insultu. It is rcpor ' seve-
ral Dutch members of - --^ture
A TOPEK* WOMAN'S LAST GIFT
All of Mn ChrWmnn'4 fropwrty to Uo
to i«n M. K. IndmtrWI (o l«:«
Topkka, Kan., July 14 —Mrs. K iza
Chrisman, a wealthy and eccentric
widow of Topcka. who, during the
last five years h is bean d sslpating her
fortune by extreme benevolence, has
conveyed all her real estate holdings
in Kansas in trust to the Rev. A. S.
Kmbree, a Methodist elergvm in. Mrs.
Chrismau's fortune is estimated to be
$250,000, and consists ehieflv ot real
estnte, situated in Kansas and Ohio.
The greater part of it is in Ohio, and
some years ago she was persuaded to
convoy that part of it to an attorney
of Columbus in trust for her. but she
retained complete control of her Kan-
sas property, and within a few years
past has given away in one form or
another land and money worth 830,•
Ijcss than two months ago she
deeded to Fred Pernell, a negro of
this town, a three-story brick build-
ing on Kansas avenue worth 825,000.
The negro is a plumber and adver-
tises himself ns tho "conscientious
plumber." This assumed claim of su-
perior integrity struck Mrs. Chris-
mau's fancy and she deeded tho build-
ing to lvim in consideration of SI. llo
is now in undisputed possession of
the property and collects 8100 a month
rent for the same. Only a few days
ago a man named Tulip appeared at
her house, saying that he was af-
flicted with a cancer and needed
81S0 for a surgical operation. The
man and his wife who was with
hi in, were total strangors to her, but
they made such a pitiful appeal that
she gave her check so them for 8150.
The next day they went back with a
promissory note they wanted her to
sign, but she was not at home. Not
to be disappointed they forged her
I name to the note and negotiated It at
a bank. These are simply instances
of her numerous acts of mistaken
Her Kansas holdings, by erratic
financin \ethods, have boon reduced
to about • '.000, and yesterday she
consented i placo her property bo-
lyond hercoi trol by deeding It In trust
I to Mr. Embree. She has made a will,
j antedating the deed, by which she
| gives tho entire estate for the estab-
lishment and endowment of a Metho-
1 dist industrial col Lye at Topeka.
'FRISCO'S WELCOME TO THEM,
Dr. 8. Weir Mitchell, of Philadel-
phia, lias contributed to the recorda
of medical science no less than 135
separate papers and books.
Tho publication of tho text of the
Transvaal franchise law, now being
debated at Pretoria, has accentuated
the bitterness between tho two ele-
ments. The military authorities here
are purchasing horses, mu.es and
wagons and preparing to forward
supplies to Kimberley. ]
London, July 15.—The Digger News,
tho Boer organ in Loudon, has re-
ceived tho following dispatch from
Johannesburg, dated July 14:
"A cable dispatch from tho British
government has been received by the
Transvaal government conveying a
cordial message of warm approval of
the volksraad's franchise proposals.
Tho message also suggests minor al-
terations and tenders friendly advice.
The Transvaal, in replying, grate-
fully accepts the suggestions, and
consideration of tho reform bill, now
before the raad, has been deferred in
accordance with tho British cabinets
advice. As a result of this develop-
ment, tho peace party has come out
triumphant and Lord Salisbury is ac-
claimed as the vindicator of the mod-
Tho secretary of state for tho
colonies, Joseph Chamberlain, denies
tho truthfulnoss of tho dispatch to
the Digger News.
Ottav , Ont., July )5.—In the
House of Commons Lieutenant Colonel
Hayes suggested that Canada should
olfor Great Britain the s.rvicos of
troops to assist in the Transvaal In
the case of trouble there. He said a
regiment of 5,000 could bo raised for
this purpose. Premier Laurier said
that he trusted their services would
not be required, and after Sir Charles
Tupperhad spokon in a similar strain
tho mutter was allowed to drop.
The Oregon Troop* Kovlewed l>y Uanorjl
Sliufter In tlie Btreeta
San FKANClsoo.l'Ouly 14.—Not since
the departure ot the regiment of
California voluajfeers for tho Philip-
pines have tho snf^ets of San Fran-
cisco presented s«fh a scone of anima-
tion as they did,'to-day. Tho cause
of the demonstration was the landing
of the Oregon volunteers and tlio Cal-
ifornia signal 'Mtrps, preparatory to
going into canff l'10 I'resldio and
I the final inn sterinft out. Great crowds
gathered early along the lino of inarch.
All along tho line of march the men
were cheered and bands hired by in-
' dividuals playod lively music. As tho
! soldiers passed the Palace hotel they
I were deluged with flowers thrown
from the windows by the guests.
I General Shafter and his staff and
Governor Geer of Oregon anil bin stall'
and many notable army officers re-
viewed the parade as it passed up
Van Ness avenue toward the 1 residio.
I As tho men passed tho reviewing
| stand they cheered continuously.
When the l'residic was reached tho
men wore given a rest and thou be-
gan the work of going into cainp.
Hero they will rest under military
discipline, for two or three weeks.
Then the final muster out will tako
placo and they will be sent to their
Northern homes by train.
By Paying $1,000, Insurance Firms
May Re-Enter Missouri.
MUST BE PAID IN THIRT.Y DAYS
At tlie Kcqiiont of the Companies, Ousted
for Violating the Antl-Truat Law* the
Supreme Court Commute* the Penalty
Jkffkrron Citv, Mo., July 15.—The
state supreme court in banc this
morning overruled the motion for re-
hearing made by tho seventy-three
tiro insurance companies effected by
the recent decision of the court. As
soon as the announcement was made
Given Campbell and James R. Waddill,
counsel for tho companies, filed a mo-
tion to modify judgment.
The motion set out that the com-
panies doing business at St. Joseph
did not intend to violate the law, and
they as', d the court to sot aside the
order for ouster and to grant tliein
authority to again be licensed and to
eoutiuuo business in the state of Mis-
souri along such linos as tho court
may deem proper and just in the
The court in banc orderod tho sus-
pension of the writ of ouster against
the companies and entered a line of
$1,000 each against them. These fines
must bo paid to the clerk of tho su-
preme court within thirty days from
this date P"d the companies will then
be permitted to bo relicensed and to
do business In Missouri again.
BAD FOR TOBACCO COMBINE.
Attorney Cleneral Crow Wins Ilia Flra*
Kin tit Under tlio Antl-Truat L, w.
Jkfkkiisin Citv, Mo., July 15.—At-
torney General Crow to-day won tho
first round In a suit to oust the Con-
tinental and other tobacco companies
from doing business in tho state for
violation of the anti-trust law. The
suproino court overruled a demurrer
to tho attorney general's petition and
ordered now pleadings filed by the re-
WAS 38 YEARS IN SERVICE.
KJetitennnt Colonel Q# t\ Smith Die#
Unoxpecterily In St. LouU.
St. Louis, Mo., July IS.--Lieuten-
ant Colonel G. C. Smith, in charge of
tho United States quartermaster's de-
partment here, died at his homo lato
last night. Except for his house-
keeper nobody else was in the house,
his wife being absent in Arizona visit-
ing a married daughter. Yesterday
Colonel Smith complained of stomach
trouble, but ho was apparently not
serious y ill-
Mrs. Smith, not long ago, accompa-
nied her second daughter to the Phil-
ippines, whoro the daughter was wed-
ded to an army oflieer in active serv-
ice. lto'urning, Mrs. Smith stopped
to visit the daughter In Arizona. Be-
sides tho widow and these two daugh-
ters, Colonel Smith leaves three sons.
Colonel Smith, who was born in
New York, entered the service at the
outbreak of tho civil war, in 1801, as
first sergeant of Company D, Fifth
California infantry. At tho close of
the war ho entered the regu' "- s rvice
as second lieutenant of the Ninth in-
fantry. Soon after he was transferred
to the quartermaster's department,
advancing to his present rank.
Colonel Smith has been stalled
here for several years, during which
time lie handled millions of dollars.
A ST. JOSEPH MAN MISSING.
Tim Aooounta of Commercial Club
H«cr«t ry Said to lt Sliort.
St. Joskpii, Mo., July 14.-A. II.
Grundy, formerly tho financial agent
for bwift & Co., in this state
and a well known citizen of
South St. Joseph, disappeared last
night and tyis supposed he has com-
mitted suicldo. Grundy was tho sec-
retary of tho South St. Joseph Com-
mercial club and also tho secretary of
tho volunteer firo department at the
atock yards. An Investigation was
made and it is declared that ho is
abort in his accounts.
Vo try Htnul. bjr l ev. Mr. Vo i ll.irtloh.
Wichita, Kan., July 1 — Bishop
Millspaugh of tho Kansas dloceso has
postponed tho hearing of charges
against the Bev. Mr. Von Uerlloh of
St. John's Episcopal church until Au-
gust. The bishop Is spondlng his va-
cation in Wisconsin. The vestry
board held a session yesterday, and
on a test vote decided, 0 to 1, to ac-
quit the rector. They bollove Mrs.
Fuller partially deranged.
Ilerr Itoae t tlie White Home.
Washington, July 14—Ilerr Uose,
tlio Gorman ox-cousul general to Sa-
moa, who Is In tho city on tlio way to
Germany, called on tho President to-
day. He said that the friction alleged
to have existed In Samoa between the
Germans and the Americans and En-
glish was very much exaggerated.
ULTIMATUM TO THE UNION.
The B. & S. Company Threatens to
Make It« Plant an "Open" Home.
Kansas City, Mo., July 15.—The
management of the Sehwarzschlld &
Sulzberger packing house, which was
Bhut down because some of the em-
ployes refused to abide by the agree-
ment made between tho packing com-
pany and a conference committee of
tho meat workers' union, made a
statement this morning which Is in
effect an ultimatum.
Tho management says it will wait
a reasonable length of tine for the
leaders of tho union to Induce the dis-
affected ones to accept the sca^ of
wages originally agreed on. As soon
as tho company becomes satisfied that
tliero Is no prospect of tho men com-
ing to terms tho unh-ns will bo given
twenty-four hours In whlcb to dis-
charge from their or^anlza'I'ins the
twenty-six men who aro alleged to
have repudiated tho action of tha
committee. If they fail to do this tha
plant will be thrown open to union
and non-union labor.
Her Fortune to Her Keaouer.
Ntcw York, July 15. —The will of
Mrs. Maria Elizabeth Clevelaud, which
has been contested for several years,
was at' nltted to probate yesterday.
The bulk of tho estate Is left to Ma-
rion F. Scalfo of Pittsburg, Pa., who
saved Mrs. Cleveland from drowning.
Mr. Sealfe's portion of the estate la
valued at about 8100,000. The Ineotna
is to bo paid to him for life and hla
children are to Inherit the money.
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