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the strm5Tr"tsrmi5 GEORGE HARLEM'S ACQUITTAL; or, THE STOLEN BALLOT-BOX i ' The Circuit court of Marquette county wn In cession for the trial of criminal cases, Judge Sherwood presiding. The Judge hae (mined a reputation for severity In the tew days he had held court in that county that . bad set all the prisoners In the jail trembling ; and had caused the applications for continuances and changes of venue to he more numerous than usual. He was a new Judge to the people and bar of Marquette county; for while he had been on the bench' for. several years, this county had only recently been attached to his circuit, and he was holding court there for the first time. The former Judge had been very lenient to criminals, especially to such as confessed their guilt, and the punishments under his Jurisdiction were as light as the law would permit. At the opening of court by Sherwood, the usual batch of indicted criminals was brought into court, and following the custom of the county, several of them had plead guilty, expecting to receive the- usual short sentence. Judge Sherwood reversed the old custom, and promptly sentenced each for the extreme penalty. This put a stop to the pleas of guilty, but those who stood for their trials fared little better, for the Judge had set the pace for the Juries, and his rulings were such that long sentences became the rule, and hung Juries end acquittals became rare. "He is a terror," said John Blakesly. a promising young lawyer, several cf whose clients would be out of society for some years to come. "He Is all richt," said County Attorney Lelghton. "I am glad we are in his cir cuit. " "Of course you are glad," retorted Blakes ly. "He is always on your side and makes convictions easy. Just wait till your term expires and you get on the other side in criminal cases, and you will think he is all wrong." "You don't think any innocent man has been convicted?" asked Lelghton. "Of course not," said Blakesly. "But the sentences have been very severe when com pared with previous practice in this county "Well, the average is about fair then," said Lelghton. The next case on the docket was that of George Harlem, charged with the murder of f nomas Owsley, and the affair had been the talk of the county for weeks. It was, there fore, with some difficulty that a Jury was ob talned, but this was finally accomplished, and County Attorney Lelghton opened the case. The defendant sat near his counsel, and he looked so little like a criminal that strangers In the audience asked who he was. A tall, strongly built man of thirty-two or three. with a smooth, broad forehead, honest brown eyes, and a firm mouth, he could by no etretch f the Imagination be likened to one who "would deliberately plan and carry out the willful destruction of a human life. Beside him sat his wife, a beautiful woman under thirty, with soft, wavy red hair, a perfect complexion and deep blue eyes. She was dreesed neatly and in good taste, but the ap parel of both herself and her husband indi cated that they were only well-to-do in the world. "When they entered the courtroom their first look had been toward the Judge, who sat on the bench, looking over the docket. His smooth-shaven, severe face gave no indication "of the thoughts "in his mind, but when he looked up and cast his cold, gray eyes in the direction of the prisoner and his wife their worried looks gave way to one of the content, and the woman looked almost happy. "Harlem will get at icaet a life sentence." aid Gus Deaton, one of the younger lawyers, to old Judge Armstrong, the Nestor of the bar, "and it is five to one that he will be hanged. The Judge will rule against him on every point." "You can't tell," said Armstrong. "The Judge's face is cold and he is bard on thieves, but I saw a look in his eyes when he glanced at Harlem that leads me to think that he b,as a heart in him the same as other men. The county attorney opened the case, and this he did briefly but clearly. George Harlem and Thomas Owsley were neighbors. Harlem owned a small farm and was in comfortable circumstance. He was married and the father of several children. Owsley was a bachelor who rented a small farm adjoining that of Harlem. Both men were newcomers in the locality, having removed from Worth county only two years before. They were on bad terms, but the original .cause of the trouble between them had never be-en declared. They had met at the county seat on the day of the murder, had quarreled and would have come to blows - PRIEST OF Sun-worshlplng, the oldest form of religion known to history. Is being revived In Chicago. From the temple of 1 Kharman, In Persia, a Parsee priest hss come here to tell Christiana of his so-called barbaric ballets. He. ha established headquarters In one of the' most fashionable portions of Prairie avenue, near the handsome residences of Jchn G. Sbortali; Charles E. Brown. William Morton Payne, Howard E. Perry, and John H. HSmline. ;-- - ' - In the front. parlor of bis dwelling he has fitted up an altar .which contains a weird assortment of relics, and idols. He holds services every ' Sunday-at Hsndel hall, 40 Randolph street.-and on week days be conducts classes where his prehistoric beliefs are expounded. His chief doctrine is that tbe spinal cord is the human soul, and that the principle of life Is embodied In tbe human . breath. He saya that If people would breathe properly they could subsist .on a very small amount of food. His tenets are wholly at variance with science as well as Christianity He accounts for the- discrepancies b declaring lbs t, Christian teachings and scientific beliefs have always been at fault in a great many respects. " -. - ; I . v - This strange Iranie priest Is the Rev. Dr. . Otomaa Zar-Adusht-Hanlsb and; he has a string of titles long enough to fly a' kite with. Some of these are: The Rao-Magi of Math-el- Kharman; or the minister of El-Kharman temple;. tna Maatara for the Communion of Universal Friends: 'the Apta-Pereet of tbe Masdaznan philosophy (sun-worship), and . the Dashtur of the Ben-Din science of Breath of Life. His employes call him Dr. Hanlsh. -Parsee Colony la Chicago.- The Parsee priest made his first trip to the United State eleven years ago, and at that '' time be says cultured persons evinced such an interest In the teachings of his religion that hs decided to return and Instruct them. At first he settled la New. York and after re-tnainihg there for' sTera4'ei ! cam to Chicago. Ho says his followers hero now umber (00, all of these persons belonging to his sun-worship organization, which is Called the 8U Omar club. ' At the start, the Paraee prleat says, bis religion did not attract much attention In Chicago. He had only a handful of pupils, and as the Parsees are not permitted to proselyte the prospect for bringing in more were not encouraging. Dr. Hanish began sending out circulars telling of the object of Lis club, but he did not request ther recipients V to attend bis meetings. Nevertheless they had the officers not interfered and sent teza home.,-.- : - About 12 o'clock that night Harlem had awakened Samuel Brown, a neighbor, and told him he had killed Thomas Owsley and that his body would be fonnd at the roadside sear the house of the deceased, : The defendant had surrendered himself to the sheriff next morning, bat had, as he claimed by the advice of his attorney, refused to make any statement regarding the affair. .. Owsley's body had been found by the roadside, his skull crushed in by some heavy Instrument. Near- the body lay a large revolver of an old-fashioned type and loaded with powder and ball. None of the loads bad been discharged. - ; The theory of the prosecution was that Harlem had waylaid Owsley near the home of the latter and had attacked him with a club or some similar weapon and crushed his okull before Owsley could use his weapon In self-defense. Then the witnesses were called. " In answer to the county attorney's questions they told of the admissions of the defendant, of the finding of Owsley's body, and of the presence of the loaded pistol, which was produced In court, Cross-examination by defendant's counsel produced no result, and the defendant himself was called to the stand to testify in his own behalf. "One moment, please," said the Judge. "Allow me to examine that pistol." He took tho weapon. looked at It closely, and then said: "Mr. Sheriff, show the pistol to the Jury and call their attention to the fact that two of tha caps have been exploded without discharging the weapon. The hammer rests on one of these caps, the other is the next one preceding It on the right. It appears as If an attempt had been made to fire two barrels of the weapon." This speech created a sensation, and as the sheriff took the old weapon and exhibited It to each Juror in succession the audience and lawyers craned their necks to get a sight of it. "Oo on," said the Judge, and George Harlem stepped forward and took his place on the witness stand. He told his story simply and clearly. He had quarreled with Owsley several times, but had tried to avoid him. The evening that Owsley was killed he had come home late and had found that one of his cows had escaped from her pasture, and he had followed her down the road, expecting to find her near, by. As he came near Owsley's place he saw him come out in the road. It was a bright moonlight night- Owsley cam toward him, and. Jumping over the fence, presented his pistol, with an oath, and the next instant he heard tho cap snap. He carried a heavy whip, and when he saw the pistol In the hand of his enemy he reversed the whip 'as a weapon with which to defend himself. His first attempt to shoot having failed, Owsley sprang forward, cocking his pistol as he came. "He placed it against my breast," said Harlem, "and I brought the butt of the whip down upon his head Just as the second cap exploded. He fell at my feet, and I found that I had killed him." ' The county attorney on cross-examination asked : "What was the foundation of your quarrel with Owsley T" "I object," said defendant's attorney. "The objection Is sustained," said the court, The county attorney bit his Hp and said: "May It please the court " "The objection has been sustained," repeated the Judge with a frown. A smile passed over the face of the audi ence. The people like to see a lawyer sat upon by the court. " "That is all." said the county attorney petulantly, addressing the defendant. "That la all, said the defendant's attor ney. The county attorney said: "I have no argument to make, your honor." "Nor I," said the defendant's lawyer after a minute's contideration. Brief Instructions were given to the Jury and that body retired. No one doubted what the verdict would be. The action of the Judge had settled that, and. indeed, in five minutes the Jury returned with a verdict of "Not guilty." "The defendant Is discharged," said the Judge. "Mr. Sheriff, adjourn court till 1 o'clock p. m.," and he passed into his private room, to which the cheers of the audience penetrated for several minutes. A quarter of an hour later there was a tap on the door of tho Judge's room and in answer to his "Come In" the door opened and George Harlem and his wife entered. The cold-blooded, severe-looking Judge held SUN WORSHIP MAKES CONVERTS IN did attend, and in this way the sun worshiper succeeded in building up the membership to the number he now. claims. - Dr. Hanish says the philosophy he Is teaching is precisely the same as the doctrines of the original sunworehlpers. The fundamental principle of this religion Is that no two things are alike, and consequently no two beings can think alike.4 Following this belief be say every human being should try to develop bis own soul and body without trying to convince others that they should believe as he does. In other woMtf. the whole theory of sun worshiping,, Dc Hanish says. Is based upon -the first law of nature, self-preaervs-tlon. "Help your brother If he calls to you." Is a maxim, "but see that you have helped yourself -first.!. In -prehistoric, time, according to Dr. Hanish,, this principle was carried out literally, but th sun worshipers of today apply the maxim only in a moral sense.1 . - - .-,- Cwlt of Aaeleat Hcllsjlo. ' ' ' Dr. Hanish says there are now 1 2.000 sun worshipers scattered -throughout the world, most of them being In Persia. Despite the prosecution to which they havo been subjected sine the Mohammedans conquered their country in the seventh century, -they-have still preserved many of their temples and ancient records. The three principal temples In existence today are those of El-Kharman, which Is 154 miles southwest of Teheran In northern Persia; - Khaba, in Thibet,.' and Ghingham in Mongolia.- In the places the oldest records of the un worshipers are kept. Dr. Hanish cays the Peralsn tempi 160,000 year ld, and contains writings which date back 142.000 years before Rom waa built. Prince Kagatta, an ancient Parsee, collected the records' several centuries be ford ths Christian era, and they have sine been xeal-ously guarded in the temple of El-Kharman, which is a huge cavern in the Kirman mountains. According to Dr. Hanifh the records, covering a period of almot 200,000 years, do not throw any l'ght on the origin of the sun worshipers. But. throughout that period, tho missionary declares, the fundamental teachings have not changed. . . ;zrT.".-"ti The prehistoric devotee are supposed to, have received the name of sun worshipers because they arose and retired with th sun. Receptions, dances, and other social functions which have been a pert of human existence from the period when fig leaves were in vogue to that of th drea cult were originally held whil th sun was shining. The ancient guebres never needed a curfew law.' When the sun went down they deemed it a part of their religion to retire. As to taking naps during the daytime th ancient records do not set forth any details, but It is supposed that these luxuries were only BY THE HON. WILLIAM H. ("DUCK") inNRICHSEN, IECRE T1RT OP ITATB TJKDKR. ALT6ELD. I II I II I I Ill WWII f, ' ' ' " - " i'M' - 1 :i 1 i! sg' FX- - I ' v It - w T" . '' TJ " . - ' M ' yf - i ' - nmirriiinrnrVMTTi umi i , i i iTiiminiTimiiri li-inirnriirinii inin n."1 mn 1 1 in mCtMmtlin''i out both hands, which Harlem shook hearti- 17, while the woman, throwing her arms around the Judge's neck, kissed him a dozen times. "Oh, Judge," she said, "how'can we ever show our appreciation of your kindness?" "Pshaw!" said the Judge. "I knew George was innocent from the start, and I knew Owsley well enough to guess tbe whole story. I preferred to spring the evidence of the exploded caps myself for the effect It would have on tbe jury. But don't thank me," said he, t mlling on them knowingly. To an old friend that evening the Judge said: "I knew all the people concerned in lhat trial years ago. and so was able to make a pretty good guess as to the facts." "There must be a story connected with It, said his friend. "There is," said the Judge. "I should like to hear It." said the friend. "Well," said the Judge, "it is no secret; still I would not care to tell it everywhere. It was about twelve years ago," he continued, "that I was a candidate for County Judge in Worth county. It was my first campaign, and as the county was close I mado a pretty thorough canvass. "In the northern part of the county was a permitted when there was an eclipse of th Belief f Saw Worshiper. - The teachings of sun worshiping as they are being set forth in Chicago divide th human race into three classes. The first is th animal class, which includes those who indulge in barbaric practices. The second is the moral class, including those who have a -sens of responsibility for their actions and endeavor to Improve themselves physically and mentally. The third Is the intellectual class, which embrace all really good Parsee. They are th ones who have mavlered -th mental and physical pat J Ions and are in a sort of seventh heaven on earth. The ancient sun worshipers and fire worshipers who offered human sacrifices belonged to the animal class, while there were also among them those who refrained from the barbaric practice of the age and were, therefore, in the moral and Intellectual clasvea. Following the classification comes the theory of existence, and with it the sensational beliefs of the Parsees, which have been adopted by many Chicagoans. Existence, according to th sun worshipers, was started by vibrations. Vibrations of air created the earth, vibrations of the earth created life, and then followed an evolution of thes vibrations until th human being waa produced. But all of this was done by means of reactionary .vibrations. - Tbe sun, moon, and stars are supposed to b th focalizing point of terrestrial vibrations. Here is where the sun worshipers begin to differ with astronomers. They, believe the sun is simply a ball of light produced by the focalisation of vibrations. They do not recognize the moon and the stars as material matter, as they also are looked upon as the focal points of vibratory waves. The light that they give is said to be the result of the refocallzation of those vibratory wave.. According to their theory the sun, moon, and stars are only a few hun- , dred miles from tbe earth. The Parsees recognise the existence of millions of planets, but say that they are never visible, owing to the heavy atmospheric conditions around the sphere upon which we live. - Shooting stars and comets are accounted for by the dissolution of . focalizing point. Eclipses of the sun and moon are ascribed to th temporary cessation of focalizing conditions. ' . Ssilaal Cord Catrl Ideas. The spinal cord Is considered tbe soul of the human being, because It is looked upon as ! tbe center of the nervous vibrations In the body. The brain Is called th plate of th mind because it receive th vibrations from th spinal cord, or soul, and thus produsea understanding.' The sun worshipers lay great stress upon the difference between Ideas and I 5 7 .-5 J . . V v ) r- - :, -.. ; 44 1 tratecf.'my.rervcs and movccJ -toward the large precinct called Liberty, which was almost unanimously Democratic, and contained about 300 votes.. The . precinct was a wild oae in many respects and was settled mainly by men owning small timber farms'. I gave Liberty-special attention,' for a break In the line there would certainly defeat me. . "During my canvass I stopped frequently at the house of James McGregor, one of my partisans, and there 1 met his daughter Jenny, a girl of 15, and one of the sweetest little . red-headed lasslja in the country." "A. romance," suggested the friend. The Judge smiled and went on. "I petted her a great deal and brought her books of Which she was very fond, and she frequently raid that nxt to daddy' she loved me better than, any one. "It was during this campaign that I also met- George Harlem and Thomas Owsley. The former was Just 21, and a bright, clean, young man, who was an active supporter of mine. 1 could not force a dollar upon him to pay exrem e during the campaign, and I mado up my raind that he was honest. "Owsley woe about 30 at that time, a ugly, desperate- fellow, given to drink and always In difficulties with his neighbors. He was a political bleeder, and managed to get thoughts. Ideas are supposed to come direct from the supreme being of the Parsees. This being Is the seat of all vibrations. Thoughts are classified as coming from aa outward source, and therefore have no connection with the soul. Following out this theory th Par-sees believe, that a perfect human . being, physically and mentally, can be produced by righteous Ideas and thoughts. They aim to admire everything they see and to worship that -which they admire. Death Is looked upon as a return of the vibratory waves In th spinal cord to the supreme being, or the seat of all vibrations. Existence Is divided by sun worshipers Into cycles, each cycle covering a period of ,000 years. Their present cycle, which Is known as tho Nitrogen eou era, ends in U40, when the Phoepheric era,or cycle of rest, begins. - Dr. Hanish and his followers are optimists In every respect. They- believe that tbe human race la progressing, that the burden -of labor la becoming lighter, and that eventually all forms of exertion will be minimized so that they will become a pleasure. --Priest Use Oas Stove. Tbe home of the Parsee missionary Is at 1613 Prairie avenue, where he Uvea with Adolph Dittmann, th general secretary of the St, Omar club. In the basement of the building there Is a printing plant, where literature pertaining to the sun worshipers I prepared. Dr. Hanlsh'a altar is In th front parlor, on the first floor. The central figure on the altar Is a piece of carved Ivory consisting of three Images, which represent the three classes of human beings the animal,' moral, and Intellectual. A gas stove stands In front of the mantelpiece and pictures-of Dr. Hanish and Mr. Dlttman are distributed about the room In profusion. In compliance, probably, with th law of admiration which the sun worshipers teach. In this parlor the Parsee missionary received a reporter for The Sunday Inter Ocean. . He came Into th room attired in a frock suit and wearing a pair of Persian slippers. - - "Am I a sua worshiper" h said In response to a question. "Yes, I hav the honor of belonging to that ancient cult, and It also includes th followers of Zoroaster and th old fir worshipers. By the way. It is fearfully cold here. I believe I'll light the gas stove." - When h applied a match to th burner there wa a loud report, and th priest sprang back in alarm, aa though be expected to see th spirit of a departed Guebre come out of the stove. "Seems rather strsnge to b making fir In a second, without falling down and worshiping such a miracle," he continued, after the ga had begun burning. "But w don't do any of that kind of business nowadays. True, ws worship, but w don't build fires - V- . - - , r3i i I r - : I; . fcox, several dollars out of me at different times. "Well, the election came off. The unofficial returrs gave me a majority of about 200. But the day after, the election wheu tbe board met to canvtss the returns,-those from Liberty were missing, and as 240 of my majority carre from that precinct, the loss of these returns might defeat me. - "The Liberty returns had not been received by tbe county clerk, and a messenger was dispatched to make Inquiries regarding them. He reported that they had been intrusted to Thomas Owsley to deliver to the county clerk. Owsley was one of the election Judges for Liberty precinct, so that action was perfectly regular. Owtley had not been seen since 12 o'clock the nighl before, when he left the polling place carrying the ballot box containing the returns. "It was noon on the day following the election, and the disappearance of the messenger from Liberty began to causa comment- I dispatched a trusty man to secure the duplicate returns usually retained by one of the Judges, and he returned late that night with tbe startling Information that both sets of return were in the ballot box carried off by Owttley. "I bad la the meantime induced the board CHICAGO. 1 and go into convulsions over them, - When we see anything beautiful we worship it with our eyes. While I look at that pretty flame In the stove I am worshiping It, When I look at th sua I. worship its radiance, also worship the moon. . . . - Salvation Lie la Aswhltloa. ."But the basis of the modern theory of sun-worshiping Is the future. - In order to accomplish anything, every human being must have an ambition. He must center all of his vibratory waves upon his ambition. His ambition, or th object which he wishes to obtain, then becomes hi sun. lor it is tho focal izing point for the vibratory waves of th earth. We modern sun worshipers, then, in reality, worship our ideal. If these ideals are high our soul are elevated. If they are not. w become debased. - "Now. If we are able to focalls cur soul-vibrations t-pon. some material end. It stand to reason ' that we can also direct them at some ailment. For Instance, suppose that I am 111. - I Immediately centralize my vibra tory waves upon the portion of my body where the evil lie and proceed to drive It out, -"We believe 'that th best way to fight sickness is not to allow It to get a hold on-our bodies. Our object Is to develop our selves physically as well as morally. Breathing properly is one of tbe best means for cur ing an ailment. The breath is au-poweriuj, and we should pay -snore -attention to our breathing than to the food We eat; - Air given us strength. It Is the chief principle of our existence. Regular exercise la breathing should be taken dally. 'and when one learns how to Inhale th Invisible food of Ufa properly he has solved, tho secret of a long existence." - -.'-::'-':-' - Dr. Hanish, Is th fourth Parse that baa visited this country. Zardaba. th first one to come her twenty year ago. Is now in Jerusalem with Abu Khar, who also Visited America,. Zaranda, th third priest, is at present In Paris. ; 5 THIS SNAKE WAS A; GLUTTON. Swallow a Cklss EtS Carrie It - ' tor Twe Tears. Special Correspoodeac of The Inter Oceaa. - . PARKERSBURQ. W. Va., Dee, 24. The prevent blizzard waa preceded by two or three day of spring! Ik mlldnt . . On on of them Ira Beckwith's dog found a big ratUeonak sunning itself near a clump of blackberry bushes. Mr. Beckwlth killed th snake, which measured five f eot In tangtb. On part of it body waa swollen and appeared to have a hard, lump inside, Mr. Beckwlth cut Jhs to delay the canvass till the following day. This was accocnpliahed with some difficulty, for. they were politically opposed to me, and I knew that unless the Liberty returns were In before the completion of the canvass they would - proceed without them and dsclara my opponent elected. Of course, I could eon-test - the election, but that would be a long aad expensive proceeding, and even then. If the Liberty returns had been concealed or destroyed, I could not win my etse. ' ' "My opponent was a man without scruples, Owsley waa a corrupt fellow, and I was positive that there had been foul play of some kind. - I dared not' leave the county seat, but, late as it was. I called a dosen of my friends together to consider what waa best to be done. " " "The point was to find Owsley, and, after a short consultation,' six of them mounted their horses and ' started for Liberty, determined to arousu the people of that locality and start them on a search for the missing man. That aras the best we could do. and I. personally, could only wait. . ."At S o'clock next mcrning the board met. and. In spits of the protests of myself and friends.- began the canvass of the returns. By noon they were nearly through, and they, to my dismay, rtscldtd to-finish before adjourning for lunch.- They were at work In the county clerk's office and a large crowd was In the- building waiting for their fizal action. I They were engaged on the last precinct when a shout from tbe corridor outside indicated that something out of the usual ord:-r had . taken placa. The next minute a girl with red ha'r down about her neck, her dress oraggled with mud and water, fjreed her way through the crowd to where I was Standing and handed ma 'a box about a foot square. " '--':-.-- r " 'Hero is the Liberty ballot-box. 'Open It quick. .'- - : l handed It to the county clerk, who unlocked the box, and Inside was found tha returns. Tin board could not reject them. for they were regular, and this they de cided at once. ' "The girl It was Jenny McGregor, did not move till tbe decision -was reached; then, turning to me, ah asked: 'Does that elect your ; " 'Yes. indeed,' I replied, 'thanks to you, ."She tried to speak, but her vo'ee failed, and she reel9d and would have fallen had I tot caught her. I carried her Into thi outer air. A friend's buggy was standing near, and, gettisg In with her unconscious form - etUl in my arms. I drove to my owa fcomeronly a short distance away, and placed her In my mother's care. . Th3 garments of the poor girt were wet through, and were torn and muddy. . She quickly revived under my . mother's care. and I left her and returned to the court house. . "The canvass was soon completed, and, getting away as soon as possible, I returned kotuo. " "'She la. asleep now,' said my mother, 'and must aot'be disturbed for the resent. ' "I waited, wondering how and where she hai found the box. I was soon called out by my friends, and I did not hear her story till the following morning. ; "In the meantime a message had been sent to her parents that she was with us. and that morning her father rarnn in. . "It was In mr mother's aittina-room that a'he told her' story .7 In addition to my mother and myself, her fathsr and Gorge Harlem, who had come with him, were present. " 'We heard day before yesterday, said Jennie, that Tom Owsley had carried off the ballot-box containing the returns, and the men were all out lacking fr him. I had not thought that the' loss of th returns would be" so serious until mother told me that yoa would be defeated unlets they were found. Then, of course, I was anxious. "You remem ber that the road to the old mill by the river branch-? off from the main road about fifty yards west of our house. I recalled that on election night I taw a man on horseback ride past our house and turn off at the mill road. I remembered, too. that he carried something under his ana, and as I recalled his appearance I knew It was Owsley. I was sitting up. waking for papa to come home from the election. . 'All the men were out looking for Owsley, and I soon mado up my . mind that I would follow him myself and get the box. if possible, and then I thought I might meet some of the searchers and get them to Join me. , " 'I saddled my pony and started, without saying anything about It to any oae. The old mill road Is seldom used now, and it la full of gullies and tree branches aad some of the bridges are gone. . It was 4 o'clock i s rtv? 1.5- t t . "V . . - ..." ' Dr. Otoman ZAr-Adusht Hanish Sun-Worship Priest: snake open and found Insid It a china nest egg. which It had evidently swallowed whil robbing om hen' aest, Mr. Beckwith bowed it to his neighbor, on of whom Identified It by certain scratches and humps on it as one which had disappeared from a ben's when I started, and It was nearly dark whets ' I came la sight of the deserted nvlil. I dU mounted and . tied my pony and crept op -through the woods till I was close to tho old structure. I peeped through a broken window and there on a pile of brush was Owsley asleep, aad by him was the ballot-box. I was frightened aad did not know what to do, and stood for several minutes trying to collect my thoughts. At length I made up my mind to try to get posseeslcn of the bos while he was asleep. So I slipped around to the door, which was not fastened, and. opening it, I crawled In. - I knew that if he awoke and found me there he might kill me, and I . trembled so that it seemed like the whole mill waa shaking. I braced my nrves and. moved toward the bcx. It waa not far. but I was a long time getting to it. Finally X reached it. and then retreated aa quietly as possible. . " " 'I reached the door all right and passed ' out, but I was to nervous that the door escaped from my hand and shut with a slam. I heard Owsley spring to tls feet, but I waited for nothing, and ran up the read toward my pony at my best speed. I locked back and when I was near the pony I saw Owsley coming up the road like a deer. I untied the pony, climbed on his bark, and urgl him Into a' run, but I had no time to spare, for Owsley waa not twenty yards behind me when I mounted. " 'hen he saw that he eouldfcot catch me . he stopped suddenly, then turned and ran back toward the mill. . I knew he was going for his horse, which was probably concealed about tba old building, and as ray pony was not fast I knew he would, if mounted, soon ratch mo. . . " I determined to hide, so I turned Into the woods which borde red the read, aal urged the pony forward as fast as possible. , I soon gut Into a growth of ycong timber, which offered good concealment, but I pushed on, not feeling safe. I heard Owsley's horse galloping up the road, but I rode on. hoping to find some other road that would take me to some house, but I found none. 1 " 'It was now dark and I ceuld no longer . see my way la tbe woods, so I stopped to consider what was best to be dene. , " 'I knew that Owsley must have recognised me. and when he' failed to overtake me would guess that. I was hidden. The . natural thing for him to .do was to 11 la wait for me near our house, for he would calculate that I would try to get home. " 1 determined finally not to go home, bat to push through the woods directly for tho county seat, I knew the general direction and I started, letting my pony walk. I had . hoped to find acme other road, but I did not. and finally about midnight I becamo so sleepy that 1 dismounted,' and. tying the pony, lay down, covered with my saddle blanket, and slept till daylight-. 'I was awakened by a rain which began to fall. ' I mounted the pony and pushed on. I must have become confused, for about 10 o'clock I came out of the woods at a place I remembered, fifteen miles from home and tea miles from the county seat. 'I pushed on and reached tbe courthouse, as yoa know. "The poor child wss alone In the woods all night. continued the Judge, "and yoa can imagine the suffering she endured from hunger, cold, and fright. - She never mentioned this, but we all understood it-" "To complete the romance you should have luarried her," said his friend. The Judge emiled and replied: "Ton must remember she waa a child. 'and I 'was engaged to the lady who Is now my wife. There waa no thought of anything of that kind." "What became of Owsley T" asked the friend. . "He fled the country. said the Judge, "and did not return for three years. He was Indicted, but never brought to trial, and the affair was allowed to blow over. When he returned he had the assurance to pay attention to Jennie McGregor, who was now a beautiful girl of 18 and engaged to George ' Harlem. Of course she would have nothing to do with Owsley, and he attempted to re- ' venge himself on George, but received a sound thrashing "Two years ago. when George and his fam ily removed to their present heme. Owsley followed them and rented some land adjoin ing theirs. His sole object, I am sure, was to revenge himself on George aad Jennie. When I heard of the homicide I had an In vestigation made on my own account and ' soon solved the mystery. Had .the affair occurred In Worth county, where both men were well known. Harlem's acquittal would have been easier, for public opinion would havo been with him, from the start. - It Is all right now, however, and Owsley will never trouble the Harlems again. iv- Cii'$S'''ii"'.H.-HU . . ; ! . - ;'J:.";? ... r .J'' ):h'iV. m t nest on his farm two years ago. It is supposed that the tnake. unable to either dlgett or expel th china egg, had carried tt around for two year. On the under side of the snake's body, at the point where tbe erg foucd, th skin was worn tliooit through. ": !!:n"!l!!rn!fnipr,!? i:t; - !S4'rU!'ii-?5 N: .1HH iU manitiis-m

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