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About The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18?? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 6, 1872)
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tnd Haw Stic HrlM-i Mt Ont or It.
"Can I sit with yon?"
"Cro growing finely?"
'"Yes eonld'nt do la'tter."
I was sitting in a passenger coach,
on a Wisconsin lailroiitl. one day.
years asp. wlien a good looking. pleaa-int-spoken
man came along, stopped
at my seat, and the above conversa
tion took place, the latter part of it
after I had given him ml of my scat.
Now, I am regarded as a sociable
man. like a joke ; a good hit. and I
think a sour, morose nan, who uses
his tongue only when forced to, is
bound to die (f some terrible disease
and go to some place of rod hot pun
ishment. On entering a railrord ear, I always
look about for a talkative man. and
then I get as close to him as possible,
and drain him dry it" the journey is
And I want to state one thing more:
Lett an orphan More I could realise
tlie sad event which made me one : I
got kicked hero and crtfifed there, and
"grew up between folks," as they say.
1 ought to nave natt at tue time oi
which I write, a pretty thorough
knowledge ot human nature, and have
been enabled to read evil in a man'5
tace if he Intended me evil. I did not
pride myself on being overkcen or
sharp, hut tbe knocking around among
strangers ought to have given any one
a goal cNierictice.
Well, the stranger and I fell into an j
easy strain of conversation as we rode
together, and in ten minutes I began
to enjoy his company. He was a well
made fellow, finely dressed, and he
wore a fine watch and a simon-pure
diamond ring. I never saw a man
who conk talk so easily and pleasant
ly, It seemed tliat he luid but to ok:ii
His mouth, and the words fell right
I had traveled til the South, so had
he. I liad heard the loud roar ot the
Pacific, he knew all about it. I Iwid
been up in a baloon, down In a mine,
been blown un, smashed up, smashed
up and repaired again and again, my
new friend liad experienced all tliese
things and was wishing tor something '
of a more startling nature. We agreed
on politics; neither had any religion.
and 1 had never met such a railroad
Did you ever meet a man. who,
though a stranger to you ten minutes
before, could wrest from you secrets
which you had sworn to yourself not
to reveal ? Well, he was 'such a man.
It was not long before he commenced
asking me questions. He did not seem
trrinsr to onus ox draw me out, but he
asked tne questions in such a sly, round
about way that before I knew it I was
giving him my whole history.
I wan at thtit time just on the point
of being admitted to tlie bar of Wis.
cousin as a student of haw & Law, of
Ilrii-fville. The firm were old law
yer, with a lucrative practice, and it
liad been talked over that in about a
month f should Iks the "Co." of the
linn. A year before, a tanner named
Preston, down about four miles from
Oration, had died, and hi matters had
been put into the hands of Law & La w
for settlement. Preston had died rich.
He liad money in tlie lsink. railroad
stock, mortgages, etc.. and everything
was setiieu up ro uic satisfaction 01 me 1
relict and fatherless.
About a year before his death, being
pinched Tor money, and not wishing
to sell anything at a sacrifice. Preston 1
had givetf a mortgage on nis farm tor
three thousand dollars. While the pa
pers read "for one year from date,"'
there was a verbal agreement that it
should be lifted any day when Pros
Ion desired. A mouth after, when
having the funds to clear off the paper,
the old money-bags holding it refused
to discharge, wishing to secure his in
terest for a year.
I was now on my way to ascertain
tlie date of expiration. Afire among
our office papers had destroyed the
memoranda, and I must go down and
get the date from old Scip, who lived
south of Grafton about five miles, 'file
stranger pnniexl ail this out of me in
ten minutes, and yet I never once iis-jlei-ted
that he was receiving any in
formation. "I am not positive," I added, "hut
I am pretty sure that the time Is the
thirteenth, which would lie Tuesday
"And then your folks will send down
the money and discharge tlie mortgage
of course," be queried.
"Oh, yes. I shall most likely bring
it down," I replied, and it never oc
curred to me how imprudent 1 was.
He turned the conversation into other
channels, ami did not once attempt to
jmmp me further. We got to Grafton
at 10:50, and to my great surprise he
announced that lie was to stop in tin;
town on business torn few days, f
bad not ed Ms name or avocation,
while be knew everything about me.
We went to the hotcl.had dinner, and
then I secured a livery team and drove
out, getting through with business, so
that I was back to take the 3:20 ex
press east My friend was on tbe porch
of the hotel as I drove up. carrying
that same honest, dignified face.
"Well, did you find out?" he en
quired, in his pleasant way.
"Yes: it Is on the thirteenth, as I
; expect ed," I replied.
We had lunch togctlier. and wlicn
! we shook hands and parted. I had no
' more idea of ever meeting him again
j than I have of knowing you. In fact, lie
; told me that he -Mould sail for Kngland
I within a week or ten days, and should
I not return to America." At parting,
i he nave me his card. It was a modest
bit of pasteboard, and bore the name,
"(ieorge Raleigh, " in old English
Everything at the office went on as
usual, and the thirteenth came at
length. Law & Law had arranged
for me to go down with the money,
and I looked upon it as a business of
no special Importauce.
"We know you are all fight." re
marked the senior partner, as 1 was
about to go; "but I wan't to give you
a word of warning nevertheless. Don't
take any strangers Into vour confidence
i until you have passed out the money.
j and look out who sits next to you."
It was something new for lilm to
caution me, and I could not help but
wonder at it ; but in the bustle of get-
' tint: aboard the train I forgot wliat he
had said. Ordinary prudence had in-
1 iiiieed me to nlace
ttte money, wnieti
was all in bank bill, nud divided into
three nackaecs, under my shirt ami
next mv skin, wbere the deft band ot
a pick-pocket could not reach it.
Interested In a newspaper, time j
flew by as the train Hew west, and at
length the hoarse voice of the brake-1
man warned me that I had reacliAl j
(iratton. I had leaped down and was
making for the livery stable, when I !
heard a laminar voice, and looked up ,
to sec Raleigh, lie was seated in a
1 buggy, and bad seemingly watted for j
me to come up.
"Don't express your surprise, " lie
began, as I stopped at the wheel. !
did intend to go away, but I changed
mv mind, and like this section so uell
that 1 am going out to-day to look at a I
1 I'-ifitt MrifH n vlnii' nr tiiti'i-ti'iutmr !
( onie. ride up to the hotel."
i We rode up. ordered lunch, and
' while we were discussing it, Mr. Bal
i eigh discovered that the farm he was
I going to see was just beyond that of
! old (irip's.
"How fortunate ! I could ride out
with him. see the farm, return in his
company, and no was greatly pteas-
j was also pleased. If any one liad
Jt0jt me, as we got into tlie buggy,
j that George Raleigh meant to return
1 with my money in' his pocket and my
j blood upon Ills hands. I should have
! believed him a lunatic. And vet (Jeo.
? Knleigh had planned to do that very
t was a lnvelv.day in June, and the
tW breeze and "the sight of meadows
j nmi p,tc(m groves matte my heart grow
I HirCI , ,'01(,111, 10 ,.,: unit- :
! ative. but he didn't even hint "tit my j
I errand. He talked as far away as lie j
"O! excuse me!" he exclaimed, !
after we hud passed a mile beyond tlie I
1 .. i . - ; b . ...... .,n.
village, and were among the hum-1
houses. "I should have offered you j
He drew from his ockct a small j
flask of wine and banded it to me. I
Now, I was temperate in regard to
drinks.. In fact I detested thesiglitand j
smell of anything intoxicating; lint
I had not tlie moral courage to tell him
so, and to baud back the flask undis
turbed. I feared to offend him, and
1 so I drank ncrhaiis three good swal-
lle called my attention to I lie
woods 011 the Uft .us he received back
tlie flask, and when I looked around
h'Ts month, as it 'he bad drank heart v
again ho was iu.-t removing it from
In about, five minutes I Iwgan to feel
queer. The fences along the road
seemed to grow higher and tlie trees to
growbtrger; something got into my
ears so that the rattle of the buggy
sounded a long way ott'.
"How strange! Why. I believe I
am going to be stck !" I exclaimed,
holding 011 to the seat with all my
"You do look strange," he replied,
a snaky smile stealing over his fat ;
"I shouldn't wonder if it was apo
plexy." 1 did not suspect tlie game he had
played. Ills words were like anecho,
anil hi- face seemed twice as large as
it was. My head began to spin and
toy brain to snap and crack, and I was
"Yon are bad off," he continued,
looking Into my tace. "I will drive
as fast as possible and get a doctor."
My tongue was so heavy that I could
not reply. I clutched -the sent, shut
my eyes, and be put the horse at its
best pace. We met a farmer's team,
and I can remember that one of the
occupants of the wagon yelled out to
know what ailed that man. Raleigh
did not reply, but urged the horse
forward. Alwut three miles from
Grafton was a long stretch of forest
and this we soon reached. The pain
In my head was not so violent, and I
was not so badly affected when open
ing my eyes. 1 had settled Into a sort
of dumb stupor, with a brain so be
numbed that 1 had to say to myself 1
! "This Is a tree, that Is a stump," etc.,
; before I eduld make sure that I was
I not wrong. I la if a mile down the
', road, after we struck the forest, and
j then Raleigh turned the horse Into a
I blind road leading hack into the wood.
I I could not understand what he in
! tended. 1 tried to grapple with the
question, hut could not solve it.
"Well, liere we are!" exclaimed
! Raleigh, when we had readied a iohit
1 forty rods frein the main road.
He stopssl tlie horse, got out and
; hitched Mm, and then came around to
I the wheel.
I "You don't feel just right, but I
1 guess you wjll be better soon, " he re-
marked, "t'ome let me help you
He reached up his arms, and I let
t go the seat and 'tell into them. It
1 seemed to me as it I weighed a ton.
but he carried me along without an
effort, add laid me down within about
a rod rfa fence which ran along one
side of an old pasture. .Inst now I he
gan to get n -little better. The effects
of the drug were wearing off. and I
got a faint suspicion that something
Unusual had happened. But I was
powerless to move a limb ; the sensa
satioti was like that when your foot
goes to sleep."
"tan you speak:'" inquired Ral
eigh, bending over me; "because if
you can it wulsave me some trouble:'
I want to know ju-t when' you have
stoi ed away that money.
Now I began to reaii.e my situa
tion. His tace looked natural again,
and the loud was off my tongue. 1
also felt that 1 could move my lingers
"George Raleigh! are you going
to rob me:'" I asked, finding my voice
Well, some folks might call it
'robbing.' but we dress up the term a
little by calling it the only correct fi
nancial way ofeqnnliztng the floating
currency, so that each one is provided
for, and no one left out."
You shan't have the money. I will
die first!" I veiled, raising up a lit
tle. "Ah, I see didn't take quite
enough! he coolly remarked. "Well,
I had provided for this.'
He went to tlie boggy, procured
ropes and a gag. anil kneeled down
beside me. 1 had hut little strength
yet, and be conquered nic in a mo
ment. Lying Oil my right side, look
ing toward the fence, he tied my
hands behind me, and then forced the
gag into my mouth,
There, now! You see you are nice
ly fixed up. and all because you acted
like a fool, instead of a sensible young
lawyer, soon to be admitted to the
While he was speaking- indeed
while lie was tying me. I liad caught
sight of the white face of a little girl
looking at us from between the rails
nt the fence. I could see her great
blue eyes, mill knew that she was
frightened. There were red stains
around her mouth, and on the little
hand resting on the rail, and I knew
that she was some Dinner's child,
searching for strawberries. 1 could
not warn her of her danger, and I
feared that she would be seen or heard.
While Kalelgh was tying the last knot.
I winked III the little girl as hard as I
could, hoping that She would move
away. But she did not go.
"Well, DOW for the money!" said
Raleigh, and lie began searching my
pockets, lie went from one to the
other, removing all articles, felt down
my boot-leg and then finally pissed
his hand over my bosom and found the
"Ha! hoivitis!" lie exclaimed,
drawing our the packages. "I don't
hardly believe that old Grip will see
any of this to-day."
lie sat down near my head, undid
the packages, and was cool enough to
go at It to count the money. As he
commenced, the little girl waved her
hand at me. My Itonrt went thump
ing, for I expeeted she would litter ft
word or a shout, but she sank down
from sight, and I Httight a gleam of
her frock as -iie crawled through the
You pee, my young friend," re
marked KsleiglL as he drew oil' one of
his l oots and iwpOSifefl some of the
bills In it, "there's nothing like tran
sacting businesses it should be tran
sacted. Home men would have shot
or stabbed you, but It is only the ap
prciitlces who do such work. All the
real gentlemen of our calling do busi
ness as gentlemen should."
He drew oil' the other boot, placed
some fifties anil twenties in it, and
then continued :
"I have it all planned out how to
deal with you a soon as I get this
money disposed of around my person.
I shall lay you on your back and pour
the balance of this wine down your
throat. There's enough of it to make
you sleep until to-morrow night, and
by that time I .-hall Is; hundreds of
miles away. As soon as I see that
the drug has bikeit effect. I shall initio
your hands, ami remove the gag.
When you wine out of your sleep it
you ever do you liad better crawl out
to the road, whew you will most likely
meet some traveler soon. 1 want to
use the horse and buggy, otherwise I
would leave then! for you."
How cool ho bilked? He treated the
matter as if it were a regular transae-,
11 1.. ...i.i 1 . r A.li . . t , 11 . I
lion ill it men 1 luujr acquiesced, lie
I had me a fast prisoner, and I felt that
j lie could do just as he pleased. While
! I was thinking. I saw the little white
I face apiear between the rails again.
but in a moment it faded away, and
! its place was taken by the' sunburned
j phiz of a farmer. He looked trom me
to Raleigh and back again, and I
I winked at him in a way which he
readily understood. Ills fair dtsap
i peared, and I felt that 1 should be
"Xo. old (i rip won't get his tin to-
dav." mused Raleigh, storing away
the bills in his pockets. "You will go
back to Law & Law feeling put out
and cut up. but they shouldn't blame
yon, it is not your fault at all. True,
had you minded your own business on
the cars, and not'been so five with a
stranger, this would not have happen
ed. I was on my way to Milwaukee,
and had no thought of such rich pick
I saw nothing of the farmer, Raleigh
finished his counting, and I made tip
my mind that the farmer was afraid to
interfere, and had run away. My
heart went down as Raleigh gut up,
for I saw that he was about to carry
out his plan of further drugging me.
lie turned me on my back, sit down
astride of me, and then pulled out the
Now, in just about a minute We'll
be through with tills business," he re
marked, trying to put the mouth of
the tln-k between my jaws.
I rolled my head to one side, and he
; did not succeed, lie was jamming
1 the flask against my teeth, when I
I caught the sound oin sod step, the
! crash of a club, and Raleigh rolled off
my body. He tried to leap up. but
j three or fonrfarmors struck him down,
I and one of the blows rendered him
senseless. Before he came to I was
1 free of ropes and gags, and we had him
: nicelv bound.
Ovw beyond the pasture a farmer
ami bis bauds were raking up hay.
"Little Blue Eyes," only eight years
old, had wandered off after strawber
ries and hail torttuiatelv witnessed
part of Raleigh's proceedings. She liad
hurried duck to tier miner ami mat
him that "a man was a ll tied up out
! there." and he had returned with her
I to the fence. Ijiderstandlug tlie sit
uation, he and his 'men had moved
around so as to secure an advantage.
and Raleigh's capture was the result.
When the rascal found his senses lie
was terribly taken back, and cursed
enough for a whole Flander's army.
We took him back to Grafton, and
when I last saw him lie was oil Ids
way to the penitentiary to serve a sen
tence of fifteen years.
'Wie mortgage was lifted, after till,
and the gift which Law & Law sent
little Katie Gray kept her in dresses
for many a year. Owr VirmiHe Fvtena,
Condition ol ivrlund.
Probably no country in Lurope has
advanced so rapidiv in tbe last ten
years a- Ireland, and this is seen in the
I tone of general cheerfulness in the
dwelJingsTTIresji, and general conill
1 tlon of the people. Industrial habits
I have sprung up, the spirit of progress
in tlie industries is more active than
I at auv time in the century ; there has
been (111 increase of material comforts
for the poor, and the practice of early
marriages has been checked. Ireland
is not rich compared with Kngland. el
even Scotland, but its poverty consists
in the absence of great, wealth rather
than in the presence of gn at misery.
While paupers ill Kngland are as one
to twenty-three, they are in Ireland
only as one to aevehty-fittir.
Nor are the Irish ignorant. The
system of national education is bear
ing fruit, and the level of knowledge
Is quite as high as it is in Kngland.
Indeed, Mr. Lecky thinks that one of
the most alarming features of disloy
alty is its close connection with edu
cation, f.'heip publications jjo every
where. There lias been a marked de
cline in out-of-door sports, fairs, nml
other ImUerons gatherings, A great
change in public amusements ; those
who once sought their pleasure in tlie
excitements of the fair and the market,
now gather in groups at the public
houses and listen to tlie reading of
Fenian newspapers. Mri Thackeray
would now find less ot those ragged
and devil-may-care groups ot inde
pendent beggars, who tooted it lightly
on the turf to the cry of a cracked
violin and the encouragement of "Step
out. Miss Judy."
The local government ot Ireland
presents a marked contrast to the polit
ical condition of the country. Public
institutions are nowhere better manag
ed : the police and the poor-law ad
ministration are very efficient; and
this i shown by the decrease In pau
perism. By a wise enforcement of
the law for vaccination, Ireland has
escaped the small-pox epidemic of
Kngland. In the mailer of prison-reform,
Ireland leads the world, and
Kngland is only meeting with any suc
cess in the treatment of criminals as
she adopts the Irish methods. The
reformatory system established in Ire
laud reforms the greater portion of
convicts, and it lias had a marked in
fluence In the diminution of crime,
and tlie security of life and property.
A VamlilTI irH-C lieot. oil a life of
sliame, Ims given tlie local editors of
rontnnu a cnance 10 spreau ineinseives.
MALLET, DAVIS & CO.'s
Take the Highest Hunk.
H1IXRT, DAVI A '. PMMKI
have ik-en selected to 'lie hsneotlve
I Committee of the Worlt1 Jubilee us th
I Hv I'imios. No oilier Mano will bo
The itrralonj Hvln Pianist, who was In
boston, iitiehtthift the Jubilee, mysi
" The Helled lvf & 'o." I'Iimio
I excels. In vvtry iiurllrnlttr, nil other
i Call an 1 examine and see forynnrsulvcS,
j or send tot Pvlcu List anil Circulars,
Vt. K. liAIHthli. Sole A'.'i nl.
at Snow ft linos" Art liiillery,
7.) First street, I'ortiantl.
REV. J. W, BOON, FJUMOISU ri
der of the Methodist f'lmivli, Kan
Km iicisw. smys : "In iiiyopiiilon.Ucorit
Motxis A '.' OrtfltHH lane iro eijiinl
for richness and sweetness of tone. w i-. li
jjrcilt power. Iain flunlllar with till I he
most prominent Ortfuns in the market,
Iihvi' owned lour illll'orunt kinds, and tin
lieslliitlUKiy say 1 prefer those of tUoqfit
Woods tou'nv other."
s.'nd for Trier t.i-i and Circulars for tlm
linesl Onfall hi the world.
V. K. lU'.Sitilt, Sole AtfClit,
al Snow Altoos An liallery,
7:1 First street, Portland, or.
August SH-llv Im'i
M:VI.N (I M.i I INKS.
a hiu virronv t
Underfeed Setting Marhiae !
r iiii.t. itixHiirr
friends of the
Wilson Maroyei Sewiiig Macliine,
To know !iii m tho Htufoliosn cuiitwt for
MipVii'lorUy In imiplotHtf work,i tluMjTPtit
No Miern Ohio Kuir, liiolr fuvoritfl htm
ciWTtetlolT the two tfivnt pmiiimns tli
Mma ror lot six Hpwlmeiw nuicliimi
work, will tlu) Diploma for N-' etuliToUI
ory, AMht'ivfliumiipoHlion vvivnln tltuea
two f!aMes it wiU ! 9wh that tho Wil-
m" viworv is ntmpleto, Vt Uim-w this
woiild In' ho i ii conlO nut iMunlicrwltH!.
Tlinoi m ifilk'Uui ;.tlown the I'm-! 1 hat tlir
Ni'W Vi!on h Thi1 Ut Family Stnvinir
Much too now inn'inrfu'ltnttl liinuhlr if
(loii)K tho Ixwt work on any kind of good.4
Tills awat1 of H10 IMvltcAl prcniium
sltonlti iftrj wHI siicnt't tin- talk thtit
ItttfiTD CUw of Ht4wlll2 nim-liirt mh'M Wllti
have mutic ibis timchTnc tliooojfci of their
sfu'ial Hiuilty, nhuply iMxunw! It is a mo!
cnilf prtivd iit:t l.iin'';iM) QlitlorwllS tin if
C.NlH'llsivt' un. s.
(in UUI ace tho Pivniinin New WtlPOti
Sewlnflf Stnchlno. the Ihl In tin worlit,
now on exhlhttioii at ftiow A 1(00 Alt
(aliery, 73 First sitvt't, I'orHaml. OlfaXin.
and rx'iiieinlH'r yon tun buy iliis pitMtiitini
nuielilno tor IW, "
tvr AtffciltH wantoi).
MINKU A PKAK80X.
July m, 740
General Repair Shop.
X tlli'lioti .10 .Uluoiy. anil lakeli Ids nlil
slio)on comer of K.iswovtli awl seeomt
Htreets, annoinittss his readiness to attuud
to at! kuulHOf
BLAClvBMlTlHNO, JUU A MACtflSK
Also, has; on hand Slid for sjile, Uw
and other PLOWS
WOOD'S RE.PEn & MOWER,
Which ht Till sell on the most reasonun'e
HORSE SHOEING i)U round,$2i
!vi: nr. A CAIX.
All tvork eiitrnstod to me will reccito
pruiiipt attention, anil he uxeentcd in tlm
beM iiiis-iOle muniier. with rol material.
A share of public iKiiroiinue Is solicited,
SSTSliop on corner ftltswnrtli uml Second
Htri eis, opposite l'lorce's rerry,
10v F, WOOP,
Fruit Treoit, firnpc Vlnca,
Trill t"MKltSK;NKl 1NVITKS THK
at lent ion of t lie. p tblle to lilslttrgomKl
complete stock of
and olhcrTREEH. -Also,
(5P.APK Vt F.S M In the StahT
Ornnnicnliil Tie?, HhrntiK, Plants, Cur
rents, HiMiselierrlts, StruwlM'rrkw, Bones,
Itolilluii nnd llnllif, which will be mid U
low iw flrst-clas stouk can lie afforded.
Kov. 26-iavi j. a. MIIXAHUi