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CHAPTER XXV. Continued.
The sun came on.vallantly stripped
bare, knowing what was to be. Still
louder rose tho requiem of the wlte.
The sky smiled on. There was no
token to strike with alarm these- hu
man beings, tholr faculties dulled by
ji thousand years of differentiation.
To the north there appeared a long,
l)laek cloud, hanging low as the trail
of yome far-off locomotive, now upon
tho land. All at once the cloud
sprang up, unfurling tattered battle
Hags, and hurrying to meet the sun
upon tho zenith battle ground.
Once the wind pelted the slant snow
through the Interstices of the grasses
upon the furry back of the cowering
-coyote. Now they found a new sport
In driving tho Icy powder through the
cracks of tho loose board shanty, upon
the stripped back of the mother hud
dling her sobbing children against tho
empty, impotent stove, perhaps wrap
ping her young in the worn and whit
ened robe of tho buffalo taken years
ngo. For it was only the buffalo,
though now departed, which held the
frontier for America in this unpre
pared season, the Christmas of the
Great Cold. The robes saved many
f the children, and now and then
a mother nlso.
The men who had no fuel did as
their nntures bid, some dying at the
Ice-bound stove and others In the
open on their way for fuel. Mishap
passed by but few of the remoter
liomes found unprepared with fuel,
-and Christmas day, deceitfully fair,
dawned on many homes that were to
lje fatherless, motherless, or robbed of
n first-born. Thus It was that from
this, the hardiest and most self-reliant
population ever known on earth,
there rose the heartbroken cry for
comfort and for help, the frontier for
tho first time begging aid to hold the
Sam PoEton came Into the ofllce
'Whoa, Jack! Whoa,
wiiere franklin sat on Christmas eve,
listening to the clinking rattle of the
hard snow on the pane. Sam was
white from head to foot. His face
was anxious, his habitual uncertainty
and diflldence were gone.
"Cap," said he, with no prelude,
"tho whole country below'll be froze
out. The blizzard's awful."
"I know it," said Franklin. "We
must get out with help soon as wo
can. How far. down do you think the
danger line begins?"
"Well, up to three or four miles
out it's thicker settled, an' most o'
the folks could git into town. As fur
out as thirty mile to the south, they
might git a little timber yet, over on
the Smoky. The worst strip is fifteen
to twenty-five mile below."
Franklin felt a tightening at his
heart. "About fifteen to twenty
live miles?" he said. Sam nodded.
Both were silent.
"Look here, Cap," said the driver
presently, "you've alius told mo not
to say nuthln" 'bout the folks down
to the Halfway house, an' I hain't
said a thing. I 'low you got jarred
down there some. I know how that
Is. All the same. I reckon maybe you
sorter have a leanin' that way still.
Ton may be worried some "
Franklin groaned as lie sank Into
a chair, his face between his hands.
Then he sprang up- "We must go!"
"I know it." said Sam simply.
"Get ready!" exclaimed Franklin,
reaching for his coat.
"What do you mean. Cap now?"
"Yes. to-night at once."
"You d d fool!" said Sam.
'You coward!" cried Franklin.
"What! Are you afraid to go out
when people aro freezing when "
Sam rose to his feet, his slow feat
ures working. "That ain't right. Cap."
said he. "I 1 now I'm scared to do
some things, but 1 I don't believe
I'm no coward. I ain't afraid to go
down there, but 1 won't go to-night,
ner lot you go, fer it's the same as
tleatli to start now. We couldn't
maybe make it in the daytime, but
I'm wlllin' to try 'It then. Don't you
call no coward to me. It ain't right."
Franklin again cast himself into his
chair, his hand and arm smiting on
tho table. "I beg your pardon, Sam,"
said he presently. "I know, you'ro
not a coward. We'll start together in
tho morning. But it's killing me tq
wait. Good God! they may be freez
ing now, while we're here, warm and
"That's so," said Sam sententious
ly. We can't help It. We all got to
T HE PLAINS
go some day." His words drove
Franklin again to his feet, and ho
walked up and down, his face gone
pinched and old.
At dawn the wind lulled. Tho
clouds swept by and the sun shono
for an hour over a vast lnndscapo
burled under white. Sam was ready
to start, having worked half the night
making runners for a sled at which
his wild team snorted in tho terror
of unncqunlntedness. The sled box
was piled full 'of robes and coal and
food and liquor all things that seem
ed needful and which could hurriedly
With perfect horsemanship Sam
drove his team rapidly on to the
south, five miles, ten miles, fifteen,
the horses now warming up, but still
restless and nervous, even on the
way so familiar to them from tholr
frequent Journcylngs. The steam of
their breath enveloped tho travelers
in a wide, white cloud. Tho rudo
runners crushed into and over tho
packed drifts, or along tho sandy
grime where the wind had swept the
earth bare of snow. In less than an
hour they would see tho Halfway
House. They would know whether
or not there was smoke.
But in less than two hours on that
morning of deceit the sun was lost
again. The winds piped up, the cold
continued, and again there came the
blinding snow, wrapping all things
in its dancing, dizzy mist,
"The wind's Just on my right
cheek," said Sam, putting up a mit
ten. "But where's it gone?"
"You're frozen, man!" cried Frank
lin. "Pull up, nnd let me rub your
"No, no, we can't stop," said Sam,
catching up some snow and rubbing
his white cheeks as he drove. "Keep
the wind on your right cheek we're
over the Sand Run now, I think, and
on tho loug ridge, back of the White
Bill! Git out o' here!"
Woman. It can't be over two miles
more. Git along, boys. Whoa! What's
tho matter there?"
The horses had stopped plunging at
something which they could not pass.
"Good God!" cried Franklin, "whose
fence Is that? Are we nt Buford's?"
"No," said Sam, "this must be at
old man Hancock's. He fenced across
the old road, and wo had to make a
jog around his d d broom-corn
field. It's only a couple o' miles now
"Shall I tear down the fence?" ask
"No, It's no use; It'd only let us In
his field, an' maybe we couldn't hit
the trail on the fur side. We got
to follow the fence a way. May God
everlastingly damn any man that'll
fence up the.ree range! ' Whoa.
.Inck! Whoa, Bill! Git out o' here!
They tried to parallel tho fence, but
tho horses edged away from the
wind continually, so that it was dif
ficult to keep eye upon tho infrequent
posts of tho meagre, straggling fence
that this man had put upon the "pub
"Hold on, Sam!" cried Franklin.
"Lot me out."
"That's right. Cap," said Sam. "Git
out an' go on ahead a way, then hol
ler to me, so'st I kin come up to you.
.When we git around the corner we'll
be all right."
But when they got around the cor
ner they were not all right. At such
times the mind of man is thrown off
Its balance, so that it does strange
and irregular things. Both these
men had agreed a moment ago that
the wind should be on tho right; now
they disagreed, one thinking that
Hancock's house was to the left, the
other to the right, their ideas as to
the direction of the Buford ranch
being equally at variance. The horses
decided It. breaking once again down
wind, and btrlking a low-headed, sul
len trot, as though they would out
march the storm. And so tho two
argued, and so they rode, until at
last thore was a lurch and a crash,
and thoy found themselves in rough
going, tho sled half overturned, with
no fence, no house, no landmark of
any sort visible, and the snow drift
ing thicker than before. Thoy sprang
out and rightod the sled, but tho
horses doggedly pulled on, plunging
down and down; and they followed,
clinging to reins and sled as best
"We'vo lost tho trail, but we done
tho best wo could," said Sam doggedly,
going to the heads of the horses,
.- ' j rWc, J- -r-jy
which looked quostlonlngly bnck at
him, tholr heads drooping, their
breath freezing upon their coats in
spiculao of whlto.
"Wnlt!" cried Franklin, "I know
this hole! I've been here bofore. Tho
team's come ljcro for shelter"
"Oh. It's the White Woman breaks
why, sure!" cried Snm in retu n.
"Yes, Hint's where It Is. We're less
than half a mile from the house. Walt,
now, and let mo think. l'vo got to
figure this out a while."
"It's off there," said Snm, pointing
ncross the cottlue; "but wo can't get
"Yes, we can, old man; yes, we
can!" Insisted Franklin. "I'll toll you.
Let me think. Good God! why can't
I think? Yes soe here, you go down
the bottom or this gully to the mouth
of tho coulee, and then wo turn to tho
left no, It's to the right nnd you
bear up along the sldo of the draw
til you get to the ridge, nnd then tho
house is right in front of you. Listen
now! Tho wind's northwest, nnd the
house Is west of tho bond of the cou
lee; so the mouth Is east of us, and
that brings the wind on the left cheek
at tho mouth of the coulee, nnd It
comes more and rore on the right
cheek as we turn up the ridge; ml
it's on tho front half or the right
cheek when we face the house. I'm
Biiro Hint's right wait, I'll mark It
out hero In the snow. God! how cold
it is! It must be right. Come on;
come! We must try It, anywny."
"We may hit the house, Cap." said
Sam calmly, "but If we miss It we'll
go God knows where! Anyhow, I'm
with you, an' If wo don't turn up, we
can't help It, an' wo done our best."
"Come," cried Franklin once more.
"Let's get to the mouth of tho coulee.
I know this place perfectly."
And so, advancing and calling, and
waiting while Snm fought the stub
born horses with lash and rein out
ot tho shelter which they covoted,
FranklIn led out or the flat couIci
Into the wider draw, nnd edged up
and up to the right, agonized!- re
peating to himseir, over and over
again, the Instructions he had laid
down, and which tho dizzy whirl of
tho snow mingled over confusedly in
his mind. At last they had the full
gale again in their faces as thoy
reache'd the level of tho prairies, and
cast loose for what they thought was
west, fearfully, tremblingly, the voy
age a quarter of a mihj. the danger
Infinitely great; for beyond lay only
the cruel plains and the bitter storm
this double norther of a woeful
Once again Providence aided them,
by agency of brute Instinct. One of
the horses threw up its head and
neighed, and then both pressed for
ward eagerly. Tho low moan of
penned cattle came down tho wind.
They crashed Into a fence of lath.
They passed Us end a broken, rat
tling end, that trailed and swept back
and forth in the wind.
"It's the chicken corral," cried
Sam, "an' It's down! They've been
"Go on! Go on hurry!" shouted
Franklin, banding down his head so
that the gale might not quite rob him
of his breath, and Sam urged on tho
now willing horses.
They came to the sod barn, and
here they left tho team that had sav
ed them, not pausing to take them
rrom the harness. They crept to the
low nnd white-banked wall In which
showed two windows, glazed with
frost. They could see the chlmnoy
plainly, but It carried no smell of
smoke. The stairway leading down
to the door of the dugout was miss
ing, the excavation which held it was
drifted full of snow, and the snow
bore no trnck of human foot. All was
white and silent. It might have been
a vault far In the frozen northern
(To be continued.)
ADMIRAL TOGO'S CADET DAYS.
Reminiscences of the Foremost Jap
A retired English naval officer, who,
when a lad, was on board the train
ing ship Worcester at the same time
as the prominent Japaneso Admiral
Togo, tells the following reminis
cences: Togo was constantly the victim of
all mnnner of chaff from the young
Britishers on board, who called him
"One-go-two-go-three-go." Disliked at
first, perhaps becauso he was unlike
his mates, he grew In popularity on
account of his remnrkably nlert mind
and agile body, until at length ho be
camo a general favorite with officers
Ho stood all chaff with a certain
amount of bravado, unless it touched
on his resemblance to the Chinese.
To one fellow sailor who dubbed him
n Chinaman ho said with emphasis:
"You wait; when I am 'the' admiral
I hang you on tho yardarm."
One day that Togo had hjs leave
stopped for some small offense, "Lib
erty boys to go ashore" was piped,
and the boys went up to him and said,
"Are you to go?" "No," ho replied.
Immediately tho youngsters got round
him and pinched him for telling lies,
shouting at the same time, "You aro
His Christian name being rather
difficult to pronounce, Togo was told
by one of the boys to shoot his god
father and godmother on his roturn
home. "We do not shoot gods in
Japan," was his reply.
"Whore's that- dude hunter?"
"Oh, he left me to go aftor a bear."
"Whon's ho coming back?"
"Whenever the boar does."
Couldn't Find It.
"Why don't you appeal to his con
science?" "I'd have to locate It first, and I
have no microscope."
Beautiful products of the enmucler's
art play so Important a part In our
surroundings of today that wo wonder
how wo ever did without them. Somo
of the buttons on the velvet contees,
with their paste gems Introduced Into
the midst of the ennmel, aro veritable
works of art. and the small Jewoled
charms, as also the bonbonnleres, all
enameled In vivid colors, are qulto a
revelation. Some of these represent
automobiles and are filled with choco
lates, or, If Intended to hang on n
chain, sometimes with scent.
This kind of Jewelry lends Itself so
well to tho velours snpllne, which can
be draped like satin. In Paris velvet
carries nil before It, simply made in
tho perfection of stylo, which necessi
tates not only a good dressmaker, but
Youth's Overalls. "
Overalls are essential to tho neat
ness of the youth who Is engaged In
any mnnunl pursuit, whether for pleas
lire or profit, Just as apronB aro es
sential to that of tho girls who em
about tho houso or
in such occupa
tions ns painting,
pyrography a n d
tho like. Those
1 1 1 u s t r a ted are
f i I ilu oa8' wade and
Im. linen crash
and all the mater!-
4683 Youth's Overall alH H8C(, for Rnr.
10 to IS years. m0nt8 of tho 8ort.
Tho Teg portions arc largo enough
to allow of drawing over tho trousers
without being uncomfortably loose.
The fronts nro extended to form a gen
erous sized bib, but tho back termi
nates at the waist lino. Opening'! nro
provided at tho Bides which button
Into place and pockets nro Inserted In
tho front portions, whllo a pntch pock
et Is stitched onto the right side of
the bnck. Straps are sewed to tho
upper edge of tho baclc which pass
over tho shoulders and nro attached
to tho fronts by means of buttoiiB and
metal fastenings, nnd ubovo the bib
are supplied with buckles by. means
of which the length can be regulated;
but these can be cut of the exact
length and attached with buttons and
buttonholes when preferred.
To cut these overalls for a youth of
14 years of ago 2 yards of material
27 IncheB wide or 2 yards 32 Inches
wide will bo required.
The pattern 4b83 Is cut In sizes for
youths of 10, 12, 14 and 10 years of
Wide-shaped girdles are the proper
Insertions of colored lace trim somo
of tho sheer white blouses.
Tucks of all sorts of circular and
crescent-shape design nro UBed.
Hand work Is more In evidence
than ever in tho fashionable ward
robe. Stiff little hedges of foliage and
flowers encircle a few of the hat
Surplice waists are to be much
worn by tho woman with a pretty
Those printed boublnets in big flow
ered designs are wonderfully attract
ive. A sheaf of flowers lying on tho arm
Is said to bo the most convenient
form for tho bridal bouquet.
There Is a tendency at present to
relegate tho trimming of skirts
toward the middle when It is applied
A bewitching fad of the coming sea
son will be the floral parasols. The
foundation of these dainly creations
will be chiffons, moussellnes, liberties
and othor gauzy materials. These
plain foundations, however, will bo
trimmed and in somo Instances entire
ly covered with artificial flowers.
A daisy parasol, for Instance, wljl be
mado ot green liberty silk, and will
have a bow knot design of white dais
ies on It, with a border of the same.
The parasol point will also havo a
mass of the daisies tied with green
gauze ribbon to match tho parasol
An orchid' paraaol will havo a violet
chiffon foundation, and It will bo sim
ply massed with these exquisite vel
vety blossoms, from the wooden tip
to the Blender ivory handle.
Violets, pansles, carnations and all
tho- floral favorites will figure promi
nently in this new fad, but, of course,
such a parasol ca- only be carried on
very dressy occasions.
The Peacock Girdle.
In spite of the superstition In refer
ence to peacock feathers, they are to
bo seen on various dress accessories.
One of tho most exclusive girdles
shown, for Instance, has sixteen pea
cock feather tips, each one mountod
and framed In a glass case and Joined
together with long gold links. These
r j . ii i fc n
Pretty Waist That May De Mada In
Two Combinations Simple and
Convenient Overalls for Youth
Some Beautiful Products of the Art
of the Enamelcr.
glass cases, which are about tho slzo
of n dollnr, havo a narrow frame of
gold about thorn. Tho fllrdlo 1b fin
ished In front with a gold chain fringe,
tho ends of which have omorald, hluo
nnd gilt stones dangling from them.
This offers a suggestion to the girl
who wishes to mount her favorlto
(lower and wear It for a girdle. Heal
or artificial pansles mounted In this
mnnner would make a stunning girdle.
When sprinkling clothes ubo hot
water. It damps clothos more ovonly
Keep nlckol silver bright by rub
bing It with n woolen cloth dipped In
spirits of nmmonln.
Krmlne and other white furs nro
easily cleaned by rubbing with n Ann
uel cloth dipped In dry (lour. U is
well to first dry tho flour In tho oven,
taking caro not to brown It, and to
use It while still hot.
In ironing handkerchiefs It is uso
fill to remember that tho mlddlo
should be Ironed first. To Iron tho
edges first causes tho middle to swell
out like a balloon nnd makes it diffi
cult to Iron satisfactorily. Test tha
Iron carefully before using It. A ploco
of rng should bo nt hand for this pur
pose. Misses' Blouse or Shirt Waist.
Shirt waists and shirt wnlst gowna
grow more popular with each Incom
ing season nnd are shown in almost
limitless variety of
material. T h 1 s
pretty and stylish
wolBt Ib adapted
botli to tho gown
and to wear with
tho odd skirt and
to the entlro rango
of seasonnblo fab
rics. The model,
however, Is mado
of pale blue mer
cerized chambray, 4605 Mlsos Btouso
nnd Is worn with or Hhlrt WaUt,
belt nnd tio of 12 to IB year.
blue ribbon. The plain buck with tho
tucked fronts are much liked, and tho
sleeves are tho favorlto ones that aro
snug nbovo nnd full below tho elbows.
The waist consists of fronts and
back, the former being tucked at tho
shoulders and finished with a regula
tion box plait, Tho slooves aro cut In
ono piece each and are gnlhcrod Into
Thu quantity of material required
for tho medium size Is 3V6 yards 21
or 27 Inches wide, or 1 yards 44
Tho pnttern4685 Is cut In sizes for
misses of 12, 14 and 1C years of age.
Necklets of Velvet.
In toilet accessories there aro many
pretty notions, such as necklets ot
narrow velvet bnnds, In tho new
shades of yellow, green and blue.
Thoy nre studded with steel, and tho
ends are held together at tho neck
by a steel motif. Waistbands or belts
may be arranged In the same way.
For thobo clever with the brush the
latest table centers should nppeal to
some purpose, for now that spring Is
hero tho loveliest and most appropri
ate to the season are mado ot finest
clearest muslin, hand painted, with
trails of blossom in faint tints. In
favor, too, nro billowy centers of chif
ECRU WITH WHITE,
No combination Is more fashion
able than white with corn, This styl
ish waist shows the ecru In represe
lace, the white In cream crepe, and Is
charmingly attractive. When liked,
the slooves can be mado in elbow
lonfith and the yoke quite separate,
so making the waist with both high
and low reck and rendering It easily
fon, nlso hnnd painted, and these, In
softest groon, with poslor of violets
or sprays of llly-of-tho-valloy arranged
upon them, lok simply lovely. Silver
bowls flllod with flprlng flowers nover
look hotter than In a soft setting, such
nH chiffon or muslin, or some ot tho
silver-shot gossamers now sold for tho
purposo of table decoration.
Box plaits combined with tucks or
shlrrlngs nro among tho novelties that
are genuinely nttractlvo as well ns
now. This pretty wnlst admits of
and Is eminently
g racof u 1 and
smart. Tho modol
Is mado of palo
blue messnlluc sat
in, with yoke nnd
cuffs of cream
lace, and Is tuckod
between tho plaits,
but all of tho
soft and pllablo
materials of tho
season aro appro
priate and ahlr-
4004 Fancy Blouse,
32 to 40 butt.
rlngn can ho substituted for tho tucks
whenever prororred. Tho drop yoko
and tho deep gauntlet cuffs mnko
noteworthy features and tho crushed
belt is both fnshlonahlo ami In har
mony with tho design. Tho back
blouses slightly over tho belt but enn
bo drawn down snugly when pre
ferred. Tho waist consists of tho lining, tho
front nnd bncks which aro arrangod
over It. Tho yoko Is soparato and la
arranged over tho waist after tho
Bleoves aro sewed In, tho closing bo
tug mado Invisibly at the back edgo
of tho yoko and bencnth tho box plait.
Tho sleeves aro tho favorlto ones of
tho Benson and form soft full puffs
nbovo tho cuffs but aro tucked to fit
the uppor arms sungly.
Tho quantjty of matrlal required
for tho medium slzo Is 4 yards 21
Inches wido, 3 yards 27 inches wldo
or 2 yards 44 Inches wldo with ft yard
of silk for belt and 1 yards of all
Tho pattern 4684 Is cut In sizes for
a 32, 34, 30, 38 and 40 inch bust meas
ure. A Hint to the Clever Needlewoman.
Tho now llshnet, Arabe-tlnted cur
tnlns, show mercerized appllquo orna
mentation, which gives a stained
glass effect td tho curtains when tho
light gleams through them. They
furnish a suggestion to tho clover
needlewoman. Why should sho not
decornto fishnet with applique work of
her own designing and obtain much
moro nrtlstlc results and at one-quarter
tho cost. '
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Mm ton pattern Illustrated above by tilling out
all blanks In coupon, uud mailing, with 10 cent.
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Age (If child's or mlts'i pattern),..
Write plainly. PHI out all blanks. Enclose
10a Mall to E. E. Harrison & Ca, 65 Plymouth
convortlblo. Tho quantity of material
required for the medium size Is 4
yards 21. 34 yards 27, or 2Vi yards
44 Inches wide, with 1 yards of all
over laco. ,
A May ftlanton pattern, No. 4660,
sizes 32 to 40. will bo mailed to any
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