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THE NORTH PLATTE 8EMLWEEKLY TRIBUNE.
FINE MESS OF THINGS
By O. R. BARTON.
All tho beautiful May morning Mnry
had wandered aver tho familiar old
4 floliV familiar yot now to tho recently
.graduated, European-finished young
woman who was tho actual owner of
,t!iegu broad acres and stately house.
Tho last tlmosho had played horc,
'on orphan of fourteen, hor grandfa-
'ther had watched her proudly from his
chalr on tho terrace. Now ho was
!gono and tho place was hers. Sho felt
t last she turned toward tho cicck.
Sho wantod somo quiet placo to think
and plan for tho future. It had been
nn old habit of he'rs tc- carry her trou
bios to tho ltttlo glen where sho could
sit under the old tree and think.
Suddenly tho sound of chopping
.came over tho field. Mary lifted her
ho-'id. Clear, regular strokes sound
ted from tho direction of tho creek.
I Sho paused nn instant listening Intent
ly; then she hurried on, frowning. Sho
know of no change In the law that tho
gardeners had always respected. Tho
glon with Us curving brooks and oak
trees, tho big flat rock and millions of
violets was sacred to her. It had al
ways been here slnco tho .days her
.nurso had stripped off tho UtUo slip
pers and socks and let hor dabblo hor
pink toes In tho water. Surely overy
ono know that!
, Yot some ono waB In her glon now
(with an ax and using it. Sho flew to
'vard an open space In tho low willow
bushes where tho old path used to be,
"but stopped with a startled cry. An
other step wduld havo dropped her teji
feet into a rushing current of muddy
.water. With dazod eyes Mary looked
.around her This brown stream with
-straight steep banks had never boon
"thero before Further over, her be
loved old brook still splashed and bub-
.tiled over tho stones. Near it wa3 a
'man with an ax.
"You'd better kcop away there," he
shouted. "Tho rain washed away flvo
feet moro last night! Watch out!" ho
.called sharply as Mary didn't move
and several loose stones dropped into
the water. Then seeming to realize
vaguely that something was wrong
and that ho was In somo way to blame,
lie dropped the ax and lifted his cap
moving toward the girl so high above
him on the other side of tho creek.
,"What do you mean by chopping
diiwn ono of my trees? You must go
away at onco."
Ho moved uneasily yet appeared un
able to explain immediately just why
It bad happened. Surprise and amuse
ment shone In his oyes. Mary's Hash
ed in righteous anger Such Impudence
was intolerable! "Can't you tnlk?
Who are you? You aro evidently not
.one of our own men or you would
know better than to touch my trees.
You aic trespassing, and I -'warn you
now to go away Immediately. Why, I
do believe you were actually chopping
at my play-house tree!"
"If you please, miss, I guess you
liaven't been bore long and don't know
about all tho placo yet. I'm not tres
passing, neither do I work for tho
placo yondoV." He nodded toward
"I work for him," Jerking his head
backward toward Lauden Hall, a ram
bling low white houso on the crest of
tho opposlto hill. "Mr. Villard. you
know, ho just bought tho place,"
"No, I don't know and don;t care.
He dldn'tVbuy this. I know that. It's
not for sale. You aro on my ground.
Those are my trees. Tho creek divides
the two estates and "
"Which creek, miss?"
Mary started. "Why, that oia over
thorci This ono never used to be here.
'This must bo a branch that has got
ten looso from tho old stream and
swelled with tho rain. Please toll your
master what I say and that I shall bo
very much obliged if ho lets my trees
alone In tho future.
Tho man lifted his cap again. "Yes,
miss." Ho picked up his ax and start
ed to go.
"Do you think tho tree will die?"
she called after him anxiously.
Ho stopped. "Hardly, miss; I only
whacked nt a few of tho roots." The
'look of amusement was still In his
,cyc8. "Mr. Villard Intended, miss,
if you caro to hear It, to clear out thlB
placo and lot In tho sun. He was talk
ing, I think, of making it into a swim
ming pool building n dam you see and
having tho sides and bottom or marblo
and making It very nice. Ho likes to
bo outdoors most of tho tlmo, they
sny. Has to be always doing some
thing, and they say too when ho tnkes
a notion to a thing ho's tho very he's
very Bot. Hut I havo only Just come
and I don't"
"Tell Mr. Villard what I told you.
please," said Mary, whlto with fury.
"Dathlng pool, Indoed!"
Mary had planned to make a few Im
provements on tho old houso and
grounds before settling down In It. Hor
present stay had b?en limited In pros
pect until sho got things started and
hor idea had beoa to live with some
relatives In town until tho work was
dono. Instead sho now telegraphed
for hor entire belongings, including a
widowed aunt, und settled horsolf to
stay. She was ready for a light. It
was a shameless steal! Of courao ho
know which creek tho deed meant!
When her aunt arrived bho found
Mary encamped comfortably in a largo
tent In tho ravine and impervious to
entreaty or argument. Sho conceded
tho fact that sho might dlo of swamp
fever or pneumonia, but added grimly
that they could bury her thero then
'and sho guessed tho , Villard xman
wouhlnt oujo., Brimming oc her
bones And If necessary sho could
llvo In tho glen always for possession
Is nlno points of tho law nnd tho only
way ho would over get this ground for
a pool would bo to drown hor.
So her nUnt retreated to the houso
and Mary held tho fort, receiving her
friends nnd lawyers informally In tho
An Injunction prevented Mr. VUlnrd
from taking further stops toward tho
pool and things settled down to await
tho law. Old Jenkins, tho butler lived
In a second tent and acted as messen
gor, page and cavalier, having occa
sion to shoo off a strny cow at ono
o'clock ono morning.
Mr. VUlnrd appeared not but every
day Mary saw "tho man" across ttto
creek." "Hut on his own side." sho
thought triumphantly. Thon sho add
ed contemptuously, "Proxy! Why
doesn't ho como himself and slzo up
tho old termagant that's Bquattcd on
tho bottom of his bath tub."
Ono night Mary wakened suddenly.
Something was wrong. Men word
shouting In confusion nnd above It nil
wis n queer muffled roar. Jenkins w a
calling hor frantically to get up to
"run quick, missy," but tho road was
thunder In a couple of minutes. Sho
slipped Into a kimono, and reached for
hor electric flash, but almost instantly
she was struggling In tco cold water
with tho heavy sagging tent weighing
her down. Thnt was tho last sho
She opened her oyes in a beautiful
room bright with sunshine. Her head
ached when sho tried to remember
what had happened so sho closed her
oyes again and prepared to go to
sleop. About a thousand milos away
sho hoard n watch snnp Bhut and a
man say, "Flvo o'clock. A tough pull,
Mr. Villard, buf she'll pick up now."
Mary didn't go to sleep. Instead sho
opened her oyes again and turned hor
head. Sho wanted to see Mr. VUlnrd.
Tho volco sounded familiar. Whero
A man In whlto flannels was stand
ing near tho window. Ho turned and
camo toward tho bed. A distinct
shock ran through Mary. It was tho
man who hnd cut her trees! He smil
ed Sho closed her eyes and tried to
think. Then she heard tho doctor say,
"Well, Villard, I'vo got to got out of
hero if I want to catch that train. Tho
uurso ought to bo hero now,' but I
want to tell you ttvo things beforo I
go. Villard, you aro tho best nurso
that ever helped a doctor. Miss Mary
would havo died if I'd had her alono,
with her aunt In hysterics when sho
was most needed. Second It's no kind
of a house without a woman. Uettor
find the right ono soon. Hello! I
hear the nurse now. Well. 111 glvi
her a few orders down In tho hall as C
go out. Goodby." t
Mary opened hor yes wldo. "You
you are" sho wlUapered.
"George Villard." ho said simply,
"and this is Lauden Hull. Hut I will
toll you all about It. You aro not al
lowed to talk no a slugle word." Ha
moved nearer to the bed.
Mary's rapidly clearing brain wag
beginning to understand a few things.
Something, perhaps his clothes, per
haps tho expression In his eyes mado
him seem altogether another person
from the ono she had known in tho
woods. She turned away confused
He sat down by tho bod and regard
ed her silently for a few minutes.
"Miss Mary." be said finally, very
softly, "tho nurse Is here. Sho will bo
in in a fow minutes, but befpro sho
comes I havo a confesEion to mako
nnd may not have another opportunity.
If you had died last night it would
havo been my fault. Tho reservoir at
Hrovwitown broke about two o'clock.
They warned tho wholo country by
phono. We got to tho creek just In
tlmo to see your tent go down Wo
got Jenkins out first but wo couldn't
find you. It was It "was" Ho
Mary looked at him, wondering Sha
gave a short gasp at what sho saw.
His faco was pale and drawn. In hla
eyes was a look of wretchedness owl
"Oh, don't please" sho began.
Ho nut out his hand to stop her.
"You will never know how nenrly dead
you havo been. Wo thought you
were, and brought you hero."
Ho wnlked to tho window and back
again. ''Mary, I love you," ho burst out
suddonly, "and because I lovo you 1
lot ,you risk your Ufo down In that
hole. I thought It was romance to
havo my lady lovo near me, whero I
could go and look at hor when I want
ed. A lovo sick fool will do anytning.
I didn't care about losing tho place. I
saw a chanco for a thrill somothlng
unusual, you know, after you took mo
(or a servant; and loving you oven
whilo you were scolding mo, I let you
go on to this." He touched hor cold
llttlo hand gently nnd roso to go
"Goodby. Mary. 1 won't boo you
again and I don't ask forgiveness. It's
high tlmo I wns going anyhow. I'vo
mado a flno mess of things. Stay hero
pleaso as long as you like, tho wholo
house is at your disposal until you
wish to go home. Goodby."
Tho nurso camo In. "Call Mr. VUlnrd
back, pleaso," cried Mary, sitting up In
bed. Then ns ho appeared In the door
way, she said demurely, for tho benefit
of tho nurso, "Georgo, I'vo changed my
mind. I'll be qulto well by tomorrow
nnd of courso you can drive mo home."
(Copyright. 1913. by tho McClure News
Luminous Fly Paper.
G. A. II. Mullor, a Canivllan, ha
patented an Insecticide, which Is
really a luminous and sticky paint. It
actB Uko ordinary fly pnper In the
day tlmo, absorbing tho rays of light
at tho same tlmo and becomes lumin
ous at night. Ub glow attracts all
sorts of Insects, which aro thou
caught by Its stlcklneaa.
flHKc i aVHlKkH fcyTjfr ft m
Hryco has delivered a number of nddresses on a grcnt variety of subjects. As
popular as ho was In America as a speaker, ho Is likely to become ns popular
In his own country
King Ferdinand spent tho month of
November In Vienna, a humble sup
pliant for hl3 own throne, It is said,
xlecauso of this visit, tho ropoit wont
forth from Sofia that this talented bcIou
of the houso of Coburg, who but a
short time ngo was to revive In all of
Us ancient glorleB and breadth and
width the old Hulgarlan empire, Is to
bo forced to abdicate In favor of his
own son, Crown Prlnco Horls.
Tho role of suppliant sits so ill on
'io ono as it doc s on this proud, ambi
tious man. lie has all tho prldo of rank
ind family nnd tho yearning for sue
!j.ss whero others havo railed and
7vh;ro he came so near achieving. He
comes of two great families, a son of
Piincq Augusto of Snxe-Cohurg and
"Vrlncess Clementine, daughter of
Iouls Philippe, king of France, and Is
thuB a cousin to most of tho crowned
.leads of Europe.
It was but flvo years ago that ho
paid another visit to Vienna and so
"ivell and diplomatically performed his mission that ho returns to Soda to
realize ono of bis dreams. Tho day that Austrla-Hungnry annexed Hoanla
Hcrzcgovlna Prince Ferdinand proclaimed tho independence of Hulgarla, the
absorption of c-nstern Humclln and the assumption by himself of rpynlly ut
'.lie old cuthedr.il in tho ancient Hulgarlan capital of Tlrnovo.
Hut the disasters of war and blunders of diplomacy follow ud ono on itop
of tho other in a year packed with more epoch making events than over boloro
In the history ol Hulgarla, and tho restless, ambitious Ferdinand saw his vast
schemes and hhi grand dreams of empire dissipated.
So it is that llio king to whom tho Hulgnnaus could not havo paid suffi
cient honor n fow months ago was away from his capital. Ono morning ho
"Gund a big "To Let" curd on tho gale of tho palace. It was an Invitation that
fetters threatening death and marks of disrespect whenever bo appenred on
tho streets made all tho moro emphntlc.
who left London on a special train
to board th steamship Caronla nt Liverpool. Mr. Vanderbllt Bald ho had been
In London and Paris on a month's vncatlon and was returning to his work.
Tho duchess was recognized by mnny porsons on tho platform. Sho wore
a bluo minaret skirt, greon plaid Jersey coat and a silk Bhlrtwalst opon nt tho
neck, showing a string of penrls Her hat was trimmed with a chaplot of
The Thanksgiving dinner of tho
American society In London was note
worthy bocauso of tho pronouncement
of tho nrit,lsh government's Indorse
ment of tho Monroo doctrine by Vis
count Halduno, lord high chancellor.
"I recently mado a visit to tho Uni
ted States," Lord Haldano Bnld, "and
camo back not only with a vivid rec
ollection of tho corjllnl wolcomo I re
ceived, but villi a (loop sonao of the
high Ideals tho Hrltlsh and Amurlcan
nations held 'n common the high
Ideals of citizenship of tho two coun
tries. "Hoforo ho became president Wood
row Wilson wns a thinking mai nnd a
moralist. In studying his career I
cannot fall to bo impressed bj IiIb de
tached charactor, and find tha ho has
not censed to bo a thlnkur and a mor
alist bocauso he has become tho hold
er of a great ofllco. Wo sco In him tho
aspirations and Idculs expressed of his
nation to tlnmvorld. It is not his ex
pressed declaration that tho policy of tho United States is rt ono of con
quest and annexation; but tho world lookB to tho United States, with lta
enormous position ''and possessions, to carry on Its traditions without adding
to Its possessions "
A BUSY MAN
Tho lit Hon. Jnnios Hryco, when ho
left tho Hrltlsh ombnssy at Washing
ton, nnnouncod that he was retiring
from public life. That may hnvo boon
true, but like mnny nnother retired
Hrltlsh statosmau, ho s finding that
he Is biiBlor In his relifcinont than ho
was ns an ambassador.
Slnco his return to London from his
around-thc-world trip, Mr. Hryco has
had not mnny dnys to himself. Ho did
for a fow weeks go Into rotlronmnt
nt his modest country home, "Hind
leap," Forest Itow, Sussex, but bin
retirement wns almost entirely taken
up In writing, for Mr. Hryco la cer
tain to give tho public something
about tho countrlos ho visited nftor
leaving Amorlcn, and porhaps a book
Ills real work henceforth, howovor,
will doubtless bo, ns ono writer has
aptly put U, "to express tho needs of
tho community upon tho brondor sides
of life " Since his return homo Mr
The duchess of Marlborough, who
has opened salo work In Sunderland
houso In aid of prisoners' wives, hi
the busiest philanthropist in Loudon
tidny. Sho found tlmo, howeer, to
co-operato in organizing a groat pic
ture charity ball In Albert hall a fow
days ago, In which she appeared In
Every year tho scope of the duch
ess' activities widens. Sho Is sc-om-Ingly
unable to resist any appeal mado
to her In n deserving cause For tho
last few weeks sho has mado public
engagements overy day in addition to
attending committees nnd making her
own rounds among her charges.
Sunderland houso has become a cen
ter of philanthropic undertakings, as
was Grosvenor houso for a generation
under tho Into duko of Westminster.
Tho duchess of Mnrlborough bade
farewell at Euaton station to her
brother, William K. Vnnderbllt, Jr..
CARLSBAD AS HEALTH RESORT
Humorous Resume of One Pllgram's
Visit to tho Famous Water
London. It Is not nocossary to
havo a mnp to find a health resort.
Just jump on a train nnd look stead
ily out of tho window. You may rldo
a day nnd you mny rldo a week.
Eventually you will como to a placo
where ovory person looks tho picture
of health. You will sco strcots crowd
cd with men with thick necks nnd
broad backs, and womon whoso
BhnpOB could bo revised ad lib. Tho
glow of health Is In their checks nnd
their clothos aro expensive Imme
diately you will recognize this plnco
to bo Carlsbad. All theso peoplo havo
Principal Carlsbad Spring.
como to take tho euro. Absolutely
you aro looked upon ns being a per
fect henthon If you are not consider
ing tho euro, for a poor man getn sick
nnd tnkes tho euro nnd a rich mnn
takes tho euro nnd gotB sick.
I arrived In Cnilsbad about four
o'clock In tho afternoon and nftor hav
ing been comfortably established In
ono of tho hotel npartments I hap
pened out on my balcony nnd thoro
wltnossod streams of people, nil bound
in tho same direction and each nnd
overy ono carrying llttlo red bags.
My first thought was that an Ameri
can circus was In town, but then why
on enrth was cvorybody carrying tholr
own refreshments Instantly I caught
up my hat, dashed out on tho stroct
nnd said: "Declare mo In. I'm a
Biiro-enough." Nobody In tho crowded
thoroughfare hoard mo, bo I declared
myself In. I walked nnd walked un
til Anally I reached a placo called
Kaiser Park. Thoro hundreds of
theso supposed to be Invalids, instead
of hooping to thch strict diet of
nbout 106 glasBos of wntor a day and
merely onjoylng tho music, wore gratl
fylng thomsolvos with coffco and a
superabundnnco of enko, which con
stituted tho contents of tho llttlo rod
bags. Well, It wns worth tho long
walk to hear such wonderful music,
tho tlmo fairly flow, but tho orchestra
leader did beat It.
You go through tho same routlno
nbout four times a dny, or first walk
ing yourself to death, then eating
everything in sight. Thon first thing
you find yourself tipping tho Bculos
far boyond your own npprovnl and in
stantly you wish to mako n quick got
away beforo you IncreaBo another Inch
In dlnmeter. Tho only thing that de
tains you from tnklng thotsflrst train
out of town Is you must report to tho
constablo of your Intentions to leave,
thon gently slip him tho lower half
or your letter of credit for taxes on
tho water nnd muitlc. Thon you may
lenvo with a light pockctbook, but
plenty of oxcess weight. 'Twna over
ALCOHOL MAKES MARE FIGHT
Seeking Calise of Racket In Barn,
Owner Expostulates and Gets
the Worst of It.
Dremorton, Wash.- "William nra
kon, a Colby farmer, placed a quarl
of alcohol Intended for horso linimont
abovo a feed box In his barn. Short
ly after midnight Mr. llrnkon hoard n
commotion indicating that somebody
was pulling tho barn apart. When
ho peered Into tho Btnll and gently In
quired "WhafB tho matter, Molly?"
that spirited animal kicked him.
Mr. Hrnken rcturnod with scantling
nnd slipped Into tho stall. Tho first
kick missed Mr. Hraken'H bend, but
knocked tho scantling out of hla
hnnds. Then Molly kicked him be
hind tbo door and kicked tho door on
top of him.
Whon Mrs, Broken arrived nmW re
moved tho door Mr.Hraken announced
that ho would call tho battle a draw
for tho night.
In tho morning It was learned that
Molly's Indiscretion was duo to tho
spilling of tho alcohol In tho focd box.
Asldo from exhibiting somo eagerness
to get to tho pump, Molly's "morning
after" was uneventful.
Senior Ducked for Shaving Mustache.
Chicago. John Green, Bonlor at tho
University of Chicago, wns ducked in
tho gymnasium tank because ho vio
lated tho rulo prohibiting tbo shaving
Runaway Horse Demolishes Saloon.
Chicago. Detectives In a saloon set
tling tho mnttor of a stolon overcoat,
wore BUddenly Interrupted 'by tho
hasty entrance of a runnway horso.
Soveral persons were injured and tho
Won't Make Chicago "Dry" Town.
Chicago. Hy a vote of 34 to 32 tha
tompftrnuco soclotles of tho city havo
docldod not to attempt to mako Ch
cago a "dry" city In tha spring cam
paign of 1914.
i ii me In wth it cheerful smile, and
with u 1mm! extended;
"How do you do, old mnn?" ho Raid; "sec,
but you'ro looking splendid !
You'ro growing youngnr every year; I
wonddr how you do It7"
Ho then espied an umpty clmr nnd took
u fancy to It.
"TIip world tins used you well, J I hear,"
he snld with Kind conviction; ,
"I nlwnyA'clnlfncd you'd Ret nhend; you've
mado Rood my prediction;
It only piovph thnt tnlont wins when
Vou'vo been successful, but no moro tlinn
might have been expected.
"I honr men tnlkliiK everywhere about tho
things you're doing;
I wish I'd hnd tho houso to tnko tho
courso you'vo been pursuing;
You nlwnyB hnd tho gift to bcu the prop
er tlmo for notion;
Tho victories you'vo won must bo n sourco
It seemed ns If nt Inst tho world wns
grnntlng justice to mo.
And wlillo ho spoko I felt n thrill of
gludnes coursing through mo;
But presontly ho spoko ngnln nnd chanced
my prldo to sorrow;
Ho purpose merely wns to not "ten dol
lars till tomorrow."
The First Thing.
"You are nlwnyB talking about tho,
foollshnofiB of tho rich and tolling ub
what thoy ought to do with tholr
money. Lot us aupposo thnt you wcro
in somo wny to become tho possessor
of a million dollars tomorrow. Whnt,
In that caso. would bo tho first thins
you would do?"
"I would rout an ofllco whero I
could havo an anteroom with a strong
mnn on guard to shield mo. from peo
ple who desired to wnsto my tlmo bor
ing mo with recitals of their own
troubles and by asking mo foolish
erlot, "what did
you do at your
"Oh, wo did a
lot of things," his
wlfo replied; "eo
many that I can't
tnko tlmo to toll you about all of
thorn, nut thoro was ono thing wo
"Huh! Thero waB, was thero? What
"Wo didn't Bing 'Hail, Hall,
Gang's All Hero.' "
Dainty mnld full of woe;
Clinging skirt; breezes blow. '
Men's remarks mnld Invites;
Might ns well bo In tights.
Dainty maid, cheeks nflnme,
Thinks Unit men hnvo no shame.
If shn plensed, mnldon might
Wcur n uklrt not so tight.
Couldn't think of It, though;
Let 'em stnro let 'er blow.
Naughty mon, thus to smile;
Mulden must bo In style.
O Temporal O Moresl
"I want you and your wlfo to com
and havo dinner with ub next Thurs
day evening," said Mrs. Wnmmslelgh.
"Wo are going to havo somo frlonds
from Cincinnati In."
"Thank you. It will bo a pleasure
to meet your friends, I'm sure. What
tlmo will you expect us?"
"Oh, nbout half past six. And pleaso
don't dress. None of ub are going to."
Up and Down and Far and Wide.
"Ycb, I bollovo In aoolng Amorlca
"How much of It havo you soen?"
"A lot. I'vo traveled from Upper
Sandusky, 0 to Lowvlllo, N. Y., and
from Longmcadow, Mbbb.. to Urod
One by One.
"Ono by ono our children lonvo us,"
sho sadly said, when their fourth
daughter had started on her wedding
"Ycb," ho replied, a llttlo moro sad
ly, "and ono by ono thoy bring our
sons-in-law back to us."
Splcadid ApjrpfpK l
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