The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, September 26, 1922, Image 2
I! Periwinkle House By Opie Read Illuttrated by R. H. Livingstono 11 Coprriffht. Ih Bell BxndleaU, Inc. SYNOPSIS C3tArri5n I-Tlie time Is tlio,Jato 'CO or early '7(m and the nceno a slcambont on Uio Mlwnlsnlppl river. All the type of Oie period nro preHcnt and the llo.at ne palace Ih (llBtitiKiilHlieil by merriment, danclnR nnd Kiilluntry. Thcro aro the customary drinking and Kiunbllntt also. Vlrpll Drace, a young northern man, In on tils way pouth on a mliwlon of revenue. H rncctn an eccentric churat'ter In the person or one Liberty Hliottlr, who Is constantly tempting Uio noilileRa of chonco. They form a (lingular compact. CHAPTER II Drncc sat tunning over the strange criturc who had Just left him, hut booh Ids mind flowed down another cluumel, fttr different from u whim or nn amusement his mission, in the South, secret, grim and desperate, nut life on n river steamboat In that day lert little time forGtfqodlng for, a fAv moments after Shottle left' to risk his liberty and Drnce's hundred, n roust about thrust his head In at the door and announced thnt down on the deck there was to be a throwing and tying match. The big flreman of the Lconn wni nbout to encounter Vlckshurg .Too for the championship of tho River. In nn Instant Diuco was on his feet, ull his Instincts keen und ready to jump, He wus something of a boxer and wrestler, but he hnd not been taught In this pccullur art of tying un adversary once one has thrown him. And there was that In his mind which made the acquisition of this knowledge seem to him deslrablu Indeed. As he Joined u group of men mak ing their way below, he overheard tho Colonel, Miss Lucy's admirer, explain ing the gentle pastime. "Tying a man once you have thrown him," the Colo nel, was saying, "Is the climax of prowess. I saw Cal Blodgett throw und tic Nick I'uvln at a barbecue at Mount Klon cumpgrouud, and I have cause to remember It, for tho young lady I went with deserted me for Uio herd, sir actually stuck flowers Into his linlr. Here we arc." Two enormous fellows were Strug' gllng, while nearby lay a convenient rope. FInnlly Vlcksburg Joe tied the flreman, nnd he lay helpless, unable to get up. "I will give you live dollars If you can throw me and tic me that way," called Druce to the victor when the excitement had a little subsided. Joe looked at Druce -a moment. Tho young man looked powerful enough to be dangerous, but five dollars wnB Ave dollars. He smiled, bowed, spread out the wrinkled rug und took Druce by the hand to lead him forth. To the astonishment of nil, Draco threw Muster Joe; hut ho could not tic the champion. "..Show me how It's done," said Vir gil, "and I'll give you the money." .For a long time, and until tho Colo nel nnd Shuttle were worn out with waiting, the two struggled; and so npt was the student that ho succeeded fin ally In turning the muster over and' tying him, nut It seemed thnt the burly chumplon Wus too willing, and Druce Insisted tin unother full. And j now, though the strugglo was genuine on Joe's part, Drace ttcd him.. Still i more, another five promised, nnd Vlr-' gll wns willing to quit. "Finest sport I ever hud I" he said V . i i .1 1. ' un lie Minim uwnj 10 mu 111411:1 mi-it again to avoid the questions nnd fe licitations showered upon him. . . . ri.nim . 1 tn r hiitathf nnf I , i.tnof t coniesseu, upou ma serious purposes which hnd brought him to the South, but, upon thnt gjrl of the red roses when Shottle appeared again, Liberty stood in his presence, not with a droop hut straight In tho manly resolution to discharge the duties nn udverso fate bad thrust upon him. In tho belief thnt It would make him look moro like a slave, ho now wore his coat turned wrong side out. "Master, I saluto you," ho remarked. "All right," said Druce. "nut turn your cout. I want my slave, tho grind er of my mill, to appear respectably clad. You may sit down." "I thank you, sir." "You didn't last long." "No, mnster. Tho tangled-haired hag kicked mo sldewlse, like a Cow. In only two pots I Ilut what can you expect of a man thut hns an ace-full beutcn? now long can u man prcsorve his freedom at that rate? And a fel low with a spindle chin and a nose no bigger than the average wart beat me with four Jacks. Crushed mbl And he would have crushed Julius Caesar Just tho same. Well, after all, free dom has many responsibilities. As a slave I'll cultivate what virtues I can got hold of, nnd look toward old age nnd a cabin on the hillside. And now, as It Is natural for every man to hide his degradation, will you permit me to call you Virgil in tho presenco of oth er people?" "I thourht you didn't bellove In the natural tiling t But nil right; I grant your request. And now I suppose I'd bettor irlvp you some pokt-chnnso. It Isn't welt for even n slave to be broke." i The slnve's fnro brightened with hope. "You couldn't make It its much' . n. . .IntLiMfl nnillfl ..fill V I ns five dollars, could you? "No, thirty cents." ' Shottle took the money nnd sat' drooping. Drare gave him n cigar, and they smoked for n time In silence. At Inst Shottle looked toward Druce, his face guiltless of tho whlmslrul humor that had hitherto possessed It. 1 "Master," he said, "I don't want to be Inquisitive, nnd If I'm prying Info ; what's none of my business, I won't mind your saying so. Hut I want to be n faithful slave, and I can serve you best If I know what what are my master's purposes In life. For exam ple, wns there nnj speclnl reason for your learning to throw nnd tie tlmt way? Is there anybody In particular I could help you to put the rope on?" Drace made no answer for a mo ment, but bent a searching fcyo upon his new servitor. Somehow the mnn's soul seemed to shine transparent In his face; and through It Draco saw sincerity; moreover the longing of youth for comradeship wus strong within hlH lonely soul and won him from reticence. "Liberty," he snld, "did you ever hear of a man mimed Stepho lu Vltte?" Liberty nodded. "Yes, I've heard of him ; they say he's nn outlaw, n smug gler." "And worse," said Druce. "He's the mail who Liberty, give me your word, your oath, that you'll keep this n sacred secret!" Liberty gave his word and his outh with 11 certain quaint dignity, and Drace went on : "Liberty, before the war my father, Alfred Drace, was mnnnger of a line of steamboats on the Ohio. In l'ls em ploy wns the creole Stepho la Vltte. After a time It came to my father's knowledge thnt Stepho wns not only dishonest In ordinary (ienllngs but hnd kbcen guilty of piracy along tho Gulf 1 coast. And so my father dismissed Stepho from a position which the Cre ole's dishonesty hnd made lucrative nnd valuable to him. "Just after that," Draco went on, j "the war broke out. La Vltte became a guerrilla one of the men of Quan trell's stump,, who kept out of the urroy but who gathered In bands und lived 1 by rapine nlong the border. I wus only a little boy, Liberty, when La Vitto'a band of guerrillas crossed the Ohio near Cincinnati and raided the little j town where we lived. But the horror j of thut night still burns llko a flame 1 In my brain, Liberty." Drace stopped, drew from a brenst 1 pocket n card and handed It to Shot-1 tie. On It wns written ln bold bluck i . nri. . 1 tfiii. ...111. it.- ' cnuniciero ; "oicjmo in vine, wim uiu compliments of Alfred Drnce's son Virgil.! Shottle read the curd, then looked Inquiringly at Drace: "Liberty," tho young mnn explained, "those guerrillas under Lu Vltte burned our little town and killed near ly every grown mun In It. For word wns -brought of their coming, und the men nearly ull of them married men or old who hnd not gone to the vnr Bclzcd weapons and went out to de fend their houses. "They were massacred ulinost to n man. . . . And It wus not plunder alone that led them to choose our lit tle town for outrage, Liberty, but a passion for revenge. For next morn ing my father was found hanging to And on His Breast Was Pinned 1 Card That Read: "Alfred Drace, With the Compliments of Stepho La Vltte." a tree. And on his breast .was pinned a card thnt read: 'Alfred Drace, with tho compliments of Stepho la Vltte." Liberty looked ngnln at tho curd he held In his hand, then handed it back to Drace. "I" reckon I understand now, master," he said. "You aro huntln' this Stepho to" "To hung him as high as Hainan and to pin that card on his breast," declared Draco passionately. "While my mother lived, Liberty, I could do nothing. You know how women are ln such matters. But she died this spring, Liberty, after long years of grieving for tho man that d d out law foully murdered.. Now L am. tree to strike for my honor and my father's memory to carry Justice to that mur-j derer." ; With un awkward gesture Liberty i stretched forth a hand, caught Drace's i nnd wrung It warmly. "You're like ke 1Ian.letr he exclaimed. "I'll do ..... . . T L . my best to help you. Hamlet. Let me ho your Horatio as well as your slave." Druce returned the fervent hand clasp. "My Horatio 1" he agreed. And then, solemn ngnln, he added : "It's a worthy cause, Liberty. It's not ulone my private vengeance, but the wrongs of n whole community thnt tho ordi nary machinery of Justice can never right. Why, Liberty, downs of men were murdered y inose uriuuteu fiends; little children were trodden under' the hoofs of their horses, and women Near our house, Liberty, an old couple live In poverty. At the time of Stepho's raid their son and his young wife lived next door to them; they were well-to-do nnd pros perous. The day of the raid tho son had received ten thousand dollars from the sale of some lnnds. When rumor of the raiders came, ho hurriedly hid the money somewhere In the neighbor hood, scribbled on u piece of pnper the location of that treasure and gnvo It to his wife beforo he went out with the other men to fight. Next momjng he had been shot; and the young wife hnd been carried off by those devils her child with her, after tho Indian custom, to keep her from suicide. No one knows what became of her. Nor has that money ever been found. Liber ty, If I could find Stepho, .get him in my power, I believe I could nt least learn what became of that poor young woman possibly find thnUpnpcr nrt learn where to find the liWicy those poor people so sorely neca5; tier once, some years ago, a mysterious fellow was caught digging about their yard. . . . But I've tnlked enough, Liberty. Action 1 Do you know any more nbout Ln Vltte?" "Not much," replied Liberty. "I be llevo he Is often scon up the River, nnd sometimes down on the const. He has his friends, nnd nearly everybody else Is nfrald of him. So you we must keep dnrk till we get our chance. And you mustn't show your feelings In your face. Remember, master, 1 you're Just a young man out to see the world. H'm here comes Colonel Josh. Suppose we tulk to him. Ho was a mule-buyer In the wur and may know something about, Stepho.' The door wus durkened. In came 1 Joshua Mortimer, the man whom Miss Lucy hud plied with questions con cerning Drace. He hud dodged In for a smoke, he said, when Shottle had Introduced him to his master, and it was evident tlmt It was his aim to Im- tirnttfl Hrnrt with lila iTilllfnrv lmnrlnir. tie bad ot been actually In the army. ! hut ul ucquire,i the title of colonel j from i,ls adventurous work of buying , im,ie.s for the Confederate government, t The Colonel "took It" that Draco was ! from the North. "Yes. but some of my people were from the South." "Ah ! I congratulate you, sir. I have a mutch, thank you." Drace had offered him a light. He filled his pipe with tobacco crumbs dug out of his breeches pocket, nnd, long legs crossed, sat buck to enjoy him self. "Well, sir, Mr. Druce, the wur has been ended some years ; and If we for get nn evil as easily us a virtue, sir, It will soon he only n dim memory. I had enough of It." "But you were not renlly In the urmy, Colonel Josh," the slave spoke up. T,ho Colonel pulled ut his pipe, stretched his neck und nppenrcd to flah for something down ln his collar. "Liberty, my duty was scouting nnd the Incidental picking up of mules, as the recortls of the War Department will be pleased to exhibit, sir." After a few minutes' more conversa tion the Colonel rose. "I will now go buck to the ballroom," ho declared himself. "Liberty, I came nboard to night with your third cousin. Miss Lucy Sunders." "That so? Come down, Mnrso Drace, and I'll Introduce you to her." "I think, sir, that she hils retired," tho Colonel was quick to Interpose, realizing thut he hud thoughtlessly sug gested nn Invasion of his own terri tory, "Not whllo there Is a fiddle going," said Shottle. "Come on." Into Virgil's heart flow tho hope that tho slave's cousin might bo tho bar baric girl with tho roses; there could bo no mistaking her, after meeting her, for ln that brief gaze ho had carried away a master's palatine of her, eascled ln his mind. So ho was quick to hasten below wltli Shottle, the Colo nel panting behind them. Miss Lucy had Just left off dancing. No, sho was not tho thrilling barbar ian, but Drace swallowed his disap pointment dry, like a swamp man tak ing quinine. Shottle might havo re flected that never before had his kins womuu been so glad to see him. On his arm she hung as sho cooed, but her eyes wero on Drace, and he lis tened, not to her words, but to the music of her accent, soft as tho notes of a dove. Like a frost-bitten Shang I hai, tho Colonel stood first on one foot und then on tho other. Draco politely asked Miss Lucy to danco with him, and the Colonel dropped onto a chair. Shottle snt bestdo him. "Sho takes to him like a duck to water," said tho slave, looking after hla mastor and his third cousin. Tho Colonel sighed. "Liberty Shot tie," he said, "I am going to tell yon something." "Out with It" "It Is not a matter to bo spoken of so llKhtlyL8lr' "All right; go nlieud." "Liberty Shottle, It Is this: I am deeply In love with your cousin, and before 'the dawn of another day, I shall pop the question to her." "Pop the deuce! Lend me ten dol lars." "You shock me, sir." "Tell you what . I'll do," persisted Shottle. "Let me have ten, and I'll make her n speech Ih your favor that will kink her hair." "Shottle I" "And I enn do It. They've got my speech on the Perlclenn Age hung up right now at the university. The gov ernor of North Carolina said to the governor of South Carolina, Just after making his historic remark about Us 1 ' "Ulllll ,tn 11 r i i r ;ii "i 1 'She Takes to Him Like a Duck to Water," Said the Slave, Looking After Mia Master and His Third Cousin. , , . , , . 1 being n long time between drinks, that 1 It wus the most powerful speech he ever heard." The Colonel scowled, and swore his refusal to enter Into any financial transaction Involving his heart; and Shottle, realizing that his efforts were vain, sunk down Into melancholy si lence. Miss Lucy, meanwhile, was in troducing Drace to some of her friends, nnf tl I'mtlltr lirriMi.iti Itltf tn man nnrt to Indies well advanced ulong the puth. Drace soon realized thut this society was far from the curicuture that Shot- tie and Colonel Josh might reflect ; for tho most oiirt It wus comnosed of ladles of exquisite refinement, und men fjtrong in the dignity of medicine or ... 'the luw. "You have not chosen un opportune time to visit New Orleans," un old Judge remurked to Druce. "We ure forced to live under the lnfumy of a carpetbag government, sir. Polltlcul scoundfels, jvhp ln the . North could never- uttaln to even the meanest of fice, come down here where we are disfranchised and elect themselves leg islators, governor's representatives of parishes tluft thoy huve never seen. Heuvy taxes ure levied, and they pocket tht money. The governor was npt elected, but named by a gnng of freebooters. The real citizens of the stnte havo no vote. Their former slaves nnd the crooks who now mun nge them control tho bullot-box. This Is the true state of uffnlrs. Wult till you see New Orleans, sir." This talk was too serious for Miss Lucy. She plucked Drace away to walk with her, and she. hung laughing on his arm as everywhere his eyes seurched for the girl with the roses in vain I And presently ho excused him self and went disconsolately to bed. CHAPTER III Next day the Lconn reached New Orleans. To Drace his first look into the countcnanco of tho famous old city was n disappointment; It hud not the quick throb; Its pulse was slow and rhythmic, The levee wus too broad and diffuse to appear active. The buildings looked mean nnd low. Ro mance nnd history had painted for him a picture too lively to color, nut soon tho charm of this half-luzy delta life begun to revenl Itself to him. The town was ruled like u true French city, it sang. Paris mlnuetted In the terror of tho Revolution, und her youngest daughter In America, singed with powder, and with bloodstains on her dainty feet, danced to the music of her own Improvised guyety. Drace saw the carpetbag governor driving through tho street, surrounded by an escort of black and mulatto cavnlry. From a balcony cumo n gunshot, and an enor mous negro ln white gloves, sitting beside his political muster, tumbled out upon tho ground but the carriage did not halt In Its speed, and the hoofs of tho cnvnlry beut upon the murdered wretch. In n doorway an old man sat fiddling for his grandchildren to dance on the flagstones. (To Bo Continued.) WANTED SCRAP IRON Cast Iron la worth moat and Brass. Also Copper HIDES front 7 to 10c a now. I am paying pound L. LIPSHITZ mv 1 DR. E. C. LYNCH Eyo Ear Nose and Throat Classes fitted accurately Over Dixon's Store NORTH PLATTE Halllgau, Boatty & Ilalllgan. Atty. NOTICE OF FINAL REPORT Estate No. 1854 of Mary Facka, de ceased In tho County Court of Lincoln County, Nobraska. Tho State of Nobraska, to all por sons Interested In said Estate tako notlco that tho Administrator has filed a final account and report of his ad- ministration nnd a petition for final settlement and dlschargo bb such Ad ministrator and for declaration of heirship and distribution of proceeds which havo boon set for hearing be foro said court on October 3d, 1922, at 10 o'clock a. m. when you may appear 1 ahd contest tho same. Dated September 9th, 1922. WM. II. C. WOODHURST, Seal County Judge NOTICE OF PETITION ' Estate No. 1911 of August Sodlcott, deceased In the County Court of Lin- The State of Nebraska: To all per sons Interested In said Estate tako notlco that a petition tins been filed for tho probating of sold ..state and appointment of Christian Sodlcott as Administrator of said estate, which has been set for hearing heroin on October 10th, 1922 at 10 o'clock a. m. Dated September 16th, 1922. WM. II. C. WOODHURST, Sonl County Judge. Wm. E. Shuman, Atty. wuiiuiu ww-m-i una. In the County Court of Lincoln County, Nebraska. In tho Matter of the Estate of Rose M . ' Knox, Deceased Notlco Is hereby given to any and all persons having claims and demands against the estate of the said Roso M. Knox, deceased, that tho 17th day of January, 1923, has been set and ap pointed as tho day for tho reception, examination, adjustment and allow ance of lawful claims and demands of if,11 P"sons' against satd estate and that tho County Court of Lincoln County, Nebraska, will at said tlmo rocclvo, examine, adjust and allow all such claims against said estate, as. provided by law, at tho County Court Room In tho Courthouse, ln tho City of North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, and all persons so Interested in said estate, will appear at said tlmo and place and duly present their said claims and demands in tho manner requlrod by law, or show cause for not so doing, and in case any of said claims or demands shall not he pre sented on or prior to tho said 17th of January, 1923, the same shall bo for evor barred. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I havo signed this notlco and affixed the seal of said Court this 18th day of Septombor, 1922. , WM. H. C. WOODHURST (SEAL) County Judgo NOTICE! In tho District Court of Lincoln County, Nebraska. Mearl E. Jacox. Plaintiff, vs. i Jones, wifo of Joseph T. Jones, de ceased, her first, real, and true name unknown, Cora True, True, her husband, his first, real and true namo unknown, Ed Mlllor, Miller, his wife, her first, real and true namo unknown, Will Jjonen, Jontap, his wife, her first, roal and true namo unknown, Ward Jones, Jones, his wifo, her first, real and truo namo un known, Waltor Jones, Jones, his wlfo, hor first, her real and truo namo unknown, Joseph Jones, Jones, his wlfo, hor first, real and truo namo unknown, Frank Jonco,, Jiones, his wlfo, hor first, roal and truo namo unknown. Flora Stewart, Ste wart, her husband, his first, real ana" true namo unknown, their respective heirs, dovisoos, legatees, and person al representatives, all other persons Interested In the estato of Joseph T. Jones, deceased, and all other n-sons claiming any lntorcst of any klM ln tho following described1 promises, to-wit: Tho Southwast Quarter (SW) of Section Nino (9), Town ship Elevon (11), Rango Twenty-Six (26), Lincoln County, Nobraska, their real names unknown, Defendants. Tho aboTO namod defendants will tako notice that on tho 12th day of September, 1922, Mearl E. Jacox, tho plaintiff, filed his petition lh tho District Court of Lincoln County, Nobraska, against tho nbovo defend ants, tho object and prayer of which Is to aulet titlo in tho plaintiff to tho following described premlsos to wit: Tho Southwest quarter (SW) -lot Section Nino (9), Township Eloren (11), Rango Twenty-SU (26), Lincoln County, Nebraska. Tho (plaintiff prays hat tho defendant bo required to set out their claims and that ln tho event they fall to do so that thoy bc ' forovor barred therefrom and that tho I plaintiff bo declared owner of said ) premises. You are required to answer said petition on or before tho 30th t day of Octobor 1022. t n.itod this 14th dnv of September, 1922. Mearl E. Jacox, Plaintiff. By D. E. Harper, Ills Att'y. J. S. TWINEM. H. D. (Homeopath) Medicine and Surgory Hospital Facilities NORTH PLATTE, NEBR. Offico Phone 183 Realdonco 283 Try a "TIMMERMAN SPECIAL" (Chotco A No. 1 corn fed steer steak) Wo also servo a "MERCHANT'S LUNCH" from 11 a. m. to 2 p. m. for 35o TIMMERMAN CAFB DR. M. B. STATES Chiropractor Rooms 5. 6, 7 Building & Loan Bldg. Offico Phono 70 Res. Phone 1242 Offico Phone 241 Res. Phone 217 L. C. DROST Osteopathic Physician North Platte, Nebraska. Knights of Columbus Building- OTIS It. TLATT, M. D.. Physician and Surgeon X.Ray Dlagnoss and Troamont Over Union Stato Bank Office Phono 29GW House Phone 296R GEO. B. DENT Physician and Surgeon Special Attention Given to Surgery and Obstetrics Office: Building & Loan Building Phones: Offico 130 Residence 115 DR. HAROLD II. WALKER Practice limited to Eye, Ear, Nose sad Throat Offices over McDonald Bank Phono 35C I. D. BKOWNFIELD, Farm and Llvo Stock AUCTIONEER, Telophono or wire for dates at my Expense: HBRSHEY, NEBRASKA. W. T. PRITCHARI) Graduate Veterinarian Ex-Govornmont Veterinarian and ex assistant deputy Stato Veterinarian. Hospital 315 South Vino Street. Phones. Hospital 633 Residence 633 Bit. BEDFIELD Physician, Obstetrician, Surgeon X-Rriy Calls promptly answered Night or Day Phones. Offico 642 Residence 676 john s. snais, m. d. Special Attontlon Glvon to Surgery McDonald Bank Building Offico Phone 83 Residence 3S DK. J. It. McKIRAHAN Practlco Limited to Disease of Women and Surgery Ovor Roxall Drug Store Phones: Office 127 Residence 656 Offico 340 House 483 DR, MV. 1. SHAFFER Osteopath Physician Over the Oaala North Platte WM. 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