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About The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 25, 1941)
“r-j—\HEY arrested a man as I
| came in," said Marge, ad
| dressing a rather oldish
looking woman, who was
munching on a homemade sand
Marge had just come into the em
ployees' lounging room of the big
department store where they both
worked in lamps on the sixth floor.
"Good looking guy, too. I’ll say,"
she went on. "Ben, they called
The older woman went suddenly
white. "Ben” — what memories
stirred at the name. The hand hold
ing the sandwich trembled visibly.
"What did the man look like?"
she asked, trying to steady herself.
“Big brown eyes and red hair,
with a curl over his forehead like
a little boy's."
Then it was true—her Ben arrest
"My God, Stell, what’s the mat
ter? I thought you was going to
pass out on me," said Marge slip
ping an arm around her. "You pick
good places to faint."
"I’m all right,” said Stell, brac
ing herself “Guess I must have
been eating too fast, and then some
how it upsets me to hear of men
going to jail."
"That man you’re spending your
life grievin’ over isn’t in jail, is he?
Gosh, you’re a simp, Stell.”
"I don’t know where he is defi
nitely,” added the other. "But I
know he’d play an honest game."
"If that’s what you call it to walk
off and leave a woman,” returned
Marge loftily. "Better take my ad
vice, forget him and step out with
Big Jim. He likes you and would
marry you, if you played your cards
right. The boy’s got a future,” she
added. "He’ll be head of the lamp
department some day.”
The older woman did not reply.
Instead she took another bite from
her sandwich before inquiring,
"What was the man arrested for?”
“Don’t know exactly," said Marge.
"Just saw him being loaded into the
patrol wagon as I came in. You
should have seen the dicki It's
the first guy he's nabbed in I don't
know when, and he was tickled
Later that day Stell heard the girl
in the credit cage say, "He told
the cops his name was Good, and
that he was looking for his wife
who worked here. One of the cops
laughed and said, 'Good, nothing!
You’re bad clean through!’ The dick
said he had followed him from one
department to another on every floor
of the store. And he was making
the rounds the second time before
they caught him with the goods—not
anything much, Just one silk stock
ing. What's a guy going to do with
one stocking, I ask you? Unless he’s
got a one-legged girl?"
But Stell had heard enough. Ben
had come back. Her Ben. He had
been here in the store, wandering
from department to department
looking for her—too timid to ask—
and then they’d picked him up. Sure
ly, there was some mistake. What
ever else Ben was, he was not a
But they had arrested him. Now
at least she knew where he was.
Four years before he had left her.
Left her sitting on their packed
trunk, hatted and gloved, while he
went to-look for a drayman.
They were going to Iowa together
—their first trip home since their
marriage twelve years before.
“I’ll chase down the street," he
told her, “and get Connelly to come
for the trunk. I’ll only be gone a
But he had never come back. Not
until the wee hours of the morning,
not until she had waited, and wait
ed, and waited, did she remove her
hat and coat and unpack.
The next day she went to work at
the department store. And she had
never heard of or from Ben until
today. But she had kept on wait
ing, never going out anywhere, nev
er looking at another man, just wait
ing for Ben, and working, often
dreaming of her happiness with
Ben. And now he was back.
At 6:30 she was at the police sta
tion, and the guard was leading her
down the j^rim cement passageway.
What if lie had grown tired of her.
sick of the devotion she gave him?
Pe/haps he had been too kind to
tell—he had always been afraid to
hurt her. Had he taken this easy
It was all so unlike the youth she
had married. Such a queer snarl.
The guard looked at the woman
with curious, friendly eyes.
"So you’ve come—just as he said
you would,” he commented.
Then he called cheerily into the
semi-darkness. “She’s here—just
like you said." And she was con
scious of standing before an old
young man in a coarse prison jack
et, ill-looking, with great suffering
in his hungry eyes.
“Ben, oh, Ben!” she cried as she
thrust both hands through the bars
All her love for him coursed
through her and with it a mystic
sense of happiness, an exalted, per
fect moment such as she had not
known in four bitter years.
Nothing mattered except getting
him back, holding him close, feed
ing him. bringing him to life again.
“He’s had a rotten break,” the
keeper was saying, “getting caught
with that stocking, after all the rest
he’d gone through."
"All the rest?" Her words were
very faint. She found herself weep* |
ing and she had promised not to ]
cry—not there—in Jail.
Ben had raised her hands to his I
lips but beyond the anguished "Oh, ;
Stell,” he had not spoken. His i
mouth worked strangely.
"If he died. Miss, before he found
you, then I was to tell you."
"Tell me what, Ben?” she said
"It is only that I was looking for
you. Stell, and, as God is my Judge, !
I didn’t take the stocking. It got
hung on my coat somehow. I was
peering close at every woman be
hind the counters, not knowing how
much you might be changed. God, i
Stell, how I’ve wanted you," he burst
out, between choking tears.
For Stell, standing-there, with his
big hand helplessly clutching hers,
was transformed by the age-old love j
for the child.
"Ben,” she said eagerly, "then
you weren't tired of me?”
"Tired?—God, Stell, you know it
was heaven, at home, with you—
tired? God!” and covering his face
"Tell her, man," interrupted the
keeper. "Visiting hours are over
Then, without waiting further, he
plunged on, "You never knew why
Ben went to get the express man
and left you there with the trunk?
You never knew all these years
what happened there at the dock?”
"There at the dock?" The woman
found herself repeating strangely.
"Yes—never knowin’ how he was
knocked down—taken aboard that
Her hat.ds tightened on the iron
bars—no longer grim, but mystic
pathways to stars. Behind them,
Ben—and he belonged.
. The guard turned away.
"All these years,” he muttered,
"trustin’ him . . . and never knew
what happened. Gee! Takes a wom
an, don’t it, to have faith.”
Plants Now Taking Hold
Near Centralis, Wash., in the fall
of 1917, while the rest of the U. S.
was busy with World War I, a hunt
er bagged some pheasants which he
wanted to keep for his Christmas
dinner. As an accommodation, an
ice-plant operator named J. A. Win
chell plunked the birds into a water
filled milk can, froze them in a solid
ice cake. On Christmas day the
frozen fowl came out of the ice cake
To Engineer Roger Sprague of
Omaha’s Baker Ice Machine compa
ny, who serviced the Winchell ac
count, the frozen pheasant episode
gave an idea. Mindful that most
U. S. farmers lack easy means of
preserving for their own use food
which they raise, he saw the possi
bility of a new market for ice ma
chinery: plants to freeze and store
food for the public. The idea took
years to catch on. But today thou
sands of farmers go to cold-storage
locker plants, rent lockers big
enough to hold 250 pounds of meat
(or cubic feet of any food) for
$10 a year. The plants quick-freeze
their meat. They also slaughter an
imals (at $2 a head for cattle, $1.50
for hogs, 75 cents for sheep) and
prepare and freeze vegetables or
fruits for 2V4 to 3 cents a pound.
Iowa, which had nary a plant in
1933, now has 500 of them. Last
year 3,000 U. S. locker plants did a
gross business of $20,000,000. By
1940’s end the completion of 750 new
plants was expected to up the indus
try’s investment to $45,000,000.
Succor for Suckers
If the original tires have been re
placed with new ones, don’t accept
this as proof of good mechanical
condition. It probably means that
a lot of mileage has been put into
that car, else the original tires
wouldn’t have worn out. '
If all the fenders are new and
shiny, don’t be too elated. It may
mean the car has been in a serious
If the car is "guaranteed,’’ get
the exact terms in writing and make
sure that this guarantee has pro
tective teeth in it
Don’t be too eager to buy a used
car because of its looks. Or be
cause of its age—or rather, lack of
age. One of the flagrant abuses by
a few in the used car game is the
repainting of late model ex-taxicabs,
which are offered as nearly new
automobiles. It is common knowl
edge that cabs are usually subject
ed to five times the normal amount
Do you know that, for a little
while, white lead will take the grind
out of a transmission, and that
ground cork will smooth out a dif
Do you know that putty temporari
ly seals leaks from an exhaust pipe
or manifold? (of course it may fall
off when it becomes hot and en
danger the safety of the driver and
his passengers by pouring carbon
monoxide into the car.)
If you know these things, you have
a fair chance of buying a car from
an unknown dealer and experienc
ing no trouble. But unfortunately,
too many of us do not know them.
Drastic Millinery Changes
For Autumn Fashion Parade
r.y CIIERIE NICHOLAS
DREPARE to see drastic innova
* tions in millinery fashions this
season. Perhaps the most signifi
cant and startling is the new cover
up look that is achieved through
curtain drapes, snood fantasies and
various other intriguing devices.
There is an endless number of
new silhouettes on the fall program,
which carries the assurance of ev
ery one, being becomingly hatted
this season. Basic hats are all on
the list, so you can be utterly con
servative in your choice. You will
find your favorite beret on the list,
all types of draped turbans, pill
box shapes galore, bonnets from
Dutch to frontier-woman types, sail
ors wide of brim or not, mushrooms
and cloches (very face-framing
this year) also calots in versatile
However these simply give start
to the current millinery story. The
big thrill is the revolutionary inter
pretations that daring designers are
giving to the various type hats,
through amazing back • curtain
effects, cover-up devices and pictur
esque drapes. This all seems to con
vey a new message of “more hat
than hair” in direct contrast to the
long bobs showing as heretofore.
Below to the right, in the group
illustrated is a very new pompa
dour pillbox type made of sheered
felt that achieves outstanding dis
tinction and sophistication, via a
coarse-mesh net snood draping, so
voluminous it extends over the
shoulders. Note also the decorative
metal band ornament, from beneath
which, the snood emanates in gath
Another hat that is making con
versation in the fashion world is
the profile beret. The hat below to
the left, is typical of this new trend.
The dramatic pose given to dashing
berets, to achieve a smart new look
is perfectly demonstrated in this
model, which is a black skirt-felt
shape worn to accent the new profile
silhouette. That there are many
ways of wearing the popular beret,
adds to its popularity this season.
Not only is the profile beret out
standing but emphasis is also given
to huge berets worn back on the
head in pompadour fashion.
A tremendous revival of feather
trims is announced, which is an
other “reason why” hats take on a
different look these days. Not only
does fashion place "a feather in
your cap" but entire hats are made
of feathers. And a perfect riot of
feathers enliven the new fall felts,
while dressy headgear will flaunt
feathers in gayest mood. The little
hat above, to the left, is typical of
little feminine millinery confections,
that call for cunning veils and the
use of hatpins.
One characteristic feature of town
and country wide-brim felts, is that
crowns go towering to any height,
as you see in the model pictured
in the upper right comer. In this
instance, a striking hat-and-bag en
semble has been achieved with two
toned felt, bright blue and red glove
stitching. Blue and red combina
tions is a "last word” message
broadcasting from fashion centers,
not only for hats but for the entire
Sportsfelts are very wide of brim
this season and have a nonchalant
swagger picturesqueness about them
that is most intriguing.
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Evening and dressy afternoon
blouses stress the luxury note more
importantly than it has been for
many past seasons. This distin
guished blouse has an elaborate em
broidery treatment expressed in
multi-colored sequins, beads and
metal threads. The use of rich and
glittering embroideries for the new
evening jackets follow the same
trend. The new deep armhole
seams so modish this fall, present
endless opportunity to introduce or
nate embroidery schemes.
Sweater V Necklines
Sweaters have become a campus
and schoolgirl hobby. The fashion
that stands pre-eminently forth as
a favorite is the long torso pullover
sweater with a deep V-neckline. The
“big idea" is to wear this sweater in
lightweight soft cashmere yarns
j over a smartly styled tweed skirt.
The two-piece effect whether sim
ulated or actually so, is outstand
ing this season. Sometimes the skirt
is seamed to a long-torso middy
like top so that it has the appear
ance of a two-piece, though it really
is a one-piece. This type is particu
larly slenderizing to the figure in
clined to curves.
Then the new tunic costumes in
terpret the two-piece vogue, being
actually two-piece versions and not
camouflaged. Tunics are running a
big vogue, some straight-lined, oth
ers with a flare.
Peplums sewed on at the waist
line make another interesting ap
proach to the modish two-piece fash
ions. Youth seeks the peplum ef
fects for they are especially adapt
ed to slender hips but the more ma
ture figure glories in the straight
tunics and long torso bodice tops.
Fall Fashion Program
Includes Lace Neckwear
Emphasis on lace neckwear ac
cessories continues as important
fashion news. The fact that classic
simplicity is the rule for daytime
dresses of sheer wools and smart
velveteens, has caused a revival or
rather sustained interest in lovely
feminine lingerie neckwear touches.
New in the present showings are
deep lace-trimmed collars with half
sleeves of matching lingerie to be
sewed into bracelet-length sleeves.
Sequins and Appliques
Trim Fine-Mesh Veils
Veils will be very ornate this sea
son, with glittering accents of se
quins or appliques of tiny felt flow
ers. Some are dotted with tiny suede
Very fine mesh veils prevail, some
of which are bordered with span
gles, others having rows of heavj
chenille to finish them off.
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SHADOWY figures in a cavalcade
of American history—such are
(he men behind the names of the
great army cantonments ' scattered
ail over the United States, where
young Americans are learning to be
soldiers in order to defend their
country when the need arises.
The only man for whom two
camps are named (one near Boise,
Idaho, and the other near Vancou
ver, Wash.) was not a native Amer
ican, although he rose to the rank of
brigadier-general in our army. He
was French-born Benjamin L. E.
Bonneville (1793-1878). Graduated
from West Point in 1815, he soon
was sent to the Western frontier.
In 1831 he obtained a leave of ab
sence to explore the country be
yond the Mississippi and his Odys
sey furnished the material for one
of Washington Irving’s best-known
books. Absent without leave for
nearly two years, he was threatened
with a court martial by the secre-.
tary of war but President Jackson
restored him to his former rank. He
served brilliantly in the Seminole
war and the War with Mexico, and
at the outbreak of the Civil war he
was retired with the brevet of briga
dier-general for his “long and faith
ful services in the army.”
Even more distinguished in the
Mexican war was Col. Alexander
A. W. Doniphan
(1808 - 1887) for
whom Camp Don
iphan at Fort Sill,
Okla., is named.
studied law and
went to Missouri
to practice. Com
of the First Mis
Volunteers at the
outbreak of the
War with Mexico,
Kearney into tne boutnwest, was
left in command at Santa Fe and
from there, in December, 1846, start
ed on a march into Mexico which
was to make him famous. He de
feated a superior force of Mexi
cans at Bracito river, captured El
Paso and, after a weary march of
250 miles through the desert, led
his force of less than 1,000 men
against an army of 4,000 Mexicans
strongly intrenched at the Pass of
the Sacramento. The result was a
brilliant victory which gave him pos
session of the whole state of Chi
huahua. After the war, Doniphan went
back to law practice in Missouri.
Near Petersburg, Va., where he
carried on the last of the campaigns
his fame as one
of the greatest
manders of all
time, stands a
bears the name
of Robert E. Lee
icans, both North
and South, take
pride in the
this gallant lead
er of a “Lost
Cause” who had
R. E. Lee
worn the army blue during the War
with Mexico, on the Western fron
tier and as superintendent of the
United States Military academy at
West Point before he exchanged it
for the Confederate gray when his
native Virginia seceded from the
Union. For three years he out
maneuvered and outfought some of
his former comrades in arms until
at last, on an April day in 1865, he
came to Appomattox.
There he sat down at a table in
the McLean house with a brother
U. S. Grant
West Pointer, clad
in a dusty uni
form of blue.
They talked for a
while of Mexican
war days, then
turned to the
had brought them
here. That busi
ness was the
terms of surren
der for the rag
ged hosts of the
Army of Northern
down by the re
peated attacks of
superior numbers. The man who
played the other historic role in the
drama of Appomattox was Gen. U.
S Grant (1822-1885) native of Ohio
and citizen of Illinois, who was des
tined to become President four
i years later. A camp near Rockford,
' 111., bears his name.
Medals and Decorations
A service medal is given to all
American soldiers who honorably
participate in some campaign, ir
respective of the value of their in
dividual services. A decoration is
an insignia of honor for some indi
vidual act or service. A badge shows
qualification in some military sub
1 ject. Authorized army decorations
are the following: the Medal of Hon
i or; the Distinguished Service Cross;
the Distinguished Service Medal;
the Oak-Leaf Cluster; and the Cita
\yfISCELLANEOUS cutout de
signs are here to tempt ham
mer and saw into use. At top,
left, is a very practical item—the
“Leave a Note” bungalow. Inch
wood makes this, and it is to be
placed beside the front door. Pad
and pencil inside the hinged door
i ASK MS O ;
\ ANOTHER [ I
l A General Quiz f
1. Approximately how many
members has the British house of
2. - What is a euphemism?
3. What is meant by the French
phrase vis a vis?
4. What was the nationality of
the traveler Marco Polo?
5. Nemesis, the avenging deity
of the ancient Greeks, was repre
sented as what, man, woman, or
6. What river supplies the wa
ter by which the Panama canal
locks are operated?
1. Seven hundred and forty.
2. A mild name for something
4. Italian (Venetian).
6. The Chargres.
invites friends to leave word if they
call when you are away. Practi
cal, too, are the doorknockers—
the red-headed woddpecker and the
horse. And kitchen or dining room
will welcome this clever cottage
flowef holder and the matching
• * •
Jig. coping or keyhole saw may be used
in cutting these articles from wood—bright
enamels for painting them. Pattern Z9310,
15 cents, gives outlines and complete di
rections. Send your order to:
Box 166-W Kansas City, Mo.
Enclose 15 cents for each pattern
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Starting October hi and Evnry I
Wednesday Night 1
People glorify all sorts of brav
ery except the bravery they might
show on behalf of their nearest
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To mourn a mischief that is past
and gone, is the next way to draw
new mischief on.—Shakespeare.
It is more disgraceful to dis
trust than to be deceived by our
f / the pledge
TO THE FLAG
(is a fin*, heart-warming
patriotic custom that began in a ,
great national-public school
celebration October 21,1892.
A SMOKING KING EDWARD
L\ Cigars in moments of relaxation or
I) sober reflection on the high duties
f and privileges of citizenship is
/ another pleasant American custom.
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It is the keystone in the arch of successful merchandising.
Let us show you how to apply it to your business.
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