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11 teJLast Voyage
By Randall Parrish
Author of Bob Hampton ot Placer.
Illustrations bv Deaborn Melviil
the de.U C6 w want mcr? Maybe the
ol' man was a bit cutty, but he knew
how to sail these seas, an' he told a
dam" straight yara about that Span
ish ship. Just the game, an' I'm fot
findin' out whether or not It was a lie.
Maybe there ain't no pesos awaltin'
for us out yonder, but. by God. sir. I i St. Joseph hospital
want to know it for sure. An' so do ("Wednesday, where he
From the Courier. !
The Louisville base ball team :
was defeated at Elmwood again j
Wednesday by a score of 8 to7. i
Edward Eager was taken to the I
In Omaha j
my mates. Now, you say we're within operation Thursday morning.
juu miies or nnum out tne truth, an j reported as doing nicely.
toward De Nova, who stood starins iv tn ,v,t ..,, , ,
..... . ' , . . ,i 'I reiur to that Silent figure lyins io
cllrtntlv Hntt'n at tha Hnn1 man anil or . 'j4
silently down at the dead man, and at
Dade, almost yellow with terror, peer- j
ing cautiously In through the open ,
"He Is beyond further trouble," I
said, solemnly. "The poor devil. Help
me lift him back into his berth."
Dado held aloof, but De Nova took
hold with me, and together we
straightened out the body, covering it
decently with a sheet. Then we passed
out into the main cabin and closed the
"What sort of weather have we out
side, Mr. Do Nova?" I questioned, en
deavoring to quell the beating of my
"Clear an' col', monsieur, ze win'
"Then we are holding our course?"
"Oul, oui," gesticulating, "but Wat
we do now? w'at we do now?"
"Well, that depends entirely upon
you and the crew I returned, shortly.
"Mr. Tuttle 13 dead, beyond recall. I
am the only competent navigator left
on board. For the sake of my own
life, as well as the safety of those
women In our care, I propose assum
ing command. Have you anything to
The Creole stood motionless, grasp
Ing the edge of the table, his black
eye3 still fastened on Tuttlo's closed
"Well, you had better decide," I went
on, stoutly, "and anyway the only
thing for us to do la to put this matter
straight before the crew. Keep quiet
about what has happened until after
breakfast you, too, Dade and then
have the whole crew piped aft. Go
on about your work until then, and
keep your tongues still."
I sat down on tho divan, watching
Dude as he bustled about from the
table to tho pantry, ever casting fur
tive glances toward the silent state
room in which the dead man lay.
Finally I got up, and, to Dade's horror,
re-entered the mate's room, returning
with the chart upon which our course
had been pricked up until noon of the
previous day,, and spread it out across
my knees. I was still engaged in
studying It when Lady Darlington,
fully dressed, emerged from her cab
In. She touched me before I was even
aware of her presence.
"Is Mr. Tuttle still ill?" she ques-
the near-by bunk, while our conversa
tion was largely about him, and the
consequences of his death.
FlnaTy, bidding both mistress and
maid prepare themselves for an early
call to the deck, I went forward to the
bridge, relieving De Nova while he de
scended to the main cabin for his
breakfast. The crew had already com
pleted their meal and swarmed out of
the forecastle, apparently aware that
something was In the wind. I noticed
big BUI Anderson circulating among
the various groups, talking earnestly,
and felt convinced the crew was en
deavoring to settle upon some united
course of action. Brutal and un
learned as he was, the boatswain was q
thorough sea-lawyer, understanding
well how to influence his mates, and
with enough at Btako In this game to
render him desperate. Tho second
mate joined me.
"Call all hands aft, Mr. Do Nova," I
said, after a glance into his face,
"every man Jack of them, except the
two at tho wheel. I will talk to them
fro.ro -tie rq.ii;
"All here, monsieur." Then lowered
his voice. "Mapes was dead In ze
"Mapes! Oh, ho was the man who
fell from the foreyard?"
"Oul, an' It all makes ze crew feel
I glanced at the group, and around
at tho Btern vision of sea. Altogether
it formed a dismal, disheartening pic
ture the men, bundled up in their
heavy clothing, stamping their feet on
the deck, their ragged beards forking
out, their eyes gleaming beneath the
peaks of woolen caps drawn low,
shuffling impatiently, and occasionally
moving over to tho rail to spit; the
yacht, long battered by the seas,
stripped of every unnecessary adorn
ment, her hatches battened down, her
funnel rusty, her sails close reefed,
her forward deck a sheet of glistening
Ice, the Bharp wind whistling through
the frozen rigging as she staggered
through a cold, gray, wintry sea,
straining and groaning In every timber
as the gleaming surges struck her
quarter and the relentless wheel held
her to the course. The whole view
photographed itself Indelibly upon my
mind, and I clung to the rail, gazing
I'm hanged If I'll consent to go back
like & whipped cur without takin' even
a squint along that latitude."
Ho Etnmped on the deck, glowering
about him like a mad bull, evidently
daring the others to contradict. X
'iaed farther out over the rail.
"Is that right, lads? Has Anderson
spoken your sentiments? Do you real
ly mean to proceed in this crazy
search in spite of all that Ice out
No voice responded, although I
could hear the hoarso grumbling In
their throats and see their heads
shaking affirmatively. I turned to
ward the mate, who was standing just
"The men are all tongue-tied. How
is it with you, Mr. De Nova? Are yon
for furthe'r south, or a quick run
I noticed him glance across toward
Celeste, crouching beneath the shelter
of the longboat, her face showing
white agaiust tho darker background. I
even Imagined the girl lifted her hand
as if in some form of signal; anyhow,
the Creole smiled confidently, his Jet
mustaches clearly outlined against his
"W'at I say, monsieur? Oh, oul,
I was for get up ze steam In ze en
gine, and make a dash. By gar, may
be zare was ze monies to make us all
tloned, anxiously, "and have you been j about and down lnto thoso upturned
on duty all night?"
"The first officer Is dead," I an
swered, and made her sit down beside
me. "I will tell you all the facts."
She listened silently, her breath
quickened from excitement, her face
colorless. I dwelt upon the man's
mental condition, his ghostly hallu
cinations, my discovery of him in the
main cabin, and his final mad act of
self-destruction. The very relating of
the tragic story served to clear my
own mind and strengthen my resolve.
"What what will this mean to us?"
she questioned, her lips trembling.
"Will it release us from our bondage?
Will It result in abandoning this crazy
search after treasure?"
"Honestly I do not know, Lady Dar
lington," I acknowledged with reluc
tance. "The present attitude of the
crew remains to be discovered. Prac
tically we are as helpless as before.
My one advantage lies In the fact that
I am the only navigator on board. Tet
they have power to compel me to do
their will. I cannot battle against
"But you no longer believe In Tut
"I never have really believed it.
But this Is not a question of what 1
believe; It all hangs upon the faith ol
the men forward."
"But If they realize he was Insane,
surely they must also decide that hli
treasure ship was likewise a de
lusion." I shook my head, gravely doubting
"I regret to Bay I possess no Buch
expectation. The average sailor, Lady
Darlington, Is not given to reasoning;
he Is more a creature of Impulse. I
fear we are already too close to out
goal to now be turned back by the
mate's death. The men will Insist on
completing the voyage. I Intend to
have the entire crew piped aft after
breakfast, and will talk to them. I
w Ish you to go on deck with me at
the time, and henr all that Is said." I
paused, Intently watching the expres
nlon of her face. "Whatever decision
I may he driven to, I hope it will not
forfeit me your respect." ,
"You will retain confidence In mo,
wven If tho bow of the Sea Queen con
llnues to point southward?"
She lifted her gray eyes to mine In
"Whatever you think best. Mr. Ste
lbens, I shall believe to be right," she
responded, softly. "Will my trust help
"It Is the one thing nepded. Thin
armed I can fight It out."
The meal following was far from
cheerful, although the bright sun
streamed down throtmh the tic k (ran
m to fall In golden bars aluig the
table, as c: U'-e.vtant
Mrs. Joe Cox and children have
returned to Louisville from Chlck
asha, Oklahoma. Mrs. Cox recently
had the misfortune of losing all her
household goods by fire.
There is talk of a wrestling match
to be pulled off here on the Fourth
for a purse of $10. Louisville has
wrestler that is willing to go
up against all comers, considering
weight, and if the stunt Is put on
it will be a big drawing card.
L. P. Sine of Lincoln was down
last Sunday In his automobile to
visit the old town. Mr. Sine was
at one time editor of the Louisville
Advertiser, long since gone to the
happy hunting grounds. Mr. Sine
Is now a stockholder with the Car
penter Paper Company of Omaha.
Last Friday evening Mrs. John
Ahl gave a masquerade party at her
home in honor of Miss Mayme Hell,
of near Plattsmouth, who has been
visiting her the past week. Quite a
number of young people were pres
ent and an enjojable evening was
spent. A light luncheon of ice cream
and cake was served.
During the absence of tVe watch
man, George McDonald, some sneak
thief carried away about $40 worth
of brass from the steam shovel of
the Calhoun Construction company
at tha quarry last Saturday night.
Mr. McDonald says he has a pretty
good Idea who the thief Is and an
arrest may be made soon.
Hole Proof Sox for Men, Women and Children!
Speaking about Shirts We have something abso
lutely new in pleated shirts. It's different radically
different from any shirt you have ever worn and if you
wear a belt in the summer time you will especially ap
preciate the new features of this new shirt. Cannot
fully discribe it to you in this space you must come
in aud see it. Just to hint at some of the good things
about it it is pleated all the way down the front; it is
coat style and buttons below the belt; it has strap
shoulders and shirt waist back:
It comes in all the new shades and the prices are
$1.25, $1.50 & $1.75
Good dressers are buying them on sight. Get in the
C. E. WESCOTTS SONS
"Where Quality Count's"
BETTER GET NEXT TO OUR JULY 4th SPECIAL SUIT OFFER
"To Hell Wld That Sort o' Rot, Mr.
Stephens We're Sailor-Men."
"Men," I said, finally, shadowing my
lips with one hand to keep the words
from being blown away, "I am no sea
orator, and what I have to say will be
short No doubt you know pretty
well already what has happened on
board during the night All I need say
Is, that Mr. Tuttle Is dead; he went
crazy and shot himself. Now, the
reason I called you aft ti this. You
are no regular articled crew, on an
ordinary voyage between ports. None
of you have signed papers, and you
have no lawful officers to take charge.
It happens I'm the only navigator on
board, and so I've called you aft, after
talking with Mr. De Nova about It, to
get your ideas on what ought to be
done. Some of you speak up until we
can find ouf what your notions are."
No one among them made any re
sponse, the long row of eyes staring
dully up at mo, the feet shuffling In
"Come, Anderson, open up. You've
been sounding the men tor an hour
past. What's your plan?"
The boatswain, thus directly singled
out from the others, pushed his way
to the front, glancing sideways Into
the faces of his mates.
"Well, we have talked about it a bit,
Mr. Stephens, but I dunno as we've
quite decided," his gruff voice borne
to us on the wind. "How far are wo
from the Islnnda what Mr. Tuttle told
"Nearly 200 miles to the northwest."
The big sailor cast his eyes over the
side at the sea view, slowly turning
the quid In his cheek.
"An' the wind right. 'Taln't much ot
a run, sir, after what we've already
had gettln' here. I recken you could
find thnt p'lnt o' sea?"
"Yes," I acknowledged, almost re
luctantly, "I can find It, unless the ice
shuts us In first. Hut what's tho use
In taking such a chnnce, Anderson?
Tuttle was probably just as crazy
about that matter as he was over
other things. To my mind ho never
saw any islands where he said he did.
Government ships have surveyed all
these waters ngnln and nualn, and the
charts show no lnnd anywhere along
that latitude. I'm for calling It a
poor Job, and turning back -foro we
get nipped. Look where wo aro now;
we haven't a mile of clear water cith
er side of us, and a shift of wind will
crush our sides like an eggshell."
The silent men stared gloomily out
at that grlra expanse of tea, Ice and
sky, but Anderson only scowled up
Into my face, slapping his mlttcned
"To hell wld that sort o' rot. Mr.
Stephens," be broke forth, fiercely.
"We're rallor men. an' tho most of us
have seen Ice before. This channel's
wld? cr-ivh for ti" hool.;, on" wjja J
rich. W'y not? Wiz ze Bteam we
cheat zo Icefield. Bah! I seen It
worse as zat."
"True," I urged In final effort, "but
the season Is wrong. We are driving
south in the face of winter, the Ice
packs are forming, and not breaking
up. I warn every one of you the
chances are we'll be nipped."
"We can make It easy in three days,
Mr. Stephens," broke In Anderson,
loudly. "If we only have decent weath
er, we could rip up that old hooker,
copper the swag and be north-bound
In that time. It ain't goln' to be such
a hell of a job."
I never glanced toward him, my
eyes still on the mate.
"But the women, De Nova?"
He was looking at them, and, fol
lowing his eyes, I turned also. Celeste
was bending eagerly forward, her
dark eyes sparkling with excitement;
her mistress stood erect, grasping the
edge of the longboat, her face flushed
by the keen wind, her lips firmly
"I sink zat maybe sey vote wis se
crew, monsieur," smiled the Creole,
Lady Darlington reached one hand
out for the rail, her skirts flapping,
her hair blowing free beneath her hat.
"It will be best for us to go on, Mr
Stephens," she said, quietly. "The
men will never be satisfied otherwise
and I do not blame them. Too much
has been risked already to turn back
at the last moment because of a little
additional peril. Nor am I willing It
should be done merely to spare us a
few more days of discomfort. We
must take our chances, and, as for my
self, I trust absolutely In your sea
There was a growl of appreciation
from below, Anderson's voice shoutln
np honrsely; "You're the right stuff!
but I stood there in silence, gazing at
her In astonishment, feeling deserted
by every one, and realizing that the en
Uro responsibility was now mine. More
clearly than any among them I com
prehended tho peril fronting us, tho
desperate chance we were about to
take, the casting of dice with death.
Yet what was there left for n:o to do?
Absolutely nothing; the cholco had
"Is It understood I am In com
mand?" "Ay. ay. sir!"
"Very well, then," I said, "you have
chosen your bed, now you will lie In
It. Mr. De Nova, get tho stokers be
low and start the fires. We'll push her
for It hard. You men stand by for
double Mineral la an hour; we nave a
dead man fore and aft. Now step live
ly, my bullies!"
I watched them as they scattered
like so many schoolboys at play, An
dersnn and De Nova driving them to
their various tasks. A hand touched
my arm gently.
"I hope yon are not angry, Mr. Ste
phens. Did I do so very wrong?"
I looked down Into her
T" te Continued)
From the Register.
Mrs. II. F. Kropp was suddenly
called to Portsmouth, Ohio, Monday
by the death of her mother whither
she started, accompanied by Ernest,
n the 12:15" train that night.
Two members of our share of
Young America are each carrying a
broken arm In a sling, Paul Schlieh
temter and the son of Joe LIndsey.
Both will be romping with their play
mates apain very soon.
Mrs. Vantlne haB been granted a
pension by the government, notice
and vouchers being received by her
the other day. This was granted her
n record breaking time, applica
tion having been made about the
lath of April.
Mary Kellberg Informed us Just
after the paper was printed last week
that the stork had left her a little
nephew at the home of Mr. Bnd Mrs.
Fred CarTSon on June 11th. And
Mary Is proud of the young man as
well as the parents.
The NehawKa High School corps of
teachers for the ensuing school term
is as follows: Mr. E. E. Collins of
Brownvllle, Prlnclpnl; Miss Lois Wll
sle, of Parker, So. Dak., Asst. Prln.;
Miss Hazel Jameson of Weeping Wa-
er, Intermediate; Miss Evelyn Stout
of Lincoln, Primary. Under this
force of Instructors we cannot but ex
Theodore Carrol arrived here ast
Thurday morning called hither by
the illnees of his mother, and he was
with her when she passed away. Mr.
Carrol lives near Waco and Bince
leaving Cass county has amassed
considerable real estate and Is on
what you might call "easy street."
We had the pleasure of his acquaint
ance and while we regret the sad
mission that caused him to visit our
office we are glad to have formed his
event until several days later, they
v.111 overlook their keeping It secret
and join the Leader-Echo In extend
ing hearty congratulations. Tho
brldo 13 the daughter of Calvin Zel-
lars, living southeast of town, wullo
the groom Is the bou of our good
farmer friend who needs no Intro
duction, James A. White.
UiK Crowd for Lincoln.
It was quite Impossible to get a list
of the passengers this morning for
Lincoln. No. 15 carried two cars of
passengers, nearly all ladles who pre
ferred to go up on the regular train
to travelng on tho excursion which
leaves at 11 a. m. A partial list of
those going includes Mrs. Thos
South, daughter and son, Mrs. John
Gravett and children, Mtb. W. M.
Cravett and guest Miss Mowrey of
Watson, Mo., Mrs. C. Gravett, Mrs. E
Lambert and family, Mrs. George
Lushlnsky and family, Mrs. Frank
Buttery and daughter, Mrs. John
Schulhof and family, Mrs. William
Ballance and daughter Ethel, Mrs. J.
C. Dwyer and son, Mrs. C. M. Ford
and aunt Miss Minnie Ford of St.
Joseph, Mo., who is her guest, Mrs.
S. S. Golding, daughter Miss Stella
and son Everett, Mrs. William Shea
and daughter Miss Elizabeth, Mrs.
Henry Lahoda, Mrs. George Harasky,
Mrs. D. B. Smith, Mrs. C. S. Forbes
and a great crowd of other ladles.
The male members of the families as
rule were passengers for Lincoln
on the excursion at 11 o'clock.
Mrs. Fred Eblnger of Plalnvlew
and Miss Anna Weldmann, of Platts,
mouth, were guests the fore part of
tho week at the A. A. Walllnger
Mr. and Mrs. J. II. Stege, daugh
ter Mary, and sons Will and Frnnk.
went to Planvlew last week to attend
the funeral of their daughter and
sister, Mrs. Julius Klrchoff.
Miss Bertha Lnnghorst of W'npak
onetta, Ohio, who has been visiting
Elmwood relatives for some time,
went to Murdock Tuesday for a visit
with other relatives after which sin
will go to Denver, Colo., to attend
tho national teachers' convention.
Henry Klkrrmnnn of near Green
wood and Mrs. Mary Schneider rf
Ithlra were married Tuesday even
ing by Itev Goetz at the German
Evangelical parsonage In this city.
Mr. Elkermnnn Is a prominent far
mer In his locality and well spoken
of by his numerous friends.
L. n. Cunningham went to Nchaw
ka Monday to attend the funeral of
Mrs. William Carroll who died at
her home Saturday. She was seventy
years old and had lived In Cast
county about forty years. Sho it
survived by her husband and ion
grown children, five sons and five
datifthlcrs. Mr. Cunningham Is an
old time friend of tho family.
Glen H. White and Miss Jessie B.
Zellara were married at Des Moln.i,
la., one day nRt week. While lh.'
many flrends.nf this estimable yourg
Return of Treasurer Schlntrr.
County Treasurer Schlater re
turned last evening from an extended
trip over New Mexico, Arizona and
"VAestern Texas. Frank reports
everything very hot and dry In New
Mexico, Arizona and Mexico espec.
lally In the latter country. Western
Texas near El Passo is also very hot
and suffering from drought. Okla
homa and Kansas crops are looking
fine and he expects to see a great
yield of everything In those two
states. There aro places In New
Mexico where tho Indications are fa
vorable for good crops, but southern
Arizona and northern parts of the
state of Sonora, Mexico are very dry
and there Is smnll likllhood of any
largo crops there. Mr. Schlater
brought with him a bamboo
A Dash for Life.
Our old friend Jack Reed, from
the Iowa Bide, suffered a humiliating
downfall this afternoon while rac
ing mndly down Main street In an ef
fort to catch No. 23. Col. John had
been detained by business up town
and did not discover thnt tho hour
approncheth when the great Bur
lington Route train for Omaha wa
duo. Now, It so happened that Col.
John wanted by all monns to catch
this train and when he woke up and
saw it standing at the station he ex
claimed "Now, by my Halldono, I
must get me a move on" and he
started for the station at limited ex
press speed. All went merry as a
wedding bell for several blocks and
he had passed the store buildings
and was within a block of of the do
pot when a cresls approached. He
had hit up a fine burst of speed and
with his two hundred pounds of ad
verdupolse he was cloving the wind
like a thing of life, encouraged by the
plaudits and shouts of the multi
tude, when his too caught on a brick
which rose above Us neighbors la
the walk and he spread himself about
the surrounding landscape with lav
ish profusion. As he fell he ex
claimed "Ye Gods, I Am Indeed
Undone." But he was game and
spoedlly gathered himself together off
the pavement and made another
spurt which landed him safely at tha
train, In one piece but sadly lacking
in wind. Altogether John's dash for
life and his grand exhibition of
ground and lofty tumbling will
mark an ephoc In the events of the
Almost In LIiiiIh).
Master Carpenter Hcdcngren cam
near to being lodged In jail this af
ternoon for purloining a wild and un
tamed steed. Mr. Hedengren aa Is
well known, has been putting In
much time lately trying to stop tha
ravenous Missouri river from eating
up the Iowa side of the river, and
leaving the big Burlington bridge on
dry land. Today he discovered he
would need some wire for use with
the willows he was using and he
made the borrow of a horse from one
of his employes, said horse being
hitched to a buggy nnd tied near the
Burlington depot In this city. Taking
cane a force of men with him he enme
which ho cut while In Mexico at a over on two hand cars to carry out
point some eighty miles from a rail- hls'plans. Finding the horse hitchefl
rond. A. S. Will who was with hla'to a rack here, ho deliberately ui
Is expected to nrrwe home tomnr- J hitched It and drovo down to tho
row- sand bar where he commenced load
ing the wire into tho buggy. Tho son
of tho man who owned tho nng dls-
A couple of young ladles of this
city were taken down a notch or two
the other day. They were discus
sing a party nnd tho dress each
should wear, over the telephone,
when a gentleman cnlled for
the number lie desired. He
waited patiently then called
busy, "Judging from the talk I've
henrd, I guess I am on a clothes
line," and then hung up the receiver.
Grandma Sarah J. At wood today
celebrated her eighty-third anniver
sary at her beautiful home In this
city. In addition to her children and
many of her grandchildren being
present. Mrs. C. II. Parmele and Miss
Sarah Baker as well as a number of
her neighbors called and extended
their congratulations. A birthday
dinner was pnrtaken of by the chil
dren,, grandchildren and Mrs. C. H.
Parmele and Miss Baker. The day
couple did not learn of the happy was delightfully spent.
covered Hedengren In his nefarious
work nnd at once went after Chief
ef Police Ralney, who hot-footed It
down to the river nnd was about to
throw Hedengren Into Jail before ho
(Uncovered his Identity. As soon as
he discovered who had the horsw
and had learned the circumstances
he let him go, but for once In his
life Mr. Hedengren came near wear
ing stripes. In the future he will get
written orders before ho purloins;
I have a number of bushels of
alfalfa seed for sale. Anyone wish
ing same will find It at my farm.
7.. W. Shrader.
Shorthorns for Sule.
Throe sood registered Shorthorn
yearling biills for sale. Also good
fresh milk cows. Mark White.
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