The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, August 23, 1909, Image 3

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    The Last Voyage
Donna Isabel
By Randall Parrish
Author of Bob Hampton ot Placer.
Illustrations by Deaborn Melvil
Bun grew "barely Visible Thfougn a n
Id the dun clouds, with the mainsail
again spread, and the longboat leaping
to the foaming summits. Oh, but it
was worth all suffering just to read
the confession of her eyes, and to
feel her bend down over me In sudden
tenderness! I am not ashamed that
the tears dimmed my eyes so I could
scarcely see her dear face or that my
vole choked so I could do no mo;e
than whisper her name, She must
have understood, for her woft hands
touched my cheek, and so we rested
tor a long time, scarcely exchanging
a word between us.
It was later that same day, just at
the edge of twilight, when Kelly
called, "A sail!" pointing eagerly out
over the port quarter. Then, some
upon knees, some standing, we all
saw It, a misty, white reflection, show
ing vague against the darkening hori
zon. I know not what it really was
a gleam of canvas, a speck of cloud,
or the pinnacle of an iceberg but as
we swept toward it, the night
dropped down over the waters blotting
the last faint vestige from view. Yei we
iiung on desperately, the man staring
out Into the black void, grumbling and
cursing, until the long night wore
away with no reward.
That was about the last I recall
clearly; afterwards all grew Indis
tinct, commingled, confused. It was
like a dream rather than reality. 1
performed my work as before, the in
stincts of a seaman leading me rigni
ly, and out of the mist numerous in
cidents arise to memory proving thai
I observed and thought. Never can 1
forget the sight of that narrow boat,
tossing about on the crests of great
ea3, or plunging down into the blacK
hollows; the green water pouring in
cataracts over the gunwale; the con
stant bailing; the wet, soggy blankets;
the moaning of wind through the icy
cordage; the flapping of the sail; the
gray masses of. water curling oer us
In continuous threatening; the awful
expanse of ocean revealed by day
light; the black loneliness through
which we swept at night. We ceased
to talk, to think, even, growing more
and more sullen, moody, dull-eyed,
cramped of limb and benumbed of
brain. We sat silently staring into the
smother, forever beholding the mirages
of distorted minds. Men would spring
to their feet, yelling out some discov
ery, only to sink back again, with
ghastly faces burled in their hands. It
was all Illusion; the waves, the clouds
mocking us, even our voices sounding
unnatural, our faces growing unfa
miliar. Only Doris; Doris did not change
not, at least, to my eyes. Ay, she be
came whiter, weaker, the shadows
growing darker beneath her eyes, yet
she still sat at my knee, looking up
into my face, yielding me new courage
out of her heart of hearts. God knows
I believe she saved me, saved me
from going mad, saved me with the
power of her love held me sane, held
me steadfast, when the very soul in
me had given way. I think of those
other faces now with a shudder. It
sems as if all that was human had
gone out of us; we were no longer
men, only things. We crawled about
We growled rather than used artlcu
late speech, bruised by the constant
buffeting of the sea, sore with the
smart of salt, water, chilled through
We Were
No Longer
hy the Icy wind, wo snarled like wilJ
bensis, our eyes bloodshot, our faces
hazard and unclean.
1 know not how long it endured. I
lost all track of day and night. 1
merely remember this and that out of
the mist, Doris' gray eyes ever upon
me, hex land clasping mine; Celeste
lying motionless day after day under
tho blankets; Do Nova rocking back
und forth, striving to sing, or creeping
aft to the tiller, with his body shaking
as though he had a palsy; Johnson,
never moving, his head sunk Into his
chest, his gaze out over the bows; Mc
Knight curled up as a dog lies, some
times cursing fiercely, only to break
off and cry. like a child. I remember
when the boom swung about, pitching
Sanchez headlong and breaking his
leg; how we pulled It back Into posi
tion with a sickening snap, binding It
there firmly, while beads of perspira
tion told the Chilean's pain. I' recall
tlun other day when Dade suddenly
stood up, his eyes Bta-lng dully out
into the fog-bank which wrapped us
about, extended his hands, smiling,
and said: "Sure, I'm comin, ol pal,"
and stepped overboard. We grabbed
for him, but he went down and never
came up again. McKnlght was the first
to speak.
"He had his pockets full o' gold. 1
saw him takln' it las' night."
ft almost seems to me that this was
the last, though It could not have
been. There were hours after that,
perhaps even days and nights, when
I lived without really knowing that I
lived. It was a period of fancies, phan
toms, dreams, weird and fantastic,
haunting horrors that left all reality
blank. I know that Johnson helped
me at the tiller while De Nova lay
prone in the bottom of the boat, some
times talking to himself, occasionally
lifting his head to peer over the side.
What he said had no meaning, just
a jumble of French words, and he
smiled like that dead Spaniard in the
cabin of the Donna Isabel. I
know that Sanchez, who had brave
ly done all he could in spite
of his broken leg, fell Into the deliri
um of fever, screamed for hours that
be was dying, and had at last to be
bound rasft Tn his blankets. I "know
Kelly came creeping aft with a knife
in his hand, Imagining he had been
robbed, and I had .to knock him flat
with the tiller-bar, the boat falling off
Into the trough of the sea and nearly
capsizing before I could get her head
about again. Doris was bending over
Sanchez, who seemed to have an in
terval of sanity at the moment that
was the last I remember; then, I
think, I pitched over against Doris
when she came back to me, and every
thing went dark.
In Which We Come to the End.
I was lying between white sheets in
a rather wide berth when I came
again to consciousness, a yellow glow
of sunlight streaming in through an
open port, and the clanking sound of
machinery in my ears.. 1 closed my
eyes again, wearily, my head reeling
yet from the delusions of the past. No,
this was real a steamer, rising and
falling on the swell, but pushing stead
ily forward to the rapid revolutions of
the screw. I could hear the tramping
of feet on deck, even the slush of the
sea without. I opened my eyes again,
watching a curtain wave to the fresh
air rushing In through the port, and
then I turned my head on the pillow.
Doris Bat on a low stool gazing out
through the aperture on the sea, her
face partially turned away. She looked
pale, careworn, her eyes heavy and
sad. Suddenly she turned her glance
In my direction, and sprang up with a
glad cry.
"Oh, Jack, you havo been lying
there so long unconscious!"
I could only clasp her hands and
gaze into the depths of her gray eyes.
"I have proved rather a poor speci
men of a man, I fear, dear," I con
fessed at last, ashamed of ray weak
ness. "How long?"
"It Is three days since we were
brought on board, and we were a day
and night in the boat after you lost
I endeavored to think it out, to com
prehend. She leaned farther over, her
lips touching my cheek.
"Don't worry about it, Jack; every
thing is all right now. Johnson took
your place at the tiller, and and we
were picked up."
"What vessel Is this?"
"The El Cld, Valparaiso to Buenos
Ayrcs a coast-trader."
"And the others? Do they live?"
"All but Sanchez; he died the night
after our rescue. Kelly is half
crazed yet, but they think he will get
over it. De Nova was very badly
frozen, but Celeste was out on deck
I lay there looking at her, striving
valiantly to put ail these horrors
away, and to face the present and the
future. My handclasp tightened, for
1 could no longer keep back the one
question which trembled on my lips.
"Hut you, Doris, you! Do you still
mean what you. said yonder? Are
we only saved to lose each other?
Have you heard? Do you know any
tiling of him?"
The red blood flooded the pale
cheeks,' the long lashes veiling the
gray eyes.
"Oh, not now; don't Fpeak of that
"Hut I must, I cannot wait in sus
pense," I insisted, lifting myself on
the pillow. "You have heard tell
"I I have been a coward," she fal
tered. "I I have not asked; I have
not even told my name to those on
board. I was afraid the knowledge
(To be Continued)
Splendid Artistic Work.
In the windows of the second
store room south of the postnfflce
are exhibited some fine specimens
of the urt work of Miss Ellen Wind
ham, the talented daughter of Hon.
R. li. Windhum of this city, which
will repay looking at. Miss Wind
ham is home for the summer and is
engnged In teaching charcoal, pen
cil, pastel, oil and water-color paint
ing and lettering, ond if the speci
mens shown of her handiwork are
any criterion, those desiring instruc
tion need look no further.
Miss Windham took her prelim
inary studies In art In this city, Mrs.
M. 1 lowland having given her in
structions for more than a year and
laying the foundation for the pres
ent high character of work. .Later
she took the art course In the school
connected with the Wesleyan uni
versity at Lincoln. Finishing this
course, Miss Windham took up a
course at the Academy of Fine Arts
in Chicago, considered one of the
most thorough and practical schools
of art in the country, and she is
home now after this course. Her
work in this course has consisted of
still life, sketches from living sub
jects, design, lettering, life class and
mechanical drawing and commercial
drawing, a list of classes comprising
a vast range of subjects.
In these several classes Miss Wind
ham has ranked very high and her
work has been commended by her
instructors and superior teachers as
remarkably good. The specimens
which are on exhibition in the Riley
block windows amply verify1 the high
standing given her by the school.
One of her works, the hyacinth, a
charcoal drawing of wonderful nat
uralness and life-llkenesa was selec
ted as the best in the school, and
was sent to St. Louis for the an
nual spring exhibition of the work
of art schools of the country, carry
ing away high honors in this com
petition. This one specimen of work
alone stamps Miss Windham as pos
sessed of the true artistic instinct.
In pencil work, she also ranked
very tolgh and her instructors show
ered unstinted praise upon the char
acter which she developed in this
line. As a pencil artist she more
than maintains the splendid promise
she made in other lines.
The pastel work which Is exhib
ited in the windows Is made from
life and the several figures stand
forth with a resemblance to nature,
striking and effective. One can dis
cern that the work was done with
the living figure posing before the
artist, as every touch of human life
Is drawn in the picture,, and so
drawn that one cannot but know it
Is taken from a live subject.
In oil, Miss Windham has but re
peated the triumphs of the other
classes. The several pictures betray
the artistic touch throughout, and
the colors are blended with the eye
of the master. The head of the girl
with the straw between her lips Is a
particularly good example of what
she can do in this line.
In water colors, a number of ex
cellent drawings are on exhibition,
all made with the same technique
which so delights the eye in her
other classes.
Plattsmouth as a whole should
well be proud of Miss Windham
and her work. She has every prom
ise of becoming a truly great artiste
and there seems to be no room to
doubt but that some day specimens
of her work will hang upon the walls
of the world's great galleries, an un
failing source of delight to the eye
and a splendid tribute to the skill of
the artist.
Firemen Out Last Mglit.
A small number of firemen par
ticipated in the practice with the
cart last night for the hose race dur
ing the carnival. Unless some more
enthusiasm Is displayed and more
members show an Interest in the
proceedings, it is the intention of
Chief Koubek to call off the prac
tice altogether, and it may be the
committee will rescind their action
in giving a prize for this race. If
the department does not want the
race the committee can use the
money to advantage elsewhere. . It
Is to be hoped that the members
display more interest and that they
turn out in large numbers at the
next practice and show they inted
to put up a race worth the seeing.
A good hose race where water Is
thrown is worth looking at and the
boys have all the material to give it
with. Let a little more ginger be
displayed and let the boys turn out
and work themselves into shape for
a real display. The exhibition given
last evening was good, especially so,
considering the small number, and
gives promise of better to follow.
Xeclit'Mska City Special.
On August 23, to take care of tha
band, baseball team and others returning-from
Nebraska City Chautau
qua, tho Missouri Pacific railway will
opera'e a special train, leaving Ne
braska City at 10 p. m., making all
Intermediate points to Ft. Crook.
Some of the Atti'uctleiiM.
The committee lo secure the free
attractions for the big fall festlvnl
have concluded arrangements for
several of the biggest and beat draw
ing cards for the affair. They have
secured a balloon ascension and par
achute leap as one of the drawing
cards, and it will be a winner. From
an astoudlng height the aeronaut
will leap out into the air and float
gracefully to earth a spdendid tri
bute to daring and nerve and an act
always thrilling to the audience,
whether It be composed of old or
young. The big balloon ascension
takes place every day, and in Itself
Is enough to pay traveling miles to
Another great attraction will be
an aerial act by the best artists in
the profession. Acts clever and
unique will be given in mld-nlr,
many feet from terra flrnia. Acts
which will astound and enthuse the
auditors. Acts which will rank
among the greatest ever given on
the bars. Regular performances of
these thrillers will take place every
day during the great festival, and
they will serve well to entertain the
myriad of visitors within our gates.
These people are among the best
ever seen In the city in their par
ticular line, and are what is known
as headliners on the vaudeville clr
sults during the winter.
Yet another attraction will be a
daring slack wire act. Suspended
many feet above the street level on
a slender string of steel, the per
former will give many thrilling feats
of skill and agility, which will cause
the blood to flow faster in the veins
and the heart to leap with appre
hension as the wonderful feats of
the prtist unfold. In the night per
formance, balls of living fire will be
devoured while the walker skips
nimbly across the street on his high
elevated wire. Other marvelous
and astounding feats will be given,
all of which will be new and novel,
and of the nature which all want to
There are many others equally as
thrilling, daring and novel as these
and well worth attending from
miles around. These are all assured
and are but forecasters of what can
be expected on every day. They
warrant you a day of delight and
gayety on the outside with great
numbers of special attractions on the
inside of the city of white tents,
which will spring up on every hand
A Pathetic ond Pitiful Scene.
Judge Beeson yesterday afternoon
heard the complaint of County At
torney Ramsey against Ray and Gol
dle Anton, children of Carl and Dell
Anton, and decided to appoint the
Nebraska Children's Home society
of Omaha as guardian for them. In
pursuance of this order the children
were ordered taken from tho par
ents and committed to the care of
the society. The father was not
present at the hearing, report hav
ing it that he was in Omaha. The
mother was in attendance, and after
the decision of the court she created
a pathetic and pitiful scene, lament
ing the loss of her babes. It was
Impossible to sooth her, as she re
fused all efforts toward comforting
her. She wandered out on the
street crying and lamenting In a
most heart-rendering manner. Later
she went, to her home, where kind
neighbors did what they could to re
store her to calmness and quietude.
The hearing developed that the
case was a most pathetic one, and
one in which there was small choice
for the authorities. The family had
been having a very hard time, and
the children were insufficiently
clothed and without food for days at
a time. The mother was ill, and in
no condition to care for the two
little unfortunates, while tho father
had left them to shift for them
selves. It was sought to have the
mother enter the county farm at
least until she was in better health,
but this she resolutely refused to do.
It Is reported that she wants 10 go
home to her parents, who are said
to live In Colorado, and this may be
the outcome of her plight. The
children will be placed In good
homes if the places tan be obtained
for them by the society, and If this
cannot be done they will be taken to
the Home for the Friendless at Mil
ford. Under the pitiful conditions of
the case, this Is the best action for
both parents and children. With
the passing of the hysteria with
which the mother was afflicted, ehe
will doubtless redlze this.
Mrs. A. I). Asch and mother, Mrs.
0. M. Wiley, from Murray, was in
the city yesterday afternoon attend
ing to some business matters, and
while here they called nt the Jour
nal office and Mrs. Asch. added her
name to the list of subscribers to
the paper. They are both well
known people In this county, having
lived here for many years, Mrs.
Wiley being the widow of the well
known Dr. Wiley and a Nebraska
pioneer. They were very welcome
visitors and the Journal hopes to go
to their home for many years to
Take off vour coat
that old pair of suspenders you have on.
.. to you and make a small profit on them at 9ftft
;; They come in light and dark patterns, with leather ends "WW
and non-rustible trimmings. They are the same suspenders
you have been paying 50c for, and in the face of an advance in
rubber you'd better buy all you can stand of these at 28c and
put a pair on each pair of pants. You'll save time and money
I by so doing.
Say, that Merchants Carnival is going to
X be great-isn't it?
6. L UosGfrtt's ons
The Home of Satisfaction.
Clark vs. Fleishman Case Re
sults in Big Victory for the
Plaintiff, Miss Clark
In district court yesterday Clerk
Robertson received the written de
cision of Judge L. M. Pemberton of
Beatrice, in the case of Clark vs.
Fleischman et al. Judge Pemberton
heard this case several weeks ago,
sitting in place of Judge Travis,
who was disqualified from hearing
tho same. He found the issues in
the case in favor of the plaintiff,
giving her the land In dispute and
judgment for the use thereof for
The case has been pending in
court for several years. The facts
as shown In the trial seem to be
about as follows: A number of
years ago John W. Clark and Thos.
M. Howard were in partnership In
Weeping Water, doing a real estate
and loan business. While this part
nership was in existence .Clark se
cured assignment of some school
land located immediately adjacent
to the town of Elmwood. This as
signment was taken in his own
name and not in the name of the
partnership. Later Clark died and his
brother, Thomas K. Clark, was ap
pointed as his administrator. Thos.
K. Clark, as administrator, sold to
Howard what purported to be John
W. Clark's interest in this land,
without, however, securing an order
of the district court to. sell the Bnme
and presumably relying upon his
powers as administrator to make
the deed good. Later on Thomas
K. Clark and Howard formed a
partnership similar to that which
existed between John W. Clark and
Howard, and in the due course of
forming tfcls partnership, this piece
of land was conveyed by Howard to
the new partnership. Fleishman
now enters on the scene, buying this
piece of property from the partner
ship of Thomas K. Clark and Thos.
M. Howard. Several years after
this Fleischman, who is a rich man,
sought to secure a loan on this
property and submitted the abstract
conveying it to a loan company. The
company discovered the flaw In the
title and declined the loan. An offer
was then made by the Flelschmans
to Miss Ethel Clark, daughter and
heir of John W. Clark for $25 for a
deed to the property, which would
cure the defect. She counseled with
her uncle, Hyron Clark, who advised
her to make a deed if they paid her
several hundred dollars. This the
Fleischmans declined to do nid the
matter hung In the air until Miss
Cn in hnl Headquarter.
Free rest room in tli 1I tent
by the court house. The Christian
church tent, In which the Wllhlte
and Tuckermnn meeting will be
conducted, beginning September 15,
has been accepted by the manage
ment of the carnival as a rest room,
etc. In order to provide for the
greatest comfort of the people the
various organizations of the church
named will have charge of conces
sions as follows:
1. Check stand for wraps, par
cels, lunch baskets, etc.
2. Ice cream stand.
and look in tho fia a J
- - - O " W M 4
Probabilities are you have worn them
al! llrrxigbthe sweaty, hot dirty weather
until the rubber , is about gone and the
beauty certainly gone. Perhaps the
buckles or the ends are broken or worn
out Better get a new pair you'll feel
so much fresher and look so much better,
especially if you go about town with
your coat off. Now we've got some
thing special for you in suspenders. We
just cleaned up a line of handsome 50c
lisles from an eastern factory at a
price which enables us to sell thera
Clark asked her uncle to Investigate
the matter for her. He concluded
that the title had never been In the
partnership, but was John
Clark's personal property, and so
advised her. A suit In ejectment
was commenced by Miss Clark and
again nn effort was made to settle
the case;. This time Miss Clark
asked $500 for a deed, which the
Flelschmans declined. The case was
tried first before Judge Ueeson, who
found for the defendants, the
Fleischmans. On appeal to the su
preme court the case was reversed
and remanded for a new trial. An
other attempt was made to settle
the case.'and this time Miss Clark
wanted $1,000 In settlement. Again
the Flelschmans declined the offer
and the trial was had before Judge
Pemberton as set forth in the com
mencement. The result of the trial
is a sweeping victory for Miss Clark.
Judge Pemberton finds for the
plaintiff on both causes of action
and against the equitable defense
which the defendants set up In ther
answer. The court found that the
plaintiff had a legal estate In and
was entitled to the Immediate pos
session of the real property de
scribed In the petition, and that the
defendants unlawfully keep the
plaintiff, out of the same and have
so kept her out of said possession
for the period of eight and one
sixth years. He finds that the rea
sonable value of this possession Is
the sum of $193. 50 per year, or a
total of $1,576.25.
The Judgment of the court Is that
the plaintiff recover from the de-'
fendants the west half of the north
east qunrter of section 16, town 10,
range 10, Cass county, Nebraska, ex
cept the northeast quarter of the
northwest quarter of the northeast
quarter, and also $1,576.25 dam
ages and costs of suit. The usual
forty days In which to prepare and
serve a bill of exceptions Is given
the defendants, as well as their ob
jections and exceptions.
The land In controversy comprises
eighty acres of the finest lnnd In
Cass county. It lies northwest of
the Elmwood townslte, being Im
mediately adjacent to and adjoining
the town. The Missouri Pacific rail
way runs through the piece, but re
gardl!':i of this It is considered a
fine of property. Pyron Clark
nppeared for his niece, Miss Clark,
the plaintiff, while A. N. Sullivan
represented the defendants.
3. Hot coffee and sandwiches.
Free seats provided for rest and
eating lunches. Women with chil
dren especially welcome.
J. J. Lewis of Villlsca, la., Mrs. R.
L.. Jones and Mrs. P, rooks of Kansas
City, Mo., all of whom have been
visiting with J. D. Lewis and fam
ily, and F. M. Young, Sr., and fam
ily, near Murray, departed this
morning for Villlsca, la. J. D. Lewis
and son E. W. accompanied them to
that point and will make a visit
there, later going to Maltland and
Kansas City, Mo., for a further visit
rlth relatives.