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away, from the deeply rutted trail
he looked back to whore the Ore still
smoked la th midst of that dosolat
(To Be Continued.)
rvra. t m Mil.
ATaLE or THE PLAINS
rjy Pamdall, Paddish-
""Author Or'MY Lady Or The floum
Vhem WiLDtRMEsa Was Kimg. Etcctc
luiiATRATIOliO By DsABMBPlMttVIIX-
(Copyright. A. C. MoCturs Co.. ll.
Th teen T Trashy.
Whatever might be tb nature of
ts tragedy It would bo oror with, long j
before thin, and thos morlng black
spot away yonder to the west, that
be bad discerned from the bluff, were
undoubtedly the departing raiders.
There was nothing left for Keith to
4e eieopt determine the fate of the
unfortunate, and gW their bodies de
cent burial. That any had escaped,
r yot lWed, was altogether unlikely,
unices, perchance, women had been In
tb party, In which case they would
bave been borne away prisoners.
Confident that no hostlles would bo
left behind to obserre his movements,
Keith pressed steadily forward, lead
ing hla horse. He had thus traversed
fully half a mile before coming upon
ny evidence of a fight here the pur
suers had apparently come up with
the wagons, and circled out upon
either side. From their ponies' tracks
there must have been a dozen in the
band. Perhaps a hundred yards furth
r alonz lay two dead ponies. Keith
examined them closely both had
been ridden with saddles, the marks
f the oinches plainly visible. Evi
dently one of the wagon mules bad
aleo dropped In the traces here, and
bad been dragged along by bis. mates
Jst beyond came a sudden depression
la the prairie down which the wagons
b4 plunged to heavily as to break
mi of the axles; the wheel lay a few
yard away, and, somewhat to the
right, there lay the wreck of the wag
on Itself, two dead mules still in the
traces! the vehicle stripped of con
tsts and charred by Are. A. hundred
feet further along was the other
wagon, 1U tongue broken, the canvas
top ripped open, while between the
two were scattered odds and ends of
wefcrtaf apparel and provisions, with
a oil of boxes smoking grimly. The
remaining mules were gono, and no
semblance of life remained anywhere.
Keith dropped his reins over his
horse's bead, and, with Winchester
cocked and ready, advanced cautiously.
Death from violence had long since
beoomo almost a commonplace occur
renco to Keith, yet now he shrank for
an Instant as his eyes perceived the
figure of a man lying motionless
across the broken wagon tongue. The
grizzled hair and beard were streaked
with blood, the face almost unrecog
nisable, while the hands yet grasped
a bent and shattered rifle. Evidently
the man had died fighting, beaten
down by overwhelming numbers after
expending his last shot. Then those
fiends had scalped and left him where
be fell. Fifty feet beyond, shot in
the back, lay a younger man, doubled
up in a heap, also scalped and dead.
That was all; Keith scouted over a
wide circle, even scanning the stretch
of gravel under the river bank, before
he could fully satisfy himself there
were no others in the party. It seem
ed Impossible that these two traveling
alone would have ventured upon such
a trip In the face of known Indian
hostility. Yet they must have done
so, and once again his lips muttered:
"Of all the blame fools!"
, Suddenly he halted, staring about
over the prairie, obsessed by a new
thought, an aroused suspicion. . There
had appeared merely the hoof prlnts
of the one horse alongside of the flee
ing wagons when they first turned
out from the trail, and that horse had
been newly shod. B it there were two
dead ponies lying back yonder, neith
er shod, yet both had borne saddles.
More than this, they had been spur
red, the blood marks still plainly vis
ible, and one of them was branded;
he remembered it now, a star and ar
row. What could all this portend?
Was it possible this attack was no
IndlUn affair after all? Was the dis
figuring of bodies, the scalping, mere
ly don to make It appeor the art of
savages? Driven to Investigation by
tht suspicion, ho passed again over
the trampled ground, marking this
time every separate indentation, ev
ery faintest imprint of hoof or foot
There was no Impression of a mocca
sin anywhere; every mark remaining
was of booted feet. The inference
wan sufficiently plain this had been
the deed of white men, not of red; foul
murder, and not savage war.
The knowledge seemed to sear
Keith's brain with fire, and he sprang
to his feet, hands ollnched and eyes
blazing. Ho could have believed this
of Indians, It was according to their
nature, their method of warfare; but
the cowardliness of It, the atrocity of
the act, as perpetrated by men of hla
own race. Instantly aroused , within
him a desire for vengeance. He
wanted to run the fellows dexn, to
discover their identity. Without
thinking of personal danger h ran
forward on their trail, which led di
rectly westward, along the line of
cotton woodi. Thes served to con
teal bis own movements, yet for the
moment, burning with passion, h
was Utterly without caution, without
slightest sens of peril. He must
MEETING OF THE
vaguely across toward th opposite
shore. Even as he stood there, real
ising the futility of further pursuit
amid the maze of sand dunes opposite,
the sharp reports of two rifles reach
ed him, spurts ot amoke rose from the
farther bank, and a bullet chugged
Into the ground at his feet, while an
other sang shrilly overhead.
These shots, although neither cam
sufficiently near to be alarming, serv
ed to send Keith to cover. Cool-head
d and alert now,, his first mad rag
dissipated, he scanned the opposite
bank cautiously, but could nowher
discover any evidence of life. Llttl
by little he comprehended the situa
tion, and decided upon his own ac
tion. The fugitives were aware of his
presence, and would prevent his
crossing the stream, yet they were
not at all liable to return to this side
and thus reveal their Identity. To
attempt any further advance would be
madness, but he felt perfectly secure
from molestation so long as he re
mained quietly on the north shore.
Thos shots were merely a warning
to keep back; th very fact that the
men firing kept concealed was proof
positive that they simply wiBhed to be
left alone. They were not afraid of
what he knew now, only desirous of
not being seen. Confident as to this,
he retreated openly, without making
the slightest effort to conceal his
movements, until he had regained th
K scene of murder. In evidence f th
truth of his theory no further shots
were fired, and although b watched
that opposite sand bank carefully, not
th sllghUst movement revealed th
presence of others. That very mo
tion he mad was being observed by
keen eyes he bad n doubt, but this
knowledge did not disconcert him,
now that h felt convinced fear of r-
voalmont would keep bis watchers at
a safe distance. . Whoever they might
, be thoy war evidently more anxious
to scap discovery than he was fear
ful of attack, and possessed no deslr
to take his life, . unless It becam
necessary to prevent recognition.
They still had every reason to believe
their attack on the wagons would be
credited to hostile Indians, and would
consider It far safer to remain con
cealed, and thus harbor this supposl
tlon. They could not suspect that
Keith had already stumbled upon the
truth, and was determined to verify
Secure In this conception of the Bit
uatlon, yet still keeping a wary eye
about to guard against any treachery
the plainsman, discovering a spade In
the nearest wagon, hastily dug a hole
In the sand, wrapped the dead bodies
In blankets, and deposited them there
in, piling above the mound the char
red remains of boxes as some slight
protection against prowling wolves
He searched th clothing of the men
but found llttl to reward the effort
a few letters which were slipped into
his pockets to be read later, some or
dlnary trinkets hardly worth preserv
lng except that they might assist In
identifying the victims, and, about the
neck of the elder man, a rather pe
culiar locket, containing a portrait
painted on ivory. Keith was a long
time opening this, the spring being
very Ingeniously concealed, but upon
finally succeeding, he looked upon the
features of a woman of middle age,
a strong mature face of marked re
finement, exceedingly attractive still,
with smiling dark eyes, and a perfect
wealth of reddish brown hair. He
held the locket open In his hand for
several minutes, wondering who she
oould be, and what possible connec
tion she could have hold with th
dead. Something about that face
smiling up Into his own held peculiar
fascination for him, gripping blm with
a strange feeling of familiarity, touch
ing some dim memory which failed
to respond. Surely he bad never seen
the original, for she was not on to
be easily forgotten, and yet eyes,
hair, expression, combined to remind
him of some on whom he had seei
but could hot bring definitely to mind.
There were no names on the locket,
no marks of Identification of any kind,
yet realizing the sacredness of It,
Keith slipped the fragile gold chain
about his neck, and securely hid th
trinket beneath his shirt.
It was noon by this time, th sun
high overhead, and his horse, with
dangling rein, still nibbling daintily
at the short grass. Thar was no rea
son-for his lingering longer. He swept
his gaze th length and breadth of tb
desolate valley, and across the river
over th sand hills. All alike appear
ed deserted, not a moving thing being
visible between th bluffs and the
ai-bam. bum o oaa m unpiw.
feeling of being watched, and It mad
him restless and eager to be away.
Th earlier gust of anger, the spirit
of revenge, had left him, but It had
merely changed Into a dogged resolu
tlon to discover th perpetrators of
this outrage and bring them to Justice
for the ortme. The face In th locket
seraed to ask It of him, and his na
tur urged response. But ho could
bop to accomplish nothlpg more
here, and tb plainsman swung him
self Into th saddle. He turned his
1'lHttsmouth, Neb.. Auk. 15. 1911.
Board met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: U 1. Switzer M. L. Kried-
rloh and C. R. Jordan. County Commis
sioner!!; IX C. Morgan, County Clerk.
Minutes of Dreviousi es!iion read and
approved, when the following business
was transacted tn regular form:
County Treasurer this day instructed
to refund F. H. Dunbar taxes as fol
lows: Year 1867, lots 26, section 13-12-13.
$5.36. Year INKS, lot 26. section
13-12-13. $28.50, account same hud been
heretofore paid and not properly
As advertised, bids were received for
grading on section line between Sec
tion 21 and 22, Township 10, Ratine
lit; only one bid received and that from
Ueorge I'oisall for $1X0.00. On motion
contract was awarded George I'oisall.
The following claims were allowed
on the General fund:
Nebraska Telephone Co., rent
and tolls $ 3.50
Klmwood Leader-Echo, notice to
taxpayers .' 2.00
Swarts & Welchel, merchandise
to J. B. Wright IS. 50
L. D. Switzer, salary 25.00
Swarts & Welchel, merchandise
ta lan McNeely 16.00
Kloim & Bartlett Co.. election
Chas. Tschirner, assigned P. F.
Ooos. killing gophers 1.00
Win. Dullish, nursing Dan Mc
Nebraska Light Co.. gas to jail
and court house 13.54
F. K. Schlater. Juror certificate
ami postage 23.75
Weeping water Republican,
minting county treasurer's re
Dr. J. W. Hrendel. cure of Mc-
Clery (Refused) 3.00
M. Ij. Frlcdrlch. salary and ex
Inlverslty Publishing Co.. note
books to county superintendent 16.25
I. M. Soennlchsen. assessing
Cass County 1911 603.80
u: Jordan, salary 37.50
A. J. Snyder, recording deed .... 1.00
l'lattsmouth Telephone Co.. rent
and tolls 26. 2U
Dr. J. B. Martin, second quarter
BHlarv countv Dhvslc an. Dis
trict No. 2 57.50
Clements & Co., burial of Dan
A. W. White, merchandise to
If. M. SoennlrliHen. merchandise
to poor 18.20
H. A. Bates, printing to county.. 200.64
I.orrnz Bros., merchandise to
farm , . . 38.65
August Hast, merchandise to
G. Walter Olson, injury on high
way , 150.00
The following claims were allowed
on the Hoad fund:
John Hoot, road work. Road Dis
trict No. 16 1 62. OU
C. J. Earls road work. Road
District No. 14 7.50
H. Hart, road work. Road Dis
trict No. 6 62.40
W. C. Boucher, road work. Hoad
District no. s 37.00
G. F. Allen, blacksmith work.
Road District No. 8 8.75
Henry Miller, road work. Road
District NO. 6 25.00
E Hurlbert. road work. Road
District No. 6 32.65
J. Adams & Son. lumber. Road
District No. 16 52.58
Union Lumber Co., lumber. Ron a
District No. 15 2.2
Yates Lumber & Coal Co. lum
ber. Road District No. 8 20.5
C. 11. Spahn. road work. Road
District No. 13 70.2
H. P. Hayes, road work. Road
District No. 15 7.00
John Hlrz, road work. Road
District No. 1 77.40
H. A. Funke Lumber Co., lum
ber. Road District No. 3 26.4
Mike Lutz, road work. Road Dis
trict No. 1 101.50
St roomer Lumber Co., lumber
Road District No. fi 25.39
Stiocmer Lumber Co.. lumber
Road District No. 16 10.6
( ,. . oss Lumber Co., lumber.
Road District No. 13 63.65
(I. . oss Lumber Co., lumber.
Road District No. 8 79. 0
O. . A oss Lumber Co., lumber.
Road District No. 9 19.00
IMw. Reiser, road work, Roud
District No. 3 39.30
Ren Hci'knmn, road work, Road
District No. 10 158.50
Chas, Chrlswlsser, -nad work,
Road District No. 10 15.00
M. L. Furlong, road work. Road
District No. 27 2.00
The following claims were allowed
on the Bridge fund:
Nebrnskn Construction Co.,
bridge work $1,283.3
1'nlon Lumber Co., bridge ma
Yntes' Lumber & Coal Co.
bridge material .' .25.00
M. L. Furlong, bridge work... 16.00
Board adjourned to meet Tuesdnv,
Septer..er 12, 1911.
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Surprised "Hilt" Wesoott.
From Wednesday's Daily.
The You rip Mon's llible class of
Mio Motliudist church tavo n
Iili'iisanl surpriso lo ihoir lonelier,
"Hilt" Woscoll, at liix home last
ovoninp. llioro wore tvontv-(vo
members of the class present.
The entertainment consisted of
music and stories by members of
the class and by Rev. Austin. Mr.
Wesoott pave an account of his
eastern trip to the advertislna
men's convention at Boston. Re
freshments consisting of sand
wiches, coffee, pickles, cake and
ice cream, were served. A busi
ness meeting was also held, Vice
President George Morrison pre
siding. Plans were made for the
winter months and all hills
against the class were allowed.
The evening proved one of the
most enjoyable affairs ever given
by the class.
UNCLE IK WES
IS EIGHTYJfEARS OLD
Relatives, Neighbors and Friends
Assist In Commemoration
of the Event.
From Wednesday's Dally.
Our good friend, Uncle Nick
Halmes, celebrated his eightieth
birthday anniversary in this city
last Sunday, also a continuation
of the festivities were held last
evening. On last Sunday all of
his sons and doughter and Jheir
families gathered at the home in
this city to celebrate the day with
Uncle Nick and bis good wife.
There were seventeen in the party
of relatives that were in the city
to spend the day.
Last evening quiie a large
number of friends from the city
gathered to assist Uncle Nick in
celebrating theo ccasion. Mr. and
Mrs. Nick Halmes are two of the
finest old people in this section of
the country and have a world of
friends, who aroi ndood happy to
know that they are enjoying such
good health in their well advanced
Following wore those in attend
ance: Mr. and Mrs. Mockonhaupt,
Mr. and Mrs. Nolting and daugh
ters, Orace, Kllen and Thresse
I.ehust; Mr. and Mrs. Dawson, Mr.
and Mrs. Home, Mr. and Mrs.
Oiithman, Mr. and Mrs. Coon
Moisinger, Mr. and Mrs. Jake
Meisinger, Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Kgenborger, Kd onat, John Bauer,
Mr. Hudig, Joe Broogo, Henry
Kaufman, L. I.oinor, Tillie anil
Willie Halmes, Florence Sehulz,
Loola Wagner and Leonard
Last evening George Tarlsch
mid L. B. Hiatt, very intimate
friends of Mr. Halmes, wont lo
bis home and serenaded him with
somes plendid instrumental
music. Messrs. Tarlsch and
Hialt wore accompanied by Mes
srs. led and (Avon (ilillord, llonry
Goose, George Woidman, Frank
McCarty, Paul Wohlfarlh and
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From Tuesday's Dally.
Mrs. V. E. Perry and daughter
loft for Manilou. Colo., this
morning, where thoy will spend
two weeks at the popular Colo
Mr. and Mrs. Will Becker of
Mason City, III., arrived here this
morning and are guests of the
family of the former's brother,
John II. Becker.
J. J. Schneidor, from near
Cedar Creek, was in the city yes
terday looking after some busi
ness matters, and while here paid
the Journal ofllce a brief call.
Mrs. T. B. Moore, returned to
Walden this morning, after at
tending the Old Settlers' reunion
at Union, where she had many
friends among the old settlers.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Partridge,
from near Nehawka, were looking
after some business matters in
the city today. "Billie" has lots
of friends in the county scat who
are always glad to see him.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Warga
went to Falls City this morning lo
visit their son, Joe Warga, who
is wearing the happy smile of a
newly-made, father. The great
event occurred yesterday and it
is a girl. Grandfather and
Grandmother Warga took the first
train for Falls City when thoy re
ceived the glorious news.
Bon Bill and son, who have
boon visiting for the past few
days in the northern part of the
stale,- returned homo this after
noon. Mr. Bill has a son and
daughter, brother and sister re
siding in Ihat locality, so his visit
was in several towns, Wall hill
and Rosilie. He reports a pleas
ant visit anil crops looking pretty
Mr, arid Mrs. Harry Wiles, from
near Manley, wore Plattsmouth
visitors today, coming up for a
few days visit with Mr. Wiles'
parents south of the city. They
report everything in their locality
looking pretty fair and much hot
ter prospects for a corn crop in
Ihoir locality than in the east end
of the county. Thoy have had
more rain there.
F. G. Fricke returned home
last evening from Chippewa Falls,
Wis., where he went on a fishing
L. B. Switzer returned to
Weeping Water this afternoon,
after coming here to attend th
Henry Slander, wife and baby.
of South Bend, wero In the olty
today, Mr. Slander bringing In tha
returns from that precinct. White
in the city they favored the. Jor
nal with a pleasant visit.
Frank Nichols of Greenwood
brought in the returns from Salt
Creek precinct today and was l
pleasant caller at this office, re
newing his subscription to this
paper for another year.
John Wunderlich of Nehawka.
precinct, while in the city today,
called on the Journal for a few
moments. Mr. Wunderlich is on
of the Journal's staunch friends
and we are always pleased to ex
tend the glad hand.
W. F.. Roseni-rans left yester
day for the San Luis valley, Colo-
rado, accompanied by W, B. Ban
ning or Union, A. A. v illmger 01
lmwood and several from Green
(kkI, who will join him at Lin-
oln. They go there lo look at
I ho land which Mr. Rosonernns is.
Tnrronce Fleming of Murray,
nccompnnicd by R. O. 1 1 u (chins of
Weeping Water, gave the Journal
call while in the city today, and
Mr. Hutchins, thinking that hs
could not got along without ths
Old Reliable any longer, added his,
name to our Weeping Water list.
J. G. Lohnos uid daughter
.ouise, of the vicinity of Cedar
Crook, drove lo this city this
lorning to spend the day look-
ig after various business mat
ers arid visiting friends. Mr.
.ohnos took time to call at this
llloe and renewed his subscrip
tion to this paper for another
Potor Urish, wife and children,
of near Green Valley, Illinois, ar
rived in the city this morning for
a few days' visit with his brother
John Urish and family, nenr My
nard. Mr. Urish was a brief call
er at the Journal olllco anil he
tells us that they are having
plenty of rain in his locality at
the, present tune and the com
crop is looking fine. We founi
Mr. Urish to be a very pleasan
genlleman and enjoyed the few
T. B. Wilmont was called to
Omaha this afternoon by a tele
gram from his wife urging him to
come at oncft. He does not have
any idea as to the reason for the
urgent call, as this is the first
I ime, his wife has ever lclegraphed
G. W. Campbell of Bellgrade,
who is visiting among his rela
tives in Rock Bluffs precinct,
while In the city this morning
called and renewed his faith in
the Old Reliable for another year.
Mr. Campb"ll reports crops in a
very fair condition in Nance
Our old friend, Lee Oldham,
brought in the election returns
from West Rock Bluffs this morn
ing, and while her found time to
call on the Journal.
From Wednesday's Dally.
Mrs. Frank Hhoden was
Omaha visitor today.
J. P. Wood of Louisville was in
town today on business.
W. O. Sohewe of Murdock was a
Plattsmouth visitor today.
Mr. and Mrs. William Minford
came in today in Ihoir automobile
William Rummell of Plaits
mouth precinct was in town today
I). C. Rhodon was bore loda
watching the returns as the
Frank Gobelman went to Louis
ville today to do some gold lea
work on the Bank of Commerce
The Undersigned Will on
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, 1911,
At 1 O'clock P. M. Sharp,
at farm of A. S. Will, Eight Mil.
Grove, in Ml. Pleasant Precinct,
Cass county, Nebraska, being 10
miles southwest of l'lattsmouth,
and 11 miles northeast of Weep-
ng Water, will soil at public
auction from forty lo fifty head ot
good native, well-bred horses.
An opportunity to purchase
first- class, well-matched teams
of all ages, from sticklers to eight
years old. Two-thirds of this
bunch of stock are mares. All
bred from the best Canadian sires
and picked home-bred dams. All
colls broke to the halter and tha
older ones broke to work.
Terms of Sale One year or
loss, bankable note at 7 per cent,
or 2 per cent discount for cash.
The reason for this sale is th
dissolution of the firm of A. S.
Will A Sons.
A. S. WILL & SONS, Owners.
WILLIAM DUNN, Auctioneer.
CASTOR I A
For Infants and Children.
The Kind You Have Alwayi Bongh.
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