The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, January 18, 1912, Image 5

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A 1FdM4I1si Ammwawy War-Stary
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COPYRIGHT, 1909. BY A. C McCLURG & CO.
Blnfoiiienr. 111 oiio seu.ie I tun your
prisoner, yet. hud I cboseu to do so. I
CHAPTER VIII.
1 FACE FATE.
STIE did not scream as she saw
me, but her face went Instantly
white, and her bauds were sud
denly fluug out lu startled sur
prise. "tou you here? You have been in
there--In my room?"
Is this your room?"
Ye. Why did you go there?"
"Merely because It was the first
door I found unlocked."
"But It was not unlocked. See, I
hnve the key here In my pocket."
"Yet you must have been mistaken,
for the door was certainly unlocked
when I ciime, even stnndh.fr very
slightly ajar."
From the expression of her fare I
dou'tted If she believed me. 1 felt
bilged to continue speaking.
hl was endeavoring to escape, but
bow hnve decided otherwise and ask
you to aid me. 1 feel that you sym
pathlze with me. that you still have
faith In my statements. A few mo
ments ago I overheard you attempt
my defense In the library."
"1-1 do not think 1 defended you."
the color coming buck Into her c heeks.
"What Is It you do ask?"
"That you will go with mo now di
rectly to those gathered In the library.
I want to tell them my story and let
them judge as to its truth. We hnve
not known each other long, and 1 am
a Yankee, your war enemy, yet 1 sin
cerely desire your good opinion. I
vinnot run away, leaving you to be
Meve ine a coward or worse."
"1-1 do not quite understand," she
admitted at last, almost reluctantly.
You must not do this believing that
I can help you or or that I am even
icllned to do so. It was my trick
which Imprisoned you."
"That has left no sting. Miss Dens
tow," 1 returned. "That you outwit
ted me was natural enough, and I
bold no malice."
My mind was full of a strange con
flict as I followed her to the lower
hall. Circumstances pointed directly
at me as the murderer of that man
above, and I 'realised how exceedingly
weak was my defense. Yet this vol
untary surrender would surely have
weight, eveu upon those prejudiced
mhids. and I had faith-strong abid
ing falth-that Jean Denslow would
believe the truth of my statement.
Somehow Just then to retain the con
fidence of this girl meant Infinitely
more to me than all the tost. Step
ring softly within the library and
drawing slightly to one side so as to
ureal me standing erect in the door
wy. she announced clearly:
"Lieutenant King."
I caught It all In one swift gliinon
tt book lined walls, the glass frnu'
trf tho cases reflecting back the g'ov
f Hie tTuafiTefl'iTTslHiVOiIWTrniii
o celling; the heavy tualingany cen
ter table; a wide sofa, with n man mil
n v.'omnn seated upon It. Itli wit Ii
irk eyes and hair and sironnly re
sembling ciK'h otlir. th" man wearing
a Confederate uniform. Hie woman in
tfved In sonic cliniuu brown ruttorinl;
behind the table, sun's low down with
in hN cu"hlonod cluili'. hN deep sunken
twos staring across ;;l nie as if lie saw I
n vNlnu. wits ,lml:.o I Minn, while to his
rtglit another man- bitr. burly, his hair ;
closely cropped and Iron gray - leaned
forward as if to spring. Kvou us th
eiidy weapon flashed deadly In the
Hglit I spoke, my bauds held up.
' I am not hero as an eiie;iiy. gentle
ould have been well out of your hands
by now. 1 am a Federal ollicer. de
tailed upon the staff of Ceueral Rose
crans and temporarily in command of
scouts. But a short time ago I was
ordered to take two men and examine
this neighborhood for the purpose of
discovering. If possible, the rendezvous
of a guerrilla leader known to us as
Big Jem Douald." I gazed directly
Into the eyes of the giant, who was
now leaning back In his chair. "Are
you the ninnV"
"You may assume so for sake of nr
g"ment. ilnim."
'Tnderstanding that Judge Dunn
had some connection with this hand
of raiders. I left my men asleep this
morning and ventured here alone, hop
Ing to discover opportunity for Investi
gation. In the shadow of the grape
trellis I unexpectedly encountered
young lady, who offered to penult my
searching the bouse. While prosecut
ing that search I was suddenly locked
into a storeroom and made prisoner"
The deep voice of Donald Interrupt
ed with a question.
"Who were the men with you?"
"Two scouts. Daniels and O'Brien."
"That Is why we have doubted your
purpose." he explained shortly. "Will,
lief ire yon p on I will tell you son e
thing about Bill Daniels." the vol c
low. (U'ot. convincing, "something (lift
possibly may justify our action lowa.v'i
yon, If we are guilty of any mistime.
Daniels was born into a feud that has
?ursed this mountain region for many
j :. Mv father was Involved In it.
ana I; cost him his life. When I grew
up to manhood I made every effort lu
my iower to reach a Just settlement of
the difficulty. I refused to go armed;
1 refused to retaliate for injuries done
my property. I appealed to the courts
Instead of fighting it out with the rltle.
But those fellows couldn't understand
that sort of thing; they held me a
coward and started In to drive me out
of the country. This Daniels was the
leader, and he had with him a lot of
midnight assassins. Before I learned
the uselessness of courts my house
was burned, my crops destroyed, and
my wife, weakened by the exposure,
died. I was twice shot from ambush,
and three men allied with my Interests
hal treacherously been done to death.
It was then I became a fighting man.
It took three years to rid those hills of
their vermin; it cost blood and money,
but when we were done those moun
tain roads yonder were safe to travel
over. This mnn Dnnlels was con
demned lor murder, with Judge Dunn
here on the bench. The atrocity of his
crimes was almost beyond belief, and
he was sentenced to death. In some
way he escaped from prison nd dis
appeared. The war broke out; but,
knowing hint to be alive, knowing tho
threats he had made nnd that the peo
ple here required my protection, know
ing there still remained In the region
those who would, through ties of blood,
harbor him If lie returned and eveu
assist In his vengeance, 1 durst not
volunteer Into the Confederate service.
Influence gained me an Independent
command In this section, thus enabling
me to serve both country and friends
at the same time. I am Jem Donald,
but I n mi not n guerrilla; I am n com
missioned otllcer under the Confederate
government."
I bowed silently, Impressed by the
man's earnestness. He hud not fin
I. bed.
"Not until yesterday did I know Dan
iels had nctuallv returned. Ills pres-
ly, "and one worthy of a soldier, sirs
Denslow. I do not really moan to
question what has been said, but
should fool better satisfied to hear
your corroboration. Is this story true?"
"It Is perfectly true." she said sim
ply, "only Colonel Donald has tdd but
a small portion of it."
"Thou, colonel. I feel greater confi
dence In relating the remainder of my
own tale. I have absolutely no con
nection with Daniels except that of
command, nor have 1 any sympathy
with lawlessness and murder. You
were about to proceed to whore I was
supposed to lie still Imprisoned, but
first one of your number, a young of
ficer. I judge, went upstairs to ptocure
his revolver."
I paused as though in question, and
Judge Dunn sMd grulllv:
"A friend of my son's. Lieutenant
Navarre, and he Is a long while about
It."
"When this oflioer disappeared I
sought in vain for some available exit
from this floor. Finding none. I has
tily decided to slip up the stairs after
him and try a drop from one of the
second story windows. Just beyond
the head of the stairs one of the rooms
was lighted, nnd 1 supposed that to
be where he was. I turned to the right
and tried the first door. I stepped In
side; the window was wide open; on
the floor nt my feet lay the dead body
of Lieutenant Navarre."
1 could see them leaniug forward
staring at me with suddenly blanched
faces; I heard a sharp cry s Miss
Dunn dropped her head upon the arm
of the sofa: a bitter oath from the
Hps of Calvert Dunn as he leaped to
Ids feet, his dark face fairly black
from passion.
"You liar!" he shouted, rage choking
his utterance. "This Is your work!
You klbed him!"
I thought he would spring nt me,
but even as I drew bii"k a slng'e st T
f'ir bPt'er defense Jean Denslow came
between us.
"No. not that. At least give Lieu
tenant King a chance to tell his
story."
"Ave. be still, boy." And Dona d rose
to his feet, a massive figure of a man,
"You found him lying dead, you say?
"Yes, resting upon the floor, huddled
upon his left side. I turned him over
on his back, seeking the wound. It
was a knife thrust in the throat, but
the blade hud been withdrawn. There
are murks of blood on the window
sill, from whence the assassin must
have dropped to the ground."
I sought to read the expression on
tho face of the girl beside me. but
her hands wore pressed to her eyes,
her form trembling. Then Donald
stepped to the open doorway, block
ing the only ogress from the room.
"Calvert." he said In stem tone of
command. "Co up stairs and verify
this story. Lieutenant King will re
main where he Is until your return."
As young Dunn hastily left the room
I turned to meet the deep set eyes of
his father.
"Why didn't you g? o:.i' that wlu
dow also?" lie asked bluntly. "You
could probably hnve escaped."
"Yes." I answered, "and you would
have relieved forever that I was the
nmrd'-rer."
"That wouldn't liie hurt you any;
the kililu;: of one of the enemy by a
scout in ilvic o" w.ir I - not considered
iiiiiidr. Yon:' eria; wnr.'.l I'i've pro
tected you."
"1 am not tha! kind of man. Judge
Dunn."
"1 don't know what sort you may
of the Federal army." and his black
eyes blazed into mine with angry lu
soienee. "that you. and you only, are
the murderer of Lucius Navarre."
I saw the flash of a revolver In his
hand: I felt the Iron grip of Big Don
ald's fingers clutching my arm. yet I
have uo recollection of moving so
much as a muscle. I know the Judge
spoke and that Donald answered him:
1 dimly remember that Calvert Duun
demanded that they Immediately take
the law into their own bands; some
one counseled delay: I saw Jean Dens-
low's face full of appeal; 1 think she
spoke nnd that I attempted answering
some question. Yet It was all like a
dream, a delirium. In which- I ap
peared to hnve no real part. Suddenly
the animal in me returned to life: I
could uot think, but I could light these
devils. I struck oul 'reilessTy nt Till
vert Dunn, maddened by those black.
threatening eyes. I felt the thud of
my blow, heard the discharge of his
revolver ns he went down, and strug
glod desperately to break loose from
the grip of tho giant who held me. It
was all the work of a wild moment
The next 1 lay unconscious on the floor
1 came to myself confused by my
surroundings, but with mind comparu
tlveiv clour I was lying on some
binnkots in one corner of the collar
Through a small barred window a bit
of daylight streamed in, enabling nic
to perceive something of the desolate
Interior My head throbbed from (lit1
blow that hud felled me. anil was
bound about with a linen napkin
Drops of perspiration beaded my fore
head as I thought of those accusing
facts point Ing so directly toward uie.
1 was held a murderer; the word
seen i eii to mini Into my brain us
though formed of tire; even Joan Den
slow could believe In uie no longer
not with all that crushing evidence
dragging mo down to iufumy Her
name lingered on my lips In dread as
1 bowed my head lu my hands; then
some way it came back ns an lusplru
tlon.
I sat staring Into the darkest corner
of tho cellar, yet seolug uothlng ex
cept the, vlsjpti of thai oung lrl
her slender figure, her bright, eurnest
face, her light fluffy hair, ber gray
blue eyes shining beneath the long
lashes. She was my wife, my wife
the law said so, and yet 1 could
acarcely persuade myself of the truth
It had never seemed very niuob to me
before, but It did now. the blood ting
ling through my veins as the recollec
tlon returned. Perhaps she would
hate me If she kuew; beyond question
ihe despised me already; yet to me the
meniorv was like a flame. I would
not yield to this fate; there was
chance for tight ing yet. aud I wanted
to live, to clear my name for her
sake.
All at once It dawned upon me like
a revolution that I lovodber; that no
other woman In all this world could
ever take her position In my heart
Now I must prove to her my lunocence
of crime
There was but one way-escape and
Ihe running down of tho real murder
er. How it iiiMi noon accompiisneu i
could not even guess, but I hnd one
name In my thought Daniels.
(To He Continued.)
Sale on.
Woolen - Underwear!
Ladies. Gentlemen and Children if you can't keep
warm try some of our nice underwear. We think we
have a remedy for this weather. We are showing
the best line ever shown in Plattsmouth.
ZUCKWEILER LUTZ
SUDDEN DEATH
men. If I wore I could have easily ,,,.,, Wotild not be so serious, but my
shot first from ttio hall. 1 merely wish.i ,.omniUi u lust now badly scattered.
and ho comes backed by a force of
to tie beard, and as evidence of good
fnlth I will deposit my weapons on the
table."
Kone among them uttered a word,
although the Judge was' sputtering as
If endeavoring to gain control of his
language.
"No. gentlemeu." 1 said. "I have
come to you voluntarily to make n
Federals."
"If 1 hnd my way." broke In the of
ficer on the sofa. "I'd hung this whole
scouting party nnd have done with It."
I turned nnd looked nt him. Instant
ly recognizing the voice. Ho was Cal
vert Dunn.
"A. kindly thought," J returned cold-
be." he returned slowly, "but In this
case It seems to me you are either a
fool or ii wise knave, and there Is not
a very wide difference between the
two Yon evidently expect ibis volun
tury surrender will clear you of all
suspiclou."
"No; It simply means I intend to re
main nnd face the susplclou. The
mau upstairs wns killed by a knife
turust; I possess no knife. The one
who killed bim dropped from the win
dow, leaving his bloody finger marks
on th hIII. The morning will re
veul bis Imprint on the ground be
neath. My uct Is neither that of a fool
nor that of a knave; I prefer being a
prisoner rather than to have this foul
crime charged against me."
We must buve waited there for ten
minutes, no one speaking, the Judge
gazing full at me, as if 1 were a pris
oner before his court, the big frame of
Donald completely blocking the door
way. Miss Dunn was crying softly,
and I thought Jean was beside ber.
but I did not venture to glnnce towurd
them. Suddenly Calvert Duun came
down the hall, holding in his baud a
lighted lantern.
"Lieutenant Navarre Is lying dead in
Jean's room." he said shortly, evident
ly striving to speak calmly, yet with
trembling voice. "He was stabbed In
the throat with a knife and npparent
ly given llttie opportunity for defense,
as there ure no evidences of struggle.
There is a light still burning In his
own room, further down the hall, and
1 believe Navarre was In there, seek
ing bis revolver, when ho board some
noise In the front of the house, caus
ing him to investigate. The bidden as
siissin must have sprung upon him in
the dark "
"Ynu found other evidence?"
omparaiiveiy little, l bore nre
marks of blood on the sill of the open
window, not linger marks, merely
splashes. The roadway Is below, and
a man dropping from that height
would leave no Impress on the packed
ashes. I found this knife In tin
bushes, whore It could easily have
been thrown from the window."
'the full meaning of all this hurst
upon my mind In horror. Instead of
clearing uie of suspicion, everything
tended rather to bind closer the chains
of guilt.
"Do you mean"
"I mean this, Mr. I
N CALIFORNIA
Hu3band of a Former Cass County
School Teacher Dies Very
Suddenly.
REPORT A MOST
EXCELLENT MEETING
Plattsmouth Representatives Are
Highly Elated Over Interest
Taken in Good Roads.
From Wednesday's Dally.
President T. 11. Pollock nnd
Vice President J. p. Fuller of tho
Commercial club and County
Commissioners Friedricli and
lloclinpr returned last evening
from Lincoln, whore they attend
ed the slale meet ing in the. in
terests of good roads. These
gentlemen report a good and in-
leresling meeting. Addresses
were made by prominent men in
terested in good roads from Kan
sas and Iowa and also addresses
were made by some of the Ne
braska university professors.
V. 15. floarharl, slate highway
engineer, of Kansas, made a very
instructive address on highways,
and especially dwelt on tho con
si ruction of culverts nnd bridges.
In his state there is a fund of $3,
000,000 set apart for Uie high
ways of the slate. Two millions
are devoted to Ihe construction of
culverts and bridges and one mil
lion to the upkeep of the high
ways. Mr. flcarhart went into the
question of bridge building and
showed by actual figures that con
crete culverts and bridges are
cheaper to construct than steel,
nnd are practically unlimited in
lime of duration.
S. T. Harrow, chief engineer of
Ihe Hurlinglon, gave a practical
lalk on tho size of Ihe opening for
a culvert. Prof, fleorge R. Chat
burn of the universily and Prof.
Chase of Ihe agricultural school
gave addresses on good roads, and
Prof. Kordrca, the, soil specialist,
lold of the construction of dirt
roads, and offered to consult with
commissioners and road men
from any part of Ihe slate where
road-making was contemplated
and advise with them as to what
lo mix with the soil to make a
good road for the different sec
lions of Ihe state.
The stale engineer offered alsb
to furnish specifications of
bridges to coimnisisoners for the
nominal sum of $10 and $1 for
a blue print of any bridge needed.
Commissioners Kriodrich and
lleebner were well pleased with
what Ihey heard and spoke very
highly of Ihe courteous manner in
which Ihe Commercial club
olllcials looked after their comfort
and entertainment during their
visit at the stale capital.
When buying a cough medicine
for children bear in mind that
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy is
most effectual for colds, croup
and whooping cough and that it
contains no harmful drug. For
sale my F. fl. Fricke & Co.
Married In Omaha Sunday.
Charles Cobb and wife and
daughters, Misses Fay and Nylo,
were in Omaha Sunday where they
attended a double wedding at the
home of fleorge Ostler, tho con
tracting parlies being Arthur
flrow, or Elk City. South Dakota,
and Miss Hoe Ostler, and TI. Cobb,
also of Elk City, and Miss Ella
Ostler. The ceremony was per
formed by Hev. Savage of tho
Peoples' church.
Directors Meet Last Night.
From Tuesday's Dally.
The directors of the Platts
mouth Independent Telephone
company met at the company's
oflioe in this city last night and
declared a quarterly dividend of
one-half of one per cent. Tho
directors from out-of-town at
tending the meeting were If. A.
Talcolt of Greenwood and M. II.
Pollard of Nehawka.
Medicines that aid nature are
always most effectual. Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy acts on this
plan. It allays the cought, relievos
the lungs, opens the secretions
and aids nature in restoring the
system to a healthy condition.
Thousands have instilled to its
superior excellence. Sold by F. O.
Fricke & Co.
Friends of Miss Flora Moreley
of Upland, Cal., have just received
a letter from her in which she
writes of the sad death of the
husband of her sister, Lucy,
which occurred suddenly on
Christmas eve. The good man had
preached, as usual, to his people
twice that day, and after the even
ing service assisted his wife in
distributing the gifts in tho chil
dren's stockings, and had laid
down on a divan for a few min
utes' rest before retiring for the
night, when he was attacked with
heart failure and died within five
minutes.
The bereaved woman's maiden
name was Miss Lucy Moreley, and
she formerly was a teacher in the
schools of this county and has
many warm friends hero who will
sympathize with her in her great
sorrow.
When given ns soon ns the
croup cough appears Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy will ward off
an aflack of croup and prevent all
danger and cause of anxiety.
Thousands of mothers use it. suc
cessfully. Sold by F. fl. Fricke
& Co.
CLEARANCE SALE OF
REMNANT
and Odds and Ends!
You practice real economy by getting some of our
remnants and odd lot bargains. Remnants of all kinds
and of the most desirable goods and patterns on display
at attractive prices.
Departs for the South.
From Tuondny'8 Dally.
Dave Amick will depart for Hot
Springs, Ark., on the midnight M.
P. 1 rn in tonight, where he will
lake Ihe baths, with a view of rc
cruiling his health. Dave has not
been feeling himself for a inonlh
or more and has lost, about twenty
pounds in weight. Hefore re.
turning he will look after his real
eslale interests at Monticello,
whore he owns a fiine piece of
land which he purchased a few
weeks ago.
The Journal office carries
Kinds of typewriter supplies.
all
Dress Skirls al Sweaters and Stock-
$5.00 Shirts now. . . .$2.50 ine' GapS al i
6.00 44 44 .... 3.00 25 and 35c caps now.. 15c
8.00 44 44 .... 4.00 50c caps now 25c
11.00 44 " .... 5.50 25c mittens and gWs, 10c
12.00 44 " .... G.00 50c golf gloves 25c
Upton's Coffee
We are agents for Thos. Lipton's
Coffee. If you have trouble getting a
good cup of coffee try the best.
r PER POUND 40c " I
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