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About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (June 10, 1912)
A young man and a beautiful
young woman, lost and alone in
a wilderness for months, half
starved and in daily peril of
death from wild beasts and still
more savage Indians this is the
central theme of the most fasci
noting romance that has come
from Emerson Hough's pen,
Read and you will learn how
love came to them; how they
conducted themselves in this try
ing, unconventional situation;
how the man's chivalry and the
woman's purity held them stead'
fast to the ideals of civilization,
and how the strange episode
brought tragedies, estrangements
What Comoth In the Night.
WHEN I rode up our lane in the
dusk I found my father and
mother sitting In the cool of
the front gallery, and, giving
my rein to one of our boys, I flung my
self down on the steps near by and
now and again joined In their conver
sation. I was much surprised to learn that
out whilom guest, Gordon Orme. bad
taken sudden departure during my ab
sence, he having been summoned by a
messenger from the village, who he
stated brought him . word that be must
forthwith be on his way to Albemarle.
Be had asked my father if he cared
to sell the black horse. Satan, to which
he had taken a fancy, but this had
been declined. Then it seems there
bad como up something of our late
meeting at the village, and Orme.
laughing, bad told of our horse break
ing and wrestling in n way which It
seemed had not detracted from my
standing in my parents' eyes. None of
us three was willing to criticise our
guest, yet 1 doubt If any one of us
failed to entertain a certain wonder,
not to say suspicion, regarding him.
At least be was gone. .
Our talk now gradually resolved it
self to one on business matters. I
ought to have said that my father was
an ambitious man and one of wide
plans. I think that even then be fore
saw the day when the half pattiarcblal
life of our state would pass nway be
fore one of wider horizons of commer
cial sort. He was anxious to band
down his family fortune much Increas
ed, and, foreseeing troublous times
abend as to the Institution of slavery
in the south, be bad of late been tak
ing large risks to assure success In
spite of any change of tlmea9 Now.
moved by some strange reasons whlrb
he himself perhaps did not recognize,
be legan for the first time, contrary to
his usual reticence, to explain to my
mother and nie something of these
matters. He told us that in connection
with his friend. Colonel William Meri
wether of Albemarle, he hud invested
heavily in coal lands In the western
pnrt of the stat in whnt Is now West
Virginia. This requiring very large
sums of money he for his part had en
cumbered not only the lands them
nelves, but these lands of Cowles'
Farms to secure the payment. .. The
holder of these mortgages was a bank
ing firm In Fredericksburg. The inter
est was one which In these times would
be considered u cruel one, and indeed
the whole enterprise wns one which re
quired a sanguine courage, precisely us
his, for I have said that risk he always
held as challenge and Invitation.
"Does thee think that in these times
thee should go so deeply In debt?" ask
ed my mother of him.
"Elizabeth." he said, "that is why I
have gone in debt. Two years from
now and the value of these lands here
may have been cut in half. Ten year
from now the coal lands yonder will be
worth ten times what they are today."
"John," she said to him suddenly,
"sell those coal lands or a part of
"Now. that ! could not do," be an
wered. "for half their value. The
country now is fuller of war than of
Investment. But come peace, come
(here lies a, fortunefor. us all
By Emerson Hough
Copyright. 1VJ7. by the Outing Publlshlni
For my share there remains but one
heavy payment, and tomorrow 1 ride
to raise funds for that among our ten
ants and elsewhere. I admit that my
bankers are shrewd and severe In fact,
I think they would rather see the pay
ments forfeited than not. As Meri
wether Is nway. It Is with me to attend
to this business now."
That coming day my father rode
abroad as he bad planned, taking black
Satan for bis mount, since he needed
to travel far. lie had collected from
various sources, as bis account book
later showed, a sum of over $3,000.
which be must have had In gold and
negotiable papers In - his saddlebags.
During his return borne be came down
the deep trough rood which ran In front
of the ilheraton farms and ours. He
passed near to a certain clump of
bushes at the roadside, and there that
happened wkleh brought to a sudden
end all the peace and comfort of our
lives and which made me old before
I heard the horse Satan whinny at
our lane gate wildly, as though In
fright, and even as I went out my heart
stopped with sudden fear. He had
leaped the gate at the lower end of the
lane. Uls bridle rein was broken and
caught at his feet as be moved about,
throwing up bis head lu fright as much
as viciousness. 1 hastily looked at the
saddle, but it bore no mark of any
thing unusual. Not pausing to look
farther, I caught the broken reins In
my hand and sprang into the saddle,
spurring the horse down the lane and
over the gate again and back up the
road which I knew my father must
There at the side of the road near
the clump of blackberry vines and
sumac growth lay my father, a long
dark blot, motion less, awesome, as I
could see by the light of the moon,
now Just rising in a gap of the dis
tant mountains. 1 sprang down and
ran to him. lifted his head, called to
blm in a voice so hoarse I did not rec
ognize It. I told him that it was his
son who had come to blm and that
be must speak. So at last, as though
by sheer will be bad held on to this
time, he turned his gray face toward
me and as a dead man spoke.
"Tell your mother." he snld. "tell
Merlwether-must protect Roodby!"
Then he said. "Lizzie!" and opened
wide bis arms.
Presently be said. "Jack, lay my
head down, please." 1 did so. He
was dead, there in the moon.
1 straightened him our nnd put my
coat across his face and spurred back
down the road again and over the
gate. But my mother already knew.
She met me at the ball, nnd her face
"Jack." she said. "I know."
Then we brought him home and laid
him in his own greut room, as the
"Jack, lay my haad down, plans."
master of the bouse should lie when
the end conies, and arrayed blm like
the gentleman he was.
Now camo that old wlre-balr, Dr.
Bond, his mane standing stiff and
gray over a gray face, down which
tears rolled the first time known of
any man. He sent my mother away
and called me to him. And then be
told me that in my father's back were
three or four pierced wounds, no doubt
received from the sharp stubs of un
derbrushes when be fell. But this,
he said, conld hardly have been the
cause of death. He admitted that the
m&tter seemed mysterious to him.
Up to this time we had not thought
of the cause of this disaster nor pon
dered upon motives were it worse thnn
accldeut. Now we began to think
Dr. Bond felt in the pockets of my fa
ther's (-out. and so for the first time
we foil nil his account book ami his
wallets. Dr. Bond and I ut ouce went
out and searched the saddle ockets
my father had carried. They were
All this, of course, proved nothing
to us. The most that we could nrgue
was that. tin horse In some way bad
thrown his rider and that the fall bad
proved fatal and that perhaps some
wandering uegro had committed the
theft. These conclusions were the
nest day bad for the horse Satan,
whom 1 whipped and spurred and rode
till he trembled, meting out to him
what had been given old Kllugwalla.
his sire, for another murdering deed
like this. I could not believe that my
father was gone, the man who had
been my model, my frleud. my com
panion nil my life.
Life and business matters had hith
erto been much a sealed book for me.
I was seized of consternation when a
man came riding over from the little
Walllngford bank asking intention to
word from Abrams & Halllday. bank
ers of Fredericksburg. I understood
vaguely of notes overdue nnd some
what of mortgages on our lands, our
house, our crops. I explained our
present troubles and confusion, but
the messenger shook his head with a
coldness on his face I had not been
accustomed to see worn by any at
Cowles' Farms. Sweat stood on my
face when I saw that we owed $1.V
000 u large sum In those simple days
and that more would presently fol
low, remainder of n purchase price of
over n hundred thousand dollars for
lands I had never seen. I looked
about me at the great house of Cowles'
Farms, and a coldness came upon my
heart as I reolized for the first time
thnt perhaps this home was not ours,
but another's. Anger again possessed
me at this thought, and. with small
adieu. I ordered the man from the
place and told him I would horsewhip
him If he lingered but n moment.
Then, too late, I thought of more busi
nesslike action and of following the
advice my father had given me at
once to see his associate. Colonel
Meriwether. Thereafter I consulted
Colonel Sheraton might perhaps have
aided us. but blm 1 would not ask.
Before this time I bad acquainted him
of ray Intentions In regard to his
daughter, and now 1 went to blm nnd
placed the matter before him. explain
ing to him the nature of our affairs
and announcing my Intention to make
quick Journey to the west In order to
obtain assistance from Colonel Meri
wether, of whom 1 hoped to find In
stant solution of the financial prob
lems, at least It seemed wise for roe
to place before Miss Grace's father the
question of advisability ot allowing
her to remain pledged to a man whose
fortunes were In so sad a state. I
asked him wbxt was light for me to
do. Uls face was very grave as ne
(pondered, but he said: "It my girl's
word ban been passed we will wait
We will wait, sir." And that wns all
I knew when I made my hurried prep
arations for the longest Jouruey I bad
at that time ever kuown.
i in, spite ot nil my grief I was a
I young mnu, und I was conscious ot a
keen exhilaration In these my earliest
I travels. I whs to go toward that
' great west, which then was ou the
: tongue of all the south and ludeed all
A great military party was embark
ing for the west-two companies of
dragoons, their officers and mounts. I
managed to get passage on this boat
to Louisville and tbence to the city ot
St. Louis. Thus finally we pushed In
at the vast busy levee of this western
military capital. Still 1 was not In
the west, for St Louis also was old,
almost as old as our pleasant valley
back In Virginia. I beard of lands
still more remote, a thousand miles
still to the west; beard of great rivers
leading to the mountains nnd of the
vast, mysterious plains of which even
yet men spoke in owe. It seemed to
me I beard the voice of youth and llfo
beyond and, that youth was blotted
out behind me In the blue Virginia
1 Inquired for Colonel Meriwether
about my hotel Id the city, but was
unable to get definite word regarding
bis whereabouts, although the Impres
sion was that be was somewhere In
the farther west Thia made it neces
sary for me to ride at once to Jeffer
son barracks. I had at least one ac
quaintance there. Captain Martin Ste
venson of tbe Sixth cavalry, a Mary
land man whom we formerly met fre
quently when be was paying suit to
Kitty Dillingham of the Shenandoah
country. 1 found Kitty quite aa the
bad been In ber youth at borne, aa
careless and wild, aa disorderly and
as full ot good bcartedness.
"Come," she said, "we'll put you up
with ns, right here. Johnson, take
Mr. Cowles' things and go down to
tbe city at once for his bags."
"But niy dear Mrs. Kitty," 1 pro
tested, "1 can't 1 really must be get
ting on. I'm here on business with
"Never mind about Colonel Meri
wether," rejoined my hostess, "well
find him later he's up tbe river some
where. Always take care of tbe Im
portant things first. Tbe most Impor
tant thing In tbe whole world Just now
Is the officers' ball tonight Don't you
ee tbem fixing tip the dancing plat
form on parade? It's Just as well tbe
K. O.'s away, because tonight tbe mice
certainly are going to play."
Tbe city of St Louis was then the
richest and gayest capital of tbe west
the center of the commercial and so
cial UffoX wet ftnljftutlj. ajlit gome
Of tbe most beautiful women of tbe
world dwelt there and never, I Im
agine, bad belles bolder suitors than
these who passed through or tarried
with the army. What wonder the say
ing that no army man ever passed St
Louis without leaving a benrt or tak
ing one with him'! What wonder that
these gay young beauties emptied
many an army pocket for flowers and
gems und only tilled many an army
heart with despondency In return?
Sackcloth lay beyond on the frontier.
Rail followed nail, one packed recep
tion after another. Dining and send
ing of flowers uud evening love makings-
these for the time seemed tbe
main business of Jefferson barracks.
Social exemptions are always made for
army men. ever more gallant than af
fluent, and St. Louis eutertalned these
gentlemen mightily with no expecta
tion of equivalent, yet occasionally tbe
sons ot Mars gave return entertain
ments to i lie limits, or more thuu tbe
limits, ot their purses. The otllcers'
balls at these barracks were the envy
of all the army, aud 1 doubt If any
regimental bauds In tbe service had
reason for more protlcleucy In waits
Of some of these things my hostess
advised me as we sat for the sake of
the shode. on the gallery of No. 10,
where Stevensou's man of all work
had brought a glass topped table ana
some glasses. Here Captain Steven
son presently joined us, and ufter that
escape was Impossible.
"Do you suppose Mr. Cowles Is en
gaged?" asked Kitty of her husband
impersonally und apropos of nothing
tbHt 1 could see.
"1 don't think so. ne looks too
deuced comfortable." drawled Steven
son. "If be isn't engaged be will be before
morning." remarked Kitty.
"Indeed, und to whom, pray?" 1 In
quired. "How should I know? Indeed, bow
should you know? Any one of a dozen
first one you see-first one who sees
you. because you ure tall and can
"I hardly think I should dance"
"Of course you will dance. If you re
fuse you will be put In irons and taken
out tomorrow and shot. It will do you
no good to sit ami thluk. poor boy."
"1 have no clothes," I protested.
"You don't want your own clothes.
This Is bal masque. I think you'd look
well In one of Matt's uniforms."
"That's so." said Stevenson, "we're
about ot a size. ' Good disguise, too,
since you've never been here. I sny,
Kitty, what an nwfully good Joke It
would be to put blm up agalust two or
three of those heartless flirts yon call
your friends Ellen, for Instance."
"There won't be a button left on the
uniform by morning," said Kitty. "To
night the army entertains."
"Aod conquers." I sjgk.fed.
"Sometimes. But at tbe otllcers' ball
It mostly surrenders. Tbe casualty
list after one of these balls Is some
thing awful. After all. Jack, all these
modern Improvements In arms have
not superseded the old bow and ar
row.' "And who Is thai dangerous flirt you
were talking about a moment ago?" 1
"I lose my mess number If 1 dare to
tell. Ob. Ibey'll all be here tonight,
both army and civilians. There's Sa-
i die Calloway or the F.lgbtb and Too
i die Devllu of Kentucky, and tbe Evans
girl from up north and Mrs. Willie
"And Mrs. Matthew Stevenson."
"Yes, myself, of course, and then,
besides. Ellen." .
"Never mind. She Is the most dan
gerous creature now at large In the
western country. Avoid ber! Tass
not by ber: She stalketb by night.
Sbe'll get you sure, my son. She has
a string of hearts at her will as long
as from here to tbe red barn."
"1 shall dance tonight." I said, "if
you please, 1 will dance with ber the
"Yes?" She raised ber eyebrows.
"You've a nice conceit at least. But
hen. I don't like modest men."
(Tit Ho r.uiilimied.)
Almost every local exchange we
pick up we Kit' where this or lhat
farmer has bought an automobile.
We overheard a farmer say the
other day that he is glad he
bought a machine. He gave as a
reason that now he plows and
works his horses until late in the
evening and after feeding them
and taking his supper he takes the
wife and children in the car and
rides to town and buys what they
need and then drives home, going
nil over the country on the way
merely for I he pleasure of I ho
ride. Say, Mr. ami Mrs. Parent,
isn't that one way to keep the hoy
and the girl on the farm? Think
Millinery In Murray.
Mrs. Julia Dwyer of Plaits
mouth has decided to open a mil
linery store in Murray, and will
he here three days, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday of each
week. The line will he located nt
the home of Mrs. Joseph Cook on
lower Main street. All ladies of
the community are invited to call
nnd see her.
II. I. Red eKgs for sale, 50 cents
per setting, or $3.00 per hundred.
Mrs. C. E. Schwab, 'Phone 3-H,
Wants Two Years' Salary as
Clerk of Banking Board.
M&G6I GOES TO CONVENTION.
Lincoln Man Gets Appointment as As
sistant Sergeant t-Armi for Na
tional Meeting at Chicago Enforc
ing La as to Eggs.
Lincoln, June 8. Samuel Patterson,
who was appointed secretary of the
nankin; board by ex-Governor Shal
lenberger anJ never had a chance to
serve, has appealed irom a decision ot
the district court of Ijuicuster coun
ty, wherein he filed suit to compol
the slate auditor to ray him $ti,0i0
tor two. years' salary as clerk of the
board, and now asks the supreme court
to listen to his tale of woe.
The ense was tried In the district
court of Ijincaster county and that
court found that the present secretary,
Ed Royse, had been Oiling the office as
de facto or de jure during the time
that the plaintiff claimed salary under
the law and that therefore Mr. Patter
son had nothing coming to him, conse
quently he asks the supreme court to
look Into the matter.
Enforcing Law as to Eggs.
Food Commissioner Hansen Issued
the following regarding the sale of an
cient eggs- "A meeting was held at
the Lincoln hotel of the egg dealers
of the state for tho purpose of discuss
ing the handling of eggs. Commis
sioner Hansen, In his talk to the egg
dealers. Bald that he would vigorously
prosecute buying and selling of rotten
eggs, that candling would have to be
done by buyers and that he expected
to be kept Informed of the condition
of eggs received; that his Inspectors
had been Instructed to be busy In
looking up bud egg shipments, and It
found tshe shippers would be prose
found tho shippers would be prose-
He also stated that producers, mer
chants and egg buyers must candle
eggs and reject the spoiled ones. Rot
ten eggs shipped have placed Nebras
ka eggs In bad repute on the eastern
ma-liet, and the producers are losing
lurg.j amounts of money, as they are
compelled to accept low quotations on
Kantrt Seeks New Trial,
The case of Fred Kanert. a Grand
Island business man, who was con
vlcted of a statutory assault on Mary
Waddiclc, a fourteen-year-old girl, was
up tor hearing before tbe supreme
court. Kanert was found guilty In the
Hall county district court and Ben
tenced to a term of seven years In
the penitentiary. He appealed to the
supreme court. One of the reasons
for an appeal was that testimony was
allowed showing that Kanert'a wife
died last September In Macon, 111.
and that he did not attend the fu
ueral, which testimony prejudiced the
Jury and was not proper evidence. He
sets forth again that the court room
was tilled during the trial with men
aud women who were allowed to laugh
and sneer at the evidence and that
iuch acts prejudiced and influenced
the jury against him.
8peclal Rat Granted.
The railway commission has notified
the Nebraska Telephone company thn
Its application for a special rate to
all commercial telegraph companies to
handle business partly telephone and
partly telegraph will be granted. Un
der the terms of the agreement, lr
telephone message Is 10 cents or lesi
the telephone company will keep all
of the charge, and retain 80 per cent
If the telephone charge Is from IS to
20 cents; 70 per cent If the charge U
from 20 to 25 cents, and 60 per cent
U tha charge is 30 coflii or more. The
telephone company will handle buBl
ne38 of this kind only when other
business Is out of the way.
Kearney will have the same freight
rate basis as Grand Island and Hast
Ings over the Burlington road on hides
aad tallow In less than carload lots.
Maggl to See Convention.
Ed O. Maggl of the pardoning board
la exhibiting an appointment as assist
ant sergeant-at arms of the natlonul
Republican convention, done In silver
and gold and blue ribbons. The ap
polnimtnt was made on the recom
mendatlon of Secretary William Hay
ward and will entitle the holder to set;
all the fun nil the time and no one
dare say him nay.
CRISIS AT UNIVERSITY
Chancellor Avory Insists on Return ol
Lincoln, June 8. The aid of parents
of university Btudonts was Invoked by
Chancellor Avery to secure the return
of 1,500 copies of the Cornhuskor, In
order that the "Joke" department
might be removed and the books re
bound. Action was bogun by Chan
cellor Avery when he passed public
censure on Dana Van Duf.cn of Omaha
editor-in-chief of the book, for allow
Ing matter to appear in it which he
claimed wns questionable.
, Chancellor Avery Issued a second
statement declaring that It was the
greatest internal crisis In university
affairs In many years and a bitter hu
mlllatlon to the university that matter
would be allowed to go out reflectlni
on tbe honor of tho students.
Ex-U. S. Senator Dick and
Ormsby McHarg, Counsel
For Taft and Roosevelt.
Photo of Dick by Amnrlrun Froi AssocJ.
IN BOSTON STIKE
Service onMany Downtown Lines
Is Only Occasional
Boston, Juna 8. Rioting broke out
again in connection with the strike of
employees of the Boston Elevated
Street Railway company. Disturbances,
occurred In Cambridge and South Boa-
ton. In one outbreak In Cambridge
three policemen were badly beaten
and a revolver shot was fired at tha
conductor of a street car. Several ar
rests were made.
Growing with each hour, the atrtko,
bus spread ao that service on many
lines ot the metiopolitan district waa
only occasional. Estimates of tho
number of men on strike varied wide
ly. Union leaders claim 3,500 mem
bers were out, with additional mens
bers Joining the strike hourly. Bos
ton elevated company oflfclals set th
number of strikers at "about 1,000."
The total number of men of all classes
regularly employed by the Boston
Elevated Railway company Is 8,000, of
whom 5,000 are uniformed employees.
AH men on a strike are members of
the Amalgamated Association of Street
Railway Employees, the local branch
of which hns been recently organized.
It was thn refusal of President Ban
croft of the company to treat with em
ployees on their demands as members
of this organization that precipitated
The day's disorders resulted In tho
arrest of nearly thirty men, charged
mostly with Intimidation and assault
Three men received sentences of threw
months each In the house of correc
tion, whllo jcthers received less se
ENJOINED FROM STRIKING
Court Restraint Officers of Railroad
Union From Issuing Call.
Philadelphia. June 8. Judge Brefcy
In the common pleas court, Issued an
Injunction restraining federated com
mittees of tho Brotherhoods of Train
men, Conductors, Firemen and Engi
neers from taking any action thnt may
had to a strike on the lines of the
Pennsylvania railroad east of Pitts
burgh and PJrle because of alleged
The Injunction was Issued on pe
tition of John S. Hemphill, an engi
neer, whose home Is In West Philadel
phia. In his petition he claims that
the Brotherhood of Engineers and
Firemen, of which he Is a member,
has no legal right to participate In
the conferences of the brotherhoods,
which are now going on In this city.
The federated committee numbers
about IMS members and has been hold
ing sessions at frequent Intervals
here for some time. The principal dif
ference between the company and the
men Is over a request that steam rail
road engineers he employed on a cer
tain percentage of all electric train
running between New York city and
Newark, N. J.
Volcanic Ash Falls Thickly on Cordova.
Cordova, AlaBka, June 8. Volcanic
ash Is falling tlckly over this city,
showing that the heavy cannonading
heard In the mountains all night was
the noise of a volcanic eruption.
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