The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, July 04, 1912, Image 5

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A young man and a beautiful
young woman, lost and alone in
a wild ernes 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
nating 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
and happiness.
Gordon Orme, Magician.
WE lay in our hot camp on the
sandy valley for some days
and buried two more of our
men, who finally succumbed
to their wound. Gloom sat on us all.
for fever now raged among our wound
ed. The sun blistered us, the night
froze us. Still not a sign of any white
topped wagon from the east nor any
dust cloud of troopers from the west
i served to break the monotony of the
shimmering waste that lay about ua
on every hand. We were growing
gaunt now andtiaggard, but still we
lay waiting for our men to grow strong
enough to travel or to lose all strength
and so be laid away.
"Injuns is strange critters. A few
of us has married among Injuns and
lived among thorn, and we have seen
things you wouldn't believe if I told
jou." Thus spake Auberry.
"Tell some of them." said Ornie. "I.
for one, might believe them."
"Well, now." said the plainsman. "I
will tell you some things I have seen
their medicine men do, and ye can be
lieve me or not. the way ye feel about
"1 have seen 'em bold a powwow
for two or three days at a time, some
of 'em settin' 'round dreamln', as they
-call It, all of 'em starvln', whole camp
howlin', everybody eatln' medicine
herbs. Then after while they all come
and set down Just like It was right out
here in the open. Somebody pulls ft
naked Injun boy right out In the mid
dle of tbem. Old Mr. Medicine Man.
he stands up in the plain daylight,
and he draws hU bow and shoots a
arrer plum through that boy. Boy
squirms a heap and Mr, Medicine Man
socks another arrer through him. cool
4is you please I have seen that done.
Then the medicine man steps up, cuts
off the boy's bead with his knife
holds It up plain so everybody can see
it That looked pretty hard to me
first time I ever seen it. But now the
old medicine man takes a blanket and
throws It over this dead boy. He lifts
tip a corner of the blanket, chucks the
bov'8 head under It and pulls down
the edges of the blanket and puts
rocks on them. Then be begins to
lug. and the whole bunch gcta up and
dunces 'round the blanket. After
awhile, say a few minutes, medicine
man pulls off the blanket and thnr
gets up the boy. good ns new. his hend
growed on good and tight as ever and
not a sign of an arrer on hlni 'copt
the scars where the wounds has plumb
healed up!"
Belknap laughed long and bard at
this old trapper's yarn. and. weak as I
was myself. I was disposed to Join
Mm. Orme was the only one who did
not ridicule the Itory. Auberry him
self was disgusted at the merriment
"I knowed you wouldn't believe It," he
said. "There Is no use tellln' a passel
of tenderfeet anything they hain't seed
for tbelrselres. But I could tell you
a heap more things. Why, I have
eoen their buffalo callers call a thou
sand buffalo right in from the plains
and over the edge of a cut bank where
they'd pitch down and bust theirselves
to pieces. I can show you bones of a
hundred such places. Buffalo don't
do that when they are alone thay
have got to be called, I tell you.
"Injuns can talk with other animals
they can call them others too. I
By Emerson Hough
Copyrlht, IM07, by the Outing Publishing
haveseeil "atTCU TnuTicTWnTaTrflglrt
out on the plain ground In the middle
of the village go to dancln', and I have
seed him call three full sized beavers
right up out'n tho ground seed them
with my own eyes, I tell you! Tes,
and I have seed them three old beav
ers standln' right there turn into full
growed old men. gray haired. I have
seed 'em sit down at a Are and smoke,
too, and finally get up when they got
through and clean out Just disappear
back Into the ground. Now, how yo
all explain them there things I don't
pretend to say, but there can't no man
call me a liar, fur I seed 'em and seed
'em unmistakable."
Belknap and the others only smiled,
but Orme turned soberly toward An
berry. "I don't call you a liar, my
man," said he. "On the contrary, what
you say Is very Interesting. I quite
believe it, although I never knew lie
fore that your natives in this country
were possessed of these powers."
"It ain't all of 'em can do it," said
Auberry, "only a few men of n few
tribes can do them things, but them
that can shore can. and that's all I
know about it."
"Quite so," said Orme. "Now. as It
chances. I have traveled a bit In my
time In the old countries of the east.
I have seen some wonderful things
done there."
"I havo read about the East Indian
Jugglers." snid Belknap. Interested.
"Tell me, have you seen those feats?
And are they feats or simply lies?"
"They are actual occurrences," said
Orme. "I have seen theni with my
own eyes. Just as Auberry has seen tho
things bo describes, and It Is no more
right to Accuse the one than the other
of us of untruthfulness.
"For Instance, I have seen an Indian
Juggler take a plain bowl, such as they
use for rice, and bold It out In his hand
in the open sunlight, and then I have
seen a little bamboo tree start in it
and grow two feet high, right in the
middle of the bowl, within the space
of a minute or so.
"You'll talk about the old story of
'.Tack and the Beanstalk'-I have seen
an old fakir take a bamboo stick no
thicker than his finger and thrust It
down In the ground and start and
climb up, as if It were a tree, and keep
on climbing till he was out of sight,
and then there would come falling
down out of the sky legs and arms,
his head, pieces of his body. When
these struck the ground they would
reassemble and make the man all over
again Just JIke Auberry's dead boy.
you know.
"These tricks are so common in Asia
that they do not excite any wonder.
As to tribal telegraph, they have got It
there. Time and again when our forces
were marching against the hill tribes
of northwestern India we found they
knew all of our plans a hundred miles
ahead of us how, none of us could tell
only the fact was there, plain and
"They never do tell." broke In Au
berry. "You couldn't get a red to ex
plain any of this to you not even a
squaw you have lived with for years.
They certainly do stand pat for keeps."
"Yet once In awhile," smiled Orme
In his easy way, "a white man does
pick tip some of these tricks. I be
lieve I could do a few of them myself
if I liked In fact, I have sometimes
learned some of the simpler ones for
my own amusement"
General exclamations of surprise and
doubt greeted him from our little cir
cle, and this seemed to nettle him
somewhat. "By Jove," he went on,
"If you doubt It I don't mind trying a
hand at it right now. Terhaps I have
forgotten something of my old skill,
but we'll see. Come, then."
All arose now and gathered about
him on the ground there In the full
sunlight. lie evinced no uneasiness
or surprise, and be employed no mech
anism or deception which we could
"My good man." said he to Auberry,
"let me take your knife." Auberry
loosed the long hunting knife at bis
belt and bnnded It to him. Taking it,
Orme seated himself cross legged on a
white blunket. which be spread out on
the sandy soil.
All at once Orme looked up with an
expression of surprise on his face.
"This was not the knife I wanted," be
said. "I asked for a plain American
hunting knife, not this one. See. you
have given me a Malay krls! I have
not the slightest Idea where you got
We all looked Intently at him.
There, held up In his hand, was full
proof of what be had said a long
blade of wavy steel, with a little
crooked, carved handle. From what
I bad read I saw this to be a krls, a
wavy bladed knife of the Malays. It
did not ablne or gleam In the sun, but
threw back a dull reflection from Its
gray steel as though lead and silver
mingJeJJo Its mnke1Ther blade was
attont thirty Inches long, that
of Auberry's knife could not hae ex
ceeded eight Inches at the most.
"We did not know you had that
thing around you." exclaimed Belknap.
"That is only sleight of hand."
"is It. indeed?" Raid Orme, smiling
"1 tell you I did not have It with me.
After all, you see It Is the same knife."
We all gaped curiously and there,
as I am a living man. we saw that
wavy krls, extended In his hand, turn
back Into the firm of the plainsman's
hunting knife! A gasp of wonder and
half terror came from the circle. Some
of the men drew back. I heard an
Irish private swear and saw him cross
himself. 1 do not explain these things.
1 only say I saw hem.
"I was mistaken," said Orme polite
ly, "In offering so simple a test as
this, but now, if you still think I had
the krls In my clothing, how that
could be, I don't know, I'm sure, and
if you still wish to call my little per
formance sleight of hand, then I'll do
something to prove what I have said
and make it quite plain that all my
"See, you have given me a Malay krie!"
friend here has said Is true and more
than true. Watch now nnd you will
see blood flrlp from the point of this
blade every drop of blood it ever
drew of man or animal. Look now
watch It closely."
We looked and again, as I am a liv
ing man and an honest one, I hope, 1
saw. as the others did. running from
the point of the steel blade, a little
trickling stream of red blood I It drop
ped In n stream, I say. and fell on
the white blanket upon which Orme
was sitting. It stained the blanket
entirely red. At this sight the entire
group broke apart, only a few remain
ing to witness the rest of the scene.
I do not attempt to explain this Il
lusion or whatever It was. I do not
know how long It lasted, but present
ly, as I may testify, I saw Orme rise
And kick at the wetted blood stained
blanket. He lifted It. heavy with drip
ping blood. I saw the blood fall from
Its corners upon the ground.
"Ah," he renwuked calmly. "It's get
ting dry now. Here Is your knife, my
good fellow."
I looked about me, almost disposed
to rub my eyes, as were perhaps the
others of our party. The same great
plains were there, the same wide
shimmering stream, rippling in the
sunlight, the same groups of animals
grazing on the bluff, the same senti
nels outlined against the sky. Over
all shone the blinding light of the
western midday sun. Yet as Orme
straightened out this blanket It was
as white ns it bad been before. Au
berry looked at bis knife blade as
though he would have preferred to
throw It n way, but be sheathed It and
It fitted the sheath as before. -
Orme smiled at us all pleasantly.
"Do you believe In the Indian tele
graph now?" he Inquired.
I have told you many things of this
strange man, Gordon Orme, and I
shall need to tell yet others. Some
times my friends smile at me even yet
orer tbeso things. But since that day
I have not doubted the tales old Au
berry told me of our own Indians.
Since then, too, I have better under
stood Gordon Orme and his strange
personality, the like of which I never
knew in any land.
How long It was I hardly knew, for
I had sunk into a sort of dull apathy
in whlcb one day was much like an
other. But at last we gathered our
crippled party together and broke
camp, our wounded men In the wag
ons, and so slowly passed on west
ward, up the trail. We supposed,
what later proved to be true, that the
Sioux bad raided in the valley on both
sides of us and that the scattered por
tions of the army bad all they could
do, while the freight trains were held
back until tho road was clear.
I wearied of the monotony of wagon
travel and without council with any
finally, weak as I was, called for my
horse and rode on slowly with the
walking teams. I had gone for some
distance before I heard hoofs on the
sand behind me.
"Guess who It Is," called a voice.
"Don't turn your head."
"I can't turn," I answered, "but I
know who It Is."
She rode up alongside, where I could
see her, and fair enough she was to
look upon, and glad enough I was to
look. She was thinner now with this
prairie life, and browner, and the ends
of her hair were still yellowing, like
thai. oiiUliloorsjDD, She still was
booted and gloved after the fashion of
civilization, and still elsewisc garbed
in the aboriginal costume, which she
filled and honored graciously. The
metal cylinder on her leggins rattled
as she rode.
'You ought not to ride." she said
"You are pale."
'You are beautiful." said I: "and I
ride becausi you nre beautiful."
Her eyes wore busy with her glove-
but I saw a sidelong glance. "I do not
understand you," she said demurtly.
'1 could not sit back there tu the
wagon aud think," said I. "1 knew
that you would be riding before long,
and 1 guessed I might perhaps talk
with you."
She bit her Up nnd half pulled up
her horse as if to fall back. "That will
depend." was her comment. But we
rode ou side by side, knee to knee.
Many things 1 had studied before
then, for certain mysteries had como
to ine, as to many men, who wish log
ically to know the causes of great phe
nomena. From boyhood I had pou-
dereil many things. I had lain ou my
back and looked up at the stars and
wondered how far they were, nnd how
far the farthest thing beyond them
was. 1 had wondered at that Indeter
minate quotient In my sums, where the
snme figure came, always the same,
running on and on. I used to wonder
what was my soul, and I fancied thnt
It was a pale, blue flaming oblate,
somewhere near by, back and In the
middle of my body such was my boy
ish guess of what they told mo was a
real thing. I had pondered on that
compass of the skies by which the wild
fowl guide themselves. I had won
dered, as a child, how far the moun
tains ran. As I had grown older I had
read the law, read of the birth of
civilization, pondered on laws nnd cus
toms. Declaring that I must know their
reasons, I had read of marriages in
ninny lands, nnd many times had stud
led Into the questions of dowry nnd
bride price, and consent of parents
and consent of the bride studied mar
riage as a covenant, n contract, as a
human and so called divine thing. I
had questioned tho cnuso of the old
myth that makes Cupid blind. I had
delved deep as I might In law. and
history and literature, seeking to solve,
ns I might what?
Ah, witless. It was to solve this very
riddle that rode by my side now, to
answer the question of the Sphinx.
What had come of all my studies? Not
so much as I was learning now. here
In the open, with this sweet savage
woman whose leggins tinkled as she
rode, whose tunic swelled softly, whose
Jaw was clean and brown. How weak
the precepts of the social covenant
seemed! How feeble and far away
the old world we two had knownl And
bow Infinitely sweet, bow compelling-
ly necessary now seemed to me this
new, sweet world thnt swept around
, We rode on side by side, knee to
knee. Her garments rustled and tlo
Her voice awoke me from my brood
Ing. "1 wish. Mr. Cowles." said she,
-"that If you ore strong enough and can
do so without discomfort, you would
ride with me each day when I ride."
"Why?" 1 asked. That was the wish
In my own mind, but I know her rea
son was not the same ns mine.
"Because" she said. She looked at
me', but would not answer farther.
"You ought to tell me," 1 said quiet
ly. "Because It Is prescrlled for you."
"Not by my doctor." I shook my
head. "Why. then?"
"Stupld-oh. very stupid officer and
gentleman!" she said, smiling slowly.
"Lieutenant Belknap has his duties to
look after, and as for Mr. Orme. I nm
not sure be Is either omeer or gentle
man." She spoke quietly but positively. I
looked on straight up the valley and
pondered. Then I put out a hand and
touched the fringe of her sleeve.
"I am going to try to be a gentle
man," said I. "But I wish some fate
would tell me why It la a gentleman
can be made from nothing but a man."
(To Ho Continued.)
In District Court.
From Tueiday'a Dally.
Judgment on (lie mandate of
the supreme court was entered by
Judge Travis in I ho district court
this morning in the case of H. It.
tiering against J. M. Leyda, tho
effect of which is to dismiss tho
case with costs taxed to tho plain
tiff. This was an action for dam
ages in tho sum of $10,000, claim
ed by plaintiff against tho defend
ant, nnd claimed to havo arisen
in tho prosecution of tho plain
tiff for the unlawful sale of
Aged Mother Injured.
From Tuesday's Dally.
City Attorney A. L. Tidd re
ceived a message from his old
homo in Ohio this morning in
forming him of nn unfortunate
accident which befell his aged
mother, in which she received a
fall from which she sustained a
fractured hip. Mrs. Tidd is near
ly 80 years of ago and a fracture
is a serious injury at her time of
lea Cream Social at Kenosha.
An ice ' cream social will bo
given at tho Kenosha church by
the ladies of the church, on next
Saturday evening, July 6th, and
everybody i9 invited to come.
Wile of Smith Makes Applica
tion to State Board.
Invitation Sent to Robert T. Lincoln
to Attend Unveiling of Statue to
Martyr Presldint Keith County Ob
jects to U. P. Valuation.
Lincoln, July 2. Mrs. Smith, wife
of the convict who gave his name a
Kvans and who was sentenced to the
ptiite penitentiary as an accomplice of
M.iHey In connection with a burglary
at Walthlll, appeared before Secre
tary Piper In an effort to get her case
before the pardoning board for the
purpose of getting a parole for her
husband. Mrs. Smith had a small
child with her, about a year old, and
ft ited that she had Ave more In the
soldiers' orphans' home at Davenport,
la. She said that If some way was
not provided so that her husband
could be released and provide for his
family that the children would be tak
en from the home and adopted Into
families where they would be provided
for. The expiration of the time when
they would he taken from the home li
July 10, but the superintendent of the
place had promised her If there was
any chance that she could get her
huBbnnil out of the Nebraska prison
they would extend the time thirty
Keith County Objects.
County Clerk Nichols of Keith coun
ty has written the stato board of
equalization that unless It raises the
valuation of the Union Pacific railroad
Hue In that county CO per cent the
county hoard will proceed to do so.
A the state hoard only has power to
vnhn railroad property for assessment
purposes, the members of the body
wonder how the county bonrd of Keith
county ran lagally change the Union
rariflc values. The state board has
completed Its valuation of railroad a
for this year and the matter Is closed
unless by n vote of the board the mat
ter Is opened up again.
Hansen Back From Sargent
Food Commissioner Hansen re
turned from Sargent, where he attend
ed a picnic which was given In the in
terest of the dairy business In that
suction of the state. While there a
ew organliallon was formed to be
tolled the State Farmers' Co-operative
Creamery company. He says that the
farmer In that section are taking a
great deal of Interest In the dairy
business and are taking advantage of
every opportunity to Increase the out
put. The towns are growing very rap
Idly and he looks for good reports In
the future from that section.
' Penn to Be Relieved.
Major Julius A. Penn has received
orders from the war department that
he will be relieved from duty In con
nection with the Nebraska national
guard on July 17, Instead of Sept. 1, as
previously notified. He will be suc
ceeded by Lieutenant Frederick C.
Test of the Twenty-second Infantry,
now stationed at Bl Paso, Tex. Major
Perm has not as yet received any as
signment. Lincoln Invited.
Secretary of State Walt has written
a letter to Robert T. Lincoln, Inviting
him to be present at the unveiling of
the statue-of his father on the state
house grounds In this city, Sept. 2.
Mr. Walt expected to see Mr. IJncoln
In Chicago during the time of the na
tional Republican convention, but the
gentleman was not In that city.
Sheely's Conviction 8tands.
According to reports received here,
C 0. Sheely, the former well known
IJncoln contractor, who recently con
fessed to having bribed two county
commissioners of Weld county, Colo
rado, on the award of some bridge
contracts, will have to go to prison,
the supreme court having denied nil
application for a atay of execution.
County Attorney Wins First Round In
Caee at Hastings.
Hastings, Neb., July 2. County At
ttorney Hartlgan has won the first
round In the litigation to enforce the
anti-gift enterprise law, prohibiting
the giving of premium stamps, pre
tnlums or prUe with merchandise.
In the suit started by him against
Sperry, Hutchinson k Co., a trading
stamp firm, over a year ago, the de
fendants filed a demurrer, which was
argued some months ago. Judge Dun
gan of the district court has given a
decision overruling the demurrer as to
all points In the controversy except
the one charging Sperry, Hutchinson
Sl Co. and Stein Ilros Co. of this city
with entering Into an Illegal combina
tion. Mr. Hartlgan Bays the vital Is
sues remain and he will move for Im
mediate trial of the case on Its merits
when court reconvenes on Aug. 28.
Wheat Harvesters Busy.
Hastings, Neb., July 2. The wheat
harvest Is In hill swing In the South
Platte section. There will be a strong
demand for help In practically all ol
the winter wheat counties. The yield
In Adams and adjoining counties Is ex
pected to he above normal and the
fields that showed signs of , burning
some weeks ago are now the best of all
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We havo recently completed our
hay shed, with capacity of from
two to three cars, and will bo able
and ready at all times to furnish
the best hay at the lowest prices
consistent with tho quality.) Just
at this time we have part of a car
which we have Just finished un
loading of nice, bright, choice Up
land Hay from the Loup . river
country, the quality of which can
not be beat, and we are pricing
this at $20 per ton at the shed.
Come and supply your wants
while It lasts, as It will not hold
out long at this money. .
Summer colds are hard to got
rid of, and frequently leads to
asthma, bronchitis and hay fever.
! not let your cold got a hold on
you, but use oFley's Honey and
Tar Compound for quick relief. W.
II. Allen, Shelsoa, Wis., says: "We
prefer Foley's Honey und Tar
Compound to other cough medi
cines because it quickly cures
coughs nnd colds. It will ward off
a cold if taken in time." Con
tains no opiates. For sale by F.
(i. Fricke Co.
Tornado in Missouri June 15th, thirty
lives lost and thousands of dollars wirth
of property destroyed. Great los of
property in maty parts of the couitry
already this season.
Fire can be garded against and fought.
You can build dykes to keep water
within bounds. A tornado NEVER
gives warning. You cannot guad
against it. You cannot fight it when
it comes. You cannot move your
property out of its path. Be on the
safe side and take out tornado insur
ance at once. Insurance can be fur
nished at a cost too low for the owner
of property to take any chances.
Call, write or phone this office for
particulars. Office phone 98; residence
No. 20.
Investment and Loan Co.