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, 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
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 steady
fast to the ideals of civilization,
tnd how the strange episode
brought tragedies, estrangements
THE next morning at the proper
hour I started for the Sheraton
mansion. This time It was not
my old horse Satan that 1 rode.
My mother told me that Satan had
been given over under the blanket
chattel mortgage and sold at the town
livery stable to some purchaser whom
she did not know, who had taken the
horse out of the country. I rode up
the little pitch from the trough road
and pullod the gate latch with my rid
ing crop. And then, as though It were
by appointment, precisely as I saw her
that morning last spring a,, hundred
Tears airo it seemed to me I saw
Grace Sheraton coming down the walk
toward me, tall, thin. Alas! she did
sot fill my eye. She was elegantly clad
as usual. I had liefer seen dress of
skins. Iler dainty boots clicked on the
gravel. A moccasin would not
I threw my rein over the hook at
the Iron arm of the stone gate pillar
and, hat In hand, 1 went to meet her;
I was an older man now. I was done
with roystcrlng and fighting, and the
kissing of country girls all across the
land. I did not prison Grace Sheraton
.agalst the stone gate pillar now, and
kiss her against her will until she be
came willing. All I did was to lift her
band and kiss her finger tips. '
She was changed. I felt that rather
than saw it. If anything, she .was
thinner, her face had a deeper olive
tint, her eyes were darker. Her ex
pression was gay, feverish, yet not
natural, as she approached. What was
it that sat upon her face melancholy,
or fear, or sorrow, or resentment? I
was never very bright of mind. I do
"I am glad to see you," she said at
"And I to see you, of course." I mis
doubt we both lied.
"It is very sad, your home coming
thus," she added, at which clew I
"Yes. matters could hardly be worse
"Your mother would not come to us.
We asked her. We feel deeply morti
fied. But now we hope you both will
"We are beggars now. Miss (Jrnce."
I Bald. "I need time to look around, to
bit upon some plan of life. I must
make another borne for myself and
"For me?" She faced me squarely
bow, eye to eye. A smile was on her
lips, and it seemed to me a bitter one,
but I could not guess what wos hid
den In her mind. I saw her cheek fluRh
lowly, deeper thun was usual with a
"For my wife, ns soon as that may
be," I answered, as red as she.
"I learn that you did not see Colonel
Meriwether," she went on politely.
"How did you know it?"
"Through Captain Orme.
"Yes," said I quietly, "I have heard
of Captain Orme much of him, very
much." Btlll I could not read her
"He was with us a long time this
nummer," she resumed presently.
"Some two weeks ago he left, for
Charleston. I think. He has much
business about the country."
"Much business," I assented, 'In
many parts of the country. But most
of Ail situ, nr my . . So CnP'
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By Emerson . Hough
Copyright, 1W, by the Outing Publishing
tain Ome since we must call him cap
tain uml not minister was so good as
!o inform you of my private matters."
"Yes." Again she looked at uie
Hiitmrely with defiance. "I know all
about it I know ull about that girl."
So there it was. But I kept myself
under whip hand still. "I am very
glad. It will save me telling you of
myself. It is not always that one has
the good fortune of such early messen
gers." "tio on." she said bitterly; "teil uie
"I have no praises to sound for her.
I do not wish to speuk of this If you
prefer to hear It from others than my
self." She only smiled enigmatically, her
mouth crooking in some confidence she
held with herself, but not with me.
"It was natural." she said at last
slowly. "Doubtless I would have done
as she did. Doubtless any other man
would have done precisely as you did.
That is the way with men. ' After all, I
suppose the world is the world and
that we are as we are. The girl who
is closest to u man has the best chance
with him. Opportunity is much very
much. Secrecy is everything.
"Why should you not both have done
so?" she resumed bitterly. "WTe are
"Why should wo not have done what
what Is it that you .mean?" I de
manded of her.
"Why, there was she engaged to Mr.
Belknap, as I am told, and there were
you engaged to a certain young lady
by the name of Grace Sheraton very
far away. And you were conveniently
lost very conveniently and you found
each other's society agreeable. You
kept away for some weeks or months,
both of you forgetting. It was Idyllic
ideal. You were not precisely babes
in the woods. You were a man and a
woman. I presume you enjoyed your
selves after a very possible little fash
ion. I do not blame you. I say I
might have done the same. I should
like to know It for a time myself
freedom. I do not blame you. only,"
she said slowly, 'In society we do not
have freedom. . Here it Is different I
suppose different laws apply, different
"Miss Grace." said 1, "I do not in the
least understand you. You are not the
8a me girl I left"
"No. I am not But that Is not my
fault Cannot a woman be free as
much as a man? Have I not right as
much as you? Have you not been
"One thing only I want to say," I re
joined, "and It is this, which I ought
not to say at all If you mean any
thing regarding Ellen Meriwether, I
have to tell you, or any one, that she is
clean mind. body. soul, heart as
clean as when i saw her first"
"Do you know, I like you for saying
that!" she retorted. "I would never
marry a man n-ho knew nothing of
other women I don't want a milksop;
and I would not marry a man who
would not He for tho sake of a sweet
heart You Ho beautifully! Do you
know. Jack, I believe you are a bit of
a gentleman, after all!
"But tell me, when Is the wedding to
be?" This last with obvious effort
"You have not advised me."
"Oh, I beg your pardon. I meant
your marriage with Ellen Meriwether.
I supposed, of course, you had quite
"Ellen Meriwether Is already mar
ried." I said to her, with a calmness
which surprised myself. But what
surprised me most was the change
which came upon her face at the words
the flush the gleam of triumph, of
satisfaction. I guessed this much and
no more that she bad had certain
l plans, and that now she had other
plans, changed with lightning swift
ness, and by reason of my words.
"Lieutenant Lawrence Belknap and
Miss Ellen Meriwether were married,
I presume, some time after I started
for tho east" I went on. "But they
were never engaged before our return
to the settlements. It was all very
"How like a story book! So he for
got her little incidents with you all
summer side by side day and night!
Uow romantic! I don't know that I
could have done so much, had I been
a man, and myself not guilty of tho
same incidents. At least, be kept his
"There had never been any promise
at all between them."
Then Captain Orme was quite mis
"Captain Orme does not trouble him
self always to be accurate."
"At least then, you are unmarried.
"Yes, and likely to be for some
Now her face changed once more.
Whether by jinn, of her own or not I
cannot say, but It softened to ft more
Uook? Was It that I again was at her
side, that old associations awakened?
Or was it because she was keen,
shrewd and in control of herself, able
to make plans to her own advantage?
I cannot tell as to that. But I saw her
face soften, and her voice was gentle
when she spoke.
"What do you mean. Jack?" she
If there was not love and caress in
her tones then I could not detect the
counterfeit. I reiterate, if I should live
a thousand years I should know noth
ing of women, nothing. We men are
but toys with them.
Had It been left to my Judgment to
pronounce I should have called her
emotion now a genuine one. Mocking,
cynical, contemptuous she might have
been, and It would have suited my owu
mood. But what was It now on the
face of Grace Sheraton, girl of a proud
family, woman I once bad kissed here
at this very place until sho blushed
kissed until she warmed, until sue
But now I know she changed once
again, and I know that this time I
read her look aright It was pathos on
her face, and terror. Iler eye was that
of the ntricken antelope in dread of
"Jack." she whispered, "don't leave
me. Jack, I shall need you!"
i Before 1 could resolve any questions
in my mind I heard behind us the
sound of approaching hoofs and there
rode up to the gate her brother, narry
Sheraton., who dismounted and hitched
his horse near mine, saluting me as he
pushed open the great gate. It was
the first time 1 hud seen him since my
"Am I intruding?" he asked. "I'm
awfully glad to see you. Cowles. I
beard below you were home. You've
had a long Journey."
"Yes." I answered, "longer than I
had planned by many weeks. And
now I am glad to be back once more.
No." in answer to his turning toward
his horse as though he would leave us.
"You are looking well. Harry. Indeed,
everything in old Virginia is good to
"Wish I could be ns polite with you.
Have you been sick? And, I say, you
did meet the savages, didn't you?"
I knew be meant the scar on the side
of my neck, which still was rather evi
dent but I did not care to repeat the
old story again. "Yes," I answered a
bit shortly, "rather a nenr thing of it.
I presume Captain Orme told you?" 1
turned to Miss Grace, who then admit
ted that she bad beard something of
the surgery which had thus left Its
mark. Harry seemed puzzled, so I
saw It was news to blm. Miss Grace
relieved the situation somewhat by
turning toward the house.
"I am sure you wlH want to talk
with Jack," she said to him. "And lis
ten. Harry; yoo must have him and
Mrs. Cowles aver here this very even
ing. We cannot think of ber living
alone at the old clace."
I was still an" engaged man. Evi
dently nothing otherwise had been dis
cussed in the Sheraton family coun
cils, If any such had been held. If never
suitor in Old Virginia rode up In sor
rier case than mine that morning as I
came to call upon my fiancee certainly
i did never one depart in more uncertain
I frame of mind than mine at this very
moment. I presume that young hnera
ton felt something of this, for he began
awkwardly to speak of matters related
"It's awfully bard." he began, "to see
strangers there in your own house. I
know it must be hard. But I say, your
father must have plunged henvlly on
those lands over west in the moun
tains. I've lienrd they're very rich in
coal and that all that was necessary
was simply cosh or credit enough to
tide the doal over till next year's
"My father always said there was a
great fortune in the lands," I replied.
"Yes. I think another year would have
seen him through, but that year was
not to come for him."
"But couldn't funds be raised some
how, even yet?" I shook my head.
"Well, I'm not so sure," he went on,
l embarrassed. "My father and I have
been talking over these mnttere, and
we concluded to ask you if we might
not take a band in this. At least, we
have agreed all along that in this case
you know you and my sister we have
planned definitely that you should live
in your old place. We're going to take
that over. The redemption time has
plenty of margin, and we can't allow
those people to come in here and steal
one of the old Virginia places In that
way. We are going to arrange to bold
thnt for you and my sister, and we
thought that perhnps in time some
thing could be worked out of tho rest
of the property In the same way. That
Is, unless Colonel Meriwether, your
father's partner, shall offer soma bet
ter solution. I suppose yoa talked It
over with him?"
"I did not talk with him about It at
all," said I dully. For many reasons I
did not care to repeat all of my story
to him. "None the less, it seem very
generous of you and your father to
take this interest In me. It would bo
very churlish of me If I did not ap
preciate it. But I trust nothing; has
been done as yet"
"You trust not? Why, Cowles, you
speak as though you did not want us
to do If
"I do not" said I.
"You know our family well enough."
"That's true. But yoa won't be of
fended if I suggest to you that there
are two sides to this, and two prides.
All the country knows of your en
gagement and now thnt you havo re
turned it will bo expected that my sla
ter will Bet the day before long. Of
course, we shouldn't want my sister
to begin, too. far. rtWrwoh. dash it
Cowles, youTkuow wh"at"l mean?
"I presume so." said I to him slowly.
'But suppose thnt your sister should
offer to her friends the explanation
that the change in my fortunes no
longer leaves desirable this alliance
with my family?"
"Do you suggest that?"
"I have not done so."
"Has she suggested it?"
"We have not talked of it, yet it
tnk'hf 1" f''- mil slor to share
a lot so huniiii. -nu'sft tfueertalu."
"Thnt I presume will be for her to
decide." he said slowly.
"By Jove!" he broke out at length,
flushing ns he turned to me. "It Is
hard for n fellow to tell sometimes
what's right, isn't It? Jack, you re
member Jennie Williams, across under
"I thought you were going to make
a match of It some time." I said.
Trettiest girl In the valley," ho as
sented, "but her family Is hardly what
we would call the best, you know."
"Then why did you go there so often
all Inst year?" I asked him.
"Jack." he said. "It's all through. I
want to ask you. I ought to marry
Jennie Williams, but"-
Now I looked at him full and hard
and guessed. Perhaps my face was
grave. I was beginning to wonder
whether there was one clean thing in
all the world.
"Oh. sho can marry," went on Harry.
"No difficulty about that. She has an
other beau who loves her to distrac
tion and w ho doesn't in the least sus
pecta decent sort of a fellow, a
young farmer of her own class."
"And In your belief that wedding
should go on?"
He shifted uneasily.
"When is this wedding to ber' I
"Oh. naturally, very soon," he an
swered. "1 am doing as handsome a
thing os I know how by her. Some
times it's mighty hard to do the hand
some thing, even mighty bard to know
what Is the handsome thing Itself."
"Yes," said I. But who was I that I
should Judge blm?
"If you were Just where I am,"
asked Harry Sheraton slowly, "what
would you do? I'd like to do what Is
right, you know."
"Oh, no, you don't narry," I broke
out. "You want to do what is easiest,
If you wanted to do w hat is right you'd
never ask me nor any one else. Dou't
ask me, because 1 don't know. Sup
pose you were In the case of thnt other
young mnn who loves ber? Suppose be
did not know, or suppose he did know.
What would be right for him?"
"Heavy end of the log for him." ad
mitted he grimly. "That's true, sure
as you're born."
"When one does not love a girl and
sees no happiness in the thought of liv
ing with her all his life, what squares
that, narry, in your opinion?
"I've Just asked you," he rejoined,
"Why do you ask me? You say one
ought to know what la right In bis own
case without any such asking, and I
say that isn't always true. Oh, dash
it all, anyway. Why are we made the
way we are?"
"If only the girl In each case would
be content by having the handsome
thing done by her!" said I bitterly.
! (To Bo Continued.)
The manufacturer being aske
by a friend fur an explanation
why Triner's American Elixir o
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remedy in several diseases, al
though he was of the opinion t hat
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Triner's American Elixir of Bitter
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complications, like headaches,
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and colic. It will facilitate tho
digestion and thus purify the
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OF THE GOOD CASS
FARMS FOR SALE.
100 acres, all fenced and cross
fenced, 125 acres in cultivation,
balance in pasture. House which
cost $3,500.00; barn which holds
10 head of horse and 10 tons of
hay; well with wind-mill; also
running water on the place. Corn
cribs, chicken house, etc. Price,
$110.00 per acre; $3.0(10.00 cash,
and balance on long time at C per
cent. This farm is located IVt
miles S. W. of Plattsmouth, coun
ty seat of Cass County, Nebraska;
3'4 miles from Murray and 3'j
miles from Mynard on R. I), route.
Another good farm adjoining,
80 acres, all in cultivation, 4
room house, stable for 5 head of
horses, corn crib which will hold
3,000 bushels corn; water is. sup
plied by two good wells; this
place is all fenced and cross
fenced. Price, $130.00 vper acre;
$3,000.00 cash, balance long time
at fi per cent. For further par
ticulars in regard to these farms
see or write
V. M. MULLIS, Plattsmouth, Neb.
5i II n it
li ms utyeeK oniv
We will Sell
the BEST GR.ADE of
Worth on the present market $1.10 for
No register tickets given with these
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ims and has wide, elastic suspenders. Buy all you
are going to need this week as the 92c price ends
C. E. Wescott's Sons
Always the Home of Satisfaction
REV. W. L
HIS CHICKEN FARM
Breeder of Some of the Finest
Chickens Ever Bred In Ne
braska or Elsewhere.
If there is nliyone who does not.
helieve Rev. W. L. Austin is an up-
to-date poultry fancier, he should
visit his chicken farm some time
nml be convinced.
A representative of the Journal
Iroppcd in on Rev. Austin recent
ly and found him pouring over his
poultry hooks in search of a
method of getting rid of a defect
.in plumage of a valuable pullet.
After showing us through his
library, where he prepares the
hot-shot that he pours into his
Satanic Majesty, ht lead the way
to nis lawn, wnere mere was
quartered half a dozen Buschmnn-
Pierce Rose Combb Rhode Island
Red chickens, a few weeks old,
which Mr. Anstin purchased from
lh breeder when they were a day
old, the catalogue price being $1
each; the eggs from which these
chicks were hatched, had he got
ten them, would have cost Rev.
Austin ?10 per setting. The par
ent cockerel of the chicks is held,
by the breeders, at $200.
Rev. Austin has quite a number
of t he Iowa bred Rhode Island Red
pedigreed fowls which he is going
to sell, as he will breed the Busch-man-Priee
strain of slock. In ad
dition to the Rhode Island Red
chickens, Rev. Austin has a lot of
thoroughbred While Plymouth
Rock fowls Ihat are beauties. A
year ago he purchased from U. R.
Finchel of Hope, Indiana, n pair of
fine birds, paying for them the
handsome .sum of ?10 for t he pair.
U. R. Finchel has the largest
chicken farm in the United Stales,
having 120 acres devoted to White
Rocks, and the pair Rev. Austin
secured are the best that twenty
years experience in line breeding
The White Plymouth Rock
chicken is said to he the most
profitable breed of chickens one
can raise; their egg-laying quali
ties are among the very best, the
individuals are large and when
one is wanted for the table the
quality of the meat is unsurpass
ed. Rev. Austin is well equipped
with pens, fenced with wire into
as many npalrments as he needs,
with facilities for feeding differ
ent varieties of food.
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vtotyuu Mght?aces FiRtviS
to Secure Land in Famous
Beaver Valley, Colorado
Raises good wheat and alfalfa.
Plenty of water can be secured by
wells from eight to thirty feet
The land is about twenty miles
from town, but a railroad survey
has been made through it,.
These lands can be purchased
for $10.00 per acre, one-half cash,
balance at 0 per cent interest.
Pumping plants have been
established for irrigation pur
poses on similar lands, which are
now worth $100 per acre and up.
There is only a limited amount of
this land, so inquire at once.
400 acres in Loup County, Ne
braska, fenced and cross-fenced,
two-room house, stable and cattle
shed, well and wind-mill; lays
rollji)g to roug hand is hay and
grazing land.. Price $10.00 per
acre. This can be exchanged for
other property of equal value.
Investment and Loan Co.
One -of the most common ail
ments that hard working people
are afflicted with is lame back.
Apply Chamberlain's Liniment
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thoroughly at each application,
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