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Up in the "Big Snows," near
me aome oj ine eann, lies me i
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end real women, who have all of
the virtues of their hardening en
vironment and few of the failings
of their more civilized relatives.
This is a tale for reading when
one is tired of the artificialities
of civilization or at any other
time when a good story is appre
ciated. You will find in it ro
mance and adventure and mystery
mixed in such skillful manner and
in such proportion that no ingre
dient interferes with another. Yet
all go to make fine reading for
women who like to hear of brave
deeds and sacrifice for love's
sake and for men with even a
drop of the spirit of adventure
in their veins. And one thing
more the author has livedamong
the people whose lives he de
scribes, and he knows how to tell
THEY carried Cummins' wife to
where a clearing bad beeD cut
In the edge of the forest, and
at tts? foot of a giant spruce,
towering sentinel-like to tbe sky, they
lowered her Into the frozen earth.
Gaspingly Williams, the old factor,
stumbled over the words on a ragged
page that had been torn from a Bible.
The rough men who stood about bim
bowed their wild heads upon their
breasts, and sobs broke from them.
At last Williams stopped his rending,
stretched his long arms above his bead
and cried chokingly:
"The great God keep Mees Cum
As the earth fell there came from the
dge of the forest the low, sweet music
of Jan Tboreau's violin. No man in all
the world could have told what he
played, for It was the music of Jan's
soul, wild and whispering of the winds,
sweetened by some strange inheritance
that had come to him with the pic
ture which be carried in his throbbing
lie played until only the tall spruce
and John Cummins stood over the lone
grave. When he stopped the man
turned to him, and they went together
to tbe little cabin where the woman
There was something new In the cab
In now a tiny white, breathing thing
over which an Indian womun watched.
The boy stood beside John Cummins
looking down upon it and trembling.
"Ah,' he whispered, his great eyes
glowing. 'It ees the leetle white an
gel!" "It is the little Mellsse," replied tbe
lie dropped upon his knees with bis
sad face close to the new life that was
to take the place of the one that bad
just gone out Jan felt something tug
ging in a strange way at his heart, and
he, too, fell upon his knees beside John
Cummins in this first worship of the
From this hour of their first kneeling
before the little life in the cabin some
thing sprang up between Jan Thoreau
and John Cummins which it would
have been hard for man to break.
That night when Jan picked up his
violin to go back to Mukee's cabin
Cummins put bis two hands on the
boy's shoulders and said:
"Jan, who are you and where did
you come from?"
Jan stretched his arm vaguely to the
"Jan Tborenu." he replied simply.
"Thees Is my vlolon. We come alone
through the beeg snow. We starve
seven day In the beeg snow. My violon
keep tbe wolf off at night"
"Look again. Jan. Didn't yon come
from there or there or there?"
Cummins turned slowly, facing first
to the east and Hudson's bay, then to
the south, and lastly to the west. There
was something more than curiosity in
tbe tense face that came back In star
Ing Inquiry to Jnn Thoreau.
The boy hunched his shoulders, and
his eyes Hushed.
"It ees not lie that Jan Thorenu and
bees vlolon come through the beeg
mow." he replied softly. ."It -ees not
"There Is plenty of room here now."
said Cummins huskily. "Will you stay
with the little Mellsse and ine?"
"With the leetle MeiisseP gasped th
boy. "1-I-stay with the leetle white
angel for ever and everP'
No man learned more of Jan than
had Cummins. Even to Mukee bis his
tory was equally simple and short AL
ways he said that be on me from out of
tbe north, which meii the Darren
lands, and the Bnrron lands meant
death. No man had ever come across
them as Jan had come, and at another
time and under other circumstances
Cummins and his people would have
believed blm mad.
But they knew that Jan Thoreau had
rome like a messenger from the angels,
that the woman's soul had gone out to
C?eet. liinj,and.thnLBh.had died sweet-
of the m
i Pi IBY !
Copurlaht. 1911, bu the Bobbs
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ly on 7oBn "Cummins' breast while "tie
played. So the boy, with bis thin, sen
sitive face and his great, beautiful
eyes, became a part of what the wo
man had left behind for them to love.
In a way be made up for her loss
Tbe womao had brought something
new and sweet into their barren lives,
and be brought something new and
sweet tbe music of bis violin. He
played for them in tbe evening In tbe
factor's office, and at these times they
knew that Cummins' wife was very
near to them and that she was speak
ing to them through tbe things which
Jan Thorenu played.
There were hours of trlumpb for Jao
In tbe factor's otlice. but It was the
audience in tbe little cabin that Jnn
liked ties I, and, most of all, be loved
to have tbe little Mellsse alone As
the days of early spring trapping ap
proached and the wilderness for a tinn
dred miles around the post was oris
crossed with tbe trails of tbe Cree mill
Chippewnyan fur seekers. Cummin-
was absent tor days at u time
strengthening the company friend
ships and bargaining tor tin mico
that would becoming to t, mi Let snout
eight weeks later.
This was a year of intense rivalry,
for tbe French competitor! ot the
company bad established n pom .ha)
miles to tbe west aod rumor nptuu
that tbey were to give siity pounds
of flour to tbe company's folt.v ami
four feet of cloth to tbe .vim; I Ills
meant action among Williams unit nn
people, and tbe factor blmspir. bis son
and all his men plunged Into tbe wil
derness. Tbe exodus left desolate llfelessness
at tbe post
In the silence and llfelessness Jan
Thoreau felt a new and ever locreas
lng happiness. To blm tbe sound of
life was a thing vibrant with tinrsb
ness; quiet tbe dead, pulseless quiet
of llfelessness was beautiful. Ue
dreamed In It and It was tben that bis
fingers discovered new things In bis
Ue often sent Mnballa. tbe Indian
woman who cared for Mellsse. to gos
sip with Williams' Chlppewayan wife,
so that be was alone a great deal with
the baby. At these times, when tbe
door was safely barred against tbe
outside world, it was a different Jan
Thoreau who crouched upon bis knees
beside the cot His face was aflame
with a great absorbing passion wblcb
at other times be concealed.
"Ah, ze sweet leetle white angelP'
be would cry as she tugged and kick
ed. "I luf you so 1 luf you an' will
stay always an' play te vlolon! Ah,
you will be xe gr-rr-eat bea-utifnl
white angel Ink berP'
He would laugh and coo like a moth
er and talk, for at these times Jan
Tboreau's tongue was as voluble as bis
violin. His voice grew soft and low.
and his eyes shone with a soft mist as
be told her those things wblcb John
Cummins would have given much to
"Some day you shall understand
why It happened, sweet Mellsse," be
whispered, bringing bis eyes so near
thnt she reached up an inquiring finger
to them. "Then yon will luf Jan Tho
reau!" Once, when Mellsse straightened her
self for an Instant and half reached
np her tiny arms to blm, laughing and
cooing into his face, he gave a glad
cry. crushed bis face down to hers and
did what be bud not dared to do be
forekissed ber. There was something
about it that frightened tbe little Me
llsse, and she set up a walling that
sent Jun in a panic of dismay for Ma
balla. It was a long time before be
ventured to kiss ber again.
It was during this fortnight of deso
lation at the post thnt Jan after a abort
abseuce one day discovered the big
problem for himself and John Cum
mins. Upon her knees in front of their
cabin be saw Maballn, Industriously
rolling tbe half naked little Melius
about In n soft pile of snow, and. dotnu
AMtar if 65Tta
her "work, as she'flrmly beUeved.''lu"'a
most faithful and thorough manner.
With a shriek. Jan threw off bis pack
and darted toward' ber like a wild
i "Sacre bleu you keel keel ze leetle
Mellsse!" he cried shrilly, snatching up
tbe half frozen child. "Mon Dieu. she
ees not papoose: she ees ceeviUzo cee
vlllze!" and be ran swiftly with her
into tbe cabin. Hinging back a torrent
of Cree anathema at tbe dumbly be
At last Ma bulla went into an ecstasy
of understanding. Mellsse was uot to
lie taken out and rolled In the snow;
so she brought in the snow and rolled
it over Mellsse.
When Jan discovered this his tongue
twisted Itself into sounds so terrible,
and his face writhed so fiercely that
Maballn began to comprehend that
thereafter no snow at nil, either out
doors or in. was to be used in the phys
ical development of tbe little Melisse.
This was the beginning of tbe prob
lem, and it grew and burst forth in
all its significance on the day before
Cummins came In from the wilderness.
For a week Ma lml la bad been drop
ping sly bints of a wonderful thing
which she and the factor's half breed
wife were making for tbe baby. On
the day before Cummins' arrival Jan
came in from chopping wood. Mellsse
was smiling und making queer, friend
ly little signals to blm from tbe table.
Sbe was standing upright wedged In
a cothn shaped thing from wblcb only
ber tiny white face peered out at bim,
and Jan knew that this was Maballa's
surprise. Melisse was in a papoose
"Mellsse, 1 say you shall be no pa
poose!" be cried, running to the table.
"You ees ceevllize! tfou shall be no
papoose, not If twen' t'ous'nd devil
come tak Jan Thoreau 1"
And be snutcbed ber from ber prison.
flung Maballa's handiwork out into
tbe snow and waited Impatiently tot
tbe jretiJCP .of. J.o.h p. ijm m I us,,,
Cuiilunus refurued'tbe nest day, not
tbut bis work among tbe wild trap
pers to the south was finished, but be
cause be bud suffered it hurt In falling
from a slippery ledge. When Jan.
from his wood chopping in tbe edge ot
tbe forest, snw tbe team race up to tbe
little calsn and a strange Cree half
carry the wounded man through tbe
door, he sped swiftly ucross tbe open
witli visions of new misfortune before
Hut the Injury whs not serious and
.inn lost no ume in revealing bis Tears
after Ma ha i la had heeii Kent to tbe rue.
tor's wire Wltb graphic gesture lie
told or wtiat had happened Cnrnmlns
hobbled to tne door to took upon the
wallow in the snow mid h mm led ta-K
to the in hie when .Inn rnn there in
excited munition of the way in wblch
he had found the little .Mellsse in Ma
"She ees eeeviil.e!" tiinshen Ian not
ly. "Sbe ees not panose I Sbe raus'
be mk-ber!" ills greut eyes shone,
and Cummins felt a thickening In bis
throat as be looked Into them aod saw
wbut tbe boy meant "Maballa mnk
papoose out Ot Mellsse. Sbe grow
know not'tng lak papoose, talk lak pa
poose" "Yes, she must be like ber, J an -Jim
aa good and just as sweet and Just as
beautiful." Interrupted Cummins gen
tly. There was a quick tntaklng of bis
breath as be hobbled back to his own
cot leaving Jan at piny wltb the bnby.
Thnt night (n the dim, sputtering
glow of an oil lamp John Cummins and
Jan Thoreau solemnly set to work to
thrash out tbe great problem that bad
suddenly entered Into their existence.
To these two there was no element of
humor, in what they were doing, for
Into their keeping bad been given a
thing for which God had not schemed
So fnr as Cummins knew, there was
not a white woman nearer than Fort
Churchill. 200 miles away. In ail thnt
region be knew of only two full white
men, and they were Williams and him
self. Tbe baby Mellsse was hopelessly
lost in a world of savagery honest
loyal, big souled savagery-but savage-
ry for all that and the tnought of u
brought the shadows of fear and fore
boding to tbe two Into whose lives tbe
problem had Just come.
Long into the nlgbt they talked seri
ously of tbe matter, while Mellsse
slept; and the longer tbey talked the
greater loomed the problem before
tbem. Cummins fancied that be al
ready began to see signs of the trans
formation In Melisse. She was pas
sionately fond of tbe gaudy things Ma
balla gave ber, which was a sign of
savagery. She was charmed by con
finement In tbe papoose sling, which
was another sign of It and she bad
not died In the snow wallows, which
was still another.
So far back as be could remember,
Cummins had never come Into finger
touch of a white baby. Jan was as
blissfully Ignorant So tbey deter
mined opon immediate and strenuous
action. Maballa would be ceaselessly
watched and checked at every turn.
The Indian children would not be al
lowed to come near Melisso. Tbey two
John Cummins nnd Jnn Thoreau
would mnke ber like the womnn who
slejvt. under the sentinel spruce-
"She ees ceevllize." said Jan with
finality, "an' we urns' keep ber ceevil-
Cummins counted back gravely opon
bis fingers. Tbe little Melisse was
four months and eighteen days old.
'Tomorrow we will make her oue ot
those things with wheels, like the ba
by wagons they have In tbe south,"
he said. "Sbe must not go In the pa
An' I will teacb ber ze museek."
wblsrred Jnn. bis eyes glowing
"Tbnt ees ceevllize.''
Suddenly an eager light enme Into
Cumuilns' fnce. nnd be went to a cali
co covered box standing upon end In a
corner of tbe room
'Here are , the ..books ber books.
Jan," be said softly, the' trenibUiig
thrill of inspiration In his voice. He
drew the books out one by one, bis
"She lovtd this, Jan," ha said huskily.
fingers trembling and bis breath com
ing quickly as he touched them, a
dozen worn, dusty things At tbe Inst
one of nil, which was more ragged
and worn than the others, he gazed
for a long time. It was h little lillile.
his wife's Rlhle. linger worn, patched
pathetic In Its poverty. The mail gulp
"She loved this. Jan." be said husk S
ly. "She loved this worn. oM Ixink
more than anything else, nml little
Melisse Niusl love It also Melisvc
iuut tw a "hrisilim "
"Ah yes. . leetle Mellsse lulls love
e great Hod. sunt .1 II ii softly
('iltlllllllis rose to n's tect nnd stood
toi n niou-wil ioolilng ill the sleeping
"A uiissiii:iar is coming over from
I-on Churchill t" talk to our trnper
w In n i hey roine lii She shall he bnp
I.Ike a ent Ian was on tils feet, bis
eye flashing hi long. Hun ringers
elllii'hed. Mis liod.v pTIveriilB with H
"No no' .Not luipltze ny nitsslnnpr!"
tie rrli'll "She sluill lie goort an love
tf tr'tit (n, hut not hupflze by mis
Slonel No no no!"
('iiitiiiiiny rumen iimiii nun In aston
ishment Before blm Juu Thoreau
stood for a minute like one goue mad,
bis whole being consumed In a pas
sion terrible to look upon. Lltbe giant
of muscle and fearlessness that be
was, Cummins involuntarily drew back
a step, and tbe mainspring of Instinct
within bim prompted bim to lift a
band us If to ward off a leaping thing
from bis breast
Jnn noted the backward step, the
guarded uplift of band, and wltb an
agonized cry be burled bis face In his
bands. In another Instant be bad
turned und. oefore Cummins' startled
voice found words, bad opened the
door and ruu out Into tbe nlgbt The
man snw blm darting swiftly townrd
tbe forest and called to blm, but there
was no respouse.
I'alntlng Itself each Instant more
plainly through the tumult of bis emo
tions was whnt Jan bad come to know
as tbe picture In his brain. Shadowy
and Indistinct at first in Ple, elusive
lines of mental fabric, be saw tbe pic
ture growing, and In its growth be
saw first tbe soft sweet outlines of a
woman's face and tben great luring
eyes, dark like his own. And be-
fore these eyes, wblcb gazed upon blm
! w,tb overwhelming love, all else faded
away from before Jan Thorenu. Tbe
fire, went o'it of his eyes blsflngcrs
relaxed, and after a little whllT'he
got np out of tbe snow, shivering, aod
went back to tbe cabin.
Cummins asked no questions. He
looked at Jnu from bis cot and watch
ed tbe boy silently as be undressed
and went to bed. and In the morning
the whole Incident passed from bis
(To He Continued.)
New Blacksmith Shop.
Mike Hys and Frank Mauer will
open a now blacksmith shop in
this city on next Tuesday, Novem
ber 5, in the building just west
of I lie W'arga & Cecil garage on
Vino street. They exjpect )Jo
carry on a general blacksmith,
wagon nnd repair work. Horse
shoeing a specialty. Ileniember,
I hoy will ho ready for business on
next Tuesday, November 5 111.
Advertising brings forth desired
Well, as it is Hearing elect inn day.
We slmuld be careful what we
Of course it's fair for everyone
To talk a little, just for fun.
Hut don't make remarks unless
For you can't believe what others
Election, you know, is a game to
And it si ill seems crooked,
And it always has been.
Duii't get angry, for it will do no
Hut keep on reading" and sawing
And if you vote it wrong, don't
If you favor Teddy, remember the
Remember there are others seek
ing otlice, too;
So he M-ry careful what, you
(inly once in four years we
To settle this quest ion
Thai's eleel ioti'day.
If you make a mistake you can't
call it hack,
Hut will he forced to follow the
Hear it brave, if you win or loose;
Hut now, my friends, is the time
Is I here any of the men who are
in tin; race
You think could take a father's
And direct, the boys, safe and
If there is, I will ask you, who?
M. (1. Churchill.
Henry Horn of Cedar Creek was
in the city today looking after
H. 11. Nicklos of near Murray
was in the city today looking: nfter
some mat tors of business.
Miss .Moma lMeslroup was a
passenger this morning for Onia
ha, where she visited friends for
I he day.
V. l. Meisinger and family of
near Cedar Creek were in the city
today attending to some matters
C. S. Alilrich, the Kltnwood at
torney, came in this morning to
look after some mailers at the
Miss Kiltie Smith was a pas
senger tins aiternoon lor omalia,
where sue will visit mends lor n
hurt I hue.
C. W. Haffke and wife departed
this morning for Henson, where
they will spend Sunday with
Henry llirz, sr., and family de
parted this afternoon for No
hawka, where they will visit over
Sunday with friends.
.Robert Rehal came down from
Omaha this afternoon on No. 21
to spend Sunday with his parents,
James Rehal and wife.
Miss Madeline Minor and Miss
Florence White were passengers
this morning for Omaha, where
they visited for the day.
Hon Windham of Ilavelock is
in the city for a short visit with
his father, R. H. Windham, and
his hrothers nnd sisters.
Mrs. J. W. Thomas and daugh
ter, Miss Alberta, wore passengers
Ibis afternoon for Omaha, where
they will visit for the day.
Mrs. Frank Ohm returned yes
terday afternoon from Omaha,
whore she had been visiting for
several days with relatives.
L. A. Tyson and M. H. Tyson of
Klinwood came in last evening nnd
visited over night nt the home of
their sister, Mrs. Q. K. Parmole.
N. P. Schultz, wife and family
were passengers this morning for
Omaha, whore they spent the day
looking after business matters.
Miss Hlanchd Robertson came
down hist evening on No. 2 and
will spend Sunday with her par
ents, James Robertson and wife.
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Parker de
parted this morning for Omaha,
whore they will visit over Sunday
with I. L. Loiigworlh and family.
A. V.. Hoedekor, one of the pros
porous farmers from near Ne
hawka, was in the city today look
ing nfter some business matters.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION.
Known All Men hy These Pres
ents, that we, Jno. A. Chopieska,
Sam (.. Smith, 1). o. Dwyer, 11. M.
Soennichseii and John T. Lam
bert, so associated ourselves to
gether for the purpose of form
ing and becoming a corporation
in the State of Nebraska, for the
transact ion of the business here
1. The name of the corpora
tion shall ho the Chopie (iasoline
1 Engine Company (Limited). The
principal place of transacting its
business shall he m the city of
Piatt smooth, County of Cass, and
Stale of Nebraska.
2. The nature of the business
to he transacted hy said corpora
tion shall he the manufacture and
sale of gasoline engines, other
engines, and machinery and the
erection and maintenance of such
buildings and structures as may
ho doomed necessary, and to pur
chase real estate for a silo there
fore, and to procure any and all
necessary properly, hoth real and
personal, incidental to or ro
tpiirod in the manufacture of
I!. The authorized capital
slock ol said corporation shall
be Two Hundred Thousand Hol
lars, divided into shares of ten
dollars each, to he subscribed and
paid for as required by the Hoard
of Directors. One-half of said
slock shall be preferred, and
which preferred slock shall draw
seven per cent, to be paid out of
the net earnings of the company,
per annum. The other half shall
be common stock, on which
dividends shall he paid as tho
Hoard of Directors might de
termine. Only the owners of the
common stock shall be entitled to
participate in the further profits,
election of olllccrs nnd manage
ment of the Company. All of said
stock shall be non-assessable.
4. The existence of this
corporation shall commence on
the 5th day of October, 1912, and
continue during the period of
5. The business of said cor
poration shall he conducted by a
Hoard of Directors not to exceed
live in number, to be elected by
the stockholders of the common,
slock. The llrst election of
directors shall take place at
l'lattsmouth, Nebraska, on tho
day of Oelohor, 1!)12, and
thereafter such election to tako
place at such time and ho con
ducted in such manner as shall
ho prescribed hy the hy-laws of
(i. The olllccrs of said cor
poration shall ho president, vice
president, secretary, treasurer,
and a general manager, who shall
ho chosen hy the Hoard of Direct
ors, and shall hold their office
for the period of one year and
until their successors shall be
elected and qualified.
7. The highest amount of in
debtedness to which said corpora
tion shall at nny time subject it
self shall not he more Mian two
thirds of its issued and paid up
8. The manner of holding the
meeting of stockholders for the
election of olllccrs, nnd the
method of conducting the busi
ness of the corporation, shall be
as provided in the by-laws
ndopled by the Hoard of Directors.
In Witness Whereof, we have
hereunto set our hands this 5th
day of October, 1912.
Jno. A. Chopieska.
Sam (i. Smith.
H. M. Soonnichsen.
D. 0. Dwyer.
John T. Lambert.
In presence of
STATE OF K KIlll ASK A,
Cuss County, ss.
On this 2nd day of October,
1912, before me, Hessie Shea, a
nolnry public, in and for said
county, personally appeared the
above named Jno. A. Chopieska,
Sam O. Smith, D. 0. Dwyer, II. M.
Soennichsen and John T. Lam
bert, who are personnlly known to
me to be the identical persons
whose nnmes are affixed to the
nhove articles ns parlies thereto,
nnd they severally acknowledged
their instrument to bo their
voluntary act and deed.
Witness my hand and notarial
seal nt Plattsnioulh, Nebraska,
this 5th day of October, 1912.
(Seal) Hessie, Shea,
My commission expires Juno
Stnte of Nebraska,
Received nnd filed for record
Octohor 7, 1912, nnd recorded in
Book 20, Miscellaneous Incor
porations, nt page 528.
Secretary of State.
Hy Oeo. W. Marsh, Deputy.
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