The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, November 07, 1912, Image 5

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The Honor
Up in the "Big Snows," near
the dome of the earth, lies the
scene of this story of real men
and real women, who have all of
the virtues of their hardening en
vironment and few of the failings
of their mora 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
dated. 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 lived among
the people whose lives he de
scribes, and he knows how to tell
a story.
The Caribou Carnival.
THE education of the little Me
- Usse began at once, while tbe
post was still deserted. It be
. gan, tirst of an, witb Maballa.
She stared dumbly and witb 6battered
faith at these two creatures wbo told
ber of wonderful things In the up
bring of a child things of which she
bad never bo much as beard rumor be
fore. Her mother Instincts were arous
ed, but witb Cree stoicism she made
oo betrayal of them.
The leather tanned Immobility ot
her face underwent no whit of change
when Cummins solemnly declared that
the little Mellsse was about to begin
teething. She Bat grimly and watched
them In silence when between them
upon a bearskin stretched on the Boor
they tried vainly to persuade Mellsse
to use ber feet
Weeks passed and Williams came tn
from the southern forests. Mukee fol
lowed him from the edge of the Bar
rens. Old Per-ee, partly Eskimo, re
turned from the Eskimo people, three
quarters starved and with half of bis
dogs stolen. From tbe north, east,
west and south the post's fur rangers
trailed back. Life was resumed.
There was a softness in the air, a
growing warmth in tbe midday sun.
Tbe days or the big change were near.
And when they came, John Cummins
and Jan Tboreau, of all tbe factor's
people, wore patches at their knees.
One afternoon in the beginning or
the mush suow a long team of rakish
malemutes, driven by an Athabasca
French-Canadian, raced wildly Into the
clearing about tbe post Tbe entire
post rushed out to meet the newcomer,
lie was Jean de Gravols, the most 1m
portant man In tbe Fond du Lac coun
try, for whose goodwill the company
paid a small bonus. That be bad made
a record catch even the children knew
by tbe size of tbe packs on bis sledge
and by the swagger In his walk.'
Gravols was usually one of tbe last
to appear at tbe annual gathering or
the wilderness fur gatherers. Ue was
a big man In reputation as be wns
small in stature. lie was one or the
few of his kind who bad developed
personal vauity along witb unerring
cunning In tbe ways of the wild. Ev
erybody liked Gravols, for be bad a
big soul In blm and was as tearless as
a lynx, and he liked everybody. Includ
ing bimselt
lie explain bis early arrival by an
nouncing In a'oonchalant manner that
after be had given bis malemutes a
day's rest be was going on to Fort
Churchill to bring back a wife, lie
hinted with a punctuating crack of his
whip that be would make a second
visit and a more Interesting one at
Just about tbe time when tbe trappers
were there in force
Jan Tboreau listened to blm. hunch
tng his shoulders a little at the other's
manifest air of Importance. In turn
the French Canadian scrutinized Jan
good naturedly.
Every hour after the hnlf breed's ar
rival quickened the pulse ot expectan
cy at the post Cor six months It bud
been a small and solitary unit of life
in the henrt of a b!g desolation. The
first snow had smothered It In a lone
liness tbnt was almost the loneliness
of desertion With that tlrst snow lie
gan the harvest days of the trnppers.
Now the chance was at band. It
wns like tbe brent h of spring to tbe
awakening wilderness. The forest
people were moving. Trap lines were
being broken, shacks abandoned,
sledge dogs put to bnrness. Oo the
day tbnt Jean de Urnvols left for
Hudson bay tbe company's supplies
came In from Fort Churchill seven
toboggans drawn by Eskimo dogs.
Inden with flour and cloth, fifty pounds
of bends, ammunition and a hundred
other things, to be exchnnged for the
furs that would soon be In London
and Paris.
Fearfully Jan Thoreao ran out to
meet tbe sledges. There were seven
Indians and one white man. Jan
thrust himself close to look at tbe
whlteomu. Uc. jearewofvoljer
Copurlflht. 1911, bu the Bobbs
Merrlll Co.
bolsters "and TarriecT" an automatic".
Unquestionably he was not s mission
ary. bot an aeent of the eon panv. well
prepared to care ior tne company's
Jan hurried back to the cabin, bis
heart bubbling with a strange Joy.
"There tea uo mlssloner, Mellsse!"
he cried trlumpbautly. dropping be
side ber. his face glowing with the
gladness tf bis tidings. "You shall be
good and beautiful, lak ber, but you
shall not be baptize by mlsslonerl Be
has not cornel"
A few minutes later Cummins came
In. One of bis bands was torn and
"Those Eskimo dogs are demons!"
he growled. "If they knew bow to
stand on their legs they'd eat our hus
klcs alive. Will you help me witb
Jan was at work In an Instant ban
daglng the wounded band.
"It ees not deep," be said, and then,
without looking up, he added, "Tbe
mlssloner did not come."
"No," snid Cummins shortly. "Nel
ther has the ninll. Be is with tbnt."
Be did not notice tbe sudden trem
ble of Jan's Angers, nor did he see
the startled look that shot Into the
boy's down turned eyes. Jan finished
his bandaging without betraying hi
emotion and went back with Cummins
to the company's store.
The next morning twoChlppewaynns
trailed In with a team of mongrel eurs
from the south. Thereafter Cummin
found but little time to devote to Me
Ilsse. The snow wns softening rapid
ly, and tbe daily Increasing warmth ot
the sun hastened tbe movement ot the
trappers. Mukee's people from the
western Barren lands arrived tlrst.
bringing with them great londs of
musk ox and caribou skins and nn
army of big footed, long legged Mac
kenzle bounds that pulled like horses
and walled like whipped puppies when
the huskies and Eskimo dogs set upon
From east and west and south all
trails now led to the post By tbe end
of the third day after the arrival of
the company's supplies a babel or
fighting, yelling, ceaselessly moving
discord bad driven forth the peace and
quiet in which Cummins' wife bnd
died. The fighting and discord were
among the dogs, and tbe yelling was a
necessary human accompaniment Half
a hundred packs, almost as wild and
as savage as tbe wolves from whom
half of them possessed a strong Inheri
tance of blood, were thrown suddenly
Into warring confusion.
There was no cessation In tbe battle
of tbe fangs. Balf a dozen battles
were fought to the death each day
and night Those that died were chief
ly tbe south bred curs mixtures of
mastiff, Grent Dane and sheep dogs
and the fatally slow Mackenzie bounds
Yet beyond all this discord and
bloody strife there was a great throb
blng human bnpplness a beating of
honest hearts filled to overflowing
with tbe Joys of the moment a weld
ing of new friendships, a renewal ot
old ones, a closer union of the broth
erhood that holds together all things
under the cold gray of the northern
skies. There were no bickerings among
the hunters.
These were days ot unprecedented
prosperity and triumph tor the buby.
as they were for the company. The
cabin wns hnlf filled with strange
things, for all went to look upon the
little Mellsse nnd gave something to
her. There were polnr bears' teeth,
brought down by the little black men
who tn turn bad got them from the
const people; strange gods carved from
wood, bits of fur. bushy foxtails, lynx
paws, dried fruits, candy bought at
fabulous prices In tbe store and musk
always and Incessantly musk from
Mukee's people of tbe West Barrens.
Jan bnd not played upou his violin
since the coming of Jenn de Gravols,
j but one evening be tuned bis strings
and snld to Mellsse:
"They have been good to you, my
Mellsse. I will give them ze museek
of ze vlolon."
j lt.ygs.the. hlg.nlpfrt at hq post-tlje
Bio Snows
AMtoir If "Tfe
Utoiw Trail"
night that Is knowuTrom Athabasca fo
Hudson bay as the night of the enrt
bou roHSL A wefk bnd passed, and
there were oo more furs to be disposed
ot. In the company's ledger each tuiin
bad received his credit nnd In the com
pany's store tbe furs were piled high
and safe. Three caribou had been kill
ed by Per-ee and his hunters, and on
this night wheu Jan took dowu bis
violin from Its peg on the wnll, a buge
fire blnzed In the open, and ou spits six
Inches in diameter the caribou were
The air was tilled with the sound nnd
odor or the carnival. Above the tight
lng and suarllng ot dogs the forest
people lifted their voices In wild cele
bration, forgetting In this one holiday
or the year the silence that they would
carry back Into the solitudes with
them Shrill voices rose In meaning
less cries almve (he roaring of the fire.
Caribou whips snapped fiercely Chip
pewnynns, Crees. Eskimos and breeds
crowded In the red glare. The factor's
men shouted and sang like mad. for
this was the company's annual "good
tlrae"-the show that would lure many
of these same men back ngniu at the
end ot another trapping season
Huge boxes of white bread were
pluced nenr to the fire. A tub of real
butter, brought fi.000 miles from across
the sea for the occasion, wns set on a
gun case thrown where the hent played
npon It In yellow glory. Id a giant cop
per kettle, over a smaller fire, bubbled
nnd sieumed hnlf a bnrrel of coffee.
The richness of the odors that drift
ed in tbe air set tbe. dogs gathering
upon their nnunches beyond the wait
ing circle of muster, their lips drip
ping, then fangs snapping in nn enger
ness that was not ror tbe tlesh of bnt-
tie And above It all there gleamed
Sown a billion stars from out ot the
ikies and the aurora flung Its banners
through the pme titcht.
Seated upon tne edge ot one ot the
brend boxes, .Inn began to play. ' It
was not the low, sweet music of Cum
mins and the little Mellsse that be play
ed now, but a wild, wailing song that
he hud found in tbe autumn winds.
It burst above the crackling fire and
tbe tumult of man and dog in a weird
and savage benuty tbnt bushed all
sound, and life about him became like
life struck suddenly dead. After a
while bis violin sung a lower song, and
sweeter; and still softer It became, and
more sweet until be was playing that
which be loved most ot ail tbe music
that bnd tilled tbe little cabin when
Cuuimlus' wife died.
As be continued to play there came
an Interruption to tbe silence a low re
frain that was almost like tbnt of the
moaning wind It grew beyond the
tense circle r men, until a song of In
finite sadness rose from the throats of
a hundred dogs in response to Jan
Thorenu's violin.
Cummins saw the surrounding cor
don become thinner as man crushed
closer to man. and be saw strained
faces turned from tbe player to where
tbe docs sat full throated upon their
haunches, with tbclr beads pointed
straight to the stars in tbe sky.
"For the love ot heaven, play no
more or Hint!" be cried In tbe boy's
ear. "Play something fast"
Jan lifted bis head as if from s
dream. In an Instant be perceived tbe
strange effect of bis music, and bis
bow ruced across tbe strings of bis
violin In a rhythm swift and buoyant
bis voice rising shrill and clear tu
words familiar to them all:
Oh, m carl boo-oo-oo, se cariboo-oo-oo.
Ha roaa on high.
lea' under te aky.
Ze beeg whit carlboo-oo-ool
"Oh, f carlboo-oo-oo, te carlboo-oo-oo.
Ma brown an' Julo an' aweetl
Ze carlboo-oo-oo ha ver pollla
He roas on high,
Jes' under sa aky,
Me ready now to coma an' aatl"
Witb yells that rone above tbe Inst
words of tbe song Mukee and his Crees
tugged at tbelr poles, and tbe roasted
cariboo fell upon the snow. Jan drew
back and, witb his violin hugged un
der one arm. watched tbe wild revelers
as, witb bared knives flashing In the
firelight they crowded to the feast
Williams, tbe factor. Joined blm.
"Looks like a fight doesn't It Jan?
Once I saw a fight at a caribou roast"
"So did I," said Jan, wbo had not
taken his eyes from tbe Jostling crowd
"It was far to tbe west and north,"
continued Williams, "beyond tbe Great
Slave country."
"Far beyond," said Jan, lifting bis
eyes quietly. "It was ver near to te
Great Bear. For who yon fight at ze
Groat Bear?"
Tbe factor was silent and tbe tnus
cles of bis arms grew like steel as he
saw tbe madness in Jan'a face. Sud
denly he reached ont and gripped tbe
boy's wrists. Jan made do effort to
evade the clutch.
"For who yon fight?" he cried again.
"For who yon fight at te Great Bear?"
"We tried to kill a man, but be got
away," snld Williams, speaking so low
thnt only Jnn heard. "Be was" The
factor stopped
"Ze mlssloner!" panted Jan.
The wild light went ont of bis eyes
as he stared up at Williams, and the
softer glow which came Into them
loosened at once the factor's grip on
the boy's wrists.
"Yes, the mlssloner."
Jan drew Imck. lie evaded meeting
theeyes .ot Qimmln nstmado. bla
way among the men. There was n
new burst of song as Mukee and his
Crees pulled down a second caribou,
but tbe bov paid no attention to the
fresh excitement Ue thrust his knife
Into Its shi-ntb and rnn-rao swiftly
through tbe packs of dogs fighting and
snarling over the scraps that had been
thrown to them, past Mnhalla. who
was watchlnc the savace banquet
around the tls fire, and Into tbe little
cabin to Mellsse.
llere he Minis himself upon bis knees.
and for the tlrst time be caught tbe
baby tn his arms, holding her close to
blm and rocking her to and fro as be
cried out sohhingly the words which
she did not understand.
'An when I tin' heem an' kill beem
I will come hack to you. my angel
Mellsse." he whispered. "And then
you will lut .Ian Thorenu for letting
out the blond of s mlssloner!"
He put her hack Into the little bed.
kissed her nsaln and turned to the
For a few moments Jnn stood with
bis back to Mellsse and bis eyes upon
the earnlvRl hImmi! h grent fire. As be
looked the third carilion wns pulled
down from its spit, and the multitude
of doss rushed tn upon the abandoned
carcasses of the other two.
He caught his brenth quickly as a
loud shout nnd the walling yelp of a
hurt dot rose for an-Instant above all
other son nils. Only one thing wns
wanting to complete auother picture
In his brain a scene which had burned
Itself Into his life forever and which
be strove to tight back as he stood
staring from the doorway, lie half
expected It fo come -tbe shrill scream
of !! boyish voice, nn instant's sullen
qulei. ihi'ii the mw ihronted thunder of
Impendlni: vengeance--nnd the tlgnt.
With marvelous quickness his exclt
ed mind reconstructed tbe scene he
fore him into tbe scene thnt bnd been.
He heard the scream again, which hnd
twit bis voice, shw as If In a dream
the frenzied rush of men and the finsh
of knives, and then from where be lay,
trampled and bleeding In tbe snow, tbe
long, lean team of swift huskies that
bnd carried In mad flight tbe one
whose life those knives sought
Williams had been there; be had
seen the tight his knife bad flashed
witb the others In Us demand for life.
And vet he-Jan Thoreau-had not
been recotmlzed by the fnctor ont there
beside the rarlbon roast;
He hurried townrd the Bra Halt-
way across tbe open be stopped. From
out of the forest opposite Cummins'
cabin there trailed slowly a team ot
dogs. In the shadows of tbe spruce,
hidden from the revelers, tbe team
baited. Jan beard tbe low voices of
men, and a figure detached Itself from
the gloom, walking slowly nnd In tbe
manner of one near to exhaustion in
tbe direction or the carnival.
(To Me Continued.)
Make I'lal tsmotil li and Cass
county a better place to live in.
How? My interest ing yourself in
the Chopie (iasoline Engine Com
pany -(Limited). (Jet in and
boost for yourself by buying sonic
stock in this plant. The man who
really boosts is the one llnancially
interested. My so doing you are
helping to bring thousands of
oilier dollars to remain here
Dollars invested in foreign lands
and stocks go out of the county
never to return. Let's reverse
this. The Chopie (iasoline Engine
has proved itself in this county as
a wonderful gasoline engine, so
help us to send this engine nil
over the world. Let's make our
laud not i 00. but $500 per aero
land. This plant is the founda
tion that will get other industrial
plants here.
We are incorporated for 2in,
000. Most of this sdock will be
sold out of Cass county, but wo
want you all to take u small
quant ity of our stock. It is issued
in common and preferred. We
think it as safe an investment as
a government bond. Conn in nnd
share the profits with us. Our
preferred slock guarantees you
seven per cent. Common slock
shares in the further profits of the
company. All stock is non-assessable
and limited in liability to
the money you invest. All slock is
issued in share nt 10.00 each,
and if you cannot lake but one
share, take it now; we want your
boost. We know we can make
this community n big manufactur
ing center if you help us. We
know we have the best engine in
the United Stales.
John A.Chopiseka, President.
Ed Ilynott, Vice President.
If. M. Soennichsen, Treasurer.
Sam fi. Smith, Secretary and
Sales Manager.
With the addition of A.
(lejse, constitute the Hoard
of Directors.
"Dr. Thomas' Eclectic Oil is the
best remedy for that often fatal
disease croup. It has been used
with success in our family for
eight years." Mrs. L. Whiteacre,
HufTalo, N Y.
Local News
From Wednesday's Daily.
Sain (i. Smith was u passenger
Ibis morning for Omaha.
E. II. Schulhof was a business
visitor in the metropolis this
C. E. Wescott was a visitor in
Mm metropolis yesterday after
noon. Nelson Jean was a business
visitor in the metropolis this
C. J. Ooi'laeh of Mauley cam" in
lliis noon with the returns from
Center precinct.
Mrs. Vomer Perry was a pas
songer this morning on No. 15 for
Omaha, where she spent the day.
Frank Creamer came down this
morning from South Mend with
the returns from that percinct.
For a mild, easy action of the
bowels, try Doau's llegulets, a
modern laxative. .Tic at all stores.
I)r. J. M. llungale of Weeping
Water was a visitor in this city
today ami called at this olllce.
Carl Kunsmann was u business
visitor in Omaha this morning,
going up on the early Murliiiglon
Dietrich Kostor of near Weep
ing: Water was in the city today,
bringing in the returns from that
A. S. Will was a passenger this
imorning for Omaha, where iho
was called to look after soma
business matters.
W. II. Newell departed last
evening on No. 2 for St. Joseph,
Mo., where he will look after busu
ness matters.
Carl Smith came down from
Omaha last evening on No. 2 to
cast his vote and visit his parents
for a few hours.
Miss timet; Newbranch return
ed this morning from Omaha,
where she had been for a short
visit with relatives.
Caiter Alliin and little son, from
near Union, were passengers this
morning to Omaha to look after
some business matters.
A h
tearing was had on the
claims in the Nicholas llalmcs
estate in the county court, this
morning before Judge lteeson.
(iuy Kiser and wife were pas
sengers this morning for Omaha,
where they visited for the day nnd
looked after some business mat
Frank Finkle, one of the good,
reliable farmers of Union, was in
the city today, bringing up the
election returns from Liberty pre
Mrs. O. C. Hudson departed over
the Missouri Pacific this morning
for Cuinmings, Kansas, where she.
will make a week's visit with her
mot her.
Em nk Nickels of (ireenwooc
was a visitor in this city today
attending to some business mat
lers. While here Mr. Nickels call
ed at this ofllce for the purpose o
renewing his subscription to this
Nicholas llalmcs motored In
this city this morning from Weep
ing Water, bringing with him
Charles Cherry and Dr. J. H. Hun
gale with the election returns
from that city. While in the city
the doctor paid the Journal a
pleasant call and visited for a few
Misses Kaohel Livingston, Lu
cile (iass, Matlie Larson and
Clarence Meal, who an; attending
school at Peru, arrived homo last
evening for a visit with home
folks during the vacation allotted
to them on account of the Stale
Teachers' association meeting.
Miss Florence Kite of Peru ac
companied Miss Larson 'ami will
be n guest of the Larson home.
Mrs. T. A. Town, 107 Cth St.,
Wntertovvn, S. D., writes: "My
four children nre subject to hard
colds and I always use Foley's
Honey nnd Tar Compound with
splendid results. Some lime ago
I had a severe attack of la grippe
and the doctor prescribed Foley's
Honey nnd Tar Compound nnd it
soon overcame tho la grippe. I
can nlways depend upon Foley's
Honey and Tar Compound nnd am
sure of good results." For sale
by F. O. Fricke & Co.
Known All Men by These Pres
ents, that we, Jno. A. Chopieska,'
Sam (i. Smith, D. o. Dwyer, II. M.
Soennichsen und 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
transaction of the business here
inafter described.
1. The name of the corpora
lion shall be the Chopie Gasoline
Engine Company (Limited). The
principal place of transacting its
business shall be in the city of
Plattsniouth, Countv of Cass, and
State of Nebraska.
2. The nature of the business
to be transacted by said corpora
tion shall be the manufacture and
sale of gasoline engines, other
engines, and machinery and the'
erection and maintenance of such
buildings and structures as may
be deemed necessary, and to pur
chase real estate for a site there
fore, and to procure any and all
necessary property, both real and
personal, incidental to or re
quired in the manufacture of
gasoline engines.
;i. The authorized capital
stock of said corporation shall
be Two Hundred Thousand Dol
lars, divided into shares of ten
dollars each, to be subscribed and
paid for as required by the Hoard
of Directors. One-half of said
stock shall be preferred, and
which preferred stock shall draw
seven per cent, to bo paid out of
the net earnings of the company,
per unnuin. The other half shall
o common stock, on which
dividends shall bo paid as tho
Hoard of Directors might de
termine. Only tho owners of the
common stock shall be entitled to
participate in the further profits,"
election of officers and manage
ment of tho Company. All of sai
stock shall be, non-assessable.
. The existence of this
corporation shall commence on
the 5th day of October, 1912, and
conlinuo during the period oi
twenty-five years.
5. Tho business of said cor
pornlion shall be conducted by a
Hoard of Directors not to exceed
five in number, to be elected by
the stockholders of the common
stock. The first election of
directors shall take place at
Plattsniouth, Nebrnska, on the
day of October, 1912, and
thereafter such election to take
place at such time and be con
ducted in such manner as shall
be prescribed by the by-laws of
said corporation.
0. Tho officers of said cor
pornlion shall be president, vice
president, secretary,, treasurer,
and a general manager, who shall
be chosen by the Hoard of Direct
ors, and shall hold their office
for the period of one year and
until their successors shall be
elected ami qualified.
7. The highest amount of in
debtedness to which said corpora
lion shall at nny time stibject it
self shall not be more than Ivvo
thirds of its issued and paid up
capital slock.
8. The manner of holding the
meeting of stockholders for the
election of officers, and the
method of conducting the busi
ness of I he corporat ion, shall be
as provided in the by-laws
adopted by t he Hoard of Directors.
In Witness Whereof, we have
hereunto set our hands this Oth
day of October, 1912.
Jno. A. Chopieska.
Sam O. Smith.
II. M. Soennichsen.
I). O. Dwyer.
John T. Lambert.
In presence of ,
Hessie Shea.
Cass County, ss.
On this 2nd day of October,
1912, before me, Hessio Shea, a
notary public, in and for said
county, personally appeared the
above named Jno. A. Chopieska,
Sam (1. Smith, D. O. Dwyer, II. M.
Soennichsen and John T. Lam
bert, who are personally known to
me to be the identical persons
whose names are affixed to tho
above articles as parties thereto,
nnd I hey severally acknowledged
their instrument to be their
voluntary act and deed.
. Witness my hand and notarial
seal nt Plattsniouth, Nebraska,
this 5th day of October, 1912.
(Seal) Hessio, Shea,
Notary Public.
My commission expires June
3rd, 1913.
State of Nebraska,
Secretary's Office.
Received anil filed for record
October 7, 1012, and recorded in
nook ' 20, Miscellaneous Incor
porations, at pngo 528.
Addison Wait,
Secretary of State.
Hy Cioo. W. Marsh, Deputy.
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