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! The Honor -of the-
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
pf 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 inter feres 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
THE malemute leader flung open
bis Jaws In a deep baylngtrl.
umph, and with a savage "yell
Jean cracked his caribou whip
oxer hla bock. He saw the man ahead
of him lean over the end of bis sledge
as be urged his dogs, but the huskies
went no faster, and then he caught a
glitter of something that flashed for a
moment In the sun.
"Ahl" said Jean softly as a bullet
sang orer his head. "lie fires at Jean
de Gravolsl" He dropped his whip.
and there was a warm glow of happl
ness In his little dark face as he level
ed his rifle over the backs of hts male-
mutes, "lie fires at Jean de Gravols,
and it is Jean who can hamstring a
caribou at 300 yards on the run!"
For an instant, at the crack of his
rifle there was no movement ahead.
then something rolled from the sledge
and lay doubled up in the snow. A
hundred yards beyond it the huskies
stopped in a rabble and turned to look
at the approaching strangers.
Beside it Jean stopped, and when be
saw the face that stared up at him,
he clutched his thin hands In bis long
black hair and cried out In shrill amaze
ment and horror:
"The saints in heaven. It is the mls
sloner from Churchill!"
lie turned the man over and fonnd
where his bullet had entered under
one arm and come out from under the
other. There was no spark of life left
The mlssloner was already dead.
"The mlssloner from ChurchlUT be
He looked np at the warm sun and
kicked the melting snow under bis
"It will thaw very soon," he said to
himself, looking again at the dead man
"and then he will go Into the lake."
De beaded his malemutes back to the
forest. Then be ran out and cut the
traces of the exhausted huskies, and
with bis whip scattered them in free
dom over the ice.
"Go to the wolves I" he shouted In
Crea "Illde yourselves from the post,
or Jean de Gravols will cut out your
tongues and take your skins off alive!"
When he came back to the top of the
mountain Jean fonnd Iowaka making
hot coffee, while Jan was bundled up
In furs near the Ore.
"It is as I said," she called. "He la
Thus it happened that the return of
Jean de Gravols to the post was even
more dramatic than he bad schemed It
to be, for be brought back with him
not only n beautiful wife from Church
Ill, but also the half dead Jan Thoreau
from the scene of battle on the moun
tain. And In the mystery of it all he
reveled for twodays, for Jean de Gra
vols said not a word about the dead
man on the lake beyond the forest, nor
did the huskies come back into their
UUUHge IU D 1UUL VI lug UJloaiUB
From the day after the caribou roast
the fur gatherers began scattering
The Eskimos left the next morning.
On the second day Mukee's people
from the west set off along the edge
of the Barrens. Most of the others left
by ones and twos into the wilderness
to the south and east
Less than a dozen still put off their
return to the late spring trapping, and
among these were Jean de Gravols
and his wife. Jean waited until too
third day. Then be went to see Jan.
The boy was bolstered up in his cot
with Cummins balancing the little
Melissa on the edge of the bed when
he came in.
For a time Jean sat and watched
them in silence. Then be made a sign
to Cummins, who Joined him at the
"I am going the Athabasca way to
day," be said. "1 wish to talk with
the boy before I go. I have a word
to say to him which no ears should
hear but his own. Will It be rlghtr
"Talk to him as long as you like,"
said Cummins, "but don't worry him
about the missionary. You'll not get
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a word from htm."
Jan's eyes spoke with a devotion
greater than words as Jean de Gra
vols came and sat close beside him.
Qe knew that It was Jean who bad
brought him alive into the post
"Ah, It was wan be-e a-u-tlfnl fight"
be said softly. "You are a brave boy.
"You did not see Itr asked Jan.
Unconsciously the words came from
Im in French Jean caught one of
his thin bands and laughed Joyfully.
for the sp'rlt of Im was French to
the bottom of bin soul.
"1 see It No. neither 1 nor lowaka.
but there '.t was In the snow, as plain
as the eyes tn your face. And did
not follow the trail that etaggeret;
down the mountain, while lowakn
brought you back to life? And when
1 came to the lake did I not see some
thing black out upon It like a charred
log? And when I came to It was it
not the (lend body of the mlssloner
from Churchllll Eh. Jan ThoseauY"
Jan sat up lu bis bed. with a sharp
"The thaw will open up the lake in
I few days. Then be will go down In
the first slush." And Jean looked about
him cautiously again and whispered
low "If you see anything about the
dead mlssloner that you do not under
itand think of Jean do Gravols."
e rose to bis feet and bent over
Jan's white face.
"1 am golug the Athabasca way to
day," be finished. "Perhaps, .lan Thor
eau, you will hear after a time that It
would be best for Jean du Grarols
never to return again to this l'osj, Luc
Bain. If so you will find hliu be
tween Fond du Lac and the Beuver
river." lie passed out
When Cummins returned be found
Jan's cheeks flushed and the boy in a
"Devil take that G.ravolst" be growl
"De has been a brother to me," said
Jan simply. "I love him."
On the second day after the French
man's departure Jan rose free of the
fever which had threatened him for a
time, and In the afternoon bo har
nessed Cummins' dogs. The last of the
trappers had started from the post that
morning, their sledges and dogs sink
ing heavily in the deepening slush, and
Jan Bet off over the smooth toboggan
trail made by the company's agent In
bis return to Fort Churchill.
This trail followed close along the
base of the ridge upon which be bad
fought the missionary, joining that of
Jean de Gravols mtlc9 beyond. Jan
climbed the ridge. From where be had
made his attack he followed the al
most obliterated trail of the French
man and his malemutes until be came
to the lake, and then be knew that
Jean de Gravols bad spoken the truth,
for be found the missionary with his
face half burled In the slush, stark
He no longer bad to guess at the
meaning of Jean's words. The bullet
bole under the dead man's arms was
too large to escape eyes like Jan's. Into
the little bidden world which be treas
ured In his heart there came another
fuce, to remuln always wttb blm-tbe
face of the courageous little forest
dandy who was hurrying with his
bride back Into the country of the
From that night Jan's eyes were no
longer filled with the nervous, glitter
ing flashes which at times bad given
him an appearance almost of madness.
In place of their searching suspicions,
there was a warmer and more com
panionable glow, and Cummins felt
the effect of the change.
A Cree trapper bad found Jan's vio
lin in the snow and bad brought It to
Maballo. Before Cummins finished bis
supper the boy began to play, and he
continued to play until the lights at
the post went out and both the man
and the child were deep In sleep.
Then Jan stopped. There was the lire
of a keen wakefulness In his eyes as
he carefully unfastened the strings of
his Instrument and held It closo to the
oil lamp, so that be could peer down
hrouirh the narrow aperture In the
Altar IF "Tte
lie looked asnln at Cummins. The
man was sleeping with bis face to the
wall With the hooked wire which he
used for cleaning bis revolver Jan
listied gently at the very end of the
box. and after three or four efforts
the wire -uupbt lu something soft
which tie pulled toward him. Through
the Imlpe In the "V" bole he dragged
forth a small, tightly rolled cylinder
of failed red cloth.
For a tew moments tie sat watching
the deep lirenthlng of Cummins, un
rolling the cloth us he watched, until
tie had HpreiKl out upon the table be
fore hi in h number of closely written
pages of paper, lie weighted them at
one end wlih his violin and held them
down Ht the other with his hands
The wrltln; whs In French. Several
of the page were lu a heavy mascu
line hand, the words running one upon
another so closely thnt In places they
seemed to he connected, and from
them Jan took his lingers, so that they
rolled up like a spring. Over the otb
ers he U-nt his head, and there came
from hliu n low, sobbing breath.
On these panes the writing was that
of a woman, and from the paper there
still rose a faint sweet scent of helio
trope. For half an bonr Jan gazed
open them, reading tbe words slowly
until he cume to tbe last page.
A new and strange longing crept
Into bis heart He stretched out his
arms, with tbe papers and bis violin
clutched In bis bands, as if a wonder
ful spirit was calling to him.
For the first time In his lonely life
It came to bim-thls call of the great
world beyond the wilderness and sud
denly be crushed the woman's letter
to his lips, and bis voice burst from
him In whispering, thrilling eagerness:
"1 will come to you some day w'en
r.e leetle Melissa come too."
lie rolled the written pages togeth
er, wrapped them tn the faded red
cloth and concealed them again in the
oox of bis violin before he re-entered
Tbe next morning Cummins stood
In the door and said:
"How warm the sun Is! The snow
and Ice are going. Jan It's spring.
We'll house the sledges today and
begin renliiiR the dogs on fish."
Each day thereafter the sun rose
earlier, the dnv was longer and the air
wns wanner, nnd with the warmth
there now cnnie the sweet scents of
the budding enrtb and the myriad
sounds of the deep, unseen life' of the
forest nwnkeuinu from Its long slum
iter In Its lied of now.
The iost tell hnck Into Its old ways
Now and then h visitor came In from
nut of the 'orcHi. hut he 'remained for
only n day r two taking hnck Into
the xnlltndi with til in n few of the
lu-rcxs.-irlcs "i life. Williams wns busy
preparing Uih ImhiUs tor the cotu'.ng Of
(he compile chle' ngent trotn I -on
don. nnd Oininlns. who wis helping
!he factor, had a good deal of extra
time on his bands.
tterore the last of the snow was
one be and Jan begnn dragging in
ogs for an addition which they plan
led for tbe little cabin. Basking out
ii tbe sun, with a huge bearskin for a
ioor, Melisse looked upon the new
lome building with wonderfulemon
itratlons'of Interest Cummins' face
flowed with pleasure as she kicked
ind scrambled on the bearskin and
;ave shrill voiced approval of their
Jan wns the happiest youth In the
world. It was certain that the little
Melisse, nearly six months old, under
itood what they were doing.
As the weather grew warmer and
tprlng chnnged into summer Jan took
Melisse upon short excursions with
him Into the forests, and he picked
for her great armfuls of flowers
and arctic ferns. The grave was nev
er without fresh offerings, tnd the
cabin, with Its new addition complete,
was always filled with the beautiful
things that spring up out of the earth.
Jan and Melisse were happy, and in
tbe Joys of these two there was pleas
ure for tbe others of tbe post as there
had been happiness in the presenco of
the woman. Only upon Cummins had
there settled a deep grief. The
changes of spring and summer, bring
ing with them all that this desolate
world held of warmth and beauty, fill
ed him with tbe excruciating pain of
his great grief, as if the woman bad
died but yesterday.
At Irut his gaunt frame thinned by
sleepless nights and days of mental
torture, he said that the company's
business was calling him to Churchill,
and early in August be left for the
bay. He left Mcllsse in care of Jan,
and the child seemed to recognlzo the
When Cummins came back from
Fort Churchill In the autumn he
brought with him a pack full of things
for Mellsso, Including new books nnd
papers, for which he had spent a share
of his Benson's earnings. As he was
freeing these treasures from their
wrapping of soft caribou Bkln, with
Jon nnd Melisse both looking on, he
stopped suddenly nnd glanced from his
knees up at the boy.
"Tbcy'ro wondering over at Church
Ill what became of the missionary who
left with the mall, Jan. They suy he
was Inst seen at the Etawney."
"And not here 7" replied Jan quickly.
"Not that they know of," said Cum
mlns, ,bI1I keeping his eyes. on. the
boy." 'The maii who drove him never
got back to Churchill. They're won
dering where the driver went too. A
company officer has gone up to the
Etawney. and It is possible be may
come over to Lac Bain. I don't believe
he'll find the missionary."
"Neither do I," said Jan quite coolly.
"He Is probably dead, and the wolves
and foxes have eaten hlra before this
or uiebby ze feesh!" ,
Cummins resumed his task of un
packing, nnd among the books which
he brought forth there were two which
be gave to Jan.
"The supply ship from London came
In while I was at Churchill, and those
came with It" he explained. "They're
school books. There's going to be a
school at Churc'hill next winter, and
the winter after thnt It will be at York
factory, clown on the Hayes." He set
tled back on his heels and looked at
Jan. "It's the first school thnt bus ever
come nearer than 400 miles of us.
That's at Prince Albert"
For many succeeding days Jan took
long walks alone lu the forest trails
and silently thrashed out the two prob
lems which Cummins had brought bnck
from Churchill for him. Should he
warn Jenu de Gravols that a company
officer was Investigating tho disappear
ance of the mlsslonaryl
At first his Impulse was to go at once
Into Jenn's haunts beyond Fond du Lac
and give him the news, but even If the
officer did come to Tost Lac Bain how
would he know thnt tho missionary
was at tbe bottom of the lake and that
Jean de Gravols was accountable for
it! So In tbe end Jan decided that It
would be folly to stir up the little hunt
er's fears, and be thought no more of
the company's Investigator who had
gone up to the Etawney.
(To He Continued.)
From Tuesday's Dally.
C. F. Harris of near Union was
in the city today attending to
C. Hengen, sr., of Mynnrd was
in I lie city yesterday afternoon
looking after some business mat
ters. Luke Wiles was in tin city to
day, driving in from his farm to
look after some mailers of busi
ness. Lee Mavlleld, editor of the
Louisville Courier, was in the city
today altendinp to some business
matters nl the. court house.
Miss Carrie (ircenwahl was a
passenger for Omaha yesterday
nfleriioun. where she looked after
business mall ers for a short lime.
C. Hengen, sr., of near Mynard,
was in tin- city yesterday looking
after some mailers of business.
Mr. Hengen is not felling in I lie
besl of licitllh.
M. Fangcr of Missouri Valley
wns in (lie city yesterday for a
few hours looking after his busi
ness interests in Ibis city, depart
ing on No. 23 yesterday after
noon. Mark While of Hock Hind's pre
cinct was in the cily yeslerdav
looking alter some business mat
ters and lo meet MrsWhilo, who
returned from Omaha last even
ing on No. 2.
C. E. Wescolt and wife departed
I Ii is morning on No. 15 for Los
Angeles, California, where they
will make their future home. Mr.
and Mrs. Wescolt recently pur
chased a handsome, residence in
that city nnd expect to at least
spend the winters in that mild
From Wednesday's Dally.
F. A. Davis of Weeping Water
was in the city yesterday looking
after some matters of business.
Will Mordock, proprietor of the
Racket store, came in this after
noon on No. 2 i to look after busi
ness matters for tio day.
Frank fiobelman, tho expert
painter, was a passenger this
morning for Omaha, where ho at
tended to some matters of busi
Mrs. Oscar Freeberg, who has
been here visiting her husband,
who is employed in the local
shops, departed this morning for
her home in Lincoln.
Joseph Wolpcrt of Manley was
attending lo some business mat
ters in this cily today and called
at this olllce for tho purpose of
renewing his subscription to this
S. O. Cole, who is one of tho
leading farmers near Mynard, and
son, Mierman, were passengers
this morning for Omaha, where
they looked after business mailers
for the day.
Counly Attorney Taylor today
filed a complaint against W. L
Miller and August Eickjost,
charging Iheni wild being drunk
The complaint, was filed before
Justice M. Archer.
George Taylor and Iwo sons
were passengers this morning for
Omaha, where they go to attend
the funeral of Mr. Taylor's uncle,
Harvey Stevens, who dropped dead
on the streets of Omaha yesterday,
Michael Martin departed this
al feiiiKoii for Omaha, where he
will isit relatives.
Judge Beeson, wife ami little
daughter, Helen, were Omaha
visitors this afternoon.
D. O. Dwyer and wife were Oma
ha visitors today, pomp to that
city on No. 23 this afternoon.
Mrs. Charles Kraft returned
this morning to her homo at Glen
wood, after a short visit here with
Mrs. A. E. (iass.
Judge J. l Woods of Louis
ville was in tho city today attend
ing to some business matters at
the court house.
Frank H. Dunbar was a pas
senger this morninp for Omaha,
where he looked after business
mat I ers for a few hours.
Mrs. John Donelan was a pas
senger this morninp for Nebraska
City, where she will visit her sis
ter, Mrs. Caspar Thypeson.
8. O. Cole of the vicinity of My
nard was altendinp to some busi
ness mailers in this city today and
was a pleasant caller at this olllce.
Hev. Theodore llartman of
Louisville was in (lie city today
altendinp to some business mat
ters and visiting with his friends.
Mrs. Jacob Vallery and daugh
ter, Miss Mathilde, departed this
afternoon for Omaha, where they
will visit with relatives for a short
This is the manner that a Lin
coin correspondent goes about lo
identify Senator Henry Dartling.
Henry II. Hartling, the man
whose voto in tho stato senate do
cided the fate of tho county option
bill, was re-elected to tho senate
by a majority of 91, and has taken
his pick of the pood seals in tho
senate chamber. Ho was elected
on tho republican ticket over Sen
ator Banning, democrat, of Cass
county. Hartling got in the lime
light of the last session of tho
legislature by casting tho deciding
vote against county option and liy
pushing a Sunday base ball bill
up to the governor, wherp it was
vetoed. Nebraska City News.
Geo. P. Eastwood, Successor to
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Thanks the Voters.
I desire to express my apprecia
tion of the kindness and support
that the citizens of Cass county
gave me in my canvass for the
olllce of county assessor at the
last election, and I promise to
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Card of Thanks.
I desire, through tho columns
of this paper, to thank my friends
for the liberal support and honor
shown me on election day, and
assure them that Cass county wil
remain on the map after the legis
lative session. Yours truly,
J. J. (Justin.
Twenty-ono acres of good land
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No city taxes. Will sell cheap for
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Known All Men by These Pres
ents, that we, Jno. A. Chopieska,
fcam G. Smith, D. O. Dwyer, II. M.
Soennichsen and John T. Lain-
ert, 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
1. The name of the corpora
tion shall be the Chopio Gasoline
Engine Company (Limited). The
principal place of transacting its
business shall be in the city of
Plallsmouth, County of Cass, and
State of Nebraska.
The nature of the business
lo be transacted by said corpora
tion shall be the manufacture and
sale of gasoline engines, other
engines, and machinery and the
erect ion and maintenance of such
buildings and structures as may
be deemed necessary, and to pur
chase real estato for a site there
fore, and to procure any and all
necessary property, both real and
personal, incidental lo or re
quired in the manufacture of
3. The authorized capital
stock of said corporation shall
be Two Hundred Thousand Dol
lars, divided into shares of ten
dollars each, to bo subscribed and
paid for as required by the Board
of Directors. One-half of said
stock shall bo preferred, and
which preferred stock shall draw
seven per cent, to be paid out of
the net earnings of the company,
per annum. The other half shall
bo common stock, on which
dividends shall bo paid as the
Board of Directors might de
termine. Only the owners of the
common stock shall bo entitled to
participate in tho further profits,
election of officers and manage
ment of tho Company. All of sail
stock shall bo non-assessable.
4. Tho existence of this
corporation shall commence on
the 5th day of October, 1912, and
continue during tho period of
5. Tho business of said cor
poration shall bo conducted by a
Board of Directors not to exceed
five in number, to be elected by
the stockholders of the common
slock. Tho first election 6f
directors shall take place at
Plallsmouth, Nebraska, on tho
day of October, 1912, and
thereafter such election to take
place at such time and bo con
ducted in such manner as shall
be prescribed by the by-laws of
fi. The oflleers of said cor
poration shall be president, vice
president, secretary, treasurer.
and a general manager, who shall
o chosen by the Board of Direct
um, and shall hold their olllce
for the period of one year and
until their successors shall bo
elected and qualified.
7. The highest amount of in
lebledness to which said corpora
tion shall at any time subject it
self shall not be more than two
thirds of-its issued and paid up
8. The manner of holding the
meeting of stockholders for the
election of oflleers, and the
method of conducting the busi
ness of the corporation, shall be
as provided in the by-laws
adopted by the Board of Directors.
In Witness Whereof, we have
hereunto set our hands this 5th
day of October, 1912.
Jno. A. Chopieska.
Sam Ci. Smith.
II. M. Soennichsen.
D. 0. Dwyer.
John T. Lambert.
In presence of
STATE OF NEBRASKA,
Cass Counly, ss.
On this 2nd day of October,
1912, before me, Bessio Shea, a
notary public, in and for said
county, personally appeared the
above named Jno. A. Chopieska,
Sam O. Smith, I). 0. Dwyer, II. M.
Soennichsen and John'T. Lam
bert, who are personally known to
me to be the identical persons
whoso names are affixed to the
above articles as parlies thereto,
and they severally acknowledged
their instrument to bo their
voluntary act and deed.
Witness my hand nnd notarial
seal at Plattsmouth, Nebraska,
this 5th day of October, 1912.
(Seal) Bessie, Shea,
My commission expires June
Stato of Nebraska,
Received nnd filed for record
October 7, 1912, and recorded in
Book 20, Miscellaneous Incor..
porations, at page 528.
Secretary of State.
By Geo. W. Marsh, Deputy.
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