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Jack o' Lantsrn.
D HURRIED back to the trunk
, room nnl had soon gained the
roof. To my disappointment and
chagrin my young lady of the
Ingle slipper was nowhere in sight I
found, however, lying near the library
chimney a trunk tray that required no
explanation. With this Hezeklah had
blocked the flue, and I smiled as I pic
tured her tiptoeing to reach the chim
ney crock and dropping the tray across
the top. now gleefully she must have
chuckled as she waited for the flue to
fill and send the smoke ebbing back
into the library, to the discomfiture of
her aunt and sister and the suitors
gathered about the hearth. The spirit
of mischief never whispered into a
prettier ear a trick better calculated to
I had thought Hezeklah secure when j
i locneu the trunk room door, but I
had not counted upon the versatility
and resourcefulness of that young per
son. I dropped to the second roof lev
el and inspected the down spouts, but
It was incredible that she had sought
the earth by this means. I swung
Vyself to a third level and after much
groping for my bearings decided that
an athletliglrl of Ilezekiah's venture
some disposition might, if she set no
great store by her neck, clamber off
the kitchen roof by means of a tall
maple whose branches now raspingly
called attention to their slight contact
with tho house.
As the moon cruised Into a patch of
clear sky something white fluttered
from a maple limb, and I bent and
pulled It free. I took counsel of a
match behind the kitchen chimney
and found that It was a handkerchief
that had been knotted to the tip of the
bough. No one but Hezeklah would
have thought of marking her trail In
this fashion. I held it to my face, and
that faint perfume that had been a
mystifying accompaniment of the
passing of the mansion ghost became
nothing more unreal than the orris in
Hezeklah's handkerchief cnse.t The
wind whipped the bit of linen spiteful
ly In my hands. I reasoned that If
Hezeklah. the inexplicable, bad not
meant for me to know the manner of
ber exit she need not have left this
plain hint behind, but the swaying
maple bough did not tempt me. I
hurried back across the roof to secure
the trunk tray, resolved to dispose of
It seek the open and find the errant
Ilczeklnh if she still lingered lu the
I looked off across the windy land
scape before descending, and as my
eyes ranged the dark I caught the
glimmer of a light as of a lantern
borne In the hand in the meadow be
yond the garden. It paused and was
swung back and forth by Its, unseen
bearer. It shed a curious yellow light
and not the white flame of the com
mon lantern, and now It rose a trifle
higher and slowly resolved itself into
a weird fantastic face.
Three minutes later I was out of the
house, using the back stairs to avoid
the company In tho library, and had
crossed the garden and crawled through
the hedge. As I rose to my feet a
voice greeted me cheerfully:
"Well, done, Chimney Man!, You
were a little slow hitting the trail, but
yoo do pretty well considering. IIow
did . you manage with Aunt Octavla
about that slipper? I had a narrow
wrape In the second floor hall when I
Mine out of Cecilia's room. I must
bare lowered a record getting upstairs.
And one shoe Isn't a bit comfortable.
JLBvw me to relieve you!"
"ftere's, your slipper. You ought to
he ashamed of yourself."
Tor losing my slipper? I thought
Oladerella had made that respectable."
She placed her hand on my shoulder,
lifted her foot and drew the pump on
with a single tug.
"Well, what did Aunt Octavia say?"
"Oh, she had thoughts too dark to
express. Yon probably heard what we
wild. It was she who found the slip
Ilezeklah laughed. Tho wind caught
np that laugh and whisked It away
"Sho found it and carried It to you,
chimney man, and I skipped Just ns
you began that beautiful story about
finding It In Hoaeon street I'm not
"opposed to see her, you know, until
Cooliin !S all fixed. Hurry and tell
me bow you got me out of it"
"IIow (ltd you know I would try to
Copyrltbt. 1910, by Meredith Nlcholws
explain IT? "You "did "a "perfectly "Tool
hardy thing In roaming the house that
way, scaring Lord Arrowood nearly to
death, to say nothing of me. Why
should I help you?"
"Oh,you're a man and I was Just a
little girl who had lost her slipper,"
she replied. "I was sure you would
fix U up."
She drew from behind a bowlder by
which we stood a pumpkin of portable
size, which I surmised had been carved
Into the most hideous of Jack-o'-lanterns
by the shrewd hand of Ilezeklah.
"ComeP she cried. "If you are good
and won't begin preaching about my
sins I'll show you the funniest thing
you ever saw In your life."
In my Joy of seeing her I was neg
lecting Cecilia's commission. Very
likely Ilezeklah had forgotten all
about her theft ners, I reasoned,
was a nature that delighted in the
nearest pleasure. I would follow her
Jack-o'-lantern around the world for
the chance of seeing the fun brighten
in her brown eyes, but I had made a
promise to Cecilia, and I meant to ful
Sho led mo now across the meadow,
over a stone wall, up a steep slope
and by devious ways through a strip
of woodland. I bore the Jack-o'-lantern.
She had bidden mo do It with
somo notion I did not question of
making me a party In whatever mis
chief was afoot
Also, she demanded that I repeat
fulltv the story I had told her aunt of
the finding of the slipper.
"You are better than I thought you
were, Chimney Man," she declared,
when I had concluded and added her
aunt's comment "You may be sure
that tickled Aunt Octavia. You can
lie almost as well as an architect
Aunt Octavia says architects are bet
ter liars than dressmakers."
"It was my weakness for the truth
that caused me to abandon architec
ture. For heaven's sake, what are you
I had kept little account of the di
rection of our flight, and I was sur
prised that we had now reached the
stile over which I had watched the
passing of the suitors on tho afternoon
of my meeting with Ilezeklnb in the
mis is the appointed place," she re
marked, taking the pumpkin from me
and dropping down on tho far side of
"Ilezeklah, I've trotted across most
of Westchester county after you, and
my arm Is paralyzed from carrying
that pumpkin. I must know what
you're up to right here, or I'll go home
Hesldes. there's a mist falling and
you'll be soaked. What do you sup
Jose your father thinks of your ab
sence at this time of night?"
'Oh, he'll never forgive mo for not
letting him In on this. This Is the
grandest thing 1 ever thought of. Jilt
on this step and gently Incline your
ear toward the house. It's about time
those gentlemen were leaving Cecilia,
and they'll be galloping for their Inn
in a minute, and then"
Hezeklah whistled the rest of It.
While we waited 1 tiled once or
twice to revert to the sliver notebook,
but without success. Ilezeklah was a
mistress of the art of evasion with her
tongue as well as her feet
"Walt till tho evening performance
Is over and I'll talk about that Sh!
Quiet! Crawl over there out of the
way, and when I say run. bent It for
These last phrases were tittered In a
whisper, her face close to my ear. She
gave me a little push, and I withdrew
a few yards and waited. The ground,
I may say. was wet and the drizzle
a monotonous autumn
The light of the lantern fell warmly
upon Hezeklah's. face as she held Its
Blumlned. countenance toward her
crouching, on the stlla steps. I heard
now what her keener ear had caught
lamer the tramp, of. feet along the
path. The suitors wero returning to
tho Inn, and thp voices of one or two
f them reached me.
The nature of Hezeklah's undertak
ing suddenly dawned upon me, Near
r and nearer came the patter of feet
and I heard, for I could not see, the
icraplng of Ilezekiah's slipper a wet
little shoo by now as she crept higher
on our side of the stile. The first suit
or groped blindly for tho steps, slipped
on the wet plank, growled and rose to
try again. That growl marked for me
the leader of tho van. Hartley Wig
gins, beyond a doubt, and lo no good
humor, I guessed! The others, I Judg
ed, had trodden upon one another's
heels at the moment Wiggins Htumbled.
Thus let ns Imagine their approach
Klx gentlemen In top lints headed for a
utile on a chilly night of rain.
It was at this strategic movement
that Ilezeklah pushed Into the middle
of the stile platform, it grinning fnce
Struggling to Escaps From tho Hidooua
turned toward the advancing suitors,
the Jack-o'-lantern her hand had fash
ioned. I marked Its position by Its faint
glow an Instant, but an Instant only.
The world reeled for a moment before
the sharp cry of a man In fear. It cut
the dark like a lash, and close upon It
the second man yelled In a different
key, but no less in accents of terror.
The first arrival had flung himself
back, and so close upon him pressed
the others and so unexpected was the
halt that the six men seemed to have
flung themselves together and to be
struggling to escape from tho hideous
thing that had Interposed Itself In their
All .was over In a moment In the
midst of the pnnic the lantern winked
out, and instantly Hezekiah was bo
"Skip!" she commanded In a whis
per, and, catching my hand, she led
me off at a brisk run. When we had
gone a dozen rods she paused. We
heard voices from the stile, where the
gentlemen were still engaged In disen
tangling themselves, and then the
planks boomed to their steps as they
crossed. They talked loudly among
themselves, discussing the cause of
their discomfiture. The lantern, I may
add, had been knocked off the stile by
the thoughtful Hezeklah when she
blew out the light
"Oh, that Hartley Wiggins! I
might have known It!" she cried.
"Known what?" I asked, pricking
up my ears.
"Thnt he would be afraid of a
pumpkin with a candle Inside of It
Did you hear that yell?"
"Anybody would have yelled." I sug
gostod. "I think I should have lnm
ped dead if you'd tried It on me."
"No. you wouldn't." she asserted,
with unexpected Mattery.
"Don't be deceived. Hezeklah. I
Kliould have been scared to death If
that thing bad popped up In front of
"J don't relieve It. 1 gave yon a
worse test than that When I switch
ed off the lights and swung a feather
duster down the stair well by a string
and tickled your fin e you didn't make
a noise like a circus calliope scaring
horses In Main street. Podnnk. V.ut
)lint Wiggins man."'
"He's a friend of mine and as brave
ns n lion Out in Dakota the sheriff
used to get him to go in and quiet
things when the boys were shooting up
"Maybe, but be shied at a pumpkin
and can be no true knight of mine.
Cecilia may have him. I always sus
peeted that he wasn't the real thing.
Why. he's even afraid of Aunt Octa
via!" "Well. I rather think we'd better
"My wheel's In tho weeds somewhere,
riease pull It out for me. I'm colinr
"But not nlone. I can't let you do
"Oh. cheer up!" she laughed, arous
ed by my lugubrious tone. "And here's
something you asked me for. Don't
drop It. It's Cecilia's memorandum
book. Give It back to her and be sure
no one sees It nnd yon needn't look
Into It yourself. And we've got to
nave a uiit about It and Cecilia. Let
me see. There's an Iron bridge across
an arm of that little lake over there
ana Just beyond It a big fallen tree.
Tomorrow at 0 o'clock I'll be there.
1t got to tn you somotnlnjr, chim
ney man, without; really, tellln yon.
You'll be therewon't you?"
Til be there If I'm alive, nezekiah."
I had found tbe. whol and lighted
the lamp. She scouted my suggestion
that I find a horse and drive her heme.
Tho lighting of the lamp required time,
wing to the wind and rain, but when
Its thin ribbon of light fell clearly upon
the road she seized the handle bars and
was ready to monnt without ado.
She gave me her hand. It was a
cold, wet little hand, but there was a
good friendly grip in it This was the
first time I had touched nezeklah's
hand, and I mention It becauso as I
write I feel ngnln the pressure of her
slim cold fingers.
"Sorry you spoiled your clothes, but
It was In n Rood cause. And you're a
nice boy. Chimney Man. Goed night"
!'lo no Continued.)
FOREST HOKK Tho best Hour
on the market. Civc it a trial.
RESPECT 10 MEM
OF LATE W. J. WHITE
The board of dircrtors'of the
Platte Mutual Insurance Company,
at a meeting held at the ollice of
Attorney 1). 0. Dwver, passed the
following resolutions on the death
of Walter J. Vhil. who for years
served as president of the com
pany, and at the time of his death
was one of the directors and one
of the heavy stockholders:
hcreas, It has been decreed
by the Almighty that Mr. Wallet
J. White shall cease t ho activities
of this mortal life, and
Whereas, Mr. W hite was one of
the original organizers of the
Platte Mutual Insurant' company
; .-. I un- i l . . . '
in io;(, uiki conunuousiv since
ni, in. j mm irp president
nnd president until his death, and
Whereas, Mr. White has at all
n n rtiimi An Anj i i
limes been regarded by the officers
oi said company as an honorable found it true by actual demon
man of strict integrity and high stratum that the best method of
moral character, whose advice
ami service stood as a monument
for honorable buincs
therefore he it
Resolved by the hoard of direct
ois oi saia insurance companv
that we hereby express our deep
est sympathy and sorrow occa
sioned by the loss of Mr. White to
our company, to his family and
to I his community.
l . : i r 1 1 . i i ....
e ii, iiinner resoived, mat a
copy of these resolutions he
spread upon the records of the
company, a copy sent to the widow
ol Hie deceased anil also to the
My the Hoard of Directors.
Platte Mulnal Insurance Co.
TWO LITTLE SONS TAKEN
TO ODD FELLOWS'
From Saturday's Dally.
the two little sms of Hugh
Norton, the Missouri I'acillc agent
at this place, were taken by their
lallier a few days ago to York,
M'b., whore they were placed in
the Odd Fellows' Homo in that
fit . where they will lie cared for
in a much belter manner than it
was possible for Mr. Norton to
do. The action was made neces
sary by (he removal of Mrs. Nor
ton to a hospital at Kearney,
where she is being treated for
tuberculosis, and it was impos
. . : 1. 1 i .
sinie io secure nic proper can
lor i no utile boys here, and at
the Home, which is one of the
finest of its kind in the slate,
they can receive the care and al-
I cnl ion necessary. The Home at
York is modeled on tho same lines
as the Masonic Homo in this city,
and is equipped and maintained
by the I. O. n. F. lodges of Ihe
ale to care for ! heir sick and
helpless, and lills a lonr-fell w:ml
in the circles of hat fraternal
TURN FROM GRAND LODGE
From Friday's Dally.
Last evening 1 1i- delegates who
represented the different A. O. U
. lodges of this city at the grand
lodge mooting in H.'.-ting, return
ed homo, foelin,' that the trip
had been a most enjoyable and
profit able one and I hat to be a
member of this order was some
thing worth while. The delegates
were delighted with tho manner in
which they wore entertained by
the city of Hastings and were loud
in their praise of the hosnilahlo
citizens of that flourishing little
city. Those in the party returning
last evening were James lligley,
M. I,. Friednch and William Ofe,
and although tired with the long
rifif IIhV WOrA full i.f nnllmciQam
for the Workmen and its ad
F - " ' J "v VA ! II WlUtllUIII
NEW "WRINKLE" AT THE
BOOSTER BALL PARK
From Saturday's Dallv
The base ball nark has received
a new addition in tho shape of a
ii'ge pen in wihch will bo con.
lined several goats for the pur-
pose of keeping tho grounds free
from weeds and other vegetation.
I'he proposition has been made to
have a sign placed on the pen
for one of the liquor houses in
the city, and anyone knocking the
ball on Ihe inside of the pen will
receive for hh reward. The
parties pulling up (be sign also
h;ic originated u. idea of pi
iug the teams fn ni out of the
city a goat every lime they defeat
I lie Monsters on ,,. local grounds.
Tli is will be getting IMattsniouth's
goat wilh a vongouance and will
prove quite an advertisement for
the local (cam. One of the goats
lias already been placed in the
park and other will be addec
fast as they can be secured.
1ST BE RESPECTED
From Saturday') Dally.
As a matter of protection to
t iioir own business interest:
cor person engaged in tho
handling of food products, it is
necessary for them to comnlv
wun tiu Nebraska sanitary laws
in every way. The public is also
i :i i . i i . , .
cunueu u tills very necessary
consideration and protection", and
must have it against, all nhl nmi
beyond any question. I have
enforcing; popular law is bv a di
reel appeal to the public, hut in
I 1, I J liwJn T 1
iii.-Maiice i inn inaKing an ap.
peai to not ti t lie purveyor and
consumer, lor a betterment of
sanitary conditions on everv hand.
To the purveyor of food I would
say, look well to your food prod-
urjs; to ihe consumer, "look well
to jour purchases of food ,prod.
nets; see that they are properly
handled." The law provides a
penalty for a violation of tho
sanitary law of this state.
WORK SHOULD SOON BEGIN
ON THE NEW COUNTY JAIL
From .Saturduy'8 Dally.
The matter of starting the work
toward the erection of the new
county jail is something that tho
loiiiinissioners stiou d bee n tn
got busy about, as it will soon bo
time to make the levy to raise tho
money for the jail and they might
have the plans all ready to start
upon, as it, will lake some few
weeks to gel these ready, and if
aclion is not taken ?oon to rnako
tho preliminary arranKcmoiits it
will he almost impossible to com
plete the work this year. Tho
mailer was sol I led at the election
and (here is no one in the counlv
bill who desires t i svo the work
carried out as speedily as oos,
sible and the building placed at
Ihe disposal of the county. Tho
mailer should receixe the prompt
iiiieniiou oi i lie roniniissioners
and soinelliiiip started alonir the
line of carrying out the wishes of
t he people.
8E TOLERATED ANY LONGER
7rom Saturday's Dally.
i.asi iiigm, aiioui, iiininigiii a
i .. i . . 1. 1 , .
man residing south of the Hur
linglon shops prociodod to go on
the warpalh and threatened to
lake Ihe life of his wife, and
armed wilh a haichef, prnrccdci
to drive her out of the house, tor
roi'izeii, ami she was forced lo
seek shelter a ho homo of moim
friends aboul a uii'o from her
home. This proceeding is not go
inp to bo tolerated by the citizens
in that part of Ihe city and any
repetition of the doings if last,
night will probably go pretty hard
with the husband.
For the Weak and Nervous.
Tired-out, weak, nervous mer.
and women would feel ambitious,
energetic, full of life and alwava
have a good appetite, if they would
do tho sensible thing for health
take Electric Hitlers. Nothintr
! . .
bettor for the stomach, liver or
. Thousands say thoy owe
their lives to this wonderful home
iemcoy. mrs. u. Uninevault. of
'"'' ''m,er, . i., says: "l re-
pani r.ieciric muers as one of the
.. - J Tl j -v t . 1 - I
gieaiesi or guts. I can never for-
ci wilh ii n.is none ior me." (iet
k.wii i , . . .
u u nr. jouisoii unu see wnai a
difference it will make in your
v-mii) uc ana i.uu
F. G. Fricko &
Recovering Srom Dog Bite.
From Saturday's Dallr.
Master Henry Robert llerohl.
who was mi leu b? a dog a few
days ago, is getting along nicely
and will soon be aide to be out.
The wound was quite severe and
tho dog should bo tied up or kill-
oil by the owner before be bites
oineone else wilh more serious
THE SANITARY LAWS
THE FRESHUEN WINNINB
from Saturday's Dally
The spirit of rivalry among the
different classes of the High
school was settled yesterday aft
ernoon at the Booster hall park,
when the sophomores and fresh
men came together to settle the
question of the base ball cham
pionship of the school. Tho game
drew quite a crowd of High school
students, who cheered their re
spective teams on, but the fresh
men were just a little too fast for
their rivals and finally won the
game by a score of it to ti. The
line-up of the teams was as fol
Freshmen llandley. catch;
Marshall, Frank, pitch; Kyle,
first; Speck, sen. ml; Larson,
shortstop; Wainscott, third;
Chapman, left held; Stone, center
Held; White, right field.
Sophomores Props t, catch;
Cecil, pitch; Soonnichsen, first;
Arries, second; Rebal, Frank,
shortstop; Hunter, third; Hild,
left Held; Cook, center field;
Wiles, right field.
The game was umpired by John
Falter and Don Arries, who man
aged to escape the usaul roasting
that is hanedd out by the crowd
on account of (heir very fair de
cisions. It would surprise you lo know
of tho proat pood that is beinjr
done by Chamberlain's Tablets,
Darius Dow ney, of Newberpr Junc
tion, N. M., writes, "My wife has
been usinpr Chamberlain's Tablets
and finds them very effectual and
doinK her lots of pood." If you
have any trouble with your stom
ach or bowels pive them a trial.
For sale by F. G. Fricko & Co.
Eighth Grade Graduation.
The county i-iiperintendent.
miss mary i-;. 1-osier, is arranging
for an eighth grade graduation
At' l .....
at Weeping Water next Saturday,
in which all eighth grade pupils
in I tie county will take part, there
being somo 175 from tho different
schools. The public is cordially
invited to attend these exercises.
which will be very interesting. A
program covering the day will ap
pear Monday, together with the
list of those graduating into the
High schools of (he counlv.
There never was a time when
people, appreciated the real merits
of Chamberlain's Cough Ilemedv
more than now. This is shown by
the increase in sales and volun
tary testimonials from persons
who have been cured by it. If
you or your children are troubled
wilh a couch or cold, trive if .i
trial and become acquainted with
its good qualities. For sale bv F.
(. Fricko & Co.
From Saturday' Dally.
At the meeting of the executive
the M. V.. church, after looking
over uie mailers which are to
come up, (he committee, was or
ganized by electing Ilev. Lorimpr
as president of tho coininill.ee and
Hev. W. L. Austin as secretary.
The following were elected as
I chairmen of the respective coin-
mil lees: I.'sher, D. C. Morgan;
lent supply, Henry Zuekwoiler;
music, (ioorgo I.. Farley; pub
licity, M. S. llriggs.
Now is the lime lo get rid of
your rheumatism. You can do it
by applying Chamberlain's Lini
ment and massaging the
freely at each application
sale by V. 0. Frickc & Co.
On Way to Springs.
From Saturday s Dall.
Dr. Hoy Dodge and wife passed
through this city today over the
Missouri I'acinc bound for
Sulphur Springs, Arkansas, where
the doctor will rest and, re
cuperate from a pervous breakr
down caused by the worry of hia
practice, as well a tho tornado
through which n.,.v
Omaha reocnl v
Poor appetite is a sure sign of
imna red dic-esiinn a r ris.
" " v"
of Chamber n n's Kfnmnph
r. Ivor Tnhieio .iM,mihn
improve your ap
petite. Thousands have been
benefited by taking these Tablets.
Sold by F. 0. Frickc & Co.
Clnorgo P. Meisinger, the asses
sor of Eight Mile Crove precinct,
came m this morning from hia
home, near Cedar Creek, bringing
with him his returns of the as
sessment. The different asses
sors of the county are gradually
gelling in their reports.
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