The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, May 22, 1913, Image 5

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Frank B. Thomas of the Burling
5 5
Seven Suitors
Copyrtfbt. 1910, by Mercdltb Nlcholws
A Tryst With Hciakiah.
1WOKE the next morning to the
banging of Misa Octavla's fowl
ing piece. In spite of the crowd
ing Incidents of the day and nlgbt
1 had slept soundly, and save for a
stiffness of the legs I was none the
worse for my wetting. The service of
the house was perfect, and In response
to my ring a man appeared who de
clared himself competent to knock my
dress clothes Into shape again.
Cecilia met me at the foot of the
stairs, looking rather worn, I thought.
We were safe from Interruption a mo
ment longer, as her aunt's gun was
still booming, and I followed her to
the library.
"Please don't tell me you have fail
ed," she cried tearfully. "That little
book means so much, so very much, to
us all 1"
"Here It is, Miss nolllster," I said,
placing it in her hand without parley
"I beg to assure you that I return it
Just as you saw It last. Please satisfy
yourself that it has not been tampered
with In any way. I have not opened
it, and it has not left my hand since I
recovered it."s
She had almost snatched it from me,
and she turned slightly away and ran
hurriedly over the leaves.
"I thank you, Mr. Ames. Thank
you! thank you! You have rendered
me the greatest service, and I hope
you were able to do so without serious
Inconvenience to yourself."
"On the other hand, it was the small
est matter, and Instead of being a
trouble I found the greatest pleasure
In recovering it. Is it not possible
that In throwing rejected correspond-
ence cards into the waste paper basket
that stands beside your desk there is
such a basket, is there not?"
"Yes," she replied breathlessly.
"Is it not possible, then, that that lit
tle booklet, hardly heavier than paper
Itself, may have been brushed oft with
out your seeing it?"
"It Is possible, I must admit that it
Is possible, but"
"The well trained maid who cares
for your room, seeing scraps of paper
in the basket by your desk, naturally
carried It off. When I accepted your
commission last night I went directly
to the cellar, sought the blu Into which
waste paper is thrown and found
among old envelopes and other litter
this small trinket, which but for my
promptness might have been lost for
ever." "It doesn't seem possible," she fal
tered. "Oh!" I laughed easily. "Possible
or Impossible, you could not on the
witness stand swear that the book had
not dropped Into the waste pnper bas
ket precisely as I have described?"
"No, I suppose I couldu't." she an
swered slowly.
My powers of mendacity were Im
proving, but her relief at holding the
book ogain in her hand was so great
tLat she would probably have believed
"You see." she said, clasping the
book tight, "this was given me for a
particular purpose, aud It contains a
memorandum of greatest importance.
And I was in n panic when 1 found
that It was gone, for my recollection
of certain Items 1 had recorded here
was confused', and there was no possi
ble way of setting myself straight.
Now all Is clear again. I feel that I
make poor acknowledgment of your
service, but if at any time"
"Pray think no more of 11," 1 re
plied. And at this moment Miss llol
lister appeared and called us to break
fast "If it Is perfectly agreeable to you.
Arnold, I will hear the story of the
, finding of the ghost at 4 o'clock, or
lust before tea. 1 have sent a tele
gram to Mr. Pepperton asking hlra to
be present. IIo's at his country home
In Redding and enn very easily motor
lown. As no motors are allowed on
tny premises, he shall bo met at the
fate with a trap."
"You have sent for reppertonl" 1
"That Is exactly what I have done,
; ad as he knows that I never accept
apologies under any circumstances he
will not disappoint mo. In addition
1 reprimanding him for not telling
me of the secret passage in this house,
I have another matter that concerns
you, Arnold, which I wish to lay be
fore him. The new cook that Provi
dence sent to my kitchen yesterday is
the best we have had, Cecilia, and I
beg that you both Indulge yourselves
tn a second helping of country scram
bled egs."
A little later I met Miss Ilolllaler in
the hall dressed for her ride.
"Arnold, you may ride whenover you
tike. I may have forgotten to men
tion It What have you on band thlrf
v 'i B) lJ
"An appointment with a lady," I re
"If you are about to meet the owner
of that Beacon street slipper I wish
you good luck."
She wa drawing on her gauutlets
and turned away to hide a smile, I
thought Then she tapped me lightly
with her riding crop.
"Cecilia's sliver notebook was miss
ing last night She told mo of her loss
with tears. She has it again this morn
ing. Did you restore it?"
"It was my good fortune to do so."
"Then allow me to add my thanks to
hers. You are an unusually practical
person, Arnold Ames, as well as the
possessor of an imagination that
pleases me. You are becoming more
and more essential to me. Cecilia ap
proaches, and I cannot say moro at
this time."
When they had ridden out of the
porto cochere I set off across the fields
to keep my tryst with Ilezeklah. The
air had been washed sweet and clean
by the rain of the night, and sky wus
never bluer. I was surprised at my
own increasing detachment from the
world. My days at Hopefleld were the
happiest of my life.
I reached the fallen tree that Ileze
klah had appointed as our trysting
place a little ahead of time and lndulg
ed In pleasant speculations while I
waited. I was looking toward the hills
expecting her to come skimming along
the highway on her bicycle, when a
splash caused me to turn to the lake.
Dull of me' not to have known that
Ilezeklah would contrive a new en
trance for a scene so charmingly set
as this! She had stolen upon me in a
light skiff and laughed to see bow her
silent approach startled me. She drop
ped one oar and used the other as a
paddle, driving the boat with n sure
hand through the reeds Into the bank
'Tla morning, and tbe days are long!
Such was Ilezeklah's greeting as she
Jumped ashore. She wore a dark greeu
skirt and coat and a narrow four-ln
hand cravat tied under a flannel collar
that clasped her throat snugly. A
boy's felt hat, with the brim pinned
up in front, covered her head.
"You seem none the worse for your
wetting, Ilezeklah. You must have
been soaked."
"So must you, Cnlmneys, but you
look as fit as I feel, and I never felt
better. Did they catch you crawling
In last night?"
"I didn't see a soul. You know I'm
an old member of the family now. No
body was ever as nice to me as your
Aunt Octavia."
"How about Cecilia?"
"Having found her silver notebook
and given It back to her before break
fast,. I may say that our relations are
altogether cordial."
"Are you in love with her yet?"
asked Ilezeklah carelessly, tossing a
pebble into the lake. The "yet" was
so timed thnt It splashed with the peb
"No; not yet," I replied.
"It will come," said Ilezeklah a little
ruefully, casting a pebblo farther upon
the crinkled water.
"You mean, Ilezeklah, that men al
ways fall In love with your sister."
She nodded.
"Well, she's a good deal of a girl."
"Beautiful and no end cultivated.
They all go cray about her."
"You mean Hartley Wiggins and his
fellow bandits nt the Trescott Arms."
"Yes, and lots of others."
"And sometimes, Ilezeklah, it has
seemed to you that she got all the ad
miration and that you didn't get your
share. Bo when her suitors began a
siege of the castle, whose gates were
locked against you, you plugged the
chimney with a trunk tray and played
Et being ghost and otherwise sought to
errify your sister's lovers."
"That's not nice, Chimneys. You
mean that I'm Jealous."
"No. I don't mean that you are Jeal
ous now. I throw It Into the remote
end Irrevocable past. You were Jeal
ous. You don't cure so much now, and
I hope you will care loss!"
"That Is being Impertinent If you
talk that way I shall call you Mr. Ames
and go home."
"You can't do thnt, Hezckluh."
"I should like to know why not. If
you say I'm jealous of Cecilia now or
that I ever was I shall bo very, very
angry, for It's not true."
"No. You see things very differently
now. You told mo only last night that
Cecilia might have Hartley Wiggins.
"'Tit morning and ths days ara longl"
Assuming that she wants hlra! And
you and he have been good friends,
haven't you? You had good times on
the other side. And while Cecilia was
In town assisting Providence In finding
your aunt a cook you went walking
with him."
"I did. I did!" mocked Hczuklah
"And why do you suppose I did?"
"TWmi WIul'V'h the best ol 1'ellows.
a solid, substantial citizen w'.'o raises
wheat to make bread out of."
And angel food and ginger cookies,
added nezeklah. feeling absently In
the pockets of her coat. "No. Culm
neys, you're a nice boy and you don't
yell like a wild man when a feather
duster hits you in the dark, but there
are some things you dou't know yet."
I am here to grow wise at the feet
of Ilezeklah, daughter of kings. Open
the book of wisdom and teach me the
alphnbet, but don't be sad If 1 balk at
the grammar."
"I never know all the alphabet .my
self" said Ilezeklah dolefully. Then
she laughed abruptly. "I was bounc
ed from two convents nnd no end of
nudson river and Fifth avenue educa
tion shops."
"The brutality of that, He.ekiah,
wrincs mv heart. Yet vou are the
best teacher I ever had, and I thought
I was educated when I met you. But
I had only been to school, which is
different. Not until the first time our
eyes met, not until that supreme mo
"Mr. Ames," Ilezeklah interrupted
in the happiest possible Imitation of
Miss Octavla's manner, "if you think
that, because I am a poor lone girl
who knows nothing of the great, wide
world, I am a fair mark for your ca
jolery I assure you that you were nev
er more mistaken In your life."
"You .oughtn t to mimic your aunt.
It Isn't respectful, and. besliles. you
have something t tell me. What's all
this rumpus about Cecilia's silver
memorandum book? Suppose we dls
cuss that and get through with It.'
"You see," she began earnestly, 'Tin
going to tell you something, and yet
I'm not going to tell you. So far n
you and I have gone you've been tol
erably satisfactory. If I didn't think
you had some wits In your head I
shouldu t have iwthered with you at
all. That's frank. Isn't it?"
"It certainly Is. But I'm terribly
fussed for fear 1 tuny uot be equal to
this new ordeal."
"If you full we shall never meet
again; that's all there Is to that. Now
llsteu real bard. You know somethln
about It already, but not the main
point. Aunt Otnvln got father to con
sent to let her marry us off-Cecilia
nnu me. Cecilia, being older, came
first. I was to keep out of the way
and father nnd 1 were not to come to
Aunt Octavla'B new house up there or
meddle in nny way. While we were
abroad I was treated as a little girl
and not as a grownup at nil. But, you
see, I'm really nineteen, and some of
Cecilia's suitors were nice to me when
wo were traveling. They were nice to
me on Cecilia's account, you know."
"Of course. You're so hard to look
at it must have been painful to them
to be nice to you almost like taking
poison! Go on, Ilezeklah!"
"Y'ou needn't interrupt mo like that.
Well, as part of tbe understanding, and
Cecilia agreed to It she thought she
had to for papa's sake she was to
marry a particular man. Do you un
derstand me a particular man? Aunt
Octavia gare. her a little notebook
she bought It at a -shop In Paris at tbe
time Cecilia .consented -to the plan
and she was to keep a sort of diary so
that she'd .know .when the right .man
turned up. Js'ow we will drop the note
book for a minute, only HI say that
Cecilia was to keep the book all to
herself and not show It to any one,
Hot even to Aunt Octavia, you know,
until tbe right man Lad asked Cecilia
to marry him. Now who do you sup
pose, Mr. Ames, that man is?"
(To lie Continued.)
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scrofula, pimples, rashes, etc.,
are due to impure blood. Burdock
Blood Bitlers as a cleansing blood
Ionic, is well recommended. $1.00
at, all stores.
Have you tried the Forest Ilose
flour? If not, why not? It is the
best flour on the market and is
sold by all dealers.
ton Addresses Large Audience
at the Lecture Car.
From Wednesday's Dally.
The safety lectures, held al the
car ot Mr. r. u. l nomas in uie
Burlington shop yards yesterday
urew out an auenuance oi some
170 of the employes of the com
pany aud everyone attending was
deeply interested, as was shown
by the careful attention given the
peaker, as well as the close
scrutiny of the views presented.
There has been about 800 em
ployes of the Omaha division al
ready who have attended the lec
tures in the car in lots of from
llfty to sixty, and appearances in
dicate that this division is going
to surpass the attendance record
al, present held by the Chicago
division of tho road.
Since Mr. Thomas commenced
delivering his safely lectures to
Burlington employes, the records
show that he has cut the number
of accidents fully one-third and
he hopes and expects to still re
duce this. For instance, a few
years ago a large number of ac
cidents were due to employes
lepping on nails. Tn those days
if a bntkeman, sw.'ichman or
diner employe passing mrougii
. , i - - . - ; il. u
I he vanls saw a board lying on the
ground and il. was full of nails,
I he points slicking up, he paid
no attention to it. Now tins is
changed and when a Burlington
employe discovers a hoard, such
as referred to, he, no matter if
he is in a hurry, turns it. over, or
else breaks off the nails so that
they will not puncture the foot of
some man who happens along
Anol tier cause of 'many in
juries to trainmen when Mr.
Thomas look hold of the safely
work was by brakemen on freight
trains swinging onto the front end
of the cabooses when the trains
were in motion. The old-lime
brakemen did this and con
sequently when new men went
onto the road, they thought they
could do the same. The result
VviTs that many of thcnl missed
their hold and fell beneath tin'
wheels. Mr. Thomas, by his lec
tures and by showing his pictures
has enlierly broken up this prac
tice. Now every hrakeman wails
until be can swing onlo the rear
of a caboose. 1 ly his win k, he has
reduced the hazard and has made
railroading on the Burlington an
occupation thai is about as safe
as any in the country.
Mr. Thomas, who is a very lal
enled and earnest speaker along
I tie lines of the si'i'ely work, has
been kind enough to furnish us
a little poem of bis own that hits
the nail on the bead in regard to
I lie carelessness of many at rail
road crossings, as follows:
Bagley's Error.
Poor old Bagloy, be got bis'n,
'Cause be failed lo slop ami look
nnd listen.
When he came lo where the 11. II.
He paid no 'lent ion to his bosses,
Hut lei 'em lope right on the
From w here he's gone I here's no
If an elephant tramples you.
that's no fun,
Tint an engine's a'reg'lar son-of-a-gun.
In the language of Pat, "Lot's be
safe, be gorry,
And thin not a soul will nade to
be sorry."
At the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Manners Saturday after
noon a most enjoyable recital was
given by the pupils of Mrs. H. O.
Ehlers of Omaha, formerly Miss
Jennie Tuie of this city, and the
occasion- was most, pleasing, both
to the teaeher and tho guests.
The program, - every number of
which was very much enjoyed,
was as follows:
The Chimes Krtelle Geis
Cornflower Waltz.
Gwendolin Wampler
Star of the East. .Mildred Nelson
Tho Water Mill
Josephine Manners
Imet Wedding Reception
Gwendolin Wampler, Fslelle Geis.
Moon Winks. .. .Harold Mariners
Prince Imperial Gallop
Ruby Winscot,
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In May (a)
Daisy Chains (b)
Mamma's Walk (c)
Mildred Nelson
Black Hawk Waltz
Frolic of the Frogs
Harry Winscot
Trip to Niagara. .Harold Manners
Basket of Hoses ,
Fly Away
lluby Winscot, Ina Crook.
Once in a Purple Twilight
At F.ventide Mrs. H. 0. Fillers
Buzzing Humble Bee
Josephine Manners
General Grant's Grand March. .
Ruby Winscot
Bossy's Lullaby
Bardie's Singing School
Mildred Nelson
Beautiful Star of Heaven
Gwendolin Wampler
Falling Waters Fslelle Geis
Duet Dreaming Waltz
March of the Brave. . , ,
Gwendolin Wnnipler, Eslelle Geis
Song.,..Orn Bella, Marvin Allen
Attention I
To all members of McConahie
Post No. 'i': This is to advise
you that at a recent meeting ot
the Post il was unanimously de
cided not lo attempt an effort to
get up the usual Memorial day
program. The burden of doing
this in recent years, and the ex
pense was too great for the age
ing members of the Post to bear,
without too great a sacrifice.
When the Post in years gone by
had the active, patriotic and
moral support, of the community
in recognition of the day, the
programs gotten up for the oc
casions were enjoyed wilh pa -IriotiY
fervor; but wilhiii the past
few years I here has been that,
lack of assistance and expression
of patriotism, from outside the
post, that was necessary to make
(he day what it should be in this
community, and by reason of
these conditions the Post has de
cided to only attempt lo observe.
I be day in accordance wilh its
rules and regulations, and the
members of McConahie Post and
of the Woman's Relief Corps will
meet on Memorial day, May 301 h,
at their rooms in the court house,
al i) o'clock a. in., and proceed in
carryalls to the cemetery, there
to plant, the flag and strew flowers
on the graves of our departed
comrades. All old soldiers,
whether members of the Post or
not, also soldiers in the Spanish
war and Sons of Veterans are not
only invited, but earnestly re
quested to join in the Memorial
day exercises. Anyone having
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Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Plattsmouth, Neb.
flowers for the occasion will de
liver them at the court house.
By order of McConahie Post
No. 45. J: If, Thrasher,
From Wednesday's Dally.
The Young Men's Glee club,
which has been practicing during
the past winter under the direc
tion of Mrs. Mae Morgan, gave a
recital last evening at the League
room in the Methodist church to
a number of their invited friends
and the occasion was one of much
enjoyment to those who had the
pleasure of attending. The young
men certainly made a splendid
showing and the organization is
one that the city should feel very
proud of, as the young men com
posing it are possessed of much
high musical talent, and under
the careful Instruction of Mrs.
Morgan, are becoming one of the
best Glee clubs in this part of
the stale, and it is hoped the
young men will give a public re
cital in the near future. .. .
The proposition of securing the
encampment of the Omaha High
school cadets' encampment hero
in June will not be held in Platts
nioulh this year, as the Commer
cial club w as in formed by the
olllcer in charge of the matter at
Omaha, fn twenty-four hours af
ter the mailer was brought to the
at lent ion of Secret ary Wescolt ho
railed up the captain in charge of
I he arrangement of the encamp
ment and was informed that a
contract had been made wilh Mis
souri Valley to lake the hoys
there. The club did its utmost to
secure the encampment, for this
cily, but as the contract, was made
it settled the mailer. The cap
lain slated they would have liked
lo have came here if the proper
arrangements could have been
made in I hue.
Far earache, toothache, pains
burns, scalds, sore throat, try Dr.
Thomas' Kcllectic Oil, a splendid
remedy for emergencies.
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