The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, January 19, 1894, Page 2, Image 2

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"BTo, nor drink. And Mr. Bender, he
dm lb flrtt to go, and then Indian
Tata, and then Mrs. McGregor, and
Vaaa Johnny Hones, and then, dearie,
year mother."
"Then mother's a deader, too," cried
4aa Utile girl, dropping her faco in her
)plaaiore and Bobbing bitterly.
"Yea, thoy all went except you and
M. Than I thought there was some
e ace of venter in this direction, bo I
Td jem over my shoulder and wo
IWH it together. It don't seem
ajs fcnougs woSre ImproTcd matters.
$aMo almighty small chance for
"Do yon mean that we are going to
QH, too?" anked the child, chocking
lnr ftoba, and raising her tear-stained
"I guess that's about the size of it."
"Why didn't you say so before?" alia
mltl, laughing gleefully. ,4You gavo
nc uucli a fright Why, of course, now
as long as wo die two'll bo with mother
"Yes, you will, dearie."
"And you, too. I'll tell her how aw
ta good you'vo been. I'll bet she
roots us at the door of Ileaven with
lag pitcher of water, and a lot of buck'
UruSlOll tlttfb Will. Ul IIUSU K'Cdv UOUI
of bisons which grazo upon the prairie
land was approaching him. This was
obviously impossible in these arid
wilds. As the whirl of dust drew
nearer to the solitary bluff upon which
the two castaways wcro reposing, the
canvas-covered tilts of wagons and tho
figures of armed horsemen began to
show up through tho haze, and the
apparition revealed itself as being a
great caravan upon its journey for the
west. Hut what a caravan! When tho
head of it had reached tho baso of
tho mountains, tho rear was not yet
visible on tho horizon. IUght
across the enormous plain stretohed
tho straggling array, wagons and
darts, men on horseback and men oa
foot. Innumerable women who stag
gered along under bunions, and chil
dren who toddled beside tlio wagons
or peeped out from under tho whlta
coverings. This was evidently no or
dinary party of immigrants, but rather
some nomad pvoplo who had 1'ccn com
pelled from stress of circumstances to
seek themselves a new country. Thcro
roso through tho clear air a confused
clattering uud rumbling from this
great muss of humanity, with tho
wheat eakes, hot, and toasted on both freaking of wheels and the neighing
TOy 1
Men, like llob and mo was fond of.
How long will it bo first."
"I don't know nut very long." Tho
nan's eye wero flxod upon tho north
am horizon. In the. bluo vault of tho
fceaven there appeared thrco little
pecks which increased in size every
roment, bo rapidly did they approach.
Phejr speedily resolved themselves into
three largo brown birds, which circled
ver tho heads of tho two wanderers,
rat then settled upon somo rocks
which overlooked them. Thoy wcro
fcuazards, tho vultures of tho west,
whose coming is tho forerunner of
"Cooks and hcnsl" cried tho little
ffirl, glcofully, pointing at their ill
omened forms, and clapping her hands
Id roako them rise. "Say, did God
make this country?"
"In courso He did," said her com
panion, rather startled by this unex
pected question.
"He made tho country down in Illi
nois, and He made tho Missouri," the
mie gin continued. "I truess some-
else made the country in these
It's not nearly so well done.
ey forgot the water and tho trets."
"What would yo think of offering up
prayer?" tho man asked, diffidently.
"It ain't night yet," Bhe answered.
"It dont matter. It ain't quite reg
ftlar, but Ho won't mind that, you bet
Yen aay over thcri ones that you used
t say every night in tho wagon when
w wm on tho plains."
'Why don't yim say Bomo youwelf ?"
he ohild ankcA, with wondering eyes.
1 dlsrcmciubcr them," ho answered.
"I hain't said nona since I was half
the height o' that gun. I guess U'b
never too lato. You say them out, and
,111 atand by and como in on the
"Then you.11 need to kneel down,
ad me, too," sho said, laying the
hawl out for that purpose. "You've
fot to put your hands up like this. It
Makes you fool kind of good."
It was a Btrango sight, had thcro
Vsen anything but the buzzards to see
Ik. Bide by side on the narrow shawl
aelt the two wanderers, tho llttlo,
fraKUng child nnd tho reckless, hard
ened adventurer. Her chubby face
nd his haggard, angular vlsago wero
loth turned up to the cloudless
aavrm in heartfelt entreaty to that
iwad being with whom they wero faco
to foe, while the two voices the one
fnta and clear, the other deep and
Tisrsh united in tho entreaty for mercy
nd forgiveness. Tho prayer finished,
they resumed their scat in tho shadow
t tho bowlder until tho child fell
1mi, nestling upon the broad breast
f her protector. Ho watched over
her slumber for somo time, but nature
proved to bo too Btrong for him. Tor
three days and three nights ho had
allowed himself neither rest nor re
poae. JSlowly tho eyelids drooped over
thetlrcd eyes, and tho head sunk
fcjweT npon tho breast, until tho man's
ftfarted beard was mixed with tho
pittm trasses of his companion, aud
Doth slept tho b&mo deep and dream
lew slnrabcr.
Had the wanderer remained awake
fcranothcr half-hour u straugo sight
imbv i vyes. iMir uway
would have
on the extrcmo verge of tho alkali
plain there roso up a llttlo spray of
nt, very hlhjht at first, and hurdly to
distinguished from tho mists of tho
distance, but gradually growing
Uffiier and broader until it formed u
solid, well-defined cloud. This cloud
ontluued to Increase in slzo until it
baoanu evident thut It could only ho
rpfead by a grout inultltudo of moving
ereatnrus. In moro fertile spots tho
scrtcfwdUhJ have Cornu tt) thu cuu-
horses. Loud ns it was, it was not suf
flcicnt to rouse the two tired wayfarers
abovo them.
At the head of the column there rode
a scoro or moro of grave, iron-faced
men, clad in somber, homespun gar
ments and armed with rifles. On reach
tho baso of tho bluff they lialtcd and
held a short council among themselves.
"The wells aro to the right, my
brothers," said a one, a hard-lipped,
clean-shaven man with grizzly hair.
"To the right of tho Sierra Ulonco
so we shall reach tho Rio Grande," said
"Fear not for water," cried a third.
"Ho who could draw it from tho rocks
will not now abandon Ills own chosen
"Amont Amen!" responded tho whole
They were about to rcsumo their
journey when ono of the youngest and
keenest-eyed uttered an exclamation
and pointed up at the rugged crag
abovo them. From its summit there
fluttered a little wisp of pink, showing
up hard and bright against the gray
rocks behind. At the sight there was
a general reining up of horses snd'un
sllnging of guns, while fresh horsemen
came galloping up to roinforco tho
vanguard, lho word "redskins" was
on every lip.
"Thcro can't be any number of In
juns here," said the elderly man who
appeared to ho In command. "Wo
have passed tho l'awnecs, and there
aro no other tribes until wo cross the
great mountains."
"Shall I go forward and see, Brother
Stangerson?" asked ono of tho bond.
"And I," "And I," cried a dozen
"Lcavo your horses below and wo
will wait you hero," the elder answered.
In a moment tho youcg fellows had
dismounted, fastened their horses, and
wore ascending the precipitous slope
which led up to tho object which had
excited their curiosity. Tlioy advanced
rapidly and noiselessly, with the con
fidence and dexterity of practised
scouts. Tho watahors from tho plain
below could see them lilt from rock to
rock until their figures stood out
against the sky-lino. The young man
who had first glviii tho alarm was lead
ing them. Suddenly his followers saw
him throw up his hands, as though
overcomo with astonishment, and on
joining hlra they were affected In the
same way by the sight which mot their
On tho little plataau which crowned
the barren hill thcro stood a single
giant bowldcr.and against this bowlder
thcro lay a tall man, long-bearded and
hard-featured, but of an excessive thin
ness. His placid faco and regular
breathing showed that he was faist
asleep, lleslde him lay n Utile child,
with her round white arms encircling
his brown, sinewy neck, and her
golden-haired head resting upon the
breast of his velveteen tunic. Her roy
lips wero parted, showing the regular
lino of snow-whtto toath within, and a
playful smile playrd over her infantllo
features. Her plump llttlo white
legs, terminating In whito socks, and
neat shoes with shining buckles,
offered a strango contrast to the long,
shriveled members of her companion.
On tho ledgo of rock abovo this strange
couple thero stood thrco solemn buz-
yards, wan, at tho slht of tho new
comers, uttered raucous screams of dis
appointment and flapped bullenly
Tho erica of tho foul birds awokothe
two sleepers, who (.tared about them In
bewilderment Tho man staggered to
his feet and looked down upou tho
plain which had bean so desolato wlion
sleep had overtaken him, and which
was now traversed by this enormous
body of men and of beasts. Ills faco
assumed an expression of Inerodulity
as he gazed, and ho passed his bony
hand over his cys. "This Is what they
call delirium, I giios," ho muttered.
Tho child stood beside him, holding on
to tho skirt of his coat, hiul said noth
ing, but looked nil round her with tlm
wondering, questioning gazo of child
hood. Tho rescuing party wero speedily
nblo to convince tho two oastawoys
that their uppenrnnoo was no delusion.
One of them seized tho llttlo girl and
hoisted her upon his shoulder,, while
two other supported hpr uaunt com
panion auU aiiilslcll f!Tul'lfttrlfflle
tvuftfuj. - -- -. - ,.
My name is John Ferrler," the wan
derer; "mo nnd the little un
are nil thntVleft o' twenty-one people.
The rest is all dead o' thirst ami hun
ger away down in tho south."
"Is sho your child?" asked Bomo
"I guess she Is now," the other cried,
defiantly; "she's mino 'causo I saved
her. No ono will take her nwoy from
me. She's Lucy Ferrler from this day
on. Who are you, though?" ho con
tinued, glnncing with curiosity at his
stalwart, sunburned rescuers. "There
seems to be a powerful lot of yo."
"Nigh upon ten thousand," said one
of tho young men. "Wo aro tho per
secuted children of God tho chosen of
the angel Mcrona."
"I never heard tell on him," said the
wanderer. "He appears to have chosen
a fair crowd of yo."
"Do not jest at that which is sacred,"
said tho other, sternly. "We aro of
thoso who believe in those sacred writ
ings, drawn in Egyptian letters on
plates of beaten gold, which wcro
handed unto tho holy Joseph Smith at
Palmyra. Wo have como from Nau
voo, in the stato of Illinois, where wo
had founded our temple. Wo have
come to seek a refuge from tho violent
man nnd from the godless, even though
it bo tho heart of the desert."
Tho namo of Nauvoo evidently re
called recollections to John Ferrler.
"I sec," ho said; "you aro tho Mor
mons." "We ore tho Mormons," answered his
companions with ono voice.
"And where uro you going?"
"Wo do not know. Tho hand of
God Is leading us under the person of
our prophet. You must como beforo
him. Ho shall say what is to bo done
with you."
They had reached tho baso of tho
hill by this time, and wcro surrounded
by crowds of tho pilgrims pale-faced,
meek-looking women, strong, laughing
children, and anxious, earnest-eyed
men. Many wcro tho cries of aston
ishment and of commiseration which
nroso from them when they perceived
the youth of ono of tho strangers and
tho destitution of the other. Their
escort did not halt, however, but
pushed on, followed by a great crowd
of Mormons, until they reached a wag
on which was conspicuous for 'Its great
size, and for tho gaudlncss and smart
ness of its appenrancc. Six horses wcro
yoked to it, whereas the others were
furnished with two, or, at most, four
apiece, llcsldo tho driver thcro sat a
man who could not havo been more
than thirty years of age, but whoso
massive head and rcsoluto expression
marked him as a leader. He was lead
ing a brown-backed volume, but an tho
crowd approached ho lalditasido and
listened attentively to an account of
tho episode. Then ho turned to the
two castaways.
"If we tako you with us," ho said, in
solemn words, "it can only bo as be
lievers in our own creed. Wo shall
havo no wolves in our fold. Better far
New York
that your bones should bleach in thin
wilderness than that you should prove
to hi that little speck of decay which
in time corrupts tho whole fruit Will
you come with us on these terms?"
"Guess I'll como with you on any
A t . . "
verms, saui i-erner, witn such em
phasts that the grave elders could not . Bt,nto
restrain a smile. The leader alono re
tained his stern, impressive expression.
"Tako him, Brother Stangerson," he
said, "give him food and drink, and the
child likewise. Let it bo your task al
so to teach him our holy creed. We
havo delayed long enough. Forward!
On, on to Zionl"
"On, on to Zloni" cried the crowd of
Mormons, and the words rippled down
the long caravan, passing from mouth
to mouth until they died away in a
dull murmur In tho far distance. With
a cracking of whips and a creaking of
wheels tho great wagon got into mo
tion, and soon the whole caravan was
winding along once more. The older
to whoso care the two waifs had been
committed led them to his wagon,
where a meal was already awaiting
"You shall remain here," he said.
"In a few days you will have recov
ered from your fatigues. In tho mean
time, remember that now and forever
you aro of our religion. Brigham Young
has said it, and he has spoken with the
voice of Joseph Smith, which is the
voice of God."
(virgin acres were to "be theirs lorever-
Young speedily proved himself to bo
. n skillful administrator as well as a
rcsoluto chief. Maps were drawn and
charts prepared, in which tho future
bity wan sketched out All around
farms were apportioned and allotted In
proportion to the standing of each in
dividual. The tradesman was put to
his trado and tho artisan to his calling.
In tho town streets nnd snuares snram?
up as If by magic. In tho country there j It is applied right to the parts.
was draining and hedging, planting
and clearing, until the next summer
Bav tho whole country golden with
the wheat crop. Everything pros
pered " in tho strange settlement,
i Above all, the great temple which they I
hau erected in tho center ox the city
grew ever taller and taller. From the
first blush of dawn until the closing
of tho twilight, the .clatter of the
hammer and the rasp of the saw were
never absent from tho monument
which tho immigrants erected to Him
who had led them safe through many
Tho two castaways, John Ferrler and
the little girl who had shared his for
tunes and had been adopted as Ills
daughter, accompanied tho Mormons
to the end of their pilgrimage. Little
Lucy Ferrler was borne along pleas
antly enough In Elder Stangerson
wagon, a retreat which sho shared
with the Mormon's three wives and
with his son, a headstrong, forward
boy of twelve. Having rallied, with
tho elasticity of childhood, from tho
shock caused by her mother's death.
she soon became a pet with tho women,
and reconciled herself to this new life
in her moving canvas-covered homo.
In tho meantime, Ferrler, having re
i covered from his privations, distin
' gulshcd himself as a useful guldo and
an Indefatigable hunter. So rapldlv
did ho gain tho esteem of his new
companions that when they reached
tho end of their wandorlngn It was
unanimously agreed that he should bo
provided with as largo and as fertile a
tract of land as any of tho settlers,
with tho exception of Young himself,
and of Stangerson, Kimball, Johnston
nnd Drebbcr, who wcro the four princi
pal elders.
On tho farm thus acquired John Fer
rler built himself a substantial log
house, which received bo many addi
tions in succeeding years that it grew
into a roomy villa. He was a man of a
practical turn of mind, keen in his
dealings and skillful with his hands.
His iron constitution enabled him to
work morning and evening at Improv
ing and tilling his lands. Hence it
cume about that his farm and all that
belonged to him prospered exceeding
ly. In thrco years ho was better off
than his neighbors, in six he was well
to do, in nine he was rich, and in
twelve there were not half a dozen men
in tho wholo of Salt Lake City who
could comparo with him. From the
great inland sea to the distant Wah
satch mountains there was no name
better known than that of John Fer
rler. Thcro was one way, and only one, in
which he offended the susceptibilities
of his coreligionists. No argument or
persuasion could ever induce him to
set up a frinalo establishment after
the manner oXis companions. He
never gave reasons for this persistent
refusal, but contented himself by reso
lutely adhering to his determination.
Thero wero somo who accused him of
lukewarmness in his adopted religion,
and others who put it down to greed of
wealth and reluctance to incur ex
pense. Others, again, spoke of some
early love affair, and of a fair-haired
girl who had pined away on the shores
of the Atlantic Whatever tho reason,
Ferrler remained strictly celibate. In
every other respect he conformed to
the religion of tho young settlement,
and gained the name of being an or
thqdox and ntralght-walklnjr man.
(To b contiaued.)
A, It,
Amboy. Red Cloud and Riverton.
make as goed flour as ia made in the
Why buv forakra mods Hour
When YOU Cfen cat lust as orood a mnkn at
i home, and thereby make a batter market
for the farmera wheat. You will find all
urand made at the above mills at Mc
Nitt's Produce exchange.
lb OUPAsl All HffMflBAal f bmmm Am
lady can use it herself". Sold by ALL DRUCrQISTS. Mailed -to any
address on rooolpt of $1. w uy
Dr. J. A. MoQUl & Co., 3 and 4 Panorama Plaoe, Ohioago, UL
1- xule by V JL uttuty.
Weekly Tribune
Address THE CHJEF,
Re1 Cloud, Neb.
Jno. B. Wright,
Dealer if Second-l-f a i
UliH'ti Block, ' 7-.rf
Chicago r Yard
Lumber, Lime, Ccml and G ment.
smith & To.
Ordnra promptly filled. 'Sour patrouttw
ll!f il
Transfer Line,
vyill haul anything from Trunk
ing Machine to any part of
cheap as am man on
lo a
the cil)
Any order left at Conover & AldiigbtV tV d atoo will re
ceive prompt attention. Yours for busiitt -ph,
John Harklky.
(Regular Gradual.)
wiuiSiVe'youBef "d B0,t UCCMtfo1 PelUt M
This is not the placo to commemorate
tho trials and privations endured by
tho immigrant Mormons before they
camo to their final haven. From tho
shores of tho Mississippi to the western
slopes of the Rooky mountains they
had struggled on with a constancy
almost unparalleled iu history. Tho
savage man, and tho savago boast,
hunger, thirst, futlguo nnd disease
every impediment whluli naturo could
placo iu tho way, had nil boon over
'omo with Anglo-Saxon tenacity. Yot
tho long journey and tho accumulated
terrors; had chakun the hearts of tho
htoutest among them. There was not
ono who did not Male upon his knees in
heartfelt prayer when they saw tho
broad valloy of Utah bathed In tho
sunlight beneath them, nnd learned
from tho lips of their leader that this
was tho promlsoji land, nnd that these
dl aged nea.
ntmirktbla ro
talti luro follow
ed our treatment,
Wnr arof
Ttrled and iucccm
ui vBBcricnsa
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uro metnodt tint
haw .. Ui.ii.7
bo restored, our on uliiln inalMat
control for audit
prdenufaicnwlia hye wetle. undf
veloncd or dli.
eied organ, or
woo ro auOerlsB
roni error of
outh and exceii
ffkhn mrmnrvnnm
uu iaatoen(,
tli acorn of their
fellowi nd tho
contempt of their
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City Livery, Feed and Sale Stable
Red Cloud, Nebraska
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xaiiuuiojmuumige cordially solicited. Good rius
sonable rates night or day. Horses hoardod bv dav
at rea
or week.
and eomi
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to guarantee to all patient.
ui- reiiorrq, oar a
WOMEN! non't you wnt to get cured of that
wrahne.awltha treatment that you can mo it
nfi?TA?r?u,?kf1?errMM Bkto'8Iood'
TPniI.ia-.Thejmoit rapid, aaf sail effectlvo
remedy. A complete Cur Oaaraatced.
KIN DISEASES of all kind! cured whera
manyotberaluve failed. euraownera
VSyATVKA.1. niSOHABOES promptlr
cured In few day. Vulck, turo aod Mfe. ThlS
Include Gleet ndQonorho;a. "' ni
. We hare eared cum of Chronlo Alieaiei that
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In and medical Initltutea. rww
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