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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (May 23, 1902)
DECORATION DAY EPISODE.
Simple but Patriotic Exercises in
Western Frontier Town.
"For genuine patriotism olio must
go to tlio country, or, butter still, to
tho frontier or mountain towns. Awn
from tho maddening rush lor weitltn
the pooplo live closer to nntuio and
also got opportunities to form social
acquaintances whicl- ileveloii into tho
closest friendships. Holidays to this
?lass are something out of tho ordi
nary." Having thus dollveied hinihelf
tho old-time newspaper man pondered
i while and then resumed iotnewhnt
as follows: "Away hack In lSbll 1 was
stranded in a little mountain hamlet
In Colorado called Georgetown. '.t
was Decoration day. My (ash had
run out, the two weeklies had a full
romplcmoiu of help and 1 was up
"Going along the main street, I ran
across a local correspondent for ono
of the weeklies, whom I had mot In
Denver. He gave me the glad hand
and asked if 1 had Muick any aurifer
ous oie. Having told him of tho de
pleted condition of tho treasury, he
stated that a committee appointed by
the (. A. It. post had met with hard
luck in lassoolng a speaker for the
program at the peuictory. Then nn
Idea t truck him.
" 'Say, pard, wlty can't you give us
a lift? There's a live dollar gold
piece in it!'
"Did 1 tako It? Well, I delivered
the best speech ever made in tho
Itockies. Hut j mi should nnvo seen
that procession. .Miners wearing their
red or blue shirts, with threat leather
belts to hold their trousers In place,
pans coat ami vest, but shod in high
top hoots and on their heads wuro
slouch hats or sombreros adorned
with rattlers. Hero and there was a
real veteran, whoso empty sleevo r
llinp demonstrated that ho hail helped
(A end tho stars and stripes. Alto
( ,ther there wore lower than UOO men
' n line. Hut patriotism, pure and in
adulterated, beat In every breast. I
was accorded n position of honor at
the head of the lino alongside my
Mend, who was past commander of
tho post and measured about 5 foot
4. The commander was G .cot '1, nnu
wo made up a great hunch. Tho lino
of march took in tho main street of
tho town and then over two miles of
rocky road to the cemetery. Onto
there I delivered my little talk and
then tho veterans tenderly plnced
flags and llowers on tho graves of
their beloved dead. Many a teardrop
fell upon the blossoms as tho old boyB
passed them around and recalled their
gallant comrades of years ngono.
Thoro wns no work in Georgetown
that day, for it was a holiday devoted
to tho memory of tho bravo men who
fought to preserve tho nation's honor.
(Jivo mo tho frontier for tho real ar
ticle in patriotism."
Let No Soldier Be Forgotten.
Tho hignlllranco of tho day should
Inspire every veteran soldier and sail
or to pay homago to tho vnloroii3
deeds of their comrades of 1898. Tho
annals of our country havo been mado
glorious by the noblo and heroic sac
rifices of her sons.
It 1b our duty to keep ever present
in our memories tho historic deeds of
the patriotic dead our country's
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TOO MUCH FOR HIS FIIILOSOPHY
rouliU't riruro lion lh '
Ttirnuch lh Alter Hots
A Vlrelnla member of ronsrem h a ml
many years aco to tell a story which
may havo been Intended us a pnrahle
for nollllclnua who approach questions
from lufwmnrj side It Is still cap
able of performing that ono. not only
for polltlolaus, but for othe-s.
The proprietor of a tunyard built n
r'at'd on one of the main street of n
Virginia town for tho purpose of sell
ing leather and buying raw hides.
When he had completed the building
he considered for a long time what
sort of sign to put up to attract atten
tion to the new establishment. Final
ly n happy thought struck him. lit
bored kii auger hole through the door
port and stuck it calf's tall into It with
the tufted end outside.
After a while he mvv a solemn-faced
man standing near the door looking at
the sign, his eyes In a round, medita
tive state behind his spectacles., Tho
tanner watihed him a minute." then
stepped out and addressed lilm.
"Good morning, sir," he said.
"Morning!" said the other, without
taking his eyes off the sign.
"Want to buy leather?" asked the
"Got any hides to sell?"
"Are you a fanner?"
"What are you then?"
"I'm a philosopher. I've been
standing hero for an hour trying to
llgure out how that calf got thiotmh
that auger hole." Youth's Compan
ion. TO BRIDGE THE GREAT SALT LAKE
out hern l'arlllr l Atiout to llulltl u
l.onc Trmtlii Acrnn It
One ol the most remarkable tasks
of railroad eiiginooilng undertaken in
the went In recent years is about to
be begun by the Southern Pacific in
I'tnh. snjs the New York Hun. For
the sake of saving four and n half
miles the railroad Is about to build a
new line I OS miles long, and for part
of the way the road will run on a tim
ber trestle across the Great Salt Lake.
It now inns around the northern end
of the lake over a route botheied by
many shaip curves nnd heavy grades.
The work will take three yenrs to
complete. It calls lor an expcndltiiro
ol $Siiii.oo(i a year. The most formid
able part will be the building of tho
trestle across the main body of the
lake, at a point where it Is seven miles
The lake bed Is comprised llrst of n
layer of llnd sand fiom six to thirty
inches in depth. Then comes a hard
stratum of soda formation from a foot
to eighteen Inches thick and after that
snnd and blue day alternately for an
Tho road will bo built on pllon
drivon Into this mnss. The trestle
will bo built high enough to allow for
a rise of the water which at this
point is now about thirty feet deep.
It hns been tho experience on tho
lake hitherto that sand tends to ac
cumulate around driven idles. If this
should bo repeated here tho result will
be a shallowing of tho water and In
creased security along the road.
Hesldes saving time on tho South
ern Pacific the construction of tho lino
will hi Ing Immense deposits of guano
on Islands in Salt Lake within easy
reach of a market.
InrrliiB HI" Memory.
A married lady living out at Lake
side has been having the greatest dif
ficulty of late in inducing her husband
to remember to order certain things
for the household whllo downtown.
Every day thero was something for
gotten nnd tho meals were growing
more scanty aa a result.
A few days ago she handed her Iiub
band a letter as he made a run for his
car, saying that It was not to ho open
ed until tho afternoon. Ho romomber
ed It Just as he finished his luncheon
that day and opening it he read:
"I am forced to tell you something
that I know will trouble you, hut
have thought of it for some time. 1
feel that It Is my duty to do so. My
mother has been taken into tho secret
and she, too, John, declares that It is
best that you should know. I cannot
keep this to myself any longer."
Hubble's face grow ashen and his
hair was taking an upright position
when he turned over tho page and
"Wo have not a poound of butter In
this house. Send mo some this after
The request was compiled with.
Number of Ilrltlili Intra.
Of Scotland's area of nearly 31,000
square miles no less than C31 aro
water and 485 barren fore-shore. Sev
en hundred and eighty-seven lslamlH
Ho around the Scottish coast; hut of
these only sixty-two exceed three
square miles in nrea. The biggest Is
Lewis and Harris 859 square miles
and Skyc comes second. Ireland pos
sesses over U00 Ihlunds, most of thorn
along the western coasts, and England
Just under 100. There aro thus just
about 1,200 nrltlsh Isles.
Senators Proctor and Fryo are fa
mous fishermen. For thirty years
Senator Proctor hns been In Vermont
on tho last night of April with fishing
tncklo ready, and for thirty years at
sun-up on tho llrst of May ho has be
gun easting for speckled trout. Ho
was there this year.
A WARRIOR BOLD.
ny st. tu:own: iSAritnnnsi:,
Aulfiorof "little itiu lfi'r.UM ' "ll.e Sptiltr't
Web,"' !r Jaci't IWimt , "U,a Caprice," etc.
Ccpjttgtit tVOl. Street uinlMiiiili, N'cw York.
Captain llrand. of the Hespasla.
The .voiing girl heaul her companion
make tills declaration with an Intel est
she did not attempt to conceal.
"Many times th.it thought lias come
to me, but I dismissed It as unworthy.
He brought sovorul things my father
had with him when he went away, and
he resembled the only picture I had of
my father that Is, In a general way.
You could not expect ur much after
his cruel yeaiu of hardship in the
desert, llosldes, he knew all about
our family matters, the quatrol with,
mamma's people on account of her
marriage, and many little things con
nected with the past."
"I shall devote myself to the task
of discovering the truth Heaven alone
knows who he Is. or how he c.iiue Into
posset-Sinn of the facts he him used to
such advantage; but I Intend to sat
isfy my curiosity in that respect, at
"Something tells me ou will suc
ceed," she said eagerly, so that Char
lie Hushed with pleasure.
"Thanks for your faith In me. It
will go a great way toward assisting
me. Of ionise, you would be gratified
should I llnd the means to expose him
as an impostor''"
"So long as I still believe him to
he what he claims. I c.iuuot llnd It In
my heart to turn against him. He lias
told me so many awful stories of the
cruelties practiced upon them that I
tonietlnies feel as though possibly his
mind had been a little affected, and
that he could hardly be held account
able f.ir his actions."
Charlie solved upon a slender cue,
quick as a Hash to discover a vulner
"Ah!" ho said, eagerly; "you speak
of their suffering among the Arabs!
Then he had a companion in exile, I
"Oh, oh three at first; but later on
there was only one left."
"And the name- do you remember
"os. It wns his mate, Hen llaxoii."
"Ah! that is a substantial point
from which to wotk. Our friend, If an
Impostor, mny be very cunning, but
1 doubt If he has been able to cover
his tracks so that we may not learn
hornethlng of Hen Hazen's past: Ship
ping books nml shipping masters may
tell tho story of Identification If all
else falls, lly the way, what does lie
say heeniuo of lien llazen?"
"Ho was shot while defending a
wretched woman slave against her In
human master, nud died of his
"Well, the Incident may bo true
enough; but tho chances aro that It
was your own father who gave up his
life In this chivalrous iashlou, ami
that what papers ho had hidden on
his person ho confided to his follow
prisoner In tho hope that at soino day
he might escape and carry the news to
those liu loved In old England."
Arllnc heard him with both wonder
Her confidence had apparently gone
out to him in the start, and now she
felt it growing he was so earnest, so
positive that his logic seemed to have
tho faculty of convincing others.
"Thero Is one thing I meant to ask;
you gave mo the wrong card by n
singular neeldent, hut at the same time
intimated that you were known by an
other name than Arlino llrand at the
"Yes; I should havo explained.
When my mint adopted mo I assumed
her name of Wallls; and as her title
was hereditary, and could descend to
the next of kin after her demise, I be
came Iady Arllnc Wallls. As such I
bnvo been sometimes known."
Charllo cringed somehow, nt this.
It seemed to raise a wall between
them wealth and title. What few or
dinary young Englishmen daro nsplro
to win a bride from behind such ram
parts? Never before had Charlio Stuart
wished for fame and fortuno as now;
nothing could bo too grand to lay nt
tho feet of such a royal princess.
And while ho wns thus battling with
his thoughts', she suddenly caught his
"Ho Is out yonder! I heard his
laugh! Now, come to tho door, Mr.
Stuart, and tako your first look at
Captain llrand of tho Hespasla, be
fore you moot him fHco to face."
Nothing loth Charllo followed her
to tho door, whence they could look
into tho office of tho hotel.
Several men wero in sight; but al
most instinctively his gnzo settled
upon ono who seemed to commnnd
general attention; and no sooner had
Charllo clapped his eyes on this rc
markablo individual than ho uttered
n llttlo ejaculation of surprise and
Possibly he had seen this same lo
quacious Captain llrand of tho Hespa
ela under other and moro exciting cir
cumstances. "Tell me," ho said quietly, to tho
girl who was hovering over his shoul
dor, "have you given him any particu
lars as to how you chanced to escapo
from tho Steen dungeons?"
"Only that just In tho nick of tlmo
I was discovered by somo tourists who
had come down to sco tho awful place
"My nnmo waa not mentioned?"
"To tho best of my recollection, not
"Good! Then, If I meet tho ogro.
you can lntroduco mo as one of your
"I trust such Is only the truth." shy
"An old, old friend, hi us say, for
whom oti have always entei tallied
feelings of profound respeit."
"It shall be as you say. 1 am sure
you havo some motive In this action."
"1 certainly have Truth to toll, I
believe I havo seen this gentleman be
fore, under other i-.indltlons. I shall
know to a eeitnlnly after I have been
In his society a while. At any rate,
there Is reason to hope for the best."
"Khali wo go out and meet him?"
"Yes. Indeed. Tho Fates have decid
ed that Captain llrand and I shall
come together for a trial of strength,
and It might Just as well take place
now iih later. I am ready."
So thoy went out.
The o-sallor quickly sighted them
and "bore down with all sails set," iih
he would have unutlonlly expressed It.
Charlie played his part well.
He met tho captain In a blurt,
fi loudly manner. JuM as it young man
might wish to receive the father of a
lovol.v girl he admlreil.
Plainly Captain lli-.ind found no es
pecial reason for alarm.
He set out to be oven more Jovial
and debonair than u.-tual. with the Idea
of creating a good Impression on
bin daughter's old friend, whom he
wished to study at close range.
When he set out to entertain, Cap
tain llrand of the Hespasla was a
howling success, iclatlng the most as
tonlbhlng Incidents connected with his
long captivity In the desert, his perils
011 tho sea, and the deep fountain of
love for wife and child that had sus
tained him through all his trials.
Charllo was no mean actor himself,
thanks to the splendid control which
he was able to exetiise over his facial
Although ho now had not the least
doubt as to the fellow being a fraud
of the first water. Charlie felt that he
owed It to Arllno's respect for filial a r
fcctlon to prove this fact.
This was tho task ho cut out for
Ho laid his little trap.
Captain llraml was so much engag
id with his How of oratory and the
charming of this filend of the family
that he did not noliw tho pit so dertly
Thus, almost without nu effort,
Charlie had him admit that he know
considerable about Valparaiso. In
Chill, and had been there, In the
course of his wanderings, many years
In Charlie's mind this settled the
matter. If was confident ho knew
with whom he had to deal, and when
tho lime eanio he would be ready to
daie all In dcfjlng the adventurer.
While they sat thus, speaking of
the sights of Antwerp, there came a
messenger f 10:11 tho hotel olllco Inquir
ing for Mr. Charlie Stunt t, whom a
gentleman outside desired to see.
As he went, directed by the clerk,
to tho spot where ho would find the
gentleman who had asked for an Im
mediate Interview on serious business,
ho was making up his mind to tell
Pctorhoff the whole story and enlist
lib. favorable consideration for Arllne,
no that when the ilenouinent came the
doughty captain could bo taken care
Judge of his surpilso, then, when,
upon coming upon the party who
wished to see him, ho found It was no
other than Artemus Uaruaby, with his
honest face clouded with an air of the
It did not require much prophetic
skill on Charlie's part to toll that his
erratic friend had news of some im
portance for him.
He pressed a forefinger on his lips
to Indicate dead silence, when he found
that Charlie had recognized him,
Charllo Mood there waiting while
the other crept on his tiptoes to tho
corner, in tho regular orthodox stngo
fashion, nnd looked this way and that,
to assure himself that there could be
no eavesdroppers near.
Then ho approached his friend, his
wnrnlng finger still on his lips.
Reaching the other, he phieed his
lips close to Churlle's ear, and solemn
"The coast is clear!"
"1 see it Is," said Charllo, aloud.
"What I am about to disclose to
you, will give you a cruel shock, my
"Shock away then, only make
"I am about to make n disclosure
that will, I regret to say, knock away
tho foundations of your belief In hu
manity." "Ah! that's a serious thing Indeed.
Does this disclosure concern tho world
at largo or ono Individual specimen of
"One shining light."
"Then lire away, and bo hanged to
Artemus assumed 11 look of extreme
gravity, although Charlie was sure he
henrd a chuckle.
"You havo met tho father of the
young lady of tho Steen dungeons. The
hotel clerk has been entertaining me
with a wonderful story of his return to
llfo and civilization. It reads like a
romance, and would find a worthy
niche in my notebook, only, my dear
boy, it Is so very ancient, a veritable
btnge chestnut, as It were.
"nut let that pass. I imagine this
Captain llrand Is a character worth
knowing, something unique. I could
hear him out yonder, and the dulcet
tones of his volco wero soothing
enough to conjure with."
"Yes," remarked Charllo, "ho Is a
wonderful man, and could charm most
peoplo by tho quaint manner of his
Artemus ngaln bont forward.
"IJcwaro of Captain Brand!" he
whispered, and then sprnng back to
note tho stunning effect of hiB announcement.
Hut Chnrlle. though Interested, re
fiiRcd to be stunned.
"Why. what has he done?"
"He Is a bold, bad mnnl"
Charlie was Inclined to say "Amen!"
lo Hint, but he kept his own counsel
as yet. seeking more light.
"See here' You have known this
wonderful modern Union Munchausen
nt some parti date?" H. Hi,i,,
"It would he Impossible Hint two
such men inuld ever exist. Yes, I
"In New York." I
"Iot mo see," iterate lilng his bend,
its a comedian must always do when
(IcslroiiH of arousing memory. "Alii'
yes, Just a little moro than two ycnrB;
"Htii at that tlmo ho swears ho wim
In tho heart of Africa, n "prisoner at
"Well he lies," coolly.
Charlie liked that.
It was so flesh and original, at tlur
same time so very emphatic.
"Who was ho when you knew him?"
ho asked, determined to get down to
the facts now.
"A fourth-rate nctor, on his uppcrn
half of the time. One of these howl
ing barnstormers, it heavy villain of
the piece, at homo In 'I'mio Tom'n
Cabin' or 'Ten Nights in u Harroom.'
Ho was the Joke of the season on the
Itlnlto, in Gotham. I oven thought se
riously of utilizing him in my great
play an the seedy actor who carries,
tho mysterious secret with him
through five acts, but when hu found,
there was a chance of hint being Im
mortalized, his price for sittings went
away up. ami 1 discovered something
better than Hamfattcr."
"Good Heavens! was that his
"Certainly not. 'Hint's what they
call all heavy tragedians of t hu barn
storming variety. Let me see," plac
ing a linger alongside his nose, a la
living, "now I have It bend your
head lower, for that fellow luu. keeiti
ears It wan Frederick Davenport Mtt
cauley." "Indeed! Very suggestive, consider
ing his occupation In life. What n,
man he is, to bo sure, capablo of hav
ing so many names, and filling such
various stations In life. Why, when 1
knew him, four or five years ago, ho
was called Captain Nathaniel Kedge."
"What! you know him, then?"
"I saw him-that Is. I am almost
dead certain it Is the same man; nnd.
I expect to move It presently."
"Whoie was this?"
"hi South America."
"Come, what makes you ask that?'"
"1 leuiomber hlm talking of being
concerned in a llttlo war scare that oc
curred down thoicho has always
been the same hoaMcr, you know."
"Well, that seems to prove the Iden
tity. I never In nil my life heard of
co stupendous a rascal."
"Say what was ho doing down in
Santiago, or was It Valparaiso?"
"Tho latter, on the coast, tho most
enterprising city along thn Pacific,
south of San Francisco. What was ho
doing? Well, about the last I saw oC r
hlm, ho was (laming a Scottish horn
pipe." "Yes. ho has his merry momenta
when the liquor Is In."
"Hut this was a unique affair beforo
an audience that must have numbered
"God! that would spur oven so
poor an actor to do his best."
"And Cnptaln Nathaniel did his very
best. If. as you say, ho has been an
actor, as well as a miner, sea captain,
coffee planter, speculator, and Heaven
knows what not, ho certainly had tho
chance of his life to bring out bravos.
However, 1 don't think he took hnlt
as much interest In the affair as some
of the rest of us did."
"Ho didn't, p:? I never knew ho
wns acquainted with modesty. How
wns that?" asked Artemus, eagerly.
"Well," said Charlie, dryly, "you boo,
he was- being hung!"
(To bo continued.)
UNIQUE FISHING DONE IN JAPAN'
lllnck formornnti Tliera Tako the ric-
of KimI unit I.lne.
"At the farmhouse, commodious and'
hosplLable, llkcwlso clean and charm
ing, after tho fashion of Japan, wo
send for the boy who brings our fish
"They eamo waddling into the yard,
tho three birds with which wo nro to
do our fishing. Ulack cormorants
they are, each with a white spot be
hind Its oye, and a hoarse voice, como
of standing in tho water, with which
It says y'eagh whenever a stranger
makes a friendly overture. Tho cor
morants answer to tho namo of Ou,
which In Japaneso is something liko
tho only word tho cormorants can say.
Tho boy puts thorn In n box together
and wo set off across tho drifted grav
ol to tho Taraagavva. Arrived at tho
stream, the boy takes the threo cor
morants out of tho box and adjusts
their fishing harness. This consists of
a tight ring about tho bottom of tho
neck, of a loop under each wing, and
a directing line.
"Two other boys tako a low net
They drag It down tho stream, driving
tho llttlo fishes and nil tho rest beforo
it. Tho boy with tho cormorants goes
In advance. Tho threo birds nro eager
as pointer dogs, nnd apparently full
of perfect enjoyment. To tho right
and left they plunge with lightning
strokes, each dip bringing up a shin
ing fish. When tho bird's neck Is full
of fishes down to the lovel of the-
shoulders tho boy draws htm in, grabir
him by tho leg ami shnkes him uncere
moniously over a bosket until all tho
fishes havo flopped out. Outing.
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