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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 14, 1906)
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"Connie," she whispered when they
wore safely out of hearing from the
ervlce room, "I never saw a worse
en se. Talk about the young men sud
denly smitten you read of In novels"
Her sister whirled round.
"How can you be so silly?" she
"Why did you libel Jack so readily?"
The other, utterly routed, went on In
dignified silence. She did not speak
again until they surveyed the store ap
portioned for the coming feast.
"Eighty-one!" she murmured. "What
n monstrous deal of people for n half
penny worth of bread!"
"What Is the use of repining?" sang
Enid, with a fortissimo accent on the
jpciiultitiiHtu syllable. "Tor where
there's a will there's n way. Tomorrow
the sun will be shining, although it is
Hut Constance was not to be drawn a
.second time. Her clear brain was trou
bled by a formless shadow. It ban
ished from her mind all thought of a
harmless flirtation with the good look
ing youngster who had brought a blush
of momentary embarrassment to her
How dreadful it would bo to meet
hunger with refusals! Perhaps thero
were worse things in the world than
the midnight ordeal of an angry sea.
Inde,ed, when Pyne did Join them in
Accord with his intention, he soon per
elved the extent of the new danger.
The stress of the night had only en
hanced the need of an ample supply of
food. Everybody, even the Inmates of
the hospital, was outrageously hungry,
And the common allotment was half a
-cup of tea and half a ship's biscuit.
For the midday meal there would be
two ounces of meat or bacon, one pota
to and another half biscuit with about
a wlneglassful of wuter. For supper
the allowance was half a cup of cocoa
.and two ounces of bread, which must
be baked during the day. Not quite
starvation, this menu, but far from sat
isfying to strong men and wornout
The Falcon, knowing the uselessness
of attempting to creep nearer to the
Gulf Ilock,hud gone off with her budget
to startle two continents. Stanhope's
last message was one of assurance. Ho
would do all that lay In mini's power.
The lighthouse soon quieted down to a
state of passive reaction. Pyne, refus
ing to be served earlier, carried his
-own and Hrand's scanty meal on a
tray to the service room.
The unwearied lighthouse keeper was
on the balcony, answering a kindly sig
nal from the Land's End, where tho
coast guards were not yet In posses
sion of the news from Penzance.
lie placed the tray on tho writing
desk and contemplated Its contents
"I guess that banquet won't spoil for
keeping," he said to himself. "I'll just
Jie round and look at it until the boss
quits making speeches by the yard."
A couple of minutes passed. Brand
was hoisting the last line of Hags, when
tho American heard faltering footsteps
on the stairs.
"Don't folluw so close, Mamie," said
a child's voice. "My arm hurts Just
'miff for anything when I move."
A , tousled head of golden hair
emerged into the light. It was one of
the two little girls, whom Pyne had
not seen since they were swung aloft
from tho sloping deck of the Chinook.
Their astonishment was mutual.
"Tho child, aged about eight, recognized
In him a playmate of tho fine days on
hoard ship. She turned, wlth-confldent
"I told you so, Mamie. It was up.
You Bald down. Here's the big glass
house and Mr. Pyne."
She quickened her speed, though her
left arm was in a sling. Pyne,. dread
ing lest she should fall, hastened to
"I's all right, Mr. Pyne," sho an
nounced, with an air of great dignity.
"I make one step at a time. Theu I
ketch tho rail. See?"
"You've got It down to a flue point,
Elsie." ho said. "But what in tho
world nro those women folk thinking
of to let you and Mamie run loose
About tho place?"
Elsie did not answer until Mamie
stood by her side. Judged by appear
ances, Momlo was a year younger.
Apart from the nasty bruise on Elslo's
left arm and shoulder, tho children
had escaped from tho horrors of the
wreck almost unscathed In body and
certainly untroubled In mind.
"Mamie came to my room for break
fast," explained Elsie at last. "Wo'so
nwful hungry, an' when wo axed for
'nother blxlt Mrs. Taylor sho began to
cry. An' when I said we'd go ail' And
tuammii she crloO some mora." - -
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"Inn. TTe'w atvtui hungry," agreed
Matr.le. "An', please, whore's n:sn
Pyne needed no further explanation.
The little ones had lost their mother.
Her dlsllgurcd body, broken out of all
recognition, was tossing about some
where lu the undercurrents of the
channel. None of tho women dared to
tell the children the truth, and it was
a heartrending task to deny them food.
So they were permitted to leave their
refuge, with the kindly belief that they
would come to no harm and perchauco
obtain a further supply from one of
those Bweot faced girls who explained
so gently thut the rations must run
short for the common good.
Pyne glanced up at tho lantern. Out
side he could see Brand hauling down
the signal. IIo sprang to the tray and
secured his half biscuit and teacup.
"Come along, Elsie," he said, crook
ing his left arm for her. "Follow close,
Mamie. Mind you don't fall."
"Your inainma Is asleep," he assured
them in a whisper on tho next landing.
"She Just can't bo woke up for quite a
Then he navigated them to tho door
of the second bedroom, where Mrs.
Taylor was. IIo broke the hard biscuit
In two pieces aud gave one to each
"Hero, Mamie, yon carry tho cup and
go shares lu the tea."
"I don't like tea," protested Mamie.
"If I can't have coffee I want some
"Well, now, you wait n little bit, and
you'll be tickled to death to see what
I'll bring you. But drink the tea. It's
good and hot. Skip luslde, both of
He held the door partly open, and
they vanished. He heard Mrs. Taylor
"Didn't I tell you those two little
dears would do their own business
He regained the service room to find
Brand steeping the remains of his bis
cuit In an almost empty cup. The
lighthouse keeper greeted his young
friend with a smile.
"I suppose that you, like the rest of
us, never had such nn appetite lu all
your days," he said.
"Oil, I'm pretty well fixed," said
Pyne, with a responsive grin.
"Then you nro fortunate. There Is
usually a wretched little fiend lurklug
In a man's Inner consciousness which
prompts him to desire the unattaina
ble. Now, 1 am a poor eater, as a rule,
yet this morning I feel I could tackle
tho toughest steak ever cut off a su
"I don't deny," admitted Pyne, "that
the Idea of a steak sounds good. That
Is, you know," he went on languidly,
"It might sort of appeal to me about
"I should have thought you could do
with one now, especially after the hard
night we have gone through. Perhaps
you are a believer In the French sys
tem and prefer a light breakfast."
Brand finished the last morsel of bis
cuit and drank the cup dry.
"It's a llrst rate proposition when
you are accustomed to it," said Pyne.
"But talking about eating Avhen there's
little to eat is a poor business anyway.
Don't you find that?"
"I do Indeed."
Brand rose and tapped the barome
ter, adjusting the sliding scale to read
"Slightly better," he announced. "If
only the wind would go down or even
change to the norrard!"
"What good would a chongo of wind
do?" Inquired Pyne, greatly relieved
hIm8e,f by tne c,mIQ of top,c
"It would beat down the sea to some
extent, and then they might bo able to
drift a buoy, with a rope attached,
close euough to tho rock at low tldo to
enable us to reach It with a cast of a
"Do you mean that wo could bo fer
ried to tho steamer by that means?"
"That is absolutely out of the ques
tion until the weather moderates to a
far greater extent than I daro hope at
present. But, once wo had the line, we
could rig up a running tackle and ob
tain some stores."
"Is it as bad as all that?" said the
younger man after a pause.
They looked at eacli other. The
knowledge that all true men have of
their kind leaped from oyo to eye.
"Quito that bad," answered Brand.
Pyne moistened his lips. He produc
ed a caso containing two cigars. Ho
hold It out.
"Let us go shares In cousolatlon," ho
Brand accepted the gift and affected
n livelier mood.
"By lucky chanco I hove an inuplo
supyly of tobacco. It will bu
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men' quioiT he said. "By trie way"
and he lifted a quick glance at Pyiic
"do you kuow anything about chemis
"Well er I went through a course
"Can colza oil be converted Into a
"It contains certain fats," admitted
Pyne, taking dubious stock of tho ques
tion. "But the process of conversion, the
chemical reaction, that is tho difficulty.
"Bisulphide of carbon is a solvent,
and the fatty acids of most vegetable
"Come along, Elsie."
oils can be Isolated by treatment with
steam superheated to about 000 de
Brand threw out his hands with a
little gesture of helplessness. Just
then Constance appeared.
"Dad," sho cried, "did not Mr. Pyne
tell you of my threat?"
"No, dear one. I am not living in
terror of you, to my knowledge."
"You must please go to sleep, both of
you, at least until 10 or 11 o'clock.
Mr. Emmett is sending a man to keep
watch hero. lie will not disturb you.
IIo Is bringing some rugs and pillows,
which you can arrange on the Uoor. 1
have collected them for your special
"At this hour? Impossible, Connie."
"But It Is not Impossible, and this Is
the best hour available. You know
qulto well that tho Falcon will return
at high water, and you must rest, jrou
Sho bustled about with tho busy
air of a housewife who understood the
whole art of looking after her family.
But something puzzled her.
"Mr. Pyne," sho Inquired, "whero is
"I er took it down," ho explained.
For somo reason Constance felt in
Btantly that sho had turned tho tables
on him since tholr last encounter. Sho
did not know why. Ho looked con
fused for one filing; ho was not so
glib In speech for another.
"Down where?" she demanded, "Not
to tho kitchen. I have been there slnco
you brought up your breakfast and
dad's on the same tray."
"I breakfasted alone," remarked
5 fl' ' 'iwSiL.
use six nounds of tea to American's
differ from ours: not because they
Brand calmly. ""Mr. "Pyiib had feasted
"But he had not," persisted Con
stance. "I wanted him to"
She stopped. This Impudent Amer
ican had actually dared to wink at her,
a confidential, appealing wink which
Bald plainly, "Please don't trouble
"You gave your tea and biscuit to
somebody," she cried suddenly. "Now,
who was It? Confess1!"
"Well," he said weakly, "I did not
feel er particularly hungry, so when
I met those two little girls fooling
around for nn extra supply I er
thought nobody would mind if er"
"Father," said Constance, "ho haH
not had a mouthful!"
"Then take him downstairs and give
him one. You must have found my
conversation Interesting, Mr. Pyne,
while I was eating, but before you go
let mo ndd a word In season. Stand or
fall, each must abide by the common
Pyne, with the guilty feeling of a de
tected villain, explained to Constanco
how tho cup might bo rescue)!.
"I shall keep a close eye on you hi
future," she announced as they wont
"Do," he said. "That Is all I ask
"I am a very strict person," sho went
on. "Dad always encouraged us In
tho sailor's Idea of Implicit obedience."
"Kick me. It will make mo fool
good," ho answered.
Entering tho second bedroom, whero
Elsie nnd Mamie were seated content
edly on the floor, she stooped and kiss
ed them. And not a word did she say
to Enid as to the reason why Mr. Pyno
should be served with a second break
fast. She knew that any parade of his
unselfishness would hurt him, nnd he,
on his part, gave her unspoken thanks
for her thought.
Conversation without words is nn nrt
understood only by master minds nnd
lovers, so these two were either excep
tionally clever persons or developing
traits of n more common genus, per
mUE tribulations which clustered
in beelike swarm in and around
the Gulf Bock lighthouse dur
ing those weary hours were
many and various. Damp clothing, In
sufficiency of food, interior tempera
tures ranging from the chill draft of
tho entrance passage and stnlrways to
the partial suffocation of rooms with
windows closed owing to tho Incursions
of the rising tide this unplenslng ng
gregato of physical misery was serious
ly augmented by nn over Increasing list
of sick people, an almost total abseuco
of any medical comforts and a grow
ing knowledge, on the part of those not
too despondent to think, that their ulti
mate relief might be deferred for days
rather than hours.
No mete man can understand, and a
woman of ordinary experience can hut
dimly Imagine, the difficulty and ardu
ousness of the task undertaken by
Constance aud Enid.
To cook and supply food for eighty
ono persons with utensils Intended for
the use of three, to give each separato
Individual an utterly Inadequate por
tion, so skillfully distributed tlm-t none
should have cause to grumble at his or
her neighbor's better fortuue hero
can get better
wero culinary problems at once com
plex and exhaustive.
By adopting fantastic dovlces, bring
ing Into service empty Jam pots aud
sardine tins, they found It was possible
to feed twenty ut a time. This meant
tho preparation of four distinct meals,
each requiring nn hour's work. Long
before tho last batch, which included
themselves, was lamenting the absurd
discrepancy between appetite and nu-'
tldoto lu the shape of anything to eat,
the first was ravenous again.
The women complained the lenst. In
tho occupants of tho two bedrooms tho
girls encountered a passive fortitude
which was admirable. It was an ex
traordinary scene which met their eyes
when they entered either of thesu
stuffy apartments. Many of the res
cued ladies had not given a thought to
t changing the dcmltoilct of evening
wear on ,bonrd ship for more service
able clothing when the hurricane over
took the vessel. They nil, It is true,
possessed clonks or wraps of some sort,
but theso garments were still sodden
with salt water and therefore unwear
nble, even if the oppressive warmth in
each room rendered such a thing pos
sible. Their elegant costumes of mus
lin, cotton, silk or satin wero utterly
ruined. Lucky wero the few whoso
blouses or bodices had not been rent
Some of the worst sufferers in tills
respect wero now tho best provided.
Blankets and sheets had been ruthless
ly torn up and roughly stitched into
nrticies of clothing. Mrs. Vnnslttirt,
for Instance, who llrst suggested tills
via media, wore an exquisite Paris
gown and a loose dressing Jacket ar
rangement of yellow blanket, the com
ponent parts of which slip persuaded
two other women to sew 'together on
the model provided by her own elegant
A few quick wltted ones who fol
lowed her example exhausted the avail
able stock, and pillowcases and ruga
would havo undergone motnmorphosls
In tho snme way had not Constance
come to tho rescue by Impounding
them, declaring that tlioy must bo re
served for the uso of thoso sufferers
who needed warmth and rest.
Tho men passed their time in smok
ing, singing, yarning and speculating
on tho chanco of tho weather clearing.
Ultimately, when tho banging of tho
waves again made tho column feci un
safe, a small section began to plan
petty attempts to pilfer the provisions.
It is the queer mixture of philosopher
aud beast in the avcrago human being
thnt makes 'It possible for tho sanio
man lu one mood to risk his life qulto
voluntarily to save' others and in an
other to organlzo selfish theft.
After an ingenious seaman hnd been
detected In an attempt to pick tho
storeroom lock, and when a tray of
cold ham was deliberately upset whlio
a football scrimmage took place for tho
pieces, Mr. Eiuinott stopped theso
ebullitions by arming tho watch with
assorted weapons from tho workshop
and issuing stern orders as to their uso
in caso of need.
Hero again tho warring elements
which form tho human clay wero ad
mirably displayed. On duty, under tho
bonds of discipline, the coarse grained
foremast, hand who had gobbJeduj a
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