Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 18, 1907)
By REX E. BEACH.
CopyrlKht. IWj. Iy Hex U. lluacli.
(OutiLiiiued from Pngo Three.)
says" translated: "This In Uod's free
country, where 11 mini Is n niiui, noth
ing more. Our land Ih new and pure,
our faccH nre to tlio front. If you have
bei'ii square, so much the better; if
not, leu vo behind the taints of nrttliclal
things mid start again on the level.
That's all." 4
It hud happened, therefore, that,
since the men hud asked her no qtios .
tloiiH, sho hud allowed the hours to!
pass and still hesitated to explain fur I
titer than she had explained to Captain
Stephens. II was much easier to let
things continue as they were, and .
there was, after all, so little that she
was at liberty to tell them.
In the short time since meeting them
-..- . 1 .1... .. H I. ...I ........ . 111... Ilnvh III.
If vou imikts it fuss you'll ruin ns nil. -.".- . ... i ...- --...
Kor some moments they watched his blunt chivalry and boyish, wlilinsl
lilm breathlessly its he frowned In In- cul philosophy, but she avoided (Slen-
isior, ieoiing a siniiiKiiig, Hitmen ter
ror of him, ever since her eavesdrop ,
ping of the previous night. At the
memory of that scene she grew hot, '
then cold hot with miner, ley at the
sinister power and sureness which
had vibrated In his voice. What Ulnd '
of life was she entering where men
.,....,. ,..11 I lt.w.1... , illlllltll.ll tt'lIIIMII ttttl tlttkj .1 kf. 1
miss. You see, appearances nun i irn b-uu ui niimiHu " nnn n,..-. ...-- (
much hereabouts most of the pretty t Ktirance and hinted thus of ownership?
ones are no good. They've fooled me j That he was handsome and uncoil
niiiiiv a time, and I made a mistake. , scious of it she acknowledged, and ,
- , .. , - ) , , i t. I. .... ...... ..t IVH 1UU imi
These men will help you tnrougn. i pu sue mei imu in nur iiceiisiumeu . .. t , V(l, .inj t.llslL,rn
can't. Then when you get to Nome, circle or l nouns, garneii in ine l'0-' , ,, y0 imvo
make your sweet neart marry yon me
day you land.
to be alone."
"You'll hnve to look out for the
xtewurd," ho said, tiiid the girl sank to i
ti stool while two great tears rolled I
down her checks. The captain s eyes
softened, and his voice was gentle as
tic laid his hand on her head.
"Don't feel hurt over what I said,
refeascd" "it ' th"e bcastarosb and, in
Htead of running away, addressed him
in the most polite and polished Indian,
without a trace of accent.
'"You have saved my life. Now,
what can I do for you?'
"1 want to hunt In this valley. My
people are starving,' said Itika, ut
whlcU Ithe wolf was greatly pleased
and rounded up the rest of the pack
to help In the kill.
"Always thereafter when Itika came
to the valley of the Yukon the giant
drove hunted with him. To this day
they run through the mountains on
cold, clear night In a multitude, while
the light of the moon dickers from
their white sides, Hashing up into the
sky In weird, fantastic figures. Some
people call it northern lights, but old
Isaac assured me earnestly, toothless
ly and with the light of ancient truth
as I lay snow blind In his lodge that
It Is nothing more remarkabli! than
the spirit of Itika and the great white
"What a queer legend'." she said.
"There must be many of them In this
country. I feel that I am going to
like the uorth."
"Perhaps you will." Glenlster re
plied, "although It Is not u woman's
"Tell me what led you out here In
had advantages, edti-
ventionalitles, she would perhaps have, ' , , V1111 ,, ttilst. You
i r ...-.I. it. l.. ..r I.I... .... .. oti.ll.lt... ....... .!,.. ."-'" ' J-- .'
iun am iu uu ."." hum..... . ...... un .- -.... ........ "- ,, )ovo thii nortll."
orous and Intelligent, but here beseem
"Indeed I do! It calls to a fellow
He stepped out Into the passage ami ed naturally to take on the attributes , m s()im; strnnt,0 wuy tunt ., BUutIcr
lined the door carefully.
Kl.Ii. belli' as mo an'
of his surroundings, acquiring a pic
turesque negligee of dress and morals
and suggesting rut-god. elemental,
chilling potentialities. While with
Ister Is gotigln' Into the him and he had sought her repeat
l.mv.'ls of Anvil creek all i odly that day-she was uneasily aware
hist summer, we don't re- of his strong personality tugs-lug at
idly gi't the fresh grub' habit fastened, her; aware, of the unbridled pndnn
on us none. You see, the gammers , aio noon oi n iiumio ihiiui-iji.i.i-; ..i
downtown cop out the few aigs an' ! delay and heedless of denial. This it
.-r.M.i. v..'i'iihles that stray off the was that antagonized her and set her
ship.-:, so lVv never get out as far as every mental sinew in rigid rosMsinvo. ,s como oul nice beautiful carv-
the creek none, except maybe in the During Uextry's garrulous rumblings m,rs V()(, pin lieutll ttltm-
uluitM of anecdotes. Olonlstw emerged from the darkness thel.e.s niethlng In It that
"We don't get Intimate with no nu and silently took his place beside her ..,.', vm, ,u.k t-,.lts il. no matter
trlments except hog boosum an' brown against tne tan. i wlu,re you've lost vourself. It ineans
beans, of which luxuries we have uu- "What portent do you see that makes , m(l lullfy ami unrestraint.
stinted measure, an', beln' ns this is you stare into uie nigni so uhmuiwi : ,,.,. ...mt . )0St. I dare say-
country never could. When once you
i,,.,rv it,.,., i tin. Imi. 1m-.v .lutm iluvs
that never end and heard goose honk .
lug under a warm, sunlit midnight, or ;
when once you've hit the trail on a
winter morning so sharp and clear
that the air stings your lungs and the
whole white, silent world glistens like
a Jewel; yes, and when you've seen tin-
dogs romping In harness till the sieu
runners ring and the distant mountain
our third year In the country, we linn
Ver for bony lido grub somethlu' scan
'Ions. Yes, ma'am, three years with
out a taste of fresh Trait nor meat nor
nuthlu' except pork an' beans. Why,
I've et bacon till my immortal soul bus
groweil a rind.
"When It comes time to close down
the claim, the boy Is sick with the fe
ver, an' the only ship In port is a Point
Harrow whaler, bound for Seattle.
Arter I book our passage 1 find they
have nothln' aboard to eat except can
mil salmon. It beln' the end of a two
years' cruise, so when 1 land In the
States after seventeen dJK "' ,l '
diet I am what you might call sated
with canned grub and hae added
salmon to the list of thing eoneernln'
which 1 am goln' to economize.
"Soou's ever 1 get the boy Into a
hospital I gallop up to the heM restu
rawtit In town an' prepare for the
huge potlab-h. This here. 1 determine,
is to be a gorinandizln Jag which shall
live In hist'ry an' wharof In later years
the natives of Paget sound shall speak
with bated breath.
"Klrst I call for ?r worth of pork an'
beans an' then a full grown platter of
ciuitied salmon. When the waiter lays
'em out In front of me, I look them
vltlles coldly In their dlsgustln' visages
un say In sarcastic accents:
" 'Set there, d you, an' watch me
4'itt real grub,' which I proceed to do,
cleanln' the menu from soda to hock.
When I have dono my worst, I pile
bones an' olive seeds an' peelln's all
over them articles of nourishment,
Htlck toothpicks into 'em, an', bavin'
offered 'em what other indignities oc
cur to me, I leave the place."
Dextry and the girl were leaning
over the stern rail, chatting Idly in the
dilrkness. It was the second night out,
utid the ship lay dead In the Ice pack.
All alMut there was a tlat. iloe clogged
sea, Ierrous and mottled In the deep
twilight that midnight brought In this
latitude. They had threaded into the
ice held as long ns the light lasted,
following the lanes of blue water till
they closed, then drifting Idly till oth
ers appeared; worming out Into leagues
uf open sen, again creeping into the
shifting labyrinth till darkness ren
dered progress perilous.
Occasionally they had pnssed herds
of walrus huddled sociably upon ice
pans, their wet hides glistening In the
sunlight. The air had been clear and
pleasant, while away on all quarters
they had seen the smoke of other ships
tolling through the barrier. The spring
fleet was knocking at the door of the
Chafing at her imprisonment, thte girl
hud asked the old man to take her out
on deck under the shelter of darkness;
then she had led him to spent of his
own past experiences and of Glenls-
nu. u.e miNncM .u.h ... ...- , , ,.Il0,,8t..uctclli lllld came
was he Tananas 'lie braves enj - beI
of these wiis Itika, the secon contented-
He could follow a moose ti e ambitious, but I
IMII.UMUH ... i.. n.y. ... ..y .. f t, surroundings to the oth
; belts made from the claws of the , a Va ,,. rm renlb5ll my de
u bear, which Is deadly w eke ...
"I am wishing for n sight of the
midnight sun or the aurora liorealls," ,
she replied. I
"Too late for one an" too fur south
for the other," Dextry interposed,!
"We'll see the sun further north,
"Have you ever henrd the real origin
of the northern lights?" the young man j
"Naturally, I never have," she an
"Well, hero It Is. I have it from I
the lips of a great hunter of the
Tananas. He told it to me when I was '
sick once in Ills cabin, and Inasmuch
as he Is a wise Iudlan and has a
reputation for truth I have no doubt
that It Is scrupulously correct.
"In the very old days, before the
white man or corned beef had Invaded
this land, the greatest tribe In all the
chief. He could follow a moose till It
fell exhausted in the snow, and he had
and, as every one knows, inhabited by
the spirits of 'yabla men,' or devils.
"One winter a terrible famine settled
over the Tanana valley. The moose
departed from the gulches, and the car
ibou melted from the hills like mist.
The dogs grow gaunt and howled all
night, the bubles cried, the women be
came hollow eyed and peevish.
"Then it was that Itika decided to
go hunting over the saw tooth range
which formed the edge of the world.
They tried to dissuade him, saying It
was certain death because a pack of
monstrous white wolves tnller than the
moose ami swifter than the eagle was
known to range these mountains, run
ning madly In chase. Always on clear,
cold nights could be seen the Hashing
of the moonbeams from their gleam
ing, hungry sides, and, although many
hunters had crossed the passes in other
years, they never returued, for the pack
"Nothing could deter Itika, however,
so he threaded his way up through the
range and, night coming, burrowed Into
a drift to sleep In his caribou skin.
Peering out into the darkucss, he saw
the flushing lights a thousand times
brighter than ever before. The whole
heavens were nbluzo with shifting
strenmers that raced and writhed bnck
and forth In wild revel. Listening, ho
henrd the hiss and whine of dry snow
under the feet of the pack and a dis
tant noise ns of rushing winds, al
though the nir was deathly still.
"With daylight ho proceeded through
the range till ho came out above a
magnificent valley. Descending the
slope, he entered a forest of towering
the utter unrestraint. I
"When I was a schoolboy'I used to
gaze at the map of Alaska for hours.
I'd lose myseir in it. It wasn't any
thing but a big, blank corner In the
north then, with a name and moun
tains and mystery. The word Yukon
suggested to me everything unknown
and weird hairy mastodons, golden
river bars, savage Indians with bono
arrowheads and sealskin trousers.
When I left college. 1 came ns fast as
ever 1 could the adventure, I suppose.
"The law was considered my destiny.
How the shades of old Choale and
Webster and Patrick Henry must have
walled when I forswore It! I'll bet
lllackstone tore his whiskers."
"I think you would have made a suc
cess," said the '.Irl, but he laughed.
"Well, anynow, I stepped out, leav
ing the way to the United States sit
ter's, which he hnd doue freely. Sh'o
was frankly curious about them, and
she woudcred ut their apparent lack of
interest in her own Identity and her
secret mission. She even construed
their silence as indifference, not realiz
ing that these uorthmen were offering
.'or tho truest evidence of camaraderie.
The frontier is capable of no liner
rajnpllmcut than this utter disregard
uf one's folded pages. It betokens that
highest faith in one's fellow man, the
belief that he should bo measured by
his present deeds, not by his past. It
spruce, whllo on nil sides the snow j .e3t
was trampled with tracks us wide as I ,,j ne
see what else the world has."
Ili suddenly turned to her. "See
' here," he abruptly questioned, "what's
She started and glanced toward
where Dextry had stood, only to find
that the old frontiersman had slipped
away during the title.
"Helen Chester," she replied.
"Helen Chester," he repeated mus
ingly. "What n pretty name! It
seems almost a pity to change it to
marry, ns you will."
"I nm not going to Nome to get mar
ried." He glnnced at her quickly.
"Then you won't like this country
You are two years too early. You
ought to wait till there are railroads
an'd telephones and tables d'hoto and
chaperons. It's a man's country yet"
"I don't see why it Isn't a woman's
country too. Surely we can take a
part In taming It. 'Yonder on tho Ore
gon is a complete railroad, which will
l)e runniug from the const to the mines
in a few weeks. Another ship back
there has the wire and poles aud fix
ings for a telephone system, which will
go up in a night. As to tables d'hote,
I saw a real French couut in Seattle
with a monocle. lie's bringing In a.
restaurant outfit, Imported snails and
. t pates de fole gras. All that's wanting
Is the chaperon. In my tllgut rrpni tne
Ohio I left mine. Tho sailors -caught
her. You see, I am not far ahead of
"What part aro you going to tako in
this taming process?" he asked.
She paused long beforo replying, and
when she did her answer sounded like
Tho Kind Yoa IIjivo Always Bought, aud which has been
in use for over 30 years, has borno tho signature of
and has been inarto under his ncr-
ffl? -J-), sonal supervision since its infancy.
f-cctcAty. . Allow no one to deceive you in this.
All Counterfeits, Imitations and" Just-ns-good" aro but
Experiments that tritlo with and endanger the health of
Infants and Children Experience against Experiment.
What is CASTORIA
Castorla is a harmless substitute for Castor Oil, Pare
goric, Drops and Soothing Syrups. It is Pleasant. It
contains neither Opium, Morphine nor other Narcotic
substance. Its ago is its guarantee. It destroys "Worms
and allays Feverishncss. It cures Dinrrhoca and Wind
Colic. It relieves Teething Troubles, cures Constipation
and Flatulency. It assimilates the Food, regulates tho
Stomach and Bowels, giving healthy aud natural sleep.
Tho Children's Panacea Tho Mother's Friend.
GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAYS
Bears the Signature of
'lis Kind Yon fee Always Bought
in Lisa For Over 30 Years.
THC CCNTAUPI COMPftNV, TT MURRAY BTt.CCT, MCW VOBK CITY.
All cough syrups containing opiates conjti
pat the bowels. Bee's LaxatiTe Cough Syrup
moves Uie. bowels And contains no opUtes.
CIrani anil Iwniitlflct tlio htr.
rrotmitr- a luxuriant ffrowtli.
LTevcr Foils to Hcntoro Qray
Jlnlr to ltd Youthful Color.
Cure. cnp dU.-awi & hair I ailing.
Sflcand $!(: at PniggllU
! Ely's Cream Balpji
Suro to Civo Satisfaction.
ClVES RELIEF AT ONCE.
Itclcaiiscrt, soothes, licnl-i nnd prntwts tlio
'livcu-u'tl nmmhruuo rfsultint from Catarrh
nnil drives nway n Cold iu tliu Head quickly.
TluHtorus tho Senses of Tiito nnd Smell.
luwy to uro. Contains no injurious drug
Applied into tho nostrils nnd iuiko
Luio Si.o, HO cents ut Druj-psts or
miiu Jiiqmd Urcum JJiu.ii tor use
ntonnzors, 75 cents.
ELY BROTHERS, 56 Warren St.. Now York
n snowHhoc. There enmo to mm a
nolso which ns ho proceeded Increased
till it filled the -.voods. It was a fright
ful din, ns though a thousand wolves
were howling with tho madness of the
herald tho coming of tho law,"
"Tlio law I Bah! Red tape, a dead
language and a horde of shysters! I'm
afraid of law in tlil3 land. Wo'ro too
now nml too far awa.v from things. It
kill. Cautiously creeping nearer, ho ,,, ,,, ,.mvor ,n too fftW hnnda
fnniifl n timtiHtmiiH wlilto nnlmnl tniL. ' . . . . ,
" " "" T, i ... Heretofore wo men up uere uuvo uuu
Cling hcuenth n spruce which had fallen
upon It In such fashion us to pinion It
"All hravo men aro tender hearted,
bo Itika sot to work with his ax and
cleared away tho burden, regardless of
the peril to hluiBotf. When ho had
recourse to our courage and our Colts,
hut we'll have to uubucklo them both
when the law comes. I like tho court
that linsu't any appeal." He laid hand
upon his hip.
"Tho Colts may go, but tho courngo
never will," she broke In.
"Perhaps. Hut I've heard rumors al
ready of a plot to prostitute the law.
In Unalaskii a man warned Dextry,
with terror In his eye, to beware of It;
Unit beneath the cloak of justice was a
drawn dagger whetted for us fellows
who own the rich diggings. I don't
think there's any truth in It, but you
"The law Is the foundation. There
can't he any progress without it.
There Is nothing here now but disor
der." "r'TheTel8U't half tho "disorder you
think there is. There weren't any
crimes in this country till tho tender
feet arrived. We didn't know what a
tlilof was. If you came to a cabin,
you walked In without knocking. Tho
owner lilted up the coffeepot and sliced
Into the bacon: thou when he'd started
your meal he shook hands nnd asked
your name. It was just the sumo
whether his cache was full or whether
he'd packed his few pounds of food
200 miles on his back. That was hos
pitality to make your southern nrtlclo
look pretty small. If there was no
one at homo, you ate what you needed.
Thero was but one unpardonable breach
of otiquetto to fall to leavo dry kin
dllncs. I'm afraid of the trausltory
stnge wo'ro coming to that epoch of
chaos between the death of the old
nnd the birth of tho now. Fraukly, I
llko the old wny best. I lovo the 11
censo of it. I love to wrestle with na
ture, to snatch nnd guard and tight for
what I have. I've been beyoud the
law for years, and I want to stay there,
where llfo Is Just what It wns intended
to be n survival of tho attest."
Ills largo hnuds as he gripped tho
bulwark woro tense and corded, while
his rich voice Issued softly from his
chest with tho hint of power unlimited
behind it He stood over her, tall,
virile aud muguotlc. She saw now
why ho had so Joyously hailed tho
fight of tho previous night. To oue of
his kind it was as salt air to the nos-
ya BE CONTINUED.
cause women some of
their most excruciating
ly painful hours Mrs
Lula Berry, of Farming-
ton, Ark, writes: "1
suffered with terrible
cramps every month,
and would sometimes
lose consciousness for 4
to 9 hours. On a friend's
advice I took
and as a result am now
relieved of all my pains,
and am doing all my
housework." No mat
ter what symptoms your
female trouble may
cause the most reliable
scientific remedy for
them, is Cardui Try it
At ail Druggists E5ii
RHEUMATISM CURED IN A DAY.
Dr.Detchons Relief for Rbeutnatlim and Neural'
Rla radically curm In 1 to 3 days. Iu action upon
tha jmtatn li remarkable and m-itorloue. It
remove at one inn catu and Uie dUtmxo Ira
taedlatflly dltappeara. Tbe flnt do-e greatly
benefits, 75 cms and $1. Sold by H.rc.Qw-,
druggist, Red Cloud.
rled. JT j
so m 1
ill ,T tVg vUM
1HrMJpWTfflwnl'T'f"TfinJftMiiiiimirin--i nr.mi ! rn-
,,ii. ... .... --'l-.tMllrltaKllcJ.tlailrlll.l
Powered by Open ONI