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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (March 13, 1908)
By REX E. BEACH.
Continued from Inst week. J
So ho was 'to forswear this venge
ance, which was no vengeance after
nil, hut In verity a Just punishment.
They asked him-a man a man's man
-u northman-to do this, and for what?
For no reward, hut on the contrary to
Insure himself lasting bitterness, tie tin; cost at whleh she liold her voice so
Htrove to look at. the proposition palm steady.
ly, clearly, but It wum dllllcult. If only "More than that. It's so new that It
by Treeing this other villain as well as m-s yet, and It will continue to hurt
her uncle he would do a good to her, for a long time, I suppose. Hut to
then he would not hesitate. I.ove was morrow I am going buck to my hills
not the only thing. lie marveled at
his own attitude. This could not be
his old self debating thus, lie had
asked lor another chance to .show
that he was not the old Itoy tilonistor.
Well, it bail come, and he was ready.
Itoy dated not look at Helen any
more, for this was the hardest moment
he hail ever lived.
"You ask this
what of--of the
niusl. know that
will they both.
for your uncle. Inn
other fellow V You
If one goes ft ft su
They can't be
"It's almost loo much to a-l;
Kid took up, uncertainly. "Put
you think the work is done' 1
help but admire .McN'aninrn. and net
ther can you -he's been loo good an
enemy to you for that and and h
"I know I know," said lilenKtet
hastily, at the .same limp stopping an
unlntplllglble protest from the irl.
"You've said enough." lie Mi-nlghl-encd
his slightly sto-iplng shouider-i
and looked at tin uuoppned pnckaui
wearily, then slipped the rubber band
from it and, separating the contents
tore thorn up- one by one in ihem
Into line bits without hurry or orien
tation and tossed the fragments away,
while the. Woman began to sob softly,
the sound of her relief alone dUturii
lug the silence. And so he gave her
his enemy, making ids oiVcr gamely,
according to bis code.
"You're rigid the work is done. And
now I'm very tired."
They left him standing there, the
glory of the dying day illumining hi.
loan, brown fciturcs the vision of a
great loneliness In his weary eyes.
Up did not rouse himself till the sky
before him was only a curtain or .steel,
penciled with streaks of soot Hint, lay
close down above the darker sea. Then
hp sighed tuiil said aloud:
"So this is the end, and I gave him
to her with lheo hands.'' lie held
tlinin out before hltn curiously, becom
ing conscious for the first lime that the
left one was swollen and discolored
and foarfiilly painful. He noted ll
with Impersonal interest, realizing Its
i.ieed of medical attention so left the
cabin and walked down into the city.
Ho encountered Iipxtry and Sinims on
the way. ami they wetd with him. both
flowing with the gossip of the cmnp.
"Lord, but you're the talk of the
town," they began. "The curio limit-1
I'M have commenced lo pull Slruvo's!
ollico apart for souvenirs, a in I the
Swedes want to run you fur congress
as soon as ever we get admit led as a
slate. They say Unit at collar an' elbow
holts you could lick any of Ihem ea-t
era senators and thereby rustle out a
lot of good legislation for us i-i-1mde
up here."' j
"Speaklii of laws goes to show uie
that Ibis here country is gctim" tuo.
blamed civilized for a while man." Mild
Sliiiius iiessiiulstically. "and now that
this light is ended up it don't look likcj
there would be anything doiu" lit to
claim the Interest of a growed up per
son for a long while. I'm goln west." I
"West! Why, you can throw a stone;
Into itering strait from here." said Itoy. I
"Oh, well, the world's round. There's
a schooner out lit tin for SI beery two
years cruise. .Me an le. N liggeriu
on gettln' out Inward the frontier' for
"Sure!" said liextry. "I'm beginnlu'
to feel all cramped up horenhnuis owln'
to these flllymniuirch orchestras an'
French restarawuls and stub discrep
ancies of NMiicry. They're put tin' a
pavement on Front streH, and there's
n Hhoe shinln' parlor opened up. Why, J
I'd like to gel where I could stretch an'
holler without dlsturhiu' Hie peuslve
ness of sjoiiie dude in a tires- suit, P.el
ter come along. Ito.v ; we can sell out
"I'll think Ir nter," said Hie young
Tim nlf'llt U'.ls lil'l-'llt ll-llli l I'llll
moon when they left the doctor's oillce.
Hoy. In no mood for the exuberance of j
his companions, parted I'niin I hem. but
had not gone far before lie nici ('lurry
Mulatto. His bend was low. and he
did not m'C her till she spoke.
so it's over at last."
chimed so perfectly with
his thoughts that he replied, "Yes; it's
all over, little girl."
"You don't mind my congratulations
by Rex E. Rench,
i' i mi lull' tRjj.iiHTBacrannTWiragnwwMMS
does It fool to be a winner?"
"I don't know. I've lost."
"KvorytliliiR-oxeont the jjold mine."
"Kvory thins except-1 nee! You
mean that slip -that you have asked
-lor slu won't?" lie never knew
ami my valleys, back to the Midas and
my work, and try to begin all over.
For a time I've wandered In strange
paths, seeking new gods, as It were,
but the dazzle has died out of, my eyes
and I can iee true again. She isn't
for mo, although I shall always love
her. I'm sorry I can't forget easily, as
some do. It's hard to look ahead and
take an Interest In things. Hut what
about you? Where shall you go?"
"I don't know. It doesn't really
matter now." The dusk hid her while,
set face, and she spoke monotonously.
"I am going to see the ltrotieo Kid. He
sent for me. He's ill."
"He's not a bad sort," .said Itoy.
"Anil I suppose he'll make a now
"Perhaps," saitl she, gazing far out
over the gloomy ocean. "It all depends-."
After a moment she added.
"What a pity that we can't all sponge
oil" the tdate and begin afresh and
"It's part of the game." said he. "I
don't know why It's so. but It Is. I'll
see you some! lines, won't IV"
"No. boy: 1 think not."
"I believe I understand." he mur
mured, "and perhaps it.'s better so."
He toil; her two soft hands In his one
good right and klsetl them. "Hod
bless you anil keep you. dear, brave lit
She Mood straight and still as he
melted Into the shndows, and only the
moonlight heard her pitiful sob and
her hopeless whiper:
"Coodby, my boy, my boy."
He wandered down beside the sea,
for his battle was not yet won, and
until he was surer of himself he could
not endure the ribaldry and rejoicing
of his fellows. A welcome lay waiting
for him In every public place, but no
one there could know the mockery of
It. no one could gauge the desolation
that was his.
The sand, wet. packed and hard as a
pavement, gave no sound to his care
less steps, and thus It was that he
came silently upon the one woman as
she stood beside the silver surf. Had
he seen her first he would have slunk
past in the landward shallows, but,
recognizing his tall form, she called
and lie came, while it seemed that bis
lungs grew suddenly constricted, as
though bound about with steel hoops.
The very pleasure of her sight pained
him. lie adtauccd eagerly, and yet
ttlth hesitation, standing sillily aloof
while his heart Haltered and his tongue
grew dumb. At last she saw his
bandages and her manner changed
abruptly. Coming closer she touched
them with caressing lingers.
"It's nothing- nothing at all," he said
while Ills voice Jumped out of all con
trol. "When are you -going away":"
"I do not know not for .some time."
He had supposed she would go to
morrow ttlth her uncle and the oilier,
to be wilh Ihem through their travail.
Willi warm impetuosity .she began:
"It ttas a noble thing you did to
day. ill. I am glad and proud."
"I prefer you to think of me in that
way, rather than as (he wild beast yo.i
saw Ibis morning, for I was mail, per
feetly mad with hatred and revenge,
ami evi ry wild impulse that comes to
a defeated man. You m-c. I had played
and lost, played and lnt. again and
again, till there was nothing left.
What mischance brought you IhereV
It tviu a terribly brutal thing, bu
you can't understand."
"I '.a I I can unilersl.iiiil. I do. I
know all aboni it now. I know the
wild rage of desperation; I know the
eMiitation r victor1.: I know what
hale and fear are now. You told me
once that I he wilderness had made oh
a savage, and I lai'ighed at It Just us
I did when you :U thai my couiact
with big things would tench me Un
truth, that we're all alike, and that
those motives me In us nil. I see now
that you were right and I ttas ver.t
simple. I learned a great deal hist
"I have learned much also," said lie
"I wish yon might teach, me more."
"I I don't think I could leach yon i
any more," she hosihtted.
lie nuiv-ed as though in speak, but i
held back and tore bis t-y away from ;
"Well?" she Inquired, gazing at him i
Once, a long time ngo, I read a
lover's petition, and ever since know- I
nig you e ,e fie constn-r
prayer I'm4 I inh-'it be ghcti the
purity to le wortlp- the g"cd In you
and that yen ni'g'it be granted the
patience to reach the good In inc. but
it's no use. Hut at least I'm glad we
have met on common ground, as It
were, and that you understand. In a
measure, '''he prayer could not be a a
nvorcd; but through it I have found
myself and I have known yon. That
last is vml!l more than a king's ran
som to me. It Is a holy thing which I
shall reverence always, and when you
go you will leave me lonely except for
"Hut I am not going." she said.
"That is unless"
Something In her voice swept his
gaze back from the shimmering cause
way that rippled seaward to the rising
moon. It brought the breath Into his
throat, and he shook as though seized
by a great fear.
"Unless you want me to."
"Oh, (?od! don't piny with me!" He
Hung out Ids hand as though to stop
her while his voice died out to a sup
plicating hoarseness. "I can't stand
"Don't you see? Won't you see?"
she asked. "I was waiting here for
"Don't nu r:i' Won't jnu sn my
the con rag.- to go to you since you
have made it so very hard for me.
my pagan." Willi which she came
close to him, looking upward Into his
face, smiling a little, shrinking a little,
yielding yet withholding, while the
moonlight made of her eyes two bot
tomless, boundless pools, dark with
loe. and brimming with the promise
of his dreams.
Telephones and Fires.
The earliest application of the tele
phone In connection with a switch
board was made at Hridgeport. Conn..
In .lune, 1S7S, where In the eagerness
of various lire companies lo arrive first
at llrcs, the men of company Xo. .",
which was next to the telephone oillce,
told the telephone operator to retpieat
his twenty-one patrons lo give the In
formation over the telephone of any
lire and to report the fact at the en
gine house. This engine was not only
the llrst at several lires. but In some
mysterious manner was fretpiently on
Its way before the alarm struck.
This reached a climax on the occa
sion or a small lire in a dwelling, which
the tire company ntloudcil wilh inul'
Ilcd bell. In response to a telephone
message, and no lire uliirm was pulled.
On their return, the engine ttas driven
by the bouse of a rival company with
bell ringing, and when the men riislie I
out with Inquiries they were told that
Hie lire had been extinguished.
After this occurrence, the chief of
the lire department gate orders that
companies should mil respond p a Hre
alarm received over a telephone, but
the Insurance agents of the i Ity .tp
pealed to the oily council, who ordered
thai all fire engine houses should be
equipped with telephones. Hrooklvn
The Feast of Yule,
ll was Pope TelesplioTus, who died
before I he year l.r0 A. !.. who Insti
tuted Christinas as a festival, though
for some time It was Irregularly held
in December. April and May." Hut
for centuries before (here had been a
feast of Yule among the northern na
tions, whose great enjoyment was in
drinking the wassail bottl or cup.
Nothing gave tlieni so much delight as
indulgence in "carousing ale," especial
l. at the MHisou of short days, when
lighting was ended. It ttas likewise
the custom al all their feasts "for the
master of Hie house to till a large botvi
or pitcher, to drink out of it llrst him
seir and then give to him that sal
next, and so it went around." This
may have been the origin of that popti
lar American custom knottn as "treat
ing." Wise- Poor Mill-roughs! He's wor
rying a great deal about debts
NetvItL Nonsense! You'll never
catch Ii I in worrying because he can't
pay his debts.
Wlse--He's not worrying about old
debts lie can't pay. but about new ones
he can't coutraet.--PhIladulphla Press.
Children and Candy.
Give children plent) of pure sugnr,
taffy and butter scotch and they'll have
little need of cod liver oil, says Dr.
Woods Hutchinson In Woman's Home
Companion. In short, sugar Is, after
meat, bread and butter, easily our
next most Important and necessary
food. You can put the matter to a
let very easily. .lust leave off the
pie. pudding or other desserts at your
I'tti-h or midday dinner. You'll be as
tonished to Mini how quickly you'll
feel "empty" again and how "iinlln
Ishcd" the meal will seem. You can't
pet any worklugman to accept a din
ner pall without pie In it. And he's
absolutely right. The only thing that
ran take the place of sugar here Is
beer or wine. It Is a slgulllcant fact
that the frpe lunch counters run In
connection with bars furnish every
imaginable thing except sweets. F.ven
the restaurants and lunch grills at
tached to saloons or bars often refuse
to serve desserts of any sort. They
know their business! The more sugar
and sweets u man takes at a meal Un
less alcohol he wants. Conversely,
J nearly every drinking man will tell
you that he has lost his taste 'or
sweets. The more candy a nation con
sumes, the less alcohol.
The Mayor of Dorlin.
One of the principal requirements of
a mayor in (Jertnany Isuuquallllcd hon
esty, for In the municipal administra
tion of Oermaiiy graft In any form
would not be tolerated. To become the
nioyor of a city Hkp Herlln the ap
plicant must have established Ids repu
'lion for elii'-teuey In governing other
(ierniau cities. His career Is carefully
scrutinized by the members of the
town council who select him, for not
only inns! he be competent and suc
cessfully pcrrm-in the duties of his high
posit inn. bin still so young as likely to
remain competent for many years, for
a mayor In Prussia Is elected for a
term of twelve years and if not re
elected after that period Is entitled to
a life pension of hair the amount of his
salary. After a service of six years
his pension Is one fourth of his salary
and after serving twenty years two
thirds. He u.'cil not necessarily be a
resident ir Herlln at the I line of his
appointment In fact, the mayor is usu
ally chosen from the residents of other
Culture In West Africa.
Culture and commerce are spreading
hi west Africa. A merchant sends u
the following letter, received from a
chief: "Dear (.'entleuiens!- I made my
Stop to the house of a certain auinblo
friend or mine for Invitation and wich
our attention highly attracted by taken
eoloquy for a few minutes. I took
a certain magazine lu reading of Some
thing. And I was pursing through
pages oter pages yours name was Sub
stantially Commeroatcd to me that
you are the best and known .Merchants
In every produce In the city of t.on
don. Therefore I have found myself
Somewhat Imclimable to pen you to
Send me your general Samples, to
gcther ttlth Catalogue, and I will soon
forwarding my remittance to .ton
promptly fote quantity of goods. Trust
lug you will mil refiisl as quick by as
possible Kvpccllug to Ilea re from .ton
again good news, - London
"You ought to. have been more tact
ful. You should have flattered hlin."
"I did Hatter him."
"Flattered hlin? Why. yon told him
he was half a fool!"
"Well, wasn't Ilial Haltering hlin?"
-, tiwtfirrwfflT::fl;rtiui..-iii.- f--' 'n - v - ""jr -
Children require the. cry jn-ntlest
and safest bowel regulator ou can
tt;ivc them. Violent purgatives are
likelv lo do more harm than crood.
And moreover, they cause unnecessary
suffering from griping and nausea.
are undoubtedly the hi-st bowel-medic inc for
children ever discovered. They assist Na
ture to renew her functions so quietly and
naturally that there is no unpleasrmtness
whatever. They cure constipation wit limit
griping or nausea, and afford immediate and
Rexall Orderlies arc pleasant tasting,
vanilla flavoied tablets, and children take
them as eagerly as they would candy.
Large Box (30 tablets), 25c.
4 Small Box (12 tablets), 10c.
The ti. B. Grice Drug Co.,
The Rexall Store.
Burned It Into Memory.
One of the most churnclcrtHtlcalr
eccentric things ever done by !.'lett
Hurgess (and one of the few I rue sto
ries of him) was to upend three or four
days lu constructing of cardboard,
mica and green velvet n tittle model
of an old New Knglnnd house, coin-
plete as to windows, curtains, lawn,
I garden, trees and even including n
I hammock with a tiny lint and summer
I novel and washing stretched out on it
1 clolheslluu on the back stoop. This
was for a dinner given to several lit-
erary friends lu New York, and when
I the coffee was served he deliberately
set lire lo the whole farm. IIIm ex
planation wits that had It been spared
his guests might have forgotten the
affair, but they would nlways rcineiu-
Iter the destruction of the bouse. No
one who ever saw the little house go
up lu smoke on its little hill of damp
moss will ever forget It.
The Misplaced Comma.
"Some lawsuits of the highest lin
portauce have hinged upon the rtghc
placing of a comma," said a Judge.
"When I llrst started to practice Inv
a Missouri editor came to me lu a peck
of trouble to defend him against a
threatened libel suit growing out of
faulty punctuation. He had not meant,
to give some Innocent young women
the slightest offense when he wrote a
story about 'two young men who went
with their girls to attend a lecture and
after they left, the girls got drunk.'
Pulling that miserable little cumurj
out of Its right place did the work. a
It made the girls Hie ones who became
Inebriated Instead of their escorts, t
managed by p-opcr diplomacy and tie
publication of a nea apology to stave
off the damage suits, and afterward
my editorial friend became an expert
on punctuation."- Mnltlniore American.
Old Noah bunted up a barrel Hlav-?
and started off for ibe stein of the ark.
"Where are you going?" asked Mr.
"I am going to whale that boy Ham,"
replied Noah, with a frown.
"Hut. my dear, the lad Is only play
ing on his banjo."
"Yes, inn, it is the Mine he Is play.
"And wha I Is he tune?"
'"Walt Till the Sun Shines, Lizzie."
OM .Nancy Doane was holed for fin
striking originality or some of her ex
pressions. One day she was talking
about the utter inanity of another old
woman lu the neighborhood, and sin?
"I never see her beat! She'll lop
down in a cheer, an" there she'll set an'
koI an' set. doin absolutely not bin' fer
hours an' hours, hv arier day. 'Pen
my soul, I sh'd think she'd mildew!"
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