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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (June 5, 1908)
. . . By . . .
HENRY WALLACE PHILLIPS "'
COPYRIGHT. IPO?. BY McCLUKE. PHILLIPS O COMPANY I
m s I - v oik on tho.mlll was push
((! iiliil in splli. of he iisiml
i i. .limit of unforeseen dclnjs ll
v;is ready for business h.v the
killer art of September. 'I lie ollidnl
opening was set for the '-'Till. Miss
iMji 1 1 !'- bliihiln.v, ::ml t tit. village of
Knlilit id was liivlli-il to :i picnic to
Im Ik lit nt tin' mill In lin'inr of I ho oc
casion It Is needless to say t'':it Hit
Kaliiioitl Strawbnard Manurncii'.riiig
oinpimy did the tiling up in shape. :
Wagons loaded wlili draw iiinl drawn
by tour luir-c toni' wont t li munil"
f tin v illago colli cling Iho gie-l-. It
Is ilnuMfti! If rulrili'lil was ever more
siirriiM-d lliiin at tlu ivuMatiou r
Iiov. much I here was f 1 1 -. il-lug the
pionouii nil of respoci in the majority,
"when she Wiis bundled," as Coil ilill.
Yon would not have hdiovoil ilial
Mlriigg'ing, lonesome InoVInz place held
so ini.ii.v people. As Ceil eonlil ill-cover
no means In tile town's resources to
pim lilt n men! for :;0fi people, it :.s
lien tsnrily u lui-Uct party, which
si ruck Mr. Saunders us being grievous
ly lilt ii Swede (rent, lie in.ide up
for it in :i meiistire ly Inning barrels
f lemonade and elder on tap at tlie
Kioimds. Miongor I leverage!. being bar
red, and I'.v hiring a ipiartet of strings
"elear from town "
Al lut'J p.isl ". on u icp!oudcut but
lull September afternoon 111" caravan
hilled ior the mill grounds, llie wom
en iliesscd in the iiumI uuploiiicky cos
tumes imaginable. ; ml the men oteii
lalloiislj at ea-e in their '-tore I'lhos.
l'i' or., one wa-i la the be-l of spirits,
! en f r tin e?;i Iteinenl mi.! i-leii-mc
'ml "' .su,'ll .V.' '.""'"'i 'J'i' '''':' ' ':
Tied Tot!(7fii luek-k!n. ,ln h"'i
kiici ..ri.i il to the inevitable on 1 only
"jincpt 1 around a Mule." :i Ced put
II, (.1 being IllnUllte.l. It W:l- plVtl.V
llvel.v 'jumping around." but perhaps
Mr. S.iiiiiders found some .itl-f:ietlo:t
in sitting pet feci l, at hi ease, st.i '.;-In-,
his dgaietto. while l'.uek juinped
st nt 1 Faiiiiold admired. And. at any
rale, Click bad logs of inn and tin:
wind of a locomotive, entry! ig Ced nil
day and willing to kick nt anything
wlilcli bothered liini when night came.
i;o wii" a splendid beiist through and
tlnoiigh, from forelock to tall tip, but
lift tinfl learned who was Ills master
mid obeyed him accordingly.
II was a live mile ride, mostly under
tin) tiluule of line old trees. The road
wound around the hills; here and there
a In'eal' in I be arbmeal bonier showed
views -f n lling country, well shaped
and pleasing, winding tip grassy slopes
In i',iove of verdur'. Of course most
of the fichness of leaf was past, yet
Wit modest gray green Rave a silvery
sheen to the laud-cape that brought it
Oiu lnembi r of the party felt thai
Mm heart was very full as he looked at
II. That was J.ottls. "Cla-t the old
ytllce!" he kept saj lug ( liimulf.
"I'.lust Its six dingy window- and the
clock al the end! Doe-u't this look
imod. Mid doesn't it smell good, dust
ami nil'.'" and then he'd howl at the
hoists In sheer e.uberanee of good
feeling, making the mild old brutes
put a better foot of It to the front.
Jttd cantered up beside hi- wajjou.
"Well, I.ettls," he said, "hciv we pi
for the opening overture with the full
stiowMli of the coiupiiiiy -we're uveal
people this day, ain't we':" And the
bli; iniiii smiled like a pleased lk boy.
"Oil, what a bully old fellow you
are!" thought I.ettls as he looked at
him. I.eiils was thinking of other
ipinlitles than llesh. but the physical
lied Kaunder on horseback was de
Hervlng ol a jinnee from anybody; the
iniiMslve limire so well ped-ed; the clear
cut, proud profile; the shapely head
.with Its clown of led pdd hair; the
"oiiHy KtiK'e of Willi by virtue of his
HtreiiKth It would be a remarkable
eiowd In which Chimin Seeehee Ced
couldn't pass for a man. Me was ev
ery Inch of that from the ground up.
Let lis had come to bow down to hhn
In adoration, with all an affectionate
boy'H worship. To tho-e eyes Ced
wan Just ilnht in every partleular;
likewise to Miss Mattle, who even
now was filling her eye with him
from behind I he vantage of a broad
brimmed straw hat.
At last the whole party dl-embarked
at the fiat before the mill and made
ready for the otlielal startini; of the
iiinihlucry. The blf? doors were thrown
open, so that the company could see
within while resting outside In the
shade, and under the cooling lutliience
of what breeze there was. The mill
,wiih ollielally started. Ced climbed
the bank to the Hume and raised the
Ifitlo The crowd cheered as the Im
prisoned waters leaped to freedom
with a hollow roar, raising In pitch as
the penstock filled and the wheels he
(jau to o. round.. , Speech was cnjled
toi. i. mi tlie igoroii-lv protesting lieu
was torced to the trmit iv hN !"in.ci
friends, Hemlli ninl Let lis. Tims be
traced bv tbo-e he triMcd. Ced made
the best of It
ens," said he.
to all eoluei-'.
geuilemcu, fellow ol 1 1-
"Ihe mill i now i-peii
We hope to make this
We bone to -ce even
thing a siicces1.
horny haiideil. Iiump 'a Led farmer tu
the country ro-In tin- les of his moc
casins inn) shove Ids plow through
twice as much gioiiud as lie ever did
before, and If be conies here with his
plunder we'll give hi .i a -piaie shako.
We'll pay him as much as we dast
and int let him In mi the ground tloor,
so he can crawl out Hiioul'Ii the coal
hole, as s sometimes done. Now, ev
er.vboil.v run away ami have a goo!
time. I- r I lioii'l lll.e to talk thN .vnppl
any nunc than .voii like tu iicar il.
K'll.i gens! U.v-by!"'
It .; a very succ,--ful plei'h.
They ''pent the afternoon in wander
lug nioiiuil in (he tc-iial picnic fashion,
developing appetites, un'M it occurred
to Cod lo liven the performance by
showing theiii Hie art of roping as
practiced upon an o'd tow found In
the woods. As a spectacle il was a
failure The combined efforts of all
(he ho'itiu!.' small boys could not make
that ow run. She tven s retched her
in k toward Ced. as though saving:
"liurr.v up with .voiir looll-huess. 1
have u cud to chew and can't stand
here idle all da v ." So Ced golloped
by and threw tin- noo-e over her head
.is an exhibition of how the thing was
done rather than how il ought to bo
done. Nevertheless picnic parlies are
not h.vpori-riticnl in llie mailer of
amusement, and the feat received
tllli e iM'oros'. The last lillle lie missed
llis i as throilll ovol'eoullliellce, wllet'e-
at the oltl cow tossed her head ami (all
In the air ami tore off itl all elephan
tine gallop, with a bawl that sounded
to Ced mightllv like derision.
"I nil m d if she ain't laughing at me!''
ho cried, l'.ut as a matter of fact It
was a hornet ami its unmistakable
sling that injected this activity into
It was all veiy pleasant lo Miss Mat
tie, as olio's lirst picnic lu many years
should be. She en joyed the crl-p green
sod. the great trees standing around,
paikllke, with the sunlight railing be
tween their shade like brilliant tat
ters of cloth of gold, while from the
near distance came (lie tiny shouting
of cool waters. They had a camp fire
at night, uiakjng the moonlight still
inoie mysterious and remote by con
trast. The quartet of strings pla.ved
for the ears of those who cared to
listen and for the legs of those who
chose to take chances on tripping their
light fantastic toes over tree roots In
lied loved music, ami he loved the
Jilght. The poelie side of his memo
ries of watching the Hipper swing
around Polaris while he snug the cows
to shop came hack lo him. In his
ii il ml he saw the vast pralilo roll on to
lutiiill.v. siiw the mountains stand out.
a world of v Idle peaks, rising from a
sea of darkness. Again he heard the
plaintive shrilling of an Indian whistle
of the song of the lad down creek,
made tuneful by the charm of dis
tance. "Having a good time, Mattle''' he
asked, w till u sin Ho.
"The best I ever had, Will," she an
swered, smiling back unsteadl'y.
l'uor lad.v ; The size of uu uccabiuu U
so many standards, whether the stand
ard be Inches oi feet or miles. Miss
Matile's events had been measured In
hundred! lis of an Inch, and it took a
good many of them to cover so small
an action as a successful picnic on a
beautiful night. ler eyes were hu
mid; her mouth smiled and drooped at
the corners alternately. Ced felt her
happiness with a keen sympathy, and,
as he looked lit her, suddenly she
changid in his eyes, .lust what the
difference was lie could not have told,
nor whether It was In her or hi him.
A sudden access of feeling, undelin
able, iiiiplaeeablo, but strong, pos
sessed him. There Is a critical tem
perature lu the life of a man, when
no amount of pressure can ever make
the more expansive emotions assume
the calmer form of friendship. There
was something In Miss Matile's eye
which had warmed Ced to thnl de
gree, but ho didn't know It. He only
knew that he wanted to sit rather tin
necessailly close beside her, ami that
I he would be sorry when II came time
1 to go home. And he was very silent.
J During the drive back to the house
j ho spoke in monosyllables; he went
straight to the barn with I.ettls afler
ward, ami made no attempt to take
the usual frank and hearty good night
"You're as glum as an oyster!" said
Lettls, when they reached their tjuat-
... ' OlJ i. t luj I Irlfr i .i.T -, ',
"l don t knew. Let; I feel kind of
(jlilet. soiin In vv."
"Sick"' tr something go wrong?"
"Ni : l.i thing of the kind. It's Just
sott t an attiuk of stillness, but I
foi I duiii good."
I.ettb- laughed. "If It wasn't yon,
Ced. Id ay you wete in lovi," he
It ii' will iho barn was dark, or l.c
would linvi -eon il change Woinle'flil
ti beliold eiitne or the ex-pnm her's
line. "'Ike lad has hit K. s!l(
to hini'i .1 in astonishment; ah ml ho
grunted "kuiih" s,. rnfitiiy. mid
aroused bine elf for an unnecessary
jel-e or IWe.
Miss Mattle had notice I Hie "nitnik
of silliness" ninl immediately tried to
fasic i il. e 1 lame upon horn-It. What
had sH. done? She couldn't iconil
an.v Hung, she lomombeioil she had
said sou. (thing about Hie wa his hair
looked with Iho moon shining o.i it.
Perhaps lu had taken offense at that.
The remark was entirely compliment
ary, but sometimes people are torn hy
iiboul such ihini."-. Still, thai was not
tin least like Cousin Will. She mini
have said or done somcthlm.'. thoti'.ii
What lould it be? Oh. vv lint a pitiful
memory that could not recollect an In
jury ilone lo one's best friend! She
tossi i anil wondered over it for a
hue-' time before at length she loll
Kid i.l-u looked Up iit the
took iici omit of sloi k. Ills
r if and
rail;.'. ;it lu the dark. "If I
"I tuns t
pi::i that oil!' he IhouIit
seem an aw I ill rough cuss to lie.-,
thoi'L'h. All right for si ntslu. but
It's lill'eidit when you come to the
othci proposition. My .lliuin.v! IM
take a bailee hi Hie moriilui.' and find
out. iinvhow!" sjiid p4 jind. eased In
i n 1 1 nl h.v Hie dci ision of action, lie too
sh'iok hands with Morpheus and ns
prc-ciiil.v (lien miii:.'
It had neer occurred to Ced Saun
dots that he was afraid of anybody.
He i veti chuckled when he got I.ettls
nil of the way wlili a plausible o.t
etlse Hie net morning. Then he
strode biiskly Into the house, his ipies
tloii on Lis lips in a plump out and out
Miss Mattle looked at him with her
slow smile. "What Is II?" she asked.
Ced swallowed his iUo.iii;i whole.
i-1 wanted a Utile hot water to
shave with." said he. Then a fury
look In Id of hhn. "What the devil
am I Ivlng like this for?" lie Hio'ight.
lie ciioi'tei hiinsell to go on and ' ay
what he had to say like a iiiau, bill
the othi r Cod Saunders refused to do
anything of the sort He look the cup
of hot water most abjectly and lied
from the house. He had to shave
thou, and In his hurry and Indignation
he turned the operation Into a clinic.
"Oil, .llmlny, look at that!" he cried as
the ta.or opened up another part ol
tlie subject. "There's a sill an Inch
long! 11 I keep on at this gait 1
won't have face enough to say good
morning, let alone what I want to
do. What -nils me? What alls me?
Why should I be senrt of the nicest
woman (Jed ever built V Now. by all
the Mormon gods. I'll po-t right Into
the house and sa.v my little my as
soon as these cuts slop bleeding"'
Cobwebs slopped the cuts, ami other
cobwebs slopped Cod Saunders, late
of the I'liantu Seoehee ranch, y."0
pounds of the very finest bone and
muscle. And the cobwebs held him,
foaming ami boiling with rage ami
disgust, calling himself all the jailer
nuns ho could think of. bill slaving i
stt idly within the safe limits or the
barn. II was a revelation lo the big
man. and lot a pleasant one. How
was ho to know that the most salient
point of his apparent cowardice was
nothing less worthy than res pet t for
the woman's security? That If he
would slop swearing long enough to
gel iit the springs of his action he
would find that he hesitated because
the new light on llie mailer made huge
hndows or the slips lu the career of
a strong, lawless, untrained but ftrely
tempted man? He knew nothing of
Hie sort, and the funniest of comedies
took place In the barn. He would
reach the sensible stage. "Pah! All
foolishnesp! t!o? Of course he'd go,
and this very minute, and have the
Ihlng done with, good or bad." He
was (pille amused at his former con
duct until lie reached the door; then
he'd skip nimbly back again, with a
hot feeling Unit somebody was watch
lug bin" although a careful Inspection
through the crack of the door revealed
Iletl discovered another thing that
afternoon, which was that the more
nervous you are the more nervous you
get. He groaned lu porfiet misery:
"Olioho! That I should have seen the
day when 1 was afraid to ask anybody
anjlhlug! What's come over me any
how? It's this darn country, I be
lieve. 'Taln't me." Then he slopped
short. "What joii saying, Cod?" he
queried. "Why don't joii own up like
a mini?" The fact that It had a funny
side struck him, ami he laughed half
lorloruly ami half in thorough enjoy
ment. He suddenly sobered down.
"Slje's worth It anyway,'' said he.
"She's the best there Is, and I ought to
feel kind of leery of the outcome.
Well, now I guess I won't sity any
thing till there's a downright good
chance I see I didn't savvy this kind
of business like I thought 1 did,
'Twoiildu'l be no kind of manners to
step up to a lady and shout, 'I'd like
to have j'ou iiiiirrj'.iuo If you feel .vou'vo
than a (i. tinman on lo'hr skates.
Your vvo'-k is gool. Cod, but It's u lit
tle lilllip.v III spots Them to left feel
botlu r ,v o.i. You're good In ,v o ir place,
bill .voti'd litter t'lilM a fence around
the place. d--n the lii'k! Sum 'e-ra
tion! I Ihitik s,(. ui ev mo. d! right,
but when it ce. ios lo more'ii that
oh. blast It. I'll just have to wall for
a real good (Inline! Now come, old
man. get Ion.- lei i o-t the ground ami
don't ro'l your eves. Take II easy li i
the chance otnes."
l.llllo be 1 new the chaii.e was com
Iiil. up the slieel .it Hull moment. He
onl.v saw Mls Mattle step out Into the
boil ol How ers. her fa e In il.iug n.i
lisitall.v pretty and ,v..nliiul under tlie
big stiau hat. ami start to i educe the
weeds in order, ssjio glanced around
as though in search ol some ihv, and
Ced fell Iniuitivcly. that the one win
"Hole's where I ought lo in I us If I
wore long paiils." sdid pe. "Now.
what's .t hlmlei me 'v m going out
I I hole ami uel a talking?" And Hit u
he sat down hastily, more disgusted
I than ever. .Mini -niot,' u. lr with
i his lis). "Voii'il lint. I. iho iilco'l. (pilot
est woui'in that cvr lived was a wild
j beast the way I act; .vcs, sir. you
! MoiiuMiuo the chance drew nearer.
I It was not a pleas-ant looking oppor
Itunilv. Us eye., lull of dread and
!ll .til 111 p epcil oil tl'oio belleiltll il
She limit cif u con ii ns mii(ii lit search
of Minn Miic.
brush of mailed hair. A lough, ropy
foam hung from Its mouth. If you
put as much of dial loam as would
go on the point of a pin in an open
cut, joii would have an cud that jour
woist enemy would shudder at, for
litis was the most horiifjing of dan
gerous ..iilmals a mail dog! Poor
bruti ! As lie came shambling down
the road he was I In grisly mask of
It was near noon, intensely Iml, am!
the street or rairfield was deserted.
No one saw the dog, and if his occa
sional rail ling, strangling howl reach
ed any en's thej wire dead to Its
meaning. He w.is unheeded until he
lurchel through the gale which Let
tis had left open, as usual, ami, spin
ning around In a elide, gave voice to
ll brought Miss Miiltlo lo her feet
ill an unknown terroi'; li In ought Ced
from the barn In a full cogniam e '
he had heard that sound before when
a mad coyote landed In a cabin full of !
ralrly strong nerved cow men and set
them screeching like hysterical wom
en before a chance shot ended him.
Cod saw the l.rule Jump toward
Miss Mattle. Instinctively his hand
flew to his hip, ami Instantly he re
membered there was nothing there.
Then with great, uneven leaps he
sprang forward. "Keep your hands
up, Mattle. and don't move'." lie
Korean od. "Let him chew the dress!
For find's sake, don't move!"
She turned her while face toward
his, and through the dimness of sight
from his straining efforts, he saw her
try to sinllo as she obeyed him lo the
letter, and without a sound. "Oh,
brave girl!" he thought and threw the
ground behind him desperately.
At twenty feet dlslance he dove like
a base runner, and his hands dosed
nround the dog's neck. Over they
went wllh the shod; of the onset, ami
before they were sllll the hands had
finished their vvoik. A clutch, and a
snap, ami It was done.
The dog lay quivering. Ced rose to
his knees, wondering at tlie humming
lu his head. His wits ciinie back lo
"Did lie bite you. Mattle?" ho cried.
Hut she had nlreadv caught his hands
nud was looking at ihem wllh a sav
age eagerness one would not have be
lieved to bo In her.
"There Is no mark," she said, slid-
! ilenlv weak.
Ho didn't touch you?"
"Answfjr me when I speak to you!"
shouted Ced, beside himself. "Hid In
She answered him, with a sob, "o."
And then his question asked itself,
and answered itself, although, again,
he did not know it. He gathered her
up In his arms kissed her like oi"j
raised from, the dead and Hvvore am)
'Ai"' 1 )Vi --Lit ' ,
tit i 1iNp3i
ti i m
pi jol ami Hi. lined (iml all in tin
sun e Incut h.
Ills old Imperious mil u iv came bade
with the relief. "li.Mv!" said he, put
ting her away for a moment. "Take
off that tl'-i ss-thnt slime on there's
enough to kill a hundred men take It
Miss Mattle slurled blindly to obey.
Hun sieppui. -Not here. Wlll-1'll ;
In the hoii'o." she mild.
"You'll take It o'T right hen unit
now." vld Cod. "and I'll burn 11 tip
on th. : pot. I'd richer have forty rat
tlesnakes nioiiuil than that stuff. Off
with il! This 1, no child's play, and
I do. ft care a d -n what the oltl ladj
nel door think' ."
MIsi Miiltlo slipped off her oilier
skirt mid stool a -c oml. confuted and
dainty. She look Might to die hotii'e.
running as llthely an a gre.v IioiiikI.
il.v jingo! ''said Cod in atliuliulloti.
"Lot's se,. you bring another woman
that can run like that!"
lie g.ithcicd some hay ami piled it
on Hit dicss, tiring the heap.
Then ho (iirneil to his antagonist
"Poor old boj! Hard luck, eh? Hut I
had to do it," ho Kiid ami gave him de
cent interineiil at the end of Hie gar
den, washed his hands caiefully ami
went into the house on plonsanter
'i',1 ask her now, by the groat liorn
spoon!" said he valiantly.
Mi's Mat Ho was in a curious state
of mind. There was an afler effort
from the fright which made her from
bio. .nid a remembrance of I'ousi.i
Will's in lions which Hindi her tremble
more ,vit When she hoard him com
ing she started to Il.v. although now
clothed bejoml reproach, but her knee
deserted her. anil she was forced lc
sink back In her chair. Cod came Ui
whistling blithely, vainglorious man!
He had his suspicions, generated by
the peculiar fervor Miss Matlio had
shown lu regaid to his hands.
".Mattle." quoth he, "I'm tired or llv
lug oil thcic in the barn. I want a
rcspoi table house of my own."
Mis. Will." replied Miss Mattle, as-tonl-hcil
Hull lie should choose sin h a
siibi it at such a time.
'(-." he continued, "and 1 want :i
wife too You often said you'd like
to il iiiclhiug for me, Matlio. .Sup
pose jmi lake the Job?"
11 w miii h of glancing ill a tiling In
mi.'- mind ;- a biautirul improbabtt
Il.v will ever make Midi a cold fact
less iistiiiils-hing? MIk Maltie eyed
him v Ith ejes Unit saw not. Speech
was sti ., i ,i from her.
Ced (aught liight. He pi lug 'r
ward ami took her hand. Couldn't
you do it, Matlio?" said he. There
Wiis a world of pleading in the lone
Miss Matlio looked up, her own holi
est self. All the Utile feminine shrink
lugs lel'l her Inline. Ilntoly.
"Ah, bill I could. Will!" she said.
I.ettls i .line up on the sloop unheard.
He slopped, thou gingerly turned ami
mad. his way back on tiploe, holding
his arms like wings.
"Will, by Ceorge!" ho murmured.
"I'll come back in a little while, when
I'M In more welcome."
lie spoke to Ced In strong reproach
thai night In Hie barn. "You uevci
told me a word, you old sinner!" said
"Toll j on the honesl truth, l.ol," re
tilled Ced eariiesHy, looking up from
drawing off a boot, "I didn't know it
mjs-eif till you told me about il."
Thej talked It all over a long time
before blowing out Hie light, but then
the Utile vv billow shut Us bright eye.
and Iho only life Iho midnight slur."
saw In I airfield was Miss Maltie, hor
elbow on the easeinenl. looking far,
far out lulo tin tranquil night anil
Voice of Experience.
"In mulling an milch to a nuigit
zlno" asked the literary tyro. "Is there
any peculiar way of arranging th;
stamps so as lo convey the Idea to the
od 1 1 or that I am an old hand?"
"You bet there Is," answered Pei
collniu. "Co sure to arrange enough
of them on Hie inside to prepay the
return postage If you expect ever to
see the article iigaln."-('hlcago Trib
A few years ago a sister of ml no
called lu to see an old lady who lived
In a little collage In Lincolnshire and
In course of conversation happened to
mention that she hnd a cold sponge
down every morning.
"Law, miss." said the old lady, "and
does your mother know?"
"Yes, certainly, and she quite tip-,
"Well." said the old lady. "Ah washes
ml fan co Ivvery tinny, an' Ah wnshen
mi neck once a week, hut Alfve nlvvei
bin washed all ovver since Ah was u
This good lady lived to the ripe old
age. of ninety-throe. Cor. London
Tho Lotus Eaters.
The race of people to whom the nniiin
"Lotus lialeis" was applied was u
Lyblan tribe, known to the Greeks a.-t
early as the time of Homer Ilcrcdn
tus describes their country and hii.vh
that a caravan route led from It to
Kgypt. The lotus .still grows there In
great abundance ii prickly shrub hear
lug a fruit of a sweet tasle, compared
by Herodotus to that of the date. It Is
still eaten by the natives, nud a kind
of wino Is made from lis Juice.
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