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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 25, 1908)
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Solomon Pratt began comical nar-
tlon of story, Introducing wrll-to-tio
fathan 8cudder of hlu town, and Edward
ran Jirunt and Martin Hartley, two rich
(tew Yorkers seeking rest. Because of
bttcr pair's lavish cxpondlturo of money,
Pratt's first Impression was connected
vlth lunatics. Tho arrival of James
Hopper, Van Brunt's valot, jjavo Pratt
ino aesirca information aoout me new
Workers. Thov wluhod to llvo what they
termed "The Natural Life." Van Brunt.
It was Warned, wan tho successful suitor
fcrL thehond of Miss Agnes Pace. Who
STOJIartley up. "Tho Heavenlles" hear
lonr storv of tho domestic woes of
Irs. Hannah Jane Purvis, their cook and
laid of all work. Dccldo to let her no
.nd engager Bol. Pratt as chef, Twlni
mireo to leavo Nato Scuddcr's abode and
begin unavailing search for another
domicile. Adventuro at Fourth of July
oelebratlon at Eastwlch. Hartley rescued
a liftv. knnnrn tin "Ilmldv." from under n.
torso's fret and tho urchin proved to be
one or hiss jt'agos cnarges, wuom sno
had taken to the country for an outing.
Miss Page and Hartley wcro separated
aurlnrc a ncrce storm, which followed tno
picnic, Out sailing later, Van Brunt,
rau ana Hopper wero wrecKcu in n
louall. Pratt landed Bafcly and a noarch
or the other two revealed an Island upon
Eriurn they were round, van Hruni ront
d It from Scuddcr and called it Ozone
And bo that's how tlioy begun to llvo
tho Natural Life, what Van called tho
accept-no-lmltatlons" kind. I sayB
'they," but I ought to have said "wo"
or I was In it I was In it over head
nd hands from that time on. I didn't
oan to be. When I Bald I wouldn't
emigrate to Horscfoot Ozone and be
'-cook" and general roustabout for tho
Heavenly Twins I was Just as certain
Z meant what I said as a body could bo.
"No," saya I.
"Yc," says Van.
w can I leavo tho Old Homo
frJfrtT' I says.
How can you lvvo us?" he says.
"But you ve mr James1."
"Yes but 3m les hasn't got us."
"But I can' ford to come," says I.
nf afford to do anything
lse," Bays ho. And that's about what
It amoHBted to I couldn't afford to do
nothing else. Tho wages kept Jumping
jmw summer lumn uiuo ui uuu ui iraiu
auction sales of "antiques." I seemed
to bo as valuable as grandmothor's
busted hair cloth sofa. If I'd hung out
long enough I cal'late the Heavonlles
-would have fixed mo bo I'd have begun
to feel 'twas a crime to die rich. I
givo in flrot; I want everybody to un;
"AH right," Bays I. "That'll do; I'll
o.- -'But I hope you'll, pay, me In .a
room. I'll bo ashamed to look
in tho face and tako that much
They said they was satisfied if I
-was. I was satisfied, all but my con
science. Made me wish I could swop
consciences with Scudder.
Nato's conscience wasn't worrying
lilm any; you can bet on that. 1
t wan'n't around when ho made the deal
for renting 'em the Island, but, from
, what I beard afterwards, tho price
would have been high f he'd been soil
ing it to 'era by tho pound to scour
"knives with. He agreed to got bedding
for 'em and tin things, and a pjg, and
crockery, and bona, and groceries, and
boards to tinkcr'up the barn with, and
anything else that might come In
liandy. Likewise ho was .to fetch and
carry for 'cm between the village and
the Island;, so much to fetch and twlco
that to carry. And Huldy Ann was to
do the washing.
When the. Twins told me" about it
you'd think they'jIUJusVpullod through
one. of hein stock "deals" of theirs,
and come out on top.
"Isn't it great?" crows Van, happy
as a clara at high wator. "We've ar
ranged It all. Everything is provided
(or and will be dono."
IveouId see two things that was go-
-to oe done Drown; out i aian't
"It's mighty good of Scudder to ac
commodato us this way," says Hart
ley. "He's a gem, a rough diamond,"
."Scudder," Bays Van, "Is ono of Na
Of course 'twa'n't nono of my funer
al; t couldn't lntorfere. But I'm a
democrat myself, so tho nobility don't
appeal to mo much, and if Nate Scud
dor's a diamond I'm glad I can't af.
The next day was a busy ono for all
bands, each in his own particular
line, Nate commenced running "ac
commodation" trains, so to speak, be
tween his bouse and the village and
Horsefoot Bar Ozone island, I should
say. As, for me, I went up tp the Old
Home' house right off, explained mat
ters to the manager and cleared out
(or my new Job. Tho Heavonliea moved
over to Ozoae that very morning. Lord
James went with 'em and tho simple
Fast as Nate would arrive in his
dory with a cargo of dunnage I'd cart
it up to the Berry house and dump it
os, the piazza. Lord James was (lying
around, with a face on him as sour as
a, cranberry pie, opening windows and
s airing rooms and sweeping out, and
the like of that. The old shebang had
beenshut up for a couple of years
and was as musty and damp aa a re
ceiving t,omb. His lordship looked like
j ij-iw-w- piuu.uvi, vuin mtiu u nuiu
r.fmvimj hw inanity.
1 i "Look'-ere, Pratt." says he to mi
-M?Qw lokf de ypu think we'ro going to
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"Whoro-?" says I, sliding a trunk and
a coal hod off my shoulders, and mop
ping my forehead with my shirt sloovo.
"Why 'ero, on this 'orrlblo Band
"You want to bo careful," says I,
"how yeu call names. This is Ozono
Horsefoot Island, and It's a branch sta
tion of Paradise Didn't you hear tho
boss Bay so?"
"But 'ow long aro wo going to stay
'ore? "ho Bays again.
"Well," says I, "when a feller gets to
Paradlso It's tho gcnornl Idea thatho's
there for keeps. What are you growl
ing about? Such a nice restful spot,
too. Don't you llko to be restful?"
He looked at- his hands, they was
all over blisters fromthe broom.
"Restful!" ho groans. "Good 'cav
ens!" "Come, James," says Hartloy, loaf
ing around tho corner, with his hands
In his pockets. "Get a move on. Wo
must have this houso In order by to
night." Tho Twins was awful busy, too.
They dono tho heavy superintending.
Hartley superintended tho houso and
piazza and Van Brunt bossed the un
loading and, trucking of tho.dunnagn
from tho dory. As foV mo, I was tho
truck. Aftor tho first day was over
I could see that all the natural living
I'd dono In my time wa'n't the real
thing at all. Not a clrcumBtanco to It
I carted dunnage all tho forenoon.
Then I cooked dinner and washed dish
es. James was going to help me wlpo
JT II nil 1st
"What's the Use of 'Er Lowering 'Erself to Marry a Man Whose Father
Got 'la Money In Trade?"
'cm, but Van's clothes had got wet
when he was adrift in the Dora Das
sett and they had to bo prossed. So
1 wiped and cleaned up and carted
more dunnage, Including stove pipe
and blankets and flour and quilts and
nails and pork and pillows and a rako
and sugar, and tho land knows whnt.
Then I cooked supper. And bow them
Paradlso tenants did eat!
"By gad, you know!" busts out Van
Brunt with his mouth full; "this is
what we've been looking for, Martin.
This is getting back to nature."
Hartley granted, bolhfe too busy with
a fried mackerel to talk with comfort
But it was easy to see ho was satisfied,'
They 'wont on, bragging about bow
good it was to qut looseTfrom the light
and worry of the Street' At last o-'
cording to Van, they realized that life
was worth living.
"No more speculation for me," ho
Bays, Joyful. "No more fretting about
marglnB. I don't give a continental if
the bottom drops out of tho market
and carries the Bides with it. I here
by solemnly swoa'r for tho fifth 'tlmo
novor to buy another sharo of stock."
Then he roaches after another half
acre elab of my Johnpy-cako. ,
Lofd James was upstairs? "in' tho
sleeping vaults sorting out bed clothos.
Tho sheets' -and blankota and things
was more, or less mixed up with Jthe
hardware and groceries. I was out
in the kitchen getting ready a second
relay of mackerel. The dining room
door was open, so I could boo and hear
"By tho way, Martin," says Van,
buttering the Johnny-cake, "how did
Agnes look? Well?"
"Yes." Bays Hartley, short
"She must have been surprised to
boo you. Did you tell her wo were
naturalized citizens, orron the road
"No? Why not?" Sho probably
thinks that we're down horo organiz
ing another syndicate. For a girl
whose mother is of the world worlds '
Agnes has dovolopod Queer Ideas. 1
supposo I ought to go over and ceo
hor," he went on. "You snld sho hnd
another girl with her. Who it Is?"
"Talford Talford? Ono of tho Now
port Talfords? Oh, I know. Pretty
Uttlo girl, dark hulr and brown eyes,
and and a way with hor?"
"I guess so. Very likely. I haven't
Van scorned to bo thinking. "I'll
go over to-morrow," ho says.
Then ho commenced to whoop for
more mackerel and 'twas tlmo for mo
to load up the plattor. I thought I'd
cooked slipper enough for six men, but
when tho Twins got through I had to
fry anothor ration for mo and Lord
JamoB. Eat! I nover boo such sharks
In my life.
When they'd finished everything on
tho table, except tho knives and forks
and tho dishes tho Heavenlles went
outstdo to smoko cigars and prom
enado up and down tho boach. His
lordship and I Bet down to have a blto
"Say," Bays I, "that Pago girl is a
good looker, nln't she?"
Ho was horrified, samo as ho always
was when you mentioned the Now
York big bugs without getting up and
"Miss Page," Bnys ho, "Is a membor
of ono of our first famllios."
"Want to know," says I. "First in
"First In everything," ho says. "Hor
father was ono of our oldest resi
dents." "So?" says I. "Oldest Inhabitant,
hoy? I supposo ho could remember
way back .aforo tho town hall was
built, and about the hard winter of
'38, and how his ma'B cousin used to
do chores for Qeorgo Washington."
I knew protty well what ho meant
but, you see, I liked to stir him up. Ho
was such an innocent critter; always
swallowed hook, lino and sinker. It
dono mo good to see him staro at me
aftor I said things liko this.
All he said now though was '"Or
rors!" "How about your boss, this Van
Brunt?" sayB I. i'Ho's another first
Tho Van Brunts wa"s oven more
"first families" than tho Pages, so the
valet said. They'd been there ever
since Now York was built. 'Twas
their ancestors that got up tho first
barn-raising, or words to that effect.
"And Hartley?" says I.
That was dltforent The Hartleys
was another breed of cats, Martin's
dad was born in Chicago or some
wheres outside of New York. Ho'd
repented of it, of courso, and tried to
llvo it down, but be novor had been
Quite tho big apples on tho top layer,
llko tho Van Brunts. He was dead
now, old man Hartley was; been dead
three or four years. " '
"How about ma?" Bays I.
Sho waB dead, too; died a year or
more ago. Martin was an orphan.
And then I cal'lated It was about
tlmo to heave out tho question that I'd
been leading up to all along. -
"What made tho Page girl cut loose
from him and tako up with Van?" I
says. "She don't look like the kind
that would be too bard on a chap Just
because bis dad made the mistake of
being bora out of township limits."
Lord James fidgeted some over that.
First ho said bo didn't know.
"Well," says I, "let's guess then.
Guessing's a good Yankeo trick and
you'd oughj. to have picked it up by
this time. You guesB first"
He didn't want to guess, but I kept
at him, throwing. out all sorts 6t fool
ish maybos and perhapscs. Flnally,ho
got tired Of saying "No."
"Oh, I don't know," says he. "I 'eard
as 'ow 'twas because 'o was too mer
cenary. 'E was an awful chapn the
Street after 'Is old man died. 'E war
there night and day. 'Ardiy camo 'omi
"Humph!" says I. "I'd neyor sua
plcloned it to look at him. W'n't In
doing well at bis Job?"
Lord James said It wa'n't that. Sal
' e was doing mighty well. Folks wo
calling him n "born financier" nnd alt
sorts of names.
"So?" ssj-b I. "Thon I don't soe that
Miss Pago had any complaints, 'Taln't
usual for a young woman to kick be
cause her steady company Is making
too much money. There's somothlng
else. Out with It I'll keep my mouth
So thenho told mo a little much as
ho know, I guess likely. Seems that
he wns acquainted with tho feller they
cnll tho butlor sort of a steward, I
Judged ho wns over at tho Pngo girl's
house, And this butler was sweet on
tho "maid" tho young woman valet
who took caro 6f Agnes' duds nnd
Bpare rigging. And ono night this maid
happened to bo inthe "conservatory"
which I presumed llkoly was the
high-toned name for tho prcsorvo clos-
ret and MIsb Pago and Hartloy was In
tho setting room. And Agnes was
laying into Martin for staying down
town nnd neglecting hor.
Tho mnld said sho could hear only
'part of tho talk, but 'twa3 moro thnn
avorago Bharp nnd vinegary. Agnes
told Martin ho was getting moro mer
cenary every day ho lived. That all
he thought of was tho offlco and ma
king monoy. Sho detested a mercen
ary, hard, monoy-grnsplug man. Bald
money-loving waB tho worst vlco thoro
was, and bIio thanked God she had
nono of It, meaning vlco, of course
sho hnd money enough to sink a ship.
Then Martin he speaks up proud and
short and says ho has boon working
hard nnd had been trying to make )
money, said ho had a good reason for
It, nnd same day ho would tell hor
what It was. Sho said ho could toll her
now or hang Ills May-baskets on some
body else's door or words to that of
feet. Ho says "Very well," and sho
Bays somothlng else, but tho maid
didn't hear It becauso Just then old
lady Pago come In and glvo her her
walking papers for listening.
"And so," says Lord James, "tho en
gagement was broko off. And a good
thing, too, I Bay. W'ats tho use of 'or
lowering 'orsolf to marry a mnn whoso
father got 'Is monoy In trado?"
"How did Van's dad get hlB money?"
"By ln'orltnnco," BnyB ho. "Of courso
Mr. Edward dabbles In shares, but,
Lord love you, only for tho fun of It"
"How was tho Inheritance come by
in tho first place?" says I. Ho didn't
know, but I found out afterwards.
Grandpa Van Brunt was an alderman.
Tho Twins como back Into tho house
then. They como in Blapplug and
jawing. I Judged that tho mosquitoes
was living the Natural Llfo too. The
Heavenlles set down on each sldo of
the flreplaco I Jiad a wood flro going,
Just for soclabloness and smoked
By and by Van rummages out that
Natural book and spreads it open.
"Martin," sayB ho, "hark to tho
voice of tho oracle. Come in hero,
Bkipper, and improve your mind."
But mo and hid lordship was im
proving the dishes Justnthen, and,
when that was done, he had beds to
mako and I had broad to mix and fires
to lay and wood to chop nnd a couplo
of million other chores to do. Tho
Twins read and talked until they got
sleepy, which was about halt past nlno
or so; earlier than usual, but neither
of 'em had rested well the night nforo,
I guess. Anyhow, they went upstairs
to turn in and I kept on with my work.
Lord James turned in too. Ho had tho
back bedroom, the one over tho
jTwas still as still could be. The
door and windows was open and there
wa'n't a sound except tho mosquitoes
humming gkd and thankful, and tho
breezo whining in tho pines outside
and tho waves moaning alopg the bay
Bhore of the Island. Onco In awhile I'd
hear his lordship thrash over in bod
and fetch a grunt or a groan In bis
sleep. ' He had one of tho' Into Mar
collus' cornhuBk mattresses, and I
wouldn't wonder if thcro was a cob
end or two in with the huska. A rako
across the back from a corn cob ain't
tho most comforting thing in tho world
even when a feller is used to it, and
Lord James had been brought up
Protty soon I went to tho back door
to throw out somo fish bones and
things and thon I" heard somebody
tramping through the sand up to tho
house. Neighbors are scarcer than'
snake's flngor-nallB 'round Horsefoot
Ozono and I couldn't think who was
coming at this tlmo of night I ain't
a nervous chap, generally speaking,
but I remember how old Marcellus had
died in this very houso all sole alone,
nnd the short hairs at tho back of my
nock lftgun to bristle up. I cal'lated
If anything would fetch a sot old cod
ger like Marcollus out of bis grave,
tho doings of the Heayenljes was that
But in a minute moro the walker got
into tho light from tho door and I
could see him. And I was 'most as
much surprised as if he had been Mar
collus himself. 'Twas Nato Scudd6r,
with his arms full qf bundles.
(TO BE CONTINUED')
"Why did you hit that' boy when he
waB down?" asked tho gray-bearded
man "Don't you know that was a
cowardly thing to do?" s
"It wasn't cowardly; it was just pru
dent,1'' replied tho boy who had deliv
ered the blow. "Ho was down because
ho slipped, and I was afraid he might
not step in tho aamo place again If I
let him got up."
Old Lady (who had given the tramp
a nickel) rNow, what will ypu do with
Hungry Hobo Waal, yo Bee mum,
?f I buy an auto, thoro ain't enough
'off to hire a sbofur. So I guess I'll
;ot a schooner. I kin handle .that me
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THE costumo at tho left Is violet satin finished cloth, Tho blouse is trimmed
in an odd wny with bands of tho material, buttons and Btraps of cord.
The plnstron and sash nro of black llborty, tho latter knotted low in front
with fringed ends.
Tho wrist ruflles and those on tho blouso nro of laco, as Is also tho little
gulmpe. Tho plain skirt Is simply finished at tho bottom with rows of stitch
ing. Groon volvot is usod for tho other costumo. Tho blouse, with lappod
tailor seams, crossed slightly in front whero it 1b ornamented with passomen
torlo buttons. Tho wldo rovers nro also ornamented with these buttons and
with motifs of passementerie. The crossed waistcoat is of tan-colorod satin,
trimmed with cord and embroidered dots. Tho chomlsotte is of dotted tullo,
the glrdlo Is of green liberty. Tho long sleeves and tho.Bklrt are trlmmod to
correspond with tho blouso.
PARTY DRESS OF VELVETEEN.
Rich Costume Designed for Girt of
from Fourteen to Sixteen Years.
There are so many beautiful shades
In velveteen that it Is difficult to
know which to select; the skirt of
this Is quite plain; it is a circular
shape. The velveteen Is arranged in
one deep fold over each shoulder, and
mailer folds form tho sloeve. Who
vest Is of finely tucked soft silk and
Insertion, and tho under-slcoves aro
the same; tho waist-band Is shaped
and cut in scallops In tho front, but
Materials required: 10 yards velve
teen, 0 yards Insertion, 1 yard silk,
30 Inches wide.
The Smart 8carfs.
r Just at tho present momont the"
silks bolng used for the manufacture
of the smartest scarfs have patterns
which would seem to owe their In
spiration to various pbasos of nature
Fruits and flowers figure very largely
In tho designs now as do. all sorts of
flowering plants and vines. Tho new
est scarfs of this type show another
phase of nature in their design. They
have round balls of color suggesting
suns crossed by fleecy clouds. As tho
majority of thoao scarfs are mado of
gray brocade, the cloud effect is per
fectly apparent. One had red "nans,"
while dark blues and browns also ap
pear in some of tho patterns.
The Little Bertha.
All sorts of berthas aro used for
trimming the draped, bodies of crepe,
voile and chiffon cloth gowns. Somo
times these berthas aro of broadcloth
io a matching tono and embroidered in
self-colored silks. Again they are of
coarse net soutached, embroidered or
appllqued in self or contrasting colors;
but in nearly evory Instance they are
shaped like the erstwhllo popular
Jumper the shouldor straps terminat
ing Just bolow the bust lino and at
the top extending out oyer the sleeve,
To accompany these berthas there' are
bandings to finish the slopveand nar
row edgos to finish the collar.
ROSES'ON ALL WINTER HATS.
Of Every Color and Hue, and the
Larger the Better.
Roses of every color and huo, big as
cabbages, are smart on winter hats. It
Ib tho color that takes. Of courso a
luxuriant big rose, though of satin and
Bilk and in tho shades of pink novor to
bo soen on a real flower, helps to en
liven tho feelings. A rose hat makes
one feel positively young, and young
faces moro thnn over like flowers
' The ribbon roses which adorn a
dressy hat just from Paris aro made
of many shades of pink satin ribbon In
ono Instance, and in another of curious
Bhadea of dead white and 'greeny whlto
to look llko q brldo roso,
It may seem folly to'pay four dollars
for a single artificial roso, yet that is
what fashion Is doing, and the ribbon .
roses cost as much If not moro.
"Tho koynoto of tho year Is Bimplo
elegance," said tho milliner as she
carefully extricated a large hat to fit
on my head for tho recoption. Slmplo
Truly it looVed bo, It was a turban,
rathor largo, :ad ovor tho mallne
finished frnmo was folded a point laco
scarf with Uttlo ermine and sable
tails rounding tho crown. A narrow
twist of vloux bleu supplo ribbon gavo
tho color note that was all. Other tur
bansthe coming hats wore as bu
porb in Bcarfa of ottoman silk in rich
1 Cretonne Bed 8preads.
Tho renewal of things Colonial has
brought about tho fashion for bed
spreads of old world chintz. These
substitute tho spreads of Marseilles.
They hang nearly to the floor, aro
slashod to fit tho two lower posts, and
aro edged with thrcolnch linon laco.
Thero Is an oblong pleco mado to
match for tho plllowB. It is always
bettor to uso what Is known as day
pillows under this. Thoy aro ntuffod
with a hard substanco and mado td
stand firm and full.
Fancy muffs will bo a fad of tho.
season, and In them there is a chanco
for employing all tho cleverness in
design and needlework that a woman
possesses. In a muff brocado and
feathers may bo most charmingly
combined, and a nockpieco to match,
may bo ovolved. Black velvet, with;
black ostrich tips can be worked to
gether with astonishingly artistic re
sults, whllo artificial flowers, either
as a substitute or in combination, are
The Turnover Back.
Tho vory stiff linen collar has fallon
Into disrepute excopt for business
wear. Softer neck effects are consld
orod desirable, and the sheer, embroid
ered turnovers are being worn again
in combination with fluffy, Jabots, rabat
ties and tasselod silk or velvet era- v
vats. Worn thus, the turnovor, of
courso, fastens is front llko a linen
collar, and the edges are held neatly
together by a fancy brooch.
Silk Skirt; Cloth Coat.
Among the best of the new cos
tumes is seen the combination of
Ottoman silk and liberty broadcloth.
The skirt la of silk, lonsf.flnwin ud
untrlramedr Tho coat is also loBti iF .
ftf ilia Slltf K nn1 nminllii lines tAuAlHI - . i
I of silk,
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