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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 8, 1921)
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
A Man for the
CHAPTER XI Continued.
Onu evening, of tlint Biitnnicr, Abe
mine out to tlio Trnylors' with u let
ter In IiIh lint for Sarah.
"How's business?" Samson asked.
"tJoliig to peter out, I reckon," Alio
nhnwerod with n sorrowful look. "It
will leave inc badly In debt. I want
ed something that would Rive me n
chance for study mid I not It. lty
Jlngl It lookH an If I waa going to
have years of study trying to got over
it. Have you got any work to give
inn? You know I can split rails about
us fast ns the next man und I'll take
my iiy In wheat or corn."
"You may give iiic nil the time you
mil spend outside the store," said
That evening they linil n talk about
the ulilsly business and Its relation to
the character of Kllphalct lllggs and
to sunifry Infractions of law and order
In their community. Samson had de
clared that It was wrong to bell
"All that kind of thing enn he safe
ly left to the common sense of our
IHjopyV said Abe. "Tlio remedy Is
education, not revolution. Slowly the
people will hnvo to vet down all the
Items in the ledger of common sense
that passes from sire to son. Hy and
by some generation will strike a hnl
unco. That may not come In a hun
dred years. Soon or late the major
ity of the people will reach a reckon
ing with John Uarleycoin. If there's
too much ngulribt him they will act.
You might as well try to stop a gla
cier by building a dam In front of It.
'J'hoy have opened an account with
Klaxery, too. Hy and by they'll de
cide Its fate."
Such was his faith In the common
folk of America whose way of learn
ing and whose love of the right lie
hnow as no man has known It.
In this connection the New Eng
lander wrote In his diary:
1 "lie has spent his boyhood In the
South and his young manhood In the
North. He hns studied the Hast and
Jived in the West. He Is the people
2 fcomotlmes think and about as slow
to make up his mind. As Isalnh says :
'He does not Judge after the sight of
his eyes neither reprove after the heat
ing of his ears.' Abe has to think
In April Abe wrote another address
to the voters announcing that he was
again n candidate for a seat In the
legislature. Late that mouth Harry
walked with him to Puppsvlllc where
n crowd had assembled to attend a
liubllc snle. At one phico thcro were
men In the crowd who knew Hurry's
record In the war. They called on
liltu for n speech. He spoke on tlio
need of the means of transportation
In Sangamon county with such Insight
and dignity mid convincing candor
that both Abe and the nudlcnco hailed
lilm as n coming mnn. Abu and he
were often j,oon together those days.
In New Salem they were called tho
disappointed lovers. It was known
there that Abe was very fond of Ann
Ilutledge, although he had not. as yet,
opeidy confessed to any one not even
to Ann there being no show of hope
for him. Ann was deeply In love with
John McNeil the genial, hnndsomo
niul successful young Irishman. The
affair had reached tho stage of frank-
.the Girl Wept as If Her Heart Would
ness, of nn open discussion of plnns
of fond affection expressing itself In
caresses qulto Indifferent to ridicule.
For Ann It hnd been llko warm sun
light on the growing rose. She was
neater In dress, lovelier In form and
color, moro graceful In movement and
Bweeter-volced than ever she had been.
It Is the old way thnt Naturo has of
preparing the young to come out upon
jtie stage of real llfo and to act In Its
moving scenes. Abo manfully gave
Iliem hie best wishes and when ho
tpnV at Jma It wax dono very tcn -
of the Builders of Democracy
dorly. The Jook of sadness, which nil
had notud In his moments of abstrac
tion, deepened and often covered his
fnco with its veil. Thnt Ib another'
way that Nature hns of preparing the
young. For these the roses hnvo fallen
and only tho thorns remain. They
are not lured ; they seem to be driven
to their tasks, but for all, soon or
lute, her method changes.
On n beautiful morning of June,
l&M, John McNeil loft tho village.
Abu Lincoln mid Harry and Samson
and Sarah and Jack Kelso und his
wife stood with the Kutlodgcs In the
doorynrd of the tavern when ho rode
away. He was going hnck to his
home In tlfo Fast to return In the au
tumn and make Ann his bride. The
girl wept ns If her heart would break
when he turned far down the road
and waved his luil to her.
"(Jh, my pretty hiss I Do you not
hear the birds staging In the mead
ows?" said Jack KeJso. "Think of
the happiness all around you and of
the greater happiness that Is coming
when he returns. Shame on you I"
"I'm afraid he'll never como back,"
"Nonsense! Don't get n maggot In
your brain and let the crows go walk
ing over your face. Come, we'll take
a ride In the meadows and If I don't
bring you hack laughing you may call
me no prophet."
So the event passed.
Harry traveled about with Abe a
good deal that summer, "electioneer
ing," as they called It, from farm to
fat m. Abe used to go Into the Holds,
with tho men whose favor he sought,
nnd bend Ids long hack over n scythe
or a crndle and race them playfully
across tlio Held of grain cutting a
wider swath than any other and al
ways holding the lend. Kvery man
was out of breath at the end of his
swath and needed n few minutes for
recuperation. That gave Abe n chance
for his statement of the county's needs
and his plan of satisfying them. He
had met nnd talked with a majority
of the voters before tho campaign
ended In his election In August.
At odd times thnt summer he had
been surveying a 'new road with Har
ry Needles for his helper. In Sep
tember they resumed their work upon
it In the vicinity of New Salem and
Abe began to carry tho letters In his
lint again. Kvery day Ann was look
ing for him us he enme by In tho dim
light of tho early morning on his way
"Anything for me?" she would ask.
"No mnll In since I Bnw you, Ann,"
was the usual answer.
Often ho would say: "I'm nfrnld
not, but here you tnko these letters
and look through 'cm and make sure."
Ann would take them In her hands,
trembling with engerness, nnd run In
doors to the candlelight, and look them
over. Always she enmo back with the
little bundle of letters very Blowly
as If her disappointment were a heavy
"There'll be one next mnll If I hnvo
to write It myself," Abo said one
morning In October ns he went on.
To Hnrry Needles, who was with
him that morning, he said:
"I wonder why thnt fellow don't
write to Ann. I couldn't believe thnt
he hns been fooling her, but now I
don't know what to think of him. I
wonder what has hnppcned to the
The mnll stngo wns Into thnt eve
ning. As It had not come at nine Mr.
Hill went home and left Ahc In the
store to wait for his mall. The stage
arrived a few minutes luter. Abo ex
amined the little bundle of letters and
newspapers which the driver had left
with hlrri. Then he took n paper and
sat down to rend In the llrcllght.
While he wns thus engaged tho door
opened softly and Ann ltutledgo en
tered. The postmaster was not aware
of her presence until she touched his
"Plense give mo n letter," she snld.
"Sit down, Ann," said he, very gent
ly, ns ho placed a chulr In tho lire
glow. She toolc It, turning toward htm
with n look of fear nnd hope. Then
"I'm sorry, but the truth Is It didn't
come. It Is terrible, Anp, thnt I have
to help In tills hreuking of your henrt
thnt Is going on. I seem to be tho
hend of the hammer that hits you so
hnrd, but the handlo Is In other hands.
Honestly, Ann, I wish I could do the
suffering for you every bit of It and
give your poor heart a rest. Hasn't
he written you this summer?"
"Not since July tenth," sho an
swered. Then she confided to Abe'
that her lover told her before he went
away that his name wns not McNeil
but McNnmnr; that ho had changed
his name to keep clear of his family
until he had made a success; that
ho hnd gone Knst to get his father
and mother and bring them back with
him; Instly sho enmo to tho thing
thnt worried her moot tho suspicion
of her father nnd mother thnt John
was not honest. "They say that he
probably hnd n wife when ho came
hero that that Is why ho don't write
1 Then after a little sllnnro she plead
. Tnrtn nehMlT j
ed: "You don't think that, do you,
"No," said the latter, giving her
the advantage of every doubt. "John
did a foolish th I raj, but we must not
condemn him without a knowledge of
the facts. The young often do foolish
things nnd sickness would account for
his silence. You go home and go to
sleep nnd stop worrying, Ann. You'll
got that letter one of these dnys."
A day or two Inter Abo nnd Hnrry
went to Springfield. Their renson for
the trip lay In a talk between the post
master nnd Jack Kelso the night be
fore ns they Bnt by tho lattcr's lire
side. "I've been living where there wns
no one to find fault with my pnrts of
speech or with tho pnrts of my legs
which were not decently covered,"
said Abe. "The sock district of my
person has been without representa
tion In tho leglslnturu of my Intellect
up to Its Inst session. Then we got n
bill through for locnl Improvements
nnd the governor hns npproved the
npproprlntlon. Suddenly we discov
ered that thcro wis no money In the
treasury. But Snmson Trnylor hns
offered to buy nn Issue of bonds of
tho amount of fifteen dollars."
"I'm glnd to henr yoti declare In
favor of 'extcrnnl Improvements," said
Kelso. "We've nil been too much nb
sorbed by Internal Improvements.
You're on the right trail, Abe. You've
The Jew Pointed to His Signboard.
been thinking of the public enr nnd
too little of the public eye. We muBt
show some respect for both."
"Sometimes I think thnt comely
dress ought to go with comely dic
tion," snld Abe. "But Hint's a thing
you enn't learn In books. There's no
grnmmnrlnn of tho language of dress.
Then I'm so big and awkward. It's
a rather hopolcss problem."
"You're In good company," Kelso
assured him. "Nature guards her best
men with some sort of singularity,
not attractive to others. Often she
mnkes them odious with conceit or
deformity or dumbness or gnrrullty.
Dante wns such a poor tnlkcr that
no one would ever nsk him to dinner.
If It had not been so I presume his
muse would -have been sadly crippled
by Indigestion. If you hnd been n
good dancer nnd a Indy's favorite, I
wonder if you would hnvo studied
Klrkham nnd Burns nndShnkespeare
and Blnckstone nnd Stnrkle, nnd the
science of surveying nnd been elected
to the legislature. I wonder If you
could even have whipped Jack Arm
strong." "Or have enjoyed the friendship of
Bill Berry nnd ncqulred a nntlonal
debt, or have Mivrd my Jmperllod
country In the-war with Black Hawk,"
In the nmtter of dress the postmas
ter had great confidence In the taRte
nnd knowledge of his young friend,
Hnrry Needles, whoso neat appear
once Abo regnrded with serious ad
miration. So he nsked Hnrry to go
with him on his new mission and help
to choose the goods and direct the
tailoring, for It seemed to him n high
ly Important enterprise.
"Our appropriation In only fifteen
dollars," Mild Abe ns they enmo In
sight of "the big vlllnge" on a warm
bright day Into In October. "Of course,
I enn't expect to make myself look
llko tho President of the United
States with such a sum, hut I want to
look llko n respectable citizen of the
United Stntes, If thnt Is possible. I'll
give tho old Abo nnd fifteen dollnrs
to boot for a new one nnd we'll see
what comes of It."
Springfield hnd been rapidly chang
ing. It wns still small mid crude, hut
somo of tho best standards of civiliza
tion had been set up In that commun
ity. Families of wealth nnd culture
In the Fast had sent their sons and
a elmre of their cnpltnl to this little
metropolis of tho land of plenty to go
Into business. Handsome, well-groomed
5fv JiNIEmffiumllifi l'M ',
sV& tHjMfXulAJuBL LI 7 ) ' ts
Jilln TtlilJIHIIfiil'KI - i a '
f horse hi silver-mounted ha rue
drawing carriages thnt shone "so joii
could see your face In them," to quote
from Abe again, were on Its streets.
The two New Salem men Btoppod
and studied a big sign In front of n
large store on which this announce
ment hnd been lettered:
"Cloths, cnsslnettes, casslmeres, vel
vet silks, satins, Marseilles waistcoat
lug, line, calf boots, seal and morocco
pump's for gentlemen, crepe llsse, lace
veils. Thibet shuwls, flue prunella
"Heads flko a foreign Inngunge to
me," said Abe. "How would you like
u little Marseilles wnlstcoattng?"
Suddenly a man touched his shoul.
dor with u hearty "Howdy, Abo?"
It was Fll, "the Wandering Jew,"
as he had been wont to call himself
In the days when he carried a pack
on the road through Peter's Bluff und
Clary's Grove 'nnd New Suletn to
Beurdstown and buck.
"DIs Is my store," snld Ell.
"Your store I" Abe exclaimed.
"Yu, look at de sign."
The Jew pointed to his slgn-boardr
some fifty feet long under the cornice
on which they read the legend:
"Ell Fredenberg's Emporium."
Abe looked him over from head to
foot und exclaimed:
"My conscience I You look as If you
had been fixed up to be sold to the
The hairy, dusty, bow-legged, thrend
bnre peddler had been touched by
some miraculous hand. The lavish
hand of the West had showered her
favors on him. They resembled In
some degree the barbaric pearl nnd
gold of the East. He glowed with
prosperity. Diamonds nnd milled lin
en nnd Scotch pluld nnd red silk on
his neck and n blue band on his hut
and u smooth-shorn face and perfum
ery were the glittering details that
surrounded the person of Ell.
"Come In," urged the genlnl pro
prietor of the Emporium. "1 vould like
to show you my goots und Introduce
you to my bruddur."
In the men's department nfter much
thoughtful discussion they decided up
on n suit of blue Jeans that being
the only giods which, In view of tho
amount of cloth required, came with
in the appropriation. Ell advised
"You nro like Ell already," he said.
"You hnf got de pnek off your back.
Look tit me. Don't you hear my clothes
"They are very eloquent," snld Abe.
"Veil, dey make n speech. Dey sny
'Ell Fredenberg he Is no more a poor
devil. You cannot sneeze nt him once
again. Nefer. He has climb do lad
der up.' Now you let me sell you
somet'lng vut makes a good speech
"If you let me dictate the speech
I'll agree," snld Abe.
"Veil vat Is It?" Ell asked.
"I would like my clothes to sny In
n low tono of voice: 'This Is humble
Abraham Lincoln, about the same
length and breadth that I nm. He
don't want to scare or astonish any
body. He don't want to look like a
beggar or a millionaire. Just put hlin
down for a hard-working man of good
Intentions who Is bndly in debt.' "
Thnt ended till argument. The suit
of blue Jeans wns ordered and the
mensTires taken. As they were about
to go Ell snld:
"I forgot to tell you dot I hnf seen
Blm Kelso de odder dny In St. Louis.
I huf seen her on de street. She has
been llko n queen so grand 1 De tint
nnd gown from Paris und she vnlk so
proud 1 But she look not so happy
llko she usit to be. I speak "to her.
Oh my, she vns glad nnd so surprised !
She tolt me dot she vould like to como
for u visit but her husband he doel
not vnnt her to go dere nefer ngnln.
My Jobber huf tolt me dot Mr. Biggs
Is gtt drunk efery dny. Blm she t'luk
de plnce no good."
"Poor child!" said Abe. "I'm nfrnld
she's In trouble. Her parents have beT
gun to suspect that something Is
wrong. They hnve never leen Invited
to go down there und visit the girl.
I reckon we'd better sny nothing to
any onu of what we huve heard, at
They reached New Snlem In th
middle of the night and went Into Unt
ied go's barn and lay down on the
haymow between two buffulo hides un
(TO HE CONTINUED.)
USED SYSTEM OF HIS OWN
Professor Refused to Allow Proper
Spelling to Weigh at All Heavily
Of course "enough'' spells "miff" and
yet "calf" Is not spelled "caugh,"
School boys, seasoned business men,
not to mention school teachers, often
tlnd the spelling of the English Inn
gunge a bit troublesome. But here Is
a oue-tiiiut university professor and
now eminent scientist who not only
admits that spelling "gets him rattled,'
but goes so far as to Invent his own
form of spelling, which exnetly follows
out tho sound of the word.
Hence we tlnd such sentences as
these In u recently Issued vulumo by
tho anthropological department of the
university museum :
"Hlz hulr wuz stil black."
"The two rltlngs when they wer don,
ov course wer not alike."
"Some paragrafs ov hlz own wef
"I sny az nearly az possible be
The nuthnr of tho volume, which U
tho translation of a legend of the
Kerchl Indians of (untemula, Is Rob
ert Burkltt, an Englishman.
To Mnko a Cashmere Shawl.
It takes three men six months to
make a cnhmere shawl, which re-
loulrcs tau gouts' deuces.
(, 1821, Western Newspaper Union.)
In Hio grammar of llfo "tho great
verlm are "to bo" anil "to do."
Do you know what fairy palaces you
may build with good thoughts?
HOT WEATHER BREAKFASTS.
During the sultry days of tnulsum
tner, which often last way Into Sep
tember, u light
breakfast Is the
melons of alt
kinds maku a
beginning for1 the
with pouches, grapes, plums and other
A dish of plums or grapes with their
own foliage for n breakfast tablu center-piece
Is especially attractive.
The hare table with simple dollies
or runners of the blue and white Jap
unese cloth with a breakfast set of
blue is a cool and restTuI sight on a
hot morning, especially with such u
centerpiece of fruit.
A common practice -In many hotels,
and often In jhe home. Is to serve
cnnteloupe or . muskmelons cut In
halves, and tho centers tilled with Ice. i
The delicious liavor of the fruit Is '
thus destroyed. The fruit should be
kept on Ice long enough to be well
chilled, for It Is most undesirable oth
erwise. A dish of cerenl (If one Is fond of
the uncooked variety) may be a differ
ent one every morning. However, most
of us prefer a good dish of cooked oat
meal, cream of wheat, or graham
mush onco In n while for vnriety.
An ordinary custard pie will liecome
n speclnl dish If u cupful of minced
black walnut meats are added Just-
beforo going Into the oven. A few
inarshmallows on top will make a
pleasant tlavor. Any meringue will
be more attractive If a half dozen
ninrshmallows are placed on top Just
as the pie goes In for Its browning.
There are often mornings when a
wnllle or griddle cake will bo enjoyed.
Sour milk Is much better for the cakes
than sweet. Bent two or three eggs,
separating the whites from the yolks,
add n cupful of sour milk, one-hnlf
teaspoonful of soda, a little melted
shortening, and Just Hour enough to
make n smooth, rather thin batter.
Cook on wnllle Iron or on n griddle.
A slice or two of bacon or .silvers
of broiled ham with toast and .nn egg.
If desired, n cup of coffee or milk, with
or without n cooky or doughnut, mnkes
n very satisfactory menl for the nver
Tho pleasures of tho tnblo may be
enjoyed, In every cllmato at nil ages,
nnd by all conditions of men. Drlllat
Savurln. It Is a greater compliment to be
trusted than to bo loved.
A housekeeper who hates bed-making
starts her victrola playing the quick,
liveliest tunes she has
and keeps, time" to the
music In her work. Sho
forgets the drudgery and
the work Is done In hnlf
the time It ordinarily
takes. Even her laun
dress works faster and
Is happier while the mu
sic Is honed. This Is recommended to
keep laundresses happy.
When the screw tops on cans refuse
to yield to ordinary twisting try a
piece of sandpaper under the hand.
Another use for sandpaper Is to
place a piece, rough side down, on the
zinc top of the table to hold the meat
grinder llnnly to the table.
Use tlio pie racks for carrying pies
when picnicking. Slip the racks Into
n pall which will be needed for water.
When straightening the hem of linen
In making table linen, save all the
threads drawn to use for darning. Tlio
same thread makes the mended piece
Melt up the small pieces of toilet
soap and pour Into a mold. Such n
cake may he used for toilet purposes,
saving several new cakes.
To brighten tho llreplnce brick,
scrub with ioi soap suds then apply
n coat of hot boiled oil. The oil tills
tho pores of tfie brick and the dust
nnd ushes do not settle hi them.
An iilurin clock Is a handy memory
Jogger for a busy day. Set It for look
ing In the oven, putting on tho vege
tables and In many other ways It will
be found to be helpful. When giving
medicine to one who Is 111 It Is a valu
Watermelon Balls. Tills is one of
the prettiest of preserves and one
which will be n delight to use ns n
gnrnlsh In various desserts. Use the
llrm pink part of tlio melon nnd scoop
out the bnlls with a potato scoop. Soak
these over night In it weak ilium water,
allowing an ounco of alum to n gallon
of water. Pour till the wafer In the
morning, weigh the fruit and allow
three-fourths nsuch sugar ns fruit,
ono thinly sliced ' lemon, the slices
qunrtered, to oucjh pound of fruit and
ono ounco of ginger root to every three
pounds. Cook, with Just enough water
to melt the sugur, adding more, If
Ihero Is not-tdrup enough to cover the
fruit. Cook until clear, then boll down
the sirup until thick. Can In Jars and
MERCHANT TELLS OF
A REMARKABLE CASE
Writing from Mnxey's, On., A. J.
Glllen, proprietor of n Inrge depart
ment store at that place, says:
"I have u customer here who wns In
bed for three years and did not go to
n meal nt tiny time. She hnd live phy
sicians and they gave her out. One
bottle of Tnnhic got her up, on tho
second bottle she commenced keeping
house und ouNthc third she did nil tho
cooking und housework for n family
This sounds really Incredible, but It
comes unsolicited from n highly cred
ltuble source und Is copied verbutlm
from the letter.
TnnJac Is sold by fending druggist
Wooden blocks, four to six Inches
In cubic dimensions, arc used ns cle
incuts In a game of lawn dice ln
troduced by u western sportsman snys
Popular Mechanics Mngnzlne. As the
blocks tiro fnlrly heavy, and nr
pitched somewhat tho snme us bow
Itig bjills, considerable exercise Is nf
forded. Scoring Is the snme ns In the
ordinary gnmt. It Is said thnt the
game Is becoming very popular on tho
Important to Mothers
Examine carefully every bottlo ot
CASTOltlA. thnt famous old remedy
for Infants and children, and see thnt It
In Use for Over 30 Years.
Children Cry for Fletcher's Castoria
Not Exactly Reassuring.
"Thcro Is no doubt about It, my
friend, we'll have to operate on you,"
the doctor said cheerfully.
"Operate!" the patient exclnlmed.
"Great Scott, doctor, I've no money for
"Hum! Well you'ro Insured, aren't
"Yes, but I enn't realize on thnt un
til nfter I'm dead It goes to my es
tate." "Oh, that's all right, my dour fol
low," the doctor said, again smiling
cheerfully. "That's perfectly nil right
don't you worry nliout your hill ut
nil 1" Judge.
Every depnrtment of housekeeping
needs Red Bross Bull Blue. Equally
good for kitchen towels, tnblo linen,
sheets nnd plllowcnses, etc. Adver
tisement. Slip of Memory.
Parent My (laughter tells me you
nro a church member. What church
do you belong to?
Suitor Why the er Name some
of them over. Cartoons Magazine.
Men nre-not necessarily big guns
Just becnuso they are big bores.
Hope Nearly Gone, but Lydia
E. Pinkham's Vegetable
Compound Saved Her
Star, N. C "My monthly spells
gavo mo bo much trouble, sometimes
tncy woiuu lasi two
weeks. I was
treated by two doc
tors without relief
and they both said
I would navo to have
an.operation. I had
my trouble four years
and was unfit to da
anything, and had
given up all hope of
ever getting any
better. I read about
your medicine in the
'Primitive Baptist' paper and decided to
try it -I have used Lydia E. Pinkham's
Vegetablo Compound and Lydia E.
Pinkham's Liver Pills for about seven
monthg and now I am cblo to do my
work. I shall never forgat your medi
cine and you may publish this if you
want to as it 53 true." Mrs. J. P.
Hursey, Star, N. C.
Hero is another woman who ndds her
testimony to tho many whose letters wo
have already published, proving that
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com
pound often restores health to suffering
women oven nfter they havo gone so far
that an operation ia deemed advisable.
Therefore it will ourely pay any woman
who sullprs from ailments peculiar to
her sex to givo this good old fashioned
remedy a fair trial.
for 10c from
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