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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 29, 1921)
BED CLOUD. NEBRASKA, CHIEF
A Man for
Wherein Harry and Abe Ride Up to
Sprinodalo and Visit Kelso's.
Illinois wns Browing. In .Tune scores
of prairie schooners, loaded with ol
und young, rattled ovur the plains
from tho IJiiBt. There wore many
Yankees from Ohio, New York and
Now Knglnnd In thlH long ciirnviui.
There were almost us many Irish, who
hnd net out for this Imiil of golden
promise us soon as they had been
aide (o save money for u team and
wnguti, lifter reaching the new world.
There were some Germans and Scan
dinavians In the dust clouds of the
National road. Steamers on the Illi
nois river Rcnttered tlielr living freight
along Itn shores. These were largely
from Kentucky, southern Ohio, Pcnn
Hylvanla, Maryland and Virginia. The
rail of the rich and kindly lands had
traveled far and streams of life wen
making toward them, to (low with In
creasing speed and volume for many
People In Sangamon county had be
gun to learn of the thriving village
of Chicago In the north. Abe said
that Illinois would be the Umpire
nrftte of the West; that a new era
of rapid development nnd great pros
Ierlty was near. Land was In great
demand und there were many trans
fers of title. Abe had taore surveying
to do than lie was able to accomplish
that summer. Harry was with him
for some weeks. lie could earn two
dollars n day with Abe, whereas Sum
koii wus able to hire a helper for half
that sum. Harry made a confidant of
Ids friend, and when they were work
ing at the northern end of the county
they borrowed a pair of horses and
rode up to Kelso's house and spent
a Sunday there.
Itlm met them down the rond a mile
or co from Hopcdale. She, too, was
on the hack of a horse. She rccog-
"Where Are You Go!ng7" She Asked.
nlzcd them before they wero In hail
ing distance and waved her hand and
hurried tdwurd them with a happy
"Where nro you going?" she asked.
To i see you and your father and
mother," said Harry.
A sail look came lido her cyca.
"If I hnd a stone I would throw It
at you," she said.
"Why?" Harry asked.
"llecause I have to get used to being
miserable, und Just as I begin to be
resigned to It, you come along and
make me happy, and I have It ull to
do over again."
The young man stopped his horse.
"I hadn't thought of that," he said,
with a sad face. "It Isn't fair to you,
Is It? It's rather selllsh."
"Why don't you go to Hrlmstend's,"
Illm suggested. "A beautiful girl over
there Is In love with you. Honestly,
Harry, there Isn't a sweeter girl In
nil the world."
"I ought not to go there, either,"
said the young man.
"Hocnuso I mustn't let her think
.that I care for her."
So it happened that nnrry went on
with Illm and Abe to the llttlo house
They put out the horses. The girl
came and sat on her father's knee.
Harry sat down by the side of Abe on
the grass In the oak's shadow.
"It's n Joy to have the llttlo girl
back again," said Kelso, as ho touched
her hair with his hand. "It Is still as
yellow ub a corn tassel. I wonder It
"Her eyes look as bright ns ever
todny," said Harry.
"No compliments, please, I want
you to bo downright mean," Illm pro
tested. Kelso looked up with a smile: "My
hoy, It wan Leonardo da Vinci who
ul) (hat a man could Uav aaUbMF a
1 Wi Ir' JWZ'
greater nor a less dominion than that
over himself. I hold that If our
young man are to be trained to tyr-
fanny In a lot of little nigger king
doms, our democracy will die."
Abe made no answer. He was al
ways slow to commit himself.
"The North Is partly to blame for
what has come," said Samson. "I
guess our Yankee captains brought
over most of the niggers and sold them
to the planters of the South."
"There was a demand for them, or
those Yankee pirates wouldn't have
brought the niggers," Harry answered.
"Unth seller and buyer were commit
ting a crime."
"They established a great wrong
and now the South Is pushing to ex
tend and give It the sanction of law,"
said Abe. "There Is the point of Irri
tation and danger."
"I hear that In tho next legislature
an effort will be made to endorse slav
ery," said Kelso.
"It Is a dangerous subject," Abe
answered. "Whatever happens, I
shall not fall to express my opinion
of slavery If I go back."
"The time Is coming when you will
take tho hull by the horns," said
Kelso. "There's no fence that will
keep him at home."
"I hope that Isn't true," Abe an
swered. Soon Mrs. Kelso called Illm to set
the table. She and Harry brought It
out under the tree, where, In the cool
shade, they had n merry dinner.
When the dishes wero put away,
Percy Itrlmstead arrived with his sis
ter Annabel In their buggy. Illm went
out to meet them and came Into the
dooryard with her arm around Anna
"Hid any one ever see n lovelier girl
than this?" Illm usked, ns they stood
up before the dinner party.
"Her cheeks are like wild roses, her
eyes like the dew on them when the
sun Is rising," said Kelso.
Abe rose and said. "The day Is
passing. I'll start on with Parsons
nnd tlic pony and read my stint nfoot.
You come along In a few minutes. Hy
the time .von overtake me I'll bo ready
to get into the snddle."
Half an hour or so after Abe had
gone, Harry's horse, which had been
whinnying for his mate, hounded out
of the stable and went galloping down
the road, having slipped his baiter.
"He will not stop until ho overtakes
the other horse," said Harry.
"You can ride with .us," Annabel
So the young man brought his sad
dle ami bridle and put It under the
seat of tho buggy and got In with
Annabel and her small brother.
Some two miles down the road Har
ry found Abe standing between the
horses, holding the runaway by his
forelock. The latter was saddled and
bridled, while tho buggy went on
"That Is n wonderful girl," said
Harry, as he and Abe were riding
along together. "She Is very modest
and gentle hearted."
"And ns pleasant to look nt ns tho
llowery meadows." Abe answered.
"I hnve promised to stop there a
few minutes on our way hack."
"It Is possible Illm could get n di
vorce," said Abe, looking down
thoughtfully nt the mane of his horse.
"I'll nslc Stuart what he thinks about
It when I see him again."
"I hope you'll see him soon."
"As soon as I can get to Spring
neld." Next day a letter came from Doctor
Allen, telling him that Ann was far
gone with a dangerous fever. Hoth
Abo nnd Harry dropped their work
and vreiit home, Ann was too sick to
see her lover.
The little village was very quiet
thoso hot summer days. The sorrow
of the pretty maiden had touched the
hearts of the simple kindly folk who
lived there. For a year or more there
had been n tender note In their voice
when they spoke of Ami. They had
learned with great gludness of her en
gagement to marry Abe. Tho whole
community were as one family with
Its favorite daughter about to be
crowned with good fortune, greater
than she knew. Now that she was
stricken down, their feeling was more
than sympathy. The love of Justice,
the deslro to seo a great wrong
righted, In a measure, was In their
hearts when they sought news of tho
little sufferer at the tavern.
There was no shouting In tho street.
no story-telling In the dooryards, no
Jesting In the stores and houses, no
merry parties, gladdened by the notes
of the violin, In tho days and nights
'of Ann's long Illness.
Samson writes In his diary that Abe
went about llko n man In n dream,
with no heart for work or study. He
spent much time nt tho doctor's ofllco,
feeling for nomn straw of hope.
One day lato In August, as ho stood
talking with Samson Trnylor In the
street, Doctor Allen called him from
his doorstep. Abo turned very pale
as he obeyed tho summons.
"I've Just come from her bedside,"
snld Doctor Allen, "She wants to see
yoa. I'vo talked It over with her par
eaU. and we've decided to let you and
A Story of the Builder
her have u little visit together. You
must be prepared for a great change
in Ann. There's not much left of the
poor girl. A breath would blow lx,r
away. Hut she wants to see you. It
may be better than medicine. Who
The two men went across to the
tavern. Mrs. Kutlcdge and Abe tip
toed up the stairway. The latter en
tered the room of the sick girl. The
woman closed the door. Ann Hut
ledge was alone with her lover. There
were none who knew what happened
In that solemn hour save the two
one of whom was on the edge of
eternity, and the other was never to
speak of It. The only record of that
hour is to he found In the face and
spirit of a great mnn.
Yenrs later Samson wrote In n let
ter: "I saw Abo when he enme out of tliji
tnveru that day. He was not the Abe
we had nil known. He was different.
There were new lines in Ids face. It
Entered the Room of the Sick Girl.
wns sorrowful. Ills steps were slow.
He had passed out of his young man
hood. When I spoke to him, he an
swered with that gentle dignity now
so familiar to nil who knew hliiuFrom
that hour he was Abraham Lincoln."
Ann passed away before the mouth
ended aud became, like many of her
kind, an Imperishable memory. In
her presence the spirit of the young
man hnd received such a baptism that
henceforward, taking thought of her,
ho was to love purity and all clean
ness, and no Mary who came to his
feet with Uars and ointment wus ever
to bo turned away.
Wherein Young Mr. Lincoln Safely
Passes Two Great Danger Points
and Turns Into the Highway of His
For days thereafter the people of
New Kalom were sorely troubled. Abe
Lincoln, the ready helper In time of
need, the wise counselor, the friend of
all "old and young, dogs and horses,"
as Samson was wont to say the pride
and hope of the little cabin village,
,was breaking down under his grief.
He seemed to ,care no more for work
or study or friendship, lie wandered
out In the woods aud upon the prairies
alone. Many feared that lie would
lose his reason.
Tlnro was a wise and merry-hearted
man who lived a mile or so from the
village. Ills name was Itowlln (Sreen.
Those days when one of middle age
had established himself In the affec
tions of a community, Its members had
u wuy ot adopting mm. ho .Mr. i sreen
had been adopted into many families
from Henrdstown to Sprlnglleld. He
wus everybody's "Uncle Itowlln." He
had a most unusual circumference and
the strength to carry It. His ruddy
cheeks and curling locks and kindly
dark eyes and large head were details
of Importance. Under all were a heart
with the love of men, a mind of tin
usual understanding and a hand
skilled lu all the arts of the Kentucky
pioneer, lie could grill a venison
steak aud roast a grouse aud broil a
chicken lu a way which had tilled tho
countryside with fond recollections of
his hospitality; he could kindle a lire
with a bow and string, a pine stick
and some shavings; he could make
anything from a splint broom to a
rocking horse with his Jack-knife. Abe
Lincoln was one of the many men who
knew und loved him.
On a warm, bright afternoon early
In September, Howlln Green was going
around the pasture to put his fence in
repair, when ho came upon young Mr.
Lincoln. Tho latter sat In the shade
of a tree on the hillside. He looked
"terribly peaked," ns Undo Howlln
Iuih said In n letter.
"Why, Abe, where have you been?"
Copyright, Irrtnr BaehMltr
he asked. "The whole village la
scared. Samson Trnylor was here last
night tonkin' for ye."
"I'm like u deer that's been hurt,"
said the young man. "I took to tho
woods. Wanted to be alone. You see,
I had a lot. of thinking to do the kind
of thinking that every man must do
for himself. I've got the brush cleared
away, at last, so I can see through. I
had made up my mind to go down to
your house for tho night nnd wns try
ing to decide whether I have energy
enough to do It."
"Come on; It's only n short step,"
urged the big-hearted Itowlln.
"What I feel the need of, Just now,
Is a week or two of sleep," said Mr,
Lincoln, as he rose aud started down
the long hill with his friend.
Some time later Itowlln Green gave
Samson this brief account of what
happened in and about the cabin:
"He wouldn't eat anything. He
wanted to go down to the ror for a
dip, and 1 went with him. When we
got hack, I Induced him to take off his
clothes and get into bed. He was fast
asleep In ten minutes. When night
came I went up the ladder to bed. He
was still asleep when I came down lu
the morning. I went out and did my
chores. Then I cut two venison
steaks, each about the size o' my hand,
ami a half moon of bacon. I pounded
the venison to pulp with a little salt
and bacon mixed In. I put It on tho
broiler and over a bed o' hickory coals.
1 got the colTee Into the pot and up
next to the lire and some potatoes lu
the ashes. I hasted a bird with bacon
strips aud put It into the roaster aud
set it Imck o' tho broiling bed. Then
I made some biscuits aud put 'em
Into the oven. I tell you, lu a llttlo
while the smell o that tlrvplnce would
have 'woke the dead honest 1 Abd
began to stir. In n minute I heard
'"Say, Uncle" Howlln, I'm goln to
get up an' eat you out o' house and
home. I'm hungry and I feel like a
new man. What time Is It?'
"'It'll he nine o'clock by the time
you're washed ami dressed,' I says
"'Well, I declare, says he, 'I've had
about sixteen hours o' solid sleep. The
world looks better to me this morn
lug.' "At the table I told him a story nnd
got u little laugh out of him. Ho
stayed with me threo weeks, chorlng
around the place and taking It easy.
He read all the books I hud, until you
and Doc Allen cume with the law
books. Then he pitched into them. I
think he has changed a good deal since
Ann died. He talks a lot about God
und the hereafter."
In October young Mr. Lincoln re
turned to his surveying, and In tho
last month of the year to Vandalla for
an extra session of the legislature,
where he took a Btand against the con
vent Ion system of nominating candi
dates for public olllce. Samson went
to Vandalla for a visit with him and
to see the place before the session end
ed. The next year, In u letter to hW
brother, he says:
"Vandalla Is a small, crude village.
It has a strong llavor of whisky, pro
faulty and tobacco. The night after
I got there I went to a banquet with
Abe Lincoln. Heard a lot about the
dam nlirgor-lovlng Yankees who wen
trying to ruin the state and country
with abolition. There were some
stories like those we used to hear l
the lumber camp, and no end of pow
erful talk, In which the names of God
and the Savior were roughly handled.
A few of the statesmen got drunk, and
after the dinner was over two of them
Jumped on the table aud danced down
the whole length of It, shattering
plates and cups and saucers and
glasses. Nobody seemed to be able
to stop them. I hear that they had to
pay several hundred dollars for tho
damage done. You will bo apt to think
that there Is too much liberty here In
the West, and perhaps that is so, hut
the fact Is these men are not half so
bad a tliey seem to he. Lincoln tells
me that they are honest, almost to a
man, and sincerely devoted to the pub
lic good as they see It. I asked Abe
Lincoln, who all his life has associated
with roiigh-tongued, drinking men,
how he managed to hold his own
course aud keep his talk aud habits so
"'Why, the fact Is, said he, 'I have
associated with tho people who lived
around me only part of the time, but I
have never stopped associating with
myself and with Washington and Clay
and Webster and Shakespeare and
Hums and DeFoe and Scott aud
Hluckstone anil Parsons. On the
whole, I've been In pretty good com
pany. (TO UK CONTINUED,)
Left Him Thinking.
After a sermon by uu old colored
preacher one of the brethren said to
him : "Hr-'or Jenkins, how fur off, you
reckon, hell Is?" "How old Is you,
Hr'er Thomas?" asked the preacher.
"Well, sub, ef I don't miss my kalker
lHthms I Is slxty-fo'." "Well," said
the preacher, "w'en you wua born
Inter (lis worP, hell wuz Jes slxty-fo'
years oiT, nil' all I got ter say Ih, Pf
you ain't In night er It now, It ain't yi
fault."-San Frauclsco Argouuut.
Just a few doses taken In time have saved thousands from serious
sickness. For fifty years i'c-ru-na lias been ttio popular family
medicine for coughs, colds, catarrh, Otomach and bowel disorders
and all diseases of catarrhal origin.
KEEP IT IN THE HOUSE
rTAMnln AM f I NtlM Cl.1 11 1
What to Take for
Take a good dose
"SHOW" HAD HER APPROVAL
Small Girl Enjoyed It and Was Not at
All Backward in Telling
"Sister" Is six, and her delight Is
Indianapolis. Last summer Ola took
her when she went to see Stuart
Walker's "Peg o' .My Heart." Sister
uqulrmed and wiggled and whispered
that "this Isn't a real show" until
Ola declared "nover again."
Hut shortly afterward she and her
husband bad to take "Sister" along
when they went to see the premiere
of "Alio Martin" at Knglish's. Flist,
they cautioned her:
"For goodness' sake, bo still."
Imagine tlielr surprise, amusement
nnd also embarrassment when after a
lively ensemble, "Sister," who had
been shrieking In glee, clapped her
hands, and white the whole audience
turned to see, shrilled:
"Oil, Ola, tills Is a real show 'cause
Its got pretty girls and they sing
und dance." Indianapolis News.
Quite as Good.
A farmer recently paid a visit to n
neighbor, and as lie passed along by
the side of the fields he made a men
tal note of the fact that no scare
crows were visible.
Meeting the neighbor almost Imme
diately he opened conversation as
"Good morning. Mr. Oates. I see
you have no scarecrows In your Holds.
How do you manage to do without
"Oh, well enough," was the Inno
cent reply. "You see, I don't need
them, for I'm In the lleMs all day my
self." Wisdom Lies In Correction.
Don't make too much of the faults
and findings of those around you; even
be good to yourself, and don't harry
your soul over your own blunders ami
mistakes. Ada (J. Sweet.
She "Can you ,ivo me n proof of
your love" He (kissing her) "Well,
there's an ImprlQt of It."
Do you discriminate at the dining
table or are you thoughtless?
In thousandsof home9,
a "line" is drawn nt the
breakfast table. Tea or
coffee is served for
"grown-ups" and Postum
for children. But some
parents do not discrimin
ate. Caffeine and tannin,
the Injurious contents of
coffee and tea, seriously
retard the development of
the delicate nerve tissues
of rich, satisfying Postum,
children are over stimu
lated by tho drugs in tea
and coffee; and so may
grow up irritablo and
nervous. Any doctor can
tell you that this is a
great evil and she aid bo
Although somo par
ents feel a certain justifi
cation for the personal
indulgence in coffee, yet
the harm to them may
be equally erious. It
may take a little while
longer for the drugs in
coffee and tea to affect
BUT DON'T NEGLECT IT
A cold Is no ncutc ca
tarrh which can easily be
come chronic. A great
many diseases may bo trac
ed to a catarrhal condition
of the mucous memurancs
lining the organs or parts.
AH IDEAL EMERGENCY REMEDY
oum j&TcrjTTnero cut
of Carter's Little Liver Pills
then take 2 or 3 for a few nights af ter.They
cleanse your system of all waste matter and
Regulate Your Bowels. Mild as easy to
take as SUgar. Genuine Sear tlgnalute yrftorxZ&SZtC
Small Pill. Small Dose. Small Price.
Some folks are kept in the durk In
order to keep them from bringing
things to light.
WHY DRUGGISTS RECOMMEND
For many years druggists have watched
with much interest the remarkable record
maintained by Dr. Kilmer's Swarnp-Iloot,
the great kidney, liver and bladder medi
cine. It is a physician's prescription.
Swamp-Hoot is a strengthening medi
cine. It helps the kidneys, liver and blad
der do the work nature intended they
Swainp-Kant has stood the test of years.
i It is sold" by all druggists on its merit
and it should help you. No other Kidney
medicine has so many friends.
He Fiire to get Swamp-Itoot and start
treatment at once.
However, if you wish first to test this
great preparation send ten cents to T)r.
Kilmer k Co.. Hinghamton, N. Y., for a
Kimplc lottle. When writing ho sure and
mention this paper. Advertisement.
Senator Hiram Johnson wns dlcuss
Ing the various restrictions which It
Is proposed to put on Immigration.
"We certainly have got to restrict
Immigration somehow or other," ho
said, "or the immigrants won't leavo
the native population room to breathe.
"Conditions in F.uropo since tho
war are so had that practically every
body wants to come here. 1 said to
an Immigrant the other day:
" 'You Immigrants all succeed re
markably lu America. I wonder why
"'It's because, ttie Immigrant an
swered, 'we know Hint, If we don't
succeed, wo will have to go back und
live In our own land again.' "
The optimist says to remember thnt
even If your mother-in-law has the gift
of tongues It would he a lot worse It
she wero u mlndrender. Cldcugo
An elaborate tombstone and u con
tested will are about all that wealth
brings to some men.
an older person, but In
many cases tho nervous
system and allied bodily
functions will becomo
weakened. The surest
way to avoid such pos
sibilities is to quit coffee
entirely and drink Postum
instead. The change per
mits you to get sound,
Postum is tho well
known, meal-time bever
age. Like thousands of
others you will like it be
cause, in flavor, it ia
much like a high-grade
Do away with tho dis
tinction at the table.
Serve delicious Postum,
piping hot, to all the fam
ily. One week's trial and
it islikelythat you'll never
return to tea and coffee.'
Ppstum comes In two
forms: Instant Postum (In Uns)
frmdo instantly in the cup by
tho addition of boiling water.
Postum Cereal (in packages of
larger bulk, for those vho pre
fer to make the drink while tho
meal Is being prepared) mad
by boiling for 20 minutes.
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