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BED CLOUD. NEBRASKA. CHIEF
iErskine Dale Pioneer
By John Fox, Jr.
Copyright by Chirlfi Serlbiut'i Bona
"THAT'S MY SON!"
BYNOPSIS.-To tho Kentucky
wilderness on I post mnmti(ieil by
Jeromo Enndorn, In tho tlmo limned!
atoly preceding tho Revolution,
comes a whlto hoy nclrif from n
trlbo of Sli.awners by whom ho Imil
boon captured nnd tuloiitnd ns a non
of tho chlof, Knlitoo. Ho Is Klvcn
shelter mid attracts tho favornblo
nttontlon of Dnvc Yatidoll, n lender
timonu tho nnttleri. Tho yount,'W
In nuked a brooch-clouted savage.
Ho Bpcnl only bastard French und
Shawnee. Hut ho hIiowb u patch of
whlto flliln ami proudly taps Ills
breast. "I'nlofnco whlto ninnl"
Old Jerome nml Dave nnd tlic older
men pitliered In one corner of the
stockade for n council of wur. The
lioy liad made It iilafn that the attack
ing party was at least two days bo
hind the three Indians from whom he
had escaped, so that there waB no
danger that day, nml they could wait
until night to .send messengers to warn
tho settlers outside to seek safety
within the fort. Meanwhile, Jeromo
would dlspntch five men with Dave to
scout for the three Indians who might
be near by In the woods, und the boy,
who saw them slip out the reur gate
of tho fort, at onro knew their pur
pose, shook his head, nnd wnved his
hand to sny that his Into friends were
gone back to hurry on the big war
pnrty to the attack, now Unit the
whites themselves knew their danger.
Old Jerome nodded that he under
stood, and nodded to others his appre
ciation of the sense and keenness of
the lad, hut he let Uic men go Just the
Mother Snndcrs uppenred und cried
to Hud to bring the "Injun" to her
cabin. She had been unearthing
clothes for the "little heathen," and
Bud helped to put them on. In a few
tnlnutcs the lad reappeared In fringed
hunting shirt nnd trousers, wriggling
In them most uncomfortably, for they
made him Itch, but at the same time
wearing them proudly.
On tho mighty wilderness the sun
sank slowly nnd old Jerome Bat In
the western tower to watch alone. The
silence out there wus oppressive and
slgnlllcant, for It meant that the boy's
theory was right; the three Indians
had gone back to their fellows, and
when darkness came the old man sent
runners to the outlying cabins to warn
tho Inmates to take refuge within the
fort. And the gathering was none
too soon. Tho hooting of owls started
before dawn. A llamlng arrow hissed
from tho woods, thudded Into the roof
of one of the cabins, sputtered feebly
on n dew-drenched ridge-pole, und
went out. Savage war-whoops rent
tho nlr, and the battle was on. All day
tho light went on. There wore feints
of attack In front and rushes from the
rear, and there were rushes from nil
sides. The women loaded rllles and
cooked nnd cared for the wounded.
Thrice an Indian reached the wall of
tho stockade nnd set a cabin on lire,
but no one of the three got back to
the woods alive. The stranger boy sat
stoically In the center of tle enclosure
wutchlng overy thing, and malting no
effort to take part. Late In the after
noon the ammunition began to run
low nnd the muddy discoloration of
the river showed that the red men had
begun to tunnel under tho walls of the
fort. And yet a lust sally wns mndo
Just before sunset. A body pushed
ngnlnst Dave In the tower and Dave
saw the stranger boy at his side with
Ids bow and nrrow. A few minutes
later he heard a yell from the lad
which rang high over the din, and ho
"snw the feathered tip of un nrrow
shaking In tho breast of n big Indian
who staggered nnd fell behind n bush.
Just ut that moment there were yells
from the woods behind the yells of
white men that were answered by
Joyful yells within the fort:
"The Virginians I The Virginians!"
And as the rescuers dashed Into sight
on horse and afoot, Dave saw the lad
leap the wall of the stoclcnde and dis
appear behind the lleelng Indlnns.
"Gone bade to 'em," ho grunted to
himself. The gates were thrown open.
Old Jerome and his men rushed out,
nnd besieged anil rescuers poured nil
their fire after the running Indians,
some of whom turned bravely to emp
ty their rllles once more.
"Git In! Git In, quick!" yelled old
Joel. He knew another volley would
como ns soon as the Indians reached
the cover of thick woods, and come
the volley did. Three men fell one
the lender of tho Virginians, whoso
head flopped forward as he entered
tho gate and was caught In old Joel's
nnns. Not nnothei' sound came from
the woods, but again Dave from the
tower saw tho cane-brush rustle nt the
edge of a thicket, saw a hand thrust
upward with the palm of peace
toward tho fort, nnd ngnln the
stranger boy emerged this time with
n bloody scalp dangling In his left
Iinnd. Dnvc sprnng down nnd met him
nt tho gate. The boy shook his how
nnd nrrow proudly, pointed to n criss
cross jjcnr on tho scalp, win" Dave
inado put from his explanation that
once before the lnd had tried to kill
Ills tormentor nnd that tho scar was
tho sign. In tho center of tho enclos
ure tho wounded Vlrglnlnn lay, and
when old Jerome stripped the shirt
from his breast he shook his head
gravely. Tho wounded man opened
tils eyca Jjist In tlmo to see nnd he
"I know It," he said faintly, nnd
Uu!D Mi eyes caught the boy with the
scnlp, were fixed steadily nnd begun
"Who Is that boy7" ho nsked
"Never mind now," snld old Joel
soothingly, "you must keep still 1"
Tho boy's eyes had begun to shift un
der the scrutiny and he started away.
"Come hack here I" commanded tho
wounded man, and still searching the
tail ho snld sharply again:
"Who is that boy?" Nor would ho
have his wound dressoU or even take
the cup of water handed to him until
old Joel briefly told tho story, when ho
lay back on the ground und closed
Dnrkne fell. In each tower n
watcher kept his eyes strained toward
the black silent woods. The dying
man was laid on u rude bed within
one cabin, and old Joel lny on the
lloor of It close to the door. The
strnnger lnd refused tv sleep indoors
ami huddled himself In n blanket on
the ground In one corner of tho stock
tide. Men, women nnd children fell
to a deep nnd weary sleep. An hour
later the boy In tho corner throw
aside ids blanket, nnd when, n mo
ment later, Lydla Noe, feverish and
thirsty, rose from her bed to get it
drink of water outside her door, she
stopped short on tho threshold. The
lnd, stnrk naked but for his breech
clout and swinging his bloody scalp
over his head, was stamping around
the lire dancing tho scalp-dance of
the savage to n low, fierce, gutturnl
song. The hoy snw her, saw her face
In the blaze, stricken white with
fright und horror, snw her too para
lyzed to move and lie stopped, staring
nt her a moment with savage rage,
and went on again. Old Joel's body
filled the next doorway. He called out
with a harsh oath, and ngnln the hoy
stopped. With another oath nnd n
threatening gesture Joel motioned to
the corner of the stockade, und with
n flare of defiance In his blnck eyes
the lnd stalked slowly nnd proudly
away. From behind him the voice of
the wounded man called, and old Joel
turned. There wns n ghastly smile on
tho Vlrglnlnn's pallid face.
"I saw It," he said painfully. "That's
that's my son !"
From the sundial on the edge of
the high bank, straight ubove the brim
of the majestic yellow James, n noble
pnth of thick grass as brond ns n
modern Jilghwny rnn hundreds of
yards between hedges of roses
straight to the open door of tho great
ninnor-houso with Its wide verandas
"Who Is That Boy?" He Asked
and mighty pillars set deep back
from the river In a grove of ancient
oaks. Behind the house spread a little
kingdom, divided Into fields of grass,
wheat, tobucco. nnd com, nnd dotted
with whlte-wnshed cabins filled with
slaves. Alrendy the house had been
built a hundred years . of brick
brought from England In the builder's
own ships, It wns said, and the second
son of the reigning generation, ono
Colonel Dale. .at In tho veranda
alone. He was a roynllst ollicer, this
second son, but his elder brother had
the spirit of daring and adventure
that should have been his, nnd he had
been sitting there four years before
when that elder brother came homo
from his first pioneering trip Into the
wilds, to tell that h!o wife was dead
and their only son wns a captive
among the Indians. Two years later
still, word came that the father, too,
had met death from the savages, und
the little kingdom passed Into Colonel
Indentured servants, ns well as
blacks from Africa, had labored on
that pnth In front of him; and up
It Jiad once stalked a deputation of
the grent Powhatan's red tribes. Up
that path had come members of the
worshipful House of Burgesses; bluff
planters In silk coats, the governor
and members of the council; dis
tinguished visitors from Kngland,
colonial gentlemen and Indies. And all
was Kngll.su still hooks, clothes,
plates, knives, nnd forks; the church,
tho Church of England; the Governor,
the representative, of tho King; his
Council, tho English Parliament so
dally aristocratic, politically repuh
llcnn. For undent usage held thut all
"freemen should nnrs rotc tn the
elections, linve equal tight to sny
who the lawmakers nnd whnt the law.
Tho wny wns open as now. Any man
could get two thousnnd acres by
service to the colony, could build,
plow, renp, save, buy servants, and
roll In his own conch to sit ns burgess.
There wns but one sent of learning
at Williamsburg. What culture they
had they brought from England or
got from parcuis or minister. And nl
ways they had seemed to prefer sword
nnd stump to tho pen. They hated
towns. At every wharf n long shaky
trestle ran from n wnrehouso out Into
tho river to loud ships with tobacco
for England nml to get in return all
conveniences nnd luxuries, nnd thnt
wus enough. In towns men Jostled
nnd Individual freedom wns lost, so,
Hoi for the grent sweeps of lnnd nnd
tho swny of n terrltorlnl lordl Eng
lishmen they wero of Shnkespenre's
time but living In Vlrglnln, and thnt
Is all they wero snvc that the flower
of liberty was growing fnster In tho
Englishmen called It the "Good
Lnnd," nnd found It "most plentiful,
sweet, wholesome, und fruitful of all
Down It now enmc n little girl tho
flower of nil thoso dend nnd gone
nnd her coming wns Just ns though
one of the flowers nhout her had
stepped from Its gay company on ono
or the other sldo of the path to mnko
through them n dainty, triumphal
march as the fairest of them nil. At
the dial she pnuscd nnd her Impn
tlent blue eyes turned to a bend of
the yellow river for the first glimpse
of n gny bnrgo thnt soon must come.
At tho wharf the song of negroes roso
as they unloaded the boat Just from
lllchmond. She would go nnd see If
there wns not n package for her moth
er nnd perhaps n present for herself,
so with nnothcr look to the river bend
she turned, but she moved no further.
Instead, she gnve n little, gasp, In
which there was no fonr, though what
she snw wns surely stnrtllng enough
to have made her wheel In flight. In
stead, she gnzed steadily Into n pnlr
of grave black eyes that were fixed on
her from under n green branch thnt
overhung the footputh, nnd stendlly
she searched the figure stnndlng
there, from tho coonskln enp down the
fringed hunting-shirt nnd fringed
breeches to the moccnslnod feet. And
still the strange flguro stood arms
folded, motionless nnd silent. Neither
tho nttltude nor the silence wns quito
plonslng, nnd the girl's supplo slender
ness stiffened, her arms went rigidly
to her sides, nnd a haughty little snap
sent her undlmpled chin upward.
"Who are you nnd whnt do you
It wns n new wny for a woman to
speak to a man; he In turn wns not
pleased, nnd a gleam In his eyes
"I nm the son of n king."
She started to lnugh, but grew puz
zled, for she hnd the blood of I'oca
"You nre nn Indian?"
He shook his head, scorning to ex
plnln, dropped his rifle to the hollow
of Ids arm, nnd, reaching for his belt
where she snw the buckhorn handlo
of a hunting-knife, came toward her,
but she did not flinch. Drawing n let
ter from the belt, he handed it to her.
It wns so worn and soiled thnt sho
took It daintily nnd snw on It her
father's nnme. The hoy waved his
hnnd toward the house far up tho
"He Ilvo here?"
"You wish to see him?"
The boy grunted nssent, nnd with n
shock of resentment the little lady
stnrted up the path with her bend
very high Indeed. Tho boy slipped
noiselessly nfter Jier, his face un
moved, but his eyes were darting right
nnd left to the flowers, trees, und
bushes, to every flitting, strange bird,
tho gray strenk of a scnmpcrlng squir
rel, nnd what he could not see, his
enrs took In the clanking chains of
work-horses, the whir of a qunll, tho
screech of n peacock, tho songs of
negroes from far-off fields.
On the porch sat a gentleman In
powdered wig nnd knee-breeches, who,
lifting his eyes from a copy of Tho
Spectator to give nn order to n negro
servnnt, snw the two coming, and tho
first look of bewilderment on his lino
face gnvo wny to n tolerant smile.
Ho asked no question, for n purposo
very decided and dellnlto was plainly
bringing the little lady on, and ho
would not have to question. Swiftly
she run up the steps, her mouth prim
ly set, nnd handed him a letter.
"Tho messenger Is the son of a
"The son of n king," she repeated.
"Ah," said the gentleman, humoring
her, "ask his highness to bo seated."
Ills highness was looking from ono
to the other gravely nnd keenly. Ho
did not quite understand, but he knew
gentle fun was being poked ut him,
and ho dropped sullenly on,the edgo
of the porch and stared In front of
him. The little girl saw that his moc
casins were ynuch worn and that In
one was n hole with tho edge blood,
stained. And then she began to
watch her father's face, which showed
Hint the contents of tho letter wero
astounding him, He roso quickly when
he hnd finished and put out his hand
to tho stranger.
"I am glad to see you, my boy," he
said with groat kindness. "Barbara,
this Is a little Kinsman of ours from
Kentucky. Ho wns the adopted son
of nn Indian chief, but by blood ho Is
your cousin. Ills nnme Is Ersklno
"Mr.. Willoughbv, may I
present by coutia from Ken
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1 Lesson T
(Uy HEV. P. 13. FITZWATEIl, D. D.,
Tcnchor of English Dlblo In the Moody
Illblo Institute of Chicago.)
Copyright. 1822. Wtitern Newnpapor Union.
LESSON FOR AUGUST 20.
SECOND RETURN FROM EXILf
LESSON TKXT-Ezra 7:1-8:30.
GOLDEN TEXT-Tlio hand of our God
Is upon nil thorn that ncok film, for good.
ItKFEKENCB MATEIUAL-Ezra 9:1-
PKIMAItV TOl'IC-Ezra'B l'rnyer for
JUNIOR TOPIC-Ezra's Prayer for
Help on a Journey.
INTERMEDIATE AND SKNIOK TOPIC
Ezra: Teacher and Louder.
YOUNO PEOPLE AND ADULT TOPIC
-IlellKloUs TeaehetB: A Need and un Op
portunity. I. The Leader Ezra (7:1-10).
I. Who ho was (vv. 1-0. (1) A
priest (vv. l-o). The leader of tho first
company was Zerubbabel, a sort of
military governor. Tho great need How
was for a religious leader, for the
people hud gone far from Ood, us we
see from tho noble reforms which
Ezra effected. ('-') A ready scribe
(v. 0). He was u teacher of the law
i!. Ills high ambition vv. 7-10).
(1) "lie set his heart to seek the law
of the Lord" (v. 10). He definitely set
out with tho noble purpose to know
Hod's Word! To be successful In any
thing one must set out with u purpose.
Daniel wns a success because he "pur
posed in his heart." .Ministers' and
Sunday-school teachers should have
this set purpose. (1!) He set his Heart
to obey the Lord (v. 10). lie was not
only concerned with knowing God's
Word, but to obey it. God's Word can
not fully be known by the intellect;
It must be experienced. Tho essential
qualification for a teacher of tho Bible,
a preacher or Sundny-school teacher,
Is obedience to God's Word. (!J) He
set his heart to tench Isruel God's
statutes and Judgments (v. 10). He not
only had u love for God's Word, but a
desire to Implant It In the hearts of
others. When ono has nn experiential
knowledge of God's Word he longs to
teadi it to others.
.'I. Ills commission (7:11-20). The
king Artaxerxes gnve him a copy ot
the decree authorizing him to lead a
company back to Jerusalem. Ho was
empowered (1) to collect funds (vv.
15, 1(1); (2) to levy tribute (vv. 21,
22) ; (3) to appoint magistrates nnd
Judges (v. 25) ; (4) to execute pen
nltles (v. 20). So great was the king's
confidence in Ezra that he gave nil
these powers Into his hnnd. For this
great honor Ezra lifted his henrt to
God In thanksgiving. He was mainly
concerned with the fact that he was
to beautify tho Lord's house and
acknowledge thut God had put tills
purpose into the king's heart.
II. The Company (8:1-20).
The company was small only 1,75-1
males, but Including women, children
and servants, there were perhaps 0,000
to 7,000 people In this caravan.
III. Ezra's Prayer and Fasting
The first thing ho did was to seek
God's guidance. Not only God's lead
ers, but all Christians should seek
divine guidance and help In every un
dertakingevery new Journey, overy
piece of new work, every business ud
venture, every relationship. That
which we cannot invoke God's bless
ing upon should not be undertaken.
Further, success can only be realized
when God's blessing Is upon us. Ho
did not minimize the dangers attend
ing such n Journey, but he hnd told
the king that' the hand of the Lord
would be upon all for good who sought
him, and now he wus ashamed to ask
the king for n military escort to pro
tect tlit'in from the muraudlng Arabs.
IV. The Successful Journey (S:21
82). God heard their prayer. Tho trens
tiro entrusted to thorn was great. Per
haps the entire value of all the money,
etc., was $5,000,000. For a weak cara
van to go on n Journey requiring four
months through a country Infested by
these robber bands, carrying such an
amount of money wns most perilous;
but Ezrn knew that God was able and
would protect them. Note:
1. The care and honesty (vv. 2I-II0).
Tho money was weighed unto them at
the start and was to be weighed when
turned over to the authorities at
Jerusalem. Tho Incentive to hojiesty
and strict uccouiitliig of the trust was
that they were holy men and were en
trusted with that which was holy bo
cause It belonged to God. Most exact
ing care should be exercised In bun
dling the Lord's money. Wo should
guard sacredly our (rust.
2. Their safe univul (vv. HI, !I2).
Some four and ouc-luilf mbnths were
required to make the Journey. God
proved himself to be faithful, having
protected them und brought them
safely to their destination.
In Ihu same degree that we overrate
ourselves, wo shall underrate others;
for Injustice allowed ut home Is not
likely to be corrected abroad. Wash
Let the Injuries Pass.
Christianity demands us to pass by
Injuries; It Is policy to let them pass
by us. Franklin.
Offended vanity Is the great sep
arator In social life. A. Helps.
What Is It Worth
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Peary's First Venture.
Peary's first North polar expedition
Insted four years. 1S0S-1D02, during
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Nenrly every law of health Is easy
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that's a nuisance.
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