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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA. CHIEF
Erskine Dale Pioneer
By John Fox, Jr.
Copyright by Cbarls Bcribntr'i Boom
CHAPTER X It Continued.
"Barbara would not accept your
sacrifice nor would nny of us, nnd It
ta only fnlr that I Bliould warn you
that some day, If you should change
your mind, nnd I were no longer liv
ing, you might be too Into."
"Flense don't, Undo Unrry. It Is
done done. Of course, It wnsn't fnlr
for mo to consider Ihirbnrn nlone, but
Iho will bo fnlr nnd you understand.
I wish you would regard tho whole
matter as though I didn't exist."
"I enn't do thnt, my boy. I nm your
stewnrd nnd when you want nny thing
you hnvo only to let mo knowl"
Erskine shook his head.
"I don't want anything I need very
little, and when I'm In the woods, nB
"I'd Like to Go to Learn to rence."
I expect to be most of the time, I need
nothing at nil." Colonel Dale rone.
"I wish you would go to college at
Williamsburg for n year or two to
botter lit yourself In case "
"I'd like to go to learn to fence,"
smiled the boy, nnd the colon smiled
"You'll certnlnly need to know that,
if you are going to be ns reckless as
you were today." Ersklne's eyes
"Uncle Unrry, you inny think me
foolish, but I don't like or trust Grey.
What was he doing with those British
traders out In tho Northwest? ho
wus not buying furs. It's absurd. Why
wns he hand In glove with Lord Dun
more?" "Lord Dutnnore had n dnughter,"
was the dry reply, and Erskine flung
out a gesture that made words un
necessary. Colonel Dale crossed tho
porch and put his hand on the lad's
"Erskine," he snld, "don't worry
nnd don't glse up hope. Ho pntlent,
wait, come back to us. tto to William
nnd Mary. Fit yourself to be one of
us In all ways. Then everything may
yet come out In tho only wny that
would bo fitting and right." The boy
blushed, and tho colonel went on
"1 can think of nothing In the world
that would make me quite so happy."
"It's no use," the boy said trembling
ly, "but I'll never forget what you
have Just said as long as I live, and,
no innttcr what becomes of me, I'll
love Ihubnra as long as I live, lint,
oven If things wore otherwise, I'd
never rlgk making her unhnppy even'
by trying. I'm not lit for her nor
for this life. I enn't get over my life In
the woods and among the Indians.
I can't explain, but I get choked
nnd I can't breathe such a longing
for the woods comes over me
nnd I enn't help me. I must go and
nothlng can hold me."
"Your father was that way," said
Colonel Dale sadly. "You may get
iivcr It, but he never did. And It must
lie harder for you beoauso of your
early associations. Good night, and
God bless you." And the kindly gentle
man wus gone.
Erskine sat whero he was. Tho
house was still and there were no
noises from the horses nnd cattle In
tho bnrn none from roosting peacock,
turkey, nnd lien. From tho far-away
quarters came faintly the merry mel
low notes of a llddle, and farther still
tho song of some courting negro return
ing home. A drowsy bird twittered In nn
ancient elm nt the corner of the bouse.
The flowers drooped In the moonlight
which bathed the grent path, streamed
across the great river, nnd on up to its
source In tho great yellow disk float
ing In innjestlc serenity high In the
cloudless sky. And that path, those
flowers, that house, tho barn, the cat
tle, sheep, nnd hogs, thoso grabHlelds
nnd grnssy acres, even thoso singing
black folk, were all all his If he but
said the words. The thought was no
temptation It was a mighty wonder
thnt such a thing could be. And that
wss nil It was a wonder to him, but
to them It was tho world. Without
It nil. what would they do? Perhaps
Mr. Jefferson might Boon solve the
problem for him. Perhnps he might
not return from that wild campaign
against the British and tho Indians
he might get killed. And then n
thought gripped him nnd held him
fast tie need not come hack. That
sjajftity wlldernasi beyond the moun
tains wan his real home ont there
wns his real life. Do need not come
back, nnd thoy would never know.
Then cumo a thought thnt almost
mnde htm groan. Thore wns n light
stop In tho hall, nnd Bnrbnrn enmo
swiftly out and dropped on the top
most step with her chin In both hnnds.
Almost nt once she seemed to fool his
presence, for she turned her hend
"Ersklnol" As quickly ho rose, em
bnrasscd beyond speech.
"Como here! Why, you look guilty
what have you been thinking?" He
wns startled by hor Intuition, but ho
recovered himself swiftly.
"I suppose I will always feel guilty
If I hnvo inndo you unhnppy."
"You haven't mnde mo unhappy. I
don't know what you hnvo mnde me.
You snw how I felt If you had killed
him, but you don't know how I would
hnvo felt If ho had kilted you. I
She begnn patting her hands gently
nnd helplessly together, nnd ngnln she
dropped her chin Into them with her
eyes lifted to the moon.
"I shall be very unhnppy when you
are gone. I wish you were not going,
but I know thnt you nro you enn't
help It." Again ho wns stnrtled.
"Whenever you look nt thnt moon
over In thnt dnrk wilderness, I 'wish
you would plenHo think of your little
cousin will you?" She turned eagerly
and ho wns too moved to speak he
only bowed his hend us for n prayer
or n benediction.
"You don't know how often our
thoughts will cross, and thnt will be
n grent comfort to me. Sometimes I
nm afraid. There In a wild strnln on
my mother's side, nnd It Is In me.
Pupa knows it nnd he is wise so
wise I nm nfrnld I may sometimes do
something very foolish, nnd it won't
be me nt nil. It yill be somebody
that died long ago." She put both
her hands over both his nnd held
"I want you to mnke me n promise."
"Anything," snld tho boy huskily.
"I want you to promise me that, no
mniter wncn, no matter where you
are, If I need you nnd send for you
you will come." And Indian-like he
put bis forehead on both her little
"Thank you. I must go now." Be
wildered nnd dazed, tho boy rose and
nwkwardly put out his hand.
"Kiss me good-by." She put her
nrms about his neck, and for the first
time In his life tho boy's lips met a
woman's For n moment she put her
fnce against his nnd at his ear wns n
"Good-by, Ersklnol" And she wns
gone swiftly lenvlng tho boy In n
dizzy world of fulling stnrs through
which n white light leaped to heights
his soul hnd never dreamed.
With the head of that column of
stulwnrt backwoodsmen went Dnvo
Yandell nnd Erskine Dale. A hunting
party of four Shawnees henrd their
coming through the woods, nnd, lying
like snakes In the undergrowth, peered
out and saw them pass. Then they
rose, and Crooked Lightning looked
nt Black Wolf and, with a grunt of
angry satisfaction, led tho way home
ward. And to tho village they bore
the news that White Arrow had made
good his word and, sldo by side with
the big chief of the Long Knives, was
leading u war party against his tribe
and kinsmen. And Early Morn car
ried the news to her mother, who lay
sick In it wigwam.
The miracle went swiftly, and Kns.
kaskla fell. Stealthily n cordon of
hunters surrounded the little town.
The rest stole to the wnlls of the fort.
Lights flickered from within, the
sounds of violins and dancing feet
camo through crevice nnd window.
Clark's tall flgure stole noiselessly Into
the great hall, where the Creoles were
making merry nnd lenned silently with
folded arms against the doorpost, look
ing on at the revels with n grave smile.
Tho light from the torches flickered
across bis fnce, nnd an Indian lying
on the floor sprang to his feet with a
curdling war-whoop. Women screamed
and men rushed toward the door. Tho
stranger stood motionless nnd his grim
smile was unchanged.
"Dance on!" he commanded cour
teously, "hut remember," he added
sternly, "you dance under Virginia nnd
not Great Britain I"
There was a great noise behind him.
Men dashed Into the fort, nnd Heche
blave and his ofllccrs wero prisoners.
By daylight Clark bad the town dis
armed. The French, Clark said next
day, could take the oath of allegiance
to the republic, or depnrt with their
families In peace. As for their church,
he had nothing to do with any church
save to protect It from Insult. So that
tho people who had beard terrible sto
ries of the wild woodsmen and who
expected to bo killed or made slaves,
Joyfully became Americans. They
even gave Clark a volunteer company
to march with him upon Cnhokla. and
that village, too, soon became Ameri
can. Father GIbuult volunteered to
go to Vlncennos. Vlncennes gathered
In the church to henr him, and then
flung the Stnrs and Stripes to the
winds of freedom above the fort. Clark
sent one captain there to take com
mand. With a handful of hardy men
who could have been controlled only
by him, the dauntless one had con
quered u land nB big ns nny European
klngiom. Now he bad to govern and
protect It. IIo bud to keep loyal an
Hen rnce and bold his own against
the British nnd numerous tribes of In-
liann bloodthirsty treacherous nnd
deeply emMtforod nnilnwl all Ameri
can. He wns hundreds of mflft from
any American troops; farther still
from tho seat of government, nnd
could get no advice or help for per
haps a year.
And thoso Indians poured Into Cn
hokla n hordo of them from every
trlbo between tho Great Lnkes and the
Mississippi chiefs nnd warriors of
every Importance; but not before
Clark had formed and drilled four
companies of volunteer Creoles.
"Watch hlml" Bald Davo, nnd Ers
kine did, marveling at tho man's
knowledge of the Indian. lie did not
live in the fort, but always on guard,
always seemingly confident, stayed
openly In town whllo tho savages, sul
len and grotesque, strutted In full war
panoply through the struggling streets,
tnqulsitlvo and Insolent, their eyes
burning with tho lust of plunder and
murder. For days he sat in the midst
of tho ringed warriors and listened.
On the second day Ersklno saw Knh
too In the throng and Crookod Light
ning nnd Blnck Wolf. After dusk that
dny ho felt the fringe of his hunting
shirt pluckod, nnd an Indian, with face
hidden In a blankot, whispered as he
"Tell the big chief," he said In
Shawnoo, "to bo on guard tomorrow
night." He knew it wns somo kindly
tribesman, nnd he wheeled nnd went
to Clark, who smilod. Alrendy the big
chief hud guards concealed In his
little house, who seized the attncklng
Indians, while two minutes later the
townspeople were under arms. Tho
captives were put In IronB, nnd Ers
kine saw among them the crestfallen
fnceB of Black Wolf nnd Crooked
Lightning. The Indlnns pleaded that
they were trying to test the friendship
of the French for Clnrk, but Clark,
refusing nil requests for their release,
remnlned silent, haughty, Indifferent,
fearless. He still refused to take ref
uge In the fort, and called In n number
of Indies and gentlemen to his house,
whero they dnnced all night nmld the
council-fires of the bewildered sav-
ages, isext morning lie stood in tno
center of their ringed warriors with
the tnsscled shlrtB of his riflemen
massed behind him, released the cap
tive chiefs nnd hnnded them the bloody
wnr belt of wampum.
"I scorn your hostility nnd treach
ery. You deserve death, but you shall
leave In safety. In three dnys I shall
begin wnr on you. If you Indlnns do
not want your women nnd children
killed stop killing ours. We shall see
who can moke thnt war belt the most
bloody. While you have been In my
camp you have had food and flre
wnter, but now thnt I hnve finished,
you must depart speedily."
Tho captive chief spoke nnd so did
old Knhtoo, with his eyes fixed sadly
but proudly on his adopted son. They
hnd listened to bnd birds nnd been led
astray by tho British henceforth they
would ho friendly with the Americans.
But Clark was not satisfied. '
"I como as n warrior," be said
haughtily; "I shall bo n friend to the
friendly. If you choose wnr I shall
send so many warriors from the Thir
teen Council-Fires that your land
shall be darkened and you shall hear
no sounds but that of the birds who
live on blood." And then he handed
forth two belts of peace and war, and
they engerly took the belt of peace.
The trenty followed next dny and
"Tell the Big Chief," He Said In Shaw
nee, "to Be on Guard Tomorrow
Clark Insisted thnt two of the prison
ers should be put to death; and as the
two selected came forward Ersklno
saw Black Wolf was one. He whis
pered with Clark and Knhtoo, and
Crooked Lightning saw the big chief
with his band on Ersklne's shoulder
and heard him forgive the two and
tell them to depart. And thus peaco
Straightway old Knhtoo pushed
through the warriors and, plucking the
big chief by the sleeve, pointed to Ers
kine. "Thnt Ib my son," he snld, "und I
want him to go homo with me."
"He shall go," said Clark quickly,
"but ho shall return, whenever It
.pleases lilm, to me."
And so Erskine went forth one
morning ut dawn, anil his coming Into
the Shnwnec camp was like tho com
ing of u king. Early Morn greeted
him with glowing eyes, his foster
mother brought him food, looking
proudly upon him, and old Knhtoo
linrangucd his braves nround the cotin-ell-pole,
while tho prophet and
('rooked Lightning sulked la their
(TO UU CONTINUUDJ
(Copy for "This Department Supplied by
the Amrrlran I -XT Inn Ntvtm Brvte.)
LIKE THE OLD-TIME DANCES
Legionnaires Enjoy Steps Popular
With South nt the Big National
. Alms tho Jnzzl Welcome tho walte,
the stately minuet, the Vlrglnln reel,
the sedate schot
tlsche. Mnny thou
sands of American
voiced their ver
dict. Which Is the
verdict spoken by
the American ns
soelrftlon as well.
fl,ifrfttirW'v o f Legionnaires
SNB A, expressed their
Lm fP Kip "PProvnl of the
fsrn Ak W more moderate,
liKL'wIse modest dances when Bloor
Schleppey, former marine nnd n Lc
glonnnlre, down New Orleans wny, an
nounced the old dances would prevull
and be featured at tho big national
American Leg'on convention. Mr.
Schleppey, who dtted out Spanish Fort
park as n socond Nice for entertain
ment of tho Lc"l'n members, prepnred
his programs with all the care and
caution nny ltcmi Brummel of GO years
ngo would excu'Lo. Said he:
"The waltz and the minuet nnd the
Vlrglnln reel breathe of the spirit of
tho old South. And they are the
dances of beauty, of real sentiment,
of soothing strains. I have noticed
that the dancing mnsters of the nation
seek to do nwny with the atrocious
Jazz dancing of the present. And I
have heard that tho country Is pre
pared to welcome the waltz back as
Its prlnclpnl terpslehorenn pleasure.
So I decided that the Amerlcnn Legion
dancers would receive my announce
ment enthusiastically. They did. They
approached the fact that It would bo
of typlcnl Southern atmosphere to
dance the old dances that were so
popular with the belles nnd beaux of
Mr. Schleppey nlso devised n magni
ficent nightly fitoworks nnd battle
scene display for the entertnlnment of
MADE PAJAMAS FOR WOUNDED
Prominent Women of Hawaii, Under
Supervision of Mro. Dorothy B.
Harper, Aided Veterans.
"Aloha from Ilnwnll," was the mo
sage a number of wounded war et-
erans In American
hospitals f on n d
written on slips
of paper tucked
In pockets of gay
which wore hnnd
ed out to them by
members of tho
T h e pajamas
had been m a d e
by American wo
men u n d u r the
palm trees during the long hot tropical
afternoons. The women who worked
Included such loynl citizens of tho
United States as the wife of tho gov
ernor of Hawaii, the wife of the ad
miral of tho U. S. fleet stationed there,
and the wife of tho commandant of the
Tho work was done under the super
vision of Mrs. Dorothy B. Harper, pres.
Ident of tho American Legion auxiliary
In Hawaii, and also n member of the
Amerlcnn Legion, by virtue of htfr
work for the U. S. marines during the
wnr. She lives at Hllo. The pajamns
from Hawaii wore flrst sent in re
sponse to nn appeal from auxiliary
workers at the hospital ut Camp Lo
lie There's Jnck and he's quarrel
She My, how upsottlng.
He Yes, probably end In n falling
out. Amerlcnn Legion Weekly.
"So poor old Joe Is dend and all
through a practical Joke."
"Good Lord I How did It hnppon?"
"Oh, he wiih In Dublin and stuck his
hend out of tho window nnd yelled
"That's Just what they did." Amer.
lean Legion Weekly ltiilletln, Los Angeles.
$Pf raf'v"-r urn
GET PAROLES FOR PRISONERS
Mlssourl Legion Auxiliary Women
Gain Release of Men From atate
Seven men, nil of whom served their
country In time of war, have Just been
paroled from tho
at Jefferson City,
Mo. paroled each
to a member of
tho Amerlcnn Le
clothes, and n Job,
nnd the cure and
comfort of u home
for him. All of the
seven were suffer
ing either with
mental disease or
that dread malady, tuberculosis.
Mrs. A. O. DeWItte, president of the
Missouri uuxlllary, led In the move
ment which resulted In the paroles.
And she and her aides also obtained
tho promise of Gov. Arthur M. Hyde
that several more former service men
who seem to bo mentally ailllcted, or
111 of tuberculosis, will bo sent to gov
ernment hospitals for treatment.
"The men we have observed entered
Into the crime, not because It Is clear
of criminal Instincts or desires, but
because they were mentally Irrespon
sible, or In somo cases despondent and
sick, with no hope seemingly, because
tho drend white plague hundlcapped
them In their efforts to compete suc
cessfully with normnl men In honest
employment," Mrs. DeWItte told the
On the success of Mrs. DeWltte's
nnd the uuxlllary's efforts to reclaim
their proteges for society depends a
national policy, It Is said, for the aux
iliary to adopt. The seven paroled
men will report weekly lis to their
progress townrd rehabilitation, nnd
will be wntched closely by tho women
who have saved them from prison. It
Is expected, the women say, that n yenr
will show whether the plan of Interest
ing themselves In the unfortunates to
the extent or" seeking to return them
to nnrmnllty by Individual nnd person
nl effort Is n feasible one.
TOOK OFF IN AN AIRPLANE
Gen. Roy Hoffman, Oklahoma Legion
Worker, Had Only 42 Minutes to
Keep His Lecture Date.
Gen. Hoy Hoffman, one of Okla
homa's most nctlve members of the
American, Legion, had 4i5 minutes In
which to get from Oklahoma City to
Ready for Airplane Trip.
Law ton to deliver n patriotic address
recently. With Lieut. Charles Mills,
he took off In an airplane and covered
tho 100 miles with four minutes to
LESSONS IN FLAG ETIQUETTE
Hazlcton (Pa.) Legion Urges Commit
tees In Every Town to Teach
Hazleton, I'u., is said to bo no
worse or better than other communi
ties In the matter of Its citizenship
paying proper respect for their flag,
but In that city the American Legion
Is striving to make It a 100 per cent
community In flag etiquette. So many
violations of tho code were brought
to the attention of the local post that
a committee was appointed to call on
and Instruct the violators ns to how
to display tho flag, and how to act
when It Is carried past them, and when
It should he displayed.
There has been no resentment of
the activities of the committee of
Instruction. Its members declnre they
have found an earnest desire on tho
part of citizens to pay tho proper
respect and tribute on nil occnslons,
and that violations are merely tho re
sult of Ignorance or carelessness.
They hnvo recommended slmllnr com
mittees In every city and town.
Loyal to His Company.
Tho village cut-up approached nn In
surance agent and Informed him that
he was In the mnrket for a $.r0,000
accident policy. When questioned ho
admitted he was a bad risk. Ho owned
nnd drove several high-powered rnclng
cars, he said.
"Don't believe I'd be doing tho right
thing In writing you up," the lnsurnnco
man Informed him. "Not fair to my
company. You yon often rldo In
those cars with other men's wives, I
"Well, yes frnnkly but "
"Well, ono of thoso wives Is mlno
nnd frankly your life Isn't worth a
plugged nickel." Amerlcnn Legion
Your Skin is
combines with purity.
For three generations
beautiful women have
by a million'
men who love
567&8 SHOES WoSIS
arc actually demanded year after
year by more people than uiiyotuer
Blioo in cno worm
workm&nihip they ur on-
I'rotootlon szMnat unreuon-
able proflU U guaranteed by
the price stamped on erery
roars of aatUfactory lerTlee
tare glren mom commence
In tlie tlinea and In the pro
tection alTordod by the W.Ik
Douxlas TraJo Mark.
Into all of our 110 stores at
rafttnrv ioat. We do not make .J Jrl?l?
one contof nroHt until the sj"foo a? s&o
suoes uru noiu m juu. i.
worth dollars for you to
remember that when you
buy shoes at our stores
lealors can supply you with
W.UDougliu shoes Thoycost
do more in Ban franclsco
W. L. Vovglai name
and portrait iithi
t'it tnoun i not
trait Hark in tht
tht nightit ttandarii
of Qualttv at tht
rtt poittblf cott. Tht
name and pnet U
plainly itamped en
than they do In NewEngland,
rnMPARF our 7 nnd It itttst ulttsfMrAi
lUlTlrAftG shoes wlthany mi In lte tsUlit
10 or tU shoes made.
raltrtn vour town nonom
Uliougiat inott, vnir io
dav tor rjcluiitt nohti ta xra..louoln uriotc.
nanjie mil ?vic i
gales turn-ovtr lint.
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More folks have opinions than cvei
did, but things go wrong Just the
Discovery by Scientists Has Replaced
Pills nnd salts glvo temporary re
lief from constipation only at tho ex
pense of permanent Injury, says an
eminent medical authority.
Sclenco has found n newer, better
way a means as sluiplo as Nature.
In perfect health a natural lubricant
keeps the food waste soft and moving.
But when constipation exists this nat
ural lubricant Is not sufllclent. Medl
cal authorities have found that the
rentlo lubricating action of Nujol most
closely resembles that of Nature's own
lubricant. As Nujol Is not a laxntlve
Z. .. l It ta In nn RI'tlRR a
It cannoi jjniic. n -
medicine. And like pure water it U
harmless nnd pleasant.
Nujol Is prescribed by nhyslclans;
used in leading hospitals. Get u bottle
xrora your druggist today. Advertise
ment. Ignornnco is tho mother of super
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