The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, October 11, 1923, Image 2
RED OLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF "me r-fT BRANDED 'Xh Cy Katharine MWf (n . s-vs 2 0 wsi i-Jff'n a VJ (OfVUKUIT SYNOPSIS Join IaxtMii. rlKlitrcn yarn old, wife of l'lorro. Ih the daugh ter of Joliu Ciirver, who mur dnnul hr mother for Adultery. Her lonely life, with her father, In 11 Wyoming cahln, unbearable. Joan leaves hltn to work In a hotel In a nearby town. Joan inoutn l'lorro, and tho two, mutu ally nttraetod. are married. Carv er ttltn IMurro Btory of Joan'H mother, l'lorro forKen a cattle brand. Frank Holllwrll, yoiiUK minister, jirosontH books to Joan, l'lorro forbids her to road them. Maddeiicd by Jealouny. 1'lerro ties Joan and burns tho Two-liar brand Into her shoulder. Ilcar In hor soreams, n Htranner bur.itn Into tho houso and shoots l'lorro. CHAPTER IX 8 1 Dried Rose-Lcaveo. The house tlmt Prosper Gael lintl liullt for himself nnil for tlio woman whom Juan came to think of ns the "tall chllil." stood In 11 canyon, a deep, Kirrot fold of the hills, where a cliff Flood behind It, and where the plne needled ground descended before Its lnnr, under the fur-llung, greertsh l.iown shade of llr boughs, to the lip of a green hike. In Jniiuiiry, the lake was 11 glare of snow, In which the big V.vn stood deep, (heir branches hcavllj weighted. Prosper had dug n tunnel from his door through a big drift wider, touched his eaves. It was curious t see Wen IIo come, pattering out o this northern cave, Ids yellow, Oriental face and .slant eyes peering past the stalactite Icicles as though tlrry felt their own Incongruity almost with n sort of terror. The Interior of tho live-room house gave Just such an ef fect of bl.arre and extravagant con trast; an effect, loo, of luxury, though In truth It was fiiniMicd for the most part with stuffs and objects picked up at no very great expense In San Fran clM'o shops. Nevertheless, there wan nothing tawdry and, here and there, something really precious. Draperies on the walls, furniture made by Wen Ho and Prosper, lacquered In black and red, brass and copper, bright pew ter, gay china, some fur rugs, n gor geous oriental lamp, bookcases with volumes of h sober richness, In fan the costliest and most laborious of Im ports to this wilderness, small-paned. horizontal windows curtained In some heavy green-gofd stuff which sllppM along the black lacquered pole on rings of Jade; all these and a hundred other points of softly brilliant color Kuve to the living room n rare an.l striking look, while the bedrooms were matted, daintily furnished, care fully appointed as for a bride. Much thought and trouble, much detailed I& bar. had gone to the making of this odd nest In a Wyoming canyon. What ever one must think of Prosper Gael, It Is dllllcult to shirk heartache on hie account. A man of his temperament does not lightly undertake even r com pantoned Isolation In n winter land. T picture what place of torment this well-appointed cabin was to him before be brought to It Joan, as a loffely mat brings In a wounded bird to nurse and cherish, stretches the fancy on a rack of varied pnlnfulness. On that night, snow was iiourlnc it self down the narrow canyon In a crowded whirl of dry, clean fiakeu. Wen IIo, watchful, for his master wnj already a day or so beyond the prom ised date of Ids return, stopped rub bing his bunds. He had heard tU packing of snow under webs and run ners. After listening a moment, ko nodded to himself, like a figure In u pantomime, ran Into the kitchen, did something to the stove, then lighted ti lantern and pattered out along tuo tunnel, dodging the Icicle stnlactitt. Between the tlrs he stopped and held the lantern high so that It touched a moving radltm of Hakes to silver stin. Hack of him through the open doyr sti earned the glow of lump and II lllllng the Icicles with blood and fliKt lug the walls and the roof of the cavi. Down the canyon Prosper shouttvl. "Wen Ho! Wen Ho!" The Chlnnnuin plunged down ir-o trull, packed bvlow ttc new rati -i, nnow by frequent passage, and yu-i ently met the bent tlgure of ids mn. toY pulling and breathing hard. Wli'j out speaking, Wen IIo laid hold of tl.. sled rope und together the two in;n t urged up Hie last steep bit of the hi I. "Velly heavy load," mld Wen. Prosper's ejes. gleaming below t'e visor of bis cap. smled hnlf-mnllehn. ) upon htm. "It'c a deer'lillled out of season," ho said, "and other tattle no mtiYQrlck, either fairly marked by its owner. Lend mo 0 hand and we'll unload." Wen showed no astonishment. lie removed the covering and peeped riant wire nt Ihe strange woman who stared 8t 1dm unseeingly with Inrgi bright eyes. She dosed them, frown 'ng faintly or. llmuli fhe protc-ie' ti.,alnst the l"u on of a Chinese ft. U l hor ill- "i-i ' iik !! world. iiy k.vtiiUcim; ni;vi.i Itt it r. The men took her up and carried her Into the house, where the.v dressed her woii'-d and laid her with all possible gent'eness In one of the two beds of stripped and lacquered pine that stood In tlie bedroom facing the lake. Afterward they moved the other bed and Prosper wnt In to Ids meal. He was too tin. J to eat. Soon he pushed his plate nviiy. turned Ids chair to face the lire, an I, slipping down to the middle of his .Milne, stuck out his lean, long legs, loclicd his hands back of Ids head, let his chin fall, and stared Into the Unities. Wen Ho removed the dishes, glanc ing often at his master. "You velly tired?" he questioned softly. "ft was something of n pull In the storm." "Velly small deer," babbled the Chinaman, "velly big lady." Prosper smiled a queer smile that sucked In and down the corners of his mouth. "Shu come after all?" asked Wen Ho. Prosper's smile disappeared ; he opened his eyes and turned a wicked, gleaming look upon his man. What with the white face and drawn mouth the look was rather terrible. Wen IIo vanished with an Increase of speed and silence. Alone, Prosper twisted himself In his chair till his head rested 011 his arms. It was no relaxation of weariness or grief, but an attitude of cramped pain. His face, too, was cramped when, a motionless hour later, he lifted It ugnln. He got up then, broken with weariness, and went softly across the matted hall Into the room where Joan slept, and he stood beside her bed. A glow from the stove, and the light shining through the door, dimly Illu mined her. She was sleeping very quietly now; the Hush of fever had left her face and It was, clear of pain, quite simple and sad. Prosper looked at her and looked about the room as though he felt what he saw to be a dream. He put his hand on 011c long strand of Joan's black hair. "Poor child !" he said. "Good child !" And went out softly, shutting the door. In the bedroom where Joan came again to altered consciousness of life, there stood a blue china Jar of pot pourri, rose-leaves dried and spiced till Jvl.Lwirt She Was Lying Quietly With Closed Eye. they stored all the richness of a southern summer. Joan's Ilrst question, strnngclj enough, was drawn from he: by the persistence of this ngue and pungent swe.tn.ss. She was lying quietly with eloseo eyes, Prosper looking down at her, hU linger on hot e.eu pulse, when, with out opening her lung lids, she asked. "What smells so good?" Prosper started, drew away his lin gers, then answered, smiling. "It's a Jar of dried roso-louvo. Walt a mo ment. I'll let you hold It." lie timk the Jar from the window sill mid carried It to her. She looked at It, took It In her lfl!! bunds, and when he removed Ihe lid, ho stirred Ihe loaves curiously with her lout; forefinger. "I never seen roses." the said, and added. "Wind's banlj?" Prosper was startled. For an In--tint! nil bis siippoxlttono as to Joan were disturbed, "Basil? Whore did ou eer henr of basil?" "Isabella and Lorenzo" murmured .loan, and her eyes darkened with hor 'iiomorles. Provper found Ids heart beating 'i t. r t .11. usual "Who are you ym, '11 n . re" I think It's time yon 1 ' II llll) "es." said Joan; "I ve thought n great deal about you." Slip wrinkled her wide brows. "You must have been out iifler game, though 'twas out of reason. And you must have beard tne a-cryln' out an' come In. That wan i-IlMii fonianeous. stranger. I would surely like you hi know why I cotn away with you," Mic went on, wistful and weak, "but I don't know 113 how I can mnkf It plain to you." She paused, turning the blue Jar In her hand. "You're very strange to me," she said, "an' yet. someways, you takln' care of mo so well an' so so awful kind" her voice gave fortli Its tremolo of feeling "seems like 1 knnuctl you better than any other per son In Ihe world." A MiimIi (-nine Into his face. "I wouldn't like you to be think In'" She stopped, a little breathless. He took the Jar, sat down on the bed. and laid a hand firmly over both of hers. "I 'won't be thinking' any thing." he said, "only what you would like me to think Listen when a man llnds a wounded bird out In the win ter woods, he'll bring It home to core Tor It. And he 'won't be thinking' tho worse of Its helplessness and tame ness. Of course l know but tell me your name, please I" "Joan LiindN." At the mime, given painfully, Joan drew a weighted breath, another, then, pushing herself up as though oppressed beyond endurance, she caught at Prosper's arm, clenched her lingers upon It, and bent her black head In a terrible paroxysm of grief. It was like n tempest. Prosper thought of storm driven, rain-wet trees wild In n wind . . . of music, the prelude to "Kile gentle Hollander." Joan's weeping bent and rocked her. He put Ids arm about her, tried to soothe lisr. At her cry of "Pierre! Pierre!" he whitened, but suddenly she broke from him nnd threw herself back amongst the pil lows. "Twns you that killed him," she moaned. "What hev I to do with you?" It was not tho Inst time that bitter exclamation wns to rise between them ; more and more fiercely It came to wring his peace and hers. This time he bore it with a certain philosophy, calmed her patiently. "How could I help It. Joan?" he pleaded. "You saw how It was?" As she grew quieter, he talked. "I heard you scream like a person being tor tured to death twice a grewsonie enough sound, let me tell you. to hear In the dead of a white, still night. I didn't altogether want to break Into your house. I've heard some ugly stories about men venturing to dis turb the work of murderers. Hut, you see, Joan, I've a fear of myself. I've n cruel brain. I can use It on my own failures. I've been through some self purilsliment no! of course, you don't understand all that. . . . Anyway, I came In, In great fear of my life, and saw what I saw a woman tied up and devilishly tortured, 11 man gloating over her helplessness. Natural ly, before I spoke my mind, as r. man was hound to speak It, under the pain and fury of such a spectacle, I got ready to defend myself. Your Pierre" there was a biting contempt In his tone "saw my gesture, whipped out his gun, and Hied. My shot was half a Fecond later than his. I might more readily have lost my life than taken his. If he hail lived, Joan, could you have forglvwn him?" "No," sobbed Joan; "I think not." She trembled. "He said terrible hard wortls to me. ile didn't love me like I loved htm. IIo planned to put u brand on me su's I c'd be his own like ns If I wns a lionst belongln' to him. Mr. Ilolllwell said right, I don't be long to no man. I belong to my own self." The storm bad passed into this troubled after-tossing of thought. "Can you tell me about It nil?" asked Prosper. "Would It help?" "I couldn't," she moaned; "no, I couldn't. Only If I hadn't 'a' left Pierre a-lyln' there alone. A dog that had onct loved him wouldn't 'a' done that." She sat up again, white mid wild. "That's why I must go back. 1 must surely go. I must! Oh, I must!" "(lo back thirty miles through wet snow when you can't walk across the room, Joan?" He smiled pityingly. 1 "Can't you g. back?" She turned desolate, hniijitetl eyes upon him. "Oh, can't you? n do some kindness to him? Can you ever stop thlnkln' ol lilm lyln' there?" Prosper' (rtt'ij was hard through Its gentleness. "l' seen too many dead men, less deserving of death. Hut hu-.il ! you IIo down und go to 'sleep I'll try to manage It. I'll try to gel hack and show him some kindness, n oil mi. There! Will you be a good girl now?" She fell back and her eyes shone their giatitude upon him. "Oh, you are good !" she said. "When I'm well I'll work fth- you!" He shook ids bead, smiled, klsseO her himil. and went out. She ens tntlreiy exhausted by hei emotion, so trial all her memories ftll away from her and left her In n peace ful blankness. She trusted P'osper't word. With every fiber of-bur heat I she trusted him, as simply, us singly, as a child tru.ts Ood. iTO Hi: CONTI.N'L'l'll) Lowered the Temperature. 1 proposed for the llrsi time to the girl if my heart on the crowded plat form of 1111 elevated station during the well-known rush hour. Tt was a cold inUcniblo evening and 1 vuisji't warmed up at all by the young ludy'3 tin, arm and culling rofual.--Chi-i.igo Journal. I- ' I -it .iti think Is rl.'u .n.l don'l n, . it whut other ivi . bay. HIM, , ,; )' li'lilie till ctirii.slfy iiholil Hie'" The Amemcan LEGION i (Copy for This Department Supplied by th I American l.cnlon Noun Harvlco.) LEGION TO FATHER ORPHANS Problem, One of Dlnrject Facing Or ganization, rtencrded as Con tlnued Gorvlcs to Nation. Caring for orphaned children of World war veterans Is regarded as one of the prlnclp.1l problems In the American Legion's plan of continued iervlce to the nation. Kstluintes show that within eleven years after the close of the war, there will be at least .".".(MX) of such children, and the number Is expected to Increase so rapidly that It will entail as much ex penditure as does the relief or dis abled soldiers. Oeorge A. Withers of Clay Center, Kansas, Is chairman of the Leglon'a national committee on children's homes. Mr. Withers has given un hparlngly or his time during the past year in research und study of the con ditions and methods used In the up bringing of veterans' dependents. The committee la composed or Mark T. McKee of MMilgnn. Charles French of New llampshl ., Wlllluni 15. Henley of Pennsylvania. O. A. Warllck of North Carollnu, K. K. Hallenbeck of Pennsylvania, 15- h K. Robertson of New York, and A. II. McKnew of California. Tiny have prepared an outline for the Legion's part In such n program, to li. submitted to the fifth annual (invention of the or ganization nt San Francisco. m fs'i ' . . tt V George A. Withers. r.xact procedure of the Legion Is uncertain, and may not be deter mined until after the convention takes mtlon. No approval has been given to any plans outlined because of tho variance of opinions of child welfare workers on the feasibility of certain methods. Suggestions or placement of dependent children with near rela tives, with financial aid In education; location with foster parents; group ing of the wards In small colonics un der direction of matrons; and Insti tutional care In orphanages will be In cluded in the report of the committee. Further plans for education ami voca tional training will be outlined In the report. Work of preparation lias been as sisted by responses to a questionnaire sent to heads of all Legion depart ments. It has been determined from these that at least six states already have provided specllic care for those bereft of parents by the World war, and In other states plans looking to Legion co-operation as partial solu tion hnve been prepared. A project in Washington calls fur establishment of an institution on public lands of the state, to be llnancetl through ef forts of the Legion. Michigan now has an orphunnge, known ns the American. Legion Children's billet, under direction of t!te organization. Kansas is at work on a plan for ac ceptance of a gift from Daniel Dab ney, who offered the Legion 11 large tract of land, and an endowment of SLTlUOO If the Legion would ralso .SI 00.000 for a home for dependent children of former service men. .Members of the committee bel'eve that the care of such children Is a re sponsibility for the Legion. In a re cent letter, Clialiuian Withers has hummed up the duty of the Legion men In these words; "These youngsters belong to the huddles wlio stooil with us In the trenches, and who were called upon to make the .supreme sacrlllce. ("an we. who were spared, do less than to tee to it that those nearest mul dear est to tlin.se woiitlerlul imys who gave uii-ii tin, .--imn iiuve me etiiiuce t II II t we would desire for ours, had wo been ! called on as were they?" .-'.XfcftvW iSZ -. I vvn-u? 'Ki i ?1 tf Color Dllnrl? "You will have trouble with a dark lady," predicted the- fortune tellor. "Think hard, sister, and ho sure you nro right," replied tho wise wisdom seeker. "i'm married to a blonde."- Anuw lean Legion Weekly. Even So. "Then you hnvfr mot my wlfo he loreV" "Yes, Indeid. 1 knew hor quite well before you iimn-lcd lier," 'I'll.' il.-n.e von sa. Ywii ii'i'imV) I ,n' I '. . I.ni" ,1 e o , i- 1, , ' ji ,- I nlU'l I. AIR DISARMAMENT BIG TOPIC Question of International Importanea to Bo Dlccussed at Legion Na- tional Convention. The question of an International air disarmament conference will be one of the principal topics for discussion at the American Legion's national con vention In San Francisco, according to Legion national olllclals. When the Legion started It!) poll of prominent citizens to ascertain public sentiment In regard to the advisability of holding a conference to limit mili tary air forces in Washington, the question claimed the serious intention of Legionnaires In all departments and u number of state organizations huu recommended that the national cun .ention consider the Issue. The Legion believes that world peae is threatened by the unusual air pro grams sponsored by France, Fngland, Italy and Itussla. Led by France, the nations of Kurope tiro Involved In a race for air supremacy which the Legion feels may result In 11 necessity for impropriations of billions of dol lars on the part of this country un less an International agreement la readied to reduce air forces. Public sentiment favors tho pro posed conference, according to results obtained to date from tho poll which elicited replies from inembi rs of cin gross, govi mors, editors, college presi dents and many prominent citizens Of the letters received, uppioxnuuii !y IK) per cent express approval of the gathering. Through the views of commentators runs 11 dellnlte current of opinion that the conference should be held as soon as possible and that It' It Is not held, tho United States should take steps at once to obtuln thorough protection In air armament. Writers, admit the dif ficulties of obtaining representation at the gathering because of the situation In Kurope, but express the belief that the attempt should be made, thereby revealing to the world the nations re fusing to co-operate In a movement for world peace. Included In the list of commentators are a number of Americans whose words on questions of an International character always are sure of a respect ful hearing. Senator Henry Oabot Lodge, chairman of the senate com mittee on foreign relations, who was one of the members of the American delegation to the Washington anus limitation conference of l'.llM, has ex pressed approval of the Legion's cant palgn In principle. He wrote that he favored limitations In aircraft similar to those mnde In naval strength, pro vided that the agreement l'or limita tion Is International. Newton 1. linker, former secretary of war, believes that the conference should be held at once because "lite limitation of air armaments is the 1110 a Important and ital jrosslble limita tion." However, he nddi the thought that International protection must be afforded to the security of certain na tions which, because of their Inferior man-power, have been forced to rely upon their superior Ingenuity In de veloping and producing the most mod ern and scientific agencies of war. That the L-glon's suggestion would have the support of the farm bloc Is In dicated In Ihe enthusiastic letter re ceived from Senator Arthur Capper of Kansas who has written that It has won his hearty indorsement. "It seems to me that an international con ference would be very helpful toward bringing about an agreement which would end competition between na tions for supremacy In the air a pol Icy which unquestionably is not only useless but a menace to the peace of the world," his letter reads. "You are correct when you wty that now is the time to consider tills matter. Delay will undoubtedly complicate the situa tion nnd make It more dllllcult to re move the menace." Legion leaders hnve expressed grati fication that President Coolldge favors the alms of the proposed conference, but disagree with his belief that the time Is not ripe for convening the gathering and that this government should set an example by refraining from engaging in competitive building of aircraft. "Our stand should be to find out for certain whether nations are ready to discuss limitation of air armament, nnd if they are not, begin Immediately to strengthen our air forces, which are now not those of a llrst class power," Lemuel Holies, Legion national adju tant, has stated. "The worst thing that could happen to the country to day would lie a move to disregard pre paredness In the face of the lairopcan contest and for the Legion to permit such an interpretation to grow from Its suggestion of limitation would be to repudiate our four-jear record for pre paredness." The Legion's campaign lias aroused Hindi puhlli' coiiiiaeiii and lias been tfie subject of t'diioilals In newspapers all over Ihe country- It has become one of the lending incisures In that organ ization's rniupaUn for the inhume incut of world ien-:t'. Tho Vsry Flrct Klsc She was ko lonot-ent, Jack had taken her riding In bis cur und Jum as he kUsut her u tiro blew out. 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