The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, March 16, 1900, Image 6
ft o oo * A Story of Patriarchal Times. 'ft ' By JULIA MAGRUDER. s * ftft CorrnionTED 1890 , 1891 AJTO 1890 DT ROBERT BONXEH'S Soss. ft lft CHAPTER II. ( Continued. ) She knelt behind the curtain of her window as the troop came near , es corting their leader to his home , but her father knew this way of hers , and sent a glad gmnce upward as he dis mounted. Adina saw and understood the look , and quick as thought , glanced upward , too ; but while the look of .Tephthah lingered on Namarah's case ment , the look of the young man was hastily withdrawn , and even In the golden flush of the sunset the hue of his cheek deepened. Namarah- saw that it did , and the consciousness sud denly reminded her that she was thinking of some one else beside her father , at the moment of his return from battle , and that was a thing that bad never happened before. She rose to her feet and flew down the stairs to meet Jephthah at the entrance to his chamber , as the body of soldiers passed onward down the street. Into his arms she sprang , her soft flesh crushed against the metal of his armor , and her hands clasped tight about his neck ; nor would she loose her hold when he had kissed and fondled dled her repeatedly. "Dost thou love thy old father so indeed ? " he asked. "And art thou trembling ? Why , maiden , thou art a soldier's child , and battles are his daily work. Wilt thou never losft thy timorousness ? Thou lovest thy old father too much , my little one. Thou ehouldst have some one else to spend thy woman's heart upon. I would fain see thee married , with a husband and children of thy own to love. " But at these words , behold the maiden burst Into great sobs , and clung to his neck weeping , and de claring earnestly that she wanted no husband she wanted no love that would separate her from her father. Then did Jephthah soothe and caress her full tenderly , until the smiles had scattered the tears , and she took his armor from him , as was her custom , and led him to his favorite seat , that he might rest As she stood holding the great breast plate in her little hands , she said sud denly : "Am not I as good an armor bearer as the tall young man thou sentest here this morning ? " Whereat she laughed , softly and blushed again. "That thou att , " answered Jephthah , fondly. "No one could perform the office better than thou dost do it But what thoughtest thou of the young man Adina ? " "He seemeth to be a soldier-like young man enough , " Namarah an swered , carelessly- and fell to polish ing with a fold of her white gown the shield-she was holding. "Thou carest as little for him , I see , as for the others of his kind ; but , Na marah , see that thou ever treatest him kindly when he cometh in thy way. But for his courage in the sudden at tack this morning , thy father might be with thee now dead instead of living. " CHAPTER III. As he told the story of the young man's bravery and self-devotion , Na- marah's eyes grew brilliant , and her breath came thick and fast ; and as Jephthah dwelt upon the imminent danger that had threatened both , a look so terrified came into her face that ho said again , as he had said so often : "Thou lovest thy old father too much. " It often happened , after this , that the young man Adina would come to the house in company with Jephthah , or by his ordering or permission , and make his way to the great room where were kept all manner of pieces of ar mor and weapons , and other trappings of war. And at times it transpired that , as he approached the house , Namarah would be in the garden feeding her doves. Sometimes ho would pass on with only a gracious reverence to her , but again he would wax bolder and come near" laughing with her to see the white birds scatter at his approach , and then , as he would stand very still by Namarah's side , settle back content edly at her feet andgo on with their breakfast. He delighted to see her feed them from her mouth ; and they soon grew so accustomed to him that they would fly to her without heeding him , sometimes perching for a moment on his shoulders.and hopping thence to hers. "They are carrier birds , " she sajd one morning , as he stood beside her thus. She looked up in his face and smiled , but quickly her eyes dropped to the doves at her feet. "Hast thou tested them ? " he asked. "And will they , indeed , bear tidings to thee from afar ? " "Trulj , ! cannot tell thee of mine own knowledge , " she made answer ; "but I know it is their nature , and I feel as sured that If one of my birds should be taken far away it would return to me. " "Maiden , I well believe it , " he re plied. And at these words , so gently spoken , lo , there came into her cheeks again that treacherous rose-color which he alone , or the mention of him , had power to summon there. "Dost thou believe it ? " she made an swer. "Then , truly , thou mayst test It some day. When next thou goest on a journey , thou mayst take one of my white doves with thee , and we shall see whether or not it will return. " | So belt , maiden , " he replied. "There ' is 'even now a message I would fain send thee by it , had I the courage. " And as he spoke he turned and left her , before the wonderment his words had roused found volce in speech. "What message ? " she murmured again and again , speaking in hushed silence to her own heart as she wan dered alone about the garden , or sat with her maidens at her embroidery. They were engaged upon the task of working a rich vestment for the high priest , and no one had so fine an eye for the blending of colors , nor such deft fingers in handling the brilliant silk and golden threads with which they wrought , as Namarah. But as she sat at work today her mind and senses were preoccupied , so that the silks got tangled in her fingers , and the colors were mismatched in a clumsy manner that none had ever seen in Namarah before. That evening , when her father Jeph thah came home , there was a look up on his face that made Namarah anxious. When their evening meal was ended , he called the maiden to him , and fondling her with more than his usual lovingness , he revealed to her the care he had upon his mind. "I have not told thee of it , child , " ho said , "because that I refrained to cause tLee uneasiness until the time were come ; but of late there hath been great trouble and strife in the land of Israel , and the children of Ammon have made war against it And in con sequence of this a strange thing has happened unto me , foe , behold , the el ders o'f Gilead have come to fetch me out of the land of Tob that I may be their captain to fight against the child ren of Ammon. But I spake unto them and said : 'Did ye not hate me and ex pel me out of my father's house , and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress ? ' And the elders of Israel said unto me : 'Therefore we turn again unto thee now , that thou mayst go with us and fight against the children of Ammon , and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. ' Then said I'unto the elders of Gilead : 'If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon , and the Lord delivers them before me , shall I be your head ? ' And behold they an swered : "The Lord be witness between us , if we do not according to thy words. ' " Now , as he spake , the maiden Na marah had felt her heart within her smitten with a great and mighty fear. "Go not , my father , " she pleaded , hanging about his neck and hiding her face against him. "Did not the elders of Gilead thrust thee out and disown thee ? Why goest thou then to fight against their enemies ? " But Jephthah answered and said : "These be the enemies of the Lord , my daughter , who have lifted up their hands against His people Israel , and I must even go forth to meet them , strong in the power of his might" But Namarah only wept and clung to him , and said : "Let my words find favor with thee , 0 my father , and go not forth to battle , lest thou lose thy life , and I be left alone and comfortless. " "I would fain have thee take my tid ings more submissively , my little one , " made answer Jephthah , as he stroked the masses of her unbound hair. "Thy father Is a soldier , and thou art a sol dier's child ; and I would have thee gird my armor on , and wish me God speed against the enemies of the Lord and His people , trusting in His power , to bring me back , triumphant and vic torious into thy arms again. But Namarah seemed to get no com fort from his words , and answered only : "Do not leave me. Thou art all I have. " "My child , my little child , " said Jephthah , with a mighty sweetness in his voice , 'if often grieves thy father's heart that it is even so. Thou never knewest a mother's care and love' , and though , God knoweth , I have tried to let thee * feel no lack of tenderness , yet often it doth trouble me that thou hast on earth no binding tie of love save this to me ; and it would even fill my soul with comfort to see thee wed to one who might worthily cher ish thy youth and protect thy tender ness. " But Namarah , with her face still hid against him , only shook her head , as if in strong opposition to his words. "Child , bethink thee , " Jephthah said , when he had gently kissed and stroked her head in silence for a moment , "it must never be for thee to die unwed , for who knows but the will and pur pose of the great God may be that thou shall be chosen among women to be the mother of thy people's deliverer ? It hath even seemed to me that in the eyes of the Almighty thy meekness and pureness and humility may have found such grace , that this great hon or , wherewith one woman is to be hon ored above all others , may come to rest upon thee. Forget not this , my daugh ter , and order thy mind to become a JB - _ true and loving wife , as thou hast been to me a true and loving daughter. Whether this glory above all glories may be destined for thee or not , grieve not thy father's heart by refusing to be wed , so that he may see thee with thy children about thee before he dletti and sleepeth with his fathers. " Namarah made no answer , but her fluttering breath grew calm and though shs spake no word to signify her ac quiescence In his desires , yet neither did she gainsay him any more , a thing whereat her father marveled. How ever , he spake not the thought that was in his mind , but was thankful in the silence of his heart After these weak and faint-hearted words , the brave spirit of the girl came to her again , and she went about her household duties , and particularly the preparations for her fa ther's going forth to war with a courage even greater than her wont. Her father she loaded more and more with endearments and cares ses , but she ever avoided speech about his coming dangers in the field , except that once she said to him suddenly , and with her head tent low over her work : "Will it be that thou takest with thee thine armor-bearer the young man , Adina ? " And Jephthah answered : / 'Ay. " "Then , " said she , with her head still ben , , , "it is well done , for truly he hath said to me that he would shield thy body with his own. But go not into danger , my father. Be careful of his life and of thine own. " ' "Thou speakest unwisely , maiden , and not as a soldier's daughter. Thou kuowest that in battle a brave man must not shun the place of danger , but if he trusteth in the Lord no harm can hurt him. Adina also is a man that feareth God , and therefore will we trust to be delivered and brought home in safety. " "Amen ! " the maiden said , full rev erently , and bent her head more lowly yet , as one who prayeth. The full moon rose o'er Jephthah's garden on the eve of his going forth to battle , and Jephthah's daughter stood alone and held her heart to lis ten. Her white robe fluttered In the cool air of evening and clung about her slender limbs ; and standing there , her pale face settled into a mute repose , she looked like a 'fair white statue , clad in a wind-blown raiment. No sound disturbed the stillness of the night , except the cooing o'f the doves in their house close by. But , after lonlg waiting , there mingled with this the tread of approaching footsteps. The folds of her white gown trembled on her breast , as if the heart beneath them fluttered. Nearer came the foot steps through the trees , beneath the overhanging vines , until the moonlight revealed the tall form and noble fea tures of the young man Adina. "Is it thou , 0 maiden ? " he asked , stopping a few paces from her. 'The God of Israel bless thee that thou heardest my prayer , and hast let me speak to thee , before I go to battle. Hast thou no thought , Namarah , of the words I have come to speak ? " The doves cooed and gabbled with their little muttering sounds , but Na marah answered not. They stood a pace or two apart the maiden Nama rah and the young man Adina but still the silence was unbroken. "Hast thou even brought me here to break my heart , Namarah ? " the young man said. "I love thee maiden , and unless thou'It love me in return , the God of Israel grant that I may fall in battle , for my life is naught to me without thee. " ( To be continued. ) " master of the Steam. There is one thing for which an en gineer is noted. This is the absolute obedience of orders. He is brought up on that from the time he starts to fir ing till ie becomes a graduate and takes charge of an engine. Then he becomes the instructor.of others , and , of course , never loses the main point There is a story told illustrative of this. Two men were applicants for positions on one of the railroads in Boston not long ago. They both want ed to be engineers , and there was but one place vacant The superintendent before whom they appeared asked one a question , which ran after this fash ion : "Suppose you were on a siding with orders for a train to pass. A message would go over the wire that the oncoming train for which you were waiting was two hours late. What would you do ? " The first one was asked the question , and 'he pulled his hat down over his face and said : "I dunno. That is the conductor's job , not mine. " The superintendent said he might leave his address , and if they needed him they would drop him a line. The second man was standing at a respectful distance , with his cap in his hand , and was asked the same question. "I tell you , sir , " he said , "if the orders looked all right , and I thought the signature r/as good and all that , I would stand on that siding a forever. I guess you had better re port to the roundhouse for duty , " said " of A young governess , going on a long journey , was recommended , among oth er means of precaution when passing through a tunnel , always to put her ed hand in the pocket inwhich she kept her money , so that it might not be stolen. She acted upon the advice , and be on coming to a tunnel put her hand In her pocket , but was startled on finding it already occupied by another. She grasped the intrusive hand and held it firmly until the train emerged Into daylight , when the gentleman sitting next tocher explained , with a smile , that both hands were in his pocket Weekly Telegraph. FOE BOYS AND GIRLS BOWIE GOOD STORIES FOR OUR JUNIOR READERS. A Labrador Boar Story Arab Legend of the Good Deed That Caused the Thorn to Blossom An K c-KatlnR Snake The Compass Plant. Lot Us Gather Op the Sunbeams. ( Old Favorite Series. ) Let us gather up the sunbeams Lying : all around our path : Let us keep the wheat and roses. Casting out the thorns and chaff ; Let us lind'our sweetest comfort In the blessings of to-day. With a patient hand removing * All the briars from the way. Strange , we never prize the music Till the sweet-voiced bird has llown ! Strange , that < flypuld | slight the violets Till the l9vef4flHrers | are gone ! Strange , that , Kw skies and sunshine Never seeznJ HaV so fair As when wini widjvy pinions Shake the wq Hewn in the air. If wo knew 'thej Ky fingers Press'd agalnsJKhe window pane. Would be col iapd jtif to-morrow , Never troublaWs galn ; Would the brigni Qjes : of our darling Catch the frown upon our brow ? Would the , print of rosy fingers Vex us then as they do now ? Ah ! those little ice cold fingers. How they point our memories back To the hasty words and actions Strewn along our backward track ! How those little hands remind us. As In snowy grace they lie. Not to scatter thorns but roses For our reaping by-and-bye ! A Labrador Bear Story. A writer on Labrador , In an article in an American paper , tells the follow ing bear story : A couple of winters ago a young lad left the mission house of Nain armed with only a small knife and an old-fashioned muzzle-loader. He encountered no game till several miles from the mission , and his first quarry was a thin , hungry-looking grizzly. Either from nervousness or overanxiety to secure the bear , the boy fired carelessly , only inflicting a flesh wound , which infuriated the crea ture. Before the young hunter could reload the bear turned and came dash ing J upon his assailant. The proverbial tree , which boy hunters climb in story books , was lacking , and the hero fled most unheroically , with the certain knowledge that certain death was only a l few yards behind , if he did not put speed into his heels. The ill-luck of ] his first maladroit aim was repeated In a clumsy fall over bowlders , during which Bruin made such time the boy could gauge how much his pursuer gained j on him by the nearer sound of something hulking over the rocks closer and closer at every leap. The trail was rough and uneven , but that was a greater disadvantage to the boy than to the bean With that versatile presence of mind bred by daily dan gers , the lad tore off one mit and flung that behind. There was a momentary halt , on the part of the grizzly and the hunter made speed , but the way was long , and his strength was giving out. Presently he could hear the thud , thud of the bear again in pursuit. Off came the other mit , with the expected result of another stop behind him , re newed pursuit , and repetition of the strategy till cap , coat , shot-pouch , shirt and boots had been thrown back , and giving the fagged runner a chance to traverse the long distance to the mis sion house. "He come run , run , run , run , panting to the door , " said the Moravian minister's wife , shy and modest as a nun , from long isolation in the north , "mit-mit-mit how you call it in English ? midout clos'es. " "Naked ? " asked the astonished lis tener. "Naked all but his gun , " an swered the missionary's wife. An Arab Legend. Once upon a time , away out on the desert , an Arab was traveling with a caravan and a large amount of valua ble silks and rich goods. He knew that the portion of the desert through which they were passing was frequent ed by robbers , and he was anxious to reach the end of his journey riefore night. The men and the camels were all weary , for they had come a long way across the dry country , but now they were looking more cheerful , for they would soon be at a place where they could rest and not fear. The chief was leading the caravan and looked carefully in every direc tion , BO as not to be surprised by the enemy. All at once he heard a cry of pain , and , peeping around , saw a boy not far from the path. "Are you sick ? " asked .the chief. "I have a thorn in my foot , " said the boy , "and I cannot walk. " Then the chief got down from the back of the camel and went to the boy and gently drew the thorn from his foot. He even delayed to cleanse the sore and rub some ointment on the wound made by the thorn. He Inquir ed about how far the boy had to go and if he had any money. Learning that the boy had but little , he gave him piece of gold and then went on his journey. Many years after the chief died and went to paradise. What was c his surprise to find himself at once in 1 the midst of the most beautiful roses. * "Why have I so many roses ? " he asked an angel near him. "There are many others who have done more good who have not as many beautiful roses. " The angel smiled and answered : "Years ago you drew a thorn from the foot of a boy who was crying in tne desert. That thorn has grown to a large rose tree , and the roses you see around you are the blossoms from that tree. " One good deed done here below is returned many fold in jjara- ilse. An Ejic-Katlnc Snake. Now , how does it manage to get down its throat such a thing as a duck's egg , not only so much larger than itself , but also hard andm perfect ly smooth ? We know that a common snake is aided in swallowing a toad by Its hook-like teeth , which hold the prey while the upper and lower jaws glide over it alternately and thus push it backwards. Lizards , boas , the Ho- terodon of Madagascar , etc. , are said to. place the egg of a canary or other small bird , that is against an Irreg ularity of the ground or within one of their own folds , which enables them to ram It into their mouths. In the case of our "dasypeltis" and Its duck'3 egg , however , these explanations do not suffice , this genus being destitute of true teeth. We can , therefore , only suppose that a couple of membranous folds , which have been discovered , one on each side of Its mouth , lay hold of the shell like cupping glasses , and thus work it into the throat. But here we meet with another difficulty. After the egg has passed between the pro digiously distended jaws and upper esophagus , it would seem as if its bulk and solidity , when lodged in a compar atively Inelastic part of the digestive tube , whose juices are unable to dis solve the shell , must quickly prove fa tal to the animal. A remarkable in stance of natural adaptation is afford ed by the manner in which the danger Is provided against. The anodon , as already observed , has no true teeth. So-called gular teeth , however , are present , these being really the tips of the long Inferior spines of the first eight or nine vertebrae , protruding through the esophageal wall. When the shell is broken by the gular teeth It Is ejected and the fluid passes into the stomach. Popular Science. A Disgusted Blonntnln Lion. "People who imagine that animals haven't got human feelings don't know them , " said a Yellowstone Park guide. "One day was cutting a trail and laid my coat on the end of a log. I was off at some distance when I saw a big mountain lion creeping along to spring on the coat , which lay on the log in such a way as to look like a man stooping down. It deceived the lion , which skulked along until within twenty feet and then he made two big jumps. As he flew he uttered a fright ful screech , and if that coat had been a man he wouldn't have had time to wink. The lion lit down on it with claws and teeth , and in ten seconds it was in rags. Then he realized the cheat , and you never saw a human be ing look more foolish. His tail went down to the ground , the fire died out of his eyes , and altogether he looked so cheap that I laughed right out , and that seemed to break his heart. He looked at me and whimpered like a puppy , and when I laughed again , he sneaked off like a dog caught killing sheep. I believe I could have pulled his tail without exciting any spirit in him just then. " A Trlckr Goat. A crowd of children were playing on a vacant lot in the suburbs some time ago. Among the spectators was a large white goat , that was looking on as though he were watching his opportu nity for getting some fun out of the game himself. The children , who were very much scattered at first , finally came together in a very com plete ring , the largest boy in the crowd being closest to the goat. The goat did not argue with himself long , but smiling his peculiar smile , made a bee line for the boy , and , striking with full force , knocked him winding , thereby sending the other children tumbling in every direction. "I don't believe , " said the man who told about it , "that any animal but a goat would have struck just at that time and in the manner in which he did unless he had been prompted by a sense of humor , even if it were only a goat humor. " "Bobs" Afraid of Tats. Lord Roberts , commander of 200,000 British soldiers in South Africa , pos sessor of the Victoria cross and all sorts of medals , is about paralyzed with fear at the sight of a cat. No cat has been admitted to the Roberts house for years , says the New York Herald. During one of the actions out side Cabul , when bullets and gunshot were freely falling around the general and his staff , he was , as usual , coolly indifferent , but all at once he was seen to tremble and pale with fright. The hero of a hundred fights pointed helplessly over his shoulder to a neigh boring wagon , and the staff saw a half-starved black cat perched on top of it His strange fear of the cat was so great as to completely distract Gen. Roberts' attention from the field of battle , and it was not until a subaltern drove the animal away that the Eng lish general was able to bring his thoughts back to the conflict. A London Apprentice. 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