The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, November 14, 1902, Image 3

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Astker of Mysterious Mr Howard Tha
Dark Stranger Charlie AllendaUa
Doable Etc
Copyright 1897 by Bosur Bosfxra Boss
All rlrtu rMtrred
The Lost Found
While the stirring events just nar
rated were transpiring in the grotto
two men but a few miles below the
valley were making their way along
the trail made in the snow by old Ben
Holton and the Indians
Can you follow it Glum asked
the young man who was Clarence
Yes I kin follow it he answered
The two travelers followed the trail
until they came to where a portion of
the tracks led up the stream and
some went across the river Here
Glum Ralston called a halt He stood
looking at the foot prints in the snow
and shook his great shaggy old head
like one in doubt
Wall I want t tell ye Im a mite
wool gathered the old man growled
j as he gazed at the foot prints Its
my opinion that well find the camp
on the other side
I see a light exclaimed Clarence
Glum Ralston turned his eyes in the
direction indicated and said
Yes now I see it now I dont
It seems moving about
There is some one in the valley
They could not only see a light
but figures moving about and Clar
ence added
Glum let us go over there first
Well come on the old ex
sailor grunted and they started over
the frozen river When nearly across
they discovered people running about
in great excitement and loud cries
mingled with which was the shriek
of a female voice Then came the re
port of a gun followed by two or three
more in quick succession
Ho Clarence git a move on ye
theres a fight over there cried Glum
Jtalston and the two increased their
speed to a run
We will precede Clarence Berry and
Glum Ralston to the little camp and
explain the cause of excitement
When Lackland left to send rein
forcements to kill or capture the old
man from the mountain whom he was
quick to perceive was inimical to his
interests he little dreamed they
would be coming to meet him
The old man of the mountains or
hermit as wo have known him watch
ed Lackland across the river but did
not see him meet Cummins Know
ing it would be some hours before he
would return he did not consider
haste necessary
We will be gone my dear child
before that man returns he said in
a kind fatherly way that won the
heart of the girl
What do you propose she asked
Across this frozen river the ice of
wtjich will bear your weight as I
have tested it myself we will find a
deep dark cavern Now we will
cross the river and I leave you
there -
Why leave me there Why not
take me on to Paul she asked
Because you would be a hindrance
to my rescuing him No no You
must consent to stay in the cavern
or we will have to abandon the pro
ject of rescuing Paul
I will I will do anything
They began the search for capsules
lozenges and buttons of compressed
and dessicated food which took up
little space and the weight trifling
in comparison to the original food
All this took time and there came
one delay after another until hours
had glided by before they were ready
to depart At last everything was
Now my dear child we are ready
to go I hope you wont find this
journey too much for your strength
Dont consider that for a moment
Hark I hear footsteps approach
Some one comes she gasped
turning deathly pale
The men approaching the house
were Lackland with Cummins Allen
Padgett and Ambrose They had seiz
ed pine knot torches and were creep
ing stealthily toward the tent The
keen eye of the hermit had seen them
and he hastily formed a little barri
cade behind which he crouched a
revolver in each hand
Ho there called the hermit cap
tain Dont advance too near until
you explain what your mission is
My mission is to get to my tent
interposed Lackland Who are you
who presumes to take our camp from
Keep off
One of the men behind Ned fired at
the old captain and the bullet grazed
the top of his cap
You got him shouted Ned
Weve got him this time and
struck a blow at his head with his
knotted stick The stick fell on the
sled runner and there came a blind
ing flash a stunning report from the
door of the tent Ned staggered back
and fell to the earth For a moment
his companions were appalled Tom
Ambrose fired two shots at his cap
tain but the mutineer was excited
at the death of his companion and
aimed high
The hour of vengeance has come
an awful voice shouted from the tent
and another report shook the air and
Tom Ambrose sank a bullet in his
This unexpected resistance appalled
and unnerved Lackland and his com
panions who beat a hasty retreat to
ward the river They wero nearly to
the river bank when two men leap
ing from the Ice ran toward them
Hold What does this mean Lack
land you here
Clarence Berry Im undone
Then followed by his men he ran
up the stream instead of across it
Let us follow them said Clarence
No lets go to the tent Theres
been bloodshed there
They ran to the camp now deserted
by the Indians and Esquimaux Two
men lay where they had fallen the
snow crimson with their blood An
old man came from the tent holding
a pale trembling girl by the hand
Clarence snatched up a burning
brand that had fallen from the hand
of some fugutive and at a glance
Laura Laura Kean
His shout was drowned by a roar
from Glum Ralston
My captain oh my captain found
at last and in a moment those griz
zled men lost to each other a score
of years were clasped in each others
The reuinon of the sea captain and
the faithful sailor was mild compared
to a reunion that quickly followed
Another party was coming across the
ice The long Arctic night was spent
and the opening door of dawn was
filling all the eastern Heavens with
glory when Paul Kate old Ben and
their faithful canine friend sprang
from the ice and hurried up the hill to
the narrow valley where the camp
Paul led the party with Kate close
behind The first object he recogniz
ed was his faithful old friend who
had long mourned him as dead Glum
Ralston The meeting can be better
imagined than described He was
told that Laura was inside with Clar
ence and the long lost captain who
was making desperate efforts to ex
plain something which had befuddled
everybody and Paul tumbled head
first into the tent the worst befuddled
of any one and embraced Laura and
Clarence and for several moments
the only rational being in the party
was the faithful unknown dog who
sat on his haunches and panted
It was fully an hour before every
body inside and everybody outside
were at all themselves Paul after
ward had a dim recollection of hearing
a voice very much like Glum Ralstons
Aint you Kate Willis my Kate
and then he heard a voice which
sounded very much like Kate crying
Aint you Jack Ralston my sailor
Then there was a collision explo
sion and the hub bub increased
At last when all had time to re
cover Kate and Jack as she still call
ed him entered the tent she declaring
she would never permit him to leave
her again Jack explaining that he
was staying in Alaska in compliance
with an order from his captain to the
effect that he was to never leave
until he returned
And he has returned said Jack
He has come back aud is here now
and Kate I am ready to go
The man Avhom we have known as
the hermit captain said
My friends this is the happiest day
I ever knew But one person more is
necessary to make the reunion com
plete and my cup of happiness run
over I want to ask some questions
and then make some explanations
First is your name Paul Miller
Yes sir Paul answered
Who was your father and where
is he
My father was Captain Joseph Mil
ler who was lost before I can remem
ber in Alaska or some of the islands
of the Bering Sea
Do you know the name of the ship
he last sailed in and from what
Mother told me he sailed from San
Francisco in a sealing schooner call
ed the Eleanor
Jack Jack Have you been with
him all these months and not know
Glum Ralston leaped to his feet with
a startled yell and cried
Crack lash A Miller son of my
captain Why by the name of Nep
tune didnt ye tell me ye had some
other namen Crack lash
Paul was dumbfounded He had
heard a hint that the hermit was his
father but the old man had so stub
bornly denied it that he had conclud
ed it must be false
Why did you deny I was your son
when those men threatened to hang
me Paul asked
My boy I knew it then as well as
now but to acknowledge you to be
my son was to be your own doom
Theyd a hung ye then for sure or
tortured us both
What was they goin to hang
Crack lash for asked Jack Ralston
Because I wouldnt tell where Id
cached a fortune in gold I got from
the Alaskan mines So long as they
didnt know he was my son they could
not force the secret from me tiat
Well capn you played your part
very fine an now that we have out
witted em an all goin home soon
can you find the place where the gold
is cached
If I had a certain walrus hide I
could It is the one my son took from
the cave
I gave it to you Glum
And Ive got it safe at camp
In the midst of their rejpicing
Paul did not forget the poor wretch
who was lying in the cavern mangled
and torn by the dog Clarence and
two Indians went and brought Morris
to the camp where Kate carefully
dressed his wounds He was the only
man living save Belcher who had
robbed Paul and told them where the
treasure could be found also making
a full confession of his crime admit
ting that Lackland had hired them to
detain Paul in Alaska until ho Lack
land should win a certain ladys hand
and heart
The second day after the startling
incidents narrated above the little
camp was broken all the dog sleds
secured and porters packers and
Esquimaux set out for the Klondyke
Providence favored them for there
was no snow fall during their march
At the Klondyke Ethel Berry gave
them a reception in her shanty Her
amazement was unbounded to learn
that Laura was In Alaska and still
strangest of all Paul had found a
father who had been dead twenty
Kate went to Dawson City and
established her laundry though Jack
tried hard to dissuade her She said
until she was Jacks wife she would
support herself and as there was no
priest or parson on the Klondyke she
saw no chance to marry until they
left Kate did a big business that win
ter and as soon as the spring of 1897
came and the pass was open our
friends went to Juneau and took a
ship for San Francisco
Paul had not only recovered his
gold but much more which he took
out that winter while his father re
covered his gold Jack Ralston was
worth seventy five thousand dollars
while Clarence Berry and his sweet
brave little wife were rich several
times over
It was several months before the
real fate of Lackland and his compan
ions was known After their failure
to abduct Laura Kean the three men
dared not return to the land of civili
zation but went to Sheep Camp
One morning while the camp was
still buried in sleep there came a
peculiar rumbling sound from the
southwest side of the mountain and
like an avalanche the great glacier
came rumbling thundering down
burying tents and shanties and men
beneath it Some fled and a few
escaped but when the debris had
cleared away several were missing
Buried deep under the landslide were
Lackland Cummins Allen Morris and
Some one had gone on to Fresno
and broke the news to Mrs Miller by
degrees She could at first hardly be
lieve her son alive and it was still
more difficult to believe the husband
whom she had for twenty years
thought dead alive When she was
told that she would see them that very
day she swooned for ojy
She was at the depot when the train
came in and Captain Miller shaven
and shorn and dressed in the garb of
civilization looking twenty years
younger than when a wanderer in the
Klondyke stepped from the train to
receive his fainting wife in his strong
There was a wedding of course
there was No story would be com
plete without a wedding and in this
there were two for Jack Ralston
would insist on being married to his
faithful Kate on the same day Laura
and Paul were wedded
Clarence and Ethel Berry who
contributed so much to bring about
the happiness of their friends were
present and declared they never en
joyed but one other event more
that was their own wedding of course
As these young people are wealthy
beyond their fondest dreams as they
have tasted the bitter cup of poverty
and take delight in making others
bappy it is safe to predict that their
millions will not be squandered in
frivolity but the world will be better
by their having lived toiled and suf
May they live long to enjoy the
golden riches taken from the treasure
house of the Ice King on the Klon
The End
Young Girls Apt Description of Cham
pion Snorers Efforts
Mr J has a great and growing rep j
utation for snoring his intimate
friends say he is in a class all by him
self and cannot be matched
A few summers ago while J and
his wife were on a driving trip they
stopped overnight at a hotel in Sulli
van county says the New York Trib
une The hotel was a frame building
the bedrooms were divided by thin
board partitions and the accoustic
properties were so good that any
sound much louder than a whisper in
one room couid be distinctly heard in
the room adjoining
Shortly after J and his wife were
shown to their room another party
consisting of a mother and two young
daughters arrived and were put in the
room adjoining that of the Js
That night J being very tired
slept soundly and his wife says
nobly sustained his reputation as a
sound producer
The next morning while they were
seated at breakfast the new arrivals
or the night before were ushered into
the dining room and were given seats
at the same table opposite J and his
The younger daughter was of a very
talkative disposition and after giving
her views on things in general sud
denly broke out with
Oh mamma this place is just like
the real country every time I woke
up last night I could hear the pigs
J and his wife resumed their driv
ing trip immediately after breakfast
In Hi3 Fathers Place
Benham I believe our boy is gbing
to be the fool of the family
Mrs Benham Its quite probable
its very likely that he will oatlive
So Long as the Democrats Keep Up
Their Fight Against the Protection
Policy the Two Parties Must Con
tinue to Divide on That Line
In the notable speech which he de
livered upon the subject at Logans
port Ind the President expressed the
opinion that the tariff ought to be
taken out of politics and treated on
business principles simply as a busi
ness proposition This Is a suggestion
whose theoretical soundness does not
admit of intelligent dispute All com
petent and disinterested students of
the question are agreed that the tariff
constituting as it does the basis upon
which the trade commerce and manu
facture of the country aro conducted
as a matter which ought not to be ex
posed to the uncertainties of politics
or subordinated to the interests of con
tending political organizations There
is nothing so harmful to business
nothing which so certainly and
promptly blocks the wheels of prog
ress paralyzes the energy of the en
terprising alarms the timidity of cap
ital changes activity to stagnation and
prosperity to distress as that feeling
of uncertainty and suspense which is
inevitably aroused by the demonstra
tion of a serious danger that the
schedules of the tariff may be dis
turbed in manner antagonistic to the
maintenance of the protective prin
This has been shown by experience
time and again It has been shown
upon every occasion when the de
scribed demonstration has been made
Business men if they are allowed suf
ficient time can at the cost of a less
or greater sacrifice adjust their tran
sactions to almost any conditions
which include the element of perma
nency but they cannot do business
except in a hand to mouth kind of way
when they do not know from one day
to another what to expect when they
are without any assurance upon which
to rest their calculations Mr Roose
velt recognizes the truth of this as
others have recognized it before him
He perceives that nothing is more
harmful to the national prosperity
than to unsettle the public mind upon
this question of the tariff and it is
in order to avoid doing so that he
wishes the divorce of the tariff from
politics to be proclaimed He did not
in his speech at Logansport exactly
define the means whereby in his judg
ment this result as to whose desir
ability there will hardly be any seri
ous difference of instructed opinion
could be attained That lay beyond
the scope of the occasion But he said
enough to indicate that he favored the
creation of an expert body to which
should be intrusted the responsibility
of determining in what cases and to
what extent changes in the tarift
should be made In other -words the
President is inclined to think that the
result he has in view could be at
tained through the instrumentality of
a tariff commission
It might if congress would abdicate
its powers and prerogatives in the
premises and consent to be bound by
such a commissions recommendations
It might if the Democratic party
would agree that the tariff is not
rightfully and should not be made a
political issue if it would admit that
protection has been definitely and irrev
ocably adopted as the national policy
of the United States and that from
among the possible planks included in
its hetereogeneous collection the
useful old plank of tariff for revenue
only should be conclusively elimi
nated Unfortunately or otherwise
neither of these things is in the least
likely to happen There was a tariff
commission under the Presidency of
Chester A Arthur and how much at
tention does any one suppose that
Congress paid to its recommenda
tion No attention at all Congress
will never submit to surrender any of
its powers in this or any other connec
tion while the possibility of the Demo
crats agreeing that the tariff should be
taken out of politics is simply un
It follows that the Presidents vision
of a time when the tariff will be
treated by a body of experts as a
business proposition is what the late
Senator Ingalls might have called an
iridescent dream The only safe
guard against the evil of tariff tinker
ing is still and is likely to remain the
election of a stalwart Republican
Congress Philadelphia Inquirer
A Large Sized If
If the tariff were taken out of poli
tics as it ought to be says the Bos
ton Journal It is a large sized if
that qualifies this proposition The
tariff cannot be taken out of politics
so long as there is organized party re
sistance to the principle and policy of
protection If free traders were to
abandon their hostility to the Ameri
can system once and for all time then
could the tariff be removed from
politics but not until then And so
long as the tariff remains In politics
the tariff commission idea will not be
realized Non partisanship on the tariff
question does not exist Bi-partisanship
would be an irrepressible conflict
between the protectionists and the
tree traders of the commission and its
findings would win respect from no
body The country will have to wait a
long while before a tariff commission
becomes anything more than a toy
balloon for tariff tinkering theorists to
play with
The McKinley Idea
I favor such reciprocity as will not
take from one single American work
Incman his job William McKinley
With Men Who Are Making Money
It Carries Great Weight
It is not astonishing that tho Demo
cratic leaders have been unablo to in
terest tho country in tho so called
issues upon which they aro trying to
make tho coming campaign They
found out as the last session of Con
gress came to a close that the syndi
cate of vituperation and the Boston
junta had failed to create any popular
dissatisfaction with tho sane and
humane Philippine policy of the ad
ministration Their signal failure to
come to tho assistance of the senators
who were trying to secure reciprocity
with Cuba made any criticism of the
party in power on that issue out of
tho question and they turned in de
spair to the trust and tariff questions
The fact that they did not do so be
fore shows that they realized the diffi
culty of attacking the fiscal policy of
the party under which tho present
era of prosperity began There is a
world of truth in the bald assertion
that the issue of the day is prosper
ity The country looks for bettor
iegulation of the trusts there is a
growing sentiment in favor of a re
duction of certain duties but there is
no inclination to jeopardize prosper
The bank deposits of the country
show in some measure what this
prosperity had been In 1893 they
amounted to 463049015G and in 1S97
to 519G847530 a gain of 506357374
In 1901 they amounted to 8535053
13G a gain of 3 338205G00 The dif
ference in the bank deposits of tho
country at the beginning and end of
tcur years Republican administration
was five times as great as it was at
the beginning and end of the preceding
Democratic administration Astute
Democratic politicians must have seen
that they could not hope to reduce
much less overcome tie Republican
Congressional majority in the face
of such figures This accounts for tho
way in which they have taken to the
woods They were looking for cover
long before Congress adjourned leav
ing the callow orators from Tennesseo
and Colorado to wrestle with defeat
Until the Republican party is guilty
of some astounding blunder or tho
Democratic party undergoes regenera
tion the people will be willing to heed
the advice to let well enough alone
It is not an inspiring campaign slogan
but with men who are making money
it carries great weight Chicago Trib
Not Now
This paper is very glad to be count
ed among those that favor tariff re
vision The tariff schedules ought
to be revised from time to time They
always have been and always will be
unlesst the party that believes in the
tariff goes to sleep and dies in his own
tracks Progress means changes
changes in the tariff among others
There is nothing in which this paper
believes more sincerely But the ques
tion of the time and the manner are
important enough to be the essence of
the whole matter In times like these
of industrial prosperity on the one
hand and industrial uncertainty as to
the future on the other it is better to
conserve than to tear up things
through agitations Too many people
have become excited on this question
to permit calm action to be taken Tho
tariff is too partisan and too factional
a question now to permit business ac
tion to be taken This strikes us as
a good time to wait and watch and
We should not be surprised but
what a whole revision of the tariff
after the manner of the Dingley revi
sion ought to be made following
1904 The present tariff was not made
for all time but the principle under
lying the tariff is still sound Cedar
Rapids Republican
Hypnotic Power
To Statesmen Out of a Job
Well gentlemen what do you want
A change Nominate your poison
State the remedy for a general
tion of prosperity probably
pled in this or any other country Howl
to introduce paralysis in the
cial world how to stop the hum of
machinery how to reduce the demand
for products of all sorts how to in-
crease wants and diminish the means
of satisfying them how to kill indus
try to grow paupers to fill charitable
institutions and empty workshops
these are some of the questions to1
which the massive minds of states-
men out of a job are now exclusively
The leap in the dark has been tried
before The man who tries it knows
when he strikes the solid earth In
proportion to the distance he has toj
fall is the jar when he stops going
down Prudent men dont leap in thej
dark They dont leap at all after
they have reached a certain age Old
bones are brittle It is easy to jump
down It is terribly hard to jump up
Chicago Tribune
Possibility That Mrs Titus Might Be
Wiser Than Her Mother Had Been
Overlooked by the Conspirator
Story With a Moral
Mr Titus has it in for his father-in-law
Tho old gentleman Is In no
wise to blame but Titus has to fight
it out with somebody so he vents his
spleen on the leader of tho opposi
It all came about through Titus
close management Titus owns a fur
niture store Ho is not a stingy man
by any means but when he married
and got ready to furnish a flat of ills
own he concluded that it would bo a
neat stroke of economy to rid his
stoclc of a few pieces of old fashioned
furniture that had been marked down
20 per cent by utilizing them In his
own housekeeping
Until tho advent of the sideboard
his wife bore without complaining tho
Importation of these antiquated mod
els Then she revolted
I wont have it she said decisive
ly I didnt think that of you Georgo
Titus I really didnt I never dream
ed that you cared less for me than
for the customers that came into your
store If I had dreamed of such a
thing I wouldnt have married you
Titus was dumbfounded Why
Laura he said what in the world is
the matter with you
There Is nothing the matter with
me she retorted Its the sideboard
It is old fashioned and of a horribly
ugly pattern and I wont give it
houseroom I want you to take It
right back to the store If you dont
Ill see father about It
Titus meekly promised to think the
matter over and later in the evening
he saw father himself
Oh you mustnt worry about a lit
tle thing like that said his newly
acquired relation consolingly
Lauras like her mother Shes a lit
tle touchy thats all Its easy
enough to manage her when you
know how Just give her rope
enough and shell soon hang herself
Titus hastened to explain that he
was not anxious to precipitate any
such tragedy thus early in his mar
ried life and reverted to the side
Yes yes said the old gentleman
Thats all right I saw the side
board and a very nice one it is too
the nicest one you had in the store
in my opinion If Laura had seen it
In the salesroom first she would prob
ably have thought so too Youll have
to cure her as I cured her mother
Pretty soon after we were married
she found fault with a sofa I had
bought and declared she wouldnt
have it in the house I moved the
thing away and put it in a roomfull
of other sofas The next day I took
her down to the store and told her to
take her choice whereupon she pick
ed out the very identical sofa she had
rejected the day before Id advisf
you to play the same trick on Laura
The plan will be sure to work
Titus thanked his father-in-law fer
I will said he Ill do it to mor
Early the next morning he had the
sideboard carted back to the stor
and in the afternoon he invited his
wife to come down and select another
one He led the way into a large
room on the second floor where side
boards of all shapes sizes and prices
reflected the anxious faces of Mr and
Mrs Titus as they passed to and fro
in review of the shining wares Pres
ently Titus adroitly directed her Into
the aisle where the discarded side
board stood in all its last years hu
mility Mrs Titus spotted it ten feet
Good gracious George she said
What did you put that thing in hero
for Nobody will buy it Youll no
er get ride of it unless you give it
away It is too prehistoric for any
Then she went on a few stops
further and chose the most expensho
sideboard in the lot That is why
Titus is mad at his father-in-law The
old gentleman maintains that it is not
his fault if Mrs Titus is smarter than
her mother was at the same age but
Titus hints conspiracy and storms
most unreasonably Philadelphia
Vitness Could Not See How Order
Applied to Him
Recently during the hearing of a
charge of felony a young man was
called to give evidence on behalf of
the accused and was about to be
sworn when the inspector informed
their lordships that the witness had
disobeyed the order for witnesses to
leave the court
The bench were almost inclined to
refuse his evidence in consequence
but the witness in the most innocent
manner caused a burst of laughter
which even the dignity of a whole row
of judges was not proof against and
the position was saved
The inspector addressing the
bench said In order that there
should be no mistake I distinctly
said All witnesses on both sidpa
must leave the court until they are
railed and then turning to the
witness he said You must hac
heard the order
Yes at once responded the wit
ness according to the Detroit News
Tribune I did but I am not a wit
ness on both sides