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THE FALLS CITY TRIBUNE , FRIDAY , NOVEMBER 16 , 1906.
The Lady Sheriff's Captive ,
nv w.v. . HINKS.
Down the one street of San
Carlos came a scurry of hot
alkali dust , then the sound of
two revolver shots , and a
couple of cowboys from the
Triple X ranch went tearing by
on little , undersized cayuses
that could run , and were then
running1 , like , as Monty Jacobs
remarked , "a couple of scairt
"Ked" Cutcheon was in com
pany with his bosom friend and
boon companion , "Slim .lim"
Morlcy. With the annual round
up on the Triple X over , and
with three month's pay in their
pockets , the two were drinking
in large drafts ? from UlV cup of
pleasure afforded tiiem by the
pleasing1 practice of "shooting
up" San Carlos. They were , or
rather had been , drinking other
things many other things , but
principally "mescal" whisky ,
which makes the brain feel like
the interior of an active vol
Ueitig "shot up" was an old
story to San Carlos and its citi
zens. It was just one of those
little occurrences which are
none the less inevitable because
slightly unpleasant. About
once a month a delegation of
two or more cowboys from the
Triple X performed the opera
tion , which consisted in getting
Very drunk and then riding up
and down through San Carlos'
main , and only , street , yelling
; it the top of their voices and
firing their pistols.
But the "mescal" must have
been worse than usual on this
day , or else Ked and Slim Jim
had absorbed largely of it.
Their spirts were too high to be
satisfied with the harmless
amusement of yelling and dis
charging revolvers into the air.
They were "hunting trouble. "
" \Vhoop-ee ! " they yelled , as
they drew rein in front of
Jacob's store. "Come out , you
old .lew. "We want licker. "
Monty came. tie was no
coward , and besides he knew
that the only danger lay in the
fact that he might accidentally
stop a bullet meant for another
'You arter behave yourselves
better , boys , " said Monty , as
served the drinks they demand
ed , "we've got a new sheriff ol
Hanger county since you were
here last. " '
"To Halifax with the sheriff-
of Hanger county ! " said Red ,
"What's become of old Mike
Callaghan ? "
' Mike died two months ago , "
said Monty"and the boy.
thought his widow needed UK
fees of the oflice , so what die
they up and do but elect his
daughter to the oflice. SOUK
people said twarn't legal t <
elect a woman sheriff , but tin
boys said they didn't care twc
whoops in a hot climate wheth
er 'twas legal or not. So yoi
fellers had orter quit sich fol
ishncss as shooting up tlii
"Whoop-ee ! " said Slim .lin
Morley. "Hurrah for the ne\
sheriff ! Is she pretty ? "
"Well , of course , there's dil
Icrence of taste about beauty ,
said Monty cautiously. "Bu
most of the boys swear as hoi
she is the prettiest girl i
Hanger cyunty. "
"Here's young , you old .lew ,
said H e d enthusiastically
"We're going 'round to call o
the new sheriff. Where is she
At the court house ? "
Monty had no hesitancy i
answering in the attirmativi
for he knew the boys won !
never think of harming a w
Yelling like wild Indians , an
punctuating the yells with r
volver shots , the mescal-crazt
cowboys started at a gallop fi
the little red court house.
In front they drew rein wi
a final yell and a volley fro i
Not a man was in sight. T
whole town looked as thouj
every one was indoors and
"Wlioop-ce ! " Bang ! Bang ! ;
"We want to see the new
sheriff. Come out and arrest us
sheriff ! Whoop-ce ! "
The door in the front of the
court house was quickly opened
and a young- girl stepped out
"Whoop ee ! " began Kcd and
Slim Jim in unison. Bang !
went a pistol in the hands of
Evidently the new sheriff took
the duties of the oflice in dead
In each hand she held a
heavy Colt's revolver , and she
began firing deliberately , first
with one and then with another.
A b 'lklt- ' struck nu ndobc house
On the farther side of * the street ,
another kicked up the dust at
the feel of Red's cayuse. A
third slung the flank ol Slim
Jim's cayuse , and he started off
on a gallop.
Not knowing the cause of his
comrade's desertion , Red re
viled him bitterlyi
The sound of her own pistol
shots was ringing too loudly in
the sheriff's ears for her to hear
this shout , but she recognized
the fact th ; it neither one of the
t\v6 men had fired at her and
she began to wonder in she had
not done wrong in sixing them
up as desperadoes. Within the
court house walls she had
nerved herself up to the point
of believing that ( he duties of
her oflice required her to go out
and subdue the outlaws with
their own weapons. That they
would refuse to meet her on
equal terms , she never dreamed.
It was galling to her pride.
Both men evidently regarded
the whole affair as a huge joke.
Her pistols were empty and ac
cording to Hoyle , she should
have stepped inside the court
house door to reload. Instead ,
she threw the two revolvers
down on the floor at her
feet and began crying bitterly.
Red scratched his head
thoughtfuly. Tears were some
thing her could not understand.
Dismounting , he threw the
bridle rein over the pony's neck
and walked over to the court
The girl continued to cry.
"Don't cry , ma'am"saidRed.
'There ain't no use for crying.
It certainly was ornery for that
pardner of mine to run away
like he did , but you showed
first-rate target practice for a
lady. See here , ma'am ! You
hit me once- "
The girl looked up to see a
big , lank cowboy extending ; i
bloody hand , and shrank back ,
"Yes'm , " said Red cheerfully ,
not appreciating her attitude
"went right through the hand. .
You see them guns of your's an
too heavy for a lady. You
orter had taken a rest on some ,
thing. Shall 1 go back and lei
you try it over ? I'll go fetcl
Slim Jim , too , if you want him.1
"Oh , it's horrible ! " said tin
girl , "all that blood ! Are yoi
badly hurt ? "
11 There Avas anxiety in her torn
v and Red hastened to assure he
that a bullet through the ham
meant nothing Women wer
certainly peculiar. Five min
utes before this girl had beei
shooting at him with the bes
intentions in the world to kil
him and now she was alarme
over the fact that his hand wa
As he reflected on these it
consistencies. Hed came to th
the conclusion that this daugl
in ter of old Mike Callaghun's wzi
e far and away the prettiest gii
Id he had ever looked at.
o- And between her sobs th
girl had come to the conclusio
id Hed Cutcheon was a particulai
e- ly line-looking specimen of tl
; d genus cowboy. Then to thin
or of his gallantry in standing u
and letting her shoot at bin
th for what he considered IK
in amusement ! She had read <
deeds like this in old volumnsi
he knight errantry , but she ha
never expected to meet it in
"I was going to put you under
arrest , " she sobbed. " 1 was
going to show people that a
woman sheriff could do just as
a man , and now oh ! oh ! oh1 !
"Don't cry , ma'am , " said
Hed awkwardly. "I ain't got
the least objection in the world
to being arrested. If you'll
give me a paper of some kind
to old Grey Hopkins , the jailer ,
I'll go down right now and
make him lock me up. I know
he hates to have any prisoners
in the jail but you bet I'll make
him take me in , or get every
window in his old shack shot
" 1 don't want to lock you up
" "I'll have
now , said the girl
to resign as sheriff , for I am
not capable of filling the oflice. "
'You ain't going to do no sich
a thing , ma'am" said Ked cheer
fully and enthusiastically. "I'm
going right down now and make
old man Hopkins lock me up
without any papers. But first
off , I am goinjf out and arrest
Slim Jim Morley. ' '
Slim Jim meanwhile , had sue- '
ceeded in stopping his cayuse
when only a mile or so out of
the village , and was already on
his way back. He was at first
somewhat averse to being ar
rested , but Red had the drop
on him , and when the situation
was explained to him , he fell
enthusiasticalty in with Red's
idea of forcing old man Hop
kins to lock them up.
Three months afterward it
became necessary for the citi
zens of Hanger county to elect
a new sheriff.
"I " said addressing
move , Monty ,
dressing the mass-meeting of
the Democratic party , "that , as
the present occupant of the
oflice will no longer consent to
hold it , the nomination be offer
ed to Red Cutcheon. I may say
that , although I have not been
directly taken into the confi
dence of the parties , I have a
straight hunch that the present
occupant of the oflice will short
ly become Mrs. Red Cutcheon.
As for Mr. Cutcheon's fitness
for the oflice , I can only call the
attention of the citizens to the
fact that he is probably the
best shot in Hanger county.
Eight times in the past five
years he has passed my store
on a galloping cayuse and , al
though very drunk on each oc
casion , he has never failed to
break the two glass bottles in
my window with two shots.
"I therefore propose that a
vote of thanks ior an unusually
successful administration he
tendered the outgoing tenant of
the oflice , and that Mr. Cutch
eon's nomination he made un
animous by a rising vote. "
Both motions were carried
without a dissenting voice.
Meeker Cain ran a piece of a
wire screening in her right hand
the first of the week and it went
in so deeply that an operation
was found necessary to remove
the wire. Dr. E. R. Hays per :
formed a very successful opera
e tion on the same. Miss Meeker
will be able to remove the band
ages in a week or ten days.
If you like ColToo but dure not drink
it , try IJr. Shoop's Healthy ColTec. Ii
the Stomach , Elcurt anil Kidneys. IJul
Dr. Snoop's Healh Colleo has not :
grain of trua collet' in it. Uoin < * muki
from parched grains , malt , etc. , 1
forms u wholesome , food-like drink
yet having the true lluvor of Old Juvi
and Mocha CofTecMade in 11 min
ute. " Cull at our store for u fre <
sample. Sold by Fred S. Schmitt.
in Wanted His Receipt.
r- They are telling this story 01
1C Toby Larson : One day his com
positor came to him and sail
there was a tramp at the dooi
that says he has had nothing ti
eat for six days. ' 'Fetch bin
in , " says Tobias. "If we ca
find out how he does it , we ca
id run the Vidette another week. "
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Carry a Full Line of
Mens , Boys , Ghildrens ,
Clothing , Overcoats , Hats and
Caps , Gloves , Mittens , Shirts ,
Underwear and Hosiery. We al
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Boys Shoes , Overshoes , Rubber
In work clothing we stand at
the head. Work Shirts , Overalls ,
Jumpers and Duck Coats , best
values at the lowest price of any
store in this locality. May we
have the pleasure of a call.
The Falls City
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A Complete stock of
Candy. The best of
Chocolates Fresh Every
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and best hand-made
Head q'u a rters for
About our meat market
nnd saying "what a nice
plaee ( o buy one's meat.
The popular price , high-
quality business that is
attracting the attention of
every thrifty woman : n
Falls City. She says to
heisolf , "there must be
some reason for this pop-
ulnrsty. " There is , it's
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The meat we sell is the depen
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this town who have not gotten ac
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wo would have the trade of the
city at otir door. You're invited.
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Parquet and two first
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Balance Dress Circle 50c
Balcony - -
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