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THE FALLS Cl PV M RIBUNE , FRIDAY , FEBRUARY 21 , 1908.
The Battle of
s * By Judith Spencer
( Copyright. )
ca wns alone In tlie cemetery.
Anil a * her ornrlct gown gleamed out
from : tnld : ilu luxuriant foliage olio
look.for ! ) nil the world like unnio or-
geou * flower. The other members of
the household , young and old , lind
gone lo hoar the l'ourth ' of .Inly ora-
lion down on the village green. No-
rl sa , too , hiul meant to he there for
she was full of patriotic nrtlor but na
she had driven throtlgh tlio vlllngo
that morning slio had caught night of
Hobert Iea , who wna Imck in town
for tU first rime since hi * mother' ) )
nrent death. And It was lo avoid a
possible meeting with him thai she
had stayed away.
Hut itow Urn thought had come to
lior mtppOBP. when he found she WHS
not there with lior people , he should
deliberately ueoh her hero ? llo was
tiuHo capnhlo of doing no ho remem
bered well hlB determined , Hiiuaro-ctit
Jaw oven though ho had proved him
self a coward 1
The thought mndo her uneasy. Kor
Norlmi despised llohert Len. and did
not wish to speak to him over again.
Though who did not see him , tlio
click of the gate forownrucd her ;
then Homo 0110 Hpoko her niimo
and flho looked up without tmrprlso to
see Hoborl Loa standing hy her til do.
"I Tell You All , Ho Is the Dravcst <
"Oh , you ! " bho said , with scorn , an
hent ever the rosi'u.
"Poor ,11m , " said Hohort , Ignoiln
her Hllglitlng manner. "It Is hard I
realize the hey la dead "
"Ho wna iv hero ! " Ncrlnsx ; tmld wit
A vision of the reclsloBB , Irreapont
hie lad , whom both had known fro ;
his chlldh6nd , rt > Ho before the youn
"At least ho wan bravo. " ho said. '
know how you ndmiru bravery "
"And despise a coward ! " si
At that the man's cheek Ihmhe
For ho and Medusa had been engage
to bo married when the war wll
Spain broke out. Hut when Hobo
Lea had resigned from his compiii
instead of taking the field with tl
volunteers , Norissa had llstom
to no reason or excuse , nnd openly d
nouncliiK him as "unpatriotic" and '
coward , " she had broken her ongag
mont and had had nothing to dovl
him Hlnco that day.
"You do not understand , " ho sa
slowly , "that it may taka moro con
ago to stay at homo than to face f
enemy In battle or that one might 1
called upon to sacrlllco oven the lit
for some nearer duty "
"I can understand no excuse wlir
over , " Nerlssix said. "And I do n
see why you should seek mo out
offer ono nt this Into day ! "
"I do not , " ho replied. "I acted na
did because I thought I was doll
right. I did not dream that It won
separate us , because I thought y <
loved mo ns truly as I loved you. ai
as unluckily for mo I love yon stll
I believed you would understand. Ai
yet had I known beforehand what tl
end would bo , I should hnvo acted e
nctly as I did. Hut there was on
thank God , who did understand ! "
Then to N'orlssn , looking up at hi
coldly and without sympathy , the
words pamo all unbidden , nnd su
pllod the key to his motives , whl
she had never sought nor doslro
"Tho only son of his mother , and s !
a widow. "
"I hnvo come to you now only
Bay good-by. " he was saying quiet
"As long ns my mother lived my plo
was hero with her. Uut now I n
free to go. And I nm hero to-day
hid you good-by forover. "
While ho was speaking there cai
a curious sound from behind him , t
peculiar snort and snnfflo of some a
null , nnd ho glanced quickly ever 1
shoulder to see what it could bo.
Kcrlssa saw his face stiffen wl
horror , and swiftly following 1
glance , she saw a powerful hull i
preaching with rapid steps , tossing 1
great head nnd rolling his glarl
"Good heavens , your scarlet gowr
muttcrQd Robert , in dismay. "Hi
Get over the nearest w
i a nit if Klplit In the bu-hrs-ln
.un now- fut > our life ! "
An she sprang to her feet , with he :
limbs trembling under her In n ] > nl <
of sudden fear , Robert Loa snutchei
a linn from hit dead companion * !
grave and itcppod lorward , plsclni
btniflolf between her nnd the ugi )
With n Rinotherod neb , Norlssi
gathered up her nkirts nnd mo , thi
bellow of the hull filling her ears. H :
Hying feet found uncertain footlni
among the iinovon monndfl , mid be
fore Bho had gone far she stumbloi
and fell In u scarlet heap , with he
nnkle so twisted under her that shi
wnn uUorly unable lo rise. She heart
a sharp outcry ns she went down , ant
In horror nho thought , "lie has Die
hi * drnth ! "
Hut hi * cry had been for her not fo
himself and when she dared lool
around she saw that Hobert ha <
turned the great animal , and wa :
fencing with him , flaunting the ling Ii
his face nnd ever retreating bofor
him with the wiles and caution of ai
experienced hull-Usher was outiclni
the boast on nnd on In I he oppoelt <
direction from where she lay.
Ono mlHslop on that uneven gronni
would monn curtain and awful deatli
and ho know It ; yet ho never sworvoi
or faltered. Uimrmod , agile , wary
full of nerve and perfectly foarless-
thlB WIIH the man nho had openly denounced
nouncod IIH a coward !
Hut what had happened now ? Ilm
blind terror aolzcd him at last ? Fo
IIH ho freed himself from the labyrliitl
of paths and mvolllng mounds , am
gained the level drlvo , llobort Hiiddeii
ly turned bin back on the bull am
sprang forward ruunlm ; na if for hi
life while the animal , with heai
down , plunged after him , hollowlni
and gaining upon him at every stej
And BO they pasHC'd , In an ugly vision
out through the gate and from Merit
The next HIO ! know the gate wa
iihut , and Hohort wan huHtonln
toward her , breathless , empty-hando
and unharmed !
"Norlssa , are you hurt ? " ho criei
bonding ever her where she lay In
She was very palo nnd was tron
bllug pitifully , and now Bho began t
sob ( inletly.
"It's nothing only my ankle
can't move but It doesn't matter ,
was BO afraid "
"Yes , I know , " ho panted , as ho llf
ed her Into an easier position ; "hi
there's no danger now no , none r
all ! " for H.IIO was clinging to his ban
llko a child who Is still afraid. Hi
she hid her face , as If refusing to t
"Oh after that llrst mad moment
was not afraid for myself , " si :
sobbed at last. "It wau for you hi
you feared nothing , I could ROO that-
and I had dared call you a coward !
was the bravest thing I ever know
llo looked down at her with a BU
prised nud puzzled Biullo , for how cr
a moro man over hope to gauge
girl's CBtlmato of hta actions ?
A Hhort distance beyond the com
lory Morlasa saw an ox-cnrt , and askc
to bo taken homo In that.
So n bargain was made and sac
Norlsua was enthroned on a couch i
"Hut won't you rldo , too ? " si
"No , I will walk alongside. "
"I'leaso rldo ; I want yon besl <
mo , " she murmured , and llobort , wl
n now light In his oycs , climbed In.
llo carried her again from the o
carl to the house. And then , for 1
wna a physician , and It was Morissn
iciiuest that ho should do so , 1
bandaged up the aching ankle.
Thou once moro ho stood before h
ami said "good-by. "
"Hut why must you go away
now ? " Ncrlssa asked , nervously , i
she realized that In the amends si
wished to make she was to have i
"Hecanso my arrangement ! ) are i
made and my word Is given. I go
start my life afresh In a now place ,
is too Into to change my mind now *
even If I wished to do so , " ho sal
"Did you think I would care to all
hero permanently after what hi
occurred ? "
"No I suppoHo not , " she admltti
wistfully ; "still I am sorry. " The
holding fast by the remembrance th
ho had that day declared ho loved h
still , she shut her oycs and nddc
desperately : "Hobert , tell mo thi
when you gave them your word yi
would go did you promise you won
go alone ? "
The news of Norlssa's reongac
mont to Hobert Lea , and that she w
going away to begin life with him
a western town , came llko a thumb
bolt to Norlssa's family and friends.
"Well. Hob Is a splendid follow , awe
wo always said so , but wo thoug
yon thought htm a coward ? " they sa
"On the contrary , I know him tea
a brave man , " said Norissa.
"Yes , for ho has that grand sort
moral courage which would make h
hold to his own conviction of rlj :
against all the world but still "
"Ho has not only that courage , I
the other sort as well ! Ho has fac
death upon the field and proved I
courage ! "
"Now , Norissa , what on earth i
yon talking about ? "
"I am talking about the battle
'Hull's Hun ! ' " said Norissa , solemn
"whero 1 saw Hobort Lea the stai
ard bearer facing the onoiuy nnd i
ful , almost certain death , and ho b (
himself like a hero ho never Illnchc
I toll you all , ho is the bravest of I
bravo ! "
At that they gasped and shrug ?
their shoulders , and declared tl
Norissa certainly had gene crazy !
i , I Whereupon Nerlssa hold her poi
11 and smiled lu sweet content.
Uy Adclc Is. Tlioiupton
( Copyright. )
"tlelin , dear , I harp BOmftlllng to
t ll you. "
"Yti , ItobOTt , " ud Uiottgh tlw lip
trembled a little , unseen toy Jttni , th
voice wan bravely cheerful. "I think
I can guess what it ! * , " * *
"Can you- " and the hapf y look on
the boyish face , such a UoVifth face
still for all Its 26 years , grw still
brighter. "Of course , I hare written
yon about Ulllau , the dearest girl in
the world ; but It seems so wonderful
' to think that she loves mo as dearb
i as I do her , and 1 wanted yon the
1 the first , to hear it , " and Helen Us-
! toned while he nang a lovor's praises ,
1 mi < | smiling , hid the little pain In
her heart that would come with the
' realization that this only brother had
found one nearer than herself.
! "There have always been two of
| us , " 1m concluded , "you and I ; but
i now there will he three , Lillian , you
! and I. "
"N'o , Hobert , " she said , even more
! cheerfully than before , "therQ will be
j two still , Lillian and you. "
"NoiiBonso , llolon , " ho protested ,
hotly. "Nobody Is ever golnte to
crowd you out ; wo have como lee
near each other for that. When I
1 como to toll Lillian all yon have boon
to mo , mother and Hlstor , both , and
all I ewe to you through those years ,
I know that aho will love you as
! well as 1 do. "
Tlolon smiled a llttlo dubiously ; she
could not Hay to him that Homo ono
else would have opinions and a volco
concerning the homo ; and she had
10 doslro by look or woid to mar the
ow hours they were to have together
alter an absence of months.
lldlon did not como for the wed-
Hug ; but after they were Botllod In
"What Has Come Dctween Us So ? '
their homo , yielding to Robert's r
peatcd letters , she went on for a vlsl
Lillian received her with sweet frosl
o nesH , so subtle as to bo felt rathi
h than observed.
Hobort had built such hopes on tl
results of this visit , but someway ,
ho began to talk to Helen of the dai
when they two were alone In tl
world together , Lillian was apt to d
velop a headache that shut her up :
her room ; and If Helen petted him
her old loving way , Lillian won
show her displeasure by punlshli
him with a cold If not sulky silenc
that iniulo the household atmospho ;
anything but cheering.
Helen's visit was but Bhort , and
Its end It Is hard to say which of tl
o trio was the most relieved. "Hobor
ho was standing beside Holeu c
the platform waiting for her train-
' "you know how gladly I would bo
sister to Lillian If she needed in
If she would lot mo. "
"Yes , I know , " ho answered , with
fooling that was half chagrin and he
' porploxlty ; "hut Lillian Id 00 Jealous
fond of mo now ; nho will get ov
that by nnd by. "
In tlmo another guest came Into tl
homo. "I'm sorry , " Lillian said wen
ly as Robert bent over her and t ]
other , the tiny head , "that It isn't
boy. They say that sometimes mi
love a daughter bettor than the
wife ; but It would break my heart
you should love the baby best Proi
Iso mo that you never will ? "
"What a foolish Lillian , " ho o
swered ; "of course I never will. "
When It came to naming the bal
ho had his way. "Thoro never can
but ono Lillian to me , BO Helen
shall ho , " and ho wrote "Aunt Hole
wonderful stories of tlio beauty a :
brightness of Hnby Nolllo.
After a llttlo ho began to catch
note , a something , between the Hn
in Helen's letters that vaguely trc
bled him , and ono day there came
letter in a hand so changed ho hard
know it ; she was sick , would ho coi
roe to her ?
Lillian was In her room with a cc
o and blight fever \\hon he carried t
letter to hor. "Surely you are i :
going to leave mo hero sick , " she i
claimed. "How can you be so cm <
re If Helen is very badly off she coi
not have -written herself. Well ,
lie you go , only wait till morning ; h
a day won't make any difference
od her. "
at Hobert hesitated , he felt impel ]
to go at aiico ; hut if he crossed I
cr Han , it might make her so mu
worse that he could not go at i
. rlio n , , nine , na nois EI MI M
n the train , a telegram \UIB h.uuK
. .lin "Helen is dying. "
"You era too late" he fait the n
'mklng accent in the mino's tone-
' and she was sn anxious to see you.
Lillian wrcto him a letter full t
Live and sjmimlhy ; she said to ever ;
one : "Dear Helen , how bad it Is. " A
tlio same tlmo down In her heart ther
naa a little feeling that she never pi
'into words or even conoreta thougfc
now lie is wholly mine.
But not entirely hers ; there ws
the llttlo Helen. And us the chll
: rew beyond the years when sh
! rould conveniently be put to alctp c
. -out to the nursery , loving , lovabh
always ready to spring Into her ft
tier's arms , the baneful root 1
Lillian's heart took n fresh star
L'very , caress he gave to Nellie BU
felt herself defrauded of , every fou
word a robbing of her right ; to hei
.self she said she could not bear i
j that her own child should come b <
I nvoen them , and at times she almos
| hated the child for It.
< 'no ' day there was white crape o
I tie ! door , nnd n white casket was ca :
ned out of their home
Lillian shed many tears , she fe ]
the keen stress of grlof ; but yet dee
down , far deeper thair1 Helen's deatl
, lay the thought that she would hardl
have owned to herself , but was nou
the less present , that now , for th
first time , Robert was hers alom
no longer was there right or clah
And yet , impalpable as the thlnncs
breath of vapor , not to be grasped c
defined , but none the less present an
felt , was the shadowy something tin
seemed to have como between her an
| Hobcrl In the hour when she _ coul
claim him as hers , and hers only. A
llrct she recognized this with an Ii
cieditions pctulanco that In turn gav
place to n vague alarm. Not that Ii
was less tenderly kind or atlentlvc-
the more so , if anything ; but ho wei
his way as If no longer touched b
her moods ; frequently ho said he ha
writing to do , and shut himself 1
the llttlo room that had been Nolllo
play-room , now made Into n "don , "
almost seemed ; but then It could m
bo that ho was living a life of his ow
apart from her.
At last ono evening petulance an
alarm llamcd Into speech , and as li
was leaving the room on the plea (
"writing a llttlo while , " she throw ho
self before him. "llobort , " she crlei
holding him fast , "what Is If ? Win
has come between us so ? Whataro yc
doing ? "
"I am writing on the book you ha\
often heard mo speak of , " answorln
the last of her questions.
"Hut I don't want you to wrlto tin
book ; I hate It , " the tears bogtiiiiln
to gather. "You are so changed i
me , and now for that to come 1
You have never been the same slm
Nolllo died ; I always knew you love
her the best ; I wish 1 could have die
Instead of her. You never loved m
or-you would not muko mo so mlsc
'Lillian , " and there was a note
his voice she had never hoard hofor
" 1 mnrrlttd you because T loved yoi
I have loved you always ; I love yi
now. You are sweet and true i
heart. The trouble has been th
you wanted and exacted of me wh
I did not ask ol you , what no one hi
a light to demand of another , n
whole and only love. Love Is llko
fountain , the more freely and In larg
measure It Hews , the purer and full
it Is ; choke it up , and it either dim !
Ishes or becomes unhealthy. Till
your selfish Jealousy forglvo mo if
speak plainly has done for both
us. Hocauso of It you hardened yo
lieart to Helen , who would gladly ha
loved you , and loving whom won
liavo made your own life the rlclu
and led mo to weakly fall In the gra
tudo and devotion I owed to her ; 1 :
cause of It you were an untend
mother to Nolllo ; you neither ga
her your own love nor allowed mo
show her mine , for the lack of whli
her whole young life was clouded.
"Do not think that 1 blame yi
alone for this ; I blame myself ov <
more , that seeing It I weakly yleldc
that I was not strong enough , clei
sighted enough , to have crushed It f
you as you would not for yoursol
but as It Is , It has spoiled my hoi
and marred my happiness and fill
my heart with remorseful momorli
"You say that I have changed
you since Nellie died. It Is bocau
I have thought of these things sin
then ns I never did before , and ha
como to some conclusions that
were well for both of us had I dose
so long ago. In the future I sh ;
glvo to you , as I have always had
hi my heart to do , the best of my lo
and confidence and care ; but nt t
same tlmo I shall remember that
hnvo my own life to live , and glvo to !
duties nnd claims what 1 feel th
deserve. You ask me , Lillian , wli
1ms como between us ? It Is the or
thing that ever could have come
She had loosed her hold on h
and dropped into a chair ; ho bent a
gently kissed her and left the reeFer
For onca Lillian's usual How
words failed her. If there had be
a trace of passion In his tone I
there was none It was the pltilc
calmness of his words that had chill
her heart as with an icy touch. Ilea
draperies at the windows shut c
the wintry storm outside ; In the gn
the lire glowed rod ; warmth and 1U
were all about her , but she shivered
their midst. And this was her Ri
ert , who had used his words with ,
seemed to her , ns little of ruth as
executioner hia sword. Listening ,
followed his stops as they passed
the stairs ; then the door of his stu
closed , and its sharp click to 1
echoed : "What has como botwc
us ? U Is yourself. "
SISTER NOT WANTED THERE.
j Washington Boy Satisfied with thi
i Present Arrangement.
| "I've got three brothers nnd my
self , " said a six-year-old boy ono da :
last week to a mnle caller nt his homi
I in Washington , during a little tnll
! about playmates , toys nnd boon com
i plons. The caller was ix boson
friend of the youngster's father am
I was watting for the latter to join hln
on a trip downtown.
"Four boys , eh ? " commented the fn
ther's friend. *
"Yes , Tom , that's mo , .11 in an * Fret
an' Lou. Girls might be all right ;
like 'em , too , moat of the time , bu
they're sassy and always afraid o
getting hurt. Cnn't play bull , no
shoot marbles , and the only thini
some * of 'em can do Is skate , " prat
tied the hoy.
"So you don't think you'd llko ti
'have a sister ? "
"Nope , " replied Tom after a pause
"Hut suppose the Lord gave you i
sister , you would have to have hei
wouldn't you ? "
Tom looked about the room for se\
eral moments and the casting his bli
yes on his Inquisitor In a irightenei
sort of way , suddenly darted out of tbj
room and made for the stairway
"Where are you going , boy ? " callei
"To the nursery , " came the reply n
Tom's legs carried him ns fast as the ;
could up the stairs. In about toii'miii
ites ho returned to the room ngali
perfectly placid , and , placing himsol
squarely before the man , hesitated ;
nonient. "Mr. Smith , mo and the boy
lon't want a slstor , " he said.
"Hut , suppose God had Just left on
icro for you , what then ? "
"Woll , I wouldn't a-boen lior , Fro
wouldn't a-boen her , Lou wouldn't i
icon her and Jim wouldn't a-beou hei
Now , who'd a-been her ? "
FROCK COATS IN CONGRESS.
Garment Going Out of Fashion Amen
Congress Is eliminating the froc
oat habit. More than half the men
jors of the now congress have show
heir disapproval of the tlmo-honore
costume by appearing on the floor c
the house in the regulation buslnes
suit of tweed. Red and lavender necl
: les can poll a larger vote than th
somber black string tie , and old mon
bors , loyal to the frock coat and it
accessories , are discussing with di
spnlr the future of congressional ta
These sartorial belligerents doclar
that the revolt against the unwrltte
law concerning the frock coat hah
Is chiefly In the Interest of comfor
Whether the regulation statesman1
garb would bo a matter of prldo wit
them in questioning whether the
would appear to better personal ai
vantage In soloiun black or most hi
coming blue , they Insist , Is a inutU
of secondary consideration.
Fear expressed by members of tli
house for the doom of the frock cot
has already disturbed the cquaulmit
of the senate by the appearance of
couple of belligerents in the ranks (
this black-coated body.
Alllo James of Kentucky , the heav
weight of the house , who weighs nea
ly IJOO pounds , &ays the habit of wea
Ing light tan and gray sack coat suli
Is not a matter of choice. It Is a noco
slty , ho says , because ho never foun
a tailor who had cloth enough of or
kind to make him a frock coat suit.
One Use for Dlllbonrds.
"Hillboards may bo a horrible bl <
on civic beauty , " said a well-know
Washington business man the otlu
day , "but they have their uses. "
"Impossible ! " said a disgusted nr
1st. "Impossible ! "
"Hut I tell yon they have their hoi
ofUs , " Insisted the man. " "I know It
"Oh , 1 don't see how , " said the dl
gruntled artist , recalling memories <
many wars waged by his colleagiu
and civic improvement societies c
"I got my elementary cducatlc
from thorn , " said the business ma :
"I learned the alphabet from thorn. "
"Well , of all things , " said the artls
"Yes , when I was a small tad I use
to drlvo about the city a good de ;
with my father , who was a physlcla
I used to love to follow the slg
boards , especially the illustrated one
Hy studying them closely I learnc
my letters nnd would spell out tl
"Ono evening father said Hob mu
begin to think about going to schoc
I said : 'Why , father , why should
go to school ? 1 can road. ' I rn
and got a newspaper and read ono i
the long stories before receiving ni :
comments. Of course my pronuncl
tlon would never have won mo
blue ribbon in a reading match ; I
fact , I guess , from all 1 can Icai
since , it was pretty awful. Hut I con
read , and that's why I say I got n
first start In education from the bl
Pleased the Newspaper Men.
Mr. Honaparto was explaining th :
ho had two good reasons why ho con
not glvo his caller the informant
ho had asked for. "One Is that I Imi
not yet got the information myself
ho said in his characteristic wa
"and the other way Is that when
do got It I will try to keep it awi
from the eagles of the press , " " 'Eagli
of the press , ' that's very handson
of you , Mr. Honaparte , " said his ca
or , who was a newspaper man. "Tho
are these who have another name
said the attorney general. " 'Vulture :
I think I have hoard them say. D
my experience with the newspap
men has always been of the plcasai
est kind , and I prefer to think of the
as eagles , not vultures. "
It's Your Own Fault |
-i. . . . . . . . v
If you don't get your i
money's worth. Come *
to my Shop and buy |
your Men s and Boys |
ROBERT F. T. PREUSSE |
Richardson County Dunk Bulldlnif
D. S. McCarthy
to the removal of house
hold good * .
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PALLS CITY , NEBRASKA
DR. 0. N. ALLISON
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Phone 218 Over Richardson County
PALLS CITY , NEBRASKA
DR. H. T. HAHN
Office and residence first door
north of city park. Phone 263.
PALLS CITY , NEBRASKA
EDGAR R. MATHERS
Phones : Nos. 177 , 217
SAM'L. WAHI , BUILDING
The Cough Syrup that
rids the system of a cold
by acting ns a cathartic on the
Bees is the original laxative cough syrup ,
contains no opiates , gently moves the
bowels , carrying the cold off through the
natural channels , Guaranteed to give
satisfaction or money refunded.
A. G. WANNER
THE BOWELS AMD
MOVE WORK OFF A COLD
WITH THE ORIGINAL
BEE'S LAXATIVE I
BEST FOR A \
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