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About Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 14, 1911)
I Was Cured by Lydia E. Pink ,
ham's Vegetable Compound
"Wanrika , Okla. ' 1 bad female trou
bles for seven years , was all rundown ,
and so nervous I
could not do any
thing- . The doctors
treated me for dif
ferent things but
did me no good. I
got so bad that I
could not sleep day
or night. "While in
this condition I read
of Lydia E. Pink *
Compound , and
began its use and
wrote to Mrs. Pinkham for advice. In
& short time I bad gained my average
weight and am now strong ; and welL"
Mrs. SAXiiiiE STEVENS , 4k P. D. , No.
8 , Box 81 , Waurika , Okla.
Another Grateful Woman.
Huntington , Mass. "I was in a ner.
TOUS , run down condition and for three
years could find no help.
"I owe my present good health to
lydia E. Pinkham's vegetable Compound -
pound and Blood Purifier which I be
lieve saved my life.
"My doctor knows what helped me
and does not say one word against it. "
Mrs. MAKIJANETTE BATES , Box
184 , Huntington , Mass.
Because your case is a difficult one ,
doctors having' done you no good , do
not continue to suffer without giving
jLydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Cora-
pound a triaL It surely has cured
many cases of female ills , such as in
flammation , ulceration , displacements ,
fibroid tumors , irregularities , periodic
pains , backache , that bearing-down
r , and nervous prostration.
Thompson's Ey § Watir
"Now , John , if I were to die you
would weep over me and tell very-
body what a good wife I was. "
"No , I wouldn't , believe me. "
"Well , I would for you , just for de
cency's sake. And that shows I'm
not half as mean as you are. "
His Part in the Proceedings.
Clarence is a darky who is as proud
of piloting Mr. Hillside's costly auto
mobile as Mr. Hillside Is of owning it
"Well , Clarence , " said a neighbor , "I
saw you In the Taft parade , but you
didn't have the president in your car ,
I noticed. " "No , sir , " the chauffeur
answered. "I didn't have the presi
dent , but I had a reporter , and I
reckon Mr. Taft might have talked up
there on the hill all night long and no
body ( n town would have knowed
about it next day if It hadn't been for
me and that reporter. " Exchange.
Uncle Mose , a plantation negro ,
was being asked about his religious
"Fee a preacher , sah , " he said.
"Do you mean , " asked the aston
ished questioner , "that you preach the
Gospel ? "
Moao felt himself getting into deep
"No , sah , " he said. "Ah touches
that subject very light. " Success
A LADY LECTURER
Feeds Nerves and Brains Scientifically.
A lady lecturer write * from Philadel
phia concerning the use of right food
and how she is enabled to withstand
the strain and wear and tear of her
arduous occupation. She says :
"Through improper food , imperfect
ly digested , my health was complete
ly wrecked , and I attribute my recov
ery entirely to the regular use of
Grape-Nuts food. It has , I assure you ,
proven an inestimable boon to me.
"Almost immediately after beginning
the use of Grape-Nuts I found a grati
fying change in my condition. The ter
rible weakness that formerly pros
trated me after a few hours of work ,
was perceptibly lessened and is now
only a memory it never returns.
"Ten days after beginning on Grape-
Nuts I experienced a wonderful in
crease in mental vigor and physical
energy , and continued use has entire
ly freed me from the miserable in
somnia and nervousness from which
I used to suffer so much.
"I find Grape-Nuts very palatable
and would not be without the crisp ,
delicious food for even a day on any
consideration. Indeed , I always carry
it with me on my lecture tours. "
" Read the little book , "The Road to
Wellville. " in pkgs. "There's a reason. "
Ever rend ilie above letter ? A new
one appears from time to time. They
are ffeaalae , tree , and fall of human
LE OF THE PLAINS
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AUTHOR Or'Mv LADVOF THE 5ouTHrs\y \
"WHEM WILDERNESS WAS Kina ETC.ETC . - ;
Jack Keith , a Virginian , now a bor
der plainsman. Is riding along the Santa
Fe trail on the lookout for roaming war
parties of savages. He notices a camp
fire at a distance and then sees a team
attached to a wagon and at full gallop
pursued by tnen on ponies.
The Scene of Tragedy.
Whatever might be the nature of
the tragedy it would be over with long
before this , and those moving black
spots away yonder to the west , that
he had discerned from the bluff , were
undoubtedly the departing raiders.
There was nothing left for Keith to
do except determine the fate of the
unfortunates , and give their bodies de
cent burial. That any had escaped ,
or yet lived , was altogether unlikely ,
unless , perchance , women had been in
the party , in which case they would
have been borne away prisoners.
Confident that no hostilcs would be
left behind to observe his movements ,
Keith pressed steadily forward , lead
ing his horse. He had thus traversed
fully half a mile before coming upon
any' evidence of a fight here the pur
suers had apparently aome up with
the wagons , and circled out upon
either side. From their ponies' tracks
there must have been a dozen in the
band. Perhaps a hundred yards furth
er along lay two dead ponies. Keith
examined them closely both had
been ridden with saddles , the marks
of the cinches plainly visible. Evi
dently one of the wagon mules had
also dropped in the traces here , and
ha < 3 been dragged along by his mates.
Just beyond came a sudden depression
in the prairie down which the wagons
had plunged so heavily as to break
one of the axles ; the wheel lay a few
yards away , and , somewhat to the
right , there lay the wreck of the wag
on itself , two dead mules still in the
traces , the vehicle stripped of con
tents and charred by fire. A hundred
feet further along was the other
wagon , its tongue broken , the canvas
top ripped open , while between the
tvvo were scattered odds and ends of
wearing apparel and provisions , with
a pile Of boxes smoking grimly. The
remaining mules were gone , and no
semblance of life remained anywhere.
Keith dropped his reins over his
horse's head , and , with Winchester
cocked and ready , advanced cau
Death from violence had long since
become almost a commonplace occur
rence to Keith , yet now he shrank for
an instant as his eyes' perceived the
figure of a man lying motionless
across the broken wagon tongue. The
grizzled hair and beard were streaked
with blood , the face almost unrecog
nizable , while the hands yet grasped
a bent and shattered rifle. Evidently
the man had died fighting , beaten
down by overwhelming numbers after
expending his last shot. Then those
fiends had scalped and left him where
he fell. Fifty feet beyond , shot in
the back , lay a younger man , doubled
up in a heap , also scalped and dead.
That was all ; Keith scouted over a
wide circle , even scanning the stretch
of gravel under the river bank , before
he could fully satisfy himself there
were no others in the party. It seem
ed impossible that these two traveling
alone would have ventured upon such
a trip in the face of known Indian
hostility. Yet they must have done
so , and once again his lips muttered :
"Of all the blame fools ! "
Suddenly he halted , staring about
over the prairie , obsessed by a new
thought , an aroused suspicion. There
had appeared merely the hoof-prints
of the one horse alongside of the flee
ing wagons when they first turned
out from the trail , and that horse had
been newly shod. But there were two
dead ponies lying back yonder ; neith
er shod , yet both had borne saddles.
More than this , they had been spur
red , the blood marks still plainly vis
ible , and one of them was branded ;
he remembered it now , a star and ar
row. What could all this portend ?
Was it possible this attack was no
Indian affair after all ? Was the dis
figuring of bodies , the scalping , mere
ly done to make it appear the act of
savages ? Driven to investigation by
this suspicion , he passed again over
the trampled ground , marking this
time every separate indentation , ev
ery faintest imprint of hoof or foot.
There was no impression of a moccasin
sin anywhere ; every mark remaining
was of booted feet. The inference
was sufficiently plain this had been
the deed of white men , not of red ; foul
murder , and not savage war.
The knowledge seemed to sear
Keith's brain with fire , and he sprang
to his feet , hands clinched and eyes
blazing. He could have believed this
of Indians , it was according to their
nature , their method of warfare ; but
the cowardliness of it , the atrocity of
the act , as perpetrated by men of his
own race , instantly aroused within
him a desire for vengeance. He
wanted to run the fellows down , to
discover their Identity. Without
thinking of personal danger he ran
forward on their trail , which led di
rectly westward , along the line of
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cottonwoods. These served to con
ceal his own movements , yet for the
moment , burning with passion , he
was utterly without caution , without
slightest sense of peril. He must
know who was guilty of such a crime ;
he felt capable of killing them even as
he would venemous snakes. It was a
perfectly plain trail to follow , for the
fugitives , apparently convinced of
safety , and confident their cowardly
deed would be charged to Indian raid
ers , had made no particular effort at
concealment , but had ridden away at
a gallop , their horses' hoofs digging
deeply into the soft turf. On this re
treat they had followed closely along
the river bank , aiming for the ford ,
and almost before he realized it Keith
was himself at the water's edge where
the trail abruptly ended , staring
vaguely across toward the opposite
shore. Even as he stood there , real
izing the futility of further pursuit
amid the maze of sand dunes opposite ,
the sharp reports of two rifles reach
ed him , spurts of smoke rose from the
farther bank , and a bullet chugged
into the ground at his feet , while an
other sang shrilly overhead.
These shots , although neittter came
sufficiently near to be alarming , serv
ed to send Keith to cover. Coolheaded
ed and alert now , his first mad rage
dissipated , he scanned the opposite
bank cautiously , but could nowhere
Keith had already stumbled upon the
truth , and was determined to verify
Secure In this conception of the sit
uation , yet still keeping a wary eye
about to guard against any treachery ,
the plainsman , discovering a spade in
the nearest wagon , hastily dug a hole
in the sand , wrapped the dead bodies
in blankets , and deposited them there
in , piling above 'the mound the char
red remains of boxes as some slight
protection against prowling wolves.
He searched the clothing of the men ,
but found little to reward the effort ,
a few letters which were slipped into
his pockets to be read later , some or
dinary trinkets hardly worth preserv
ing except that they might assist in
identifying the victims , and , about the
neck of the elder man , a rather pe
culiar locket , containing a portrait
painted on ivory. Keith was a long
time opening this , the spring being
very Ingeniously concealed , but upon
finally succeeding , he looked upon the
features of a woman of middle age ,
a strong mature face of marked re
finement , exceedingly attractive still ,
with smiling dark eyes , and a perfect
wealth of reddish brown hair. He
held the locket open in his hand for
several minutes , wondering who she
could be , and what possible connec
tion she could have held with the
dead. Something about that face
A Bullet Chugged Into the Ground at His Feet ,
discover any evidence of life. Little
by little he comprehended the situa
tion , and decided upon his own ac
tion. The fugitives were aware of his
presence , and would prevent his
crossing the stream , yet they were
not at all liable to return to this side
and thus reveal their identity. To
attempt any further advance would be
madness , but he felt perfectly secure
from molestation so long as he re
mained quietly on the north shore.
Those shots were merely a warning
to keep back ; the very fact that the
men firing kept concealed was proof
positive that they simply wished to be
left alone. They were not afraid of
what he knew now , only desirous of
not being seen. Confident as to this ,
he retreated openly , without making
the slightest effort to conceal his
movements , until he had regained the
scene of murder. In evidence of the
truth of his thebry no further shots
were fired , and although he watched
that opposite sand bank carefully , not
the slightest movement revealed the
presence of others. That every mo
tion he made was being observed by
keen eyes he had no doubt , but this
knowledge did not disconcert him ,
now that he felt convinced fear of re-
vealment would keep his watchers at
a safe distance. Whoever they might
be they were evidently more'anxious
to escape discovery than he was fear
ful of attack , and possessed no desire
to take his life , unless It became
necessary to prevent recognition.
They still had every reason to believe
their attack on the wagons would be
credited to hostile Indians , and would
consider it far safer to remain con
cealed , and thus Iiarbor this supposi
tion. They could not susDect that
smiling up into his own held peculiar
fascination for him , gripping him with
a strange feeling of familiarity , touch
ing some dim memory which failed
to respond. Surely he had never seen
the original , for she was not one to
be easily forgotten , and yet eyes ,
hair , expression , combined to remind
him of some one whom he had seen
but could not bring definitely to mind.
There were no names on the locket ,
no marks of identification of any kind ,
yet realizing the sacredness of it ,
Keith slipped the fragile gold chain
about his neck , and securely hid the
trinket beneath his shirt.
It was noon by this time , the sun
high overhead , and nls horse , with
dangling rein , still nibbling daintily
at the short grass. There was no rea
son for his lingering longer. He swept
his gaze the length and breadth of the
desolate valley , and across the river
over the sand hills. All alike appear
ed deserted , not a moving thing being
visible between the bluffs and the
stream. Still he had the unpleasant
feeling of being watched , and it made
him restless and eager to be away.
The earlier gust of anger , the spirit
of revenge , had left him , but it had
merely changed into a dogged resolu
tion to discover the perpetrators of
this outrage and bring them to justice
for the crime. The face in the locket
seemed to ask It of hiin and his na
ture urged response. But he could
hope to accomplish nothing more
here , and the plainsman swung him
self into the saddle. He turned his
horse's head eastward , and rode
away. From the deeply rutted trail
he looked back to wherv the fire still
smoked in the midst of that desolate
Tne 3anta Fe trail was far too ex
posed to be safely traveled alone and
in broad daylight , but Keith consid
ered it better to put sufficient space
between himself and those whom he
felt confident were still watching his
movements from across the river.
How much they might already suspi
cion his discoveries he possessed no
means of knowing , yet , conscious of
their own guilt , they might easily feel
safer if he were alsjo put out of the
way. He had no anticipation of open
attack , but must guard against treach
ery. As he rode , his eyes never left
those far-away sand dunes , although
he perceived no movement , no black
dot even which he could conceive to
be a possible enemy. Now that he
possessed ample "time for thought , the
situation became more puzzling. This
tragedy which he had accidentally
stumbled upon must have had a cause
other than blind chance. It was the
culmination of a plot , witite some rea
son behind more important than ordi
nary robbery. Apparently the wagons
contained nothing of value , merely the
clothing , provisions , and ordinary
utensils of an emigrant party. Nor
had the victims' pockets been care
fully searched. Only the mules had
been taken by the raiders , and they
woula be small booty for such a
( TO BE CONTINUED. )
LIVE IN COMPLETE ISOLATION
Outside World Practically Unknown tf
the Dwellers in the Land
Most travelers who visit the Holy
Land content themselves with a visit
to that restricted part west of Jordan.
The mountainous regions of Moab , as
seen by them from Jerusalem , are lost
in the purple haze that constantly
hangs over them , and the great
stretches beyond are covered in mys
tery. This is true partly because of
the fewer historical incidents connect
ed with the eastern regions , but main
ly on account of the great abyss of
the Jordan valley that has always act
ed as a barrier. Few who descend into
the valley , 1,300 feet below sea level ,
undertake to climb the hills beyond ,
which rise to a height of 3,000 feet.
The most striking thing about Moab
has always been its Isolation. How
ever much connected by race and vi
cinity with their western kinsmen , the
dwellers in Eastern Palestine have al
ways been distinct and their lands
have never been occupied by the na
tions on the west except through acts
of aggression and conquest.
Even today this isolation is still felt. '
In giving an idea of their knowledge of
present day geography , one of them re
marked : "There are only four seas in
the world , two of which are the Dead
sea and the Sea of Galilee. " Both of
these are in sight of their own hills.
Aeroplane Is Simple.
The working parts of the modern
flying machine are Infinitely fewer in
number than those of the automobile ,
the motor boat , the railroad locomo
tive or the steamship. Far more com
plex is the operation of a high-powered
motor car than that of a high-powered
aeroplane. Far more delicately ad
justed are the thousands of parts of
fehe steam or electric locomotive than
the mechanism of the dying machine.
It is this very simplicity of construc
tion and operation that has enabled
the aeroplane to outdo in continuous
motion every other known form of
conveyance , except steamers , motor
boats and sailing ships , and these
last named are able to maintain their
motion only because of their huge
driving mechanism , out of all proportion
tion to the bulk that is propelled.
It Is well to remember that many
plants which once were used as veg
etables have been allowed to drop out
of our bills of fare. Our forefathers ,
for Instance , sometimes dined off elder
top and burdock root , and the early
shoots of the hop were considered a
great delicacy and were cooked and
eaten as asparagus. Walter Jerrold ,
in his "Highways and Byways In
Kent , " recalls a time when Kentish
children could "tell of many pleasant
hours spent among the hedges in
search of the wild hop top and of
the wholesome suppers made upon the
well earned treasure ere they learned
to think their food the better for be
ing rare and costly.
A Narrow Escape.
"I was once urging a bachelor , "
says George Ade , "to remain at the
club for a game of cards ; but he in
sisted that he must call upon a lady
friend. I finally said :
"Don't you know it Is dangerous
for a man to call upon a lady after he
has been drinking ? "
" 'That's so , ' said my bachelor friend
as he took off his hat and topcoat.
'Many a man has become engaged to
be married in such circumstances. ' "
The Sunday Magazine.
Your * for uni
Years for great
Your * for never
Your * for purity.
Yours for economy.
Years for every
thing that goes to
make up a strictly
high grade , ever-
That is Calumet. Try
it once and note the im
provement in your bak
ing. See how much more
economical over the high-
priced trust brands , how
much better than the cheap
and big-can kinds.
Calumet is highest in quality
moderate in cost.
Received Highest Award-
World's Pure Food
His Future Expenditures.
Among the most frequent requests
that go to the United States senate
are those asking some prominent
member to give money to charity or
ganizations , hospitals and other phil
anthropic undertakings. One day a
charity worker asked Senator Flint
of California , who is not a wealthy
man , to give a large sum of money
for a free ward in one of the hos
"I am sorryr that I cannot comply
with your request , " said the senator
gravely ; "but , judging from the num
ber of similar demands that have been
made upon me in the past , I have de
cided that I can promote a greater
charity. The vast amount of money
spent on hospitals In this town con
vinces me that thousands of people
are going to die and be buried with
out flowers. Hereafter , I shall devote
my spare money exclusively to send
ing flowers to the dead. " The Sun
Easy to Arrange.
"Do you know what a fortunate lit
tle boy you are ? " rather patronizingly
Inquired a young lady of the laddie
whose mother is her dearest comrade.
"Here , I invited mamma to go away
for a lovely time with me , but she
wouldn't because it wasn't a place
where we could take children , and she
thought she'd rather be at home with
you. But I don't blame her , " as the
wide eyes grew wistful , "for I think
I'd rather stay at home also if I had
a nice little boy like you ! "
"Why don't you get one ? " queried
the child , briskly. "I'll tell Dr. John
son to bring you the next one he finds ,
if you like ! "
Following i'-.c simile.
"Life , " said John W. Gates , valiant
lover of conflict , "is a gamble. "
And death ? Why , death is the haz
ard of the die.
Two things operate to rid us of a
friend pleasure in which we do not
need them , and trouble in which we
do need them. Petit-Senn.
scramble two eggs.
Wrien nearly cooKed ,
mix in about a half a
and serve at once
seasoning to taste.
It's immense !
"The Memory Lingers"
Postum Cereal Company. Ltd.
Battle Creek. Mich.
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