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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 19, 1904)
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The Height Watch
It wim about Ave e'e loe k when the
cnmpliiK pnrty Iiprhii to assemble In
Minnehaha the huh does not rise until
six at IpjihI. ho that the men, n they
nioP(l about loading the elonkeyri,
were bnrply vIkIIiIp, except when th
IlKht from the kitchen window
streamed upon them.
We wen- makliiR- elaboiate prepara
tions foi oui week at "The IMt," which
to iih elillelren meant londH of good
thltiKH to eat (ireat boxes loaded with
(ooUIch and other IrreHlstlbleH were
being laHtened on the burroH aH they
stood patiently with heads- bent and
earH pointed downward, trying to make
up the Hleep they had been robbed oT
Our house wan the rendezvous for
the paity and the people from th
cabins or the falls scurried in and
out of our little kitchen, depositing
their baskets and palls and then hur
lying back tor more On an occasion
ot this soit we chlldien were not al
lowed to help, so .lack and I amused
o.irsehcs b taking turns at keeping
Hleutcher awake Hleiitc her was a sad
dle burro and our lavoiite
"I'm going to tide Blue, ain't 1,
Pete?" .lack begged eageily ot a bent
old man who came out loaded with
"You Ivids just clean out," Pete an
swered crossly, "this here dunk's going
to be i ode by a Missouri gent and -Clear
out. will you!" This addressed
wholly to Jack, who was half-way into
Hlue's saddle "If you don't git, I'll
just leae you up to the Fit for the
ghost," and he shook his huge som
bre 10 tiercel "t the buy.
.Ine-k slid down noiselessly and lied
around t lit orner of the cabin ,
"Say," he called bae k hum a safe dis
tance, "heie eoines Mr Hemton "
It certainly was Mr Benton's lantern
that appeared jiow and then through
the hhrubbco."Tbr it was accompanied
by an audible wheelng
"Bet 111 beat )ou." .lack challenged
and was half-way down the hill before
I started, but I was about a foot tallei
than the little lellow and didn't mean
to let him be it me so easily
.We weie both putting as hard as old
Mr Benton when we reached him. an 1
laughing oei oui run. so that for a
moment we didn't see t.ie stianger with
him Then we dropped behind, shy and
awwl the man had on buff golf trou
sers and beautitul plaid stockings It is
so Helelom that we see anything but
blue shirts and corduroys in Mlnnoha
ha that an individual in sueh a cos
tume was enough to frighten anyone.
We could not see his face in the glare
of the lantern, but ve knew the rest
of the man was just as queer. He wns
Introduced to the group in the kite-hen
as Frolessor Me Call and we knew he
must be that stupid Missourian who
was geiing to monopolize Blue.
We weie standing outside of the
door, .lae-k and I. and Jack was bump
ing his head against the side of the
c abin feroe iously.
Wish t the eilel thing hadn't come
He'll just spoil all our tun" Then an
idea seemed to strike bun and he diew
me around the corner of the cabin
"1 el's just leae him behind. Papa
said he was coming up to see the
ghost, and we'll just let him stay as
long as he wants up there," and the llt
tlo fellow danced joyemsly.
I wanted to hear what was geiing em
In the kite hen, and so we crept back
Into the shadow of the doorway.
"Yes," Mr Benton was saying, "Pro
fessor Me-C'all came up Xcaai Missouri
especially feir this trip. I couldn t make
him believe about the 'Night Wate-h-niah
In the Bottomless Pit, so I says
'Just come up and see If your old sci-
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ene-e will dissolve him ' "
Then, as Mr. Bofflon and father
walked out to the burros Mr. Benton
slapped his sido and almost lost his
balance In a fit of mirth.
"I'd llko to see him analyze that
ghost I'll just bet that he leaves to
meirrnw evening "
"Missouri," father said, laughing, hut
Mr. Benton Insisted.
"Well, wo'll wait and see "Father
It was beautifully e-iisp and cool
when we started out, and we were miles
up the winding trail before the sun
came out full and hot. as a Colorado
sun can do on occasion
Some eif our party were walking, but
most eif them were on burros Pro
fessor Me Call had apparently never
ridden anything of the kind before
nt least nothing so small -and he diel
not seem tei enjoy his first experience
He sat with his knees almost on a
lever with his chin, grasping the pom
mel. In fieint. with both hands, his
beiely working back and foith with
every movement of the donkey.
Pete walked beside him with his
black mule I never saw the old fel
low so voluble or so Interesting He
pointed out everything we passed that
had Interesting associations, and his
familiarity with every step of the trail
threatened to make him talk all the
way Ho had to drop behind, how
ever, oe-easionally te hurry up some
eif the burtos in the rear of the caval-e-ade
It was one of his many duties
to lexk after the animals besides that
he was chief cook, guide, doctor, when
any of us got sick In the camp,' nnd I
have even heard of his building some
of the log cabins at Minnehaha His
real and emly name was Seven-Toe I
Pet but w-e always left o(T the two
lirM sections and called him Pete The
familites at eamp prized this half-In
dian, half-Mexican highly, and relied
on him In everjthing. cspce ially on a
trip of this kind We children wen
fond of the old fellow, but our attach
ment was a combination af awe. ad
mil atipn, and curiosity, beeauso he wis
said to have seven toes.
A lout 11 o'clock we turned from the
main canyon- Bear Creek gorge and
took a trail which zig-zaged up the
steep mountainside When we reached
the top we stopped to rest and cool off
under the huge pines We seemed tei lie
above everjthing now but the rock
eilel peak itself anel it seemed near
enough to touch, but we remembered
with a sigh that this ridge we were
now on was called "half-way mark " So
we mounted our burros anel started on
down the other side of i he ridge. The
whole trail to the pit is just a series
of ups and.dovvns You have no more
than struggled to the top or a ridge
tnan you must brace yourself In the
sa for a down-hill jog.
We ate our luncheon In a little val
ley wheie a rippling brook Mowed
with banks of moss anel ferns, and the
rustling of aspens was the only other
Professor Me-Call entertained us all
by giving us the long botanic al names
feir the common little flowers we called
hare-bells and pointeel-noses
Anout 1 o'clock we came to the
ruins of what was once a three-roined
cabin. As we approached the- little pile
of logB Pete was telling about the her
mit who had lived there fifty years be
fore and his steady diet or muskrats
A little brook flowed aimlessly around
tne house, and Dr. McCall did not see
it until his burro stopped suddenly on
tne opposite hank wjth his feet planted
firmly and obstinately. '
"Will he jump?" gasped the rider
from his elevated and uncertain posi
tion, as the burro still hesitated "I
think 1 had better get off anyway," and
the man tried to untangle himself from
stirrups and bridle.
"Naw, that burro couldn't jump if
jou licked the hide off'in him," Pete
hastened to drawl
But Just as the professor had loos
ened his grip on the pommel, the burro
made the distance with the most as
There was n distinct line of daylight
between the rider anel his saejdle. but
the man didn't fall off He sat still
limply for a moment, and when he got
his breath he turned around to Pete
reproachfully "I thought you said
tnal donkeys didn't jump and couldn't."
Pete looked at him incredulously
from under his broad sombrero.
"You don't call that a jump, do you?
U hy Blue just walked across it. And
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