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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 5, 1896)
STOEIES IN PASSING.
- -During tho greenback issuooflSSOa
strange thing happened down in western
CaeB county. Early in September
there suddenly appeared in Ashland a
stranger giving his name as Thornton.
He was a man of thirtv-eeren or thirty
eight years of age, roughly dressed but
having the bearing of a man of tho
world. He bad a letter front Judge
Chapman of PJattsmoutb, asserting that
tho bearer was an excellent speaker on
the currency and greenback question.
The letter attracted attention anQ tho
man was inrited to speak at some of tho
echool houses in tho neighboring coun
try districts. Toornton spoko several
times that campaign, and proved to be
one of the best prepared men on the
currency question in eastern Nebraska.
He had a rather rude and rugeed style
of eloquence, but was fluent, logical and
convincing. He waB evidently an om
nivcrous reader andthad made an spe
cial Btudy of tho currency question.
But the man was a strange, moody,
reserved sort of a chap. His past life
was a sealed book, and he neverdropped
a hint or word to any one aB to where
ne came froan. When not making
speeches he spent the time husking
corn for a farmer near Greenwood.
That winter Thornton secured a
clerkship in the legislature, but spent
most of his time in seclusion, reading
and preparing for what ho saiJ was to
be tho next great issue, the tariff. He
waB seldom seen at tho capitol, and then
suddenly ho gave up his place and went
back to the farm near Greenwood. A
day or two later a message from a
Canadian city was taken out to him
from ttbe telegraph oflice. Tho 'next
troraing an officer came down to the
littlo town from Omaha and wcnt.out to
tho farm. Thornton was wanted in a
Canadian city from which ho had fled
a number of years belore. And con
nected with the report of his disappear
ance were whisperings of a gigantic
political scheme, a colossal failure, ex
posure and criminal proceedings.
The officers went out to the farm, but
too late. Thornton had disappeared as
quietly and mysteriously as he had
come and lived. Not oven the farmer
knew where or how. Thornton had
eaten supper and gone to his room.
Xlong in the night the dog had barked
frbarply once, and then been silent.
Vrhat was all the farmer knew.
. "Yes," said Bill Sheffer, leaning back
.against the counter 60 that the shells in
his faded ducking coat rattled sharply
against the glass, '-it was a day just like
jhis, only worse. John Evans and I
were up on the Platte for a little"hunt.
We Jrere getting a few birds, but
thought we could do better by crossing
over to one of tho small islands in the
stream; so we tried' it. But the current
-struck our boat, spun it round like' a
'-chip and hurled us out into the water.
We got to 6hpre but were wet through.
It was darkening rapidly. Ihe winds
had swung round to the northwest and
had blown tip a regular blizzard. The
aercurv fell to forty below in three .
minutes. We had a time, I can tell
you wet through, not a dry match
within four miles. But we saved
ou reel res from freezing., and in this
wayj)y climbing trees all night and
sliding down them for warmth."
They had closed the house and were -takiog
their midnight lunch at a ' near- -1
by cafe. They were all young men, well
dressed aril gooa looking. Thty talked
lightly but in a subdued and soaileless
way. Their faces wero immovable as
marble, utterly without expression or
emotion. Their fingers twitched con
vulsively. Their eyes .were fearfully
restless, and cold and hard and glitter
ing as steel.- And in 'those eesoce .
foand the clae and knew those men in
o iaetant. They, wore the gamblers'
Milt Woodp, ' the threo fingered coal
heaver on wagon No. 14, went inlo tho
little South Lincoln grocery acd struck
his friend, tho proprietor, for a loan in
words about Iiko these:
"George, lend mo a dollar. Ain't got
a cent of cash. Jim Cusey owes mo
dollar; HanB Knode dollar; and there's
thirty coming from t' old man on Sat
urday week. Just wantadollar.George,
acd next Saturday 111 bo in and pay
you four dollars threo I owcb you on
account and the ono I borrows now.
No, George, this dollar ain't a-going for
grub not ,a bit of it! This dollar's
-a-going for whishkey, gooa old Kentuck
whisky. As long as tho dollar lasts,
everything goes. When tho dollar's
gone, the drunk's over. Then Milt
Woods sobers up."'
It was after the Thanksgiving game
at Omaha, and tho team and rooters
were taking dinner at the Millard
They had taken possession of tho long
table down the centre of the room and
were attracting considerable attention
by their general good spirits. Down at
one end was a young substitute, who
was probably eating his first dinner out
side his home or a two-dollar boarding
house. Naturally ho was somewhat
overcomo by the glitter and tho people
and the black waiters who bobbed
about him. But tho menu overwhelmed
him. He studied it attentively for
nearly five minutes, while the waiter
lemed his ear expectantly near. The
young player could make out but two
things ho kno-, French peas and pump
kin pie. Ho kept two fingers on these
and started in again. He floundered
through Caviar a la Russian, Blue
Points, creme de Volaille a l'allcmande,
and then burst out:
"Oh, thunder! If you've got any
turkey and mashed potato, bring me a
plate heaped full; and 6omo cranberry
sauce and half a mince pie. And, oh
yes! don't forget to put lots cf gravy
over the potato and a heap of stuffin'
with that turkey." H. G. Shedd.
Third pub. Dec. 5.
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for Lancaster County, in an
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