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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 02, 1913, Image 13

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THE SEAMY SIDE
By pertrude Mary Sheridan.
The '.'shooting up" of Walker Gap
was a sensational event in its history
long remembered. It was, however,
the last.xeally characteristic occasion
in the career of Judspnv Ransom
where "the somewhat promiscuous
mining element "!of the brisk border
town followed their leader with bldr
timerpride and'enthusiasin. It came
' Filling the Room With Cl&mor and
s" . Smoke.
about when Higbee, a rival'settlement
ihirty miles distant, sent, over what
there wa&of a frontier temperance
league. The act. was -resented at
once by the Gap p'eople. A covert in
sinuation was conveyed that they
were within the heathen pale, and
Jud'and his crowd, holding high fes
tival at the; settlement bar-marched
en'masse to the village "hall."
They were somewhat awed when
Jthey. fourid-the visiting hayrack load
. 'I
under theqare.ahd encouragement qf
Miss Ina Tappan. She wa&. the
daughter of Judge Tappan of , Higbee,
and highly respected. Heriatherhad '
made "a ten strike" two years since,
but the vein was lost and he. was no
longer wealthy. He was still a leader
and a power in district politics, how
ever, and Jud was sbmewhat daunted
as he viewed the kindly, serene face
of his daughter: Some of the mining
crowd sidled away, impressed 'by the
genuine fervor and simplicity of the
temperance folks.
"I'm going to sticky" announced
Jud to the' loyal ones. "Start the ball
rolling and you'll find me pushing it!"
In the midst of an address one of
the unregenerates broke into a wild
dance, declaring he was "reformed."
A reckless companibn wept over his
sins, enumerating in travesty a score
of murders and stage coach rob
beries. Then Jud gave the'word. In
stantly four revolvers blazed forth,
filling the room with clamor and
smoke.
Not one of the visiting party
flinched. Miss Tappan gave Out a"
song, "Where Is My Wandering Boy
Tonight." It made Jud mad. It
caused him to th'nk of his mother
and broken promises and' a wasted
life. Jud was just far enough along
in the liquor way to feel mean and
desperate. j f
"Shoot her up again!" he shouted,
leaping upright on a. bench .andpro
ducing a bottle.-"Here, all hands take
a drink!"
There was no shooting and no
drinking. Jud- had missed his. foot
ing. He went down with a crash, his
head struck a jagged corner of the
bench, and his subdued comrades
sneaked away, leaving him lying
there toicome back to himself.
When Jud Ransom returned to
consciousness the meeting was" over.
Only the visiting crusaders were in
evidence., .He was lying on a bench, ,
and gentle hands 'were cooling hs j
wounded- head -with a wet handker-

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