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Then a brilliant idea struck him.
He just swore in the ReiMr. Glover
as a deputy marshal. And the Rev.
Mr. Glover, aged 22, quietly rode
down the -street with the big six
shooter that hangs at his bed-post
nights. The yelling, shooting caval
cade dashed toward him, then
stopped. He had the drop on them.
"Hands up, boys!" said the Rev.
Mr. Glover, just as if he was Baying,
"Let us pray."
"This sort of thing may be all
right out on the range," he added,
"but when you come to town you've
got to behave yourselves. Gun-hand
up! To the jail! Forward!"
They paid their fines and deter
mined to get even.
On the Fourth of July all the cow
punchers flock into town to celebrate.
The disgruntled ones decided to or
ganize a party and tar and feather
Glover. He had planned to spend the
Fourth in Grand Junction, but he got
wind of the plot and decided to stick
around, with his gun ready. The
party didn't come off.
The "soreheads" would have had
trouble getting recruits, anyhow.
For most of the cow punchers like
and admire Glover. He knows their
life as he knows the lif e of the millers
and Railroad men, and joins in the
round-up as cheerfully as he ridqs 40
miles over rocky mesas to make a
"The cowboys are a good-hearted
lot," says Glover. "And on the whole
they're pretty decent. It isn't liki
the old days when they'd swarm into
the church on Sunday and kick over
the seats and shoot out the lights
and break up the meeting.
"If I have any success it's because
I ignore the eastern traditions of the
way a minister should act and adapt
myself to the life of the people I
"Social service is the game,
whether in De Beque, New York or
Mozambique, and we've got to be
MEN first and PREACHERS afterward."
DIARY QF FATHER TIME
It is a curious instance of the con
servative tendency of the rural mind
in England that the- custom of ring
ing the cur'ew bell should have so
long survived its original significance.
The curfew bell Was rung in certain
places in England as far back as the
time of Alfred, but William the Con
queror issued an edict ordering it to
be rung at sunset, all over England.
Its primary aim was a precaution
against fire, this danger being an
ever-present one in those days of
chimneyless wooden houses.
Curfew is still religiously tolled in
many hundreds of towns and vil
lages; here and there it has become
identified wi'"i local customs. At
Newcastle, Ui-til it was discontinued,
it was the signal for shutting up the
shops. At Durham, it heralds the
closing of the college gates; while in
many Cheshire and Yorkshire vil
lages it has for hundre'ds of years,
warned farmers to lock up their cat
tle for the night. The Pilgrims and
the Puritans brought the custom
over with them to New England,
where the curfew bell is still rung in
many towns and villages.
So firmly has the custom intrench
ed itself in parts of New England,
that in 1894 there was a popular up--rising
at the old seaport town of
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, when
the more progressive residents
sought to abolish the ringing of the
bell of the North Church at 9 o'clock
every night. The old-timers rose in
their wrath at the Idea with the re
sult that it is rung to this day.
"Do you call this a band of picked
musicians?" said a hotel manager to,
the conductor of a hired band. "Ach!,
Dot vas so. I bick 'em mlnesellf," re-,
plied the bandmaster. "Well, then,'
you picked them before they were,
ripe!" said the manager.
. Science has measured physical di
mensions of one-seventy-millionth)
part of an inch.