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A GOLDEN HARVEST
By Selina Elizabeth Higgins.
Big Bear was an institution in Ty
ler. For five years he had been as
much a part of Doctor Wharton's
household as the watch dog, the fam
ily horse, or the chickens. In fact,
Big Bear spent most of his time with
these domesticated pets. He slept up-
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stairs in the barn in winter, under a
shady tree in the garden in summer
and was a trusty sentinel, a swift,
obliging messenger and the loyal and
devoted adherent of the doctor and
his little family, especially pretty
Claribel, just budding into perfect
"He's like some faithful dog," re
marked a townsman to the town marshal.
"He is certainly 'a good Indian,' "
was the hearty reply "never drinks
or fights, makes me no trouble. In
fact, when some of the half breeds
float into town and try to get into a
rumpus, he quietly persuades them to
go on their way."
"Well, he ought to feel grateful to
wards Wharton. Poor old Doc!
Times haven't been going any too
good with him of late."
"I hear that. The family is poor,
they say. That bright girl of his has
been compelled to go clerking in a
store to keep the pot boiling, I learn.
Well, that shows she is made of the
"Especially when she might have
married half a million" with that
grandson of old Reuben White."
"Mistake that's just what- she
couldn't do. The old miser broke up
the match and Ellis Waite, his grand
son, has nothing of his own. The old
man threatened to disinherit him if
he married. The young fellow was
of the right sort. He just packed up
his duds and left home. He's working
somewhere west of here as a station
agent. Some day he'll come back
and claim his bride.
"Where did the doctor run across
Big Bear, anyway?" inquired the
"Over across the divide. It seems
that the old chief had a wild son who
got desperate and vicious after the
Indian agents got about all the land
they had away from them. He had a
terrible fight with some gamblers and
killed two of them. The strung him
up. The doctor found a mere spark
of life in him after they had cut him
down where the old chief was mourn
ing him. Secretly the doctor revived
him. He got safely out of the district
and to an Indian school. He develop
ed into a remarkably bright fellow.
He is studying in Paris now and a
credit to his old father."
"The old man don't seem to have
much stir about him in the Indian
"He had once, and that is a Strange