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UT the chiefs and Skenedonk'S
nursing and Indian remedies
Fbrought me face earthward
again, reviving the surgeonis
hope. When blood and life mounted
and my torn side sewed up its gap In a
healthy scar, adding another to my
collection, autumn was upon us. From
the hunting lodges on Lake George
and the Williamses of Longmeadow I
went to the scorched capital of Wash
ington. In the end the government
helped me with my Indian plan,
though when Skenedonk and I pushed
out toward Illinois territory we had
only my pay and a grant of land.
Peace vas not formally made until
December, but the war ended that
The Oneidas were ready 'o follow
wherever I led them, and so wuec many
families of the Iroquois fed.,ration.
But the Mohawk tribe held back.
However, I felt confident of material
for an Indian state when the founda,
tion shotild be laid.
We started lightly equipped upon
the horse paths. The long journey by
water and shore brought us in Octo
ber to the head of Green bay.
Green Bay, or La Baye, as the fur
hunters called it, was a little post al
most like a New England village
among its elms-one street and a few
outlying houses beside the Fox river.
The open world had been our tavern,
or any -sod or log hut cast up like a
burrow of human prairie dogs or
moles. We did not expect to find a
tavern in Green Bay. Yet such a place
was pointed opt to us near the fur
company's block warehouse.
Our host served us himself. His tap
room was the fireplace cupboard, and
it was visited while we ate our sup
per by men in elkskin trousers and
caps and hooded capotes of blue cloth.
These Canadians mixed their own
drink and made a cross mark on the
Inside of the cupboard door, using a
system of bookkeeping evidently
agreed upon between themselves and
Nightfall was very clear and fair in
this northwestern territory. A man felt
nearer to the sunset. The region took
hold upon me, particularly when one
who was neitherea warehouseman nor
a Canadian fur hunter hurried in and
took me by the hand.
"I am Pierre Grignon," he said.
Indeed, if he had held his fiddle and
tuned it upon an arm not quite so
stout, I should have known without
being told that he was the man who
had played in the Saint-Michel cabin.
We sat and talked until the light
faded. The landlord brought a candle
and yelled up the loft, where Skene
donk had already stretched himself in
"Chambermaid, light up."
"Never mind," said Pierre Grignon.
"I'm going to take these. travelers
home with me."
"Now I know how a tavern ought to
be kept," said the landlord. "But
what's the use of my keeping one if
Pierre Grignon carries off all the
"He is mny old friend," I told the
"He's old friend to everybody that
comes to Green Bay. I'll never get so
much as a sign painted to hang in
front of the Palace tavern."
I gave him twice his charges and
"What a loss it was to enterprise in
the Bay when Pierre Grignon came
here and built for the whole Ujnited
The Grignon house, whether built
for the whole United .States or not,
was the largest In Green Bay. A hall
divided the house through the center,
and here Mine. Grignon welcomed me
as if I were a lo'ng expected guest, for
this was her custom, and as soon as
she clearly remembered me, led me In
to a drawing room where a stately old
lady sat making lace.
This was the grandmother of the
house. ,Such a house would have been
incomplete without a grandmother at
Stools there were for children, and
armhairs fo~r old people were not
lacking. The small yellow spinning
wheel of Mmne. Ursule, as I found
afterward Mmne. Grignon was com
monly called, stood ready to revolve
its golden disk wherever she sat.
The servants were Pawnee Indians,
moving about their duties almost with
The little Grignon, daughter who had
stood lost in wonder at the dancing of
Annabel de Chaumont was now a
turner of heads herself, all flaxen
white and contrasting with the dark
ness of Katarina Tank. K~atarina was
taken home to the Grignons after her
mother's death. Both girls had been
educated in Montreal.
"Poor Mmne. Tank! She would have
been so much more comfortable in her
death If she had relieved her mind,"
Mmne. Ursule said the first evening.
"She used to speak of you often, for
seeing you made a great impression
upon her and she never let us forget
you. I am sure she knew more about
you than she ever told me. 'I have an
Important disclosure to make,' she
says. 'Come around me; I want all of
you to hear It!' Then' she fell back
and died without telling it."
' A touch of mystery was not lacking
to the house. Several times I saw the
tail of a gray gown disappear through
an open door. Some woman half en
tered and drew back.
"It's Madeleine Jordan," an inmate
told me each time. "She avoids
I asked if Madeleine Jordan was a
"Oh. no," Mmne. Ursule replied; "but
the family who brought her here went
back to Canada, and of course they left
her with us."
Of course, Madeleino Jordan, or any
body else who lacked a roof, would be
left with the Grignons, but in that
huse a hermit seemed out of place,
and I said so to Mmne. UJrsule.
"Poor child'" she responded. "I
think shie likes the bustle and noise.
She Is not a hermit. WVhat difference
can it make to her whether people are
around her or not'"
The subject of Madeleine Jordan was
no doubt beyond a man's handling. I
had other matters to think about, and
directly plunged into them. First, the
Menoinees and Winnebagoes must beC
assembled in council. They held 9.11
the desirable land.
"We don't like your Indian scheme
Surrounding the Fate of the
(V. and Marie Antoinette)
"DPut if the tribes here are willing to
sell their lands other settlers can't pre
le went with me to meet the sav
ages on the opposite side of the Fox
near the stockade. There the talking
and eating lasted two days. At the
end of that time I had a footing for
our Iroquois in the Wisconsin portion
of the Illinois territory, and the sav
ages who granted it danced a war
dance in our honor. Every brave
shook over his head the scalps he had
taken. I sat' one cap of soft long
"Eh!" said Pierre Grignon, sitting
beside ine. "Their dirty trophies make
you ghastly! Do your eastern tribes
never dance war dances?"
After the land was secured its
boundaries had to be set. Then my
own grant demanded attention, and,
last, I was anxious to put my castle on
it before snow flew.
When we had laid the foundation, of
the Indian settlement I built my house
with the help of skilled men. It was
a spacious one of hewn logs, chinked
with cat and clay plaster, showing its
white ribs ou the hill above the Fox.
The men hewed a slab settle and
stationed It beside the hearth, a thing
of beauty in its rough and lichen tinted
barks, though you 'may not believe it
My floors I would have smooth and
neatly joined, of hard woods which
give forth a shining for wear and pol
ish. Stools I had, easily made, and
one large round of a tree for my table,
like an eastern taboret.
Before the river closed and winter
shut in Skenedonk and I went badek to
Green Bay. I did not know how to
form my household and had it in mind
to consult Mmne. Ursule. Pawnees
could be had, and many French land
holders in the territory owned black
slaves. Pierre Grignon himself kept
one little negro like a monkey among
the stately -Indians.
Dealing with acres and with people
wild as flocks would have been worth
while if nothing had resulted except I
our welcome back to Pierre Grignon's
open house. The grandmother hob
bled on her stick across the floor to
give me her hand. Mmne. Ursule re
proached me with delaying, and Pierre
said it was high time to seek winter 4
quarters. The girls recounted harvest I
reels and even weddings, with dances 1
following, wvhich I had lost while away
from the center of festivity.
The little negro carried my saddle
bags to the guest room. Skenedonk 1
was to sleep on the floor. Abundant
preparations for ~the evening meal i
were going forward in the kitchen. As I
I mounted the stairway at Mine. U~r
sue's direction I heard a tinkle of
china. her very best, which adorned I
racks and dr-essors. It was being set
forth on the mahogany board.
The upper floor of Pierre Grignon's
house was divided by a hall similar to<
the one below. I ran upstairs and I
Standing with her back to the fad- I
ing light which came through one fanC
window at the hall end was a woman's I
figure in a gray dress. I gripped the I
My first thought was, "How shall I
tell her about Paul?" My next was,
"What is the matter with her?"
She rippled from head to foot in the
shiver of rapture peculiar to her and
stretched her arms to me, crying:
CHAPTER XXVI. -
"H, madame!" I said, bewil
dered and sick as from af
stab. It was no comfort
that the high lady who
sarcely allowed me to kiss her hand
before we parted clung around my
neck. She trembled against me.
"Have you come back to your moth
"Eagle!" I pleaded. "Don't you a,
know me? You surely know Lazarrel"
She kissed me, pulling my head down r
in her arms, the velvet mouth like a I
baby's, and looked straight into my i;
"Madame, try to understand! I am
Louis! If you forget Lazarre, try to s
remember Louis!" I:
She heard with attention and smiled. I
The pressure of my arms spoke to her. g
A man's passion addressed itself to a.
little child. All other barriers which had' c
stood between us were nothing to this- a
I held her and she could never be mine.
She was not ill in body-the contours of s
her upturned face were round and a
softened with much smiling-but mind 5
sickness robbed me of her in the mo- s
ment of finding her.
"She can't be insane!" I said aloud. t,
"Oh, God, anything but that! She was s
not a woman that could be so p
Like a fool I questioned and tried to .!
get some explanation. c
Eagle smoothed my arm and nestled
her hand in my neck. - n
"My little boy! IIe has .grown to be
a man-while his mother has grown e
down to be a child! Do you 'know b
what I am now, Paul?"
I choked a sob in my throat and told
her I did not.
"I am your cloud mother. I live in 1
a cloud. Do you love me while I am c
in the cloud?" 'y
I told her I loved her with all my
strength, in the cloud or out of It. 14
"Will you take care of me as I used
to take care of yen?"
I swore to the Almighty that she s
ihduld be my inture care.
"I need you sol I have watched for
rou in the woods and on the water,
Paul! You have been long coming
>ack to me."
I heard Mme. Ursule mounting the
tairs to see if my room was in order.
Who could understand the relation
.n which Eagle and I now stood, and
the claim she made upon me? She
:lung to my arm when I took it away.
[ led her by the hand. Even this sight
'nused Mine. Ursule a shock at the
ead of the stairs.
My hostess paused and looked at us.
"Did she come to you of her own ac
"I never knew her to notice a stran
"Madame, do you know who this is?"
"It is the Marquise de Ferrier."
"The Marquise de Ferrier?"
"Do you know her?"
"I have known her ever since I can
"The Marquise do . Ferrier! But,
,I's'r Williams, did she know you?"
"She knows me," I asserted. "But
iot as my. 'if. I am sure she knows
no! But s .e confuses me with th'e
yhild she lost! I cannot explain to
rou, madame, how positive I am that
;he recognizes me any more than I
,an explain why she will call me Paul.
[ think I ought to tell you, so you will
;ee the position In which I am placed,
hat this lady is the lady I once hoped
"Saints have pity, M's'r Williams!"
"I want to ask you some questions."
"Bring her down to the fire. Come,
lear child," said M3me. Ursule, coaxing
Eagle. "Nobody Is there. The bed
ooms can never be so warm as the
og fire, and this is a bitter evening."
The family room was unlighted by
andles, as often happened; for such
in illumination In the chimney must
Jave quenched any paler glare. We
mad a few moments of brief privacy
'rom the swarming life which con
;tantly passed in and out.
I placed Eagle by the fire and she
;at there obediently while I talked to
91me. Urule apart
"Was her mind In this state when
;he came to you?"
"She was even a littlo wilder than
;he is now. The girls have been a
enefit to her."
"They were not afraid of her?"
"And who could be afraid of the
lear child? She is a lady -that's
plain. Ah, M's'r Williams, what she
nust have gone through!"
"Yet see how happy she looks!"
"She always seemed happy enough.
5he would come to this house. So
when .the Jordans went to Canada
Pierre and I both said, 'Let her stay."'
"Who were the Jordans?"
"The only family that escaped with
heir lives from the massacre when she
ost her family. Mme. Jordan told me
he whole story. They had friends
imong the .Winnebagoes who protect
"Did they give her their name?"
"No, the people in La Baye did that.
Ve knew she had another name. But
:think it very likely her title was not
ised in the settlement where they
Ived. Titles are no help in pioneer
"Did they call her Madeleine?"
"She calls herself Madeleine."
"How long has she been with your
"Nearly a year."
"Did the Jordans tell you when this
hange came over her?"
"Yes. It was during the attack when
er child was taken from her. She
aw other children killed. The In
lans were afraid of her. They re
pect demented people; not a bit of
iarm was done to her. They let her
tone and the Jordans took care of
The daughter and adopted daughter
f the house came in with a rush of
>utdoor air and, seeing Eagle first,
an to kiss her on the cheek one after
"Madeleine has come down!" said
"I thought we should coax her in
ere some time," said IKatarina.
Between thorn, standing slim and
all, their equal in height, she was yet
ike a little sister.. Though their faces
ere unlined, hers held a divine youth.
"Paul has come." Eagle told Kata
ia and Marie. Holding their hands,
he walked between them toward me
and bade them notice my height. "I
im his ecud moiter." she said. "How
roll it is thait parents grow down
ttle while their chikh-en grow up big!"
Mmne. U-rsule s!:ook her head piti
ully. But the girls really saw the
troll side and laughed with my cloud
nother. I left the room and was
linging myself from the house to walk
: the chill wind, but she caught me.
"l will be good!" pleaded my cloud
uother, her face in my breast.
I1er son who had grown up big
hiLeI she grew down little went back
o the family room with her.
Our singular reiationship was estab
[shed in the house, where hospitality
unde room and apology for all human
Nobody of that region except the in
irm stayed indoors to shiver by a fire.
~agle and the girls, in their warm
apotes, breasted with me the coldest
rinter days. She was as happy as
hey were; her cheeks tingled as pink
s theirs. Sometimes I thought her
yes must answer me with her old
elf command, their bright grayness
cas so natural.
I believed if her delusions wore hu
iored they would unwvind from her
ke the cloud which she felt them to
. The family had long fallen Into
1e habit of treating her as a child,
lying some imaginary character.
ho seemed less demented than walk
ig in a dream, her faculties asleep.
twas somnambulism rather than
idness. She had not the expression
insane people, the shifty eyes, the
canning and perverseness, the animal
d torpid presence.
If I called her Mmne. de Ferrier in
ead of my cloud mother, a strained
nd puzzled look replaced her usual
itisfaction. I did not often use the
ame, nor did I try to make her re
eat my own. It was my daily effort
fall in with her happiness, for if
lie saw any anxiety she was quick to
"Don't you like me any more, Paul?
.rc you tired of me because I am a
"No," I would answer. "Lazarre will
ver be tired of you."
"Do you think I am growing small
i? Will you love me if I shrink to a
"I will love you."
"I used to love you when you were
tiny, Paul, before you knew how to
sve ec back. If I forget how"-she
lutched the lapels of my coat-"will
ou leave me then?"
"Eagle, say this: 'Lazarre cannot
"Lazarre cannot leave me."
I heard her repeating this at her
n Shebastd to Marie Gri.
gnon-"'Lazarre cannot leave meI;
Paul taught me that."
Iy cloud mother asked me to teh
her the stories she used to tell me.
She had forgotten them.
"I am the child now," she would say.
"Tell me the stories."
I repeated mythical tribe legeids,
gathered from Skenedonk on our long
rides, making them as eloquent as I
could. She listened, holding her
breath or sighing with contentment.
If any one In the household smiled
when she led me about by the hand,
there was a tear behind the smile.
She kept herself in perfection, be
stowing unceasing care upon her dress,
which was always gray.
"I have to wear gray. I am In a
cloud," she had said to the family.
"We have used fine gray stuff
brought from Holland and wools that
Mother Ursule got from Montreal,"
Katarina told me. "The Pawnees dye I
with vegetable colors. But they can
not make the pale gray she loves."
Skenedonk was not often in the
house. He took to the winter hunting
and snowshoeing- with vigor. When
ever he came indoors I used to see him
watching Mme. de Ferrier with satur
nine wistfulgess. She paid no atten
tion to him. He would stand gazing at
her while she sewed, being privileged
as an educated Indian and my attend
ant to enter the family room where
the Pawnees came only to serve. They
had the ample kitchen and its log fire
to themselves. I wondered -what was
working In Skenedonk's mind, and If
he repented calling one so buffeted a
The more I thought about It the less
endurable it became to have her de
pendent upon the Grignons. My busi
ness affairs with Pierre Grignon made
it possible to transfer her obligations
to my account The hospitable man
hnd his wife objected, but when they
.saw how I took it to heart gaye me
ny way. I told them I wished her to
be regarded as my wife, for I should
never have another, and while It might
'remain Impossible for her to marry
me, on my part I was bound to her.
"You are young, M's'r Williams," 4
said Mme. Ursule. "You have a long
life before you. A man. wants com
fort in his house. And if he makes
wealth he needs a hand that knows
how to distribute and how to save.
She could never go to your home as
"I know It, madame."
"You will change your mind about a
"Madame, I have not changed my 4
mind since r first wanted her. It is
not a mind that changes."
"Well, that's unusual. Young men
are often fickle. You never made pro
posals for her?"
"I did, madame, after her husband
"But she was still a wife-the wife
of an old man-in the Pigeon Roost
"Her father married her to a cousin
nearly as old as himself when she was
a child. Her husband was reported
dead while she was In hiding. She
herself thought, and so did her friends,
that he was dead." 4
"I see. Eh! These girls married to
old men! Mine. Jordan told me Made
leine's husband was very fretfuL. He
kept himself like silk and scarcely let4
the wind blow upon him for~ fear of
injuring his health. When other men
were out tolling at the clearings he sat4
In his house to avoid getting chills and 4
fever In the sun. It was well for her
that she had a faithful servant Made
leine and the servant kept the family4
with their garden and cornfield. They
never tasted wild meat unless the other
settlers brought them venison. Mmne.
Jordan said they always returned a
present of herbs and vegetables from
their garden. It grew for them better
than any other garden In the settle
ment. Once the old man did go out
with a hunting party and, got lost.
The men searched for him three days
and found him curled up in a hollow
tree, waiting to be brought In. They
carried him home on a litter and he
popped his head Into the door and said:
'Here I am, child! You can't kill mel'"
"What did Mmne. de Ferrier say?"
"Nothing. She made a child of him,
as if he were her son. H~e was in his
second childhood, no doubt. And Mmne.
Jordan said she appeared to hold her
self accountable for the losses and
crosses that made him so fretful. The
children of the emigration were
brought up to hardship and accepted
everything as their elders could not
"I thought the Marquis de -Ferrier a
"Did you ever see him ?"
"He used to tell his wife he intended
to live a hundred years. And I sup
pose he would have done it, If he had
no~ been tomahawked and scalped.
'You'll never get De Chaumont,' he
used to say to her. Il see that he
never gets you!' I remember the name
very well, because it was the name of
that pretty creature who danced for
us in the cabin o; Lake George." --
"Do Chaumont was her father," I
said.' "He would have married Mine.
de Ferrier and restored hei- estate if
she had accepted him and the marquis
had not come back."
"Saints have pity!" said Mine. Ur
sule. "And the poor old man must
make everybody and himself so un
"Butgow could he help living?"
"True enough. God's times are not
ours. But see what he has' made of
I thought of my cloud mother walk
rg inclosed from the world upon a
height of changeless youth. She could
iot feel another shock. She was past
both ambition and poverty. If she had
ver felt the sweet anguish of love
oh, she must have understood when
she kissed me and said, "I will come
to you some time!"-the anguish, the
oping, waiting, expecting, receiving
othing, all were gone by. Even moth
r cares no longer touched her. Paul
as grown. She could not be made
anything that was base. Unseen forces
had worked with her and wonld. work
with her still.
"You told me," I said to Mime. Ur
sl, "the Indians were afraid of her
hen they burned the settlement. Was
the change so sudden?"
"Mine. Jordan's story was like this:
t happened In broad daylight Two
ne went into the woods hunting bee
trees. The Indians caught, and killed
them within two miles of the clearing
-some of those very Winnebagoes you
treated with for your land. It was a
unshiny day in September. You could
hear the poultry crowiglg and the chil
rn playing in the dooryards. Made
eine's little Paul was never far away
from her. The Indians rushed in withi
yells and finished the settlement In a
few minutes. Mine. Jordan and her
family were protected, but she saw
children dashed against trees and her.
neighbors struck down and scalped
before she could plead for them. Andi
ittle good pleading would have done.
n Indian seized Paul. His father
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- DDining Chairs,
Bedroom Suits, Cradles, Cribs, Mattresses, Springs,
Pillows, Comforts, Blankets, Pictures, Picture
Frames, Easels, Screens, Window Shades,
Lace Curtains, Portiers, Crockery,
5. L. KRASNOFF, The Furniture
Dieksoni Hardware Company
Would have you bear in mind that their stock of
G uns and Ammunition
is still complete.
~oats, Vests, Leggins and Boots. Everything to meet your wants
for the holidays.
Fou should see our line of Vandyke Ware, Porcelain Lined, Milk,
Cake and Pudding Pans, Coffee Pots and Sancepans.
Sbeautiful assortment of Carving Knives and Forks, Pocket
Knives, Razors and Scissors.
When you need that Stove come to see us.
)ICKSON HARDWARE COMPANY,