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HOUSE AT CROSSROAD
PrftcMi Foot! Uts of Frimtf
By MARME4U WHlfW
?" As tlio aft'ernodn train wheezed Into
the station at Prattgvlile, a Woman
Bttpped Out On the rear platform an It
eager to finish hor Journey. Sho had
brrMy reached middlo ago, but tho
rars had not pissed by her lightly, and
the linos of her countcnancelndlcated a
temper not swoetonlrtg with tho seas
ons Ab If shaking tho'dUHt of travel
forever from her feet, Bho stopped
briskly to tho station door and looked
It was not a pleasing prospect tho
low, one-room building, and about It,
fields burned a dull brown, while to
tho 'south, tho road leading to tho
village shimmered In tho summer
heat. At tho lowor end of the plat
form was a carryall, harnessed to a
white horse. The driver, a thin, wiry
man In blue overalls,, met tho new
comers stare uneasily.
"Be you Miss Baxter!" he askod
"'Tain't written on me anywhoro,
1b it?" she roturned
"I dunno but what 'tis written on
your face. The Baxters all have a
look alike. If you're Fannie Baxter,
111 drive you right down to tho cross
roads. I came down a-nurposo for
"Some folks nevor know their bust
ness. Do you think you are here to
meet met" she returned
"I've been here every day for two
weeks. She asked me to. You just
make yourself comfortable and I'll
hand your trunk over."
"Mind you .don't smash what's left
of it," Bhe called aftor him, as she
climbed stiffly Into tho back seat "I
reckon Frances Is as good name aa
Fannie." she said to herself, "and if Bhq
don't get around to ride In her own
carryall she must expect somebody
As they Jogged slowly down the
dusty road, Miss Baxter closed her
eyes and tried to rest Her Journey
half way across the continent had
left her nearly exhausted, and she
was too weary to try to understand
the driver's chatter,
"Will you stop talking' nonsense and
drive mo to a respectable boarding
place?" sho asked.
Mr. Slocum threw tho reins over
the dashboard and turned about with
an injured air. "This is a free ride,'"
ho said with some dignity. "I'm do
ing it for her sake, and for her sake
I won't take you further'n this house
for any amount of money."
"I reckon we've got a weary spell
of Bitting, then," and Miss Baxter
leaned back on the faded cushions, as
11 prepared 10 wait me aay 01 guag
ment "You'ro welcome to it" said Mr
Slocum, making himself comfortablr
on the front seat
As the afternoon shadows grew
longer, MIbb Baxter had plenty of
time to Burvey the house. It seemed
to her that Bhohad never seen sc
pretty a cottage. It surely was r
shame to have It Idle. To find a plac
like that for herself had been her
dream coming east If only she dared
but Mr. Slocum's voice Interrupted
"Here comes tho minister down the
road. I know his colt Suppose wp
leave this difference to him. If he
Bays stay, why you get out, and if he
says drive on, I'll tako you wherever
you want to go."
"I'm willing," agreed Miss Baxter.
"It does seem a pity for a likely place
to go to ruin, standing empty."
As tho roan came nearer, Miss Bax
ter sat up very primly. At last, she
told herself, her assertion that she
bad no right to tho house would be
regarded, but to her surprise tho min
ister answered slowly: ''Sister Baxter,
your feelings do you credit, but holy
people at their death have viBlons,
and she Bald you'd surely come. She
wanted It above all earthly things.
The whole village will bo glad you've
taken tho house."
Miss Baxter had never been dishon
est but the allurement of the cottage
was strong upon her. For a moment
she hesitated, then she stepped brisk
out of the carryall. "I tell you what
I'll do," she said. "I hate to see
things going to ruin and I'll llvo In
the house and keep the place up. I'll
pay a fair rent to the minister and ho
can put it In the bank against the day
when ho thinks I have no right here.
As long as I stay, I am to be let alone
and no questions asked."
"If you are as honest as that, you
must bo somo like hor after..all,"
commented Mr. Slocum, "but ain't it
a queer Idea about the money?"
. "When I make a bargain I mean It
questions and all. Does every one In
Prattvllle talk all tho time? You can
fetch my trunk right in; I'll my good
evening tq you both," and tho two
men wore left alone, a trifle bewild
ered by tho turn affairs had taken.
Within the house, Miss Baxter went
slowly from room to room. Surely
sho had never hoped for so pleasant
a homo. At last she sat down by the
front window and tried to make her
good fortuno seem real. Sho was
aroused by a light step ou the thresh
old, and a sweet-foced woman Btood
in tho doorway.
"Don't get up." said the stranger.
"I'm PriBcllla West, your nearest
neighbor. Bon Slocum told me you'd
pome, and I'm eo glad you are In the
"You'll find lots of frleads ready
made, wnltUg to gtve yew the wel
come for W mIm. I brought yo
ovf Jwt a. Mtita taM, mm bUcttit
an4 hooey1 aad 00U htm- Mi uww&
'bo lttr. Dunn was Kmwbt 4
dtaUd to drink, and on rreral oea
jrioM Alt hud btn Mrtd further i
diffnitta by the. opportune arrival ef
t hmdlng ttmik.
Or Monday morning Dunn had been
drinking more than common, and la
slated on. kissing Rita soveral times
before ho would releaso her.
waddenly she was conscious of a
stranger present, and looking up sho
saw a tall young man standing In the
doorway sympathetically regarding
Thoro was a quick step, and a
clonchod fist caught Dunn on tho car,
and ho went down. With a curso, ho
waB on his feet In an instant ugly as
a bull. Dunn was a fighter, and Rita
trombled for tho stranger; but hor
concern was needless; ho Just played
with Dunn; circling around him, and
when ho wished ho promptly knock
ed him down, until Dunn, acknowledg
ed he had enough.
"Now," said tho strangor, standing
over tho prostrate mnn, "don'l you
over try to Insult this girl again, or
you won't get off bo easy noxt time;
and remember Bho is to continue with
the scaling unmolested. I Bupposo
you may as well know, first as last,
that I am Ralph Orton, eldest son of
Arthur Orton, senior member of the
Kllkennoy Lumber company. I shall
be hero for somo time, looking after
our Interests; and if I hear of any
moro of your deviltry, wo shall dis
pense with your services."
Finishing, with a cheerful nod to
Rita, he turned on his heel and walk
Dunn painfully rose to his feet and
slunk away, a look of concentrated ha
tred bn his brutalized face. Rita, trem
bling with excitement, went Into the
shack to think, and secrotly cherish
.something new and strango .that
.had entered her soul.
The days and weeks went by unin
terrupted. Ralph Orton took up his
abode at Tuttlo's home, and the old
man soon acquired a distinct liking for
this energetic young man. Ralph
helped Rita with her work when he
jwas not on the mountain.
Dunn kept his placo in sullen, vin
dictive silence. Ralph and Rita soon
fell into the pleasant habit of waiting
for each other at tho landing, and
walking home togethor In the twi
light. It was a Saturday night In Febru
ary. The men had all come off the
mountain ea$ly, except Ralph and
Dunn. Anxiously Rita waited, but still
they did not come. The sun had drop
ped behind the western horizon In a
deep red setting, tinging the snow
blood red. She trembled. A forebod
ing of danger reached out and closed
about her heart Suddenly she heard
a step on the snow. Darting behind a
tree, she waited, alert and expectant,
LJnM m.lnl. nn. tnl.l Itna I , nn n Tl
Presently he came In sight, and her
heart sank like lead. His face car
ded a covert, look of triumph. In
stinctively she knew something had
happened to Ralph. Soon as his foot-
jjieps naa aiea avray,sne sprang UKO,ters, Eat ; , tflke exercjE
.the road and sped up the hard moun
tain road like a startled fawn.
Her one thought was of tho man sure t0 follow. $1 00 a bottle.
she loved better than life. Sho had ' Advertfaement.
no definite Idea where to look for ' " "
hlm; nor had It occurred to her to Made His Blessing Retroactive,
alarm the man. She knew he was In Tho father of a family who had
grave danger somewhere on that bleak been striving to bring up his. children
mountain side, and on her rested the In tho way they should go was very
task of rescuing him; so, panting and much annoyed at his Bon's uncouth
trembling, she sped on. Every few habit of helping himself to a few bites
steps she stopped and callod his name, before grace had been said. The
No answer come back, but tho moan- stereotyped form called for: "A bless
ing of the light breeze through the lng on what wo are about to eat"
woods. On she pushed to the top of but one occasion being particularly
a ridge. It bad got quite dark now. exasperating, he astounded the young
Pausing on a ledge almost on the top man by adding to his petition, "and
of the cant she shouted: on that which has already been
"Ralph! Ralph! whore are you?" eaten."
"Here, Rita, at the top o the cant," -
came the quiet, reassuring reply. With
a glad cry she hurried to tho top of
uie iage, wuere a iuub spruce Btooa, ... , , .
Then she stopped, and her heart pP1,ed Dr- Thomas' Eclectic Oi'.
sprang Into her throat She saw his Tne pain ceased, and the child sank
danger, and swayed, dizzily. into a restful sleep." Mrs. Hanson,
"Courage, my little girl, courage," Hamburg, N. Y.
came from the Btnlllng Hps in cool, Advertisement,
even tones. "This Is some of that devil "
Dunn's work. When my back was turn- Pigeon Descended Chimney,
ed tho coward laid me out Tako heart, When a resident In the London
little one, wo win yet" It was an ap- road, Reading, England, came down
palling situation. Ralph was bound atalrs recently, he found perched ca
to the lone spruco with a piece ol the 'top bar of the grate In tho draw
snub warp. The spruce was near Ing-room a pigeon which had como
ly cut off, so that It cracked ominous- down tho chimney. It had brought
ly in tho rising wind.
Rita heard It roaring In tho distance,
and knew when that wavo reached
them the spruce would break and leap
over tho ridge to the north, a sheer
drop of one hundred feet A name
less terror seized her as she frantically
dug at the knots, and tho rising wind chronic constipation. Get Doan's
roared in her ears like tho knell ol'Regulets. They operate easily, 25c
doom. lot nil Rtnmo.
'Take it easy, Rita, dear, there la
plenty of time," hlB cool voice reas-
Bured her. "My knife is in my pocket
tear it out and cut the warp."
Nearer and nearer tho wind came,
roaring like a domon in her oars.
With ono last mad effort she cut the
last coll and Ralph stepped from the
With a "Wild, OXUltant BWOOp the
wind tore through tho tree topa and,
with a sharp crack, tho lone spruce
sprang over tho ledge.
"My bravo llttlo girl," he tenderly
whispered as sho clung to him, chok
ing back quick, nervous sobs. .
"Thank Godl you aro safe, Ralph,"
she fervently murmured.
"God is good, my dear," was the bo-
ber reply. 1
"Let us thauk him, Ralph," she soft
Devoutly two faces were lifted
heavenward, - oae, fair and trustful.
(he other strong, masterful, coaapell-
Jng, and In each were thanks, rauta
(Copyright, JU, by th McClur Xw-
TAKE IT IN TIME
Just u Scertf of Hopkinsville
t People Have.
'Waiting doean't pay.
If you neglect kidney backache,
Urinary troubles often follow.
Act in time by curing the kidneys.
Doan's Kidney Pilla are especially
for weakened kidneys.
Many people in this locality re
Here's one case:
G. H. Carr. farmer, Cadiz, Ky.,
says: "I hive used several boxes of
Doan's Kidney Pills and found them
very beneficial. I had attacks of
kidney trouble before I took Doan's
Kidney Pills, but this remedy quick
ly cured me and I now have no fur
ther trouble. I can highly praise
Doan's Kidney Pills."
The above is not an isolated case.
Mr. Carr is only one of many in this
vicinity who have gratefully en
dorsed Doan's. If your back aches
if your kidneys bother you, don't
simply ask for a kidney remedy
ask distinctly for Doan's Kidney
Pills, the same that Mr. Carr had.
50c all stores. Foster-Mil burn Co.,
Props., Buffalo, N. Y.
"The Following Is a Suro Cure for
"If I Thought I Was Smoking Too
Much, Don't You Know, I Could Quit
It for Good Right Now."
"Tho Captain of the Boat Was" Sea
sick Himself, but It Didn't Make Me
"Too Bad, Old Fellow; I Had Tick
ets to the Convention, but I Gavo
Them All Away."
"I Used to Know All the Constella
tions at Sight, but One Forgets Such
Things, You Know."
"My Bank Account Overdrawn?
Why, I Supposed I Had at Least a
"Train's Reported on Time, Ma'am."
"Too bad you Bpolled all the pic
tures you took at tho picnic party."
"I did it on purpose," whispered
the amateur photographer. "You are
always popular when you are taking
pIe.B plctureSi but you are 1Iable
to wound thelr feel, lf come
around ater and h th h
Can't look well, eat well, or fee'
well with impure blood. Keep the
blood pure with Burdock Blood Bit
keep clean, and good health is prettj
"My child was burned terribly
about the face neck and chegt- j
with It a considerable quantity of soot
When the occupier opened tho win-
dows. tho pigeon made Its escape
Don't use harsh physics. The re
action weakens the bowels, leads to
., . . . , . . ,
N Cha"f Ho,d Qoat-Getttng.
tw Bnmn ' Mnv,nnn ,,,, hann
Bottlng grocerlea chanjod to hlm re.
i - ,,,, Minf,i.nn Run "Whv rtnn'f
von trot bin rnnt? sneeoRtfid the 6ro-
cor, .h0 got no goat," replied tho
Mexican. "Ho not even got a dog."
Hives, eczema, itch or salt rheum
sets you crazy, Can't bear th
touch of your clothing. Doan's
Ointment is fine" for skin Itching
All druntfists sell it, 50c a box.
Adam wm surveying tho animals
he was called upon to name. He
Balld with, satisfaction as he re
Bwrkwl; "Whatever ls may hap
thr mvw will be a shortage
la Um WMly of party saibWnw."
HAVE FLAVOR OF NOVELTY
tfm ftcelpM That Are New and Will
YspeclaJly Apsrelafced by
Bouncing Dotty Mnko a pure whlto
Mano mango, flavoring It with al
monds and molding It prettily. Put
upside down on a platter and orna
ment with a ring of baked apples,
each ono holding a stick of cinnamon.
If a smooth mold has beort used for
tho blano mange it is easy to outllno
a fat face on tho top with small brown
Caldron Custards At soveral of tho
shops thoro aro llttlo Individual cus
tard dishes made In tho shapo of tho
witches' caldron. Theso aro In a bril
liant yollow, but lf It is impossible to
get them tho usual round dishes will
do. Fill tho llttlo dishes with a nico
baked custard mixture, bako them un
til brown and put them on tho lco.
.Servo the custards in tho ramekins,
placed in a circle on a largo round
dish. In tho center of tho ring Btand
up a hickory nut doll, dressed as a
witch in crinkled tissue papor.
Punch To every quart of sweet
apple cider add a bottlo of club soda.
Havo ready somo thinly sliced tart
apples and some sprigs of fresh mint
Brulso tho mint leaves, allowing a lit
tle sprig for each glass. Soveral of
tho apple slices must also bo put Into
each glass, and tho punch may con
tain much sugar and a llttlo lemon
Julco, If liked.
Marshmallow Ghosts Toast a lot
of marBhmallow drops and, while each
tmo Is piping hot, drop It onto a llttlo
round, crisp ginger snap. Theso can
bo prepared by tho company of a
Hallowo'en gathering, and moBt young
people find tho making of the "ghosts"
the greatest fun. Tho uncanny sweets
finish off a meal very nicely, so thoy
could be used Instead of any other
Boiled rice must always bo lightly
handled. It should not bo stirred
with a fork or spoon.
A spoonful of flour added to the
greaso In which eggs are to be fried
will prevent them from breaking or
sticking to the pan.
Wax candles which havo become
dusty or soiled can bo made perfectly
white by rubbing them with a clean
piece of flannel dipped in spirits of
Always put a cauliflower in plain
water, so as to draw out any Insects.
If salt is placed In the water it kills
the Insects and they aro left In tho
Plaster casts may bo cleaned by dip
ping them into cold liquid starch,
which can be brushed off when dry,
and tho. dirt will be found to come off
with the starch.
When making baked or boiled cus
tard the milk to be used should be
scalded and set aside to cool. Then
make a custard In tho ordinary way
and It will bo perfectly smooth.
Pour boiling water over lemons be
fore using. Thl3 will double the
amount of juice they will produce.
The pulp of a lemon is an excellent
teeth cleanser. A bit of lemon put
Into tho copper with a little bolllnf
water will thoroughly clean It
To ono Bmall can of sardines allow
two tablespoonfuls of butter, four ta
blespoonfula of bread crumbs and one
small onion, finely minced, and two
eggs, salt and pepper to taste; wipe
all tho oil from tho sardines, divide
them Into halves and lay in a baking
dish; melt half the butter, pour It
over them, and add two tablespoonfuls
of hot water; beat up the eggs and
gradually mix them Into the bread
crumbs, onion, salt and pepper and add
remainder of the butter; spread this
mlxturo,' over tho sardines and bake
Beat ono egg, add one-half cupful
sweet milk, In which dissolve one-half
teaspoon of soda, one-half cup of
whito sugar, little salt and ryo flour,
in which Is mixed one teaspoon of
cream of tartar till tho consistency of
doughnut dough. Havo tho fat very
hot and dip a spoon In the fat, then
take a Bpoonful of dough and drop In
hot fat. Thoy will rise and brown
quickly, so koop thrern stirring that
they may not burn before thoroughly
cooked through. A teaspoonful of
melted butter Improves them greatly
Eat hot with syrup.
Newton Tapioca Pudding.
Flvo tablesDoons tanloca soaked In
water two (2) hours, four tablesnnnnn
Indian meal, ono Dint hot milk noured
over meal! threo-ouarter cun mnlnnnnn
- ,- 1
one teaspoon salt, three tablespoons
butter. Cook to uoublo bollor until
tlin mlxtnr thickens, thnn mi thn
tapioca. "'Bake one and one-half hours,
add ono'cup of milk without stirring
when It has bakod threo-quarters 0
Black Kid Gloves.
When black kid gloves become
rusty at tho finger-ends thoy may bo
restored by adding a few drops of
black ink to a teaspoonful of olive oil
and applying it with a camel's hair
Easy to Fit Cork.
If a cork is too large for the bottle
In which you wish to use it lay it on
Us side and with a little board or
ruler roll It under all the pressure you
an put oa it It will be elongated to
ft in a very few minutes.
In Deaf New York,
"Officer," bawled an oxolted Now
Iforker, "thoro aro four thugs around
lho corner boating up and robbing a
"Much obllgod for your Informa
tion," responded tho patrolman cor
dially, "but I won't butt In. Four men
ought to bo able to handlo him with
out any extra help, and there's no use
cutting up a llttlo bit of loot flvo
Always a Chance,
"I wish I could originate something.
Look at tho airship and the automo
bllo; they havo each opened up new
Industries. But I could never start
"Yes, you can."
"Tho next new industry that is
opened up, you start the first maga
zino devoted to It"
In the Barnyard.
"What Is ambition?" sententlously
quacked tho duck.
"What's tho matter?" cackled tho
"Why, look at the hen. Sho Is
hailed as a great American Institu
tion, almost as a rival of tho Eaglo
hlmBelf, and yet she has to keep on
scratching for a living."
The Lady Witness.
The lawyer to the lady "You un
derstand the nature of an oath, don't
Tho lady, a little flurried "I beg
Tho lawyer, testily "What Is the
nature of an oath?"
Tho lady, triumphantly "Profane,
Tho Sick Calf.
"Tho calf Is constantly growing
worse, Jim. What shall we do until
tho veterinary comes?"
"Wo still have two of the powders
the doctor gave to little Joe when he
had the measles last year. We might
give them to the animal while we
wait" Fliegende Blaetter.
JUST THE THING.
Grace You've seen that fall gown
of mine. Now I want to get a hat
to match it. What would you sug
gest? Helen Why not get a slouch?
There dwells a man In our town
"Who has an awful grouch,
His only claim to wide renown,
Tho neighbors all avouch.
"Miss Screecher never consents to
sing until she has been asked repeat
"How many times does a person
havo to ask her before sho will sing?"
"Usually flvo or six times."
"Then I'll ask her threo times."
"Do you care for Browning?" asked
the poetical man with the long hah
of tho conspicuously dressed lady at
"Not so loud, please," whispered th?
woman, "my husband has an awfullj
"I hear Stocsky's daughter Is golnj
to marry a nobleman."
"No, sho Is not -Her father had hhc
Investigated by a surety company and
on their report refused to invest It
him, as there was a defect In bh
"We saw a real artist In a vaude
vlllo show last night."
"Very cleyer, eh?v
"Yes, Indeed. He could 'rag ani
draw a crayon picture at the sanu
"How did your son do In the Mara
"He managed to keep in the
Low Rate of Interest
We are in position to make
loans on improved farm lands
in Christian county, in any,
sum, $3,000 or over, on short
notice. Your note will read
to be repaid at the end of
ten years, with the privilege
of paying $100 or more ail
the end of the first year and
on any interest period there
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C. 0. Wright
J. G. Johnsoic
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