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Toilers of the Columbia
III? By PaUL DE L.7INBY
Tiathor ot "Lord of the Desert," "Oregon Sketches,*'
and other Pacific Coast Stories
The northaiders guarded their traps.
It was believed that with the approach
of night the southsiders would steal
upon the traps in squads and attempt
their destruction. The trouble had
been too long brewing to give up after
one eliirht engagement. The ti«hermen
00 both sides felt that a principle was
involved and they were there to settle
it by might. The gillnetters declared
that the traps were gradually destroy
ing the run of fish while the trappers
fined that the gillnets were doing
gteater harm to the industry than the
'laps. The men had spent their lifeS
fishing, the support of their families
depended upon it, and it was ttuly a
■•ital issue with them.
The run of fish was trotting lighter
•Very year anil whatever the fault
might be it \»as evident that the in
dustry wuuhl soon become a thing of
the past. It was natural that both
iide.« Bhould strike hard now as each
respectively considered that the othei
wa? the cause of the dying industry.
The shore people had communicated
with the men on the water several
times dining the day. The women had
pit-pared meale and cent them out by
the boys of the village to a number of
the men. But the fishermen were bad
ly scattered and many of them went
Sankala had made many inquiries
for Dan Lapham hut he had not been
seen since the departure of the boats
from the north shore.
He had led the way and given direc
tions fci the men to follow. But no
one who had come ashore could give
any tidings of the young fisherman.
Smkala had prepared two meals and
sent them out by the hoys but they
were unable to find him.
When night came f-till there was no
tidings from the young fisherman.
The girl could endure it no longer.
She prepared enough lunch for a siege
and slipped away to the beach unob
served. She knew that if Dan had not
been killed or captured, he would be
found near his trap at the lower end
of the bay.
The night was very dark, and a
itorin was brewing, but she believed
that she could make it to his trap be
fore it grew too dangerous.
She tried the fishing boat but her
strength was not sufficient to launch
it. Then ehe drew a sn all skiff to
the water's edge. It would not live in
a heavy etorm, but Hankala knew that
if she could reach Dan his strong arms
would bring her safely ashore again.
The roar of the surf on the bar was
already distinct. An occasional white
cap leaped above the murky horizon to
the southwest. Dark, misty clouds
obscured the last star. The wind was
already moaning in the boughs of the
tall fire on the hills.
Sankala shoved the light craft into
the water, and, guided by the interval
Hashes from Cape Disappointment
light bouse, she pulled towaid the foot
of the rocks where lay the fish trap
tended by Dan Lapham.
Rescued by the Enemy.
An accident had befallen Dan Lap*
ham in the early morning engagement.
In the rush for boats before it was
•till daylight be had taken the flint
one he came to. He led the way to the
place where he expected to find the
Bout Insiders, and was followed by the
long array of northside fishermen in
He was far in advance of the other
fishermen, expecting to locate the ene
my and then await the arrival of his
colleagues and assist them in the at
Before a single shot was fired and be
fore daylight began to dawn Dan came
to grief in a most unexpected manner.
The river biought with it all kinds of
driftwood from above. The fishermen
were constantly on the lookout for
this, for large logs, famous the world
over for their length and size, often
come down with a speed and force
Huilicient to crush a river steamer, and
the small craft of the fishermen would
stand no more show before these than
would an egg shell.
But it was not one of these that
caused Dan trouble. It is the con
cealed from which most harm comes
in all of the experiences of life. It is
the bidden that takes man unawares
and dashes bis hope to pieces or frus
trates his plans at the most unex
pected moment. We may battle with
the open enemy witb hope of success,
but the one in ambush takes us at a
disadantage and destroys or is victor
ious over us before we are even prepar
ed for defense.
Dan was keeping a shaip lookout
fot the enemy. He knew the plans of
the soutbaidera and expected to in
tercept them before they should di
vide up into squade. While there
j was Htill none in Bight he was sending
, hie frail old craft like a cutter through
the water. An old snug was slowly
beating its way with the current and
tide to the ocean. It was one of those
heavy, pitchy fir trunks whose weight
j kept it deep in the water. Only a few
I inches of a knot, dark as the water
itself, projected above the surface, and
i the thing stood like a rock directly in
front of the fisherman's boat.
Unconscious of its presence he sent
the old craft against it with a terrilic
sweep of the oars and the results were j
as sudden as a flash. The boat was al
ready running deep in the water from
the weight of the sea which it had
taken from below, and when its rotten
hull struck the snag it was practically
It went down like a rock, and the
young fisherman had either of two al
ternatives. One was to take refuge by
dinging to the cause of his. disaster
and the other was tc swim for the is
Bui there was no time to waste un
der such conditions. As soon as he
had recovered from the shock which
had sent him deep below the surface he
arose and swam for the snag which
danced about for a moment, after its
contact with the boat, like a top.
lie clung to this for several mo
ments when he discovered that it was
taking a course ranging farther from
the island a«d heading directly for
Disappointment rocks. The experi
enced fisherman knew what this
meant. Raising his head as high as
j he could above the surface of the water
he sighted the dark outline of the near
i est point on Sand island as ma iked by
j the accumulated driltwood, taking
; Tillamook lighthouse for his guide,
and swam in a southwesterly direction.
Dan Lapham was a good swimmer
and was strong and experienced, but
the water was cold and (he current
pulled at him like a thing of life.
Battling to keep from being drawn to
Disappointment rocks and at the same
time to gain the nearest point of the
island lie soon found it telling upon
Benumbed and exhausted he felt
that ease coming over him which is
I never experienced except under certain
conditions. He had heard men rescued
from drowning, tell of this sensation.
jHe knew at once what it meant. His
strokes grew weaker, and in spite of
the fact that a consciousness came over
him that he was gradually giving
away he felt a certain amount of relief
that is said to always come to the per
ishing man in his last moments—a diz
zy, lulling feeling that makes death
rather welcome than appalling.
A dull buzzing sound entered his
ears. His limbs moved as if in a
dream. The water seemed freed all at
once from its chill. The darkness
gathered more deelpy but it was as
gentle as the shadows of sleep. The
waves rocked him as smoothly as a
babe in a cradle.
"Sankala!" he spoke. "Sankala!
It cannot be! I cannot leave you. I
must not surrender. Arms and legs,
you have never failed me. Heart, send
forth that blood you owe to Sankala
and revive this body to battle the waves
and live for the poor, unfortunate or
Witn a spasmodic effort he arose
from his sinking attitude. He shot
forth his limbs with forced and awk
ward motion. It was then that Dan
Lapham discovered the weakness of
will power compared with the grip of
fate. He saw that youth, stiength,
determination, must all yield to the in
But the same fate that had carried
him to the border of the dark shadow
now threw a straw within his reach.
A dark solid object grated against his
side. He was caught by it and carried
along at a slow but steady rate of speed.
He reached out his hand and clasped
the limb of a tree. One of the fallen
monarch* of the upper country had
been caught in the flood and was being
oar lied to the ocean.
Lapham dragged himself upon its
branches and closed his benumbed
hands upon two of them that he might
not be swept away. Thus, exhuasted
and in a semi-conscious condition, he
lay upon the drift, which was pursuing
its course toward the ocean.
"Steer clear of that drift, mate,"
exclaimed a man's voice, low and
Five men were seated in a boat.
Four of them were lying upon their
oars. The fifth was steering the craft.
The men were merely using their oars
to keep the boat from drifting seaward
and the steersman was holding her
along side the current. While the men
held the oars in their hands long, black
guns lay across their laps.
It was the advance guard of the
eouthsiders. They were in waiting for
the approach of the northaide fisher-
I men. A slight redness above the horl
■an to the east indicated that morning
was approaching. The men had been
watching for the approach of the north
sideia for several momenta. They
were the lower guards, who expected to
apprehend the fishermen of the traps
in the lower bay. A large log with
branches extending in many directions
had almost run into them. So dark
was the night that it had approached
them very cloaley before they saw it.
It was this that had called for the com
mand to the steersman.
"There is a man aboard that drift!"
exclaimed one of the men. "Tie on to
the drift," mid the leader.
One of the men grabbed a branch of
the drift and the Doat and log Hosted
"The man's dead," remarked one of
the fishermen as he came near the ob
ject. "Bring him aboard, anyway,"
said the leader, "and we will bury him
on the sand spit."
Then the fishermen raised Dan Lip
ham from hii place on the drift, fairly
prying his clinched hands from the
branches of the tree, and laid Him in
the boat at their feet.
Daring the Elements.
"Give him a drop of wliisKy. He is !
not dead by any means." I
"Raise him up— light in. boys, and
rub him! He is one of old Seadog'i ■
slaves, but he is human and we will
treat him as such." I
Thus spoke the men who had rescued ■
Dan Lapham from the floating timber, j
They worked with him sometime be- ,
fore he was restored to a thorough con- !
Bciousnesa. The men knew him well
and treated him kindly, though they
now regarded him as a legitimate '
"prisoner of war." j
Lapham was favorably known by all
of the fishermen and boatmen of the !
river. His extraordinary strength gave i
him pi eminence among the toilers of'
the river, while his courage and kind- I
ness gained for him their respect.
The half-drowned fisherman received
the same care and attention as would
one of their own number. One shared |
a dry veet with him; another had an j
extra rain coat and with this garment
and that he was soon warmly clad, and
with youth and reviving strength he !
was soon himself again. i
But the scenes were rapidly shifting. '
Dawn wag breaking ami the approach
of the northsidere had been discovered.
The boats began to line up for the cap- |
tuie of the fishermen from the north
side who were supposed to be ignorant
of the presence of the southsiders.
Dan i.apham was placed in a peculiar
position, bat one common in war. He
waß to sit side by side with theenemy
and receive the fire of his friends. He
knew what his companions in the boat
did not know. Heknew that the north- !
side fishermen were armed, and that
they would come prepared to do war
unto death. He knew that he would j
soon be subjected to their fire and that i
they would shoot to kill.
Closer and still closer the northaid
ers approached. They lined up through
the gloom of dawn like so many specks '
on the river and bay. The aouthaidera
lay upon their oars with guns in hand.
To row down upon them and capture !
them at a given signal was the pre-I
vioualy arranged plan.
The keen whistle of a small launch
rang out over the water from the head
of the southside flotilla and the little
fleet moved to the north under the'
steady strokes of the oarsmen.
"Bing!" rang out a rifle shot from
the north side. I
"Bing! Bing! Bing!" followed a 1
succession of shots from the same di
The southsiders were taken complete
ly by prise. They had come to
capture; not to fight, but now that the '
trouble was on, it was left to them to !
fight or to flee. The bitter feeling so '
long existing between the two stubborn
factions would not permit the latter
native, and as if fro common
command, the southsiders raised their
rifles and poured forth a volley in the
direction of their competitors. This
was returned by a heavy volley from
the north fide, and then a desultoiy .
firing began all along the line.
The fishermen were not accustomed '
to the use ot fire arms nor this manner
of warfare and it was better for them
that they were not. After the second
volley the members of each contending
element began to fall back and the
Doats scattered in every direction.
But neither aide would abandon the
struggle. It was the purpose of the
southsiders to destroy the traps, while
it was the determination of the north
-Bidera to defend them to the last.
At the very first volley from the north
a rifle bullet struck the fisherman di
rectly in front of Dan Lapham, the
very man who had sided in resuscitat
ing their captive. He was wounded in
the side and fell into Dan's arms. Dan
begged them to pull for the island that
the wounded man might receive better
care. His request was granted, for the
ilHhermen now were anxiouß for an ex
cuse to get out of a fight that was ec
much more real than they had ex
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(To te continued)
Th« best mathematics —that which
doubles the most joy* and divide* th«
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In idleness ther* Is perpetual despair.
SAMUEL GOMPERS PRESIDENT.
Succeeds Himself as Head of Ameri
!j% can Federation.
, I San Francisco.—Samuel Gompers
i was practically unanimously reelocted
president of the American Federation
Of Labor Saturday. One delegate, Vic
tor Derger of Milwaukee, voted in the
negative, and asked that his vote be
Compels was given a great ovation
i when he retook the gavel. He prom
j ised the delegates to try to do as
much or more for the labor movement
i in the future than he had done in the
past. Secretary Frank Morrison and
; Treasurer John B. Lennon were unan-
I imously chosen to serve for another
year. The following eight vice presi
dents were reelected: James Duncan,
I John Mitchell, James O'Connell, Max
i Morris, Thomas I. Kidd, D. A. Hayes,
| Daniel J. Keefe and William J. Spen
:cer. The election of the latter was by
unanimous choice, except in the cases
of Mr. Kidd and Mr. Spencer. The
former was elected over Joseph O.
Bablhorn of the Brotherhood of Paint
ers by a vote of 11,879 to 3,569. The
latter defeated James Grimes, 11. W.
■ Sherman and O. A. Tveltmoe.
j To British Congress.
; John McPitt of the United Hatters
was elected unanimously as a frater
j rial delegate to the British trade union
j congress. James Wood of the cigar
-1 makers' international union was elect
ed second fraternal delegate to the
I British trades union congress; Frank
Feeney of Philadelphia, of the eleva
tormen's union, was chosen fraternal
delegate to the Canadian trades and
[ labor council.
j The federation voted at the night
, session to meet next year at Pitts
, burg. Pa. Pittsburg was selected by
[a large vote over St. Louis, Toronto
j and Niagara Falls.
Heads Off Bitter Fight.
An effort was made to reopen the
i Chicago dispute and give Delegate
1 Mangan a hearing, but Chairman Gom
j pers ruled that it was out of order
and a bitter light was nipped in the
! The report of the committee on
i building trades councils recommended
I the affiliation of the building trades
alliance with the American Federation
of Labor, the enactment of a law giv
! ing mechanics and laborers prior
claim on liens and the obtaining of a
strong employers' liability act. The
j report was unanimously adopted.
; President Gompers spoke of a rumor
that had gained some currency to the
effect that an effort would be made at
the next session of congress to give
government employes the right to be
come union men. He said that he did
not credit the rumor, but if the issue
j should come, organized labor would
i vehemently express itself and fix the
, responsibility for such an un-American
After singing "America" and "Auld
I Lang Syne" the convention adjourned
NIGHT OF AGONY ON PIKE'S PEAK
Girl Badly Burned and Unable to Se
Denver. Nov. 29. —A News special
from Colorado Springs, Col., says that
a party of three young people from Chi
cago became lost on Pike's peak and
.were compelled to spend the night ex-
I posed to the rigors of mountain wea
In addition to this one of the party,
Miss Maude Arnold, the 17 year old
i daughter of B. J. Arnold, a wealthy
i manufacturer of Chicago, was severely
1 burned by the explosion of a celluloid
I comb which she wore in her hair.
The party took refuge in a cleft of
rocks, and while asleep near a camp
' fire the comb became heated and ex
ploded. The young lady's hair and
clothing caught fire and she was im
mediately enveloped in flames. The
' young men, with their coats, smothered
the flames, but not until Miss Arnold's
I hair and clothing were badly burned,
1 leaving her to suffer pain the rest of
j the night.
When daybreak came the trio pick
,ed their way from Cameron's cone,
' where they spent the night, to the half
way house on the cog road, and walked
The sight they presented on their
arrival was evidence of the hardships
jthey had endured.
Stanley Arnold, the 14 year old
brother of Miss Arnold, and Harold
I Mauer were the companions of the
j young lady.
Weber Said to Be Holdup.
Auburn, Cal., Nov. 29. —The money,
amounting to $GOOO, of which the
Placer county bank last May was rob
j bed, has been found in a cow shed
on the Weber place. The money was
buried in an old five pound lard can.
Adolph Weber, who is under arrest on
the charge of murdering his parents,
brother and sister, has been formally
charged with having also held up the
The puma is the largest animal of
the cat species to be found in the
United States, at times attaining a
length of six feet
PORTRAITS OF ANCESTOR&
Where Many of the Pictnre* Com*
"Some enterprising nnd aspirinp peo
ple in this city recently had a splendid
opportunity to add to their family por
trait gallery," said an artist of local
renown to a Washington Star writer.
'There was a sale of the effects of a
portrait painter and It Included scores
of portraits In oil of men and women
with distinguished looking features. A
great many people wondered what
value such portraits could have to peo
ple who had no personal interest In
them and who did not even know who
"But they had a vnlue that was
known to some of tin* wiser ones. They
were bought up at cheap prices and al
ready adorn the home of some of our
citizens who were, a little shy on fam
ily portraits. A dozen or so portraits
in oil of distinguished looking men and
women do not go begging when their
value in adding to the social standing
of people is considered.
"1 once beard of a funny instance of
a family that had a liberal display of
family portraits. A friend of mine
>v;ts visiting their home and glancing
around the room lie spied a portrait
Hint he had had painted of himself, but
which he had declined to accept be
cause it failed to portray his likeness
well enough for his most lntlmata
friend to recognize it.
"Whom does that portrait repre
sent?" lit; asked his friend.
■ 'Well, you see,' he replied, 'our
family portraits are so old thai I <-an
not now tell who they all arc 'They
liave been in the family a long time,
you know. But they are all numbered
and noted on a list that is filed away
somewhere. That, I think, however, is
a picture of my great-great-grandfath
er on my mother's side of the family.
The picture was painted when he was
40 years of age by a celebrated art
By ilmt time the guest was so great<
!y Interested in another portrait that
he hoard no more. Later he learned
that the rejected portrait of himself
and many more of the same kind had
been bought up hy his host to do duty
as family portraits at his home.
Family history is recorded on the
There isn't enough frilling on facts
for women in a love affair.
The trouble with a fat woman is
ehe is it in every direction.
A married man Is all sympathy
when he goes to a friend's wedding.
A man is brave when he will admit
he is afraid to argue with his wife.
Either a man supports his wife's
family or they support him, nowadays.
Being in public life consists chiefly
in being a target lor everybody to
The older a joke is the younger is
the fellow who gets it off for some
Good poetry is something about
whose meaning everybody makes a
People don't have to know very
much to get along if they only won't
talk their Ignorance.
After a man has run for office, beinij
mangled by an express train docs not
seem at all brutal to him.
When a man squeeze! a girl's hand
tinder the table he should be careful
it is not some other girl's.
Generally a woman is built to her
own satisfaction when she has no no
tions about wearing common sens'*
After a man has worked hard to
make some money he ran work twice
us hard to keep people from getting it
away from him.
The meanest thing a relative can <lo
to a woman is to die and put her in
mourning right after she has bought
a lot of new clothes.
Some people are so mean about
money matters they would rather
spend more defending law suits to
make them pay their hills than it
would take to pay them.
For a Remote Future.
Mr. (Jreoii looked with a calm hut
not unkindly gage at the simuJe-mind
<'d young man from Vermont who as
pired to be his son-in-law.
"What preparations have you made
for the future 1.-" he asketl, gravely.
"You know how my daughter has been
"Yes, sir," snid the young man. with
equal gravity, •but up in our littlu
town there's not so much difference !>•■
tween the Orthodox and the Metho
dists as there is in some pla.es. and
Id be willing to go to the Orthodox
Church if 'twould make any differ
ence. I'm not whut you'd cail narrow,