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Toilers of the Columbia
By P7IUL. DE L7\NEY
Tluthor of "Lord of the Desert," "Oregon Sketches,"
and other Pacific Goaat Storlea
CHAPTER XlV— Continued.
The northsidera guarded their traps.
It was believed that with the approach
of night the aouthaidera would steal
upon the traps in equtida and attempt
their destruction. The trouble had
been too long brewing to give up after
one flight engagement. The fisher men
on both sides felt that a principle was
involved and they were there to settle
it by might. The gillnettera declared
that the traps were gradually destroy
ing the run of fish while the trappers
claimed that the- gillneta were doing
greater harm to the industry than the
♦.raps. The men had spent their lives
finhing, the support of their families
depended upon it, and it was truly a
•Hal issue with them.
The run of fish was getting lighter
every year and whatever the fault
might be it was evident that the in
dustry would soon become a tiling of
the past. It was natural that both
tides should strike hard now aa each
respectively considered that the other
was the cause of the dying industry.
The shoie people had communicated
with the men on the water several
times during the day. The women had
prepared meala and sent 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 but he had not been
seen since the departure of the boats
from the north shore.
He had led the way and given direc
tions fcr the men to follow. But no
one who had come ashore could give
any tidings of the young fisherman.
Sankala had prepared two meals and
sent them out by the boys but they
were unable to find him.
When night came still 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
storm 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 she drew a sirall skiff to
the water's edge. It would not live in
a heavy storm, but Sankala 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 south went. Dark, misty clouds
obscured the laßt star. The wind was
already moaning in the boughs of the
tall firs on the hills.
Sankala shoved the light craft into
the water, and, guided by the interval
(lashes from Cape Disappointment
light house, she pulled toward the foot
of the rocks where lay the Hah trap
tended by Dan La pi mm.
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 he had taken the first
one he came to. He led the way to the
place where he expected to find the
Bouthsiders, 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 moat unexpected manner.
The river brought with it all kinde 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
sufficient 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 hidden that takes man unawares
and dashes his hope to pieces or frus
trates his plans at the most unex
pected moment. We may battle with
the open enemy with 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 sharp lookout
. foi the enemy. He knew the plans 01
, the southsiders and expected to in
tercept them before they should di
vide up into aquade. While ther«
it ' . .
j waa atill none in sight he was pending
> liia frail old craft like a cutter through
the water. An old snag was slowly
beating its way with the current and
i tide to the ocean. It was one of those
heavy, pitchy fir trunks whose weight
, I kept it deep in the water. Only a few
I inches of a knot, dark as the water
itself, projected ahove tlie surface, and
I the thing stood like a rock directly in
front, of the fisherman's boat.
Unconscious of Its pretence he sent
the old craft against it with a terrific
■Weep of the oars and the results were
as sudden as a flash. The boat was al
ready running deep in the water from
the weight of the sea which it hud
i taken fiom 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
j ternativea. One was to take refuge by
clinging to the cause of his disaster
and the other was tc swim for the is
But 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
mentl when he discovered that it was
taking a course ranging farther from
the island and heading directly for
Disappointment rocks. The experi- j
enced fisherman knew what this
meant. Raising his head as high an
he could above the surface of the water
j he sighted the dark outline of the near
i eet point, on Sand island as marked by
j the accumulated driltwood, taking
; Tillamook lighthouse for his guide,
'and swam in a southwesterly direction.
Dan l.apham was a good swimmer
and was strong and experienced, but
the water was cold and Hie 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
j island he soon found it telling upon
Benumbed and exhausted he felt
that ease coming over him which is
never experienced except under certain
conditions. He had heard men rescued
from drowning, tell of thia sensation.
He knew at once what it meant. His
strokes grew weaker, and in spite of
the fact that a consciousness came over
him that he waa gradually giving
away he felt a certain amount of relief
that is said to always come to the per
ishing n.an in his last moments—a diz
zy, lulling feeling that makes death
rather welcome than appalling.
A dull buzzing sound entered his
earß. His limba moved as if in a
dream. The water seemed freed all at
once from its chill. The darkness
gathered more deelpy but it was sb
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. 1
must not surrender. Arms and legs,
you have nevei failed me. Heait, send
forth that blood you owe to Sankala
and revive this body tobattle the waves
and live for the poor, unfortunate or
With a spasmodic effort he arose
from his sinking attitude. He shot
forth hip limbs with forced and awk
ward motion. It was then that Dan
Laphain discovered the weakness of
will power compared with the grip of
fate. He saw that youth, strength,
deteiruination, must all yield to the in
But the same fate that had carried
him to the border of the dark Bhadow
now threw a Btraw 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
monarehs of the upper country had
been caught in the flood and was being
cariied to the ocean.
Laphuin dragged himself upon its
branches and closed his benumbed
hands upon two of them that he might
not be nwept 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 uuin's voice, low aud
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
jto keep the boat from drifting seaward
I and the Bteersmun waa holding her
j along side the current. While the men
. | held the oara in their hands long, black
f \ guns lay across their lapg.
It was the advance guard of the
. eouthsiders. They were in waiting for
i the approach of the north side fiaher
men. A slight redness above the hot!*
zun to the east indicated that morning
was approaching. The men had been
watching for the approach of the north
sideia for several moments. 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 closley 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," *aid the leader.
One of the men grabbed a branch of
the drift and the boat and log floated
"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 Lap
ham from his 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 whisKjr. fie is
not dead by any means."
"Raise him up— light in, boys, and
tub him! He is one of old Seadog's
slaves, but he is human and we will
treat him as such."
Thus spoke the men who had rescued
Dan Lapham from the floating timber.
They worked with him sometime be
fore he was restored to a thorough con
sciousness. The men knew him well
and treated him kindly, though they
now regarded him as a legitimate
"prisoner of war."
Lapham was favorably known by all
of the fishermen and boatmen of the
river. His extraordinary strength gave
him prominence among the toilers of
the river, while his courage and kind
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
extra rain coat and with this garment
and that lie was soon warmly clad, and
with youth and reviving strength he
was soon himself again.
But the scenes were rapidly shifting.
Dawn was breaking and the approach
)f the nortlisiders had been discovered,
rhe boats began to line up for the cap
ture of the fishermen from the north
side who were supposed to be ignorant
jf the presence of the southsiders.
Dan Lapham was placed in a peculiar
position, but one common in war. He
was to sit side by side with the enemy
and receive the tire of his friends. He
knew what his companions in the boat
did not know. He knew that the north
»ide fishermen were armed, and that
they would come prepared to do war
into death. He knew that he would
soon be subjected to their fire and that
they would shoot to kill.
Closer and still closer the northern
ers approached. They lined up through
;he gloom of dawn like so many specks
:>n the river and bay. The sonthsiders
lay upon their oars with guns in hand.
Fo row down upon them and capture
them at a given signal was the pre
viously arranged plan.
The keen whistle of a small launch
rang out over the water from the head
A the Bouthside 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.
"Bing! Bing! Bing!" followed a
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
right or to flee. The bitter feeling bo
long existing between the two stubborn
factious would not permit the latter
niter native, and as if fro v 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 tide, and then a desultory
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 Bide would abandon the
struggle. It was the purpose of the
southsiders to destroy the traps, while
it was the determination of the north-
Biders to defend them to the laet.
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 aided 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
fishermen now were anxious for an ex
cuse to get out of a fight that was sc
much more real than they had ex
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doubles the most Joys and dirlde* the
In idleness ther* is perpetual despair.
SAMUEL GOMPERS PRESIDENT.
Succeeds Himself as Head of Ameri
San Francisco.—Samuel Gompers
was practically unanimously reelected
president of the American Federation
Of Labor Saturday. One delegate, Vic
tor Berger of Milwaukee, voted in the
negative, and asked that his vote be
j Gompers was given a great ovation
I when he retook the gavel. He prom
ised the delegates to try to do as
v much or more for the labor movement
'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,
John Mitchell, James O'Connell, Max
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 0.
Bahlhorn of the Brotherhood of Paint
era by a vote of 11,879 to 3,569. The
latter defeated James Grimes, H. W.
Sherman and O. A. Tveltmoe.
To British Congress.
John McFitt of the United Hatters
was elected unanimously as a frater
; nal delegate to the British trade union
I congress. James Wood of the cigar
makers' international union was elect
ed second fraternal delegate to the
British trades union congress; Frank
Feeney of Philadelphia, of the eleva
tormen's union, was chosen fraternal
delegate to the Canadian trades and
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
and Niagara Falls.
Heads Off Bitter Fight.
An effort was made to reopen the
Chicago dispute and give Delegate
Mangan a hearing, but Chairman Gom
pers ruled that it was out of order
and a bitter fight was nipped in the
The report of the committee on
building trades councils recommended
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
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
should come, organized labor would
vehemently express itself and fix the
responsibility for such an un-American
After singing "America" and "Auld
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
posed to the rigors of mountain wea
In addition to this one of the party.
Miss Maude Arnold, the 17 year old
daughter of B. J. Arnold, a wealthy
i manufacturer of Chicago, was severely
! burned by the explosion of a celluloid
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
hair and clothing were badly burned,
leaving her to suffer pain the rest of
When daybreak 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
they had endured.
Stanley Arnold, the 14 year old
brother of Miss Arnold, and Harold
I Mauer were the companions of the
I young lady.
Weber Said to Be Holdup.
Auburn, Cal., Nov. —The money,
amounting to $6000, of which the
j Placer county bank last May was rob
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
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the cat species to be found in the
United States, at times attaining a
i length of six feet . .
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PORTRAITS OF ANCESTOR^
where Many of the ri ctMPe . _
"Some enterprising and aspiring
pie in this city recently had a £"
opportunity^ add to their tiJwT
trait gallery," said an artist ofc
renown to a Washington Star v , ter
"There was a sale of the effect \Z
portrait painter and it included 8Co *
of portraits In oil of men anrtV "*
with distinguished looking feat^ a
great many people wondered if
value such portraits could have to n*
Pie who had no personal interest £
them and who did not even know' wh«
they were. Wllo
"But they had a value that wai
known to some of the wiser ones The
were bought up at cheap prices and »i
ready adorn the home of some of our
citizens who were a nttle shy on f» m
ily portraits. A dozen or so portraS
in oil of dtettoguished looking men and
women do not go begging when their
value In adding to the social standing
of people Is considered.
"1 once heard of a funny instance of
a family that had a liberal display of
family portraits, a friend of mint
was visiting their home and glancing
around the room ho spied a portrait
that 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 intimate
friend to recognize it.
"Whom does that portrait repre
sent?" ho asked his friend.
" 'Well, you we, 1 be replied, 'our
fnmlly portraits are so old that Ifcan
not now tell who they all arc. They
hare 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-grandfata.
er on ray mother's wide of the family.
The picture was painted when he was
40 years of age by a celebrated art
By that time the ciU'st was so great
ly interested in another portrait that
he heard no more. Later he learned
that the rejected portrait of himself
and many more of the same kind had
been bought up by his host to do duty
as family portraits at his home.
Family history Is recorded on tbl
There isn't enough frilling on fictt
for women in a love affair.
The trouble with a fat woman il
she 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 sjipport him, nowadays.
Being in public life consist* chL'fly
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 wont
talk their ignorance.
After a man has run for office, being
mangled by an express train does not
seem at all brutal to him.
When a man squeezes a girl's hand
under the tabrt> he should be careful
it is not some other girl's.
Generally a woman is built to h«
own satisfaction when she has no no
tions about wearing common sens'
After a man has worked hard to
make some money he can work twice
as hard to keep people from getting it
away from him.
The meanest thing a relative can do
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 bills than «
would take to pay them.
For a Remote Future.
Mr. Green looked with a calm »»»
not unkindly gaze at the slnipJe-n""*
od young mini from Vermont who as
pired to be his son-in-law.
"What preparations have you "»» J
for the future?" he asked, Kraf^
"You know liow my daughter has bee
brought up." . . vft]}
"Yes, sir," said the young man. *T
equal gravity, "but up in our mii
town there's not so much difference^
tween the, Orthodox and the M' 1-'
dists as there is In some places. <».
I'd be willing to go to the Orthodo*
Church if 'twould make any a"»
ence. I'm not what you'd call narrow,