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An Arkansas Planter
By OPIE READ
Printed by pprmisslon and Copyright
18110 y Hand, McNally & Co. Chicago
CHAPTER XXII (Continued.)
"I hope not," the giant replied, look
ing up, and In his voice was a note of
distress, and In his eyes lay the shad
ow of a fear."
"And why not, Jiramie?"
"Because if she should turn out to
be a genius she won't marry me."
"That's where your perception Is
broken off at the end, Jlmmie. In the
matter of marriage genius Is mighty
skittish of genius It seeks the con
stancy of the sturdy and commonplace.
I'll try a dip of those preserves. Now
let me see. After breakfast you'd bet
ter lie down on my bed and take a
. "No, I must go. The Major is going
over to Brantly today and I want him
to bring me a box of cartridges. I
forgot to tell him last night." .
"Oh, you're thinking about Mayo,
"Well, I don't know but he did cross
. my mind. It occurred to me that he
might waylay me some night, and I
don't want to stand out in the road
and dance while he's shooting at me."
"That's rieht." said the old man. "A
fellow cuts a mighty sorry figure un
der such circumstances. I've tried it."
He shoved his chair back from the
table and Jim got up to take his leave.
"Look out for the door, Jimmle. Duck
as you go under or It will lay you out.
Traps set all through life for fellows
of your size."
Jim was not oppressed with weari
ness as he strode along the highway,
for In the crisp air a tonic was borne,
but loss of sleep bad made his senses
.dreamy, and all things about him were
touched with the spirit of unreality
the dead leaves fluttering on the un
derbrush, the purple mist rising from
the fields, the water-mirrors flashing
In the road; and so surrendered was
he to a HstlesB brooding, forgetful
even that he moved along, that he did
not notice, up the road, a man leap
aside into the woods. The man bid
behind a tree, with his eye on the
giant and with the barrel of a pistol
pressed hard against the bark. Jim
passed on, with bis hands in bis pock
ets, looking down; and when a clump
of bushes, red with frost-dyed leaves,
hid him from view, Mayo came out
,from 'behind the tree and resumed his
Journey down the road.
The 'Majep-bad- mounted ' his" hbrse
at the gate and was on the point of
riding forth when Jim came up. "Why,
good-morning, James," the old gentle
man heartily greeted him. "Have you
Just crawled out of that old man's
kennel 7 1 see that the old owl must
have kept you up all night. Why, sir,
If I were to listen to him I'd never get
another wink of sleep."
'1 kept myself up," said the giant;
and then he added: "I wanted to see
you this morning, not very bad, but
. Just- to ask you to get me a box of
season open, but no negro fired a gun.
At this time of the year, stenraboat
men, and tavern-keepers In tho vil
lages, were wont to look to Titus, Eli,
Pompey, Sam, Caesar and Bill for
their game, and It was not an unusual
sight to see them come loaded down
with rabbits and quails caught In
traps, but now they sat sullen over
the fire by day, but were often met
prowling about at night. This crossed
the Major's mind and drove away his
cheerful whistling; and he was deeply
thinking when someone riding In haste
reined In a horse abreast with him.
Looking up he recognized the priest.
"Why, good-morning, Mr. Brennon;
how are you?"
"Well, I thank you. How far do you
"That's fortunate." said the priest
"for I am selfish enough to let you
shorten the journey for me."
"I can't do that," the Major laugh
ed, "but we can divide it. Been some
time since I've seen you, Mr. Bren
"Yes; I have been very busy."
"And successfully so, I suppose."
"I am not in a position to complain,1
said the priest.
"By the way, will you answer a few
"Gladly, If they're answerable."
"I think they are . Now, the negroes
that come into your communion tell
you many things, drop idle gossip that
may mean much. Did any of them
ever drop a hint of preparations which
their brethren 'may or may not be
making to demand some unreasonable
concession from the white people of
"What I have Been I am free to re
late to you," the priest answered, "but
as to what has been told well, that Is
quite another matter. I have seen
no preparations, but you doubtless re-
member a conversation we had some
time ago, and on that occasion I think
we agreed that we might have trouble
sooner or later."
"Yes, we were agreed upon that
point," the Mjijor replied, "but neithe
of us professed to see trouble close at
hand. For 'some time I have heard it
rumored that the negroes are meeting
at night to drill, but I have paid but
little attention, giving them credit for
more sense than to believe that their
uprising could be more than a short,
and, to themselves, a disastrous, strug
gle; but there Is one aspect that Im
presses me, the fact that they are tak
ing no notice of the coming of Chrlst-J
mas; for when this is the case you
must know that the negro's nature
must have undergone a complete
change. I don't quite understand it
Why, sir, at present they can find no
possible excuse for revolt. The crops
are gathered and they can make no
demand for higher wages; no election
that he Is to begin a general revolt
against capital, that labor organiza
tions everywhere will rise up when
they hear that he has been bold
enough to Are his gun."
The Major's shoulders stiffened.
"Sir, If you have known this, why
haven't you as a white man and a
Southern gentleman told us of it?
Why haven't you warned us?"
' The priest smiled. "Your resent
ment Is Just," said he. "But the truth
Is, It was formulated as an opinion
'until late last night. I called at your
house this morning and was told that
you had set out for the county-seat.
And I have overtaken you."
The Major reined up his horse. Both
horses stopped. "Mr. Brennon. you are
a gentleman, sir. My hand."
They shook hands and rode on. The
Major was deep in thought. "It has
all been brought by, that scoundrel
Mayo," he said at last. "He has instill
ed a most deady poison Into the minds
of those people. I will telegraph the
governor and request him to send the
state militia into this community. The
presence of the soldiers will dissolve
this threatened outbreak; and by tho
blood, sir, Mayo shall be convicted of
treason against the state and hanged
on the public square In Brantly. And
that will be an end of it."
The priest said nothing, and after a
time the Major asked: "How are you
getting on with your work?"
"I am greatly encouraged, and I wish
I had more time."
"What do you mean by that?'!
"I have told you that the church can
save the negro. Do you know a negro
named Bob Hackett?"
"Yes; he was a worthless politician,
but they tell me that he has with
drawn from active politics and gone
to work. What about him?"
"He is now a communicant of the
acknowledges a moral authority; and
I make bold to say that should trouble
church," the priest answered. "He
come, he will take no part In It. And
I make still bolder to say that the
church, the foster mother of the soul
of man, can in time smooth all differ
ences and establish peace and brother
ly regard between the white man and
the negro. The Ethiopian cannot
change his skin, but true religion
county, was a frial tower, and In It
was a clock, always slow. It was nev
er known to record an hour until that
hour had long since been due. Some
times it would save up its strokes
upon the bell until fifty or more were
accumulated, and then, In the midst of
an Intense Jury trial, It would slowly
turn them loose. A mathematician, a
man who kept the dates of late and
early frosts, had It in his -record that
the hammer struck the bell sixty-eight
times on the afternoon when John Maf
fy was sentenced to he hanged, and
that the judge had to withold his aw
ful words until this flood of gathered
time was poured out. Once or twice
the county court had appropriated
money to have the clock brought back
within the bounds of reason, but, a
more pressing need had always served
to swallow up the sum thus set aside.
A railway had skipped Brantly by
ten long and sandy miles, and a new
town springing up about a station on
the line, clamored for the county seat;
and until this question was finally set
tled old Brantly could not look with
confidence toward any improvement.
Indeed, some of her business men
stood ready to desert her In the event
that she should bo beaten by the new
town, and while all wore bravely will
ing to continue the llht against the
up-start, every one was slow to hazard
his money to improve his home or his
place of business. Whenever a young
man left Brantly It was predicted that
he would come to no good, and always
there came a report that he was
gambling, or drinkfng himself to death.
The mere fact that he desired to leave
the old town was fit proof of his geu
eral un worthiness to succeed In life.
The Major rode into town, nodding
at the loungers whom he saw on tho
corners of the streets, and tying his
horse to the rack on the square, went
straightway to the shop of the only
hardware dealer, and asked for cartridges.
"My stock Is running pretty low,"
said the dealer, wrapping up the paste
board box. "I've sold more lately than
I ever sold In any one season, and yet
there's no game In the market."
The Major whistled. "Who has been
buying them?" he asked.
"Come to think of it I have sold the
Oklahoma Is a wonder. In no other
part of the world can wheat and corn
and cotton be grown In the same fields
so successfully as In that section, and
the government test of sixty-two
pounds of wheat to the bushel Is In
90 per cent of the territory surpassed.
In corn, 60,000,000 bushels go from Ok
lahoma to the market, and the terri
tory's cotton crop is counted upon to
run this year beyond 200,000 bales.
Northern and eastern .farmers are
entering Oklahoma In large numbers.
It Is possible to sell a farm in New
York, Pennsylvania, or Delaware, In
Michigan, Ohio or Illinois, and buy for
its price two or three times the same
area. In Oklahoma an area capable of
producing at least twice as much of
certain crops as is the northern aver
age. In potatoes and vegetables gen
erally. In alfalfa and hay In a long
list of products Oklahoma will yield
regularly two, and often three, crcps
per year, an advantage persuasive
among the arguments that induced
immigration to Oklahoma from the
north and east. i
Oklahoma's citizenship 13 varied into
an exceptional cosmopolitanism. Yet
5 per cent of the territory's voters are
of American birth. Mont have gone
from Texas and Misosurl on one side
and from Kansas at the top. Next to
Its fertile soil the public school Is Ok
lahoma's greatest asset. A new school-
house Is averaged each week now, says
an enthusiastic correspondent. Not
merely primary, either, are these
Bchool extensions. Expenditures of
public funds on a large scale support
"higher education" a state university,
normal school and agricultural college,
and various academies receiving ap
propriations and close supervision.
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THK COURT UOl'SB JtT RJlANTI.TCy
forty-fours when you go to Brantly to- is near and they can't -claim a political
"I'm glad to find you so thoughtful,"
said the 'Major. "And I want to tell
you right now that you've got to look
out for yourself. But staying up all
night is no way to begin. Co on into
Tom's room and take a nap."
The Major whistled as he rode along,
not for want of serious reflection, for
he could easily have reached out and
drawn in trouble, but because the
sharp air stirred his spirits. Nowhere
was there a" cloud a speckless day
In the middle of a week that had
threatened to keep the sky besmirch
ed. Roving bands of negro boys were
hunting rabbits in the fields, with
dogs that leaped high in low places
where dead weeds stood brittle. The
pop-eyed bare was startled from his
bed among brambly vines, and fierce
shouts arose like the remenlered yell
of a 'Confederate troop. The holidays
were near, the crops, were gathered,
cause -for disaffection. If they want
better pay for their labor, why didn't
they strike in the. midst of the cotton
picking? That would have been their
time for trouble. If that's what they
"Perhaps they hadn't money enough
to buy equipment, guns and ammuni
tion," the priest suggested. "Perhaps
they needed the money that the gath
ering of the crops would bring them."
The Major looked at him. "I hadn't
thought of that," he said. "But surely
the negroes have sense enough to know
that the whites would exterminate
them within a week."
It was some time before Father
Brennon replied. His deliberation led
the Major to believe that be would
speak from his abundant resources;
and the planter listened eagerly with
his head turned to one side and with
bis hand behind his ear. "It is possi
ble," the priest began, "that the negro
echo of true oratory. On the top of
the winter's wood was up. the bunting had been harangued to the conviction this ' building, once the pride ef the
whitens his soul and makes him our
"Your sentiment is good," replied
the Major, "but religion must recog
nize an impossibility. - The white man
and the negro can never hold each
other in brotherly regard. Never."
"Don't say never. Major. Men pass
from fixed prejudices; the church Is
eternal In Its purpose. Don't say
"Well, then, sir," cried the Major,
standing in his stirrups, "I will not say
never; I will fix a time, and it shall
be when the pyramids, moldered to
dn6t, are blown up ana down the val
ley of the Nile."
He let himself down with a jilt, and
onward in silence they. rode. And now
from a rie of ground the village of
Brantly was in sight. The priest halt
ed. "I turn back here," he said.
"Mr. Brennon," the Major replied,
"between you and me the question of
creed should not arise. You are a
white man and. a gentleman. My hand,
Brantly long ago was a completed
town. For the most part it was built
of wood, and Its appearance of decay
was so general and so even as to in
vite the suspicion that nearly all its
buildings had been erected on the same
day. In the center of the town was
the public square, and .about it were
ranged the business houses, and in the
midst of it stood the court bouse with
Its paint blistered and Us boards warp
ing. It was square, with a hall and of
fices below. Above was the court room
and herein was still heard the dying
most to a Frenchman -named Taraage
lives over on the Potter .place, I be.
lieve. And .that reminds me that I'll
have a new lot in today, ordered for
"Do you know anything about that
fellow?" the Major asked.
"Not very .much."
"Well, don't lot him have another
cartridge. Keep all you get. We'll
need them to .protect life and proper
"What! I don't understand."
4T haven't time to explain now, for
I'm reminded that I must go at once
to the telegraph office. Come over to
the court house."
To .be continued.)
Looking for Teachers.
THE AUTHOR'S DILEMMA
Through weary years and dreary
He wrote and wrote and wrote;
His trousers bagged around tbo kneel
And gloHs was t i , his coat.
They sent his foolish stories back.
Ho filed them all away,
And scribbled on and worried on.
And bit it right one day.
He wrote a tail, a thrilling tall.
That had a wealth of wit.
And he that had hem down ho long
Was lifted high by it.
His nume became a houehold word,
They made him rich and glad;
Renown was his, silicons was bis,
He had become a lud.
They praised his work, they craved
The publishers no more
Declined with thanks the stuff he
As they had dune before.
They hung around him eagerly.
And forth from dusky nookn
He brought old tales, bis dull old tales.
And they were put in books.
A carping few, a precious few,
In sober Badness read:
"He must have done his one good
By accident," they said.
The others, eager to be pleased,
Cast, all their cares aside.
And read the rot, the dreary rot,
And laughed until they cried.
Now who shall tell and wisely tell
The author what to do?
Oh. should he rob tho multitude
To please a carping few?
Should pleasure be withheld that
The glory whic h is art's?
fihould men be fooled when being
Brings gladness to their hearts?
DECREASE OF ILLITERACY.
Fruther information about Oklaho
ma and Indian xerrttoiy is given in
"Rock Island States Southwest," a 04
page booklet recently issued by the
Passenger Department of the rtock Isl
and System. For a copy, write Joiia
Sebastian. Passenger Traffic Manager,
The Rock Island system also issues
a monthly paper called tne western
Trail, and devoted to the territory
traversed by Rock Island lines. Each
issue contains letters from men and
women who have bettered their condi
tion in life by removing to the South-
west. The Western Trail will be mail
ed you for one year for 25 cents in
stamps or silver.
Homeseekers' Excursions twice a
month via Rock Island System to
points in the Southwest. Full infor
mation at all Rock Island ticket offices.
REMAINS OF PAUL JONES.
Congress to Be Asked for Appropria
tion for Reinterment of Hero
Buried in Paris.
The Kansas school boards that or
dered their teachers not to marry are
now looking fur teachers. State Su
perintendent Dayhoff reports that 31
counties need 174 school teachers be
fore school can open in all the dis
tricts, and he frankly admits that the
anti-marriage orders are responsible
for the situation. The male teachers
can make more money working on
farms than by teaching and the wom
en will not accept schools managed
by boards which forbid them to
marry. Des Moines Register.
One of the wonders of the day la a
"fireproof" theater, which is being
built in Pittsburg, and which Is said
actually to be fireproof. When It is
completed, its owners propose to
prove the proof by attempting to set
the building on Are. Des Moines Register.
' Are Women Savages?
Dr. Wiley, chief of the bureau of
chemists, who Is intensely intellect
ually, says men go bald because of
their intellectuality, while women
keep their glory because they are
savages. Perhaps so, but If Dr.
Wiley will take off bis bat and let
tbe wind blow through bis bair be
' may save what Is left of it. Intel
lectuallty without common sense Is
apt to produce all sorts of fantastic
phenomena,- St. ' Louis Post-Dispatch.
: The Housekeeping Expert :
Is skilled In culinary arts, which
means a vastly wide range of informa
tion and experience. 1 '
She is something of a chemist, a
physician, an accountant, a disciplin
arian ,and a sanitarian.
. She sees that food is properly chos
en, properly prepared, cooked and serv
ed. W ,
She has a method', a fixed routine,
and insists on its observance to the
finest detail. , .
She has not learned it in a day,' but
has acquired it with months of study,
experiment and practice.
' She has not entered into her work
without preparation, for it is tbe cor
ner stone of her family's well bein.
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A London paper prints a "character"
which an English servant'leavlng kind
ly gave her mistress: "In answer to
your letter, it's not. a bad place; the
Mrs. understands her dutys and is slvel
and obliging, but troubles about get
ting up early of the mornings. There
Is plenty and if you don't mind a place
wheer only one other young lady Is
kept besides yourself you might give
them a month's trial. I like more so
ciety, which is why J am leaving."
(Washington dispatch.) Congress,
at the coming session, will probably
the purpose of recovering the bones
of John Paul Jones, who is buried in
Paris, and bring them back to thla
Secretary Moody Is much interested
In the plan to have the American na
val hero's bones interred in this coun
try and is collecting information con
cerning the place he is supposed to be
buried. The last resting place of
John Paul Jones is supposed to be
under a photograph gallery at the cor
ner of Rue Grangeaux Belles and Rue
des Ecluse St. Martin. Tbe entire
square in which the bones are suppos
ed to lie can probably be bought for
It is the desire of American his
torical and patriotic societies which
have communicated with Secretary
Moody to have the buildings on this
land raised and a careful search made
for the bones. If they are found they
will be brought to this country on a
warship and the square will be resold.
If the bones should not be found, it is
tbe desire of the admirers of the naval
hero that the square be converted
Into a park, in which a monument
shall be raised in his memory.
A remarkable decrease in illiteracy
Indicated bv tho national census.
showing the results ot the enormous .
Increase in the number of schools and
More than 17 per cent, of the total
population of the United tSates of 10
vears of age and over was classed as
Illiterate in 1880. In 18110 tbe percent
age decreased to 13.3 per Jnt., and
In 1900 it had been lowered to 10.7 per
It should be explained that the chief
advance is among the colored people,
In 1880 not less than 70 per cent of the
blacks of 10 years of age and over
were unable to read or write.
In 1890 the percentage had fallen to
67.1, and the latest census shows only
44.5 per cent.
The foreign white population doesn't
Improve, owing to the constant influx
of immigrants. In fact, the figures
show a slight Increase of illiteracy.
There were 12 per cent, of the foreign
ers of 10 or over who could not read
nor write in 1880, 13.1 In 1S30 and 12.9
On the other hand, among the native
whites this limitation upon intelligence
seems to be slowly passing away. Of
the native white population of over 10
years of age, it was found in 1880 that
8.7 per cent, were illiterate. This num
ber was reduced in 1890 to 6.2 per
cent, and still further reduced in 1900
to 4.6 per cent. The greatest gain In
this last respect seems to have been
made in the southern states.
Iowa Butter Weather.
"More butter Is being made Just at
present than is usual at this time of
the year," said Dairy Commissioner
H. R. Wright, who has Just returned
from a three weeks' inspection trip
of the creameries of the state. "The
reason for this unusual production
Is the fine pasturage which bas contin
ued so much better later than usual
this season. Usually the milk
supply begins to diminish about Au
gust 1, or even in July, when tbe
pasturage1 begins to dry up, but there
has been no such thing as that Mils
year. Des Moines Register.
Thirty years ago Iowa was a great
wheat producing state; it quit the
business for something more profita
ble. Twenty years ago southern Min
nesota was dependent upon the wheat
crop, It bag found more money In
stock raising and dairying. Northern
Minnesota, South Dakota and even
North Dakota are moving in tbe same
direction. In a few years South Da
kota will care no more about compe-
tltion In wheat growing than Iowa
does. Des Moines Register. '
They stood on the street corner, evi
dently having just emerged from the
saloon opposite. Although the street
was well lighted, they had gone to the
lam post and stood beneath its rays.
One of the men was holding a large
and luscious-looking roll of bills, which
be was peeling like a housewife peels
a cabbage, and one by one he was
transferring the bits of happiness to
his companion. That was the pathetic
part of it all. For. with every bill, he
would inquire, trustily, yet anxiously,
"How much is that one?" The other
replied: "Five dollars." "Ami this is
another five, isn't it?" "No, that's
only a one."
And the passer-by went on wonder
ing which was being buuki;ed.
LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE.
"It has been an off year with me this
ycr," said a fanner friend of ours a
short time ago. "You see, I got my
land too J It'll for my oats, and they all
went down and did not fill. Then I
was hindered by the wet weather and
did not get my corn planted in good
season, and he frost caught It. But,"
he added, "we have kept out of debt,
and we had three good years before.
We hnve plenty to eat," our health Is
good, the cows and the beno have
done well, and we have much to "be
thankful for." That's the right sort of
spirit, locking on he bright side of
thlugs and feeling grateful for the
niuny blebslngs conferred. Good luck
soon comes to this sort of man and
stays with bim.
Let the Male Biped Beware.
Tbe zest with which the women are
going in for golfing, tennis, bowling
and other forms of athletics affords
room for fear that while the comiug
man, 'tis said, will be a bald-headed
and toothless physical phantom, the
coming woman will have nerves of
steel and muscles of iron. Let the
male biped beware; let bim' forswear
the coffin-nail cigarette and enervat
ing birch beer, ere it be everlastingly
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