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THE ARGUS, THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 28, 1907.
'By ELEAWR GATES.
Author of "The Biography of a Prairie Girl."
COPYRIGHT. 1906, BY McCLURE,
IIILE David Bond and Dallas
were taking Shadrach froin
the pung a boot crunched the
snow behind them. They
turned, and there was Lounsbury.
fairly bursting to tell his good news.
When he had told It he was anxious
to get away again, for by a jnick re
treat the two girls might be saved the
knowledge of the Clark episode, and
he a very probable second insult. Hut
the evangelist, having no wish to tat
tle about Lancaster, yet hoping that
the elder girl would learn what her
father had done and administer a de
served rebuke, urged him in.
The storekeeper did not consent to
enter the shack, however, until Dallas
added her invitation, and then he went
reluctantly. Ho was accustomed to
courtesy there on the frontier. The
plains bred men that lie knew instinc
tively took hlin at his real valuation
and treated him accordingly. The men
of a more conventional strata (the pro
fessional men of Iiismarck aud those
who officered at the posts up and down
the river) freely bestowed their friend
ship upon him. The lawless element
respected him, too. and showed that
respect by letting him severely alone.
He shrank from placing himself where
a man like Lancaster crippled, old
and therefore beyond disciplining
could have the chance to repeat an
affront. And he shrank at the thought
of a clash it meant pain for two help
less women. Nevertheless he yielded.
The streamers were gone from the
sky by then. They had faded as quick
ly as they had come. Once more, un
der a dome of cobalt, the river flowed
Mack between its fringe of trees and
the prairie stretched white and still.
A bright fire and a swinging coffee
pail welcomed the three as the door
swung wide, and the section boss, who
was urging Marylyn to "rustle some
erub." turned with a testy word, lint
he fell silent when he saw Lounsbury
aud edged into the dusky shelter of
The storekeeper nodded to him.
shook hands absently with the" youn;
er girl and took a bench. His face
looked less full tlfhn usual aud was
lighted by no hearty smiles.
Little was said until breakfast was
Teady a quick breakfast of bacon
pone and coffee. The three men warm
ed themselves. The girls moved lie
tween fireplace and table. But when
the plates were set and the coffee
poured David Bond asked for the story
of Matthews' doings, of the affair at
the saloon, the meeting with Colonel
dimming and the council. Dallas
and Marylya heard it from wnero tney
stood together, before the blaze. I.an
caster heard it, though he pretended
not to. eating and drinking the while
with angry smacks
Lounsbury paid no attention to the
section boss in fact, before his recital
was douo. he had forgotten him. He
talked quietly and without boasting,
his face now turned to David Bond.
now to the girls.
"And you think," said the evangelist,
when the story was finished, "you
think that Matthews will drop his
claim to the bend?"
Lounsbury arose as If to go, and for
the first time since his entrance looked
sqnnrely at Lancaster. "This is what
I think:" he answered. "In Dakota, if
a man jumps land that hasn't been im
proved, all he's got to do is to hang on
to it don't have to rassle with any
fine points of law. This far west of
stuffed chairs there's a whole lot of
public sentiment." He crossed the room
and picked up coat and cap.
"Of course," added David Bond,
"following the law would strengthen
The section boss adjusted his
crutches and. stood up. "You-all seem
f be settlln' it 'thout any o' my Hp."
he said and laughed mockingly.
"We have your Interests at heart,"
replied the storekeeper.
Lancaster ground his teeth. Now
that all danger was past he felt no
gratitude for the routing of Matthews
and the strategy at the Trooper's De-
' light. He could only feel that his au
thority in his own home was threat
ened. He turned his back.
Lounsbury glanced at the girls. They
were watching their father appeal
"I should say," went on Lounsbury,
"that we have , the interests of your
daughters at heart" His hand reached
for the latch.
"Mr. Lounsbury!" .Dallas mad a
Bwift step toward him.
Now the section boss came about
Lounsbury was reminded of the day
.on the plowed strip, for he saw that
Lancaster was all a-tremble and pant-
. ing as If spent with a hard run. 'M'
gal!" he tried sternly. .
Dallas stepped back and touched her
father's arm.. And her remonstrance
was the remonstrance of that other
day. "No, no, dad," she cautioned in
a low voice; "no, no."
Lancaster's breast heaved. He swal
lowed with an effort and scowled from
one to another of the four.
David Bond came forward, address
"ing Lounsbury. "Will you tell ,me
your name?" he asked. "I want to
. remember you. You are hot a soldier.
PHILLIPS Co COMPANY.
Did y' size mm up ter a cow
punch?" broke in Lancaster. "Huh!
Waal, Ah never did."
Lounsbury's face dyed to a ;deep
scarlet. "No?" he said. "And why?"
Again the section boss gave a shrill.
mocking laugh. "Too fat an' too
mouthy," he answered.
For an .instant Lounsbury wavered.
In that instant the deep scarlet faded,
his eyes opened, his nostrils spread.
ra! Pa!" It was Marylyn, half
weeping. . ' "--
Lounsbury's cool voice cleared the
air. "I'm a Bismarck man," ne said
to the evangelist. "I've got a store
there. My name is John Lounsbury."
He held out his hand to Dallas.
She advance again and took it. "Oh,
thank you, thank yon," she breathed.
Bismarck man,' !' It was Lancas
ter once more. "W aal, w y the devil
don' y' stay thar?"
Lounsbury took no notice of htm.
I'll be hooting it," he said to Dallas.
"But If I can do anything, you under
stand." and went out.
David Bond's keen eyes studied the
elder girl. He expected an outburst
of anger and blame. He was sur
prised when, without speaking, she
brought the benches to the tire and set
about clearing the table. Lancaster
seated himself and sucked moodily at
his pipe. Marylyn flitted behind him
to disappear through the swinging
blankets. -The evangelist walked up
It was not long before the silence
told on the section boss and forced him
to talk. "Ef you-all got anythiu' t'
say, he snarled presently, y migni
as well rpit it out."
No one answered.
"Ah got jes this t' say," he contin
ued: "Ah ain't goin t hev no Jubber
o' a stotekecier slaverin' aroun' my
Again no one answered, but David
Bond as he watched Dallas question
ingly determined to be silent no longer,
lie paused in his walk. "My friend,"
he said solemnly, "you talk like a mad
man. For shame!"
Dallas stood stock still, her eyes
warning him. But It was too late.
Her father snickered, drew on his
pipe once or twice and then grinned tip
at tne evangelist, "it s gittm ngut
outdoors,"- he fiid significantly. "Ah
reckon y could cross th' river."
And so David Bond and the white
horse went the way of Lounsbury.
Nearly an hour passed before the
section boss addressed Dallas. "Waal,
She was wrapping up to do the morn
Ing chores. "Just as well, I guess,
dad," she said wearily. "The meal
and bacon's pretty low. I've been
cooking out of the seed sacks lately."
"Th' meal an' bacon's got t' las'." be
answered. "Use th seed ef y' want t
an' don' give thet Injun so much. We
shan't ast tick o no lallygnggin', do-a
Dallas sighed, found Marylyn to kiss
hpr an(, pratefully bveasted the chill air
beyond the door,
His dismissal from the shack brought
no hardship upon David Bond. He
found an old acquaintance in Colonel
Cummings,' who joyfully greeted liim
as interpreter In the absence of Milt-
thews. He found familiar faces among
the hostages, whose sullen reserve in
his presence he laid to their imprison
ment. At barracks the enlisted men
chaffed him mischievously, christened
him "Methuselah" and installed him
as "ofllcial doom sealer" of the post,
But when he passed them by to give
every hour of his days and nights to
young .Tamieson young Jamieson, bat
tling with all his might against col-1
lapse the men ceased chaffing and lis
tened to him with respect A crank on
religion was one thing, a man with one
eye on the Bible and his sleeves rolled
up for hard duty was another. The
troopers cared little for sermonizing.
but they honored service. Then, it
was Jamieson, for whom the evangelist
was caring. And jamieson held tne
very heartstrings of the garrison.
As for Lounsbury, Brannon enter
tained him no less gladly. His was the
rare good humor that enlivens every
occasion. He practiced at target shoot -
ing with the enlisted men; he played hand until her fingers were blue with
billiards with the officers; he dined, cold, then changed to the other.- Fa
made up sleigh rides, lent himself to ther and sister drowsed, and she put
theatricals, furnished a fourth at cards the story aside to 6tudy over the pre
and at the frequent dances led out dlcament in which she felt herself at
homely and pretty alike. fault Counting on blizzards, but know-
To David Bond it seemed as if the
storekeeper were Indifferent to his own
dismissal from the shack. But one
morning the evangelist accidentally
came upon the younger man. He was
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watching the bend through' a teie
scope, and his face was anxious and
"Lancaster hasn't started for the
land office agaro," he said. Then, aft
er a moment's silefice, "I've just about
decided to go Bismarck way myself to
day. When you can. will you let me
know how they are over there?"
'Charles will keep me posted;" an
swered the evangelist "and I shall
send yon any news by the mall sleigh."
"Thank you." said Lounsbury sim-
ply. "Goodby." And at the noon mesa
he was missing.
At the shack the days were number- '
ed slowly for all their scant hours of (
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light. Sleen consumed most of the
time. The rest was taken by the meals,
the chores and the effort of keeping
warm. The line of calico covered books
helped to vary the monotony. So did
the visits of Squaw Charley. 'But these
were becoming more brief now. Not
that -Lancaster made them unpleasant
Charley was necessary to him but
that the Indian was always lna fever
to be gone. Since the council his eyes
were less downcast, his face was less
One day brought a totally unexpect
ed visitor, whom Lancaster recognized
with some misgivings as the United
States land agent at Bismarck. The
section boss was soon reassured, how
ever. The agent said that, having busi
ness near Brannon and remembering
that Lancaster wished to file an entry
on the bend when the first claimant's
six months were up, he had come by.
In tbe.-case of a man who was hurt, he
said, the law allowed such a course.
The section boss, thus saved the ardu
ous trip, signed the necessary papers
with a jubilant mark.
Then came old Michael for a time or
two. It, seemed at first as if he were
to be a favorite. He could adapt him
self with all the art of his race. And
before Lancaster he was intensely
southern in his views, whipping the
north in many a broguey strife. Until
it befell through a slip of the tongue
a slip that sent him packing off,' for
he bonsled how In '02 his freckled
hands had helped in piloting the Fed
erals to Island No. 10!
It was an outcome that gave Dallas
little concern. Marylyn was her wor
ry. The younger girl was listless, pale
and moody. Now and then Dallas be
lieved she saw a look of actual suffer
ing In her eyes. Once, awakening In
the night, she heard her sob.
Marylyn was unhappy, and the
thought made the elder girl desperate.
This led her to a plan: Lounsbury must
be asked to forgive their father and
come again must be told of Marylyn's
Soon afterward a second worry pre
sented itself, one fully as serious. The
provisions were dwindling, the seed
sacks shrinking fast, and, estranged
from Lounsbury, they had nowhere to
ask credit but at the fort.
When Dallas spoke of It to her fa
ther, he chuckled. "Waal, we got Si
mon, ain't we?" he sakl.
That same night Marylyn put down
her fork and stared across the table at
her siatec. "Why, Dallas, you don't
eat!" she complained.
Dallas laughed. "I don't work, hon
ey," sue answered. , -
The question of fuel entered next
and became grave one. So far the
weather had been fairly mild for the
place and the season. Now it took a
more rigorous turn. The bitter cold
was intensified by a stiff wind. Snow
began to fall, and the wind, growing,
drove the flakes level, so that they cut
the face like filings of steel.- Charley's
trips became uncertain, then impossi
ble. The work of getting out hay for
the stock was a desperate tax. It was
so difficult that Dallas dared not spare
a straw for the fireplace, and Ben and
Betty's manger had to be drawn upon
for wood. When this source of supply
failed, the benches were sacrificed one
by one, the cupboard was torn down.
and the bunk and part of the table
were split Into kindling.
The family slept shoulder to shoul
der before the hearth, with the brave
colored blankets of the partition for
extra covering. Lancaster - and the
younger girl stayed , in bed all of the
twenty-four hours. Dallas got up only
lorig enough to tend the animals and
prepare food. But a day came when
she could not make her way to the
lean-to and when the warped door
could not be opened In the teeth of the
raging storm. Toward noon she
cooked some food, however. The seed
sacks were empty. There was no rice
and . no flour. While the blizzard
howled without and Simon and the
I mules called pitifully for their fodder
and drink, she broke up what was left
of the table. Over Its blaze the last
smitch of bacon went to savor the
last pint of beans.
After the meal Dallas read aloud.
1 Lying down, she held ner book m one
I ing nothing of 'their duration, she bad
determined .to say little about their
needs until those needs pressed, when,
she knew, her father would see their
extremity. The extremity had come.
Yet, willing or unwilling, Lancaster
was eut off from seeking help.
That day closed in fearful -cold. The
wind was becoming a furious gale.
Sturdily the log bouse withstood - it
Only the roof seemed threatened. With
each great blast it lifted a little, as If
I tfae po,nt q nIrlIng awaVf but
I when darkness came even the reef set-
tied -Into quiet, .for the. drtft.ha4
I been piling up .gradually to the north
grassy, eaves and overflowed them and
so weighted the thatch. ;. . . ..
Next morning . long, before Marylyn
and her father wakened Dallas roused.
The room was in dask, and its air was
the skin. She couia not reaa. Pres
ently Marylyn turned. The elder girl
hastened ' to soothe her. Then their
father yawned. Dallas feigned sleep.
But the evil moment : could not be
put off. . Lancaster propped himself on
an elbow and ealled to her. He was
Very quietly Dallas told him that
there was no food.
He grunted, arose and lighted the
lantern.. You dish thet snow on t
floor," he coinmauded.
We'll need It
"Whatre you going to do?" she ask-
ed, hastening to obey. Her voice was
1 ' j 1 1
lie was wrapping auuic- ciouiea uer
his shoes. "Butcher Simon," he said
Her face became a white spot in the
Critter '11 be tough, like's not," went
on her father, "but y' c'n poun th'
After a long wait she spoke. "You
can't reach him," she declared, half
"Yas, Ah c'n," he answered. "Ah c'n
chop through with th hatchet." He
was between the fireplace and a cor
ner, feeling over the logs with his
She ran to hhn. "Oh, bow can you
thluk of It?" she demanded huskily.
"Simon's so friendlynnd-r-came to us I
for a home. How Win you kill him! I
Maybe you could eat him, but I
couldn't. It 'd just choke me!"
"Oh, nln't we sof!" sneered her fa
ther. He was fumbling about near the
bunk, as'if hunting something. "Mebbe
y' 'd like Ah should kill a mule! Ha.
ha! No mule meat fer me. Ah'U give
thet bull a tunk 'tween th' eyes, an'
we'll hev steak."
She stood in the dim light, one arm
crooked up to cover her face. Present
ly Marylyn moaned. Then Dallas low
ered her arm and looked down at her
sister. "One of the mules would be
easier," she said bitterly. But. remem
bering the It-own eyes of the team and
the long, gray whiskered noses, she
covered her face again.
"Ah don' keer w'at y' say." declared
her father. "We'll hev steak." He se
lected a log and began to hack at it.
Shuddering, she -sank to her knees.
one hand reached out to touch Mary
lyn. "Maybe Charley '11 come, houey,"
she whispered hopefully. "Maybe,
And now It seemed as if she heard
something outside. She crept to the
door. Around the latch was a little
space. She put her ear to it, and the
Icy air blew against her cheek. There
It was again! The shriek of the gale.
She went back to the bed.
Hack, hack, hack! Then muttered
curses. And again the sound of chop
When she could bear it no longer she
got up and stumbled over to her fa
ther. "Dad," she said. "If I break up
the mantel and fix something will you
He sat back on his feet, pufflng cross
ly. "Light a fire," he said. "Use these
chips. Ah'll res'. He threw down the
hatchet and crawled under the blan
kets. He was glad of the interruption,
for the duty ahead was assuming an
Dallas had filled the coffee pail with
6now. pow she gathered up tne cnips.
lit them and pried up the wide board
of the mantel. This she split with the
"What are you going to make?"
asked Marylyn from the bed.
'Topper iea, honey. It'll wnrm you
"Oh. I'm so glad. Ma made some
repper tea it was. When the snow
hfw1 melted nnd the water was boilin
hot Dallas added pepper and salt.
Then she spread a cloth and turned
the wheat and corn sacks out upon it
She got a handful of flour. "With this
she thickened the water. Three cups
were sitting upon the floor. She took
the coffee pail over, poured into two
and handed them to her father and
"Don't spill a drop," she cautioned,
"You got some?" queried Marylyn
. Dallas went back to the other cup.
"Well, what do jou think I'm doing?"
she asked and lifted it to her lips
Soon the three were lying shoulder
to shoulder again, the section boss
drawing a little added comfort from
his pipe. Before long he was asleep;
Marylyn too. Then Dallas got up
cautiously and brewed a cup of pep
pered water for herself. The hot
draft relieved the' pangs of her hunger,
She lay down again,
Hours later she was awakened by
hearing faint squeals directly over
head, nastily she lit the lantern and
took down the Sharps,, then stepped
directly under the sounds and poked
the rifle's muzzle into the hay of the
roof. Above, storm driven and crowd
ing one another against the stones of
the chimney,, were some pigs!
In her eagerness she trembled so
violently that she became unsteady on
her feet. It lost her the opportunity of
firing, for as she waited, trying to get
a blind aim, the squeals suddenly died
out - The pigs had gone over toward
the edge of the lean-to.
When next she awoke awoke from
a dream of well . spread tables she
could not guess how much time had
passed or whether it was day or night
The -shack was pitch -dark.- Of one
thing she could , be sure the storm
had not abated, so there was no hope
She knew something must be done,
Simon and the team wrung -her heart
with their pleas.' Beside her Marylyn
was turning with fretful complaints.
The younger 'girl rolled her head from
side to side constantly and. moistened
her lips. "Dallas chopped up the title
rack and made' a .fire of it then -plied
Marylyn with more of the pepper tea.
The f section boss: refused to partake-.
xne first cup, he Wild, Dad
J ToDacco was better B0iaCe,
The first cup, he gatd, bad burned hirm
" Dallas did not taste the tea either.
A. fearful nausea beset her. Her heart
went like a trip hammer. She wrap
ped up. turning her back to the blaze.
Oddly enough, her rattter aid not make
a second attack on the log. Uia
perlque went far toward helping him
fight the gnawing of hunger. He could
afford, having to endure little pain, to
let the hours bring Dallas to the point
where she would ask the life of tb
null. He knew where she was most
vulnerable. When Marylyn turned from
the tea that now partially eased heiv
hunger and began a demand for food,'
Simon would die.
it came sooner than the section boss
expected. His lethargic sleep was
broken bv Dallas shakintr him. As he
'onened his eves she thrust the hatchet
into his hands.
"Dad," she said hurriedly, "get up.
You got to do it for Marylyn for
To him it was a real victory. He
wrenched a quid from his tobacco
slab, grasped the hatchet handle and
arose. Dallas had lighted the lantern
once more. Now she pinned one of
the smaller blankets over his shoulders.
When he put on his hatund knelt be
fore the chopped out place in the east
wall she wrapped a second blanket
about his feet aud legs.
"Go 'long, go 'long," he said, not
"Keep you'self warm."
hack, hack, hack, began
She did not watch him, but donned
the long cloak over her jersey, kissed
Marylyn aud paced up and down the
shack. Tor every step there was a
blow of the hatchet.
Poor Simon! Poor Simon!" she
whisercd to herself. The bull was
At last the sound of the hatchet be
came unbearable. She gave a quick
glance around the room, then, crossing
to her father, pulled at his arm. "If
you kill Simon, there's no wood to do
any cooking," she said. "Better wait,
dad hour or two, please!"
He twisted from under her hand and
scowled up. "Shucks!" be answered.
Here's chips 'nough fer a fire." And
swung the hatchet with fresh 7.oal.
She lingered a moment, smiling grim
ly." It was only a play for time. She
knew very well that there would be
timber when her father reached Simon's
Lancaster was making fast progress.
The log upon which he worked was
drv from the heat of the hearth. It
splintered like weathered pine. A sec
tion of it was seen cut away so far
that a final blow with the hatchet head
drove It In. It rolled to the noses of
the mules. Lancaster thrust his head
through the hole.
Between the scantlings that penned
Simon into his part of the lean-to the
section boss spied two glowing eyes.
They watched him, then the door, then
him again. "M-m-m-m!" came a deep
protest, as the bull Yilew and pawed at
the dirt floor.
The section boss drew back nervous
ly. "Simon's actin' funny." he said.
He's locoed or he's smelt a mice."
He got no answer. Dallas was in the
coruer farthest from him, crowded
against the logs. Her arms were
raised. Her head rested between them
Lancaster grunted disgustedly and
fell to chopping again. The opening
In the wall was not quite wide enough
up and down for his lody. He en-.
larged it by cutting away at the lower
side. Finally, satisfied with its size, he
unpinned the shoulder blanket, freed
bis feet and crawled through.
And now Dallas looked around, fas
tening her eyes upon the dark hole be-
yond the hearth. Beside it the ian
I tern burned with a sickly fume. "It's
murder! It's murder! It's murder!
i she breathed,
Marylyn tossed, moanlug. Dallas ran
to her. There she stayed, eyes and
ears buried in the bedclothes.
Witblu ,the lean-to a curious parley
I was lielug held. Lancaster was stand-
!ng. lmtcbet in hand, at the bar of
Simon thot on into the blizzard. '
Simon's pen. Behind him was the sta-
ble door; before him, just out of reach,
the bull. Simon was not pawing now.
His fore feet were opened wide; his
nose touched the ground between
them. He was alternately mooing and
blowing, ? and his " angry eyes were
fixed not on the section boss, but on
the bottom of the door. - '
"Simon, Simon,", said Lancaster in a
I wheedling tone. : He could scarcely see
1 the animal, for tne eastern window
I was snowed sunt ' The bull made no
(move. Presently the old man shoved
I the single - bar aside and .hopped ' for-t
j ward a -step or two. his gaze fixed on
tbe star between those glowing eyes.
We are the people,
Our demands should be respected.
Give us good homesplenty to eat and comfortable clothes.
Give us education, training and good society.
Give us good fathers and mothers.
Give us Chamberlain's Cough Remedy when we have
coughs, colds or whooping cough. We are entitled
to the best and should have it.
We are to inherit the earth.
Prepare us for this great responsibility by giving us what
we demand, and we will becofrnc honest, industrious,
upright citizens, proud of our ancestry and loyal to
Still the bull did not move. ;
"So, Simon," purred the section boss.
He gave another hop forward and
raised the hatchet "So, Slmou; nice
It was a roar that fairly shook the
lean-to. Simon flung up his head.
Fearful for his safety, Lancaster
lodged to the left, stumbled, overturn
ed and went down, with a cry. "Dal
A cry answered him. The mules
reared. Then out of the gloom plung
ed a red bulk, head lowered, tail
straight. There was a second roar, a
crash, as the stable door flew outward,
an inrush of frigid air and the swirl
ing sohnd of wind and sleet. And Si
mon, leaping something that was lying
at the' entrance, shot on into the bliz
zard. Early morning of the next day as the
Lancasters were enjoying a breakfast
of roasted pork cooked by a scantling
of Simon's manger they beard the
storm renew its fury in strange noises
that were like the human voice. The
warped door creaked; the latch rat
tled. They paid little attention to it, being
fairly content with the strange good
fortune that had left a fat frozen pig
in the snow outside the lean-to. The
stable had been nailed tight again,
and there were enough scantlings in
it to last out three or four days. Mary
lyn was better, having rallied swiftly
on a diet of rich broth. Kveu Hen
and Betty were not unhappy, for they
were greedily consuming the hay of,
"Sam Tatch Is shore bustin' loose,"
observed the section boss, selecting a i
second Juicy rib and sailing it from
end to end. The Fait spilled. lie
flickered a pinch over one shoulder.
Boof, boof, bnof, bang! came the
muffled sounds from without.
"The harder it bowls now the soon
er 'it'll get over It," answered Dallas,
piliug on more wood.
Lancaster lit his pipe. "Danced glad
Ah got t'baccy."
Hey, hey! yelled the storm.
Marylyn looked up from a book.
"Sounds as If men are outside," the
They listened, straining their ears.
Something thumped the warped door.
They started up. A moment mid a
thread of light came through the gap
) above the latch.
"They Is!" cried the section Ihs. '
A cheer replied. A sharp command
was sung out to them. "Keep back!
Out of the way!"
Again the door was thumped; then
great pressure was put upon it. It
opened, letting in a half dozen men
and a wide path of warm sunlight.
"Hurrah, hurrah!" "Folks, you snow
ed in?" "Thank God. you're all right!"
"The basket, boys; the basket r
"W'y, Lawd!" cried the section loss,
winking against the light "Ain't they
A trooper with a chevroned sleeve
6alutcd them, nis air was jaunty.
His face beamed. "There was, sir, lasl
night" he said gayly, "but there hain't
none now. Clear has a bell, sir."
"Y' fr'm th' post?" demanded Lan
caster, trying to look severe.
He of the chevrons waved his com
panions out "Hi'm from Hingland,
sir," he answered. "Sergeant Kippis
his my name. Will you 'ave some 'sol
dier's coffee,' sir?"
Dallas hurried past him and into the
newly dug tunnel, overhead wan a
( serene sky
Between shack and river
lay a dazzling mile of drifts and mid-
way, brisket deep, but advancing reso
lutely and bugling at every floundering
step was Simon.
(To be Continued).
Between tailoring and ready
made clothing Is the same as
that between a doctor's prescrip
tion for a sick person and a
patent medicine treatment of the
case. Clothing-by-tailor is sim
ply clothing for you not for
"anyone whom It will fit." Wo
are now showing the late fail
and winter patterns and if you
will give us a call, we are surj
we can please you.
Rooms 211-212, Peoples National
Bank Building. '
It Eats Up Rust.
6-5-4 wi'l make an old. rusty
Stove, or Stove Pipe, look like new,
because it cats up rust. When you
set up your Stoves, this Fall, give
them a coat of 6-5-4; it Is applied
like paint, will not rub off and
SHINES ITSELF. It also
For Sale by All Hardware Dealers.
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