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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. JANUARY 25. 1908.
HENRY WALLACE PHILLIPS
COPYRIGHT. 1903. BY . McCLURE. PHILLIPS fc COMPANY
CHAPTER VIII. , .
mHE work on the mill was push
ed, and in spite of the usual
amount of unforeseen delays It
was ready for business by the
latter part of September. The official
opening was set for the 27th, Miss
Mattie's birthday, and the-village of
Fairfield was invited to a picnic to
be held at the mill In honor of the oc
casion. It is needless to say that the
Fairfield Strawboard Manufacturing
company did the thing up in shape.
Wagons loaded with straw and drawn
by four horse teams went the rounds
of the village collecting the guests. It
is doubtful if Fairfield was ever more
surprised than at the realization of
how nruch there was of her, using the
pronoun out of respect to the majority,
"when she was bunched," as Hed said.
You would not have believed that
struggling, lonesome looking place held
so many people. As Hed could discov
er no means in the town's resources to
provide n meal for 300 people, it was
necessarily a basket party, which
struck Mr. Saunders as beiug grievous
ly like a Swede treat. He made up
for It in a measure by having barrels
of lemonade and cider on tap at tho
grounds, stronger beverages being bar
red, and by hiring a quartet of strings
"clear from town."
At half past 2 on a resplendent but
hot September afternoon the caravan
started for the mill grouuds. tho wom
en dressed in the most uupiculcky cos
tumes Imaginable, and the men osten
tatiously at ease in their store clothes.
Every one was in the best of spirits,
keen for the excitement and pleasure
that was sure to mark tho occasion.
Red rode old Kuckskin. -who had
succumbed to the inevitable and only
"jumped around n little." as Hed put
It. on being mounted. It was pretty
lively "Jumping around," but perhaps
Mr. Saunders found some Fat isf action
In sitting perfectly at his ease, smok
ing his cigarette, while B;iek jumped
nnd Fairfield admired. And, at any
rate, I?uck had legs of iron and the
wind of a locomotive, carrying Red ail
lay and willing to kick at anything
which bothered him when night came.
tie was a splendid beast through and
through, from forelock to tail tip, but
Tie had learned who was his master
and obeyed him accordingly
It was a five mile ride, mostly undet
the shade of flue olrl trees. The road
wound around the hills; here and there j
a break in the arboreal border showed)
views of rolling country, well shaped
and pleasing, winding nn grassv slopes
In groves of verdure. Of course most
of the freshness of leaf was past, yet
the modest gray green gave a silvery
sheen to the landscape that brought it
One member of the party felt that
his heart was very full as h looked at
it That was Lettis. "Blast the old
officel" he kept saying to himself.
"Blast its six dingj- windows and the
clock at the end! Doesn't this look) ara inches or reet or miles. Miss
good, and doesn't it smell good, dust Mattie's events had been measured in
and all?" and then he'd howl at the hundredths of an inch, and it took a
horses in sheer exuberance of good1 Kod many of them to cover so smell
feeling, making the mild old brutes an action as a successful picnic on a
put a better foot of it to the front. beautiful night. Her eyes were hu
Red cantered up beside bis wagon. mld: ber mouth smiled and drooped at
"Well, Lettis." he said, "here we go tIie corners alternately. Red felt her
for the opening overture with the full
strength of the company we're great
people this day, ain't we?" And the
big man smiled like a pleased big boy.
"Oh, what a bully old fellow you
are!" thought Lettis as he looked at
hlm. Lettis was thinking of other nole- nnpiaceabie, but strong, pos
oualltles than flesh, hut the nhvslonl . sessed him. There is a critical tera-
Red Saunders on horseback was de-!
serving of a glance from anybody; the
t a n i i '
massive figure so well poised; the clear
cut, proud profile; the shapely head
with Its crown of red gold hair; the
easy grace of him by virtue of his
strength it would be a remarkable
crowd in which Chanta Seechee Red
couldn't pass for a man. He was ev
ery inch of that from the ground up.
Lettis had come to bow down to him
in adoration, with all an affectionate!
boy's worship. To those eyes Red
was Just right in every particular;
likewise to Miss Mattle. who even
now was filling her eyes with him
from behind -the vantage of a broad
brimmed straw hat.
At Lift the whole party disembarked
at the flat before the mill and made
ready for the official starting of the
machinery. Tho big doors were thrown
open, so that the company could see
within while resting outside In the
shade, and under' the cooling influence
of what breeze there was. The mill
was officially started. Red climbed
the bank to the flume and raised the
gate. The crowd cheered as the im
prisoned waters leaped to freedom
with a hollow roar, raising In pitch as
the "penstock filled and the wheels be
gan to go ronnd. Speech was called
for. and the vigorously protesting Red
was forced to the front by his former
fripnds. Demilt and Lettis. Thus be
trayed by those he trusted. Red made
the best of it.
"Ladies and gentlemen, fellow citi
zens," said he, "the mill is now open
to all comers. We hope to make this
thing a success. We hope to see every
horny handed, hump backed farmer iu
the country rosin the soles of his moc
casins and shove ' his plow through
twice as much ground as he ever did
before, and If he comes here with his
Blunder .we'll give hbo.a jsouare shale.
We'll pay him as much "as we dast
and not let him In on the ground floor,
so he can crawl out through the coal
hole, as is sometimes done. Now, ev
erybody run away and have a good
time, for I dou't like to talk this yappi
any more than you. like to hear It.
Kola geus! By-by!"
It was a very successful picnic
They spent the afternoon in wander
ing around in the usual picnic fashion,
developing appetites, until it occurred
to Red to liven the perfortnance by
showing tbem the art of roping as
practiced upon an old cow . found in
the woods. As a spectacle it was a
failure. The combined efforts of all
the hooting small loys could not make
that cow run. She even stretched her
ueck toward Red, as though saying:
"Hurry up with your foolishness. I
have a cud to chew and can't stand
here idle all day." So Red golloped
by and threw the noose over her head
as an exhibition of how the thing was
done rather than how It ought to" be
done. Nevertheless picnic parties are
not hypercritical in the matter of
amusement, and the feat received
three encores. The last time he missed
his cast through overconfidence, where
at the old cow tossed her head and tail
In the air and tore on at an elephan
tine gallop, with a bawl that sounded
to Red mightily like derision.
"Durned if she ain't laughing at me"'
he cried. " But as a matter of fact It
was a hornet and its unmistakable
sting that injected this activity into
It was all very pleasant to Miss Mat
tie, as oue's first picnic in many years
rhould be. She enjoyed the crisp green
nod. the great trees standiug around,
parklike, with the sunlight falling be
tween their shade like brilliant tat
ters of cloth of gold, while frpni the
near distance came the tiny shouting
of cool waters. They had a camp fire
at night, making the moonlight still
more mysterious and remote by con
trast. The quartet of strings played
for the ears of those who cared to
listen and for the legs of those who
chose to take chances on tripping their
light fantastic toes over tree roots in
Red loved music, and he loved the
night. The poetic side of his nieiuo
rfes of watching the Dipper swing
around Tolaris while he sung the cows'
t0 KlceD camo l,acl: to blm- Iu Ills
miml hfl Mw tne vnst Pr-ilrle roll on to
Infinity, saw the mountains stand out,
a world of white peaks, rising from a
f darkness. Again he heard the
plaintive shrilling of an Indian whistle
or the song of the lad dpwn creek,
made tuneful by the charm of dis
tance. "Having a good time, Mattie?" he
asked, with a smile.
"The best I ever had, Will." she an
swered, smiling back unsteadily.
Poor lady! The size of an occasion Is
so many standards, whether the stand-
nappmess witn a keen sympathy, and,
as he looked at her, suddenly she
changed iu his eyes. Just what the
difference was he could not have told,
nor whether it was in her or in him.
1 A sudden access of feeling, undefin-
Perature in the life of a man, when
no, amount of pressure can ever make
tho 1 tin PA x V rn ncii-o nmntlnna i eentriA
the more expansive emotions assume
the calmer form of friendship. There
was something in Miss Mattie's eye
which had warmed Red to that de
gree, but he didn't know it. He only
knew that he wanted to sit rather un
necessarily close beside her, and that
he would be sorry when it came time
to go home. And he was very silent.
During the drive back to the house
he spoke in monosyllables; he went
straight to the barn with Lettis after
ward, and made no attempt to take
the usual frank and hearty good night
"loure as glum as an oyster!" said
Lettis, w hen rhey reached their quar
ters. "What's the matter, old man?"
"I don't know. Let; I feel kind of
"Sick? Or something go wrong?
"No; nothing of the kind. It's Just
sort of an attack, of stillness, but I
feel durn good."
Lettis laughed. "If It wasn't you.
Red, I'd say you were in love," be
It was well the barn was dark, or he
would have seen a change wonderful
to behold come over the ex-puncher's
face. "The lad has hit it" he said
to himself in astonishment; aloud he
grunted "hunh" scornfully, and
aroused . himself for an unnecessary,
Joke or two.
Miss Mattle had noticed the "attack
of stillness" and immediately tried to
fasten the blame upon herself. What
had she done? She couldn't recall
anything. She remembered she had
said something about the way his hair
looked with . the moon shining on it.
Perhaps he had taken offense at that.
The remark was entirely compliment--nry,
but sometimes people are touchy
abotitucJi Jhiaga. SlilLlUat was tipj
the 'least "like Cousin Will. 'She "must j
have said or done something, though. I
What could it be? Oh, what a pitiful
memory that could not recollect an In-1
Jury done to one's best friend! She j
tossed and wondered over It for a
long time before at length she fell !
Ited also looked up at the roof and j
took account of stock. His face was
radiant in the dark. "If I could only '
pull that off!" he thought. "I must
seem an awful rough cuss to her.
though. All right for a cousin, but
It's different when you come to the
other proposition. My JIminy! 1 11
take a chance in the morning and find
out,' anyhow!" said he, and, eased in
mind by the decision of action, he too
shodk hands with Morpheus and was i
It had never occurred to Red Saun-1
ders that he was afraid of anybody.
He even chuckled when he got Lettis
out of the way with a plausible ex
cuse the next morning. Then he
strode briskly Into the house, his ques
tion on his lips in a plump out and out
Miss Mattle looted at him with her
slow smile. "What is It?" she asked.
Red swallowed his question whole.
"I I wanted a little hot water to
shave with." said he. Then a fury
took hold of him. "What the devil
am I lying like this for?" he thought.
He exhorted himself to go on and say
what he had to say like a man, but
the other Red Saunders refused to do i
anything of the sort. He took the cup
of hot water most abjectly and fled
from the house. He had to shave
then, and in his hurry and indignation
he turned the operation into a clinic.
"Oh, Jimlny. look at that!" he cried as
the razor opened up another part of
the subject. "There's a slit an inch
long! If I keep on at this gait 1
won't have face enough to say good
morning, let alone what I want to
do. What ails me? What alls me?
Why should I be scart of the nicest
woman (lod ever built? Now, by ell
the Mormon gods. I'll post right into
the house and say my little say as
soon as these cuts stop bleeding!"
Cobwebs stopped the cuts, and other
cobwebs stopped Red Saunders, late
of the Chanta Seechee ranch, 250
pounds of the very finest bone and
muscle. And the cobwebs held him.
foaming and boiling with rage and
disgust, calling himself all the yaller
pups he could think of, but staying
strictly within the safe limits of the
barn. It was a revelation to the big
man, and not a pleasant one. How
was he to know that the most salient
point of his apparent cowardice was
nothing less worthy than respect for
the woman's security? That if he
would stop swearing long enough to
get at the springs of his action he
would find that he hesitated Itecause
the new light on the matter made huge
shadows of the slips in the career of
a strong, lawless, untrained but sorely
tempted man? He knew nothing of
the sort, and the funniest of comedies
took place in the barn. He would
reach the sensible stage. "Pnh! All
foolishness! Go? Of course he'd go,
and this very minute, and have the
thing done with, good or bad." He
was quite amused at his former con
duct until he reached the door; then
he'd skip nimbly back again, with a
hot feeling that somebody was watch
ing him, although a careful inspection
through the crack of the door revealed
Red discovered another thing that
afternoon, which -was that the more
She glanced around as though in search
of some one.
nervous you are the mof e nervous yon
get. He groaned in perfect misery
"Ohobo! That I should have seen th
day when I was afraid to ask anybody
anything! What's come over me any
how? It's this darn country, I be
lieve. 'Tain't me." Then he stopped
6hort. "What you saying, Red?" he
queried. "Why don't you own up like
a man?" The fact that it had a funny
side struck him, and he laughed half
forlornly and half in thorough enjoy
ment. He suddenly sobered down
"She's worth it anyway," said he
"She's the best there is, and. I ought t
feel kind of leery of the outcome
W ell, now I guess I won't say any
thing till there's a downright good
chance. I see I didn't savvy this kind
of business like I thought I did,
'Twouldn't be no kind of manners to
step up to a lady and shout, 'I'd like
to haTe you marry me if you feel you've
got the time!' That don't go no more
than a Chinaman on roller skates
Your work Is good, Red, but it's a lit'
tie lumpy In spots. Them two left feet
bother you. You're good In your place,
but you'd better build a fence around
the place,- d n the luck! Smothera
tion! I think she likes me, all right
. but when it comes to niore'u that
01ju jpjftst it I'll .taut JtBYA. to wait for
OL,:,. ....';.---.. . . -Jilt,
saws wsi : n
a real good" chance! ' Now come, old
man. gft four feet on the ground and
don't roll your eyes. Take It easy till
he chance comes..','..
Little he knew the chance was com
ing up the street 'ill that moment. . Ho
only saw Miss Mattie step out into the
hhI of flowers, her face looking un
usually pretty and youthful under the
big straw hat. and start to reduce the
weeds to order. She glanced around
as though in search of some one, and
Red felt intuitively that the one was
"Here's where I ought to act as if I
wore long pants. said he. "Now,
what's to hinder me from going out
there and get n-talking?" And fhon
he sat down hastily, more disgusted
than ever, and smote the air with
his fist. "You'd think the nicest, quiet
est woman that ever lived was a wild
lenst the way I act; yes, sir, you
Meantime the chance drew nearer.
It was not a pleasant looking oppor
tunity. Its eyes, full of dread anl
dreadful, neeiwl out from beneath a
brush of matted hair. A tough, ropy
foam hung from its mouth. If you
put as much of that foam as would
go on the point of a pin in an open
cut, you would have an end lhat your
worst enemy would shudder at. for
this was the most horrifying of dan
gerous animals a mad dog! Poor
brute! As be came shambling down
the road he was the grisly mask of
It was near noon, intensely hot, and
the street of Fairfield was deserted.
No one saw the dft. and if his occa
sional rattling, strangling howl reach
ed any ears they were dead to its
meaning. He was unheeded until he
lurched through the gate which Let
tis had left open, as usual, and, spin
ning around In a circle, gave voice to
It brpught Miss Mattie to her feet
in an unknown terror; It brought Red
from the barn In a full cognizance
he had heard that sound before when
a mad coyote landed In a cabin full of
fairly strong nerved cowmen and set
them screeching like hysterical wom
en before a chance shot ended him.
Red saw the-' brute jump toward
Miss Mattle. Instinctively his hand
flew to his hip, and instantlshe re-
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ii:tmbprel there was nothing there.
Th"n with great, uneven leaps he
rprang forward. "Keep your bands
np. Mattie. and don't move!" he
screamed. "Let him chew tho dress!
For God's sake, don't move!"
She turned her white face toward
his. and through the dimness of sight
from his straining efforts, he saw her
try to smile as she' obeyed him to the
letter, and without a sound. "Oh.
brave girl!" he thought and threw the
ground behind him desperately.
At twenty feet distance he dove like
a Via so runner, and his hands closed
around the dog's neck. Over they
went with too shock of the onset, and
before they were still the hands had
finished their work. A clutch, and a
snap, and it was done.
The dog lay quivering. Red rose to
his knees, wondering at the humming
in his head. His wits came back to
"DM he bite you. Mattie?" he cried.
.Rut she had already caught his hands
and was looking at them with n sav
age eagerness one would not have be
lieved to be in her..
"There Is no mark," she said, sud
denly weak. "He didn't touch you?"
"Answer me when I speak to youP
shouted Red, beside himself. "Did b.6
She answered him, with a sob. "No."
And then his question asked itself,
and answered itself, although, again,
he did not know it. He gathered her
up i:i his arms, kissed her like or."
railed from the dead and swore and
prayed and thanked God all in th
His old imperious nature came back
with the relief. "Here!" said he, put
ting her away for a moment. "Take
off that dress that slime on there's
enough to kill n hundred men take it
Miss Mattie started blindly to obey,
then stopped. "Not here. Will I'll go
in tho house." she said.
"You'll take It off right here and
now." sail Red, "and I'll burn it up
on the spot. I'd rather have forty rat
tlesnakes arouud than that stuff. Off
with it! This is no child's play andj
I don't care a d u what the old lady
next door thinks."
. .MiS3 Mattie slipped off her outer
skirt and stood a second, confused and
dainty. She took flight to the house,
running as llthely as a greyhound.
"By jingo!" said Red iu admiration.
"Let's see you bring another woman
that can run like that!"
He gathered some hay and piled it
on. the dress, firing the heap.
Then he turned to his antagonist.
'Toor old boy! Hard luck, eh? But I
had totlo it," he said and gave him de
cent interment at the end of the gar
den, washed his bauds carefully and
went luto the house on plcasanter
"I'll ask her now, by the great horn
spoon!" said he valiantly.
Miss. Mattle was In a curious state
of mind. There was an after effect
from the fright which made her trem
ble, rind a remembrance of Cousin
Will's action which made her tremble
more. yet. When she heard him oom
iiis. she started ...to ..fly. .although, now
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deserted !:. u'n.l the v.ns forced to
siu'c bac!: iu her thai:-. Red came In
v.hist'ing litiihely. vai:ig!ovl-.us man!
lie ha 1 his srfc'phMTHis,. generated by
the pecutia fervor Mb r. ilattie had
f-hov.-n i: regard to his htmds.
"MaMl:." ouoth he, "I'm tired of liv
ing out i here in the barn. I want a
respectab'r hone of my own."
"Yes. Will." replied Miss Mattie, as
tonished that he should choose such a
subject at f-nch a -time.
"Yes." he continued, "and I want a
wife too. You often said you'd like
to do something for me, Mattie. Sup
pose you take the job?"
How r.!u h of glancing at a thing In
one's mind a.i a lieautiful improbabil
ity will ever make such a cold fact
less astonishing? Miss Mattie eyed
him with eyes that saw not. Speech
was stricken from her.
Red caught fright. He spring for
ward and took her hand. "Couldn't
you do it. Mattie?"' said he. There
was a world of pleading in the toue.
Miss Mattie looked up. her ewu hon
est self. All the little feminine shriuk
Ings left her i:niie;iiately.
"Ah. but I con id. Will!" she said.
Lettis came up on the stoop unheard.
He stopped, then gingerly turned and
made his way back on tiptoe, holding
his arms like wings.
"Well, by George!" he murmured.
"I'll come back in a little while, when
I'll lie more welcome." !
He spoke to Red in strong reproach
that night in the barn. "You never
told me a word, you old sinner!" said
"Tell you the honest truth, I.et." re-.
plied Red earnestly, looking up from
drawing off a loot. "I didn't know it
myself till you told me about it." j
They talked It all over a long time1
before Mowing out the light, but then '
the little window shut its bright eye,
and the only life the midnight stars 1
saw in I-'airlield was Miss Mattie, her
elbow on the casement, looking far,
far out Into the tranquil night and
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