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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY. AFRIT. 26 T913.
By Ri?LEY D. SAUNDERS
1911. b the BoUvMrrrZ
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v, i. 1 I.. H ,,.,.-n-- ....... ..4 u..o
-""" i... .... rr...i,,,, r.,;w- nt him to ne-
mocked Mary., -.t." -
company lit r iiuo me otu!" iaxi. n
was with a sigh of genuitte disappoint-
"A barn dance oh!"
her pretty nose uptiited. "I'd like to
caa .m.li l-nr ., r in a 111 m HrlTlfP.
? , , . , ' r;:' t Z ; ment that he arose to do her bidding.
Inst like we were living in tbe lack-
show!" he said. "But T don't wonder
not Mrs. sun. I lg to notify you tbat this is T
at Jef- i
"You'd see yourself enjoyin
fine frolic if yon did. yountr lady
: you iuu iue iway iruiu sem iu
Linim Lor- Luiuuri aiwuii. ...... .
:ry Toahunter Entertain tn Grtn
olonk. tomu:nti:k whs
vested in his favorite cane liot
tomeil armchair at ihe far end
of the wide "gallery" extending
across the entire front of hi home, an
old fashioned colonial house of hos
pitable aspect. With Mrs. Toduuu'er
he had Just returned from the I laugh
tern of the Confederacy picrd". and
they were awaiting the arrival of Mary l
nd her escort. Stsni Tucker, before
The Todhunter residence Btoird on the ski'tish horse Statu Tucker drive,
crest of a gentle slope overlooking the j That there mare o' Stam's aint a
pleasing sweep of Missouri countryside i bit more skittish than Mary Todhnntei
that intervened between tbe town of ' herse'if." Colonel Todbtinter responded
Nineveh and the colonel's own peaceful .chuckling- "And they're both a-goin
fields of growinjr rorn. Mrs. Todhunter to 1ve Stam the surprise of his life
Fat dose to lier husband, her hands nnc o thee days. Jut look at Mary,
folded In her iap. her hapr-ines swwt- ; honey! Von'd think she was a kttter
ened eyes contemplatinK the iiastoral
old Vinrtnla reels and cotillions nd a j
mazurka and scbottiscbe or two siitid-,
wiched in between 'eni ain't to be,
sneezed at, let me t?ll you.'' !
The speaker glared at tbe scornful
young couple. Then he chuckled. "And
you ought to ba' played kissin" iranies. :
too," be reFumed " 'Spin the plate' aud ;
'Pleased or dippieased' and "Heavy. ;
heavy, hangs over your bead.' Ure.it
name above, th' aint nothin' like them
there old games for makin' younj; peo-
pie real sociable." i
Mary tossed her head disdainfully.
"Kissing games, indeed'." she cried. ;
"tr that ain't old fashioned. I'd like to
" "Course ifs old fashioned." agreed j
Colonel Todhnnter, the light of relish- j
fuJ teasing in his eyes. "So is kissin' j
itself, for that matter. Bnt I won't ;
trust none of you Nineveh girls le- i
kind the door when there's any kissin
goin' on, old fashioned or no old fitsh-1
j ioned. Miss Mary Todhunter!" !
"Ton onght to be ashamed of your-1
self, father!" cried Mary, mightily in-;
dignact. "What in the world will Mr.
Tucker think T
playin" every one o' your old tricks
ress to the executive mansion
ferstin City, sub." J
. Iteuewed cheering greeted this im- I
posing aunouncement. The Hon. Wil- !
liani J. Strickland took his place lu j
the carriage. Colonel Todhunter fol
lowed him. The mayor of Niueveh.
the editor of the Blade and other lociil I
over again. You ve got good reason ror i celebrities occupied the remaining ve
not wantin me to keep tab on 'em at j hides."
tl.-is late day. inadam." J Captain Sim Birdsong of the Nine-
Tb moon had just moved mnjes- j yeh Ijght infantry, a veteran of the
tically out from behind a little silver i Spanish war. now stiffened until his
edged cloud. Colonel Todhunter's eyes spine was as straight and rigid as a
swept across the softly mellowed Mis- , nnurod. Ordinarily Sim was rather
soiiri night picture. Then be nodded
bis head as if communing with him
self. "You're right hooey." be spoke final
ly. "Good Lord above fts! I'm Just as
much a pert of all this as oar old house
here or the trees and the grass and
them there cornfields 'way 'cross the
pike yonder. Go 'way from Nineveh?
Why. they'd have to pnll me tip by the
roots to make me do it suh!"
"For Governor, William J.
heart swelled with an unselfish
The favorite old Mississippi
steamer. Gray Eagle, now in full view
from where he stood at the Nineveh
"I don't care what Stam thinks, it's j landing, was bringing Homeward the
picture thnt had come to seem a vital
part of her own life.
"They'd letter be almlchty quick ,
aNiut s;ottin' here if they know what's
good for ni." grumbled Colonel Tod
hunter wistfully. "I'm as hungry us a
young hound dog this very minute. I'll
be shot full of holes if my stomach
don't fed like my throat' cm. Mary. 1
could enf n grindstone right now if
no;ndi)(ly'd bust it Up arid pass It to
11:0 on a plate for real vilties!"
"You ought to le Hsliaaiccl of your
self. Colonel Todhuuler." Miiiicd Mrs.
TiHllrinter. '"after that dinner you a:e
ut lh laughters' pi' hi'-. 1 ilec'are t
goodness I was afraid they'd a!! think
yon never got aiivlhiii tit to e.it ut
" h"ii I'm hi :ricd ( having a
gonil npw'ite. Mnn," ; -pi!eil Colonel
TiMl!i'!!itiT. "aid 'special!; if 1 cci
o::ie In tli : 1 day when 1 ain't gi( il.
I'll aL the J!J Marsier up nli.ivc In
c.i!l me to 1 1 : V heavci.lv hon.e. Th' :ti!i't
M lli ill" n
Lord -; I
( a l'ii::ii;
niie 'if her
In' toni fnfil
to I tii'ii away froi,i
w lieu I he good
.;! eie.iiL'Ii In jK'r
in'' erili'i'. Nature
a i.sau sudi li"i:l.
an'l ic'ish hN fuM
ie til I ; uonts for hi
v. il'i hiuisdi', siiiuin'
,-ouinl I ain't
never "cu no trlt!er lit meal times that ',
was Co to do a man's v.nr',;." j
Mrs Todhunter l.-iughed outright.!
"If you're eaiinc to cet ready for bard
work. Ciilonr-i Toll:r.n1cr, I'm certainly'
gla'l to m you cat hearty, because '
you're lil.ely to be kept mighty busy!
lioiiiiaat in' Colonel Strickland for gov-'
ernor of Missouri. You could nominate
yourself n heap eiisier."
"Maybe I could, honey," replied Colo
nel TiHlhunter. "but Hi!! f:: ricUland's n
mighty popular man. nl! 'he same, and
he deserves to le. I re"koti 1 could he
elected eaMier'n bltn. too. knowln' blame '
nigh every Ik-mocnit in Mizzoomh. but;
I'd make a might poor governor. Yon
got to hundle soriM- all fired measly
i!Btnier in politics, and I ain't got;
patience enough to handle 'em right.
That's exactly where old Bill Strick-j
land's got nu lient. lie can use n!l sorts j
o' uieu. crookei and straight, to gain!
honest ends - h" proved it when he
was chairman of the state committee I
aud that's what a governor's got to do
to accomplish anything worth while.!
That's why I'm workin' for Bill Strick-j
land. He ain't only my friend he's
far and away the best man for gover
nor of Mb-.r.oornh visible to the naked
eye at the present writin'."
Mrs. Todhunter's comprehending eyes
rested softly on the colonel's griizled
visage. "Thurston." she said. "I know
better than that. I know letter than
you do why you'd rather have Colonel
Strickland nm for governor than to run
yourself. It's because they couldn't
poll you away from Nineveh and this .
Id home of ours with a yoke of
Something of Incredntons surprise 1
flashed into Colonel Todhunter's face, j
Thn his eyes swept lovingly cross the
familiar Missouri landscape spread out
before him. He looked at Mrs. Tod
hunter and smiled.
"I reckon you've guessed it. honey."
he spoke at last, almost wonderingly. '
"But I'll e tarred and feathered If I !
ever rvalied it until you told me. The
.good ira anove us, Mary, ir I was
elected governor and knew I had to live
ftp yonder in Jeff City for four years 1
I'd die of homesickness the tlrst di-sh I
out o' the box. Th" ain't no money and j
no fame eould py t:.e for doln" it, j
Mrs. Todhcnter's eyes gleamed with
lunghter. "That's you a.i over. Thurs
ton, and I wouldn't have you changed a
syeck. not fcr anything i:i the wond.
No, But even if the dear l.orj himself
fotaLaue lie was wlllln' to do it!"
tOfetonel T'xihc.nier contemplated his
tfo rvely. "That's a mighty lucky
thine Mary." he refilied then, his eyes
twinktbg .lust a trifle. -I.ucky for you
and a blati.ed sight luckier for me.
'cause I reckon I got to stay Just like I
am to the end of the chapter, hor.ey."
At tbat moment the sound of young
voices was heard from the twilight
b.'t!i.ved avenue lending up to the
sef right down by a saucer o' cream
she's so tickled. She's havin' as good s j
time with Stain Tucker as If they i
wan't no such young mnn as Ton '
Strickland in all the world. And right
this minute she wouldn't give Tom
Strickland's little finger for Stam Tuck
er's who'e '-idy and sonl and all olj
Eph Tu' Iit's money thrown in t
Mrs. Todhunter laughed lightly.
"Mary's just beginning to receive com
pany. Colone' Todhunter." she expound
ed. "And. lii;e all girls, she wants t.
have a good time with her beaux. If it
don't happen to be Tom Strickland
that's handy it'll lie Statu Tucker. And
if it isn't St:. it) it'll he somebody else."
"Mrs. Todhunter." returned the colo
nel, you're wustin' your breath tellin'
tue thiugs i:Ue that. I know Mary Tod
litinier. and I knew you when you was
Mary T Miliuutcr's age. If she ain't the
livin' li;.ei:css of what you was then
I II cat my iial. so what can you tell
me that 1 d u't know already? Toia
Stri-klatid v.ill have his bands full
bringin' her to a standstill. I tell you!"
By this time Mary and her es-ort had
reached the In. use and Stam Tucker
was :is-isting her from the buggy. Mrs.
T'cdhiiiile:- Mid the colonel advnuced V
li.'ccl them. "
"Vml'Vr i;ot to stay to supper.
Stain." s;iid Mrs. Todhunter. "I kno v
you m is! be g'Kid :u:d hiKigry. atii
Colonel Tivliiunter will have old Jupi
ter take your Imrse around to the stable.
You and M::ry come right in now."
Stain T::. !ccr gladly accepted the in
vitation, il- colonel calling to old
I'tk ie .li:pitr. the faithful family re
tainer, to take charge of the bay marc,
at'd then the Todbunters and their
guest went in to supper.
But. hungry though he bad declared
himself a;a! grateful as was the Mis
souri siipiier of fried chicken, eg
true all tbe same,
Todhunter rravely. "And what's in it
to be ashamed of? The trouble with
you yoong folks nowadays is that yon '.
are skeered to death o' bein' natural. ;
You know you've got to piny the old
game, but you think you're smart
enough to play it in a new way and
you ain't. All you do is to spoil the
game like today. I didn't see ary sin
gle one o" you do a real natural thing
from liegincin' to end. and I had my
eyes peeled every last blessed minutel"
"l au vouch for that!" laughed Mrs.
Todhunter. "'Yon can't keep yourself
out of young people's affairs to save
your life. Thurston."
"1 want to help 'em along, that's
why." chuckled Colonel Todhunter.
"But I must say I had mighty hard
sleddiif on that there job this day!"
At this every one laughed.
"Anyway." continued Colonel Tod
hunter as they left the supper table
and returned to the front gallery, "it's
more the f.tuit o" the young men than
it is of the girls. I'll be fia ui-jiggered
if it ain't I never saw such a lot of
I'll run if-yon touch-me beanr. since the
good Lord mude me. Aiu't that so.
"I hope not. colonel." replied Stam
Tucker, laughing. "I certainly did my
lust to give Miss M.-ry and the other
young ladies a good time." He looked
a bit reproachfully at Mary as be
"Indeed you did. Strtm!" said Mary
oui-'kly. remember!:. g Tom Strickland's
hitter treatment by tier. You're just
i's nice an escort as ai:y girl could
si. (Tel in' panel.,
just the trouble.
Nineveh boys i
au awkward young Missouriaii, saudy
haired, freckle faced and easily abash
ed. But he became fiercely martial
the moment be donned his regimentals.
"Cunip'ny, 'tenshun-n-n!' roared Cap
tain Sim. "Carry humps! Shoulder
humps! Right fo'ward fo's right
march! Col'm right march!"
Even as the thrilling commands
were given and the Niueveh Light in
fantry, in column of fours. cauie
swinging on and took its station in
front of the Strickland carriage the
Nineveh brass band at the head of the
column struck up "Stars and Stripes
Forever!" and the first parade of the
Strickland campaign for the gover
norship of Missouri was under way.
"Seems to me. Bill," said Colonel
Todhunter as the carriage moved off.
"that you came out for tbe nomination
at exactly tbe right minute in that St.
Louis announcement of your'n. The
returned Colonel j Hon. William .1. Strickland of Nineveh. ! old machiue crowd's a-bakiu'
Best Office Building
2d Ave, 17ch Sc.
el" he mo-ked.
re good enoug
. but il. at
The sort o'
that I losses
and carry in'
don't count for
niiia they like is
ei.i around, that
throws his handkerchief at
makes 'em come when he i
none of von Nineveh sparks
V ' W ft IV Mi 1.IJILU4 a
mm i 1 MM
I &U a -T IB ' 'WHU M I
h.:e sand enough for that. You needn't
tei! iiie you've got it. Stam Tin ker, and
not even T.ni t ; ii khind"
"Speak of the angels, colonel." Tom
Strickland's own voh e '"iterposed from
the lowest step of the gallery, "and
you hear the Huiter of their wings!"
"No. 1 don't, nut by a jugful." retort
ed Colonel Tc.dl:u'i!cr. unru!n.'d.
"When any of you Strickauds begin
sproutin' wings, the world's com in' to
an end. How ore you. Tom? I didn't
know you were there!"
"Why diun't you come in to supper.
Tom?" asked Mrs. Todhuuter.
"1 had supper at home, thank you,
Mrs. Todhunter." answered the young
man. ascending to join the little group
as be spoke. "Howdy. Miss Mary!
Hope you're not feeling tired after the
picnic. How are you. Stam';"
The jealous antagonism between the
two youug men made itself instantly
felt. Stam Tucker plainly resented
I Tom's entrance upon the scene. The
lnrtAf a nlolnlr chnn-ml Oiqt 1 . n 1 1 i .1
i come purposely to l e in his rival's way.
Tbe situation was greatly to Colonel
Todhunter's humorous liking.
"'Veil, woll T be exclaimed innocent
ly. "Great Scott and Maria, you must
have hot footed it away from your vit
tles, young nmn! If your daildy'll only
get such a move on for governor we'll
win hands down!"
at last an avowed candidate for the j
Democratic uominaUoo for governor of '.
Colonel Todhunter himself had or- !
ganized the public reception at- this !
very moment awaiting the most distin-
guLsbed of Nineveh's citizens. "I'll tie
shot full o" holes, suh." he said to Dick ;
Cantrill. editor and proprietor of the:
Nineveh Weekly Blade, "if we don't ;
show the people of this here state what
old Bill Str:cklal'.s home folks think
of him. anyway. Th' ain't nothin' more
helpful to a candidate than provin' !
that them as knows the most about
him has the least agains; him. suh." I
"What aliout Squire Tucker's opposi-
tioti. colonel?" asked Ik C.mtiill.
"That's letter'n his indorsement,
suh!" retorted Colone! Todhtinler.
"Long as I've known Hi!! Strickland
if I knew old Eph Tucker was sup
Iiortin" him I'd 1k against him "li sus
picion. s;ih. blamed if I wou'dn't!"
Knov.iicr the speaker Ix-'ter than he
knew hijnse'f. !h U ';i;!ri I laughed.
Colonel T.xHiuntcr and Coloue! Strick
land . were friends f;.:n boyhood,
l-'rlendsliip was something in the na
ture oT a religion with Colore! Toil
hutiter. In his simple ere 'd It,, did not
simply "iil.e" his friends. Me hived
them wit!; a trustful ste::dfast:ie- that
knew no limitation.-; of Ij.vaity or of
"Barrin his wife and children. ?uh."
Colonel Tou!u:::iiT v. as vo:it to s.ty.
"a man's frU-nd- is all that's wo.-th
v.lil'e in tills here world of oitr'n. And
his old friends. t!ie :i t'i::t was young
wit!i hi::! vheii be was uiakin as many
I"c:c:i: Ui::tl'T a fool f himse f as
the law r.ilo.vs -well. si:h. th' ain't no
p.rice can be set oti 'Pin. neplnv gold
i:or rubles nor 'jasper nor l ratilcinccns
and ni;.rih. as the goo.! bonk !;iys,s;ili!"
I olo:,c! 'i'odhunti r had been vastly
in; pa '.lent for the return of t!ie Hon.
William .1 Strickland. When t!i
(iray I'agle rounded the betid in the
liver two miles below .Niiie-eh and
w;;!;cd 'lie Missou-i echoes with the
tivilow tunefulness of Ikt famous bari
tone whistle the colonel's face hevau'.
splemli l'y ii!i::r,ined
"There he conies, folks!" he cried.
"There corm;s old Bill Sirici; :td. the
in::! we're a-goin' to nou:i.:.. !e and
elect governor of Mizxonrah! All
ready, now? Hip. hip. hi.oray!"
A mighty cheer rose from the crowd
assembled on the Nineveh wharf lnuit
, and smote afar the ears of Colonel
Bill Strickland where he stood lieside
' Captain Beverly Ix-igh on the (iray ;
llarlc's upper deck. The candidate's 1
eyes t winkled as they met those of the !
: weatherlteateu riverman. '
. "'That's old Thurs T. Todhunter's do- :
tug. Bev." he Soke. "I'll bet he's got i
nigh aliout all the male iopulation of '
i Niaeveh rallyin' arouud bim at that .
landing. The old rascal!"
Once uwre the cheering from Nine-;
veh throats rose as the Gray Eagle j
neared the landing, and the Hon. Wil- i
Ham J. Strickland waved his band to- I
ward the waiting multitude. It in-
creased In vohime as he made his way '
downward until he stooil pictorial! ;
framed In at the farther end of tbe j
lowered gangplank. It was a great j
moment for Nineveh.
Already the Nineveh brass band was
playinjj "Hail to the Chief!" with th-e- j
mendons fervor. Tiie gorgeously urd- j
: forited Nineve Light infantry stood j
as bad as I wanted to call on Miss
j Mary this evening. I'll back him for a
You;vt cot to star to limner. Stam,- ; u -.,.
Tom Strickland laughed. "It all de- ' V i I, , u
, ... . . . , . : hind the band All Nineveh, it seem
pends, colonel, he made pointed an- . ,, . . ...
. .. . .. . ' . . i ed. was assembled back of them on
swer. "on how badly mv father wants ' .... . .
, ' the wharf boat and along the imme-
to be governor. If he wants it half : , , at otV,.
said Mrs. Todheinter.
bread, butter beans and corn on the
ear, with coffee made under Mrs. Tod
hunter's own sdfieTvifcioe.. Colonel Tod
hunter found time to divert himself
vastly with the two yoang people.
"You boys and girts these days are a
mighty low spirited lot," he announced
gravely. "I was a-etndyin' all of you i tary strain.
I lug split tbe air with shouts of high
! acclaim as the well known figure of
j Colonel Bill Strickland crossed the
. steamer's gangplank. The next mo
1 ment Colonel Thurs T. Todhunter. ad-
ant jog. was seen to grasp his hand.
Each mau accomplished a .splendid
cavaiier sweep of his wide brimmed
soft bat. Then they stood facing each
other in a fine attitude of cordial dig
nitv. Thv were nrime tvnes of two
remark that eased the niomen- , of the four straics of r,ioIH.er blood
1 1 f4 note ' tkf n I ten xrftm tin m i a
j takable. Stam Tucker's face darkened
' with auger. Marv Todhunter biashed
to the roots of her hair. The colonel's j
I grim lips twitched with amnsed ap- j
; proval. his eyes twinkling under their '
j shaggy gray brows. But Mrs. Tod-
' hunter came to the rescue with some
at the Daughters' picnic, and I never!
in all my born days saw young folks
miss so many chances for hyln' fun.";
"Way., father!" indignantly cried'
M;;ry. "I taiuk v.e had the nicest kind
f a tine 5 know I did.
Diui: t yoa. Mr. Tucker?"
"Itide .l. 1 drd. Miss Mary." promptly
replliii S:a:n Tucker, but with a dis-!
comforting rwollection of Tom Strick-i
land in his mind. "And il certainly
was a big s.iccess for tbe Daughters. '
too. TUey must have made a lot for'
the Soldiers" hi inc. I shou.d think."
"They'd ha' made a Im more." said
house. Then a hugr-y drawn by a high J Colonel Todhunter. "if you iouug eo
btepoiag bay mare came Into view. pie had lieen uio:t'ii b.of :iiive. What
"That Mary and Statu Tucker ' the Daiu-hiers ought to ha" d.cie was
now." ...ill Mrs. Todhunter. "And I'm to have a k1 :.! f.:..hio,e.1 ;!dd eroii;
i'td IJcrjr's home. I Cuu'i i.ke that tiic.e anil vt up a U our a daacte.
A little later she and Colonel Tod
hunter withdrew to their own end of
the gallery, leaving Mary to entertain
her callers. Colonel Todhunter was
"I-ord. Mary." he confided to his
... ' . rH,a : emotional endowment tha
").ii i air ci'iiiiii iwrier n ro get at ; )i;jriiri
earn other. Ii.-.mmer and totigs. th:s
very minute! I declare, honey, this
here old worl-1 r.f our'n ilon't change a
bit. It's precisely )ik our own youns
days. I'll ! eteniaily whipsawed If
it ain't, and it's been that way for all
Time as it was p. the lieginnia'. is
now and ever shall h: world without
end. a me::'" '
And so jirofoitr.d'y inferestel wa tbe
cy;o:i. that he v.o ;!.! plsdty hive 'iii
t'ered lu ste w"ui-.ii of the two ioaa;
that are ii.'ended in the Missouri type I
itself. Colonel Todhnnter coming of '
Kentucky stock and Colonel Strick-
iand of Tennessee. Virginia and New j
England were the other contributors .
to the blend. The three southern
states named rre responsible for the
spellbinder" long famous
en tb toiti;. The eastern states bars
supplied tht cooler, steadier and more .
practical s".-ai:i that couti:i:tes Mis
souri's balance whjfi in character ad- ,
Li.iking arms. Colonel Todhunter
and the Hon, Wi!iiaiu J Strickland
move.1 through the applauding bosU
to uu o;.i.-ii carriage.
"After ?::. suh.
nmiier. cercuior in'ts
pauiuju to iLe scat
Yancey to a fare you well, and the peo- ;
pie's sick and tired of the whole out- '
fit. suh. I miss my guess if th' ain't a 1
stampede in your direction."
Colonel Bill Strickland smiled doubt
fully. "Our side seems to think that
I'm the lest man to make the race.
Thurs." he spoke, "but you're 'way off
if you think there ain't goiu' to be a !
fight. It'll be liot and heavy straight '
down the line. Whoever wins will win
after the toughest scrabble you and i
me ever saw ia Missouri politics, my
"1 ain't object in" none to a tight."
said Colonel Todhunter, "But this is
the fust time in the history of Miz.oo- j
rah that the Democrats nominate their
candidate far governor at the polls
'stead of in a nominal in' coin cntion.
nnd 1 b'iieve they're si goin to make
sure of au honest mau. It looks good
to me. sub."
Bausing for just a moment !:e re
.stime 1. 'Here's the way I size up the
situation. Mi.w-uah Democrats know
now that the old gang is cii.oUeder'n
n d'g's hind leg. suh. They know
you've been fror.cn oat of the state
i 'otuni.ttee chairmanship because that
bunch ain't got no more use tor you'll
a boss thief's got for a square sheriff.
You stand tor a letiiru to straight poli
tics in their eyes. And now the voters
don't have to have the i,..uiiiiatin
business to a convention that's fuller
of tricks'n a cur dog is of tlca.s. still.
That's why I'm a-coiiuiiu on your
.Maybe so." replied the other "But
the nuichlne's.goiug, to tight mo all it
t I: nous how from start to nulsli. Tbe
tight'll begin right here in my own
town. Old l"p!i Tucker, the richest
man in Nineveh, is Stephen K. Yan
cey's persona! representative in Ill's
i.e. '; o" the v, nods, and old Eph Tucker
hates t:;t no haij it keeps him awake
"Well. su!i." chuckled Colonel Tod
; hunter, "if the old gang waits for Lpii
Tucker to spend any of his money in
politics they'll wait a mighty long time,
sub. He siuce:'.es ev'y dollar o' hl.-'n .
til! the eagle screams and Hies back i
iaio his own po. Let. and you know il."
Colonel Strickland laughed Sudden
ly he heid up one finger. "What's
A sound of strident music, punctii.it- ,
ed by tcnitie ;:nd hollow thumpings 1
at rhythmic intervals, cume from the
little st sip of Nilieich lying between .
i them and the town ball.
The light of battle leaped into Colo
j nel Todhunter's eyes. "I'll be eternat
! ly llimtlamuied." he cried, "if it ain't
that there NitiPteh bugle and drum
corps that's been cavnortin' 'round here
at the head of the Stephen K. Yancey
Campaign club! Y'ou look a-here. Bil!
Strickland! If thorn fellows has hud
the impudence to turn out on parade
when we're a-welcomin" you home tc
Nineveh 111 sick our !wys on to "em as
sure as tny name"s Thurs T. Todhun
Colonel Strickland was laughing out
right. "What did I tell yon?" be said
"They haven't lost any time declaring
was. and somebody's paying good mon
ey for it too!"
Colonel Todhunter leaned out of the
carriage and spoke to the nearest
Strickland partisan. "You run up yon
der at the head of that there band."
he said, "and tell Samson Meek to
come back hera a minute. 1 want to
, see him."
j Samson Meek, leader of the Nineveh
brass band, hurried back. He, was so
! buttoned up nnd padded in his gor
geous drum majors uniform, topped
off with a gigantic fnr shako, that the
sweat (.oured flown his lank and hon
est Missouri face like rain.
"Samson." spoke Colonel Todhunter
i ominously, "if w run across that Ste
1 phen K. Yancey bugle and drum corps.
' I want you to drown 'em out and keep
1 'em drowned out. suh. Do yon under
Samson Meek brought hi baton o
i a present. "Colonel Todhunter, we'd
1 smother 'em, suh. 1 just been waiting
i for the chance."
"Jben you go back and toll your
horn tooters what's existed of 'em.
suh." commanded Co!otiel Toihuutor
"'Spe-ially that little fat fellow with
the horn bigger'u he is. Tell l.im t
blow himse. f inside out. This here
Strickland parade ai.i't a-goii' to be
in:crr.;i te i by no Sieve Yuticey arcl
Kp'i Tucker foolishness as long :n I'm
in charge of the '.velcocje cereaioii.ee.
Then be tvrued l.i Colniii-; Bill Slrick
land. "Tl.at settles i;. t;!i!" be snort
ed. "I ll be -:io lull o' laces If I don't
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ini er'al .".!i:'zoorn!i howl for William i
.1. Strickland, ioo. suh; hang my pic-;
tare if I don't !"
In full view of the parading crowd
Colonel I'.ill Strickland grasped Colonel
'J'odhutlter' l;:;nd. "You old war
horse!" he cried. "I'd rather have you
stumping Missouri for me than all the
state committee spellbinders thnt ever
brent bed the breath of life! Bully for
you. Thais! We'll tight 'em to the
hist jlitch!" Ureat was the cheering at
But the Strickland parade did not
encounter the Nineveh bule and drum
corps and th? Stephen K. Y'ancey Cam
paign club at this Juncture.
The encounter came later.
It came at that tremendous moment
when Colonel Thurston T. Todhunter,
majestic on the town hall stage, was
just reaching the fervid peroration of
a speech that was to close with the In
spirinv mention of the name of the
Honorable William J. Strickland as
Missouri nomocracy's sure choice for
It was a premeditated blow at the
glory of the Todhunter brnnd of ora
tory, the cherished pride of Colonel
Thurs T. Todhunter's ardent soul.
Kntering tbe town hall,snd defiantly
marching up the main corridor to the
wide double doors that gave a view of
the Strickland meeting, the Nineveh
huzle and drum corps, heading the
Stephen K. Y'ancey Campaign club,
awoke the resontiding echoes.
Never. It would seem, had earth
beard such clamor of trumpet, and
It crashed into and through the town
hall assembly room. It rose to the
roof and ctt.ic thundering buck into
the aisles. It smote I he ears as with
cataclysmic li!ts of sound. It stilled
the eloii:-nce of 'n'.o;:el Thurs T. Tod-
The Nineveh brass band and the
Nineveh Light infantry deployed into
the corridor and charged upon the en
emy. It was an assault sonorous and Ir
resistible. Its slogan was "Hail Co
lumbia'." This gave the bi horns an
almost unearthly opportunity. The
"little fat fellow with the born bls
ger'n him" seemed revived to obey
Colonel Todhunter's Injunction and
"blow himself inside out." His fel
lows followed IiIh example. The re
sultant .cyclone of wind clamor wiped
out the Nineveh bugle and drum corps
as if it had not l-en Triumph shone
on the face of Drum Major Samson
Meek, truculently waving his glitter
But an ominous cry rose from bis
front "Kush 'em, boys! Make a rough
house!" Even as the Strickland forces leaned
forward for a countering rush into
com but. however, a resolute tigurs
sprang in between the battle lines. It
was the figure of Constable I'ete Fun
Shaw, embodying the law of Nineieh.
It waved a sternly forbidding hand for
"None o' thnt. yon lioys!" he shout
ed. "1 ain't takin" no sides, but till
here's a public meet in' and it's my
sworn duty to see that there ain't no
disturb)!! of the peace Stain Tucker!
you turn your men right around and
march 'em out o' here double iiick!
And you. Tom Strickland, unit your
edgin up to git a lick at Stain! There
aiu't goiu' to be im lihtin' beie Him
load o' rtoles!"
Every young chap in
Pete Fanshaw's fiber
strainlugly between the
! not to be trifled uitl.
i he could enlist either fa. i ion under il
lie -tood re
lines lie wa I
If ne essi.r.-
standard of the law. to punish the ag-
hunter as if th-i." mighty speaker were j gressor if battle were precipitated
an infant lifii.ig voice against the Stamford Tucker glowered at blin
voice of eletacMtal chaos i for a moment. Then hi eves niirrow-
sa!d Colonel Tol-
;y wavr.ig b:s cvu-
ol houur. "And,
lai e the st:i:up f:.r o;i iiiy;l
S.rb t.l..iid. if t!.ey're !aiii:f il:
rig'ii Pi m i:.- o-.v.i tovi :i. ::li. l'
. And Cfi'ond
Then the lust
fhimcd from his
waved his rp-rht
be shfiiited. "You
I ftia't done yet '."
And ihe gaii.itit Si'n.v.il 1
to the iwca-i us With a i: i:
of h.s batoii be rallied his
ill close order Uhi:i.l hint.
Sim Bird.'i.nt'. im hs d
fo-iaei! ihe Nii'evcb l.'.!:t pifantry
line Udiinil Ihe ba;.i. Tlcic .va-.
irtagriaivnt llnnr'-ti ut s..s.!i .'dec
of r!;:hteo,iK linttlet
ind-n.i' t c.-.ch He
ban I with a Jovian ;
'em away. '.tiiisonr"i
ind Sim l'.'::'ds(,iig. 1
a vciiouiic.:s Hush at Toi.i Strick
t:-u;e joti coiv boa.o, suli. I'll iiiake i
silv er ktiobU-d
At last. Millenlv. Tucker ave the or
(!er that ct the Yaiiiey cl.ia in nmiioii
to aba-.ldoli 1 he held
War bad lieen aterted
Aral live iiiinniei l iter, a'ain rettinit
up steal i. Colonel To ! hunter i ompiete;)
his sj , h Tin Hun William .1 Sti b k
land advaieci! lot lie fn.:i of 1i:est.i;:i'
iiiid begin his own addios Sou thi
first niliv of the Strickland campaign
for the go". !'ii i - ; t ; i o( Missouri icace.
Hilly r-u-i.. .1 ii appointed liui.di. ac.l
the c; , d il i i -i-d
. ice. a ipiici
I - All the ny.-a all the ;:3i-Tne Argus.