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THE WILLIAMS NEWS
Ifti S5 . Jira HI. !EPLNjX3IEiL 111 Jql II SYNOPSIS. Warned by his physician that ha haa not more than six months to live. Falling sits despondently on a park bench, wondering where he should spend those six months. A friendly squirrel practically decides the matter for him. His blood is pioneer blood, and he decides to end his days in the forests of Ore . (on. Memories of his grandfather and a deep love for all things of the wild help him In reaching a decision. In I a large southern. Oregon city he meets people who had known and loved his grand father, a famous frontiersman. Me makes his home with Silas Lennox, a typical westerner. The only oth er members of the household are Lennox's son. "Bill." and daugh ter, "Snowbird." Their abode is many miles from "civilization," In the TJmpqua divide, and there Failing plans to live out the short span of life which he has been told Is his. His extreme weakness In the face of even a slight exer tion convinces him that the doctor had made a correct diagnosis of his 'case. From the first Failing's health shows a marked Improve ment, and In the companionship of Lennox and his son and daughter he fits Into the woods life as If he had been born to It. By quick thinking and a remarkable display of "nerve" he saves Lennox's life and his own when they are at tacked by a mad ' coyote. Lennox declares he Is a reincarnation of his grandfather. Can Failing I. whose fame as a woodsman la a household word. CHAPTER III Continued. "Of course but sit down now, any way. I'm sorry that Snowbird Isn't here. "Snowbird la " "My daughter. My boy, she can ' make a biscuit ! That's not her name, of coarse, bat we've always called her that. She got tired of keeping house and la working this summer. Poor BUI has to keep house for her, and no wonder he's eager to take the stock down to the lower levels. I only wish he hadn't brought f'em tip this spring at all ; ,rve lost dozens from the coyotes." ."But a coyote can't kill cattle "It can If It has hydrophobia, a com mon thing In the varmints this time of year. But as I say, Bill will take the stock down next season, and then Snowbird's work will be through, and shell come back here. "Then she's down In the valley?" "Far from" It. She's a mountain girl if one ever lived. Perhaps you don't know the recent policy of the forest service to hire women when they can be obtained. It was a policy started in war times and kept up now because it Is economical and efficient. She and a girl from college have a cabin not five miles from here on old Bald mountain, and they're doing look out duty." Dan wondered Intensely what look out duty might be. "You see. Dan," Lennox said In explanation, "the gov ernment loses thousands of dollars every year by forest fire. A fire can be stopped easily If it Is seen soon after It starts. But let It burn awhile. In this dry season, and It's a terror a wall -of flame that races through the forests and can hardly be stopped. And maybe you don't realize how enormous this region Is literally hun dreds of miles across. We're the last outpost there are four cabins, if you can find them. In the first seventy miles back to town. So they have to put lookouts on the high points, and now they're coming to the use of air planes so they can keep even a better watch. Snowbird and a girl friend from college got Jobs this summer as lookouts all through the forest serv ice they are hiring women for the work. They are more vigilant than men, less Inclined to take chances, and work cheaper. These two girls have a cabin near a spring, and they cook their own food, and are making what is big wages In the mountains. I'm rather hoping shell drop over for a few minutes tonight." "Good Lord does she travel over these hills In the darkness?" The mountaineer laughed a de lighted sound that came somewhat curiously from the bearded lips of the stern, dark man. "Dan, ril swear she's afraid of nothing that walks the face of the earth and It Isn't because she hasn't had experience either. She's a dead shot with a pistol, for one thing. She's physically strong, and every muscle Is hard as nails. She used to have Shag, too the best dog In all these mountains. She's a mountain girl, I tell yoa ; whoever wins her has got to be able to tame her!" The mountaineer laughed again. The call to supper came then, and Dan got his first sight of mountain food." There were potatoes, newly dug, mountain vegetables that were crisp and cold, a steak of peculiar shape, and a great bowl of purple ber ries to be eaten with sugar and cream. I Dan's appetite was not as a rule par ticularly good. But evidently the long ride had affected him. He simply didn't have the moral courage to re fuse win n the elder Lennox heaped his plate. . "Good heavens, I can't eat all that,' he said, as it was passed to him. But the others laughed and told him to take .heart. He took heart. It was a singular thing, but at that first bite his sudden confidence In his gustatory ability al most overwhelmed him. So he cut himself a bite of the tender steak fully half as generous as the bites that Bill was consuming across the table, And Its first flavor simply filled him with delight. "What is this meat?" he asked. "I've certainly tasted it before." "ril bet a few dollars that you haven't, if you've lived all your life In the Middle West." Lennox an swered. "Maybe you've got what the scientists call an Inherited memory of It. It's the kind of meat your grand father used to live on venison." Soon after, dinner Lennox led him out of the house for his first glimpse of the hills In the darkness. They walked together out to the gate, across the first of the wide pas tures where, at certain seasons, Len nox kept his cattle; and at last they came out upon the tree-covered ridge. The moon was Just rising. They could see it casting a curious glint over the very tips of the pines. But It couldn't get down between them. They stood too close, too tall and thick for that. And for a moment, Dan's only sensa tion was one of silence. "You have to stand still a moment, to really know' anything," Lennox told him. They both stood still. Dan was as motionless as that day In the park. long weeks before, when the squirrel had climbed on his shoulder. The first effect was a sensation that the silence Standing In the Shadows, He Simply Watched Her. was deepening around them. It wasn't really true. It was simply that he had become aware of the little con tinuous sounds of which usually he was unconscious, and they tended to accentuate the hush of the night. He knew, Just as all mountaineers know, that - the wilderness about him was stirring and pulsing with life. Some of the sounds were quite clear an occasional stir of a pebble or the crack of a twig, and some, like the faintest twitching of leaves in the brush not t'n feet distant, could only be guessed at. "'What is making the sounds?" he asked. He didn't know It, at the time, but Lennox turned quickly toward him. It wasn't that the question had surprised the mountaineer. ' Rather it was the tone In which Dan had spoken. It was perfectly cool, perfectly self-contained. "The one right close Is a chipmunk. I don't know what the others are; no one ever does know. Perhaps ground squirrels, or' rabbits, or birds, and maybe one of those harmless old black bears who Is curious about the house. And tell me can you smell any thing" "Good Lord, Lennox I I can smell all kinds of things." Tm glad. Some men can't. No one can enjoy the woods If he can't smell. Part of the smells are of flowers, and part of balsam, and God only knows what the others are. They are Just the wilderness " Dan could not only perceive the smells and sounds, but he felt thai they were leaving an Imprint on the very 'fiber of his soul. He knew one thing. He knew he could never for get this first introduction to the moun tain night. The whole scene moved him In strange, deep ways In which he had never been stirred before; It left him exultant and, In deep wells of his nature far below the usual cur rents of excitement, a little excited too. Then both of them were startled out of their reflections by the clear, unmistakable sound of footsteps on the ridge. Both , of them turned, and Lennox laughed softly In the dark ness. "My daughter," he said. "I knew she wouldn't be afraid to come." Dan could see only Snowbird's out line at first. Just her shadow against the moonlit hillside. His glasses were none too good at long range. And possibly, when she came within range, the first thing that he noticed about her was her stride. The girls he knew didn't walk In quite that free, strong way. She took almost a man- size step ; and yet It was curious that she did not seem ungraceful. Dan had a distinct Impression that she was floating down to him on the moonlight. She seemed to come with such unut terable smoothness. And then he heard her call lightly through the darkness. The sound gave him a distinct sense of surprise. Some way, he hadn't as sociated a voice like this with a moun tain girl ; he had supposed that there would be so many harshenipg influ ences in this wild place. Yet the tone was as clear and full as a trained singer's. It was not a high voice; and yet it seemed simply brimming, as a cup brims with wine, with the rap ture of life. It was a self-confident voice too. wholly unaffected and sin cere, and wholly without embarrass ment. Then she came close, and Dan saw the moonlight on her face. And so It came about, whether In dreams or wakefulness, he could see nothing else for many hours to come. The girl who stood In the moonlight had health. She was simply vibrant with health. It brought a light to her eyes, and a color to her cheeks, and life and shimmer to her moonlit hair. It brought curves to her body, and strength and firmness to her limbs, and the grace of a deef to her car riage. Whether she had regular lea tares or not Dan would have been un able to state. He didn't even notice. They weren't Important when health was present. Yet there was nothing of the coarse or bold or voluptuous about her. She was Just a slender girl, perhaps twenty years of age, and weighing-even less than the figure oc casionally to be read In the health magazines for girls of her height. Ana she was fresh and cool beyond all words to tell. And Dan had no delusions about her attitude toward him. For a long Instant she turned her keen, young eyes to his . white, thin face ; and at once It became abundantly evident that beyond a few girlish speculations she felt no Interest In him. After a single moment of rather strained, po lite conversation with Dan Just enough to satisfy her Idea of the con ventions she began a thrilling girl hood tale to her father. And she was still telling It when they reached the house. Dan held a chair for her in front of the fireplace, and she took it with en tire naturalness. He was careful to put It where the firelight was at Its height. He .wanted to see Its effect on the flushed cheeks, the soft dark hair. And then, standing in the shadows, he simply watched her. With the eye of an artist he delighted In her gestures, her rippling enthusiasm, her utter ir repressible girlishness that all of time had not years enough to kill. Bill stood watching her, his hands deep In his pockets, evidently a com panion of . the best. Her father gazed at her with amused tolerance. And Dai "ie didn't know In Just what way he lii look at her. And he didn't have time to decide. In less than fifteen minutes, and wholly without warning. she sprang up from her chair and started toward the door. Good Lord!" Dan breathed. "If you make such sudden motions as that I'll have heart failure. Where are you going now?" Back to my watch," she answered. her tone wholly lacking the personal note which men have learned to ex pect In the voices of women. And an. instant later the three of them saw her retreating shadow as she vanished among the pines. Dan bad to be helped to bed. The long ride had been too hard on his shattered lungs ; and nerves and body collapsed an instant after the door was closed behind the departing girt. He laughed weakly and begged their pardon ; and the two men were really very gentle. They told him It was their own fault for permitting him to overdo. Lennox himself blew out the candle In the big. cold bedroom. SUCCESS IN RAISING GEESE Fowls Subsist Largely on Grass Dur ing Growing Season, and Require Little Attention. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) Practically all the geese in this country are raised In small flocks on general farms, and few, If any, farms are devoted entirely to raising geese. Geese can be raised successfully In small numbers and at a profit on farms where there Is plenty of grass or pasture land with a natural supply of water. The birds, both young and old, are -very hardy and are rarely af fected by any disease or insect pests. Grass makes up the bulk of the feed for geese, and It Is doubtful wheth er It pays to1 raise them unless good grass range is available. Geese are the closest known grazers, and both the mature geese and the partially grown goslings will get their entire living from a good pasture so long as the grass remains green. A body of water where they can swim is considered essential . during the breeding season, and is desirable dur ing the rest of the year. If there Is no natural pond, an artificial one or tanks may be supplied to advantage. The market for geese Is not so gen eral as for chickens ; this fact should be considered, poultry specialists in rhe United States Department of Ag riculture say, in undertaking to raise geese. The demand and the price paid for geese are usually good in sections where geese fattenlng is conducted on a large scale. Geese are fed a ration to produce eggs during the latter part of the win ter (about February X, in the north eastern section of this country) or so that the goslings will be hatched by the time there Is good grass pasture. They are allowed to make ne'sts on the floor of the house, or large boxes, barrels, or shelters are provided for that purpose. Goslings hatched under hens should be examined for head lice, and a little grease lard ory vaseline applied with the fingers on the head and neck Some breeders who hatch with both geese and hens give all the goslings to the geese, which make the best moth- In Hard Luck. A few months ago, when writing a letter to a girl I had recently met. I placed it in the desk drawer un sealed and later mailed It. About a week after I received a formal note. thanking me for a little file I had In closed, and adding that really she saw no reason why I should go to such trouDie wnen she already had a com plete Ivory set. Apologies were In or der, and I tried to be as diplomatic as possible in explaining that in the drawer I temporarily put the letter I have any number of trinkets and, un knowing to me, the file must have slipped In. Chicago Tribune. One Hopeful Feature. Christopher Morley reprints In the New York Evening Post the following "full-page sable-ruled advt." In n "garment weekly:" "You will share our deep sorrow at the death of Mr. . He was the founder and organ izer of the company, which will con tinue to bear his name. Due to the discontinuance of "business for a week, there has accumulated an enormous stock of suits and coats which we will dispose of at an unusually low price. This Is an opportunity which you cannot afford to miss." Undoubtedly. Old Man "And if you had $500 and multiplied It by two, what would you get?" Little Boy "A motor car." He Knew. "Willie, I suppose you know what a caterpillar is?" "Yes'm. it's an up-, holstered worm." Latest Invasion. First Suffragette Hobo What be came of Weary Millie Walk-a-way V Second Suffragette Hobo She and Dustina Rhoades were riding the rods of a Santa Fe east-bound, when Weary Millie let loose to put her hat on straight." Judge. Disproving an Adage "This show makes me tired," said Borleigh. "I don't think there is anything- new under the sun." "Perhaps not," replied Mrs. Bor leigh; "but unless I am greatly mis taken, Robert" is sitting on your new opera hat." Judge. Persistent. "Our sins are sure to find us out,"" quoted the Wise Guy. "Yes, but they have an unpleasant. habit of calling again," added the Sim ple Mug. What's the Use? "Why don't you get In the habit of going to the dictionary when yoa want to know how to spell a word?" "I do occasionally, but somehow the dictionary always has it wrong." THEY SPREAD DISEASE Kill All Flies! Placed anywhere. DAISY FLY KILLER attracts and kill U ibea. Neat, clean, ornamental, convenient and cnemp. ait sea son. flCade of metal. can't BDUl or tin overt will not anil orhainra anything;. Gomranteed. PLY KILLER at voTzr dealer or S by EXPRESS, repaid. $1-25-pitnrfn SOMERS. 160 De K&lb Ave.. Brooklyn. . X. "A CARPET OF GREEN" la Montgomery County there Is av r chance for the white farmer. Por booklet. Farm Bee, 21S Bell J31d. 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Millions of all ages take them for Biliousness. Dizziness, Sick Headache. Upset Stomach and for Sallow. Pimply, Blotchy SkitLrThey end the misery of ConstloaHonA nainebear S&ZgZZeC SD PU1; Small Dost- SmmB frit, ROOM FOR YOUNGER CRITICS They Have a Place In the World and a Duty That Is Well Worth Performing. Geese Grow Rapidly and Are Rarely Affected With Disease. The next installment of "The Voice of the Pack" im parts to Dan Failing- the exist ence of an organised band of outlaws. rs. A few breeders prefer to breed the goslings artificially,, keeping them from one to three weeks in the house at night In a covered bushel basket. To keep a record of their age and breeding the web of the feet of the newly hatched goslings should be punched. . Hens with goslings may be confined to the coop and the gos lings allowed to range. In mild weather the hens are allowed to brood the goslings from seven to ten days, when the latter are able to take care of themselves. It is very necessary to keep the young goslings dry, so they are usually kept confined in the morning until the dew Is dried off, and they should not be allowed to get into water until partly feathered. This oc curs when they are from two to four weeks old, depending on the weather and their range. Goslings caught and apparently drowned in a cold rain may sometimes be revived by drying in flan nel near a tire. Oood-slzed growing coops with board floors should be provided for the goslings, which must be protected from their enemies. When on range. the young bird needs some attention, as they may get lost or caught in post holes and odd corners. Young goslings. If confined, should be given grass yards and the coops removed frequently to fresh grass. It Is bet ter to keep the growing goslings sepa rate from the old stock. Shade should be provided in hot weather. If very young goslings are allowed to run with large animals, they are apt to be in jured or killed. The younger critics, says Heywood Broun, are the lineal descendants of that little child in Anderson's fairy tale who, when the emperor was be ing made a spectacle of and all the world was being fooled by the sharp tailor, refused to be quiet and cried out. "He hasn't got anything on." These young enthusiasts who' have no posi tions to lose and no dignities to live up to go about pointing to all our literary emperors and calling attention, to the scantiness of their attire of greatness, and refuse to be silenced by their scandalized or terrified elders. Good sense bids us welcome their hon est gaze at even the sacrosanct -persons. It can't hurt anything really fine, and It's about time we came out of some of our illusions. William Al len White sized It up about right from the conservative point of view when he said In praising "Main Street; : "Of course, I'm on the other side of the street myself, but that's Just the rea son why I like this book. It gives us fellows something to answer." REALLY FLOWERS OF SPEECH Sayings. Witty and Wise, That Are Worth Being Preserved' In an Anthology, j Saw Both Sides. Little Roy doesn't care for dancing and at the party the other night he held aloof as much as possible. His sister said: "Roy, don't you realize that ev ery time you don't dance there Is some little girl not having a good time?" "Yes," said Roy. "and , don't you realize that every time I do dance there is a little boy who Isn't having a good time?" Prof. Sir Arthur Qulller-Couch. in the course of his lively lectures "On the Art of Reading," gives some examples of Irish peasants' sayings with the large simplicity, the cadence, the accent of Scriptural speech. ' The best is the benediction bestowed upon one of the two authors of the fn com parable "Irish R. M." by an old wom an in Sklbbereen : "Sure ye're always laughing! That ye may laugh in the sight of the glory of heaven !" The writer once thought of making an an thology of such wild flowers of way side speech. He would have Included in it some far-traveled sayings, such as that of the freighter In the alkaline districts of Alberta, who said, point ing with his whip to an intensely blue lake on the horizon, "Bitter as a dy ing man's sweat Is that same water," and the perfect definition of a ghost Implied in the words of a Newfound land fisherman, "There X sees 'em warming themselves in the moonlight" Pigeon Very Much Alive. One day I found a poor, frozen pigeon, whom I thought to be dying. I took It to our office, without let ting the boss know, and fed it and gave it water. Then I went out with -a few bills, and Imagine my embar rassment -when I came back to find that the pigeon, I was positive could hot live, flying around the office and ' the whole office force, excluding the boss, laughing. Exchange. (TO BE CONTINUED.) Different Kinds of Hickory. Twelve kinds of hickory are found In the world, eleven of them indige nous to the United States east of the Rocky mountains, and one Mexican species. Previous to the Ice age, ex tensive forests of hickory existed in Greenland. No woman ever loved a man so much that she didn't try to find eat how much the engagement ring cost. MAKE FOWLS WORK FOR FOOD Grains Scattered In 'Litter Compel Hens to Exercise- Green Feed Aids Digestion. All scratch feed or whole grain should be scattered in the Utter, say specialists of the United States De partment of Agriculture. Hens like to work for their living. Troughs or hoppers should be used for dry mash. They keep this feed always accessible. Noon is the time to pro vide fresh green food. It aids dl- j gestlon. There's a Reason Thy ' Grape-Nnts makes a helpful breakfast and a profitable lunch, for the worker -who must be awake and alert during the dajc GrapeNuts is the perfected goodness of wheat and malted barley; and is exceptionally rich in nourishment. It Feeds body and brain without tax upon the digestion. 44 There's a Reason'