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SYNOPSIS.
Rert.it or John Calhoun Is Invited to be
rom eeretarv of st:ite In Tyler's cab
inet. He dec-hires that if he accepts Texas
rnd Oregon must be added to the Union,
le sends his secretary. Nicholas Trlst. to
n.sk the Baron'ss von Ritz. spy of the
liritish ambassador. Pakenham. to call at
tin apartments. While searching for the
baroness' home, a carriage drives up and
Nicholas la Invited to enter. The occupant
Is the baroness, and she asks Nicholas to
ussi.st In evadlm? pursuers. Nicholas notes
that the haroness has lost a slipper. She
Riven him the remaining slipper as a
pledge that she will tell Calhoun what he
wants to know regarding England's in
tentions toward Mexico. As security
Nicholas gives her a trinket lie Intended,
ror his sweetheart. Elizabeth ChurchllL
Tyler tells Pakenham that Joint occupa
tion of Oregon with England, must cease,
that the west has raised the cry of "Fifty-four
Forty, or Fight." Calhoun be
comes secretary of state. lie orders
Nicholas to Montreal on state business,
end the latter pians to be married that
night. The baroness says she will try to
prevent the marriage. A drunken con-
rrressman whom Nicholas asks to assist
n the wdding arrangements, sends the
1aroness" slipper to Elizabeth, by mis
ake. and the wedding is declared off.
Nicholas finds the baroness in Montreal.
he having succeeded, where he failed, in
discovering England's intentions regard
ing Oregon. She tells him that the slip
per lie had In his possession contained a
note from the attache of Texas to the
British ambassador, saying that If the
United States did not annex Texas with
in KO day, she would lose both Texas and
Oregon. Nh holas meets a naturalist. Von
Hittenhoren. who gives him information
about Oregon. The baroness and a British
warship disappear from Montreal simul
taneously. Calhoun engager Von Ritten
hoTen to make maps of the western coun
try. Calhoun orders Nicholas to head a
party of settlers bound for Oregon.
Nicholas has an unsatisfactory interview
Willi Elizabeth. Calhoun excites the
Jealousy of Senora Vturrlo and thereby
B'viires the signature of the Texas at
tnch to a treury of annexation. Nl.olis
Btarts for Oregon.
CHAPTER XXV.
Oregon.
The spell nnd the light of eich pith we
pursue
If wni;tti be there, there Is happiness
too. Moore.
Twenty miles a day, week in and
week out. we edged westward up the
Platte, In heat and dust part of the
time, often plagued at night by clouds
of mosquitoes. Our men endured the
penalties of the Journey without com
ment. I do not recall that I ever
heard even the weakest woman com
plain. Thus at last we reached the
South pass of the Rockies, not yet
half done our journey, and entered
upon that portion of the trail west of
the Rockies, which had still two moun
tain ranges to cross, and which was
oven more apt to be infested by the
hostile Indians. Even when we
reached the rapped trading post, Fort
Hall, we had still more than GOu miles
to go.
By this time our forces had wasted
M.s though under assault of arms. Far
back on the trail, many had been
forced to leave prized belongings, rel
ics, heirlooms, implements, machinery,
h.11 conveniences. The finest of ma
hogany blistered !n the sun. aban
doned and unheeded. Our trail might
have been followed by discarded im
plements cf agriculture, and by
whitened bones as well. Our footsore
teams, gauut and weakened, began to
-faint and fall. Horses and oxen died
In the harness or under the yoke, and
were perforce abandoned where they
fell. Each pound of superfluous weight
was cast away as our motive power
thus lessened. Wagons were aban
doned, goods were packed on horses,
oxen ar.4 cows.
We put cows Into the yoke now, and
used woii en instead of men on the
drivers' .seats, and boys who started
riding finished afoot.
Gaunt and brown and savage, hun
gry and grim, ragged, hatless, shoe
less, our cavalcade closed up and came
on, and so at last came through. Ere
autumn had yellowed all the foliage
back east in gentler climes, we crossed
the shoulders of the Blue mountains
and came into the valley of the Walla
Walla: and so passed thence down the
Columbia to the valley of the Wil
lamette, 300 miles yet farther, where
there wer then some slight centers
of our civilization which had gone for
ward the year before.
Here were come few Americans. At
Champoeg, at the little American mis
sions, at Oregon City, and other scat
tered points, we met them, we hailed
and were "hailed by them.
Messengers spread abroad the news
of the arrival of our wagon train.
"Messengers, too. came down from the
Hudson bay posts to scan Our equip
ment and estimate our numbers. There
was no word obtainable from these of
any Canadian column of occupation to
the northward which had crossed at
the head of the Peace river or the
Saskatchewan, or which lay ready at
the head waters of the Eraser or the
Columbia to come down to the lower
settlements for the purpose of bring
ing to an issue, or making more diffi
cult, this Question of the joint occu
pancy of Oregon. As a matter of faC
ultimately we won that transcon
tinental race so decidedly that there
never was admitted to have been a
second.
So we took Oregon by the only law
of right. Our broken and weakened
cavalcade asked renewal from the soil
itself. We ruffled no drum, fluttered
no flag, to take possession of the land.
But the canvas covers of our wagons
gave way to permanent roofs. Where
-w h?il known a hundred camp-fires.
BY HOTOH
AUTHOR Or THE WIIPPI BUBBJC
ILLUSTRATIONS by ftAGfiVf G.KETIKER
C05Yl01-rT 199 x BOBBJ-MERR1LL COWANS
row we lighted the fires of many hun
dred homes.
CHAPTER XXVI.
The Debated Country.
The world was sad, the garden wu a
wild!
The man, the hermit, alghed till woman
smiled! Campbell.
Our army of peaceful . occupation
scattered along the more fertile parts
of the land, principally among the
valleys. Of course, it should not be
forgotten that what was then called
Oregon meant all of what now is em
braced In Oregon, Washington and
Idaho, with part of Wyoming as well.
It extended south to the Mexican pos
sessions of California. How far north
it was to run, it was my errand here
to learn.
I settled near the mouth of the Wil
lamette river, near Oregon City, and
not far from where the city of Port
land later was begun; and builded for
myself a little cabin of two rooms,
with a connecting roof. This I fur
nished, as did my neighbors their
similar abode, with a table made of
hewed puncheons, chairs sawed from
blocks, a bed framed from poles, on
which lay a rude mattress of husks
and straw.
From the eastern states I scarcely
could now hear in less than a year,
for another wagon train could not
Our Men Endured the Penalties of
start west from the Missouri until the
following spring. We could only
guess how events were going forward
in our diplomacy.
The mild winter wore away, and I
learned little. Spring came, and still
no word of any land expedition out of
Canada. We and the Hudson bay
folk still dwelt in peace. The flowers
began to bloom in the wild meads,
and the horses fattened on their na
tive pastures.
Summer came on. The fields began
to whiten with the ripening grain. I
grew uneasy, feeling myself only an
idler in a land so able to fend for
itself. I now was much disposed to
discuss means of getting back over
the long trail to the eastward, to
carry the news that Oregon was ours.
It was at this time that there occurred
a startling and decisive event.
I was on my way on a canoe voy
age up the wide Columbia, not far
above Uie point where it receives its
greatest lower tributary, the Wil
lamette, when ell at once I heard the
sound of a cannon shot. I turned to
see the cloud of blue smoke still hang
ing over the uurface of the water.
Slowly there swung into view an
ocean-going vessel under steam and
auxiliary canvas. She made a gal
lant spectacle. But whose ship was
she? I examined her colors anxiously
enough. I caught the import of her
ensigu. She flew the British Union
Jack!
England had won the race by sea!
Something of the ship's outline
seemed to tne familiar. I knew the
set of her short masts, the pitch of
her smoke-stacks, the number of her
Kuns. Yes. she was the Modeste of
11 J
I
the English navy the same ship
which more than a year before I had
seen at anchor off Montreal!
News travels fast in wild countries,
and it took us little time to learn the
destination of the Modeste. She came
to anchor above Oregon City, and well
below Fort Vancouver. At once, of
course, her officers made formal calls
upon Dr. McLaughlin, the factor at
Fort Vancouver, and accepted head of
the British elements thereabouts. Two
weeks passed in rumors and counter
rumors, and a vastly dangerous ten
sion existed In all the American set
tlements, because word was spread
that England had sent a ship to oust
us. Then came to myself and certain
others at Oregon City messengers
from peace-loving Dr. McLaughlin,
asking us to join him in a little cele
bration in honor of the arrival of her
majesty's vessel.
Here at last was news; hut it was
news not wholly to my liking which I
soon unearthed. The Modeste was
but one ship of 15! A fleet of 15 ves
sels, 400 guns, then lay in Puget sound.
The watch-dogs of Great Britain were
at our doors. This question of mon
archy and the republic was not yet
settled, after all!
I pass the story of the banquet at
Fort Vancouver, because it is un
pleasant to recite the difficulties of a
kindly host who finds himself with
the Journey Without Comment.
jarring elements at his board. Pre
cisely this was the situation of white
haired Dr. McLaughlin of Fort Van
couver. It was an incongruous as
sembly in the first place. The officers
of the British navy attended in the
splendor of their uniforms, glutting
in braid and gold. Even Dr. McLaugh
lin made brave display, as was his
wont, In his regalia of dark blue cloth
and shining buttons his noble fea
tures and long, snow-white hair ma
king him the most lordly figure of
them all. As for us Americans, lean
and brown, w-ith hands hardened by
toil, our wardrobes scattered over a
thousand miles of trail, buckskin
tunics made our coats, and moccasins
our boots. I have seen some noble
gentlemen so clad in my day.
It was, as may be supposed, late in
the night wsen our somewhat discord
ant banqueting party broke up. We
were all housed, as was the hospitable
fashion of the country, in the scattered
log buildings which nearly always
hedge in a western fur-trading post.
The quarters assigned me lay across
the open space, or what might be
called the parade ground of Fort Van
couver, flanked by Dr. McLaughlin's
four little cannon.
Aa I made my way home, stumbling
among the stumps in the dark, I passed
many semi-drunken Indians and voy
ageurs, to whom special liberty had
been accorded in view of the occasion,
all of them now engaged in singing
the praises of the "King George" men
as against the "Bostons."
I was almost at ray cabin door at
the edge of the forest frontage at the
rear of the old post, when ' I caught
slimose. In the dim light, cf a hurry
ing figure, which in some way seemed
to be different from the blanket-covered
squaws who stalked here and
there about the post grounds. She
passed steadily on toward a long and
low log cabin, located a short dis
tance beyond the quarters which had
been assigned to me. I saw her step
up to the door and heard her knock;
then there came a flood of light more
light than was usual in the opening
door of a frontier cabin. This dis
played the figure of the night walker,
showing her tall and gaunt and a little
stooped; so that, after all, I took her
to be only one of our American fron
tier women, being quite sure that she
was not Indian or half-breed.
This emboldened me, on a mere
chance an act whose mental origin I
could not have traced to step up to
the door after it had been closed, and
myself to knock thereat.
I heard women's voices within, and
as I knocked the door opened just a
trifle on its chain. I saw appear at
the crack the face of the woman
whom I had followed.
She was, as I had believed, old and
wrinkled, and her face now, seen
close, was as mysterious, dark and in
scrutable as that of any Indian
squaw. Her hair fell heavy and gray
across her forehead, and her eyes werf
small and dark as those of a native
woman. Yet, as she stood there with
the light streaming upon her, I saw
something in her face which made m
puzzle, ponder and start and put mf
foot within the crack of the door.
"Threlka," I said quietly, "tell
madam the baroness it Is I, Mons.
Trist of Washington."
CHAPTER XXVII.
In the Cabin of Madam.
Woman must not belong to herself; sha
in bound to alien destinies. Friedrich von
Schiller.
With an exclamation of surprise, the
old woman departed from the door. I
heard the rustle of a footfall. I could
have told in advance what face would
now appear outlined in the candle
glow with eyes wide and startled,
with lips half parted in query. It waa
the face of Helena, Baroness von
Ritz!
"Eh blen! madam, why do you baf
me out?" I said, as though we had
parted but yesterday.
In her sheer astonishment, I pre
sume, she let down the fastening
chain, and without her Invitation I
stepped within. I heard her startled
"Mon Dieu!" then her more deliberate
exclamation of emotion. "My God!"
she said. She stood, with her hands
caught at her throat, staring at me. I
laughed and held out a hand.
"Madam baroness," I said, "how
glad I am! Come, ha3 not fate been
kind to us again?"
I pushed shut the door behind me.
Still without a word, she stepped
deeper into the room and stood look
ing at me, her hands clasped now
loosely and awkwardly, as though she
were a country girl surprised, and not
the Barones3 Helena von Ritz, toast
or talk of more than one capital of
the world.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
WHERE MAN IS NOT MASTER
Unable to Discover Secret of Avoiding
That Troublesome Cold In
the Head.
Man. says Persius, is a very noble
piece of work, and is indeed king of
kings except at those times whsjn he
is troubled with a cold In his head.
It it be not Perslus, it was Horace or
Juvenal.
It Is a fact of great interest that
they are so common. Other epidemic
diseases measles, typhoid, scarlet fe
ver, diphtheria may get hold on mm
once and there Is an end; It Is not
usual to have any of them twice. Wp
brew in our blood Immunity. The poi
son of the disease evokes in ua
Its proper antidote; our blood
cells make a sort of natural
antitoxin and keep it in stock,
so that we are henceforth protected
against the disease. A well-vaccinated
nurse, for instance, works with safety
in a smallpox hospital, where the very
air is infective; but her blood was so
changed by vaccination that the small
pox cannot affect her. By scarlet fe
ver, again, we are, as it were, vacci
nated against scarlet fever the reac
tion of our blood against the disease
immunizes us. No such result follows
influenza or a common cold; we brew
nothing that is permanent; we are
Just as susceptible to a later Invasion
as we were to the invasion that is Just
over.
The Mean Thing.
The Suffragette (smilingly) Won't
you do something to help our good
causo along, Mr. Goodcraft?
Mr. Goodcraft I'd like very much
to do one thing for you, but I fear
It's impossible.
The Suffragette T ut! tut! Noth
ing's impossible what would you Uks
to do for us?
Mr. Goodgraft Endow a few ce!k
in your favorite nrUonal
TIGERS IN AGREEMENT WITH
POLICE.
Judge Wilkinson Asks Investigation of
Sensational Report.
Xatchcz. .Judge Wilkinson opened the
March term of the Adams County Cir
cuit Court Wednesday.
In his charge to the grand jury, he
referred to the recent arrest of 30 men
for selling beer and said that he had
been informed that there was an agree
ment in Xiitchez lor the owners of soft
drink establishments to be arrested ev
ery three months and to pay lines of
$50 on each arrest. He charged the
grand jury to investigate this matter
and to look into the matter of violations
of the prohibition laws. The city au
thorities and Chief Ramsey have no
knowledge of any agreement to make
arrests of proprietors of soft drink es
tablishments at stated periods and will
welcome any investigation on the part
of the inquisitors.
STATE'S COXTON ACREAGE
President Hightower Says It Will Be No
Change.
Jackson. According to President O. R.
Hightower of the Mississippi division of
the Farmers' Union, there will be little
or no change in the cotton acreage in
this state during the current crop year.
"Of course, in some counties and com
munities there will be considerable in
crease," says President Hightower, "but,
taken as a whole, the acreage will be
practically the same as last year."
President Hightower explains the phe
nomenal increase in fertilizer sales,
which aie much in excess of expectations
of manufacturers, on the ground that the
fine open weather during the winter sea
son permitted the farmers to do a great
deal of hauling, and they did not decide
on the quantity of fertilizers to be used
until the near approach of the planting
period.
OIL MILL MtN TO MEET.
Important Convention Will Be Held in
New York, June 7, 8 and 9.
Jackson. Several oil mill managers
in the state, will attend the annual con
vention of the Interstate Cotton Seed
Crushers' Association to be held in New
York on June 7, 8 and 9.
The fact that the boll weevil has in
vaded this industry, which is one of the
most important in Mississippi, will ren
der the New York convention one of
exceptional interest. The mills in this
state ar seriously considering the ques
tion of crushing peanuts, and that themo
will also be brought up for discussion.
PAPER FROM SLABS.
If Experiments Are Successful, Papet
Mill Will Be Built.
Pascagoula. The English syndicate,
with, local capitalists, that has contem
plated establishing a paper mill at thU
port, will make a test to determine
whether paper can be successfully made
from pine slabs cut by the sawmills.
A cargo of pine slabs will be shortly
shipped to Norway and there manufac
tured in the paper mills. If the experi
ment is satisfactory, a large amount of
capital will he immediately invested in a
paper mill here and employment fur
nished to hundreds of laborers. Fifteen
thousand dollars is estimated as bein
the cost of the test.
Lumbermen Will Picnic.
Hattiesburg. At a meeting of the di
rectors of the Mississippi Pine Associa
tion the regular meeting of the associa
tion was set to be held in Hattiesburg,
Tuesday, April 11. As is their custom,
the Order of Hoo-Uoos will meet in the
evening and a class of kittens be admit
ted to the mysteries of the order. A
banquet, followed by a ball, will be ten
dered at the Hotel Hattiesburg. A num
ber of prominent members, of the order
from a distance will be present, among
them J. II. Rami, of Nashville, Tenn.,
who holds the office of supi me scrivena
tor.
May Reimburse Owners.
Natchez. Either at the special session
or at the regular session of congress in
December, Congressman William A. Dick
son of Centrevillc will introduce a bill
to protect the Natchez front, provide
other improvements and to reimburse
the owners on the eastern bank of the
Mississippi river between Yicksburg and
Raton Rouge for the damage done their
lands by the building of the Louisiana
levee system.
Negro Lynched Near Rockport.
Rockport. An unknown negro was
lynched near here by a mob composed of
about fifty men, after he had shot and
killed Daniel Reasley, a white farmer,
who lived near this place. The negro
made his escape after the shooting, but
was captured later by a posse and was
being hurried to the town jail here,
when his captors were overtaken by the
mob, which forced them to give up tho
prisoner.
Merchant Murdered.
Ackerman. PJeaman Bruce, a mer
chant of Ackerman, was shot from am
bush and possibly fatally wounded
Thursday. A negro, known as Parine,
is charged with the shooting and is be
ing searched for by several posses. If
captured it is not improbable that he
will be Ivnehed.
Sell Big Plantation.
Indianola. The Sledge Lake wood
plantation, comprising 1,301 acres, near
here, was sold to Illinois people for the
neat sum of $75,000. The woodland,
which was half of the farm, brought $25
per acre, while the cleared land brought
$75 per acre.
Bakei Made Field Agent.
Natchez. James W. Miller, president
of the Mississippi Retail Merchants' As
sociation, announces that he has ap
pointed Col. E. R Baker as field agent
foi the association.
$3.50 REGIFE CURES
WEAKKIDHEYS, FREE
RELIEVES URINARY AND KIDNEY
TROUBLES, BACKACHE, STRAIN
ING, SWELLING, ETC.
Stops Pain in the Bladder, Kidneys
and Back.
Wouldn't It be nice within a week or so
to begin to say goodbye forever to the
scalding, dribbling, straining, or too fre
quent passage of urine; the forehead and
the back-of-the-head aches: the stitches
and pains In the back; the growing mus
cle weakness; spots before the eyes; yel
low skin; sluggUh bowel; swollen eye
lids or ankles; leg cramps; unnatural
short breath; sleeplessness and th de
spondency T
I have a recipe for these troubles that
you can depend on. and if you want to
make a QUICK RECOVERY, you ought
to write and get a copy of it. Many a
doctor would charge you $3. DO Just for
writing this proscription, but I hava it
and will be glad to send it to you entire
ly free. Just drop me a line like thlst
Dr. A. E. Robinson. K-261 Luck Building.
Detroit, Mich., and I will send It by re
turn mall in a plain envelope. As you will
see when you get it. this recipe contain
only pure, harmless remedies, but it has
great healing and paln-conquerlng power.
It will quickly show Its power once you
use it, so I think you had bettor eo what
it Is without delay. I will send you a
copy free you can use It and cure your
f4jlf at home.
PA'S ANSWER.
"What Is an Indeterminate
pa?"
"Matrimony, my eon."
SCALES ALL OVER HER BODY
"About three years ago I was af
'ected by white scales tin my kneos
and elbows. I consulted a doctor who
treated me for ringworm. I saw no
change and consulted a specialist and
he claimed I had psoriasis. I contin
ued treatments under him for about
six months until I saw scales break
ing out all over my body 6ave my
face. My scalp was affected, and my
hair began to fall. I then changed
doctors to no avail. I went to two
hospitals and each wanted to mako a
study of the caso and seemed unable
to cure It or assure mo of a euro. I
tried several patent medicines and
was finally advised by a friend who
has used Cuticura on her children
sinco their birth, to purchase the
Cuticura Remedies. I purchased a
cake of Soap, tho Ointment and the
Resolvent. After tho first application
the itching was allayed.
"1 am still using the Soap and Oint
ment and now feel that none other Is
good enough for my skin. Tho psor
iasis has disappeared and I every
where feel better. My hands were so
disfigured before using the Cuticura
Remedies that I had to wear gloves all
tho time. Now my body and handa
are looking fine." (Signed) Miss Sara
Burnett, 2135 Fitzwater St.. Philadel
phia, Pa., Sept. 30, 1910.
Cuticura Soap (25c) and Cuticura
Ointment (50c) are sold throughout
the world. Send to Potter Drug &
Chem. Corp., sole props., 135 Colum
bus Ave., Boston, for free book on af
fections of the skin and scalp.
Somewhat Satirical.
A whist enthusiast wrote and pub
lished a book on the game and sent
a copy to a famous player for I1I3
opinion of It. In about a week tho
book was returned to him, with tho
folowing letter:
"My Dear Sir. Your favor of the
10th instant, accompanied by your
book, was duly received. I have read
it very carefully. It Renins to bo a
very good game, but I don't thiuk It
Is as good a game as whist!"
Severe Critic.
Alice I like Tom immensely and
he's very much the gentlemai; but
he does like to talk about himself!
Grace; Yes, dear, your knight hath
a thousand I's. Puck.
TO DRIVE OUT MAMMA
ami m 11.1t i r xnn system
TVre the OH Standard HOV'KM VACKi.K&
CHILL TON10. l';u tuuw wlint yon nre Uik ng.
The formula Is plainly printed n eTery bottle.
Showing It Is simply Oululne and Iron in a Lhni.
lees form. '.ftae Quinfn drWe oul tli inaliina
and tiie Iron bullda up the Bystem. bukl by all
aealera tor M je&ra- Vrict 00 cents.
What is passing in the heart of an
other rarely escapes tho observation
of one who is a strict anatomist of
his own. Shelley.
Taylor's Cherokee Remedy of Sweet Cum
and Mullen ia Nature's great remedy-
Cures CouRhs, Colds, Croup and Whooping
Cough and all throat and lunff troubles. At
druggists. 25c. 50c and $1.00 per bottle.
What we are doing speaks with
greater force than what we are say
ing. Royston.
Garfield Tea purifies the blood, eradi
cates rheumatism, gout and other diseases.
Go to sleep without supper, but rise
without debt. Talmud-
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