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DEATH AFTER FEAST
UNTIMELY DEMISE OF UNFOR
TUNATE INJUN PETE.
Combination of Dried Apples and Bad
Beer Too Much for the Internal
Arrangements of the Free Son of
the Forest.
‘Tis as old as the story of creation,
the tragedy of the apple. It was first
made prominent, says the Stanley
(Wis.) correspondent of the St. Paul
Dispatch, by our early parents in the
primeval orchard; It has been fre
quently noted ever since in various
stages of intensity, from the pangs in
midanatomy of the small boy, with his
first unripe specimen, to the agonies
of the drunkard ending a sad career
that begun when he first sipped sweet
cider.
If the apple is the stumbling block
to which the human family, as a unit,
owes its downfall, can one wonder
that this same truit proved too much
for Pete In the railroad camp that day
in the early ’80s?
The Chicago. St. Paul, Minneapolis
& Omaha ran its line northward from
Kau Claire to Superior, in Wisconsin,
in 1881-1882. The contract for con
structing the road was let to the Win
ston Bros, of St, Paul. They secured
for their bookkeeper and manager,
N. E. Carver, a homesteader near
Chetek, which was at that lime almost
the extreme northern limit of civiliza
tion In the Badger state.
Carver had charge of the railroad
store, with Its stock of provisions,
and witnessed many peculiar Inci
dents in connection with his work.
Call it tragedy or call It comedy, as
you wish, this is the story as he tells
It of “Pete, and the apple.’’
One day when the line was com
pleted as far north as Spooner there
came Into the railroad camp from a
reservation not far away to the east
ward two brawny Chippewa braves,
who were recognized immediately by
some of the crew, and familiarly ac
costed as Hank and Pete. They were
burly, silent fellows. Uncle Sam had
recently given them their quarterly
allowance and they were eager to cele
brate the arrival of their pensions.
Each purchased Immediately fifty
cents’ worth of dried apples. They
then cruised around until they dis
covered a backwoods’ “canteen,”
where the proprietors unscrupulously
dispensed a measure of beer to the
fellows, regardless of the law which
forbids the selling of liquid riot to
“Lo, the poor Indian.”
Eager with glad anticipation, the
redmen took a position near the bor
der of the woods, not far from the
railroad store. They spread their
feast before them on a fallen Norway
pine and abandoned themselves to
the felicity of the occasion.
With an open jackknife in one
hand and a battered tin cup In the
other, the natives, squatted at oppo
site sides of the log. alternately har
pooned a fragment of dried apple and
dipped into the frothy beverage, and
continued to eat, drink and be merry.
They had apples enough and to spare,
and their allowance of drink was
ample so the feast was uninterrupted
lor a long, delightful season. I re
membered them, and from time to
time stole forth lo watch the progress
of the merrymaking. At each repeat
ed visit I found that the eating and
drinking continued with unabated in
THE STATESMAN. DENVER. COLORADO.
icnsiiy oi interest, ana mat me epi
cureans maintained a uniform silence
and constant appearance of satisfac
tion.
Then for a while I neglected them.
There was a rush of business for sev
eral hours, during which time I forgot
the banqueters and fchedr banquet.
The short afternoon was drawing to
a close. I had my day book open be
fore me and was posting the ledger at
the close of my afternoon’s work. All
at once I became aware of the fact
that some one stood before me. I
raised my eyes. Hank, silent and mo- 1
tionless, was regarding me with a
peculiar expression upon his face.
“Come,” he told me. “Pete.” We left
the room. It was mysterious. I fol
lowed him to the scene of the ban
quet. On the log where the feast had
been spread a few dried apples remain
ed. There were no traces of beverage
in view. Beside the log. face down
ward. lay Pete. Not far away, hi:;
knife with an apple upon it, was lying
on the ground.
I approached the prostrate figure. I
knelt beside it—touched it. It was
motionless, cold, rigid. Pete was
dead.
Hank gathered up the remaining
bits of fruit and disappeared Into the
thicket.
“Huh. too much dried apple.” was
all he said.
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