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THE "REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. M:"Si 18, 1902.
W hlch, o coure, son," said the Old
auk-man, between dene puffs of tobacco
Firoke, "which, of coure. I wouldn't go
pirootin about Doc Peets makln' no Bech
1 sclosares but between us 1 ain't got no
tiltd opinion-" touchln thee jere sa
liorcs sharps when tool as a heid Thar's
pet Intents like Peets w hereon 1 stands
radj to lose m last chip, but not as a
rtuk A T observe however 1 sacrifice a
Who stuck beiore evtr I lets 1'tets track up
ut, mst me an me tulkin like this. Doc
tors that a-wav is jealous us Injuns an"
thir wind is 'toiKh one, touch all. That's
-t tight' ou to pestcrin' abuut invidious,
in' Putin' ilj observations calculated to
tlraw blood on one of 'cm, an' the nest news
is vou re charged by the bunch, head down,
till up the entire outfit lustln' lot jour
1 "traction This vere joonlversal eager
ness on the parts of them scientists to comn
st nipedin' to each other's reacoo is due to
w hat Peets calls 'their pree do core.'
hhore. 1 encounters doctorb who is nar
row to the p'int of belli' irean Thar's a
partj over in the Panhandle country In my
line pitches a brief camp at Tacosa. lie
dois lunet kniie-. splints', band
ies. piu an' p'l-en". he freights in a full
1 i' now he's that narrow he's orner
Thar nothin' about this practitioner to
rfnund a Rep' of Doc Peels ou can gam
1 It ' I'eets is that broad-minded it tomes
mighty dost to bein' a gift I've knowed
l..ts talk of takln' a wide view I've
ki iwed P-eti- to put two bullets into a
h -s thief an' do his best to plant 'em
win re the nncreant liven An' then, when
in s downed this felon turn In an exhaust
hlmsf'f medical savin his life That's
what 1 calls bein' broad I asks Peets about
how he regvards sech conduct hlmse'f.
'However do vou-all reconcile jour ac
tions Doc" I sas, 'butln' this part one
minute an' tvin' up his wounds the next?"
" 'It s because doctors is dooal, that a
waj .' replies Peet 'The "re not only prac
titioners, the 're folks Actin' in my per
sonal capaclt I plugs this crlm'nal. Also,
an spch, I does m level utmost to snuff
him out. Later 1 appears In my role as a
ptijsiclan. an then I performs all I save
toexhoome them bullets an' ae the vil
lain's life'
"I makes no comments, as sech doctrines
Is be ond me But I recalls how the short
strikes me as romantic a whole lot I sub
mits 'em to Din Bosgs- Dan as freel
that If the case is his an' he discovers a
Jioss thief who outlasts two shots, he d keep
on shootin' him up
" "1 d go for'ard like I'm headed at the
time,' sas Dan 'That outcast who steals
in steed gets every cartridge in mj belt
If the same Is called for bj his extermina
tion That's logical I shore wouldn't on
derstand a plaj where after the second
phot von turns in to heal and rehabll'tate
the cneni , none whatever
"This Doc Chipp I adverts to comes from
no one saviH where No one nsks, as belli'
lnquis'tive is bad manners along the Ca
nadian Most likcl lies a foogltlve of
t-ome -ort, mebby he's done things that's
iig'in the law
"Still, that s no reason to go backtrackin'
a gent. Why. son, at the epock I aloodes
to. if jou all was to make a wind-up of
them sports in the Panhandle for whom
rewards is offered some'ers else, the'd
ben w orth more in raone than the biggest,
fatten beef herd that ever goes traiiln'
out of that region for the Northern yards
U hlch neither 1 nor others atks this
Chepp concornln his jeretofore. We're too
discreet for one n.atttr an then ag'in. it's
a tlnch lied a-lled I don't believe in bein'
ur ous .is to our neighbors nohow Thar's
n equilibrium to information, an I allers
notices that about the time jou knows a
fvv interestin things about a gent he
kno'vs a equal number of hlghl thrillin"
things about ou As Colonel "William
Gricm Slerett well says in his Cojote pa
per Just prior to goin' squanderin' over to
lied Do? to peel the hide off that rival
journalist whos been waxin" too pernicious,
Jacher abhors a vacjooum an' dearl
loves a even break ' Thar's wisdom In them
remarks. An' jou-all should never forget
fur ou're joung. son. an can't acquire
habits of caution too soon that when you've
gone clost enough to the game of a fellow
sport to discover how he turns some cun
nin' trick, you've likewise gone clost enough
for him to read the brands en jou. You
all ought to ponder these jcre tenets, for
thfy t caches charity An' comin' down to
th turn Where's that pent who's perfect
an has nothin to conceal- Thar's moments
when oven a angel valks in the water an
tries to break his trail, an' I inclines with
old Man liirlght to the theerj that no gent
of entcrprit-o an actlvit attains to forty
vears without cuttln' the wire fences of
some law an goin bulgin crim'nall
through permiscus
"But to recur to this Cheep: Let mo tell
BTNOPsis of rnnvious chapters
lira Gaston 1 tricken with brain fever at
th nrwi or her nusbanil' dejth In battle, and
hrr little ton Clarlie, never lorceu the scene
of that terrible nlcht.
Tom Camp an old. one-teEK'd "wlfller rturn
to hl5 humble cabin, overjojed to see his vtlf
ana little girl acaln Ho agrees to sit up with
Sire Gaston but will not sit up with a "nlg
ier," Mch he alwajs hated. After six months
Mrs Gaston recovers, tenderly cared lor b her
little son Charlie.
ItslaC """"- Gastos'i faltbfal black man. Is In
formed that he must be remarried Ho thinks
to have a j,ood Joke on bis wife, but nnds that
tAo can pay at the same came.
Tfce nefiroes became verj insolent after tha
var orranlzlnc into secret societies ani build
ing a ciiurcb ot their own. General Vo,th comes
to tone on court day and make speech to
tbe assembled nesrocs. teniae them that Mr.
Lincoln was never In favor ot social and polit
ical equallt). and that the neirro. althouen fr-.
mil must work. At tilt conclusion of his ad
dress be rebukes Amos Hots, a former Pro
visional Governor, tor helplne tbt negroes to or
aanizti Into secret societies General Worth has
borrowed money from Iterttiern bankers and Is
rebulldlnc several old fcxtories in order to five
loor people employment- llorc threatens the
Ceneral and they eniaie In a war of mords
Two months later General Worth wu sum-tncn-d
to Ilambrbjtlt on a charts of uslac abusive
Lnguage to a xteeaman riimon Lacree. the
former slave trader, sided with Hocc and tbey
with others of their class Incus the necroea to
oppose their old masters at every opportunity.
With the establishment of military novernmcnt
the neicrors on General Worth's plantation re
fuse to work or to allow white men to take,
lhelr places TNearo sprtatmrs follow. Hocr and
Lecreo control tbetr movements.
In an attack on Tom Camp a housa his daugh
ter is killed Jura. Gaston recovers from her
brain fever, but Is never strong again, and the
shock of having her house sold tor illegal taxes
Is loo much tor ber leeble strength and she
die At last the outrage become so unbear
able that a negro ringleader, was lynched and
thus the Ku Klux Kkin. by one stroke, brought
peace and order out of bloodshed and chaos
JJy threats, but no lurther violence, the next
election was orderlj, and enabil right to again
triumph over greed
When Its work was completed th Ku-Klux
was disbanded, but waa soon reorganised again
hi sounK and adventurous men On the arrest
of the some of the leaders, especially Allan Mc
Leod. the entire membership was divulged, and
thousands cf joung men had to nee to the IV est
Charlte" Gaston and his friend succeeded In
csusinc great excitement in Uncle Joans church
where about fifty mourners had met for divine
worship Allen JIclod smiled with telumph
when he thoucht Gaston doubted the possibility
ct -uerral career at the State capital, but a
cloud overshadowed his face when Ojston al
v-crth convinced him that such was not the case.
On opening Ms morning's mall Charlie Gaston
note da big square envelope addressed to him
in the most delicate feminine hand He opened it
hastily. It was an invitation from the Ladles
Memorial Association to deliver the Memorial
T oration at Independence.
The day soon arrived when he was to make
the speech He had not spoken longer than 15
minutes when he looked In to the face of the one
woman of all his dreams. Miss sallle Worth.
secrtan of the association, who invited him to
dine wtlh her. Mr. Gastcn accepted tbe Invi
tation. When dinner w-as announced Gaston was much
amazed to see hla friend Allan UcLeod enter,
chatting familiarly with Major general Worth.
McLeon'a eyes lingered fondly on Miss Sallle.
Gaston resented it as an Impertinence. He then
departed for the hotek Be was much displeased
with his vitt and didn't sleep wei! that night.
In a n-.oml."g paper the next day. however, be
was delighted to see a two column picture -of
himself, and an entire pae of mater covering
US speech . , , .
Charlie Gaston waa to go home on the to clock
train, but he felt uneasy when he recalled Mc
ioa Intimacy with Miss SalUe WcTth. and de
SdSd not to g7. He waited $.?
started and then sent a. note to Mies Worth. jell
ini her that his train had left hl-n and asktor
he to have compassion en him and allow him to
"liaenj5iod wa. deeply in Jove with Mia.
Bailie Worth, hut when jhe ftaJ,,JfHS'
tlons he sought to win 'V'ttSi! sv
-Durham, which be succeeded la doing- In a pe
culiar manner. , wiTmiM
Cbarlii Castoa, at last uceeedta to wlnau
(1 ., .. , ., ..
,a ASSESS- 'iK.-'g-JWg.KSuy-.''
vou a incident which shows how plumb
mean thit prairie dog is It's a o'casion
when Bill Gatlln breaks his Ialg. You see, a
obstinate party ncmed Smith swings in
across on the touth side of the Canadian
with a possel of sheep This Smith is a
heap evil disposed, an he camps them sheep
over in Parker's Arroa, the same bein i
long an' sucoolent of grass, an the best
part of the Lit range This fcmlth main-I
tains said sheep thar a week. I
the love of Salli- Worth Getting the consent of
General Worth proved to be an nrduous task
Gaston procrastinated until the General went
away on bulne ,
Mini t-allle Worth n answer to Charlie Gaton s
letter caused him much sorrow, but, alter readinc
It again he discovered a phrae which pleased
him Ml-s Worth was to leave nt 11 o'clock that
evening for Atlanta It wa thn 10 50 and Ga
ton secured a fan hore and went at breakneck
speed to the station
Allan JleIKj azaln tohl Mls Sillie Wo-th in
burnlnc words of his love for her When she
refused to accept him he determined to return to
Ha-ibrlght and entrap Ga?tm in dissipation and
destroi his faith In llis bailie s loyalty.
Ho Fat down by his -window that night,
t-nable to work and tried to reconcile such
a life with hU ldeil.
"Why should I be so provincial'" ha
mued " Thp thing only shocks me b""aiia
I am unused to it She has grown up in
this atmosphere. To her It is a harmbss:
pastime "
Then he would take out of his dek her
p'cture, light his lamp and look lnnr anil
tenderly at It, until his soul wis drunk
n(.s!n wi'h Uie memorj- of her beaut, the
warm touch of her hand and the thrill f
her full, soft lips In the only two kisses b
had ever received from the heart of a
The picture he held was a finely executed
miniature on Ivory her father had mode of
her when she was IS She had given it to
him. Her father had told her to demand
lis return Bho had done so, but there v. is
such a sweet contradictory accent In her
voice that Gaston refused.
"Then I've obecd my father; I cannot
take It b' force," she said lovinglj
"No," he answered. "It Is mine I will
keep It If I am buried v-ilh It my heart
will beat again at Its touch."
He looked at It now with Infinite longing
and kissd it.
At 1 o'clock he went to bed and tried n
sleep He tossed for an hour. His brain
was on fire, and hls imagination lit with
its splendor. He could sween tho world
with his vision in the silence and the dark
ness. Yes, the world that Is, and that
which was, and is to come!
Ha arose, lit his lamp and dressed him
self. It was half-past two o'clock. He
knew that this was to be the first night
In all his life when he could not sleep. He
was shocked and sobered by the tremendous
Import of such an event In the development
of his character. He had never been swept
off his feet before. He knew now that be
fore the sun rose he would fight with the
powers and princes of tho air for the mas
tery of life.
He left his room and walked out on the
road to the Springs, over which he had
cone so many times in chUdhood. The
moon was obscured by fleeting clouds, and
the air had the sharp touch of autumn
In its breath. He walked slowly past the
darkened silent houses and felt bis brain
begin to cool in the sweet sir.
The last note he had received from her
weeks ago waa the brief one announcing the
new break in the poor little correspondence
she had promised him. The last paragraph
of that note now took on a sinister mean
ing. He recalled it word by word:
T feci like I cannot trifle with sou in
this -way again. It is humiliating to me and
to you. I can see no light In our future.
I release you from any tie I may have Im
posed on your lifev I feel I have fallen
xshort of what you deierve. but I am so
ituaiea oeiween my inoxner-s inning Health
id my lather's will, ana my la?ve for them
It-iShS'irO.j.J.y.rS. ti-.ir,,:, i.rfj SW -
- --tv- s-w .?-at;-"-r -sr-.!jnw.fjiw-T.
"Now sech conduct is not onlv wrong;
it'" obnoxious Cattle won t stav nrar
sheep, catth is too 'ristocratic You hold
fchep on a ringp a v eek an all the cattl
iamoes "Uherfore it tattle law th it
while sheep folks rri drift thn.u-'h
rount'-v tht v cut st i nont Th mu t
)lk- John Brown's soul k i man hit'
along an' twent mux bnur- li on amp
is th limit of wnat s omin in sini
The "re sho-e lo-ig ciinugh umlei lni ih t
! both, I cin not help it
I will love you
alwajs but jou are free '
I Was not this after all a kindlv and fin il
breaking of their pledge to om anntlcr"
"et she had not returned the ht le medal he
had given her with thit excnanc.e of elern il
love and faith Could she ki p this and
I reallj- mean to break with him flnailj ' He
could not believe It
His whok life had b"en dominated bv this
dream of an Ideal love Tor it he had de
nied himself the indulgence that hit college
mates and joung associates hid taken as
a matter of course He had never touched
wine He had never smoked He hid never
learned the difference between a quen and
Jack in cards He had never flirted with
women He had given his bodv and soul to
tho service of his ideal and lient evcrj en
ergj to the development of his mind tint
he might grasp with more power its sweet
new and beaut j when realized
Did It paj " The Flesh was shrieking this
question now into the fact of the Sp'rf
Ho had met the One Woman his soul h-d
desired above all others There could be no
mistake about that And now she was
failing him when he had laid it her feet
his whole life It mule him sick to recall
how utter hid been his surrender
Whj- should he longer denj the flesh when
tho soul's dream failed the test of pain and
it possible that he had been a fool
and was missing the full expression of life,
which is both flesh and spirit"
"Am I not a narrow-minded fool, in
stead of a wise man, to throttle my Im
pulses and deny the flesh for an imaginary
gain'" he asked himself aloud.
She had written he was free
"Well, bj the eternal, 1 will be free"!
he exclaimed; "I will sweep the whole
gamut of human passion and human emo
tion I will drink life to the deepest dregs
of its red wine. I will taste, feci. sae.
1 touch, hear all! I will not be cheated. I will
know for no self what is is to live"
When he woke to the consciousness of
time and place, he found he was seated at
the Sulphur Spring, where It gushed from
the foot of the hlU. and that the eastern
horizon was graj- with the dawn.
A sense of new-found power welled up
in him. He had regained control of him
self. "Good! I -will no longer be a moping,
lovesick fool. I am a man. To will is to
live, to cease to will is to die! I have re
tained mj- will I live!"
He walked rapid! j- back to town with
vigorous step. His mind was clear.
"I will never write her another line until
she writes to me. I will not be a dog and
whine at any rich man's door or any
woman's feet. The world is large, and I
am large. I'll carve my name in its
temples and compel its applause. I will
be sought as well as seek. Besides, mj
country needs me. If I am to give myself
it will be for larger ends than for the
smiles of one woman!"
He swept the gamut of all the senses
without reserve, day after daj. and night
after night.
A.t the end of two weeks he found himself
naunuuc uie x-ost umce oftener, with a
-vague sense of impending calamity or joy
he could not tell which.
"The thing's all oer, I tell jou." he said
to himself again and again. And then he
-would liurry to the next mall as eagerly
n ever. -As the excitement began to tire
lilm tha sense of longing for her face and
A Story of the Panhandle Country.
By Alfred Henry Lewis
a-wav even If volt-ill kpps Vm on ths
move, for the wooll edicts, an do thtilr
best, cant travel more'n six miles a day.
Sheep posstsseh but one stroi g p'int, they
can so without water longer than Hug
gins or Old Monte Otherwise, they sizes
up for as footlle a form of anamlle as ever
desolates a smilin' rante an sets jour cat
tip to himtln othei si eiies an' pastures
' s I states, tills low flung Smith gets
inlo I' irkeifs Arroa lilm an' his sheep
an the re thar a week. At last Bob Itob
erson w ho s nianakpr of the Lit outfit,
rules ovir an' ieinmistrat-s But Smith is
hullen .m' allows some ho II stay wnere
he h at
' ' hlcli I don't reckon now jou-ull Is
tho State of Texas none'' sas Smith, u
Bob b wav o'f a closin" bluff
o ' retorts Bob, 'I shore ain't the
State of Texus, or outcasts who nerds
sheep like ou would go to Huntsville for
tvvtntj vears But I'm a might fertile
gent about expedients, that u-wu, an If
ou don't move camp I shore harbors the
Idee jou're guln to have bad luck ou au
them taid sheep
It h second drink time next mornln'. an
Smith nil the iheep is still p'lsenln' Par
kers arroa Th"reupon Bob takes Bll Gat
lln an four or five more riders vvIio'h at
he l.lt home ranch, an' rounds up the
head of the arroya, an' comes swarmln
down on that egreegious Smith an' nls
mum with about a thousand head of cattle
Which it's ever been a subject of regrets
wiib me that 1 ain't thar in person none to
wltne-s the engagin" spectacle Polks who
Ik holds the same asures me thar ain't
been 'lothin' like it since the stormln of
tin Springer Jail when Jack Hlienbaugh
gets drllleu through the knee an' HeJ.
Biver Tom is lnched The cuttle toes in
telligent! to work They stampedes in
umong the sheep, an' tosses 'em The air
is full of sheep an" wool an' the warcrles
of Indignant cattle Soil, thej kills off TO)
of Smith's sheep right thar, an' jou hear
me' he's plumb read to shift his grazin'
grounds Smith is when the frolic's over.
An he ain't goin' about none, makln' in
sultln Inqulrits, 'Is Bob the Statu of
Tc xas" neither
' It s doorin' the progress of this success
ful piece of strategy that Bill Gatlln's pnnj
blips an' falls on Bill's off lalg. Snap! goes
both of Bill's bones below the knee The
others tharupon collects Bill a heap, swims
the Canadian with him an packs him over
to the LIT ranchhouse. Then they spreads
Bill on tome blankets an summons that
Doc Chepp from Tascoca. said hamlet be
in saj, mebby a mile awa.
'When this Chepp gets to Bill he looks
owle an' know in' an' tries to let on that.
lK-sjdes Bill's laig he's also injured internal
a lot
Alehb so' sas Bill, a heap scornful
"Still, vou-all confine our excitement to the
1-iig Anj thing that's fetched loose internal
I II ondertake to correct, with Vallej Tan'
V hereupon Bill takes about fort drops b
wav of inltiatin' a treatment
'Seeln' Bill's csnical about them internal
lniurips this Chepp don't sav no more but
-eus the bones an' fixes up Bill s lalg That
i me ht lines out for his wickeyup In Tas-
si some ugl because Bill won't let him
J Uht a 1 intern an' go romancln' about in
' ni" interior for -vounds
'its mot likel a hour later when Bill
rai-cs the long jell as I'm "ti'nterin" bv th
0 i tf the camphoUFe where he's quiled
up on his blankets like a damaged rattle
sinke "When I goes a-weavln' in, I finds
Bill in a rage He demands that the splints
an bandages be removed, an' gives It out
told that the nln t on right ANo he offers
four to one that this pre Chepp don't savey
broken laUs more than Mexicans saveS
constitutional gov'ment
' Bill s as hot as a brandin' Iron; I sees
that eus An' Bill has grounds, his lalg
has done swelled ontll the splints Is buried
in Pill clost onto a Inch Shore. Bill's In
agon Ho can't get at the bandage none or
In d onslewed It himse'f.
"Which I'm a heap conservative that a
wa, an' I dan t go buttin" In. ontin ban
dages an ondoin' broken lalgs Impulsive
1 e i mi It'll, an allows I'll fetch Chepp an'
let him reconstruct his game more to Bill's
'Don't bring that holdup here!" sas Bill
'So shore as he shows in the door, I'll down
him Prom now, that doctor's barred '
As Bill's gun Is la in on the window
sill where lu can reach it, an' as thar s
no use promotln' needless homicides, I don't
send for Chepp
Get Bob Itoberson ' sas B'll 'Bobs
hail two arms an' a lalg busted an' is shot
five times doorin' the Lincoln Count wir
li looks like he oughter know plent about
mi tli inr
This v ere rounds feasible, so Bob conies
into the case He sizes up Bill's laig nn
thin without i word, he throws it loose
from them splints ar' bandages might i
and voice and tiie touch of her hand be
came Intolerable
' Mj dod Id give all the world holds of
cin to see her and hear one word from her
lips' ' he exclaimed as lie locked himself
in his room one nlcht-
"Whj didn't she answer one little word
to mj list letter" liu continued "Ah 'hat
was tho best letter I ever wrote her I
put m soul in ever word I didn't be
lieve the woman lived who could read such
confessions and such worship without re
plj 1 Surely she has a heart!"
When he went to the Post Office next
da he got a letter forwarded from Hain
briht in the preacher It was postmarked
Narrag msett Pier, and addressed In a bold
masculine lnml he had rever seen before
He tore it open and inside found his list
letter to S illle Worth, returned with the
seal unbroken He sprang to his feet, with
flashing ee tremblhig from head to foot
'Ah' the tlld not dare to let her receive
another of m letters' So a clerk returns
It unopened,' he cried
"vnd a greit lump rose In his throat as
h thought of the scenes of the ptst two
weeks The old fever and the old longing
came rushing over his prostrate soul now
in resistless torrent" "How dare a strange
h md touch a message to her! I could
strangle him We will seo now who wins
tht fight ' Ho set his lips with determina
tion, racked his -valise and took the train
for home without a word of farewell to the
companions of his revels
When he reached Hambright he felt sure
of a letter from her. A strange Joy fllled
his heart.
"I have either got a letter or she's writ
ing one to me this minute!" he exclaimed.
He went to the Post Office In a state of
exhilaration. The letter was not there. But
it did not depress htm
"It Is on the waj," he quickly said.
Tor two days he remained In that condi
tion of tense nervous excitement and ex
pectation, and on the following day he
opened his box and found his letter!
"I krew It!" he said, with a thrill of
joy that was half awe at the remarkable
coniirmation he bad received of their sym
pathj". He hurried to his office and read bis big,
precious message.
How its words burned into his soul! Ev
ery line seemed alive with her spirit! How
beautiful the sight of her handwriting! He
kissed It again and again. He read with
bated breath Tbe address was double ex
pressive, because It Contained the first word
of abandoned tenderness with which she
had ever written to him, except In the con
cealed message dotted in the note that
broke their earlier correspondence.
"ity Prcious Darling I have gone
through deep waters within the last three
weeks. I became so depressed and hungrj
to sec jou, I felt some awful calamltj
was hanging over you and over me, and
that It was mj fault. I could scarcely eat
or sleep.
"I felt I should go mad if I did not Bpeak.
and so I told Mamma. She sympathized
tenderly with me, but Insisted I should not
write. She is so feeble I could not cross
her. But. oh! the agony of it! Sometimes
I saw jou drowning and stretching out
your hands to me for "help.
"Sometimes In my dreams I saw you
fighting against overwhelming odda with
strong, brutal men. whose faces were full
of hate, and I could, not reach too.
"I was nervous and unstruiiy, but you J
contemptuous. After conferrln a drink of
whlskv on BUI to sustain an soothe his
impatience. Bob goes to the shop an' makes
a new-fangled splint on plans of his own,
an' with that he resets Bill b lalg a lot. An
Bob does u fairl eligible trick. BUI him
se'f declar's Its the finest set fcamo lalg in
Texas when Bob is done
Shore, thar's no perils lurkln" about In
Bobs ministrations that a-wu. Broken
bones is simple. It s like breakln' a stick an'
feellu the two ends tnf,tther ug'in with
jour ejes shet x.ou-ull can't miss. On
doubted Bob with his rinch-mtde splint
do-s the work as well as u entire herd of
"When this Chepp hears of the Improve
ments Bob inaug rates lie tefoiaed to re
turn He's jestified In ills decisions by
Bill's firm intention to open on him on
slfelit with ids Colts For doubl" causes
tharfoie. Chepp allows that he washes his
luiiiUb of BUI
' This person Boberson, Is a. cmplrick
"a a Chepp '1 declines him as a. colleague.
Also. I refooses, ubsoloute. to go prostl
tuotln science to- the restoration of lalga
which Is personal to murderers who packs
weepons to bed with em, an' threatens to
"lam uway tharwith ut their medical ad
xlsrs Sech rannikaLoa duin's lets ma
plumb out'
"If this vera Is all, thar wouldn't bo a
further word concernln' that bungler Cheppv
But it's now he commences, as 1 states, to
trow narrow an' mean speshul. Bill's got
a sweetheart who is goin' to wed Bill after
the beef round-up in the fall. "While these
nierrmakln's is in progress over Bill's laic
she's in Dodge City a whole lot, runnin
her brand' on a trousse u She comes a
weavin' into lascosa on the stage when
mebbj Bill's laig has been busted two
weeks It's then this Insidious horned toad
Chetp tuts loose nefarious He blys up to j
Bill's sweetheart, an' fills her full of tho
belief that Bill's lalg is goin' to come
" 'Shore, Mies, yis Chepp 'Po-e Bill's
off lalg will look like the letter "S " This
quack Boberson ain't no doctor. He
couldn't stt a hen couldn't set a, clock,
miss let alone lalgs'
"Then he argues, this malignant Chepp
does, that Bill's lalg's got to be broke over.
An' with that Bills sweetheart cornea
curvin' over all sobs an' tears, to tell the
news to Bill
" 'An' BUI,' she concloods, 'much as I
love ou. I can't go through life leanin"
on a gent whose lalg is crooked as a cork
screw It must be re-busted. Bill, or them
nuptials is indef'nltely postponed '
" 'Bust my lalg anew!" sas Bill. 'Mary,
jou're locoed' It would be a Insult to Bob'1
" 'Then vou-all don't love me!' sajs
Marj redoublln' her walls. 'If jou cared
for me, jou wouldn't laj thar. Bill Gatlln,
refooin' mj most trivial requests on the
grounds that the 're insults to Bob. If
this vero Itoberson Is goin' to come between
us its well I finds it out before in iny
truMin" simplicit I goes prancin' to the
alt lr an its become too late But jou
all never loved me" At this. Bill's sweet
heart takes on to a degree that makes Bill
stand 'round an' stare
"Of course Bill's lalg Is broke oer.
Thar's nuthin' else to do Bill's sweetheart
bet her mind on it, an, as bill sajs, when
ho explpins the game to Bob, he's up
ag'inst it '
'"An", besides. Bob," sajs Bill, 'she's a
woman that a-way an it's a gent's doot
to humor 'em in the smaller uffairs of life '
"Thar's one element of satisfaction, how
ever This jcre Chepp don't re-bust that
lalg MacAUlstcr sends over u. drug an'
lancet sharp from the Lee-Scott outfit an'
its he who deals the game An' this Lee
Scott practitioner pajs Bob compliments
at that
" 'W hich this j ere laig lie saj as he's
about to make the pla) an' re-break the
same as demanded b Bills weetheart's
tears, 'which this cre lalg is as straight
as a arrer an' as solid as a sodhouse. But
what then" he sajs 'I well onderstand that
this Is sentiment Bill's laig has got tang
led up in his love affulrs, an' it's break
Bill's lalg or break a ladj"'s heart. Nacher
ally we breaks Bill's lalg,' An' he does
"No. Cheep don't stay long in the Pan
handle countrj In fact, he packs his lay
out an' pulls his freight that da Bill s
lalg's rehroke ou sees, son, them stric
tures irritates Bob, an' he comes down on
that plotter Chepp like a tallin' star an
bort o go-s to dlctatln' terms to him a
" The epithet of emplrick,' sajs Bob,
'which ou applies to me Is lnsultin , while
the term qu ick is more n I can b ar Both
Is stains upon mv honor Now, I'm a mighty
petOOlant man, an If vou-all knowed me
an m record as well as I does bj first
drink time to-nnrrj evenin joud be miles
to the north of Tascosa, goin all spraddled
out for Dodge A Inch Che was'
CoDiripht 1'K b R H Kusscll
A Story of Reconstruction Days in the South
Thomas Dixon, Jr.
can never know how real the horror of It
all was upon me
' I made up mv mind one nigi t to tele
graph j ou I heard some one talking Inside
Mama s room I gentlj pushed open the
door between our rooms, and she was praj
ing aloud for me I stood spellbound I
never knew how she loved me before' When
at last she pnjed that In tho crd I might
have the desiru of mj heirt. and mj life
be crowned with the power and the jo of
a noble man's love, and that it might be
jours, and that she should be permitted to
pee and rejoice with me, I could endure It
no longer
"Choking with sobs I ran to her knee'irg
figure, threw mj arms around her neck
and covered her dear face with kLsscs
"I could not send the message I had writ
ten after that scene
"Tho next daj papa came, and she to'J
him in mj presence Xow. General. I have
carried out jour wishes with aliie agtinst
mj- Judgment The strain has been more
than jou can understand. I give up tho
task You can manage her now to suit
' Thre was a firmness in her voice I hid
never heard before. He noted it. and was
startled Into silence bj- it. He had a long
talk with me and repeated his orders with
increasing emphasis.
' The next day I was unusuallj depressed.
I did not get out of bed all daj. At night I
went down to suprer. The clerk at the desk
of the hotel called me and said.'MIS3 Worth,
1 have a terrible sin to confers to jou.
I'm a lover mjself, and I've done jou a
wrong. I returned to a young man yester
day a letter to jou by request of the Gen
eral Torglve me for it, and don't tell him
I told you '
"That night papa and I had a terrible
scene. I will not attempt to describe it. iut
the end was. I said to bim. with all the
courage of despair: 1 am 21 jearn old. I
am a free woman I will write to whom I
please, and when I please, and I will not
ask you again. It Is your right to turn me
out of your house, but jou shall not murder
m' soul!
"Then for the first time. In his life pipa
broke down and sobbed like a child. We
kissed and made up, and I am to write to
you when I like.
"Forgive my long silence. Write and fell
me jou lovo me. 31 j- heart Is sick with tho
thought that I have been cowardly and
failed you. Write me a long letter, and
jou cannot say things extravagant enough
for my hungry heart.
"I feel utterly helpless when I think how
completely jou have come to rule my life.
I wish j ou to rulo It, It is all yours "
And then ehe said manj- little foolish
things that only the ejes of the one lover
should ever see, for only to him could they
have meaning.
When ho finished reading this letter, and
had devoured with eagerness these foolish
extravagances with which she closed it. he
buried his face in his arms across his desk
and cried. "
A big. strong, boastful man whose will
had defied the world! Now he was crying
alone in his room like a whipped child.
At last he knelt by his chair and tried
to pray again.
"God be merciful to me a sinner! I am
not worthy to live, to have doubted her! I
have degraded body and soul and sullied
the sweetest dreams of life with shame'.
Torglve. cleans and lift me again in the
arms of thy father-lovel And I will strive
for nobler Hie!"
HB&BBHMCJP . Z. .Tr-A'-J, .ft- y J- -lTvr
Mansfield, Ma, May 17. Glen Harrison, the son of Attornej' Guy Harrl-on of thM
citj-, has passed a teacher's examination and been awarded a certificate. He is crJjf
12 jears old. In a sketch of his life, written by himself, he eajs:
"I was born at Gainesville. Mo, In 1S9Q. I entered chhool in 1M5. Miss Clara Taylo
was my first teacher. In 1S01 I was promoted to the academic department. I like to
studj, and hopo to bo famous soma day.
The Trial By Fire.
rJli I.Iull 111 MiM lieu.
Apparently McLeod's triumph was com
plete and permanent. The farmers were
disappointed in their wild hopes of a sub
treasury, and otlmr socialistic schemes, but
the- passions of the campaign had been
xlolent, and the offices they had won with
their negro all had been soothing to their
sense of pride
Gaston could see but one weak spot In
the alliance The negroes had demanded
their snare of the spoils, and were graduall
forcim? their reluctant allies to grant them
He watched the progress of this move
ment vlth thrilling interest. The negroes
had demanded the repeal of the countv
government plan of the Democracy, under
which the credit of the fort- black counties
had been rescued from bankruptcy at the
expense of local self government.
When the lawmakers who succeeded
Legree had put this scheme of centralized
power In force, these fortj' counties were
immedlatelj- lifted from ruin to prosperitj
But no negro ever held another oiiice In
Now the negroes demanded the return to
mo mine pies oc pure democracy anu cue
right to elect all town, town-hip and countj
officers direct
Thej got their dcraands.
Thej took charge in short order of these
great rich counties In the Black Belt, and
white men ceased to hold the olhces.
A negro colleg-graduate had started a
newspaper at indej endence. noted for its
open demands for the recognition of the
economic, social and political equalitj of
tiie races Young negro men and women
walking the streets now refused to give
half the sidewalk to a white man or woman
when thej met and there were an increas
ing number of lights from such causes
Gaston noted these signs with growing
s-cne of their imiwrt. and began his work
for the second great campaign. The elec
tion for a Legislature alone he knew was
lost nlreadj .His partj had simplj- abandoned
the llcht The Allied I'artj had pased
new election laws, and under the tutelage
of the doubtful methods of the past they
had takn everj partisan advantage pos
sible within the limits of the Constitution.
Thev could not be overthrown short of a
political earthquake, and he knew it. But
lie thought he heard in the depths of the
eartli the low rumble of its coming, and
he began to prepare for it.
Three weeks before Christmas he began
to dream of the visit lie was to make to
Indepndeice to see Sallle Worth
And then like a thunderbolt out of a
clear tk came a tearful letter announcing
another storm at home Her father had
again forbidden her to write. She saVl,
nt the last, that Gaston's visit must be
postponed indelinitely for the present. He
gazed at the letter with a hardened look.
"I will go I'll face General Worth In
his own homj, and demand his reasons for
such treatment. I am a man. I am entitled
to the respect of a man ' He made this
declaration with a quiet force that left
no doubt about his doing It.
He w-ote i-illie that he could not and
would not endure such a light in the dark
with the General, and that he was going
to Independence on the day before Christ
mas as she had planned at first, to have
it out with him face to face.
She wrote In repl and begged him uni'er
no circumstances to come until conditions
were more favorable He got this letter
tht day before he was to start.
"I'll go and I'll see him If I have to fight
my waj Into his house, that's all there
Is to It!" he exclaimed.
When he reached Independence. St. Clare
met hlra at the depot, and gave him an
eager welcome.
"I've been expecting jou, you hard-headed
fool!" ho said Impulsive!.
"Well, your words are not equal to jour
handshake. What's the matter?" asked
"You know what's the matter. Miss Sal
lle has been to see me this afternoon, and
begged me to chain you at my house if you
came to town to-day."
"Well, you'll need handcuffs, and help to
get them on," replied Gaston with quiet
"Look here, old boj, you're not going
down to that house to-night with the od
man threatening to kill you on eight, and
jour girl bordering on collapse!"
"I am. I've been bordering on collapse
for some time mjself. I'm getting used to
"You're a fool."
"Granted, but I'll risk It."
"But, man, I tell you Miss Sallle will be
furious with you If you go after all the
messages she has sent jou."
"I'll risk her fury, too "
"Gaston, let me beg you not to do It."
"I'm going. Bob. It Isn't any use for you
to waste j-our breath."
"You know where my heart Is. Old
Chum." said Bob, yielding reluctantly. "I
Couldn't go down to that house to-night
under tbe conditions you are going for the
w orld."
"Why not? It's the manly thing to do."
"It's a dangerous thing to do Fathers
have killed men under such conditions with
less provocation."
"Well, Bob, I'll risk it. I'm going; as soon.
as I can brush up a little."
IJ3 Tft3jliSisSiS
r" '-stPssssjfiB&f-a
Bob walked with him to the outskirts
of tha city, begging in xain that he should
turn back, but he never slacked hia pace.
W hen he turned to go home. Bob pressed
ills hand and said, ' Good luck! And may
our shadow never grow less, lou're a
g lme chicken "
Gaston pre-sed his hand and walked,
rapidl on towa.d Oakwood As Tie passed
through the deep shadows of the 5rest
near the gate a flood of tender memories
ruhed over him
He paused a moment and wiped tho per
spiration from his brow It was Christ
mas eve, but the air was balmy and springs,
like and his rapid walk had tired hl-n. H
had eaten nothing all da, had slept only
a few hours the night before, and the nerve
strain had been more than he knew.
He recognized the breach of tha flnef
amenities of life involved in forcing his
waj into a Jiome under such conditions,
and it humiliated him lor a moment.
"We will not stickle for forms now,
he said to himself flrmlj. "This is waiv
I am to uncover the batteries ol ray enemy,
I have hesitated long enough. 1 will not
, ulit in the dark another day
lie started at a sudden thought. What il
the General had ordered the servants to
slam the door in his face! The possibility
of such an unforeseen insult made the cold
sweat break out over his face- as he rans
the bell. Xo matter, he was in for it now,
he would face all hell if need be!
jIe uaited but an intant, an(1 heard ,,
hea. . treaU 0I m .n aDrjroa.h the door.
i i5.ni:llvelv he knew that the Gcnsral him-
elf was on guard, and would open the door.
L"videntlj he had expected him.
The door opened bu.t a few feet and tha
General glared at him livid with rage. Ho
held one hand on the door and the other
on Its facing, and his towering figure fllled
the space.
"Good evening. General!" said Gaston
with embarrassment
"What do jou want, sir?" he prowled,
"I wish to see jou for t few minutes.'
"Well. I don't want to see jou."
"Whether ou "wish to or not, you must
do It sooner or later," answered Gaston
with dignitj.
"Indeed' Your inolcnce Is sublime, Z
must saj '"
"Call at mj- office in the morning at 10
o'c'ock " ho said, at length.
"I will not do it. I am going home om
the D o'clock train To-morrow is Christ
mas daj- The issue between us is of llf
Import to me. and It maj- be of equal inn
portance to -vou. I will not put it off an
other hour!"
The General glared at him. His hands be
gan to tremble, and raising his voice, ha
"I am not accustomed to take orders)
from voung upstarts! How dare you at
tempt to force yourself Into mj' houe when
j-ou were told again and again not to at
tempt it, sir?"
&lour former welcome to me on three oc
casions when the object of my Iits was as
well known to jou as to me, gives me, at
least, the -vested rights of a final inter
view. I demand it," retorted Gaston curt
1. "And I refute it!" Still there was a note)
of indecision in Ills voice which Gaston
was quick to c:tch.
General." he protested, "jou are a
soldier and a gentleman. You never fought
an enemj with uncivilized warfare. Y'et
you have allowed some one under your pro
tection to stab me in the dark for the past
j ear. I am entitled to know why I fight and
against whom. I ask jour sense of fuirnesa
as a soldier if I am not right?"
The General hesitated, and finally said,
as he opened the door;
"Walk into the parlor, sir."
When thej were seated. Gaston plunged
Immedlatelj Into the question he had at
"Now, General, I wish to akk you plainly,
whj j-ou have treated me as you have slnca
I asked jou for jour daughter's) hand?
The less said about it. the better. Z
have i,ood and sufficient reasons, and that
settles It."
"But I have the right to know them."'
"What right, sir?"
The right of ever- man to face his so
cuse. when on trial for his life'
"Bah! men don't dlo nowadajs for love,
or women either," the General growled.
"Besides," continued Gaston, "you are un
der the deepest obligations to tell me fair
ly your reasons."
"The obligations of the commonest Justlca
between man and man. You Invited ma
to your home. I was your welcome guest.
You encouraged my suit for jour daugh- :
ter3 hand." '
"How dare you gaj- such a thing, sir!"
"Because she told me you did. I was led ;
to believe that you not only looked with -favor
on my suit, but that you were pleased
with it. I asked for your daughter. You, s
insulted my manhood by refusing me per
mission even to seek an interview, and I
know the reasons for your change of J
views. Since then you hae treated ma
with plain brutalitj-. Now something caused
this change."
"Certainly something- caused It. something 1
of tremendous importance," said the Gen
eral. T am entitled to know what It is.
"Simplj- this. I received information con-?
cernlng your habits, your associates, -your j3
character and your family, that caused m.
to change my mind."
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