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THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN, SUNDAY 3I0RXIXG, APRIL 2G, 1908.
it FASCINATI Nu rb For ATURES YOUNG FOLKS How Ernest Saved The Herd proaching cloud cf dust that told him the men were see him and give warning unless he had been sur coming. prised and captured. But was it really the men? The cattle never came Older heads thnn Ernest's would have been anxious Ey WILDER GRAHAME IT WASN'T very pttttiarit to ta Iclt outage th3 stockade to guard the corral cites, with 10 com panions but a pony cad lae threa thcura'ad ai hundred half-wild and restless catt:e. Hcz. boyi cf fourteen would cot hara rclla'aed t'ae pcsltloa oven in a time cf pcare. Ar.J cott a bind cf C z fctados of the wont type was known ta ba approach ing. White sava-ra v.ha have r.o fear f t'ai law are T.a:se than savage Indiana. A taout La J braa;ht v.crd taat ths terrlb'.a "2a'i;r cans" w;re on their way to raid tha eattlamen o! tha va!lt-y, and a'.l taad3 had since le:n busy catltcrizg tha scat'sred sjttitrs into tha central s:o?..a.de for proIe"i!oti ajaicst thla marauding baud cf '"rustlers," or cat.ia thir.tia. Whatever miy hi said r.2air.3t the cowboy, liilacrs and cowardice a:e not anions his fallluK; ea it I net sttrprlil-j that the ranchman legan to prepare most actively to c'..i th?ir unwilcatna vUIiora a watni reception. L'poai the ir.c::n!aln lay t'ae crout, waiting to send the signal of warning when the foe should enter the pass. B lav.-. ':ar!esa rl.'.c.s dashed over the plalas. brln!:t in t'aa r":att:r;2 cattle and prepasiae for a len-; cd Virotoas cefenaa. Until ths sircal came there wa3 no danger, and, c2 a'.l hands wera corded in driving up tha mar 3 distant herds, tho a'ckada v.i3 lor the lime left coraiwativs'.y undefended. That was how it came to pass that Hr:t:st wa3 Uit alaao to ituard the corral ate3 till the icnalrlr.g cattle- w?re driven in and the heavy fa3.cclacs safely secured. There wa3 KUIa far hira to do bat wat;h t!U the olhar h::tla arrived. Then h: would have to swias th3 big tat-js open and h;Ip ta:a th- laadera in. This nil;:at mean tat:; Lard rid n- and not a little danger. Gftca the ltast uausaal thin; i3 eticush to start thesa herds of talf-wlld cattle on a raad ctampede befora which tiers la r.a safety but la ftirat. A single mlsatep. and ho: S3 aai rid;.- woa'.j be trampled ta plsce3 by a thousand hcala. The cattle were r?3:'.3sa that day ready for a rlaarpcda oa the slightest provocation. As thoush they etcatjd danger, they cdiffed tha cir. pared and lowed till Ernest bc-raa to f?ar they would attempt to brca'.; f.cn :he inclosure. Within the s'.ocl.ade the wsmcn were doing what they could 'a preparatlcn for the coming figat. Guns w;.ra ho!"- cleaned ar.d examined, a.umaition boxes dranad Into &ore coavcaitnt pla:ai. and the little fo:t:cJ3 strength: r.ed in every posjlale manner. In fact, every cna waa bury at some a.V.Ive v.-cr'u eiccpt lie troat, ar.ay ut ta the mountain, and Ernest. No v.xncr t'ae lad fflt almort alone in the world. Would the men bs ready to return before the clonal earac? Cf coarsa they- would be all right, anyhow, for they would have tlma to get back after Bolter istas in Elr;bt cf tha scoats. They could leave the rest cf fas l:e:da, If n::e':3ary. Eat tha excitement cf th3 ea'.tla ha v;as nuardlng E3t:aed ccntagious, and llrnrst'a tea.Ierar. :s3, !I!:e theirs, increased. Ii3 gaS ioprj itp ta a little pla'.Daa, ar.d, dlmauritin;, lcolted ansioualy toward the epet where the 3:out was c.a lloaed, ts if crper.Inj h!a i-;n;!. His att:r.tIoa was abctti equally divided brtveea the trail by vrhiih tio men r-auld come and tha looltout on the mountain. The lad wi3 not b any ncaaa a corrarj. Accastinitd as he vraj to the dangers and hard:hlpa cf frontier Ufa. even las cowboys admired his daring. Still, it was with a keen t;r.ia cf relief that he saw aa cp v- . ' lip it !T WAS WITH A KEEN SCNSE OF RELIEF THAT HE SAW AN APPROACHING CLOUD OF DUC i THAT TOLD HIM THE MEN WERE C OWING. lil.c that italG.? tli-y wrra star-ipidlr.. Cure'y that at that moment. Furiously the cloud cf dust ap ccalJa't Lc r.cl.c: ! "I ui.a.oi:t r;o-..l 1 have brcn sure to proaehed, drew nrar, then parted, and oat of it there came, not horns, but ; horse ridden as if the evil one possessed the reins. There wu there could be no more doubt. It was Bolter and hi sang. Ernest's first thought was of the men scattered hopelessly over the valley; then of the women and children In the stockade, defenseless and as yet un conscious of tbelr danger; - then of tha cattle. Ah, the cattle! Putting spurs to his horse, he dashed to the corral gates, tore them wide open, and thea flew to the rear of the inclosure, and. shouting like a maniac, swung his coat in the air above his head. For one instant three thousand six hundred heads were in the air. The next, four times as many hoofs went thundering down the valley in a hopeless stampede. A railroad train would not have stopped that rush. Nothing could withstand or check it The advancing horsemen drew rein for a moment, astonished at the commotion. Then, as the full sens of their daagjr burst upon them, they turned about and fled heltr-st ;elter fur their lives. Desperate men they were, and cciy desperate riding could save them. When the co')0 returned, the noiBe and dust had died away., and the desperadoes were disorganized and seattied. re was the ranchmen's chance, and so well did tliey (improve it, thanks to their habit cf quick thinking ai acting in an emergency, that Boltcrleft nearlylhalf hia gang prisoners in the hands cf thr intended ' victims. Cowboy skill soon rounded up the scared and scat tered catCe. Thoiscout? Poor fellow, he had kept his last watch. Boiler's sharp-shooters had surprised hia at the posttof duty. And ErnestT Well, a week latcr.Vhalf-dacn'of the ranch owners came up from Denver and hald avmeeting in the main ranch house. As they sat, around -ihe Are they were told the story cf Ernest's exploit. ;md immediately they clubbed to-' rether to -send him Isast to school. He graduated vi.h high -honors, aild not many years later became the pros;ious owaeriof the very ranch which his : pluck and cool-hcade Jaeva had saved from Bolter aad fcl3 desperadoes. S AN OLD-TIME CALIFORNIA BURGLAR, by, JOAQUIN MILLER S 4 the fail of 2CI3:dr. Andrew Jackson LarUaa issUed out cr Boston harbor for the gold iuir.es cf California. The first dav out the handle of hl3 name was 1 nocked oft, for this bright and handaoma boy t.-is vrorking his wsy cn a mailing ship around Capa Ho:n and sea captains of those days had no timi; to waite on long names. He was only Larison after he left land and his visiting card behind him. On landing jn San Francisco. Mr. Andrew Jac!:soa Lrrison cf Boston, Massachusetts, was taken dowa with sri!!l-.ox. The poor fellow lafL th2 hospital without a ifoliar or a friend, and with hardly a spare garment. Stiil he was stout of heart, a brave and GCterm!r.--d bov. as were ten thousand others of thosa .tlr.e-; who we're trying to make a little fortune for th- dear ones at .home, and he did not falter. The day p.'ter leaving the hospital, with his pale, thin face all in dots aad spots, he engaged to work his passu up th Sacramento River to the minea. What i your name?" demanded the gruff captain vitli a gieeu paU-h cn Ills right eye and a ellver- iito'iuteil sls-t-hooler in his belt. -Andrew Jackson I.ariscn. sir," said the pale young man with the spots and dots on his face. :!cy? Well. Jlr. Andrew Jpckson Lazarus," roared th? captain, "take that ccal-shovcl and report to the mate, aud be qai-'k about it, too." And so Lararus became hia name La;arus, aad Lazarus only, for soon tha other parts of his name wer-3 again rubbed off. When vauu? Larison reached the gold mines be found 'here hid been a great stampede for mines said to be of fabulous richness farther on over the moun ttins. AU slon? the banks of the little gold-bearing river b? saw diserted cabins, the latchstrlng hang ing oat icady Icr any who chose to enter and take possession. A good custom was this In the old days. Let a party of gold hunters, game hunters or even hunters after health, go into the mountains and build a cabin for the s3ason, care was always taken to leave it neat and clean and ready for tbe first poor wayfarer who might pass that way. , 1 Larison pushed as far on up the stream as his legs would take him the first day. Near the lead of the placer mines he found a cabin with the rickety door iwide open. He entered and took possession. A fine stream of water ripppled and ran through the mossy boulders under the great, sweeping pine and fir and yew trees. The place was so still that the young man could hear his heart beat as he stood on the earthen flood before the huge fireplace and looked about. In one corner was a battered old rocker, a ehovel, pick and a few other tocts. In he soutawcat co. ner arose a tier of "bunl.s," not unlike tha b;rtli3 c. a uLip iu arrangement. In each bank wa.i cpuaj a thick layer of fir and pine bough, whkh gave out a rlcasant odor. But on the lopmoat bunk, beat of all, ihe thoughtful miners, on co.'ng cway, had thrown their rough, outer clothing as weil aa some empiy flour sa'jks. gunny bajj and a.) oa. Larison hastily t limbed up to thh'. tcpniost bunk, by srtt'ns his feet cn the twj lover ban.s as if mounting a ladder, aad the pour fellow soon had a fairly comfortable bed arranged on top of tha fragrant bough?. Then he dtscended, struck a match, and from the pine cull's and pine l;not3 to bo had at the door for the picking up. he built a Are so bright that it lit v.p tha laughing little stream through tbe open door. lie went out, wathsd hi 3 hands and face in the reel wat?r, took a refreshing d-Iak. returned to his cabin, closed the door, aad dined n-artlly on cookies and cheese which tha giuff but kind old captain had made him put In hi3 po. ket on leaving tbo boat. Oar young gald-hunter slept soondly. He was now "an honest miner," with cabin, biink, tools, claim all things, indeed, but gold. Was the gold there in the ground, down ca the bedrock, deep under the big mossy boulders? lie would soon see. With sleeves relied above hi3 elbows, and with bare feet, he wrought and he wrestled till naarly sundown. Not a "color." although he struck the hard, blue bed rock in many places that first day. He climbed out of his claim, very tired and hungry, but not disheartened. The water had s-ing pleasantly to him all day. Beautiful wild flowers had leaned out from the bank, ta if to comfort him in bis solitude. The great solemn pines sang their mighty monotone in the warm winds of the sierras high over his head, and It made him think pleasantly of tbe pine woods of home. He had passed by a small grocery store the even ing before, a mile or so down the stream. Thither he now returned, after arranging his tattered raiment 'as best he might, and laid bis case before the bearded Missourian who kept the "store." As the Missourian was both kind and anxious to see work resumed at the deserted diggings, he readily let Larison have "cn tick" what he timidly asked for a codfish and two pounds of crackers. Next day the same song of the pines, the same sweet flowers leaning from the banks of tbe tumbling little stream, the same strenuous toil, too bul net a color of gold. The lad was growing dlz2y as he leaned over to strike a few last blows in the depths of a crevice of tho bcdroik which be had been following all day without even a color to cneoutage him. His pick ua.; deep deeper than "vpr before and ths clear im I'll "THE SMELL OF HAM HAD MADE THE GEAR A BURGLAR." water taol: on a dirty clay hue. IIo loaned over, too': a handful of this dirty yellow stuff fron the point of his pick, and was about to thiov it h-hlnd him and strike again, when he saw something glitter la his hand. He stooped to the water, and saw "Goicll gold! gold!" It did not take long to 'let the water wash j theft' clay away as it ran gurgling down the crevice. , Be- fore it was yet fairly night the hunerv man had nearly filled with gold dust a little pint cup whldh ha J found in the cabin. But it was clear that this was only a "pocket," Iffj he bad had half a day still before him he would have, been able to scoop It out and turn his back on it all; in which case this story would not have been written. The resolute boy had those dependent on him far) away who were very dear. They would need all thej j gold. And thea it was only one more day at furthest. He would remain to get all. With this resolutions and a light heart, slibough a heavy step, he tottsredf down to t'ae s'ore. He would not he could not i leave his gold behind him. He went his way, thlnk-j ing ail the time what he would have to eat on h!s return. Ham! Ham and oulor.sl Fried ham and onions! f That was what he would have. He almost ran as hw ) neared the store. i Four men were claying cards at a tabic as he came t la. Two others lay on bcnche3 asleep. Tha retv.rn 5 tide of the stampsde had set in, and men were not nearly so scarce in the camp as before. Larison let t his gold sink deep down ia his pocket. He found the bearded Missourian behind his? counter, and asked to pay his bill. The storekeeper seemed to have forgotten him. But after looking himLj in the face for a whili he s'd: "Oh. jes, yea; I re- member you now. Let rae see what it was you got." Turning around to the wail he put his finiter on a 3 number of little dots and spots. These were for Lari-i; son's name; - for the storekeeper could" not read.- Under the spots and dots were the tail of a fish and' the outline of a cracker, with four little marks below. "I also want a ham and a pound of crackers 5 whole ham. I'm hungry. And I want onions a f po'ind cf onions!" The storekeeper handed over the ham, tied up the crackers and took the gold and weighed out hia due. Larison immediately picked up his bundle and start- i cd for bis cabin. How fast he did walk! And how fragrant wa3 that j ham as it fried and cooked in tha new fire on the hearthstone! The bag of gold he laid on the table. Nov.- and th"n th yourg man turned hia eye from the pan to the gold with a happy heart. One more day. then home! He set the pan of frizzing ham on the table, closed the door and sat down to his meal. Suddenly there was a. noie outside. The young man start .-if, to his feet, ticmaiing and pale. The noise grew loudei.ias of many feel, now close to the door. But he did not lose hhrt presence of mind. He waa certain the noise was ofuhe four men he had seen at the card table. He had noticed them, shrink from him and whisper among themselves. At! the time he had thought they were referring to the fresh marks of. smallpox on his face. The singular way in which the storekeeper had set down his name on the wall confirmed him in this. But why should those men come to rob him if they believed he had the smallpox? Was his gold more precious to them than life? How quickly a man .thinks at a time like this! What was to be done? He was alone and unarmed. There were, he believed, four burglars no doubt all well armed. The ncise grew louder. There waa a great battering at the frail door. Suddenly Larison made his plan. He dashed the gold against the stone wall that formed the back of the chimney. The precious contents sank down safe in the deep ashes. Then with one bound Larison sprang up high in the topmost bunk and covered his face as he groaned: "Smallpox: Smallpox!" The door was now broken open witn a terrific crash.. Then Larison heard the din and rattle and noise of heavy feet.- But there was no word spoken except by the youth with covered face, high up in the corner, who uttered the wall of "Smallpox! Smallpox! Small pox!" After a time Larison paused to listen. He could now hear nothing at all but the beating of hia heart. He rubbed his hands with glee at the thought of his shrewd device. The gold, he knew, waa all there In tha oanoQ Ufilf an Ylnnip'a vaehinr vnnlH Haliw If. to him. Then he would get the rest out of the pocket, and strike for Massachusetts by the shortest possible j route. Planning this, still full of heart aad hope, he; turned over in his bunk and fell asleep. : The sun was high when he awoke. Peering out cautiously, quite ready to hide his head andcry'. "Smallpox!" at the first sight or sound of an ln-i truder. he saw, heard nothing at all! Then he came down and looked about. The crack ers were gone. The frying, pan lay upside down on the floor. The ham was gone also! Turning to the doctr in a bewildered fashion he saw on the soft earth outside the tracks of hia as sailant. They were big. broad tracks tha tracks of a grizzly bear. The smell of ham had made. the beax a burglar! , But Larison waa rich! THE BETTER PART OF VALOR by Carolyn Wells CM twS Tlie fearlessest baby you ever did see Was little Xantippe Zenobia A. Lee ; She calmlytood still, without tremor or shock, When she saw her great grandmother's great turkey-cock. n. UL When to ruffle his feathers the turkey began, Do you think that Xantippe Zenobia ran ? Xo ! She turned up her.queer little nose, and said "Pooh ! You needn't think that I'm f rijrhtened at vou !" The turkey swelled bigger; his tail-feathers ypread ; And he puffed up his wings. Then he waggled his bend And looked toward the baby. it'.i agmized squeals Xantippe Zenobia took to her heels!