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I Go!cnel TODHUNTF.R of Missouri By RIPLEY D. SAUNDERS Copyright. 1911. b> the Company PROLOGUE. Ladies and gentlemen, permit us to present Colonel Todhanter of Missouri and his home folks. They're our kind of people —just the plain, homelike, everyday sort, you know, with whom you can summer and winter and whom you can get to know and to like and to feel for when they run into trouble. There's plenty of love and romance in this story, with politics of the sort that will never go oat of date — or let's hope so, anyway. There's nothing of the problem story in this tale of the colonel and his friends ar.d foes; just a plain, straight, all the way through story of the honest, old fashioned kind that's worth reading. CHAPTER I. Colonel Todhunter Campaign* Among the Confederate Daughters. COLONEL THURSTON T. TOD HUNTER was undeniably the distinct embodiment of that picturesque native Amerlcun type, the Kentucklan born and Mis sourian bred, as be entered old Judge Boiling's law office in Nineveh and sa luted Its white haired occupant with a cordially Impressive wave of the band In friendly greeting. It was the morning of the day pre ceding the return from St. Louis of the Hon. William J. Strickland, law part ner of Judge Bolting and now an avow ed candidate for the Democratic pri mary nomination for governor of Mis souri, and Colonel Todhunter's buoy antly aggressive bearing was due to his delight that his lifelong friend bad at last yielded to (topular pressure and made open announcement of his candi dacy. The scent of political battle in the Strickland cause was hot in the colonel's nostrils, and be anlffed Its aavor with militant joy. Tall and erect. Colonel Todhnnter carried his spare bat stalwart frame with an ease that somewhat belled the grizzled gray of his hair and the white of his soldierly mustache and old fash famed "Imperial." One could not easily have failed to recognize him for just what he was—a lineal descendant of that colonial Virginian atock whose grandsons followed the pioneer trail that led from the Old Dominion, first to North Carolina, then to Kentucky and Tennessee and thence to Missouri, a stock that has remained distinctive ly American since the time of Its first taking root in American soil. Colonel Todhunter laid his cane on Judge Boiling's office table as he en- "You cant fool met* tered and executed his gesture of cour teous salutatioD. "Well, Judge," he said Jubilantly, "the fight's begun, and we've got to tally around old Bill Strickland to H fare you well, suh! I-gad. suh, I ain't a-gniu' to be content with notbin' less'n wblppin' that there Stephen K Yancey outfit to a frazzle, suh!" Old Judge Boiling smiled at the colo net's zestful hailing of the imminent combat. "You're right. Colonel Tod hunter," he agreed. "And the sonnet we get plump into the middle of the fight the better, sir. It can't begin ton soon to please me." Colonel Tod hunter nodded Then hi* grn.v-blue eyes twinkled significantly. : "Judge," he said, "the Nineveh Daugh ters of the Confederacy are givin' a | picnic down at Indian Springs today. I and they're goin' to set a dinner at a dollar a head for the benefit of the ' Confederate Soldiers' home at Iliggins- ' ville, sub. 1 reckon all that ain't no ! particular news to you. but 1 thought maybe you'd enjoy goin' down there with me. suh. I'd be tickled to death to have you." Judge Boiling's lips twitched. "You old devil, you! You couldn't any more keep from campaigning among the daughters than a yearling colt can keep from kicking up its heels in the pas ture and you know it. You cau't fool me." "What I can't do and what a yearlin' colt can't do are two mighty different tilings. Judge." answered Colonel Tod hunter. "But I ain't connected witli old Bill Strickland's campaign in no ofiicial capacity that I'm aware of, and if I see fit to turn a trick on my own hook, that's nobody's blame business but mine, suh." Then the colonel chuckled. "I'll tell you one thing and that ain't two: I'd ruther have a woman's promise to make her husband vote for me or my candidate than to have a man's own word on a stack o' Bibles a mile high, suh. It's only up to the man to keep his word. But it's up to the woman to prove that she can manage her bus band. And she'll do that, sub or die In the attempt" Old Judge Boiling laughed. "Well. Thurs," he said, "I've Just been fooling with you anyway. Mrs. Todhunter herself stopped at our house this morn ing and took Mrs. Boiling along with her, and she made me promise to come later, so it's ail right They'll have no excuse for saying that we're there in Colonel Strickland's interest so yoa and I can go down to Indian Springs with a perfectly easy conscience." An hour later old Judge Boiling and Colonel Todhunter emerged upon the picnic grounds in company, having driven down In the colonel's buggy. * Mrs. Todhunter, a white haired old aristocrat of the antebellum type, ad vanced to meet her husband und his friend. If Mrs. Todhunter had a fault it was that she tacitly regarded all Nineveh as being vnbsnl to her social suzerainty and bore herself something as might the ruling monarch of some little principality. But this manner was not apparent in her bearing to ward old Judge Boiling, whom she knew as being of her own caste. "I'm very glad you've come. Judge," Bhe said laughingly. "And especially right now. It may take you and Colo nel Todhunter both to make our Mnry and young Tom Strickland behave themselves, sir. Tom has already kid naped Mary away somewhere after I put them to work spreading table cloths. and I've been vowing all sorts of vengeance on both of them. 1 don't approve of Tom's behavior at all. Judge." "It pains me to disagree with a lady, madam," replied the white haired old judge gallantly, "but I must say I ap prove of Tom's conduct in getting Miss Mary Todhunter off to himself at ev ery chance, ma'am!" "That's all very fine, judge." said Mrs. Todhunter, laughing and shaking her head, "but Mary has no business permitting Tom Strickland to monopo lize her. She came out here with Stamford Tucker. I wouldn't blame Stam In the least if he got ugly about it." Then Mrs. Todhunter laughed and pointed an accusing finger. "There they are now, looking as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouths. Won't you go over there for me. Judge, and tell Tom Strickland to behave himself and send Mary to me right away? There's no earthly use In Colonel Todhunter going, because neither one of tbeui would mind a word he says!" Old Judge Boiling, laughing, moved off to ward the young couple. Mrs. Todhunter turned to the colonel ! "Yon see. I know you like a hook, Colo I nel Todhunter!" she said, her eyes , twinkling "Yon think everything i young Torn Strickland does is just I right, and you'd stand up for him quicker than his own father. And as ! for Mary she can twist yr u around her I finger ai.y time. Don't think I place 1 any <le|«*ii ! nice upon vou where the) ! are concerned, sir!" Tin: WASHINGTON* STANDARD, MARCH 21. 1 !»1:? Colonel To-lb-inter smiie.l calmly. "I ain't a»kln' t". Mnry," lie retorted "In ihe first place, i approveef-Tom's falliiT as deep in love with Mary as tie klio.vs l"\\. In tile second p!r,-e. lterfei a in t! - eh '<• sentimental affairs is a mighty to klish business, and I'm I ea' .'■ s , i uie to have a g -nd tune In.a g" i to have it. to--! Saying \vl . 11. be beat a hasty retreat. Hut lie laid hardly succeeded in plac ing a s- t K -II of the pi- aic crowd tween liiins- f and Mrs. Todhuuter when a young g rl came running along his trail, breathless, and with mis chievous e> vs. "Mis. Todhunter wants you to come right tan k to In r. colonel." she an noun- ed. ' She's short ->n men to help :i--r, and she's awful busy. Wants you •o come right away, sir." Colonel Ti.tlhun'er glanced whimsi cally at the messenger. "Ain't that just like a man's wife? She didn't want Judge Hulling when she saw him. Oh. no! it's me she wants. And I'll bet she's got the hardest job on the grounds picked out for uie right now." Then he turned to the amused girl "Thank you. Miss Louise," he said ruefully "Please tell Mrs. Todhuuter 1 11 be there in two or three minutes." Suddenly, but a little distance ahead, he saw 'lorn Strickland parting from Mary. liny were a handsome couple, the colonel's daughter an exquisite type of the well horn southern girl, her hair and eyes a rarely pure brown, tier skin of almost ha by fairness, u proud little mouth, a joyous hearing; the youth a tall and well built young country bred gentleman, his eyes a clear blue. UK hair a sunburned yellow, ids mouth and chin clean etit and firm. Colonel Todhuuter approved heartily of-both. As Mary left her companion and went to join iier mother, a second girl, with obvious intent, crossed Tom Strick land's path She was of a different type, a plebeian beauty, black haired, with passionate eyes, full red lips, a suggestion of rich animal life in her movements "You ought to bo nshamed of your self. Tom Strickland!" she said ID n low tone, a little break In her voice "You let me drop like 1 was somethin you despised just the minute you caught sight of Mary Todhunter. I wouldn't treat a doit that way, Tom." There was something pitiful in the utter frankness of surrender with which the speaker's eyes confessed Iter liking for Tom Strickland. Colonel Todhunter knew her well. She was the granddaughter of old Rafe Dog gett, who had been a private soldier In a Confederate regiment during the civil war. The family belonged to the class ouoe known as "poor whites." but old Doggett had tie en a good sol dier. and Lottie-May, his granddaugh ter, owed her membership in the Daughters of the Confederacy to the esteem in which be was held". This was even more than a conces sion to inferior caste. The darkly '•H iutiful country girl whom old Rafe Dnggett's son bud married in another state had gone away from home one day. leaving her baby daughter behind, and uever returned. A picturesquely handsome "Indian herb doctor," who had been peddling his wares in Nine veh for some days and was known to bare paid bold attentions to her. dis appeared at the snme time. Lottie- May Doggett. inheriting the same vital beauty of soft roundness, red lips and sensuous black eyes, bad grown up in Nineveh, defiant, under the shadow of her mother's shame. Tom Strickland stared at the girl, plainly surprised. "Why, Lottie-May." he exclaimed; "I won't let you think such a thing! I only hurried to say 'Howdy* to Miss Mary because she had Just got here. Anyway"—and here he smiled teasingly—"l could see with one eye that Stam Tucker was Just wild to have a talk with you." Lottie-May's eyes flashed. "Stam Tucker—shucks!" she cried scornfully. "1 wouldn't wipe my feet on him, Tom. when you're around, and you know it But 1 can tell you one thing"—and here a note of proud vanity sounded in her voice—"tryin' hard as he is to git Miss Mary Todhunter to marry him. Just like you are, Stam Tucker loves me more in one minute than be will love her in his whole lifetime." "Lottie-May," ejaculated Tom angrl ly. "you mustn't talk like that! Yon ought to be ashamed. You've got no right to couple Miss Mary Todhunter's nn me"— "No. no, that's It!" Interrupted the girl hotly. "I mustn't mention Mary Todhiinter's name in the same breath with mine. It ain't right, you think: Well, I will—and I hate her! I bate her!" "I didn't mean that. Lottie-May." pro tested Tom. "You know 1 didn't mean that"— But the girl was gone. Ilagar-llke. she moved with a sort of outcast pride, her pretty head held high, her eyes flashing. In a moment she had disap pea red In the crowd "Tom." said Colonel Todhunter, ad vancing. "you'd better be hurryln' to where Mrs. Todhunter Is and mnke your peace for stealin' Mary away. You're in hot water, young man." Tom Strickland flushed consciously. "Colonel. I reckon you heard what Lot tie .May Doggett was saying to me?" "1 couldn't very well help It. Tom." "Well sir. you mustn't drnw any wrong conclusions from what she said, Colonel Todhunter. Lottie-May's a good girl, so far as I know, and I've al ways felt sorry for her But she's been brought up under a cloud, and it's made her sorter reckless and full of the devil i don't believe she cares how black -ti»> paints herself, and 1 think 100 mi' h of her to take her at her wo-d out knowing that Stain Tucker •oi- ■ i I makes hue to her with 'of marrying her That's d talk, sir " inly grown tip to be a i u'l I ■ m." said Colonel Todliunter. 'And now tli.it you've broached th« subject and I've hoard wliat 1 have, will you lot uie give you a word of advi- e?" "< ertninly. colonel." replied Tom. "W ell. Tom, speakin" plainly, it's this Von hotter tight mighty shy of Lottie- May hereafter, suit, i don't mean any thing against t' girl. Hut she thinks a let of you. ami she don't mind let tin' you know it. and that makes a mighty dangerous situation." Then, seeing that the young man was ill at ease and maybe inwardly resent ful. Colonel Todhuuter left him, to his obvious relief. Hut the colonel himself shook his head doubtfully. "There ain't no big ger fool on earth, sub." lie communed with himself, "than a healthy young chap in his twenties, with a head fuller of women than a squash is of seeds ami Just about as soft as that there squash, too. snli I don't like to think of Tout Strickland, with Mary on one side of him. and him lovin' the very ground she walks on, and Lottie-May Doggett on the other side of hint and her lovin' him the way she does love him." Even as he thus mused an approach ing figure brought a humorous grin to Colonel Todhuuter's lips. It was the martial figure of Captain Sim Birdsong of t tie Nineveh light infantry, but without the aggressive support of his regimentals and with dejeetiou in ev ery line. Sim's face was the tragic mask itself. "(Jreat name above, enp'n!" vocifer ated the colonel, mock apprehension In ills tone, "what in thunderation is the matter, sub? You look like you'd lost your last friend on earth!" "Colonel Todhuuter," said Sim sol emnly. "you're the very man I wanted to see. snli I'm in a peek of trouble, and I'm a-goln' to ask you to tell me the best way out of it. if you'll lie so kind, sub—you bavin' more experience in the world than me." "SI 111." replied Colonel Todhunter, "I don't know whether I run or not. but I'll do my level best. sub. Specify your trouble." "Colonel." responded Sim wearily, "it's Miss Angelica Kxall's ma; that'* what it is. i can't shake her oIT, sub That old woman's worse'n the seven year Itch. I can't get rid of her for a minute. Colonel Todhunter." "What do you want me to do. Sim?" "1 want you to see If you can't toll Miss Angelica's ma away from tier foi a little while, colonel; that's what i want. The old lady hates me worse'n poison, so I dnsu't come right out and face her, sub. I can see right now. plain as the nose on my face, that I've got to leave this picnic without snyin' a blessed word to Miss Angelica 'less'u somebody helps me out o' the tlx I'm in. Couldn't you tigure out some way of doiu' it. sub? Miss Angelica's ma thinks a heap o' you." Colonel Todhunter smiled grimly. "Sim. there ain't but one way. and that's b.v draggln' Mrs. Todhunter lute it i ain't got no business doiu' that, but I'll try if 1 can make the rtltie. I'll see if 1 can't fool Mrs. Todhunter intc seudiu' word to old Mrs. Exall that she needs her to help with t,he dinner. Bui you got to hide out when that word Is delivered, suh. From what you say Miss Augelieu'll have to go right along with her ma if there's any sign o' you beiu' in the neighborhood. Sim." "Colonel Todhunter. that's a mighty fine Idea, and I believe it'll work like a charm, suh. If I get any kind of a talk with Miss Angelica, colonel. I'll be grateful to you all the rest of my born days." Colonel Todhunter chuckled, but made no reply. The next moment he was headed for the spot where his wife ruled the dinner arrangements. "Well, well. Colonel Todhunter!" that lady cried. "I'm certainly surprised to see you, honey. But I reckon you must have heard that nil the work's done and diuner's about ready, nnd you're too hungry to wait any longer." Colonel Todhunter laughed into Mrs. Todhunter's bantering eyes. "Mary," he said, "I want you to do a good turn for poon Sim Birdsong." "Why, what lu the world's the mat ter with Sim? That boy hasn't gone and hurt himself, has be?" "Mary," said Colonel Todhunter, "Sim's bavin' the very old scratch of a time. He's tryin' to get Just a minute's chance to court Miss Angelica Exall, and her ma won't let him have 1L We got to help him. Don't you need old Mrs. Exall over here for a minute?" Mrs. Todhunter contemplated her husband sternly. "Well, I do declare. Colonel Todhunt er!" she ejaculated, "if I was such a dyed in the wool matchmaker as you I'd be afraid to go out among young folks at nil. You ought to be ashamed of yourself." But Colonel Todhunter held his ground manfully. He knew Mrs. Tod hunter. Her bosom yearned even now to succor 81m Blrdsoug in his sentl mental plight. "You go aud tell Mrs Exnll to hurry over here." she said. "It so happens that 1 do need her to help dish up the difiner. If I didn't I wouldn't send for her to save Sim Blrdsong's life." But Colonel Todhunter vtiew better. Half an hour later Sim waylaid him In a grateful ambuscade. "Colonel Tod hunter." he said. "It worked. And I've said some words to Miss Angelica Ex all that I've tieen trying to say for a month, suh. I'll never forget you and Mrs. Todhunter the longest day 1 live, colonel." Later In the afternoon Colonel Tod hunter laughed to hluiself. "I'll tell you. suh." he concluded. "If old Bill Strickland ain't solid with the Daughters of the Confederacy here In Nineveh It ain't my fault I aiu't never win! c d so hard with the women since I mo'ted Mrs Todhunter—and she sleo'e d d make me work overtime and ho in ista ke suh [To BE CONTINUED ] F. H. SCOTT C. A. MARSHALL Scott's Grocery DEALERS IN High Grade Groceries Flour, Feed, Hay, Wheat, Oats, &c. HIGHEST PRICES PAID FOR FARMERS' PRODUCE 329 Fourth St. Telephone Main 171 Local Conditions An accurate knowledge of local conditions facili tates the transactions between this bank and its cus tomers. We are always seeking to obtain an intelligent un derstanding of the special requirements of our friends, and to render to them satisfactory service in connection therewith. •Capital National Bamk Big Reduction in Edison Records Edison Two-Minute Gold Molded Wax Records Now 21c Edison Four-Minute Gold Molded Wax Records Now 31c Subject to stock on hand. Supply yourselves early while stock is full. 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