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his name as Jones," said the officer, chuckling, "lie's Ironed hand and loot, for fear of accidents; but mind, if !he goes for you, yell, and I'll let you tout" So the policeman threw open the f rated door. "Prisoner, here's your lawyer, and I ,warn you, if you smash him you won't get another." The door swung to behind me', but so lark was the cell that at first I coufd ee nothing of "Mr. Jones." "Good afternoon ahem!" said I, .feebly. One never knows what may ;happen in the Bitter Root City jail. "I lin't going to hurt you," growled ;the prisoner. "Sit down; make your iself at home." ; The voice was manly, resonant; the .man was a young athlete; I could just ee that his boots were the dainty, Ihigh-heeled Wellingtons of a cowboy, ;whllo the rest of his dress a sombrero, ishirt, overalls, a broad web belt and silk handkerchief around the neck ibore out the character. The man's ! presence already brought up some faint imemory; indeed, I felt that I knew I him, but not under the surname of .Jones. Surely this sunburnt young ; frontiersman was some old friend 1 . "I can't offer you any refreshments, Mr. Lawyer," said the boy, drowsily. ,"The accommodations, in fact, are slim . very slim. Why,". ho woke up; "what the deuce are you staring at?" "Jack Brancepeth," I ventured, "don't you know me?" ; "What? Williams, major? Hurrah I .Shake, you duffer!" It was not easy to shake hands, for ,my old schoolfellow was shackled, spreadeagle fashion, to the bed. "Yes," he laughed; "they've got mo roped for branding, and then they'll (clip my ears and corral mo all by my iself, lest I corrupt the good manners ol the other victims." "Well," said I, frankly, "it jolly well serves you right. A fool who amuses himself shooting the stock brokers on on 'change ought to be" "Smacked," said Jack. "I knocked out three deputy marshals, damaged ione sheriff, bored a few holes through things generally. I wish I could chew iup some more police, by way of dessert. I feel as happy as a chip." "Look here, we're civilized peoplo In Bitter Root City; we're not used to ,cow-punchers." "Well, you don't amount to shucks, as you say. Look here; I want you to let down the bars of this corral I've been lonesome." , "How can I get you out? Don't you see these stockholders are not used to being shot at?" "Yes," he groaned; "that's what's the matter. I've offended their little local prejudices. But that's all right" -"AH right for state prison," I ex plained. ' He only chuckled. "Well, I did ruffle them up some. But, as I say, that's all right I'll tell you the straight yarn then you can turn it into the right kind of lies and have them sworn to. See?" "Go on," said L "Well, to begin with, I got me a tract of tueadovr land up Wild creek, .back of Branchville, Idaho do you know the place? No? Well, I stocked ,the ranch out of what I'd saved with a shorthorn bull by Climax, together with thirty-nine head of scrub cattle and a band of ponies. Since then, whenever I've happened upon maver icks unbranded cattle, you know I've adopted the poor orphans, clapped on my little Q that's my brand and turned 'cm into the pasture. There's 'been some satisfaction in annexing old Silas Uewsun's calves, but even then it ain't over and above square dealing, besides which it's slow work building up wealth out of strays. So, I suppose one hundred head all told would make BT GRUBSTAKKSl" up the sum of what I .had, last fall, though since then I've been laying by my thirty dollars a month cowpunch lng ior the 'Square Triangle' outfit down Boise way, which money I've put Into improvements on my Wild Creek ransh." "Ton seem to hare been on the maker - "Yes,' Jack heaved a great sigh, "bat it came deuced tough. Why, I've sworn off poker, quit getting drunk, even tried to worry along without cussing." "But why all this virtue?" "Why, don't you see, you loon you pilgrim? I'm in lore!" .( "Oh!" "It was all for Kitty's sake." "Who's Kitty?" "She's my girL Say, do you know old man Bewson down to Idaho Hats?"- 1 "What, the capitalist who floated the Grubstake mine?" "The same. A right smart silver proposition is the Grubstake.- Why, I guess the old man munt be worth his cool five million dollars now. Anyway, he's got six head of young fillies that there ain't the like of west of the Bit ter Root mountains,' calkers, and away up at that." t - "Blooded?" ' - ' v ... "I should smile. Out of the very best Virginian. There's Kitty, Saph, iMatred, Nehushta, Zebudah and ehltabel, all raised on the ranch, all attended the same school at Wild ICreek." "School!" I howled; "do you mean the man's daughter?" "Well, c rather! You see a man needs lots of wealth to pretend to any of these girls, for Silas is like them Old Testament chiefs who 'd see lords and dukes sniffing around the lodge and let the dogs at 'em because they ain't kings. She's too good anyway for a icommon scrub cowboy like mo. Oh, man, but you should see her sit a buck ing horse! She's like the west wind Riding a cloud, with the bright hair fly ing around her head and her eyes like (Btars. The broncho tears up the ground, but she laughs as she drives home the spur, and there's no fear in 'her. I've fought two men for fooling around her already one with rifles on horseback, he's in the hospital; the other shooting at sight with guns, but I hunted him out of the country." , Jack llrancepeth always was hand some, but now, as he laughed in tri umph, I felt that Miss Kitty had no 'need to rue her choice, for this gallant, simple, boyish lover had the face of a Galahad. "Yes, that's why I've been trying to keep straight Why, I'd be a mangy hermit if 1 couldn't make myself good nough for her But, as she said, the old man would never let me have hci unless I'd lots Of wealth. I tried hard enough, but then we'd been engaged more or less for two whole years with .out making ray pile." "But," said I, "this doesn't seem to have much bearing on the present trouble?" "It hasn't, eh? Well, you reach youi hand into the left pocket of my belt and you'll find her letters. There, that's right; now read the one on top." So I found myself glancing over the flrst of a batch of letters in a finq round schoolgirl hand like a string full of knots. "Dear Jack: If you want mo don't bo a tool Horo's pu fuvorlng DucUly Lowtlofrs, who wants mo awful bad Ho's Klven Daddy LonKlcRS a straight tip how to mako his fortune Pa told him that thoy'vo Just found a tremendous lot of silver In the Grubstake mlno; but tho prin cipal owners aro lying low and sayinu bad things about tho mlno until tlioy can ropo In all tho stock, whatever that means. Any w.ny, they've brokon down tho pumps on purposo to. let the works got flooded, so as to hido what ithoy'vo found. Daddy I.onnlcrs bus sonso enough to speculate In Grub it ikes; you haven't. Kitty." "Yes," continued Jiiels, "Kitty's pret ty straight goods, and when F.ho means a thing she says it. If Daddy Long legs had one thousand dollars, I was wortli two thousand dollars; at least, 'that's what I realized in hard cash by selling my ranch to a tenderfoot. So I roelo down here to Bitter Root City, w.ent ;to Kitty's uncle, Hi Ilewson, the stock broker, planked down my roll of bills and said: 'Buy Grubstakes.' " i " 'You hadn't ought to buy outright,' says Hewson; 'you should cover.' '"What's that?' said L " 'It means,' said he, 'that you plank down your money, I run the show; if the stock goes up, I sell out when you think that you're pretty well fixed for life; if the stock goes down two thou sand dollars' worth, you lose all you've got' " 'I'll gamble,' said I, 'with all I, can hold down by sitting straddle.' "Well, you should have seen the brokers guying Hi Hewson in the min ing exchange, and afterward I heard them talking among themselves in the Coffee palace. ' " 'What,' said one smart Aleck, 'you think III Hewson's working for Silas, eh? You must think Silas P. Hewson's gone loco! The old man con fessed only last week to a friend of mine that the mine's played out Why, the worses are chuck ablock with wa ter, and no tunneling facilities to drain it; the pumps have broken down end of the real pay ore there isn't a dollar in sight' " 'A level head has old man Silas,' says another; 'as to Hi Ilewson, he's roped in a sucker who thinks he can gamble some fool of a cowboy, he says.' " 'There was another sucker last week,' says smart Aleck; 'Daddy Long legs, they call him planked down one thousand dollars on a falling market, he! he! Well, ho's busted now cover all run out' "At that they all diank a toast: 'Loug live the suckers;' but well, I laughed. "Now read tho second letter," said Jack. I read: "You're a daisy. Daddy LonKlcgs has come back doad broke, and bis languatio Is Just disgraceful. Hold on, koop a tight hold, Jack, for pa says he'll soon be lotting the cat out of the bag, so If the stock goes down any more you must keep a good heart and hold on. Kittt." "That's all right," said Jack, "but by the time I got the letter on Monday morning my cover was running out, too. Says Hi: 'It's all your own fault; you never took the trouble to ask my advice or you wouldn't have bought till to-day;' but that was poor consolation, for I was like to be as big a fool as Daddy Longlegs. When the exchange closed on Monday the Grubstake was quoted at forty-three, and if It went a point lower my two thousand dollars were lost Bead the third letter." It said: . v , . "Bold' on to the stock. You needn't bars bees Jealous of Daddy. Ha ain't Id it; nevar was. for X lov you, old boy. On Wednesday morning the news will be In all the papers that the Qrubstaka was flooded on purpose to keep the s eo ret of a great bonanaa. Your stock will be worth a fortune. Bold on for my take, dar ling. Bold on for all you're worth. "Kitty." . "At that I plucked up courage," said Jack, cheerfully, "sold my horses, sad dle, rifle, 'shaps,' larlut, spurs, coat, watch, everything, and planked down the cash with HI Ilewson. I could hold now, he told me, till the stock dropped to forty and one-half, but if it went below that T was lost "On Tuesday I went to the mining exchange building with my heart in my mouth. The stock opened at forty three, then a little was sold at forty two, and at noon It stood at forty-one and one-half. Scared almost crazy, I grabbed hold of a reporter, stood the drinks and loaded him up' with news, 'I told him to say In his paper that the Hewson outfit was bearing down the ; market, that Silas had flooded the mine to hide his bonanza until the moment came to shout But the reporter made out that the next edition came out at 4 o'clock, and the exchange closed at 3:30. " 'Get out the posters early,' I told him, 'bribe the printers, work the ropes 'somehow, and if 1 win my game I won't forget you.' "The reporter winked, and started to write out his news; but when' the mar ket opened again in the afternoon there seemed to be no hope left, for the stock was at forty-one and one-quarter, with only three quarters of a point be tween me and perdition. "From where I stood in the public gallery I saw the brokers whispering, ;for a rumor had got wind from the printers that made them crazy. Some ,of them were offering forty-three, forty-four, even up to fifty for Grub stake stock, but there . wasn't a dollar for sale. 'Twas old Hewson's broker that started the counter rumor, making out that the newspaper yarn was some fool's canard or else a tale gotten up so that the holders could sell out in a , hurry. I was paralyzed when the bid ding stopped short I didn't know one more move that could save the game. !l was ready to kill myself. "Hi Ilewson sent up a clerk to say he hated to see me ruined I'd better sell. "It was decent of him, but I told the clerk to go to blazes, and further, be fore I'd throw up my hand like! a white livered coward. "At three o'clock came a telegram 'from Kitty that said: 'Be brave. Pa has bought all the stock he wants and I wired his broker to quit "bearing." ' "Oh, man, but she was worth fight ing for. She's an angel out of Heaven, and I'd rather have died than broken 'faith with her. "The clock was going so slow that It seemed to have stopped. Five past three, ten past, quarter past three; the stock at forty-one. Twenty past 'three, twenty-three past! I was saying rny prayers with my revolver ready in my hand for death if I lost the game. There was a commotion down below in the hall a rumor was spreading .through tho crowd, till it rippled up into tlio gallery, and I heard tho news tho Grubstake syndicate bankrupt! "I knew it could only be a lie gotten up by old Hewson's broker. I knew that in another moment the newspaper "I FIRED AT HIS FINOEI18." posters would be fastened up at the door. I knew that if the market held still another three minutes I'd saved my game. "The fool at the blackboard was marking the closing prices on Tigers, Poorman.'Coaur d'Aleno, Eagle of Mur derers' Bar, Grubstake. Ho'd wiped out the old figures to write down Grub stake at the price of a bankrupt mine; the brokers were yelling like demons; the place shook with the uproar) tho clock ticked at twenty-nine minutes past; tho fool was writing the figures that meant ruin despair death! "Raising my gun, I fired right at his fingers, missed, fired again, but the fool was gone. I firod again and again, then once again, and flung my revolver at tho blackboard across an empty hall. Yes, I'd stampeded tho brokers, I'd stampeded the whole confounded bunch the ruck of them was screeching with panic against the doors and I stood alone in the gallery. The game was won! "What matter if 1 did get excited! What matter if I did knock a few .deputy marshals out of the gallery? '.What matter If I did damage a city of ficial or a few dozen or score? 'The news is out; I've won me a wife and a fortune; I'm boss of the range; and Kitty shall live like a queen be cause I love her because I've loved her like a man and she's mine!" All the Year Round. Kindness Costa Ear In the Boadan, In the Soudan, according to a trav eler who recently returned from that country, a slave who considers himself ill-treated has a right not to freedom, indeed, but to select a master more to his liking.' To be safe from recapture and punishment,, the bondsman baa only, to escape from his old home by night, go immediately to the house ot any man to Whom he chooses1 to belong, audi arriving there, snip a bit of car tilage from the ear of its sleeping pro prietor.' That accomplished, the mat ter is settled; neither the old. nor the new' master can question the transac tion's legality or binding force. The traveler report that he' saw several men in the Soudan whose ears had al most disappeared, so often had the dis contented slaves of others thus dis turbed their slumbers. N. Y. Tlmea 'Louis the Great had even and tol erably regular features, without any strongly marked characteristics. By all hjs contemporaries he Is spoken of as a tall man, but he had a way of raising his head, surmounted by the monstrous wig he w6rei and of swell ing his chest, that' created the impres sion of height, for when the sepulohers of the kings were violated by the con vention and his body was dragged out of his coffin it was measurod and found a trifle over five feet six Inches. TRAIN ROBBERY. Two Men Hold Up a California Passenger Train. ONE ROBBER IS SHOT DEAD And the Man Who Fired the Fatal Bullet Is Himself Killed by the Other nnmllt-PasiM-r.ffers re Relieved ot Their Valuables. Nothing Taken From ExpreiM Car. Mabysvillk, Cal.,' April 1. The northbound Oregon express train was held up at a point one hundred yards or more below the crossing at Reed's station, seven miles south of this city, at about 1:45 Saturday morning. J. J. Bogard, the sheriff of Tehama county, who was a passenger on the train, was killed, together with one of the rob bers, a man six feet In height, weigh about 200 pounds and attired in a com plete bicycle suit over which he had a pair of overalls. The dead robber la known In this city, having been served with a meal at a local restaurant on several occasions within the last two weeks. The fireman, A. Nethercott, was seriously wounded having been shot twice. The first intimation that the engi neer and fireman had of the presence of the robbers was when one of them climbed over from the blind baggage car and commanded at the point of a pistol, that the train be stopped. When tho stop was made the engi neer was ordered to move about one hundred feet further. The robber then caused them to jump from the en gine and with another robber, wha appeared from a hiding place in the roadway, they ordered the express cat to be opened. This was done, but the robbers could find nothing of value, as the safe combination was not in the hands of the messenger. The robbers then ordered the two railroad men to get into the passenger cars. They had a leg of a pair of overa'ls tied at one end for a sack and as they wenl through the first car, the smoker, the passengers, who were few in number, put their coin and valuables fu it, the fireman being forced to net its the col lector. The colored porter in .the tourist sleeper, just beyond the day coach, be came aware that a robbery was in progress and knowing that Sheriff Bo gard was in a berth called him. In a minute the sheriff, armed with hia heavy revolver, started for the' day coach. He crossed the platform be tween the sleeper aad the day soach and as he entered the latter at the rear door the robbers came in at the front. The sheriff stepped to one side and fired. His bullet dropped one ol the men, but the second failed to reach its target v The others robber roust have seen Bogard enter and on doing so jumped down and running along the side of the car entered and shot him from the rear. The second robber then fled. Conductor Shortridge secured a man to help Engineer Bowser and after an half hour's delay the train came to this city, arriving about 2:30 a. in. A. Berger, who represents the Man ual Publishing Company, of Chicago, stated that he was sitting in the smok ing car when the robbers entered, ac companied by the fireman and engi neer. The taller of the two robbers ordered him to hold up his hands and "dig up." He gave him 85, which he placed in the sack that the fireman held. The men passed on, and soon after he heard three shots in rap'd suc cession. Sylvester Simpson, of San Francisco, who was also in thesmokingcar.stated that he was asked to throw up his hands, and as he refused he was hit over the temple by the tall robber with his gun, receiving a bad scalp wound. Sa Francisco, April 1. The dead robber has been Identified by Charles Becker, night clerk at the United States hotel. Becker is positive that the robber is a man who registered as S. McGuire. Tho other registered as J. Johnson. The railroad people had been expecting a hold up on this divis ion and until recently had guards on whocamo up as far as this city. Appointment by the President. Washington, April 1. The president Saturday appointed Charles E. Brown postmaster at Cincinnati, John C. Hutchlns postmaster at Cleveland, vice A. T. Anderson, commission ex pired; Samuel D. Dodge, to bo United States district attorney at Cleveland, O., vice Allen T. Brlnsmade, commis sion expired; Mary Beyeredorfer, post master at Ripley, O.; Warner S. Good land, postmaster at Iron wood, Mich.; Warren E. Watson, postmaster at Man- celona, Mich. Republican League Convention.' Chicago,' April 1. President William W. Tracy and Secretary A. B. Humph, rey have issued a. call for the eighth annual convention of the Republican National' League- at' Cleveland, O., Wednesday, June 10. The ratio of rep resentation will' be six delegatea-at-large from each 1 state and tertitory, four from each: congressional district and one from each college republican league clubj . Order of Tontl Asset. Philadelphia, April 1. Charles N. 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