Newspaper Page Text
THE HAYS F2EE PRESS
GOATS THAT COMBINE
CHARM AND UTILITY
Robert J. C Stead
U UUVLl AkVi V v y
THE COW PUNCHER
Here's an up-to-date story of
the ranch country, the city and
"over there." It's a love story
the story of the master passion
that drives a man onward to suc
cess for the sake of the woman
he loves. The hero is a mave
rick of the foothills. The heroine
is a city glrj born to the con
ventions. As the boy was practicing
shooting with his cayuse on the
dead run along came the first
automobile he had ever seen. It
obligingly tipped over right be
hind the ranch house and broke
the owner's leg. So there was
time for Dave and Irene to get
acquainted which was to fall in
They parted with a kiss she
to go back to her city life, he to
win his way up to her.
The shadows of the spruce trees
fell northeastward, pointing long, cool
fingers across belts of undulating
prairie or leaning lazily against the
brown foothills. And among the
trees It was cool and greenj and clear
blue water rippled over beds of shin
The house was of round, straight
logs ; the shingles of the squat ' roof
were cupped and blistered with the
suns of. many summers. Refuse loi
tered about the open door: many
. empty tins, a hviky barrel with miss
ing hoops, boxes, harness, tangled bits
of wire. Once there had been a fence,
a sort of picket fence of little sap
lings, but wild broncos had kicked.it
to pieces and range steers had strag
gled unscarred across Its scattered
Forward, and to the left, was a
small corral, mill slabs on end or
fences of lodgepole pine; a corner
somewhat covered in, offering vague
protection from the weather. The up
per poles were worn thin with the
cribbing of many horses.
The desertion seemed absolute; the
silence was the silence of the unspo
ken places. But suddenly it was bro
ken by a stamping in the covered part
of the corral, and a man's voice say
ing: TIip, there ! Whoa, you cayuse !
Get under your saddle ! Sleepin
against a post all day, you Sloppy
eye. Hip ! Come to it !
Horse and rider dashed into the
sunlight. The boy for he was no
more than a boy sat the beast as
though born to it, his lithe frame tak
ing every motion of his mount as
softly as a good boat rides the sea.
With a yell at his horse he -snatched
the hat from his head, turning to the
sun a smooth brown face and a mane
of dark hair, and slapped the horse
across the flank with- his crumpled
headgear. The animal sprang into
the air, then dashed at a gallop down
the roadway, bearing the boy as un
concerned as a flower on its stem.
Suddenly he brought his horse to a
stop, swung about, and rode back at
a gentle canter. A few yards from
the house he again spurred him to a
gallop, and, leaning far down by the
animal's side deftly picked a bottle
from among the grass. Then he circled
about, repeating this operation as
often as his eye fell on a bottle, until
he had half a dozen ; then down the
road again, carefully setting a bottle
on each post of the fence that skirted
it to the right.
Again he came back to the house, j
but when he turned his eye was on j
the row of posts and his right hand j
lay on the grip of his revolver. Again '
Jils sharp yell broke the silence and
the horse dashed forward as though
shot from a gun. Down the road they
went until within a 'rod of the first
bottle: then there was a flash In the!
sunlight " and to the clatter of the
horse's hoofs came the crack-crack !
of the revolver. Two bottles shivered
to fragments, but four remained in
&ct, and the boy rode back, muttering,
uind disappointed. He reasoned with
3iis horse as he rode :
Tain't no use, you ol Slop-eye :
:& fellow can't get the bead if he ain't
r$;ct the fillln' cooked meals an de
vcent. chuck. I could plug 'em six out
xT .six you know that, you ol' flop
ears. Don't you argue about It, nei
ther. When I'm right inside my belt
I sinash 'em six out o'. six. but I ain't
right, an you know it. You don't
know nothin' about It. You never had
a father; leastways you never had to
be responsible for one. . . . Well.
It's comin to. a finish a d lame
finish, you know that. You know
But he had reloaded his revolver
and set up two more bottles. This
time 'he broke four and was better
' pleased with himseif. As he rode back
his soliloquy was broken by a strange
sound from beyond the belt of trees.
The horse pricked up his ears and
the boy turned In the saddle to listen
"Jumpin' crickets! - What's loose?" he
ejaculated. He knew every sound pf
the foothill country, but . this was
strange to him. A kind of .snort, a
sort of hiss, mechanical in its regu
larity, startling In Its strangeness. It
came across the valley ' with the un
broken rhythm of-a watch tick.
"Well, I. guess It won't eat us," he
ventured at last. "We'll Just run It
down and perhaps poke a hole In it."
So saying, he cantered along the road,
crossed the little stream, and swung
Vip the hill on the farther side.
He was half, way up. when a turn in
the road brought him Into sudden
6ight of the strange visitor. It was
the first he had seen, but he. knew It
at once, for the fame of the automo
bile, then hi- Its single-cylinder stage,
had already -spread Into the farthest
ranching country. The horse was less
well Informed. He bucked and kicked
In rage and terror. But the boy was
conscious not so much of the horse as
of two bright eyes turned on him In
frank and surprised admiration.
"What horsemanship !" she ex
claimed. But the words had scarce
left her Hps when they were followed
by a cry of alarm. For the car had
taken a sudden turn from the road
and plunged Into a growth of young
poplars that fringed the hillside. It
half slid, half plowed Its way Into a
semi-vertical position among the young
trees. The two occupants were
thrown from -their-seat; the girl fell
clear but her father was less fortu
In an Instant the boy had flung him
self from his horse, dropping the reins
to the ground, and the animal, al
though snorting and shivering, had no
thought of disgracing his training by
breaking his parole. With quick, un
gainly strides the boy brought himself
to the upturned machine. It was cu
rious that he should appear to such
disadvantage on his feet. In the
saddle he was grace personified.
For a moment he looked somewhat
stupidly upon the wreck. Had it been
a horse or a steer he would have
known the procedure, but this experi
ence was new to his life. Besides
there were strangers here. He had no
fear of strangers when they Avore
chaps and colored handkerchiefs, but
a girl in a brown sweater and an
oldish man with a white collar vVere
creatures. to be approached with cau
tion. The oldish man was lying on
the ground, with a leg pinned under
the car. and . Brown Sweater raised
his head against her knee and pressed
his cheeks with small white fingers,
and looked at the boy with bright
gray eyes and said:
"Aren't you going to do anything?"
That brought him back. "Sure," he
said, springing to her side. "Whada ye
want me to do?"
"I am afraid my leg Is broken," said
the man, speaking calmly notwith
standing his pain. "Can you get the
jack out of the toolbox and raise the
The girl pointed to the box, and in
a moment he had the jack In his
hand. But It was a new tool to him
The Animal Sprang Into the Air, Then
Dashed at a Gallcp Down' the Road
way. and he fumbled with it stupidly. The
handle would not fit, and when it did
fit it operated the wrong way.
'Oh, let me have It," she cried im
In a moment she had ft set under
the frame of the car and was plying
the handle up and down with rapid
strokes. The boy looked on, helpless
and mortified. He was beginning to
realize that there were more things ;
in the world than riding a horse and
shooting bottles. He felt a sudden '
desire to be of great service. And
just now he could -be of no service
whatever. , j
But the foot of the jack began to !
sink In the soft earth, and the girl
looked up helplessly.
It won't lift It," she said. "What
shall we do?" ,
It was his chance. He was eighteen,
and hi. "i open life had given him
muscles 01 steel. "Here," he said
roughly, "move his leg when I get it
clear." He turned his back to the
machine and crouched down until he
could get his hands under, the steel
frame. Then he lifted. The car was
in a somewhat poised position, and he
was able to swing it up far enough
to release the injured leg.
"Very good, my boy," said the man.
"That was a wonderful lift. The leg
is broken compound. Can you get
some way of moving me to shelter?
I will pay you well."
The last words were unfortunate.
Hospitality In the ranching country Is
not bought and sold.
"You can't pay me nothin," he said
rudely. "But I (. can bring a light
wagon, if you can ride In that, and
put you up at the ranch. The old
man's soused," he added, as an after
thought, "but It's better than sleepin
out. I won't be long.".
He was -back at his horse, and In
a - moment they beard the clatter of
hoofs galloping down the hillside.
The girl rested her father's head In
her lap. Tears made her bright eyes
brighter still. -
"Don't cry. Reenle," he said gently.
"We are very lucky to. be so close to
help. Of course I'll bfe laid up for a
while, but It will give you a chance
to see ranch life as it really is." He
winced with pain but continued: 1
fancy we shall find It plain and on
veneered. What a horseman I -If 1
could run an automobile like he does
a horse we should not be here."
"He's strong," she said. "But he's
The best .fields for muscle are often
poor schools for manners," he an
swered. The boy was soon back with a
wagon and a stretcher. He avoided
the eyes of his guests, but quickly
and gently enough he placed the In
jured man on the stretcher. "I guess
you'll have to take the feet," he said.
The words were for the girl although
he did not look at her. "I could
hustle him myself but It might hurt
But the injured .man interrupted.
"I beg your pardon," he said, "that I
did not Introduce my daughter. I am
Doctor Hardy; this Is my daughter
Irene, Mr. ?"
"They don't call me mister," said
the boy. "Misters Is scarce In these
woods. My came Is Elden Dave
The girl came up with extended
hand. He took It shyly, but It made
him curiously bold.
"I'm glad to meet you, Mr. Elden,"
"I'm glad to meet you, too," he an
'swered. "Misses Is scarcer than mis
ters in this neck o' the woods."
Carefully they ' lifted the injured
man Into the wagon, and Dave drove
to the ranch building with an un
wonted caution that must have caused
strange misgivings In the hearts of
"It ain't much of a place," he said,
as they pulled up at the door. "I
guess you can see that for yourself,"
he added, with a grin. "You see
there's just dad and me, and he's
soused most of the time, and I handle
a lasso better'n a scrubbin' brush."
He was already losing his shyness.
"Now you take the feet again. Steady !
Look out for that barrel hoop. This
He led into the old ranch house,
kicking the door wider open with his
heel as he passed. A partition from
east to west divided the house, and
another partition from north to south
divided the northern half. In the
northeast room they set the stretcher
on the floor.
"Now," said the boy, "I'm goin for
the doctor. It's forty miles to town,
and It'll likely be mornin' before I'm
back, but I'll sure burn the trail.
There's grub in the house, and you
won't starve that Is if you can cook."
(This was evidently for Irene. There
was a note In it that suggested the
girl might have her limitations.) "Dig
into anythin In sight. And I hope
your father's leg won't hurt very
"Oh, Til stand it," said Doctor
Hardy, with some cheerfulness. "We
medical men become accustomed to
suffering in other people. You are
very kind. My daughter may remain
in this room, I suppose? There is
no one else?"
"No one but the old man," he an
swered. "He's asleep In the next
room, safe till mornin. I'll be back
by that time. That's my bed," indi
cating a corner. "Make yourselves at
home." He lounged through the door,
and they heard his spurs clanking
across the hard earth.
The girl's first thought was for her
father. She removed his boot and,
stocking, and, under his direction, slit
the leg of his trousers above the in
jury. It was bleeding a little. In the
large room of the house she found a
'pail of water, and she bathed the
wound, wiping it with ' her handker
chief and mingling a tear or two with
the warm blood that dripped from it.
"You're good stuff," her father said, j
pressing the fingers of her unoccupied
band. "Now if you could find a clean
cloth to bandage it "
"Is that you. Dave7"
"Yes, Reenie, and the doc
tTO BE CONTINUED.)
QUEER CAUSES OF SNEEZING
Hard to Explain Why Simple Things
Have Such a Peculiar Effect on
Seme people sneeze for curious rea
sons. There Is a clergyman who can
nrrpr cross . th rnnrt on verv hot
day without carrying an umbrella. 1f
he does, he is Immediately taken with
a violent fit of sneezing. Another
niin is similarly affected by exposure
to bright gas-light.
Clergymen seem to be particularly
sensitive In this direction. Another
wearer of the cloth used to sneeze
whenever he came near tt a dead hare.
A similar case is that of a young man
who could never go near a horse with
out sneezing. . 1.
- Peculiar odors have been "known to
cause sneezing.- A druggist's wife al
ways sneezed when Ipecacuanha was
being used ' in the shop, and another
person always found sneezing neces
sary whenever he entered ajroom where
there were violets. And there; Is an ac
count of a well-known physician who
was fond of chocolates," IjI could
never, eat one without suffering spasms
of sneezing. , , ..
Perhaps the most remarkable case
Is that of a- man - who," whenever he
sees a picture of a hayfield, immediate
ly proceeds to sneeze his head nearly
off. London Tit-Bits.
Mistress I'm afraid my poor, dar
ling, little Topsy will never recover.
Do you know, Bridget. I think the
.kindest thing would be . to have her
chloroformed and put out of her mis
ery." Bridget I wouldn't do that. mum.
Sure, she might get better, after all.
j an then ye'd be sorry ye had her km
led. Boston Evening Transcript.
f s : Y
i - v : -:..4 is :i '
flk y i vi
Now Is the timewben the warm coat
for midwinter comes up for consider
ation and the buyer goes cheerfully
forth to see what she can see. She is
destined to find quite a number of new
coatings represented In thick, soft
weaves, and, if gifted with a retentive
mind, she may be able to commit their
various names to memory. They all
seem to be variations of cloths that
we have known in the past as Bolivia,
zibeline, duvetyn rough mixtures and
other heavy, wooly fabrics that are
cozy looking. Some of them we know
to be strong and sturdy, others look
as promising. Taken as a whole,
coatings are richer looking than they
have ever been, which is a pleasant
thing to contemplate and measured
by prices they certainly ought to look
Some of the new coats are extrava
gantly high priced and there has been
an increase In nearly all of them. The
cheerfulness of the buyer is apt to be
somewhat dampened unless her purse
Is long, for fur-trimmed coats must
be classed among the luxuries' of the
Alluring Veils for Autumn Hats
There is something very alluring
about veils. They are among the be
longings of women, that are peculiar
ly their own ; mere man having no
share in this kind of apparel. The
wedding veil Cs a vision that girlhood
cherishes and thrills over. Veils are
significant and charming and have In
most cases no other season for exist
ence. But they contribute to neat
ness, if one must be practical, and
they are often very flattering. It is
the element of style in them, with be
comlngness. that makes them dear to
the hearts of women and provides us
with ever-changing weaves and pat
terns to choose ffom.
Some modistes have featured veils
as an essential part of the trimming
of hats, In their displays of fall mil
linery. The all-over lace patterns ap
pear to have given place to mesh veils
with borders, these borders being often
In a lace pattern or having a flortil de
sign applied to the mesh. Veils fall
about the face and head from small
and medium-sized hats In ways that
seem casual but are not. They are
sometimes draped with the border
about the hat and the plain edge hang
ing down, but this is exceptional ;
nearly always the plain edge is placed
about the shape and the border de
fines the bottom of the veil.
Among the very elegant veils used
on dressy hats those of chantilly lace
are conspicuous. The mesh Is fine In
these, and the border a floral pattern
above a seal' oped edge usually. Black
and taupe gray are the favored colors
for veils, either color proving practi
cal for the street and becoming to the
Uncut Fringe In Wool.
Uncut fringe In either wool or silk,
often combined with embroidery. Is one
of the new ways of trimming both
frocks and wraps this season, accord
ing to Vogue. Navy blue wool is used
on the white repe de chine frock. On
either side of both back, and front of
the skirt, at the ends of the pouch pock
ets, are groups of two plaits. The em
broidery and fringe motif which Is
used on the pointed cuffs is repeated
on the back of the collar. This frock
fastens along one shoulder seam and
rich. Pile fabrics are warm and rich
looking and have proved to be most
durable. Coats of these plushes sell
at a reasonable price and so do those
of heavy wools that are woven like
steamer rugs or army blankets. Leath
er coats have been Introduced to pro
vide warm coats at a medium price.
The two coats shown in the picture
above are good examples of styles for
all-round general wear. They are cut
on the most practical lines with muf
fler collars, big pockets and roomy
sleeves. The coat at the left has a
narrow belt of cloth with . long ends
that loop over at the front. A few
bone buttons make themselves useful
for fastening at the waistline and col
lar and ornamenting the , cuffs. In
the coat at the right, the buttons are
cloth-covered and the belt slips
through a slide at the front. A luxu
rious collar of skunk fur . may be
brought up and fastened at the throat,
in the face of stormy weather or be
fore the teeth of an icy wind. These
are both attractive coats and types of
styles that are soft and becoming as
well as warm and durable.
wearer. There is a great variety of
shapes in meshes square, diamond
shaped, hexagonal and oblong, with
ail sorts of inconspicuous crossbars
and figures to add interest to them.
Street veils have light woven-In bor
ders and they are worn either hanging
free or fastened about the neck, after
the manner of the three veils shown
in the picture.
Veils should be tried on and se
lected for becomingness, as hat shapes
are. Some meshes make the face look
more youthful and others seem to re
veal wrinkles. For clearing up the
fckln and bringing out color dark blue,
sapphire, and national blue are all ef
fective. Taupe and black find more
admirers than any other colors.
There are some small face veils only
large enough to extend from hat brim
to chin, and they are made to be
pinned or to be slipped on and held
in place with small, round elastic eord.
The floating veils shown at the right
and bottom of the group are knotted
in at the back sometimes as in the
hat shown at the upper left side.
These are popular styles, soft, becom
ing, and desirable.
In Small Furs.
In smalj furs, there are noticeable
stoles that may be adjusted so as to
be worn in several unique ways, and
among the recently presented models
of this type are many of gray squirrel
and of Hudson seaL
under the arm. It may be had in navy
blue crepe de chine, with garnet wool
embroidery or In beige with tete de
negre as well as In white with blue.
. Correct Veils.
Vail3 of all descriptions are a de
cided feature of the correct toilet of
the Parlslenne and the vogue will un
doubtedly develop here all styles of
draped and face veils are sure -to be
accepted here as these are abroad.
The barleycorn Is t&e heart's key.
peg a package
pec a package
c a package
THE FLUOR L&5TS
S DOES THE PHICEJ
Want of principle Is the principal
want of a mean man.
Cutlcura Comforts Baby's Skin
When red, rough and itching with hot
baths of Cutlcura Soap and touches of
Cutlcura Ointment. Also make use
eow and then of that exquisitely scent
ed dusting powder, Cutlcura Talcum,
one of the indispensable Cutlcura
Toilet Trio. Adv.
LIFE OF DOG IN BELGIUM
Does Not Loaf as. They Do in America,
but is Put to Pulling
The expression, "a dog's life," must
have originated in this part of Eu
rope. In Belgium and Holland the
dog do not loaf about as they do in
America. In Holland I saw one dog
pulling a cart In which three men
were sitting, and on the roads we
passed many dogs pulling carts, writes
a Belgian correspondent in the Kan
sas City Star. Even more dogs are
used to pull carts In Belgium, as the
Germans left very few horses in this
country. To judge by appearances,
virtually all the husky able-bodied
dogs In Belgium are "broke to har
ness. But the roads are good and
the carts not heavy, usually, and the
dogs seem to like it. The drivers were
holding back rather than driving many
of the dogs we passed, and in one vil
lage we saw a dog bark and beg to be
hitched up when a woman started out
on a short trip with a push cart.
When she yielded and hitched up the
dog we saw why she had hesitated.
The dog was a big, strong fellow, and
so eager to pull that she had a hard
time holding him back.
Wimmen is dear things all right
when th annual crop "f Easter hats Is
In Greenland potatoes do not grow
larger than ordinary marbles.
A table drink made
"quick as a wink " by
placing a spoonful in a
cup, then adding hot
water, and sugar and
cream to taste.
"There's a Reason
PosUxxxi Cereal Company
Battle Creek, Midi.
Sold by Grocers and General Store
No Raise in Price
bsfore tiis iva
during the war
To Bridge the Golden Gate.
Seps for the realization of one of
the greatest projects ever contem
plated in California the Golden Gate
bridge were taken at a mass meet
ing of citizens In San Rafael early In
The surveys snow that the bridge
could be constructed directly over the
Golden Gate from Fort Baker to Fort
Mason. The Gate has a total width at
that point of 5,500 feet, and soundings
show a rock formation in the center,
which would support the central span.
A San Francisco banker has offered
to finance the project with a loan of
$10,000,000, the estimated cost. The
only condition is that the government
grant the backers a franchise and regu
late the toll charges.
Everything In the dear old village
seemed the same to Jones after his
absence for four years. The old
church, the village pump, the duck
on the green, the old men smoking,
while their wives gossip it was so
restful after the rush and bustle of
the city. Suddenly he missed some
"Where's Hodge's windmill?" he
asked In surprise. "I can see only
one. mill and there used to be two."
The native gazed thoughtfully
around, as if to verify the statement.
Then he said slowly:
"They pulled one down; there
weren't wind enough for two of 'cm."
At the Critical Moment.
I was attending the theater with
some friends. The hero and heroine
had reached the critical moment, but,
as he held her In his arms, he hesi
tated. As the seconds ticked on
with no further action, the suspense
grew too much for me, and I finally
shouted at the ton of my lunes (as
It seemed to me later) "Kiss her, you
boob!" Needless to say, I did not en
Joy the last few moments of the performance.