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dies, but" a pause, during which he satisfied himself that the enemy was effectually silenced, "but I've sum thin' worth tellin' an' worth hearin' to spin ju3t neow. See the Kansas build in', a queer lookin' shanty down there?" pointing to it. "Wall, I found a chap there's put me onto a good thing eout there. I'm goin', an' wouldn't ye like to go too ? Fine land, no perlice, no water rates, all out doors, cows, cattle, hosrses, corn, everything, an' all for $5 an acre." "Tell him I'm not goin'," shot in the voice from the rear like a hand gren ade. "Tell her," answered Ilabakkuk, coolly, "that when she's asked to go, she may consider the marter just neow. I guess I'd as soon's not be a batchel- der. I'v gone a-many a mile without her, an' I can go many another with out her." "Let us go down to the Kansas build ing together," interposed Calvin, will ing to end this ridiculous contention, "and interview the agent of this won derful Jand." After an orderly march to the neat edifice occupied by the Kansas com missioners and filled every day with throngs of visitors, in which the irate Deborah meekly took her place beside her "concert" in prudent silence, the company found themselves within a more spacious room than the, exterior promised, and among a large crowd of callers. Passing by the numerous cases of exhibits tastefully displayed, the shocks of tall corn and wheat stalks stacked like arms in a baronial hall, the case of silk and its products, mounted animals, and choice ores, the party pro ceeded at once to a little office in one corner, where embowered amid phen omenal growths of grain and great maps of the state, stood a tall man with a long, horse-like face, uphol stored with sandy trimmings and wear ing a smile whose generous effulgence knew no decline or fall. They soon came within range of his perpetual voice. "Ladies and gentlemen," it swept out over the room like a cornet solo, "this way to Kansas! Here is the original Garden of Eden! Here joy and wealth from peace perennial flow, nor war, nor strife, the happy dwellers know. Hear health unbroken ever more abounds, and here here in short, ladies and gentlemen, is Utopia! On the great Pacific railway the com merce of the world flying daily past your doors! Buy a farm in Kansas! No more rents. Here with one year's rent on one of the old used-up farms of the East you can buy a farm of virgin soil in Kansas. Behold this wheat, this corn, this fruit! All of the nec essaries of life and most of the luxu ries raised in Kansas. See that silk! One of our playthings! We can raise silk on every bush, but are too busy quarrying out potatoes and beets to do it! One hundred and sixty acres of the richest land in the world for $800, pay able in one, two or three years time! One crop will pay the entire amount! Health? Ah, my friend, no wonder you ask! Your pale face would be as ruddy and fat as a London alderman's if you should live six months in Kan sas. No sickness there! Ague? Not in the section for which I am agent Some on the Neosho bottoms, I am told, but they are 300 miles away Grasshoppers? A few touched us two years ago after corn was ripe, and without harming us passed on. Did some damage in the lower part of the itate, I believe, but in our section nothing. Will never come again." So on and on interminably. Within an hour one party had made a purchase in' common of a quarter section of land in one of the north western counties of Kansas. They had no clear ideas of its locality. It was to them a share in Utopia. This at least, was the feeling of the Calvins. They felt themselves assured of happiness anywhere. As for Ilabakkuk, he could not be miserable under any conditions, nor could Deborah be contented. It was, therefore, with reasonable con tent, if not in exultant expectation, that the little company set out for their Utopia one evening from the depot of the Pennsylvania railroad. CHAPTER XI. A PRAIKIE PARADISE. Weary almost to faintness by the seemingly almost interminable journey, almost stifled by the heat and dust, crowded during the latter stages by the already flowing tide of emigiation to Kansas, so soon to ebb temporarily, and depressed under the view of the mo notonous dreariness of the endlessly stretching plain over which they drifted for the last 200 miles, our travelers had began to consider earnestly the ques tion just then beginning to raise its voice among men, "Is life worth liv ing?" when through the car rang the brakeman's dislocated syllables, which when properly articulated, made the name which had pictured itself on their minds and flaunted before their fancies for days, which peemed as many years "Prairie Dog Station." With drowsy limbs, yet with inner consciousness acute and expectant they filed out, and as the baggage came piece after piece on the platform, they huddled together, jostled by the train hands, gazed upon by the natives who peered into their faces and studied the labels on the trunks as ardently as ever. Layard pored over the storied tiles of Ninevah. The bell rang out on the moonlight, and a note as doleful to them as the death knell to a sentient soul passing to hades, the conductor cried, "All abroad" as Noah might have shouted it at the drowning unfortunates under the eaves of the ark, as he stood out over the mountains on the strange sea and the long, jointed serpent, shining dully through its scales, glided off upon its wilderness wsy, leaving the little party stranded on the vast prairie. Habakkuk was the first to realize their position and recall them to ac tion. "I vum," he began, with less of his long roll style than ever before, "I vum, if this 'ere don't beat all! Fust time in my life, goin' on 75, 'never hed a chance to let myself eout! Darned ef I couldn't holler here so's a feller on Pike's Pike could hear me! Stranger," he accosted a lank stripling who stood near, gathering all items obtainable, "hev ye such a thing as a tarvern in this 'ere city?" The "Stranger" grinned out, "Thar's the 'Kyote's Nest' ef ye ask fur a hotel, reckon ye did." "Guide us, oh, Prairie Mercury, unto the Kyote's Nest,'" broke in Calvin. "They call me Bud Lanter, an' I don't keer to be called outer my name. Have you any bizness with me?" "Show us the place you mentioned," retorted Calvin, "Mr. Bud, and we'll thank you heartily." "Thanks don't go in this neck er woods, stranger. I reckon I hold je up fur about a quarter." "All right, lead on." "Not till I see the quarter." Calvin bit his lip with vexation and handed the coin to the guide, who, with out a word pocketed it, and led them to the only building in the city except the station. Here they found a roughly. built, unpainted pine box, overrun by emigrants and indigenous loafers over whelmed in tobacco smoke and lively with profanity and drunken brawling. Behind a row of boxes facing the en trance were a few shelves covered with bottles, a half-clad bacchanal who dealt out the' portions on demand which came almost constantly, while in front was a serried rank of con sumers with a strong force of waiting reserves. Calvin passed through the line and asked the high priest, while offering libations, if he was the land lord. He secured no response save the muttered protests of the waiting drinkers who pressed upon him closely. He repeated the question, and the god of the bar deigned, after a moment, to look up, scanned him slowly, and responded: "I reckon I pass for that here. What 'you want?" "I want beds for three tired people who have come 2,000 miles without stopping, and need rest." "Wall," drawled the proprietor of the 'Kyoto's Nest,' "wait awhile, I'm busy now." "But," persisted Calvin, "these ladies are almost dead on their feet. Show us a room at least, until you are ready to wait on us." "Look hur, mister," themightyman snapped back, "ef you er any other tenderfoot allow you kin bulldoze Me, you're off. Don't you come aroud hur orderin' uf Me aroun', fur I ain't to be ordered roun' by ary tenderfoot." At this the front line of loafers grinned and in accord responded, "You bet he ain't!" In despair, Calvin fell back, and motioned his company outside. They found a bench by the door on which the women sat dejectedly while the men walked near, and as Ilabakkuk expressed afterward, "cussed and dis cussed the question." At length the long line of thirsty bib ulants having been filled to repletion, the host condescended to find his guests and took them to an upper room, where, despite the clouds of smoke which rose densely at intervals from below, and the pandemonium ot sounds which rang upward until nearly day break, punctuated by the "soothing song of the pistol and the pleasing 6hriek of its victim, the weary pilgrims found some brief respite from the endless rock and swing and chuck-a-luck of the train which even in sleep haunted their dreams. Morning came and the sun rose on a magical landscape. A waveless ocean. A treeless wilderness. The sun burst upon the scene, sucked up the dew at a gulp, and began his fierce bombard ment of fiery rays from a cloudless sky upon a shelterless plain. Calvin and Shrouds rose early and stood be wildered in gaze. The older man, ac customed to views of the lim itless ocean hailed a familiar range of vision, but the grassy levels were as unwonted to his ken as to that of Calvin. "I shall never git used to it," he muttered. "Why, if we shall go eout to hunt a neighbor, we'd git lost an' wander till the wolves would pick our bones." He turned away with a sigh, and Cal vin silently followed him. A breakfast followed of strong black coffee, fat pork and heavy bis cults, upon which scores of hungry men rushed like famished swine and devoured as greedily. The bill bus That Tired Feelins: So common at this season, is a serious condition, liable to lead to disastrous results. It is a sure sign of declining health tone, and that the blood is im poverished and impure The best and most successful remedy is found in MOOD'S Sarsaparilla Which makes rich, healthy blood, and thus gives strength to the nerves, elas ticity to the muscles, vigor to the brain la and health to the whole body. In truth, Hood's Sarsaparilla Makes the Weak Strong Be sure to get Hood's and only Hood's. $1; six for $5. Prepared only by C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell, Mass. Hood's Pills cure nausea and biliousness. gested to Shrouds that it was not hard to find high living here, anyhow. Dur ing the progress of the meal Deborah came out in great power. She called for a "cup-per tea." Such a demand was as unexpected as would be an or der for fresh mushrooms at a Spitzber gen restau.ant. "Hav't you anything to drink but this black stuff, pointing scornfully to her cup of cooling cof fee." "Might try whisky," was the response of the waitress, a washed-out female of uncertain age and station. "Whisky!" the old woman responded, "there's nothin in this God-iorsaken country but whisky an' terbacker,' an'," with a comprehensive "f 'knee about the board, "beastly men. Tbis is the place He has dragged me to," oh.the emphasis on the He! "an' here I am to die." The "beastly men" laughed loudly.,' Deborah rallied to meet this rudeness. "Yes, laugh all yer a-min' ter," she bridled, "laugh at your botters, you poor, ignorant cattle I I'm old enough and ugly enough just neow tew bring deown on ye all the wrath 'er God. Laugh at me again if ye dare," and the old fury half rose in her chair, her gray locks falling around her skinny neck, and her voice shrilly screaming. Some spell seemed to awe the coarse natures, and the men hence forth to the end of the miserable meal ate in silence. The land the party had purchased lay fifty miles away to the north. The agent had described it as a little dis tance out from the "city" where they were to disembark. The dillicultles of transportation thither had not oc curred to them. Both men sought for teams until dinner unsuccessfully. The noon spread was a duplication of the breakfast, except that the land lord, warned by the fierceness of "the old witch," as he called Deborah in the kitchen, produced a passable cup of tea for each of the ladies. Deter mined to get away from the "Coyotes Nest" before another night fell, the men succeeded about the middle of the afternoon in purchasing, at an ex orbitant price a pair of serviceable horses and a dilapidated wagon, into which loading the baggage and them selves, they set forth amid a f usilade of directions and parting observations, respectful and otherwise, from the loungers around the place. Of the journey to, and the arrival at, the land there need be littte mention. Innumerable blunders to be recom pensed with knowledge, often dearly bought, vexations without number, trials of patience and fortitude and faith, in a bitter time to follow these irksome experiences, of these there were plenty. An excavation In the 1 tti:iUJj 0 ii.