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1 CHAPTER I. The Plainsman. The man was rifling just below the summit of the ridge, occasionally up lifting his head so as to gaze across the crest, shading his eyes with one hand, to thus better concentrate his vision. Both horse and rider plainly exhibited signs of weariness, but ♦.-very movement of the latter showed ceaseless vigilance, his glance roam ing the barren ridges, a brown Win chester lying cocked across the saddle pommel, his left hand taut on the rein. Yet horse he bestrode scarcely required restraint, advancing slowly, with head hanging low, and only occasionally breaking into a brief trot under the impetus of the spur. The rider was a man approaching thirty, somewhat slender and long of limb, but possessing broad, squared shoulders above a deep chest, sitting the saddle easily in plainsman fash ion. yet with an erectness of carriage which suggested military training. The face under the wide brim of the weather-worn slouch hat was clean shaven, browned by sun and wind, and strongly marked, the chin slight ly prominent, the mouth firm, the gray eyes full of character and daring. His dress was that of rough service, plain leather "chaps,” showing marks of hard usage, a gray woolen shirt turn ed low at the neck, with a kerchief knotted loosely about the sinewy bronzed throat. At one hip dangled the holster of a “forty-five,” on the other hung a canvas-covered canteen. His was figure and face to be noted anywhere, a man from whom you would expect both thought and action, and one who seemed to exactly fit into his wild environment. Where he rode was the very west ern extreme of the prairie country, billowed like the sea, and from off the crest of its higher ridges, the wide level sweep of the plains was visible, extending like a vast brown ocean to the foothills of the far-away moun tains. Yet the actual commencement of that drear, barren expanse was fully ten miles distant, while all about where he rode the conformation was Irregular, comprising narrow val leys and swelling mounds, with here and there a sharp ravine, riven from the rock and Invisible until one diw up startled at its very brink. The general trend of depression was un doubtedl> southward leading toward the valley of the Arkansas, yet irregu lar ridges occasionally cut across, adding to the confusion. The entire surrounding landscape presented the same aspect. w ; ith no special object upon which the eye could rest for guidance—no tree, no upheaval of rock, no peculiarity of summit, no snake-like trail—all about extended the same dull, dead monotony of brown, sun-baked hills, with slightly greener depressions lying between. Interspersed by patches of sand or the white gleam of alkali. It was a dreary, deserted land, parched under the hot summer sun, brightened by no vegetation, excepting sparse bunches of buffalo grass or an occasional stunted sage bush, and disclosing no where the slightest sign of human habitation. The rising sun reddened the crest of the hills, and the rider, halting his willing horse, sat motionless, gazing steadily into the southwest. Appar ently he perceived nothing there un usual. for he slowly turned his body about in the saddle, sweeping his eyes, inch by inch, along the line of the horizon, until the entire circuit had been completed. Then his com pressed lips smiled slightly, his hand unconsciously patting the horse’s neck. “I reckon we’re still alone, old girl,” he said quietly, a bit of Southern drawl in the voice. “We’ll try for the trail, and take it easy.” He swung stiffly out of the saddle, and with reins dangling over his shoulder, began the slower advance on foot, the exhausted horse trailing behind. His was not a situation in which one could feel certain of safety, for any ridge might conceal the wary foemen he sought to avoid, yet he pro ceeded now with renewed confidence. It was the summer of 1868, and the place the very heart of the Indian country, with every separate tribe ranging between the Yellowstone and the Brazos, either restless or openly on the war-path. Rumors of atrocities were being retold the length and breadth of the border, and every re port drifting in to either fort or set tlement only added to the alarm. For once at least the Plains Indians had discovered a common cause, tribal dif ferences had been adjusted in war against the white invaders, and Kio was, Coraanches. Arapahoes, Chey ennes and Sioux had become welded together In savage brotherhood. To oppose them were the scattered and unorganized settlers lining the more eastern streams, guarded by small de tachments of regular troops posted here and there amid that broad wil derness. scarcely ■within touch of each other. Everywhere beyond these lines of patrol wandered roaming war parties, attacking travelers on the trails, raid ing exposed settlements, and occa sionally venturing to try open battle with the small squads of armed men. In this stress of sudden emergency— every available soldier on active duty —civilians had been pressed Into serv ice, and hastily despatched to warn exposed settlers, guide wagon trains, or carry despatches between outposts. And thus our rider. Jack Keith, who knew every foot of the plains lying between the Republican and the Can adian rivers, was one of these thus suddenly requisitioned, merely be cause he chanced to be discovered un employed by the harassed commander Ippf 4|pBOPPEK RANDALL, PADDISH* • . . Author Of My LadvOf The 6outh,\U’ v When Wilderness Was Erc.Erc i __jrjT_^^__^> r> Illustrations By PEAR&gwnMci.vii r ir-y-j (Copyright, A. C. McClurg & Cos., 1910.) L > Slender Spirals of Blue Smoke Were Visible. of a cantonment just without the en virons of Carson City. Twenty min utes later he was riding swiftly into the northwest, bearing important news to General Sheridan, commander of the Department, who happened at that moment to be at Fort Cairnes. To Keith this had been merely anoth er page in a career of adventure; for him to take his life in his hands had long ago become an old story. He had quietly performed the special duty allotted him. watched a squad ron of troopers trot forth down the valley of the Republican, received the hasty thanks of the peppery little gen eral, and then, having nothing better to do, traded his horse in at the gov ernment corral for a fresh mount and started back again for Carson City. For the greater portion of two nights and a day he had been in the saddle, but he was accustomed to this, for he had driven more than one bunch of longhorns up the Texas trail; and as he had slept three hours at Cairnes. and as his nerves were like steel, the thought of danger gave him slight concern. He was thoroughly tired, and it rested him to get out of the saddle, while the freshness of the morning air was a tonic, the very breath of which made him forgetful of fatigue. After all, this was indeed the very sort of experience which appealed to him, and always had —this life of peril in the open, under the stars and the sky. He had constantly experi enced it for so long now, eight years, as to make it seem merely natural. While he ploughed steadily forward through the shifting sand of the cou lee, his thought drifted idly back over those years, and sometimes he smiled, and occasionally frowned, as various incidents returned to memory. It had been a rough life, yet one not unusual to those of his generation. Born of excellent family in tidewater Virginia, his father a successful planter, bis mother had died while he was still In early boyhood, and he had grown up cut off from all womanly influence. I?e had barely attained his majority, a senior at William and Mary’s College, when the Civil War came; and one month after Virginia cast in her lot with the South, he became a sergeant in a pavalry regiment commanded by bis father. He had enjoyed that life and won his spurs, yet it had cost. There was much not over-pleasant to remember, and those strenuous years of almost ceaseless fighting, of long night marches, of swift, merciless raiding, of lonely scouting within the enemy’s lines, of severe wounds, hardship and suffering, had left their marks on both body and soul. His father had fallen on the field at Antie tam, and left him utterly alone in the world, but he had fought on grimly to the end. until the last flag of the Confederacy had been furled. By that time, upon the collar of his tattered gray jacket appeared the tarnished in signia of a captain. The quick tears dimmed his eyes even now as he re called anew that final parting follow ing Appomattox, the battle-w'orn faces of his men, and his own painful jour ney homeward, defeated, wounded and penniless. It was no home when he got there, only a heap of ashes and a few weed-grown acres. No familiar face greeted him; not even a slave was left. He had honestly endeavored to re main there, to face the future and work it out alone; he persuaded him self to feel that this was his para mount duty to the state, to the mem ory of the dead. But those very years of army life made such a task im possible: the dull, dead monotony of routine, the loneliness, the slowness of results, became intolerable. As it came to thousands of his comrades, the call of the West came tc him, and at last he yielded, and drifted toward the frontier. The life there fascinat ed him, drawing him deeper and deep er Into its swirling vortex. He be came freighter, mail carrier, hunter, government scout, cowboy, foreman. Once he had drifted into the moun tains, and took a chance in the mines, but the wide plains called him back once more to their desert loneliness. What an utter vraste it all seemed, now that he looked back upon it. Eight years of fighting, hardship and rough living, and what had they brought him? The reputation of a hard rider, a daring player at cards, a quick shot, a scorner of danger, and a bad man to fool with —that was the whole of a record hardly won. The man’s eyes hardened, his lips set firm ly, as this truth came crushing home. A pretty life story surely, one to be proud of, and with probably no better ending than an Indian bullet, or the flash of a revolver in some barroom fight. The narrow valley along which he was traveling suddenly changed its direction, compelling him to climb the rise of .e ridge. Slightly below the summit he halted. In front extended the wide expanse of the Arkansas valley, a scene of splendor under the golden rays of the sun, with vivid contrast of colors, the gray of rocks, the yellow of sand, the brown of dis tant hills, the green of vegetation, and the silver sheen of the stream half hidden behind the fringe of cot tonwoods lining its banks. This was a sight Keith had often looked upon, but always with appreciation, and for the moment his eyes swept across from bluff to bluff without thought except for its wild beauty. Then he Built a Kitchen Cabinet Handy Man Worked at It Sundays, but Forgot to Measure the Stairway. He Is the meat man In a street grocery. Besides being handy at trim ming spare ribs with a safety razor he is also an adept with carpenter’s tools. About a year ago he decided to build a kitchen cabinet for his wife. He chose the basement as the place of construction, ordered a lot of lum ber and other accessories and went to work. The only time he had to give to the kitchen cabinet cause was on Sunday, as he had to work early and late dur ing the week. He closed all basement windows tightly in order to muffle all the noise he made with saws and ham mers. He even had a set of signals arranged with his wife that she was to stamp on th© floor when the min ister or some pious friend was pass ing. Sunday after Sunday he tolled away on the kitchen cabinet, picturing In his mind how pretty and how use ful It would be In the kitchen. Finally the cabinet was finished and the builder asked two or three of the boys at the store to drop over on Sunday morning and help him carry It upstairs. The boys, anxious to see the product of so many days of toil, accepted the Invitation and went over. perceived something which Instantly startled him into attention —yonder, close beside the river, just beyond that ragged bunch of cottonwoods, slender spirals of blue smoke were visible. That would hardly be a camp of freighters at this hour of the day, and besides, the Santa Fe trail along here ran close in against the bluff, coming down to the river at the ford two miles further west. No party of plainsmen would ever venture to build a fire in so exposed a spot, and no small company would take the chances of the trail. But surely that appeared to be the flap of a canvas wagon top a little to the right of the smoke, yet all was so far away he could not be certain. He stared in that direction a long while, shading his eyes with both hands, unable to decide. There were three or four mov ing black dots higher up the river, but so far away he could not distinguish whether men or animals. Only as out lined against the yellow sand dunes could he tell they were advancing westward toward the ford. Decidedly puzzled by all this, yet determined to solve the mystery and unwilling to remain hidden there un til night, Keith led his horse along the slant of the ridge, until he attained a sharp break through the bluff leading down into the valley. It was a rug ged gash, nearly impassable, but a half hour of toil won them the lower prairie, the winding path preventing the slightest view of what might be meanwhile transpiring below. Once safely out in the valley the river could no longer be seen, while barely a hundred yards away, winding along like a great serpent, ran the deeply rutted trail to Santa Fe. In neither direction appeared any sign of human life. As near as he could determine from those distant cottonwoods out lined against the sky, for the smoke spirals were too thin by then to be ob served, the spot sought must be con siderably to the right of where he had emerged. With this idea in mind he advanced cautiously, his every sense alert, searching anxiously for fresh signs of passage or evidence of a wagon train having deserted the beat en track, and tuned south. The trail itself, dustless and packed hard, re vealed nothing, but some five hundred yards beyond the ravine he discovered what he sought—here two wagons had turned sharply to the left, their wheels cutting deeply enough into the prairie sod to show them heavily laden. With the experience of the border he was able to determine that these wagons were drawn by mules, two span of each, their small hoofs clearly defined on the turf, and that they were being driven rapidly, on a sharp trot as they turned, and then, a hundred feet further, at a slashing gallop. Just outside their trail ap peared the marks of a galloping horse. A few rods farther along Keith came to a confused blur of pony tracks sweeping in from the east, and the whole story of the chase was revealed as though he had witnessed it with his own eyes. They must have been crazy, or else impelled by some grave necessity, to venture along this trail in so small a party. And they were traveling west —west! Keith drew a deep breath, and swore to himself, “Of all the blame fools!” He perceived the picture in all its grewsome details —the two mule drawn wagons moving slowly along the trail in the early morning; the band of hostile Indians suddenly swooping out from some obscure hid ing place In the bluffs; the discovery of their presence; the desperate effort at escape; the swerving from the open trail in vain hope of reaching the river and finding protection un derneath its banks; the frightened mules galloping wildly, lashed into a frenzy by the man on horseback; the pounding of the ponies’ hoofs, punc tuated by the exultant yells of the pursuers. Again he swore: “Of all the blame fools!” (TO BE CONTINUED.) It was a Jim Dandy kitchen cabinet. It was the best ever —even better than the store kind. “Well, boys, let’s hike upstairs with it,” said Fritz, the cabinet constructor. The boys took hold, tilted it and started for the stairway. Fritz groaned. The boys smothered - a laugh. It was nine inches too wide for the stairway. The cabinet has departed this life via the furnace. It is unlikely that Fritz will build another, Japan Made “Hamlet" Up to Date. Some strange liberties are taken with Shakespeare on the Japanese stage. The Kobe Herald recently de scribed a performance in that town of “Hamlet,” with the scene laid in mod ern Japan. The prince appears first in a silk hat and a swallow-tail coat, then on a bicycle, clad in a bright blue cycling suit and striped stockings, and then in evening dress again, with a flower in his button-hole. This up-to date collegian has little more resem blance to the Hamlet whom Shake speare conceived than a Jew of the modern Johannesburg type would bear to the Shylock of ancient Venice. Ophelia, for the purpose of the play, is transformed into a fellow student of Hamlet at the Imperial University cf Tokyo. STRANG KILLEO ON STATE JUTO TOUR MEETS INSTANT DEATH WHEN HIS CAR GOES OVER NEAR RICHLAND CENTER. NOTED AS A DARING DRIVER Machine Was Moving: Slowiy, the Car’s Weight Causing H ghway to Collapse—Three Other Occupants Escape by Jumping. Richland Center. —Lewis Strang, Well known automobile racing driv er, was instantly killed at Blue River, about twenty miles from here, while piloting the machine of the technical committee on the second annual reliability run of the Wiscon sin State Automobile association. His car, which was going at a snail’s pace, was wrecked by being thrown over an embankment when the road gave way, the highway be ing unable to bear the weight of the machine, caving in for almost a foot under the car. The machine turned turtle, crushing the life out of the unfortunate driver when it fell upon him. J. W. Tufts of Milwaukee, Lester A. Clark of Lancaster, and Joe Jag gersberger, Strang’s mechanician, es caped injury by jumping from the car, but the young racer was crushed under the footboard. Strang broke an arm about the middle of June during a race on a Sunday in Kenosha, and is said not to have been strong enough to have attempted the wearisome grind of the state tour. Strang was 26 years old, and was known as one of the most daring drivers. He has been connected with the Case company of Racine for a number of years, being the manager of the Case team. He first drove at Elkwood Park track in 1905 and had driven in practically every race of importance since 1907. SIGNAL TOWER FOR RANGERS Wisconsin First of Western States to Adopt This Means of Prevent ing Spread of Forest Fires. Madison.—Wisconsin will be the first of western states to use signal towers as an aid to prevention of forest fires. States Forester E. M. Griffiths, upon his return from a trip to northern Wisconsin, made known plans for the immediate erection of six steel towers, similar to windmills, at as many high points of land in the state forest reserves in Vilas and adjoining counties. A platform at the top of the tow ers will be enclosed with a string of wires stretched at right angles to form squares, each wire to be num bered. During dry periods forest rangers will be stationed in the tow ers to search the landscape for twen ty miles around for smoko from for est fires. When smoke is discovered, the watcher will denote its position with respect to the crossing of two of the wires in his lookout, and a map at hand will tell him in a mo ment the corresponding position of the smoke as to town and range num bers. A telephone will be installed in the tower, and the watcher will be enabled to call up his associate rangers nearest to the fire, who will take steps to extinguish the fire INSURANCE LAW IN FORCE New Method of Paying and Collect ing for Examination ot Com panies Operative. Madison.—The new law reforming the method of collecting and paying for expenses of examinations of in surance companies has gone into ef fect. It provides that all moneys collected from companies for ex aminations must be paid into the state treasury and all expenses be audited by the state treasurer and paid out of the state treasury. Baker Again Heads Chiefs. Madison. —Chief of Police Henry C. Baker of Racine was re-elected president of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police association at the closing ses sion here. Other officers elected were August Scheck of Sheboygan, vice-president; J. W. Weber of La Crosse, secretary-treasurer. Milwau kee was selected for the 1912 con vention. Brewery Agents Accused. Kenosha.—Declaring that brewery agents are violating federal laws by peddling beer by the bottle in Ke nosha streets, John F. Ladgan, presi dent of the Wisconsin Retail Liquor Dealers’ association, has demanded an investigation. Seneca Bank Increases Capital. Madison. —Commissioner of Bank ing Kuolt has approved an amend ment to the articles of incorporation of the Farmers and Merchants’ State bank of Seneca increasing its capital from SIO,OOO to $15,000. Priest Dies Suddenly. Milwaukee. Rev. Phelin F. Hughes, pastor of the Holy Assump tion church at St. Martins, died sud denly of dilation of the heart at the Hotel Pfister. State Fair Premium List Out. Madison. —Secretary R. W. Row lands is mailing the premium list of the state fair to be held in Milwau kee, Sept. 12 to 16, to prospective exhibitors. Copies may be secured by writing to Secretary Rowlands, state board of agriculture, Madison. Janesville Ice Houses Burn. Janesville. — A blaze believed to have been of incendiary origin de stroyed the city ice houses, entailing s loss of $5,000. WANT PHONE LINES JOINED LaCrosse Citizens Will Attempt to Have Physical Connection Be tween Companies Ordered. La Crosse.—Compliance with the new state law requiring physical con nection is to be put up to telephone companies of Wisconsin immediately. A petition is being prepared asking the state railroad rate commission to require that the Wisconsin Telephone company connect with the toll line exchange of the Independent com panies in this county and also to re quire the independent toll lines to connect with the Wisconsin com pany’s exchanges. The commission, under the new law, is authorized to order a physical connection and ap praise the rates. The situation is particularly im portant here, because there has been an extensive development locally and on toll lines of the two opposing sys tems owned respectively by the Wis consin Telephone company and the La Crosse Telephone company. Both companies cover all western Wiscon sin and extend a great distance to Ihe west, but the La Crosse company Is unable to reach Milwaukee, Madi son or Chicago and it is to force this connection so that the subscribers of the La Crosse company may have the advantage of the Bell lines that the action is taken. The commission will he asked to act promptly to relieve the local sit uation. ' PLAN WATER POWER FIGHT Wisconsin Manufacturers to Formu late Plans for War on Law Giv ing Control to State. Neenah. At the meeting of man ufacturers here it is expected that plans lor fighting the law giving the state control of water powers will be formulated. It was announced after the mea sure became a law that its constitu tionality would be determined in the courts. The test wdll be made at once and former State Senator Theodore Brazeau of Grand Rapids, attorney for the manufacturers, has been mak ing preparations for the suit. It may be a suit restraining the payments of any money under the law on the ground that the law is unconstitutional. And it may be that the payment of any license fee will be resisted. In this case three actions will prob ably be brought, one testing the law as regards so-called navigable streams, on w'hich boats may be run, second as regards streams which are called navigable because logs can be floated on them, and the third af fecting the rights now admitted as non-navigable. PROBING DEATH OF INDIAN Joe Gordon Found Dead in Road Near Teal Lake—Companion Asleep by Corpse. Hayward.—Joe Gordon, an Indian, was found dead wRh a rifle wound in his breast on the road four miles from Teal Lake and twenty miles from Hayward. Gordon left town with Christ Olson on a wagon loaded with provisions. Olson was found in a, drunken stupor near Gordon’s body. Sheriff Clark and the coroner are investigating the case. Prevent a Lynching. Kenosha.—Following an assault on Doris, the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dixon of the town of Somers, Frank Mean, aged 28 years, a Russian farm laborer, was rounded up by a posse of farmers Thursday night, charged with the crime, and the arrival of Sheriff Andrew H. Stahl of this county was all that pre vented a lynching. The child- is in a serious condition and was not able to appear in court. Mean has made a partial confession and is held here without bonds. Takes Brother for Wolf. Superior.—Joseph Derosia shot and killed his brother Frank near Blueberry, mistaking the boy for a wolf. Joseph was walking home from Blueberry, carrying a rifle for protection against wolves. Frank, who was walking in the opposite di rection, had evidently stopped to tie his shoe w T hen his brother spied him in the road. Thinking the dark ob ject a w'olf, he fired. Kenosha Man Hangs Self. Kenosha —Robert Yule, aged 64, | committed suicide by hanging at the home of his nephew, B. F. Yule, in the town of Somers. He was a son of the late Alexandria Yule, a wealthy pioneer, and a brother of George Yule, president of the Bain : wagon works here. Domestic trou bles, which culminated in a divorce from his wife years ago, are given as the cause. Saloonkeeper Fined for Assault. Madison. —William F McFetridge, a former saloon keeper of Lake Wau besa, was fined SIOO for assaulting Jens Femrite because the latter signed a petition protesting against the granting of a license to McFet ridge. $20,000 Fire in Wire Plant. Milwaukee. —Fire in the Wisconsin Wire & Iron works destroyed a two story wing of the plant and caused an estimated loss of $20,000 Meets Death in Midair. Waukesha. —Edward Merry, while working on a pole on an electric wire working on a pole, accidentally took hold of an electric wire containing 2,500 volts. He was instantly killed. State Endeavorers Meet. Lake Geneva. —The seventh annual conference and rally of the Wiscon sin Christian Endeavor society has begun here on Conference point. About 30 are in attendance. WARDEN TOWN QUITS POSt State Board of Control Accepts w signation of Waupun Prison Head —Claims His Act Voluntary. Waupun.—Henry Town tendered his resignation as warden of the state prison to the state hoard of control at its session here and the same was accepted. A successor has not yet been named. Warden Town denies that formal charges of any nature had been pre ferred against him or that any suet charges had precipitated his resigna tion. He made no explanation of his action. Despite denials by members of 1 the board, conditions at Waupun have been far from peaceful for some time past. Warden Town’s resignation clears the atmosphere and probably will obviate further ac tion. Persons close to prison affairs say that practically all the guards were united in criticizing the warden, and that except for his resignation,, charges would have been pressed, the hoard being*ready to sift them ii formally presented. Rev. Daniel Woodward of Omro, a member of the hoard of control, has been placed in charge of tho prison temporarily. POSSE IN PURSUIT OF NEGRO Farmhand Near LaCrosse Shoots White Girl Who Spurned His At tentions -Threaten Lynching. La Crosse.—A thousand farmers, headed by the sheriff and officers from La Crosse, are scouring Camp bell, eight miles north of this city, searching for Edward Rohinotte, a negro, who shot and seriously wound ed Miss Sylva Price, a white girl, daughter of the manager of the Car gill MacMillan farm, in that town. If caught the negro may bo lynched. Robinette, who had been employed for three years on the farm, was in fatuated with the girl and had been brooding because she had rejected his advances. Upon the girl’s refusal to talk with him, the negro began firing. The first shot struck the young wom an in the right arm. The second went through her left arm and en tered her hack. Robinette then dashed into his room and three more shots were heard. A moment later he left through the window of his room and disappeared in the woods. It is be lieved he is wounded. CYCLIST IS KILLED IN RACE Louis Dodge of Monroe Crashes Into Fence at Beloit Motorcycle Meet—Fall Broke Neck. Beloit.—Lewis Dodge of Monroe was fatally injured here when his motor cycle skidded during the race meet of the Beloit Motorcycle club, throwing him into tin* fence, lit* suffered con cussion of the brain and a broken neck and died without regaining conscious ness. The accident occurred on the home stretch in the seventh race of the meet, a five-mile special. Just as Dodge was making the last turn his rear wheel skidded, striking a post in the fence. The next instant he had crashed head foremost in the hoard fence. His body i was literally wrapped around a post, j After the accident the management j asked the crowd whether the meet j should he continued. The crowd rosy to a person and left the grandstand. Bank Officers Not Guilty. Eau Claire. After deliberating twenty minutes the jury in the case jof the United States versus J, A. ; Corbett, J. E. Newman and L. E. McGill, officers of the defunct First National bank of Ladysmith, who have been on trial in federal court on the charge of falsifying the con dition of the bank in a report to the j controller of the currency, returned a verdict of not guilty. The defend ants pleaded the statute of limita tions and lack of intent. Must Run Weekly Train. Madison. —At least one train a week must he operated by the Soo line be tween Spirit Falls and Chelsea under an order issued by the state railroad commission. The road complained that it could not operate the branch line, as additional equipment would he needed which would cost at least SIB,OOO. The commission also fixed the rates to he charged for carrying freight over this branch road. Many View Lotus Bed. Trempealeau.—Many visitors are ar riving daily to view the beautiful lotus bed, the largest in the United States, at Round lake. This rare water lily of golden hue is found nowhere else in the world than in Wisconsin, around New Orleans and in Egypt. Will Honor Late Lawyer. Waukesha. —Judge M. L. Lueck has issued an order that Aug. 23 ho observed as a memorial day for tho late T. E. Ryan. The services will ho held under the auspices of the county bar association. Journalistic Course at Ripon. Ripon,—Ripon college will Institute a course in journalism as a part of the regular college courses this fall. It will he in charge of Prof. Egbert R, Nichols. Wife Deserter Gets Two Years. Manitowoc. —W. J. Reardon, for merly a steward on Goodrich line boats and a resident here for years, has been sentenced to two years at Waupun on a charge of abandoning his wife and three small children. To Clear Black River Channel. La Grosse. —Congressman Esch has been notified that a government dredg< will be sent to clear out anew channel between La Crosse and Onalaska lo Black river.