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SYNOPSIS.
Jark Keith, a Virginian, now n bor
-2® r plainsman, ts rifling along the Santa
r*> trull on the lookout for roaming war
parties of savages. Jin notices u, camp
f,r ® at a distance and then sees a team
attached to a wagon and at full gallop
pursued by men on ponies. When Keith
readies the wagon the raiders have mass
acred two men and departed. He searches
t"G victims finding papers and a locket
with a woman’s portrait. He resolves to
hunt down the murderers. Keith Is ar
rested at Carson City, charged with the
murder, his accuser being a ruffian named
Black Bart. If© goes to Jail fully realiz
ing the peril of swift border justice. A
companion in his cell is a negro, who
tells him he Is Neb and that he knew the
Keith family back In Virginia. Neb says
one of the murdered men was John
Sibley, the other Gen. Willis Waite, for
merly an officer In the Confederate army.
The plainsman and Neb escape from the
cell, ami lafer the two fugitives become
lost in the sand desert.
CHAPTER VIM.
The Wilderness Cabin.
The light was considerably farther
AWay than they bad at first supposed,
and as they advanced steadily toward
It, the nature of the ground rapidly
changed, becoming Irregular, and lit
tered with low growing shrubs. In
the darkness they stumbled over out
croppings of rock, and after a fall or
two, were compelled to move forward
with extreme caution. But the mys
terious yellow glow continually beck
oned, and with new hope animating
the hearts of both men, they staggered
on, nerving themselves to the effort,
and following closely along the bank
of the stream.
At last they arrived where they
could perceive dimly something of the
nature of this unexpected desert oasis.
The light shone forth, piercing the
night, through the uncurtained window
of a log cabin, which would otherwise
have been completely concealed from
view by a group of low growing cot
tonwoods. This was all the black, en
shrouding night revealed, and even
this was merely made apparent by the
yellow illumination of the window.
The cabin stood upon an Island, a
strip of sand, partlaljy covered by wa
ter, separating It from the north shore
on which they stood. There was no
sign of life about the hut, other than
the burning lamp, but that alone was
sufficient evidence of occupancy. In
spite of hunger, and urgent need, Keith '
hesitated, uncertain as to what they
might be called upon to face. Whc
could be living in this out-of-the-wjy,V
spot, in the heart of this inhospitable
desert? It would be no cattle out
post surely, for there was no surrov'-hd
lug grazing land, while surely no pro
fessional hunter would choose si'ch a
banen spot for headquarters, Either
a hermit, anxious to escape all inter
course with humanity, or some outlaw
biding from arrest, would be likely to
select so isolated a place In Which to
live. To them it would be Ideal. Away
from all trails, where not even widely
roving cattlemen would penetrate, In
midst of a desert avoided by Indians
because of lack of game—a man might
hide here year after year without
danger of discovery. Yet such a one
would not be likely to welcome their
coming, and they were without arms.
But Keith was not a man to hesitate
long because of possible danger, and
he stepped dowu into the shallow wa
ter.
‘‘Come on, Neb,” he commanded,
“and we’ll find out who lives here.”
The window faced the west, and he
came up the low' bank to where the
door fronted the north In Intense
darkness. Under the shadow of the
cottonwoods he could see nothing,
groping his 'way, with hands extended.
His foot struck a flat stone, and he
plunged forward, striking the unlatch
ed dror so heavily as to swing It open,
and fell partially forward into the
roo?n. As he struggled to his knees.
Neti's black face peering past him into
the lighted interior, he seemed to per
ceive In one swift, comprehensive
glance, every revealed detail. A lamp
burned on a rudely constructed set of
drawers near the window’, and a wood
Are blazed redly in a stone fireplace
opposite, the yellow and red lights
blending in a peculiar glow of color.
Under this radiance were revealed the
rough log walls plastered with yellow
clay, and hung about with the skins
of wild animals, a roughly made table,
bare except for a book lying upon it,
and a few ordinary appearing boxes,
evideritly utilized as seats, together
with a barrel cut so as to make a com
fortable chair. In the back wall was
a door, partially open, apparently
leading into a second room. That was
all. except the woman.
Keith must have perceived all these
In that first hurried glance, for they
were ever after closely associated to
gether in his mind, yet at t ie moment
he possessed no clear thought of any
thing except her. She stood directly
behind the table, where she must have
sprung hastily at the first sound of
their approach, clutching at the rude
mantel above the fireplace, and staring
toward him, her face white, her breath
coming in sobs. At he thought
the vision a dream, a delirium born
from his long struggle; he could not
conceive the possibility Cf such a pres
ence in this lonely place, and stagger
ing to his feet, gazed widly, dumbly
at the slender, gray dal figure, the al
most girlish face under the shadowing
dark hair, expecting the marvellous
vision to vanish. Sorely this could
not be real! A woman, and such a
woman as this here, and alone, of all
places! He staggered from weakness,
almost terror, and jjrasped the table
to 'hold himself erect. The rising
wind came swirling In through the
open door, causing the fire to send
forth spirals of smoke, and he turned,
dragging the dazed rtegro within, and
snapping the latch behind him. When
he glanced around again h© fully be
lieved the vision confronting him
w’ould have vanished. But no! there
#die ye* remained, those wide-open.
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frightened brown eyes, with long lash
es half hiding their depths, looking di
rectly into his own; only now she had
slightly changed her posture, leaning
toward him across the table. Like a
flash he comprehended that this wa'h
reality—flesh and blood —and, -with
the swift instinct of a gentleman, his
numbed, nerveless fingers jerked off
his hat, and he bowed bareheaded be
fore her.
“Pardon me,” he said, finding his
yoice with difficulty. “I fell over the
step, but—but I didn’t expect to find
a woman here.”
He heard her quick breathing, mark
ed a slight change in the expression of
the dark eyes, and caught the glitter
of the firelight on a revolver in her
lowered hand.
“What did you expect to find?”
“I hardly knew,” he explained lame
ly; “we stumbled on this hut by acci
dent. I didn’t know there was a
cabin in all this valley.”
“Then you are not here for any
purpose? to meet with any one?”
“No; we were lost, and had gone
into camp up above, w r hen we discov
ered your light.”
“Where do you come from?”
Keith hesitated just an instant, yet
falsehood was never easy for him, and
he saw no occasion for any deceit
now.
“Carson City.”
“What brought you here?”
“We started for the ‘Bar X’ ranch
down below, on the Canadian; got
caught in a sand-storm, and then just
drifted. I do not know -within twenty
miles of where we are.”
She drew a deep breath of uncon
cealed relief.
“Are you alone?”
‘The negro and I —yes; and you
haven’t the slightest reason to be
afraid of us—we’re square.”
She looked at him searchingly, and
something in Keith’s clean-cut face
seemed to bring reassurance, confi
dence in the man.
“I am not afraid,” she answered*
coming toward him around the short
table. “Only It Is so lonely here, and
you startled me, bursting in without
warning. But you look all right, and
I am going to believe your story.
What is your name?”
“Keith —Jack Keith.”
“A cowman?”
“A little of everything, I reckon,” a
touch of returning bitterness in the
tone. “A plainsman, who has punched
cattle, but my last job was govern
ment scout.”
“You look as though you might be
more than that,” she said slowly.
The man flushed, his lips pressing
tightly* together.
“Well. I —l may have been,” he con
fessed unwillingly. “I started out all
right, but somehow I reckon I just
went adrift. It’s a habit in this coun
try.”
Apparently those first words of com
ment had left her lips unthinkingly, for
she made no attempt to reply; merely
stood there directly facing him, her
clear eyes gazing frankly into his
own. He seemed to actually see her
now for th© first time, fairly—a sup
ple, slender figure, simply dressed,
with wonderfully expressive browm
eyes, a perfect w'ealth of dark hair, a
clear complexion with slight olive
tinge to it, a strong, intelligent face,
not strictly beautiful, yet strangely
attractive, the forehead low and broad,
the nose straight, the lips full and in
clined to smile. Suddenly a vague re
membrance brought recognition.
“Why, I know you now.”
“Indeed!” the single word a note of
undisguished surprise.
“Yes; I thought you looked oddly
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familiar all the time, but couldn’t for
the life of me connect up. You’re
Christie Maclaire.”
“Am I?’’ her eyes filled with curi
osity.
“Of course you are. You needn’t
be afraid of me if you want it kept
secret, but I know r you just the same.
Saw you at the ‘Gaiety’ in Indepen
dence, maybe two months ago. I went
three times, mostly on your account.
You’ve got a great act, and you can
sing too.”
She stood In silence, still looking
fixedly at him, her bosom rising and
falling, her lips parted as if to speak.
Apparently she did not know what to
do, how to act, and was thinking
swiftly.
“Mr. Keith,” she said, at last in de
cision, “I am going to ask you to blot
that all out —to forget that you even
suspect me of being Christie Maclaire,
of the Gaiety.”
“Why, certainly; but would you ex
plain?”
"There Is little enough to explain. It
is sufficient that I am here alone with
you. Whether I wish to or not, I am
compelled to trust myself to your pro
tection. You may call me Christie
Maclaire, or anything else you please;
you may even think me unworthy re
spect, but you possess the face of a
gentleman, and as such I am going to
trust you—l must trust you. Will you
accept my confidence on these
terms?”
Keith did not smile, nor move.
Weak from hunger and fatigue, he
leaned w r earily against the wall.
Nevertheless that simple, womanly ap
peal awoke all that w r as strong and
sacrificing within him, although her
w T ords w’ere so unexpected that, for
the moment he failed to realize their
full purport. Finally he straightened
up.
“I—l accept any terms you desire,”
he gasped w r eakly, “if —if you will
only give one return.”
“One return? —what?”
“Food; we have eaten nothing for
sixty hours.”
Why Odd Wore Overcoat
Day Was Warm, but Fashion Mentor’s
Trousers Hadn't Been Pressed
for Two Days.
Delos Odd is a clerk In the office
of a broker. Now, Delos has been
nronounced by a certain authority as
the man’s fashion mentor of the town.
Some time ago the broker had a rush
order to fill in the sale of some
bonds. The wasting of a few min
utes might mean that the sale would
fall through and that the broker
lose a fat comrTsslon.
“Delos, run to the bank and get
those bonds. Be quick,” the boss or
dered.
The bank was less than a half
block away. The weather was quite
warm. With deliberation Oelos slipped
on his coat and then his overcoat and
went out. In a few minutes he re
turned with the bonds. The sale was
made and the customer left.
"Now, will you kfndly tell me, Mr.
Odd,” the broker asked, after a pre
liminary sputter o? two, "just why
you stopped to put on your overcoat
to go such a short distance, and espe
cially when the weather is so warm?”
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Her face, which had been so white,
flushed to the hair, her dark eyes soft
ening.
“Why, of course; sit down. I ought
to have known from your face. There
is plenty here —such as It Is —only you
must wait a moment.”
CHAPTER IX.
The Girl of the Cabin.
He saw N<?b drop down before the
blazing fireplace, and curl up like a
tired dog, and observed her take the
lamp, open the door into the other
room a trifle, and slip silently out of
sight. He remembered staring vaguely
about the little room, still illumined
by the flames, only half comprehending,
and then the reaction from his des
perate struggle with the elements
overcame all resolution, and he drop
ped his head forward on the table, and
lost consciousness. Her hand upon
his shoulder aroused him, startled in
to wakefulness, yet he scarcely real
ized the situation.
“I have placed food for the negro
beside him,” she said quietly, and for
the first time Keith detected the soft
blur in her speech.
“You are from the South!” he ex
claimed, as though it was a discovery.
“Yes—and you?”
“My boyhood began in Virginia—
the negro was an old-time slave la
our family.”
She glanced across at the black,
now sitting up and eating voraciously.
“I thought he had once been a
slave; one can easily tell that I did
not ask him to sit here because, if
you do not object, we w r ill eat here
together. I have also been almost
as long without food. It was so lone
ly here, and —and I hardly understood
my situation —and I simply could not
force myself to eat.”
He dlstlnguisned her words clearly
enough, although she spoke low, as if
she preferred what was said between
them should not reach the ears of the
negro, yet somehow, for the moment,
they made no adequate impression on
him. Like a famished wolf he began
on the coarse fare, and for ten min
utes hardly lifted his Head. Then his
eyes chanced to meet hers across the
narrow table, and instantly the gen
tleman reawoke to life.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
Establishing a Reputation.
“If I knew how to go about it, I
would have every dog in my store
tried before a judge and jury for as
sault and battery,” said the animal
dealer. “Unless he was convicted and
executed I could get about thr?e
prices for him.
“Every time a dog is haled to court
on the charge of having bitten some
body I attend the trial and take pert
in the reception the beast holds after
h'is acquittal. A dog that has enougt
class about him to precipitate a law
suit couldn’t be bought for love or
money, but if hia master wished to
sell him he could do so a dozen times
over before leaving the courtroom.
“Even If it has been proved that
the dog does show his teeth on<3 in
a while there are people willing to
take chances just for the sake of own
ing a dog that has so much charac
ter. Selling dogs being In my line, I
have studied up a good many ways to
advertise, but trial by jury is the best
way so far discovered."
The Lily Eaters.
“This beautiful spring weather,”
said James Wilson, the secretary of
agriculture, at a luncheon in Washing
ton, “sends one, in thought at least,
back to the farm.”
Mr. Wilson smiled.
“I heard of a farm the other dy,”
he said, “to which a certain congress
man sent a gift of rare lily bulbs from
tfle department. The farmer’s wife
acknowledged the gift thus;
“Dear Sir —Thank you so much for
the particularly fine onions, ■which
were greatly enjoyed with last eve
ning’s steak.”
Criminal Instinct.
Crimes lead into one another. They
who are capable of being forgers are
capable of being incendiaries. —Burke.
Odd'.a face showed surprise that such
a "foestion should even be asked.
“Why, sir,” he said, with a patron
izing €mlle, “didn’t you notice that
my trousers hadn’t been pressed for
two days?”
r.zr\y School Books.
The horn book Invented In 1450 and
used considerably up to the close of
the eighteenth century was the usual
textbook of the elementary school. A
thin slab of hard wood was covered
with parchment, cn which was printed
the capital and small letters, numerals
and some elementary syllables and
wo?ds.
Over this a thin sheet of transpar
ent cow's horn v&i placed and firmly
bound so that no moisture could pene
trate. To this the Bible and the sam
pler on which little girls painfully
ftitched the letters of the alphabet,
rome “Godly say Tag” and a border of
herring stitch, or some conventional
pattern of impossible flowers and foll
e.re and the "Mary Smith, her
sampler,” or the iTke, were about all
that the children used up to the hr
ginning of the eighteenth century.
BOUNDARY LINE IS
NO! YET SETILEO
COMMITTEES FROM WISCONSIN
AND MINNESOTA DISAGREE
AT JOINT CONFERENCE.
WILL MEET AGAIN ON DEC. 6
Wisconsin Claims Boundary Should
Follow Main Channels of Lake
Pepin and St. Louis River Midway
Between Shores, Says Minnesota.
Superior. Differences which
Arose in the joint conference of the
boundary committees of Minnesota
and Wisconsin, here, and precluded
the possibility of reaching an agree
ment on the St. Louis river dispute
at this time, led to the settlement
by the two committees upofl Dec. G
as the date for the next joint con
ference.
That the boundary line should fol
low the center of the main channel,
as indicated by the government maps,
is advocated by the Wisconsin com
mission. Similarly the Minnesota
commission maintains that the
boundary in the St. Louis river, as
in Lake Pepin, should be midway be
tween the two shores of the river and
bay.
The attorney generals of both
states will submit briefs on this
question, showing the general trend
of decisions on similar disputes.
PROBE MAY COVER PRIMARY
Senator Heyburn, Chairman of Steph
enson Investigating Committee, De
clares Scope of Work Uncertain.
Milwaukee.-—Until the committee
appointed to investigate the election
of Senator Isaac Stephenson meets in
Milwaukee early in October, it will
not be known whether the investiga
tion will be confined to the election
of Senator Stephenson or whether the
primary nomination will be included
in the investigation.
This was the statement made by
Senator W. B. Heyburn, chairman of
the committee, who stopped over in
Milwaukee while on his way from
Washington to his home in Wallace,
Idaho.
Senator Heyburn’s visit was for
the purpose of looking over the situa
tion and making preliminary arrange
ments for the meeting of the commit
tee.
There will be much interest taken
in the decision of the committee re
garding the scope of the investiga
tion. Those opposed to Senator Steph
enson are anxious that the commit
tee take up the expense at the
primary election, as that was where
Senator Stephenson’s money was
spent.
If the investigation extends to the
primary the committee may remain
in session six or seven weeks.
PANIC AT FAIR GROUNDS FIRE
Crowd of 15,000 Is Endangered at
Fond du Lac —Women and Child
ren Trampled in Crush.
Fond du Lac.—Fifteen thousand
people were thrown into a panic
when, just as the last of the county
fair races had been completed, flames
shot up from a building on the
grounds and quickly spread to the
sheep barns, half that section being
destroyed by fire.
Before the flames were brought un -
der control women fainted and chil
dren were trampled on, but to fa
talities resulted.
The city fire department was called
out and the fire kept from reaching
the main buildings.
Fee for Hunting Licenses
• Madison.—Attorney General Ban
croft has ruled that a county clerk
may charge a reasonable fee for cler
ical and notarial work in making out
hunting licenses and require appli
cants for such licenses to pay the
fees. The case came from Kenosha
county, where the county clerk has
been charging 50 cents for making
out a hunting license, which, with the
license fee of sl, made a charge of
$1.50 for each applicant.
Hospital Site Bought,
Waupun. The Wisconsin state
board of control purchased six
acres of land adjoining the prison
farm on the east for the site of the
new state hospital for the criminal
insane. The legislature two years
ago nppropriated SIOO,OOO for the
construction of the buildings, while
the last legislature appropriated $20,-
000 for a site. The. new hospital
buildings will be located about half
a mile east of the prison buildings.
Pioneer Legislator Succumbs.
Oshkosh. —R. C. Russell, retired
banker and a member of the Wis
consin legislature in 1564 and 18G5,
is dead, aged 81. He had been in
terested in organizing numerous Wis
consin banks.
Crushed by Steam Shove!.
Waukesha. —Otto A. Gunderson
of Clintonville, employed on the ex
tension of the Northwestern road,
was instantly killed here by. having
a steam shovel fall on him.
Benj. F. Windsor Dead.
Kenosha. —Benj. F. Windsor, a
well known manufacturer and prom
inent in Elks, Masonic and Mystic
Shrine circles in Wisconsin, is dead
of a complication of diseases. He
had been ill a year.
$3,706,981.09 in State Treasury.
Madison. —The treasury balance of
the state at the close of business,
August 31, was $3,706,981.09, as
compared with a balance of $2,580,-
928.01, August 31, 1910.
MUST HAVE CITY SEALERS
New Weights and Measures Law Re
quires Offic al in Every City of
5,000 Population or Over.
Madison.—Steps for the enforce
ment of the state's new weights and
measures law, which revolutionizes
the mode by which dealers portion
out their commodities, are being
taken daily, and the law is being
printed in pamphlet form and will
be supplied to dealers and others in
terested. Hereafter the use of un
sealed weights and measures, except
where notice of new devices has been
given the superintendent after the last
visit of the inspector, will make the
offender liable to fine or imprison
ment.
Every city over 5,000 must have a
city sealer. Frank E. Doty, secre
tary of the civil service commission,
will receive applications of candi
dates for appointment as city sealer.
His appointment will be made from
tire eligible list by the mayor, and
the council will determine his salary.
He is prohibited from exacting any
fees. He must be provided with an
office and a set of working standards.
In cities of the first, second and third
classes it is expected he shall devote
all his time to the work, for the law
requires him to inspect and seal all
weights, measures, devices of every
kind in use in tne city at least once
a year, as well as to maintain espion
age on dealers to see that they are
giving correct weights on scales that
have been sealed.
It is his duty also to see that all
peddlers give correct weight, to
watch the ice man and the coal man,
to demand that the milk man sell
from full-measure on bottles, and to
make arrests when weights and meas
ures are inaccurate.
MEMORANDUM FOR HUNTERS
Game Warden Sholts Prepares in
formation Regarding Changes in
Laws—Trespass Cost Cut.
Madison. —Game Warden Sholts is
preparing a hunters’ memorandum
showing changes in the laws. The
deer season remains the same, No
vember 10 to 30. A change was
made in the bag limits for bird hunt
ters. Hunters this season must ob
serve these restrictions: Grouse,
prairie chickens or woodcock* five;
geese and brant, ten; partridges, ten;
wild duck, mudhen, plover, rail or
rice hen, fifteen; mixed bag of game
birds, twenty.
Hunters who trespass will not
have as much to fear as formerly.
Wealthy gun clubs have encroached
on the favored hunting grounds to
such an extent that the legislature
decided to put an end to the game
preserve monopoly. It has been
usual for courts to fine trespassing
hunters small amounts, perhaps a
few cents, but the costs always made
such experiences disagreeable. The
new law limits the costs to an amount
not greater than that of the fine.
Deer were never more plentiful in
Wisconsin than they are this year,
according to Warden Sholts, and
this year’s hatch of partridge was
unusually large. Land owners in the
northern part of the state have post
ed numerous “No Trespass” signs
and sportsmen will find some diffi
culty in shooting from ground not so
designated. This action is due to the
large number of domestic animals
killed yearly by hunters.
WORKERS’ACTNOWINFORCE
Compensation Law Becomes Effec
tive With 61 Firms and 20,000
Employes Under Provisions.
Madison. —September 1 marked
the beginning of the workmen’s com
pensation law in Wisconsin, by
which the state Inaugurates a sys
tem of compulsory industrial insur
ance. Up to that date the total
elections Involve approximately 20,-
000 workmen who are thus made
sure of compensatory damages in
case of injury and their dependents
sure of benefits in case of death. A
total of sixty-one concerns have
come under the act prior to the day
of its operation.
State Hotel Men Meet,
Elkhart Lake. —Sigmund Bloom
field, proprietor of the Hotel
Schwartz at Elkhart, was elected
president of the Wisconsin State
Hotel Men’s association at it annual
meeting here. Walter E. Butterfield,
Antigo, was re-elected vice-president
and Herman O. Kietzsch, Milwaukee,
was re-elected secretary and treas
urer.
Life Term for Octogenarian.
Janesville. —Louis Keller, aged 80
years, pleaded guilty of murdering
Mrs. Johanna Hischke on the night
of June 21 last, and was sentenced
to life imprisonment in Waupun. The
shooting was the result of a row
over Keller s attention to the 1 G-year
old daughter of Mrs. Hischke.
Woman Gets Hunting License.
Two Rivers. —Mrs. Helen Leudke,
aged 2S. of this city is the first
woman to secure a hunting license
in Manitow r oc county in a number of
years. She will accompany her hus
band on a deer hunt.
Burned by Exploding Paraffine.
Neenah. —Joseph Webber, a drug
clerk, was terribly burned about the
face and arms by an exploding can
of hot paraffine. It is feared his eye
sight may be injured.
Loses Foot in Switch^
Beloit.- —John Norris of P.edfield,
S. D., instructor in botany and chem
istry in the Beloit high school, had
his left foot cut off by a Northwest
ern train here. He had caught the
foot in a switch point.
Farmer Killed in Runaway.
Appleton. —Thomas Thompson, a
wealthy farmer of Outagamie coun
ty, was thrown from his wagon in a
1 runaway at Dale and killed, his skull
i being crushed under the wheels.
STATE’S VALUATION
NOW $2,91,412,845
WISCONSIN TAX COMMISSION
ANNOUNCES ASSESSMENTS
FOR CURRENT YEAR.
GREAT INCREASE IS SHOWN
Value Is $198,232,438 More Than
Last Year—Milwaukee County Gam
$38,230,906; Dane, $11,419,564
Dougiass Loses Half Million.
Madison. —The Wisconsin tax com
mission has announced the 1011 as
sessment of the taxable property of
the several counties of the state, and
filed the assessment rolls in the office
of the secretary of state. The appor
tionment among the counties of the
special taxes next January for the
construction of the new capitol, main
tenance of the state charitable and
penal institutions, state aid for
schools and other special purposes
will be based on this assessment.
The value of all taxable property
in the state, according to the assess
ment, is $2,941,412,842, an. increase
of $198,232,438 over that of last
year. The valuation of real estate is
$2,202,225,226, an increase of $9 1,-
085,205, and the valuation of per*
sonal property is $739,187,616, an in
crease of $198,232,438.
The value of all property in Mil
waukee county is fixed at $578,715,-
754, an increase of $38,230,906 over
that of last year; Dane county at
$138,501,543, an Increase of sll,-
419,564; Dodge at $82,989,547, an
increase of $7,667,59 4; Racine coun
ty at $75,850,284, an increase of $6.-
557,379; Walworth at $58,973,994,
an increase of $5,921,100; Rock at
$84,842,581, an increase of $5,210,-
691; Winnebago at $74,775,471, an
increase of $4,988,909; Green at
$46,214,062, an increase of $4,005,-
922; Waukesha at $56,732,282, an
increase of $3,391,653; Sauk at $4 6.-
034,284, an increase of $3,840.61f;
Manitowoc at $59,393,458, an in
crease of $3,764,889; Jefferson at
$56,906,349, an increase of $3,273,-
304; Eau Claire at $32,001,560, an
increase of $3,053,158; Fond du Lac
at $75,217,638, an increase of $2.-
774,218; Grant at $56,601,295, an
increase of $2,450,534; Brown at
$57,738,481, an increase of $2,230,-
4CG; La Crosse at $44,420,464, an
increase of $2,187,279; lowa at $39,-
924,968, an increase of $2,092,003.
The only county not drawing an in
crease of assessment is Douglas. The
assessment of that county is $46,-
441,386, a decrease of $691,718. The
assessment of real estate there in
creased $1,514,360, but that of per
sonal property decreased $2,206,078,
WILL NOT PAY DIETZ BILL
Sawyer County Board Thinks That
Dr. Dodd’s Charge of SI,OOO
for Services Excess.ve.
Ashland. A controversy has
arisen over the bill of Mayor Dodd
for medical attendance upon Myra
Dietz, daughter of John Dietz, “The
Defender of Cameron Dam,” now in
prison. On Oct. 1, 1910, when Myra
Dietz was shot through the tide, she
was brought to an Ashland hospital
where Mayor Dodd is chief surgeon.
She was there for 65 days. Dr.
Dodd put in a bill for SI,OOO for his
services, including one operation, the
bill being charged to the Sawyer
county board. The hospital also sent
a bill for SIBO. The board allowed
the hospital bill, but disallowed Dr.
Dodd’s bill on the ground that it is
exorbitant and have instructed Dr,
Dodd to put in a reduced bill
To Make LaCrosse Bridge Free.
La Crosse. —Backers of the move
ment to make the La Crosse wagon
bridge free announce all but $2,200
of the SIO,OOO required has been
raised. If SIO,OOO is raised here
and SIO,OOO in Minnesota for road
improvement, the city will take off
the toll on the bridge.
No Deduction for Repairs.
La Crosse. —In a ruling on the
estate of the late George H. Ray,
John Harrington, inheritance tax
collector, holds that repairs on a
homestead or taxes on real estate
cannot be figured as an inheritance
tax offset.
Gets Medal from Britain.
Oshkosh. —Mrs. Fred Esslinger has
received a hero medal from the Brit
ish government in commemoration of
service performed by her father, J.
W. Baker of this city, who was
killed in the Boer war.
German Editor Dies.
Appleton.—H. W. Meyer, editor of
a German newspaper and well known
throughout the state, is dead here.
Coffin Frauds Condemned.
Madison.—The state board of
health threatens to revoke the li
censes of undertakers deceiving cus
tomers who desire to purchase air
tight coffins for burial of person?
dead from contagious diseases.
Dr. Buckeridge Dead.
Beloit. —Dr. Isaac Buckeridge,
aged 61, is dead of heart trouble.
He was a member of the Beloit en
campment, No. 6, K. TANARUS., and a leader
in the Modern Woodmen of the state.
Honey Output Is Cut.
Oshkosh. —Lack of rain during the
early summer and the consequent
scarcity of blossoms has cut the out
put of honey here 30 per cent. Comb
honey, sold at 16 cents a pound last
year, now brings 22 cents.
Lease Fond du Lac Theater.
Fond du Lac. —The Henry Boyle
theater has been leased for six year?
iby the Wisconsin Hotel Company,
which conducts the Pc liner House in
1 this city

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