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out : garments as could be Jtaken away
without being missed. .'All v of this was de
posited at a: distance from, camp during
the : darkness, ¦ unobserved. ¦
.^..TheVnext, morning \as usual she went out
to '.visit -h'er traps '., and; taking the bundle,
which she • had^jnade : up, : carried It to a
distant ''. sheltered which ":¦ was un
frequented by the' Indians. Here she made
a camp of pine boughs and snow beneath
the shelter of an overhanging rock. Gath
ering "a* lot fot dry 4 wood . she - built a flre
.where Its flames would" lick up" against the
side of the rock," heat it through and then
through the night the' place would be like
an'oven. '¦'' ' 1 ,; :. -' ' v jV' .• ' , • , r
, Having done this, she walked down the
valley to where; the rescued traveler was,
at his old camp,' awaiting her coming, and
proudly ; introduced him* to ' his new quar
ters, where he was to" stay secure from
human observation;' her prize. :j
For months she came each day, shy and
suriwilllng-- almost; ! only., staying long
ehouch - to see i that , he >¦. was well i and -. to
leave the food .which "she .¦ had , brought"
him..;'. \V ;¦ ,,";>. / .;: : ,.-. ', ,. ,'[ .... ( ;- J^.;:-
At last * came the open season again,
wlth'the*flsh, game and berries plentiful.
Tha man '- had come I to his strength and
fiJrea, ne would stay contented at homa
'with her and cease those tiresome wan- '
>derJngs for the metal whose lack* mad«
him so unhappy..' r-r'-.v "¦:-!••¦ . -
.-; Her Skookum Jim. and Tagish
Char ley,, told, her tiat it would not be so;
that it was not for,-, Itself that he wished
the. gold, but that he, wanted It for 'what '
it would ; buy down in • the ' uunland ; -that '
He knew little of her Iariguagehand'she
none of his, but they were young; he was
hungry, and she 1 was a woman. Ho must
be fed and that,' too, for a long time, for
he^was then In no condition to' travel, and
the nearest whites were far away. As heV
own* people had none* too much food to
carry them through the I season, It* would
men of ,her tribe anfl filgh In her heart for
the companionship \ of one • of the : tall,
strong, active men otth^ south. ¦ : : •;
- She knew that, there was no ': settlement
nor camp of whites in traveling, distance,*;
arid Indian in^tlnct^the .'whole story _
.was told iby . the' surround ings. ''*. She '-. kne/w .
at once what'- was "needed.' r Takings from
a' fur -bag slung over her shoulder '.her
two fire sticks, she began rapidly ,
with i one upon the other, procured a tiny
flame and lit a bit of splintered pitch pine,
upon, whlch'she laid bits of bark/gathered';
hastily ' from -the trees. In ; a" f£w"niln- '
utes , a \ roaring flre was going. She wak- [
ened the sleeper, and 'finding htrn'tod thin
ly clad took off the fur." Jacket, which she
wore and placed It,' warm' with the"- heat
of her body, upon him. W*
She, at home In the killing cold as much
tm were the polar bears and white foxes,
had been down the river, looking for signs
This'ls the 'only part of her story which
the tells with clearness*, and upon the'tell
ing and dwelling upon it ' has come: to. be
all of her life, for she has not grown men
tally In the least from what she was as a
wild forest child:, with the . simple ; wants
that a natural life creates. N,ow that her
husband, wealthy, and strong, has grown
beyond and away from her, she loves to
tell of the time when he -was poor and
weak and suffering from hunger and cold,
had # crawled down by the river to file, arid
was even thirsty in the freezing air that
had locked - all of the water of. the river
Into an Ice as enduring as rock. 1 X*
That made it a long ana .weary num. iw
the' persistent Californlan.- On one of bis •
excursions through the interior the pro
visions of the porty gave out jWhlle.ln the
Tukon. One of them died," then ''another.
Dying and desperate himself, .Carmack
lay In the ragged furs that' were all his >
shelter,' the ' end not f ar ' away. * Indian
Kate, then ' round-facea, • bronzy, brown
and laughing; found him.
They clearly and lightly, foresaw what
¦would happen If the white men found
their gold. There would be an end to the
forest, the streams, the game and the fish.
For things other than that the. Indian
does not care. The wild forest Is their
park, and you may well fancy that Chere
are parks in the United States which tha
owners would not wish to see torn up and
destroyed by strangers from across the
seas, even If there was told In them. ___;
As nearly as the romance of her Ufa
can be made, frcrn the simple little state
ments of fact which Fhe has given, it Is
Georg-e Carmack. the flret white man to
bring gold out of the Klondike, had lived
his early life in San Benlto County, near
vrhrrc the gr<»at mines of New Idrla pour
unending streams of quicksilver day and
riprht from thieir furnaces. He formed a
taste for mining, and with the InBtinct of
the true prospector went to look for gold,
not wh«»re it was known to be, but where
it was unknown. He went to 'Alaska in
JS?6 and traded, hunted and -fished as all
of the white men of that country did, but
always with eyes and cars open for stories
of the gold that he knew the Indians
could tell If they would. An Indian is"
wiser than he looks and his ellence Is,
less often than we think, the reticence of
wisdom rather than tha dumbness of
She has filed a complaint for divorce
apainst hor husband, and yet she does not
realize what it is that she has done.
That is rrierHy because she is' an Indian,
and the eubtleUes of our courts of equity
are beyond her comprehension. What
the does know is that ebe wants . her
husband to come back and be ¦with her
end she wants her child.
Her telling ha* not been clear, for she
does not speak English 'well and no one
there understands tbe language of her
Kow she Is homeless and waxiders about
the town knowing no place as her own.
•woman who showed the gold of the Klon
dike to George Carmack, according to tha
Etory which ehe tells.
In the town of Holllster, San Benlto
County, lives Indian Kate Carmack, the
HERE Is a story about tons of gold;
a. real true Etory , and trfie gold ;
you can see It yourself in the mint
at San Francisco.
An Indian maiden, faithful arid true,
who ehowed the cold to her paleface lover
that she might win him forever to her
heart; that is her picture as she la now
with her little daughter.
And then the Inevitable mysterious lady.
Two of them in this case. The kind that
you read about in books, 'who always hap
pen In at the strangest times, from no one
knows where; or else from some far-away
corner of a forgotten land. These ladles,
like all things mysterious, you must take
more or less on faith, but In return for
your credence you have liberty to weave a
few fancies of your own concerning them.
Whether, for Instance, It Is the man or
the gold for which they contend.
The sight was well worth the money in
Carmack'3 opinion, but his timid brown
wife was frightened to think of the awful
power of. the gold which she had shown
the palefaces; terrified by the force of
evil in that yellow metal which had lain,
so preitily under the moss and yet made
the proud wMte man fight as her father's
sl^i dogs fought over the :drie<3 salmon
when the snow was on the ground in the
long night at home. *
• - ' . • ¦' ,
Carmack did not run away and leave
his Indian wife as her. brothers had tql-1
herfhe would. She was still pretty and
her 'smite was like the smile-^well, you
know; t*e smile that a man gets from
the woman who loves him. Then, too,
she had saved his life and found him a
fortune. So together they* went to the
land of the sun; he. pleased to show her
the. wonders which her simple language
could not describe; she, proud to be seen
with her big Handsome white husband.
• Carmack was generous and good-heart
ed. He bought things until the salesmen
held their breaths. There was not any
thing good enough for Kate.- A hundred
dollar doll was good enough for their lit
tle daughter Graffle, because any doll la
good enough for a girl even If It is only
a stick of wood with a shawl wrapped
about it.
But Carmack had too much money, and
with that sense of honest generosity
which Is now so scarce he felt that it was
his duty to act a3 distributor of the bless
ings which tHe treasure king of the north
had showered upon him. He gathered his
family about him at the hotel window in
Seattle and threw money by the handful
Into the crowds below. That was a sight
which made him laugh. Newsboys
dropped papers in the mud and fought and
clawed in the slime of the street as pigs
grovel and root for corn in the barnyard.
Merchsjits.left their shops, which might
have been pillaged but that every one
was like themselves, in the midst of the
furious football rush that surged,
scratched and slid around like wolves
over a bone. Motcrmen and conductors
as well as passengers Jumped from the
car3, which were left to stand while the
five-dollar pieces and silver coins fell from
above. The police who were sent to dis
perse the crowd Joined In the scramble
and swelled the mob which -they should
have rcattered. Men came out of that
Jam with suits destroyed and gold in their
hands. ."
if once he go* enough of it he wottid
leave her 'and' go away forever to his
own'' people.' ->' , ¦ .' -•»'>- "^
But she loved him and that was enough.
She could not see him unhappy, and. one
day an excursion was planned that would
lead. them to the place where the moesea
trailed over golden sands and the waters
of -the rippling creek looked like Chabli*
as they took alternately the color of the
moss and gold on wh'ich they .ran.;
- That was an eventful ' day. Carmack
looked at if one way, Skookum Jim and
Tagish • Charley had a different view.
They knew that now the greed of the
white man would be limited only by tha
finding of the last grain of gold In the
creeks;- that- the treasure house which
.would have lasted their moderate people
until the end of time would be rifled in
the space of a few months or years, and
that with it would go all of the food re
sources of the wilderness. -- •
Skookum Jim and -Tagish Charley did
not want to file. claims. They felt that
they owned the whole creek and did not
care to be limited to~the BOO feet that
the law allowed.' but Carmacksaw that
their rights «ere secured and then they
began to scoop out gold. It was in that
creek by tons and the three pioneers got
their share. • . »
The romance has only commenced to
unfold, but the brew la mixed, and when
the trial of this, California's last and ap>
parent Iy most sensational divorce suit,
makes the facts public, there will be good
reading for those who are interested in
mysterious ladles, loving Indian girls and
tons cf gold, about which the fight re
volves. Kate Carmack wondered to see
the whites struggling in the muddy streets
of Seattle for the fists full of gold. Now
tho Is herself In the midst of a scramble.
There must be In the woman's heart a
great longing to be back in her own coun
try with her own ¦ people, but as the
hunter lures the doe away from the forest
by carrying her fawn, so Knte Carmack
stays about where her daughter bides.
She has much to think of on those long
rides. Of the time when she found her
fate in the shape of the handsome white
man lying exhausted by the Arctic river,
of their idyllic life while she alone knew
of it. and kept her living: treasure hid
den, sheltered and provided for. Of the
Joy which she gave him when she showed
him the greatest known wealth on earth.
And turning from that to the dark time*
of the present when he Is away with
strangers who surround him for the gold;
and saddest thought of all perhaps, that
her little bMwn-eyed daughter has more
of the father than of herself in disposition
and forgets her Indian mother In tho
ways of the white people.
The only pleasure left to Indian Kate,
the only Joy which the ways of the whito
man have given her. Is her bicycle, on
which she takes solitary rides through the
mountains of the coast range.
The child, too. with that peculiar un
happy disposition which often shows In
persons of mixed race, cares little for the
mother who adores her and is better
pleased to stay with her father's rela
In the meantime the sister of Mr. Car
mack, with whom his wife had been lJv
lngr. feels that she should not give shelter
and comfort to tha enemy, and has asked
Indian Kate to betake herself to other
parts. Whether or not Kate understands,
she. at least does not obey, for all .day
lon^. like a fond dog, sha hangs about
the house where her daughter Graffle Is
still kept, and only leaves at night when
she is driven to go to. a neighbor's to
What the motive of the lady from Daw
son was she told no one, and the only,
clew to It Is that she has a grievance
against a certain woman in Seattle who
Is named in the complaint for divorce as
a corespondent. It Is alleged by the lady
from Dawson that a diamond was stolen
from her by this Seattle person, which
shows that they have met before, and
there may ba other reasons than that of
the missing diamond which prompt her
to make a 6000-mile trip for the purpose
of taking such an active Interest In fight
ing the battles of the lonely Indian who
does, not even realize what It Is all about.
"There was a woman," eta
Also from the north; all the way tress
Dawson, came a stranga lady, who took
the affairs of Mrs. Carmack In her hands
and proceeded to assist her In petting the
forces of the law in operation for the
purpose of compelling George Carrnacft to.
give one-half of his property to his wife.
. So affairs might have gone had It not
been that one day came from tha north*
land stories that pat peace to flight from
the mind of placid Indian Kate.
two yean ago tha money froia t2»
Klondike built a pretty llttla cottage la
the mountains of San Benlto on tha
Paldnes road, and there the TnrtiftB wife
¦was left with, a sister of tha rich miner
and sha and tha child played under tha
sun. ,
of animals to trap, and came upon the
cheerless camp where the worn out pros
pector had | made his last halt. A few
morsels of bones chewed as though by a
dog surrounded the spot" where the , fire
had been. Every coal was dead and the
frost had bound the ashes.
Under a little shelter of. boughs the. sole
occupant of the camp was sleeping. His
face was drawn, white and hard. 'Hun-,
ger arid suffering had marked it. yet he
was handsome to her; the Ideal for which
she had waited. ] ¦• . • V. - .,•..'¦¦.
Perhaps it was her destiny or else Just
the regular, every day hankering^ alter
the unattainable; that had 'made her
scorn the advances of all the brown-faced
be useless for her to attempt to/take him
to their camp,!for they. would not consent
to the'- added burden. • And '.besides , the
medicine man, Qf the tribe had a strange,
strong * prescription for . ailing whites,
which seemed | to t be too much for their
weak, constitutions. -
"V For '« the present she had •with her , the
lunch 'which (she ; . had brought for herself
and'. J sne < 'jihared'. : it with : - him Ilberallj).
leaving cifough'far. hissupper, tdo.V
[ r That night she ate sparingly and stowed
away without exciting notice some portion
of r her supper. v During '¦ the evening she
made a raid upon the cache where j the
: winter's ' provisions ', stored, and "also
leathered up such bits of furs and worn-
'WOUld SOOn leaV« .. CO cm mar n»» n»n.
Then with all her womanly,, arts she, per
suaded ; him, ' for Bhejt had ; grown to'lbve
the-life sha .had saved. >" -'. ',. r ¦ ; .*r" ¦
- Then they, were wedded •after thefslm
ple. manner ;of the Indians and her' peo
ple became "his people.. Still always "up
permost In |hls;' mind was , the quest for
the gold that/he felt sura was not. far
away.-- KateSaaw , that this would sooneF
or., later- take her lovedr one from bur.
for ; with 1 , her ; young child she could j not
follow; on all of the hard trips. in search
for the bits of metal that were her only
rival In her husband's thoughts. ¦.
'Why should she not tell him where : the
creeks wexe that" ran for miles over golden
pebbles. IV would- make him happy and
then, he had all of • It that he de-«

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