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4 SAtURDAY, April 29, 1905."
,V .CHAPTER XIV.—(Continued.)
Christopher, holding his jacket close
about him, with his cap In his hand,
^4 walked on quickly, Inwardly congrat
'r ulatlng himself upon the fact that he
^f/had been wise enough to seek the shel
*"t£iied path through the woods Instead
S'sgifOf the open roadway* that was unpro
tected by high trees. Little, sharp
flkshes of lightning appeared almost
constantly, and the thunder was con
'1 etant, low, threatening, ominous. In
nocent of his danger and not under
"standing the harsh, growling sounds
of warning from the heavens, Chrlsto
pher proceeded on his way. Now the
'clouds had grown so thick and black
,"that the forest was almost as dark as
night, and the rain fell in blinding tor
rents. Soon a sharp flash of lightning
ran zigzag through the sky then a
clap of thunder louder than the report
iof a cannon resounded from end to end
of the village.
Christopher gave a wild scream of
terror and stood still, uncertain wheth
er to advance or go back. Although
^Vthe forest was familiar playground to
lim, he appeared to lose his way and
staggered on blindly until, a long, vivid
flash of lightning illuminating his path,
"•t *\he found his bearings, and, remen^er
lng the cave on the other side of "the
^precipice now near at hand, he resolv
ij&^ed to seek safety and shelter there.
•^/Wlth the wind and rain beating him
fi^backward, he climbed the steep ascent,
"clinging with his hands and feet to the
roots and bushes in his way until he
reached the top, where was a precipice,
iWith water rushing In wild turmoil
^j^flfty feet beneath. Now the lightning
jft^was so near it seemed to be playing
j$t through the forest In long flashes of
-^.brilliant light, and the dark clouds al
^most touched the tops of the trees.
'Suddenly, with greater Intensity, the
wind rushed shrilly over the moun
:.i,t tain.
The boy, pale with terror, on the edge
',~$l of the precipice, wound his arms about
M^rthe trunk of a tall oak tree, clinging to
iWMt'for support and protection. He dared
not mdve another step, and all thought
iSst ^of reaching the cave was abandoned.
Another blinding flash, followed by two
IV more In quick succession! The poor
'young lad, alone on this height In the
midst of the awful disturbance of the
VjW^elements, frantic with terror, sent forth
t'/pscream after scream that the wind and
^J'raln defied human ears to hear above
Jf' -their boisterous noise and din. Then
the clouds opened, showing light like
?ir..the blast from a furnace, and—oh,
God!—a peal of thunder so loud that
?„*the village people with prayers on their
"j* Hps fell on their knees, raising their
'White faces to heaven.
The tall oak tree was struck and rent
asunder flames shot up, were put out
/j«by the heavy rifts of Vain, and clouds
,{"tsof steaming smoke filled the forest. The
large tree staggered, then fell with a
sharp noise of crackling branches that
Jv drowned the sickening sound of the
dull thud of Christopher's body as it
fell lifeless from the edge of the preci
pice Into the swirling, tumbling rapids
of the angry waters below. Nor was
heard the clanking ring of the gold
coin as it fell, striking against the rocks
with a sharp, metallic sound, from his
stiffening fingers.
The Witch of
Copgrlgbt, 1903, bg Anita Clay Manor
OON the storm was spent, and
the sun, weary of hiding Its hot
face, burst forth through the
jJrifttoa clouds that even now
•syjp ,#
Taunston, a
rft'" '.Puritan of Cragenstone, his mother
and his sister Hetty await the return
trom Paris of their kinswoman, Mar
«fc, 'garet Mayiand. Joshiah is covetous
L%'' Df his cousin's estate. His Aother
••suggests his marriage to Margaret
Simon Kempster, a farmer, is Hetty's
sweetheart. II.—Margaret returns and
clashes with Josiah's Puritanical ideas.
III—Margaret is attended by an old
waiting woman, Elsbeth. Hetty is
very fond of Margaret, but the Puri
tan maid is shocked by a small gold
cross worn by her cousin. Mistress
Taunston frowns on their frelndship.'
IV—Sir Godfrey La Fabienne and his
attendant, Gaston, seeking Cragen
stone, are led astray by a little girl
Mistress Taunston overhears the con
versation and tells her son thai she
believes the gentleman to be Marga
ret's lover. Josith and his mother be
lieve that Sir Godfrey will be delayed
at. Sterndorf, a neighboring village, by
floods, leaving Josiah to seek Marga
ret's' hands. V—Hetty tells Margaret
that thft country folks are firm be
lievers in witches. Josiah call on Mar
garet. VI—Josiah proposes to his cou
sin. Margaret awaits a visit from her
loVer, Sir Godfrey. VII—Mistress
Taunston and her son think Sir God
frey may fall a victim to illness epi
demic at Sterndorf. VIII—Sir Godfrey
remains unaccountably absent, and
Margaret fears that he is dead. Josi
ah calls for the answer to his proposal
and is rebuffed. IX.—Margaret is sav
ed from Josiah's clutches by the arriv
al of Sir Godfrey. Josiah's love for
Margaret Is turned to hate. X—Mar
garet learns that her lover has been
detained by illness and floods. XI—
Simon buys from an Itinerant peddler
fc trinket for Hetty. Josiah inquires
of the peddler where evil charms may
be purchased and Is told that such
things are common In Paris in the
form of small gold crosses. XII—Si
mon wins Hettie'p favor with his gift
XIII—Josiah warns the village jeweler
against Margaret's gold cross, which
the Jewler has for repair. XIV—After
returning Margret.s cross to her the
Jewler,s boy, Christopher, is killed in
b. thunderstorm. XV.—Hetty visits
Margaret and is much impressed by
Sir Godfrey. She spurns Simon's love.
Author of "In Love and Truth"
were dark and'moved away with low,
thunderous growls.
Margaret, who, with Sir Godfrey, had
remained ln .tha nt+ttnor mnm n*
house during the awful outburst of the
elements, now rose from her seat and,
crossing to the window, threw open the
lattice, saying with a little shiver:
"Heaven be thanked! 'Tls over, with no
harm done. That last peal of thunder
bad a murderous sound that filled my
soul with aoprehension. God keep all
travelers and dumb animals safe!" she
added seriously.
La Fabienne came to her side.
"If my bird is afraid of storms," he
observed smilingly, "she should not
have made her nest tin the topmost
peak of a mountain, so high that when
the clouds grow angry and fall low she
Is perforce In the midst of the com
"Godfrey" Margaret turned her
sweet, serious face to his—"thou know
eth that thy bird rests not lightly in
her mountain nest. Although she Is
free to fly hither and thither as she
llsteth, there Is an unpleasant con
straint In all the air about her. Oh,
bonny Paris," she exclaimed, throwing
out her hand with a swift, dramatic
gesture, "right willingly would I ex
change the freedom of my village nest
for captivity in a cage were it hung in
thy bright streets!"
La Fabienne smiled tenderly at her
earnestness as he encircled her with
his arm.
"Soon, sweet love, by my faith, thou
wilt exchange!" he said. "Already a
cage, not of gilt bars, but a huge pile
of stone and mortar,- with doors and
windows, Is in readiness for thee.
From it thou art ever free to come and
go, the only bars that will ever seek to
stay thee being these two arms that
now intwlne so lovingly about thee."
"And, prithee, happily will I stay
Slose to their strong protection. Oh,
my dear love," she cried, with soft
eagerness, "dost know how much thou
art to me? Who else In all this cold
world have' I? I love thee, Godfrey!"
For answer he clasped her closer to
his heart.
Soon steps were heard and, looking
from the window, they saw Hetty
Taunston, a white sunbonnet In her
hand, running up the path. With a
cry of pleasure, Margaret advanced to
meet her and, taking1 her hand, led her
Into the room.
"Betty! Stranger! Welcome!" she
cried gayly. "Methought thou hadst
forsaken thy cousin."
Hetty made a shy courtesy to La
Fabienne, who bowed In his most state
ly fashion, and said in a low, breathless
vdce, "Mother hast grown strangely
Btern of late, dear Margaret, and for
bids me to visit thee, for what reason
I kpow not"
The smile on Margaret's face faded.
"An' thou didst come now with her
consent?" she asked.
"Nay, sweet cousin. In the cool of
the morning mother rode down the
mountain to Brother Haggott's, there to
spend the night, so"—with a little toss
of her head and a light laugh—"me
thought not to lose the chance to get
a glimpse of thee unknownst to her."
"I' truth, sweet"—Margaret stroked
ber soft hair fondly—"an thy disobe
dience is discovered 'twill put thy peo
ple against thee sorely."
Hetty sighed.
"I wot not why my mother is so hard
with me. Happen I put a small flower
in my hair she is greatly angered.
Dost think such ornament sinful, Mar
garet?" she asked wistfully.
Her cousin smiled, and La Fabienne
broke into a hearty laugh of amuse
"Poor little Mistress Hetty!" he ex
claimed. "Didst never have other
pleasure than singing psalms in the
"Nay, unless 'tis walking home from
prayers o' nights," she replied Inno
Then, as he laughed again, this time
more loudly, Hetty became conscious,
blushed and hung her bead. The sight
of her pretty confusion touched Sir
"Here, Margaret, string thy lute," he
cried, "and Mistress Hetty and I will
tread a measure."
Margaret, smiling, touched the cords
gently, and La Fabienne, bowing low,
offered bis hand to Hetty, who when
she understood bis meaning shrank
back In alarm, with white face and
parted lips.
"Nay, nay, sir," she stammered. "I
must refuse thee. In our belief danc
ing is a Bin that sends the soul to eter
nal punishment, for so our preacher
hath ever taught us, and my brother
Josiah would cast me out of the house
an he heard I indulged in such prac
Sir Godfrey, inclining his head cour
teously, walked away, and Margaret
threw down her lute, interposing
hastily to cover Hetty's embarrass
"What alls thee, man, that thou would
ask a Puritan maid to dance? Thou
must excuse him, Hetty, as he knows
not the pious customs of our mountain
people. Come, dear Godfrey, read to
us from thy new volume of. Will
Shakespeare. 'Twill delight sweet
Hetty, who hath great love for poetry,
and as for me," she added, with a
smile, "thou knowest the sound of thy
vplea i£ fever music is mine e&r6,"
In reading and pleasant converse tne
afternoon passed so rapidly that It
was after milking time when Hetty
betbought herself of the lateness of the
hour. Hurriedly saying her farewells,
she ran down the roadway to the
fence, sprang over the stile and went
hastily In the direction of the pasture,
where the cows, unaccustomed to such
irregularity, had assembled at the
gates, bellowing low plaintive calls for
Breathless and panting, Hetty let
down the bars and, picking up a stick,
proceeded to urge the cattle to a
greater rate of speed than was usually
necessary. If her mother had return
ed unexpectedly she was lost! Fright
ened at the thought, she gave the last
cow In the line a sharp prod with the
stick, who, not accustomed to such
rough treatment, looked back at her
reproachfully, then galloped awkward
ly ahead of the others. The cows once
in the barn, It was a matter of a few
moments to collect the pails and stool
for milking.
Other evenings Hetty sat down to
this occupation cheerfully, usually sing
ing lightly to the accompaniment of
the soft sound of the milk streaming
into the pall, but tonight the task was
distasteful to her. She took her seat
with a jerk and exclaimed irritably
when the cow, In order to brush a fly
from its back, whisked its tall across
her face. "Keep still, thou old beldam
"I must refuse thee."
covn iost think I want mine eyes
scratched out o' my head?"
Although under the skillful manipu
lations of her hands the pails filled rap
Idly, Hetty's thoughts were not upon
Uer occupation, but were over the
meadows at the Mayiand farmhouse,
with La Fabienne and Margaret. The
poetical and romantic vein that ran
deep in this girl's nature had been
touched by the afternoon's entertain
ment. The handsome dress of Sir God
frey and his gallant bearing, combined
with the exquisite beauty of Margaret
in her soft flowing gown of white linen,
caused Hetty's little heart to ache with
sympathetic yearning.
"Was ever seen such a bonny pair o'
lovers?" she thought. "Such trust such
evidence of love in every action Ah,
lackaday, woe is me!"
She sighed hopelessly.
"No lover more gallant than a Purl
tan farmer, and Instead of a lute a
milk bucket!"
At last, her task finished, she carried
the heavy pails to the dairy.
"Methought Sir Godfrey regarded me
with a pleasant gaze," she said to her
self as she rested on a churn near the
Then as a sudden thought seemed to
strike her she raised her face quickly,
her eyes beaming with brightness.
"An I had had the roses in my hair
and had worn my new lace tucker,
mayhap he would ha' admired me
more," she said. "As 'tis, perchance, he
might speak o' me to a comrade high
in favor at the French court who would
fall in love with his description and
come bravely here to woo me."
The thought was so pleasant to the
Imaginative, romantic soul of little
Hetty that, forgetting to pour the milk
into the pans and set them away for
the cream to rise, she sat on the edge
of the churn, her head resting against
the wall, lost in her rosy hued day
dreams. With her hand in her imagina
ry lover's, who wore a suit of light
blue velvet trimmed with silver braid
ing, she was just making a low cour
tesy before the king of France when
her illusions were roughly dispelled by
the loud, hearty voice of Simon Kemp
ster, -who having seen his adored Het
ty enter the dairy, followed in her
wake to have a chat with her. From
the excessive heat and the exercise of
carrying a sack of potatoes a long dis
tance Simon's face was red and per
spiring his rough suit of homespun,
unbuttoned at the throat, soiled and
shabby, hung loosely on his sturdy fig
ure, and his broad farming hat made
of reeds was torn and broken at the
edges. He laid down the sack and en
Startled from her brilliant dreams
by Simon's appearance, Hetty's
thoughts fled from the court of the
king of France and fastened them
selves upon matters of the present, the
most important of which were the full
milk palls. Springing off the churn and
returning Simon's pleased grin with an
absent smile of greeting, she proceeded
to fill the row of pewter pans with the
white foaming milk.
Fanning himself wittrhls broken hat,
Simon watched her from his place at
the door with admiring eyes. It oc
curred to him that Hetty had never be
fore looked so pretty. The red color in
her cheeks had heightened her eyes
were brighter she'held her little head
higher, and in his estimation went
about her homely task in the same
manner as would have a queen. Look
ing at her white throat, he thought of
the silver heart lying on her fair bosom
that he had given her and that she had
received with so much pleasure a
sweet secret safe between him and
Hetty—and his honest heart gave a
great throb.
SteDDin£ taher side he afdrpd her for
a mug of inlltt. Hetty's pleasant after
noon and her consequent happy day
dreams had left her in sort of an up
lifted state. She wished good fortun°
to all and gave Simon the refreshment
he demanded, with a smile of happi
"Poor Simon," she thought as she
carried the first full pan to the but
tery. "What a kind friend he hath
ever been to me. There's many a lone
ly hour I would ba' spent without him.
When my lord doth come and I ride
away I shall not forget Simon. Hap
pen anon I may have Influence to have
him made lackey at the court."
Returning for another pan, with her
heart and mind full of her good inten
tions, Hetty bestowed a more than or
dinary sweet glance of esteem and
kindly feeling upon her visitor, whose
heart, always full of love for her, ached
now to bursting with fancied encour
agement. Only when wearing his new
churchgolng black suit he thought bad
she ever given him kinder glances so,
regardless of bis untidy appearance,
he clasped the astonished Hetty in bis
arms, and thoughts that for months
bad been filling his mind now took the
form of words and sprang from bis lips
In sentences expressing his passionate
love for her.
"Art gone aaft, Simon? Ha* done. I
tell thee!." she cried In angry surprl&e,
struggling to free herself from bis
strong embrace.
"Hetty, say the word," he entreated.
"Promise to be my wife. Plight thy
troth with me."
"Coward," she cried, "to hold a maid
against her will! Dost think I want a
cowboy for a husband?"
He loosed bis bold and drew back as
if stung, with staring eyes and a face
from which all color bad gone.
"Thou dost not love i$£, Hetty?" he
asked solemnly. "An' all our sweet
friendship is to go for naught?"
"Love thee?" Hetty gave her head a
toss. "Whoe'er put thouglfts of my
loving thee into thine idle brain? Nay,
silly. Look not so downcast," .she
cried, "an' take my best assurance that
our friendship hath not been in vain,
for so dear I hold thee in my heart
that but e'en now before thou spokest
thy foolish utterances I was making
plans for thine advancement."
Unable to understand and much be
wildered, Simon watched Hetty as she
airily lifted her skirts and, holding her
head very high, walked up and down
the dairy In imitation of a grand lady.
"For thou knowest, Simon," she con
tinued, with a patronizing nod, "me
thinks to marry a French courtier who
will come anon on a white steed to woo
me and take me back with him to Par
is, there to set me up in a grand palace,
with countless serving men and wom
en to do my bidding."
"Hetty, What nonsense la this?" Si
mon cried in desperation. "What man
is this thou lovest?"
'Tls no man that I e'er seen as yet-'
Hetty continued her pacing up and
down. vr
"But know this, Simon Kempster,
that I'll ba' none of thee. Dost think I
would bother with thy little scraggly
farm when I can be mistress of a
grand estate? However," she conclud
ed condescendingly, her foolish little
mind slightly troubled by the broken
hearted expression In her companion's
eyes, "think not that I will forget thee,
Simon. Why, who knoweth but I may
make thee overseer of one of my farms
in the provinces. Think on that—thy
bright future—with joyful anticipation,
good Simon."
He came and stood before her with
white, drawn face, depicting desperate
"Then thou bast meant nothing by
any fair words thou might have spo
"Fie, Simon," she giggled nervously,
more affected than she knew by his
seriousness, "out upon thy cross looks!
Thy solemn countenance would give a
body the megrims! Who said we
could not be friends?"
Kempster turned his back upon her
and walked away. At the door h6
"By all this talk then thou doth mean
that thou canst not love me—that
thou'lt never be my wife?"
"Thy wife! A common farmer's
wife?" Hetty laughed a low, rippling
laugh of amusement. "Nay, good
Simon, thou must seek thy mate
among thine own farm loving kind. As
for me, I will wait the arrival of my
gallant courtier."
"Hetty, hast forgotten the love
verses?" His voice was entreating.
"The verses! Ha, ha!"
She laughed again, this time more
merrily. "To speak o' your silly rhymes
as verses, forsooth! Whv. bodv o' me.
good Simon, thou shouldst1uy°a book
of good Will Shakespeare's verses, an'
then thou'dst know what poetry is, an'
ne'er more speak again, I warrant
thee, o' thy nonsensical rhyming."
Something must have snapped in
Simon's heart it went down with such
a bound. Blindly he turned and
groped his way out of the house, not
seeing the sack of potatoes resting oa
the ground, tripped and almost fell
over the house dog lying asleep in the
shade and strode on with head down
cast over the wet roadway, into the
dull shadows of the'approaching twi
the goldsmith, waited late
that afternoon for Chrlsto
pher's return. Impatient at
his delay and angry at the
sight of the unfinished chores, he
paced up and down the room restless
ly, pausing at frequent intervals to
look out of the doorway with nervous
anxiety toward the forest footpath.
'Tls passing strange," he muttered.
"The lad's ne'er done the like before.
If he'd a thought of fear I'd say the
storm delayed him, but such things as
thunder showers 'ud ne'er both.r
Christopher. ,Nay." ehftjting his head
"the lad's willful"and careth not that
the chores are undone."
Just then a shadow fell across the
threshold. Adam came forward ex
"Ah, bless me, Mistress Taunston!"
he exclaimed in surprise. "Methought
'twas Christopher. Happen didst see
that good for naught as tho'u didst
come through the forest?"
"I saw him not good Adam," the
dame replied, "but I walked rapidly, as
I am in haste to reach the bouse of
Sister Hemming, that my son brought
me word an hour since had been vis
ited by tbe Lord with an affliction of
numbness, so I bethought me that my
prayers and services might be of use
at the bedside. Did thy lad stray
"'Twas after the hour of noon that
I sent him to the Mayiand farm with a
trinket that I mended for the young
mistress," he replied. "I" truth I would
not hp' been in such good haste to send
it bad not thy good son Josiah warned
me of possible evil contained in the
papist symbol of the golden cross."
The woman threw out her hand in a
manner that suggested hopeless resig
nation at the rashness of the old man's
act and, addressing him harshly with
tragic earnestness, said "Thou didst
send thy lad with that emblem of the
black art, Adam Browdie. Forsooth,"
with an ominous shake of her head,
'twas no wonder then that tbe storm
rose betimes, tdrning peaceful elements
into devil's turmoil to bring honest folk
to their knees calling on God to save
them! Ah, sorrowful day!" she sighed
drearily, then, raising her voloe In re
buke, said, 'Twas thy duty, man, to
ha' burned tbe wicked trinket instead
o' sending an Innocent lad with It to
bring destruction to him!"
Adam, pale with apprehension, cow
ered back against the door. The words
of his visitor were so positive and her
manner carried such conviction with
It that the old man was already aghast
at the possible consequences of his fool
ish act
'I must be on my way, good neigh
bor." Mistress Taunston lifted her
skirts preparatory to leaving. "But
happen thy lad returneth not .by night
fall I would counsel thee to rouse the
village, call the men out for a search,
and If aught of harm hath befallen
Christopher as a result of touching that
cross," she continued sternly* with a
threatening emphasis, "I wot measures
must be taken at once to force the
wearer of It to destroy it."
"Aye, aye!" the trembling old man
concurred eagerly. "Such evil glm
cracks worn for the sake o' wicked
vanity should be destroyed. Mayhap,
alas, enough harm hath been done
a'ready! Ah, woe 1b me! 'Tis bad
time we ha' fallen on!"
"Truth hast thou spoken. God keep
thee, Adam."
"And thee, good dame."
The woman passed on, grim and se
vere, and the shadow receded slowly
from tbe threshold.
That night a party of men carrying
torches searched the forest Vainly for
the missing lad, calling his name loud
ly, then listening with straining ears
for a response. But none came to their
strong and eager cries, the accustomed
stillness of midnight on the mountain
being broken only by sounds of hurry
ing feet, shrieks of birds, roused from
their nests by the unusual disturbance
and glare of lights, as they flew through
tbe trees with noisy clapping of wings,
and the peculiar walling sound of the
wildcat as with gleaming eyes and
showing Its teeth savagely it slunk
among the underbrush.
(Continued in Next Issue.)
Eddyvllle, April 28.—Mrs. Will Van
ness, of Coalfield, has been very sick
at the home of Mrs. Mary Dye, of North
Second street.'
Mrs. R. J. Oldham's class in the
Methodist Episcopal Sunday school
will give an ice cream supper Satur
day afternoon and evening, April
29, in the rarlors of the church.
Will Fish, of Talmage, came to Ed
dyvllle Sunday night on a business
Mrs. A*. E. Greenway, of Oskaloosa,
was a guest Monday of her mother,
Mrs. Anna Tierney.
G. A. DeTar, formerly of this vicin
ity, but now of Albla, was here Tues
day and Wednesday, looking after bus
iness Interests.
Misses Pearl Reigle and Welta Gil
bert and Messrs. Frank Sloan and Earl
Myers drove down from Oskaloosa and
spent Easter Sunday with Miss Sue
G. MoDole.
The baby of A. G. Worley, of Fred
eric, has been sick with an attack of
congestion of the lungs.
J. W. Thornberg and family, .who
moved here from Mt. Ayr about two
months" ago, and have been living in
the A. Trotter tenant property, on
North Sixth street, moved to Ottum
wa Tuesday, Mr. Thornberg having a
position in a' bakery at that place.
Mrs. C. R. Harper was at Oskaloosa
Tuesday afternoon on a business and
pleasure trip.
Willie Hatfield and Roy Gutch, of
Lovllla, were Sunday visitors with
Rev. W. S. Klght and family at the
Mrs. Burdock, who lives on the
oounty line south of town, has been a
sufferer from pleurisy.
W. A. Spears, of Oskaloosa, was In
town Wednesday visiting his brother,
G. A. Spears.
Craig Pos has accepted a position in
an establishment in Oskaloosa.
B. B. Heki, who has been laid up
with rheumatism, for some time, was
able to walk down town Thursday for
the first time in about two months.
Mrs. Harvey Shahan, of Ottumwa,
was here Wednesday visiting with Mr.
and Mrs. A. W. Bell.
Wesley Reeves and brother-in-law,
Mr. Ream, of Ottumwa, were here on
Wednesday, enroute home from Chari
ton, Hocking and other points.
Miss Pearl Gosney, of Ottumwa, vis
ited her sister, Mrs. Henry Martin, for
a short time Monday evening.
Mrs. J. M. Ragan- has returned from
an over Sunday visit with friends at
Rose Hill.
Elmer Glllisple, of Albla, was visit
ing relatives and friends here over
Arthur Epperson and Miss Jean
nette True left Monday noon for Grin
nell to resume their studies at Iowa
college, after spending a ten days' va
cation at home. Miss Mary Funk,
rt ,jp*
daughte\of ex-Senator Funk, of Dick
inson courtly, was a guest of Miss True
during her^-yacation, and returned to
the college wfth her on Monday.
Frank Griffith, of near Kirkville,
was In town Wednesday.
Wm. Gott's babiN of Lost Creek, has
been on the sick lii&&
Miss Pansy Jamlso)^ and Ben Briggs
spent Easter Sunday with relatives
and friends in Albla.
George Gogo, the miner at Lost
Creek, who was so badly injured in a
dynamite explosion last week, is get
ting along nicely.
Little Miss Dearcle Carroll, who has
been staying with her grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Gray is spending
the week with her mother In Ottum
Mrs. John Sandlland was sick for a
few days this week.
Frank Epperson departed Wednes
day for Chicago to spend the remaind
er of the week there on business pre
paratory to moving to that city for
the purpose of accepting a good posi
tion as assistant cashier with the
Live Stock Trust and Savings bank.
The scarlet fever quarantine which
has been on the W. M. Stuber home
for some time, was removed Monday.
Some of the other families which have
been quarantined for scarlet fever will
likely be released soon.
Miss Elsie Belman, of Chillicothe
was a caller in town Wednesday.
The family of Jack Williams, of
Buxton, will move into the Clancy
property, known as the old Wilcox
property, on North Third street next
Mr. Williams Is in business at Buxton
so he will remain at that place, and
his family will reside here.
N. B. Halloway was an Ottumwa
business caller Wednesday.
Miss Bertha Waugaman spent
Thursdav evening with her friend,
Miss Emma Noel on Millers creek.
Coal prospectors have been at work
prospecting on the W. H. Springer and
J. Lawrence farms, near Eveland.
A dance was given at Lakonta Sat
urday night by Prof. Flint of BusBey,
Pulaski, April 28.—Dr. W. H. Shel
ton and wife returned home from Cali
fornia Friday, 'where they spent the
past two months with their son, A. H.
Elmer Plank, of St. Louis, is visit
ing his parents and other relatives
this week.
The commencement exercises of the
Pulaski high school occurred at the
opera house last Friday evening. The
class address was delivered by Mrs,
Hattie Moore Mitchell, of Des Moines,
to a large and appreciative audience.
After the address the principal, Miss
Armlnta B. Nerry, presented the diplo
mas to the class, which consisted of
five girls and five boys. They are as
follows: Harley Morjingo, Mayme E.
Conrad, William J. Barnes, Maude M.
Wagler, J. Robert. Nellie Francis, L.
Thayer, Harry O. Miller, Lora Hunt,
Clyde C. Brumley, Plessie I. Moyingo.
Dr. Clay Shelton, of St. Louis, is vis
iting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. W. H.
The school board met last week and
selected teachers for the coming year.
They are as follows: V. J. Russell,
principal Miss Elsie Hayes, grammar
room Miss Fannie Rouch, intermedi
ate, and Miss Effle Vorhis, primary.
Miss Susan Wehan left last Friday
for her home in Bonaparte.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Knight cele
brated their twenty-fifth anniversary
last Tuesday night.
Sigourney, April 28.—Mrs. John
Baty, the wife of the sheriff, is quite ill
with rheumatism.
George F. McCarty of Delta was
looking up business matters here Tues
S. W. Wilson is still very sick.
Taylor Hux of the south part of
the county was in Sigourney Tuesday.
Wade Klrkpatrick of Hedrlck was
here last Tuesday.
L. A. Funk has been drawn as juror
of the federal court to be held in Des
Moines the coming month.
Attorney George B. Baker and C. L
Dean of Hedrick were attending court
A complete kit of burglars' tools
was found by the Rock Island carpen
ter while tearing away the old depot
platform to put in a new one.
A. E. Pruess of Ottumwa was call
ing here Tuesday.
District court adjourned Tuesday
afternoon and reconvened Thursday
morning at 9 o'clock. Business was
not very rushing this term.
The Boys' Agricultural club and the
Girls' pulture club have arranged to
run an "excursion train to Ames to visit
the college on June Z.
Miss Ruth Gibbons, president of the
Woman's club, and Mrs. W. L. Etter,
one of the leading members, go to the
biennial meeting to be held In Water
loo from May 10 to 12
Mrs. Palmer of Kansas City is visit
ing at the home of her son, Rev. Phil
lip Palmer.
Mrs. C. A. Schreiner of Ollie is visit
ing her mother, Mrs. Hubbard.
Lennie Berry and wife of Rock Is
land are visiting here.
E. B. Rossiter is in Des Moines on
Mrs. Cook of Cedar Rapids is visit
ing her
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Mrs. Frank Adrian.
Clara Sanders left for Des Moines
Tuesday evening.
Oskaloosa High school boys are
coming to Sigourney Saturday to see if
the Sigourney High school can beat
them playing ball. The game is to be
in Brown's park and is called for 2:30.
This will be the second game between
these teams, Oskaloosa having won
the first.
Captain Miller went to Hedrick Wed
nesday afternoon.
Gilbert Randall came in from Mus
catine Tuesday evening and left Wed
nesday evening for Oskaloosa, where
he will take charge of the bookkeep
ing department of one of the daily pa
A large crowd went to Davenport on
the I. O. O. F. excursion In spite of
the rainy morning.
Enthusiastic Meeting Was Held Tues
day to Ascertain People's Sentiment.
Bloomfleld, April 27.—At a meeting
held on Tuesdav for the purpose of
ascertaining how many clubs, church
organizations and fraternal orders
were willing to co-operate in the re
establishing and maintenance of a
public library, fifteen signified will
ingness to do so, and one delegate was
appointed from each to become a per
manent member of an incorporated li
brary board. The members selected
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were Mrs. C. L. Stafford* M. E." churclm
Mrs. J. F. Gresham. Christian church^
Mrs. W. H, McAchran, Uni
versa list-*
Mrs. H. C. Traiverse, Presbyterians
Mrs. Johnson, Baptist Mrs. S. A, Lof?
enz, P. E. O. Mrs. W.
Rathbone Miss F. P. Bence, Royal
Neighbors Mrs. Stella Teel, Rebekah
Eastern Stars" asked to have place9
held until after next regular meeting
Mrs. M. Brenoeman, Ivanhoe Mrs.
Edith Johnsorifl Travel club Mrs. H.
C. Day, W. C. T. U. Mrs. W. A. 5
Herman, Twentieth Century. The fol
lowing officers were elected:
Mrs. O. D. Wray—President.
Mrs. W. W. Reeves—Vice-Pr esident
Mrs. W. A. Herman—Recording Sec
Mrs.. H. C. ray—Corresponding Sec
Mrs. M. Brennerman—Treasurer.
Personal and Otherwise.
Letters received from H. C. Taylor
and family who left a few weeks ago
for Los Angeles, Cal., state that they
have rented a cottage and will spend
the summer there. The Misses Steckle
will remain with them.
Mrs. Anna L. Townsend has return
ed from Qulncy, 111., where she has
been spending the winter in the Gem
City Business college, and will spend
a couple of weeks here on business.
A shipment of fifteen horses were
sent to Ottumwa Thursday for pur
chase at the horse sale on Friday,
The shippers were Chas. Carroll, D. M.
Wise, George Good, T. D. Doke, Jas.
McGowen, John Taylor, Jas. Smith
and F: C. Younsr. Messrs. Young, Car-.
roll, Good and Taylor went to Ottum
wa Thursday to take pare of the
horses and Messrs. Doke and Wise
joined them today and will attend
the sale.
J- W. Lasalle, of Des Moines, pro
prietor of the Commercial hotel of this
city, passed through this place Thurs
day enroute to Macon, Mo., on busl
The Lang Syne whist club met Wed
nesday evening at the W. L. Saunders
home and spent a pleasant evening.
Mrs. F. C. Traverse won the honors of
the game, at the close of which an
elegant repast was served. The guests
of the club were Mr. and Mrs. C. D.
Fortune, and Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Wray.
Ed S. Smith left Thursday for Mt.
Sterling 04 a short business trip.
Mr. Grade, who is staying with his iw
son, Frank, is very sick.
Ed Hawthorne, of Ottumwa, spent
Sunday with his parents, Sir. and
Mrs. Sam Hawthorne.
C. M. Beall visited over Sunday with
his mother at Hayesville
Mrs. Adelaide Jeiinings is very ill.
Mrs. Mary McNew, who. has been
sick with pneumonia, is improving
E, W. Moore has had a relapse
and is again under the doctqr'S care It 4
Oscar Goodin, of Hubbell, Neb., visi
ited over Sunday with his niece, Mrs
Mabel Dickens.
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Mefford entef
tained about fifty young people last
Tuesday evening In honor of their son, feW
Wesley's birthday.
Hon. Geo. W. Dickens attended the
meeting of the Wapello county. good
oads convention Saturday" at Ot4
Farson, April 28.—Miss MAW Green'
returned home Saturday after a few
weeks' visit with rel&tives in Sigour
Lee Brown, of Eddyvllle, spent a
few days at the J. C. Deuser home last
The FarspnS M. E Sunday cchooj
gave an Easter entertainment. at 8
o'clock Sunday afternoon. There-was
a good crowd present and theywert $i3§
well entertained.
The excavating for the new church
was begun Monday. The people
the community are responding readily WSM
to the call for help and all this work
will be done free. jpS?
There will be the regular Sunday p®
school and church services Sunday at Ssp
2 and- 3 o'clock p. m.
Amador, April 26.—Bert WllklnsotL
and family spent Sunday in town.
Henry Baker and family of Drake- i'j
ville visited at A. W. Smith's Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Baker were
entertained at the Ralston home Sun
Misses and Mesdames Phillips and
Willamson spent Sunday at E. Han- I
Mr. and Mrs. E. Myera and Mrs.
Emily Myers snent Sunday at John Mc
Bertha Wilkinson and Minnie Well
man spent Monday evening with Fan»%""
nle Haning.
Mr. and Mrs. John Day visited at the ,'
Chance home Sunday. "s,
Emmett Roberts has been working'
for F. L. Baker.
J. A. Day made a business trip to
Ottumwa recently.
William Dale is quite ill. 1%
Mrs. Emily Myers is recovering after i'
a short illness.
Misses and Mesdames Loran Shields
and C. Smith were entertained at the||s|
Marion Smith home Sunday.
Lee Hicks is assisting Mr. McFar-Hf"
land with his farm work.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Garrison spent Sun
day at the James Phillips home.
Mrs. Albx Martin and Miss Rosa
Brown were guests of Mrs. F. L. Baker
Wednesday. -g
Mrs. Williams called on Mrs. Ira
Haning Wednesday.
Ira Haning marketed hay in town
Achsa Day- is visiting in Mt. Ster
Ira Haning and T. D. Williams at
tended lodge in Ash Grove Tuesday ev-'•
Wellman school will commence May
1 with Miss Rialing as teacher.
E. Haning visited Mr. and Mrs. Rus
sel Wellman recently.
Peter Schwartz put a new yard fenced
around his residence recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Marlon were in town jh
John Day was in Blakesburg re- -t
cently. vctesi*
Carl Kushiner is slightly ill.
The continued wet weather of'{he 's
last few weeks has caused a delay in
farm work.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schwartz at
tended church in Ottumwa Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Baker spent Sat-..
urday evening at J, Amlick's.
Miss Laura Arnold is quite ill at her
home near Mt. Ayr.
Dr. J. W. Elerlck left on the Rock
Island this afternoon for Keosauqua,
where this evening he will witness the
graduation exercises of the 1905 class
of the Keosauqua high school, of which
his daughter, Mis* Bessie Elerlck is
a member.

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