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THE LOST LETTER
By CLARA BREVOORT. Uncle Dick listened for a minute at the foot of the stMrs. At last Jimmie was asleep! Evidently the hot water bottle and toothache medicine had done their work, for the moans and groans had stopped. Jimmie s mother had slipped away a few minutes be fore, leaving Uncle Dick in charge. "Poor Dick!” she reflected as she departed. "He hasn’t been himself since Mary Hempstead went away in the fall. Here it's almost April and he hasn't had any word from her yet. I can't understand It at all. I always had an idea that she promised to give Dick an answer in that letter he's looked for so eagerly and that has never come.” The front door stood open and the breeze came in soft and warm from the south. The sun. too, was as bright and the sky as blue as June. Near the shed door stood an old fishing rod. Dick walked over and picked it up. The soft wind and blue sky and the whole outdoors were call ing him toward the river. Jimmie and his toothaehe were for gotten while he made his way down the muddy road with the Ashing rod over his shoulder and a bucket of bait in his hand. As he turned ofT tho road to go through the broken place in the Hemp stead's fence, nnd thence through the hickory grove toward the river, he heard a horse behind him. He turned and looked straight into the startled blue eyes of Mary Hempstead. But while he stood paralyzed, the look in the blue eyes changed instantly to one of contempt as her horse gal loped by. Mary home! Could it really be the girl who had teasingly promised him his answer in the first letter on her visit West. He turned blindly toward the river and when he finally reached the place threw himself down dejectedly on a rock and tried to think. Meanwhile, Jimmie had a nice com fortable nap. thanks to his mother's doctoring and a quiet house, after which he wakened and hopped out of bed, yelling for someone to come and put his clothes on him. No one answered. Jimmie went down stairs to Investigate the silence. There was no one there, but the front door was open and the soft, warm wind that blew In felt delicious. Jim mie went out on to the porch. What a bully wind for a kite, and here he’d been shut up all day missing it! Suddenly he remembered he had no kite. Yesterday it had hooked on top of the red oak and stuck there. Jimmie started for the tree, the wind blowing his night gown around his bare legs and feet. The soft ground oozed up through his toes and he squealed delightedly. But the water in the creek was cold—too cold to wade through! Ooch! He knew the very thing! Uncle Ned's boots! Back to the house and into Uncle Ned's room. He knew where the boots were—ln a corner of the cupboard. He carried them to the porch and tried to put them on. They were miles too high and too heavy. Out of one boot shot something that had been white. Now it was dirty, wrinkled and twisted Jimmy grabbed it and tore away the outside. "Well, I’ll use this old letter for a kite, if 1 can’t get mine. Where's that string I had?” The creek and boots were forgotten. Jimmie, still in midnight attire, defied the proprieties and the toothache, by dancing gleefully all over the farm with his homemade kite. Over in the Hempstead yard Mary was pondering about the look of mis ery in Dick Randall's eyes as she had passed him. It was almost time to feed the chickens, and she started for the granary. What In the world could that be tearing along the fence and yelling at something in the air? Sharp of wits and speedy of limb. Mary soon had little Jimmy in her arms. She wrapped her apron about him and carried him back to her house, the kite training on the ground. “Bless his heart, he's got a letter for a kite,” said her mother. Mary grab bed It up suddenly. “Jimmie, where did you get this?" “Out of Uncle Ned's boots," he gig gled. “I Just found it!” Mary made suddenly for the door. A few minutes later Dick heard the twigs breaking near him, but did not look around. It mattered little who was coming. Suddenly two soft, warm hands cov ered his eyes and Mary’s own sweet voice whispered. ‘Guess who it is!” Bewildered, he reached up and touched her hands. "I’re come." she cried gayly. re leasing him. “to deliver some belated mall, and after all I think I'm glad you didn't get my letter until now, Dick. I want to see If you look suffl clently happy when you read it. Jim mie Just found it in Ned's old boot. He must have dropped it there when ha was carrying the mail to the house tne day it came, ana nere i ve Deen wondering and wondering why—" But Dick had heard enough Just what Mary had been wondering didn’t matter half so much Just then as the seal he put upon her willing lips. Good Reason. "Why do autocratic governments try to muzzle the press?” "They don't want It to make any biting comments.” NO LACK OF HONEST BOYS Los Angeles Lad Held Up as a Won der Is One of Many That the Land May Claim. A Los Angeles (Cal.) paper prints the account of the return to the owner of a flve-dollar piece paid by accident to a newsboy. It seems to regard the incident as remarkable, and one phase of It was, but the paper overlooked this. There are many honest boys. The in stincts of youth are predatory only in a mischievous fashion. In a real test, the average boy would come out with colors flying. The industrious lad who would steal Is an exception. No normal boy accustomed to dealing in pennies could see an accidental gold coin In his day’s collection without the immediate impulse to place it In the hands of the owner. The remarkable phase of the inci dent was that the owner, upon receiv ing his coin, rewarded the boy with 60 cents. Doubtless the newsie felt more Jubilation in possession of this hon est piece of silver than in the larger piece that could have been retained only by a process virtually pilfering. Ordinarily the person who loves mon ey and recovers it is remarkably Btlngy in the matter of reward. A nickel handed over in exchange for a fat purse rescued from the street is about the rule. Sometimes there is no proffer, but a look of dark suspi cion. It would be wise to have a statutory regulation of the whole matter A re ward of ten per cent would not be out of reason. If a poor person happens upon a vagrant roll of money, it is but nutural that he become conscious of temptation. He has reason to think the owner will pay little or nothing, end be more apt to display toward him a sort of resentment than gratitude. If he knew that under the law he was entitled to a fair commission, the temptation would vanish, the finder be satisfied, and the owner restrained from assuming the too frequent role of miser. SHERIFF'S SALE In the District Court State of Colorado. <*ounty of Prowers. ss. It. I>. Nevlus. Plaintiff, vs. Zenas W. DeCamp. the Public Trustee In Prowera County. Colorado, and Citizens State Rank, Defendants. NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S HALE Under and by virtue of a decree and order of sale entered In the Diatrict Court in and for the County of Prowera and State of Colorado on the 30th day of December. A. D. 1915. wherein It la d.-creed that there la due the above named plaintiff. It. D. Nevlua. from the above named defendant. Zenaa W. De- Camp, on a certain note secured by a mortgage, the huiii of Two Thousand Three Hundred Sixty-two Dollars and Ten Cents (13,362.10) and Interest thereon from the said 30th day of De cember. A. D. 1915. to the date of sale hereinafter set forth at the rate of Eight* (8) per cent per annum, and. Whereas, in and by virtue of said decree and order of sale 1. the under signed. 1. C. Downing, sheriff of said County of Prowers and State of Col orado am authorized, directed and em powered to expose for sale certain property hereinafter described at pub lic auction after giving notice of the time and place of said sale by previous ly publishing the same for four (4) weeks in a weekly newspaper publish ed in the City of Lamar. County of I’rowera and State of Colorado, for the purpose of realizing the amount so found due the plaintiff as aforesaid with interest, cost of suit and expense of said sale. Now. Therefore, public notice is here by given that I will on Saturday, the sth day of February. A. D. 1916. at the hour of ten o'clock In the forenoon ol said day at the West front door of the County Court House in the City ol Lamar. County of Prowera and Stat* of Colorado sell at public auction for rash in hand to the highest and best bidder the following described real es atate situate in the County of Prowers and State of Colorado, to-wit: The South Half of the West one-third (S' 3 of W 1-3) of Block Forty-five (15) in the West Side Addition to the Town of Lamar, more particularly de scribed as follows, to-wit: Commenc ing at the southwest corner of said Block Forty-five (45) in said West Sid*- Addition to the Town of Lamar and running thence east one hundred (100) )feet; thence running north one hundred and fifty (150) feet; thence west one hundred (100) feet; thence south one hundred and fifty (150) feet to the point of beginning, being tht west one hundred (100) feet of Lot; Seven (7). Eight (8). and Nine (9). In Block Forty-five (45) In the West Side \dd 11 ion to the Town Sf Larnnr, as show-n by the plat of said addition re corded in the office of the County Clerk and Recorder of Prowera County, Col orado. together with all the privileges, improvements and appurtenances (hereunto belonging under the terms of the mortgage set out In said com plaint. for the purpose of realizing the amount so found due the plain tiff. It. D. Nevius. as above set forth, to gether with interest, ccst of suit and expenses of said sale. I. C. DOWNING. Sheriff of the County of Prowers, and State of Colorado. First pub. Jany 5. 1916. Last pub. Feby. 2, 1916. NOTICE OF CONTEST Department of the Interior United States Land Office. Lamar, Colo rado. December 18, 1915. • T«> Jacob T. Jantz of Mulllnville, Kan sas. Contested: You are hereby notified that Neal D Redger. who gives Tyrone. Oklahoma, as his postoffice address, did on No vember 17th. 1915. file in this office his duly corroborated application to contest and secure the cancellation of your Homestead Entry. Serial No. 015367. made November 13th. 1914. for Lots 3. t. 2, and N'W V* of Section ID. Town ship 25 South. Range 47 West 6th Principal Meridian, and as grounds for his contest ho alleges that said Jacob T. Jantz has wholly failed to establish .md maintuln residence on said land, lias wholly abandoned the same and has wholly failed to cultivate and Im prove said land since the date of entry and all or said defaults exist to this date. You are. therefore, further notified that the said allegations will be taken as confessed, and your said entry will be canceled without further right to be heard, either before this office or on appeal, if you fall to file in this office within twenty days after the FOURTH I publication of this notice, as shown below, your answer, under oath, specl fically responding to these allegations of contest, together with due proof that you have served n copy of your answer on the said contestant either in person or by registered mail. You should state in your answer the uaine of the post office to which you desire future notices to be sent to you. A. L. BEAVERS. Register. R. J. MCGRATH. Receiver. Date of first pub. Jany. 5. 1916. Date of second pub. Jany. 12. 1916. Date of third pub. Jany. 19. 1916. Date of fourth pub. Jany. 26, 1916 NOTICE OF REDEMPTION OF CITY WARRANTS Office of City Treasurer. Lamar. Colo rado. Jan. 12. 1916. Notice Is hereby given that l will re deem at my office the following war rants: Urnrral Fund Number Date of Registry Amount .202 Aug. 4. 1915 I 76 00 1200 Aug. 4. 1915 80 00 | 1208 Aug. 6. 1915 16 60 4 206 Aug. 6, 1915 10 00 1211 Vug. 7, 1915 . . 5 69 1*203 Vug. 7, 1915 40 00 .121 Vug. 9. 1915 6 00 (305 Aug. 9. 1915 5 00 1210 Aug. 10. 1915 70 20 1301 Aug. 10. 1915 . 70 00 1209 Aug 12. 1915 . 19 50 .204 Aug. 12. 1916 80 00 i 108 Aug. 16. 1915 2 25 1298 Sept. 7. 1915 75 00 I2IM •-"■pi •. I»l* BO o| .... i .Sept. 7, 1915 . . 70 00 4299 Sept. 7. 1915 22 00 1309 Sept. 7. i'jlo 5 oo 1306 Sept. 8. 1915 5 77 1297 Sept. 8. 1915 . 70 00 4507 Sept. 9. 1915 25 00 1302 Sept. 9. 1915 9 75 1290 Sept. 9. 1915 6 90 1304 Sept. 10. 1915 8 75 1303 Sept. 10. 1915 1 60 4308 Sept. 10. 1915 6 20 1305 Sept. 10. 1915 15 40 1312 Sept. 10. 1915 2 75 1310 Sept. 16. 1915 11 43 1300 Sept. 25. 1915 40 00 1311 Sept. 26. 1915 . . 11 45 Publlt* Library 3739 Oct. 5. 1914 26 25 3741 (Jet. 7. 1914 38 85 3743 Oct. 7, 1914 60 00 1746 . Oct. 8. 1914 1 00 3738 Oct. 16, 1914 3 45 3776 Nov. 5. 1914 47 70 Interest on above warrants will cease after February 12. 1916. E. A. LUN DC REN, City Treasurer. NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed proposals addressed to The Fort Bent Ditch Company will be re ceived up to 2 o'clock P. M. on Wed- . nesday, the 2nd day of February. A ' I). 1916, for the construction of a dam with two bulkheada where the Arkan sas River ia attempting to wash around the north end of th*- present dam at Ihe headgate of the Colorado & Kansas • 'anal, belonging to The Fort Bent Ditch Company, in Rent County. Colo rado. according to plans which may be examined at the Citizens State Bank at Lamar, Colorado. Each bidder must make a personal examination of the location and site of the dam and make borings to satisfy himself as to the nature of the mater ial to be excavated for the construction of the same and for the driving of plies. The lumber, oak pilings and hard ware for the said work will be fur nished the contractor by The Fort Bent Ditch Co. f ... b. at McClave, Bent County, Colorado, and must be un loaded from the cars by the contractor and hauled to the site of the dam on the north side of the Arkansas River. All bids must h*- upon blank forms to be obtained of The Fort Bent Ditch Co. at the Citizens .State Bank at La ma r. Colorado, and he In a lump sum expressed in both words and figures for the full completion of the dam and bulkheads In accordance with the plans, specifications and contract. The full name and address of the bidder must he given. A bond of Two Thousand (62,000.00) Dollars will he required for the faith ful performance of the contract. the sureties to be sat i - f actory to the direc tors of The Fort Bent Ditch Co. The person or persons to whom the contract may he .warded will be re- S Hired to execute the contrnct within I ve days from th. date of the notifl- ] cation of the award. The Fort Bent Ditch Company re serves the right to reject any and all bids. By Order of th*- Board of Directors of The Fort Bent Ditch Co. J S. HASTY. President. First pub. Jan. 20. 1916. Last pub. Jan. 27, 1916. NOTICE OF REDEMPTION OF CITY BONDS Office of City Treasurer, Lamar, Colo rado. Jan. 12. 1916. Notice ia hereby given that I will re deem at my office or at the Chemical National Bank In the City of New York, the following bonds: *nnltnr> Sewer District No. 1 No. 34 6500.00 No. 3 5 JT, i No. 36 $600.00 *itlewnlk anti Crncllng District No. 2 No. 39 6500.00 No. 40 6500.00 No 41 $500.00 Interest on above bonds will cease after February 12. 1916. E A. LUNDOREN. City Treasurer. NOTICE OF PUBLIC TRUSTEE'S SALE Whereas, John Peters and Dora Pet ers. husband and wife, whose post of fice address is Lamar. Prowers Coun ty. Colorado, by their certain deed of trust, dated November 7th, 1914. which deed of trust was duly recorded In book 95. page 226 of the records In the office of the County Clerk and Record er of Prowers County, Colorado. did convey to the Public Trustee In and for said County of Prowera and State 1 of Colorado, in trust, the following de- I scribed property, to-wit: The North Half of the Northwest 1 quarter (N(A NW *4) of Section Eight ' (8). Township Twsnty-two (62) South. S B. B. BROWN, Pres. A. N. PARRISH, V. Pres. W. C. GOULD, Cashier J. F. MAURER, Asst. Cash. FIRST NATIONAL BANK LAMAR, COLORADO CopiLal Stock - $50,000. Surplus - $40,000. DIRECTORS: M. D. THATCHER JOHN H. THATCHER W. C. GOULD A. N. PARRISH B. B. BROWN C. M. LEE B. T. McCLAVE R. E. ADAMS President Vice Pres. Cashier CAPITAL $50,000 Lamar National Bank MEMBER FEDERAL RESERVE BANK LAMAR, COLORADO DIRECTORS: B. T. McClave Ray Adams M. J. McMillin C. M. Lee A. DeeUr We want your business, large and small, and offer every facility consistent with safe and conservative banking Accounts Received Subject to Check Money Orders Bold Hardware, Furniture, Tinware.: Harness, etc. We carry the largest stock in our line ever carried in eastern Colorado and can sell to you at lowest price# ever known in the Arkansas valley. THE LAMAR HARDWARE CO. We Can Give You Service That’s Worth While COCVER FASHION CHAD MODEL CLEANING OIIUI /J 5 1-2 South Main St. Telephone Lamar 35W Range Forty-six (46) West of the 6th P. M.. together with one-half of one full paid perpetual water right repre senting 72-100 cubic feet of water per second of time, originally derived from the canal of the Arkansas River. Land. Reservoir and Canal Company, and now I evidenced by 72 shares of the capital stock of tho Fort Lyon Canal Com pany. situate, lying and being In the County of Prowers and State of Colo rado. to secure the payment of on. certain promissory note given by the said John Peters and, Dora Peters, dated November 7th. 1914. for the prin cipal sum of Sixteen Hundred and Sixty-four Dollars ($1664.00t. and pa>- able to The Payne Investment Com pany of Omaha. Nebraska, on or before November Ist. 1915. together with in terest thereon from date until paid, at the rate of 6 per cent per annum; and Whereas, said trust deed provides. amon, , oth A r r.„,. th In that “In case of default in the payment of said note, or any part thereof, or In the payment of the in terest thereon according to the tenor and effect of said note, then upon no tice and demand in writing filed with the said party of the second part b> ;Ke beneficiary In said deed of trust named, or the legal holder of sai.l indebtedness, or any part ‘hereof, se cured thereby, that said beneficiary or legal holder has declared a violation of any of the covenants in said deed of trust contained, and has elected to ad vertise said premises for sale and de mands such sale. It shall and may be lawful for said party of the second part to sell and dispose of said premises <en tnas.se or In separate parcels, ns said Public Trustee may think best), and all the right, title and Interest of the said parties of the first part, their heirs or assigns, therein at public auc tion at the front door of the County Court House In the County of Prowers and State of Colorudo. or on said prem ises or any part thereof, as may b. specified In the notice of such sale, for the highest and best price the same will bring In cash, four weeks public notice having been previously given of the time and place of such sale by ad vertisement weekly in some newspaper of general circulation, nt that time published In said Prowers County, and Whereas, default lias been made In the payment of said note and the In terest thereon accrued. In the sum or Bovsntso Hundred Sevsnty-six Dollars and Thirty-two Cents ($1776.32), and 1 Whereas, the said The Payne In | vestment Company of Omaha, Nebras ; Ua. the beneficiary In said deed of [ trust named, and the legal holder and owner of said note, has declared the violation of th* covenants In said deed of trust contained, and has elected to | advertise said premises for sale. and | has made demand in writing upon the undersigned, the Public Trustee in and for the County *>f Prowers and State of Colorado, to sell and dispose of said premises, as provided by said deed of trust, and all the right, title and In ter. St of the said John Peters and Dora Peters, their heirs and assigns there in. ut public auction, as provided by the terms of said deed of trust; „ *^V W ' TTwefore. 1. It. L. Christy. I uldle Trustee in nnd for the County of Prowers and State of Colorado at the request of the said The Payne In vestment Company of Omaha. Nebras ka. the beneficiary named, and the leg al holder and owner of said note, us aforesaid, and by and under the au thority and power of sale in me vest ed by the terms of said deed of tru and by law, will, on Monday. t; thirty-first day of January. A. D 191 at the front door of the Court Huut in the City of Lamar. County of Prow ers and State of Colorado. «t the hour «d ten o clock in the forenoon of said • lay. sell the above described real es *»«*, Property. and all the l Ji ,e ' „ Interest, benefit “ nd of redemption of iw. ® a ,» . J *; hn I’etera and Dora in a ,M ’ a . nd a *"lKns. In and to the said described property, at pub ic auction, for the highest and best price the same will bring in cash, for the purpose of paying the above men tioned indebtedness, and all the costs, charges and fees, as provided i n said deed of trust, and that at such sale said property will be offered and sold fP "If*??, °L ,n separate parcels, as thfnk “beiS. TrU “" ; “ * uc, ‘ “<•• ninth day of December. A. D. 1916. It. L. CHRISTY. Treasurer and Public Trustee In and Sr caRiSSS. r of , ’ row ' r ‘ st.t. J. K. DOUGHTY. Lamar. Colo., Attor ney for The Payne Investment Co. First pub. Dec. 29, 1916. Last pub. Jan. 26. 1916.