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THE OARRIZOZO NEWS.
The Light in the Clearing A TALE of the NORTH COUNTRY in the TIME of SILAS WRIGHT By IRVING BACHELLER Author of EDEN HOLDBN. IVM AND I. DAtUUU OP TIIO BLESSED ISLES, KEEPING UP WITH LIZZIE, Etc Etc CopyrlRhl by Irving niu-htllrr BARTON LEARNS OF THE EXISTENCE OF A WONDER FUL POWER KNOWN AS "MONEY." Synopsis Ilnrton llnynes. nn nrplian, goes to live with lits imclo, Pesbndy llnynes, nml his Aunt Dccl nn a farm on llnttlcmnd, In a neighborhood called Llckltyspllt, about tliu year 1820. Ho meets Hully Dunkclbcrg, about Ids own age, but socially of n clnsi nlovo the Bnynosco, mid In fnsclnnted by her pretty face nml flno clothes. Ilnrtnn alto meets ilovlng Kate, known In the neighborhood ns tho "Silent Woman." Amos Urlmshnw, n young son of the richest man In tho town ship, la a visitor at tho llnynes homo nntl Itovlng Knte tells tho boys' fortunes, predicting n bright futuro for Ilnrton and dentil on tho callows for Amos, Reproved for nn net of boyish mischief, llurton runs nway, Intending to make his homo with tho Dunkclhcrgs. tin reaches Canton and falls asleep on n porch. There ho Is found by Kilns Wright, Jr., a man prominent In public niralrs, who, knowing l'enbody llnynes, takes Ilnrton homo nfter buying him new clothes. 811ns Wright evinces much Interest In Ilnrtnn and sends n box of books and magazines to tho llnynes home. A short tlmo Inter tho election of Mr. Wright to tho United States sennto is announced. CHAPTER V. 5 The Qreat Stranger Rome ntrnugers rnmo along tho rond thoso days hunters, peddlers nnd tho 111(0 and their coming filled tun with o Joy which mostly went mvny with them, I regret to say. Nona Of thptc, howover, appealed to my Imagination us did old Knte. Hut (hero whs ono stranger grentcr than she greater Indeed, than nny other who rnmo Into Itattlerond. Ho enmn rarely mid would not he long detained, linw curiously we looked nt him, (mowing his fnmo and power) This Blent stranger was Money. I shall never forget tho dny that my undo Allowed me u dollar hill nnd n llltlo hhlny, gold coin nnd three pieces of (diver, nor can I forget how carefully ho watched them while they lay In my hands nml presently put them back Into his wallet. That wus long heforo tho tlmo of which I mil writing. 1 remember henrlug him ay, one day of that year, when I linked him to take us to tho Caravan of Wild I lean Is which waa coming to the village: "I'm sorry, but It's been n hundred fluudnys slnco I had n dollar In my wallet for more thnn ten minutes." ( hnro bis old account book for tho years of 18.17 and 1838. Hero are Dome of tho onirics: "Ilnlnnccd accounts with J, Doro thy and gave him my notu for $2.15 to bo paid In salts January 1, 1838. Bold ten bushels of wheat to E. Miner at 00 cents, to be paid In goods. "Mold two sheep to Flntlus Curtis .and took his noto for $0, pnyahlo In loo I h on or before March tho first." Only one entry In mora thnn a hundred mention money, aud this wns tho sum of eleven cents received In bnlancn from a neighbor. 8n It will be seen that n spirit nt mutual nccommodntlon served to help us over tho rough going. Mr. (lrlmslmw, howover, demanded Ids pay In cash and that I find wus main ly the habit of tho money-lenders, Wo were poor but our poverty wns not llkn Hint of tlieso dnys In which t am writing. It wns proud nnd Cleanly and well-fed. Our fathers bad Keen heroic ocrvlco In tho wnrs and wn knew It. I who twclvo years old when I ho gnn to bo tho reader for our little filmlly. Aunt Heel had long com plained that she couldn't keep tip with her knitting and rend ho much. Wo had not accii Mr. Wright fur nearly two years, but ho had sent us the novels of Sir Walter Scott nnd I had led them liei.rt deep Int.-) the creed lint lies nt Old Mortality. Then cam tho evil days nf 1837, when the atory of our lives began to quicken Its pneo aud exclto our Inter est In Its coming chapters. It gave v enough to think of, (Ind know. Wild sper'ilntlnns In laud and the ,inH"nn paper-money Hystem had lihiuttlit us Into rough going. The hniiwi of tho elty nf New York IiihI ijji('iided payment of their nods. Thej' cniild no longer meet their en gogjiliieiite. As usual, the burden roll ItffirhMt on the NHir. It was hard to gut tuniiuy oven for Mark salt. Uncle I'fiobody had beeu nllent nnd deiWMteU for n month or more, lie I toil signed n note for Itodney llnrnea, a oeiislii, tout before and was afraid tint I lie would have to pay It. I didn't SliBW what note was and I reinem tf tint nop night, when 1 lay think llif about It. I decided that It must be fMMrtlllnc In the nature of bono ftlie. .My unele told me that n note MM a trouble which attacked tho hthjw Instead nf the stmnnrh. Dnp autumn day In Outiton Uncle P6lM?)y traded three sheep and twen tf bushels nf wheat for a rook stove brought It homo In tho htg wagon. RDdney Ilnrnes rnme with him to help H up the stove. Ilo wns a big glnnt of n man with tho longest nose In tho tnwnshlp. 1 nave often wondered how any one would solve tho problem of kissing Mr. Ilnrnes In the Immedlato Nglon nf his nose, the snmo being In liu) nature of a defense. t TJhnt evening I wns chiefly Inter filed In the stove. What n Joy It tils to ni with Its damper and grid dles and high oven nnd tho shiny edge on Its hearth I It rivaled, In Its nov elty nnd charm, nny tin peddler's enrt that ever enmo to our door, John Axtoll and his wife, who had seen It pass their house, hurried over for n look nt It. Hvcry hand wns on tho stnvo n3 wu tenderly cnrrled if Into tho house, piece by piece, und set It up, Then they cut n hole In tho up per floor nnd tho mono chimney nnd lltted trio pipe. How keenly wo watched the building nf tho tiro. How ulckly It roared and hcgtyi to licet tno room! When the Axtclls had gone mvny Aunt Docl said: "It's grand I It la snrtln but I'm 'frnld wo enn't nfford It nycs I bol" "Wo rnn't nfford to freezo any longer. I mado up my mind thnt wo couldn't go through another winter as wo hnvc," wns my uncle's answer, "How much did It cost?" she asked, "Not much dlffcr'nt from thirty' four dollars In sheep nnd grain," ho answered. itodney Ilnrnes stayed to supper nnd spent n part of tho evening with us. Llko other settlers there, Mr. Ilnrnes wns n cheerful optimist. Every. thing looked good to him until It turned nut badly. Ho told how ho had heard thnt It was a growing country nenr tho grent wnlcr highway of tho St. I,iiwrenco. Prosperous towns were building up In It. There wcro going to bo greut cities In Northern Now York. There wcro rich stores of lend and Iron In tho rocks, Mr. Ilnrnes bad bought two hundred ncres nt ten dollnrs on ncrc. Ho had to pay u feo nf live per cent, to (irlmshuw'a lawyer for the survey. and tho papers. This left htm owing fourteen hundred dollars on his form much more than It was worth. Our cousin twisted tho poker In his grent hands until It squeaked as he stood heforo my uncle end sold: "My wlfo nml I have chopped and burnt and pried and hauled rocks nn' shoveled dung an' milked an' churned until wu n ro worn out. For almost twenty years wo've been wnrkln' dnys an' nights an' Huiidiiyn. My mortgage was over-due, I nwed six hundred dol Inrs on It. I thought It nil over ono day tin went up to Drlinnhaw's an' took him by tho hack of the neck and shook him. He said he would drive me nut o' thn country. Ilu gave me six mouths to pny up. I had to pny or lose the land. I got the money on the note that you sinned nvcr In Potsdam. Nobody In I an ton would 'a' dared to lend It to me." "Why" my undo naked. "'I'rnld o' Orlunliaw. Ilo didn't want me te be able to pay It. Tho plnce Is worth nmre than six hundred dollars now--that's the reason. 1 In tended to cut some timber an' html It to the village (his winter eo 1 could im) n port o' the note an' git more lime as I told yn, but the roads hunt been so bed 1 couldn't do any haul In'." My undo went and took a drink nt the wntor pll. I rait by his face Hint he was unusually wrought up. "My heavens an' earth!" he ex claimed as he ant down again. "It's the bnilu colic," 1 said to myself as I looked nt him. Mr. Humes seemed to hiivu It nlso. "Too much notu." I whispered. "I'm nwful sorry, but 1'vo dono everything 1 could," said Mr. Ilnrnes, "Ain't theru somebody that'll tnko another mortgage? It ought to bo wife now," my undo suggested. ".Money Is sn tight It rrt n't bo dono. The bank has gut nil the money nil' (lrlmslmw owriH tho Imuk. I've tried und tried, but I'll mnku jou safe. I'll give you n mortgage until I can turn 'round." So I snw bow Itodney Ilnrnes, llko other settlers In I.lckltyspllt, had gone Into bondage to tho landlord. "How much do you owo on this placo?" Ilnrnes naked. "Seven hundred an' fifty dollars,' aald tny uncle, "! It dur "It's been das a year an' If 1 have to pay that note Til be abort my In- ttreit" "Clod o' Israeli I'm scnlrt," said Undo l'enbody. Down crashed tho ntlck of wood Into tho box. "Whnt nbout?" "It would bo llkn him to put tho screws nn you now, You'vo got be tween him nn' his prey. You'vo taken the mouse nway from the cat" 1 remember tho Ilttlo panic that fell on as then. I could eco tenra In tho eyes of Aunt Dccl as sho sat with her bend leaning wearily on her hand. "If he docs I'll do all I can," said Ilnrnes, "whatever I've got wilt bo yours." Itodney Ilnrnes left us, and I re member how Uncle Pcnbody stood In tho mtddlo of tho floor nnd whlst'cd the merriest tune ho know. "Stand right up here,"' ho called In his most cheerful tone. "Stand right up hero beforo me, both o' ye." I got Aunt Dccl by the hand nnd led her toward my uncle. Wo stood facing him. "Stand strnlghtcr," ho demnnded. "Now, altogether. One, two, three, ready sing." Ho bent time with his hand In Iml tntlon of the singing mnstcr nt tho schoolhouso nnd wo Joined him In singing nn old tune which began: "Oh, keep my heart from sadness, Uod This Irresistible spirit of tho mnn bridged n bud hour nnd got us off to bed In fnlrly good condition. A few dnys Inter the unto cnino due nnd Its owner Insisted upon full payment. There wns such n clamor for money thoso dnys I I remember thnt my mint had sixty dollnrs which sho had saved, Ilttlo by little, by selling eggs am) chickens. She had planned to uso It to buy n tombstone for her mother nnd father n long-chciished ambition. My undo needed tho most JlliitlUJ, t mil u toast l J) "One, Two, Three, Ready Sing." of It to help pny tho noto. Wo drove to Potsdam on Hint xtid errnnd nnd whnt n time we hud getting there nnd buck In deep mud und sand and Jolting over corduroys I "Hart," my undo said the next evening, as I took down tho book to rend, "I guess we'd better talk things over u llltlo tonight. These nro hard times, If wo can Hud any body with money enough to buy 'cm 1 dijnno but wo better sell tho sheep." "If ynu hadn't been a fool," my mint exclaimed with u look nf grent distress "nycs I If you hadn't been u fool." "I'm Just whnt I be, nn' I ain't so big n foid Hint 1 need to be reminded of It," wild toy uncle. "I'll stay homo un work," I pro posed bravely. "You ain't old enough for thnt," sighed Aunt Deel. "1 ant to keep ynu In school," mid Uncle l'ealmdy, who wit making a splint broom. Whllo wo were tntklng In walked Ilenjainln Urlmshnw the rich mint of tho hills. He didn't stop to knock, but walked right In its If tho liouso wcro his own. It wns common gos sip that he held n mortgage on every ncro of tho countryside. I had never liked him, for he was n stern-eyed man who wns always scolding some body, nnd I had not forgotten whnt Ids son hnd said of him, "Good night I" ho cxclnlmcd curtly, ns ho snt down and set his ratio be tween his feet and rested his hands upon It. He spoke hoarsely and 1 remember tho curious notion enmo lo mo thnt he looked llko our old mm. He woro n thin, gray beard under his chin. Ills mouth was shut tight In u long lino curving downward n Ilt tlo nt tho ends. My undo used to sny that Ids mouth wus mado to keep Ids thoughts from leaking und going to watte. Ho bad a Kg body, a bjg chin, n big mouth, a big nose and big ears and hands. Ills eyes iny small In this setting of bigness. "Why, Mr. Ortmshaw, It's years since you've been In our house ayes I" said Aunt DoeL "1 supposo It is," ho answered rath er sharply, "1 don't have much time to get nruund, 1 hnvc to work. There's some people seem to bo able to git along without It. 1 sea you vo got nnu n' tlieso newfangled stoves," ho added as ho looked It over. "I.uh! Itlch folks can havo anything they want." Undo l'eabody had sat splintering tho long stick of yellow birch. 1 ob served thnt tho Jnckknlfo trembled In Ids hand. Ills tone hnd n touch nf tmnnturnlness, proceeding no doubt from his fear of tho man beforo blm. ns he said: When I bought thnt stove I felt richer than 1 do now. 1 hnd almost enough to settle with you up to date, hut I signed n notu for a friend and had to pay It" iVyuhl I supposo so," urlmshnw answered In n touu nf bitter Irony which cut inn like a knife-blade, young is I was, "What business have you slgnln' notes un' glvln' nway money which ain't yours to give I'd llko to knuw? What business have you acttn' llko a rich man when you can t pay yer honest debts? I'd like to know that, too?" "If l'vo ever acted .Ue a rich man It's been when I wn'n't lookln'," said Undo l'eabody, "What business have you to go en Inrgln' yer family takln' another mouth to feed and another body to spin for? That costs money. I want to tell you one thing, llnynes, you're got to pay up or git out o' hero." Ho raised Ids cane and shook It In tho air as ho spoke. "Oh, I ain't no doubt o' thnt," snld Undo l'enbody, 'You'll hnva to have yer money that's suro; an' ynu wilt have It If I live, every cent nt It. This boy la goln' to bo a great help to me you don't know whnt n good hoy ho Is and what a comfort he'? been to us I" Thoso words of my beloved unci uncovered siy emotions so that I put my elbow on tho wood-box and leaned my head upou It aud sobbed. "I ain't goln' to bo hard on ye, Ilayncs," said Mr. Urlmshnw ns he rose from Ids chair; "I'll glvo yt three months to see what you can do, I wouldn't wonder If tho boy would vim out all right. He's big an' cordy of his ago and a purty likely boy, they tell me." Mr. Urlmthnw opened tho door nnC stood for a moment looking nt us nnd lidded In n milder tonus "You'vo gul ono o' the best farms In this town un' If yo work hard an' uso common sense jo ought to bo out o' debt In llvo yenrs mebbe lest." Ha closed the door and went away, Neither of us moved or spoko as we listened to his footsteps on the gravel pnth that went dowu to the rond nnd to tho sound ut his buggy as ho drove uwuy. Then Undo l'eabody broke tho silence by saying: "He's tbo dam'dest Ho stopped, set tho lialf-spllntcrcd stick aside, closed tils Jackknlfe nnd went to the water-pall to cool bli emotions with a drink. Aunt Deel took up tho subject where he hnd dropped It, as If no-luilf-ex- I pressed sentiment would satisfy her, saying: "old tklnlllnt thnt ever lived In this world, uyesl I iiln't goln' to hold my opinion o' thnt mnn no longer, ayes I I can't It's too pow erful ayes I" Having recovered my composure 1 repeated that I should Ilka to glvo up school und stuy at homo and work. Aunt Dee'. Interrupted mo by any lug: "I Imve uu Ideo thnt Silo Wright will help us uyesl He's comln' home nn' you better go down uu' nee hlm ayes! Ilndu't ye?" "Hurt un' I'll go dotvti to-uiorrer,' said Uncle I'eubody, Some fourteen months beforo that dny my undo bad taken mo to Pols- dam nnd traded grain and Halts fur whnt he culled u "rip rnnrln' line suit u' clothes" with bouts and cup and shirt und collar and neektlu to match, I having earned them by sawing und cording wood ut three shillings a cord. How often wo looked buck to those butter duyst Tho clothes hud been too big for me mid I had had to wait until my growth hud taken up tho "slack" In my eont and trousers beforo 1 could venture uut of the neighborhood. I hud tried them oo every week or so for a long time. Now ay statuio tilled them handsomely and they tilled me with n prldu and siilsfuiMloti which I hud never known befrre. "Now may the Lord help yo to b careful nwful, terrible careful o tin m clothes every mlnutu o' tills dny-," Aunt Deel cautioned ns shi looked at me. "Don't git no bors sweat nor wagon grease on 'cm." i Oarton neti new Inspiration from the word of ihe great Silas Wright, who plans for the education of the boy when he it old enough to leave home for school. (TO III! CONTINUED.) Our Woriderful Language. A certain merchant died, leasing to bis only suit the conduct of Ills exten sive business, and great doubt wns ex pressed In somo quarters whether tin young man possessed the ability to cur ry out tbo father's policies. "Well." said ono kindly disposed friend, "foi my part I think Henry Is very bright ana capable. I'm suro ho will succeed.' "Perhaps you're right," said nnothet friend. "Henry Is undoubtedly a clev er fellow, but, take It from me, old man, be hasn't got the bud to fill nil n. inert show," DAYOFNARROW AND WIDE SKIRT Thnso who study styles closely look I upon the full oversklrt gathered In at the bottom ns a forerunner nf wide skirts, writes a New York fashion cor- respoiident. Tho silhouette bus fol lowed tho straight nnd narrow way so long that unless there Is n change fashions will become stagnant and there will tint bo sulllctcnt stimulation to tho art and Industry of evolving new clothes to keep It nt Its best. Nor will wo enjoy the exhilaration thnt comes from tho wearing of something entirely now. Tho narrow silhouette, as well ns tho wide, appears In collec tions created by tho same designers, and this Is bound to All us with uncer tainty In ordering our costumes. At tho houso of Cnllot In Paris are shown dresses of tho flaring Cnmurgo silhouette, their straight bell skltts fairly bristling with frills cut so that they stand out almost stiffly, and In Juxtaposition to these thcro are Cnl lot gowns so slender In their lines that Orcclnn draperies nro wldo compared to them. Many women order both types of frocks, but sho who looks Into the futuro nnd buys her clothes to prcdnto a fashion will glvo consid eration to the wider skirt. Narrow and Wide at 8me Time. Tho new skirts puff nut halfway between tho kneu nnd tho anlile. Thero nro several wnys of creating this ef fect, which looks ns though accom plished by menus nt n crlnolliio or u cage. Ono Is iy n clever manipulation of drapery; other times tho bottom of tho tunic Is shirred to a heavy cord. Thcro Is always u tunic or oversklrt cut to llnro nt the bottom, where It Is brought In tn n tight, straight founda tion skirt, for fashion still Insists that skirts must he narrow at tho ankle, nnd no matter how voluminous they nro above, they must decrease to u inero hnud nt tho hem. Taffeta Is n fnvorlto material for these gowns, because tho stiffness of the silk aids greatly In accomplishing the desired bourfaiicy, Ono black taf feta frock Is curded "in nn unusual wny. The cords tnko tho form of half hoops, beginning nt tho bottom of tho skirt Hiul curving upward toward tho waist. This silhouette nlms to glvo mi effect of extreme flatness both In tho buck nnd front nnd u pufllness at tho Bides. In tho skirt Just deserlhed tho front Is lint solid cording, with tho taffeta, sotting nut stiffly ut either side. Tho flat nppeariinco In tho back Is empha sized through tho skirt being drown tnwnrd tho front by menus nf tho shir rings. The skirt Is considerably longer In the back than In tho front. On ono of tho most striking costumes showing tho new silhouette the tight Underskirt has two lurgo wheals pretty dark-eyed girl was wearing an evening gown of deep roso-cnlored chiffon, girdled with brown ttillo that lied Itself In a frivolous puffy bow nt the buck wlih tho ends fulling n little below the hem of the skirt. A large fan nt brown ostrlrh feathers com pleted a striking nnd beautiful cole-r combination. Often brown Is combined with Judo green. Tho latter color also became n fashion fnvnrlto through the spring millinery In Paris. It Is much Orett of Dlack Taffeta With Wired Collar and Undenleeves of White Net and Delt of Chinese Dlue Rib bon. formed by shirring narrow pieces of taffeta nnd setting them In circular fashion nn a plain skirt. Tho sniiiu treatment Is carried nut un tho sleeves. Mellow Drown Comes Once More. Wo hnvo nlwnys thought of brown ns n winter color. Now It is being used for our summer clothes, nnd used with enchanting (.ffeet. A new shndo of brown, thnt very soft und mellow lirowii tone seen In tho roots of trees, suggests hitherto utithought-of color combinations. A tendency toward u profuse uso of this color appeared llrst In the French lints that came over this spring! many models from tho bust Paris modistes were In this shade. Now one sees on l'lfth avenue In the Horning shopping hours ever no many smart women wearing accordlon plalt d skirts nf brown checked nr plaldcd woolen, with short coats ut navy blue erge. At Sherry's one evening recently, n Qown of Black Taffeta, Featuring tr Fitted Dodlce, Which Is Taking the Place of the Chemise Lints, The Marie Antoinette Flchu It of French Mull. Used for evening clothes and vlci with byacln'h bluu for popularity tn tho evening. The Mermaid Dress. I want td tell ynu about ono other dress that n Fifth avenue designer has Just made. It reminds ono of n mer maid. Tho upper part Is of Iridescent spangled silver cloth Hint drapca loosely around the body nnd low on tho hips, It gleams llko n shiny body thnt has just enmo nut of tho ocean Into the moonlight. Tho lower part Is black satin, which Is very tight around tho ankles and creeps away Into a Ilttlo llshtnll train thnt undulates utong behind one. Kven tho realm nf parasols has been Invaded by new materials. Tho soma feeling for tho use nf wintry fabrics In this summer's clothes Hint wo havo seen noted 111 both lints mid gowns Is expressed In parasols. Illack velvet frequently Is used for them ; these nro lined with thin silks nf contrasting tune, blue being the color most often used. Ostrich Finds New Place for Plumage. The French ei iizo fur tho uso of os trich feathers appears In parasols ns well as huts. Many nf thoso Imported by Amerlciiu linns are of tnffotn bor dered with ostrich. Others havo the three little Prince nf Wnlcs ostrich tips placed ut the end nf eaeh rib, nnd still others havo tho ferrule encircled with feathers. Very lovely nre sunshades nf old- fashioned chintz, such ns might hnvo been used by tho beauties of pre-revo-lutlouary days. These iiiuku charming garden parasols, The French always ninko their par asols tub shape, hut wu In America do not llkn these shapes as well as tho larger Mngllsh onoi, bocnuso they In terfere) with our hcutlgeer. A tub shaped piiriisul Is made nf old bluo georgette crepe nver bright red tnf fotn und Is outlined with ml rinos. Doth Cloisonne and Judo urn mod for the handles of parasols, l'or the coun try there are Home charming Japanese umbrellas that nro very MiorttuueJi shorter than the diminutive Kngllllt ruin or shine umbrellas that wo hnva been using. They nre almost llko n miniature parasol that may bo tucked under the arm when going out for n morning walk. Demand for Ginghams. Ono nf the features nf the colored end nf the cnttnn goods (rude Is tho present "lightness" nf the situation ns It affects drex ginghams. These cloths lire already In strong demand nver tho rotull counters, It appears. At whole sale tho producers hnvo the situation to strongly In hand Hint concentrated uffurts nro being mndo by mnny well known Jobbing firms In various parts of tho country tn Induce tho former to ho more liberal In tho way nf selling tonus. That tho gingham voguo Is by no menus nvcr Is shown by tho de mand tor fall goods nt tldt chnrnctor nu tho part o tho manufacturing trades. Millinery Illnck, cream, jade and tobnece blown horsehair are prominently use4 La millinery.