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RÊX beach
ut w
vjcClu 1 ' 0 '
Phillips A Co.
tlje iflattaire.'
e aiy f° ot uv0
fciirap to °
days ago—
tight." He ex
^ hT/r oai which, In renaov- I
K . socki the flesh and skin
u ills io ,)pr
£4 con»« flW,i<v -
■Tint's ail
p-.t U>e bceg
right," grinned Pierre,
will lef' yet. It
for stan' the
t Ue ^educate ruan
, r yen know."
iri'jrd gritted his teeth.
' Joke to the whine of a gray
Tllpy nn that swept the cutting snow
' made travel a
. i'he next day was worse,
dip- of hunger weigh heavy
c*«»!d weakens, and they grew
girling olonds and
j*o
„„und fell away
I'n glad
In their features,
we've got another feed for
lûÇS " remarked Willard "We
Athem run hungry, even if we
i0 , ,, nk ptie's be hall right tomor','*
* n[are d Pierre, ''Thees ain't snow
r, wlD ; blmehy all blow bout. Sacre!
Gcau eat'P»ff fore 'ole barmy."
For days both men had been cold,
L^j the sensation of complete warmth
Kjcorae to seem strange and unreal,
l^lle their faces cracked where the
^ots bad been.
Willard felt himself on the verge of
flitpf*. He recalled his words about
^ông men, gazing the while at Pierre,
ßt Canadian evinced suffering only
|la ibe haggard droop of eye and
Louth; otherwise he looked strong and
Idogged.
■ Willard felt his own features had
jjbniak to a mask of loose jawed auf
Benag, and be set bis mental sinews,
Lutteriug to himself.
Ht fas dizzy arid faint as he stretch*
I«! himself in the still morning: atr
upon waking and hobbled painfully,
ns his companion emerged from
be darkened shelter into the crystal*
I'lDe brightness he forgot bis own mis*
at sight of him. The big man reel
Id as though struck when the daxsl»
Ifrouj the hills reached him, and b»
shielding his sight Snow
1 1 ,Undoes* had found him In a night
Slowly they plodded out of the vaJ*
litj, for hunger gnawed acutely, and
[they left a trail of blood tracks from
jthe dogs. It took the combined ef*
forts of both men to lash them to foot
lifter each pause. Thus progress was
I don and fraught with agony.
as they rose near the pass miles of
I arctic wastes bared themselves. All
ibout towered bald domes, while
«tory where stretched the monotonous
white, the endless snow unbroken by
[tree or shrub, pallid and menacing,
maddening to the eye.
■ 'Thank God, the worst's over!"
[ sighed Willard, flinging himself on to
the *led. "We'll make it to the sum*
I eh next time; then she's downhill
I ill the way to the roadhouse."
i'lerre said nothing.
•tway to the northward glimmered
the Ass' Ears, and as the speaker
'yed them carelessly he noted gauzy
direds and streamers veiling their
% The phenomena Interested him.
for be knew that here most be wind—
* 100 , the terror of the bleak tundra,
tbs hopeless, merciless master of the
toreni! However, the distant rangt
k&eath the twin peaks showed dear
w *ud distinct against the sky, and
. did njt mention the occurrence to
l0e t^e. although he recalled the
*"rdg (l f the Indians, "Beware of the
%ïuï through the Ass' Ears."
Again they labored up the steep
""I*, "allowing in the sliding snow,
Mining silently at the load; again
threw themselves exhausted upon
K°w, as he eyed the panorama
"*■ kerned to have suffered
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itJ r & i!! tile ,P "" ant fl oated out from j
|teak > flanging about Its crest
10| iKb but a few minutes had
loomÜ*' the coast mountains no longer
^ *r c, f Hr aRainst the horizon, and
* uni r *nge appeared foresbort
k ' 88 ,ho "Kh the utter distances had
n ,, n<H |; bringing closer the edge of
,.' rie tw >n peaks seemed end
tai ) 1 ?hi S | ,ant and ha *?< w bJJe the air
thickened as though congested
Zr: ihme * lend,n * * remote
ï ^ th * landscape.
P»De M V' lo " s up 011 01 here, we're
*beit»r * ' "for it's miles to
•if the hiïig " " e re right ln {h * saddle
^asiu. ! U ' f as he w »s. arose
h* st L n<1 '' ast the «Ir like a wild
nostrils m !> rea } heHd thrown back, bis
B s 'I'llverhig.
Di^r'sh . lhe vvlD '*" be c«T*d. "Mon
Boiu' blow!"
1 volatile
atrbv —
like fain, ». - ___
,,f 'h« pa*«' « 'n't Then aIon d the brow
'»1*4 ' « wisp of drifting,
«estai! et8, hither and
Mo* ... und aimless, settling In a
li * 10 the n! 8f ! n8 * d a thrill and rua
• though never a breath
higher
«s __- «'«11 lannea
the I?. e ! ar 8pace - The
t0 ° <t)ed them * then, as they
a draft fanned
ir space. The view
T * rote# Quely dla
f0Qr *i t„,^r ,ng upward * th «y
^oke * i( , laü , kad cone
* 2 «- of «now that
Ug £diy, whil e Incdhat *
In g breath sucked over the summit
•tronger each second. Dry «now began
to rustle slnthfnlly about their feet.
So swiftly were the changes wrought
that before the mind had grasped their
Import the storm was on them, roar
ing down from every side, swooping
out of the boiling sky, a raging blast
from the voids of sunless space.
Pierre's shouts as he slashed at the
sled lashings were snatched from his
lips in scattered scraps. He dragged
forth the whipping tent and threw
himself upon it with the sleeping hags.
Having cut loose the dogs, Willard
crawled within his sack, and they drew
the flapping canvas over them. The
air was twilight and heavy with efflor
escent granules that hurtled past in a
drone.
They removed their outer garments
that the fur might fold closer against
them and lay exposed to the full hate
of the gale. They hoped to be drifted
over, but no snow could lodge in this
hurricane, and it sifted past, dry and
sharp, eddying out a bare place where
in they lay. Thus tho wind drove the
I chill to their bones bitterly.
An unnourished human body re
sponds but weakly, so, vitiated by tbeir
fast and labors, tbejr suffering smote
them with tenfold cruelty.
All night the uorth wind shouted,
and, as the next day waned with its
violence undiminished, the frost crept
in upon them till they rolled and tossed
shivering. Twice they essayed to
crawl out, but were driven back to
cower for endless, hopeless hours.
It is in such black, aimless times
that thought becomes distorted. Wil
lard felt bis mind wandering through
bleak dreams and tortured fancies, al
ways to And himself harping on his
early argument with Pierre, "It'a the
mind that counts." Later be roused
to the fact that his knees, where they
pressed against the bag, were frozen;
also his feet were numb and senseless.
In his acquired consciousness he knew
that along the course of his previous
mental vagary lay madness, and the
need of action bore upon him impera
tively.
He shouted to his mate, but "Wild"
Pierre seemed strangely apathetic.
' "We've got to run for it at daylight.
We're freezing. Here; bold on! What
are you doing? Wait for daylight!"
Pierre had scrambled stiffly out of his
cover, and his gabblings reached Wil
lard
the darkness of the streaming night,
cursing horribly with words that ap
palled the other
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He raised" T'oinchèiT "flat into !'
Ma n, man! Don't curse your God!
This is bad enough as it is. Cover ;
up. Quick!" j
Although apparently unmindful of
his presence, the other crawled back
muttering.
As the dim morning grayed the
smother they rose and fought their
way dowuward toward the valley.
Long since they had lost their griping
hunger and now held only an npa
thetic indifference to food, with a
cringing dread of the cold and a stub*
born sense of their extreme necessity
They fell many times, but gradually
drew themselves more uuder control.
the exercise suscitating them as they
staggered downward, blinded and buf
feted, their only hope the roadhouse.
Willard marveled dully at the
change In Pierre. His face had shriv
veled to blackened freezes stretched
upon a bony substructure and lighted
by feverish, glittering, black, black
eyes. It seemed to him that his own
tagging body bad long since failed
and that his aching, naked soul wan
dered stiffly through the endless day.
As night approached Pierre stopped
frequently, propping . iniseif with legs
far apart; sometimes he laughed In
variably this horrible sound shocked
Willard into a keener sense of the
surroundings, and it grew to Irritate
him, for the Frenchman's mental
wanderings increased with the dark
ness. What made him rouse one with
bis awful laughter? These spells of
walking insensibility were pleasanter
far. At last the big man fell. To
Willard's mechanical endeavors to
help he spoke sleepily,. but with the
sanity of a man under great stress.
"Dat no good. I'm going freeze
right 'era—freeze stiff as 'ell. Au re
voir."
"Get up!" Willard kicked him weak
ly, then sat upon the prostrate man
as bis own faculties went wandering
Eventually he roused and, digging
into the Show, buried the other, first
covering his face with the ample
p»rk. hood. Then be «rock down the
«„„i/i «neii h* found
valley. In one lucid spell he found
be had followed a sled trail which was
blown clèar and distinct by the wind
that had now almost died away.
Occasionally his jpind grew clear,
and his pains beat in upon him till he
grew furious at the life in him which
refused to end, which forcM him ever
through this gantlet of misery. More
often he was conscious only of a vague
and terrible extremity outside of him
self that graded him forever forward.
Anon be strained to recollect his des
tination. His features had aef. Jn an
implacable grimace of physical torture,
like a runner In the fury of a finish,
till the fSroet hardened them so. At
times be fell heavily, face downward,
and at length upon the trail, lying so
till that omnipresent coercion th at h ad
frozen in hit brain drove him forward,
He heard bis own voice maundering
through lifeless llpa like' that of a
stranger, "The man that can eat hie
aonl will win, Pierre.**
Sometimes he cried like...a child and
slaver ran fro® bis open month, train
ing at his breast. One of his hands
was going dead. He stripped tho left
mitten off and drew it laboriously ovèr
tbs right One be would aa va at least,
even though be lost the other. Ea
looked at the bare member dully, and
he could not tell that the cold hid
eased tUl the bitterneaa was nearly ant
of the air. He la
•ports of a mac
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Interesting sidelights on me n an d things political
smnnunuanoiii
Washington, Jaa. 34th.—The "school
master" i s back from his Christmas
vacation, spent down in Mississippi,
and school is again in session. From
all accounts the schoolmaster, that is.
the president, has spent his leisure
time very profitably down there among
the bayous and returns, not only re
freshed in mind and body but with his
pockets bulging with problems which he
will presently call upon the boys up
this wav to solve. According to pres
ent arrangements, the president has
fixed next Monday as the date for an
qiher appearance before his class of
Jwected students to submit the liftlo
legislative program which he desires
worked out before another adjourn
ment. His forthcoming personally con
ducted message to congress is expected
to deal almost exclusively with the
subject of trust's, their annihilation,
subjugation or control. It is further un-|t
derstood that Uncle Henry D. Clayton,
chairman of the committee on the jn
diciary of the house, has already pre-i
pared at least three bills on this sub
ieet and is merely await'ing the for
mality of the president's message be-j
Î fore tossing them into the house hop
per and inviting the assembled states
men to fall to and put them over.
As a matter of fact, neither the pres
ident nor Uncle Henry possesses any
monopoly on this very timely topic of
trusts and the most approved method
of bridling them. Several other gen
tlemen have taken time by the fetlock
and introduced bills, but, in the final
shuffle, it will likely develop, that
those written by Uncle Henry as afore
said and which are generally presumed
to have the OK of the president will
be given the right-of-way. When we
get down to regulating the trusts in
good hard earnest, there is sure to be
another destructive overflow of oratory
in the house. For one thing, a number
of the boys have not yet delivered the
"great effort" which they are to use as
campaign material in their districts,
land, again, the trusts, those baleful,
all-destructive engines of destruction
and constant menaces to the palladium
!' >f ° ur those foui monsters of
our modern industrial system, the
trusts, I repeat it, sirj offer about the
finest mark for a statesman to shoot
[that can well be imagined. I ou can say
all you want to about trusts which, hav
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*l'm going freeze right 'ere."
Teu men and many dogs lay togeth
er In the Crooked River «Roadhouse
through the storm. At late bedtime of
the last night came a scratching on
the door.
"Somebody's left a dog outside," said
a teamster and ruse to let him In. He
opened the door only to retreat ef
frightedly.
•My God!" he said. "My God!" And
the miners crowded forward.
A figure tottered over the portal,
swaying drunkenly. They shuddered
at the sight of its face as it crossed
toward the fire. It did not walk; It
shuffled haltingly, with flexed knees
and hanging shoulders, the strides
measuring Inches only, a grisly bur
lesque upon senility.
Pausing in the circle, it mumbled
thickly, with great effort, as though )
gleaning word« from Infinite distance:
"Wild Pierre - frosea — buried—in
snow—hurry !" Then be straightened
and spoke strongly, his voice flooding
tbe room:
"It's the mind, Pierre— ha, ha, hal- :
the mind!" __ !
He cackled bideooaly and plongea
forward into a miner'« arms. !
It ni hur d«y» betör» bl» deUrton ,
broke. Gradonlly be felt the pn»«™
of many bandagee opoo Urn end the
banger of eonrnlencence.
ht» bonk the past came to
and horri ble, then the bnm of
Pierre
p^r.
enm-ed sod pile, but .ggttwlTO/Ten
ID roenperntioo. Be geettcnUted «eteo
to with a bandaged band, hot to con
trovers? with some big limbed, beard
ed strangers.
"Bah! ïou fellers no good—too beef
in the ches': too leetls in m forehead;
•ha'll tar the hedoccte mans for
the 'aidahsep, Ink' me an* Meaataire
1 intimate friends. We havç all lis-;
ened for hours to the eloquent enum
j eratiou of their foibles, their several,
j separate and individual delinquencies,
Surely, it s a tine old Subject for a
j statesmanlike discourse—for home eou
sumption. Here is a field where wie
van wander discursively and ab lib
without the slightest danger of tread
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pretty rough sledding, especially in the
bouse. There seems « preponderance or
ing on anybody's toes for, so far as 1
am acquainted with the anatomical
makeup of trusts, they have a o toes.
The more I pursue the subject, the more
enchanted do 1 become with the possi
bilities of the trusts as the ideal topic
for political discourse. But for the
fact that I solemnly promised the peo
ple of, Montana that I would not try to
make any speeches down here, I would
be tempted, sorely tempted.
in the grand and final roundup, after
the shouting and the tumult of the ora
tors have died away in the great dome
of the national capitol, after all of us
have made such speeches as we think
the exigencies of politics and the de
mands of statesmanship require, it will
probably be discovered that those three
bills which I'ncle Henry D. Ulayton
has written and which Mr. Woodrow
Wilson has Ok'd—or was it the other
way aboutf—are about what all of ns
wanted all of the time and they will be
passed, sans substantial amendment, in
the twilight days of the session. More
over, while I haven't seen them yet, 1
suspect that they are right good bills.
I state that because 1 didn't belieVe
Uncle Henry would write any other sort
and feet equally sure, if not more so,
that Mr. Wilson wouldn't OK any other
kind. But more of this anon.
Experience is a fine teacher. This
wholly original observation is made by
Teason of some newly discovered evi
dence on the subject. When the spec
ial session w.as convened way back yon
der in April, nearly a year thence, both
branches of congress started out at the
usual leisnrlv gait, both feeling as
sured that the tariff could be gotten
through within two or three months and
that there would then ensue a restful
and profitable vacation. Things did not
eventuate iu just exactly that manner
as recent history will bear me out.
Having this in mind and also having
in mind that long deferred vacation, the
senate has decided to start out and
keep going at' high speed during the
present session. Formerly it was their
wont to adjourn, frequently from Thurs
day until the following Monday, al
most invariably from Friday until Mon
day at the worst. Not so now. The
new schedule calls for six full days
work each week. By adopting this ex
pedient, it is hoped that we may get'
through with the work which is already
mapped out in time to get home.to vote
uext November. In the house,I have
heard a few fellows say that they do
not care a dingbat what' congress is or
is not doing about July, they are go
ing to go back to the tall timber, their
statement' being predicated upon the
theory that if they do not' go back,
they will not be able to come back. Al
most daily there are arriving reports
of ambitious congressional aspirants
getting industriously active baek where
the grass grows tail and this is calcu
lated to disturb the pet ce of mind and
serenity of soul of any statesman who,
while saving the nation, also has a
fervent ambition to save his own bacon.
Speaking of summer resorts, I cannot
think of a more delightful place than
Montana between July and November,
especially during even numbered years.
The Alaskan railroad bill is now be
ing debated in both branches of Con
gress. This bill contemplates the ex
penditure of some $35,000,000.00 foT
the construction of a government
owned railroad into the government
owned coal fields of our far northern
territory. The bill is going to have
sentiment against it' among the south
ern members who would naturally pre
fer to see all or a portion of that thir
ity-five million spent in building levees
and provid ; ng fl 00 d preventative«
in their section of the union. Alaska is
R might j from the Atlantic
seaboard and the bovg over that way
, B#t entha ,i a itMi over the prop
iosition. There are al»o those who ere
lntaie>n government owner
hip in any^ai.. or form and will bo
against it of that »core. Dh. only
which wU , ^ tte bm throngh
» the taet that it ha» the heekiBfc of
" d l rÄ
donbt if that even »»
««ont. The repre-wtat.vm from the
ires* are generally favorable to th#
measure for they realize that the de
velopment of Alaska moans a
market for the products of'
and is, moreover, a
of a safe and tan«
saeh federal
There are yet oïl
^Ijjpsr
,ng neither souls to damn'nor feet to
kick l> ac k with, must perehanee, ac
cept all brickbats approaching their di
rection without t he p 0Wer 0 f uttering
one solitary protest. Once more, one
does not have to be generic, specific, or
confine himself too closely to any par
ticular variety, breed or description of
trusts. He can begin by swatting all
trusts, living and dead, large and small,
high and low and then, if he still has
some time left and really feels that the
stature of his political standing at
home justifies it, can become actually
personal by calling by name «orne of
the most appallingly iniquitous of our
trusts, such as the money trust, the
steel trust, the oil trust, the coffin trust,
the fresh egg trust, the shipping trust;
the—but why proceed? Their names
are known to all of us as are onr most
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