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i Tive COW PUNCHER Robert J.C.Sieod CUxihorÿ kitchener, end other poems* HuaMiomty Irate Myrs vtmm >«« tM "WHAT'8 YOUR ANSWERT" Synopsis.— David Eiden, son of a drunken, shiftless ranchman al most a maverick of ttye foothills. Is breaking bottles with Ills pistol from his running caytise when the flrst automobile he has ever seen arrives and tips over, breaking the leg of Doctor Hardy but not injur ing his beautiful daughter Irene. Dave rescues the Injured man and brings a doctor from 40 miles away. Irene takes charge of the housekeeping. Dave and Irene take many rides together and during her father's enforced stay they get well acquainted. CHAPTER II—Continued. For the flrst time he looked her straight In the face. His dark eyes met hep gray ones and demanded truth. •Irene," he said, "do you mean that?" "Sure I do," she answered. "College courses, and all that ,klnd of thing, they're good stuff, all right, but they make some awful nice boys—real live boys, you know—Into some awful dead ones. My father says about the best education Is to learn to live with in your Income, pay your debts and give the other fellow a chance to do the same. They don't all learn that at college. Then there's the things you do, Just like you were born to It, that they couldn't do to save their lives. Why, I've seen you smash six bottles at a stretch, you going full gallop and whooping and shooting so we could hardly tell which was which. And ride —you could make more money riding for city people to look at than most of those learned fellows, with letters af ter their names like the tall of a kite, will ever see. But I wouldn't like you to make it that way. There are more useful things to do." He was comforted by this speech, but he referred to his accomplishments modestly. "Rldln' an' shootin' ain't nothin'," he said. "I'm not so sure," she answered. "Father says the day is coming when our country will want men who can shoot and ride more than It will want lawyers and professors." "Well, when It does It can call on me," he said, and there was the pride In his voice which comes to a boy who feels that In some way he can take a man's place in the world. "Them Is two things I sure can do." Years later she was to think of her remark and his answer, consecrated then in clean red blood. They talked of many things that af ternoon, and when at last the length ening shadows warned them It was time to be on the way they rode long distances In silence. Both felt a sense which neither ventured to express that they had traveled very close In the world of their hopes and sorrows and desires. The shadows had deepened Into darkness, and the infinite silence of the hills hung about them as they dropped from their saddles at the Eiden door. A light shone from within, and Doctor For the First Time He Looked Her Straight In the Face. Hardy, who was now able to move about with the aid of a home-made crutch, could be seen setting the table, while Mr. Eiden stirred a composition on the stove. They chatted as they worked, and there was something of the Joy of little children in their com panionship. The young folks watched for a moment through the window, and In Dave's heart some long-forgotten emotion moved momentarily at the sight of the good-fellowship prevailing In the old house. Irene, too, was think ing; glimpses of her own butlered home, and then this background of primal simplicity, where the old cow man cooked the meals and the famous specialist set the plates on the bare board table, and then back of it all her mother, sedute and correct, and very much shocked over this mingling of the classes. "Well, you youngsters must have this country pretty well explored," said Doctor H-irdy, as they entered the house. "Where was it today— the prairies, the foothills or the real fel lows behind?" "The canyon up the river," said Irene, drawing off her sweater. "What's the eats? Gee ! I'm hungry ! Getting pretty supple, Daddykins, aren't you?" "Tes. an' I'm sorry for It. miss." said the old rancher, "not wishln* him any harm, or you, neither. We was Jus' talkin' it over, an' your father thinks he's spry enough for the road again. Ain't ever goin' to be like it used to be after he's gone, an' you." "We'll be sorry to go," said the doc tor. "That's what I've been saying all day, and thinking, too. If misfortunes can be lucky, ours was one of that kind. I don't know when I've enjoyed a holiday so much. What do you say, girl?" he asked, as he rested an arm on her round, firm shoulder and looked with fatherly fondness Into the fine brown of her face. "I've never known anything like It," she answered. "It'S wonderful. It's life." Then with ft sudden little scream she exclaimed : "Oh, daddy, why can't you sell your practice and buy i ranch? Wouldn't that be wonderful?' "Your mother might not see It that way," he replied und her eyes fell. Yes, that was the obstacle. She would have to go back to the city and talk by rule, and dress by rule, and behave by rule, and be correct. "It's been a good time," the doctor continued, when they had commenced supper, "but I've already overstayed my holiday. I feel I can travel now, and my leg will be pretty strong by the time I am back east. If Dave will oblige us by going to town tomorrow and bringing back some one who can drive a car, we will be able to start the following morning. I will just take the car to town, and either sell It there or ship It." The following morning found Dave early on the trail, leading a saddled horse by his side. The hours were leaden for the girl all that day and, looking into the future, she saw the specter of her life shadowed down the years by an unutterable loneliness. How could she ever drop it all—all this wild freedom, this boundless health, this great outdoors, this life, life—how could she drop it all and go back into the little circle where con vention fenced out the tiniest alien streamlet, although the circle Itself might lie deep In mire? And how would she give up this boy who had grown so imperceptibly but so Inti mately into the very soul of her being —give him up with all his strength and virility and, yes, und coarseness, if you will, but sincerity, too—an essential man, as God made him—in exchange for a machine-made counterfeit with the stamp of Society? Deeply did. she ponder these questions, and as the day wore on she found herself possessed of a steadily growing determination that she would not follow the beaten trail, let the by-paths lead where they might. Darkness, save for a white moon, had settled over the foothills when the boy returned with another young man. The stranger ate a revendus supper, but was not too occupied to essay con versation with Irene. He chose to call her cook. "Swell pancakes, cook," was his opening remark. "Can you find an other for ÿours truly?" She refilled his plate without an swer. "Used to know a girl mighty like you," he went on. "Waitress !p the Royal Edward. Gee! but she was swell ! A pippin ! Class? Say, she had 'em all guessing. Had me guessing myself for a while. But just for a while." He voiced these remarks with an air of Intense self-approval more offensive than the words. Irene felt the color rise nbout her neck and cheeks and run like an over flowing stream into her ears and about her hair. It was evident that, for a second time, Dave had chosen to say nothing to strangers about her pres ence at the ranch. Her father and Mr. Eiden were in Dave's room ; Dave had stopped eating, and she saw the veins rising in his clenched fists. But the challenge was to her, and she would accept it; she felt no need of his pro tection. "Fill your stomach," she said, pass ing more pancakes ; "your head Is hopeless." He attempted a laugh, but the meal was finished in silence. The stranger lit a cigarette and Irene went to the door with Dave. "Come for a walk," he whispered. "The horses are tired, so let's walk. . . . It's our last chance." She ran for her sweater and rejoined him In a moment. They walked In silence down a path through the fra grant trees, but DafVe turned from time to time to catch a glimpse of her face, white and fine as ivory in the soft light. He had much to say, but he was tongue-tied under the spell of her benuty. "You squelched him, all right," he broke out, at length. "Just in time, too, I think," she re plied. "I was watching your hands." He smiled a quiet but very confident smile. "Reenle," he said, "that fellow makes nie sick. All the way out he talked about girls. He's a city chap an' wears a white collar, but he ain't fit to speak your name. Another min ute an' I'd 'a' had 'lm by the neck." lie seized a spruce limb that stuck across their path. It was the size of a stout stick, but he snapped it with a turn of his wrist. It was very tough ; it oozed sticky stuff where he broke it. I "His neck," he said, between his teeth, "Jus' like that." They reached an open space. Some thing black—or was it red?—lay on the ground. Dave bent oter it a mo ment, then looked up to her white, clear face, white and clearer than ever since witnessing the strength of his hate. "It's a calf," he said, as calmly as he could. "Half et up. Wolve3,1 guess." "The poor, poor thing !" she breath' ed. "The poor, innocent thing! Why did It have to die?" "It's always the innocent things 'at suffers," he answered. "Always the innocent things," she repeated mechanically. "Always—" She sprang to her feet and faced him. "Then .what about the justice of God?" she demanded. "I don't know nothin' about the jus tice of God," he answered bitterly. "All I know is the crlttur 'at can't run gets caught." There was a long pause. "It doesn't seem right," she said at length. "It ain't right," he agreed. "But I guess it's life. I see ft here on the prairies with every livin' thing, guess I was like that, some. I've been caught. I guess a baby ain't respon sible for anything, is it? I didn't pick my father or my mother, did I? But I got to bear it." There Was something near a break in his voice on the last words. She felt she must speak. "I think your father is a wonderful old man," she said, "and your mother must have been wonderful, too. You should be proud of them both." "Reenle, do you mean that?" he de manded. His eyes were looking straight into hers. "Absolutely," she answered. "Ab solutely I mean it." "Then I'm goin' to say some more things to you," he went on rapidly. "Things 'at I didn't know whether to soy or not, but now they've got to be said, whatever happens. Reenie, I haven't ever been to school or learned lots of things I should 'a' learned, but I ain't a fool, neither. I didn't learn to break all those bottles in a day. Well, I can lçarn other things, too, an' I will, if only it will take me across. I'm goin' to leave this old ranch, some way, jus' as soon as it can be arranged. I'm goin' to town an' work. I'm strong; I can get pretty good wages. I've been thinkln' it all over, an' was askin' some questions in town today. I can work days an' go to school nights. An' I'll do it—if It'll get me across. You know what I mean. I ain't askin' nQ pledges, Ree nle, but what's the chance? I know I don't talk right, and I don't eat right— you tried not to notice but you couldn't help—but, Reenle, I think right, an' 1 guess with a girl like you that counts more than eatin' and talkin'." She had thought she could say yes or no to any question he could ask, but as he poured forth these plain, passionate words she found herself enveloped in a flame that found no ex pression In speech. She had no words. She was glud when he went I : "I know I'm only a boy an' you're only a girl. That's why I don't ask no pledge. I leave you free, only I want you to stay free until I have my chance. Will you promise that?" She tried to pull herself together. "You know I've had a good time with you, Dave," she said, "and I've gone with you everywhere, like I would not have gone with any other boy I ever knew, and I've talked and let you talk about things I never talked about be fore, and I believe you're true and clean and—and—" "Yes," he said. "What's your an swer?" "I know you're true and clean," she repeated. "Come to me—like that— when I'm a woman and you're a man, ind then—then we'll know." He was tall and straight, and his shadow fell across lier face, as though v< Xfy ty "Reenle," He Said, "Kiss Me." even the moon must not see. "Ree nie." he said, "kiss me." For one moment she thought of her mother. She knew she stood at the parting of the ways; that ail life for her was being molded in that moment. Then she put both arms about his neck and drew his lips to hers. Dave goes to town to seek his fortune. (TO BE CONTINUED It's the Calm Ones Who Get Fat "So you married that Mis3 Meek. I remember her well, a quiet, shrink ing sort of girl." "Nothing shrinking about her; she's twice the size she used to be."—Bos ton Transcript. by of his of the COUNTESS WHO RAISES~PRIZE GOATiT IM mz. Countess Bathurst of Cirencester park. England, is an ardent lover ol animals, and her estate contains many prize winners, especially goats and dogs. She is here seen with one of her favorites, which has captured Severn prizes at agricultural shows. VERDICT GREETED WITH HISSES BY CROWD IN COURT -ROOM. CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY Constables Clear Chamber Under Or der 1 of Judge Metcalfe—Crowd Voices Its Disapproval With Shouts.' WINNIPEG, Man.—Serious disorder, which for a time threatened to become riot, marked the announcement re cently of a verdict convicting five leaders of the general strike here last May of seditious conspiracy. The crowd in the courtroom received the verdict with derisive cries, hisses and hoots and when Justice Metcalfe or dered the courtroom cleared by a squad of constables the crowd voiced its disapproval with loud shouts. UNION OFFICIALS AND MINE HEADS INDICTED Chiefs of Each Side Among Named By United States Jury. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The names j of about 125 coal operators and miners in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and west ern Pennsylvania, indicted here re cently by a federal grand jury for alleged violation of the Lever act and conspiracy sections of the federal criminal code, were made public re cently by federal officials. Chinese Prisoners a la American. SHANGHAI.—One hundred and fif ty Chinese convicts escaped from the provincial prison near Shanghai re cently. The prisoners revolted, over powered and disarmed the wardens and broke down the prison gates. Three wardens and seven prisoners were killed. Policemen and soldiers rushed to the scene, but succeeded in capturing only 24 men. Gen. Wood Gets Notoriety. WASHINGTON.—General Leonard Wood and President Woodrow Wilson now are monopolizing attention at Washington. The reason is the in tensive political drive started against General Wood last week and the as sault by Representative Ben Humph leys, democrat, of Mississippi, on the suspected third term ambiton of Pres ident Wilson. The effect has been to awaken citi zens to the fact that a presidential campaign is in full swing. The event of the week was the broadside launched at General Wood by the New York World, charging him with having been the beneficiary of large contributions from extremely wealthy men, some of whom have made a denial of fact. Murders Wife, Kills Self. BILLINGS, Mont.—Enraged because his wife locked him out of the house and refused him money, Frank I. Jones, a taxicab driver, smashed in a rear door of their home here with a hammer, entered his wife's bedroom and, after struggling to wrest some money from her, shot her through the forehead and turned the revolver on himself. Indications are that death in each case was instantaneous. President Names Envoy J. C. Grew. WASHINGTON—Jpseph C. Grew of Massachusetts, now counselor of the embassy at Paris, has been nom inated by President Wilson to be min ister to Denmark, succeeding Norman Hapgood, whose nomination was not confirmed by the senate. Eleven Biplanes Ordered. SPOKANE.—Eleven airplanes have been ordered by the Symons-Russell company for commercial use. PACIFIC COAST NEWS district att °mey. Profiteering in Potatoes. SAN FRANCISCO.—Thousands of sacks of potatoes are hoarded in Calj ; fornia warehouses, according to a re port following an investigation by the j third, Woman Motorist Kills Girl. PORTLAND, Ore.—Miss Rose Pow ell, employe of a local department store, was fatally injured here Satur day when struck by an auto driven by another woman. I Falls Over Cliff, -Killed. I PORTLAND, Ore.—Mrs. Elsie Pol lock, wife of W. B. Pollock, a merchant ! of Yreka, Cal., was instantly killed Sunday when she fell over a cliff at I Shepperd's Dell, on the Columbia river highway. I Thieves Make a Rich Haul. SAN FRANCISCO.—John K. Noble of Chicago reports to the police that thieves entered his apartment at a leading hotel Sunday and escaped with cash securities and jewelry valu ed at $12,000. Plan Big Cattle Auctions. YREKA, Cal.—Plans for marketing cattle at ibig auction .sales in Oregon and California were .formulated recent ly at a .meeting at Montague, Cal., of stock raisers from both states. 41 Burns Motorcycle Champion. LOS ANGELES.—Albert Burns won the 50-mile national motorcycle race here Sunday. His time was 37 min utes 13 seconds. Ray Wishaar fin ished second and Ralph Hepburn Japanese Have Own Schools. SACRAMENTO, Cal.—Answers to questionnaires sent out by the state superintendent of public instruction to county superintendents of schools rel ative to Japanese schools indicate there are a number of such schools in the state. Winner in Los Angeles Race. LOS ANGELES, Cal.—Tommy Mil ton Sunday won the Los Angeles speedway championship and $5300 in cash by driving 50 miles on the mile and a quarter track in 26 minutes 52:20 seconds, an average of 111.8 miles an hour. Killed on a Funeral Trip. LOS ANGELKSJ Cal.—Mrs. John L. Rogers of Long eBach was injured fa tall y in an automobile accident recent ' y Whl ! e returnin 8 fror n her husband's fu f ralaad d *ed d «ring the night. The ?" to " oblIe t waa demolished by an elec 1 C r ' lln a a grade crossing, Would Help Uncle Sam. BAKERSFIELD, Cal.—The Califor nia oil field, gas well and refinery workers, in state conference here, dis cussing the new wage agreement took cognizance of press dispatches telling of the navy departments apparent inability to get sufficient fuel oil for the government fleets, and sent a tele gram to the president, the secretaries of the navy and war, offering to de velop and operate the lands of the naval oil reserve to relieve tse short age. Oppose Mine Wage Increase. TACOMA.—Washington's coal in dustry will be hurt if the government enforces the majority award of the cost commission, Washington opera tors say. The mines of this state, they said, can not pay an increase of 25 per cent over the wages prevailing tjefore the coal strike. Borne of the mines, it was asserted, were losing money by paying the 14 per cent tem porary increase. The Washington op era ^ ors can not raise prices, for the hade would swing to the cheaper British Columbia coal. Poles Ready to Talk Peace. WARSAW.—Poland has sent a wire less message to the Russian bolshevik government proposing April 10 as the date for meeting soviet delegates with a view of negotiating for peace. Bor ryson (Brozozow, 50 miles southwest of Lemberg) is suggested as the place. The Poles say tl\at if the bolsheviki agree to this date and place the Polish army will cease fighting for the time being. a OBTAIN MAXIMUM YIELD OF OATS Light Frosts or Even Severe Freezes After Seed Is Sown Rarely Injure Plant. DITE OF SEEDING UNCERTAIN Midseaaon-Maturing Varieties Usually Give Best Yields in Northern States—Preparation of Seed bed Important (Preparfed by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) To obtain maximum yields sow oats as early as It is possible to get land In satisfactory condition. This crop grows best In cool weather, and fre quently Is injured considerably by a few hot days when approaching ma turity, and light frosts or even severe freezes after the seed is sown rarely Injure it. The date of seeding naturally de pends on the locality and season. In the corn belt the best date is usually from about March 25 to April 15. In the more northern states seeding dur ing the latter half of April is advis able whenever conditions permit. In favorable seasons seeding before the middle of April frequently can be done The Disk Is the Implement Most Com monly Used in Preparing a Seedbed for Oats. for Oats. to advantage, while In unfavorable ones seeding may have to be delayed until early May. Varieties of Oats to Sow. Throughout the northern states mld season-raaturlng varieties, such as Swedish Select, Silvermine, Banner and Victory usually outyield other va rieties. In average yield the large, late (side ont) varieties rarely surpass I he midseason type in this section. In unfavorable seasons, however, early varieties, such as Kherson and Sixty day, frequently outyield the midseason varieties. In the corn belt early va rieties as a rule produce tile most sat isfactory yields. For the northern por tion of tills section strains of the Kherson and Sixty-day type are to he recommended, while in the southern portion Red Rustproof, an early red oat, Is the most dependable. For growing under irrigation at high ele vations midseason varieties of the Swedish Select and Silvermine types are the most suitable. Seedbed for Oats. Prepare a good seedbed for oats. The old idea that oats will produce well on a poor seedbed has persisted too long. Tills crop responds as well to thorough seedbed preparation ns any other cereal. Do not plow land that was in a cultivated crop.last year, but disk and harrow sufficiently to make a loose, friable surface seedbed two or three inches deep. As oats re quire n fairly firm seedbed below the two or three inches of top soil, spring plowing is not desirable, there not be ing sufficient time for the soil to settle before sowing. Disking also is less ex pensive than plowing. Of course if a heavy growth of weeds is present in the cultivated crop It will be necessary to plow the land. In which case the seedbed should be rolled or dragged and worked down as much as possible. Seed and Sowing. Sow the best seed oats obtainable. Usually seed grown in the region where It is to be sown is better than that brought from some other section. Thoroughly fan nnd grade your seed, and then treat it for smut. The larg est yields are obtained by use of a good grain drill. Drilling requires less seed. Insures n more even distribution, a more uniform covering, and conse quetly quicker and more uniform ger mination. Under hnmld conditions the best amount of seed to use on a well prepared seedbed is from eight to ten pecks to the acre. If it is necessary to sow broadcast on a poorly prepared seedbed use about twelve pecks. Un der dry-land conditions these rates of seeding are usually reduced about one half. from four to six pecks usually giving the best results. GIVE CORN IN COLD WEATHER Ona of Best Winter Feeds for Poultry, but Must Not Be Depended on Entirely. M >re com should be given to poul try in cold weather than in warm wea her; In fact, corn Is one of the best cold-weather feeds, though of corn se It should not be depended on entirely, for it does not contain all of the things needed to promote health and egg production.