i! Fate and f
.By Charles Calverson. ' *
* Copyrighted. 1907. by E. C. Parcells. * •
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•'What does the lady look like?" de
Colton regarded him coolly.
"I don't think that there will be more
than a dozen or two ladies clamoring
for transportation to the Twin Hearts,"
said Humphries'employer. "Even your
Humphries nodded and turned away.
Humphries had supposed that in this
tase the question was justifiable, but if j
Colton thought otherwise he had no
benighted Intellect might appreciate
Curtis Colton, owner of the Twin
Hearts, was peculiar. Above all, he
wanted men about him who could car- i
ry out brief orders without demanding;
an elaborate amplification of the same. *
lle went down to the corral and
hitched the blacks to the buckboard,'"
one or two of his fellows lounging over !
to see what .was up j
comment to make.
"Goin' to town. Humpy?" demanded
Ben Tyler, lighting a fresh cigarette.
"No." said Humphries, with asperity,
"I'm goin' to drive over to China to
hire a new cook. What makes you
is goin' to town?"
Tyler grinned amiably.
"You'd think he was the old man if
you could hear him talk with your
eyes shut." lie commented musingly to
Buck Byers. "By the way, I wish
you'd stop ou the way back and bring
out some makings."
He tossed a silver dollar to Hum
phries as that worthy climbed into the
seat and started the team. Humphries
pocketed the coin, with a grunt, and
devoted himself to Ills thoughts.
That something was doing up at the
big house was clearly apparent. The
minister from Silver Forks bad driven
over that morning, and now he was
sent to Bray leys for a young woman,
with orders to return her to the ranch
with all speed. He grinned as he ob
served the brand on the flanks of the
blacks, the twin hearts from which the
ranch took its name.
"Ought to put a cupld's arrow
through 'em." he told the blacks. "Then
you'd look like valentines. Wonder
who it is goin' to get hitched?"
He ran through the list of probables,
but could not decide until the Overland
paused at the little flag station to de
posit a young woman and a trunk. As
the girl raised her veil Humphries
Miss Bess." he cried, a note of real
He held her hand au Instant In greet- !
ing and then strapped the trunk be
hlnd the seat before helping her In. i
The year before lie had beeq working !
on the Circle Z when Bess Farley had
come to spend the summer with her
welcome in bis voice. "I've got tbe
there had been talk of a marriage be- ,
tween her and Colton, but the gossip :
had died down, and It was supposed i
that there had l>een a quarrel. Now
she was here, the preacher was here.
and there could be no doubt but that
she would become queen of the Twin
Hearts as well as the heart of every
rider on the range.
Humphries engaged her in conversa
tion. supplying bits of local news and
listening with an amiable grin to her
tales of "back east." Almost before
tbey knew It they hud come to the gate
of the ranch Inclosure, and Humphries
"Circle Z?" be ec hoed. "1 thought
you were fSming here."
"Did my brother say so?" she asked,
was about to Jump down and open it
when she laid a detaining band upon
"Why stop here?" she asked.
Z is only five miles ahead.
"I haven't seen Mr. Farley in six
months." he said. "I'm working here
now. nnd Mr. Colton told me to go and
get a lady. I asked what she looked
like, and he cut me off short, like he al- !
ways does. I supposed it must be all
right. You was the only lady to get
"I didn't know that you had left my
brother's ranch." she explained In re
turn, "and I thought, of course, it was
all right. I wrote him three days ago ,
"I guess tbe letter's there at the J
house," commented Humphries. "You
Bee, he went up to Denver about a i
week ago. so nobody knows that you're
coming. Better turn In here* The I
Circle Z hous^ Is all closed up while i
your brother's away."
Humphries climbed out of the buck
board and opened the gate, driving the
team through and closing It again be
h e i
What Is the minister doing here?"
that I was coming."
tore he climbed back to tbe seat
"You will be better off here,
continued comfortably, "nnd there's !
the minister from Silver Spring to be
she demanded. Humphries blushed.
"I did think he came over to do a
Job of hitchin'," he explained, "but I
guess now that I was in wrong. Here's
the boss," he added as Colton came out
on the porch at the sound of the
It was a puzzled Colton who came
down the steps to assist Bess from the
"This was the only lady that got off
the traiu. so I brought her." explained
Humphries defiantly as he unloaded
the trunk amd drove off to the stables.
"I did not know that Humpy
working for you." explained Bess as
the buckboard disappeared around the
corner of the house. "1 supposed that
he had been sent for me. since 1 wrote
Ned several days ago that I w*s corn*
tag. I learn that the bouse is closed
np, and I could uot explain to Ilumpy
that I would rather live in the closed
"You will be sent tight on If you
wish it." he said stilllv. "1 sent to the
traln for n "' t,llli;n ' vl >° is I« marry the
cook. He was anxious to have the
ceremony over before the boys would
find out, au:l I did not explain to
i Humphries who was coming."
, "Quite a complication." she said,
with a faint smile. "1 am sorry to
put you to the additional trouble of
if j sending me on."
j "At least you will stay to dinner,"
he urged. "I cannot let you go on be
fore - vou 1111 vt * eaten. Dinner will be
readv 1,1 hnlf au bour - Meanwhile you
! **" wnsb U P and rest 0,1 tb6 P'^^za."
j He took her acceptance for granted
and led the way to a spare room,
where he saw that she was provided
I with toilet accessories. He did not
1 show up until dinner time, when he
and the minister enjoyed the meal the
more for her gracious presence at the
table. Colton followed her out upon
the piazza at the conclusion of the din
ner aud stood beside her under the
heavy vines that screened the porch.
"I shall send a man around pres
ently," he said softly, "If you insist
upon going, but. Bess, dear, can't you
! reconsider your determination ?"
"I could uot very well stay here,"
she answered indifferently.
"As my wife?" he asked.
going to hold against me that one silly
moment last summer when I lost my
head nnd my temper and through that ty
lost you? If you could know how bit
terly I ha\e repented.'
"Penitence does not efface the scar of
the wound you inflicted." she said. "I, j
too. have suffered, bnt I have taught
myself to forget."
"And will you uot forgive as well as
forget?" he pleaded. "When I saw
you at the head of the table just now
and realized that but for my impetu
osity you would always be at the head
of that table, it was all I could do to
keep from crying out for forgiveness,
For a moment the girl searched the
eager face before her. It was a face
Won't you forgive?"
good to Ioük u P on - an<1 her own heart
cried out ,n surrender, but still she
P aused - Then from around the comer
of the house came Humphries' rich
barytone. It was a "cow song," crude
! " to words and simple In its melody,
a song to rattle on the night
i watche8 to reassure the timid animals,
! She remembered that lie had been
a,ng,ng 11 tbe nl S b t that Colton pro
P° 8ed - and a Brent wave of tenderness
swept over her as she recalled those
happy days of last summer. The white
: hand 8toIe out and sli PP 6d within Col
i ton 8 browned Augers.
"Since fate—and Humpy—seem to !y
^ 80, sbe sa * d s °ft'y.
cr °P 8 bave borue bnt slightly the
squirrel transfers his feeding grounds
to the willow oak flats, where an abun
dnnce of these small acorns makes up
for tbe lack other dainties. But if a
farmer has plowed up a tract of rich
swamp land nnd planted It In corn,
then the gray squirrel feels as though
the nut crop was but a very common
; diet aud levies tribute day after day
on tbe farmer who has had the au- |
dacity to Invade a territory that has
been sacred to him for centuries.
Gray squirrels are out stirring from
Squirrels In Missouri.
Squirrels are generally thickest In
f tbe bea 7 hickory t, „ raber J" tbeblff
tracts of overcup ouks. W beu theso
flrst Bray of dawn until the hour
ot y0 a - 111 After that they are not
866,1 a B a ln until 4 p. m. On very
! wlnd J' da >' 8 few stir about. During
the nutting season they are very gen
tle. und during the latter part of Jan
uary, while watching the mallards
drop into the willow oak flats, they
«campered all around us. and hardly
• tree but beId a baud of these ruri
, varmints. Often they boldly re
turned within ten yards of us. In the
J tbe y are more wary of man and
ßo°d shooting as they run and
a i J® m P bom tree to tree, as tbey seldom
I Abound their tree, like the fox squirrel
i 016 hills.—Forest and Stream,
1 *« re of rougli gold, studded here and
there with turquoises.
e i "They are tobacco tongs," said the
"They date back to Eliza
beth's time. This pair, belonged to
Raleigh—at least I have been told so.
and wbo * 8 there to contradict me?
In Elizabeth's time they had no match
es. When a man wanted a light, there
fore, he took his tobacco tongs from
lie still and permit one to walk all
The tongs, the size of a wishbone.
h,s B ,rd, e and nipped out of the fire
a r ® db ot chunk of wood. This glowing
Dr. G. A. GREEN
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coal, held in the tongs, gave a beau
Tobacco tongs, ns my pair
witnesses, were often very costly and
ornate. Of gold, of silver, of Ivory
and decorated with diamonds, rubles,
emeralds and so forth, they were pret
ty trinkets to dangle upon'silken coats,
They are being revived now. Cigm
rette holders are being made In their
shape. That is why I keep this old
j pair in my window."—Los Angeles
remained unchanged in their eomposi
tion. The custards nnd omelets of 500
years ago still remain unchanged,
Again, ceptnrles ago slices of apple,
parsnip, etc., were dipped In batter
and fried just ns we make our bei
gnets. In the fifteenth century "to nmk
payn pardieu" the cooks fried
Some sweetmeats have for centuries
ma.vne^or freshe bred" and soused it
with yolks of eggs sweeteued. In the
cookery books of today we find "pain
perdu" means slices of stale bread
soaked in milk, then dipped In beaten
egg and fried in boiling fat and served
hot In custard.—Blackwood's Maga
alarms Vesuvius begins to throw out
The moment there is a lull in war
Credit Is tlue to the Vanderbilt fami
!y f o r making peace without aid trorn
The Hague. ;
Earthquakes that do not get any far
ther than the seismograph are the
right sort I
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The Boy: "Don't you get awful tired doin' nothin', mister?"
The Man: "Terriblel But I never complain.
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"Criine blindness" is a new disease
discovered by a Berlin professor. He
hns evidently been observing some of
our American souvenir hunters on the
In the matter of that dash to the
north pole in a sledge drawn by polar
bears tbe bears have yet to be con*
Perhaps Roosevelt passed by scores
of nature fakes In the Louisiana Jun*
; gle and held his bind for real "bar."
The delegates to The Hague ate over
$500,000 worth of dinners and yet ad*
I journed peacefully,
The London Economist calculates
that Marconi's wireless service across
the Atlantic cannot handle more than
3,000,000 paying words annually, which
would be equivalent at most to the
j laying of a seventeenth cable between
this country nnd Europe. Probubly
, this helps to explain why the cable
companies are not frightened at the
This news that the Russians have
voluntarily discontinued their persecu
tion of the Jews must mean that the
Jews have more or less voluntarily
"Divine Right" Ruler Francis Jo
seph was consistent in refusing medi
cine to prolong his life. When divine
right gets tired backing a favorite he'd
The statement that gold in South
Africa Ü3 "going for a song" must
mean that Kipling has cornered anoth
er gold mine with a poem.
"Early rising is a mistake," declares
a prominent physician. That is one
mistake the average small boy is do
Ing his best to avoid.
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