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SERIAL
STORY
fllHIIIIIIIIHHHIIHIl!
THE
BEST
MAN
By
I HAROLD MACGRATH
Author of THE MAN ON THE BOX,
HEARTS ANB MASKS
With Illustrations by A. WEIL
(Copyright, by Bobbs-Merrill Co.)
SYNOPSIS.
Carrlhgroji loved Kate Cavenaugii,
daughter of Multi-Millionaire Henry Cav
enaugh. The latter liked Carrington, but
refused him as a son-in-law. Young Car
rington, a lawyer, held evidence of crim
inal financial operations, of which Cave
naugh was guilty. It was Carrington's
duty to prosecute the rich man, but he
decided to lay the whole matter before
Kate. He did so the next day. The young
woman decided that to drop the case
would be cowardly even though the ac
cused was her father. Cavenaugh offered
Carrington a position at $17,000 a year.
He refused it. He hid his evidence in the
Cavenaugh safe, after being Introduced
to the millionaire's father. The evidence
was stolen that night. Kate's sister
Norah confided that she had told her
grandfather the combination to the safe.
Carrington and Kate went riding.
CHAPTER III.—Continued.
"Not more than I," sadly.
"Nothing like, is there, girl?"
"I hate automobiles," she answered,
irrelevantly.
The old, old sea quarreled murmur
ously at their feet, and the white gulls
sailed hither and thither, sometimes
breasting the rollers just as they were
about to topple over into running
creamy foam. The man and the girl
seemed perfectly cqntent to remain
voiceless. There was no sound but
the song of the sea the girl dreamed,
and the man wondered what her
dream was. Presently be glanced at
his watch. He stood up, brushing the
sand from his clothes.
"Half an hour between us and break
fast, Kate. All aboard!"
The night before might have been
only an idle dream.
So they took the road back. Only
the sea and the gulls saw the tender
kiss.
The pariah sauntered in at two
o'clock that afternoon, just as the
family were sitting down to luncheon.
He was a revelation. There was noth
ing shabby about him now. He wore
a new suit, spats, a new straw hat,
and twirled a light bamboo. There
was something jaunty and confident in
his air, a bubbling in his eyes alto
gether, he was in fine fettle about
something. He cast aside his hat and
cane with a flourish.
"Aha! just in time," he said. "An
other chair, William."
The butler sent a dubious glance at
his master there was the usual curt
nod and the frown. So grandpa sat
down beside Norah, whose usual effer
vescence had strangely subsided he
pinched her cheek, and deliberated be
tween the cold ham and chicken.
"A fine day! A beautiful day! A
day of days!" he cried, surrendering
to the appetitious lure of both meats.
Nobody replied to this outburst of
exuberance nobody had the power to.
A strange calm settled over every
one. This was altogether a new kind
of grandpa. There was nothing timid
or hesitant here, nothing meek and
humble neither was there that insuf
ferable self-assurance and arrogance
of a disagreeable man. Grandpa's at
titude was simply that of an equal, of
a man of the world, of one who is con
fident of the power he holds in re
serve that was all. But for all that,
he was a sensation of some magni
tude. Carrington was seized with a
wild desire to laugh. The truth came
to him like an illumination but he
wisely held his peace.
"There is something in the air to
day that renews youth in old age eh,
my son?" with a sly wink at Cave
naugh.
Cavenaugh's expression of wonder
began to freeze and remained frozen
to the end of the meal. So all the
honors of conversation fell to grand
pa, who seemed to relish this new
privilege.
"Father," said Cavenaugh, holding
back his accumulated wrath, "I want
to see you in my study."
"Immediately, my son. J. was just
about to make that same request."
Grandpa looked at Kate, then at Car
rington. "I suppose you young per
sons will invite poor old grandpa to
•he wedding?"
"Father!" This was altogether too
much for patrician blood. Cavenaugh's
face reddened, and his fists closed
ominously. "You will do me the hon
or, father, not to meddle with my
private affairs. Kate is my daughter,
and she shall marry the man it
pleases me to accept."
Carrington felt this cut dart over
grandpa's shoulder. He stirred un
easily.
"Ob, If that's the way you look at
tt!" with a comical deprecatory shrug.
Grandpa toadied Carrington on. the
ana. "Young man, do you love this
girl? No false modesty, now the
trath, and nothing hutthe truth. Do
mm tor* tarr
mms
-With an my neart!" Carrington
grandpa.
felt the Impulse occult. 8omethtng
whispered that his whole future de
pended upon his answer.
"And you, Kate?"
"I love him, grandpa," bravely.
"That's all I want to know," said
Cavenaugh released one of his fiBts
tt fell upon the table and rattled
things generally.
"Am I In my own house?" he
bawled.
"That depends," answered grandpa,
suavely. "You've got to behave your
self. Now, then, let us repair to the
secret chamber of finance. It if the
day of settlement," grimly=
Mrs. Cavenaugh was gently weep
ing. The dread moment had come,
come when she had been lulled Into
the belief that it would .never come.
Kate understood, and longed to go to
her and comfort her and she trem
bled for her father, who knew noth
ing of the pit that lay at his feet. Car
rington dallied with his fork he
wished he were anywhere in the world
but at the Cavenaugh table. The de
sire to laugh recurred to him, but he
realized that the inclination was only
hysterical.
Cavenaugh was already heading for
the study. He was in a fine rage.
Grandpa was close on his heels. At
the threshold he turned once more to
Carrington.
"You know your 'Tempest,' young
man, I'm sure/' he said. "Well, this
is the revolt of Caliban—Caliban up
lifted, as it were."
The door closed behind them, and
father and son faced each other.
"I'll trouble you for those papers
you took from the safe last night,"
said the son, heavily.
"Ah, indeed!" said grandpa.
"At once I have reached the limit
of my patience."
"So have I," returned grandpa. "Per
haps you know what these papers are
about?"
"I know nothing whatever, save that
they belong to Mr. Carrington. Hand
them over."
Grandpa helped himself to a cigar
and sat down. He puffed two or three
times, eyed the lighted end and sighed
with satisfaction.
"If you but knew what they were
about, these papers, you would pay a
cool million for their possession. My
word, it is a droll situation reads like
the fourth act in a play. If you have
a duke picked out for Kate, forget
him."
"She will never marry Carrington!"
Cavenaugh's voice rose in spite of his
effort to control it.
"My son, they will hear you," the
pariah warned. He blew a cloud of
smoke into the air and sniffed it. "You
never offered me this particular
brand," reproachfully.
"Enjoy it," snapped the other, "for
it is the last you will ever smoke in
any house of mine."
"You don't tell me!"
"Those papers, instantly!"
'Be it known by these presents,
et cetera, et cetera,'" said the old
man. He rose suddenly, the banter
leaving his lips and eyes, and his
A
"Hand Them Over."
jaw setting hard. "You had better
get your check book handy, my son,
for when I'm through with you, you'll
be only too glad to fill out a blank for
fifty thousand. I consider myself quite
moderate. This young Carrington is
a mighty shrewd fellow and I'd rath
er have him as a friend than an en
emy. He has made out his case so
strongly that it will cost you a pretty
penny to escape with a whole skin."
'What are you talking about?"
'The case of the people versus Cave
naugh et al. It concerns the clever
way in which you and your partners
slid under the seven per cent, dividend
due your investors which caused a
slump in the price of the shares,
forcing thousands to sell their stock
which you bought back at a handsome
profit. Moloch! The millions you
have are not enough you must have
more. There are about twelve of you
in all, not one of you "worth less than
three millions. What a beautiful
chance for blackmail!"
Cavenaugh stepped back, and his
legs, striking a chair, toppled him into
it. His father had become Medusa's
head!
"Aha! That jars you some,"
chuckled grandpa.
It took Cavenaugh some time to re
cover his voice, and when he did it
was faint and unnatural.
"Is this true?" he gasped.
"It is so true that I'll trouble you
for thci check now."
."Come, father, this Is no time for
nonsense." Cavenaugh waved his
hand Impatiently. ^Let me see the
document."
"Hardly* tt* tne ipaawp* j**
place t|iecfatp£myhandslahallbt
(leased to doao. But there must be
no reservation to have payment
stopped." 'f
"I will not gtvayatoalMgle
The mere suggestion of giving upso
large a sum without a struggle seemed
preposterous. "Not a penny! And
furthermore, I am'through with you
for good and all. Shift for yourself
hereafter.. Fifty thousand! Tm make
me laugh!" I
"I shall make you laugh, my son
but not on the humorous side." The
old man reached out his and
struck the bell.
"What do you wantf" asked Cave
naugh, mystified.
"I want the author of the document.
I propose to take the family skeleton
out of the closet and dangle It up and.
down before the young man's ares.
You will laugh, I. dare say."
Cavenaugh fell back In his chaii
again. The door opened and William
looked in.
"You rang, sir?" to Cavenaugh fils.
"No, William," said Cavenaugh pere,
affably "I rang. Call Mr. Carring
ton." The butler disappeared. "It ts
my turn, Henry, and I have waited a
long time, as you very well know.
Ha! Sit down, Mr. Carrington, sit
down."
Carrington, who had entered,
obeyed readily.
"You left some papers in the dining
room safe last night," began grandpa.
"I was about torask you to return
them," replied Carrington, with as
sumed pleasantry.
The two Cavenaughs looked at e^ch
other blankly. Finally grandpa
laughed.
"I told you he was clever!"
"It is true, then," snarled the mil
lionaire, "that you have been meddling
with affairs that in no wise concern
you. I warn you that your case in
court will not have a leg to stand on."
"I prefer not to discuss the merits
of the case," said Carrington, quietly.
"I have been your host, sir you
have eaten at my table." Cavenaugh,
as he spoke, was not without a certain
dignity.
"All of which, recognizing the pre»
ent situation, I profoundly regret."
"Good!" said grandpa. "Henry, it
you had been the general they give
you credit for, you would have offered
Mr. Carrington that seventeen thou
sand two or three years ago. There
is nothing so menacing to dishonesty as
the free lance. Now, listen to me for
a space. We'll come to the docu
mentary evidence all in good time. I
spoke of Caliban uplifted," ironically.
"For years I have been treated as a
pariah, as a beast of burden, as a
messenger boy, as a go-between to
take tricks that might have soiled
my son's delicate hands. Father and
son, yes but in name only. Blood
is thicker than water only when riches
and ambition are not touched in the
quick. This dutiful son of mine could
easily have elevated me along with
himself but he would not do, so. He
was afraid that people might learn
something of my past which would
greatly hinder his advancement. He
prospered, he grew rich and arrogant
he put his heel on my neck, and I
darefi not revolt. You wouldn't be
lieve it, would you, Mr. Carrington,
that I was graduated \ylth honors'from
Oxford university. I speak three
tongues fluently, and have a smatter
ing of a dozen others am a doctor of
philosophy, an Egyptologist. But I
was indolent and loved good times,
and so, you see, it came about that I
fell into evil ways. Formerly, I. was
a burglar by profession."
(TO BE CONCLUDED.)
Hydrophobia Decreasing.
The number of inoculations for hy
drophobia at the Pasteur Institute of
France has pretty steadily decreased
since the service was started, 20 years
ago. In 1886 2,671 persons were
treated in 1907 only 786. The small
est number, 628, was treated in 1903.
This decrease, of course, might mean
a lessening belief in the efficacy of
the treatment or a decrease in the pre
valence of rabbles in France. An
examination of the percentage of
fatal cases treated reveals that this
also has been decreasing, showing im
provement in efficiency and indi
cating that the treatment has prob
ably been effective in checking the
malady. At no time during the exist
ence of the institute has the number
of fatal cases reached one per cent, of
the total treated, but in 1886 it was
0.94 per cent., while in 1907 it was
only 0.38. In 1906 it fell as low as
0.13, there being only one death out of
772 cases treated.
Woman's Vanity.
The London Chronicle says, that the
American lecturer who tried to per
suade the women in his audience the
other day that their own hair was pret
tier, not to say less obstructive, sight
than their spacious hats, ignored the
warnings of history. No matinee hat
of to-day is so high as the lofty head
dresses worn by Marie Antoinette,
which were the despair of poor simple
minded Louis XVI. But -when deprived
of all. possibilty of being able to aee
a performance at the opera he present
ed his wife with an aigrette .of-dia
monds, in the hope that it might sup
plant a head-dress 45 inches ln height
the queen promptly had the diamonds
incorporated in a new head-dress
which was taller than all its jnr^Boes
sors. .•?#.
1
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Vapor Blanket* Over Bodies of Water
A vapor blanket 80 feet thick
found by Prof. Frank H/ -:jSig^^* to
•coyer the reservoir at Keno,/ N.cKr.' A*
Burning that alike Invisible Ahialdpro?
tecta,:«b*,JWtt*te aeiai,.^
that this body may lose by evaporation
not more thanfourorflve feat yearly,
instead of the eight feet hitherto ex
CanudaVliiay jf ThankeaMbnthKait
liar Than In the Unit* SUtaa^j.
For some reason better known to
the Canadians themselves than to the
people on thlfe aide .of 4he line, our
Canadian cousins celebrated their
Thanksgiving month or more earlier
than Wexjo. It maybe that the Cana
dian turkey had become impatient, and
sounded a note of warning, or it may
be that the "frost on the pumpkin" de
clared itself. But whatever the reafcon,
their Thanksgiving day Is past It may
have been that the reasons for giving
thanks so much earlier than we do
were pushing themselves so hard and
so fast that the Canadians were
ashamed to postpone the event. They
have had reasons, and good ones, too,
for giving thanks. Their great broad
areas of prairie land have yielded in
abundance, and here, by the way, It Is
not uninteresting to the friends of
the millions of Americans who have
made their home in Canada during the
past few years to know that they have
participated most generously In the
"cutting of the melon." Probably the
Western portion of Canada, comprising
the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatche
wan and Alberta, have the greatest
reason of any of the provinces to ex
press in the most enthusiastic manner
their gratitude. The results in the
line of production give ample reason
for devout thanksgiving to Providence.
This year has surpassed all others In
so far as the total Increase in the coun
try's wealth is concerned. There is no
question that Providence was espe
cially generous. The weather condi
tions were perfect, and during the
ripening and harvesting period, there
was nothing to interfere. And now it
was well it was so, for with a demand
for labor that could not be supplied,
there was the greatest danger, but
with suitable weather the garnering of
the grain has been successfully accom
plished. There have been low gen
eral averages, but these are account
ed for by the fact that farmers were
indifferent, relying altogether upon
what a good soil would do. There
will be no more low averages though,
for this year has shown what good,
careful farming will do. It will pro
duce 130 million bushels of wheat from
seven million acres, and it will pro
duce a splendid lot of oats, yielding
anywhere from 50 to 100 bushels per
acre. This on land that has cost but
trom $10 to. |16 per acre—many farm
ers have realized sufficient from this
year's crop to pay the entire cost of
their farms. The Toronto Globe says:
"The whole population of the West
rejoices In the bounty of Providence,
and sends out a message of gratitude
and appreciation of the favors which
have been bestowed on the country.
The cheerfulness which has abounded
with industry during the past six
months has not obliterated the concep
tion of the source from which the
blessings have flown, and the good
feeling is combined with a spirit of
thankfulness for the privilege of living
in so fruitful a land. The misfortunes
of the past are practically forgotten,
because tbefo is great cause to con
template with satisfaction the com
forts of the present. Thanksgiving
should be a season of unusual en
thusiasm."
Misery.
The neighbor's dog sits out on the
front lawn and howls dismally. The
man in the window looks out and
yells: "Sh-h-h, you beast!" The dog
continues to howl. The man again
comes to the window and this time
hurls a shoe at the dog. Still the
animal howls. Another shoe follows.
The next day the man's wife goes
around in her stocking feet because
she can't find her shoes. The man
hasn't the price of another pair of
shoes for her, and the next night the
dog howls louder than ever.
Her Observation.
"Love," remarked the romantic
young man, "is said to brighten the
eye."
"I don't know about that," rejoined
the practical maid, "but it has a ten
dency to disarrange one's hair."
Important to Mothers..
Examine carefully every bottle of
CASTORIA, a safe and sure remedy for
Infants and children, and see that it
Bears the
Signature of
In Use For Over 30 Years.
The Kind You Have Always Bought
Ups and Downs.
"Why are you so hard up?"
"Oh, I'm down and out!"—Cleveland
Leader.
Don't drink liquor except medicin
ally. WRIGLEY'S SPEARMINT takes
the smell off your breath.
What has become of the old-fash^
toned boy who would rather stay home
and work than go to school?
WE PAY HIGH raiCB
I
DUS
FOa
HIDK»
and furs, & sell guns and traps cheap. N.
W. Hide ft Fur Co., Minneapolis Minn,
The great and good do not die even
In this world, embalmed in books their
spirits walk abroad.—Smiles.
MM.
Window's HootMit Synp.
A philosophical manTwfcen consider
ing his own troftblea isn't
N
Will core not
ttTtrtillalaSl proraSu wbi
The greatest necessity in a woman's
life ia love.
Not tt alleviate if ea* all that
needs
to Stlniulat* Indus-
trio, Say* Hattle WMKama.
Aetresa Says Good Looks Are Aaaat In
Business and 8pouts Idea That
Ugly Women AreMoet
•..* Uaaftil..
Philadelphia.—"This ia *"tlie age ol
beauty In the business world,"! say#
Hattle Williams, the star of "Detec
tive Sparkes," now playing at the
Gqrrick theater.
''Mark me, I do not mean the beau
tiful age, but the age of beauty^ We
have come to the time when a sweet,
piquant, a bewitching face la quite
as Important a factor In legitimate
business as price or quality of wares,
convenience of mart or effective ad.
vertising.
Woman—good-looking woman—hat
at last found a sphere of honest en
deavor that cannot but appeal to hex
—the legitimate exploitation of the
goods she is paid to show. off. Paris
led the way in this new field of en
deavor and Philadelphia has rapidly
fallen into line.
'Next .to the French capita^ I know
of no city where the fairness of its
daughters is so effectively used foi
honest business purposes..
"Let me explain. Let us walk down
CheBtnut street. We drift along with
the stream of shoppers until that
stream becomes jammed in front of a
big show window. There in the win
dow sits a girl of surpiassing fairness.
Her beautifully shaped head, crowned
with a wealth of glossy black hair, is
bent over a new model sewing ma
chine. -She is intent on her work and
we are intent on the picture she
makes. It is probably a very fine, up
to-date sewing machine, but it could
stay in that window for many weeks
and not attract a crowd.
The man whose business it-is to
sell that machine knows his business
and knows it well. 'The combination
of girl and machine is a pleasing one
and the Impression is lasting.
"Further down the street there is a
shop with big windows, through which
we see heaps of confections, and we
£ljl
can see, too, a dainty blonde miss ofi
exquisite feature and coloring who-
Beems
to have little in the world to do
except to sit just where the passing:
throngs can get glimpse of her fresh
loveliness. Why is that store crowded
with customers while- another confec
tionery shop further down the street
languishes for want of trade? The
tweets in the one shop may be no bet
ter than those in the other, but the
ittractiveness of the blonde saleswom
an furnishes the one thing needful in
business—the initiative.
"In these days of greatest competi.
tion among merchants, it was a clever
man indeed who first realized the tre
mendous attraction of a pretty worn
tn's face for shoppers, women as well
is men. For, don't for a moment think
that the potency of these fair young
women is felt only by the opposite
lex.
'Bertha, the Beautiful Sewing M»
chine Girl,' can go on hiding her beau
ty in the dusty factory, where it
seems, after all, she has had a hard
time of it, but if Bertha is really so
beautiful she can be happily prosper-
by giving legitimate publicity to
Iter fresh, wholesome charms. And
that's what many Berthas are doing
to-day in Philadelphia, and it's a good
thing all around. It won't spoil Ber
tha it
Bhe's
the right sort of girl, and
won't hurt the shopping publie to look
upon bright, pretty faeea."
Phosphorescent Forests.
The phosphorescence of certain
agaiies of Borneo has more than once
demoralized the superstitious natives
and astonished whites. Some years
ago a party of English engineers
found it necessary to survey a tract
ot low. lying country which was al
most impenetrable, and to blaze the
trail natives were employed to woirk
at night, others during tlie day. The
former came into camp one' night
staging that they could not go through
a portion of the bush or forest strange
"spirits" on the trees telling them thai
evil would befall them if they, icon
tlnued. The "spirits" proved to be
magnificent display of phosphorda
cense emanating frqjn agaiies grow
teg upon the dead limbs of the trees
These vegetable vflre« bodies wen
traced tor, a considerable distance,
profuefng a .moat .remarkable exhibl
tion, the light in some jrifc^jMlag
brilliant that it was difficult to be
lleve that the foreat was sot afire. T.
teat the brilliancy the nun held
pan near the most brilliant pration
... ,. HI"11.Wlfc.
UTTLE WAITRESS WASREAOY
CloariyNothlng
of Talk for the Freih Trav
ellng Man.,
A good story is going the. rounda
aliout a drummer and a pretty wait
ress. Here is what happened, acoord
tng to the repbrt:
The dapper little traveling man
glanced at the menu and -then-looked
np at the pretty waitress. "Nice day,
little one," he began.
"Yes, it is,!* she answered, "and so
was yesterday, and my name is Ella,
and I know I'm a little peach, and
have pretfy blue eyes, and I've been
here quite a while, and like, the place,
and I don't think I'm too nice a girl
to be working in a hotel if I did I'd
quit my job and my wages are, satis
factory and I don't know if there ia a
show or dance in town to-night and
If there is I shall not go with yon,
and I'm from t&e country, and I'm a
respectable girl, and my erother ia
cook in this hotel, and he weighs 200
pounds, and »last week he wiped up
this dining room floor with a fresh
$50-a-month traveling man, who tried
to make .a date with me. Now, whatll
you have?"
The dapper little traveling man said
he was not very hungry, and a cup
of coffee and some hot
cakeB
UNLESS
you
GET
•"•4
I if Usual Lin*
would da
UP TO DICK.
He—Darling! I swear by this great
tree, whose spreading branches shade
us from the heat, by this noble tree
I swear I have never loved before.
She—You always say such appropri
ate things, Dick. This is a chestnut
tree!
If man were not vain the power,
of woman would cease.—Smart Set
QUEEN OF ACTRES8E8
PRAISES PE-RU-IIK
Mist
Julia
Marlow*
flatI to write my endorse*
asentof the great remedy, Peruaa.
do so most heartily.
"••Julia Marlowe,
Any remedy that benefits digestion
strengthens the nerves.
The nerve centers require nutrition.
If the digestion is impaired, the nerve
centers become anemic, and nervona
debility is the result.
mWONTGETREAUUICt
OF REAL
MINT
LEAVES
PACKAGE
WRIGLEY'S
ps.
PEPSIN CUMrjJ£*
T/f£F£AVO/t iASrS
FlerMate
The Best Shoes
for Children
Far
yemr»
FlarMaleahoaa-
we have dm*
nothing but make children's
iIwm. Irwjrtliing we h^ve
lemed embodied ia the
the best shoe
made anywhere for little folk*. See the shape,
It means comfwrt Mdftllowa the Xeet to develop
along natural lines. The aoles are of dm
oak, welts are genuine Goodyear, and fall
extension heels for protecting uppers. These
points men that a pair et FlarMsiQ
Shoaa
wni outlast two pairs of
fchoe. The/ eome In lace, button *b4oxfordotherany
shape and In »U slses from 4 to IS. Just tn
one pair, eee how the chUdr«n eu}oy them, and
aoticehour Ions they wear.'
If
not la stock »t
your dealers, send his aame, etettac else
and a*yle desired aad we wlU eee thai yoa
v« supplied.
WILLIAMS, BOYT ft CO. •N.T,
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