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THE CELINA DEMOCRAT, CELINA, OHIO
The Ranch at the Wol verine
A Story of Love and Adventure on Idaho's Plains
(Copyright, Little, Brown 4 Co.)
By B. M. BOWER
CHARLIE FOX ARRIVES AT THE COVE AND HELPS MARTHY
RUN THE PLACE-HE SOON DISCOVERS EVI
DENCE OF CATTLE THEFT.
Synopsis. Murthy and June Jlellke, pioneers, have for twenty
years made a bure living out of their riinch at the Cove oil Wolverine
creek in the mountiilii range country of Muho. Their neighbors, the
MncDonalds, living several miles nway, have a daughter, Hilly Limine,
now ubout nineteen years old, whom Mtn-tliy has secretly helped to
educate. At tin? time the story opens ISlIly Louise Is upending the
afternoon with Marthy. A snowstorm comes up, and on tier way home
the girl moots an Interesting stranger, who Is Invited to stay over
night at the MneDonuld ranch. Ward Warren and Hilly Louise be
come firm friends. Ji'se dies and Marthy buries bis body without nld.
CHAPTER III Continued.
You
"You saw tnomuile, of course.
cauie from home?"
"No, I did not. I got as far as the
creek and saw Blue's tracks coming
down, so I just sort of trailed alow?,
beelug It was uiommle's daughter I felt
most like talking to."
"Mommle's daughter" laughed a lit
tle and instinctively made a change In
the subject.
"I've got to go in aud wash the
dishes," she said, stepping back from
him. "Of course nothing was done In
the cabin, and I've been doing a little
houseeleuntiig. I guess the dishwater
is hot by this time If it husn't all
boiled nway."
Ward, as a matter of course, tied his
horse to the fence and went into the
lady." Ward hastily returned the mop
to its corner, rolled down his sleeves
nud picked up his gloves. Then he
stepped outside and waited beside Billy
Louise, looking not lu the least like it
man who has just wiped a lot of dishes
and scrubbed a floor.
The nephew, strldlug along behind
Murthy aud showing head and shoul
ders above her, seemed not to resent
any little mischance, such as muddy
water flirted upon him from a broom.
He grinned remlniscently as he came
up, shook bands with the two of them
aud did not let his glance dwell too
long or too often upon Billy Louise nor
too briefly upot Ward.
When Ward went to the stable after
Blue half an hour later Charlie Fox
went with him. His mauner when they
were alone was different, not so exub-
cabin with her. He also asked her to Tanty cheerful-more frank aud prac
stake him to a dish towel, which she
did after a good deul of rummaging.
He stood with his hat on the back of
bis head, u cigarette between his lips,
and wiped the dishes with much ap
parent enjoyment. He objected strong
ly to Billy Louise's assertion that she
meant to t jrub the floor, but when he
found her quite obdurate be changed
his method without in the least degree
yielding his point, though for diplomat
ic reasons he appeared to yield.
He carried water from the creek and
filed the teakettle, the big iron pot and
both pails. Then, when Billy Louise
had turned her hue', upon him while
she looked in a dark corner for the
mop, he suddenly seized her under the
arms and lifted her upon the table, and
before she had finished her astonished
guspings ho caught up a pail of water
and sloshed it upon the floor under her.
Then ho grinned in his triumph.
Billy Louise gave a squeal of conster
nation and then sat absolutely still,
staring round eyed through the door
way. Ward stepped back even his
composure was slightly jarred and
twisted his lips amusedly.
"Hello," he said after a few blank
seconds. "You missed some of it, didn't
you?" His tone was mildly commiser
ating. "Will you ccrae in?"
"N-o-o, thank you, I don't believe I
will." The speaker looked in, however,
saw Billy Louise perched upon the ta
ble and took off his hat. He was well
plastered with dirty water that ran
down and left streaks of mud behind.
"I must have got off the road," he said.
"I'm looking for Jason Meilke's ranch."
Billy Louise tucked her feet farther
under her skirts and continued to stare
dumbly. Ward, glancing at her from
the corner of his eyes, stepped consid
erately between her and the stranger
so that his broad shoulders quite hid
her from the man's curious stare.
"You've struck the right place," he
said calmly. "This is it." He picked
up another pail of water and sloshed it
apon the wet floor to rinse off the mud.
"Is uh Mrs. Meilke in?" One could
not accuse the young man of craning,
hut he certainly did try to get another
glimpse of the person on the table and
failed because of Ward.
''She's clown in the meadow," Billy
Louiso murmured.
"She's down in the meadow," Ward
repeated to the bespattered young man.
"You just go down past the stable and
tieal.
"Honest, it floored me completely to
see what that poor old woman has been
up against down here," he told Wnrren,
stulling tobacco Into a silver rimmed
briar pipe while Ward saddled Blue.
"I don't know a deuce of a lot about
this ranch game, but if that old lady
can put it across I guess I can wabble
along somehow. Too bad the old man
called in just now, but Aunt Martha
as good as told me be wasnV much
force, so maybe I can play a lone hand
hero as easy as I could have dine with
him."
Afterward, when Ward (bought it
over, be remembered gratefully that
Charlie Fox bad refrained from at
tempting any discussion of Billy Louise
or from asking any questions even re
motely personal. He knew enough about
wen to appreciate the tactful silences
of the stranger, and when Billy Louise
on the way home predicted that the
nephew was going to be a success Ward
did not feel like qualifying the verdict.
CHAPTER IV.
WHEN Charll
the Wolvc
Ue Caught Up a Pail of Water and
Sloshed It on the Floor.
lollow on down" he waved a hand
vaguely before he took up the broom
gain. "You'll find her, all right," he
added encouragingly.
"Oh, Ward I That must be Marthy's
nephew. What will he think?"
"Does it matter such a deuce of a
lot what he thinks?" Ward went on
with his interrupted scrubbing.
"I'm awfully glad he came, anyway,"
laid Billy Louise. "I won't have to
itay all night now. I was going to."
"In that case the young man is wel
come as a gold mine. Here they come
--be and Mrs. Martha. You'll have to
tjtwi'jce me; I have never met the
The Mystery of the Missing.
lie "ox rode down to
erine n mouth or so
later, tied bis horse under the
shed and came up to the cabin as
though he knew 'of no better place in
all the world; when he greeted "mom
mle" as though she were something
precious In his sight and talked with
her about the things she was most in
terested in and actually made her feel
as if he were Immensely interested al
so, Billy Louise simply could not help
admiring him and liking him for his
frank good nature and Ids kindness
She had never before met a man just
like Charlie Fox, though she had known
many who were what Ward once called
"parlOi- broke."
It wai not until Charlie was leaving
that be gave Billy Louise a hint that
his errand was not yet accomplished
She walked down with 1dm to where
his horse was tied and so gave him a
bloom against the dull brown of the
chance to speak what was in his mind.
"You know, I hate to mention little
worries before your mother," he said.
"Those pathetic eyes of hers make me
ashamed to bother her with a thing,
But I am worried. Miss Louise. I came
over to ask you if you've seen anything
of four calves of ours. I know you
ride a good deal through the hills,
They disappeared a week ago, and I
can't find any trace of them. I've been
looking all through tiie hills, but I can't
locate them."
Billy Louise had not seen them, ei
ther, and she begged for particulars.
"I don't see how they could get away
from your cove," she said, "unless your
Dars were down."
The bars were all right. It was last
Friday, I think. I'm not sure. They
were in the little meadow above the
house, you see. I was away that night,
and Aunt Martha is a little hard of
hearing. She wouldn't hear anything
unless there were considerable noise.
I came home the next forenoon I was
over to Seabaek's and the bars were
in place then. Aunt Martha had not
been up the gorge nor had any one
come to the ranch while I was gone.
So you see. Miss 'Louise, here's a very
pretty mystery."
"You think they were driven off,
don't you?" Billy Louise asked a ques
tion with the words and made a state
ment of it with her tone, which was a
trick of hers.
Charlie Fox shook his head, but his
eyes did not complete the denial. "Miss
Louise, I'd work every other theory to
death before I'd admit that possibility.
I don't, know all of my neighbors so
very well, but I should hesitate a long,
long time "
"It needn't have been a neighbor.
There are lots of strange men passing
through the country. Did you look for
tracks?"
"I did not. I didn't want to admit
that possibility. I decline to admit it
now." The chin of Charlie Fox squar
ed perceptibly, so that Billle Louise
caught a faint resemblance to Marthy
in his face. "I saw a man accused of
a theft once," he said. "The evidence
was or seemed absolutely unassaila
ble. And afterward he was exonerat
ed completely. It was just a horrible
mistake. But be left school under a
cloud. His life was rubied by the
blunder. I'd have to know absolutely
before I'd accuse any one of Htealiu
those calves, Miss Louise. I'd have to
see them In a man's corral, with bis
brand ou them-I believe that's the
way it's doue out here and even
then"
"Where have you looked?" There
were reasons why this particular sub
ject was puluful to Billy LouIhc. "And
are you sure they didn't get out of
that pasture and wander ou dowu the
Cove, among all those willows? It's a
perfect jungle away dowu. Are you
sure they aren't with the rest of the
cattle? I dou't see how they could
leave the Cove unless they were driv
en out."
"Yes, I thought of that strange as it
may seem." Charlie's voice was unof
fended. On the contrary, he seemed
glad that she took so keen an interest
In his a ITii Irs. "It has been a week,
you know, since they flew the coop. I
did hunt every foot of that Cove twice
over. I drove every hoof of stock up
and corraled them and made sure these
four were not In the herd. Then I
hunted through every Inch of that wil
low jungle and all along the bluff and
the river. Miss Louise, I put in three
days at It, from sunrise till it was too
dark to see. Theu I began riding out
side. There Isn't a truce of them any
where. I had Just bought them from
Sea beck, you know. I drove them
home, and because they were tired,
and so was I, I just left them In that
upper meadow as I came down the
gorge. I hadn't branded them yet. I
I know I've made an awful botch of
the thing. Miss Louise," he confessed,
turning toward her with un honest dis
tress and a self-llnylng humility in his
eyes that wiped from Billy Louise's
mind any incipient tendency toward
coutempt. "But you see I'm green at
this ranch game. And I never dreamed
those calves weren't perfectly safe In
there. The fence was new nud strong.
and the bars are absolutely bars to any
stock larger than a rabbit.
"I hate to bother you with this, and
I don't want you to think I have come
whining for sympathy," be said after
a minute of moody silence. "But, see
ing they were not branded yet with
our brand I thought perhaps you had
run across them and paid no attention,
thinking they belonged to Seabeck."
Billy Louise smiled a little to herself.
If he had not been quite so "green at
the ranch game" he would have men
tioned brands at first as the most im
portant point instead of tacking on the
Information casually after ten minutes
of other less vital details.
"Were they vented?" she asked, sup
pressing the smile so that it was mere
ly a twitch of the lips which might
mean anything.
"I yes, I think they were. That's
what you call it when the. former own
er puts his brand in a different place
to show that his ownership lias ceased,
isn't it? Seabeck puts his brand up
side down"
"I know Seabeck's vent," Billy Louise
cut in. There was no need of letting I
such a bne fellow display more ig
norance on the subject. "And I should
have noticed it if I had seen four
calves vented fresh and not rebranded.
Why In the world didn't you stick your
brand on at the same time?" Billy
Louise was losing patience with his
greenness.
"I didn't have my branding iron with
me," Charlie answered humbly. "I
have doue that before, when I bought
those other cows and calves. I "
"You'd better pack your Iron next
time," she retorted. "If you can't get
a little bunch of calves ten miles with
out losing them"
"But you must understand I did. I
tool: them home and turned them into
the Cove. I know I'm an awful chump
at this."
"The calves may not be absolutely
lost, you know. Why, I lost a big
steer last spring and never found him
till I was going to sell a few head.
Then he turned up, the biggest and fat
test one in the bunch. You can't tell.
They get themselves In queer places
sometimes. I'll come over tomorrow
If I can and take a look at that pasture
and all around. And I'll keep a good
lookout for the calves."
Many men would have objected to
the unconscious patronage of her tone.
That Charlie Fox did not, but accept
ed the spirit of helpfulness in her
words, lifted him out of the small na
tural class.
"It's awfully good of you," he said.
"You know a lot more about the bovine
nature than I do. for all I put in every
spare minute studying the subject. I'm
taking four different stock journals
now, Miss Louise. I'll bet I know a lot
more about the different strains of va
rious breeds than you do, Miss Cattle
Queen. But I'm beginning to see that
we only know what we learn by ex
perience. I've a new book on the sub
ject of heredity of the cattle. I'm go
ing home and see if Seabeck hasn't
stumbled upon a strain that can be
traced back to your native mountain
sheep."
Billy Louise laughed and said good-
by and stood leaning over the gate
watching him as he zigzagged up the
hill, stopping his horse often to breathe.
She began to wonder, then, about those
calves. Vented and not rebranded,
they would be easy game for any man
who first got his own brand on them.
She meant to get a description of them
when she saw Charlie again it was
like his innocence to forget Uie most
essential details and she meant to
keep her eyes open. If Charlie were
right about the calves not being any
where In the cove, then they had been
driven out of it, stolen. Billy Louiso
turned dejectedly away from the fence
and went down to a shady nook by the
creek, where she had always liked to
do her worrying and hard thinking.
The next day she rode early to the
Cove and learned some things from
Marthy which she had not gleaned
from Charlie. She learned that two of
the calves were a deep red except for a
wide, white strip on the none of one
aud white hind feet ou the other; that
another was spotted on the hludquar
turn and that the fourth was white,
with large, red blotches. She bad
known cattle all ber life. She would
know these If she saw them anywhere,
She also discovered for herself that
they could uot have broken out of that
pasture and that the river bunk was
Impassable because of high, thick bush
es and miry mud lu the open spaces.
She had a fight with Blue over these
latter places and demonstrated beyond
doubt that I hey were miry by gutting
bint in to the knees In spile of his vio
lent objections. They left deep tracks
behind them when they got out. The
calves bad not gone Investigating the
bank, for there wus not a truce any
where, and the bluff wus absolutely
uusculuhle. Hilly Louise herself would
have felt doubtful of climbing out that
way. The gray rlni rock stood straight
and high at the top, with never a crev
Ice, so far as she could see, and the
gorge was barred so that it was im
possible to go that way without lifting
heavy poles out of deep sockets and
sliding them to one side.
"I've got an Idea about a gate here,'
Charlie confided suddenly. "There
wou't be any more mysteries like this.
I'm going to -fix a swinging gate in
pluce of these Imrs, Miss Louise. I
shall have it swing uphill like this,
unexpectedly aud Insistently tor hit
"time," and where would she find an
other man whom she could trust out
of her Night? John I'rlugle wus slow,
and he was stupid and growled at poor
I'boebe till Billy Louise wanted to
shake him, but be was "steady," aud
that one virtue covers many a man's
faults and keeps hliu drawing wages
regularly.
Her mother bad been more and more
Inclined to worry as the hot weather
caino on. Lately her anxiety over
small things had rather got upou the
nerves of Billy Louise. She felt ill
used and downhearted and as If uoth
lug mattered much anyway. She pass
ed ber cave with a mere glance imd
scowl for the memories of golden days
in her lonely childhood that cluug
around It.
She was In this particularly dissatis
fied mood when she rode out of the
canyon ut Its upper end, where the
bills folded softly down Into grassy
valleys where her cattle loved best to
graze. Since the grass bad started in
the spring she had kept her little herd
up here among the lower hills, and by
riding along the higher ridges every
duy or so und turning back a wander-
lug animal now and theu she had held
them In a comparatively small area,
where they would be easily gathered la
tho fall. A few bead of Seubeck's stock
bud wandered in among hers aud some
of Marthy's. And there was a big roan
steer that bore the brand of Johnson,
over on Snake river. Billy Louise
knew them all, as a housewife knows
her flock of chickens, and if she missed
seeing certuin leaders in the scattered
groups she rode until she found them.
Two old cows and one big red steer
that seemed always to have a follow
ing wore bells that tinkled pleasant
little sounds in the alder thickets along:
the creek as she passed by.
She rode up the long ridge which
gave her a wide view of the surround
ing bills and stopped Blue, while she
stared moodily at the familiar, shadow
splotched expanse of high piled ridges.
with deep, green valleys and deeper
hued canyons between. She loved
them, every one. But today they fail
ed to steep her senses In tliut deep con
tent with life which ouly the great out-
doors can give to one who bas learned
hovv satisfying is the draft and how
soothing.
"If You'll Let Down the Bars, Mr. Fox,
111 Hit the Trail."
and I'll have a weight arranged so thut
it will ulwnys elo-e itself if one is care
less enough to ride on and leave it
open. I have it all worked out lu my
alleged brain. 1 shall do it right away
too. Aunt Marthy is rather nervous
about this gorge now. Every evening
she walks up here herself to make sure
the burs are closed."
"You may as well make up your
mind to it," said Billy Louise irrele
vantly in a tone of absolute certainty.
"Those calves were driven out of the
gorge. That menus stolen. You needn't
accuse any one in particular. I don't
suppose you could. But they were
stolen."
Charlie frowned and glanced up spec
ulatively ut the bluff's rim.
"Oh, your mountain sheep theory is
no good," Billy Louise giggled. "I
doubt if a lizard even would try to
leave the Cove over the bluff," which
certainly was a sweeping statement
when you consider a lizard's habits.
"A mountain sheep couldn't anyway."
"They're hummers i i climb "
"But calves are not, .Mr. Fox. Not
like that. You know yourself they were
stolen. Why not udmit it?"
"Would that do any good bring
them back?" he countered, looking up
at her.
"N'-o, but I do hate to see a person
deliberately shut his eyes in front of a
fact. We may as well admit to our
selves that there Is a rustler in the
country. Then we can look out for
him."
Charlie's eyes had the troubled look.
"I hate to think that. Aunt Martha
insists that is what we are up against,
but"
"Well, she knows more about It than
you do, believe me. If you'll let down
tho burs, Mr. Fox, I'll hit the trail,
and if I find out anything I'll let you
know at once."
When she rode over the bleak up
land she cuugbt herself wishing that
she might talk the thing over with
Ward. He would know just what
ought to be done. But winter was com
ing, and she would drive her stock
down into the fields she had ready.
They would be safe there surely. Still,
she wished Ward would come. She
wanted to talk It over with a man who
understood nnd who knew more about
such things than she did.
The fate of the four heifer calves be
came permanently wrapped in the
blank fog of mystery. Billy Louise
watched for them When she rode out in
the hills and spent a good deal of time
heretofore given over to dreaming In
trying to solve the riddle of their dis
i ppearance. Charlie Fox Insisted upon
keeping to the theory that they had
merely strayed. Marthy grumbled
sometimes over the loss, and Ward
well, Ward did not put in an appear
ance again that fall or winter and so
did not hear of the Incident.
Billy Louise becomes very
much discouraged over the state
of family finances. She hears
and sees things that make her
doubt Ward.
DANIEL BOONE'S LONG SWING
Pursued by Indians, He Cut Grapevine
Nr Ground and Sailed Far
Enough to Break Track,
Do you remember reading In one
of the school histories ubout bow the
doughty Dunb'l Boone, when pursued
by Indians on bis way to the unknown
wilderness of Kentucky, cut a grupe-
Vlue near the ground so that It formed
a swing upon which he truveled
through the air fur enough to break
bis track? If you read It, you prob
ubly thought It a bit llshy, writes
Nlksuh. Unless you live somewhere
In the Alleghany mountains you would
not believe thut wild grapevines are
long enough or strong cuough or hold
onto the trees tight enough to wuke
much of a swung.
As a mutter of fuct, there Is no reu
son to doubt thut Daniel made the
swing and got nwuy from the Indians.
For In the mountains of western Mury
lund ond eastern West Virginia, across
which Daniel took bis hazardous wuy,
the boys are still making such swings
Just for fun. And royul fuu !t Is. Tho
writer wus driving through the moun
tulns near the upper I'otoiuac when be
suw some enormous grapevines droop
ing CO or 70 feet from the tops of the
trees. They had been cut close to
the ground, and the hillside above
them wus ull plowed up by the feet of
youngsters.
The temptation to try the Daniel
Boone stunt wus as Irresistible. It was
quickly proved thut by taking a run
ning start down the bill one could
swing a most amazing and breath-taking
distance right out over the creek.
Swings made with ropes were tame by
compurlson. But there was no tempta
tion to emulate Daniel by letting loose
at the end of the swing. It took
pioneering nerve to do thut.
CATS WILL GUARD CHICKENS
ITO UK CONTINUED.)
VELDT MARKS ITS DWELLERS
Loneliness and Silence Affect Those
Doomed to Live in Plain of
British South Africa.
Before the Boer war there was a
saying current among the Boers of
South Africa that you could always
recognize u man who bad spent five
years on the veldt. This was a saying
no less true then than now, for the
veldt is a place of great silence and
loneliness and it leaves its mark on
those who dwell in it.
The veldt is the great plain of what
is now British South Africa, the limit
less, featureless stretch of prairie dot
ted with knobs of hills that the Boers
call kopjes, pierced and gashed by
rain-washed gullies that run their
twisting course from horizon to hori
zon. The word "veldt" Is closely al
lied to the German word for "world"
or "universe," and the relationship Is
something more than mere coinci
dence. ' To the man standing in the
midst of this plaiu it seems to extend
in every direction to tho outermost
limits of space.
The veldt is without sound or color,
without striking features to catch the
eye. A day's trek among low hills
covered with gray grass, plods wear
ily through mile after mile of the same
hills, and ends in a dry valley as like
the valley of the morning as one pea
Is like another. After a few days of
this the traveler wonders If his prog
ress Is not a mere illusion, if he is not
returning day after day to the same
spot.
Now and again the monotony Is
broken by some veldt farm, a place of
exceeding loneliness for the exiles who
till it. There will be a farmhouse, a
barn, a kraal, a well and a few huts
for the kaffirs. To the railroad may
be a distance of anywhere from 20 to
70 miles. Half the year the roads are
impassable. The little community
must be sufficient unto itself. Life on
n veldt farm is a severe test of the
inner resources of man or woman.
While Watching for Rats, They Fright
en Away Hawks Are Broken From
Killing Little Ones.
Did you know that cats nre a valu
able asset to the poultrymnn? You
might believe that they were anything
but Invaluable because of their Innate
love for fresh meats. But sweeter than
baby chicks to the palate of the cat are
the sr.iooth-conted, long-tailed crea
tures of the rat family. And rats prey
upon chickens, asserts the Poultryman.
During the course of a year there is
more loss in the poultry world from
the ravages of rats than from cats or
hawks, or even disease. A cat In the
chicken yard, if trained to properly
value the life of the chickens, will ter
rorize and destroy the rats and will
ward oft the enemy hawks und so prove
himself or herself of great worth.
Cats have proved their worth as
chicken yard sentinels, nnd there have
been many and various methods em
ployed by their owners to break them
from killing the chickens. One well
known method Is that of tying a dead
chicken about a cat's neck and making
him tug around the heavy dead body
for from one to two days. In the mean
time the cat will supposedly grow to
have a great dread and horror of a
dead chicken.
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CHAPTER V.
The Little Devils of Doubt.
THE spring had conic, and Wolver
ine canyon, with the sun shining
down aslant into Its depths, was
a picturesque gash in tho hills, wild
enough in all conscience, but to the
normal person not In the least degree
gloomy. The jutting crags were sun
lit and warm. The cherry thickets
whispered in a light breeze and shel
tered birds that sang in perfect con
tent. Not a gloomy place surely when
the peace of a sunny morning laid its
spell upon the land.
Billy Louise, however, did not re
spond to the canyon's enticements. She
brooded over her own discouragements
and the tantalizing little puzzles which
somehow would not lend themselves to
any convincing solution. She was in
that condition of nervous depression
where she saw ber finest cows dead by
bloat in the alfalfa meadows and how
would she pay that machinery note
then? She saw John I'rlugle calling
Crepes and Pongees.
Crepe de chine, in spite of its name,
does not come from Chirm but from
Japan, Italy and France. There are no
factories for making silk piece goods
in China, all the weaving being done
by hand. With the exception of pon
gees, tho products of the Chinese looms
are not popular abroad, except In
Oriental countries, being too heavy,
although the patterns are wonderfully
beautiful and the colors exceedingly
rich.
The pongees are woven in the homes
of the peasants, and as they come from
many looms no two pieces ure ever ex
actly alike In weight, fineness, color
and texture. The Shantungs come from
the LIutang district, nnd the Nanshai
from the Nlghal district.
Explaining the Universe.
I suppose that we have all bad mo
ments of sudden illumination when it
occurred to us that we had explained
the universe, and it was so easy for
lis that we wondered why we had not
done It before, says S. SI. Crothers In
the Atlantic. Some thought drifted
into our mind and filled us with vague
forebodings of omniscience. It was
not an ordinary thought that explained
only a fragment of existence. It ex
plained everything. It proved one
thing and It proved the opposite just
as well. It explained why things are
as they are, and if it should turn out
that they are not that way at all, it
would prove that fact also. In the
light of our great thought chaos
seemed rational. Such thoughts usual
ly occur about four o'clock in the
morning. Having explained the uni
verse, we relapse into satisfied slum
ber. When, a few hours later, we rise,
we wonder what the explanation was.
If he trios to put over on
you something "just vs
good as"
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In tha words of the immortal Josh
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Lacustral Settlements.
The lacustral settlements were
places of refuge for a pastoral and ag
ricultural people, and the light and
dryness that characterized the dwell
ings show a step in advance toward
nore permanent nbodes. In this period
science places the beginning of civili
zation. By these lacustrine men spin
ning and weaving were invented. Ag
riculture was born among them ; ani
mals were domesticated the ox, the
cow, the sheep, the goat, the dog. The
uses of metal were discovered, and
the age of iron was ushered in. Habi
tations similar to these still exist in
the East Indies, and among the Ama
zonian tribes of Maracaibo. They ex
isted also in Lake Prasias, in Thrace,
during the time of Herodotus, the
Greek historian.
Tommy's Unsatisfactory Supplies.
Tommy was making determined but
unsuccessful endeavors to light his
pipe, nnd at about the ninth attempt
an enemy shell came across, flinging
him flat on the ground, and plowing up
the earth in the immediate vicinity,
After he had recovered somewhat he
made one more endeavor, remarking
nggrlevedly, "What with these French
matches and this ere bloomln' Belgian
tobacco, my life very soon won't be
worth living."
GREEN'S AUGUST FLOWER
Has been used for all ailments that
are caused by a disordered stomach
end inactive liver, such as sick head
tthe, constipation, sour stomach,
nervous indigestion, fermentation of
food, palpitation of the heurt caused by
gases In the stomach. August Flower
is a gentle laxative, regulates digestion
both In stomach and intestines, cleans
nnd sweetens the stomach and alimen
tary canal, stimulates the liver to se
crete the bile and impurities from the
blood. Sold in all civilized countries.
80 and 00 cent bottles. Adv.
Write Cheery Letters.
Ono girl has a plan which has
worked out admirably. She never
writes any of her troubles to her peo
ple. She decided when she started
out in life for herself that she would
never write of her worries. If she
were In any real difficulty she would
use the telegraph. And she would use
it only to solve a problem which could
not be solved in any other way.
So far she has been able to work
out all her problems without writing
of her worries. She has never tele
graphed, because she has found that
with earnest effort she has been able
to work out all of her own difficulties.
Head Over Heels.
"He must be head over heels in
love."
"Why?"
"He's engaged to n girl who talks
highbrow stuff, but enn't dance.
Spiders Ride on Flies.
There is an aspect of spider and fly
relations which fabulists and natural
ists alike have overlooked. A corre
spondent who has brought the micro
scope to bear on many housetlies, finds
that the parasite upon that hateful In
sect is often an immature spider, says
the London Chronicle. Too weak yet
to spin its web, it makes the fly its
winged palfrey, and courses from place
to place at the will of its captive ; ei
ther until Pegasus perishes naturally,
or, presumably, until the rider Is able
to make a meal of his charger. This,
If confirmed, seems to carry us a step
farther l:i the study of parasitism and
commcnsalism.
Where Ignorance Was Bliss.
"Edith, I'm ashamed of you. I saw
that young Frenchman kissing you re
peatedly. Why didn't you tell him tc
stop?"
"How could I. mamma? You know,
I can't speak French."
No Benefit.
"That mini has a screw loose."
"Well, you can't Improve the situa
tion by making him tight."
Peter the Great.
During his historic visit to London
the threat ltussian empire builder, Pe
ter Uie Great, was reproved for not
nttending church. "The church makes
my eoul uncomfortable. I will wait
till 1 get back to Russia. There they
are afraid of me. Here I am afraid
of the ministers."
Not Far Wrong.
Teachei" Now, children, what is the
purpose of the calendar?
Bright Boy It's to tell you whethei
you'd orter to get your life Insured.
The Quinine That Don Not Effect Hud
Because of Ks tonic and laxaUve etfect, Laxatlre
Bruniu Quinine can be taken by anyone without
causing nerrousness or ringing In the bead. There
ib only one "Uromo Quimne." is. W. UOOVifi'S
signature is on box. 30c.
Expediency.
"A wise man may change his mind."
"Yes," replied Senator Sorghum.
"But a man sometimes gets credit for
changing his mind when caution has
caused him to shift his line of talk."
C. G. Danlelson of Hardin, Colo.,
cleared $50 an acre this year on 13
acres of oats; expenses deducted.
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