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THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND COUNTt rtEnALO; FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 19i5.
8 THE MASTER KEY By John Fleming Wilson CHAPTER XXIII. Sir Donald Faversham Volunteers, X his search for the Ilinda, who had bought the idol con taining the plans of the moth er lode of the "Master Key" mine, John Dorr had recourse again to the pawnbroker. That individual's curiosity was arous ed by now, and he asked a great many questions, which John answered eva sively. When it came to getting a descrip tion of the Hindu the broker could give but few details. He laid emphasis on the fact that he fold rugs and that he looked like any one of a dozen East Indians frequent ing a Pacific port. He knew of no ad dress. With this Dorr had to be content, and he returned to Ruth to discuss with her what they should do nest. "If Wilkerson gets it there is an easy way to get liiui," he said in the course of their conversation. "IIowV" demanded Ruth. 4,IIa e bin) arrested as a fugitive from justice .-Mid hold for the county sheriff and the warrant that Tom Kane swore out.' be replied. Ruth considered this thoughtfully and shook her bead. "It would mean our going back to the mine and all kinds of trouble," she said wisely. "Reside, we wouldn't be any nearer the papers father wanted me to have." "That is very true," John agreed. "We'll keep that i:i reserve in case we discover that he has the idol. Our only plan, then, is to trace this Hindu. That will be a hard job." "Why not put detectives on the trail?" "I don't think any detective could do bettor than myself," was the reply. "Rut you can't do it all," she argued. "You can't 1 looking for this peddler and keeping an eye on Wilkerson and seeing to me at the same time." "The seeing to you is the pleasantest part of the jolt." he snid laughingly. "I refuse to delegate that to any one. Of course you're quite right, though, about it's being too big an affair for me to handle alone. I think I'll ask j Everett to join us. Maybe he can sug gest something. I'll wire him. and j then we'll t3ke a trip down to the wa- j ter front and interview our launchman j again. lie seemed to me a pretty level j headed chap, and he'll maybe bo able to put us on the track of the Hindu if j he took a steamer for the north, as I I strongly suspect he did." : Ruth could not understand why the I peddler should do his. and Dorr ex- plained that the Hindu evidently had set great store on the idol, as he had j not only paid cash, but had givea a rug ns well in exchange. "Tip would know that the thing was worthless as an article of merchan dise." he went on. "In the next place. he wasted no time in getting posses- j sion f it once he saw it. I have no i doubt that it is sacred in his eyes a god. It was stolen at some time from sill t t 4 f-JTc - J zJ'vr ' - ' r, I - - . 15'' f '- - j I t - Di "Seeing to you is the pleasantest part of the job. a temple. What more natural than that he should see the chance of a great reward for doing :i picus duty and re turning it to its native place';" "Rut that's ail guesswork.' Ruth in sisted practically. "I know it." he admitted. "But a good guess is better than nothing to work on. Let's go and see our skipper person."" The launch captain received them genially and listened to John's story. At its finish he agreed with John that it was very likely that the Indian had recognized a native god and would re store ii to its own temple. , "I've visited those eastern ports a &od doaL- he iold th:un. "I know boys on a' iark from the ship will do iust that trick run off with an idol for a curio arid I know the fuss the heathens make about it too. They'll go any length to get back a first chop Eofl." Before they left he promised to keep on eye open for the Hindu and inform them if he got the smallest clew. With this they had to be satisfied, as in quiries elsewhere developed nothing helpful. Everett arrived on the evening train and after dinner listened to the story of their adventures with great interest. When he had asked a few questions I he and John looked at each other, j Finally Everett spoke. ; "It might take years to locate that ! lode without the exact plans," he said ! thoughtfully. "I don't doubt that your ! father. Miss Ruth, spent many a long I hour and day prospecting for it. So , we must have the plans if it's in the I bounds of possibility to recover them. : I think you will have to find your Hindu." "There is the question of the mine," John said soberlv alreadv V 4 4 x 'J-vsri j "But Mrs. Grundy insists on the maid." i been allowed to go pretty much to j ruin. Tom Kane would do his best, of I course, but actually we are looking for the bird in the bush when we have one j in the hand." j "I see your point," the promoter said j promptly. "My offer of days ago still holds good. I'll finance this matter to the end, ana ill iook alter tne mine too. So you can be care free so far as that goes, John.' "You know I wouldn't take it for myself." John began awkwardly and was silenced by a smile. The next morning they had barely finished breakfast when the launch captain was announced. The three of them found him burst ing with news. "I think I located your Hindu," he told them. "He came down at day light this morning looking for a steam er sailing for the north. The Halcyon leaves at noon, and the steward gave him a job iu the galley.'! "But it might be another Hindu," Ruth suggested. The captain turned toward her and shook his head. "I don't think it's possible." he said. "He answered the description clear down to the rugs. Besides that, he seemed kind of nerv ous, and when one of the sailors jollied him the man nearly had a fit. I'm sure he's your man." "There's only one thing for you to do," Everett said promptly "take pas sage on that steamer yourselves to San Francisco. By that time you can be pretty sure whether he's your man or not." This was agreed upon, and Ruth started on her preparations immediate ly, Everett insisting that she take her maid with her. "But I don't need herl" Ruth protest ed. "She's so expensive tool" "ou are merely a youngster." Ever ett said quietly, "and you must have a woman traveling with you. If-is all right to do as you like in the mines, where no one would dream of speak ing evil or thinking it. but Mrs. Grun dy insists on the maid." John agreed with Everett and de parted to get the tickets, in spile of Everett's warning that he had better send and get them. The result was that George Drake, just l'inded from the mine and in search of Wilkerson. found him shad owing Dorr. Drake explained his coming by say ing that he had heard nothing from either Wilkerson or Mrs. Darnell, and he could be of no use at the "Master Key." "It's just as well." Wilkerson said sulkily. "I have a dozen things to at tend to. and you can help. The first is r.ot to let that man Dorr get out of our sight or turn a hand unless "we know- it." In a few sentences filled with bitter ness he told the story of the finding of i the chest and the futile starch for the ! plans and the abstraction of the idol ! .,ontainiji. them. "It has XlKyA Jfc tug- I i.JiL " When Wilkerson found that Dorr and Ruth booked passage on the Hal cyon for San I'raneisco and had in auirtd about the. next sailings for the Orient he took Dva"?e aside and they determined that this could only mean one thing Dorr was on the track of the idol. "We'll follow them!" he said savage ly. "We've spent too much to quit now." Jean Darnell received Drake coolly and listened to Wilkerson's explana tion of hi3 new scheme without a word. Her stormy eyes boded no good to some one. and Wilkerson feared she would abandon fchn. But there was the teuacitv of a ti gress in hor passions, and now she could not give up her sweet revenge nor forego the thought of possessing the "wealth which had once been Tom Gallon's and which he had tried to conceal. She agreed to go, and they decided to leave by train that evening, thus being in San Francisco in time to meet the steamer and watch for Dorr's next movement. Two days later Everett again met John and Ruth in the hotel In San Francisco.' John's news was that the Hindu they sought had undoubtedly been on the Halcyon and that John had bought a steerage passage for Bombay. "l'bu ought to get the plans before you get to India." Everett said ear nestly. "You'll find yourself in a strange land, where it will be like looking for a needle in a haystack to get hold of your man." Dorr acknowledged this and outlined his tentative plan of getting hold of the idol during the passage. "After all, we don't want the idol. I shall try to persuade the man of this and get him to let me have the papers concealed in it." At this moment Sir Donald Faver sham was announced. The entrance of the Englishman who had made himself so attentive to Ruth at the southern hotel awakened little enthusiasm in cither Dorr or Everett, but for Ruth's sake they played the civil part. She. on the other hand, received Sir Donald with every evidence of lively pleasure. "We are this minute talking of go ing over to India, where you lived so long." she told him after the first greetings. "And you are just the man to tell us all about it." "Going to Indial" ejaculated the bar ouet. "My word:' "Yes," she proceeded. "We are aft er a Hindu and his idol." At this point John laughingly came to the rescue and briefly explained the object of their quest. Sir Donald listened quietly, occasion ally glancing at Ruth, whose beauty was enhanced by pretty excitement. At the conclusion of the tale he nursed the end of his stick awhile in very apparent perplexity. "You know, my dear fellow." he said, addressing John, "that India is a large country filled with millions of different races. Even granting that this man is a Hindu and that your surmise about the idol Is correct, I don't see how you are going to accom plish anything." "That is just where you can help us!" said Ruth impulsively. For the instant Sir Donald actually blushed with embarrassment. Then he gathered himself together and went into details of what they must expect and the difficulties they must encounter. "If you could only go along!" Ruth said plaintivel3 when he had got them thoroughly discouraged. "You could talk their horrid language and make them behave." "By Jove." said the baronet, smiling, "that's not a half bad idea! I have nothing to do, and I might as well see the chaps in India again as staj' here." "You know, Sir Donald was in the army there." Ruth explained to Ever ett. "Brought up there," Faversham add ed. "Know India pretty well. I real ly believe I'll go with you if you'll ac cept of my company. What a lark!" Neither John nor Everett received this proposal with undue warmth, but Ruth found it delightful, and before any of them realized the seriousness of the conversation everything had been arranged. Outside Faversham spoke to Dorr as man to man. "I don't want to thrust myself on you in any way,' he said briefly. "I happen to know India a,nd to be sure that I can be of service to you. In fact. I should think it a jolly trip. But if you think I took (advantage of the little lady's courtesy say so." Entirely disarmed. John Dorr had to confess that Sir Donald's offer re lieved him of a responsibility too heavy for him. The two parted the best of friends, though John could not refrain from an expression of jealousy to himself. But he knew that Ruth's interests were now doubly safeguarded and tried to restrain his unruly heart. As the steamer sailed the next day they had little time for their prepara tions, but John made sure that the Hindu was on board before the last line was cast off and the big liner backed into the stream and headed slowly round for the channel to the open sea. (To be continued.) Howard Brown, who went to Jef ferson Barracks a few days ago, has advised his father that he has success fully passed his examination for en listment in the army and that he will soon be assigned to a regiment. Cape Man Says He Can Talk To Fish Louis Pott Reveals Story of How He Happened To Dis cover Bass Language Den izens of the River Chat With Him. Did you ever hold a conversation with a fish? Probably not, but there is one resi dent of this city who has and he is Louis Pott. Louis never gets lonesome while casting for bass. If they do not bite, he simply calls up a cat fish and chats with hir.i until the bass get ready to do business. Hearken to this: "One day last spring," began Pott, "I was casting for bass on one of the good streams below the Cane, but didn't get a single strike, although I fished for three hours. "While casting just under a large stump my attention was directed down the river by a queer noise. I looked up and down the stream from whence the sound came, but saw nothing. Then I listened again. "Finally I decided the noise I had heard was a conversation between fih. I cast my hook into the river at a point which I believed was a gathering place for bass. I was right. Before the hook had hardly dis appeared, I got a strike and landed a four-pound bass. "I wanted to acquire the fish lan guage, so I hid behind a clump of bushes and listened for the fish to re new their confab. I was not disap pointed. I saw a splash in the water Ocnoath me and then the fish began to talk. There wa3 more chattering than I ever heard at a bridge party. "It was a most peculiar noise, but I took down words that sound like some of those uttered by the fish. After they finished their conversation, I strolled up the river to give myself a test. Creeping down the water's edge, but hidden from view by a large reck, I repeated what I had heard the fish sav. "I was dazed at what followed. A school of bass large ones too flop ped right out of the water to get a lock at me. When I discovered that they were apparently anxious to" make iny acquaintance, I stepped from be hind the stone and continued my con versation. "The fish answered me and for more than an hour I chatted merrily with those bass. I simply didn't have the nerve to catch them. I finally roll ed up my line and departed, in spit? of the pleadinsr of the fish for me tc stay. "Since that time fishing doesn't seem like sport. I just drop down to tht. river and quietly ask for Hiram O'Biff, which is the English for king of the tribe. He appears and I drop in my hook without further conversa tion. If I get into a caucus with the bass, I simply haven't got the nerve to hook. Therefore, I never speak in timately with them, except when I am lonesome for companionship. Then I go to the river and chat with the bass for hours." Mr. Potts says he will stake his bonkroll that his fishy conversation is true. SONG BIRDS ARE BACK; SPRING IS ON THE WAY Ground Hor Predicted Winter Was Over and Arrival of Mocking Birds Indicates Flowers Will Soon Bloom. Song birds that are real harbingers of spring have returned from the Southland and are making the west end glad with songs these mornings. Mocking birds perch on almost every housetop and greet the sunrise by imitating the cardinal red bird, the jay, the crow and the thrush. More than a dozen bluebirds chirped on the hedge at William street and Louisiana avenue yesterday morning. Home-grown weather prophets say the return of these birds indicates that the worst of winter is over. They also contend that -the ground hog's predic tion Feb. 2 came true. The day for that beast to emerge from its hole in the hiil was cloudy, preventing him seeing his shadow. This was an indi cation, according to the tradition, that winter had vanished. The day following old Sol came out from behind the clouds and shone in full glory. The next day wa3 clear and for two weeks hardly a cloud was noticed. Then the rain came, which was followed by more sunshine. And now the birds are here. Robins, redbirds, bluebirds, mockers, and even a jenny wren has been seen. ITALY SHORT OF COAL; TRAINS CUT OFF Rome, Feb. 22 To conserve the coal supply the management of the state railway system has decided to decrease the number of passenger j trains operated beginning Feb. 2j. Boy "Hot Foots" It With Feet On Fire Sliv Siemers Gives Tan Shoes Gasoline Bath and Red Hot Stove Ignites Them. When a man is seen "hot footing" it, it is not a foregone conclusion that he has warm feet, but this was the case yesterday. Sliv Siemers, assistant delivery man at a Broadway store, bought a new pair of tan shoes last Saturday, and he looked like ready cash when he went out for an airing Sunday morn ing. The shoes, which were the color of a perfect clay-bank horse, were the envy of Sliv's friends. In order to "break them in," Sliv wore them while delivering Monday afternoon. In mounting the wagon, he upset an oil can and the liquid spattered over his new tans. He was bemoaning the accident w-hen he entered the store yesterday morning, and one of the clerks volun teered a suggestion. "Gasoline will remove those spots instantly, Siiv," he said. "Honest?" queried Sliv. "Sure," replied the clerk. Then Slivers got a can of the liquid, poured some in a bowl, and after sat urating a rag, begain bathing his shoes. When he had finished the shoes -were soaked with the liquid, but Sliv didn't mind that. After putting away the can he be gan preparations for a delivery. But the longer he worked, the colder hi.i feet grew, and when he decided there was danger of having them frost bit ten, he stepped up to the stove and showed signs of wanting to get on closer terms with the heater. Elevating his right foot to a red-hot spot on the stove, he prepared to toast the pedal extremity. An instant later he was amazed to discover that thr shoe was burning. As be leaped from his chair, the right foot came in con tact with the left and the later too be came ignited. For a few minutes he did the buz r.ard walk, hoping that he could ex tinguish the blaze, but the flames, fanned by the wind, became mor threatening. Believing that he wouh1 he crematsd before the fire depart ment could reach him, Sliv decided hr life depended on his speed, and he marie a dash for a watering trough half a block away. His feet were burning like celluloid when Sliv missed Bob (fowan, the re tired theatrical magnate. Realizing the opportunity to become a movinr picture hero. Cowan las?oed Sliv with a gunny Pack, and with another he smothered the flames that threatened Sliver's new shoes. When Sliver recovered his equili- berium, he found his shoes undamaged and the oil spots removed. WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED BY PUPILS Cap? School Named for Father Country, Honors II13 Anniversary. of - The pupils at Washington school yesterday observed Washington's birthday with interesting exercises of which the following is the program rendered. Program of Washington School, Feb. 22, 1914: The Builders Room 1 Play Room 4 Song Room 4 Recitation Arthur L. Bowman The Drums Little Boys of Room 1 A Hero Third Grade Boys Song The Hatchet Girls Room 1 Recitation Ralph Wolf tSwt,g,...-fr , (:! 123456 7890$.. Song A-Rat-a-Tat Room 1 Recitation Earl Williams Song Room 2 Our Flag Fourth Grade Girlr America School Song Room 6 Piano Solo Ruth Shivelbine Recitation Another Hatchet Story . . . Loren Fisher Quartet. .Coda Lawler, Dorothy Poo, Vera Brinkopf, Morrell Tallent. Recitation Our Country. W. Luckman Drill by Boys Grade 5 Recitation Honor the Women Too Maggie Cauble Songs Grade 6 Drill by Girls Gade 5 Song Our Flag Drill Seventh Grade Song Soldier Chorus Recitation Because it is Our Flag Ray Young Song Star Spangled Banner. .School $25,000 PAINTING FOR W. POINT New York, Feb. 22 It was an nounced today that West Point had obtained a Gilbert Stuart painting of Washington valued at $25,000. Miss Anna Bartlett Warner of Constitution Island, in the Hudson River near West Point, who died last year, bequeathed the painting to the corps of cadets. : S S 3i ri FARMING BUSINESS NEWS Disease took 7,273,964 Missouri hogs last year, according to figures from the Federal Department of Agricul ture. West Virginia now has twenty-one county agents, J. F. Wethington and C. C. Anderson being recently appoint ed to Huntington and Pleasant Coun ties. Foot-and-mcuth disease and hog cholera were the chief topics at the eighth annual meeting of the North western Ohio Swine Breeders' Asso ciation, held at Leipsic, Feb. 11. The Federal government is estab lishing a stock farm in Southern Louisiana. Dr. B. C. Mauldin, station ed for several years in the South on tick eradication, will head the staff as superintendent. Edward H. Howard, a leading Short horn breeder of the Pictfic Coast and a director of the American Shorthorn Breeders' Association, died January 19 from injuries received in an eleva tor accident. The Yakima Valley is going to raise livestock as well as apples, and is al ready advertising the fact by institut ing an annual livestock show, the first one being held recently, following the annual meeting of the Washington Wool Growers' Association at North Yakima. The annual meeting of the Nation.".: Poland-China Record Associati on liT Dayton, Ohio, recently brought out a prosperous state of affairs. Mor pedigrees were recorded and a larger volume of business done the past year than any time since the old Ohio Rec ord was absorbed. Secretary Charles Gray of the American Aberdeen-Angus Breeders' Association, has postponed the annual bull sale, scheduled for Omaha, on ac count of foot-and-mouth quarantine. The date will be announced later. ' meeting, recently held in Dcs Moines. Prof. W. L. Carlvsle. late dean of ; resolutions were adopted favoring a the Idaho College of Agriculture, has libera! appropriation for a renrcscnta resigned to take a similar position in j tive showing at the Panama expofi Oklahoma. Trof. Carlyslo promise? to j tion. Figures from 39 farms showed build up the livestock industry of the ; that bay beef raisers made over S12 a State, and already has a mid-winter : head on 1,046 calves in 1913-1 4. PLYMOUTH ROCK POULTRY Greatest Recommendation on Farm is Excellent Growth Made by the Young Chickens. The American breeds of poultry have been made by the mixing of Asi atic and Mediterranean, or non-setting breeds of touls. hey have been form- cd to meet the demand for a genera!- purpose chicken, and they fulfill this demand better than any breed thus far considered. These breeds are more variable in traits than breeds with more years of uniform ancestry to their credit. If strict selection is not maintained the American varieties are inclined to vary and revert to ances tral types. This would at first seem r. disadvantage, but in the hands of a careful breeder this tendency to vary may be turned into good account in improving the breed. The barred variety of the Plymouth Rock is the original Plymouth Rock, and is, perhaps, all things considered, the most popular breed in this country at the present time. Its origin is com monly given as a cross between the black Java and the American Demin ique. Besides the Java other Asiatic blood has probably been used in mak ing the breed. The Plymouth Rock is more like the Asiatic than like the European chicken. It approaches in size and fattening qualities the Cochin or Brahma, bu't has lost the excessive feathering, slowness of growth, and general clumsiness of those breeds. The greatest recommendation for the Plymouth Rock on the farm is the ex cellent growth made by the young chickens. In this quality they have no superior. The Plymouth Rock pullets are good layers, but as yearling hens are prone to turn the feed into fat rather than eggs. Another objection to the barred variety is the difficulty in keeping the breed true to the stan dard type. The pure-bred birds are re quired to have even and distinct bars of the same shado in male antl female. These. arc difficult points to maintain, and resort is often made to double mating or the keeping of two breeding pens, one to produce cockerels and the other pullets. The white and buff Plymouth Rocks are later products than the barred va riety. Much of what has been said will apply to these also. The follow ing tliffercnces might be noted: The white variety is free from the color objection to the fattening ten dency applies to hens of this variety perhaps more forcibly than to the bar red. Buff Plymouth Rocks will pro- bably average smaller than the other varieties of the breed. Although a Si ft show planned for the week beginning February 22. Elmside Nudine Segis Johanna has set a new junior two-year-old record for Holstein production, according to the latest report from Superintendent Garderner of the advanced registry. Her record is 22,S03,3 pounds or milk, containing 706.4 pounds butter fat. Hereford breeders are enjoying a boom, according to Secretary R. J. Kinzer of the American Hereford Cat tle Breeders' Association, more than 500 more transfers being made in De cember than the previous year in spite of the canceling of all public sales for November and December. Minnesota Guernsey breeders organ ized recently for a State association. M. B. Wod, Mankato, the first Minne sota farmer to own a pure-bred Guernsey, was elected the first presi dent of the Minnesota Guernsey Bveedcrs' Association, formed at the College of Agriculture at this meet ing. North Dakota has appointed two new county agents. G. D. Wood, re cently assistant professor of animal husbandry at the Manitoba Agricul tural College, was appointed for Ren ville County, and E. H. Hall, a gradu ate of Iowa State College and a suc cessful Minnesota farmer, goes to Pierce County. Ti.- hivgost milk record ever made by r two-year-oid Guernsey was re--crtly given out for Marshall's Lady i .Ttucv. ovr.eu at "llhanv College IV-v: , Bethnn;-, W. Va. She began her test when only 23 months old, am! produced the following year 11,813.6 pounds of milk and 606.5 pounds but ter fat. The Iowa Beef Producers Associa tion are asking the State Legislature for an oppropriation of $7,500 to car ry on their work of boosting the beef business of the Hawkeye State for the i next biennial period. At the annual JITNEY BUS LINE IS r - to BEGIN THIS MORN First Nicklc Aut.i Ridcj May? Be Had After S O'clock. The Cape Girardeau Jitney Bus Line will begin operations this morn ing, and at 8 o'clock the first machine trill start on its initial trip over route Xo. 1, which begins at Main street and extpnds to Broadwav. Boulevard, re- turn to Ellis, Good Hape, Spanish, In leDendence and Main. At 12 o'clock the second bus will be put into operation and will cover route No. 2 which is as follows: Main, Independence, Spanish, Good Hope, Ellis, North, Frederick, Broadway and Main. On Monday morning four machines will be placed in constant service, and during the early morning and late af ternoon, the shoe factory patronage will be looked after by the use of two additional machines. FIRE IN WHITELAW CELLAR A partition in the basement of the i home of Rodney Whitelaw caught fire yesterday morning at 3 o'clock, and was discovered by Mrs. Carmack, who was awakened by the odor of burning wood. She hurried to the basement where she found that a partition had caught fire from embers that had been drawn from the furnace. She rushed to the top of the steps and called her father who came down and extinguished the blaze by the use of a hose which he keeps on the premises for such emer gencies. The fire was quickly subdued anrt the damage to the property was slight. ANTIGOSSIP CLUB PLANNED Monnett, Mo., Feb. 21 Monnett is going to cease gossiping. An antigos sip club is to be organized within a few days as a result of a visit of Mrs. Ingram of Springfield, Mo., who sug gested in an address that the women of tlu's town form such a society. Every member is to be required to sign a pledge not to gossip or say any thing but good concerning her neigh bor. More than 200 women already have signed this pledge and it is be lievetl the charter membership will be large. solid-colored bird, they, like all buff breeds, except the buff Cochins, will be found difficult to breed of one col or, owing to the tendency to possess black or white in the wings and tail.