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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY. AUGUST 5. 1913.
THE ARGUS.
PoMishea dally at .1I4 Second ave
OB& Ruck Island. 111. (Entered at the
foetoaice aa aecond-cl. matter.)
Rack Ilaad Member of the Associated
rreaa.
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
i
TERMS Tea centa per week toy car
rier, in Rock Island.
.Complaints of delivery aervice should
ba made to the circulation department,
which" should also l notified in every
Instance wbcre K Is desired to hare
paper discontinued, as carriers have no
authority la the premises.
All communications ct argumentative
character, political or religious, must
tare real name attached for publica
tion. No such articleswill be printed
over fictitious Big-natures.
Telephones n all departments: Cen
tral tJnlon. West It:-. U45 and 2146.
Tuesday, August 5, 1913.
Of (course, rather than have Great
Britain boycott, the Panama exposition,
we might present her with the canaL
A 10-hour workday for the horse is
the latest, reform. The regulation of
the world goes on apace.
For our part, we'd be glad if all the
waiters agreed never to accept a tip
under $90".
The question now Is whether a man
who admits he is a lobbyist needs to
care If somebody calls him a black
mailer. They are teaching children to sleep
In England. Here in America it's
about all father and mother can do to
awaken them in time for breakfast.
It Is said that the English language
Is growing at the rate of 5.000 words
per year. We will venture the opinion
that before the tariff debate is fin
ished that that rate will be surpassed, j
Kvelvn Nesbit Thaw is broke again
and ihas filed a voluntary petition in ;
bankruptoy, her debts bring scheduled 1
r.t $VC4. her assets nt $2."0. Her hus
band. Harry K , was not scheduled
aniens the assets.
Wisconsin's new rr.lntnnim wage law
applies only to women, minors and
country school teachers. If thre Is
oiie class of workers more than an
other needing protection of some sort
against starvation wage?, it Is the
teacher of the district school. She ,
rets the next thing to the Hole in a
doughnut.
Mayor O.aynor la not only a prolific
a frank and original letter writer.
Answering a letter from a minister
pointing: out that the attorney general
had rendered an opiuion adverse to
Sunday biiM'ball and asserting that
in the light of this decision It is clear
that many of the baseball gaiues play
ed In this city every Sunday is in clear
violation of the law, and suggesting
thut "you lrtforce t'.iu law." the mayor
began hU
nt at finent:
letter In reply with this
'It may be I should cor-
fret your In.idveru-nt niis'al.es of
grammar and spelling, hut I hesitate
to tak that liberty." The hesitancy
suggests the loathness the nepro par
son was under to mention Mistah
Johnson as the- author of the hencoop
robbery.
EXPOSITION Wll.li NOT SI llDIl
Great Prl'ain, an a government, will !
ticl take part in the Panama-Pacific
xiosi;Ua tit, Sau Kraiicisio. Nether
will Russia nt r Germany. Possibly
one or two other important powers
will take similar nctiru.
The rciifons assigned nre various.
Seine may be founded chiefly on ill
leeling, cMv-rs oti sirhtly biuinesij
icnsidera'ions. Th" effects will be th?
same in tither case, and the big ehow
h dest'r.ed to lose somewhat iu tpec
tac.ilaj interest.
Hut ihese refusals to take part in
the exposition couceru only t,he &ov
etliliient, in eviT.v ease. It la not meant
t!i:it the iiT.mit'aeTarers, artists, mer-
hunts mid other c'tjzeps of the Unit
ed Kingdom. Pissia. and possibly oth
r toiir.trii s will fail to send their
products t- S;::i Francisco or iu any
wr.y boco:t the fci'eat fair.
On the contrary, it, is quite certain
that Pr.tish. German, Ri:ss'an and
Jl r."i!H merchandise will be much
T evident p. Any other condition
"'l'f'be cuntiary to precedent. It
wcu'.d Indicate a degreo of indiffer
r.ce or l-.ek of enterprise impossible
lt belie
And if ti e people of countries which
do net ofI:eiall" narticlcate in the
fan Franilfco exposition take their
natural share in the vast U-monstra-t.'xn
of the progress and achievements
uf mank nd. the absence of certain pub
lic functionaries and governmental ex
hibits, and b.-i!M!:igs will be only a
minor incident having Uttle v.-Sett
Won a vast enterprise.
i THE COMIXJ CENTENNIAL
r If rightly prepared and properly con
ducted, the coming Illinois centennial
".rill be the most important and impos
ing event ever Vuown ia the history
of the west.
j The commissioners have started out
tn the riuht path; they have refused
to permit the preat historical evert to
he used by self-seeking politicians to
Kra.'t money from the state treasury
r.nil have shown a detrrp:ir.atinn to
make it all that it should be. It will
!e held in 'he s'ate capital, and in
stead of a few days exhibition it will
rio douLt run over several weeks, as ii
should.
: The state board of agriculture will
no doubt cooperate with the cemmis
lon and tnay abandon the fair for Uat
TRADE5l fflj COUNCIL
year In order that the fair grounds I
can be used for the exhibition. It will j
take plenty of room to show the ad-!
vanceraent mads in a century In the;
manufacture of machinery and In all
other respects.
The exhibition will have lectures of i
a historical nature from ministers,
lawyers, physicians, artisans ci all
the various industries; these showing
the -progress of the state from the Washington, Aug. 3. Major Sylves
time of its entrance into the union un-; ter, chief of Washington, D. C police,
til the end of the century. These !ec- who was "vindicated" by a senate com-
t-.ires collected and made !nto books
would give the greatest, history ever
written and they would be Invaluable
to the future student.
The commission has started right,
has selected good officials, and that
the fondest hopes of the people will
be realized we feel certain.
DOLLAR PATRIOTISM.
The demand for armed intervention
by the United States in Mexico Is
made by dollar patriots having prop
erty interests in that country.
Not because they think the dignity
of this nation is being outraged, but
because the revolutionary movement
is costing them money in lost profits.
interrupted business and, in Home
cases, actual destruction of their prop
erty, they are for sending the army
across the border.
Yet when they made their invest
ments in Mexico they made them not
withstanding the element of future in
securi'y of their holdings. They made
them subject to the laws of nations,
which provide that lives taken or . pro
perty lost by foreigners resident there
shall be satisfied by Indemnity.
It Is a matter giving them no con
cern that the invasion of Mexico
would cost the lives of thousands of
men in the American army. The hold
ings of property in Mexico outbalance
in consideration these lives!
Nei'her are they concerned with the
thought that intervention would in
volve this country in a war the cost of
which in money would exceed a thous
and times over the value of all the
holdings cf every description of citi
zens of the United States in Mexico.
All these jlngoists are interested in
is their pocket.
Fortunately for all of us, the policy
of doilar diplomacy expired with the
outgoing administraMcn. Happy is this
nation that at its head are those w-ho
count it the hhest duty of this coun
trv to be to mind its own business and
not to pull from the fire the burned
chestnuts of rpeculative millionaire
citizens.
nODCIMi OI.KO TAX. I
A charge that the great oleomargar-!
ine companies, most of them subsidi
aries of the beef trust, escaped crim
inal prosecution and evaded payment
of jiooo.000 internal revenue taxes
due in 1912, by offering a compromise
of $100,000, which was accepted by
the Taft administration as one of its
last executive acts, has been made on
the floor of the house by Representa
tive W. K. Cox of Indiana, and 13 caus
ing a sensation in Washington.
The oleo law, which was passed for
the protection of the American farm
er, provided only a nominal internal
re-venue tax of one-fourth cent a pound
on white (uncolored) oleo. but a tax
of ten cent;; per pound when the pro-
j duct is artificially colored so that it
can pass for butter in appearance.
Af'.er the law was passed the manu
facturers searched the world for a
natural product which could properly
go into the manufacture of oleo and
which would give it the yellow color.
!t was argued that if some wholesome
oil. having a yellow color, could bo
found, tlie oleo in which such oil was
an ingredient, could not be termed arti
fieiaiiv colored within the meaning of
i the law, and would legally escape the
i ten-cent tax. ,
Yellow oils from sesame, mustard
I peed, peanut, soy beans and other
vegetables we-re experimented wiin,
but either the co,t of producing these
oils was too great to be commercially
practl 'able, or ele the flavor of the j
olci was altered. i
Finally a Louisville firm discovered
a process of blowing sulphur fumes
through boiling cotton seed oil and
aft rwards refining the sulphur from
the oil. This left a yellow oil in
which even chemical tests would
sometimes fail to detect sulphur.
Oleo made from this oil was sub
mitted to the treasury department for
an opinion on the validity cf Its use
as a natural colored oil. The govern
ment analysis failed to detect artificial
coloring, but the manufacturers were
warned that if subsequent tests de
tecting coloring, the oleo would be
subject to the 10-cent tax.
The manufacturers, nevertheless,
during 1911 and 1912 put out this oleo
paying only one-fourth cents per
pound tax on it. Later the bureau of
animal industry analysed samples of
this oleo and found them to contain
sulphur as a coloring matter. On this
evidence the treasury department da
manded to see the books of the oleo
companies, and found that on the sul
phur oleo already sold there was due
the governmpnt $1.246,62S.62 ia taxes
at 10 cents a pound.
The manufacturers offered to settle
for $101,100. At this point the house
committee on expenditures in the
treasury department of which Mr.
Cox was chairman, made an investi
gation. Its report recommended that
the compromise be rejected. This re
port was made Feb. 25. 1913, and copies
sent to Secretary of the Treasury
MacYeagh.
According to Mr. Cox. the attorneys
for the oleo manufacturers, when they
heard the house report, got busy put
ting pressure on MacYeagh to accept
the compromise.
"At 11:53 o'clock on the morning
of the 4th of last March one of the
last acts performed by Secretary Mac
Veaeh was to accept the compromise,"
said Mr. Cox. "He rendered that de
cision, exempting them from paying
$1,000,000, in the face of the law and
in the face of the solemn facts in the
case."
Capital Comment
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER
Congressman frcm the Fourteenth District.
'Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
mittee of the
charge that by im-
properly policing i
the suffrage par
ade of March 3 he
was directly re
sponsible for the
overwhelming of
tnat pageant oy i
the inauguration I is
crowd, seems to
have learned his
lesson.
The major evi
dently has no in
tention of fooling
with public opin
ion again. The re
cent suffrage peti-tlon-in-boots
as a
demonstration for
the equal suffrage
amendment which
CLYDE H.
TAVELMNER .
has been reported
to the senate was as well -policed as
any procession ever seen in Washing
ton. There really was little chance for
hoodlums to break up the recent pro
cession even if there had been any at
tempt to do so, for the petitioning
women all rode in gaily decked auto
mobiles, which rolled down Pennsyl
vania avenue at a swift rate. But
Major Sylvestor took no chances.
There was a formidable police guard
for the machines. In fact, a much
stronger guard than the one which
preceded the costumed foot-procession
of March 3. which attempted vainly to
march through streets jammed with
half a million spectators.
A CHAIN OF
From the great lakes westward t,o
the continental divide and along the
Pacific slope to the Rocky mountains
remarkable developments are taking
I place in "good reads" projects. Sev
: eral of them, undertaken at first inde
pendently, are now being welded to
gether so as to create a great highway
from Chicago to Milwaukee, across
the Btate cf Wisconsin, up the Missis-
sinni vallev to MinneaDolis and St.
Paul, across Minnesota, South Dakota
and Montana to the Yellowstone Na
tional park, thence in a great circle
westward across the main range of
the Rockies, northward along the Pa
cific slope and easterly to Glacier ??a
t.'onal park.
The principal units which make up
this highway are: The Lake-to-River
road, from Chicago to Minneapolis and
St. Paul; the Twin-Cities-Aberdeen-Yellowstone-Park
trail, from Minneap
olis and St. Paul to the Yellowstone
park; and the Park-tp-Park road, from
the western entrance of Yellowstone
park to the western entrance of Gla
cirr Irk.
These projects represent only a
WIRE SPARKS
II
Grand Forks. N. D. Mrs. J. John
sen and her infant Fon, R. A. Steward
and his daughter. Alice, were drowned
in the Red river of the North near
' Drayton,
i into the
Their automobile plunged
river. Mr. Johnson swam
ashore.
New York Edward A. Manice of
the New York Stock Exchange was ex
onerated by the exchange committee
on business conduct of all blame in
connection with the sale of $25,000
"The Young Lady
The young lady across the way
harshly of someone he called a
if the poor fellow ought to be given
lost his money.
j Cv ""
g o o t
. "o o 0 o c C? T
' if j (j
Far ahead of the recent automobile
procession rode a contingent of motor
cycle policemen in khaki uniforms
waving traffic out of the street
These were followed by two outriders
mounted on horses. Then came a cor-
don of a dozen mounted officers rid
ing knee to knee. Finally just ahead
of the parade was a big automobile
loaded to the mudguards with foot to-
licemen for emergencies.
Major Sylvester has probably come
to the realization that public opinion (
mightier than the verdict of any
senatorial investigation committee.
A just workmen's compensation law
is to be one of the laws to result from
a democratic administration.
The object of such legislation is to
supplant the old liability statutes.
There are plenty of reasons why this
should be done. When a workman is
killed, it Is at present necessary for
tlie widow to accept an unreasonable
compromise or go to court. She is
poor, and often absolutely penniless.
The corporations have high-salaried
counsel, and they know how to have
the litigation continued and delayed.
In the end the widow may be forced to
accept a mere pittance. s
The railroads pay yearly more than
$11,000,000 for personal injuries. It is
asserted that after the cases have been
fought through court after court, cor
porations being willing and able to
carry a case to the supreme court sim
ply to defeat the claim of some poor
man who has lost a leg or an arm,
that less than $3,000,000 of the $11,000,-
000 finds its way to the pockets of
the injured. Th-. remainder is eaten
up by attorneys' fees, costs, witness
fees and general expenses.
GOOD ROADS
small part of the recent remarkable
advance of the movement for good
roads which has taken place in the
northwestern states. In Minnesota and
Wisconsin, especially, road improve
ment Is under way or projected in al
most every section- of the stat.es. In
numerable good roads associations
have been formed, and villages, towns,
cities, counties, commercial bodieE,
and private interests are cooperating
in the work. The impetus was given
by vigorous campaigns conducted to
arouse the public to a realization of
the economic losses through bad roads
and by the demands of those who use
automobiles for business or pleasure;
and the construction of new roads and
the improvement of the old were made
possible by enlightened and progres
sive legislation. Minnesota has today
as advanced and liberal laws as to
road construction, maintenance regu
lations, and appropriations as any
state iu the union, and Wisconsin is
not far behind. From "Good Roads
Activities in the Northwest," by Wal
ter C. Tiffany, in the American Review
of Reviews for August.
worth of government 2 per cent bonds
at 95, a low record.
Milwaukee John Mielens and Jo
seph Paulsen, loug term prisoners in
the house of correction, escaped
through the ceiling and roof with
chisels they had stolen.
Washington New York shipbuild
ing company was the lowest bidder for
construction oi torpeao ooat oesiroy- j
ers, its terms being $825,000 each for
two boats. Six vessels are to be built
and the contracts for four may go to
higher bidders.
Across the Way'
says she overheard her father speak- very
moral bankrupt and it did seem to her as
credit for being moral even if he had
mi
HEiW howland
Br
.fa?
I see them trudging down the street.
His head Is bent, his hair Is white;
Though she is old her smile Is sweet.
And, best of all, her heart Is light.
He fondly guards her from the harm
That threatens where the crowd la
dense.
Her, hand is laid upon hia arm
With long, long cherished confidence.
He has not won enduring fame.
Nor gathered riches that are vast;
But she is proud to bear hia name.
And he will love her till the last.
V-
To him she still is young and fair.
To her he still is brave and strong;
Tne way is strewn with roses where
They slowly, gladly trudge along.
Queer.
"I had a curious experience not long
ago," said a Chicago traveling man.
"I was anxious to get Into the city to
spend Sunday with my family, and had
driven across country for seven mi'i
for the purpose of catching a through
train on one of the important rail
roads. When I ar:ved at the station
I found on looking at the bulletin
board that the train was 40 minutes
late."
"Well, what was queer about that?"
be was asked.
"The queer thing about it was that
the train was only 40 minutes late."
REAL TROUBLE.
"t find it harder
and harder to live
within my means."
"That ought to
be easy enough.
What I'm trying
to do is live with
in the means my
wife is endeavor
ing to make the public believe we
have."
The Cost cf Raw Materials.
Who tells me she hrvs learncti to bake;
i She says she woui'l not bf afraid
To match the biscuits fhr ran make
With those? that mother maiic; the pie
She makes is moat delicious, too;
Her charms appeal to me. and I
Am sure that she'd U sweet and true.
I know that she can-broil a stpak.
i Tlrr rlrn'fr'niit!S r.ft fc.ivp me rla.-1
Once with a piece of anscl cake
She cheered mo when my heart waa
sad ;
But she, alas. i.i not for me;
Her waiFt I ne'er ni3V hope to hook;
I could not bi;y the things that she
Would wish, if she were mine, to cook.
Probably.
"My w ife scolds me eve, y time I
take out a new life insurance pol
icy." "Why does she scold you? For liv
ing?" He May Be Good Now.
"I never trouble myself about the
future," he said.
"No wonder," she replied. "It must
keep you protty busy thinking about
your past."
Cruel.
"My friends," said the man who-had
been making a long and tiresome
speech, "there is little more that I
can say on this subject."
"Why more?' " asked an impatient
one who had Just finished yawning.
Avoiding Trouble.
"Do you have any trouble with your
Janitor?" asked Mrs. Flatleigh.
"Oh, no. Both my husband and I
believe in devoting all our spare moments-to
the pursuit of pleasure."
Self-Reatralr.t.
"My wife. Is a woman who can prac
tice great self-restraint."
"lies. She came over to see our
new baby the other day, and didn't
say 'Ain't he cunning?'"
Brilliancy and Cleverness.
The difference hetween brilliance
and cleverness Is that a clever man
may seem to be brilliant when he
Isn't.
Happiest Man.
Happier than the man who thinks
that whatever is his Is right is he who
thinks that whatever is bt is test
Literary Not.- -
The teacher had been talking to her
pupils on Oulda's story. "The Dog of
Flanders," nnd she followed her tall
bv an oral test.
"Now. what is the name of the au
thor?" she queried.
Small and Slangy Boy Oh, Yon Ida.
Boston Record. '
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The Daily Story
THE RED WIND BY CLARISSA MAOKIE.
Copyrighted. 1915. by Assoclatcl Literary Bureau.
-How lovely!" mocked Hester. "And !
my father? Whatxf him?"
"He runs awny on another man's
legs." she said gloomily, and. beckon
ins her stolid companion to follow, she
grouted farewell nod went wearily up
the trail toward the reservation.
The two Indians pnnsed on a knoll
j nnd looked away into the west, where
i, a dark cloud marked the horizon. An
i nie stretched ont a lean arm and point
; ed. and Frightened Fawn threw up her
hands and went wailing out of sight
"They look like two old priestesses
performing some horrid rite." shud
dered Ilester -as she locked the door
and went back to her father.
"There is danger, Ilester?" he asked
anxiously.
"The same sort that we always en-!
counter at this season." the girl said
calmly. "Remember, every season
since we have lived here we have fear-
rd the grass fire, and so far it has nev
er come?"
"It has never come so close before.
Alkali Is only twenty miles nway, and
the smoke is driving this way."
"I know it. but it may shift." Hes
ter's voice betrayed a strained note
that her father was quick to catch.
"What can we do. dear? Have yon
made any preparations in case it does
come?" he nsked quickly.
Oh. yes. dad! There Isn't much we
can do, you know! I've had the hay
wagon bedded with blankets and sup
plied with food and water for a week
rast Every portable treasure Is ready
to be dropped in at the last moment.
I have nursed old r.enjy along so that
he will be able to pull the wagon when
the time comes, if It does."
The July day drew to its sultry ena.
The sagebrush stretched to the hori
zon, a crisp gray-browu expanse of
dry herbage from which the sun had
drained every drop of moisture.
Hester Moore, standing in the door
way of the ranch house, scanned the
prairie from under the arch of her
bent hand. The sun was setting, a
grent ball of fire dropping below the
sky line.
"nester," came her father's voice
from the house, "it's getting cooler,
Isu't it, dear?"
"Just a little, father,'' she said gen
tly. She went into a room where he
whs stretched on a wicker couch be
fore an open window, his broken leg
propped sliflly on n pillow. She took
dowu the sheet that hung before the
window and dipped it once more in a
pail of water, wrung it lightly and re
turned it to the window.
The injured man stirred beneath the
grateful coolness. "That feels good,
Hester," he murmured. "If I hadn't
had the ill luck to step into the gopher
hole we might have had a little run
up into the hills for a spell, at least
until this blistering weather is over."
"Never mind, father. If you -hadn't
broken your leg you know you would
not have taken a vacation. Perhaps
you will get rested now," smiled Hes
ter, fanning him gently.
"Perhaps. Where ia Henderson?"
"He went to look-up the herd. I
may as well tell you now. dad" and
Hester's eyes clouded with anxiety
"that the herd has been missing 6lnce
Monday, and Mr. Henderson is afraid
that Dixon and his gang have rustled
them."
Mr. Moore struggled to sit up. groan
ed and SHnk again upon his pillow.
"Confound it all. Hester, why did it
happen at this time, when 1 am on my
back and can't stir a step?"
"Because you are helpless, I suppose.
If you had been as active as usual I
hardly think that Dixon would have
dared to steal them."
"What is that. Hester?" Mr. Moore
sniffed the air suspiciously and tried
to look through the screened door, but
it was out of his range of vision.
Hester went to the door, looked out
and came hurriedly back. "Fires at
Alkali," she said briefly. "They seem
to be coming this way, but the wind
is south and "
There came a rap nt the kitchen door.
Hester answered it, leaving her re
mark unfinished.
Two Indian women snt on the door
stop, their blankets sagging from their
bent shoulders. Their black eyes were
mutely appealing.
"Well. Annie, how?" said Hester
pleasantly.
"Bread, meat, drink?" uttered Annie
gutturally. '
"Of course." Hester went to the
pantry and prepared several large sand
wiches for the two women. She pour
ed two great glasses of lemonade and
carried the whole to the doorstep. The
women fell upon It ravenously. When
it had disappeared Annie lifted her
eyes to those of the pretty white girl.
"Fortune?" she muttered.
"Again r laughed nester. "Why,
Annie, yon tell my fortune every time
you come! The last time yon promised.
roe a husband and a bag of gold, and
I haven't seen a sign of them yet."
On the way," muttered Annie,
snatching at Hester's brown little hand
and scanning the palm closely. "He
tides before the red wind. He brings 1
peace and plenty. The lost cattle come
home, and the maiden marries her I
lover." !
"Where are the other horses, your
own little Bess?" be demanded
Bharply.
"Gone stolen," she murmured hope
lessly, and he swore harshly.
nester went info the kitchen to pre
pare the evening meal. Now and then
she paused before the open door to
look searchingly Into the dusk that
was creeping fast over the land. The
smoke was growing thicker, and she
noticed with a start of terror that the
sky was obscured.
Something brushed . Hester's face.
She caught it la her hand and found it
was a charred cinder.
She darted Into the house and light
ed a lamp. '
"The fire has come, father," she said
calmlx, ''I will at the waoa. read
ana one it to tnedoor. I think l ean
transfer you from the couch to the
wagon."
"Very well, dear. Wheel me to the
door nnd give me two canes. Have
you got your mother's picture?"
"Safe, father, and all your papers
and plaus and books and clothes. Per
haps the house will be spared after all.
These adobe walls ought not to burn."
"Ah!" he cried sharply. nnd pointed
away to the southwest, where a long,
lurid line was creeping across the
width of the prairie. Henderson's
place was to the east of it. Perhaps
his men would start a back fire and
head it off.
"Back fire. Hester." he ordered, and
the girl flew to a place beyond the cor
ral where earlier la the day Dick Hen
derson had plowed a wide furrow ot
fresh earth around the homestead.
She touched a match to the tinder
dry grass ou the far side of the fur
row. It blazed up and ran in licking
leaps up and down the' edge of the
fresh earth: thou it reached c::t red
tongues of flame, and a broad blanket
of fire went out to meet that other red
fire from the southwest.
Back she went to the house and tried
to lift her father to the wagon. Once,
twice, she exerted all her strength, but
he was a heavy man. nnd now hia
weight was Inert. "Leave me here
and go, dear," bo begged.
"Never:" she said scornfully, pausing
for breath.
In that instant n bunch of cattle ran 1
snorting past the? house nnd startled
the restless Benjy to action. Without
warning he dashed away to safety,
dragging the loaded wagon in his
wake, leaving Hester nnd her father to
the fate of the red wind behind.
Hester's face went dowu into her
palms. "Oh, father!" she cried piti
fully, but his gaze was bent upon her
tenderly. ,
"It will come out nil r!ght. daugh
ter," he said gravely. "Hang wet
sheets to the windows and doors.
Close the doors and we will take our
chances b,ere."
Nearer the two lines of fire crept.
When they met there was a leaping
wall of flnme thirty feet high, nnd the
dreaded happened. A liyiug cinder
drifted across the furrow end ignited
the dry grass of the corral. There was
a lurid flare of light nnd the chlckena
in the houses squawked noisily.
In n few moments the wooden doors
and window frames would bo ablaze
and the contents of the bouse would
follow. Hester was thankful that the
artesian well had been piped to the
kitchen. She flew to it and pumped
pall after pail of water nnd bad them
In readiness. She filled wash boilers
and tubs and gave her father a long
handled dipper so that he might help.
Then it was that there came a thun
der of horses' hoofs outside and men's
voices shouting. Hester flung open the
door, nnd Dick Henderson staggered
in. "You nre here!" he cried breath
lessly. "I hoped you had gone!" j
Hester explained. '
"Get on Dipsie. Hester, nnd ride for
your life. I will bring your father, and
the boys will fight the fire."
Without a word Hester obeyed the
young man. Dick Henderson had al
ways been a good neighbor, nnd he
had not failed them in their greatest
need.
Then Dick lifted Mr. Moore In his
strong arms nud carried him out to
where n mun offered a horse and help
ed the two on its back. Then away
fhey went before the red wind that
Indian Annie predicted.
Miles nwny in n little canyon Hester
found refuge beside the sagacious
Uenjy. who had arrived there safely
M-ith his load. Later, w hen Dick Hen
tlerson came with his unconscious bur
den, the two worked together to make
the injured ninn comfortable.
"You have done so much for me," .
said Hester gratefully, when he told
her that that the fire had broken up
Dixon's gang and that the stolen cattle
I.nd been driven to n safe place, while
the rustlers bad escaped over the bor
er. "Because I love you. nester." he
Uuited out suddenly, and then, over
come by his shyness, be hurried awny
t.i the mouth of the canyon to view the
f rogress of the fire.
After awhile, when he could report
that the worst was over nnd that they
might returu to the ranch, he went
Lack to Hester, who had made a little
fcre or sticks in the dry bed of the
creek nud was cooking supper.
"What are you smiling at?" he ask
ed sheepishly.
"At Indian Annie's prophecy," said
Hester demurely. "She came tonight
and said that my lover would ride be
fore the red wind and that he would
bring peace and p'enty; the lost cat
tle would come home and father would
run away on another man's legs."
Dick Henderson shifted uneasily.
"Did she soy er that you er -i
what did she say, Hester?"
"She said the maiden married her
lover," whispered Hester. .
"Will she?" whispered Diet 1
"Of course Just to make the propb.-!
ecy come true," was Hester's answer.
Aug. 5 in American
History.
17T7 Battle of Oriskany; defeat of th
. . British under St. Legcr by colonials
led by General Cansevoort. Gen
eral Nicholas Herkimer, who
brought a force to the aid of Ganse
voorL .was mortally wounded.
1858 The American end of the first
Atlantic cable laid at Trinity bay,
Newfoundland.
1S8S General Philip Henry Sheridan,
V. 8. A., died; born 1831.
1910 President Taft dedicated monu.
ment at Provlncetown, ass., to
the Pilgrim fathers.
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