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VIRGINIA STIVERS BARTLETT © Virginia Stivers Bartlett — ——— ———^——————— WNU Service CHAPTER XXVl—Continued The courier spoke timidly. “Excellency.” he murmured dep recatingly. unfortunately. I must be on my way, not being on a pleasure trip, like yourself, and . . . and there is a letter in there that I have on my conscience. I should have asked you about it before I left the presidio. It does not bear your frank.” The Governor looked startled. “So? And who has sent a letter out without my frank?” “Her Excellency, La Senora La Gobernadora, Dona Eulalia.” “Ah! Let me have it, and I will attend to it.” The courier took the paper from among the rest and handed it to the Governor. It was addressed to the Viceroy of Mexico. The Gov ernor shook his head and rubbed his eyes. The men watched him in amazement as he tore the letter open and read it.” “A woman’s tongue is only three Inches long, but it can kill a man of six feet! You,” he said to the trembling courier, “get on your way at once. I will keep this letter. And the rest of us will return at once to the presidio.” At the exclamation of disappoint ment from hie escort he laughed loudly. “But we will stay only a short while, and before this sun has set we will be on our way again. Our pasear is interrupted, companeros, not abandoned!” A little while later the presidio gates were again thrown open, and to the surprise of everyone, the Gov ernor's party swept into the parade ground in a cloud of dust and a clatter of hoofs. From her window La Goberna dora watched El Gobernador ride madly toward the palacio. and be fore she could control the sudden trembling that seized her, he strode into the room. Behind him came two soldiers, who had followed from the gate. “Senora,” thundered the Gover nor, “1 have come to place you un der arrest.” He motioned to the two soldiers, who stepped smartly for ward and took their places one at each side of Eulalia. Their eyes goggled with amazement, but they clanked the butts of their mus kets smartly on the floor, and stood at attention. “What is the meaning of this,” inquired Eulalia, “is it a drunken prank? For what am I to be placed under arrest?” “It is no drunken prank. Woman, you are under arrest for treason. 1 have here”—and he slapped Eula lia’s letter to the Viceroy on to the table —”1 have here a document written by you containing treason able utterances against the Gover nor of the Californias. And any treason against the Governor of the Californias is treason against his Most Catholic Majesty the King of Spain Therefore I put you under arrest.” Eulalia grew white around the lips, and her voice shook. ”T-t-treason?” she stammered. “Yes; you have said here that the Governor of California has been going slowdy but surely insane for the past three years. That all his acts are the acts of a madman, a maniac. That his governance here has been a long period of That he fails to co-operate with the priests in their religious work. That everyone is afraid of him, and dare not report his madness to the Viceroy. That he has repeatedly threatened your life, and the lives of others, and that he neglects his duties to consort with Indian wom en. U that true?” “Every word of it!” "I mean is it true that you have written this?” “Yes, I wrote it.” “Very well, then. 1 arrest you in the name of the King of Spain.” Eulalia wavered. “But—but—you can not do that! What—what are you going to do with me?” “You are to be incarcerated in the monjera, the quarters of the Indian women at Mission Carmelo until I return from my trip. Then 1 will consider your case.” “In the monjera! You can not do this to me! I will not go! You dare not degrade me. disgrace me this way. before the whole community! I will not go!” “You do not hesitate to degrade and disgrace me before all Califor nia. Mexico and Spain, Senora You shall go to the monjera, and at once Prepare- yourself.” “No! No! I will die first . Angustias!” Angustias was cowering in a cor ner. watching the scene in terror. At the doors and windows frightened servants listened and looked. “There is no use calling Angus tias. I am through being ruled by women. Angustias will remain here with my children, and you shall go. At once, I said!” he thundered so suddenly that Eulalia jumped. “And if you hesitate any longer you shall go without any preparation. The matron at the monjera will give you a robe such as the Indian girls wear. Well, are you not going to get ready?” “I am not. I am not going. Please, Pedro, do not do this to me, please. I am sorry . . I wrote because I am so unhappy ... it seemed the only way. Please, my darling, adored husband. Please, oh. please do not do this to me!” Whimpering like a child she threw' herself at his feet before the scandalized eyes of the watching soldiers and serv ants. Angustias moved toward her. but the Governor motioned her back. His face was stern and drawn. “Get up, woman! What a scene to make before these people! A wom an’s tears and a dog’s limping are not real. Will you go now or shall I be forced to make you?” Still she knelt on the flooor. “No! No! I will not go . . . you can not make me! Oh, Pedro! Oh, Mother of God! Oh, help me!” The Governor clutched his beard with one hand and gritted his teeth. “Pick her up,” he ordered the soldiers, “tie her hands, and put her on a horse. Take her to the fathers at Carmel and tell them it is my orders she stay in the monjera un til I return. Under no circumstances is she to leave before then. And if she misbehaves, she is to be beaten, “1 Am Retiring.” Said One Old Compadre. like any recalcitrant Indian wom an.” “Pedro!” Eulalia shrieked. “Pe dro, not that! Ai, Dios mio . . . not that!” The Governor was trembling as much as the terrified woman at his feet. “Very well. Not beaten. But If she misbehaves, she must be put in the stocks. Take her at once.” As the frightened soldiers lifted her from the floor, she struggled like a cat, writhing and sobbing. “Best tie her hands,” ordered the Governor coldly. “Or you will be scratched.” He handed one a hand kerchief, and watched grimly while her struggling hands were tied at her back. She faced him with fea tures distorted, streaked with tears, but her eyes fierce. “Cruel, brutal, mad Pedro Fages!” she cried. “You will suf fer for this!” She wrenched against the bonds that held her hands. “Oh, let me go! Let me go!” Fages merely motioned to the sol diers, who dragged her out of the house. Still screaming and strug gling. one of them managed to throw her before him on his horse. Angustias rushed from the house wringing her hands and weeping. All the servants crowded out-of doors. The soldier touched his spurs to the horse. The shrieking writh ing La Gobernadora and her escort started across the parade-ground toward the presidio gate, Angustias running lamenting beside. CHAPTER XXVII Forth on El Camino Real again rode the Governor of the Caliform as. The royal road was now a well deftned strip of yellow highway, slowly but surely, through pressure of many feet and hoof-beats of many horses, printing itself upon the pleasant soil of California connect ing the Mission and Presidio of Up per California with the ancient Mis sion and one-time capital Loreto, in Lower California. As he rode he remembered sud denly that 20 years had passed since he had first traveled this way. No road then; that first party of pio neers had pushed their way through virgin soil, breaking a trail through the wilderness, marking it here and there with cairns cf stone, but often er with crosses. Twenty years! He started at the thought Nearly half his life. In twenty years more he would be sev enty. All those years for the siren, California. As he looked at the smil ing spring sky, the acres and acres of wild-flowers, the canons full of live-oaks, sycamores, water alders, willows and all manner of trees and shrubs, as he sniffed the wild roses and drank from the clear springs; as he gazed at the mighty mountains or at the rolling restless surf of the Pacific he laughed. “My life for California!” he said. “By God, she is worth it, the jade!” Each morning that found them on the road he carefully stamped out the remains of the camp-fire, often on a spot where he had built fires many times before. And as he did this he wondered. Out of these ashes, on one of these little mounds, w'ould a city rise some day? He sighed at the thought, but indulged in prophetic retrospection. And at the missions he visited long with the padres; ate their good food, drank their good wine; admired their fat herds and sleek horses. Then passed on to the next mission. Passed through much rich country, or wild land alive with herds of antelope and elk, bear and moun tain lions. He killed the giant bear he had promised himself, and car ried most of it to the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel. There he rested for many days in the shade of the carefully tended trees, with the mu sic of a little stream in his ears. And there he visited with some old, old friends who had traveled with him on the first expedition. “I am retiring.” said one old com padre. Don Epifanio Sanchez, long sergeant of the guard at the Mis sion San Gabriel. “I am retiring,” he repeated as Don Pedro sipped absently at his wine. “From what . . . ?” questioned the Governor. “From the King’s Army. The King has granted me many varas of land. And I am choosing it well. There are springs on it, and meadow land for grazing, and land to raise corn and grapes. And I have al ready chosen the knoll on which I will build my house.” He stretched his legs luxuriously before him and sighed with pleasurable anticipa tion. “Ah, and what a life that will be!” “But your wife?” asked Don Pe dro. “Will she consent to come here and live with you?” “Had you not heard? My poor wife, God rest her soul, died last year in Mexico City. She would never join me here. And I could not leave here. You understand? Life was lonely for her, I suppose. We had no children . . . and so . . .” He shrugged his shoulders. “God took her home. You are most fortunate. Don Pedro, in having Dona Eulalia with you. Most for tunate!” “Yes,” muttered Fages. “And what will you do with this great rancho and house you are going to build? Will you live alone? What will you do without wife or chil dren?” Don Epifanio stirred uneasily. “Pues, compadre, you know how it is. I have already chosen me a wife. Just an Indian girl. That is, part Indian. Her father was a Span ish soldier, though God only knows who he was. But she is beautiful and very young, and has been well educated here at Mission San Gabri el. She can cook, and sew. She can even play the guitar! And she is young. Oh, yes, very young. Fif teen. But look you, I am barely fifty! So I will have many years ahead of me. and God willing, many children.” He laughed. “Who knows but we will start a new race in this new land?” Don Pedro was very quiet as the other dreamed of his future happi ness over his wine-glass. “Yes,” mused the Governor to himself. “You will have a happy life. An ideal life. Ah. yes . . The other broke into his musings. Farm Life Has No Appeal to Peasants of France; Children Prefer City Life People leave farms in France largely for the same reasons as ev erywhere else. Ever since the foun dation of the Third republic (nom inally 1870) peasant children have been getting education, though the number of illiterates as shown by the army conscript examinations is surprisingly high. With education, the ambition of the average peasant has been to make his son a gentle man (a monsieur), which means generally to get him a white-collar job. His daughter likewise he pre fers to marry off to a city desk worker rather than to a young farmer, observes a writer in the Chicago Tribune. By a process which has gone on in other languages, even the word peasant has fallen into bad repute. It is now never used in the news reports of the Paris press. When a word must be used, a peasant is called a cultivater. The word ferm ier (farmer) has never been used extensively, and not often would it be an accurate translation of our word farmer. Even if he cannot get a coveted job with the government, the young peasant usually prefers to come to the city and take a chance. He may get on the chain in an auto THE COOLIDGE EXAMINER “Why do you not retire, Don Pe dro? You have given the best years of your life to your King and this country. The King would be more than willing to award you a great slice of this land that you have gov erned so long. Why not do it? Let someone else be governor, and have all the worries and anxieties, while you retire and establish a grand hacienda, enjoy your wife and chil dren, and let the Indians do the work?” Don Pedro was quiet a long time, idly twirling his beaker, and watch ing the ruddy juice washing in little waves against the glass. All un consciously his old friend, in relat ing his own hopes, had laid bare the deepest desires of the Gover nor’s heart. A great estate of his own! He could see himself riding over the land; could see the sleek herds, the spirited horses he would raise; could see the fields of corn and grain, squashes, beans and chiles; he wan dered through his own orchards and vineyards. Ai, Dios, that was what he wanted! A great house w'here he could entertain a hundred guests, and where a hundred servants would do his bidding; where there would be music and flowers and hospitality . . . and at the end a host of strong sons to speed his departure into that dark uncertain land . . . But the vision did not hold Eulalia. With a bitter laugh he gulped his wine. “Before God. Don Epifanio, you are sent by Satan to tempt me! That may be your life, but it car. never be mine.” “I am sorry, my friend. For there are many of us who campaigned with you who are going to do this very thing of which I have spoken. In fact, many have sent for their wives and families to come from Mexico, and, as I said before, those of us who have not wives will find them here. Yes, we will found a new civilization, I think, in this strange new land, and you should be one of the founders.” The Governor left San Gabriel, visited the troublous little village of Los Angeles, and left there shaking his head over the laziness and im morality of its inhabitants. South, then, to the Mission San Juan Ca pristrano, and at last to the Pre sidio and Mission of San Diego, the cradle of California. Then he turned north again, to return to Monterey, more restless, more unhappy, more disturbed in mind than when he had started on his journey. He had not left his anxieties behind. They had traveled with him. And to them was added the nagging certainty that he was at a crisis in his life. He could not continue living as he had been. He and Eulalia were killing each other. He must resign as governor of the Californias. And after that, what? One of two things. Remain in the province as an hacendado, and ful fill his dearest dreams, regardless of Eulalia. Or return to Mexico, perhaps to Spain. He groaned in spirit, and worried his grizzled beard as be considered that possibility. The soft breath of California kissed his cheek as he rode north. The very brambles and wild roses reached out and clutched him with clinging fingers; and when he lay down at night the warm earth seemed to cradle him in loving arms that would not let him go. When at last he rode through the gates of the Royal Presidio Monte rey two months after he had swept through them, he had made a de cision. He would not leave California. (TO BE CONTINUED) mobile factory or punch tickets in a subway station. The average French farm has not been improved as the American one has within the last generation. The radio is rare; automobiles are even rarer. The standard of living is undoubtedly higher than before the war, and currents of life now flow freely through the French country side. but the peasant still thinks of his life as a dull one as compared with that in the city. Practical. Practicable Practical means that which is adapted to actual conditions; that which experience has proved to be useful. While the others were won dering what to do, Jones took prac tical steps to stop the leak in the boat. Evangeline was a dreamer, Joan a practical kind of girl. Prac ticable denotes that which may be practiced, used, or followed with good results. Some solutions to ma terial problems are all right in the ory. but are not practicable in ac tual practice; in other words they cannot be carried out. To leave a room all you need do is to go out by the door—but if the door is locked on the outside that method of leav ing i* impracticable. WHAT to EAT and WHY i/oulton (foudill. O'fijjetl. Practical Advice on How to Keep Cool With Food By C. HOUSTON GOUDISS 6 East 39th Street, New York City. F' ROM the standpoint of health, the summer months consti tute the most important period of the entire year. They should be used to build stamina and vitality that will fortify your body against disease. But to many people, the warm weather means merely a succession of exhausting days and restless nights. And hardly a week passes without reports of heat prostrations. *' — ★ — Meeting the Challenge of Hot Weather While abnormal heat or hu midity may be a secondary cause, the real reason behind much warm-weather suffering is a fail ure to meet the challenge sum mer u'ith a judicious diet. —★ — Automobile owners know that no car is better than its engine, and in warm § weather, careful drivers watch the gauge on the dash board to be sure the engine does not become overheat most remarkable of all engines—the human digestive machinery. Compared to the engine in your body, the one in your car is a crude, rough affair that can stand no end of punishment. Moreover, the automobile is driven for a cer tain length of time and then per mitted to rest. But the marvelous mechanism which transforms your food into blood, bone, mus cle, and your capacity for thought and action is never wholly at rest. ★ — Importance of the Right Food If the automobile engine re quires special attention, how much more important to stoke your body engine with food suited to the weather! No one would think of going about in midsummer wearing the same garments that were worn all winter. Yet many women continue to serve the same type of meals which were required to keep the body warm in winter. Such a practice is sure to make you mis erable. But more than that, it lowers resistance and may, there fore. lead to illness. Beating the Heat There are several factors to bear in mind when planning the hot-weather diet. The first secret of keeping cool is to supply the body machinery with food fuel that can be utilized with the least expenditure of energy. Warm weather is responsible for muscular relaxation in the di gestive tract, as well as other parts of the body. And you run the risk of digestive upsets, with their discomfort and health haz ards, unless you make every ef fort to lessen the work of your digestive system. Eat lightly of rich fatty meats, pastries, rich cakes, sauces and gravies. At all times, choose eas ily digestible foods. —★ — Overeating Saps Vitality Don’t overeat. The task of han dling excess food is a burden to the body at any season. In hot weather, it will cause the body temperature to mount along with the thermometer, and may result in a serious upset. It is also ad visable to cut down somewhat on the quantity of beat and energy producing foods consumed—that is the carbohydrates and fats. Need for Body-Building Foods The protein requirement re mains the same summer and win ter. Some people think that meat should not be eaten in summer, or should be reduced to a minimum. But there is no closed season for growth in children, and moreover, they play so constantly and in dulge in such strenuous exercise that they break down body tissue very rapidly. Adults also have a constant need for protein to re build the millions of cells that are worn out daily. BOTH Pepsodent Tooth Paste and Powder Wfe*- lltl / contain Marvelous Irium R;:-; • There’s a reason why Pepsodent can more effective it actually is! You’ll see W make your teeth glisten and gleam as how Pepsodent thanks to wonderful § they naturally should! Theanswer? Irium, Irium —gently brushes away cloudy sur that remarkable new cleansing agent found face-stains . how it polishes teeth to a mBBswBgS&.-t la Pepsodent alone of ALL dentifrices! dazzling natural brilliance 1 And Pep ■ -iv-S? / Once you’vsused this new-day denti- sodent works SAFELY* It contains NO 1 frice you'll see for yourself how much BLEACH, NO GRIT, NO PUMICE 1 Try it 1 It is desirable, however, to avoid rich, fatty meats and to select protein foods that are more easily digestible, as chicken, lamb, lean beef and lean fish. Spe cial emphasis should be placed on milk, cheese and eggs. These splendid foods not only supply Grade A protein, in an easily di gested form, but also fortify the diet with minerals and vitamins. ★ Liquids Essential To help you keep cool, the sum mer diet must include an abun dance of liquids. These are neces sary to make up for the large amounts of moisture lost from the body through increased perspira tion. Liquids may be taken in the form of milk, fruit juices and cool ing drinks made from pure water and packaged beverage crystals containing dextrose, fruit acid, fla voring and coloring. —★ — Hot Weather and Vitamin C Two European investigators re cently found that exposure to high temperatures causes a 50 per cent loss in vitamin C from the body tissues. And lowered vitamin C reserves are partially responsible for that tired feeling so often ex perienced in warm weather. Their research indicates that drinking orange or lemon juice, which are rich in vitamin C, actually helps to mitigate the effect of the heat. —★ — Choose Cold Drinks Carefully A cold drink is comforting on a hot day. And in addition, sweet ened beverages help to relieve fa tigue, for their carbohydrate con tent supplies available energy. Sugar is the least heating of the energy producing foods, for less Simple, Keep-Cool Cottons IF YOU wear 14 to 20 sizes and * expect to be outdoors and in sports clothes most of the sum mer, then you’ll want the smart frock with tucked skirt and tai lored collar. If you’re in the 36 to 52 range and want something cool and good-looking for home wear, the dress with straight skirt and draped collar is the style for you! Both are just as smart and easy to make as they can be! Patterns each include a detailed sew chart for the guidance of beginners. The Sports Frock. This is such a good-looking, ! classic style that you can wear it all day long during your vacation \ travels, and always feel well dressed! The radiating tucks give a graceful flare to the skirt; the tailored collar is deeply notched in the smartest fashion. Shark skin, spongy linen, pique and flat K* e P °° L d a(i ltk ' With this Free Bulletin on Planning a Correct Summer Diet II SEND for the free bulletin on "Keeping Cool with Food," j| offered by C. Houston Goudiss. It outlines the principles of plan ning a healthful summer diet, lists "cooling” and "heating” i foods and is complete with i menu suggestions. JustaddressC.Houston Goudiss, 6 East 39th Street, New York City. A post card is all that is V necessary to carry your request. In than one-sixteenth of the energy it supplies to the body is con verted into heat. The rest goes into brain and muscle power. Therefore, one good way to pre vent needless fatigue in summer is to take a cool, moderately sweetened drink whenever you feel tired during the day. This will satisfy thirst and ward off exhaustion like a rest by the road after a long hard tramp. Too highly sweetened bever ages, however, may be heating to the body, though they are cooling to the palate. For this reason, it is advisable for homemakers to mix their own cool drinks so that they can control the amount of sweetening used. It is possible to buy inexpensive packaged bever age crystals in a variety of fla vors, which make delicious, re freshing and cooling drinks for general family use. One of these contains added vitamin D, and as the sugar is added by the home maker, you can be the judge of how much to use. This is an ex cellent idea, especially in house holds where there are children, for the home-made drink satisfies thirst, provides needed energy and discourages them from buy ing bottled beverages of doubtful purity. — ★ — Cooling Foods I offer free to readers of this column a new bulletin containing a list of cooling foods, plus prac tical, specific advice in planning the warm weather diet. There are also menus showing how easily you can KEEP COOL WITH FOOD. © WNU—C. Houston Goudiss—l93B—2o crepe are good fabric choices for this frock. The Home Frock. This is a diagram design, that you can finish in a few hours, and oh my, how you’ll enjoy it! The sleeves, cut in one with the shoul ders, are so easy to work in, the soft collar, with the little tab, is so becoming. Best of all, this de sign is cleverly darted at the waistline in away that makes you look much, much slimmer than you are. Make this of gingham, percale, handkerchief lawn or calico. In tub silk it will be ap propriate for home afternoons, too. The Patterns. 1537 is designed for sizes 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20. Size 14 requires 3% yards of 35 inch material with short sleeves. 1395 is designed for sizes 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50 and 52. Size j 38 requires 3% yards of 35 inch material; contrasting collar (if desired) takes % yard cut bias. Send your order to The Sewing Circle Pattern Dept., Room 1020, 211 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, 111. Price of patterns, 15 cents (in coins) each. © Bell Syndicate.—WNU Service. BOYS! GIRLS! /Mill»|lhr fcC FREE AV^ N «a? r — Blaming No One Common and vulgar people as cribe all ill that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wis dom, to no one. —Epictetus.