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THE HOLBROOK NEWS, HOLBROOK. ARIZONA. APRIL 29. 1921.
CO "SOME SCHEME." Synopsis. Tom Shelby, a rancher, rides into the frontier town of Ponca looking for a good time after a long spell of hard work and loneliness on the ranch. In stead, he runs Into a funeral that of Dad Calkins, a retired army man of whom little is known. A girl, still in her teens, survives Calkins. McCarthy, a saloon keep er and Ponca's leading citizen, de cides that the girl, now alone in the world, should marry. CHAPTER II Continued. 2 "If you go at It right yes. This Is a sporting proposition. That's where It will make a hit. Say we limit the chances to a dozen, or maybe fifteen ; those fellows will bite at it like hun gry fish. Everyone of - them duffers will think he's a lady's man. I know them, and there never was a young fellow in pants who didn't secretly be lieve he was a regular lady-killer. That's what's going to round them up in a bunch ; we'll give the girl a chance to take her pick. That's fair enough. Isn't it?" Shelby laughed, the situation as thus swiftly- outlined appealing sud denly to his sense of humor. "That's sure some scheme," he ad mitted cheerily, "and I'd rather like seeln' it pulled off. But it's my no tion that the girl is liable to create some disturbance. She didn't noways "That Girl Ain't Even Yet." Halter Broke look to me like' the sort who could fee driven. It's my idea that girl ain't even halter broke yet, let alone willin' to trot in double harness. Ain't that the truth, Mac?" Shelby lit a cigar, waiting for the saloonkeeper to deliver his decision. "She's a bit odd, an' sorter bull tieaded. yer might say," the latter said finally.' "That's true enough. Tora. I had a time gettin' her to go through them ceremonies this afternoon. She Just wanted Old Dad planted quiet Jike. She's mighty liable to be offish when the preacher first puts this pro position up to her. Likely as not she'll throw a fit. but we'll fetch her up to the trough just the same. You ain't -got any better scheme, have yer? The -only way ter save a girl out In this country Is ter marry her ain't that o?" "I reckon it Is. Got yer gang lined up yet?" "Not yet; there's a plenty to choose from an' I aim ter write out the list over at the saloon. How about you?" "Me? Not on your life, Mac; this is not my funeral." "You'll help us out, though?" "Sure ; I'll talk It over with the boys and . get 'em Interested. Ill even throw fifty dollars Into the jack pot to give the happy couple a start. There's nothln' that will put more pep Into a prospective bridegroom than a bunch o money In sight. .You two fellows figure It out an' I'll go over to the saloon and, sorter quite-like, feel the boys out a bit. Where'U you be In an hour?" "In my office. Who was you aiming to talk with?" "Oh, Cady, Jim Mack, 'Rowdy' Egan an that bunch. They are the boys yer almin to Interest, I reckon. How much of a jack pot do you aim to raise?" McCarthy pondered a moment, his chin cupped In his hand. "Well, I'll blow In two-fifty an I reckon there are those who would raise it to a right smart figure. You kin talk a couple o' thousand, Tom. As yer say; that'll be quite a feature, an' there ain't no reason why we shouldn't pull the affair off ternight" The delicious and delicate humor of the situation was what particularly ap pealed to Shelby the affair promised excitement and a good laugh. He was even convinced that the scheme might work and thus really prove a benefit to the girl. If she only chose wisely; but at present his main Interest cen tered on the fun he expected to ex tract from the preliminaries. He had already decided on a gen eral course of action; he would ap proach those whom he considered worthy, in a strictly diplomatic way, judiciously hinting at the possibility of Old Dad Calkins' girl being an heir ess and suggesting the advantage of tier being sought in early marriage. It wrs merely an idea he proposed to advance, to be implanted in their minds, By RANDALL PARRISH thut she should not be allowed to es cape from the community with all that money, nor snapped up by some mer cenary stranger. During the next half hour Shelby managed to interview at least a half dozen whom he considered eligible bachelors or lonely widowers, artfully selecting those known to be of a some what sportive disposition, to whom such a proposition as he had to offer might naturally appeal. A few of these treated the suggestion profanely ; others were rather evasive, but the majority thus diplomatically approach ed evinced sufficient Interest to yield much encouragement. His wares had been brought to a good market and Old Dad's girl, rendered particularly at tractive by a "dot" running up into the thousands, would find plenty of eager suitors. Now that the rumor of her eligibility was being privately circulated from mouth to mouth, any unnecessary delay would only render the affair more complicated. He would report at once the suc cess of his mission and urge his co conspirators to Immediate action. It would sure be a fine sight to see these fellows lined up while that girl looked them over, deliberately making a choice. Suddenly his gaze rested on a young man, dejectedly hanging over the end of the bar, arguing with a bartender, who only shook his head Impassively. Shelby moved along un til he ranged up beside the fellow. "What's your name?" "Joe Macklin." "They call you Kld,' don't they, 'round here?" "Sure; mostly. What are yer drivin' at, anyhow?" Why, this. I got a ranch over on the Cottonwood, an .come in here to pick up a cow-hand. I got a half breed, but 1 1 need another. That's where I stand." "What'll It pay?" "Forty dollars. You got a horse?" "Well, the critter looks like one; turned out In Powell's corral, but I ain't got no money to pay fer his feed. Yer'll have ter blow me some coin." "All right; here's ten and I'll pay Powell for the horse keep. You show up here sober at ten tomorrow, or else I'll leave you here; that's straight." He strode away across the big crowded room and opened a door at the further end. Stepping across the threshold he closed the door behind him and faced. McCarthy and the 'ex prencher from Buffalo Gap, both of whom glanced up expectantly. Shelby leaned hack against the wall and con templated the -two, chewing on the butt of a cigar. "Well," he said bluntly, "the cards are stacked, gents ; now, all you got to do Is to p?ay your hands." "What do you mean? The boys are for it?" "Hungry and snapping. I talked to quite a bunch. The one thing Tm afraid of is that some galoot may take a notion to hunt the girl up before we can get things Into shape. That's why I hurried in here.. We got to pull the affair tonight." The preacher spread his .hands, wav ing the suggestion aside. "No, no ; that really wouldn't be decent, so soon after the funeral. The poor girl must be given opportunity to mourn In peace." "Shucks ! It will give her something else to think about. Anyhow, that whole bunch will be after her by morning. What do you say, Mac?" "I don't see no objections. The sooner It's cleaned up the better and there won't be no hard feelln's among the boys If we don't give 'em any time to mill around." "You aim to run the bunch In on her with no notice?" "No; that's up to the preacher. He Invented this game and has got to take care of that end of It. I don't know uothln "bout females and don't aim to learn. We'll leave the girl to this gent from Buffalo Gap. Let him. mosey right over and talk It out with her straight. He can put It sorter rellgious-llke. Say we give him an hour an' then shoot the bunch over to the shack; that ought to be long enough for him to get the girl Into the right frame of mind, If she's ever goin to e. Maybe she'll take It all right and maybe she won't. You ready to try your luck. Dominie?" "There Is no question in my mind," he answered solemnly, "but that this Is the proper method of procedure. I am therefore resigned to do my part. I shall undertake the mission In the high spirit of my calling." "Well," said McCarthy who had been writing Industriously, "here's the list of gazabos I've made out There ain't no angels among 'em, but be sure ought to pull a prize out o' that bunch, Jf she looks 'em over." The preacher got to his feet. "Tts as the Lord wills," he said gravely, my part." I go humbly forth to do 5 CHAPTER III. The Choice of the Lady. Shelby, accompanied by "Red" Kelly, who had been unceremoniously routed out of bed after a hard day's work, were the last to Join the com pany of selects crowded Into Dan Mc Carthy's office. The majority were un shaven and roughly dressed Inclined to look on the whole affair na a lark, but there were serious Taces among them and altogether, In Shelby's judg ment as he looked them over, they were not a bad lot He pushed his way through the throng and joined Mac, who stood with his back to the desk. "That's all of them," he said quiet ly. "Now give 'em your spiel an' well see what comes of-It" McCarthy cleared his throat and re moved the stump of cigar from be tween his teeth. "Is the door shut tight? All right What I've got to say is just fer you, boys, an' ain't ter be told "round pro- miscuse. We started in ter give Or Dad Calkins a proper kind of a funeral an sure pulled it off in some style, if say It myself. Then we decided it was up to us to give the gurl a decent send-off an' this town chucked in about five hundred bucks an' never batted an eye. When that was over with, I sorter considered that Ponca had about done its share, but the preacher what come down from Buf falo Gap didn't think the same. He sed here was a poor girl left with no home an' no protection and that un less she was taken care of she'd maybe drift ter h 1 an' back, an' he argued that it was Ponca's business to see that she got started off right His Idee was that she ought ter be married afore she had any chance ter drift and git reckless like a' lot o' them females." There was an uneasy movement among the crowd and Shelby was amused at the varied expression upon the ' faces before him. McCarthy paused as though gathering himself together for his main effort. "AH I got ter say Is when I thought It all over I concluded the preacher sure had it sized up about right. That girl Is decent an' has been brought up decent, even If Ol' Dad was a rounder, He kerjt her straight an' eiv' her good education. Now what's goin' ter become of her when she's left alone? I told the preacher I'd do my share an see to it that Ponca came up to the scratch. I naturally can't marry her myself, seeing as how I've got a wife and five kids already, but I'll do the next best thing I'll cough up enough coin to give the fellow who will give her a chance ter make good. She's goin' ter have cash ter back her." "How much?" "What's the figure, Dan?" "Two thousand, besides the five hundred already subscribed. That's more n some o you ducks ever saw. Say, Mac. what was the plan? Cut the cards for furst chance?" No; this is a sportin' proposition, with everyone havin' a fair show," explained the saloonkeeper. - "We sorter picked you boys out as the most likely runts 'round town and intend ter line you up an' then let her pick out the one she takes a fancy to. It's only fair she has a chance to take the duffer she'd rather have." There was a confused murmur Of Voices, some 'reckless, others mutter ing opposition, but It was evident the proposition rather appealed to the ma jority, who saw in it a chance for some unusual fun and excitement, with only a vague probability of being caught. Shelby slipped in a word. "I'll bet five to one," he said quietly, that she turns down the whole gang." "Ter h 1 she will ! Not after she gets one glimpse o' Cowan. She'll think' he owns the town." "That's it boys! Come on, you fellers; the bunch o' us don't run no "What I've Got to Say You Boya." la Just for risk. Shell copper on Cowan an' If she misses him them sideburns o' Ar chibald's will sure get her goat." "Is this yere two thousand a suro thing?" It was Cowan who asked somewhat anxiOHeij. "It ain't got no string -tied to it?" A yell greeted the question, punctu ated with various remarks. "Takln' It seriously, old man?" "Goin to start an opposition store?" "I guarantee the sum," said Mc Carthy, "every last cent of It Who ever the girl chooses, when he marries her, I'll pay him the money. That's flat an you boys know whose talking." There was a surging forward indi cative of readiness. Evidently the proposition had caught on, and the bunch was eager to learn the result "Lead us to It, Mac," someone cried gayly, "glttln married Is my long suit" "All right boys," and McCarthy glanced at his watch. "I reckon the preacher ought ter have her ready for the delegation by this time. How about It Tom?" They moved slowly out jostling each other, and indulging . In horse Copylrht A. C McClnr ft C ' play and rude jokes, none taking the affair seriously, but eager to learn how It would terminate. McCarthy led the way, directly across the main street and down the path past the dance hall, which this time was in full blaze. Beyond they were plunged into darkness, but could see ahead of them the faint "gleam of a light through the window of Calkins' shack. One or two sought to drop out, but Shelby collared them promptly, so that the entire bunch finally lined up behind McCarthy as he rapped on the closed door. The preach er opened it, his round face beaming benignontly in the glare of the singl oil-lamp within, his bulk absolutely blocking the entrance. Beyond, those close at hand had a vague glimpse o the girl, who stood back against the wall, staring toward them with wide- open eyes. The Buffalo Gap man smiled blandly in welcome, impressed by the number of faces he saw, and stepped. Jieavily aside. "Come right In, gentlemen," he ex claimed, gesturing impressively with one hand, "our accommodations are not extensive, as you will perceive, yet ample, I trust. Just circle about the wall there to the left, please. You have explained the circumstances, Mr. McCarthy?" "Sure." "Very well, then," his voice assum Ing a soothing tone. "We need waste no unnecessary time in preliminaries, I have very frankly laid the entire matter before the young lady and have finally convinced her of the righteous ness of our purpose. Do I fitly expre33 your state of mind, my child?" She lifted her eyes slightly, a red flush burning on either cheek. "I suppose so ; that's what you told me to say." Shelby, slipping in through the door last of all, had found a precarious seat on the sill of the window, where he had a full view of the room.' His glance wandered appreclatlngly along that solemn line of men backed up rigidly against the wall. They were an odd-looking . bunch, crowded to gether under the glare of the oil-lamp, the most of them roughly dressed and unshaven and all of them visibly em barrassed and a little ashamed. The girl stood alone just before them nnd to Shelby she appeared younger and far better looking than In the after noon. She would have been almost pretty but for the pathetic droop at the corners of her mouth and the re bellious, sullen look In her eyes. The preacher spread his bands 'in disap probation of her remark. "Oh, no, niy deq?." fte protested "I merely labored with you and urged this upon you as the better course. even made It the subject of prayer that we might be divinely guided. It Is now a matter entirely for your own decision." She looked from him to the row of breathless men facing her, impatient ly, her bosom rising and falling tu multously. And Tve got to choose which one I'd rather marry?" "Well, yes, that is the Idea crudely expressed. JVot that you are com pelled in any way; only we feel it highly desirable; that well, perhaps I may say, it Is the will of God that you make some such choice." Her eyes wandered' up and down the shrinking Une, resting calmly on face after face. If she felt any humor In the situation, there was no expres sion of It visible. She retained an ap pearance of sullen Indifference, which was almost Insolent. "There ain't no more of 'em?" "No; this is all." "And I got to pick from these?" The preacher nodded his head, as she glanced inquiringly in his direc tion. The pent-up oreatn came in a si ch from between her.'ÜDS. "Well, if I've got to, I have, I sup pose, and, so far as I can see, it don't make no difference. I'll take the fel low slttln' over there on the window; the one with the pink shirt" Shplhv was nnnn his feet Instnntlv so thoroughly startled by this sudden denouement as to scarcely find words. "But say, hold on !" he exclaimed excitedly. "I . don't belong to . this bunch; I don't even live In Ponca. I Just came along to help; out." . The girl looked from face to face in bewilderment which,', judging from the expression of her eyes, was al ready verging on anger. "What does the man mean?" she asked hurriedly of the preacher, who stood nearest. "You said I was to choose and now he refuses. Did this one not come pledged?" "I am afraid not my dear. I did not know, but he claims otherwise. He Is not a Ponca man." She fronted Shelby, ' standing straight indignant, her eyes flashing coldly. "And you won't marry me?" "I I can't that's all," he stam mered. "Oh, h 1 1 What did you want to pick me out for?" The girl's eyes rested hard on his face, then wandered slowly down the line of the others and- her lips set firmly. "Well, then, this play has gone far enough," she said shortly. "Tve been square with you all, but I ain't going to be made a fool of no longer. Now it Is time for you gents to get out o' here. I pointed out the fellow I'd, take an' there ain't another one o' the bunch Til even look at I ain't so crazy bout gettin' married ; it's only because he said it was the will o' God that I have. Now I'm done. I picked my man an' there ain't nuthln' else here Td touch with a pair of tongs, so you might as well save your breath and get out I don't want to talk any more to any of you." "But my dear child" . i L "Stop that ! I'm no dear child ; I'm a woman; an' this place is mine, even If It Is a shack. You get right out o' here, the whole kit an' caboodle of you." Shelby was the first to slide forth through the half-open door, glad enough to escape Into the cool night air, his face burning as though on fire, his mind in a tumult of emotipn. He had no sense of humor left. Just ' an ill-defined feeling of mortification and regret. She had been justly indig nant and he felt profoundly sorry for the part he had played. By heavens! She was some girl ; no mere wishy washy creature to be laughed at and ignored. He'd like to tell her so. Per haps he would; there would be reac tion after awhile, when those fellows were all gone. Her burst of anger would die away and she would shed tears of mortification. It would be a nice thing then If he could go back there all alone and comfort her; ex plain how it happened and show her how impossible it was for him to marry. He could see the men plainly enough, outlined in the light as they descended the steps one by one and then faded away in the darkness. They were a disconsolate, discomfited bunch, with downcast faces and silent lips. The preacher and McCarthy came last, the former still talking, his voice "I'll Talu h Citin' nui There." imploring, but evidently to no purpose. for something behind kept impelling him forward and even while he clung to the step for one final effort the door slammed in his face and Shelby heard the sharp snap of a lock. "Well, Til be d d!" ejaculated Mac, his temper utterly giving way. If she ain't a wildcat I Lord, but I'd sure pity the feller who did marry her. Come op, old buck,, there is no use stay In' here. I wonder, where Shelby went?" "You an, her ara ia cahoots for that money." (TO BE CONTINUED.) MOST FAMOUS PARIS SQUARE Place de la Concorde Enriched by Works of Art of Country's Great est Sculptors. The dreams of many men of genius have gone into the making of the Place de la Concorde, in Paris. Ga briel, the architect constructed the pavilions and balustrades. The eques trian statue of Louis XV, which stood In the square until the Revolution, was the work of Bouchardon. PI galle. one of his contemporaries; surround ed this statue with figures emblematic of Strength, Wisdom, Justice - and Peace. The square received its pres ent form in 1854 from designs by Hittorf. The great statues of the cities were made by four famous French sculptors, each of whom old two figures. At the entrance to the Champs Elysees, which forms the western boundary of the place, are thet famous "Horses of Marly," by Gulllaume Coustou, and at the eastern side at the entrance to the Garden of the Tullerles. are the "Renommees" of Coyzevoz Mercury and Fame be stride horses. In the center rises the obelisk of Rameses n, towering 76 feet and weighing 240 tons. It is a single block of reddish granite, more than 3,000 years old, and it once stood before the temple of Amenhotep, near Thebes. It was brought to Paris In 1836. . DEMAND FOR HIPPO TEETH Buyers Flock to Antwerp Four Times a Year to Attend Auction wner They Are Sold. The chief ivory market of the world Is In Antwerp, where buyers from everywhere assemble four times a year to attend an auction of this material. Most of it consists of the tusks of African elenhants. but considerable quantities of hippopotamus teeth also figure in the sales. The latter, at an auction a few weeks ago, brought toHpm all the way from thlrty-flve cents to $5 a pound, according to quali- century ago hippopotamus ivory much more valuable than it Is to- was day - because it was the d referred ma terial for artificial human teeth, being very dense and hard. George Wash ington had a set of teeth made or it But nowadays much better ones are manufactured of porcelain by the mil lion. ' if tho ronmt miction above men- HnnAil iMnnrorna hnrna hronzht S18 a pound. They are ingeniously carved. mostly for curios. The norn or tne it)lnniHFn hv thft WAT. IS One Of the oddities of nature, being composed f closely compacted naur. LITTLE LADIES' T ABOR with what zeal they may, J- something still remains for moth ers to make for their little ones, but the work Is not much of a task when the matter of material and style are decided on. In materials we find plain chambray, small plaid and checked ginghams, light and dark sateens, dot ted Swisses, voiles, organdies and taf fetas, all In pretty, live colors (with a spice of black and navy blue) make up the color story as told by the shops; chambrays, ginghams and sa teens for utility clothes; organdies, Swisses and taffetas for special oc casions. For the small fry, from two to six years old, rompers divide favor with ilresses and the latter are provided With bloomers or short pants to match. Nothing Is In greater favor than amus ing little peg-top bloomers of plain chambray. In blue,' green, light brown or other colors, made with round neck and elbow sleeves. Very simple stitch ery Is the usual finish for them. Dresses with bloomers to match are cut either in the smock pattern with small yoke, or with a short bodice and knee-length skirt. A pretty model ap pears at the left of the two shown above, made in this way. White lawn is much used for collars and cuffs and Approved Styles in Coats I 111 Ml sv-"S'l, !B A '4b J lv3TlP9,XB A" if ; Hn ff I "" HOSE who have postponed the ac A qulrement of a spring coat until now, may congratulate themselves that the styles are crystalized and that therefore it is easy to make a choice. Coat styles have gone from good to better and it will take a captious and hypercritical person to Journey far In the displays without growing enthusi astic over the last offerings of the designers. There are several good, distinct styles to choose from, with those showing the influence of the cape, dominating the season. This feature Is given prominence In the handsome coat shown at the left of the two illustrated here. The body of the coat Is full and hangs straight with ripple at the bottom, in the man ner of a long cape, the sleeves simu late a shorter cape and the embroi dery, used for embellishment, follows the lines of a still shorter cape, or deep cape collar. By these means the de signer affirms his approval of cape styles In coats and accomplishes a graceful garment It is of tan-colorea To Sew on Lace. In sewing hand-made lace on under garments it is a great help to first sew the lace on a piece of tape. Then, sew the tape on the garment. The lace is not only easier to sew on this way, but it can be Vlpped oft much more easily when the garment Is worn out, as hand-made lace will almost al ways outwear two suits of underwear. Don't Forget Crackers. solving the problem of providing fojr SUMMER DRESSES colored floss provides cross stitch or outline embellishment and sometimes quaint, small flower motifs. Odd-shaped pockets are featured on all sorts of dresses. The pretty dress at the right might be made up In white or light colors. A strap decoration on the shoulders and at the front and back at the waist line invites an embellishment which appears in a little simple embroidery. Button-holed slashes at the ends of the waist straps allow a sash to slip through them, tied In a buoyant bow, with loops and ends at the left side. The very young ladles' spring and summer frocks, for dress-up wear, are most enticing when made of organdy in gay colors. Little ruffles of or gandy trim them but their chief glory Is , found in small clusters of organdy flowers. In several colors, posed on each pocket, or on the girdle. There are many long-watsted frocks and gay ribbons add their enchantment to the other delightful details of organdy, swiss or batiste dresses. Dark blue or black taffetas have allurements in em broidery as clusters of red silk cher ries or cross-stitch patterns In colored silks. wool material in a soft weave and lined with soft taffeta and Is a gar ment that can be worn almost any where. The rich-looking coat at the right Is a compromise between the cape and dolman styles that are artfully com bined in it. The dolman sleeves are cleverly cut and set In and are cov ered with a bold pattern in solid em broidery. This embroidery reappear on the long shawl collar which is proX ing a great success on coats and many other garments this season. Besides the staple colors, as navy, dark brown, gray, these darker coats are shown io other pleasing shades and among them certain soft blues are favored. Shaua of beige and taupe are elegant and always a safe choice, harmonizing with everything. The coat pictured is In dark blue lined with plain satin. the unexpected guest Two sweet crackers stuck together with marsb mallow filling or with marmalade make tea accompaniments. Toasted crackers form the base for sardines, frizzled oysters and all the many "newburg" dishes to which crabs, shrimps and oysters so quickly lend themselves. A Pretty Curtain. A plain curtain edged with a three inch band of cretonne makes pretty drape for the bedroom, boudoir or nursery windows.