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The Holbrook news. (Holbrook, Navajo County [Ariz.]) 1909-1923, April 29, 1921, Image 2

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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.
"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
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
"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
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,
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
"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
my part."
I go humbly forth to do
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
"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
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
"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
"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?"
"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
She looked from him to the row of
breathless men facing her, impatient
ly, her bosom rising and falling tu
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.'√úDS.
"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
"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
"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
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
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
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."
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. .
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-
- 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.
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
"" 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
colored floss provides cross stitch or
outline embellishment and sometimes
quaint, small flower motifs. Odd-shaped
pockets are featured on all sorts of
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
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
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.

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