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   Alden Times (Newspaper) - January 31, 1890, Alden, Iowa                                VOLUME XII. 6niii, Lin SMik, NUMBER 45. AI.DIN, IOWA. WiMu, m., OmI, WamaMM ----------------CMrt. rw.--------------- rAXD.aiADiirei PETER TAYLOR. M*. U�. A.O.V.w.-llMli GRAIN, __Seeds & Coal. p p. nunu. K. B, ovw KMMart Baidwm IMBMU Mmutalp UakMi. hmi cm Miw J. A. BUTTON, ALDBr, IOWA, WXXXXAM KEATOro. DMlwta Heaiy and Shelf Hardware, ^      PicMiilTaliieilliii. . rinware ft Woodenware, mm! ' tiM lAf(VM ABd ftSMt rtny^ gf ri^'L^: 30011 HEiTnS STOVES I BAHGE5 WUXIAH KKATUta, ! Sbntist, Qoickist and Onlr Diitct Line �T u a. w. And :7<(�k*an�m.* ftllTSiSrrJS^f^ur..' ^ lALDES,   IOWA   FALLS. ELUOBA, AljijjH.toliKprotrad u4unl�proT.< |       j^ju,cmc^CiO, MILWAUKEE ^^"***'__ ! ASD ALL EASTRRM P0IXT8. J. F. BYERS,     passengjers Can Save Ily Bati, Smmm Oik Ml flnmi Htw FnittiM ami AMmUm (NffM I*    IOWA. SPECTER OFTHEFin FS ^AdventttMln the Ftap West BV AB h. oibhon. H� bold, f�r-*weening Itoekiea were veiM in the pnrple ahadowa that succeed early nightfall.   . Earaeat-Tnne waa belated. He b�l been in ipnranit of moontsin grooae np a wild, inter-minablo canyon, and he waa now returning to camp ovnr a rough, rooky way, loading ^ through lonoly gorges, anch an one ncea nowhere an in the pictnrewiue State of Colorado.   Uia ny hau that day loi�t a iihoe. Hence, a* not iKiniiible to nrgo the animal rapidly over the nn�r�u road, or Tnno, mncb an he wiHhod to get back to bin comrade at the camp, diiilike gulcli,with its gloomv mountains rea ntreat von I" A low, silvery langn answered him. A specter langh!  Ob, horrible 1 "Draw nearer, and I shall answer yon," the sweet roice said. The young men did as requested. The^ loaned on their gnns and awaited the in/orma-tion almost breathlcMly. "The snperstitious Indians and miners aboilt this gulch call me (he 'Hpecter Maiden of the Cliffs,' the spirit of an emigrant's daughter murdered here several years ago by a party of Mormon Danites disguised as Indians." i The young men felt a thrill of lior-ror run through them. 8he went on: "Bach a dark deed really did oc<;nr years ago in this very gorge. Taking advantage of that fact and the superstition of the natives, my cajitors have made me play siiorter on the cliffs aronnd-this crag.'' An exclamation of surprise burst from the listeners and Earnest asked: "Yonr captors?    Who aru thoy? Toll us and we will gladly rescue you. "Listen. My father and I were en camped near here nearly two years ago. One dark night a band of men dressed as Vtos attacked us.   They FIIOM HODBSTO mm AU POINTS OH THIS m BT TAKIXU THIS SHORT ROUTE. NOTARY PUBMC. IM tad Town Pkopnif BAITK OF All I^NGE MII�HT iM ms. OONNECTICITS AT BLDOKA JUKCl'in.V ivlih the Cliic.i.:;c and Morthwcstcm liuilivny for Tame Oitv, Cedak Rapids, Clinton, Cbic^ga. Mirvaukce, Dcs Moint-s. Council Blutfs, Bt. Patll, MInnuapolfi and all points Id Dakota, Kebraska, Ksnias and the West StDOBA with tbu Contral Iowa Rail-way for points Xorth and bouth. IOWA VALLS with the B., C. R ft K. aBdIllinoiaCantral Roilwsyj, for Water loo, Dubuque, Fort Dodge and Slous City. For all Inforatlon about Freight m PWMBfor Kates, apply   onr local agonU . or addrew the Geuend Freight and Pa� , eDger h^tmi at Kldora, Iowa. JOHN ranrm.   w.�.poirrn, m UTEST! \o itis right, and overlimking the spot where lie liad |iauHpd, l me iiie. llicir summits gray, vague and liarreu. as if Ceres and Flora had united in alllictiug tliom with an irremovable, bligliling t^ursc. Ah his eyes swept tlu^ siiadowy oliff� he started and almost leaj^eil from Ins xnildle. Eamnat Tune was an elije hiraidMl;th.7h�l ^rt^inj to CO hBok.   Hb waa vwiii MM^te 4oBO. and iwolTad tola- Now lead the way. Earnest. I never saw a ghost iu mr life, and- I am all impatient to s4>e one." "Perhaps the visionary niatdeu will not api>ear asain to-niglit. But I hoi>c she may. ^illard." suddenly changing his tone, "how docn it hap|>eu that you never thonght to doubt uiy .strange story?   Perhaps I imagined it all." "S'oiir looks and wanner convinced mil at once that something nnnsual had liapjieucd to you. I do not doubt that ,v :i t.iw what you have related. But id 
  • nld it moan ? >Shu Hcenie4 to Most toward them instead of walking. Tho pleasant oamp-tlre threw out a crimson reflection across the little Bpaea before the tent and illnniiued the white lady as she came on! Breathlessly Earnest and Willard awaitotl her approach. She drew near and haltol a law feet from thenw Making a motion to secure their Kilence by placing the lUy flngers of her shai>ely hand over her lips, she spoke: "Not a word-not a eat�) the voice. "You wiU aoon twin peril. I wiU lead von to a plaue of safety." ShonId thay heed tha %-oice? The strange riakm, or whatever it was. startad bwmt aemaa the valley, beckoning thaaiw follow. It was too much for Earnaa* Tnae and Willard Roller-toB. in tita flBBh and wonder of their �drentOMMB jmng maBhowl. to reahit. Theyaarar innaad to qnastion the ~ moifaiUlj: �|-the sudden warning.' - akoaMwad thair gnns and set 'gait, following oloaely ' spcaiwaiaieeUffa. ~ Sr^oom of lha fad Ikalraddinida. ivaaakaeoB-to robbed us of ovorytliing, sparing our lives only on our jiromise to go quiotlv with them to theiiuuountsin fastuesse.i. Life was dearer than death, so we accepted tho chiefs terms. Our captors pn>vo�l to lie a band of ixjbliers, white outlaws and hal/-bre�>d tlends. Most of tl^e men have Iiulian wives and live iu the mountains near this gorge.' I was ti'eated kindly, after their rough fashiim. My father ban been coullned a close prisoner in a cave. The chief ngrws to release him only on his word of honor to esiiouse outlaw ry and aid in their da-k nets. Of courne he refuses. The oIKcers from one of the neigli-Mriug towns, whore a bank was rob)>ed a year ago, have been searching for the robbers' ipiarters. Their guides arc Indians. Knowing their U^liefin ghodts and such like spectral phenomena, 1 was made to dross in whito to scare them away from this part. Strange lights were put at my feet, and I sup-))ose my appearance was truly frightful. Anyway, the ghost business acted like a charm in searing away tho TiMy fortlii in tha Dil ^kBil �Almar OUmIob la ay fothar.* "Abner aUaaoBi is mj jonngeat brothsr, and wu bm ay ""Si-* eouain, Olira,"�wd tfia Jon%kmm^\ ioyftallr. pnadng warmly tha MMt^l hand s^e parmitted Urn to takai "Courfa WiUard. I am iriad tolMf-you; and how sorry I aa that tka Mk uh oootaeas betwaoa oar puaata fea*-pteventad onr eyar aaetiwt. Iltm strange to meet yon bera.' "It is, indeed. Bnthowbapiwpwl* that yon and Unelo Almar cams ant t� tbeaa wilds?" "Father was unfortunate in hia bMt' nesM in Ohio. So we storted t* Ik* Colorado mines, only to fall into tbsaa robbers' bands." "My pour Olive!" said her nawly-fonnd kinsman, sympathetically. "Bak let us not waste time. Tnae.aad I are well armed.' I^KBf^the wiiv and v� wiU rescue your fAtUarat'iid ha/JBcda^* "We must be oautiooa," said tk� brava, lieantifnl girl. " All dep�n*ls aa caution. I happen to know wliere tl� officers are watching to-night, ^lotfar. We will anprnaeh tbe father lias been It a 'where poor father haa been beM sa long a prisoner. We will go by a liaek path with which I am well �r<|nainl�4L We wiU attempt the lescne, and (WC grant we may be snocessfnl. Thoa w� will go to the offioers and ask piolaa tion, for we are aa nothing oomiiataA with the outlaws in nnmbers �bA strength.' "Why not get the olBcers' help tirsA?* inqniied Willard. "Because that would take tim^ which most not \to wasted. Thn rul*-bers wiU not return for an hunr at least. By that time we can i�\m father rescued and be on our way t� join the ofBeeni." It was decided to follow Olive's phin. So, following her down the gorge, Xhey entered a rongh, steep path ascendinc llie mountain. The girl had throw* ai dark ' cloak about bet, concealing ber ghostly attire. Coder cover of the night and tte solemn, brooding cedars, th^y drww near the cave. Dimly, as they peereA from behind a large rock, thi^ cnuM niske out a solitary man sitting uo � flat stone by tho month. Crf�^iing-softly, slyly toward him, OUv<-(SIib-Hon flung her cloak over tho head of the unsuspecting guard. Be utteoipi-ed to cry out, but hor able OMHistantM were too quick for Iiim and had him gagged sud bound before bn bad oA-' tcrwl a syllable. Then Abner tJliHr-some, pale and thin from long conflm-mnnt, was released. He was snrpiiKMl and delighte4; to-the front. InK'.iwV,. iMiwcver, of endeavoring to secure the adoption of a. phonetic al|ihabet, in which each lettnr would have but one sound, and �aeb sound be represented by one letter only, the effort is now directed tuwafd the adoption of a few dellnite, easihr learned, and generally applicablia rules for thn dropping of sn]>�rfliio�� letters. Thn rules suggeste�l are bsl follows: 1. Drop lie at Iho snU o( wottU Ilk* dia-lofus. catsloaue, iilu., wliore tha preucdiaK yowetissboru Tbua ntisti UanssiMr. opktaK^ arnaiiaf. etc Whs* lbs prscedtsa lowal 1* lone; us fn prorogue, vocue. dinamtMwaa, relufa UnsI lettuts aa at prss�At. 2. lirop tinal r is such woids as ilsBnllB,.. iDtlntte, tavorite. Me., when tbit proi-Aitlay vowul Is short. Tliiu spoil opposii. pr�-lerll. hjrpoorit, j� ro. Wbcii �k� pror�illu.: vowel is l.io^r. as In p sa� It when lh�y have ihe sound ol llkst lsltar~ Thu4 spsll aoilaa. esthetic, dlarrhos. sial^-p�na. eso.'anas. stbeoeam. ate. Those rulea, though few in numlwr. wonld, if adopted in onr writing bmI-printing, save on appreciable partaak-age of the labor now involved. Tfaasf-have the sanclioa of the ItighesA aehaf-unbip in tha Uaitad Statea and gland, incladtag tho teachew o(> |iki-iology (in our foremast 'cduiratiaaiall' issdtutfons. 'They have beon caa--mended by leading edili>rH and wrMaa,, and there is tMUhiag' alpilnnt (Mr adoption exueitt thp'dkitM'liaatiEm la okaBM. Yet thair us* wonld i� a fow, aontba baeoaa so habttuai that aivaar-' OM woald voadar wh/ tlwy Bflk^ .<
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