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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBR'fD'GE DAILY HERALD Vf THE PENNAN JIM FIDDLER OF By CHARLES RANCIS BOURKE St.r-.dins upright asatoft ihc swaylnsUllesJ a txnmcw h.ld lo be driven I LIs mind as toon as IHrry ared. io 1 (isior.s of a !oos of jn the r.ieasuime, I.v'JU'iunc Billy ahead; the whole capped by viiMie i Barry in ihe. of Tbe i.etrlfiM oi a lading mon ehib-. s enter, shooting shoreward "Ver'beU orate in view of of Iho inpuUe of.tcur iia The latter condemned already aa a known practical joker. vented io lell Billy all along sir, frankly. was tbc electrical-idea that i reported 1 was working Tbe commander smiied primly. got it nearly perfected, sir, when A litter ran round the officers. 1 saw Jim Fiddler." Hilly cried. "And the vox saw him." 'Too bad, the engineer grinned, feeling easier. "1 lotd roi lo row close o the buoy. He was merely pretend- us lobe scaled." "Rend for tbat man." the commander rowlcil. The cox o( Lteu'.eunnt Barry's boat JO not feel easy in his mind. bo engineer Questioned him, he stam- nereJ. shivered, ?nd burst out: "J did see I.eft-naul Fiddler, air: that's llic trutul 11 was a warning to et "em aloiie ouco they're dead. 1 saw rise from ttc sea all iu Iho green because Barry had lieen his pa pel. "The lad's breaking down, you he asked. The surgeon grinned like- a, Cheshire cat, for.lie .was a monkey for ,mischief. Harry missed soins overboard as "I'll jtst tell yon. The superstition that's rife aboard ship is'suyerinduced, as you may say. Artlfeccial, in fi way, like to a. small turiet riding in u bis turret.' I'm told sailormcD believe in spirits liy natural preference and swal- low 'cm neat: but I fiud tliat Lieutenant Dnrry lias shut off Hie sta- wen's Lottleti complaint h miracle number one; and also light with my two Tho engineer exploded. "Xow I un- derstand Barry's queer notion. That was the submarine electric IlKht n1.- lachcrt to !he buoy, under water, prcrerve be hushed. "It's In- tended lo signal passing ships as well, and flares the the machine, talks. I didn't know the thing would work so well, really." n-. sir, we intended to experiment rfk? ToV. may hap- In fact, he'cear-ea lo U Lie.tenaul "What. Billy Barry: tho waruroa.n j niore. ou my medical word, tn-j lien- ineer cousin tenant's preachments include guilty. But "Send for "Lieutenant Harry instant- H! i' en a bM-raimeit.'incrcdiSif.jriit Ic.Iruck. tore ik hiai't-lt an-riK- But. as Iho cultpr swung a (I. port and starboard. MS sense? rallied. What lo tlic! More once his ensin ,.._. fortl i-- vater IOTC mortal. for back vater ar-r O t. coiswaini sudden shout clccirUled Wilh a passionate cry. he spraiis up the .boat. "Jove, sir. wa that keeled >wr. lhc buoy.'1 Barry recomizcd it as the bis irocjhiu over lie castbuov the JucMran bad pb.nlcd in Even lie did so, tho buoy swooped harbor for CTpcrlrcenUl purposssUoirn upon Win like a great, bkickbal. upproacned hid, looking i be. like nil the others. io trrakj ly." A junior jumped at tbc command- throtiEli Hie barrier o[ rcscrvo which jcr'a Barry shed about Ihe orcurrwices of The commander cf rhc Jungfrau was lhat'fateful nlsht. So the left severely alone, to so his'own sinful route of reformation, for'Carry was in itead m connection with mysterious signal ing apparatus and submarine bells The incident rasped oa iiieiflj tensed nerves. 'You're a blind "Shipmaft- ahoy! Go baci! Go bac1. '1 vrai! fioaled over Ihe Mter from the buoy not twenty feet away, half-muffled, like tlie voice of a man drowninz. a ail the aurora of 1 fcllL II UV4HI.' llic Manila orders came, the "Aiiyihing else you wish to Knoir, osraph, I mean. Wo worked secretly. Lieutenant the of couiso, and all tho apparatus wasjasVcd ciuiio sarcastically, ia tho big buoy, to be lalen ashore Harry had listened with stolid face, bodily till we Taking the conirremder's question an boards, magnets, horns, and all. But a dismissal bowed and went oun the wires ivere slill connected. You without a wnnl. "He'll never believe you vc explained the thing it you showed film a thou- sand devils' doings from your bag ol tricks, Mr. Wizard Barry." Ihc doctor said drvly. "I know ivliat it that's vhero 1 get a riso out of you. "'Twas reminiscent retina, iieeauso ot his wrought-u? nervo-js condition." lhc Beolch surgeon said, "if you know what that is. 'Tis a .weH-cstabllsueil ntilcb lt> miracle iiumur-r one, UTIU nuui., am iliscorcr vls'iallv that he preaches lo] WMos from the liuoye- to passing tshlps by a sorl of wireless tclcphona il'llr BarrV" tho ivariiroam Or course nilly Kr.cw rotliins 'about tills. So I just talked lo him myself. Tlie iourd would project ttreniy f'Ct from tlio liuoy. even tlicu, wten 1 talking into the receiver in my quarters on the slilp. TUat Is all, sir, except tliat 1L was r.ithcr a sorry jest. 1 confess I. counted some on scaring tho urew.'ancl maybe forc- phenomenon. As for that cosswain, Billy lo come back to the ship, he'd see n A. Mnasry While Harry remained simply a ana anam tue aurora vu "crank" ia the wardroom nnd out o! the water.'iliuniiuatmg the martinet at duly, the high powers of b'Jlk. the quarter-deck did not interfere; but Vila-eyed, at this mys-hhen a transformation took place that mocked buoy, thei'tween decks.' the commander took a ciry "teen WEirling.thand. And the i'OWiMan" was wroth For as-he looked.: fascinated, all re-! for -almost-. iiMceck cardless of his own uaiarJ standing in Jungfrau bad .become a "nerve-ship.' The iiie green water something rose, as though lifted by seine unseen power from the heart Whispers, of spirits wraiths were always in the air. Men shuddered at night Utity and almost-mutinied when sent aloft Fiddler had been officer on ihts same transport-a bis..white-sided; cor.vert- swung closer. ti yachllste was really, utilued, for! Give heed. J tended the W Tn' wethette bm ene te in. U !jn- buoyside- -'.IfrMrted the top. of to a derelict at night (for the :uagirau Sar of the -fliiid.ldeatroj-ed her otber i not in the liallt of standing on cerc mouy tvitn the junior officers. ;ind he DUDLEY II He lived -Rocker, vUDLEY HORN" was an orpiiwi. lived with his node, Hy --foreman in a local factory. Mr. Rocker was a jrlzene'd; soiir-faced HUle man, of old Puritanical'stori. even regarded laughter as unseemly aad sinful. Dud i was large and broad, and iust the tilhesi! oi his uncie. His round. The es! o -i -aas' there for two days merry face was usually slretched in t-cea_- te uailed. rast smile. He hail a rich, resonant, j ..Thea fisliins or tramping Infectious laugn, that would set all Ine Or butterfly huat- :huckllng who came within earsuot. j- e-hr 'inS' or 'Il4u BY'; run if bait had to be dnj, if the neigh- tors'children or clogs or chickens bad; ilrayed from home, II wood was to be: anybody wanted a or a on a huntini !-and-- "Left your job'to do so. iany jobs have you Thrc ist such silly "Never how af for tor a bull-pup ROBERT MACKAY eiipyins a corner, and liow they got "well until the family In smiled in spile of northeast corner took in a. tltd Und a ticket to thsler, when'lbe others proteslea. board- Saddeniy.and .without warnins. Dud t pedrtlorT.'TrfabWt pelts were to s cured or birds sfifted, or coal io be shoveled in, or snow to be sbuve led i, hc "but come! ------r- 3tf, Dud was there, willing. lt) I want toilet forth a real of unctuous each- and cheerful. i h iQnI- talk with vou about the inuation that seemed to set the rait- In a letter which the Rev. in Kh'lcb you are'wasliris your Lri Bardtley, rector of St. Mildreds, the' injuatly, and in concert, tne rest Episcopal Church in Tiverlon, wrote .c'entrl to sprejd of the audience jointd'-hlm. and for.' hmdltan? lend D.iring Ihe rector's cpenins ad- Afler that tne evening was an easy bad certain hereaiiap had an opiiorlun- for Mr. 1'rinklc; aa.l of indcscrih. seed of which times when the that was sown In smiled inqtiiriiigly. went on the olher. "I heard him tell the mala guy here. He is going to make slides of your mus and show it on Ihc muslin." "All said' Dud, -I'm willing." "It's a pity he can't make Elides of the so-jnil that goes with the isaid the llacd assistant. Mr. Prinkle, ever on the. alert to loom his h'.lsiness, iiad "been seized wilh an inspiration. It occurred to him thai he .might, permanently and ptofilahly use Dud as a sort of hilari 0115 claiiue. Mr. rrinWo knew tho 1 in InOSC I UlVaS. .'11- iur.ii, -i-1---------- Uiie i -t for life in 'ity of sizins up hia audience, and witto Ulllc Tellc.[ to the reclor. Tnnkle a thrift a readiness horn o( cipcric-nce. came aimed a stale joke at out, ilmt. tc-raTDera- jnG Tivertooiana followed ivith a unanimous guffaw. As the lecturo usually .came hack I with a i the altar j be hard to move of moveil at a" the conclusion that, tempera- it Is first attempt at drew I close, the lauRl'ltr in- creased in quantity ar.d qualily. pur.c- -v'th a ihii dre-sint: of nick-' moveu at. un. ma creascy m tiuaiujij penniei ?tid 'infrequent Jotc. tvhicli waa that he hopedI thai inlcd anH ihonmWy and lhc new soon discovered '.nobody would gel lost in nMc lhat ana inc new i-twi v.-nn to lake tbcm.Ui.iH value of a reputation as a mirth mac ufacturer, and he knew, too, that a laugh collated more with an audience than wis'lom or Information. and best Bud's features fell atecl. "Look- said 1'rinkle, "I'll lei von what I'll do. I'll Rive you an ex ra quarter a week; perhaps that will pay for Snoop's board whllo you re away. 1 guess you know somebody who vrill take care of him." Dud perked up. Instantly. "It Is a go, he Corfy take care of him. When do you want me to "This mornins." said Mr. PrlnWe "I have to mined a (Jon neciicut seven o'clock this evening, and there Is work to do m tho Interval." "I ain't got mucli lo pack tremendous effort, Hud' prepared for his evening's The lecture of'ihe-'eVening was in .lirt of a newly. Tormecl organization of cruelty to ani- ualE. Iho first of its kind in that city. Mr. "Prinkle, in the fashton ot his kind, led on" with'a story waa in- ler.deJ lo piit 1iis "nudiencc tn good hiinior. H was about a spauiel ot so inEeHisent a sort that when his mas- ter's house caufiht fire, he rushed into the smoke anil flames, lo prcs- emerge nnJ rrith his tail'hlazinG like a torch. But In Ills mouth lie hore tlie Tirolnsurante pot icy, wrapped in a we': .towel. last word. Dud broke into shout of laughter Hint cracked snd toipliedS thLVwhlfoP''Sid fel. the vorte, o, hi, pro- li Jatishco'l opions ar.J f recession like a riffe-tall Into iu.socket i -he LlMMd durlns.lho lccr lie not only laughed all the rha of ijiit if the auuicnce tlcaly, adding lo Its lotal 'effect. The of the anec dole and partly on account of Ihe qnccrness -ot tho laugh, expresses itself htiarlously, oveir uproariously, applauding- meanwhile. And Mr. Prinkle Vas content. Duel choked hack a and with a Lig sigh walled for his next cue. Tlie cue ilevclbrcd In. a minute or so, Imt Dud. in.' spile of himself, missed it. There camo Before-him the Eight of Iho flying Sr.oor, with his queer, ugly body, his nondescript legs, his Efjuaro muzzle with its ridtculouf mustachea-of brislly white hair, anrl his hie hr'own, loving eyes, wilh a siTentVoul.behind (hern. wilh" tho story, ma cuiud sec .Mr. Prinhlc iieeriny through the dusk- Iti his ilirectiou. and as his employ-, er'e face caught the ray of the "is lamp, H seemed as it a Iwitchins passeJ over it.'- The lecturer was coming to the conclusion that Dud was "trying ii on the Tlio locturo "was about half nrer n-hon Mr. Prinkle" began a ationt a Ir. for a moment but that bis of sorrow meant bis immcdialo dis- c1i.irgc. and lie ruefully teflcclca that Ihfa would mean the annihilation ol hisi briRht future. It was pretty hard. lUltlie. It, ]ll CLLJ ader the titter of laughter (o IOEC gnoop nnd his had for a moment or two, the hold, message lures, na must r.ot m inu kf Place, never let (ho compose, of ch Mron, h anu iiii; nc" that in spite cl flain speaking on; whither he v.-os alrtul to ______. wnc'T-.-as in SUfnre. Bud took Iho r.roffsrcd H was only ontc, ivnne Iryinc to ics' seminary, that he almost met his 'quesl'lpned aiiylhing In tfte.halure la or "Where Isjnin spoke not, wishing ihat di'tto the magic lantern .ir.d other cully. For, IID felt that parapliernalia The school room of St. -lecture tinder h Xlildred's wns ready, and lo be on hi s goo-! beh, doors opened a E0od.3i7.ed crowd look; v.hlcMr.ctalcd a cte .011 1 is naura r.e sat rfrui usi iacmucn a cni'tn in m> r rlttlrK andist-nst. cl hurcor. So he sal ana list Al'tr.f-'il