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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGK DAILY HERALD FOOD FOR SKEPTICS By JOHN BARTON OXFORD rcoruteg in? captain was nox without a certain fcrealfcless anxlvlv as he bur- ru'd ak-ng the silent, Jctcricd the over his siiojSiier and the cat within It Kudlug out soulful every stop of the way. d, It was only when he gained tlie Jock. aboard the Lu- ____. ami his burdea uneer- cnoalouily into the spare' stateroom JUST as ihe In: sray in He ;oot cao f.vatiou? s'.tt forwarJ. thc little Dm La lound .b, As ,o ,le ihW i. tnf tbe of O.'.y. feast fa: .r.o. ttel your Wards O'll coir leail ap- fcr i i.ato or" for all Ihe good :'it wiicjcil itlenall'rr.try U rias'oaly ntirii do if- l! the tnB.bS, o( a ,LV I, r to ifce bourconi 1-c-su.o asaiu. seeded to ium its a neutron irota me. awake with voiir infernal Scarcely iho first isebnrholy cream, nud it ico late; 'or do en: keep It up now; dou't 'co'.e ti-.e frosty the captain, willi au'asiliiy nw! Have your fun .while iju Then'the back tloor was opened caul- in a man of bis year.-, suddenly kapcd JWIL. J cal'lale you've pretty .euily, aaJ duiva :hc I'ap- fonvard.iad caught the black body by last yowl. .'lain Reale, Iho collar of the Halc tf the r.i-ck. "hastily Oonncd overcoat lurked, up Vainly iho rni eivc vent to l'-t He descended to cabiu. opened luck to heave .1 eat ever, no matter the s ia le room-door and drew oui the where it came from, nor how It got weather that Joe Blufr ascribed to the cats jjreseuce.. When they discovered through tho .luucoJored walls lbar Imd closed about them. Cap tali tie.ilo tkiuceti Into tho blnaaclo headed thc schooner a" point farther tu thi> southard, and Krluued, by ibo bills he could sevhich I'.e balanced fhe lipioed 10 ibe foot of the hotue I'll ?it a little more iieace, so down the basket of dishes and looked _ bin lie laid the fur as you arc ed, thc Joor o( spare up in ihc branches r.bove hU Iron: which came crossed [ho cabin, arid ,head, a furry ebon ball, en 'tUe'somds of a lost In tte Jecii- threw himself imo his own berth .lo of the spreaCing iiaibi. showed oil yoo. uron li He turned what Eleep he might before 10 c.151 rl hurried :md guiliy slance al him position of the er.emy. 10 C.ISL n.imiut-u .iuu "'.jj-p The captain's set in grim de-Jibe, windows of ihe house next door. it was time to siarl for Itockville with somewhat later 'termination He held ova (he fauc'er'-btilf esncctin? lo find there numerous I by the sound of heavy footsteps on noil his two foremasi hands. andJpe blandiEhaien; into a voice of un-idorir' romaincJ discreetly -aj3 foo'i, but juit come aboard. of cream in eniicing faahion. to -while he. strove to wort sor.-.etLins but the of the ''usual -rurTaess i Thanking his lucky stars for this de- -AH right, boys." he greeted them "Come. kiuy. he coaxed, liWenuice "of his enemy into his cordially, "filart you BOI_ here brlsbt black ball above Captain Beate pEckt-il up I heave.it overboard.'' l git under way seemingly, o! some inklkg as io ihe: sack, bore'It. into the huuse. aod went .true inwardness oE the captain's .to array himself Fomewbai hospitality, refined to vennirej'nidre tully." Its .retreat, A "pair "of "-1-kj was only naV, Jn a'few moments'the LucinJa. ivas drifting with the from the fv, and presently'; with all sail set, careening across" the bay eyes stared down at'hiu.-as if already-'bearing a bunal.e of such liveliness as flj ihey-''Tnore (ban half jhe the sack bade fair to be, could treachery he was planning. jtope to so ttirongb ihe village sleets toward the open sea. Captain Beale put doivn the saucer j in. broad. dayHght without attractinsj alter De jU.U.e foot the tree and inoTediiinp'leasafit "nfcViitlyb to rnway a few Tbere was a as scon as the captnin had' kiovecient of the branches, the Eound a hurrleJ toilu, he cane ol: oiiWpread >laws upon Ihe" into ibe' kitchen. tooV up .the sack, -nlallv s and "down "the trunk carae the cM.iard Xnile.yct the town was ai_ay tne sl sniffed the contents of .in, Elurater, mane hia way to i one of lair's excellent.-breakfasts, that ,_r....n Beale's mind 'returned' to jpare stateroom and the sacfc therein. He arose from the tab'e, aad, thrust- Ins bis bead out of-the compamonway, schooner's pbsi- _____- shore was but a ......-.....____r______ blue line; while just'over the tbe saucer, and then, bssan 10 lick Hater-front, where his schooner, a lit-j pcil bow loomed the giny shaft.of relish that was nost-Uc crcft oi come hundred ions, lay Hat Island. The cream'. i expression upon "Cspiain rcatJy to Dull isilh lh.e moraias tide.! -IOIQ himself. "The tide'Jl never wash r-ronounctd.; But evsn In tbe fcaU-iisiht 01 early i from here." 'I'm to beave this bag said he.. "So? What yer got In tbe The contents of tbe tag answered for itself. There came iis depth a wail ol misery ihat have nielled the heart of an Idol. Joe; him. All' too well he pictured thc soggy biscuits and tho greasy hash of. Joo's predecessor. What mattered! the cat's presence for a few inyway? He could manage lo take :he peat ashore when they arrived at UockvINp, and lose it somewhere. The main thing was to get rid of it. Where or how were secondary con- siderations. Therefore Captain Ueale, "jenb Wall, if you're so terribly touchy about" h, take the critter "into: the he commanded, "and keep her tbere out of my sight until we git to Hoclcville." "1 tell ye 1 ain'l what you'd call a superstitious man." the cook reiter- ated, "bft you'd got into some kind of a Ecrape If you'd drownded her." He picked up the sack and slouched off toward the galley. Captain Beale, with a grunt of disgust, us much Cor his own weakness as for the cook's, slalkea'aft to the wheel. It was Ideal weather that followed them tbat trip. The wind held fair and brisk; the fogs, usually prevalent In those wafers in the early spring, conspicuous only by their ab- sence. In the galley Joe T friends with the cat and fed it upon tba best the lockers sffsrtled. a good run of it Ibis trip, ain't we, te observed to Beale I the third day out, with a grin that! angered the captain. "Couldn't be.better as I ibo skipper replied. ___________ "Know what makes the coofe a purpose lo'clrowitea." questioned, with a meaning jerk of his "It don't makerln6 the] head. the cat." cook maintained ;dosgwily. bad I Nor was It only tbe propitious Plainly the cut was uecomins all fron' to u'' Shs tailu fair to Ic a iCuinnanloniray cau: llie tuuitiling llie was done to- shadow Lcr with 'VSrJ llelp us! llc as repute. 'Somehow or other familiar groan "of the wblsilinu-buoy accusingly at his superior. "It's a he said. Captaio Benle bristled. Hard lines appeared about the corners his mouth. i "Well, what of said he. "What you goln' to do with ihaf tbe cook questioceil in a tone tbat boiied trouble.' "Do with the captain snapped. do you s'pose. D'ycr think -I was soin' to use it for a I'm to uo jest what 1 told yer Be ami Joe Blair's pushed back brow darkened. his soiled cap right Tide's Eeitin' Jest right iorlscratcbed his head IE do'jbitul fashion, us now. Git breakfast goin', Joe. It was plain, he wanted to speak MB Look alive there, ior'ard. Cast offimicd. and yet felt some hesitancy in them lines." jdoin? ED. lie shifted from foot to foot, and looked" helplessly at the basket of dishes at bis feet. he ventured at lenglfc, "say, T ain't exactly what you'd call a sur perstitious man., which ain't neither, that I ain't sot my tiesl But I was 'on a vessel ilie old Starlight, bound for eaibo, it they had n cat aboard that took sick, and thej hove it overboard; and after "Yes, yes, I ibe captain In- terrupted irritably.-. "You've told me all about that once or twice before. There ain't like that goin' to happen this tlmei. This ain't thc "ship's'cat It's one'I fetched aboard must be brought lo rest on her. Cap- tron} closc tain IJeale meditated long aud deeply.! tt e ve Lit Hip "J don't waut to lose such n cook.! was another series and I'll be eternally 'cussed it I'll Lave-of bumPs; the schooner stopped, cat aboard." he. ruminated. ahead, then stopped acaiy. ;uess tho best way out of it Is'7 srlniiinff beneath her keel o have "soraethlnfi nulucky happen i bfean oncc rjore: tlowly fotycd while she'a aboard. tJoinetlilng could plainly hear the before tbe little table figuring laboriously. "She's got lo on tho ways before long and have sonio new plank ln her bottom, be museil the while a smile of wreathed I tlemar.ilen. his homely face. Ho coasuHed an al- i manac his elbow. ".Vow, if sbe- was to hit Shovel Ktp-LeilEC lo-inor- rer, say about six iu the evcoln1. lhe the n. wusl she'd do would be to haac there nL lhe Wnnacte Before he till high tide, long about nine, and, J'atk llcr coursc- a lrlc-e ,lhe wero s Protests. muuh Caters sho tak Not a llie mcn al tho jnswcred. aptain Heale wiped his forehead. rr stooil I staring stupidly rut iho maybe, round out a plnnk or two-i Sho mlsht Jest as this trip as any. let her pound oat a coupSe of plank while she's Langln' go on tho wavs That's lhe ticket: (ho cook cntne ruiiuiuy aft n black, furry Iwdy iu Ills arms. "Say, will you believe it lie snouted. "Ain't there sonieiliing In U. you ever sot offu that ledge, let's see what becomes of tha: J'll bet they'll heave her over themselves." To aid the captain in his plan, the next afternoon a gray mist began lo rise from the sea. Steadily it thiek- ou'u t'a1l Tlie skipper ttirst inlo n great roar et laughter, which left thc COOK star- IDS at him In open-uiouthed wonder. "You said Captain Beale. ened, until hy five o'clock It was an J1 the somewhat recovered Ins tareceirable pall. In Ihe lheibrcalf: "1 m most fcwnnln'lp think fog-horn In the hanas of the lookout soraethin' in it Thic ooomed and har-r-r-heJ slays fashion, sending out its hoil6w wall I ICofyrishl, Frank A. .Vrni.w THE MOLLIECODDLES By FREDERICK WALWQRTH BROWN There btlng co natural defenses the river, the enemy proceeded this wing, it should in com- to, take, toe offensive. By a rapid i T march n the n ght a long column mon proudencu have beou flung back '-1 a shout of triumph brofce. out. Thesepance was In skirmish formation and should be'tho first fruits of their, vic- tory. The crouching now be- to rest upon the rlrer and thus Dy a crossed the river some miles above, hind the wall, surveyed them coming, detour to fall hU head projectlag above the So silently and swiftly was this! their -weapons and cursed beneath maneuver accomplished that no word j their breath. Would thpy never get sent a Hoc of fire in tbe event of ajdenly and ucexpecledly upon tbe rear'coping. flanking movement by the enemy. of the demoralized force. j Impatient privates fingered This was not done, and the coddles were left strung-.: out in air.1 Not even the coionel, who had been, a successful merchant, understood the perilous insecurity of their position, and the regiment calmly laid itself to sleep tbat night, expecting battle on" the morrow and confident of Itself well, hut feellug Itself secure for the loirrtediate future. Anon carae a heavy column of: the enemy, driving in the pickets, and of It reached thc rival general till his communications hud been cut and a frightened crowd of teamatera and camp followers camo streaming up the road. Close on their heels 'appeared tho van of the eager eneray. la their way stood only the despised and re- jected Molllecoddles. At the first alga of trouble the the word to fire? Were they to be run over again and trampled on with- out a chance? A hundred yard's away a compact line of mon was tolling up the'slope. Tn tho road a column swung forward Tar more difficult to stop. Mon began behind thc breast-work. UutEels sang ever thetr heads and spat viciously into thc wall in front of them, j But fifteen of the. needed twenty minutes had elapseiK If they could hang (tn for five more! They were firing at will now. Tho volleys had ceased, but thoro was a steady, continuous rattle of musketry. The colonel walked back and forth behind hi9 line, fiercely chewing his mustache, pausing (o glance Rl the cloud of skirmishers coming "steadily full in the face of tho silent guns. or ft Then when men snervea were fairly L f overlapped lor a quarter of snapping with tho tension, the colonelja mije_ and speedily bo turned. gave the word. iold that line "IH1 the cows camo the bursting roar of ithe guna in the road, as Ihc gunners itself arrivir.g on their heels. Thelcolonel o! the" regiment deployed hlaj front of the stone wall burst line of battle faced south. Thc attack j men across tho road and prepared lo I ini0 flame, and above the raltle of teil from tbe west. companies succeeded in form- ing, facing about on the new line, and firing a round or two before they were overwhelmed. Then the regiment, and after it the brigade, was rolled up, telescoped, crushed, with hardly a chance to fire a shoL It was not their fault. Kjrae." ___a___ .________f A stone fence afforded excellent! leaped from concealment. Out on thc protection and the Molllecoddlesl grassy slope the first line of hurrying, spread themselves along Ihla breast-1 eager men melted lulo shapeless work with the hot blood humming in i masses on the ground. land most Eeasuned regiment In, the jariny could have done no better un- IJie .circumstances. But when the major-general rotieeted the shalt'ered rtfnnant of his forces on the safe side of Ibe river, lie felt (lie need of a scapegoat, the colonel had IN the camp'of the and', small business men In a at the re.ir'w31n the city.' Their hands wagons, men ?at silent aUnil U'.e-wcro v.-lilte'nnd and ifieir cheals Jires and ai.uiht-r's cyts.'nol cllhtr for k-ngth ori Xow nni! thtn one -breadth. eud the others woul-.l lura way for' Ttierefuro, because ihe spirit'ie their veins. Cowards, eh? They would show what sort of cow- ards they were. They ceaaetl that moment to he a collection of units, and were In a way lo become a regi- ment. They were madmen, most ct'tbem, ready to KO red-eyed and homicidal at a pin-prick. They had been goaded and buffeted with no char.ce to reply- In thp road the grape and canister tore great holes In tbe compact col- umn. Tfm Eufprlsers were surprised. The- frrml ranfes recoiled, shattered out of all semblance lo formation. But the attack was delayed for only a moment. Bchlcd that foremost rank was another which came stead- ily on, leaving a MRII now then sprawling out writhing In the It could be .helped. He was olding TV hat, lie could, but. his line. WAS woefully thin and every momcnl Becoming thinner. Thc bSnging bul- lets took a steady toll. Down the slope- before lut sione wall a in a S3 cf men pressed for ware yelling. The thin line behind the wal concentrated all its flic upon them but it no longer 'availed. On came, Jogged, determined. Men dropped steadily, hut sUIl they1 came on. The twenty nifnuies wcte up. Where were thc rein force men Is? The colonel glanced about Woods behind him chut out all view of the regiments and brigades hurrying breakneck to the rear that lia'J brr- como tho front. They were lamentably lew, 1-iiL hose. few. were bad men to (ace. AL heir colonels call they. rose, grlpplnc heir whole men, mcn wllli bleeding heads, men with limp arnss, nen who rose only, lo fall again arm again struggle to rise. With a yell the wavo broke ovui :he stone wall, and in nn instant Molllccoudles were1 "ovtrwlieluifid. Fight ing like demons, madmen, or they weiit down1 before icrior nuinbera, but not before ttty imd taken full toll for their detear. Through his glasses the general in command taw their heroic lhe regimeuts breaking from the woods behind saw It and tains' iuto A suddeu of firing broke out on cither flank, and then the conqwrlnv enemy reeled before ih'o charga the advancing reElnieiiis.' A mow on t of fighting hand to hand, bayonet lo bayonet, and then fresh troops dropped behind the rtor.o wail ond poured a galling ilro i'llo the retreating Thc day tho was saved, and it wn.i '.fcc wbo bad 'Jono It. In the camp of the Molliccod'iEes Or- tliat evening mcn sat jected about iho fire-i. eecmed' rnurh tbo -ia other crcalas- There s-i ami recog-jxhey had read ironical newspaper'grass, but driving straight forward All he fcaer; WR.K Hiat be wrin atcTteJ Jlldled as tbe logical commenls hv Turn u-hn motwllbfitanrtine. Down th'S ItnR 'rnr.t fivr nfztd the Molliecoildlea as tbe logical and helpless candidates for the posi- tion. He nominated them accordingly in his report, the army, bitter over defeat nml at all understanding, i instantly elected Ibem unanimously. days thp whole country knew. comments by men who never [notwithstanding1, smelleo" "powder till Ibetr nerves hind the.Blone w in instant ar.rt tlitn corns lac'; to't-aaUy Olactrr.ti] than the flesh, hope of refutation, that the were strung like bair-triggers. mand, "Cease firing." Oown th'j linR the i'all went iho com-1 ing defeat. t'i ftfmy froM ovcrwtfilrj- were llifey? iu that, rod, fiery moment lift croup, men's .'vetoes iow nnd ?.wc3lrlcken. They dUcusecJ their OT'B 'gfrie, "Billy AJion hfwi "They've fool: oS Mor- Jon's and no fnrth. "How's the Oh! Almost to a man, they yearned for H almost caused a mutiny, Vjt timo for an lobtan'. of bitter pno. "Heard r.n slaughter with the primitive thirst of ,ofticera _perauaded the madmen savagery. They wanted to get square, obey. Thc enemy ramc on with i belli rrn !hp riono w l exultation an he -vicvrorl :t1a (rea wanted (o clear themsolvea. yell then. Kvidenily it was Lul ln- They wanted to show up their force In their front. Tht> for (he blatant Hare they were. had brought dlaasttir on tercd one; ntvcr hail a chance." j-.vlth only a mifo Another "suddenly flur.g down thoy Vncw a ol Rava8e not they wore not, "Mold them for twenty; paper he'had bec-n reading in thi. anr] thty trusted conHdenlly 11 like a'drover for a ino-ifp tiie future to haify their presence rncnl; and fell :.in arras, In his lent the colonel spoke bk- As a they not lerly lo his adjutant. [found ihenuelven. Tfit-y had nn ts Collectively they were in- articulate, uncertain, they ush by There Riifferod many with "They needed a Ihey'vc pitched on he broktn hearts In i jintnts, anO H lively lust I no mean1; A'tro black r and dc corps. They were a collection of'.slaughter In" the minds of the MolUe- unils Itislcad of iho single .and par-' A common scntlmenl ran from theiUcuUr entity n raiment sho-jld be. In meantime thoy wore dttaticd icad of the regiment to the meanest private in the ranks. Tt was, more- over, a rt-rfocfljr lesitimalc, well- rounded stntimc-nl, and (he facts ipon wlilch'lt was based were (bese: Tbe. Jtolliecoildlcs were a brand- itw; refiimcnf. Most of them "had been j Then came the catastrophe. I to [he roar to guard Jhe J train, ar.-l lite cup of their humlllallon rmy was facing the In bitter miinniirhigs Hut Fate had her -vliltn they were wllh a river In the rear, ar.il it thr-Ir lot. happened lliaf the MoISiecoJdles "W' lhpm- M general commanding made his initial mistake. I Havfng hurlcfl W the supppru The silent lhe graas. was his cry. almost despairing. "Hold horn If you lost every man." "I'll hold said the, colonel grimly. He kni-r.-.iho temper of his men. It was identical with his own. iJirectly1 a baltary whirled up, and unllniB'creil In the road. That'WouM mass ia front it ;loso up now. Ho knew he coiilil noli "7or> bad they kot llo 'lop I hern. He lacked inc-n. lie [ought lo liavo stood up." held their, back for triorc than we held 'em.1' irr.e domandcd of Mm. That was (he finale always. Should lie order his men to stalked rifonfj hi9 line. Across ihc open ground" In front j the enemy neared rapidly. Thty camo! hlmost txpecllng Illtle op- position. The only task Ibey saw he- fore them waa lo drive their foe Into the river. They made for, the" stone wall with in t6ad hnckja yeiL Al sight ol Meanwhile iho carnngc In the road was fearful. Tho Bteady plying of Ihc guna loaded with grape and canister had pltcd the advancing column In n mass of (toad dying till the order cane to halt and ileploy across Hit adjoining field. This added lo (lie- labors of-llio i voted Mollycoddles. Tho next ad "They say lie's dolP.'Jtrell, H bn lUrongli. 1 rcckoa they'll back? t The regiment had done Its work. .More could not reasonably be asked of them. They were oiifflanfced on either iftnd, and about to he overwhelmed. Should he order them hack? There came (o him another thought. "They CEilletl ua nnd with lliat he fmrried nlong (ho Ifnc with the command, "Fit bayonets." Ho would stay there and meet I hem; if U coat htm every man. "they .flllerl us ho shouted. This la our Dn come thai yelling wave in front. Loading nml flrlr.g ns -fast as they could, (he remnant of Ihe regiment could not atop If. Hut not ft man be- hind Iho stone wall flinched before H. The Inevitable wcaklhiga that aro in every regiment had lorip rlnco sought llio rcor. Those who stayed would stoy to the <-nd. matter what had come. to pass, no matter who had died, or wna wounded, or who was missing: the trace- wo held 'em." A hatlery come chains rattling, the wheels clanking In tho "What regiment Is called an officer. ''Tho fame (fie de- fiant answer. f'0ht" s.'iid the o nicer, anil tho Icry m'ovcrt. on. Jliit, every gitnncr's eyes turned sud- denly [ownrd thc camp-firea, and iho returned the with erect heads. It wag ns IhoiiRh they asked: "If it wasn't for in, wlicro would ..you And fro n. thc faced of Ihc gunners one understood Hint they jari no ndc- qua to "a n a wo r, Frank .1, C'l ;