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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta :iPrize Winning Stories In The Herald Contest THE LETTTBRTDGE DAILY HERAL1> ? Based on Actual Incidents of the Early Days of Southern Alberta. THE HORSETHIEF'S DREAM A TftUE STORY OF THE BELLY RIVER (By Joseph Gillespie, chief of police, Lethbridge, winner of first consolation prize for adults.) tho Ore: "I guess,.boys, we ueedthat no longer. Somtv f the Redooiits &ro purty liable toDe prowlinff round an^ .getting ��.� �?!^en:\pt ,tho^ ?nliokei" '^The>a,. fijcn oner a . , lira "%:*kni>'fr ,!jrliere them Re^tofttB aro'iiiiight.' ! saw tHelliis^enl two JhWVlde down vtB� oo&j|ee tp^^ards the Belly-Rtver ,aad^ j Mttk he's gdtk bunch �iWffd obihe' t*iB liriiji'. Ho roia� hack '4n: UD'^iin' down as if he WU8 IdSking for Tour trail. He didn't-pifflJ^BBatidvany tho.' Purhaps we haye^Wored' him." "l*nriikps, but it's only purhaps." says'a ihird man -whom the others call oil Peter. "1 know Sergeant G- too darned well ,and shure as God mado little apples he won't let up The day had been hot, oxoessively hdt. As night (ell, heavy dark clouds ha;vfe rolled up from the western hofl-aoji,.and now can be heard the dls-taht rumblin/j ot thimder while from boi!)Hul a mountain of blackness fiash; (.f...iio.v ,,,'(! then, thn reflection of-'flfs'  taiii lightning. la the bottom o� a coulee leading ^oe,-to a river flat not far from where ttijB jtt'f ulfy.ot Lctlibridgu now stands, is a, small : cainp. Threo men, eTidoutljr frr^-^ Wvi'w navb, stucli men, are ylyiiig. on their unrolled beds upon uit; gioiuiii, tiieii' lace.'i Illuminated ty the fitful blazing ot a "cowchip" Are. A short way from the camp are picketed eeveval saddle and pack ponies and further up the coulee can be Ijeard the "munch, ifiunch" of a larger bunch of horses fllling their empty stoifaachs with the short but nutritious grass. The uion arc silent, strangely silent. ,Now and again one sits up on his bed, rolls a fresh cigarette, lights it hnd lies down. Que, the leader of the outfit, at length breaks the silence an|l_ mutters as he jumps to his feet attS" stamps out the dying embers of tho grass. "Vcr nerves la buatod an* it'll braco ycr." "To h----with Curly's for|y-rod, I want none ot it. I'm going to get out of this mcBB. and I'm going right now," "N'o you don't t'ofn, you arc bore, and hero you'll stay until wo pull out with tho liorsos, make ono movo to go Peto, an" I'll shoot yer brains out." "Put up ycr gun, Bill, you're got uie. But If I ovor got (Uit of this mix-up yafo, I'vo douo with horse thieving forever." �Keddy. who hiul boeu all but t sil-cat'spectator of tlie little eoono''just enacted, now tool; u hano. "If Fcto wants to sling off," ho said, "why-let him gn. You and riie'can handle this otit/it aloiio, can't wo? There ain't no imo as'U caro a d-- whether you aud me gets caught or Smoke All the rich aroma of the beat Virgima leaf now until he lands every mother's son of us in the pen. 1 'ell you plain straight, I wish to h- I was out of this jack-pot." "Getting cold feet. Peter asks Roddy. "No, but I'll teli you. Ton fellers ain't got no one depending on you, I've a wlfo and two kids. Por myself I don't care, but if I got to go to the pen what'U happen to them'' That's what hurts. We'd best lay down our hands right now. Lnck's-agln us, tte pot ain't worth the risk. We'd much better leave tho horses right where they are and split first thing In tho morning." "Here, take a svlg of Cnrly's forty rod," said BUI, handing Pete a bottlo and reaching for a tin cup lying on flUTDOOR PASTIMES for you this wintar on th� PACIFIC COAST Hundreds of miles of perfect motor reads through magnificent sconery - Golf on the many evergreen l!nlt�-^On this trip see the magnlfloent CAMADIAN PACIFIC ROCKIES 500 miles of scenic grandeur. THE DOUBLE DAILY SERVICE ROUTE Full particulars will be e'adly furnished by any agent of the CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY ^ ................,,,^rr,,r^f^l-JA Here'sWhere Car Owners Save *--\-\- For the next -week only We -will sell the world known dependable 0�te at m DISCOUNT t WHY WAIT TILL SPRING WHEN YOU CAN BUY YOUR BATTERY .  AT THESE PRICES ? Batteries will be installed in cars or shipped by ay low. There's someone coming," A man on horseback passed them near enough for them to sea^he was no Indian. "It's a white man, boys. He's not lost, either. 'Ho knows pretty well where he's going. Where the dickens he's com-e from beats me. There are no ranches in that direction." Once again they all lay down, and tho sergeant did some more long thinking. Putting two and two to gether he mapped out a fresh plan for the moroing. "Minipoka, his Indian friend, was right after all. No we won't put back. It's aheafi we will go." When the first grey streaks of dawn were breaking across tho eastern sky. Sergeant g- and his two men were several miles down the river In the direction whence had come tho lone night rider. As they rode along a single liorse came down from the bench and went to the river to drink. The sergeant's curiosity was aroused. A man of the plains, seeing a lone horso travelling a -considerable distance to water in the cool of early morning, can read a whole lot between the lines. That horse must be mighty thirsty, or he would not quit his bunch and travel all that way to water alone. And what would make him thirsty at this time of day What caused him to break the regularity with which horses on ,the range feed and drink? He might not have been fed or watered the day previous, and, when turned loose, had been too- hungry to drink when his companions drank. But to drive him,'or ride-him, there must have been men. And so the sergeant's curiosity was aroused. He rode ahead, and as the horse drank, examined him closely. "Just Vi-hat I thought," he remarked as the other two men came up, "that is the brand alright. Now, if I ain't nnioli mistaken we'll find a Vamp in "that coulee. You fellows stay here, while I go up and around, and come down the coulee from above." Leaving thg two constables to watch the mouth,, he made a detour and entered the coulea at the head. saturday, january 22, 192H PUT DETECTIVE ON FOOLISH CHASE ii J ijiid a woinuii an pendin' on me I'd quit yor Uv "Weil, lie's poue an' it's ni Letiridfie Battery Maintenance PHONE 1483. .. 811 FOURTH AviNUE, SOUTH. t.ETH8R,DGE, An hour beforo dawn Bill awoke. "Itoll out, boys. Mo thpre I'ctf I" "H� ain't there, mil." "Quit, eh, I thought at one time Peto had sand.'- "Well, to tell you tho truth, Bill, I'm kinder glad lie's gone. There ain't "no use talking, wlieii a man has a woman an' kids df'j)eiuliir on liiiii it wakes a* pilB of rlii'terencC'. By all that's holy, Bin, if 1 had a woman uu' iiids de- too." _........uw up to you and me, Rod, to get this outlit to Milk Uivor altme. so let's gi't u move on an' get iheni horses aiToss before ihem darned Redcoats Htait" "Bill, 1 feel as thou(;h .iomelhin' was just Roinm to happen, l^-l inc take a pull at that tiottlc. 1 sucsa I need a bracer." "W'liat iu h-- iimkes y(u- think fioijietiiin'H goin' to happen." said Hill, liaiiding over ttie bulili-. "riere, tlirow { a hip shot ot tliiK iiiut yer an' IcI'm tio ^^ctliiiK out of hure nr you'll IjO liuviii' lold fnct too," Iteildy took u piiil .u the bottle and Hill linisht'd it. While Heddy was Haddling ttie liorric? luul packiuM: llui Ijrds. Bill in:iturned a deathly white, "Excuse nie." he said. "I guess I'll turn In. 1 ain't feeling just right."" The, sergeant retired to the room Pete's wifb had prepared for him. "A man. might be morally certain of a thiny," he thought to himself, "but to be able to prove It is another matter. I am glad I cannot do so.v The next morning, before the party left Pete's ranch for the fort, Reddy asked if he could write a note to a friend. After writing It he handed it to Pete and asked him to deliver it. When the party were out of sight Pete looked at tho note and saw it was addressed to himself. Opening It be read: "1 am glad we met as strangers. 1 have a notion the sergeant suspects you as tho man who passed him in the night. Btit as far as 1 am concerned, he will never know. I will put up with whatever they give me, alone, I ain't lost all feeling for women and kids yet You often told ot the little ones saying their prayers. Ask them, Pete, to say one for me. Good-bye," Reddy was sentenced to four years in Stony Mountain, and after his release did not como back to Alberta, Bill's body was found several months later, about forty miles down the river, Pete is a time-honored and respected citizen, held in the highest esteem by his fellow men, and by men in the same business as himself, as one of the straightest and most capable cattlemen. They realize that o^iighs are catching-that on� |^�raon with a bad cold, cA pais the trouble on to many other*. H you have a cough, don't tpraadh. Getridolit$]r-MUnf{ � Coughi, Coldi, Soro Throal^ BronchUlai eVan' A�thma and Whooping Cough} yield to tho h^almg, curative effects of- thia depandabi* remedy. It�aromatJcflayor�nak�aitatr��aW� to th� twfte. Keep a bottlo handy. 5oIrf by mutt draggUtt. PREPARED nr National Drug and Chemical Co. of Canada, Limited. . j$ Light m Wighl, yet affordins amplt roominess Jor, all passengers, as this view of the lontteau indicates New Light-Six Sedan - rt Masterpiece of the Studebakei Body Builders* Art BEAUTY and comfort are comlmied in the Light-Six Sedan with stability ana correct design. Studebaker's 'long experience in body building assures just that In its quietness of power and freedom from vibration this Light-Six Sedan sets new standards in closed car comfort. Distracting noises and discomforting body vibrations have been eliminated. �Think of getting this fine, light-weight enclosed car at such a moderate price - with that acknowledged superiority in flexibility, smoothness and all-round performance possible only in a six-cylinder car. See this car-ride in it-compare it with other Sedans around its price, or hundreds of dollars higher-and we will rest our case with you. GRAHAM MOTOR CO. LIMITED, *14 6TH ST. SOUTH. .LETHBRIDGE. this is a studebaker year ;