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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta THELETHBRIDG HERALD HERE cou-es once more, that curious gray rai ot a man. Will' he, iwiiara. ring the door-bell again or this tlu-.e will he merely pasa by? The boy and hts mother, eacb hiJJen front view of the street behind n strarse figure as stalks along, drag- Ktcgr one ar.iS from to time to at the "Is he a tbe child says she. "Xo. I think not." "Who Is "I doa't know. s'au'.fcer, per- haps." "He acted li'xe he VMW yoa." t he :i ajj a n J boy shudders. He dcvjs not ihe loons oT the strargcr: for such a per- Eon. you must know, d--.es not carry with Mm l iJr of jroXi ;n- he first "called cJanporousty rang- tha door-Vll; and. being admitted, ho stared at the xvoir.en. wlih Mack, rit'5 eyes of Wrp red In tha corners, luflamod and blood- shot. His thtn and his sunken Titled with smallpox es though h1! uilght have received a ioriJ of buckshot in the lice, were unwhoK'XKr.ely pallid. His "clothes, his ?lo-jch hat, his eye- brows, his lips, even his teeth were the ir.an had crossed Ihe nnd gone haltingly round ihe corner o; the Baptist church, woman her little son still looked at the point "He to the the boy and his" irclher saia." .V while she silent before adding: "He suuied. as if, he expected me to re iren-.ber him. and perhaps I ought to know vrho Is, bul I don't 1.never SATT hlr.-. b-fore. that I knovr of; I'm sure I never did." The collage where these live property of Dr. "Arnold. His Qce and aro In. the front part ot house, while th; remaining three rooms are occupied by the .ivoir.an, ter husband and son. fhe leepsr and at- H'.f ilm of the strauser i ir.d his belltve UV IM. Ar.d t'.oa't I know tbo thli'.k 1 don't: folks are dejd; ar.J both dead, and wr.at'a with the farm? A atid sixty ot the valley In the svhai's T.-ub h? Why, you sold it. Tlut'rt what. I'You >c-M it. iud the n'.o yo-jr Docket. You don't want ir.e ,o my Fhnre. U'-t I will have I've come bnotc. and L'm g a to Uav e u h a S's to In the c.f less for bo': IT. that hail deal a very Urs-TTins -jj> a chiir. he siiJ lieie. sit down." Ar.'i ;is lh-; victor upon the foMIci, uron It r.n cli lie wsih pviin, crying out lhat he have a drtiik. Then, a ivhiF'ky boitle as easy sttldo of Conrad. erect- HM5, his soULerliko these things wore IntoJc-rnble lo Horace. Particularly was ha chagrined a familiar open buggy was about to 2 a s by, a buggy n occupa nit were Ju-Jfio Davis nod that charuilne girl, Jessie, his only daughter. All In blue was thai Jay, anO the of her poke bonnet floated with cfl- quietly obssn-eil: "My Urother, you know, used to sweet her. But she.. It TVnat you smiling "I was just think the b.uber be- fan, but paused to.remarlc that it waa raining pretty hard. He wondered windows In the bark; part of tha were shut. While Cole- vent away to an Investigation, her husband lowered his voice to add: .fact K Jew Davis wouldn't look at ,Con, after 'you went away. None of the, He twins And ha has enough; goojuess knows li-j tiin! Yes, and he cliaree'a a-plcnty." Cole chuckled, addiiig with humoroua appreciation: 'lie clnrgcs simply ex- iMvagaut, bul on colloctin' his bills that's where lie falls down; 'simply O. on that. A rctutar saphcad! "He even makes excuses for people who don't pay. 'Hard tlme.V says 'just wait till we over the hard Why, If my vonum dldn'i keep'up a dlng-tlong. I do l-cllovc tint Ue wouUn't collect nothin1. Ho churgea a lot. Just lo please her. and he's al- ways ihrealenin' to collect every cent that's due him. Hut somehow never does get round to Knock ing- the M.I things- Ko he went. ITontce did, went in my place. Ar.d now ho'a come .back.' And Looking at the pale-faced barber, who !1lac colored wristbands and tight to sea the siory of the Only grousers, that were heM down by straps your Ja here to enjoy the sight of your brother and your broth- wifel" A suffocating sileacs hold of the com. Sick, confused, staring helplessly OTin at this huddled remnant of a man. Dr. woiiderlntfy repeated _ _._... "That's it. That's what I EaJd, Why not call her Why r.ot let her se- me? SatlbtK: FO to fhen t see the sdliHer boy who sinlled at hei fna'rchtd AT- U'.oM'coaJd-iaake nothing of them; under his "polished hoais. the crlppli Interrupfed what his brtvhsr was say- ing. you Charley got It right. -That's me." "And you the but as ha narroiriy observed the. woman. are I see If, ypu_ are Davis. AM the you. fayqr 'a pood deal; you look a whole" Id t her." The replied "Ver. EO peoplo: been mistook mere blur of rras this Information lo the unheeding ear of Hoi-ace Arnold. Only the (significant fact haJ reached his Intelligence; she married; Jessie Davis was mar- ried, gone, the v.'lfe of.Eomebody, but not the wife of hia brother! Strange .hat this should have been the way of L! lie rcmemtereil iveH the time, years so, when Conrad in his new uniform, with buttons proudly a-glitter In foe 'her a many, i would: -Yduns folk? you know, are awful hard in their Judsment. They thought, we all houpht stay In1 the I ray bo did. r.fter cnltELIn and swell round in his uniform, H didn't good to people, of-course, understood t They thought he done Just rlRht o stay home. But not us: we didn't think thnt. I should say Those of us thai got turned down by tbe re- cruKIn' sergeant on account -bad health or bad ttetb; we didn't have much for Con.- "Once we.even fixed up a. leather ineflal and sent It to htm, with this in7 scrlptlon lettered It: 'Reward of Merit for Bravery.'. We didn't know :hen, we didn't even guess that Con was a lot braver, maybe, than a whole !ot of men lhat led charges and served Good as soldiers." "Brave? How do you "Well, In the flrst place, .he never seemed to give a cuss what people thought of him. He took good care "of your fatlier and mother, worked hard for them; arid tbat wasn't nil, not sunshine. Was j home lo the farm to eat a Sunday dinner, before hts r ment should be sent on to Washington. The two brothers, "side by side, were valklns along the country, road, the younger one 111-humqreiJ, enrfous. He could not to ivart be in lha thick of it, so to Tlie front; no, he could not do lhat: he if.ust stay at home. So he thought then., and sulked atonj dragging his" feet and stirring up a. cust that spitefully1 bcEir.u'Jgtd' brother's Horace Arnold courrlic-J, cleart-J hla VoU'p. siartei lo bul Iii-itaO of siyinu atij-tiling, mt-rcly looked oiva mort- through tlio whiJuw al the IiiS slio-jldcrs of the man out there, lhat bis brotliPr of Ills ivao XYJS mlacr- ably up ar..l ihr.fa his clifpks and his cvss a crumbled .The board ot Ihe porch Jarred an-! reaked under solid tread, aa ieadily, after rnfimte. tp pass to and fro acro.as tha It waa ns. though were IruKglinE with himself, fiehtlue wo- .liur'd to ressEn that he might go bacV: Into ,thc house ami alk patiently, calmly Knd wisely with tsat bitter, war-b'.lehted man. Irt meantlnic the strift strokes u( a scratchy soundlTi? loud in h3 of3cc. Uoraee was acri bbllr.g; j. tote. After, a few vroffls in glistening black had scrawled them-elves out a prescription pad, he >rought from fin Inner pochet of hla ,-eat a Comment of Etift and bailed [uper, so worn with carried about that It was brittle and ready to jreak two at Ihe folda. the tnb'a. near. He xras mighty families whoas nie? folks had'gone off" to tha TIT. "Times, you awful hard; 3'ou never >o much poverty one distress.. ,fc'o he.liad plenty to do, your brother did. -lie 'tray.etln, from one to another, doin1 chores for women that was about dragged lo death with work. VYou.d" him .chopiiinV -tvoou men "roofs of flour rou to them that needed It most. People In afs pr maybe carUn" sacks it Way. givln1 I1 Iroubje "always .knew .right wlierc to look "forJ -Abl' IJnenfnf 'liimsol bylnp the noEe QCI-OES it, Then, looking again at' the stooped as once more .they earn? {winging pjst the winilo'.v, Ihg vlrltor ahruplly "got to his feet. .Shortly afterward, when Dr. ArnoH came back Into the office, the roonj s empty, descried.- completely vanished from sight. As for the document left by him' on his brother's it "was a roldier'a honorable 'discharge, showing con- cluslv.oly thnt throughout the term ot enlfstrntnt" lie had answered to roil- cal) under the name of Conrad Arnold. The note eo hastily scribbled merely "Here, Con. is .Ihe discharge. I It. You have earned It it Is yours.1' A iling cry pcr.etratsd 1 Thi. too, .he hadn't any time clirlort ?lie roiiiertibertd; but, even H FAIXT, wail room. Etlrrei! In her sleep, oWcjtt h0TT could keep- cams again, 'weak and thin; and her iitec not overr-anicular breathing abruptly. you hear The man at her made no reply, though the felt S-JTC he awake. Sit- ting up-uncertainly, she shook him by the "Ben, .there's something1 out on the do suppost it the man groTfled, and ahs knew her surmisa had been correct; he was awake. "Cat, retorted excited- ly.. "Just listen to "Oh, shut up and let me sleep, can't you? Tns uilisr night it was a man; last nifiht.it waa a rat; nofr it's kitL'Vi "I didn't say It was a Vhe re- rnlndea. do go and tee what it "Go don't" bfllere I mut- tered. "I'm that dizzy I----" "I fee you was dizzy when I CO.T.C to Vedl" "I waa so col-3 a'nd Ur; "end when I run Into Mrs. Finr.egan'a for match Tht man suddenly up In bed, and t Mcbt of hla face hastily fc'ed out of his way. "Shut up he ordered, rolllr.c into the pUc- ehc had just Tftcated, he turned his face to ths wall.'-' For on tht fool-of the Ihsa the cry time huddled drowsily he first work she'd had for a wee'i. j 'ims vras when, she'd made a lot embroidering; but was when' they'd had three and Ehe had: he rei-'Jtiuon 01" being 3n unusual" That waa before Bsti i had to drinking. He had com- and they'd ".ad Eco-l had to ant! tbinsa with th': best of tham. Then ha'd his Job. Siie'd neve: quite but it v.-as 'joxethmg about T'OHtics; ar.d he'd like a craiy mar. for days. About that time the Kicnegsra hid moved in the hall, and Heavens'. She lo th'.nfc of it .v.ith trusting baby eyes looking up at her as though she was the best woman' in the worJif." tlcinfr blus and lor.eborr.e ori acco-jnt of Ben acting up: so, she'd got to. ninnins rour.U and Mabel. One night sh.e had blowed the crowd lh- rr.oney, and the acit day had found most eveiythms pawned and her chucked Into this litlle bad: room. Eho had trk-d to EO on with her work, but br -ths tirr.e she'd had to pay for a couple of. pieces she'd pot dirty on account of everything bsii 1 ;o, mayht for not having them done TO well after >eInK out half tho night Ife fiooj to this poor lilllc creature lh her arms! Ehe ihe baLy's hay-: kuoun her a Ion's lime sijo, i repealed, to gri-jvtd arJ frlshtin.- not yej I by. now that nhe Ecrambkd lo her many tr. feet and Bomehop." fot to the door. The cro; bitter Air an-1 what found! on the narroir landing sobered her ef-j tccltially. It was a baby about ten months oM, Judging from the Intelligence In UaVl'J? eyes and the emlle that replaced tht Qt sight of her, though Its size nr.d rvsj thai of a baby of many. It was clothed; ft ol j.lr.k ribbon tied the tolt fnlr hair, and Us krttle" drcaa very clean find and plnr.e'l to {he walil of It was a note that read: dono for. sood to my ar.J baby, learned lhat mirth has loiu-, jumj-cd in l.er arms But fhe iv as settjng awful cold, Sbe must get to tt-ii; ar.'l. anyway, there as no trying lo think about ho ivas going to da; Len, she v.-a frild. Tftoul'I decide lhat for her mos ighty t as she baby VAte? Me te good to It." P.OFS fald at Iti'Sth her giz-! wan- dcrinff about the ;oom, arc In the alley Phone intoj I arid she could see plainly each detail of" the Ihe h altered old stoVe; a b'jrned-out crater in lU circle of ashes and splintered boiseb; thfl its -vrcak peril- ously .askew under Its burden of un- wfonYd dishes and pile of wet ewaltlng their turn on'the line; the disordered bod, and the hoap of clothing: carelessly turned out onlo the dirty foor. "Oenl Ain't it the mullered closely, pnd, with It In t.er arms, crept erhsiy under the rile of clothe ir, the corr.cr. fc'he darcil not gel Into kick them out If thi 'o much as whimpered. paid fearfully, the ncx nrorrilr.j, It's noon, fjri wqrldj-fbul gbnce at hla impassivfi face mad ;er dumb. She mustn't ?ht--------- A Ucti that f'taycd In nights a Hen that Rllenlly emptied his pock and 1A treok fi3.ssotJ before ho returned, and thoygh vrajn'l al a ftl.ince had hern sweitest- drink in 3; inrush, lo be in a quarrelsome "Whit Ihe you bKr _ vai srMIng, 'lov.-n by the stove, j 6ver lilt eyes. lie hor from him ro Iy that ?Y.i on hrr fcn'Ts; and kick- ing <-i-en stove door, lhrU5t It in, he cried vindictively. "I gues init V.11I hold you for a "What have you donc2'' moaned tbe woman :il hla fctt. Why djrin't answer? Why was he FO stiii? Bhc thouchl fearfully. What ncif deviltry---- up "he Raw itarlng nt b2.5, lit.i face gray v.lth Ter- she shufflerl on her t.i lha bcrl her aims pro- over ths mnn. "I'll 'set thn't you pet rid ol It this lime! flive :t to rr.el" as ho called it. of the past year; nr.d, though knowing very Illtie of Caesar, and still less of the manly restrictions he bad ret upon his wife, ehe did feel In a film way that, r.o mat- ter what had become, ehe sbo have kept herfelf nbovc reproach, Hut was tie doing? She heard hlfl the impact of on the and Ihen the Flammlr.g of Ihe door, She sprang up hastily and found tha baby stiffly rrcci nt the icad ot th- bid, -and ten silver dollars lylnff on ths lable. flhB did not hope too rr.urfc Irom tbl easton, ond Was "not furprteoc when, Ihft next morning, he flung him self breakfaalleFS out of room Bwearfng that he woulil never com back till riioM.nol rl.rl of.tlio biat. he late thai nlghl; nnrl r-rfecll for the 'fir'sl lime la be ob- tts on (he every Saturday eve was one lo be lie was a kinder, too, she bi UcveO. Out Kund.iy made her heart acb with lor.glnjr Kc lold, in his curt way. of the budding Irecs and prtcnlng fi'-Ms through which he drove. Once he a. handful of violets oTilo bed; but irhen fhe lurn-id toward Mm .with aJittI-3 glad cry fh'e found him galing Rtolidly oycr ht-r head. He hatl always bcon rcpresfl- td man; but aa this. Jt wafl Ihvbaby. co'iirfic. Would 11 nl- n-aj-A btlweefi them? she naked hopeHMiy; for nwr, no thought of giving up Cencvra 'entered hor rnlrH; thai tier c-ye.s InvoJunl.irily from Ihe briby, fading perceptibly owny b.tby chicken, and another Kllle rabbit, boih of Tvhlcli he drop- onto her clean, .white bed with- ut a word. The baby crowed over them for of course, Ben bad had nc .ought of her when he brought them omc, I _ One hofmornlng In Juna Iiose aal y the.crib In tearless anguiph, for Ge- evra ycarcely noticed the little rafc- 11 the baby chicken not at alL "ne Siifi beaf .raercjlewly, nnon the low of. heal danced and I hlmmered aboic Ihe narrow alley; and! .cfccnlnfj odors rof2 from Ihe pools of; and piles ci refuse alone Its ui-j laved length. I Oh! fora ircek, even, In counlrj" where baby would hare chance life, "Ren (old her caa- uatly- the evening before of a pretty ilace to'which he had hauled a if furniture thai day. Sho. could BCD It noirv even though. ils description had bepn of the briefest; the little white house beneath iho great overshadowing Ircea; the floiceni end the cow; and the many chick- ens I the the one peeping disconsolately at her side; "Oh, ICeayen! ehe taktd brokenly, as sorrowing woman has done since tlrnc began. A heavy wagon clattertd down alley .at the foot of tht ftalra; but she did not notice It till out and came running up "Ifow long will It fake us to upS" he asTted in a mailer of fact way. "Pack she echoed "Yes, pack he repeated, sweep- Ing an armful of clothing from tho wall rind dropping El onto the bed- "The lit- tto place I told you treas- ured curtains fell limply from the win-, doiv.i nnd joined ths cTothtng on to a rfl thai hung ribuvi Ihe b; a hnlo-crorvncd figure with rnitrlrelched rit served gruffly cr.iwled Into bed, having forsotton the bnby; no row fully, ii was lo lay her 'in thrift loving. AB Irip pprins advnhccd, bringing hot, nn'1 br o when H fretted In tho nlghf, fear grew her. and It wannty and wafted pretense o( kccplr.y Ihe bab ___pped It warmly and Icy room In her b.m till If slept ngoltu Ihe hahy bid- She WAS nnnioiis pljoul Ucn, too. ours; going to It" The pictures were coming down now had reached the one Above tM crib when he stopped abruptly, his hands falling by Ills sldea; and knew In n flash of Intuition that he had ion H before.' Suddenly lie turned toward Iho crib, Ihe liard Hnoa of his fnce broken up; nrms cJttcndctI toward It like those of the piclured Christ, "Ah4 fthc-tns baby, kld'IT :el he vuld chokingly. Ills voice rnuft hnye MUiycd tho tlrefl lilllc pout, for Gcneyra opened her eyci :d, with her re.ttly pinllo. and reached up lo hi in tiny, 'lie.look her, tfi.iklng from to foot wJih tho stubborn', repress Ion o'l his cmollon, And Hie i-inldled in hla nock ntid klpfed him; then: and looted up. Fhe coniecj; nnd llrcd, almost hopcltsa to her prise ond Joy, suddenly found .lh.it Ihcrt n.13 room In his arni3 for Ifro, ;