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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta b ATLt E UGHT >tt.: mi. tr wrui ill Hikti mmM.f Y liepratker.brearnt Uwta In, ote uider each Btudtng, tout they might' net receive I I the Jar, lie defaulted thorn on the floor. Sutlig himself In i nwirby chair, lie removed hla hat, draw from the crown It a red ban- btndkerchlef and mopped hU html and "shiny llplKlag the handkerchief, he put the hat. ou ..Mi. by als.ehalr, lelied back, crossed his legs and bMwd. my itepfatber'a little tin cnp itf'Joy. "plumb" full pups, yacuons of wa milTeriog rf tall, "nosed" abodt my step- iwt uitll tie female pup, In a sadden rush of bntn pawer, forth a fragment of a bark. coat hei a tumble to her side, bnt my. (topCalber was .quick to set her on her unsteady kail, Mthlng her whines by rubbing her long, rel- 1 nry can, udllg by.hiUlit her up by tbe.nn'pe of ker nvck, to teat bee Btie kavHd, which, according to dog lore, was not tin rfcght. tbiBf- ray stepfather was nowise 'cut duaiL Ht jost ahook. tbe delinquent and sot.ber then, as he wircbcd ber waddle around, bt am M a "talk" on Bonr.di, MpeclaJly the race ruas ill pipt had afmng. (w they M not got much seme" (that seemed wflhtbey know anything up to a year old. Now, tbe mother of A mUjMir 'n-tlnr th> i tit aWrt tbe fob of ox honnd. a good euoagh man. ROM 'Mr-3. ILlla. M. Paquiri. Z O R B AC 5 fun kfcrt' ancrted my step- fetter, .lib "Nan- of jeur'worihltss tic iBMt tksiiL- meet ornery, BO Of ,m All'tkey'are It for la to eit tie roof If toey Jtub hdrtettra AB4, VMpeakable Indignation, I to his OrWe tbe of a pup wife the toe of hfe toot, leaving It there My attffatfcer Itsraedlitely .bont to th> [MiWty tuning the aelpims thine rljbt side r wlnlred at me raowujgiy. HlTilf hae bl> he did his errand, which wai to aty that were going to the bayou that night to "fig" aad wvold my stepfather come along. Aa tontd to leave, hh own dues, big brindlen, a crxt tt all doc bnedl, I (HM, caught his eye. that tre Just enough In 'em to give 'en a nose, enough bull to.mlti tfht My itamped acrou tie room to Tracer hla heavy boots drowsing name of dog Just then "my mother came In hi an- djiMr.'-'aia ifiiu kaowwi wink our went bis way. My nep-parent lat down It the table with an audi- ble grant, picked UP a fork and empaled a potato. It wu plain thlt his. of hi! neighbor nothlBg but'i'blg of No'tilings' Ilka hla tblnga! No ways like Southern ways! No dogs like tnat pair of brlndle The pups stepfather1! .attention. They had aeented.hlm oat and were nUBbrlng over his feet. Gulng.down apon 'them with the satisfied nlr of af proprietor he !-'Now, there ire dbga that .will be For pupa of their age taey can't be .Wlutorn tk "till hlfber, until from their walls one woold that tney were undergoing vlvlsec- In a half dejia dllerent farmi. I guess they wert hoUow, and donMless they missed cud- alicg agalut rhe warn of the mother hound. Them on Milk. My was very patient with tleat for a man. Mare than once that first night I iwvkc to see him trotting out to thern'.In blfi nlg'ht a saucer of milk In his hind. Nor did he scold then tbe follwwlng'nioruing. 'Instead he made ex- rum IK Iktm. He expected to have a "time" until they wire wuned. If my stepfather thought that the ''time" wmrid end wlQi the weahhig he fvund hlmaelf nils- tlkM. Bully u hail Jut Worms at flnt, causefl by feeding too much cow s tbe ntigMMra Mid. For awblle the poor pupa can and stomach. My stepfather dosed tkeat wrth (unnvwder and they bad flts. tntj caafkt the nunfe and went abont coated wrrh aid gmK. Soon they developed enough "head" .tn snck egfa, and were tempted with empty sheHs lite whfeb a lot of csyennc pepper had bccu blown. They got.the stuff Into their eyes as aiMth, and for a time they were is blind as Hftwerer, their haakerlng for pou.lrry product was liver after they ffave an egg as much rocm H.nMn.glTtn to tbe deadly bomb. At of eight months tboy had come through II ill anA leng legged, gaunt. Innocent looking atlBtlt; By gen, you may be sure. ,Wben Koldetl tor'tfealr BFtaealtf they had a way of silting on their binncoft by tide ind looking up at ua In tbe repentaAt, sVime faced maancr. a lull uprtartn of tnelr good Inlentlons 11 ej vsMllf hiM tbvnelTea.dDWfl. by side, iuid, with Htt.mUft M their rmivwi, watched us. Let ni iiin mr kieni tre iihnjtM. irxl they were digging Ilil or ehaitoif the cklckeis, >r per- il lllUpllle betay-btlg Or III back, Wlteh It kick. When there was I quarrailtd with eich other AbMrt that IUH tlwy the "going" trait. Two pqpa were at our heels tbe niomeat I Mt ft the cked In ti pac The "ending" pare bothered me. I ivas too shy to start out in tbe egg business still I was mire I must "pick" the goods. The mutter was solved when, on the ifternoon a day too v.-et Cor plonghicj, jny stepfather said he. must RO to thu town on business. "Yea, I'll do the aelllng; you can go aJpng.ttnd pick .what you want." He was rather aurly about .It He dp.emtd mother and I hard to please Ju the line of often we had flouted his he Invariably selected roecs 'uBually as large as -too cups, yellow or purple .'pre- ferred. I-Ile latest had been a "waist." Over and ovor my mother had aald, "White ground, with smnll black dots." He had brought home while ground strewed with red roacs tile size of a quarter. And he was so el it ted at Lils success In choosing small figures that my mother not one fault finding word to him. To me she declared ber belief that be ivas.as color blind as a b fit- Well. a dress, up" by egg. Is surly or not anrly, the choice of my new jarb could not be left to a mnn who wan color blind. Don r.Iag his btst hnt, my stepfather went nrouiid to the chimney, where stood his In -reality they were dwarfish. poles, about the alze aud length of a brooms He V. They nnmbercd perhaps twenty, nil sassafras. It seemed that crcry flne. slralght saasa- f ma. bush he'came across was. cut with hla. pocket knife nnd trimmed Juto a "cnnc." He cut them long that Ihey mleht BPTTC as a [o kill snakes, and I think that choice of that particular wood wtV that, after season In e, It was Hfht Coveted His Even yet I rorocnibcr his "canes" an nnnlfhtly blotch on Ibe side of the old lop chimney. How mj fingers used to Itch to end them ai a part of a barn- Inj bnish heap. After solectinir tW iilrongcit of cane aswrlmftit my was ready to slnrt. So bucket of eggs ID hand. The pupg wore ready, oltw, bouuc- log around QR and barking at every jump. ''Run for the Cabins, Mows, but the dry aassafras brittle, and broken stk'k or a half hearted blow would certainly enrage 'the sows still more. Cculil we drive tbe pupa.from us they could out- run the hogs, thus drawing them off and rldillug in the fracas. Sly stepfather tried It. The poor pups elms still closer anil yelped. their nolsa added to the fury of the razorb.icICE. .Indeed, their lunges nt -as became rnther alarming. .Moreover, at their snorts .o( rage the rest of the drove began nslli. other SOWH, shoats and several youog ninlea. Is 'Retreat to the' Cabins. "Itun for the cabins; my stepfather. I guess that cudlng his career as hog meat was In bit vision just then. Somehow I couldn't leave liltn. "You come, pleaded. "Le'a ba'oli We edged toward ihe eaUlus, the point being keep the pups as still as possible (they ivcre only whining aud not even cross word did we darft give them lest their little ray of understanding van- ish and howls cpiumciicc. iWc were perhaps linlf (he distance when we saw that some oC the slioats were closing In behbltl us. We were In n fair way of being surrounded. "We'll run for It now! You go1 directed my stcpfntucr. I flew, he close behind, the wonder nclnp that the pups didn't trip him, for they stfll cluiiK to him. To make matters worse, the moment wu rushed they howled, a yelp coming iit every Jump. Our sudden move dazed the hogs for a second and tli.it saved lis. However, by the time we reached the cabins they were right to us. At the door they balled. In fear of n pen.' We scaled the log .ons climbs n rail some bare poles which had once held up a.loft. I climbed.to one pole, my step- father' to another; and, scaled thereon, our backs against the wall, we looked down on a mtlCe such aa only the backwoods can produce. The cabins were set en blocks and noorless, so our pursuers' were soon Inside. The pups had ciUcrcd at our heel3, and, with (lie hick of fools, ban managed toisquirui under a couple of sills that had once been the foundation of a lean-to. There they stayed anil bowled defiance until the very eyes of the razorbacks were shot with blood. Out of tbe sills which shielded. adversaries those.old sows tore mouthful after mouthful of half rotten wood, their white lushes ..red from the bleeding of .their laceratc'd gums. As. I went up the wall my bonnet-ll.ifl-fallen. The.yeuns bogs'pitched at and soon it was ill shreds.. My bucket of had clung to thnfbiickct until foiTcil to climb! It-was'hard to part with the wherewith of that dress; saved egg by egg. Well, wilh" didn't EO. egg by It went In a heap, a half'dozen young razorbacks "dancing Juber" upon.lt as they fought that tin bucket with the ferocity _ot grizzly bears. Could -we have made the pups slop Ibelr noise' hogs woUIti have quieted down, mnybc ib Ihe point of lenvlug. But no! Nut a; th'iiig the least effect on the crazy hounds.' Indeed, tlic more my slep- fntller ordered Lb'eul 16 tbe louder'they It .was not pleasant up there' astride tho beams, nor it'altogether Once I nearly last-my balance. For a.-momeiit I guess the Imir of my head stood aa .itrnight as the bristles of the'razorbacks. At last .the pups appeared to hnve given .up thi suppose they really rleeme'd Iheir noise Bjiht. The silenced their foe, evidently believed 'themselves the olci soivs stood-wiiii iiiL-ir long snouts near the listening Ono by one.the young bog's drifted Oulslde they got a runipus among themselves, and the sows wend out to see. about It. TheuVlt'secniEd that tie' whole, drove had departed. ''I mndo 'n move to get down. At Ihe stir the pupa again set us''-their 'yelping. Back'cnme..the razor- backs, anil tbe performance, so.to once more. The cloudy weather bad darkened. More niln was imminent. And as a .bog appreciates sliejter. In wet times, our besiegers might hang around all night Tile second act had been on perhaps ten minutes, when, peeping through a crack, I s'plcrl two horsemen approaching. They were coming straight toward us, attracted by the racket, of course. A- second peep showed me that one of the men was our assertive Almost any one else would have been pref- erable Just then. Bui there be wns. long, lenn, lantern a true backwoodsman Is never fal, only when a baby. Through the doorless door It wns easy .for our neighbor to take In the situation at a glance. Grin- ning prodigiously, he leaned forward on bis saddle born ami peered lip at my-stepfather, sitting astride his beam. "Hello, old man; what's the matter with youriull- blood As I. remember, my stepfather illd, not deign to reply. Stiffly he began unwinding himself for a dc- enlng them with his cane. They, must stay nt home cane, nor would they, allow me to get bonds on sometimes, he Informed them. them. They submitted, lying down.side.by side, each .one Shortly, we came to an old a wreck resting Its nose on Its fore paws. Its. long, soft ears of a Chouse standing on a knoll at one end The placa framing eyes that, just-then; were very bright and ,wac known .as the. double cablus, aiso a relic of sharp. However, they were meek enough and we before the war days. Inoufc'ht no more of The. m Hireling about the a, to the razortmel; dlsmials. men 01 Tht road led down to the corner of the field, then men-back pig. With a '''woof" It the dogs llorseSi nnd our lot bad bolted as our succor rode up. turned and ran along one lide of It for maybe after It in full tongue. In about two_mlnutes Ihcy olghrh of a mile, there, turning again, It plunged Into catne back as fast as they went, two old razorback sows In milk.. Droves of half wild bogs were common lii, Arkan- sas at that years ago The milllcnnalre hunting timber his dollars, the worWugman in his wake- culling It for tt-sassafras cane in .my a bare Irvine In a board but, were not, the order of labored, .irlin tnc remains J_L._ .._ things then.. Consequently 'sturdy oaks stooc as they the woods.' Sometimes we cut across Inside the cor- ner, Climbing- the fence at the Inst turn of tbe -road. However, that day It wan too wet to do so. We bod walked around In the outaldC: track antll we were tbe Inst turn of the road. As we ware lenrlng the field I looked back. Two pair of wishful eyes. were peeking through a. crack of the rail fence. Punishing ths Pups. Hardly had my stepfather set his foot on the ground ivhen out squirmed tbe pups, bounding about wiur little, glad yelps. "Now if my dogs had happened to be The wild bowls ot a couple; of: bound., pups, be- Tbe wet had not prevented the. pups from cattllle; .across that corner. I scolded them, m; stepfather tiiraerl and Bhook bis cane nt them. Tbey appeared a.U .broken up, crashed very eartli, and we left them. there, huddled toscther. We travelled on, my stepfather ahead, I ctose at his hoels, carrylnv my precious' cgfa flnferly thlt not one mlffbt be cracked.- A "cottoalall" went bj; after It. like a shnt, two bonnd pups, In full Umfuc. Those wretched dofa hid sntaifd' hchlnd nil tbe way! At tbe Bliht of a rabbit they kid thrown all ciutloh to the wlndc.. That, had stood'for years, showering their acorns down each autumn. .'The .primitive wild was everywhere, nnd tbe wild of Ihe razorback (Wed iu It well. .Quite often I hod come upon droves of these hogs, more or less wild. Usually they disappeared, with their characteristic and that wns the last of them. However, once'I had seen them rally at (he squealiof a pig. Only n ni-urby fence, over which.we hsd scrambled had saved girl friend and my- firing badly. Well, there was ne fence near now, and those, old aows were. In dead enrnesL To the pupi my sleptalber's legs were.a'-hafen of as they rneaked, they had refrolned from betraying refuge, ind arouid ssld lea? they twined themselves by a single yelp 'rather upheld my ttep- themselves. The hogs were not particular ai to what father's belief In their they or dogs were a: one to them. They yelped now. l> they loat their rabbit to find It Only by lonrishlng his cane could my itepfatkcr and Jose It again, running to us between limes, a keep ticm off. stepfather's band, nipped our neighbor's dog's tulo in the bud. "Whip one man over another man's Pour pups! However, they bad earned a their own account, no doubt of that. The mill was coming down by that time, and with. "I hope yon won't be run up any more walls, old our neighbors rode off. The pups had For once those wrolchcd hounds hail evolved eneiigh sense to go liome. My new passed Into a dream that over, I lonseil for home as well. Besides, I was bon- and bickwoods style abaolutely forbade appearance ol-i bii.'ehcitlerl fera.ile on the streets of My stepfather wan In no mood lo so we both turned back, I carrying my.battered til enveloped a gray drltale of rnln. cRuie l> ilghl. There, side by tide. stnno'loR ou hlnit llvlne picture of dof Joy. Howerer, they were rery 'Hid the cane of wood, hickory (or In- icgj, their forepiwa on the top bar of the feKe, to thtlf lollowlii about .My iteptathtr to thjlrjuml.-thrxt- cirefnl not to gtt within of my itepfather's itance, It woull itrred to 'tsockexit" were two to wetcome ;