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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta I'HE SM L' felt SHas declared aflcrwimls that nought but haril Ifecta of all that woman had said working like kept his wits from wandering Just then "n he- man would have gone back to comfort his walliir- wife, no donbl; hut loo he knowcd Hint a! such a time she'd suck no comfort from him. Instead there came a sane, half if he weul afore lier In fhc gray of morn wlth'the beautiful little collin that wit'df man could fusliii-i she'd see as he'd suffered loo and donp Ihe best licit was lefl: to do. and perhaps lake It klndlv and give Iiim. "To work he went, ami tooic the fines! hil of oak l'i Ihe shop-a piece long kepi In secret for Squire Shin- ingford when tile good limn should come to want Ir And Kiias. he worked hour upon hour: lie lined It ivlili silk so snug and soft as a bird's nest; he liulshed it up home lo Hie lid. ami with all the skill of a max. (or undertaker, ran -a pretty piece of bine cloth over It in Ihe shape of a cross, after he'd polished it and made Hie line grain shine like (he SUM. finished by Hie lire; glimmer of daylHit and even then the man If more work eonei be put Into II. But he's made a brilliant maslerpieei. without, a donbl. and as the day dawned for a um-i menl.'the craflsuian 'mustered Ihe father, and lie folded his arms and gazed upon It will] a hlsh satis- faction thai only chilled on' when he 'twas made for who------. Then hi. put on 'bis clothrs.' again and tidied hissolf and went down through Hie dimpsy light of the morning, dog lircd, nT liie hoi: under his arm hid in a clolll. The Return of Silas. "Twas not much aflcr five o'clock and he mrt nobody, but reached bis see it sleeping in i the row with Its blinds down, lint Hie place wasn't' made fast, so he goes through his and opts tile door and walks In. "All was still as death, and he slood on his own doormat for live minutes in donbl wlnit io do Tlic-i came a souml that he'd got: to hate pivitv terrible bad' of laic days, but now. happening when he never' thought to bear It no more, all the music of heaven's; Harps wouldn't have struck sa lovelv and blessed 1' upon Hie undertaker's, car. For lie heard wcrcn't.his wife's little voice, nor yet Smordon'-sl: big one, but just: tile long drawn, familiar croak aii'll catch of his baby boy fighting for air against whooping cough. "Twns a bit: of a shock to the line no donbl. and he failed against the umbrella sian T ami stood propped np for half a minute. T'l'icn went into the room and found the. air full of cbemic'il stuff from a burning lainn. which was Ibe doctor's' latest idea, and nurse Smerdon with Ilia son on li-- afore the-lire as usual. "'Cord whispered Sii lio'.s "'Of course lie's alive, and he's if I know anything about sSic get to your wife. She's "fretting tool. But for my part, if was your wife. I'd only vhen you was In Hie hoi s. 'you don't say ;oing to bide alive said. 'You'd lies; 'or Iret "He Sat Down AH of a Heap and Stared at His Child as if He'd Seen a Spectrum. hccanso in his opinion.1 mis a He nillliilTr] to liavo K-cpt tier or hvi.-r, and llif Imtno lic'lc! Ilille for Ilio xirl. I'M. Mien crime llw Hint a lillli; Sihclla throwi'd up the 'tlplii aiiil wcptVraiis "'us ihilj- on tin? raid. Su iv.- all Imputl "f tears mid look Sll.l? Dunll.vbrig. Some (iercu fii'eiu'S tiinre ivprc and Wliltclock vcrv nrnr got tlio Sirl In (.'linngp hnr nilnit and run an-a.v ivllli him her mother watched .her lilin a hawk.'nml so hail to lie content with hiking forty shillings or nKinth out n! flic nmlpriakcr. Since Sllwlln wouldn't So her lover Silas to tliu iriiih of music one line n.'Khl In (he ''Imroh.rard. Then Hob niniied mvav hi.imlf. iviim ilic-.r down hi wiili (h'c all In solemn order and state (o lake him his father line! In.explain tint Hie yoiuiK mini was off. 1ml none knew where. "F'ir a longfnl lime lie nway, and as soon iie was properly of course, the fcirl wanted iiim hack anil unl.v him. .lint she'd lost her dmiico of happiness in thnt qunrler. IJehiK like Hie many are- weal: (o for their own that liie parents would suon be better friends and reach a proper nnders'tanding. "There was a good bit of doubt as lo thai, how- ever. In my opinion, for Hie first lime I named ii lo .Silas DunnybriB, and coiigrainlaled him very hearlily upon It, after the coming event eommon knowl- edge, all he answered was that lime would show. 'Hut for my part.' he 'tis a bit f a nuisance In man just making his way. in fad, 'lis a len-ible handicap to In; a father so soon..and for my part I don't know where the money's ,-omiui; "And I'm afraid .Sibella went -sobbing to her parenls in secret morc'n once during the ne.vt six months, flight out of luck, pour glri: then, as if the fuiuro wasn't lo make lier b-.isv t man sol I ill Hie crisis. A very fraud leii me it xvas ht sec that atom small Iniiids and hauling de.illi till Ills' llnv Crowed iiiack, anil time after lime evcrvhodv IlKiniflit lie was lie foimh! us lira ve'as ii rcshiient nf soliliers for hisself nnd look his food and f'liilil like :l lop v.'hen ihc cruel cough would let him. (Inclor was :n him with nl! the lalcsl invcn- lions, KM- Dr. was one of thcni learned men who never lot himself net hcllhld tlic HMHM in knowl- jirul nurse Sincnion slic done; her part most courageous likewise. Slie n spacious woman and his! stone over Ihc and never got It hack ajniin. A here and there, as uiHlerstoc.ii, hvlprd lier also, for of she couldn't do It all. Hill Silas, lie v.-as not a hit of use, nnd Hie only Miinp he did was to sit and cnss Providence while he watched his son ilnnhic in Ihe nnr.'ic'a lap; anil And first and I hen ho "ile sat dowu all of a heap and slarcd at his child as i! he'd seen a spectrum. Then lie ler. bfi.v i-o from under his arm and the cover coined off and li'm shining thing lay exposed upon the floor, wi' caniicp .light making it red o' onesiile.-.'iml daylight iuakiir- it white t'ollier. "Nurse Smerdon was n good bit put out when she' seed what he'd fetched homo, but slie wasn't so much' asionislicd as you might think. "'You unlucky she said. 'What the mis-i have you been up to 1 "He was limp am! helpless still, but a hard man ilk-j. linn soon began lo get bis nerve back. j 'Hannah -Maine rushed in the shop last nlglil anil) lold me he was a goner. And I was that strung about It that nothing would do but I must -el to worM there and then.. Thank the watching he ban'Udcad: but I fait be a fact there's ihc thing. A.'masterpicct I've made for hi'ij] And my wife must see It, for 'twill Iell her better! than .any power-of words what I've been through 1 I will help her lo forgive me. Ilia! blasted, girl? -War two pins I'd wring her ncck'1 "iNursu Smerdou saw how the land lay and acteil! with her usual command over men. 'The 'girl's in 'bed.' Wring her neck corlnlnlv so snou as she's won't prevent vo'uW got to think-of your missis first. She shall know been through in good time you nnmn't.go showing lier that thing jusl now' in a frame of. mind to admire it." 'TIs like tliis'i she look Ihc child for five minutes last nMir and 'is ill liick would have it, lie got a bail choke in 'h'-r'' arms and purple as n sloe. And slie 'twas' the "woman. "lie's gone! all-over, wi' uu." she anO girl thought It was you know Hint girl. Olf, sh'j must.bolt, like the .senseless mumphcad she i--! and while, f was the.'child round she we ii Iraapsing all over Widecdrnbe.'telling the parish iitllo Silas Dunnybrlg was dead. And sue. come to! you first, no doulit." i ".'When she returned she heard me. ami I sent off lo uiujay her evil news; but she forgot, vou Hie'one she oushijo havt'minded lirs.'j However, these things don't bv chance .ao.well not to ho loo 'hard-oh tbe lord's cho-rn tool. He'll often let an idiot work for accord- ing lo Ilis mysterious ways. 'You've had your (U'sV .by tlic look of you. And now vou'd belief get ihi-tl affair .out of the -way and go- to vour wifK medicine tiirongh his mind. cruel sick with tilings in general, aim incii nc w aru'w cruel sick himself. 'Twas just at that asleep, el.-avsho been down house at the sonnil stage tTuit he rose up and (bought to go homo again: "f but he was stopped by rnnning-fool.sleps, and lie beard a yowling and a snilliiug, and the maid of. Hannah .Maine, her name ladder illlo his loft and screeched out. 'twas all over. "'IleV. gone; lie he dead; 'Hie li'l. llbby 'lamb be dead, she cried out, aiid Hien she went down your voice. Don't wake lier. but slip In bcsidej her no cpiiet us yon and wllen she teli her the hubby's Ijnlter.' cries Silas. "'Ki-i lltly bit, If I've eyes. He's come lo stop, as I nlwilys knoircil be had. He'll lie hard nut like yon, I shouldn't I le ladder so loud as she knew liow, not. Now pack that elHterinc horror out of sight, and -prcail lier had news abroafi. don't you tell nobody about It, for there's lots would. say 'twas bound io cruel, wife's "The man. who'd jumped to bis feet, fell back as if he was nnd long he sat with his face on Ills arms upon Ihe bench. I'.ul go Home not Ihen, ..........salvation, even when It lies right afore their so. in due course klmlly mid skilful she tool; Silas, .and the man. who had behaved vcrv raislhk- nnd pnllcnt while she made up her mini! was to get her and meant lo make her Ihc bestcst husband ever he knew how. "They wasn't a very happy pair, however for a close, money loving chap is generally hard all round nnd not only ovfr Any lovcrli'ke nlTecllon Kilns' might bare felt soon calmed down afore Ihc nillii" passion He stinted r.ud he and he looked lo It timt Slhella nunnybrlg. as she was now. should do III? "iJc ivai no byiiocrUct wunterer b.c tlioii nnd iniilipi'd HIP n pjnd 'iioti-li if tlld-i't llll'n tin spw't.'liliwK ttnil iind flin i-niml'i ;i tirnn- f'lin.! Iu rtmm asnin, us sliou-fd lialiv [d lie littrn! Well, ilni ntc-nit trniililc L-alchcd bixvilli to HUVO nntJimlly, nml llio I'livon.-: If wns lii licart, very kindly mul skilful IIP coined In Moor? fn nuc, tnlkod to him nnd pm- him nnifcc VU.arreJsome iMood. Hint NUN !i very IKK! !liln.u to Iiavc fnllpn otit for "Unwcvcr, It hntprd nnlmd.v for Silnn to tninip- iiioro rpiisoiis- limn one, 'I runs! vuii. luiuiiy- ntiimt luiiiilni; a mul wlekod tiling tiin rlnclnr. .vonr L'lifld will hr in lil" "i-cdfi fjtnirrcl birinrl.v hi- tuippciiH fn :l iiiu> i Ills us if IKT Iii'JirL hinin't flint the llfilo one is horn will] whimphif: conpli upon 1.....' lllllt I'f'y to ono I..IL "Tlwy was only (oo tiKinkrul Iu him nut'of tlic w horn fninie ciurt stand house, mul tvrlco !ir sfnppctl fn bin ivork-fhop r.ll nlpht, plcinrc the man jniliitod for his own iiich a Irndcr thno, I've lost fir.d missed hliii very _ _ People'.nnion.z "tlin nunibor. "U'itli riinf, Silas DminyhriE, nfior Jin'd his lot- ins puul wiv.citt'd with lilni. liki! .Int'fth tho sleeping infnnt, WPHL off and lorltrd up fhu collhr and it llircw him down'iiiid ln-nkn him. his tool shed al tlic boUuiii of tin: irnrden. houiv sat liiiiiv- with !MH icrow- ntifin him. Ht- pictured if all. you nurnu :tnd ihlrsiy. Hit; d.i.-Ku' sat] to have fnilcd, his wife (Irmrucd in tivnx and IMtle I my al: punri'. "His wife was awake hen he got to her, flnd hull Hie amiKliiig experience be.-irinx her husband's voice tremble when he Mil her tin; buy wns a bolter and was going live. She -soon got out of him what lie suifciml-4-lhotijib not w.hat he'd done .-cry near and (lien fell to thinking and her hrarl. forgnvo nnd jiirc' 'Ugh ft. nnd u'lii'ii Infant dirs. Tin- flfcainst I lie disoast! ni on and liow she bore np. Thai's where the blncmoss came lioinf'. lw sure: for remorse Is nn ugly cllsiomei. and If HICMI about.lo do'evil onlv knowcd wbal It laslcd like they'd Hijlik twice and ajrain afore H'.cy courted it. "The past came back over him then, and Ibe piclure Hint nurse s-.nerdon luiiuteil was tame lo the I bnrncil io couiforl him and make up to him for bis.' scnrc. Jtn't n vory good tliintr to happomid, what look plan- 'deep fn nniure that nipiil ktfl Its murk gruwc'd a vcryj' j rnlrly kind noi't of chap after. -J j "'Twas not fill six months Inlpr that: Dunnyhrig- linnrd whole'trnHj. and saw his nftjlil'.-M'j v.ork inoruiiiK when she wpv.i up In the I ;