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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta f> ATTV WWW if'.-. NIOBE kar. iiarrixl 1, .blfUw. and tor MtlUnf and Mi-nil, .ml v. la.) aaulu, Imt Jim tint b. b lU that aland. bitwttB you ud htUftr, A ilwaya a luppltr whim lin lu.l n Jub iliuii w'liuii MB lift i wuiiian up In (b. wgrld, but I'.WUMUIU fuuuil unt, It uu.lui' toe him ID iilvi.txouiM euu't do unylhln, with n man. for not wurlilnit tliiui lu work. You tun It ;wiii' tno Jim, Lonj and Limp. pleanam In luiunmr Icj wpi-U tuid loo culd lu wlntui'. i .oudcnd whT i hid h. b.. for., lie bul bind, tliit JiiVu lu LI, Jh" w.jri; bl, .riua won, ,o long. btt Igi.K. tat thin, limp feet ud when be cnnmed thom mid llU loo u I mul kiurilliiy oiT thu on thv 'Hontb tliv btink, ImiHlny I hi) llniii'M uut with our ctotlilii 1111 out1 liditdM n lid it Mil i'liuon burn ad, wo Inul Hindu ihu tjfu wont biu. lu llio wngou and lliu auii'im Up und cureh Ihu liomi wliti u blrtiil'.eL nnrt cllmbvi In lo rent. Tliu comhiK Hunion sounded Illcu ihu roui of a Hlonn. Thoy fuel on tho breojio thoy criMtci Lruy dor. It seemwl to be money thnt Jim didn't Thu pralrlo to tho Buiith wnu n BOIL of nrv iiud LONG TRAIL A TRUE 5TORY hung down bli foot undo a itnlfflit lino with hli Ion. "7 tu "orh" IOT- rve ortcn told Hew that nlr was Biiffocallna with umolce. His mtlted Into his nrmn. His mouth wim fl 8ufflcicnt quantity of ic homes If wo have When It rcnchcd out- flro tfunnl It turned to lowly Imng ind hi, blue oyei drooped lit the coru.ni. uever had tt "fflcJent quantity of anything else. Uut west nud its shluliiff blllowi enveloped the pnlr? Thert w.s not decided line lu hie dgure. I plUed kllld of uuwtlifactory food for any length further up, where the creek win narrower, tbe- Icnpod ncrosu nud swept over tbo country which hnd travelled In tho night. Theu we folt Raft. one could rench us tbut day. A UniuliiK lay bt tiveon Joe ami tbe town of the night bufors. Tbin travel all In one now. Young Joo mul the girls was t'le UUI' 1 evcl' UIU' together. I've hnd to walk most of the lime, because the-'horse was full sorry that I couldn't have cooked lilu loo old to haul so many. There were plenty more just like us ami they n-ure nil heading for Oklahoma. It was warm weather and we didn't suffer. In B (CfOTrLrht, UUI. In Ihf XPW fork Herald All T ivfts In the early morning wheu I met her, -and we had, too. Bur Jim wasn't a bit discouraged, the white uilst ribbons of night still Boated orer He was just as full of plans ami Mhenira us he could be. We sold our two cows and all the furniture ex- cept my melodcon, which we kept for a while, nnd bougbl two wugons ami Dorset and eturted for n place In Missouri where Jim had heard of a mine. Jim nnd KadMge here rode la the head wnpou aud I followed with little Jos and Kocky. Her renl name WHS Elizabeth Hobeccn. i ihe early fall when we srnrted. I liked It wiii Just like going camping. You Ittio plain. The wind blow warm nnd sweet from Ihe hciirt of the south. The muddy Arkansas wus a jiaih of pearl. I could tell of its whereabouts only by the gentle lapping of the water when my horse walked clasp beside U. Sbe was Celling breakfast on the grouud beside her wagon, from which stem woman, presum- ably bcr iiEusrlitcr, was unlacing LWO old fashioned H chain tied to buck. When I came DSHr enoujth It at ihe looked np and spoke with the and faced Indiffer- ence of the wanderer who has seal many placus nnd many people and In the end Qiids them all alike. My horse, pausing of Ills own accord, made her ;hluk that 1 wanted to speak with her. so slic rose nnd asked me to dismount lu a voice whose 'hospitality and In- flecUon betrayed Southern birth a different mmi- nor of life louiewbere within tbe dim vieuis of tlie past. I did dismount, for when sbe moved from cump flre and its obscuring veil of smoke 1 looked down Into the most wonderful face I have ever seen. What might not some old Flemish painter whose brush laid bare Ihe soul have made of a face like that! She was perhaps fifty-Ore, yet she might have been yonager. ]t Is difficult to tell Lne age of ,1 woman of the plains. The dry air and tho hard nlknllnc water age them rapidly and darken them Into brown nnd wrinkled uniformity. Years of wagon life and tbe winds bad thinned nnd grizzled her hnir and made It harsh like wire nnd wasted her body. Tier face bad a pale purplish east, aud It was covered with tlic little red dots which betoken extreme :IGO. It wns a face which Kricf nnd suffering and disap- pointment hnd hardened to a mask of Iron. Long, long ngo and forgot teu were nil her tcnrs and her It was the ffice of one who lenrlesely has given up joy nnd comfort iind rhat toy called hope, nnd returned again to ihn state of primitive mnn, who has only the old lulicrlUnce of tlie sty and the reel, red earth. From this mast of Iron tbe eyes looked forth as from the other side of the grave.. Awful eyes they were. They were dim caverns of gmy grief. Sorrow digs Itself cnves to dwell In, while Jov loves the sun. When they looked at yoirthc-y looked ..through, you, and on and ou nnd beyond. They seemed to ace some- thing unseen of mortals. In looking nl her one hnd the feeling that Is Mme- times had when looking nt the -eery nged, Hint body Is ncur, that It can ui> louched, but that tho that looks from the dim eyes Is far nnd is being gradually withdrawn Into the dlfUnncc of apace. It was not hard to pet her to ralk of herself. The wngon womnn does that willingly. She docs not have many to talk with, and she likes a sympathetic listener. blui und I pitied mywie aud 1 plUed the chlldnu. I of time> woudsr why God m.ikeB folke bllud aud theu puolahea WftB tllii wlllM1 wu Httt out'to cross Kansas them for wbit tbey cannot see! for That's whore rhe long trail beglus. He looked manly and like other men except We found plenty of people Just like us. We had to whan he played on tho llddle. 1 rftul once when I went to school of a mnn who bought it palact> and lived like a king by ju.it.playlm; on a die. Jim might hnve (lone ionietblng of thnt kind If lindn't gut OB the wrong road Hint 1ms 110 oud. Tbe bflfg.tr'a roml la IrondiuIII. and once In It you con tbe towns the girls and I wont out wnshli.K and never gtt out. ,t found Jobs I remcinbor one lown In'pur- was n pretty good slzod town, too, lint we over Mlsximri. No, Indeed! Jim forgotten .tho Ihe-glrls and young nlwayt had a new scheme for petting rich every lime, nnd I went out together to look around, nnd we we cnufilit alght'of a town. And the first time lie ciuno (o a large cintrrh. Tlie doors wfilo vlsited.it to he camp back sunn; tbnn ever, and Micro wasn't uny one lo he sec-u Xolllier Once n mnu was going lo hire him to sell real estate the girls nor Joe lind ever soon the Inside of :i real and five him n fiirnlahed house lo live In. That was church before. Vnu see ivc'd nover hnd any clnihes Ihc time we sold Ibe melodoon to bay him some decent lo wc.'ir so wo could go. cl of lies." Another time a cooper mid they struck up n friendship and decided to. po Into business together. He said that be and Ihc cooper could make a barrel every thirty minutes and each barrel would sell for 1 looked In and saw fin orgim, and (lion 1 couldn't help going In. I think ihere was Rolug lo bo a wed- ding. There were hcnps of lloivors nnd white rib- bons. It was so splendid thai It frighlt'iKMl KadldiL'C tiiul Becky nnd -loo. sn Uiey Slipped right Into tin: 50 cents. They could oiislly miike twenty-fight barrpls 'flrsr seat ihey came to and .sut down. 1 wi'iit straight a day and that would briny them In I thought up to that orgau. 1 wanted to play.ao bad r couldn't YES, I was born in Kentuck, and I was born In house, too. J have not always lived Ilka thli. When I was A jflrl I went to school, and I melodcon, and 1 taught some, too. But I never had anything after I married Jim. Yes, Jim's been dead these three years. Died of a nhock. We didn't think he'd die; he didn't have It linnl. Kadldgc here, who's been iort of sore on her fntlier bocnnse he couldn't Ret a house and buy us thlnga, said he didn't When He Came the Next Time It Was Not by Accident. It Was to Sec Becky. I didn't tnow that It -vas going to lust forever. When Rot over Into Missouri we rested for two or three weeks In a lltilc sheltered wood of pecan nnd walnut I shall never forget that (all. Tbe hnve It bard because be was too lazy to have anything warm weather lasttxl almost up to Christuins tlnie. linrd. During the day when Jim wns out prospecting we He wasn't exactly Inzy, though; lie was real enpr- under tbe troos In the warm, yellow nnd retlc some ways; but lie always seemed lo forget Iwnt the inonfij. Yet, you gomehow couldn't think of Jim .ind work at tie Fiime time. Bat he was A real bright man. He used to aay thnt wben you walked and worked II wore your shoes nod coat out ami it look raoucy lo buy coats nnrt shoes, so he didn't .ioe where there was nuy gain In wortlng. He snld Iota ef llilupE like thnt. When he came to Ceiitervlllc, KentiMik. lo work In tho ici.llur shop he wu the handsomest fellow In the county. HP hnd blue nyes' nnd black curly hair and nc pliiyrx] the nddlc aiul led tlic hand. All the i.lrlc Ilkcd him. No one ihoiifflit thnl hu'd work In n tnllor shop long, bccauae lie was such H Troudwfnl tnlker nnd ho know much. Tbe people wno talked wllb him always thought Just the wny he did. tie waa always lalklng about what lie was rolng to do, nnd Invendup someililng, aiul making plans, and fl tiding' gold oilupH. Jim was a wondermi talker, Not lone Hfler wo were married my purentji and I took my abnre of tbo money and aet Jim np In a inllor shop or his own. Jt was a beautiful slwp and It hnd (lie largest slpn of any In towu, It didn't take much to make Jim hnppy, Soou's ho got the shop ho wnntcrt to-goJBto and be Mayor, and bo electioneered all dny louf. wai real bright wnyi. He to any that Then he had two wonderful Inventions In bla nnd God raurtc mm and then the tailor him. If whenever lie could see n Ktrnngcv on the atreet he'd one ahoukler U blghei- than otber It'a tbe tailor (rnb n sheet of wrnpylup piper and nuh mit nnd fr'10 QJftken tbom level. If a mm la narrow oiake n drawing to fliow him what a winner bin In- It la the tailor who pnda him out. And then who la rentlon wai going lo be. Of course he dWn't care lt tUi Ullor miikca nallorfl niid and nnt under tbe Iroos In the watdicd tbe ripe nuts fall. At night Jim plnyed on his addle. lie SOL ao lie could mimic ercry bird In Ibe All that winter we wandered over Missouri. Every day Jim saw a hill or a rock that told him that ivc were near n mine. Hut we never reached ft. We suffered from cold and hunger that winter, too. Sometimes for dnyn all we had to ent wns corn When ivc couldu't live any longer on tbnt -we searched for a town, and ,11m vent to work nt bin trade n nil In. ,71 in never had'.iny trouble in yetting n Job, lie wus such a wonderful talker. Uut when he got the job ho wan no happy and felt BO safe he forgot to work. Re amnicd the other fellowa all ilay while thoy worked, nnd nt night brought home bla work for mo to do. While be slept I sut np and sewed by the light of a candle stuck In a bottie. the neit day waa a repetition of first. He never brought home anything but a spirit of exhilara- tion over the way the other rellowa had enjoyed listening to him. Poor Jlml He won for a world where people get bread by looking pleasant DC wna always so tired, loo. In the moniSnf that he couldn't get up. Yet he was proud of his trade, ton should hnve .heard him tnllc about It. Jim then that Jim really would do something, 10 I sold one of the wagons and the horse to help for tools and wood nnd rent. But Jim couldn't learn. lie was so busy reckoning up the fortune tlmt fourteen barrels n day would bring that he couldn't find time to make the barrels. So be wore his new clothes and enter- tained customers with bis fiddle. IIis partner didn't like Ibis way of. doing and tbey w- A KENTUCKY SUSPICION. Speaker Cbamp Clark, of Jli itirl. was Mucuting Attorney of Pike an old came Into liia" office ut Loulslnna one and, aflcr beating round Lbe bramblH for a few minutes, brought forth the object of his visit. "Wnzn1 you bjiivii In Ktilntuclcy, JIft'a be Inqtllrtnl cuutlounl.v. "Hnre. Iliwlo Henry." "I'sn had splaliuus you wnr., sub, rno'n ooce, but the other innwaln' when you make dat speech ngln Sam Collins nnd say dnt whiskey wnx dc grentMt (ibll In do worl' I begins to hub mlsdoubtnients, sub." "What'a I was born to do with It, Uncle Henry? It's a fact', 'isn't, "I'se hRwn In Kalntncky said Ciicle Henry with pride, "an' I hnln1 fflvln1 off no 'plnJuni on ilet subjcck, but you'd1 ptease me clean down to de ef you'd tell me ef sttorney has got to sweat- to his talkln' de Jury." 1 help It. My hands wore old and I hoy wore si Iff from washing, and my fingers seemed nil In the way. Hut I did manage lo play "Dixie." Von know any one from Kentuck can play "Dixie." Tho girls and Joe looked ns much out of place there ns Ibrco licld mice. After ii lltllc we slipped out of tho church mid hid In an alloy to watch the gr.ind folks going lo the wedding. The children hail never seen .such a sight before. You see they hnd always belonged lo the popple who look through windows from the wrong side. That, summer when evening came we used lo out and peck into the houses, and I nacrt 10 toll Ihem how 1 hnd lived In n, house once and slept In a bod with two slipcts on II. ,AVc hnd plcnly lo cat all summer. When fall came wo reached n little town In the flint hills, where we stayed some time. Voting Joe got plenty of work, nnd so did I nml (ho Jim wasn't well, nnd hr didn't pretend Jo do anything but play on ihu fiddle. Here young Joe got acquainted with a lot of young folks and went somewhere most every night- 1 WHS glad, because bo'd never h.'id much pleasure anyway. Ono night he came homo later Ihriu nsmil and woke UK all up. Ifo wns pale and trembled so his Icclh chattered, lie kept nnifjt GO! must I knew something nwful happened. 1 tried to wake Jim up Lo help strap on. tho chairs and (lie stove, but I couldn't. Xolhlug could get .11 in out of bud. So the girls nnd I hni'nossed and picket! up Ihc things and we set out. The girls walked .beside the wagon nil night so their brother could ride. J couldn't get a We beaded straight for the OklH- THE SERVANT PROBLEM A PARK AVENUE hociwkecper w.ho weighs about word out of him. a hundred pounds bad a neffro'btreu help who lioina lino. Joe was awful anxious to get there and weighed two hunOrtd plus, am] had given asking mo how fnr 1 thought It'w.is. I knew aotlce, Xlw lady was consoled In this bereavt- "c couldn't ronch it, but I didn't tell him ao. You see, the horse wns Old and the wngoh heavy. bowcvtr, by tbo fact tlmt a much better IT a ut bld ,U U.Umbiugn Juat the way Jim did. eenng nt the lime. Of coursr when lifl cnme Tor all nt1 .rnnrs wo WHiirtflfrd ovor bcrnic he WOK U red nnd he did put In n xoafl of nHd 6Wf of lliom- yprtpa I crlml. I nnvdv fintilil lu clinirs. HUL nny one Has lo sit i'rj' mere were no loarrt Uft in cry "IX) jron [lilnK yon c-an heop "Of I'Diii-M I en n, lEo't ttic itli.4 to go awij oTui wiii-ii llrwl. Ami ,71m was llnrd a good '6u fiMtl umt TJw dopnillBf nwil "Muy, Ml- HIM y Hgbr.d ci U lin Tlmt night tho sky In front of us was rod. The glow Tell over the plain. Kirn! Joe watched It druw ncr.rci- alid looked hopeful, A little hoforo dawn wo rnftchcfl fl crocfc which, flowing soiiihw.ird, joins Ihe Chilocco just below (he K.nniinn lino. The fire wnn ro nonr by thin ilnie thjit llio wind nnU a'l'nfis and llio nlf M'IIIJ hot on our Wfl down (he 'Ma Imnk Into tlic shallow crook nlid. ItfL (lie wagon anil Jim, real of us nut KOinellilng good lo eat. We didn't have much of nu.r- Ililug to eat that day. Aud we couldn't go op, elthi.-i The horses woultln'l lake n step on that Biuoklu pn'.irie. didn't say inurli. Just sat nnd looked cadi other. .Joe's oyc-s looked awful pitiful am sen ml and bis Imrul.s u'ere all blisters from mnkli [lie lire Townnl morning of tho uexl night an armed posst found us anil made us Poor Joe! Th was one of the tinier when I couldn't help him any 'J'lioy said he had .slim old mnu Abiugtoii and stole, a lot of money. Old mini Ablnglou was a rich horse- man who livod out ou the cdfre of the town nloue with Ihe exception of a young girl who worked for him Joe lind Iieen going wllli thnt girl. Thoy said sin and .loo planned It hipoihor. They searched him nm found SOUK; money on him. But I know lie didn't do il. H was the girl, and she laid it. on to him. Joe didn't have any trjnl- Tim law Is mndc for rlcp folk. Justice la for them who arc strong enough get it. And we wore just beggars. So they him. The people said if lie didn't do U, It would be good example anyway. They hanged him the next dny but one to a Jack-oak tree, nnd the whole lown came out to see. A was about (lie only amusement Hie people had there. 1'oor Joe! He was ,so iifrnld, and I could not belp him nny! For two days they him dangling from Ireo. And llio wenllier wns lovely. It made me feel bud (o sot; ilie sIcy .so Muo. I halod to lia-.-o. him mine It I always have reineinncrod how blue that sky was. It wasn't long after this when Jim, my old mnu, Coll in a few werks he died. The lown people were real good to UK I hen. They ma da it rollln out of dry poods boxes for Jlui. Aud ilicy sent us food and clothes. Thou we set out again for Oklahoma. It'a n good [llacc lo wlnlor in. The weather Is warm, and If you are near a bit; ranch you're sure of enough lo eaL That whiter we lived in a deserted dugout on the south side of a hill. A dugout is 'mosL ag good sis n house nnd it's just as warm. We wore on Sol Tark ard's nincli. 71's the larppst iu the Strip. They nay thai: Is nn ICnglishman nnd Hint In country lie Mas .1 lord or .something of Hint kind. Any- wny, lie had a line house where he livcid nil alone, could sen it from our door. Ono day when he had nccii out liuntlug he bappenw lo pnss by where we were aiid slopped to lull; with us. Tills was just by accident'. When be came the nuxt tlinu it wns not by. accident. It wns lo sow J.teckv. Hccky wns irhnndsouic girl. IJar real was 'uilKiihcth Itehccca. Shu didn't look n bit Ilk. ICadidgR here. She had long 'black curly linlr nut she could play HIE fiddle Just like her father, nm wing. too. lie sent us food every day. Wo. iicvet did have so much to eat before. And when hi> he always brought something for Hudcy. Becky had another beau Hint winter, too. He a tnimpor like us iMid lived in a wagon about ;L mllu sontli In a little catnlpa His name wns Will Perkins. Becky Jilted him. He was just about her ngc and they used to play and sing togulucr. All folks lake lo music Just a.s a duck takes to waier. Hut I talked against him. I didn't wnnt her to a beggar like inc. Sometimes Sol Packard and .Will would come nt the same time. They'd filt iiud ffliira at oadi other nnd neither one would speak. 1 couldn't get Becky" lo go auywlicrc with Kol IV-ekanl. She seemed to be afraid of him. tie wa.i lots older find sort of stern looking. Lint lie licnc coinlnp Just (lie same. He brought her things to wear :incl Becky liked that. I never saw a girl who wanted, line things as Becky did. One evening whon spring came Brcky took a buckcf and stnrled for a neighbor's who used to give -na milk. -SLo woro-thc bright red dress that Sol 1'iickJinl broiiglit lior frniu Shawnco. I shnll novrr forget how prelly she loolced- fivcry oncu in a while she'd turn around aud WHVO her little lin bucket, at me as 1C she hated to go on. Becky didn't look Mku a trauipcr If Kho was one. v was Hie last time I ever saw hor. Tuuy fiay that she went to live ill the hlg liousu with I'ackanl. AL lenst Will IVrfciiw said so, Cor Im her all Ilin tiiui'. Thoro-wns trouble Ihon. Will -said he'd kill Lhem both- Uo'd sit for hours and walch Hint house. If she did go T suppose It was a mortal sin. Ent it seems to thai lumper nml cold nud poverty morliil sins. loo. It Isn't much worse to lone your soul out! .way aiiotliL-i, if U's a question of a The Fate of Becky. Xo, I didn't, gncvc- so iimrh because she'd pour. You I knew dint .she'd be wiinn and him; enough lo oat. mid a bod lo sleep In, Tears and weeping :ire for them who live sofl. People wlni are always hungry and cold don'L have time. Cirier- iug U tho.luxury of the rich- One night I'orkins came running up and. said ho'd JIIHL Eteii hi'i- on Ibe vcrandiL with- Sol Packard. He was nervous nnd his face (.witched; so Me could scarcely speak. He went away nguiu'an! quickly as he came. That night we heard shooting, iiud 1 thought of Will PcrkiiiH1 face. Tho next dny one of the cowboys (old me Ihat he had seen him shoot a woman on (he verniUln ot thejilg house. That WIIB nil I could Hnd out. A day or two later when I Kan- a now made grave on the prajrle I knew it 'was' Becky's: Poor IlLtlc Ileclcy! When niplit came, with it the moon, I dug" up wild innllowH with iny bun: hands nnlll my fingers were worn and nml plan led Ihem all over her grave ao that when 'they. blossomed -she could Kllll Imve a red drew. U uever seemed to mo, though, thnt she was really dead. 1 cnn always sec her In that pretly drest Soil Packard bought her going down n long, long After Becky died T in el some campers who'd been, down Lnwtou way, and I found out I Iiful fl Bhtcr living there, so Kadldfro and 1 set out (o flnd her. One wngon plenty large enough for us M'o, did find her. Shn wns awful glad to flee me, only ntie couldn't uic'lool; natural. Slio ciled every UIIIR Hhc looked at me; she said I wan so cniiifcd. I anp- poic, of course, I ftm cluingi'd KOIUL'. You see, I WHS her baby slbler. Tho dny before wo crime nway she got ont a Hide okl blue worfftecl dress I used to wear when I a 3'irl iLiul di'ossod me up iu It. Then she irlnl lo ilo my Imir In a waterfall. That's Ihe way I used wear it. But couldn't make me look n bit nnt- urnli Then cviinl ngain. Von .SOP, shf> eoiililiri ylvo up wauling me lo look jtiit as 1 lo. Kbe nl- ways Nfihl mat I WHK nwful urolty girl. aro wo hondoil for now? N'oM'hM'p in prtrllculnr. We're just Theit KJ'L wnytliiiij; to do now but to m. ;