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1 v t& TIPPER bm IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAY BY HUG:B coirwA.*, Author of "Ccated Bach" Etc. Etc. CHAPTER Xvl. '.. A TAME SURIIKNDEB. This Is a true copy of her letter which fell [Ike a bombshell between the gentle and sfceace-loVing Talberts. ' „ "BLACKTOAVN, Dec. 31,18— B, "To the Messrs. Horace and Herbert Tal- Jbert, I- "GENTLEMEN,—We have this morning stoeen consulted by Mr. Rawlings Avith refer- |>ence to your refusal to restore to him his | -child, John Rawlings, Avliom ho lost about ftwo years ago In a mysterious manner, and f 7<rhom he has recently discovered to be living ; in your house. "The circumstances as explained to Us by •our client tend to shoAV that the child was left by some person unknown in a railway •carriage; and that it eventually arrived at your house, Avhere, AVO understand, it has 'Since remained. "Mr. Rawlings Avill call at your house on : next Saturday afternoon at three o'clock, with a carriage, and we trust ATOI Avill, Avith- <mt further opposition, alloAV tlie child to depart with him. "In case you still refuse to give up the child, Mr. Rawlings has instructed us to take immediate legal action to obtain possession of his son. and AVO arc informed that proper legal proof as to the identity of tho boy Avill >oe hereafter adduced. "We are, gentlemen, "Tour obedient servants, "BLACKETT & WIOOENS." No Avonder that after reading the lust para;graph and realizing the fact that the man witli the terrible name meant to fight for his •offspring, Horace ejaculated, "Tho child must be given up 1" No wonder that Herbert In his turn echoed his brother's exclamation. 'Unimaginative as they Avero, a dreadful picture of the consequences of resistance tfxcd itself on the mental retina of each. But Beatrice Avas by far the most agitated •oftiie party. Her cheek grew Avhite; the .handAVhich she mechanically holdout for the letter trembled. Herbert gave her the epistolary bomb-shell, and whilst she read it the two brothers gazed at each other In that -sadly calm and gravely reflective Avay at times natural to men whose minds are made up that a particular path of duty must at all cost be trodden to the end. When such a gaze passes from man to man It strengthens the feet of each to tread the stony course. Beatrice read the letter tAvice. Without ft -word she returned it to Herbert; then she •walked across the room to the fireplace and •stood for some minutes tapping her foot up•on the fender. Her back being turned to the Talberts they could not seethe supreme emotion shown by lier contracted brow and In -every line of her set white face. Had they •seen it they would have been more than surprised—they would have been shocked. .-Strong emotion Avas a thing to be shoAvn by well-bred persons only under the most Intense provocation. In this case It was un- •calledfor. Presently the girl turned to them. "Tou have quite made up your minds to yield to 'these people's threat?" she asked. There <was a curious strained sound in her voice. "We can do nothing else," ansAvered Hor•ace. Herbert nodded a sad assent to his '•'brother's views of the case. "Nothing else!" echoed Beatrice with a •touch of scorn in her voice. "What right can ;these people have to the boy? It Is not theirs. TJncle Horace, uncle Herbert, you can remember how he was sent 'here. HOAV beautifully dressed he Avas—how thoroughly cared for. Can you, can any one for a moment imagine him as belonging to such persons? What are they? Pork butchers, you said." "Purveyors," interpolated Horace, who 'loved to be precise. •"How is it possible he can be their child?" iHirged Beatrice. "People hi any station of life may have ^children, my dear," said Herbert, uttering If the truism like a newly-found proverb of reason to 'doubt his assertion you am sure give it up in order to avoid unseemly dispute." • "I don't think 1 should," said Beatrice' defiantly. ...' "Oil yes, my dear, you would," said Horace gravely. "I am sure of it," added Herbert, Beatrice did not pursue Herbert's Ingenious argument further. "Nothing—no entreaty of mine Avill make you change your minds?" she asked. The brothers shook their heads sadly. It was painful to them to refuse her request, but their grave eyes looked into the distance and saw all the horrors which they imagined a contest Avith Mr.RaAv- lings Avould arouse. Beatrice knew that any further appeal Avould be Avaste of breath. "I must go and think," she said wearily, as she turned away from the arbiters of the boy's fate. "I may say," said Horace, with a slight blush on his cheek, "that we both regret the necessity of this surrender. As a rule we are not fond of children, but your little friend has been very good, and had it been possible AVCAVOUhl Avillingly have given him house room until his future was assured." Beatrice took his hand-mid pressed it. "Thank you," she said gratefully. Then she passed through the door Avhich Herbert held open, an act of politeness which not even tho .relationship of uncle and niece or the proverbial contempt bred by familiarity alloAved ' m& m "And," said Horace, speaking more to the "the broad fact remains that they the child and are prepared to make Spithat claim good before the magistrates." |||t The most accomplished jack-of-all-trades |$|igenerally breaks down when he interprets i'jjllaw—Horace was no exception. Had he Jlcnown that Messrs. Blackett & Wiggens iuld only obtain possession of their client's a writ of habeas corpus or some mch mysterious operation in a civil court, he might have felt more inclined to disregard sifihe threat of "immediate legal action. 1 ' As pjjt was, his ignorance of criminal law inter- ||jpreted the vague threat as conveying the 'jawf ul terrors of a magisterial summons. His ' istake shoAVS IIOAV much better it would be Jpr the general public if they consulted so" iltors in every emergency—and how much letter, for solicitors! "Before the magistrates, my dear Boa- ice," .echoed Herbert, dutifully accepting ;is brother's version of the law. 'Tell them to do so—tell them to prove .eir right," said Beatrice. The'brothers held up their long shapely ands In horror. "My dear Beatrice," said orace with the solemnity of a bishop rebuk- ng a curate, "for heaven's sake be reason- ble—AVO only ask you to be reasonable. HOAV .n wo possibly appear before the bench and mtest this claim? Fancy the talk—the ridl- inle! 'You must see the utter 'absurdity of $cmr suggestion—the utter impossibility of ' "'"i- compliance." „,.„.-„„.,,, ' Ycs ' Beatrice/ram sure you must see it," feS§|f|8aid Herbert. pStflf I( Mlss Clauson was-misguided enough not >|!»Mf*o see the absurdity and impossibility of the ;|f$P$ ; course she wished her uncles to take, I am sum she stands alouo in her darkness. Horace and Herbert hauled before the county justices, charged by a purveyor of pork, named RaAvliugs, Avith unlnAvfully detaining the said purveyor's son and heir, would have made not only tho hair of Oakbury but also the hair of a portion of Blacktown stand on end. Think how tho families of position Avouldhave laughed! Think how annoyed and bitter the Avlseacres who Avere sure the child Avas "somebody" would have felt when the loAvly parentage Avas revealed! And a even if Mr. Rawlings failed to substantiate his claim there-would be scandal. People swould ask 'Avhy the Talberts were so anxious tfokeop possession of this little stranger? 'Beatrice's strange fancy for the boy would not be a sutlieient explanation. The Talberts kneAv the world and its pettiness and wicked tongue. 'Once they had braved it In deference to a Avhim of Beatrice's, but the matter was now far too serious to take a girl's whim into account, They saw that one course only was open to them. When Mr. RaAvlIngs's carriage came to their door, little Harry must fortlnvith be placed in It. But Miss Clauson still continued unreasonable. She even returned to the attack, "I do not see it at all," she said. "If this man laid claim to one of your fields you would not give it up.;" "A field does not arrive unexpectedly in the middle of the night," sajd Horace—noV humorously, but as one who states a staple fact. * "Take a better simile, my dear," said Hej> beyt, "SuppoBeyou, picked up $ sovereign, in the street a^d a Wga cam,e_ ujj and swore * ' ' '"' The brothers resif/ncd their seats, and for a Avhile silence reigned. The truth is they felt angry and annoyed, perhaps even sclf- rcproachf'ul. Impossible as it Avas that Mr. Riiwlings's claims could be contested, both Horace mid Herbert felt a sense of shame natural to any Englishman who liiidshiurtelf compelled to yield by a mere threat. The Avisli to fight everything out to the bitter end made England what it is. Perhaps, after all, Avhen they camp to think of it.' the Talberts were fonder of the child than they coml to own. At any rate, after a long brown study, Herbert, lit least, showed signs of wavering. "I suppose," he asked, as one seeking for information, "it would be outof the question for us to do as Beatrice Avishes?" Horace was equal to the occasion. "Quite out of question," he answered sternly. "We should be placed In a ridiculous position and become the jest of the county." They shuddered visibly at the tlioughtand so far as the Talberts wero concerned the boy's fate Avas settled. To become the jest of the county is too terrible! Country Avit as we all know is so delicate, yet so sharp and pointed I With minds ill at ease they sought distraction in their housekeeping. Although as a rule the "Tabbies" Avere just, if cheeseparing in their management—not unreasonable, if exacting in their requirements, to-day they drove the cook and poor Whittaker almost frantic, and set both wondering ."whatever the masters Avere going to get to?""" In the meantime Beatrice had carried lier white face to her own room. She locked, the door, threw herself upon a couch, Avhere for a long time she sat Avith her hands pressed against her brows. She did not Aveep, nor Avas her look that of one resigning herself to fate and getting ready to yield to tho inevitable. It Avas rather that of one searching for and exploring every path Avhich might possibly offer a Avay of escape from a difft- culty s But it seemed as if every path she trod mentally resolved itself into a cul de sac, for the girl heaved a hopeless sigh and the tears at last began to force themselves through her half-closed lashes. She rose, rang the bell, and gave orders for the boy to be brought to her. He soon ran into the room with the cry of delight Avith Avhich he always greeted her. Miss Clauson took the little fellow on her lap, clasped him to her heart, stroked and curled his pretty, ruffled, bright hair, called him by a thousand endearing names and strange diminutives, kissed him on his lips, his eyes, his neck, his dimpled arms and fat legs, generally went through the Avell-knoAvn ceremony of child-Avorship. It was clear that no legal menace, however dire, Avould make her acquiesce in the tame surrender of her pet, contemplated by her uncles. Not one of her many and rather Avild ejaculations so much as hinted at possibility of an impending separation. In no sense Avere lier caresses, some of which Avere tearful ones, intended as a farewell. By and by, Avitli a face even paler than he- fore, Beatrice took the child by the hand and went down stairs. She paused for a second before the closed door of the room in Avhich she had left lier uncles. "1 can seo no other Avay. It must be done," she muttered. Then like one full of a solemn purpose she entered the room. Whatever she may have been about to do, the empty room seemed to give her a welcome respite. She gave a breath of relief. Nevertheless It seemed that the respite Avas'to be but short, for, after waiting a fe.AV minutes and finding neither Horace nor Herbert appear, she turned as if to go In search of them. But at that moment her mood changed once more, or an alternative course at last presented itself. A tinge of color leapt back to her cheek. With quick steps she led the boy a\vay, and having consigned him to Mrs. Miller's care, again sought her own room, and again sat for a long time In deep thought. "It is but a slender chance," she Avhispered, "but it can bo tried. To-day is Thursday, and no steps are to be taken until Saturday." After this she Avroto a note to Sylvanus Mordle asking him if he could come to the house and see her either that afternoon or early the next morning. She sent the note down to the village and then went in search of her uncles. They looked at lier rather timidly, perhaps conscience-stricken. They fancied she had come to renoAv lier argument and offer up fresh entreaties. It may bo they feared fliat in such nn event they would be forced to yield, in spite of tho consequences such an act of Aveakness must entail. But Beatrice did not reopen the attack. She quietly asked if she might have the clothes AVOI-II by the boy Avhen he first disturbed the seclusion of Hazlewood House; Avhich clothes it may be remembered were carefully stowed away by Horace in tho big safe. As there appeared to be no harm in the gratifying of this request the safe Avas unlocked, and a neat, broAvn paper parcel endorsed in Horace's long slim ealigraphy given to the girl. "You \vill not ansAver the solicitor's letter, I hope," she said. "No; it needs no answer. The delivery of the boy Avill be answer enough." In the afternoon Sylvanus trotted up on his tricycle. His face Avas radiant from tho combined effects of the sharp, fresh air, the exercise, and the delight at having received such a summons from Miss Clauson. To-day he was leagues above his lugubrious name. He clapped his hands together, not so much for the purpose of promoting circulation as on account of the cheerful sound of the detonations made by the meeting palms. He wished old Whittaker a heppy new year hi a way which clearly Implied that happy yean were the rule, sad ones tho exception. Whittaker returned the greeting with due respect, and ventured to express his approval of Mr. Mordle's Christinas Day sermon. Then Moi> die said something which mnde even Wultr taker laugh. Miss Clauson heard the cw- ate'8 brtsfc, crisp voice Ipng before he waj ., . . the djawlag-rooin, ' her pleasantly, an.d leaded always tooK tneir out-ot-tioo'r exercise or an afterncJon, this IICAVS was no surprise, to him. AVho shall say that Sj-fvauus did not time hia-call by. their Avell-kmnvu Hook-work habits'/ Ateie-a-te(e is often pleasant although the two heads harbor no thoughts save those of friendship. "You Avant me," said Sylvanus. "Behold me. Here I am." ''I Avant you to do me a favor, so I ventured to write to you." Beatrice's Avords Avere conventional, but there was something in lier manner which made the quick-witted curate wonder. "Command nie—in anything—everything —all." He spoke even more quickly and emphatically than Avas ills wont. In his heart the good fellow fancied his aid was needed for something concerning Carruthers whom he persisted in believing Beatrice loved. NoA-ertlteiess, he Avould Avillingly have done all he could to Help to happiness the man Avho had taken every vestige of hope from him. But the favor resolved itself into this. Would Mr. Mordlo accompany Miss Clauson to-morroAV morning to Blacktown? She h'ad a private errand Avliich took her to a part of the city of Avhich she knew little or nothing. Sylvanus felt and expressed himself greatly honored. AtAvhattlmo should he call for her? Would she Avalk or drive? Beatrice looked at him and spoke very slowly and as if Avith an effort. "1 wish no one—not even my uncles to knoAv of this excursion," she said. "Would you meet me at the cross-roads at ten o'clock to-morrow morning? If I trespass on your time or good-nature please snj- so." "Trespass! By no moans. Ton o'clock. 1 shall be Availing for you." Nevertheless Sylvnnus was surprised, oven troubled. To have refused to do Miss Clauson a service, whatever it might, be, was of course out of the question, but being open as the. day in all his comings and goings he had a dislike to any proewdlngs Avhich" savored of the mysterious. "Krrand of charity, of course?" he said, making the questioning assertion not for curiosity but as a salve to his conscience. '•It is an errand of no evil," said Beatrice gravely. Her Avords satisfied Sylvanus as the Avords of a fair woman always satisfy tlie conscience of a man. Tlie amount of conviction carried by beauty is truly wonderful. XVII. A CASE FOU KING SOLOMON. At a feAV minutes past ten o'clock in the morning Sylvanus Mordle, AV!IO for some quarter of an hour had been Avaitiiig at the cross-roads as patiently as the finger-post itself, saw Beatrice coming towards him. He hastened to meet her, and his sharp eyes at once noticed that she looked Avorn and Aveary. Had he UIIOAVII that she had spent a sleepless night, this Avould have' caused him no surprise. The IAVO walked on until they reached the outskirts of tho cifrv. Here, bv RPO- trice's command, the curate hailed a cab. "Where shall AVO drive to?" he asked. "There, if you please," said Beatrice, handing him a paper. Mordle stared, and could scarcely repress a cry of surprise. The paper bore the words, "Cat and Compassiw, Market Lane." He Avondered what in the world Miss Clauson oould want at a fifth-rate Blacktown Inn. HoAvever, he gave the order, and In due time the cab drew up. at its »u- phonical destination. The "Cat and Compasses" Avas an km which had seen better, much better days, on the strength of Avhich it still ventured to call itself a family and commercial hotel. Perhaps it spoke tlie truth; perhaps its assertion Avas but a laudable evidence of a desire to regain its former status. It stood in a narrow street very near to Blacktown market, and, judging by external appearance, was the very last place at Avhich either a family, or even one of those dashing representatives of commerce of our day, Avould dream of staying. It boasted a billiard-room built over a stable at the back, nnd approached by a step-ladder. Saving this, its attractions were feAV, beyond the gay-looking bottles and neat little kegs ranged temptingly on shelves above a battered but bright pewter counter— a cheerful gauntlet to be run by all Avho en- entered the house itself. What could brin;- Miss Clauson to such a place? Simply this; the AvidoAved landlady of tin house was an old friend of Mr. and Mrs. Rawlings. .These respectable people Avere staying with her, and Beatrice had learnt the address given to her uncles. Her business was to s e Mrs. Rawlings. As the cab stopped Sylvanus, Avho knew nothing of the claim made on little Harry's person, looked inquiringly at his companion. He saw that Beatrice had at a glance taken In the rather disreputable look of tho "Cat ami Compasses,' which was doubtless unfairly enhanced by a man with a sodden gin-besieged face, Avho leant against the doorpost smoking a short pipe. He saw, moreover, that Beatrice appeared agitated. "You Avero right not to come alone," he said. "Will you step in and ask if a lady can seo a Mrs. Rawlings, who Is staying there?" Mordle obeyed. Beatrice drew down her veil, and leaned back in the cab; She closed her eyes as If for the moment to shutout her surroundings, "It must bo done!" she murmured. Her eyes were still closed when she heard Mordle, his clear accents just tempered by surprise, say- Ing that the person she Avantod Avas in tho house and would see her. Beatrice moved as if to leave the cab. The curate kept the door closed. "Miss Clauson," he said, "can I do your errand for you? .This seems scarcely tho place for you to enter." He spoke more gravely than usual. His mind was picturing the consternation into which Horace and Herbert would be thrown did they but know that their niece was visiting such a place as this. He felt he was betraying a trust, and until he could assure himself that the end more than justified tho means would belli at ease. "No," said Beatrice, "I alone can do it. Please do not folloAv me; bull should be glad If you will wait for me." Very reluctantly he opened the cab door, and with many misgivings watched Beatrice go past the sodden-faced man.who cast after her a look of maudlin approval; ho watched her go past Jhe colored bottles and tho pewter counter, and disappear from sight. As she vanished, Sylvanus, who was shrewd enough to feel that it would be moral ruin for a clergyman, especially one who was but a curate, to be seen at such an hour of the morning hanging about the door of such a tavern, ensconced himself hi the depths of the cab, and waited and wondered. He honestly believed that whatever might be the mission which brought Beatrice to such a place Its object was perfectly pure and womanly. Yet he was unhappy, and felt guilty. passage. She eycrt Atiss Clauson curiously, and then conducted her to a snug parlor i\t the back of the bar. Inn parlors of this sort are always cozy aiicl Warm. This was no exception to the rule. Acrtzy, low room, ;riul not without cheerful ornaments spcinglhat It boasted a large tea-tray inlaid with mother-of-pearl, several colored prints, and A handsomely-framed copper-plate written document, which proclaimed to all who carea to read it that the deceased proprietor was a member of the Ancient Order of Odd-fellows. Beatrice noticed none of these artistic embellishments. She took the chair which AVBS offered lier, and, without raising her veil, aAvaited the appearance of Mrs. Rawlings.. As no woman Avitli any pretensions to respectability and solvency Avould think of facing an unknown visitor without some little smoothing of plumes and adjustment of attire, Miss Clauson had to Avait several minutes for the desired audience. At last she heard the door open, and Avith a stilled sob she rose, turned, and faced the IICAV comer. Mrs. llawlings's good-natured round, commonplace face wore an expression of wonderment. She saw that her visitor was of it class different from that which usually honored lier Avith a morning call. As a tribute to Miss Clauson's undeniably lady-like appearance, the good woman's greeting, Avhieh hegan Avith a nod, ended in something like n curtsey. "Please be seated, miss," she said. "I hcai you Avant to speak to me." "Yes," said Beatrice, in a low but clrai voice. "I wish to speak to you about tin child Avhich you claim as yours. I Avisli t< hear what you have to say." The Avoman's face grew grave. "Ah," she said, "I must send for my husband, lie's managing the business." Beatrice made an imperious gesture of dis sent. "What I have to say must be said tc you. Kindly see that AVO speak Avithout Interruption." Mrs. Rawlings settletl back ii, her chair rather sullenly,and eyed her veiled visitor Avith increased curiosity. Suddenly Beatrice again spoke. "Tell me," she said, in tones of strong reproach, and, perhaps unwisely, scorn—"tel! mo Avhy you dare to claim as your own a child Avhom you saAV for the first time a few days ago?" Mrs. RaAvllngs seemed troubled. She could not see her visitor's eyes, but had the uncomfortable feeling that they wero gazing sternly at her, as if striving to read tho truth in her perturbed features. "Wo lost a little boy," she faltered out, "a dear little boy of that age. My man Is certain this is ours." "But you—you are not certain. A. man may make a mistake as to his own child, but not a woman. The mother does not forget her child, or believe the child of a strange) to be her OAVII." "My man Is so certain," repeated Mrs. Rawlings, "he must be right. Poor fellow, ever since our boy Avas lost he has been seeking him, high and low. It has driven him all but mad at times. Now lie has found the child, and means to have him." She spoke the last sentence somewhat deliantlv. S1MOK-PURE SCOUTS THEY L1TTLK IlKSEMBLHD MOD KIUN MUSEUM F1JEAKS. SOMM OK THE BKAVE FELLOWS WHOSE NAMES ARK REVERED AMONU OLD BORDERJtEN. The Norvy Men Who CaiTlcd Messages When .Indians Were 011 the Wnrpath Rnrely Wore long Hnir, Like the Fake Scouts of Today. THE BOSS OF ALL BORROWERS. He Obtained Over a Million aiid Half Without Any Security. "Tlie man who can start in life on nothing and borrow a million and a half without security, is a beauty," said Joe Campbell to a St. Louis Globe- Democrat man. "Yet I know a man that did that identical thing. In fact, Dodge, tloned, die was an uncle of mine, my mother's brother-in-law. He Avas a German and lived all his life in Berlin. He Avas a A'ery sanve, smooth gentleman, knew everybody worth knowing, hobnobbed Avith, the nobles of Emperor William's court, and loA r ed to live. He was engaged hi liAnng; that AV«IS his entire occupation of life, and yet he Avas one of the greatest artists in Europe. Whenever he thought himself on tho AA r ane among those who looked upon him as an idol he painted a picture, put it on exhibition, had all Europe talking about it, and then he did nothing for a couple of years. Some years ago the art fever broke out in a most malignant form among the wealthier Germans of Cincinnati. They meant to have the best of modern painters do *, lot of work for them, My distinguished relative's name AA r as well- known among them, and he AATIS iu vited to Cincinnati. He came ovei and for a couple of months he Avas a lion. Ho AA r as feted and entertained most royally. He submitted some ideas for paintings, and the people Avflio brought him over went crazy over liis plans. Finally he induced them to advance him $75,000 on the work and he returned to Germany to do his painting. He. died about a year after, and AA'hen tho Clnclnnatlons started to look up the paintings they found uothr- ing but tho original sketches. He had not touched them since the day he first submitted' ftlfem in Cincinnati. That started an investigation, and it Avas | j n "g" found that he had borroAved In the j hostiles on course of his career something ovor Larned MIK $1,500,000. Ho hadn't a dollar's worth of security and had simply devoted his time and talents to tlie pursuit of liv- •ng." Cheap melodramas and sensational Wild West," _shows ha.ve accustomed the rising generation to tho sight of an individual with long Imir, garbed in buckskin, who shoots at glass Iwlls and calls himself a "scout." These circus thlckskn-s boast of the number of redskins that they have killed, juggle with their revolvers, and are ready, for 25 cents, to sell you a sensational account: of the life and adventures and deeds oC "Wild Bill" or Bnicksklu Joe," or any other patronymic that thc|y choose to adopt and think is catchy to the eye or oar of imaginative and credulous greenhorns. Tiio claims of these self-named mountebanks Hire not: supported by evidence, says the Chicago Times, and even their performances of shooting glass balls whilst in motion arc aided by trickery. Properly speaking a scout is a person sent, out, in the front or on the llank of a military command to observe the force mid movements of the. enemy He should be a keen observer and withal fleet of foot or well mounted. Thero are a number of unmarked graves along tho Arkansas river 'and tlio tributaries of the Canadian and Smoky Hill— graves where never loving hands have strewn flowers, resting places over which no prayer hns ever been said or memorial slab or stone placed— tenanted by men who died by violence, died "with their boots on." Many of these graves are tenanted by scouts killed by hostile Indians Avhilst acting us couriers, spies 1 , or dispatch bearers. In 1807-08 we were at war with tho Cheyennes, and during the winter Gen. Alfred Sully made the campaign an offensive one by moving with Ills command into the medicine country of the hostlles, south of where, Dodge City, Kan., now stands. The entire campaign was under the general direction of Maj.- Gen. Philip H. Sheridan. Tho war claims of the latter for promotion to bo liioutenatn-general, ivioe Sherman, vice Grant, were supplemented by act- tivo Indian service prior to March 4, 1S09, but Phil Sheridan never remained long in any one place, and several good sodiers acting as dispatch bearers, were sacrificed owing to their imfamill- arlty with tho topography of the country in which they were operating. In consequence of these losses Gon. Sheridan authorized the employment by tho United States of twelve citizen. scouts at a compensation of $100 a mouth, and one chief of scouts, who was paid $150 a month. These men were sworn into the service at Fort In addition to the pay moni- eiich scout was furnished with a good horse, with all the arms, aminu- Avanted, with rations to enlisted men, free TANSY TOLLS MOTHS. It Protects Winter Wttle Goods Against Pests. nltlon, etc., ho same, as issued medical attendance, AAlth fuel and comfortable quarters when within the limits of any government post. Each scout Avas told that If ho chose he could, In confidence, give to tiio post adjutant his true name, and that tlie officer AA-ould make it his duty, in case tho scout AA'ns killed in the discharge of his duty, to communicate tlie fact to the [)ostofflco address of any persons AVhom he might wish to be notified. Without exception the thirteen men Avero American bom. All had histories, Bvery scout had one. address or more to communicate, coupled with soine ncssago to give. None of these men were of tho Texas ranger or cowboy typo in dross or appenrnco. Only tAA'o Avoro their hair long. One Avas discharged for cowardice in falsely report- the, location of a, large body of Coon creek, between Fort and Fort Dodge, investigation having provwl tho presence only of a long lino of high weeds, Avhich, seen at: a distance against the horizon, Avere had caught sight of tho scouts making their way noi-thw;inl through the panhandle portion of. Texas, south of tha Adobe Avails, on the Canadian, and surmised that the couriers had purposely made a long detour westward in order to avoid tho region the hostiles invested. The savages alleged that they intercepted the two men near Beaver creek and first killed their horses. Thus dismounted, and more thnn a hundred miles from friendly nid Moore and Wheeler wore killed after a resistance desperate enough to impress the Chey- ennes with respect for their bravery. Another of the scouts was a man named Ransome, alias Ledford. He claimed to have been captured by rebel forces during the Avar while engaged as a spy. According to his own story Rausome was bound to the back of a horse behind the leader of the guerrillas, with a view of execution as soon as a camping place Avas found. He had a snwll pistol hidden beloAV his arm pit, and succeeded In killing his captor and making ills escape in hulf-Mazeppa Aviso. Lodford Avas an apparently frank, cheery, handsome fellow, of splendid physical proportions, and a magnificent shot. Ho oAvncd a black horse, docile to him, but a. fiend incarnate to others. 'The man Avas a. groat favorite Avith army ofllceivs, Avliom ho often bantered for friendly shooting matches, and AVOS rarely beaten In contests of skill iu that lino. Ho took more chances and moro often volunteered for dangerous service than any other scout; Avas never derelict, but AVUS killed in 1872 at Wichita, Kan., by Hunt. Hargous, on ollicor of tho Fifth infantry, Avho Avas on duty Avitli a posso aiding a deputy United States sheriff named Bridges to arrest him on a, charge of horse stealing. When, arrested by Lieut. Hargous Lodford IIrod first at the army oflicer, Avho dropped as if killed. Lieut. Hargous AVUS not hit, hoAvevcr. Ledford Avas maddened by liquor and strode over the prostmte body of the officer, firing at Jack Bridges as he advanced and Avoundlng him in the arm 1 . The scout then made a rush at a soldier Avho had accompanied as a member of the posse, when his further shooting AA-US prevented by a bullet iu the heart. Liko Hickok, tho original "Wild Bill, 1 ' Lodford respected the army blue, and the affray in Avhich he was killed was the only occasion that he was ever kuown to shoot at a person In the permanent military establishment. The winter before his death Ledford, then in government service, accorn/- panickl a detachment of the Third infantry, acting as escort for Ma,j. Rodney Smith, paymaster United States army on a pay trip from Fort Dodge, Kan.', to Camp Supply, Ind. T., and return. 1 lie route for about tAA'o hundred miles was over «. broken and undulating region so covered Avith SUOAV as to appear level. Thus a ravine, snoAV-filled, appeared at a distance no different from an elevation, snoAv-coyered. There were no trees or bushes above the dead level of the SUOAV. Buffalo were numerous and were often seen floundering in a ravine; straggling to get aAvay from the soldiers. The soldiers Avere intent only on making their way through the drills to their point of destination and could not afford to lose time in shooting buffalo, but Ledford Avould urge his horse up to and into the herd, flre both revolvers in order to further frighten tile buffalo, and then throAV himself astride tho nearest bull buffalo and stab him. The steam from the animals, the snoAV SAViris, the whoops of the scout, the red gouts from that gleaming knife made a strange exciting tableau Another ex-scout, Walker, was killed kuoAvn as Curly near Dodge by . - --.^-IV*. JL-'VJWJ^^ WJ <\l - reef-dent of Sallna, Kan., in an encoun—- ter resulting from an effort on tlie part of Walker to sell <i lot of cattle stolen and nm off by him from their laAVful owner. This man Walker Avas cowed once when drunk and disorderly at tort Dodge iu a Avay that Lieut.-0ol .Tohn It. Brooke is too modest to tell about. Bob Wright Avas present when he. wusi fulled. Ho ATOS (ipierced by seven bullets from a Winchester rifle- AA'hilst dismounting from his horse, and died Avith one hand vainly struggling to on his release revolver, It from mistaken for men and AA r cre so reported by tho scout too imaginative or too timid to make thorough roeonalssanco. This man's name AA-US William Seymour, the enlisted under tho name of Apache Bill. He AVUS afterwards killed in an affray I at Junction City, Kan. Another scoiit Thelra Is one sure pitovpntivo of! nuinod W|i>b.stpr Avas discharged for moths. It Is tansy. Sprinkle the leaves \ shooting his horse in the neck whilo freely about your Avoolens and furs,: carelessly anil unnecessarily discharging repeatedly thrusting it into the prairie- uud bursting the His and the moths Avill never get into them. When I AVUS a child my grandmother his firearms within the limits of a military post. Two of the scouts, used to send mo to the tansy patch I and Davis, Avere killed by the Obey- on the hill Avith a lip-go basket in which ennos Avhile in the act of AWttoring their to bring home plenty of tansy leaves. | horses at Mulberry crook, one of the In the giirret Avere fiA'e large hair cov-;small tributaries of the Arkansas, ered Horace and Herbert sat heavily on his conscience. Charitable as he knew them to be, prompted by charity as he persuaded himself was Beatrice's unknown errand, he was fully aware that no milk of human kindness possessed by the Talberts would Induce them to consent to their piece's exercising the sacred quality In such dingy purlieus, or under thq roof of such a questionable establishment as the "Oat and Compasses." The limits .of tlMi charitable obligations of Hazlewood House were strictly defined by the boundaries of Oakbury parish. At the end of the gleaming poAvtei' counter "" ^icttfte widowed, landlady, "MtoKWWfoJ mm -^ Oil trunks,, studded Avith brass nails, j the south side of the river." Their refilled with lier best blankets, coverlets, mains were Interred In the Fort Dodge cemetery. grand- On one occasion out of and Moore 1 , from Gen. flannels, sheets, etc. I can well remember IIOAV mother took the extra supply those trunks in the garret once a year, hung the articles on a clothes-line down in the orchard, beat them and then put them away again to lie amid the tansy leaves until another year. The fourth generation of her posterity are sleeping under those same blankets and blue and Avhite coverlets noAv, which proves the efficacy of that remedy of the olden time. OQ argument the bee two scouts, Whooler wero sent Avith dispatches Sheridan. They made tho trip to a point near Fort Sill, I. T,, In safety, and faithfully delivered their papers. A package of official documents Avas given them in return, with orders to dellvw the same to .Col. Mc- Koever at Fort Hays. The papers never reachM; th,e!r Aejstiiyvtion, ed, by Ir"'- - - • • fou o: tho holster in the stitching-of which the hammer was caught. Iu the other lumd "Curly" Walker had a revolver, Avhicli, in his death throes, he used as a knife repeatedly thrusting it- intr> *i,r> «,.r,i,jl sod, discharging it Avoapon by the act, Another of tho scouts Avas a man of education from Philadelphia, and the nephew of tin ex-union soldier, at one time the postmaster of St. Louis, fate is nnknoAvu. Scout O. .T. Whi toman AA^IS found dead on the plains, his head resting in his saddle, used as a pilloAv, his horse and arms gone—scalped—an arrow through, his heart. He was lulled whilo asleep. If these lines are read by any survivors of tho fight of Aug. 17, 18, 19 • and 20, 1808, on the Arrickeree fork of the Republican river, Kansas, the pluco Avhere Lieut. Boechcr AVUS killed, lui or they Avilli remember Malcolm Graham as one of the men who ran the gauntlet of tho Indians surrounding that island in the river and made liis Avay miAvoundod to Gen. Bankhead at Fort Wallace, thus securing relief for tlie Forayth party. Graham Avas John good Austin service one at in. of the scouts under Fort Dodge and did that capacity. Oapt. Hairy Reade, who for eighteen, years was- an officer of the twenty- fifth United States infantry, AVUS formerly a scout in government service upon th^ western plains. He ueA'er wore a buckskin suit or affected long hair, however, and in the quiet retirement of his Massachusetts home knows not the perils of the days AA-hen he, AAlth only ft single companion scout, «wrtett AiSRatehes though a region ft AKRpuhQo and" a - i «'d"M'jh;.Wi t :u'*i.esKMsy ; S'£iw»Y*a " I* i RfiaPif ^ *»•**» -Mveiii

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