The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 21, 1893 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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THE UPPER DE8 MOlNES, ALGUNA, IOWA* WBDNB8DAY, JtJNE •-:#«:, s-V ODM, How* sloop tlio brnvo who sink to ri»t By nil tholr country's wtelios blossod! Wihmi tipping, with dewy ilrigorfi' cokl, Returns to dock their Imllowml mould BHo there, slmll dross a swoolor SIM! Than tfiincy'fl foot, luivo ovor trod. By fairy hinds tliolr knoll Is rung; Jly forms UIIHOOII Uuilr dlrgo Is BIIIIB; Whew Honor coiitos, a plIgHm gray, •To t iloss iJio turf Hint warps tliolr ohiyj And FiModoui slmll n white repair, To dwell n wonplrig hermit Ihorol —WHllniu 'OollliiA .Bride of the |oe Ring, Uy Donald (1. Miloholl. Many, many yoniv ago thoro lived Upon tho edge of tho Valloy of Liauler- brmmon a peasant who had a bound* fill daughter by tho namo of Clothildo. Hor hair WIIB golden and llowcd In rlug- Itpon a nock which Avould have rivaled that of Iho fairest statue of anllqiilly. lliir eye AVIIH havsol and bright, but with a pensive air, which If the yumg herdsman of the • valley looked on only onoo they novor forgot in limit- lIvoH TJio motlior of Oloihlldo, who had dhv.l Avhen Hho WIIH young, came, It wan Maid, from some foreign laud; none Icnew of her lineage, and the people of tho valley hud learned only that tho peasant whoso wife Hho had became hud found her lost on the mountains. peasant was an homwt man, and niouvned for the mother of Olothlldo, because she had Hhared his la bom and (had lighted .pleasantly) the solitary path of his llfo, Hut Clothllde, though tho mother died Avhen she AAIIM young, clung over tenderly to her memory and persisted ahvays that >flio wonld Und hor again Avhere her father had found hoi 1 —upon the mountains, it was in vain they showed hor the grave where hor mother lay burled In the village churchyard. "No," sho would say, "my mother Is not there." And her eyes lifted to the mountains. Yot no one thought Clothildo was craned; not a maiden of the village of Laiutorbruuuen performed bettor her ho must bo brave, for the clangors of tho mountain llfo nro ninny." So tho fnthor nnd tho cure consulted together, while Clothllde sang as bo- foro nt her ^household cares, and Hu jfered, nn Avnfl her wont at evening, by the chapel of Our Lndy of Snow, In vlow of the glaciers which rose In front of tho valley. Hut Iho father nnd cure could decide upmi none Avho Avns wholly worthy to bo tho bridegroom of Clothildo, though the people of tho village were honest nnd not n. young villager of them nil but would hnvo lunde for her n wntnh- ful hiiHlmnd and cured well for the (locks which belonged to her father's fold. Tho villagers Avero all eager for the day which AVIIH to decide the fortunes of their valley holmsa Clothlklo herself wore no cloud upon her brow, but ovor with tiho same serene "look she busied hor hands with hor household cares and sang the old songs which cheered her fal.hor'ni heart. The youth of the village eyed hoi aHkiinco and said: "Hho can have no heart, worth winning who IH Avon only by a stout arm. 1 And others said still—"She In Icy cold and can have no heart at. nil!" .Hut Ihoigood cure said "Nay!" Aud many a one from sick bods called down blowings on her. There wore others, too, of the village thinking, perhaps, as mothers will, of the Ill'ty kids and of the half score dun cows, Avho said: "She who Is so good a daughter will makei also a good Avlfe!" Among those who would gladly have sought. Glothllde In marriage wns u young villager of Liimtcrhrmmcn whoso name was Conrad. Ho AA'as a hunter as well as a herdsman, and ho knoAV the haunts of the chamois as well as he know the pasture ground where fed kids which belonged to the father of Clothllde, Ho had nnt-brown hair and dark blue eyes, and there AVIIS not a maiden In tho valley, save Clothllde, but Avatohed admiringly the proud stop of the hunter Conrad. Many a time her father had spoken of tho daring deeds of Conrad, and told Clo- thllde tho tale of Ihe wild mountain hunU which Conrad could reckon up; and how, once upon a time, Avhon a child AVHS lost, (hoy had lowered tho young hunter Avlth ropes Into the deop crevasses of the glacier, and how In the depths of the Icy cavern he had bound _ 111 i -- - (- T - ..-» .*.«.. **- V v**iv»»» «»v- *4tt\l l'Vl*tt\l ™ f,^, J' m '° a Umu Ul ° lieulltir » l tho young ehihl to hi* shoulders and Clothllde, Not one could so swiftly had been dragged, bruised and half ply tho distaff; not one could show such store of whUo ololti woven from the mountain tlax. She- planted tlowors by the door of her father's cottage; dead to tho light again. To all this Clothilde had listened with a sparkle- In hor eye; yet sho felt not her heart warming toward Conrad as sho watched over all his comforts; she, the heart, of a maiden should warm joined Avlth tho• rest lii tho village i toward an accepted lover, bulls; but, unlike all the maidens of, Many and many a time Conrad had the village, she would acvept iu> lover. | ga ml ou ciothlUle na she kneeled In There- were those who said that hor wore all cokl smlhvs, and that her heart Avas icy, Unt those were dls- oppolntcd oniv). Tho father, plain peasant that he was, mourned In his heart Avhen he thought how Clothildo was the only maldou of tho village who had no lover; and ho foarwl greatly, as the yearn tlew over him, for the days ihat were to come when (.Ho-thUdo would her cottage home. village church. Many and many time ho had AA'alchod. hor crimsoned kli'tlo as she disappeared among the Avalnut trees that groAV by her father'* door. Many and many a time he luul looked longingly on the ten dun COAVS Avhlch made- up her father's tlock and upon the green pasture ground Avhere the kids conn toil by tlfty. r«ravo enough he was to climb tho , crags even when the Ice Avas smooth on ovor her and none the narroAv footAvay and a slip Avould hurl him to de.strucilou; he had no fear U , ,. , '-"--•-••»• »>-v*v vi v-»» t \-Mx'n ( *i\;4*tivi nv l v m Hut the poiusivo-oyod Clothltile put O f ttl o crevasses which gapcnl frlghtful- on gayoty when she founil this mood j i y tu the paths which load ovor the creeping over hor father's thought, and ' cheered him Avlth the light songs slus had Iwiriusl fr\>ui the village girls. Yot her heart was not lu the light songs, glaciers; he did not shudder at the thunders which the. avalanches sent him ,and yet Conrad had never dared approach the pensive-eyed Clothilde. Once or twice Indeed ho had borne a "Clothllde Avill deny nib then?' Mid Conrad Badly. "Until a year and a day are past J must deny," said the maiden, "but when tho snows of another spring are melted, nnd the fete has returned ngaln, If you' Conrad, are of the same honrt and will I promise to be yours." And Conrnd touched with his lips the hand sho gave him nnd swore: "By Our Lady of the Snow for a year nnd n day I will make no claim to tills hand of Clothllde!" Tho tnnmlng wns beautiful .Avhlch ushered In the day of the fete. The maidens of the A'lllago Avere arrayed in their gayest dresses and the young herdsmen of the valley had put on their choicest finery. Tho sports were held upon a soft bit of meadow land at the foot of the groat glacier wihlch rises In the front of Lauterbrunnen. A barrier of HH'th and rocks, clothed with flr trees, sejiarated tho green meadow from tho crystal mountain which gleamed above. And ever, when the sun smolo holly, the glacier streams, which murmured upon either side of the meadoAV, made cool the nlr. Many a village maiden wished that day she held tho place of Clotiilldo and that she, loo, might havd such champion as Iho brown-haired Conrad. A rich cap of silk, AA'orked by the village hands, AVIIS round the forehead of Clothildo, aud to humor the pride of tho old nuin, her father, she added the fairest llorwers that. greAv by the cottage door. But fair as AVOWS the HoAA'ors, tho face beneath AVIIS fairer. Many looks turned niutlously tOAvard the bench Avhoro sat tho village belle, whoso fortunes hung upon the fete of the day, but her brow AA'as calm, and there, as over, she AA'IIS watchful of tiie comfort of her fadior. Half of the games had passed over, indeed, bnforo she turned a curious look upon the strife. When the Avrestiers wero called there Appeared a. stout herdsman, from the A'alloy of GrlndolAvnld, who wns the [M-ldo of his A-illage, and AA'ho challenged, boldly, the hunter Conrad. He AA'as taller and seemed far stronger than Conrad, aud there' AA'or'o thosio AAiio feared greaty that a stranger would carry off the prize. But the heart! of tho bravo hunter AAIIS tired by tho sight of ClotMlde, now bending aii easy look upon the sports. He accepted tho challenge of the stout herdsman, and they grappled each other in the mountain Avay. The stranger AA'as the stronger, but Conrad the more active. For a long time they struggled vainly, but the heavy herdsman grcAV weary. Conrad pressed Mm closely, and soon the village rang Avith shouts and tho champion of Grindelwald AA'as fairly vanquished. After this came the cast of tho boAA-1- dors. Ono after another the younger men made their trial, but the limit of each wist Avas marked by a Avillow Avand, and In the cleft of each Avaud AA'as a fragment of rlbbou, bestoAved by well-Avishlng maidens. Conrad, taking breath after his Avrest- llng match, advanced composedly to l«s place at ,tlie head of the arena, where sUnnl the tir stipllngs with the laurel Avreaths. Ho lifted the bowlder paim. tJntll then t go t<> iny hotte In the mountains." The villagers looked on ainazed. Clo thllde alone Was calm but silent. stranger had disappeared. None had noticed his approach, and his de parttire wns as secret ns his coming. The cure muttered hla prayers. The village maidens recalled in timid whispers bis fine figure and the rich fnra that he wore, and Conrad, recovering from his stupor, said never a wortl, but paced back nnd forth musingly the length ot the bowlder cast which tho white-clad stranger had throAvn there. The old mnh swore It Wns' some spirit nnd bn-dc Clothildc accept, Conrad at once as a protector ngnlnst the temptations of the evil one. But the mnidi more than ever wedded to her visionary life by this strnncfo nppnrltion. dwelt Upon the words of the stranger nnd repeating them snid to her father: "Lot Conrad wait for a twelvemonth nnd, If he passed' the throw of the un known, I will be his bride." The sun sank beyond the hills of the Ober-Alp and Avith the twilight came a mystic awo ovor tho minds of tho villagers. The thoughtful Clothilde fancied the stranger some spiritual guard- Inn—most of all, when sho recalled the vow which Conrad had mndo nnd had broken. Sho remnrked moreover, ns they went toward their homo, that an engle of the Alps, long after its AA-onted time of day. hovered OA r cr their path nnd only when tho cottage, door AA'as closed soared nwny to the cliffs that lifted nboA'e tho glnc.'ers of Lnuterbrm- nen. Tho old herdsman began now to regard his daughter Avlth n. strange kind of awe. Ho consulted long and anxiously with the good cure of the village. Could it bo that the maid, so near to his honrt. wns leagued with the spirit world? Ho recalled the time when he had first met her mother AA'aiidcrlng upon the mountains. "Whence had she come? And was the stranger of the festal day of some far kindred who now sought Ms OAVU? It remembered IIOAV tlio mother had loved her child and had borne her in frlghitened indeed, and prayed.'lifer son to give up all thoughts of the strange Clothilde and to marry a maiden Whose heart was of Warmer blood and who kept no league with the evil one. But Conrad only the more resolutely fol- loAvett the bent of his \vill and schooled himself for the coming triaL If they spoke to him of the stranger he vowed, with a fearful oath, that be he who he might he Avould dare him to sharper conflict than that of the year before. So, at length, the month and the day drew near - again. It AA'O-S tho early spring tluie; the AA-astiug snows still whitened the edges of the fields AA'hich hung upon the slopes of the mountain. The meadow of tho fete had lost the last traces of winter nnd n fresh, green sod Avilh a sprinkling of daisies, glittered under tho dcAV and mmlighjt. Clotliildo Avas again robed Avith care, and AA r hcii the old herdsman looked on hor face, Avrenthcd with the floAvcrs she had Avoven out. by his door, he forgave her nil h6 had thought, of her tfe to tho spirit world, nnd clasped her to his heart and called her his good— his own little Clothllde. On the day before the fete there had been n heavy rain, and .the herdsmen from ,tho heights reported that the Avlntor snoAvs Avcre loosening nnd would soon come doAvn, after which would bo broad sunurior and the ripening ot the crops. Scarce a villager Avas away from the wrestling ground. All had heard of Clothllde nnd of the new nnd strange comer who had challenged the pride of tlio A-nlloy and had disappeared—none knew whither. Was Conrad again to lose his guerdon? Tho game went on Avith tho old man, the father of Clothilde, looking on timidly and the good cure holding his accustomed place beside him. There Avore throe young herdsmen Avho appeared this year for tho first time among the Avrestiers, but the firm and tried sineAA-a of Conrad, the hunter, placed him before these as he Avas before all others. Not so many, howeA'er, as on the year before, envied Mm Ms milnlty. Lands here are held uttdef 4 system of tithing, which Is odd enough to deserve mention. A large portion of the rented premises comprise but a few acres at most, and often but a few tfeet. There are little plots of ground for which the rent .Is one hen per annum or one bushel or peck of AVheat, one goose, n calf, a pig, a bushel of prunes^ cheese, or any of Innumerable products. Last year a law was passed Avhlch permitted any tenant who occupied ground not valued nt the assessor's office nt over $300 to purchase it at such assessed valuation and when the amount is tendered to the owner he must accept It. Everything Is taxed. A ca(pitnl retilatlon compels oAvners or tenants of property to paint their hoiises and whlteAvash their stone Avails at given periods, but a regulation not so cnpitnl requires them to take out a license for such repairs nnd to pny a given price for tlio privilege of doing what the law compels them to do. An acquaintance I have mnde here has just pnid $10 for a permit to do some cleaning .up of this kind which Avill cost about $25. Around Lisbon rite certain entrances, generally gateways of the old walls. All persons bringing chickens, oggs, butter or any other product into the city for,sale arc stopped nit the gat'es nnd required to pay a tax proportioned to the vnlue of their articles. At the depots all passengers, on suburban as Avell as through trains .must have their bags and packages examined and pay for any wares they are bringing into the city. . ' ' i 1 . „, , ii« un i in,- iivii ueiore, tuiii ms her arms often to the very edge of the 8plrlt brille . Y ot none could gainsay glacier and lulled Clothllde to sleep in | hcr beauty . for tWs tlnv uer the murmur of the deep fulls of the ' AA-ater Avhtch in the heat of summer make mysterious music iu the heart of the ice mountains. It AA-as remembered IIOAV, In girlhood. ClothluU' ' to was radiant AA-ith a rich gUnv and her com- pleA-ion. relieved by the green garland she AA'oro. Avould have made tMs village \ beauty tho envy of a princess. As the day's sport went on the cool. n n i i i i,j * xo l11 ^ \ui.» a auv/i t »t--UL v/u lilt? thilde had ottoii wandered thither ' damp breoae blew „ ^ vall pluok Alpine roses, and Avas hee-.l-! nu> n d s (\r\ftrt mv»r th* summit n clouds drifted over the summit of the • t . | t.iVlU.13 VLlU.ltAL VMCL LlltT OUUULUL UL IU t? Us* always ot Uie icy breath which ; mountains. Conrad had made himself came irom the blue glacier caverns. | the victor in every trial. To make Always too. sho hung hor votive gar- his triumph still more brilliant he had lands on the altar of Our Lady of the Snow, and prayed for the pilgrims ; who. in whiter, traversed the rude 8lu<ai1 lf tho ° t ' ili>i rROTJSGTriNG THIEVES. I-IOAV It Is Done By the Columbian Guards. . Chicago Herald: "Joost peoause I haf off tAvo thousand tollers peen robbed I AA'as seized und dakcn here in dot vaggon," spluttered an angry German in broken English when brought before Captain Pitcher, the officer of the day at Jackson park, late Wednesday afternoon. The wrathy Teuton had good cause for his rage. Conrad Mungelrnan Is a well-to-do cattle OAvner from White Sulphur Springs, Montana. He came east a month ago. He spent about a week in New York on business and then deckled to come tp Chicago. Wednesday he visited Midway PlaLsance. After recalling old recollections by a trip •through "Old Vienna" he visited the Australian village. He was passing through the doorway coining out when a young man jostled him -violently. Tho guileless German thought nothing of the incident at that moment. But , . . , on reaching the gate he happened to year betore. At mlt nis nimd ln nls inside poct^ His H « n ot this the villagers raised one a i.\ -\\ I i *•**!?"»• V «• •• «-*-«*J H_»»_ I ULLk^g*. 4 O t. 111-?*. H V-lAV of the Ober-Alp. Did Uie moth-, loud shout of greeting AvMch echoed or belong to the Genius of tho Moiui- i f rom end to eud of tho vallev. And tain? And was tho daughter pledged the brave huntsman, flushed wtth vie- to tho Ice King? rorv ll;m>1 hl)lllu . Hm ^ H .. 1T> . r01 . , %t - fhe | long leather pocketbook was gone. In it were nearly i?50 in bills and a check for $2,000 on the First National Bank of this city. He realized that his pock- and that the strany mi , , >-"••»• » i.*«ix-.«. ^viviij ILIV. uu,tiu^vv.i vt ijuv Uie poor old herdsman bowed his i-white iei-kin -md thp *ilv..i- iMt-.-imr* t,i i t. , i S^^SJS-SSTSS!^•-- xr * ^t"c£r,f,^ ^,-n,?i-™i - slie had snuijr iu the days that Avere ! . ..- . s money. Raising an outcrv, , the queeu of the valley. , he nlshe{1 back to flnd tne ^^ A ^ there Avas, a momentary hush, brok- j himbian guard was attracted to the with ease, and giving it oast 'roUrod uncomvrnixl. a vigorous The little for .siio loved to revel In the wild, mysterious talcs belonging to the mountain ! hunter's"s-ifTof Tender" chamois '* flesh . UV '.. 1IH ! OIH ' 1 ' tluus ' s uml tUUl = s . uuuv ! *» the old man, and Clothllde, with her low voice, had said: dread Hum came near to the talk or to tho thought uf the follow villagers weakened tho fancy of Clothildo. "SYhothor U was some fancy memory •of the Uwt mother or dully companionship with tho mouutahiM and gla- "My father thanks you, Conrad." And the bravo hunter, lu hcr pre- iti the swoop SO i U . o> wus i lko H s o f a fuioou. blue strip o* ribbon Avhich presently marked Its face was far in advance of tho rest. Again there Avas a joyous shout, but the men o (Jrindohvald cried out loudly to their champion and he came forward. ISut his arm AA-as tired aud his cast Avas scaivo even Avith the second of the men of Lauterbruunen. Again the sliout rose—louder than be- foro~-iuid Conrad was declared by the village umpire of the fete to be the victor, and by will of the oW herdsman, to bo the accepted lover of the beauti- fid ClotMlde. They led him forward to the stand If she sang he listened as though he ! tween dors which sho xsiw from her father's ' dreamed. If she was silent he gazed! the r. AVihere sat the cure, be- old Uertlsmuii and his aAvay uiy father!" said she in a tone of quick authority. In a moment the reason Avas apparent. A roar muss of the glacier above had given •door, certain it; was that her thought went farther and wider than the thoughts uf those around hor. Now, the fattier of Clothildo had oil the cool mountain pools. The kilo raillery of tiie villase could not talk to her; uf love, she ClotMlde grew suddeidy pale. l l(;> I Conrad keep Ms oath? more hnagi mother's soul looked out from the tender eyes of ClotMlde. He said IIOAV no Avord of marriage, but waited Avith resignation for the dread twelve months i to pass aAvay. And he looked Avith pity upon the strong-hearted Conrad, Avho, tierce aud more daring than before, as, it some quick despair hau given courage— scaled cliffs and brought back stores of cham- ios flesh, of which he laid always a j C'Slde C the d °° r ° f the father Ot I a "" ay bJ ' dle oure ' C1 ^ tmide ' Uel ' self . It Avas said, too, that the young hunts- He was was then, active measures for the apprehension of the pickpocket and the recovery of the property. Here, the locul politician of the genial the group, says Detroit Free Press. "Gentlemen. way and its crash upon the first range' that reminds me of a story" he re- of clifts uow reached the ear. Thb j marked, and alrh.wish aibstMuenttj- no fragments ot ice and rw-k were now i one could perceive the associafion of ™™*™* *"&•**£ V '^ me l^?!"^ they listen^l to his anecdote. - . . | '- —— (^ . - _-._ _.. .{^.u.u.b M^ T -J-41_fcJJJV_ 1_iV »» H. I JJ It-tlfil lilt? -',1 .JS!? ! towml the l' latouu - alle viliagei-s fled, j HB stated' Woulil j man Avas heaul at Mght casting bowl- anecdote. that he heard it while stunipin,ic ua Maine durin" the 1-ist The fanher of ClotMlde was borne! campaign, and forthwith related it. Among the admirers of the governor of the state AA-as an old farmer. He as about to take a trip to town, and, dor stones in the valley and nerving nroach Fear may have confused him, or j his arm for the trial of the twelve- uient rare. He SUAV the avalanche ap- of course, not fly like the rest.! to pi-ess 'large tiocks for a >uld not listen; of things higher, with 1 fatigue may have forbid Ms utterance, 1 month to come. peasant, his peasant's voice and iniiv.l, ho Fifty of his kids fetl upon the herbage not IIOAV to talk. And the- m»thcr of guerdon of tue day and the token of be- but he reached forth Ms hand for the ! The maidens of the •Which grew upon tho mountain lodges, tAmnul, a lone widoAv, living in the love '• tivUial. wnd half a score of dun COAVS came I>L' her son, chid Mm for M: every night to hU chalet from tho pas- and, said: ture grounds which AVOI-O watered by the spiny of tho Dust-Fall. Many oi' the yi'img villagers Avould tuivo gUtilly Avon Clolhlldo , to some token i.>l' love; but ever her quiet, pale face, as she kuolt in iho village church, aiv Uvkovl the longest^ Avith ice run the HAViil them to silence; aud even her lioivost iu summer. call upon the governor , , , . i -- .. — —-id and assure him of upper plateau and a thicket of pine j tiie unswerving allesjiance of his con trees was in the path of the avalanche stituents in the northern'locality. "Don't you think you'd better take i him. a fresh, beautiful salmon, Reuben " the others . aske.1 his wife. "I'm sure he'd! like it ^.r-^.r^-^.^i^TSS»»» * .'««»-"«^;«r^ e " sn? r^J£i*" 1>te ""»" askance the trippin thiltle—the village eyed: _ h( , ,tru^ted to these to avert or stay fagure of Clo- ; tha jaujier. ers of the young herds- he watched, AvMle silence, I , Jlusc Llu>u ll n Alpine horn sounded | men spoke less often of the ten cows ; .shouted Mm a waruin-' he Aud Conrad rojoiceil at iho trial that j to silence; and even gentle manner, as she clung to ihe arm of the old hcixUmaii, her fa i hor, made them vow new vows to capture the village beauty. lu tluici* of danger, or iu tiini-s Avhen sickness came to the chalets ot tho valley. Clothildo passed hither and tlilihor on errand;* ui' mercy, and when lum.seU' joyously for ih< None had seen him before. j Snow, and ever in her place in tiie vil- ULs frame was slight, but liriuly j lage church she prayed as fervently knit. His habit was oi' the tiuest Avhite ! as before. Avns to come, Avhoiv ho could speak j w«H'l. closivl at the throat Avith rich, ' his love iu his OAVU mountain way and! white, furs, aud caught together with] conquer the heart of ClotMlde with his good right arm. blowbclt, there was many auothoi* herdsman of the valley N\ho prepared So Reuben took a salmon. On his way to the station he stopped at a gnx-ery store to have his usual chat before the train started. He rested his baskeit on the counter, and was so engrossed in conversation on the silver --."«j question Avith the proprietor of the sum-; store that he did not notice the action a good- spirit world, and. the crystal, masses of ice followed 'quickly"aftTis i puck'ed^hS 0 " 1 ^ bi ^ k6ti and flr it . met- bramble* The airtached rocks If she lived in a spirit world It seem-: were hurled down in showers—immense took strife Avheu ihe storms itiroalonovl ihoso who watclu\t the kids upon the mouiuaiu slopv-si .slie sent thorn t'cod. sind wine und fresh Stoiv of blaukots. winner should receive i|he i.'u'vy kids and the ten dim cows and tho haud of the beautiful Clotuikle. I'poll Iho night wliich was before Uhc asHurwl him of the devotion of his passctl that a colt.l current of adr £<>l- ; simply lowo«.l Mm auS, that Ms breath AVUS i i_->{ t j_" frosted ou liLs bean.1. pointed to the mountains. of cruel ice and then, more slowly and' constituency in the Vorth .> ttik of worship and die an- \ with a low murmur, like a requiem, 1 So tho years pa.ssed, and the maidens day of iho village fete It happened ihat ' He isakl no Avord to any, but advauc- ; di'uls of citie | thems which men sang iu the cathe- , came of now of melting snow, coverin"! said that Cloihilde was locdug the fretstmoss that belong to bor young days. Knr. Ousse wore jealous ones. Aiul tho Ctuher, growing ahvays old- ; Avould have followed at a rcspcv-U'ul ills- er, si'ow siuldor. "Who." said tho old man, "Avill lake cure oi' the ilocks. my daughter? Who Avill look after the dun cows? Who will.bring the winter store oi' iir from the momitains?" slic mot the bntve young liuutor return- j iug wiih a stately air to the little ' ClotMlde said: "Hark to the ava- ing from Uie Lulls wirli a chamois upon i plateau Avhere Uio Iir spars stood'. lauche!" tits sliouldor. Ho saluu-vl her ami i crowned. Avith their laurel garlands, he ! Did he talk of a I the groat plain with a mantle of ' fas*. I have brung for your break- spirit wMch j wMte. Poor Conrad lay buried beneath. who were hindermost in the , taiicc, but Clothikle priMcli. "Conrai.l," said slie. "you Avill con- lend Aviih tiie. others at ihe foio tomorrow'.'" I'/A-vl upon a boAvlder larger than any . hovers ever near the faithful j fli^nt from the meadow of the village ; back. beckoned his ap | yet ulirowu and ca^t it far beyond the j ClotMlde pointed upward to where " ...... .. ' -• »~ With ,that he reached in the basket k out the cixlnsli I'm dume.1," he saM, pepping i "I Avili bo Uicre," said Conrad, "aud, XOAV Clothikle could answer for those Please the blessed virgin, t. Avill Avill tMiigs, for even the cure of tho- village such prize as Avas uover AVOU before." could not see the pretty aud pious : "Conrad, t kuuAv iluit you are bravts Clothildo left destitute. "Bxit It pained au d th at you are strong; will you uot nu.l st:ill fluttered ill the wuid. Thero were stilled cries o£ amaze- i tn , fete told of the sudden coining ami/.Lst '•• He rmirtproi? mark whew the blue pennant of Con-, the eagle soared over the glacier above j ,them of a stranger all clad in silver ! turned her home. i and white, who took Clothilde in his! A year passed away, mysterious ! arms and bore her, in her flowing wiiite i give a incut, and the Avouder grew greater' rumors Avere spread among the vil- j robea and the garland of green in her • with the' still when the stranger, Lu place of lagers, and there Avere those Avho said j hair, up rhe fax^e of the moutain. ' ^ wiyn _ putting a AvilloAv wand to mark his j they had seen at eventide Clothilde j Certain it is thait the valley of Lauter-! the "salmon v,- and re- At ! b oys took out the H « execu T ye ' !m d the two seized m>ou one of the. flr sap-, tallting with a stranger in wiiite, who j brunnea never saw her more. The lings and hurled it thi-ough the air Avith ; Avas like ttie challenger of the year j old herdsman, her father, died shortly precision uid, foive that it fixed before Aii. wheiho winter had awr. anl Ms ' >fso her heart to witness the caiv that lay "e also generous? Swoar to me that if ; u^-if \ u {j^ ^.i within a foot of tiie | covered the lower hills with white it ; dun cows were left to the cure to buy i ulpoii her father's thought and sho was . V<JU aro the Avluuer lu lomori'ow's sport Avilliu.y: to hostow quiet upon his part- \ - vou W 'H- not claim tiie reward, Avhich ' \ v itix iug years. Therefore ou a day Avhou ! '">' faihor has promised to die bravest, jj lo t ou< sho came back Avhh the old herdsman ; l ' 01 ' a >' eai ' au *l a day." from a village woldim;. she. toM him ; "You asli what is hard," said Courad. that sho. too, if ho wished, would be- ! "When the chamois te near 1 draw my come a bride. i lj *>w, and \vhou my arrow is on the "And whom will you marry. Clo string ao\v can I stay iho shaft?" "It is. Avell for your uutuntalu prizes. tMWe?" said the old man. "Whom von choose," maiden. ''But," she added, be go<Kl replied Courad. but think you the, heart of of tlw haK-auibodded bowlder, ajnd rested ; waa said thar strange foatprauts were musses for fhe resr of Ms daughter's' wreath quivering from | seen about nhe little chapel of Old Lady j soul. j I of the Suow. The victor Avaited for no conductor, ! HoAvbeit, ClotMlde uegletrttid not one but maivMng straight to the bench ; of the dutes wMi.-h belonged 1 to her in Avhere ssit the bewildered maiden aud , the household of her father, and her -n. . — replaced Having finished tibia ao- rtf the trip, omitting ail refer- the salmon, the farmer took his and went home. r did rhe guv'ner like the heautt salmon, Reuben?" iwoudejchstricken father. It-spoke wilh'ng heart and hand forbade that them thus: either the kind old. herdsman or the virgin, is to be AVQH like a "Fair liwly, the prize is Avon, but if, cura should speak aught Ul to her or within a year aud a day, Conrad- can da hatte* than tiila I will yield ata the forbid her the long mountain rambles. The old mother of Conrad, grew EST SUNNY POBTI'GAi. Minneapolis Tribune: I should hard-1 With that ly tiiink this a pleasant place for an j salmon. American to live in, in a business sense.' ment hi Tho laws of Portugal are peculiar and! "Y! rather ewf arrassmg to one accustomed' inon 5 "beautiful" it for a moi- to of an codflah "you may be a sal- out yau' re a darned old ClcWr* ty! l>tlrti«l»l«liriiim . ',

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