Okeene Democrat (Okeene, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, October 26, 1917 Page: 4 of 8
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THE OKEENE DEMOCRAT
The Story of
a "Dog That
By JAMES OLIVER CURWOOD
Copyright Bobbs-Merrill Co.
WITH WONDERFUL ANIMAL INSTINCT, KAZAN SENSES
DEATH NEAR HIM. AND LOVING JOAN, DECIDES
TO STAY BY HER TEMPORARILY
Kazan, ii vicious Aluskun sledge dog, one-quarter wolf, saves the
life of Thorpe, Ills muster, and is taken along when the master goes to
civilization to meet Ills hride and return with her to the frozen coun-
try. Even Thorpe is afraid to touch Kazan, hut Isobel, the dog's new
mistress, wins Ids affection at once. On the way northward Mc-
(’ready, a dog-team driver, Joins the party and the following night
heats Hie master Insensible and attacks the bride. Kazan kills Mc-
Crcudy, liees to the woods, Joins a wolf pack, whips the leader, takes
a young mate, Gray Wolf, and a few nights later drives off the pack
which had attacked human beings and protects a sick man, his daugh-
ter, .loan, and her baby. Won by their kindness the wolf-dog submits
lo adoption by Joan.
I’lerre knelt beside her. He was
proffering something, and Kazan
smelled meat. Hut it was the girl’s
hand that made him tremble and
shiver, and when she drew hack, urging
him to follow her, lie dragged himself
painfully it foot or two through the
snow. Not until then did the girl see
his mangled leg. In an instant she had
forgotten all caution, and was down
dose at his side.
“He can’t walk," she cried, a sudden
tremble in her voice. “Look, mon pere!
Here is a terrible cut. We must carry
“1 guessed that much,” replied Kad-
Issou. “For lIml reason 1 brought the
blanket. Mon Dieu, listen to that!"
From the darkness of the forest
there came a low walling cry.
Kazan lifted his head and a trem-
bling whine answered in his throat. It
was Gray Wolf calling to him.
It was a miracle that Pierre Iladls-
son should iml the blanket about Ka-
zan, and carry him in to the camp,
without scratch or bite. It was this
miracle that lie achieved, with Joan’s
arm resting on Kazan’s shaggy neck as
she held one end of the blanket. They
laid him down close to the lire, and aft-
er a little it was the man again who
brought warm water and washed away
the blood from the torn leg, and then
put something on it that was soft and
warm and soothing, and dually hound
a cloth about it.
All this was strange and new to Ka-
zan. Pierre’s hand, as well as the
girl’s, stroked ills head. It was the man
who brought him a gruel of meal and
tallow, and urged him to eat, while
Joan sat with her chin in her two
hands, looking at the dog. and talking
to him. After Ibis, when he was quite
comfortable, ami no longer afraid, lie
heard a strange small cry from the
furry bundle on the sledge that brought
his bend up with a Jerk.
Joan saw the movement, and heard
the low answering whimper in his
throat. She turned quickly to the
bundle, talking and cooing lo it as site
took it in her arms, and ilien she
pulled hack the bearskin so that Kazan
could see. He had never seen a baby
before, and .loan held it out before
him, so that he could look straight at
if and see wlint a wonderful creature it
was. Its little pink face stared stead-
ily at Kazan. Its tiny lists renehed
out, and it made queer little sounds at
him, and then suddenly it kicked and
screamed with delight and laughed. At
those sounds Kazan's whole body re-
laxed. and he dragged himself to the
"See, he likes (lie baby:" she cried.
“Mon pere, we must give him a name.
What shall it he?"
"Wait till morning for that," replied
the father. "It is late, Joan. Go into
the tent, and sleep. We have no dogs
now, and will travel slowly. So we
must start early."
With her hand on the tent-flap. Joan
“He came witji the \vol\es." she said.
“Let us call him Wolf." With one arm
she was holding the little Joan. The
other she stretched out to Kazan.
“Wolf' Wolf!" -die called '•uftly.
Kazan's eyes were on her. He knew
that she was speaking to him. and he
drew himself a f«x*t toward her.
"He knows It already!” she cried.
"G<*od night, mon pore."
For a long time after she had gone
into the lent, old Pierre Itadisson sat
on tlo* edge of the sledge facing the
lire, with Kazan at his feet. Suddenly
the sileme was broken again by Gray
Wolf's lonely howl deep In tlie forest.
Kazan lifted his head ami whint'd.
“She's ending f«>r you. hoy,” said
Ih coughed, and clutched a hand to
his breast, where the pain seemed rend-
I rost-bitten lung," lie said, speak-
ing straight at Kazan. “Got it early in
the winter, up at Fond du Lac. Hope
we’ll get home—In time—with the
In the loneliness and emptiness of
the big northern wilderness one falls
Into the habit of talking to one’s self.
Hut Kazan’s head was alert, and Ills
eyes watchful, so Pierre spoke to him.
“We’ve got to get them home, and
there’s only you and me to do it,” he
said, twisting his heard. Suddenly he
clenched his fists.
His hollow racking cough convulsed
"Home!" he panted, clutching his
chest. "It’s eighty miles straight north
—to the Churchill—and I pray to God
we’ll get there—with the kids—before
my lungs give out.”
He rose to his feet, and staggered a
little as he walked. There was a collar
about Kazan’s neck, and he chained
him to the sledge. After that he
dragged three or four small logs upon
the fire, and went quietly into the tent
where Joan and the baby were already
asleep. Several times that night Kazan
heard the distant voice of Gray Wolf
calling for him. hut something told'hlin
that he must not answer it now. To-
ward dawn Gray Wolf came close in to
the camp, and for the first time Kazan
replied to her.
this day the chief thing that tie
came to understand was that the little
creature on the sledge was very pre-
cious to the girl who stroked his head
and talked to him, and that it was very
helpless. He learned, too, that Joan
was most delighted, and that her voice
was softer and thrilled him more
deeply, when he paid attention to that
little, warm, living thing in the bear-
For a long lime after they made
camp Pierre Itadisson sat beside the
fire. Tonight he did not smoke. He
stared straight into the flames. When
at last he rose to go into the tent
with tlie girl and the baby, he bent
over Kazan and examined his hurt.
“You’ve got to work in the traces to-
morrow, boy,” he said. “We must
make the river by tomorrow night. If
He did not finish. He was choking
hack one of those tearing coughs when
the tent-flap dropped behind him. Ka-
zan lay stiff and alert, his eyes filled
with a strange anxiety. He did not
like to see Itadisson enter the tent,
for stronger than ever there hung that
oppressive mystery in the air about
him, and it seemed to he a part of
Three times that night he heard
faithful Gray Wolf calling for him
deep in the forest, and each time he
answered her. Toward dawn she
came In close to camp. Once he caught
the scent of her when she circled
around In the wind, and he tugged and
whined at the end of his chain, hoping
more about his own wulst. In the silent
gloom that was almost night Pierre
carried his compass in his hand, and
at last, late in the afternoon, they
came to a break in the timber line, and
ahead of them lay a plain, across
which Itadisson pointed an exultunt
“There’s the liver, Joan,” he said,-
his voice faint and husky. “We can
camp here now and wait for the storm
Under a thick clump of spruce he
put up the tent, and then began gath-
ering firewood. Joan helped him. As
soon as they had boiled coffee and
eaten a supper of meat and toasted
biscuits, Joan went into the tent and
dropped exhausted on her thick bed
of balsam boughs, wrapping herself
and the baby up close In the skins and
blankets. Tonight she had no word
for Kazan. And Pierre was glad that
she was too tired to sit beside the fire
London.—Twelve British merchant!
vessels of more than 1,600 tons were
Kazan’s howl awakened the man. He
came out of the tent, peered for a few
moments up at the sky, built up the fire,
and began to prepare breakfast. He
patted Kazan on the head, and gave
him a chunk of meat. Joan came out
a few moments later, leaving the baby
asleep In the tent. She ran tip and
kissed Pierre, and then dropped down
on her knees beside Kazan, and talked
to him almost as he had heard her talk
to the baity. When she jumped up to
help her father, Kazan followed her,
atid when Joan saw him standing firm-
ly upon his legs she gave a rry of
It was a strange journey that began
into the north that day. Pierre Kadis-
son emptied the sledge of everything
hut tin* tent, blankets, food and the
furry nest for baby Joan. Then he har-
nessed himself in the traces and
dragged tin* sledge over the snow. He
“It’s a cough I’ve had half Hie win-
ter," lied Pierre, careful that Joan saw
no sign of blood on his lips or beard.
"I’ll keep in the cabin for a week when
we get home."
Kven Kazan, with that strange beast
Knowledge which man, tumble to ex-
plain, calls instinct, knew that what he
'‘aid was not the truth. Perhaps it
was largelyhecau.se he had heard other
men cough like this, and that for gen-
erations his sledge-dog ancestors had
heard men cough as Kadisson coughed
—and had learned what followed it.
More than once he had scented death
in tepees and cabins, which he had not
entered, and more than once he had
sniffed at the mystery of death that
was not quite present, but near—just
as Ik- had caught at a distance the
subtle warning of storm and of Are.
And that strange thing seemed to he
very near to him now. as he followed
at the end of his chain behind the
**h*dge. It made hitu restless, and half
a dozen times, when the sledge
stopped, he sniffed at the bit of hu-
manity buried In the beurskiu. Each
time that he did this Jouu was quick-
ly at his side, and twice she patted
bis scarred and grizzled head until
every drop of blood In his body leaped
riotously with a Joy which his body
did not reveal.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
RECORDS POSITION OF STARS
New Astronomical Instrument, Known
as the Blink Microscope, Is a
One of the newest of astronomical
instruments is the blink microscope.
The principle involved is similar to
that of the moving-picture machine.
In the latter the film used consists of
n series of pictures, each a little dif-
ferent from its predecessor. If these
are presented in rapid succession the
series is fused Into one picture In
which the succeeding differences ap-
pear as motion. ’The biink microscope
enables one to compare a photograph
of a portion of the heavens with an-
other of the same region taken sev-
eral years later. An ingenius contri-
vance brings first one then the other
plate into view in rapid succession.
If in (lie interval between the two ex-
posures a star in the region has
changed its position appreciably it will
appear to move and can he detected at
once. Formerly it was necessary to
measure carefully the positions of all
the stars on both plates in order to de-
tect those with large proper motions.
Such stars are sometimes called “run-
week. Six vessels of
tons and one
fishing vessel were sunk.
Over Under Smaller
Sixth .......... 17
Sixteenth ... .
Grand total .
COAL STRIKE CALLED OFF
Unionists Yield to Pleas of Garfield
and White and Negotiate.
"I Guessed That Much."
that she would come in and lie down at
his side. Hnt no sooner had itadisson
moved in the tent than Gray Wolf was
gone. The man’s face was thinner,
and Ids eyes were redder this morn-
ing. His cough was not so loud or so
reudlug. It was like a wheeze, as if
something had given way inside, and
before the girl came out he clutched
Ills hands often to his throat. Joan’s
face whitened when she saw him
Anxiety gave way to fear in her eyes.
Pierre Radlsson laughed when she
filing her arms about him. and coughed
to prove that what he said was true.
“You see the cough is not so had
my Joan.” he said. “It is breaking up
You cannot have forgotten, inn cherie?
It always leaves one red-eyed and
It was a cold, bleak, dark day iliar
followed, and through it Kazan and
the man tugged at the fore of the
sledge, with Joan following in ihe
trail behind. Kazan’s wound no longer
hurt him. He pulled steadily with all
his splendid strength, and the man
never lashed him once, but putted him
with his mittened hand on head und
back. The day grew steadily darker,
and In the tops of the trees there was
the low moaning of a storm.
Darkness and the coming of the
storm did not drive Pierre Itadisson
Into camp. “We must reach the river,”
he said to himself over and over again.
“We must reach the river—we must
reach the river—” And he steadily
urged Kazan on to greater effort, while
Ins own strength at the end of the
traces grew less.
It had begun Jo storm when Pierre
stopped to build a fire at noon. The
snow fell straight down in a white
deluge so thick that it hid the tree .
trunks fifty yards away. Pierre j
laughed when Joan shivered and snug- 1
gled close up to him with the baby In
her arms. He waited only an hour,
nud then fastened Kazan in the truces
again, and buckled the straps once
Thousand Kisses an Hour.
Think of being kissed 1,000 times an
hour, six hours at a stretch. Better
still, think of these 0,000 kisses in six
hours, with time after each for a little
soft, sweet love note, and, perhaps, If
you are sentimentally and affection-
ately inclined, you may be able to pic-
ture the performance which happened
in Langhorne, Pa. It 1ms set the
To make matters worse, the two lov-
ers who indulged in this pleasant pas-
time had an audience. They were
watched by none other than a dignified
professor, and. far from minding the
intrusion, as if proud of their accom-
plishments, the two sweethearts cooed
and sang to eacli other and kissed,
kissed and kissed.
The sweetheurts are parrots, and
proud of it. They are not the every-
day, plain variety, but are of brilliant
and gorgeous plumage and hail from
Australia.—Philadelphia Public Led-
A Bar to Conversation.
“Are you going to the masquerade
“And what disguise will you as-
“I’ve been thinking of going as
“If you present the character ac-
curately you won’t he able to pay
many compliments to the ladles.”
“George Washington never told a
lie. you know.”
Kansas City, Mo.—Negotiations for
a settlement of the differences of the
coal miners of the southwest fields
and the southwest coal operators’ as-
sociation have begun. The district
presidents of the United Mine Work-
ers of America deferred the walk-out
which was to have taken place, after
a conference with the operators and
notified all local unions. .
The deferring of the strike of the
35,000 mine workers came after both
the operators and representatives of
the mine workers agreed to disregard
the points of difference which led to
the strike order and resume negotia-
tions where they had been broken.
Alexander Howat, president of the
Kansas mine workers; John Wilkin-
son, president of the Oklahoma, Ar-
kansas and Texas division, and D. A.
Frampton, president of the Missouri
miners, however, declare that they
wrill not agree to the insertion of a
“penalty” clause in the contract, a
point which led to the strike order.
The action of the miners came after
telegrams had been sent to both the
miners and the operators, asking that
the strike be deferred and negotiations
resumed, by John P. White, president
of the national organization of the
miners and Dr. H. A. Garfield, federal
fuel administrator. Both were notified
of the proceedings.
“BEAT BACK’’ TO THE CHAIR
Farmer Who Killed Sheriff, After See-
ing Jennings’ Film Must Die.
De Morgan Left Unfinished Novels.
William De Morgan was a man of
charming personality, and also ol
amazing industry. When twitted one*
about the lengths of his hooks, he re
plied: “My next will be a million
words.” He possessed an extremely
kind heart and always visioned the
best in people. His own very happy
life Is reflected in the characteristic
optimism in his work. He left two
very fine novels unfinished.
Marvelous Banyan Tree.
The giant banyan under which Alex-
ander Is said to have camped with
7.000 men. now measures nearly 1,000
feet across the head, contains about
3.000 trunks and forms a dense can-
opy through which the sunshine never
penetrates. Several other species also
propagate in like manner.
Chandler.—Quillie McConnell, the
24-year-old Stroud farmer who pleaded
guilty last week to the murder of Sher-
iff George E. Arnold, must pay the
penalty of his crime in the electric
chair. The date of the electrocution
was fixed as December 27. At the
same time, Noah Barnard. 17-year-old
companion of McConnell, on the morn-
ing of the killing, was sentenced to
The killing took place on the morn-
ing of August 22, this year. After wit-
nessing A1 Jennings’ picture. "Beating
Back,” and' listening to Jennings’ ac-
companying lecture, the boys robbed a
department store here on the night of
August 21. McConnell shot Sheriff
Arnold when the officer was attempt-
ing to arrest them in a park in the
northern edge of town.
Only One Egyptian Frog.
Tlo* only known species of frog
which occurs at present in Egypt Is
i the runa esculaU, the edible frog of
1 the continent.
Devolt In Austrian Navy.
Washington—Official diplomatic dis-
patches received here report mutiny
in the Austrian navy and clashes be-
tween Austrian sailors and crews of
the German submarine fleet bases at
Pola. in which officers on both sides
have been killed and which resulted
in a decision to change the base of the
■ erman flotilla. The Austrian crews
ire said to have revolted under ill
treatment of officers and bad food.
The clash with the German submarine
crews was caused by the overbearing
conduct of the latter.
UTloat Gets American Destroyer.
M ashington — While on patrol duty
In the »ar zone, an American destroy-
er. name withheld by the navy depart-
ment. was torpedoed and badly crip-
pled by an enemy submersible. One
n.an was thrown overboard and
drowned by the force of the explosion
Jitd five others were wounded. De-
•Pile the explosion, the vessel
•ged to limp Into a port nearby.
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