Prague Patriot (Prague, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 10, 1907 Page: 4 of 6
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THE HOUSE OF
By MEREDITH NICHOLSON
i.lk.t >1 "Tltr. MAUI CBANCI." ZCLDA
Oopjligbl 1906 lij bubbt-Afarrh; ' O.
Then they were silent and 1 heard
him futilely striking a match, when
suddenly the lantern fell, Its wires
rattling as It struck the ground, and
the two exclaimed with renewed mer-
riment upon their misfortune.
"If you will allow me!" I called out,
fumbling In my pocket for my own
I have sometimes thought that
there Is really some sort of decent
courtesy to me. An old man caught In
a rough path that was none too good
at best! And a girl, even though my
enemy! But these were not, I fancy,
the reflections that crossed my mind
at the moment.
"Ah, it's Jack," exclaimed my grand-
father. "Marian was showing me the
the way to the gate and our light wout
"Miss Deverenx," I murmured. I
have, I hope, an Icy tone for persons
who have Incurred my displeasure,
and I employed It then and there with,
no doubt, Its fullest value.
She and my grandfather were grop-
ing In the dark for the loBt lantern,
and I, putting out my hand, touched
her ungloved lingers
"I beg your pardon," she murmured
Then I found and grasped the lan
"One moment," I said, "and I'll see
what's the trouble,
I thought my grandfather took It,
but the flame of my wax match showed
her fingers clasping the wire frame
The cloak slipped away, showing her
arm's soft curve, the blue and white
of her bodice, the purple blur of vio-
let*; and for a second I saw her face,
with a smile quivering about her lips
My grandfather was beating the
ground Impatiently with his stick, urg
Ing us to leave the lantern and go on
"Let It alone," he said. "I'll go
down through the chapel; there's
lantern In there somewhere."
"I'm awfully sorry," she said, "but
I recently lost my best lantern!
To be sure she had! I was angry
that she should so brazenly recall the
Inlght I found her looking for Picker
lnr's notes In the passage at the Doot
She had lifted the lantern now. and
I was striving to touch the wax taper
to the wick, with Imminent dunger to
my bare Angers.
"They don't really light well when
the oil's out," she observed, with an
exasperating air of wisdom.
I took It from her hand and shook
It close to my ear.
"Yes; of course, It's empty," I mut-
tered disdainfully, and threw It from
"Oh, Mr. Glenarm!" she cried, turn-
ing away toward my grandfather.
I heard his stick beating the rough
path several yards away. lie was
hastening toward Olenarm House.
"I think Mr. Glenarm has gone
"Oh, that Is too bad!" she ex-
"Thank you! He's probably at the
chapel by this time. If you will per-
"Not at all!"
A man In the sixties should not
tax his arteries too severely. I was
quite sure that my grandfather ran
up the chapel steps; I could hear tils
•tick beating hurriedly on the stones,
"If you wish to go farther"—I be-
I vas Indignant at my grandfather's
conduct; he had deliberately run off,
leaving me alone with a young woman
whom I had resolved never to see
"Thank you; I shall go back now 1
was merely walking to the gate with
Mr. Glenarm. It Is so fine to have him
back again, so unbelievable!"
It was Just such a polite murmur as
one might employ In speaking to an
old foe at a friend's table.
She listened a moment for Ills step;
then, apparently satisfied, turned back
toward St. Agatha's. 1 followed, un-
certain, hesitating, marking her defin-
ite onward flight. From the folds of
her cloak stole the faint perfume of
Tloleta The sight of her, the sound
of her voice, combined to create—and
to destroy!—a mood with every step.
I was seeking some colorless thing
to say when she spoke over her shoul-
"You are very kind, but I am not
the least afraid, Mr. Glenarm "
"But there is something I wish to
•ay to you, now that we have met I
She slackened her step.
"I am going away."
"Yes; of course; you are going
Her tone Implied that this was some
•thing that had been ordained from the
beginning of time, and did not mat-
"And I wish to say a word about
Mr. Pickering," 1 added.
She paused and faced me abruptly.
We were at the edge of the wood,
god the school lav quite near. She
caught the cloak closer about her ana
gave her head a little toss I remem-
bered well, as a trick compelled by
the vagaries of woman's headdress.
"I can't talk to you here, Mr. Glen-
arm; I had no Intention of ever see-
ing you again, but I must say this to
"Those notes of Pickering's—I shall
I ask Mr. Glenarm to give them to you
-as a mark of esteem from me."
She stepped backward as though I
had struck her.
"You risked raucb for theio->and
[ for him—" I went on.
Mr. Glenarm, I hare no Intention
of discussing that, or any other mat-
ter with you—"
"It is better so—"
"But your accusations, the things
you Imply, are unjust, Infamous!"
The quaver In her voice shook my
resolution to deal harshly with lWJr
If I had not myself been a wit-
ness—" I be.t'in.
Yes; you have the conceit of your
own wisdom, I dare say."
"But that challenge to follow you,
to break my pledge; my running away,
only to find that. Pickering was close
at my heels; your visit to the tunnel
in search of those notes—don't you
know that those things were a blow
that hurt? You had been the spirit
of this woodland to me. Through all
these months, from the hour I watch-
ed you paddle off Into the sunset In
your canoe, the thought of you made
the days brighter steadied and cheer-
ed me, and awakened ambitions that I
had forgotten—abandoned—long ago.
And tills hideous struggle here—It
seems so Idle, so worse than useless
now! But I'm glad I followed you—
I'm glad neither fortune nor duty kept
me back. And now I want you to
know ihat Pickering shall not suffer
for anything that, has happened. I
shall not punish him; for your sake
he shall go free."
A sigh so deep that it was like a sob
"But you rhallenged me—to follow
you! 1 want to know why yuu did
She drew away, struggling to free
"Why was it, Marian?"
"Because I wanted—"
"I wanted you to come. Squire Glen*
My history of the affair at Glenarm
has overrun the bounds I had set for
it, and these, I submit, are not days
for the desk and pen. Marian is
turning over the sheets of manuscript
that lie at my left elbow and demand-
ing that I quit work for a walk abroad.
My grandfather Is pacing the terrace
outside, planning, no doubt, those
changes in the grounds that are his
Of some of the persons concerned in
tills winter's tale let me say a word
more. The prisoner whom Larry left
behind we discharged after several
days with all the honors of war, and
(I may add without breach of confi-
dence) a comfortable Indemnity. Lar-
ry has made a reputation by his book
on Russia—a searching study into the
conditions of the Czar's empire, and,
having squeezed that lemon, he is now
in Tibet. His father has secured from
the British government a promise of
immunity for Larry, so long as that
amiable adventurer keeps away from
Ireland. My friend's latest letters to
me contain, I note, no reference to
Bates is In California conducting a
fruit ranch, and whon he visited us
last Christmas he bore all the marks
of a gentleman whom the world uses
well. Stoddard's life has known many
remarkable changes In the three years
that have passed, but they must wait
for another day, and, perhaps, another
historian. Suffice it to say that It
was he who married us—Marian and
me—in the little chapel by the wall,
FILSON'S QUARTERLY REPORT
Territorial Secretary Makes Account-
ing to Governor Frantz
GUTHRIE: Charles II. Filson. ter-
ritorial secretary and ex-offlcij insur-
ance commissioner, has filed hi/* finan-
cial report covering both his depart-
ments for the quarter ending Septeni
her HO, showing the total receipts to
be $6,879.70; total expenditures, $995;
and the total amount turned into the
territorial treasury, $1 884.60.
The report f r tile secretary's de
I partment shows fe,'3 received as fol-
lows: Kor charters issued $2.ti86.ir>;
11 foreign charters, $110.90; 156 no-
tarial public commissions, $112; 1">0
miscellaneous items, $311.60; total,
$:s,450.95. The expenditures were as
follows: Office expense, $500; re-
turned checks, $18.50; outstanding
check. $10; total. $528.50; turned in-
to territorial treasury. $2922.45.
Covering the insurance department,
fees were received as follows: Arti-
cles of fire company Incorporations,
$.">0; life Incorporations, $180; lire
statements, $60; life statements. $250;
territorial fire licenses, $125; terri-
torial life licenses, $185; agents' fire
licenses, $1,089.50; agents' life li
censes, $;1S4: miscellaneous, $,"• 25; to
tal. $2,428.75. Moneys returned. $16.50;
expense of ffice. $450; total expen |
ditures. $466.50; turned Into territor j
ial treasury, $1,962.25.
"WHISKY" JOHNSON ARRESTED
Special Officer and Deputies Are
"Pulled'' at Muskogee
MUSKOGEE: William K. Johnson,
special officer of the department ol
the Interior for suppressing bootleg
ging and a dozen deputy marshals
■re arrested here while conducting
raid on the near-beer jointf. This
is a clash of authority between John ^
son's forces and the city officials. !
A tip got out that the raid was
planned and a warrant was sworn out
for Johnson. When he appeared at
the first point he was promptly plat-
ed under arrest. Before warrants
could be secured for the deputies they
had gone through every joint in the
city, with crowbars and hatchets and
smashed every bottle of near-beer In |
sight. By the time they were through
warrants had been issued and they
were arrested for destroying property.
They all gave bond.
The joint keepers seem to have the
best of the battle, for Johnson and his
deputies are all under arrest and some
of the j ints were open and selling
beer again within 30 minutes after
they had been raided.
The jointlsts had been expecting (he
raid and knew almost to Ilia hour
when it was coming and so did not
have much stock on hand.
TRAIN GOESJNTO WASHITA
Engine and Thirty-two Cars on
Frisco Go Into River-
Fireman is Killed
Crashing through a flimsy bridge spanning the Washita
ight train No. 312, consisting of the engine and thirty-two
cars, plunged through the murky waters of the swollen stream and into
the quicksand early Friday morning, carrying Fireman Claude Blue of
Enid to his death and giving the other members of the train crew
call for their lives.
This is the third frisco train to break through wooden pier
across the Cimarron and Washita within a year. It was half a
A passenger train was due here a Bliort time after the freight left
and had the accident not occurred scores of passengers might have per-
Of inferior construction and further weakened by flo d waters from
the recent rain, the treastle totteredback and forth as trains crossed
soon after the river began to rise. Train crews had been ordered to run
slowly on the bridge and the crew of No. 312 was obeying orders when
the accident cccurred.
Conductor White was riding on 'he pilot, endeavoring to inspect the
bridge as his train crossed As the bridge fell he leaped ahead and
reached a part that stood up. Engineer Klggs. who was making his first
trip, leaped through the window of the cab into the river The two
brakemen swam to a car upturned on end in midstream and perched there
Fireman Blue was crushed between the engine and ccal tender as the
bridge gave way.
It will be days before traffic can e resumed.
: cost i?
BUTCHERS' AND GROCERS' BILLS PRESENT TERM OF COURT IN
TO BE INCREASED 30 PER CENT TERRITORIES THE LAST
THE FAMILY MAN CANNDT AFFORD TO LBAF LARGE NUMBER OF GASES WILL BE LEFT
Beef Trust Set Pace and Rest Follow Indian Territory Bar Endeavoring to
—Pure Food Law Held Responsible
—Greatest Raise Will be in Fruits,
Both Dried and Canned
CHICAGO: Now that the beef trust
Head Off a Congested Docket—
Effort to Have Present Federal
Judges Remain to Clear Docket.
GUTHRIE: The nearness of state-
has set the pace the whole array of hood makes it quite possible that the
food stuffs will raise in price. Pe pie
will find their grocery and butchers'
present term of court in both Okla-
homa and Indian Territory will be the
"I Wanted You to Come, Squire Glenarm7"
broke from her. She thrust forth her
"Why don't you'go to him with your
generosity? You are so ready to be-
lieve ill of me! And I shall not de-
fend myself; but I wlil say these
things to you, Mr. Glenarm: I had no
idea, no thought of seeing him at the
Armstrong's,—it was a surprise to me
—and to them—when he telegraphed
he was coming And when I went In-
to the tunnel there under the wall
that night, I had a purpose—a pur-
"Yes?" She paused and I bent for-
ward, earnestly waiting for her words,
knowing that here lay her great of-
"I was afraid—I was afraid that
Mr. Glenarm might not come In time;
that you might be dispossessed—lose
the fight, and 1 came back with Mr.
Pickering because—that was the
easiest and quickest way—and I
thought some dreadful thing might
happen here—to you—"
She turned and ran from me with
the speed of the wind, the cloak flut-
tering out darkly about her. At the
door, under the light of the lamp, I
was close upon her. Her hand was ou
the vestibule latch.
"But how should I have known?" I
cried, "when YOU had taunted me with
my Imprisonment at Glenarm: you
had dared me to follow you. If you
can tell me—If there is an answer to
"I shall never toll you anything—
more! You were so eager to think 111
of me—to accuse me!"
"It was because I love you; It was
my jealousy of that man, my boyhood
enemy, that made me catch at any
doubt! You aro so beautiful—you
are so much a part of the peace, the
charm of all this! I had hoped for
spring—for you and the spring to-
Her flight had shaken the toque to
an unwonted angle; her breath came
quick and hard as she tugged at the
latch eagerly. The light from over-
head was full upon us. but I could
not go with hope and belief struggling
unsatisfied In my heart. 1 seized her
hands and sought to look luto her
and that when he comes now ami then
to visit us, we renew our Impression
of him as a man large of body and of
soul. Sister Theresa contUiues at the
head of St. Agatha's, and she and the
other Sisters of her brown-clad com-
pany are delightful neighbors. Pick-
ering's failure and subsequent disap-
pearance were described sufficiently
In the newspapers, and his name is
never mentioned at Glenarm.
As for myself—Marian is tapping
the floor restlessly with her boot and
I must hasten—I may say that 1 am
no Idler. It was I who carried on the
work of finishing Glenarm House,
and I manage the farms which my
grandfather has lately acquired in tills
neighborhood. But better still, from
my own point of view, I maintain in
Chicago an office as consulting engi-
neer, and I have already had several
Glenarm House is now what my
grandfather had wished to make it. a
beautiful and dignified mansion, lie
Insisted on filling up the tunnel, so
that the Door of Bewilderment is no
more. The passage in the wall and
the strong box In the paneling of the
chimney-breast remain, though the lat-
ter we use now as a hiding place for
certain prized bottles of rare whisky
which John Marshall Glenarm ordains
shall be taken down only on Christ-
mas Eves, to drink the health of
Olivia Gladys Armstrong That young
woman, I may add, Is now a belle In
her own city, and of the scores of
youngsters all the way from Pittsburg
to New Orleans who lay siege to her
heart, my word Is, may the best man
Marian—the most patient of women
—is walking toward the door, eager |
for the sunshine, the free airs of
spring, the blue vistas lakeward, and
at last I am ready to go.
Warning Against Cigarettes.
In order to deter boys from smoking
cigarettes, it was suggested at a meet-
ing of the education committee of
the London county council that the
diagrams of cigarette smokers' hand-
writing which appear In the medical
officer's report should be enlarged and
displayed In schools.
WILL REBUILD COLLEGE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF HAR-
GROVE COLLEGE TO RE-
BUILD AT ONCE
ARDMORE: At a meeting of the
board of trustees of Hargrove college,
j which was destroyed by fir© \\ ?diie8-
day i/.ornlng, October 2, it was deci'l
ed to rebuild on the present site. The
plans and specifications of the new
build.uk have not been agreed upon,
but it is expected that the plan of
the « Id structure will be closely fol-
1 wed. The cost is estimated at $50,-
School will reopen with the same
faculty in the Crescent hotel build-
The fire of the second totally de-
stroyed the college building, entailing
a loss of $40,000. The insurance was
$8,000. The partially rebuilt boys'
dormitory was also destroyed. The
dormitory was burned one year ago.
and the work of reconstruction had
bills increased "0 per cent over last last under the territorial government,
year's prices, according to estimates of All the cases in the district courts of
dealers who base their figures on pres- Oklahoma Territory, numbering at the
ent conditions. present time in the neighborhood of
Fruits, vegetables, milk, butter, 14,000, will be transferred to the dia-
eggs, meat, bread and canned goods trict court dockets in each of the
all will command higher prices. The counties, and all federal cases will be
Pure Food law is held responsible, as transferred to the one federal court,
many articles formerly prepared with j with headquarters in Guthrie.
cheap adulterants and preservatives There will probably be 700 federal
are kept from the market. Fruit and cases cn the Oklahoma side of the
vegetable crops have been short in all state to be transferred. The enabling
sections of the country with the excep- act names four towns in Oklahoma
tion of the Pacific coast and higher territory, where terms of federal court
wages in the cities have kept labor will be held. Guthrie, Oklahoma City,
from the country so that the crops Enid and Lawton. Nothing is said re-
could not be pr perly handled. warding what counties shall be consid-
The price of milk paid by the d aler ered within the jurisdiction of the
to the farmer has twice been raised various court towns, and in this re-
in September, owing to the short sup- gard the federal judge prbably will
ply, butter advanced last week until make a rule assigning the-court where
jobbers were forced to pay twenty* a county shall bring its suits. Any
nine cents for the best grades. ease filed in Guthrie may be heard,
The greatest shock dealt the family however, at that town where the judge
provider will come when the purchase niUy think it the most convenient and
of canned goods and dried fruits is advisable.
made. These c mmodities have risen1 jn 11}ciian Territory a far different
steadily during the past three \eai. con(jition of affairs exists. No district
and this year an increase of 20 per
cent has been made
crop will be 60 per
prices of the canned artlcl
pected to advance from 85 cents to $1 S° to the
a dozen in wholesale lots.
Sweet corn in the can has already
gone from 45 cents to 75 cents a dozen.
Prunes, constituting the largest ton
courts are in existence there now, ev-
i short and erything being tried in the federal
courts, and under the transfer, all will
federal udge alter statehood.
He will have at the start, therefore,
something like 8,000 criminal cases
alone on his docket, besides a number
equally as great of civil cases. Of
RECEIVES FATAL INJURIES
Jake Sharpe at Ardmore Seriously
Burned by Gasoline Explosion
ARDMORE: While asleep under a
counter, Jake Sharpe, 15 years old.
received injuries in a fire resultingx
fr in a gasoline explosion In Biggs
restaurant from which he is expected
| to die. Sharpe was an employe of the
I establishment and had been in the
j habit of sleeping in the building.
: When the stove exploded his clothing
I was saturated and before the flames
• could be extinguished had received
j burns about the body and face that
| will result fatally
| James Nix of Pauls Valley was oc
I cupyiug a room in the Orient, a ro m
ing house just above the restaurant,
I became frightened when the alarm ol
j <>f fire was given and leaped from the
I window. He sustained a broken leg.
I His condition is not serious.
I The restaurant, Lynn's shoe store
| and the Skipworth grocery were the
I only buildings damaged. The pecun
iary loss Is estimated at $.1,000.
Lawton is making an effort to se*
cure a $75,000 harrow factory.
The School Land Board to Meet
OUTHRlfc: The territorial school
land leasing board will hold a session
here on October 14 for the purpose
of hearing the evidence In a number
of Important contest cases now be-
fore the board.
nage of California dried fruits, will the criminal probably 300 will be mur
advance 33 1-3 per cent over the aver- tier cases.
age price paid the last five years. The The Indian Territory bar has been
production is little more than one- trying to solve the matter, believing
third of last season. There will he an that the one federal judge will start
advance In price of California peaches with such a handicap that he will
of 10 per cent. Pacific coast, beans never get his dccket clear. It has
will cost 25 per cent more than usual, been suggested to congress that the
while eastern beans will advance even present federal udges in Indian Terri
mf)rc tory be continued in office until their
—— dockets are cleared, the one federal
Report on Territorial Insane
NORMAN: A. T. Clark, superinten-
dent of the Oklahoma insane asylum.
has filed his quarterly report with the
territorial auditor. The report shows
at the beginning of the quarter, July 1. their jurisdiction, thus
there were 589 patients in the asylum.
The number received during the quar
ter from the various counties was 75;
total number treated during the quar
ter, 664: 24 were discharged; 34 pa
roled and 11 died. The total numbei
in the asylum on October 1. was 587,
* f which there are 236 white males. 2(5
colored males. 1!>0 white
26 colored females.
judge under statehood to take up the
new work that comes in. It has also
been suggested that a division of the
cases be made, th so going to the dis-
trict courts that are strictly within
of its conges-
federal docket of much
Charges Against Commissioner Mosher
MU8KOGEE: Charges have been
filed against L. L. M sher. United
States commissioner at Wagoner,
charging neglect and inefficiency In
females and office and that he used his office to
further his political ambition. It wan
also charged some time ago that Mosh-
The McKanna Institute building er tried to purchase the nomination
at Pawhuska was destroyed by fire for a police . n county ticket in Wag-
last week. The contents, Including a oner county. The charges were filed
valuable law library, were a total with Judge Lawrence who appointed
Mosher. Mosher is from Indianola, la.
Indian Curios for Europe
LAWTON A Lawton firm ah>
Indian curios to be shipped to Europe
some time in October This transac-
tion places Lawton on the map as a
market for Indian work. It is a fact
i that the bead and leather work of the
i Comanche Indians will soon be unob-
Governor Frantz has re appointed K. I talnable for thest- Indians have quit
K. Howendolber of Perry a member I w -rk entirely and their work which
of the tor tit rial board of pharmacy, rank* among th 1 ho-' produced In the
where he has erved Tor the last fit- | American Indians will be In great de-
men vi its.
With the election of officers
lved an order for $1,000 worth of and the selection of Columbus, <>, a.:
the next meeting -place, the National
Anti Horsethief assoriatiou closed its
annual convention here Friday. Fifty-
two delegates representing; eighteen
states were present I'lnns for fur
Iherlng I'gani/.atli n.i nnd methods of
dealing with horse thieves comprised
the subjects of the day's discussion
The convention was addressed by
Former President Atkinson of Atch-
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