The Gate Valley Star (Gate, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 22, 1919 Page: 4 of 10
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THE VALLEY STAR, C.ATE, OKLAHOMA
A TALE OF THE NORTH COUNTRY
IN THE TIME OF SILAS WIGHT
IMN HOLDfN, D'BI AND I. BARREL OF THE llEStfD ISLE*
KfEPINO UP VITH LIZZIE, tTC, ETC
luorrow, If you will. So you will please
ndd another day."
I amended the stntemcnt nnd he pnld
me the handsome gum of seven dollars.
I remember that after I went to my
room that night I stitched up the open-
ing In my Jacket pocket, which con-
tained my wealth, with the needleand
thread which Aunt Dee! had put In my
bundle, and slept with the Jacket u -
der my mattress.
F<> Raying he luiHded me thin letter:
Ml>enr Sir.—1 am Interested in the
hoy Itartoii Itaynes. Hood words about
him have been flying nround like
pigeons. When school Is out I would
like to hear from you, what Is the rec-
ord? What do you think of the poul
In Mm? What kind of work Is best
for il? If \i.ii will I.-t ni" BMiybe I
can help the plans of <iod a little. That
Is my busincsx and yours. Thanking
you Tor reading this, I am, ax ever,
"Uod'H humble servant,
"Why, this Is the writing of the Si-
lent Woman," I said before I had rend
the letter half through.
"ltovlng Kate; I never knew her oth-
er name, but 1 saw her handwriting
"Hut look—this Is a neatly written,
well-worded letter an" the sheet Is as
white and clean as the new snow. Un-
canny woman! They Ray she carries
the power o' God In her right hand.
So do all the wronged."
"I wonder why Kate Is asking ubout
me," I mild.
"Never mind the reason. She Is your
friend ami let us thank God for It.
Think how she came to yer help In the
old barn an' say a thousand prayers,
Having come to the first flight of
the uplands, he left me with mnny a
kind word—how much they ineun to
a boy who Is choosing his way with n
growing sense of loneliness I
I reached the warm welcome of our
little home Just In time for dinner.
They were expecting me and It was n
regular company dinner—chicken pie
and strawberry shortcake.
How well I remember that hour with
the doors open and the sun shining
brightly on the blossoming fields and
the Joy of man and hird and beast In
the return of summer nnd the talk
alHiut the late visit of Alma Jones and
Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln!
While we were eating 1 told them
about the letter of old Kate.
"Fullerton!" Aunt Deel exclaimed
"Are ye sure that wai the name. Hnrt?"
"C.oodhess gracious snkes alive!"
She and Uncle I'eahody gave each
other looks of surprised inquiry.
"l>o you know unyhody by that
name?" I asked.
"We used to," said Aunt Peel ns she
resumed her eating. "Cnn't be she's
one « ' the Sam Fuller!ons, can It?"
"Oh, proh'ly not," said Uncle I'ea-
hody. "Hack East they's more Fuller-
tons than ye could shake a stick at."
A week later we had our raising.
Uncle I'eahody did not want a public
raising, hut Aunt Deel had had-her
way. We had hewed and mortised and
bored the timbers for our new home.
The neighbors came with pikes and
helped to raise and stny ami cover
them. A great amount of human kind-
ness went Into the beams and rafters
of that home and of others like It. I
knew that The Thing was still nlive
III the neighborhood, but even that
could not paralyze Hie helpful hand* of
those people. Indeed, what was said
of my Uncle I'eahody was nothing
more or less than a kind of conversa-
tional firewood. I cannot think that
any one really believed It.
We had a cheerful day. A barrel of
hard eider had been set up In the door
yard, and I remember that some drank
It too freely. The he-o-hee of the men
ns they lifted on the pikes und the
sound of the hummer and beetle rang
In the ulr from morning until night
Mrs. Kodney Humes and Mrs. Doroth>
came to help Aunt Deel with the cook-
ing nnd a great dinner was served on
mi Improvised table In the dooryurd,
where the stove was set up. The
shingles and sheathes nnd clapboard
were on before the day ended.
Uncle I'eahody and I put In the
floors and stalnvn.v and partitions.
More than once*ln \lie days we were
working together I tried to tell him
what Sally had told me, hut my cour-
The dfljr came, shortly, when I had
lit spi nJ( out, and I took the sirulght
way of my duty as the needle of the
comp««< pointed. It was the end of
ti minuter day and we hud watched the
dusk r/l the valley and come creeping
up thr limit, sinking the bowlders uud
thoi * npa In Its flood, one by one. As
we ant boklug out of the open door
that evening I told them what Sally
had told tue of the evil report which
had traveled through the two towns.
"Damn, little souled, narrer con-
tracted—" Uncle I'eahody, speaking in
a low, sad tone, hut with deep feeling,
cut off this highly promising opinion
before It was half expressed, and rose
and went to the water pail and drank.
"As long us we're honest we don't
care what they say," he remarked ns
he returned lo Ids chair.
"If they won't believe us, we ought
to show 'em the papers—ayes," said
"Thunder nn' Jehu! I wouldn't go
'round the town tryin' to prove that I
nln't a thief," said Uncle I'eahody. "It
wouldn't make no differ'nee. They've
got to have fiomcthln' to play with.
If they want to use my name for a
benn bag let 'em ns long ns they do It
when I nln't lookin'. I wouldn't won-
der If they got sore bonds by nn* by."
1 never heard him speak of it again.
Indeed, although I km w the topic was
often In our thoughts It was never
mentioned In our home bu* once uftcr
that, to my knowledge.
We snt for a long time thinking as
the night came on.
That week a letter came to me from
fhe senator, announcing the day of
Mrs. Wright's arrival In Canton nnd
nsking me to meet nnd assist her In
getting the house to rights. I did so.
She was a pleasant-fnced, aminhle
woman and a most enterprising house
cleaner. I remember that my first
task wns mending the wheelbarrow.
"I don't know what Silas would do
If he were to get home and find his
wheelbarrow broken," said she. "It Is
almost un Inseparable companion of
The schoolmaster and his fnmlly
were fishing nnd cninoing upon the
river, nnd so I lived at the senator's
house with Mrs. Wright and her moth-
er until he arrived. What a wonderful
house It was. In tny view! I was awed
by its Rlze and splendor. Its soft car-
pets nnd shiny brass and mahogany.
Yet It was very simple.
I hoed the gnrden nnd cleaned Its
paths nnd mowed the dooryard and did
some painting In the house.
The senator returned to Canton thnt
evening on the Wntcrtown stage. He
greeted me with a fatherly warmth.
Again I felt that strong nppeal to my
eye In Ids broadcloth and fine linen
nnd beaver hat anil In the splendid
dignity nnd courtesy of his manners.
"I've had good reports of you. Hart,
nnd I'm very glad to see you," he sabL
"I believe your own marks have
been excellent In the last year," 1 ven-
"Poorer thnn I could wish. The
tencher has been very klrid to me," lie
laughed. "What have you been study-
"Latin (I always mentioned the
Latin first), algebra, arithmetic, gram-
mar, geography and history."
lie asked about my aunt nnd uncle
and I told him of all that had befallen
us. save the one thing of which I had
spoken only with him and Sally.
"I shall go up to see tlieui soon," he
The people of the little village hnd
: learned thnt he preferred to be let
alone when he hnd Just returned over
I the long, wearisome way from the
scene of bis labors. So we had the
evening to ourselves.
Mrs. Wright, being weary after the
day's work, went to bed early nnd, nt
Ids request. I Rnt with the senator by
the fire for nn hour or so. I have al-
ways thought It n lucky circumstance,
fot he asked me to tell of my plnns
and gnve me advice nnd encourage-
ii ent which have hnd a marked effect
upon tny career.
I remember telling him that I wished
to be a lawyer and my reasons for It.
lie told me that a lawyer was either a
pest or n servant of Justice and thnt
Ids chief nlm should be the promotion
of |ieace and good will In Ills commun-
ity. He promised to try nnd arrange
for my oecomniodntlon In his office In
the autumn and meanwhile to lend me
some books lo read while 1 was at
"Hefore we go to bed let us have a
settlement," sulil'thc senator. "Will
you kindly sit down at the tab'c there
ml make up n statement of all the
time you have given me?"
I made out the statement very neat-
ly and carefully and put It ill his
"Hint is well done," snld he. "I shnll
wish you to stuy until the day after to-
I Use My Own Compass at a Fork In
Swiftly now I move across the bor-
der Into manhood—a serious, eager,
restless manhood. It was the fashion
of the young those days.
Mr. Wright came up for a day's flsl.r
Ing In July. My uncle and I took him
up the river.
While we ate our luncheon he de-
scribed Jackson ami spoke of the fa-
mous cheese which he had kept on a
table in the vestibule <>f the White
House for his callers. He described
his fellow senators—Webster, Clay,
Hives, Calhoun nnd Benton. I remem-
ber that Webster wns, in his view, the
least of them, although at his best the
greatest orator. We had a delightful
day, and when I drove back to the vll-
li.ge with him that night he told me
• hat I could go Into the office of Wright
& Haldwln after harvesting.
"It will do for a start," he said. "A
little later I shall try to find a better
place for you."
My life went on with little In it
worth focording until the letter came.
1 speak of it as "the letter," because
of Its effect upon my enreer. It was
from Sally, nnd It said:
"Dear Hart: It's all over for a long
time, perhaps forever—that will de-
pend on you. 1 shnll be true to you,
If you renlty love me, even if I have to
Walt many, many years. Mother and
father saw nnd read your letter. They
say we are too your.g to he thinking
about love and thnt we have got to
stop It. Dow can I stop It? I guess I
would have to stop living. But we
shall have to depend upon our mem
orles now. I hope that yours Is ns
good as mine. Father says no more
letters without his permission, nnd he
stamped his foot so hard thnt I think
he must have made a dent In the floor.
Talk about slavery—what do you think
of that? Mother says thnt we must
wait—flint it would make father a
great deal of trouble If It were known
that I allowed you to write. I guess
the soul of old Orimshaw In still fol-
lowing you. Well, we must stretch out
that lovely day us fur as we can. On
the third of June, 1S-14, we shall both
he twenty-one—and I suppose that we
can do as we please then. The dny
Is a long way off, hut I will ngree to
meet you that day at eleven in the
morning under the old pine an the
river where I met you that day nnd
you told me that you loved me. If
either or both should die our souls will
know where to find each other. If
you will solemnly promise, write these
words and only these to my mother—
Amour omnia viucit, but do not sign
What a serious matter It seemed to
me then! I remember that it gnve
Time a rather slow foot. I wrote the
words very neatly and plainly on a
sheet of paper and mailed It to Mrs.
Punkclberg. I wondered If Sally would
stand firm, nnd longed to know the
secrets of the future. More thnn ever
I was resolved to be the principal wit-
i ess in some greut matter, as my
friend in Ashery lane had put It.
1 was eight months with Wright &
, Italdwin when 1 was offered a clerk-
; ship in the office of Judge Westbrook,
I at Coblesklll, in Schoharie county, at
, two hundred n year and my board. I
| knew not then jtvsf how the offer had
j come, but knew thnt the senator must
I have recommended me. 1 know now
| that he wanted a reliable witness of
the rent troubles which were growing
acute In Schoharie, Delaware nnd Co-
It was n trial to go so far from
home, as Aunt Deel put It, lut both my
aunt and uncle agreed that It wns "for
How ft wrung my heart, when Mr.
I'ur\ls nnd I got Into the stage at Cnn-
ton. to see my nunt nnd uncle stnndlng
by the front wheel looking up nt me.
I How old nnd lonely nnd forlorn they
looked! Aunt Deel had her purse In
her hand. I remember how she took a
dollar out of It—I suppose I. wns the
only dollar she had—nnd looked nt It
a moment nnd then hnnded It up to
"You better take It," she said. "I'm
'frnld you won't hnve enough."
How her hand and lips trembled! I
hnve always kept that dollar.
1 couldn't see them ns we drove away.
The Judge received me kindly nnd
gave Purvis a Job In his garden. I
was able to tnke his dictation In sound-
hand nnd spent most of my lime In
tnklng down contracts nnd correspond-
ence uml drafting them Into proper
form, which 1 hnd the knack of doing
rather neatly. 1 was Impressed by the
Immensity of certain towns In the
neighborhood, nnd there were some
temptations in my way. Many people,
nnd especially the promloeut men, In-
dulged In anient spirits.
We had ueut us there a little section
of the old world which trying, la •
half hearted fashion, to maintain ti-
■git in tk§ ■Hot of a deiin < r:i<y. I:
wns the manorial life of the patroons
—a relic of ajiclent feudalism which
had Its beginning in when the
West Indies company issued Its char-
ter of privileges and exemptions. That
cbnrter offered to any member of the
company who should, wlthia four
years, bring fifty adults to the New
Netherlands ami establish them along
the Hudson, a liberal grant of land, to
be called a manor, of which the owner
or patroon shqyld be full proprietor
and chief magistrate. The settlers
were to be exempt from taxation for
ten years, hut under bond to stay In
one place nnd develop It. In the be-
ginning the pntroon built houses nnd
barns nnd furnished cnttle, seed and
f« ols. The tenants for themselves and
their heirs ngrccd to pay him a fixed
rent forever In stock and produce and.
further, to grind at the owner's mill
and neither to hunt nor fish.
Judge Westbrook. In whose office I
worked, was couusel and collector for
the patroons, notably for the manors
of Livingston and Yan Henssalaer—
two little kingdoms In the heart of the
Mr. Louis Latour of Jefferson coun-
ty whom I had met in fhe company of
Mr. Dunkelherg, came during my last
year there to study law in the office of
the Judge, a privilege for which he wns
indebted to the influence of Senntor
Wright, I understood. He was a gay
Lothario, always honsting of his love
affairs, nnd I had little to do with him.
One day In May near the end of my
two years in Coblesklll Judge West-
brook gave mo two writs to serve on
settlers In the Neighborhood of Hald-
wln Heights for nonpayment of rent,
lie told me what I knew, thnt there
wns bitter feeling against the patroons
in thnt vicinity and that I might en-
counter opposition to the service of
fhe writs. If so I was not to press the
matter, but bring ti'iein hack and he
would give them to the sheriff.
"I do not Insist on your taking this
tr.sk ujion you," he added. "I want a
man of tact to go and talk with these
people und get their point of view. If
you don't enre to undertake it I'll send
"I think I weald enjoy the task," I
said In Ignorance of that hornet's nest
I back in the hills.
"Take Purvis with you," he said.
"He cnn tnke care of the horses, and
as those back-country folk are a little
lawless It will be Just as well to have
a witness with you. They tell me that
Purvis Is n mnn of nerve and vigor."
I iiad drafted my letters for the dny
and wns nhout to close my desk nnd
start on my Journey when Louis La-
tour enme iu ami announced that he
had brought the writs from the Judge
and was going with me.
"I wouldn't miss It for a thousand
dollars," he remarked. "By Jove! I
think we'll have a bully time."
"I don't object to your going but
you must remember that I am In com-
mand," I snld, a little taken bnck, for
I had no good opinion either of his
prudence or Ills -company.
"The Judge told me that I could go
but that I should be under your or-
ders," he answered. "I'm not going to
| be* a fool. I'm trying to estnhllsh a
reputation for eooil sense myself."
We got our dinners and set out soon
after one o'clock. I had read the
deeds of the men we were to visit
They were brothers nnd lived on ad-
Joining farms with leases which cov-
ered three hundred and fifty acres of
lund. Their great-grandfather had
agreed to pay a yearly rent forever of
Rlxty-two bushels of good, sweet, mer-
chantable, winter wheat, eight yearling
cattle and four sheep In good flesh und
sixteen fat hens, nil to be delivered In
the city of Albany on the first day of
January of each year. So, feeling thnt
I was engaged In a Just cause, I brave-
ly determined to serve the writs If
I rode In silence, thinking of Sally
nnd of those beautiful days now reced-
j Infi Into the past nnd of my aunt and
uncle. I hnd written n letter to them
evxry week nnd one or the other hnd
nnswered It. Between the lines I hnd
detected the note of loneliness. They
hnd told me the smnll news of the
countryside. How nnrrow nnd mo-
notonous It nil seemed to me then!
Bodney Bnrnes hnd bought n new
fi rm : John Axtell hnd been hurt In ■
runaway; my white mare hnd got a
I started out of my reveries with a
little lump of surprise, A big. rough-
dressed. bearded man stood In the mid-
dle of the road with a gun on his
(TO BR CONTINUED.)
A budding author sent a humor-
ons pnracraph to the editor of n dnlly
pnper. Not finding It printed within
n reasonable time or hearing from the
editorial department, he wrote to In-
quire about It. "I sent you n Joke
about ten days ago. I hnve heard
nothing respecting Its safe receipt and
should be Kind to hear whether you
have seen It." The editor's reply wns
as follows: "Your Joke arrived safe-
ly, but up to the present we hnve not
To protect telephones from hnrtn It
cwrtulu Industries a moisture and fat
proof ca bluet has been lav«at«4
to Put on Firm, Healthy Floeh and
to Ineroaa* 8trength, Vigor
and Nerve Force.
Judrlnff from the countless preparations
and treatments which are continually be-
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tliTn people tleshy, developing arms, ncck
and bust, and replacing utly hollows and
angles by the soft curved lines of health
and beauty, there are evidently thousands
of men and women who keenly feel their
Thinness and weakness are usually due
to starved nerves. Our bodies need more
phosphate than Is contained In modern
foods. Physicians claim there is nothing
that will supply this deficiency so well as
(he organic phosphate known umong drug-
gists as bltro-pnosphate, which is inex-
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hack l?y feeding the nerves directly and
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This increase in weight alt o carries with
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Nervousness, sleeplessness and lack of
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Catching the Public Eye.
They say parasols are going to be of
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they are bound to catch the public
eye. If they'll only give up their old
trick of catching the public eye on the
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What In "Spring rever"
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"I really can't spare this quarter, but
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"Save your sympathy for some one
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come of not less than $1100 a mouth. A
quarter means nothing more to him
than another gallon of 'gas.'"
Baby's little dresses will Just simply
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A soft-headed nail and a hard-head-
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A musician who can play all kinds
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