The Norman Transcript. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 50, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 25, 1900 Page: 3 of 4
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MY HALF SISTER
X.\A By ELTON HARRIS XXX
"That 1 cannot say," she returned
hesitatingly. "I suppose they thought
it wise not to inform you. As for
liow your stepfather died they can
only conjecture, nor tan any motive
be given for the crime, lie was found
by the servants in tho morning when
her thoughts into words; and her feel-
ings were of the gloomiest as the
chimneys of Chalfont came in sight.
It was a large, ugly, red-brick house,
standing in well-kept grounds, and
iooked very much as ahe had remem-
bered it all her life; but she could not
repress a shudder as she thought of
«hpy went to opeu the study, and was J what had happened there, and in im-
l.ving on the floor near the window
which was wide open. You know how
bitterly cold it was last Easter? Well,
it bad been snowing hard all night,
and it had drifted in and was lying
Jhickly on his shoulders. Had any
trace of his assailant been possible on
the hard ground the snow had covered
ii, and this showed that the deed must
have been dona early, in the night be-
fore It began. There were no signs of
any struggle, nor was anything taken;
and they fancy he must have been
asleep in his chair, for death was
'•aused by two terrific blows on the
back oi the head. Now, Mollie, I
liave told you all, and you must not
let this depress you, or I shall feel
more than ever to blame. Joyce will
be delighted to have your companion-
ship, and the White House is not so
very far ofT, you know."
With a great effort Mollie shook off
the vague feeling of coming evil that
had fallen upon her, and she looked up
at her friend with an attempt at a
Mrs. Anstruther's face was rapidly
setting familiar to her again; her
voice seemed a pleasant echo from the
past. Even the little way she had of
-baking her head to emphasize her
words was the same as of yore.
She and Mrs. L'Estrange had been
left widows about the same time; but
while one had made the rash marriage
That had ruined her life, the other
had devoted herself to her two child-
ren and their interests.
Mollie had seen little of them since
she had been at school, for when she
was at home for the holidays, they had
been away; but she had happy recol-
lections of a whlte-frocked little girl
who was Joyce, and a tall boy who
used to send them flying to and fro
in a swing under some great trees.
"Thank you very much," she said,
straightening herself and sitting up.
it is nice to think that 1 shall have
kind friends near me. I—I—it feels
lather lonely coming home like this,
you see. And tuoagh I hated—that is,
lisliked Mr. Barlowe, still, it is a ter-
rible thing to have happened, and
there is my half-sister Kate—"
"Yes, yes, of course. Well, Mollie,
your mother and I were true friends,
though Mr. Barlowe prevented us see-
ing too much of each other in later
years. Come ' > me whenever you like,
"Oh, I will," responded Mollie more
cheerfully. "Tell me, Mrs. Anstruther,
shall I like Madame Dubois; do you
Mrs. Anstruther moved urieasily,
and drew out her watch.
"We shall be at Reverton in a few
minutes now," she exclaimed almost
in a tone of relief. "Of course, not
having been friendly with Mr. Bar-
lowe, I do not know his sister well;
but we are on speaking terms, and
Henri Dubois comes over to play ten-
uis with my young people when he is
;it. home. Now, here we are, and don't
forget that you are to come to us
whenever you like."
With the uncomfortable impression
that Mrs. Anstruther was trying to
make the best of things, Mollie thank-
ed her, and the next moment the train
-topped at tho dear old country sta-
tion she remembered so well, and she
was in Reverton once more!
There was only one person on the
platform—a tall and remarkably
handsome woman, with a dark, al-
most masculine face, and piercing
bfciek eyes under heavy brows, and
these same eyes fell upon the uncon-
scious Mollie as the train slowly glid-
ed into the station, and took in every
detail of the sweet little face with
strange, quick intentness. She w;w
most elegantly attired in half
mourning, that showed off her splen-
didly powerful figure to the greatest
advantage; and as Mollie sprang out
and looked round she came up quickly
with a smile on her wide, thin-lipped
"Miss L'Estrange, I think," she said,
in a loud, deep voice. "I am your
aunt. Madame Dubois, and I have been
urcatly looking forward to your ar-
rival. Ah, Mrs. Anstruther, how are
Her aunt! Leonard Barlowe's sister
her aunt! Mollie's brain reeled at the
notion, while her hand was shaken
with a firm, nervous grip that almost
made her scream out with pain.
Then she was conscious that Mrs.
Anstruther had kissed her kindly at
parting while responding very distant-
ly to Madame Dubois' greeting, and
then they were bowling through Rev-
erton in a high mail phaeton behind
a pair of fine horses, which madame
•trove with consummate skill.
In sp't" of her desire to look out for
old landmarks, the girl was furtively
studying the hard face by her side as
thy dashed along. Instinctively she
distrusted it. somehow, though it
agination saw her stepfather's tall
form at the hall-dojr as they drew
up before it.
"Where is my half-sister. Kate?" she
inquired, as she followed madame,
who was talking volubly, into the
"I will send for her. Poor child,
she is not strong; she makes me very
anxious," she returned, sweeping over
to the table, aud pouring out tea in
the energetic manner that seemed
habitual to her. "You will hardly
know her again, or, indeed, the place.
My brother made so many improve-
"It did not want improving," ex-
claimed Molly, shortly. "What was
good enough for my mother was cer-
tainly good enough for Mr. Barlowe."
Madame Dubois shrugged her shoul-
ders. Though an Englishwoman she
had many French gestures and ex-
pressions, and her black eyes swept
over Colonel L'Estrange's young
daughter with a lightning glance.
"You are impulsive, sweet child,"
she said, shortly. "But you will soon
grow to like the changes, and be very
happy with me and your sister."
"My half-sister," corrected Molly,
quietly. "Whom I was never allowed
to love as a child, of whom I know
nothing. Ilow did she bear her fath-
er's dreadful death?"
Madame Dubois dropped tlie sugar-
tongs with a loud clatter, and sudden-
ly her face changed to an ashen hue,
her whole demeanor altered
"How has she heard it?" she mut-
tered between her teeth. Then, turn-
ing fiercely to Mollie. "Never mention
anything belonging to it if you do not
wish to drive me crazy! Is it not al-
ways before me day and night, day
and night?" And she sank back in
her chair, as if unable to sit up, while
her eyes swept round the room in a
strange, cowering manner.
Astonished at the effect of her words
Molly sat blankly regarding her. Had
she spoken in sorrow her tender heart
would have melted toward her at once,
even though she was Leonard Bar-
lowe's sister, but there was only
odd, frightened passion in her voice
and bearing, ami something in her
hard face repulsed and kept Mollie
silent, while, before she could think
of anything suitable to say, madame
had recovered herself and had s-ug-
gested that she take off her outdoor
Like a girl in a dream she followed
the tall, strong figure through hall
and passages that were the same, yet
different, anti finally to a room that
she did not recognize at all, where a
housemaid was unstrapping her
trunks. And this wa.t her homecom-
ing, this was the way she returned
to her mother's house— a stranger
among strangers, where everything
was altered, where not even a servant
who knew her remained. Dismissing
the maid, she threw hers df down by
the lied, dark forebodings and dread
weighing down her usually bright na-
ture, and a dreary longing for the
mother with whom evjry spot in Chal-
font had been associated tearing at
Poor little schoolgirl! She fought
down the choking feeling in her
throat with mingled pride and resolu-
tion. Colonel L'JOstrange's daughter
must not give way before strangers.
But oh, it was hateful to think that
she was in the charge of this Madame
Dubois! Then she began to reflect
that she must make the bast of it, and
certainly tears would not help her, so
she buried her head in the white quilt
and prayed for strength to forgive
her enemies and think no evil.
"What are you doing?" demanded
an imperious voice suddenly.
Mollie was so startled that she
sprang up, and, turning round, beheld
"Oh!" ejaculated Mollie. aatoond«d
"I don't think, Kate, you knocked be-
fore yon came in."
"Of course not," was the calm reply.
"Thl house and fverything fiere is
Truly this was a promising begin-
ning. Thp child evidently had been
taught to believe herself a person of
great important*. and during the half-
hour she spent with Mollie she con-
descendingly repeated both her aunt's
and the servant's Injudicious flattery,
and unconsciously revealed much of
the inner life of the house - revela-
tions by no means attractive—and
Mollie would have ruthlessly put the
young lady out of her room by the
shoulders had she not exercised great
self-command. Yet It was very dis-
heartening. Who had she in the world
to lbve but Kate. And she craved love
a flower needs the sun. It would
have made things no better could she
have heard Mrs. Anstruther's com-
ment as she entered her carriage.
"I cannot bear to think of that poor
lilld!" she declared, impatieutly.
What business has 1 L'Estrange to
be in the care of that unprincipled,
underbred woman! She Is already
more disliked in Reverton than her
brother was. and that is saying much.
Oh, why was Amy so weak!"
"It must be two days since Mollie
came in to see us," said Joyce An-
struther one afternoon, looking up
from a mass of tangled wool she was
sorting. 'I hope nothing is the mat-
"Oh, no! I met her this afternoon,"
responded a deep masculine voice from
the depths of a lounge-chair. "She
was going to the woods to get moss
for the church."
"Oh, the Easter decorations! Why
didn't she come for me?"
Reggie got up and crossed the room.
He was a great big fellow, in a rough
shooting suit, with fair curly hair,
blue eyes and the pleasantest face in
the world; while at the present mo-
ment there was a comical smile on It
that would somehow have explained
why he was such a favorite in the reg-
iment in which he had the honor to
serve his queen and country; why all
Reverton, besides his mother and sis-
ter, loved him.
"She did suggest it," he said, bland-
ly. "In fact, she was coming here,
but I said you were busy."
"Don't get excited. Seeing her face
fall—for there is not much disguise
about Mollie—I stepped into the
breach and went myself."
"Then I hope you did not meet Mad-
ame Dubois!" exclaimed Joyce, laugh-
ing. "For I feel sure that she would
strongly object to you as an escort."
"Why?" And Reggie leaned against
the wide window-seat, and stroked his
mother's great Persian cat, who was
sunning himself in the corner.
"Why, you old stupid? Because she
intends Mollie and her fortune for her
adored son. Monsieur Henri Dubois,
and no poaching will be allowed."
"That little toad?" he muttered in
a curious tone. "Mollie said they were
expecting him today. I say, Joyce, do
you really think it?"
"Mother thinks so," she replied,
glancing at his ruffled fa°e with a
suppressed smi>. "And certainly
madame has been most amiable to
Mollie so far. She asked *ne the other
day what Henri was like, for madame
was always speaking of him, and Kate
quoted him frequentlv."
"Oh. it is preposterous!" declared
the young fellow. "However, wait
until she sees him. I shall be very-
much astonished if she falls in witli
the arrangement then."
(To be Continued.)
I ntiilUtu of Mwln (iutileg.
The point of view of the Swiss
guides is a singularly complex one
Th'e ordinary guide is as brave as a
Boer and bis bravery has many of the
same peculiarities. II.' lias little sense
of sport; he is ever conscious of the
desperate danger of his calling, and,
while he is willing and anxious to
meet any risk which corner in the nec-
essary course of events, lie has the
greatest contempt for tho man who
seeks the bright oy> s of dangers for
their own sake, lie is a bit of a fa-
talist. "See," said on", as some trav-
elers brought down the body of a party
who had died in a place as simple as
a city street, "death ran come as easi-
ly on a light mountain as a difficult
one." And again, when the French
guides bungled at their tasks: "Those
Arolla men know nothing of accidents;
for me. when a man is once dead 1
will carry him as ,'oou -as a fiherp,*'
if the things
on his head and strode down into the
valley where the mu'.e? w; i e l f :r th lr
burden. A guide of experience will
tell you there are only three dangers in
mountaineering falling stonts, sud-
den bad weather and the tom 1st.
a little girl, dressed in the latest Par- | ilIU'so saying he put
isian fashion for children, standing
regarding her with curious eyes. She
was not pretty, for her small, sharp-
featured face was thin and witch-like,
her expression old and cunning; but
Mollie noticed with relief that she
bore little resemb'ance to Mr. Bar-
lowe, and masses of flaxen curls, so
fair as to be almost white, softened
the little face.
For a minute the sist°rs regarded
each other gravely. Mollie's beautiful
pink and white fac-3 had flushed
brightly, her sweet gray eyes were
fixed wistfully on the child, but the
latter was quite composed; her thin
lips were pressed together as she cool-
ly surveyed her half-sister from her
sunny brown head to h°r dainty foot.
"Well. Kate, do you remember me?"
asked Mollie, gpntly.
"Hardly. What were you doing?"
"I was saying my prayers. Don't
you say yours?"
"No." returned Kate, loftily. "I am
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rn> — A Few
Superttlllon In Yuriitan.
"Apropos of the wonderful ancient
ruins in Yucatan," said a New Orleans
college professor, "there is one very
fortunate circumstance which has pro-
tected them almost entirely from spoli-
ation by the Indians. It is currently
believed by the natives all through tli.it
part of the country that the ruins are
haunted and that devils will carry
away anybody who attempts to molest
them. This superstition has bten en-
couraged by explorers, anil 1-s a better
safeguard than a picket of soldiers."
would have been difficult to have put I a free thinker, like my Cousin Henry."
The first rr-al American hotel in Eng-
land will bp located adjoining the new
Wateloo railway station. London. It
will be entirely of st'el construction.
California Mutter Squares.
Practically all the best creamery
butter sold on the Pacific coast is in
squares of about 2 pounds each. The i
squares are blocks with square ends j
and rectangular sides. The butter is j
packed on a table fitted with side- i
boards as high as the squares stand j
when on end. The top surface Is care- I
fully leveled even with the table sides. |
and the squares, a number at a time,
are cut by wires. They are wrapped in
parchment paper and packed on end in
heavy wooden chests. This method of
handling butter is excellent in some
respects, but it is subject to criticism
on two important features: First,
there is now 110 uniformity in the
weights of the squares. One creamery
sends cases of sixty 1%-pound squares,
or 105 pounds, to Sacramento, and to
the same market another creamery al-
so sends cases holding sixty squares,
aggregating 101 pounds. This latter
creamery also sends to San Francisco
cases holding sixty squares of 93
pounds. It must be both confusing and
annoying to handle squares of such
varying weights, and no really good
renson for the practice was found.
Doubtless many people who purchase
butter do not notice the difference in
weights, but consider all squares alike,
and the seller who can shave off the
most without being suspected is the
gaintr. Such competition is not only
discreditable but dishonest. The sec-
ond criticism of the method of market-
ing .butter relates to tho packages.
Eastern dealers have learned that it
is more economical and satisfactory in
many ways to use cheap but neat boxes
for shipping, which do not have to be
returned, than to use the heavy and
expensive trunks or chests that were
so common only a few years ago. These
latter are continually being lost and
broken, cause annoyance at both ends
of the line, and require much labor for
proper cleaning (and this Is too often
neghcted), while the cheaper packages
have not these objections.—Bulletin
21, l\ S. Dept. of Agriculture.
I.niMtlng the (tape Worm.
H. Garman, iu Bulletlu 70 of the
Kentucky Experiment Station, thus re-
lates his experience with the gape
worms when the chicks were kept on
dirt floors and on board floors:
I find by experiment that it is pos-
sible to prevent the trouble completely
on my place at Lexington by keeping
chicks on a board floor from the time
they are hatched until they an- large
enough to endure the attacks of the
Chicks hatched by two hens June
5-7, 1897, were taken from the nests
before they had an opportunity to get
to the ground, and confined in two
compartments of tho same coop. One
compartment was provided with a
board floor; iu the other the chicks
were allowed the freedom of the
ground. There were twenty chicks in
all divided equally between the two
hens and confined in the two compart-
ments, which were separated by wire
netting. Immediately after the experi-
ment was started three of the lot on
tho floor managed to get into the other
compartment and were allowed to re-
main. There were thus on the plank
floor seven chicks, while confined on
the ground beside thcru were thirteen.
One of the latter lot died from some
unknown trouble soon after they
hatched, leaving only twelve for ex-
The two lots were treated alike In
every respect except in the matter of
the floor and in the character of food.
Those on the plank floor received the
accustomed food given younn chicks,
namely, corn meal mixed with water
and scraps of bread, potato and meat
from the table. After they had grown
somewhat, a little oata was given |
them occasionally. The chicks on the j
ground received the same kind of food,
except that they had In addition n
dally ration of earthworms. The fol- '
lowing Is a record of observations on
the lot to which earthworms were fed:
June 23. One of the chicks observed
to be badly affected with the gapes.
It died during the following night.
Several others slightly affected.
June 24. A se.ond chick of the same
lot nearly dead from gapes. It was
removed and chloroformed, when its
trachea was found to contain gape
June 29. A third chick of this lot
was found dead, and on examination
its trachea was found partly tilled with
the worms. A fourth, nearly dead
from the disease, was chloroformed
und it also had worms in the trachea.
Several of the remainder were at this
date observed to be affected, and prob-
ably not a single one was entirely free
from the trouble.
June 30. Three more chicks were so
badly affected that It was decided to
remove and destroy them. All had
gape worms in the trachea.
July 1. Three of the live remaining
chicks were affected and were removed
und chloroformed. The trachea of all
contained gape worms.
July 3. One of the two remaining
chicks was affected. It was removed
and destroyed like the others.
July 5. The last one of the lot was
removed and chloroformed and also
had gape worms in the trachea.
During this time not a single chick
of the seven kept on the plank floor
became affected with the disease. The
hen kept with them, however, ap-
peared to Buffer from the close confine-
ment and cramped quarters, and sub
sequcntly died. Her trachea did not
contain gape worms. It is evident that
the chicks in the compartment with-
out a floor obtained the gape worms
either from the ground or else from
the earth-worms that were fed them.
There Is at the present time a great
furor for the raising of Belgian hares,
and all over the country men are rush-
ing into the business. Now, we do not
wish to discourage the raisers of these
animals, but on the other hand we do
not wish to see Hie business so over-
done that a reaction will set in. Ac-
cording to present indications, a great
many people are going to drop money
In the enterprises that are being
pushed forward 011 this line. In the
vicinity of Chicago, and even in the
city itself, a good many have taken up
the work. The trouble is that the
market is limited. A good mauy peo-
pie will not eat hares and are not like-
ly to try to overcome their prejudices
when poultry and oth- r meats may be
had cheaply and In abundance. We
j see that In some parts of the country
| the business of raising these hares
has become so extensive that orchard-
I ists are becoming alarmed. Thus, in
| San Diego county, California, the su-
I pervisors have passed an ordinance
making it unlawful for any person to
liberate Belgian hares. But, however
desirable this ordinance may be, it is
I not at all likely that it will prove of
I any avail, for the reason that If a man
I should liberate any of these animals it
! would be impossible to prove the fact.
I As is well known, these animals are
fond of the bark of young fruit trees
j and grape vines. The fruit growers
have now to contend with our com-
mon rabbits, mice and other rodents,
' and are in no mood to add the Belgian
I hare to the host of enemies. It Is said
! that a single pair of Belgian hare:, if
j left alone, will increase to over 1,000,-
000 in ten years. This may be so, but
! the same is true of the rabbits that
I row live in our woods, and is more
1 than true of our domestic fowls. We
; think there is less to fear from their
! fecundity than from our poultryman
building up too great hopes on their fe
! cundlty. ,
llilTiiilon of the l erk«lilr .
Prof. Thomas Shaw says: The ex-
tent to which Berkshires have been
diffused In the various countries into
which they have been imported is even
more remarkable than the extent to
which they have been imported. Be-
yond all question the Berkshire is
more widely diffused In America than
any other breed of swine. Berkshire.*
are found more or less numerously In
every state and territory of the Union.
They turn the skim milk of New Eng-
land dairies into most delicious pork.
!n till the Mississippi basin they aid
the farmer in marketing his corn with
added profit. Iu the sunny south they
help the planter to dig his peanuts.
And in the Rocky Mountain valleys
they revel amid alfalfa and pea vino
pastures such as can be grown so well
nowhere else. England is no longer
distinctly the home of the Berkshire.
It is only the place where they origin-
ated and were first improved. The
seat of Berkshire empire has shifted
from England to America, and it is
a kingdom that Is likely to remain
until time shall bo no more. There
are good reasons for believing that in
more than one state in the Union,
there will soon be more pure Berk-
shires than in all England And this
diffusion, plenteous as it Is now, is
only the advance drops of a shower of
increase that will bring with it bene-
diction to the various states In pro-
portion to the copiousness with which
it falls upon them. Already no fewer
than 47,543 animals have been record-
ed in the records of the American
Berkshire Association, although tho
said association was not organized
until 1875, At least 5,000 animals aro
now being added ever> year to tho
number 011 record. This of course does
not include the animals recorded in
other records on this continent, as for
instance the Canadian. Tho relatlvo
Increase at the present time is most
rapid in the states of Texas, Missouri.
Illinois, Tennessee, New York. In-
diana, Pennsylvania. Kentucky, Kan
I sas, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey.
I Ohio, Louisiana and Michigan, an I
j substantially in the order named. In
1 nearly all of these states they aro
, 1 eared In large numbers both in the
1 pure and In the grade form, thus evi-
dencing their proved adaptability to
a wide range of conditions very dis-
l similar in character. Unlike some of
the other useful breeds of swine they
' are not bunched In a few of the states,
i nor are they hived as it were In somo
I sections only of these states. It would
! not be quite correct perhaps to say
that Berkshires thrive equally well in
I the semi-tropical south, the variable
1 center and the cooler north. But the
I fact is very significant that the most
rapid ratio of Increase in Berkshire*
1 today in America is found in tho
1 states of semi-tropical Texas variable
Missouri and cooler Ontario. The first
is the land of the peanut, the second
i is Ihe realm of corn and the third is
I the domain of field roots. It ha3 al-
' ready been stated (hat they are bred
1 In every state and territory in tho
j Union. And from each of these they
j are now on record in the registers of
.he American Berkshire Association,
with the single exception of the state
of Wyoming. And nearly every state
| and territory in the Union is repre-
sented on the official board of the as-
| soclatlon. It is very questionable if tho
i records of any other swine breeders'
association in the United States can
tell a similar story.
In Canada the Berkshire has be-
come even more geuerally diffused
than in the United States. He is tho
pig of the Dominion. His descend-
ants in the pure form are nearly as
numerous as those of all the other
! pure breeds combined, and in the
graded form they are much more nu
inerous. Up to February, 1S98, 11,052
Berkshires had been recorded in Can-
ada against 11,837 animals ci all tho
other breeds combined. And Berk-
shire grades in Canada ard much moro
numerous relatively than pure Berk-
j Argentine press urges South Ameri-
! can republics to combine against ag-
gressive policy of Chile
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