The Beaver Herald. (Beaver, Okla.), Vol. 27, No. 38, Ed. 1, Thursday, February 26, 1914 Page: 3 of 8
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THE BEAVER HERALD. BEAVER OKLAHOMA
WHM TIMS AWL
MARY EGBERTS' MNEHART
SLOWER- TFN WHEN A. 1MA.7SF IIATJIE
ILLUSTRATED EDGAR BEUT 3MIIH campcar & fcTco.
Mtnnle. spring-house Irl at Hop sana-
torlutn tells Ilia itory. It opens wllh the
arrival of Mlsa Patty Jennings who Is re-
ported to ba encaged to marry a prince
and the death of the old doctor who owna
the sanatorium. The estate Is left to a
scapegrace grandson. Dicky Carter who
must appear on a certain date and run
the sanatorium' successfully for two
months or forfeit the Inheritance. A case
of mumps delays Dick's arrival. Mr. Tho-
burn la hovering about In hopes of se-
curing the place for a summer hotel.
J'lercp a college man In hard luck. Is pre-
vailed upon by Van Alstyne Dick's broth-r-ln-law
to Impersonate the missing heir
and take charge of tha sanatorium until
Carter arrives. Dick who has eloped
with Patty'a younger sister. Dorothy ar-
rives and the couple go Into hiding In
the old shelter house. Fearing to face
Korothy's father who Is at the sanalor-
m Dick arranges with I'lerce to con-
tinue In the management of the property
Julia Bummers leading lady of Pierce's
stranded theatrical company arrives.
Bhe Is suing Dicky for breach of promise.
CHAPTER VI. Continued.
"I'm so glad you're still here Min-
nie I" she exclaimed breathing (oat.
"You haven't taken the dinner out to
he shelter-house yet have you?"
"Not yet" I replied. "Tlllle hasn't
brought tho basket."
But I guoas her sister and Mr Dick
could have starved to death just then
without her noticing. Bhe was all ex-
cttcment for all she's mostly so cool
"I have a note here from my sls
-ter" she said getting It out of her
-pocket. "I know we all Impose on
.you Minnie but will you take It for
cne! I'd go but I'm In slippers and
anyhow. I'd need a lantern and that
-would be reckless wouldn't Itt"
"In slippers!" Mr. Pierce Interrupt--ed.
"It's only five degrees above zerol
Of all tho foolhardy 1"
Miss Patty did not seem to hear
blm. She gave the letter to me and
followed mo out on the step.
"You're a saint Minnie" she said
leaning over and squeezing my arm
"and because you're going back and
forth in the cold so much I want you
to have this to keep."
She slopped and picked up from the
-now beside the stepa something soft
and furry and threw It around my
neck and the next Instant I knew she
was giving me her chinchilla set muff
And all. I wac so pleased I cried and
All tho way over to tho shelter-house
I sniveled and danced with Joy at tho
amo time. There's nothing like chin-
chllla'to tone down red hair.
Well I took the note out to the
ehelter-house and rapped. Mr. Dick
tet mo In and It struck me he wasn't
u cheerful as usual. He reached out
and took the muff.
"Oh" ho said "I thought that was
"It's coming" I said looking past
him for Mrs. Dicky.
She had seen the note and sat up
and bold out her hand for It "Dick!"
be said suddenly "what do you
think? Oskar Is here! Pat's In the
wildest excitement. He's In town and
Aunt Honorla has telephoned to know
what to dol Listen; he le Incog of
course and registered as Oskar Ton
Inwald. lie dtd an awfully clever
thing came In through Canada -while
the papers thought ho was In St. Mo-
rltz." "For heaven?! sake" replied Mr.
Dick "tell her cot to ask blm here I
' shouldn't know how to talk tp him. Oh
I've known a lord or two but that's
different. You call them anything you
like and lend them money."
"I dare say you can with Oskar
too." Mrs. Dicky put the note down
and sighed. "Well he's coming. -Pat
ays dad won't go back to town until
lie's had 21 baths and he's only had
leven and she's got to stay with him.
And you needn't worry about what to
call Oskar. He's not to know we're
I. was worried on my way back to
the sprlnghouse not that the prince
would make much difference as far as I
could seo things being about as bad as
they could be. Dut eomo of the people
wore talking of leaving and since we
had to have a prince it seemed a pity
lie wasn't coming with all his retinue
and titles. It would have boon a good
ten thousand dollars' worth of adver-
' tlslng for the plate and goodness
knows wo needed It.
When I got back to the sprlnghouse
Mies Patty and Mr. Pierce wore still
- there. "Of courso It ten't my affair"
he was saying. "You aro porfoctly "
Then I oponod thotloor and ho stopped.
I went on Into the pantry to take off
my ovorshoes and as I closed the door
he continued. "I didn't mean to say
what I havo. I meant to explain
about the other night I had a right
to do that. Dut you forced tho Issue."
"I was compelled to tell you he was
coming" sbo sold angrily. "I felt I
"What would you have had mo do?"
"Take those two children to your
father. What If thero was a row
Why should there be such a lot made
of It anyhow? They're young but
they'll got older. It isn't a crime for
(two people to er loye each other. Is
'it? And It you think a scandal or two
In your family granting your father
would make a scandal Is going to put
another patch on tho ragged reputa-
tion of the royal family of "
"How dare you!!" she cried furious-
ly. "How dare you I"
I heard her croar room and fling
tho door open and a second later It
slammed. When I came out of the
pantry Mr. Pierce was sitting In his
old position elbow on knee holding
bis pipe and staring at the bowl.
I had my bands full tho next day.
We'd had another snowstorm during
the night and the trains wero blocked
again. About ten o'clock we got a
telegram from tho new doctor we'd
been expecting that ho'd fallen on the
ice on his way to the train and broken
his arm and at eloven a delegation
from tho guests waited on Mr. Pierce
and told him thoy'd have to havo a
bouso physician at once.
"We'ro doing tho best we can" Mr.
Pierce explalnod. "Wo wo expect a
"When?" from Mr. Jennings who
had come on a cano and was watching
Mr. Pierce like a hawk.
"This afternoon probably. As there'
Is no one here very 111 "
But at that they almost fell on him
and tore htm to pieces. I bad to step
In front of blm myself and say we'd
have somebody there by two o'clock If
we had to rob a hospital to get htm.
Woll as If I didn't have my hands
full with getting meals to the shelter-
house and trying to find a house doc-
tor and wondering how long It would
be before "Julia" came face to face
with Dick Carter somewhero or other
and trying to keep one eye on Tboburn
while I kept Mr. Pierce straight with
the other that day during luncheon
Mike the bath man came out to the
sprlnghouse and made a howl about
his wages. He'd been looking surly
for two daya.
"What about your wages?" I
snapped. "Aren't you getting what
you've always had?"
"No tips!" ho said sulkily. "Orty a
tew taking baths only one dally and
that's that man Jennings. There's! no
ueo talking Miss Minnie I've got to
have a double percentage on that man
or you'll have to muzzle him. He
"If I give you the double percent-
age will you stay?"
"I don't know but that I'd rather
have tho muzzle Miss. Minnie" he
answered slowly "but I'll stay. It
won't be for long."
Which left mo thinking. I'd seen
Thoburn talking to Mike more than
once lately and he'd been going around
with an air of assurance that didn't
make me any too cheerful.
At four o'clock Mr. Sam came to
and he bad Mr. Tboburn tight by tbi
"My dear old chap" ho was saying
"It would be as much as your llfo't
worth. That ground Js full of holes
nnd Just now covered with snow 1"
He caught my eye and wiped bis
"Heaven holp us!" he said coming
over to the spring "I found him ma-
king for the shelter-house armed with
a foot rule! Somebody's got to take
htm In hand I tell you tho man's a
"What about the doctor?" I asked
reaching up his glass.
"Be here tonight" be answered "on
But at that minute a boy brought a
telegram down and handed It to him.
Tbe new doctor was laid up with In-
fluenzal We sat there after tha others had
gone and Mr. Bam said he was for
giving up the fight only to come out
now with the truth would mean such a
lot of explaining and a good many
people would likely And It funny. Mr.
Pierce came In later and we gave him
the telegram to read. He glanced at
It and handed It back.
"Lot's of starring M. D.'s would
Jump at the chance" he said "but If
Mr. Pierce promised and they start-1 appeared In tho snow and I telt lone-
At the door Mr. Sam
cd out together.
"Oh by the way Minnie" he called
"better gild ono of your chairs and put
a red cushlou on It. Tbe prlnco hae
Well I thought It all out that after-
noon as I washed the glasses and It
was torrlble. I had two people In tho
shulter-houso to feed and look after
like babies with TlUIo getting more
curious every day about tho basket
she brought and not to bo held much
longer; and I had a mar. running the
sanatorium and running It to the devil
as fast as It could go. Then I had a
prlnco Incognito and Thoburn stirring
up mischief and the servants threat-
ening to strike and no house doctor
Just as I got to that somebody
opened the door behind me and looked
In. I glanced around and It was a man
with the reddest hair t ever saw. Mtno
was pale by comparison. He was
rather short and heavy-set and he had
a pleasant face although not hand-
somo his nose being slightly bent to
the left. But at first all I could see
was his hair.
"Good evening" he Bald edging him-
self In. "Are you Miss Waters?"
"Yes" I said rising and getting a
Ho took off his hat and came over
to the spring where I was filling his
"If that's for me you needn't both-
er" ho said. "It It tastes as It smells
I'm not thirsty. My name's Barnes
and I was to wait here for Mr. Van Al-styno."
"Barnes I" I repeated. "Then you're
He grinned and stood turning his
hat around In his hands.
"Not exactly" he said. "I graduated
In medicine a good many years ago
but aftor a year of It I took to other
"Oh yes" I sold. "You're an actor
Ho looked thoughtful.
"Some people think I'm not" h an-
swered "but I'm on the stage."
I put a fresh log on the Are and as
It blazed up I saw him looking at me.
"Ye gods and little flBhes!" he said.
"Another redhead I Why we're as
alike as two carrots off tbe same
In five minutes I knew how old he
was and where he was raised and
that what he wanted more than any-
thing on earth was a little farmbouso
with chickens and a cow. '
Then he wanted to know what he
was to do at the sanatorium and I told
him as well as I could. I didn't tell
tilm everything but I explained why
Mr. Pierce woe calling himself Darter
and about tho two In the shelter-house.
I had to. Ho knew as wll as I did
that three days before Mr Plerco had
had nothing to his name but a folding
automobile road map or whatever it
"Good for old Pierce I" he said when
I HnUhed. "He's a prince Mils Wa
ters. If you'd seen him sending those
girls back to town well I'll do all I
can to help him."
Mr. and Mrs. Van Alstyne cane In
Juet then and Mr. Sam told him what
he was expected to do. It wasn't much.
"Remember" Mr. Sam Instructed
him as Doctor Barnes started out.
"when you don't know what to pre-
scribe order a Turkish bath. The
baths are tu a sanatorium what the
bar Is to a club they pay the blUs."
Well we got It all fixed and Doctor
Barnes started out but at the doir he
"I say" he asked In an undertone
"tho stork doesn't light around here
"Not if they see him first!"
piled grimly and he went oat.
ller than ever and sad although cer
tainly he was bettor then I had expect-
ed to find him. He was a man and
not a llttlo cub with a body hardly big
enough to carry his forefathers' weak-
nesses. But he had a cold oyo and a
warm mouth and that sort of man Is
generally a social success and a matri-
I h'.u n&rdly viued tho door after
thnui when It opened again and Mr.
Pierce came In. He shut the door and
going over to ono ot tbe tables put a
package down on It.
"Here's the stuff you wanted for the
spring Minnie" he announced. "I
suppose I can't do anything more than
register a protest against It?"
"You needn't bother doing that" I
answered "unless it makes you feel
better. Your authority ends at that
door. Inside the sprlnghouse I'm In
(It's hard to believe with things as
they are that I onco really believed
that. But I did. It was three full
days later that i learned that I'd been
Well he sat there and looked tX
nothing while I -heated water In my
brass kettle over the fire and dissolved
the things against Thoburn's quick
eye the next day and be didn't say
anything. He had a gift for keeping
quiet Mr. Plerco had. It got on my
nerves after a while.
"Things are doing better" I re-
marked stirring up my mixture.
"Yes" he said without moving.
"Miss Miss Jennings and the von In-
wald were hero Just now weren't
they? I passed them on the bridge."
"What how do you like him?"
"Better than I expected and not so
well as I might." I said.
Mrs. Hutchlns came out to the
sprlnghouse the next morning. She
was dressed In a black silk with real
lace collar and cuffs and sho was so
puffed up with pride that she forgot to
be nasty to me.
"I thought I'd better come to you
Minnie" she said. "Mr. Carter has
put tho has put Mr von Inwald in
the north wing. I cannot Imagine why
he should have given him tho coldest
and most disagreeable part of the
I sold I'd speak to Mr. Carter and
try to have him moved and she went
away but I made up my mind to talk
to Mr. Pierce. Tho sanatorium busi-
ness Isn't one wbero you can put your
own ltkea and dlollkes against the com-
fort of the guests.
I was sick enough ot hearing ot Mr.
von Inwnld before the day was over.
All morning In tbe sprlnghouse thoy
talked Mr. von Inwald. They pretend-
ed to play cards but they were really
playing European royalty. Every time
somebody laid down a queen he'd say
"Is tbo queen still living or didn't she
die a fow years ago?" And when they
played the knave they'd start off about
tha prince again.
In the afternoon Mr. von Inwald
came out to the sprlnghouse and sat
around very affable and friendly
drinking tbe water. He and the.Jilshop
grew quite chummy. Miss Patty was
not there but about four o'clock Mr.
Pierce came out. He did not sit down
but wandered around tbe room not
talking to anybody but staring when-
ever he could at the prince. Once I
caught Mr. von Inwald's eyes fixed on
him as If be might have seen him be-
fore. Senator Biggs was the one who real-
ty caused tbe trouble. "What do you
think of American women Mr von In-
wald?" he asked and everybody
stopped playing cards and listened for
the answer. As Mr von Inwald repre
sented the prince wouldn't he be like-
He Gave Me a Good Stare.
It's as urgent as all this we can't wait
to hunt. I'll tell you Van Alstyne
there'B a chap down In tho village ho
was tho character man with the Sweet
Peas company and he's stranded
there. I saw him this morning. He'e
washing dlslaos In the depot restau-
rant for his meals. Wo used to call
him Doc and I'vo a hazy Idea that
bo's a graduate M. D. name's Barnes."
"Greatl" 'cried Van Alstyne. "Let's
havo Barnes. You get him. will you
It was all well enough for me to iLy
as I bad to to Tlllle many a time
that it was ridiculous to make a fuss
over a person for what after all -was
an accident of birth. Nevertheless at
five o'clock after every one had gono
when I saw Miss Patty muffled In
furs tripping out through tho snow
with a tall thin man beside her walk-
ing vory straight and taking one step
to her tour I telt as though somebody
had hit mo at tbo end of my breast-
bone. Thoy camo in together laughing
and talking and to bo honont. If I
hadn't cu'iglit tho baok of a chair. I'd
hava had one foot back ot tbo other
and been making a courtesy In spite
"We're late Minnie;" Miss Patty
said. "Oskar this Is one ot my best
friends and you are to be very nice to
He had one ot those stnglo glass
thlngn In his cyejind bo gave me a
good staro through It. Seen close he
was hundsomer than Mr. Pierce but
ho looked older than his picture.
"AEk her If sho won't be nice to me"
he said In as good 'English as mine
and held out his hand.
"Any of Miss Patty's friends " 1
began with a lump In niy throat and
gavo his .hand a good squeeze. .
They went very soon after that. 1
stood and watched them until thejr dJti.
ly to voice the prince's opinion
It's cay belief Mr. von Inwald was
going to eay something nice. He
smiled as It he meant to but Just then
ho saw Mr. Pierce in his corner
sneering behind his pipe. They looked
at each other steadily and nobody
could mistake the bate In Mr. Pierce's
face or his sneer. After a minute
tho prlnco looked away and shrugged
his shoulders but he didn't make his
"American-women!" he said turning
hie glass of spring water around on
the table bofore him "they aro very
lovely ot course. But thoy are spoiled
foartully spoiled. They rulo tholr par-
ents and they expoct to' rulo their hus-
bands. In Europe wo do tblugs hot-
ter; we are not what la tho English?
There was a sort of murmur among
the men but the women al! nodded
as It they thought Europe was entire-
ly right- Thoy'd havo agreed with
him It ho'd advocated sixteen wires
sitting cross-legged on a mat like tbo
Turks. Mr. Plerco was still staring at
"What I don't quite understand Mr.
von Inwald" the bishop put In In his
nice way "Is your custom of expecting
a girl to bring her husband A certain
definite sura ot money and to place It
under the husband's control. Our
wdalthy American girls control their
own money." Ho was thinking of Miss
Patty and everybody know It.
Thejgrlnce turned rod. and glared at
the bishop. Then I think he remem-
bered that thoy didn't know who he
was and bo smiled and started to
turning the glass again.
"Pardon 1" he said. "Is It not better?
What do women know ot monoy? They
throw It away on trlflos dress Jewels
American women aro extravagant. It
Is one result of their of their spoil-
ing." Mr. Pierce got up and emptied his
pipe Into tho tire. Thon he turned.
"I'm afraid you havo not known tho
best type ot American women" ho
said looking hard at tho pr'neo. "Our
ivpresentatlvo women aro our mlCdlo-
class women. They do not conttact
European alliances not having suffi-
cient money to attract the attontlon
of tho nobility or enough to buy titles
as thoy do pearla for the purpose of
Mr. von Inwald got up and his face
was red. Mr. Plertfe was white and
"Also" he went on "when they
marry thoy wish to control their own
money and not see It spent In ways
with which you are doubtless familiar."
We wero all paralyzed. Nobody
moved. Mr. Pierce put his pipe In his
pocket and stalked out slamming the
door. Thon Mr. von Inwald shrugged
his shoulders and laughed.
"I seo I shall hare to talk to our
young friend" he said and picked up
his glass. "I'm afraid I've given a
wrong Impression. I llko the Ameri-
can women very much; too well" he
went on with a flash ot his teeth look-
ing around tho room and brought tho
glass to the spring for mo to fill. But
I can tell a good bit about a man from
the way he gives me his tilass and he
was In a perfect frenzy ot rage. When
I reached It back to him he. gripped
It until bis nails were white.
Tlllle brought the supper basket for
tho shelter-house about six o'clock and
sat down for a minute by tho flro. She
said Mr. Pierce (Carter to her) had
started out with a gun about five
o'clock. It was foolish but It made
She got up leaving the basket on
Just then I heard a shot from the di-
rection ot the deer park even Tlllle
noticed how pale I got.
"I don't know what's come over you
Minnie" she said. "That's only Mr.
Carter shooting rabbits. I saw him go
out as I Btarted down the path."
I was still nervous when I put on my
shawl and picked up the baskot But
there was a puddle on tho floor and
the soup had splllod. There was noth-
ing tor It but to go back for more soup
and I got It from tbo kitchen without
tbe chef eoelng me. When I oponod
tho sprlnghouse door again Mr. Plerco
wbb by tho flro and In front of him
where I left the basket lay a dead rab-
bit. Thore was no basket In sight
"Well" I askod "did you change my
basket Into a dead rabbit?"
"Basket!" he said looking up.
I looked everywhere but the basket
was gone and after a while I decided
that Mr. Dick had had an attack of
thoughtfulness (or hunger) and had
carried It out himself.
And all the tlmo I looked for the
basket Mr. Pierce sat with the gun
across bis knees and stared at tbe
"I'd thank you to take that messy
thing out ot here" I told him.
"Poor little' chap!" he exclaimed.
"He was playing In. the snow and I
killed blm not because I wanted food
or sport Minnie but well because I
had to kill something."
"I hope you don't have those attacks
often" I said. He looked at the rabbit
"Mover In my life!" he answered.
F6r food or sport that's different but
keep a good dog In condition Minnie
I wouldn't bring him here."
"No" I retorted "you'd shut him Id
an old out oven and give him a shoe
to chew and he'd conio out In three
days frisking and happy. But you
can't do that with people.
"Aa far as Mr von Inwald goes." I
went on "that's not your affair or
mine. If Miss Patty's own father can't
prevent It why should you worry
"Precisely" ho agreed. "Why should
I? But I do Minnie that's tha devil
Ho sstd good night and went out
taking the gun and the rabbit with
him nnd I went Into the pantry to fin-
ish straightening things for the night.
In a few minutes I heard voices In
the other room one Mr. Pierce's and
ono with a strong German accent.
"When was that?" Mr. von Inwald's
"A year ago in Vienna."
"At the Bal Tabarln. You were In a
logo. Tho man I was with told me
who tho woman waa. It was she I
think who suggested that you loan
over the rail"
"Ah sol" said Mr. von Inwald aa If
be Just remembered. "Ah yes I recall
I was with the lady waa red-haired
la It not? And It was she who desired
"You leaned over the rail and poured
a glass ot wine on my head. It waa
very funny. The lady was charmed."
"I recall It perfectly. I remember
that I did It under protest It was a
very fine wine and expensive."
"Thon you alao recall" said Mr.
Pierce very quietly "that because you
were with a well because you were
with a woman I could not return your
compliment. But I demanded the privi-
lege at some future date when you
"It Is a pity" replied Mr. ven In
wald "that now when I am alone
there Is no wlnei"
"No there Is no wine" Mr. Pierce
agreed slowly "but thore Is "
I opened the door at that and both
ot them started. Mr. von Inwald waa
standing with his arms folded and
Mr. Pierce had one arm raised holding
up a glass of spring water. In anoth-
er second It would have been In the
othor man's faco.
I walked over to Mr. Pierce and took
the glass out of his hand and his ex-
pression was funny to see.
"I've been looking everywhere tor
that glass" I said. "It's got to be
Mr von Inwald laughed and picked
up his soft hat from the table. He
turned around at the door nnd looked
back at Mr Pierce still laughing.
"Accopt my npologlesl" he said. "It
was such a fine wine and so expen-
sive." Then he went out.
blood-lustl" Ho got up and put the
gun In the corner and I saw he looked
whlto and miserable
I didn't llko to scold blm when he
waa feeling bad anyhow but business
Is business. So I asked him bow long
he thought people would stay If ho act-
ed s he had that day. I told him too
to remember that he wnsn't responsi-
ble or the morals or actions of his
guests only for their health.
"Health!" bo echoed and kicked a
chair. "Health! Why IT. I wanted K
I was pretty nervous when I took
charge ot the nows stand that eve-
ning Amanda King bad an appoint-
ment with the dentist and had left
everything topsyturvey. I waa stilt
straightening up when people began to
come down to dinner.
Two or three things happened that
night For one I got a good look at
Miss Julia Summers. She was light-
hatred and well-fleshed with an ugly
face but a pleasant smile. She wore
a low-necked dress that made Mlsa
Cobb's with the yoke out look like a
storm collar and It she had a broken
heart she didn't show It
"Hello I" she cried looking at my
hair "are you selling tobacco here or
are you the clgar-llghter?"
"Neither" I answered looking ores
her head. "I am employed as the ex-
tinguisher ot gay guests
"Oood" she iat6. smiling. "I'm some-
thing fine at that myself. Suppose I
stay here and help. It I watch thai
line of knitting women I'll be crochet-
ing Arabella's wool In my sleep to-
night." Well she was too cheerful to be
angry with. So she stayed around for
a while and It was amazing bow much
tobacco I sold that evening.. Men who
usually bought tobies bought the best
cigars nnd when Mr. Jennings cams
up scowling and I handed him tha
brnnd he'd smoked for years ehe took
one clipped tho cod ot It as neat as a
linger noil and gave It to him holding
up tho lighter.
'I'm not going to smoke yet young
woman" he sold glaring at her But
sho only smiled.
"I'm sorry" she eald "I've been
waiting hungrily until some dlscrlmU
nating smoker would buy one ot those
and light It. 1 love the aroma."
And ho stood tbero for thirty min-
utes standing mostly or! one toot on
account of tho gouty ono putting like
a locomotive with her sniffing at the
aroma and telling him how lonely she
felt with no friends around nnd Just
recovering from a severe Illness. At
eight o'clock he had Mrs. Hutchlna
bring him bis tur-llned coat and ha
and Miss Julia took Arabella the dog4
for a walk on the veranda!
(TO nta CONTINUED.)
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The Beaver Herald. (Beaver, Okla.), Vol. 27, No. 38, Ed. 1, Thursday, February 26, 1914, newspaper, February 26, 1914; Beaver, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc68991/m1/3/: accessed March 1, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.