The May Bugle (May, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 29, 1923 Page: 3 of 8
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By Opie Read
R. H. Livingstone
Copyright. The Bell Syndicate. Inc.
Drnce was far too disturbed In mind
to sloop, and before the sun was high
ho walked out alone in the pardon, to
muse upon his situation. Slowly lie
paced his way nlonp the path. Some-
one spoke, and ho turned to face the
“Monsieur, a note."
Drnce took the paper and hastened
into the summer house.
The note was brief, tint full In the
expression of what lind befallen Na-
dine, something to throb with tlie tell-
ing of it: “As soon as you can, my
love’ one, you must come to me to take
me from the man I thought tny fa-
ther, but who is the awful brute. Yes-
terduy lie called me a she-wolf and
told me I am not his daughter; nnd
when he told me, my heart was light,
for then I have not within tne the mur-
derer's blood. Come not alone, Virgil,
for Tony will lie here, and both of
them watch. I am locked a prisoner in
my room, and tomorrow they take me
to Memphis to make me marry Mon-
sieur Boyce. But I fear not so long
ns I know you come.”
Quickly Drnce slipped up to hts
room, buckled on ids pistol, found a
rope, looped it with a hangman’s noose
nnd tucked It beneath his coat. Na-
dine was not Stepho’s daughter; now
lie was free to act 1 Swift was he to
answer the appeal, but lie was set
against her caution, the advice to bring
someone with him. It was his fight
alone, the execution of his oath, which
was not dead like the autumn leaf, but
fresh like the new leaf in the spring.
He would shoot Tony, the dog, and
tlipn string up ills master.
No one saw’ him, not even the watch-
ful Tyeie, and he hastened toward
Willow Head, not having found a boat
at Ihe landing. Never had the river
seemed so broad, the current so swift.
At last his canoe touched In among
the cane roots at (he Island’s edge.
He leaped ashore, but was cautious in
the cane, an Indian in stealth as die
approached the house. lie heard not
a sound, saw no smoke issue from the
chimney. Perhaps the wolves were in
wait for Mm, to snap him; but he was
now In full view, and he ran at Hie top
of his speed. But near the house he
halted, peering about, looked in nt the
door of the main room, found it desert-
ed, then walked softly around to the
barred window. Nadine spoke before
he recognized her, standing In the twi-
light of her prison.
“My heart was loud to tell me you
would'come, Virgil. And you brought
no one with you. But of that there
was no need now.”
He stood in silence looking nt her,
Ids strength exerted against a bar at
the window, to tear it loose, but the
wrought-lron nails were loo long, and
lie could not budge tliem.
“The ax, Virgil 1 Is It lying there?”
Acting upon her suggestion, nnd
with no caution now against making
n noise, lie cut Hie bars away and
helped her through the window.
“Nadine, he said, "my oath must
now be kept."
Ills arms about her, lie stood press-
ing her close, nnd never had lie felt so
Strong, and surely never so deter-
mined. Her eyes half closed, her head
on his arm, slip did not speak. She
looked as If she were at rest, and
dreaming. He kissed her, and her eyes
"I have come to hang tlie monster
that called you a she-woiy”
"When I have told you, yes. And
now you will listen. Marly I thought
I heard Tony and tny—1 mean Stepho
la Vitte, go out. But Stepho was not
walking with Tony, the strong man,
but was dragged out la the rocking-
clinlr; for some time in Hie night come
the strange stroke, and Stepho was
"Nadine t What are you saying?”
"I nni saying that you must listen.
Tony came to the window and told me
what was happen’. I ask him lo let
me out, but he would not, for lie wauls
to please Stepho till the last, on ac-
count of Hie money that may he some-
where hid. He went for the doctor,
nnd he came hut hns gone away again,
for I hear him say lie can do no good.
The old man was out In his chair
where he so often sit ; nnd we will go
see him, for It will not lie for long.
Let us forget all and be kind when
death was come, Virgil.”
“Yes, but where is Tony now?"
I think lie Is looking for the money.
Let us go now to the poor old man.”
“You forgive easily, Nadine."
“How can we not forgive when the
heart sny we must, Virgil? lie use me
| for the trap, which I will explain ail to
you, but lie give me the chance to be
with you, and for that 1 thank him—
nnd for not being my sure-enough
father. . . . Come with me.”
Old Stepho sat in his chair nsleep,
hut ns they approached him, he
opened his eyes, looked at Nadine,
then at Drace.
'‘Monsieur was ver’ strong. An’ I
kill you if I lie not struck down like
the beef. An’ Tony kill you if lie here,
but I send him off for something. Ah
the leetle gel, she hate me now?"
“Monsieur,” she said, “I cannot And
It In my heart to hate. It Is the poi-
son. Many times you were kind, and
I remember them."
He bowed his head, and through his
tangled lashes looked up at Drnce, fire
gleaming through brushwood. But he
spoke to Nadine, turning upon her a
less malignant glance.
“The paralyze. It begin down here
tin’ creep np. When it touch Hie heart,
I was go. T say just now' that Tony,
he would kill the strong monsieur. He
would not. He be scared when I was
"Your name, leetle gel," pursued
Stepho, "was Walton—the daughter of
a northern man who live in the same
tow n with Mr. Draco's father near Cin-
cinnati. You nn’ your mother were
carried off by my men ; but your moth-
er. she fall from the horse just ns we
come to our camp and she die. About
her neck was a purse witli money nnd
papers—one that tell where\ more
money Is burled. After the war I go
hack and dig up this money, but I
keep it for you, for your dowry. It
is here—hurled under the hearthstone.
. . . Now—now’ I beg you to go for
Father Tahnn. You know where he
live. Quick, for it creep up.”
"Yes, I will go. Virgil will stay to
keep you company.”
“Let me go with you,” Drace plead-
ed, fearful that some harm might be-
"No, my love’ one,” she gently op-
posed him. “You must stay here for
no harm can come to me now. Stay
here nnd lie kind to him, for kindness
is the will of the Oue above. You
She kissed him fondly, and the old
wolf-eyes closed, that they might not
“No Mercy Now!"
see. Now she was ready to go. Virgil
steadied the canoe for her and gently
shoved it off. She threw him a kiss,
and rounding a green capo, raised her
paddle into the sunlight nnd flashed
Drnce returned to Stepho’s chair, the
old man shagging his brows at him.
Then thinking of the rope still but-
toned tightly beneath his cont, lie tore
it out and threw it away. Nature, he
reflected, had usurped Ills task, and he
could isafely titrn over to her his
claims. A slight noise behind him; lie
looked quickly about,' nnd there a few
feet behind him nt the edge of the
cane stood Tony. Upon hire the vision
of Draco’s countenance came, It
seemed, with a startling flash. In-
stantly lie fell hack, through the cane
fringe, into the bayou. Loudly lie
cried for help.
“Oh, monsieur,” Implored the old
man, “please he’p heetn queek. lie can
no swim. An' he die liefo’ bees sins
they was forgive. Ile’p the po' wretch,
monsieur. Queek. monsieur.”
Virgil threw o(T Ids coat and Ids pis-
tol-belt, nnd leaped Into the water. A
moment before, lie would tinve shot
tlie beast; now lie would save him.
Tony wn» not !u sight. But sonn be
arose, swimming, and Drace saw a
knife in Ids bund. In the water Tony
was as much at home ns a beaver!
He dived, and Virgil knew now that
It was his aim to dart beneath him nnd
with the knife to rip him as a skillful
swimmer rips a crocodile. But in the
water I lie strong man, young Drace,
was at home, too, and turning about
with a quick swirl, he waited. Tony
came up; nnd now they came toward
each other, like rival otters-—grappled
and struggled, trending water, shoul-
ders up. Virgil caught Tony's left
wrist, wrenched ills urm limp and
helpless, seized him by the throat, his
left hand steel-gripped about the mur-
derous right wrist, the knife hand.
No mercy now! Fire and water,
their game! Down, gasping, down I
The head beneath the surface, the
hand still out. striving to stub. Slowly
tlie hand opened; the knife dropped;
the hand closed—half opened, was
Jimp. Drace turned loose ids grip.
The body sank.
Virgil swam ashore and came rtrlp-
out of the cane. The old man spoke:
“Tony! Whar he?”
“I have drowned him.”
“Monsieur was ver’ strong!”
“If I had brought him to the shore,
lie would have sneaked a chance to
“He was the bad man, yes. ne
ought be dead, yes. I was to keel heem
binieby. lie keel (lie man here not
long ’go. Twice tie go keel you, an’
once lie snap the pistol. I set the trap
for you to he stabbed In the wnter.
Then there be no blood to tell the
tule. Now I am so sor’. Will monsieur
pull me Into the house?”
“No. You would reach for a pistol
to shoot me. Stay where you ure.”
"Monsleu* have still suspicion. We
Virgil put. on his cont, Ills belt, and
sat down on the grass. The old man
was silent, ills eyes closed. He might
he dead, but no matter. More than nn
hour dragged by, the breeze moaning
In the cane. Virgil arose and stood
near the chair. Stepho opened his
eyes, but was silent. Virgil sat down
again and waited. Hie wind tangling
the tops of the cane.
He heard the canoe coming.
Father Tahnn was kindly nnd soft
of voice. For many a despairing
wretch lie had held the Cross. At
sight of him old Stepho’s eyes were
still hard. Time wears granite away,
but does not mellow It. Not yet had
lie granted mercy, and for no pity
could he hope.
"Father, this Is the mnn I would
keel. I hate heem, the carpetbag-
“It Is not. (rue,” said Virgil, stand-
ing near. “I fought against the carpet-
baggers in June, in New Orleans, when
they werje hanging a man. I cut him
How great can be nn Instant change!
The old wolf-eyes dewed soft.
“Oh, monsieur, I was that man!
They hung me. I hear of the brave
man, but I not know It was you. Please
forgive me. . . . Tok the ieelle
gel, an’ I know you he kjnd to her. She
love you. For you she would die.
Monsieur, I beg you not to think so
hard of me. . . . No, my leetle gel,
you must not cry.”
“I did not know you,” said Drace.
“A cloth was about your features.
Think not of it now. Listen to the
one who lias come with a message of
peace and forgiveness."
The priest devoted himself to his
sacred offices. The wind moaned soft-
ly in the cane. ...
The priest spoke presently to Virgil.
“She must not stay here. Take her
away, and I will see that everything
shall lie done.”
Nadine stood with Virgil’s cont
pulled close about her face. And into
his heart she spoke:
“The sun.is low, Virgil. But you
leave me now no more.”
GIGANTIC GEYSERS OF ALASKA
Have Not Been Visited, but Are Be-
lieved to Rival Those of the
Near the bead of the Copper river
in Alaska, in a very rough and broken
country, above which rises the cone
of the extinct volcano Mount
Wrangell, there exists, according to
the report of a government officer, a
nest of gigantic geysers which may
exceed (hose Inf the Yellowstone val-
ley in power and magnitude.
The officer was unable to approach
near the gejsers, hut he saw many In
eruption from a distance, and lie
thinks that tlie steam from the gey-
sers has given rise to erroneous re-
ports from various sources that Ihe
crater of Mount Wrangell is still
alive. The surrounding country is so
rough with its chasms, glaciers and
lava beds that the officer is of the
opinion that It would lie almost Im
possible for explorers to reach the
mountain.—New. York Herald.
Ancient Man Had Hi# Troubles.
Examination of the fossil skull of
the Rhodesian man shows that that
prehistoric individual suffer*! from
tooth trouble and earache.
News From All Sections
of the State
Fifty-two creamerymen and pros-
pectve creamerymen from varous Ok-
lahoma counties attended the cream-
erymen’s short course just held at Ok-
lahoma A. & M. college.
Carter county school officials are
considering theadvisability of making
a county spelling contest an annual
educational event, during whicii com-
petition will be held in other school
subjects as well as spelling .
High water recently washed away
three spans of the Kansas City South-
ern railway bridge over the Arkansas
river at Redlands, Oklahoma. Prop-
erty damages already sustained is
estimated at $150,000 to $250,000.
Had it not been for the heroic work
of liis wife, Berry. Hamilton, school
teacher, residing about seven miles
southwest of Haskell, probably would
have burned to death recently as a
result of an explosion of gasoline.
“The United States will aj ways have
an Indian problem." This is what
Representative Homer B. Snyder, of
New York, chairman of the house
committee on Indian affairs, told the
Ponca City chambe of commerce re-
The homo of James Duncan, who
lives seven miles southeast of Afton,
was robbed recently for the third
time. An old kettle which has been
Duncan's bank for years was disinter-
red and $150 iu money was taken by
What they contemplate making the
most extensive poultry farm in Ameri-
ca is now being inaugurated by the
101 ranch owners, who have employed
Roy Hilsop, an expert "poultry-man,
to come here from Minnesota and take
charge of this department *
It’s a poor parole that doesn't work
both ways! Exercising his executive
prerogatives, Governor Walton mani-
pulated four paroles so that three
vi ere working one way and the other
was functioning in reverse. He pa-
roled three prisoners and revoked the
parole of another.
Two Cameron, Texas, youths wehe
injured, perhaps fatally, when a north-
bound Missouri, Kansas & Texas pas-
senger train struck a motor car in
which they were riding at a crossing
recently’. A line of box cars shut off
the view of the approaching train, ac-
cording to witnesses.
Arrangements have been practically
completed for the re-organization of
the Sallisaw Bank and Trust company
that failed at Sallisaw a month
ago. J. Perry Wheeler of Sallisaw, is
to be president of the new institution
which will be know’n by a new name.
An effort will be made to nationalize
Coal mine accidents in 1922 took the
lives of 20 miners in Oklahoma, two
less than were killed in 1921, accord-
ing to figures compiled by Ed Boyle,
state mine inspector. There were 7,-
867 miners employed an average of 95
days each, in approximately 440 mines,
and a total of 2,576,006 tons of coal
Percentage of crops held on Okla-
homa farms on March 1 were less this
year lhan they have been for several
years past, according t.o the monthly
crop report issued by Carl II Robin-
son, federal agricultural statistician
co-operating with the state board of
agriculture. Giving figures covering
corn, wheat, oats and barley, the four
principal grain crops, Robinson said
•hat 25 percent of the corn crop was
held, 8 percent of the wheat crop, 18
percent of the oats and 8 percent of
Ihe barley mops.
Henry C. Wallace, secretary of
agriculture, will spend Wednesday,
March 21, in Oklahoma City, accord-
ing lo word received here. The
secretary left Washington recent-
ly on a three weeks’ tour of the
southern and southwestern states,
stopping first in Iowa. He will then
visit Kansas and Missouri on his way
to Oklahoma, going from this state
lo Texas and thence back to Wash-
ington through southeastern states.
Favcring the proposed plan of the
Frisco railway company lo purchase
I ho International Great Northern rail-
road, operating in southern Texas, as
a means ol being a direct help to Mus-
kogee, the transportation committee
of tlie chamber of commerce lias voted
to assist in bringing about completion
of Hie purchase.
The fifth biennial contest in piano,
violin and voice will be held at Mus-
kogee, Saturday, March 24, for the
young professional musicians and
junor students of Muskogee teachers
of music. The Rtate contest is to be
held in Shawnee, April 17 to 20 and
the district contest will be lucid In
Oklahoma City, April 21.
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You can no longer put a man In jail
bemuse lie owes money. For that
mailer, you can hardly put him in
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