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About The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 2, 1889)
him. Twan't no urn-, nolxnly dared to go into the
Hinoke an llaine. The young man had a box under
hiH arm. Ho miid he grablsd it when lie run from the
house, an' that it wan the old man's papers. He also
naid that the old man wa'n't in his room when the fire
broke out, Valise he run in there an' found the lied
empty. While he was a-talkin' the sailor feller came
up. The Hiiire'n friend made an awful cry, an' point
ed to the sailor an' said
" 'That's the man that net the fire.'
" ( never sec a more surprised chap than that sail
or was. lie jiint stared an' looked bewildered like,
then he turned an' run for the woods on t'other side o1
the point, with a whole gang a-runnin' after him.
When he was most caught he turned an' aimed a pis
td an' scared the crowd back. The selectmen offered
a big reward for the feller, but they never got him, an'
I suppose that crime won't never be cleaned up. The
Hiiire's friend hung around Khhcx for three or four
days just mopin' about the ruin's o' the Marshlicld
place. Everybody pitied him, he took on ho. Then
he left the Sipiire's box with the scltvtiucn, an' it
was put iimler lock an' key; 'twan't to be meddled
with till I'IioiIm' or her children come to claim the
property. That's what the will said, an' the will was
all right in the Ikix. What surprised everyUsly was
that there wasn't any money in the box.
" Four days after the fire there was an awful storm
on the coast, an' the very ship that had I'lioebe an'
her children on board went down not morc'ii two miles
outside o' Itlack Hock yonder. The sea gave l'hoelic's
body up, with a score o' sailors, but the lioy an' girl
went to the bottom, for they were never found. The
Marshlleld estate is waitin' for an owner."
" A most remarkable story." exclaimed Kij.p.
The old man was noting the effect of his narrative
with evident satisfaction.
" This was aUmt ten years ago, Vou sav," muse.)
Mr. (irillis. "If thee children had'a' lived they'd
In- of age alsmt ten years from now, ho in ten years
the friend can claim the pr.rty. What was the
friend's name, do you remeniU r? "
" His name was f Mssnicks. A month after the
ship foundered be claimed the property, but old lawyer
Crump refused to give it over. Not till the ti'lmi
comes when the children would In- of ,llMll, ,aw,
yer said. ' there's no proof they're ,, ,,d Vet,' ho (he
thing rests. Ah. here's our I'Ii.m U.'; as the ,oor
oh..,hI and the tall, Uutiful girl thev had vn ttith
Arthur by the ehvk came in. The gir ,t(11h, uu,
bout, Hushed hotlv, 1(l,d o.,ld have with,m .
M hrr father IW l,r. - You',. ,,( .; 1
I hoehe, he said, you ve g, 1 ,,,,, , ,
they uJ to Mjr she UU pUu M irli. ,
. 1 l L..4 -.1 ) iU. J r i
when sue was a uauy, uut mie b me image oi ner now.
I guess you don't see Mr. Burrows, Phoebe."
Iiiirrows was watching her very closely. He Hushed
a little as the attention of all was thus directed to him,
then he went to the girl, and taking her by the hand
walked out with her.
" And now we'll tackle the ducks," said Ed.
" You'll come over to-morrow again, won't you,
gentlemen?" the old man asked. "There's game
enough in the woods here to keep you busy for a week."
" This iB our last day here," replied Hawkes. " To
morrow our vacation ends, we've got to turn to the re
alities of life after to-morrow."
HOOK TWO PART I.
Mb. and Mrs. Pattkhn,
Cliff Street, St. Timothy 'b Hill.
A X extremely modest bit of cardboard, and equally
M modest inscription, when one takes into eonsid-
eration the fact that the nlt.it.iuln oftm",,,,,! i, d.
wvnwilVU VJ UC
Pattern family should be measured by their
standing in society, as well as by the number of feet
and inches their elegant residence towered above the
Cliff street, St. Timothy's hill, in the city of Linn,
is tho thoroughfare par excellence of the entire ocean
front ; and of the many palatial residences which beau
tify Cliff street, the Patterns' stands pre-eminent. The
old saying that "fools build houses for wise men to
live in " is true in many instances, yet little John Pat
tern, who never in his life claimed a particle of wisdom,
would have scouted tho idea as applied to his case.
" It was just this way," Little John explained. Lit
tle John was rather short and spare, had a kindly,
brown face, faded blue eyes, and a rather effeminate
it i ...
"'""in. a straw Hat with a wide blue band sat jaunt
ily on his long, thin, white hair. He dressed in a suit
"f navy blue, and invariably carried a short, stout
Htair or cane. His presence was always heralded by
the laughing, romping Cliff street children, with whom
he w as a prime favorite.
" 11 as just this way : I bought up all the resin.
K'wn was awfu iw in them dayB jorm would
"mkea great mouth at " awful," and open his blue eye
very wide. I had Htacks an' stacks on it, storehouse.
an full. Everybody thought I was crazy I
K'w notes an' done everything to get resin. Then
?nw lhp '"' I got rich. Oh, I had lots o' resin.
"'" "'"tJwr must come up here, an' we bought this
' t 1X),IK)0 to build, for 40,(XX). Man
ted to sell an' we wanted to buy. We had the