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About Morning enterprise. (Oregon City, Or.) 1911-1933 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 23, 1911)
. Br LAURA IDA ROSS
Copyrttit br AmoiriB tTau
On oo of lb Vrrfuool lakes tbrr
la hooM oos rod of rhk b projMtn
over lb wair. Kirniff Eourb llr
ocrniiled lb pia-e tlb bis rami!,
consisting of bin wife autl rbixlnro.
Ills oldest 'daughter. Dal;, wss a
daisy Indeed strain-be cvtnely, and a
pleasant suite uauallj played a Unit
her 11 pa whenever a be spots.
Tfc only trouble about I to Is v." aatd
ber tatber to bis frteod Uk-kaon. "I
tbal she's tot kwer. I doot like
him. lie's a good boy. bat tbvre's no
saod in biro. Nobody will erer act-use
Dan Potter of netting (be lake afire."
'Iars me. replied llVksoo.
inat DMKt gala at your darter'a ae
hare a lorer If t tx-y ran git oue. and i
as for Dan Totter. I don't remember
yon or I ever settla the take a Ore."
That may he." responded Dal, "but
I'm not gain' to glrs Daisy to any
body that Un't well Hied oohow."
One nlbt Daa was awakened by a 1
glare of tight chining In at bis win
dow. and. raising himself on bis el
bow. be looked oat to s about It. It
- was across the lake and was either
Farmer Dale's or one of two other
boose that were bnllt close together.
Sana was Just breaking oat of one
of tb upper windows.
Tbs first tbougtt that entered Dan's
bead was that Farmer Dal wou:d be
burned to char, and bo hoped be
would. Toe second thought wss that I
Daisy might be burned, too. and tbl
yamped him out of bed. Hurrying on
bis clothes, be ran down to the water
edge, catching np a pair of oars as be
went, got Into a boat and started
cross tho lake.
The distance was a mile, the burnluc
' bouse not being directly opposite Dan's
starring point. As be drew near
enough to get bis bearings be aaw that
the bouse was Farmer Dale's. Tbe
light of the flames lit op tbe fsges of
persons standing about A line had
been formed to pass buckets of water,
but tbe work had erldently been stop
ped by something appalling. Tbe look
ers on were running about wildly to j
bo purpose, and Dan could see r arm
er and airs. Dae with several of their
children about them, wringing tbetr
hands. Da 1st was not there. !
Tbe explanation was this: YVben the I
fir was discovered Farmer Iale took j
the smaller children, bis wife carrying 1
toe youngest, snd got tbem safely '
downstairs and out of (be bonne. It j
waa only then that be thought of '
Daisy, who occupied a- room In that !
part of tbe bouse tbst overhang tbe !
Dale went upstairs again, bot the I
Are. that bad been caused by a de j
fectlve chimney running up through
the center of tbe building, bad ac- i
quired such a headway at that point j
that It cut him off from Daisy's room j
. lie ran downstairs and went about ;
frantically, vainly looking for some j
way of reaching that portion of tbe
house where Daisy aiepL It being an
extension over water prevented a lad
der being raised, and tbe wind being
off the a bore tbe flames and smoke
were blown so as to envelop tbe pan
be wished U reach.
While tbe a bo re was lighted by the
flames Dan waa In darkness and part
ly obscured by smoke. Ue waa Igno
rant that Daisy was supposed to be
still In tbe burning building, but be
knew very well where ber room was
located, for be bad often while out
on the lake seen a white handkerchief
waving to blm from ber window.
Perhaps It waa tbia that led him In
stinctively to pull In as Dear as possi
ble to the burning house. When be
came so near as to feel the beat be
turned the boat around and kept on
lowly backing in. Tben above tbe
crackling, the roar and the shouts of
those oa tbe shore be beard cry. Ue
could see nothing for tbe smoke, but (
he backed his boat In to within some
twenty yards of the bouse. Then be
beard a splash In front of blm. and j
be backed right In nnder flame and
amok Mil within a few feet of the
Suddenly something rose right np
out of tbe water beside blm. lie
seized It and held garments. Pulling
the thing partly np ont of the water,
he realize! that be beld ha man be
ing. With difficulty be pulled tbe Og-
ure into the boat, and It lay limp In
tb bottom. Then, taking up tbe oars,
be backed away from tbe heat and
amok that bad become Intolerable.
Reaching a point where tbe light,
unobsrured by amok, enabled blm to
us bis eyes, be aaw that tbe figure In
bis boat was a woman In a night
gown. Turning up tb face, be ex
claimed: Great beavena! It's Daisy!"
8elzlng tbe oars again, be palled tbe
boat with a few vigorous strokes to
tbe shore some distance away from
tb burning building and gav a
shout. Several persons beard blm.
Fanner Dale among them, and ran to
"I've got Daisy here." b said. "She
jumped Into tb lake and 1 picked her j
Daisy wss soon brought back to con- i
sdousness and waa looked upon by j
her parent a ss on raised from tb I
"Waal. Dale." aald Hick son later.
"sine yer tried to set tbe lake a Are
and failed. I reckon yer don't expect I
ss much of Dan PattJe7" j
"No. I don't." Dale replied. j
"Coin' to give ber to him T
"Heckoti sbe's bis'D anyway, seeln'
tf It hadn't been for him ah wouldn't
'a' been alive."
Served Thsm Right.
A certain congregation was building
dw church, and tbe ladles of tb
Sunday school gave an oyster supper
to assist In raising funds for the dec
orabona of their room. Tbe supper
waa well attended too well. In fact,
for the oysters gav out and those who
arrived 1st bsd to conteot themselves
with broth and crackers.
"Serve them right for coming late."
argued one of the committee, "for the
oysters couldn't bar run out If every
body had eosne befor they wars all
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