Wallowa County chieftain. (Enterprise, Or.) 1909-1911, June 03, 1909, Image 5

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    A GENTLEMAN
FROM MISSISSIPPI
By THOMAS " A. WISE
Novelized from the Play by Prederick R. Toombs
COPYRIGHT. 1900. BY THOMAS A. WISE
HI BOSS OF THE SENATE INSPECTS A
NEW MEMBEB.
AN actor playing the role of a bl(tH
type of southern planter would
core a decided success by pic-
1 turlng the character exactly
after the fashion of Senator Wllllnn
H. Langdon as he strode to the desk of
the International hotel. A wide brim
med black bat thrust back on bis head,
a long black perfecto lu his . mouth,
coattatls spreading out behind as he
" walked, and the "Big BUI" langdon
mile on bis face that carried uusblne
and good will wherever he went, he
was good to look on, an Inspiration,
particularly In Washington.
Following the senator were Miss
Langdon and Hope Georgia, leading a
retinue of hotel attendants staggering
under a large assortment of luggage.
Both beautiful girls, they caused a
sensation all of their own. Carolina,
a different type from the younger, bad
an austere loveliness denoting pride
and birth, a brunette of the quality
that has contributed so much to the
fame of southern women. Hope Geor
gia, more girlish and a vivacious blond,
was the especial pet of her father and
usually succeeded In doing with him
wbat she chose.
A real senator and two such young
women handsomely gowned seemed to
take the old hotel back a score of
years back to the times when such
alghti were of dally occurrence. The
ancient greatness of the now dingy
International lived again.
"How are you. senator? Glad to
welcome you, sir," was the clerk's
greeting.
Tbe genial senator held out bis hand.
Everybody was his friend.
"Glad to meet you, sir; glad to meet
you," he exclaimed. "Must make you
acquainted with my daughters. This
la Miss Carolina Langdon, this Miss
Hope Georgia Langdon."
The two girls, with their father's
Idea of courtesy, shook bands with the
clerk, who was not at all taken aback
by the unexpected honor.
Hope Georgia was thoroughly de
lighted with everything, but Carolina
looked at the worn and faded walls
and furnishings with .evident distaste.
"Ob, this Is Washington," murmured
Hope Georgia ecstatically, clasping her
bands and gazing at a vista of arti
ficial palms In a corridor."
"Ah, this Is Washington," sighed tbe
new senator contentedly as be gazed
across a hall at the biggest and most
gorgeous cigar stand be bnd ever seen
or ever hoped to see the only new
thing added to the hotel since Grant
was president.
"Truly magnificent establishment you
have here, sir; magnificent!" be ex
claimed as an Imitation marble col
umn came within bis purview. "I re
member my friend Senator Moaeley
speaking to me of It thirty years ago.
Are our rooms ready?"
The clerk, hugely pleased, hastened
to assure blm that everything was in
first class order, waiting.
"You better go up. girls, while I
look around a bit and sort of get the
bng of things."
"Yes. I think we bad better look
around a bit, too, before we decide,
father," said Carolina diplomatically.
Her father patted her affectionately
on tbe arm.
"Now, don't you worry, Carolina. 1
you think this place too expensive
from Its looks too good for us. But I
tell you the best, even this, Isn't too
food far you girls and your dad. Bun
way, and I'll come up and see you
soon."
The new senator leaned bis elbow
n the desk, surveying the place.
"I understand this Is a favorite haunt
tot the big men of Washington," be
aid.
The clerk eagerly agreed.
"Xeg, indeed, senator; we have them
Senator PpnhrwW . nn1 Senator
Stevens wre here
Just a moment
ago. Boy. find
Senator Peabody
and Senator Ste
vens and tell them
Senator Langdon
is here."
Tbe two senators
came quickly.
"I'm glad to see
you, Langdon;
glad to see you,"
exclaimed S t e-
fiov. And sennit, vens. with an as-
Peabody ana ste- sumption of ef
in. fusiveness. "I
"nt to Introduce you to Senator Pea
""J o Pennsylvania."
Peabody bowed, and Langdon held
out bis band.
T.'f m del,nted to" meet you. senator.
inw is a proud day for me. sir."
moody bnd put on bis smoothest
"d most polished manner.
I came especially to meet you, Sen
lor Lanedon " tm nthmieh
in! W on dlfferent sides we may be
wterested In the same things. I hope
shall see a great deal of each
Jngdon chuckled.
that'll m.kt m
m depending on you experienced fel-
HC-:
" io pnt me through. Don't know
you know. Raising cotton, arguing
the government and bossing niggers
have been about tbe extent of my oc
cupation for tbe Inst forty years, so I
reckon I'm not much of a practical
lawmaker."
"Oh, you'll learn; you'll learn quick
ly." assured Peabody. "With Stevens,
here, for a guide you can't go wrong.
We all look up to Stevens. He's one
of the powers on yonr side. He's an
able man. Is Stevens."
The new senator from Mississippi
gladly corroborated this.
"You're right, sir. A great man! I
tell you, when be told that legislature
what they ought to do, Senator Pea
body, they did it If It wasn't for Ste
vens I wouldn't be here now."
In mock protest the senior senator
from Mississippi raised bis hands.
"Now, now, Langdon, don't say that
Your worth, your Integrity, your char
acter and our old friendship got you
tbe senatorshlp."
The old planter laughed gleefully.
"Sure, Stevens, I have the character
and the Integrity, but I reckon the
character and Integrity wouldn't have
done much business If you hadn't had
the legislature."
Clearly delighted, Peabody consider
ed It certain tbut this new senator
knew just the way be should go and
would cause no difficulty. His keen
Bense of gratitude made blm appreciate
how be bnd beeu elected. Peabody
literally beamed on Langdon.
'I hope we shall be able to work a
good deal together, senator," he said.
"I bnve the Interests of the south at
heart, particularly with regard to this
new naval base. Perhaps we may be
able to get you on the naval commit
tee." 'Me!" laughed Langdon. "Well, that
would be going strong! But I tell you
I'm for the naval base."
"For Altacoola?" suggested Stevens.
Laucdon hesitated. Peabody and
Stevens watched hlnj as eagles watch
their prey from the mountain crag.
"Well, It looks to me like Altacoola
ought to be a fine site. But the actual
place Isn't so Im
portant to me, I
tell you, gentle
men," he said In
Impressive seri
ousness that rang
wltbsturdyAmer-
Icau manhood "1
tell you that what
is Important Is
that the greut,
sweeping curve ol
the gulf 8 hull bolu
some oi tuose
white ships of
'For Altacoola T" sug
gested Stevens.
ours to waieu
over the Indies
and the canal and to keep an eye on
South America.
"Aud right there on our own south
ern coast I waut these ships built and
equipped und the guns cast aud the
meu found to man them. I waut the
south to have her part In the nation's
defense. I want her to have this great
naval city as the living proof that
there Is ngatn just one country the
United States-ond tbe north and tbe
south both have forgiven."
Seuntor Peabody clapped tbe new
member on the back.
"Good!" he exclaimed. "You've got
to make some speeches like that. We'll
have you as the orator for the naval
base."
LangUon's eyes opened wide.
"Orator!" he gasped. "Me! An ora
tor!" "Why. thnt was oratory, good ora
tory," exclaimed Stevens, with enthu
siasm.
"Huh!" grunted the planter. "You
call thnt oratory. Why. that was only
tha truth."
"We'll see that you do some more of
It, then," laughed Peabody. "uemem
ber, we count on you for the naval
base." . , .
For rural simplicity he's perfec
tion." whispered Peabody to Stevens
as they left tbe planter. "He's a liv
ing picture of Innocence. We'll push
him forward and let him do the talk
ing for the naval affairs comwuiws,
uMi...r Knhind him. we could put
through almost any kind of a proposi
tion
Once more did the senior senator
from Mississippi acquiesce,
CHAPTER VI.
HEW FRIENDS AND AN OLD KNEMT.
. 1.-.T-X-IV ..OToH fit tllS tWO AeDMt'
ing senators with varied emo
no nt down to think
JLl over what they had said aud to
carefully consider what manner of man
was Peabody, who showed such an in
. . .. roaiixMl that he
terest in uiui.
would bnve considerable Intercourse
with Peabody in toe jiu.w
. . n t,nri to ndmlt to Uim-
i nt ion uuu uuuiij
self that he did not like the , senate
from Pennsylvania. jui
irum x j make
SDbCt he was mysun-ed by traces
0, contradictions in the senator s ch
acter-sllght traces, true, but traces
nevertbX.8. Peabody's cordiality and
sympathy were to Langdou's mind
what was ine cuuwj --
7ov " Jalloy in the true metal he could
KM
Iff
His talk with these famous luwmnk.
era was unsatisfactory also lu that it
vumueu io iangaon tbe sugges
tion that the senate was not primarily
preai rorum ror tbe general and ac
re consideration of welirhtv ikmi.
ures and of national policies. It had
been bis idea that the senate nH.
marlly such a forum, but the attitude
oi i-enooay and Stevens had hinted to
him that there were matter nt nAlv.
ual Interest that outweighed public or
uauonai considerations. For Instance,
"Come along, colonel IV can't tit heah
all day."
they were anxious that Altacoola
should have the naval base regardless
pf tbe claims or merits of any other
suction. That was unusual, puzzling
to Langdon, Moreover, It was poor
business, yet there were able business
men In the senate. Isot one of them
would, for instance, think of buying a
site for a factory until he bad Investi
gated many possible locations and then
selected the most favorable one. Why
was it, he pondered, that the business
pf the great United States of America
was not conducted on business lines?
He must study fbe whole question in
telligently; that was imperative. He
must have advice, help. To whom was
he to go for it? Stevens? Yes, bis old
friend, who knew all "the ropes." Yet
even Stevens seemed different In Wash
ington than Stevens In Mississippi
Here he pluyed "second fiddle." He
was even obsequious, Langdon had ob
served, to Peabody. In Mississippi he
was a leader, and a strong one too. But
Senator Langdon had not yet learned
of the many founts from which polit
ical strength and political leadership
may be sralned.
What he finally decided on was the
engaging of a secretary, but be must
be oue with knowledge of political op
erations, one who combined wisdom
with honesty. Such an aid could pre
vent Langdon from making the many
mistakes that invariably mark tbe new
man in politics, and be could point out
tbe most effective modes of procedure
under given circumstances. It might
prove difficult to find a man of the nec
essary qualifications who was not al
ready employed, but in the meantime
Langdon would watch the playing of
the game himself and make bis own
deductions as best he could.
The senator started toward the hotel
desk to ask regarding tbe whereabouts
of his son Randolph when his atten
tion was caught by the sight of three
powerful negro porters endeavoring to
thrust outdoors a threadbare old man.
Tbe victim's flowing white hair, white
mustache and military bearing receiv
ed short shrift.
"Come along, colonel! Yo' can't sit
Leah all day. Them chairs Is for the
guests In the hotel," the head porter
was urging as he jerked the old man
toward the door.
The Mississippi's fighting blood
was Instantly aroused at such treat
ment of a respectable old white man
by negroes. His Hps tightly compress
ed as be hurried to the rescue. He
cried sharply.
"Take your hands off that gentle
man! What do you mean by touching
a friend of mine."
The negroes stepped back amazed.
"Scus? me, senator, is this gent'man
a friend of yours," the head porter
gasped apologetically.
Langdon looked at him.
"You heard what I said," be drawled
In the slow way natural to some men
of the south when trwbltf threatens.
"I'd like to have you down in Missis
sippi for about ten minutes."
The head porter turned quickly on
bis assistants and drove them away,
shouting at the top of bis voice:
"Get about yo' wuk. How dare yo'
Intehfere wid a friend of de senator's?
I'll teach yo' to be puKlng yoh nose in
where it ain't got no business."
Tbe old man, astonished at the turn
of events, came forward hesitatingly
to Langdon.
"I'm very much obliged to you, sir."
be said. "I'm Colonel Stoneman, an
old soldier."
The Miaslsslpplan stretched forth his
band.
"My name Is Langdon, sir Senator
Langdon of Mississippi. I am an old
soldier too."
"Delighted, senator," exclaimed the
seedy looking old man, taking the of
fered hand gratefully. - . .
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eiuue'utau uuuuco.
"I remember a young fool of a John
nie reb dashing up the bill fifty yards
ahead of bis men, waving bis sword
and yelling like a wild Indian."
The southerner straightened up.
"Well, where In tbunderatlon would
you expect me to be, sir?" be exclaim
ed. "Behind them? I got my wound
there. Laid me up for three months;
like to have killed me."
Then a new Idea struck blm. "Why,
colonel, it must have been a bullet
from one of your meu from your reg
iment, sir!"
Tbe old northerner pushed bis fin
gers through his hair and shook his
head apologetically.
"Why. senator, Jm Ifrald It was,"
he hesitated,
Langdon's easy method of making
friends was well Illustrated as he
clapped bis new companion on the
back. Everybody he met was the M is-
slsslpplan's friend until be bad proved
himself the contrary. That had been
bis rule through life.
"Come right over, colonel; have a
cigar, sir." Then, as they lighted
their cigars, be inquired, "What army
corps were you with, colonel?"
"I was under Grant along tbe Ten
nessee," replied the old G. A. R. man.
Familiarity with a senator was
something new for blm, and already
be was straightening up and becom
ing more of a man every moment.
Langdon was thoroughly Interested.
"I was along the Tennessee under
Beauregard," he said.
"Great generals, sir! Great gener
als!" exclaimed Colonel Stoneman.
"And great fighting. I reckon!" ech
oed the Confederate. "You remembei
the battle of Crawfordsvllle?"
Tbe old Federal smiled with joyous
recollection.
"Do I? Well. I should say I did!
Were you there, senator?"
"Was I there? Why, I remember
every shot that was fired. I was un
der Klrby. who turned your left wing."
The attitude of tbe northern soldier
changed instantly. He drew himself
up with cold dignity. Plainly be felt
that he bad tbe honor of bis army to
sustain.
"Our left wing was never turned,
sir!" be exclaimed with dignity.
Langdon stared at him with amaze
ment. This was a point of view the
Confederate had never beard before.
"Never turned 1" he gasped. "Don't
tell me that! I was there, and, besides,
I've fought this battle on an average
of twice a week ever since '65 down in
Mississippi, and in all these years 1
never heard such a foolish statement."
"What rank were you, sir?" asked
tbe Union soldier haughtily.
"I was a captain that morning," con
fessed the southerner.
His old enemy smiled wltb superi
ority. "As a colonel I've probably got more
accurate information," be said.
"I was a colonel that evening," came
the dry retort
"But in an Inferior army. We licked
you, sir!" cried Stoneman hotly.
The Mlsslsslpplan drew himself up
wltb all the dignity common to tbe old
Confederate soldier explaining the
war.
'The south was never whipped, sir.
We honorably surrendered, sir. We
surrendered to save tbe country, sir.
but we were never whipped."
"Did you not run at Kenyon Hill?"
taunted Stoneman.
Langdon brought down bis fist in
the palm of the other hand vlolcutly.
"Yes, sir; we ran at you. I ought to
remember. I got my wound there
You rememler that long lane" He
pulled off bis bat and threw It on the
floor. Indicating It with one band
"Here was tbe Second Alabama.
The hat of tbe old Federal dropped
on tbe floor op
posite the hat of
the Confederate.
"And here the
Eighth Illinois,
exclaimed Stone
man.
Langdon exclt
edly seized a dl
mlnutlve bellboy
passing by and
planted him
alongside bis bat.
"Stay there a
"And here the Eighth moment, sonny,"
JllinoUl" be cried. "You
0
Fourtsen Mail Clerks.
La Grande U the headquarters for
fourteen railway mall clerks, but
there are but four of the lot who
are here together at one time, savs
the Star. Twelve of the clerks are
on the main line trains and their
routes are to Portland and to Poc'a
tello. Two of theie stay over from
the morning trains from the east un
til night and one stops off from the
wen fro;n night until morning. Two
mail clerks are now on the run out
from La Grande on the Wallowa mall
cars. One of them Is Polk Mays, Jr.
who for the past two years has
been on the main line between La
iGrande and Poate'.lo. The other
i;uail clerk on the Wallowa branch is
a new man, W. MI. Bellinger, whoso
former home was In McMlnnvllle.
Everyone would be benefited by
take Foley's Orhvj Laxative Ut
constipation, stomach and liver troub
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breath, gently stimulates the liver
and regulates the bowels and is much
superior to pills and ordinary laxa
tives. Why not try Foley's Orlno Lax
ative today? PurnauKh & Mayfield.
Japalac, varnish stains. Unseed oil
at Burnaugh & Mayfleld's.
are toe r oofm iiginia."
The newspaper Stonoumn was carry
lug came down opposite tbe startled
bellboy, who. was trying not to ap
Iear frightened.
"This Is the clump of cedars," be
exclaimed.
Both, In their eagerness, were bend
ing down over their Improvised battle
plan, their bends close together.
"And here a farmhouse beside your
cedars," cried I.nnpdon.
"That's where the rebels charged
us," echoed the Union man.
Langdon brought down bis fist again
with emphatic gesture.
"You bet we charged you! The Third
Mississippi charged you! I charged
you, sir!"
Langdon's eyes were big with the
afterglow of a fighter discussing the
niiguty struggles of the past, those
most precious of till the Jewels lu the
treasure store of a soldier's memory.
"Why, it might have been a bullet
tired by you, sir." he cried. "It might
be that you were the luuii who almost
killed me. Why, confound you, sir.
I'm glad to meet you!"
Euch old veteran uf tragic days gone
by bad quite unconsciously awaken
ed a responsive chord in the heart of
the other. A seuator and a penniless
old "dowu and outer" are very much
the same lu the human scale that
takes note of tbe inside and uot the
-mtslde of a man. And they fell Into
ach others anus then and there, for
.hat strong fighter does not respect
not her of his kind?
There they stoud, arms around each
ther, clapping each other on the back.
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"Here U'ii the Second Alabama
actually chortling In I lie pure ecstasy
of coinrudcHhlji, now sc.'lc us, m ain
luuglilng, when on the scene uppenml
Bud llulnes, the correspondent, who
hud returned to Interview the new sen
ator from Mississippi.
"Great heavens!" ejuculuted the
newspaper man. "A Menu tor, a United
Status Betin lor, hujrglnx ii broken dowu
old 'has beeu!' What hi the w orld com
ing to?" Ilalnea suddenly punned. "I
wonder If It cuu bo a pose merely for
effect. It's getting harder every day
to tell what's genuine and whut isn't
In this town."
iContlnued next week.)
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