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It was nothing to boast of, that
third cabin, being n moro hole, meas
uring possibly about four feet by
seven, but sutllclent for sleeping nunr
tern, and wns reasonably clean. It
failed, however, In attractiveness suf
ficient to keep mc below, and as soon
as I had deposited my bag and In
dulged In a somewhat captions scru
tiny of the bedding I very willingly re
turned to tho outside and clambered
op a steep ladder to iho upper deck.
Judge Beaucalrc wan standing nt tho
low rail. Our eyes met Inquiringly,
and he bowed with all the ceremony
of the old school.
"A new passenger on board, I think,
sir," and his deep, resonant voice left
a pleasant Impression. "You must
have Joined our company at Fort
"Your supposition Is correct," I an
swered, some peculiar constraint pre
venting me from referring to my mili
tary rank. "Sly name Is Knor, nnd I
have been about tho Island for n few
weeks. I believe you are Judge Beau
calrc of Missouri?"
He was n splendidly 'proportioned
man, with deep chest, great breadth
of shoulders nnd strong individual
face, yet bearing unmistakable signs
of dissipation, together with numer
ous marks of both care and age.
"I feel tho honor of your recognition.
Blr," ho said with dignity. "Knor, J
believe you said? Of the Knox family
at Cape Girardeau, may I Inquire)''
"No connection to my knowledge;
my home was at Wheeling."
"Ah I I have never been that far
cast; Indeed the extent of my travels
along the beautiful Ohio has only been
to the Falls. The Bcaucalrcs were
originally from Louisiana."
"You must have been among the ear
lier settlers of Missouri?"
"Before the Americans enme. sir,"
proudly. "My grandfather arrived at
Bcaucnlre Landing during the old
French regime; but doubtless you
know all this?"
"No, Judge," I answered, recognizing
the egotism of the man but believing
frankness to be the best policy. "This
happens to be my first trip on the up
per river, nnd I merely chanced to
know your name because you had been
pointed out to me by Captain Throck
morton. I understood from him that
you represented one of the oldest
families in that section."
"There were but very fow hero bo
fore us," he answered with' undis
guised pride. "My grandfather's grant
of land was from the king. Alphonse
do Beaucalrc, sir, was the trusted
lieutenant of D'lbervlllc a soldier
and a gentleman."
I bowed in acknowledgment, tho
family arrogance of the man interest
ing me deeply. So evident was this
pride that this might be ull the man
had left this memory of the past.
"The history of those early days Is
not altogether lamlllar to me." I ad
mitted regretfully. "But surely D'lber
vlllc must have ruled Louisiana more
than one hundred years ago?'
The Judge smiled.
"Quite true. This grant of ours was
practically his last official net. Al
phnnso de Beaucalrc took possession
In 1712, one hundred and twenty years
ago, sir. I was myself born nt Beau
calro sixty-eight years ago."
"I should havo guessed you as ten
years younger. And the oMnte still
remains lu Its original grant?"
Tho smile of condescension deserted
his eyes, and his thin lips pressed
"I I regret not; many of the later
years have proven disastrous In the
extreme," he admitted, hesitatingly.
"You will pardon mc, sir, if I decline
to discuss misfortune. All. Monsieur
Klrby! I have been awaiting you.
Have you met with this young man
who camo aboard nt Fort Armstrong?
J I am unable to recall the name."
I felt tho firm, strong grip of tho
other's hand, nnd looked Mralght into
his dark eyes. They were like u mask.
The face was long, Arm-Jawed, slightly
swarthy, a tightly clipped black mus
tache shadowing the upper Up. It wus
a reckless face, yet appeared carved
"Exceedingly pleased to meet you,"
Jie said carelessly. "Ituther u dull lot
"Rather a Dull Lot on Board
, and Such Cattle."
ABotmujcof ilieBlock Hawk War
on board miners nnd such cattle.
Bound for St. Louis?"
"Yes nnd beyond."
"Shall see more of you then. Well,
Judge, how do you feel? Carver and
McAfee nro waiting for us down be
low." The two disappeared together down
the ladder and I was again left nlono
In my occupancy of the upper deck.
History of the Beaucalrc.
The first two days nnd nights of the
Journey southward were devoid of any
special Interest or, adventure. After
the first day Klrby withdrew nil atten
tion from me and ceased In his en
deavor to cultivate my acquaintance,
convinced of my disinclination to In
dulge In cards. Throckmorton, being
his own pilot, seldom left tho wheel
house, and consequently I passed many
hours on the bench beside him. At one
time or another he had met the fa
mous characters nlong the river banks,
nnd through continual questioning I
thus flnnlly became possessed of the
story of the house of Beaucalrc.
In the mnln It contained no unusunl
features. Through the personal In
fluence of D'Ibervlllo nt Louis' court
Alphonse de Beaucalrc had originally
received n royal grant of ten thou
sand acres of land bordering the west
bnnk of the Mississippi n few miles
above St. Louis. When his master re
turned to France leaving him unem
ployed, Beaucalrc, possessing ample
means of his own, had preferred to re
main in America. In flntboats, pro
pelled by voyngeurs, nnd nccompnnlcd
by a considerable retinue of slnves, he,
with his family, had ascended the river
nnd finally settled on his princely es
tate. Here ho erected what for those
early days was a stately mansion, nnd
devoted himself to cultivating the
Innd. Twenty years later, when his
death occurred, he possessed the finest
property along tho upper river, was
shipping heavily to the New Orleans
market, nnd was probably the most
Influential man In nil that section.
Ills only son, Felipe, succeeded him,
but was not so successful In adminis
tration, seriously lacking In business
Judgment, and being decidedly Indo
lent by nature. Felipe married Into
one of the oldest nnd most respectable
families of St. Louie, and as n result
of that union had me son, Lucius, who
grew up reckless of restraint, nnd pre
ferred to spend his time In New Or
leans, rather than upon the plantation.
Lucius wns a young mnn of twenty
six, unsettled In hnblts, when the fa
ther died, nnd, against his Inclination,
was compelled to return to Missouri
nnd nssume control of the property.
He found matters In rather bad condi
tion, and his was not nt all the type
of mind to remedy them. Much of tho
land had been already Irretrievably
lost through speculation, and when his
father's obligations had been met, nnd
his own gambling debts paid, the es-1
tnte, once so princely and mngnlflrent.
wns reduced to barely five hundred
ncres, together with n comparatively
small amount of cash. This condition
sufficed to sober Lucius for n tew
years, and he married n Menard of
fcopo Girardeau, of excellent fnmlly
but not great wealth, and earnestly
endeavored to rebuild his fortunes.
Unfortunately his reform did not last.
Tho evil Influences of the past soon
proved too strong for one of his tem
perament. The plantation houso be
came in time n rendezvous for nil the
wild spirits of that neighborhood, nnd
stories of fierce drinking bouts and
mad gambling wero current In St.
"Have you ever been nt Beaucalrc,
cnptnln?" I asked.
"We t lways stop nt tho landing, but
I have only once been up the cliff to
where tho houso stands. The Judge
was nway from home In St. Louis, I
believe tho day of my vlfclt. no had
sold me some timber, nnd I went out
with the family luwyer, n mnn named
Hnlnes, living at the landing, to look
"The houso was closed?"
"No ; it Is never closed. Tho house
keeper was there, nnd also the two
"Certainly; hadn't I told you about
them? Both girls ure accepted as his
daughters; but, If all I have heard Is
true, ono must bo his granddaughter."
Ho paused remlnlscently, his eyes on
the river. "Haines told mo a number
of strange things about that family I
had never heard before," ho admitted
nt last. "You see ho has known them
for years, nnd attended to most of
Bcaucalru's legal business. This Is
about how the story runs, as ho told It.
It wnsn't generally known, but It
seems that Lucius Beaticalre has boon
married twice tho first tlnio to a Cre
ole girl in New Orleans when ho was
scarcely moro than a boy. Nobodj
now living probubly knows whatovei
beenma of her, but likely she died
early; anyway slio never camo north,
or has since been heard from. The
important part Is that sho gave birth
to n son, who remained In New Or
leans, probably In her care, until ho
was fourteen or fifteen years old. Then
BKND BULMCTlN, BRND, OREGON,
sonto occurrence, TpWdTWy "lils TnoVhcrs
death, caused Iho Judge to send for
the Ind, whoso nnmo wns Adalbert,
nnd had him brought to Missouri. All
this happened betora ITnlno settled nt
tho Landing, nnd previous to Beau
Cairo's second mnrrlngo to Mademoi
selle, Mcimrd. Bert, as tho boy was
called, grew up wild, nnd father mid
son quarreled so continuously that
finally, nnd beforo ho was twenty, tho
latter ran nway, nnd has never been
heard of since simply disappeared,
and ttn one knows to this day whether
he Is nllve or dead. At least If Judge
Bcaucnlro over received any word
from hint he never confessed as much
to Hiilnc. However, the boy left bc
htnd tangible evidence of his exist
ence." "You mean "
"In tho form of n child, born to n
quadroon girl named Delia. Tho
mother. It seems, was nble In some
way to convlnco tho Judgo of tho
child's parentage. All this happened
shortly before Benucnlrc's second mar
riage, and previous to the time when
nnlnes came to tho Landing. Kindly'
what occurred Is not clear, or what ex
planation was mndo to tho bride. The
affair must have cut Benucnlrc's pride
deeply, but ho hnil to fuco tho condi
tions. It ended In his tanking the girl
Delia his housekeeper, while her child
tho offspring of Adelbert Beau
calrc was brought up as n daughter.
A year or so later the second wife
gnve birth to n femnlo child, nnd those
two girls hnvo grown up together ex
actly as though they were sisters.
Haines Insists that neither of them
knows to this day otherwise."
"But that would bo simply Impos
sible." I Insisted. "The mother would
"Tho mother t Which mother? The
slave mother could gain nothing by
confession, and tho Judge's wife died
when her baby wns less than two
years old. Delia practically mothered
the both of them, and Is still In com
plete charge of the house."
"You met her?"
"She wns pointed out to mc a gray
haired, dignified womnn, so nearly
white an scarcely to bo suspected of
"Yet still n slave?"
"I cannot answer that. Haines him
self did not know. If manumission
papers had ever been executed It wns
done enrly. before he took charge of
Beaucalre's legal affairs. Tho matter
never came to his attention."
"But, captain," I exclaimed, "do you
realize what this might mean? If
Judge Beaucalrc has not Issued papers
of -freedom tills woman Delia Is still
"And under tho lnw her child was
bom Into slavery?"
"No doubt of that."
"But tho unspeukable horror of It
this young womnn brought up as free,
educated nnd refined, suddenly to dis
cover herself to bo n negro under tho
law, and a slave. Why, suppose Beau
calre should die, or lose his property
suddenly; she could bo sold to tho
cotton fields. Into bondage to nnyono
who would pay the price for her."
"Thorn Is nothing on record, nnlnes
assured himself as to that some years
"What nre the two girls named?"
"Bene nnd KIolsc."
"Which oqe is tho daughter?"
"Renlly, lieutenant, I do not know.
You see I wns neer In'rodured, but
merely gained n glimpse of them In
the garden. I doubt If I would recog
nize the one from the other now. You
kco nil this story was told mc later."
I snt there n long while, after he
had gone below, the taciturn mntc at
the wheel. Totally unknown to mc ns
these two mysterious girls were, their
strungo story fascinated my Imagina
tion. What posslbje tragedy lay be
fore them in the years? What horrible
revelation to wrench them asunder
to cluuigo In n single Instant tho quiet
current of their lives? In spite of
ecry effort, every lurking hope, some
way I could not rid myself of the
thought that Benucolre either
through sheer neglect, or some Instinct
of bitter hatred had fulled to meet
tho requirements of his duty, liven
as I sat there, struggling vainly against
this suspicion, tho Judge himself came
lorlh upon the lower deck and began
pacing back and forth restlessly be
side tho rail. It was it struggle for
me not to Join hlm-i the Impetuosity
of youth urging me even to bravo h)r
enter in my eagerness to ascertain the
wnolo truth. Yet I possessed sense
enough, or discretion, to refrain, real
izing dimly that, not even In tho re
motest degree, had I any excuso for
such netlon. This was no uffalr of
mine. Nor, Indeed, would I hnvo found
much opportunity for prlvato conver
sation, for only a moment or two
later Klrby Joined lilm, and tho wo
remained together, talking earnestly,
until the gong culled us ull to supper.
Across tho long table, buro of cloth,
tho coarso food served In pewter
dishes, I wns slruelc by tho drawn,
ghnstly look In Beauculro's face. Ho
hud oged perceptibly In tho Inst fow
hours, and during tho meal scarcely
oxchnnged a word with anyone, eating
silently, his eyes downcast. Klrby,
however, was tho llfo of the compnny,
und tho miners roared at his humor
ous stories nnd unccdotes of adven
ture while outside It grew dark, und
the little Warrior struggled cuutlously
through tho waters, seeking tho liun
ii el In the gloom.
(To Bo Continued.)
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THURSDAY, BKPTKMnKlt 4, HUB
(Contlnuod from Last Week.)
Tho following petition was pre
sented to tho County Court.
To tho Honorable County Court,
of Deschutes County;
Whorcas, It appears that n double
payment of tnxes for tho year 1910
has beon mndo by Mrs. Horn B.
Van Dovontor on tho South hulf of
thfi Southeast Quurtor of hoctlou
Two (2) lu TowiiHhlp Sixteen (10)
South of Ilnngo twelvo (12) ICnst of
tho Willnmetto Meridian, said taxes
having been paid before delinquency,
Bcculpt No. 220-t In the nmouitt of
$7.90 and again uftor delinquency
by Ilocolpt No. 40C7 lu tho sum of
$8. to, eighty-four cents of tho latter
On behalf of Mrs. Dora E. Van Dc
ventor, tho undorslgued rospoctfully
potltlons your honoraulo body for n
rufund or $8.40, said amount balng
a double paymout nnd erroneously
colloctud from Mrs. Van Dovontor.
Dated at Bond, Oregon, this ZStti
day of April, 1919.
Doschutos County Abstract Com
puny, by D, 11. I'ooplos, President..
An examination of tho tux records
show tho nbovo statomont to bo cor
rect. H. K. Iloborts, Sheriff.
Ordored, that nbovo potltlon bo
granted, and refund mndo, Ordored,
Chapter -I2G, 1919 Session Laws, bo
published in tho DoschutcH County
papers, nnd that copies of tho above
Chapter bo sont to all water UNors
within tho county, with notice that
sa mo will bo enforced.
WITH THE DESCHUTES NA
TIONAL FOKEBT HUPEltVISOIt
This agrcomoiit, mndo this Gth day
of Juno, 1919, by und botwoon tho
County Commissioners of Deschutes
County and Joffornon County, nnd
tho Forest Supervisor of tho Deschu
tes National Forest, WltnoHsoth, that
whoroas, thero is consldorablo roud
malntonanco work on what la known
as tho Slaters Hanger District, In
which thero aro a groat many milos
of uutomobllo roads, parts of which
nro County roads, common to both
counties and feeder roads known as
Forost roads, and, wherons, theso
roads aro natural and follow tho gon
oral contour of tho country, so Hint
very llttlo grading has had to bo
douo, and whorous, It is bollovod
that malntonanco work on theso
roads can bo beat dono by employ
ing n mnn with an uutomobllo to
maintain tho rouds for tho outlro
season within said Bangor District,
und whereas, it is oiitlmutod that It
will take Flvo Hundred Dollars,
($500.00) to pay tho salary and
uocessary oxponsos m n man to no
this malntonanco work.
Now, thoioforo, tho Forost Sor
vlco In consideration Hint ouch of tho
sovoral counties will faithfully per
form their sharo ns herolnaftor sot
forth, ugroes to expend Two Hun
dred DollurB ($200.00) for tho pay
mout ot this man and also furnish
supervision and other additional
holp whon practical and uocossary
for tho proper malntonanco of tho
Doschutos County horoby agrees to
nay tho sum of Two Hundred Dol-
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Hundred Dollars, ($100.00) towards
the salary nud oxpeusiis or tins man.
In witness whereof, tho pnrlles'satu examination wns siumiieu nim
'hereto hnvo nfflxed their slgnaturoilby nn order duly ontorod declared
nml nfflrlul kpuIh on tho Ctll day ot
Juno 4. 1919.
W. D. Bnrnos, County Judge.
Suth Htookoy, County Commis
sioner: C. II. Miller, County Commis
sioner, of DoHchutes, county.
A. W. lloyco. County Judgo.
1. Chllwood, County Commis
sioner of Jofofrsoti County.
Martin Tollefsun, County Commis
sioner or Jufofrsou County.
Nortian Jucobsou, Forest Supervi
sor. Ordored u warrant bo drawn its
por ngreouiont puynhlo to thu U. S.
In tho matter or claims ugalnst
tho county coming up tor con
sideration. It was ordered that
claims No. 3G08 to .1022 Inc. 3028
to 3CG0 Inclusive, us shown on pages
132 nud 133 or thu Docket of (Malum,
bo nud tho siiuiu aro hurehy allowed,
und tho clerk Is Instructed to Ihhuo
his warrnuts.n payment thereof.
J uini C, 1919.
Tho Court thou ndjourno.. ,o mo'it
Juno 0, 1919.
W. 1). Barnes, County Judgo.
Attest: J. H. Ilanur, County Clerk.
Tho Court roconvoiied nt 2:00
o'clock p, in., Juno 0, 1919, nil iiioiu
hers being present.
Order Declaring lloiult of Hpcclnl
IN THE COHNTY COUIIT OF THE
STATE OF OBEdON, FOB THE
COUNTY OF DESCHUTES.
In tho matter of thu Issunuco of
bonds by Deschutes County for tlu
purposo of raising money to bo used
for tho construction und muliiton
anco of parniniiout roads in tho
Whoroas, horotoforo a potltlon
was duly filed, with tho County Clork
asking that a spcclul election bo
called for tho purpo'o or submitting
to tho votors or tho County thu
question or Issuing bonds for thu
purposo of raising inonoy to bo used
for tho construction and mainten
ance ot pormunont roads In the
County, which said potltlon did In
nil things conform to tho require
ments or tho Stntuto In such caso
made nnd provided, to-wlt: Chapter
103, G-onornl Laws of Oregon, 1913,
und, whoroas, said potltlon was
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thereafter presuulod to tho County
Court nt Ihu next regular suifclou
thereof; nud, whereas, tho County
Court did examine said potltlon as
soon as It was so presented nud upon
mat saiu petition siinsinuiiniiy con-
formed to tho requirements or tho
aforesaid Stututo, and did contain
the unities nud post office nddromicH
of thu roqulxlto number of voters us
required by suction d of said chap
tor 103, and, whoroas. thereupon, to
wlt: on tho 8th day or .May. 1 919,
the County Court did thou make an
order directing that n special elec
tion shall bo called and held In Des
chutes County for tho purposo as
specified lu tho potltlon at a (Into
thou rixed by tho court, to-wlt:
Tuesday, Juno, 3rd. 1919, which
date so rixed wus not loss than 20
nor moro than 40 days after tho
Into or making tho order: nnd,
wherons, tho said ordur or tho Coun
ty Court did statu the amount or Iho
proposed bonded ludohtednes.1, tho
maximum rate or Interest that It
shall hear, nud what particular
roads within tho County urn to ho
built and Improved by tho monuy so
raised, and tho minimum amount to
bo expended on ench road and whom
located within tho county, giving tho
beginning nud tho turmliius thereof:
und, whoroas, upon tho ordoilug or
said special election Iho County
Court did caiiHii printed iiotlrcs
thereof, signed by tho County Clerk,
to bo posted In Ilka manner us
notices of a general election aro now
pouted, which notices did particu
larly specify thu amount or bonds
proposed to bo Issued, thu length
or tluio thoy shall run, nud the maxi
mum ratu or lutorest thoy shall hear,
tho road or roads to ho Imprnxnl
nnd tho amount to bo expended on
each; und, whereas, tho records of
this Court show that said notices
woro posted In llku iniiniior as nntlcos
of u genoriit election aro now pouted
and Hint each and all of said notices
woro postod ut least 20 days before
tho ditto or tho election nnd woro
substantially lu tho form required
by soctlou 0 or said chapter 103, ns
wi . moro rully and tit length appear
by u copy ot said notlcos hereto at
tuchod and marked "Exhibit A" and
whoroas, thu County Court did havo
printed to usu ut such npoclnl elec
tion tho snmo number or ballots,
both official ballots and sniuplo bal
lots, us would bo required by tho
oloclloii laws ut u guiiorul election,
which said ballots woro In substan
tially tho form provided by section
7 or said chapter 103, copies of
(Contlnuod on pago 10.)