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About The Times-herald. (Burns, Harney County, Or.) 1896-1929 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 12, 1918)
A Tale of Youth and
Summer Time and
the Baxter Family,
Copyright 131ft- MS, hy Mctroiiolltiin
Mir H s n.,ct ..,', en I ;. IUC lowl, lies- I
tl:iir Mlllllll ! MIUUIIU'' IINI MIIIIIIIK
i in- writing table, m taualtlrs wn hs
inlilinu. "Tills Is Just iinlx'intililr!"
I lir i riod. "noboflj IhinIim'ks Is af
from thai cMWI"
Why, WITH, I don't sit how It mat
llr utter.! n cry. "Ne: Nothing
numeral Noiomg mutter at nu: io
you K'rosp I wnlit ttiiit i h'ltl, nllh her
In-ullK. dtiwiiHHhiK when Mlsn I'ratt in
or i- aol K"Iiib away? l"ii't you know
there iiw oaie thlnjo that Imve no
hualaeaa to in talked atntnt i every
Tom. Pick and Harry?"
"Yea. dear," ahe said. "I unricratand.
of i-ourae. Jane only told me ahe met
Mr. l'an her Ofl the street, and lie men
limipd that Miss Pratt was going at 1
i dork today. That' all I"
"You sh.v von understand." lie wall-
d. -linUinp Ida head drearily at the
loHod door, "and yet, even on am-b a
day ns this, ymi keep talking! Can't
you tee sometimes there's times when
u person rant stand to"
Yes, Willie," Mra. llmfer Interposed
Liirrladly. "Of eeurae' I'm going now.
I haTe to g hunt tip tboaa ehildren, I
htiyway. Y.ii try to t baek for lmh j
lit half past I, and don't worry, dear '
Yon really will be all right."
He went to his mirror and. pai'ng !
long, long and piercingly at the Wil
liam there limned, enacted almost un- ,
i onscloiisly a little scene of parting., '
The look of (differing upon the mlr- I
(red face slowly altered In Its place i
ame one still sorrowful, but femiered I
with sneet liuliitgenre. He stretched .
out his hand as If he set It i)on a
licuil at ahout the height of his slioiil
der. "Yes. it mar mean It may mean for
ever." he ald In a low, tremulous
rolee "Little t'irl. we must tie brave."
Ann the while his eyes gazed into
the minor they became ctprrsaive of
s momentary (leased surprise, as If
on in the :nts of sorrow lie found
hlmaelf doing better than he knew
Hut his sorrow araa none the less gen-
e l,c bum of ih '
m Then he notl"ed the ink upon his j
forehead and went away t wash.
When in returned ba did nn naaaoal i
thing be bruabed bli coal thoroughly.
removing it for this ipectal parpoaa
After thai ba earnestly Kiinlicd und
hrusheil Ids hair and retted his lie.
Sell ba took from a drawer two (lean
handkerchiefs, He placed one In his
breast pocket, part of the colored bor
der of the handkerchief being left on
exhibition, and with the other he care
folly Wiped his shoes. I'inallv he
awed " hack and forth across them
and, with a Sigh, languidly dropped It
upon 'he floor, where It remained
Returning to the mirror, he again
brushed his hair. He went so far tbla
tunc ns to brush his eyebrows, whleb
l eraed not much altered by the op-
eratb a. Suddenly be was deeply af-
fected by sometblBg seen in the glaaa.
r,( tieorgef" be exclaimed aloud.
Ke ling a small hand mirror, be
! ai ed it in Jiilaiositiou to Ida right
sod closely Studied his left profile
exhibited in the larger mirror. Then
!.. examined Ills right profile, subjeet-
' to a like scrutiny, emotional, yet
. leutlve ami prolonged.
"P..v George!" ba exclaimed again.
He had made a discovery. There
' i - n downy shadow upon Ills tippci
If J W hat he had Just found out was
that 1 1 1 is down could be seen project
ing he v onil the line of his lip, like a
fluj nimbus. It could be seen In pro-
"Hj Oeorger William exclaimed.
He was still occupied with the two
mirrors when his mother again tipped
softly upon ids door, rousing him as
"in a dream, brief bill engaging. '"
I iiciiw realities of that duy.
U I, nt do (oil want now V"
"I won't come In." said Mrs. Baxter.
"I u-l . nine to see."
"I H lint '.'"
"I wondered I thoughl perhaps you
needed something I knew your watch,
v .. ' hi 1 1 order"
"l'"r 'e van's sake, what if it Is?"
HI Hered a murmur of ptacatire
1 J uunter as bee upoiogy and said:
"Well, i ji.i tit uui i i tail you
, f i o i did luti ud going to
. i .... . ., ...... i i ..
nimu, i ttiougui yen i 'ii"1 j
lUIl I want to niis It and g t Itieru
loo lute, i ve got your bai bare, all
nleeij brushed for yoa, it's nearlj
I mi, i,i in unites of 1. Willie. '
- It la. ItV
She bad no fun her speech with him
Breathless, William (lung open bis
door, seised the bal racketed down
the stairs and out through the front i
door, Which he left open behind blm.
Klflbt Seconds later he returned at a
gallop, hurtled up the stairs and Into
Ilia room, emerging Inslaiitly w ltli some
thing enn ma led under his coat.
Mis. Baxter sighed and went to a
window in her own room and looked
William was already more than half
way to the next corner, where there
w.U I . tin Uluj thai ran to the statloip
UUI tlw distance was not too great rot'
Mra. Baxter to comprehend (he nature
of the symmetrical white pnreel now
carried In Ids right hand. Her face
became pensive as she gated after the
flying slender figure. There came to
her mind the recollection of a seventeen-year-old
boy who had brought a
box of candy a small one, like Wil
liam's to the ststlon once, long ago,
when she had been visiting In another
town. For lust a moment she thought
of that boy aim bad known so many
years ago, and a smile came vaguely
upon her llpa. She wondered what
kind of a woman he had married and
how many children he had and wheth
er he was a widower
The fleeting recollection passed, lbs
turned from the window and shook
bcr head, pUBSied
"Now, where on earth could .lane
and that little Minted girl have gone'.'"
At the station Wllllnni. descendlm:
from the sheet car, found Unit he had
six minutes to spare Itcussurcd of
so much by the great clock In the slit
Men tower, be entered the hullilini!
and, with rnhn and dignified steps.
crossed the Inree waiting room. Those
calm and dignified steps were taken
by feet which mile betrayed the treat
tllousness of the knees above them
He made sure that the person be
Bought was not In the waiting room
Therefore be turned to the doors which
Rave admission to the tracks, but be
fore he went out be paused for an In
stant of displeasure. Hard by the
door stood a telephone booth, and from
Inside this booth a little girl of nine
or ten was peering eagerly out at Wil
liam, her eyes Just above the lower
level of the glass window In the door
Even a prospect thus curtailed re
Tealed her as n smudged and dusty
little girl. To William she suggested
nothing familiar. As his glance hap
pened to encounter hers the peering
eyes grew Instantly brighter with ex
citement. She exposed her whole coun
tenance at the window and Impulsively
made a face at him.
Three seconds later the dusty faced
little girl and her BOM were aped Ut
terly from William's mind lor aa
the doors swung together behind blm
he saw Miss I'ratt There were no
gates nor Iron barriers to obscure the
rlew. There was no train shed to
darken the air. She was at some dis
tance, perhaps Ifm feel, along the
tracks, where the sleeping cars of Hit
long train would atop. But there she
stood, mlstakahle for no other no this
V If I li'
There Wat a Downy Shadow Upon
H's Upptr Lip.
There she stood a glowing little flg-
ire In the hazy September sunlight,
er hair an am tier mist under the ador
ble little bat. a small bunch of violets
t her waist, a larger bunch of fra-
rrant hut less expensive sweet peas In
it right hand, half a dozen pink roses
i her left, her lllfle dog l'loplt In the
m.:! of one arm and a one pound bo
t (I'tidy in He crook of the oilier
IMtdrabtaj radiant, starry, she stiasJ!
Near her alsostosi beryoong hostess
and Wallace Banks, Johnnie Watson
n i be BulHtt, three young gentlemen
:i (oiidlllon of solemn ten:-i!iy. Miss
'archer saw William as he emerged
' p m the station building, and sho
raved her parasol ID greeting, attrnet-
ng the attesting) of the others to blm,
(i thai thai Sll tamed and stared.
S;.euleen sometimes finds It embar-
a sing, even in a state of deep emo-
llon. to walk aK feet or thereabout
toward a group of people who stands
:i.sil. watch the long approach. And
(In n the watching croup contains the
aih of all Ihe world before whom
tie wishes to appear most debonair,
an. I contains SOI only her, but -several
ihui-i who, though fairly good hearted,
riight hardly be trusted to neglect
tuch an oppi rlunlt.v to murmur soiue-
iiiini: jocular about one No, It ega
ml be Mild that William appeared to
ie WbOl I) WlthOUl self consrloiiHiicsa.
iii fancy be i t prophesied for this
in in.. ut something Utterly different.
He bad seen himself pulling from her,
he iwo ill. ne as within a (loud He
i id seen himself gently placing his
,o of candy In her bands, some of
Is lingers lust touching some Of hers
ml remaining iims lightly In contact
i, ,.ie vary last. Ha bad seen himself
lending toward the sweet blond head
i) murmur the fen last words of aim
de eloquence, while her eyes lifted In
nyeleriOUa appeal lO his And he bud
..lit no other BgUreS, SOf (veil Miss
I'ari tier's, into Ill's picture.
('ailing Is the most driiiiiallc moment
ii v'ung lute ami if there la one time
,licn the lover wishes to present a
lofty but guileful appearance It la at
he leal To leave with Ihe loved (MS
ioi re ioIIci lion n dual picture of man
ly dignity In sorrow Unit, above nil
ihlugs. Is IbS lovei's desire And yet
.(en al the beginning of Williams gOO
fOOt SdVSnce, later so much discussed,
lie fell the heat surging over his cais.
a he look off iiia hut. thinking to
wars i Juiiniiiii reply to m m Parch
er, lii1 inane nui an uncertain gesiu
of II. so that he wished he had no'
tried It. Moreover, hs had covered les
I bun a third of the distance when h
became awaie thai all of the groui
were staring at him with undo, mini
able eagerness Iftd had begun to laugh
William felt certain thai Ills Ittlf
was In no way disordered nor In Itseb
a iau.it (or laughter. All of these p
pie hud often seen him diessed aa In
was today and bad preserved theb
gravity. But In spite of himself hi
took off his hat again and looked I
see If anything about It might explnii
this mirth, which at bis action In
i tensed Nay, the laughter began ti
be shared t si i angers.
Thn Bride to Bt.
"V)-II,1.I...I'N Inward slale hoeniiv
lie I rled Iii smile carelessly to
prove Ills c..inpo lire, Put he found Ilia'
lie had lost, almost nil .ontrcl over hi
features lie had no knowledge of hV
Sit US I expression except that II hill
mm. lu dsepsrstlon be fell hack upon
Thsy Wert Walking With Thai
'Stummicki Out of Joint."
laetesr He managed to fiowa s.
aalked proudly At Hint (hey laugh. N
he mors. Wallace Bsaha rudely potet
list again anil again at William, aa
ml till Hie on oinlrig sufferer risihe
I spot whliln I Went J feel of I brae 4e
I uli led people did be grasp Ihe slu S
Slice of Walktie'S repealed gestuie
" iulliig Kven then he understock
uil when ihe gesture was siiiplemei
d by hillf artb uhite shouts
Hehlnil you! i '(.-. heblnd rssjf"
The stum: oiith turned
'I'lieri. dni" -1 1 v behind hllll lie bhe.
lu lir III tie pro e .sion ( i ns'.s-
i- of I v. o damsels in S'UgUc hie til
irst soiled ' l'h bene mo ii I ihe -
ud Willi apple oiuce
for gtvafi i cautk d thej bad remov
heti shoes and eai h damsel ss si
reradsd dangled from en h fai estetn
(i hand shoe And Iwth d imeel
(hellici linentb apple same Ol (In-
imudge erere sulfiwed with Hie ibi
me n a gieal .1 km
Thsy were walking with tlielr "slutr
llicks 'lit O' lollll."
At slyht of 'lll Bin's face til
liiealed They turned mid rati The
i. themselves out of sight
Siniiiltaiieousli the gl filled wit:
olid thundet mid the pompnus nai
(hook the gioiind Ah. woes the word
Ins was the thing I hut meant to lien
sway the golden gill and bOSJSySUCklt
. the world ineaiit to and Wduld. uol
iballng one iron BS OUd !
Now a porter bad her binilbag.
I'ear Iicbmti, lo be a poller yea. n
Olored one! Willi I of Ihal now? .lie"
0 lie a simple porter und Journey wil
or to lie fur, strange pearl sbmbi
ltl:s w belli e she had ( oinc!
Tiie gentle porter bowed her toward
be sicps of bis car but first she gave
'loplt into the bauds of May Pun lici
ir a moment ami a lilsjiered a word t
1 .ill. lie I'aiil s. I'm ii to Joe I'.llU'tl
lieu to .lohniile vVataOBj then she lui
o III am.
She look his band
"lion't forget," she whispered "ibui'l
oriel l.ola "
He Stood stix k still His face w n
She infoided Muy I'lircher, klsse
icr devetedly: (ben. with l-'lopit mi i
cue u ider her arm. she run an
Why, Wuliu Baxtsrl" shs cried, blink
inij Bt iiim.
ii (I upon Hie sleps Just as tin
in. ii began lo mow She Sluod llnie
in ihe to Weal step ilowlj gliding a waj
from H. em, ami ill her eyes there "u
i sparkle ol I en is left, il BUtj UC
from her laughter at poor WllllulU'
I'.-i - iint witb Jane sud Itanuts K,ratcd
(ir, It lllll) be. Iiol.
sin. ( ouiii iii t w uve to bar fi lei d In
answer in their gestures of fsrewell
for her arms were too full of .'iopl
ami roses anil iiiuily ami sweet pens
but sh,. kept nodding to them hi a waj
i lii. I showed them bow mm b llM
i i ...i ,i . 1...1...
. OH -M." ,1 I It, 'I"
-' L. - rJ iv ift
.O...L ,(in'. iinKle It clear that sue was
lorry ma and breed them all.
"(Joodb.v '" she meant.
faster she glided The engine passed
trots s'ght round a curve beyond a
ulvsft, but for a momenf longer they
could aee tie little llgure upon the
steps, and to the very last glimpse
they had of her the small, golden head
was still nodding "tioidbyt" Then
those steps whereon she stood passed
In their turn beneath the culvert, and
they saw her no more.
l.ola I'ratt was gonel
Wet eyed, her young hostess of the
long summer turned sway and stum
bled against William "Why, Willie
Baxter!" she cried, blinking at htm.
The last car of the train had round
ed the curve arid disappeared, but Wil
liam was still waving farewell, not
with his handkerchief) but with a sym
metries! one (I parcel, wrapped In
while tissue a per, girdled with blue
".Sever mind," said May I'areher
"I. el's all walk uptown together and
talk about her on tin- way, and we'll
go by Ihe express office, and ou can
send your ininly to her by express.
In the smallish bouse which all sum
inei long, from morning until late at
night, had resounded with (ho voices
of young people, echoing their songs,
murmurous with their theories of love
or vibrating with their glee, sometime
shaking all over during tbelr more
bolster. ins moods In that house, now
comparatively so vacant, the propri
etor stood and breathed deep hrcutliB.
"Heh!" he breathed sonorously. He
gave himself several resounding slaps
upon tka cheat, then went out to the
parch and sat In a rocking rhnlr near
his wife. He spread himself out ex
pansively, "kly glory," lie said. "I be
lieve I'll take off my coat! I haven't
had my coat off outside of my owa
room all summer. I believe I'll take a
vacs Hon! By George. I believe I'D
stay home tbla afternoon!"
'That's nice," said Mrs Pare her
"Hah! ' be aaM Ui glory, I believe
I'D take my shoes!"
A ad, meeting ae ohjeetron. he pro
ceeded te carry out this plan.
"Hah ah!" lie said and plated his
stockinged feet u n the railing, where
a asBiber of vines, running upon
strlnae. made a screea between the
imrck and the street He lit a large
cigar. "Well, well," he said, "that
tastes good! If this keeps on I'll be
la aa good ebspe ss I was laat spring
before yen know It!" leaning far I nick
In the rockuig (hair, his hands liehlud
his head, be smoked with fervor, hot
suddenly he Jumped In a way which
showed that Sis nerves were tar from
normal. Pile feet tSSM to the floor
with a Ihiimp. he Jerked the cigar out
of bis month and turned a face of con
Mentation upon ids if,.
"Wbst's the matterf
"Suppose," said Mr I'ar. her huskily
"suppose she missed bet train'"
Mrs Psrcbsr shook bet head.
"Think not!" he siiid brightening "I
ordered ihe liver) stable to have a
carriage here In lots of time "
"They did," said Mrs I'urchcr ae
rerely; "about $.' worth"
"Well. I don t mind Unit.' he return
ed, putting his feet up again. "Alter
sll. she was a mighty tine little girl in
her way. The only trouble with me
was that crowd of Isiys. Having to
listen to them liked to kill me. and I
believe If she'd slsW'd just one more
day I'd been a goner!"
"Mr. Parcber!" a youthful volea re
pestod He rose and. separating two of the
vines which screened the end of the
porch from the street, looked out. Two
small maidens bail paused upon the
sidewalk mid were peering over the
"Mr. Parcber," said Jane as soon as
b.s head appeared between the vines -"Mr
Pal. her. Miss Prutt's gnlie. She's
gone a w ay on the .ars."
"oii think so'" he asked gravely.
"We saw her." said .lane, "ltannle
an' I were there. Willie was gala' to
eh. e IIS, I gUeSS, but we went ill the
baggage room b hind trunks, an' we
saw her go, She got on the ( ars, an' It
went with tier In It Holiest, she s gone
away. Mr. Pan her "
Before speaking Mr Pan her took a
long look at this telepathic child in
his fond eyes she was a marvel and a
"Well, thank you. .lane." be said.
Jane, however, had turned her head
ami was staring at Ihe coiner, which
was mil of his sight.
"tio oo-oi.b:" she murmured.
" hat's the trouble. June?"
"Willie!" she said "It's Willie an"
that Joe Bullitt an' Johnnie Wills i,
an' Mr Wallace Hanks. I h -y're with
Miss May 1'aidier. They're comln
Mr Pan lier gave forth a low moan
nuii tinned pathetlcslly to bis wife,
bill she i heeled him with a IllUL'h.
"They've only walked up from Hit
Him t i with May.'' she said. "They
Won't come In. You'll see!"
Relieved, air, Parehsr turned again
to apeak loJaua, uol she was not there
He i iiii-Iii bin ii glimpse of her, run
ning up the si reel as lad as she could.
hand in band with her companion,
"Kim, Kannle, run!" paiilcil Jane. "I
goi lo gel home an' tell maiiima about
it before Willie! i bsl i sstob Hall
Columbia. Sli.vwny, w lien lie does gel
And In this she was not mistaken:
sin- caught iiaii Columbia. " lastsd
It was still roUtlBttIng after dinner
Ihal owning, when an oft repeated
j odi I, followed by a shrill walled
"Jane-ee! Oh, June nee ce!" brought
her lo an open window (low nslalis. lu
Ihe olll'h dusk she looked out Upon
the washed lace of (tannic Kiislid.
who stood on the lawn below. "Come
on i. ill, .lanle .Mamma says 1 can stay
Outdoors, an' play U'l hair past H."
(To be continued)
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