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THE SPRINGFIELD NEWS
The ROBERT J. a
Copyright. All RlcMs Reserved "'rww"" Vicf"'
HOME, SWEET HOME.
ire iAtJJ build our own
home, and live our own lives,
and love each other always,
only for ever and evert" the
"For ever and ever," he an
swered. "Because it would seem lilt
trying to prove you are inno
cent. And you don't need to
prove anything to mi. You
understand? You don't need
to prove anything to me."
And then, between the iron
rods across the open window
of the jail, his lips met hers.
In lb forfoiaf the first
Iot words are those of John
Harris and Mary Allaa whan
thsy plighted their troth and
resolved to homestead in Mani
toba. In the nest love scene
the second feneration is mak
ing its tows. It is Beulah Har
ris and Jim Travers who hava
sealed their pact with a kiss.
And in between there is a like-real-life
story of the homo
steading of John and Mary
Harris, well told by Robert J.
C. Stead, novelist, poet and Ca
nadian official, author of "The
Cowpunchers" and "Kitchener
and Other Poems."
Six little slates clattered Into ploee,
and six little figures stood erect be
tween their benches.
"Kl8ht I Turnl" said the master.
"March! School Is dismissed;" and
six pairs of bare little legs twinkled
along the aisle, across the well-worn
threshold, down the big stone step,
and Into the dusty road, warm with
the rays of the Indian summer sun.
The master watched them from the
open window until they vanished be
hind a ridge of beech trees that cut his
vision from the concession. While they
remained within sight a smile played
opon the features of his strong, sun
burned face, but as the last little ca
lico dress was swallowed by the wood
the smile died down, and for a mo
ment he stood, a grave and thoughtful
statue framed within the white pine
casings of the sash.
His brown study lasted only a mo
ment. ' With a quick movement he
walked to the blackboard, caught up
a section of sheepskin, and began
erasing the symbols of the day's In
structions. "Well, I suppose there's reward In
heaven," e Said to himself, as he set
the little schoolroom In order. "There
isn't much here. The farmers will
pay a man more to doctor their siv.k
t-heep than to teach their children.
If others can take the chance I ran
take It too. If It were not for her I
would go tomorrow."
The last remark seemed to unlink
a new chain of thought. The gray
eyes lit up again. lie wielded the
broom briskly for a minute, then toss
ed It in a corner, fastened the win
dows, slipped a little folder Into his
pocket, locked the do;r behind hlrn
and swung In a rapid stride down a
by-path leading from the little school
house Into the forest.
Ten minutes' quick walking in the
woods, now glorious In all their au
tumn splendor, brought him to a point
where the t-ky stood up, pale blue,
evasive, through the trees. The next
moment he was at the water's edge,
and a limpid lake stretched away to
where the forests of the farther shore
mingled hazily with sky and wafer,
lie glanced about, as though expect
ing someone; he whistled a line of a
popular song, but the only reply was
from a saucy eavesdropper which,
perc hed on a near-by limb, trilled back
Its own liquid notes In answer.
"I may as well Improve the mo
ments consulting my chart," he re
marked to Ids undulating Image In the
water. "This thing of embarking on
two new seas at once calls for skill
ful piloting." He seated himself on a
6tone, drew from his pocket the fold
er, and spread a map before him.
In a few moments he was so en
grossed that he did not bear the al
most noiseless motion of a canoe as
It thrust Its brown nose Into the blue
wedge before him. Kneeling near Us
stern, her puddle held aloft and Grip
ping her brown arms and browner
hair glistening In the mellow njn her
face bright with the llghc of Its own
expectancy was a lithe and beautiful
glrL. In an Instant her eye located
the young man on the bank, and her
lips molded as though to speak; but
when she saw how unobserved aha va
she remained silent and upright as a
Indian -while the canoe slipped gently
toward the shore. Presently It cuh
loned Its nose In the velvety sand
She rose silently from her seat, and
stole on moccaslned tip-toes along the
stones until she could have touched
his hair with her fingers. Hut her
eyes fell over his shoulder on the pa
pers before him.
"Always at your studies." she cr'ed,
as he sprang eagerly to his feet. "Tou
must be seeking r professorship." She
stole the map from his Angers.
"I declare, If It' Isn't Manitoba I"
Seizing his cheeks between her hands
she turned his face to ber. "Answer
me, John Harris. Tou are not think
ing of going to Manitoba r
"Suppose 1 say I am?"
"Then I am going, toot"
"John I Nothing unusual about
wife going with ber husband,
"No, of course, but you know
"Yes. 1 know" glancing at the ring
on her finger. "This still stands at
par, doesn't It?"
"Yes. dear." he answered, raising
the ring to his Hps. "You know It
does. But to venture Into that wilder
ness means you sec. It jeans ao
much more to a woman than to a
"Not so much as staying at home
alone. You didn't really think I would
"No, not exactly that Let os sit
down and I will tell you what I
"You Are Not Thinking of Going to
thought Here, let me get the cush
ion. . . . There, that Is better."
They sat for some minutes, gazing
dreamily across the broad sheet of
"And so you are going to Man
itoba?" she said at length.
"Yes. There are possibilities there.
It's a gamble, and that Is why I didn't
want to share It with you at first I
thought I would Kpend a year; locate
a homestead ; get some kind of a house
built; perhaps break some land. Then
I would come back."
"And you weren't going to give me
a word in all those preparations for
our future? You have a lot to learn
yet John. You won't find It In that
She had snutched his confession at
an unguarded moment lie had not
meant to tell her so much so soon.
As he thought over the wheels be had
set In motion their possible course
staggered him, and he found himself
arguing against the step he contem
plated. "It's a gamble," he repeated. "The
agricultural possibilities of the coun
try have not been established. It may
be adapted only to buffalo and Indi
ans. We may be far back from civili
zation, far from neighbors, or doctors,
or churches, or any of those things
vlilch we take as a mutter of
"Then you will need me with you.
John, and I am going."
In a crimson glory the sun had sunk
behind the black forest across the
lake The silver wulers had draped
iti mix! t licit fringe of lnverlfl um
along the shore and lay, passive and
breathing, and very still, beneuth the
And we ahull build our own home,
and live our own lives, and love each
other always only, for ever and
ever?" she breathed.
"For ever and ever," he answered.
The last white shimmer of dayllgh
faded from the surface of the lake
The lovers floated on, gently. Joyously,
Into their ocean of hope and hnppl
The Btck of Fortune.
The Inst congratulations had been
offered; the last good wishes, some
what mixed with tcarahad been ex
pressed. The bride, glowing In the
happy consciousness of her own beau
ty, and deified by the great tenderness
that enveloped her new estate l.ke a
golden mist, said her farewells with
steady voice and undrooplng eyes.
It bad been a busy winter for John
narrls, and this, although the con
summation of his great desire, was
but the threshold to new activities and
new outlets for his Intense, energies.
Since the face and form of Mary Allan
had first enraptured lilm In his little
backwoods school district, a vast am
bition hod possessed his soul, and to
day, which had seemed to be Its end
he now knew to be but Its beginning.
The ready consent af his. betrothed to
share his life in the unknown wilder
ness between the I led river and the
Itocky mountain's had been a tide
which, taken at Its flood, might well
lead him on to fortune. At the con
clusion of his fall term he had re
signed his position as teacher, and
with his small savings hail set about
accumulating equipment essential to
the homesteader. Because ha effects
were not enough to fill a car ho had
doubled up" with Tom Morrison, a
fine farmer whose worldly success had
been somewhat less than his deserts.
and who bravely hoped to mend his
broken fortunes where land might be
had for the taking.
So John narrls and his btido 'ook
the pussenger train from hr city
home, while their goods and chattels,
save for their personol baggage, mm
bled on In a box-car or crowded stol-
dly Into congested side-tracks aa the
exigencies of traffic required.
At a Junction point they vere trans
ferred from. the regular passenger ser
vice to an Immigrant train.
One or two of the passengers had
already made the trip to Manitoba,
and were now on the Journey a second
time, accompanied by their wives and
families. These meu were soon noted
as Individuals of some moment; they
became the center of little knots of
conversation, and their fellow-lmml-
grunts hung In reverent attention upon
every word from their Hps.
"Tell us about the crops," said one
of the meu pussengers. "What IUe
wheat can ye grow?"
"Like corn." said the narrutor, with
great deliberation. "Heads like ears
o' corn. Wheat that grows so fust ye
can hear It Nothln' uncommon to
walk Into wheat fields when they's
knee-high, an' have to flglit yer way
out like a Jungle."
Is the Injuns werry big?" piped a
little voice. "My pa's go'n" to make
me a bone-arrow so I cun kill 'em all
'That's a brave soldier," said the
man, drawing the child to his knee.
Hut Ah know a better, way to fight
ndians than with bows an' arrows.
Ah fights 'em with flour an' blankets
ACCORDING TO FIXED DESIGN
Variety of Reasons Advanced for the
Arrangement cf Paint on the
Cheeks of Clovn. ,
All pantomime, clowns point their
cheeks and mostly they do so accord-
ng to certain designs handed down
from genentlon to generation. Hut
as to the why and the wherefore opin
According to one authority the scar-
et triangles, red fishtail end half
moon, .originated from dabs of Ver
million placed here and there on the
heeks at haphazard to represent a
mighty boy who bad been at the Jam
Another says that the pantomime
clown's reddened face Is Intended as a
burlesque of the rouge-tinted cheeks
of the pantomime Columbine; while
yet a third bus It that the crimson
Ditches are a survival from the early
lystery plays, when the clown was a
euion, and red all over.
he theory bus also been held that
an' badger-meat, an' It's a long way
The child climbed up on the friend
ly knee and Interested himself In the
great silver watch chain that looped
convenient to his lugeia. "(Jo on wlf
your story, man," he said. "Pa listen
And big Aleck McCrao forgot the lm
migrants crowded around, forgot the
lurch of the train and the window
glimpse of forests heavy blanketed
with snow, as he plowed his fertile
Imagination and spread a sudden bar
vest of wonderment before the little
soul that clung to his great watch
chain. And so the Journey wore on. As day
succeeded dny to the monotonous rum
ble of the car wheels the Immigrants
became better acquainted and friend
ships took root that In iftcr yesra
wero to brave every storm of adver
slty and blmui forth In the splendid
community of spirit and tacrine
which particularly distinguished the
In the cold gray of a March mrrn-
lug, when the sun had not yet dis
pelled the mists of night, and the
fringing woods back from the lied
river loomed white ami spectral
through the frost, they re-entered the
empire, and In a few minutes were de
training at Emerson, the boundary
town and gateway to the prairies
which for 1.0U0 miles stretched Into
the mysteries of the unknown.
Kmerson Mas the gateway of the
great Invasion. The "farthest west"
of rail communication, on the thresh
old of the prnlrlo coiiuty. It seemed
tne strategical point for tne great city
which must arise with the settlement
ami development of the fertile king
dom of territory lying twtween the
Lake of the Wood and the Itocky
mountain, and between the forty
ninth parallel and the unknown north
ern limit of agriculture.
(TO HE CUNTlNUfcUl
MAN'S FIRST DWELLING PLACE
Scientists Claim That the Desert of
Gobi Must for Natural Rsasons
Be he. Spot
The desert of Gobi, which Is the
summit of tho central steppe In Als
s the most elevated region on the
globe, and It Is here, scientists eln'm.
man first lived, arguing that this point
of earth must have been the first to
emerge from the universal sen and
hat as the subsiding waters gradually
gave up -lower regions of earth to
man he was able to descend and
spread himself progressively over new
It Is from this region that the great
rivers of Asia also tr.ke their rise
and flow toward the four cardinal
points. On the declivities of these
ilghlands are the plains of Tibet.
ower than the frozen regions of Gobi.
lere arc found not only the vine, the
olive, rice, the legiimliin. ami other
ilants on which man tin depended
for sustenance, but olso those anlmnls
which he tins tamed and led with him
over the earth, as the ox. the hor-e.
the ass, the sheep, the gout, the camel,
he hog, the dog, and even the re I a
eer, run wild upon these mountains.
On the mountains of (iishmlre. In
Tibet, and In tho north of China, grain
ns been found to be growing wild for
ears without ever being sown or
Hied, and here also wild unlmal that
ave lived there while man hn tamed
others of the same species, are numer
No Statue of Georgian.
Tlio secretary of the Mutuary hall
In the capllol says that there Is no
representative of Georgia li. the Hull
of Fame. ICach state may contribute
two statues of deceased citizens of
the state, who "for hlstor'ral renown
or for civil or military services" are
considered by the state aa worthy of
tho modern clown In pantomime Is a
direct descendant pi Mourns, tlio Kod
of mockery of tho early mystery plays
and masques, who was always rcpre
senled with a huge gaping mouth. The
red fishtail Is merely the survival of
that part of the medieval makeup
which alined at producing an appar
ent enlargement of Hie mouth.
These curious scarlet symbols are
only found on the cheeks of panto
mime clowns. The ordinary circus
clown does not paint his cheeks.
He paints only bis nose, with a view
to poking fun at the "boss," the ring
master, whose nasal organ, in regard
to the old time circuses at all events,
was moro often than not apt to be
highly colored. I'eursou's Weekly. v
First Enthusiasm Gone.
Marlette was delighted when a small
brother arrived at her homo. How
ever, after some weeks she begun to
think he was somewhat of n care and
one day when her mother told Iter to
rock his cradle, she looked at him
with disdain and remarked. "Oh, you
little bothering thing j"
"A party for the front."
TIIE REFLECTIONS OK A
' m MAKKII.I) WOMAN
rtr. ..i a I
i -uni I'lriiniinv II
kIio 1 (irlicnto, run
down, or overworked.
. Klin fffitu "t,1iii,l
I Tlx out." Ifersmilfl
KosJ'vVv an'1 IS o oil
v'i Jfu -r have
HJft , t itko n
worries her liuslifind.
This ia tho time to Imild up her
ptrenRth and remedy thorn weuk-ncK-sen
or Ailment, which ro tlio
wat of her troiihln. Dr. Tierce'
Favorite Prescription r'Knliiten
and promote, the proper fund ions,
enriches tlio hlood, dispel ache
and pains, melancholia, imtvoun
neKS and bring; refreshing sloop.
"Molesophy" Is the delineation of
rharucter and reading of the past and
future by means of moles on the hu
man fuce anil body. It la an even
moro ancient occult science than that
For constipation use a natural
remedy. Garfield Tea la composed of
curefully selected herbs only. At all
drug stores. Ad.
Hobby's mother asked him why he
had not dono what sho had told hint
to do. lie replied with a serious air:
Well, mother, what are you going to
do when your forgctter la bigger than
Significance of Diamonds.
Tho diamond Is generally chosen
for engagement rings because the
I legend Is that It strengthens tho lore
I of a mini for a woman.
Inspiration to Home Affection.
"When a man bet on a laino hoes,"
said Charcoal Kplj, rumlnatlvely, "hit
sure do git lusplrln' how he yell fo'
lalgs f git on dat old rrowbult fo' de
suko o' his wife an' chlllun." Rich
mond Times Dispatch.
Good health cunnot bo maintained
where there Is a constipated habit.
Gurfleld Tea overcomes constipation.
An Indiana court compcllod a man
to give buck the false teeth ho had
taken awuy from his wlfo. Womon'i
rights still Include tho privilege of
biting, It seems. Cleveland I'laln
Among the First Editions!
No man really knows a woman like
a book until ho bus tried to put her
on the "shelf!" Curtoons Magazine.
Cutlcura for Sore Hanoi.
Souk hands on retiring In the hot suds
ot Cutloura Soup, dry and rub In Cu-
llcuru Ointment. Ilenmve surplus
.Ointment with tissue paper. This la
Shl' ,,f U'w tnln8 t-'ullrur" do
ir Miitp, i uniment ami micum are uwv
W nil toilet purpoxe. Adv.
That's the Way It Is.
Undo Dill Ilottlotop says that too
few people lay by anything for a rainy
day uud too muny lay by something
for a dry spell. Washington Star.
"How to Llvo Moro Than Ono Hun
dred Years" is the title of a recent
book. Hut what, wo deslro to ask,
would bo tho objoot? Philadelphia
Bruce it is worth while to bo well,
tuko Gurfleld Tea, nature's medicine.
Boon to Forgetfulnest.
To make people laugh is to make
them forget. What a benefactor to
humanity Is ho who can bestow for
getfulness. Victor Hugo.
Ono Penalty of Wealth.
"After a man accumulates a big for
tune," said Jud Tunklns, "ho has to
hire a lot of peoplo to show him what
to do with It."
Sosa 25c, Oiatmsnt 25 sod 50c, Ttlcooi 25c
Are You Satisfied?
Is the blcanst, most pcrfoeilt i .'ii'l
lUiplaess Training; Hrhnnl In th Vnrtb
West. Kit yoursdlf for s hth" imsltloa
wtth more money Ptnnsnr inni
aatturad our Orsduatos
writs for ra.lnr foiiro
P. N. U.
No. 0, 1921