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LORD OF THE DESERT
By PAUL de LANEY.
' (Copyright, 1902.)
- CHAPTER XXIV.
"Dunder and Blijen."
It was after midnight before the
troops arrived. It wag also tbi hour
before the Indians had quieted down
to sleep. The afternoon's war dance
over their captive victims, the wild
excitement of the torture and the ar
rival of the Follett party with the
two captives had aroused the blood
of the savages and .many tales of
former-acts of bravery, and deeds of
daring were told beneath the willow
and the tepees In Hell's Trap, that
Hammersley had decided to go on
his mission of rescue alone. It was
decided first to station the troops at
every point at which the Indians
could poisibly escape and then for the
trapper to attempt , the rescue.
Should he fail or fall in the attempt
.It was the purpose to force the best
terms possible with the, savagea,
but should he. succeed, it was
the determination to wreak that mer
ciless revenge upon the Indians that
the occasion seemed to justify.
The men had all been informed of
the torture and death of the four
white men and of the arrival of the
two new captives, and this stirred the
soldiers to a revengeful spirit that
caused them to forget their tired and
hungry condition -and loss of sleep.
They now felt that they had at last
encompassed the enemy and they
were eager to strike the blow.
Ten well armed and equipped sol
diers accompanied by five cowboys
were placed in each gap in the rim
rocks and 100 men, Including cow
boys and soldiers under General
Crook, guarded the neck of the pen
insula. It was half way between midnight
and dawn when the trapper started on
his perilous mission. Armed suitably
for the occasion he entered the chan-j
nel of the stream and hugged the
banks with the silence of a beaver,
always keeping in the shadows of the
willows and never risking his weight
upon his feet until he knew they
were firmly placed.
While his task did not prove a dif
ficult one, it was a tedious one. His
bearings had been so well taken that
he recognized the very clump of
bushes in which Bertha's tepee was
pitched without trouble. Farther
away from the stream he saw the dis
mal thicket to which Oscar Metzger,
the other captive, had been taken, and
from which the four cowboys on the
previous evening had been taken for
their last walk.
Like a snake he crawled up the
embankment through the dense un
dergrowth, moving inch by inch, un
til be reached the rear of Bertha's
tepee, and while the guards dozed
near the front he ripped a hole In the
rear wall of the tent and soon gave
Bertha an assuring touch that told
her a friend was with her.
In a few moments time they had
retraced the trapper's steps to the
bed of the stream, in the same man
ner as he had approached, and Ber
tha hiding in a dark nook under the
willows wBlch hung over the em
bankment, Hammersley went to at
tempt the release of the other
He found Metzger so securely tied
that even the Indians did not fuar his
escape. Bound hand and foot and
stretched full length-between two
sapplinga, his body barely touching
the ground, he was enduring a tor
ture that would have killed an ordi
nary man. But his was one of those
iron constitutions of the desert.
The trapper was a welcome visitor
and his knife furnished immediate re
lief. When released from his cramped
position the cowboy stood erect and
exercising his limbs noiselessly for
a moment he Indicated that he waa
ready to go. The trapper handed him
a revolver pnd a knife and the two
walked silently away ready to defend
themselves, even unto death.
When they reached the place where
Bertha was concealed the trapper was
struck with awe. He saw twigs . of
willows and tops of sage brush and
chunks of wood floating down the
stream. These Increasing at every
moment Seizing the woman he drew
her after him and Metzger followed
at a rapid pace. -
It was two hundred yards to a shal
low place In the stream and when this
wna reached the river was already ris
ing at a rapid rate. The trapper
seized Bertha in his arms as If she
were a mere child and plunged into
the foaming rapids, followed by the
cowboy. Against the heavy current,
whlch-almost swept their feet from
under them, they made the farther
shore, and as they ascended the bank,
the trapper exclaimed:
"Great luck! A head rise!" Ham
mersley and his companions ran
acioss the open meadow for the near
est opening in the rimrocks. The
light of breaking morn made them
recognizable to their friends on guard
in the rimrocks who could scarcely
restrain applause. But the drilling of
a soldiers life prevented this out
break. The water came with a rush down
the mountain stream. The sound
changed from a murmur over the peb
bles to a ripple over the rocks; and
then, to a roar over the boulders and
against the angular banks. So loud
followed the growing roar that the
savages were wakened. Ban Follett
rushed to the tepee of hit fair cap
tive and finding that she was gone, he
kicked the drowsy guards in their
aide and Rave the alarm.
The whole camp was astir Instantly.
Discovering the fleeing fugitives. Fol
lett plunged into the stream, follow
ed by some of the most daring war
riors, and gave pursuit But when
within 50 yards of the opening in the
rimrocks where the fugitives had
passed safely through, a cloud of
smoke rose, report of ft dozen rifles
rang upon the morning air and a
half dozen Indians sank down In the
meadow. Another volley and the
ranks were thinned to a remnant.
Follette remained untouched. He
turned and tried to rally the men who
had been following in the rear and
were now panic-stricken. At least
one-fourth of the entire war party had
rushed across the stream un armed in
pursuit of the fugitives. When they
returned they found the river in
these few minutes a seething foam,
made black by the earth gathered by
the flood as it came. To cross the
stream was a task no warrior would
attempt They turned for other open
ings In the rimrocks. But here they
met with disappointment When ap
proaching these point, and safety
aeemed Just in tight, they were met
vttb volleys from the soldiers' rifles
that mowed them down like grass be
fore a scythe. Another opening and
another was tried with like results,
until terror-stricken they ran about
the meadow, hiding here and there in
the tall grasi soon to be spied out by
the revengeful soldiers and shot like
But the daring Follett would not
give up. He saw old Egan organizing
the men on the other side of the river,
and plunged into the mad stream to
join him, and made the other shore.
Mounting their horses, the chief and
half-breed led the men to the "neck"
where the water was rapidly rising
to the danger point. But here the
real slaughter began.
General Crook led his men in per
son, and when the savages were in
easy range he gave the command to
fire. It was a deadly fire. Every shot
found iti mark. The savages fell
from their horses like hail. Some of
them tried to dash through the lines
while others turned back toward the
"Charge," came the command from
Crook. It was not technically a hu
mane warfare, though It was con
ducted according to human tactics,
svorw ahnt that wna fired was fired
by a man mad for revenge. They
charged upon tne savages, epai-iug
nnA ami tnblnfr nn nrisonfirs. for
they refused to surrender and did not
ask for mercy. To the brink of the
stream they ran, many falling pierced
with lead before they reached this
point. Some plunged Into the flood
movar in Hso nrnin: others made it
across to fall before the- rifles In the
hands of the. guards at tne openings
in tne rimrocKs.
Follett rushed to the tepee of his fair
' But the story is better told in the
history of the eountry and the Indian
wars. There you will find that only a
few escaped, and the battle ground
was made famous in history. It was
made so by a German soldier in Gen
eral .Crook's command, whose dialect
gave it the name it still bears. After
the battle was over, as the German
wiped the perspiration and powder
stains from his face, he said:
"Dey call dis 'Hell's Drap, but I
name It 'Dunder and Blixen.' " Since
that time1 the battle ground and the
river have borne the name the Ger
man gave the place, and history has
adopted the name as the proper one.
Among the few who escaped were
Chief Egan and Dan Follett. At the
last moment they plunged into the
raging stream and swam with the
current for a long distance, reached
the distant shore and .then ascended
a precipice of rimrocks, and as they
passed over the summit they waved
their hands in defiance at their pur
Wages of Sin and Alcohol.
It is several days after the battle
of "Dunder and Blixen." General
Crook has sent all of his men, except
his stall, to the fort and he has stop
ped at the Stone House to straighten
out the matters reported by the trap
per. Bertha and Hammersley are at the
Stone House. James Lyle is there.
Al. Beach has returned. All of the
cowboys who escaped the Indian ar
rows are there. There are many
remlnlsences to relate. Bertha has
long ago told the story of how she
and Metzger fell into the hands of
Follett He had come to the trapper's
abode late in the afternoon and left
a message to the effect that the trap
per desired their presence at the
Stone House, and that the half-breed
would call about dark for the.m
They had held a conference before
the return of Follett, and while they
were suspicious of him, it seemed so
probable that his story was true, that
tliey decided to accompany him
Metzger arming himself snd claiming
that he was a match for the Canadian
Follett came at the appointed time,
bringing two horses with him, and
Bertha leaving Julian Byrd to look
after her father, she and Metzger
started out with the Canadian toward
the Stone House. They had not gone
far, however, until they were sur
rounded by the four braves, who had
accompanied Follett, and were in
their power. Follett took immediate
command and hurried them away to
ward "Hell's Trap, at which place
the reader Is familiar with what fol
It is early in the afternoon. General-Crook
is seated at the bedside of
a very sick man in the main room of
the Stone House. He is delirious for
long periods and conscious for short
ones. His conscious mcnents are
moments of agony.
It Is the Lord of the Desert He
had remained sober during the siege
of the Stone House and had taken an
oath at the time that he would never
drink intoxicants again. As soon as
the siege was over and the soldiers
and cowboys had gone and the excite
ment died out he had collapsed. For
more than a week he had neither eat
en nor slept. The collapse of his
years of dissipation had come. His
bloated form was rapidly assuming
In natural Btate. He was but ft
sponge, dry decaying sponge with
all of the substance gone. He was a
human wreck, made so by sin and al
cohol. His was not an isolated cue;
it was the same old story. Written
and unwritten history abound with
"It Is too late, general, it is too
late, said the unfortunate man in
a moment of consciousness. "I have
taken the oath, I will never drink
again, but it was taken too late. It
might stimulate me now for a few
hours, but It would make death the
i more agonizing.'
It is hue. Mr. Lyl," replied th'
general, "its effects are always tem
porary, except the injury It fives.
This is permanent A man may feel
good for a moment; his life may even
be prolonged by it for a brief spell,
but he muat suffer the consequences
In the end."
After a more exhausting delirium,
the dying man spoke again.
"It is here that I hurt worse, gen
eral, it is here," he said, placing his
hand over his heart, "If you knew
what lies there, general, you would
pity me though I'm the most wicked
"It is not too late to repent and
Co Justice," suggested the warrior.
'Not too late to repent, I know, for
I am doing that as fast as a guilty
soul can confess Itself, but it is too
late to do Justice; they are dead,
general, they are dead, my brother
and his child are dead!"
This confession seemed to ease the
man for a moment. Then he con
tinued: "If I could give them back
their lives, general, and this mockery
called wealth the half-breed only
took a small portion of what I pos
sess death would lose many of Its
terrors. I do not fear it, general, but
to meet my God with this load here.
General, for many years I have kept
my heart, my conscience, my soul,
benumbed with strong drink; now,
general, It ail falls upon me like a
mountain. Oh, that it would cruBh
me, dissolve me like vapor, extermi
nate me that I should not have to
meet my Maker."
"I am able to give you Borne relief,
said the veteran soldier, "you are not
as guilty as you think."
"Oh. but they are dead, general.
No power on earth can give me relief
now It is too late. I will tell you
how it happened," continued Lyle,
eaanlng. "I hired Follett to kill one
and old Egan to kill the other.."
"I know you think it happened," re-
piled General Crook, "but it is not
that bad. Suppose I should tell you
that they both live?"
"You would mock me, general, you
would mock me."
"No, I speak truthfully, when I tell
you that they still live, and are here
at this moment," said the general.
"Do not torture me, general, but If
they are here let me see them. Let
them tell me that they still live."
Jim Lyle was brought in in a chair
and seated by the bedside, and Ber
tha came and stood by her father's
"This Is Jim, Brother Jim," n!d the
dying man. "Speak Jim, and tell me
that you live and that this Is your
child by your side."
The cripple's spirit of revenge had
left him. With tears In his eyes he
hurriedly related the circumstanced
with which the Lord of the Desert
was not familiar, and then called
Hammersley to his side,
"This, brother," said the cripple
"la the rightful heir to all of the prop
erty. He is the only child of the de
ceased brother, William. Here Is a
certified copy of father's will, and
Al. Beach, whom you long since
thought was dead, brines the Instru
ments to show that William Ham
mersley, the trapper, is no more nor
no less than William Llye, sole heir
to all of the wealth of the House of
"Justice has been done," said the
dying man. "Thanks to the failure of
Dan Follett in carrying out our mur
derous plans. Thanks to the treach
ery of old Egan in not slaying the
child. Thanks to God, who, I must
now acknowledge, guided it all.
Death ,is not near so bitter, now. I
believe there is hope, even for me."
And the Lord of the Desert passed
Into a sleep never to waken again in
the mortal body.
Pressing as was the military duties
of General Crook he decided to re
main at the Stone House another day
and night A cowboy was sent to the
fort with a message to announce this
The following morning was decided
upon for the burial of all that . re-
"They sro here at this moment," said
the general. , j
mained of the late Martin Lyle. With
military precision General Crook had
designated sunrise as the hour and
arrangements were made accordingly.
A grave was dug in a small table
land high up on the mountain side
overlooking the place and promptly at
sunrise the general and his staff and
the relatives of the deceased and the
employes about the place were as
sembled at the grave.
Before the body was lowered the
army chaplain conducted a short ser
vice and the veteran general, con
trary to his custom and experience
delivered a short address, but like all
things tha.t be did, he was practical
and commonsense and spoke to the
"This is the last tribute," he said,
"that man can pay to man give him
a decent burial in the earth. A man,
ambitious for wealth and power
ruined his life and shortened his days
trying to obtain it wrongfully. It is
not meet and proper to speak re
proachfully of the dead, but bis dying
words condemned such a life and it is
well that we should profit by the les
son. "His life is now familiar to you all.
It do is no good to repeat it here.
But t lere is yet one lesson to draw
"He was known far and wide as the
Lord of the Desert.' He prided in
this. This comes from the difference
in classes In the European countries
where loids and ladies are created by
kings and monarchg and by heredity.
"There is no such custom here. The
title Is an empty one. Every man
here may be a lord according to the
American idea, if he wishes. An
honorable, well spent life makes a
man a lord, ft sovereign, ft king here
better than the highest sounding
names of the old world. It is not the
title, it is the man.
"With all of the high-sounding
name of 'Lord of the Desert he was
Lot nearly so great as his humble
successor, the honest trapper, who
has made himself a lord in deed by
laboring and battling for the right.
The assumed lord died Jeath of
gony from a remoraefu' conscience.
The real lord the true American lord
came to his inheritance honestly
and through merit Let us hope that
the dead lord baa mad peace wita
his maker and that the American lord
will never disgrace the honorable title
which he has won."
With a song by those present and
a prayer by the chaplain the cere
mony over the remains of the "Lord
of the Desert" was closed.
' General Crook was now ready to
take his departure. Hla friends had
assembled about him in the Stone
House to render him thanks for bis
"I will Bend that money to you by
an escort upon my arrival at the
fort, friend Hammersley-Lyle," said
"No, send it to some safe bank in
the east and deposit it to Miss Lyle's
credit, so that she may draw npon it
for the use of herself and her father,"
replied the trapper.
"Not one cent," spoke the father
and daughter together.
"Only convey us to civilization,"
said Bertha, '"and I will support
father. Mr. Hammersley is the right
ful owner of the money and the prop
erty and I would not consent to ac
cept one cent of It."
"You shall have the money and
property, too," replied the trapper.
"I will return to my traps. Your
father may manage the ranch and you
may travel, or do as you like."
"What a pity you are cousins," said
General Crook. "You should be lov
ersyou should be husband and
"It makes no difference in Scot
land," said the cripple.
"But it is against the law here," re
plied the general,
"He has never asked me, anyway,"
said Bertha embarrassed.
"I didn't think It was any use," re
plied the trapper with a husky voice.
General Crook at once detected the
real sentiment of the two for each
"It'a a bad law," he said, "but it is
"I think I can relieve all of this
embarrassment," said Al. Beach, com
ing forward. "Read the will more
The will was handed to General
Crook, who read:
"In the name of God, Amen. I be
queath to my adopted son, William
Lyle all ." "Adopted son,' repeated
General Crook. "So this William Lyle
was not the real son of the testator."
"That is true," said Leondidas Lig
gett the former cook of the Lord of
the Desert, who had stood by in si
lence. "I have long known the whole
story. I learned It from William
Lyle's wife in Boston, after his death.
I have kept silent all of these years
because I did not think an adopted
son ought to inherit over the real
A further examination of the pa
pers which Al. Beach had secured dis
covered a written acknowledgment of
William Lyle that he was an adopted
son and that this had been kept a
Becret from the other - children who
were all born after his adoption.
"I see nothing in the way now,"
Bald General Crook, glancing at Ber
tha and Hammersley.
"Bertha is it any use to ask?" in
quired the trapper.
"There is nothing lost by trying!"
replied the girl as she took him by
the hand. 1
"Glad you remained, chaplain,"
said General Crook. "Ypu have
burled one lord and now you may
bind another for life before we go."
Within ten days old Egan came in
with his fragment of warriors and the
squaws and children of his tribe and
surrendered to General Crook.
Fort Warner was abandoned and
the great Indian fighter was sent to
other fields. Dan Follett was never
heard of again.
Bertha Lyle preferred to change
her name and she and the trapper
agreed that Hammersley was good
enough. They lived at the Stone
House and gave the cripple a home
the remainder of his days.
They retained in their employ all of
the former employe? at the Stone
House who desired to remain, and
the names of the Hammersleys. the
Beaches, the Byrds, the Hopes, the
Metzgers and the LIggetts are still
familiar and honored ones in the
great Inland Empire belt of Oregon.
("The Lord of the Desert" may be
had in book form for 25 cents from the
publisher of this paper, or by address
ing the Metropolitan Printing Co.,
162 Second street, Portland, Oregon.)
ELIZABETH, MOTHER OF KINGS.
Princess of Bohemia Known as the
Queen of Hearts
On Aug. 10, in 1500, waa born a little
princess, Elizabeth, whom Fate des
tined to be the foundress of our reign
ing dynasty, as her younger brother,
the ill-starred Charles I.', was to be
the ancestor of the elder branch of
Stuart writes the Loudon Dally News.
From either the brother or the sister
every living member of every reign
ing family Is descended., It is a little
remarkable that James I., the only
child of an only child of an only child,
is the ancestor of every princely per
sonage In Europe, as well as of mauy
Elizabeth, who was named after oui
queen of "spacious times," was divplj
attached to Henry, the eldest son ol
James I., who died In bis father's life
time. She married in 1613 the Tal
grave of the Rhine, who afterward be
came the winter king of Bohemia, and,
after much suffering, died in 103.!, Just
as Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, who
bad been a claimant for Elizabeth's
hand, was triumphing. The widowed
queen lived on poor allowances from
Eugland, Holland or the Rhine states
until she returned to England after the
restoration of her nephew, Charles II.
She then resided a Lord Craven's
bouse in Drury lane, where alie died In
We canot now measure what the
charms and wit were which gained for
her the name of "Queen of Hearts"
and the admiration of all who knew
her. She waa not clever. She was not
on the best of terms with all of her
numerous children, many of whom be
came Roman Catholics. It was owing
to this fact that It was her youngest
but one, Sophie of Hanover, who gave
us our preaent reigning family, forth
Due d'Orlean. now living, la the senior
of our king even as descendant of Elis
abeth. Her favorite child was Prlnca
Rupert of the Rhine, the royalist cav
alry leader, whose name is renewed
to-day In the second belr to the throne
of Bavaria, to whoa house he be
longed. W are aTwaf 1 TJTITeTlsTTclous of
the man who wears silk mitten on bis
DENMARK'S GREAT CATHEDRAL.
Historic Sanctuary with the Remain
of Rulers Is at Roskllde.
The great cathedral of Denmark is
situated about eighteen miles west of
Copenhagen In the L'ttle town of Roa
kllde, where In former days was a
royal residence. Roskllde Is on the
main railway line running across Zea
land to Kursour, the little port on the
Great Belt from whence the boats
sail for Kiel and Nyborg. It is a very
quiet little town of 6,000 Inhabitants,
the picturesque houses looking very
humble beneath the towering mass of
the cathedral standing on the edge of
the hill which drops precipitously down
to the fiord at its foot It seems
strange to see so grand a pile built en
tirely of red brick, but the cathedral
of Roskllde is of this material within
The original building, erected by
King Ilarald Blaatand In the tenth
century, was of wood. This was fol
lowed In the next century by a build
ing consisting of a nave and two
aisles, constructed of limestone. The
present building is believed to have
been commenced in 1210, when Peter
Suneson was bishop of Roskllde.
All the Danish royal family are laid
to rest In Roskllde; the word "burled"
Is scarcely applicable, for the royal re
mains merely stand in great coffins In
the various chapels on the north and
south sides of the cathedral.
One of the chapels is dedicated to
Christian IV.-one of Denmark's most
famous kings, who lived in the latter
part of the sixteenth and the first half
of the seventeenth centuries. The
chapel was built party after the king's
own design between 1615 and 1620,
but the mural paintings were added
later by Christian VIII. In the naval
battle of Femarn the king lost an eye,
and fell fainting from loss of blood.
Christian IVY coffin Is of oak, cov
ered with black velvet, and ornament
ed with silver plates on the sides, and
a crucifix and the king's sword on the
top. The coffin nearest his is that of
Queen Anna Catherlna, the first con
sort of Christian IV., and another be
longs to the Prince Christian, who was
elected successor, but died before his
During Queen Alexandra's recent
visit to Denmark most of the mem
bers of the royal party at Bernstoff
visited Roskllde Cathedral on the an
nlversary day of the death of the late
Queen of Denmark. The coffin is cov
ered with wreaths, and the one sent
by Queen Victoria a few years ago,
though withered, is still kept with the
others which cover the coffin.
The German emperor stands twenty
fourth in the list of succession to the
British crown. "
In an ironclad of ten thousand tons
tlie' hull weighs 3,400 tons and the
machinery 1,400 tons.
Thibet Is larger than France, Ger
many and Spain combined, but has
only six million people.
Divers' boots weigh twenty pounds
apiece. The helmet weighs forty
pounds, and the diver carries also
eighty pounds of lead to enable him
to keep bis balance at the bottom of
The Japanese rip their garments
apart for every washing, and they
Iron their clothes by spreading them
on a flat board and leaning this up
against the house to dry. The sun
takes the wrinkles out of the clothes
and some of them have quite a lustre.
The Japanese woman does her wash
ing out of doors. Her washtub Is not
more than six inches high.
The ancients did not have lightning
rods constructed as ours are, but they
hnd lightning conductors, which shows
that they knew how to protect them
selves from the danger that lies In a
thunderstorm. Even so long ago as
the tenth century lightning was divert
ed from fields by planting in them
long sticks or poles, on top of which
were lance heads. . It is said that the
Celtic soldiers used to try to make
themselves safe from the stroke during
a storm by lying on the ground with
their nnked swords planted point up
ward beside them.
HE PAINTED "LOVE AND LIFE,"
George Frederick Watts, Creator of
the Much-Dlacussed Picture,
The picture. Lore and Life, which
President Roosevelt Intends to keep
on the walls of the White House In
spite of the pro
tests of the Worn-
a n ' a Christian
ion, is a character
istic work o
Watts, the noted
English painter. It
represents two hu
man figures a
young and timid
ufc.otM.iii if. watts, gin wno is strug
gling along the rocky uphill path of
life, while love personified by a man
angel tenderly bends over her hesitat
ing figure as she places her hand in
hla for guidance up the rocky path,
Without the protectlou of love sh
dare not venture. The picture was
presented to the United States by Mr.
Watts at the time of the World's Fair
In Chicago. President Cleveland sub
sequently hung It In the White House,
but took It down and sent It to the
Corcoran Art Gallery, when the W. C.
T. U. protested agnlnst it President
Roosevelt thinks the White House Its
Watts Is 82 year old. ne first
achieved success as a portrait and his
torical painter. Later lie turned to
representation of the great things of
life which are the common thing to
love, death and Judgment His pic
tures appeal to the masses. Some of
his paintings are In the House of Par
lia merit, other In the Tate gallery In
London, and four of h!s best In St.
Jude' Church, Whitecbapel, the poor
est district In London. He I a tire
less worker, arising at 4 o'clock In the
morning and working until late.
Real old fashioned peupie never look
at the picture of a girl taken profit
without wondering If she had it tjik.i
that way because she is cross-eyed.
m .'i n
To Hake Better Rural Roads.
The Postofflee Department has a
scheme uuder consideration wnlch, if
adopted, will help to do away with the
bad roads to be found in many parts
of the country. The plan is to have
inspector appointed in the rural free
delivery part of the service whose duty
it shall be to determine whether the
road over which it is proposed rural
carriers shall travel are fit
At present the department is swamp
ed with the complaints of the rural car
riers about the condition of the roads
over which they are expected to carry
the mall. The department lias bad no
way of making the road supervisors
better the condition of the roi'ds. Now
it 1 proposed to ask Congress for au
thority to abolish the rurnl routes that
Include part of bad roads and not to
re-establish them until they have been
so repaired as to make it possible for
an ordinary horse to drag an ordinary
vehicle over the roadbed In the full
and spring month.
The duty of the proposed inspectors
shall be to examine all the roads about
which complaint is made. If they find
tho allegation to be true, it shall be
their duty to notify the supervisor of
the roads for the township through
which the road passes that unless it is
put into condition -within tho fixed
time, the carrier service will be discon
tinued. There are about-14,000 rural
freo delivery route and on three
fourths of them the roads are in a bad
condition for about half the year.
Better Roads vs. Better Schools.
One of the most beneficial result of
road improvement ia the facility it
give to consolidate country schools
and thus concentrate our children into
central buildings, o- making graded
schools possible in our country dis
tricts. In traveling around the State
we have noticed that where improved
roads exist the children, by menus of
bicycles, easily go long distances to
central schools; thus graded roads
make possible graded schools, the im
proved roads working in harmony v.'ith
the State education law, giving the
children of the rural districts the same
advantages as those residing in cities.
In one year forty-four Connecticut
towns, by means of improved roads,
were enabled to give free transporta
tion to a large number of their pupils.
Eighty-four small schools were closed
and fcU9 children rode to the central
schools. The cost of transportation was
about 12,000, but a gross amount of
some 20,000 was saved, leaving a net
saving of some $8,000. This saving
was only a small part of the benefit
derived, for it resulted in a better at
tendance and better Bchools. This
close co-ordination between Improved
road and education cannot be too
strongly Impressed upon the public at
tention. New York Tribune Farmer.
CHEAP HANDY MAN.
In New Tork There Is a Youth Who
Works for a Fenny.
No woman, no matter how poor she
may be, who lives within the confines
of a' certain territory on the upper
West Bide, In New York City, need be
without help In her household duties
any more that is, provided the pres
ent state of thing In the section con
tinues. She can call to her aid a man
of -all-work who will perform any serv
ice she requires, and all she will have
to pay I one penny.
There is a youth Just verging on
manhood who patrol the section
every morning regularly, going Into
the yards and calling out at the top
of bis voice that he will "do any kind
of work for one cent."
The territory covered by this strange
character extends from 72d street to
110th street and from Central Park
West to the North River. Sometimes
he goes a little above or below this sec
tion, but usually be confines himself
to these limits. He was first noticed a
little more than a mouth ago, and
since that time he has not failed to
appear on any day except Sunday.
He goes Into the yards of flat houses,
the Janitors seldom making any objec
tion, and loudly bawls a list of things
he will do for a cent. Here are a few
Take the clothes on the roof.
Carry coal from cellar.
Make the beds.
Wash the dlshea.
Wash the dog.
Clean the beds of bugs.
Scrub the floor.
Chop wood. '
VI will do anything at all," he goes
on, "for one penny."
The youth ia apparently In earnest
and when any one, taking compassion
on him, throws out a coin b will in
variably ask; "Do you want any work
He seem loath to take the money
without giving it equivalent In work,
thus exploding the theory that some
formed at first that he was merely
playing upon their sympathies. Some
availed themselves of bla services out
of compassion at first but tbey have
found that he doe bis work well, and
now they do not see how they could
get along without him.
Many housewives in fiats who do
not keep a servant find this youth ex
ceedingly useful Tbey get the hardest
part of their work done quickly and
cheaply and do not bave to contend
With many annoyances consequent on
keeping a girl in a small flat. Most
person who employ the youth give
him more than a penny, but he does
lot aeem to expect any more. New
Glaciers ia Montana.
But few people are aware thai there
are In Montana some of the flueit gla
cier in the world.
There 1 entirely too much future U
GEO. P. CROWELL,
fIU'ee!ifnr to E. L. Bmlth,
Oldtst tslublUhtd House iu His valley.
Dry Goods, Groceries,
Boots and Shoes.
Flour and Feed, etc.
This old-established house will con
tinue to pay cash lor all its goods; it
pave no rent; it employ a clerk, but
does not have to divide with a partner.
All dividends are made with customer
in the way of reasonable prices.
ar-. j -
i unvennort tsros.
Have opened an office in Hood River.
Call and get prices and leave orders,
which will be promptly filled.
Regulator and Dalles City
Between The Dalles and Portland
Daily Except Sunday.
Leave Dalles 7 A. M.
Arrive Portland 4 P. M.
Leave Portland 7 A. M.
Arrive Dalle 6 P. M.
Leave Hood River (down) at 8:30 A. M.
Arrive Hood River (up) at 8:30 P.M.
A. W. ZIMMERMAN,
White Collar Line
Portland -Astoria Route
Str. "BAILEY GATZERT."
Dally round tripi except Sunday.
Leaves Portland . t..7:00 A. M
Leave! Astoria..... 7:00 P. U
Through Portland connection with Steamer
Kancotta from llwaco and Long Beach points.
White Collar Line tickets interchangeable
with O. K. A N. Co. and V. T. Co. tickets.
"TAHOMA" and "METLAKO"
Dally trips except Bunday.
" Str. "TAHOMA."
Leavel Portland, Hon., Wed., Frl 7:00 A. M
Leaves The Dalles, Tuea., Thurs. Bak,7:U0 A. M
Leaves Portland, Tries., Thu., Sat 7:00 A. M.
Leaves The Dalles Hon., Wed., Frl 7 :00 A. M.
Landing and office: Foot Alder Street. Both
phones Maiu iiuL Portland, Oregon.
J. W. CRTC11TON The Dalles, Ore.
A. K. Fl'LLKR Hood Kiver, Ore.
WOLFOKD & WYERS, . . .White Salmon, Wanh.
HENRY OLMSTEAD Carson, Wash.
JOHN T. TOTTEN Stevenson, Wash.
J.C. WYATT Vancouver, Wash.
A.J. TAYLOR Astoria, Ore.
E. V. CRICHTON,
and union Pacific
ido LivSo Mo
... TlBE SCHEDULE!
PEFT v Peruana, Or. A"'T1
Chicago Salt Lake, Denver, 4:80 p.m.
Portland Ft. Worth, Omaha,
Special Kansas City, at.
1:20a. m. Louis,Chice(oaud
At'antle Walla Walla fowls- 10:30s. m.
Express ton, Spokane. Min
8:15 p.m. neapolis.M. Paul,
via Duluth, Mllwati-
Pt. Paul Salt take, Denver, 7.85a. m.
Fast Wail Ft. Worth.Omaha,
t:00 p. m. Kansas City, St.
via - Lonis,Cakagoaud
Spokane - Last.
OCEAN AND RIVER SCHEDULE
IMp.m. All sailing dates 6:00 p. m
subject to chauge
For San Francisco
tail every s daya
Dally Cslnmtls River 5 on p. ro.
Ex. Bunday llaassert. Ex. Bunday
Saturday To Astoria and Way
Ui.W p. m. Lauding.
I lii m. WlllaaieHe tlrar. About
Uon., Wed. Water permitting. t:uip m.
audfrL Ornou Cliy, Ne-; Tues., Thu.,
berg, ttalein, 1 mle-; bat.
Iisaud May iud-l
7.00 a.m. WlllaawtH an Vast- l:p. m.
toes., Thsr. kill ls. Won., Wed.
sod Bat. Witter permitting. and frl.
Oreton t llv iy
ton, A Hay Laud
toga Lv. Rtparla tnakf tit. I.v Lewis ton
4 ( a. m. i .
Daily except R I par la to LewistonDailv except
beturday J Friday
A. U CRAIQ,
GeBetal Passenger Agent, Portland. O
a. H. BOAR, Agent, lie Slver.