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|Article Title||The Hero of Beaver Head|
rWaeyMMJI''t'SsajJi i MIMJLUal PP'IWsSJlsjswwWWWy PJ Th& Hero of Beaver Head. I "It win i;-ht p there on the collln'l" cried the man; "right up thorel an' It had green ces nnd a retl-f orltotl tongtiol It wan an nwfnl analio, Lucy, nnd It Jumped down onto mo an' got nniul my neck nn" wits chohln' met Oh, It was cholttn' me!" 'n ul got up and. lifting tho ltltlo girl In his nrm i. limited at tho children inennlngly, and thoy . .llowed him out. Ho placed his dcllento btiwlen on a Ix'neh In n sunny place dow n by tho wnll, nnd, asking t. url lo si.itvh them whllo they played, ho went bark to help his mother. Slip ratio Into the loom nsherntrrel It struck him to tho heart, hc loo' oil so w orn and pitiful. piti-ful. "Ho'sNlccpIng nnln." 1io vvl Xprrwl. "Don't you (r In 'n iv 1 r la, Punl, unless un-less I call you: iierlmpf llio pell won't coino on him aguin " Tho lioy turned a i lo nnd r if down lieforo tho lire, ami liefan iItmhi,' l.li wet nnd cllogliig ebitlirs. 'I h" uuinan went alowly nliont her work, aud sounds from tho children plnj ing in the r.miRhlne came lloatinir in. Tho two did not tall., nine question touching the httlo stian - i win nIic could lie, nnd through what mv sn nous peril sho had como to th in nn , have ebbed through their llimiu;! '.' 1 it tlioy had no heart to speak of it. '1 ln children chil-dren might gambol nn tin trrus , n 1th tho deep Indigo sky nbovc mid thr fragrant rnln-wnshrd nlr comlrg through tho pines nnd filling tin m with zest, but to these elder two thr very ut-mosphcro ut-mosphcro seemed thick ami t lgnant with tho cun0 that lay upon thr family After a tlmo tho woman finished washing tha poor, c nicked disl on nnd went out, nnd tho boy rouec-il Inunsclf and stirred wearily ubont. Ho foil stiff and heavy, much nn If Ito were partly numb In body whllo his mind was painfully wldc-nwnUc. Ilrfumd his mother putting tho tuba In pmitlon under tho shed, getting them rctuly at onco for work. "Mother, ye ain't fit to," plmiV.1 thr boy, "Vo nln'tfitto work, ,u il hit sleep none last night, 1 know yr i.n L. S ' v'ro nil of a tremble nm , mother; can i wo wait till to-morrow? ' "We have nothing to cat in tN house, Paul," she bald. "We inln.t so. t ilu mlll-clolhcs done on' get man thing to feed tho uhildron. Your futhor mm hnvo to hnvo some medicine, too," tuid her lips trcrahletl. The boy eruld hare erlrd out tignln-1 the whole world in hla bittcrnrf hut h nhut ),ss tu.tli hard, tfjul. putt.ug thr wnlcr-yoUr across his ahouldera, went don to tV (..ring. IIo loll hn-ia-1 and sore from his hard work on tin. furr of thi rlitf, antl came ak nlov'h. His mother was not at ,lw tnhs, but he hoanl her soothing ttio xior man l.i the but, tho sounds being nlnjlo d with pitiful eric. Ilo sprang wo the door and waited, lint sho did' not rail him, and In n lHtlu tlmo i.ho iniuo out btie was broathing bard ami went unsteadily and sat down ou tho ueaoh by the tubs. "I gvtJJH ha won't bs bad llko ha H iomctlmea," ho panted, "boeauao ho gmwoffto slorii so rpiloU. It's not much moru than bnd dreams, I thliilt." " iiv m t ye lot mo go in an" help ye. in i lh r"' ' "He in! I., hurt you, Paul. Youlcnow whii ho ih'l t yon ouoa. 1 novor could bear lo wo um near him since when lic'a l ul II won't hurt mo, no mattor how w ll.l h m iv lo. He's Iciud, you know, p. s 1. only when tho ilrink takes away h'-. nnn.l. You mustn't feel 111 toward to-ward him, il'.ir, for lit' doing himself mora harm i lum unyono elso." "Yes, m ither." ald the lKiy; "I'll try not to fwl lmnl towards him," nnd his lips trcmMcft with feeling As the day ndrnnooil tticfatherceaaeil to leap up f mro'tlir nw fill sliant's thuj peopled his hl-cp, and alnklng deopor trnd tjrrprr 'n I hhIkt 1-iv ns tf ho might never wake, The child slept a long time ou a l.liinl.'t nrnr tho lire, nnd when kIio awoke ihc began to play n llttlo with thr ihlldren. Hut she seemed frull, nnd rvrr and anon her Jilno ryeb would fill with t-iri. Hhe WO lost from l!iisr w h i lovnl her, hut no goldon-halnii fini" . -mll evi r Iiuvc been morn won-li,,.. 1 I f"in litth-ragged litth-ragged hula than was slu. P. nl nnd his mother saw It all i - thry ti ..rki .1 on at tho washing, nnd uhlhvs in.my llttlo thrills of ttimlrnn" t .k-IkiI tm-ir heartsasUicy wnthsl tin putty -Ight rirrriNo thk wATnn-vnKB ot mrf shoot.- DKI1S, IIK W ENT TO THU RMUNO ( Hut what of tho child.' This .latnty i stranger blown In upon tholr hliume and poverty from Heaven only kiuw what quiuterof tho world. What had she to do w ith their (lcRtiny? ruiuoya I wli.'ii 1k who wa sleeping lo Uio hut Hiiotilil wake. )ir culd toll thorn imu-i imu-i tiling of this now but welcome burden I he h.i.l nulled to tholr carve. ' (I'VTTFIIIII. The diiv wrnt by nnd tho nlfdit pu- 1 1 re 1 1 " Armiii nwoko. lien hi-1 sn oi l ti.o ! ior t!u un wmi u)iln- ' ln,f " i '' i i'i " imil frr h as lie 'ui.'ini iuio riu'lng I til i . in lift Undo was V ' i v ine-i.pK.sjd .. , t jo ali' was ii tsRolMr. t " ,' : vti uml had y thu rouks, wwm anwwwywwwiiiiiii n iwm w, stove under tho shed 'ben Armor, still a llttlo unstcwly of step, ramn through tho low door ho caught sight of ' Gale. "Hn, there! Whcru arc yo Oyln' to, llttlo canary?" ho cried, and thr child ran to him and ho tossed her lightly up aud down. How ltlg nnd strong nnd good-natured ho seemed. Tho children tilting about his knees whrn ho was washing his face and 1 uiglicd and shouted when ho dashed the eool fluid upon his feverish head and sprinkled them with tho brlghl drops. Whrn ho wns wiping his trembling hands he Inquired In-quired for Paul. "Ho got his breakfast enrly nnd went up tho shorn with thr boot to scr If ho could get noma fish," said the mother, "llo'll be back about noon and take tho clonti cloUios to tho mill." The mart looked down. An expression of shamo nnd unworthlnrss passed across hU face. When they wi re seated he nto but little, but tlrnuk great ' draughts of onlfro. I "You foe, Lucy, when I dropped down out of IX-dp ervek Into tht sen," ho said, In answer to her Inquiry. "I rmclt n ctorm cumin'. I wasn't very clear In the uprnv story, I guess, but I thought I could mukc tho bay afore It struck, an' I rawed tremendous. Hut tho hnrrl-cano hnrrl-cano canio on llko a race horse, an' with the first scoop It lifted mo an' the boat clean outen tho witter. I hung In 'or, though a good msuy times I thought he a- ffoln' upside down, 'ni't she kop' m cr bottom Mini1 way rn" run on In tin d ,rknrsa nn' llghtnln' like nil pos-so'.si pos-so'.si d I niilOird holt r f tin- riulder nn' l.i ,'' i . flit n' brr when the li-htiilu' fell, wM h was almnt etory seeon.1 Tho i'i I'Mikrd t.hite llko ii kettle of water hill i over, nn' suddenly I boo ii slnpwns abi -il in run over luo from behind. It v. u 1 ', m" i.fnro tho wind like nil Tcn-ti, Tcn-ti, n ind Jlst missed me. I hcaiil t lings rip' in and hroaklti' on her an' .bouts iimi x'rramlii' ns sho passed; th n some-thin' some-thin' I'onie croshln' pgm thn hunt and Unoeked no outen It. Tho next notid. I lie by the ltghUlln' that It wuuiliig 1 let form or stnglli of Isinnl,, in' I ettiiilioil up onto ft. . At soon n . I gnt my bn'oth I heard something rri in' by m nnd looked around, nnd lo ural be-h.'lV be-h.'lV thin little thing 'wiislaytn there ticl tH to the platform. I got her 1 io e nn' ulio ootahod mo rdhndthi' nock a:i' i hilt mc fust, an do you know, Lucy, In in . '.euro mi' oHlfu.,ion I thonrrhlit tsniHrccxcr Wnl," lie continued, ufUT a p i-isi, "I bllt to her an' sliohllttoi.iu I an I tbudfht, ray soul nnd liody, w il K lluoWvd ofch .tlm pit Hii". rollm' r but it went straight i n ihr In id, ii 1 ill i ( a suddent 1 1, il.vl it) and t'.r fiont nf thr elllf n-. white an i n ' im I' lightnin' ai thr face f a . ami 11 e nrl mini u st u i ni-.li. nnd m and i. lM i. , I up mi of llio pillars, un t ' i Ii,, 'ied !". fit ind I got ii fmti. .ii i i .,g time till Paul comi; with t " A heavy r.ilrnec fell bem n th -m li ' nfftilto speakof tho bo.'.- biv erv, I ut in the face of his ow n sh , i f il life, ' t he , ords stuck in his throat Ptcm nt- I; he nroac. "1 (ruem, Luoy, I'll go up to the l wlu.rf and seo Krio Ivorson," he tnid "Mebby 1 kn got him to conn nmund this wny to-night and talk w it'i tlm llttlo thing. I'm thinkiu' sh i Norsvo-ginnvnn' Norsvo-ginnvnn' mobbo hoenn find out whero she'e from." " Yoa, Travc," said tho woman. Then ho stooped down and snld: "Good-by, llttlo canary; I'm toIu' to fetch some ono that enji uudi .-..uinl y'r plpln'." Tho child looked ut h mi wonder-liigly wonder-liigly a moment, then put her arms about Ids neck ami ktsscd him. "Oh.Tnivo," said tho wife, "you won't drink any more, u ill you? bco, it'sllko ns if llroezo had como baak from Henven nnd wns bcggln'you withklssrs not to l0 bad any more," und sho wn crvfntron his bicn'.t Tho man gnvo a groan of wild contrition contri-tion and holplossncr.s. "So, Lucy, I won't ever tetch It ngnln," ho snld. "I'll strive ngln it, nn' won't ever tetch It no more!" And lie Went nway with clinched fists, swearing swear-ing In his soul thnt Uqnor should novcr pass Ids lips ngnln. Hut alas, for tho man who oneo sots himself on flro with tills Inhuman thirst. Ills will la turned to nshos In tho llames. Paul came home at noon with n shining shin-ing string of fish, but tho fothur did not como. When dinner wus over the lioy shouldered his big bag of clothes and started for the rillls. "I'll bring him home, mother, If I ken," ho said. ."Don't worry," and ho went limping on. When ha had delivered tho clothes, ho turned off Into the town. Thore, nlj the streets ran shambling down ami converged upon tho wharves, and ho went up ono nnd down another looking vainly for hi father. Presently, with a thrill of horror, ho saw tho man como reeling from n llttlo grog shop down by i the water side. An uohlng lieovl- I ucss spread, through all his being as he stood dumbly watching hlra. I What had it all oome to, his saving this man and bringing him hack Into thn ! world.' With a bitter throb he started i toward him. The mnn saw bun com- iiv r.s ho stood leering nbont, nnd tturt. d diwn the slioro toward homo. 1 i.c boy followed, hoping in sonic way , to turn him aside, that his mother might i ba spared this tottut Ing sight. Huiklou- ly, as the father lg-.aggsd forward, ho turned and confronted the boy. "Son, you're a. trump, nnd I want tho money ye got for the wnsliln'," he told, thiolcly. Paul gave a cry of horror nnd sprang bark, tint In hi lameness lie stumbled aud fell, and th father Jumped heavily upon him. "Olmmc the money 1" he yelled wtld-Iv, wtld-Iv, nn they stfu-nfletli but tlm boy only gave a pitiful cry, and got up with him. Then they began to struggle strug-gle as they stood, writhing, rocllng, stri'diiff, and rjndd-nly tlioy plnngod l,.-i' .long down tov. urds tut) wuter. Th e ft cup-l(c drnt In the banlt MRurht und hell them, hut the boy (all ben atliai(lwMptrtl,rtunncl, andthe rat' ,vt upon him w ith his knees mid hel ii.m wiitfelk tore mo money from hto i -ov Uct. A J" go' up- tho boy, like out ,n a turrttdn dre.ua, clutched blia stofrH-rutiily Mit tho ItncCs, but th mo Wiiel ft(iri- i track him. o cruel blow lu the few und ho fell bock acci'-lesii acci'-lesii at the water't. odgo. i . . It aei'med a lung time Ittfbre oon etousnesa retirm-rt to him. Tho Hvra , sang1 on at tho mills, the cloud blew i over, tha tide running outward licked softly at his luair. but he lay still with his tilwillug faec turned bar'' in the .sunshine, mute protest ttgatiwt tha ever-rurslng erHa of the eup. Af tor n tints lis moaned like ono in a troubled nleep, and turned himself. The ooolliuj wsjter touched Ids foot) and be awoko. 'ilrtfli It all osmo book .to ulm the ttntttle nnd tho dru4ful hour, avl tesMwos hlsjeot tnAm "(nunc Tnr uoNT.rr iir tsi.mcd WII.OI.T. gored, up tho bank. Ho looked up the Bhorc to tho town, and thero his father was, a hatlcss sot, reeling from tho grog-shop by tho water side. Tho boy1 blno eyes began to blazoi his very blowl scorned to curdlo with hatred and loathing. The man came a llttlo way down the shoro whero some boats wcro rocking nnd tugging at tho chains which held them. Evidently ho pur-jioscd pur-jioscd gettlngclnto ono of them to sleep his drunkenness away. Tho lioy watched him walk waver-Ingly waver-Ingly out upon tho landlng-planlc to a largo four-onrcd boat. The chain hung loosely over tho stako at tho end of tho plank, and the man' foot caught under it, lifting It from tho stake, and ho fell forward Into the lioat, giving It a great lurch outward. The wind had boon blowing steadily from tho land nil day, and long crested swells wcro running westward as far as the cyo could reach. Tho mnnrf rom being stunned, or In a stuixir, did not rise, and tho boat began drifting outward. Tho oars had been removed, nnd tho lioy turned about with n nolso in his cars llko gurgling water. Tho sun seemed to iret dark in hlni; tho greatest strugglo of his llfo had como. Ito started to gel tho boat at the head and savo tho man; then ho stood I still with his fists clenched, and I watched the boat como down tho bay. No one necmed to notice it, nnd outward ' It drifted, borno on tho long, rolling j iv ells. It passed by tho boy, and ho w i'. i inland strained In tho conflicting i in n litis of feeling that beset him. Mi . ikl ho save him? Ho saved bird but '.i i'i morn! Lo, his rcwardl Hut was ii Ii whoMioirr save a llfo and would no-, -itinost aa guilty as ho who took i n ' 'iinethlnjf llko this passed through In nn. ul, Inn ho could not reason; bis tin ii -lits M'omcd scattered nnd confused l'. In ittiirer. ' T'n h i drifted through tho mouth 1 of tin' buv. there tho unbroken wind cjiii. ki i j the swells, anil It passed Into th, oe-i deep. Thousands of miles of w .iter spr ml away boforo It, and w llh- ou food or oara tho unconscious fnlher I went outward Into tho glimmering wj;' I ConuMuro MHT wti ..