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MOUSE RIVER FARMERS PRESS C of the NORTH OLD TITUS * ~lght by Harold Tltul WNU Service SYNOPSIS Drake, with hie four-year- from a blizzard by ~ber operator, whom Flynn forgives the Drake another chance, until his death, is- Steve, the debt they y years later, "Young Jim" Flynn, hie Sent by Old Jim, in- an accident In daughter, is tempo- to take charge of the Polaris--woods op- YOuth Is indulging in a /-~arnlng of Polaris' hoping to do some- Steve hastens to headquarters. II--Continued ~3~ the man called. Tills Jim Flynn's?" Jeem Flynn. Yah. to headquarters ?" say mile-two Beeg point. ~lle-two odder side by head lac mile-two more from rock dam. Rock dam, she ' by here if go ve-ry fast. ~rlaned. now. You put together ~aile-two,s and It'll make a Try thls : How long'll It long by here, eh? Da's Mask from me better eh? I tell you, mlstalr if she go by woods, she dam' long; if she go by she come ve'ry fas', you ~aak headquart' bye-'n'-bye eh T' everybody? Just you and camp i all sans she go Two, t'ree half-hour ago. get mad for h--1 so go by ~? What's the row?" meestair yo'ng man: we sans; we chop, saw, all mask tree go fall, maak h~l. Meestalr Thorpe he ahnos, we work sans we ask money. Meestair Yo'ng no come by Good-Bye. We you pay more money. Pay more money all-same sans odder Jobs maak. he say not'lngsl She keep We all go, good, firs'- sans an' say tonight, da's no good. We got for money sure t'lngl We money tomorrow or we Jeem Flynn do when work eh ?" Steve, however, frowned. of the Frenchman's re. a phase of humor, yes, ~situation which it revealed, With what he had learned gulae that forenoon, was not one. get it straight: you boys are quit unless you get more away?" Ouil Da's right, meestalr high delight at hay- complete understanding. Hum-m-m .... Well started down-stream with no delay. Night was falling and entered the broad reaches lake the first stars set In its placid surface. him faint yellow~Mghts he reasoned that they In the windows of headquar- an hour his canoe grated to a" sandy beach. Steve pulled craft over and slip- arm through a strap of his about. Several buildings shore and from the largest i smear of light. The shadows ~aOved against this and In the the sound of a voice, lifted in and rapid talk, could be Walked forward. This was a the van. Men lined and louuged against the rough They were rough men, in the of woods laborers. They intently to the short, one who stood in the center another who wlth arms chewed slowly, eyeing the With a harrted look. the story, McNally," the ~an said as if summing up. money right away or we'll grade. We put it up to Thorpe as. Then, because he hung on wattln' for Young np. Young Jim ain't showed. only one who has any say here. We get it from Franz ~did-Western folks are payin' quarter a cord and If they can, or else get along this crew." addressed as McNally, on of the name Franz, turned toward a tall, strapping sat on the counter, one clasped in his great hands. no authority, Wartin," Mc- ~ade answer, "to do anything what I'm delve. If you boys Puts Old ~Im right in a hole. secret that this pulp oper- that's keepin' his chin above Should it stop, he'd sink; be open. A lot of you've for htm for years; you've found and square and willin' to do more 'n anybody else does in of pay. "As for what Mid-Western pays,"-- glancing again at Franz in open dis- llke---"seems to me it's funny you'll take for truth what's said about an outfit that's a hundred miles away. Looks funny tu me l" Fran~. let his lips twist Into a queer smile. "But that's all I can tell you: I got no right to give you more and that I think It's a dam' shame that you'll threaten to hit a man who's down on his back in more ways than one!" "But we've waited," Wartln protest- ed, as if on the defensive. "We've waited for Young Jim to come. Don't you see, Mac, that we've done our part?" He spread his hands as if in appeal for understanding and at that Franz swung himself to the floor and spoke. "I'm only an outsider in this deal," he said, looking hard at McNally, "but since I've been dragged ~to it I might as well speak my piece. Anyhow, I'm going to do it I'--nodding defiantly at McNally whose face bore a look of helpless anger. "What's been said about Old Jim Flynn and its being too bad he's smashed up is all true enongh. But there's another side to this: the men's side. If Flynn Is broke, Just so much more reason for these men to be cer- tain of Jobs at a fair wage either here or somewhere else. If other companies are paying more than Flynn is you can't expect a working man to get soft hearted and go on working for charity. "And, McNally, you keep stalling and asking 'era to walt until Young Jim shows up. Young Jim Flynnl"-- with a sneer. "Any one of you ever Drake Stood Over Him, Feet Wide Apart, Elbows Crooked, Breath Loud in His Throat. see him? No! Not one. Neither have I. Has he ever been in the woods? Not on this Job, anyhow. I'll tell you the stories they tell about him. He's a drunken bum ; he's a worthless punk, son of a rich man, as unreliable as a pet wolf, .and that's the kind of a boss you're asked to hang on and wait for and work for less than's your rightful due until he gets here!" Men nodded. Franz saw that he was swinging them. He gestured and went on. "He may never show up and maybe that's Just what his father figures: that he isn't supposed to show up hotel Oh, there's a lot of bunk spread about Old Jim FlynnI I'm here to tell you that the old devil has traded on sympathy for years! At heart he's a d~d black skunk, Old Jim Ftynn is !" In the doorway, a threatened stir. Steve Drake felt the skin along his spine commence to crawl "Old Jim Flynn !" Franz cried again. "You've been brought up to think of him as a little tin ~d. And what's he been showed up as? A crook, doesn't it look like? A d---d, double- crossing snake who---" The stir In the doorway developed, this time. Steve Drake shouldered his way roughly through the onlookers who had stood in front of hlm, an- gered breath quick In his throat. He was thinking that now was the time to render service to the man who had served him and his father so welL He was thinking that one man can do another no greater favor than defend his good name; that this opportunity to show his sense of obligation was a gift of the gods, that in another half hour he might have been too late to call this man to account for his cow- ardly tirade. And so he broke Franz short with a hand on his arm, spinning him about and saying, as he dropped hls pack- sack to the floor: "I guess I got here about In time I" ---because that thought was uppermost in his mind after those years of wait- ing to do something for Old Jim. "Who're you to horn in?" "Never mind me! I don't matter. Nothing matters except what you had to say about Old Jim. What you said about Young Jim don't count but the things you spit out about old Jlm. . . Are you going to swallow 'em now or have those words driven back Into your d--d gullet?" *Who the h--1 besides you thinks--" "Maybe nobody~ Besides, I'm doing the talking now and I'm asking you: ara you going to tell these boys you were off on the wrong foot about Old Jim now or are you going--" l~ranz was not a weakling nor a physical coward; neither was he a slow thinker. Ha knew the fighting light when he saw it surge lato man's eyes. One thing only was there for him to do: strike first. His knuckles caught Steve on the point of the chin, drove his head back- ward, sent his arms flinging wide; he reeled and lurched and, dizzy from the shock, did what his fuddled wit8 told him to do: sagged forward, clasping the other tightly with his arms. Fr~lnz tried to break that clinch. He rained blows on Steve's head, pum- meled at his rlbs and back but his arms were hampered and he could put no great drive behind his fists. Stove's mind was clearing and when Franz swore thickly in rage at his helpless- hess he let go his hold voluntarily, coming to a square stance and strik- ing savagely as Franz staggered away from him. The man was going away, yes, but the blow, full on the lips, caught him at arm's length, a stinging crash and his legs wilted and sagged, letting him slowly down. Drake stood over him, feet wide apart, elbows crooked, breath loud in his throat. Except for that sound the place was very still and the faces of the group reflected the thought that here indeed was a man l He had withstood the hardest blow Franz had at command, and with one of his own had floored his adversary. It simply was not possible that Franz would rise and carry on the fight. "Now," Steve said, "did I drive 'era all back? Those filthy words about Old Jim FlynnT' Franz did not answer. He felt of his swelling lips and looked upward. In that look was hatred, chagrin, perhaps a threat; but It was, first of all, a beaten look and Steve hitched at his belt and turned to retrieve his hat, well satisfied. As he turned he confronted McNally, who stood on the Inner edge of the wide-eyed circle of men. He was hold. lng Steve's new pack-sack which ha had snatched up when the fight start- ed. He had been staring at it: at the flap with the black, five-pointed star branded on it, and t~bold, black ini- tials: "J. F. Jr." He looked again at those letters and once again at the man who had borne the pack into the place and his Jaw dropped, "'Y Cr--dl" he muttered, only half aloud. His mustache twitched and L smile as of incredible relief wreathed his face. "'Y (N--d! Is them initials right? J. F, Junior? Is that so? Are y~ Young Jim?" [VENT./" OF THE WEEK TfllLVAIGIIOUT TIlE J'TATE TOLD IN BRIEF FORM Max.--Max, scene of several disas. trous fires in recent years, had anoth- er one recently. The blacksmith shop owned by Gottlleb Hoffmau was com- pletely destroyed. Dlcklnson.~W. A. Brown was elect- ed secretary of the Dickinson lodge of Elks, victorious in a three~ornered race for the office held by the late Lyatl Merry. Leeds.--Fire of undetermined origin caused an estimated damage of be- tween $15,000 and $20,000 to the Cities Service oil station here. Two auto- mobiles and the contents of the sta- tion were destroyed. Grand Forka.--Registration for the second semester at the Universtiy of North Dakota will begin February 6. ~'inal examination for the first semes- ter will begin January 26 and last un- til Feb. 2. EHendale.--The contract for gravel- ing M~mesota trunk highway No. 6, between Breckenrtdge and a point one mile south of Wolverton, was given to Lyle Sloan, Ellendale, N. D., on a low bid of $21,906. Grafton.--One hundred miles of sur- faced highway--incorporating a gravel finish highway in every township in Walsh county will be the result of CWA work if approved by the state CWA board. Jamestown.- Organization of the Jamestown Production Credit associa- tion to serve Barnes, Stutsman, and Kidder counties was completed here when 50 representative farmers from the three counties met. Williston.--The North Dakota song, "North Dakota Is Calling You," writ- ten by Harry Carlson of this ~ity and approved by Governor Langer and Senator Frazier, soon will be offered for sale by music dealers. Toothache Sufferer Is Killed h~ Cure Boston.--A toothache resulted In the death of Jolm J. Dowd, twenty- seven, of Worcester. He rubbed some medicine on his gums, to re- lieve a throbb|ng tooth. Shortly afterwards, he suffered severe pains and died. Medical Examiner Fred- erick H. Baker said a large quan- tity of a strong carbolic compound, designed to ease the pain, had been swallowed by the victim. WOMAN GAVE HUGE SUMS TO SF.RVANTS Rich Spinster's Prodigality Is Shown in Will Case. Los Angeles, Calif.--Margaret Kelth, daughter of a millionaire mining man, who committed suicide in her Beverly IIIlls mansion last April, once gave a nurse $10,000 for her thoughtfulness in bringing her a bunch of violets, a Jury hearing evidence in the contest of her will was told. Miss Kelth, described as a woman of great physical charm, left the bulk of her fortune, estimated at more than $1,000,000, to a favorite nephew, Al- bert S. Alien, Jr., an Oregon rancher. Contestants of the will, among them Miss Kelth's sister, Mrs. Etta Kelth Eskridge, contend the forty-nlne-year- old recluse was mentally incompetent and unable to conserve her finances. Their attorneys cited that she once gave a negro maid $1,000 and a motor car for bringing her dinner to her and that she discharged a Japanese gardener for looking at her, although she wrote l~im a check for $1,500. She permitted no one to look upon her. the Jury was told, went outside only at night, and had her'meals de- livered at the door of the room in whldh she lived--one room among scores that made up her palatial resi- dence in the Palos Verde hills over- luoklng the Pacific ocean. In another mansion, unfurnished except for a cot, in Beverly Hills. she succumbed to a self-adminlstered sedative. Fort Yates.~Nlne young Sioux In- Nicholas lh]rns, a contractor, told dlans of the Standing Rock reserva- the Jury he huilt the Palos Verde resl- tion have been selected for a special i donee for Miss Kelth. but sald he course in leadership in Indian censer-L never saw her and talked to her by The one thing common to each of ration work at the agency at Mesca lero. N. M. Amidon.--Ingwald Homelvig, Aml- don farmer, narrowly escaped the loss of an eye when struck m the eye and left temple by a pitchtork wield- ed by a l~elper. The injury was acci- dental. Va::cy City.--Mink pelts estimated worth from $1.200 to $1,500 were .~;eized by R. E. Stretch, Moorhead :~ame warden, when he arrested Herb McArthur of Valley City on a charge of transporting 140 of the pelts in Minnesota without proper tags. r landan.--First moves toward ask- ing the federal government for an air- mail stop on Ben Elelson field east of Mandan. have been put forward as members of the airport committee of the Chamber of Commerce collect data for their petition. Mandan.--Llewellyn Bechtold, nine- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bcchtold of Mandan, died from in- juries received when struck by an automobile while he was coasting on a "qed. The 16-year-old son, Joseph .2~chtold, died last November when a cLfle discharged accidentally. Jamegtown.--Robert Charles Brooks is sought by relatives who have en- listed the assistance of authorities :terc. Brooks was left an estate by h:s mother at her death. When last heard of, Brooks was in Lark. N. D., where he was taken to live with his grandmother about 25 years ago. Crand Forks. -- Robert Moore won the Rhodes scholarship at a recent Spokane event. Moore ws's one of six chosen out of twelve from six north- west states Each scholarship includes 72.000 and two years at Oxford univer- ,;ity with choice of a third year at any approved European university. Mandan.--Roy Day, old time fron- tiersman and cowboy, died here from pneumonia. An expert roper and rid- er, Day accompanied his father fol. lowing the great trail herds from Te::as to California. A river in Ore- ~;on, the John Day river, was named for h:s father. Day had worked in western North Dakota since 1890. Bordulac.--The state has accused the 21-year-old farm youth, George Hoffman. as the killer of his father, John Hoffman, John Hoffman was found dead the forenoon of January 4 near three freight cars in the rear of the Bordulac elevator. Swearing out of the charge followed after the change made in the story of the ac- cused youth's sister, Anna. Fargo.~The North Dakota State college Bison football team will clash with the powerful Minnesota Gophers at Memorial Stadium in Minneapolis on September 29, The Bison will be facing one of the outstanding teams in the country as Minnesota will only lose one man off from their undefeat- ed 1933 team. Fans all over the north- west will wonder how "Fritz" Hanson will compare with the All.American "Pug" Lund. Hillsboro.~A series of Sunday aft- ernoon concerts by the high school band and orchestra will be given in Hilisboro during the winter months, ILeif Christianson, director, announced. Fargo.--J. L. Kelley of Bismarck, sheriff of Burleigh county, was elect- ed president of the North Dakota Sheriff and Peace Officers association at the annual convention in Fargo. He succeeds C. C. Turner, Bismarck. Peter MacArthuro Fargo, sheriff of Cass county, was elected vice-presi- dent, these being the only changes made In officers. the score of men In the place as Mc- Nally, finger on the letters, put Ills question, was amazement. The thing was as unexpected as a thunderclap on a clear day, sudden, dramatically staged. But of them all Steve himself was the most completely dumbfounded. He, taken for Young Jim Flynn l Steve looked from the eager McNal- ly, whose eyes and voice and gestures attested to relief after long strain, to those others. Moments ago they had been truculent, rebellious. But now, thinking that one with authority to meet their demands had come, think- ing that he had on his very entrance into their lives established himself as outstanding, they had changed, A hot, stinging Impulse welled up within hlm. Five minutes before, Polaris and Old Jim Flynn had surely been on the brink of humiliating dis- aster. But now . . . Why, with a crew showing such respect for one they believed to be their employer, any- thing might be posslblel A voice seemed to float to him, his father's voice, coming down through the years in memory : *'If ever we get the chance, Steele . . ." He put out his hand to take that of McNally. "And I wasn't." be began, "any more than In time, was I, MacT' "Well, well I" mumbled Wartin, who had been spokesman for the dis- contented men, impelled to such mild expletive, probably, by shock. "Well, well l" He spat and grinned amiably. "This, now, makes everything look a little different, don't it, boys? Mebby we can get an answer to the question we come to ask, now." Drake let his eyes run from one to the other and grinned again. He was breathing easier but he needed time, much time. "Does everything happen that fast up here?" he asked, and his grin pro- voked sudden grins in the others. "Why, I step into camp and before I get a chance to introduce myself I get knocked out from under my hat and cuffed and slapped and h~l-rose with! Then, before I get my hair slicked down and my ears pinned back come at me for an answer to a matter I never heard about until I stepped through that door l I ask you, lads, is that the way you treat any- body who happens to come dropping In on this headquarters?" A rumble of laughter greeted this. "Well, likely it is a little fast," ad- mitted Wartin. "As for you gettin' knocked from under your hat . . . Well, we seen how far Franz got with that, good as we know he is. I guess you can take care of yourself, Mr. Flynn. But you're here now, and, I s'pose,"~serlous agaln--"we can bank on your listenln' to us In, say, a day or tWO." "I'm about the best listener you ever told your troubles to I" Wartin snapped his suspenders and nodded. "That's reasonable. I guess we can't ask for any more tonight." A half-hour later, when the men had all started their drift back to the wood camp ready for at least a few days' more work, McNally escorted Steve from the store toward his dwelling where, he said, the room oc- cupied by Old Jim when he made his Infrequent visits to Good-Bya was waiting and ready. telephone only once. "Although I acted as Miss Kelth's manager for a time and built tbe home for her, I never saw her." said Burns. "I received more than 100 letters from her. ] talked to lmr only once, and that time ahout [clans for the swim- ruing pool in ttm residence." Lawyers said Miss Keith turned against man even before the death of her father, the late David Keith of Salt Lake City, nnd that she once told him he was "not in accord with the rest of the universe." Counsel for Allen contends the will Is valid and represents the true de- sire of Miss Kelth for the distribution of her estate. Girl Betrays Physician as Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde Bucharest.~By day a Doctor Jekyll, fashionable society physician. By night s Mr Hyde. Such was the ca- reer of Dr. Rudolph Krullvocsky. Now, with the band of "high-brow criminals" he le~l for three years, Krullvocsky sits in Jail, betrayed by the Jealous vengeance of a woman. To the wealthy patients of his sur- gery in a fashionable section of Bucharest. Doctor KrulIvucsky was a cultnred, conscientious physician. But at night he was the chieftain of a band of profess'tonal criminals. They robhed banks. Jewelry stores. fashionable shops and the homes of noted actresses and society beauties. They migi~t not yet have been tracked down had Krullvocsky not quarreled with his sweethear| She thonght he was interested in rher woman and bag's spying on ha, ,per. He objected to her interference and they fougi~t. But the girl already knew too much. She took her revenge by telling police. And Every Silver Lining Has Its Cloud, It Seems New York.--Mrs. Rose Volz of Flor- al Park, who collected a $5,000 reward by finding a pearl necklace in Central park. looked back today upon that windfall with nothing but ruffled an. ger. So many friends called to congratu- late her at the Park avenue apartment where she was employed as a nurse- maid that she lost her Job. That was much more important to her than the fact that she collected the reward. Five thousand dollars is Just an accident, but a Job Is a Job. Mrs. Volz, s nurse for the children, was taking her charges through the park when she found the necklace. It had been lost by Mrs. Alfred Ett- linger of Cary, Ill., daughter of John Hertz, founder of the Yellow Cah cor- poration. It was valued at $70,000 and insured for $50,000. Razorback Hogs Ate Aerial Bombers' Targets Hamilton Field, Calif.--The boys of the Ninety-third Observation Air corps certainly were mysti~ed recently. They set their targets in position, cll~nbed into their ships and soared overhead. When they were ready to unload thelr bombs--the targets were gone. Tl~ey repeated this procedure twice, then investigated. Fourteen razorback hogs with a taste for paste were eating tl~ targets. BEAUTY TALKS By MARJORIE DUNCAN THE SENSIBLE SHOE pttYSICIANS will tell you that walking is the best all around ex- erclse. It brings so many muscles trite play. It stimulates the circulation. IS serves as a tonic to mind and body. Set aside a half hour every day, more If you can do so, for walking. If yo~l are In the clty, get out Into the parks, If you live In the country, take a walk In the woods, particularly in the fall. The maples are golden yellow or flaming red. Don't miss them! The long brown pods of the honey locust wave tn the crisp autumn breeze, and the dogwood berries are changing green to red. Straighten your shoulders and breathe deeply. Hum a tune as you walk. And don't Just saunter along but walk brlSkly, purposefully. And be sure that you are wearing sensible shoes. That is very Important. For ill-fitting shoes may defeat the pur- pose of your walk. Remember that good posture is Im- possible if feet are not comfortably shod. Remember too that shoes that pinch the feet often etch lines and wrinkles in the face. Comfortable shoes make walking a pleasure, keep feet young, and foot ills at bay. The shoes should be of proper length~ not too long (and what fs worse) not too short. A shoe expert told me re- cently that the tendency with Amer- ican women ts to purchase short shoes, Shoes should properly support the arch. They should hug the ankle and fit at the heel. Shoes should be wide enough. Otherwise tt may be neces- sary to tread over the outer edges of the sole. The proper heel is also important. High heels are fashionable for dinner and dance, but the smart woman suits her heels to the occaslon. For walking, a medium sized heavy heel (and not a shaped heel, either) Is appropriate. Aside from proper sup- port, it enables the feet to do the work for which they are intended and allows the body to throw its weight forward properly. Cimose a strong and sturdy shoe for walking. Also keep your shoes In re- pair. Run-down heels and worn leath- er detract from one's personal appear- ance. They also throw the foot out of natural posltlon. This applies to shoes worn about the house as well as shoes for walking. Be sure that your new shoes meet the requirements cited here. Get a pair of shoes e~- peclally for walklng. And walk every fair day. Walking is one of nature's simple health and beauty tonlcs. a PITFALLS OF REDUCING iN SPITE of the fact that rounder, more feminine and flattering pro- portions are in vogue, the cry still per- slsts "let us reduce." Are there still so many fat women left in the world? I doubt It. I sincerely feel that in their desire to attain sylphlike forms wom- en are overdoing. I don't mind counting calories, fore- going sweets and starches, and saying encouragfngly "no, thank you" to a generous portion of rich dessert; ! don't mind doing a little settlng-up ex- ercises every day to burn up excess food instead of allowing it to store and settle in fatty bulges. By all means reduce if you really have to. But know when you have had enough. Many women are carrying this re- ducing business to extremes. They don't "quit" until they've broken down every last ounce of fat. By that time not only their welght but often their spirit and temper and health and resistance have also had their share of reducing. Know when you have had enough, Some mechanical devices have proved helpful, but only in conjunc- tion with the sanest and safest meth- od~approved by physicians as harm- less~and that is diet and exercise. Food is the fuel you feed the engine called the body. Try to guage the amount of fuel It needs to carry on so that it will burn all of it Instead of storing the excess In fat. That is what physicians will tell you. If the excess Is already there, cut down on the intake and increase the physical work by exercise. Depend upon this balanced combInat!on of diet a~d ex. erclse to do the work. And as you value your health, take no medicines or internal remedies except under the supervislon of a reliable physlcian. And another pitfall to guard against: don't reduce your figure at the expense of your face. Sudden and too swift reduction often leaves the face drawn and haggard looking. And reducing without compensatipg skin and contour care too frequently is re- sponsible for flabbiness and wrinkles. The skin is elastic. It stretches over the layers of fat beneath. When that fat falls away, what have you? A very flabby outlook. Two things every woman who is reducing should use for skin and contour~a good skin food and an astringent. This comblna. tlon will feed the tlssues and tighten up the slack, thus overcoming flab- biness. Constipation has been called "beau- ty's curse." It Is no doubt responsible In large measure for the yellowish tlnge many complain of, Laxatives are helpful but should not be made a habit. Fruit Juice, plenty of water, exereL~e, green vegetables, are ha* ure's laxutlves.