TIIE'REPCRTER, MT. STERLING, KY., Saturday. April 14 1905.
"Where ye from?" questioned
"Just down from Dawson and boi nd
new strike at Faro mouinaiQ."
"That's where we're goin'," said
"We're from St. Michaels."
Matka entered at this moment from
his care of the dogs, and with tarnished
face staled curiously at the vanishing
Captain cleared his throat uneasily.
"We had an accident down the
,'oast," he began; "Matka upset try
sled in an ice crevice and lost all the
Fortunate.lv we saved a little
tlour and some seal oil that I brought
ilong for dog feed. We've traveled
uu miles on that diet, and if it isn't
asking too much, gentlemen, I'd like to
buy enough of your grub to last me
md my boy here to Faro mountain,
i'm simply famishing for something to
m at." ain't got any more grub than
ive want," said Thomas.
"Yes." echoed Buckhurst,
m liauled this grub clear from St.
Michaels, and we want what there is
jf it ourselves."
The hungry newcomer smiled a
'rank, ingenuous smile, while his voice
tit rook on a gentle tone.
"Gentlemen, you don't seem to realize what it is to hit the trail on an
I haven't eaten for
M'i ?mpty stomach.
'wo dn"v and this cold bites hard.
You can get more
Name yoi.i' price.
rnb at Faro, and "
"No! I don't know what It is to go
and don't intend to learn,
either!" roughly interjected Buckhurst,
;mboldt led by the other's
ax Then he paused abruptly. had leaped
A big black
o the stranger's hand and lay
pave me. I've been planning we Q laKa
Look up." says
but he didn't laugh. He pulled me
down onto his knee, and hid his old
lace with the gray beanl on my shoul-c!h- i.
There ain't any clothes in the
world could have evened up to that
With a sharp gasp of incredulity
Thomas instinctively shoved his hands
till his heels left the floor.
Buckhurst. pipe in hand, with gaping jaws, rose stiffly, back to the wall.
"Fortunately I am not a
man," purred he of the dulcet
ones, "or I'd injure you curs! Don't
try any quick movements.
:ias the easiest trigger I ever saw, and
was born with the gift of marksmanship.
the wall, both of you," commanded
the stranger. "Hands up!
Now. Matka, divide that grub.
ind balf, you savvy? Two piles, all
With an alacrity born of hunger the
"Matka. tell the squaws to hitch up
he strangers' dois; they're going to
leave in a few minutes,"
"Now get into your clothes." commanded Captain.
"It's your turn now." growled BuckAs Buckhurst prepared the welcome
hurst. "but if I don't get ye some day,
meal within, willing hands brought
I hoi:e I rot! "
wooden bowls of water from the disThe sled shot down the bank to thp
tant hole, while old women, weak wilh
hunger, mutely laid offerings of dried dim trail which wound like a thread
ahlps, grass and driftwood for the tire. along the gleaming coast, and without
Weeks before hunger had stilled the a look behind at the row of curious
childish laughter of the village, and laces they plunged into the silent cold.
teething babes sucked at rawhide
"1 say again, we must
thongs, while the elders gnawed on
bits of bone and salmon fius which and order."
The governor paused and gazed" at
Thomas, knife in hand, sliced thin the bearded population of Faro Mounstrips of bacon for the pan, while Chief tain, which had assembled at the
Joe eagerly gathered the moldy rinds Northern saloon. He continued:
"These strangers have beeu robbed
them among the
mothers, who muttered to the skin-cla- of that which is more precious in this
desolate country than gold their food.
Infants In their arms
"Long ago we formed regulations
Soon a fragrant steam of cooking
food, of boiling coffee and frying meat. governing ihis camp, which read, imfilled the low room. Children cried mediately following the section refersoftly, while the squaws stirred un ring to the return of stray dogs, as follows:
'Any person or persous coneasily and moistened their lips.
of the hungry sounds, victed of stealing grub or provisions
Buckhurst and Thomas voraciously fell of any kind shall be publicly whipped
to and noisily cleaned up dish after at the post in front of the A. C. company's store, and forced to leave camp
The low door swung back to admit 12 hours thereafter.'
"Therefore, as it is your pleasure
i stooping figure, which straightened
to carry out the letter of our law,
up showing the tall form and cleanaa
chairman of this meeting, I will 'apshaven features of a while man.
point Mr. Barton. Kid' Sullivan
"How are you. gentlemen? I judged
rom your sled outside that there were Brocky Dick to execute the sentence
upon the accused, if he should
grangers stopping here.
"All right, Matka!" he called through temerity to appear among us.
"This meeting is adjourned.
the door. "Unhook the dogs; we'll lie
jver here till
A man opened the
"Yes, captain," came back from out- door
carefully behind him. and said in
CHENAULT & OREAR.
After that we pulled neck and neck,
wiiie as before, and we pulled clear
Spending's a fine
out into the open.
thins but saving's finer, wnen you
tan 'lo it you couldn't, nor Marian
bringing tip's different.
Get out that checker-lKjarpain's tuning up again, and I'm planning to 'beat you at a game of checkers. Playin' checkers is a sight bet
Icr lhan grumbling.
i ll- - yovermnenf of Turkey is
culled in diplomatic- lau;ii;ire the
Snlilinie l'orte. The origin of the
nil is in the oriental custom of
administering justice at the gates
it the palace. In time the phrase
liei iitne synonymous with the gov-rmnoiit
we c held in the gates of Priam's
palace, and Xenophon calls the
'iVrsiau court "the (late." Moham-ini-II, founder of the present Otto nan empire and sultan from
to 14S1, styled his capital
'The Lofty Gate of the Royal
T. nt." Through French, the language of
tJate'' became ''Suliliaie Porte."
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Buckhurst and Thomas lashed their
bleeding dogs up the steep bank, pausing leture the door of a log cabin.
Howling curs swarmed from the village roofs, while out from the low tunnels crawled tattered,
hiklren and silent women. From the
:abin a wrinkled old man tottered,
speaking guttural words of welcome to
"Here's a go. pal!" said Buckhurst.
ss Tie unlashed the bulging sled. "It's
ill squaws and kids. I wonder where
the bucks are."
"Dunno, and what's more, I don't
replied Thomas. "What I want
is something to eat, and mighty quick,
In halting words and eloquent gestures the old chief explained that the
men had gone hunting and would not
return for many days.
"He says the grub is gone and
they're all starving."
"Serves 'em right!" grumbled the
ither, as he strained at the heavy
grub-bo"They'd ought to work sum.
mers and lay up a
uow, they want to eat ours, that we've
hau.ed SOU miles, well, we'll fool