The Kidnapping of Lois McDaniel
BERNICE HELEN ROBINS
sun was siowly sinkirg
CHE western tal , feather pine
anl casting its last quif
erinif rasuj'on a lonely little
net!ed in the golden hued hills
of Colorado, to the low
of the cottage stood Lois McDaniel.
Bverr day of the girl' short life,
had she stood and gazed out over
the lame scene which no.v lay before
her. and vfaich a stranger would
think most grand, but tl.e tall hills,
the vast acres of valley, even the
river, which she
silver ribbon-lik- e
now see rinding far beiow her,
ht Id no coarnCfor Loifc. She longed,
oh! how she longed for" the gay.
bristling noise of the outer world,
but moat of ill she longed fur something, she hardly knew what, but
something to hreak the dull monotony of her daily life and give her a
wider, better view of the great unknown world and its occupants. But
now. as she was g i.ing out upon her
never known to turn from his door
any one without home or in want, o
after Inviting him into the cozy
room, he stirred the embers of the
fire into a cheerful blaze and pr, pared to m.'ike the stranger comfort
able and enjov a friendly chat. By
and lv the stars began to twinkle in
the heavens although it was still
q lite light. Mr. McDaniel, a bit
worri' d. stepped to the door, hut his
fear entirely vanished when he
h ard the cow bells slowly coming up
th" mountan path, turning to the
man hovering before the fire he said,
'Make yourself at home, my friend,"
and picking ny the milk pails he left
the house. Very soon the cows came
one by one up to the tiny barn, but
where w; s their driver? He looked in
vain down the narrow path, but the
fast gathering twilight ohscured his
vision. "Perhaps she started the cows
on and stopped to pick a bunch of
wild flowers,"' mused the old man to
himself, renumbering those which
Lois had brought him just the eve- ,
ne. umsucu lms muKiag
"iiig I. r
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everyday life: her silent reverie was
broken !v an old silver-haire- d
who had prevouslv tteen enjoying a and upon returning to the house,
quiet rest, as the smoke of fiis pipe found that Lois had not come yet.
curled high above his head. "Daug- The stranger, drowsy from the
hter,' said he. as his eyes lested lov- warmth of the room had fallen asleep
ingly upon the fair face of his only in front of the hearth the old man
child, "Daughter, suppose you rune awoke him and informed him of his
and start the cows crouoie. lie arose nastily anu prodown the
home, it is getting late, and trie posed that they should walk down
the foot path in search of the girl.
milking must be done at seven
The girl turned, gave her father a So trembling from anxiety the old
bright smile, aud then passed through man lit his lantern and together they
the tiny yard about the house and started down the hill. Most earnestly
ran lightly down the narrow foot did the stranger, who gave his name
path, which led its way down among as Morgan, try to console the fi
father. The woods echoed with
bushes and t rees, to the foot of the
steep hill. Shading her eyes with their calls, but all in vain. "You wait
her hand she gazed far out down the here." said Morgan, "I'll run down
vailey and over the adjoiuing hills, and explore the valley about the
dually, she spied the herd of cattle footof the hill." And with something
grazing peacfully. so with a song on of a smothered chuckle in his voice
her lips and forgetting her loneliness he was gone. For fully an hour did
she hurried down the path to start the old man wait, seated upon a stone,
his head in his hands. Still Morgan
Fifteen years before a company of
rullians from the west, knowing that
this land was growing in value every
day. had purchased all they could,
for miles around the old McDaniel
homestead, which was perhaps, the
most fertle spot in that part of the
country, and for fifteen years had
this company of westerners tried in
vain to come into possession of it.
But Mr. McDaniel had refused to sell
at any price the land which had belonged to the McDaniel family for
generations back, and now. every
one knew that after his death Lois
would be the sole heiress to the old
homestead. Thev also knew that the
old white-haire- d
father had warned
his daughter many times, to neyer
under any circumstances, give up
the old home to these marauders who
desired so much to have it. The
company consisted of twenty rough
looking men who, when they had
something settled in their minds,
determined to carry it out. They.
with their families, were now camp
ing just four mi les from the McDan
iel farm. The same day on which
this story opens the plotters were
sitting about the great fire place of
the camp, discussing the best means
in which to gain possession of the
coveted land. At length the leader, a
tall unshaven man of perhaps thirty-livor forty, spoke up: "Kellers,"
said he 'we've got to get it, we'vi
got to get that farm in order t
make the ri t of our land pay, but
how are we agoin' to do it. so long a
that gal is alivin? The ole man'l
drop off soon, then in will step that
purty thing to claim it an that'll bt
the end of it." lie finished sneeringh
aud settled himseli into a thoughtful reverie. After a while one of tin
men started suddenly, as though witl
a new idea, the rest turned expectantly toward him. Peering anxiously
about to make sure that none but fib
companions should hear he whimperer
did not return, so picking up his
lante n he sorrowfully made his way
back to the house. All night long he
walked the floor, hut what was the
'use of worrying, perhaps Lois had
heard of sickness at the nearest
neighbors and had offered her help.
Surely she would be in in the morning,
but before the sun was up he had
started off for Clifton's house, which
was one and one half miles away
from the McDaniel hom stead.
There he told his story and was told
that Lois had. not been seen. Mr.
Clifton, however, mounted his horse
and started out with him on the
river road they
went on for four miles at a brisk
trot until they came at last to a
number of log cabins situated closely
together and forming quite a little
village. These cabins were all empty,
but fresh wagon tracks, also a confused number of foot prints told
that perhaps five hours befote they
had been inhabited. YThe two men
supposed that some
stopped for a night's shelter and had
early that morning taken their departure. It was now noon; all that
lay they kept up their hunt, and for
many davs after, but all in vain.
)ne night returning home tired and
Hopeless he gave up in despair and
throwing himself upon the bed in
he lonely cottage sobbed hysterically, "How can I live without herV
;ois my daughter, my baby." Never
lefore had she been away from him
o long, then praying earnestly that
he would be restored to bim he
ettled down into a sad calmness.
Wewks passed, even months,
McDaniel went about as one in
i dream, never did he lift his eyes to
faze at the splendor of the hills, he
cared not for beauty, his life seemed
i ourden. Slowly he went
laily tasks bowed with intense sorrow.
Still he had a great hope, which
.hone like a bright star in his darkened lite, a hope for the return of
hoarsely, "let's kidnap htr,
her one of us, she can help oui
women, and take care of the kids,
The evening shadows were just bethen wiien her pap drops off, let hei ginning to throw a mistic darkness
take the land and we will do with it iver the silent valley when the
as we please " Fc a few moments al.' vagon stopped in the sheltering
was silent: then, the others agreeing ecess of a large clump of tall surmac
it was a good plan seconded it anu oushes near the river, just below the
all plauned that it should be carrier lill on which the McDaniel farm was
out that very night or at. least an .ituated. Here the horses were tied,
effort made. 'So at fourVcleck that md after ligbting a small bonfire of
wagon twigs, one of the men, Joe Morgan
0 , thergreat gypsy-likMcDaniel farm, V name, started up the hill toward
stai tea toward the
occupied by four men of the band the light which now gleamed from
while the rest of the company agreer
he cottage window. Two more were
to stay up all night, if need be, to to stay at the foot of the hill to
await their return. .
nake sure that no intruder should
see them or spoil their plans, while
che forth was to stay at the wagon
and listen for the signals which were
In the cottage the old man bar
.fallen into a quiet nap, and still the soft low tooting of a horn. Morgan
slumbered on when a sharp' knock nad gone around to the other side of
on tae door aroused him to find a tali .he hill and could now be seen mak- ng his way toward the cabin. The
poorly clad stranger asking for adtwo men at the foot of the hill were
mittance. 6ome food and a drink of
water. Now William McDaniel was stealthilly starting up the narrow
footpath when all at once they both
stood still dumbfounded for here
they had come face to face very
suddenly with the very object of
their journey, Lois, who had started
the cows on and because she loved to
be alone in the cool gray twilight
had stopped often along the way to
sit upon a mossie rocK or listen enchanted to the clear, sweet notes of
the waters as they fall over the
rapids far below her. Now as she
stood face to face with utter strangers fear for the first time in her life
completlv overcame her. She started
s viftly, up the path, but one of the
men stepped before her and catching her hands said, "Come! come!
pretty lassie." Both men now took
bold of her md tried to force her
down the path. Lois now realized
the situation and speechless with
fear gave one loud piercing scream,
and fell limp and white as death at
their feet. Upon stoouing over they
discovered that she had lapsed into
a deep swoon. "Best thing that
could happen," chuckled one, "easy
prey, easy prey," and lifting her in
his arms made his way down the
steep hillside. His companion hurried
on ahead and when at the foot of the
hill they could see the faint flickering of the bonfire over on the river.
At the call of the horn which one of
the men drew from his pocket, the
man stationed at the wagon came to
their aid, and they managed to get
the girl into the wagon before she
recovered from her fright. The men
placed an old feather bed in the
bottom of the wagon and placing her
upon it tied her hands and feet and
administered cool water to her hot
brow and parched lis. By this time
Lois was able to sit up and was then
informed of the whole story and the
reason of their conduct. In vain did
she plead to be restored to her poor
old father: in vain did she offer the
small amount of money, which for
years she had been saving, but she
told them she would die before she
would promise them the land which
her father now owned and which
would some time belong to her.
At this the men grew angry, they
laughed at her bribe and pleadings,
so with a convulsive
threw herself down on the bed they
fixed for her, and sobbed as if her
heart would break. How long would
these cruel men keep her? And what
kind of life would she have to lead
in their camp? And father, "Oh
father!" she moaned, what would
shorten his now contented life more
than this, or make still whiter those
thin grey locks of hair than the
giving up of his only comfort, his
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OVER 65 YEARSmiss her and come in search of her
before these men could getaway and
take her with them. As she was
thus thinking of father and home
she felt the present gradually
away, her last recollection was
of the cool, bright stars shinning in
through the opening of the wagon
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