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FRIDAY, DICCEMCBER 31, 1937. • iiiiwww•ra,-.-, •-••, , THE EKALAKA EAGLE ' =ALARA (C,arter County) MONTANA ;- 11111 C 111111 Inv HA IR 11 - 11111 - 1U Harold Titus WNU f3ervice • SYNOPSIS Rodney Shaw, independent trader, arrives In Michilimackinac in 1818. determined to fight the trade monopoly established by the John Jacob Astor company in the Northwest territory. lie is met by Conrad Rich, an elderly clerk, Ramsay Crooks. Astor's domi- nant figure, and Annette Leclere, local beauty and inspiration to all the traders. especially to Burke Rickman, a ruthless trader who is the instrument of destruction to traders refusing to amalgamate with the Astor company. Roussel, the town bully. wearing the black feather, symbol of invinci- bility, knocks down.Shaw's head oarsman, Basile, and Shaw in return throws Roussel into the water. Ramsay Crooks presents the symbolic black feather to Shaw. Later. at a conference, Shaw scorns Astor's pro- posal virtually to surrender his independ• ence, announces his readiness to fight the amalgamation, and prepares to depart the following day. At a ball that evening Shaw recognizes Burke Rickman as the Astor agent who had previously robbed him of his partner and .his trade, and as a dangerous rival for Annette, with whom he is infatuated. There is an exchange of bitter words. Annette is chosen queen of the dance, and chooses Shaw as king for the following evening. Basile warns Shaw to hasten his departure and tells him an old man awaits him at his tent. Shaw finds L,eslie, an old free-trader, who proposies that Shaw join him and go to the rich Pil- lager country, where Astor is planning to send Rickman. lie shows him a map and an Indian ceremonial stone given him by Standing Cloud, Pillager chief. Shaw ac- cepts Leslie's offer. The spying Rickman finds Annette alone and artfully belittles Shaw, aggravating Annette into boasting of his plans. until Rickman learns of the part- nership and the departure for rich un• claimed ground. lie follows Shaw to Les- lie's camp and hides within earshot. Shaw finds Leslie very 111, attended by hts clerk, Giles. With Giles as a witness. Leslie gives Shaw the map and the Indian stone. Atter Shaw departs, 'Leslie dies. Rickman aseertams the old man's death, and plunges a knife into his heart. Shaw, reaching his camp, finds soldiers with a warrant for his arrest on a charge of murdering Leslie. Basile reports to Shaw. in prison, that Rick• man embarks the following day. and that Giles is Intimidated from telling the truth. Shaw, impatient at the delay, orders Basile to hold all in readiness for the moment he can escape. Annette makes love to Rick- man. hoping to delay him. CHAPTER IV—ConUnued --5-- But Basile (nu aot see all, heard nothing whatever. He did not ob- serve Rickman's attempt at a final kiss; did not see Annette twist and squirm from his arms; could not hear her one honest word of the entire passage. One word, a strained, gasped• \Never!\ It was that word which sent Rick- man away. an. unhappy, if com- manding figure. And so Burke Rickman had a day and a half the advantage. even though events might give Rodney his freedom of movement before an- other dawn. Indeed. i seemed until late after- noon that timber quiet northern night would !low But as the sun began to dr a murk appeared in the south. and the wind veered and softened nd a thunder head rose above th strait and Rodney's heart picked u its measure. Basile came. o pretext that the men were demanding the bal- ance of their compensation, and Rodney told him to trade what re- mained of the packs \The storm will come, master.\ \And give me cover for my task! When the revelry is at its best, launch the canoe. Wait for me on the northern side of the is - lend cry as a great owl.\ l'he storm broke at midnight, a furious lashing of wind and playing of lightning and cannonade of thun• (lei tentatively. Rodney touched file tO the bar, and drew its edge slowly along the softer metal. Its rasp was covered by the drum ot rain and wind in the trees. And then began his battle with his nrison Savavely he sawed with the short file, putting all the strength hi could bring to bear against the cutting edge Sinewy as he was. the task was labor. The ^st bar tvent in twain and by e ten , ve test he knew his strength was great enough to bend it out- ward But two more bars re - •named before he could hope to squeeze his broad shoulders through the opening. He sawed madly . . . The second bar yielded and the edges of the file were dulling. An- other thunder shower impending and lightning became more frequent. The third bar was sundered end he dropped the flle, atremble in ev- ery muscle. The sentry passed be- neath his window, moving slowly on toward the Clump of cedars. Rod- ney gripped the first .har with both hands and leaned against it. Slowly it yielded The bar protruded at an angle outward The guard did not look up. The second bar bent before Rodney's strength, and then the third. 0 His fingers gripped the outside cage of the stone window ledge. He leaped, writt!timg himself outward. belly on the sill. He breathed free air. His head and shoulders were outside the pris- on. He wriggled frantically. The whitewashed., wall of the building spread belovi' him. In another see, ond he would be sillametted against it for any eyi\to see And the last lightning flare of the spent storm revealed him, hanging there, swinging,like a pendulum. ready to drop to this turf below \Halt!\ iirbe s shwa. Avent throiigh Retine% ,t • Knife stab ...a hn / I opperi rolling in the wet grass. He was on his feet, crouching, gauging the ap- proach of the soldier whose feet thudded on the path. Shaw backed a step, gripped the corner of the building, swung around it, and began to run. \Halt or I fire!\ the guard cried. \Fire and be—\ The crash of the musket cut off Rodney's cry of defiance. He felt the breath of the bullet on his cheek and a savage elation swept him. The musket was empty. The sound of the shot would rouse the garrison and the roused garrison would rouse the village. But he was free, plunging into drenched shrubbery. Free, in cover, with a plan before him and all he asked was this naeager chance at free- dom! He ran with all the strength in his chest and legs. He gained the stangle of the island's northern beach, standing there alone in the darkness. He fought t,o still his breath and gave the hollow, falsetto cry of a great owl. He listened and from somewhere across the water it was answered and he heard the thud of an oar against canoe rail and ran that way, crying out again . . . Rodney was wading out, to his knees, to his hips. He was being lifted into his canoe by loyal hands as, streaming water, he gained his plac e. \Bravo!\ he breathed. \Bravo my brave children! . . . To oars, now! . . . March!\ Sixteen days, men had said, from Point Iroquois to the St. Louis? Shaw laughed as his canoe nosed into the bay which is the mouth of the river. They had silently passed Rickman's brigade encamped on the shore three nights ago. Sixteen days? he taunted. Eight! Eight days from the point of the Iroquois. Your names shall live forever, green in the boastings of the North! . . . One passes the lair of opposition disdainfully, and Shaw did not even glance at the walls of the company fort they breasted at sundown, with its flag limp and men staring. They \Halt or I Fire!\ the Guard Cried. would see, they would tell, but it would be days, yet, before Rickman arrived with intent ears to hear their telling. On above was the first portage and there camped the canoe maker of whom Leslie had told. The great canoe was abandoned at the na- tive's camp and two smaller craft procured because the other would be unwieldy in the narrow rivers and difficult to transport on the long carries. These arrangements made, the portage awaited. Nine miles it was; 19 pauses; a winding, twisting trail, up tortuous clay banks, over un- yielding rocks, with the forest brushing the faces of men who toiled with great diligence over it. \Up good children!\ Shaty cried, flinging portage collars at them. \Up Jacques, with your back of an 'ox. You will lead!\ Jacques, grinning, twisted thong ends about a package, shouldered the straps and nestled his forehead against leather. Another package was set on the first and hunched into position; a third, and the man grinned. Two hundred and seventy pounds he bore. But as he swayed forward for the first slow step he was halted by Rodney's cry. \Un autre, mon enfant!\ The smile died and a hint look came inio tlie fellow's eyes. \No?\ Shaw's question was mock incredulity. \My eood Jacques says No?\ He stood n moment, shaking his head dolefully \Too great, the burden? Yes? BI11 look. Observe the trader, then! Re eard a back untried by the collar!'' He dropped to his knees and ad- justed the thongs to a package. He slung it as he rose and gestured them to burden him. Another, a third , . \Quatrel\ lie was bidding them do to him what had made the great Jacques inyyn, Arno-rad 'hoar nilekti his bur- den higher. \Alors cinqi\ They murmured and burst into laughter and sobered quickly and did his bid- ding. Five packages? Four hun- dred and fifty pounds! \Allez!\ he cried and led the way with a grunt of command for them to follow. He moved bent far forward, right hand on the topmost piece which tow- ered above his shoulders, left arm at a stiff angle for balance.. He swayed from side to side; the mus- cles of his legs bulged and corded against buckskin. Upward, on and on, reeling as he gained the crest and then, upon level ground, moving steadily, sti- fling moans. And now he reached the first pause. His packages thud- ded to the ground, he straightened painfully and turned to watch the approach of his brave but humbled Jacques, who came on with many a gasped Secret and Rodney call- ing a good-natured taunt that one should puff so under hall a load. They snored that night beside a tiny stream threading abrupt hills heavily clothed with pine and hem- lock. Shaw frittered no precious mo- ments of the hours, wasted no pound of his men's strength, but assur- ance, now, rode high in his heart. He would have been less assured had he been back yonder at the company fort at the river'is mouth to see Burke Rickman. land and to hear what was told to him. \You're certai n?\ Rickman asked. \A tall man? Tall as I? And broad? . . . And with a leath- ery old devil at the steering oar?\ Yes, that was certain. \Damn!\ said Rickman, without passion, now, but calculatingly, as one who knows he must plan well and promptly. He looked at C,onrad Rich, whose eyes were wide, and smiled without mirth. \Fools!\ he muttered. \They let him escape. After I'd arranged mat- ters so he'd never annoy us again, they—\ He broke off, biting his lip, and Conrad started slightly as he sensed the fact that Rickman had betrayed himself and his part in the arrest of Rodney. Rickman paced the room. \At ICnife portage yesterday?\ he queried and did not so much as nod at the confirming reply. \Three days ahead., . , ..Welll So we will show the jabittiss what it costs to forge ahead in rivers.\ . _ And now another company of men feverishly fought the turbulent St Louis. A small company, this: Three men, a single canoe, with only an oilcloth and blankets and mea- ger foods as burden. Rickman's brigade was reforming for the river travel but this detach- ment went out ahead, light-footed if not light-hearted. And so, as embers died in Shaw's camp, three pairs of eyes watched and three pairs of brawny hands clung to alder branches to hold their canoe in its vantage point while Shaw slept heavily, storing energy for the morrow. He had taken precautions, had posted a boatman to watch. But the stream was noisy. Its rush and tumble drowned small sounds, such as a man cautiously wading under the alders. So the guard could make no sound as a hand clamped over his mouth from behind, and a knife -butt rapped his skull. No, the guard did not waken Rodney Shaw, but the thing whieh one cry from the guard could have prevented did. He sat up sharply. The sound which had roused him came again, and yet again; a hollow, crunch- ing crash. His men were stirring about the dead fire, indistinct, mov- ing humps, muttering huskily through their sleep. Once more, that soimd, as Shaw leaped to his feet and then came a splashing in the water, a grunt, a muffled exclamation out there in the stream. He was bounding to the water's edge, still bewildered by sleep and a prey of racing mis- givings. Now came the sound of paddles, driven deeply and, in an- swer to his hail, a mocking, taunt- ing laugh. Rodney just stood there, staring at the gaping holes in the birch skins and the broken ribil of his canoe. It was vast, irreparable damage, done by stoutly wielded axes. His transport lay wrecked, with his only source of replenish- ment more than a hard day's march behind! He must retrace the way he had come, wait until canoes could be built, lose all he had gained and more. Well, it was so; no other procedure was open. CHAPTER V They did not sleep again. They prepared the goods for a move by land and when the flrst hint of day- light appeared took up the task. Upstream and back into the for- est, Rodney led them, establishing a camp in a place from which it could not be observed by travelers on the river. There, under heavy guard he would leave his goods while he made his way down to the canoe maker's and awaited the building of a new transport. When the camp was made he led two of his stalwarts under heavy burdens over the way he had come. Near the end of the journey, which consumed the entire day at forced march, he heard the voices of men in the river far below the heights he traveled. A canoe had just passed a shallow rapid, half light, and the boatmen had been removed. These goods were largely casks. The casks held alcohol, he knew, each five -gallon container potentially 20 of spirits, as liquor was diluted in the trade. A wealth of property, there. Enough to enslave a mighty band of hunters. His heart went down, then; it fell lower than it had on his arrest; lower than the level it had reached when he watched Rickman put off from Michilimackinac. At dusk he stalked into the canoe maker's camp and told briefly of his need. The fabrication of one canoe had already been started, but it was • small craft, a two -man canoe, with less than half the capacity of the four -fathom canoes used by bri- gades in river travel. It, however, was the thing to which Rodney turned with shining eyes when his bargain for other work had been driven. How long would its completion re- quire? he asked. The Indians chattered, argued, de- claimed . . . Three, yes; two, per- haps . . . Rodney gave the man a cautious gill of spirits to bind the pact. Cajoled, flattered by Rodney, the entire family worked, master crafts- man about the canoe, children dig- ging spruce roots, holding one end in their teeth, stretching the other to arm's length and splitting expert- ly with knives. The grandmother gathered pitch, the wife more ce- dar and birch bark. The men had been sent back to Basile at dawn and, with the next descending sun, the old steersman would be there to listen to the au- dacious plan Rodney had hatched to meet the emergency confronting him. But old Basile looked skeptically at the canoe when he arrived. \So small?\ he questioned. \For three men. at the most?\ (TO BE CONTINUED) Reindeer Herds Are Growing s in Alaska; More Than 600,000 Animals Receiving Care The reindeer herds of Alaska now contain more than 600,000 animals, owned by about 3,500 persons, ac- cording 'to a recent estimate of the Department of the Interior. The federal government, through its reindeer service staffed by seven employees, supervises these herds over a vast area, from Bristol bay to Point Barrow, on the mainland, and also on several islands. In addition to exercising general supervision over the reindeer herds. the Interior department service as- sists in keeping ownership records, 'caches care and management, and where possible helps to establish new herds. The supervisory person- nel consists of one general super- visor and flve unit managers, with a clerk stenographer at headcpiap- ters. The work is such as to require much traveling, over long dis- tances, by airplane, dog sled. boat and afoot. Reindeer herds are a valuable native industry. They provide food and some cash for many native Alaskans. On account of transpor- tation and other difficulties, and the competition of meat products in the United States, reindeer meat has not yet won more than a minor place in the American market. Ter- ritorial officials are hopeful, how- ever, that with the development of the herds, and better transportation, the opportunities in the American market will be considerably en- larged. A heavier demand for rein- deer is reported from other parts of Alaska than those in which rein- deer herds are now maintained. The Aleutian islanders,' too, want rein- deer to supplement their meager resources. Few natives can pay the costs of transportation of reindeer herds; so the territorial govern- ment, when it has the money avail- able, seeks a wider distribution of the reindeer herds. Helpers for All There is something very hearten- ing in the knowledge that we can all help each other, and that the worst suffering of all—that loneli- ness or bereavement—need never be an actual desolation; for salve the deepest wound with the balm of sympathy, and the warm clasp of some comforting hand, the tears in some kind eyes are the surest proofs that the heart under its human as- pect has the power to can the hidden soul to We. Change Wishes to Stitches j \G EE' if I could only afford that darling dress I saw the other day—I'd give my left arm—l\ We who are addicted to pretty clothes and subject to the usual feminine foibles (but not too well -blessed financially) often make a wislr like this, don't we? Ah, but here's good news, Milady! Thanks to Modern Sew -Your -Own you can make all your wishes come true on the \pretty per- centage\ basis. You may have \that darling dress\ at half the price (you won't have to give up your left arm either). Why not decide today to sew, sew, Sew - Your -Own? Looking to Spring. The frock at the left has never been in anybody's window, but you can bet your bottom dollar it's going to be seen this Spring wherever style is of first impor- tance. It interprets the made in a young and graceful manner. And because it's a Sew -Your -Own original it's the last word in sim- plicity. Make it either with long or short sleeves in lame, sheer wool, satin, or velvet. Pajamas for Madame. Pajamas that 'make you want to wake up and live; pajamas that help you sleep like a log—is that the kind you have in mind. Mi- lady? You can depend upon to- day's model either in taffeta or velvet for leisure; cotton flannel, silk crepe or seersucker for sleepy time. To Start the Day. A good way to start your day. Miss Keep -the -Home -Beautiful, is to wear a dress that makes you pretty as a picture. The mode: at the right will do just that. Fur- thermore, you will be th0 ed to sce how easy it goes er. It's fun to Sew -Your -Own, be ause then you can choose the color that does things.for you, and you may enjoy variety of fabrics with the difference you save by sew- ing. Won't you join us today—one pattern will convince you that AROUND THE HOUSE Egg Celery Sandwich. — Chop hard -cooked eggs up fine and sea- son them with salt and pepper. Add half as much finely chopped celery and enoup,h mayonnaise to make the mixture easy to spread. • • • Removing Ink From Carpet.— Carpets stained with ink should be treated at once with salt. After removing the soiled salt, rub with a cut lemon and finally sponge with warm water. • • • Wax Linoleum. — Linoleum wears better if it is polished with floor wax instead of washed. The wax preserves and hardens and gives a good polish. • • • Save Chicken Fat.—Chicken fat may be used as a butter substi- tute in cooking. Consequently, it is a good plan to save the fat from boiled, stewed or fried chicken. Sew -Your -Own \really has some- thing there.\ The Patterns. Pattern 1416 is designed for sizes 12 to 20 (30 to 38 bust). Size 14 requires Os yards of 39 -inch material; with short sleeves 33's yards. The bow requires % yard ribbon. Pattern 1428 is designed for sizes 12 to 20 (30 to 33 bust). Size 14 requires 4 , /8 yards of 39 -inch material; also a 21-inch zipper for front closing. Pattern 1372 is designed for sizes 34 to 46. Size 36 requires yards of 35 -inch material; with long sleeves 4 7 , 1 8 yards Send your order to The Sewing Circle Pattern Dept., Room 1020, 211 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Ill. Price of patterns, 15 cents (in coins) each. C Bell Syndicate.— WNU Service, Still Coughing? No matter how many medicines you have tried for you? cough, chest cold, or bronchial irritation, you can get relief now with Creomulsion. 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Problem: by the snug. qualities, that has you wide decide. 1

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