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happened was when Jimmy staggered into perfect ones.” And then he would pick up one town carrying a great buffalo-robe, ornamented queer-looking stone after another, and would with bead and porcupine work—the finest of say to himself, “H-m-m-m, ceremonial stones, its kind, said old Bill Bascomb, who had been pendants, gorgets, butterfly-stones;" and then a trapper and knew. Jimmy would disappear he would put them down on the list. "These into the woods and come out looking mighty skins are remarkably preserved,” he said; and solemn and important, carrying with him great after he had tested some brown stains on the quivers filled with arrows, guns, tomahawks, beaded blankets, he added: “These are bloodin almost endless array, and then came ax- stains; all these blankets have been soaked with heads of stone, and queer-looking rocks, and blood. Was there ever an Indian battle near finally rings and jewelry. He always went here?" into the woods alone, and when he came out "I never heard of any," said Mr. Warrick. his father would meet him with the wagon and I could n't help piping up then with, “Yes, carry the findings back to the Warrick library, there was, Mister! Mrs. Greenborough can where they hung on the walls and began to tell you all about it—it was Sioux and Chippile on the floor-such piles of rich skins, of pewas, right over on her farm, and she said bead-work, of Indian weapons of war! The the Sioux carried off all the Chippewas' whole town watched and waited to see what things." would come next. We boys hung around the "Well, well!" said the university man, "here Warrick fence in crowds all day, waiting for is the Chippewa mark on these moccasins, and Jimmy and his father to drive up with their yes—this is the sign of the Sioux worked in load. Everybody was asking, "Where did that in the beadwork on these buffalo and beaver boy get those wonderful things?” Some tried robes. It might be it might be that these to follow; but Jimmy always gave them the blankets with the blood-stains were some taken slip.

from the Chippewas at that battle." Then one day both newspapers in our town Then Jimmy showed him some of the jewprinted a story all about a tremendous find of elry, and there were lots of military buttons. Indian wealth, and, along with it, a picture of Most of the jewelry was old-fashioned, heavy, Jimmy as the finder. Jimmy tried mighty hard

old gold. not to look as though he felt pretty big; but I “Some of this must have been taken from don't see how he could help it; do you? At the white settlers; the Indians probably killed first it was just the home papers, but later on the settlers or emigrants and the soldiers many other papers printed it.

guarding the wagon-trains, and then cached Everybody in town was getting pretty ex- their plunder," said the great man. “This is cited, and I could tell it was a mighty big thing the greatest find of its kind I have had anybecause Father asked me about it, and he thing to do with in all my experience of thirty does n't usually bother with such doings. Then years with the university. You are to be conone day it came out that the head of a great gratulated, Jimmy,” he added. university was coming. Jimmy's father had And Jimmy looked down, proud and pleased telegraphed him, and he had wired that he was as could be. coming at once.

When he had made a careful list and deI was there, standing alongside of the three scription of everything, he said to Jimmy, o'clock train, when the great man came.

He "Now let me hear just exactly how and where was a big tall man, with white hair and kind you found these”; and he took out his noteblue eyes. Jimmy said I could come, too, and book to jot down what Jimmy was to say. the man and Jimmy's father and Jimmy and Yes,” said Jimmy, “I can tell you how I me all went into the Warrick library. And got these; but I can't tell where." say! do you know, it was packed pretty nearly “Yes, you will tell where,” said Jimmy's solid from floor to ceiling with Indian things. father, looking toward the barn with a look

“Phew!" said the man when he saw it; "this that all us boys know. certainly is a find !"

“I can't,” said Jimmy, his lip trembling; As he looked over the collection he got more 'cause I can't find the place now. I know and more excited. He had a note-book and pretty near where it is, but I can't find it." checked off the different things. He would “Let the boy go ahead and tell his story," put down: "800 spear-points, all identical, said the university man. probably the same maker, largest cache of its Jimmy said: “Powless and me were chums, kind yet found.” Once he said, “I never saw and I told him when I was visiting my uncle white flint ax-heads before, but here are 45 on the Pine Ridge Reservation about there


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sand, and showed him how to find the place in the cliff where the Sioux kept the things they captured. After I came home from my trip to my uncle, Powless slipped off the reservation and found me down at our hiding-place; did n't he?" said Jimmy, turning to me.

"I was there when he came," I spoke up.

“After we left you," went on Jimmy, "we went into the dark woods the other side of Constance Bridge and followed the Willow River for a long way—you know, it twists in

circle on the ground, and high cliffs were all around. It was a queer-looking place, with funny-looking rocks thrown up on edge; some of them looked as though they might roll down the cliffs any minute. I did n't like the looks of it-it did n't look safe. “Help me with this stone;" Powless said; and when we pulled at it hard together, it rolled away and there underneath was a deep black hole. mighty dark down there, so we lit some branches and made a torch and went down inside. It looked as though somebody had dug it out inside; there were sort of stone steps cut out, and on the inside was a long passage, with rooms and other passages leading off to the sides. Along the big passage the walls

It was

and then Powless left me after he had told me to wait till he came back. He came back in about a half an hour and said he did n't want even me to know how to get to the place where the things were hid. He

and out;

were cut into sort of long shelves, and on them 'cause I'm afraid Powless is dead !" and lay great piles of Indian things; these things Jimmy looked very sad. here are just a few of them that were near "What makes you think that?” said his the hole and easy to get out; but back in there father. were just piles of things."

“Because there was a high cliff hanging over “What were in the other passages ?” the the cave, and the rocks on it looked as though university man asked.

they were going to fall any minute; and about "I don't know about most of them," said an hour after Powless left me I heard a roar Jimmy, “but Powless went in one; and when way off in the woods, and it sounded as if it he came out he said it was dead Indians, and might be the cliff falling; and since then, when I was afraid to look and see. He said he I can't find out anything about him, I 'm—I'm wanted me to have some of those things in the afraid he went back to the cave and was cave, so I stood up at the top of the hole and killed.” he passed them up to me; we did the same That was all. The university man stayed thing every day for nearly all the rest of the through the week, trying, with Jimmy's help, week, until we got all these things here out. to find the cave, but without success; then he Powless always blindfolded me when I came left, carrying the collection with him. There and went, so I never knew how we got there in the university museum the collection that or went away. When I went home every day, Jimmy got hangs to-day; but somewhere in after we had worked at the cave, he took the the dark woods there is a fallen cliff, and things that we had got and carried them away. underneath it a deep cave that holds a far I asked Powless what he did with them; he more wonderful collection of the relics of would n't tell me where he put them, but said many past generations of Indians. he had put them away and would let me have The boys at New Richmond, Wisconsin, them later. At the end of the week, that was know that, after you cross Constance Bridge, just a month ago to-day, he said we were n't you turn to the left along the Willow River, going to the cave any more

-that he was going

go across an open field that is crossed by away.

He did n't blindfold me, but brought gullies in which woodchucks have made their me straight to a tepee he had made out of holes, and then, going on, you come to a dark branches, and there under it was this big pile forest that, in the springtime, is open and of things that we had taken out of the cave. just a dandy place to get dog-tooth violets, but Powless told me they were all for me. Then that in summer is choked deep with underhe made the sign of the Sioux on my right growth. Boys don't go in there much, it is so shoulder, gave me this arrow-head, and dis- deep and solemn. appeared in the woods. I have n't seen him I will tell you, as nearly as I can, how to since. I wrote to Uncle Fred at the Pine try to find this hidden ve. First, follow that Ridge Reservation, but he says Powless has river in and out as it winds, keeping close to gone, no one knows where. After he went the shore; then, over at the right, but back a away I came home and got Father to go with ways from the river, are low cliffs that gradume and get these things. I 've tried to find ally rise higher. When you come to the spot the cave, but I can't do it."

where the high cliffs on the right come right "Strange, very strange!" said the great up to the river-bank, there is the one sure man; "this is a remarkable collection and the place that we know about. It was right there, university needs it.”

where the cliffs and river meet, that Powless Then Jimmy turned to his father and said, made his tepee and placed the things that "Shall I give this to the university ?”

Jimmy got. Somewhere farther on, where the “It 's yours. Do as you like with it, Jimmy," cliffs twist and turn, or maybe back inland said his father.

among the gullies, there is the cave. Where "All right,” said Jimmy, "you can have the it is, I don't know; Jimmy can't find it, though whole collection, except this pink arrow-head we hunted for it when we were boys and often here. Powless put it into my hand just before do now, when we are older. Perhaps some he went into the woods."

time some lucky boy will discover it, with all “Let me see it," said the great man.

its hidden treasures of buried Indians. As Jimmy held it out—such a beauty it was, a nothing has ever been heard from Powless, it soft pink color, of wonderful shape.

may be Jimmy is right, and that “It is very precious," said the man. “I know where underneath that cliff and in the of only one other like it.”

depths of the cave Powless sleeps with his “I want to keep it,” said Jimmy, “'cause- fathers.

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By RALPH W. KINSEY "HERE 'S FUN !" as the old raven used to croak yards for one lap, or four laps to a mile. In in “Dick and Jack on Sable Island”—fun for preparing for our indoor track-meet, we must winter evenings when the snow is on the have a similar track, with a distance to repreground or for rainy days in spring or the hot sent the 440 yards. This is best done by getafternoons of the summer; in short, for any ting a piece of cardboard 24 by 36 inches at time when a boy is inclined to enjoy some least (the top of a woman's suit-box will do), sport that requires little energy.

and, with pen and ink, rounding off the corBut, you say, an indoor track-meet? That ners. Then draw an oval at the center, makmeans long training, and athletic effort, and ing our track about five inches wide. all sorts of things that are included in the art With the track laid out, we must next mark of running and jumping and hurdling, etc. off spaces, for our wooden athletes can't run

But not this kind of an indoor track-meet, except by moving them by throw of dice, and because—well, this meet is one wherein wooden to do that we must mark off spaces. In the counters do all the athletic work and you and complete circuit of the track we ought to have your

chums sit and cheer and urge them on to 110 spaces, each one representing four yards victory. So my indoor track-meet is one that and making a complete distance of 440 yards, requires little expense, small equipment, and or a quarter of a mile for the circuit. can be made to include any number of fellows The next thing we need is dice. For the from two up. And it can even be played as a track events we do not need more than three, solitaire affair, all by your lonesome.

but for the field events we must have fifteen. But to details. To get the proper fun out The athletes may be represented by wooden of our indoor track-meet, let us make it follow checkers, buttons, or some similar counter. a real outdoor track-meet as closely as possible, The best is to use pasteboard disks about the even if we are using wooden men, instead of size of a nickel, cutting them out yourself, bereal live athletes, and a pasteboard track, in- cause on them can be placed the letter of the stead of the regulation cinder-path.

college or school you want to be in the meet, Now, if you remember, most tracks are 440 such as "Y" for Yale, or “H” for Harvard.

Copyright 1919, by Ralph W. Kinsey. All rights reserved.

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