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BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY f H E HIGH NINTH CLASS OF JUNE, 1917
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BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA REFERENCE COLLECTION FOR use in the library only Central History Room 373.236 T174w The target 31913018604881
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Willard Intermediate High School, Berkeley VOL. II JUNE, 1917. NO. 2 Saved By Lightning The beating of the ’tom-toms an- nounced the arrival of the powerful chief, Smoky Face. Ordinarily his coming would have been an honor to the village, but today a decision was to be made. Smoky Face wished Chief Broken Branch’s beautiful daughter, Whispering Wind, and he had made it known to the other chief that he would go on the war path if he did not get her soon. At sunset he returned to his own village with the promise that Whisp- ering Wind should be sent to him in three days. This was rather an or- dinary occurrence and all of the In- dians, except the girl and one hand- some young brave, thought little of it. All the next day the warrior paced the shore of the placid river and pray- ed for some way to prevent Whisp- ering Wind’s departure. On the night of the second day he crept softly to the girl’s teepee and tapped on the side. She was awake and looked out to see what it was. When she saw Bending Bow she came out into the moonlight night and followed him to the river bank. “Whispering Wind,” said the brave, “you knaw that you do not wish to go to Smoky Face and that I do not wish you to. Come with me, and we shall fly far into the mountains where we may be happy together.” “Yes,” said the girl, “let us go now.” So they gathered together a few necessities, packed them into a canoe, and were soon paddling swiftly up the shining river. They paddled till daybreak, when they rested a little. Then the stream began to narrow and the water roared down the mountain side. They landed then, hid the canoe, and went on. They knew that by this time both Smoky Face and Broken Branch were following with all their braves. So they kept on into the heart of the mountains. Night came, and they turned their way from the course of the river and camped on a rocky ridge. When they awoke the next morning they saw far below them the pursuers, making a bright spot of color in the dull green of the trees. The smoke of their fire had been seen, so they knew there was no hope of escape, especially as the sky was overcast and a thunder storm was threatening. They hid and waited. The storm broke in great fury. The thunder crashed, the lightning flashed, and the rain poured down in torrents. , But when it was over they looked out upon a brilliant, twinkling world. “Hark!” said Bended Bow, as a wail floated below. “The death songs,” said the girl, “My father, have you been struck?” They cautiously crept thru the trees until they came near the In- dians. There they saw Smoky Face on the ground with his warriors about him. Just then Broken Branch caught a glimpse of his daughter. “The child!” he cried, and Whisper- ing Wind knew she was forgiven. MURIEL DURGIN.
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