J WHEN RIVER WAS HIGH
By Emily S. Windsor.
There was a deepening green
on the mountain slopes, and the
song of a robin came to John Les
ter standing at the entrance of his
"Yes, spring is come," he
mused, "and what an everlasting
bore everything is."
A group of men lounged on a
huge fallen tree at some few
yards from his tent! There was
a movement among them as the
sound of horse's hoofs was heard
on the road near by. Then as the
horseman appeared crossing the
clearing they sauntered towards
Any letters, Sam?"
Morris dismounted and took a
package from his coat pockets.
Two for you, Brown, three for
you, Cooper, one for Davis. No
Dick, none for you." He turn
ed towards Lester. "None for
Lester nodded carelessly. He
was not disappointed. He had1
long ago ceased to expect any let
ters. "How's the river?" he asked
"Still rising. They say it will
go to 70 feet."
"Then we'll just stay here till
it goes down."
"It's a good deal of a nuisance,
though, sir, to lose the time, with
such a bit of work before us.
There's no trains going out. And
the hotel's full of swells on their
way to Frisco. They'll likely
find time heavy, on their hands
waiting for the water to go
Lester's gaze came back from
the mountains. "Have my horse
ready, will you, Sam?"
Twenty minutes later Lester
rode away from camp, his stal
wart figure erect and easy in the
The men read their letters and
resumed their position on the
Their glance' followed Lester's
departing figure. "Seems to me
your boss is a queer chap," said
Dalton, who had but the week be
fore joined the engineering corps.
"Lester's all right. Not very
sociable, that's all," returned Coo
per. "Say, I feel sorry for him," said
"Why?" asked Dalton curious
ly. "Well," returned Davis, "any
fellow with a good income like
Lester and who chooses to work
in this God-forsaken part of the
country, and who is evidently not
getting any" happiness out of it,
"Oh where's he from?"
"New York. You see his
father took it into his head to
marry again, and Lester wouldn't
stand for it. They quarreled, and
they've had nothing to do with
each other since."
"You say he has a fine income.
Where's "his money from ?"
"He inherited it from his
"Well," observed Dalton, "why
shouldn't his father marry;
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