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By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G-. Chapman.)
"This is no time-fora pillow fight
turn on the hot stuff ana-give those
people to understand that they must
vacate!'' - '
These were: the -words that express
ed the forcible 'mandate of John
Brooks mine owner, and Vernon
Whye did nQt lie therirone bit.
He hked them less than ever when
he reached the destination to which
There Came a Day.
he had been sent His orders had been
strict The Brooks Company operat
ed a big mine at Coketon. Some
squatters had built their poor shacks
on a little plat of ground near the
mine. They were to bo evicted. If
they went willingly Whyte was au
thored to pay for the removal of
their iiousehold. traps to any location
reasonably near; If not," their rude
luts were to be pulled down over
their heads and they could shift f
A refined, business-like young man.
with the world all before him, the con
fidential secretary of the miHionairi
coal operator, as good as engage
to his 'haughty but beautiful daugfc
ter, Portia, mightieedlessly and sel
fisljly ignore what he saw at Coketon
His was a free, sterling nature, how
ever. He delivered his message to th
unfortunate squatters in a kindlj
sorrowing way. More than one of th
group found him an interested coun
sellor and" many of them shared hi
pitying- charity from his generou
purse. One case particularly appeal
vIn an old cottage that had one
been the home habitation of a little
farm, "Whyte came across Neva Dor
ffs and her brother Gabriel. The fira
moment his eyes rested upontb
clear, earnest face of the girl some
thing stirred within him as if he-had
met an ideal. She was composed
modest business-like. She indicated
that if the Ja"w ordered them to leave!
the house they would obey. -Yet her
lip quivered and there was a latent
flush of half-rpsentment, half indig
nation in her eyes.
"Mr. Brooks might have spared
lis," she said. "It was my dead father
who first discovered the coal here. J
cannot tell how, for he died suddenly
but before his death I know he had
Some important business negotiations
with the company. "He once owned
this ground. I was amazed when he
died to find that he had left us noth
ing." "Shall I present these facts to Mr.
Brooks,,r suggested Whyte gently.
'"I have writtett to hini twice in
regard to the matter," responded the
girl. "He has never deigned to no
tice my communications. I haVe man
aged to earn a pittance at sewing. My
poor brother, crippled in one arm, 'tie
result of an overblast in the mine, is
given work there. I do not wish to'
antagonize the company, so. we wfll
move, but I feel thatwe have lights