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w- f jySf' PAGE'aii """ 1Ror COUNTY RECORD, CEDAR CITY, UTAH; FRIDAY, APRIL 30. 1920.
OF THE 11
JUTTfOR Or "CA7JPY j2rassxJAX
COPVRIGHT, By PETER JB.KYNE MWM
H '-i'-Sr' synopsis.
H ""ijBffi& CHAPTnil I.-rioneer In tlio California
H ;fiEr redwood region, John CnrUlfuui, nt forty-
H lB$U rcven, Ib the leading citizen of Sequoia,
B Vt "'"iBwpL owner of mills, ships, and many acres of
H Bfci. Mfflh"'. timber, a widower after threo yearn of
H v&tK&IS&P" married life, and father of two-day-old
H aSKx, I3ryco Cardigan,
ImP?' CHAPTER II. At fourteen Bryco mnlccs
H nm. ran. ,ho acquaintance of Shirley Sumner, a via-
fl rtiMCT&F ,tor t0 Sequoia, and his junior by a few
H liUkMsl years. Together they visit the Valley of
liH IiIhM? tho Ul.ints, nacred to John Cardigan and
H rl,-'il "j ,lls Bon ns tl10 burial place of liryce'i
liH 11 kZ'm 'i mother, and part with mutual regret.
liH if Iftt?'-";
H !' CHAPTER Ill.-Whllo Bryco Is At col-
liH mniSK ,eco Jolln Cardigan meets with heavy
W .. 'EMHI" buylnesa lonses and for the first time view
W ' r -w ntESlt tho futuro with uncertainty.
miM t " f -MWSp' CHAPTER IV. After graduation from
jfl " rJ WimTV college, and a trip abroad, Bryco Cnrdl-
iiHH ' II iltlfr KAn comes homo. On tho train he meott
iiHH Fl WWi- I Shirley Humner, on her way to Sequoia to
iiHH a I '' mnko her home there with her unclo,
iiHH B"5fSt3jl Co1- Pennington. Ilryce lenrns that hit
iiHH I fwwZ father's eyesight has failed und that Col.
IsH I'fEw&tt Pennington la seeking to take ndvantage ol
H J'-52j- tno old nluU' business misfortunes.
H ,Cfc4iEv' CHAPTER V.-In tho Valloy of tin
iiiH, II M Gtnnts young Cardigan finds a tree fcllod
H'll tM&yJ. directly across his mother's grave. Indi-
iiiiH tl IfljT:W cations nro that It was cut down to sccurt
H rl iSa ; tbe burl, and evidence seems to show that
iiiiH I.TOFn Pennington and his woods-boss, Julei
mmmm'w Atv Hondau, are Implicated In tho outrage.
TlJI I dnrq Hny it's quite nil rlRht to
H Li hnvo Invited' hJm, Isn't It, Unclo Selli?"
m V,l "Certainly, ccrtnlnly, my dear.
H J Quito nil right, hut, op nh, slightly
M - Inconvenient. I nni expecting other
M v t j, compnny Thursday night unfortunnte-
H ' j ly, Broyton, tlio president of the Hank
of Soquoln, Is coming up to dlno nnd
. '-V, discuss some business affairs vrlth mo
iiiiB '&H " nftenrard; so If you don't mind, my
m "M" (loflr' sunPS0 yu cn" y,nK Cnnllgnn
K. 'r np and nslc him to defer his visit until
H ; Romo later date."
isiiH '.'j.'? "Certainly, uncle. What porfectly
B in "" marvelous rososl How did you sue-
m lyi)' cced In growing them, Dndo SothT"
iiiiiii --. He Bmllcd sourly "! didn't rals
H -if v tlicm," ho replied. "Thnt hnlf-breed
H II ' Indian thnt driven John Csnlljnn's
H V car brought them nround about n
WffiTl . jMHj . - nur ago, along with a card. Titer
JflBSyAMrTp 1 It Is, heflldc your plate."
HMHj. She blushed ever bo sllrhtly. "I
HIiK nupposo Hryro Cardigan l vindicating
H''Ti himself," she murmured n.i slia with-
' m drew tho card from the envelope. As
K ,'k B,1 ,in(1 Riirmlsed, It was nryco Cnrdl-
n'lA 'r' Ban's. Colonel I'cnnlngton vras the
H .'srariv't& proprietor of a slmllnr aunnlso.
iiiiiiil f 'k -jjy "Past work, Shirley," he murmured
iiiiH Sjfkj' bantorlngly. "I wonder what he'll
iiiiH fcP'" BCntl you for ,u,,cll00lu Somo dill
iiiiB'fSPtf pickles, probably."
LiHW,ldi Sho pretended to be very busy with
isiiH 'Vff- Ui roscs' nnd not to ,mT iieflr(l
ilH ifc Shirley, left nlono nt tho hrenkfast-
WLm, iM the owlish butler set before her.
H' k j Yngucly she wondered nt her uncle's
M jf r I npparcnt hostility to tho Cnrdlgnns;
iiiiH V'iltey sll WI,H ns vngticly troubled In tho
iiiiH 8it knowledgo thnt until sho should succeed
iiiiH im ,u ntllcntlng this hostility, It must
iiiiH I''flr7'S Inevitably nets ns n Imr to tho further
iiiiiB "''llfej' .progress of her friendship with Hryco
iiiiH TliPL. - A ' 'Cardigan. And nho told herself she
iliiiHV wife dl(1 nnt u'l,nt 0 ,oso tImt fr,0,u,Kn,t)
iiiiH '""JtP s,i wnn'1 ,,)o onst Mt in lovo wIth
"-l ,1'1" n,liclt s,u-' rcallzetl ho wns rather
iiiiiHu tS lovnblo. And Instly lie wis n good, do-
B iVihl voted son nnd wns susceptlblo of
H if -r T development Into n congcnlnl nnd
H - f ,. j wholly ncceptnblo commdu to n young
H h H j Indy nbsolutcly lacking In other menus
iiiiiB 1 ot ni,niS(,ll0llt
- A I Sho tlulshcd her breakfast In
H. jfL I thoughtful silence; then the went to
H 1rjf tho telephone and called up Hryce.
H '' J Ho recognized her voice Instantly nnd
H 7 called her nnino before she bad oppqr-
H f' tunlty to auuouiice her Identity.
Hi f1' "Thank you so much for tho benutl-
iiiiiH JA f"' rosts In Cnrdlgnn," bho begnn.
B' "I'm glad you llkod them. Nobody
Hf picks flowers out of our garden, you
11111!" kuow. I used to, but I'll bo too busy
m -d hcrenfter to bother with (ho garden.
K, y tlio way, Miss Sumner, does your.
Ht' U undo own a car?"
Hr 1 "I bellevo ho does a Httlo old rnt-j
H 'I' tic trap which bo drives lUmself."
Bi - , 'Then I'll send Gcorgo over with,
HIE 4 tlio Napier this nfternoon. You might
Esr caro to tnko n spin out Into tho sur.
Hlv rounding country. Jly tho way, Miss,
r ' Sumner, you nrc to consider Gcorgo
SJL and thnt car ns your personal prop-
HHk erty. I fenr you're going to find
Bk Sequoia a dull place; so whenever you
ir ' t wl8l to go for n ride, just call mo up,
0 ,' and I'll havo George report to you."
Mq "Hut think of nil tho expensive gaso-
K line nnd tires I"
H' "Oh, but you mustn't look nt thing
r" from that angle nfter you cross the
B;l Ilocky mountulns on your way west.
H l What nro you going to do this nfter-
Kv "I doo't know. I haven't thought
V that far ahead,"
B ''For somo real sport I would bur-
Hl, 'ny gest that you motor up to Lngunn
M. ''' Grande. Thnt's Spnnlsh for Dig La-
H , soon, you know. Tnko a rod with
H you. Thero aro somo land-locked sal
B ; mon In tho' lagoon.
HH "But I lmycn't any rod."
w. "I'll send you over a good one."
HK 1 "Hut I havo nobody to tench me
jwjBHI 'fe?" 1 r',1 !",- . , 11 ! - -
how to u.se It," flio hinted danngly.
"I appreciate that compliment," he
flashed bnclt nt her, "hut unfortunate
ly my holldnyn nro over for a long
long time. I took my fnther's plnco In
the business this morning."
"Yes. Things hnro been hnppenlng
shllo I wits away. However, speak
ing of- fishing, Gcorgo Sen Otter will
provo nn Invnlunblo Instructor. lie Is
n good boy nnd you mny trust bJm
Implicitly. On Thursday evening
you can tell whnt success you hnd
ylth tho snlmon."
"Oh, thnt reminds me, Air. Cnnllgnn.
You can't como Thursday ovonlng,
nfter all." And sho czplnlned tlio rcn
son. "Suppose you como Wcdnesdny
"Wo'll cnll that n bet. Thnnk you."
Sho chuckled nt his frnnk good hu
mor; "Thnnk you, Mr. Cnrdlgnn, for
nil your kindness nnd thoughtfulncss;
nnd If you will persist In being nice
to mc, you might send Gcorgo Sen
Otter nnd tho enr at one-thirty. I'll
ho glad to avail myself of both until
I enn got n car of my own sent up
from San Francisco. Till Wcdnesdny
night, then. .Good b3'e."
As Ilryco Cnrdlgnn hung up, he
heaved n slight sigh. It wns difficult
to get out of the habit of plnylng; he
found himself the possessor of a very
groat deslro to closo down tho desk,
call on Shirley Sumner, nnd spend tho
romnlndcr of the dny bnsklng In the
sunlight of her presence.
Following his discovery of tho out
rngo committed on his fnther's sanctu
ary, Bryco wasted considerable vnl
unblc time nnd ofTort In a futllo en
denvor to gather somo further hint
of tho Identity of tho vandals; hut
despairing nt last, he dismissed the
mntter from his mind, resolving only
thnt on Thursday he would go up
Into I'ennlngtqn'.i woods nnd Interview
tho redoubtable Jules Rondeau. ,
Brycc'a nnturnl Inclination was to
wnlt upon M. Jlondenu Immediately,'
If not sooner, but the recollection of'
his dinner engagement nt tho Penning-!
ton homo warned him to proceed
cautiously; for whllo harboring noi
apprehensions as to the outcome of a
posstblo clnsh with Ilondcnu, Brycel
wns not so optimistic ns to believe he '
would cscnpo unscnthed from nn en '
Colonel Pennington's pompous im
ported British Initler showed Bryce
Into the Pennington living room nt '
six-thirty, announcing him with duo '
ceremony. Shirley roso from tho plnno j
whero she had been Idly fingering the
keys nnd greeted him with every np- i
penrnnco of pleasure following which, I
phe turned to present her visitor to (
Colonel Pennington, who wns standing
In his favorlto position wltli his buck '
to tho fireplace.
"Uncle Scth, this Is Mr. Canllgan,
who wns so very ulco to mo tho day j
I landed In Bed Bluff."
Tho Colonel bowed. "I havo to
thnnk you, sir, for your courtesy to
my niece." Ho hadassumed nn air of
reserve, ,pf distinct aloofness, despite I
his studied politeness. '
"Your niece, Colonel, Is ono of those j
fortunnto beings tho world will always
clnmor to serve."
"Quito true, Mr. Cnrdlgnn. When
sho was quite a llttlo girl. I enmo un
der her spell myself." '
"So did I, Colonel. Miss Sumner j
hns doubtless told you of our first J
meeting somo twelve years ngo." , j
"Quito so. Mny I offer you n
cocktail, Mr. Cnrdlgnn?"
"Thnnk you, certainly. Dnd nnd I
havo been pinning ono on nbout this
time every night slnco my return." j
"Shirley belongs to tho Bnnd of
Hope," tho Colonel explained. "She's
ready nt any time to brenk a lnnco1
with tlio Demon Bum. So We will
hnvo to drink her shnrc, Mr. Cardigan.
Pray bo seated." '
Bryco seated himself. "Well, wo
lumbermen nro a low lot and naturally
fond of dissipation," bo ngrcod. "I
f car Miss Sumner's prohibition tenden
cies will bo still further strengthened
nfter sho hns seen tho mnd-trnln."
"What Is thnt?" Shirley quoricd. i
"Tho mnd-trnln runs over your1
uncle's "logging rnllroad into Township
nine, whero Ids timber nnd ours Is lo
cnted. It Is the only train opornted
on Sunday, nnd It leaves Sequoia nt
llvo p. in. to carry tho Pennington nnd j
Cardigan crows buck to tho woods
nfter their Butimlny-nlght colcbrntlonj
In town. As n usual thing, nil hnnds
with tho exception of tho brnkemnn.i
engineers, nnd fireman, aro singing, j
weeping or lighting drunk."
"Do tboy fight, Mr. Cnrdlgnn?"
"Frequently. I might wiy- usually.
It's qulto nn Inspiring sight -to soo n
couple of lumberjacks going to It on
n fint-cnr traveling' "thirty miles an
"Yes, Imiocd. Tho right of wny li
lined with empty whisky bottles."
Colonel Pennington epoko up. "We
don't have nny fighting on.tho'innd
train nny moro," ho said blnndly.
"Indeed 1 How do you prevent it?"
I Bryco asked.
, "My woods-boss, Jules Rondenu,
makes them keep the pence," Penning
ton replied with n small smlfo. "If
tlicro's nny fighting to be done, ho does
"You menn ntnong hla own crow, of
I course," Bryce suggested.
I "No, ho's in charge of tho mnd-trnln,
i nnd whether a fight ctarts among your
! men or ours, he takes a hnnd. He'l
hnd them nil behaving mildly for quite
'Ha Can Whip Any Man In thi
a while, because ho enn whip nny man
In the country, nnd everybody realize
It. I don't know whnt I'd do without
Rondenu. Ho ccrtnlnly makes those
bohunks of initio step lively."
"Oh-h-hl Do you employ bohunks,
"Ccrtnlnly. They cost less; they
nro fnr less Independent thnn most
men und moro readily handled. And
you don't hnvo to pnmper them pnr
I tlcnlnrly In tho mntter of food. Why,
I Mr. Cnnllgnn, with nil duo respect to
your fnthcr, tho wny ho feeds bis men
Is simply ridiculous! Cnko nnd pla
and doughnuts at tho snmo mcnll"
"Well, Dad started In to feed hla
men tho snmo food he fed himself,
and I supposo tho habits ono forms In
J youth nro not readily chnnged In old
"But thnt ninkes It hnrd for other
mnnufneturers," the Colonel protested.
"I feed my men good plnln food and
plenty of It quite better food thnn
thoy were used to before they enmo to
O1I3 country; but I ennnot seem to
sntlsfy them. Your respected parent
Is tho basis for comparison in this
country, Cnrdlgnn, nnd I find It devil
ish inconvenient." lie laughed Indul
gently and passed his clgnrettc-caso
"Unclo Seth alwnys grows restless
! when somo other mnn Is tlio lender,"
Shirley volunteered with n mlschlc
1 vo'us glnnco at Pennington. "Don't
1 you, Nunky-dunk?"
-'Im nfrnld I do, my denr," tho
I Colonel admitted with his best nlr of
1 henrty expnnslveness. "I'm nfrnld I
1 do. However.' Mr. Cnrdlgnn, now that
you have at least, I havo been so In
j formed taken over your father's btisl
' neis, I 11111 hoping we will be enabled
to get together on ninny little details
and work them out on n common basis
to our mutual advantage. We lumber
men should stand together nnd not
mnko It hard for each other. How
ever," he concluded, "let's not talk
, shop. I Imnglno wo hnvo enough of
that during the dny. Besides, here
I are tho cocktnlls."
1 With fho disposal of the cocktnlls.
I the conversation drifted Into a discus
I slon of Shirley's adventures with a
I snlmon In Big lagoon. Tito Colonel
! discoursed learnedly on tho superior
I sport of niUKkellunge-flshing. which
I prompted Bryco to enter Into a desctip
1 t'on of going after swordflsh ntnong
1 tho Islands of tho Santa Barbara chan
nel. "Once 1 was fishing at San "
I The butler appeared In the doorway
and bowed lo Shirley, announcing thnt
1 dinner was served. The girl rose and
gave her arm to Bryce; with her othei
l arm linked through her uncle's she
' turned toward the dining room.
Just Inside the entrance Bryco
I paused. The soft glow of the candlcr
' In tho old-fashioned sliver candle
sticks upon the tnble was reflected It
1 tho polished walls of the room walli
1 formed of panels of tho most ex
, qulsltely pntterned redwood burl Bryct
' Cardigan had ever seen. Also tin
panels- were unusually large.
j Shirley Sumner's alert glanco fol
I lowed Bryce's ns It swept aronnd tin
1 room. "This dining room Is Uncli
Seth's particular delight, Mr. Canll
' gan," sho explained.
j "It Is very beautiful, Miss Sumner
I And your unclo hns worked wonden
1 In tho mntter of having It polished
I Those panels are positively the larges
j and most beautiful specimens of red
wood burl ever turned out In tliit
I country. The grain Is not merelj
wavy; It Is not merely curly; It h
actually so contrary that you him
here, Colonel Pennington, a room nb
solutely unique, In that It Is formei
of blrd's-oyo burl. Mark tho dee
shadows In It. And how It does rellee
those- candidal" 1
"It Is beautiful." the f -'omjl gle
clnrcdl "And t must coiitesa to t
pnrdonnble pride In It, although flu
tnsk of keeping tlcso wnlls from be
lug mnrred by the furniture knocklni
ngnlnst them requires tho utmos
Bryco turned nnd his brown eye
blazed into the Colonel's. "Where din
you succeed In finding such a mnrvel j
ons tree?" ho queried pointedly. "
know of but one tree In Humbold
county thnt could hnvo produced sucl
For nbout n second Colonel Penning
ton met Bryce's glnnco unwaveringly
then ho rend something In his guest'i'
eyes, nnd his glnnco shifted, whlli
over his benign countcnnncc n flusl
sprend quickly. Bryce noted it, nn(
his quickly roused suspicions were ni
quickly kindled Into ccrtnlnly. "When
did you find that tree?" ho rcpeutot
"Rondenu, my woods-boss, knew )
wns on tho lookout for something
special something nobody elso coulc
get; so ho kept his eyes open."
"Indeed I" There wus Just a trac(
of Irony In Bryce's tones ns ho drew
Shirley's chnlr nnd held It for her
"You nro fortunate to havo such a
woods-boss In your employ. Suet
loyal frllows nro usually too good tt
bo true, and quite frequently they put
their blnnkcts on their bncks nnd gel
out of tho country when you .least ex
pect It. I daro sny It would bo n
shock to you If Rondenu did thnt."
Thero was no mistaking tho veiled
threat behind thnt uppnrently Innocent
observation, nnd the Colonel, being
n mnn of more thnn ordinary astute
ness, realized thnt at Inst he must
plnco his enrds on the table. "Yes,"
ho said, "I would be rather disappoint
ed. However, I pny Rondenu rathci
more thnn It Is customary to pay
woods-bosses; so, I Imnglno he'll stay
unless, of course, somebody takes n
notion to run him out of the country.
And when thnt hnppcns, I want to be
on hnnd to view the spectacle."
Bryco sprinkled a mqdlcum of snlt
In his soup. "I'm going up Into Town
ship nlno to-morrow nfternoon," he
rcmnrked casually. "I think I shall
go over to your enmp nnd pny tho In
compnrnblo Jules n brief visit."
Again tho Colonel assimilated the
hint, but preferred to dissemble. "Oh,
you enn't stcnl him from me, Cnrdl
gnn," ho lnughed. "I warn you In nd
vnncc so spnre yourself the effort."
"I'll try anything once," Bryco re
torted with equal good nature. "How
ever, I don't want to steal him from i
you. I want to ascertain from him I
where he procured this burl." .
"He wouldn't tell you." j
"Ho might. I'm a persunslro little ,
cuss when I choose to exert myself."
"Rondenu Is not communicative. lie i
requires lots of persundlng."
"Whnt delicious soup I" Bryco mur
mured, blnndly. "Miss Sumner, may 1
hnvo a crncker7"
The dinner passed pleasantly; the
challenge and defiance botween guest
and host hud been so skillfully nnd
gracefully exchanged that Shirley
hadn't tho slightest suspicion thnt,
theso two well-groomed men hnd, un-t
dor her very nose, ns It were, agreed '
lo bo enemies nnd then, for the time,
being, turned their nttentlon to other
nnd more trifling mntters. A sprightly
thrco-coi-nered conversntlon continued
for nn hour. Then the Colonel,- secret
ly enraged nt the cnlm, mocking, con-1
templntlve glances which Bryce ever'
and nnon bestowed upon him, nnd tin-'
nblc longer to convince himself thnt
ho wns too apprehensive that this'
cool young mnn knew nothing nnd
would do nothing even If lie knew ,
something rose, plended the necessity
for looking over some papers, and bade ,
Bryco good-night. Foolishly ho .
proffered Bryco n limp bund; nnd n
demon of deviltry taking possession of ,
tlio latter, he squeezed It with n simple,
hearty earnestness, tho while he said: j
"Colonel Pennington, I hopo I do1
not have to assure you that my visit
hero this evening has not only been i
delightful but ei Instructive. Good- j
night, sir, and pleasant dreams."
With difficulty the Colonel suppress-1
ed it groan. However, ho was not the j
sort of mnn who .suffers In- silence; I
for a minute lntor tho butler, leaning j
over the banisters as his master climb- j
Cd tho stairs to his library, heard the
latter curse with an eloquence thnt
wns singularly appealing.
Colonel Seth Pennington looked up
sourly as a clerk entered his private,
office. "Well 7" he demnnded brus
quely. When addressing Ills em
ployees, the Colonel seldom bothered
to assume his pontifical manner.
"Mr. Bryce Cardigan Is waiting to
soo you, sir." i
"Very well. Show hi in in."
Bryce entered. "Good morning, i
Colonel," he snld pleasantly, nnd brn
zeuly thrust out Ids linnd.
"Not for me, my boy," the Colonel
assured him, "I had enough of thnt
last night. We'll Just consider tin ,
hnnd-shaking all attended to, If yoi
please. Have n rhnlr; sit down nnt
tell me whnt I can do to miiko yoi
happy." " ,
' "I'm delighted to find you In sucl
n generous frame of mind, Colonel
You can make me gtiiulneiy happy b.v
renewing, for ten yenrs on tho sniiu
terms ns the original contract, youi
arrangement to freight tho logs of th
Cardigan Redwood Lumber company
from tho woods to tidewater."
Colonel Pennington clenred lib
thront with n propitiatory "Ahem-ni
m I" Then he removed his gold spec (
tncles nnd carefully wiped them wltl
n silk handkerchief, ns carefully re
plnced them upon his aristocratic noso
nnd then gazed curiously nt Bryce.
J'My dear young friend I My verj
iwjienr yoyug friend I. Iiiiust nrotcst ni
being abi' to u'iscuss" HIS mutter
Your fnfher nnd I have been over It It
detail; we foiled to agree, nnd thai,
settles It." ,
"I did not expect you to ngreo tt'
my request I nm not quite thnl
optimistic," Bryce replied evenly. "J
thought thnt possibly, If I rcopcncc,
negotiations you might have u reason
nblo counter-proposition to suggest."
"I hnven't thought of nny."
"I suppose If 1 agreed to sell you
thnt quarter-section of timber in tin
little vnlley over yonder" (ho polntcc"
to the cast) "nnd tho nnturnl outlet
for your Squnw creek timber, you'd
quickly think of one," Bryce suggested
"No, I nm not In the mnrkct for thnl
Vnlley of tho Glnnts, ns your Idcnllstlc
father prefers to cnll it. The posses
sion of Hint big limber is nil advan
tage I expect to enjoy before I ac
quire ninny moro gray hnlrs. B'lt 1
do not expect to pny for It."
"Do you expect mo to offer It to
you ns a bonus for renewing our hnul
The Colonel snapped his fingers.
"By George," he declared, "that's n
bright Idea, and a few month's ngo I
would hnvo been Inclined to consider
it very seriously. But now "
"You figure you've. got us winging,
eh?" Bryco wns smiling pleasantly.
"I nm mnklng no admissions," Penn
ington responded enigmatically, "nor
any hauling contracts for my neigh
bor's logs," he ndded.
"I supposo Pll hnve to nbnndon log
ging In Township nine nnd go back to
tho Snn ncdrln," Bryco sighed re
signedly. ''if you do, you'll go broke You
cnnvt afford It. You're on tho verge
of Insolvency this minute."
"I supposo, slnco you decline to
haul our logs, nfter the expiration of
our present contract, nnd In view of
fho fnct thnt wc nro not flnnnclnlly
nblo to build our own logging rnllroad,
thnt tho wisest course my fnther and
I could pursue would be to s611 our
timber In Township nine to you. It
adjoins your holdings In tho same
"I had a notion the situntlon would
begin to dnwn upon you." Tho Colonel
wns smiling now; his handsome face
wns grndunlly assuming tho expres
sion pontifical. "I'll give you n dollar
a tlmusnnd feet stumpngo for It."
"I'm afraid I enn't accept thnt offer.
Wc pnld n dollar and a half for It,
you know, nnd If wo sold It to you nt
n dollar, the snle. would not bring us
sufficient money to tnke up our bonded
Indebtedness; we'd only hnve the San
Ilodrln timber nnd the Vnlley of tli (
Glnnts left, and slnco wo cannot log
either of these nt present, naturally
we'd be out of business."
"That's the way I figured It, m
"Well we're not going out of biifl
ness." ' J
"Pardon me for disagreeing with you
I think you nro."
"Not much I We enn't nfford it."
"My dear boy, my Aery denr young ,
friend, listen to me, Your paternal
nncestor Is the only human being who '
hns ever succeeded In making n per
fect monkey of me. When I wnnted
to purchuso from him n right of wny ,
through his absurd Vnlley of thei
Glnnts, In order thnt I might log my
Squnw creek timber, he refused mc.
And to add Insult to Injury, he
spouted n lot of rot nbout his big
trees, how much they meant to him.
nnd the utter nrtlstlc horror of run
ning n logging-train through the grove
particularly since he plnnned to be
quenth it to Sequoln ns n public park.
"I will not renew your logging con
tract. Thnt Is mini, young mnn. No
mnn enn ride me with spurs nnd get
nwny wltli it."
"Oh, I knew thnt yesterdnj'."
"Then why hnvo you cnlled on mo
todny, taking up my time on n dend
"I wnnted to give you ono flnnl
chnnce to repent. I know your plan.
Yon have It In your power to smash
"I Will Not Renew Your Longing Con
tract." the Cardigan Redwood Lumber com
pany, acquire It nt fifty per cent of
Its vnluo and nicrgo its assets with your
Lagunn Grando Lumber company. You
are nn nmbltlous mnn. You wnnt to
be the grentest redwood manufacturer
In California, and in order to achieve
your ambitions, you are willing to ruin
a competitor: you MJcclliic-to piny the
gnmo like n thoi-Miglihred.!'
"I piny the game of business accord
IHI..I. I HI . 1M III HI -
lug tn the rules 6f the gunie; I do M
nothing Illegal, sir."
"And nothing generous or chivalrous.
Colonel, you know your plen of a
shortngo of rolling-stock Is that the
contract for hauling our logs has been
very profitable nnd will be more profit
nblo In the futuro If you will accept
n flfty-ccnt-per-thousnnd Increnso on
tho freight rate and renew tho Con-
tract for ten years."
"Nothing doing, young mnn. Re
member, you are not In n position ,'J(
"Then I supposo we'll have to go
down fighting?" .,
"I do not nntlclpnto much of n
"And I'll begin by running your
woodH-bofis out of tho country."
"You know why, j)f course those
burl pnnelB In your dining room. Ron- K
denu felled n treo In our Valley of tho
Glnnts to get thnt burl for you, Colonel
Pennington flushed." "I defy you to
prove thnt," ho nlinost shouted,
"Very well. I'll mnke Rondenu con
fess; perhnps he'll even tell me who
sent him nfter the burl. Upon my
word, I think you Inspired that
dastardly raid. At nny rate, I know
Rondenu Is guilty, nnd you, as his
employer nnd the hctieficlnry of his S
crime, must nccept tho odium." n
The Colonel's fnce went white. "I
do not admit anything except thnt you
nppenr to" hnvo lost your bend, young 1
mnn. However, for the snko of argu- 1
ment: granting thnt Rondeau felled 1
thnt tree, ho did It under tho appro- 1
henston thnt your Vnlley of tho Giants
Is n part of my Squaw creek timber
"I do not believe that. Thero wns
mnllcc In the act brutnllty, oven ; for
my mother's grnvc' Identified the lnnd
as ours, and Rondenu felfed the treo
on her tombstone." T
."If that Is so, and Rondeau felled
thnt tree I do not bellevo1 he did
I am sincerely sorry, Cardigan. Name
'our price und I will pay you for the
"You can't pay for that tree," Bryce
burst forth. "No pitiful human being
can pay In dollars and cents for the
wanton destruction of God's handi
work. You wnnted thnt burl, and
when my fnther was blind nnd could
no longer mnke his Sundny pllgrlmago
up to thnt grove, your woods-boss
went up nnd stolo thnt which you
knew you could not buy."
"Thnt will bo nbout nil from you,
young mnn. Get out of my office.
And, by tho wny, forget that you have
met my niece."
"It's your office so I'll get out Af
for your second command" ho snapped
his fingers In Pennington's face
When Bryco hnd gone, the Colonel
hurriedly cnlled his logging-camp on
the telephone nnd asked for Jules
Rondenu, only to bo Informed by tho
timekeeper who nnswered tho tele
phone, thnt Rondenu wns up In the
green timber with the choppers and
could not be gotten to the telephone
In less thnn two hours.
"Do not send for him, then," Pen
nington commnnded. "I'm coming up
j on the eleven-fifteen train nnd will
tnlk to him when ho comes In for his
At eleven o'clock, nnd just as tho n
Colonel wns lenvlng to bonrd tho I
I eleven-fifteen , logging-train bound I
i empty for tho woods, Shirley Sumner I
mndp her appearance In his office. I
(Continued next week.)
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