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H PAOB 8iS ' IRON COUNTY RECORD, CEDAR CITY, UTAH, FRIDAY, MAY M, l2g. " " "
I : 1 VALLEY 1
II' OF THE ' If
I GIANTS j
I 11 J PETERKYNB (fj
B Bill'' COPY-RIGHT, BT PETER B.KYNE jhjffM
H CHAPTER I.-I'lonccr In tlio Collfomtn
H redwood rcKlon, Jolm Cardigan, nt forty.
H seven, In tlio leading citizen of Scuudln.
B owner of mills, nhlps, and many acres of
B timber, a widower after three years of
m. married llfo, nnd father of two-day-old
H Bryce Cardigan.
B .CHAPTEIt H.-At fourteen Bryce makes
' tho acquaintance of Shirley Bumnor, a vis.
B Itor to Sequoia, nnd tils junior by a few
yonrs. Together tlioy visit the Valley of
BB& the aiantn, sacred to John Cardigan and
BBS his son us the burial placo of Bryce't
mother, and part with mutual regret.
B CHAPTER III.-Wlillo Uryce Is at col-
MVJ lego John Cardigan moots with hea.vy
kVBJ business Iuhsivj and for the first time views
the future with uncertainty.
B CHAPTER IV.-After graduation from
M1 colleco, nnd a trip abroad, Uryco Cardl-
HL gan comos homo. On the train ho meet
H Shirley Sumner, on her way to Sequoia to
MWH make her home there with nor undo,
MWV Col. Pennington. Uryco learns that Ills
. father's eyesight has failed and that Col.
SMW I'ennlngton Is seeking to take advantage ol
B f-, the old man's business mlsfortunos.
H ' CHAPTER V.-In tho Valley of th
SAW Qlants young Cardigan finds a troo fellc3
H directly across his mother's grave. Indl
m cations tiro that It, was cut down to sccur
H) the burl, nnd evidence seems to show that
H I'ennlngton nnd his woods.boss, Julci
M, Itondoau, are Implicated In tho outrage.
H'' CHAPTER VI.-Dlnlng with Col. Pen.
nlngton nnd his nlere, Dryto finds tin
KVM room paneled with redwood burl, confirm-
K ng his suspicions of Pennington's guilt
' ,n n diplomatic way, unpercolvcd by Shir
H Joy. tho two men declare war.
j CHAPTER VII. Pennington refuses t
S&V renew his logging contract with tho Cardl-
gnns, believing his nctlon means bank-
, ruptcy for the latter, nryco forces Hon
1 deau to confoss he felled tho tree In thi
Valley of the Giants, at Pennington's or.
) dor. After punishing tho man, Bryc
i hurls him at Col. Pennington, who, with
K Shirley, had witnessed the fight Penning.
K ton Is humiliated, and thp girl, Indignant,
., ardors Uryco to leave her nnd forget thelt
l friendship. Ho leaves, but refuses to ac
j! ccpt dismissal.
f CHAPTER VIII.-Roturnlng to Sequoia,
' the train on which Shirley, her undo, and
N Uryce are traveling, breaks away from
W the locomotive, and Bryce, who could have
i escaped, at tho risk of his life cuts out
H, tho caboose and saves them from certain
H death, being painfully injured in doing so,
HW "Perhaps. Nevertheless, it I cau
M,r demonstrate to a certain party that It
H' wl" not cost more thnn tiirco-qunrtcrti
. .of n million, he'll loan mo tho money."
H! V The old mnn shook his head. "1
Ht don't oeliovo It, Rrycc Who's the
f crazy mnnT"
Hi- "His unme Is Gregory. Do's Scotch."
H'( "Now l knw he's crazy. When he
r; hands you the money, you'll And ho's
H talking real monoy but thinking of
H Confederate greenbacks."
H Hryco lnughed. "Pnl," ho declared,
H "If you nnd I have nny brains, they
H must roll around In our skulls like
H' ' buckshot In a tin pun. Listen, now,
H "with all your cars. When Dill Hen-
H'jjf; dcrson wanted to build tho logging
H railroad which he afterward sold to
H Pennington, nnd which Pennington Is
H now using ns n club to bent our brains
t oat, did ho havo the nloney to build
H . "No. I loaned It to him."
H "How did ho pay yon bock?"
H k" "Why, he gnvo me n ten-year con-
H tract for hauling our logs at a dollar
m and a half a thousand feet, nnd I
B merely credited his account with the
Hj amount of the freight bills ho sent me
H until he'd squared up the loan, prln-
B clpnl and Interest."
H "Well, If 1)111 HendcrKon lltinneed
PH himself on Hint plan, why didn't wo
PH think of using the name time-honored
PH plun for ilunnclng n rond to parallel
PPJ John Card I pan pat up with n Jerk.
PB "By thunder 1" ho murmured. That
PH wut no close ns he ever came to utter-
PH lng ntt oath.
PP2 "All right, John Cardigan. 1 forgive
PH you. Now, ihon, continue to listen:
PPJ To the north of that great block of
PK timber held by you and Pennington He
PPJ the redwood holdings of tho Trinidad
PH Redwood Timber company."
PPJ r "Never heard of them before.'
PH ' "Well, timber away In there In buck
PPJ of beyond hits never been well ndver-
PH tlsed, because It Is regarded as prac-
PB tlcully Inaccessible. You will reinem-
PPJ bcr that some ten years ago a coin-
PB pany was Incorporated with the Idea
PPJ of building a railroad from Grant's
PH 'Pass, Ore., on the lino of the Southern
pHj '.Pacific, down the Oregon nnd Callfor-
PH nlu const to tap tho redwood belt"
PPJ "I remember. There was a big
PPJ whoop nnd hurrah nnd then the propo-
pH sItlon died abornln'. The engineers
PB 'found that the cost of construction
PH , through tbnt mountainous country
Pl i was prohibitive."
H "Well, before tho project dll.
PPJ J Gregory and his associates believed
pH jUiat It was going 'to survive. They
pHj j quietly gathered together thirty thou
pH 't Band ncres of good stuff and then sal
pH down to wait for tho railroad. And
pH thoy nro still wnlting. Gregory, by the
pH I wny, is tho president of tho Trlnldnd
pH j Redwood Timber compniiy. Ho's nn
pH Kdinburgh mnn, and tho fly American
pH promoters got him to put up tho prlct
pH of tho timber nnd then mortgaged
PPJ their Interests to him as security foi
PB ! tho advance. Ho foreclosed on theli
PPJ i notes Ave years ago."
PB i "I "And tliero ho is with ids nselesi
PJPJPJP;.H. . rx
tlrtibcri" John Cnrdlgnn murmureo
thoiiglitfully. "a'ho (K)or Scotch suck
I "Ho Isn't poor. The purchnso ol
that timber didn't even dent his bnnfc
, roll. Hut ho would like to sell hl
timber, nnd being Scotch, natural!)
. lie desires to sell It nt a profit. In
order to cranio n market for It, how
ever, ho hns to linvo nn outlet to thai
mnrket. Wo supply tho outlet wltl.
ills help; nnd whnt happens? Why
timber Utnt cost him fifty nnd soventy
live cents per tliotisnnd feet stumpagt
and tho actual timber will overrun
tho cruiser's c.stlinntc every time will
be worth two dollars and fifty cents
"He loans us tho money to build
our road. We build It on through
our timber nnd Into Ids. Tlio collat
eral security which wo put up will be
n twenty-flve-yenr contract to haul
his logs to tidewater on Humboldt
bny, nt n baso freight rate of one dol
lnr nnd fifty cents, with nn increase
of twenty-live cento per thousand
every five years thereafter, nnd an op
tion for n renewal of tho contract
upon oxplrntion, at the rate of freight
last paid. In addition we sell him, nt
n rensonable figure, sufficient land
fronting on tldewnfer to ennblo him
to erect n snwmlil, lay out his yards,
nnd build a dock out Into tho deep
"Tims Gregory will havo tbnt which
he husn't got now nn outlet to his
market by water; and when tlio rail
rond to Sequoia builds in from tho
south, It will connect with tho rond
which wo have built from Sequoia up
Into Township nine to tho north;
henco Gregory will nlso hnvo an out
let to his mnrket by rail. Ho can
easily get a good manager to run his
lumber business until he finds u cus
tomer for It, nnd in tho meantime we
will bo charging his nccount with our
freight bills against him nnd gradual
ly pny off tho loan without pinching
Jolm Cnrdlgnn's old hand enmo grop
ingly forth und rested affectionately
upon his boy'u. "You forget, my son,
that we cannot Inst In business long
enough to get that rond built, even
though Gregory should ngrao to
finance tlio building of It, Tho Inter
est on our bonded Indebtedness Is
payable on tho first "
"Wo cnu meet It, sir."
"Aye, but wo enn't meet tho fifty
thousand dollars which, under the
terms of our deed of trust, wo are re
quired to pay In on July first of ench
year ns a sinking fund toward tho re
tirement of our bonds. Uryce, It Just
can't be done. We'd have our road
nbput luilf completed when we'd bust
up in business; Indeed, the minute
Pennington suspected wo wero paral
leling his line, he'd choko oft our wind.
I tell you It can't be done,"
Rut Uryce contradicted him earn
estly. "It enn bo done," he snld. "If
wo can start building our rond nnd
hnvo It half completed beforo Pen
nington Jumps on us, Gregory will
simply havo to come to our aid In self
defense. Once he ties up with us, ho's
committed to the tusk of seeing us
through. I can do it, I tell you."
John Cardigan raised his hnnd.
"No," ho said firmly, "I will not allow
you to do tills. That wny tbnt Is the
I'ennlngton method. If wo fall, my
son, we pass out like gentlemen, not
blackguards. Wo will not take advan
tage of this man Gregory's faith. If
ho Joins forces with us, wo lay our
hand on the table nnd let him look."
"Then ho'll never join hands with
us, partner. We're done."
"We're not done, my son. We hnvo
ono nlternntlve, nnd I'm going to take
It. I've got to for your sake. More
over, your mother would hnvo wished
"You don't menn "
"Yes, I do. I'm going to sell Pen
nington my Valley of tho Giants. It
Is my personal property, and It Is not
mortgaged. Pennington enn never
foreclose on It and until bo gets It,
twenty-live hundred ncres of virgin
timber on Squaw creek nro valueless
nny, a source of expense to hlnii
Uryce, he hits to have It; and ho'll pay
tho price, when ho knows I mean
With a sweeping gesture he waved
aside tlio arguments that rose to his
son's lips, "I end me to tho telephone,"
ho commanded; nnd Uryce, recogniz
ing his sire's unalterable determina
"Find Pennington's number In the
telephone book," John Cnrdlgnn com
Uryco found It, nnd his father pro
ceeded to get tho Colonel on tho wire.
"I'ennlngton," ho said hoarsely, "this
is John Cardigan speaking. I've de
cided to sell you that quarter-section
that blocks your timber on Squnw
"Indeed," tho Colonel purred. "1
had nn idea you were going to ji
-r"' ' " ' mm j f trmki
i .. jwLjsislMslMWHBsg.''" tr - Jt -37 -jiji
rent It to the city for a nnturnt poi .
"I'vc'chariged my mind., I've decid
ed to sell nt your Inst offer."
"I've changed my mind, too. I've
derided not to buy nt my last offer.
Slowly John Cardigan hung the re
ceiver on the hook, turned "nnd groped
for his son. When he found him, the
old mnn held him for n moment In his
nrms. "Lead mo upstnlrs, son," hf
murmured presently. "I'm tired. I'm
going to bed."
When Colonel Scth Pennington
turned from the telephone nnd faced
his niece, Shirley read his triumph In
his fnce. "Old Cnrdlgnn has capitu
lated nt last," ho cried oxultlngly. "He
Just telephoned to sny he'd nccept my
Inst offer for his Valley of the Giants,"
"Uut jou're not going to buy It.
You told Mm so, Undo Seth."
"Of course I'm not going to buy It.
nt my Inst offer. It's worth five thou
sand dollnrs. In tlio open market, nnd
once I offered him fifty thousand for
It Now I'll give him five."
"I wonder why he wants to sell,'
Shirley mused. "From whnt Uryce
Cardigan told mo once, ills fnther nt
tnehes n sentimentnl vnluo to tbnt
strip of woods; his wife Is burled
"no's selling It becnuso he's despcr
nte. If he wasn't teetering on the
verge of bankruptcy, he'd never lei
mo outgnme him," Pennington replied
gnyly. "I'll wnlt until ho hns gone
bunt nnd save twenty-five or thirty
thousand dollars." 4
"I think you're biting off jour nose
to splto your face, Uncle Seth. The
Lagunn Grande Lumber company
needs that outlet. In dollars nnd
cents, what Is It worth to the com
pany?" "If I thought I couldn't got It from
Cnrdlgnn n few months from now, I'd
go as high as a hundred thousand for
It tonight," he nnswered coolly.
"In tbnt event, I ndvlse you to take
It for fifty thousand. It's terribly
hnrd on old Mr. Cnrdlgnn to hnvo to
sell It, even nt tbnt price."
"You do not understand these mat
ters, Shirley. Don't try. And don't
waste your sympathy on thnt old
humbug. He has to dig up fifty thou
sand dollnrs to pay on Ids bonded In
debtedness, nnd ho's finding It n diffi
cult Job. Ho's Just sparring for time,
but ho'll lose out."
As If to Indicate thnt ho considered
the mnttcr closed, the Colonel drew
Ids chnlr townrd the fire, picked up n
magazine, nnd commenced Idly to slit
tlio pages. Shirley studied tho back
of his head for somo time, then got
out some fancy work nnd commenced
plying her needle. And as she piled
It, a thought, nebulous at first gradual
ly took form In her head until even
tually she murmured loud enough for
tho Colonel to hear:
"I'll do ttM-
"Do whnt?" Pennington queried.
"Something nice for somebody who
did something nice for me," she an
swered. About two o'clock the following nft
ornoon old Judge Moore of tho Su
perior court of Humboldt county, drift
ed Into Hryco Cnrdlgnn's office, snt
down uninvited, and lifted his long
legs to the top of nn adjacent chnlr.
"Well, Uryce, my boy," ho began,
"a little bird tells mo your daddy Is
considering the snlo of Cardigan's
Redwoods, or the Valley of tlio Giants.
How nbout It?"
Uryco stared nt him a moment ques
tlonlngly. "Yes, Judge," ho replied,
"we'll sell, If we get our price."
"Well," his visitor drawled, "I have
a client who might be persuaded. I'm
here to tnlk turkey. What's your
"Before we talk price," Uryce par
ried, "I want you to answer a ques
tion." "Let her fly," said Judge Moore.
"Are you, directly or Indirectly, act
ing for Colonel Pennington?"
"That's none of your business, young
man nt least, It would be none of
your business If I were, directly or In
directly, acting for thnt unconvicted
thief. To the best of my Information
nnd belief, Colonel I'ennlngton doesn't
figure In this deal In nny wny, slinpo
or manner; nnd as yon know, I've been
your daddy's friend for thirty years."
Still Uryce was not convinced, not
wlthstnndlng the fact that ho would
have staked his honor on the Judge's
veracity. Nobody knew better than hu
In whnt devious ways the Colonel
worked, his wonders to perform.
"Well," ho snld, "I can nnme you n
price. I will state frankly, however,
that I believe It to bu over your bend.
Wo hnvo several times refused to sell
to Colonel Pennington for a hundrecT
Suddenly ho pnusod beforo her.
"Molrn, you're a lucky girl," he de
clared. "I thought this morning you
wero going back to n kitchen In a log
ging camp. It almost broko my henrt
to think of fute's swindling you like
that." He put his arm around her and
gnvo her n brotherly hug. "It'a
autumn In the woods, Molrn, and nil
tho underbrush Is golden."
Sho smiled, though it was winter In
A careful analysis of Shirley's feel
ings townrd Uryce Cardigan Immedi
ately following tho Incident In Pen
nington's woods, had showed her that
tinder more propitious elrcunistunces
she might hnvo fallen In love with that
tempestuous young man In sheer rec
ognition of tho many lovable and man
ly qualities she bad discerned In him.
As nn offset to the credit sldo of
llryco's nccount with her, however,
there uppenred certain debits In the
consideration of which Shirley always
lost her temper nnd was Immediately
quite certain she loathed the unfor
He had been nn honored nnd (for
aught Shirley knew to the contrary)
welcome guest In the Pennlngton'hnme
out' night, and the following tiny had
assaulted his host, committed great
bodily Injuries upon the hitter's em
ployees for littio or no reason snve the
satisfaction of nn abominable temper,
made threats of further violence, de
clared his unfaltering enmity to her
nenrest nnd best-loved relative, nnd In
tho next breath had hod tlio Insolence
to prnto of his respect and admiration
However, nil of these grave crimes
nnd misdemeanors wero renlly Insig
nificant compnrcd with his crowning
offense. Whnt had Infuriated Shirley
was tho fact thnt she had been nt some
pnlus to inform Uryco Cardigan thnt
she lonthed him whereat he had
looked her over coolly, grinned n little.
nnd declined to believe her I Then,
seemingly as If fato had decreed that !
her futility should be Impressed upon
her still further, Uryce Cardigan hud
been granted nn opportunity to snve,
In a strikingly culm, heroic nnd pain
ful manner, her and her uncle from
certain nnd horrible death, thus plnc
ing upon Shirley nn obligation thnt
was as Irritating to acknowledge nd It
was futllo to attempt to reciprocate.
That waB where the shoe pinchpd.
Hefore that day was over sho had
been forced to do one of two things
acknowledge In no uncertain tenns her
indebtedness to him, or rctnnln silent
nnd to bo convicted of having been, In
plain lnngungo, a rotter. So sho had
telephoned lilm nnd purposely left
njur tho door to their former friendly
Monstrous I ne had seen tho open
door nnd deliberately slnmmcd It in
her fnce. Luckily for them both sho
had heard, all unsuspected by him as ,
ho slowly hung the receiver on the
hook, tho soliloquy wherein he gnvo
her n pointed hint of the distress with
which ho abdicated which knowledge
wns nil thnt deterred hej from despis
ing him with the fervor of n woman
The fasclnntlon which a lighted
cnndlo holds for a moth Is too well
known to require further elucidation
here. In yielding ono dny to n dcslro
to visit tho Valley of tho Giants, Shir
ley told herself thnt she was going
thero to gather wild blnckberrles. She
had been thinking of a certain black-'
.berry pic, which thought nnturally In
duced reflection on Uryce Cardigan
and reminded Shirley of her first visit
to the Giants under tho escort of a boy
ner meeting with Molrn McTnvlsh
thut day, and the subsequent friend
ship formed with the woods-boss'
daughter, renewed nil her apprehen
sions. On tho assumption that Shir
ley and Uryce wero practically
strangers to ench other (un assump
tion which Shirley, for obvious rea
sons, did not attempt to dissipate),
Molrn did not hesitate to mention
Hryco very frequently. To her he was
tho ono human being in the world
utterly worth while, nnd It Is nnt
urul for women to discuss, fre
quently nnd ut great length, the
subject nenrest their hearts. Molrn
Mo Ira Described Bryce in Minute De.
described Uryce In minute detail nnrt
related to her eager auditor little un
conscious dally acts of kindness,
thoughtfulness or humor performed by
Uryce bis devotion to his father, lib.
Idealistic attitude toward the Cardi
gan employees his ability, his Indus
try. And presently, little by little,
Shirley's resentment ngalnst Win
faded, and In her heart was bors n
great wlstfulness bred of the hope thnt
some dny sho would meet Uryce Caroi
gun on the street and that he would
pau'-e, lift his lint, smile nt her his
compelling smllo nnd forthwith pro
ceed to bully her Into being friendly
nnd forgiving browbeat her Into ad
mitting her change of heart and glory
ing In It.
To this remarkable state of mind
had Shirley Sumner attained at the
tlino John Cardigan, lending his last
little trump In a vain liopo thnt It
would enable him to tnke the odd trick
In the huge game ho had played for
fifty years, decided to sell his Valley
of the GInnts.
Shirley, as explained In n preceding
chnpter, had been present tho night
Jehn Cnrdlgnn, desperate nnd brought
to bay nt Inst, had telephoned Penning
ton nt the hitter's home, accepting Pen
nlngton's last offer for tlio Valley of
the Giants. Tho cruel triumph In tho
Colonel's bnndsome fnco ns ho ci)rOy
I rebuffed oiti Cnrdlgnn had In en too arn
f parent for the girl to mistake; she
1 realized now that a crisis had come In
J the nffnlrs of the Cardigans, nnd across
I her vision there flashed ngnln the
( vision of Uryce Cnrdlgnn's hoinecom
I lng of n tnll old man with his trem
I bilug urms clasped around his boy,
with grizzled cheek laid ngalnst his
' son's, as one who, seeking comfort
, through bitter years, at length had
Presently another thought cntnp to
Shirley. "I wonder!" she mused. "He's
proud. Perhaps tlio realization tbnt
j lie will soon be penniless nnd shorn of
his high estate hns mndo him chary of
acquiring new friends In his old cir
cle. Perhnps If he were sccuro In hfs
business affairs Ah, yes! Poor boyl
Ho was desperate for fifty thousand
dollars!" Her heart swelled. "Oh,
Uryce, Hryco," she murmured, "I think
I'm beginning to understand some of
your fury thnt dny In tlio woods. It's
I nil n grent mystery, hut I'm sure you
didn't Intend to bo so so terrible. Oh,
my denr, If wo had only continued to
be tho good friends we started out to
be, perhaps you'd let mo help you now.
For whnt good Is money If ono ennnot
help one's denr friends In distress?
Still, I know you wouldn't lot me help
you, for men of your stamp cannot
borrow from n wumnn, no matter how
desperate their need. And yot yon
only need n paltry fifty thousand dol
Shirley carried to bed with her that
night the woes of tho Cardigans, and
In the morning she telephoned Molrn
McTnvlsh und Invltod the latter to
lunch with her at home that noon.
When Molrn came, Shirley saw that
she had been weeping.
"My poor Molrn !'r bIio said, putting
her nrms around her visitor. "Whnt
has hnppenod to distress you? There,
there, denr! Tell me nil nbout it"
Molrn laid her head on Shlrlay's
shoulder nnd sobbed for several min
utes. Then, "It's Mr. Uryce," she
walled. "Ho's so unhappy. Some
thing's happened; they're going to
sell Cnrdlgnn's redwoods; nnd they
don't want to. Just beforo I left the
office, Mr. Hryco came in and stood
a moment looking at mo so tragi
cally I 1 nsked him what had hap
pened. Then ho patted my cheek oh,
1 know I'm Just ono of his responsi
bilities nnd said, 'Poor Molrn! Never
any luckl' nnd went Into his privnte
ofllco. I waited a little, nnd then I
went In, too; nnd oh, Miss Sumner,
ho had his bend down on his desk, and
when I touched his bend, he reached
up and took my hnnd nnd held It
nnd lnld his cheek ngnlnst It n little
while nnd oh. his cheek wns wet.
It's cruel of God to make him un
happy. He's good too good. Ar-d j
oh, I love htm so. Miss Shirley, I love '
him bo and he'll never, never know i
I'm Just ono of his responsibilities '
you know; nnd I shouldn't presume
But jtobody hns ever been kind t ,
me but Mr. Uryce nnd you. Arl I
enn't help loving people who nro klm '
nnd gentle- to nobodies." j
Molrn's story her confession o
love, so tragic because so hopeless
stirred Shirley deeply. She seatei1 1
herself In front of Molrn nnd cupped i
her chin In her palm. '
"Of course, dear," she snld. "you
couldn't possibly see anybody you
loved suffer so nnd not feel drendfnlly
about It. And when n man like Uryce
Cardigan Is struck down, 'he's apt' to
present rather n tragic nnd helple
, figure. He wnnted sympnthy. Moirs
woman's sympnthy,'' and It wns denr
of you to give It to him."
"I'd gladly die for him," Molra nn
swered simply. "Oh, Miss ' Shirley
you don't know hlni the wny we who
work for him do. If you did, you'd
love him, too. You couldn't help It,,
"Tell me nbout his trouble. Molra."
"I think It's money. He's been ter-'
rlbly worried for n long time, and I'm'
afraid things aren't going right wtth
the business. Tt hurts them tcrrlMy
to have to sell the Valley of rhe'
Giants, but they have to; Colonel Ptn-,
. nlngton Is the only ono who would1
I consider buying It; they don't want!
him to have It and still they have
to sell to him. Mr. nryco .says hie
father hns lost his courage at last;
1 and oh, denr. things nre In such n
' mess. Mr. Uryce stnrtod to tell me
all about It and then he stopjod sud
denly nnd wouldn't sny nnother word."
Shirley smiled. She thought she
understood the renson for thnt How
i ever, she did not pause to speculate
t on It, since the crying need of the
present was the distribution of a ray.
i of sunshine to broken-hearted Molrn.
"Silly." she ehlded. "how nmllessly
you nre trriolngi You sny my uncle
hns declined to buy the Vnlley of the I
"My uncle doesn't know whnt Iio'n ,
talking about, Molra. I'M sec that he
does buy It. What price are the Cardi
gans ns-klng for It now?"
"Well, Colonel Pennington has of
fered them n hundred thousand dol-,
hirs for It time nnd ngnln, but hist,
, night bo withdrew that offer. Then ,
they uniiied u price of fifty thousnntl, (
nnd ho said ho didn't want It at nil."
"He needs It, und It's worth every
, rent of n hundred thousand to him, i
, Molra. Don't worry, dear. He'll buy!
It, hecuusu I'll mako him, and he'll
buy It Immediately; only you must
promise mo not to mention n single
word of what I'm telling you to Uryce i
Cardigan, or In fnct, to nnybody. Do
i you promise?" I
I Molrn seized Shirley's hnnd nnd J
, kissed It Impulsively. "Very well,'
I then," Skirley continued. "Thnt mat-'
ter Is .adjusted, nnd now wo'll all bo
happy. Cheer up, denr, and remem
ber that some time this nfternoon '
you'ro going to seo Mr. Hryco smile i
again, nnd perhnps there won't bo so
much of a cloud over nis some un
When Molra returned to the ofllca
of tlio Cnrdlgnn Redwood Lumber
i company, Shirley rang for her maid.
"Bring me my motorcnat and hat,
Thelmn," she ordered, "and telephone. ,
i for tho limousine." She scntcd heiV
j self before tho mirror nt her dressing-
' tnblo nnd dusted her adorable noso
j with n powder-puff. "Mr. Smarty
Cardigan," she murmured hnpplly,
"you walked rough-shod over my
pride, didn't you? Plnced mo under an
obligation I could never hope to meet
and then Ignored me didn't you?
Very well, old boy. We nil hnvo our
innings sooner or later, you know, and
I'm going to mako n substantial pny
raent on flint huge obligation ns sure
as my tintnu Is Shirley Sumner. Then,
some dny when tho sun Is shining for
you ngnln, jou'U come to mo and bo
very, very humble. You're entirely
too Independent, Mr. Cardigan, but,
oli, my denr, I do hope you will not
need so much money. I'll be put to
my wit's end to get It to you without
letting you know, becnuso If your af
fairs go to smash, you'll bo perfectly
Sho paused suddenly. "No, I'll not
do that, either," she soliloquized. "I'll
keep It myself for nn Investment I'll
show Uncle Soth I'm a business wom
an, rtfter all. He has had his fair,
chance at tho Valley of tlio Giants,"
after wnlting yenrs for It, and now ho
has deliberately sacrificed that chance
to be menn and vindictive. I'll buy
the vnlley but keep my identity secret
from everybody; then, when Undo
Soth finds a stranger in possession,
ho'll hnvo n lit, nnd perhaps, before'
ho recovers, he'll sell mo all hla
Squaw creek timber only he'll neven
know I'm tho buyer. Shirley, my dear,
I'm pleased with you. Really, I never
knew until now why men could bo so
devoted to business. Won't It bo Jolly
to stop In between Uncle Seth and
nryco Cardigan, hold up my hand like
a policeman, and say: 'Stop It, boys.
No righting, If you plenso. And If
nnybody wants to know who's boss
around here, start something.' "
When her tihclo came homo thnt
night, Shirley observed thnt ho was
preoccupied and disinclined to con
versation (Continued next week.)
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