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I Hil' ' rAGB mX """""" IRON COUNTY RECORD, CBDAR CITY, UTAM, FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 19M. " """
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I Hi ii CJTJL T T 1PIV11 III
I fiP ill mhhhJUmJIJm JL II
I B'- IP OF THE If
I H 1 GIANTS I
V ' lniVi COPY72IGHT, By PETER JB.KYNB ljflH
H ft SYNOPSIS.
H ft X CnAIT-nil I.-Ploncer In tho California
m w redwood ronton, John Cardigan, at forty-
Hi seven, Is tlio leading cltlion of Sequoia,
mf owner of mills, Bhlps, and many acres of
mZ timber, a widower nftor tliroo yoars of
married life, and father of two-day-old
mfi Bryco Cardigan.
H ft CHAPTER II.-At fourteen Hryco make
Rft the acquaintance of Blilrley Uunmor, a vis.
IW . "or to Sequoia, and his Junior by a fow
W years. Together tlioy vlntt the Valley of
KM , J Ulanta, sacred to John Cardigan and
Ifjjf hi. in an tho burial place of Uryce's
inoOiof, and part with mutual regret.
H H . CIIAPTKIt Ill.-Whllo Uryce In at col-
. lego John Cardigan meotn with heavy
Ink business Iohsch and for tho first time view
IRE, the future with uncertainty.
H M CHAPTI'll IV.-Aftor graduation from
college, and a trip abroad, Uryco Cnrdt-
Vj Ran comes homo. On tho train ho meets
Hhlrloy Sumnsr, on hor war to Sequoia to
make her home thore with hor undo,
Col. Tonnlngton, Uryco lonrnn that hli
father's oycslght has failed and that Col.
1'ennlngton Is saoklng to tako advantage ol
the old man's business misfortunes.
H 1 CHAPTER V.-In tho Valloy of the
' Giants young Cardigan finds a troe felled
directly across his mother's grave. Indl-
rations aro that It was cut down to secur
, the burl, and evidence seems to show that
1'cnnlngton and his woods-boss, Juloi
Av Rondeau, are Implicated In tho outrage
H ifO """' CHAPTER VI.-DInlng with Col. Pen.
nlngton and hln niece, Dryco finds tin
m room paneled with redwood burl, confirm-
B f M ng his suspicions of Pennington's guilt
j (f In a diplomatic way, unpercclvod by Shir-1
m ' If, ley, the two men declare war. '
IM '' CHAITErt VII. Pennington refuses t
B Si' renew his logging contract with tho Cardl-
'x gans, believing his nctlnn means bank-
; ri ruptcy for tho latter. Uryco forces Ron-
i I J , . acau to confess he felled the tree In tin
J I Valloy of the alants, at Pennington's or
m , fjf- , dor. After punishing the man. Dryc
m W', , hutn him at Col. Pennington, who, with
B i 5K- Shirley, had witnessed tho fight. Penning-
w. ,, ton Is humiliated, and tho girl, Indignant,
!!-! V orders llryce to leave her and forget thelt
B ,m, , friendship. Ho leaves, but refuses to ac-
H Mr ' CHAPTEU VIIL-neturnlng to Sequoia.
B . If - the train on which Shirley, her uncle, and
! -? Uryco aro traveling, breaks away from
m ' jk the locomotive, and Uryce, who could have
H ' LP,' escaped, at the risk of his life cuU out
LH h L$- 4 tne caboose and saves them from certain
M wkjf-, death, being painfully Injured in doing to.
I - " CHAPTKIl IX.-Molra McTavlsh. chllo.
ml 1)7 "" hood Wend of Uryco and employed In hli
sH r V office, makes Shirley's acquaintance and
H fl '"o two become friends. Needing money
B If,. J badly, John Cardigan offers to sell Pen'
1 fl nlngton the Valley or the Giants, but tin
I ' Colonel, confldont the property must soon
J , M 1 be his through tho bankruptcy of hli
k4v enemies, contemptuously rofuses. Un-
wff 1 iP?."1 to her uncle, Shirley buys thi
m ' f I I Valley and tho Cardigans have a now
B lr I lemso of business life. They Interest capl-
B II, and decide on a soliemo to parallel
. I I ' Pennington's logging railroad
! I "I noticed In this evening's paper,"
H JUI"1 'Aft rcmnrked proswintly, "thnt Mr.
f Mjf Oardlcnn Iiiih Bold hla Valley of the
ml QlnntH. So you )oiiRht It, after alt?"
ft "No such luck-r ho almost barked.
H ft "fn nn Idiot 1 should be placed In
B 1 7 "I Should Be Placed In Charge of a
H I Keeper."
1 jJ cfearjco of n keeper. Now, for heaven's
H I Mke, Shirley, don't discuss that tlin-
B .1 bcr with me, for If you do, ril to
m Vj ylnJn, lunatic crnzy."
H 7-" , "Poor Undo Scth." nho purred
B & ( wee11y. Jler nppnrent sympathy
1 l soothed his rasped soul. Ho contln-
m 1 "Oh, I'll get tho Infernnl proporty,
1 I tint It will be worth whnt I linvo to
B 1 pay for It, only It certainly docs gravel
m I me to roallro thnt I am about to be
I held up, with no help In sight I'll
H ' K eeo Judgo Moore tomorrow and offer
1 Wm a quick profit for Ids client,
9MwJIl That's the gume, you know."
jf "I d0 nI)0 ho ncw owner exhibits
HUf somo common sense, uncle denr," she
Hf ' replied, nnd turned back to tho piano,
Kp "Sot I greatly fear," sho added to her-
vM Belt, "that tho now owner Is going to
HK prove a most obstinate creature and
Jk frightfully hard to discover."
Hf Truo to his promise, tho Colonel
cl called on Judgo Mooro bright and
li early tho following morning. "Act
Jk,' Three of that llttlo business drama
HlK entitled 'The Valley of tho Giants.'
Hft my dear Judge," ho announced pleas
antry. "I piny the lend In thlB net.
You remember me, I hopo. I played
a bit In Act Two."
"In so far as my Information goes,
sir, you'vo been cut out of the cast In
Act Three. I don't nccm to And any
lines for you to spenk."
"One line, Judgo; ono llttlo line,
What profit docs your client want on
"That quarter-section Is not In the
tnnrkct Colonel. When It Is, Til send
for you, slnco you'ro tho only logical
prospect should my client dccfllo to
si'll. And remembering how you hutt
ed In on politics In this county Inst
fall nnd provided n slush fund to bent
mt nnd place a crook on the Superior
court bench, In order to give you nn
edge In the ninny suite you aro nl
ways filing or having filed ngalnst you,
I riso to remark that you havo about
ten spilt scrondH In which to disap
pear from my office. If you linger
longer, I'll start throwing paper
weights." And ns If to emphasize
his remark, the Judge's hand closed
over ono of tho nrtlcles In question.
The Colonel withdrew with what
dignity he could muster.
Upon his return from tho office thnt
night Bryco Cnrdlgan found his fn
thcr bad left his bed and was seated
before tho library fire.
"Feeling n whole lot better todnjr,
eh, pal?" his son queried.
John Cardigan smiled. "Yes, son,'
ho replied plaintively. "I guess Til
mnnago to llvo till next spring."
"Oh, I knew there wna nothlnt
wrong with you, John Cardigan, thin
a henlthy check wouldn't cure. Well
wo can nfford to draw our breath now
nnd that gives ns a fighting chnncc
partner. And right after dinner yoi
and I will alt down and start browlni
a pot of poworful bad mcdlclno foi
Accordingly, dinner disposed of, fa
ther and son sat down together to pro
paro the plan of campaign. For the
spaco of several minutes a silence set
tied between them, the whllo thoj
puffed meditatively upen their cigars
Then tho old man spoke.
"Wo'll havo to fight him In tin
"Becauso If Pennington knows, oi
even suspects the Identity of the mat;
who Is going to pnrallcl his loggln;
railroad, ho will throw all tho wclghl
of his truly capable mind, his wealth
and his ruthlcssncss against you ani
you will bo smashed. You havo one
advantage starting out. The Colonel
doesn't think you linvo tho courngo tc
pnrallcl his rond In tho first place; In
tho second plnce, he knows you hnvcn'l
tho money; nnd In the third plnce h
Is morally certain you cannot borrow
It, becnuso you haven't nny collateral
to secure your note. So, nil thing
considered the Colonel will be slow
to suspect us of having an nco In the
hole; but by Jinks wo hnvo It, nnd
wo'ro going to play It You must en
gage some rcllnblo engineer to look
over the proposed route of tho roud
and glvo us an estlmnto of Uie cost ot
"For tho snke of argument wo will
consider thnt done, and that tho estl
mnto comes within tho scope of th
sunt Gregory Is willing to advance its.'
"Now, then, you aro going to In
corporate a company to build a row
twelve miles long and a prlvnto road
at that. That would bo n fatal step
Pennington would know somebody wo
going to build a logging road, and re
gurdless of who the builders were, 1m
would havo to fight them In self-pro
tectlon. How aro you gotng to cove
your trail, my son?"
Ilryco pondered. "I will, to begin
hnvo a dummy board of directors
Also, my road cannot be prlvnto
since we must bo n common carrier
wo might as well carry our deceptlo
ft 111 further and Incorpornto for the
purposo of building n rond from S
quoin to Grant's Pass, Ore., there ti
connect with the Southern Pacific."
John Cnrdlgnn smiled. "Tho oh
dream revived, eh? Well, the oh'
Jokes nlwnyn bring n hearty laugh
People will laugh at your compnnj
because folks up this way roallro thn
tho construction cost of such a row
"Well, since we're not going to bulhl
more than twelve miles of our road
during the next year, nnd probably not
more than ten miles additional during
tho present century, wo won't worry
over It It doesn't cost n cent moro to
procure n frnnchlso to build n road
from here to tho moon. If we fall to
build to Grant's Pass, our franchise to
build the uncompleted portion of the
road merely lapses nnd we hold only
thnt portion which wo hnvo construct
ed. Thnt's all wo want to hold. More
over, deeds to rights of way can be
drnwu with a tlmo-llmlt, nfter which
they revert to tho original owners."
"Good strategy, my eon I And cer
tainly us a common carrier wo will be
welcomed by the farmers nnd cattle
j men nlong our short line."
I "Well, Hint nbout completes tho
rough outline of our plan. Wo have
' a year In which to build our road; If
wo do not hurry, the mill will hnvo to
, shut down for lack of logs, when our
I contract with Pennington expires."
"You forget the mnnngcr for our
new corporation the vlco president
nnd general mnnngcr. lie must bo a
man of real ability and n person you
I can trust Implicitly."
"I have the very man. Ills name Is
Muck Ogllvy and only this very day J
received a letter from him begging mo
for n smalt loan. I hnvc Buck on Ice
In n flfth-clnB-s Snn Frariclsco hotel."
"Tell mo nbout hlra, Bryco."
"I'll rend you his letter. I claim
there Is moro character In a letter than
In n face."
Hero Uryco read aloud:
"Golden Gate Hotel Rooms Fifty
Cents nnd Up. ,
"Snn Francisco, Cnl., Aug. 10. 1010.
"My dear Cardigan: Hark to the
voice of ono crying In tho wilderness:
then picture to yourself tho unlovely
spoctnelo of n strong man crying.
"Let us assume that you havo duly
considered. Now wind up your wrist
nnd send mo n rectangular pleco of
white, blue, green or pink paper bear
ing In the lower right-hand corner, In
your clear, bold chlrography, tho magic
worth 'Uryco Cardigan' with tho llt
tlo tip-nnd-down hook nnd flourish
which Identifies your signature given
In your serious moods nnd lends voluo
to otherwise worthless paper.
"When you knew mo, last, I wns n
prosperous young contractor. Alnsl 1
put nil my eggs In ono basket nnd pro
duced nn omelette. Took n contract
to bulhl a railroad In Honduras. Hon
duras got to fighting with Nicaragua;
the government I had dono business
with went out of business; nnd the
Nlcnrngunn nrmy recruited nil my In
borers nnd mounted them on my mules
and horses, swiped nil my grub, nnd
told mo to go home. I went Why
stay? Moreover, I hnd an Incentive
consisting of nbout nn Inch of bnyonet
fortunntcly not applied In n vltnl
spot which nccclernted rather thnn
decreased my speed.
'TTurry, my denr Cnrdlgnn. I fin
ished eating my ovcrcont the day be
"Make It a hundred, nnd God will
bless you. When I get It, I'll come to
Sequoia nnd kiss you. I'll pny you
bnck some time of course.
"P. S. Dclnys aro dangerous, nnd
procrastination Is the thief of time.
John Cardigan chuckled. "I'd take
Buck Ogllvy, Bryce. Hell do. Is he
"I don't know. lie wns, tho last
tlmo I saw him."
"Then wire him n hundred. Don't
wait for tho mall."
"I have alrcndy wired him the hun
dred. In nil probability he Is now out
whirling like n dervish."
"Good boy! Well, I think we've
planned sufficient for the present,
Bryce. You'd better leave for San
Francisco tomorrow nnd close your
denl with Gregory. Hlro n good law
yer to draw tip the agreement between
you ; bo sure your'ro right and then go
ahead full speed. When you return
to Sequoia, I'll have n few more points
to give you. I'll mull them over In the
When Bryce Cnrdlgnn walked down
the gangplank nt tho steamship dock
In Snn Francisco, tho first face he saw
nmong the waiting crowd wns Buck
Ogtllvy's, Ogllvy thrust forth n great
speckled paw for Bryce to tshake.
Bryce Ignored It
"Why, don't you remember me?"
Oglllvy demanded. "I'm Buck Oglllvy."
Bryre looked him fnlrly In tho eye
nnd favored him with n lightning wink.
"I have never heard of you, Mr. Ogllvy.
"I Have Never Heard of You, Mr.
You nro mistaking mo for somo one
"Sorry," Ogllvy murmured. "My
mistake. Thought you were Bill Kcr
rick, who used to bo a partner of
Bryce nodtletl nnd passed on, boiled
n tnxlcnb, and was driven to the San
Francisco office of his company. Five
minutes later the door opened and
Buck Ogllvy entered.
"I was a bit puzzled nt the dock,
Bryce.'N he explained as they shook
hands, "but decided to play safe ami
then follow yon to your ofllre. Whnt's
up? Have you killed somebody, nnd
nre tho detectives On your trait? If
so, 'fess up and I'll nssumc tho re
sponsibility for your crime, Just to
show you how grateful I am for thnt
"No I wnsn't being shadowed.
Buck, but my principal enemy wns
coming down the gnngplnnk right be
hind me, nnd"
"So wns my principal enemy," Ogllvy
Interrupted. "Whnt does our enemy
"Llko ready money. And If he hnd
seen mo shaking hnnds with you, he'd
hnve suspected n connection between
us Inter on. Buck, you havo a good
Job nbout five hundred a month."
"Thanks, old mnn. I'd work for you
for nothing. What nro we going to
"Bullti twelve miles of logging rail
road nnd pnrallcl tho line of tho old
wolf I spoke of n moment ngo."
"Good newsl We'll do it How soon
do you wnnt It done?"
"As soon as possible. You're the
vice president nnd general manager."
"1 accept tho nomlnntlon. What do
I do first?"
"Listen carefully to my story, ann
lyzo my plan for possible wenk spots
nnd then get busy, because after 1
havo provided tho funds nnd given tin
word 'Gol' the rest Is up to you. 1
must not bo known In the trnnsuctloi
nt all, because that would be fatal."
Three lu . tutor Ogllvy wns In pon
session of kho most minute details ol
the situation In Scquoln, had tabu
lnted, Indexed and cross-indexed then.
In his Ingenious bruin nnd wns rcnd.
for business nnd so announced him
self. Always nn enthusiast In nl
things, In his mind's eyo Mr. Ogllvj
could nlrendy see n long trnlnlond ol
logs coming down tho Northern Call
fornln ft Oregon railroad, as ho ami
Bryce bad decided to christen the ven
When Bryco Cardigan returned ti
Sequoia, his labors, in so far as tin
building of the rond wcro concerned
hnd been completed. His agreement
with Gregory of the Trinidad Redwood
Timber company hnd been signed,
scaled and delivered; tho money to
build tho road hnd been deposited In
bnnk; nnd Buck Ogllvy was already
spending It like n drunken sailor.
From now on, Bryce could only watch,
wnlt and pray.
On the next steamer a surveying
party with complete cnmplng equip
ment arrived In Sequoia, purchnscd a
wngon nnd two horses, plied their dun
nnge Into the wngon, nnd disappeared
up-country. Hard on their heels came
Mr. Buck Ogllvy, nnd occupied tho
bridal suite In the Hotel Sequoia, ar
rangements for which had previously
been mado by wire. In the sitting room
of the suite Mr. Ogllvy Installed n new
desk, n filing cabinet and a brisk
young male secretnry.
He had been in town less than an
hour when the editor of the Sequoia
Sentinel sent up his card. The an
nouncement of the Incorporation of
tho California Outrage (for so had Mr.
Ogllvy, In huge enjoyment of the
misery he wns about to create, dubbed ,
the road) had previously been flashed I
to the Sentinel by tho United Press
nssocintlon, as a local feature story,
nnd nlrendy speculation wns rife In
Scquoln ns to the Identity of tho hare
brained Individuals who dared to back
nn enterprise ns nebulous as the mil
Ionium. Mr. Ogllvy wns expecting the
visit In fact, Impntlcntly awaiting It;
nnd since tho cnslcst thing ho did
wns to speak for publication, natural
ly the editor of the Sentinel got n
story which, to that Individual's sim
ple soul, seemed to warrant n seven
column liend which It received. In
glowing terms he spoko of tho billions
of tons of timber-products to bo haul
ed out of this wonderfully fertile and
little-known country, nnd confidently
predicted for tho county n future com
mercial supremacy thnt would be sim
ply stnggcrlng to contcmplntc.
When Colonel Seth Pennington rend
this outburst he snillcd. "That's n
bright scheme on tho part of that
Trinidad Redwood Timber company
gang to stnrt n railroad excitement nnd
unload their white clephnnt" he de
clared. When Bryce Cardigan rend it he
Inughcd. The Interview wns so like
Buck Ogllvy I In ('in morning tho hit
ter's nutomoblle wns brought up from
the steamship dock, nnd nccompnnlcd J
by his secretary, Mr. Ogllvy disappear-
ed Into the north following the bright
new stakes of his surveying gnng, and '
for three weeks was seen no more, j
On n day when Uryce's mind hap-
pencil to he occupied with thoughts of ,
Shirley Sumner, ho bumped Into her
on the mnln street of Scquoln, nnd to j
her great relief but profound surprise. I
he paused In his tracks, lifted his hat,
smiled, and opened his mouth to sny
something thought better of It,
changed his mind, nntl continued on
nbout his business. As Shirley pass
ed him, she looked him squnrcly In tho
face, nnd In her glance there was nei
ther coldness nor malice.
Uryce felt himself nllro from heels
to hair one Instant, nnd cold nntl cloin
my the next, for Shirley spoko to him.
"Good morning, Mr. Cnrdlgan."
He pnusctl, turned, nnd approached
her. "Good morning, Shirley," ho re
plied, "now have you been?" J
"I might hnvo been dead, for nil
tho Interest you took In me," sho re- '
piled sharply, "As mntters stand, I'm I
exceedingly well thank you. Uj the
way, nre you still belligerent?" '
He nodded. "I hnve to be." '
"I think you'ro n great big grouch,
Uryco Cardigan," she flared nt him
"You make mo unutterably wenry."
, "I'm sorry," he nnswered, "hut Just
nt present I nin forced to subject you
to tho strain. Say a year from now.
when things arc different with trie.
I'll strive not to offend."
"I'll not bo here n year from now,"
sne warned him.
He bowed. "Then I'll go wherever
you nre nnd bring you back." And
with n mocking little grin, ho lifter
his lint nnd pnssed on.
Col. Seth Pennington was amnn
those who, skeptlcnl nt first apd In
clined to ridicule the project Into nn
early grave, eventually found himself
swnyed by the publicity and gradually
coerced Into serious consideration of
the results attendant upon tho build
ing of tho road. Tho Colonel wns
naturally ns suspicious as a rattle
snake In August; hence he had no
sooner emerged from the ranks of the
frank scoffers than his alert xntud
framed tho question:
"How Is this new rond Improbable
as I know It to be going to affect th
Interests of the Lnguna Gran Jo Lum
ber company, If the unexpected should
"I'll Not Be Here a Year From Now,"
Sho Warned Him.
happen and those bunco-steerers
should nctunlly build a road from
Sequoia to Grant's Pass, Ore., and
thus construct n feeder to a trans
Five minutes of serious reflection !
sufficed to bring the Colonel to the I
verge of panic, notwithstanding tin
fnct that he was ashamed of himself
for yielding to fright despite his firm
belief that there wns no reason why '
ho should bo frightened. Similar con-'
sldoratlons occur to a small boy who
Is wnlklng home In the dnrk past n
The vital aspects of bis predlcn- '
ment dawned on the Colonel one night
nt dinner, mldwny between the soup ,
nnd tho fish. So forcibly did they oc
cur to him, In fact that for the nonce
ho forgot thnt his nleco wns seated
"Confound them," the Colonel mur
mured distinctly, "I must look Into
tills Immediately." '
"Look Into whnt, uncle dear?" Shir- i
ley nsketl Innocently.
"This new railroad that man Ogllvy
talks of building which menus, Shir
ley, that with Scquoln as his btarting
point ho Is going to build n hundred
and fifty miles north to connect with
tho mnln line of the Southern Pacific
"Hut wouldn't thnt bo tho finest
tiling thnt coultl possibly hnppen to
Humboldt county?" sho demanded of
"Undoubtedly It would to Hum
boldt county; but to the Lagunn
Grande Lumber company, In which you
hnve something more than u sentimen
tal Interest, my denr, It would bo a
blow. A large part of tho estate left
by your father Is Invested In Lnguna
Grande stock, nnd as you know, nil of
my efforts nre devoted to nppreclntlng
thut stock ntid to fighting ngalnst nny
thing thot has n tendency to depreciate
Carefully he dissected a snnd-dah '
and removed tho bnckbone. "I'd give
a ripe peach to leant tho Identity of
the scheming buttlnsky who bought '
old Cardigan's Vnlley of the Giants,"
he said presently. "I'll be hnngod If
thnt doesn't complicate mntters o
"You should hnve bought It when
tho opportunity offered," she reminded I
Id m. I
"I dnro sny," he admitted lightly. I
"nowevor, I didn't nnd now I'm going
to bo punished for It, my denr; so
don't ronst me nny more. By the way.
that speckled hot-air fellow Ogllvy,
who Is promoting the Northern Cnll
fomla & Oregon railroad, Is back In
town ngnln. I think I'll wire tho Snn
Francisco office to look him up In
Dun's nnd Brndstrcct's. IM sleep o
wholo lot more soundly to-night If I
knew the nnswer to two very Important
"What are they, Undo Seth?"
"Well. I'd like to know whether tho
N. C. O is genuine or n screen to hide
tho operations of tho Trinidad Red
wood limber company."
"It might," snld Shirley, with ono of
thoso sudden (lashes of Intuition pe
culiar to women, "ho n screen to lildn
tho operations of Bryco Cardigan.
Now that ho knows you aren't going
to renew his hauling contract, ho may
havo decided to build his own logging
After n pause tho Colonel made
nnswer: "No, I havo no fear of thnt.
It would cost five hundred thousnnd
dollars to build that twelve-mile line .
-' '" '"' -!,
and bridge Mad river, and the Cnrdl
, gnns haven't got that amount of
money. Whnt's more, they can't got
1 "But suppose," she persisted, "that
the renl builder of the rond should
1 prove to bo Bryco Cnrdlgnn, after all
l Whnt would you do?" $f
Colonel Pennington's eyes twinkled
I "I greatly fear, ray dear, I shouh
Imnkc n nolso llko something 'doing.
And as for Bryce Cardgan well, that t
young mnn would certnlnly know ho'd
been through n light."
"I wonder If ho'U fight to the last
"Why, I belle vo ho will," Pennington
"I'd love to see you beat him."
"Shirley I Why my dear, you're
growing ferocious." Her uncle's tone
were laden with banter, but his counte
nnnce could not conceal the pleasure
hor Inst rcmnrk hod given him.
Shirley thrust out her adorable chin
aggressively. "Sick 'em, TIgel" she
nnswered. "Shnko 'cm up, boy I"
"You bet I'll shnko 'em up," the
Colonel declared Joyously, no paused
with n morsel of food on his fork nnd
wnved the fork nt her aggressively.
"You stimulate me into nctlvlty, Shir
ley. My mind has been singularly dull
of Into; I hnvo worried unnecessarily,
but now thnt I know that you aro with
me, I am Inspired. I'll tell you how
we'll fix this new railroad, If It exhibits
signs of being dangerous." Agnln ho
smoto the table. "We'll sow 'cm up
tighter than n now buttonhole."
"Do tell mo how," sho pleadeQ
"I'll block Ihem on their franchise to
run over the city streets of Sequoia.'
"By mnklng the mayor and the dty
council sec things my wny," ho answer
ed dryly. "Furthermore, in order to
enter Sequoln, the N. O. 0. will hnve
to cross the tracks of tho Lnguna
Grande LumbOfj, company's lino on
Water street mako n Jump-crossing
nnd I'll enjoin them nnd hold them up
In tho courts till the cows come home."
"Uncle Soth, you'ro n wlznrd."
''Well, nt least I'm no sloudi nt look
ing nfter my own Interests nnd yours,
Shirley. In the midst of penco wo
should bo prepared for wnr. You'vo
met Mayor Poundstone nnd his Indy,
"I hnd tea at her houso last week."
"Good nuws. Supposo you Invite
her and Poundstone hero for dinner
somo night this week. Just a qutet
I little family dinner, Shirley, and after
j dinner you enn take Mrs. Poundstooo
upstnlrs, on somo pretext or other
while I sound Poundstono out on his
nttltudo toward the N. C. O."
She nodded. "I shall attend to one
mnttcr, Uncle Seth."
Five minutes after dinner was over,
Shirley Joined her uncle In tho library
and announced that His Honor the
Mayor, and Mrs. Poundstone, would bo
delighted to dlno with them on the
following Thursday night
To return to Bryce Cnrdlgnn:
Having completed his preliminary
plans to build the N. C. 0 Bryce hnd
returned to Scquoln, prepnred to st
quietly on tho sldo lines nnd watch
tils peppery henchman Ogllvy go Into
Ogllvy's return to" Sequoia following
his three-weeks tour In search of rights
of way for tho N. C. O. was heralded
by a visit from him to Bryco Cardigan
nt the tatter's office. As ho breasted
tlK! counter In the general offlco, Moire
McTnvIsh left her desk nnd enmo over
to 6oe what the visitor desired.
"I should like to see Mr. Bryce
Cardigan," Buck begnn In crisp bus
inesslike accents. He was fumbling
In his card-case and did not look op
until nbout to hand his card to Molra
when his mouth flew half open, the
while ho stared at her with consum
mate frankness. Tho girl's glance met I
his momentarily, then was lowered
modestly; sho took the card and enr
rled It to Bryco.
"Hum-m-ml" Bryce grunted. Thnt
noisy fellow Ogllvy, eh?"
"Ills clothes nro simply wonderful
nnd so Is his voice. He's very refined.
But he's enrroty red nnd has freckled
hands, Mr. Bryce."
nryco rose nnd sauntered Into tho
"Mr. Uryco Cardigan?" Buck queried.
"At your service, Mr. Ogllvy. Please
"Thnnk you so much, sir." Ho fol-
lowed Bryco to tho lnttcr's private S
office, closed tho door cnrefully behind Q
him, and stood with his broad back R
against It i
"Uuck, uro you losing your ralndr
Uryco demanded. . J
"Losing It? I should say not TtW
Just lost It"
"I believe you. If you were quite
snne, you wouldn't run tho risk of be- 1
lug seen entering my office," f
"Tut-tut, old dear! None of that I M1
Am I not tho mainspring of tho North- r
ern California Oregon railroad and a
privileged to run the destinies of thnt 1
soulless corporation ns I see fit?" He 1
sat down, crossed his long legs, and
Jerked n speckled thumb townrd the
outer office. "I was sane when I came 1
In here, but tho eyes of the girl out- jj
sldo oh, yow, them eyes I I must be
Introduced to her." I
"Love nt first sight, eh, Uuckr' 3
"I don't know whnt It Is, but it's i
nice. Who Is she?"
"Sho's Molra McTnvIsh, and you'n
not to make lovo to her. Understand ? 1
I can't hnve you snooping around this 1
offjee nftor to-dny." 1
(Continued next week.) 1
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