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H L . COPyRIGHT, By PETER JB.KYNEjJa
H CHArTKn I.-IMoneor In the California
redwood region, John Cardigan, at forty-
eoven, In thn lending citizen of Boquola,
owner of mills, ships, and many acres of
timber, a widower after thrca years of
married life, and father of two-day-old
H CHAPTKIl II, At fourteen Dryce makes
the acquaintance of Shirley Sumner, a vis.
H Itor to Bciuola, and his Junior by a few
years. ToRethor they visit the valley of
the Olnnts, sacred to John Cardigan and
Ills son us the burial place of Dryce's
mother, and part with mutual regret
H CIIAl'TKIl IllWhile Dryce Is at col-
lego John Cardigan meets with heavy
buslnens loaves and for the first time views
the future with uncertainty,
H CHAI'Thlt IV. After graduation from
college, and a trip abroad, Uryi-o Cardl-
gan comes home. On the train ho inceti
tJhlrlcy Bumner, on her way to Sequoia to
tnuko her homo there with her uncle,
Col. Pennington. Dryce learns that hit
father's eyesight has failed and that Col.
Pennington Is seeking to take advantage ol
the old man's business misfortunes.
H CHAPTER V.-In the Vatley of th
Qlants young Cardigan finds a tree felled
dlrevtly across his mother's grave. Indl-
rations are that It wan cut down to 8ecur
the burl, and evidence seems to show that
Pennington and his woods-boss, . Julot
Rondeau, nre Implicated in tho outrage.
H CHAPTER VI.-Dlnlng with Col. Pen.
nlngton and his niece, Dryce finds tin
room paneled with redwood burl, confirm-
Ing his suspicions of Pennington's guilt
In a diplomatic way, unpercelved by Shir
ley, tho two men declare war.
H CHAPTER VII. Pennington refuses t
renew his logging contract with the Cardl-
gans, believing his action means bank-
H ruptcy for tho latter. Dryce forces Ron
M denu to confess he felted the tree In th
B Valley of tho Giants, at Pennington's or-
der. After punishing the man, Dryct
hurls him at Col, Pennington, who, with
Shirley.' had witnessed the fight Penning-
ton da humiliated, and the girl, indignant,
orders Dryce to leave her and forget theli
M friendship. He leaves, but rofuscB to ac-
B ccpt dismissal.
H CHAPTER VIH.-Returnlng to Sequoia.
the train on which Shirley, her uncle, and
Dryca are trnvollng, breaks away from
the locomotive, and Dryce, who could have
escaped, at the risk of his life cuts out
the' caboose and saves them from certain
death, being painfully Injured In doing so.
H CHAPTER IX.-Molrn. McTavlsh. chlla-
hood friend of llryco and employed tn hit
office, makes Shirley' acquaintance and
the two become friends. Needing money
' badly, John Cardigan Offers to Mil Pen-
nlngton tlie Valley of tha Qlants, but tin
Colonel.' confident the property must soon
be his through' the bankruptcy of hit
enemies, contemptuously refuses, tin-
known to her Uncle,, Shirley buys tin.
Valley and tho Cardigans have a new
leaae of business life. They Interest capl-
tal and docldo ,on a scheme to parallel
Pennlngton'B logging railroad.
H CHAPTEU Ot.-Duehanan Ogllvy, rail-
road contractor and llryco'o colloge friend,
'Is" decided on by tho Cardigans aa the
V ,,.nAn o flguro as the builder of the pro-
'"posed railroad. Dryce goes to San Fran-
dsco to meet hlra.
H Mr. Ogilvy's oyes popped with Interest,
H t '--"h 'he' breathed. "You hn?0' nncye
H ,wto the tnnln chnnco yousclf, have yonl
H Ilnvo you proposed to the lady "bh
H i "No, you Irtlot."
H 'Thcn I'll match yon for her -or
H ,. rather for the chnncc to proposo flrst"
H ' ( "Nothing rtolnfe, nuck, Spnro your-
H nelf tlioao (iKonlrlng suspicions. Tho
H fact of the matter In that yon glyt too
H n vTonderful Inspiration. I've nlwaya
H i been ftfrnld Sfolrn would fall In Iotc
H with Romo ordinary fellow around
H Sequoia propinquity, yon know "
H j "You bet. Propinquity's tha staff.
H HI btlck around."
H "and rv been on the lookout for
H I a fine man to marry her off to. She's
H f too vrondurful for you, Ruck, but In
H i time you inlflit lenru to live up to
m 4 I her."
M "Duck! I'm liable to kiss you."
H "Don't be too precipitate. Her father
H t used to be our woods-boas. 1 fired
H htm for boozing."
H "I wouldn't core two hoots If her
H ;, dad was old Nick himself. I'm going
H to marry her If sho'U luive me. Ah,
H h the glorious crenturol" Ha waved his
H f long arms despairingly. "O Lord, send
Hj ' me a cure for freckles. Uryce, you'll
H ; speak n kind word for me, won't you
H sort of boom my stock, eh? Ue a
H good fellow."
H "Certainly. Now come down to earth
H und render n report on your steward-
H "I'll try. To begin, I've Becnred
H , rights of way, at a total cost of twelve
H thousand, one hundred and threo do!-
H lars and nine cents, from tho city
H limits of Sequoia to tlic soutltern boun-
H dary of your timber in Township nine.
B I'to got my line surveyed, and so far
H as the building of the road Is concern-
H ed. I know exactly whnt I'm going to
B- do, and how and when I'm going to
H to It, onco 1 get my material on tho
H i ' ground.
H "I have an option of a rattling (rood
Hj necond-hnnd locomotive down n't the
B Santa. Fo shops, and tlio Hawkins k
H Banies Construction company has offer-
B I ed me u steam shovel, half a dozen
H ; ' flut-cnrs, and a lot of frcsnos and
H 4 scrapers at ruinous prices. Wo can
H buy or rent teams from local citizens
B f and got half of our labor locally. And
B -, us Boon us you tell me how I'm to get
B ' my material ashoro and out on the Job,
B : I I'll order it and get busy."
fl ' 1 '"TJiat'e exactly whero tho shoo be-
H ' .gins to pinch. Pennington's mnln-Ilne
H tracks enter tho city along Water
H btrcet, with one spur Into his log-dump
and another out on his miii-dock.
From tho main-Uric tracks wo also
hovo built n spur through our drying
yard out to our log-dump and a
swltch-Hno out to pur mill-dock. We
can unload our locomotive, steam
shovel, nnd flnt-cara on our own
wharf, but unless Pennington gives
us permission to use his maln-Uno
tracks out to a point beyond the city
limits where a Y will letd off to
where tho point of construction bc-glnH-wu'ro
up n stump."
"Suppose he refuses, Bryce. What
"Why, we'll simply liavo to enter
the city down Front street, paralleling
Pennington's tracks on Wntcr street,
turning down II street, mako a Jump
crossing of Pennington's lino on Wnter
street, nnd connecting with tho spur
Into our yard."
"Seo here, my Bon," Buck said
solemnly, "Is this your flrst adventure
In rnllrond building?"
"I thought so; otherwise you
wouldn't talk so confidently of run
ning your line over city streets and
making Jump-crossings on your com
petitor's road. If your competitor re
gards you as n menace to his pocket
book, ho can glvo you a nlco llttlo run
for your money nnd delay you indefi
nitely." "I realize that. Buck. That's why
I'm not appearing in this railroad deal
at all. If Pennington suspected I was
back of It, he'd light mo before the
city council and niovo heaven and
earth to keep me out of n franchise
to use the city streots and cross his
lino, Of course, since hlB main line
runs on city property, under a fran
chise granted by tho city, tho city has
n perfect right to grant me tho privi
lege of making a Jump-crossing of his
"Will tliey do It? That's tho prob
lem. If they will not, you're licked,
my son, nnd I'm out of a Job."
Bryco hung his head thoughtfully.
"I've been too cocksure," ho muttered
presently. "I shouldn't have spent
that twelve thousnnd for rights of wny
until I had settled tho "matter of the
f'Oh, I didn't buy any rights of way
yet" Ogllvy hastened to, assure him.
"I've only signed the land-owners up
on an agreement to give or Bell me n
" ' .
"Two of the Five Councllmen Are for
right of way at tho stipulated figures
nny tlmo within one year from date.
Will tho city council grant you a
franchise to enter the city and Jump
Pennington's tracks?" ,
"I'm sure I don't know, Buck. You'll
bavo to ask them Bound them out
Tho council meets Saturday momlnr.
They'll meet thlsevenlnjr In the
private dining room of the Hotel
Sequoia, If I can arrange It," Buck
Ogllvy declared emphatically, "I'm
going to hare them all up for dinner
and talk the mutter over. I know
Uie breed from cover to cover. Fol
lowing u preliminary conference, I'll
let you know whether you're going to
get thut franchise without dlfllculty or
whether somebody's Itchy palm will
have to be crossed with silver first. By
the way, what do you know about
your blighted old city couucll, auy
way? "Two of the five couucllmen are for
sale; two are honest men and one
Is an uncertain quantity. The mayor
Is a politician. I've known them all
since boyhood, and If I dared come
out In tho open, I think thnt even the
crooks have sentiment enough for
what the Cardigans stand for In this
county to decline to hold mo up."
"Then why not come out In the
open and save trouble and expense?"
"I am not ready to have n lot ef
notes called on me," Bryce replied
dryly, "Neither am I desirous of 'hav
ing the Laguna Grande Lumber com
pany start n riot In the redwood lum
ber market by cutting prices to n
point where I would have to sell my
lumber at n losi In order to get hold
of n llttlo ready money. I tell you,
the man has me under his thumb, and
the only wny I can escape Is to slip
out when ho Isn't looking."
"Hum-m-ml Slimy old beggar, Isn't
he? I dare say he wouldn't hesitate
to buy tho city council to block you,
"I know he'll lie nnd steal.. I dare
say he'd corrupt a public official."
Buck Ogllvy roso nnd stretched him
self. "I've got ray work cut out for
me, haven't I?' he dcclnrcd with n
yawn. "However, it'll be a flght worth
while, and that at least will make It
Bryco pressed tho buzzer on his
desk, and n moment Inter Molra en
tered. "Permit me, Molra, to present
Mr. Ogllvy. Mr. Ogllvy, Miss McTnv
lsh." The Introduction having been
acknowledged by both parties, Bryce
continued: Mr. Ogllvy will have fre
quent need to Interview me nt this of
fice, Molra, but It 'is bur Joint desire
that his visits here shall remain a
profound secret toeverj'body with the
exception of ourselves. To that end
he will hereafter call at night, when
this portion of the town is absolutely
descrttsl. You have an extra key to
the office, Molra. I wish you would
give It to Mr. Ogilvy."
Molra inclined her dark head and
withdrew. Mr. Buck Ogllvy gronned.
"God speed the day when you can
come out from under nnd I'll be per
mitted to call during ofllco hours," he
murmured, ne picked up his lint nnd
withdrew, via tho general ofllce. Half
an hour later, Bryco looked out and
saw him draped over the counter, en
gaged In animated conversation with
Molra McTavlsh. Before Ogllvy left,
he had managed to Impress Molra with
a sense of the unmitigated horror of
being a stranger in a strange town,
forced to sit around hotel lobbies with
drummers and other lost souls, and
drew from Molra the assurance that
it wasn't more distressing thnn to have
to sit around a boardlng-houso night
after night watching old women tat
This was the opening Buck Ogllvy
had sparred for. Fixing Molra with
his bright blue eyes, he grinned boldly
nnd said: "Suppose, Miss McTavlsh.
wo start a league for the dispersion of
gloom. You bo the president, and I'll
be the financial secretary."
"How would tho league operate?"
Molra demanded cautiously.
"Well, It might begin by giving a
dinner to all the members, followed
by a little motor-trip Into tho country
next Saturday afternoon," Buck sug
gested. Molra'n Madonna glance appraised
him steadily. "I haven't known you
very long, Mr. Ogllvy," Bhe reminded
"Oh, I'm easy to get acquainted
with," he retorted lightly. "Besides,
don't I come well recommended?" ne
Io'ndered for a moment. Then: "Pll
you what, Miss McTavlsh. Suppose
we put It up to Bryco Cardigan. If
ho suys It's all right we'll pull off the
party. If he says It's all wrong, I'll
go out and drown myself and fairer
''Just Tell Me Your Home Telephone
words than them has no man spoke."
"ril think tt over," said Molra.
''By all means. Never decide such
an Important matter In a hurry. Just
tell me your homu telephone number,
and I'll ring up at scven this evening
for your decision."
Reluctantly Molra gave htm the
number. She was not nt all prejudiced
against this enrroly stranger lu fact,
she had n vague suspicion that ho was
a sure cure for the blues, nu ailment
which she suffered from all too fre
quently; and, moreover his voice, hl
respectful maimer, his alert eyes, und
his wonderful clothing were nil rather
alluring. The flutter of a great ad
venture was In Molni's heart and the
flush of a thousand roses In her cheeks
when, Bud; Ogllvy having at length
departed, slit- went Into Bryce's private
office to get his opinion as to the
propriety of accepting the Invitation.
Bryce listened to her gravely as
with all the sweet Innncenco of her
years and unworthJness she Intd the
Ogllvy proposition before Mm.
"Bv all means accept," ho counselled
tgHtf t" BWwsShaSHMV
her. ''Buck DgilTy.bVone of the finest
gentlemen you'll ever, nieet. I'll stake
my reputation on Mm. You'll flilil
him vastly amusing, Molra. HrM
make NIobe forget her troubles, ilnd
he does know how to order a dinner,"
When ,Molrn hnd left him, Bryce
was roused from bitter Introspec
tions by tho ringing of the telephone.
To his nmazement Shirley Sumner wns
calling him I
"You're a wee bit surprised, aren't
you, Mr. Cardigan?" she said tcnsingly..
"You're wouderlng why I have tele
phoned to you?"
"No, I hnven't hnd time. The sud
denness of It has left me more or less
dumb. Why did you ring' up?"
,"I wanted some ndvlcc. Suppose
you wanted very, very much to know
what two people were talking about,
but found yourself In n position where
you couldn't eavesdrop. What would
"I wouldn't envesdrop," he told her
severely. "Thnt Isn't n nice thing to
do, nnd I didn't think you would con
template anything thnt Isn't nice."
"But I have every moral, ethical, nnd
financial right to be n party to that
conversation, only well-1 "
"With you present there would be
no conversation Is that It?"
"Kxnctly, Mr. Cardigan."
"And It Is of the utmost Importance
thnt you should know what Is said?"
"And you do not Intend to use your
knowledge of the conversation, when
gained, for nn Illegal or unethical pur
pose?" "I do not On the contrary, If I am
aware of what Is being planned, I can
prevent others from doing something
Illegal and unethical."
"In thnt event, Shirley, I should say
you nre quite justified In eavesdrop
"But how can I do It? I enn't hide)
In a closet nnd listen."
"Buy n dictograph and have it hid
den In the room where the conversa
tion tnkes place. It will record every
word of It"
"Where can I buy one?"
"In San Francisco."
"Will you telephone to your San
Francisco office and have them buy
one for me and ship It to you, together
with directions for using?"
"Shirley, this Is most extraordinary."
"I quite renllze that May I depend
upon you to oblige me In this matter?
"Certainly. But why pick on me, of
all persons, to perform such a mission
for you 7'
"I can trust you to forget that you
have performed It"
"Thnnk you. I think you may safely
trust me. And I shnll attend to the
"You ore very kind, Mr. Cardigan.
How Is yonr dear old father? Molra
told me some time ago that he was HI."
"no's quite well again, thank you.
It's too bad the circumstances arc
such that we, who started out to be
such agreeable friends, see so llttlo of
each other, Shirley."
"Indeed, It Is. However, It's nil youi
fault I have told you onco how you
can obviate that distressing situation.
But you're so stubborn, Mr. Cardigan.''
"I haven't got to the point where I
like crawling on my hands and knees,"
he flured bnck at her. "Even fer youi
sake, I decline to simulate friendship
or tolerance for your uncle; hence 1
roust be content to let matters stand
as they are between tis."
She laughed lightly. "So yon are
still uncompromisingly belligerent
still after Uncle Soth'a scalp?"
"Yes; nnd I think I'm .going to get
It. I'm not fighting for myself nlone,
but for n thousand dependents for a
principle for an ancient sentiment
that wns my father's and Is now mine
You do not understand."
"I understand more than you give'
me credit for, and some dny you'll
realize It. I understand just enough
to mnke mo feel sorry for you. I un
derstand what even my uncle doesn't
suspect nt present, and that Is that
your're the directing genius of the
Northern California Oregon railroad
and hiding behind your friend Ogllvy.
Now, listen to me, Bryco Cardigan:
You're nover going to build that road.
Do you understand?"
The suddenness of her nttack amaz
ed him to fuch an extent thnt he did.
not take the trouble to contradict her. I
Instead he blurted out, angrily nnd'
defiantly: "I'll build that road If It
costs me my life If It costs me you.1
Understand I I'm In this fight to win.",
"You will not build thnt road," she I
"Because 1 shall not penult you to. j
I have some financial Interest In the!
Lngunn Grande Lumber company, nnd!
It Is not to thnt financial Interest that
you should build the N. a O."
"now did you find out thnt 1 was
behind Ogllvy V
"Intnltlon. Then I accused you of
It, and you admitted It"
"I suppose you're going to tell yo.ur
undo now," he retorted wltherlngly.
"On the contrary, I am not If It
will comfort you tho least bit you
have my word of honor tlvnt I shnll
not reveal to my uncle tho Identity of
the man behind the N O. 0. Tho fnct '
is, both you and Uncle Seth annoy me,
exceedingly. How lovely everything
would have been If you two hadn't
started this feud and forced upon me
the task of trying to be fair and lm-t
pnrtlal to you both. Forgive my
slang, but I'm going to hnnd you ench
a poke soon." I
"Shirley," he told her earnestly,
"listen carefully to what I am about to
say : I love you. I've loved you from ',
tho day I flrst met you. I shnll always
love you; and when I get around to!
It, I'm going to ask you to marry me.
At present, however, thnt Is a right
I do not possess. However, tho day'
I acquire the right I Rhnll exercNej
"And when will that dny be?" Very!
softl;', In awesome tones I
"Thc'day I drive tho Inst spike in
the N. C. (r'
Fell a silence. Then; "I'm glad,
Bryco Cardigan, you're not a quitter.
Good-bye, good luck and don't forget
my errand." She hung up and snt nt'
the tctephnno for n moment, dimpled
chin In dimpled hnnd. "now Fd hate
you If I could handle youi" she mur
mured. Following this exasperating but
Illuminating conversation with Shirley
Sumner over the telephone, Bryce
Cardigan wns n distressed nnd badly
worried man. For an hour he sat
slouched tn his chnlr, chin on breast
the while he reviewed every nnglo
of the situation. He found it Impos
sible, however, to dlsassoclnte the busi
ness from the personnl ospects of his
relations with Shirley, nnd he recalled
that she had the very best of reasons
for plnclng their relations on a busi
ness bnsls rather u sentimental one.
For the present, however, It wns nil n
profound nnd disturbing mystery, nnd
nftcr an hour of futile concentration
there came to Bryce the old childish
Impulse to go to his father with his
"He will be able to think without
hnving his thoughts blotted out by n
womnn's 'ace," Bryco soliloquized.
"H6's like one of his own big redwood
trees; his bend Is always nbove the
Strnlghtwuy Bryce left the ofilcc and
yxnt home to the old lyuse on the
knoll. John Cardigan wns sitting on
the veranda, nnd from n stnnd beside
him George Sen Otter entertained him
with n phonograph selection "The
Suwnnee ltlver," sung by n male quar-
tetto. He could not see, but with the
, intuition of the blind he knew.
"What Is It, son?" he demanded
gently as Bryco came up the low steps.
"George, choke thnt contraption off."
Bryce took his father's hand. "I'm
In trouble, John Cardigan," he said Blm
ply, "and I'm not big enough to handle
Tho leonine old man .smiled, and his
smile had all the sweetness of n bene
diction. Ills boy wns In trouble and
hnd come to him. Good I Then he
would not fall him. ''Sit down, ion.
and tell the old man nil about it. Be-
"Sit Down, Son, and Tell the Old Man
All About It"
gin at the beginning nnd let me have
nil the angles of the nngle."
Bryce obeyed, and for tlie first time
John Cardigan learned of his son's ac
quaintance with Shirley Sumner and
the fnct that she hnd been present In
Pennington's woods the dny Bryce had
gone there to settle the score with
Jules Komlcau. i
With the patience and gentleness of
n confessor John Cardigan heard the,
story now, and though Bryce gave no'
hint In words thnt his affections were
Involved In the fight for the Cardigan
acres yet did his father know It, for
he wns a parent. And his grcnt heart
went out In sympathy for his boy.
"I understand, sonny, I understand
This young lady is only one additional
reason why you must win, for of course ,
you understand she Is not Indifferent ,
to you." I
"I do not know thnt she feels for me
nnythlng stronger thnn a vngrnnt sym
pathy, dad, for whUo she Is eternally
feminine, nevertheless she has a mas
cullno wny of looking at many things.
Her first loyalty Is to her uncle; In
fact, she owes none to me. And I dnre I
sny he lm given her some extremely I
plntislble reason why we should bo
eliminated; wfille 1 think she Is sorry
that It must be done, nevertheless, In
n mlstnken Impulse of self-protection
she Is likely to let him do tt."
"Perhaps, perhaps. Kllmlnntc the
girl, my boy. She's trying to piny fulr
to you and her relative. Let us con
centrate on Pf-nnlngton." t
"The entire situation hinges on that '
Jump-crossing of his tracks on Wnter'
"He doesn't know you plan to cross
them, does ho?"
"Then, lad, your Job is to get your
crossing In before he finds out, Isn't
"Yes. but It's nn Impossible task,
pnrtner. I'm not Alnddln, you know.
I have to have a franchise from the
city council, nnd I hnvo to hnvo rails."
"Both are procurable, my son. In
duce the city council to grant you a
temporary franchise tomorrow, nnd
buy your rails from Pennington. He
hns n mile of track running up Laurel
creek, arid laurel creek was logged ottt 1
three years ago." I
"But he hates me, old pnl." H
"Tho Colonel never permits sentiment H
tn Interfere with business, my son. He I
doesn't need- the rails, nnd he docs de- 1
sire your money. Consider the rail H
problem settled." B
"How do you stnnd with tho mayor
nnd tho council?" 1
"I do not stnnd nt nil." i
"Thnt" make It bad." W I
"Not ht all. The Cardigans nre noT 1
known to be connected with the N. C. jj
O. Send your bright friend Ogllvy 1
after that franchise. He's the only
man who enn land It. Glvo him n free
hnnd nnd tell him to deliver the goods I
by nny menns Bhort of bribery. I know g'
you can procure the rails nnd have m
them nt the Intersection of B nnd Wn-
ter streets Thursday night If Ogllvy I
enn procure tho temporary franchise I
nnd have It In his pocket by six o'clock
Thursdny night you should have thnt 3
crossing In by sunup Frldny morning. fl
Then let Pennington rave. Ho cannot
procure nn Injunction to restrain us n
from cutting his tracks, thus throwing
tho matter into the courts nnd hold- K
Ing us up Indefinitely, because by the
time he wakes up the tracks will have ft
been cut The best ho can do then n
will bo to fight us before tho city coun-
ell when wo apply for our permanent jg
"Pnrtner. It looks like n forlorn K
hope," snld Bryce.
"Well, you're the boy to lend It And ttj
it will cost but little to put In tlie 8j
crossing nnd take a chance. Itemen- Ij
bcr, Bryce, onco we hnvo thnt crossing
In It stands like a spite fence between
Fennington nnd the law which he I
knows so well how to pervert to salt a
his Ignoble purposes." He turned ear- m
nestly to Bryce nnd waved a trembling; m
ndmonltory finger. "Your Job Is to M
keep out of court Onco Pcnnlngtoe ril
gets the law on us tho Issue will not 1!
be settled In our favor for yenrs; nnd 1
In the meantime yon perish. Run fl
along, now, nnd hunt up Ogllvy." m
It wns with a considerably lighter 11
heart that Bryce returned to the milt
office, from which he lost no time In E
summoning Buck Ogllvy by telephone,
"Thanks so much for the lnvltntlon," M
Ogllvy murmured gratefully. "I'll he J
down In a pig's whisper." And he wns. m
"Bryce. you look like the devil," be de- jl
clured the moment he entered the lat- I
ter's private ofllce. I
"I ought to, Buck. Tve Just raised I
the devil nnd spilled the beans on tha I
N. C. O."
"To whom, when and where?"
"To Pennington's niece, over tho I
telephone nbout two hours ago." Ju
Buck Ogllvy smote his left palm with If
his right fist. "How did yon let tho jf
rat out of the bag?" 9
"That remarkable girl called me up R
and accused you of being a mere screen J
for me and amazed me so I ndroltted " "j!.
Ogllvy dropped his red head In slm- 9
ulnted agony and monned. Presently I
he raised It and said: "Well, It might I
hnve been worse. Think of what might M
have happened had she called In pei1- H
son. She would have picked your m
pocket for the corporate seal, the com- HI
blnatlon of the snfe nnd the list of n
stockholders, and probnbly ended up by I
gngglng and binding you In your own I
swivel chair." j
"Don't, Buck. Comfort and abusn I
Is whnt T need now." I
"All right What do you want me H
to do to snve the day?" 3
"Deliver to me by six o'clock Thurs- n
dny night n temporary franchise from
the city council, granting the N. O. O.
the right to run n rnllrond from r
drying ynrd across Water street at Its
Intersection with B street and out
"Certainly. By all means! Easiest
thing I dot All right, old dear I I'm
on my way to do my d dest which
nngels can't do no more. Nevertheless,
for your sins you shnll do mo a favor
before my henrt breaks after falling
down on this contract you've Jnst
"Granted. Buck. Name it"
"I'm giving a nice little private, spe- &
clnlly cooked dinner to Miss McTavlsh 0
tonight. We're going to pull It off In P
one of those private screened corrals M
In thnt highly decorated Chink re- 1
touraw on Third street Molra that S
In, Miss McTavlsh Is bringing n chap-
eron, one Miss Shirley Sumner. Your a
Job Is to be my chnperon nnd entertain ft
Miss Sumner, who from nil accounts Is jg
most brilliant nnd fascinating." jf
"Nothing doing 1" Bryce almost 1
ronred. "Why, she's Uie girl that jf
bluffed the secret of the N. C. O. out 1
of mc!" m
"Do you hate her for It?" 1
"No, I hate myself." 1
"Then you'll come. Yon promised I
In advance, and no excuses go now. 1
Tho news will he all over town by Prl-
day morning; so why bother to keep I
up appenrnnres nny longer?" 1
And before Bryce could protest Ogll- 1
vy hnd thrown open tho office dfSiand 9
cnlled tho glad tidings to Molrrtttttb
was working in the next room; wiidf- 1
upon Molrn's wonderful eyes shone M
with thnt strange, lambent flnmo. She
clasped her hands Joyously. "Oh, how U
wonderfull" she exclnlmed. "I've nl- M
ways wanted Miss Shirley to meet Mr. H
(Continued next week.) I
Speaking of industrial unrest, Ro- 3
per Bnbson, the business statistician
"Appeals to patriotism have lost
their force. Tho only menns of reach- ti(
inir the wnge workers is to let them 1
try by experience. Let them try in a
n small wny somo of the things which f
they wish to try. If they fail, they
will have learned for themselves ffi
more than nnybody can tell them. If K
their experiments nre sucecBful, we m
all want them. I