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j FAGB SIX IRON COUNTY RECORD, CgPAR CITY, UTAH, FRIDAY, JUNE 18, IMf, TMHi f
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H C1IAPTRR I.-Ploneer In the California
H, redwood rcKlon, John Cardigan, at forty-
M! vevcn, In the leading citizen of Bequola.
B owner of mills, hlpa, and many acres of
M timber, a widower after three years of
I married life, and father of two-day-old
H I Dryce Cardigan.
H CHAPTER II. At fourteen Ilryce make
M the acquaintance of Shirley Sumner, a vis.
B llor to Sequoia, and his Junior by a few
H . yrnrs. ToKothcr they visit tho Valley of
the aiants, sacred to John Cardigan and
B his son as the burial place of Ilryce'a
B j mother, and part with mutual regret.
H CHAI'THIt Ill.-Whllo Bryce Is at col.
H " lege John Cardigan meets with heavy
business losses and far tho first time vlewi
H Ulo future with uncertainty,
Hi( CHAl'TKU IV. After graduation from
1 college, and a trip abroad, Bryco Cardl-
1 Ran comes home. On the train he meets
B Shirley Sumner, on her way to Sequoia to
1 1 make her home there with her undo,
1 , Col. Pennington. Hryce learns that hit
father's eycnlKht has failed and that Col.
B j Pennington Is seeking to tnko advantage ol
,, the old nan's business, misfortunes.
H. CHAPTER V.ln the Valley of th
B (Slants young Cardigan finds a tree felled
directly across his mother's grave. Indl-
' rations are that It was cut down to secuM
1 the burl, and evidence seems to show that
J Pennington and his woods-boss, Julei
H Ilondeau, aro Implicated In the outrage.
K CHAPTER VI.-Dlnlng with Col. Pen.
I nlngton and his niece, Dryce finds tin
room paneled with redwood burl, confirm
H ing his suspicions of Pennington's guilt
1, In a diplomatic way, unpercelved by Shir
H ' ley, the two men declare war,
H' CHAPTER VII. Pennington refuses t
1 renew his logging contract with tho Cardl-
' cans, believing his nctlon means bank-
l ruptcy for the latter. Ilryce forces lion
' deau to confess he felled the treo In tin
M Valley of the Giants, at Pennington's or.
K der. After punishing the man, Bryce
i hurls him nt Col. Pennington, who, with
j Bhlrley, had witnessed the fight. Penning-
h ton Is humiliated, and the girl. Indignant,
H1 orders Bryce to leave her and forget thelt
Hl friendship. Ho leaves, but refuses to ac
flf CHAPTEH VIH.-neturnlng to Sequoia.
g the train on which Shirley, her uncle, and
!j Uryco are traveling, breaks away from
H the locomotive, and Dryce, who could have
h escaped, at the risk of his life cuts out
h tho caboose and saves them from certain
4 death, being painfully Injured In doing no,
Ht CHAFTRH IX.-Molr.a McTavlsli; chllu.
l hood friend of Ilryce and employed In hit
H, ofllce, makes Shirley's acquaintance and
j the two become friends. Needing money
8 badly, John Cardigan offers to sell Pen
nington the Valley of the Giants, but tin
ijjjHi Colonel, confident the property must soon
j be hlc through tho bankruptcy of hli
, enemies, contemptuously refuses. Un-
ft known to her uncle, Shirley buys thi
' Valley and the Cardigans have a new
i lease of business life. Thoy Interest capl-
tJ and decide on a scheme to parallel
' Iennlngton'a logging railroad.
') CHAPTKn X.-Duchanan Ofcliy, rail-
toad contractor and Dryce's college friend,
Is decided on by the Cardigans us tin
ii man to figure as the builder of the pro-
H . posed railroad. Ilryce goes to San Fran-
H cleco to meet him.
H CHAPTER Xl.-Ogllvy ostentatiously
1 begins work of surveying for the line.
I which Is announced as a proposed through
; route. Pennington, vaguely alarmed, de
H vldes to block operations by making It Ini
H , possible to secure a franchise for the lint
H ( through Sequoia. In this ho plans to en-
lut the aid of the mayor, Poundstonn.
H' CHAPTER XII.-"Iluck" Ogllvy, ai
. builder of the projected Northern Coll.
i rornla ft Oregon railroad, meets Molra
, . Mclavlsh and Is much Impressed. Dryce
B and his father make plans for securing a
franchise for the line from the city
M, CHAPTER XIII.
B Fortunntely for the Bltnutlon which
M had so suddenly confronted him, Bryco
M CSardignn hnd Mr. Ilnck Ogllvy; and
H . oat of the experiences pilnwl In other
H rallrond.bulldliiB onterjirlses the said
H Ogllvy, while stnrtled, wns not stunned
H by the suddenness nnd Immeimlty of
M tho order so cnHimlly given him by his
m , , youthful employer, for ho Imd already
H ,,'-'!r devoted to the matter of Unit crossing
H , the better part of the preceding night.
H "Oot to run a sandy on the muyor,"
H " I Buck solllonulxexl as he walked rapid-
H ly uptown. "Now how shall I proceed
H .to Riieuk up on that oily old cusa' blind
H Two btnckft fnrther on Mr. Ogllvy
j paused and snapped his fingers vigor-
j onsly. "Kureka 1" ho murmured. "I've
H got l'oundstone by the tall on n down-
M hill haul. Is It n cinch? Well. I Just
j guess I should tell a man !"
H He hurrlnl to the telephone building
H and put In n long-distance call for the
H San Francisco ofllce of tho Cardigan
j Kcdwood Lumber company. When the
H manager enmo on tho lino Ogllvy die-
H tatcd to him n message which he In-
H , frtructcd tho manager to telegraph back
H to him nt the Hotel Sequoia one hour
H later; this mysterious detail attended
H to, he continued on to the mayor's of-
H flee In the city hull.
H Mayor Poundstone's bushy eyebrows
Hi nrched with Interest when his secre-
Hn. tary laid upon his desk tlic card of Mr.
Buchanan Ogllvy, vlco president and
H' general mnnager of the Northern Call-
M fornla. "Ah-h-h I" he breathed with an
H unpleasaut resemblance to n bon vl-
H taut who sees before him his favorite
H Tlntnge. "I huvo been expecting Mr.
i Ogllvy to call for quite a while. Show
j l Tho visitor was accordingly admlt-
H ted to the great mnn'a prcsenco and
H favored with an ofllclal handshake of
great heartiness. "I'vo been hoping to
B have this pleasure for quite somo time,
B Poundstone," Buck announced easily
H as ho disposed of his hat and overcoat
H on an adjacent chair. Buck's alert
H . blue eyes opened wldo In sympathy
H - . 'with his genial mouth, to deluge Mayor
L . Poundsono with n smile that was
friendly, guileless, confidential and sin
gularly delightful, Mr. Ogllvy was u
man possessed of tremendous personal
magnetism when he choso to exert it,
nnd ttint smile was ever the opening
gun of his magnetic bombardment, for
It was n smile that always had the
effect of making the observer desire
to behold It again of disarming sus
picion and establishing confidence.
"Olnd you did mighty glnd." the
mayor cried heartily. "I have read your
articles of Incorporation, Mr. Ogllvy.
Yoii will recall thnt they were pub
llxlied In the Sequoia Sentinel. It
strikes me "
"Then you know exnetly what we
purpose doing, nnd any further expla
nation would be superfluous," Buck
Interrupted nmlably, glnd to dispose of
tint matter so promptly. Again he fa
vored the mayor with his bright smile,
and the latter, now fully convinced
Hint here wni a young mnn of vast em
prise whom It behooved him to receive
In a whole-hearted nnd public-spirited
manner, nodded vigorous approval.
"Well, that being the case, Mr. Ogll
"What Can We Sequolana Do to Make
vy," he continued, "what can wa Se
quolans do to make you happy?"
"Why, to begin with, Mr. l'oundstone.
you might accept my solemn assur
ance! that despite the skepticism
which for some unknown reason ap
pears to shroud our enterprise In the
minds of some people, we have Incor
porated a railroad company for the
purpose of building a railroad. The
only thing that can possibly Interfere
with the project will be the declina
tion of the city council to grant us a
franchise to run our line through the
city to tidewater. And I am glad to
havo your assurance that the city
council will not drop a cold chisel In
the cogs of the wheels of progress."
Mr. Poundstone had glveu no bucIi
assurance, hut for Rome reason he did
not feel equal to the task of contra
dicting this plensnnt fellow, Ogllvy
continued: "At tho proper time wo
dhnll apply for the franchise. It will
then he time enough to discuss It, In
tho meantime the N. a 0. plans a pub
lie dedicatory ceremony at tho Urxt
breaking of ground, nnd I would be
greatly honored, Mr. Mayor, If you
would consent to turn the first shovel
ful of earth and deliver the nddress of
welcome upon that occasion."
Tho mayor swelled like n Thanksgiv
ing turkey. "The honor will be mine,"
he corrected his visitor.
"Thank you so much. sir. Well, Hint's
another worry ofT my mind." With the
tact of n prime minister Buck then
spoko of tho magic effect tho building
of such a line would havo upon the
growth of Sequoia. Sequoia, ho felt
convinced? was destined to become n
city of nt least a hundred thousand
Inhabitants; ho rhapsodized over the
progressive f-plrlt of tho community
nnd with n wave of his hand studded
tho wnters of Humboldt boy with the
musts of the world's shipping. Sud
denly he checked himself, glnnced nt
his watch, apologized for consuming so
much of Ills Honor's vnlunble time, ex
pressed himself felicitated at knowing
the Mayor, gracefully expressed his ni
preclntlon for the encouragement given
his enterprise nnd depnrtcd.
Half an hour Inter tho Mayor's tele-phono-bcll
rang. Buck Ogllvy was on
the lino. "I beg your pardon for both
ering you with my affairs twlco In the
snmo day Mr. Mayor," ho nnnounccd
deprecatlngly, "but tho fact is, a condi
tion has Just arisen which necessitates
tho Immediate employment of nn attor
ney. The Job Is not n very Importnnt
ono and nlmost any lawyer would do,
but In view of tho fact that we must,
sooner or later, employ nn attorney to
,. , ;
" after our lntafgelecHly, , Ifw
tarried to mo that I might as well make
the Rctoctlon of a permanent attorney
now. I nm n stranger In this city Mr.
Poundstone, Would It be Imposing on
your consideration If I asked you to
recommend Mich n person?"
"Why, not ut nil, not at all I De
lighted to help you, Mr. Ogllvy. Let
me see now. Cndmnn tc Banes, with
ofllces In the Knights of Pythlns Tem
ple, would bo Just the people, although
there Is Itodney McKcndrlck, In the
Chamber of Commerce building n
splendid fellow, Mr. Ogllvy, nnd most
desirable. And if I mny bo pardoned n
ilnsh of paternal ego, there is my son
Henry Poundstone, Junior. While
Henry Is a young mnn, his career In
the law has been most gratifying, al
though he hasn't hnd as broad an ex
perience ns the others I mentioned, nnd
perhaps your choice had better He be
tween Cndman tc Banes nnd Itodney
"Thank you n thousand times," Mr.
Ogllvy murmured, and hung up. "Wo
thought so, Buck, wo thought so," ho
soliloquized. "Yes, Cndman & Banes
or Itodney McKcndrlck mny do, but
Lord have mercy on the corporate soul
of tho N. C. O. If I fall to retnln Henry
Poundstone, Junior. Whnt a wlso plnn
It Is to look up tho relatives of a
public ofllclnlt Weill Forward, men,
follow me to Henry's office."
nenry Poundstone, Junior, proved to
be the. sole Inhabitant of ono rather
bnre otllce In the Cardigan block. Buck
had fully resolved to give him a re
tnlner of n thousnnd dollars, or even
more, If ho asked for it, but after one
look nt Henry hr cut tho appropria
tion to two hundred nnd fifty dollars.
Young Mr. Poundstone was blonde and
frail, with I urge round spectacles, rab
bit teeth, and the swiftly receding chin
of the terrapin. Moreover, he was In
such n flutter of anticipation over the
arrlvnt of a client that Buck deduced
two things to-wlt, that the Mayor
had telephoned Henry he was npt to
hnvo a client, and that as a result of
thin miracle, Henry was In no fit state
to discuss the sordid subject of fees
nnd retainers. Rrgo, Mr. Ogllvy de
cided to obviate such discussion now
or In the future. He handed Henry a
check for two hundred nnd fifty dol
lars, which he wrote out on tho spot,
nnd with his bright winning smile re
marked : "Now, Mr. Poundstone, we
will proceed to business. Thnt retain
er Isn't a large ono, I admit, but neither
I the Job I havo for you today. Later,
If need of your services on n larger
senlo should develop, we shall of course
expect to make a new arrangement
whereby you will receive tho customnry
retainer of all of our corporation at
torneys. 1 trust that Is satisfactory."
"Eminently so," gasped the young
disciple of BlncUstone.
"Very well, then; let us proceed to
business." Buck removed from a small
leather bag a balo of legal-looking
documents. "I have here," he an
nounced, "agreements from lnndowneri
along the proposed right of way of the
N. O. O. to give to that compnny, on
demand, within one year from date,
satisfactory deeds covering rights ol
way which are minutely described In
the said agreements. I wish the deedi
prepared for signing nnd recording at
the earliest possible moment."
"You shnll hnvc them at this tlm
to-morrow," Henry promised.
Tho bend of Henry Poundstone
Junior, was held high for the first time
since he had tlung his modest shingle
to the breezes of Sequoia six months
before, nnd there wns an unaccustom
ed gleam of Importance In his pair
eyes as he rushed Into his futlier't
ofllco In the city hall.
"By Jinks. Dnd," he exulted. "I've
hooked a fish at last and he a whop
per. Bead thla," and he thrust a yel
low telegraph-form under the Mnyor'i
nose. The latter adjusted his glussct
"Imperative building operations com
men co Immediately. Local skepticism
Injurious and delays dangerous. W
must show good faith to our New York
friends. J. P. M. Insists upon know
ing promptly where we stand with
Sequoia city council. See them Im
mediately and secure temporary fran
chise, If possible, to enable us to cross
Water street at B street and build out
Front street. If your Judgment Indi
cates no lmld-up 'on permanent fran
chise, commence active nitrations Im
mediately upon acquisition of perman
This telegram, as the Mayor observ
ed, had been filed at San Francisco
subsequent to Ogilvy's visit to him that
"Ah-h-h I" breathed Ills Honor. "That
accounts for his failure to bring tho
mntter up at our Interview. Upon his
return to the hotel he found tills tele
gram nnd got busy at once. By
Jupiter, tills looks like business.
Henry, how did you come Into posses
sion of this telegram?"
"It must havo been mixed up In the
documents Ogllvy left with me. I
found It on my desk when I was sort
ing out the papers, and In my capacity
of attorney for the N. C. O. 1 lmd no
hesitancy In rending It,"
"Well, I do declnrol Wonder who
"Hockley doesn't mntter," young
Henry declared trlumphnntly, "al
though I'd bet n lint bo's one of Uiose
heavy-weight Wall street fellows and
ono of J. P. M's vice-presidents, prob
ably, J. P. M of course, Is the mnn
"Who tho dovll Is J. P. M?"
Henry smiled tolerantly upon his
Ignorant parent. "Well, how may .7.
Pierpont Morgan do for n guess?" he
"Hell's bells and panther-tracks I"
Mayor Poundstono started as If snnke
bitten. "I should say youhnve hooked
n big fish. Boy, you've landed a
v.. . . -. , .... j -..
whims! urn ugiivy say uuyutuig niin.,
"He did. Said If I proved aaUsfar- j
tory, ho would probably take mo on I
and pay the customary retainer given
nil of their corporation attorneys," '
"Well, by golly, he'd better take you
on I I hnd a notion that chap Ogllvy
was smart enough to know which side'
his bread Is buttered on and who does
"If I rould guarantee Mr. Ogllvy
thai temiHirary franchise mentioned In
his telegram, it might help mo to get '
in right with J. P. M. nt the start,",
his hopeful suggested. ,
"Guarantee Itl" his father shouted.'
"Gunrnntoo III Well I should snicker I
We'll Just show J. P. M, nnd his crowd
thnt they mndc no mistake when they
picked you nB their Sequoia legal rep
Vexontntlvc. I'll call a special meeting
of that little old city council of mine
nnd Jam that temporary franchise
through while you'd be saying Mack
Bohlnson 1' "
He carefully mnde n copy of the
"Il-m I" he grunted. "Wnnts to cross
Water street ut B nnd build out Front
stn-ot. Well, I dnre say nobody will
kick over the truces nt that. Nothing
hut wnrehouses and lumber-drying
yards nlong there, nnyhow. Still come
to think of it, Pennington will probably
raise a howl about sparks from the
engines of the N. C. O. setting his
lumber plies afire."
"He'll be dead against It." Henry de
clared. "I know, because at the Wed
nesday meeting of the Lumber Mnnu-'
fncturers' association the subject of
the N. C. 0. came up and Pennington
mndc a talk agnlnst it Ho said the
N. 0. O. ought to be discouraged, If
It was a legitimate enterprise, which
he doubted, becnuso the most feasible
and natural route for a road would be
from Wllllts. Mendocino county, north
to Sequoia. I tell you he's dead set
"Then we won't tell him anything
about It, Henry. We'll Just pull off
this special session of the council nnd
forget to Invite the reporters; after
the Job has been put over, Pennington
can como around and howl all he
wants. We're not letting a chnnco like
this slip by us without grabbing a
handful of tho tail-feathers, Henry.
No, sir not If we know It."
"You bet!" said Henry earnestly.
At eloven-tlu"rty Thursday morning,
young Henry Poundstone, having work
ed the greater part of the previous
night preparing the deeds, delivered
both deeds nnd franchise to Buck
Ogllvy at tho latter's hotel. It was
with difficulty that the latter could
conceal his tremendous nmnzement
when Henry casually handed him tho
franchise. True, he had hIIpjxm! that
fake telegram among the contracts u.i
bnlt for Henry 'and his father, but his
fondest hope, at the time he conceived
the brilliant Idea, was that Henry
would show the telegram to his father
and thus Inculcate In tho old gentle
man a friendly feeling toward the N.
C. O. not unmixed with pleasurable
anticipations of the dny when Henry
Poundstone Junior, should bo one of
tho most highly prized members of the
legal staff of n public-service corpora
tion. When he could control his emotion.
Mr. Ogllvy gazed approvingly upon
Henry Poundstone, "Mr. Poundstone."
he said solemnly, "I have met some
meteoric young attorneys In my dny.
but you're the first genuine comet I
huvo seen In the legul firmament. Do
you mind telling me exactly how you
procured this franchise nnd why you
procured It without explicit orders
from me?" I
Henry did his best to look puzzled. .
"Why," he said, "you left that tele
gram with me, and I concluded that ,
you regarded It as self-explanatory or
else had Xorgotten to mention It. I '
knew you were busy, and "I didn't want
to bother you with dctnlls, so I Just I
went ahead and filled that order for
you. Anything wrong nbout thnt?"
"Certainly not. It's perfectly won
derful. But how did you put it over?"
Henry smirked. "My dad's tho engl
neer," lie snld bluntly. "If thirty duvs
nln't enough time, sco me and Til geti
you thirty days more. And In the
meantime nobody knows a thing about
this little deal. I figured Colonel Pen-1
nlngton might try to block you at that
crossing, so I "
Buck Ogllvy extended his hand In,
benediction nnd let It drop on Henrj
Pnundstonc't; thin shoulder. ,
"My dear Poundstone," he said ear-'
nesily, "I am not a man to forget
clever work. At tho proper tlmu I
shall " He smiled his radiant smile,
"You understand, of course, that 1 am'
speaking for myself nnd can mnke you
no linn promises. However " He
smiled again. "All I have to say Is
that you'll do I"
"Tlmnk you," said Henry Pound
stone, Jr. "Thank you ever so much."
An expMienc vxtendlng over a very
nctlvo business cireer of thirty years
hnd convinced Col. .Mi Pennington of
the futility of wracking his brains in
vnln speculation over mysteries.
When, therefore, the Northern Califor
nia Oregon railroad commenced to
encronch on the Colonel's tlmo-appro-prlatlon
for sleep, he realized thnt
there wns but ono way In which to
conserve his rest and that was by
engaging to fathom tho mystery for
him a specialist In tho unraveling of
mysteries. In times gone by, tho Colo
nel hnd found a certain national de
tective agency nn extremely efficient
nld to well-known commercial agen
cies, and to these tried nnd true sub
ordinates ho turned now for explicit
nnd satisfying Information nncnt the
Northern California Outrage I
The Information forthcoming from
Dun's nnd Urndstreet'a was vague and
"You're the First Genuine Comet-"
un.sniiKtying. reltlior of these two
commercial agencies could nscertain
anything of interest regnrdlng the
finnnces of the N. 0. O. For the pres
ent tho corporation had no office, Its
destinies In San Francisco being
guarded by n well-known attorney who
hnd declined to mnke any statement
regnnllng the compnny but promised
one nt nn early date. The board of
directors consisted of this attorney,
his two assistants, his stenographer,
nnd Mr. Buchanan Ogllvy. The com-i
pany hnd been Incorporated for five
million dollar, divided Into five mil
lion sbnres of par value of one dollar
ench. nnd live shares had been sub
"It looks fishy to me," the Colonel
commented to his mnnager, "and I'm
more than over convinced It's a scheme
of that Trinidad Bedwood Timber
company to start a timber boom and
unload. And thnt Is something the
Lngunn Grande Lumber company does
not .view with favor, for the reason'
thnt ono of these bright dnys those!
Trinidad people will come to their
senses nnd sell cheap to us. However,
to bo sure Is to he satisfied. Tele
phone the Snn Francisco otllce to have
the detectlvu agency thnt handled the
longshoremen's strike Job for us send
n couple of their best operatives up
on the next steamer, with Instructions,
to report to me on arrival." I
When the operatives reported, the
Colonel's orders were brief and ex
plicit. "I waul to know all about n
man named Buchanan Ogllvy, who N
up North somewhere procuring rlghl
of way for the Northern California
Oregon railroad. Find him. (let up
with him In the morning and put him
to bed at night, ltoport to me dally."
Beports yielded the Colonel nothing
until tho first day of Buck's return
to Requoln, when the following wrlt-
ten report caused the Colonel to sit ,
up and take notice. It was headed:'
"Heort of Operative No. 41," nnd It
"Ogllvy in Ids room until 12 o'clock!
noon. At VtiQTi entered dining room.)
leaving nt 1 p. in. and proceeding di
rect to office of Cardigan Bedwood
Lumber company. Ogllvy remained In
Cardigan's pilvnte otllce half an hour.!
spent another half hour conversing
with young lady In general olllce.
Young lady a brunette. 0. then re
turned to Hotel Sequoia, where he
wrote several letters In writing room.
At .1 p. m. called to telephone. At
3:02 p. m. left hurriedly for Cardigan
Bedwood Lumber company's office.
Filtered private office without walling
to bo announced. Kmerged nt 3:12,
walking slowly nnd In deep thought.
At 3:21 entered the telephone build
ing and placed a long-distance call.
Ho asked for the Cardigan Redwood
Lumber company In San Frqnclsco.
"Concluded his conversation at 3:32
nnd proceeded to tho city hall, enter
ing the mayor's olllce nt 3:43 and i
emerging at 4:10. He then returned1
to tho Hotel Sequoia nnd sat In the
lobby until handed a telegram at 4:40:
whereupon lie entered the telephone!
booth and talked to homeone, emerg
ing at 4:43 to go to his room. He
returned at -1:4(1 and hurried to the
law office of Henry Poundstone, Jr.,
In the Cardigan block. Ho wns with
Poundstone until 4 :fi9, when he re-'
turned leisurely to the Hotel Sequoia, I
carrying n small leather grip. He'
also bad this grip when he entered
"Arrived nt tho hotel at 5:03 and (
went to his room. At 0:4.r he entered .
n public automobile In front of the ,
hotel nnd was driven to No. 840 Kim J
street. The brunette young lndy who.
works In the Cardigan Bedwood Lum
ber company's olllco emerged present-'
ly nnd entered the car, which then ,
proceeded to No. 38 Bedwood boule- (
vard. where the brunette young lady .
alighted and entered the house. She I
returned nt seven Minrp, accompanied ,
by n young lady whrtm she Introduced I
to O. All three were then driven to
the Canton restaurant nt 432 Third
street. At 7:lfi Brycc Cardigan en
tered the restnurnnt nnd wus escorted
by the waiter to the table occupied
by O. and pnrty.
"At 0:30 entire pnrty left restaurant
nnd entered a Napier enr driven by a
half-breed Indinn whom tho second
young ludy hulled as George. O. nnd
tho brunette young lndy were dropped
nt 810 Elm street while Cardigan nnd
tho other young lndy proceeded di
rectly to No. 38 Hedwoqd boulevard.
After aiding tho lady to nllght, Cardi
gan tnlkcd with her n few minutes nt
the gate, then hade her good-night,
"Upon returning to Hotel Sequoia,
found O. 'n hotel bar. Saw him to
.-"try - . ... ., .
bed ni 10 Klinrp-"
Needless to relate, this report had tj
u most nmnzlng effect upon Colonel j
Pennington, and when st length he
could recover his mental equilibrium, j
he set nbout quite calmly to analyze i
the report, with the result thnt hft I
promptly arrived at the following con- j
clti'don't'v Ar j
(1) Ills niece Shirley Sumner tw
not to be trusted In so for ns youngN- I
Bryco Cardigan was concerned. "Dc- j
spite her assumption of hostility to- f
ward the fellow since thnt memorable
day in Pctinlgton's Avoods, the Colonel
wns now fully convinced thnt she had
made her peace with him and had
been the recipient of his secret atten
tions right along.
(2) 'Hip N. C. 0. was still a mys
tery, but a mystery In which Brycc
Cardigan wns Interested. Moreover,
he wns nnxious to nld tho N. C. O. In
every way possible. However, the
Colonel could understand this. Cardi
gan would nld anything that might
possibly tend to lift the Cardigan
lumber Interests out from under tho
Iron heel of Colonel Pennington.
(3) The N. 0. O. was going to make
a mighty bluff, even to the extent of
npplylng for n franchise to nm over
the city streets of Sequoia. Hence
Ogilvy's visit to Mayor Poundstone
doubtless on the ndvlce of Bryce Cur
dlgnn. (4) Ogllvy hud carried a small
leather bag to and from Henry Pound
stone's otllce. Thnt bng was readily
explained. It had contained a "bribo
In gold coin and young Henry had
been selected ns the go-between. That
meant that Mayor Poundstone had
agivod to deliver the franchise for
a consideration. Ogllvy hnd called
first on the mayor to arrange tho de
tails; then ho hnd called on the
mayor's son to complete the transac
tion. (B) If a franchise hnd been ar
ranged for and the bribe already de
livered, thnt meant the prompt and
unndvertlscd commencement of oper
ations. Yes, tho N. C O. was going
to carry Its monumental bluff to the
point of building a mile of track
through town. . . . No no, they
wouldn't spend thnt much money on a
bluff; they wouldn't bribe Poundstone
unless the rond was meant. And wns
It n common carrier, nfter all?
The trail wns growing hot; the
Colonel mopped his brow and concen
trated further. If the N. C. 0. was
really going to start operations. In or
der to move Its umtcrlnl from the
Cardigan dock to the scene of opcrn
tlojis It would have to cut Ids (the
Colonel's) tracks somewhere on Water
street. Diminution! Thnt wns It. j
They were trying to slip one over on ri
him. They were planning to get a
Jump-crossing In before he should
nwake to the situation; they were
planning, too, to have the city coun
cil slip tlirongh the franchise when
nobody was looking, and once the
crossing should be In. they could laugh
nt Colonel Pennington !
"The scoundrels I" he murmured.
"I'm on to them! Cardigan Is play
ing the game with them. That's why
he bought those rails from tho old
Laurel Creek spur! Oh. whnt n
blithering idiot I have, been! How
ever, It's not too late yet. Pound
stone Is coming over to dinner Thurs
day night, and I'll wring tho 'swine
dry before he leaves the house. And
as for those rails Cardigan managed
Jo hornswoggle me out of "
He seized the telephone and fairly
shouted to his exchange operator to
get his woods foreman, Jules Ron
deau, on the line.
"Thnt you, Rondeau?" he shouted
when the big French Canadian re
sjM)nded. "Pennington talking. What
bns young Cnnllgnn done nbout tliose
mils I sold him from the abandoned
spur up Laurel creek?"
"His have two flat-cars upon to spur
now. Dose woodsgang of hecs she
tenr up dose rails from zo head of ze
spur and load In ze flat-cars."
"Sec to It, Rondeau, that they do
not lenvo until 1 give the word. Un
derstand? Tell them tho switch-engine
Is In the shop for repairs or In
busy nt other work anything thnt
will stall him oft and delay delivery."
"Suppose Bryce Curdlgan, he comes
around nnd say, 'Why?'" Rondeau
queried cautiously. i
"KI1J him," the Colonel retorted j
coolly. "It strikes me you and the I
Black Minorca are rather slow piny- I
Ing even with young Cardigan." !
Rondeau grunted. "I theenk incbhe i
"You Kill Heern Yourself, Boas."
so you kill heem yourself, boss," he
replied enigmatically, and huiur up. '
(Continued next week.)