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11 lAUlul II
' ii OF THE If
I I GIANTS
B ift. . CQpyyRISHT, By PETE - JtU
H CIIAPTEn l.-I'lonoer In the California
H redwood rcRlon, John Cardigan, at forty
H seven, la the leading citizen of tiequola,
H owner of mills, ships, and many acre of
H timber, a widower after three years of
H married life, and father of two-day-old
H ; Bryce Cardigan.
fl CHAPTER II.-At fourteeh Bryce makes
rfjjrfl the acquaintance of Shirley Sumner, a vis-
rfJjrfJ itor to Sequoia, and his Junior by a fow
rfjjrfj years. Together they visit the Valley of
BTiJBB the Giants, sacred to John Cardigan and
H his son as the burial place of Bryce's
'fJ'fJH mother, and part with mutual regret.
H CHAPTER Hl.-Whlle Dryce Is at col
rfjjrfj ? lego John Cardigan meets with heavy
rfjjrfj ' business losses and for the first time views
H the future with uncertainty,
M CHAPTER IV.-After graduation from
B college, and a trip abroad, Bryce Cardl
1 f Ban comes home. On the train he meets
H j? Shirley Sumner, op her way to Sequoia to
H ' make her home there with her uncle,
h I ' CoL Pennington. Dryce learns that hli
rfJTfJH . father's eyesight has failed and that Col.
H Pennington Is seeking to take advantage of
JJI J - the old man's business misfortunes.
H ' I CHAPTKR V.-In the Valley of th
rfjjrfj f J Giants young Cardigan finds a tree felled
rfjrfjl iy directly across his mother' grave. Indl
rrB rations are that It was cut down to secur
issBBBBM the burl, and evidence seems to show that
Pennington and his woods-boss, Julet
j s Rondeau, are Implicated In the outrage.
H CHAPTER VI.-Dlnlng with Col. Pen.
rfJrfJJ ' , nlngton and his niece, Bryce finds th
rfjrfjl ' room paneled with redwood burl, confirm
H , lng his suspicions of Pennington's guilt
H In a diplomatic way, unpercetvod by Shir
1 ley, the two men declare war. '
B i CHAPTER VII. Pennington refuses U
H renew his logging contract with the Cardl-
H gans, believing his action means bank-
H ruptcy for the latter. Bryce forces Ron-
H ' deau to confess he felled the tree In th
H Valley of the Giants, at Pennington's or.
H der. After punishing the man, Bryce
H hurls him at Col. Pennington, who, with
H Bhlrley, had witnessed the fight. Penning-
H ton Is humiliated, and tho girl, Indignant,
H orders Bryce to leave her and forget thelt
B friendship. He leaves, but refuses to ac-
H ctpt dismissal.
H CHAPTER VHI.-neturnlng to Sequoia.
M i the train on which Shirley, her uncle, and
M Bryce are traveling, breaks away from
( the locomotive, and Bryce, who could have
i escaped, at the risk of his life cuts out
, the caboose and saves them from certain
JL death, being palnrullylnjurcd In doing so.
H,,i CHAPTER IX.-MoIra MoTavlsh. chile
-,1 hood friend or Bryce and employed In nil
H ofBee. makes Shirley's acquaintance and
'n it' the two become friends. Neodlng money
1 badly, John Cardigan offers to sell Pen-
JjM nlngton the Valley of the Giants, but tin
"j Colonel, confident the property must soon
'1 "- be, his through the bankruptcy of bit
H I enemies, contemptuously refuses, tin
H , kaorn to her undo. Shirley buys th
B Valley and the Cardigans have a new
M lease of business life. They Interest capl-
M tal and decide on a scheme to parallel
m Pennington's logging railroad.
H , CHAPTER X; Buchanan Ogiiy, rail.
H j read contractor and Bryce'a college friend,
H te decided on by the Cardigans as th
H ' aan to figure as the builder of the pro.
H , posed railroad, Bryce goes- to San Fran.
H clsco to meet him,
H CHAPTER Xl.-Ogllvy ostentatiously
H T sxln work of surveying for the line,
H t which is announced as a proposed through
H j route. ' Pennington, vaguely alarmed, de-
H cldes to block: operations by making It lm-
H J possible to secure a franchise for the Un
H ( through BequoU. In this he plans to en-
H " list the aid of the mayor, Foundstono.
U S CHAPTER, XII'-Buck" Ogilvy, at
H buUder of the projected Northern Call.
fornla A Oregon railroad, meets Molra
HI McTavlsh and Is much Impressed. Bryc
m and his father make plans for securing a
H franchise for the line from the city
H ' I ' CHAPTER XHI.-Ogllvy, In a buslnesi
i- Interview, favorably Impresses the Mayor,
and later engages that official's son as at.
torney for the new road. Through him
they obtain the temporary franchise.
Pennington, finally convinced that th
g Lr Cardigan Interests are behind the scheme,
M i gets to work to .balk them.
H ' . CHAPTER XlV.-Pennlngton refuses
m Bryce the use of a locomotive and trucks
;.. to move etiulpment for laying a switch,
HrB ( and Bryce and Ogilvy plan to steal both
B I) and during the night put in a crossing
, cutting Pennington's tracks In the city.
M i': Pennington bribes Mayor Poundstone to
H Ignore the temporary franchise granted
M f and to refuse a permanent one. That
B & night Pennington hears the Cardigan
U tracklaylng crew at work and hurries to
j 5, the spot,
H CHAPTER XV.-Bryce and Ogilvy dlsre-
H . gnrd Pennington's frontled remonstrances
B) ' a and continue work, but the Colonel gets
word to the Mayor and also employs a
M ; desperado to shoot Bryce. Bryce la wound
B " ' ed. Work on the track Is stopped hy the
1 u chief of police. Shlrjoy accuses her uncle
M 1 -, of conniving at tho murder of Bryce, and
H I tho Colonel leaves for Ban Krnnclsro to
H ' safeguard his Interests through further
H y legal proceedings.
H X "I tlo," shu answered passionately.
H ' "With nryce Cardigan out of tho way
H you would tiuvo a clear field before
R yoa "
I r I- "Oh, my dear, ray dearl Surely you
H , I do not realize what you are Baying.
H : ! You aro beside yourself, Shirley.
H , ' riense please do not wound me so
H ; so horribly. I am surrounded by enc
H mles tho most implacable enemies.
H , "I' They force mo to fight the devil with
B i I fire -and here you are, giving Uiem aid
H )' and comfort"
H . ' "I want you to defeat Brj'co Cardl
H j " gan, If you can do It fairly."
H n ' "At another time and In n calmer
Hj ! I tnood we will discuss that villain," he
H Kp 4 eald authoritatively. "Get Into the car,
fa r'. and wo will go home. Tncro is noth-
r'f tag more to bo done tonight"
f "Your sophistry does not alter my
Pps opinion," sho replied firmly. "How
LH -1 . 1 ever, ns you say, this Is neither the
w f time nor the place to discuss It"
LH 1 They drove home In silence. Shirley
LH &t went at onceto her room. For tho
LH y , Colonel, however, the nlghVs work bad
LH 3 , . ' scarcely begun. The Instant he heard
LH : i 't the door to his niece's room shut, he
H j l' went to the telephone and called up
LH ' the Laguna Grande roundhouse. Sex
LB j " ' ton, his manager, nnswered.
LLV i flave yuu sent the switch engine to
LLt ' the woods for Rondeau and his men?"
BBBBBsVJLl, - -
"Good I Now, then, Sexton, listen to
rac: As you know, this raTfl of Cardi
gan's hns developed so suddenly I nin
more or less taken by surprise and
hnvo hnd no time to prepare the kind
of counter-attack that will be roost ef
fective. However, with tho crossing
blocked, I gain time In which to organ
Izc only thero must bo no weak point
In the organization. In order to Insure
Hint, I am proceeding to San Fran
cisco tonight by motor, via tho coast
road. I will arrive lato tomorrow
night, and early Saturday tuornl&g 1
will appear In tho United BlntcB dis
trict court with our attorneys and file
a complaint and petition for an order
temporarily restraining the N. O. O.
from cutting our tracks.
"I will have to make an nllldnvlt to
support the complaint, so 1 had better
bo Johnny-on;thc-8pot to do It, rather
than risk the delay of making tho affi
davit tomorrow morning hero and for
warding It by mall to our attorneys.
"Tho Judge will sign a restraining
order, returnable In from ten to thirty
ydays I'll try for thirty, becauso that
will knock out the N. 0. O.'s temporary
franchise and after I have obtained
tho restraining order, I will havo tho
United Stntcs marshnl telegraph It to
Ogilvy nnd Cardigan I"
"Bully I" cried Sexton heartily.
That will fix their clock."
"In tho meantime," Pennington con
tinued, "logs will bo glutting our land
ings. We need thnt locomotive for Its
legitimate purposes. Take all that dls
:arded machinery and the old boiler
we removed from the mill last fall,
dump It on Uie tracks at tho crossing,
and get the locomotive back on Its run.
Understand? The other side, having
no means of removing theso heavy ob
structions, will be blocked until I re
turn ; by that time the rontter will be
In the district court, Cardigan will be
hting up until his temporary franchise
expires nnd the city council will not
renew It Get me?"
"Ill be back Sunday forenoon. Good
by." He hung up, went to his chauffeur's
quarters over tho garage, anal routed
the man out of bed. Then he rsrtwraed
quietly to his room, dressed and
packed n bag for his Journey, left a
brief note for Shirley notifying her of
his departure, and started on his two
hundred and fifty-roll trip over the
mountains to tho south. As his car
sped through sleeping Sequoia and
gained tho open country, tho Colonel's
heart thrilled pleasurably. He held
cards and spades, big and little casino,
four aces and the Joker; therefore he
knew he could sweep the board at his
pleasure. And during his absence Shir
ley would have opportunity to cool off.
while he would find time to formulate
an argument to lull her jrospldon
upon bis return,
Quite oblivious of her uncle'a depar
ture for San Francisco, Shirley lay
awake throughout tho remainder of
the night turning over and over In her
mind tho various aspects of the Cardigan-Pennington
Imbroglio. Of one
thing sho was quite certain; peace
must be declared at nil hazards. Sho
realized that sho bad permitted mat
ters to go too far. A revulsion of feel
ing toward her uncle, Induced by the
memory of Bryce Cardigan's blood on
her white finger tips, convinced the
girl that at all hazards to her finan
cial future, henceforth sho and her
uncle must tread separate paths. Sho
had found him out at last, and because
In her nnturo thero was somo of his
own fixity of purpose, the resolution
cost her no particular pang.
She had been obsessed of a desire,
rather unusual In her sex, to see a
fight worth while; Bho hnd planned to
permit It to go to a knockout to use
Bryco Cardigan's language, because
she believed Bryce Cardigan would be
vanquished nnd sho had desired to
sec him sinncl..u but not beyond re
pair, for her Joy In tho conflict was
to lie In the task of putting the pieces
together afterward I
It was rather a relief, therefore,
when the Impcrturbnble James banded
her at breakfast the following, note :
"After leaving you last night I de
cided that in your present frame of
mlnrt my absenco for a few days nrlght
tend to n calmer and clearer percep
tion, on your part of the necessary
tactics which In n moment of despera
tion, I saw fit, with regret to pursue
last night And In the hope thnt you
will havo attained your old attitude
toward me beforo my roturn, I am
leaving In tho motor for San Fran
cisco. Your terrible accusation has
grieved me to such an extent that I do
not feel equal to tho task of confront
ing you until, In a more Judicial frame
of mind, you can tAily absolvo me of
the charge of wishing to do away with
Shirley's Up curled. With a rarer,
keener Intuition than she had hitherto
manifested, sho sensed the hypocrisy
between tho lines; she was sot de
ceived. "Ho hns gone to San Francisco for
more ammunition," she soliloquized.
"Very well, unklo-dunkl While
you'ro away, 1 shall manufacture a
few bombs myself."
After breakfast she left the house
and walked to the Intersection of B
with Water street Jules Rondeau and
his crew of lumberjacks were there,
nnd with two policemen guarded tho
Shirley looked from the woods bully
to tho locomotive and back o Ron
deau. "Rondeau," sho said, "Mr. Cardigan
ts a bad man to fight. You fought him
once. Are you going to do It again?"
"By whose orders?"
"Mr. Sexton, sho tell mo to do it"
"Well, Rondeau, somo day I'll be
boss of Lagunn Grande nnd there'll be
no moro fighting," she replied, nnd
passed on down B street to tho office
of tho Cardigan Redwood Lumber
company. Molra McTavlsh looked up
ns sho entered.
"Where Is ho, dear?" Shirley asked.
"I must seo him."
"In thnt office, Miss Shirley," Molrn
replied, and pointed to tho door. Shir
ley stepped to tho door, knocked, and
then entered. Bryco Cardigan, seated
at his desk, looked up as sho came In.
Ills left arm was In a sling, and he
looked harassed nd dejected.
"Don't get up, Bryce," she eald as he
attempted to rise. "I know you're quite
exhausted. You look It" She sat
down. "I'm so sorry," sho said softly.
His dull glnnco brightened. "It
doesn't amount to that, Shirley." And
ho snapped his fingers. "It throbs a
little and It's stiff nnd sore, so I carry
It In the sling. That helps a little.
What did you want to see me about?"
"I wanted to tell you," said Shirley,
"that that last night's affair was not
of my making." He smiled compas
sionately, "I I couldn't bear to have
you think I'd break my word and tell
"It never occurred to me that you
had dealt me a hand from the bottom
of tho deck, Shirley. Please don't
worry about It Your uncle hns hnd
two prlvato detectives watching Ogilvy
"Oh I" she breathed, much relieved.
A ghost of tho old bantering emtio
lighted her winsome features. "Well,
then," she challenged, "I suppose you
don't hate me."
"On the contrary, I love yon,"' ha an
swered. "However, since you must
have known this for some time past, I
suppose It Is superfluous to mention
It Moreover, I haven't the right
yet" She had cast her eyes down mod
estly. Sho raised them now and looked
"I Suppose You'll Acknowledge Your
self Whipped at Last, Bryce?"
at him scarchingly. "I suppose you'll
acknowledge yourself whipped at last,
Bryce?" sho ventured.
"Would it please you to have me
surrender?" Ho was very serious.
"Indeed It would, Bryce, I'm tired
of fighting, I wnnt peace. I'm I'm
afraid to let this matter go any fur
ther. I'm truly afraid."
"I think I want peace, too," ho an
swered. "I'd bo glad to quit with
honor. And I'll do It too, If you can
Induce your uncle to gtvo mo tho kind
of logging contract I want with his
"I couldn't do thnt, Bryce, He has
you whipped nnd ho ts not merciful
to tho fallen. You'll havo to sur
render unconditionally." Again she
laid her Ilttlo hand timidly on his
wounded forennn. "Please glvo up,
Bryco for my sake."
"I suppose I'll havo to," he mur
mured sadly. "I daro say you're right
though ono should never admit defeat
until ho ts counted out I suppose,"
ho continued bitterly, "your uncle Is
In high feather this morning."
"I don't know, Bryce, He left In his
motor for San Francisco about ono
o'clock this morning."
For an Instant Bryco Cardigan
stared at her; then a slow, mocking
Ilttlo stnllo crept around the comers
of his mouth, and his eyes lighted with
"Glorious news, my dear Shirley,
perfectly glorious! So the old fox
has gone to Snn Francisco, eh? Left
In a hurry and via the overland route 1
Couldn't wait for the regular passenger-steamer
tomorrow, eh? Great
Jumping JehoshaphatI He must have
hod Important business to attend to."
And Bryce commenced to chuckle.
"Oh, the poor old Colonel," be con
tinued presently, "tho dear old pirate I
What a horrible right swing he's run
ning Into I And you want me to ac
knowledge defeat I My dear girl, In
tho language of the classic, thero ts
nothing doing. I shall put In my
crossing Sunday morning, and If you
don't bellevo It, drop around and see
me In action."
"You mustn't try," protested Shirley.
"Rondeau Is there with his crew
and ho has orders to stop you. Bo
sldes, you can't expect help from the
police. Uncle Scth has made n deal
with tho mayor. I came prepared to
suggest a compromise, Bryce," sho de
clared, but ho Interrupted her with
a wave of his hand.
"That for the police and that venal
Mayor Poundstone I" Bryco retorted,
with another snap of his fingers. "I'll
rid tho city of them at the fall elec
tion." "You can't afford a compromise.
You'vo been telling me I shall never
build tho N. C. O. becnuso you will
not permit mo to. You're powerless,
I tell you. I shall build It."
"You shan't I" she fired back at him,
and a spot of anger glowed In each
check. "You're tho most stubborn
and belligerent man I have ever
known. Sometimes I almost bate
"Como around at ten tomorrow
morning and watch me put In the
crossing watch me glvo Rondeau and
his gang the run." Ho reached over
suddenly, lifted her hand, and kissed
It. "H6w I love rou, dear little antag
onist I" he murmured.
"If you loved me, you wouldn't op
pose roe," sho protested softly. "I tell
you again, Bryce, you make It very
hard for me to be friendly with you."
"I don't want to be friendly with
you. You're' driving me crazy, Shir
ley. Please run along home, or wher
ever you're bound. I've tried to under
stand your peculiar code, but you're
too deep for me; so let mo go my way
to the devil. George Sea Otter is out
side asleep In the tonncau of tho cor.
Tell htm to drlvo you wherever you're
going. I suppose you're afoot today,
for I noticed tho mayor riding to his
office in your sedan this morning."
She tried to look outraged, but for
tho life of her she could not take of
fense irt his bluntness ; neither did Bho
rescht n look which she detected In
his eyes, even though It told her he
wns laughing at Jicr.
"Oh, very well," she replied with
what dignity she could muster. ."Have
It your own way. I've tried to warn
you. Thank you for your offer of the
car. I shall be glad to use It Uncle
Seth sold my car to Mayor Pound
stone last night. Mrs. P admired
"Ah I Then It was that rascally
Poundstnno who told your uncle about
tho temporary franchise, thus arousing
his suspicions to such an extent that
when he heard his locomotive rum
Ming Into town, he smelted a rat and
hurried down to the crossing?"
"Possibly. The Poundstoncs dined
at our house last night"
"Pretty hard on you, I should say.
But then I suppose you have to play
tho game with Undo Seth. Well,
good morning, Shirley. Sorry to hurry
you awny, but you must remember
we'ro on n strictly business basis
yet; and you mustn't waste my time."
"You'ro horrid, Bryce Cardigan."
"You'ro adorable. Good morning."
"You'll bo sorry for this," she
warned him. "Good morning." She
passed out Into the general office, vis
ited with Molrn about five minutes,
and drovo away In the Napier. Bryce
watched her through the window. She
knew he was watching her, but never
theless sho could not forbear turning
round to verify her suspicions. When
she did, he waved his sound arm at
her, and she flushed with vexation.
"God bless her I" he murmured.
"She's been my ally all along, and I
never suspected It I I wonder what
her game can be,"
He sat musing for a long time.
"Yes," he concluded presently, "old
Poundstone has double-crossed us
and Pennington mndo It worth hlf
while. And tho Colonel sold the
mayor tils niece's automobile. It's
worth twenty-five hundred dollars, at
least, and since old Poundstone'B
finances will not permit such an ex
travagance, I'm wondering how Pen
nington expects him to pay for It I
smell a rat as big as a kangnroo. In
this case two and two don't make four.
They mnko six 1 Guess I'll build a fire
under old Poundstone."
Ho took down tho telephone re
ceiver nnd cnlled up tho mayor.
"Bryco Cardigan speaking, Mr. Pound
stone," ho greeted tho chief executive
"Oh, hello, Bryce, my boy," Pound
stone boomod affably. "How's tricks?"
"So-so I I hear you'vo bought thnl
sedan from Col. Pennington's niece.
Wish I'd known It wns for sale. I'd
havo outbid yon. Want to make a
profit on your bargain?"
"No, not this morning, Bryce. I think
we'll keep It Mrs. P hns beer.
wanting n closed car for a long time,
nnd when the Colonel offered me this
one at a bargain, I snapped It up."
"And you don't care to get rid of It
at n profit V Bryco repeated.
"Oh, you'ro mistaken, Mr. Mayor.
I think you do. I would suggest that
you tako that car back to Penning
ton's gnrage and leave It there. That
would bo the most profitable thing
you could do."
"What what what In blue blazes
are you driving at?" Uie mayor sput-
terwL - ;
"I wouldn't care to dlBcns it OTer
tho telephone. I take It however, that
a bint to the wise Is sufficient; and l!
warn you. mayor, that if you keep
thai enr it wtll bring you bad luck.
Today Is Friday, nnd Friday Is an un
lucky day. I'd get rid of that sedan
before noon if I wcro you."
There was a long, fateful silence.
Then In a singular small, quavering
voice: "You think It best, Cardigan T
"I do. Return it to No. 88 Redwood
boulevard, and no questions will be
asked. Good-by I"
When Shirley reached homo at noon,
she found her enr parked In front of
the porto cochero; and a brief note,
left with tho butler. Informed her thnt
nfter thinking the matter over, Mrs.
Poundstono hnd decided tho Pound
stone family could not nfford such an
extravagance, nnd nccordlngly the enr
was returned with many thnnkB for
tho opportunity to purchase It at such
a ridiculously low figure. Shirley
smiled, and put tho car up In the
garage. When she returned to the
houso her maid Thelma informed her
that Mr. Bryce Cardigan hnd been
calling her on tho telephone. So Bho
called Bryco up at once.
"Has Poundstono roturned your
car?" ho queried.
"Why, yes, What makes you nsk?"
"Oh, I had n suspicion ho might
You sec, I called him up and suggest
ed It; somehow. Ills' honor Is peculiar
ly susceptible to suggestions from me,
"Bryce Cardigan," sho declared,
"you're a sly rascal that's what you
are. I shan't tell you another thing."
"I hope you had a stenographer at
tho dictograph when the mayor and
your undo cooked up their Ilttlo deal.
That was thoughtful of' you, Bhlrley.
It was a bully club to have up your
sleeve at tho final showdown, for with
It you can mako Unkledunk behave
himself nnd force that compromise
you ppoke of. 'Seriously, howover, I
don't wnnt you to use It Shirley. We
must avoid a scandal by all means;
and praise be, I don't need your club
to beat your uncle's brains out Vvn
taking his club uwny from him to use
for thnt purpose."
"Itenlly, I believe you're happy to
day." "Happy? 1 should tell a man I If
the streets of Sequoia were paved
with eggs, I could walk them all day
without making nn omelette."
"It must be nice to feel' so happy,
after so mauy months of the blues."
"Indeed it Is, Shirley. You see until
very recently I was very much wor
ried as to your attitude toward me. I
couldn't believe you'd so far forget
yourself ns to love me In spite of
everything so I never took Uie trouble
to ask you. And now I don't have to
ask you. I know 1 And I'll be around
to sec you nfter I get that crossing In I''
"Yo're perfectly horrid," Mie
blazed, nnd hung' up without the for
mality of saying good-by.
Shortly rafter Shirley's departure
from his office, Bryco had a visit from
Buck Ogilvy. Tho latter wore a neatly
pressed suit of Shepherd plaid, with
a whlto carnation In his lapel, and he
wns nppniently the most light-hearted
young man In Humboldt county. He
struck an attitude and demanded:
"Boss, what do you think of my new
"You lunatic! Don't you know red
blonds should never wenr light flhades?
You'ro dressed like a negro minstrel."
"Well, I feel ns happy as an end
mnn. And hy the way, you're" all
chirked up yourself. Who's been help
ing you to the elixir of life? When
we parted last night you were forty
fathoms deep In tho slough of de
spond." "No less a divinity than Miss Shir
ley Sumner I She called this morning
to explain thnt last night's fiasco was
none of her making, and quite inno
cently she Imparted the Information
that old Pennington lighted out for
Snn Francisco at one o'clock this
morning. Wherefore I laugh. Te-he!
"Threo long, loud raucous cheers for
Uncle. He's gone to rush n restrain
ing order through the United States
"Three Long, Loud, Raucous Choera
district court Wonder why he didn't
wire hh attorney to attend to the
mnttcr for him."
"Ho has the crossing blocked, and
Inasmuch as tho mayor feeds out of
Pennington's hand, the Colonel Is quite
confident that said crossing will re
main blocked. As for the reatralaiai j
order well, If one wants a thing wol) j
done, one should do It oneself." '
"AH that doesn't explain yooi i
cheerful attitude, though."
"Oh, but It does. Tve told yoo
about old Duncan McTavlsh, Molra't
father, haven't I?" Ogilvy nodded, and
Bryce continued: "When I fired tho
old scoundrel for boozing, it almost
broka his heart ; he had to leave Hum
boldt, where everybody knew hlmso
he wandered down Into -i0Effi
county and got a Job stlckliL.'flsKbei
In tho drying ynrd of Uie WIIHts Lum
ber company. He's been there two
months now, and I am Informed by
his employer that old Mac hasn't tak
en n drink In nil that time. And
what'p more, he Isn't going to taka
"How do you know?"
"Because I make It my business to
find out. Mnc was tho finest woods
boss this county ever knew; henco you
do not assume that I would lose the
old scoundrel without making a fight
for him, do you? Why, Buck, he's
been on tho Cardigan pay roll thirty
years, and I only fired him In order
to reform him. Well, Inst week I sent
ono of Mac's old friends down to
Wllllts purposely to call on him and
Invito him out 'for & time;' but Mac
wouldn't drink with htm. No, sir, ho
couldn't bo tempted. On the contrary,
ho told Uie tempter that I had prom
ised to give htm back his Job If he re
mained on tho water wagon for one
year; ho was resolved to win back hli
Job and his self-respect"
"I know what your plan is," Ogilvy
Interrupted. "Listen, now, to father! I
words of wisdom, pidn't yoa bear mo I
tell that girl and her villainous avnn.
cular- relaUve last night that I bad an
other ace up my kimono?"
"That was not brag, old dear. I had
tho ace, and this morning I played it
wherefore In my heart there is thai
pence that passeth understanding
particularly since I have Just had a
telegram Informing mo that my aco
took the odd trick.
"You will recall that from tbe Ten
Instant we decided to cut In that Jump
crossing, wo commenced to plan
against Interference by Pennington ; la
consequenco we kept, or tried to keep,
our decision a secret However, there
existed at all times the possibility that
Pennington might discover our benevo
lent tntenUons and block us with hla
only weapon a restraining order ls.
sued by the Judge of the United States
"Now, one of tho most delightful
tilings I know about a court Is that It
Is open to all men seeking JusUce or
Injustice disguised as JusUce. Also
there Is a wise old saw to the effect
that buttles are won by Uie fellow who
get there first with Uie most men. Tho
situation from the start was absurdly
simple. If Pennington got to Uie dis
trict court first, we wero lost."
"Yon mean you got there first?" er
"I dd by the very simple method
of preparing to get Uiero first In case
anything slipped. Something did slip
Inst night I However, I was ready;
so all I had to do was press the but
ton, for ns Omar Khayyam remarked :
'What .shall It avail a man If he buy
eth n padlock for his Btable after hit
favorite stallion hath been lifted? Sev
eral days ago, my boy, I wrote a long
I letter to our attorney In San Francisco
explaining every detail of our predica
ment; the Instant I received that tem
porary franchise from the city council,
I mailed a certified copy of It to mu
attorney also. Then, In anUetpattof
of our discovery by Pennington, I Int
structed the attorney to prepare th
complaint and petlUon for a restrain
ing order against Seth Pennington et
al, and stand by to-rash to Uie Judge
with it' the instant he heard from mel
"Well, about Uie time old Penning
ton started for San Francisco tbli
morning, I had our attorney oat' of bee
and on tho long-distance telephone; at
nine o'clock this morning he appeared
In the United States district court ; al
nlne-flf teen the Judge signed a restrain
ing order forbidding our enemies t
Interfere with us In Uie exercise of
right legally granted ns by Uie city ol
Sequoia, and nt nine-thirty a doputj
United States marshal started In an 1
automobile for Sequoia, via the oven j
land route, ne will ttrrlve late tomor
row night, and on Sunday wo will gel
thnt locomotive out of our way and In
stall our crossing." .
I "And Pennington
"Ah, the poor Pennington 1 Mod
pnuvro Sethi" Buck sighed comical
ly. "He will be Just twenty-four hour
"You old hefoxl'i' Bryco murmured
"You wicked, wicked mnnl"
Buck Ogilvy lifted his lapel and J
! sniffed luxuriously at his white carna I
tlon, tho while n thin little smilt
j played around the corners of his hu
morons mouth. "Ah," ho murmured
presently, "life's pretty sweet, isn't
' it?" w
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