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ADAIR COUNTY 'NEWS'
BU N D MA1$
WILLIAM MacHARG EDWIN BALMER-
Illustrations by R.H. Livingstone
COPYRfCHT Y LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY
CHAPTER I. Gabriel "Warden, Seattle
capitalist, tells his butler he Is expecting
a. caller, to be admitted without question.
He informs his wife of danger that
threatens him if he pursues a course he
considers the only honorable one. War
den leaves the house in his car and meets
a man whom he takes Into the machine.
When the car returns home. Warden is
found dead, murdered, and alone. The
caller, a young man, has been at War
den's house, but leaves unobserved.
CHAPTER IL Bob Connery, conductor,
receives orders to hold train for a party.
Five men and a- girl board the train.
The father of the girl, Mr. Dome, Is the
person for whom the train was held.
Philip D. Eaton, a young man, also
boarded the train. Dome tells his daugh
ter and his secretary, Don Avery, to find
out what they can concerning him.
Mies Dome Meets Eaton.
Dome motioned Avery to the aisle,
where already some of the passengers,
having settled their belongings In
their sections, were beginning to wan
der through the cars seeking ac
quaintances or players to make up a
card game. Eaton took from a bag
a handful of cigars with which he
filled a plain, uninitialed cigar case,
and went toward the club and obser
vation car in the rear. As he passed
through the sleeper next to him the
last one Harriet Dome glanced up
at him and spoke to her father; Dome
nodded but did not look up.
The observation room was" nearly
empty. The only occupants were a
young woman who was reading a mag
az&e, and an elderly man. Eaton
chose a seat as far from these two as
He had been thera only a few mln-
uics, uunevci, nil en, luumug up, lie
saw Harriet Dome and Avery enter
the room. They passed him, engaged
in conversation, and stood by the rear
door looking out into the storm. It
was evident to Eaton, although he did
not watch them, that they were argu
ing something; the girl seemed insist
ent, Avery irritated and unwilling.
Her manner showed that she won hef
point finally She seated herself in
one of the cliairs, and Avery left her.
He wandered, as If aimlessly, to the
reading table, turning over the maga
zines there; abandoning them, he
gazed about as if bored; then, with a
wholly casual manner, he came
toward Eaton and took the seat be
"Rotten weather, isn't it?" Avery
observed somewhat ungraciously.
Eaton could not well avoid a reply.
"It's been getting worse." he com
mented, "ever since we left Seattle."
"We're runninpr into it, apparently."
Again Avery looked toward Eaton and
"Yes lucky if we got through."
The eomersatlon ru Avery's part
was patenth forced, and it was
equally foned on Eaton's; neverthe
less it continued. Av ery v introduced
the war snd other subjects upon which
men, thrown together for a time, are
accustomed to exchange opinions. But
Avery did not do it easily or natu
rally; he plainlj was of the caste
whose pose it is to repel, not seek,
overtures toward a chance acquaint
ance. His lack of practice was per
fectly obvious when t last he asked
directly: "Beg pardon, but I don't
think I know your name."
Eaton was obliged to give it.
"Mine's Avery," the other offered;
"perhaps you heard it when we were
getting our berths assigned."
And again the conversation, enjoyed
by neither of them, went on. Finally
the girl at the end of the car rose ana
passed them, as though leaving the
car. Avery looked up. '
"Where are you going, Harry?"
"I think someone ought to be with
"I'll go in just a minute."
She had halted almost in front of
them. Avery, hesitating as though he
did not know what he ought to do,
finally arose; and as Eaton observed
that Avery, having introduced him
self, appeared now to consider it his
duty to present Eaton to Harriet
Dome, Eaton also arose. fAveryJmur:'
mured the names. Harriet Dome,
resting her hand on the back of
Avery's chair, joined In the conver
sation.. As he replied easily and In
terestedly to a comment of Eaton's,
Avery suddenly reminded her of her
father. After a minute, when Avery
still ungracious and still irritated
over something which Eaton could not
guess rather abruptly left them, she
took Avery's seat; and Eaton dropped
Into his chair beside her.
- 'owiJtU? whftleN'proceeding though
.within the convention which, forbid
. ding a girl, to make a man's acquaint
ance directly, .says nothing against
her making it through the medium of
another man had been so Unnatu
rally tjone that Eaton understood that.
Harriet Dome deliberately hadcr
' ranged to make his "acquaintance, and
that Avery, angry and pbjecting, had
been overruled! r ' '
. JsJie Sfifiined to Eatqn lesi. alertl:
She Had Halted Almost in Front of
boyish now than she had looked an
hour before when they had boarded
the train. Her cheeks were smoothly
rounded, her lips rather full, her
lashes very long. He could not look
up without looking directly at hex, for
her chair, which had not been moved
since Avery left it, was at an angle
To avoid the appearance of' study
ing her too openly, he turned slightly,
so that his gaze went past her to the
white turmoil outside the windows.
"It's wonderful," she said, "isn't It?"
"You mean the storm?" A twinkle
of amusement came to Ealon's eyes.
"It would be more interesting if it
allowed a little more to be seen. At
present there is nothing visible but
"Is that the only way It affects you?
An artist would think of it as a back
ground for contrasts a thing to
sketch or paint ; a writer as something
to be written down in word's."
Eaton understood. She, could not
more plainly have asked him what he
"And an engineer, I suppose," he
said, easily, "would think of it only as
an element to be Included in his for
mulas an x, or an a, or a b, to be
put In somewhere and square-rooted
or squared so that the roof-truss he
was figuring should not buckle under
"Oh so that is the way you were
thinking of it?"
"You mean," Eaton challenged her
directly, "am I an engineer?"
"Oh,1 no; I was only talking In pure
generalities, just as you were."
"Let us go on, then," she said gayly.
"I see I. can't conceal frorh you that
I am doing you the honorito wonder
what you are. A lawyer would think
of it in the light of damage it might
tereate and the subsequent possibilities
of litigation." She made a uttle pause
"A business man would take it into
account, as he has to take into account
all things in nature or human; it
would delay transportation", or harm
or aid the winter wheat." I
' "Or stop competition somewhere,"
he observed, more interested.
The flash of satisfaction which came
to her face and as quickly was
checked and faded showed him she
thought she &s on the right track.
- "Business," she said, still lightly,
"will how is it the newspapers put
It? will marshal Its cohorts; It will
send out Its generals In command of
-.brigades of snowplows, Its colonels In
command of regiments of snow sho'v
elers and Its spies to discover and to
bring back word of the effect upon the
"You talk," he said, "as" if business
were a war."
"Isn't it? like war, but war in
higher terms." v
"In higher terms?" he questioned,
attempting to make his tone like hers,
but a sudden bitterness now was be
trayed by it. "Or in lower?"
"Why, in higher," she declared, "de
manding greater courage, greater de
votion, greater determination, greater
self-sacrifice. Recruiting officers can
pick any man off the streets and make
a good soldier of him, but no one,
could be so sure of finding a satisfac
tory employee in that way. Doesn't
that show that daily life, the every
day business of earning a living and
bearing one's share In the workaday
world, demands greater qualities than
Her face had flushed eagerly as she
spoke; a darker, livid flush answered
her "words on his.
"But the opportunities for evil are
greater, too,- he asserted r Almost
fiercely. -"How many of those men you
speak of on the streets haVe b"een de
liberately, mercilessly, even savagely
i sficrificd to some "business expediency,
weir iuture aestroyea, tneir nope
killed!" Some storm of passion,
whose meaning she could not divine,
was sweeping him.
J$9 ?mV' ke aaked afejf an In
stant's silence, "that you, Mr. Eaton,
have been sacrificed In such a way?''
"I am still talking In generalities,"
he denied Ineffectively.
He saw that she sensed the un
truthfulness of these last words. Her
smooth young forehead and her eyes
were shadowy with thought. Eaton
was uneasily silent Finally Harriet
Dome seemed to have made her de
"I think you should meet my father,
Mr. Eaton," she said. "Would you
He did not reply at once. He knew
that his delay was causing her to
study him now with great surprise.
"I would like to meet him, yes," he
said, "but" he hesitated, tried to
avoid answer without offending her,
but already he had affronted her
"but not now. Miss Dome."
She stared at him, rebuffed and
"You mean The sentence, obvi
ously, was one she felt It better not
to finish. As though he recognized
that now she must wish the conversa
tion to end, he got up. She rose
"I'll see you into your car, if you're
returning there," he offered.
Neither spoke, as he went with her
Into the next car; and at the section
where her father sat, Eaton bowed
silently, nodded to Avery, who coldly
returned his nod, and left her. Eaton
went on into his own car and sat
down, his thoughts In mad confusion.
How near he had come to talking
to this girl about himself, even though
he had fel from the first that that
was what she was trying to make him
dor Was he losing his common sense?
Was the self-command on which he
bad so counted that he had dared to
take this train deserting him? He
felt that he must not see Harriet
Dome again alone. In Avery he had
recognized, by that Instinct which so
strangely divines the personalities one
meets, an enemy from the start;
Dome's attitude toward him, of
course, was not yet defined; as for
Harriet Dome he could not tell
whether she was prepared to be his
enemy or friend.
Eaton went into the men's compart
ment of his car, where he sat smok
ing till after the train was under way
again. The porter looked in upon
him there to ask If he wished his berth
made up now; Eaton nodded assent,
and fifteen minutes later, dropping
aton Went Into the Men's Compart
ment of His Car, Where. He Sat
Smoking Till After the Train Was
Under Way Again.
the cold end of his cigar and going
out into the car, he found the berth
ready for him. A half hour later the
passage of someone through the aisle
and the sudden dimming of the crack
of light which showed above the cur
tains told him that the lights In the
car had been turned down. Eaton
closed his eyes, but sleep was far
Presently he began to feel the train
beginning to labor with the increasing
grade and the deepening now. It was
nearing the mountains, and the weath
er was getting colder and the storm
more severe. Euton lifted the curtain
from the window beside him and
leaned on one elbow to look out. The
train was running through a bleak,
white desolation ; no light and no sign
of- habitation showed anywhere. The
events of the day ran through his
mind again with sinister suggestion.
He had tnken that train for a certain
definite, dangerous purpose which re
quired his remaining as obscure and
as Inconspicuous as possible; yet al
ready he had been singled imt for at
tention. So far, he was sure, he had
received no more than that atten
tion, curiosity concerning him. He
had notsuffered recognition; but that
might come at any moment. Could he
t risk longer waljing to act?
He dropped on his back on the bed
and Jay with his hands clasped under
his head, his eyes staring up at the
roof of the car.
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car, playing and conversation stilt
went on for a time; then It dimin
ished as one by one the' passengers
went away to bed. Connery. looking
f into this car, found It empty and the
porter cleaning upr he slowly pas'scd
on forward through the train, stopping
momentarily in the rear Pullman op
posite the berth of the passenger
whom President Jarvishad commend--ed
to his care. HIs scrutiny of the
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as abruptly, he stopped dressing and
sat absorbed In thought. He had let
himself sink back against the pillows,
while he stared, unseelngly, at the
solid bank of snow 1 'e the oar,
when the door at the farther end of
the coach opened and Conductor Con
nery entered, calling a name.
"Mr. Hlllwrd ! Mr. Lawrence Hill
ward I Telegram for Mr. Hillwardl"
car told him all was correct here; the
even breathing within the berth as
sured him the passengers slept.
Connery had been becoming more
certain hour by hour all through the
evening that they were going to hae
great diiliculry in getting the train
through. Though he knew by Presi
dent Jarvis' note that the officials of
the road must be watching the prog
ress of this especial train with par
ticular Interest, he had received no
train orders from the west for sev
eral hours. His inquiry at the last
stop had told him the reason for this ;
the telegraph wires to the west had
gone down. To the east communica
tion was still open, but how long it
would remain so he could not guess.
Here in the deep heart of the great
mountains they had passed the Idaho
boundary line into Montana they
were getting the 'ull effect of the
storm; their progress, increasingly
slow, was broken by stops which were
becoming frequent and longer as they
At Fracroft the station where he
was to exchange the ordinary plow
which so far had sufficed, and couple
on the "rotary" to fight the moun
tain drifts ahead Connery swung
himself down from the train, looked
In at the telegraph office and then
went forward to the two giant loco
motives, on whose sweating, mon
strous backs the snow, suddenly vis
ible In the haze of their lights, melted
as it fell. As they started, he swung
aboard and In the brightly lighted
men's compartment of the first Pull
man checked up his report sheets with
a stub of pencil.
Again they stopped once more
went on. Connery, having put hl3
papers into his pocket, dozed, awoke,
dozed again. The progress of the train
halted again and aga(n; several times
it backed, charged forward again
only to stop, back and charge again
and then go on. But this did not dis
turb Connery. Then something went
All at once he found himself, by a
trainman's Instinctive and automatic
action, upon his feet; for the shock
had been so slight as barely to be
felt, far too slight certainly .to have
awakened any of the sleeping passen
gers In -their 'berths. He went to the
door of the car, lifted the platform
stop, threw open the door of the ves
tibule and hanging himself by one
hand to the rail, swung himself out
from the side of the car and looked
ahead. He saw the forward one of
the two locomotives wrapped in clouds
of steam, and 'men arm-deep in snow
wallowing forward to the rotary still
farther to the front, and the sight con-1
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