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! Silver Horde !
By REX BEACH
Author of "The Spoilers and
BT3TOPSIS OF TI1E PRECEDING CHAP
TERS. Boyd Emerson and "Finsferlesa" Fraser
enter Kalvik, Alaska, and meet a young
white woman, Cberry Malotte, who shel
cnerrjr describes the salmon fisheries
and Marsh, the unscrupulous head ol the
Cherry owes a cannery site. Emerson,
Ceorse Bait and she go Into partnership.
Emerson describes his failure to "make
yood" In Alaska.
Emerson klSFes Cherry tfoodby. Ban,
Fraser and Emerson nearly lose their
lives In Katmai pass ar.d miss the steam
er at Katmai on their way out to get
Arter dreadful privations they eaten
the boat at Kaciisvk and are soon en routtf
tor Chicago. Emerson seeks ilisa Mildred
he and Emerson ar e-. gaged. Her ra
ther, Wayne Wayland, is a millionaire.
Alton Clyde offers $10,000 toward the can-
Bait ar.d Errors -..1 : 't't Marsh in Chi
cago. Marsh 13 a fjiiov for Mildred's
hand. Marsh tlls :.i;!Jrc about Cherry
Malotte. He and Wayne Wayland plan a
canneries .trust. - .
AR3H.' directed, a sharp glance
at 3oyd;before answering. "I
. presume '-ryou refer to Con-
Ftanri3s'Sv3i5tar. I "was speak-
Ing generally. Of ccfacee.tliare are ex
ceptions. J.s a matter:?? fact'I wasn't
exactly right "vrhea'Vlalii '. we had no
white womewhateror.at.ICalvik. Mr.
Emerson'doiibtiess'has'iuet Cherry Ma
lotte?" ' :.v CO :i
"I-hare," anowledgcd Boyd. "She
was veryl kird toyu.'. -
"Oh, delishtr-oj". exclnimed Mildred.
'First a. bca-Jtirlii yltdlan girl, now
a mysterious wite'.woman! Why.
Kalvik ia deciasJif tBteretlas."
"There Is -otiii5 gnjysterious- about
tto white womau-'saldMarsh.. "She
!s qui:!? tTpica!i-Ju5ta ? plain raining
camp banjrer-on .wh'rvdrIfted'dow:i our
way : K ; .
"Not at alT."t3oyi';iiscIarme4' aasrri
ly. "Mi.-s M&Id'trel; a,; fine woman."
then at Marsh;srsls'oVt?lR:ugb,l,ADd her
conduct Learg. -'f avo.rable comparison
with that oi liievother white people
at Kalvik;." -
Marsh. aHawe:l;r4stejejto,.waTer at
this, but tj ;. !dre3' :i he apologized.
"She linot; thescrt one'cares to dis
cuss." ' : X-
"How do '.y.-jj- taowl" demanded
Cherry's " ctsfsrirSon. . . "Do yoa know
anything agaias'hec character?"
"I know s,.e,Is',a disturbing element
In Kalvik and 'jas 'caused us a great
deal of trouLlo."
It was Boyd' v tarn, to laugh. "But
surely that has nothing, to do with her
"My dear fellow Marsh shrugged
his shoulders apologetically "if I had
Creamed she was a friend of yours I
never would have spoken."
The dinner was finished, and Mr.
Wayland had asked for his favorite
HARPER t BROTHERS ,
cigars, so Mildred rose, and Boyd ac
companied her. leaving the others to
smoke. But. st rangely enough. Marsh
remained in sue h a state of preoccupa
tion, even after their departure, that
Mr. Wayland's attempts at conversa
tion elicited only the vaguest and'
shortest of answers.
In the music room Mildred turned
upon Boyd. "Why didn't you tell me
about this woman before?"
"I didnt think of her."
"And yet she la young, beautiful, re
fined, lives a romantic sort of exist
ence and entertained you" She
tossed her head, 6eated herself at the
piano and struck a few Idle notes,
inquiring casually, "Kalvik la the
name of the place you are going, isn't
"I suppose you wE3 see a great deal
of this Cherry Malotte?"
"Undoubtedly, Inasmuch a we are
"Partners!" Mildred ceased playing
and swung about. "What do you
"She Is Interested In thia enterprise.
The cannery site Is hers."
"I seer After a moment, "Does this
new affair of father's have any par
ticular effect on your plans?"
"l'es and no," he answered, feeling
again the weight of this last compli
cation, forgotten for the moment
"What do you wish me to do?
"Nothing, only for the present please
don't mention my scheme either to
him or to Mr. Marsh. I am a bit un
certain as to ; my course. You see, it
means so much to me that I can't bear
to give It up, and yet it may lead to
She nodded comprebendlngrv.
On thai; very night, in a little snow
smothered cabin crouching close
against the Kalvik bluffs, another girl
was seated at a piano. Her slim, white
fingers had strayed upon the notes of
a song which TJoyd Emerson had sung.
In her dream filled eyes was the pic
ture of a rough garbed, silent man at
her shoulder, and In her ears was the
Bound of his voice. Clear to the last
melting note she played the air, and
then a pitiful sob shook her. She
bowed her golden bead and hid her
face In her arms, for a memory was
upon her, a forgotten kiss was hot
upon her lips, and she was very lonely.
At the hotel Emerson found Clyde
and Fraser In Bait's room awaiting
him. They were noisy and excited at
the success of the enterprise and at
the prospect of immediate action.
Boyd told them little of the news
that had startled him earlier in the
evening beyond the baro fact that
Marsh' had Coated a packers' trust and
that secrecy for the present was now
doubly necessary to the success of
their undertaking. The full signld-
cance of the merger, therefore, did not
strike his associates, even when on the
train the next day they read the an
nouncement of its formation In th
newspapers. Bait alone took notice of
it and fell into a furious rage at his
No sooner were they fairly under
way for the west than Emerson began
the definite shaping cf his plans. He
and George carefully went over the
many details of their coming work
and sent many messages, with the re
sult that outfitters in a dozen lines
were awaiting them when they arrived
In Seattle; Without loss of time Boyd
Installed himself and his friends at a
hotel, secured a competent and close
mouthed stenographer, and then sought
out the banker with whom he had
made a tentative agreement before go
ing to Chicago. Mr. Hilliard greeted
"I see you have carried out your
part of the program." said be. "but be
fore we definitely commit ourselves we
should 'like to know what effect this
new trust is going to have on the
"You mean the N. A. P. A.?"
"Precisely. Our Chicago correspond
ent cant tell us any more than we
have learned from the press namely,
that a combination has been formed.
We are naturally somewhat cautious
about financing a competitive plant
until we know what policy the trust
Ilere was exactly the complication
Boyd had feared; therefore It was with
some trepidation that he argued:
"The trust ia in business for the mon
ey, and Its very formation ought to be
conclusive evidence of your good Judg
ment. However, yoa have backed so
many plants such as mine that yon
know as well as I ao the big profits
to be taken."
That Isn't the point. Ordinarily we
would not waver an instant, but the
Wayland-Marsh outfit is apt to up6et
conditions. If we only knew"'
"I know," boldly declared Boyd.
"Mr. Wayland outlined his policy to
me before the public knew anything
about the trust."
"Indeed? Are you acquainted with
Wayne Wayland?" asked Mr. Hilliard.
with a new light of curiosity in his
"I know him well."
"Ah, I congratulate you. Perhaps
this is er Wayland money behind
"That I am not at liberty to discuss,"
the younger man replied evasively. "I
have taken steps to sell my season's
output in advance. The commission
men will be In town shortly, and 1
shall contract for the entire catch at a
stipulated price. Is that satisfactory?"
"Entirely so." declared Mr. Hilliard
heartily. "Go ahead and order your
machinery and supplies. By the way.
what do you know about the mineral
possibilities of the region back of Kal
vik?" "Not much; the country is new.
There is a woman at Kalvik who has
some men out prospecting."
"Do you know her?" asked Boyd
"Very well indeed. " Then, noting
Boyd's evident curiosity, he went on.
"You see, I have made a number of
mining investments in the north. My
operations have turned cut so well that
1 keep several men just to follow nev
"Has Miss Malotte made a, strllte?"
":ot exiu.it,, uii sue iias uncovered
some promising copper prospects."
"H'm! That is news to me."
, Three weeks passed quickly in
strenuous effort, and then one morn
ing the partners awoke to the realiza
tion that there was little more for
them to do.
Through it all Clyde had lent them
enthusiastic if feeble assistance, and
now that the strain was off he gave
fitting expression to his delight by get
ting drunk. Being temperamental to
a degree, he craved company, and,
knowing full well the opposition he
would encounter from his friends, he
annexed a bibulous following of loaf
ers whose time hung heavy and who
were at all times eager to applaud a
loose tongue so long as it was ac
companied by a loose purse. Toward
midnight "Fingerless" Fraser, cruising
in a nocturnal search for adventure
and profit, found him In a semlmaudlin
state, descanting vaporously to his
tra In, and upon catching mention of
the Kalvik fisheries snatched him
homeward and put him to bed, after
which he locked him into his room,
threw the key over the transom and
stood guard outside until assured that
At an early hour the adventurer was
peremptorily roused to find Emerson
hammering at his door in a fine fury.
"What is this?" demanded Boyd
through white Hps, thrusting a morn
ing paper before Eraser's sleepy eyes.
"It's a newspaper," yawned the oth
er "a regular newspaper."
"Where did this story come from?"
With menacing finger Boyd indicated
a front column, headed:
NEW ENEMY OF THE SAXAION
FIRST GUN FTRET) IN BATTLE FOR
N. A. P. A. Promised Bitter Flg-ht For
Supremacy of Alaskan Waters!
"I don't know."
"You don't know?
"No; I never read anything but the
'past performances and the funny
page. What does It say?"
"It is the Whole story of our enter
prise, but ridiculously garbled and ex
aggerated. It says I have headed a
new canning company to buck the
trust It tells about George's feud
with Marsh and says we have both
been secretly preparing to down him.
Good Lord! It's liable to queer us
with the bank and upset the deal."
"I didn't give it out."
"It is all done In your particularly
picturesque style." declared Emerson
angrily. "Alton swears he knows
nothing about it. so you must have
done it. It is too nearly correct to
have come from a stranger."
"Well?" Inquired Fraser quietly.
"The harm is done, but I want to
know who is to blame." When the
other made no answer except to 6tare
at him curiously he flamed up, "Why
don't yon confess?"
For the first time during their ac
quaintance "Fingerless" Fraser seemed
at a loss for words, but whether for
shame or some other motive his com
panion was unable to tell. His nature
was so warped that- his emotions ex
pressed themselves In ways not always
easy to follow, and now he merely re
marked, with apparent sullenness:
"I'm certainly a hot favorite with
you." He clambered stiffly back Into
bed and turned his defiant face to the
wall, nor would he meet his accuser's
eyes or open his lipe, even when Boyd
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flung out of the room, convinced that
he wiis the culprit.
A telephone message summoned him
to the bank at 11 o'clock the following
"That means trouble." he told George.
"Maybe not." the big fisherman re
plied. "If Hilliard took any stock in
the story it seems like he'd have jump
ed you the next d:iy."
"Our machinery is ordered. You
realize what it will mean if he backs
"Sure! We'll have to go to some
"Humph! I'll wring Fraser's neck,"
muttered Emerson. "We have troubles
enough without any new ones."
It was with no little anxiety that
he asked for the banker at the ap
pointed hour and was shown into an
anteroom with the announcement:
"Mr. Hilliard is busy. He wishes
you to wait"
Inside the glass partition Boyd heard
a woman's voice and Hilliard's laugh
ter. He took some comfort In the
thought that the haulier was in good
humor at least; but, being too nervous
to sit still, he stood at the window,
gazing with vacant eyes at the busy
street crowds. Facing him across the
way wan a bulletin in front of a news
paper office, and after a time be noted
idly among Its various items of In
formation the announcement that the
mail steamer Queen had arrived at
midnight from Skagway. He wonder
ed why Cherry had not written. Surely
she must be anxious to know his prog
ress, lie should have advised her of
The door to Hilliard's office opened,
and he heard the rustle of a woman's
dress, then his own name spoken,
"Come In, Mr. Emerson."
nis attention centered on the ap
proaching Interview, he did not glance
toward the departing vieitor until she
stopped suddenly at the outer door
and came straight toward him with
He checked himself and turned to
face Cherry Malotte.
"Why, Cherry," he ejaculated, "what
in the world" lie took her two hands
in his, and she laucLed up into bis
face. "In the name of heaven, where
did you come from?"
"I arrived last night on the Queen,"
she said. "Oh. I'm glad to see you!"
"But what brings you to the States?
I thought you were In Kal"
( "Sh-b!" She laid a finger on her Hps,
with a glance over her shoulder to the
Inner ollice. "I'll tell vou about it lat
"Mr. Hilliard will see you now. Fir."
the attendant imnouncMl to Emerson.
"I must tall; to you right away!"
Boyd exclr.imfd hurriedly. "I won't
be long. Can you wait?"
""enninly: I'll wait ri.nht here, only
The pleasure of seeing lir was so
genuine that he squeezed her bands
heartily and entered Hilliard's sanc
tum with a smile on hjs lips.
Soon lie relumed. The smil" was
gone from his fa. Hilliard had now
refurd to ma he t'.ie loan of $1"o.iV"n
required for the enterprise. He told
Cherry. "We must have the money
or we are ruined." said the girl.
"Yes," answered Boyd wearily. He
made an encasement to moet Cherry
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