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"F'ailed!" ejaculated John Valiant
blankly, and the hat he held dropped
to the claret-colored rug like a huge
rwhite splotch of sudden fright. "The
The young man was the glass of
liashion, from the silken ribbon on the
spotless Panama to his pearl-gray gait
ers, and well favored-a lithe stalwart
figure, with wide-set hazel eyes and
strong brown hair waving back from
a candid forehead.
Never had his innocuous and but
ter-ily existence known a surprise
more startling. lie had swung into
the room with all the nonchalant hab
its, the ingrained certitude of the tnan
born with achievement ready-made in
his hands. And a single curt state
ment-like the ruthless blades of a
!pair of shears-had snipped across
'the one splendid scarlet thread in the
(woof that constituted life as he know
it. ie had knotted his lavender scarf
1that morning a vice-president of the
Vallant Corporation-one of the great
test and most successful of modern
iday organizations; he sat now in the
fading afternoon trying to realize that
the huge fabric, without warning, had
(toppled to its fall.
How solid -and changeless it had
!always seemed-that great business
Ifabric woven by the father he could
iso dimly remember! His own invested
fortune had been derived from the
great corporation tho elder Valiant
had founded and controlled until his
death. With almost unprecedented
oearnings, it had stood as a very Gib
iraltar of finance, a type and sign of
brilliant organization. Now, on the
heels of a trust's dissolution which
would be a nine-days' wonder, the vast
structure had crumbled up like a card
board. The rains had descended and
)the floods had con., and it had fallen!
The man at the desk had wheeled
tin his revolving chair and was looking
at the trim athletic back blotting the
daylight, with a smile that was little
tshort of a covert sneer. Ie was one
of the local managers of the corpora
tion whose rulin wast to be that day's
sensation, a colorless man who had ac
aquired middle age with his first long
treouse's and had been dedicated to the
comnmercial trea!inill before he had
bought a safety-razor. lie despised all
!loiterers along the primrose paths, and
John Valiant was but a decorative fig
Valiant started an the other spoke at
his elbow. lie ha.I come to the win
dow and was leokinig down at the
pavement. "I-low quickly some news
For the first. time the young man
noted thai the :treet below was filling
with a desuiltory crowd. Ie distin
guished a knot of Italian laborers talk
ring with excited gesticulations - a
smudged plasterer, tools in hand,
clerks, 'some hatless and with thin
~alpaca coats-all peering at the voice
~less front of the great building, and
'all, he imagined, with a thriving fear
in' their faces. As he watched, a womn
an, coarsely dr-essed, ran across the
'street, her handkerchief pressed to her
"The notice has gene up on the
(door," said the manager. "I sent word
to the police, Crowds are ugly some
Valiant drew a sudden sharp breath.
tThe corporation down In the mire,
with crowds at its doors ready to
clamor for money entrusted to it, the
jaggiregate savings of widow and or,
,phan, the p1iteous hoarded sums earned
'by labor over which pinched sickly
faces had burned the midnight oil!
The older man had turned back to
the desk to draw a narrow typewrit
'ten slip of paper fm-om a pigeonhole.
"Her-c," ho said, "is a lIst of the bonds
of the sublsidiary companies recorded
i1n your name. These are all, of
~cour'se, en gulfed in the larger failure.
You have, however, your private for
~tune. If you take my advice, by the
way,'' ho added significantly, "you'll
make sure of keeping that."
"WVhat do you mean?" John Va
liant faced him quiekly.
T.ihe oilier laughied shortly. " 'A word
~to the wise,' " ho quoted. "It's very
good living aliroad. There's a boat
A (lull red'( sprang into the younger
~face. ''You mean--"
"Look at that crowd down thneie
you can hnar them now. There'll be
a legislative invmestigation, of course.
And the devil'll get the hindmost."
Hie struck the desk-top with lie hand.
"Ihave you ever seen the bills for this
;furnituro-i D~o you know what that
trug under your feet cost? Twelve
thousand-It's an old Persian. What
koyou supp0se the papers will do to
~hat? Do you think such things will
feem amusing to that rabble down
there?" ils hand swept toward the
(window. "ft's been going on for too
fmany years, I tell you! And now
ysome one'il pay the piper. The light.
fning Won't strike me-I'm not tall
1enough. You're a vice-president."
'Do you imagine that I Jcnew these
ithings-tbat I have been a party to
~what you seem to believe has been a
1deliberate wrecking?" ' Valfant tow
~ered over him, his breath coming fast,
(life hands clenched hard.
."You?". The manager laughed again
IML[ FIVI S PO5T WnEELrR1
-an unpleasant laugh that scraped
the other's quivering nerves like hot'
sandpaper. "Oh, lord no! How should
you? You've been too busy playing'
polo and winning bridge prizes. How
many board meetings have you at
tended this year? Your vote is prox-.
led as regular as clockwork. But
you're supposed to know. The people
down there in the street won't ask
questions about patent-leather pumps.
and ponies; they'll want to hear about
such things as rotten irrigation loans
in the Stony-River Valley-to market
an alkali desert that is the personal
property of the president of this cor
Valiant turned a blank white face.
"Yes. You know his principle: 'It's
all right to be honest, if you're not
too damn honest.' lie owns the Stony
River Valley bag and baggage. it was
a big gamble and he lost."
Valiant was staring at tho othnu
I with a strange look. anotions to which
in all his self-indulgent life he had
been a stranger were running through
his mind, and outro passions had him
by the throat. Fool and doubly blind!
A poor pawn, a catspaw raking the
chestnuts for unscrupulous men whose
ignominy he was now called on, peis
force, to share! In his pitiful egotism
he had consented to be a figurehead,
and he had been made a tool. A red
rage surged over him. No one had
ever seen on John Valiant's face such
a look as grew on it now.
le turned and without a word
opened the door. The older man took
a step toward him-ho had a sense of
dangerous electric forces in the air
but the door closed sharply in his face.
lie smiled grimly. "Not crooked," he
said to himself; "merely callow. A
well-meaning, manicured young fop
wholly surrounded by men who knew
what they wanted!" He shrugged his
shoulders and went back to his chair.
Valiant plunged down in the eleva
tor to the street. lie pushed past the
guarded door, and threading the
crowd, made toward the curb, where
his bulldog, with a be 'k of delight,
leaped upon the neat of a burnished
car, rumbling and vibrating with pent
up power. There were those in the
sullen anxious crowd who knew whose
was that throbbing metal miracle, the
chauffeur spick and span from shining
cap-visor to polished brown puttees,
and recogniz.ed the white face that
went. past, pelted it with muttered
sneers. Hut he scarcely saw or heard
them, as he stepped into the seat, took
the wheel from the chauffeur's hand
and threw on the gear.
He drove mechanically past a hun
-dred familiar things and places, but he
saw nothing, till the massive marble
fronts of the uipper park side ceased
their mead dance as the car halted be
fore a tall iron-grilled doorway with
wide glistening steps, between win
dews strangely shuttered and dark.
Hie sprang out and touched the bell.
The heavy oak parted slowly; the con
fidential secretary of the man he had
come to face stood in the gloomnly
"I want to see Mr. Sedgwick."
"You can't see him, Mr. Valiant."
"But I will!" Sharp passion leaped
into the young voice. "He must speak
The man in the doorway shook his
head. "He won't speak to anybody
any more," he said. "Mr. Sedgwick
shot himself twe hours ago."
"The witness is excused."
In the ripple that stirred across the
court room at the examiner's abrupt
conclusion, John Valiant, who had
withstood that pitiless hail of ques
tions, rose, bowed to him and slowly
crossed the cleared space to his coun
sel. The chairman looked severely
over his eye-glasses, with his gavel
lifted, and a statuesque girl, in the
rear of the room, laid her delicately
gloved hand on a companion's and
smiled slowly without withdrawing her
gaze, and with the faintest tint of col
or in her taco,
Katharine Fargo neither smiled nor
flushed readily. Her smile was an in
dex of her whole personality, languid,
symmnetrical, exquisitely perfect. The
little group with whom sihe sat looked
somewhat out of place in that mixed
assemblage. Smartly groomed and
ptalpably members of a set to whom
John Valiant was a familiar, they had
had only friendly nods and smiles for
the young man at whom so many there
had gazed with jaundiced eyes.
Tio the general public wvhich read its
daily newspaper perhaps none of the
glded set was better known than
"Vanity Valiant." The new Panhard
he drove was the smartest car on the
avenue, and the collar on the white
bulldog that pranced or dozed on its.
leather seat sported a diamond buckle.
To the spacowriters of the social cel
'umns, he had been a perennial inspira-'
tion. The patterns of his waistcoats,
and the splendors of his latest bache
.bra' dinner at Sherry's-with such
Items the public had been kept suffi
ciently familiar. T1o it., he stood a per
feet. symbol of the eider ease and in
Relent dlisplay of inh'erited wvealth.
And the great majority or those who
hnA fnund~ ni-arcn in that I.,,..J.. chiii.
ber to listen to the ugly tale of squan
dered millions, ldoked to him with a
resentment that was sharpened by his
Long before the closing session it'
had been clear that, as far as indict
mnenta were concerned, the investiga
tion would be barren of result. Of
Individual criminality, flight and sui
cide had been confession, but more
sweeping charges could not be brought
home. The gilded fool had not brought
himself into the embarrassing purview
of the law.
" " " * $ + M
The jostling crowd flocked out into
the square, among them a fresh-faced
girl on the arm of a gray-bearded man
in black frock coat and picturesque
broad-brimmed felt hat. She turned
her eyes to his.
"So that," she said, "is John Valiant!
I'd almost rather have misted Niagara
Falle. I must write Shirley Dandridge
about it. I'm so sorry I lost that
picture of him that I cut out of the
"1 reckon he's not such a bad lot,"
said her uncle. He hailed a cab.
"Grand Central Station," he directed,
'with a glance at his watch, "and be
quick about it. We've just time to
make our train."
A* + 0 -k 0 1 1
Some hours later, in an inner office
of a downtown sky-scraper, the newly
appointed receiver of the Valiant Cor
poration, a heavy, thick-set man with
narrow eyes, sat beside a tabie on
which lay a small black satchel with
a padlock on its handle, whose con
tents-several bundles of crisp papers
-he had been turning over in his
'heavy hands with a look of incredu
lous amazement. A sheet containing
a inas of figures and memoranda lay
The shock was still on his face when
a knock came at the door, and a man
entered. The newcomer was gray
haired, slightly stooped and lean
jowled, with a humorous expression on
his lips. le glanced in surprice at
the littered table.
"Fargo," said the man at the desk,
"do you notice anything queer about
His friend grinned. "No, Buck," he
said judicially, "unless it's that neck
tie. It would stop a Dutch clock."
"Hang the haberdashery! Read this
-from young Valiant." He passed
over a letter.
Fargo read. le looked up. "Securi
ties aggregating three millions!" he
said in a hushed voice. "Why, unless
I've been misinformed, that represents
practically all his private fortune."
The other nodded: "Turned over to
the corporation with his resignation as
,a vice-president, and without a blessed
string tied to 'em! Vhat do you think
"Think! It's the most absurdly
idiotic thing I ever met. Two weeks
ago, before the investigation * * *
but now, when It's perfectly certain
they can bring nothing home to him-"
le paused. "Of course 1 suppose it'll
save the corporation, eh? But it may
be ten years before its securities pay
dividends. And this is real money.
Where the devil does lie como in
The receiver pursed his lips. "I
knew his father," ho said. "le had
the same crazy quixotic streak."
Ile gathered tho scattered docu
'ments and locked them carefully with
the satchel in a safe. "Spectacular
young ass!" he said explosively.
"I should say so!" agreed Fargo.
"Do you know I used to be afraid my
Katharine had a leaning toward him.
But thank God, she's a sensible girl!"
Dusk had fallen that evening when
John Valiant's Panhard turned into a
"It's Very odLvn bod
Tr'saBeat Leaving Tomorrow."
cross-street and circled into the yawn
ing mouth of his garage.
A little later, the bulldog at his
heels, he ascended the steps of his'
club, where he lodged-ho had dis
p~osed of his bachelor apartments a
fortnight ago. The cavernous seats of
~the lounge were all occupied, but he
did not pause as he strode through
the hall.' He took the little pile of
letters the boy handed him at the
desk and went slowly up the stairway.
He wandered into the deserted libra
ry and sat down, tossing the letters
on the magazine-littered table. He had
suddenly remembered that it was his
In the reaction from the long strain
he felt physically spent. He thought
of what he had done that afternoon
with a sense of satisfaction. A re
versal of public judgment, in his own
case, had not entered his head. He
knew his world-its comfortable facul
ty of forgetting, and the multitude of
sins that wealth may cover. To pre
srve at whatever personal cost the
ont rnbln mnment his fater'as
genius 'iad reared, and to right the:
wrong that, would cast its gloomy!
shadow on his name--that had beegj
his only thought. What he 'ad dope,
would have been done no matter what
[the outcome of the investigation.- But
'nnw, he told himself, no one could say
the, adt -had been wrung from. him.
fThat, he fancied, would have beep his,
Ie smiled-a slow smile of reminis
cence-for there had come to him at
that moment the dearest of all those;
memories-a play of his childhood. I
He saw himself seated on a low
stool, watching a funny old clock with;
a moon-face, whose smiling lips curved'
up like military mustachios, and wish]
ing the lazy long hands would hurry.j
He saw himself stealing down a long;
corridor to the door of a 'big roomj
strewn with books and papers, that
'through some baleful and mysterious'
spell could not be made to open at'
-all hours. When the hands pointed!
right, however, there was the "Open
'Sesame"--his own secret knock, two'
fierce twin raps, with one little lone-.
some one afterward-and this was un
failing, Safe inside, he saw himself,
tanding on a big, polar-bear-skin, the
door tight-locked against all coniers,
an expectant baby figure with his lit
tie hand clasped in his father's. The
white rug was the magic entrance to
the Never-Never Country, known only
to those two.
He could hear his own shrill treble:
where are you?"
Then the deeper voice (quite unrec
ognizable as his father's) answering:
"Here I am, Master; here I am!"
And instantly the room vanished
and they were in the Never-Never
Land, and before them reared the big
gest house in the world, with a row of
white pillars across its front a mile
John Valiant felt an odd beating of
the heart and a tightening of the
throat, for he saw a scene that never
faded from his memory. It was the
one hushed and horrible night, when'
dread things had been happening that
he could not understand, when a big
man with gold eye-glasses, who
smelled of some curious sickish-sweet
perfume, came and took him by the
hand and led him into a room where
his father lay in bed, very gray and
The white hand on the coverlet
had beckoned to him and he had gone
close up to the bed, standing very
straight, his heart beating fast and
"John!" the word had been almost
a whisper, very tense and anxious,
very distinct. "John, you're a little
boy, and father is going away."
The gray lips had smiled then, ever
so little, and sadly. "No, John."
"Take me with you, father! Take
me with you!"
- Ills voice had trembled then, and he
had had to gulp hard.
"Listen, John, for what I am say
ing is very important. You don't
kmnow what I mean now, but some
time you will." The whisper had
grown strained and frayed, but it was
still distinct. "I can't go to the Never
Nover Land. But you may sometime.
If you * * * if you do, and if you
find Wishing-House, remember that
the men who lived in it * * * be
fore you and me * * * were gen
tlimen. Whatever else they were,
they were always that. Be * * *
like them, John. , * will yo?"
The old gentleman with the eye
glasses had come forwptrd then, hasti
-He had wanted to kiss him, but a
'strange Cool hush had settled on the
room and his father seemed all at
once to have fallen asleep. And he
had gone out, so carefully, on tiptoe,
wondering, and suddenly afraid.
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