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&a'. %Pff ABNER ANIE jMH"fr*^^^^ CHAPTER XXVI-Continued. "Well. I found out he was usin' Wil son's money an' secretly buyin' fer him, an' what's more, he seems to have unlimited authority an' a big bank account to draw from." There was a startled pause. I was broken by Miller, whose eyes were gleaming excitedly. "It's blame good news," he said, eying Alan. "Do you think so?" said Alan, who was still under his cloud of displeasure With his friend. "Yes. I simply means that Wilson intends to build that road. He's been quiet and pretending indifference for two x-easonsfirst to bring us to closer terms, and next to secure more land. Then they all went to find Bishop to tell him the news. CHAPTER XXVII. was a cold, dry day about the middle of January. They were killing hogs at the farm. Seven or eight negroes, men and women, had gathered from all about in the neighborhood to assi st in the work and get the parts of the meat usually given away in payment for such services. Abner Daniel and old man Bishop were superintending these preparations when Alan came from the house to say that Rayburn Miller had just ridden out to see them on business. I think it's the railroad," Alan informed his father, who always displayed signs of almost childish excitement when-the subject came up. They found Miller in the parlor being entertained by Adele, Who immediately left the room on their arrival. They all sat down before the cheerf ul fire. Miller showed certain signs of embarrassment at first, but gradually threw them off and got down to the matter in hand quite with his office manner. "I've got a proposition to make to you, Mr Bishop," he opened up with a slight flush on his face. "I've been making some inquiries about Wilson, and I am more and more convinced that he intends to freeze us outor you, ratherby holding off till you are obliged to sell your property for a much lower figure than you now ask him for it." "You think so?" grunted Bishop, pull ing a long face. "Yes. But what I now want to do is to show him indirectly that we are in dependent of him." "Huh!" ejaculated Bishop, even more dejectedly. "Huh! I say!" Alan was looking at Miller eagerly, as if trying to divine the point he was about to make. I must confess," he smiled, "that 1 can't well see how we can show independence right UOAV." "Well, I think I see a way," said Mil ler, the flush stealing over his face again. "Yo see, there is no doubt that Wilson is on his high horse simply be cause he thinks he could call on you for that $23,000 and put you to some trouble raising it withoutwithout, I say, throwing your land on the market. I can't blaira him," Miller went on, smiling, "fo it's only what any busi ness man would do who is out for profit, but we must not knuckle to hitn." "Huh, huh!" Bishop grunted in deep er despondency. "How do you propose to get around the knuckling process?" asked Alan, who had caught the depression influ encing his parent. "I'd simply take up that note," said the lawyer. "Yo know under the con tract we are privileged to pay it to moirow if wish. I would simply paralyze him He's so confident that you can't take it up that he has not even written to ask if you want to re new it or not. Yes. he's confident that he'll rake in that securityso confident that he has been, as jou know, secretly buying land near yours." "But." exclaimed Alan, "Ray, you know wefather has invested that money, and the truth is that he and mother have already had so much wor over the business that they would rather let the land go at what was raised on it than toto run any more risks." Bishop groaned out his approval of this elucidation of his condition and sat silently nodding his head. The very (thought of further risks stunned and chilled him Miller's embarrassment now descend on him in full force. I was not thinking of having your father disturb his investments," he said. "The truth is, I have met with a little financial disappointment in a cer tain direction. For the last three months 1 have beon raking and scrap ing among the dry bones of lrfy invest ments to get up exactly $23,000 to se cure a leading intere st in a cotton mill at Daz-ley of w'liich I was to be presi dent. I managed to get the money to gether, and only yesterday I learned that the northern capital that was to guarantee the thing was only in the corner of a fellow's eye up in Boston a man that had not a dollar on earth. IVell, there you are! I've $25,000 and to place to put i I thought if you had just as soon owe me the money as Wil son that you'd really be doing me a favor to let me take up the note. Yo Bee, it would actually floor him. ^m^Ait/"^ JJ&M *t' *t't* t' $ t t t$*? tt t t t*t. t t t .f. t. By... WILL N. HAKBEN Author of "KVesterfelt" Copyright. 1902. by HARPER. QL BROS.. I Who Publish the Work iT In Book Form. All Rights Reserved 3* means business, and this would show him that we are not asking any favors of him I fact, I have an idea it would scare him out of his skin. He'd think we had another opportunity of selling. I'm dying to do this, and I hope j'ou'll let me work it. Really I think you ought to consent. I' never drive you to the wall andwellhe might." All eyes were on the speaker. Bishop had the dazed expression of a bewil dered man trying to believe in sudden good luck. Abner Daniel lowered his head and shook with low subdued laughter. "You are a jim dandy, young man," he said to Miller. "That's all there is about it. Yo take the rag off the bush. Oh my Lord! They say in Alf's meeting house that it's a sin to play poker with no stakes, but Alf's in a game with half the earth put up agin another feller's wad as big as a bale o' hay. Play down, Alf. Play down. You've got a full hand an' plenty to draw from." "We couldn't let you do this, Ray," expostulated Ala n. "But I assure you it is merely a mat ter of business with me," declared the lawyer. "Yo know I'm interested myself, and I believe we shall come out all right. I'm simply itching to do it." Bishop's fa ce was ablaze. The as surance that a wise young business man would consider a purchase of his of sufficient value to put a large amount of money on pleased him ban ished his fears, thrilled him "If you feel that way," he said, smil ing at the corners of his mouth, "g ahead. I don't know but what you are plumb right. I will show Wilson that we ain't beholden to him an' will set 'i to work ef anything will." So it was finally settled, and no one seemed so we ll pleased with the ar rangement as Miller himself. Adele entered the room with the air of one half fearful of intruding, and her three relatives quietly withdrew, leav ing her to entertain the guest. I wonder what's the matter with your brother," Miller remarked as his eyes followed Alan from the room. "Oh, brother?" laughed Adele. "No one tries to keep up with his whims and, fancies." "But, really," said Iille in a serious tone, "he has mystified me lately. I wonder if he has had bad news from Dolly. I've tried to get into a confi dential chat with him several times of late, but he seems to get around it. Really, it seems to me at times that he treats me rather coldly." "Oh, if you waste time noticing A you'll become a beggar." And Adele gave another amused laugh. "Take my advice and let him alone." I almost believe you know what ails him," said Miller, eying her closely. I know what he thinks ails him," the girl responded. "And won't you tell me whatwhat he thinks ails him?" "No, I- couldn't do that," answered our young lady, with a knowing smile. "Ah," she said seriously, "if you could only do it!" "If you are ev er any wiser on the sub ject, you will have to get your wisdom from him." She turned to the piano and began to arrange some scattered pieces of music, and he remained on the hearth, his back to the fire, his brow wrinkled in pleased perplexity. "I'll have to get my wisdom from him," repeated Miller, pronouncing each word with separate distinctness, as if one of them might prove the key to the mystery. "Yes, I should think two wise men could settle a little thing like that. I not, you may call in the thirdyou know there were three of you accord ing to the Bible "Oh, so there were," smiled Miller "but it's hard to tell when we three shall meet again. The last time I saw the other two they were having their sandals half soled for a tramp across the desert. I came this way to build a railroad, and I 'relieve I'm going to do it. That's links r,.,' ancient and modern times together with a coupli ng pin isn't it?" She came from the piano and stood by him looking down in to the fire. "Ah," she said seriously, "if you could pnly do it! "Would you like it very much?" "Very, very much. I means the world to usto Alan, to father and mother andyes, to me. I hunger for Independence." "Then it shall be done," he said fer vently. "You mean that the Bishops are ready to" Wilson began again on an other breath"to pay us the $25,000?" "And the interest for six months," quietly added Miller, reaching for a match on the desk. I reckon you've got the note here. I don't want to miss my train." Wilson was a good business man, but his Puritanical training in New England had not fitted him for wily diplomacy. "Of course they can take up their Dote today if they wish," he said, with alarmed frankness. I was not count ing on it, though." rose to his feet. Miller's watchful eye detected a cer tain trembling of his lower lip. thrust his hands in to his pockets nerv ously, and in a tone of open irritation he said to the young man at the type writer: "Brown, I wish you'd let up on that infernal clicking. Sometimes I can stand it, and then again I can't. You can do those letters in the next room." When the young man had gone out carrying his machine, Wilson turned to Miller. "As I understand it, you per sonally have no interest in the Bishop property?" "Oh, not a dollar!," smiled the lawyer. "I'm only acting for them." THE PRINCETON UNION: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1903. CHAPTER XXVIII. S the elevator in the big build ing was taking Rayburn Mil ler up to the offices of the Southern Land and Timber company many reflections passed hur riedly through his mind. "You are going to get the usual cold shoulder from Wilson," he mused, "but he'll put it up against something about as warm as he's touched in many a day. I you don't make him squirm, it will be only because you don't want to." Wilson was busy at his desk looking over bills of lading, receipts and other papers and now and then giving in structions to a typewriter in the corner of the room. "Ah, how are you Miller?" he said indifferently, giving the caller his hand without rising. "Down to see the city again, ch?" Rayburn leaned on the top of the desk and knocked the ashes from his cigar with the tip of his little finger. "Partly that and partly business," he returned carelessly. "Two birds, eh?" "That's about it. I concluded you were not coming up our way soon, and so I decided to drop in on you. "Yesgla you did. Wilson glanced at the papers on his desk and frowned. "Wish I had more time at my disposal. I'd run up to the club with you and show you my Kentucky thoroughbreds, but I really am rushed, today particu larly." "Oh, I haven't a bit of time to spare myself! I take the afternoon train home. The truth is I came to see you for my clients, the Bishops." "Ah, I see. Wilson's fa ce clouded over by some mechanical arrangement known only to himself. "Well, I can't real ly report any progress in that mat- ter," he said. "Al the company think Bishop's figures are away out of rea son, and the truth is right now we are over head and ears in operations in other quarters, andwell, you see how it is?" "Yes, I think I do." Miller smoked a moment. "In fact, I told my clients last month that the matter was not ab sorbing your attention, and so they gave up counting on you. Wilson so far forgot his pose that he looked up in a startled sort of way and began to study Miller's smoke wrapped profile. "You say they are notha ve not been counting on my company toto buy their land?" "Why, no," said Miller in accents we ll resembling those of slow and gen uine surprise. "Why, you have not shown the slightest interest in the mat ter since the day you made the loan, and naturally they ceased to think you wanted the land. The only reason I called was that the note is payable to day, and" "Oh, yes by Jove! That was care less of me. The interest is due I knew it would be all righ t, and I had no idea you would bother to run down for that. Why, my boy, we could have drawn for it, you know." Miller smiled inwardly as he looked calmly and fixedly through his smoke into the unsuspecting visage upturned to him "But the note itself is payable to- day," he said, closely on the alert for a facial collapse, "and, whi le you or I might take up a paper for $23,000 through a bauk, old fashioned people like Mr and Mrs Bishop would feel safer to have it done by an agent. That's why I came." Miller in silent satisfacti on saw the face of his antagonist fall to pieces like an artificial flower suddenly shat tered. "Pay the note?" gasped Wilson "Why"- Miller puffed at his cigar and gazed at his victim as if slightly surprised over the assumption that his clients had not all along intended to avail themselves of that condition in their contract. "Then"Wilson drove his hands in to his pockets again"perhaps you wouldn't mind telling ine if the Bishops are on trade with oUier partie s. Are they?" Miller smiled and shook his head. "As their lawyer, Mr Wilson, I simply Couldn't answer that question The blow Avas we ll directed, and it struck a vulnerable spot. "I beg j'our pardon," Wilson stam mere d. I did not mean to suggest that you would betray confidence." reflected a moment, and then he said in a flurried tone, "They have not actu ally sold out, have they?" Miller was silent for a moment, then he answered: I don't see any reason why I may not answer that question. I don't think my clients would object to my saying that they have not yet accepted any offer." A look of relief suffused itself over Wilson's broad face. "Then they are still open to accept their offer to me?" Miller laughed as if highly amused at the complication of the matter. "They are bound, you remember, on ly so long as you hold their note." "Then I tell you Avhat to do," pro posed Wilson. "Go back and tell them not to bother about payment for a few days, anyway, and that we will soon tell them positively whether we will pay their price or not That's fair, isn 't it?" "It might seem so to a man person ally interested in the deal," admitted Miller as the introduction to another of his blows from the shoulder, "but as lawyer for my clients I can only obey orders, like the boy who stood on the burning deck." Wilson's face fell. The remote click ing of the typewriter seemed to grate upon his high wrought nerves, and he went and slammed the partly r':utl door, muttering something like I .ith O that slight journey, howe\ei. he caught an idea. "Suppose you wire them my propo sition and wait here for a reply," he suggested. Miller frowned. "That would do no good," he said. "I'm sorry I can't ex plain fully, but the truth is this: I hap pen to know that they wish for rea sons of their own to take up the note you hold and that nothing else will suit them." A this juncture Wilson lost his grip on all self possession and degenerated into the sullen anger of sharp and un expected disappointment. I don't feel that we are being fairly treated," he said. "We most naturally assumed that your clients wanted to to extend our option on the property for at least another six months. W assumed that from the fact that we had no notification from them that they would be ready to pay the note today. That's where we feel injured, Mr. Miller." Rayburn threw his cigar into a cus pidor. His attitude of being a nonin terested agent was simply a stroke of genius. Behind this plea he crouched, showing him&elf only to fire shots that played havoc with whatever they struck. I believe my clients did feel, I may say, honor bound to you to sell for the price they offered, butnow I may be mistakenbut I'm sure they were un der the impression, as I was, too, that you only wanted the property provided you could build a railroad from Darley to it, and" "Well, that's true," broke in Wilson. "That's quite true." "And," finished Miller, still behind his inevitable fortification, "they tell me that you have certainly shown in difference to the project ever since the note was given. I fact, they asked me pointedly if I thought you meant business, and I was forced conscien tiously to tell them that I thought you seemed to have other fish to fry. Wilson glared at the lawyer as if he wanted to ki ck him for a stupid idiot who could not do two things at once work for the interests of his clients and not wreck his plans also. I had been a long time since he had found himself in such a hot frying pan. "So you think the thing is off?" he said desperately, probably recalling several purchases of land he had made in the section he had expected to de velop. "You think it's off?" I hardly know what to say," said Miller. "The old gentleman, Mr Bish op, is a slow going old timer, but his son is rather up to date, full of energy and ambition. I think he's made up his mind to sell that property." Wilson went to his desk, hover ed over it like a dark human cloud and then reluctantly turned to the big iron safe against the wall, obviously to get the note. His disappointment was too great for concealment. With his fat pink hand on the silver plated combina tion bolt he turned to Miller again. "Would you mind sitting down till I telephone one or two of the directors?" "Not at all, said Miller, "if you'll get me a cigar and the Constitution. The Atlanta baseball team played Mobile yesterday, and I was wondering" I don't keep track of such things," said Wilson, coming back to his desk with an impatient frown to ring his call bell for the office boy. "Oh, yes I believe football is your national sport," said Miller, with a dry smile. "Well, it's only a difference be tween arms and legswhole bones and casualties." Wilson ordered the cigar and paper when the boy appeared, and leaving the lawyer suddenly, he went into the room containing the telephone, closing the door after him In a few minutes he reappeared, standing before Miller, who was chew ing a cold cigar and attentively read ing. looked up at Wilson abstract edly. "Bully for Atlanta!" he said. "The boys made ten runs before the Mobiles had scored" "Oh, come down to business," said the New Englarider, with a ready made PROFESSIONAL CARDS. Q. ROSS CALEY, M. D., PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. Office and Residence over Jack's Drugsto re Tel.Rural, 36. Princeton, Minn. JLVERO L. 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