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Captain In the Ranhs CHAPTER XT. FR was contributing its share to the pub lic benefit and the welfa re of the peo ple. But Duncan's work there had only begun. Having solved the problem of shipping coal as fast as the miners could dig it, he gave his attention next to the equally pressi ng problem of in creasing output. I the solution of that a great help unexpectedly came to him. was sitting late one night over the books and correspondence when, near midnight, a miner sought speech with him. bade the man enter and witho ut looking up from the papers he was studying, asked him to take a seat. Still without taking his eyes from the papers, he presently asked of the man, who had not accepted the invitation to sit: "Well, sir, what can I do for you?" "Nothing," answered the nian. I came to serve you, not to ask service." The voice seemed familiar to Dun canalmost startlingly familiar. instantly looked up and exclaimed: "Why, it's Dick Temple!" "Yes," answered the other. "Yo and I quarrel ed very bitterly once. The quarrel was a very foolish one on nay side." "And on mine too!" responded Dun can, grasping his former enemy's hand. "Let us forget it and be friends." "With all my heart. I was in that spirit that I came hither tonight. I want to render you a service." Meanwhile Duncan had almost forced the miner into a chair. "Tell me," he said, "how it is that you" "That I'm a miner? You thi nk of me as an educated engineer, eh Well, that's a long story and not at all so bad a one as you might suppose. I'll tell you all about it at another time. But it can wait while there are some other things that should be said now things that vitally affect the affairs you have in charge." "It is very good of you to come to me with suggestions, and they will be very welcome, I assure you, and very helpful, I'v no doubt, for I have faith in yo ur skill as an engineer." "My skill still remains to be proved," answered the other, with the merest touch of sadness in his utterance. "But, at any rate, I'v had the very best engineering education that the Schools can give. Never mind that and never mind me I didn't come here to talk of myself. I want to ta lk to you about this mine." "Good. That is what I am here for. Go on." "Well, everything here is wrong. With your readiness of perception you "My slull still remains to be proved," answered the other. must Inn seen that for yourself. With the general management I have noth ing to do. I' only one of the min ers. But there is a problem of ventila tion here that ought to be solved, and I have come simply to offer a solution in the interest of the company that pays my wages and still more in the interest of the miners. Two of them were killed by choke damp a little while ago, four of them are now ill from the same cause, while all of them are earning less than they should be cau se the best and most easily ac cessible headings are closed." "Is there any very sexious difficulty involved in the problem of ventilating the mine?" "None whateverat least no engi neeri ng difficulty." "Just what do you mean?" I prefer not to say. "Perhaps I can guess said Duncan. "I have myself discovered a very seri ous difficulty in the personal equation of Mr Davidson. does not want to ventilate the mine. has his own reasons, of course. That difficulty shall no longer stand in the way. I shall eliminate it at once. on, please, and tell me of the engineering prob- lem." "It scarcely amounts to a problem. The mine lies only about seventy-five feet below the surface. A its extreme extension the dep th is considerably less becau se of a surface depression there. What I suggest is this: Dig a shaft at the extreme end thus making a second opening, and pass air freely throughjthe mine from the one opening Copyright, J904. by A. S. Barnes Co., Publishers, 156 Fifth Avenue, New York 11 O th at ho ur forth the Red wood mine became a paying property and as Guilford Dun can liked to think, one which CI By... GEORGE CARY EGGLESTON to the other. The cost will be~a mere trifle." "But will the air pass through in that way?" "Not without help. But we can eas ily give it help." "How? on. Explain your plan fully." "Well, we have here three or four of those big fans that the government had made for the purpose of ventilati ng the engine rooms and stokeholes of its ironclads. They utterly failed and were sold as junk. Captain Hallam boug ht a lot of them at the price of scrap iron and sent them out here. Davidson tried one of them and report ed utter failure as a result. The fail ure was natural enough, both in the case of the ironclads and in that of the mine." "How so?" "Why, in both cases an attempt was made to force air down into spaces al ready filled with an atmosphere denser than that above. That was absurd ly impossible, as any engineer not an idiot should have known." "And yet you think you can use these fans successfully in ventilating the mine?" I do not thinkI know. If Mr. Davidson will permit me to explain" "Never mind Davidso n. If this ex periment is to be tried you shall your self be the man to try it. on, please." "But, Duncan, I simply mustn't be known in the matter at all." "Why not?" I have a wife to care for. I can't afford to be discharged. No Duncan I must not be known in this matter or have anything to do with the execu tion of the plans I suggest. I want you to treat them as your own sug gest them to Davidson and persuade him to carry them out I that way all of good and nothing of harm will be done." "Why, then, haven't you suggested your plans to Davidson?" I have, and he has scornfully re jected the m. Coming from you he may treat them with a greater respect." "Go on, then, and tell me how you purpose to ventilate the mine. I'm mightily interested," said Duncan. "Thank you, said Templ e. "My plan is perfectly simple. You can't force air down into a mine with any pump that was ever invented or any pump that ever will be devised by human ingenuity. But you can easily and certainly draw air out of a mine. And when there are two openings to the mineone at either endif you draw air out at one end fresh air will of itself rush in at the other end to take its place. plan is to sink a shaft at the farther end of the mine and to build an air tight box at the surface opening, completely closing it, except for an outflow pipe. Then I shall put one of the big ironclad fans into that box upside down. W7hen it is set spinning it will su ck air out of the mine, and fresh air will rush in at the main shaft to take the place of the air removed." Duncan was intensely interested. Very eagerly he bent forward as he aske d: "You are confident of success in this "More than confident I' sure." Duncan rarely showed excitement. When he did so it was in ways pe culiar to himself. A this point he rose to his feet and with an unusually slow and careful enunciation, said: "Go to work at this job early tomor row morning, Dick, or this morning, rather, for it is now 1 o'clock. Your wife is Mary, of course?" There was a choking sound in Dun can's voice as he utter ed the word s. "Yes, of course," answered the other, instinctively grasping Duncan's hand and pressing it in warm sympathy. "Will you bear her a message from me?" "Yesan message you are moved to send." "Tell her that Guilford Duncan has appointed you sole engineer of these mines, with full salary, and that if you succeed in the task you have under taken a far better salary awaits you You are to go to work at once digging the new ventilating and pumping shaft. You are to proceed at once to install any other improvements necessary. I'll look to the payments incidental to your work. mission here is to make this mine a paying property. that end you are to bear in mind I have an entirely free hand, and all the money need ed is at my command. Now let that finish business for to night. I want you to spend the rest of the dark hours in telling me your story and Mary's. I want to know all that has happened, to both of you since well, since she told me she loved you and not me Tell me the story of what has happened to you and Mary since the day when we quarreled like a pair of idiots and like men of sense, decid ed not to fight. I want to hear I all." "I'll tell it all," said the other. And Temple related to his former rival in loye how he a well educated engineer in the Confederate service, had after the war, been reduced by many suc cessive misfortunes to the position of a coal miner. CHAPTER XVI. SI During that half year Duncan had lived chiefly with the Temples in the superintendent's house, which Mary Temple had quickly converted from a barnlike structur e, standing alone upon the face of the bald prairie, into a home in the midst of a garden of flow ers. During his long stay at the mine Dun can had made frequent visits to Cairo. These were brief in duration, usually covering a Sunday, but each visit gave Guilford Duncan two opportunities that he desired. could sit late on Saturday evening, discussing his plans with Captain Will Hallam, and on Sun day he had opportuni ty to become more and more closely acquainted with Bar bara. made no formal calls upon her, and no ne was necessar y. simply adopted the plan of remaining after the 1 o'clock Sunday dinner, and little by little Barbara came to feel that he expected her to join him in the little parlor after his cigar was finished. seemed to like the quiet conversations with her while she regarded the op portunity to talk with a man so su perior in education, cultu re and intel lect to any other that she had known as a privilege to be prized. Their attitude toward each other at this time was peculiar. They were good friends, fond of each other's so ciety, and seemingly at least they were nothing more. The fascination that Duncan had from the first felt in Bar bara's presen ce was still upon him, but he accepted it more calmly now and it soothed his natural restlessness where at first it had excited it. Barbara, Guilford Duncan's atti tude seemed a gracious condescension, which she did not dream that she de served. Sh sometimes wondered that this young man of rare quality, who was sure of a welcome wherever he might go, should be content to sit with her throughout the Sunday afternoons instead of seeking company better fit to entertain him I was a riddle that she could not read, and for the present at least Dun can would not offer her any help in solving it. knew now that Bar bara Verne was the woman he loved the only woman in all the world who could be to him what a wife must be to a man of his temperament, if two souls are to be satisfied. But he saw clearly that Barbara Verne had no thought of that kind in her mind, or, at least, no such con scious thought. Sh was accustom ed to think of herself as a very common place young woman, not at all the equal of this very superior man, to whom everybo dy in Cairo paid a mark ed deference. understood Barbara as she did not at all understand her self. had looked upon her white soul and bowed his head in worship of its purity, its nobility, its utter truth fulness. knew the qualities of a mind that had no just self apprecia tion. felt, rather than knew, that no thought of his loving her otherwise than as an elder brother might love a little sister had ever crossed her con sciousness. felt that the abrupt suggestion of that thought would only shock and distress her "I'll find a way of making others sug gest it after awhile," he resolved. "I the meanwhile" didn 't finish the sentence even in his own mind. But What he did in that "meanwhile" was to see as much as possible of Barbara, to ta lk with her impersonally, gently and interestingly, to win her perfect trust and confidence and so far as pos-' rible, to make his presence a necessary thing to her. paid her no public at tention of any kind, but he paid no public or private attention to any oth er young woman. I was well under stood that for a time he was living at the mine and coming to Cairo only for brief visits of a business charac ter at infrequent intervals. His neg lect of society therefore seemed in ne ed of no explanation, while his un ostentatious intimacy with Barbara attracted no attention. The only per son who ever spoke to him about it was Mrs. Will Hallam. "You are going to marry Barbara Verne, of course?" she half said, half asked one day "If I can yes," he answered. "I'm very glad of that." And she said no more. O his final return to Cairo, however, Duncan fou nd himself expected in what is called society. Society was destined to disappointmen t, for Dun can went nowhere, except that he usu ally sat for some hours every Sunday afternoon in the vine clad porch of the house in which he took his meals. Bar bara's aunt often sat there with him Barbara always did so in answer to what seemed to be his wish. made no calls. declined all invitations to the little excursions on the river, Which constituted the chief social ac tivities of the summer time. gave it out that he was too busily engaged with affairs to have time for anything else, and that explanation seemed for a time to satisfy public curiosity. And that explanation was true. Guil ford Duncan had begun to take upon himself the duties of a leader, in an important way, in the work of upbuild ing which at that time was engaging the attention of all men of affairs. had accumulated some money, -partly by saving, but more by the profits of his little investments and by being "let in on the ground floor" of many large enterprises in the conception and conduct of which his abilities were groperlyappreciated by the capitalists THJS PRINCETON UNION:*? THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1906. months came and went before Duncan's work at the mine -was done. The n, in mid-July, he re turned to Cairo and gave an ac count of his stewardship. With Te m ple in control as superintendent and engineer the mine had become a richly paying property, and with Temple there there was no furth er ne ed for Dun can's presence. wno undertook them. Except as a legal adviser he was no longer a man employed by other men \i!fv,iy*o\4. "You arc going to marry Barbara Verne, of course?" now. His relations with Will Hallam were closer than ever, but they were no longer those of secretary or clerk or employee in any other capacity. I many enterprises he was Hallam's partner. I all he was his legal ad viser, besides being employed in a like capacity by one or two railroad com panies and the like. had offices of his own and while he was still not at all rich or a man who was reckoned a capitalist he was everywhere recogniz ed as a young man of power and in fluence, whose brains had brought him into close association with the great er men of affairs not only in Cairo, but in all parts of the country, and especially in New York, for that great city had by this time made itself completely the financial capital of the country, and its controlling hand was felt in every enterprise of large moment throughout the land. FO CHAPTER XVII. more than a year now Guil ford Duncan had been diligently studying those processes of up building which were so rapidly converti ng the west into an empire of extraordinary wealth and power. had made many suggestions that had commended themselv es for immediate execution, together with some that tnust wait for years to come. had condemned some projects that seemed hopeful to others, and he had induced modifications in many. All these things had been do ne main ly in his letters and reports to Captain Will Hallam, but the substance of those letters and reports had been promptly laid before others, especially before those great financiers of the east upon whom all enterprises of mo ment throughout the country depended for the means of their accomplishment. I that way Guilford Duncan had be come known to the "master builders," as he called these men, and had won a goodly share of their confidence. was regarded as a young man of un usual gifts in the way of constructive enterprise a trifle overbold, some thought, overconfident, even visionary, but, in the main, sound in his calcula tions, as resul ts had shown when has plans were adopted. O the other hand, some projectors, whose enter prises he had discouraged as unsou nd or premature, complained that so far from being a visionary he was in fact a pessimist, a discouraging force that stood in the way of that "development of the country" from which they hoped for personal gain of one kind or an other. Mapper Tandy was Guilford Dun can's enemy from the hour in which Duncan had forced that little branch railroad in the coal regions to haul Hallam's coal on equal terms with his own. But Tandy had said nothing whatever about that. never pub lished his enmities till the time came. About the time of Duncan's return to Cairo he added another to his offenses against Tandy, in a way to intensify th at malignant person's hostility. Tandy was scheming to secure a costly extension of this branch rail road through a sparsely settled and thin soiled region in a way that would greatly enrich himself because of his vast property holdings there. had well nigh persuaded a group of capi talists to undertake the extension when, acti ng cautiously, as financiers must, they decided to ask Duncan to study the situation and make a report upon the project. had alrea dy studied the question thoroughly during his st ay at the mines and was con vinced that nothi ng but loss could come of the attempt. The region through which the line must run was too poor in agricultural and other re sources to afford even a hope of a paying traffic. The line itself must be a costly one because of certain topo graphical features, and, finally, anoth er and shorter line, closely paralleling this proposed extension, but running through a much richer country, was already in course of construction. Tandy knew all these things quite as well as Guilford Duncan did. But Tandy also knew many methods in business with which Duncan was not familiar. A soon as he was notified by the capitalists with whom he was negotiat ing that they had employed Duncan to examine and report and that their final decision would be largely influenced by his judgment, Tandy, with special po liteness, wrote to Duncan asking him to call at his house that evening "fo a little consultation on business affairs that may interest both of us." Duncan well knew that he had of fended Tandy in the matter of the coal cars, but as Tandy had made no sign he could see no possible reason for re fusing this request for a business con sultation. 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