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CHAPTER IV Continued. , During the weeks which followed, the same trail, and a little later that !from the Navajo reservation on the south, were strung with antlike pro cessions of laborers pouring into the shut-in valley at the foot of Mount Chigringo. Almost as if by magic a populous camp of tents, shelter shacks and Indian tepees sprang up in the level bed-bottom of the future lake; campflres gave place to mess kitch ens; the commissary bocame a busy department store stocked with every thing that thrifty or thriftless labor might wish to purchase; and daily the great foundation scorings in the but tressing shoulders of Jack's mountain and Chigringo grew deeper and wider under the churning of the air-drills, the crashlngs of the dynamite and the rattle and chug of the steam shovels. It was after the huge task of foun dation digging was well under way and the work of constructing the small power dam In the upper canyon had been begun that the young chief of construction, busy with a thousand details, had his first forcible reminder of the continued existence of Mr. J. .Wesley Cortwrlght. It came In the form of a communi cation from Washington, forwarded by ispecial post-rider service from Que- sado, and It called a halt upon the up- river power project. In accordance rwith its settled policy, the reclamation Service would refrain, In the Nlquola as elsewhere, from entering Into com' petition with private citizens; would do nothing to discourage the Invest ment of private capital. A company had been formed to take over the power production and to establish a plant for the manufacture of cement, and Brouillard was instructed to gov ern himself accordingly. For his in formation, the department letter writer went on to say, it was to be 'understood that the company was duly organized under tho provisions of an act of congress; that it had bound itself to furnish power and material at prices satisfactory to the service; and that the relations between it and the government field-staff on the ground were to be entirely friendly. "It's a graft a pull-down with a profit In it for some bunch of money leeches a little higher up!" was the young chief's angry comment when he had given Grislow the letter to read "Without knowing any more of the details than that letter gives, I'd be willing to bet a month's pay that this is the fine Italian hand of Mr. J. Wes ley Cortwrlght!" i Grislow's eyebrows went up in doubtful interrogation. "Ought I to know the gentleman?" he queried mildly. "I don't seem to recall the name." "No, you don't know him. It was his motor party that was camping at the Buckskin ford the night we broke in here the night when we saw the searchlight." "And you met him? I thought you told me you merely went down and took a look didn't butt in?" "t didn't that night. But the next morning they wanted to see the val ley, and I showed them the way In. Cortwrlght Is the multimillionaire pork packer of Chicago, and he went up into the air like a lunatic over the monoymaking chancos there wore to ibe in this Job. I didn't pay much at tention to his chortlings at the time, It didn't seem remotely credible that anybody with real money to invest would plant It in the bottom of the Nl quola reservoir." "But now you think he is going to make his bluff good?" "That looks very much like It," said Brouillard sourly, pointing to the let ter from Washington. "That scheme is going to change the whole face of nature for us up here, Grislow. It will spell trouble right from the Jump." "Oh, I don't know," was the depre catory rejoinder. "It will relieve us of a lot of side-issue Industries cut em out and bury 'em, so far as we are concerned." "That part of it is all right, of course; but it won't end there; not by a hundred miles. Jobson says in that letter that the relations have got to Tie friendly! I'll bet anything you like 'that I'll have to go and read the riot act to those people before they've been twenty-four hours on their Job!" Grislow was trying the point of bis mapping pen on his thumb nail. "Cu rious that this particular fly should drop into your pot of ointment on your birthday, wasn't It?" he remarked. 'O suffering Jehu!" gritted Brouil lard ragofully. "Are you never going to forget that senseless bit of twad dle?" You're not giving me a chance to forgot It," said the mapmaker soberly. 'You told me that night that the seven-year characteristic was change; and you're a changed man, Victor, if ever there was one. Moreover, it be gan that very night or the next morn ing." Brouillard laughed. "All of which is bad enough, you'd say, Murray; but It lBn't the worst of It. I've Just run up against another thing that Is threatening to raise merry hell in this valley." 'I know," said the hydrographer slowly. "You've been having a seance with Steve Massingale. Leshtugton told me about It." 'What did he tell you?" Brouillard demanded half angrily. "Oh, nothing much; nothing to make you hot at him. He said he gathered the notion that the young sorehead was trying to bully you." "He was," was the brittle admission. "See here, Grlzzy." The thing to be soen was a small buckskin bag which, when opened, gave up a paper packet folded like a medicine powder. The paper contained a spoonful of dust and pellets of metal of a dull yellow luster. The hydrographer drew a long breath and fingered the nuggets Gold placer gold!" he exclaimed, and Brouillard nodded and went on to tell how he had come by the bag and Its contents. "Massingale had an ax to grind, of course. You may remember that Harding talked loosely about the Mas singale opposition to the building of the dam. There was nothing in it. The opposition was purely personal, and it was directed against Harding himself, with Amy Massingale for the exciting cause." "That girl? the elemental brute!" Grislow broke In warmly. He knew the miner's daughter fairly well by "You're Brlllard, the Government Man, I Take It?" this time, and, in common with every man on the staff, not excepting the staff's chief, would have fought for her in any cause. Brouillard nodded. "I don't know what Harding did, but Smith, the Tri angle-Circle foreman, tells me that Steve was on the warpath; he told Harding when he left, last summer, that if he ever came back to Nlquola, he'd come to stay and stay dead." "I never did like Harding any too. well," was the bydrographer's defini tive comment, and Broutllard went back to the matter of the morning's seance and its golden outcome. "That is only a little side Issue. Steve Massingale came to me this morning with a proposal that was about as cold-blooded as a slap in the face. Naturally, for good business rea sons of their own, the Massingales want to see the railroad built over War Arrow paBS into the Nlquola. In some way Steve has found out that I stand pretty well with President Ford and the Pacific Southwestern people. His first break was to offer to incorporate the 'Little Susan' and to give me a block of the stock if I'd pull Ford's log on the extension prop osition." "Well?" queried Grislow. "Exactly. You can Imagine what I told him. Then he began to bully and pulled tho club on me." Again Grislow's smile was Jocose. "Well, when I turned him down, young Massingale began to bluster and to say that I'd have to boost the railroad deal, whether I wanted to or not. I told him he couldn't prove it, and bo said he would show me, if I'd take half an hour's walk up the valley with him. You know that long, nar row sandbar in the river just below the mouth of the upper canyon?" Gri3low nodded. "That is where we went for the proof. Massingale dipped up a panful of the bar sand, which he asked me to wash out for myself. I did it, and you have the results there in that pa per. That bar is comparatively rich placer dirt." "Good Lord!" ejaculated the map maker. "Comparatively rich, you say? and you washed this Bpoonful out of a singlo pan?" "Keep your head," said Brouillard coolly. "Massingale explained that I had happened to make a ten-strike; that the bar wasn't any such bonanza as that first result would indicate. I proved that, too, by washing some more of it without getting any more than a few 'colors.' But the fact re mains: it's placer ground." It was at this point that the larger aspect of the fact launched itself upon the hydrographer. "A gold strike!" he gaBped. "And we we're planning to drown it un der two hundred feet of a lake!" Brouillard's laugh was harsh. "Don't let the fever get hold of you, Grislow. Don't forget that we are here to carry out the plans of the rec lamation service which are more far reaching and of a good bit greater consequence than a dozen placer mines. Massingale drove the peg down good and hard. If I would Jump in and pull every possible string to hurry the railroad over the range, and keep on pulling them, the Becret of the placer bar would remain a secret. Otherwise he, Stephen Massingale, would give it away, publish It, adver tise It to the world. You know what that would mean for us, Murray. My Lord! I should say so! We'd have Boomtown-on-the-pike right now, with all the variations! Every white man in the camp would chuck his Job in the hollow half of a minute and go to gravel washing!" That's it precisely," Brouillard ac quiesced gloomily. "Massingale Is a young tough, but he is shrewd enough, when he is sober. He had me dead to rights, and he knew it. 'You don't want any gold camp starting up here in the bottom of your reservoir,' he said; and I had to admit it. Grislow had found a magnifying glass in the drawer of the mapping table, and he was holding it in focus over the small collection of grain gold and nuggets. In the midst of tho ea ger examination he looked up sudden ly to say: "Hold on a minute. Why is Steve proposing to give this thing away? Why isn't he working the bar himself?" He explained that phase of It, after a fashion said that placer mining was always more or less of a gamble, and that they had a sure thing of it in the 'Llttlo Susan.' Of course, It the thing had to bo given away he and his father would avail themselves of their rights aB discoverers and take their chance with the crowd for the sake of the ready money they might get out of it. Otherwise they'd be content to let it alone and stick to their legitimate business, which is quartz mining." "And to do that successfully they've got to have the railroad. How did you settle it finally?" "He told me to take a week or two and think about it." Grislow was biting the end of his penholder thoughtfully. "What aro you going to do about It, Victor?" ho asked at length. "We can't stand for any more chaos than the gods have already doped out for us, can we?" Brouillard took another long minute at the office window before he said: "What would you do if you were in my place, Murray?" But at this the mapmaker put up his hands as If to ward off a blow. "No, you don't!" he laughed. "I refuse to be that kind of a fool. But I'll venture a small prophecy: The golden secret will leak out And after that, the deluge." A Fire of Little Sticks Two days after the arrival of the letter from Washington announcing the approaching invasion of private capital, Brouillard, returning from a horseback trip to the Buckskin, where Anson and Griffith were setting grade stakes for the canal diggers, found a visitor awaiting him ia the camp nead quarters office. One glance at the thick -nodied heavy-faced man chewing an extinct cigar while he made himself comfort able in the only approach to a loung ing chair that tho office afforded was sufficient to awaken an alert antago nism. The big man Introduced him self without taking the trouble to get out of his chair. "My name Is Hosford, and I repre sent the Niquoia Improvement com pany as Its manager and resident en- ly.iVT, !;!.:! (!, a l near f iiart!-b:tt'tl nit KrillaM, l:iy it ?" "its'otii-i.-.r'l, crt:p ronv ! careful efface i.-.g il;0 .I U:.3 V-.e. ro ! t.ika .;:!; to th ;ov.:it,ii:.- r.t i;j it you ijVae." uas th3 in. And th'-'i with a lent of the final savins trace of hospitality in tone or manner: "Wlwt can we do for you, Mr. Hon ford?" "A good many thing-?, first and last I'm two or three days ahead of my outfit, and you can put me up some where until I get a camp of my own. You've got some sort of an engineers' mess, I take it?" "We have," said Brouillard briefly. "You'll make yourself at home with us, of course," he added, and he tried to say it without making it sound too much like a challenge. "All right; so much for that part of it," said the self-invited guest. "Now for the business end of the deal why don't you sit down?" Brouillard planted himself behind his desk and began to fill his black ened office pipe, coldly refusing Hos- ford's tender of a cigar. "You were speaking of tho business matter," ho suggested bluntly. "Yes. I'd like to go over your plans tor the power dam in the upper can yon. If they look good to me I'li adopt them." "I am very far from wishing to quarrel with anybody," said Brouillard, but his tone belled the words. "At the same time, if you think we are going to do your engineering work, or any part of it, for you, you are pretty severely mistaken. Our own Job 13 fully big enough to keep us busy." "You're off," said the big man coolly. Somebody has bungled In giving you the dope. You want to keep your Job, don't you?" "That Is neither here nor there. What we are discussing at present is the department's attitude toward your enterprise. I shall be exceeding my Instructions if I make that attitude friendly to the detriment of my own work." The new resident manager sat back In his chair and chewed his cigar re flectively, staring up at the log beam ing of the office ceiling. "You're Just like all the other gov. ernment men I've ever had to do busi ness with, Brouillard; pig-headed, ob stinate, blind as bats to their own in terests. I didn't especially want to begin by knocking you into Hue, but I guess it'll have to be done. I guess the best way to get you is to send a little wire to Washington. How does that strike you?" "I haven't the slightest Interest In what you may do or fail to do." sajd Brouillard. "But you have made the plans for this power plant, haven't you?" "Yes; and they are the property of the department. If you want thera I'll turn them over to you upon a proper order from headquarters." "That's a little more like it. Where did you say I'd find your wire office?" Brouillard gave the information, and as Hosford went out Grislow came in and took his place at tho mapping table. "Glad you got back in time to save my lifo," he remarked pointedly, with a shy glanco at hi3 chief. "He's been plowing furrows up and down my little potato patch all day." "Humph! Digging for information, I suppose?" grunted Brouillard. "Just that; and he's been getting it, too. Not out of me, particularly, but out of everybody. Also, he was willing to impart a little. We're in for tho time of our lives, Victor." "I know it," was the crabbed retain,' der. "You don't know the tenth fart of it," asserted the hydrographer slowly. "It'B a modest name, 'The Niquoia Im provement company,' but It is going to be like charity covering a multi tude of sins. Do you know what that plank-faced organizer has got up his sleeve? He is going to build us a neat, up-to-dato little city right hers in the middle of our midst. If I hadn't made him believe that I was only a draftsman, he would have had mo out with a transit, running the lines for the streets." "A city? In this reservoir bottom? I guess not. Ho was only stringing you to kill time, Grlzzy." "Don't you fool yourself!" ex claimed tho mapmaker. "He's got the plans in his grip. We're going to be on a little reservation set apart for us by the grace of God and the kind ness of those promoters. Tho remain der of tho valley is laid off into cuta little squares and streets, with every thing named and numbered, ready to be listed in the brokers' offices. You may not be aware of it, but this pala tial office building of ours fronts on Chigringo avenue." "Stuff!" said Brouillard. "What has all this bubble blowing got to do with the building of a temporary dam and the setting up of a couple of cement kilns?" Grislow luid bis pen aside and whirled around on his working stool. "Don't you make any eaBy-golng mistake, Victor," he said earnestly. "The cement and power proposition Is only a sido issue. These new people are going to tako over the sawmills, open up quarries, build a stub railroad to tho Hophra mines, grade a practi cable stago road over the range to Quesado, and put on a fast-mulo ftelght lino to servo until the railroad builds in. Wouldn't that set your teeth on edge?" How will Brouillard get rid of Hosford, who seems bent on making trouble? Or will he get rid of him at all? (TO Blil ill! usnLu ui ulsj bdJR iWilllfc ACTING GOVERNOR RUSSELL NAMES MEN TO HANDLE STONE COUNTY AFAIR3. BANNER YEAR FOR OLE MISS Commencement Exercises of State University Will Be Held Way 27 to 30 Closes Sixty-Eighth Year. Jackson., Acting Governor Russell, aft" r hearing from the Stone County dele gation, and being assured that all sides were agreed on the personnel of the staff of provisional cfflwri whose appointment had been recom mended, has signed commissions for all. The following In the list of charter officers, as agreed on and appointed: Sheriff, F. G. McQnagge; chancery clerk. W. A. Davis: circuit clerk, W. U Currie; treasurer, J. R. Davis; as sessor, W. A. Smith; surveyor. J. B. Brown; county prosecuting attorney, W. C. Batson; superintends nt of edu cation, P. 0. Colson. As board of supervisors: D. J. Brown, J. V. Fore, S. M. O'Neal, E. R. Smith and A. W. Bond. County election commisionors: W, P. O'Neal, Howell Cobb and tT. B. Parker. These men will hold office until a regular election is held, which must be within sixty days of the issue of the proclamation. The town of Wiggim will be the county seat, where a court house and other county buildings will be erected as soon as organization is perfected and bonds fan be issued. Stone County starts in with a splen did agricultural high school pr:p-rty, located at Perkinston, to which is at tached 5S0 acres of splendid land and an equipment worth $:',5.000. Old Miss Banner Year. The Mississippi T'niversity, now Jn its sixty-fourth session and sixty eighth year, will holl its annual com mencement exercises May 27 to 30, in clusive. One hundred and twenty-two young men and young women, repre senting the States of Mississippi, Ten nessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, Illinois and Washington, are aspirants for degrees in the several schools of the university. Twelve young men will receive two degrees each, making a total of 134 degrees to be conferred commencement Day, May 30. The class of HB is til? largest in tho his tory of the school. Senator Boddie Resigns. State Senator Van Roddie. of Green ville, will not be anions trio old timers at the 11H - semlon of th" Legislature. The senator's resignation has heen re ceived and accepted by A c t i ti Gov ernor Russell, to whom the resigna tion was addressed. As in cases of death or resignation, a special elec tion will have to be called in Wash Ington County to chose a man to suc ceed Senator Boddie. Usually the date is fixed to suit ihe convenience of the people of the district. Senator I'.oddle is an experienced lawmaker and recognized as an able legislator and lawyer. He is the au thor of some of the most benelfcia! laws on the statute books, one of the most recent being the "loan shark" law, which has prevented the continu ance of the robbing of thousands of helpless negroes in th's State by money lenders. Rusell Calli Election. Acting Governor Russell has called a special election at the request of Yazoo County voters to name a suc cessor to the late Dr. Perry, member of the Lower House. Slayer Seeks Pardon. J. E. Regan, who killed Jason Moo dy in Claiborne county some twelve years ago, was sentenced to ;he gal lows and on the night before the day set for execution made, his escape, has voluntarily given himself up to the authorities. With his surrender Re gan seeks a pardon. The application is based on a number of grounds, among them that he was tried at a time when the public mind was great ly and unduly excited, so much so that It was impoesiblo for him to se cure a fair and Impartial trial in Clai borne county. The plea is also made that newly discovered evidence has been secured, that was not accessible at the time of the trial, which would substantiate his plea of self-defense. Dismiss Damage Suits. The Mississippi supreme court has reversed and dismissed two ense-j wherein the plaintiffs had been award ed heavy verdicts by juries in the cir cuit courts of Quitman and Talla hatchie counties, one, that of Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad against Tiny Bell Smith, by next friend, whore there was a verdict of $U.fm0, and the other, Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad against Kddie Huff, et al.. where a verdict for $5,000 was given. In both cases children playing on railroad tracks were involved. nn;p hot -JitiriiUillCh Ul Had lo Go Ail Humped Over and Suffered Cnzt Pain ia Sides ird Back. Sulphur Springs, Va. Mrs. J. M. Sprinkle, of this place, writes: "About two years ago this coming spring, I got into awfully bad health. Had been married only a short time, and my health was not so good after my mar riage as it had been before, and kept getting worse all the time. I was go ing down lifl! in health, could only drag around. My friends recommended that I try C'ardul. I tried various reme dies which did me no good. I simply moped ail the time and felt sick all over... So I began using Cardui ami in a short time I was greatly im proved; after the ueo of one bottle was able to do my work. "Before starting it, I couldnt Btralghten up lo save me; had to go when I went all humped over, suffered great pains in the abdomen, sides and back worse than anywhere... After the use of one bottle, I bad no mora pain at all... It Is also a fine tonic. The cure has been permanent, and t have had no trouble since, neither had. to have a doctor or take any medlcln since. It built me up in health and strength." If you suffer from any of the ail ments so common to women try Cardui, the woman's tonic. For sal by all druggists. Adv. His Treat. Bacon Been to see the doctor? , Egbert Sure thing. "Did he treat you?" "Oh. no; it was my treat. It cost me two dollars." Important to Mothers Examine carefully eveiy bottle of CASTORIA, a safe and sure remedy for Infants and children, and see that it 9 Signature of jL frTSjZ'lsA' In Tee for Over 30 Years. Children Cry for Flet.her's Castoria Looked That Way. The postman handed him the tet ter. One glance at the nvelope sent him nearly into hysterics. "Heavens!" he cried, "the first chal lenge I ever got," "Duel" was In big letters on the outside, of the entelopa. "But I can't fight and" So he hurried to the station house, explained that he knew of no enemy who should demand his blood and asked for protection. Three blue-coated arms of the law presented themselves. The detective force hurried out. By that time tho desk sergeant h"l recov ered. Ho said It meant "Duo o::e cent." t'tlca Press. Cheering Him Lp. A professional box--r was bad! en in a sparring mach and car bnat ied to his bed in on cxl.ati- f-d and melan choly condition. "I wisii you'd say f -nething to cheer him up. doctor," plea'.-d the de feated warrior's wife. "He's cettin' low in h's mind, and when he's like that you've no Ittea how hard It is to wait on hitu. He's worse than a b.-ar with a toothache." "What can I say that wi". pleasa him ciost?" asked the doctor. "You might Just tell him in an off band way that the man as licked him la mighty bad in the horspital, and that they may have to hold a post mostem or. him any minute now," wa the solemn suggestion. MEAL-TIME CONSCIENCE. What Do the Children Drink? There are times when mother oi father feeds the youngsters something that they know children should nol have. Perhaps it Is some rich dessarf but mere often It is tea or coffee. It is better to have some dekcioua hot food drink that you can take your self and feed to your children, con sckv.s that it will help and strength; en, but never hurt them. A Yorkstate lady says: "I use coffee many years in spite of the coa victlon that It injured my nervous sys tem and produced my nervous head aches. While visiting a friend 1 wal served with Postum and I determined to get a package and try it myjelt The result was all that could be da sired a delicious, finely flavored, rich ly colored beverage. Since I quit cof fee, Postum has worked wonders foi me. "My husband, who had suffered from kidney trouble when drinking coffee, quit the coffee and took up Postum with me and since drinking Postum he has felt stronger and better, with no Indication of kidney trouble. "You may be sure I find it a great comfort to have a warm drink at meals that I can give my children, with a clear conscience that It will help and not hurt them as coffee or tea tvould." Name given by Postum Co., Battl Creek. Mich. rostum comos in two terms: Postum Cereal the original form mi. .1 be well boiled. l"c and L'i'C pkgs. Instant Postum a soluble powder dissolves quickly in a c;:p of l-.ol wa ter, and, with cream nn.l snpir. makes a delicious beverage irstant'y. SOc and SOc tins. Both forms are equally dell 'lous and cost about tho same per cup. "There's a Reason" for rostjra. gold by Ore en.