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Washington that he "had crossed it
in a boat." His whole life was keyed by an ac quisitiveness that knew no bounds. And yet he watched the staples on his fences with as much care as he devoted to betterinjthe strain of his beef Stock. "Fortunes are made by looking after the little things," he says. Despite his gruffness, this unedu cated Teuton had a remarkable in sight into human nature. He was friendly with his neighbors because "they are a valuable asset to a man's success." His very leniency with cattle rustlers saved his herds from their rapacity, rather than invited further theft. Once he was held up in the Pacheco pass while returning to his home ranch, and relieved of all his money by a Mexican bandit. Plead ing dire need, Miller asked him for a "loan" of a small part of the loot A few months later the ranch king met the outlaw again, and true to his promise, returned the "loan." The Mexican became his staunch friend, and Miller Chalked the ex perience up as profit. Hoboes have been made overseers and managers on his ranches be cause their assertiveness appealed to the "Big Boss." In one case a new comer was promojcl because he knocked Miller down when the latter tried to override the orders of a straw-boss. Often he baited his employes with statements intended to rouse their ire. When his words struck fire he was pleased, for "a man who will not fight for himself cannot properly look after my interests," he maintained. In this keen knowledge of the men with whom he surrounded himself, to a large extent, lay the secret of his success. Those who were square with him he never forgot in time of need. Faithful old retainers who had served their time were pensioned and taken care of with patriarchal solicitude. Henry Miller discovered that every time his cow-punchers threw a steer in the violent man- ner approved under the old round- up methods, it resulted in a 20- pound loss of beef. Jle at once stopped rope-throwing, thus es- tablishing a precedent which has resulted in the practical abolish- ment of this picturesque feature of range life in the West. It is in- dicative of his close watch on profit andrtoss. More than any of the great land lords of the West, Miller exemplifies the- transplanting of European feu dalism upon the American frontier, with the substitution of ceaseless toil and hardship willingly borne in.place of the sybarite splendor and luxur ious ease of the old world barons. Henry Miller amassed what he got by working harder than any of the thousands who called him "Boss." o o STAR BOARDER SAYS "Ah, 'I am greatly indebted to that dear lady!" "Why? Is she is-your mother?" "No. She's my landlady!"