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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS; THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1903.
9 i ii i rt w r . H-4-4'4"t"?"t"tMt,4,444,t.,.t,.,.t..t...t.. CHAPTER XII. 1LLKR accompanied Alan to tlio door. Old Trnbue stood In front of his office In his shirt sleeves, hlH battered silk SS8 lint on tin; buck part of Ins hrad. He was fanning himself with n palm lonf fan and freely using bis handkerchief on his brow. He bowed cordially to Alan and entne toward him. "I want to ask you." he began, "has Pole linker any way of raisin' money'" "Not that I know of," laughed Alan. "I don't know whether he's cot a clear title to the shirt on his back. He owes everybody out our way. My father la supplying him on time now." "That wbb my Impression," said Trn. hue. "Ho wanted me to defend him the other day, but he couldn't satisfy mo about the fee, an' I let him go. Ho first said he could give me a lien on a mule, but he finally admitted that It wasn't his." "He's not In trouble, Is he?" ex claimed Alan, suddenly recalling Mrs. Baker's uneasiness. Trabuc looked at Miller, who stood leaning In the doorway, and laughed. "Well, I reckon he might call it that. That chnp oned the town two days ago. He got hllnd, stavln' drunk ait' wanted to whip us from one end o' thn place to the other. The marshals are afraid of 'iut, for they know he'll shoot nt the drop of a hat, an' the butt of It was stickln' out o' his hip pocket In plain sight. Was you thar, Rayburn? Well, it was bettor 'n a circus." Day before yesterday thar was a sort o street temperance lecturer in front o' the Johnston House, spenkln' on a dry poods box. He had a lot o' gnudy pic tures lllustratin' the appearance of a drinkln' man's stomach an' liver com pared to one in a healthy condition. He was n sort of a snide faker out fer what he could git dropped In a hat, an' 1'ole was sober enough to git on to his game. Pole stood thar with the rest, jest about able to stan', an' tlint was oil. Finally, when the feller got warmed up an' got to screechln'. Polo begun to deny what he was snyin'. As fast as he'd make a statement Polo would flatly give it the lie. The feller on the box didn't know what a tough customer ho had to handle or he'd 'a' gone slow. As It was, he p'Inted a lin ger o' scorn ot Pole an' belt Mm up fer a example. "Pole wasn't sober by a long shot, but you'd 'a thought he was, fer he was sis steady as a post. He kept grlnnln', as cool us n cucumber, an' sayin: '.Vow you know yo're a-lyin, stranger lest n-lyln' to get a few dimes drapped in yore hat. You know nobody's stomach don't look like that durn ehromo. You never seed inside of a drinkin' man, an' yo're the biggest liar that ever walked the earth. This made the crowd laugh nt the little, dried up feller, an' he got as mad as old Nick. He begun to tell Pole his liver was swelled from too much whieky an' that he'd bet lie was jest the fort to bent his wife. Most of us thought that 'd make Pole jump on 'In, but he seemed to enjoy naggin' the feller too mu'h to sp'ile it by a li-llit. A nigger boy had been carr.vin' round a bell an' a sign advertisln' j Webb's auction sale, an' stopped to see. the fun. Pole heenl the tinkle of the bell an' tuck it an' begun to ring it in the lecturer's face. The harder the fel ler spoke the harder Pole rang. It was the biggest racket ever heerd on a pub- 1 lie square. Part of the crowd the good, church folks-began to say it was n disgrace to the town to allow a stran ger to be treated that a-way, sence thar was no law agin public speakln' in the streets. They was In fer callin' n halt, but all the rest the drinkln' men (an' I frankly state I was ouei- secretly hoped Pole would ring 'im down. When the pore devil finally won, I felt like yelUn' lvuray, fer I glory in the pluck even of a daredevil, if lie's n north (Jeorgiau nn' white. The lecturer had to stop without his collection, an' went off to the council chamber swearin' agin the town fer nllowin' him to be treated that a way. Tli wasn't any thing fer the mayor to do but order Pole's arrest, but it took four men -two regulars an' two deputies to accom plish It. "The trial was the richest thing I ever attended. Pole had sobered up jest enough to be witty, an' lie had no more respect fer Hill P.nrrett's court than he had fer the lecturer's platform. Him an' Barrett used to fish an' hunt together when they was boys, an' Polo kept ci'lbn' him Itlll. It was Hill this nn' I'.I'l that, an' ns Rnrrett had only been In office a month lie hardly knowed how to rise to ids proper dig nity, especially when lie saw tlio crowd was laughln' at his predicament. When I declined to defend 'iin, Pole attempt ed to read the law on the case to Bar rett an' show wluir lie w.is right. Bar rett let 'im talk because he didn't know how to stop "im, an' Pole made the best defense I ever heerd from a unlettered man. It kept the crowd in a roar. For awhile I swear It looked 111;" Pole was goln' to clocr hisso'f, but Barrett had to do his duty, an' so he fined Pole thirty dollars, or In default thereof to break rock on the streets fer ten days. You ort to 'a' heerd Pole snort. 'I.ooky beer, Itlll,' lie said, 'you know as well as yo're n-settln' cocked up thar, makln' folks say "yore honor" ever' breath they draw, that I ain't n-goin' to lirenk no rock in that hr'illn' sun fer ten days 'ca'se I beat that skunk at his own game!' "'You'll have to do It If you don't pay out,' Barrett told 'Im. " 'Well, I Jest won't pay out. an' I won't break rock nutl'-r,' Pole said. 'You've heerd about the feller that could lead a boss to water, but couldn't make Mm drink, hain't you? Well, I'm the boss,' "Yesterday was Pole's fust day on the street. They put a ball an' chain to one of lils ankles an' sent Mm out With the nigger gang, but all dav yes 81 1 WILL N. HAR.BEN Author of '(' "tOtJfrftll" Copyrifthl, 1902. by 1 . HARPER. C DROS.. J I Who Pubilsh Ihe Work k In Book Form. All f .4.4.Mt. fr..H-.M''t"t"M"l'$ terday an' tod. y he hain't wcrked a lick. Hc'r as stuhnortt as a mule. Thar's been a crowd nround Mm all the time. You kin see Mm standin' up as straight as a post in the middle of the street from one end of It to the other. I'm sorter sorry fer Mm; he looks like he's ashamed nt bottom, but don't want to give In. The funniest thing about tile whole thing Is that Pole seems to know more about the lnw than the mayor. He says unless they force him to work In the specified ten days they can't hold him any longer, an' that If they at tempt to flog Mm he'll kill the first man that lays hands on him. I think Bill Barrett likes him too well to have Mm whipped, an' the whole town Is guyln' him an' nxin' Mm why lie don't make Pole set In." Alan went down the street to see Pole. He found him seated on a large stone, a long handled rock hammer nt his feet. He looked up from under his broad brimmed hat. and a crestfallen look came into his big brown eyes. "I'm sorry to see this, Pole," said A Inn. Pole stood up at "his full height, the chain clanking as he rose. "They hain't treated me right about this matter, Ainu Bishop," he snid, hnlf resentfully, half as if he recognized his own error. "Pill knows lie hain't done tho (air tiling. 1 know I was full, but I jest wanted to have my fun. That don't Justify him In puttln' mo out lieer with those niggers fer folks to gap' at, an' he knows It. He ain't a friend right. Me an' him has slep' together on the sumo pile o' leaves, an' I've let Mm pull down on a squirrel when I could 'a' knocUet it from Its perch, an' I've lent Mm my pointer an' gun many nn' many a time. Put he's showed what he is'. He's got the wrong sow by tho yeer. though, fer of he keeps me beer till Christmas I'll never crack n rock unless I do it by accidentally steppin' on it. Mark my words, Ainu IJIshop, thar'll he trouble out o' this." "Don't talk that way. Pole," said Alan. "You've broken the law, and they had to punish you for it. If they hadn't, they would have made them selves ridiculous. Why didn't yon send me word you were In trouble, Pole?" The fellow hung his head and then blurted out: "neca'se I knowed you would make a fool o' yorese'f nn' try to pay me out. Durn it, Alan liishop, this ain't no business o' yore'n!" "I'll make It my business," said Alan. "How much is your fine? You ought to have sent me word." "Sent you nothln', Alan Bishop," growled the prisoner. "When I send you word to he'p me out of a scrape that whisky got me into, I'll do It after I've decently cut my throat! I say when you've plead with me like you hnve to quit the durn stun"!" At this point of the conversation jpff Dukes, a man of medium size, dressed in dark blue uniform, with a nickel plated badge shaped like a shield and bearing the words "Mnrshal No. 2," came directly toward them from n stonecutter's shop near by, "Look beer. Itlsliop," he said dlotn torinlly, "whar'd you git the right to talk to that man?" Alan looked surprised. "Am I break ing the law too?" "You are of you hain't got a permit from the mayor in yore pocket." "Well, I have no permit," replied Alan with a good natured smile. "Havo you got another bull and chain handy?" The officer frowned off his inclination to trent the matter as a jest. "You ort to have more t-onse than thnt," he said crustily. "Pole's put out hecr to work his time out, an' of everybody in town is allowed to laugh an' joke with him he'd crack ubout ns many rocks hh you or me." "You are n durn liar, Jeff Dukes," said Polo angrily. "You are a-niakln' that up to humiliate nie finder. You know no law like that never was en forced, lit I ever git you out in Pea Vine destrlct, I'll knock a dent in thnt egg shaped head o' yor'n an' make them eyes look two ways for Sunday. You know n gentleman like Alan Hlsii op wouldn't notice you under ordinary circumstances, nn' so you trump up that excuse to git his attention." The two men glared at each other, but Pole seemed to get the best of that bort of combat, for the ofilcer only growled. "You can Insult n man when you are under arrest," lie said, "beca'se you know I nm under bond to keep tho peace. Hut I'm not afcerd of you." "They tell me you arc afcerd o' sper lts, though," retorted the prisoner. "They tell me a little nigger boy thnt wns shot when a passln o' skunks went to whip his daddy fer vagrancy stands at the foot o' yore lied ever' night. Oh, I 1 know what I'm talkln' about!" ' "Yes, you know a lots," said tho man sullenly as his eyes fell. To avoid encouraging the disputants further Alan walked suddenly away. MMie marshal took willing advantage of the opportunity and followed" him. "I could make u case ngln you," he Raid, catching up, "but I know you didn't mean to violate the ordinance." "No, of course 1 didn't," snid Alan, "but I want to know If that fellow could be released if I paid his fine." "You are not fool enough to do It, are you?" "That's what I am." "Havo you got the money In yore pocket?" The ofilcer was laughlug, as if at a good Joke. "I hnve." "WcH"-thn marshal laughed again ns he swung his short club round by a string that fastened It to his wrist "well, you come with me, an' I'll show you a muu that wiints $30 wuss than any man I know of. I don't believe Hill Ilarrett has slept u wink sence this thing happened. He'll be tickled to death to git off so easy. Tho town bus deviled the life out of him. He don't go by whar Pole's nt work I mean, i nvluir he ulu't nt work-fer PoVi yells tc at Mm whenever he sees Mm." That night when Alan reached homo lie Bent n servant over to tell Mrs. lin ker that Pole wns nil right and tliAt he'd bo homo soon. He had eaten his supper und had gone upstairs to go to bed when he henrd his name called out side. Going to n window und looking out, lie recognized Pole Hnker stand ing nt the gate in the clear moonlight. "Alan," he said softly, "come down beer n minute. 1 want to see you." Alan went down and Joined him. For n moment Pole stood leaning against the fence, his eyes hidden by his broad brimmed slouch hat. "Did you want to see nie, Pole asked. Alan i i "Yes, 1 did," the follow swallowed. Ho mnde a motion ns If to reach out his hand, but refrained, Then he looked straight Into Alan's fuce. "I couldn't go to sleep till I'd said some'n' to you." he began, with an other gulp. "I laid down an' made a try nt It, but It wnsn't no go. I've got to sav It. I'm beer to swear thnt ef Uod or some'n' else don't show me n ; m y0lli He's been threatening to way to pay you back fer what you i K0 uU th(, afternoon, but I insisted on done today I'll never draw a satisfied lti You mny ,0 surprised, but 1 hnve breath. Alan Hlsliop. yo're a inan-a hirdncss message for you, and I man from yore outside skin to the. would have made Frank drive me past marrow o' yore bones, nn' ef I don't your iinUM, 0I, the way home if you find some way to prove what I think hadn't come." about you I'll Jest burn up! I got Into I Hueiness." Alan laughed merrily, that trouble us thoughtless as I'd play i np Ml vorv j,,,,,,. in her presence nn n prank with my baby, an' then they (pr a m,"r assurances of welcome, nil come down on me an' begun to try ..Thn ...,.. of vonr )avlnc a business to drive me like n bog out'n a field ; Willi rocks nn' sticks, an' the very old ' Harry rlz in nie an' defied 'em. I reckon thar wasn't anything Itlll could do but carry out the law, nujjrtr knowed it, lint I wasn't ready to munii it. Then you come along an' rendered a verdict In my favor when you needed the money you did It with. Alan, ef I don't show my appreciation It Ml be beca'se I don't live long enough. You never nxed me but one thing, an' that , was to quit drinkln' whisky. I'm goln' I to make a try nt It. not beca'se I think I Hint Ml nor von back, but beca'se with ' n sober head I kin be a bettor friend to you ef the chance ever conies my way." "I'm glad to hoar you say thnt, Pole," replied Alan, greatly moved by tlio fellow's earnestness. "1 believe you can do it. Then your wife and children" "Hang my wife nn' children!" snort ed Pole. "It's you I'm goln' to work fer you, I say!" He suddenly turned through the open gate and strode "loinoward noross the fields. Alan stood looking after him till his tall form was lost In the hazy moonlight, and then he went up to his lied. Pole entered tho open door of bis ,, , , , , . cabin nnd bogan to undress as he sat on the side of his crude bedstead, made of unbarked poles fastened to tho bare logs in one corner of the room. His wife and children slept on two beds on the other side of the room. "Did you see Mm, Polo?" piped up Mrs. Tinker from the darkness. "Yes, 1 seed Mm. Sally, say. whnr's that bottle o' whisky 1 had the last time I was at homo?" There was an ominous silence. Out of It rose the soft breathing of the chil dren. Then the woman sighed. "Pole, sworoiy you am i a-goin to uegin aB'n.'' "No: I want to bu'st It into smltlier- ecus. I don't wnnt it about; I don't want to know thar's a drap in the house. I've swore off, an' tills time she sticks. 01' me that bottle." Another silence. Suddenly the woman ?poke: "Pole, you've swore off ns many times as a dog hut. ileus, oiten when I fool bad an' sick when you are off, a drap o' whisky makes mo fool better, I don't want you to destroy tlio last bit in the house jest beca'se you've tuck this turn, that may wear off be-, fore daylight. The last time you emp- tied that keg on tlie ground nn' swore off you got on a spree an' belt the baby over tlie well an' threatened to drap 'or in ef I didn't find a bottle, an' you'd, 'a' done it too." j Pole laughed softly. "I reckon yo're right, ole gal," he said. "Hosides, ef I can't ef I ain't man enough to lot up with a bottle in tlie house I won't do It without. Hut tlie sight or smell of It is hell Itse'f to a lover of tho truck. Kf I was to tell you what a little thing started nie on this last spice, you'd laugh. I went to git a shave in a barber shop, nn' when tlio barber finished he soaked my face In bay nun, an' it got in my mustache. I kept smellin' it all mornin' an' tried to wipe it off, but she wouldn't wipe. All tlie time I kept walkin' up nn' down in front o' I.uke Sellmore's bar. Finally I said to myself, 'Well, ef you have to have a barroom stuck under yore nose nil day like a wet sponge, old man, you mought as well have ono whar it Ml taste better, an' I slid up to the counter." Tho woman sighed audibly, but slio made no reply. "Is Hilly awake?" Polo suddenly asked. "No; you know ho ain't," snid Mrs. Baker. "Well, I wnnt to tnke Mm ln my lied." Polo stood out on the floor In the sheet of moonlight that fell through the open door. "I wouldn't, Pole," snid the woman. Tlie pore little feller's been toddlin' about after the others, draggln' bresh to the heap tell he's tired. He drapped to sleep at the table with n piece o' broad in ills mouth." "I won't wake Mm. God bless his lit- tie heart," answered Pole, and hof expectant eyes and then plunged mud reached down and took tlie limp child i ly "could keep me from caring for in ids arms nnd pressed him against you, from loving you with nil my heart, the sido of his face. He carried hlin tenderly across the room nnd lay down with him. His wife heard him uttering endearing tilings to tho un conscious child until she fell asleep. CH APT Kit XIII. N the middle of the following week some of the young peo ple of Parley gnvc a picnic nt Mnrley's spring, a beauti ful and picturesque spot about n mile below Hlshops farm. Alan bnd re ceived an urgent Invitation to Join tho party, nnd he rode down after dinner. It was n hot afternoon, nnd the party of a dozen couples hud scattered ln all directions in search of cool, shady nooks. Alnn was by uo means sure that Miss Barclay would be there; but. If the truth must bo told, he went sole ly with the hope of at least getting another look at her. He was more than agreeably surprised, for just ns he bad hitched his horse to n hanging bow of an oak near tho spring Fmuk HilllioiiKe came from the tangle of wild vines nnd underbrush on n little hillside and approached him. "You nro Just the fellow I'm looking for." said Frank. "Miss Dolly's over there In n hammock, nnd 1 want to leavo somebody with her. Old man Morley promised me the biggest water melon In his patch If I'd come over for It. I won't be long." "Oh, I don't care how long you nro," smiled Alan. "You can stay all day If you want to." "1 thought you wouldn't mind," grinned Frank. "I used to think you were the one man I had to light, but I reckon I was mistaken. A feller in love Imagines everybody In creation is against him." Alan made no reply to this, but hur ried nway to where Dolly sat, a new magazine In her hands nnd a box of candles on the grass at her feet. "I saw you riding down the hill," she snkl. with a pretty Hush nnd no little excitement. "To tell the truth, 1 sent Frank after the melon when I vceog- message! That's really funny." "Well, that's what it Is. Sit down." She made room for him In the ham mock, and he sat beside her, his fool- sh braln ln whiil. "Why, yes, it it business, and It concerns yon. I fancy It Is Important. Anyway It may take you to town tonight." "You don't mean it," lie laughed. She looked very pretty in her light or- " " lls"ldc tt?wints rl,,,)onH; , " 1 18 from Inyhurn Ml,lpr nbollt tll!lt roud idea ol ...... .it.. l.t,. ....!.. I.... 'm's Ileally? Then he told 'you about that?" "Yes. He was down to see me last week. lie didn't seem to think much of it then, but" she hesitated and smiled as If over the memory of some thing amusing "he's been thinking of it since. As Frank and i drov through tlie main street ihto morning Frank had gone in a store to got a basket of fruit he came to nie on his way to the train for Atlanta. He hadn't time to say much, but he said ' 'ou "-ere out here today to ;ell you to come in town tonight without fail, un nu trt innnf lilm .it lile rtlll.... rt.,.l,- I,. .. , ... , ' . , tlio morulus. Hell be back on tho midnight train. 1 asked him if It was about tlie rnllrond, and be snid it w.s; that liejiad discovered something that looked encouraging." "I'm glad of that." said Alan, a thrill of excitement passing over li i in. "Hay burn threw cold water on my Ideas the other day, and" "I know he did, and it was a shame." snid Dolly warmly. "The idea of ills thinking he is tlie only man In Georgia with originality! Anyway, I hope it will come to something." I certainly do," responded Alan. "It's lhp ony tllnK ! coua thlnk of t0 nPlp my people, nnd I am willing to stake all I have on it which is, nfter all, nothing but time and energy." "Well, don't you let him or any one olse discourage you," said tlie girl, her eyes Hashing. "A man who listens to other people nnd puts his own ideas aside Is unworthy of tlie brain God gave him. There Is another thing" her voice sank lower and her eyes sought the ground "Kayburn Miller In a fine, all round man, bht be is not per- feet by any moans, lie talks freely to nie, you know; he's known me since I was knee high. Well, lie told mi- ho told mo of the talk he had with you at the dance that night. Oh, that hurt me-hurt mo!" "He told you thnt!" exclaimed Alan In surprise. "Yes, and It actually disgusted me. Does lie think all men ought to act on that sort of advice? He might, for lie has made an unnatural man of him- self, with all his fancies for new faces, but you are not that kind, Alan, nnd I'm sorry you anil tie are so Intimate; not thnt he can inlluence you much, but he has already in a way, and that has pained me deeply," "He has Influenced me?" cried Alan in surprise. "I think you are tuls- taken." "You may not realize it, hut he has," said Dolly, with gentle and yet un yielding earnestness. "You see. you nre so very sensitive that It would not be hard to make you believe thnt a young man ought not to keep on caring for n girl whose parents oblect to his attentions." "Ah!" He had caught Iit drift. There wns a pause. At tlie foot of the hill a little brook ran merrily over tho water browned stones, and lti monotonous lapping could be hoard dis tinctly. Fnder the trees across tho open some of the couples had drawn together nnd were singing; "I hop the bont ko round the bend, Ooodby, my lover, Kdby." Dolly bnd snid exactly what lie had never hoped to hear her say, and tlie fact of her broaching such a subject in piich a frank, determined way sent a ! glow of happiness all over him. 1 don't think," he bogan thought fully, "that Kayburn or any man could l.-itntk tin i frmn" Iin Infil.'fil Intn tint fill). , i0llv. but it really is a terrible thing to know thnt you are robbing a girl of not only the love of her parents, but her rightful Inheritance, when- when" he hurried on, seeing that nn Impulse to speak was urging her to protest "when you haven't a cent to your name and, moreover, have u black eye from your father's mistakes." "I knew that's what he'd said!" de clared the girl, almost white with lin ger. "I knew It! uh, Alan, KiTyburn Miller might bo aide to draw back and leave a girl at such a time, but no man could thai truly loves as as 1 believe you love nie. 1 have known how joii hnve felt all tills time, ami It lias near ly broken my heart, but I could not write to you when you hud never even told me what you have today. You must not let anybody or anything in fluence you, Alan. I'd rather be n poor nuni's wife and do my own work than let u paltry thing like my father's money keep mo from standing by tho man I love." Alnn's face wns ablaze. He drew himself up nnd gazed, nt her, all his coul In his eyes, "Then I shall not give you up," ho declared "not for anything in the world. And If there Is a chance in the railroad idea I shall Work nt It ten times ns hard now. that I have talked with you." They sat together In blissful Igno rance of the passage of time till some one shouted out that Frank Hlllhouso was coining with 'tlie watermelon. Then nil tho couples ln sight or hear ing rnn to tho spring, where Hlllhouso could bo seen plunging tho big melon Into the water. Untile Alexnnder nnd IMinrlle Durnnr, who had been perched on a Jutting bowlder high up on tho bill behind Dolly and Alan, came half running, half sliding, down, catching at the trees to keeplroui falling. "Hotter come get your teeth in that melon." Hnttlc said, with a knowing Kirlo nt Dolly. They lived next door to each other and were quite Intimate. "Come on, Alan." Dolly rose. "Frank will never forgive mo If I don't have some." "I sha'n't have lime if I go to town tonight," replied Alan. "I havo some thing to do at home first." "Then I won't keep you," Dolly smiled, "for you must go and meet Kayburn Miller. I'm going to hope that lie has had good luck in Atlanta." The world had never seemed so full f joy nnd hope as Ainu rode home ward. The sun was setting in glorious splendor beyond the towering moun tains, above which the sky seemed nn occii of mother of pearl and liquid gold. Truly it was good to be alive. Al the bins lie met Aimer Daniel with n fishing cane In bis hands, bis bait gourd uiiiler his arm. "I know right whar you've been," ho said, with a broad smile as he threw down the bars for Alan to pass through. "I seed that gang drive by in all the'r flurry this inornln', the queen bee ln the lead with that little makeshift of a man." Alan dl (mounted to prevent his uncle from putting up the liars, and they walked homeward side by side. "Y"s, and I've had the time of my life," said the young man. "1 talked to her for n solid hour." "I could see that in yore face," snid Abner quietly. "You couldn't hide It, an' I'll bet she didn't loe time In let tin' you know what she never could hide from inc." "We understand eacli other better now," admitted Alan. "Well, I've certainly set my heart on the mutch on glttin' her In our fam ily," a dinned Abner. "Durned ef I declare, sometimes I'm afcerd I'm gone on 'or niyse'f. Yes, I want you an' her to make it. I want to set an' smoke an' chaw on yore front porch an' beer her back in tlie kitchen fryin' ham an' eggs, an'" tlie old man winked "I don't know as I'd object to trottln' some'n' on my knee to sorter pass the time betwixt meals." "Ob, come of)', Uncle Ah!" said Alan, with a lliih. "That's going too far." The old man whisked Ills bait gourd round under his other arm. His eyes twinkled and he chuckled. " 'Tnln't goln' as fur as bavin' one on each knee an' both pine blank nlike an' ex actly tlie same age. I've knowed that to happen In my day nn' time, when nobody wasn't even looklu' fer a In crease." CHAPTER XIV. HE next morning Alnn found Kayburn Miller standing in the door of his little olllce building waiting for him. T "I reckon my message surprised you," Miller said tentatively as lie shook bands. "It took me off my feet," smiled Alnn. "You see, I never hoped to get you in terested in that scheme, nnd when I heard you were actually going to At lanta about it I hardly knew what to make of it." Miller turned into his office, kicked a chair toward Alan and dropped into ids creaking rocker. "It was not due to you thnt I did get interested," he said, "Do you know, I can't think of it without getting hot nil over with shame. To tell you the truth, there is one tiling 1 have always been vain about. I didn't honestly think there was n man In Georgin that could give me nny tips ubout investments, but I hud to take backwater, and for a woman. Think of that a woman knocked me off my perch as clean and easy as she could stick n hairpin In a ball of hair. I'm not unfair. When anybody teaches me any tricks, I ac knowledge the corn and take off my hat. It wns this way. I dropped in to see Miss Dolly the other evening. I accidentally disclosed two things in an offhand sort of way. I told her some of tlie views I gave you at tho dance in regard to marriage and love and one tiling anil another, and then, ln complimenting you most highly In other tilings, I confess I sort of poked fun at your railroad Idea." "I thought you had," said Ainu good naturedly. "But go on." "Well, sho first rend mo n lecture about bad, empty, shallow men, whose very souls wore damned by their past careers, Interfering with the pure ini pulsis of younger men, nnd I'll swear I felt like crawling in a hole and pull ing the hole In nfter me. Well, I got through that In a fashion because she didn't want me to see her real heart, and that helped me. Then she took up the railroad scheme. You know I hud hoard that she advised her father in all his busln '.-s matters; but. geowhil ikiin, 1 never divamod sho could give me points, but she did-she simply did. She looked me straight In tlie eye and stared at me like a national bank ex aminer as she asked nie to explain why that particular road could not be built and why It would not be n bonanza for tlio owners of the timber land. I thought she was an easy fish at first, and 1 gave her plenty of line, but she kept peppering me with unanswerable questions till I lay down en the bank as weak ns a rag. The first blltt she gave me wns In wanting to know if there were not many branch roads that did not own their rolling stock. She snid she knew one in the Iron belt in Alabama that didn't own a ear or nn engine, ami wouldn't have them as a free gin. She said if such n road were built as you plan these two main lines would simply full over each oilier to send out cars to be loaded for ship, nient at competitive rules. By George, It wns a corker! I found out the next lny that she was rigid, nnd that doing away with the rolling stock, shops and so firth would i ul ill wn the cost of your rond more than hnlf." "That's . n fnct," cxclnlnied Alnn, "and I had not thought of It." "She's a stronger woman than I ever Imagined," snid Miller. "By George, If she were not on your string, I'd make n denil set for her. A wife like thnt would mnltc n man complete. She's In love with you, or thinks sho Is, hut sho hnsn't thnt wlll o'-tlic-wisp glamour. She's business from her toes to her finger tips. By George, I be- llevo she makes a business of her lovo nffnlr. She seems to think she'll settle it by a sum in algebra. But to get back to tho railroad, for I've got lots to toll you. Whnt do you reckon I found thnt day? You couldn't guess In a thousand years. It was a prelimi nary survey of a railroad once planned from Darley right through your fa ther's purchase to Morgnntou, N. C. It was made Just before tlie wnr by old Colonel Wade, who, in his dny, wns i ono of the most noted surveyors In the I state. This end of the line- wns all I I cared about, and that was almost as 1 level ns a floor along the river mid down the ralley into the north end of town. It's a bonanza, my boy! Why ' thnt big bottle of timber land lias nev er been busied is a wonder to me. If ns many Yankees had been nosing about here ns there have been In other southern sections, it would have been I snatched up long ngo." i "I'm awfully glad to hoar you say all I this," said Alan, "for It Is the only I way out of our difficulty, and some ' thing has to be done." ! "It may cost you a few years of the hardest work you over bucked down j to," said Miller, "nnd some sleepless nights, but I really believe you have fallen on to a bettor tiling than any I ever struck. 1 could make it whiz. I've already done something that will nslonMi you. I happen to know slight ly Tillman Wilson, the president of tlie Southern hand and Timber company. Their olllees nre in Atlanta. I knew he was my man to tackle, so when I got to Atlanta yesterdny I rnn upon lit tn just ns If It were accidental. I Invited him to lunch with me at the Capitol City club; you know I'm a nonresident member. You see, I knew if I put myself ln the light of a man with something to sell, he'd hurry away from me, but I didn't. As a pretext I told him I had some clients up here who wanted to raise a consid erable amount of money and that the security offered was tine timber land. You see that caught him; lie was on his own ground. I saw , lint ho was Interested, and I boomed the property to tlie skies. "Tho more I talked the more he was Interested, till it was bubbling out all over him. He's a New .Snglnndcr. who thinks a country lawyer without a Harvard education belongs to nn effete civilization, nnd I let him think ho wns pumping me. I even left off my g's nnd ignored my r's. I let him think be had struck the softest thing of his life. Pretty noon he begun to wnnt to know if you cared to sell, but I skirted that Indifferently, as If I had no inter est whatever in It. I told him your fa ther had bought the property to hold for an advance; that he had spent years of his life picking out tlie rich est timber spots and inlying them up. Then he came rigid nut, as I hoped he would, and asked me tlie amount you wanted to borrow on tlie property. I had to speak quick, and, remembering that you had said the old gentleman had put In about ?20.000 first and last, I put the amount at $2."i,000. I was taking n liberty, but I can easily get you out of it if you decide not to do it." "Twenty-five thousand! On that land?" Alan cried. "It would tickle my father to death to sell it for that." "I can arrange tlie papers so that you are not liable for any security outside of the land, and it would practically amount to a sale If you wished it, but you don't wisli It. I finally told him that I had an idea that you would sell out for an even hundred thousand." "A hundred thousand!" repeated Al nn, with n cheery luugli. "Yes, we'd let go nt thnt." "Well, the figures didn't scare him a bit, for he finally ennio right out nnd nsked nie if It wns my opinion that In ease ills company made tlie loan you would agree to give lilm tlie refusal of the land at ?100,000. I told hlin I didn't know, that I thought it possible, but that just then I had no Interest In the matter beyond borrowing a little money on it. He nsked me how long I was going to stay In Atlanta. I told lilm I was going to a bank and tnke the night train back. 'The banks will stick you for n high rate of Interest.' he said Jealously. 'They don't do busi ness for fun, while really our concern happens Just now to have some idle capital on hand. Do you think you could beat .1 per cent?' I ndinitted that it was low enough, but I got up ns if I wns suddenly reminded that tlie banks close early in tlie afternoon. 'I think we can make tlie loan,' lie snid, 'but I must first see two or three of the di rectors. Can't you give me two hour?' I flnnlly gave ln nnd promised to moot him nt the Kimball House at l. I went to a matinee, saw it half over and went In at the ladles' entrance of the hotel. I saw hlin looking about for mo and dodged lilm." "Dodged lilmV't'ChoedAlnu. "Why" Miller laughed. "You don't suppose I'd let a big fish like that see me lllrt lug my hook nnd pole about in open sunlight, do you? I saw by his mnn nor that he was anxious to meet nie, nnd that was enough. Besides, you can't close a deal like thnt in a minute, nnd there are mnuy slips. I went back to tho club nnd threw myself on n lounge and began to smoke nnd rend nn afternoon paper. Presently heenmo In a cab, I hoard lilm asking for me in tint hall and burled my head in the paper. Ho came in to me, nnd I rose nnd looked stupid. I can do it when I try, if it W something God has failed at, nnd I begun to apologize. "He didn't seem to enre. 'If It had been a deal of your own,' he snid, with n laugh, 'you'd hnvo been more prompt, nnd I managed to look guilty. Then lie snt down. " 'Our directors nro Interested,' ho snid confidentially. The truth Is. there Is not another concern In America that enn handle property as cheaply as wo can. We happen to have n railroad about thnt length up in east Tennessee thnt lias played out, and you see we could move It to where Jt would do some good.' "As soon ns ho told me that I know le was our meat. Besides, I saw trade . In his eye as big us an arc light. To make a long tale short, he is coming up hero tonight, nnd If your fnthcr is willing to accept tlio loan be can get the money, giving only the land ns se curityprovided we don't slip up. Here's tho only thing I'm afraid of. When Wilson gets hero, he may get to making Inquiries around and drop on to tho report that your father Is dis gusted with his Investment, nnd smell a mouse nnd pull off. Whnt I want to do Is to get nt him the first thing nfter brenkfast In tho morning, so you'd bet ter bring your father and mother ln early. If we onco get Wilson's twenty five thousand into it, we can eventual ly sell out The mnln thing Is tho loan. Don't you think so?" "I certainly do," snid Alnn. "Of course a good many things might in terfere. We'd have to get a right of way nnd a chnrtcr before tho road could be built, and I reckon they won't buy till they nre sure of those things." "No; It mny tnke a long time nncl ft lot of patience," snid Miller, "but your fntlier could afford to wait If he can get his money back by means of the lonn. I tell you that's tlie main thing. If I had offered to sell Wilson the whole thing nt ?2.",000 he never would have come up here, but lie is sure now thnt tlie property Is Just whnt he is looking for. Oh, wo nre not certnln of him by a long Jump! It all depends on whether he will insist on going over there or not. If he does, those moss bncks will bu'st the thing wide open. If he comes straight to my office in tlie morning, the deal mny be closed, but if he lies nround the hotel talking, somebody will spoil our plnns, nnd Wilson will hnug oft to make his own terms inter If he makes any at all. It's ticklish, but we may win." "It is a rather ticklish situation," ad mitted Alnn, "but even if we do get tlie loan on tlie property, don't you think Wilson may delay matters nnd hope to scoop tlie property in for tlio debt?" "He might," Miller smiled, "if be didn't want to move that railroad somewhere else, nnd, besides, your fn tlier can keep the money in suitable shape to pay off the note in any emer gency and free himself." "I don't know how to thank you, old man," answered Alnn. "If you had been personally interested in ;his, you could not hnve done more." Miller threw himself back in his chair and smiled signillcnntly. "Do I look like a man with nothing in It?" he nsked. 'But you haven't anything in it," re torted Alan wonderingly. "That's all you know nbout It," Mil ler laughed. "If the road Is built, I'll make by it. This Is another story. As soon ns I saw you were right nbout putting a railroad into the nnuUains I began to look around for so'n e of that timber land. I didn't have long to wait, for the only man that holds much of it besides Colonel Barclay Peter Mosely, whom Perkins fooled just as he did your father came in. He was laying for me. I saw it in ills eye. The Lord had deli. red lilm to me, nnd I was duly thankful. He was a morsel I liked to look at. no opened up himself, bless you, nnd brngged ibout his fine body of virgin timber. I looked bored, but let him run on till he wns tired; then I said: "Well, Mosely, what do you 'ntend to do with vour white elephant? You know it's not Just the sort Barnuni Is looking for.' "He kind o' blinked at that, but he said: 'I've half a notion to sell. The truth Is, I've got the finest investment open to mo that I ever had. If I could afford to wait a few years, I could coin money out of this property, but I believe in turning money quick.' "'So do I.' said I, nnd watched lilm flirt about In tlie frying pan. Then I said, 'What is the price you hold it at?' " 'I thought.' said he. that 1 ought to got as much as I paid.' "'As much as you paid Alio Tomp kins nnd Perkins?' I said, with n grin. 'Do you think yon could possibly sell n piece of land for as much ns those sharks? If you can, you'd better go in the renl estate business. You'd coin money. Why, they yanked two thou sand out of you, didn't they?' " 'I don't really think Perkins had anything to do with it,' lie said. 'That's just a report out nbout old mnn Bish op's denl. I bought niy'lnnd on my own judgment.' " 'Well,' I said, 'how will fifteen hun dred round wheels strike you?' " 'I believe I'll take you up,' he said. 'I want to make that other investment.' So we closed, and I went at once to have tlie deed recorded before lie hnd a chance to "hange his mind. Now, you see, I'm Interested in the thing and I'm going to help you put it through. If your folks want the lonn, bring them In in tlio morning, nnd if wo can manage our Yankee just right we'll get the money." CHAPTER XV. Al' FTER supper thnt evening the Bishops sat out on the veran da to get the cool nlr before retiring. There was only ono light burning In tho house, nnd that was the little smoky lump in the kitch en, where tho cook was washing the dishes. Bishop sat near his wife, his coat off and vest unbuttoned, bis chair tilted back against tlie weatherboard lug. Abner Daniel, who had been try ing ever since supper to cheer them up in regnrd to their financial misfortune, snt smoking in bis favorite chair near tlie banisters, on top of which he now. and then plnced his stockinged feet. "You needn't talk that u-way, Broth er Ab," sighed Mrs. Bishop. "Yo're Jest doln' It out o' goodness o' heart. We might ns well fnce the truth. We've got to step down from the post tloti we now bold, an' present way o' Uvln'. An' tbnr's Adelo. Pore child! She said In 'or last letter that she'd cry 'er eyes out. She wns bent on comln' home, but 'or I'nclo William won't lot 'er. He said she'd not do nny good," "An' she wouldn't," put In Bishop grutlly. "Tlie sight o' you an' Alan be fore me nil the time is enough to show, mo whnt n fool I've been." "You nro both crossln' bridges M'oro you git to em," said Abner. "A lots o' folks has come out'n scrapes wuss'n what you nre In, ten to one. I ain't never mentioned It, but my land hain't got no mortgage on It, an' I could raise a few scads to he'p keep up yore In trust an' taxes till you could see yore way ahead." "Huh!" snorted his brotber-ln-law. "Do you rccKon I'd let as old n man ns you nre, nn' no blood kin, stake bis little nil to help me out of n hole that is gtttln' deeper nn' wider all the time a bole I deliberately got myse't Into? Well, not much!" "I wouldn't listen to that nuther," declared Mrs. Bishop, "but not many, men would offer It." They heard a horse trotting down tho rond, nnd nil bent their heads to listen. "It's Alan," said Abner. "I wns thlnkln' It was time he was showln' up." Mrs. Bishop rose wearily to order tho cook to get his supper ready, and re turned to the veranda Just as Alnn wag coming from the stable. He sat down on tho steps, lashing the legs of hia dusty trousers with his riding whip. It wns plnin that ho had something of Importance to say, and thty all waited In impatient silence. "Father," he said, "I've had a tallf with Rayburn Miller nbout your land. He and I have lately been working on a little lden of mine. You know there arc people who will lend money on real estate. How would It suit you to bor row $25,000 on thnt land, giving that alone ns security?" There was a startled silence, and Bishop broke It ln a tone of great Irri tation. "Do you tnke me fer n plumb fool?" be asked. "When I want you an' Mil ler to dabble ln my business, I'll call on you. Twenty-five thousand, I sh.v! If I could exchange every acre of it fer enough to lift the mortgage on this farm an' keep a roof over our heads. I'd do it gladly. Pshaw!" There was another silence, and then Alnn began to explain. While he talked Mrs. Bishop sat llko a figure cut from stone, and Bishop leaned forward, his elbows on hW knees, his big face in his hands, It was as if a tornado of hope had blown over him, shaking him through and through. "You been doln' this to he'p me out." he gasped, "an' I never so much aa nxed yore opinion one way or another" "I'd rather see you make money out of that purchase than anything In tho world," said his son, with filing. "People have mnde fun of you In your old ngo, but If we enn hu.ld the road and you enn get your hundred thou sand dollars some of these folks will laugh on the other side of their faces." Bishop "'as so full of excitement and emotion that he dared not trust his voice to utterance. IIo leaned back against the wall and closed his eyes, protending to be c.iltn, though his alert wife saw thnt he was quivering in ev ery limb. "Oh, Alnn." she cried, "don't you se how excited your pa is? You might not to rnise his hopes this way on such an uncertainty. As Mr, Miller said, there may be some slip, nnd we'd be right back where we was nnd feel wuss than evor." Bishop rose from his chair and be gan to walk to and fro on the veranda. "It nin't possible," they heard him say ing. "I won't gl out as easy a3 that I Jest cuyn't!" "Pcrhnps It would be wrong to ex pect too much," said Alan, "but I was obliged to tell you what we are going in town for tomorrow.'' Bishop wheeled nnd paused before them. "Ef Wilson puts up the money, I'd have enough to lift the mortgage an' a clean .120.000 besides to put in some good investment." Aunt Marin, the colored cook, enme out and timidly announced that Alan's supper wns on the table, but no one heard her. She crossed the veranda nnd touched the young man on the shoulder. "Supper's raidy, Marse Alnn," sho said, "en It's elttin' col' ergln." He rose and followed her Into tho dining room and sat dewn ln his ac customed plneo at the long table. When lie had eaten, he went back to the group on the veranda. "I think I'll go up to bed," he told them. "My ride nnd running nround nt Darley hnve made me very tired. Father, get all your pnpers together and let's take an early start in the morning." TO fiE CONTINUED. Hi Objection o IMot. That President Eliot's force of chnr-l ncter is notjere more fully nppre clnted than m his native state is illus trated by the following story: When Governor Crane was chief executive of 1" Bsachusotts he wiw npproadvd; by a delegation of business men. who nsked that President Eltot be appoint ed one of a commission to report on tlio proposed construction of a dam aero the Charles river. The governor de murred. "Would you mind stating your ob jection to President Eliot?" asked tho spokesman. "Well," replied the governor, "tho lnw says that the commission shall con sist of three men. If I appointed President Eliot there would be only; Firm Aid o l UDilrmrn. The lnundryinnn lookod at the two white waistcoats in the pile of soiled clothing in front of htm dn tho counter, and remarked. "The habit of carrying pencils lu tho vest pocket is a good thing for our business." "How is that?" nsked the customer. "See this strenk of blnck hare." thd Inundrymnn replied, pointing to thej discolored cloth just above tho unpen left hand pocket. "Men get in tftebab it of putting lend pencils In tltnt-ftockct In the winter time, nnd the marks tho lead makes on the dark eotoredV clotli don't show. But thsy not only makd an Impression on the light vests, but! the lead rubs off on the lining of thelij coats and helps to spread the stain."! Now York Press. PREACHING AND PRACTICE. Cliincliman You should have been at church las! Sunday Thf Row Dr. Preechlt delivered n very caustic sermon on "Human Vanities." Holmes Yes? By the way. T saw him to-day, nnd 1 couldn't help noticing how much his European trip lias benclltedj him. lie looks much younger. Churchman Oh! He just looks that way because lie's Won dyeing ills hair and whiskers, Philadelphia Press, DIPLOMATIC. Wife How do you like tho dinner I rooked for you with my own hands? Husband It eertalnly was well Intend ed. Kllegende Hlaetter. Vlrsliil.i DomiRhe McClurg, a Colorado woman, has been awarded the prize for the best odu to be n ine at tho Nattoiinl Irrigation congress, ti be held Septembcc 15, There wcic FO competitors.