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1LLKR accompanied Alan to
tlio door. Old Trnbue stood
In front of his office In his
shirt sleeves, hlH battered silk
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
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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
"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
"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
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
Alan 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
"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
Pole entered tho open door of bis
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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
"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
"No; you know ho ain't," snid Mrs.
"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
"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.
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-
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Ileally? Then he told 'you about
"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,
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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-
"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
"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
"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.
"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
"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
'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."
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
"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'
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
"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
"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
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
"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.
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,
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.

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