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THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS AND TIMES i TIIUnSDAY.OOTOTIBB 28, 1909,
10. 11 A MID ll fllil Ffedeile Thom'son. Copyrldht, 1908, by CHAPTER V. r HONKST MA.N AMI HNAVK. WISH to talk to you, Edward," i began Mr. Durant. His mannct was serious, and Pluckney, who had known hlni so long, realised that he wan seriously put out nbout something. At such times there was only on.' way to handle the steel rung- nate-that way was absolute obedience ( and prompt replies to his questions. . I'lnckuey became all attention at once. "Yes, sir. V hat Is it he asked. Durant consulted the paper In his hand. I "The royalty on this ltblnestrom gun, ho asked "am I correctly in formed about it?" "How much did you think it was?" nsked the manager. "According to the papers, we pay n royalty of $11,000 for every ftun six Inches or under end $1,000 an Inch ex Ira for every one over sis. So for Ihese twelve Inch gnus we nro to forge wo must pay $12,000 each." "That's correct, sir," fcald Plnckney. "It's too much,' declared the steel magnate sharply. Ills manager ventured a protesting gesture. "I wrote you," he said, "and cabled you bofore I signed the contract. It was too risky waiting until your re lurn." "I don't see why," exclaimed Du- ant impatiently. "I think you've Bade a mistake this time, Hdward a rave mistake. That royalty I consider intxageous." The manager had to make a fight "I'm very sorry, sir," he said apolo Keticolly, "hut you know I have your i interest ni neari, uuu it .-ti'im'ii in the only thing that could be done. You havo trusted my Judgment. I had to exercise ft. Tho government liked this jrun, nnd it meant on order that will keep us busy for a year. If we con trolled tin pateutH they were obliged to give ns the contracts. There was So competition, you see, and then our price to the government leaves us n Very fair profit oven after this big roy alty Is paid." Durant shook his head. "Penny wise, pound foolish, I tbHik Jt, Edwnrd, To make a profit we havo to charge the government a tremen dous price that doesn't help our future business. It will give us a black eye wuen wo want work next time." "Well, I'm sorry, sir." said Plnckney apologetically. "I was working 'only for tli best. I wanted to Insure our rontraet with the government. As it K yr u see. we do not begin work for two month's, and there'll be a lot of wire pulling and hauling Ili-it." Durant noiltWl. "Yes, If they find a gun they like better tiiey can countermand our or der." Pine!;) py hesitated. He felt he had to go cautiously, but It would not do to let Mr. Durant guess bis hand. "Yes," he said slowly, "this fellow Somraers Is here to have a gun forged that hp's Invented. He's got some pull it Washington, I'm certain of that." "Don't tee what difference that makes." replied the steel man. "Oh," protested the manager, "sup pose after they test the Stammers gun j they give It preference over the Ithlne- i strom gun and countermand our or der." I Durant nodded, pleased. J "I wish they would," he said. "We could still get the business and not ' gouge the government. Stammers Is an olflcer In tho navy and can claim no royalty. It would re.ltifo the cost of every twelve Inch gun 12,000." Plnckney bowed In agreement, then suggested: "You are partly right, Mr. Durant but if they took his gun there would be no certainty about our getting the order Wo would have to compete in the open, and some one might under bid us." "We can't help that," replied his chief "Is Stammers' gun better than ours?" Plnckney looked up Indignantly. "Of course not," he exclaimed, "but Stammers has Influence, and I do not trust bun. f think he'd be capable of any dirty trick to have our Run turned Sown." Durant laid his hand on the young Sianagcr's arm In kindly fashion. "Now, now, Edward," he said mean ingly. "I like your enthusiasm; It's good for the business, but you must not let your enthusiasm lead you to foolish hatred. This young Sommers seems to me to be a very decent sort of young fellow. 1 never saw hlra be fore tonight, but I was quite favorably lmpresced. Frances also seems to like hlra very much." "So you've noticed that, too, have" you?" sneered tho manager. Francos' father looked up sharply. "Yob; have you?" be arked. Again Plnckney hesitated. It was time for careful work now. Ho could not afford to make an open rupture or any anything about a direct explana tion, so ho began using all hh diplo macy, suggesting by look and gesture Tather than by open accusation what be meant. "Yes, I havo noticed it, Mr. Durant," "ie said. "I hoped I was mistaken. I would hate to seo anything like that, becaimo you know my Interest In ev erything that concerns you, and par ticularly in Fruueeo." He hesitated for a moment, wondering Just how to go on. "Yes, I understand your interest," said Duraut kindly. ''I understand that." "Thank you, sir," exclaimed Plnck ney gratefully. "You know, then, how bard It Is for mo to see her associated with such a fellow as Bommcrn and vbat a blow It would be if bo were to make her fond of h!m." Durant looked at tho younger man ELESS Novelized by Tliompsnn Buchanan From (he Successful Play of the Same Name By WINCHELL SMITH, FREDERIC THOMPSON and PAUL ARMSTRONG Fredtrie Thompson. All Rights Reserved. "ro you menu there's nnytiilug against tlits young fellow," he nsked- , wJjy Vmacca B,,outd nvoll) i,lu; rnther not any, Mr. Durant," )L.9tnt,.(i Plnckney. jjurnnt wan n strolghtforward old lgUer Who liked to have people como right out. ..jj j.tiu cnn't ay rKi,t outi wny do you ,',thnnte, Edward V" ho demanded Bternly. "I don't like people who beat nll0llt lue l,usi,. If you havo anything on this young fellow, como right out nU(i s.,y s0 ne prepared to prove It una don't beat about tho bush and suggest all sorts of things ngnlnst hlni merely because he's paying attention to Francos." Plnckney rose and drew himself up to his full height. "I'm very sorry, Mr. Duraut. that you should think mo capable of such a thing," ho sold wlfci dignity. "1 thought my Interest was too well proved for you to think that I would do nnythlng underhouded. I say noth lug against thlN fellow Sommers now. because I'm not prepared to prove It: but, remember this, Mr. Durant, he's no good, and sooner or later you'll find It out. I only hope It won't be too late." Durant looked at his young manager keenly. lie bad no reanon to suspect that Plnckney would lie or do any thing maliciously underhanded merely to put a rival out of the way. Ho had known Edward from n boy nnd found him always apparently devoted to the Durant Interests. All this made him Judge kindly when from another man he would not have tolerated mere backbiting All right, Edward," he said kindly. "You've proved yourself devoted to me. I think this Is Just a little over enthusiasm in tho Durant Interests. As a general rule, I've found these na val chaps straightforward, decent young fellows, and I'd hate to believe . . it . .it . . , i u.-nu, atu,u,ul and see. Come to me If you get any-; thlng on him. but you know I will not I Liuou lor niiTi: rumors uuu ru?pi clotis." He stopped abruptly, for the door opened and the man of whom they were speaking, with Frances, came In. The quick eye of the girl caught her father's angry mood. "What's the matter, dad?" she nsked. The old man turned to her, with a smile. "Nothing at all, little one, except Edward's been saying some things that interest me greatly, and to show him what I think I'm going to ask him to come to the study nnd eontlnue the conversation. I'll leave you to enter tain Lieutenant Sommers If you'll ex cuse me." .f l. ...... ....ttw. ....1.1 I Frances. "Yes " broke iu Sommers, "that bad time when I must say good nlslit has arrived." "How much longer will you be In Pltfshnrg. Mr. Sommers?" nsked Du rant. 'Only until my gun Is forged," re plied the lieutenant. PlneUney looked up In surprise. "Oh. then you Intend to remain to can flm f rrrr n rr rf thn rnn trm rool 1' Sommers'smlled at him. " ' "Is that surprising? I'm somewhat: .. "We're glad to have you, of course, I Mr. Sommers," spoke up Durant. "Ev erything Is at your service. Good night, sir." The steel mnn shook hands nnd, turning, started to his study. Plnck ney remained a moment behind. "Of course," he began rather cau tiously, "we ore glad to hnve you, as Mr. Durant says, Mr. Sommers. but with your gun so well under way I don't see how you can possibly be of nny help to ns." Just a slight hardening of his tone made Pluckncy's speech mean only too plainly, "There's no use in your staying, because we don't want you." Hut the naval man overlooked entirely the implication. Instead of taking of fense he smiled courteously. "I had no Idea of being of any help, Mr. Plucknoy. I only want to be on hand when the tempering Is done." "You mean ut tho work In the fur nace room?" gasped the manager. Sommers smiled. "That's It exactly." Plnckney was beginning to lose bis temper. "May I ask why?" he said sharply. Sonmiorsr continued to smile. "Only to be suro It is properly done," he explained. Frnnces was standing by, watcbingtho men and In her mind comparing them. She saw Plnckney, big, aggressive, strong, an Iron man. used to overriding all who opposed hlni. now matched and held by this quiet, smiling man, whose coolness nnd evident pliant strength reminded her more than nny thing else of the finest tempered steel, tough, elastic, unbreakable, that out lasts Iron every time. Now Plnckney was losing more of his temper, "Have you any idea we ure not com petent enough to handle this Job?" he demanded, Sommers still smiled. "Oh, no, of course not, only I pre fer to seo for myself, that's all. Ah!" He turned to see Mrs. Durant, who had entered. "Mrs. Durant, I fear 1 must say good night, much ns I hate to. Thank you for a splendid evening." Mrs. Durant shook hands cordially. "Good night, Mr. Sommers. I hope you'll come up often while you're iu town," Sommers bowed. "Thank you. You mny bo sure I'll come as often as I dare," he said. Then he turned and held out bis band to Frances, "Good night, Mlis Durant." The tlrl shook her bead. "I'm Rolnjr to neo you out," sho said. Ho mulled Rrntofully. "Thanks." Next he turned to rincknoy. "Good night, Mr. l'lnckncy. What time will Hint rum be In?" I'lnckuey hesitated a moment. "Two o'clock sharp. Oood tilf-lit." .. I.I.n ,1 ,U InnvlnB ' A,. . 1. 1 I I . .t I . . 1 1 . 1 luogmi.uiuunr.im.n.u.mo """'"''I,,,,. U,,Q.1 il, I t.f ...f.1...0 nt lt.tr in tho doorway staring ut each , other. OHATTnit VI. "I I.OVK YOU," , II H donr elosi-d. nnd IMncknev ' T ... " claimed. "She's going to tho door with him going right out there with hlni. 1 novor saw anything like it in my life." Francos' mother smiled Indulgently. "Well, what If sho is?" she said. "For goodness' soke, Edward, lot tho child be polite," Plnckney was loslup all vestige of caution and self control. "Sho's In lovo with hlni. I tell you, she's In love with him." Mrs. Durant smiled. "Francos In lovo with Mr. Sommers! Why, Edward, you're ridiculous." The man was walking up and down tho floor excitedly. Now he stopped In front of her. "Hldlculous nothing!" he exclaimed. "You won't say It's ridiculous when this penniless adventurer eatrles her oil right under your eyes. I tell you, It isn't sufo. He's not the kind of man to be with Frances. I should havo protested before. I'm sorry I didn't. I tell you, Mrs. Durant, It makes my blood boil to see It. I can't stand It. I won't stand it." "Edwnrd!" Mrs. Durant was not smiling now. Her face was hterti. grim, almost like her husband's. "Do you realize what you're saying?" bIio demanded sternly. "It Isn't for you to criticise what Frances does one way or another. I will attend to that, llor father and 1 have eharge of her and no oue else. I-or you to make any such , speech Is presumptuous." j Plnckney bowed, rebuked. I "I'm sorry," be said. "1 suppose I I was presumptuous. btlt"-hls voice i broke with real feeling, n feeling of j fear and disappointed ambition that Mrs. Durant mistook for love-"lt Is hard after the dreams I've had nnd tho plans we've made. 1 tell you, It's a fearful thing to stand by and see Vou and Mr. Durant calmly helping Mils sailor to win her." r rt. ........ ...:t.,.l n..nntt....l.. .hid. uui.iui nwiuvti .il'ii.wiwj . N Edwnrd." she said, ....... If ... -,.,m,ir. v i..w wt Gpor(,ft , ,inv' n() (), helping him to win her. If any oue Is helping hlni you nro the one." Plnckney looked at her amazed. "I?" he exclaimed. Frances' mother nodded. "Exactly," she'-sald. "You are help ing him by your very apparent Jeal ousy. There Is nothing that will spur a girl to be particularly nice to one man so much as a knowledge that He barely breathed her uame. Then some one she cares for Is seeing and j all reply was cut off, for she was in writhing." his arms with her own arms nbout hl.i Plnckney opened bis eyes. Elko . neck and their lips were tight to many another schemer, he had de- ' gether. voted all his time to circumventing It was nearly half an hour later men, and he really knew compnrn lively little about women. "Ittlt she hadn't seen that I notice It," he protested. "She's I busv with hlni to notice now -en too ng." ' J ne mother laughed out loud nt hH Iter lone. ' bltt "Nonsense Edward. Mr. Sommers Is a nice young man, and I don't blame her for enjoying his visits, Goodness knows, nice yoing men nro , not so plentiful in Pittsburg." ' Plnckney looked at her reproachfully. ' "1 thought you at least were on my side," he complained. "1 didn't ex- '"I'l1 -"'V1 "r,,l",t ra,p;" , . (IlP,ca dn "!1 '1''?lr stared gloomily at the fire. Mrs. Du- rant came over to rest one band af fectionately on his shoulder. "I am on your side, Edward," she ha Id seriously. "You know that. You know perfectly well that her father and I both hope with all our hearts that some day we shall see you two married." He turned eagerly and, reaching up, caught her hand. "Then why don't you speak to her of it?" he exclaimed. "Let her under stand your wishes." The woman looked down on htm with u pitying smile. "You poor boy!" she said. "You must be desperate. You want ine to proposo for you. Well, If George Du- rant had come to my mother" She ended with a nod almost savage. "Perhaps he did for nil you know," MTntiilmeil Plnckney. "She' in love wtth him. I tell you she't in lore uitli Mm," "No, he didn't. She was dead," snapped Frances' mother. "Now, you poor thing, don't be so tragic. Sow mors will go In a day or so, and In a few weeks he may be ordered to the north pole or the equator or goodness knows where. At any rate, he'll bo out of her way und yours, See her to night. Talk with her. Lot her see how you feel toward he. Now Is a good time. She's coming back. I'll leave you." Hut It was the butler Instead of Frances, as expected, that enters the room. "Fllklus, jivhero is Miss Durant?; asked rincknoy sharply. The butler tumid, "On the veranda with the navy rod tleinan, sir," ho said. Meanwhile, outside on tho veranda, Frances Durant nnd Lieutenant Bom inertt stood side by side In lhe dark ness saying goodby Hack of them, "!'" ff wlfl "envy " ". f the lighted house. In front, far be- . . , - .... (ho steel works, where the night shift , tolled. Now and again, at IrreRiilar In- tervnh, lhe sky was lighted with a ru'lden Rlare or tile hupe chlmneyfl that blazed up and then died abruptly, ...... -, .. eavltiK the nlcht btacker than before. ! For n time they stood looking out at Iho distant lights and the silence. At last It was the girl who spoke. "And tomorrow night you will be now., there tolling, watching, walling,' ns Ihev forge the gun which Is to make your fa.no," sho said softly. "And you?" he asked. Just as low. In Um darkness she looked up at him. "And 1," alio sald-"I shall be up bore , lust whore I nm now. watehlne: tho I .. ;.. . ...... .t. . 1 lights and thinking and praying that all will be well." Again they stood In silence for n time. Then tho tnnn sighed, I nm afraid to como back again," he began unsteadily. "I think I had bet- i tor say good by to you tonight." She moved slightly closer. "Afraid' i ..t..n.. It wan a taunt tremulous- "Yes,"' he blurted. "I am afraid, and you know why." She did not answer, and he ruh"d on, speaking low, eagerly, yet bitterly. "You know I can't tell you what 1 wish to nay, I haven't retilly the right. I am a penniless naval elllcer and you the daughter of the blsgest Hteel man In the country. I haven't the right." "What Is It you wish to hay?" sho asked Insistently. Elbe was so close their hands touched as he turned to ward her. And. touching, the bands clung together. "You know what I wish to say," ho exclaimed. "If 1 bad the right I'd tell you how much I love you. I'd tell you how from the first moment 1 row you 1 wanted you, and you only. I'd tell you bow I never have lived until I knew you nnd tho rest of my life niust be one dreary blank of grinding duty because I must lose you I'd tell you that life with vou would be more happiness than any man lias the rlu'lit to have. I'd tell you that I'd rather have one yvar of you than a million yenra on earth and all the honors that men could give me. I'd tell you" ho broke off bitterly for a second, then repeated "I'd tell you enough to make you realize what an absolutely dream ing, idiotic fool I nm, but I'd tell you enough to make you know how I suf fer because I haven't the right to real ly tell you anything." In the darkness the irlrl laughed a low lough of pure delight. "You are an absolute, Idiotic, dream ing fool." she said, so softly, bo ten derly, that he could not but understand. Frances!" when Frences Durant. her cheeks flushed, her eyes misty with happl- ness, opened the big front door nnd stepped back Into the lighted hall. i So much had hnppei.ed In that short time. Mie had gone out an anxious, I worried girl. She re-entered a glow- j lug woman, loved nnd loving, sure of 1 herself and happily coutldint of the future. They were not engaged. No, Indeed! They had solemnly assured each other of that fact. It would not do at all for the penniless naval officer to formally ask the hand of the steel king's daughter! I'.ut when his gun had been a great success anil fame had como to him then lie was to come and make his formal plea and nsk her father for her hand. And she would be wnltlng eagerly for her lover, ready with her answer and prepared.no mat ter what happened, to follow him to the ends of the earth. ' Edward Plnckney looked up with n , sneer as she entered the library "Oil, he's gone, has be?" he said contemptuously. The girl was too happy to mind the tone. "You mean Mr. Sonuncr.;?" she said, affecting to misunderstand. "Yes; he's gone." "Of course I mean that naval whlp persnapper. Who do jou suppose 1 meant?" he replied sharply. "You ' ought to have more sense. Frnnces. ! than to stand out on that cold porch. You're likely to catch pneumonia or anything." The girl smiled slightly. "Oh, I wasn't cold," she said. "I've been waiting to speak to you," began Plnckney again. "It's about something Important." Frances was In no mood for long, dull conversation. She wanted to get nwny by herself to think over the last half hour, to feel ngatn the thrill of his touch, to hear again In her Imagi nation tho sound of his voice. So sho spoke somewhat Impatiently. "Won't tomorrow do, Edward?" lie shook his head with decision. "No; tomorrow won't do, Frances. I want to talk to you tonight nbout something In which I nm Interested and In which your mother and father are Interested also something which we all wish to bring about." Tho girl yawned. She did not have the least idea what he was going to say. "Oh, very well, Edwnrd, If It's any thing you wish and mother and father wish, too, Just consider that I have agreed and let It go at that. Don't worry me," He stepped toward her suddenly and before she realized It had put his arm nbout her. "Then we . may announce tho en gagement at once," ho said master fully. The girl recoiled, ihen ,tore herself from his arms, "No," she said sharply, "you will not announce tiny engagement of mine lf you mean yourself as tho man." His face darkened, 1 "You mean you don't care for me?" be demanded. She looked nl him with a smile. "Of course I care for you. Edward; we've been hroucht uu together. I've looked on you as a sort of bh; hrothor, , jnth br d , , , f but I don't care for you the least bit rlllk, nlme(, ,)1(W h(,nnXnnt. It. tho way you mean, and I never ( ..Yon w Utrttrcr he nUmM, will." "You lljitik you're a better man than "You mean you won t marry mo?" , I am! I'll show vou! I'll let you know he demanded Bhfjrlly, T,0'f) (he fioits of this here job!"' "Of course 1 won't marry you when . ...... I don't care for you," she retorted, bo- , r,r',r' do,ee1 the blow nu& Jump Mnnln to ino her temper In (urn. "f 11,0 tll tommn "Are yotl out of your senses? I've "6"" Ar",m ,h '" cn,ne flt never had any Idea of marrying yotl, ."""' u1 be Brnbbod nil Iron Edward. I will never hnvo sued n , baL ft M renA'1 ,., , , Men," rinckney saw nil bin dreanm begin to tnmue. n mndo him noRry. dnper- ntt ..You will mnrrr mel" he exclaimed lt tHII 1111111,1 11(1 lie liltlll' II, ..(ninff inirini lmi. "f toll M w mrrv m0 wtwt flo ynn'thl(;k , nlDn f()ol7 Do yot) ', ,. n I(0t,c, dreamlnff fW' .... .i i t . . 8 ffi"'?n.of ',,BtllphrnM ,,h U,H bmtA 80 rcce,,lly rouso(1 ,ne J10 nnKC.r' ,. , ( , crtll " lrtlotlc fo0' lf J tl,lnk 1 ' ,0 lnuny J""1 or nnybody elso I don't Iov0- whether you wish It or mother , - ." - . ., , rnll,er w,l!, " or whole world ; niMuua ii. umu-ifuoim mni one nnu t for nil. Good night." And, turning, , rho started for tho door. I Pltickiiey's fnco was convulsed with rage. Ills hands were twitching. He ' eould hardly control hlmsalf, "Tben you're going to tnnrry this I C'irty adventurer, Sommers, nre you?" ho almost shouted, 1 ho girl stopped short and whirled nb;ut' fncR ' cheeks were! bright, her eyes blnelng with anger. . "I'm going to marry tho man I love, 1 Edwnrd Plnckneyl" sho exclaimed in "I'ou mean you won't marry met" ht demanded angrily a voice of controlled anger. "And that man will never be you. That's all you need know. He will never be you. Good night." CHAPTER VII. THE ronoiNO OF Tun mo cow. MITH, tho foreman In charge of the Sommers gun, was raging drunk. lie lurched up nnd down la front of the furnaces, cursing the men, driving them here and there, making i nil manner of confusion, apparently without reason. O'Leory. his assistant, had done his best to quiet the half crazed foreman. O'I.enrv and everv n)an on ,,. J()1) Unew ;, h(1 Soni. .,. ,.. in rnvt ,Rn,w nt ho. ... ilned. It had been scheduled to Rn lnto tue fril!R.0 nt o o'clock, but i,nrti.. .lftnr nflnrl ireliPii jn caPj j,S mnn together and shoved ,h'0 Run nto tlie furnnce tliroo' uoura ahead of time. Now it was nearly midnight, and unless the gun came out shortly every man knew that It would be completely ruined. It must come out, be brought to the proper tempera ture and then thrust Into the tempering bath a thousand gallons of oil. The last time Smith had been In charge of the Job he had put a gun Into the bath at too high a temperature nnd It had burst at the proving ground. Smith on that occasion had been laid off nnd had not been brought back to work until the costing of the Sommers guu. Then Plnckney had sent for him nnd, after a long talk In his private ofiice, had placed the disgraced fore man In complete charge of this new nnd very Important piece of work. At the castlug of the Ithinestroin gun Plnckney himself had taken complete charge, staying In the furnace room until all the work was finished, and tho marked difference Iu the handling of the two Jobs had not escaped some of the shrewder workmen. "Looks like they don't care a hang whether this one goes or not," O'Lenry, the assistant foreman, had complnlued. "It's plain foolishness, putting Smith ou tho Job, It'll just get him in trou ble and won't do any good. That gun's bound to bo a failure If we ain't care ful." The men had taken O'Leary's view of the matter and were doing all they could to make this Job a success. Sommers during bis stay about the works had become tremendously popu lnr. They wanted to do their best for him; also O'I.eary expected In the fall to marry Lucy Smith, the fore man's daughter, and therefore he had an Interest in putting tho Job through right. Sommers was to come down about 1:30 in the morning, when the gun was expected to go lnto'the tempering bath. That was the Important work, nnd he was determined to superintend It. However, with Smith putting the guu In three hours ahead of time ther seemed every chanco that unless Som mers should be warned of the cbangt tho gun would be In the both and ev erything of Importance oTer before the navy man should arrive. In vain O'Leary pleaded with Smith, to do something nbout the gun. "'? "?cen ,n long already. Smith." he urged. "Do you want to rulu this Job? Who'll take care of you when you ruin another gun! You'll be down nnd out for good." The foroman, swaying froaa aide to side, looked nt his assistant with a riruuken leer. "Who'll take care of mer be aneer ed. "Don't you worry about who'll take care of mo. I'm the best man nbout these works drunk or sober, and ilon't you forget It." O'Lenry could not be put off. "Thou lf you'ro the best man show It!" he shouted. "Show It by tending to business! That gun 'II be ruined la no time!' ju uihc nnviiipr Biep nim i 11 unim Jr,0"' 1,0 KcUcA. nbore nmr "I! . Vn,,(! "r tle t",1," hauiiiiers. "You re 'Irtiiife, ntid we're navlns your lob for V'J,K N(,w yo" te"(1 to ,l or ''" "rnnsh 4 a i ro,ir "end clean In Jnlth stopped, grumbling. He knew ; was the strongest, cooles young fellow about the works A fig t w,th b,,n "0D,,r """'d nnr Un '". a' tha foreman knew he Would not stand n dunce. He tappml back. "I'm tending to my Job, O'Deary," he romplalned. half maudlin. "There ain't no call for you ai-tlng that way. You'ro trying to Cet my Job, that's what. I'm doing right-Just what I was toiu. now. you let ine nione. . "8ure. OMx-nry. let him alone," urged the other men. "He'll come round, nnd we'll get tho gun out on lime." Jlefore more could be said an office boy appear ml, coming from tho front office. "They want you In the office, O'Eeary. Hustle up," he said: "It's lm- porta.it." Out in the odlco Lucy Smith was ex- plaining vigorously to the sienogrii' pber, Mazle O'llrlon, that Smith. In charge of the Sommers gun. wnftdrunk on the Job, and his wife, rearing some thing might happen, had cent the girl over to bog O'I.eary to tJike care of him. "Btire. Lucy, that's all right. Of course O'Eoury will do It for you." the good imtured stenographer encouraged. "I'll Just get out and give you a chance nt bliu when ho comes. When are you going to get married, anyhow?" Lucy blushed nnd hesitated. "1 don't know exactly," she Fald "We haven't tulked much about it." Mazle O'lirlen smiled, "Well, It's ubout time you're getting busy with that line of conversation. I think. Don't do to trust any of these steel hands. Two weeks Is long enough for any girl to bo engaged. I'll get out now und leave you ulone," she ended as O'I.eary. astonishment and worry showing on his begrimed face, entered the otQce. "What's the matter. Lucy?" he asked anxiously. The girl turned to hlni with eager ness. "It's nbout father. Is he very bad?" The man hesitated. "Well, he's got a few drinks in," he confessed ut last. "But there hasn't been much trouble up to date." "He's pretty ugly, ain't he?" asked the girl. O'Lenry laughed grimly. "Yon know what your dad is when he's drunk. Euey. He's tried to pick one or two scraps tonight, but the men nro beeping uwuy from him. I'll do my best to keep down trouble, you know that. Lucy." The girl nodded. "Yes, I know, Joe, you're mighty good," she said, "but If anything hap pens tonight you know he'll lose his Job sure. I'm awful afraid, and moth er's worse than 1 am, so 1 Just came over to get you to look out for hlni. Is he doing his work nil right?" O'Lenry shook his head regretfully. "That's what bothers me," he con fessed. "The Sommers gun 's been in the fire too long now. If it don't come out of the furnace soon the guu 'II be no good ut all." The girl made a hopeless gesture. "What do you think of that!" she complained. "And he's the best man over here when he's sober. Cnn't you do anything. Joe?" "I am doing nil I can," he urged, ns though In Justification, "but if that guu 's put In the oil bath after being too long In the fire the tempering will be bad." Lucy wrung her bauds despairingly. "Let's get Mr. Marsh," she begged. "Mr. Plnckney ain't here, hut Mr. Marsh can take dad off the job and keep blm from ruining everything. Sommers Is such a nice man, too, nnd Miss Frances likes him. Ob, what ure we going to do, Joe?" O'Leary looked ut her blankly. The situation was too much for him to manage. "Marsh's acting funny, too," he com plained. "He must know how Smith Is, but he keeps away and don't say nothing to hlni. Guess he's afraid." "Maybe I could go In and beg him. Couldn't I do that. Joe?' pleaded the girl. She turned and started for the door which led Into the works, but before she could reach it the door was push ed open and Smith, drunker nnd more enraged thnn ever, lurched Into the office. At sight of Lncy nnd O'Leary together he straightened up. caught hold of the door a moment for sup port, then burst on them with a tor rent of anger. "What are you doing here?" be roar ed. "Why did you come In this of flco, Lucy? What busluess you got here, O'Leary? Ain't 1 seelug you hanging around my bouse enough without getting that girl In the ofiice?" "I I've got your dinner, father. I brought It over to you." faltered Lucy. "And why didn't you bring It to mo tight?" he shouted. "And why do yon let this fellow Iu the office here be talking to you?" "Joe's all right, father." the girl urged. "He don't want you to make uo mistake with tho Sommers gun, that's all." t Tho drunken foreman turned on his assistant with fury. "Ob, yon don't, don't you!' Look here, you keep that mug of yours out of my nffnlrs or I'll break It Do you hear?" But Joe O'Leary did not come of tho race that could be bluffed. As Smith lurched toward blm the assistant straightened Into a position of de fense, waiting for blm. "Don't waste your breath trying to :are me, Smith," bo shouted. "You'd better be gettiug that gun out of the tire before It spoils." The suddeu opposition sobered the aruuken man for a moment "I got a fine assistant, ain't I?" he sneered. "Trying to tell me my busl neaat ) know what you're up. to. Xou sneaked In here to talk to her; thnt'i what you did. Now, you keep away from her after this, I tell you. Don't you come near her or I'll break o'i In two." O'Leary looked the larger mnn up vtid down with fine Irish scorn, "I'reak me In two!" he sneered. "If you was to break me In two either piece of me would get up and knock your block off. 1 tell you, lf you ever Iny n hnnd on me I'll kill you." In n wild fury Smith rushed un steadily. O'Leary landed once, slug, gerlng the big man, and then Lucy rushed In between them. ','Fnther! Joe! Don't!" she begged. "You'll both be discharged." The Jarring, staggering blow had knocked a little of the tight out of tho bully. lie still had sensp enough to know that In nn even battle tils young, strong iisslstnnt would hnve u gocd chnnre. nnd, like most bullies, bo didn't care for even battles, The plea of Lucy gnve him a chance to chnngo the direction of his anger. 'Discharged!" ho yelled. "Who'll discharge me? I can clean out tho whole works, and I" He was lurching nbout thn office, swinging his arms wildly In time to his drunken thrents, when the street door opeued and Plt.ckiify enme In hastily. In a moment the manager saw thnt something was wrong, "What's the ineatilng of this?" ho demanded sharply, stepping forward. Again the current of Smith's rnfro had found an object to d.nh against. All sense of discipline and feur of consequences was gone from him. Then, besides, down In his heart lio knew thnt I'lnckuey needed lilm end would srurcely dine to discharge him nt this time. Instead of replying Uo heaved himself over until he stood faro to fnee with the general manager, "Do you think I'm afraid of you?" ha demanded ilrunkenly. Plnckney paid no attention to him, but turned utul pressed the bell. When he smke It was to the assistant "What nre you doing here, O'lary?" "Nothing, sir." "Then get to work," ordered Plnck ney sharply. O'Leary hesitated. "I can't leave Lucy with him," ho said. Jerking his head toward Smith. Plnckney nodded. "I nnrtiTstnnd, but that's all right. You go back to work. I'll look after her." "Yes. Joe, please go when he tells you," urged Lucy, O'Leary nodded. "All right; I'm going." he said. Ho reached the door, then turned bd-1 spoke tbrentenlngly to the drunken foreman. "See here. Smith, lf you touch that girl I'll kill you, nnd don't yon forget It!" Ilefori' Lucy's father could reply he turned and slammed the door aftet him. Smith whirled, lurched towurd Lucy with his hnnd upraised, but Pluckney stepped In front of him. "Here, here. Smith!" commanded the manager sharply. "You've got no tlmo for fooling. Uemember, 1 put you iu charge of the Sommers gun." Smith straightened and leered with a drunken assumption of sarcasm. "What If you did? Ain't it being done to suit you?" "Of course It Is. 1 haven't comploln ed, have I?" The foreman thrust his own fnco against thnt of the general manager. "You'd better not complnln!" ho sneered threateningly. "1 guess I kuow what's wanted of me." I'lnckuey nodded. "I'm sure you do, Smith," be so id 1 blandly. "I hnve every confidence In i you; now go und look out for that gun i and, remember, until that Job's out ol the way you're boss. Don't let ony body Interfere with you!" The foreman shook ono of his bit. arms. "If any one Interferes with me you know what they'll get," he roared "You can bet your life on that aud one of them Is going to get It quick." Still muttering threats, he turned nnd stnggered out of the works. Plnckney looked sharply at Lucy. "You go home nud stay there," he said. The girl hesitated. Fear of what might happen with her father drunh and In charge of such Important work gave her unusual courage. "Excuse me. Mr.. Plnckney. but father Isn't himself. Do you think t: safe to have him In charge tonight?" Tlie manager frowned bo savagely that Lucy trembled. "Ob. that's what brought you here, was it? You enme over to manngo the works, did you?" he sneered. "I was nfraid-that gun"- repented the girl. Pluckney broke In on her savagely. 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