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Xim DUItLINGTON FREE PRESS AND TIMES: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1010. r. A Silver Horde I a o By REX BEACH COPYUIOMT. 1 000, BY cnAPTRit ni. iHR Rlil darted a swift look at Royd. hut In? fi'll to brooding again, evidently Insensible to hr ptosence. At Icuglli lu i stirred himself to ask: "Can I hire a guide hereabout? We'll hnvo to bo trolng on In a day or so." "Constantlnp will act you one. I lupposo. oi course, you m im-m me , . 4 til ... ivutmni tass.' "Avoid 11? Why?" 1 , . , ,1... "It's. dangerous, and nobody travels. It except In the direst emergency. It's j much the shortest route to tho coast. ; but It has a record of fotue thirty I deaths. I should ndvlo you to cross the range farther ent, where the di vide Is lowpr. The r.inll boat touches at both places." On tho following morning Cherry told Constantino to hllrh up her team nnd have It waiting when breakfast was Hnlshod. Then she turned to Km eron. who came Into the room and said quietly: "I have something to show you If yon will tnl: a short ride with me." The young linn, Impressed by the fravliy of her Manner, readily con- , rented. Constantino freed the leader, a'-d they went orr at a mad run. They 1 Hktmtmd over the snow1 with Hip flight , of a bird 1 The young man pave himself up to tl i' unique mid railn r delightful ox-pei-leiu'c of I e'.ng transported through an unknown eoun:ry to 1111 unknown destination by a harming girl of whom he r.lso knew nothing. j "Yesterday you seemed to be taken , by the tislilng business." she finally said. "I certainly was until yon told tne Ihere were no cannery sites left." . "There Is one. When I came here ' n year ago the whole river was open, so on an outside chance I located a site, the lie:st one available. When Willis Marsh learned of it lie took up nil of the remaining places, nnd. al though at th" time I hnd no Idea what 1 was going to do with my property. I hung on to It." "I can't buy your site." "Nobody linked you to," she smiled. "I wouldn't sell It to you if you had fa mf?j, TOGfCTlTFTt THEY AHCTOPTTD Tllr. IUNH AND SDKVr.XKI) T1IU bUIIKOU.NDINUS the money, but if you will build a cannery on It I'll turn In the ground for an interest." Emerson meditated a moment then replied, "I can't say yes or no. It's a pretty big proposition $200,000, you said?" "Yes It's a big opportunity. Ton can clean up 10U per cent in a year. Do you think you could ralso the! money to build n plant?" "I might." ho said cautiously. "At least you enn try?" "Itut I dou't know anything ibout the buslucHS' "I've thought of all that, nnd there's t way to inii'Ue success certain. I be lieve you have executive nullity and .'an handle these men." "Oh, yes. I've done that sort of Uilng." Ills broad shoulders went up is he drew a long breath. "What's rour plan?" "There's a man down tho coast, George Halt, who knows more about mm my 'fx the business than any four people In ' comfortable sometimes, he Is so d d Kalvilc. He discovered the Kalvlk I moral," Fraser replied Indirectly. "Ho river, built tho first cannery here and' won't stand for anything oft color, was Its foreman until he quarreled ; He's a retil square guy, k' Is. tho kind with Maruli. Halt Isn't the kind ofou rend nbout." man to ho disciplined, ro, not having j "You didn't answer my questUm," enough money to build a cannery, he ' Insisted Cherry. took his sc iuty capital and started a I Again Fraser evaded the Issue. "Now. saltory on hlu own account. Marsh , If this Marsh Is going after you in broke George In u year, ruined him, i earnest this summer why don't you lo utterly wiped him out. Just an he in-! me stick around until spring und look tends to wipe cut Insignificant mo. j out your game? I'll drop a monkey riiinktiiKto recoup HI-, forunos, George enrao bacic Into camp, but he owns n valnnblo trap site which Mnrsh and his colleagues want, and oeforu they nould give him work they tried to make him aaUn It to them and con tract never to go in business on till own a"count. Naturally George ro- 7usd. Ho's heen Rtarvluif atw for two jeaih, "No man dares to furnish food tc Ueorpe Bait; no man dares to givo hlro a bed; no cannery wtll let him work. He has to take a dory to Dutch ?JarUor to get food. He doesn't dire cave the country and abandon tho itoter thousands he has Invested In fuilldlsgi, and every summer when lUa run nt:t,.s ho comes acrosa tho ainrshas and slinks about the Knlvlk thickets like wraith, watching from m , r in. ....uu. . 1U..0 ,. inranen. nnn ing to the clank of machinery every bolt i - ,h ! " ' . wn,r;hlnK hls eneiule enrich tlitinui. from tint -'...8.e,40,j,,9)i e i Author of "The Spoilcn" and "Tho Harrier" H A. P tl It V D HOT HERS gloaming t.llvor irmy, which bp con riders tils very own, Ho Is slimmed like it leper. Pome tlnip I believe hp will l.lll Vnrsli.'i 'llni-m! one r.ooms to lie forpvpr - I II ..f ll.lu ttifOll t,,M I ei usiiij; un- mm "i Mtn lloyd. who hnd listened Intently. "The man w'io heals Marsh will i hn vp done sor.ieihlng.' M'.o paused. then said deliberately. "And 1 believe u nr(, )h(i ()n(1 )(, ,f , j atlon I .... ,i,i,. .1 .... 1 1 A"? . V V . 0 I III uiouin "I 11 m-cp , 1 i ... cl)(,rrv ,,.,,,, ,,r Kmer.sun ! , j f.()ln , Mc(, ,.,,,. Tl)1, '.. ... ... . . ,.,.,.., lt .,,, n clmnn of snruee. among the liole-i .of which he tauglid the harness, for ' this team was llkoa pack of wolvev I ravenous for travel and Intolerant of , ' the leash ! Together they ascended the b.ink nnd 1 suiveyed the surroundings. Cnerry e:; ' pi.tltitlng upon every feature vl'h th" fervor of a land agent bent on weav j lug his spell about a prospective buyer. 1 And In truth she had chosen well, for 1 the conditions seemed Idenl. I "fve watched you. and I know you are down on your luck for some rea- son." the girl said. "You've bron mis 1 east somehow, and you've had the heart taken out of you. but I'm sure It's In you to succeed, for you're young nnd Intelligent, cool and determined I am giving you this chance to play the lilsgest game of your life and erase hi elj'ht short months every trace of failure. I'm not doing It altogether unselllshly. for I believe you've been ent to Knlvlk to work out your own salvation and mine nnd that of poor (ieoige Halt, whom you've never seen. You're going to do this thing, and you're going to make It win." Kmerson reached out Impulsively nnd caught her tiny, mlttened hand. Ills eyes were shining; his face had lost the settled look of dejection and was all aclow with a new dawn of hope. I'ven ftls shoulders wero lifted and thrown back as if from some sudden access of vigor that lightened bis bur den. "You're right!" be said firmly. "We'll send for Rait tonlcht." In the days that followed Cherry was at Hoyd's elbow constantly, aid ing him at every turn in his zeal to acquire a knowledge of the cannery system. The odd conviction grew upon her thnt he was working against time, thnt there was a limit to his period of action, for be seemed obsessed by an over growing pnsslon to accomplish some end within a given time and had no thought for anything beyond the engroslng Issue Into which he had plunged. She was dunifcmnded by his sr.ddcn transformation and delighted at tlrst. but later, when she saw that he regarded her only as n means to nn end. his cool assumption of leader ship piqued her and she felt hurt. Constantino fead been sent for Halt with instructions to keep on until he found the fisherman even If the quest carried him over the range. During the days of Impatient waiting they oc cupied their time largely In- reconnol teriug tho nearest cannery, permission to go over which Cherry had secured from the watchman, who was Indebted to her. Tho man was timid at first, but Emerson won him over, then pro ceeded to pump him dry of Informa tion, as he had done with his hostess. Frnser looked on In bewilderment at the change In Emerson "What have you done to 'Frozen Annie?" " he asked Cherry on one oc casion. "You must have fed him a speed ball, for I never saw a guy gear up so fast. Why, he was the darndest crapo hanger I ever met till you got hlra gingered up. Ho didn't have no moie spirit than a slek kit ten." Frasor then eyed tho girl keenly. "This Is n lonely place for a woman like you," bo said, "and our mutual friend ulu't altogether unattractive, chi" Cherry's cheeks flamed, but her tone was Icy. "This Is entirely a business matter." "flai-m! I ain't never heard you touted none as a business woman," said the adventurer. "Have you evor heard me" the col or faded from the girl's face, aud It was a trifle drawn "discussed In any way?' "You know, Emerson makes me un wrench In his xmr cas-e or put a spider in his dumpling, and It's more than nn even shot that If hltu and I got to know each other rlfcht well I'd own , bin cannery before fall." Thank you; l can tako care of mj self." nuid tho girl. Late one stormy nlght-C'onstantlne ' hud been gone n week -the two men I whom they were expecting blew In ' through the blinding smother. Rait I refused rest or (laurlshment until ho had learned why Cherry hnd sent I for blm. As briefly as possible she ! outlined the situation. Royd Emerson bbw a fwge, barrel chesWd creature whose tremendous muscles bulged be neath his nondescript garments, whoso red, upfltaudlng bristle of hair topped a leather countenance from which gleamed a pair of tho most violent eyes Emerson had ever beheld, tho doml nnnt cxprfiason 0f which was ran. j Hta voice was hoarse with the echo of drumming ratlines. He might have lTed fnrtv Mxtr JBUra. lmt scor had been given to tho son; Its foaming violence was In his blond. As the significance of Cherry's words tank Into his mind tlio signs of nn tut- ntve. .i... m. mil ro it. , joy overspread tne usuorninira v'snT?' nln Ids hairy paws continued to open ami close ,sl.y "Do you nieiiti business?" he bellow ed ut Emerson. "Cm you fight ?" "Yen." "This gang won't stop at anything," warned Halt. "Neither will I," afllrnied the other, with a "wl and a dangerous down drawing f his lip corners. "I've got to win. so dou't waste any J lino won dering hew far I'll go. What I want I to l..'inv ii If you will Join my entc--j prise." "I'll glvj my l'fo to If." "I niiew you would." flashed Chorr.v. "And If we d.in't beat Willis Mar-.h. by glory. I'll kill him!" Halt shouted, fullv capable of carrying out hi. threat, f'T his bloodshot eyes were lit with bitter hatred. Turning to tho girl, he said: "Now give 1110 something to eat. I've been living on dogfish till my belly la full of hones." Long after Cherry had gone to bed she heard the murmur of their voices, j "It s all arranged, tney nuviseu ner at the breakfast table. "We leave to morrow'." "Tomorrow?" she echoed blankly. "We start In tho morning. We have no time to waste." She felt a sudden dread at her heart. What If they failed and did not re turn? What If some untoward peril should overtake them on the outward trip? It was a hazardous Journey, nnd (Jeorge Halt was the most reckless man mi the Herlng coast. Emerson's next words added to her alarm: "We'll catch the mall boat at Kat mnl." "Katmal!" she broke In sharply. "You said you were going by the Ilium 1111 route." She turned on Halt angri ly. "You know better than to suggest such n thing." "1 didn't suggest lt." salt) Halt. "It's Mr. Emerson's own Idea; he Insists." "I shall be dreadfully worried until I know you are safely ovcr." said the girl, a new note of wistful tenderness in her voice. "Nonsense! We've all taken bigger risks before." "Do you know." she began hesitat ingly. "I've heen thinking that per haps you'd better uot take up this enterprise after all." "Why not?" he asked, with an in credulous stare. "I thought you were enthusiastic on the subject." "I am I believe in the proposition thoroughly," Cherry limped on. "but well. I was entirely seltish In getting you started,-tor It possibly means my own salvation, but" "It's my last chance also," Royd broke In. "A few dnys ngo you wero n stranger; now you are a friend," she said stead ily. "One's likes and dislikes grow rapidly when tluy are not choked by convention. I like you too well to see you do this. You are too good a man to become the prey of those people. Remember Oeorge Halt." "Rait hasn't started yet. For the first tlmo he Is a real menace to Willis Marsh." "Won't you lake my advice and re - consider?" urged the girl. "Listen," said the young man "I came to this country with a definite purpose In mind, and I had three years in WHICH to work lt out. I needed money God, how 1 needed money! They may talk about the emptiness of rlehe3 nnd tell you that men labor not for the 'kill,' but for tho pursuit; not for the score, but for the contest. Maybe soino of them do. but with me It was gold I needed, gold I had to unve, and 1 uidirt care muen now 1 got it so long as I got It honestly. I focused every power upon my desire, but a curso was on me n curse, nothing less. At first I took misfor tune philosophically, but when It camo nnd slept with mo I began to rage at It. It was terrifying because my time wns shortening, and the last day of grace wns rushing toward me. ".lust to show you what luck I play ed In, at Dawson I found a prospect that would have made most men rich, nnd. although such a thing had never happened In that locality before, lt pinched out. I tried again and again, and finally found another mine, only to be robbed of It by the Canadian laws In such a manner that there wa not the fnlntpst hope of my ever re covering tho property I'finally shifted from mining to other ventures, and thu town burned. I awoke In u mid night blizzard to seo my chance for a fortune licked up by flames, whllo the hiss of the water froji tho firemen's hose seemed directed at me, and the voice of the crowd sounded llko Jeers. "I wns among the tlr.st at Nome nnd staked alongside the discoverers who undertook to put me In right for once; but, although the fellows around mo made fortunes in a day, my ground was barren and my bedrock swept clean by that unseen hand which I alwnys felt, but could never avoid. Once a broken snowshoo In 'a race to tho recorder's office lost me a for tune; at another time n corrupt Judge plunged me from certainty to despair, and all tho whllo my time wns grow ing shorter and I was growli;v poorer. "Two hours after the Topkuk strlko was made I drovo past the shaft, but tho 0110 pnrtuer known to me had gone to tho cabin to build n lire and t'.;. other one lied to me, thinking I wns a stranger. I heard afterward that lust an 1 drove nway my friend came v tho door and called after me, but tho day was bitter, and my cars wero muffled with fur, whllo tho dry snow beneath tho runnors shrieked so that It drowned his cries. Ho chased 1110 for hair a mile to make 1110 rich, but tho hand of fato lashed my dogs faster and faster, whllo that hellish screech ing outdlnned his voice. Six hours later Topkuk wan history. .You've seen stampedes you understand. "My name became a byword and I caused pooplo to laugh, though they j shrank from tne, for miners and sail ors nro equally superstitious. No man ever had more opportunities thnn I, and no man was ever so miserably unfortunate In missing them. In tlmo I became whipped, utterly without hope. Yet almost from habit I fought on nnd on with my ears deaf to the voices that mocked tne. "And .something tells tne that I have left that III omened thine behind at risr, mm 1 1110 Ki'in 10 iiii 1,111 you rn too inie, Ku-,-emi r'lierrv. "Vmi unc vmir time was tin omo tlnK, MBOi.. "j-eruaps. no reuinuM, srnnuK 11110 , tbe distances. "That's what ' VI1J j 1 ptoing out to ascertain. 1 mougni 1 might have 11 few days of grace allow ed 1110. That's why 1 can't quit, now that you've set 1110 In motion again. now that you've given me another chance. That's why we leave tumor-. row nnd go by way of tho , 1,;,'1S" I , j CIIAPTEn n . UltlNCl the evening Emerson left the two other men In the store, and. seeking Cherry out in the little parlor, asked her to play for hhu. Again the blend-1 H(,en hand of the frozen north had lin ing of their voices brought them leashed its brood of furies, and the closer, his aloofness wore off. and ho uir rang with their hideous cries, beenme an .ngrteabte. accomplished There was no question of facing the companion whose merry wit and boy-, wind, for It was more cruel than the lib sympathy stirred emotions In the Horce breath of an open furnace sear glrl that threatened her peace of j ins the tlesh like n llntne. mind. It was their Inst hour together All the morning the air had hung before embarking on his perilous Jour-1 in perfect pQlse. but some change of ney in search of the golden fleece, and' temperature away out ovcr one of tho his starved affections clamored for rival oceans had unset tho aerostatic sympnthy. while the Iron In his blood felt the magnetic propinquity of sex. For her part, she lay awake far into ken reservoir. the morning hours, now blissfully j Halt came close to Emerson nnd bel lloatlng on the current of half formed, lowed Into his ear: desires, now vaguely fearing some "What shall we do? Roll up In the dread that clutched her. bedding or run for lt?" Tho goodbys were brief nnd com-, "How far Is It to timber?" tnonplacc. There was time for noth-l "Twelve or fifteen miles." ing more, for the dogs were straining "Let's run for it! We're out of to be off and the December air bit gnib. anyhow, and this mny last for fiercely. Rut Cherry cnlled Emerson dnys." aside and In a rather tremulous voice There was no use of trying to secure begged him again to consider well this additional clothing from the supply in enterprise before finally committing the sled, so they abandoned their out hlmself to it. "If this were nify other tit aud allowed themselves to bo driven country. If there were any law up hero ahead of the storm, trusting to tho or any certainty of getting a square ' nntive's sense of direction and keeping deal I'd never say a word; I'd urge I close together. The dogs were already you to go the limit. Rut" well drifted over and refused to stir. He was about to laugh off her fears. Once they had gone a stone's throw as ho had done before, when the plain- from the sled there was no turning tlve wrinkle between her brows and ; "(loonnvl that's my ANSwun." the forlorn droop of her Hps stayed him. Without thought of conse quences nnd prompted largely by his leanius spirits, ho stooped and. beforo 1 fii10 ooulrt divine his purpose, kissed her. "Goodby." he laughed, with dancing 1 eye.s. "That's my answer!" And the uL..t second he was at the sled. The .logs leaned nt his shout, nnd the cnvul- cade wns In motion. Hut the girl .stood without sound or gesture, bareheaded under the wintry sky, a startled, wondering light in her eyes which did not fade until the men were lost to view far up the river trail. -ji,on sUe breathed deeply aiid turned 1 (to tho bouse, oblivions to Constan tine and the young squaw, who held tho sick baby up for her Inspection, The hazards of whiter travel In the north nre manifold nt best, but the mmtry which Emerson and bis com- pnnious had to traverse wns purlieu- larly perilous owing to the fact that their course led them over the back- bone of the great Alnska.rrange. that H..c,,i.,t.. iL-i...., ..,.. ...I.I..U Interposes Itself between the hate of the arctic seas and the tossing wilder ness of the north Pnclllc. A week of hard travel found the party camped In the last fringe of cottonwood that fronted the glacial slopes, their number augmented now by a native from a Russian village with an unpronounceable name, who, at the price of an extortlonato bribe, had ngreed to pllut them through. For threo dnys they lay Idle, the taut walls of their tent thiiimmlug to an Inces sant fusillade of Ice particles that whirled down ahead of the blast, whllo Emerson fumed to be gone. The fourth morning broke still nnd quiet, but after n careful scrutiny of the peaks the liidlau shook his bend und spoke to Rait, who nodded in agreement. "What's the inntter?" growled Em erson. "Why don't we get under way?" Rut the other replied; "Not today. Them tips are smok ing, seo!" Ho Indicated certain gnuzy utroaniers that flouted like vapor from tho highest pinnacles. "That's snow, dry snow, and It shows that tho wind Is blowing up there. We dassent tncklo It." "Do you mean wo must He here wait ing for an absolutely calm day?" "Exactly." "Why, It may be a week!" "It may bo two of them; then, again, niv lm all flcht tOIWitrnw,." "Nonsense! ' Thnt brcefo won't hurt anybody." "Breeze!" Halt laughed. "It'e mora llko n tornado up yonder. No; wo'vo Just got to take It easy till the right moment comes nnd then make n dash. It's thirty miles to tho nearest stick of timber, and once you get into the pass you can't stop till you're through. The nest dawn showed the mount.' In peaks lltnnrd like clenti cut Ivory against tho steel blue Fky, nnd as they crept up through the defiles tho air was so motionless that the smoke of their pipes hung nbout their heads, while the croak of their aoles upon the dry surface of the snow roused echoes from the walls on either side. At tlrst their progress wan rapid, but In time the drifts grew deeper and they came to bluffs where they were forced to notch footholds, unpack their load and relay it to tho top, then free tho dogM and haul tho sled up with a . .. u(ltuj ovcr mnd. lt was early In the afternoon when j tM0 iMainn stopped and began test- ,.1. iiIrt(!g lp.e wli)d, snIJ Halt w)th n H)n.L) 0f )lpnii Tho native began t0 chatter excitedly, and as they stood there u chill draft funned their cheeks. Mule wisps of snow vapor began to dance upon the ridges, whisk ing out of sight as suddenly as they appeared. They became conscious of ,,,, fll flm .,P,.I1.,,r nml ,IL.y km;W that the cold of Interstellar space dwelt In thnt ghostly breath which smote them. Hefore they were wcj ,nvm-e 0f the ominous slgnlll- j t.1U)C0 or ihes0 Klgns the storm was .upon them, swooping through the chute wherein they stood with rapidly lucreaslng violence. The terrible un balance, and the wind tore through this gap like the torrent below a bro- back. and. although the wind was be hind them, progress was difficult, for they came upon chasms which they had to avoid; they crossed slippery slopes where the storm had bared the hard crust and which their feet re fused to grip. In such places they I had to creep on hands and knees, call ing to oue another for guidance. They 1 were numbed, blinded, choked by the 1 rage of the blizzard; their faces grew tiff and their lungs froze. At times they fell and were skidded along ahead of the blasts. This forced them to crawl back again, for they dared not lose their course. Much tins been written concerning the red man's physical powers of en durance, but as a rule no Indian is the equnl of his white brother, due as much perhaps to lack of mental force ns to generauous 01 lusuujciem tmur Ing nnd Inanition, so it was not sur prising thnt as the long afternoon drngged to a close the Aleut guide be gan to weaken. Darkness found them staggering on, supporting him wherever possible. At length he became unable to guide them farther, aud Halt, who had once made the trip, took his place, while the oth ers dragged the poor creature along nt the cost of their precious strength. They had long since lost all track of time and place, trusting blindly to a downward course. The hurricane still harried them with unabated fury, when all at once they camo to another bluff where tho ground fell away abruptly. Without waiting to Investi gate whether the slope terminated In I iut-i.-nmi.-i-, uicj ullli- im"'- " f TCr.-. DWD th0' llou"J,;rod' i n jlxllfr it. .. ..t.. tl.... n.... tK.-itvi- 1 , ."- ... hn"-i a 11 111 u iui iui luini uuu.iwii, only to p'.ungo through a thicket of willow tops that whipped and stung them. On they went, now vastly henrt- cned, over another ridge, down nn- 1 otl,er d0(;llvitJ'. d then Into n grove V , ,, , , 1 ! Xr th treetops told ' 1,10 nnM w,nd al,l,vo' , U wns weU nlKu nn ll0,lr b(,foro n,llt "nd Knwwon succeeded in starting a . ,lr-'' 'or It was desperate work groping fur ,,ry bl"nc',s, and they themselves were on the verge of collapse before tn searc, of the village chief, shaking the timid blaze anally showed the lts ne;,j R,uj muttering at the mad two more unfortunate ones huddled to- ( pss 0f these people. BL'tllcr- Hut It all proved useless. The nn- Cherry had given Emerson a tlask , tlves would not risk It. Desperate, tho of liquor before starting, nnd this he throe men titled up a boat themselves now divided between Fraser nnd the , nn,i resolved to muke tho attempt. guide, having wisely refused 1t to them until shelter vns secured. Then ho melted snow in Halt's tin cup nnd poured pints of hot water into the pair until the adventurer begau to rally, but tho Aleut wua too far gone, and au hour before tho laggard dnwu came he died. Tho day was' well spent when they struggled Into Katmal and plodded up to a half rotted log store. A globular quarter breed Russlun trader took them tn nnd administered to their most cry ing needs. As soon as Emerson was able to talk he inquired concerning tho mall boat. "She called here three days ago, bound west," said tho trader. "That's all right. She'll bo back In about a week, eh?" "She won't stop coming back." "What!" Emerson felt himself sick ening. "No; he won't call here tilt next month, and then If It's storming she'll go on to the westward and Innd on her way back." "How. long will that bo?" "Maybe seven or eight weekn." In his weakened condition the young man groped for the counter to support himself. 80 the storm's delay at the foot of the pnss had undone him! I'ate, I11 the guise of winter, had un furled those floating snow banners from the mountain peaks to thwart lit tn once more! Out of consideration for his compan ions Kmerson did not acquaint thorn with the evil tidings until tho next morning; moreover, ho was swallowed Up In black despair nnd had no heart loft In him for any further exertion. Ho had allowed the Russian to show him to a bod, upon which ho Hung him self, hnlf dressed, whllo tho others fol lowed suit. Kinersou fell Into a deep sleep, and It was late In the day when he awoke, every muscle aching, every joint stiff, every step attended with pain. lie found his companions up and already 1 breakfasted, ltlg George none the worso Ior Ids ordeal, while Frasor, bnndnged and smarting, was his old shrewd t-elf. "Have you heard about the mull boat?" asked Emerson. "No." "We've uilsicd her." "What d'you mean?" demanded Rig George blankly. "I mean that that storm delayed us Just long enough to ruin us." "Why-er-let's wait till the next trip." offered the ilsherman. Emerson shook his head. ".She may not be back here for eight weeks. No! We're done for." Halt was like a big boy In distress. Ills face wrinkled as If lie were about I to burst Into loud lainelilutlniis. Then a thought seized I1I111. "Where In bl.1ze.-1 Is this steamer?" he cried. "Out to the westward somewhere." "Well, she's a mall boat, ain't she? Then why don't she stop here coming back? Answer me." The rotund 1111111 shrugged his fat shoulders. "Kile's got to call nt I'yak I bay going east." Emerson looked up quickly. " Here Is Uyak bay?" "Over on Kndiak Island." "When Is I he boat due at Uyak?" Emerson asked. "Most any time Inside of n week." "How far Is that from here?" "It ain't so far only nbout fifty miles." Then, catching the light that flamed Into the miner's eyes, Petellln hastened to observe: "Rut you can't get there. It's across tho straits Shol Ikof straits." "What of that! We enn hire a sail boat and" "I ain't got any sailboat. I lost my sloop last year huutlng sea otter." "We can hire a small boat of some sort, can't we. and get the natives to put us across? There must be plenty of boats here." "Nothing but skin boats, kyaks and bldnrkas. you know. Anyhow, you couldn't cross at this time of year It's too stormy. These straits Is the worst piece of water on the coast. No; you'll have to wait." Emerson stared hopelessly at the fire. The dlshenrtened man started at this Juncture as If a sudden thought Im pelled him and followed Halt out Into Hie cold. He turned dowu the bank to the creek, however, and made a care ful examination of all the canoes that went with the village. Fifteen mln utes later he had searched out the dis gruntled fisherman and cried excited ly: "I've got It! We'll catch that boat vet!" "How?" growled the big man sourly. "There's a large open skin boat, an oomlak, down on the beach. We'll hire a crew of Indians to put us across to j 'jj "Can't be done." said Hlg George, Ktlll gruffly. "It's the wrong season. You know the Shellkof straits Is a bad place even for steamships at this tlmo of year. They're like thnt pans up yonder, only worse." "Rut It's only fifty miles across," "Fifty miles of that kind of water In an open canoe may be just as bad as 000 unless you're lucky. And I nin't noticed nnythlng so darned lucky about us." "It's our only chance. Are you game?" "Come on," cried Rig George; "let's litul Petellln!" , Thnt worthy uttered a shriek of de nial. In summer, yes, but now you can't ,t ,. . ' tno Tll0 Mfnlts s always rough, and the weather Is loo cold to sit all day In ( au omiau; you'd freeze." Mve 11 chaneo ft, J "No.no.no! If It comes on to storm j.oun R0 u, at.u, 'en,,, tidpS are strong; vou can't SP0 y0Ur course nnd" ' "We'll use a compass. Now, you get , 0,,ugli men to handle that oomlnk; t,inl " a reUoW- ' " n"enU U, reKt... "But they won't go." declared the I little fat man. "They know what It n,can,. Why"- -ra them In. I'll do tho tnlklng." , An(, accordingly the storekeeper weut (TO Hi: CONTINl'HD.) IUKCIIHK'S HONS. (Trom the New Haven Times-Leader.) A preacher's son was nrrested thn athrr day. He had trar.ssresed tho lnw-i of Hie State, and probably will be se viel punished by his fclloumi n. Much notoriety "ns Riven the case, al though the crime vns n most ordinary one, Other men have stolen far lnriter sums of money, nnd mnny other men hnvo stood In the shadow of more seveio pun ishment than awaits this preacher's son. Other men can commit crimes and tliero Is 110 special refi'ience made to their fathers' occupation, but let n preacher's son moko a mlstnKc and tho sosslpers nro set Rolnif nt once. "What can you expect from n preach er's son?" is so easily nsked by tlune who feem to expect preachers and their chil dren to he Inimaeiilate specimens of hu man helncs, It must not be forKolten that wMlo your minister Is doliiK n thousand anfl one thliiKH for the spiritual aud ma teriel comfort of the members of his con KretEtlon, on a snlnry that most brlck InyMH would despise, Ills chlldiun must J uo4enrll- be noglected to that extent, ni.il thoy Imvo enrh the nnme tomptntlont to ftniiiigh' ngMnut that your boy nnd girl litis. The lu-xl time it DfrT.fs to you that jn e.-v rlicrc' diildren nro no tatter than thej slumlil I, ie.nl over thl- list of prcnc'i. 1 I'm' soli': Cllvcr Wendell Holmes, author. Kdwanl Hverett I Into, statesman nn cut I or. John Hnneoru, first plcner of the do rtn 111 1 Ion nf Jtnlcii, nilenrf. .inniiuim r.MwiiriiF, uirninKinn. Increase Mather, former president o( llnrvaiil. Cotton Mather, nntlinr nnd scholar, (tcortjo llnnprofl, Matosimin uml his torian, Lctlls Annsplz. nntiirnlltt. Henry Clay, staU'siimri nnd orator, italph Waldo HinriHun, essayist nn4 pnot. Imvld Diidky Field, Jnrlft Stephen .t. Field, Justlco fnltcd fitatel niipi enie ( oilrt. rjius W. Field, founder of the Atlnn tie l.nMo company. .Ichn H. Ourdon, soldier nnd stutemna Henry Ward Hecher, preacher nnd re-fori'-er. Hntnuel F. H. Molee, nrtlst nnd Inven tor. Jniues tiuptell Lowell, author and dlp Ilitr.M, Francis I'nrUmnn, historian, tinner t'levelnnil, twice l'lesldent ot tilt I'nlted State. Devld J. Drev.-er, former Justice of th t'lilted Htntes Supreme Court. Jolinthnn P Dotllver, senator. Iienry .lnmes, novelist. IMchnrd Watson (fildcr, editor and pool. I.yinnn Abbot, preacher nnd orator Tli ere are other", too mnny lo pnume rate, cnonsh to prove that were nil mcn'i suns tip to the average made by preach- 1 rs' sons there would t.vernKe. be a inn. 11 hlshet iini'tiii.ic.w rn.NTitoi, or tub sisnati;. (From the New York Sun) Tli" republican majority op Joint ballo In the l.T-f.M.-ilne Legislator" was slxty fcier. tline were eluht demon-.tts and tc i nt -three republicans In the Senate, .rid in the lloilfo tlfty-onc democrats nnd l' repnbll' ans. It the Lcfilslutura eli-ttml en Monday should be controlled 1 1 the ill mnnrn's. ns now seems assured, li.e minority in tin- Fnlted Stales Sonata v. II h" nnrjet "i-tedly Inrrensed by Mtd.iuir t'luin Mnlne. He will be more ot n sm-prlfi' thnn even the stmncer from Mlsuurl was: e refer to the Hon. Will lam Warner, a republican. . foe democratic landslide In Maun prompts nn overhnrllnp of the Sennte lit end 1111 lefpilry wlu-ilicr there Is dan-'er or :ho republicans loslns control ot t it body In the sIMy-serond fonKress, w i li will meet In December, IMl. The Senate now stands: Republicans. ",S. demOTiits, .H (eonntlne th? Kiiccc-ssfir lo tne 'a'! Hniiiiiel 1. MrHnery of Louisiana), so t to obtain a majority of one the dem -era li would have to sain thirteen sents. Assuming that the Hon.KuKene Hale w M be succeeded by a democrat, the question Is what prospect has the Democratic: party of enrryinc twelve more Leslsla turcs In Stales whero the successor of republk-e.n .-enntor Is to be elected at tile next tes-don The terms nf twenty-nine senators end on March 1PU. If the Hon. John W. Daniel of Virginia, a democrat, had lived he would have scred until March 3, nil, and he would undoubtedly have been re elected or Mi''ccedid by a democrat. Five of the twenty-nine senators nre demo crats; Taliaferro of Florida, Rayncr o .Man-land, Money of Mississippi, Krn.ier of Tennessee nnd Culberson of Texas. It nmy be .I'isiimed thnt r.ayner and Cul lurson v.lll be re-elected and Taliaferro, Money and Frazler will bo succeeded by ib 11 ocr..ts. I-.x-Oovri nor X H, Urownrd has been dn-'en In the prin iry to tako the : lace .if Senator Tuhnfcrn. of Florida ami t-l.epresentattve John Sharp W'li lir.is u 11 su'-ci-ed Senator Money of Miss issippi, there Is opposition In Tennctsen to S, nator Frazler, but a democrat, It la safe to say, will be sent to Washington, The terms of nenty-four republicans end 511 .Mnrch 3, Ifdl. Their nnmes. Stntci and the majority on joint ballot in tin lin-t I.rKisl.mnvn elected 111 those Statea appear in the following tabic: Majority State Senator Joint liallot California V V. Flint .. CO 11. ..173 R. .. 4 R. .. 16 D ... 61 R. . ira r. ...12-1 n. Connecticut... Delaware .... Indiana Maine ias;.Tchuett Michigan Mln'ie.-otn..,. Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada M. O. Iiulkeley.. It. A. Du Pont.. A. J. ReverldKe., Eugene Hale...., H. C IxuIkc J. (V- Harrow..., . M. E. cinpp w R. . W. Warner S D, .T. H. Carter R. H. J. Hurkett 45 D. . O. S. Nixon r. New Jersey John Kean 3:, R, New York C. M. Depew 57 U, North Dakota,. J. p. McCumber, ...llfi R Ohio Charles Dick St R Pennsylvania... O. T. Oliver H7 R, Rhode Island... NeNon W. Aldrlch.. S3 K. ''tab O. Sutherland 59 R, Vermont c. S. Pas-' R. Washington S. H. llles 119 R. West Vlrslnla.. N, H. Scott 5 R. Wisconsin l. M. L' l iillette,. S3 R. Wjomlnif C. D, Clark. . .. S3 R. l.'lluiluatlnsr Mann-, the democrats havu .1 flKhtlUK ebaiu'c, iir betur. to carry tho I.iRlslaturi s of Delaw.iie, Indiana, Ml rourl. Monlan 1. N"bi-uUa nnd Ne ul.i in what other S.au-s may tie Imhtlue expectation-, nf -uieei-s? Cs'irornln, Con necticut, Ma-.n,lii:setls. Mlclilgnn Nile. ncsotn. North Dakota, pennsi inln, Rhode Isl mil, 1'i.ih, Vermont, Wan. ns ton. Wisconsin ami Wynmlnc, on aciiut rf the conditions prevailing In tiio"i State i.i u-ejl as on account of their nor nrl republican majorities may nroi.ab'v be stru !; from the lUt. There remain New Jer.-ey, New York. Ohio nnd W t ii--Klnla. It would bo Idle to do thn' 1 Democratic party In thote four Stat nurses the hope of n land.-ndu that w give It tho Legislatures and adllt'onal I'nlted Stales simitars. In the event j the fiultloii of thnt hop,., nnd allow 'u, the democrats six scnatcrs In the Sntoi previously refeired to wh r- th Ir o reels are nt le-iM flatl'-rlnj, they w 11 el still be Minrt two votes of 1 ban- majority In lb" I'lutod States Senate when tha Sixty-Second Concivss convened. That would be altogether too close for the com fort of tepubllcaiiF, and a sunoy of tin field of conflict should spur them t unite. and constant effort until flection day to, avert such an obviously lmpractlcabl situation. 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