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TOILERS OP the COLUMBIA 4 I. By Paul De Laney Author of "Lord of the Desert," "Oregon Sketches," and other Pacific Coast Stories XT ay ' No, it is Mark 8 play!' No, no one will play. It is every body 's drink. Men we will drink to the memory of Dan I.aphaml'' "Then Dan is dead, Joe?" "Without any doubt" said a man who had just entered the place, the rain dripping from his iiat and clothing, "We scoured the hay and river about the rocks, but no trace of the boy could he seen. We recovered his boat, which drifted under the wharf at the life eav rng station late in the afternoon but narry a trace of Dan, poor Dan, the re *' ab , The fishermen had gathered at Hay den's place the night after the storm and were seated at the tables as usuai plying cards for the drinks. They had been interrupted by Joe Golden, who had ,list arrived from the life saving station. Joe was a utility man about the bay. He was town marshal when such an ofheer was need ed. He was an extra at the life sta tmn, a fisherman, carpenter, bartender, clerk, deliveryman, or whatever he was called upon to dc. He had been called to the life saving station that day and had worked throughout the storm He had wit nessed all of the disasters and came in to report them. Dan Lapham was one of the most popular men in the village. He was young strong even-tempered, could pull a boat with superior skill to any other man. talked but little and was as brave as a lion. He knew not the meaning o fear. He was a boor, com pan ion on land or sea. He was a fay onte partner in the games and a good phiyer He was missed tonight for the first time in many weeks and the boys at Hayden's arose to a man at the invitation of Joe Golden to drink to his CHAP IK R XI. Dan luipliani. memory. "No one lias ever been missed as we shall miss Dan," said old Hayden, who had broken his rule and called upon all present to drink at his ex pense. health—memoryl" said the veteian rum seller as the crowd arose and drank "Here's to Dan Lapham's by rounds. But old Hayden was wasting his liquor, so far as sacrificing it to the memory of a dead man was concerned. And the fishermen, while growing gen erous over tiie memory of one they con sidered dead, were extolling the vir tues of a man who was living at that very hour. He was at that hour clinging to the rocks near the dead line at the lower His benumbed feet end of the bay. were set upon the slight shelving that jetted out just above the wateis' edge at that very moment, while his fingers were deeply clinched in crevasses above. He had climbed to the highest point that could be reached, but he also re membered that the tide had reached its limit. When he reached his trap that morn ing he found that he had missed Ban ks la and Ringwold on the way. realized that the young girl would be helpless against the strong undertow and started out to render such assist ance as might be within his power. He beat back toward the shore dropping lower and lower into the bay, for he knew that the receding waters would draw them that way. Day had barely dawned when he saw the boat of his companions being car ried toward Disappointment rocks at a rapid rate of speed, from the point of diecovery with all of his might to intercept them, even the strong and vigorous young over estimated his skill. He was lie He cut actoes But man caught in the undertow like the grip of a cable car and carried as mercilessly toward the oreakers as were his friends whom he would have rescued. But he was not even granted the privilege of following the course their i>oat had taken. He had crossed the dividing line ot the receding undercur rent and his boat was dragged away to ward Chinook rocks. He could no .onger battle against the inevtiable, but he could influence the boat to some extent in the course it took to ruin. The bleak rocks were preferable to the white-capped breakers and the ocean beyond, and he steered the best he could for them. There was one chance in a thousand of escaping death there, by clinging to the rocks that would destroy him, but in the breakers, no earthly They had never yet surrendered a victim alive in all the story of disasters at the mouth of the Columbia. But fortune had favored he man, as the reader already knows, trough his escape was still by no means certain. As the boat had approached the rocks, Lapham watched like a pan ther preparing to leap, spray dashed upon the rocks with angry once hope was left. The white recoil, and the water seethed and foamed about the pince like the boiling of a huge caldron. The prospect was as uninviting as death itself, hut Lap am stood straight in his boat, oar in hand his eyes piercing the precincts of the boulders and his muscles standing out in knots. It was a case of a power ful man looking death in the face, a man equal to the fearful emergency. The boat was heading straight for the base of the group of rocks. To the left of the center the boulders divided some six feet above the waterline, 1 apham saw this at a glance and knew that if lie could reach this point he would bé safe for a time. Quicker than words he hurlea his oars forward with all of his strength, He blocked the way of his craft and „pun it around like a top. Then he threw her sidewise to the rebounding waters whch filled hei almost to the top. But the heavy undercurrent up on which he rode struck the rocks deep down toward the bed of the bay and rose up like a living thing. Lapham found himself opposite the coveted op-1 ening in the rocks and leaped. He caught his footing and c.awled to a place of temporary safety. • 1 The Iiie saavers had seen him strike the rocks through the early morRing mist and spray and had seen him no mere But at the hour when Joe Golden had reported his death and his friends were drinking to his memory, Dan i Lapham was still clinging to the rocks, He had ascended as far as he could, | however, anti the water was biting at his uncertain footing, while his be- | numbed fingers clung, blood-stained, to ! the^narrow crevies .P the boulders j But the tide had .cached its highest : point and throughout the remainder of the night the waters would return to the ocean's depths. If Dan Lapham's strength would hold out, there might be hopAor him yet. Dan lapham Makes a Discovery. The storm went out with the tide. The wind lulled with every receding wave Inch by inch Dan Lapham de scended the ro-ks. It would be a relief once more to secure good footing where he could stand or sit with ease. He had clung to the side of the upright liquidera until his fingers were worn to the quick. His toes ached under the continual strain and the bones of bis; body seemed torn from the flesh so ong had he been in contact with the r °wi' .1 .j , When once the tide was out he found | h.n.seli upon a large nest of rocks, j This he knew would be the case for he | was acquainted with the bay and river as one is acquainted with bis home and the landmarks about the place. At high tide Chinook rocks were sub merged, save that one spur near the center of the group extend, d above the high water mark. It was to this that Dan had clung throughout the .lay. binding himself again able to walk about be began to plan for escape. He had hopes that he might hail some early morning fisherman by picking a conspicuous place on the rocks from which point he could view the river and ay, but he was anxious to leave his place of imprisonment earlier if *><**' e - . , .. . . He peered into the water at the root of the rocks and examined every nook and corner with the hope that he might flpdh.s boat or some other craft that might have drifted to the place and lodged. A few lights in the village to the north showed that some of the rnhabi Unte were yet awake. He noticed one light with which he and all the fisher men were familiar. It was a light in an isolated cabin far up the beach. This light tonight was a source of mystery to Dan. It shone from the cabin of Ringwold and Bankaia. had seen them going to their doom that morning. He did not believe any earthly power could save them, final conclusion was that they had left the light burning in the early hour of morning when they went out into the storm or that their bodies had been re covered by the life savers and neighbors who were sitting up with the dead. Poor Bankaia! Dan sat down upon the rocks and reflected. He thought of the frail girl whom he had so often as sisted in fishing her net while her aged companion sat helpless in the boat. He thought of how cheerful the little one worked day after day to sustain her protector. He thought of the self denial, of the bravery and kind heart of the girl and then he saw the inno cent confiding blue eves as they hnd so often thanked him when he render«tl her assistance at the traps, and a big tear stole into th- eyes of the younc athlete. In tiie very d irkness he wa hand-cone. Hi-lvark hair hong ab-mt his htad in graceful wavy curls. CHAPTER XII. He His 'is broad shoulders were erect and his arms and neck exhibited strength and beau ty* He had not a superior in physiue, courage, self control or popularity in the village. "Poor Sankala!" he murmured. "II neglected the child. helped her as I should. serving. She was frail. I never really She was de I am strong, why did I not think of this in time.' ' He was too active to remain a pris oner on the rocks during the entire night and yet he did not feel wholly safe in attempting to sw im. He knew that a quarter of a mile in calm water no task, but the waves "might have doubled or even trebled this distance between the rocks and the island. They cut the sand like a monster steam shovel on such occasions, and the dis tance was now a matter of speculation. Still the chances were as favorable for a fill-in and a reduction of the distance and the hardy fisherman was inclined to make the attempt. There were many chances in his favor for escape when once upon Sand island. Numerous fishermen left their boats there through the night and even though these were swept away by the 8 torm there was a probability that oth ers had lodged upon the beach There was always wreckage of all sor'ts found 0 n Band island after a storm, and ally there were many boa^s. The water was cold but Dan was also cold, mained cramped upon the rocks until any kind of action would he a relief to one so accustomed to exercise. He de tended to the waters' edge and peered out over the surface toward the stretch 0 f sand. Selecting what he thought was the nearest point of the island he took a mountain peak far to the southeast as a guide, and eas-d himself into the water. There is no danger along this shore to a man iu the water except the ele merits themselves. The man eating sha.k so much feared in southern wat e rs never makes his appearance at this po int. It is only tlieexlreme low tern perature of the water that endangers the lives of those who are subjected to it and of this Dan was not ignorant H e knew that he could swim an unlim i te d distance should the cause hie limbs to cramp. But the distance was made without incident. The shores of the island had not been materially changed, and when the young fisherman rose up in the shallow water at tho «nnm.nl, island and waded ashoie he felt tl Lt were coming Jo ar. ènd But he was destined to he surprise.!. t e suspected what was to be en countered farther up the island. Restarted al'ong U^norlii^hore of°the sand spit looking closely for boats, eithe. on the bead, or on the sands The island was a mile in length and a quarter to a half mile in width He had reached the east point of the island without success and was about to round the point for the purpose of examining the south shore. suddenly stopped in astonishment, Baw a splash in the water to tie south and then lie heard a number of muffled oars. It was now after midnight and ), e did not understand such a proceed in> j from that quarter . T)ie y0UI fisherman immediately secieted himself among the driftwood so abundant this island and awaited developments, It wa8 too ear ) y j or fishermen to begin to stir and the boats were not coming from tlie right direction anyway, n e did not have long to wait . Dark objects soon appeared moving cautious j y on the water in every direction from the south. Small boats fairly dotted t h e river and there was a silence in the muffling of the oars and the upright figures in the craft that was ominous. Every boat cont ained four persons and as they began to land on the south shore of the island Dan dis covered that the men weie armed. The problem was now simple to Dan Upham. It was the advance guard of the southside fishermen. The clash was now at hand. The war had long been threatened between the southside and northside fishermen and the souths. der. bad taken the initiatory steps. Tl.e men drew their boats upon the 8an<1 and waited „ it were, upon their gUD8 . Dan's eyes and ears were v. ; I h uau it was true, He had re waler not But he He on or more open. He was not long in learning their loca tions. They formed a circle obscured from view by the drift wood, a few yards south of Dan's place of conceal ment. He gathered from their conversation, carried on in low but distinct tones, that the nortbsiders would arrive about daylight, and that their purpose was to capture their opponents, take them back and land them on their own shore; then hurry their boats to sea, scuttle them, destroying their traps during the day. " We will stop these men from de stroying the salmon run!" leader emphatically, which sentiment was quietly applauded by his followers. Dan Lapham had no time to lose. While the men were completing their arrangernets for the early morning at tack, the young northsider silently stole from his hiding place, drew one of their boats which had been anchored at the north point of the island, out into the deep water, and rowed away to the north without so much as creating the noise of a ripple upon the hay. He took the light in Sankala's cabin for a guide and he found it a true one said the (To be continued) The Election Summary | ition returns still incomplete, the plu rality for President Roosevelt in the nation, according to all Indications to Inlght, will exceed 1,500,000—the great est ever given to an American candi date, re l ,l,bl,can column so far as presiden Lial elet ' tors are concerned, but that Josepb w - Pulk, the democratic can didate, has been elected governor. In Maryland Die presidential vote will P robabl y be cast for Roosevelt, In the other stat es it is simply <l lles Dun of pluralities, There is a curious situation in Min nesota. Here Roosevelt has 125 000 plurality, but where a democratic gov ernor and a republican lieutenant go^ ernor were elected. g . Chairman Babcock of the republican "" b* 6 " Cowherd of "he" democratic sional committee was defeated in Mis souri. ' Tht> situatlon in Colorado cLÏÏÎTTh f b? 6 ' k , state by probabl y 15,000. th f Sovernorship is still in doubt, both sitlea olainiln e a victory, Maine . Maryland .... Massachusetts Minnesota ... Mississippi .. Missouri .... Montana .... Nebraska ... Nevada .. New York, Nov. 10.—With the elec The nearest approach to this vote was in 1896, when McKinley received a plurality approximating 860,000, and in 1872, when Grant received 762,991. The interest now centers in Mis souri aud Maryland. Late returns in dicate that the former state is in the a 343 Electoral Votes. The "solid south" was broken by the The figures now show but 12 states with 133 votes for Judge Parker. President Roosevelt carried all the northern states them, in fact—aud tonight he had 343 electoral votes. City Proper Is Parker's. Judge Parker carried Greater New York by nearly 41,000 votes. In Massachusetts Roosevelt had plurality of 86,000, while the republi can candidate for governor was de feated by 35,000. In that state the leg islature is republican, and the entire republican ticket, with the exception of governor, was elected, the circumstances are similar, braska the definite announcement that the legislature is republican disposes of the statement that William J. Bry an had aspirations for States senatorship. In that state, too, the governorship is in doubt. defection of Missouri. swept a In Missouri In Ne the United In Minnesota. re but Chairman congres presents Roosevelt has Table of Pluralities. The following shows the approxi mate pluralities in the various states: Parker Roosevelt 75,000 . 30,000 . Alabama .. .. Arkansas .... California .... Colorado .... Connecticut .. Delaware .... Florida. Georgia .... Idaho . Illinois . Indiana . Iowa ... 100,000 15,000 38,000 40,000 20.000 .. . 65,000 25,000 225,000 75,000 130,000 100.000 Kansas . Kentucky .... Louisiana ... 14.000 35,000 35,000 86,000 150,000 125,000 Michigan 50,000 10,000 10,000 75,000 2,000 TRADE REPORT. Dun's Weekly Review of Trade says: All measures of trade indicated the customary loss due to holiday in terruption, but subsequently much of the deficit was regained, numerous ev idences of increasing confidence be ing seen in the disposition to place or ders for distant shipments. Woolen mills are busy, despite the fact that it is between seasons, and the raw wool market is very strong. Foreign commerce at New York port for the last week shows a decrease of $562, 905 in exports, compared with last year's figures, while Imports Increas ed $4.364,891, Receipts of coffee were a prominent factor in this gain. Rail way earnings in October exceeded last year's by 3.8 per cent. Hides are on a firmer basis, with stocks limited and offerings small. Foreign dry hides have sold at a further fractional ad vance. Failures numbered 213 in the Unit ed States. Tacoma, Wash.—Unchanged; blue stem, 90c; club, 86c. Portland, Ore.—For export: Walla Walla, 82c; bluestem, 85c; valley, 86 @87c. For eastern markets; Walla Walla. 85c; bluestem, 87c. Devil fish has been added to the list >f human food. New Hampshire ... New Jersey . New York ......... North Carolina .... North Dakota. Ohio . Oregon . Pennsylvania . Rhode Island . South Carolina .... South Dakota . Tennessee . Texas ,... Utah . Vermont. Virginia . Washington . West Virginia . Wisconsin.. Wyoming. 20,000 70,000 174,000 60,000 20,000 200,000 40,000 485,000 16,000 60,000 40,000 20,000 100,000 12,000 30,000 25,000 30,000 20,000 60,000 6,000 At a late hour both parties claimed Maryland, the republicans by 1600. The democratic managers said the state would cast its electoral vote for Par ker. i State of Washington. Below are tables showing the vote Mead in of Roosevelt, Turner and every county of the state: Eastern Washington Returns. Roose velt. Mead. Turner. Adams ... , Asotin . Columbia .. Douglas ... Franklin .. Ferry . Garfield .. . Kittitas ... Klickitat ... Lincoln.1,500 Okanogan .... 450 Stevens 400 250 506 77 400 171 . 1,000 300 200 150 210 213 650 175 1,160 112 900 500 600 75 1,100 Walla Walla.. 1,786 Whitman .. .. 2,000 Yakima .. 800 86 1,400 2,200 8,600 600 Spokane .. Chelan .... 2,414 900 4 26 Totals .. ..23,851 Western Washington Count. 1,464 6,484 Roose County. Chehalis . Clallam. Clarke . Cowlitz. Island . King. ;;;; Kitsap . Lewis . Mason . Pacific . Pierce . San Juan . Skagit. Skamania. Snohomish. Thurston. Wahkiakum . Whatcom . velt. Mead. 2,000 1.100 677 277 2,892 1,130 682 658 257 220 11,687 1,091 1.100 7,956 736 300 268 104 500 300 7,500 1,700 442 359 900 150 800 12 » 638 278 1,300 112 300 300 4,000 3,000 Totals 37,472 Washington Legislature. I he republican party is sure of 126 j out of 136 members on joint ballot In * the next legislature, with two places doubtful, according to the latest lative returns. 18,656 legis a sum legislature will Following is mary of how the stand: Senate—Republicans, crats, 4. House—Republicans, 88; democrats 4; doubtful, 2. Joint 38; démo ballot—Republicans, democrats, 8; doubtful, 2. Unless later returns change the suits somewhere, the democrats have not elected a single state senator In the state. Their representation of four in the senate Is made overs. 126; re up of hold Dynamite Mayor's House. Virginia. Minn.—A terrific explosion occurred in the rear of the residence of Mayor Fay early Sunday, handsome building is and the a mass of ruins. No one was injured, but it would seem that dynamite was placed in the - rear of the house with the Intention of killing the mayor, as well as wreck ing his dwelling. h or some time past the mayor has been waging a very vigorous warfare against the violators of the saloon law, and many threats have been made against him. There is no clew to the perpetrator of the crime. Japanese Also Driven Back. Mukden.—The Japanese on the night of November 12 attacked the vil lage of Vluchlnin simultaneously on three sides, but were driven off with little loss. Saturday passed quietly. There was occasional artillery fire along the line, especially on the forts. The czar sat still on his bombproof chair 4 And merrily sang "Tee-hee! I will not go to the blooming front For the front is coming to He-hee— The front is coming to me." me— —Puck.