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WOODEN SPOIL
By
VICTOR
ROUSSEAU
Jrwla Hjr*r t
(Copyright. 1919. by George H. Dons CtoJ
"I ASK YOU NOT TO GO."
Imiiiirr^™.? Askew, a young American, tnhertta from an uncle a
rovero ? * If** 1 iD Qnebet t1»n taking possession he dir
f qu ** r things Lamartine, hi* uncle • lawyer, tells him the
OeefeO .l C °!ïî P î r>,1 ''* lT «-orthle« and trie, to induce him to »11 Lafe
2S* U - ml11 foreman, tells him his uncle ha* been systematically robbed.
Morris, the manager, is associated with
. , _ . the Ste Marie company, a rival ron
f*,™ b >' Brounseau. the "boss' of the reron Madeleine the beau
tirul daughter of Seigneur Rosny, original owner of Askew's land. Is pursued
toy Brousseau, who has her father In his pouter. The hero decides to stay and
-Kwf.f.nl* Pff, ny *?* discharges Morris and makes Connell manager. He
whips Black Pierre, foreman of a ran g of Brousseau'» men rutting- on his
**"• 5 * ^ eJ ' es Brousseau. Leblanc, his boss Jobber, deserts to the enemy
From Father Lucien Askew learns the story of Mane Dupont, daughter of
the captain of a lumber schooner The girl s mother, now dead, had been
betrayed, and she herself is looked on askance and has few friends Marie
. knows the name of her mother's betrayer, but has never revealed it to her
father. Askew finds Madeleine Rosny hostile to him. Askew and Connell visit
8imeon Duval's dance ball in Ste Marie. Revenue officers raid It and Askew
is blamed for the raid. He and Connell rescue Marie Dupont. Askew saves
Madeleine Rosny when her horse runs away She gives the warning. "Look
to your boom!" and then the mill boom breaks and Askew's logs are carried
away to the Su Lawrence. Who sawed the boom?
CHAPTER VIII.
The Challenge.
"Yes, sir, it was Morris who pulled
off that little affair at Ste. Marie."
said Lafe, a few days later. "That's
why he went to see the revenue people
when he was in Quebec. And it's he
who spread the report that you were
•t the back of it."
"And, like a fool. I played into his
hands by being at Simeon's Just when
the raid came off," said Hilary.
"I guess that's the size of it. Mr.
Askew. You know how people are.
There ain't no surer way of queering
a man anywhere, specially if he's a t
stranger, than to suspect him of set
ting the revenue people on to the 'blind
tigers.' It queers him even with folks j
that don't touch liquor. It's human
nature somehow. B.v the way," he !
added, "you heard that Simeon's back."
Hilary nodded. "And running wide
open again.''
"Well, I guess that hundred dollars'
flue didn't hurt him much. But he's
mighty sore on you, Mr. Askew. I'd
watch for mischief from that quarter." :
Hilary agreed. He did not know,
however, that Lafe had learned from
Tremblay, the landlord—in some in
comprehensible manner, since he had
not acquired an additional word of
French during the time which had
elapsed since Hilary's arrival—that
Simeon not only meant mischief but
was believed to be planning it.
However, the schooner had already
made one trip to Quebec, well loaded.
Hilary had been in negotiation with
the paper mills, and he hoped to Im
prove his chances materially if the
winter was not an early one, and if
only the threatened strike did not ma
terialize.
But thpre had been another trouble.
Incomprehensible to Hilary, and Lafe,
though he understood its origin, had
not enlightened him. It concerned
Baptiste.
A few days later Hilary and he met
face to face. Baptiste stopped dead
and thrust out his chin aggressively.
"Well, what is this that they are
saying about the boom?" he demanded.
"I have heard nothing, Baptiste,"
said Hilary.
"You don' speak the truth. You
think I saw the boom through because
Brousseau pay me, eh? All right! I
am a man. I don' have to work for
you."
"1 have no accusation to make
against you, Baptiste."
"You don' want to accuse. But you
think, eh? P'raps you tell me now I
didn't saw the boom through, eh?"
*T don't know whether you did or
not," said Hilary, becoming exasper
ated. "If I had reason to believe yon
did, you'd know it."
"You think I stau' for talk like
that?" shouted Baptiste. "I get better
%
m
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d,
Stand for Talk Like
That?" Shouted Baptiste.
•You Think
f;oca Monsieur Brousseau than
money
I get «Run you. All right. I leave
Sa turd ty."
"You can go right to the office and
get your money till Saturday, ' said
llUai y. "I'll be there in a few min
utes. '
He paid Baptiste, who took the
tiioaey with a menacing muttering that
Hilary affected not to hear. But after
Baptiste had gone he felt the incident
keenly. He valued the little man. and
he knew be had wronged him by _
fusing to affirm his faith in him. Bap
listes defection was not very much,
but it showed that the wind of adver
sity was still blowing strongly,
Baptiste secured a Job with Brous
seau on the following day and shook
the dnst of SL Boniface from his heels,
Leaving Lafe at the mill, Hilary
made his headquarters in one of the
new camps, about five miles up the
river. At five o'clock on the Saturday
night he was surprised to see his
hands trooping homeward along the
road. Many of them did go home
over Sunday, and some every night :
but this was an exodus. Hilary called
his gang foreman, who came up sig
lenly.
rx«
"What's the meaning of this?" he
asked.
"We strike. We want two dollar a
day."
"Why don't the men come to me?"
"I don't know. We strike, that's
all. You see Leblanc."
"So you've chosen this time to strike,
have yon?" cried Hilary furiously. "All
right ! Get out ! Til bring men over
from the south shore."
He went back to his shack and sat
down, resting his head on his hands.
It was dear that Brousseau had post
poned his original plan till now to crip
ple him beyond hope. And Leblanc,
who did not work for him. was In
charge of the affair! He was thor
oughly disheartened over this new de
velopment
However, if the strike did not ex
tend to the mill he could still get his
shipment through.
Presently he heard the sonnd of
wheels, and. going outside, saw Lafe
driving rapidly along the road. He
stopped the horse, jumped out of the
buggy, and came up with a woeful ex
pression on his face.
"I met your men going home, so I
guess you Udow," he said. "They've
struck."
"The mill hands, too?"
Lafe nodded. "It's that fellow Le
blanc. He's telling them they can get
two dollars and their grub. Mac
Pherson tried to Wold the mill hands,
hut he couldn't. You'll have to give
what they're asking."
"Suppose I pay the mill hands two
dollars, will they stay in?" asked Hll
ary.
Lafe shook his head. "I offered It
'em," he said. "I took the responsi
bility of that. Maybe I was wrong—
but anyway. It won't go. They say It's
to he two dollars all round, mill bands
and lumbermen."
"I'll not be beaten by Brousseau,"
said Hilary furiously.
Lafe scratched his Jaw. "It appears
to me that you're going In Just the way
he wants you to," he answered. "Make
It two dollars till we get this shipment
through the mill."
Hilary shook his head. "Not a cent,"
he answered. "I'm not going to have
Brousseau dictate the price of my
labor."
"That's ail right, I suppose, so far
ns you're concerned," said Lafe indlg
nautly. "but what about me? I guess
I've got the right to have some word
in the matter, with that eight thousand
of Clarice—my wife—Invested. Seems
to me you're putting up your front on
my money as well as yours." he blurted
out.
•Til write yon n cheek for It."
"Oh, shucks!" said Lafe; and, tnrn
nlng upon his heel abruptly, he went
hack to the buggy without another
word. He entered It, whisked the
reins, and drove slowly nwuy. But
when he hud gone a hundred paces he
turned the horse and came back.
"You'd better know the worst." he
said. "Louis Duval's In St. Boniface,
and he's going to open up tnnlghL
Nov? I'm through with It
He whipped the horse and drove
nway furiously, leaving Hilary alone
in the deserted camp.
Hilary sat there for a long time. It
began to grow dark, hut, absorbed in
his bitter reflections, be took no note
of anything. Everything sank Into In
significance beside the fact that Louis
Duval, in open defiance of him and hts
warning, was selling liquor upon the
St. Boniface property. It was a delib
erate and direct challenge; and he
must accept It or be for ever dlacredlt
II of it."
ed among hla men. More : He must ae
I cept It or abandon hts plans and re -1
"I'll stop that, anyhow." he mot- !
terevi, and. rising, took a revolver from
his suitcase, loaded the six chambers, j
and thrust tt into his coat pocket.
Then be clapped on his hat and went j
it was still light, and he calculated
to reach St. Boniface soon after Duval
opened. But be had not gone a dosen
paces when be beard the sound of a
trotting horse, and presently, from
among rhe trees, he perceived Mad««
leine Rosny upon the chestnut which
had bolted with her on the day of the
dynamite Mast.
She pot her horse to the gallop as
site neared him, and reined up so sud
denly that she almost threw the beast
hack upon his haunches. Hilary saw
that she had a new- and powerful bit.
which gave her perfect control. Her
pluck was splendid in this riding of
the same animal along the same road.
He raised his bat and waited. She
leaned over the horse's shoulder, and
he saw that her face was expressive of
great concern.
"Yon are not to go to St. Boniface
tonight." she said.
"May I ask shy?"
"It is my wish, monsieur—and my
warning also."
The memory of their past meetings
rushed through Hilary's mind, already
unha lanced by the events of the after
noon, and he became conscious of a
great rush of anger that seemed to
sweep through him like some imper
sonal force and bold him against his
will.
turn home.
ML
"Do you think. Mademoiselle Rosny,
that you are entitled to express your
wishes and your warnings to me. In
the light of our acqualntancrT he de
manded.
"You are pleased to be Insolent to
me again," she answered in a* low
voice. "It does not matter. If you go
to St. Boniface you go at your peril."
"Mademoiselli
"1 ask you not to go. I Implore you.
then."
"By what right?" cried Hilary angri
ly. "Have you worked for me or
against me. Mademoiselle Rosny, since
I came here, expecting to find only a
welcome among my neighbors? Have
you shown any reason why I should
heed your advice, or put faith in your
disinterestedness?"
She was not looking at him.
she answered, very quietly,
must not go.
come here to beg It of you. I—"
"You have come here to get n»e not j
to attend to nty interests," cried HU |
ary, losing all his self-control. "Are
you not actively allied with my worst
enemy, who seeks to ruin me and drive
me out of St. Boniface. I lost nearly 1
a winter's cut of lumber when m>
boom was treacherously destroyed
You knew. Mademoiselle Rosny, and
yet you ask me to heed advice from
one who Is not my friend."
She started as If he had lashed her
across the face. She tried to answer
him, hut could only stammer Inco
herently ; and her eyes, which had
blazed with wrath as he spoke of the
boom, were filled with tears w-hlch ahe
checked valiantly.
"You think I came here tonight,"
she began, and paused, her voice chok
ing. "You think I came here—to you
—to engage in some plot of Monsieur
Brousseau's? It is insufferable! You
are not so important an enemy as
that." She put out her hands swiftly.
"Ah, do not go to 8t. Boniface," ahe
pleaded.
Hilary looked at her stubbornly. He
would not let himself be moved.
"I hnve come to you, and you have
humiliated me." she whispered. "Go.
then !" she cried suddenly Jerking the
reins. "Oo. Monsieur Askew! Go to
St. Boniface!"
She spurred her horse and gnllnpcd
wildly away, while Hilary watched. He
saw her pass out of sight; he waited
till the last reverberation» of the fly
ing hoofs had ceased. He was «shamed ;
and yet he was sustained by a grim
mer determination than any that he
had ever known. Ho would not let
himself believe In her. His wrath,
which made him doubt every one.
which had suffered him to let Lafe de
part, kindled him to fighting heat
He meant to fight, and he grew bot
ter as he tramped steadily along the
river road, reeling off the miles be
hind hlm, n lonely figure, hla heart
rancorous agnlnst the Injustice meted
out to hint; hitter against Lafe, bitter
against Madeleine, hut furious In his
resolution to show St. Boniface what
manner of man he was.
At last the lights of the settlement
began to twinkle through the trees.
He walked a little faster. Angering the
revolver in hla cent pocket. But when
he reached the gate above the dam he
stopped for a while and considered.
His Instinct was for physical assault,
such violence as alone coaid appeas«
his rage. He listened to the distant
hubbub about Duval's shanty; and
then he did the wisest, or else the
moot foolish thing that he could have
done. He broke hla revolver, took out
the cartridges, and threw them away.
He put the weapon back In bis pockat,
opened the gate, and went on.
"No."
"But you
Monsieur Askew. I have
law does not readily exonerate the
IB
who tills ; yet foolish, had he known
! that three men at least in St. Hon'face
expected him and were prepared for
j his coming,
preached the ontlytng house« of the
settlement, feeling an Implacable re
solve harden him as he hewed the
He strode past the dam aud *p
slhuit* and the tumult that cause from
Baptiate's old hoas>\ He torned Into
the little street on which It «rood and
saw it In front of him with the higher
bulk of the mill beyond.
The shades of Baptiste's mhln were
drawn, and the lamplight from within
threw the shadows of the lumbermen
Ul«»n them In grotesque attitudes. Hil
ary could see through the ««pen door
that the place wras packed to suffoca
tion. There was no room to dance ;
but there was to be no dance that
night.
A group of men. chattering upon the
porch, ceased their conversation as Hil
ary ascended the three steps, and
nudged one another One of them
broke into loud, drunken laughter Hil
ary hardly heard ihetn He strode Into
the saloon and atoo«l within the door
way.
CHAPTER IX.
The Trap
The first man whom hr saw was
Louis Duval, uncorking a bottle of
gin. Their rye* met across the head»
of the lumbermen before Hilary's pres
ence waa known.
He stood still for a moment, taking
In the scene. He was faintly conscious
that the door at the far end of the
room had dosed, but this perception
made no Impression on him. He felt,
alone though he waa. that he was ab
solute master of the situation.
He strode up to l.ouln. pushing the
lumbermen who were In hla wny aside,
•cited the bottle from hts hand, and
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"I Hava Com» to You, and You Have
Humiliated M«," Sho Whispered.
"Go, Then!"
dashed It to the floor. His movement
and the ensuing action were so awlft
that It was only after their comple
tion that all the company awakened to
hl» presence.
He turned townrd the plank table
which hail been nailed across a recess
for a bar counter. On this were a
number of bottles, nit of brandy or gin
Illicitly distilled and smuggled up the
river,
heads.
bought, and still containing fragmenta
of the straw In which they had been
parked, »too«] on a packing ca»e near
On the floor were two lings
A quantity of glasses newly
by.
Hilary swept hla arm along the
plank, knocking off the hottlea, which
crashed to the floor, atresrlng II with
broken glass. A »core of streams be
gan to Alter between the edge* of the
hoards, uniting In the depiv*ai»na. The
stench of the spirits rose Into the air.
He kicked the hogshead* over, and
they added their contents to the pool.
With Hnother sweep he «truck down
the glasses. Then the lumbermen
ru«hed at him. canting, Infurinted. The
foremost hesitated at they came with
in reach of his arm. however, remem
bering Pierre's discomfit ure. The mo
mentary delay was fatal to Ihetn. Hil
ary atrnrk out with all hla force fell
ing them, or sending them staggering
backward against those behind, and
clearing a passage In a twinkling In
ward I«>uts, with whom alone he had
business at that moment.
l«vula was a coward, unlike his
brother and Pierre, perhaps pardon
ably, on account of bis pliyalenl weak
neaa. As Hilary grasped him hy the
shoulder« the liquor seller, who math
up In adroitness for what he lack Ml In
Strength, twisted like an eel, dived
under the a
and rushed toward the rear entrance,
shouting something aa lie ran.
What It was Hilary did not know
lie perceived dimly that the mob fell
hark, except for « few who, unable to
restrain themselves, surged about Min
of those about him.
like a pack of wolvaa, snarling, aad
trying to throat at him with the knives
which they bad drawn from their
j
I
tike a madman, sent them «mashing to
the Door cleared ht« wav again, and
made for lonK who ss* 1u«t open
ing the hack do.v He grasped at him.
hut tool« was Jostt a «count too quick '
He darted through and the door
thrown hack violently. «truck Milan
up-iti the rcrofcra.1 The nest Instant
Hilary' passed through the doorway In :
pursuit j
The shanty which Baptiste had .»ce !
occupied had formerly been n part of
a large strip rurv used by the mill foe !
storing machinery At the hack, and
contiguous with It. had been the old
roll! stables. The door connecting the
two placea had been nailed up but
l'uval had opened It that morning In
the course «if hts preparation* for Hil
ary's advent.
Aa Hilary rot wed the «table the
door dosed behind him. and he heard
the bolt shot The ydl* of the lumber
men grew faint, tt was only then Hil
ary realised that he had run Into •
trap.
The stable contained t out*, who ha<
posted himself within the stall Imme
dlately opposite the entrant's, am
grinned at Hilary defiantly. Between
the two stood Simeon l'uval, a gro
tesque grin upon his scholar!Ike fea
tures. The man who had Invited the
door waa l.«-blsnc. and Black l*torn
stood beside him
The four executing a flanking move
ment simultaneously, advanced and
took up their position between Hilary
and the door. Nobody spoke, but
Simeon l'uval took off hla spectacle«
quite methodically, folded them In
their case, and placed It hack In his
pocket. Standing with hl» back close
enough to the wall of one of the horse
boxes to he able to prevent an attack
from behind. Hilary watch«! the fo«r
contemptuously. They had go! him
there to tight and there waa nothing
he wanted more, even against the '■„I
of them. He half regretted having
drawn hla cartridges, hut hr waa con
scious of no sense of fear whatever.
He kept hla right hand lightly against
the pocket in which the revolver lay;
It might be useful for Intimidation, or
even for »elf defense.
"Well, we got you. Meestalr Askew,"
sneered Simeon. "Now you listen here.
We're peaceful men an' we hale trou
hie. We don't want to hurt you If you
go a wny from 8t Boniface. Oo hack
where you come from. Rise we kilt
you tonight. What you say I To« are
alone here, no police, and every one
hate you. If we kill you every one
swear you try to kill Black I'l-rre. an'
my hrudder, an' me. Now what you
any Î"
"I haven't come here to any, hut to
give yonr brother a thrashing.*' an
swered Hilary scornfully. "The thrash
Ing that I promised him that night at
Ste. Marie."
"You spy on me In Hie. Marie an'
bring revenue officers. It cost me a
hundred dollar, you damn police apy.
You go now, eh? What you sayT"
Hilary wheeled upon l.ehlnnr and
I'lerre. "And these men what are
they doing höret You wan! three men
to help you kill me. eh, SimeonT"
lie did not want to parley, hut In
spite of hla eagerness hla judgment
told him that he was In n perilous sit
uation. lie must taunt them till they
lost their head«; that would give him
an advantage.
"You, lehlnnc, want yonr lease
agnln, ! snppoae. you thief." he said.
"Ton, I'lerre, didn't gel enough of a
hiding that day I caught you milling
down my trees. There's another com
ing to yon In a minute or two. Hlntenn,
If I'd hern yon I'd have picked agi«
men who rouUI help me light If I waa
afraid. Instead—"
He got no further, for at that mo
ment, taking the Initiative, he sprang.
Ilia flats dashed full Into Simeon's
fnce. right and left, almost together.
Simeon toppled backward; hla head
struck the edge of the stall behind
him. and he dropped moaning to the
floor and lay there.
I'oaslng him. Hilary leaped for Louis,
but the agile Utile man eluded him
and darted down the middle of the
stable
himself l-rtilane and I'lerre sprang
from behind. As Hilary swung slde
wlae he saw the knife In I'lerre s hand.
He throat his snn up. and (he blow,
diverted, glanced, the knife ripping hla
sleeve open. I,ehlanc. also with s
knife, was «prlnglng from the other
side. Hilary sized up Hie situation with
Judgment for whlrli he rould never
afterward arrount. Dnshlng hla flats
upward, he caught I'lerre under the
chin, forcing his head hark ; at the
same time he grasped the wrist which
hehl I he knife and swung so a« to in
terpose the mil law's le sly
himself ami l-cblnnrs Mow. Aa Le
blanc struck agnln Hilary turned, shel
tering himself behind I'lerre. one haul
under his chin, the other holding hark
the wrist, so that l.et»lenr's short, atale
hing stroke« always fell short, being
aimed around I'lerre's le «ly.
Marking Into the Stall adjurent to
• he one In which Simeon had falle«.
Hilary In this manner continued to
ward off Lablanr'a attack The stall
Before he could qullr recover
!
between
waa narrow, and the jobber waa na
abD to get past I'lerre. struggling la
Hilary's «map. In order to strike a
s* H il» ry ■*"»©!.
h*04 aft
Iti
IVrfY mn) k«v^ Him >n ;H>> pnMUlna |§
»».< compara ttvotv zwfe
Rut he had
rtf'll to think «« hi* iw\(
It
>a«*wl«r
Hf «him not h.i|v t« rofnti
M* ciut.-h ou tVrvn thrust with ,«•
ham! foe
■hiniiov
BJ WitUKh •ib>m tW
f"KV Mtiwl thr out taw's «b-uaUerx
sod hts strong. tMch -«et Maty
•*roly W mjM*r up Ms iwlod Hr ra
•rosed Hm» Itutpsc ht» bochasrd
with alt hi* might Ptm» hr)) against
D-blanc. «tine ht» «»«gering . tha
two otawuti at each other and fed to
!Ht'
A * Hilary rv4ew«ed Hm r he .-wught
'"•cht of Low» face peertng
rre * «hoolder The fall of the tara
»"•> •*« »-ouH Hilary's only demerit
•»'' " PR — * »* - Hilary krona ted ; Id
''«* 4r *' of •»*'■ threat. «poke« to Stmeoa.
h * *® attach a mi much hta
:n ^*'riee in use and strength, Rut at
i * u,t monte tit he saw lout* right arm
*»«*- *»<1 »be gteam .vf tha
knlfp he MU Before the upward
,hruxt <'•**• »lepped bsck. putted
th * f"® 1 ™ fT " ,u ^Is pocket, and
»'»'ought the butt crushing down on
Loots' head.
"Thai'» what I promised you!* be
shouted.
The little man. laataatty dreached
with Mood fro» the lagged scalp
wound, staggered, let the knife fall,
screamed, ami fled stumbling from
side to side with hands upraised above
his head, toward the door, loata had
bad enough . he had bee« meant t* be
the bait of the trap and now he had
Blinded by the
blood I bat poured ever hl» faezv he
blundered Into one of the «Imhvwr MR
braaurep and Ma upraised hand«
brought dont* the lamp »hieb fell
crashing upon the wootlc« door, and
fortunately went out.
Still »-reaming, louls found the
door ami tried to push hack the bolt.
Bui before he could do so Hilary wag
on the spot He pushed It bach him
self and. faking Louie hy the »boui
llent. he pushed him with all hla
strength Into Baptiste's shanty.
The room was empty,
had evidently been pasted about that It
would be advisable for one to make
bee« caught in It.
The word
oneself scarce In view of what waa
going on in the stabt«. But a group
of tm-a v.ere gathered about I he doer
at the entrance, peering la; anti tho
• ii.Men apparition of 1 •>« 1 « enrorod
«Ith Mood, and Hilary behind him,
proved too strong for their lUatvIMk
They came running forward, yelling.
Hilary could have broken through
them and gained (he safety of hla
rttoma. n short distance away Kwn
the hasard In ««trh a con v> hi leas
than what he hidl fared In the staMo.
But lhe Mes never occurred to him.
He waa lighting mad; he had come to
HI. Ilonifare fo tight, and he meant to
light hla quarrel t Jt. He turned
He heard I-Ms nr and I'lerre run
ning ar m as the stable #o.*r All Ms
calculai Inna, which were mihowtarlawa.
Sere made In fractional se«-.«VIta that
night. So. now. he calculated that live
|>alr would roach the door a half sec
ond before the men In the «hanty.
They wonld emerge confident. Imagin
ing him to he In flight, lie szltnl
I «nils' blundering flight, which look
him Into the midst of the lumbermen,
stopped them In their attach. Just as
Hilary had cnb-utsted It would; at the
■nme moment Isridsne's head and
shoulders became visible around the
door. Hilary, walling for that. Jabbed
upward viciously wtift hi« right. Is*
hlanr howled and fell hackwnrd,
knocking I'lerre off hla hatance In
turn ; and before they bad recovered
fr<«m Ho- surprise Hilary had stepped
hack Into the stable and bolted the
door behind him.
lie saw their wonder and the dawn
ing fear In loddanc'a far«, revered with
Mood, and I'lerre'a Infuriated scowl ;
hut they rame on at him again, craft
ily now, crouching, their knlvea drown
bark for the stab. A revolver, even
when loaded. Is of little use against a
knife. Wielded hjr an expert at eh«»
quart era The men were attaching
from opposite »Idea. ton. They were
watrhlng each movement that Hilary
made He estimated that they would
•firing after a very brief delay. He
hazarded a second and. stooping, picked
up a fragment of rotten harness which
had fallen In the floor heslde »no of
the horseboze« ID wheeled toward
l-etolane, who twisted his hod? to
meet him ; and thro, aa I'lerre rushed
In from Ik- hind. wheeled again sud
brought down the harness strop upon
hta head.
A knife «tab—and what
comet of it.
rro iik coNTiMirnu »
Prsposzd Rsssarzh Wtrk.
A proposed British aallonsl Institu
tion of Industrial Mulogy would havu
for II» prime object resrorrh connected
with Industrie» dt-fn-ndent <«t mlcr.eor
galilsiiis or rusymes ; and these, sotllag
«•hie brewing and distilling, Inrlude
the making of cheese, bread and
pressed yrost, lartjc arid, wine sail
Vinegar, hesldeu Uniting, the treat
ment of sewage, and all agrlrolture.
iHher alms would be to give »portal
l*e«l Instruction to teacher* and tech
nic«! workers and to provide « col
lection of mlrroocnptr culture from
which arteotlftr workers ami others
could draw material.
The ffinieh.
Fatten«-«—"liars yon error anttesd
la a circus parada that they always
hava the call lap* wagon at the «ad of
the parader Petrie«—"Oh. yea. that
k to M everybody know that tha
worat la pi la

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