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The City of Numbered Days By FRANCIS LYNDE BCy N sm s.. "' i nmt mm uk nn~ r nni nnnnum $YNOPWI0* chief engineer of the Niquola --meets J. Wesley Cort Shis daughter, Genevieve, and -t reclamation work to them. sees in the project a big a'ks money. The financier tells that the engineer "Will come book himself if the bait is well Cortwright organizes a com obtains government contracts poser and material for the tton. A busy city springs t site. Steve Massingale sIart a gold rush it Broull i tnfluence President Ford to S1gui d branch to the place, thus g a market for the ore from gusan" mine. On a visit to a at her father's mine - Ids she understands him bet s bad thought. He tells her of iFJSW money to pay off his dead s and that to be free he ; ce anything save his love for g-m, Though his influence is vital W ,g.i of the railroad extension Sto be true to himself. He it. Mirapolis, the city of num booms. Cortwright persuades to become consulting engineer N.Usolidated electric power com -turn for 100.000 stock. tst do you think of a high government employ.ee Sould "sell out" his pub g awt for private gain-even *s did so In order to win hap for the girl he loved? tI tll country suffering right tng I too much of Just that f ething? CHAPTER IX 1The Speedway g tI the days after he had a his desk a long envelope in a certificate for a thousand d stock in the Niquoai Electric ljuhting and Traction company began to lose his nick g Hell's-Fire" among his work 'ith the promise of attaining, in ,4m, to the more affectionate I'th@ Little Big Boss." eo nvelope-opening moment, * he was threatened with an d heart failure. It was scarce But a hastily sought in wth the company's president t asir of all the incredibillt , dear Brouillard! what in y you take us for?" was the when the young engineer his deprecatory protest. thtok we were going to cut sad hand you out a piece of Not so, my dear boy; we on any such narrow.gauge 'ht's what we are willing to a good, reliable government go going to be your business I that the reclamation serv mdetly what its contract calls fhr kilowait." -that anyhow, as chief of con 1 the dam." gsMa you would try to do it. of the power company, i t; as an official kicker on Yea couldn't teame us a ':lat? You'd put us out of l' t mach, you wouldn't; pdtleh with you and get a $ew Job who wouldn't kick." . t the inheritor of sudden l >atdhing the promoter's wast get me fired now, mlrt. When will you apert opinion on your au da, yeon mean. Oh, any " et tomorrow or Friday , If that hurries you too istat want to go to work Monday." an exponent of the that the way to do 1_ oa them now, Brounllard Ithurry order wjthout conm Sswiftness of aceom (ht was almost magical, the Mirapolitan order of conceived overnight their pxoeitions tIn things Sthe determination to do all that was necessary have the report tomo -* newly ereated consult aut yean scan't go to . The labor market is lth taking it for granted goingt to stampedo my hsmerate men." the city bulder, ot government, watch Ipae played fair in that Imported every work ited, and we shall lae at's one thing none of to do-bunll the Ilbor it won't be necessary; slaaloab d of Italkns and Sthe way to Quemdo to uaght to he hre by , p. Cortwright." hlbute to the worke and he went hris the apper end o the Sas President Cart elasently pedeaed, lahoreus had uaarehbd Arrow tra s ad the a sesl aMer * a set the gle and to string the wires for the light ing of the town. On the Wednesday there were fresh accessions to the army of builders, and the freighters on the Quesado trail reported a steady stream of artisans pouring in to rush the city-making. On the Thursday the grading and paving of Chigringo avenue was be gun, and, true to his promise, Mr. Cort wright was leaving a right of way in the street for the future, trolley tracks. And it was during this event ful week that the distant thunder of the dynamite brought the welcome tidings of the pushing of the railroad grade over the mountain barrier. Also -but this was an item of minor im portance--it was on the Saturday of this week that the second tier of forms was erected on the great dam and the stripped first section of the massive gray foot-wall of concrete raised itself in mute but eloquent protest against the feverish activities of the miracle workers. If the protest were a threat, it was far removed. Many things might happen before the gray wall' should rise high enough to cast its shadow, and the shadow of the coming end, over the miraculous city of the plain. It was Brouillard himself who put this thought into words on the Sunday when he and Grialow were looking over the work of form raising and find ing it good. "Catching you, too, is it, Victor?" queried the hydrographer, dropping easily into his attitude of affable cyni cism. "I thought it would. But tell me, what are some of the things that may happen?" "It's easy to predict two of them: Some people will make a pot of money and some will lose out" Orislow nodded. "Of course you don't take any stock in the rumor that the government will call a halt?"' Broufilard was shaking his head slowly. "I don't pretend to have opinions any more, Grizzy. I'm living from day to day. If the tail should get big enough to wag the dog-" They were in the middle of the high staging upon which the puddlers worked while filling the forms and Grislow stopped short. "What's come over you, lately, Vic tor? I won't say you're half-hearted, but you're certainly not the same driver you were a few weeks ago, be' fore the men quit calling you 'Hell's Fire.' Bronillard smiled grimly. "It's go ing to be a long Job, Grissy. Perhaps I saw that I couldn't hope to keep keyed up to concert pitch all the way through. Call it that, anyway. I've promised to motor Miss Cortwright to the upper dam this afternoon, and it's time to go and do it." It was not until they were climbing down from the staging at the Jack's Mountain approach that Grislow ac quired the ultimate courage of his con victions. "Going motoring, you said-with Miss Genevieve. That's another change. I'm beginning to believe in your seven-year hypothesis. You are no longer a woman-hater." "Oh, belly! There are times when yeou make me feel as t I bhad eaten too much dinner;" ritty! This is one of them. Put it in words; get it out of your system." "It needs only three words: You are hypnotied. A month ago this city building fake looked as crasy to you as it stifll does to those of us who haven't been Invited to sit down and take a hand in Mr. Cortwright's little geme. Now you seem to have gone over to the other side. You.hobnob with COrtwright and do ofice work for him. You know his fake is a take; and yet I overheard you boosting it the other night in Poodles' dining room to a tableaful of money maniacs as if Cortwright were giving you a rake.off. Broutilard stiffened himself with a jerk as he paced beside his accuser, but he kept his temper. "'You're an old friend, Grlry, and a mighty goow one-s I have had occar son to prove. It is your privilep to ease your mind. Is that all?" '"No. You are letting Generteve Cortwrlitht make a fobol of you. If you were only halt sane you'd see that she is coatmr trophy hunter. ' Why, she weven gets down to yomng Grtith- end uses him to dig out infesmatlon about you. ae'--" r a "HoI oon, Murray; the's imt, mad yo'll bear with me if I say that you are working up to it now." Brouil ard's Jaw was set and the taes be tween his esye were depenlu. "I doa't how what you are drhlg at, but you'd bett" all t of. I e take eur of myself." "It I thoght yes could-i f I Ocaty touaPt o es idW' aid OrlMlow usiglyt . "But the Inictalms all lean theotkr way. It wouut be all right if wyu nted to w rand she wasted iou to; but yes dme't-'u-a _he doe't. And buedls, thms .. eawt "ret Tea aesS't pit you te k that wa. You ame nsP gatti- -.W mt vt what is asalg .0 "Yes. And when the psalmist had admitted that, he immediately asked the Lord .not to let their precious balms break his head. You're all right, Grizzy, but I'll pull through." Then, with a determined wrenching aside of the subject: "Are you going up on Chigringo this afternoon?" "I thought I would-yes. What shall I tell Miss Massingale when she asks about you?" "You will probably tell her the first idiotic thing that comes into the back part of your head. And if you tell her anything pilfous about me I'll lay for you some dark night with a pick handle." Grislow laughed reminiscently. "She won't ask," he said. "Why not?" "Because the last time she did it I told her your scalp was dangling at Miss Genevieve's belt." They had reached the door of the log-built quarters and Broulllard spun the jester around with a shoulder grip that was only half playful. "It I believed you said any such thing as that I'd murder you!" he ex ploded. "Perhaps you'll go and tell her that-you red-headed blastoderm!" "Sure," said the blastoderm, and they went apart, each to his dunnage kit. . CHAPTER X Table Stakes There were a dozen business blocks ,nder construction in Mirapolis, with a proportional number of dwellings and suburban villas at various stages in the race toward completion, when it began to dawn upon the collective consciousness of a daily increasing citizenry that something was missing. Garner, the real estate plunger from Kansas City, first gave the missing quantity its name. The distait thun tier of the blasts heralding the ap proach of the railroad had ceased be tween two days. Up to the period of the silenced dy namite thunderings new industries were projected daily, and investors, tolled in over the high mountain trails or across the Buckskin in dust-en crusted automobiles by methods best known to a gray-mustached adept in the art of promotion, thronged the lobby of the Hotel Metropole and bought and sold Mirapolls "corners" or "insides" on a steadily-ascending scale of prices. A strange mania for holding on, for permanency, seemed to have become epidemic. Many of the working men were securing homes on the instal ment plan. A good few of the villas "It Looks Bad-Devilish Bad," could boast parquetry floors and tiled bathrooms. One coterie of Chicagoans decided to build a sixatoried office building, with a ground floor corner for the Niquola National bank with modern conveniences and that the chosen building material should be of nothing less permanent than m6ne lithic concrete. In harmony with the same spirit the newly tacorporated Buckskin Gold Maininsg and Milling company plowed deep furrows to bed-rock across and baek until the face of Jack's montain as zarrgged and scarred like a vet eran ot many battle. I' keepinag was the nergy wi~t which M. dortwright and his munici pal coqesaga la water, mains, strm', electrie wires, drove the paving cen trateur, na pushed the trolley linae to the stage at- whiteh It lacked onbly the raf tad the cars wa~tlin shipme by the railtoad. This was the aftai om the day whm Garuet sharpeared Iastemer at the kbeshe i eppeaitatir. missig the dramal e rUhagPr , set t a solther "rb* usgly m-s bsina rsafl to m a - ci ba aseishetduedm n a Buet us sal talbSt a s tar4; trb the #a time his hint had grown to rumor size Mr. Cortwright had sent for Brouil lard. "Pull up a chair and have a cigar," said the great man when Brouillard had penetrated to the nerve-center of the Mirapolitan activities in the Metro pole suite and the two stenographers had been curtly dismissed. "Have you heard the talk of the street? There is a rumor that the railroad grading has been stopped." Brouillard, busy with the work of setting the third series of forms on his great wall, had heard nothing. "I've noticed that they haven't been blasting for two or three days. But that may mean nothing more than a delayed shipment of dynamite," was his rejoinder. "It looks bad--devilish bad." The promoter was planted heavily in his pivot chair, and the sandy-gray eyes dwindled to pin points. "We are up against it, that's all. Read that," and the promoter handed a telegram across the desk. •The wire was from Chicago, was signed "Ackerman," and was still damp from the receiving operator's copying press. It read: "Work on P. S-W.'s Buckskin ex tension has been suspended for the present. Reason assigned, shrinkage in securities and uncertainty of busi ness outlook in Niquola." Mr. Cortwright's frown figured as a fleshly mask of irritability. "Let it once get out that the railroad people don't believe in the future of Mirapo lis and we're done." Brouillard's retort was the expres sion of an upfiash of sanity. "Mirapolis has no future; it has only an exceedingly precarious pres. ent." For a moment the sandy-gra' eyes oecame inscrutable. Then the mask of irritation slid aside, revealing the face which Mr. J. Wesley Cortwright ordinarily presented to his world the face of imperturbable good nature. "You're right, Brouillard; Mirapolie is only a good joke, after all. Some times I get bamfoozled into the idea that it isn't-that it's the real thing. That's bad for the nerves. But about this railroad fizzle; I don't relish the notion of having our little joke sprung on us before we're ready to laugh, do you? What do you think?" "It is not my turn to think, Mr. Cort wright." "Oh, yes, it is; very pointedly. You're one of us, to a certain extent; and ii you were not you would still be inter. ested. A smash just now would ham. per the reclamation service like the mischief; the entire works shut down; no cement, no lumber, no power; everything tied up in the courts until the last creditor quits taking appeals. Oh, no, Brouillard; you don't want to see the end of the world come before it's due." It was the consulting engineer of the power company rather than the reclamation service chief who rose and went to the window to look down upon the morning briskness of Chi gringo avenue. And it was the man who saw one hundred thousand dol lare, the price of freedom, slipping away from him who turned after a minute or two of the absent street gas ing and said: "What do you want me to do, Mr. Cortwright? I did put my shoulder to the wheel when Ford was here. I told him If I were in his place I'd take the long chance and build the extension." "Did you-and before you had a stake in the game? That was a white man's boost, rightl Think you could manage to get Ford on the wire and eincournage him a little more?" "It isn't Ford; it is the New York bankera. You can read that between the lines in your man Ackerman's tele ra." The stock gentleman in the pivot chair thrust out his Jaw and tilted his treshly-llghted cigar to the aggressive angle. "Say, Brouilard, we've got to throw a fresh piece of bait intO the cage, something that will make the railroad crowd sit up and take notice. By George, If those gold hunters up on Jack's mountain would only stumble across something big enough to adver tise-" Brouillard started as if the wislhful magic had been a blow. Like a hot wave from a furnace mouth it swept over him-the sudden realization that the means, the one all.owerfuil, earth moving lever the promoter was so anxiously seeking, lay in his hands. "The Buckskin people, yes," he said, making talk as the rifleman digs a pit to hold his own on'the firing line. "If they should happen to uncover a gold reet just now It would simplify mat tern immensely for Mirapolls, wouldn't it? The railroad would come on, then, without a shadow of doubt. All the bankers in New York couldn't hold it back." Now came Mr. Cortwright's turn to get up and walk to one of the w~ln dows. "Come here," he called curtly, with a quick finger crook for the engineer, and when Bronillard Joined him: "Can you size up that little caucus over yonder?" The "caucus" was a knot of excited men blocking the sidewalk in front of ranq's real' estate oiMce on the op posite side of the street. The purpose of the xitd ones was sot dlueult to divine. They were all trying to crowd Into the Kansa City man's place of busines at onca. What step, will Soulilard and CertwrliMt take to MtOp' the threatevnd pane and save them. eevee-or . do yes think they wi be able to gt out f the m.-e. witheOu loig their lme MEXICANS IN TEXAS WILL BE PROTECTED Governor of Texas Issues Proclama. tion to Mexican Residents of State to Remain Reutral. Austin, Tex. - Governor Ferguson Monday issued a proclamation reassur ing the Mexicans residing in Texas the protection of the state provided they remain neutral and (1do not participate in any demonstration or create a dis turbance. The governor invites the co-operation of all law-abiding Mexi cans in keeping down any race hatred and strife. To Texas Mexicans: At this time I want to say a word to citizens of Mex ican parentage residing permanently or temporarily in Texas. The state of Texas demands of all persons while in her borders absolute obedience and respect to her laws and constituted authorities. If Texas Mexicans will aid by words and deeds the various peace officers in Texas to carry out this demand, they need have no fear of bodily harm and they will receive the protection of our laws. If they do not in some manner show their loyalty to the state and nation they will bring trouble upon them selves and many crimes will be com mitted which can not be prevented. There are thousands of Mexicans in Texas employed in many different oc cupations. This employment will con tinue so long as Mexicans remain loyal to Texas. If these people were left alone there would be little cause for alarm with the Americans. But, unfortunately, the prejudice of many Mexicans, which might other wise remain loyal to Texas, has been aroused by bandit leaders from Mexico and feeling of hatred exists along our Texas borders, which should not be. In the future when one of these ban dit leaders from Mexico comes among you and tries to tell you that the Americans want to mistreat you, and wants you to join some secret move ment, report him at once to the first officer you can get to. Report the names of other Mexicans who are mlx ed up in the gang. Show that you are loyal to this country, and, as governor of Texas, I guarantee that you will be protected from all harm. In addi tion to this I will pay a very liberal re ward in gold to any Mexican who will furnish to the sheriffs and ranger cap tains reliable information and .names of those who are seeking to arouse the Mexicans of Texas to take up arms against the Americans or to destroy their property. I earnestly invite the help and co operation of all law-abiding Mexicans in keeping down any race hatred and strife. If you do not want to confer with the officers, write me direct at Austin. But the better plan is for the good Mexicans to get in close relation with the officers and show them that you are loyal citizens, and there will be no trouble in Texas. I appeal to the Mexican press and Mexican leaders to warn their people against the strange Mexican who comes to this country to stir up trouble. By so doing you can render a great service to your people, and you will be the means of promoting peace and good will between Texans and Texas Mexicans. Jas. E. Ferguson, Governor of Texas. By John G. McKay, Becretary 'of State. Railroad Revenues Increased. Austin, Tex.--Income from opera lions of the Texas railroads increased $3,988,734.21, or 21.34 per cent, for the ten months ending April 30; 1916, as compared with the same period of the previous year, according to a compara tive statement made public Wednes day by the railroad commission, In come from operation increased from $18,694,429.81 to $22,683,164.C2. Freight revenue $66,729,093, increase $3,969, 803.18, or 6.36 per cent; passenger train revenue $25,330,810, in.crease $507,749, or 2.04 per cent; total op erating revenue $94,352,176, increase $4,587,178, or 5.11 per cent; total op erating expenses $71,669,011, increase $598,443, or .84 per cent. Mexican Counsels Neutrality. San Antonio, Tex.-After a lengthy conference with Major General Funs ton Tuesday, T. R. Beltran, Mexican consul general for the southwestern part of the United States, announced that he was preparing a proclamation warning all Mexicans in his jurisdic tion to refrain from words or deeds that might be construed as hostile to the United States. Missing Cattle Are Located. Lake Charles, La--Over $1000 worth of cattle and horses missed from the unfenced prairie along the Jeff Davis parish line two weeks ago were lo cated Monday by Sheriff Reid. Thirty head of cattle had been sold to three men. Pension Biill I $6,000,000 Less. Washington.--The annual pension approprlation bill carrying $158,066, 000 passed the house Saturday with out a roll call after a debate devoted to many subects other than pensions. The total is $6,000,000 :less than that of last' year's bill. AMtIs Win In Kamea County. uarnes City, Tet.F-I*a the probbl ion election -In Kares county there were 8,4 votes eost for pmoibtiou nad 1.U, aslast RUSSIAN ON-SWEEP IS CHECKED BY TEUTONS GERMANS JOIN AUSTRIANS TO STOP GREAT RUSSIAN DRIVE IN BUKOWINA. SLAVS TAKE GALICIAN TOWN Capture Radautz. Thirty Miles Below Czernowitz, With Men, Officers and Guns-Greece Accedes to the Demands of Allies. Latest News From War Frogts. The Germans and Austrians *4\: hynia are vigorously on the oae fisN' against the Russians and, se ming ' have stopped, for the time?.thg i least, the Russian drive :wostward4% Along the Stokhod river, ~ the 'A Styr, in the region of Sok' fur- ' ther west around NylsEf"' sangu iiu y engagements are in progress. In the.le encounters the Russian war qffice says the Germans and Austrians havers' been repulsed, while Berlin delara,..." that on both sides of the Tunria rivek4!; and southward from Svintiukhid'.4 i -,,," Grockow the Russians h are bel . - driven further back and th inortt west of Lutsk the Russfnp.4.'lls m' dispute the German success were with-, '` t out result. . On the Stripa in Galicia the Rus sians have taken portions of the trenches of the Teutonic allies 'near Gaivoronka, and further southbIq it!" kowina have driven their forces south ward and captured Radautz, about thirty miles below Czernowitz and taken more officersi,X d guns. On both sides f't kF t lde, in the region of Verdun, to:- ~e eoft of the fortress, in the Woevre, ,a. the foot of the Meuse hlils, in-France, the Germans are heavily' bombarding the French. Especially ieay are the at tacks against Hill 304 and Le Mort Homme, northwest of Verdun and northeast of the fortress around Thiau mont, the Vaux wood, Chapitrm and Fort Laufee. In a counter-attack the French have retaken from the1 Gel mans most of the trenches fhb Ger mans captured Wednesday night be tween the Fumin wood and' Chdncia, -.,.A northeast of Verdun. ."( '1 , The Germans near Givenchy cap-~.~ . tured British trenches, but later were d.. driven odit, suffering heavy losses in . the counter attack. ýx Considerable iaerial activity toward German towns has taken place. Freteb -', madhines have dropped- bombs on Tre- . ' ves,,,Karlsruhe. and Mulheim. Ia air battles. four German aeroplanes were brought down by the French, who in turn lost one machine through motor trouble. No important changes on the Ital ian-Austrian front or in Asiatic Tur key have been reported. The ultimatum of the entente pow ers to Greece has been yielded to by the Hellenic kingdom. The demands include complete demobilizing of the Greek army, the formation of a :cabi net benevolently neutral to the en tente allies, the holding of new elec tions, and the reconstruction of the geniarmerie. The Greek cabinet al ready has resigned and another.is in process of formation. .'- "" The Russians continued their ad vance against the Austrfiaas thfrough Bukowina, have crossed the Sereth river southwest of Czernowitz and oc cupied the towns of Zadova, Stroginetz and Gliboka. The Austrians in this region, their arniy cut in twd, aie de clared by Petrograd to be in disOrder ly retreat with the Russians energeti cally pursuing them toward the Car pathians. ., An element of upcertainty as to the situation between the Pripet and the Galician frontier has arisen owing to the divergent reports of the'4Rdssian and German war offices, both claiming success for their-aimies. Northeast of Kizilin, which lies be tween Lutsk and Vladimir-Volynsk, Petrograd says an Austrian attacc sup.., ported by Germans was repulsed, while Berlin asserts that the Teutonic allies were victorious and are fighting their way forward against the Russians. Czernowitz, capital of the Austripn crown land of Bukowina, is In the , hands of the Russians and the Aus trians who had held it are in retreat toward the Carpathian Mountains. Hard fighting took place in the cap ttire of the Czernowitz bridgehead and in the passage of the River Pruth, but when finally the Russians gained the. right bank of the river the Austrians evacuated the capital,, leaving a thou- . sand prisoners and soure guns in the. hands of the Russians. To the nqrtjk in Galicia and Volhy nia,, the Russians are meeting. with desperate resistance on the part of the Austro-HBungarians and Germadb,' .. some of the latter of whom are ..A clared by Pgtrograd to "have been brought from the French frout n an endeavor to aid in itemating the Ru, sian advance. Numerous battles in the air, in which six German machines, along ,thaem two Fokkers, were driven down by the British, are recorded in the Brit Ish official communication. The Brit lab themselves lost two aircraft. A severe battle between the Aus trians and Italians is in progress on the Setti Cobamuni Plateau to the west of Asiago. On the various other sec tors southeast of Trent numerous Aus trian attacks have been repulsed. The Italias report some progress porth • ,.: .,, :.