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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1020
THE TOILEE PAGE a I The Black Sheep. i o Chapter LXV. Returning to his own. Wearied of the battle that he and Collins had fought almost without in termisson for the last sjx months, and eager to live his own life, and follow his own bent of mind, as he had longed to do since childhood, he decided to quit the mines, and go in search of more congenial employment. lie wanted to find some kind of work that would take him out into the open, and at the same tjmo give him an opportunity to pursue his investigations on the flora and fauna of vorious regions. This had been his desire from child-hood. Ever since ho had been compelled to leave home he had longed for unrestrained freedom in this respect. But the class struggle had been against him. The need of working for his daily bread had curtailed his opportunities, and what was more such opportunities as he might have taken had he b60ri alone, Collins had caused him to spend in the selling of literature, in the hold ing of meetings, and in endless argu ments about thjngs as they might be. if they did not happen to be as they nre. Nevertheless, he was glad that George and Herman had taught him economies, and that Rudolph and Col Ins had made him familiar with the true nature of the class war in society. He had no delusions concerning the claw and fang nature of human eco nomic relations. He realized that he was a slnvo who could only expect a slave's lot, in the world as it is. But he was not a slave in the biologic sense, for he aimed at using his brain to work himself out of that class if )t were humanly possible to do so. saying that ns tho freedom from slave rv was a collective problem with them, no matter what opportunities presented themselves to make his individual escnpe. "Until all are free none nr.' free," he often quoted. For him to escnpe from the working class ,he con sidered as treason in the first place, and what he would gain by it, A nothing more than n false and ovan csccnt liberty. He maintained that there could not be freedom, in Un real meaning of that word, in a two class world. Of all this Jack took nn opposite view. He reasoned that if the working classes did not want to take a hold of economic truth, and translate it into actions of liberty, that then, hi duty was at an end, and that if he saw a way open to personal well be ing, it would be only folly not to walk in that way. He maintained that the mass of the workers were incapable of thinking in terms Of collectivism, making it sheer folly on the part of the radicals, who did see, to show the master piece of "Industrial De mocracy" to congenital blind men. A man always seeks a justification in logic for his every act, and so it was that .Tack reviewed both Collins and his own views in an effort to justify his contemplated change of activity. And he naturally decided on the side of his desires men generally do, for if reason played a determining part in their decissions this world he quits a different world. Thus Collins desired to be an agitator, which ulti matly made him a martyr, loved by a few hated by some and feared by others. It was his life, and found his reward in the consciousness that he had lived fearlessly and hnnestl accord ing to the light that was in him. This alone entitles him to a place in the ranks of Earths noblest sons. And on the other hand, Jack who was not equally impressed with the idoa of agitation, would not have been honest ith himself, if he had followed this line of work simply for Collins' sake. He would then have been in very truth a slave, more slavish then the masses with whom he labored. At least such were his conclusions at the time, and he followed them not with out difficulty, until he found for himself a place in the world of science, where he found as much hnpinness as can come to one who knows the hideous arrangement of our social structure, and is not utterly dead to all human feeling. But we are digressing from the story. Firmly decided to find other cm ployment, and to break away from what with more bitterness than sin cerity he called social fanaticism, he concluded that he would spend the next day out on the desert and gather what information he could concerning the life tharwas to be found on and eren. Tt in n mistake to think of de serts, as nlwnys barren and lifeless regions. Some of the western deserts are at certain seasons of the year richly clothed in a variety of beauiiful flowers, and at all times are they dressed in sage brush of different varieties, and not infrequently are certain pnrts covered with the desert cedar, and juniper trees, and even, in the most barren regions, one will meet with cactus and mescal plants, such as are never seen in less arid places. Aside from the flora we, find nnimatc life not entirely absent. There are rodents of different varieties, and species including tho rabbit, aad where the rahit is found their the coyote will he found also, to say nothing of birds, insects and reptiles. In truth for the naturalist earth holds no bam ground. Jack was aware of this, oil accordingly on the next morning, ed with note books and camera 1 started in quest of trophies. It was a wonderful morning, as sw climbed up out of the canyon in wbixii the mining camp was located, :; walked out across the plateau. The sob sailing aloft above the eastern mom tains flooded the desert with wit maybe called a mystic light. A rairsgr hung in the western skies; it was tto first phenomena of this Jack had ever seen. Great mountains hung inverted hi the air, and seemed to tremble in tbt, purple desert haze. He sat down npam a ledge of rock that constituted sin. watched it until it faded out of ite sky. It reminded him of the way sa had first looked at Collins visioning aY what he called "The Industrial Repsk lie," or as Goorge and Herman ha called it, "The Co-operative Commo wealth". In the morning of his studies in sociology and economics their asp pearanc.e had been intransingly beast ful, but like this mirage, distant aafl somewhat up in tho air. And finsQy as he had studied deeper, or as wst might say, when the sun of tot knowledge had ascended higher the vision had trembled and finally passed from out his sight leaving only tsa sand and rock bound desert of realrty As he sat musingly upon his ledge iff rock overlooking the desert his sot! breathed a prayer to whatever gods maybe that his friends might neve lose the vision, as he had nost it; that their mirage might lest forever, that is, until their life that sceme to only live for their vision wmuW mingle with its primal elements. He arose and started on his journey across the plain. At length at the edge of a hollow washed in the plateau "by the spring freshets of the mountain he saw a mnn standing behind sosu device on a tripod, and wawing He arms wildly from time to time as 3f beconing some one at a distance. Ji was a surveyor who thru his transit. He was signalling his directions to tike chninmen at work down in tho hollow. Jack npprached him and started as conversation which terminated in hiss being invited to share the noon land with the party. He accepted the invitation, not with out some hesitation for he had mask up his mind to wander far afield. Tin would have been much further had kr not stopped to wntch the mirage, bait now it was nearly noon and the mu veyors invitation was so cordial ii.au he felt he ought not to refuse. Nsr was he sorry when the crow finalr assembled near a spring in tho ho) hist, for they were a different type of tsssi from the miners at the camp. As ramA so as the miners wore different hast a migratory worker, and as wcra Ha migratory workers from the bo whisker ed guardian of the Faith at Wast field.