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THE MONROE JOn5.l, I f 'Y. M Y 17.
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Just liefore we went lit led, thi!t we weren't ever goini; to see Orada, or even Illli.nl. MI have to admit Hint the look I cot teln't make me feel s If we'd found a S'nlllnan dlaiuoml. Iown In the yards erythlng seemed to le at the Ioest ki'id of loose ends. A switching cfew vas making up a freight, and (lie way they slammed the boxes together, re gardless of broken draw bends and the like, was a sin and a shame. After a while, nftT I'd Ion fed through the shnp ami around (he jard and got u few more whiffs of the demy, I strolled mi hack lo the hotel. I wm wondering a little what had konie of the hs who was general ly the earliest riser off the Joh when two men came bulging through the screen dour of the cafe, picking their teeth and feeling In their jiocket for cigars. Kight on the dot, and In rhe fiiee of knowing that It couldn't reamnlily he to, I had a feeling (hat I'd seer, those ineu before. One of Veni was short and rather stocky, and hts face had a sort of hard, hun gry look; and the other was big and brrl-l)ndied. The short one was clean nhaven, but the oiher hud a reddish g ay beard clipped close on his fat Jnw and trimmed to a point at (he Vbln. i After they had lighted up they efliae n'rtrie it it ) sat down three or four Vlmirs away from me They paid no attention to me, hut for fear Ihey flight, I tried to look as sleepy us an l! nlght bell-hop in n busy hotel. "The Punton bunch got together In sine of the committee rooms up-Kliilit little after eight o'clock," said the ehori iiuin, in n low, rasping voke Unit "wcrit through yon like a hum-saw. "Thanks to thuse Infernal hlundeiers ?lanuhn sent us last flight, Clmdwlok vw-as with them." "l think that was choost a," said the Mg man, speaking slowly and villi! something more than a hint of a Or iman accent. "Heckler was choost w hat ;jon call him a tarn blundi rer." yjlie a flash It came over me ttmt van "listening In" to a talk between aame Two nif i wlio had sat to the iuto at Sand Creek siding and amoked labile they were waiting for the actual iVduaper to return. You can bet high 'that I made my?elf mighty email and iftuwbtruelTe. '. Jtfiitr while the big man apoke. Wm. ' " ' "What haa Tncle Cbon Chadwkk up kla aleeve got, do you think?" "I don't think I know!" was the nappy reply. "It'a one of two thing: a reerf'v'rahlp which will knock ui iDto a cocked hat hei-ause wecan't feel with an officer of the United ni-.;rt or a rsew I'e.iJ a'l around 'u ibe iii:,!i.i.-!.ie:it." "VKU if ;!.e !o wi',1 it 1 that come tu;t of Ihat Ctnuiuid h-e rwm uj s'.airs? "A new iuan:i;t'met Dun ton cant stand f.ir a ririivirlilp, and ChaJ wkk knowj it. The aovuritiea would be knuckeJ out and the majority hold ers Duiiioii and hi bunch couldn't unload. CliaJwick will name the luua who la to take Shaffer' plaoe a gen eral manager of the railroad outUL VYc might have stood It off for a while, just s I aid yesterday. If we could have kept ChadAlck from at tending thu meeting." Tut now we don't could atand It off what thin?" "We'll have to wait and see, and sie up the ii.-w man when he blows in. He'll l on!) human, llenekel. And if we get ri.i.t down to it we can pull him over tn our aide or make him wish be d never Kvn born." The big ni.ui tot up ionilerou!y and lni!i..il i he cU ir ash. s off of his IP i MH; hmFi 50good cigarettes fcr 10c from on? sack of GENUINE 10 If DURHAM TOBACCO "tou wait and What Camet Mit the Commidde Room Out" hay-window, "tou wait and see what comes mit the commiddee room out. I go up to the owice." When I was left alone in the row of lobby chairs with the snappy one I was scared stilt for fear, now that lie didn't have anything else to think of, he'd catch on the fact that I might have overheard. Itut apart from giv ing me one long stare that mmle my Mood run cold, he didn't seem to no tice me much, and after a little he got up and went to sit on the other side of Ihe big rotunda where he could watch the elevators going and coming. 1 guess he had tola of patience, for I had to haw. 1 had been sitting In my corner for two full hours when I saw the boss coming down the broad marble atair with Mr. Chadwlck. Mr. Norcross held up a fin;r for uie, and when I Jumped up he gave me a sfieet of paper; a I'hmeer Short Line president's letterhead with a few lines written on It with a pen and a sort of crazy-looking signature under them. "Take that to the Mountaineer Joh otllce and have five hundred of them printed," was the boss' order. "Then make a copy and take It to Mr. Cant rcll, the editor, and asl: him to run It in tomorrow's parer as an Item of news, if he feels like It. Whon yon are through, come down to Mr. Chad wick's car." Since the thing was going to be published, and I whs going to make a copy of It, 1 didn't scruple to read It as I hurried out to begin a hunt for the Mountaineer office. It was the printer's copy for an official circular, dated at l'oilal City and addressed to all officers and employee of the Pioneer Short Line. It read: "Kn'ettive at once, Mr. Graham Nor cross la appointed general manager of the Tioneer Short Line system, with headquarters at Portal City, and hla orders will be respected accordingly. . , "Breckenrldge Pmnton, . ... "President." We had got onr Jolt, all right; and leaving Ihe ladder and the rrldsy start nut of the question, I grinned and told myself that the one other thing that counted for most was the fact that Mrs. Sheila Macrae was a widow. I chased like the dickens on the printing Job, because, apart from wauling to absorb all the dope I could as I went along on the new Job, 1 knew 1 would be needed every minute right -it Mr. Norcross' elbow, now that the n I work was beginning. Lin. : mi was served In the Alexa, and they kept the business talk go ing like a house afire while they were eating, the hurry being that Mr. Chad wlck wanted to start back for Chi cago Ihe minute he could And out If our connecting Hn t would rutt him special. "Now for a few unofficial things, Graham, and we'll rail It a go," ha aid. "You are to have an absolutely free hand In tha management and tha operating. What you say goes as It Ilea, and Duotoo haa promised me that thera shall b no appeal, not eeo ta him." I Imagine ha didn't aay that will ingly," the boss put In, which was tha first Intimation I had had that be wasn't present at the directors' meet ing In the hotel. "No. indeed ; nothing was done will ingly. I had to swing the big stick nod swing !t hard. Rut I hsd them where they couldn't wiggle. You are to set year own pa and you are to have some nil ne fo;- betterments. I offered to float a new loan on short- tins MMcs with the (1,i.aw banks, ainl ihe U .ird aulor:.. d it." The Ims (lUsbril IujI n of N as..!e abruptly, as he always does I when h ha got hold vt tbe fcit of a th'i.g. "Now, about my aiaff," l.e r.i'L "It's open gosip all over the WeM that the P. S. L. U t'tlicered by a lot of dum mies and place-huniers ar.d relative. I ll have to clean house." "tio to it; that is a part of your free hand.' Have you the material to draw from?" "I know a few good men. If can get them." aid the boss thoughtfully. "The one lean I can't place at sight I a good corjHirutUui counsel. I'm ob liged to have a g.sl lawyer, I'ncle John." "I have the man f.r you. If you'll take him on my s;iy so; a young fel low named Kipley who I .is done some ci rking good work for ino tn Chicago I'll wire him. If you like. Now a won1 i two alwitit this hhnl graft we touched upon last night. I don't know the iiis and outs of it, but people here will tell jou that a mhi of holding eirMratioii, called IbM Tower Con solidated, ha a s.ran.'ie grp on thl entire re:i.m. Its Mihsi.iiitry com peiiies ro-.itrd ti e main elevators, the fruit pn.-Vries, the ;: I mines aid distributing yards, the tin.bor stippi and the lumber yards and even havi a finger on the such I Kit iui!c;teni!o!t smelirrs." The boss nodded. "I've heard of Ued Tower. Also,, I have heard that the railroad stands In wiih it to pinch Ihe producers and consumers." A road engine was backing down ,' Ihe spur lo take the Alexa In tow for the eastward run. and what was said ; had to be said In a hurry. "I'ig it out," barked the wheat king. "If you And that we are In on It, It s ' your privilege to cut loose. The two men who will give you the most trou- 1 hie are right here In portal City: Hatch, the president of lied Tower, unit llf.fif.k.! II vl...nral.l..ot Tl...r . say either of them would commit uiiir- : Rheumatism, der for a ten-dollar hill, and they stand In with Pete Clanahan, Ihe city boss, : and his gang of political thugs. That's all, (iraham ; all but one thing. Write me after you've climbed Into the sad dle and have found out Just what you're In for. If you say you can make It go, I'll back you. if It takes half of next year's wheat crop." When ihe special had become a black smudge of coal smoke In the distance, Mr. Norcross turned on me with Ihe . grim little smile that goes with his ' fighting mood. "You are private secretary to the ' new general manager of the Pioneer Short Line, Jlnmiie, and your salary begins to-day," he said, briskly. "Now 1 let's go up to the hotel and get our fighting clothes ou." (Continued in the next issue.) -I'M is 1 I-INV AI.KN.HT. I'.I T "lUMK i: Wl KS'll" lid kai-r John Mrmig'k lli;x. It Seems, Mul Have jue-ler' on Mini l.t the OIH -rs. Stale h!;vi:i.iu a ad WinJ.sor. Con- neciiciiil. town constables hsve di cuerrd la- biiuest still yet in the pig 'My of John Strong, who indig'iantly proteit.-d thai somebody nniM have siii alI on hii.i. The oitirer as Mind hi:a it was not the pUs. The' searching slccths were about to ibaiuloii their incestisattnn of the Strong farr.s w'j -n l.i -ut. Uridseman, who is h s expert, scented an al coholic odor and notimi near the pig pen a harr. 1 of wai r with a sti-a'l outlet pi;'-. ' ! i-'h. he d.'clarcd. bad nothing to !. v ;t'i f.'it.-riin: potkK. The luHtch l-.mr.d -. tit-red Ihe pi hoi.se and to.iinl it partitioned u:d only partially tenanted by plus. Co der a trap i! or eiuht feet d.iwn in a cellar Ihey came upon a still wiih an o'l stove healing Ihe roper tank and with a roil of pipes through which a' -allou f w ild whiskey dripped every hour. Si'U'ii hogshead of mash were, lound. The refuse from th" dis'il l.ttion wa fed to the hogs, which ap parently thrived on it. The episob- cost Strong iiou and1 cot-ts of I4VSS b.'fore Justice James A. McC.inn. besides the confiscation of the M'en hogsheads and their ceti i. nts. which the co"H refused M trJt in Snong to feed to the hogs witlio it chemical changes. Rheumatism Dangerous Anyone having the lightest taint of rheumatism should drive it out nuickly. Rheiima has done It for thousands and should give you the s:me satisfying results. Money back if it fails, ay English Drug Com liany. No red tape to this offer. RUB - MY-TISM Is a powerful Antiseptic and Pain killer, cures infected cuts, old sores, tetter, etc. Relieves Sprains, Neuralgia, PERFORMANCE The handling of a bank account gives ycu a train ing in business matters that may prov'e very helpful some day. Besides, as a means of keeping a check cn house hold and ether expenditures, providing automatic re ceipts for bills paid. etc.. it is the proper way of hand ling your affairs. We render a special service to ladies ami solicit your account. .IfW'lJla.l'J.JJJa-IMDI!!,, ij! jCQSSC NATIONAL7? lIANMisJJ . N.c. a MONROE Sedan tuns 1.114.1 miles through 4;t counties li Texas. I'AKIS IS NOT THK CAPITAL I'liilui-e to ;lve Olflciiil Notice of He- inov.il from llordeiniv. Paria is not the capital of France. This is not a paradox, nor a Joke, hut an official fact. Parisians who are given to an alarmist disposition are disturbed In their minds, for fiom the fact that Paris has ceased lo he the capital of the country since 1914 re sults that all official documents of the Hi-public of France aigned since the above da'e are theoretically il legal. On September 3. 1!14. when the government left Paris before the menace of the German advance, the Journal Official announced that Hor deaux was henceforth and until fur ther notice the legal capital of Fiance, and official documents would be dated from Bordeaux. Until 1" cember this procedure was followed. One by one the ministriea came back to Paris, and by December It all doc uments were onoe again dated from Paris. No one, however. In the stress of the limes, though to Insert a notice In Ihe Journal Official to the effect that Paris once again had become the cardial of France, with the result that all documents since September. 1914. should be dated from Bor deaux, and those dated from Paris are technically Illegal. Cincinnati Enquirer. The open-door policy doesn't suit knockers. . I 66 will break a Cold, Fever and Grippe quicker than any thing we know, preventing-pneumonia. House Moving; SEE Lee Trull. HE MOVES AXVTH1NO AT REA SONABLE PRICES. PHOXE 17S-J. MONROE, H. C. GORDON INSURANCE and INVESTMENT CO. INSURANCE EXPERTS Phone 209. Farmer A Merrhanta Bank iiuiidinr. Tires at Bargain Prices. Honesty and Service Our Motto. R. SAMS Opposite Postoffice. Ice I Cream! VANILLA PINEAPPLE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY TUTI-FRUITI PEACH $1.70 $1.20 Gallon " Vt Gallon S Delivered at Your Door Sunday Morning. Place Your Order on Saturday if Possible. HAWN Ice Cream Co. s a 3 I NOTICE TO CREDITORS. North Carolina, Union County. Having qualified aa Executors of the Last Will and Testament ot I. A. Honeycutt, deceased, this ta to notify all persons having clalma against hli eatate to submit same, duly proven, to the undersigned Executors at their realdence In Monroe, N. C, on or be fore the Sth day of April, 1J2!. or this notice will be plead In bar of any recovery thereon. Persons Indebted to the estate of our testator are hereby notified and renuested to make prompt settlement !of the debts due by them. .Witness our hands, this the 5th day of April, 1921. 0. V. HONEYCUTT, M. D. HONEYCUTT. Executors. F.VERVHOIY IStiETTIXtt READY VOTl SritlMi AXD SUMMER Old furniture is getting a rubbing up, carpets and rugs their spring beating. Every one will need a few new window shades. We have them. Big shipment Just arrived ready for you. Our man goes out with the shades, puts them tip for you, and sees that they work well. We have the shades Duplex and Plain In all colors- and FURNITURE to please all. Beds In Iron and Wood, Room Suits, Dining Room Suits, Patlor Goods, (o please all In Finish, Upholstering and Price. We are here to please you. Come and see ua at the old stand. I AT THE OLD STAND I WE HAVE ALL THE TOOLS and materials to replace broken or worn parts of any make of auto. So there la no vexations waiting when a car Is sent here for repairs. We tackle the Job at once and in a very short time your machine will be In commission again. J. H. HcCLELLAN At Secrest Blotor Company. ir 3 Hungry People ENJOY GOOD EATS. The thrifty housewife finds eminent satisfac tion in both the quality and the quantity of food that we sell for the price that we charge. We have catered to the people of this community S for so long we know exactly what they want how 3 their tastes run and we buy to please them. If there is a family anywhere within reaching 3 distance that has not tried buying from us we ask 5 them to give us a few orders. We believe that the re- S suits will more than justify them. Quality, quantity and price are a great combination at this store.' T. C. Lee & Son! GENERAL MERCHANDISE PHONE 336.