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Tin Mi:nrc jomAu tv.iv. may ai. 1921.
EIGHT PAGES 1 ,1 "1 1 ;! J If 5 . . '3 .1" ,1 - - V : 1.1 ' J i 1 11 i The Wreckers FRANCIS LYNDB te bos rt!sapHa ratio with tt.at of J ihe engine h!ch had been l-ft -nj- ! Ug belew the coal chutes, bat the two J t 1-.- . ... . iuiu iftnappeu uiefUKVstt-s legem-! for me Uke the halve of ad auto matic coupling, and f couldn't ed;e them apart. "An engine evm a little old Atlantic-type U a pretty big thing to lose. Isn't it. Kirgan?" I asked. Kirgan righted bl chair with a era sh. "J I mm If, I've sifted this blamed out fit through an elghty-mesh screen!" he growled. "With all the devll-to-pay Gyi1M ay Caa. tola soae SYNOPSIS. ' CH AFTER I.-Orahro NoriTo. rall- Kd nmnaavr. and la vriiry. Junil i ImmHIs. are maroonr-l at j.uJ In-ek id ilaar with a ounx ladg. S.i.-lla Macra, js-nd her ama.l couhIh. i i.e.. mi, itiey wii-Te-sa a peculiar trtui ho-iup, in winch epecial car ta tarr .! ofl. 1 CHAITKK II.-Nor-r. re. -o'"a lb cat atuU-n a John v i..iu ck . niimioa: aaa-:iat. wi.om ne .. to in f ai t'ortal City. He anj L)odt. rvn w i'liad'i itTh Utier odtra Nurvro-a the m.oiacr-k-'p of tii l'iunrr s-iiok Ui. aMt ii ta ti.e handa of iairii Kiwvui.imr.t. bird by brai'lienrulK' IXimu'i. prv. tfer.t ct the line. Ncrvroaa, U-Himn CtteiU Macrae la atopping ai 1'orUi Ciiy. cciia. CHAPTER IlI.-lHxMa oerheara con Waauon betwern Itufua Haub and Ciua Uvt HnokL l ortal CUjr UnaiH-K-ra, la ( Which thay admit cuinpiMiy In t hd WK i kiduaplns. tlieir otJ't being to keep Ckadwlck from atirndlng a lueeiiiig ( atrectora to reorsanii the liner Huwt i Lane, erhlck would J-upardii m-'r ninr CHAPTKR IV. To curb tk munopoly ee: rolled by Hatch and Hem Wei. tiie Ked Tewer corporation, .Vorvroaa furnw h Otiuni' Htorag and Wareliouae cum Buy. Ha hernia to nianlfeai a d?p In Urcat Id Sheila Mtura. iHxtd learna Uat Sheila la married, but litmg apart tram her hueband. Norcroji due not kaaw thla. CHAPTKR V. Halcli, aware that Ztodda haa knowladi; of hia and Hrnck la partliipatlon in in Cliada-ick kid BapmK. offera hi in InUuiemeiili- to leav Kurcruaa. boo da rvfuae. U-avln the fflo. ,h la kno-krd aenaclcrw llmov rinir i on Ioi.ih'. lie leunia tdal ior- rroai haa din.il'1" ure.l and la Iwiloicd to i have rijufd and K"ie east. C'HAlTKlt Vl.-l'old lOiiiuvt.H Nur- j crcsn diapt'-r.'.i.v fc.tii ni.ichiii ttlmia , of l UlIi anu u-.ikkvI, and n ro n.r tng a:rvnutii uut to aoiv Hie in)- i ury. ' n ! A 11 J I Air am r CHAPTER VII The Lost 1015 1 When Klrjiin told me he wn thy a wv.i!e lnc(iiinitle. I InvnTi to ee all port uf Hiv-works. Of course, tfcer was nothing on enrth to iMiinex t y ... ay aQARETTE Ten for 10 cents. Hand size. Dealers carry both. 10 for 10c; 20 for 20c. It's toasted. p Where In Thy Stln? Aunt Sallle was paying a visit to the family for the first time in years and had told them how cute she thought little Willie was. In similar complimentary vein, the famiry told her just how much Willie resembled her. But the edge was taken out of the comtltmnt when all of them heard Willie say, as he went out into the dark hall on his way to bed : 'Go on, grab, ol' bogey man. I don't care. They say I look Just like Aunt Sallie Rheumatism Skeptics Be fair lo yourself, you sufferes from rheumatism no matter what form. Get a bottle of Rheuma; use it all. and If you don't think results arc wholly satisfactory, you can have your money back, says English Drug Company. RUB - MY-TISM Is powerful Antiseptic and Pain killer, cures infected cuts, old sores, tetter, etc. Relieves Sprains, Neuralgia, Rheumatism. Cut Flowers 1 C Flora) design, wedding boqueta, 2 and flowtra of all kinds. Price reasonable. We make shipments to Waxhaw, MarshTllle, Wingato and other t nearby tewns. CODE MORGAS At rnlon Drag Co. Phope tat. i "I've Sifted This 8:ir Outfit Through an Eighty-Mrsh Screen." tlmCa eoin' on over at the head- ' qiiiiricro, I didn't want t b"'hfr Mr. Van Brht. and I haven't Uvn ad vertialn in the nesiapr. Hut It's a holy fact, .liminic The 'Sisteen'a 8ne!" 1 hm trying to pry myself loose frmn Hie notion I lint the loss of the engine ait the liosV divi'I'trance at iilioiit the h.ime tinie were in 'itie way coniKH'ted with each other. It was no use; tl e refuse.! to let g. "I.00U here, Kirg:in." I kIi iv-.- In; "cnn you tliink of nny p.siMc r.-:i-.i why Mr. N'iiriTii slimil.l vri:e Mr. Vim Hrltt a Iett"r s:!ing that he lui'l ipilt and w;is g.iiiu esist on ije mlil nitfht train and lli'U h'eiiil eh:iiu: Ms mind aii'l come down le-re unl ;o onielere on that engine?" After I had siiid It, It s.'iilid.'d m foolish thai I wanted to take It hack. lUit Kirgan didn't mv:ii to took nl It that way. "Well. I'll t) shot!" he xelaline.1. "l never once thought of that ! Hut where the devil would kt? go? And how would he get there without snine hody finding out? And why In Sum Hill would he do a thing like that, anyway? Why, suffeiln' Moses! If he wanted to go anywhere, all he lind to do wns to order not his car and tell the dispatcher, and go. "I can't figure It out nny better than you can," I confessed. "Mr. Norcross Is gone, ami the Ten-Sixteen Is gone, , and they both dropped out between ten and twelve o'clock on the same night. Mart, I don't believe Mr. .Nor cross went csst at all! I believe, 1 when we llivl that engine, we'll find him !" Kirgan got out of his chair and be gan to walk up and down la ihe Utile apace between his hk mid the drawing-hoard. Heslden being the best buss mechanic In the West, be was a first- ' class fighting man, with a clear head and nerve to burn. When be had got ss far as he could go alone he turned on me. "Jitnmie, do you reckon this lied Tower outfit was far enough along In Us scrap with the biws to put up a Job to pas, him out of the KHine?" he de msnded. I told him It didn't seem to fit Into any twenlleth-century scheme of things, and past that I mentioned Ihe fact that the Hatch people bad taken the back, track and were now offering to sell out and stop chocking the wheels of reform. "I know," he put in. "Hut I've been resdln' the pners, Jliniule, and It ain't all Red Tower, not by a Jugful. The blf graft In this neek-a wood Is political, and the Red Tower gang Is only set a cogs In the bull-wheel. Mr. Norcross wss gettln' himself mighty pointedly disliked; ynu know that. The way he wis aimln' to run things, It was beglnnln' to look as If maybe the people of this state might wake up some !ny and turn In and help him." "I bc.-v all about thafT" 1 threw In. "Rut w here are yon trying to land. Mart?" "Bight here. Mr. Norcross was the whole show. Take him out of It snd the wsbole shootln'-matfjh would full to plecei as Ifa doln'. right now. They didn't need to slug him or shoot him up or anything like that: If It could be made to look as If he'd Jumped the Job, quit, chucked It all op. why, there you are. A new bosa would be sent oat here, and you could bet your sweet life he wouldn't be anybody like Mr. Norcros. Not so yoa could notice It. The New York people weald take blamed good rare-a that." "Too think the Dunton people are standing In with the graft r "Nobody could'e grabbed off the motive power Job oo thla railroad, as I did. Jlmrale, and not think It and be d n' aure of It. Why, lxrd ' Heavens, the Red Tower bunch was nsln' aa Jtst the same at If we be longed to 'em ! ordering our men to do their ma'hlnery repairs, helpln" themselves to any ' railroad material r.it t c ;:.; I;" I to n-1. a-'n on j n:" ai.d e..:o-s mi lie-i: li-slu" road and U.iiie bran- Im .C f -. .. ....... i .0 ' "You U-t I dill U'lween two days! They've- Iks-si mukin' venten differ- j rut kli:-!x uf a car ever ine. but I've : Lad Mr. Vau Brill and the big boss j behind me. ro I Just Kboved alu-ad." 'f What Kir.-an said about the Red Tower ti-M'le using eur rlliur stock on their pri-.aie l-ran- h roads net bee to burning In my brain. What If they bad alolen the bl8 to use in that , way? "You have a blue print of the Tonal j division heir, haven't y-'U?" I asked. "I'ig It up aiM let'k hae a look af It" At first the fact threatened to bluff . us. The blue-priut ensineers' map waa an old one, but It hocd the spurs and ' side-tra-ks. the stations and water tanks. Siinv the lost engine had been standing at the western end of the , iVrtal t'lty yanls we didn't try to . trace It eastward. To get out in that ; dire'tloii it would have had to pass the round house, the 1ioh, the pas senger station and the headquarter building, and, even at that time of ni.lit. somebody wniild have Ixvn sure to ee it. TraeliiK.the other way west ward we had a cler track for ten miles to ; Arroyo. Arroo hud no night opera tor, o we agreed that the stolen en- gine might easily have slipped past there without Ix-ltig marked down. Klght miles beyond Arwyo we came j to Ranta. the first night station west j of Torts! City. Here, as we figured : it, the wild Higlne must have been seen by the operator. If by no one else. Ranta was an apple town, aod the town Itself might have bee-n asleep, but the wire man at the ata- ( tlon shouldn't have been. "Let's hold Ranta In suspense a bit, and allow that by some means or j other the thieves managed to get by," ! I suggested. "The next thing to be , considered Is the fact that the Ten Slxteeu must now have been run- ' ning without orders, we must remera- i her against the I'ast Mall coming east. The Mall didn't pass her any where not oitielally, at least; If It had. the fact would show up In some station's rey-m to the dispatcher's otlice." At tills, we hunte 1 up an ofltci.il tl:ae-ard tin 1 l-ei:i to li;!ire on the "meet" proposition. The 1'i.si Mall wus ilue at Tonal City at twelve twenty, cti-l .n ihe night In ijuestlon It had been ' mi 1 1 in'. Making due time iil'.ow.it'i es for inaccuracy In the yard w ati hmati's story, missing engine could hardly have left the lVtal t'iiy jard i.iuh before ten fortyth'e. The r'nst Mail was scheduled at forty miles an hour. Its time at l'.nnta wns clevcn tlfty-three. Allowing the 1010 the sanu rule of s;-ed In the oplxisite direVllon, It Would have passed Ranla at eleren-twelve or there about. Hence there would still he forty-one minutes running time lo he divided between the easthound train and the westbound engine. In oilier words, the tueellng-poliit, with the two running at the same speed, would fall about twenty minutes west of Hants. Tracing the line on the blue-print, we bunted for a possible pnsslng point, .Mali Wt Hunted for a Possible Passing Point, which, according to the way we had things doped out, should have been not more than thirteen or fburteeo miles west of Rants. There was a blind siding ten miles west, but be y Miat, nothing east of Sand Creek, i - ti was twenty-one miles farther along: at least, there was nothing that showed up en the map. The ten-tulle siding might have served for the pass ing point, but In that case the crew of the Kast Mall would surely have seen the 1010 waiting on the siding as they came by. And they hadn't seen It; Klrgso said they bad been ques tioned promptly the following morn ing. Though I had been ever the road with Mr, NorcroKs In his private cur any number of timet since we had taken bold. I didn't recall the detail tonographies tery clearly, and 1 couldn't seem to remember anything about this tiding tea miles west of Rtnta. 9o I asked Kirgan. "That siding Isn't In any such shape that the Kast Mall could get by with out seeing a meet' train on the side track, is ur - The big master -mechanic shook hit head. , "Htrdly. you'd think. I reckon wt art up aNttump, Jlmmte. That siding la part of an old T at the mouth of f:'h thif ran ba-k Into t!. nei. i lis fer i.ui)Im- a dewm u .lev ot fa. V.i.-y tell uie the 'Y was put iu for the TlmN-r Mountain l.un.lwr o.tht when they used the fv.l.U mouth for their shipping IiiT. They had one of their aw-miila up In the gulch sH:iewbcre. but the business died out when they got Ihe tiinlt-r all cut off." "Tell me this. Mart." 1 put In quick ly. "Tl-e T!mler Mountain coniiany is one of the Red Tower monopolies: did it have a railroad track up that gulch connecting with our "Y"?" "Why, yes; I reckon so. Tni not riht sure that there ain't one there yet. Rut If there Is. It's been d'e smiiected (nua the "Y. I'm aure of that, because I went In on that Y" -lie day with the wreeker." You'd tliink this would have settled It. Hut I bung on like a dog to a root. "Say. Mart." I Insisted, "this siding we're talking alHmt is juk a round where the Ten-Sixteen ought to have met ihe Mail; so fur as we an tell by this map It's the only p'-e where It could have met It. And the -Id gulch track would have been a nighty g'sal hiding-place for the stolen ligine!" "There ain't any track there," said Kirgan. shaking h!s head; "or, least wise, If theee is. It hasn't any rail con nection with our siding. Just as I'm tellin' you. Well have to hJok far ther along." Somehow, I couldn't get It out of my head but that I was right. Our guesses all went as, straight as a string to that " aiding ten miles west of Ranta, and I was sure that If I had I -ecu talking to Mr. Van Rritt I could have convinced him. Rut Kirgan was awfully hard-headed. "It's iupier time," he said, after we had mulled a while longer over the map. "Tomorrow, If yog like, we'll take on engine and run down there. Rut we ain't goln' to find any thing. I can tell you that, light now." "Yea, and tomorrow we may have the new general manager, and then you and I and all the others will be hunting for some other railroad to work on," I retorted. I pretty nearly had bltn over the edge, but I couldn't push him the rest of the way to save my life. "If there was the least little scrap-a reason even to Imagine that Mr. Nor cross had gone off on that stolen eight-wlnvler. It , would be different, .liinmie," lie unvested. "Hut there iilnt; nml you know (luc-'oiied well there ain't. Let's go up-louti and hunt up something to cut. You'll fis-l a heap clearer In your mind w hen yon get a good sijuure iiii'ttl Inside o' your clothes." We left the shop offices together, ami got shut out, crossing the yard, by a fright that was pulling In from the west. There was a yard crew shifting on the other sldo of lh In coming train, and rather than wait for the double obstruction to clear Itself, we walked dow n the shop track, mean ing to go around the lower end of things. This detour took s past the round house, and when we reached the turn table lead, the engine of the Just arrived freight came backing down the kklp-track. Seeing Kirgan. the engineer swung down .from the step at the lead switch, leaving the hostler to "spot" the engine on the table. I knew the engineer by sight. His name was (lurcher, and he was a reformed cow-punch' with a record for getting out of more tight places with a heavy train than any other man on the tllvl-1 slon, "Here's looking' at you, Mr. Kir gan," he said, with a Mirt of Happy Hooligan grin on his smutty face. ' "You been pussln' the word, quiet, among the boys to keep an eye out fr that Atlantic-type that got Ust In the shuffle, ain't you? Well, I found her." "What's that where?" enaped Kir gan, In a tone that made a noise like the pop of a whiplash. "You know that old gravel pit that digs Into the hill a mile west of the old 'Y' on the Timber Mountain grade? Well, the't there; plumb at the far end o' that gravel track, cold and dead." "Crippled?" Kirgan rapped out. "Not as we could tee; Just dead. She's got her nose shoved a . piece Into the gravel bank, but the ain't off the rail." Kirgan nodded. "Who else taw her?" "Nobody but the boys on our train, I reckon "All right. Don't spread It. Want to make a little overtime?" "I ain't klckln' none." "That's business. After you've had your supper, call op your fireman and report to me here at the round-house. We'll take a light engine and go down along and get. that runaway." This seemed to settle Kirgln's'htlf of the puxzle. We hadn't taken the gravel track Into our calculations lim ply because It wasn't marked on the map we had been studying; but that merely meant that the pit had-t)' opened tome time after the map htd been made. When -Gorcher bad gone Into the round house to wish up and tell hit J! reman to report back, Kirgan and 1 crossed the yard and headed for town. I left the master-mechanic at the door of a Greek eat -shop that he patronised and went on up to the Bullard. I waa Juat getting around to my piece of canned pumpkin pie when the kid from the dispatcher'! office came Into the grill-room, stretch ing his neck at If he were looking for somebody. When he got hit eye on roe he came across to my corner and handed me a telegram. It wit from Mr. Cbadwlck, under a Chicago date line, and It wat addressed "Tt the General Manager1! Office." Juat Ilk that There were only nine wordt In it, but they were all strictly to the t point: "What'f gone wrong? Where la Mr. Norcross? Answer quick." I saw la half a second at least a part of w hat bad happeued. Mr. Chad w Ick was back from his Canadian trip, and nomelHHly the New York people. wrhap had wired him that a new general manager had been ap Miiited for Tioiieer Short Line. The old wheat king's quiet shot at our ortiee mow. s ihiit he wasn't In the plot, and that, whatever else had be imief him, Mr. Non-nw-t l.adn't as vet tuinisl up in Chicago! iJcv! but that brought mi more lai a whaling lot of it. I meant to lln.l i.h. riubt away. If Mr. Van Brill bad come back from Hie scene of a wreck. He .- the man lo an swer Mr. OiniIw let's wire. I'.ut an Interruption hutted In suddenly, Jut a I was siunlilg the dinner check. The head waiter, who knew me fro:u having s-en me so often with the Imss. came over to say that I was wanted quick at the telephone. Itwas Mrs. Sheila on the wire, and I could tell by the way her-voice ounded that she was mightily ex cited. "I've been calling you on every phone I could think of," was the way she began; and then: "Where I Mr. Van Rritt?" I told her about the wreck, and said I was afraid he hadn't got back yet. I heard something that sounded like a muffled and half Impatleut. "Oh. dear!" and then she went on. "I have Just had a phone message from Mr. Cantrell, the - editor of the Moun taineer. He called the house to try to find Major Kendrlck. He hat beard something which may explain about Mr. Norcross. He said lie didn't want to put It on the wire." That was enough for me. "I'll go right over to the Mountaineer office," I told her; and In Just about two shakes of a dead lamb's tall, I wat standing at Mi. Cantrell't elbow In his little den on the third fiiHir of the newspaper building across the avenue. "Mrs. Macrae telephoned you?" he asked, pushing his hunch of copy pa per aside. , "Yes; Just a mi mile ago." "I'll give you what I have, and yoti may do what you please with It. Due of our young men Brasalerhy ha discovered In some way that hedldu't cure to explain over the phone that there was a plot of some kind con- "There Was a Plot of Some Kind." cocted In the back room of a dive on lower JS'evada avenue on the night Mr. Norcross disappeared. From what Branderby says, 1 take It that the plot waa overheard. In part, at least, by some habitue of the place who wat loo drunk to get It entirely straight and Intelligible. . The plotters (were four of Clanahan's men, and,' at Rranderby got It, they were planning to ateal a locomotive. Do you know anything about that?" "I do. The engine was stolen 'all right, that very night. Kirgan, our master-meclugilc, hat known It wat gone, but he has been keeping quiet In hopes he'd be able to find the en gine without making any public ttlr about It." "The story, at It hag been handed on to Rranderby, Is pretty badly mud dled," the editor went on. "There was somethAig in It about an attempt to wreck and rob the Fast Mall, and something else about sending a note to somebody at the Bullard a note that 'would do the business,' was the way It wat put." "That pole was tent to Mr. Nor cross!" I broke, In excitedly, taking a running Jump at the guess. "If you will wait until Branderby comet In, he may 4e able to give yon more of the particulars," Cantrell waa beginning to say; but good gosht I couldn't wait. I waa scared ttlff for fear I ahouldn't be -able to get back to the round house before Kirgan started out on that engine-reaming .trip- "Thtt't enough,", I gatped; "I'm goneP and I tumbled down the two fllghU of ttslrs and aprlnted for the railroad yard, reaching the round house not ont htlf-tecood too soon, Klrgtn wat there, with Gorcher and two firemen. They had a light engine ' out on the tank track and were fill ing her with water. "They took Mr. Norcrost with them on the Ten-Slxteen!" was alkUcould say and then I guess my late pfcrric knock-out got In Its work to pay for the quick-sprint down from the new- paper office, for I keeled over Inte 5 Kir?"' arnrs and tort of balf fainted. It see ued. Bemuse, when I came to, right good again, Kirgan bad me up on the flro- man's box. with an ana around me to 1 hold me there: Billy Gorcher wat oo j the other tide of the cab. niggling at the throttle; and the light engine waa clicking It off about fifty miles as hour oo the straight piece of track between Torial City and Arroyo. (Continued la the next Issue.) To Prevent Baldness Baldness can be prevented easier than It ran be cured. Stop filling hair and dandruff and prevent bald nest by using Parisian Sase; bet f 5 tlie hair. English Drug Co. sells it with guarantee of nion-y back It not satisfactory. 666 will break a Cold, Fever and Grippe quicker than any thing: we know, preventing: pneumonia. I - aa ! Ice I ! 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