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(fe . ; Z&e F3á 575) o" -TV T T - y VICTORROUSSEAU V "MOLLY, DEARI" SYNOPSIS. - Looking over Big 1 Muskeg, a seemingly Impassable swamp In the path of the Mlssa tlbl railroad, Joe Bostock, builder ot the line, and Wilton Carruthers, chief of engineers, are considering the difficulties. A rifle shot instant ly kills Bostock and breaks Car ruthers' arm. Handicapped as he Is, Carruthers determines to carry the body to a station ot the Hud ion's Bay company, where McDon ald Is the factor. McDonald's daughter, Molly, sees Carruthers struggling In the muskeg and drags hlra from the swamp, with his bur den . Unaccountably, 'her father objects to her saving Carruthers. Weakened by his wound and exer tions, Carruthers Is disturbed by the appearance of Tom Bowyer,. Bostock's business rival and per sonal enemy. Bowyer Insults Mol ly, and Carruthers strikes him.' After Bowyer leaves, Carruthers declares his love for Molly. She promises to be his wife.1 ' CHAPTER II Continued. His eyes were suffused with red and bis face twisted with passion. It was evident that he had seen the rescue from his window above and had known what Molly was doing. Be dragged himself past her with out a word and looked In at Wilton, lying unconscious on, the bed. "I saw ye bring him in, Molly," he mumbled thickly. "Ye can't fool me with tricks like that. It's a trick that ye've thocht of between ye. Ye'll cast him out again, aye" his voice vi brated with fury "ye'll cast him out Into the snaw, or ye're no longer daugh ter of mine." Molly caught at her father's arm. "You don't know what you are say ing I"' she cried. "He has been shot. And Joe Bostock Is dead. He's lying dead without. There's blood on his breast. There has been a dreadful ac cident" He grasped her fiercely by the wrist "Joe Bostock dead I" he shouted. "Who killed him?" "I don't know. Mr. Carruthers was carrying his body and got trapped in the muskeg. I saved him." "Aye, one can see that," answered McDonald with slow malice. "Ye've brought more trouble ou me. The body shall not lie In this house, nor Will Carruthers' neither. Mark me, lass I Ye'll put him out in the snaw to keep Joe Bostock company, or ye're DO daughter of mine." "You're mad!" flashed Molly Indig nantly. With a swift Impulse she tail to the door and opened it. A gust of wind blew a whirl of snow into the store. To Molly's excited brain it seemed to assume the momentary form of a fantasmal figure as it wreathed Itself about the factor, lie Uttered a cry and staggered back, clutching at the edge of the counter. "Will you let a dead man lie there, cut in the snow?" cried Molly fiercely, Stretching out her hand toward Joe's frozen body. "Do you think Will Car ruthers shall be flung out there to freeze to death beside him? Why, It would be murder and on your head I" Perhaps it was the remembrance of the past that checked the factor in his fury and brought back sanity to his mind. For a moment he stared at Joe's dead face, then raised his eyes to Molly's. And then, mumbling and clutching at the counter edge, he turned and began to drag himself up stairs. CHAPTER III Bowyer Comes and Goes.- Wilton ; would not remain in bed longer than two days. His hands had not suffered much, but his feet were badly inflamed and swollen, and his arm would take weeks to mend. But be could not rest, and Insisted that he must return, although It was clearly evident that he was In no condition to travel. Molly almost crio? with vexation and alarm as she . (hat his deter mination was unshakable. By the strongest persuasion she Induced him to remain over the Sunday. As for McDonald, he sulkiv. in his bed and said nothing. Wilton had recovered consciousness iate on the afternoon of his rescue. That same evening his own sleigh had appeared at the portnge, with the two balfbreeds. Weak as he was, Wilton Insisted on seeing them. , He was convinced that one of the men bad fired the shot by accident, and had expected bofh of them to take fright and vanish with the sleigh into the wilds. He was startled by their protestations of Ignorance. They swore that neither of them had left the camp until the afternoon, and per sisted in their statement that they had not heard the discharge of the rifle. Following up their employers, they Bad discovered bloodstains on the un derbrush, according to their story. They had picked or Wilton's tracks ft A I i i it . tu i COPYRIGHT BY STEWART KlUD COMPANyI from the lower slopes of the ridge to the edge of Big Muskeg, and had fol lowed them across the portage to the factor's store, where they had learned for the first time what had happened. Their story staggered Wilton. On the face of it, It seemed an lmpossl: blllty, for no one else could have fired the shot Yet, had either of the men done so, It was the least likely thing that he would have returned to brazen out a concocted tale. . Wilton was too wealrX to cross-question them ; he resolved, however, that the matter should be probed to the bottom, and meanwhile decided to ab stain from arousing their suspicions of his doubts. It was on the Sunday afternoon that, lying on his bed, on which Molly had insisted, he saw through the win dow a sleigh approaching the store. He recognized the two men who walked with the driver as Tom Bow yer and Lee Chambers, the latter a constructional engineer who had once been employed by Joe Bostock, but had left him for the New Northern. He wondered what Tom Bowyer's er rand was. He suspected that, learn ing of their Journey, Bowyer had come to spy out the progress of the Mis satibl. .. He was in no mood to welcome either him or Chambers. Chambers was suspected of having betrayed a good many of the Mlssatibi secrets to the New Northern. He decided to stay; where he was, unless Bowyer showed signs of re maining. ' But suddenly an exclama tion of anger from Molly brought him sharply to his feet and Into the store. Bowyer had his arih round her and was trying to draw her toward him. Chambers, at his side, a small man with a sharp, mink-like face, was sniggering at the scene. Wilton's ad vent was like a thunderclap1 to the pair. In his flannel shirt and trousers, with his left arm slung to his neck, Wilton yet looked so menacing that Bowyer released Molly at once and put him self Into an instinctive attitude Of self-, deefnse. He was a man of about five and forty, red-faced, with red, thinning huir, gray over the temples, and the l old, staling gnze that falsely passes for candor, which soine rogues acquire In place of tht furtlveness of weaker souls such as Lee Chambers. Bowyer stared, and suddenly he rec ognized hln man. "Why. It's Will Cnrnithersl" he ex claimed wltn an affectation of jovial ty. "llmv'o you hurt ynur arm. Will?" Molly came quickly between the two men. "You'll you'll perhnps realize that this Isn't Winnipeg!" stuttered Wilton Inaptly enough. He wits quicker with his fists tli mi witii his tongue. "I'.y Cenrge. It Isn't!" cried Bowyer In cordial agreement. "I seem to have put my foot In It iim usual. Your par don, Jlisx Molly. That'll meet the bill, Will?" lie cniitlimed, keepii.g Hp His pretense of Jollines. Wilton gulped. Tom's oyes tnnvrd swiftly from his race o the girl's. "We're just In to have a look around," continued liuwyer. "Not much construction being dune ilil. weather. I suppose you mlsrht think I've come to spy nut (lie Mlsntill land. Well, you'd he right If ymi did. Will. What's this story ulmiit cual le-. posits on your property? lint peiiiaps that's what the lawyers call a leuding question, eh?" All the while that he joked he fixed Wilton with his staring gnze. And Wilton found himself wondering Imw much Tom Bowyer knew. The man was as sly as n fox, for nil his effrontery, and that was his strength. IIei gave the Impression of being one kind of rogue, whereas he was quite another, as many had dis covered to their cost. There were few more resourceful and cold-blooded men, even In the Prairie city. ' "I heard you and Joe had come up," continued Bowyer. "So I dropped In to have a chat with him, though it's taken me fifteen miles off my road. Planned to ask him to sell out his valuable holdings, maybe." Molly, who was standing behind Bowyer, looked earnestly at Wilton. He dared not signal to her, but he caught the answering message in her eyes, as if telepathlcally conveyed. "I won't tell him," she meant to say. Wilton's heart went out In intense gratitude. It would have been un bearable to have had to tell Bowyer that Joe was lying behind that thin partition of pine. It would have been blasphemy to have let Bowyer's gloat ing eyes fix themselves upon poor Joe's body. "You've had a long drive for noth ing, then," said Wilton curtly. "Mr. Bostock Isn't here." "I'll say good-morning to the fac tor, anyway." "No, you won't," answered Wilton. "Mr. McDonald is too ill to be seen." "My father has bad a stroke," said Molly, taking Wilton's cue. Bowyer stared at her and, as she spoke, they heard the factor's voice above, raised in irritable inquiry. "Mr. McDonald's mind is affected," said Wilton. "He cannot see you. I am sorry, Mr. Bowyer.- I am speak ing for Miss McDonald." Bowyer 1 grinned viciously. "Well, Lee, I guess we'd better have the dogs harnessed," he said. Lee Chambers went out Wilton wondered whether the two suspected Joe's presence In the building. A mo ment later Bowyer turned to him. "You're next to Joe Bostock, Will," he said In his smooth voice. "So, as Joe isn't here, apparently, I'd like to have a word or two with you. You'll pass It on to him, eh?" Without waiting for Wilton's reply, he walked toward the room at the back of the store. "I want the Missatibi, Carruthers," be began, entering, and turning round and facing Wilton. "I guess I made a mistake in letting that bill through the legislature. I'm looking ahead. Pome day not in our time, maybe, but some day these brapch lines will have a value. I always meant to have It "It hurts my reputation to have this dinky concern cf Joe's hanging on to mine. But I guessed Joe couldn't raise the money, and that I'd get It cheap some day. "Well, I was right You can't cross Big Muskeg, and you haven't the money to loop It Tell Joe I'm open to terms. And say I'm going to have them. Tell him he won't live forever heaps of men forget that and ask him who in thunder will go ahead on the Missatibi when Joe Bostock's gone I" He could not have flicked Wilton on the raw more surely if he had known Joe was dead. The reference was like a new stab in his wound. And Wilton had the momentary Impression that Bowyer did know of Joe's death and was playing with him. "You be d d I" he shouted, unleash ing his suppressed anger. "That's my message to you, and that's Joe Bos tock's. You'll never get your fingers in the Missatibi. Nol That's all just that no!" An ugly sneer flitted across Bow yer's face. "Seems to me you're speak ing for a good many people today, Carruthers !" he shouted angrily, shak ing his' fist In Wilton's face. "First it was for Miss McDonald, and now It's for Joe Bostock. Though, maybe, you have the right to speak for both of them, judging from appearances." And he added a foul Insult, half vi ciously, half jocosely. He got no further, for Wilton's fist shot out and landed fairly on He Cot No Further, for Wilton's Fist Shot Out and Landed Fairly on Cowyer's Mouth, Bowyer's mouth, ' Wilton put all the strength he ' could muster Into the blow. Tmn Bowyer, taken by surprise, stumbled and fell. For a moment he sut upon the floor, looking up at Wil ton In stupefaction. Then he leaped lo his feet and ran at hlra, his fists whirling. But before he could strike Itlm Molly came running In, followed hy l.ee .Chambers. ;, She sprang be tween them. "You coward !" she cried. "Are you going to strike Mr. Carruthers In that condition? You coward, Tom Bow yer !' : "He struck me," yelled Bowyer in f'iry. "He's the coward, not L Walt till lie gets well I Just waltl I'll fix y oh, Carruthers!" He glared about him In an evil rage, and then, without a word, pushed past Molly and strode from the store, with Chambers tit his heels. A few minutes later the sleigh was , whirling back along the southward road toward Cold Junction, the nearest point of the New Northern. Wilton groaned with pain in his broken arm, caused by the twist of his body as he delivered the blow. For an Instant the room swam about him. Then the scene cleared, and Molly was holding him. Her eyes, fixed on his, were filled with pity, and a maternal yearning over him that touched him unspeak ably. Her face was very near his own. Wilton realized of a sudden what he had known in a dim way even before his fourth arrival at the portage that Molly McDonald was the one girl In the world for him. He drew her to him and bent his lips to bers. Then, because he was not very well versed In many things oi the world, In spite of his tbirtj years, he looked as If he hat commit' ted an unpardonable insult But Mol ly opened her shut lids, and the eyes that smiled into Wilton's did not show signs of anger, nor even of surprise. "This isn't Winnipeg, Will," she said, with a little happy catch In her voice. The marvel of their love transflg ured them in each other's sight They were hardly aware of Bowyer's depar ture. It was not until Molly realized that there was the supper to prepara that she became practical once more "Why must you go tomorrow?" she asked, wistfully. "A message could be sent to Kitty" "It's more than that, Molly," said Wilton. "It's the line Itself Joe'a work that is at stake, and I've got to be at the shareholders' meeting on Monday morning. You see, It's this way,", he went ou to explain. "We laid out our route to cross Big Muskeg at this point and miles have beea completed. But our surveyors were either too optimistic or had been bought by Bowyer. We found, when it was too late to change our plans. that Big Muskeg was a harder propo sition than anyone bad suspected. There's forty feet and more of quick- mud where we believed bed-rock to exist a few feet down. The records lied. And you can't lay a permanent way upon mud. "The shareholders are frightened, and Phayre, of the Bank of New North Manitoba, who is an influential one, and represents Bowyer, has had the tip from him to make trouble. Bowyer didn't want the line till the transcontinental route was shifted northward. Now he does, partly be cause we shall ultimately link up wltn it and become a valuable property. And I think he suspects that there's something in our territory worth the developing. "The plan Is to refer the situation to a commission of engineers who, of course, would be largely in Bowyer's pay, and who would report that the present route Is not feasible. That would mean increasing our capital, and the issue of new stock would give Bowyer and Phayre the controlling Interest. As things stand, Joe con trols the company, although he hasn't actually a majority of the shares. "Joe would take most chances, but he wouldn't gamble with the fortunes of those who trusted him,- even to fight Bowyer. He wanted to have rea sonable hopes that the ' line could be pushed through. He gave me his power of attorney to vote for him, In case of accident. And I have it here. That's why I must be at the meeting, Molly. Otherwise that motion for an engineers' commission goes through. And Bowyer told me that he means to have the line. But Kltty'll fight him. Joe made no mistake when he took her for a partner." "She was as true as steel to Joe," Eald Molly. "Kitty and Joe were very good to me when I was In Winnipeg last winter. But what do you think Mr. Bowyer meant by his suggestion about coal on your lands?" "There is no coal," said Wilton. "Molly, dear, I'll tell you what our se cret is. I was pledged to Joe but the secret's mine now, and I can tell you. It Isn't coal it's clay." "Clay, Wilton?" "Clay. It's more valuable than coal or gold. It's clay land that the wheat grows on, or rather in the rich topsoil of loam, with the clay subsoil to seal and preserve the rainfall, yet easily drained with a little labor. "I discovered it when I was pros pecting up this way four years ago. It's probably an extension of the New Ontario clay belt, and, If so, it runs for hundreds of miles through this part of northern Manitoba. It means that the wheat area of Canada will be Increased by thousands of square miles. It means homes and prosper lty for thousands who are now strug gling for a bare living in our cities. . "That appealed to Joe. He was a man, if ever there was one. He saw the money In It, and the value of the line, but he saw further than that. He was looking ahead, years after he was gone. He wanted to do good in his own way. t He'd had a hard time when he was a young man. And because peo ple believed in Joe, though he dared not tell them his secret, they lent him the capital, and took up his shares. That was Joe's dream and it's mine, Molly." She listened breathlessly as he re vealed his dream to her, and yet, per haps, womanlike, she was happy rath er in the revelation of himself than in the altruism of the dead man. "That's what the Missatibi meant to Joe," said Wilton. "That's why we mean to fight to keep it out of Bow yer's hands. Molly, dear, when I realized that Joe was dead everything seemed ended for the line. I couldn't see how we were going to carry on without him. It's only now now that I have found something as well as lost everything that I can begin to pick up my courage." She laughed and put her face down on his shoulder. "Evening, Mr. Carruthers," said the sergeant briskly. "I'm Ser-' geant Peters and this is Con stable Myers." (TO BE CONTINUED.) American Architects. The Roman found among the Greeks superior workmen and he Imported them, hired them, and permitted them to decorate his monuments,' according to their own taste, but recognizing the artist only as a workman. We find many of our artists among natur alized foreigners, or men of foreign birth or descent "The Condition of Modern Architecture," by Leslie W. Devereauz, In Architecture) for February, Utmost in Quality Pure materials, scientific manu facture, absolute cleanliness then sealed against all impurity. 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