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THE EVENING HERALD, ALBUQUERQUE. N. M WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 23. 1014.
THE MASTER KEY
Ry John Fleming Wilson
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Th N'iqM Ridse.
nn light In the bnngulow o
the hill across tha valley
winked as mnia on passed
beneath tt nn.l t tie wlndov.
"I can see clenrly enough," Mid Wtl
kerson, "that there U girl tntxoOi
up lo till affair. Torn Gallon never
walked like that"
lit rode atowiy down the steep It tit
llll he reached the pumping engine,
lllll Tubb. the bulky, sodden faced
ruglaeer, came to the doorway.
"I tbla -l'lie Muster Key?" d
"It certainly Is." wan the response.
"And old Tom Gallon run It?"
Wllkereon pulled out a Bunk, divining
Kill Tubb' ruling vice, and the en
plneer, after a Ioiik drink. wiped hi
mouth Willi the bark of hi oi hand.
"So you are looking for Thomas Gal
Ion, are you? Well, be own tbla mine,
but It'a mostly run by a young girl
there In Uiot bungalow on the MIL
You ae. Tom ain't up to what be used
to be. The ore ta getting wur every
day and tbo old mau'a sick up there to
Tin polng up to see hlin now," said
WHkerson. lie rode on a few yurds
and surveyed the snug house, atntnp
mill and all the apparatus of the crow
ing mine ond snarled: "So this la what
be warned f r himself'"
The man be wna seeking lay prop
ped up In bed. To Itutb be gave or-erythlng-Bllka
and down and all the
oft things of this life. Himself he
atlll slept on a bard cot with a straw
pillow under Ms bead-thnt Is. bo bad
slept It seemed to hlin that sleep
had forever fled, and ne was (k. look
lug op Into ISutb's face almoxt plead
Ing'y. trylnn to keep bla grim old Hps
from asking sympathy. There wna
reason lu bla mind tbnt be should tie
cept no tender ministration from the
lovely girl who stood U-sldo him. His
sacrltlre must be complete: ao when
bla daughter bent over Mm and asked
him If be felt all right be mustered n
"Therc'a nothing the matter with me.
Huth." be wan asying. aud bla plauce
Bought that of John Dorr, who stood
at the foot of the bed. The eye of
the two men met. and Iorr Imtiercep
f.bly nodded bis bead In token that he
woukj not tell. Not that be yet knew
the aeen-t of "The Master Key," b'lt
ha rceognbied the fact that sooner or
later be wan to know.
Ruth stooped over and snld:
Tnpa, I don't believe yon do feel
well. I'm going to make you some
thing but to drink. I'll bring you a
toddy." And she went Into the kitch
en and shut the door.
Wben ahe waa gone John nodded a
pleasant "Good night," and also left.
Then old Thomas Gallon rose and
went to bis worn desk and got bla well
"1 am haunted," be wrote slowly, "al
ways haunted. Am I to Clio without
knowing whether WHkerson la alive
and that ltntb Is safe?"
At that moment he glanced up and
thought be mv the sir inter face of bla
former partner at tti.- wlatij".?. riy the
strongest effort of wd he nianaped to
control himself and vent on wr'tlng:
"WHkerson ttlll slo by rdgbfl
Wben will be come out Into the dy?
lie shall never have the key tbat
would unlock the secret to my little
girl's happiness. I will trust John."
Fancy to jouraeif scene tbat must
have fled like swift Alios before the
old man'e eyee as he put tbe diary
away. The desert and It mortal
thirst: TV Ilk. rson. ever drinking rreed
"y of prwlou wster: gold; murder;
his escape with the pinna, their lo
In tbe cbeet when the vessel went
down In n caldron of (lame; the Image
of bis dylna; wife; the picture of the
bal be bad lifted from ber chill breast
KutU. fur whom be bad Buffered. He
bowed bla bead on bis folded anna.
Surh ta the bittenese that the night
brine upon those who are atone.
When Hutu came In with the afeam
!ng glass of toddy she quietly set the
glass down and went out oa the porch
to look at the light across tbe gulch
which marked John Dorr's window.
Youth waa calling to youth.
It waa no apparition that Gallon bad
seen at the window this time. It was
really WHkerson, who, after on aatle
fled glance, rode swiftly sway. -
It waa midnight wben ho rapped at
the door of the Tails Vlata railroad
tation and called tbe sleepy agent
"I want to get a telegram through
rltbt be anld brusquely. "There
U an extra dollar In your pocket If yoo
m n rush It"
The slender boy who represented the
Rocky Mountain Foot hern riHrond si
lentiy led the way In, turned up the
w l. k of the lamp and shored blanks
and pencil aero the counter.
"You look half asleep to ma." Wliker
aoo growled be picked up Ui pen
The toy twonn'i the atranser o'ct
)v and Hl!ed the flrawer of his tel
di'Bk and faced bla vUltor
as.iln. WHkcraon caught the glint of
the stei?l barrel -of a refolwr In that
"VjU must bav some money In the
mf-" be ansrU-d-
Tbo Ly l-Hik-I at tilm with ite!y
!,:! e)ie B.'ated In lrfecUy
JOHN PLCMIVQ WILSON
to show you that I am awake." Their
Rtnm-ea met It wna Wilkerson's eyes
lie rmsped tlie pencil atid wrote on
the yellow blank:
Vslle Vlita. CU March It.
Jnn rnmtll, Atnr lluusa, N'tw Tors ;
fur. N. Y.: !
Have fumil OiMon at last. Addraaa
"llainr Key" mine tomorrow.
lie shoved the pnpo serosa to the
opentor and anld ronvhi: "Now. enm
that estra floH.irr' He handed two all
ver coins on the connter.
The operator eennned the meeaiTB,
ttKiti another look at his customer and
hoved one of the coins buck.
"The chsrge to New York la It," he
WHkerson scowled. "Well, rush that
no) way!" lie stiode out of the little
;ftVe and mounted bis borse. The
weary suimnl tried to turn In toward
Its accustomed corral, but Its rider
reined It sharply buck Into tbe road
toward "The Master Key" mine.
"1 thmU Gallon win recognize me"
be muttered to himself.
Tom Kane, who since the beginning
of the camp bad been the open bended
but close mouthed cook, aouuded his
Immediately poured out from tbe
B.unrtvr of the onmarrled men a
stream of miner. As he had done for
many years, Thomas Gallon went to
the window to wafeb thin morning
ceremony. He saw that the men greet
ed John Dorr respectfully, yet gen
ially. "It was s lucky day wben John Dorr
came." be muttered to himself. Then
bla eye cauRht the flcure of a horse
man riding leisurely down the street,
apparently careless of the scowls from
tbe men against whom be brushed
The old man rubbed bla eyea feebly
and looked sun In. Yes, tt was true.
He could never mlstnke that flcure or
that saturnine visage. God: Why had
bis bullet not Bono through tiiat face?
no reached for his pun w'tb somewhat
of the vlcnr of youth: be wia safe now.
Olio shot out of fust window arid tbnt
figure that bad haunted him for years
would tumble and fall and f.ever die
appear from his II"?. He could do It
He put tbo Run down quietly and
dropped bis chin on bis lreat. Ho re
sllxed tbat bla years of Rt.upc'e hnd
broken down the Indomitable spirit of
hlfi youth and bis pride. Hu was an old
man; he could not keep WHkerson from
Harry WHkerson saw that face at
the window, and ills smile hardened,
tie thoiiKht .e would take Gallon by
surprise poshlMy, but before be rapped
Still partnara in The Master Key"
on the redwood door Gallon had bad
time to clutch the kry-'The Master
Key" to the riches In San Jacinto
mine and hurriedly thrust it Into a
drawer lu the deal nd abut tt from
Aa the door swung open tbo two met)
looked at each other. Then the younger
man said aortly. TardnerP
Tardner!" eatd Gallon, aa If leered
oloos. He called to bla aid all hi frail
pb.Tt.lntl atreuirtti to f ice the final ca
taHtrophe. "Still partners." aald WHkerson. step,
ping on In and closing the door; "lHl
partners In Tbe Msstir KeyP "
Involuntarily Gallon clutched at bis
throat where that golden key bung
ao long. Could be live to C-ht thl
thing through? The asony In hi chest
was unbearable. "What di yoo wsr.tr"
he asked hoarsely.
WHkerson flung hi riding quirt on
tbe table and polled off bla gtntletn.
"Well." he drawUM. "partner, porn
there are aeveral tblnjr 1 want" It
Used bis dark eyea on tbe !d man.
"And there ene thing I'm goibg to
have, aud that's my share of The
"Your share T" parried Gallon.
"My abarer aald Wlikerwm. realts
lmr that be controlled tbe altustlon. "I
have rv turned for my juat duel
"Now, Jlitten. partner, I am going to
Btand ho nonaetise."
"What h'nve yo'n been dolnu all these
years f tlie old man anlted dully.
"Why haven't you leen here before V
"None of your business." snarled WH
kerson. "AH I've pot to say Is that I
managed to pet to New York. Now I'm
back after finding out that you made
a Strike, the find you made when we
were partner. How did yon get bark
Gallon looked at hi enemy with the
elmplh'ity of an old man telling
proved truth. "They were ail my
friends," be aald.
i "FrlemlsT" said WHkerson In a and
dcnly c-hanped voice, and. thrusting his
contorted face ctose to Gatlcn'a, "I
don't care about your friends, but yon
better care about tli .Zie.ny you
I For one Instant the mine owner's
face grew stern and pltllce. But he
heard a step on the outside porch, and
hi fare softened.
"My God. Harry 1 did tt for the
Tbe erll soul of WHkerson flared be
hind those cold eyee of bla. and for
the first time in bis lire be told tbo
truth of hla Inmost heart. "And I must
have my Bhare of The Muster Key' to
bny a, woman."
"What woman T"
WHkerson leaned forward, anl hla
Up hissed bate as he returned: "Do
yon remember that woman la Ynlle
VUt't Ore yeei ugo that woman you
thought your little daughter too pood
to speak to? It was you who drove
her o.it of camp, and now" he smiled
fa'.ultously "she" rich and In New
Vork. nnd she hutes you"'
G-Ulou bowed bis brad.
"What la It you waut Hurry?" be
The other man palled a paper otrt
of bla pocket and throw tt on tbe ta
blv "Tbere'a a contract for you to
At this moment the door opened,
and Itiith entered. Kite stared a mo
roMit at the visitor and then looked
Hiiiloiitly at her father, who said:
"This la ao ol.l ,irtner of mine,
Pulh shyly looked at the tall strang
er and then shook hands with htm.
He held her gentle fingers a second
too lonp Her face flushed, nnd she
retired without a backward glance.
Without paying any more attention
to the old man, who had now subsid
ed into a cbulr by the table. WHker
son walked to the window mid watch
ed the slim, girlish figure of the young
girl tripping down the hill. Then he
awuiip on the old man harshly: "Well.
I need a Job. You need a new super
intendent, don't you? I guens I'll take
He stepped quickly to the window
on. e more. This time he saw Rurh.
with Tom Kane, the old cook, nnd an
other. In front of the cook house.
"Come here, Tom. Who Is that talk
nu 10 that ,'irl of your?" ho arid.
Gallon got up heavily from his chair
and wulkcil over to the window, and
be could not repress au expression of
relief. "Oh, that's tbe mining rtisl
necr of The Master Key.' John Dorr!"
With a quick swing WHkerson was
ba-U. h-anltiz over the table. He pick
ed np the paper. "SlgL lure!" be s.ild
Gallon made a last falct protest: "I
can't do It!"
WHkerson picked up a pen. dipped It
and put It In the old man's baud.
Just lis the Inst letter of that lna
tr.re, which bad so long. stood for re
spectnhiiity. was blotted at the foot of
tbe pn per ltntli entered.
"Your father has Just made me au
perlnterxlent of this mine. I'm bla old
partner, you kuowl"
Huili looked at bf-r fattier with con-
i ste-natlon. "Why why 1 thought
Thomas Gallon looUea up and wiped
bU lips. "Yes." be said dully. "I have
made my old-my old partner superlu-
f U ll'lf III i I'W lH I
I "I FXx't we " ee a good deal of
eneh other from now on. WHkerson
anld sllkily. und with those slim, white
Di'iierH of bis be resetted out and pinch
ed fluth's cheek,
Kuth did not draw bark. She clinch
ed ber Arm little band and WHkerson
rerelved a blow In the mouth that
made him stagger back.
At tbo moment thnt be received thnt
stinging blow be beard a movement to
one side of him. and, with the old In
stinctive fear of Thomas Gallon, be
drew awsy back with bis band on tbe
guu at' hU hip. He met the During
eyes of the old man, who had risen
frtm lit seat, nnd understood that un
til life left that decrepit frame It mas
tering passion the psaelou which be
could cot boie to master would be
love for tbe girl whom he bad Just lu
He made a daring apology, tbe a polo
gy of tbe coward and tbe Hnr. "I beg
your rmrdon, l;etb, bat yoo used to alt
on my knee when you were a little
She merely glanced at him and went
ont of tbe bungalow, febe did nut Bee
her fa l act rise to bla full height aud
A J; A
"I con't tie Kl"
BtrniThtrn bla bent ahoulJt.-a f Bay.
"I killed you once for ber sake, and,
d-n you. I'll kill you again, old as I
"Come on." Wllkcrtin enld rousbly,
"don't pet cxrllcJ. Now take me down
and Introduce mo to the boys."
Gallon sighed heavily aa be obeyed
aud took him to where John Dorr waa
now starting his day's work.
"John." be aald heavily, "this I Har
ry WHkerson. the new superintendent
of tbe mine, lit ued to be my partf
ner. It won't Interfere with your vork
any." He paused for breath. "In fart.
K wl" take a lot of tra dctalle off
John looked at WHkerson. Hla heart
was filled wltli b'ttcrnei, bnt be aim
ply aald. "All right Mr. Gallon," and
"Well." aald WHkerson. "I ll ttfcs
chntxe r1i;ht away." He plrked op a
tolegrapb blank and sat down at the
desk with a new assurance As If be
had lx-en dismissed by his sulH-rlor.
Thomas Gallon stepped feebly away.
When he waa gone WHkerson' wrott
"Maiter Ky Mine." via Bllcnt Valley,
March K IB.
Jsn Dnrtill, A at or Ilousa, Sw Terk
1 My, n. V.:
1 tiava Just been appointed lunertntacil
ant tit thla nima; tail Uttwrgs; letter fol
low a IIAUKT.
He tit a red down at his own signature
with a atrango feellnK tbat It waa new
letter. Instead of flpureel He winc
ed fia he seemed to hear her say i "I'll
never marry you until you are rich.
Get the mousy and you Bliall have Jean
The new superintendent gritted hla
leeth. folded up the telegrntn and call
ed roughly to a boy lounging outside
on the porch;
"Here, take this to tbe telegraph
tation. ami be quick about It!" Then
be addressed himself to au examina
tion of the report and time sheets and
various paper tbnt explained the
working of the mine. His soft wblt
fingers caressed receipt that spok of
gold extracted from the earth.
Tha Golden Ky.
5TF.H be bad left bis former
partner In the otflce Thomas
Gallon Bluwly went up to tbo
bonpilow. There was a glim
mer of satisfaction In hla dim eye aa
be thought of the fact that the location
of the real lode waa unknown and
tbnt the plana tbat might reveal It
were far beneath tbe waters of the
Tnt Iflc. - He went Inside to tbe desk
and picked out of the locker drawer
the golden key which held bis secret
He stared at It and read the uum
ber that marked tbe position of tbe
lost vessel, nnd the chest that held the
plana. Ybom could be trust with
this? He looked out of the window J
and called to John Dorr.
"John!" he quavered. "I've already
told you a lit tie about my finding tbla
mlno and aliout my old partner."
"Yes, WHkerson; but there Is anoth
er secret I lost the location of tbe
mother lode lu a wreck at sen. Tbe
chest slipped overboard; but And tbe
wreck and somewbete near It is thnt
old curved chest and when yon open
the chest" Tbe old man suddenly
stappered forward Into iKirr1 arms.
"I killed blm onee," be muttered fee
bly, ond then the alienee which pres
ages the wordlessness of eti rnlty over
came Mm. John pently laid blm dowu
on the bed and cnlled Itutb.
Father!" she called softly a ahe
knelt by the bedside.
Thomas Gsllon stood on the greet
divide, but be turned ha' k a moment
to gather bU strength. Then he mo
tioned with his gnarled hand for John.
Tbo young man stepped, quietly for
ward and etooped o'er.
"My will. John! 1 leave Ituth The
Master Key. In my desk bring It!"
When tbe desired paper was brought
John Iorr opened tho document and
read It aloud:
" ( lsve all mr .roprty to m
daufhter, Kuth, to coma Into har tu.l
I oiaaaaton on her eighteenth Mrthday. 1
(HrAct her never to let a nt The Maater
Kt-y." which wlU inske my little sirl
So ran the last word. The old tuan
lifted himself still farther up and call
ed for n pen and Ink. Then, muster
Ing bl falling power, be wrote to a
(Irin bund tbe further words:
1 direc-t tt my daurMrr keep Harry
vYHkerttua as ruvnntnd-m until an tt
eighteen I appoint as axeoitor ef thla.
nty last will and laatamenl. John Dorr.
I HUM A3 UALIaJN.
Tho (en fell from hi Anger, and he
lifted bis trembliug hand to bl tbroet
and tor at the airing that held the
galden key. It brvke, and be put the
key In Itutb' lap.
That la I be Bocret" be muttered.
"John know and Wllkereon. Trost
John." Apnln ho opened hi eye and
motioned toward the dusk, "Tbe let
ter!" be croaked.
Itutb' quick Intuition led ber to the
desk again, and she futitid lu the same
drawer that bad held Ui will a aealed
To be c(n4 on Ruth'e etahuenth
birthday. Sooner If ber asifar Is threat
ened. Callon turned bla dimming eyea fo
Huth, who took both hi chilling bands
' "Child! The Master Key keep al
ways near you. Home day" be choked
"it will briug you rkbea. bapplnes
When be first beard that Gallon waa
dead Wllkersoo waa appalled. He
thonpht of the woman In New York
aud regained Ms courage. This waa a
ase where be must win by brute force.
He must Immediately how bis author
ity. He who afruik Crt would win.
be thought: yet In tbe back of bl con
' dou sues wa tbo realisation that be
did not know what ct!u;on Gallon
bad made of the protM-rty. And where
waa that rleb vein of gold tbat woald
buy blm Jean Darnell, with her velvet
ways and ber dark eye of topaif
I'erbap becaua fur aeveral year ha
hpd eoj bandied other ment butbye
hlmaelf a mere cop In a great marhme,
Wllierson mistook the spirit of the
miners He did not understand that
they bad a profound respect for Thom
"I must ret these perpie In band."
thonpht Wnkcraon, "and do It quirk."
ne spent the nlternonn In making a
schedule for a aweeplng reduction la
wages. Then he sent for'lUll Tuhba,
the enplneer. Wben be hnd come,
rros, liquor eodden and half Insnii-uL
the superintendent lanphed at blm.
'Tuliba. what do you know about
"Well." TuMia answered, "the ore
panned out pretty pood f r awhile, hot
they lost the mother lode. There ain't
ft carload worth a dollar come out of
here In three month", and that little
girl up on the bill won't have noth
ing at all unless -? take tha at! vie
of some of ua old timers and Ore that
young aulrt 'of an engine, John
WHkerson leaned over and Mb face
suddenly grew white In It Intensity of
"I'm tbe superintendent of thla mine.
Tutha looked aatonlsbtd at the tone,
WHkerron amlled to himself. On
man, and be on of the most Impor
tant In the camp, wna bis absolute toot
ami slave. He took his pen and rap
Idly wrote out an order: .
"After this day a'l wape In th',a
mine will bo reduced 23 per cent"
He called one of the bookkeepers and
curtly ordered blm to post It on the
Wall of tho otflce ouulde. A surprise
awaited him. however, lu tho attitude
of the miners. They paid no attention
to the notlre be bad osted on the offie
wall, nor did titer eem to reeosulae
tbo presence of the new superintend
ent He questioned Ed Mayer, the
"Miss Kuth la running Tbe Master
Key!" Mayer replied.
After tbe passing of Thomas Gallon
things nt the mine went very quietly
for a few weeks. John Iorr hud ac
cepted the subordinate position un
der WHkerson and wna faithfully do
He Jerkad YVilkereon to Hi Feet
voting himself In the Interval of his
duties to soothing Kuth'.i pticf. The
girl bad really been enormously di
pendent upon her father. She wits
only n child, but now In ber solitari
ness ehe turned to John and old Torn
Kane with Impulsive trust nnd affec
tion. She- tried hard to bo brave, but
tho days with long end the nights long
er. Tbe cook house pivmhii a!; rw.h
roea every day, tin excuse for Iter to
Ing down to talk with old Tom. und
In the evening, when the tthndow fell
across the pith h. John nnd she would
water the Bowers together, nnd he
would tell ber of bla life lu college and
In New York,
"I'd love to see New York!" she snld
a dozen times, nnd on cneh occasion
John would smile at ber and say, "You
Neither of them realized that circum
stance would shortly take them both,
though separately, to New York, for
there wna piling up In n secret drawer
In Wilkerson'a desk letter written In
a woman's script Some of thetu In
scented envelope on eiuUssed pajier.
Faeli one of them was signed "Jean
Darnell." When the seventh letter
came the superintendent reread It
Aator House, New Vork. Slav li. I .
f"-ar I tarry -From at.at you auy and
from ali.t 1 learn from Clear?, 1 thin
Itint 1 wouhl be wllllns to put up the
money to buy. rontml of your "Maer
Key" n:me, but you mmt be aura cbout
thla 1 know thnt old Gallon made money
out of It. but 1 in alao aur that ha wu
conraullna aonirlliina, aa you think. Make
tt.a nun wcrth while ami well. I remem
ber tny 0 lya In tl.'U cmp I'd like my re
Venae. Ileum Everett will linnille tha
stock end ef it eery quietly when you say
th word. Don't let your usly temper set
away from you and look out for lNrr.
"Now," thought WHkerson exultant
ly, "I ran put the screw uu Iorr. I'll
At thl moment tbe man be was
thinking so bitterly of appeared. n1
WHkerson, while bl courage waa atlll
freeh, sit l-.l Insolently: "1 see you ere
t pending a good den I of time out or
your otru-e. Th mine cau't afford
euch extravagance. I guetui we'll have
to bare new mini tip engineer. I've
aent for one, bo you better pack."
For the moment John did not speak.
They confronted each other for a mo
ment; then Dorr turned on hla beel
and walked off. Aa he did ao be brush
ed Into old Tom Kane.
'The miner won't atand any more
of WHkerson. and they ar goiug to
strike tonight, wbeu the day shift
come off." Tom croaked. "Lot of
them ar 1-sckHig their duds now te
pet nut D n blm; te has ruined lllll
John looked out of th window end
realized that the variona group of
miners, tired, sullen, a If waiting for
otoetblng. made an ugly pic ture.
"I'm sfrald It' up to thetu. Tom,"
be s.-ill, a llttl huskily. "1 bar been
dbvbargeil, and I am leaving myself
He waa perfectry amncetl at the ef
fet of hi word. Dropping the coffee
pot with a crash on the ton of the
range, Tom Katie daahed out of the
door and Into the nemrcM proun of
miners, gesticulating and laughing hya
tcrieatly. He aald two worda and then
rttsrmd back, hi bright -eye gleaming
'That eaves th mine for Rnthle.
John." he pasped. "Th miner were
I'ist going to quit qnletllk. Now they
will make Wllkereon tak you hack,
and you can msk blm trn!ghteo mat
ter out with them."
He iet-red anxiously up Into the
young roao's foe. "Yon won't desert
her, will yoo, John?"
With ad Inarticulate growl John
swung out Into the sunshine aud el
bowed bla way through tlie streaming
throng of miner Just coming otT shirt
Ahead of blm he saw WHkerson talk
ing to an old miner, who seemed to be
arguing earnestly. He in th super
intendent and (be miner re-enter tlie
ofllie. aud a moment later ltuth ap
peared. Aa John cam to tha office door be
beard the Bound of a scuflle within.
He kicked open the frail liarrler and
stood inside Just in time toee WUker
aon draw a pun on the old miner.
"Drop thnt gun, yon dog!" be bellow
ed, and with on leap wa at WHkcr
WHkerson was no pigmy lu strength
and n agile as a panther. He man
aged to land two stinging blows on
John's eye before Dorr drove him up
agal.ist tbe wall, laid bis powerful
hand on blm and thrust htm to tbo
floor In absolute helplessiiesa. His Cat
waa lifted to give the final finishing
blow when he caught sight or Itutb'
white face. He Jerked WHkerson t3
hi feet, flung film Into the corner aal
strode silently out
"John. John! .What Is the matter?"
"Thnt hound It) tliere discharged met
I am going to leave tonight"
Her eye slowly filled with tear.
"You are not going to leave Tbo Mas
ter Key' mine, are yon, John? Axid
ami" Before he could answer ber
i appeal In worda there we wild roar
down the atreet and tbe tramp ot boot
1 cd feet
j "Get the dynamite and blow -the fel
low up!" bawled a coplc of boorso
"Get a rope and hang him to the
hoist!" yelled another. Then a full
chorus of angry cries rose Into the
evening olr and filled tbe valley with
I Quickly John drew Ituth aside In tbe
: shelter of one of tbe cottages and aald
I hurriedly: "This must be toped.
Kuth. I'll get out there and stop
' Ituth s property wa In erit. John's
! stentorian vole rang out across tbo
throng: "Stop, men! Stop!" Hut be
oou saw that tbe crowd was petting
out or band. He perceived three or
four of the tunnel men racing down
the hill to Join In the frncas. One of
, them, he was aore, hnd been to the
powder house. He gritted hla teeth
; and made bl Inst appeal.
; "Ttnth-Rutb Gallon!" be culled.
I Doubtless none of the miners had no
tlced ber presence, aud wben her slen
der figure emerged from a doorway,
bold-'y yet niodet!y out toward the
man who was trying to hold them in
check, there waa a dead silence. Tbat
. alienee wn porteutom. In It was du
ddod the fate of 'The Mneter Key."
! It wa broken by wild and tumultu-
1 otis cheers aa John lifted ICotU on tbe
lox. jitel ahe held out Iter slender arm
In glrllah entreaty to tbo men sb
knew so well.
Cowed. yt a ever alert to snntch at
any opening. WHkerson now came
boldly on the scene. Just as he bad
bluffed bla wny many a time before,
he now made n ptnyton which he knew
bis own wifely deix-nded. U mount
ed on the Ikjx U-slde ltuth. "MUs
Gallon has al;ed me to restore the
, former rate of wagee!" be shouted.
"It b is leen done."
! What meant tbat ominous silence?
, What more must be say to those faces
upturned to bis? "And 1 bare reap
; pointed John Dorr to run this mine,"
. be muttered.
Possibly be hoped that those low.
I hourso tone would not carry far, but
' attentive ears caught them up and
, knew their meaning.'
Old Tom Kane cam through th
1 crowd, thrnst WUkerson off tbe bo
I without ceremony snd raised his crack
ed voice In a yell that brought a per
! feet thunder of cheers froio th miner.
1 Withuut waltlug o listen for more
' WilkiXSCJi Jv:r.'it-ns?A' aa tuiifn
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