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young Men's Catholic1 Institute Made
- 1 - ' . Merry Last Night.
t ' The thirty-first annual concert and
". dance given by the Young Men's Cath
olic Institute at Columbus hall last
- night was a grand social, as well as
' financial success. There were about
120 couples present and everyone en
joyed a social time. There were about
forty persons from Derby and Ansonia
- present and about twenty from Sey
mour, besides a large crowd from
Waterbury. After the dance all the
out-of-town friends of the society ad-
, journed to the society rooms, where
refreshments were served and an en-
tertainment had been prepared.
- The Ladies auxiliary to the A. O.
H. will give a social and dance in Hi-
: bernian hall on Monday evening. Tick
': ets are 10 cents each person.
There were about ten lodgers at the
" police station last night.
- Miss Katherine McGrath of Ansonia
Is visiting Miss Mamie Kelly of South
. Main street.
The fifth annual concert of the Ger
man Catholic society will bevheld in
Harugari hall to-morrow night. - Tick-
ets are 15 cents each person.
- "William O'Leary of Union City has
. been laid up with the grip for the past
few days, is able to be around again.
Thomas Lowry of Springfield is vis
iting friends in town.
The Naugatuck and Ansonia High
. School basket ball teams are to play in
the Gem opera house to-morrow night
The local boys are confident of win
ning this game and they certainly will
play hard for it, as the Ansonia High
school boys defeated them in Ansonia
on Monday night of this week. The
Y. M. C. A. of Ansonia and the Y. M.
C. A. of this town and the Y. M. C. A.
.7rs, of Ansonia, and the Y. M. C. A.
Jrs of this , place "will also play the
same night. The admission will be,
gents 25 cents and ladies 15 cents. All
three games will be exciting and a
large crowd should turn, out to see
them. Refreshments will be servedxto
the out of town teams at the Y. M.
!C. A. rooms after the games.
All next week the Klark Scoville
company will appear at the Geni opera
house. Tickets went on sale at Mc
Carthy's yesterday.
A number of Xaugatuek firemen
' Will go to Ansonia to attend the an
nual dance of Wtebster Hose company
Division No 1. 'A. O. H., will meet
to-night. All members are requested
to be present as business of import
ance is to be transacted.
In a conversation with a certain
business man last night, the writer
was informed that a. number of the
stockholders in the Naugatuck "Water
comnanv were willing to sell their
shares to the borough if they would
only decide to buy them. The bor
ough should control the water works
and then they would know who to
look to for an explanation of the con
dition of the water and occurrences
like that of last Monday would be
done away with.
Thomas Mean, of Derby, spent yes
.terday with friends in town.
James Fagan, of Derby, spent yes
terday with friends in town.
Secretary Cobleigh will address the
men's meeting of the Y. M. C. A. at
their rooms Sunday afternoon at 4
Thomas Burke of "New Haven was
In town yesterday on business.
Albert "Wigglesworth of South Main
street who has been laid up with the
i grip for the past few days, is able
to be around again.
John Jones, of Boston, was in town
yesterday on business.
William Hopkins, and Frank S.
Treusdale have been summoned to do
Jury duty at the opening of the su
perior court in "Waterbury next Tues
day. Rubber City lodge, N. E. O. P.,wlll
meet to-night. All members are re
guested -to be present. - '
The funeral of the'latae Mrs Jane
Hopkins will take place from the par
ish house to-morrow afternoon at 2
o'clock. Interment will be in Hillside
' cemetery.
In the checker tournament at the
Y. M. C. A. rooms C. V. Sewall beat
W. "W. Chevalier three straight games
and W. Patchett wpn two out of
Jhree from I. V. Cobleigh.
No session of the court this morning.
Mrs Sutton took her scholars on a
leigh ride yesterday.
The flag at the state capitol was at
half mast on "Wednesday In honor of
the late L. W. Cutler, whose funeral
took place on February 13th In this
town.. ..."
Mrs Martha Painter was In town
Mr and Mrs N. W. Barnes are about
again after a severe attack of the grip.
Heminway & Bartlett have given
employment to nearly all of the girls
who were discharged from the Oak
.Tille pin shop. "
Mrs John McGowan, Sr, has gone to
Waterbury to spend the rest of the
winter with her daughter, Mrs G. N.
Marshall.. -'.-. . .
A large saw mill has been erected
' In the northern part of the town, not
far from the, residence of H. T. Day
ten. .- .. - .- ; :
'; K. N. Deland Ig confined to his, bed
With Illness. . '..; .-'-'
Mrs F. W. Nobles gave a dance last
Hlgbt in the parish, rooms. ;
Miss Bertha Bothwlck is laid ' up
nta the grip.
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t 'JJvery acient city of note was lo
. fcated on or near the sea or a river.
' - The Hudson river, from its month to
""Tke lakes, is 400 miles in length.
, The ordinary Thames current is 180
' sV s minute; that of the Shine, 540
':""" JbraABtapootrs from - whose
Z. eame the fowls that were so
- 'm in this country number of
- is 1M tDUw in lenvtH. It
t eTery variety of precious!
totmd in tba sand of ta
A Decade Am He Wm a Poor Miner,
Now He Is Inlted States Sea- J
;. ator from Ctah. .
;. ' .:.
1 Thomas Kearns, who has been elected
United States senator by the legislature
of Utah, is one of the richest men in the
west. Like most others of the same der
scription, he began his career in the
most humble 'circumstances. A dozen
years ago Mr. Kearns was a miner in
the big Ontario at Park City. Although
he was a common workman by occupa
tion, he was endowed with keen busi
ness foresighj, ambition to rise above
his surroundings, and spurred by the
hope of owning a mine for himself and'
having other men in his employ- ,
He saved a considerable sum from his
wages, and in lookirig about for a prof-
(United States Senator from the State of
itable investment came to the conclu
sion that the Silver King, an obscure
mining property, had great possibili
ties. He worked eight hours a day in
the Ontario, and then devoted another
eight hours to work on the Silver King.
The timbers he used, in sinking the
shaft of the Silver' King he dragged
to the mine with his own hands. His
labor was rewarded with success be
yond his dreams. He discovered that
the obscure mine was rich in ore, and
to-day that property is one of the great
est silver producers in the world. Mr.
Kearns' interest in it, which is about
one-fourth, is worth about $5,000,000.
Mr. Kearns has earned the reputa
tion of being one of the most eccentric
of the wealthy men of the west and
this section of the country is noted for
producing millionaires with odd char
acters. His sudden rise to enormous
wealth is the cause of his apparent in
congruities. His solecisms of speech
will, it is claimed by his friends, disap
pear in time and wrth association with
men of education. His deportment is
hardly of a character to make him a
brilliant drawing-room ornament, but
that fault has little to do with his
sound sense and his ability to manage
cleverly vast possesions. The new
senator is building a marble palace in
Salt Lake City, which, when completed,
will be the most stately private resi
dence in Utah. To his housewarming
Mr. Kearns- has declared that he will
invite many of his old friendsr of
former days in the mines. He has also
bidden to the feast the haughtiest and
most'exclusive men and women in the
community, and. it is expected that no
one who has been invited will stay
away. .
Senator-elect Kearns is a native of
Ontario, and is only 39 years old. He
oame to Utah in 1S83. He has several
paying interests other than the Silver
King, and is a director of the company
recently organized by Senator Clark, of
Montana., to build a railroad rom Salt
Lake to Los Angeles.
Famous Missouri Statesman's Grave
. jto Be Marked by an Appro
',- priate Art Work,
As a further evidence that republics
are ungrateful it is pointed out that
the grave of Missouri's great senator,
Thomas H. Benton, which is located in
Bellefontaine cemetery, near St. Louis,
is marked only by a small and crumb
bling stone, on which is carved sim
ply the words, "Thomas H. Benton,"
with no reference to his great public
(Located in Bellefontaine Cemetery, Neat
, St. Louis, Mo.) - .
services or even a mention of the dates
of his birth, and deaths
There has just been introduced in
the Missouri legislature a bill appro
priating $5,000 for , the-erection of a
suitable monument over his grave. It
is expected that the bill will pass, as
it has the support of prominent men
all over the state. -
Senator Benton was born in- 1788,
and served ini the senate of the United
States from 1820 ,to 1850, one of the'
most important periods in the history:
of the country. He" died in 1858, .be
fore the war of the rebellion liad; be
gun. - ' - '
TTalqae 'Street Car L,lnr
A curious street car line is that be
tween Atami and . Yoshihoma, two
coast towns in the province of Izie,
Japan, relates the New York Tribune.
The line is seven miles- long, the roll-'
jny stock . consist, of single par, an d
the motive., power iVr.T urnlshed by a
coupe mUscyJslr.oooHes, who actu
ally push the cat .along wherever now-
er is necessary. . "When. the car comes
to a down-grade, they jump- on and
ride. The coolies Who worlti ;,hi
ltattte toad te aalj to be jMtp
v over
Keeper ;
Christian .Stewardship
Anthpr of In His Steps," "The Cruci
fixion ot fmllp Strong." "KODert r
Hardy's Seven Days," "Mai-'
com Kirk," Etc . - i
Stuart was the first to speak. ,He
knew. from experience that Eric would
never say the first word. - :
"I have just been reading your letter.
There is some mistake about your be
ing refused admission to the. house.
Father would never do such a thing,
Eric." -
"I'm not so sure of that. But I don't
feel hurt on that account even if he
would. Is he better?" . '
"Yes." Stuart paused. ; He did not
seem .to know what to say. It was
harder to break over the gap of a year's
growth in manhood than he had
thought. Then he burst out with a
short laugh:
"Oh, I say, Eric, what nonsense for
us to be sitting here like fools on this
rock as if we were afraid of each oth
er! In memory of the old days, will
you put your hand on my shoulder and
look me in the face?
"It is not the same, Eric," said Stu
art, with a sigh at last, letting his hand
slip frrfm the other's shoulder.
."A better one, I hope. The times
have made me sober and gray."
"How ist, Eric? Is there any dif
ference in your feeling toward me?"
"Xo." Eric was pushing the gravel
with his foot and looking out over the
valley. Then he looked Stuart frankly
in the face and repeated his "No. But
you are the one to change."
"I! What change has there been in
me?" Stuart put the question almost
indignantly. -
"You have seen the world. What can
I be to you now? More and more as
the time goes on the difference must
widen. You are a gentleman of wealth
and leisure, and I am a workingman."
"You don't need to be, Eric. You
could get ahead. You could command
any place in time with your intelligence
and and"
Stuart hesitated for just the word,
but Eric said quietly:
"I have chosen my place. A work
ingman I am, arid a workingman I
shall be as long as there are wrongs to
right and rights to maintain."
"But what has all this to do wita us,
Eric? We have been over all this
ground before. Do you not love me?"
"Indeed, truly I do." Eric turned his
large dark eyes affectionately, toward
his friend.
"And do I not love you?"
"Yes," replied Eric simply. "But our
lives are of necessity widening out far
ther apart. What can prevent that?
In the very nature of the situation it
could not be otherwise. Here" I am ad
vising thousands of men to a course
which Is directly opposed by your fa
ther and would be by ydu if you were
in his place. The time is coining when
the clash between your interests and
mine will be so fierce that"
Stuart jumped to his feet. "Do you
mean to say, Eric, that friendship true
and loving cannot exist between you
and me simply because of the accident
of birth or the circumstance of wealth
or difference in surroundings? Have
we not already proved that it can ex
ist?" "Yes," replied Eric slowly. "It can
exist, but it is in one sense an unnatu
ral existence. You represent capital; I
represent labor. Take the present sit
uation of the strike. I believe as much
as I believe anything that it Is right
and even religious that we do as we do.
Deep in your heart you condemn us for
the movement. If you were in your fa
ther's place, you would feel exactly as
he does about it. How, then, can we
expect the old relation between us to
be continued?" .
Stuart sat silent, looking out over the J
beautiful valley. The town looked very
pretty in its setting of hills and pines.
His father's house was the most con
spicuous residence to be seen. : Prom
where the two men sat it looked pala
tial. Down at the 'other end of the
town among the miners' houses Stuart
could distinguish Eric's home, a little
two story cottage, not different from a
hundred others. He did a good deal
of hard thinking in a. few minutes;
then he said: ,. , - . ... . '
"Eric, you began the talk about the
difference between us. ..Do you want to
break off anything? Is that your in
tention?" . . -'
Eric for the first time grew flushed
beneath his dark bronzed face. "No,"
he said. "I simply wished to state the
conditions under which we now live.
There is no change in my feelings to
ward you and cannot be."
"Neither is there in mine toward yon,
Eric. . Why'do you place the responsi
bility, so wholly on me, as if I would be
the one to change or as if it rested with
me to say that our friendship was pos
sible or not?" - "
"Because it does rest,. with you. Are
you not representative of riches, pow
er, intelligence, all the great machinery
which sets things, "in motion, society,
that world by itself, , leisure, culture,
advantages? - And Is 'it not for you as
representative of all:' these things to
bear yie responsibility which must al
ways rest on the strong and the educat
ed and the" wealthy ?" f Eric paused on
the i: crest ' ' of a wave - of speeeb - that
seemed about to break over all bis self
control. -.X'JV'S j" 'f ".' ;
Stuart after awhile said doggedly:
"It comes back! to the question, Is our
friendship to continue on. the old 'ba
sis?1 I can be no other'than I am... If I
have beensborn 'to' wealth and-leisure
and education and society and- travel
and all that, I am powerless to change
It,. And you are what,you are because
yon have been born into it and choose
to continue there, though you know,
Eric,, yon could rise out of if If you
onljt would.'': --t. ...V
"It is useless to discuss that point,"
rtipted Eric quietly. "But tell me, Stu
art, ta answer to the- main question, do
yonlt-sUeve Jn; this. strike?"
Xt2k&fi.&i'ru!& Cjjnart,
breach u our oldjrelatlons with ?eacb
Others OlUtirBe I Relieve in the strike
or I wouldn't be the leader of It."
. "It seems like a bad way to get at
what yoti want," said Stuart, t . .
"Have you studied intd the details
of the situation? Do you know' all the
facts which have led up to this move;
ment?" .' . . ,
know what my father has told me.
Ho says the men did not consult with
the companies and' went out without
warning or notice of any kind."
Eric rose to his feet 'It's a lie!" he
exclaimed, with a sudden passion that
no one would suspect existed. It was
like an explosion that transformed the
man into another being. ;
Stuart also rose.- "Do you mean to
say that my father lied to me about
the facts?"
"I do!" retorted Eric. "He lied, and
he knows he lied!"
- Stuart took one step toward Eric, and
the two young men confronted each
other. Suddenly Eric turned on his
heel and without a word walked down
the hill. ' For a moment Stuart seemed
on the point of going after him or call
ing out for him to stop, but the next
moment he stepped back to the stone
and sat down. When Eric had disap
peared behind a clump of trees, Stuart
rose and went toward home by another
When he reached the house- Louise
met him and told him his father want
ed to see him at once. He went in and
stood by the bed, his whole being stir
red bj the interview with Eric. It
was the first real passion to speak of
that had roused his self controlled na
ture. His father spoke with the blunt
ness that always marked his speech. :
"Stuart,. I want you to go. to Cleve
land for the company. This strike has
caused complications with our local
agents. There is important business
that I ought to see to In person. Can
you go at once? The eastern express
is due at 6 o'clock." ,
"I am at your service, father," re
plied Stuart. He was still going over
his recent interview, with Eric.
"Here are the papers. I can explain
the business to you in a few minutes."
Stuart drew up" a, chair, and his fa
ther gave him- instructions. Then as
Stuart put the papers in his pocket
Ross Duncan said, his face and man
ner softening a little as he fell back
on his pillows:
"Stuart, Tad, in case anything hap
pens to me, of course you know I have
left everything to you and Louise. The
mines, with other property and invest
ed funds, besides New York property
and bonds not 'connected with the
mines, "are worth over $4,000,000. I
have left Louise 1,000,000 In proper
ty. You will be left in the sole charge
of everything ln Case.I die. -Of course
you understand that.'I , am -the compa
ny, a This strike islgainst. me. If I
die, it will be agalhjpfr.ypu. v 1 believe I
can depend on ypuo defeni the mil
lions 1 1 have worked, so hard all my
life to get together,', said Koss Pun
can. -'Then in his. old;manner,he said,
"You .will have tojhurry to get that
train.", . v ,';';?. .
Stuart rose, and a conflict of feelings
rose with him. What his father had
just said moved him one way, the aft
ernoon witbEric moved him another.
He wanted to ask his father one ques
tion before he went away.
- "Father," he asked almost timidly,
"did you tell me that the strikers went
out without giving the companies any
notice or warning?"
"Yes." - - ' '"
"Do j'ou mean that they gave abso
lutely no hint of their Intentions to
any one?" r
Ross Duncan rose up a little, and bis
face changed. ' "
"They sent their representative, as
they called him, to me about two weeks
before the morning of the strike to
confer about wages, but wouldn't
recognize any such representative with
any right to interfere with my busi
ness and tell me what wages I ought
to pay." ' k-
"Who was the representative?"
Stuart asked the question, well know
ing the answer.
"Who was it? Who but that pray
ing, pious friend of yours, Eric Vas
sall!' Ross Duncan sat up, and the
wound on his -forehead grew purple.
Stuart was frightened at the sight. He
could not say anything. His father
sank down again, exhausted with his
anger. Stuart . went away without
even a word of farewell. There was
a bitterness in his heart that was new
to.it. .' Eric had been right, then, ac
cording to his view. u The company had
received notice. There had been an
attempt at consultation. As the train
whirled him on he cursed Id his heart
the whole social perplexity, .. . -.
He . reached, the city, attended to the
business and started backxthe next day
to Champion. It was just, dusk when
he stepped out on the station platform.
He thought a crowd of curious looking
people was there. Something had hap
pened. Dr. Saxon came up, seized his
"What'a.tAe matter, doctort"
bag and grasped his hand In a strong
but nervous manner. Solemn, strange
ly set faces looked out of the dusk at
him. : - : . ' "! -. '
"What's the matter, doctor?" asked
Stuart, trembling at something, be
could not think what
- "Your father, my boy" ' ' :
"Is he worse?"
"Come this' way: '. My buggy Is right
here. I will drive yon out to the
house. 3et right in." " r
.' Stuarfc got into the boggy mechanic
ally. TtMi doctor threw . himself la.
tr aad jglis toj the
rr.? Stuart's I
f voice was steady, but faint
rihe answer came after a moment
"Your father died, Stuart, an hour ago.
He had a stroke of apoplexy. . There
was some heart trouble. He did not
suffer.". . -s,: i . ' .
For a moment everything In the uni
verse 'reeled about Stuart Duncan.
Then he found he was asking questions
and Dr. Saxon -was answering them.
When they reached the house, Stuart
met Louise first. She came to the front
door and threw herself into his arms,
crying hysterically. .Stuart had not
shed a tear yet. They led him into the
room where Ross Duncan lay. The son
stood and looked down at the cold
face with that newly made scar on the
forehead. There wasno thought In his
mind that he was now the owner of
several millions WNwealth. He was
thinking of thelast interview he had
with that father 'and his parting with
out a word of affectionate farewell.
And still the tears woultl not come, to
his relief. , : . ;
At last he, went out, and the sight of
his sister's grief and fear brought the
tears to his own eyes. He wept with
her. - They talked together. . The doc
tor remained an hour aud then took his
leave. The night wore on. Louise, ex
hausted with the shock, had gone to
her room. Stuart was finally left alone.
He sent the servants all away. He
could not sleep. He paced the long
hallway until daylight. Just as the
sun rose he went in where his father
lay and looked at him again. Ross
Duncan's millions were of no use to
him now. Of what use were they to
the son? What load of responsibility
had come to him now! These mines,
these labor troubles, this strike, these
wages what difference if he let them
all go? He had a right to do as he
those with his own. He would dispose
of It all and live abroad. He would
what! He was planning all this and
his father dead less than 24 hours!
And, then, what responsibility did rest
upon him? What difference did it
make to him what wages the men re
ceived? -Was he his brother's keeper?
Were they "his brothers? The whole
thing was complex, Irritating. His fa
ther's death had thrown a burden on
him that he did not want to carry.
He was disturbed by a noise in. the
street before the house. He went to
the window and drew aside the cur
tain. The measured tramp of heavy
feet was heard coming down the road.
A column of men, four abreast, came
Into sight, with one man a little in ad
vance of the others carrying a banner.
It contained a very rude drawing of a
rich man and a poor man. The rich
man was saying, "What do you want?"
The poor man was saying, "Crunis
from the rich man's table." It was all
very crude and one sided in every way.
The column of men swung by, nearly
500 miners on their way from the up
per range to join the strikers in Cham
pion in their regular morning gather
ing at the park. . Every man as he
went by turned his head and looked
up at the house where the dead mine
owner lay. -It is possible that they
saw the son standing there: He watch
ed the column tramp through the dust
and disappear down the road. And as
he turned back toward all that remain
ed of the mortal flesh of the man who
had been worth so many millions he
was conscious that he was face to face
with the great problem of his own ex
istence, with which was involved the
problem of thousands of other men.
How wili he answer that problem ?
. A week after the death and burial
of Ross Duncan, Stuart and Louise
were talking together of their future
plans. Louise lay on a lounge, looking
very pretty, dressed in mourning of a
fashionable pattern. - She appeared
vexed at some'thing Stuart had just
said and tapped her . foot smartly
against the end of the lounge. .
"I have no patience with you, Stu
art. Why don't you talk sense?"
"I thought I was talking sense," re
plied Stuart, who was standing up by
one of the windows of the room look
ing out ou the front lawn. He turned
and walked back to the end of the
room and continued to pace up and
down. He was very thoughtful and
part of the'time seemed not to hear all
that Louise said.
"Well, you lose all your sense the
minute the subject of these horrid min
ers comes up," continued Louise, "If
I was the governor of this state I
would order out the militia at once."
"Why?"- asked Stuart with a slight
smile. "The men are not doing any
thing. What would you order out the
troops for?" ,
"I would get new men in to take the
men's pla'ces and then order the militia.
And, you know, Stuart, it will have to
come to that at last." -
Stuart answered nothing. He was
thinking hard of that very thing.
Louise went on talking while he stood
still by the window for a minute look
ing out at the hills. "I regard father's
death as caused directly by the miners.
They frightened the horses and caused
the accident that killed him. , I don't
see how you can side with the men in
this' "strike." ' ; ..'.'.
"I don't," said Stuart without turn
ing around. ' ; 's
. "Then" why don't ' you do something
to start up the mines? Haven't we a
right to manage our own business and
hire other men? If the miners threat
en to Interfere, we have a right to call
for state troops.", ' '.,.;, '. t '
- "I hope it will not come to that," re
plied Stuart gravely as he walked up
to the lounge and sat down by his sis
ter. "Louise, I want to talk plainly;
with you about this matter. I do-not
feel just as father did about it."
. "You just, said you didn't side with
the men;" ;''.' -. '' . .
" Louise satsupand arranged her dress.
Some ribbons at her throat kept her,
fingers busy for a minute. ' .':
"I don't side: with them in the sense
that I believe they are doing the right
thing to -strike this way. But I be
lieve they ought to have more. wages
and that the companies ought to pay
them the scale they have drawn up
Stuart was talking aloud to his sister,
for the first time really expressing his
convictions as they had grown on him
every day since his father's death had
thrown the burden of ownership upon
t Louise heard his statement with a
frown. . For nv"u!:t.yM sUgatj.
TeH to the truth, doctor " Stuart's
- . SSTV -
If we could
only see a little
ways into the
future, what a
lot of distress
ing accidents we couldprevent.
But our sight ends : with the
present instant. There may
be broken limbs and bruised
bodies in store for us in an
hour we' can't tell. But we
can be prepared." .
A. bottle of Dr. Thomas' Ec
lectric Oil in the house at the
right time has. saved many an
hour of suffering, many a pre
cious life. -
Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil is
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then she rose and walked out of the
room, angrily saying as she went:
"Ross Duncan's son is not much like
his father. Thaf s true If you did say
Stuart rose and went over by the
window again. He was vexed not with
Louise, but with the whole situation.
Since his father's death he had gone
through a great many struggles, and
each one had left him with the feeling
of his responsibility heavier upon him.
The-strike was in the same, condition
as when it began. The different mine
owners at Cleveland hacTconferred to
gether and were united in their deter
mination not to yield to the demand for
higher wages. Stuart had been asked
to come down to a conference to. be
held in the city that week. He expect
ed to leave the next day. ' As he stood
looking out at the stock covered hills
he knew that a crisis was rapidly ap
proaching and that within the next few
days events would be precipitated that
would leave their mark upon his whole
life. He was no a coward, and that
was the reason he could not run away
from, the situation. The interests of
the mines at Champion were all in his
hands, bnt the other mines on the up
per and lower ranges were involved
with his in the general strike. He was
not at full liberty to act alone. ' Be
sides, the men had within a week form
ed a union and would not treat with
the separate mine .owners, insisting
that the companies must recognise the
union as a whole.
Meanwhile matters were coming to a
crisis very fast Stuart clinched his
hands tightly and bit his lips nervously
as he turned again from the window
and paced the room. He was worth
more than $2,000,000 in his own right
and yet the possession of the money
caused him little real pleasure. With
all the rest he was having an inward
revolution of education toward the en
tire problem. And he-could not avoid
the feeling that before the week was
gone he might come face to face with
the greatest fact of his' life.
"As he stood there thinking it all over
the bell rang, and one of the servants
came' and said that Eric was at the
door. Stuart went himself out into the
"Come in, Eric," he said quietly.
. Eric came in, and the two ,men shook
hands silently. Since Ross Duncan's
death these two had met several times,
and it seemed as if the" old family re
lation between them might be possible
again. There was, however, still a
serious barrier, caused by the condi
tions that surrounded the two men.
"I came up this morning," began
Eric, with his usual directness, "to tell
you that the men want you to speak
to them at the park today at noon."
- Stuart was surprised. -."I thought
the men would not admit any one to
the speaking stand except those . of
their own number." "'",'- '
"They haven't so far. You are the
only one, or you will be if you come to
the meeting today." -
"What do the men want?" Stuart
asked the question not feeling just sure
that he cared to go. ' . .
Eric did not reply immediately. He
seemed to be waiting for Stuart to say
something more.
Stuart sat looking at Eric with that
quiet gaze peculiar to him "Do the
men want me to make a speech on the
situation?" ' " ,
"I do not know just what they ex
pect. They simply voted to ask you
to come this noon. It may be an op
portunity for a settlement".
" Eric spoke slowly. Stuart suddenly
rose and went. over and put a hand on
his old acquaintance's shoulder.
: "Eric," he said, while a sad smile
crossed his face and died out in its
usual thoughtf ul quiet, "doesn't it seem
strange to you that we should be mak
ing so much out of such an affair as a
difference of a few cents more for a
day's work? Is life worth having If It
must be spent In gfifjous quarrels over
such little matters? V .-. !
"Do you call this a little 'matter?"
Eric spoke almost bitterly. ; And then
he added bluntly, "A few cents a day
may be a little to a man-who has. plen
ty of money, but It may mean the dif
ference between comfort and suffering
1 I u
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to' the man who has almost nothing.''
Stuart colored, but answered quietly:
, "Xp, ErierTou do not just understand
j me. I am ready to pay this difference
in the men's wages. I think their de
, mand is just."- " , , ', ...
"Come to the park this noon and tel
them so." . . . - " ..
"Well, I will. I am going to Cleve
land tomorrow, Eric." . - a
"If. all the owners were like you, the
strike would not hold out. long," said
Eric as he rose to go. He had a great
deal to do to prepare for the noon meet
ing, and in spite of Stuart's urging him
to remain longer he went away., There
was still a gap between the two. They
did not feel easy in each other's pres
ence. Eric had not spoken of the first
meeting they had, and Stuart, while
feeling differently about it, had not ap
proached the subject.
He told Louise of his invitation to 1
speak to the men at the park and went
out after a little while, intending to go
up on one of the hills and think for
himself. But as he drove out into the
road he changed his mind and. went
down into the town and up into-Dr.
.; Saxon's office- He thought he would
ask his advice in the matter.
The doctor was alone, which was a
rare circumstance with him. He greet
ed Stuart with the familiarity which .
came from a lifelong acquaintance..-'
"Well, you-aristocrat, are you going
Co trample on the feelings of the .poor
downtrodden masses much longer?
Are you. going to withhold from them
their rightful dues?"
"Doctor, "I am going to -speak to the
men at the park this noon." '
. "Are you? Well, give "em a dose
that'll put 'cm on the sick list for a
month. They're the most ungrateful,
. obstinate, pigheaded, senseless .crowd
( of human animal? I ever saw. I've
made up "my" liiiu'd. S'iuart; not to do
another thing for 'cm. I'm not in tho
pay of the companies any more, am L,
since this strike set in?"
"Xo, I suppose not that is, the con
tract the mines made with you is good
only while the mines are in operation.".
"Just. so. Well, here these wild Cor'
nishmen expect me to doctor 'em just ;
the same whether I am getting any
thing for it or not. I have made un
my mind that I won't do it any Ion
ger." - .. ' .
Just then there were a sound of steps
outside and a shuffled noise, followed
by a thump on the door that might
have been made by the thick end of a
club. ' . - '
"Come in!" . shcuted the ' doctor.
"Here's one ot 'em now," he said to
Stuart in a low tone. "Watch me deal
With him." " :
The door opened, and in shambled a
faan of enormous build. He had a great
mass of tangled yellow hair on his
head, and his beard was of the same
color.. He was fully-:6 feet. i inches in
height and had astonishingly-long arms
and large feet. Stuart sat back in the
window seat looking on, and, although
he was running over in his mind what
he would say to the.men, he could not
help smiling at the scene that followed..-
"I come to fill the bottle, doctor," was
the 'quiet remark of the big miner. "
The doctor made no motion to take,
the bottle which the man pulled out of
his vest pocket and stood holding awk; '
wardly between his two hands. --y
: "You can move out of here with ypnei
bottle, Sanders. I'm not filling any?
bottles any more." -
"Since when?" asked Sanders slowly
"Since this strike, this nonsensicaU
foolish business of yours and the rests .
ot you. Do you think' I'm going to "got
to all the expense of keeping up my:
drugs and medicines and sew you fel
lows up and fill you up with costly,
preparations while I'm not getting any-r
thing from the companies? - So get nt
with your bottle;" -...
Sanders without a word backed -to,
ward the' door.i The doctor r wheeled!
around toward his desk and began to -hum
a tune. Just as the miner laid
lils hand on the doorknob the doctor'
turned his head and ehouted, A'What
was in the bottle, anyway?" , ."
"Cod liver oil," replied Sanders,
scratching his head and slowly turning
the doorknob. . ...... ... . ... f
I tTo be Continued.! .
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