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THE BEAVER HERALD. BEAVER, OKLAHOMA
The Real Man
By FRANCIS LYNDE
J. MONTAGUE SMITH, LATE OF LAWRENCEVILLE, DISCOV
ERS THAT AS "JOHN SMITH," A CONSTRUCTION CAMP
WORKER, HE CAN'T CONCEAL HIS PAST LIFE
SynopsU J. Montnguo Smith, cnshler of the Lnwrencevlllc Hunk
nnd Trust compnny, bnchclor society lender engaged to mnrry Vcrdn
lllchlnnder, heiress, Is wrongfully accused of dishonesty by Wutrous
Dunham, his employer, nnd urged to bo a scnpi-gonl for the crooked
accuser. Smith strikes Dunhnm, lenves him for dend nnd flees the
Btnte. lie turns up n, tramp some time lutcr nt nn Irrigation dnm con
struction enmp Id the Itocky mountains nnd ns John Smith gets n rough
CHAPTER IV Continued.
"I'm nfrnld he'd hnvu to loosen up
on his! record a llttlo before wo could
bring 5dm In here. Bndly ns wo'ro
needing n money mnn, we enn hnrdly
afford to put n 'John Smith' Into the
addlcr-nt- least not without knowing
what Ids other name used to be."
"No; of -courso not. I guess, nftr
all, he's only a 'Inmo duck,' like n good
many of tho rest of them. Day before
yesterday, Burdcll, tho deputy sheriff,
was out at the camp looking tho gangs
over for the fellow who broke Into
JLannlgnn's place Inst Saturday night.
When 'ho enmo Into tho office Smith
was busy with on. estimate, nnd Bur-
doll went up nnd touched him on the
shoulder, Just to let him know thnl It
wis time to wnke up. Suffering cats I
It took three of us to keep him from
breaking Ilurdcll In two nnd throwing
him out of the window I"
"That looks rather bad," wns the
president's comment. Col. Dexter Bald
win hnd been the first regularly elect
ed sheriff of Tlmnnyonl county In the
early dnys nnd ho knew the symptoms.
"Wns Burdcll weorlns his star where
Jt could be seen?"
The engineer nodded. '
"Whnt oxplnnntlon did Smith make?"
"Oh, he npologlzed like n gentleman,
and said ho wns subject to little nerv
ous attacks like that when nnybody
touched him unexpectedly. Ho took
Burdcll over to Pete Slrom's shack sa
loon and bought him n drinV
After some little bargaining, the
dam slto nnd theiverflow land for the
reservoir lake had been secured, nnd
the work wns begun. Out of n clenr
ky, however, came trouble nnd hnrnss
ment. Allen holders of,vdnIng claim's
in mo reservoir, nrcn turnod.ja. nnd I v 'J r,
demanded dnm.ge. Somrf-fewomt11"
Hienurrs u-nn unrt mnm rtiiitMtttfuH i .-.-
quitclaims chnnged their minds nnd
sued for relief, nnd nfter the work wns
well unJr wny It appeared that there
wns n cloud on tho tltlo of tho dnm site
Itself, AH of these clashlngs .wero car
ried Into court, and tho rancher pro
moters found themselves confronting
Invlilblo enemies nnd obstacle-raisers
at every turn.
Tho legni "fight, ni they soon found
out, cost much money In every phase
"i Hi mill now. wilen tun ilnm wns
out reference to mountnin ranges or
other natural barriers." -
"Well, ns I sny, one corner of the Es-
cnlnnto reaches over tho Hophrno nnd
out Into tho pnrk, covering about eight
or ten square tulles of thu territory
Just beyond in on our side of tho river.
Stnrbuck told mo yesterday that n big
Eastern colonlzntlon company hnd got
a bill through congress nlfenntllig that
The chief of construction hounded
out of IiIh chair nnd begnn to walk the
floor. "By George I" he Mild; nnd
ngtiln: "By Ceorgc! That's what
we're ui ngnlnst, colonel J Where will
those fellows get the wnter for their
lnnd? There Is no site for it dnm lower
down than ours, and, nnywny, that lnnd
lies too high to be watered by nny
thing but n high-line ditch I"
"Nice little brnco gnme, Isn't It?"
growled Baldwin. "If we hadn't been
n lot of hayseed nmatettrR. we might
hnvc found out long ngo that; someone
wns running In n cold deck on us.
Whnt's your notion? Arc we done up,
world without end?" '
Williams' laugh wns grim.
"Whnt wo need, colonel, is to go out
ran the street nnd yell for n doctor," he
fcnid. "It's beginning to look as If we
hnd acquired n pretty bnd case of ma
Baldwin rnn his fingers through his
hnlr nnd admitted fiat he hnd lost his
senso of humor.
"This Eastern crowd Is trying to
freeze us out, to get our dnm nnd reser
voir nnd ditch rights for their Escn-
Innte scheme. When they do, they'll
turn around and sell. us. water nt fifty
nn 'filch? " dr'fldtherhtngllkb
"l Auppose byjthattxnu mean ,t?wt
"Whnt breaks tny heart Is that we
haven't been nblo to surround the sure
cno'tgh fnct while there was still time
to do something," lnmented the ex
reclamation man. "The first thing wo
know, Stnnton will own a mnjorlty of
tho stock nnd be voting us nil out of
n Job. You'll have to come nround to
my suggestion, nfter nil, nnd ndvertlso
for a doctor." It was snld of the chief
of const i net Ion that he would have
Jokr.d on his death-bed. and, ns n fol-
innrmi. .... .i. ... ..... lower ior mo joko, lie aiKlea : "Wliy
; Z:i' -.1 smith . and give him
Ing them in the fnce. There wns no
disguising tho fnct that n crisis was
approaching, n financial crisis which
no one uraong tho nmntuur promoters
was big enough to cbpo with.
"We've got to go in deeper, colonel;
thero is nothing else to do," wns the
engineer's summing up of tho mntter nt
tho closo of the conference. "The snow
Is melting pretty rapidly on tho rnngo
now, nnd when wo gel. tho Juno rlso
we'll stnnd to lose everything we have
If we enn't keep every wheel turning
to get rcudy for the high water."
Baldwin wns holding his clear be-
tween his fingers nnd scowling nt It ns
the timekeeper, says he's goWto ge Thn ". ' "T "T .'?R
n mcennhono so he can rive due nnti lt ltM,i ,nortnI,y "'" ''
In ndvanco when he wants to bnll '' Assessments on tho stock.
Tho colonel pulled out n drawer In
tho desk, found his box of diplomatic
cigars nnd -posscd it to the engineer,
aylng: "Light up n sure-enough good
one, and till tno what you think Smith
3ms been doing buck yonder In tho
Williams took the clgnr but he shied
at the conundrum.
"Ask rao something ensy," he snld,
:Tvo stacked up n few guese. He's
from the mlddlo West ns tho Bible
snys, his 'speech betrnycth' him nnd
bo's hnd n good Job of some kind ; tho
kind thnt required him to keep nbrenst
of things. If there's anything In looks,
lyou'd sny ho wasn't n thief or nn cm
ibezzler, nnd yet It's pretty nppnrent
ithnt bo's been used to hnndllng money
in chunks nnd making it work for Its
living. I'vo put It up thnt there's n
woninn in It. Perhaps tho other fel
low got In his way, or came up behind
him and touched him unexpectedly, or
something of thnt sort. Anyway, I'm
not going to believe he's a crooked
crook until I hnve to."
Colonel Bnldwln helped himself to
one of his own clgnrs, and tho tnllc
wcjt back to business. In the Irr
igation project, Williams was n stow
.holder as well ns chief of construction,
nnd Baldwin hnd more than once
Ifound him n safo adviser. There was
need for counsel. The Tlmnnyonl
Ditch company was In n rather hazard
ous condition finnnclnlly, nnd the' presl
Went nnd Williams rarely met without
icomlng sooner or Inter to n threshing
.out of the situation.
The difficulties were thoe which ore
.apt to confront n small and local enter
prise when it is 60 unfortunate as to
;get In the way of Inrgor undertakings.
Colonel Bnldwln, nnd a group, of his
(neighbors on the north sldo of tho
river, were reformed cnttlemcn nnd
ihorse breeders. Instead of drifting
'.farther west in advance of the incom
ing tide of population following the
'coming of the rnllrond, they had
nvalled themselves of their homestead
rights nnd hnd tnken up much of tho
jrrass lnnd In tho favorable valleys, Ir
rigating It nt first with water tnken
out of tho river In private or neighbor
Later on enmo tho sheep-feeding
period, nnd nfter that tho utilization
of larger crop-raising nrens. The small
pitches proving inadequate for these,
Colonel Baldwin had formed n stock
ompnny nmong his neighbors In tho
jrrass lands nnd his friends In Brewster
ifor the building of n substantial dnm
In tho enstern hills. Tho project hnd
ecmP(l simple enough In the beginning,
-'he stock wns sold for cash nnd each
stockholder Mould be n participating
mer of the wnter. Williams, who hnd
been a United States reclamation man
before he enmo to the Tlmnnyonl. had
nirde rnreful estimates, and tho stock
-subscription provided money enough
xa cover the cost of the dam and tho
csjIii ditch ''
mean?" he snld. "I'm afraid our crowd
won't stnnd for thnt. A cood nnrt of It
Is ready to He down in tho harness
"How about n bond issue?" asked
"What do we, or nny of ns, knovv
about bond Issues? Why, wo knew'
barely enough about tho business nt
the stnrt to chip In together and buy us
n charter nnd go to work on n plan a
little bit bigger thnn tho neighborhood
ditch Iden. You couldn't flont bonds in
Tlmnnyonl Pnrk, and we're notio of us
foxy enough to go Enst and flont ein."
"I guefcs Hint's right, too," admitted
Williams. "Besides, with the stock
gono ofT the way It has. It would take
n mighty flne-hnlrcd financial sharp to
"What's thnt?" demanded tho presi
dent. "Who's been selling nny stock?"
"Buck Gardner, for one; nnd thnt
mnn Boiling, up nt tho bend of Little
creek, for nnother. Mnxwell, the roll
road superintendent, (old mo hbout It,
nnd he snys that tho price offered, and
nccepted, was thirty-nine."
"Dm! burn a cus with a yellow
strenk In hlnil" rasped tho Missouri
colonel. "We hnd a fair nnd squaro
agreement among ourselves thnt If nny
body got scared he was to give tho rest
of us a chnnce to buy him out. Who
bought from these welshers?"
"Maxwell didn't know that. He said
It wns done th-- Eh Klnzlo's bank.
From whnt I'vo heard on the outside,
I'm Inclined to suspect that Crawford
Stnnton was the buyer."
"Stnnton, the real-cstato man?"
Again the president stnred tliomrlit.
fully nt the glowing end of bis cigar.
"There's nnother of tho confounded
mysteries," hq growled. "Who Is Craw
ford Stnnton, nnd whnt Is ho hero for?
I know whnt ho advertises,- but- every
body In Brewster knows thnt ho hasn't
mado a living dollar in real estate
since he enmo here Inst summer. Wil
liams, do you know, I'm beginning to
suspect thnt theroMs a-mighty 'big
nigger In our llttlo wood pile?"
'Ton menn that all theso stubborn
holdups have been bought nnd paid
for? You'll remember thnt is whnt
Billy Stnrbuck tried to tell us when
the first of tho missing mining-claim
owners began to shout nt us."
"Stnrbuck has n long head, nnd what
he doesn't know about raining claims In
this part of the country wouldn't All a
very big book. I rpmember hq, snld
there had never been auy prospecting
done, In tho upper Tlnianyonl gulches,
and now you'd think half the. pcoplo In
tho United States hnd been "nosing
nround Up thero with n pick and shovel
nt cno time or nnother. But it was n
thing thnt Stnrbuck (old mo no longer
ngo thnn yestcrdny that set- rao to
thinking," Bnldwln went on. "As you
know, tho old Escolnnto Spanish grant
corners oyer in the western nnrt of this
par, vynen tne old grants were made.
"You don't rcnlly menn thnt, Wil
liams, do yon?" growled the colonel.
"No. I didn't moan It when I snld It,"
wns the engineer's mlmlssion; "I wns
only trying to get n rise out of you. But
renlly, colonel, cm second thought, I
don't know but It Is worth considering.
As I soy, Smith seems to know the
snld, since he hnd fougM threu pitched
battles with ni many of the crimp bul
lies, and hod In each of them proved
himself n man of his hands who could
not only tnko punishment, but could
hammer an opponent swiftly nnd neat
ly Into nny desired Mnle nf subjection
"Come In hern mid sit down; I wnnt
to tnlk to you." wns tho way Wllllnnw
began It; nnd nfter Smith hnd found
n chair the chief went on: "Sny, Smith,
you're tx good n mini for anything I've
got for you here. Hnven't you realized
Smith pulled n memorandum book
froni his hip pocket and rnn his eye
over the prlvnte record he had been
"I've shown you how to effect' n few
little Mivlngs which totnl up something
like 15 per cent of your cost of produc
tion nnd operation," he jld. "Don't
you think I'm cnrnlnc y wages?"
"That's nil right; I've been keeping
tab, too, nnd I nov- whnt you're do
ing. But you me not beguiling to ertrn
whnt you ought to, either for yourself
r the company," put In the chief
shrewdly. And t!ien: "LooM up,
Smith, and tell mo something about
joursclf. Who nrc you, nnd where do
you come from, nrid whnt sort of a job
have you been holding do.vn?"
Smith's reply wns ns surprising ns It
wns scebiijb'ly Irrelevant.
"If you're not too busy, Mr. Williams,
I guesa you'd better mnue out ray time
cheek," he snld quietly.
Williams took a reflective hnlf-mln-uto
for consideration, turning the sud
den request over deliberately In his
mind, ns his bnblt wns.
DESERVES WELL OF HIS COUNTRY
"and Yell for a
money gnme from stnrt to fliilsh. What
Is better still, ho Is a fighter from tho
word go wlint you might call a Joyous
tignter. Hupposo you drive out tomor
row or next dny nnd pry Into him a
JTho rnncher-presldent had relapsed
onco more Into tho slough of discour
agement "You nre merely grubbing for huud
holds, Bnrtley ns I wns a minute ago.
Wo are In n bad" row of stumps when
wo can slt'h'ere nnd' tnlk seriously
about roping down a young hobo nnd
putting him Into the financial harness.
Let's go nround to Frascatl's and eat
before you go back to camp. It's bread
The chief of construction said no
more about his Joking suggestion nt tho
moment, but when they wero walking
nround tlroVqunre to the Brewster Del
monlco's he went bnck to tho dropped
tubject In nil--seriousness, snylng:
"Just the same, I wish you could know
Smith and size him up ns I have. I
enn't help believing, some way, that
he's all to tho good."
CHAPTER V. ...
The Specialist. '
Though tho mntter of calling In an
expert doctor of finance to diagnose
tho nlarmlng symptoms In Tlmanyonl
ditch had been left Indeterminate In the
talk between Colonel Baldwin and him
self, Williams did not let it go entirely
by default. On tho day following the
Brewster office conferenco tho engineer
sent for Smith, who was "checking the
output of tlio crushers nt the' quarry,
nnd a Jlttlo Inter the "betterment" man
presented himself nt tho door of tho
corrugnted-lron shnck which served ns
a field offlco for the chief.
Williams looked tho cost-cutter over
as ha stood In tho doorway. Smith was
thriving and expanding handsomely In
the new environment. Ho hnd let his
benrd grow nnd It wns now long enough
to bo trimmed to, a point. Tho travel
broken clothes hnd been exchanged for
working khnkl, with lace-boots and leg
gings, nnd the campaign hat of tho en
gineers. Though ho had been less than
a month on the Job, ho was already be
glnnlng'to tan and toughen under the
open up oh-rour record' he nssumed,
"lou'vo guessed It," said the mnn
who hair sealed tho book of his pnst.
Agnln Wllllmns took a little time. It
wns discouraging to have his owji and
the colonel's prefigurlngs ns to Smith's
probnble stale nnd standing so prompt
"I suppose you know the plain infer
ence you're leaving, when you sny a.
thing like thnt?"
Smith made the sign of assent. "It
lenves you entirely nt liberty to finish
out the story to suit yourself,"' he ad
mitted, nddlng: "Tho bnck numbers
my back numbers nre my own, Mr.
Williams. I've kept n file of them, as
everybody does, but I don't havo to
produce It on request."
"Of course, there's nothing compul
sory about your producing It. But un
less you nrc whnt they cnll In this
country n 'crooked' crook, you are
stnndlng In your own light. You hnvc
such a staving good head for figures
nnd finances that It seems a pity for
you to be wasting It here on nn under
graduate's Job In cost-cutting. Any
young fellow Just out of a technical
school could do what you're doing In
tho wny of pnrlng down expenses."
The cost-cutter's smile was mildly
"Nobody seemed to be doing it be
fore I came," he offered.
"No," Williams -allowed, "that's the
fact. To tell the plain truth, we've had
bigger things to wrestle with; nnd we
bnye them yet, for thnt mntter enough
of them to go nil nround the Job twice
and tlo In a bow-knot."
"Finances?" queried Smith, feeling
some of the bnek-number Instincts stir
ring within him.
Tho chief engineer nodded; then he
looked up with a twinkle in his closely
set gray eyes. "If you'll tell me why
yon tried to kill Burdell the other dny,
mnybo I'll open up the record our
record for you."
This time tho cost-cutter's smile wnH
good-nnturedly derisive, nnd it Ignored
tho reference to Burdell,
"You don't havo to open up your
record for me; It's the talk of the
enmp. You people are undercapital
ized to" boll It down Into ono word.
Isn't that about the way it sizes up?"
"That Is tho way It has turned out;
though wo bad capital enough to begin
with. We've been bled to death by
Smith shook his head. ".Why haven't
you hired a first-class attorney, Mr.
"Wo've hnd the best we could find,
but the other fellows have beaten us
to It, cyery time, But tho legal end of
It hnsn't been tho whole thing or the
biggest part of It WhatTve nre need
ing most Is n man who knows n little
something mbout corporation fights nnd
high flnnnce." And nt this the engi
neer forgot the Smith disabilities, real
or Inferential, and went on to explain
in detail the pecullnr helplessness of
the Tlmanyonl company ns the antag
onist of the us yet unnamed land nnd
Kver since the wnr opened the
British admiralty has been more or
less continuously under the fire of
public criticism. If it wns accused
of being unduly aggressive In the enrly
stage of the war und taking risks that
w,ere not Justified by the results, It
hns latterly been Just as insistently
charged with too much Inactivity.
When the crime of Sarajevo was
committed there was one man In Eng
land who had an apt perception of Its
possible consequences before most peo
ple realized that great events were
ahead. That mnn wns Winston
Churchill, then first lord of tho ad
miralty. The British flot hnd been In homo
wntcrs for grent mnneuvcrs, and
Churchill, who hnd been an alarmist
concerning the Kuropenn outlook for
a long time before tho assassination
of the Austrian archduke, exceeded
his authority In his effort to prevent
the demobilization of the fleet nnd to get It on nn absolute wnr footing. He
provisioned the fleet foi wnr, made every disposition ns U he hnd known wnr
was nhcad and took tho personal responsibility. The event proved thnt he
was a better guesser than the government of which ho wns a part a far
better guesser than the British public, who until the last hour declined to
realize that wnr was Inevitable. ..,
ui.At,tiieUtac it. was not so well appreciated as It was later that Churchill's
liorehandedness possibly saved his country from n greater disaster, even perhaps
from an attempted German Invasion. Today, although Churchill wns forced
out of tho cabinet becnuse of the misfortunes of Antwerp and Gallipot!, the
British public is regarding him almost as the roan who saved Britain in the
first crisis of the wnr.
GREAT ITALIAN STATESMAN
i iWi: ramt -
lt - !
America, with her labor supply al
ready affected by the cutting off ot
Immigration from the European coun
tries nt wnr, must not look for a re
sumption of the flow of man power
from abroad for some time after the
end of hostilities, according to Fran
cesco Saverlo Nlttl, a member of the
Italian parliament, who visited this
country as a member of the Italian
Doctor Nlttl is the professor of
economics In the University of Naples
nnd vas a member of the Salandra
cabinet at the time Italy entered the
wnr. A8 a member of that cabinet he
created be labor councils throughout
Italy for the purpose of developing co
operation between labor nnd the gov
ernment. It was Ho who brought about
the state monopoly of life Insurance,
so far-as small policies are concerned,
nnd he had much to do with the ln
' dustrlnl mobilization of Ms cnuntrv nt
the outset of the wnr. Upon his arrival In the United States he told Secretary-
Wilson of the department of lnbor, nnd tho members of the Council of:
Nntionnl Defense, all of the dctnlls of the very successful Itnllnn methods
of getting the utmost mllltnry strength out of tho population without Impair
ing the Industrial energy in work essentlnl to the maintenance of the armlc
nnd civil populntlon.
" t -'js" J
HEAD OF ARMY SUPREME COURT
healthy outdoor work to roughen, ns
WfOI. Vila lfltn follnTP mnrtAM d.t Mia
they were ruled off on, the map, wljU- IjUwrcncevllle Cotillon club might have.
Some real epjrtunltlet come
to "John Smith," but the fear
of detection and capture worries
him deeply. Some big develop,
mentt are given In the next Installment
tTO BE CONTINUED.)
Servants at Hotta. '
A curious custom exists In the town
of Port of Spain, In the island of Trin
idad. Every year tho bervnnts. who
nre nil blnck, glye a grand ball for
their masters and mistresses. The
Princes building, a huge place where
all public" entertainments are held, Is
engaged, nnd everything Is dono In the
best style. Thero nre two hnlls for
dnncjng, one for tho servants and tho
other for their guests, both of which
nro beautifully decorated.
Tho best band In tho Island Is en
gaged, nnd the guests nro given a
champagpo supper. Etiquette Is very
strict and precedence rigidly observed
by the servants, tho governor's butler
and his lady going In before tho chief
Justice's groom, and so on. u
As provost mnrshnl general. Gen.
Enoch H. Crowder wns chnrged with
the responsibility of registering all
male persons In the United States nnd
Its territorial possessions between the
ages of twenty-one nnd thirty years.
Inclusive, who nro subject to mllltory
service under tho selective draft low.
General Crowder wns born In Mis
souri, April 11, 1850, nnd wns appoint
ed to tho military academy nt West
Point from that stnto September 1,
1877. Ho first served In the cnvnlry
and later attended the University of
Missouri, where ho received the de
gree of LL. B. In 18S0, nnd In 1005 wns
appointed major nnd nsslgned to tho
ornce of tho Judge ndvocnto general.
February IB, 1011, ho wns nppolnted
Judge ndvocnto general of the United
Stnter army. Upon tho recent out
break of hUtlllOes with Germany Gen.
Crowder wns nppolnted provost mnr
shr.l general. The Judge- advocate gen
eral's office Is the" supreme court of tho
1& -t v
The nt-npni.fi Intra .....
general court-mnrtlnl .hnvo to bo reviewed by this office before being sub
mitted to tho president for npprovnl, nnd the final findings of tho Judge adv-cote-rpnernl,
with his recommendations, nre submitted to the president of the
United States, who usually approves the recommendations. If n prisoner
wishes to nppenl from the' findings of tho court, his appeal hns to be made
to the Jtidgo ndvocnto general.
CHIEF OF BUREAU OF ORDNANCE
-. As chief of the burenu of ordnance.
Brig. Gen. WilllnmCrozler Is speclallj
charged with the duty of procuring, by
purchase or" manufacture, and dis
tributing tho necessnry ordnance and
ordnance stores-or the great armlet
which this country will send to tin
Europeon theater of war.
In tho past tho nnnual expendi
tures of this Bureau have been n few
millions of dollars. With Cie United
Stntes entering the world wnr these
expenditures took a sudden bound past
the bllllon-dollar mark for the regular
army, Nntionnl Guard and the firrt
Increment of draft of COO.000 men.
General Crozter and his assistants
made a survey 'of tho munition plnnt
rannufncturlng supplies for the other
warring nations, Tho fnct was devel
oped thnt with n few minor chnne.es
tho Enfield (British) service rlfl.
could bo adopted to uso tho Spring-
of the country have large stores of thi latter' o , nd 'Z Tell ZsfTill
of iM ,n S the ""fl" of wnr- tfe recommended 'the adopUo
of the French type of gun. which recommendation was ar-proved'er the tee
ratarjt war and another difficulty was overcome. 8",rove-u.W Uie tec-