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tm, If Ibi wrzzz,. CwiUM, l9tT.l9M.by StoWMt U«u4 Wkite •srdly had Orde the opportunity to lock about at the program making, however, before he hwird his name •booted from the hank. Looking up, awitfiaa Jw aaw the notooAcook iphwlsd. Me thumb an the Hammer. a frantic dlab towel at blm. nothing could induce the cook to at tempt the logs. "What la It. Charlie?" asked Orde, leaping ashore and stamping tbe loose water from bla boots. "It's all off." confided tbe cook pes •ftnlHtlcally. "It's no good. He'a stop ped ua now." "What's off? Wbo'a atopped what IT "Reed. He'a drur tbe men from tbe 4am with a shotgun. We might as well quit." "Shotgun, hey!" exclaimed Orde. "Well, the old son of a gun!" He thought ti moment, tils lips puckered •a though to whistle then, as usual, he laughed amusedly. "Let's go take look at tbe army," said he. He awung away at a round pace, followed rather brenthleasly by the cook. Orde found the center of the dam waa occupied by Reed, bla plug hat (Mater than ever, his coattnlls and lease trousers flapping at bis every movement. Over IiIh Hhotilder he car- long percussion lock shotgun, along tbe (tank sat tbe river watching him In silence. "What's the matter?" Inquired Orde, approaching. "If tbe law don't protect me I'll pro tect m.vself," ftecd proclaimed. "1 girt ye fair warning." "But surely," xnld Orde. "we have a tight to run our logs through, lt'a an open river." "And her-ye been runnln' your loga through?" cried the old man excitedly. "He* ye? First off ye begin to tear down my dam, and then when tbe river begins S'-onrln' and a-ragiu' through then you tamper with ruy im pMTtBWBli furthermore, a-loweriu' the gate and otherwise a-modifyiti' my atrvctare." _$f4a atepped forward. Immediately wheeled, bla thumb on the ham* •All rtght old spirit of '70." replied Of*. "•Don't ahoot I'll come down." BtWalked back to the waiting row. ••••rely." •poke up Newmark. "what ever the atatui of tbe damage suits, ypt have the legal right to run your rolled a qulazical eye In bia dl- •far-fBct-ty eomct, aan." be drawl- •fc "tart we're engaged la tbe aynpitioi of getting out logs. at ataam up happy By tbe Ilia the law waa all adjust tnl and a (he water'd be down. game yoo get out loga first and about law afterward." •bout legal damages?" lnalat •ftKewmark. damages!" scoffed Orde. "Le damagesl Why, we count legal aa part of our regular ex like potatoes." walked to the edge of the dam looking down current. Then to the grimly ailent river- be commanded briefly, "get itIh and come along." the way peat the mill to the mo«. #own two toga fairly big and "•fcy that old mag," he order tbem end on—no. pointing g*B 'em about ten foot George, drive a con- aiifeh aide of them to hold Kow. ran down a cou IdlMifft and pile them acroaa ./•Ha on to the etreain, of ipH *em «p. That'a the tick- baaeed more legs against r» and an old atull Ow feted pier la a Orde, »d fctt By Stewart Edward White In etder ftt ffctee fwff «t««e of the water power developed by his datn old man Reed had built I)Is mill nearly at a level with the stream. Now the river, barking up, rapidly overflowed tbls flat. As the Jam tightened by Its own weight the wuter fairly Jumped from the lowest floor of the inlll to the one above. In less than flve minute* tbe old man dew-ended on the group. "What's the matter here?" be de manded. "Matter?" Inquired Orde easily. "Qh, nothing much—Just a little Jam." "But It's flooding my mill." "I'm not Interested." "I've a lot of grain upatalra. It'll lie ruined. You miserable blackguard!" Reed frantically disappeared, return ing hearing an antiquated pike (Mile, and single handed attacked the Jam. AstonlHhtnent and delight hold tbe rlvermen breathless for moment. Then a roar of laughter drowned even noise of the waters. Only Orde seemed to see the other aide. Wfth a few quick leaps he had gained the old man's side. "You can't break thla Jam," he said kindly. "Come ashore. You'll kill yourself!" "Break It!" pleaded Reed. "You're mining me. I've got all my money in that mill." "Well," said Orde. "we've got a lot of money in our logs too. Come," tak ing Reed gently by tlw arm. "there's no reason yoj and 1 shouldn't get along together all right. Maybe we're both a little hard headed. Let's talk It over." He led tbe old man aabore. At tbe end of ten mlnntes Orde cried cheer fully: "War's over, boys! Break that Jam!" The crew swarmed across the log barrier to a point above the ••enter pier. This they attacked with their pea vies, rolling the top logs off Into the current below. In less than no time they had torn quite a hole In the top layer. The river rushed through the opening. Im mediately the logs In the wltijrs were tumbled In from either wide. At first the men had to do all the work, but aoon the river Itself turned to their assistance. The going of the jam drnlwd the water from the lower floors of the mill. The up|Mr stories nnd the grain were still safe. ISy evening tire sluice gate bad been roughly provUl«-d with pole guides dowu which to slide to the bed of the river. The following morning saw the work going on as methodically as ever. By the end of the second day the pond was clear, and us Charlie's wanlgan was drifting toward the chute the first of Johnson's drive floated Into the bead of the jmhmI, HARLIE'S wanlgan. In case you do not happen to know what such a thing may be. was a scow about twenty feet long by teu wide. It waa very solidly cou atructiNl of hewn timbers, square at both ends, was inconceivably clumsy and weighed an unbelievable nuinlter of pounds. When loaded. It carried all the bed rolls, tents, provisions, cooking ntenslia, tools and a chest of tobacco, clotbes and other minor supplies. It waa managed by Charlie nnd his two cookees by means of pike poles and a loug sweep at either end. The packing began before the men had flnlahed breakfast. Shortly after daylight the wanigan. pushed strongly from shore |»y the pike poles, was drift ing toward the chute. The heavy scow threatened to turn aide on. and the aweepa at either end churned the wa ter frantically lu an endeavor to straighten her out. As Newmark looked at the smooth rim of the water sucking Into the thute he Itegan to wonder why be had come. The noble ship was tainted right at last and caught tbe ftMUtf wa ter bend on. "All right!" Charlie shouted^, Zeke and his mate took In the oars. The wanigan shot forward below the gate. Whack, bump, bang, and the scow atop|»ed so auddeuly that Us ur iuen plunged forward lu a miscellaneous heap- The water, backed up behind the atern. began to overflow Into the boat. Newmark aaw that the scow had ran her how on an obstruction and had been brought to a standstill aqnare beneath the sluice gate. The water was beginning to dtac and flow the entire la—Ml of the boat Various with lighter ar- ttelea afeot paat him and disappeared over the side. had aa Inspiration. tW The important matters, such aa the clothes bags, the rolls of bed- Imager supplies of .nmm l^d not yet cut pro- looae first, and "not a moment too noon. A rush of water forced them all to cling for their lives. Two or three rlvermen appeared at the edge of the chute. A moment later old man Reed ran up. carrying a rope. This, after some dilficulry, was made fast to the bow of the wanigan. A short rope from the top of the dam allowed the boat to be lifted free of tbe obstruction: a cable astern [ire vented the current from throwing her broadside to the rush of waters an other cable from the bow led her In the way she should go. Ten minutes later she was pulled ashore out of the eddy below, very much waterlogged and manned by a drenched and dis gruntled crew. "'IJout two ton of water lu them bed rolls and turkeys," grumbled Charlie. In a couple of hours' run the wani gan had overtaken and left far behind the rear of the drive. •WeH," an id Charlie at last, "we e e a k e camp. We'll la down In the Jam pretty soon." "Well," said Orde to New a k a e around the camp lire. "bow does i v e i v i n strike you?" "It Is extreme ly Interesting." replied New mark. "I.Ike to Join the wanigan crew "How doe* rfrer firio- permanentlv?" iny Hlrlke i/oit "N o. thanks," returned Newmark dryly. "Well. Htay with us as loug as you're having a good time," invited Orde heartily. "Thank you," Newmark acknowl edged this, "I believe 1 will." "That old mossback Reed was right on deck with his rope," remarked John ny Simms. "That was pretty decent of nlio." "Old skunk!" growled North. "lie lost us two days with his nntmw." "Oh, lie's a poor old devil." replied Orde easily. "That's the way the Lord made Mm. He cant help bow he's made." KWMARK followed the 1'iirty three days' work of the log drive with great interest. Grad ually the men got used to him and ceased to treat him as an outsider. The drive went down as far as Red ding in thirty-three days. The men worked fourteen and sixteen hours at time*. Several bud jams relieved the monotony. Problems of mechanics arose to be solved on the spot. Orde solved them by a rough and ready ru! of thumb, lie built stru Hires whi'-h would have furnished a winter's dis cussion to some committees. Just as the loggers had built through a rough country hundreds of miles of road better than railroad grade and smooth as a turnpike, the quarter of which would have occupied the average coun ty board of supervisors fr flve years. The drive was to lie delivered at the booms of Morrison and Daly nlove the city of Redding, a thriving place of about ,'5().(K)0 inhabitants .situated on a long rapids forty miles from Lake Michigan. The last camp was made six or eight miles above the mill. A good propor tion of the rlvermen. eager for the town, tramped down the road, to re turn early in the morning more or less drunk. One or two did not return. Among the revelers was the cook, Charlie, commonly called "the doctor." and he moped about disconsolately. In the evening lie looked so much like a chicken with the pip that Orde's at tention waa attracted. "Got that dark brown taste.Charlie?" he Inquired, with mock solicitude. "1 tell you I only had two glasses of beer!" cried Charlie, goaded. "Then why tbls Joyless demeanor?" begged Orde. Charlie grumbled fiercely inarticu late. hut Johnny Cliallan interposed with a chuckle of enjoyment. "He got 'bunked.' "Tell us!" erled Orde delightedly. "It was down at McNeill's place," explained Johnny Cballan. "They was a couple of sports there who throwed out three cards back up on the table and bet you couldn't pick the jack. Held up the Jack of htarU. They showed you where tbe Jack was before they throwed, and it surely looked like a picnic, but it wasn't." "Three card monte," from Be aMaed one of the D» *lide trader the flillll. laid the shaft and tap' tip handle j($- said Newmark. "How machr' naked Slinma. "Abont 900." replied the boy. Orde tamed on the dlagruntled cook. "And yon had fifty in your turkey fmplng with thla ontflt of hard cltl waar he cried. "Ton ought to ioae it* waa explaining to Mtpttlj how the game Mewaaart Mm Into An old deck was produced. Newmark cleared a cracker bo* Of drying socks and drew It to him. "These three are the cards." he said, speaking rapidly. "There is the Jack of hearts. I pass my hands—so. Pick the Jack, one of you." he challenged. "Any of yon," he urged. "Yon. North." The foreman lenned forward and rather hesitatingly laid a blunt fore finger on one of the card!?. It was the ten of spades. me try," inter posed Tiui Nolan. "J bet I can pick her." "Oh, yes, yon bet!" shrugged New mark. "And that's where the card sharps get you fellows every time." He deftly flipped the cards. Nolan, who had watched keenly. In dicated one without hesitation. Again It proved to be the ten of spades. Everybody was ambitious, and the young man, with inexhaustible pa Heme, threw out the cards, the cor ners of his mouth twitching sardonic ally at each wrong guess. At length he called a halt. "By this time I'd have had nil your money." he pointed out. "Now I'll pick the jack." He made Ids swift pusses and distributed the cards. Then, quite calmly, without disturbing the three on the cracker box. he held up the jack of hearts. An exclamation broke from the group. Nolan leaned forward and turn ed over the three on the board. They were the eight of diamonds and two tens of spades. "That's how Mie thing Is worked," announced Newmark. "Once In awhile you'll run against a straight game, but not often." "But you showed us the Jack every time before you throwed thetn!" pu* sh^l Johnny Kitnms. "Sleight of hand." explained New mark. "the simplest kind of palming," "Where'd you gel on to doing nil that, Newmark?" Inquired North. "You ain't a tin horn yourself?" Newmark laughed briefly. "Not I." said he. "I learned a lot of those tricks from a traveling magician In college Orde had sat well In the back ground. watching intently all that was going on. After tin" exclamations fol lowing the exposure had subsided, he spoke. "Roys." said he, "bow game are you to get Charlie's money bark—and then some?" "Try lis." returned big Tim. "This game's at McNeill's, and Mc Neill's Is a tough hole." warned Orde. "Maybe everything will go peaceful, and maybe not. And you boys that go with me have got to keep sober. There Isn't going to l»e any row unless I say so. and I'm not taking any con tract to handle a lot of drunken river hogs as well as go against a game." The thirty men of the rear crew signified their Intention to stay by the procession. You can't make those sharps dis gorge." counseled "Newmark. "At the first look of trouble they will light out. They have It all fixed. Force won't do you much good and may get some of you shot." "I'm not going to use force." denied Orde. "I'm just going to play their fame bet I can make It go." UT a down of the crew ap iieared lu the evening to go with Orde. They set out up the long reach of Water street, their steel calks biting deep into the pitted board walks. For nearly a mile the street was flanked solely by lumber yards, small mills and factories. Then came a strip of unimproved land, followed imme diately by the wooden, ramshackle structures of Hell's Half Mile. As yet the season w as too early for much joy along Hell's Half Mile. Orde's little crew and the forty or fifty men of the drive that had preceded him constituted the rank and tile at that moment in town. A little later, when all tin* drives on the river should be in and those of its tributaries and the men still lingering at the woods camps, at least 500 woods weary nieu would be turned loose. Then Hell's Half Mile would awaken lu earnest from its hibernation. The lights would blaze from day to day. From its open windows would blare the music, the cries of men and women, the shuf fle of feet, the noise of fighting, the shrieks of wild laughter, curses deep and frank and unashamed, songs bro ken and interrupted. Crews of men, arms locked, would surge up and down the narrow sidewalks, their little felt hats cocked one side, their heads back, their fearless eyes challenging the devil and all his works—and getting the challenge accepted. Girls would flit across the lit windows like shad ows before flames or stand in the door ways hailing the men jovially by name. Tonight, however, the street waa comparatively quiet. The aaloons were of modified illumination. The bar keepers were listlessly wiping the bars. Tbe "pretty waiter girls" gossiped with each other and yawned behind their hands. lu the middle of the third block Orde wheeled sharp to the left down a dark and dangerous looking alley. Another turn to the right brought blm into a very narrow street where stood a three story wooden structure into which led a high arched entrance. Tbls was McNeill's. A figure detached itself from the shadow. Orde uttered an exclama tion. "You here. Newmark?" he cried. "Yea," replied that young mau. "1 want to see this through." "With those clothes?" marveled Orde. "It's a wouder some of these thugs haven't held you up long ago. It's dangerous. You're likely to get alugged." "I can stand it if yon can," returned Newmark. McNeill's lower atory war given over entirely to drinking. The aecond route therefore McNeill's maintained a force of fighters. They were burly, sodden men, but strong in their ex i perience and their discipline. To be sure, they might not last quite as long as their antagonists could, but they always lasted plenty long euough. Sand bags and brass knuckles helped some and team work finished the job. Orde and his men entered the lower I hall as though sauntertng in without 1 definite aim. The river boss wandered about with the rest, a wide, good rm tured smile on his face. Presently he found himself at the table of the three card monte men. The rest of his party gravitated In his direction. "Do you think you could pick out the Jack when 1 throw these out like this?" asked the dealer. "Sure! She's that one." "Well," exclaimed the gambler, "dangi-d If you didn't! I bet you $•"» you can't do it again." Again Orde was pormitted to pick up the jack. "You've got the best eye that's been In this place since I got here," ex claimed the dealer. "Here, Dennis." said he to his partner. "You try him." Dennis obligingly took the enrds and lost. Ry this time the men, augmented by the idlers, had drawn close. Whether It was that the gamblers sensed the fact that Orde might be led to nr whether they were using 3= "Sun .vo.'x Unit out." hlin to draw the crowd into their game it would l»e ditiicult to say. but twice more they permitted him to win. Newmark plucked his sleeve. "You're $20 ahead," he muttered. "Quit it." "What limit do you put on this game anyway?" asked Orde. "llow much do you want to bet?" "Would you stand for $500?" asked Orde. The gambler pretended to deliberate, his cool, shifty eyes running over the group before him. A small door Im mediately behind him swung slowly ajar an Inch or "Got the fhoney?" he asked. "Have you?" countered Orde. The mau nodded. "I'll go you, bob," Mi id he. "Lay out your money." Orde counted out nine fifty-dollar bills and five tens. "All right," said the gambler, taking Up the cards. "Hold on!" cried Orde. "Where's yours?" "Oh, that's all right," the gambler reassured him. "I'm with the house. McNeill's credit is good." "I'm putting up my good money, and I expect to see good mouey put up In return," said rde. Finally the gamblers yielded and put up the money. The audience now consisted of the dozen of orde's friends, nearly twice as many rlvermen, eight hangers-on of the joint, probably fighters and "bouncers half a dozen professional gamblers and several waitresses. The four barkeepers still held their posi tions. The rlvermen were scattered back of Orde, although Orde's own friends had gathered at his shouMer. The mercenaries and gamblers had di vided and flanked the table at either side. Newmark. a growing wonder and disgust creeping Into his usually unexpressive face, recognized the stra tegic advantage of this arrangement. A determined push would separate the rivermeil from the gamblers long enough for the latter to disappear through the small door at the back. A gasp of anticipation went up as coolly the gambler made his passes. Orde planted his jjreat red fist on one of the cards. "That is the Jack!" «e cAed. "Oh, Is It sneered the dealer. "Well, turn It over and let's see." "No!" roared Orde. "You turn over the other two!" A low oath broke from the gambler, and his face contorted In a spasm. For a moment the situation was tense and threatening. The dealer, with a sweeping glance, again searched the faces of those before him. In that moment probably he made up his mind that in open scandal must be avoided. Force and broken bones, even murder, might be ail right enough under color of right. If Orde had turned up for a jack the card on which he mw held his fist and then had attempted to prove cheating a cry of robbery and a lively fight would have given opportunity for making way with the stakes. But McNeill's could not afford to be shown up be fore thirty Interested rlvermen as run ning an ope i and shut brace game. "lhat Isn't the way this game Is played." sal a the gambler. u8how up your jack." "It's the way I play lt,»* replied Orde sternly. "These gentlemen beard the bet." He reached over and dex terously flipped over the other two cards. "You see. neither of these is the Jack. This must be." float waa a theater and the third a dance balL Beneath the bnUding were atiftl viler depths. From thla baaement tbe rirerman and the ahaotf bar S**««lly the atio*. Now, yonr Write did «rt i assented the gambler "You win,* after n pause Orde, his fist still on the third card, began pocketing the stakes with the other haud. The gambler reached across the table. mt i*v:rrvn??T1 D. W. Roush & Son GENERAL CONTRACTORS Let us figure with you before build tag. We can save you money. Office at Harge8heiiner'ft£& PHILIP, 2 80UTH DAK •,:x Dec. 16, '09. 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