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HAMLIN. GARLAND
COPYRIGHT. 1905. BY HAMLIN GARLAND
"Boys, thia is on the q t. I mustn't
bo seen down hore auy more. This
neutral game is tip. They're going to
make war on you Independent opera*
tors, sure thing, and I can't hobnob with
vou. Oh. but they're wild np the street
"Thu neutral {/ame is np."
tonight! The report is that the sheriff
has started up Hm old stage road, and
the lads are crazy lo do 'em up. I've
got to go down the canyon and see."
?'It's Mothar false alarm. The sheriff
Isn't goin*' to march on this Camp, even
With 10.000 deputies."
'Anyhow, that's what they believe up
there, and they're hot against you.
This neutral dodge of yours won't
work. I can't do niueh for you. but
anything I can do to keep this little
borne undisturbed I'll do." Ho bowed
to Mrs. Kelly. "But, as you said to?
day, I can't maintain my men without
the help of the minors, and, besides,
boys. I believe in organised labor. La?
bor is an anny, nnd discipline is every?
thing."
"Why don't you maintain it. then?"
The smile dropped from bis face like
a mask, and a sinister, older man faced
them: "Giveroe time. What this camp
needs is | little Napoleon?the whiff of
grapeshot It needs a dictator, and I
may be able to lay my band on the
scepter yet."
"It's pure anarchy now," said Ray?
mond.
"It was till I entered the frame. I am
In control of the situation tonight.Tf
I could command sj'lu.tiuu to take care
of my men I'd bring order out ol' chaos
or bang about forty of these hoboes."
"If you'll make this camp law abid?
ing, .lack, you will be one of the great
men of the state. Bren the valley will
praise you. lt's up to you this minute
to show your power."
"Yes. but lhere are a whole lot of
other considerations. I can't afford to
play int:> the hands of those cursed,
one lunjr dudes. If it were a question
of men like you and Kelly here?but
lt isn't. The Bed Star company ls
made up of a set of pirates, who bat?
ten on labor like a lot of turkey buz?
zards. Tin have no regard for any
human lights"?
"Those howling dervishes up the
street are not concerned with rights,
not even their own."
Munro was in deadly earnest now.
"That's where you are wrong, old man.
In their blind, fool way they are light?
ing labor's battles."
"H's a queer mixup." said Kelly,
with n sijdi. "I have a hatred of them
dudes oneself. They want to run our
end of the county and their own too.
They despise a .workin'man. They
dodge Mm ax if he were n polecat."
Raymond rapped on the table. "Kow
wait a moment. You're confusing the
Jury. The immediate question is, 'How
can we keep that mob of deputies from
coming up here';' I'll tell you what I
will do. I will volunteer to go down
und meet the leaders and try to stop
their advance."
Kelly rose with a spring. "Go, you!
I believe you eau do the trick. Bar?
net! li your Mend. Tho sherill' is
minc-. I would go with you, bul I dare
not leave me linnie."
"Xever mind nie, Matt," said the
Bunill wife.
"You're both taking a big risk," re?
marked Munro. "They may arrest you
both."
"I have no fear," Kelly said, "but I
dare not go-just now."*
"I .will go if the executive committee
will authorize me to treat with the op?
position," <n>fliireil Kay mond.
"They will never do that, but Carter
may. You might take him. He's
scared nearly out of his skin, but he
mixht be willing to go. Come with me
and we will seo."
In the headquarters of the organ?
ization Raymond and Munro found
Carter and his staff loudly discussing
measures and answering and sending
messages. Dolan, the friendly report?
er, was there, and also the representa?
tive of the Boals Nugget They were
both deeply trusted, and their advice
was most carefully considered. Upon
seeing Raymond with Munro, Dolan
rushed forward. "What's the mean?
ing of this? Have the independents
come inV"
Munro said quietly: "Boys, I waut to
be alone with the president. Clear the
room. Sergeant Toole."
A tall young fellow in cowboy's dress
drew a big revolver and, using it ns a
sort of baton, impassively drove every
oue but the president, lils secretary
and Raymoud from the room.
Munro put Raymond's proposition
before Carter in a few words. Carter
turned white with fear.
"I can't do it. They'd kill me. They
hold me responsible for everything
that's been doue here. The governor
has wired me to meet him, but I dare
not do it. It's suicide to do lt."
"Then I wiR go alone," said Ray?
mond, in vast disgust. "Give me a
letter saying you would like to meet
and confer with the sheriff to prevent
bloodshed, and I will present it."
Carter was shaking with excitement
over the responsibility thrust upon
him. "1 don't know what to say."
"Ill toll you what to say." put in
Munro. "Tefl him we are fully organ?
ized and heavily armed, but that we
desire to avoid bloodshed and to that
end invite him and the president of the
Rod Star company to meet with us
and Raymond in the presence of the
governor of the state, in the hope of
arriving at a compromise."
. Raymond was .pleased. "That's the
first note of sense I have beard uttered
In this Avhole row."
When the letter was delivered to him
Munro said: "Now, Carter, keep mum
about this. If it works out, you can
have all the credit for it; if it fails, I'll
take the kicking."
The crowd in the outer room were
consumed with curiosity as the two
young men came out, but Munro said:
"Get the recruits all together. I'll be
back in half an. hour and put thom
through the paees.'J
Mount ing their horses, they set off
down Hie trail in Ibo thick falling
snow, guided only by the dim lights in
the valley.
'?It's a tough night to be out, Rob,
but you're less likely to be interfered
with on that account. *f you meet any
of my pickets the eOttTfcrslgn is 'con?
tact? porphyry?and slate.'"
CHAPTER XXL
RAYMOND'S descent of the can?
yon was singularly uneventful.
He met neither the invading
army nor the patrol. Happily
the storm lessened as he descended,
and by dawn he was. once more trot?
ting with the calm, close adhering seat
of the cowboy.
He had planned to go to a friend's
house in the lower town, but with the
coming of light and the blooming of
the rose of the morning he resolved to
ride directly to Barnett's. "My errand
ls an honorable ono." he argued. "Why
should I sneak into cover'/"
The housemaid win let him into the
house smiled upon him in a most
friendly fashion. "We're glad to see
you, sir. Shall I toll Mr. Barnett you
Ore hereV"
"I wish you would, and tell him I
wish no one but himself to know of
my presence."
Barnett was in bed, with a pot of
coffee and some toast on a stand by his
I side, reading the morning papers.
"Hello, old man." he called out when
| the door was shut. "I'm mighty glad
to soe you. but I don't know what to
do about you. What's tho row, any?
way? Have you come down to see
Ann?"
Raymond took a chair near the bed.
"Not exactly, but of course"?
"I understand, and I don't blame
you. She came back from up there
looking like a rose of Sharon. Of
course you haven't had breakfast.
Have some coffee. Touch that bell for
me and we'll have something heartier."
"How is Mrs. Barnett?"
"Never better. I've got her locked in
there." He pointed at an inner door. "I
had an idea you Avere coming with im?
portant news from the front. I don't
know about your being here; the peo?
ple have got you mixed up with Mun?
ro in this thing, and I've had the
devil's own job to convince thom other?
wise. I'm not a bit sure they won't
want to arrest you and hold you as a
hostage."
"That would be a nice job."
"Wouldn't it? But they've lost their
heads completely. You seo, these 'red
neckers' hit us on a weak spot?they
broke loose just as we were trying to
I float our biggest issue of stock and
( flattened out every deal till lt looks
like a square yard of nothing. Natural?
ly we're ail red headed as woodpeck?
ers, and we're going to open these
mines. We've got to open them or go
broke. By the way, when did you
I come to town?"
"This minute."
"Ride! In this storm!" He rose on
his elbow to survey him. "Great Scott,
luau, throw oft* those horrible boots and
put on some dry socks and some slip?
pers! Tumble the things out of fhat
bottom drawer; you'll find all kinds
there."
In the end be had his way, and so In
warm, dry footwear and a smoking
jacket the young miner ate his steak
and drank his coffee while his host
looked on and commented on his looks.
"You've taken a hand to the plow,
haven't you? That fist ls a wonder.
And you've really struck lt? Well, i'm
glad of it. But you want to watch
Curran. I'm told he's been to every
lawyer In town with your papers in the
attempt to break your grip on that
vein."
"Wre are not worrying," replied Ray?
mond.
When he had quite finished, Barnett
said, "Well, now, Rob, what about it?"
Raymond was equally direct. "I'm
hero to try to persuade you not to send
the sheriff and his men up the canyon."
"Whom do you represent, the union?"
"In a way, yes. I have a letter to
you, and I come on behalf of the Inde?
pendents, who don't want-to see blood?
shed. There'll be a horT-ible mixup,
Don, sure thing, unless your fellows are
headed off. Munro's cowboys and des?
peradoes will fight; don't make any
mistake about that."
"WTho is this mau Munro?"
Raymond looked at his friend stead?
ily. "Don, the time has come to tell
you something, but it's a secret!" His
voice ended in a rising inflection. "It
concerns only you and me?for the
present."
Barnett reached out his hand. "All
right, old man."
"Munro is really Jackson Hollenbeck.
We wore classmates and roommates
nt West Point. Do you remember read?
ing some eight or nine years ago of a
group of B.X cadets being dismissed for
hazing and insubordination? I don't
suppose you do, but I was one of that
gang. Jack was another. We weren't
so bad as we were represented, but
they fired us all the same. I lost all
track of Hollie, ns we called him then."
"So that's where'Munro gets his mili?
tary training, and lils real name is
Ilolh nbeck." He smiled slyly. "What's
yours?"
"Oh, mine is straight. I never tried
to conceal my identity. I'm Robert
Huston Raymond of Ohio, the man that
'swatted' his superior and got 'busted'
for it. Since then I've lived a com?
monplace life."
"What wns lt nil about? I never ask?
ed any questions before, but I'd like to
know all about it."
"That's about all of it. I was a rest?
less young cub and hated^ discipline,
but that's of no value. What is impor?
tant is this ?Jack Munro's military
training is being felt. Now, you
mustn't ask me a single question as to
conditions up there. I'm going back,
and I must be able to say to Jnck that
I wns faithful to my trust. If the
sheriff will, go back with me alone I
believe I can get Jack to deliver the
mon that blew up the mine. Then if
the Red Star people?you, In fact?will
deal with tlie men fairly I think the
whole situation will clear."
"I don't share: your optimism. Those
jackasses must be whipped before they
will yield a point. They'd kill you and
the sheriff both."
"1 don't think so. I know Jack will
protect us. He practically controls the
camp at this minute. I have the coun?
tersign and can pass the patrol at any
time today, and the sheriff, if he has
the nerve, can ride with me straight to
Jack's headquarters. Then I want you
I to meet some of the head men and ar
j range a new scale."
To this Barnett would not listen.
I "Once you admit that these men can
I dictate terms and where will their de?
mands stop?"
Raymond spoke with some heat.
"What I complain of is that you Red
Star people are Interfering with my
business. You have inflamed tho camp
till I may be obliged to shut down nt
any moment. You have been unrea?
sonable lu treating with your men. It
Isn't so much a question of wagea; lt's
a question of courtesy and decent re?
gard for your fellows. Mackay was no
man to make nu Issue of. He was, in
fact, a conceited ass, and you know lt.
Now. Barnett, you must 'back water'
hore. The camp is in a bad temper,
and you can't cure violence with vio?
lence."
"Well, I'll tell you what 111 do." said
Barnett on sudden impulse, moved by
Raymond's sincerity, "I'll call a moot?
ing hore of the sheriff, the mayor ami
one or two others^jind we'll talk ibis
over."
"All right, only you must keep my
presence hore a secret and bo mighty
careful not to put nie in a false posi?
tion."
"I'll take care of you." As he rose
he added: "You lie down for awhile
and rest while I collect my men."
Raymond followed dowly and rolled
into his delicious bed with a sigh of
deep pleasure.
When he awoke Don wns Rtnnding
over him smiling. "The connell is on.
Dress and come down to the library.
I was right about tho indignant citi?
zens; they wore all for arresting you.
They understand that you are a pal of
this man Munro, and I was obliged to
put forth all my influence to save
yon."
?
This did not npponl to Raymond's
sense of humor. "It's just that blind
sort of bucking at the wrong minute
that tangles filing-- up. Munro Is the
one regulative force up there, and yet
yon follows want to kill him of."
As Raymond stepped o\it into the
hall Ann met him. "Good morning,"
she said, and her fine hand closed
strongly on his. "Don has told me of
your mission. I hope you'll succeed."
She turned to Barnett. "Do you know
where Louis is?"
"No. Haven't you seen him this
morning?"
"No, and I'm afraid he has gone back
to Skytown. The hostler said he took his
pony and rode away about 8 o'clock."
Her anxiety for her brother showed
lu the otherwise clear serenity of her
eyes like a cloud in a summer sky.
"I am afraid to have bin; there when
you are away," she said to Raymond.
"Can you keep Louis out of it?"
"I think so."
"You must be sure or I will go back.
I could keep him out of lt to take care
of me. Is Mrs. Kelly afraid?"
"Not a bit. I tried to induce her to
come dowu here, but she refuses to
"I came here to tell you that you art
mUiakcn."
make any change in her life. Even if
the Invaders storm tho fort the Kelly
household is out of range."
"They milly have a fort, then?"
"I shouldn't have said fort. I meant
tho hill."
"You said fort."
"T omi iie-e as n mosso'icror of nonce.
not to betray military secrets," he re?
plied, vi itu a smile in his eyes. "And
I must be careful even with you."
"What do you hope to do?"
"I hope to persuade the authorities
hore not to send these deputies up the
canyon. I want to arrange an annis
tice-that is. a wnit of a couple of
weeks in which to moot and consider
wrtys and moans."
She checked herself. "You must go.
They are waiting for you below.' We
will see you at luncheon?"
"Yes, i may not start till dark to?
night."
'?You have my best wishes."
Ihe mon assembled in the library
were a grim lot. Mackay WSJ no loss
square jawed than Banker Moore, and
Hie squat coarse featured, scowling
sherill resembled a bulldog. Don Bar?
nett alone seemed int a part of the gen?
eral massing of prejudice and passion,
and yet he was one of the most pitiless
of thom all. The mayor, a large man
with a plump and smiling face, seemed
the only man likely to side with a
peace messenger.
After general introductions Raymond
took a seat and at Don's request reit?
erated his appeal for a stay of the ad
vancing hordes.
"Y'ou think they'll fight?" asked the
mayor.
"1 know they'll fight."
"How many mon does this man Mun
ro"
Raynioud raised a warning hand.
"Now, your honor and gentlemen. I am
hero merely as a peace envoy. I do not
intend lo utter one word which could
by any force be twisted into revealing
tho camp secrets, if i betrayed these
men my life wouldn't be worth a tooth?
pick. They would quite properly mob
rae."
The mayor smiled ns if it were all a
joke. "Quite right, Mr. Raymond. I
see tho propriety of your attitude."
"I don't." said Mackay. "Raymond
and Kelly base elected themselves into
onlookers. If they had taken prompt
action with us in this whole matter
trouble would have boen averted."
The mayor resumed his questions.
"Who sent you? Whom do you repre?
sent V"
"Munro sent me." *^
"Who is Munro?" ,
"He is the adviser of the president
of the union."
"He's the 'whole thing.' isn't he?"
asked tlie mayor.
"That I cannot answer. He has the
confidence of the committee."
"I don't suppose it will do any good
to ask about the buried dynamite and
the fortifications on the hill?'
"Ntnie whatever."
"Then what did you hope ro accom?
plish?"
Raymond fired a little. "I came here
to toll you that if you think you can
overawe this oanip with 1,000 mon or
2,000 mon you are mistaken. Since
this tremble bogan, hundreds of the
most reckless and dangerous charac?
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support of Hie minors. These recruits
are accustomed to tho sound of guns.
Furthermore, Rozle Itself?In fact, the
whole western end of ibo county is
tired of tho domination of the eastern
eud. and they will aid and abet the
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