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THE CHARLEVOIX COUNTY HERALD, (East Jordan, Mich.) FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 1921
i The Wreckers FRANCIS LYNDB Copyright by CbM. Bcribncrt Eon (Continued) Ti was along abouf ten o'clock when the boss closed his desk with a bang and said we'd better saw It off for the night. I walked up-town with him and as we were passing the Bullard he turned In to ask the night clerk If Colllngwood was In his room. The answer was nix; that the young New Yorker hadn't been seen since dinner. On the way out we saw Mr. Van Brltt at the telegraph alcove. He was Handing in a Thick Bunch of Tele, grams for Transmission. handing In a thick bunch of telegrams for transmission, and he rather point edly turned the sheaf face down upon the marble slab when we came along, as much as to say "It's none of your i business what I'm doing." I It struck me as sort of curious that xlie should have so much wire corre spondence when he claimed to be tak ing a rest, and why he was so careful not to let us get a glimpse of what It was all about. But the whole thing was now so horribly muddled that a little mystery more or less on any body's part couldn't make much dif ference; and that was the thought I took to bed with me a little later after we reached our rooms in the railroad club. CHAPTER XVII The Beginning of the End However much the Hatch people may have wanted to avoid publicity regarding the change of ownership and policies In the Storage & Ware house reorganization, the prompt an nouncement of a general strike of the employees was enough to make every newspaper In the 6tate sit up and take notice. We had the Mountaineer at the breakfast-table In the club grill-room on the morning of the day when the strike was advertised to go Into effect. There was a news story, with big headlines in red Ink, and also an editorial. Cantrell didn't say anything against the railroad company. His jyi comments were those of an observer who wished to be straight-forward and fair to all concerned, but his edi torial did not spare the silly local stockholders whose swapping and sell ing had made the coup possible. Cantrell, himself, mild-eyed and look ing as If he'd got out of bed about three hours too" early, drifted Into the grill-room and took a seat at our table before we were through. "I wanted to be decent about It, Norcross," he said, forestalling any thing that the boss might be going to say about the editorial In the Moun taineer. "I'm trying to believe that the men higher up In your railroad jt councils haven't fathered this Hatch scheme of consolidation which Is more than some of the other pencil pushers will dofor you, I'm afraid. Thanks to your publicity measures, everybody believes that you still hold the whip-hand over the combination with your ground leases. I'm not ask ing what you propose to do; I am merely taking It for granted that you are going to stick to your policy, and hoping that you will come and tell me about it when you nre ready to talk I shall do Just that," the boss prom ised; and I guess he would have been glad to let the matter drop at this, Xonly Cantrell wouldn't. f T lrof ffirw cnml lionrs' rIppti thin m m .vofc - p. ' tr morning on the chance of catching you , here at table," the editor went on. MA little whisper leaked In over the , wires last night, or, rather, early this . morning, that set me to thinking. You haven't been having any trouble with your own employees lately, have you, "Not a bit In the world. Why?" j "There Is some little excitement, with the public taking a hand In It. There were Indignation meetings held 1 Inst night In n number of the towns along your lines, and resolutions were passed protesting against the action of the new combination In cutting wages, and asserting that public senti ment would be with the C. S. & W. employees If they nre forced to carry out their threat of striking at noon today. The whisper that I spoke of Intimated that the protest might ex tend to the railroad employees." "There's nothing In It," said the boss decisively. "I suppose you mean In the way of a sympathetic strike, and that Is entirely Improbable. I Imagine very few of the C. S. & W. employees belong to nny of the labor unions." "A strike on the railroad would hit you pretty hard Just now, wouldn't It?" Cantrell asked. Mr. Norcross dodged the question. "We're not going to have a strike," he averred; and since we had finished our breakfast, he made a business ex cuse and we slid out. When we reached the office we found Mr. Van Brltt on hand, reading the morning paper. "You don't get around as early as you might," was the little millionaire's comment when the boss walked In and opened up his desk. "I've been wait ing nearly a half-hour for you to show up. Seen the papers?" The boss nodded. "I don't mean the strike business; I mean the market quotations." "No; I didn't look at them." "They are Interesting. I S. L, Common went up another three points yesterday. It closed at 38 and a frac tion. You know what that means, Graham. It means that Uncle Breck enrldge and his crowd nre already Joyfully discounting your coming resig nation. Somebody has given them a wire tip that you are as good as down and out, and unless n miracle of some sort can be pulled off, I guess the tip Is a straight one. Strong ns he Is, Chadwlck can't carry you alone." "Drop It " snapped the boss Irritably. And then: "Have you come to tell me that you have reconsidered that fool letter you wrote me last night?" "Not in a million years," returned the escaped captive airily. "I am here this morning ns a paying patron of the rioneer Short Line. I want to hire a special train to go well, any where I please on your jerkwater rail road. The Eight-Fifteen will do, with Buck Chandler to run it." "Pshaw I take your own car and any crew you please. We nre not selling transportation to you." "Yes, you are; I'm going to pay for that train, and what's more, I want your written receipt for the money. I need It In my business. Then, If Chandler should happen to get gay and dump me Into the ditch somewhere, I can sue you for damages." "All right; if you will persist in joking with me It's going to cost you something. How far do you wnnt your train to run?" "Oh, I don't know; anywhere the notion prods me say to the west end and back, with as many stops ns I see fit to make, and perhaps a run over the branches." I saw the boss make a few figures on a pad under his hand. "It would cost anybody else, rough ly, something like five hundred dol lars. On account of your little Joke it's going to cost you u cold thou sand." Mr. Van Brltt took out his check book and a fountain pen and solemn ly made out the check. "Here you are," he said, flipping the check over to the boss' desk. "Now shell out that receipt, so that I'll have It to show if anybody wants to know how much you've gouged me. Since you're making the accommodation cost me a dollar a minute, how long have I got to wait?" Mr. Norcross said something that sounded like "d n," scribbled a mem orandum of the thousand-dollar pay ment on a sheet of the scratch-pad i and handed it over, saying: "The or- der for the car Includes my cook and porter, and something to eat; we'll throw these In with the trnnsporta-( tlon, and If the car Is ditched and . you sue for damages, we'll file a cross- Mil for hotel accommodations. Now go away and work off your little at tack of lunacy. I'm busy." The C. S. & W. strike as our wires told us went Into effect promptly on the stroke of noon, and a train from the west, arriving late In the after noon, brought Itlpley. "The conditions all along the line are almost revolutionary," was IUp ley's summing-up of the situation. "tJenerally speaking, the public Is not holding us responsible as yet, though of course there are croiikers who are saying that It Is entirely a railroad move, and predicting that we won't do anything to Interfere with the new graft." "Cantrell says the public sentiment Is altogether on the side of the C. S. & W. strikers," the boss put in. "It Is; angrily so. There Is hot talk of a boycott to be extended to everything sold or handled by the Hatch syndicate. I hope there won't be nny effort made to Introduce strike breakers. In the present state of af fairs that would mean arson and riot ing and bloody murder." "I wired you because I wanted to consult you once more about those ground leases, Illpley. Do you still think you can made them hold?" "If Hatch breaks the conditions, we'll give him the fight of his life," was the confident rejoinder. But that will mean a long contest In the courts. The Supreme court Is a full year behind Its docket, and the delay will Inevitably multiply your few .'croakers' "bjf "many" thousands. But that Isn't the worst of It. Hatch has a better hold on us than the law's delay." And to this third member of his staff Mr. Norcross told the 6tory of the political trap Into which Col llngwood and the New York stock jobbers had betrayed the railroad man agement. Ripley comment wns a little like Hornack's; less profane, perhaps, but also less hopeful. "Good Lord!" he ejaculated. "So that Is what Hatch has had up his sleeve? I don't know how you feel about It, but I should say that It is all over but the shouting. If the Dun ton crowd had been deliberately try ing to wreck the property, they couldn't have gone about It. In rfny surer way." "That Is the way It looked to me, Itlpley, at first ; but I've had a chance to sleep on it as you haven't. The gun that can't be spiked in some way has never yet been built. I have the names of the eleven men who were bribed. Hatch wns dating enough to give them to me. Holding the affi davits which they were foolish enough to -give him, Hatch can make them swear to anything he pleases. But if I could get those affidavits I'd go to these men separately and make each one tell me how much he had been paid by Bullock for his vote." "Well, what then?" "Then I should make every mother's son of them come across with the full amount of the bribe, on pain of an exposure which the dirtiest politician In this state couldn't afford to face. That would settle It. Hatch couldn't work the same game a second time." We were closing our desks to go to dinner when Fred May came In to say that a delegation of the pay-roll men was outside and wanting to have a word with the "Big Boss." Mr. Nor cross stopped with his desk curtain half drawn down. "What Is it, Fred?" he asked. "I don't know," said the Titts burgher. "I should call It a grievance committee, If It wasn't so big. And they don't seem to be mad about any thing. Bart Hosklns Is doing the talk ing for them." "Send them In," was the curt com mand, and a minute later the Inner office was about three-fourths filled up with a shuffling crowd of P. S. L. men. The chief looked the crowd over. There was a bunch of train and engine men, a squad from the shops, and a "You Men Don't Want to Let Your Sympathies Carry You Too Far." bigger one from the yards. Also, the wire service had turned out a gang of linemen and half a dozen operators. "Well, men, let's have It," said Mr. Norcross, not too sharply. "My din ner's getting cold." "We'll not be keepln' you above the hollow half of a minute, Mister Nor cross," said the big, bearded freight conductor who acted as spokesman. "About this C. S. & W. strike that went on today: we ain't got no kick comln' with you, n'r with the com pany, Mister Norcross, but It looks like It's up to us to do soroethln', and we didn't want to do It without hlttln' square out from the shoulder. There ain't nobody knows yet what's goln' to be done, but whatever It Is, we want you to know that It ain't done ng'Jnst you n'r the railroad company." The boss had handled wage earners too long not to be able to suspect what was In the wind. "You men don't want to let your sympathies carry you too far," he cautioned. "When you take up another fellow's quarrel you want to be pretty sure that you're not going to hit your friends In the scrap." Hosklns grinned understandlngly, and I guess the boss was a little puz zled by the nods and-winks that went around among the silent members of the delegation ; at least, I know I wns. "That's all right," Hosklns said. "Be In' the big boss, you've got to talk that way. But what I was almln' to say Is that there'll be a train-load 'r two of strike-breakers a-careerln' along here In a day 'r so, and we ain't flg urln' on lettln 'em get past Portal City, If that far." "That's up to you," said Mr. Nor cross brusquely. "If you start any thing In the way of a riot" "Excuse me. There ain't goln' to be no rlotln', und no company prop erty mashed up. Mr. Van Brltt, he" It wns right here that an odd thing happened. Con Corrlgan, a big two fisted freight engineer standing direct ly .behind Iloskinj, re&cAeJ n ud around the speaker's" neck and choked him so suddenly that Hosklns sentence ended In a gasping chuckle. When the garrotlng arm was withdrawn the con ductor looked around sort of foolishly and said : "I'm thinking that's about all we wanted to say, ain't It, boys?" and the deputation filed out as solemnly ns It had come In. I guess Mr. Norcross wasn't left wholly In the dark when the tramp ing footfalls of the committee died away In the corridor. That uninten tional mention of Mr. Van Brltt's name looked as If it might open up some more possibilities, though what they were I couldn't Imagine, and I don't believe the general manager could, either. After that, things rocked along pret ty easy until after dinner. Instead of going right back to the office from the club, Mr. Norcross drifted Into the smoking-room and filled a pipe. In the course of a few minutes, Major Kendrlck dropped In and pulled up a chair. I don't know what they talked about, but after a little while, when the boss got up to go, I heard him say something that gave the key to the most of what had gone before, I guess. "Have you seen or heard anything of Colllngwood since yesterday?" The good old major shook his head. "They're tellln' me that he's oveh In his rooms at the Bullard, diinkln' him self to death. If he wasn't altogetheh past redemption, suh, he would have had the decency to get out of town befo he turned loose all holts that way; he would, for a fact, Graham." At that, Mr. Norcross explained In Just a few words why Colllngwood hadn't gone why he couldn't go. Whereupon the" old Kentucklan looked graver tlxan ever. "That thah spells trouble, Graham. Hatch Is simply Invltln the unde' takeh. Howie Isn't what you'd call a dangerous man, but he Is totally Ir responsible, even when he's sobeh." "We ought to get him away from here," was the boss' decision. "He Is an added menace while he stays." I didn't hear what the major said to that, because little Rags, Mr. Per kins' office boy, had just come In with a note which he was asking me to give to Mr. Norcross. I did It; and after the note had been glanced at, the chief said, kind of bitterly, to the major: "You can never fall so far that you can't fall a little farther; have you ever remarked that, major?" And then he went on to explain: "Perkins, our Desert Division superintendent, says that the 'locals' of the various rail road labor unions have Just notified him of the unanimous passage of a strike vote the strike to go into ef fect at midnight." "A strike? on the railroad? Why, Graham, son, you don't mean It I "The men seem to mean It which Is much more to the purpose. They are striking In sympathy with the C. S. &. W. employees. I fancy that settles our little experiment In good railroading definitely, major. Dunton doesn't want a receivership, but he'll have to take one now. The bottom will drop out of the stock and break the market when this strike news gets on the wire, and that will end it. I wish to God there were some way In which I could save Mr. Chadwlck: he has trusted me, major, and I I've failed hlral" CHAPTER XVIII The Murder Madman I knew what we were up against when we headed down to the railroad lay-out, the chief and I, leaving the good old major thoughtfully puffing his cigar In the club smoking-room. With a strike due to be pulled off In a little more than three hours there were about a million things that would have to be Jerked around Into shape and propped up so that they could stand by themselves while the Shore Line was taking a vacation. And there was only a little handful of us In the headquarters to do the Jerking and propping. It was precisely In a crisis like this that the boss could shine. From the minute we hit the tremendous Job he wns all there, carrying the whole map of the Short Line in his head, think ing straight from the shoulder, and never missing a lick; and I don't be lieve anybody would ever have sus pected that he was a beaten man, pushed to the ropes In the final round with the grafters, his reputation as a successful railroad manager as good as gone, and his warm little love dream knocked sky-wlndlng forever and a day. Luckily, we found Fred May still at his desk, and he was promptly clamped to the telephone and told to get busy spreading the hurry call. In half an hour every relief operator we had In Portal City was in the wire-room, and the back-breaking Job of preparing a thousand miles of railroad for a sud den tie-up was In full swing. Mr. Perkins, as division superintendent, wns In touch with the local labor leaders. Persuading and insisting by turns, Mr. Norcross fought out the necessary compromises with the unions. All ordinary traffic would be suspended at midnight, but passenger trains en route were to be run through to our connecting line terminals east and west, live stock trains were to be laid out only where there were feed ing corrals, and perishable freight was to be taken to its destination wher ever that might be. The. strikers agreed to allow the mall trains to run without Interrup tion, with our promise that they would not carry passengers. Hosklns and his committee bucked a little at this, but got down when they were shown that tbjx could cot afford tQ Jtift ft clash with the Government. This ex ception adndtted, another followed, as a matter of course. If the mall trains were to be run, some of the telegraph operators would have .to remain on duty, at least to the extent of han dling train orders. With these generalities out of the way, we got down to details. "Fire alarm" wires were sent to the various cities and towns on the lines asking for Immediate information regarding food and fuel supplies, and the strike leaders were notified that, for sheer humanity's sake, they would have to permit the handling of provision trains In cases where they were ab solutely needed. By eleven o'clock the tangle was getting Itself pretty well straightened out. Some of the trains had already been abandoned, and the others were moving along to the agreed-upon des tinations. Klrgan had taken hold In the Portal City yard, and by putting on extra crews was getting the needful shifting and car sorting Into shape, and the Portal City employees, acting upon their own initiative, were picket ing the yard and company buildings to protect them from looters or fire-setters. Mr. Van Brltt's special, so the wires told us, was at Lesterburg, and It wns likely to stay there; and Mr. Van Brltt, himself, couldn't be reached. It was at half-past eleven that we got the first real yelp from somebody who was getting pinched. It came In the shape of a wire from the Strath cona night operator. A party of men "mine owners" the operator called them had Just heard of the Impend ing railroad tie-up. They had been meaning to come In on the regular night train, but that had been aban doned. So now they were offering all kinds of money for a special to bring them to Portal City. It was represented that there were millions at stake. Couldn't we do something? Mr. Norcross had kept nosklns and a few of the other local strike lead ers where he could get hold of them, and he put the request up to them as a matter that was now out of his hands. Would they allow him to run a one-car special from the gold camp to Portal City after midnight? It was for them to say. Hosklns and his accomplices went off to talk It over with some of the other men. When the big freight con ductor came back he was alone and was grinning good-naturedly. "We ain't almln' to make the com pany lose any good money that comes a-rolllng down the hill at It, Mister Norcross," he said. "Cinch these here Strathcona hurry-boys f r all you can get out o' them, and If you'll lend us the loan of the wires, we'll pass the word to let the special come on through." It was sure the funniest strike I ever saw or heard of, and I guess the boss thought so, too with all this good-natured bargaining back and forth; but there was nothing more said, and I carried the word to Mr. Perkins, directing him to have arrange ments made for the running of a one car special from Strathcona for the hurry folks. Tast that, things rocked along until the hands of the big standard-time clock In the dispatcher's room pointed to midnight. N'orrls, who was hold ing down the commercial wire, came over to the counter railing Just then with a New York message. I saw the boss' eyes flash and the little bunchy muscle-swellings of anger come and go on the edge of his Jaw as he read It, and then he handed It to me. "You may Indorse that 'No Answer' and file It when you go back to the office," he said shortly, and then he went on talking to Donohue, telling him how to handle the trains which were still out and moving to their tle- m. destinations. (TO BE CONTINUED.) NOT THE ONLY ONE There' Are Other East Jordan F'eople Similarly Situated. Can there be any stronger proot offered than the evidence of East Jordan residents? Alter you have read the following, quietly answer the question. Erie Farmer, railroad engineer, East Jordan, says: "Seven years ago I had an awful lame back. I had a eoro feeling right across the small of my back that stayed with me for days. I had stitches In my back when I wasn't able to more at all and my back was always lame. When 1 tiooped over I could hardly get up again. I surely was in a poor shape. Mornings I felt so tired I hardly hao. enough strength to get up. Black specks came before me and were 60 thick at times I couldn't see. Through the night I often had to get up and the secretion's were not only palnfut but always filled with dark sediment. 1 heard of Doan'a Kidney Pills ana got a few boxes at Gidley & Macv Drug Store and they fixed me up in food shape." $0c, at all dealers. Foster-Mllburn Co., Mfrs., Buffalo, N. Y. Cacophonous. The laugh at one's own expense can hardly be tailed n musical laugh. Boston Transcript. A GOOD SUMMER MEDICINE A summer bronchial cough causes broken sleep and lowers your vitality. Hay fever and asthma are other sea sonal afflictions. Foley's Honey and Tar Compound soothes and heals raw, inflamed membranes, stops tickling in throat and clears stuffy, wheezy breath ing. Contains no opiates. Hite's Drug Store. AUSTRIAN MUSIC SUFFERS BY WAR Large Royalties From United States Held Up. CUSTODIAN HOW HOLDS FEES Leo Fall and Franx Lehar Are Trying to Get Possession of Their Money Are Millionaires on Paper, but If Royalties Are Paid In Crowns at the Pre-war Rate It Will Mean Heavy Loss Works of Enemy Authors Now Unprotected. Austria Is an export country for dra matic literature, chiefly comic plays and musical comedies and for music la general. Before the war the success of certain types of plays of Viennese origin, especially operettas, depended entirely on the reception In the United States and England. Royalties of many thousands of dollars used to flow regu larly to Vienna from overseas. When the United States entered the war this was stopped and all royalties werej treated as property of alien enemies and put under the supervision of the public trustee. Since the conclusion ef peace several well-known Austrian au thorsamong them Leo Fall and Fran Lehar have repeatedly tried to get Into the possession of their meney, which Increased In value from day te day with the rising exchange rate of the dollar. Hitherto all these effort! appear to have failed. It has been reported here that Amer ica Intends to release the sequestered property of private persons of former ly hostile countries. But It has become doubtful whether they would derive much benefit from the realization of this promise, as It Is intended, accord ing to the latest news, to pay tit money not to the different owners 41 rect, but to the Austrian government which Is supposed to receive the sums in dollars and to hand them over t& the Interested parties In crowns at the pre-war rate of exchange. Millionaires In Paper Crowna Although a profitable transaction torn the state, this would be but a peer consolation for the ultimate receivers of the money, considering that the crown has today less than one one-hun dredth part of Its normal value. The patience of writers and composers, whs were once accustomed to Incomes in dollars, is therefore put to a hard proof. Theoretically they are molt" millionaires In crowns, but practically it is quite uncertain whether they trill ever see these millions. Still, they would soon forget this bad luck if they could find a sufficient com pensation In new connections with the United States. As soon as the war was over American theatrical managers and publishers agents made their appear ance In Vienna and purchased Austrian literary and musical works. It looked at first as If with the reopening of the gates of the dollar paradise a new period of prosperity had arrived fer popular authors.. But there arose as other difficulty. This time It was the copyright question. America takes the position that the copyright agreements were violated during the war by Oer many and Austria anl that they have) not yet been re-established. This means . that in the United States the works of German and Austrian autnscs are now unprotected. Trying to Protect Author. A big American publisher's firm has recently sent a circular letter to sev eral Austrian and German authors fi the foremost rank, In which It allude to this difficulty. The firm says that It has done what It could to bring about a favorable decision In America and that It has so far In vain Invited the German authors and their Austrian colleagues to lodge a Joint protest with their respective governments. The American government, the hrt ter proceeds, will not protect the Oer man and Austrlar works until Ameri can works are assured the same pro tectlon in these two countries. As things stand at present It Is dangerous for American publishers to risk much money for printing German or Aus trlan works, because in case of success any other firm could come out with ft copy of the edition. To remove this condition the firm in question declares the closest co-operation' of the Oer man and Austrian authors is Indis pensable. In the meantime an attempt Is belnf made to assure some of the most popu lar Austrian authors their royalties, whose payment has been prevented by the war. It is said that In the case of Lehar alone they amount tt about ( 30,000, or from 0,000,000 to paper crowns. PASTOR A WORKMAN Will Leave Preaching for a FaotDCy to Study Tollers, The Rev. Joseph Meyer, Jr pestar of the Budd Tark Christian chorea at Knnsas City, Mo., the other day arranged to lay aside his ministerial garb indefinitely and 'enter a Kansas City factory as a laborer In order that he might learn about men. The minister's resignation was placed In the bands of the congrega tion one night. He explained that he believed cloee association with men who toll physically would make hun a better pastor. - .