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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.
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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. - .

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