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NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
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THE VALLEY of the GIANTS
CHAPTER XII. Continued.
'Two of Uic five coiincllmen ore for
nlc; two are honest men nricl one
Is an uncertain quantity. Tho innyor
Is a politician. I've known them nil
since boyhood, and If I dared come
out In the open, I think Hint even the
crooks have sentiment enough for
whnt the Cardigans stand for In this
roiinly to decline to hold me up."
'Then why not come out In the
open nnd save trotihle nnd expense?"
"I am not ready to hnve n Iqt of
notes called on me," Itryce replied
dryly. "Neither nm I desirous of hnv.
Inc (he Lnpunu Gninde Lumber com
puny Mart n riot In the redwood linn-
"Two of the Flva Councilman Are for
her market by cutting prices to n
point where I would have to sell my
lumber nt n loss In order to get hold
of. a llttlo rendy money. I tell you,
the man has me muter Ills tluynb. nud
the only way I can escape Is to slip
oit when ho Isn't looking.'
"Hnni-m-hil Slimy old beggur, Isn't
he? 1' dnro say he wouldn't hesitate
to buy tho city council to block you,
"I know he'll lie nnd steal. I dnre
uny he'd corrupt n public official."
Hack Ogllvy rose mid stretched him
self. "I'vo got my work cut out for
ipe, haven't I?" he declnred with n
yawn, "However, It'll be n light worth
while, nnd thnt nt least will make It
Bryco pressed the buw.cr on fils
desk, nnd n moment later Molrn en
tered. "Permit me, Molrn. to present
Mr. Ogllvy. Mr. Ogllvy, Miss Mcl'av
Nh." Tho Introduction having been
acknowledged by both parties, Hryco
.continued; "Mr, Ogllvy will have fre
quent need to Interview mo nt this of
fice, Molrn. but It Is our Jolut desire
''Hint hla visits hero shall remain n
(profound secret to everybody with tho
Tcoptlon of ourselves. To thnt end
lie will hereafter call at night, when
this portion of the town Is absolutely
deserted. You have an extra key to
the ofllce. Molrn. I wish you would
lve It to Mr. Ogllvy."
Molra Inclined her dark head and
withdrew. Mr. Buck Ogllvy gronned.
"(hul speed tho day when you can
come out frou; under nnd I'll bo per
mitted to cull during ofllce hours," ho
murmured. He picked up his hat nnd
withdraw, via the general nl1'e. Half
an hour later, Itryce looked out nnd
sn him drnped over the counter, en
jnged In nn hunted conversation with
Molra McTnvIsh. Beforo Ogllvy left,
he had mnnngpd to Impress Molrn with
a. sense of the unmitigated horror of
lielng n strnngor In a strnngo town,
forced to sit around hotel lobbies with
Jrummers ami other lost souls, nnd
drew from Molra the assurnnco that
It wasn't more distressing than to hnve
to sit nround a bonrdlng-houso night
after night watching old women tat
I This wus tho opening Buck Ogllvy
iad sparred for. Fixing Molra with
his bright bluo eyes, he grinned boldly
nud said: "Suppose, Miss McTuvlsh
wis start n league for tho dispersion of
gloom. You bo the president, and I'll
be the financial secretary."
''How would tho league operate?'
Molrn demanded cautiously.
"Well, It might begin by giving n
dinner to nil tho members, followed
by n llttlo motor-trip Into tho country
next Saturday nftcrnoon," lluck sug
Molra's Madonna glnnco appraiser
il in stendlly. "I hnven't known you
very long, Mr. Ogllvy," sho reminded
"Oh, Tin ensy to get acquainted
villi," he retorted lightly. "Besides,
jhyt I come well recommended?" Ho
pondered fV U moment. Then: "I'll
yoli ' what, Miss MeTavlsh. Supposo
piit It up to Hryco Cardigan. If
luitsnyfl It'h all right we'll pull off the
piirty. If lie says It's nil wrong, I'll
Xlout and drown myself rind fairer
wort Ibeu 1ms uo inuu :KiUe."
Author of "Cappy Ricks'
"I'll think It over," snld Molra. '
"By nil means. Never decide such
an important matter In a hurry. .Tust
tell me your homo telephone number,
nd I'll ring up nt seven this evening
for your decision."
Iteluetnntly Molrn gnve him the
umber. 8ho wns not at all prejudiced
against this carroty Btrnnger In fact,
she had a vague suspicion that ho was
sure cure for the blues, an aliment
which she suffered from all too fre
quently; nnd, moreover his voice, his
respectful mnnner, his alert eyes, nnd
his wonderful clothing were nil rnther
nl luring. The flutter of a great ad
vent lire was In Molra's iienrt nnd the
flush of n thousand roses In her cheeks
hen, line!; Ogllvy having nt length
departed, she went Into Bryce's private
ffk'e to gel his opinion as to the
propriety of nccctitlnc the Invitation.
Bryce listened to her gravely ns
with all the sweet Innocence of her
yenrs and unworthJiiess she lnld the
Ogllvy proposition before him.
"Hy nil means accept," he counselled
her. "Huck Ogllvy Is one of tho finest
entlemen you'll ever meet. I'll stake
my reputation on him. You'll find
hllu vastly nmuslng, Molrn. He'd
make Nlobo forget her" troubles, and
e does know how to order a dinner."
When Molra had left him, Bryce
wns roused from bitter Introspec
tions by the ringing of the telephone.
l'o his aninzeinent Shirley Sumner was
ailing til in!
"You're a wee bit surprised, aren't
you, Air. Cardigan?" she said tensingiy.
You're wondering why I have tele
phoned to you?"
"No, I hnven't hnd time. Tho sud-
lenness of It hns left me Inoro or less
dumb. Why did you ring up?"
"I wanted some ndvlce. Suppose
you wanted very', very much to know
what two people were talking nhout,
but found yourself In a position where
you couldn't eavesdrop. What would
"I wouldn't envesdrop," lie told her
severely. "That Isn't n nice thing to
do, nnd I didn't think you would con-
omplnte nuylhing that Isn't nice."
"Hut I have every moral, ethlcnl, and
financial right to be a party to that
conversation, only well "
"With you present there would be
no conversation Is thnt It?"
"Iflxnctly, Mr. Cardigan."
"And It Is of the utmost Importance
that you should know whnt Is said?"
"And you do not Intend to use your
knowledge of the conversation, when
gullied, for nn Illegal or unethical pur
"I do not. On the contrary, If 1 nm
nware of what Is being planned, 1 can
prevent others from doing something
Illegal and unethlcnl."
"In thnt event, Shirley, I should say
you are quite Justified In eavesdrop
ping." "But how enn I do It? I can't hide
In n closet nnd listen."
"Buy n dlctogrnpli and hnve It hid
den In the room where the conversn
tlon takes place. It will record every
word of It,"
"Where can 1 .buy one?"
"In San Francisco."
"Will yon telephone to your San
Francisco office nnd have them buy
"Jut Tell Me Your Homo Telephone
one for mo nnd ship It to you, together
with directions for using?"
"Shirley, this Is most extraordinary."
"I quite realize that. May I depend
upon you to obllgo mo In this matter?"
"Certainly, But why pick on nu of
nil jMirsons, to perforin such u mission
"I can trust you to forget that yoit
hnve performed It."
"Thank; you. I think you may safely
trust mo. And 1 shall nttend to the
"You uro, very kind. Mr. Cnrdlgan.
How Is your denr old father? Molrn
told mo some time ago that he was 111,"
"He's quite well again, thank you.
It's too bnd the circumstances nre
such that we, who started out to be
such agreeable friends, see so little of
each other, Shirley."
"Indeed, it Is. However, It's nil your
fnult. I linve told you once how you
cnu obvlnto that distressing situation.
But you're so stubborn, Mr. Cardigan."
"I haven't got to the point where I
like crawling on my hnnds and knees,"
bo flared back at her. "Even for your
sake, I decline to slmulute friendship
or tolerance for your uncle; hence I
must bo content to let matters stand
ns tliey are between us.''
She laughed lightly. "So you nre
Rtlll uncompromisingly belligerent
still after Uncle Seth's scalp?"
"Yes; and I think I'm going to get
It. I'm not fighting for myself alone,
but for n thousand dependents for n
principle for nn ancient sentiment
thnt was my father's and Is now mine.
You do not understand."
"I understand more than you give
mo credit for. and some day you'll
realize It. I understand Just enough
to make me feel sorry for you. I un
derstand whnt even my uncle doesn't
suspect nt present, and thnt Is that
ynur're the directing genius of the
Northern California ' Oregon railroad
nnd hiding behind your friend Ogllvy.
Now, llsjqn to me, Bryce Cnrdlgan:
You're never going to build that road.
Do you understand?"
Tho suddenness of her attack ninnz
ed hltn to such an extent thnt he did
not take the trouble to contradict her.
Instead ho blurted out, angrily and
defiantly: "I'll build thnt road If It
costs me my life If It costs me you.
Understand I I'm In this fight to win."
"You will not build that rond," she
"Becnuse 1 shall not permit you to.
I hnve some financial Interest In the
Lagunn Grande Lumber company, and
It Is not to that flnnnclal Interest that
you should build tho N. C. 0"
"How did you find out that I was
"Intuition. Then I accused you of
It, and you admitted It."
"I suppose you're going to tell your
uncle now." he retorted wltherlngly.
' On tho contrary, I nm not. If It
will comfort, you the least bit, you
fiave my word of honor thnt I shall
not reveal to my uncle tho Identity of
the man behind the N C. O. The fact
Is. both you and Uncle Selh annoy me
exceedingly. How lovely everything
would hnve been If you two hndn't
started this end nnd forced upon me
the tnsk of trying to be fair and Im
partial to you both. Forgive my
slang, but I'm going to hnnd you each
a poke soon."
"Shirley." he told her earnestly,
"listen carefully to what I am about to
say : I love you. I've loved you from
the day T first met you. I shall always
love you; and when I get nround to
It, I'm going to ask you to marry inc.
At present, however, thnt Is a right
I do not possess. However, tho day
I ncqulro the right I shnll exercise
"And when will thnt day be?" Very
softly, In awesome tones 1
"The dny 1 drive the last spike In
the N. O. O."
Fell a silence. Then; "I'm glad,
Bryce Cardigan, you're not n quitter.
(Jood-bye, good luck nnd don't forget
my errand." She hung up nnd sat at
the telephone for a moment, dimpled
chin In dimpled hnnd. "How I'd hate
you If I could handle you !" sho mur
mured. Following this exasperating but
Illuminating conversation with Shirley
Sumner over the telephone, Bryce
Cardigan was a distressed nnd badly
worried mnn. For nn hour he sat
slouched In his chair, chin on breast,
tho while he reviewed every angle
of the situation. He found It Impos
sible, however, to disassociate the busi
ness from the personnl nspects of his
relutlons with Shirley, and he recalled
thnt she hnd tho very best of reasons
for placing their relations on n busi
ness bnsls rather a sentlmentnl one.
For the present, however, it wns nil a
profound and disturbing mystery, and
after an hour of futile concentration
there came to Hryco the old childish
Impulse to go to his father with his
"Ho will be nblo to think without
hnvlng bis thoughts blotted out by a
woman's face." Hryco soliloquized.
He's like one of his own big redwood
trees; his hend Is always above the
Straightway Bryce left tit ofllce nnd
went home to the old house on the
knoll, John Curd I gun wns sitting on
the vcrnndn, and from n stand beside
hlni George Son Otter entertained him
with n phonograph selection "The
Suwnnee Itlver," sung by n mnlo quar
tette. He could not see, but with the
Intuition qf tho blind he knew.
"Whnt h It. son?" ho demnnded
gently as Bryce came up tho low steps.
"George, choko that contraption off."
Bryco took his father's hand. "I'm
In trouble, John Cardigan," ho said slm-
ply, "nnd I'm not big enough to handle
Tho leonine old tnnn smiled, and his
smile bnd nil the sweetness of n bene
diction. Ills boy was In trouble and
Coprlght by Peter D. Kjrns
had come to him. Good! Then he
would not fall hltn. "Sit down, son,
and tell the old mnn all about It. Be
gin at the beginning and let me have
all the angles of the nngle."
Bryce obeyed, nnd for the first time
John Cnrdlgan learned of his son's ac
quaintance witli Shirley Sumner and
tho fact that she had been present In
Pennington's woods the dny Bryce had
gone there to settle the score with
With the patlencr nnd gentleness of
n confessor John Cnrdlgab heard the
story now, nnd though Bryce gnve no
hint In words thnt his affections were
Involved in the light for Mie Cardigan
ncres yet did his father know If. for
he was a parent. And bis great heart
went out In sympathy for his boy.
"I understand, sonny, I understand.
This young lady Is only one ndilltlonal
reason why you must win. for of course
you understand she Is not Indifferent
"I do not know that she feels for me
nnythlng stronger tlinn a vagrant sym
pathy, dad, for while she U eternally
feminine, nevertheless she has a mas
culine way of looking at many things.
Her first' loynlty Is to her uncle: In
fact, she owes none to liie. And I dare
say he has given her some extremely
plausible reason why we should be
eliminated ; while I think she Is sorry
that It must be done, nevertheless. In
n mlstnkeu Impulse of self-protection
she Is likely to let him do it."
"Perhaps, perhaps. Kllmlnate the
girl, my boy. She's trying to piny fair
"Sit Down, Son, and Tell the Old Man
All About It."
to you and her relative. Let us con
centrate on Pennington." 1
"The entire situation hinges on that
Jump-crossing of his tracks on Water
"Hp doesn't know you plan to cross
thein, does he?"
"Then, lad, your Job Is to get your
crossing In before he finds out. Isn't
"Yes. but It's nn Impossible task,
partner. I'm not Aladdin, you know.
I hnve to have n franchise from the
city council, nnd I have to have rails."
"Both are procurable, my son. In
duce the city council to grant you n
temporary franchise tomorrow, and
buy your rails from Pennington. lie
hns a mile of track running up Laurel
creek, and Laurel creek was logged out
three years ago."
"Bur he hates mo. old pal."
"The Colonel never penults sentiment
to Interfere with business, my son. He
doesn't need the rails, and he does do
sire your money. Consider the rail
"How do you stand with tho mayor
and the council?"
"I do not stand at nil."
"Thnt mnkes It bad."
"Not at all. The Cardigans nre not
known to be connected with the N. C
O. Send your bright friend Ogllvy
nfter that franchise. He's the only
man who can land It. Give him n free
hnnd nnd tell him to deliver the goods
by any means short of bribery. I know
you can procure the rails nnd have
them at the Intersection of B and Wii
ter streets Thursday night. If Ogllvy
can procure the temporary franchise
nnd have It In his pocket by six o'clock
Thursday night you should have thnt
crossing In by sunup Friday morning,
Tnen let Pennington rnv. He cannot
procure an Injunction to restrain us
from cutting his tracks, thus throwing
the inntter Into the courts nnd hold
ing us up indefinitely, because by the
time ho wakes up the tracks will hnve
been cut. The best he can do then
will bo to flght us before the city conn
ell when wo npply for. our permnnent
"Partner, It looks llko n forlorn
hope," snld Bryce.
"Well, jon'ro tho boy to lead It. And
It will cost but little to put In tho
crossing nnd take n chnnce. Rcnicm
ber, Bryce, onco wo have that crossing
In It stands like a spite fence between
Pennington and the law which bo
knows so well how to pervert to sut
his Ignoble purposes." Ho turned car
nestly to Bryco nnd waved n trembling
admonitory finger. "Your Job Is t(
keep out of court. Onco Pennlngtot
gets the law on us the Issue will not
be settled In our favor for yenrs; an
In the meantime you perish. Rut
nlong, now, nnd hunt up Ogllvy."
It wns with a considerably llghtri
heart that Bryce returned to the mil
ofllre. from which he lost no time It
summoning Buck Ogllvy by telephone
"Thanks so much for the Invllntlon.'
Ogllvy murmured gratefully. "I'll b
down In n pig's whisper." And he wns
"Bryce. you look like the devil," he de
clnred the moment he entered the lot
tor's prlvnte office.
"I ought to, Buck. I've Just raiser
the devil nnd spilled the beans on th
N. C. 0."
"To whom, when nnd where?"
"To Pennington's niece, over thi
telephone nhout two hours ngo."
Buck Ogllvy smote his left pnlm with
his right fist. "How did you 'et tin
cnt out of the bog?"
"That remnrkable girl called me uf
and nccused you of being n mere scrcer
for me nnd amazed me so I admitted
Ogllvy dropped his red head lp sim
ulated agony nnd moaned. Presently
he raised It nnd snld : "Well.lt might
have been worse. Think of whnt might
hnve happened had she cnlled In per
son. She would hnve picked youi
pocket for the corporate enl. th com
lilnntlon of the snfc and the list ot
stockholders, nnd probnbly ended up bj
gagging nnd binding you In your own
"Don't. Buck. Comfort nnd iidvle.
Is what I need now."
"All right. Whnt do you wont m
to do to snvo the dny?"
"Deliver to me by six o'clock Thurs
day night n temporary franchise from
the city council, granting the N. C. O
the right to run a railroad from out
drying yard ncross Water street at Its
Intersection with B street nnd out
"Certainly. By nil means' Easiest
thing I do! All right, old dear! Pro
on my wny to do my d dost which
angels enn't do no more. Nevertheless,
for your sins you shnll do me a favor
before jny henrt brenks nfter falling
down on this contract you've Just
"Granted. Buck. Nnme It."
"I'm giving n nice little prlvnte. spe
cially cooked dinner to Miss McTnvIsh
tonight. We're going to pull It off In
one of those prlvnte screened corral
In thnt highly decorated Chink re
tauraw on Third street. Molra thnt
Is. Miss McTuvlsh Is bringing a chap-
eron. one Miss Shirley Sumner. Your
.lob Is to be my chaperon and entertain
Miss Sumner, who from nil accounts Is
most brilliant and fnsclnntlng."
'Nothing doing!" Bryce almost
roared. "Why, she's the girl that
bluffed the secret of the N. C. O. out
"Do you hate her for It?"
"No, I hate myself."
"Then you'll come. You promised
In advance, nnd no excuses go now.
The news, will be all over town by Fri
day morning; so why bother to keep
up nppenrances any longer?"
And before Bryce could protest Ogll
vy had thrown open the ofllee door and
called the glad tidings to Molra. who
wns working In the next room: where
upon Molra's wonderful eyes shone
with that strange, lambent flame. She
clasped her hands joyously. "Oh. how
wonderful!" she exclnlmed. "I've al
ways wanted Miss Shirley to meet Mr.
Fortunately for tho situation which
hnd so suddenly confronted him. Bryce
Cardigan had Mr. Buck Ogllvy; nnd
out of the experiences gained In other
railroad-building enterprises tho said
Ogllvy, while startled, was not stunned
ny tne suddenness nnd immensity of
the order so casually given hlni by his
youthful employer, for he had already
devoted to the mntter of thnt crossing
tho better pnrt of the preceding nlghr,
"Got to run a sandy on the innyor,"
Buck soliloquized ns he walked rapid
ly uptown. "Now how shall I proceed
to snenk up on thnt oily old cuss' blind
Two blocks fnrther on Mr. Ogllvy
pnused nnd snapped his fingers vigor
ously. "Eureka !" he murmured. "I've
got Poundstone by the tall on a down
hill haul. Is It a cinch? Well. 1 Just
guess I should tell a maul"
He hurried to the telephone building
and put in a long-distance call for the
San Francisco ofllce of tho Cnrdlgan
Redwood Lumber company. When the
mnnuger camo on the lino Ogllvy dic
tated to hlni a message which he In
structed the mnnnger to telegraph hnck
to hlni nt the Hotel SequoJn one hour
later; this mysterious detail attended
to,vhe continued on to the mayor's of
fice In tho city hall.
Mayor Ponndstone's bushy eyebrows
nrched with interest when his secre
tary laid upon his desk the card of Mr,
Buchanan Ogllvy. vice president nnd
general mnnnger of the Northern Call
fornln. "Ah-h-h 1" he brenthed with nn
unpleasant resemblance to n bon vl
vnnt who'sees before hlni Ills fnvorlte
vintage. "I" hnve been expecting Mr.
Ogllvy to cnll for quite n while. Show
(TO DB CONTINUED.)
"I hnve seen this article scores of
times nnd you brought It to mo ns
"So It wns. It must hnvo been orig
inal with somebody."
"Nellie says she wouldn't marry the
best man In the world."
"Well, did you ever see anybody
marry tho best inaa at a wedding?'
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