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THE NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE
Copyright by William, MacLeod
CHAPTER XX, Continued.
"IJndKiiy hnd no huslness hero In
New Yoik. lie wi s dltiK"ldng Ih-e's the knowledge of the re
peace qf mind. I wanted to get rid nr(I w" ch '"If U'U " '"' v
of him and send him homo." j H I)0,Hl trt st'1' ''J" ",n,f '
i , , , , , ' enred to do so. The right to vote the
"So ypu paid a crook w-oundrel who
hated him to. murder IiIh reputation."
"That's not what I call It," defended
"It doesn't matter what you call It.
The fact stands." v
"I told him explicitly again and
iignln that there was to he no vlo
lence. I Intended only to show him
lip. I had a right to do it."
Whltford got up arid walked up and
down the room, lie felt like laying
hands on this well-dressed scamp and
throwing him out of tic ofllce. lie tust
cd something of his daughter's sense
of degradation at ever having heen
connected with n man of so llttlo
character. The experience was n hit
tcrly humiliating one to him. For
Bee was, in his opinion, the cleanest,
truest little thoroughbred under heav
en. The only questionable1 thing ho
had ever known her to do was to en
gage herself to thjs man.
Colin came to n halt In front of the
"We've got to protect you, no mat-
tcr how little you deserve If. I can't
"Of Course, I'm Not Good Enough. I ,
Know That. No Man' Good Enough
for a Good Woman." ,
have UeeV niinie drugged Into all the ,
papers of the country. Th case ,
agnlnst DUrand will June to bo j
dropped. lies lost his power tnyhow
and ho 11 never get ft back." i
"Then It doesn't matter much whottv
crJ.,e- t.rlcfl .r I10'" . .
That phase of the subject Whltford j
t did not pursue. lie began to feel la 1
his vest pocket for something.
"Of course you understand that i
we're through with you, Bromfleld. ,
Neither Beatrice nor I care to have ;
anything more to do with you."
"I don't see why," protested Brom
Held: "As a man of the world"
"If you don't see the reason I'm
not able to explain It to you," Whit
ford's lingers found what thoy wero
looking for. He fished a ring from
his IKM'kpt Ullll llllt It nil tlin llnatr I
"Beotrrco asked me to give you this." I
"I don't think that's fair. If sho
wants to throw me over she ought to
tell me her reasons herself."
"She's telling them through me. I
don't want to be more explicit unless
you force me."
"Of course I'm not good enough.
I know that. No man's good enough
for n good woman. - But I'm as good
as other fellows. Wo don't claim to
be angels, New York doesn't sprout
"I'm not going to argue this with
you. And I'm not going to tell you
What I think of you beyond saying
that we'ro through with you. Tho
les said about it the better. Man,
don't you see I don't want to have
any more talk about It? Tho engage
ment wus a mistake In the first place.
Beo never loved you. Even if you'd
been what we thought you, it wouldn't
have. done. She's lucky to have found
out In time."
"Is this a business rupture, too,
Mr. Whltford T
"Just us you say about that, Brom
field. As an Investor in tho Bird Cage
vni.Vo Entitled to tho same considers...
tlon that any otner stocunoiucr is.
Since you're the secqnd largest owner
you've a right to recognition on the
hoard of directors. Tm not mixing
my private affairs with business."
Bromfleld rose, pulled on tho glove
he had removed, sodded good-bye
without offering to shake hands, and
sauntered out of the office. There
waj) a inny nn hie fi" tfa pMnng mna-
IHustrattoitf bu a
did not like. It occurred to Whltford
that Clarendon, now stripped of self-
proxies of the small stockholders of
the IH id Cage company had heen made
out In his name at the request of the
president of the corporation.
The case against Durnnd was pigeon
holed by the district attorney with
out much regret. All through the un
derworld where his Influence had been
strong, It wns known that Jerry hnd
begged off. He was discredited among
his following and was politically a
dowH'ond-outer. Hut he knew too
much to permit him to he dragged
Into court safely. With his hack to
the wall he might tell of . many shady
transactions Implicating prominent
people. There were strong Influences
which did not want him pressed too
hard. The charge remained on the
docket, but it was set back from term
to term and never brought to trial.
Colin Whltford found his attention
pretty fully absorbed by his own af
fairs. Dromflcld had opened a fight
against him for control of the Dlrd
Cage company. The mine had been
developed by the Coloradoan from un
i unlikely prospect into a well-paying
concern. It was the big business
venture of his life and he took a strong
1 personal Interest In running It. Now,
1 because of Bromfleld's Intention to use
for his own advantage the proxies
mude out In his name, he was likely
to lose control, With Uromlleld In
, churge the property might be wrecked
before he could be ousted.
"Dad's worrying," Beatrice told
Lindsay. "lie's afraid he'll lose con
trol of the mine. There's a light on
"Whut for? I thought yore father
was a mighty competent operator.
Don't the stockholders know when
they're well off?"
She looked at him enigmatically.
"Homo one he trusted has turned out
a traitor. That happens occasional-
1 ly In business, you know."
i It wus from Colin himself that Clay
learned the name of the traitor.
"It's that fellow Bromfleld," he ex
1 lalncd. "He's the secretary and sec
ond largest stockholder In the Vcom
pnny. The annual election Is to be to
morrow nfternoon. He's got mo where
the wool's short. I wns fool enough
to ask thu smaller stockholders to
make out their proxies In his name.
At that time he was hand In glove
with us. Now I'm up against It. He's
going to nntno the board of directors
and have himself mado president."
Clnv ventured on thin ice. The name
, f Hromild had not heen mentioned
,a llin ,,eforo , tmj ,ast twenty-four
U)UrH ,,T L,ltllor 1Jeatrk.u or her futher,
"Surel Bromfleld wouldn't want to
"That's exactly what ho would want
"He's got his reasons."
"When is the election?"
"At threo o'clock."
"At the company ofllccs."
"Perhaps If I talked with Brom
field" Whltford laughed shortly. "I'd talk
an arm off him If It would do any good.
But It won't. He's out for rovenge."
Clay's eyes alighted swiftly on tho
nlilnr tiiiill Tlmv nalrnil m-nvnln a nimo
tlon und found un answer that sot
his heart singing. Beatrlco had brok
en her engagement with Bromfleld.
It' was a little after eleven o'clock
next morning when tho cattleman
walked Into an apartment house for
bachelors, took the elevator, and rang
the bell at Bromfleld's door.
Clarendon, fresh from the hands of
hla valet, said he was glad to see
Lindsay, hut did not look It. no of
few! his guest a choice of liquors an-
selected for himself a dry martini.
Cigars and cigarettes were within
reach on a tabouret.
Clay discovered that one dlfllculty
he had expected to meet did not com
plicate the problem. Tho valet had
left to select the goods for some custom-made
shirts, Bromfleld explained
apologetically, apropos of the lack of
sorvlco. He would not return till late
In tho afternoon.
"I've como to see about that Bird
Cage business, Mr. Uromlleld," his Vis
Uor explained. "I'vo been laMln it
over in my mind, and I thought Td
UtIntnl!P0IZl,0n UP t0 y0U the WUy
11 ooks to me.
Bromfleld's eyebrows lifted. His
face asked with' supercilious polite
ness what tho devil business It was of
"Mr. Whltford lias put in twenty
years of his lifo building up tho Bird
Cage Into a good property. It's a
ono-man mlno. He mado it out of a
nolo in tho ground, dovolopcd It, ex
panded it, gave It a. market value He's.
nlwnys protected 't1lp,Rtin,kholilor and
ployed the gume square with them.,
Don't It look like lie ought to stay In
control of It?"
"Hid he send you here to tell me
"No, he didn't. Hut he's gcttln'
along In years, IJromfleld. It don't
look hardly right to me for you to
step In and throw him out. What do
you think nhout It, yourself?"
The rlulHiiun flushed with anger. "I
think that it's d d Impertinent of you
"I Think It's D d Impertinent of
You to Come Here Meddling In My
J to come here meddling In my business,
j I might have expected It. You've al
! ways been an Impertinent meddler."
j "Mebbeso," agreed Clay serenely,
showing no surprise at this explosion.
, "Bur I'm here. And I put a question.
I Shall I nsk It again?"
' "No need. I'm going to take whut
i the law allows me what I and my
friends have bought and paid for In
the open market. The more It hurts
Whltford the better I'll he pleased,"
answered Bromfleld, his manner of
cynical Indifference swept away by
gathering rage. The Interference of
this "bounder" tilled him with a pas
sion of Impotent hate.
"Is that quite correct? Did you
buy control In the market? In point
of fact, aren't you holdln' a bunch
of proxies becuusc Whltford wrote
and usked the stockholders to sign
them for you to vote? What you In
tend doing Is a moral fraud, no mat
ter whut Its legal aspect Is. You'd
be swindling the very stockholders
you claim to represent, as well as
abusing tho confidence of Whltford."
"What you think Isn't of the least
Importance to me, Mr. Llndsoy. If
you're hero merely to offer me your
ndvlee, I suppose I shall now have
regretfully to say good-duy." The
New Yorker rose, a thin Up smile
scarcely veiling his anger at this In
truder who had brought his hopes to
"I reckon I'll not hurry off, Mr.
Bromfleld," Clay replied easily. "You
might think I was mad at you. I'll'
stick around awhile and talk this
"Unfortunately I have an engage
ment," retorted the other Icily.
"I really think, Mr. Lindsay, that Is
"I'm makln' It mine," said day
Bromfleld stared. "I beg your par
don?" "I said It was mine too. You see I
bought a coupla shares of Bird Cage
stock yesterday. I'd hato to sco Whlt
ford ousted from control. I've got
confidence In him."
"It's your privilege to vote that
stock this afternoon. At least it
would bo If it had been transferred
to you on the books. I'll voto my
stock according to my own views."
"I wonder," murmured Clay aloud.
"What's that?" snapped Bromfleld.
"I was JUBt flgurln' on what would
happen if you got sick and couldn't at
tend that annual meottng this after
noon," drawled tho westerner. "I
reckon mebbo some of the stockhold
ers you've got lined up would break
away and Join Whltford."
Tho Now Yorker felt a vague alarm.
What Idea did this fellow have In tho
back of his head. Did ho Intend to
do bodily violence to him? Without
any delny Bromfleld reached for the
Tho largo brown hand of the west
-ner closed over his.
Tm talkln' to you, Mr. Bromfleld.
It's not polite for you to start 'phon
ing, not oven to the police, whilst
we're still engaged In conversation."
"Don't you try to Interfere with me,"
said tho man who paid tho telephone
hill. "I'll not submit to such an in
dignity." "I'm not tho only one that Inter
feres. You fixed up qulto nn entertain
mont for mo the othor night, didn't
you? Wouldn't you klnda call that
lutcrferln' somo? I sure ought to comb
yoro hair for it."
Bromfleld mado a hasty decision to
get out Ho started for tho door.
Clay traveled in that direction too.
They arrived simultaneously. Claren
don backed away. Tho Arlzonan
locked tho door and pocketed tho key.
nis host grew weakly violent Prom
Whltford ho had heard a story about
two men in a locked room that did
not renssuro him now. Ono of the
men had been this cattleman. Tho
other .well, ha had suffered,, "Let rne.
otiTf I'll' not stand" this 1 You can't
bully me I" he cried shrilly.
"Don't pull yore plckct-pln, Brom
fleld," ndvlscd Lindsay. "I've elected
myself boss of the rodeo. What I say
goes. You'll save yoreso'f a heap qf
worry If you make up yore mind to
that right away."
"What do you want? What 'arc you
trying to do? I'm not a barroom
brawler like Durum). I don't Intend
to fight with you."
"You've ce'tolnly relieved my mind,"
murmured Clay 'lazily. "What' yore
own notion of what I ought to do to
you, Bromfleld? You Invited me out
ns a friend and led me Into a trap aft
er you had fixed 4 It up. Wouldn't n
first-class thrushln' with n hawsswhlp
be about right?"
Bromfleld turned pale. "I've got a
wenk heart," he faltered.
"I'll say you have," agreed. Clay.
''It's pumpln' water In place of blood
right now, I'll bet. Did you ever have
n real honest-to-G d llckln when you
was a boy?"
The New Yorker knew he was help
less before this clear-eyed, supple ath
lete who walked like a god froia
Olympus. One can't lap up half a
dozen highballs a day for nn Inde
terminate number of years without get
ting flabby, nor can he spend himself
In feeble dissipations nnd have re
serves of strength to call upon when
needed. The tongue went dry In his
mouth. Ho began to swallow his Ad
am's apple. j
"Let's look at this thing from all
sides," went on Clay cheerfully. "If
we decide by a majority of the voting I
stock and I in curryln' enough prox
ies so that I've got control that you'd
ought to have a -whalln', why, o'
course, there's nothln' to It but get
to business nnd make a thorough Job."
' "Maybe I didn't do right about Mad
"No mebbe about that. You acted
like a yellow hound."
"I'm sorry. I apologize."
"I don't reckon I can use apologies.
I might make a bargain with you."
"I'll be glad to make any reasonable
"How'd this do? I'll vote my stock
and proxies In the Bromfleld Punish
ment company, Limited, against the
whnlln', und you vote yore stock nnd
proxies In the Bird Cage company to
return the present bourd and direc
torate." "That's coercion."
"Well, so It Is."
"Did you go hire a lawyer for an
opinion bcfinre you paid Durnnd to do
"You've got no right to hold me a
prisoner here to help Whltford."
"All right, I won't. I'll llnlsh toy
business with you nod when I'm
through, you can go to the annual
mectln' If you feel up to trnvelln'
TO BE CONTINUED
Beoler, Crosby & Basklns, Atty.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Estate No. 1902 of Martha Koester
deceased In the'County Court of Lin
coln County, Nebraska.
Tho Stato of Nebraska, bs : Creditors
of said estate twill toko notlco that
tho timo limited for presentation and
filing qf claims against said Estatu
is January 10, 1923, and for sottlo
mont of said Estato is September 7,
1923; that I will sit .at tho county court
room in said County on October 10th,
1922, at 10 o'clock a. m. and on Jun
uay 10th, y923 at ,10 o'clock a. $., to
receive, examina, hear, allow, or adjust
all cMms and objections duly filed.
Dated Soptomber 7th, 1922.
WM. H. C. WOODHURST,
Seal County Judge, i
Halllgan, Boatty & Halllgan. Atty.
1 NOTICE OF FINAL REPORT
Estato No. 1854 of Mary Facka, de
ceased In the County Court of Lincoln
j County, Nebraska.
I Tho Stato of Nobraska, to all per
I Rons interested in said Estato take
notlco that tho Administrator has filed
u final account and roport of his ad
ministration and a petition for final
settlement and discharge as such Ad
ministrator and for declaration of
heirship and distribution of proceeds
which havo boon sot for hearing bc
foro sold court on October 3d, 1922, at
10 o'clock a. m. when you may appear
and contest tho same.
Dated Soptomber 9th, 1922.
WM. H. C. WOODHURST,
Seal County Judge.
Geo. N. Gibbs, Attorney.
NOTICE OF PETITION
Estato of Bridget Jonos, docoasod,
in .tho County Court of Lincoln Coun
The Stato of Nobraska: to all per
sons intorsted in Bald estate take
notlco that Owen Jones did on the
19th day of August 1922 file a pet
ition in said action sotting forth that
Nicholas McCabo, executor of said
estato did on the 8th day of August,
1922 dlo. and said potltion prays for
tho appointent of Owen Jonos, and
that letters of administration with
will annexed bo granted to him,
which has bocn sot for hearing horeln
on tiro 22nd day of September, 1922
at 10 o'clock a. m.
Datod this 25th day of August, 1922.
T. 8. BLANKENBURG
Acting County Judge.
William E. Shumah, Attornoy
NOTICE OF HEARING
In tho County Court of Lincoln
In tho Matter of tho Estate of Fred
erick Wcrnoke, Deceased.
To tho Heirs and All Persons In
terested in Bald Estate.
You aro hereby notified that on
August 23, 1922, Frieda Schorz as ex
ecutrix of said estate, nica in said
Court her final account and appli
cation for tho assignment of tho title
to the real estate belonging to said
estate, consisting of tho Southwest
Quarter (SW'i) of Section Ten (10)
in Township Thirteen (13) North of
Range Thlrty-ono (31) West (W) 6
p. m. Lincoln County, Nebraska, nnd
for tho distribution of the personal
property belonging to said estate, and
that said final account nnd application
will be heard before this Court In tho
County Courtroom In tho Courthouse j
in the city of North Platte, County of
Llncoln.State of Nebraska on tho 18th
day of September, 1922 nfc 10 o'clock
a. m. and you aro hereby notified to
appear at said time and place and
show causo, If any there bo why said
final account should not be allowed,
tho title to said real estate assigned
and tho personal property of said
ostate distributed as provided by law
and by the terms of tho Last Will
and Testament of the said Fredorlck
T. S. BLANKENBURG,
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