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By REX BEACH
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Froblshor. I should say."
gasped Boyd to the reporter.
' "No. sir. Alton Clyde! lit
was pretty talkative the night I saw
bini." The reiorter laughed meaning
ly. "Drunk, do you mean?"
"Oh. uot exactly drunk, but pretty
wet. He knew what he was saying.
however. Can't you give me soia
"Nothing." r.oyd hurried to his hotel
a prey to mingled anger and contrition
So Fraser had rold the truth, ufter all
and with a l.ind of sullen lovnlty had
"hosen to reumlu under n cloud himself
rather than Inform on n friend. It was
quite In keeping with the fellow's pe
culiar temperament As It happened,
Boyd found the two men together and
lost no time in acquainting them with
' I ve come to apologize to you." he
said to Fraser. who grinned broadly
and was seized with a sudden nbnsb
ment which stilled his tongue. Emor
son turned to Clyde. "Why. did you
permit me to ao mis injustice
ii aian i mean to give out any
secrets I don't remember doing it,"
Alton apologized lamely. "You know
I can't drink much. I don't remember
a thing about it, honestly." Boyd re
garded him coldly, but the young
man's penitence seemed so genuine, be
looked so weak, so pitifully lnconipe
tent, that the other lacked heart to
chastise him. It requires resistance to
develop heat, and against the absence
of character it is impossible to create
any sort of emotion.
"When you got drunk that night you
not only worked a great hardship on
all of us, but afterward you allowed
me to misjudge a very faithful man."
declared Boyd. "If you can't keep a
close mouth and do as you are told
you'd better go back to Chicago."
"Don't climb any higher." admon
lsbed "Fingerless" Fraser. "lie's all
flutfed up new. I'll lay you 8 to 1 be
lon't make another break of the kind.
"No; I was so com-cussed-pletely
pickled that I forgot I even spoke
about the salmon canning business. I'll
Treak my corkscrew and seal my flask.
and from this moment until we come
out next fall the demon rum and I are
divorced. Is that good news?"
"Everything Is a Joke to you. isn't
It?' said Boyd. "If this trip doesn't
make a man of you, you'll never grow
As if nilllard's conversion had mark
ed the turning point of their luck, the
partners now entered upon a period of
almost uninterrupted success. Boyd
signed his charter, securing a tramp
steamer then discharging at Tacoma;
Bait closed his contracts for Chinese
labor, and the scattered carloads of
material which bad been lost en route
or mysteriously laid out on sidings be
gan to come In as if of their own ac
A brigade of orientals and a mlnia
ture army of fishermen had appeared
as If by magic and were quartered in
the lower part of the city awaiting
shipment At the dock one throbbing
April evening the Bedford Castle
berthed, ready to receive ber cargo,
and the two men made their way to
ward their hotel, weary, but glowing
1.1- . 1 I
wiiu me graierui sense or an arduous
duty well performed. The following
morning would find the wharf swarm
ing with stevedores and echoing to the
rattle of trucks, the clank of hoists
and the shrill whistles of the signal
"Looks like they couldn't stop us
now," said Bait
"It does." agreed Emerson. "Wr
ought to clear In four days that'll be
"It smells like an early spring, too,"
the fisherman observed, sniffing the air
"If It is we'll be In Kalvlk the flrsi
week In May."
"I'm off to tell Cherry," said Boyd.
Ills course took him past Hllllnrd's
bank, and when abreast of it he nearly
collided with a man who came hurry
ing forth. In the well groomed, fiery
linlred. plump figured man Emerson
recognized the manager of the North
American Packers' association.
"Good evening. .Mr Marsh."
Marsh whirled about. "Eh? Ah:
Why. yes. it's Emerson."
Marsh informed Boyd of the anger
of Mildred's father at his canning en
terprise and also that Mildred and
Mr. Wnylnm! vre in visit Kalvlk on
s yachting tour. Emerson was great
ly nniasied at lb!. Information; also he
realized that Marsh lr.d arrived on
the spot because lllltlard had granted
his opponents their needed loan. The
The next i::orntng Bait rushed In on
Emerson with news that tle laborers
loading the Bedford Castle had pone
ou u strike because the captain, Pens
ley, rightly refused a demand of $2,000
by the union.
"It's Marsh again." said Big George.
"Yes." Emerson answered; "It's a
holdup pure and simple." A look of
intense anxiety came Into his eyes.
When Boyd returned some two hours
later he found the dock deserted save
for Big George, v. ho prowled watchful
ly "limit the freight piles.
"Well, did ;ou lis It up?" the fisher-
Author of Th Spoilers" and
HARPER O- BROTHERS
"No." exclaimed Boyd. "It's a rank
frame-up. and I refused to be bled."
"Good for you."
"There are some things a fellow's
manhood won't stand for. I'll carry
that freight aboard with my own
hands before I'll be robbed bv a labor
union at the bidding of Willis Marsh.'
"Say, will you let me load this ship
my way?". George asked
"Can you do It?"
Bait's thick Hps drew back from his
yellow teeth In that smile which Emer
son had come to recognize as a har
binger of the violent acts that rejoiced
his lawless soul.
"Listen." said he, with a chuckle
Town the street yonder I've got a
hundred fishprmoii. Half of them nre
diuuk nt thia minute and the rest are
"Then they nre of no use to us."
"I don't reckon you ever seen u herd
of Kalvlk fishermen out of a Job, did
you? Well, there's Just two things
they know, fishing and fighting, and
this ain't the fishing season. When
they hit Seattle the police force goes
up Into the residence section and stuffs
cotton lu its ears, because the only
thing that Is strong enough to stand
between a uniform and a flsheNnnn Is
"Can you Induce them to work?"
"I can. All I'm afraid of Is that I
can't. Induce them to quit , They're
liable to put his freight aboard the
Bedford Castle and then pull down
the dock in u spirit of playfulness and
pile it In Captain Peasley's cabin.
There ain't no convulsion of nature
that's equal to a gang of Idle fisher
men." "When can they begin?"
"Well, It will take me all night to
round them up, and I'll have to lick
four or flvo, but there ought to be a
dozen or two on hand in the morn
ing." George cast a roving eye over
the warehouse from the heavy plank
ing underfoot to the wide spanning
rafters above. "Yes," he concluded,
"I don't see nothing breakable, so I
guess It's safe."
"Would you like me to go with
The giant considered him specula
tively. "I don't think so. I ain't nev
er seen you in action. No, you better
stay here and arrange to guard this
stuff till morning. I'll do the rest."
The following morning, true to his
word, the big fellow walked into the
warehouse followed by a score or
more of burly fishermen.
Bait bore signs of strife. The big
man's lips were cut. while back of one
ear a knot had sprung up overnight
like a fungus.
They fell to work quickly, stripping
themselves to their undershirts; they
manned the hoists, seized trucks, and
bale books and began their tasks with
a thoroughly nonunion energy. Some
of tbem were still so drunk that they
staggered, their awkwardness afford
ing huge sport to their companions,
yet even in their Intoxication they
were surprisingly capable. George
sought out Boyd and proudly In
quired: "What do you think of them, eh?" '
"They are splendid. But where are
"Well, there are two or three that
won't be able to get around at all."
He meditatively stroked the knuckles
of bis right hand, which were badly
bruised. "But the balance will be
here tomorrow. These are Just the
mildest mannered ones the family
men. you might say. The others will
show up gradual."
The work hnd not continued many
hours before a stranger made his way
In upon the dock and began to argue
with the first fisherman he met Boyd,
approaching him. demanded:
"What do you want?"
"Nothing." snld the newcomer.
"Then get out."
"What for? I'm Just talking to this
"Will you go?'
"Say, you can't lond that cargo
this way." the man began threaten
ingly. "And you can't mnke me go"
At which Emerson seized him by the
collar and quickly disproved the asser
tion, to the great delight of the fish
ermen. He thrust him out into the
"I'm a union man. and you can't lond
thnt ship with 'scabs.'" The stranger
swore ns be slunk off.
The first actual violence, however.
occurred when the fishermen knocked
off for the noon hour. Boyd cnlled up
the iollce department, then summoued
Big George. It was with considerable
difficulty that the nonunion crew
fought Its way back to resume work
at 1 o'clock.
During the afternoon the strikers
made several attempts to enter the
dock shed, nnd It required a firm
stand by the guards to restrain them.
The next morning found the non
union men out In such force thnt they
were divided Into a night and n day-
crew, half of them being sent back to
report later, while among the moun
tains of freight the work went, for
ward faster than ever But In time
the city invoke to the realization thai
scrlmis ''!' 1' I'-t was n -1 - - res
The ll.-.I'ilfnl of I! :', ;; : . .
bered twenty to one and guarded only
by a thin line of pickets, became a
enter of general Interest
It was on the fourth day that Boyd
espied the man In the gray suit among
the strikers and pointed hlin out to
his three companions. Clyde and Fra
ser having Joined him nnd George in a
spirit of curiosity.
Late In the afternoon, without a
moment's warning, the strikers rushed
lu a body, bearing down the guards
Emerson and his companions found
themselves carried away before the on
slaught like chips In the surf, then
sucked Into a maelstrom where the
first duty was self preservation. Boyd
succeeded in keeping his footing nnd
eventually fought his way to a backing
of crated machinery, where he stooped
and ripped a cleat loose. Then, laying
about him with thlfc weapon, he clear
cO a space.
At the first alarm the fishermen had
armed themselves with bale hooks aud
bludgeons and for a time worked havoc
among their assailants.
Seeing Clyde In u helpless condition
"Come ou! I'll help you aboard the
ship." lie found n hardwood club be
neath his feet aud with it cleared a
pathway for Clyde and himself. He
suddenly spied the man In the gray
suit, who had cl'mbed upin one of
the frelt piles, whence he was scan
n!ng the crowd. The man recognized
Emerson and pointed him out. Tho
rext Instnut Boyd saw him approach
ing, followed by several others. Then.
though Boyd fell back farther, the
others rushed lu and he found himself
hard beset What happened thereafter
neither he nor Altou Clyde, who was
half dazed to begin with, ever clearly
Before he had recognized the person
al nature of tho assault Emerson, found
himself engaged In a furious band to
hand struggle. Then a sudden black
ness swallowed him up, after which he
found himself upon his knees, his arms
loosely encircling a pair of legs. As
he struggled upward something smots
him in tho sldo with sickening force,
and he went to bis knees again.
lie could only raise his shoulder and
fling an arm weakly above his head In
anticipation of the crushing blow he
EK COULD ONLY PLINO AN ABU WEAKLY
ABOVK BIS HEAD.
thought was coming. But It did not
descend. Instead he beard a gunshot.
A weight sank across his calves.
Then, with a final effort, he pulled
himself free and staggered to his feet,
his head rocking, bis knees sagging.
He saw a man's figure facing him and
lunged at It to bring up In the arms of
Boyd turned and beheld the body of
a man stretched face downward on
the floor. Beyond the fellow In the
gray suit was disappearing Into the
crowd. Then he saw a gleam of blue
metal In Eraser's heads.
"Give me that gun!" be panted.
"I may need It myself, and I ain't
got but the one here. Let's get Clyde
out of this."
Fraser lifted the young clubman,
who was huddled la a formless heap
as If he had fallen from a great height,
and together the two dragged hira to
ward the Bedford Castle.
That night under glaring headlines
the evening papers told the story, re
porting one fisherman fatally hurt, one
striker dead of a gunshot wound nnd
many others Injured.
A' IIALF mile from Captain Peas
ley's ship the rival company
tenders were loading rapidly
i J 'with union labor. The next
day Emerson and Clyde drove down
to the dock with Cherry In a closed
carriage, experiencing no annoyance
beyond some Jeers and Insults as they
passed through the picket Hue. Boyd
had barely seen them comfortably es
tablished on board when up the
ship's gangway came "Fingerless"
Fraser radiantly attired, three heavily
laden hotel porters groaning at his
back, the customary thick walsted
cigar between his teeth.
"Are you going with us?" Boyd In
"See here! Is life one long succes
sion of surprise parties with you?"
"Why. I've flggind on this right
"But the ship Is Jammed now. There
Is no room."
"Oh, I fixed thnt up long ngo. I nm
going to bunk with the steward."
"Well, why In the world didn't you
let us know you were coming?"
"Say, don't kid yourself. You know
I couldn't stay behind." Fraser blew
a cloud of smoke airily. "I never
Mart anything I can't finish. I keep
telling yon. mid I'm going to put this
deal through, now that I've pot It
started." T."t'a a TialT e'luoarTasseO
laugh and a complete change of man
ner. be laid h!s hand upon Boyd's
shoulder, saying: "Pal. I ain't much
;:ood to myself or anybody else, but 1
like you and I want to stick nround.
Mayb" I'll come In useful yet you
Emerson had never glimpsed this
side of the man's nature, nnd It rather
"Of course you can come along. o!d
man." he responded heartily. "We're
glad to have you."
The decks of the big. low lying
tramp steamer were piled high with
gear of every description. Beady now
to sail.- Boyd went out to the dock of
flee to wire Mildred of his success.
"Fingerless" Fraser soon ran In
upon him. "They've come to grab you
for killing that striker!" he began
breathlessly. "There's a couple of
square toes' on the dock now. Better
take It on the 'lam' quick!"
"God!" So Marsh had withheld this
stroke uutii the last moment.
"You'd belter 'beat' It. quick!"
"How? I couldn't get tliff urh thnt
crowd. They know me. Listen!"
Outside the street broke Into a roar nt
some launt "f the fishermen high up
In the rig'.ting. "I can't run away, and
If those detectives get too I'm ruined."
Boyd clinched his hands In despera
tion. "1 guess they've got me." he said
bitterly. "There's ro nut."
"From uu.t they said 1 don't thln'.t
they know you." Fraser continued.
"Anyhow, they wanted Peasley to
point you out When they come off
maybe you can slip 'em."
Boyd seized eagerly upou the sug
gestion. "The wharf Is empty see!
I'll have to cross It lu plain sight."
Through the rear door of the office
thnt opened upon the dock proper they
beheld the great floor almost eutlrely
clear. Save for a few tons of freight
nt w hich Big George's men were work
ing It was as unobstructed as a lawn,
and. although It was nearly tho size of
a city block, It afforded no more means
of concealment than did the little of
fice Itself, with Its glass doors, Its
counter nnd Its long desk, nt tho far
ther end of which a bill clerk was por
ing over his task.
They saw at tho foot of the gang
plank two men talking with Big
George. They saw Bait point the
strangers carelessly to the office,
whence ho had seen Boyd disappearing
a few moments before, and turn back
to his stevedores. Theu they saw the
plain clothes men approuchlng.
"Here! Gimme your coat and hat,
quick!" cried Fraser In a low voice,
his eyes blazing at a sudden thought.
He stripped his own garments from
his back with feverish haste. "Put
mine on. There! I'll stall for you.
When they grab me, take It on the
"That won't do. Everybody knows
me." Boyd cast an apprehensive
glance at the arched back of the bill
clerk, but Fraser, quick of resource In
such a situation, forced him swiftly
to make the change, saying:
"Nix. It's your only 'out.' Stand
here, see!" He Indicated a position
beside the rear door. "I'll step out
the other way where they can see
me," he continued, pointing to the
wagon way at the right "Savvy?
When they grab me you beat It and
don't wait for nothing."
Alrendy they could hear the foot
steps of the officers.
"I'll take a chance. Goodby."
There was no time even for a hand
shake. Fraser stepped swiftly to the
door, then strolled quietly out Into
the view of the two men. who an In
stant later accosted him.
"Are you Mr. Boyd Emerson?"
The adventurer answered brusquely,
"Yes, but I can't talk to you now."
''You are under urresl.Mr CiTior
Boyd waited to hear no more. The
glnss door swung open noiselessly un
der his hand,, and he stepped out Just
as the bill clerk looked up from his
work, staring. out through the other
"Fingerless" Frns.-r's voice was
louder now. as If f a signal. "Ar
rest me? What do you mean? Get
out of my way."
"You'd better como peaceably."
Boyd heard a sharp exclamation
"Get him, Bill!"-and then the sound
of men struggling. He ran, followed
by a ronr from the strikers. In whose
full view Frnser's encounter with the
plain clothes men was taking place. A
backward glance showed him that
Fraser had drawn bis pursuers to tho
Scarcely had Boyd reached Big
George when a wing of tho besieging
army swept In through the unguarded
entrance and down the dock like an
avalanche, leaving bohlad them the
battling officers and tho hungry pack
clamoring for the prisoner.
"Drop that freight and get aboard
tho best way you can!" Boyd yelled nt
tho fishermen, and, with a bound, was
out Into the open, crying to Captain
Peasley on the bridge:
"Here they come! CnHt off. for
The dozen men who had been sling
ing freight ou the dock hastened up
tho gangplank or climbed the fenders,
whllo tho signalman clung to the lift
ing tackle nnd, at the piping cry of his
whistle, was swung aloft out of the
very arms of the rioters.
Above, on the flying bridge, Captain
Peasley was bellowing orders. At last
tho Bedford Castle was under way.
Even ofter they were miles down
the sound I'.oyd remained nt his post,
sweeping the waters astern In nn anx
ious search for some swift harbor
craft, the appearance of which would
signal that bis escape had been dis
covered. "I won't feel safe until we arc -:r:'
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ry. who maintained n position nt his
side. "The police can wire on from
Seattle to stop us and take me off at
"If they find out their ml.dake."
"They must have found It out long
ngo. That's why I've got Peasley
forcing this old tub. She's doing 10
knots, nnd that's a breakneck speed
for her. Once we're through tho
strnlts I'll be satisfied."
"What will happen to Fraser?" she
"Nothing serious, I nm sur You
see, they wanted me ami nobody else.
Once they find they have the wrong
man I rather believe they will free
hlin lu disgust."
A moment later he went on: "Just
the same. It makes me feel depressed
and guilty to leave him. l-l wouldn't
desert a comrade for anything If the
choice lay with me."
"You did quite right." Cherry warm
ly assured him.
"You si. I am not working for ray
self. I am doing this for another."
It wns the girl's turn to sigh softly,
while the eyes she turned toward the
west were strnngely snd and dreamy.
"Two hours more," he fold her as
the ship's bell sounded, "then I can
eat and sleep nnd sing."
Captain Peasley wns pacing the
bridge when later they breasted the
glare of Port Townsend and saw In
the distance the flashing searchlights
of the forts that guard the straits.
They saw him stop suddenly and
ralso tils night glasses. Boyd laid hi
hand on Cherry's arm. Presently the
captain crossed to them nnd said:
"Yonder seems to bo n luuucb mak
ing out. See! I wonder what's up.
By Jove! They're signaling."
The two boats were drawing together
rapidly, and soon those on the brldgj
henrd the faint but Increasing patter
of a gasoline exhaust Carrying the
same speed us the Bedford Castle, the
launch shortly came within hulling
distance. Tho Cyclopean eye of the
ship's searchlight blazed up, and the
next Instant out from the gloom
leaped a little craft, on tho deck of
which a man stood waving a lantern.
She held steadfastly to her course, and
a voice floated up to them:
"Ahoy! What ship?"
"The Bedford Castle, cannery tender,
for Bristol bny," Feasloy shouted
The man on the launch relinquished
bis lantern and, using both pnlms for
funnel, cried more clearly now:
"Heave to! We wnnt to come
With an exclamation of Impatience,
the commanding officer stepped to the
telegraph, but Emerson forestalled
"Walt They're nfter me, cnptnln; It's
the Port Townsend police, and If you
let them aboard they'll take me off."
Turning, tho skipper bellowed:
"Who nre you?"
"Whnf. did I tell you?" cried Emer
son. "Whnt do you wnnt?"
"Ono of your passengers Emerson.
Hnvo to. Tou're passing us.;
"That's bloody hard lin k, Mr. Emer
son; I can't help myself," the captain
declared. But ngnln Boyd blocked hlin
as bo started for the telegraph.
"I won't stnnd It, sir. It's a con
spiracy to ruin me."
"But, my dear young man"-
"Don't touch that Instrument!"
From tho launch rimm cries of grow
ing vehemence, nnd n startled murmur
of voices rose from somewhere in the
darkness of tho deck beneath.
"Stand aside!" Peasley ordered gruff
" 'her held his ground.
50 and 75o.
f tVIDOVV JONUrOtroi
Saturday and Monday
M ten lTll T',uT I nt, r1.idnniAlAH
"Shall I stop ber, sir?" the quarter
master asked from the shadows of the
"No!" Emerson commnnded sharp
ly, nnd In the glow from the binnacle
light they saw he had drawn his re
volver, while on the Instant up from
the void beneath heaved the massive
figure of Big George Bult, a behemoth,
more colossal and threatening than
ever In the dim light He wrenched
open the door and with one sweep of
his hairy paw flung the helmsman
from his post, panting.
"Keep her going, cap, or I'll run
The launch wns abreast of tbem
now and skimming along so close that
one might have tossed a biscuit aboard
of her. The sputter of the craft along
side was now punctuated by a votloy
The police launch sheered off. and
the sound of ber exhaust grew rapidly
fainter and fainter. But not until It
had wholly censed did Big George gtv
over bis post at the wheel. Even then
ho went down tho ladder reluctantly
and without a word of thanks, of
pluuutlon or of apology, with Dim
I this had been but a part of the day's.
worn, ue saw neitner sentiment no;'
humor In the episode.
From the crow's nest of the Bedfor.l
Castle a week later the lookout stared
down upon a white expanse that
stretched beyond the horizon. At dawu
they began their careful search, feelin;:
their way eastward through the ope.i
lanes and tortuous passages that sep
arated the floes, now laying to for tlu
northward set of the fields to clear :t
pnth before thorn, now stealing throng!,
some narrow lead that opened ln:
Captain Peasley did all the navigat
ing In person, but eventually they we,"
hemmed In so closely that for a day
and n night they could do nothing ber
drift with tho pack. In tlmo. hov.
ever, tho winds opened a crevl e
through which they retreated to follow
tho outer limits further eastward uu
til they were bulked again.
Late one eveulng they dlscernel
smoke ou the horizon, and the next
morning's light showed a three maste I
steamship fast In the Ice a few mlle
to tho westward.
"That's the Juliet." Big Oeorg In
formed his companions, "one of tl.
North Amerlcnn Packers' assoclatl m
"Sho wns loading when we left Set
tle," Boyd remarked.
"It Is Willis Marsh's ship, so lie
must be aboard." supplemented Cbw
ry. "She's a wooden ship and b 'i
for this business. If we don't look t.v.i
he'll beat us In after nil."
"What good will that do hlmv
Clyde questioned. "The fish don't bl v
I mean run for sixty days yet."
Emerson and Bait merely shrugg '1
To Cherry Malotto this hnd been i
voyage of drenins, for once nwayfr i.i
land Boyd had become his real se .'
again that genial, Irrepressible s-f
she had seen but rarely and his man
ner hnd lost tho restraint and coolnc-
which recently hnd disturbed their r
In t Ions. Of necessity their crampe I
environment had thrown them tnn li
together, nnd their compnnlonshlp h d
befn most :leiisant
To Be Continued
Miss Mary Shaever, of Burllngto-.
arrived yeRtcrday and will be t' o
guest of Mr. and Mrs. I). Hawkswo:'..
for a time. Mr. and Mrs. Hawl -worth.
Mrs. Dr. K. W Cook, V'
Nettlo Ilawksworth nnd Miss Shea - -spent
tho day In tho metropolis,
lng on tho morning train.
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