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CHAPTER XV Continued.
Smith wns Jabbing tits paper kntfo
absently Into the desk blotter. "And
yet wc ro on culllngthts a civilized
country I" he said meditatively. Then
with n sudden change of front: "I'm
In this fight to Btay until I win out
or die out, Hilly ; you know that. As I
havo said, Miss Verda can kill me off
If she chooses to; but she won't choose
to. Now let's get to work. It's pretty
late to rout a Justice of the peace
out of bed to Issue a warrant for us,
but we'll do It. Then we'll go after
Lanterby and make him turn stato's
evidence. Come on ; let's get busy."
But Starbuck, reaching softly for n
chulr-rightlug handhold upon Smith's
desk, made no reply. Instead he
snapped his lithe body out of the chair
and launched It In a sudden tiger
spring at the door. To Smith's nston
tshment, the door, which should have
been latched, came In at Starbuck's
wrenching Jerk of the knob, bringing
with It, hatlcss, and with the breath
startled out of him, the new stenogra
"There's your stato's evidence," said
Starbuck grimly, pushing the half
dazed door listener Into a chair. "Just
put the auger a couplo of Inches Into
this fellow and sco what you can find."
Richard Shaw had an exceedingly
bad quarter of an hour when Smith
and Starbuck applied the thumbscrews
to force a confession out of him. Nev
ertheless, knowing the dangerous
ground upon which ho stood, he evaded
and shuffled and prevaricated under
the charges and questionings until it
became apparent that nothing short of
bribery or physical torture would get
the truth out of him. Smith was not
willing to offer the bribe, and slnco
tho literal thumbscrews wcro out of
the question, Shaw was locked Into
one of the vncant rooms across tho
corridor until his captors could deter
mine what was to be done with him.
"That Is one time when J fired and
missed the whole side of the barn,"
Starbuck ndmlttcd, when Shaw had been
remanded to the makeshift cell across
tho hall. "I know that fellow Is on
Stanton's pay roll ; and It's reasonably
certain that he got his Job with you so
that ho could keep cases on you. But
we can't prove anything that we say,
o long as he refuses to talk."
"No," Smith agreed. "I can dis
charge him, and that's about all that
can be done with him."
"He Is a pretty smooth article," said
Starbuck reflectively. "He used to be
clerk In Maxwell's railroad office,
and he was mixed up In somo kind of
crookedness, I m't remember Just
Smith caught quickly at the sugges
tion. "Wait a minute, Billy," he broke In ;
and then: "There's no doubt In your
mind that he's a spy?"
"Suro ho Is," was tho prompt re
joinder. "I wns Just, thinking ho has henrd
what was said here tonight which Is
enough to give Stanton n pretty good
chance to outflguro our outfit again."
"Right you are."
"In which case It would bo little
thort of Idiotic In us to turn him loose.
"Are They 8ut-Enouah Chasing You
We'vo got to bold him, proof or no
proof. Whero would we be apt to
catch Maxwell at this tlnio of night?"
"At home and in bed, I reckon."
"011 him upon the phone and state
tfce case briefly. Tell him if he has
any nip on Shaw that would warrant
as In turning him over to the sheriff,
we'd like to know it"
"You're getting the range now,"
laughed the ex-cowman, and InBtead
of using the desk set, he went to shut
himself Into tho sound-proof telephone
When ho emerged a few minutes
later ho was grinning exultantly. "That
was suro a smooth ono of yours, John.
Dick gave me tho facts. Shaw's a
tklef ; but he has a sick Bister on his
bands or said bo had and the rail
road didn't prosecute. Dick says for
us to Jug him tonight and tomorrow
morning he'll swear out tho necessary
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"Good. We'll do that first; and then
wo'll go after this fellow Lanterby. I
wunt to get Stanton whero I can pinch
him, Billy ; no, there's nothing personal
about It ; but when n great corporation
like tho Esenlnnto Lund company gets
down to plain anarchy and dynamiting,
It's time to make somebody sweat for
It. Let's go and get Snow."
Together they went ncross tho corri
dor, uud Smith unlocked tho door of
tho disused room. The light switch
was on (he door-Jamb and Starbuck
found and pressed tho button. The
single Incandescent bulb hanging from
the celling sprang nllve and showed
the two men at the door an empty
room and an open window. The bird
Starbuck was grinning again when
he went to look out of tho window.
The roof of the adjoining building was
only a few feet below the sill level,
und there was a convenient fire cscnpe
ladder lending to the ground.
"It's us for that roadhousc out on
the Topaz trail before the news gets
around to Stanton and Lanterby," he
said definitely; and they lost no time
In securing an auto for tho dash.
But that, too, proved to bo n fiasco.
When they reached Barton's all-night
place on the hill road, tho bar was
still open und a card gamo was run
ning In an upstairs room. Starbuck
did tho necessary cross-questioning
of the dog-faced bartender.
"You know me, Pug, and what I can
do to you If I havo to. Wo want Hank
Lanterby. Pitch out and show us
The barkeeper threw up one hand
as If he wcro warding off a blow.
"You c'd havo him In a holy minute,
for all o' me, Billy; you suro could,"
ho protested. "But he's gone."
"On the level?" snapped Starbuck.
"That's straight; I wouldn't Ho to
you, Billy. Telephone call came from
town a little spell ago, and I got Hank
outa bed t' answer It He borra'd
Barton's mare an' faded Inside of a
pair o' minutes."
"Which way?" demanded the ques
"T the hills; leastways he ain't
hcadln' fr town when he breaks from
Starbuck turned to Smith with a wry
"Shaw beat us to It and ho scores
on us," he said. "We may as well
hike back, 'phone Williams to keep his
eye on things up at the dam, and go
to bed. There'll be nothing more do
At Any Cost
With all things moving favorably for
Tlmanyonl High Line up to the night
of fiascos, tho battle for tho great
water-right seemed to tako a sudden
slant against the local promoters, after
the failure to cripple Stanton by tho
attempt to suppress two of his subordi
nates. Early tho next day thero were
puulcky rumors In the ulr, nono of them
traceable to any definite starting point.
One of the stories was td the effect
that the Tlmunyonl dam had faulty
foundations and that the hasto In
t building had udded to Its Insecurity.
On the heels of this came clamorous
court petitions from ranch owners be
low tho dam site, setting forth tho
Hood dangers to which they were ex
posed and praying for an Injunction to
stop the work.
That this was a new move on Stan
ton's part, neither Smith nor StUIIngs
questioned for a moment; but they no
sooner got the nervous ranchmen paci
fied by giving an Indemnity bond for
any damage that might bo done, than
other rumors sprang up. For ono day
and yet another Smith fought mechan
ically, developing the machinellko dog
gedness of the soldier who sees tho
battlo going Irresistibly against him
and still smites on in sheer despera
tion. Ho saw tho carefully built or
ganization structure, reared by his own
efforts upon tho foundation laid by
Colonel Baldwin and his ranchman as
sociates, falling to pieces. In splto of
all ho could do, there was a panic of
stock-selling ; the city council, nlarmed
by tho persistent story of tho unsafety
of tho dam, was threatening to cancel
tho lighting contract with Tlmanyonl
High Line ; nnd Klnzle, though ho was
doing nothing openly, had caused the
word to bo passed far and wide among
the Tlmanyonl stockholders, disaster
could be averted now, only by prompt
action and the swift eff acement of their
rule-or-ruln secretary and treasurer.
They're after you, John," was the
way tho colonel put It at the close of
the second day of back-sllpplngs. "They
say you're flddlln' while Rome's a-
burnln'. Maybe you know what they
mean by that; I don't"
Smith did know. During the two
days of stress Miss Verda had been
very exacting. There had been another
night at the theater and much tlme
kllllng after meals In the parlors of the
Hophra house. Worse still, there bad
been a daylight auto trip about town
and up to tho dam. The victim was
writhing miserably under the price
paying, but there seemed to be no help
for it. Slnco tho night of Verda Rich-
lander's arrival in Brewster, he had not
seen Corona; he was telling himself
that ho had forfeited tho right to see
her. Out of the chaotic wreck of
things but one driving motive hnd sur
vived, nnd it hnd grown to the stuturo
of an obsession: the determination to
wring victory out of defeat for Tlman
yonl High Line; to fall, If ho must fall,
fighting to the last gasp and with his
faco to the enemy.
"I know," he said, replying, after the
reflective pause, to the charge pussed
on by Colonel Dexter. "There Is a
friend of mine here from the East, and
I have been obliged to show her some
attention, so they say I mn neglecting
my Job. They are ulso talking It
around thnt I am your Jonuh, nnd Buy
ing that your only hope Is to pitch me
"That's Dnvo Klnzle," growled the
Mlssourlan. "Ho seems to have it in
for you, some way."
"Nevertheless, ho was right," Smith
returned gloomily. Then : "I am about
nt tho end of my rope, colonel the
rope I warned you about when you
brought mo hero and put mo Into the
saddle; and I'm trying desperately to
hung on until my Job's done. When it
Is done, when Tlmanyonl High Line
can stand fairly on Its own feet and
fight Its own battles, I'm gone."
"Oh, no, you're not," denied the
ranchman-president In generous pro
test. "You come on out home with mo
tonight and get away from this muddle
for a few minutes. It'll do you a heap
of good ; you know it always does."
Smith shook his head reluctantly but
"Never again, colonel. It can only be
a matter of a few days now, and I'm
not going, to pull you and your wlfo
and daughter into the limelight If I can
Colonel Dexter got out of his chair
und walked to the office window. When
hocamo back it was to say: "Are they
sure-enough chasing you, John? for
something that you havo done? Is that
what you're trying to tell me?"
"That is It and they are nearly here.
Now, you know at least ono of tho rea
sons why I can't go with you tonight."
"I'll bo shot if I dol" stormed tho
generous one. "I promised the missus
I'd bring you."
"You must make my excuses to her;
and to Corona you may say that I am
onco moro carrying a gun. She will un
derstand." "Which means, I take It that you've
been telling Corry more than you've
told the rest of us. That brings on
more talk, John. I haven't said a word
before, have I?"
"Well, I'm going to say it now: I've
got only Just ono daughter in the wide,
wide world, John."
Smith stood up and put his hands
behind him, facing the older man
"Colonel, I'd give ten years of my
life, this minute, If I might go with you
to Hlllci'est this evening and tell Co
rona what I havo been wanting to tell
her ever slnco I have come to know
what her love might make of me. The
fact that I can't do it is the bitterest
thing I have ever had to face, or can
ever bo made to face."
Colonel Baldwin fell back into his
swing-chair and thrust his hands Into
"It beats tho Dutch how things
tnnglo themselves up for us poor mor
tals every little so-whlle," he com
mented, after a frowning puuse. And
then: "You haven't said anything like
that to Corry, have you?"
"That was white, anyway. And now
I suppose the other woman this Miss
Rlch-somethlng-or-otner over at the ho
tel hus come and dug you up and got
you on tho end of her trailing rope.
That's the way it goes when a man
mixes and mingles too much. You
never can tell "
"Hold on," Smith interposed. "What
ever else I may be; I'm not that kind
of a scoundrel. I don't owe Miss
Rtchlnndcr anything that I can't pay
without doing Injustice to the woman
I love. But In another way I am a
scoundrel, colonel. For tho past two
days I have been contemptible enough
to play upon a woman's vanity merely
for the sake of keeping her from talk-'
lng too much."
Tho grizzled old ranchman shook his
"I didn't think that of you, John; I
suro didn't Why, that's what you
might call a low-down, tin-horn sort of
"It is Just that, and I know it as
well as you do. But It's tho price I
have to pay for my few days of grace.
Miss Rlchlander knows tho Stantons;
they've made it their tartness to get
acquainted with her. One word from
her to Crawford Stanton, and a wire
from him to my home town in the mid
dle West would settle me."
The older man straightened himself
in his chair, and hln steel-gray eyes
"Break away from 'em, John I" he
urged. "Break it off short and lot 'cm
all do their worst! Away along at the
first Williams and I both said you
wasn't a crooked crook, and I'm be
lieving It yet When it comes to the
Bhow-down, wo'll all fight for you, and
they'll have to brief flmtefc at on
If they, want to match you out of th
Tlmanyonl. You go over yonder to th
Hophra House and tell that young worn
an that the bridle's off, and sho can
talk all she wnnts to 1"
"No," said Smith shortly. "I know
what I am doing, nnd I shall go on as
I havo begun. It's the only wny. "Mat
ters are desperate enough with us now,
nnd If I should drop out "
The telephone bell wns ringing, and
Baldwin twisted his chnlr to bring him
self within reach of the desk set. Tho
message was a brief one, and at its
finish the ranchman-president was
"By Jupiter I it does seem as if the
bud luck ull comes lu a bunch I" he
protested. "Williams was rushing
things Just a little too fast, and they've
lost a whole section of the dam by
stripping the forms before the con
crete wns set. Thut puts us back an
other twenty-four hours, at least Don't
that beat the mischief?"
Smith reached for his hnt "It's six
o'clock," he suld ; "und Williams' form
strippers liuve furnished one more rea
son why I shouldn't keep Miss Rich
lander wultlng for her dinner." And
with thut he cut the talk short and
went his way.
With a blank evening before her,
Miss Rlchlander, tnuklng the tete-a-tete
dinner count for what it would,
tightened her hold upon the one man
uvullublc, demanding excitement. Noth
ing else offering, she suggested an eve
ning auto drive, and Smith dutifully
telephoned Maxwell, the railroad su
perintendent, and borrowed a runabout.
Smith drove the borrowed runabout
In sober silence, nnd the glorious
beauty In the seut beside him did not
try to muke him tulk. Perhaps she, too,
was busy with thoughts of her own,
"There Is a Limit, Verda."
At all events, when Smith had helped
her out of the car at the hotel entrance
and had seen her as far as the eleva
tor, she thanked him half absently and
took his excuse, that he must return
the runabout to Maxwell's garage, with
out laying any further commands upon
Just as he was turning away, a bell
boy came across from, the clerk's desk
with a telegram for Miss Rlchlander.
Smith had no excuse for Hpgerlng, but
with the air thick with threats he made
the tipping of the boy answer for a
momentary stop-gap. Miss Verda tort
the envelope open and read the lnclo
sure with a fine-lined little frown com
lng and going between her eyes.
"It's from Tucker Jlbbey," she said,
glancing up at Smith. "Someone has
told him whero we are, and he is fol
lowing us. He says he'll be here on
the evening train. Will you meet him
and tell him I've gone to bed?"
At tho mention of Jlbbey, the money
spoiled son of tho man who stood next
to Joslah Rlchlander in the credit rat
ings, and Lawrencevllle'a best imita
tion of a flaneur, Smith's first emotion
was one of relief nt the thought that
Jlbbey would at least divide time with
him In the entertainment of the bored
beauty; then he remembered that Jlb
bey had once considered him a rival,
and thnt the sham "rounder's" pres
ence in Brewster would constitute a
menace more threatening than all the
others put together.
"I can't meet Tucker," ho said blunt
ly. "You know very well I can't"
"That's so," was the quiet reply. "Of
course you can't. What will you do
when he comes? run away?"
"No; I can't do that, either. I shall
keep out of his way, If I can. If he
finds me and makes any bad breaks,
he'll get what's coming to hlra. If he's
worth anything to you. you'll put him
on tho stage In tho morning and send
him up Into the mountains to Join your
"The Idea I" she laughed. "He's not
coming out here to see futher. Poor
Tucker I If he could only know what
he is In fori" Then: "It Is beginning
to look us If you might have to go stll'
deeper in debt to me, Montague. There
is one more thing I'd like to do before
I leave Brewster. If I'll promise to
keep Tucker away from you, will you
drive mo out to the Baldwins' tomor
row afternoon? I want to see the
colonel's fine horses, and he has lnylted
me, you know."
Smith's eyes darkened.
"There is a limit, Verda, and you've
reached it," he said quickly. "If the
colonel Invited you to Hlllcrest, it was
because you didn't leave him any
chance not to. I resign in favor of Jlb
bey," and with that he handed her Into
the waiting elevator and said, "Good,
(TO BB CONTINUED.)
, Anticipating a Slump.
The Victim "And why should yon
be so much concerned even If X am
losing my hair?" The Barber "Why,
sir, anyone is annoyed to find Ida bust-
I nets falling of"
Construction Is Usually Divided
Into Two Entire Distinct
SUBGRADE FOR THE SURFACE
Some of Most Important Details Re
quiring Careful Attention Are Fre
quently Overlooked Some
Precautions to Observe.
(Prepared by tho United State Depart
ment of Agriculture.)
Figure 1 shows a typlcnl cross sec
tion for u gravel-road surface and In
dicates thu customary steps Involved
In the construction of such n surface.
The limiting thicknesses shown on this
cross section are by no means followed
universally, but are believed to repre
sent the best current pructlce. The
minimum thickness shown Is supposed
to be employed where the traffic Is
light nnd the subgrude Is uniformly
stable, while the maximum thickness
Is adapted for opposite conditions.
Perhaps the most usual compneted
thickness of surface Is eight inches nt
the center and six inches at the edges.
Tho difference in thickness between
the edges nnd center is effected by
making the crown of the subgrude flat
ter than thut of the surface.
The construction of a gravel road
usually Is divided Into two entirely dis
tinct clusses of work. The work of
grading nnd preparing the subgrude
fulls Into one cluss, nnd thnt of haul
lng, spreading nnd compacting the
gravel Into the other. The first cluss
of work hus been discussed nt consid
erable length In connection with' earth
and snnd-clny roads, but since It is
desired to emphasize certain features
of subgrude preparation that are of
Increased Importance in connection
with gravel-road construction, both
classes of work will be considered In
the following discussion:
Preparation of the 8ubgrade.
In grading the roadbed and prepar
ing the subgrude for n gravel surface,
It should be borne In mind also thut
the more expensive a rond surface, the
greater should be the cure exercised
to prevent It from being damaged
c ' s 1
.Cross section ready to recti
Creti fcJien ihowini the first
Brofctn lift enow m
I -S f w
aw -ratr!MNMmU iJ.
jgji Cross aectlon-of computed road. 0P
TYPtCM. CROSS SKTIOWS SHOWWG METHOd OF COCTRUCTUfi k GRAVEL BOW)
Wshould be at least 10 feet for single track roadway and Venerallv
not less than 5 feet, for double track, MTshould be not lesslhin H feat
and "S-not less than 3 feet. ,
H. crown, varies from irch per foot for level grade, to I Inch pec
foot for a ftrade of 5.
through settlement or upheaval of the
subgrude, nnd the grenter should be
the nccurucy with which the subgrnde
Is constructed, so thnt no unnecessary,
surfacing mntcrlnl may be required to
correct Irregulurltles in grudo nnd
cross section, v No matter what the soil
conditions may be, the subgrude for a
gravel road surface, when completed,
should conform closely in grade and
cross section with the requirements
of the plans and should present an
even, uniform appeurnnce. Also, it
should be as firm and unyielding as
the conditions will permit.
Some of the most Important details
requiring careful attention In prepar
ing tho subgrude, and which are per
haps most frequently overlooked, nre
(1) backfilling culvert trenches so as
to prevent subsequent settlement (2)
exclusion of vegetuble mutter from
fills, (3) provision for draining wet
weuther springs which occur In the
subgrude, and (4) the mutter of thor
oughly loosening nnd distributing the
materials contained In old road crusts.
After the roadbed hus been graded
nnd drained properly, und the details
mentioned above Have received proper
attention, the work of preparing the
subgrude consists simply In forming a
trench, ns shown In figure 1, to receive
the gravel surface. Tho trench may be
formed largely with n grading ma
chine, but the final shaping should be
effected by menns of picks and shovels
and rolling." It Is .customary to provide
grado stakes at intervals of about 00
feet, to serve as a guide for the pick
and shovel work, and whero extreme
accuracy is desired cords may be
stretched between tho stakes to Insure
that the subgrade conforms to tho
required grade throughout. The roll
ing is done ordinarily with a power
roller weighing about ten tons.
In order that the subgrado may be
well drained during the process of
spreading and compacting the gravel
it Is frequently necessary to provide
shoulder drains at comparatively short
intervals. Such drains are constructed
by opening small ditches through tho
shoulders and partially filling them
The Gravel Surface.
Tho principal precautions to observe
iu constructing a gravel road surface,
after the subgrade Is prepared, may bo
commented upon briefly ns follows:
1. The gravel should be delivered
on tho work In wagons or cars espe
cially adapted for spreading ench loud
uniformly over thut part of the sub
grude for which It Is Intended. Where
loads ore dumped all In one spot nnd
Bpread later with shovels, as Is done
frequently, it Is very difficult to secure
uniform density of the surface crust
by subsequent harrowing nnd rolling.
Tho spots where the londs nre dumped
neurly always will be more densely
compneted ' than the nrcus between,
and, ns a result, uneven settlement
will develop soon.
2. Tho gravel should be sprend In
two or more courses, nnd the thickness
of the different courses should be ap
proximately tho same, except that
the first course may be made some
what thicker than the succeeding
courses, because, In general, n thicker
layer of gravel may be compacted on
the Bubgrade than when spread over
a layer of gravel already compacted.
It usunlly Is Impracticable to have tho
compacted thickness of nny course
greater than ubout 5 Inches, and qulto
frequently 3 or 4 Inches Is us much as
enn bo compneted satisfactorily ut ono
3. After each course of gravel la
sprend It should be harrowed with a
tooth hurrow until the various sizes
of particles and the binder or cement
ing mntcrlnl are distributed thoroughly
through the mass. Then It should be
compneted by rolling with a power
roller weighing ubout 10 tons, or by
means of trnfllc. Whero a roller Is em
ployed the rolling should be continued,
until the pnrtlcles of gravel nre all
well bonded together nnd the surface
presents a smooth, uniform nppcar
ance. When completed, the surface
of each course should be bo firm and
unyielding that It will not be disturbed
In any wuy by subsequent traffic.
4. Whero It Is necessary to add
snnd or cluy to the gravel In order to
fill the voids, It should he done after
ench course Is sprend und before It Is
hnrrowed, except thnt with some kinds
nf gravel It muy be permissible to add
n limited amount of fine material to
the surface of the top course after the
burrowing is completednnd the roiling"
Is In progress.
G. Whero the binder consists of some
material other than clay, It mny
be desirable to sprinkle each course
with water while It Is being rolled, and
even where clay Is used ns a binder u
small amount of sprinkling mny be
necessury In dry weather In order to
secure n sutlsfuctory bond. The
sprinkling always should bo done uni
formly and In such quantities as not
to wash the fine mntcrlnl out from the
grnvel or to soften the subgrndc.
0. When the roud surface Is com-
ttw turfklng materiaL
v:WX IT iZal
ewrn of travel spread and rolled
I road sett ion.
plctc It should be uniform In grade
und cross section. If depressions oc
cur under the roller they should be
corrected by adding gravel nnd con
tinuing the rolling, nnd this should bo
kept up until no depressions or ap
preciable waves nre produced by tho
roller In moving back and forth over
7. After tho road Is opened to traf
fic it should be wutched very careful
ly for several months and all defects
which develop should be corrected Im
mediately. The work of maintaining
the road until the surfucc no longer
"picks up" or ravels under traffic
should bo considered nn essentlnl fea
ture of the construction. When traffic
Is depended upon to compact the grav
el, much dragging usually Is neces
sary In order to secure a smooth, well
bonded surface. In fact, the cost of
dragging, under such conditions, fre
quently may exceed the cost of secur
ing a well-bonded surface by means
The construction method described
nbove Is modified qulto frequently by
omitting the subgrade trench and the
rolling. The practice followed In many
localities Is simply .to grade up tho
rondbed and heap gravel along tho
central portion. Trnfllc Is then de
pended upon to spread and compact
tho gravel and produce a uniform sur
face. While some of tho roads con
structed In this way nro great Improve
ments over tho original earth roads
they are nearly always crowned too
much for comfortable driving, and sel
dom wear as well as when tho more
careful method of construction Is fol
lowed. It is believed, therefore, that
in the long run it usually pays to em
ploy a trenched subgrado nnd to com
pact the surface by rolling, though a
possible exception to the economy of
a trenched subgrade may exist where
good gravel may be obtained very
cheap. In this caso It may be cheaper
to surface the entire roadway than to
Incur tho additional expense of trench,
lng and constructing earth shoulders.
TO DESTROY SHEEP SORREL
Weed Cannot Be Entirely Exterminat
ed by Mowing, But It Can Be
Weakened to Great Extent
Sheep sorrel cannot bo entirely ex
terminated by mowing, but It can be
greatly weakened. Tho weed should
bo mown as soon us tho flowering
stnlks havo attained full size, but be
fore they have commenced to turn red.
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