Pauls Valley Sentinel (Pauls Valley, Indian Terr.), Vol. 1, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 29, 1904 Page: 6 of 16
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Author of "Tha ki<ln*pr>«4 Millionaires," ''Colonel
Monroe'* Doctrtnt." Etc.
OoevRivnrr. 1902. by
FRKDSMKK t'l'HAM ADAMS
All rlshu 1 COPTHtQHT, 1&03. bt
rcur'ftl a. J. Dbixil Biddli
John Hurt had seated himself at his
desk, which Is? was putting in order.
Surprised at Sam's positive state-
ment he turned quickly. He saw
Rlake standing by the door. A
shaft of sunlight fell full on his face.
His hand was on the knob, and he
stood motionless as if riveted to the
floor. There was that in his expres-
sion and altitude which challenged
John Burt's attention
Students of psychological phenom-
ena may offer an explanation of the
impalpable impression received by
John Burt in that moment. His was
the dominating mind; Blake's the sub-
jective. By that mysterious telepathy
which mocks analysis and scorns de-
scription a message passed to John
Burt. He yet lacked the cipher to
translate It. It dotted no definite
warning and sounded none but a
vague suspicion, but the vibration,
though faint, was discordant.
John Burt glanced at Blake and
turned to Sam.
"You surely are mistaken, Sam," he
said. "Miss Carden is abroad and
will not sail for New York for several
"Is that so?" Sam ran his fingers
through his red hair and looked puz-
rled. "That's mighty curious! I've
got an eye like a hawk, an' I'd a
sworn it was her. I met her once or
twice when she was here before, an'
thought sure It was her I saw yester-
day. Must be wong, though, Guess
I'd better begin wearin' glasses. So
ye ain't seen her yet. John? I'll bet
she'll be plumb glad tew meet you.
We was talkln' erbout ye the last time
1 saw her. That's two years ago She
hadn't forgot ye, John."
Blake closed the door and Sam
turned at the click of the latch.
"Why, here's Jim! Well, well, well!
Here we are all together. Thought 1
wouldn't know John, didn't ye? 1
knew him the moment he spoke,
didn't I. John? And so old Rocky
Woods has turned out the great firm
of James Rlake & Company! 1 want
to congratulate both of ye. Are ye
all through work? Let t go somewhere
where we can have somethin' in honor
of this mee-mentous occasion. Come
on, boys, it's my treat!"
"Many thanks for your invitation.
Sam. and I'd like to accept it. but it's
hardly safe." said John. "In a few
weeks I hop« to enjoy your hospital-
me except as Alderman Samuel L
Hounds. Why d'ye ask, John?"
Blake returned and took a seat near
"Our firm Is interested in the ordi-
nances submitted to your Board, by
the terms of which new and amended
franchises are proposed for the Cos-
mopolitan Improvement Company," be-
gan John. "I have studied the record
of the proceedings, and find that you
spoke and voted against these bills
when originally proposed and passed.
Do you mind telling me, Sam, what
you know of this matter? Can you do
so without violating your trust?"
"You bet I can; an' I know a lot,"
declared Sam. "I was comin' over to
tell Jim, anyhow, an' I reckon I know
what you are after. There's no use of
my tellin' ye erbout this fellow Mor-
ris. He's nothin' more er less'n a
high toned thief. He owns, or thinks
he ow ns the Board of Aldermen. Per-
haps he does, hut to my way of think-
in' he's likely to be fooled. There's
er lot of new members who are agin
him. an' some of the old ones that he
bought before want ter be bought
agin, an' they have raised their price.
Morris was tew my house last night.
savs I. to deliver all these seven I party. You arato be congratulated,
votes,' I says, 'fer the lump sum of papa, on your Intuition.
eightv thousand dollars; forty per "I am the one to be congratulated,
cent down in cash an' the balance : said Blake, with a smile and a bow.
.■aid over when the bills is passed?' ! "but I should preface my self-felidta-
Morris thought a while an' said he'd tions with an apology for the lnfor-
be glad tew dew that. I told him mallty of my call. If Gen. Carden
I d think erbout it a lot an" let him j will stand sponsor for my plea that
know iu a few days." business exigencies cover a multitude
Sam paused and looked keenly first 0f social Improprieties. I may hope
at John Burt and then at Blake. ! for forgiveness; and, if forgiven, I
"I hope you don't think, John," he %varn you that I shall commit the of-
said "that I'd any Idea of takin' his fense again!"
offer. I—" A delicate flush suffused Jessie's
"I certainly do not," said John. "I'm face and brightened the radiance of
simply astounded that Morris has , her eyes.
done the one thing I would have him
do. That is a rare piece of good for-
tune. Jim, isn't it?"
"It's great luck," declared Blake,
with genuine enthusiasm. Under the
stimulus of Sam's disclosures he for-
got Jessie for the moment, and again
took his position side by side with
"I reckon I know what tew dew,"
asserted Sam. "I'm tew see these six
aldermen that Morris needs, an' then
I'm goln' tew meet him an' make my
report. If it's all right he's tew pay
me thirty-two thousand dollars In cash
an' put the balance up with some man
that I name. There's three of these
aldermen that Morris couldn't buy if
he offered each of 'em the whole lump
sum, an' I can handle the others.'
"That is all right so far as it goes,"
interrupted John Burt, "but Morris is
shrewd enough to demand positive
pledges before paying over any such
amount of money. You should have
vour aldermanic friends sign and exe-
to extend mine, but until that
time 1 am John Burton, and you dont
know me. Sit down, Sam, we wish
to discuss a business matter, or per-
haps more accurately speaking, a
politioal ore. Jim. send one of the
clerks out for a magnum, and well
drink Sam's health here. I'm still an
ex.ik Sam. Unul an hour ago Jim
was the only man in New York who
was acquainted with me. But I'm
fume away prison bars, and you can
help me. Sam
"I can help yam? echoed Sam. "You
jest call on me fer anything except
murder—an 1 might manage that."
Blake had boon singularly quiet,
bet he joined :n the laugh which fol-
lowed and left the room to order the
"Jim ain't lookln' well,' said Sam.
Say, John. I wonder what he'd think
if he knew I was in your office now?
Darned if this ain't a funny world "
"What did Morris have to say?"
asked Blake, who did not need to
counterfeit an interest In this new de-
"He had er tot tew say," replied
Sam. "A year ago he offered me five
thousand dollars fer my vote. I told
him then that I couldn't do business
with him. an' he managed tew pass
his bills agin my vote an' infloo-ence.
Guess he wants me pretty bad just
now. Last night he raised his price
tew ten thousand."
" 'These ordinances are all right an'
fer the benefit of the public,' says this
self-sacrificing Morris. 'I'm sorry, Al-
derman Rounds,' he says, 'that you're
prejudiced agin them. If you'll chango
your mind there's six other aldermen
whoU dew the same, an' when the
bills are passed ye gits ten thousand
"That's what he said tew me," con-
sympathetically. Looks sorter peaked ; tinned Sam. "an' I told him that he
lite dont yon think so. John? was a liberal sport, an' that I'd take
•*I noticed that this morning and his offer under consideration an' hold
id him so." John replied. "He has it in abee-ance. Then 1 asked him
■oeer under a severe strain for weeka who the six others were who'd follow
and possibly the change of climate my lead, an' he told me. The seven
doesn't agree with him. I'm going to
send him into the country for a few
days He is entitled to a rest, and
there's no reason why be shouldn't
have it. Jim and I have been through
many hard fought engagements to-
gether. but at last a decisive victory-
is in sight. Do you know Arthur Mor-
ris?' he asked abruptly.
"You bet I do; but he dont know
of us gives him a majority."
"Was that all?"
"1 should say nc^," declared Sam.
"I said tew him. s^s I. Mr. Morris,
I knows all these aldermen, an' they
are my personal friends I'm a busi-
ness gent,' I says, "bavin' been In hess
tradin' an' In the commission business
all my life, an perhaps this game is
right in my line. Suppose I contract,'
cute written promises to support these
bills, and keep certified copies of the
same. These agreements will not be
binding, legally or morally. I will
consult my attorneys in this matter
and let you know the best methods of
"All right, John; anything you say
goes with me," laughed Sam. "When
shall I drop in n^in?"
"Early to-morrow morning," replied
John. "Send word to Judge Wilson.
Jom. that I shall call on him this even-
On Thin Ice.
Blake found a ready excuse to call
on Gen. Carden. The pronounced ac-
tivity in L. & O. served as a pretext
for an evening visit to the Bishop resi-
dence. Blake was greeted by the old
banker with dignified cordiality, and
his heart beat high as Jessie frankly
Under the witchery of her presence.
James Blake wondered that he had
hesitated for a moment to ilsk life
itself to win her. What was friend-
ship. loyalty, fame or fortune In the
balance with one smile from the wom-
an he had learned so suddenly to
love? His whole being thrilled with
keenest Joy as he felt the faint clasp
of her hand, and hl9 ear9 drank Is the
melody of her voice.
"Papa was saying at dinner that the
market had taken a decided turn, and
that he thought you would call this
evening.' said Jessie. "He felt so cer-
You will never become an outcast
by such transgressions," she laughed.
"I will leave you and papa to your
business plottings. Edith is here, and
when you have ended your serious af-
fairs perhaps you will join us and we
can have music or cards."
Blake's face glowed with a pleasure
no formal words could conceal.
"Our business will be ended in a
minute," he said. "I know the gen-
eral has not forgotten the defeat we
administered to him the other even-
ing, and as an old soldier I fancy he
is eager to wipe out his repulse with
"He certainly is," asserted Gen.
Carden. "I'm so sure of winning to-
night that on behalf of Edith I chal-
lenge you and Jessie to a rubber of
whist, with a box to-morrow evening
for Booth's production of 'A Fool's
Revenge' as a wager!"
"Done!" exclaimed Blake.
"I warn you that papa generally
wins when something is at stake.'
said Jessie, "but I'll do tie best I
can, and hope for good luck to offset
my poor playing."
She excused herself, and Blake and
Gen. Carden plunged Into stock tech-
"I wished you to know the cause of
to-day's advance in L. & 0„" ex-
plained Blake. "For reasons you sur-
mise. I am picking up blocks of this
stock. It will go higher to-morrow,
and then a slump may follow, but you
need not worry whether It advances
or declines. I have the market under
control. From present indications
you will be called on to exercise your
option inside of ten days."
"I have confidence in your Judg-
ment and you can rely on prompt ex-
ecution of your Instructions." said
Gen. Carden. "For twenty years I
have been identified with Wall street,
and I understand its ethics. In this
compaign you are the general. You
will find mc a loyal aide."
There was more talk, but since
Blake had nothing of importance to
disclose, the conference soon ended.
Blake was triumphantly satisfied
with his progress. He rightly inter-
preted Gen. Carden's suggestion of a
theater party as a tacit permission
to pay his addresses to Jessie Carden.
Later in the evening, through a
chance remark by Miss Hancock, be
learned that they had declined a thea-
ter invitation from Arthur Morris. He
no longer had the slightest fear of
Morris. He felt sure of the consent
and even the support of Gen. Carden
in his suit for the hand of his daugh-
The whist game was closely con-
tested. out as Jessie had predicted
the general and Edith won a hard-
fought victory, and Blake agreed to
pay the wager the evening following.
(To be continued.)
Told by a Tenor.
Ellison Van Hoose, the tenor, tells
this story of himself:
"Once, when traveling in Germany,
I visited Bonn and looked up all the
Beethoven relics I could find. I be-
came Intensely interested, and at the
home of the master the guide was
put to it," as we say, to answer all my
questions concerning the man and tha
" Oh,' he replied, nonchalantly, *he
didn't amount to much. He waa only
Long Ready for Death.
William Ludlam. who died at Oyster
Bay, N. Y.. at the age of 88. made his
own coffin ten years ago and had kept
tain of it that we postponed a theater it in his house all that tin*.
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