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ME DAILX COOS KAY TIMrtS, MARSIIFIELD, OREGON, TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 10071
Of the B. A.
Copyright. 1001, by
OAKLEY was nlono In tho bare
general olllcos of the Huckle
berry line, na tho Buckhorn
and Antloch railroad wbb
commonly called by tho public, which
It betrayed In the matter of meal?; and
connections. Uo was lolling lazily over
bis desk with a copy of the local pa
per before him and the stem of a dis
reputable cob pipe between his tooth.
The business of the day was done,
and the noise and hurry attending
doing had given way to a sudden hush
Other sounds than those that had filled
the ear since morning grew out of the
titlllncss. Big drops of rain driven by
the wind splashed softly against the
unpalnted pluo door which led Into the
yards or fell with a gay patter on tho
corrugated tin roof overhead. No. 7,
due at G:40, had Just pulled out with
twenty minutes to inake up, between
Ant lock, simd Harrison, the western
terminus "of the line. The 0 o'clock
whistle had blown, and the men from
the car shops, a dingy, ono story build
ing thut joined the general juices on
tho east, Wort straggling on" home.
Across the tracks at tho ugly little de
pot tho ticket agent and .telegraph op
erator had locked up and hurried away
under one umbrella the moment No. 7
was clear of the platform. From the
yards every one was gone but Milton
McCllntock, tbo'mnster mechanic, nud
Dutch Pete, the yard boss. Protected
by dripping yellow oilskins, they were
busy repairing a wheezy switch engine
that had been Incontinently backed In
to a siding and the caboose of a freight.
Oakley was' waiting the return of
Clarence, tho ofllco boy, whom he had
sent uptown to the postolllce. Having
rend the two columns of-local and per-
sounl gossip arranged under the header
ing "People You Know," he swept up
newspaper into ,tue wasteoasuer anu
pushed back blstchalr. The wluddw
nearest his desk overlooked the yards
nhd a long line of shabby day coaches
qfud bnttered freight cars on one of the
sidings. They were there to bo rebuilt
or repaired. t This meant a new lease
of life to the shops, which had never
. Oakley had been with the Huckle
berry two months. Tho first Intimation
the office force received thut the new
man' Whom they had been expecting
for over a week had arrived in Antloch;
and Ws prepared to take hold was
wlieu he walked Into the office oid
oulotly Introduced himself to Kerffciad
Holt. Former general managers h;d
arrived by special after much prelimi
nary wiring. Tho manner of their go
ing had been less spectacular. They
one and all failed, and General Cor
plsh cut short tho days of their pride
Naturally the office had been the
least bit skeptical concerning Oakley
and his capabilities, but within a weekl
jiected with the road. The trains be
gan to regard their schedules, and the
slackness und unthrlft In tho yards
gave placo to an ordered prosperity.
Without any npparent effort he found
jivork for the shops, a few extra men
even were taken on, and there was no
jblnt as yet of half time for the sum
He was a broad shouldered, long
Jim bed, energetic young fellow, with
'frank blue eyes that looked ono square
ly In the face. Men liked him because
ho was straightforward, alert and nble,
.with an Indefinite personal charm that
lifted him out of the ordinary. These
were the qualities Cornish had recog-
' nlzed when he put him In control of his
interests nt Antloch, nnd Oakley, who
Jenjoycd hard work, had earned his sal-
' ary several times over and was really
i Ho put down his pipe, which was
smoked out, and glanced at tho clock.
"What's" the matter with that boy?" he
The matter was that Clarence had
.'concluded to take a brief vacation.
'After leaving tho postoflico he skirted
'a vacant lot and retired behind his fa
ther's red barn, where ho applied hlm
'Eolf iHllcnntlv tr n elirarette.
4 When the clgarotte was finished the
urchin bethought him of the purposo of
.Ills errund. This so worked upon his
i fears that ho bolted for tho ofllco with
Jail tho speed of his short legs. As he
rnn he promised himself emotionally
(that "tho boss" was likely to "skin"
Jhlni. But whatever his fears he dashed
,lnto Oakley's presence panting nnd In
jhot haste. "Just two letters for you,
Mr. Oakley!" he gasped. "That was all
j there was!"
! no went over to the superintendent
J nnd handed hUn tho letters. Oakley
' observed him critically and with n dry
smile. For an Instant tho boy hung
his head sheepishly, then his face
"It's an awfully wet day; It's just
sopping!" , f
Oakley wa'jved this bit of gratuitous
. "Did you run all tho way?"
"Yep, every step," with the Impudent
mendacity that comes of long practice.
"It's rather curious you didn't get
Clarence looked nt the clock.
"Was I gono long? It didn't seem
d"ng to me." he added, with a candor
he Intended should disarm criticism.
"Only a HttJe over hulf an hour, Clar-
Harper & Brothers
I guess you may as well go home
Good night, Mr. Oakley," with hap
"Good night, Clarence."
The door Into the yards dosed with
0' bang, nud Clnrence, gleefully skip
ping the mud puddles which lay In his
path, hurried his small person off
through the rain nud mist.
Onklcy glanced at his letters. One
lin anw wnfl frnm finliornl PnrntQll If
"VjfifHSAl to be a brief note, scrlbbed In
8U- I j.jucll on tho back of a telegram blank.
Tho general would arrive In Antloch
that night on the late train. He wished
Oakley to meet him.
The other letter was In nn unfamiliar
hand. Oakley opened It. Like the
first, It wns brief and to tho point, but
he did not at once grasp Its meaning.
This. Is what he reud:
Dcar Sir I Inclose two newspaper clip
pings which fully explain themselves.
Your father Is much Interested In knowing-
your whereabouts. I have not fur
nished him with any definite Information
on this point, as I have not felt at lib
erty to do so. However, I was able to tell
him I believed you were doing well.
Should you desire to write him, I will
gladly undertake to see that any commu
nication you 'may send cars of this office
will reach him. Very sincerely yours,
It was like a bolt from a clear sky.
Ho drew a deep, quick breath. Then
he took up the newspaper clippings.
Ono wns a florid column and a half ac
count of a fire In the hospital ward of
the Massachusetts state prison and
dealt particularly with the heroism of
Roger Oakley, a life prisoner, In lead
ing a rescue. The other clipping, mere
ly a paragraph, was of more recent
date. It announced that Roger Oak
ley had been pardoned.
Oakley had scarcely thought of his
AhStfr In years. The man and his con
cenit-his crime and his tragic atone
ment had passed Completely out of his
life, but now he was free, If he chose,
to enter It again. There was such sud
denness in the thought that he turned
sick on the moment; a grent wave of
self pity enveloped him, the recollec
tion of his struggles and his shame
the bitter, helpless shame of a child
leturncd. Ho felt ouly resentment to
ward this man whose crime had blast
ed his youth, robbing him of every
ordinary advantage, and clearly the
end was not yet.
True, by degrees, he had grown
away from the memory of It all. Ho
bad long since freed himself of the fear
that 'his secret might be discovered.
With success ho had even ncqulred a
certain complacency. Without know
ing his history, the good or the bad of
It, his world had accepted him for
what he was really worth. Ho was
neither cowardly nor selfish. It was
not alone the memory of his own hard
ships that embittered him and turned
his heart against his fnther. His
mother's face, with Its hunted, fugitive
r 'iose up before him In protest. He
recalled their wanderings in senrcu or
some place where their story was not
known and whero they could begin life
anew, their return to Burton, and then
For years It had been like a dream,
and now ho saw only the slouching fig
ure of the old convict, which seemed to
uicnacchlm, and remembered only the
evil consequent upon his crime.
Next he fell to wondering what sort
of a man this Roger Oakley was who
had seemed so curiously remote, who
bad been as a shadow In his way pre
ceding the presence, and suddenly ho
found his heart softening toward him.
It was Infinitely pathetic to the young
man, with his abundant strength and
Bplendld energy, this Imprisonment
that had endured for almost a quarter
of a century. Ho fancied his father as
broken and friendless, as dazed and
confused by his unexpected freedom,
with his place In tho world forever
lost. After all, he could not sit In judg
ment or avenge. ,
So far as he know he had never seen
his fnther but once. First there had
been a hot, dusty Journoy by stage;
then he had gone through a massive
Iron gate and down u narrow passage,
'sldeV,oidlng fast to her hand,
yu uu uau iruuuu vy uio ujuiuci
Allhls came back in a Jerky, dls
connected fashion, with wide gaps and
lapses ho could not fill, but the Impres
sion maao'upon his mind by his father
had been lasting and vivid. He still
saw him as ho was then, with the
chalky prison pallor on his haggard
face a clumsily made man of tremen
dous bono and muscle who had spoken
with them through the bars of his cell
door while his mother cried softly be
hind her shawl. Tho boy bad thought
of him aa man In a cage.
ne wondered who Ezra Hart was,
for tho name seemed familiar. At
length he placed him. ne was tho law
yer who had defended his father. He
was puzzled that Hart knew whero he
was. ne had hoped tho little New
England village bad lost all track of
him, but the fact that Hart did know
convinced him It would be quite use
less to try to keep his whereabouts a
secret from his father oven If ho wish
ed to. Since Hart knew, there must be
others also who knew.
i;rtook up the newspaper clippings
again. By an odd coincidence they had
reached him on tho very day tho gov
ernor of Massachusetts bad set apart
for his father's release.
OAKLEY drew down the top of
his desk and left the olllcc. Be
fore locking tho door, on which
some predecessor hnd caused
the words, "Department of Transpor
tation nud Maintenance; No Admit
tauce Except on Business," to be sten
ciled In black letters, he called to Mc
Cllntock, who, with Dutch Pete, wis
still fussing over tho wheezy switch en
"Will you want In tho ofilce for any
The mnster mechanic, who hnd been
swearing nt a rusted nut, got up from
his knees and, dangling a big wrench
In one hand, bawled back, "No, I guess
After turning the key on the depart
ment of transportation and mainte
nance, Onklcy trossed the tracks to the
station nnd made briskly off uptown,
with the wlnd.nnd rain blowing In his
Ho lived at tho American House, the
best hotel the place could boast.
In Antloch Oakley was something of
a flguic. Ho was tho first malinger of.
tho load to mnko the town his pcrma
uchf headquaitcrs, and tho town was
grateful. It would lnuc swamped him
with kindly attention, but be had studi
ously Ignored nil advances, prefeirlng
not to make friends. In this he hnd
not entirely succeeded. Tho richest
man In the county, Dr. Emory, who
was a 'good deal of a pntrlclan, had
titUcn a luucy to him nud hnd Insisted
upon entertaining him at n formal din
ner. It wns the most impressive func
tion Oakley had ever attended, and
even to think of it still sent the cold
chills coursing down his spluo.
lhat morning he hnd chanced to
meet Dr. Emory on tho street, and tho
doctor, who could nlw ays bo trusted to
say exactly w hat ho thought, had tak
en him to task for not calling. There
was a reason why Oakley hnd not done
so. The doctor's daughter had Just re
turned from the east, nnd vague ru
mpts were cut rent concerning her
beauty and elegance. Now, women
weie altogether beyond Oakley's ken.
Howecr, since some responsive cour
tesy was evidently expected of him, ho
determined to hac It over with at
once. Imbued with tills Idea, he went
to his loom after supper to dress. As
he arrayed himself for the ordeal he
sought to recall n past experience In
line with the present Barring tho re
cent dinner, his most ambitious social
experiment had been a brnkemau's
ball hi Demer years before when ho
was conductor on a freight.
It was still mining, n dlscouraglngly
persistent drizzle, when Oakley left
his hotel and turned from the public
square into Mniu street. This Main
street was never nn imposing thor
oughfare, and a week of steady down
pour made It from cuib to cuib a riicr
of quaking mud. It was lit at long in
tervals by flickering gas lamps that
glowed like corpulent flieflles In the
nilsty daikiiess beneath the dripping
maple boughs. As In tho case of most
western towns, Antloch had known
dreams of greatness, dronmfc which
had not been realized. It stood stock
still in all Its raw, ugly youth, with tho
rigid angularity Its founders had Im
posed upon It when they hacked and
hewed n spot for It In the pine woods,
whose btuuted second growth encircled
It on eveiy side.
Tho Emory home had once been a
farmhousp of tho better class. Varl-
"Will you want in the office for any
ous additions and Improvements gavo
It an air of solid and bubstautinl com
fort unusual In a community where
the prevailing stylo of architecture was
a squaro wooden box built closo to tho
street end of a narrow lot
The doctor himself answered Oak
ley's ring and led the way Into tho par
lor after relieving him of his hat and
"My wife you know, Mr. Oakley.
This Is my daughter."
Constance Emory rose from her seat
before tho wood fire thut smoldered on
the wide, old fashioned henrtlt nnd
gave Oukley her hand. Ho saw n state
ly, fair haired girl, trimly gowued In
an evening dress that to his unsophis
ticated gaze seemed astonishingly elab
orate. But he could not have iinaglned
anything more becoming. He decided
Hint she was very nrottv. Later he
changed his mind. Sho wns more than
(To bo continued.)
Makes Kldnoys and Bladder RInht
All the latest
can furnish tho following
Thoroughbred Eggp nt
$2.00 Per Setting
Jlhodo Island Ruds
tinned Plymouth Hocks
JOHN W. FLANAGAN
Send in your oulers Now
Eggs Shipped anywhere in the
Flanagan & Bennett Bank
Capital I'aid Dp $10,000
Undivided Plollts $15,000
Does a general banking business and draws
ou tho Bank of Cultfornln, Ban Francisco
Calif., First National llank Portland Or., Flrsl
National Hank, noscburg, Or., Jlnnovcr Na
tional Bank, New York, N. M. Itotlichild &
Son, Ixindon, England.
Also sell cbange on nearly all the principal
cities of Europe.
Accounts kept subject to check, safe deposit
lock boxes for rout at 0 cents a mouth or
?5. a) car.
INTEREST PAID ON TIME DEPOSITS
M. P. Pendergrass, Master
Leaves Marshfleld 7:30, 9:00,
and 10:30 a. m and 1:002:30
and 4:00 p. m.
Leaves North Bend at 8:15,
9:45 and 11:15 a. m., and 1:45,
3:15 and 5:00 p. m.
Makes dally trips except Sun
days. Pare: One way, 15
cents; round trip, 25 cents.
Dealer in Puro Cream Milk
and Iiuttermilk. Fiee do
livery to all parts of the city.
v HOTEL OREGON
New and Modern
Sample Rooms in Connection
NORTH BEND, ORE.
Home Cooking, Good Beds
Itate-i Boaid and Lodging $5 per
week; per day, $1; Meals U3c.
Wet Vour Whistle Then Blow1
J. R. HERRON, Prop.
Trout Street, I t Marshfleld, Oreson
Sank of regrm
(Sttuitul ntiult fully uattutti
JTrmiBarlii a yrtirral fianliutn
Nurilj BmiI.. (Drrrjmt
and Navigation Co.
TRAIN SCHEDULE NO. 2.
In Effect January 1, 1007.
All previous schedules are void.
Subject to change without notlco.
W. S. Chandler, manager; P. A.
Lnlso, freight agent; general offices,
Leave 9:00 n. m.Marshfleld.
9:30 a. m.B, II. Junction.
9:45 n. m.jCoqullle.
Arrive 10:30 n.m.JMyrtlo Point.
Loavo 10:45 a. m.Myrtlo Point.
10:30 n. ni.CoqulIlo.
12:00 m. D. II. Junction.
Arrive 12:S0 p.m.JMnrshfleld.
Extrn trains will run on dally
special orders. Trnlns to and from
Denver Hill dally.
An n ouncements:
Open afternoon and even
ings, 2 to 5 and 7 to 10,
wfelc days only.
25 cents for iipo of Kink
15 cents for thobe using
their own skntes.
10 cents admission to
Special attention given to
beginneis Fiiday after
Uest of order always main
tained. D L Avery,
Nelson Iron Works
P. n. NELSON, Prop.
Wo ropnlr all kfmls of Machlner),
Btetim nnd Gnu Knglr.eB, Guns nud III
c)eIo8. Uest of work ourSioclftlty. : :
Wc mnuiifiiotiiio Castings In Iron nnd
lroii70 for Saw Mllla nnd Losing
Canips. Wemnkethn best Slicnvca and
Koad Spools for toggcra. : : :
MARSHFIELD, - - ORECON
F. H. BRIGHAM
ARCHITECT AND SUPERINTENDENT
Plans and specifications
mado for all classes of
North Bend, Oregon
uiAaiuua a hiclain
MarNlilluld and Ninth Iienil
CONTRACTORS TOR ,
Wood and stone block pavemonts,
miicadum and pltink stieuts, new
er und water wains, cement side
walks and curbs, plain and lein'
forced concrete foibnildiiiK. foun
dations and iituiiiing walls,
l'iro proofing and nnphult roofing
Crushed rocksand building stone.
Gi ading and excavating.
Steam Dye Works
Ladies' and Gouts garments clean
ed or dyed.
Philip Becker', Proprietor.
E. E. STRAW, M. D.
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON
Diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose
and Throat a specialty.
OfUce in Lockhart's Building.
Oftloe opposite Union Furniture Store. Hours
10 to lnjid 2 to A
wrlAl aLfpntfnn tui
Sfirclnl attention p&fd to diseases of the skin
utliiary and (irgo;tle organs
U. 8' Pension examiner'
DR. J. W. INGRAM,
Physician and Surgeon,
OhIco over Sengstncken's Drug Store.
Phones Offlco 1621; residence 783.
11. M. RICHARDSON,
Physician nud Surgeon.
Diseases of eye, ear, nose and throat
Offlce In Eldorado Block.
E. Ii. U. PARKIN.
A t tor u cyat-La w.
City Attorney. Deputy Dlat. 'Atfy.
Lockhart Building. Marshliold, Ore.
J. M. UPTON,
Marshfleld. ... Oregon.
J. V. RKNNETT,
OIIlco over Flanagan & Bonott
Varshfleld, - - J Oregon.
o. f. Mcknight,
Upstairs, Bennett & Walter block;
Marshfleld, ... Oregon;
J. W. SNOVER
Ofllco: ''Rogers ' building ,,vv '
.1 1 Uf,f' 'jClil-
r - Oregon
COKH Ai COKE,
Marshfleld, ... Oregon!
PIXLEY & MAY15EE,
Ofllco over Myors' Store. (
Phono 701 . , . North Bond, Ore.
Real Estate Agents.
DIER LAND COJUANY
Ileal Estate Brokers
OAICIiEY & ARNOLD, T
Civil and Mechanical Engineers
All kinds of land surveying, drafting
and map making.
Orego Heady to Bhow Spring Millinery' t
Broadway and "0" Streots
Smart shapes nnd tasteful trimmings
combine to mnke every lint in the as
Perfect Style .v
Is the secret of our xucoeas in tht rroni
Ingot sbtrts, collars and cads. Uoon
dampened In spots, Irous up with
rough dry finish, hu a llmpjr fcctlug,
and Is generally undesirable. W
dampen alt our work by hand. It take
longer, but It means better work, and
that Is our constant aim. '
Goos Bay Steam Laundry
McPherson Ginser Cq.
II . ' I
Wholesale liquor dealers
Cigars and buIooii sup
plies. California Wiaes a Specialty
Front St., Marshfield
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