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THE DAIL1 COdS HAY T1MICS, MARSHFIELD, OREGON, THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1007.
Of the B. . A.
Copyriiht. 1001, by
(Continued from Wednesday.)
OAKLEY took the satchel from
General Cornish's hand as tho
latter stepped from his pri
"You got my note, I see," he said.
"I think I'll go to tho hotel for tho rest
of the night"
lie glanced back over his shoulder
as he turned with Dan toward the bus
which was waiting for them at the end
of the platform.
"I guess no one else got off here.
It's not much of a railroad center."
"No," agreed Oakley Impartially;
"there are towns where tho traffic Is
Arrived at the hotel, Oakley led tho
way upstairs to the general's room. It
adjoined his own. Cornish paused on
the threshold until he had lighted tho
"Light tho other burner, will you?"
he requested. "There, thanks, that's
He was a portly man of slsty, with
a large head and heavy face. His
father had been a Vermont farmer, a
man of position and means according
to the easy standard of his times.
When the civil war broke out young
Cornish, who was Just commencing the
practice of the law, had enlisted as a
private In one of the first regiments
raised by his' state. Prior to this he
had overflowed with fervid oratory and
had tried hard to look like Daniel Web
ster, but a skirmish or two opened his
eyes to the fact that the waging of
war was a sober business and tho pol
ishing off of his sontences not nearly as
Important as tho polishing off of tho
enemy. He was still willing to die for
Xin TTntnn I Ant rtrna nnail rf If- Ittit-
S while his life was spared It was well
to get on. xne numerical importance
of number one was a belief too firmly
Implanted In his nature to be orzr
thrown by any patriotic aberration.
His own merits, which he was anions
the first to recognize, and tho solid
backing his father was able to give
won him promotion. He had risen to
tho command of a regiment, hnd when
tho war ended was brevetted a briga
dier general of volunteers along with
a score of other anxious warriors who
wished to carry tho title of general
back Into civil life, for he was an ami
able sort of a Sbylock, who seldom
overlooked his pound of flesh, and he
usually got all and a little (raoro than
was coming to him.
After the war he married and went
west, where he resumed the practice
of his profession, but ho soon abandon
ed It for, a commercial career. It was
not long until he was ranked as one
of the rich men of his state. Then he
turned his attention to politics. Ho
was twice elected to congress and ierv-
ed one term as governor. Ono of his
daughters bad married an Italian
prince, a meek, prosaic I'ttle creature
exactly five feet three Inc s tall. An
other was engaged to an English earl,
whoso debts were a remarkable
achievement for so young a man. His
wlfo now divided her time between
Paris and London. She didn't think
much of Now York, which had thought
even less of her. He managed to see
her bnce or twice a year. Any of tener
would havo been superfluous.
Thore were moments, however, when
he felt his life to be wholly unsatisfac
tory. He derived very little pleasuro
from all the luxury that had accumu
lated about blm and which he accepted
with a curious placid Indifference. He
would have liked the affection of his
children, to have had them at home,
uud there was a remote period in his
past when his wife had Inspired him
with a sentiment at which ho could
only wonder. He held It against her
that she bad not understood.
Ho lurched down solidly Into tho
chair Oakley placed for him. "I hope
you are comfortable here," ho said
"Oh, yes." Ho still stood.
"Sit down," said Cornish. "I don't,
as a rule, bcllove in staying up after
midnight to talk business, but I must
start cast tomorrow."
. He slipped out of his chair and be
gan to paco the floor, with his hands
thrust deep in his trousers pockets. "I
want to talk over the situation hero.
I don't see that the road is ever going
to make a dollar. I've an opportunity
to soil it to the M. and W. Of course
this is extremely confidential. It must
not go any further. I am told thoy will
discontinue It beyond this point, and
of courso they will either move the
shops away or close them." He paus
ed in his rapid walk. "It's too bad it
never paid. It was tho first thing I
did when I came west. I thought it a
.pretty big thing, then. I have always
3oped It would Justify my Judgment,
.nnd it promised to for awhile until the
lumber Interests played out. Now,
what do you advise, Oakley? I want
-to get your Ideas. You understand if
J sell I won't lose much. The price of
fered will Just about peet tho mort
gage I hold, but I gocss the stock
holders will coniOixit"nt the little end
of tho horn." ,
Oakley understood exactly what was
vuhead of the stockholders if tho road
chauged hands. Pcthaps his face
showed that ho was ttlnklng of this,
aTor the general observed charitably:
"It's unfortunate, but you can't mis
Harper fc Brothers
semiment in a transaction ot tms sort.
I'd UUo to see them all get their money
back, and more too."
Ills mental attitude toward tho
world was one of generous liberality,
but he had such excellent control over
his Impulses that, while he always
seemed about to embark In some large
philanthropy, he had never been kuown
to take even the first step In that di
rection. In short, ho was hard and un
emotional, but with a deceptive, un
swerving kindliness of manner which,
while It had probably never Involved
a dollar of his riches, had at divers
times cost the unwary and the indis
creet much money.
"I am sure the road could be put on
a paying baBls," said Oakley. "Certain
qujte possible economics would do that.
Of course we can't create business;
there is just so much of it, and wc get
It all as It Is. But the shops might be
made very profitable. I have secured
a good deal of work for them dud I
shall secure more. I bad Intended to
propose a number of reforms, but If
you are going to sell, why, there's no
use of going Into the matter" Ho
The general meditated in silence for
"I'd hate to sacrifice my Interests If
I thought you could even mako the
road pay expenses. Now, Just what do
you Intend to do?"
"I'll get my order book nnd show you
what's been done for the shops," said
Oakley, rising with alacrity. "I have
figured out the changes, too, and you
can see at a glunce just what I pro
1 The roud and the shops employed
some COO men, most of whom hnd their
homes In Autloch. Oakley knew that
if the property was sold It would prac
tically wipe the town out of existence.
The situation was full of Interest for
him. If Cornish approved and told
him to go ahead with his reforms, it
would be an opportunity such as he
had never known.
Ho went Into his own room, which
opened off Cornish's, and got his order
book and table of figures, which he had
carried up from the office thmt after
noon. He had taken a great deal of pains
with his figures, and they seemed to
satisfy Cornish that the road if prop
erly managed was not such a hopeless
proposition after all. Something might
be done with it
Oakley rose in his good esteem. He
had liked him, and be was Justifying
his good opinion. He beamed benev
olently on tho young man and thawed
out of his habitual reserve into a gen
ial, ponderous frankness.
"You havo dono well," he said, glanc
iug through tho order book, with evident
"Of course," explained Oakley, "I am
going to make a cut in wages this
spring If you agree to it, but I haven't
the figures for this yet." The general
nodded. Ho approved of cuts on prin
ciple. "That's always a wise move," he
said. "Will thoy stand It?"
"They'll havo to." And Oakley laugh
ed rather nervously. Ho appreciated
that his reforms were likely to make
him very unpopular In Antloch. "They
shouldn't object. If the road changes
hands It will kill their town."
"I suppose so," agreed Cornish Indif
ferently. "And half a loaf Is lots better than
no bread," added Oakley. Again the
general nodded his approval.
"What sort of shape is the shop In?"
he asked after a moment's sllcnco.
"Very good on the whole."
"I am glad to bear you say so. I
spent over a hundred thousand dollars
on tho plant originally."
"Of courso the equipment can hardly
be called modern, but It will do for the
sort of work for which I am bidding,"
"Well, It will bo an Interesting prob
lem for a young man, Oakley. If you
pull the property up It will be greatly
to your credit I was going to offer
you another position, but wo will let
that go over for the present. I am
very much pleased, though, with all
you have done; vory much pleased
Indeed. I go abroad In about two
weeks. My youngest daughter Is to bo
married In London to the Earl of Mln
chester." The title rolled glibly from
the great man's lip?. "So you'll have
the fight, If it Is a fight, all to yourself.
I'll sco that Hollowuy does what you
say. He's tho only one you'll havo to
look to In my absence, but you won't
bo able to count on him for anything.
Ho gets limp In a crisis. Just don't
mako tho mistako of asking his ad
vice." "I'd rather havo no advice," Inter
rupted Dan hastily, "unless it's yours,"
"I'll see that you are not bothered.
You aro the sort of fellow who will
do better with a free hand, and that Is
what I Intend you shall have."
"Thank you," said Oakley, his heart
warming with the other's praise.
"I shall be back in three months, and
then If your schemes have worked out
at au m wo cijjcci, nruj, wj cnu cuu-
slder putting tho property In better
shape." (A part of Oakley's plan.)
"As you say, ltfs gone down so there
won't bo much but the right of way
"I hope that eventually there'll bo
proutu, mxiu uame;, mivsQ usimt
beginning to reach out Into tho future.
"I guess tho stockholders will drop
dead If wo ever earn a dividend. That's
the last thing they are looking forward
to," remarked Cornish dryly. "Will
you leave a 0:30 call at the office for
me? I forgot, and I must take the
first train. Good night."
THE next morning Oakley saw
General Cornish off on the 7:15
train, and then went back to
his hotel for breakfast. After
ward, on his way to the office, he
mailed a check to Ezra Hart for his
father. Tho money was Intended to
meet his expenses in coming west.
He was very busy all that day mak
ing out his new schedules and In fig
uring the cuts nnd Just what they
would amount to. He approached his
task with a certain reluctance, for It
was as unpleasnnt to him personally
as It was necessary to the future of the
road, and hq knew that no halfway
measure would suffice. Ho must cut,
as a surgeon cuts, to save. By lopping
away a man here and there, giving his
work to some other man or dividing it
up among two or three men, ho man
aged to peel off $2,000 on the year. He
counted that a very fair day's work.
He would stiwt his reform with no
particular aggressiveness. Ho would
retire the men he Intended to dismiss
from tho road ono at a time. Ho hoped
they would take tho hint nnd hunt
other positions. At any rate, thoy
could not get back until he was ready
to take them back, as Cornish hud as
sured him he would not be Interfered
with. Ho concluded not to hand the
notices and orders to Mies Walton, the
typewriter, to copy. She might let drop
some word that would give his victims
au Inkling of -what was In storo for
them. He know there wore unpleasant
scenes ahead of him, but there was no
need to anticipate. When at last his
figures for the cuts were complete he
would have been grateful for sonic one
with whom to discuss the situation.
All at once his responsibilities seemed
rather heavier than he had bargained
There were only two men In the of
fice besides himself Philip Kerr, tho
treasurer, and Byron Holt, his assist
ant. They were both busy with tho
payroll, as It was tho Oth of the
month, and they commenced to pay off
In the shops on the 10th.
He hud little or no use for Kerr, who
still showed wheic ho dared In small
things his displeasure that an outsider
had been appointed manager of the
road. Ho had counted on tho place for
himself for a number of years, but a
'You have done well," lie said.
succession of managers had como and
gono apparently without Its over hav
ing occurred to General Cornish that
an excellent executive was literally
spoiling In tho big, bare general offices
of the line.
This singular Indifference ou tho part
of Cornish to his real interests had
soured a disposition that at its best
had more of ncld in it than anything
else. As thore was no way In which he
could mako his resentment known to
tho general, oven If ho had deemed
such a course expedient, he took It out
of Oakley and kept his feeling for him
on Ice. Meanwhile he bided his time,
hoping for Oakley's downfall and bis
own eventful recognition.
With tho assistant treasurer Dan's
relations were entirely cordial. Holt
was a much younger man than Kerr,
as frank and open as tho other was se
cret and reserved. When the 0 o'clock
whlstlo blew ho glanced up from his
work nnd said:
"I wish you'd wait a moment, Holt
I want to see you."
Kerr had already gono home, and
Miss Walton was adjusting her hat be
fore a bit of a mirror that hung on tho
wnll back of her desk. "All right," re
sponded Holt cheerfully.
"Just draw up your chair," said Oak
ley, handing his papers to him. At
first Holt did not understand; then he
began to whlstlo softly and fell to
checking off tho various cuts with his
"What do you think of tho Job, By
ron?" inquired Oakley.
"Well, I'm glad I don't get laid off,
that's sure. Soy, Just bear in mind
that Pm going to bo married this
"You needn't worry; only I didn't
"Well, please don't forget it, Mr.
'To bo continued.)
All the latest
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Thoroughbred Eggs at
$2.00 Per Setting
Rhode Island Reds
Haired Plymouth Rocks
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Send in your orders Now
Eggs Shipped anywhere in tho
Flanagan & Bennett Bank
Capital Subscribed 160,000
Capital I'ald Up $40,000
Undivided 1'rollts $15,000
noes a general banking business and draws
ou the Dank of California, San Francisco
Calif., F.ist National Hank Portland Or., Flrsl
National Dank, Roscburg, Or., Hanover Na
tional Bank, Now York, N. M. Kutbehlld &
Son, London, England.
Alto sell change on nearly nil the principal
cities of Europe.
Accounts kept subject to check, safe deposit
lock boes for rout at 5 tents a month or
f5. a enr.
INTEREST PAID ON TIME DEPOSITS
M. P. Pendergrass, Master
Leaves Marshfleld 7:30, 9:00,
and 1.0:30 a. m and ltOO, 2:30
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. Faro: Ono way, 15
cents; iound trip, 25 cents.
W. A. HARING
Dealer in Pure Cream Milk
nnd Buttermilk. Free de
livery to all parts of the city.
New and Modern
Sample Rooms in Connection
NORTH BEND, ORE.
Home Cooking, Good Beds
Rates Board and Lodging $5 per
week ; per day, $1 ; Meals 5J5c.
Wet Vour Whistle Then Blow
J. R. MGRRON, Prop,
front Street, I I Marshficld, Oregon
Hank itf (Itegmt
ffiaultnl Httirk fully uatfuiu
Erattflarld a ornrral Btmkuin
Nortlf iBenb, rrnun
The C. B., R. & E. R. R.
and Navigation Co.
TRAIN SCHEDULE NO. 2.
In Effect Jnniinry 1, 1007.
All previous schedules are void.
Subject to change without notice.
W. S. Chandler, manager; P. A.
Lalse, freight agent; general offices,
Leave 9:00 a. m.Marshflold.
9:30 a. m.B. H. Junction.
9:45 n. m.Coqullle.
Arrive 10:30 a.m.Myrtlo Point.
Leave 10:45 a. ni.Myrt!o Point.
10:30 n. ni.jcoqulile.
12:00 m. B. H. Junction.
Arrive 12:30 p.m.JMnrshfleld.
Extra trains will run on dally
special orders. Trails to and from
Beaver Hill daily.
An n ouncements:
Open afternoon and even
ings, 2 to 5 and 7 to 10,
week days only.
25 cents for ube of Rink
15 cents for thosfe UbiiiR
their own skates.
10 cenls admission to
Special attention 'given to
beginners Friday after
noons. Rest of order always main
tained.' D L Avery,
Nelson Iron Works
P. B. NCLSON, Prop.
We repair all kfnds of Machinery,
Stoam and Gna Engines, Guns and 111
eyelet, llest of ork our Specialty. : :
Wo miuiufuctmo Canting; In Iron and
Bronzo for Sun Mills and lagging
Camps. We make tho best Hlicacs and
Road Spool for Loggers. : : ;
MARSHFIELD, - - OREGON
R H. BRIGHAM
ARCHITECT AND SUPIiBINTENDENT
Plans and specifications
made for all classes of
North Bend, Oregon
MASTERS & McUIN
MaislifloUI and North Bend
Wood and stone block puYCinauts,
macadam uud plank streets, sew
er and water wains, cement side
wulky and curbs, plain and rein'
forced concreto for building, foun
dations and retaining walls.
Firo proofing and asphalt roofing
Crushed rocks and building stone.
Grading and excavating.
Steam Dye Works
Ladles' and Gouts' garn. cuts clean
ed or dyed.
Philip Becker, Proprietor.
E. E. STRAW, M. D.
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON
Diseases of tho Evfl. ftnr. Nnnn
and Throat a specialty.
Office in Lockhart'u Building.
Offlw opposite Union Furniture Store, noun
10 to land I to 6
Bpnttal attemfon Tfefd to dlncases of the a la
urinary and digestive nrgauf
U. S Pension examiner
DR. J. W. INGRAM,
Physician and Surgooa.
Office ovor Sengstackon's Drug Storo.
Phones Office 1621; resrdenco 783.
IJ. M. RICHARDSON,
I'hyslclnn mid Surgeon.
Diseases of eye, oar, noso and, throat
Ofilco In Eldorado Block.
IS. L. C. PAItRIN.
A ttorney nt-Law.
City Attorney. Deputy DIst. Att'y.
Lockhart Building. Marshfield, Ore.
J. M. UI'TON,
Marshfield. ... Oregon.
1. W. BENNETT, . ; .
Ofilco ovor ' Flanagan. & Bonott
Warshfleld, - -' - Orogon.
o. p. Mcknight,
Upstairs, Bennett & Walter , block.
Marshfield, ... Oregon.
J. W. SNOVER
Office: Rogors ..buildings
Marshflold, , .Oregon
COKE & COKE,
Marshfield, ... Oregon.
PIXLEY & MAYUEE,
Ofilco ovor Myors' Store.!
Phono 701 . . . North Bend,. Oro,
Real Estate Agents, i.
DIER LAND COMPANY
Ucul Estate Brokers
North Bend, ... Oregon.
OAKLEY & ARNOLD,
Civil and Bleclmaicnl Engineers.
All kinds of laud surveying, drafting
and map making.
North Bond Oregon
Ready to show Spring Millinery
Broadway and "C" Streots ,
Smart shapes and tasteful trimmings
comblno to mako every hat in tho as
Ib tlio secret of oat niecess tn the trta
IngolsMrts, collars and OMfl. JJtoea
dampened la spots, Iron op vdth
roug dry flnUh, hu a llmpr feeHoe.
and Is generally undesirable. 'We
dampen all our work by bund' It take
longer, bnt It means better work, and
tbat Is our torutsut aim.
Coos Bay Steam Laundry
HcPherson Ginser Cc.
Wholesalo liquor dealers
Cigars and saloon sup
plies, California Wines a Specialty
Front St., Marshfleld
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