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TIMES, MARSttFlELtt, OREGON, TUESDAY, MAY 14, 1007.
Of the B. & A.
By VAUGHAN KESTER.
Copyright, 1901, by Harper & Brothers
(Continued from Sunday.
Row oat He naa evoivca a aeiinito
" purpose be waB quite cheerful and hap-
py save for occasional spells of de
'. presslon and blttor self accusation, but
T. ".the excitement of his" flight buoyed him
. - H had distanced and outwitted pur-
I 'suit, and hlB old prldoju his physical
, lstrenth and supcilorlty returned. The
- woods ne er ceased to Interest htni.
There was u mighty freedom about
"- them, a freedom be shaied nud Joyed
' In. He felt be could tramp on fore er,
" with tho scent of the pines filling bis
"t nostrils nud tho sweep of the wind In
' bis :ears. His muscles seemed of Iron.
" Thfre was cunning and craft, too, In
- the life bo was living.
-.. Tho days wero sultry August days.
" Mo -rain bad fallen In weeks, and tho
earth was a dead, dry brown. A hot
v baio quivered under the great trees.
J Off.ln tho north, against which his face
3! was set, a long, low, black cloud lay
?-. on -the horizon. Sometimes the wind
J-" lifted. It higher, and It sifted down dark
r- threads of color against the softer blue
ji of the summer sky. Presently the
r wind brought tho odor of smoke. At
$" first It was almost Imperceptible a
Zi suggestion merely but by and by It
L-. was In every breath bo drew. The for-
S flt;.wa8 on Are ahead of bltn. He
' Judged that tho tide of devastation
waft rolling nearer, and be veered to
. tho' west Then one ovenlug bo saw
''-what he bad not seen before a dull
" -redljlght that shone sullenly above the
. : plujw. The next day the smoke wob
. ' thick la the woods. Tho wind, blow-
. lng'- strongly from the north, floated
. ' I little wisps and wreaths of It down
r" s- Upon him. It rested like a heavy mist
r above the cool Burface of the lake, on
.C-r.the shores of which he had mado his
"-camp the night previous, while some
V. thickly grown depressions ho crossed
'-wero Bour with the stale, ruucld odor
"that clung to his clothes and rendered
. breathing difficult There was a pow-
.2lerng of fine white ashes everywhere.
" 'At ttrst It resembled a boar frost and
I -theJi a scanty fall of snow.
'. By 6 o'clock he gained the summit of
.-a low rldgo. From Its top he was able
I' to soouro an extended view of the fiie.
I' -A red line as red as tho reddest sunset
' -HJ&etched away to tho north as fur
r as "ihe eye could see. Ho was pro
,' '.fouhdly Impressed by the spectacle.
i Thef conflagration was on a scale so
'-.gigantic that It fairly staggered him.
, Heknew millions of feet of timber
. must bo blazing.
He decided to remain on tho ridge
- and. study the course of the flie, so he
V lay down to rest. Sleep came over him,
I' for the day bad been a fatiguing one,
but' a midnight ho awoke. A dull,
', roaring sound was surging through tho
. J forest, and Hie air was stlfllug. Tho
.r-flrchad burned closer whilo ho slept.
. It ,hod reached the rldgo opposlto,
T; .which was nearly parallel to tho one
? ,-bo was on, and was burning along its
'-. northern base. Tho rldgo flattened per
': ceptlbly to the west, and already at
," ibis point a single lone lino of flro hud
- surmounted tho blunt crest and wus
creeping down Into tho valley which
Intervened. Presently tongues of lire
shot upward. Tho dark, neater side of
the "Tills q showed clearly In the llcrce
-' light, and soou tho flro rolled over Its
eut)fe length, a long, ruddy eutaruct of
flume. As It gained tho summit It
- Boomed to fall forward nnd catch fresh
' timber, then It raced down tho slope
t tow'urd the valloy, forming a great" red
avaiancho that roared and hissed and
crackled and sent up vast clouds of
- gmoko Into tho night.
Clearly any attempt to go further
" north would bo but a wusto of time
am) i. strength. Tho flro shut him off
. completely In that quarter. He must
retruce bis steps until bo wus well to
the' south again. Then ho could go
elthpr to tho east or west and perhaps
'-'- W0J around Into tho burned district.
. Thl risk ho rau of capture did not
wopry him. Indeed, ho scarcely con-
ftldfYed It He felt ccrtnln tho pursuit,
. .if pursuit there were, hud been nbnn-
doucd days before. Ho had ti shrewd
Idea' that tho flro would glvo peoplo
something elso to think of. His only
fenp was that his provisions would bo
exhausted. 'When they went lie kmj,w
the'tthanecs wero tbaf ho would fetnrve,
but' he put this fear resolutely aside
whtfnover it obtruded Itself. "With earo
his supplies could bo made to last
He did not sleep any more that night,
but watched tho flro eat Its way across
tha valloy. When It reached the slope
at ills feet he shouldered his puck and
started south. It was noon when he
nUdo his first halt Ho rested for two
hojirtf aud then resumed bis march.
IIo, was now well beyond tho Immedi
ate range of tho conflagration. There
was only an occasional falut odor of
tnioko in tho woods. Ho had crossed
Marul small streams, and ho knew
thiy would bo an obstacle in tho path
of'Uio Are unless tho wlud, which wus
f r$n tho north, should freshen.
Might fell. Ho lighted u campflro
and Berapod .together his bejl.of pipe of the cabin,
mm out or tno menaced terruoiy. it
would be easier tnuellng, tob, for the
ridges which cut tho face oMbo coun
try rau east and west. The. sun wus In
the boughs of the hemlocks when he
awoke. There had been n light rain
dining the night, nnd the forest woild
hud tukcu on now beauty. Uut It grew
hot and oppiebstvo as the boms passed.
The smoke thickened once mote. At
first he jtrled to believe It was only his
fancy. Then the wind shifted Into the
enst and the woods became noticeably
clearer. IIo pushed ahead with loncw
ed hope. This change In tho wind was
a good sign. If It ever got into tho
south it would drive tho Are hack on
IIo tramped for half the night and
threw himself down nnd, slept heavily
the sleep of utter exhaustion and
weariness. It was broad day when ho
opened his eyes. Tho first sound ho
heard was the dull roar of tho flames,
no turned with a hunted, fugitive look
towaid tho west A bright light shone
through the trees. The lire was creep
ing around and already encircled him
on two tildes. His feeling was ono of
bitter disappointment; fear, too, min
gled with It. In tho south wero Ityder's
fi lends Dannie's enemies and bis. Of
the oast he hud a horror which the
study of1 bis map did not tend to allay;
there were towps there and settle-,
ments, thickly scattered. Finally he
concluded he would go forward and ex
amine the Hue of Are. There might bo
some means by which ho could make
his way through it
A Journey of two miles brought him
to a small wnter course. Tho flro was
burning nlong the opposite bank. It
blazed nmong the scrub nnd under
brush nnd lenped from treo to tree,
first to shrivel their foliage to n dead,
dry brown nnd then envelop them in
sheets of flame. Tho crackling was
like the report of musketry.
Itoger Oakley was awed by the sight.
In spite of the smoke and bent he sat
down on the trunk of a fallen plno to
rest Some bhds flutteiod out of tho
rolling masses of smoko above his bead
nnd flew south with shrill cries of
alarm. A deer crossed tho stream, not
200 yards ftoni where ho sat, nt n sin
gle bound. Next two large timber
wolves entered the wnter. They land
ed within n stone's throw of blm nnd
trotted leisurely off. The heat soon
drove him from his position, and ho,
too, sought refuge in the south. The
wall of flame cut him off fiom the
north nnd west, and to tho east he
would not go.
There was something tragic In this
blocking of his way. Ho wondered If
It was uot the Lord's wish after nil that
he should bo taken. This thought had
been troubling blm for some time. Then
he remembered Dannie Dannie, to
whom ho had brought only shnnio and
sorrow. He sot his lips with grim de
termination. Right or wrong, tho
Lord's vengeance would bnvo to wait.
Perhaps ho would understand the situ
ation. Ho prayed that ho might
Twenty-four hours later and bo had
turned westward with the desperate
liopo that ho could cioss out of tho
path of tho fire, but tho hopo proved
futile. There was no help for It. To
the east ho must go If ho would escape.
It wos the towns nnd settlements bo
fenroU most, and the people. Peihaps
they still continued the seaich. When
lio loft tho wilderness tho ono precau
tion ho could take would bo to travel
only by night This plan when It was
firmly flxed In his mind greatly encour
aged him. But nt the end of ten hours
of steady tramping ho discovered that
tho flro surrounded him on three sides.
Still ho did not despair.
For two days ho dodged from east
to west, and each day tho wall of
llumo and smoko drew closer about
him, nnd the distances In which ho
moved became less nnd less. And now
a grout four of Antloch possessed him.
Tho railroad ran ueaily duo cast nnd
west from Buckhorn Junction to Har
rison, n dlstnnco of nlnety-Ilvo miles.
Beyond tho rond tho country wus well
settled. There were thriving farms
and villages. To puss through such n
country without being Been wus next
to Impossible. He felt n measure of
bis strength full him, nnd with It went
his courage. It was only tho thought
of Dannie tluit kept him on tho alert
nnppeupWhut might, ho would not bu
taken. It should go hnrd with tho
man or men who mudo tho attempt.
Ho told himself this not boastfully,
but with quiet conviction. In bo far
as bo could, as tho fire crowded bun
back, ha avoided tho Welnlty of An
tloch and Inclined towaid lluckhoru
Thero wus need of constant vlgilnuce
now, ns ho was In n sparsely settled
section. Ono night sonio men passed
quite near to tho fringe of tamarack
swamp where ho was camped, Luck
ily tho undergjowth wns douse, nud
his lire had burned to a few red em
bers. On another occasion, Just' at
dusk, ho stumbled Into u small clear
ing and within plain view oftho win
dows of u Jog cubln. As Jio leaped
back Into the Avoods n man with a
cob pipe In his mouth enmo'tb the door
.-needled uuJ lay down 'to sleep wltli tho
comforting thought that ho hud put a
suftlclent distance between himself und
tho burning forest. Ho would turn to
tho west when morning cniue. Ho
trtMted to a long daj's Journey to carry
Itoger Oakley, with tho hickory staff
which ho had cut that day hold firmly
In his hamlB and n florce, wild look on
his fuce, watched him from his covor.
Presently tho man turned back Into tho
bousa, oloslntr the door nf tar blm.
rncsc experiences stnrtlcd and alarm
ed blm. Ho grew gaunt and hntrgrtrd,
a terrible weariness oppressed blmr bis
mind beenrrie confused, nnd a sort of
panic seized him. His provisions bnd
failed him, but nn occasional cultivat
ed field furnished corn nnd potn'tbes 4n
spite of tho serious misgivings bo felt
concerning the moral nspect of these
nightly depredations. When he rulded
a spring bouse nnd carried off eggs nnd
butter and milk ho wns nblo to leave
money behind. lie conducted these
transactions with scrupulous honesty.
Ho bad been living In the wilderness
tin co weeks, when nt last the flie drove
him from cover nt Buckhoin Junction.
As a town tho Junction wns largely a
fiction. There wero n railroad ciosslng,
a fielgbt shed nnd tho depot nnd per
haps n score of houses scattered along
a sandy stretch of country road.
The B. nnd A. had Its connection with
tho 51. nnd W. nt this point. It wns nlso
tho begliiulug of n llch ngilcultural
district, and tho woods gave place to
cultivated fields and farm lands.
It wns Into afternoon as Itoger Oak
ley nppioacbcd Buckhorn. When It was
dnik ho would cross the raihoad und
take his cbiuice theie. lie judged fiom
tho light In the1 sky that the Hie had
alreutly burned In between Buckhorn
and Antloch. This gave him a certain
sonso of security. Indeed, the file sur
rounded Buckhorn In eveiy quarter ex
cept the south. Where theie was no
timber or biush It crept nlong the Mil
fences or ran with tiny spurts of Unuio
through tho dry weeds nnd dead stub
ble which coveted much of tho cleared
He could seq n number of people
moving nbout a'qunrtcr of a mile west
of tho depot. They weio tenilng down
a burning fence that was in peiilous
proximity to some straw stacks and n
IIo beard and saw the 0:50 on the
M. nnd W, pull In, This was the Chlc.x
go'oxpiess.und the Huckleberry's local,
which was due nt Antloch nt midnight,
connected with It This connection in
volved a wait of thiee hourrf at Huek
horn. Only ono passenger loft the
train, no dlsappeaiod Into the depot.
Roger Oakley waited until It was
quite dark, and then, lenvlug tho stilp
of woods just back of tho depot, wheio
ho hud been hiding, stole cautiously
down to the track. He had noticed that
thero were an engine nud borne freight
curs on one of the sidings. IIo mo e.l
nmong them, keeping well In tho
shadow. Suddenly he paused. Two
men emergod from tho depot. They
came down the platform In the dlrcc-
Roger Oakley uatched him from
tlon of tho cms. They were talking
earnestly together. One swung himself
up Into tho engine nnd lighted n torch.
IIo wondered what they wero doing
and stolo nearer.
They wero standing on the platform
now, nud tho man who held the toich
had his back to him. His companion
was saying something about tho wires
Ho listened intently.
Antloch wus In danger, "hud if An
tloch was in danger Dnunle
All nt onco the mnn with tho toich
turned, nnd its light suffused his faco.
It was Dan Oakley.
AN OAKLEY wont to Chicago,
Intending to see Holloway nud
resign, but ho found that tho
Huckleberiy'b vlco piesldent
wus In Now York on busluess, nud no
ono In his olllco bcemcd to kuow when
ho would return, so ho bat down nnd
wroto u letter tolling him of tho con
dition of affairs nt Antloch aud ex
plaining tho utter futility, In view of
what had happened, of his trying to
copo with the situation.
Ho wnlted llvo days for u reply and,
uono coming, wired to leurii If his let
ter hud been received. This produced
results. Holloway wired back that ho
hud tho letter under consideration nnd
lequested Oakley to leumln In Chicago
until ho returned, but ho did not Bay
whether or not his teslguntlou would
bo accepted. SIuco there was nothing
to bo dono but await Hollow'ay's pleas
uto In tho mutter Dun employed his en
forced lolsnro lu looking nbout for nn
other position. Ho deslied n connec
tion which would tako lilm out of tho
country, for tho farther away from
Antloch nud Constnuco Emory ho could
got tho better ho would le satisfied.
Ho funded ho would like to go to
Seuth Amerlcn. no was willing to ac
cept nlmost any kind of n post salary
was no loiuror u consideration with
him. What he required was n radical
change, with plenty'of Imrd work.
By far his giehtest nuxlety was his
father, ne watched the papers close
ly, expecting each ddy to rend that ho
had been captured nnd sent back to
Antloch, but the days slipped past, and
tnero was no mention of blm. Holt,
with whom ho wns In constant corre
spondence, reported thnt Interest lu his
capluio had considerably abated, while
the organized pursuit Jiad entirely
Dan hud tho feeling that he should
never see him ngnlu, nnd the pathos
of bis ago nnd dependence tore bis
bcait In n manner, too, ho blamed
himself for the tragedy. It might havo
been averted had he said less about
Ryder In bis father's hearing. IIo
should hn known better thnn to dis
cuss tho strike with him.
Ono morning ns be left Holloway's
olllco ho chanced to meet nu ncqualnt
anco by the name of Curtice. They had
been together In Denver years before,
and ho had known him ns n rntlier
tnlk'atlvo young fellow, with large
hopes nud n thrifty eye to the main
chnnce. But ho wns the one man ho
would have piefeired to meet, for ho
had been In South America nnd knew
the Held theie. Appaiently Cuitlce wus
equally glad to see blm. He Insisted
upon carrying him off to his club for
lunch, w hero It developed ho wns In- a,
slate of happy enthusiasm over s con
nection with n rond AvTilch had Just
golio Into tho hands of n lccelvcr, and n
new baby, which lie nssuied Oakley on
tho spur of tho moment ho wns going to
name after him.
"Ydu see, Oakley," ho oxplujne'd ns
they settled themselves, "I wiis mar
ried nfter you left to n girl who had,
come to Denver with n consumptive
brother. They bonided at tho same
place I did." Ills companion wns prop
el ly Interested. "Look here, how long
are you going to bo In tho city? I want
you to come nnd seo us."
Dan avoided committing himself by
saying hlsi stay In Chicago was most
uncertain. He might have to leave
"Well, then, you must drop In nt my
office. I wish you'd mnko It your
hendquarters while you are here."
"What about tho road you nie with?"
"Oh, the road? We nie putting it In
Oakley smiled a trifle skeptically,
ne leenlled that even as a very young
man, filling n very subordinate posi
tion, Curtice bnd clung to the "we."
Curtice saw tho smile nnd remembered
"Now, seo bere, I'm giving It to you
straight I renlly am tho whole thing.
I've got a greenhorn for a boss, whose
ignorance of tho business is only
equaled by his Confidence iu mo. If
you want to be nasty you can bay hs
Ignorance Is responsible, for much of
his confidence. I'vo been told that be
foie." "Then I'll wait I may bo able to
think of something better."
"There nre times when I wonder If
ho really knows tho dlffeionco between
an engine's headlight and n coupling
pin. no's giving mo all tho lppo I.
want, nnd we'll bnvo n great passenger
service when I get done. Thnt's what
I am working on now." f
"But wheie nro you going to get the
funds for It? A good service costs
money," snld Dan.
"Oh, the road's always made money.
Thnt was the trouble." Oakley looked
dense. IIo hnd heard of such things,
but they bad been outside of his own
"The dhectors were n superstitious
lot. They didn't believe In paying div
idends, and as they had to got rid of
tho money somehow they put it nil
out In salurles. The president's Idea
of tho valuo of his own services would
have been exorbitant If the road had
been operating 5,000 miles of track In
stead of 500. I nm told n directors'
meeting looked like n family reunion,
nnd they had n most ungodly lot of
nephews nephews wero everywhere.
Tho purchasing agent was n nephew,
so wero two of tho division sup'u-ln-tendents.
Why, the president oven had
u thhd cousin of his wife's braking on
a way freight. Wo'vo kept him ns a
sort of curiosity and becauso ho was
tho only ono In tho bunch who was
earning his pay."
"No wonder the stockholders went
to law," snld Oakley, laughing.
"Of course when tho load was tak
en Into couit Its nffalrs wero seen to
be In such rotten shnpo that a receiver
Oakley's business Instinct nsserted
itself. IIo hnd forgotten for the timo
being that his services still belonged to
Cornish. Now ho snld, "Seo here,
haven't you cars you Intend 'to re
build?" "Wo'vo precious few thnt don't need
carpenter work or paint or upholster
ing." "Then send them to mo at Antloch.
I'll make you n price you can't get ln
bldo of, I don't enro where you go."
uurtico meditated, then ho asked:
"How nro you flxed to handlo n big
contract It'll bo mostly for pnlnt nnd
upholstery or woodwork. Wo havo beeu
considering equipping works of our
own, but I nm afraid they aro not go
ing to materialize."
"Wo can handlo anything," and, from
sheer force of habit bo wns nil enthu
siasm. Ho hnd pleasant A-Islons of tho
shops running overtime, nnd everybody
satisfied nnd happy. It mnde no differ
ence to him that ho would not bo thero
to shnro in tho general prosperity.
With the start ho had given it, tho fu
tiiro of tho Huckleberry would bo as
sured. Ho decided ho had better say
nothing to Curtlco about South Ainer,-
In Effect Jiiiiiin'
All previous ached
Subject to chnngo
W. S. Chandler,
Lalse, freight ngen
nanngor; F. A.
Leave 9:00 a. ml Marshfiold.
9:30 a. nf IB. H. Junction.
9! 45 n. nl.jCoquille.
Arrive 10:30 a.rf. Myrtle- rolnt.
E. E. STRAW, M D j
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Onloo opposite Union
10 to lnncl 2 to'5
Snpplfll nttpnffmi unf,
nrlnnrv miH fllpafifKnl
U. SV Tension exhinlnf
Furniture Btore. J
to illsenip. , ..ll
.. Wl MIH
Leave 1-0:45 a. ih.Myrtlo Point.
10:30 a. ih.jcoqullle.
12:00 m. 1 B. H. Junction
Arrive 12:80 p.in.lMarshflold.
DR. J. W. INGRJU,
Physician md Surgeon
Offlco over Songsacken's Drug J
Phones Office 1G21; resident
II. M. RICHARD ?ON,
Physician nnd Surgeon.
Dlsenses of eye, ear, nose and I
Office in Eldorado Block. I
(To bo continued.)
Makes Kidneys and Bladder Right
Extra trains Xvlll run on dally
sncciiil orders. 'Irains to nud from
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