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THE CITIZEN, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1000.
Novelized From Eugene
Walter's Great Play
Copyright, 1908, by G. W. Dillingham Co.
JAMES SMITH, superintendent of
the Latin-American Steamship
company's docks, had arrived In
response to the president's sum
mons, conveyed to him by the tele
phone. Smith, known to his familiars
as Jinisy, was a tall, gaunt, angular
man, bearing all over him the stamp
of westerner. lie was, In fact, from
Colorado, where ho began his active
career by engaging in mining. Scant
success attended his efforts in this di
rection, however, and after working
with the dogged determination that
was one of his traits until even his
patience was exhausted ho finally en
tered the employ 6f tho steamship
company in whoso service he had
risen to his present position, with
headquarters in New York.
There was something about Smith
that caused men, and women also, for
that matter, to take to him on sight.
Tho unbounded good nature, big heart
cdness and unselfishness beaming In
his blue eyes and In his whimsical
smile were written In every Hue of his
clean shaven face. Another tiling that
made him remarked by all who camo
In contact with him was his absolute
Imperturbability. In all his thirty
seven years of existence ho never had
been known to "get a move on," not
even when n pvematuro blast in a
mine had sent thu diggers belter skel
ter for safety and carried death and
.suffering to many. Smith had walked
tranquilly away amid tho rain of rock
and earth until it was all over. Then
ho had returned and organized tho
work of rescue, his placidity causing
tho others instinctively to look to him
for direction. Nor was his speech
more hurried than were his move
ments. Ho spoko but little, and then
his words came In ;i quiet, even, dis
tinct drawl. But ho "got there" ns
quickly as most men, nnd a good deal
quicker than some whoso nerves were
highly strung and with whom rapidity
of action was as necessary as breath
ing, for ho was possessed of keen pow
ers of observation and common sense,
an earnestness of purposo that gave
his utterances weight ud an integrity
ns unshakable as the tock of Gibral
tar. As a fitting, almost necessary,
complement of such a nature he was
endowed with a sense of humor that
added not a little to tho attraction he
exercised for those who knew him
sufficiently well to bo able to appre
ciate his qualities of heart and mind.
He took a calm, all embracing survey
of the office as ho entered, looked over
to Brooks' desk and saluted him with
a cordial motion of tho hand and In
structed a boy to notify Captain Wil
liams of his arrival. Ho was ushered
immediately into tho chief's presence.
That worthy, who, like his superin
tendent, was clean shaven, was seated
at his desk In his shirt sleeves, and
the whole room, despite tho wide open
windows, was thick from the smoke
from an old blackened corncob pipe at
which ho was pulling vigorously. He
was a burly man, and tho short, thick
neck, tho broad shoulders, tho power
fill, big jointed fingers nnd the mus
cles that stood out in bunches on tho
hairy arms disclosed by his rolled up
shirt sleeves denoted that he possessed
unusual physical strength. An ugly
man to get Into an argument with was
Williams, ono who, It needed no mind
reader to judge, would bo capable of
following tho word with a blow that
would crush nu ordinary opponent,
For years, as Brooks had Intimated,
ho had led tho roughest life a man
ran lead, hammering by sheer bruto
strength a way to wealth by ways in
which scruple had counted for nothing
at nil and expediency for a good deal,
and his entrance upon a higher piano
of civilization had not imparted much
polish to his appearance, habits or
speech, which were those of tho old
time sailing ship mariner, although of
lato years ho had striven to conform
inoro closely to tho examples of re
fluement ho witnessed in the only po
lite society ho cared for, which was
that of tho family of his dead friend,
Stanley Harris, who was general man
ager of the Latin-American lino when
ho obtained control of it Ho had n
way of glaring at a person from un
der his busby eyebrows with a scru
tiny that seemed to read through dnd
up and down him and made him most
ill at easo under it.
Ho made his decIsIonspromptly, au
thoritatively, nfter the manner of a
man accustomed to command and to
bo obeyed without question, and he
never changed them, at least in his
business and administrative dealings.
Add to an this a voice llko a foghorn,
the effect of which, when ho raised
it, was, as he knew full well, to mako
his subordinates quako and to intlml
date others who had to do with him,
and it will bo realized that ho lived up
fully to his reputation of being a hard
For his quiet, unmovablo and thor
oughly capable dock superintendent he
entertained a certain respect. Ho
knew from experience that tho man
was not the least bit afraid or oven
disturbed by his bullying manner and
his bellowing and 'that his glare, al
ways squarely met, had no more effect
upon him than It would have upon the
bronzo statuo of Washington which
stands sentinel on the steps of the sub
treasury in Wall street.
Smith lowered himself slowly and
easily into a big armchair beside the
"Two delegates from tho Longshore
men's union wcro here Just now," an
nounced the captain. "They say tho
freight handlers are going to strike."
"Ya-as?" said Smith interrogatively.
"Yes. What do you know about It?"
"Nothing, except that they came to
mo with a demand for higher pay for
the men. I referred them to you."
"Well, I didn't leave 'em any loop
hole for doubt as to my position In the
"You turned them down?"
"Turned 'em down I Of course.
What do you think? Supposo I hand
ed 'em a raise on a sliver platter and
bowed 'em out of tho door?"
"I don't supposo anything about it.
I'm asking for Information."
"Them two blatherskites camo swag
gering and blustering in hero nud said
ovory last one of the men would quit
tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock unless
they got 3 cents more nn hour. They
wasn't swaggering when they went
out of hero, I tell you. I pretty soon
took the starch out of 'em."
A faint smllo flitted over tho superin
tendent's face, but he ventured no re
mark. "I told 'cm," Williams went on, "that
I wouldn't glvo 'em a cent a century
more and to strike and bo d d. I also
told 'em that any man who did go
out would never get another job with
this company, nnd, by Sam, he won't!"
Tho captain's voice had risen to a
roar, and lie brought his fist down on
the desk with such force that pens and
pencils went flying in nil directions
nDd the Ink splashed from the wells In
their solid crystal stand.
"Them labor agitators ain't got
no notion of the fitness of things.
They ain't got n grasp on economic
conditions for a cent. They got to do
something to live without working, so
every once in awhile they go to the
men ns pays 'em to bo walking dele
gates, gives 'em some glib talk about
tholr rights and advises 'cm to strike
for more money. Do they look around
and try to find out whether nn ad
vance is warranted by tho conditions?
Nary n look. Do any of tho men they
hand out their advice to try to find
out? Not on your life! They go ahead
like a lot of sheep and strike nnd
starve and blame the result on cap
ital." Smith nodded.
"If they carry out their throat and
quit," continued the captain, "you
will clear all tho strikers from tho
docks, throw 'em off if necessary,
knock their silly blocks off, but tell
them as wants to work that full pro
lection will be given. I'll arrange
with police headquarters to have a
infflclent force of bluecoats on hand to
guard our property and will also noti
fy our docks at other ports to be pre
pared. You will fix up accommodations
for tho strike breakers in the sheds
hero until the trouble Is over nnd
make arrangements to bring men from
tho inland cities. In this matter you
need spare no expense. Understand?"
"I guess so," replied tho superln
"Then it's up to you."
"Anything else you want to see me
"Not now. You can got in touch with
mo any tlmo you want mo. You know
about where I'm to bo found."
Smith drew In his long legs, raised
himself from tho chair nnd took up
his hat to go.
"Seo hero, Smith," said tho captain,
his voice rising gradually to Its fear
some bellow, "It's nigh on to twoscoro
years since I took my first vessel, tho
Sally Moran, out of Frisco as master
and owner, bound for tho south sea
Islands to trade, nud I've commanded
my own ship every minute since and
held my own against all sorts of lub
bers as would have done mo and done
for mo if they could. And do you
think I'm going to be dictated to by
any white llvered gas bag of a crawl
lng delegate who comes hero holding a
knife to my throat by threatening a
turnout without giving mo n chance
"Yes, sir, by Sam, sir, like this!"
to meet it if I don't give in to his de
mands on the Bpot? No, sir, not by an
all fired sight! No, sir, not in
thousand years! I own this outfit
from keel to main peak, and if I can't
Mn it mv own wav I'll ecuttln it-
go down with It. Understand? And
if any man's looking for a tight with
mo he'll find mo quick enough, and I'll
break him. no matter who or what he
is. Yes, sir, by Sam, sir. like this!"
Seizing a thick ruler on the desk, he
snapped It without apparent effort, and
as ho Bat glaring there with Ills di
sheveled hair, his pugnacious, massive
undcrjaw protruding nud his big fists
tightly clinched on tho broken wood,
causing the muscles of his arms to
bulgo like knots on a gnarled tree, he
presented the embodiment of might
"I don't know but what you're right,
Cap'n Williams," drawled the superln
tendent with his unchangeable equa
nimity. "Anyhow, you suro are en
titled to do what you llko with your
' He went out and on his way to tho
office exit stopped at Brooks' desk.
"Well, how's things, boy?" ho in
quired with an interest so kindly that
ono might have thought there was
nothing else In the world with which
his mind was occupied and never could
have suspected that thcro lay before
him for Immediate solution tho prob
lem of preparing for a great strike
that threatened to tie up tho business
of ono of the most important steam
ship lines in tho country, with ramifi
cations extending from Boston all
arouud tho coast of South America to
"Oh, so, so," answered Brooks. "By
the bye, I'd be awful glad if you'd come
up to supper tonight. Emma was say
ing only this morning that we hadn't
seen anything of you for a w.cek."
That's so. I've got to square my
self with Emma, though it hasn't been
my fault altogether."
"Then we'll expect you to supper?"
"I can't promise, because I've a deal
to do between now and this evening,
but I'll come If I can."
"So long, JImsy."
And Smith sauntered out to attend
to ono of the greatest emergencies ho
had ever been called upon to meet in
E wns a skillful architect in
deed who first devised thu
bandbox apartment houses so i
common now In all parts of
New York and must hnvo sat up many
nights working out how to extrl ute
tho maximum of rent revenue from
the area on which he had to fit the
If there were any flats in narlem of
smaller dimensions than the ono of
four rooms occupied by Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Brooks the most experienced
and persistent hunter after a place In
which to lodge his family with rela
tive economy and some semblance of
comfort would have had the time of
his or her life finding it. And if other
flats thcro wore more luxuriously fit
ted up, as easily might have been in
fact, certainly must have been the
case, at Itust there was none, what
ever its size, mat was Kept cleaner or
neater or in which more effective use
of available material had been made
than that over which Mrs. Emma
Brooks presided as mistress and fac
And Mrs. Brooks herself how shs
raced It, altogether unconsciously!
As tho elder of two daughters of Stan
ley Harris, who, while not rich, had
been well to do, she had been brought
up In tho comfort of a good homo and
had enjoyed tho advantage of an edu
cation at a private seminary- Her fa
ther, whoso constant companion sho
had been and whoso sense of democ
racy in the matter of association she
had inherited, had adored her, and
when clic had given her heart to Jo
soph Brooks, electing him from among
numerous suitors, Including James
Smith, ho gave his consent to tholr
union against his own judgment anil
In face of tho strenuous opposition of
Ills wife, esteeming the girl's happi
ness superior to all other considera
tions. Brooks, who had been In the employ
of the Lntlii-Ainorlcnn Steamship com
pany for ono year and had been
brought into relations with tho family
by virtue of his selection as secretary
to her father, the general manager,
had no means whatever of his own.
nnd his salary, then $G0 a month, wns
a desperately small Income on which to
begin housekeeping for n girl reared ns
sho had been. But her father helped
thoin, and tho young couple counted
upon his Influence to procure the ad
vancement of his son-in-law to a more
Unfortunately for them, however,
Mr. Harris had died a few weeks after
tholr wedding, and they found them
selves thrown upon their own re
sources. Mrs. Harris, n selfish, shal
low, unfeeling woman with social pro
tensions, who regarded her daughter's
marriage with the young clerk as n
mesalliance and Brooks himself with
disdain, left thorn to shift for them
selves nnd with her other daughter,
Beth, who was seven years younger
than Emma nnd shared her mother's
views, as sho imitated her haughti
ness, settled down. to the enjoyment of
tho modest fortuno her husband had
left her and the Indulgence of tho os
tontatlon sho loved, but which during
Mr. narris' lifetime sho had never
been able to gratify to tho top of her
bent. Sho did not for this, however,
withdraw altogether from association
with Emma and Brooks and continued
on moro or less amicable terms with
them. Now and then sho condescend
ed to call upon them with Beth, but
her visits, as a rule, were a good deal
of a trial to the young couple, for she
regarded Brooks' failure to get on in
the steamship company as a vindica
tion of her opinion as to his ability
and the judiciousness of their mar
riage and was prono to condono with
her daughter, assume an exasperating
I-told-you-so attitude and lament what
mlcht have been.
During tho four years of their mar
ried llfo Brooks' salary had been
raised only $20 a month, although in
addition to his work as accountant, to
which he had been assigned after Mr.
Harris death, that of collector had
been thrust upon him. It had been a
hard, bitter experience for pretty llttlo
Mrs. Brooks, this unaccustomed drudg
ery of housework, this continuous
scouring of greasy pots and pans nnd
washing of dishes, which sho loathed;
this deprivation of comforts and luxu
ries that she had known nil her llfo;
this privation of many personal things
considered indlspcnsablo by tho dainty
woman; this necessity of perpetual
rigid economizing, which barely suf
ficed to make both ends moot. She de
prived herself of much needed cloth
ing, to say nothing of finery, that Joo
might go properly clad to his office,
but sho never for that reason descend
ed to slovenliness, never "let herself
go," as so many women In tholr own
households make the mistake of doing,
and never hod laho nllowed ono word
of complaint, ono indication of regret,
to escnpo her. Sho had married Joo
for love, for better or for worse, and
resigned herself bravely and cheerfully
to the consequences, however hard to
bear, hoping for tho better times that
wpro so long In coming and encour
aging her husband to fight on nnd
Joe. for his part, lacked his wife's
grit nnd energy, nnd constant disap
pointment had undermined his forti
tude. Ho loved Emma. He hardly
could havo dono otherwise, though
calculation had entered largely into
his courting of her. Chivalrously,
whllo tho sweet bliss of their early
married life held him in its spell, ho
had done as much of the heavier work
of the menage as ho could to spare
her when time and opportunity nfford
ed, but very naturally he had soon
tired of this whero is the man who
docs not? and by degrees had left as
much of It as ho could to her, except
when his moods of optimism and af
fectionate solicitude impelled him to
go to her assistance. At such times ho
wanted to do It nil.
On the evening following his out
burst at the office ho wns still resent
ful and "down In tho mouth" when ho
let himself Into his Httlo flat, nnd the
smiles of his wife as sho raised her
rosebud lips' to receive his kiss of
greeting failed to dispel his gloom.
"You seem out of sorts tonight,
dear," she said solicitously. "Any
thing wrong nt the office?"
"Nothing in particular. I'm tired
and hungry after slnving nil day In
this awful heat, Hint's all."
"Never mind, supper's all ready, so
sit down nnd tuck In."
"What did you get?"
"Chops and potatoes."
.Toe turned up his nose, but took his
seat at table and began to eat. IIo
answered his wlfo's questions In mono-
syllables. Ills thoughts, It was plain,
wore not on his mcnl or Emma's con
versation, and, seeing that ho was pre
occupied and troubled, sho ceased to
try to engage his attention.
"I paid the gas bill today," ho vouch-
safed at length. "Ninety cents more
than last month."
"Ninety cents more!" she commented
with concern. "I'm sure wo didn't
use half as much. And we owe tho
"Every month it costs moro to live.
I don't know what we are going to do,
"I'm sorry, Joe. Goodness knows I
try to bo as economical as I can."
"I know, but it's all wrong. It's all
wrong that you should bo spoiling
your hands with those benstly greasy
pans. They weren't meant for such
work. I wish wo could afford a hired
"So do I, but A can't, so what's tho
use of wlshlugW Didn't you get the
raise you asked Captain Williams
for?" she Inquired.
Ho hung lils head nnd lapsed into
gloomy silence. . She dropped the mor
sel sho was raising to her mouth and
rose from tho tabic, filled with dis
may, her appctito completely gone,
Tears of disappointment followed the
realization of what the failure of their
plans meant, for neither had doubted
that his request would be compiled
with, and sho had built many castles
In the air on the strength of it. A few
dollars more a week added to their
distressingly small income would havo
mcarit much to them. But, guzlng at
her husband sitting there utterly de
jected and crushed, her henrt went out
to him in pity and love, nnd sho moved
over to his fchnlr nnd put her arm con
solingly round his neck.
"Never mind, Joo, boy," sho urged;
"don't look so solemn. We're no worse
off than we were before, and you'll
win out some day."
She placed her hand under his chin
nnd raised his head to kiss him. Ho
saw that sho was smiling at him en
cournglngly through her tears, but re
fused to bo comforted.
"I made out the payroll today," he
said. "Three other men in tho office
who also asked for a raise last month
got It; so did Smith."
"What, JImsy?" sho asked.
"I said Smith. There's only ono
Smith in the office," ho replied some
"Well, I'm glad for Jimsy's sake ho
got what he wanted."
"I think ho told Williams to come
across with more money or he'd quit."
"How much did he ask for?"
"Eighteen hundred? My gracious,
isn't that fine?"
"It means that he'll bo getting near
ly $5,000 a year now. Great for him
"Yes, Indeed it is."
"I saw Jimsy today. Asked him to
come to supper. He said be would if
"I wonder why he didn't?"
ately. When he did ho burst out sav
agely: "Supposo he thought we couldn't af
ford it. Two don't eat as much as
"Why, Joe, how absurdl" sho laugh
ed, beginning to gather up the supper
plates. "JImsy knows it's pot luck."
"That's the trouble. JImsy knows
your mother knows Williams knows
everybody knows, and they're always
talking about how you've got to work
and slave because you married mo and
all that sort of stuff."
"Well, ho thinks It, and your moth
er's always rubbing it in, harping on
tho same old string that I ain't wor
thy of you, that it's a shame tho wqy
you have to work and slave, that I
don't seem to get along nt all and that
"Oh, don't mind mother; you know
"Sho never did want us to marry."
"But dear old dad did, and ho wns
tho ono I wanted to please after you,
Joe, of course. Mother Is just n bit
peculiar. I'm sure sho doesn't under
stand me much, nnd I'm equally suro
that I don't understand her, so we
won't bother about her. Just sweep
up a bit, will you, while I wash the
dishes? JImsy may drop In by and by."
Brooks went Into the kitchen, donned
nn apron from force of habit Instilled
Into him by his wife, ever careful of
his clothes, and reappeared with a
carpet broom and a dust cloth. IIo
was laboring under excitement, ns was
manifest by the reckless manner In
which ho used tho broom. Finally,
with an expression of determination,
ho said In a firm voice:
'Emma, you know It will be six
months or a year before I got another
chanco at a raise unless, .of course, I
quit and get a job somewhere else. I
was thinking that perhaps you're tired
and want to call It off."
"Call what off?"
"Why, everything the whole busi
ness. I mean our marriage." lie saia
Her eyes opened wide with incredu
"You menu separation?"
"That's exactly what I mean."
"What for becauso I'm tired?"
"Fomethlng llko that."
"What an Idea! You must have the
bluus badly to talk such nonsense as
that. Don't you think It would be as
well to wait until I complain?"
"You have complained."
"No nt least I can't remember."
"Not In words, but"
"Look here," he said Impatiently,
"don't you supposo I havo eyes? Don't
you suppose I havo feelings? I've seen
I know that you're sick of this
drudgery and all the rest sick of It
nnd sorry. There's Smlthv with his
live thousand he wanted xyou first.
You could have"
She interrupted him sharply, her
"Well, I think"
"That's enough of that!"
"Oh, well," he declared sullenly,
turning away and dropping into a
chair. "I didn't mean"
Sho followed him and placed her
hand oil his shoulder.
"Joe, I married you because I loved
you," she said gently, "and for nothing
else in the world. There wnsn't any
influence except that, and that over
came all the rest mother and all of
"I know all about that."
"There has been a little hard luck"
"There has boon a precious sight too
much of It."
"I know you haven't been treated
right, but bad luck and ups and downs
are what a woman ought to expect
when sho marries. She has to take
the bad as well as the good, and she
ought to know enough to accept the
ono as cheerfully as the other when
the bad Is nobody's fault. That Is
"Joe, I married you becauso I loved you.''
what I think, and that is what I have
tried to do. But there are some
She paused, reluctant to carry her
thoughts further into words.
"What? You may as well say all
you've got to say while you're about
It," ho snapped.
"It's just this," she went on. "Never
refer to JImsy in the way you did. I
married you, Joe. Pleaso try and
leave unsaid things that might make
mo regret It."
He ventured no further remark and
lapsed into his gloomy reflections.
Emma put her arm around his neck
and snuccled her face aeainat his.
"Poor old boy I" she murmured. "That
setback we got today when we bad It
all fixed up waB enough to make you
fool soro and glum. Never mind; chcor
up. You know what JImsy says, 'Hard
luck can give you an awful battle, but
If you're on the square you can hand
it a knockout punch somo time.' '
It was no use, however. Joe's sulkl
ness had sunk in; his temper was vi
cious, deep and ingrowing, a tomper
such ns sho had never suspected in
him, and all her petting, nil her loving
coaxing, could not wean him from it.
She pressed her check moro closely to
his and fondled htm, but he jerked
away from her cmbraco nnd surlily
sought another chair.
As ho did so tho bell rung from
"I'll bet that's JImsy now," ho mut
tered. Much hurt, but disguising her feel
ings, Emma hurried Into tho kitchen
nnd pressed tho button that opened
tho entrance door of tho house.
to he continued.
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