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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheKingofArcadia,byFrancisLynde ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheKingofArcadia Author:FrancisLynde ReleaseDate:July31,2010[EBook#33306] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEKINGOFARCADIA*** ProducedbySuzanneShell,MaryMeehanandtheOnline DistributedProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net(This filewasproducedfromimagesgenerouslymadeavailable byTheInternetArchive/AmericanLibraries.) THEKINGOFARCADIA BYFRANCISLYNDE Authorof"ARomanceinTransit,""TheQuickening,"etc ILLUSTRATED CHARLESSCRIBNER'SSONS NEWYORK 1909 COPYRIGHT,1909,BY CHARLESSCRIBNER'SSONS PublishedFebruary,1909 TomydaughterDorothea, AMANUENSISOFTHE LOVINGHEARTANDWILLINGHANDS INITSWRITING, THISBOOK ISAFFECTIONATELYINSCRIBED "Youmusthelpme,"shepleaded;"Icannotseethewayasingle stepahead." CONTENTS I THECRYPTOGRAM II THETRIPPERS III THEREVERIEOFABACHELOR IV ARCADY V "FIREINTHEROCK!" VI ELBOWCANYON VII THEPOLOPLAYERS VIII CASTLE'CADIA IX THEBRINKOFHAZARD X HOSKINS'SGHOST XI GUNPLAY XII THERUSTLERS XIII THELAWANDTHELADY XIV THEMAXIM XV HOSPESETHOSTIS XVI THERETURNOFTHEOMEN XVII THEDERRICKFUMBLES XVIII THEINDICTMENT XIX INTHELABORATORY XX THEGEOLOGIST XXI MR PELHAM'SGAME-BAG XXII ACRYINTHENIGHT XXIII DEEPUNTODEEP ILLUSTRATIONS "Youmusthelpme,"shepleaded;"Icannotseethewayasinglestepahead." "Señor Ballar', I have biffo' to-day killed a man for that he spik to me like-athat!" Themusclesofhisfaceweretwitching,andhewasbreathinghard,likeaspent runner "Thereismynotion—andastrikingexampleofMexicanfairplay." THEKINGOFARCADIA I THECRYPTOGRAM The strenuous rush of the day of suddenly changed plans was over, and with Gardiner,theassistantprofessorofgeology,tobidhimGod-speed,Ballardhad got as far as the track platform gates of the Boston & Albany Station when Lassley's telegram, like a detaining hand stretched forth out of the invisible, broughthimtoastand Hereadit,withalittlefrownofperplexitysoberinghisstrong,enthusiasticface "S.S Carania,NEWYORK "ToBRECKENRIDGEBALLARD,Boston "Youlovelifeandcravesuccess ArcadiaIrrigationhaskilleditsoriginator andtwochiefsofconstruction Itwillkillyou Letitalone "LASSLEY." He signed the book, tipped the boy for his successful chase, and passed the telegramontoGardiner "Ifyouwerecalledinasanexpert,whatwouldyoumakeofthat?"heasked Theassistantprofessoradjustedhiseye-glasses,readthemessage,andreturned itwithoutsuggestivecomment "My field being altogether prosaic, I should make nothing of it There are no assassinationsingeology Whatdoesitmean?" Ballardshookhishead "Ihaven'ttheremotestidea IwiredLassleythismorningtellinghimthatIhad thrownuptheCubansugarmillsconstructiontoacceptthechiefengineer'sbillet onArcadiaIrrigation Ididn'tsupposehehadeverheardofArcadiabeforemy namingofittohim." "IthoughttheLassleyswereinEurope,"saidGardiner "Theyaresailingto-dayintheCarania,fromNewYork Mywirewastowish themasafevoyage,andtogivemyprospectiveaddress Thatexplainsthedatelineofthistelegram." "But it does not explain the warning Is it true that the Colorado irrigation schemehasblottedoutthreeofitsfieldofficers?" "Oh, animaginativepersonmightput itthatway,Isuppose,"said Ballard,his tone asserting that none but an imaginative person would be so foolish "Braithwaite, of the Geodetic Survey, was the originator of the plan for constructing a storage reservoir in the upper Boiling Water basin, and for transforming Arcadia Park into an irrigated agricultural district He interested Mr Pelham and a few other Denver capitalists, and they sent him out as chief engineertostandtheprojectonitsfeet Shortlyafterhehadlaidthefoundations forthereservoirdam,hefellintotheBoilingWaterandwasdrowned." Gardiner's humour was as dry as his professional specialty "One," he said, checkingofftheunfortunateBraithwaiteonhisfingers "ThenBillySandersontookit—yourememberBilly,inmyyear?Hemadethe preliminarysurveyforaninletrailroadoverthemountains,andputafewmore stones on Braithwaite's dam As they say out on the Western edge of things, Sandersondiedwithhisbootson;gotintotroublewithsomebodyaboutacampfollowingwomanandwasshot." "Two,"checkedtheassistantingeology "Whowasthethird?" "An elderly, dyspeptic Scotchman named Macpherson He took up the work where Sanderson dropped it; built the railroad over the mountain and through Arcadia Park to the headquarters at the dam, and lived to see the dam itself somethingmorethanhalfcompleted." "AndwhathappenedtoMr Macpherson?"queriedGardiner "Hewaskilledafewweeksago Thederrickfellonhim Theaccidentprovoked awarmdiscussioninthetechnicalperiodicals Awireguycableparted—'rusted off,' the newspaper report said—and there was a howl from the wire-rope makers,whoprotestedthataropemadeofgalvanisedwirecouldn'tpossibly'rust off.'" "Nevertheless,Mr Macphersonwassuccessfullykilled,"remarkedtheprofessor dryly "Thatwouldseemtobethepersistingfactinthediscussion Doesnoneof thesethingsmoveyou?" "Certainlynot,"returnedtheyoungerman "Ishallneitherfallintotheriver,nor standunderaderrickwhoseguylinesareunsafe." Gardiner's smile was a mere eye wrinkle of good-natured cynicism "You carefully omit poor Sanderson's fate One swims out of a torrent—if he can— andanactiveyoungfellowmightpossiblybeabletododgeafallingderrick But who can escape the toils of the woman 'whose hands are as bands, and whose feet——'" "Oh, piff!" said the Kentuckian; and then he laughed aloud "There is, indeed, one woman in the world, my dear Herr Professor, for whose sake I would joyfully stand up and be shot at; but she isn't in Colorado, by a good many hundredmiles." "No?Nevertheless,Breckenridge,myson,thereliesyourbestchanceofmaking thefourthinthelistofsacrifices YouareaKentuckian;anardentandchivalric Southerner IftheFatesreallywishtointerposeincontraventionoftheArcadian scheme,theywilloncemorebaitthedeadfallwiththeeternalfeminine—always presuming, of course, that there are any Fates, and that they have ordinary intelligence." Ballardshookhisheadasifhetooktheprophecyseriously "I am in no danger on that score Bromley—he was Sanderson's assistant, and afterwardMacpherson's,youknow—wrotemethattheScotchman'sfirstgeneral orderwasanedictbanishingeverywomanfromtheconstructioncamps." "Now, if he had only banished the derricks at the same time," commented Gardinerreflectively Thenheadded:"YoumaybesuretheFateswillfindyou an enchantress, Breckenridge; the oracles have spoken What would the most peerless Arcadia be without its shepherdess? But we are jesting when Lassley appears to be very much in earnest Could there be anything more than coincidenceinthesefatalities?" "How could there be?" demanded Ballard "Two sheer accidents and one commonplace tragedy, which last was the fault—or the misfortune—of poor Billy'stemperament,itappears;thoughhewasasoberenoughfellowwhenhe was here learning his trade Let me prophesy awhile: I shall live and I shall finish building the Arcadian dam Now let us side-track Lassley and his Something else, also metallic, and weightier than the knife, clicked upon the stones; whereupon Blacklock loosed his strangler's grip and stepped back Ballardstoopedtopickuptheknifeandthepistol Wingfield,whohadbeenthe colonel's second in the race along the hazardous mine path, drew aside; and masterandmanwereleftfacingeachother TheMexicanstraightenedupandfoldedhisarms Hewasbreathinghardfrom theeffectofBlacklock'sgrippinghug,buthisdarkfacewasasimpassiveasan Indian's The white-haired King of Arcadia turned to Ballard, and the mellow voicebrokealittle "Mistuh-uh Ballard, you, suh, are a Kentuckian, of a race that knows to the fullestextentthemeaningofhenchmanloyalty Youshallsaywhatistobedone withthispo'villainofmine Byhisownconfession,madetomethisafte'noon, heisacutthroatandanassassin Undehamistakenideaofloyaltytome"—the deep voice grew more tremulous at this—"undeh a mistaken idea of loyalty to me,suh,hehasbeenfightinginhisownpeculiahfashionwhatheconceivedto bemybattlewiththeArcadiaCompany Withoutcompunction,withoutremo'se, hehastakennearlyascoreofhumanlivessincethedaywhenhekilledtheman Braithwaite and flung his body into the riveh Am I making it cleah to you, MistuhBallard?" Howhemanagedtoconveyhissenseofentirecomprehension,Ballardscarcely knew One thought was submerging all others under a mounting wave of triumphantjoy:ColonelAdam,thefatheroftheprincessofheart'sdelight,was neither a devil in human guise nor a homicidal madman Elsa's trouble was a phantomappeased;ithadvanishedlikethedewonasummermorning "I thank you, suh," was the courtly acknowledgment; and then the deep voice continued,withanaddednoteofemotion "Iamnotpleadingforthemurderer, butformypo'liegemanwhoknewnolawofGodormanhighehthanwhathe mistakenly took to be his masteh's desiah How long all this would have continued,if Ihadn't suhprisedhimintheve'yactoftryingto killyouasyou were lowering that thah stop-gate to-day, we shall neveh know But the entiah matteh lies heavy on my conscience, suh I ought to have suspected the true sou'ce of all the mysterious tragedies long ago; I should have suspected it if I hadn't been chin-deep myself, suh, in a similah pool of animosity against Mr Pelham and his fellow-robbehs What will you with this po' scoundrel of mine,MistuhBallard?" "Nothing,atpresent,"saidBallard,gravely,"ornothingmorethantoaskhima questionortwo."HeturnedupontheMexican,whowasstillstandingstatue-like withhisbacktothelowcliffofthepathledge "DidyoukillMacpherson?—as wellasBraithwaiteandSanderson?" "Ikill-ademall,"wasthecoolreply "Yousay—heallsay—'Imake-adadam.' I'llsay:'Caramba!Youno make-adadamw'at daColonelnowantforyouto make.'Dassall." "SoitwasyouwhohitBromleyontheheadandknockedhimintothecanyon?" Thestatuesqueforemanshowedhisteeth "Datwasonebadmeestake I'llbeen tryforknockyouondahaid,dattime,forsure,SeñorBallar'." "Andyouwerewearingthatrain-coatwhenyoudidit?" TheMexicannodded "I'llwearheemh-alwaysw'endasungonedown—same like-adaColonel." "Also,youwerewearingitthatothernight,whenyouheavedastonedownon myofficeroof?" Anothernod "ButonthenightwhenyouscaredHoskinsandmadehimdoubleuphistrainon DeadMan'sCurve,youdidn'twearit;youworeashooting-coatandacaplike theoneBraithwaiteusedtowear." The posing statue laughed hardily "Dat was one—w'at you call heem?—one beegjoke I'llbeenliketomakedat'Oskinsbreakheesh'ownneck,si:heestalk toomuch'boutdamanw'atdrown'heself." "AndtheCarsonbusiness:youweremixedupinthat,too?" "Dat was one meestake, al-so; one ver' beeg meestake I'll hire dat dam'-fool Carsontoshootdaditch It'inkyouanddabeegh-Irishmantake-adatrailand Carsonkeelyou Carson,he'lltake-adamoney,andmakeforleetleschemeto stealcattle Som'dayIkeelheemfordat." "Not in this world," cut in Ballard, briefly "You're out of the game, from this on."Andthen,determinedtobeatthebottomofthefinalmystery:"Youplayed thespyon Mr Wingfield,Bromley,Blacklockandmeone afternoonwhenwe were talking about these deviltries Afterward, you went up to Castle 'Cadia ThateveningMr Wingfieldnearlylosthislife Didyouhaveahandinthat?" AgaintheMexicanlaughed "SeñorWingfiel'heisknowtoomoch Som'dayhe ismakemever'sorryformyself SoI'llhidebe'inddatfornace,andgiveheem oneleetlepush,so"—withtheappropriategesture "Thatisall,"saidBallard,curtly Andthentothecolonel:"Ithinkwe'dbetterbe movingovertotheotherside Theladieswillbeanxious Jerry,takethatfellow on ahead of you, and see that he doesn't get away I'm sorry for you, Colonel Craigmiles; and that is no empty form of words As you have said, I am a Kentuckian,andIdoknowwhatloyalty—evenmistakenloyalty—isworth My owngrudgeisnothing;Ihaven'tany Butthereareotherlivestoanswerfor Am Iright?" "You are quite right, suh; quite right," was the sober rejoinder; and then Blacklocksaid"Vamos!"tohisprisoner,airinghisonewordofSpanish,andin single file the five men crossed on the dam to the mesa side of the rising lake where Bigelow, with Elsa and Miss Cantrell and a lately awakened Mrs Van Bryck,werewaiting Atthereassembling,Ballardcutthecolonel'sdaughterout ofthestormofeagerquestioningsswiftly,masterfully "Youwerewrong—wewereallwrong,"hewhisperedjoyously "Themanwhom you saw, the man who has done it all in your father's absolute and utter ignoranceofwhatwasgoingon,isManuel Hehasconfessed;firsttohismaster, andjustnowtoallofus Yourfatherisassaneasheisblameless Thereisno obstaclenowforeitherofus Ishallresignto-morrowmorning,and——" Itwasthecolonel'scallthatinterrupted "One moment, Mistuh Ballard, if you please, suh Are there any of youh ditch campsatpresentintherivehvalleybelowheah?" Ballard shook his head "Not now; they are all on the high land." Then, remembering Bromley's report of the empty ranch headquarters and corrals: "Youthinkthereisdanger?" "I don't think, suh: I know Look thah," waving an arm toward the dissolving minedumpontheopposingslope;"whenthewatehreachesthattunnelandfinds its way behind the bulkhead, Mistuh Ballard, youh dam's gone—doomed as surelyasthatsinfulworldthatwouldn'tlistentoPreachuhNoah!" "But,Colonel—youcan'tknowpositively!" "I do, suh And Mistuh Pelham knows quite as well as I You may have noticedthatwehavenopumpingmachineryovehyondeh,MistuhBallard:That isbecausetheminedrainsoutintoyouhpot-holebelowthedam!" "Heavens and earth!" ejaculated Ballard, aghast at the possibilities laid bare in thissingleexplanatorysentence "AndyousaythatMr Pelhamknowsthis?" "Hehasknownitallalong Ideemeditmyneighbo'lydutytoinformhimwhen weopenedthelowerlevelinthemine Buthewon'tbetheloseh;no,suh;not MistuhHowardPelham It'llbethosepo'sheepthathebroughtuphereto-dayto preparethemfortheshearing—iftherivehgiveshimtimetomaketheturn." "Thedangerisimmediate,then?"saidBigelow Thewhite-hairedKingofArcadiawasstandingonthebrinkofthemesacliff,a starkfigureinthewhitemoonlight,withhishandathisear "Hark,gentlemen!" hecommanded;andthen:"Youhearsareallyoungehthanmine Whatdoyou heah?" ItwasBallardwhoreplied:"Thewindisrisingontherange;Icanhearitsinging inthepines." "No, suh; that isn't the wind—it's wateh; torrents and oceans of it There have been great and phenomenal storms up in the basin all day; storms and cloudbursts Seethah!" A rippling wave a foot high came sweeping down the glassy surface of the reservoirlake,crowdingandriotinguntilitdoubleditsdepthinrushingintothe foothillcanyon Passingthemine,itsweptawayothertonsofthedump;andan instantlaterthewateratthefeetoftheonlookersliftedliketheheaveofagreat ground-swell—lifted,butdidnotsubside Ballard'ssquarejawwasout-thrust "Wedidnotbuildforanysuchbrutaltestsas this,"hemuttered "Anothersurgelikethat——" "It is coming!" cried Elsa "The power dam in the upper canyon is gone!" and thesharerofthesingleCantrellChristiannameshriekedandtookshelterunder Bigelow'sarm Far up the moon-silvered expanse of the lake a black line was advancing at railwayspeed Itwasliketheominousflatteningoftheseabeforeahurricane; butthechiefterrorofitlayinthepeacefulsurroundings Nocloudfleckedthe sky;nobreathofairwasstirring;thecalmofthematchlesssummernightwas unbroken,savebythesurf-likemurmurofthegreatwaveasitrosehighandstill higherinthenarrowingraceway InstinctivelyBallardputhisarmaboutElsaand drewherbackfromthecliff'sedge Therecouldbenochanceofdangerforthe grouplookingonfromthetopofthehighmesa;yetthecommandingroarofthe menacewasirresistible Whenthewaveenteredthewedge-shapedupperendoftheElbowitwasafoamcrested wall ten feet high, advancing with the black-arched front of a tidal billow,mighty,terrifying,thecoldbreathofitblowinglikeachillwindfromthe underworld upon the group of watchers In its onrush the remains of the mine dump melted and vanished, and the heavy bulkhead timbering at the mouth of the workings was torn away, to be hurled, with other tons of floating débris, againsttheback-wallofthedam Knowingalltheconditions,Ballardthoughtthemasonrywouldneverwithstand the hammer-blow impact of the wreck-laden billow Yet it stood, apparently undamaged,evenafterthesplinteredmassofwreckage,tossedhighonthecrest ofthewave,hadleapedthecopingcoursetoplungethunderingintotheravine below Thegreatwallwaslikesomemassivefortificationrearedtoenduresuch shocks; and Elsa, facing the terrific spectacle beside her lover, like a reincarnationofoneofthebattle-maidens,gavehimhisrightfulmeedofpraise "Youbuildedwell—youandtheothers!"shecried "Itwillnotbreak!" Butevenasshespoke,theforcesthatsapanddestroywereatwork Therewasa hoarsegroaningfromtheundergroundcavernsofthezirconiummine—sounds asofavolcanointravail Thewaveretreatedforalittlespace,andthewhiteline ofthecopingshowedbareandunbrokeninthemoonlight Silence,thedeafening silencewhichfollowsthethunderclap,succeededtotheclamourofthewaters, andthisinturngaveplacetoacuriousgurglingroarasofsomegiganticvessel emptyingitselfthroughanorificeinitsbottom Thewhite-hairedkingwasnearesttothebrinkofperil Atthegurglingroarhe turnedwitharmsoutspreadandswepttheonlookinggroup,augmentednowby themenfromGarou'scookcamp,backandawayfromthedam-head Outofthe torrent-worn pit in the lower ravine a great jet of water was spurting intermittently,likethebloodfromaseveredartery "Thatistheend!"groanedBallard,turningawayfromthedeathgrapplebetween his work and the blind giant of the Boiling Water; and just then Blacklock shouted,snatched,wrestledforaninstantwithawrithingcaptive—andwasleft withatornmackintoshinhishandsforhisonlytrophy They all saw the Mexican when he slipped out of the rain-coat, eluded Blacklock,andbrokeaway,todartacrossthechasmonthewhitepathwayofthe dam's coping course He was half-way over to the shore of escape when his nerve failed To the spouting fountain in the gulch below and the sucking whirlpool in the Elbow above was added a second tidal wave from the cloudburst sources; a mere ripple compared with the first, but yet great enough to makeamaelstromofthegurglingwhirlpool,andtosenditscrestofsprayflying overthenarrowcauseway WhenthebarrierwasbaredagaintheMexicanwas seen clinging limpet-like to the rocks, his courage gone and his death-warrant signed For while he clung, the great wall lost its perfect alignment, sagged, swayed outward under the irresistible pressure from above, crumbled, and was goneinathunder-burstofsoundthatstunnedthewatchersandshookthesolid earthofthemesawheretheystood "Areyouquitesureitwasn'tallafrightfuldream?"askedtheyoungwomanina charming house gown and pointed Turkish slippers of the young man with his left arm in a sling; the pair waiting the breakfast call in the hammock-bridged cornerofthegreatporticoatCastle'Cadia ItwasaColoradomountainmorningofthesortcalled"Italian"byenthusiastic tourists Theairwassoftandbalmy;ararebluehazelayinthegulches;andthe patchesofyellowingaspensonthemountainshouldersaddedtheneededtouch ofcolourtorelievethedun-brownsandgraysofthebaldsandtheheavygreens oftheforestedslopes Saveforthesummer-driedgrass,lodgedandlevelledin great swaths by the sudden freeing of the waters, the foreground of the scene wasunchanged Throughthebowl-shapedvalleytheBoilingWater,oncemore an August-dwindled mountain stream, flowed murmurously as before; and a mileawayinthefoothillgapoftheElbow,thehugesteel-beamedderricklined itselfagainstthefartherdistances "No,itwasn'tadream,"saidBallard "Thethirty-mile,nerve-tryingdrivehome in the car, with the half-wrecked railroad bridge for a river crossing, ought to haveconvincedyouoftherealities." "Nothingconvincesmeanymore,"sheconfessed,withtheairofonewhohas seen chaos and cosmos succeed each other in dizzying alternations; and when Ballard would have gone into the particulars of that with her, the King of Arcadiacameupfromhismorningwalkaroundthehomesteadknoll "Ah, you youngstehs!" he said, with the note of fatherly indulgence in the mellowvoice "Outyondehundehthemaples,IrunacrosstheBigelowboyand MadgeCantrell;—'Lookingtoseewhatdamagethewaterhaddone,'theysaid, asinnocentasapairofturtle-doves!Ovehintheorcha'dIstumbleuponMistuh WingfieldandDosia Ididn'tmake themlietome,and I'mnotgoingto make youtwo ButIshouldgreatlyappreciateawordwithyou,MistuhBallard." Elsagotuptogoin,butBallardsatinthehammockanddrewherdownbeside himagain "Withyourpermission,whichIwasgoingtoaskimmediatelyafter breakfast,ColonelCraigmiles,wetwoareone,"hesaid,withthefrank,boyish smilethatevenhiscriticsfoundhardtoresist "Willyousoregardus?" Thecolonel'sansweringlaughhadnohintofobstaclesinit "Itwasmerelyalittlemattehofbusiness,"heexplained "Willyouhshot-uparm sanctionaday'stravel,MistuhBallard?" "Surely ThisslingiswhollyMissElsa'sideaandinvention Idon'tneedit." "Well,then;heah'stheprogramme:Aftehbreakfast,Ottowilldriveyouovehto AltaVistainthelightcar FromthereyouwilltakethetraintoDenver When youarrive,youwillfindthetreeoftheArcadiaCompanyprettywellshakenby thenewsofthecatastrophetothedam AmIsafeinassumingsomuch?" "Morethansafe:everystockholderintheoutfitwillbeduckingtocover." "Ve'y good Quietly, then, and without much—ah—ostentation, as youh own good sense would dictate, you will pick up, in youh name or mine, a safe majorityofthestock DoImakemyselfcleah?" "Perfectly,sofar." "ThenyouwillcomebacktoArcadia,reorganiseyouhforce—youandMistuh Bromley—and build you anotheh dam; this time in the location below the Elbow,whereitshouldhavebeenbuiltbefo' AmIstillcleah?" "Why,clearenough,certainly ButIthought—I'vebeengiventounderstandthat youwerefightingtheirrigationschemeonitsmerits;thatyoudidn'twantyour kingdom of Arcadia turned into a farming community I don't blame you, you know." Theoldcattleking'sgazewentafar,throughthegaptothefoothillsandbeyond to the billowing grass-lands of Arcadia Park, and the shrewd old eyes lost somethingoftheirmilitantfirewhenhesaid: "IreckonIwasrightselfishaboutthat,inthebeginning,MistuhBallard It'sa mightyfinerange,suh,andIwasgreedyfortheisolation—assomeothehmen aregreedyformoneyandthepoweritbrings Butthisheahlittlegirlofmineshe wentoutintotheworld,andcamebacktoshameme,suh Herewaslandanda living, independence and happiness, for hundreds of the world's po' strugglers, andIwasmakingacattlepaschuhofit!Rightthenandthahwasbo'ntheidea, suh,ofmakingasure-enoughkingdomofArcadia,anditwasmylayingofthe foundationsthatattractedMr Pelhamandhismoney-hungrycrowd." "Youridea!"ejaculatedBallard "ThenPelhamandhispeoplewereinterlopers?" "Youcanputitthatway;yes,suh Thei-uhideawaswrappedupinacoin-sack; youcouldfai'lyheahitclink!Thei-uhproposalwastoselltheland,andtomake thewateraneve'lastingtaxuponit;minewastomakethewaterfree Wehitched on that, and then they proposed to me—to me, suh—to make a stock-selling swindle of it When I told them they were a pack of damned scoundrels, they electedtofightme,suh;andlastnight,pleaseGod,wesawthebeginningofthe endthatistobe—therighteousend Butcomeonintobreakfast;youcan'tlive onsentimentforalways,MistuhBallard." Theywentintogetherbehindhim,thetwoforwhomArcadiahadsuddenlybeen transformed into paradise, and on the way the Elsa whom Ballard had first knownandlearnedtoloveinthefar-distantworldbeyondthebarriermountains reassertedherself "WhatdoyousupposeMr Pelhamwillsaywhenhehearsthatyouhavereally madelovetothecow-punchingprincess?"sheasked,flippantly "Doyouusually boastofsuchthingsinadvance,Mr Ballard?" Buthisanswerignoredthelittlepin-prickofmockery "I'm thinking altogether of Colonel Adam Craigmiles, my dear; and of the honourhedoesyoubybeingyourfather Heisaking,everyinchofhim,Elsa, girl!I'mtellingyourightnowthatwe'llhavetoputinthehighspeed,andkeepit in,toliveuptohim." Andafterward,whenthehouse-partyguestshadgathered,ingoodoldKentucky fashion, around the early breakfast-table, and the story of the night had been threshedout,andwordwasbroughtthatOttoandthecarwerewaiting,hestood upwithhishandonthebackofElsa'schairandliftedhisclaretclasswiththe loyalthoughtstilluppermost "Atoastwithme,goodfriends—mystirrup-cup:I drink to our host, the Knight Commander of Castle 'Cadia, and the reigning monarchoftheLandofHeart'sDelight—LonglivetheKingofArcadia!" 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