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TheProjectGutenbergeBook,TheTrailofConflict,byEmilieBakerLoring ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheTrailofConflict Author:EmilieBakerLoring ReleaseDate:October24,2010[eBook#34129] Language:English Charactersetencoding:ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE TRAIL OF CONFLICT*** E-textpreparedbyDarleenDove,RogerFrank,MaryMeehan, andtheOnlineDistributedProofreadingTeam (http://www.pgdp.net) TheTrailofConflict ByEMILIELORING PUBLISHERS Grosset&Dunlap NEWYORK COPYRIGHT1922BYTHEPENNPUBLISHINGCOMPANY BYARRANGEMENTWITHLITTLE,BROWN&COMPANY MADEINTHEU S A CONTENTS CHAPTERI CHAPTERII CHAPTERIII CHAPTERIV CHAPTERV CHAPTERVI CHAPTERVII CHAPTERVIII CHAPTERIX CHAPTERX CHAPTERXI CHAPTERXII CHAPTERXIII CHAPTERXIV CHAPTERXV CHAPTERXVI CHAPTERXVII CHAPTERXVIII CHAPTERXIX CHAPTERXX CHAPTERXXI CHAPTERXXII BOOKSBYEMILIELORING CHAPTERI "Thatisyourultimatum,Glamorgan?Myboyforyourgirloryouscoopupmy possessionsandtransfusethemintoyours?" PeterCourtlandttappedthearmofhischairnervouslyasheregardedtheman who sat opposite in front of the fire The two men were in striking contrast Courtlandt seemed a component part of the room in which they sat, a room which with its dull, velvety mahogany, its costly Eastern rugs, its rare old portraits and book-lined walls, proclaimed generations of ancestors who had been born to purple and fine linen He was spare and tall His features might haveservedasthemodelfortheportraitofNelsonintheMetropolitanMuseum Hiseyesweredarklyluminous,theeyesofadreamer;hiswhitehaircurledin softringsoverhishead;hishandswerelongandpatrician Glamorganwasbuilt on the Colossus plan, large head, heavy features into which the elements had ground a dull color, a huge body without the least trace of fat Only his eyes were small They looked as though they had been forgotten until the last moment, as though the designer had then hastily poked holes beneath the Websterianbrowstoinserttwobrilliantgreenbeads Hewasahandsomemanin a clean-souled, massive way; moreover he looked to be a person who would crashthroughobstaclesandwinoutbysheerpersistence HeflungtheremainsofhiscigarintothefireasheansweredCourtlandt With the cushion-tipped fingers of his large hands spread upon his knees he bent forwardandfixedhisinterrogatorwithhisemeraldgaze "Thatstatementsoundsrawbutit'strue I'vebeenplayingmycardsforwhatyou callascoopforsometime Fiftyyearsagomymotherbroughtherfamilyfrom Walestothiscountry Wehadcomefromthecoalregion Coalwasalltheolder children knew, so we drifted to Pennsylvania Until I was seventeen I picked coal Occasionally Isawthestockholderswhocametoinspectthemines One dayyourfatherbroughtyou YoupassedmeasthoughIwereapost,butright then and there I learned the difference between mere money and money with familybehindit ThatdayIlaidmyplansforlife I'dmakemoney,Lord,howI'd pileitup;I'dcutoutthedissipationsofmykind,I'dmarrythemostrefinedgirl who'dhaveme,andI'dhaveoneofmychildren,atleast,marryintoafamilylike yours Mygrandchildrenshouldhaveancestorswhocounted Well,Igotthegirl ShehadgoodVirginiastockbehindher Geraldinewasbornandafterfiveyears Margaret,andthenmywifedied Ibegantopile Ideniedmyselfeverythingbut books, that my girls could be fitted to fill the position I was determined they shouldhave I——" Peter Courtlandt's clear, high-bred voice interrupted There was a trace of amusementinhistone: "Didyouneverthinkthatyourdaughtersmightdevelopplansoftheirown?That theymightrefusetobedisposedofsohigh-handedly?" "Margaretmay,butJerrywon't Sinceshewasalittlethingshe'sbeenbroughtup withtheideaofmarryingforsocialposition;sheknowsthatmyheartissetonit Why, I used to visit her at school dressed in my roughest clothes, that the differencebetweenmeandtheotherfatherswouldsoakinthoroughly Ohwell, smile Iacknowledgethattheideaisanobsessionwithme;everymanhassome weak joint; that's mine I'll say for Jerry that she never once flinched from owninguptomeashers I'veseenthecolorstealtohereyeswhenIappearedin myroughclothes,butshe'dslipherhandintomine,foralltheworldasthough she were protecting me, cling tight to it, and introduce me to her friends The girlsandteacherslovedher,orshecouldn'thavegotawaywithit Herfriends wereamongthebestatcollege Oh,she'llmarrytopleaseme Evenifshedidn't wantto,she'ddoittogivePegachance;she'scrazyabouther,butIknowher, shewon'tgobackonheroldDad Besides,Courtlandt,Ihaveafirmconviction thatapersoncanputthroughanyworthythingonwhichheisdetermined How elsedoyouaccountfortheseemingmiraclesmengotawaywithintheWorld War?Thetestis,howmuchdoyouwantit?I'vegoneonthatprincipleallmy life,andit'sworked,Itellyou,it'sworked!" He waved away the box of cigars Courtlandt offered and pulled a viciouslooking specimen of the weed from his pocket He stuck it between his teeth beforeheresumed: "After I left the coal-mines I beat it to Texas, got an option on land there and begantomakemypileintheoil-fields Iworkedlikeaslavedaysandstudied nights Ididn'tmeantogiveJerrycausetobeashamedofherDadwhenshedid land ThenIsetmylawyertolookinguptheaffairsoftheCourtlandtfamily I found that you had a boy, handsome, upstanding and decent I had him well watched,Iassureyou Iwasn'tthrowingJerryawayonaregularguyevenifI wasstuckonyourfamily Ifoundalsothatyourmoneywasgettingscarcerthan hen'steeth Itookthemortgageonthishouse,oneverypieceofpropertyinyour estate I knew when the boy chucked his law course and went into the army I hadhimwatchedwhilehewasoverseasandIknowthathecamethroughthat seethingfurnaceoftemptationstraight Onthedayyourboymarriesmygirland bringshertothishousetoliveI'llturnyourpropertyovertoyoufreeandclear It is in fine condition and will give you a handsome income It won't be sufficientforyouandtheyoungpeopletoliveasIwanttoseethem,butI'lltake care of that You've known me now for three months You know that I'm absolutelyonthelevelinmybusinessdealings Whatsay?" Courtlandtroseimpetuouslyandstoodwithhisbacktothefire,onearmresting onthecarvedmantel "GoodLord,man,I'mnottheonetosay Itisn'tmylifethat'sbeingtiedup This propertycangotothe——"hestopped,andlookedaboutthebeautifulroom He stared for a moment at the portrait of a seventeenth century Courtlandt which hungopposite,thenupatthebeautifulfaceofthewomaninthepaintingsetlike a jewel in the dark paneling above the mantel Her eyes looked back at him, gravely, searchingly His voice was husky as he added quickly, "I'll talk with Steveto-nightandifhe——" Glamorgannoddedapprovingly "I'm glad you named him Stephen It was Stephanus Courtlandt whose estate was erected into the lordship and manor of Courtlandt by William the third, wasn'tit?YouseeIknowyourfamilyhistorybackward Ineverbuyapigina poke,"withroughfrankness Heroseandstretchedtohisgreatheight Theman watchinghimthoughtoftheRussianbearwhichhadrousedandshakenhimself withsuchtragicresults "Whydon'tyouandSteverunintownto-nightandhave supperwithJerryandmeafterthetheatre?" "Thankyou;ifStevehasnoengagementwewill." Glamorganthrusthishandsdeepintohispocketsandgloweredatthemanbythe mantel "I'llleaveyounowtodealwithhim YoumightmentiontoStevethefactthatif herefusesmyofferIforeclosewithinforty-eighthours." ThebloodrushedtoCourtlandt'sfaceasthoughitwouldburstthroughthethin, ivoryskin Hetouchedabell,hisvoicewascoldwithrepressionasheanswered thethreat: "I'll talk with Stephen this evening Judson, Mr Glamorgan's coat," to the smooth-haired,smooth-faced,smooth-footedbutlerwhoansweredthering Thebigmanpausedamoment,hislittlegreeneyesflamesofsuspicion "You'll let me hear from you to-morrow? No shilly-shallying, mind A straight 'Yes'or'No.'" "Astraight'Yes'or'No'to-morrowitis,Glamorgan Good-night!Judson,when Mr Stephencomesinaskhimtocometomehere." AfterhisguesthaddepartedCourtlandtsnappedoff thelights andplungedthe room in darkness save for the soft glow from the blazing logs He sank into a wing-chairbeforethefireandrestedhisheadonhisthinhand Whatamesshe had made of things He had lost his inheritance, not through extravagance, but because he had not been enough of a business man to steer his financial ship clear of reefs during the last years of swiftly shifting values To have the Courtlandt property swept away! It was impossible He didn't care for himself but for Steve and Steve's children He was a liar! He did care for himself It wouldbreakhishearttohavethisoldhome,whichhadbeenthemanor,fallinto the hands of an erstwhile coal-picker The town house was different The location of that had followed the trail of fashion, it had no traditions, but this ——Heroseandpacedthefloorthenreturnedtohisoldplacebeforethemantel andlistened Therewasthesoundofwhistlinginthehall,virile,tuneful,thesort thatbringsasmiletothelipsofthemostsophisticated "TheWhistlingLieut.!" CourtlandtrememberedStevehadbeencalledinthearmy Hedroppedhishead tohisextendedarmandstaredunseeinglydownattheflames Whatwouldhe say——? "Holloa,SirPeter!Fire-worshiping?"aclearvoicecalledbuoyantly "You'reas dark in here as though you expected an air-raid Let's light up and be cheerio, whatsay?"Thespeakerpressedabuttonandfloodedtheroom withsoftlight "Judson said you wanted me Shall I stay now or come back when I've changed?" Courtlandtseniorstraightenedandlookedathissonwiththeappraisingeyesof astranger Headmittedtohimselfregretfullythattheboylookedolderthanhis twenty-sevenyears Hewastallandleanandlithe,notanounceofsuperfluous fleshonhim Hestoodwithhisfeetslightlyapart,agolf-bagdraggingfromone arm,hisotherhandinhiscoatpocket Hisblackhairhadarebelliouskink,his eyesweredarkblue,hisnoseclean-cut,hislipsandchinhintedatasomewhat formidablestrengthofpurpose Courtlandt'scourageoozedasheregardedthose lastfeatures "I—I merely wanted to ask you to give me this evening, Steve I—I—well, there'sbusinesstobetalkedover." Thesonlookedbackathisfather Aslightfrownwrinkledhisbroadforehead Hestartedtospeak,thenliftedthegolf-bagandwenttowardthedoor "Theeveningisyours,SirPeter." Hisfatherlistenedtillhiswhistletrailedoffintosilenceintheupperregions His darkeyescloudedwithregret Stevehadadaptedhisselectiontodirgetempo Asfatherandsonsmokedanddranktheircoffeeinfrontofthelibraryfireafter dinner,PeterCourtlandtfounditevenmoredifficulttoapproachthedistasteful subject Hetalkednervouslyofpolitics,laborconditionsandthelatestplay His sonwatchedhimkeenlythroughnarrowedlids Heemptiedandfilledhispipe thoughtfullyashewaitedforabreakinhisfather'sfloodofwords Whenitcame hedashedin "What'sthebusinessyouwantedtotalkwithmeabout,SirPeter?Fireawayand let'sgetitover Anythingwrong?" The elder man bent forward to knock the ashes from his cigar The gravity of Steve's"SirPeter"hadmovedhimcuriously Itwasthenamehiswifehadcalled him, which the boy had adopted when he was too grown-up to say "Daddy." Silent seconds lengthened into minutes as he sat there The quiet of the room was subtly portentous There was a hint of unsteadiness in his voice when he finallyspoke "It'sallwrong,Steve Everythingwehaveismortgagedtothegunwales." "But I thought——" The end of the sentence was submerged in stunned amazement "That we couldn't go broke? Well, we have We lose everything we have tomorrowunless——"Hedroppedhisheadonhishand "Unlesswhat?"promptedSteve "The—thedaywedecidedtomakethedetour?It—ithasprovedanadventure, hasn'tit?"sheinterruptedinabreathlessattempttogaintime Courtlandtignored thequestion "You asked me if I wanted his fortune Do you also remember my answer?" Thenaswithdowncastcasteyesshenoddedassent,herepeated,"'MoreIever wanted anything, except one, in my life.' You thought that that one thing was FeliceandI—Iletyouthinkso Imeantyou,Jerry No,youcan'tgo,you'vegot tolistennow We'vebeenplayingatcrosspurposeslongenough IwantedUncle Nick'smoneybecauseIwantedtoberidofthehumiliatingloadofobligationwe Courtlandts had shouldered I wanted to meet you on equal terms I loved you the first time I saw you in your shimmering orchid gown with the great fan which you wielded with the air of an empress Who was I to tell you so? You wouldn'thavebelievedme,youwouldhavedespisedmeasahypocrite Ihadno money,nothingbutdebtstoofferyou ButifIhadn'tlovedyounothingcould haveforcedme,nothingcouldhavetemptedmetoaskyoutomarryme Onthe wayintomeetyouthatfirstnight,IpromisedSirPeterthatifinanywayyou wererepellenttome,Iwouldletyourfathertakepossessionofourproperty I— I—well,Ihadtobluffsometomyfathergoinghometocovermybowled-over condition I don't ask for anything now, I only want a promise that you won't closeyourheartagainstme—thatyouwill—oh,what'stheuse—youmustlove me!" The girl looked down upon the head pressed against her hands then up at the tendereyesofthewomanabovethemantel Weretheymistedorweretheretears inherowneyes?Shechokedbackasoundthatwashalflaugh,halfsobasshe observedwithtantalizingcharm: "Ofcoursewhenyousay'must,'OAbdultheGreat——"Beforeshecouldfinish thesentenceStevehadhercrushedinhisarms "It'syourownfault,Mr TommyBenson ItoldyouthatIshouldn't——" It was Peggy's voice at the door In breathless haste Jerry freed herself from Courtlandt's arms He caught her hands and drew her back His voice was tenderlyexultant,hiseyesdisconcertinglypossessiveasheremindedhuskily: "About that honeymoon I promised to show you, Mrs Courtlandt——Can I interestyouinasilvermine?" CHAPTERXXII Thetwomenwereinstrikingcontrast Glamorgan,massive,shrewd-eyed,ofbig affairs and world interests and Peter Courtlandt patrician, dreamy-eyed, who dweltlargelyintherealmofbooksandart,weresmokingontheterraceofthe Manor They could look down the box-bordered paths of the garden to where stonestepsledtoasmalllandingontheshoreoftheriver Atenderswungatits moorings Motor-boatsandsteam-boatspliedbusilybackandforthonthewater which rippled into scales of gold From a man-o'-war anchored down-stream camethesoundofaship'sband Thesunwassettingwithlavishprodigalityof color,spreadinggreatswathsofcrimsonandgoldandvioletabovethehills One steady brilliant star shone in the west From the garden drifted the scent of heliotrope Thelightbreezestirredtheawningovertheterrace,gentlyliftedthe soft rings of white hair on Peter Courtlandt's head, impertinently flicked the sheetsoftheletterGlamorganheld Courtlandtwithdrewhiseyesfromtheriverandlookedathisguest Thelarge man was smiling broadly, at his thoughts, doubtless, as his eyes were fixed unseeinglyonthestar Hishostsuddenlyrememberedthathehadnotseenthe oil-kingsmilelikethatsinceJerryandStevehadlefttheManor;hehadappeared like a man spiritually burdened Could his furious indignation because his daughter had gone West with her husband have accounted for his gravity? Courtlandttossedtheremainsofhiscigarovertheterracewallandaddressedhis companion "Yousaidthatyouhadalettertoreadtome,"hesuggested Glamorgan'seyes flashedtohis—wasthereahintoftearsinthem?—thesmileonhislipsspread and spread until his host was reminded of the moon in all the glory of its fullness He laughed in sympathy "It must be amusing, if one judges by your expression." The oil-king indulged in a throaty chuckle; it sounded like the delightofaboyinsomesatisfactorilyaccomplishedbitofmischief "Itisn'ttheletterwhichissoamusing,thoughI'llhandittoPegwhenitcomesto expressionthathaspunch,itiswhatIcanreadbetweenthelines Listentowhat she writes and you'll understand." He settled huge horn-rimmed eye-glasses in placeandbegantoreadfromtheletterinhishand "DEARDAD: "By this time you must have received my letter about the near hold-up, poorMr Denbigh,Beechy,Tommy(BensontheBluffertheoutfitcallhim now)andyourshe's-a-herodaughter Ipennedthatthrobbingepistleonthe morning after our return from Slippy Bend when my mind was a red hot moltenmassofthrills Well,toquoteScripture(don'tgivemethecreditof this,TommyBensonreeleditoffwhenIexpressedamazementatwhatwas happeningandIcopieditfromtheBible),'Therebethreethingswhichare toowonderfulforme,yea,fourwhichIknownot:Thewayofaneaglein theair;thewayofaserpentuponarock;thewayofashipinthemidstof thesea;andthewayofamanwithamaid.'Itisthatlastphrasewhichhas todowiththesituationhere WhenIfirstcameStevehadabout asmuch expressioninhisfacewhenhelookedatJerryashasthatgranitecivilwar veteranintheparkatOilCity Jerrywasasbad Theywerethenearestto cold-storage newly-weds that I had ever seen Now—ye gods!—when I lookupandseeSteve'seyesonJerrymyheartstampedes IfeelasthoughI had made the unpardonable break of opening a closed door without knocking Jerry behaves a little better She keeps her eyes to heel but her voice—— "'Thedevilhathnotinallhisquiver'schoiceanarrowfortheheartlikea sweet voice.' Tommy Benson again He is a more liberal education than English 27 at College I asked him if the lines were Shakespeare or the BibleandhesaidthatagentlemannamedByronwrotethembutthatIwas nottocultivatehisacquaintanceindiscriminately Ihavesenteastforallof Mr Byron'spoems ButIdigress "ToreturntoSteveandJerry Theystartonacampingtripto-morrow,up into the wilderness to inspect some silly old silver mine Steve has sent MarcelleO'Neilaheadwithpackhorses,guns,provisions,androds Thank heaventheydidn'taskmetogo I'mtostayattheDoubleOwithTommy Benson'smother,whoarrivedyesterday She'sastylish-stoutofaboutfifty withwonderfulskinandteeth,eyesthatmakeyoufeelyou'dliketodrown inthemtheyaresolikeclear-bluepools;hairlikedullgoldandasmile— well,Iwalkedstraightintoherarmswhensheturneditonme "I wrote you that Jerry seemed terribly short of money You must something about it Her Tiffany flame has found an Alexandrite that she wants When I told her the price, a miserable little two thousand dollars, youwouldhavethoughtI'dmentionedtheamountoftheAlliedwardebt Whydon'tyousendherthering? "Frommylimitedobservation(there'sbeensomethingdoingeveryminute sinceIsetfootontheDoubleO),Ishouldsaythatranchingwasagreatlife when the coyotes didn't steal your chickens, when the Shorthorns didn't break away,orwhenadisgruntledfragmentofyouroutfitdidn't shootup theneighborhood JerrysaysthatsheandStevewillspendtheirwintersat the Manor after they have been here a year, something to with Uncle Nick's will, you probably know about it Steve will take Tommy Benson into partnership and he will be manager-in-chief It's a great chance for Tommy Heisthepoor-man-with-a-futuretype He'ssuper-sensitiveabout hislackofmoney,though BruceGreysonbroughtaperfectlystunningman tocalltheotherday,heirtoafortune OfcourseIhadtobenicetohim Ye gods!YoushouldhaveseenTommywhilehewashere Aftertheplutocrat had departed I asked him why he had looked as though he could have crunchedmountainlionintheraw Hejustgloweredandquoted: "'Owhataworldofvile,illfavouredfaults Lookshandsomeinthreethousandpoundsayear.' "FrommywindowIcanseeSandy'sflivverinthedistance;thatmeansthat I must wind up this letter—pronto That carrier is the funniest sight He wearsatallwhitehatandalinendusterandlooksforalltheworldlikethe Mad Hatter in 'Alice.' I almost expect to hear him snap when he sees me coming, 'Your hair needs cutting,' the way the Hatter does in the story Heapsoflove, "PEG "P.S Praise be! Careful Cosmetics has departed That's what I call the Denbighwoman." Glamorganremovedhisglassesandthrewbackhisheadwithachucklinglaugh Courtlandtlaughedwithhim "Peggycertainlywieldsafacilepen I—IamgladofwhatshewritesaboutSteve andJerry IconfessthatIfeared——" "Iwanttotalktoyouaboutthat,Courtlandt,"interruptedGlamorganeagerly "It has taken all my strength of will and then some, not to take you into my confidencebut—butIpromisedyourbrother-in-lawthat——" "NicholasFairfax!" "Idon'twonderyouareastonished Yousee,fromthemomentIsawhimIfell forhim I'dknownalotofmenlikehim Chestnutburrsoutsidebutsoundand sweetintheirhearts HemusthavefeltthatIunderstoodhimforhehadn'tbeen attheManorlongbeforeheconfidedhisdoubtsandhopestome OldNickwas keenerthanyouorI Hehadn'tbeenheretwenty-fourhoursbeforehehadsized up the situation between Jerry and Steve He realized that they were heading straight for the matrimonial reefs where so many of their friends had come to grief IguessherealizedalsothatIwasalittlemoreanxiousforthatmarriageto turnoutasuccessthanevenhewas TheLordonlyknowstheburdenofguiltI wouldhavecarriedtherestofmylifeifithadn't." "Youwouldn'thavebeentheonlyone." "Iknowthat,Courtlandt Nickrealizedthathehadn'tlongtolive Hefeltsureof Jerry'sloyalty,thatallthatwasneededtorightmattersbetweenthetwowasto give Stevemoney andmakethe girl dependentonhim Heknew the boywell enoughtoknowthathispridewouldstandbetween themaslongasJerry was spending my money That was where I came in He had me cast for the stern parent act I was to oppose Jerry's going to the ranch Opposition, he figured, would steel her determination to go with her husband, if she was tempted to waver I knew my girl better I knew that she would keep the covenant but I consentedtopleaseOldNick Ialmostcavedinthedayshewentaway,whenI sawherwatchthegatewistfullyuntilthetrainstarted,butIkeptoutofsight." "Who would have believed to have seen Nick in those last days that he was planningsoshrewdly." "That wasn't all he planned He had the dickens of a time with Greyson He wantedhimtoinviteMrs DenbightotheXYZforthesummerasasortofacid testforSteve." "Whatadiabolicalidea." "I'm not so sure of that His argument was that if the woman had the slightest lureforSteve——" "Butshehadn't,"Courtlandtdeniedsharply "Icouldn'tseehowshecouldhave,butthenvampsaren'tinmyline Nickwas possessedbytheidea Greysonkickedlikeasteeragainstitbutfinallygavein Youcan'ttell Fairfaxmayhavehadotherreasonsuphissleeve Denbighwasat the Bear Creek ranch He might have thought, have hoped, that he and Felice wouldcometogetheragain Inspiteofhisill-healthandabsorptioninhisranch, yourbrother-in-lawwasaprofoundthinkeronsocialandeconomicquestions I spent hours arguing with him He contended that the great weakness of the Americanpeoplelayintheirlackofstability,thattheycouldbesweptalongona wave of enthusiasm but that when it came to the steady tide of determination they wouldn't even tread water; that lack of stability was at the root of the divorce habit, which if it wasn't checked would insidiously undermine the characterofthenation." "Hewasright,but,"withaprofoundsighofrelief,"itlooksasthoughJerryand Stevehadescapedthereefs,doesn'tit?" "I'llsayitdoes,"withareminiscentchuckle "NowyouknowwhyIgloatedover thatletterofPeg's Thechilddidn'trealizehowshewaseasingmymind Doyou know,IlikewhatshewritesaboutthatBensonboy Nexttoamanwithfamily background I have a deep and abiding respect for a man who has the best in literatureathistongue'send He'sararebirdthesedays." "Thenyouwouldn'tobjectifPegandTommy—hehasn'tthekindoffamilyyou wantbehindhim." "Idon'tcarewhoPeggymarriesifheiscleanandupstanding,withself-respect andloveformygirl I'mthroughmeddling,thoughI'mnotsorryforwhatIdid withJerry Shestoodninechancesoutoftenofmarryingafortune-hunter;Steve wasn'tthat;hehadtobeforciblyfedwithmoney InspiteofthatfactIhaven't drawnaneasybreathsinceNicktoldmehissuspicions,untilnow."Heglanced attheletter "IthinkI'llsendthatAlexandriteasasortofpeaceoffering." "You'retoolate Stevewiredtometohaveitsent." "Hedid!ThenyouknewallIhavebeentellingyou?" "No IonlyputtwoandtwotogetherwhenIgotSteve'smessage." Glamorgan rose, shook himself like a bear and extended one hand to his host Hisvoicewascuriouslyroughashelaidtheotheronhisshoulderandconfided awkwardly: "Good-night!I—Ihopethey'llnamethefirstsonPeter,Courtlandt." Courtlandtputhisfreehandonthebigman'sshoulder Hislaughwasunsteady buthisvoicewasvibrantwithfeelingashecountered: "And I—I hope they'll name the second one—Dan Good-night." They stood shakinghandsfuriously,laughingboyishly,andpattingoneanother'sshoulders asthelightsflashedupontheriverandnightrangdownthecurtainofdusk BOOKSBYEMILIELORING THETRAILOFCONFLICT HERECOMESTHESUN! ACERTAINCROSSROAD THESOLITARYHORSEMAN GAYCOURAGE SWIFTWATCH LIGHTEDWINDOWS FAIRTOMORROW UNCHARTEDSEAS HILLTOPSCLEAR WERIDETHEGALE! 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