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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBftSDQC, ALTA., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY f, I CBMGC BARR HeCUTCBCON. I "Bmrly 1MX. by Dodd. 4k But caw was not unique In that day and are of pluck and luck. Many another man bad gone from the bottom to the top with the gpeed and security of the elevator car in the.lofty gky- scrapen. In the heartless revolution of a few years he became the suc- cessor of his western benefactor. ".The turn that had been kind to him was unkind to ..his friend and predecessor. The path that led upward for' David Cable ran the other way for the train- master, who years afterward died in his creasy overalls and the close fit- ting, cap of an engineer. One night Cable read the news of the wreck with all the joy gone from bis heart Frotn the cheap, squalid section of town known as "Railroad End" Cable's rising influence- carried him to the well .earned luxury. The lines of care and toil mellowed in the face of his pretty wife as the years rolled by. Her come- Jy figure shed the cheap raiment of "hard old days" and took on the plum- age of prosperity. Trouble.1 resent- ment and. worry disappeared as If by magic, smoothed out by the. satiny touch of comfort's fingers. She went upward much faster than her husband; for her ambitions were less exacting. She longed socially. He loathed the1-thought But .Cable prond of: his wife. He'; en joyed .the transition" that lifted her up with steady strength to the plane which her best, as he regarded it. She had stuck by. him nobly and uncom- plainingly through the vicissitudes; "it deU.ghted :him ;to give, her-the. pleas-. Frances "Cable was proud, but she had not been .too proud to stand beside the man with the greasy, overalls and to bend her" fine "young strength to work in unison with his. Together, lacing the task, cheerfully they bad. and won. There were days when it was hard to but the next day always brought It a fresb .sign of hope. The. j-oagh, bard days in the far west cul- minated in his elevation-to theoffice general manager of the rail- road system, whose and borne were In the city of Chicago. At- taining this high place two years prior .to the. opening of this narrative, be was as one of the brain- iest railroad men and slated to be pres- ident of the road-at the next meeting. Barely past fifty Vears of age. David was in the prime of life and use- fulness. Age and prosperity had im- proved-him greatly. The iron gray of hair, the. keen brightness of bis tace, the erect and soldierly carriage of his person, made him n striking figure. His wife, ten years his junior, was one the most attractive women in Chi- Her girlish beauty bad refined under the blasts of adversity. Years had not been unkind to ber. In a way she was the_ leader, o.f _a certain set, but her social ambitions were not content: There was'a higher altitude in fash- Ion's influence and per- severance social des-. potJsm The fall, beautiful and accomplished daughter of the Cables was worshiped by tier father with all the warmth and ardor 'of- his souL Times there were when be looked in-. wonder upon this Arbiter of not a few. manly 'destinies and for. his life could :not help asking himself how -the Creator bad given him.such a.being fora child, comment- ing on the-.fact that she bore resem- blance to-neither parent For years Mrs. Cable :had; lived in no little terror of some day -being found out As the child.grew to .womanhood the fears gradually diminished, and a sense of security that would not be dis- turbed replaced .them. Then just as she :was reaching, "oilt for the chief prizes -of her ambition she came face to face.with a man whose visage, she never forgotten, Droom! And; Frances 'Cable Topked again into the bid shadows. It was.late in the afternoon, and she was crossing, the sidewalk ;to her car- riage, waiting near Field's..-when a man brushed against her. She was" con- scious of a strange oppressiveness. Be-, 'fore she "turned look at him knew that a pair of staring eyes were upon her face. Something-seemed to have closed upon'.her heart One glance was sufficient The tall angular form almost ovef, her; the two' Lwlde, blue eyes looked -.down; In feigned surprise; the-never to be: forgotten voice greeted-her "Good Mrs.. how is.the, "The she Struggle against it as Jibe; would; of fasci- nation" her gaze; toward: the' re- markable face of the old clerk. "Why very well, thank she finally stammered.' Her face was as white as a ghost With a shudder she started to -.pass -him. Drooni blocked, vttie way; i 'siich a pretty little' 1 roniprnlxT." and then yvij.'iv is her father. BOW 1" answered Mrs. Ca-j bte, feeling .very: a bird feels when itM snake, "why. he's at home; of course." was.all that Elias Droom said, for she had fledUto escape the, grin tfctt writhtd in and out among wrinkles of his-face. As ber carriage struggled through Washington street an irresistible some- thing compelled Frances Cable to glance back. Droom stood on thf ito eyes following her almost Jmnfrily. Half an hour later when she reached borne she was in a state of coDapce. Although there was no physical proof of the fact, she was potitiTe that Elias Droom hnd followed her to the very doorstep. IB suspense and dread she waited for days before there was a second BMBlftBUtioa of Drooni. There was isjftiy when she .did not expect her hMbmd to stand before her and ask her to explain the story Ibat bad IMMI carried to him by a demon in the But Drooui did not go to David Ca- ble. He went to Jauios Banntmer .the news. law and loan flees were not far from the river It is sufficient to say. not much ther from State street. He wbo knows Chicago well ctiuuot the location more than three blocks either way If he ball us u focal point. The offlee building In which they were located to not a pretentious structure, but Its tenants were then and still are regarded as It may be well to announce that 'B.nnsciaer on ing Chicago clever enough to turn over a new leaf and begin work on a clear white page, Is scarcely, nec- essary to add that the black, ed lines on the opposite side of the sheet could be traceu through every entry that went down the fresh white.surface. Bansemer was just aa nefarious in his transactions, but be was a thousandfold aiore cautious. Droom sarcastically reminded him that be bad a reputation to protect In his new field, and, nig son was "going in society" through the influ- ence of a coterie of Yale men. it would be worse than criminal to deteriorate. Bansemer loathed Droom; bat be also feared him. He was the only living creature that inspired fear in the heart of this-bold schemer. It is true that he feared tbe effect an exposure might nave.'on tbe mfnd of his stalwart son, the boy with bis mother's eyes, but he bad succeeded so well In blinding the yocth the years gone by that the CHAPTER VI. T flm It was hard for James Bansemer to be- lieve that bis henchman bad not been lalstaken. ____ Droom's description of tile lady certainty did uot correspond, to what bis meraor.v recalled. Investi- gation, however, assured him that the Cables in the mansion near the lake were the people be had known in New York. Bansttraer took no one into his confidence, not even Drouui. Once con- vinced that the erstwhile fireman was now the rich and powerful magnate, he get tu work upon the machinery which was to-extract personal gain from the secret in his possession. He soon teamed that the child was a young wo- man of considerable standir.g in socle- ty. but there was no way for him to ascertain whether Frances Cable had prospects of discovery now seemed too tohl. the truth to her busbsind in those remote for concern. The erstwhile drwiry far west days. New" York sharfr was now an eel. way' Kansemer was rich enough, but and elusive, but he was an eel with a avarice had become a habit The flight shark's teeth and a shark's voracious-! York deprived him of ness. He had grown old in the of this particular branch of natural history.. Bansemer was fifty-five years old in this year of 1898. He was 'thin- ner than in- the old New York days, bat the bull-like rigor had given, way 'to the wiry strength of the -leopard. The once black hidr' was almost white and grew low and thick on bis fore- head. Immaculately ever j straight and. aggressive in carriage, he i soon became a figure of whocj all eyes J took .notice even in the of Chicago thoroughfares. Graydon on leaving with a diploma and some of the honors of his bis father to take oftcrnwn, Mrs. Cattle! And horn the bobyf him Into his office and ultimately to make, him a partner in the business. James Bansemer. ..never forgot the ma- licious grin that crossed the face of ElUu? -iwben the young fellow made the proposition not more than a fortnight before the Bansemer estab- lishment picked itself up "and hastily deserted. New 'York. That grin spoke plainer than all the. words in language. Take him into 'the Make this honest gray eyed boy a partner? It was no 'wonder -lihat Droom grinned, and It Is no- wonder that he forgot .to cover his mouth with his huge hand, as was his custom The proposition, while sincere and earnest was too impossible for words. For once in his if re James Bansemer was at a loss. for subterfuge. He stammered, flushed and writhed in the effort to show young man that .the step would be table, and he was sorely, conscious "hat he had not con- vinced the eager "applicant He even liiif-littie in worldly goods. His ill got- ten- wins came with him. and invest- ments were., just as easy and just as Chicago as in New York Now In--yaw a chance to wring a handsome si; in from tbe rich woman whose only possession had been love when lie-first., knew her. "if 'the secret of -lane's origin still locked up "In' ber benn tlie effort would be .an easy one.' He learned enpugli of David Cable, h-nvever.'to know that if he shared the. the plan would be. profitless and dangerous. It was tnb uncertainty that kept biai -from calling at the Cable home; lilie wise from writing a note which migh: pvrivt- ;i mom disastrous folly. Time could be his only friends, and he was accustomed to the; whims of both. He read of the dinners and entertainments given -by the Ca- bles and smiled -grimly.'--Time had wonders for .them. Scandal, hp knew, could undo all that ambition and pride had wrought He could well wait. However, he did not have long to wait, for his .opportunity came one theater. Graydou and he occupied in the orchestra :near the stage' and' apt far from the lower right hand It was during the busy, Christmas holidays, but the "star" was of-sufficient consequence to pack the bouse. >'he audience was no end of a fashionable one. Time'and again some strange influence di'ew his. gaze to the gay party in one of the lower boxes. The face of-the woman nearest to him was not visible, but the two girls who sat forward turned oc- casionally. to look over the audience, and he saw that they were pretty, one exceptionally so. One of the men was gray haired and strong featured: the others were quite too- insignificant ,to be; of interest to him. The woman whose back he could see did not look out over tbe. audience. Her indiffer- ence so. marked that it seemed de- liberate. At last he felt that her eyes were upon him. He turned quickly i True, -with lips slightly parted, her...whole_..attitude_suggestiye_ tense restraint'-Mrs. Cable was staring helplessly Into .the. eyes of tbe man who could destroy. her with a word. The one thing rlwt flnshod through Bansemer's brain was. the realization that she was far move henutiful than he had expected her lie. There wa-? a truly .'aristocnirU' In tbe rather piquant, face, 'JHidehi-J possessed "manner" 'Improved, tier urged him the thought of [with strange '--W becomiug a lawy.-i' ably sec- than youth. He forgot the play. onded by Elias i opinion of the 'law. as; hc''aa.d-''conie to. know it, was far from ;ering. Just at this ti. e Bansemer was en- gaged in the -iii' .st diulng as well as the most at his long career, 'flfitb inc it boond to en- rich him -to the e tent of The' plans had been o well prepared and the execution had been so fftultlefB tbat there seemed tu be no possibQity ot failure: To take bis fair minded son, with 'the mother1 eyes, the game would be .-suicidrt-.' The yooog fellow wxmld turn froiu him tamer, Baose- nxar never went so far-H to wonder wbence camf rii houxt Maod in the boy's veins nor on the ort. gin of "the integritj'. He had but to recall the wtmmn who bore him, the woman whose -love, tfras the 'only good ".thing he ever knew, the wife be had worshiped while he sinned. For years and -years he had plied his unwholesome trade in reputations, 'sometimes- "evading, exposure by the narrowest of margins, and be had come to believe 'that he was secure for all time .to come. But it was the "big" Job" .that brought disaster. Just when It looked as though success .was ed the crash came. barely had time, to cover his ..tracks, throw the urative pepper Into the eyes get away from the" scene" of danger. 'But hi? bad been clever and resourceful enough to avoid the penalty that looked inevitable and came off with colors trailing, but un- captured. Perhaps no other man could have es- caped. But .lames Bansemer was clev- erpst when in a corner. He backed away, held them 'at bay be could .recover his breath and tben defied them to their "teeth. Despite their proof he baflled them, and virtue was 'not its own- at least in this Instance. In leaving New btv hoped that Elias Droom, knew too much, might refuse to po inm tho new terri- tory with bltn.-hut the gaunt old clerk took an unnatural and malevolent de- light In clinging to bis employer. He declined to give up place In the of- fice. and although he hated James Ban- Miner, he camp like an accusing shadow Into the new offices near the Chicago river, and there be tolled, grinned and scowled with the same old faithfulness. seldom taking his eyes from Hit- back which again had been turned 10 him. Calculating, reached the conclusion forty years of age. More he made some remark to his son, only to surprise that jrouiig man glancing surreptitiously at toe face of the more beautiful of the two .girls. Even In this' early stage James Bansemer began to gloat over the beauty of this new found old ac- quaintance.'. In the lobby of the theater as they were leaving he deliberately doffed bis aat and extended a pleasant hand to the wife of David Cable., She turned deathly and there was a startled, piteous look iri her eyes that convinced him :beyond all shadow of a doubt There was nothing for her to do but introduce him to her husband. Jane Cable, strangers, until then, were asking each other how they Bilked tbe play, and A few weeks after this scene at the theater young Mr. Bansemer das bed _ across the ball from the elevator and entered his father's office .Just as Elias' Droom was closing up. the governor. Mr. he asked, del iberateiy brushing past the old in" the' outer .office. "Left some' time ago." replied Droom ungraciously, his blue eyes "staring! i past- the young man' with a that suggested reproach be- .caose be was out of the direct line of Vision. "It is nearly G o'clock. He's never here after 5." know I asked you knew of his whereabouts. Do The self .confident athletic youth did not stand in physical awe of the clerk. was tbe simple and sufficient answer. then, I'm said Graydon a trifle less airily. Droom's overcoat was on and, button- ed op to his chin. His long feet were encased in rubbers of enormous stae and uncertain age. There must been no bleod In the veins of this grim old man, for the weather was far from cold, and the streets were surprisingly dry for Chicago. "I am closing the ofllce for the said Drooin. For uo apparent reason a mile spread over the lower part of hb face, and Graydon. boU at be was, bis eyes awry Tor goodness sake Aooneys BISCU An empty stomach won't be satisfied with petting; or But tears give way to sweet content when Mooney's Biscuits appear. They are always so fresh and delicious and that young and old alike enjoy them. When you order Biscuits, insist on having Mooney's Perfection Cream Sodas. THE MOONEY BISCUIT CANDY CO. LIMITED, -Stratford, Hamilton, Ottawa, Sydney, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver. 114 TAXATION OF C.P.R. LANDS. (Calgary Albertan) Attorney-General Cross, who has been holding- a series of meetings in Edmonton recently, where he comes into direct contact with his constit- uents, referred at one -to a matter which is now being pushed forward by the Alberta government. It is the quest-ion of taxation of G.P.E. lands lying along the main line of that road. Already this province receives over yearly from taxation of the branch, lines of. the C.P.R. but in a test case made in. ap- pealed by that Government to the Supreme Court at Ottawa it was de- cided that the big railway company's evasion of the tax could be maintain- ed in law. The company's plea was then that the twenty years' exemp- tion, from taxes granted to the com- pany in 1881 intended there should be exemption for twenty years after the company had received the patent for its lands. As this had only been se- cured by them a shprt time befone they maintained that, the exemption should continue over another portion of. about twenty years. The company was upheld in its claims by all the Canadian Courts, and Manitoba abandoned its suit, But the Alberta government is not so easily turned from its belief that this road should pay taxes on the valu- able land it holds and: add many thousands of dollars yearly to the Provincial A brief has been prepared under supervision of the Attorney-General and suit will be brought afrainst the company in a case similar to those conducted by the Dominion Government to collect taxes on land holdings. New con- tentions have been prepared, and the matter will be carried -from Court to Court to the Privy .Council of Eng- land, ifVnecussa.ry.; C. y. R. IN CONTROL, ;T Duluth, Minn., Feb. an- nual meeting of the stockholders -of the Duluth, Rainy Lake and Winni- peg road was held yesterday at the company's offices. The Canadian Northern is now in formal control of thit company' through the .election. ol the new Board of Directors, new directors being as B! Hanna, of X-'-L: Mit-- chell and B.J; and -W. 31. Cook and W. Duluth. Mr: Hanna is the; fiigt president; of; and Messrs. "Morton, and Mitchell are also Canadian Northern WHAT IS LAND WORTH In Washington, IMPROVED FRUIT LAND brings to per acre. We sell better lands unimproved at to per acre, according to location. You can make a good living and pay for the planting and cultivating of your orchard, by growing garden truck between the trees. OR You can have your land improved to a six-year old-fruit bearing or- chard, for to per acre. We have experienced orchardists to do this work and .charge per for same, which Includes clearing, cultivating, supplying and planting two-year old trees (your selection) and the subsequent care.of same for 'four years. Do these prices appear high to you? An Apple Orchard in full bearing, yields from 500 to boxes per acre, and nets the grower from to per box, hence if fruit land will yield a profit of even per acre, that .profit is equal to ten per cent, on or ONE HUN- DRED AND SIXTY PER CENT, on the actual cost price. How many of the best farms in 'other countries are netting the own- ers profits annually on the price tKey actually paid for the land? We invite comparisons. Do a little figuring for yourwlf. The climate of THE ARROW LAKE DISTRICT is admirably adapted to the growth of vegetation. The win- ters are so short and mild, that semi- tropical fruits, figs for example, can be successfully grown. The soils of this valley are a com- bination of volcanic ash, sand from the disintegration of igneous rocks, silt from old lake beds, and humus from the decay of. vegetation.- They comprise all .the elements necessary' 4o plant life, being from two to three hundred feet, in depth, and are of inexhaustible fertility. says the New York Wall Street Journal, "are stubborn things and they won't .British Co- lumbia possesses lumber resources, greater than all the states of tht Union, East of the Rocky Mountains." British Columbia is moreover now recognized as the orchard of the Em- pire. .It the sou, the cnVnaie arid it will have the people. NOTE; Our contracts provide for twelve months in which-to finally se- lect your land. We improve your property, if you wish it. Buy your home now while prices art'Mow. They will, never be lower and will certainly be in a very ihort time. We do not claim to have the only Fruit Lands in British Columbia, but what wt wish to explain, That our lands were personally se- lected by two old residents of the country, who understood conditions necessary for profitable fruit culture, "and who; were at the same time fa- miliar with, the climate and soil con- ditions of the country. That, at the same time our lands were selected they had practically the choice of the country. That our lands were chosen for the purpose of .fruit-growing, and was in .their opinion, the best obtainable. consideration was given to sections requiring irrigation and those said not to it. 'That our lands were chosen with a view to irrigation, should it be found necessary, and can be irrigated 'at. a very small expense. .That since that time it has been satisfactorily demonstrated that ir- rigatio'n is not required. That transportation and conveniencesto market, were-not over- looked. That the choosing of land in small-; isolated tracts where schools and churches could- not be .maintained, was .carefully avoided. That we believe, there are no hot- ter fruit lands in British Columbtar than we are offering at the present market price. We are not selling on COMMIS- SION. We own our-lands and are interested in satisfying our customers. Write us for full particulars and literature. The ARROW LAKE ORCHARDS LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA ;