Copyr zht, revs. i-,-, F
“ >’L'l’.l‘0SI:‘. I must come to it-beg or
starve! Why’ did I ever mine West?“
Tom Ilalsey, sailor in every int-,h of his
sturdy body, halted in his ptwiiiiz the rain-
soaked planking of the little Western citygvit
dimly reininded him ofawet devk,-riiul stared
loii;.:in;.zly at the brightly lighted ltlll('lt-[4)0lIt.
Two-,nty miles of hard tmmping in liloat; Hay
VtelItlIPt‘, mud and wi.Ii(l and min, and not it
bite to eat! Truly‘ a hard pin(-hl “'hy lutd
he eve given up his snug: borth its unite of
the Eli ilt Sandliam tostart West on u fours
[hit here he was, nith no nionr-y, mid no
way to earn any, at least live liiiiiili-M llIllt‘S
imni iiitter big, enough to float any t'(‘ts’N‘l
sliapelier than 8 river StPaiiIl)uttt. lle fliouulit
l‘Pi.(l"t‘tIl)l.l)’ of earlier 41' ‘s atloat, of his ti1ll(‘<l
vxpx-rienot>s on the cruiser llaxton, of rnlvor
turoiis voyages to Rio, and nothingz, not Pi‘i‘lI ‘
the wildest gale he had ever (’It('0llIIIA‘t”l’4I,
M-'4-lIIP(l half so perilous, hall so lrnpelvss. its his
presmit position. For when a iiiuir i t’oi1y
years old and without eiiiployniviit, tho, world
is not likely to look bright.
“‘ pose I must come to it," he l‘I']h11IlA'1l,
digging his hands deeper into his pook sum
shifting an iniaginaiy quid of minim.
“Ilt‘;;‘,'IllS are no clioosers. Still I'll t'lIiIIsi’:.I
hit, I revknii. ‘Vim shall I hail for ha-lpi’
That kid in kneebreeclivs? No; he rivals all
his lII0ll9)‘. That girl tinder the urnlin-lla?
l'iira1‘ia’d I‘d scare her, and I w t sure
That old man with a thin hiunl?
IIe‘s tight-lipped as a bariinrle and as
cm. '. No ait, ll try this one. II:-re
goes with a signal of distress 1"
it was a slender yoiuuz fellow, 1-Jylislily
. I. with a familiar dash of soiuotliiii;.: in
his air that took Torn . lie slviiinail
forirard with hand to his hat. “If you plmrw,
sir," he liegan-and then stopped, dumb uith
niiizm-iinniit. The man hurl brushed by nithout
El glaiioe. ‘
.t habitual ix-gizar uould hare eV[ns('tvVI this,
lnit 'l'oin liaise-y was not a lizihitual liogirrr.
'I'lie sight lII1Iiltlt‘.IlPlI him, miiiiiigz as it did
after hours of lninger and eiild. Ile hlltilk his
list at the fi‘tr?'.‘ttlIIi‘,' Iiirure and lirokn out into
a fury‘ of abuse.
A gmiip giitlieitvl ahnut him. A polit-
In-lnict ll]>]>t>AIe<l hi the distame.
4I:tni:er. stopped. and turnlniz, iiiiII;:lwl with
the crown .
His heart was hitter within him. He twiit
stninliling down the street, ])Ilt1>0.’Wll‘24:4, l-d
t that loads a sailor
‘l . 0! a creek.
milruad - tracks,
eonfronted h'uu. Ono lui;:e vihittuurapped
package he noted ;llllItlIll't'llI;.Z niintiy in the
dark, At the side of the lust tnurk the mud
(>‘llII&‘I, iraiiisliiiig hi ll brown owl-, of swift, oily
water. By the upntteriiiiz olw '
tvuld see fragint-iits of a dviiiois
Stll.)Sif.liI'lg into the SIIll4'lt tide.
t was tie “ '
llIP(llt:ltllIg iiilscliiv. lie lookul ut it, half-
loiigzingly. A few stops iiinm and the whole mid
iuisery of it unuld end. A li;:im> mnie loitering
out of the lltllf-4.l1t.l'l(llPSS, tall and miii.:hly Clail.
“llising fast," he said lazily to the sailor.
in. lt‘ll be
drier home. 'l'hey"Il lie lo:-lty it they're not
drowned out to-nii.:lit."
Ilalsey gmnted xulleiily. “I wish I had
any linnie," he said, (ll."LVlIt>‘A)l:Il(‘l)'.
“IIa.rd luck?" iiitiuiml the iieniaoiiiei‘.
Toni Halsey‘ im-ldul.
“'.Xnywliere to sleep?"
Ilalsey sliook his liead.
“Psliaw, and in a rain like this, and gettiiig
eolderl Any sup her ?" ‘
Again Ilnlsey sliook his ln-ail. His new
eoinpzuiion g‘i‘aSpe-(I him by the min. “See
here." he said, “I'm not any hody. You can
see that. I'm just a squattor, out of a job by
pmfexsimi. I've no work and niiizhty little
money, but I‘ve it little lziiorkedup shark
down here, and you're iv alt-oiiw to all there is
no pow:-r to refiise. He
followed back across the nrilimnl-tint-ks. At
the huge white piwkatze he stopped. “What's
that?" he asked.
He's l)0tlL'ltt it for his piirk. lle's Uhll-‘rt’<l
so-veral. 'I'liey' say" th e liotiiitios. liut
Loiueoii! Nipper‘s “'BltllI‘ "
lie ltVl the may l]li)llll a iiiuildy pzith to a
.sliupeh>ss structure. lle oiitnml and llL'lItP1ltt
‘rude lamp. llalsby follmu-d. It was a rough
czthin, liiiilt of any Innt(>i‘i:Il that (':tIIIl‘ to hand.
A lioine-iiiade out stood iii ono side,a pine
table on thaotln-r. A litth-, i-hire nits in one
l1lI‘Il(>'l", wltli a box of o-his mid (‘Kills of lll(-‘l
The sqliiltter poiiiaai to the mt, ii line he set
Uh, Lliat‘s l!:iitruli's new boat. airs.
erry Mason Ar Company
to work [.41 kindle i1It‘tl;,".II fire in illelliltsslltll
swve, twat a aim of oolh-e, and uanii up
f iiivitiiig stmv. "liabliit," he
said. “Killed it rnysmlf. 'I‘lrei1:‘sinyi:uii,
a miizzle-lo:idt>r; I<:m't aflurd
While the supper wanried he qnes
tioiied Ilalsoy‘ about his work and told l others.
his own story His nirnie was Bodleyz
As to his liiisiiiesa, it is doubtful if he
hurl (‘lltA'l'Q<I wry dwply llltll any‘. lie
was one of the Wt-st4-i'ii “squatte-rs." the
idle, SltlItI(‘.'&’i people that live, after a
fashion. on the rlt'('l'>lIrtIAilltS, and pick
up a living by any nit-axis that oliersl
l(in4lly, simple, nut t-apet-iully disooii- “We must be l[tll(‘l( about it. Why riu(>.<ii‘t
uir- tliuse nnizry N-its.
Vowue 73 NUMBER 4.
$1.75 A Yam-. SiN<.Le Coma: S CENYS.
M]ltrIl[t‘f’.M Tlivy ueie ii:-ll-lvuilt
hon. fAirllIt'ltw>l )i:tl‘L not the“. uuts"o(
sin-li Iii-'(-ulmuolls lb lloillvy ; but not built In
endure the uiiIlo'i'iniiiiii-,: and liainnieriin: of
Alrmily those it. viinii.
‘l ward had collapsed, and what “as left ui than
lu.tTni‘de<l, for the in...-iit, willie no in tin-
‘ It viiis fiviu tln-so uollapscd lioiises
‘ that Intist of the u l'l’('l;ll;:(! liiul (IVIIII .
‘ (lit the roofs oi tltIIN' that still rviiiaiired,
Iiuddlasd tAI’,!t‘tIll‘l‘ for ]Il'4rlt’(1i(tII front the cold
wind and the llyiui; spray, oould be soon
gmups of gioiiplv. uaitini.’- for rescue or 1l(‘2It.lt.
“'hiL-h “mild it in-'.'
“>liu‘s brv-altiiiu up fusil" said
teliiul “ith his life, he Iitlt4’l‘r'1Itlll‘Utl‘,'lt it some one iiinii a limit?‘
from day today.
“What's tli0Iise‘."' he said to Hill
“Wliy llti you try‘ to not ]
and live I15 I .1...
jobs WIIPII you mu lumrir IIl0ltP)', but
Even as ho spolm. ll;.'llrt's‘ on the root’ ivuved
their h.'1uds' ap]w:iliii;:ly, and dmiu the viiiid
st? May he-re ‘ minea blown sliml of their cry, like the far-oil
'I‘li(>t'(-Va plt-my of odd wail of a gull.
Halsey tnrntd s:ii'm,'t-ly' to the crowd about
most of the time you don't. '1 doirtlhiiii. “ll'liat are ye gdlltlilllll here for, you
kiiow as I ever nmit a
Wlirk again. I‘d mui.-r gipsy it, likethis."
But Ilalsuy aliook his head. Never-
tlielt-ss. the .“k‘lV' was delicious. and the l near in.
coffee better than that of many a fore-
cziatle; and as he wi'apped'liiIiiself in
job of regular lublx-rs‘."' lieslioutml.
“Don't you see they're
(Il'K)WlIllltZ yoiidoi 1' “here's a boat?“
“ltoot!" aimioiul l.l stalwart biakeniaii
“ti hy. man. yoir'll find no boat h("l'?.
ext!-pt that punt ut lltviiiii=tt's. And the Wotft
rim Tiio nn-ii trial to go out in her. and
Bodley‘s soiled but iiann l.-laul-tets, hei,tliey're hriiiuiiu: them to in the station non-.
found hiiiw-it “'l)ll(ll‘IllI‘,; wlietlior, after‘ We don't keep boats horel"
all, it would not be it-tn-r to give up, to
S4ltle iiitn mine uisy miitmitiiieiit like
this. and let aiiiliitioii and aut1'9>S take
care of Clll’lllN.’It‘(‘K.
tlinuulits in his iiiiinl that he fell aslwvp.
. llis sleep in as ItlIt’:l.8y. Ile dnauiic-d of
battles Int the Iloiilon, viith the great
guns roariiu: iihove him, then of bt0l‘1IlsA
Kt4ii'iIis with the Iiiiulx hltilttl-'l’Illg and the
tiiiilit-rs giwaiiiiitt. lie woke at last with i lay‘ on her side
a start, to llltd the crazy roof are-rliead edge of the u
was ii ith these ‘
IIt> spoke with an iiijured air. It was thi-
air of tho “hole ti.s>4?nllJly. They
uiiifroiitul with it mltilstroplie for Bliitzll they
(amid not he t-‘xpuit-(I to provide. There was
nothini; to do but to “air-h out the spectacle.
They hhlnl Vt ith their hats pulled down, their
l.iands in their pm-t;<>ts, glooiny Sl>t‘<1iliAJl‘.! of
the sniilid, IlI?tilnl)l(‘.ll1I;.'9<l -.
liaise-y i:l:IIIn-.l ttt ii.-mietrs “ptIut." siie
lmlllfull of water. at the outer
rwkir,-re-. one look was eiiough.
rattling and on-iikiiig in the [(t‘.I>]t of a bhe would luiidly mriry one person in the
sailor like liiiri stare with wuiider.
He rose and stole to the little pane of Let's not uuny fmin here.
iliii;:y‘i.'l:1.sstIi:it st-ri'i'4l as ii M inrluiv. and
. . “A nil
‘ rising, (no. r "' lie
‘“tlt('ll(‘d a nionn-nt IIIll;.'l‘f‘. “I wonder why
everybody is ninnini: down the strwt," he
thoiiglit. “tziioorl lt must he a tire, or I
building hlowii dovi iil l'll wake Bodley."
Bodley vrim itt the “ indow in it nioirient, and
the two men start-d, ]N‘l]>lt'X('<l, ut the excited
people hurrying tlttvtll the street.
Bodlt-y's face hrii.-lit:-ind. “(‘onie onl" he
cried. “It's the creek! It‘s out! Ilurryl
and the two, fiargt-ttiiu; every tiiiiig else.
daslied down the mud toward the watt-r-froiit.
It “as now a “at:-r-in-iit in eniriest. Illstifftd
of the sluggish ('l‘t>('l(, Vt ith, beyond it. a stretch
of hroa ii l)(VtiA)ll>-l1IlIlIs',tll(‘)' saw'be1'oie them
a wide and sionny stretch like a sea. Iletwaeii
tiieui ‘mini the faitlit-r tiion.-iuw hills that
fomied no shelter from the tz-ale-lay’ six miles
of water, lashed by the viiinl liiln tiying foam
and irothiiig crests.
A buy but a few miles wide may lxuiiiie
terrible in a hi-,:h galo. llustnri learned that in
the autumn of lxfix. Tux: captaiiis iii the
upper bay of New‘ York know it, and take
hwd to theiiiselvu.-x ii hon IllIl1.lWt't':‘5tEli tome
roaring down over the iiniiige Mountains
But the people of the piairie, city (it Fll.lIlIUI'9
did not know it-not till that riizid May
iiinniing iii lat’; iiln-ii ilood zuid teinpest
joined hands in the “Oil: of <l!’."U'tl(’tlUll. when
railroad t?!ttl)al1lt'illPIILS lIIl’lIA‘d like salt, when
cars friundened iii lireiikn-rag and when buildings
collapsed like paper l)l'IIil‘E the lll:.t5L
Staoping ioriianl lltlfllllht the wind. oliiigilig
to each other for support, the men tirade their
way to the algo or the water. Already a
crowd had izailn-ml, st.-u'iiig all in one
direction across tho w:m>s.
Directly in front. of tlu-iii, at the edge of the
water, lay a heap of iinizled riiiiis,-oi‘eitunie<.l
fenctklunrvls, stairs: of liouses. trunks.
chairs, Wftilltll-lJ01lll’& bits of liouseiiall,-ei'en
:1 broken‘ (1IlIlIIl't onmii bohhliig disnially iii
drift still nwie I'I0lltIi’.M ipt. llal.u=y'gareniie
look at it, and thou t‘ulluwe<l the gaze of the
(hie look sdimied. There it lily‘, I half I
mile to wlndvxaiil. the tm,-zic 0I'lIt.l‘Q' of the
stonny st-one not in siiikiiiix h iip. but a
[ouiidi-rliig village, the little st-ttleiiieiit uf the
he ci-lo-l. "lt'liort>‘s the
the hmvui mllera, all riiinglal with minute:
ed the timid that (Il’Ut'L! tum the slay. cruvul.
le-such a pile as niade Et‘t‘It an old ‘ t-ulniest of water,
It's no rise," he said to Ilodlvy, “no use.
I ain't stand it.“
Just than :1 new IlL.'lll'E appeared in the
it was the young in-an of the eveiiini:
before, “ho had trmtml Halsey‘ with sliuli
"Liiii. II;Il.s< HI him suiniiully. taking
in er:-ry iinzh oi [min his dainty slioes to
his neat iniistaclio.
"llefd l)i'“A'I' slay Ilt Imlile," said the sailor,
Lfllllly. “)laiiiinn'a boy ilomirt Ix-long lit-re!"
But the young: man was not goiiiiz lioine.
Ile ]il(.'l(l'll his wiry daiiitily through the mud
and (5llllIl)HI out nvor the iloatiiig wreckage.
There vuu iwiiii-lliiiiz in his pose is lit’ did so
that Ilalst-y found xtraiigr-ly Inllllllltt’. Ile,
scrutiniml the-. “2Itt’I‘, the liouses, the V! nzckage.
the (1lli.xlIHI skill, all the time ke<-ping his
balaiiw on the ullilmitly heap. Then he
Clalllll-'l'tlI quit-tly batik. As he pimeed the
crmwi, ho s]IIltP quietly‘ to tltnse who ii'e'm
“I “am. smite of you toooiiie with nie," hi-
Said]. “I Inwl in-ipxg
The whole iovnl followed. curious. lit-
led the way hen-I: Jl1't'4>&‘i the tracks in ‘IIIHI’,
on its tint. lay the grout white soinethiiuz that
Halsey had tinted t , iiiizht before. Halsey
clelit-lied his list. “The boat!" he slimitizd.
““'hy' didn't I t ’ bofore?"
The young man leaped lightly tn the car,
took out his knife, cut the lashings of the
r-arivas. threw it oil’. and sliowed boiieath the
boat-a tiiia new skiff. large, trim and shzipeiy.
The cmxxd linike into a mar of app:-ui'a.l.
II3lS,i‘)‘ IllI(l;.'l‘(l his minpanioii adiiiiriiiigly.
“bhe's a lit-iiiili 5" he said. “lint iihat's he
talkilul alloiit ?" '
The yoniii: rii.rii iias sayiiig soinetliiiur,
speakiiii: in that Sillll‘ aiiilioritative tone that
Halsey had lwanl hetorv soiuenliere. He
found llllttSl"lI li.st4-nin-,: aizaiiist his will.
line," Lilli yoiiiii: telluw was saying,
V sa those pmple. It wedon‘t..
9 'll drown iiitliiu the hour. I’m giving tn
take this hunt. and row out to thorn. The
Owner mu;ht to ho glad. If he ixii’t -" Ile
“Well iuake hiui son)’ I" (’3lit() I write from
the cm“ .
“Exam . iiizfll innkiz, hiiu sorry". Now 1
“ant, iirst, to get this boat to the water. And
I want. rnwt. to gvt >i0ItII'l)lII)' to row out uitli
me. I “ant ll i'oliiIitex>r."'
A dozeii pnsln-d forward, but he imtlontvd
tliein liewlz. “Wait a moiiwiit," he said. “I‘m
not tlimrizli. I am itlatil to see so Iiiuiiy willing,
hut nit-m willinizin-as won‘t do. 1 niust have
the innu that It do It. Is there any man here
that has ever pnllisl in a sea like that. or in a
00"“, J3“3“Iq i2iuul';[i.