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The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 4. New Acquaintances The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 4. New Acquaintances

The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 4. New Acquaintances
CHAPTER IV. NEW ACQUAINTANCESThe sound of a bugle, which Kirk interpreted as an invitation to breakfast, reminded him that he was famished, and he lost no time in going below. Upon his appearance the steward made it plain to him in some subtle manner that the occupant of Suite A needed nothing beyond the mere possession of those magnificent quarters to insure the most considerate treatment. Kirk was placed at the captain's table his hunger was soon appeased, and his outlook grew more cheerful with the complete restoration of bodily comfort. Feeling somewhat less dissatisfied with his surroundings, he began... Long Stories - Post by : midwayusa - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3698

The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 3. A Gap The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 3. A Gap

The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 3. A Gap
CHAPTER III. A GAPStrictly speaking, Kirk Anthony did not awake to a realization of his surroundings, but became conscious of them through a long process of dull, dreamy speculation. He never knew the precise moment when his eyes opened and sleep left him, but at cost of considerable mental effort he finally brought himself to the conviction that hours had passed and another day had arrived. More than once after long, white nights in New York City, he had awakened amid strange surroundings and had been forced to wait upon his lagging memory; but this time his mind refused to work,... Long Stories - Post by : midwayusa - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1962

The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 2. The Trail Divides The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 2. The Trail Divides

The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 2. The Trail Divides
CHAPTER II. THE TRAIL DIVIDESInspired by his recent rivalry with Mr. Jefferson Locke, Anthony played the part of host more lavishly than even the present occasion required. He ordered elaborately, and it was not long before corks were popping and dishes rattling quite as if the young men were really hungry. Mr. Locke, however, insisted that his friends should partake of a kind of drink previously unheard of, and with this in view had a confidential chat with the waiter, to whom he unostentatiously handed a five-dollar retainer. No one witnessed this unusual generosity except Higgins, who commended it fondly; but... Long Stories - Post by : midwayusa - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2247

The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 1. Victory The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 1. Victory

The Ne'er-do-well - Chapter 1. Victory
CHAPTER I. VICTORYIt was a crisp November night. The artificial brilliance of Broadway was rivalled by a glorious moonlit sky. The first autumn frost was in the air, and on the side-streets long rows of taxicabs were standing, their motors blanketed, their chauffeurs threshing their arms to rout the cold. A few well-bundled cabbies, perched upon old-style hansoms, were barking at the stream of hurrying pedestrians. Against a background of lesser lights myriad points of electric signs flashed into everchanging shapes, winking like huge, distorted eyes; fanciful designs of liquid fire ran up and down the walls or blazed forth in... Long Stories - Post by : midwayusa - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1903

The Iron Trail - Chapter 27. How A Dream Came True The Iron Trail - Chapter 27. How A Dream Came True

The Iron Trail - Chapter 27. How A Dream Came True
CHAPTER XXVII. HOW A DREAM CAME TRUEEarly on the following morning Eliza was awakened by a sound of shouting outside her window. She lay half dazed for a moment or two, until the significance of the uproar made itself apparent; then she leaped from her bed. Men were crying: "There she goes!" "She's going out!" Doors were slamming, there was the rustle and scuff of flying feet, and in the next room Dan was evidently throwing himself into his clothes like a fireman. Eliza called to him, but he did not answer; and the next moment he had fled, upsetting some... Long Stories - Post by : midwayusa - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1567

The Iron Trail - Chapter 26. The Race The Iron Trail - Chapter 26. The Race

The Iron Trail - Chapter 26. The Race
CHAPTER XXVI. THE RACEOn April 5th the last of the steel for Span Number One reached the front, and erection was begun. The men fell to with a vim and an enthusiasm impossible to describe. With incredible rapidity the heavy sections were laid in place; the riveters began their metallic song; the towering three bent traveler ran smoothly on its track, and under it grew a web work of metal, braced and reinforced to withstand, in addition to ordinary strains, the pressure of a hundred-mile-an-hour wind. To those who looked on, the structure appeared to build itself, like some dream edifice;... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 977

The Iron Trail - Chapter 22. How The Hazard Was Played The Iron Trail - Chapter 22. How The Hazard Was Played

The Iron Trail - Chapter 22. How The Hazard Was Played
CHAPTER XXII. HOW THE HAZARD WAS PLAYEDEliza's greeting to the runaways was as warm as their hearts could wish. She divined the truth before they could speak, and took Natalie in her arms with a glad cry of welcome. The two girls kissed each other, wept, laughed, wept a little more, kissed again, and then the story came out. Dan was plainly swollen with pride. "I walloped him, Sis!" he told her. "I got even for the whole family, and I believe his eyes are closed even to the beauties of nature. He won't be able to read the wedding-notice." Eliza... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1229

The Iron Trail - Chapter 21. Dan Appleton Slips The Leash The Iron Trail - Chapter 21. Dan Appleton Slips The Leash

The Iron Trail - Chapter 21. Dan Appleton Slips The Leash
CHAPTER XXI. DAN APPLETON SLIPS THE LEASHThe first winter snows found O'Neil's track laid to the bridge site and the structure itself well begun. He had moved his office out to the front, and now saw little of Eliza, who was busied in writing her book. She had finished her magazine articles, and they had been accepted, but she had given him no hint as to their character. One afternoon "Happy Tom" burst in upon his chief, having hastened out from Omar on a construction-train. Drawing a Seattle paper from his pocket, he began excitedly: "Well, the fat's in the fire,... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1135

The Iron Trail - Chapter 20. How Gordon Changed His Attack The Iron Trail - Chapter 20. How Gordon Changed His Attack

The Iron Trail - Chapter 20. How Gordon Changed His Attack
CHAPTER XX. HOW GORDON CHANGED HIS ATTACKO'Neil's return to Omar was triumphal. All his lieutenants gathered to meet him at the pier and the sincerity of their welcome stirred him deeply. His arrangements with Illis had taken time; he had been delayed at Seattle by bridge details and the placing of steel contracts. He had worked swiftly, and with such absorption that he had paid little heed to the rumors of Gordon's latest activities. Of the new venture which his own success had inspired he knew only the bare outline. He had learned enough, however, to arouse his curiosity, and as... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2038

The Iron Trail - Chapter 19. Miss Appleton Makes A Sacrifice The Iron Trail - Chapter 19. Miss Appleton Makes A Sacrifice

The Iron Trail - Chapter 19. Miss Appleton Makes A Sacrifice
CHAPTER XIX. MISS APPLETON MAKES A SACRIFICETom Slater came puffing up the hill to the Appleton bungalow, plumped himself into a chair, and sighed deeply. "What's the matter? Are you played out?" asked Eliza. "No. I'm feeling like a colt." "Any news from Omar Khayyam?" "Not a word." Eliza's brows drew together in a worried frown, for none of Murray's "boys" had awaited tidings from him with greater anxiety than she. It had been a trying month for them all. Dr. Gray, upon whom the heaviest responsibility rested, had aged visibly under the strain; Parker and Mellen and McKay had likewise... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3510

The Iron Trail - Chapter 18. How The Man Became A Prince Again The Iron Trail - Chapter 18. How The Man Became A Prince Again

The Iron Trail - Chapter 18. How The Man Became A Prince Again
CHAPTER XVIII. HOW THE MAN BECAME A PRINCE AGAINO'Neil had the faculty of sleeping well, in spite of the most tormenting worries. He arose on the morning after his interview with Mr. Heidlemann, ready to begin the struggle with all his normal energy and confidence. But the day brought him only discouragement. He had a large acquaintance, the mention of his name in quarters where he was not personally known gained him respectful attention; but he found himself working in the shadow of the Copper Trust, and its silent influence overcame his strongest arguments. One banker expressed the general attitude by... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2104

The Iron Trail - Chapter 17. How The Prince Became A Man The Iron Trail - Chapter 17. How The Prince Became A Man

The Iron Trail - Chapter 17. How The Prince Became A Man
CHAPTER XVII. HOW THE PRINCE BECAME A MANGordon found his erstwhile ward greatly improved by her recent life. She was brown, vigorous, healthy; her physical charms quickened his pulses. "You must have a very good reason for coming to see me," she began. "I don't flatter myself that it is from affection." "There you wrong me," he assured her, with the warm earnestness he so easily assumed. "I have always regarded you as a daughter." "I have no faith in you." "Exactly, and the knowledge distresses me. You and Gloria were a large part of my life; I can't bear to... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2124

The Iron Trail - Chapter 16. The Fruit Of The Tempest The Iron Trail - Chapter 16. The Fruit Of The Tempest

The Iron Trail - Chapter 16. The Fruit Of The Tempest
CHAPTER XVI. THE FRUIT OF THE TEMPESTNeither O'Neil nor his host was in sight when the girls came to breakfast. The men had risen early, it seemed, and were somewhere out in the storm. A wilder day would be hard to imagine; a hurricane was raging, the rain was whirled ahead of it like charges of shot. The mountains behind Kyak were invisible, and to seaward was nothing but a dimly discernible smother of foam and spray, for the crests of the breakers were snatched up and carried by the wind. The town was sodden; the streets were running mud. Stove-pipes... Long Stories - Post by : Jim_Hutton - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 859

The Iron Trail - Chapter 12. How Gordon Failed In His Cunning The Iron Trail - Chapter 12. How Gordon Failed In His Cunning

The Iron Trail - Chapter 12. How Gordon Failed In His Cunning
CHAPTER XII. HOW GORDON FAILED IN HIS CUNNINGThe so-called canon of the Salmon River lies just above the twin glaciers. Scenically, these are by far the more impressive, and they present a more complex engineering problem; yet the canon itself was the real strategic point in the struggle between the railroad-builders. The floor of the valley immediately above Garfield glacier, though several miles wide, was partly filled with detritus which had been carried down from the mother range on the east, and this mass of debris had forced the stream far over against the westward rim it came roaring past... Long Stories - Post by : rvlawrence - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3350

The Iron Trail - Chapter 11. The Two Sides Of Eliza Violet Appleton The Iron Trail - Chapter 11. The Two Sides Of Eliza Violet Appleton

The Iron Trail - Chapter 11. The Two Sides Of Eliza Violet Appleton
CHAPTER XI. THE TWO SIDES OF ELIZA VIOLET APPLETONDan Appleton entered the bungalow one evening, wet and tired from his work, to find Eliza pacing the floor in agitation. "What's the matter, Sis?" he inquired, with quick concern. His sister pointed to a copy of The Review which that day's mail had brought. "Look at that!" she cried. "Read it!" "Oh! Your story, eh?" "Read it!" He read a column, and then glanced up to find her watching him with angry eyes. "Gee! That's pretty rough on the chief, Kid. I thought you liked him," he said, gravely. "I do! I... Long Stories - Post by : rvlawrence - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 811

The Iron Trail - Chapter 10. In Which The Doctor Shows His Wit The Iron Trail - Chapter 10. In Which The Doctor Shows His Wit

The Iron Trail - Chapter 10. In Which The Doctor Shows His Wit
CHAPTER X. IN WHICH THE DOCTOR SHOWS HIS WITO'Neil's talk with Mrs. Gerard upon her arrival from Hope was short and businesslike. Neither by word nor look did he show that he knew or suspected anything of the real reason of her break with Gordon. Toward both her and Natalie he preserved his customary heartiness, and their first constraint soon disappeared. Mrs. Gerard had been plunged in one of those black moods in which it seems that no possible event can bring even a semblance of happiness, but it was remarkable how soon this state of mind began to give way... Long Stories - Post by : rvlawrence - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1612

The Iron Trail - Chapter 9. Wherein Gordon Shows His Teeth The Iron Trail - Chapter 9. Wherein Gordon Shows His Teeth

The Iron Trail - Chapter 9. Wherein Gordon Shows His Teeth
CHAPTER IX. WHEREIN GORDON SHOWS HIS TEETHAffairs at Hope were nearly, if not quite, as prosperous as those at Omar, for Curtis Gordon's advertising had yielded large and quick returns. His experiment, during the previous summer, of bringing his richest stockholders north, had been a great success. They had come, ostensibly at his expense, and once on the ground had allowed themselves to be fairly hypnotized. They had gone where he led, had seen what he pointed out, had believed what he told them. Their imaginations were fired with the grandeur of an undertaking which would develop the vast resources of... Long Stories - Post by : rvlawrence - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 3600

The Iron Trail - Chapter 8. In Which We Come To Omar The Iron Trail - Chapter 8. In Which We Come To Omar

The Iron Trail - Chapter 8. In Which We Come To Omar
CHAPTER VIII. IN WHICH WE COME TO OMAR"Miss Appleton," said the editor of The Review, "would you like to take a vacation?" "Is that your delicate way of telling me I'm discharged?" inquired Eliza. "You know very well we wouldn't fire you. But you haven't had a vacation for three years, and you need a rest." "I thought I was looking extremely well, for me." "We're going to send you on an assignment--to Alaska--if you'll go." "I'm thinking of quitting newspaper-work for good. The magazines pay better, and I'm writing a book." "I know. Perhaps this will just fit in with... Long Stories - Post by : rvlawrence - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2416

The Iron Trail - Chapter 7. The Dream The Iron Trail - Chapter 7. The Dream

The Iron Trail - Chapter 7. The Dream
CHAPTER VII. THE DREAMThe clerk of the leading hotel in Seattle whirled his register about as a man deposited a weather-beaten war-bag on the marble floor and leaned over the counter to inquire: "Is Murray O'Neil here?" This question had been asked repeatedly within the last two hours, but heretofore by people totally different in appearance from the one who spoke now. The man behind the desk measured the stranger with a suspicious eye before answering. He saw a ragged, loose-hung, fat person of melancholy countenance, who was booted to the knee and chewing gum. "Mr. O'Neil keeps a room here... Long Stories - Post by : rvlawrence - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 2848

The Iron Trail - Chapter 6. The Dreamer The Iron Trail - Chapter 6. The Dreamer

The Iron Trail - Chapter 6. The Dreamer
CHAPTER VI. THE DREAMERUnobserved the two friends watched the poker game, which for a time proceeded quietly. But suddenly they saw Appleton lean over the table and address the man with the derby hat; then, thrusting back his chair, he rose, declaring, in a louder tone: "I tell you I saw it. I thought I was mistaken at first." His face was white, and he disregarded the efforts of his right-hand neighbor to quiet him. "Don't squeal," smiled the dealer. "I'll leave it to the boys if I did anything wrong." "You pulled that king from the bottom. It may not... Long Stories - Post by : rvlawrence - Date : May 2012 - Author : Rex Beach - Read : 1406