Geyser Judith Basin Times (Geyser, Mont.) 1911-1920, November 19, 1915, Image 7

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at • GEYSER JUDITH BASIN TIMES , 5 a)DALLf r 6rova RUDOLPH Glom and LILLIAN C11E51ER copynichfr 1911 13Y ILLUSTRA1TD C.D.P1 - 10Dt$ I THE Rt - 0 4900A CORPORATION SYNOPSIS. _ 7 _ At • vestry meeting of the Market Unwire church Gail Sargent listens to discussion about the sale of the church tenements to Edward E. Allison, local traction king, and when asked her opin- ion of the church by Rey. Smith Boyd. lays it Is apparently a lucrative business enterprise. Allison takes Gail riding In his motor car. When he suggests he Is entitled to reat on the laurels of his achievements, she asks the disturbing question: \Why?\ Gall, returning to her Uncle Jim's home from her drive with Al- lison, finds cold disapproval In tho eyes of Rev. Smith Boyd, who is calling there. At a bobsled party Gall finds the world uncomfortably full of men, and Allison tells Jim Sargent that his new ambition is to conquer the world. Allison starts a campaign for consolidation and control of the entire transportation system of the world. Gall becomes popular. Allison gains control of transcontinental traffic and arranges to absorb the Vedder court tenement property of Market Square Church. Gall Visits Vedder court and meet- ing Boyd there, tells him that the cathe- dral Market Square church proposes to build will be out of profits wrung from squalor. She becomes the center of mag- netic attraction for the men of her aunt's er.clal set. CHAPTER X—Continued. Allison went over to his wall map. with a step in which there was the spring of a boy. A. L. Vance of the United States Supplies company, which controlled beef, sugar and prac- tically all other food products, except those mighty necessities water the sways of the Standard Cereal com- pany and Eldridge Babbitt's National Dairy Products consolidation, studied the buoyant Allison with a puzzled ex- pression. He had seen Allison grow to care-burdened manhood, and sud- denly Ed seemed twenty years young- er. Only Eldridge Babbitt knew the secret of this miraculous rejuvenes- cence. Babbitt had married late in life; a beautiful young woman! \The key to the north and south sit- uation is hero,\ said Allison, and he drew a firm, swift, green line down across the Uolted States, branching at each end \George Dalrymple will be here in half an hour, and by that time I trust we may come to some agree- ment.\ \It depends on what you want,\ boomed Arthur Grandin, who, sitting beside the irnmehse Haverman, looked as if that giant had shrunk him by his mere proximity. \Freight to begin with,\ stated Alli- son, resuming his place at the head of the table, but not his seat. \You gen- tlemen represent the largest freight- age interests In the United States. You all know your relative products, and yet, in order to grasp this situation completely, I wish to enumerate them. Babbitt's National Dairy Products con- solidation can swing the shipment of every ounce of butter, cream, cheese. eggs and poultry handled in this coun- try; Clark's Standard Cereal company, wheat, corn, oats, rice, barley, malt, dour, every ounce of breadstuls or gereal goods, grown on American soil; alaverman. the Amalgamated Metals Constructive company, every pound of iron, lead and copper, ex.d every ton of ore, from the momegc it leaves the ground until it appear& as an iron web in a city sky or Spank, a river; Grandin, the Union Fuel company, coal and wood, from Alaska to Pennsylvania, with Oil and all eta enormous by -Prod- ucts; Taylor, laie American Textiles company, woe cotton, flax, the raw and finished material of every thread of clothing WO wear, or any other tex- tile fabric, we use except silks; Vance, the United States Supplies company, meat, sager, fruit, the main blood and sinew bailders of the country. Gentle- men, give me the freightage controlled by Your six companies, and I'll toss the rest of the country's freightage a beggar.\ \You forgot Chisholm,\ Babbitt re- sainded him. and Banker Chisholm's white mutton -chaps turned pink from the appreciation which glowed in his ruddy -veined fees, \Allison was (mite right,\ returned big Havermaa with a dry smile. \The !reightage income on money is an item scarcely worth considering.\ \Give the Atlantic -Pacific this freight, and, inside of two years, the entire business of the United States. with all its ramifications, will be merged in one management, and that management ours. We shall not need to absorb, nor purchase, a single rail- road until It is bankrupt.\ \Sensible idea, Allison,\ approved Clark of the Standard Cereal company. \It's a logical proposition which I had in mind years ago.\ \Allison's stroke of genius, it seems to me, consists in getting us together,\ smiled Haverman, hanging his arm over the back of his chair. Banker Chisholm leaned forward on She table, and stroked his round chin reflectively. 'There would be some disorganization, and perhaps financial disorder, in the first two years,\ he considered; \but the railroads are al- ready harassed too much by the gov- ernment to thrive under competition, and, in the end. I believe this proposed centralization would be the best thing for the interests of the country;\ wherein Chisholm displayed that he was a vestryman of Market Square uhurch wherever be went. 'What is your proposition?\ asked Jrandin, who, because of the aelf as- sertion neceesitated by his diminutive ties, seemed pompous, but was not. No pompous man could have merged the wood, coal and oil interests, and, bay- ing merged them, swung them over his own shoulder. Allison's answer consisted of one word. \Consolidation he said. There was a moment of silence, while these men absorbed that simple idea, and glanced speculatively, not at Allison, but at each other. They were kings, these heads of mighty corpora- tions, whose emissaries carried their sovereignties into the farthest corners of the earth. Like friendly kings, they had helped each other in the protec- tion of their several domains; but this was another matter. \That's a large proposition, Ed,\ stated Vance, very thoughtfully. All sense of levity had gone from this meeting. They had come, as they thought, to promote a large mutual in- terest, but not to weld a Frankenstein. \I did not understand your project to be so comprehensive. I fancied your idea to be that the various companies represented here, with Chisholm as financial controller, should take a mu- tual interest in the support of the At- lantic -Pacific, for the purpose of con- solidating the railroad interests of the country under one management, there- by serving our own transportation needs.\ \Very well put, Vance,\ approved Taylor, smoothing his pointed mus- tache. \That is a mere logical development of the railroad situation,\ returoed Al- lison. \If I had not cemen;.ed this, di- rect route, someone would have made the consolidation you mention within ten years, for the entire railroad situ- ation has been disorganized since the death of three big men in that field; and the scattered holdings would be, and are, an easy prey for anyone vital- ly interested enough to invade the in- dustry. I have nt, such minor propo- sition in mind. I propose, with the Atlantic -Pacific a• a nucleus, to, first, as I have said, bring the financial ter- minals of every mile of railroad in the United States into one central office. With this I then propose to combine the National Dairy Products consolida- tion, the Standard Cereal company, the Amalgamated Metals Constructive company, the Union Fuel, American Textiles, the United States Supplies, and the stupendous financial Interests swayed by the banks tributary to the Majestic Trust company. I propose to weld these gigantic concerns into one corporation, which shall be the mighti- est organization the world has ever known. Beginning with the control of transportation, it will control all food, all apparel, all construction materials, all fuel. From the shoes on his feet to the roof over his head, every man in the United States of America, from laborer to president, shall pay tribute to the International Transportation company. Gentlemen, if I have dreamed big, it is because I have dealt with men who deal only in large dreams. What I propose is an empire greater than that ever swayed by any monarch in history. We eight men, who are here in this room, can build that empire with a scratch of a pen, and can hold it against the assaults of the world!\ His voice rang as he finished, and Babbitt looked at him in wonder. Al- lison had always been a strong man, but now, in this second youth, he was an Antaeus springing fresh from the earth. There was a moment's lull, at I then a nasal voice drawled into the silence. \Allison;\ it was the voice of old Joseph G. Clark, who had built the Standard Cereal company out of one wheat elevator; \who is to be the mon- arch of your new empire?\ For just a n.oment Allison looked about him. Vastly different as these men were, from the full -bearded Hay- erman to the smooth -shaven old Jo- seph G. Clark, there was some one ex- pression which was the same in every man, and that expression was mas- tery. These men, by the sheer force of their personality, by the sheer domi- nance of their wills, by the sheer viril- ity of their purposes, by the sheer dog- ged persistence which balks at no ob- stacle and hesitates at no foe, had fought and strangled and throttled their way to the top, until they stood head and shoulders above all the strong men of their respective do- mains, safe from protest or dispute of sovereignty, because none has risen strong enough to do them battle. They were the undefeated champions of their classes, and the life of every man in that group was an epic! Who was to be monarch of the new empire? Allison answered that question as simply as he had the others. \The best man,\ he said. There had been seven big men in America. Now there were eight. They all recognized that. \Of course,\ went on Allison, \my proposition does not assume that any man here will begin by relinquishing control of his own particular branch of the International Transportation company; sugar, beef, iron, steel, oil and the other commodities will all be under their present handling; but each branch will in support end benefit the other that the position of the coneoll- dation itself will be impregnable against competition or tho assaults of government. The advantages of con- trol, collection and distribution, uto 50 vast that they far outweigh any pos. sible queetion of personal aggrandize - ment.\ \Don't hedge, Allison,\ barked Ar- thur Grandin. \You expressed It right in the first place. You're put- ting it up to us to atop out of the local championship class, and contend for the big belt.\ \The prize isn't big enough,\ pro- nounced W. T. Chisholm, as if he had decided for them all. AS befitted hie calling, he was slower minded than the rest. There are few quick turtle in banking. \Not big erlough?\ repeated Allison. \Not big enough, when the Union Fuel company already supplies every cam dle which goes into the Sudan, rune the pumps on the Nile and the motor boats on the Yang-Tee-Kyang, eupplles the oil for the lubrication of the car of Juggernaut, and works the propel- ler of every aeroplane? Not big enough, when already the organiza- tions represented here have driven their industries into every quarter of the earth? What shall you say when we join to our nucleus the great steamship lines and the foreign rail- roads? Not big enough? Gentlemen, look here!\ He strode over to the big globe. From New York to San Fran- cisco a red line had already been traced. Now he took a pencil in his hand, and placing the point at New York, gave the globe a whirl, girding it completely. \Gentlemen there is your empire!\ Again the nasal voice of old Joseph G. Clark drawled into the silence. \I suggest that we discuss in detail the conditions of the consolidation.\ he remarked. The bell of Allison's house phone rang. \Mr. Dalrymple, sir.\ said the voice of Ephraim. \Very well,\ replied Allison. \Show him into the study. Babbitt, will you read to the gentlemen this skeleton plan of organization? If you'll excuse me. I'll be back In five minutes.\ \Dalrymple?\ inquired Taylor. \Yes answered Allison abstracted- ly, and went into the study. He and Dalrymple looked at each other silently for a mordent, with the old enmity shining between them. Dal- rymple, a man five years Allison's senior, a brisk speaking man with a protruding jaw and deep-set gray eyes, had done more than any other one hu- man being to develop the transporta- tion systems of New York, but his gift bad been in construction, in creation, whereas Allison's had been in combi- nation; and Dalrymple tad gone into the railroad business. \Dalrymple I'm going to give you a chance,\ said Allison briskly. \I want the Gulf & Great Lakes Railroad sys- tem.\ Dalrymple bad produced a cigar while he waited for Allison, and now he lit it. He sat on the corner of the study table and surveyed Allison crit- ically. \I don't doubt it,\ he replied. \The system is almost completed.\ \I'll accept a fair offer for your con- trolling interest,\ went on Allison. \And if I won't sell?\ \Then I'll jump on you tomorrow in the stock exchange, and take it away from you.\ Dalrymple smiled. \You can't do it. I own my con- trolling interest outright, and no stock gamblings on the board of trade can ' VII Jump on You Tomorrow in the Stock Exchange.\ affect either a share of my stock or the earning capacity of my railroad. Nyben you drove me out of the trac- tion field, I took advantage of my ex- perience and intrenched myself. Go on and gamble.\ \I wish you wouldn't take that atti- tude,\ returned Allison, troubled. \It looks to you as if I were pursuing you because of that old quarrel; but I want you to know that I'm not vin- dictive.\ \I don't think you a. -s,\ replied Dal. rymple, with Infinite contempt \You're just a damned hog.\ A hot flush swept over Allison's face, but It was gone in an Instant \It happens that I need the new Gulf & Great Lakes system,\ he went on, in a perfectly level voice; \and I prefer to buy it from you at a fair price.\ Dalrymple put on his hat. \It isn't for sale,\ he stated. \Just a minute, Dalrymple.\ fader - posed Allicon. \I want to show you something. Look in here,\ and he opened the library door. Dalrymple stepped to the opening and saw, not merely seven men, mid- dle-aged and past, sitting around a library table, but practically all the freightable necessities of the United States and practically all its money, a Power against which his many million dollar railroad system was of no more Opposition than a toy train. \— the transportation department to be governed by a council composed of the representatives of the various other departments herein mentioned,\ droned on the voice of Babbitt. The representatives of the various other departments therein mentioned were bent in concentrated attention on every sentence, and phrase, and word, and syllable of that important document, not omitting to pay impor- tant attention to the pauses which an- swered for commas; and none looked up. Dalrymple closed the door gently. \Now will you sell?\ inquired Alli- son. For a moment the two men looked into each other's eyes, while the old enmity, begun while they were still in the womb of time, lay chill between them. At one instant, Dalrymple, whose jaw muscles were working con- vulsively, half raised his hands, as if he were minded to fall on Allison and strangle him; and it was not the fact that Allison was probably the strong- er man which restrained him, but a bigger pride. \No he said, again with that in- finite contempt in his tone. \Break me.\ \All right,\ accepted Allison cheer- fully, and even with relief; for his way was now free to pursue its normal course. He crossed to the door which opened into the hall, and politely bowed Dalrymple into the guidance of old Ephraim. \Dalrymple won't sell,\ he reported when he rejoined his fellow members of the International Transportation company. Joseph (I. Clark looked up from a set of jotted memoranda which he had been nonchalantly setting down dur log the reading. \We'll pick it up In the stock mar- ket,\ he carelessly suggested. \Can't replied Allison, with equal carelessness. \He's intrenched with solid control. and I imagine he doesn't owe a dollar.\ Chisholm, with his fingers in his white mutton chops, was studying clean-shaven old Clark's memoranda. \A panic will be necessary, any- how,\ he observed. \We'll acquire the road then.\ CHAPTER Xl. Gall Solves the Vedder Court Problem. Rev, Smith Boyd, rector of the richest church in the world, dropped his last collar button on the floor, and looked distinctly annoyed. The collar button rolled under his mahogany highboy, and concealed itself carefully behind one of the legs. Rev. Smith Boyd, there being none to see, laid aside his high dignity, and got down on his knees, though not for any clerical purpose, whereat the little col- lar button shone so brightly that the rector's bulging eye caught the glint of it. His hand swung round, at the end of a long arm, and captured it be- fore it could hide any further, then the young rector withdrew his throb- bing head and started to raise up, and bumped the back of his head with a crack on the bottom of an open draw- er, near enough to the top to give him a good long sweep for momentum. This mishap being just one degree be- yond the point to which Rev. Smith Boyd had been consecrated, he ejacu- lated as follows:— No, It is not respectful, nor proper, nor charitable, to set down what Rev. Smith Boyd, in that stress, ejaculated; but a beautiful, gray-haired lady, beau- tiful with the sweetness of content and the happiness of gratified pride and the kindliness of humor, who had paused at Rev. Smith Boyd's open door to inquire how soon he would be down to dinner, hastily covered her mouth with her hand, and moved away from the door, with moist blue eyes, around which twinkled a dozen tiny wrinkles born of much smiling. When the dignified young rector came down to dinner, fully clothed and apparently in his right mind, his moth- er, who was the beautiful gray-haired lady with the twinkling blue eyes. looked across the table and smiled in- dulgently at his disguise; for be was not a grown-up, tall. broad-shetildered man of thirty-two at all. In real/ he was a shock -headed, slightly freck d urchin of nine or ten, by the name \Smitty\ on the town commons. and \Tod\ at home. \Aren't you becoming a trifle irrita- ble of late, Tod e\ - she inquired with solicitude, wilefully suppressing) a smile which flashed up in her as she remembered that ejaculation. It was shocking in a minister, of course, but she had ever contended that ministers were, and should be, made of clay• and clay is friable. \Yes mother, I believe I am,\ con- fessed Rev. 'Smith Boyd, considering the matter with serious impartiality. Mrs. Boyd surveyed her son with a practiced eye. \I think your appetite's dropping off a little,\ she commented, and then she was shrewdly silent, though the twinkles of humor came back to her eyes by and by. \I don't think you take enough social diversion,\ she finally advised him. \You should go out more. You should ride, walk, but always in the company of young and agreeable people. Because you are a rector le no reason for you to spend your spare time in gloomy scilitude, as you have been doing for Ma past week \ Rev. firaith Boyd would have Illted to state that he had been very busy, but he had a conscience, which was a nuisance to him, lie had spent most of his spare time up in his study, with his chin in his band. \You are quite right, mother,\ he somberly confessed, and swallowed two spoonfuls of his soup. It was ex- cellent soup, but, after taking a bite of a wafer, he laid his spoon on the edge of the plate. \I think I'll drive you out of the house. Tod,\ Mrs. Boyd decided, iii the same tones she had used to employ when she had sent him to bed. \1 think I'll send you over to Sargent's tonight, to sing with Gall.\ The rector of the richest church in the world flashed a trifle, and looked He Laid Aside His Dignity and Got Down on His Hands and Knees. at the barley in the bottom of his soup. His mother regarded him quiet- ly, and the twinkles went out of her eyes. She had been bound to get at the bottom of his irritability, and now she had arrived at it. \I would prefer not to go,\ he told her stiffly, and the eyes which he lifted to her were coldly green. \I do not approve of Miss Sargent.\ (TO BE CONTINUED.) GARDENER'S LOVE OF SOIL Every Agriculturist Worthy the Name Considers Its Welfare as identi- cal With His Own. Every real gardener and true coma- tryman loves the soil; the smell of it when turned over in the sun, the feel of it under foot, its welfare is his own; he loves to patch up the thin places, blast out rocks, deepen and enrich it. The soil is our priceless heritage from geologic time; It is the insoluble resi- due from the crumbling of the rock; on its maintenance depends the pros- perity of the race of man. And how we have misused and neg- lected our soil! The earth has been plowed down the hill against the fences where it is allowed to w brush, leaving the hillside and ri bare; it has been washed away and le choke up the rivers and harbors with the finest and fattest of its substance; It has been burned over and its fee , ditty wasted in many other ways. My father (John Burroughs), like the true countryman that he is, al- ways loaed, indeed almost worshiped, the soil. He has had more real tun and satisfaction in late years In im- proving pieces of land than in any- thing else. Last summer he found huge delight in clearing up a stony, broken pasture, blowing out the rocks and building a fence with them, level- ing off the ground and getting it ready for the plow, saying: \Fifty years and more ago my fa- ther wanted to clear this field and make a meadow of it; now I am able to do it—what a fine, deep soil it has!\ He would pick up a handful and rub It between his fingers or thrust the crowbar down into it to show the depth. Not to clear away any more forest, but to build up and improve some of the land already cleared, that is truly an occupation worthy of any man!—John Burroughs in the Crafts- man. — There Was a DiThrence. In the lobby of a hotel they were speaking about speed fiends, and Con- greseman Wyatt Aiken of South Car- olina recalled a story about Jones. One afternoon Jones was rambling Rimy the boulevard when he ran aeffft,criend Sinitte -- --Handshake and en Berne frftk, which included the star, the weather and automobiles. \By the way,\ said Friend Smith recollectively. \I hear that you have machine.\ admlte d . 3tyne9. ../ been ye b s. u \ yin proudly a brought her home about two weeks ago.\ \Some speed, of course,\ returned fri'hpd Smith. \How fast can the ma - chin go?\ \W\ell,\ answe ed Jones with a smile that a half sad, \It depends Aitogej,itir on who is timing it, my- self or a country constable.\ History and Men. For, as I take it, universal history, the history of what man has accom- plished th'thie work:, la at bottom the history of the great men who have worked here.—Carlyie. \\ • Optimistic Thought, Through difficulties we obtain trips Maw PHOFITS IN HEEDING EWES -- — Beginner Should Select Animals With \Solid\ Mouths and Good Ud- ders—Avoid the Old Ones. (By PROF. HOWARD HACKEDORN, Missouri College of Agriculture.) More profits have been made from, breeding ewes than from most other classes of live stock, in the last few years. The present scarcity, and high Price of cattle and feeder lambs make them more doubtful sources of profit at this time. Practically all breeding ewes on the market now are western ewes. Among this class, ewes of Merino blood pre- dominate. These ewes will weigh from A Southdown Sheep. 86 to 110 pounds and shear 6 to 7 pounds of wool. About 130 or 140 of them can be put In an ordinary stock car. The beginner should buy ewes with \solid\ mouths and good udders. Ex- perienced sheepmen frequently suc- ceed with ewes with loose and broken teeth, but for the novice it is not ad- visable to try the extremely old ewes. Western ewes will raise good spring lambs when mated with rams of good mutton type. A vigorous, strong year- ling ram should serve 35 to 40 ewes. A list of Missouri breeders who have rams for sale can be secured from the department of animal husbandry, UM, versity of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. BUILDINGS FOR LIVE STOCK Proper Ventilation Is Often Neglected and Animals Suffer in Consequence —Let In Sunlight. Stock barns should be thoroughly ventilated, whether for hogs, cattle, horses or sheep. It is just as detri- mental to an animal to breathe Im- pure air as it is for a human being. A system of ventilation is inexpen- sive and its results are remarkable. The buildings should be kept clean and disinfected often enough to insure destruction of poisonous germs. Floors in hog pens, cattle barns, etc. should not be made of boards, for uch floors are full of cracks and ot holes, which, with the space un- d neath them, afford a favorable pl e for the accumulation of fetid ma ter. If hogs have cholera in a board floor pen, and the floor and the ac- cumulation is rot taken out and the building thoroughly disinfected, hogs placed id the same pen years after- ward are liable to contract the die - ease from latent germs in the filth. Sunshine being the best disinfectant, movable hog houses and pens are al- ways best. PUSHING SWINE FROM START Interesting Data Gathered by Dean of Wisconsin Station — Keep All Young Animals Growing. Young animals make more pounds of gain from Oler food than when old- er. Dean Henry of Wisconsin gath- ered a lot of data on this, and found that 38 -pound pigs required 293 pounds of feed to make 100 pounds of gain, 78 -pound pigs required 40e pounds of feed, 128 -pound hogs, 437 pounds of feed; I74 -pound pigs, 482. pounds; 226 -pound pigs, 498 pounds; 271 -pound pigs, 511 pounds, and for the 330 -pound hogs it took 535 pounds of food to make the 100 pounds of. gain, or nearly twice as much as the 38 -pound pig. This emphasizes the im- portahce of pushing the hogs from the start in order to make the most eco- nomical gains. It has been found at the North Dakota experiment station that April pigs can be made to weigh 200 to 26(i pounds by November 1. Value of Young Brood Mare. One good, sound young mare, bought from some reliable farmer or breeder, is worth more for breeding purponee than half a dozen so-called \bargains\ picked up in the city. Hogs Bred for Pork. Where hogs are bred for pork, it is wise to breed two litters a year. Ire breeding Bows for their progeny to keep up and increase the herd, breed once a year. Fertilizer Value of Milk. The fertilizer value of milk comes hack in the skimmed milk and if this is fed to hogs it stays right onJthe farm.

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