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last night; they are stopping at the Transcon
tinental. Summercamp wants to go in on the A CONFLICT OF SCHOOLS.
new scheme, and his wife and daughter will take A TELEGRAM from Mr. Norrisson, awaiting up a desert section apiece.” Philip on his return from the cañon, announced “ Under Dunsmuir's ditch ?” Philipinthe manager's return by train that night, bring- quired, surprised at the progress affairs were ing guests for whom rooms were to be prepared. making. The prompt wording of the despatch was like “ Under our ditch. We shall have the conthe click of a latch-key preceding his father's tractors here next week, or week after, to look stamp in the hall. In his sleep that night he over the work. The estimates must be ready felt the hot breath of the cañon wind again for them. I must have a talk with you about upon his sunburned face. He sighed and tossed, that.” and presently he was forcing his horse up those “And how have you managed with Dunstottering rock-slides, slipping and falling, with muir ? ” a din of waters in his ears. Again it was along “Haven't approached him yet, directly. Our the brink of the bluffs he picked his way, and man in London has seen the people Dunsmuir woke with a strong start as the footing dropped has been working with. He had got things in off and left him facing an abyss, the booming very good shape; but our man put them on to of the river confusing his senses. Later in the the situation here, and they have concluded night he labored through a conversation with they don't want to buy a fight. It is the game Alan that he felt to be critical, yet in which he we have worked before; but Dunsmuir has was singularly helpless to say the right word. never before been so near the close of a barHe attempted a comparative analysis of the gain. It will cinch him, I expect. These men genius of their respective fathers; he gave Alan are his own crowd. He will never get a better good advice, and promised to assist him in his hearing, and he knows it. When he's had time studies; to all of which Dolly seemed to listen, to think over their alternative, we will step in with sweet eyes of approval lingering upon him. with an offer which he 'll be forced to take.
Great was Philip's relief, on waking, to find He has banked on this scheme about as long that none of these utterances were actually on as he can. There 's nothing left but the perrecord against him; yet he was loath to part sonal pull on men that he has n't paid; and, with those tender dream-glances which the un- if I 'm not mistaken, Dunsmuir 's too proud a conscious Dolly had given him, in the lawless man to try to make that go." travesty of sleep.
Messrs. Leete and Maynard entered the The air had changed to the chill of early room, and Philip heard no more at the time moming. Carriages were rolling through the of his father's strategy. streets; one stopped, and Philip heard hushed The ladies were unfeignedly late. They had sounds of an arrival in some distant part of the spent half an hour, they said, beating the dust house. It was after this that he fell into his from their traveling-dresses, to make themselves first deep slumber, which held him long past tolerably fit for a dinner-table. Both, in a breath, the breakfast hour. He was introduced to his began praising the house — “Such a lovely father's guests only as the carriage drove up to house to be wasted on a couple of men!” take the party, including Mr. Norrisson, away; “ Planned and built and furnished by men, where, or for how long, Philip was not informed. Mrs. Summercamp," Mr. Norrisson retorted.
“Does my father give a dinner to-night? ” “Ah, but when you plan and build and furhe asked, chancing toward evening to pass nish for yourselves, do you do it like this? You through the dining-room, where Wong, in full need not tell me there is no Mrs. Norrisson!” starched panoply, was laying the table for six. Mrs. Summercamp approached her host on
* Little dinner. Not muchee people. Two his domestic side with the fearlessness of a lady."
woman happy in her own relations. "What time dinner ?”
“I hear there is a very charming Mrs. Nor" Same time. Ha' pa' six.”
risson,” Mr. Maynard interposed, with flatter"You will take in Miss Summercamp," Mr. ing emphasis. Norrisson posted Philip, in the library, where " There is,” said that lady's husband, imthey met before dinner. “She is a very pretty perturbably; " but she looks upon this house girl, though, I suspect, a trifle spoiled. The as a sort of caravansary for the convenience Summercamps have had hard luck with their of first-class tourists, like yourselves. It 's rachildren - this is the last one of five, and it's a ther too far inland to suit her.” pity, for there is plenty of money."
“ But she comes sometimes ?” * Have I heard you speak of the Summer- “Well — she is waiting till we get rid of the camps before ?"
smoke of the sage-brush bonfires." " Possibly not. The ladies came in with us “Why, I don't think it is at all noticeable,"
said Mrs. Summercamp, amiably surprised at Philip submitted, with all due gratitude to this novel objection to the country. “Is it his father, that his own vanity was in a more considered unhealthy ?” There was a general trampled condition than even Miss Summerlaugh, and Mr. Norrisson admitted that he had camp's; and proposed the picnic should start been somewhat figurative in his reference to afresh, with invitations at first hand. the virgin crop of the desert.
“ Now you 're talkin',” said the young lady, The dinner went forward as the dinners of lightly, dropping into slang; “but remember, a man of experience do. It was a trifle too elab- the place must be the same. I don't know that orate, perhaps, but it suited the house and the anybody has mentioned that we are going to a host, and the ladies frankly enjoyed the display place in a canon called Dunsmuir's Location." in their honor. The men discussed locations Nobody had, and Philip, taken by surprise, for water-power on the line of the new canal, could not at once conceal his consternation; probable town-sites and railroad-stations, and the cañon being the last place where he would joked the ladies about their artless behavior in have chosen to exhibit himself as Miss Sumthe land office, when asked to declare their in- mercamp's vassal, even of a summer's day. The tentions as desert settlers. The four travelers idea struck him as a sort of comical profanaappeared to be old friends and to know one an- tion. “Behold the victim writhe," said she. other's plans. There were frequent references to “He can't hide his sufferings now the thing Mr. Summercamp as “ papa,” in a style of easy begins to look as if there was no getting out comradeship, and Miss Summercamp openly of it.” guyed her mother with fond impertinence, as
Neither could the young lady altogether hide if they were girls of one age. She was a pretty the note of vexation in her voice. Her mother little coquette, with large eyes, deceptively sol. looked uncomfortable; and Mr. Norrisson tactemn. She looked scarcely more than sixteen, fully turned to her with some commonplace whereas in the land office she had calmly sworn about the next day's arrangements, taking it for to twenty-five.
granted that all was going forward as before. “I hope we shall have a nice day to-mor- Miss Summercamp quickly recovered herrow for our picnic," she remarked to Philip. self, and graciously accepted Philip's offer to go
He inquired, with polite interest, where the with the party in the impersonal character of picnic was to be.
driver, since she would put no faith in his pro“Now, Mr. Norrisson,” exclaimed Miss Sum- fessions as a cavalier. The ladies took an early mercamp, turning from Philip to his father, leave, escorted by their friends, who had tele“ what sort of an arrangement is this you have grams to send out that night. The father and been putting up on us? Here is your son per- son were alone in the library, smoking their fectly unconscious there 's to be a picnic, still bedtime cigars. less that he's expected to take care of us, and “ You must be tired,” said Philip, observing show us the way!”
the change in his father's features, from which My dear young lady, my son was not on the society smile had vanished, as a frugal host hand this morning in time to go with us to puts out the extra lights when the hall door look at the lands; and so he was n't aware closes upon company. there were any charming desert settlers in the Mr. Norrisson passed over the remark with party, and could n't offer his own services; so the abrupt question : “ You were up the river I did what I hold to be a father's duty - put yesterday, I hear, to look at the location ?” in his bid for him. Was n't that right? I 'll “ I saw it, from a distance." own it was bad of me to forget to tell him this “ It shows what it is – a natural dam-site, evening before you arrived; but in the matter rock bottom and all." of the invitation my conscience is clear. Con- “ Is it known whether the rock bottom is sider how seldom such chances occur! Is a continuous ? ” asked Philip. “There is one poor young fellow to be knocked out because spot, in the middle, where the water boils up he happens to oversleep himself? Not while in a curious way. How does it look when the he has a father to look out for him."
river is low?" Well, I consider the whole business can- “ The river is never so low over that spot, celed from this moment,” cried Miss Summer- nor so quiet, that you can see what the chancamp. “I don't accept invitations by proxy.” nel bed is made of. Dunsmuir was never sat
“ As a trifling matter of fact, Estelle, it was isfied on that point. There was another — the your mother who accepted,” suggested quiet capacity of the waste-weir. In every other Mr. Leete.
particular his design for the head-works was "Well, mama may go if she chooses, but she complete. I have copies of his plans and draw. will have to leave her daughter behind. Mr. ings for the works. I wish you would look them Norrisson has trifled with my vanity in a way over now, pretty soon, and, if you like his dethat can't be overlooked."
sign, carry it out; and I 'll give you help about working up the specifications. Or, if you can cal question of the first magnitude in the buildimprove on it, why, of course, we want the lat- ing of a dam.” est advices. Engineering must have advanced “ There are records — just as good as public some since Dunsmuir laid out his scheme." records; only Dunsmuir would never take any
• Do you mean, sir," asked Philip, in sheer man's word for a fact unless he knew him to amazement, “ that you expect me to take be a trained specialist in that particular line of charge of the building of the head-works in observation. I can find plenty of old miners the cañon?"
and log-drivers up and down this river who * Certainly. What did you suppose I brought can give you the average flood-discharge of you over here for? To carry a chain ?” the Wallula for the last twenty-five years just
“ But that is work for an engineer-in-chief of as close as you could come to it with your scithe first class; and I should not rank, on the entific apparatus. Talk of training! Have n't government corps, above the grade of ingé- they got eyes and ears — those fellows, trained nieur ordinaire !"
like the beavers and the muskrats? Don't they - You are not working for the French gov- stay on top of the earth by using the faculties erment; you are working for me. You will nature gave them? When they make a mishave my advice in practice, and my knowledge take the penalty is death.” of organization to help you, and I shall give “Still, as a matter of experience," said Philip, you as good a consulting engineer as the coun- pleased but not moved by his father's rhetoric, try afiords. I must have an engineer who will “ testimony of that sort has not always been push things as I want him to — no buts, and found trustworthy." ils, and cheeky conditions. The conditions of “Always, no; no testimony is always trustthis scheme nobody is going to dictate but worthy." myself. They are matters of finance first, and “I find here among your blue-books a case engineering afterward."
in point, the chief engineer's report on the breakPhilip was aware from a certain violence of ing of the Kali Nadi aqueduct-a most pamanner that his father was arguing on a sore thetic, manly document. He had no data on point, one on which he had learned to expect which to base his calculations but hearsay and opposition. He got up from the table, where the look of things; the records had been dehe felt cramped under observation, and went stroyed in the last Indian mutiny. And he over to the fireplace. It was decorated with a made a mistake which cost the Government mass of yellow and white azaleas in a blue an unmentionable sum of money, and to a Leeils pot, within the tiled jambs; the whole man of his reputation must have been worse darkly reflected in the black marble hearth-slab. than death.” Philip stooped and picked up a petal that had “My dear boy, the Kali Nadi aqueduct be fallen, rolling it in his cold fingers as he talked. hanged! If we listened to all those tales of
" I should have supposed that Dunsmuir heroic failures, and counted the cost of them would build the head-works. No one could as so much likely to come out of our own pockcarry out his plans so well as himself; and by ets, there would n't be any need of ditches. this time he must have the facts he needed: The men who settled up this country did n't he must have tabulated the river's rise and fall wait to hear about the failures; they went for every season he has watched it, and sounded ahead, somehow, and did what they had to every inch of the bottom. Those two points do. Our conditions here are no more mysteyou speak of are the vital points in construc- rious than in hundreds of places in the West ty:n, I need not remind you. If time is an ob- where big works have gone through — without Jert, Dunsmuir has had plenty of it. No one, records, without time to hunt up even such tesnot the best man in the profession, could come timony as you despise — simply because they in here and decide those two points off-hand.” had to. The people could n't wait for a sure
“ We need not discuss Dunsmuir’s place on thing. Some of them were failures, but more the work, my son. He is not going on it at all of 'em have stood. I am not taking any seriin a position of authority. That shall be my ous chances on this scheme, mind you, though trst condition when we come to terms on the I have taken my share of chances, and maybe trompromise. I can't work with Dunsmuir. I I've had more than my share of luck. I know could n't when he was fifteen years younger what I 'm offering you, and I am sorry you and suppler than he is now. If you are in charge have n't the nerve to make the venture. I supI expect you will defer on practical questions pose it 's the aim of your schools to lower a in the manager, and on technical ones the man's conceit of himself, but the modest laymanager will defer to you; but the practical out can be overdone. I am not asking you, questions shall come first."
now, how little you know about engineering.” * I should call the size of the waste-weir, in Philip looked down and trifled with the loop a country without records of rainfall, a practi- of his watch-guard. “Every one must work in
his own way,” he said. “I am not prepared, “My father is a man of resources, of practimyself, to take the plunge in the dark which cal foresight, of courage in combination; in a seems to be called for here. Modesty is per- word, a born promoter,” Philip asserted, in haps too charitable a name for it.”
answer to the sad whisper which said, You Isit partly somescruple about Dunsmuir?” can never trust him as a counselor, nor yield Mr. Norrisson asked. Philip did not reply. him unquestioning obedience as a chief."
“You are too fine-spun," said his father, ob- Mr. Norrisson put away from him, as he had serving him; “but I don't blame you. The done many another bitterness, the discovery school is everything."
that his son was a man of the Dunsmuir type, “I am sorry you don't like my school.” a stubborn, fastidious “ obstructionist," a stick“I do like it. It is a school I could never ler for impossible ideals. But he never allowed afford to work in myself, but if my son can, himself to dwell upon a disappointment; it why, so much has been done for the improve- tended to weaken that nerve upon which he ment of the race."
depended, as a professional man depends upon I hope you will believe how it pains me to conviction, and the soundness of his method. disappoint you, sir. I hoped to show myself equal to whatever work you intended me for; but I had n't an idea so much would be ex
CAPITALISTS IN THE CAÑON. pected.”
“You are wrong, Philip— thinking I expect The effect of the cañon upon Miss Summerso much; I don't place this responsibility upon camp was to rouse in her a vivid and very you alone. Don't you understand I intend practical curiosity as to the resident family; to back you, straight through, with my expe- a phase of liveliness which her mother was too rience? It looks to me more like distrust of indolent or too indulgent to attempt to check, your father than of yourself, this bashfulness although it might have been seen to annoy their of yours.”
young host in his unsought part of showman. It was a difficult position for Philip; but he Miss Summercamp had caught sight of Alan thought it altogether due his father that he picturesquely engaged in fishing from therocks, should be answered with plainness equal to a boyish pretense for the sake of seeing and his own.
being seen of a very striking young lady visi" Frankly," he said," I should prefer to make tor, strolling with her friends on the sands bemy maiden venture under a professional engi- low. As the group drew near, he recognized neer; but a chief's place I could not take un- Philip, and snatched off his capin greeting; but der any man. I had rather work up to it, and Philip managed to get his party headed another hold it alone. Between Dunsmuir's design and way. Miss Summercamp perceived that he my father's experience I should be a poor fig- was bent on frustrating her whenever she maure of a chief."
nceuvered for a nearer view of the inmates of “ I concluded there was pride, as well as that queer, low house on the hill, the “ asymodesty, at the bottom of it. The young West- lum," she named it, “ for victims of a scheme.” erner is a more conservative man than his father, Partly for teasing, and more because she remore careful of himself in every way. He can sented his indifference to her pleasure, she set afford to pick his steps and take his time; but, herself to gain her end in spite of him. She by the Lord, he owes it to his father that he had heard, she said, that the Dunsmuirs were can.”
all cranks. The young man in the pink shirt Philip responded with such heartiness as the did not look a crank; he was merely a beauty. conversation had left him master of. He was Why could n't they ask him to show them that a prouder man than his father, although his much-talked-of spot called “ Dunsmuir's Lotraining had made him less self-confident. It cation"? It was pointed out straight beyond was bitter to be judged by standards for which her, but she could see nothing but two low, black he had not been taught the highest respect; buttes seated on opposite shores of the river. and the fact that his father was such a power Still, it was interesting to know that a dam was in practical affairs, had done so much where he “going in " there, and that water for her desert had done nothing, made his refusal to coöper- claim would eventually flow through the big ate with him seem an exhibition of stupid, ir- cut, where they had lunched after the manner rational, boyish conceit. They shook hands for of picnickers, though without the festal paperthe night earnestly, dissembling the slight chill bag or beer-bottle left behind in token of their of estrangement which both felt. Each had visit. Philip had been respectful to the place, begun to analyze the other, comforting himself nor did he vauntingly prophesy concerning the for the sense of mutual unlikeness, on the old future canal; this he left to Messrs. Leete and theory of types inseparable from the genera- Maynard, who had been posted by his father. tion which has produced them.
Miss Summercamp declined to drink the warmish river-water; she would not accept any once spent a night on one of his southern jourof the substitutes provided; apollinaris, claret, neys. This was before he had a lady of his own, ginger-ale, she would none of them. Philip but not before he had dreams wherewith to peooffered to fetch her some of the creek-water ple such a moonlighted vista as that which he which came down the gulch above the house, paced, alone, under the black-ash trees of Mexand it pleased the young lady to go with him. ico templada. He had been forced to substitute The favor of her company he could not refuse, poplars for his lady of the north ; otherwise he although he imagined she had an ulterior had faithfully copied the little deserted calzada, purpose in offering it. After a hot walk they even to the glorieta at the top of it, where the rounded the wire fence, and came upon a clear trees, opening in a circle, inclosed two stone pool some distance above Dunsmuir's bounda- benches that faced each other, in an appealing nes. But this water, also, she refused to drink. silence and emptiness, on opposite sides of a It was tepid; it tasted of cattle; the pool was dry fountain. As if invoked by the spell of that lined with decayed leaves.
resemblance he had fondly sought, silence had “ How very squeamish you seem to be about taken possession, and the stone benches held those people; one would think you were here only drifts of yellow leaves. to look out for them instead of us," she com- When Dolly Dunsmuir first set up houseplained. Are they really so peculiar that one keeping with her dolls in the cañon arbor, and may not ask for a glass of ice-water at the Alan occasionally consented to visit her, the door?"
sunken tank of the fountain was filled with dead “I will ask for one, certainly. This is the leaves, and the white-painted urn was dingy and first time you have mentioned ice-water." choked with dust. The following spring saw
" Are you going to leave me here to be both children busy filling up the tank with hooked to death by wild cattle ?"
earth, and planting it with such hardy peren“ There is not a pair of horns in sight.” nials as they could beg from their father's beds.
“A hundred will rise up the moment you These, coming up in due time, brimmed the get on the other side the fence. I declare, you useless basin with life and color, while the urn treat me exactly as a bad brother treats a help- overflowed with garlands of white and purple less little sister. I've a great mind to be one, clematis. When Dunsmuir saw what the chil. and just tag you wherever you go.”
dren were doing, he surreptitiously added to “Very well,” said Philip; “ stick to your part, their humble collection a regal Lilium Auraand I 'll try to do justice to mine.”
tum for his girl-gardener, and a “giant of bat“ But goodness! I cannot go as fast as tles” rose for the boy. Before many seasons that,” she called after him, as he strode down both rose and lily were left to Dolly's tending. the gulch.
Alan had stepped forth into his bold teens, and “ Bad brothers never wait for little sisters took no more interest in gardening. He had who tag,” Philip answered. Nevertheless he fitted up a bower of his own,- the cave underdid wait, and with gibes and laughter, and neath the bluffs,— whence he could look afar some ill humor on Philip's side, they arrived and downward, and spy the cattle on the hills, at length at a small gate in the fence, close to and hoot and howl to his heart's content. But a circle of poplars which guarded some invis- Dolly remained faithful to the place of their ible retreat.
childish trysts. It was her out-door chamber of * Now," said Philip, opening the gate, “it dreams, where she sat and mused with idle will be perfectly safe for you to proceed. One hands and bright, unseeing eyes. When the is quite enough to ask for that glass of water, dream grew too strong, and pushed her hard, and bad brothers never wait upon their sisters she would walk round and round, like a somif they can help it.”
nambulist, her face alight, her lips moving. * You overdo the part," Miss Summercamp What she whispered at such moments she objected; "brothers are never so consistently would have died, girlishly speaking, sooner bad."
than have confessed. There was little heart in “ You have dubbed me; I am merely the these dreams and not much real imagination ; creature of your fancy.”
only the young instinct to people empty walls Miss Summercamp went through the gate with pictures of action: and Dolly's fancy was alone, leaving it open, however, on the chance limited by the material her narrow life and her of Philip's changing his mind. He did so, af- reading supplied. The cañon could not make ter a little, not knowing how far her freak might a genius of Dolly, neither could it spoil her for carry her. The gate of the cañon garden led a happy woman. to the poplar alley, at the upper end of which The morning of the picnic being a Saturthe explorers had come out. Dunsmuir had day, she had given her beautiful long hair its modeled this feature of his plantation after the weekly washing, and now she had retired to the lady's walk at a small hacienda where he had arbor, with a lapful of mending to employ the