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thereafter, found its way into the hands of Corporal MacGregor.
Tonetah and Thurston were at the camp when Waters returned. At the first opportunity, Waters told Thurston all that had occurred. Tonetah was resting quietly in the shade of the cabin, squatted on his haunches and smoking his pipe. The two other men went inside and held a hasty consultation.
"Your best plan is to go as he wishes you to," Waters advised. "I don't know what old Humphreys will wire me; but after Jim has gone, we can do as we see fit. This stupid guide hasn't any suspicions, and, if he has—well, we can get rid of him easily enough. With Jim out of the way, we can dig a small fortune in a few weeks, cash in the dirt down at Beaujeau and then make tracks for other parts."
“But we'd better get those bonds before we go," said Thurston. Acting on his thought, he walked to the rude closet where Jimmy kept his things, and, opening the door, searched for Downes's heavy mackinaw. Rudely he ripped open the lining. A cry of amazed anger escaped him as he drew out the bundle of folded newspapers. · Waters stared at him unbelievingly. An oath from Thurston indicated the other's rage. “The crafty crook!” Thurston exclaimed. “He wants to turn me out because I'm a thief, and all the while he's made off with my bonds! Nice virtue, that! No wonder he wants to get rid of me!”
CHAPTER XIX D UT Waters was smiling despite the dark
look on his companion's countenance. “Don't get so excited,” he said. “The bonds only amounted to twenty thousand dollars. Let him have them. We can get much more than that out of the claim, and I can make a hit with Humphreys by having the sheriff from Paquinaus arrest Jim Downes.”
Thurston stared at him in wonder. “What do you mean?" he demanded suspiciously. “How can you have him arrested?”
“By announcing that he has the bonds which you stole. He hadn't left New England at the time you took them. Naturally, you know where they came from and what they were. We'll prefer charges against him and say that you came up here purposely to locate him. Then, when he's safely in jail-” Waters paused and, kissing his hand into the air, made a mock bow of triumph to the surprised Thurston.
Thurston laughed. “It's rather a daring game," he said cautiously, “but worth trying. Of course, I can't substantiate the charge, and
Downes can undoubtedly prove an alibi that he was nowhere near the place where the bonds originally were and that he couldn't have stolen them ”.
"Not originally," laughed Waters; "but if he is found to have them in his possession, it will be hard for him to explain just why such is the case.”
"That's true," Thurston agreed, “but it will mean 'good night' to me from Mary Downes if she ever learns the truth!”
"Then you are keen on marrying Mary?” Waters asked him.
"Yes,” admitted Thurston. “She's the only decent element that's ever come into my life despite the fact that my family were rich and influential. I've been a natural-born black sheep and I thought--when it was too late that she might prove the incentive to change me. However, I guess I'm in the thing too deep now, to back down. I'll stay here and you go on down to the village and announce that Downes- ”
He stopped abruptly as the door opened, and Tonetah walked leisurely into the room. The Indian gave a grunt as he observed them. He proceeded to prepare the evening meal. With consummate skill he started a rabbit stew, and the two men, taking advantage of the guide's preoccupation, slipped outside the cabin.
“Downes will be back shortly,” Thurston said when they were alone. “Hurry up, for he will undoubtedly pack up his nuggets, to-night, and be starting in the morning.”
“On thinking it over,” Waters said, “I don't quite see how I can file the charges against Downes. I never owned any bonds—there is no reason why I should be in possession of them. hadn't you better go to the sheriff?”
Thurston thought for a moment. “Perhaps you're right,” he decided finally. “I'm putting myself in danger, but I can undoubtedly make a better case against him than you can, so I'll go."
“Stop at the telegraph office and find out if there's anything there for me.” Waters asked, as Thurston made ready for the journey. The sun was setting over the western treetops, gloriously coloring the wild northwestern scene, as Thurston started away in the direction of Paquinaus.
He had scarcely gone when Jim Downes appeared at the opening which led out of the forest. He waved one hand to Caleb. The other held a yellow envelope containing a telegram. As he approached, he tossed it to Waters, who seized it eagerly, and, with a guilty flush, tore the message open. “Do anything to prevent Charles return,” he
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into Snags and Shallows
By ORISON SWETT MARDEN
THEN a man of courage starts out for himself A great scientist said that when he encountered
he knows perfectly well that he is going to what seemed an unconquerable obstacle, he invariably
have all sorts of difficulties, almost insur found himself upon the brink of some important dismountable obstacles to contend with. No matter covery. what line of business he enters, he knows that hard Every significant victory, every great achievement times will come every little while; that business panics in the lives of men and nations, is the fruit of courage may overtake him; that sickness and accidents are in facing and conquering difficulties. The discovery liable at any time to cripple him, but he doesn't hesi of our own country is one of the most splendid examples tate to move on; he doesn't vizualize all sorts of ob of this. No accumulation of obstacles, though they stacles and snags ahead and hold back for fear of them. were piled mountain high, could discourage Columbus If he did he would never get anywhere.
or turn him from his purpose. Dismissed as a fool He simply makes up his mind that, in spite of ob from one European court after another, he continued stacles, setbacks and difficulties, he will hold stead to push his suit in the face of a mocking, incredulous fastly to his course. He knows that there is a power world, until finally King Ferdinand and Queen Isawithin him that will carry him to his goal. He be- bella, won by his earnestness, helped him equip his lieves he can succeed in his life purpose. He makes up little fleet. Ease, pleasure, position, life itself if need his mind that he will, and no power on earth can hold be, must be sacrificed to the attainment of his object. him back.
Fresh disasters, new obstacles, storms, leaky vessels,
mutiny of sailors-nothing could shake his purpose or THE worst kind of obstacle is the one that has no turn him aside from his goal.
reality at all, that exists only in the mind of the But for such indomitable souls there would be no coward and the weakling. As John Locke, the phi- such world as we live in to-day. Even though he may losopher, says: "The ideas and images in men's minds be temporarily defeated again and again, the man who are the things that govern them and to them they all defies obstacles and in spite of everything keeps pushuniversally pay a ready consent."
ing ahead is always a victor in life's battles. And his The man of courage and grit, refusing to be fright heroic example lives on through the ages to spur to ened by the obstacles in his path, holds, even in the their highest endeavor millions who come after him. darkest hour, a bright vision of success just ahead. The weak, spineless man reverses this mental process. CENTURIES after the death of Scotland's great In addition to the real obstacles to be overcome, his hero, the Hungarian patriot, Louis Kossuth, strugfrightened imagination conjures innumerable others gling for his country's independence, said in an address: that have no reality but what he gives them. From "You know the story often related of Robert Bruce. the moment he begins to steer his life bark for himself Defeated and hunted down by his enemies, fleeing behe sees nothing but snags ahead. His strained eyes, fore them, concealed in a rock cave, he saw a spider looking beyond the needs of to-day, see only disaster climbing up the uneven wall, to reach the spot where and failure in the future. Doubt, Fear, Despair and it was to spread its net. Six times it fell from the their numerous relatives, rise in front of him and all rocky surface, but the seventh time it reached its goal. around, threatening to swamp him. Such a man is This was a lesson for the despondent Bruce. The defeated before he ever encounters a real obstacle. spider taught him one word-again and ever again,
and he freed his country. And again and ever again L OW do you face the voyage of life, my friend is our motto, too."
How do you approach snags, real obstacles: When your life bark runs into snags and shallows; What do you do when you can't see the way ahead of when obstacles loom like mountains ahead of you; yo'l, when it is black and threatening and everything when storms break and you are in danger of being enin the direction of your goal is enveloped in gloom? gulfed by the waves; when you are almost overwhelmed Do you weaken? Do you show the white feather by some crushing defeat, then is the time to hold fast give up and turn back? Or do the very obstacles that to your courage and determination; then is the time to confront you stiffen your backbone and make you all say with Robert Bruce, with George Washington, with the more determined to win out?
Grant, with Foch, with every great soul who has It is in such a supreme crisis that the man of cour- plucked victory from defeat, “Again and ever again.” age, sustained by the light of his inward vision, rises It is easy to push ahead, to be cheerful and buoyant, to the height of his divine manhood and sweeps on when everything is encouraging, when there is a hopepast all obstacles to find victory,
ful outlook; but when there is no light above the
perate circumstances, great poverty and hard. ships have ever developed the giants of the race
How do you think George Washington, ou Ben Franklin, or Abe Lincoln or Christopher Columbus, or Robert Bruce would have regarded the barriers which you, perhaps right now, are thinking impassable? Why, they would have laughed at them. It is doubtful whether they would have noticed them at all Compared with the obstacles which they pushed out of their way on their march to victory they are nothing. You will never make much head way in your career until you realize that the only obstacles than can bar you from success are bogies of your own creation-Doubt, Fear, Despair.
Vo nothing else touching his life can the aphorism
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he" be
more fittingly applied than to a man's health. Health can be established only by thinking health, just as disease is established by thinking disease. Just as you must think success, expect it, visualize it, make your mind a huge success magnet to attract it if you are to attain it, so if you want to be healthy, you must think health, you must expect it, you must visualize it, you must attract it by making your mind a huge health magnet to attract more health, abundant health. As long as physical defects, weaknesses, or diseased conditions exist in the imagination, as long as the mind is filled with visions of ill health the body must correspond, because our bodies are but an extension of our thoughts, our minds objectified.
Health is based upon the ideal of the body's perfection and the absolute denial of disease, the denial of everything but the ideal condition; upon the idea that only that which is good for us can be real in the highest sense of the word; that all physical discords are only the absence of harmony, not the reality of our being, the truth of us. Health is the everlasting reality, disease is the absence of reality. It is only seeming.
In proportion to the physician's ability to suggest perfect soundness of body to his patient, to visualize him as physically perfect; in proportion to his power to see and to impress upon the mind of his patient the image of the ideal, instead of that of the diseased, discordant, suffering individual, will he be able to help him.
gradually gets bigger. It gets more interesting for a lot of folks, while at the same time it gets more burdensome. Some of them succeed in smoothing it off a bit, so that its edges are not quite so jagged. Some of them learn, by very hard practice, to cajole it a little, to
dodge it a little, to By THOMAS L. MASSON
keep it a little under (Managing Editor of “Life”)
control. But the effort is very likely to
exhaust them in the THE thing known
end. | as “The World” EDITOR'S NOTE
The singular part is the kind of a
about all this is that thing that most men THOMAS L. MASSON, the author of
they think there is only hang around their I this article, is the Managing Editor of
one world that they Life. While Mr. Masson has made a necks, and it goes bobnational reputation as a humorist and
a re pulling along. bing around them, as is, perhaps, the most prolific producer But in fact, there are they walk along, get of jokes in the world, he is also a keen
as many worlds as ting very much in their philosopher and sees the serious side of
there are people. Each life from a practical angle. You will way, and causing them enjoy his article because it is the work of
one of us is carrying considerable inconve a man who is alive to the philosophy of along a world of his nience and pain. It success. Mr. Masson holds that every own. appears to be fastened man is his own Sisyphus. Now, Sisy
“This is your world phus was the crafty and avaricious to them so insecurely, king of Corinth which city his father,
and my world” you that they cannot keep Eolus, founded. Sisyphus was con are apt to say, but it it from thus bobbing demned in Hades forever to roll to the isn't at all. My world about, yet all attempts top of a steep hill a huge stone which
is mine and yours is constantly rolled back again, making his to get rid of it are untask incessant.
yours, but there is no availing. And so they
big world for all, there stumble on, cursing
is only one world apiece their luck, and won
for each one of us. If dering why they were ever fastened to such an you will stop and think a moment you will see unpleasant obstacle.
that this must be so. The world you think that They keep trying over and over again to tame you share in common with others, is only your it, to get it into some orderly manner of proced- world after all. When you go out, your world ure, but it is always surprising them, knocking goes out, and all the other worlds that others are them down with the back impact and they never carrying along are just their individual worlds. seem to get the best of it.
To realize that, to feel it, is to begin to get someSome of them, indeed, endeavor to go so fast where. that the world drags on after them-for a time. But it always catches up, and swings them off D'OR you immediately begin to get somewhere, their feet. They resemble in this respect the T' when you see that you alone are responsible ancient Sisyphus, who was condemned to roll a for your particular world, and that nobody else boulder up a hill, but no sooner did he get it up, has anything to do with it. This is rather a large than it rolled down and he had to begin all over thought I'll admit, and will raise immediate obagain. We are always beginning all over again jections from everybody. If you doubt that I with our individual worlds, and never quite get am right, all you need do is to question any two over the top of the hill.
men you meet about this curious world that you The world of course, is the thing that a man think is all one. You will find that each one of makes himself, as he goes along. It is a small them differs from the other about what it is.