I the hobo at Chazy junction
II the invasion of Millville
III the dawn of A great enterprise
IV the way into print
V Dividing the responsibilities
VI Mr. Skeelty of the mill
VII the sketch artist
VIII the Millville Daily Tribune
X Thursday Smith
XI the honer’ble Ojoy Boglin
XII Molly Sizer’s party
XIII Bob west interferes
XIV the Dancer Signal
XV A clever idea
XVI local contributors
XVII the penalties of journalism
XVIII open warfare
XIX A mere matter of revenge
XX defending the press
XXI the coming of Fogerty
XXIII the journalists abdicate
XXIV A cheerful blunder
THE HOBO AT CHAZY JUNCTION
Mr. Judkins, the station agent at Chazy Junction, came out of his little house at daybreak, shivered a bit in the chill morning air and gave an involuntary start as he saw a private car on the sidetrack. There were two private cars, to be exact—a sleeper and a baggage car—and Mr. Judkins knew the three o’clock train must have left them as it passed through.
“Ah,” said he aloud; “the nabobs hev arrove.”
“Who are the nabobs?” asked a quiet voice beside him.
Again Mr. Judkins started; he even stepped back a pace to get a better view of the stranger, who had approached so stealthily through the dim light that the agent was unaware of his existence until he spoke.
“Who be you?” he demanded, eyeing the man suspiciously.
“Never mind who I am,” retorted the other in a grumpy tone; “the original question is ‘who are the nabobs?’”
“See here, young feller; this ain’t no place fer tramps,” observed Mr. Judkins, frowning with evident displeasure; “Chazy Junction’s got all it kin do to support its reg’lar inhabitants. You’ll hev to move on.”
The stranger sat down on a baggage truck and eyed the private car reflectively. He wore a rough gray suit, baggy and threadbare, a flannel shirt with an old black tie carelessly knotted at the collar, a brown felt hat with several holes in the crown, and coarse cowhide shoes that had arrived at the last stages of usefulness. You would judge him to be from twenty-five to thirty years of age; you would note that his face was browned from exposure, that it was rather set and expressionless but in no way repulsive. His eyes, dark and retrospective, were his most redeeming feature, yet betrayed little of their owner’s character. Mr. Judkins could make nothing of the fellow, beyond the fact that he was doubtless a “tramp” and on that account most unwelcome in this retired neighborhood.