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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 280 pages of information about Carmen's Messenger.

CHAPTER

      I. Featherstone changes his plans
     II.  The mill-owner
    III.  Foster makes A promise
     IV.  The first adventure
      V. Featherstone’s people
     VI.  His comrade’s story
    VII.  The packet
   VIII.  An offer of help
     IX.  The false trail
      X. The drove road
     XI.  The poachers
    XII.  A complication
   XIII.  Foster returns to the Garth
    XIV.  Foster sees A light
     XV.  The glove
    XVI.  A difficult part
   XVII.  The letters
  XVIII.  Spadeadam waste
    XIX.  Alice’s confidence
     XX.  The right track
    XXI.  Daly takes alarm
   XXII.  Carmen gets A shock
  XXIII.  An unexpected meeting
   XXIV.  Lawrence’s story
    XXV.  Foster sets off again
   XXVI.  The real-estate agent
  XXVII.  The mine
 XXVIII.  The log bridge
   XXIX.  Foster arrives
    XXX.  Run down
   XXXI.  Daly solves the puzzle
  XXXII.  Featherstone apologizes

I

FEATHERSTONE CHANGES HIS PLANS

It was getting dark, and a keen wind blew across the ragged pines beside the track, when Jake Foster walked up and down the station at Gardner’s Crossing in North Ontario.  Winter was moving southwards fast across the wilderness that rolled back to Hudson’s Bay, silencing the brawling rivers and calming the stormy lakes, but the frost had scarcely touched the sheltered valley yet and the roar of a rapid throbbed among the trees.  The sky had the crystal clearness that is often seen in northern Canada, but a long trail of smoke stretched above the town, and the fumes of soft coal mingled with the aromatic smell of the pines.  Gardner’s Crossing stood, an outpost of advancing industry, on the edge of the lonely woods.

The blue reflections of big arc-lamps quivered between the foam-flakes on the river, a line of bright spots, stretching back along the bank, marked new avenues of wooden houses, and, across the bridge, the tops of tall buildings cut against the glow that shimmered about the town.  At one end rose the great block of the Hulton factory, which lost something of its utilitarian ugliness at night.  Its harsh, rectangular outline faded into the background of forest, and the rows of glimmering windows gave it a curious transparent look.  It seemed to overflow with radiance and filled the air with rumbling sound.

In a large measure, Gardner’s Crossing owed its rapid development to the enterprise of the Hulton Manufacturing Company.  Hulton was ready to make anything out of lumber for which his salesmen found a demand; but his firm grip on the flourishing business had recently relaxed, and people wondered anxiously what would happen if he did not recover from the blow that had struck him down.  Fred Hulton, his only son, and assistant treasurer to the Company, had been found in the factory one morning with a bullet-hole in his head, and it was believed that he had shot himself.  His father gave his evidence at the inquiry with stern self-control, but took to his bed afterwards and had not left it yet.  So far as the townsfolk knew, this was the first time he had shown any weakness of body or mind.

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