Under Handicap eBook

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the pride of ownership and a big, strong love.  Jimmie Kent assured whomever would listen that he was glad that he had stayed, and that he had a mind to call on his old friend Oliver to see how he was feeling.  Rattlesnake Valley had become the Happy Valley.  With the first of October ten days off there was no shadow of doubt in a single heart that the Great Work would be a finished, actual, successful thing before the dawn of the Great Day.

Upon the twentieth day of September Greek Conniston, being in Valley City, received a telegram which puzzled him.  It was from Edwin Corliss, private secretary and confidential man of affairs of William Conniston, Senior, of Wall Street.  Conniston replied immediately and by wire.  During the three days following he received and despatched several telegrams.  Since the messages have a certain bearing upon the Great Work, they are given below in the order in which they were received in the Valley and despatched from it: 

     “WM. CONNISTON, Jr.,

     “Rattlesnake Valley.

     “Drop everything.  Come home immediately.  Your father
     insists.  Particulars when you arrive.

     “CORLISS.”

     “EDW.  CORLISS,

     “New York.

     “Can’t get away.  Under contract.  Love to dad.

     “WM. CONNISTON, Jr.”

     “WM. CONNISTON, Jr.

     “Rattlesnake Valley.

     “Smash contract.  Will pay damages.  Your father wants you in
     New York in five days.

     “CORLISS.”

     “EDW.  CORLISS,

     “New York.

     “Impossible.  Can make hurried trip East after October first.

     “WM. CONNISTON, JR.”

     “WM. CONNISTON, JR.,

     “Rattlesnake Valley.

     “Orders imperative from your father.  Cables from Paris drop
     everything immediately and come home.

     “CORLISS.”

     “EDW.  CORLISS,

     “New York.

     “I refer you to wire of yesterday.

     “WM. CONNISTON, Jr.”

Then came a message which puzzled Greek Conniston more deeply than the others had done—­a message via cable and telegraph and telephone from his father himself: 

     “WM. CONNISTON, Jr.,

     “Rattlesnake Valley.

“Come home.  Leave that work alone.  Start minute you get this.  Wiring you thousand dollars Crawfordsville.  Corliss will advance all you want in New York.  Do as I command immediately or I disinherit you.

     “WM. CONNISTON, Sr.”

     “WM. CONNISTON, Jr.,

     “Rattlesnake Valley.

     “At your father’s orders have wired thousand to you
     Crawfordsville.

     “CORLISS.”

     “EDW.  CORLISS,

     “New York.

     “Money you wired remains subject your orders.  I don’t need
     it.  Inform dad.

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