An exciting duel between a railway monarch who is celebrated as a hard fighter, and a young civil engineer, over a strip of track that means the right of way for two competing lines, forms the theme of this novel. The love comes into the story by means of a pretty girl, niece of the railroad magnate, who is divided in her mind between loyalty to her relative and a strong fancy for the young engineer. The story abounds in incident and is brightly and pleasantly told.
It wasn't their metier, or the metier of their times," said Miss Virginia with conviction. "They were sword-soldiers merely because that was the only way a strong man could conquer in those days. Now it is different, and a strong man fights quite as nobly in another field--and deserves quite as much honor."
"Think so? I don't agree with you--as to the fighting, I mean. I like to take things easy. A good club, a choice of decent theaters, the society of a few charming young women like--"
She broke him with a mocking laugh.
"You were born a good many centuries too late, Mr. Adams; you would have fitted so beautifully, into decadent Rome."
"No--thanks. Twentieth-century America, with the commercial frenzy taken out of it, is good enough for me. I was telling Winton a little while ago--"
"Your friend of the Kansas City station platform?" she interrupted. "Mightn't you introduce us a little less informally?"
"Beg pardon, I'm sure--yours and Ja