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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Rules of the Game, by Stewart Edward White This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Rules of the Game Author: Stewart Edward White Release Date: August 16, 2004 [EBook #13194] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE RULES OF THE GAME *** Produced by Suzanne Shell, Beginners Projects, Maria Khomenko and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. [Illustration: He worked desperately. The heat of the flames began to scorch his face and hands] THE RULES OF THE GAME BY STEWART EDWARD WHITE 1910 ILLUSTRATED BY LEJAREN A. HILLER 1909, 1910, BY JAMES HORSBURGH, JR 1910, BY DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY PUBLISHED, OCTOBER, 1910 AUTHOR'S NOTE _The geography in this novel may easily be recognized by one familiar with the country. For that reason it is necessary to state that the characters therein are in no manner to be confused with the people actually inhabiting and developing that locality. The Power Company promoted by Baker has absolutely nothing to do with any Power Company utilizing any streams: the delectable Plant never exercised his talents in Sierra North. The author must decline to acknowledge any identifications of the sort. Plant and Baker and all the rest are, however, only to a limited extent fictitious characters. What they did and what they stood for is absolutely true._ ILLUSTRATIONS He worked desperately. The heat of the flames began to scorch his face and hands. The men calmly withdrew the long ribbon of steel and stood to one side. "I beg pardon," said he. The girl turned. Bob found it two hours' journey down. PART ONE I Late one fall afternoon, in the year 1898, a train paused for a moment before crossing a bridge over a river. From it descended a heavy-set, elderly man. The train immediately proceeded on its way. The heavy-set man looked about him. The river and the bottom-land growths of willow and hardwood were hemmed in, as far as he could see, by low-wooded hills. Only the railroad bridge, the steep embankment of the right-of-way, and a small, painted, windowless structure next the
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