The Daughter of a Magnate (Chapter 3, page 2 of 9)


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Chapter 3

"Let it pass."

The day had been planned for the little reception to the visitors. The
arrival of two more private cars had added the directors, the hunting
party and more women to the company. The women were to drive during
the day, and the men had arranged to inspect the roundhouse, the shops,
and the division terminals and to meet the heads of the operating
department.

In the evening the railroad men were to call on their guests at the
train. This was what Glover had hoped he should escape until Bucks
arriving in the morning asked him not only to attend the reception but
to pilot Mr. Brock's own party through a long mountain trip. To
consent to the former request after agreeing to the latter was of
slight consequence.

In the evening the special train twinkling across the yard looked as
pretty as a dream. The luxury of the appointments, subdued by softened
lights, and the simple hospitality of the Pittsburgers--those people
who understand so well how to charm and bow to repel--was a new note to
the mountain men. If self-consciousness was felt by the least of them
at the door it could hardly pass Mr. Brock within; his cordiality was
genuine.

Following Bucks came some of his mountain staff, whom he introduced to
the men whose interests they now represented. Morris Blood, the
superintendent, was among those he brought forward, and he presented
him as a young railroad man and a rising one. Glover followed because
he was never very far from the mountain superintendent and the general
manager when the two were in sight.

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