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The Short Line War

Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster (1874-1936 and 1875-1932)

1. 01 - Jim Weeks
2. 02 - Mr. McNally goes to Tillman City
3. 03 - Politics and other things
4. 04 - Jim Weeks closes in
5. 05 - Tuesday evening
6. 06 - Judge Black
7. 07 - Between the lines
8. 08 - Judge Grey
9. 09 - The Matter of possession
10. 10 - Somebody loses the books
11. 11 - A politician
12. 12 - Katherine
13. 13 - Train no. 14
14. 14 - A capture at Brushingham
15. 15 - Deus ex machina
16. 16 - McNally's expedient
17. 17 - In the dark
18. 18 - The coming of dawn
19. 19 - Katherine decides
20. 20 - Harvey
21. 21 - The Tillman City stock
22. 22 - The winning of the road
23. 23 - The surrender

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"The Short Line War is a story that will appeal more particularly to the sterner sex, and we take it that the hyphenated name, Merwin-Webster, stands for two healthy-minded young men who have put their heads together and who have mapped out this story of a railroad war, in which politics form a considerable part. Jim Weeks is the central figure in the fight, and we like him so much better for knowing of the romance in his early life. He was a man 'without much instinct or imagination; he took everything seriously and literally, he could not understand a whim'--therefore a very foolish little woman came into his life only to leave it desolate. And when we meet him again after the years have rounded him, and when he stands 'before the world a man of solid achievement, calm, successful, satisfied,' we are quite prepared for the kind and tender things he does for the son of the woman he once loved. The Short Line War is not essentially a love story, which fact led us at the start to say that its healthy, vigorous style, with its politics and its railroads, will lead many a masculine novel reader to find enjoyment in its pages." -- Bookman (1899)