The Short Line War

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

"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)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Suspense, Espionage, Political & Thrillers

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Jim Weeks Betsie Bush
00:17:27
Play 02 02 - Mr. McNally goes to Tillman City Betsie Bush
00:17:58
Play 03 03 - Politics and other things Betsie Bush
00:18:34
Play 04 04 - Jim Weeks closes in Betsie Bush
00:14:53
Play 05 05 - Tuesday evening Betsie Bush
00:15:20
Play 06 06 - Judge Black Betsie Bush
00:15:28
Play 07 07 - Between the lines Betsie Bush
00:14:16
Play 08 08 - Judge Grey Betsie Bush
00:13:40
Play 09 09 - The Matter of possession Betsie Bush
00:15:06
Play 10 10 - Somebody loses the books Betsie Bush
00:16:33
Play 11 11 - A politician Betsie Bush
00:17:21
Play 12 12 - Katherine Betsie Bush
00:18:19
Play 13 13 - Train no. 14 Betsie Bush
00:20:10
Play 14 14 - A capture at Brushingham Betsie Bush
00:18:44
Play 15 15 - Deus ex machina Betsie Bush
00:13:53
Play 16 16 - McNally's expedient Betsie Bush
00:16:25
Play 17 17 - In the dark Betsie Bush
00:17:26
Play 18 18 - The coming of dawn Betsie Bush
00:17:10
Play 19 19 - Katherine decides Betsie Bush
00:21:42
Play 20 20 - Harvey Betsie Bush
00:23:30
Play 21 21 - The Tillman City stock Betsie Bush
00:15:43
Play 22 22 - The winning of the road Betsie Bush
00:13:35
Play 23 23 - The surrender Betsie Bush
00:15:03