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FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 28, 1919
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By ROBERT J. C. STEAD
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Coward's livid face had become
tfiire, and it was with difficulty he
controlled his anger. They are all
printed i hat way," he explained. "I
aci ?oing to have them indorsed over
You a -e not," said Dave. "You are
cfcargiss tllis woman twenty-five thou
sand dollars for a house that won't
t,ri:i- ton thousand. The firm of Con
ttaril .V: Elden will have nothing to do
xritli iVmt transaction. It won't even
Indorso it over."
A fire was burning in the grate.
pave walked to it and very slowly and
deliberately thrust the agreement into
"Well, if that doesn't beat all !" Mrs.
Hardy ejaculated. "Are all cow
puncher! so discourteous?"
"I mean no discourtesy," said Dave.
"If rny behavior has seemed abrupt, I
assure you I have only sought to serve
Poorer Hardy's widow and his daugh
ter." "It is a peculiar service," Mrs. Har
dy answered, curtly.
"I can only apologize for my part
ner's behavior," said Conward. "It need
not. however, affect the transaction in
the slightest degree. A new agreement
fl-ill be drawu at once an agreement
In which the firm of Conward & Eld en
will not be concerned."
"That will be more satisfactory,"
said Mrs. Hardy. She intended the re
mark for Dave's ears, but he had
moved to a corner of the room and was
conversing in low tones with Irene.
"I am sorry I had to make your
mother's acquaintance under circum-
"Are AU Cow Punchers So Discour
teous?" stances which, I fear, she will not even
try to understand," he had said to
' Oh, Dave Mr. Elden, I mean that
is you don't know how proud you
ckn't know how much of a man you
male me feel you are." She was
fiu.-hed and excited. "Perhaps I
shouldn't talk like this. Perhaps "
It nil depends on one thing," Dave
'Vv Lat is that?"
rll depends on whether we are
Hardy and 2.1r. Elden or whether
we are still Ileenie and Dave."
Her bright eyes had fallen to the
fi'VT and he could see the tremor of
h'j; Kncrers as they rested on the -back
cf a chair. She did not answer him
directly. But in a moment she spoke.
' jL ther will buy the house from
llr. Cun ward," she said. "She is like
thf:t. And when we are settled you
i'l crime and see me, won't you
i "i the Hardys had gone Conward
to Elden. "We had better try
out where we stand," he said,
to speak dispassionately, but
"as a tremor in his voice.
"I aiTee," returned Elden, who had
re to evade the issue. "Do you ,
r it fair to select mexperi
nmeii for your victims?"
'a rd made a deprecating ges
' "There is nothing to be gained
ttf fi'inrreling, Dave," he said." "Lpt
cs r ;:t the facts. When we have
8?r-f 1 i-s to facts, then. we may agree
-)x." said Dave. He stood with
.shoulder toward Conward, watch
ir? th-Qusk settling about the foothill
"I think," said Conward, "we can
e that the boom is over. We have
fee v.-rii, on paper. The thing now
fcto convert our paper into cash."
&ave turned about. "You know I
J'et claim to be any great moralist,
Conward," he said, "and I have no pity
for a gambler who deliberately sits in
Snfl pets stung. Consequently I am
nt troubled with any self-pity, nor
Pity for you, and if you can get
J:rl of our holdings to other gamblers
1 have nothing to say. But if it is to
3e loaded onto women who are in
vesting the little savings of their lives
"pvornon like Bert Morrison and Mrs.
Hardy then I am going to have a
?m deal to say."; Dave went on with
ing heat: "If business has to be
;0n that way, then I say to h with
"J asked you not to quarrel," Con
tra returned, with remarkable com
posure, "i suggested that we get at
lIle facts. Now, granting that the
r-"m is over, where do we stand? We
re rated as millionaires, .but we
javen't a thousand dollars in the bank
1 mis moment. This" he lifted Mrs. I
wdys cheek "would have seen us
next payday, but you say the
must have nothing to do with it
nd wnleh is the more immoral since
u havi spoken of morality to ac
Pt labor from clerks whom you can't
J'l Sir to sell property to wpmen who
say they want it and are satisfied
tne price? We have literally thou
sands of unsettled contracts. We
must keep our staff together. We have
aebts to pay, and we owe it to our
creditors to make collections so that
we can pay those debts, and we can't
make collections without a staff. Why,
on the property we are now holding
the taxes alone will amount to twenty
thousand dollars a year. And I put
It up to you, 4f we are going to stand
on sentiment, who's going to pay the
"I know ; I know," said Dave, whose
anger over the treatment of the Har
dys was already subsiding. "We are
in the grip of the system. Still in
war they don't usually kill worna-n and
noncombatants. That is the point I'm
trying to make. I've no sentiment
about others who are in the game as.
we arer If you limit your operations
"The trouble is, you can't. They're
wise. Most of them have already
moved on. A few firms, like ourselves,
will stay and try to fight it out; try,
at least, to close up with a clean sheet,
If we must close up. But we can't
wind up a busines" without selling the
stock on hand, and to whom are we to
sell if not to people who want it? That
is what you seem to object to."
"You place me in rather an unfair
light," Dsve protested. "What I ob
ject to is taking the life savings of
people people of moderate circum
stances, mainly in exchange for prop
erty which-we know to be worth next ,
- "Yet you admit that we must clean
up, don't you?"
"Yes, I suppose so."
"And there's no other way. Dave,"
said Conward, rising and placing his
arm on his partner's shoulder, "I sym
pathize with your point of view, but,
my boy, it's pure sentiment, and senti
ment has no place in business."
Dave 'dropped the subject. There
appeared to be nothing to gain from
pursuing it further. They were in the
grip of a system a system which had
found them poor, had suddenly made
them wealthy, and now, with equal
suddenness, threatened to "make them
poor again. It was like war kill or
Night had settled when Dave left
the office. A soft wind blew from the
southwest ; June was in the air. June
too, was in Dave's heart as he walked
the few blocks to his bachelor quar
ters. What of the drab injustice of
business? Let him forget that; now it
was night . . . and she had called
He dressed with care. It was not
until he was about to leave his rooms
that he remembered he must dine
alone; he had been dressing for her.
unconsciously. The realization brought
him up with something of a shock.
"This will never do," he said. "I
can't eat alone tonight, and I can't ask
Reenie, so soon after the incident with
her mother. I know Bert Morrison."
He reached for the telephone and
rang her number.
Her number did not answer. He
thought of Edith Duncan. But Edith
lived at home, and it was much too
late to extend a formal dinner invita
tion. There was nothing for it but
to eat alone. He suddenly became
conscious of the great loneliness of
his bachelor life. The charm of bach
elorhood was a myth which only need
ed contact with the gentle atmosphere
of feminine affection to be exposed.
He took his hat and coat and went
into the street. It was his custom to
take his meals at a modest eating-
place on a side-avenue, but tonight he ,
directed his steps to the best hotel the
city afforded. There was no wisdom
in dressing for an event unless he was
going to deflect his course somewhat
from the daily routine.
The dining hall was a blaze of light.
Dave paused for a moment, awaiting
the beck of a waiter, but in that rao-
Dave Paused for a Moment but in
That Moment His Eye Fell on Con
ward. ment his eye fell on ConwarS, ggated
at a table with Mrs. Hardy and Irene.
Conward had seen him and was mo
tioning to him to join them. The situation-was
embarrassing, and yet de
lightful. He was glad he had dressed
"Join us, Elden," Conward said, as
he reached their table. "Just a little
dinner to celebrate today's transaction.
You will not refuse to share to that
- Dave looked at Mrs. Hardy. Had he
been dealing with Conward and Mrs.
Hardy alone he would have excused
himself, but he had to think of Irene.
That Is, he had to justify her by being
correct in his manners.
"Do join us," said Mrs. Hardy. It
was evident to Mrs. Hardy that it
would be correct for her to support
Mr. Conward's invitation.
"You are very kind," said Dave aF
he seated himself. "I had not hop
for this pleasure." And yet th.
pleasure was not unmixed. He felt
that Conward had outplayed him. It
was Conward who had done the gra
cious thing, and Dave could not pre
vent Conward doing the gracious
thing without himself being ungra
cious. After dinner they sat in the lounge
room, and Conward beguiled the time
with stories of sudden wealth which
had been practically forced upon men
who were now regarded as the busi
ness framework of the country. As
'hejse worthies strolled through. 4he
richly furnished room, iel&s?ly
smoking their after-dinner cigars, Con
ward would make a swift 'summary of
their rise from, liveryman, cow
puncher, clerk or laborer to their
present affluence, , occasionally appeal
ing to Dave to corroborate his state
ments. It was particularly distaste
ful to Elden to be obliged to add his
word -to Conward's in such matters,
for, although Conward carefully re
frained from making any direct ref
erence to Mrs. Hardy's purchase the
inference that great profits would ac
crue to her therefrom was very ob
vious. Elden was glad when Mrs. Hardy
remembered that she must not remain
up late. Her physician had prescribed
rest. Early to bed, you know. Dave
'had opportunity for just a word with
Irene before they left.
"How did this happen tonight?"
asked, with the calm assumption of
one who has a right to know.
"Oh, Mr. Conward telephoned an in
vitation to mother," she explained. "I
was so glad you happened in. You .
have had wonderful experiences. Mr.
Conward is charming, isn't he?"
Dave did not know whether the
compliment to Conward was a per
sonal matter concerning his partner
or whether it was to be taken as a
courtesy to the firm. In either case he
rather resented it. He wondered what
Irene would think of this "ennobling"
business in the drab days of disillu
sionment that must soon sweep down
upon them. But Irene apparently did
not miss his answer.
"We shall soon be settled," she said
as Mrs. Hardy and Conward were seen
approaching. "Then you will come
and visit us?"
I will Reenie," he whispered, and
he was sure the color that mounted
to her cheeks held no tinge of dis
pleasure. CHAPTER X.
Elden lost no time in making his
first , call upon the Hardys. Irene re
ceived him cordially, but Mrs. Hardy
evinced no more warmth than propri
ety demanded. Elden, however, al
lowed himself no annoyance over
that. A very much greater grievance
had been thrust upon his mind. Con
ward had preceded him and was al
ready a guest of the Hardys.
Dave knew Conward well enough
,to know that purpose always lay be
hind his conduct, and during the small
talk with which they whiled away an
hour his mind was reaching out
acutely, exploring every nook of pos
sibility, to arrive if it could at some
explanation of the sudden interest
which Conward was displaying in the
Hardys. These explanations narrowed
down to two almost equally unpala
table. Conward was deliberately set
ting about to capture the friendship,
perhaps the affection, of either Mrs.
Hardy or Irene. Strangely enough,
Elden was more irritated by the for
mer alternative than by the latter.
Perhaps this attitude was due to sub
conscious recognition of the fact that
he had much more to fear from Con
ward as a suitor for the hand of Mrs.
Hardy than as a rival for that of
Irene. Conward as a prospective
father-fn-law was a more grievous
menace to his peace of mind than
Conward as a defeated rival.
The more he contemplated this as
pect of the case the less he liked it.
To Conward the affair could be noth
ing more than an adventure, but it
would give him a position of a sort
of semi-paternal authority oyer both
Irene and Elden.
When at lensrth Mrs. Hardy besran
to show signs of weariness Irene
served coffee and cake, and the two
men, taking that as an intimation that
their welcome had run down, but
would rewind itself if not too con
tinually drawn upon, left the house to
gether. On their way they agreed that
it was a very delightful night.
Dave turned the situation over in
his mind with some impatience. Irene
had now been in the citjr for several
weeks, and he had had opportunity
for scarce a dozen personal words
with her. Was he to be balked by
such an insufferable chaperonage as it
seemed the purpose of Mrs. Hardy
and Conward to establish over his
love affair? No. In the act of un
dressing he told himself, "No," suit
ing to the word such vigor of behavior
that in the morning he found his
shoes at opposite corners of the room.
Several days passed without any
word from Irene, and he had almost
made up his mind to attempt another
telephone appointment, when he met
her, quite accidentally, in the street.
She had been shopping, she said. The
duty of household purchases fell
mainly upon her. Her mother rested
in the afternoons
"How about a cup of tea," said
Dave. "And a thin sandwich? And
a delicate morsel of cake? One can
alwaj'S count on thin sandwiches and
delicate morsels of cake. Their func
tion is purely a social one, having no
relation to the physical requirements."
"I should be very glad," said Irene.
They found a quiet tearoom. When
they were seated Dave, without pre
liminaries, plunged into the subject
nearest his heart.
"I have been wanting, an opportu
nity to talk to you wanting it for
weeks," he said. . "But it always
"Always seemed that you were
thwarted," Irene completed his
thought. "You didn't disguise your
annoyance very well the other night."
"Do you blame me for being an
noyed?" "No. But I rather blame you for
showing it. You see I was annoyed
"Then you had nothing to do with
with bringing about the situation that
existed?" . .
"Certainly not.- Surely you do not
think Shat I would that I would "
"I beg your pardon, Reenie," said
Dave, contritely. "I should have
known better. But it seemed such a
She was toying with her cup, and
for once her eyes avoided him. "You
should hardly thilfk, Dave," she ven
tured "you should hardly conclude
that what has been, you know, gives
you the right entitles you'";,
"To a monopoly of your attentions?
Perhaps noL But gives me the
right tofa fair chance to win a monop
olv .of your, attentions." -
He was speaking low and earnestly,
and his voice had a deep, rich timbre
in it that thrilled and almost fright
ened her. She could not resent hia
straightforwardness. She felt that he
was already asserting his claim upon
her, and there was something tendei
and delightful In the sense of being
claimed by such a man.
"I must have a fair chance to win
that monopoly," he repeated. "How
did it happen that Conward was pres
ent?" "I don't know. . It just happened.
A little after you telephoned me he
called up and asked for mother, and
the next thing I knew she said he was
coming up to spend the evening."
Dave dropped into a sudden reverie.
It was not so remarkable as it seemed
that Conward should have telephoned
Mrs. Hardy almost immediately after
he had used the line. Conward's tele
phone and Dave's were on the same
circuit; it was a simple matter for
Conward, If ha had happened to lift
the receiver during Dave's conversa
tion with Irene, to overhear all that
was said. That might happen acci
dentally; at least it might begin in
nocently enough. The fact that Con
ward had acted upon the information
Indicated two things : first, that he
had no very troublesome sense of
honor which Dave had long suspect
ed and, second, that he had delib
erately planned a confliction with
Dave's visit to the Hardy home. This
indicated a policy of some kind; a
scheme deeper than Dave was as yet
able to fathom. He would at least
guard against any further eavesdrop
'oe on his telenhnn
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Nancy Griffin Ferebee and Husband Al
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Bill Temple, Fred Temple, Sarah Fuller
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This November 5th 1919. - -
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