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"Kitchener, and Other
Illustrations by IRWIN MYERS
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Conward paused as he entered the
I lion t n orp. nrT nrrap mrw
M HI' 1-'"A
'Almost reaay, juiss vvarain? no
-.4 ..Vuorilv "flnr train cnoo in f
ge took his watch from his pocket
jud consulted it.
Dave s eyes were nxea on tne girl.
ge wonaereu lit-laici, m uiis lesuag
lem weakJy on mm as uer protector.
Her answer icnssuicu uuy.
"It makes no aurerence wnen it
Mr. Conward. Tm not going oa
Her vcice trembled nervously.
but tnere as uu ca&ucs in ii. xue
money which Dave had given her was
stili crur.i'led in her hand. She ad
vanced to v.-here Conward stood vague
ly trying to sense the situation, and
held the nuis Detore mm. uere is
vonr money. Mr. Conward," she said.
"Why. what does this mean?"
Here is your money. Will you
take it, please?
"No, I won t take it until you ex
She opened her fingers and tne bias
fell to the floor. "All right," she said.
Conward's eyes had shifted to Dave.
You are at the bottom of this, Elden,"
he said. "What does it mean?"
"It means. Conward," Dave an
swered, and there was steel in his
voice "it means that after all these
years I have discovered what a cur
too are just in time to balk you, at
feast in this instance."
Conward flushed, but he maintained
si attitude of composure. "You've
teen drinking, Dave," he said. "I
neant no harm to Miss Wardin."
"Don't make me call you a liar as
well as a cur.
The word cut through Conward's
eesk; or corrroosure. -rvow nv uoa i l
wont rase mat rrom anv man " ne
snouiea. ana witn a swine ot nis arms
inrew his coat over his shoulders.
Dare made no motion, and Conward
"I was right," said Dave, calmly. "I
new TOU wouldn't fip-hr. Ton think
aore Or vonr skin than von no of vonr
soaor. Well it's better wnrth Tt,rntfr-
"If this girl were not here Con
d protested. "I will not fight
h, I will leave," said Miss Wardin.
Its. a.l&etrit-w "And T hniu Vio ansks
OTwell," she shot back, as the door
dosed behind her.
But by this time Conward had as-
mmed a superior attitude. "Dave,"
lie said, "I won't fight over a quarrel
lit this kind. But remember, there are
some things in which no man allows
another to interfere. Least of all such
man as you. There are ways of get-
B back, and I'll get back."
vrhy such a man as me? I know I
laven't been much of a moralist in
tasiness matters I've been in the
rong company for that but I draw
"Oh, you're fine stuff, all riebt.
t would your friend Miss Hardy
mink if I told her all I know?"
"lou know nothine that could Affect
&s Hardy's opinion."
us too bad your memory is so
Jwr," Conward sneered. "Why were
Mr lights off that night I passed your
? Oh, I guess you remember ! What
"31 Miss Hardy think of that?"
or a moment Dave was unable to
Slow Conward's thought. Then his
reached hnck tr that nlcht bo
tove into the country with Bert Mor-
nsi, when on the brow of a hill he
etched off his licrhtc that f-TioTT mi crYr
-" V- 1JJ14JVO LJ VA. 1U
s. That Conward should rilaee
lD evil internrpfntinn nnrn thot fnp;.
WAS fl thin Or cn mAnc,niic ol
ether beyond argument, that Dave
' oacu upon the basic human meth-
reserved for such occasions. His
1181 leaped forward, and Conward
uunpied up before it.
-onward lay stunned for a few min-es-
then, with returning conscious-
hp trior! -.;- t- i. i i
ii " -j on. up. iave iieiyeu
I tO a Chair. P.lnnrl flnu-ci rlnwr, Ma
as he began to realize what
uf . -- ao juiucu Willi icua
rq after a while "Rut It wbr a
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.,i . ocuixc j'uu IB yiuy lug iui,
swollen, bloody face to Dave's, and
el Stood un in his ovpo os ho nt.
' fc(l the thrp.nt "T'll V,i Fion "
. ... I mm u r-t . in ir cniri n...
r' Irene Hardy is to be the
A!1 J i-iht, I'll sit in. And I'll
1'il THr.L. .,
imp,.., ,c wwii,
-r, ,wu uiuu i. x n uitrseiit
hr line tnat. tie iiitea
13 in irom an asn-tray ana
U hi-!. i.i
, -iiuise was to seize tne
kl ,.".y throat in his hands and j
tliH p,I ,ef' With a resolute ef-
WYriW the telepnone and
S(.r,i . '
El,, ,a (i,r and a doctor to Conward
, -u fjjhce." he snirl mhpn ho hnfl
itj , ' "w uumoer. air. vjon-
... "S-S !lffJr li,, T1 n
- "un it'll ugcixiioi a.
trr, -"lung. coming serious,
- -u a stircn qt two." rnen.
turning to Conward: "It will depend
on you whether this affair gets to the
public on you and Miss Wardin.
Make your own explanations. And as
soon as yon are able to be about our
partnership will be dissolved."
Conward was ready enough to adopt
Dave's suggestion that their quarrel
should not come to the notice of the
public, and Gladys Wardin, apparent
ly, kept her own counsel in the mat
ter. In a time when firms were going
out of business without even the for
mality of an assignment, and others
were being absorbed by their competi
tors, the dissolution of the Conward &
Elden establishment occasioned no
more than passing notice. The ex
planation, "for business reasons,"
given to the newspapers, seemed suffi
cient. Irene Hardy found herself in a po
sition of increasing delicacy. Since the
day of their conversation in the tea
room Dave had been constant in his
attentions, but, true to his ultimatum,
had uttered no word that could in any
way be construed to be more or less
than platonic. She had now no doubt
that she felt for Dave that attachment
without which ceremonies are without
avail and with which ceremonies fire
but ceremonies. And yet she shrank
from surrender. . . . And she knw
that some day she must surrender.
The situation was complicated by
conditions which involved her mother
and Conward. It was apparent that
Conward's friendship for Mrs. Hardy
did not react to Dave's advantage.
Conward was careful to drop no word
in Irene's hearing that could be taken
as a direct reflection upon Dave, but
she was conscious of an influence, a
magnetism, it almost seemed, the
whole tendency of which was to pull
her away from Elden.
Mrs. Hardy had invested practically
all her little fortune in her house. The
small sum -which had been saved from
that unfortunate Investment had been
eaten up in the cost of furnishing and
maintaining the home. Doctor Hardy,
in addition to his good name, had left
his daughter some few thousand dol
lars of life insurance, and this was
the capital which was now supplying
their daily needs. It, too, would soon
be exhausted, and Irene was confront
ed with the serious business of finding
a means of livelihood for herself and
She discussed her problem with Bert
Morrison, with whom she had formed
a considerable friendship. She won
dered whether she might be able to
get a position on one of the newspa
pers. "Don't think of it," said Bert. "If
you want to keep a sane, sweet out
look on humanity, don't examine it too
closely. That's what we have to do in
the newspaper game, and that's why
we're all cynics. Keep out of it."
"But I must earn a living, Irene
"Ever contemplate marriage?" said
"Eyer Contemplate Marriage?" Said
Mis Morrison, With Disconcerting
Miss Morrison, with disconcerting
The color rose in Irene's cheeks, but
she knew that her friend was discuss
ing a serious matter seriously. "Why,
yes," she admitted, "I have contem
plated it; in fact, I am contemplating
it. That's one of the reasons I want
to start earning my living. When I
marry I want to marry as a matter of
choice not because it's the only way
"Now you're talking," said Bert.
"And most of us girls who marry as a
matter of choice don't marry. I've
only known one man from whom a
proposal would set me thinking. And
he'll never propose to me not now.
Not since Miss Hardy came West!"
. "Oh," said Irene, slowly, Tm I'm
"It's all right," said Bert, looking
out of the window. "Just another of
life's little bumps. We get used to
them in time. But you want a job.
L.et me see; you draw, don't you?"
"Just for a pastime. I can't earn a
living that way."
"I'm not so sure. Perhaps not with
art in the abstract. You must commer
cialize it. If you, on the one hand,
can make a picture of the Rockies,
which you can't sell, and, on the other,
can make a picture of a pair of shoes,
which you can sell, which, as a woman
of good sense, in need of the simoleons,
are you going to do? You're going to
draw the shoes and the pay-check.
Now I think I can get you started that
way, on catalogue work and ad cuts.
Try your pencil on something any
thing ut all and bring down a few
So Irene's little studio-room began
to take on a practical purpose. It was
work which called for form and pro
portion rather than color, and in these
Irene excelled. She soon found her
self with as much as she could do, in
addition to the duties of the house
hold, as maids were luxuries which
could no longer be afforded and her
mother seemed unable to realize that
they were net still living in the afflu
ence of Doctor Hardy's income. To
Irene, therefore, fell the work of the
house, as well as its
Put her success in
did not seem in the
to clear the way foi
earning a living
did not seem in the slightest degree
to clear the way for marriage. She
could not ask Dave to assume the
support of her mother; particularly
in view of Mrs. Hardy's behavior
toward him, she could not ask that.
tror a long while she' refused to com
plete the thought, but at length, why
not? Why shouldn't Conward marry
her mother? And what other purpose
could he have in his continuous visits
to their home? Mrs. Hardy, although
no longer young, had by no means
surrendered all the attractions of her
sex, and Conward was slipping by the
period where a young girl would be
his natural' mate. If they should
marrj' Irene was no plotter, but it
did seem that such a match would
clear the way for all concerned. She
was surprised, when the turned It
over In her mind, to realize that Con
ward had won for himself such a place
in her regard that she could content
plate such a consummation as very
much to be desired. Subconsciously,
rather than from specific motive, she
assumed a still more friendly attitude
Bert Morrison's confession had, how
ever, set up another very insistent
train of thought in Irene's mind. She
realized that Bert, with all her show
of cynicism and masculinity, was
really a very womanly young woman,,
with just the training and the insight
into life that would make her almost
Irresistible should she enter the mat
rimonial market. And Bert and Dave
were already good friends; very good
friends indeed, as Irene suspected
from fragments of conversation which
either of them dropped from time to
time. Although she never doubted
the singleness of Dave's devotion, she
sometimes suspected that in Bert Mor
rison's presence he felt a more frank
comradeship than in" hers. And it was
preposterous that he should not know
that Bert might be won for the win
ning. And meantime . . .
Another winter wore away; another
spring came rushing from the moun
tain passes; another summer was
upon them, and still Irene Hardy had
not surrendered. A thousand times
she told herself it was impossible, with
her mother to think of and always
she ended in indignation over her
treatment of Dave. It was outrageous
to keep him waiting . . . and some
where back of her self-indignation flit
ted the form the now seductive form
of Bert Morrison.
Irene Hardy chose to be frank with
herself over the situation. She had
not doubted the sincerity of her at
tachment for Dave Elden; but, had
she experienced such a doubt, the en
try of Bert Morrison into the drama
would have forever removed it. In
fairness she admitted that things
could not continue as they were. If she
continued to trifle with Dave Elden
Yes, trifle. She would be frank.
She would not spare herself. She had
been trifling with him. . . . She would
lay her false pride aside. In the purity
of her womanhood, which he could not
misunderstand, she would divest her
self of all convention and tell him
frankly that that
She was not sure - what she would
tell or how she would tell it. She was
sure only that she would make him
know. At the very 'next opportunity.
It came on a fine summer's evening
in late July, while Dave and Irene
drifted in his car over the rich ripen
Everywhere were fields of dark
green . wheat, already ....beginning to
glimmer with the gold of harvest; ev
erywhere were herds of sleek cattle
siehlne and blowing contentedly in
the cool evening air. Away to the west
lay the mountains, blue and soft as a
pillow of velvet for the head of the
dying day; overhead, Inverted islands
of brass and copper floated lazily in
an inverted sea of azure and opal ; up
from the southwest came the breath
of the far Pacific, mild and soft and
"We started at the wrong end in our
nation building," Dave was saying.
"We started to build cities, leaving
the country to take care of itself. We
are finding out how . wrong we were.
Depend upon It, where there is a pros
perous country the cities will take
care of themselves. We have been
putting the cart before the horse-
But Irene's eyes were on the sunset ;
on the slowly fading colors of the
cloudlands overhead. Something of
that color played across her fine face,
mellowing, softening, drawing as it
seemed, the very soul to cheeks and
lips and eyes. Dave paused in his
speech to regard her, and her beauty
rushed upon him, engulfed him, over
whelmed him in such a poignancy of
tenderness that it seemed for a mo
ment all his resolves must be swept
away and he must storm the citadel
that would not surrender to siege. .
Only action could hold him resolute;
he pressed down the accelerator until
the steel lungs of his motor were
drinking power to their utmost capac
ity and the car roared furiously down
the stretches of the country road.
It was dusk when he had burnt out
his violence, and, chastened and
spent, he turned the machine to hum
back gently to the forgotten city.
Irene, by some fine telepathy, had fol
lowed vaguely the course of his emo
tions; had followed them In delicious
excitement and fear and hope. She
sensed in some subtle feminine way
the impulse that had sent him roaring
into the distances; she watched his
powerful hand on the wheel ; his clear,
steady eye; the minute accuracy with
which he controlled his flying motor;
and she prayed and did not know
what or why she prayed. But a color
not all of the dying sunlight lit her
cheek as she guessed she feared
she hoped that she had prayed that
he might forget his fine resolves
that his heart might at last outrule
his head. ...
In the deepening darkness her fin
gers found his arm. The motion of the
car masked the violence of her trem
bling, but for a time the pounding of
her heart would not allow her speech.
"Dave,"she said, at length, "I want
to tell you that I think you that we
that I Oh, I've been very selfish and
proud " Her fingers had followed his
arm to the shoulder, and the car had
idled to a standstill. "I have fought
as long as I can. Dave. I I always
wanted to to lose, you know; and
now I surrender."
Elden lost no time in facing the un
pleasant task of an interview with
Mrs. Hardy. It was even less pleas
ant than he expected.
"Irene is of age," said Mrs. Hardy,
bluntly. "If she will, she win,- But 1
must tell you plainly that I will do all
I can to dissuade her. Ungrateful
child!" she exclaimed, in an outburst
of temper, "after all these years to
throw herself away in an infatuation
for a cow puncher when there are men
like Mr. Conward! "
"Conward!" interrupted Dave.
"He has the manners of a gentle
man," she said, in a tone intended to
"And the morals of a coyote," Dave
"O-o-o-h !" said Mrs. Hardy, in a low,
shocked cry. That Elden should speak
of Conward with such disdain seemed
to her little less than sacrilege. Then,
gathering herself together with some
dignity: "If you cannot speak re
spectfully of Mr. Conward you will
please leave the house. I shall not
forbid you to see Irene; I know that
would be useless. But please do not
trouble me with your presence.
When Dave had gone Mrs. Hardy
rang up Conward's number.
"Oh, Mr. Conward !" she said. "You
know who is speaking? . . . Yes.
You must come up tonight. I do want
to talk with you. I I've been insult
ed in my own house. By that that
Elden. It's all very terrible. I can't
tell you over the telephone."
Conward called early in the evening.
Mrs. Hardy had heard the bell and
bustled into the room. She had not
yet recovered from her agitation, and
made no effort to conceal it.
"Come into my sitting room, Mr.
Conward. I am so glad you have come.
Really, I am so upset. It is such a
comfort to have some one you can de
pend on some one whose advice one
can seek, on occasions like this. I
never thought "
"There, there," he said. "You must
control yourself. Tell me. It will re-
11 T lioln"
UCVC JUU, U11U JJC111UU9 A Xt
"Oh, I'm sure you can," she re
turned. "It's all over Irene and that
that I will say it that cow puncher.
To think it should have come to this !
Mr. Conward, you are not a mother, so
you can't understand. Ungrateful girl !
But I blame him. And the doctor. I
never wanted him to come West. It
was that fool trip, in that fool mo-
Conward smiled to himself over her
unaccustomed violence. Mrs. Hardy
must be deeply moved when she for
got to be correct. He had readily sur
mised the occasion of her distress. It
needed no words from Mrs. Hardy to
tell him that Irene and Dave were en
gaged. He had expected it for some
time, and the information was not al
together distasteful to him. He had
come somewhat under the spell of
Irene's attractiveness, but he had no
deep attachment for her. He was not
aware that he had ever had an abid
ing attachment for any woman. At
tachments were things whiclj he put
on and off as readily as a change of
clothes. He planned to hit Dave
through Irene, but he planned that
when he struck it should be a death
blow. Their engagement would lend
a sharper edge to his shaft,
It may as well be set down that for
Mrs. Hardy Conward had no regard
whatever. Even while he shaped soft
words for her ear he held her in con
tempt. To him she was merely a silly
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