"NOW," he said, "what can I do
When the reporter, explained what
Mr. Simons could do, Mr. Simons
flattened out visibly.
"Whaddya come t'me for if you've
got the story?" he demanded.
"You were the first to accuse Mrs.
Kramner of being a hired spotter.
Mrs. Kramner denies that she is- so.
Have you anything to say about it;
are you -willing to back up your ac
cusation involving Smith of the Cor
poration Auxiliary Co.?"
The small chest of Mr. Simons
swelled visibly; the female person
adopted a supercilious air that really
should have had a lorgnette to go
"Er ah um I have nothing to
say at all," said Simons. "I take The
Day Book and like it. I shall be glad
to give you real stories sometime, but
I don't see that this can be of inter
est to The Day Book."
"It certainly is of interest to The
Day Book," said the reporter. "We
are trying to help the girls get a liv
ing wage. If it be true that Mrs.
Kramner, who was elected financial
secretary by the girls, was a spotter
hired by the Corporation Auxiliary
Co., we want to know it; and if the
charge that she is such is only a de
tective agency tale invented by your
self, we want to know that."
"I have nothing to say," said Mr.
Simons, his chest flattening again.
"Very well," said the reporter.
"Are you going to back up your ac
cusation against the Corporation
"I have nothing to say," said
"All right," said the reporter, "I
shall now tell you what Smith of the
Corporation Auxiliary said about
you, and asked me to repeat it to
Which the reporter did, with .deep
The answer? For heaven's sake
don't ask us; we quit worrying about
It long ago. Whoever Mrs. Kramner
was working for and it may have
been the subtle sleuthy Simons him
self it looks mighty like as if the
wheels of the Invisible Government
had gone a-slipping, possibly because
some durned fool put the grease on
the tracks instead of in the hot boxes.
Anyhow, the entire episode is highly
humorous, and, when you come to
think of it, isn't a private detective a
dark and bloody affair?
FIVE MEN BURNED TO DEATH IN
RAGING FOREST FIRES
San Francisco, July 10, Five men
have been burned to death in the
forest fire on the Larkspur side of
Tamalpais. The bodies are being
brought to San Francisco.
The fire, which now has been rag
ing for two days, is sweeping down
the Blythedale Canon, threatening to
wipe out the suburbs of Mill Valley,
Larkspur and Corte Madera.
The women and children of the
valley have been gathered together
on the outskirts of Mill Valley far
thest from the fire zone, ready to flee
across the bay if the fire does reach
The homes of fifteen hundred are
either directly in the fire zone or in
Eight companies of,the U. S. coas,t
artillery from the Presidio, number
ing 2,000 men in all, and 1,000 citi
zens are fighting the fire, but with
When the fire started two days ago
it was in the chapparal, laurel and
manzanita brush, and was easy to
control. Now it has swept into the
redwood forests on the Larkspur
side and if once it gets a good grip
of these all hope is gone.
"There ought to be only one head
to any family," shouted .an orator.
"That's true," replied a married
looking man in the audience. "You
agree with me?" shouted the
speaker. "I do," replied the married
looking man. "I've just paid for hats
for nine daughters."
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