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A FREE RIDE .
By George Elmer Cobb.
(Copyright by W. G, Chapman.)
There Was not amadder man in all
Creedon than Rex""Worthy. He was
a brisk, intelligent young felloe but
"he had acted like a muttonhead!"
He felt that there was "no excuse for
his assininity, and whjle he winced
at the visible grin on the faces of his
acquaintances, he -was honest enough
with himself to believe that he de
served the ridicule.
"I've acted like some crude farmer
from Wayback," he reflected. "Well,
I won't waste time crying over spilled
milk, but I'll make it the motive of
my life to find that Martellus Melton.
That probably isn't hisright name,
but rd'&mow him by sight a mile
away and I'm going to get him."
"How's motors?" inquired a jocular
friend at tire very next corner, and
Rex scowled and growled and took
a side -street, savage as an Indian.
"Humph! motor," he anathemized.
"I was well caught and fleeced, I
guess I'll start out forthwith on my
hunt of that swindler, Melton. By
the time I come back maybe the joke
will have' lost its freshness.''
It was no joke that had come
about, but a positive misfortune to
Rex. He had saved up two thou
sand dollars through .hard toil, de
privation and thrift. One day a
stranger came to Creedon. He gave
out his name as Martellus Melton.
He was plausible, pleasant and popu
lar. He was specious enough to soon
get into the good graces of Rex. '
It was after be bad very well won
his way into the confidence of his
prospective victim that .Melton re
vealed a great secret
"Tell you, Worthy," he said in a
somewhat mysterious way, "I'm a
mind o tell you what brought me
down to Creedon."
"Yes, maybe I can help you," sug
gested Rex artlessly.
"You can if you can influence a lit
tle capital," explained Melton. "And
you shan't lose by it. You know Ran
som, the banker, and Martin, the rich
grocer. Introduce me to them with a
good word. I've got an invention
that will make millions. In the city
the speculators and promotors want
to grab it all away from me. I cal
culate on finding some honest inves
tor here who will be fair and reason
able. To be explicit, I have invented
a motor on a brand-new principle. It
will, be invaluable in street cars, au
tomobiles and in general mechanical
uses. I want enough to build a work
"How much will it take?" asked
".Oh, about a thousand dollars."
"Why, I've got that much," assert
"You have! Then let me show you
how you can make your fortune."
What Melton showed Rex was a
small metal box enclosing numerous