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By Ella Dean Richmond
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Kloppetty klpp! Kloppetty klop!
Kloppetty klop! """ -
Down the vilalge road put Kent
Marvin, his rapid feet beating out a
hideous alarm upon the still midnight
A shout in the distance was fol
lowed by the clamorous echoes of a
watchman's rattle and Kent in
creased his speed to its full limit.
"I'm in for it this time!" he panted
dolorously. "They call me 'the throw
er' well, I've thrown myself out of
home and friends, and as to Lina
oh, that's al lover for good!"
It was the thought of fair patient
Lina Wentworth that made him
wince. Not a week before she had
told Kent that her parents had heard
of his goings on and that unless he
faced straight about they would cer
tainly forbid him the house.
From early boyhood Kent Marvin
had been a "thrower." Quick of eye,
sure of nerve, just as certain persons
were born with some predominating
skill, his lay in accuracy of aim. No
one had ever excelled him in throw
ing a bean bag or in duck-on-the-rock,
or at quoits. Later on he be
came the champion pitcher of the
local baseball team. He did not make
a profession or trade of it, but he
could knock an apple off a tree
branch with a pebble every time. He
threw a bouquet straight into the
arms of Lina Wentworth when she
graduated and that led to their rare
and charming love romance.
Of late Kent had got to throwing
something else dice, at the village
billiard hall. This had led to his as
sociating with a pretty rapid crowd.
Among them was a profligate idler
with plenty of money named Harper
Winston. If Kent had analyzed affairs
he would have found that Winston
was scheming to discredit him with
Lina so as to win her for himself.,
Two nights previous down at the
billiard hall Winston had introduced
Kent and his friends to a city friend,
air. Halpin he called him. They had
drank considerable and Kent escort
ed Halpin to a hotel. The next morn
ing a friend of Kent came to him
and told him that Halpin had lost a
diamond ring and accused Kent of
stealing it, as he was the last person
with him the night previous.
Things looked pretty black for
Kent. He hid in the room of a friend
all that day. He made up his mind
"Drop That! Who Are You?" '
that Lina would have nothing further
to do with an accused thief. In a fit
of desperation Kent decided to leave
the village for good and started to
do so at midnight when he saw the
town marshal approaching him.
Hence the present flight.
Kent rushed down a side street out
of sight of the marshal. Then a
square farther on he saw a pedes
trian approaching him he leaped a
fence and ran through a garden. His
overstrained fears led him to seek a