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THE MODEL SUBMARINE -
By George Munson
The quiet man is often deceptive.
Jim Hawtrey did not" know that
when he made love to Elliman's wife.
Elliman was an inventor and he had
rented a cottage on a very lonely
northern lake to conduct experi
ments with his model submarine.
He had known Hawtrey long be
fore and invited him to pay them a
visit, to cheer up his wife. Nancy
Elliman was lonely. She had mar
ried her husband four years before
and when there are no children four
years is the dangerous age of mar
riage. .Hawtrey was one of those fellows
who do not understand quiet men.
He was the life andsoul of his club
and he started a flirtation to while
away the time. But what was play
,to him was tragedy to poor Nancy.
Her quiet, sober husband always
pottering about his boat, was a foil
for the brilliant blackguard who
planned to betray his home. Haw
trey soon enlisted Mrs. Elliman's
sympathies against her husband,
yet so subtly that at first she herself
was unaware of the part she played.
When Hawtrey brought down a
deer Ellim&n was sent to skin it and
Hawtrey tok Mrs. Elliman for a row,
returning to find Elliman in a dis
gusting state and his fingers bleed
ing from a bad cut of the knife. It
was Hawtrey, again, who put a dead
porcupine in Elliman's bed. And it
was Hawtrey who feigned illness and
sent him on a ten-mile tramp
through the woods to a non-existent
doctor, while he made love to Mrs.
Elliman during his absence.
That was what awakened Elliman
to the part he was playing. But then
Hawtrey was in every way Elliman's
superior. He could swim and shoot
better and outpace him; and once he
challenged Elliman to a boxing
match and bruised his lip and black
ened one eye,
Elliman was thinking. He found
it difficult to detach his mind from
his invention. But now and again the
thought of Hawtrey would recur to
him in an irritating way. The cli
max arrived that afternoon when he
came quietly through the woods and
overheard Hawtrey's declaration.
"Why do you stay, with that slow
coach, dear?" he was asking. "What
"You Know You've Married a Clown,
is simpler than to throw him over
and come away with me? He doesn't
care for you. All that.interests him
is that boat of his."
He put his arm about her, but she
repulsed him quietly.
"You know you've married a
clown, Nancy," went on Hawrey, remorselessly.