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"Yes," she said gravely. "But still,
he's my husband."
That was all Elliman heard, for he
came slowly up the path and they
saw him. But Hawtrey called mock
ingly in welcome and neither sus
pected that Elliman had heard.
"I've got a surprise for you both,"
said Elliman the next morning.
"What, a surprise?" inquired Haw
trey. "Really, Elliman, your inven
tiveness is astounding."
"You are the life and soul of the
place," said Nancy, -mockingly.
"I want you two," Elliman went
on, "to come aboard my boat She's
finished and I'll take you on a sub
marine cruise around the lake."
"Not if I know it," answered Haw
trey. "None of your submarines fori
"Of course, if you are afraid," said
"What the devil are you talking
about?" demanded Hawtrey angrily,
with a glance at Nancy. .
"Well, if you think it's too risky
you needn't come."
"I'm not afraid of anything you
can plan," sneered Hawtrey. "Shall
we go, Mrs. Elliman?"
"I'll go if you want me to," an
swered Nancy, not to her husband,
but to Hawtrey.
"I guess we may as well see the
poor old duffer's invention," said
Hawtrey, with a short laugh.
Elliman led the way along the
plank aboard his craft. She was a
big model just large enough to con
tain the three of them. They were
tightly wedged, however, and had
hardly room to turn around. Elli
man leaped aboard and pushed off.
He started the electric engine. Then
he reached up, pulled down the
hatch and bolted it
They could se nolhing through
the frosted pane and the light was
very dim. The clattering of the en
gine seemed to fill the whole boat.
"Huh! Nice sort of trip!" sneered
Hawtrey. "Won't we see more than
this on the observation trip 7"
The peculiar look on Elliman's
fac6 startled hinu The air was very
"Put back," he said angrily. "What
sort of practical joke is this?"
"Nancy," said Elliman, "do you
love this man? Do you wish a di
vorce or am I your husband?"
"What!" yelled Hawtrey, leaping
up. "So you've been eaves-dropping,
have you, you cur? Take that hatch
off instantly or I'll thrash you!"
"If you wish to drown here you
may raise the hatch," responded El
liman. Hawtrey sank iback with a curse.
Elliman was undoubtedly master of
"Hawtrey, I'm not as brilliant as
you," said Elliman. "If I were a red
blooded man like you I'd challenge
you to a duel not because I want
to detain Mrs. Elliman against her
will, but because it's my duty, to pro
tect her against blackguards like
you. As it Is, I'm going to offer you
another sort of duel." He picked up
three objects from beside him.
"Two of these are oxygen masks,"
he said, "with a reservoir of oxygen
inside. The third has no reservoir.
The air in here will be exhausted in
half an hour. Mrs. Elliman will
wear one of these masks. You will
take your pick of -the two others.
They look exactly alike, only one is
not charged. The one who picks the
oxygen will win Mrs. Elliman."
"What nonsense!" yelled Hawtrey,
breathing "heavily. "Let us out at
once, confound you!"
He raised his fist threateningly,
but Elliman only looked at him
quietly and held out the two masks.
Nancy said not a word. Her eyes
were on her husband's face.
"fybich do you choose?" asked El
liman. Hawtrey began to bluster. "Let
me out!" he shouted. "I didn't come
here to fool with a lunatic. Old
man," he added, "I'm sorry for. what
I did. I'm sorry I've fooled you. It
was only a joke between Mrs. Elli-