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AT*HOR OF "THE SILVER BUTTERFLY,
SSALLY SALT." "THE BLACK PEARL," ETC
,iO VEUIZED FROM THE SERIES OF PHOTOPLAYS Of
THE '.AME NAME RELEASED BY PATHL EXCHANGE.
(TYhf~K4' i3tI p g Y r 'att *I 000kcpw
Leila Austin. during her 22 shs.Itered
-ears as a well-to-do man's only claugh
ter. had never known an ungratified
wish. "'Poverty" and "struggle" were
mere words to her--words that car
iled no real meaning.
Perhaps that was why shel refuse'd
IHalsey llrent aind accepted Tir, 'ar
Alsr. Brent was rich and was grow
lag richer day by day. ('arter w:tr. a
.wininrg engilnee'r, houlndlesl-y ric-h In
energy and heire, -and all hit bauk
ftLit In everything else.
Mrs. Austin spenlie t mi .alleil pilt
dees hours in plintuliiK o.t to 1eila th1,
adrlanta'es of niarrylile I:ri'rie t crd ll he
iar'dshlpi.p she mellt fac-' ar>: the" aif.e
of a man wiho still htl:a Iis wily to
,'ll' e llrllt'i i ir, l 'l l l iY o Iils in t.u:
i ' 'tl,:, (e n ." , , , . .are .u ,'
te ri a n' ' - - ri I a'
L r*lt:, r t r',o, rt d r,, n t o :s: , T =
T or 1,, " .., I" t' e 2 e e ii i . it i
helped l l t tiilop a rn t -ilt whi h le '
bad h,undlets faith I , rare luck he
waes P til to tay in th'e libulk of its
tocllk at a nmomient when, the' original
promoters were hard jlreosed for
"It's a gamble. , 'ear." he told I.ela.
"RHut then. so isN evterytl ing in life I
know the regiorn and know the', nine.
There's a lot of pay re nder llthose
gray roclks anrid It's rdllyI a qei'stieon of
tioe when soreoneoe will i-strike iit In
goinrg out there anrd he my t own spelr
intenrdet t nid iianagetl r 4f Plllei r 'ned.
With the money I've luld hv tromn my
salary I .:in keop te pay roll -.irin.
eAny ay we a iry c lh. srt : e riht vein.
And -'hi it , do' wel. ' li t 'le t:i .
heo rt l-ea:y a' l'et n ! i . ',' i iurni
aenmpurrdl weth e : r ,i;'-a r:, I 1rn go
tr g to rei lr;te'n if, s l it '. i i) lue Im
goinig to call it fIle' l .1eiia A ' '
iolela's eyv'le dalred" .already ' he
was beginning to t hlild air e'atles as
the y' ife of a nmulti-mnillionaire' n it:
owner. Thile naminig of lthe nine' in
her honor seem'ned the nmost dell,'lous
complimelint ever paid her Tone saw
the glow in her gretty face and h
went on more soberly
'It's only ftar t
be hard al
a two.room cabin.
- baeons apd beans and sour
S lgh bread. If you come out there
with me, that must be your life, too.
We won't be stiable to keep a servant
.ven it we could get one inu such a
plae. You'll have to do all your own
"it will he jiust like one long plc
ic!"' she declared "I'll love, It
"It will he one long period of grled
lg. lonely dIrudgery." lhe correIted,
"with only our love for " aIe other to
brighlten it. lThink carefully before
youe decide. 'Wouldln't It ht Ie'ttc'r foir
you to stay hlere, corfortably, and let
me send for you wheln I've. mlo my
strike' I --"
"ltay here and Ie let Vyou o oult t here
all alone?" ishe gaspety. in dismay.
/'Why. Toni .arter, do you supipos I.
I eAt'ried youe to Ie ci grassi widow"
Where youe p0. I go lIelides, it will
be wonderful to have our own dear
little cabin and to keep it bright and
homelike for youll and to be waiting
at the door for you every night: and
to feel I'm doing my own share toward
helping you win your fortune. Were
going out there, together, my darlling.
And it will be the happlest honey
moon any girl ever had. Jlust think
how Jolly it will be to look back at
when we're millionairesn I wouldn't
mlls It for worlds. How soon can we
The westward journey was a de
-lght to them hoth. They felt they
She Found it Mildly Pleasant to Be
Singled Out for Attentions by Thes
Young Napoleon of Finance.
wereo nearing the Promised aInd. 'lile
to-room shack. a half mile from the
mlate mouth, among the towering Ore
ge mountains, seemed to Lella a
With a will, bshe set herself to lear
bg her new duties as frontier house
wit. It was, as she had predicted.
'ina tlea plaole." The mountaln air
u h. ha appetite that could digest
ag hue m aist effoats at harmed
. .V; sl vi that 'arrkd her
. abe air hSmYIi sks 61
lHer ginghan, dress was x novelty.
So was her big husband's costuume of
(corduroys. flannel shirt and thick
hoots. Even the damp, black recesses
! of thu wuie were a fairyland to her.
1 Then, iuiperceptibly day by day.
week by week - came' a subtle change
i. bloth bride and groom.
'Torne fiery enlthusiasm fori work
! a; not truoof against tuontths of die
o.',rag,' 'e-:,t at the muine. l'uinds were
, ,In;. th, ol,-e of worke'rs was
a biort en,",1 and not a sign of the proml
hiel ~gold wais found
\'ltlh d.g;, d d'te'rllinatiln i 'arter
tle, ii ei working twice :t as hard as
': ti: ," It, his em:n loy. Itit it was
It rl buitldog determintion tl of a tI,.ate.ni
rIIail .h;,, will not icoiet ss do'fe'at No
noi e1 s , :1i he feel the j(oyous z Sit of
, it n r : we. .i.er hut ratiter the spirit
ii :f : lAli:. a ho hope le- s!a cut
.i h'h . his ti eth a dl fiights
S .r bIlt ,, m ,r - i T if - lhat r o a,.
'a r n.I . t, r , w p a, , nto !a
t r .+:. ,' , ., 1, t 1' i h i ait
, I t, . i,n . cl n t i ! ri rr
I d T i lack ,1.'r ucc ;s beI'an
e Irn, -hic -low ; +.-r,. t I ,;its w)it." c- re er
:1 :, 1 , ,. . . f , ,\ e - f i r c ii i e k i t i ' lt t :ti- ,'l ,":s
hl+'t-- ;i ; t b( n dtii for hioiurs icver a
Wto cst ole har hghstruing il tarved rough
I garth litr. to wlin p a rlli scour oit
meiend, iromni dawn to dark - this was no
i'aradis, h at the least. tr thre. gently
reared girl. but a foretaste of its oppo
And Tnm's lack of success began
to get on her high-strung le.rvers, even
i' his glumly lciscouer·ged facri drew
fall the liveliness and sparkle out of
hlcer h,,art Shir was very tired, very
I i hilly. utterly , iiriltsilo e l Se he
grew care It uatiut tier own appear
ha is hasd )r-,, tnl red aut cu;t:r!,in,+dI
4) +illt 1I, ( spr -iiii t itl g r l lorn
(i4 ,. a l l i,' i l tie'-,i ,te , " rca.;ic-i
ti t, e' ttil It ,A:cc :.,lc!t ,- :. i, ti l.i'il;i
hoi t ! i:i'Ia luf h l Io.lt ' n'. hcr rile--
S hmaiu, li
ior'ei tl)i+r :tie tht ' blre:tla.tst dishes
iad not ibeen w el and that lthe'
tmorltng lait g was still to be don e
I,,ila tit down to read the lengthy
and rate (I
I routine and
tls to the fluff-brained
t earlier days.
She read slowly and with morbid
relish the entire rambling epistle.
Then, at last. she came to a scribbled
postscript on a separate half-sheet.
The postscript ran
"I hear your old sweetheart, Halsey
Brent, has cleaned up a million in a
war munition deal. Everything he
touches turns to gold."
The silly lines burned themselvces
into Ilila ('arter's brain. In a rush
they brought hack visions of what
ni ght have bhe-,n her's, if shel had not
i'e,'ete'd this richer sweetheart.
P're'seently. with a sigh. -lih' got to
lter feet ant cros.sed tt' llrooen to thit'
ialcbhby dlresse'r that stood in it eclrner.
Slhe smniled cyniieallyv at the- unkelpt
Inmage the drtesser nii- ior re-ta'aled to
Then. thrusting the jlett er and the
I eposti -rtitt sheet into a half open
drawe'r. she. wcnt haick to her hateful
task of dishwushing.
S Ilut today the routine of household
labor was tenfold more Irksome than
There had been another line or
two after the postscript's end. But
Nellie had painstakingly crossed them
out, inking away every syllable, to
make the obliterated words wholly
unreadable This second postscript
"Your mother tells me she and your
father are starting from New York
in a day or two to pay you a flying
visit. I'm sending my love by them."
Nellie had belatedly remembered at
this point that Mrs. Austin had told
her the visit was to be a surprise to
Iella. Hence the careful erasure.
After an Interminable time, the last
of the cheap, thick dishes was washed
and dried. Lugging a boller of hot
water from the back of the stove.
Lella filled the wooden washtub and
proceeded to toss carelessly into it
the pile of soiled clothes.
The cabin door swung open and
Tom Carter tramped In -the mud on
his boots blotching the none-too-clean
"It isn't time to get dinner ready."
said Leila, defiantly, as she glanced
at the chimney-shelf clock. "I'm-"
"1 know it isn't." he returned, life
lessly. as he threw his broad-brimmed
lhat on a peg and slumped into the
nearest chair. "And we'll be lucky If
wA gct any more dinners at all. We're
hrol.c' We've gone as far as we can
oni the cash we've got. The gold is
there I'd stake my life on that. It's
+ there' And with capital we could get
to it. It may lie only one day's work
firthb:r into the rock. Or it may be
e a year's work farther in. Ihut it's he
y i-'t:l us. My cash has given out."
S Stmeething in the overwrought girl's
5 brain seemed to snap. Here, then,
w:i thie end of the golden dream!
1- Sudden anger flared up within her.
b 'I won't stand it!" she raged. "I
i. won't stand it!"
t "Hush. dear!" he soothed her.
It "Don't take It lkhe that. We have
4 each other. And-"
a "And nothing else!" abe iatenrrgptd
Skhd hermelf with fury. "You've
hI. ted m! u'vei raobbed ml
Tm,. sastem 31 vo w uU.epse
my happiness! Anad you've stolen my
'Your- what:" he said, unbelieving
• 1y money!" she cried, shrilly.
'The' $10.000 my father gave me. It
: as nlv own money. You cajoled me
into putting it into your worthless
~in.' \ Where, is my $10.000. Tom
('arter" (;ie It back to me!"
lier husband was staring at her.
aghas't his jaw drooping, his eyes a
hulge I!e did not recognize his brave
ani lotal little wife in this tempeatu
ouS te'elllt're'l d visage.
Ii' reoe' and went hurriedly toward
his wife. his anrin outstretched But
shi renlled from him. crying hysteri
Iton't tout iI ne' (;ive me back the
$1.1 ',s, I put into your empty mine!"
Now. Tonn 'arter knew pitifully lit
tle about woniten Ilad he been more
eertenee'd he would have understottd
that i'ila needed toly a g(s.d cry and
perhaps a dalty or Iet of absolute rest
ol c(haige' of pe-ene'.
Without at word he went over to a
a.:l cllpbo:ird rummnnaged in it alndt
rtrirned to o the, subhtng girl with a
shea, of teapers
i .er are the stock certfic.ltes for
thei nne li. " he Padt for(rcnlg hinmvielf to
ant 'i:lt want semblancel ' of calnm 'They
arc11 tleII ' it itout il l yo tir name., all ofi
thi,':. Eve.rv .hare' Is yours. And the
tI . ' i t" ours I didntt te'll you, le
,r , I wnttetd It to ice' ita surprt|ise to
%Ii;: .I' io tl te IA,'lt A' nlitad our for
'If we had t tritk it rl(th the whole
thus , wouei h:lave leei'nl yours, he' went
oa i:leli4,''din "At! mty work. all my
"F| , teei, | ll ell'h \%11h V ,llr c'tv',|r
*I ,,: f r , , , wot for m, . ys+',i.
Ti. , ;," 'a ' Ieoue : lh t w 'titi our ca-t it
.1h r,. * .;,:' h l" ht h b ls
t cI en !-.na n oi I tm
, . t :t i.l : - t
ot i what i said. I want you
to . , t, certih, ate-s I
",," ns,i r le' took tip the ,sheaf of
a 'irs . ,'ree-.-'el to hfir dret ser andtl puti
theti intto its' top drawer.
Thiet. are yours., leila." he said.
"Yi mustil take them. I've put themi
in there for youe. I'm only sorry yout
think I have Ibeen dishonest toward
"Dishonest?"' she wept. her arms
shout his neck "Why. Tom. you are
Our,;;,- W ,ay itaVenT tIsBrist~tng With High Quality Ore.';
11.' i'et hoesree- t. rllilSt llonora le roan
inr the- v. hole wrld' Oh. won't you
p, : . forc tv re^"
iit. ('co( ! ot resi ' tithe c'are'ss. ilor
the tar taiu1e-rL. ap ,'c .a'i g fare
So e'rngrossred w.rce tihey inr their
recollci:ationl thct they did inot hear
a hucrkibioar-d r;attlh uip to tih. gate.
Onliv draft of ,outer air told them
the abhin door had been opened. They
turnerid to see Leila's father and mnoth
or standing on the tlhreshhold.
With a cry of weltoolr, Le,(ila ran
forward to greet tile newcomers.
In the pleasure and excitement of
the reunion she did not notice her
mothelr's very evident repulsion at her
surroundings. Not until Tom had car
ried Mr. Austin off to look at the mine
(ldid the older woman speak her mind.
'l.eila." she began. "if I had
dreamed this was the way you had to
live I'd never have had a peaceful
"I have everything I need." de
clared her daughter, loyally.
"You have a hundred times less
than any longshoreman's wife." posl
tively denied Mrs. Austin.
"If I can bear it." returned Leila.
with forced gayety. "you ought to be
"ttut you can't! You're coming back
home wilth ru. This very day!"
To fight back the craving to cry
out. "Yes' Yes! Yes!" the girl
turned to the tub and began her neg
lected week's washing.
Tom Carter, with Mr. Austin. came
in from their visit to the mine. Mrs.
Austin ran to her husband.
"I want Leila to come back with
us!" she exclaimed "Help me per
"My place is here." faltered Leila.
"Your place will be in bed with a
dangerous illness," returned her moth
er, "if this sort of thing goes on. Tom.
can't you see how worn out and mis
erable she Is? You'll let her go hack
with us for a visit, won't you? It
will do her worlds of good."
"She can go," vouchsafed Tom. after
a moment's unhappy reflection. "She
can go. But only for a visit. Let that
be understood. As soon as I get on
my feet she is to come back to me."
"'Yes. indeed!" promised the delight.
ed Lella. "'11 always come beck to
you. Tom. Always. Whenever you
send for m."
Pour wehe laer Toerm rtr troe
fat heI eb Marm w, eet. beo
te- . teagl menm the as sob h
went. found a %~drp among some
odds and ends. a tAt down to write
to Leila. His ha ,d tairly shook with
joyful excitement be began his fait
Sweetheart-m y own swe. the:art,"
he wrote. ".re it news' ;loritns
new:s' Wonderft I news' I h:ven'l
written hbefore b rcaus. i vowe.d 1,I
wait till I coulh s nd e" 1 t 1i «.;
"1ou'1ve hadi too 0 nich ,!i tht oth!.r
kind frtom me
"After - ou lef for \.w York I
callted the nitl i ogether andl had a
heart t-lhe':art I)u ch unii h talk with
them. I told then I hadn't a e'nt. but
that I ans enogl of a mininlg expert
to know there Is gIld suonltewher
in the '.eila A.' If only we could
blast our way thi ough to It. I asked
them to take a hane, with Iin' for
three months, wit hout pay. promlising
thrm dotble wagies fore then whole
tim.e. If wr shoult strike gold
Tl'hey acce'ptled after a lot of pnr
.tuas.ion. And for the past four weeks
we've worked ss we never worked
"Today jutst rn hour ago we
blasted our way into a vein that's
fairly bristling w th high quality ore.
It's a hbottza. S eetherart' The big
SRest strike of the decade.
Itll he. a matt r of milllons for us
There's no longeI r a shadow of doul't
It's the, real thin ."
Then, folding t he letter, he lookedl
ahtout for an envielope. tie could lind
Ilont Ilis search brought him at la.st
to the dr'esne'r
11l. Id ntoit fitld the ernve4lrpe- he
sought, but hIe founlld sonmethlllg Ple
i lthi' top drawer. amortg I'01 chlith
ing. l,,ila had left h'hind in her iair
ri ,ac bkilg, he, happenedi ulplot .x
'rn ptl,, l half sheet of lpaper il.,' sill'
I,' ts, rilpt ,l N. ,I!is ('o lllll', letter
th, p,.tscrilit that told of Ila!,s
I rt, nt' )'1od fI,rt:ule'
r',vuri ey w the ;,tinigt oh thl, wrurs
e real hr re-a-we read the wtt hdl
s!onrawlln. EaR he se ized therthe onve
i less,tt the ostman of aler ior his todha
lie was roused from his giloomy
reverie by the jolting of the rural
free delivery buggy as it drew up at
Iet$ai' thrice-a-week letters had
tee-n the only bright spots in Torns
loneliness. Eagerly he seized the one
letter the postman left for him today.
As be lookedt at iti cersrril- Ii ot his
oxlei 'ta ller tulrn ld to .charliri. For
lthe l(tter was not from Leila. but
iroml her mother.
Ite oi,-nedt it ald read
M yl I . l : "' ,m l I :L in ; W 1rr11 1 1 I sll
li atli lwn rl.es~ncn.lthiiv €ant witlouII t
t t.-- knioiledige. She Is slowb r'
" rinlll fronl that horrthle life out
,nthr i the wilderness. But the. d,.'
l.rt agr.ie. wlit . us that st-ihe lc. t
iti",- r. .ever g" . ;a'k to it Th" t' i
why I am writinig you
"I sa Inllle that you are not :illt
gather eltiih und that you have Iei
I:La' welfare at heart. Hter expi* t . ltoe
ir the Vest prves how Ill-titted alsh
Is for the brutlly rough existence of
a poor man't wife. And. now thatl
the mine has failed. you are hopeless
ly poior and aire likely to renilnl s"
"Are you goinig to force my fragile.
detllatiiy nurtureds daughter to go on
sharing your poverty and hardshlps
If you doi. clih will dlie or at the very
least. she will t-r'ctme an invalid.
"Or are you n;man enough to give
your wife her fre., dom, no that she
may sometilme beh able to marry a
malil who can give her the c-are and
the luxuries she craves?
"If you truly love iher----i her best
welfare nieans anything at all to volu
-there can be hill one reply to these
questions. You will give lher up and
allow her to retrieve her one tiel'.,
able mrtake, by marrying a. h.r itn
terest andl (I thlnkl) her heart iii-ate.
"Think this over. very carefIlly,.
and let your better nature guthle illti
The letter's contents seemed to
sear themselves into poor Tom Car
ter's brain in words of fire. lie tore
the paper into a score of fragments
in his first outburst of indignation.
I Then his eye fell once more upon the
postscript Nellie Collins had written.
And at once he saw the impulse be
i hind Mrs. Austin's cruel letter. Among
them these smug relatives of Lela's
were trying to make her forget him
I and to marry her to a richer man.
He flung a few clothes into a bat
tered suitcase, ran to the mine to
give final instructions and swung
t aboard an eastbound train three hours
Tom Carter's guess as to thet state
of affairs was amazingly near to the
Lella's homecoming had been as the
r return of a loved one who has nar
i rowly escaped a torturing death in
t some accident. Her parents and her
friends had showered her with atten
tions and had sought in a thousand
ways to make up to her for v-hat she
a One of Lela's first sad most fre
quent Calle, at her htber's home.
w Msaf e mbaa t.
!wp I k ar e ,,l e Breat.
p 5d mii ag mt with
him. But she found It mildly pleasant
to he singled out for atteuntions by
this yone.ll Napo:lleoin of' fltlnane]' for
"Uh;n a ore', of girls were alnglnL
\ '.".' r. , . s1 ' he "Ill-w.E' , h1111 1 (, to .ll
- "l ': 1 'in more woll rldly wf I,' th. n
h"r dir iC h:,,er. w.l- nIIh t tlrlicrln c,]I to - t
I" t'I'l1 t4 '.. 'or l't.' 4it4 :it'.4l4 I ,1.1
, t " , *t\ \th4'lln t1 r4 1 In -all-'- . !',
,i'ltr -It.1I , :1?4atlil ; I l 4w % rI.r1.t w.il4 t
hinrll Il ! lr,t i I r h r r' lit la 4n . 'ol
tlt' lit h : I 4 orlni
Ir Itie 'nt . she' lttegi abruptl). art
lh-. gl'r' I ti the cal , r. You are ont'
IlIe her rathtel r frequently Iof Intoe As
it in of the w(or' you mulIst ul4nder
stnli that niv lldaughter 'lcannoEt affolrd
44 he put l ii a falso'e 15sitl ioln iI the
'eye.s of oI trit1e-ds"
Mrs AustnlI. I hat- illwat4 loved
Your da1lgh.tr You know that. I
lovi ' li.l 1i41w niorei than ever. l4in't
1 isnd.l 'rt tanrI rI e l v, ' spolkenl no
word of this t, her 4n; I shall not
until she i le'ga411 and liorallv free
to ilrterl too iIe, '
" You wor I hav1 I o,4'. ,P1roval and
her fathe.r's' replied rs11 . Austin with
'ffustivE h'e. 1rtin l l.4 I1w write today
to Tlurn ' Iirl.er and tlh41 a11 with.1 lilni to
a4t iler fr lir her own 1sik "
"Thliank von4i4 I tilhe 'li..lli4Lt f illes'
i t lliliu lIre l t. 'lla plllin her haI11i1
rratefully "I am -"
i tI.- i ', ,lr " himiu ,,lf. lf r I.'Ill-' liglht
lfo tl' 1 l 4.4urt4 i.,'1 I n the h4all ;1 4414 1 Di1t
Af. '. r i Ii. wy llinii.te tot gi-nelr'al talk
M441. l ' 4i1,i ftEIlll two ull lig people.
alone , 1 ',t !lh r S'are'e. had Slhit
Mgr e \:"l ti t , I'r io. 4 . he 'l ri l . 1 .lhP
lil 1i iI flilp I 'al In I .t * it ri nd F;lld
" i i t'l I ' 1t . + l l .11 , t II' , t" itl
1 :t4 .1, I %%,1 :' 1t411. 4. ( it ;tou 1 4r o 4l '
\ ,l4.. 1' 4. 444: .' 4 -ll U lE+,l Al· t 1e'l ! 1: Ifl
1 hi f. I 4.44,l Ii'. t , iI ' 44 ti 4 4 4h'lllt 1t
4tr 't : ' 4,l ti o4 4 i , .. 1 , 1 . ! .\ 1.
c:srt' I w4 s :4i4 4.4thority tit i 44I,4
w, 4.4 I1 fl 4 I O4al J]lit 4r4ie t ; s
highly lprizd If 'arter ahd tli ere
was a fortune in the "144lln A" th re
fully "Let le nrnaket inquiriesr nn the
Iheln he left the Austin house it
ter an unusnally brief 'all I Iafl' .vE
lirent stoppe lld at the nearest t"'
grajpth office itiel d isoutclthed a oie
hlnedre'I word lel'grani teo R Or.oell
ninlt' e!. 'prt with wlom he had had
llsiness detalinel from time to ti4tl'.
Two days later hlie rec'ivd tel t, hfe
lowing te'l.g,'lra from ee' xpe -rt
"''lade -4 '' f 1,t n! -,'1e4tio]n of 1.,oil:
A' int., pr.e'ntlillg to 44 lk- kin1 for
job as c l st opelratolr Rit'h ve.it) hais
jus.t lee i .stlrl k. l 'Front saI l 1s I
ecnredl it plromises to e higpatt g. i
discovery of past ten years. Yol t ill
lip to $2,000,000 for it as it stands.
'arter has left for New York."
Carefully putting the telegram in
his inner coat pocket. [rent set out
for tihe Austin house.
While he waited for I.eila in the
living room at the top of the front
staircase be pulled out his checkbook
from his inner pocket.
The checkbook's corner stuck in
the lining of the pocket. He pulled
it out with so sharp a jerk that three
envelopes tumbled out with it. Two
of these fell on the table and he
picked them up In nervous haste. The
third - -a yellow envelope--fluttered
unnoticed to the floor beneath a table.
Sitting at th4 table isrent filled in
a (l1oc'k for $10,000 to the order of
S"leila Atstaln ('a'rter." ihe was blot
ting it as L< iha he.rslf came into the
Good nle,'w1'" he lthalle'd her "T've
sohl4 .voer ..toc'k!.
"'ooe ' Good " sell exultel "Thanks.
4. hlllm re-.il lilimE.''
he left her an hour later, the eer
heatt ill hi pocket--a thrill of dee
ili Ihlnrgilg throughe him at thoulght
of the ea..4ily acqilirEd w4el alh tRhit had
just 'eimEl to hlini. lie sto.lned at a
fhorist's and sent L.la a grieat armful
of American ileauty roses.
The floac'rs were delivered at the
Austin house within s f.w minutes.
[eila buried her face in their fragrant
mass of petals, then handed them to
a servant to arrange in a vane.
Thle servant carried the vaseful of
flowers into the living room and set
it on the table there. Aa he did so
one of the topheavy roses was jostled
out of place and fell to the floor. The
servant stooped to pick it up. If s
eye fell on a yellow envelope, half
hidden under n one of the big carved
feet of the table.
Curiosity made him draw the mes
sage from the envelope. Before he
could re.ad it Leila came In.
To account for his action the man
handed her the dispatch, saying:
•I just picked this up from under
the chair where Mr. Brent was sitting
lie must 'a dropped it out of his pock
et. It seeims to be a telegram."
LThella took the sheet of paper he
proffered. (lancing idly at it she saw
the words " "lICai A' mine." In an
other second she was eagerly reading
the re;peort the mining expert had tele
graphed to Brent.
"ie he knew there was on enor
mous fortune in our mine'" she mur
mured. dazedly. "He knew it' And.
knowing that. he has paid me the
$10.)000. He has cheated me, as a
.ounterfeiter ('heats a feeble minded
farmr' Worse -he has robbed Tom'
lie has made me rob Tom'"
Snatching up the telephone. slie
called Halsey 'rent's office. A clerk
answered that 'Irent had not yet re
"Tell him to come here at oelcea
The minute he gtts to his offlce!" she
"He must give back the stock to
me' He shall give it back'" she told
herself. fiercely. "And then I'll never
let him speak to me again. And Tom'"
her angry eyes softening. "'Tom was
right after all! Darling old Tom!
Our dream is comlig true-our gold
en dream--bi and naie!"
It seemed to Lels am umbettevably
lie mounted the flight of halt statrs
and with at tender nmile h-'rrt.id ito,
the' llviih room whe're I.-'!" It a ait,,ed
IH t at t.'.ht of the r. I ' I e.t ar'e
:thl: . ' h ;'' t r'\ hlit- ,ile- L .1,r ,'T I e-(
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it t : ,1 1I.i ' ~s 1; I,,, 1 t 'I ril
I1 .eli i e i. te n le r I, yk 1 o ,' u ',, trill
''th w ti vlt t roik ' n" 1'a t w."' h
fair r,,,I . i lf n ,".1. !tit "
'TU.1 0 "to" ck y sw ln l.I ni' o,t
as We Care u7) the Cash Wshr rite
h'e' -1r w.r, th\. 1u l m a . .11.1 "ts ( \ , t;
'It (te \' iet bac ek. r In a.. h
' r.' is ilee te 'Kr am youii llt rope- li."
Ahit whol vil.e hrick m li I want
barck lify itorik "
Il.r voice hi d rl'li kn l inh,. reitlr
tled her wrathful demainds. It"s tund
prevented her friom heaitring ring
it lht frontl door bell tli lhg floot r hIt
l)w" and the olpenling and . It»;iig of Ihp
tas "W; t the w the chk" h It'rt: ,'
"Ar glvo me hla k my h i'artit:ittc'
* Ii -la i U. t.l e, l- , I t , 'ji '.i le
th e ,tre e li ;'ii? " .'. ,,, ,. el l I k'icee
Iour Ifr th1 e a rs etki t (e itr
. rte her J lthea el en"ta d' "', ; l it ' iFtne
you drew nser to her an he riokg
Ilofore the horrif'ed girl could lguesR
his t tent. he had caught her in his
"l'ust one kies. to seal the tipromine."
he begged. "and-"
"Let me go You brlute' iet me
go" crield Lella. strugglingl in vain to
"Not till I et tehe kisse " laughed
Itrent. "'Then I-"
Ills clasped arms fell from ahoult
hr shrinking body and he reel ed
back- under the thud of a smashing.
blow in the mouth.
Tom Carter, his tanneed farcet distort
efd oith fury. had lelledthinto thtee room
anyu wifhorlt a word had attackitn his
wifI'"d i nshllher.
I.oela tc.hrraiied at slght of tht raRce
pio ss. e sle' m an . uhlllIt befor , sh . I'(lulb
istirvent, Chrler and IInaut werir clohe
locked in a death grPplh.
Ily a sertes of slavagely-dealtl shbo rt
arm blows Tom at last drove his foe
before him toward the hallway door.
glrent strove In vain to hold his own
against the husband's terrific on
slaught and to block or dodge the
blows that were showered upon his
face and body.
But even in his extremity Brent's
wily brain was at work. hIe remem
hered that the steep flight of stairs
from the front hall ended almost aot
the living room door.
So. even as he waged the unequal
battle against the strongler man. Brent
contrivted to back directly toward the
door and thence out into the upper
hall close pressed by the victorious
Once on the landing Brent changed
his tactics. Wheelingt he so manea
vered as to bring Tom's back to the
stairway just behind him. Then.
gathering all his falling powers. he
ceased to retreat and charged his an
tagonist. A single backward step
would now bring Tom's feet over the
edgebl of the slght.
Lella. keeping as close to them as
the reeling bodies and flating arms
would permit, saw her husband'a sud
"Tom!" she shrieked, springing to
his side. "tlsok out! The stairs me
just behind yon."
Carter heard. Instinctively. on the
very edge of the stair-top. he side
stepped, elading Bretnt's rush.
lot leila was not so fortunate. re
fore she could spring aside the full
force of Brent's forward-flung body
Lilted clean off her feet by the Im
pact she was hurled haclkward.
rDown the steep stairs rolled the
helpless white figure, strikntgo hearvily
against the newel-pos t at the bottom
of the dg- ht, and then lying ttran.sl
still In a huddled heap on the pollshed
floor of the hallway.
"She--she Is stunned'" muttered
But Teom Carter knew better. He
had looled ont death before now.
Kneelnllg beside the pltlully laefrt
ifor and gnatg down Into the lim
of theel, he graned n dull ranlror:
"No. she is deted!"
rn OI nco hOent.y
CUPiD IN DISGUISE
SMALL GIRL PROVED AN EFFI
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of Love W ..id Ha.. "-4en, but
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Gettin' Away With It.
An amusing incident happened Jhe
-ntetr duy while Des'ttur citunty's can
I rlibution Ito the eennislI parade In In
dianhetaol. wat on ls. way to the capi
tai city. Their flott was a mInIature
af the famtaouue toulrthotuie tower at
Greenahlutarg, with the- miapleh, tree grow
ing on it. Itoy C. Kaiuse., its deuhlita
e'r i141 hauilde'r, left (Iretenhurg on a
truck ait 3:340 a. nI. with the tower.
N-ow 4Jre4lnhtlrlg his been ltlelttel
with petty burglars and their activIties
ure known even outsIde the county and
ju.it is day was breaklnig and the men
w444-re- etalerifig Shelby 4-'h" n.ty they
pnsis!d two farmnetrs oi the road when
emne wIts heard t. re-itark "4Loika there4
by geash. themn fellers he's stole the
.'reeutsburg courthouset tower en air
gittin' away with It. too."-ladiaaspo
Horse Holds His Own Well.
"The hierse is doe'nld. If the peo
ple keep on huying nutemnobliee, the
horse will suen be-i-ow a rare animal,
meen only in zo)ologh(al igardens and
1il.e'Useu4." We' have heard some. such
giredl'etion *i thousalnd tlites. What Is
the tact'? lte'ports eat the department
tef co-mnrlnerce' shiow that in thte last 15
'ears the liu llll4(,r eif horse-s In the
Unlte.d State,'. far from de'hcreaeinK.
has ilcre-ased o'e-r i4) per eenl. In 1915
It was estimated there were more than
21.l00J0,)0 horses In the country, value'd
at $2,000.l0.0O00. Manlfeetly, the
horse is n-t se easily crowded out as
5orn44 of us thought. Notwitlh.tanellnd
the fact that racing Is less popular and
automobiles multiply Ievtlnd all ,ciunt.
the horse more than holds his own.
Growth of Esperant.
The literature of E.perrnnto as in
creased from 29 books In 18P0 to 2,500
In 1914, and during the last three or
four years six full-length original noe
ele have been publlshed It the lam