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Spanish Doubloons By CAMILLA KENYON Copyright, Th I)otb-WrTill Company (CHAPTER XIV Continued.) 17 Mr. Shaw now 6poke for the llrst time. "Miss Browne, I tlo not recognize the Justice oC your (standpoint In thin matter. I have done and am .still pre pared to do my best In the business of Uio treasure. If Mr. Tubbs will not give Ills Information except for n brlhp. T Rnv let him keen It. I shiill continue tho search for the treasure 4 on tho same lines as at present." "One moment," said Miss Browno haughtily. Sho hnd never spoken oth erwise than haughtily to Mr. Shaw Blnco tho cptsodo of tho Wise Womnn of Dumbledykcs. "One moment, Jane and you, Mr. Tubbs " She drew them aside,, nnd they moved off out of earshot, where they stood with their backs to us and their heads together. It was my opportunity. Violet her Belt had proposed that the orlglnnl agreement the ngrccment which bound me to ask for no share of tho treasure should bo canceled. Noth ing now was necessary to the ripening of my hopes hut to Induce Dugnld Shaw to iraraolato himself. Would ho do so on my bare word? Thero was no tlmo to explain anything ho must trust me, I sprang up nnd dashed over to tho pair who stood looking gloomily out to sea. "Mr. Shaw," I whispered quickly, "you must do us Miss Browno wishes." In my earnestness I laid a hand upon his arm, Ho regarded mo bowlldoredly. "You must you irmstr I urged. "You'll spoil ovorythlug It you re fuse!" The surprise In his face yielded to a look composed of many elements, but which was mainly hard and blttor. "And still I skull refuse," ho said sardonically. "Oh, no, no," I Implored, "you don't understand! I oh, if you would only bcllcvo that I am your friend I" Ilia fnco changed subtly. It was still questioning and guarded, but with a softening In It, too. "Why don't you bollevo It?" I whis pered unsteadily. "Do you forgot that I owe. you my llfo?" And nt Uio recollection of that day In tho sca-cavo tho scarlet burned in my checks and my head drooped. But I saw how tho lines about his mouth relaxed, "Surely you must know that I would repay you If I could I" I hur ried on. "And not by treachery." Ho laughed suddenly. "Treachery? Nol I think you would always bo an open foe," .'"Indeed I would 1" I answered with a li'ash. of wrath, Then, as I remem bered tho need of haste, I spoko In an "You Must Do as Miss Wishes." rowne Intense quick whisper. "Listen I can't explain, thero Isn't time. I can only ask you to trust mo to agree to whnt Miss Browne wishes. Every tiling you don't dream how much dopends on Itl" For I felt that would let tho treasuro llo hidden In the Island Queen forever rather thau that Mr. Tubbs should, under the orig inal contract, claim a sluiro of It. Tio doubt had quite loft bis face. "I do trust you, little Virginia," ho eaiu guntiy. "xes, i trust m your honesty, heaven kuows, child. But permit me to question your wisdom In desiring to enrich our friend Tubbs." "Enrich him enrich him l Tho best I wish him Is unlimited gruel In an nlmshouso somewhere. Nol Whnt I want Is to get thnt wretchod paper ef Miss Browne's nullified. Afterward wo can divide things up as wo llko " Bowlldonnent, shot with a gloom of half-Incredulous understanding, seemed to tranollr him. We stood a long mo ment, our oyes challenging each oth' er, exchanging their countersign of faith and steadfastness. Then slowly he held out Ms hnnrt. I laid mine In It wo stood band In band, comrades ut last. Without moro words ho turned nway and strode over to tho council of three. The group dissolved and moved rap- Idly toward ns. MIns Urowne, ox- ultnnt, beaming, was In the vun. She set her substantial feet down like a charger pawing the earth. You might almost have said that Violet pranced, Aunt Jane was round-eyed and twit- terlng. Mr. Tubbs wore a look of suppressed astonishment, almost of perturbation. "What's his gome?" wns the question In the sophisticated eye of Mr. Tubbs. Hut the Scotchman bad, when he chose, n perfect poker face. The great game of bluff would have suited him to n nicety. Miss Browno advanced on Cutbbcrt Vane and seized both his hands in an ardent clasp. "Mr. Vane," she said with solemnity, "f thank you In the name of tills ex- pedltlon I thonlc you for tho Influence you have exerted upon your friends." And this seemed to be to the noble youth the most stunning of all the shocks of that eventful morning. Now camu tho mntter of drawing tip !ho now. "KrecMnent. It wns a canny Scot Indeed, who, acting on the hint I had Just given him, finally settled Its terms. In the first place, tho previous agreement was declared null and void. In tho second, Mr. Tubbs was to have his fourth only If tho treasure were discovered through his direct agency. And It was under this condition nnd no other that Dugald Shaw bound himself to rcllnnulsh his orlirlnal claim. Virginia Harding signed a now renunclntory clause, but It bore only on treasuro discovered by Mr. Tubbs. Indeed, tho entire contract was of force only If Mr. Tubbs fulfilled his part of It, nnd fell to pieces If he did not. Which was exactly what I wanted. No dltllculty was mado of the ab sence of Captain Magnus, as his In terests were unaffected by the change. Space was left for his signature. Mlno camo last of all, as that of a moro lnl- terlopcr nnd hanger-on. My demonstrations of Joy nt this happy lssuo of my hopes had to bo confined to a smile In which for a startled instant Violet had seemed to sense the triumph. It was still on my lips as with a general movement wo rose from tho tnhle about which wo had been grouped during the absorb ing business of drawing up the con- tract Cooklo had been clamoring for us 10 icave, mni no raigm sprcau me tauie ior luncn. i nau openeu my mouth to call him, "All right, Cooklo !" when a shrill volley of barks from rusoo simmered mo suuncss or mo drowsy air. In tho same Instant tho. denly clear, llko a tracery on parch voice of Cooklo, raised to a sharp note menr. Bnvonii her I unw tho fnrn of of nlnrm, rang through Uio camp: My Gawd, what all dls ycro mean?" I turned, to look Into tho muzzlo of ril,e, I CHAPTER aV, I i-m KMuior rrem mo raoi. Five men had emerged from Uio woods behind tho clearing, so quietly nnj pans of his open-air kitchen, pour that they were In tho center of tho ing f0rth petitions In a steady stream, camp boforo Crusoe's shrill bark, or Blackbeard, who seemed a Jovial brute, wiu uuiv-ij ml uiu cuuk, wuruuu ua ui uicir presence uy mat time tnoy nnu us covered, xnrco or mem carneu rlllcs, tho other two rovolvers. One of meso was uaptam Magnus. Advancing a step or two before tho others, ho ordered us to throw up our hands. Perhaps ho meant only tho men but my hands and Aunt Jane's anu miss mggiqsoy-iirowno's aiso wont up wiui ceienty. no grinneu into our astounded faces with a wolf- ish Daring of his yellow teeUi. "ivever guessed l wasn't ncrc jest to do tho shovel work, but might have my own little side-show to bring off, hey?" no inquired or no ono in particular, "Here, Sllnker, help mo truss 'cm up." The man addressed thrust his pistol In his belt and came forward, and with his help tho bands of tho Scotch- man, Cuthbort vano and Mr. Tubbs were securely tied. They wcro searched for arms, and the sheath- nilves which Mr. Shaw and Cuthbort carried at their belts were taken nway. The throe prisoners were then or- dored to sent themselves In a row on the trunk of n prostrate polm. The whole thing hnd happened In tho strangest silence. Except for a feeble moaning from Aunt Jane, llko tho bleating of a sheep, which broke forUi at Intervals, nobody spoke or mndo a sound. Tho three riflemen In tho background, standing like Images with their weapons raised, looked like a well-trained chorus In nn opera, And Indeed It was all cxtruordlnarl- ly like something on a stage. Slink- cr, for Instance, no hnd n prowling, sidelong fashion of moving about, and enormous yellow mustaches like n VI-1 king. And tho burly fellow la tho background, with tho black whiskers too bad he'd forgotten his earrings, But I nwoko to tho hrrld reality of It nil ns Contain Magnus, smllluc his wolfish smile, turned and approached me. "Well, boys," he remarked to his nnhlu' mo s,ck tho,r Jobber and followers, who hnd loworal their weup- nonsense, all Uiese weeks. Ain't I go ons and were standing about at ease, ln' t0 havo n &aa to get squaro?" "hero's tho llttlo nlnnln I wns tnllln' "Here, youso I" struck ln Sllnker, of. 'Fratd wo give her a little scare bustln' in so sudden, so sho nln't quite so bright nnd smllin' ns I llko to see. It's nil rluht. clrlle: voti'll soon cheer up when you finu out you're goln' to bo the llttlo queen o' this enmp. Things will bo all your own way now bo long as you treat me right." And tho abominable croaturo thrust forth a hnlry paw nnd deliberately chucked mo under tho chin. I heard n roar from tho loir and co- Incidentally from Captain Macnus. For with Uio lnstnut responso of an automaton consciously I had nothing at all to do with it I had reached up und briskly boxed tho captain's cars. Furiously he caught my wrist. "Ah, you red-headed little devil, you'll pay for this I I ain't pretty, oh, nol I ain't a handsomo mooncalf like the Hon- orable; I ain't got a title, nor glrly pink chooks, nor lino gentlemanly ways. No walks with the likes o' me, no tatey-tatos In tho woods oh, nol Well, It's goln' to bo another story now, girlie. I guess you can learn to like my looks, with a little help from my fist now and tJion, Jest as well as you done the llonorable's. I guess It won't be long before I have you crawl- In' on your knees to me for a word o' kindness. I guess" "Aw, stow thut soft stuff, Magnus," advised Sllnker. "You can do your spoonln' with the gal later on. We're hero to git thnt gold, ami don't you forget It. Plenty of time afterward to spark the wlmmen." "Thot's the talk," chimed In Black- beard. "Don't run us on a Ico shoro for the sake of n skirt. Skirts Is thlckcr'n herring In every port, ain't they?" "I fiot n scoro to settle with this one." Krowlcd Magnus sullenly, but his grasp loosened on my arm, ana I Furiously Ho Caught My Wrist. slipped from him and fled to Aunt jane yes, to Aunt Jane and clung to hor convulsively Minn nitrtrloshv. Browno seemed to have petrified. Her Kkin hnd n wither! look, nnri a firm network of lines showed on it. nnd Dugald Shaw, crav with a steely wrath. A gun had been trained anew on j,im an(i Cuthbort, and tho bearer Ihntvof wns nrmilnt with rlmm nrn- ,,HU - C! " "0 ' ' " " - fancly. I sunnoso tho nrlsoncrs had threatened outbreak nt tho sncctacla of thn phln-pliiirklncr. n0 one Had bothered to sectira Cookie, and ho knelt nmone tho riots uurst into a loud guffaw. na, ha I Look at old Soot-and c aiders clttin' hlsself readv for glory I" Ho approached Uio negro nn aimed at him a kick which Cookie, urlslmr wlUi unexnectcd nlm- i.icness, contrived to dodge. "Looky i,er0( darky, git busy dlshln up Uio grub, will you? I could stand ono good feed aftor tho forccasUo slons wo been Uvln on.' Blackbeard, whom his companions addressed Indiscriminately as "Gat- tnln," or "Tony." seemed to exercise a certain authority. He wont over to tho prisoners on Uio log and Inspected their bonds. "You'll do : can't git loose nohow." ho unnounccd. Then, with a savage frown, "But no monkey business, First o' that I see. it's n doso o cold lend for youse, savvy?" n0 turned to us women "Well, chlckublddles, wo ain't treat- cd you harsh. I hone? Now I don't care about tyln youso up, in case wo can help It, so Jest be good girls, and I'll let youso run around loose for a while.' But Magnus struck In with nn oath. "Loose? You're turnln' soft, I say. The futuro Mrs. M. Uiero which mean to mako her If sho behaves right sho's a handful, she Is. There ain't no low trick sho won't piny on us If sho gets the chance. Bettor tlo her up, I say." "Magnus," responded Tony with se- vorlly, "ltd mako a person think to hour you talk that you wasn't no gen tleman. If you can't keep little Red- top In order without you Uo her, why, then hand her over to a guy what can. I bet I wouldn't hnvo a speck o' trou ble with her her and mo would git along ns sweet as two turtle-doves: "ou dry up, Tony," Bald Magnus, lowering. "I'll look after ray own nf- flrs of tho heart. Anyway, hero's I mem two oia nens wnat navo nccn I" your jawin-1 xieru b a mx-u wu am scen Ul UK0 OI m we0K8- (TO be continued.) I Enemy Needs In Calories. According to Uio Unltod States Do- I nartmcnt of Agriculture, a family coa slstlng of n father, mother and Uireo I children requires approximately 12,000 calories a day. Tho diet Is best but I unccd by considering 120 units of 100 calorlos each. On this basis, frulta nnd vegetables should supply 24 units milk, eggs and meat, 80; cereals and logumcs, 80; sugar and starchy food, 1 12. nnd fats and ratty foous, in. X3fie AMERICAN LEGION (Copy for Thin Department Supplied by the American Lesion few Service.) FIGHTING PARSON IS LIKED Rev. Earl Blackman, National Chap lain of American Legion, Is Re garded as Man's Man. "Fighting pnrsons" were common during the World war, but those who actually fought, wcro hot. Rev. F.arl Blackmail, Kansns, earned h 1 s sobriquet, however, lie has been elected na tional chaplain of the Anserl??n Le gion. To mnko fun for the boys while In France, Rev erend Blackman offered to ifox a match with any chaplain of the A. H. F. of his weight. He wasn't chosen chaplain of the Legion for thnt rea son, however, his followers declare. It was because "he Is at all times n man's man and represents the liberal spirit of tho organization." Returning from France, Reverend Blackman resumed his pulpit ln Chanute, Knn.x One of his first acts was to attend u public dunce. He didn't dance, but thoroughly enjoyed the fun. A protest camo from his con gregation and he resigned. Ills resig nation wasn't accepted. Then he began doing other things. He rigged up a gymnasium In the basement of his church and gave box ing lessons to the boys of the Sunday school. The church liked It. Reverend Blnckman refused offers from larger churches to stay with his pastorate ln Chnnute. Ills view of Sunday "blue laws" Is characteristic: "To my mind tho advocacy of such laws only serves to chenpen religion in the minds of the masses and tends to push It back into the superstitions of the past. Whnt Is rest and relaxation to the farmer may not be such to the bank clerk." HONOR BRITISH WAR MOTHER General Pershing Gives Her Kiss and American Legion Women Pay Tender Tribute. The alliance between those who served tho United States nnd Great Britain against the common enemy during the World war was further strength ened by n kiss from Genernl Pershing and honors from American war mothers, bestowed upon Mrs. Ame lia Emma McCud den, ofllclal Brit ish war mother, before she sailed for return to the Island kingdom. Mrs. McCudden, mother of tho noted major of the British air force who brought down more than GO -Ger man planes und won the Victoria cross before ho was killed, was sent to America to represent England's war mothers at the ceremonies for the nn- knowil American soldier. At a bnn quct ln, Philadelphia "in her, honor, General Pershing upon being Intro duced leaned over nnd kissed Mrs, McCudden. In New York she was taken Into membership of tho Amerl cau Legion auxiliary, composed of mothers, wives, sisters and daughters of the Legion, nnd the gold star of women whose relntlvcs were" killed was awarded her. MANY LEGION MEN BACHELORS Investigation Discloses Fact That Ma Jorlty of Ex-Service Boys Prefer Single Blessedness. Threo years after the war C1.6 per cent 'of the former service men are still bachelors, according to Gray Wag- gctt, adjutant of the Evanston (III.) post of the American Legion. Mr Wnggett bus been conducting a cam palgn to gain Information nbout Le- glonnatres ln the Middle West, and bases his statistics on 100,000 replies received. Of the 38.1 per cent who married American, French or German girls, 10 per cent have children. The house owners totnlcd 18.8 per cent and tho business owners aggro gated 15.5 per cent; nevertheless 21.7 per cent are able to drive their own automobiles. Legion posts, too, have the billet owning fever, 44.5 per cent having per muncnt quarters now, while 20 per cent will get theirs ln u short time. These statistics apply only to thnt part of tho country. She Passed Up tho Marines. Discovery thut Mrs. Helen Ferguson Drexler was receiving 100 a month from the government ln soldiers' allot mpnt checks led to her arrest ln Chi cngo. She Is said to havo had eleven husbands in the army and uavy, but none In tho marines. THAT Tnnluc Is a wonderful med icine for delicate children Is con clusively proven by the remarkable results accomplished in me cases ui. tho three chUdrcn shown in this pic ture. Little Blancne Blair, of Providence, It. I., age 18, gained 10 pounds; Re glnn McCnbe, at right, age t), of Scranton, Pa., gained Jr pounds; m tln Richard Lenrv. Jr.. of Philadelphia, who was very delicate, Is now In fine, robust health. Tho statements made by their parents ure ns follows: Mr. A. M. Blair, resiuing ac ai wood street, Providence, R. I., said: "Wo are Just so happy over me change Tanlae has mndo ln our little girl that we can't do or say enough to show our appreciation. Stic mid lost nearly 20. pounds In weight and looked so frail nnd weak that her mother and 1 were both almost wor ried sick over her condition. Since taking Tanlae. she bus already gained 10 nounds. her color Is better tnun it ever hns been nnd she looks and acts like a different girl." Mrs. Catherine McCnbe, 414 Dick ens Ave., Scranton, Pa., said: "The flu' left my little Reglnn in sucii a bad condition that I have no Idea she would be with me now If It hadn't been for Tanlae. It Is n mystery to mc how she lived on the little she wns eating und was so lifeless she novcr even cared to play with the dolls and toys she got nt Christmas. Since taking Tanlae she is as nardy and well ns any child could be und hns gained 15 pounds In weight. I will always praise Tannic for restor ing our little girl's health." Richard Leary, 2342 Palethorpe St., Philadelphia, said: "There Is no doubt ln my mind but that Tanlae saved my little boy's life. For two years I wouldn't have been a bit sur prised to have seen him drop oir at any time. He hnd stomach trouble and many a time the gas pressed up Into his chest until his nenrt paipi Cities as Thunderstorm Spots. Tho conclusion has been reached by a well-known .engineer who has given the subject considerable attention thnt certain cities, If not Indeed most Inland cities of say 100,000 population or more, appear to be "thunderstorm spots." The observation has been made by E. Ri norton, of Voorhees vllle, N. Y., who also points out that "a shallow lake with sandy margins locnted In a forest may serve as a thunderstorm breeder" nnd cites as proof observations mnde by him, over Oneida lake, New York. Old Court Has Much Power. In Liverpool (Eng.) thero still, exists one of the very few remaining medi eval borough courts of record. At one tlmo thore were 215 In various parts of the kingdom. The Liverpool court of .passage, as It Is called, has prac tically unlimited jurisdiction In caus es of action arlsjng within the city, and has more power than hns the City of London court which hns jurisdic tion only when the defendant Is em ployed In the city Itself. Misery loves company, but the com pany isn't apt to make a second cn)l. A "balanced diet" may sound confusing to many people The facts, as explained here, are simple. The secret of a "balanced diet" is to have food containing all the elements needed for proper nutrition. These elements are protein, to nourish the tissues; starch and sugar to furnish energy; fat to supply heat; and mineral salts to provide the material necessary for building nerves, brain, and tooth and bone structure. Grape-Nuts, the nourishing cereal made of whole wheat flour and malted barley, served with cream or milk, is a complete food for young and old alike. , Go to your grocer today and get a package of Grape-Nuts. Eat it with milk or cream for ' breakfast; or with stewed fruit, jelly or j'am, as a delicious dessert for lunch or dinner. t Every member of the family will relish this palatable and nourishing food Grape-Nuts the Body Builder "There's a Reason" Mads by Postum Cereal Co., Inc., Battle Creek, Mich. tntcd so I thought sure he couldn't breaUie but a few more gasps. But Tanlae gave him back to us strong and well and we will praise it to our dying day." Tho effect of Tanlae on the deli cate stomachs of the young Is one of the strongest evidences of its whole somencss as well as Its unusual merit. Although a powerful recon structive, Tanlae contains no harm ful Ingredients, minerals or opiates which are so often found in other medicines. Being composed of the most beneficial roots and herbs known to science It Is purely vege table and can be taken by tho most delicate children, and does not upset or Injure the weakest or most deli cate stomach. There Is a Tanlae agenti in every town. Advertisement. Nature's Supreme Wisdom. If It were not for the check that win ter Interposes, vegetntlon would ' climb skyward until wo had tropical jungles nnd flowers high ln the branch es of the forest, Instead of violets and daisies and lady's-sllpper orchids. As It Is, tho year's tender growths decay ln the wet nnd cold of winter, furnlsb shelter to the seeds of grasses and small woodland plants, nnd so foster n now growth for the coming of spring. Even ln decay there Is a purpose; in uature always there Is a new begin, ning. Youth's Companion. Jewish Physicians to Popes. Many examples might be enumerat ed of popes who patronized Jewish physicians. An exception wns Paul IV, who Introduced the Ghetto Into Rome, but nt least a scoro of popes seem to hnvo gone out of their way In extending friendly recognition t tho medlcnl members of this race. The Alibi. The Secretary This speech may get you Into trouble. The Honorable Then you hnd better prepuro a statdment snylng that I was misquoted by the newspaper. Life.