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Copyright 1946. by Tom Gill
Distributed by Hina Features Syndicate TOM GILL CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE Janet contin. ed, T would noi give up. You can't re lize the tor ture of not knowing whether some one you love is dead or alive. 1 wrote Claribei. and she had Madi son investigate, but ne sent word that it was impossible for Fathe. to be alive without the vacquero hearing about it. Finally, I ,ea;ne. that the Rubber Division waiitec to open the New Dixie plantations, and I went back to Washington 10 see if I could get them to send me down. When they found out 1 had lived here, it was easy to persuade them 1 might be able to help you “Tell me one thing." Cliff inter rupted. "Wrs it about your lathe you wanted to talk with Vicente the night he captured us; “Yes. Tile first day I saw Vi cente at Wade Carroll s. 1 was s.ie he knew something. 1 still th nk he; does. But he would only say he had I known Father long ago." “Have you spoken of this tr Madison since you came back?’ | Janet shook her head. “Father | *nd Madison never liked each other. Father hated the way Madi- | son's vasaueros treated the people) up the river.” Watching ner. wun ner neao: thrown back beneath the light, j and earnest ev. ? cr his. Ciiff real- j ized that at last she had dropoed j her guard against him. For fhe first j time there could bp full trust be- J tween them, bu; even now — per haps now more than ever—he was powerless to help her. and sudden sympathy swept over him. More than anything in the world he wanted to say some word that might hold out hope to her. but he knew it was not hope she wanted —it was certainly—and to tell her the truth at this time might mean disaster. Mutely he touched her hand, and in that simple> inarticulate gesture she sensed the offer of his friend *h;p. tor tears were in her eyes. She gave a tremulous laugh. “You don’t know how much it means not to sail under false colors any more. [ From now on, whatever comes, you’ll know' why I’m here and if it has to be war bet ween, you and Madison, you’ll know where I Stand.” “1 hope you won’t ever “regret it." He sat down behind the desk. ‘‘Just now things look pretty dark, and it’s no use denying that we may be beaten.” Standing beside his chair, she Is id her hand on his shoulder. “You won't ever be beaten—you couldn’t be beaten.” The steady voice held s world of quiet trust and assur ance. “I remember the night they took us captive, how you carried me for miles to the river. And I’ve listened to the tales Casey and the rest of them tell about you. Men like you can be killed, Cliff— thev can’t be beaten.” Ihe low voice stopped, but ne did not answer. Madison, Vicente, even the prospect of defeat had lost all importance, all reality. Nothing v/as important now except to know •he believed in him and was •landing very close to him. Raising his head, he brushed her arm with his cheek, and almost without breathing felt the warm, living soft ness of her. He did not stir. Strong er than any will of his own, far •tronger than any strength- to re sist or deny, the need for her surg ed over him like an engulfing wave. His cheek still lay against her arm, •nd turning, he touched it wuth his lips. Her body trembled, he heard the faint intake of her breath, and ir. that second he was on his feet his arms about her. “Janet! ” Within the hush of the little of fice he held her through a timeless fragment of eternity w'hose only measure lay in the quickened beat ng of a heart that matched the racing rhythm of his own. Her arms, moving upward over his khaki shirt, encircled him: the palms ,of her hands pressed him close in a caress that, even while u yielded, had all the fierce glad glory of possession. “Janet!” The mass of coppery i aair lifted as she drew back her I head. Her eyes, luminous beneath ' the lamp, were on his eyes: her lips, half parted, rose nearer al ; most touched — then suddenly her ! eves changed, and with a cry she I gasped. “Cliff! The window—some 1 ore’s outside.” He jerked open the door, but the ! night lay black and empty, and at ! a run he rounded the building, then j stood listening. “Were you sure!" I he called. "I saw a face pressed against j the pane, and then it was gone. 1 remember the eyes staring—” Janet stoped. The long - drawn ] howl of a jaguar came to them I f'-om the darkness. “It’s Plato.” Cliff said, and the i same thought flashed across the j minds of both—had it been Lilli at ! the window? But the spell ot tnat moment was | shattered. The shock of intrusion j had thrust itself like a barrier be ! tv.een them, and Janet looked up at him with a tired smile. “I'm dead. Cliff. Mind if 1 run along to bed'.’ Too much has hap pened today.” “I know.” He walked with he: down the path to the door of her shack, then with both hands he raised her face and kissed her lips. "Remember this,” he whispered. •We can’t lose now—you and I.” Up in Claribel’s office Madison sat white-faced and brooding. For nearly an hour after Janet left him he did not move, his slate - gray eyes fixed on the window. Then as if reaching a decision, he left the house and rode to the quarters ol his vacqueros. The smoke-filled, barracks-like room was crowded with herdsmen. and Madison counted them then beckoned to Sloan. The burly leader swaggered over. “What goes, Boss? You look kinda tough.” Madison cut him off. “Are these all the vaqueros you have here?” ‘‘Sure. Some are at the river camp, but most of ’em are in the upper ranges. What do you want done that us boys can’t handle?” 1 “J want you to crack down on , Cliff Bogard.” Sloans ej-es widened. you mean—?” “I mean smash his camp and drive him out.” “What’s the sudden idea. Boss? I thought you was waitin’ for the Blacklanders to tangle with him first.” “I’m done waiting.” “Ain’t it kinda risky? Now7 if we waited until—” “To heck with all that. I’m fed up, understand, fed up! Either he goes or I go. and this is as good a time as we’ll ever have.” Sloan looked thoughtful. “If (that's the job, I guess we’ll need! | all the vacqueros we can rounf! up.” “We’ll need every men.” Sloan flicked his cigarette across; i the floor. “Okay. We’ll start tomor row. Madison spat out an oath. “We'll start right now. It’s going to take three or four days to bring them in from the upper ranges, even if we work fast and I’m going with you. By midnight we can be at the river camp. By dawn we’ll be in the upper range.” Sloan looked into Madison's face and reached for his spurs. “What ever you say, Boss.” Skirting the village, the two men rode down the river trail, and an hour later they were passing Wade's clearing, where a light in the window of the main shack caught Madison’s attention. He reined in his horse. “1 thought Wade and Lilli were living at the rubber camp.” “They were.” A shadow passed across the win dow, and Madison recognized Lilli. He raised his hand for silence, then leaned toward Sloan. “I’d say she’s alone. You stay out here and keep watch. 1 want a word or two with that lady.” Dismounting, Madison walked toward the shack. Twice he stopped to listen, then certain that no one else was within, threw open the door. At the sound Lilli turned, and beneath the lamplight he saw she had been weeping. ^ Terrified, the girl drew Dack. What do voi want?” Her voice was trembling. He seated himself comfortably just inside the door. ”1 thought you were staying at the'rubber camp. ” So low he scarcely heard, she said, “I've left.’’ He looked at her with new in terest. Yes, her cheeks were wet with tears. Had something really gone wrong at the camp, or was she lying? Was she here to bring some message from Bogru'd to Vi cente? Again the disquieting suspi cion assailed him that Bogard and Vicente might have reached a se cret agreement. (To Be Continued) CIVITANS HEAR ORMOND SPEECH Railway Official Addresses Club At Regular Ses sion Yesterday Declaring that the country cannot stand the amount of taxes now be ing drained off industries and indi- j viauals, Lewis F. Ormond, Atlantic | Coast Line Railroad comptroller, teld members of the Civitan club yesterday that if "you do not see| that the national budget is cut. un necessary civilian employes reliev ed of their jobs, and taxes reduced, you have only yourself to blame. ’ Ormond, introduced by Maurice Barnhill, addressed members oi the Civitan club during their regu lar luncheon meeting yesterday in the Crystal restaurant on “Govern mental Reports.” Reports grow as business multiplies, he said; the men in Washington “dream up more report requirements, and more men are required to handle them.” We have twice the number oi civilian governmental employees now as at any time prior to the war—and that raises the national budget, he said. The railroad industry was one of the first to become subjected to government regulations, Ormond said, as, since 1887, the railroads have been responsible for ail ac tions to the Interstate Commerce Commission. The ICC was estab lished in answer to a" real need to regulate railway rates and charges and to eliminate rebates, and has grown unitl now it .governs rail roads. lessors of railroad property, and all concerned with it. The speaker told something of the tremendous amount of paper work necessary to complete the minutely detailed reports which must be sub mitted by his office each month, containing details of all train movements. The 400,000 way bills handled each month must be ana lyzed, reports made, and averages computed, he said. Preceding his talk. Ray Gallo way. state vice-commander of the American Legion, asked the mem bers of the club for their coopera tion in securing rooms, food,* and entertainment for the thousands of visitors that will swarm New Han over county during the state Ameri can Legion convention at Carolina Beach in June. W. L. Farmer, general chairman oi the convention, told the Civitans that more than 2U,0QU Legionnaires will spend four days here and that the convention will bring a quarter million dollars into the county. Lloyd Jackson. Civitan president announced that Franklin Bell wili act as secretary of the club for the remainder of the year, due to the resignation of Fred Rippy. Guests of the club other than the speakers were W. T.,Gale of Rich mond, Va., and Bill Crabb. INSTRUCTORS’ CLASS SCHEDULED TONIGHT AT SHAW BOYS CLUB The first session of the Instruc tor’s Scoutmasters’ Training course will be held tonight at 8 o clock in the Shaw Boys club, 7th cvnd Nun streets, is was announced hy W. D. Campbell, divisional leadership training chairman. The purpose of the course is to train volunteers to conduct train ing for all scoutmasters, either in large training courses, in small in formal groups, or on a personal coa»ching basis, it was stated. 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The Motion Picture Academy doesn’t hand out an Oscar, for instance, to a guy like makeup ex pert Fred Phillips. He did such a bang-up job turning Rosalind Rus sell from a lovely chick of 14 to a wrinkled old lady in RKO’s "Sister Kenny” that she speared an Academy nomination. Phillips didn’t even get a screen credit. ret if it weren’t for the men with the rouge pots, the Glammer Gals of Hollywood wouldn’t be so glamorous. This horrible power makes the makeup men the most nervous citizens in movietown. They know more secrets about the stars than the sharpest nosed col umnist could guess. We twisted Phillips’ arm and managed to pry loose a few. “When a star gets old we have to glue his double chins and sagging brows under his hairline,” he whispered. “I couldn’t men tion any names, but, uh. the late John Barrymore wore chin straps.” The hardest face to make up that Phillips has found in 20 years of slapping on greasepaint belong ed to Eleanor Powell. “But that’s not because she isn’t beautiful,” He added cagily. “She just has a difficult face.” Another actress with a problem puss is Claudette Colbert, he said, one seldom allows the right side of her face to be photographed be cause she’s got a bad sinus that swells up at a drop of rain. “Sometimes her face is so swollen there’s no indentation be tween her cheek and her nose,” He explained. “So I literally have to draw on her nose.” The easiest faces he’s disguised were attached to Bita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow. 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Inc.—© Liberty unication with yaur husband—he keeps saying PHOOEY!” House Committee Opposes Funeral Directors Bill Judiciary Group Votes 9 To 8 Against Favor able Report RALEIGH, Feb. 26 —(A1)—A bill to establish an examining board to license funeral directors in North Carolina was voted unfavorably today by house judiciary commit tee no. 2, which demostrated de termined opposition to the legisla ture’s practice of setting up licens ing and regulatory boards for vari ous professions and trades. The committee vote was 9 to 8 against a favorable report, with chairman Robert Moseley of Guil ford breaking the tie and dealing the fatal blow to the measure, v/hich had passed the senate where it was sponsored by Senator Julian Allsbrook of Halifax. Officials of the North Carolina Association of Funeral Directors said after the committe acted they did not know at the time whether they would undertake to have a minority report brought out of the committee. 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