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e By Peggy Shane Copyright by Pcggy Shane WNU Servie« CHAPTER IX They were in a large room with twin beds. Rocky turned on a light over a dressing table. Don't you see I've "Now, Rocky, got to be told everything now?" "In the morning." Ajp 1 what's-her-name Now. "No. —a girl who shot her husband at a ■wedding?" *' Thp words were out. Had she kineo , thnt the reason someone? "ram Rocky wanted o get her away from places, because If she were caugni sne P u w v a ,.„,d b. **£££ stir(K , i She sat down In a Had she cut off the life of husband? at him. someone—killed her own "Oh G —d." she begged silently, "say I couldn't have done It Isn't true that!" As Rocky still did not answer she She and threw open the window. She could breathe— rose Inhaled deeply, but someone else couldn't because she had "Rocky, don't you see I've got to know now, or else go crazy?" Rocky came and stood beside her. You're tired. "Don't feel so, Doris. If you get a good night's sleep, 111 well maybe I will tell you about It In the morning." She turned up a suffering face. "I won't sleep, Rocky. I've got to know now. Tell me the truth. Truly, I can bear It now." Rocky avoided her eyes, really not much to tell." "Anything Is better than this uncer tainty." "Perhaps that's true." Rocky gently removed her hand from his arm. He his brown fingers through his hair. "Can't you trust me, Sweet?" "There's ran Sweet! For a moment she felt a lifting of spirits. Rocky's tone was tender. But then he used wordrllke that all the time to all women, gave a little laugh that she could think of that now. It was a bitter sardonic so She little laugh. "You can't shut me out from my past forever, on the bed. was silent, her, took her hand. "Please wait—" Besides—" she sat down "I'm not a coward." She Rocky sat down beside "I—I can't I'll— No, no." She got up. I have a right to know. •wait I'll ask Mr. St. Gardens what It's all I'll tell him everything I re lie will tell me. He won't about, member. keep me In agony any longer. 1 can't bear this uncertainty. Anything Is better." She controlled herself, looked at him gravely. "Did Î —Rocky? Did I do— that awful thing?" Rocky looked at the carpet miser ably. "D—n It, how do I know? I can only guess—like everybody else." "Then It Isn't a sure thing?" "Oh, they think It's sure, all right." "Per Hls lips drooped unhappily, haps you—went out of your mind." "Then It was—I did—that Is—Rocky, I can't be a murderess. I didn't kill anyone." strained, searched hls face for an an swering faith. Her eyes, ' haggard ant! He looked back at That's the way I feel She foand It. her squarely. " about It." "I couldn't kill anybody." "I know you couldn't." He patted "I've al her head, against his knee, ways known that about you." she turned suddenly "Then why to him. "Why Is there such a mysteri ous silence about me? Why were we arrested? Why have we been racing She like mad away from New York?" stared at his quiet face for a terri fied second. "I know! I'll ask the police. I'll go to the station ! I must find out." "Wait—don't you see, Doris? I'm only trying to help you." She stared Into hls eyes then. Her hand dropped suddenly to her lap. "I did, then. I did kill someone." Rocky's silence was terrible to her. She drew close to him. "I didn't, Rocky. 1 didn't. Tell me I didn't Why, I couldn't have killed anybody, Rocky. I know that much about my self, don't I?" She looked at him pitifully. He took her hand and held It tightly. After a while he said huskily, 'That's the way I feel, Doris. That you couldn't have." "Please tell me how It happened." Still Rocky paused. At last, hls cheek close to hers, he said slowly, "It's—been In all the papers. It hap pened the day I sailed. So 1 didn't see much about It until 1 got back. Then—of course your picture has been everywhere—" "My picture." He nodded. "It's you, all right. I didn't see It until that night you fainted when you saw It But—you didn't remember when you came to. again—'' She brushed' her hair back from her damp brow. "But Rocky, what did— what am I supposed to have done?" Rocky cleared hls throat and tried to speak In a matter-of-fact way. "Why, this girl Is supposed to have shot her husband with her father's gun and then—" ■ She could not speak, shrunk away from him, covered her face with her hands. "Then she disappeared," went on He leaned over and tried to She had Rocky. take her hands. "Must I go on?" Doris raised her face, "But Rocky, don't you remember I was with my He was still husband In the cab? alive then, shot him afterward. Itocky, and I was afraid of him. but you remember, don't you, how 1 left him? I didn't shoot him." Rocky's hand pressed nervously over "I think you— perhaps Someone else must have lie was awful. his hot brow, you haven't been well," he stam mered. the words dropped "You mean," with a bedraggled courage, "you mean I've lost my mind." 'T mean I think you lost It for a when—when this hap short time. pened." know? I mean how " u J . .. . ,,, have you learned anything about me. "I-I thought you guessed. The pa ^ ^ Qf 1L „ v 'What do they say? «ed .. « b. -re detaching the subject from her. V> hy, they say this girl Is supposed to have killed her husband on her wedding night," he said again. "Oh!" She clung to his eyes for "Oh! And you think I sympathy, did that?" Rocky took her hands pityingly, but "Doris, I didn't—but she drew away, your photograph—" "Why did you want to take me to Canada?" "Why did I want to take you? I am taking you. The first thing tomorrow. If I can get you to Quebec I can get boat and—well, I think you'll you on a be safe enough In Paris." "Rut Rocky—" He looked at her inquiringly. She wanted to ask, "But why are you do Somethlng In his She said Ing this for me—' made her unwilling. eyes Instead, "I'll have to give myself up. you know." He patted her shoulder gently. "I'll not let you." She stared up at him earnestly. "Rocky, If I'm caught are yon guilty, too? I don't mean guilty—but Isn't there some terrible penalty for hiding .3»** ' iP . ' I ,«• - I ■ " I - \ 1 ■' rfi M m V m I ■ 4 m. J & mtw. £4- ' r /< V f'i i M w--: 4 I r «! a t \W r N :V M Wl é I I rsst M I ; $ 1 r ,i Any Person of Sense Can See That." 'She Never Murdered Anybody. someone like me—You're accessory be fore the fact—or—" "Or what?" "Or something.'' "What a mind. A master's, really." She was not to be diverted by any attempt at fooling. In spite of all Rocky's precautions, she had been caught once, again. Rocky would be arrested. Mrs. Du Val would— What a legal mind. She would be caught There's no use In your being Involved. Think of your mother." "I'm thinking of my mother. One of the first things she ever taught me was to stick by my—ray friends." Her heart contracted. "You're be ing rather wonderful. I wish I could do something,to show you how much I appreciate your—your friendship—" she walked nervously to the window. A light was moving far away In the "A car is coming." She said huskily : woods. "T expect It's Beatrice coming home It's so late, Doris. from her party. You ought to get some sleep." "What's my real name?" "Diane. But Fd rather not call you that?' "Is It so absolutely sure that I did this? Do you suppose losing my mem has transformed me Into an en tirely different sort of person?" "1 don't know what to think, think you ought to get some sleep. "If I married this man—I must have loved him, mustn't I?" Rocky nodded gloomily. ory I "I sup pose so, "Say 1 didn't." argued Doris. I hated him. man In the cab. "Say Even so—I hated the But I didn't want to I wouldn't kill him If he She "I don't know. It I feel certain 1 hurt him. walkerl Into the room right now." shivered slightly, seems odd to me. couldn't kill anybody." "It Isn't that I don't believe In you. I believe In you beyond nil The thing that worries me Is what you would have to go through— you were In the hands of the Dorla sensed once You have been formally In police. dieted for murder In the first degree. You'd even be denied ball, afraid you'd collapse completely." "1 won't go to pieces again." leaned her head on her arms confi "Now that I know what T You—I'm She dently. have to fighl—well—rm going to fight It. Do you really think I'd deliberate ly let you In for a thing like this—?" Rocky whirled and looked squarely His lean features twisted "Give yourself up, then. I'll at Doris. bitterly. go with you to the police the first thing In the morning. But don't forget this. You speak about Implicating me. I'm already implicated, that, St. Gardens Is Implicated. I don't say we can't get him out of It, but It will be a nice thing to have happen to him Just as his only daugh ter Is about to be married. Beatrice Is marrying the son of a governor Rhode Island or Delaware—some little state, but they're getting plenty of publicity—it's one of the biggest wed A little murder More than dings of the year, publicity—" Doris cried out, "Oh I won't spoil her wedding. I'll go away—I won't do It—" Her voice stopped in the middle She was thinking of the sentence, that she would have to slip away from A shiver ran up her She knew then that most of Rocky, too. spine. her new-found courage sprang from When she left Rocky's friendship, him, what would become of her—po lice—prison—death ? Rocky grasped her elbow, read her thoughts. "You mustn't try to run away from me. Whatever hap pens you'll stick with me. "I can't promise that." He had Promise?" She looked Ills eyes were full of up at him. tragedy. "But don't look like that, 1 m afraid I haven't the courage to run away from you." Relief flooded his face. He smiled. "Then listen. Mrs. Conscientious. I've I know you're right- In got an Idea, everything you say. You ought not to You ought to fight. Here's an run. other idea. Supposing that you stay here quietly for a few days. I could leave you with Beatrice. Then I'll go back to Morristown, New Jersey, and get In touch with your real family. Perhaps we can arrange to get you out on ball If you do give yourself up." "I don't know why you want to do all this for me." Downstairs a door closed. Rocky "I'm going to speak Will you go to bed?" went to. the door, to Beatrice now. Doris shook her head. "No. I'd like to talk to her, too." "All right." Rocky opened the door. "Walt. I'll bring her back up here." When Rocky had gone, Doris turned out the light and sat down hy the win dows. In spite of all thnt he had said she knew that there was only one thing for her to do. She must not re pay hls great friendship by involving him In her trouble. The time must come when she would go on alone. "But not tonight," she whispered. "Perhaps It's awfully cowardly. But not tonight." What was Beatrice saying In answer to Rocky's disturbing story? Would she think Rocky was crazy (o have done so much for a criminal and a murderess? At the thought of Rocky the dark outlines of the room dis solved. A host of magic particles Il luminated the blackness, assaulted her senses. She lost herself In a dream. She heard Rocky at the door, and sprang up. She turned on the light as he came In with Beatrice SL Gar dens. Beatrice stared fixedly at Doris for a short moment. Then she turned her head and looked at Rocky. "This child 1 You mean—she's Diane Merrell?" Rocky nodded. Beatrice smiled. "Nonsense !" she said vigorously. "You think she Isn't?" "Of course she Isn't She never murdered anybody. Any person of can see that." Siie held out her "Forgive me, for talking about you as If you were' deaf, dumb and blind—but It's all so extraordinary. sense hand to Doris cordially. Anyway, I'm glad you've come. ' (TO BE CONTINUED.) 7/ 0 d National Topics Interpreted by William B ruckart Washington.—Almost no one can talk about Russia, her relations with other nations, or her Recognition form of government without taking sides, yet we are hearing so mhch about Russia these days that the situation can hardly go unnoticed. Whether It is right or wrong to recog nize the Soviet government and estab lish diplomatic negotiations Is rather likely to continue a long time ns a con troversial question, but there are nu merous facts available that are Impor tant to know. It Is from that angle timt I propose to examine the question. Obviously, economic questions enter Into International relationships what ever the problem may be that forms the focal point at the moment. And economic questions are to the fore In the present Russian equation. Out standing proponents of Russian recog nition. and a great many others who merely think they are outstanding, are urging that the United States has suf fered Immense loss of trade by the long delayed recognition. They argue also that our position of delay has af forded other powerful Industrial na tions to get there ahead of us, to gain a foothold from which It will be diffi cult to Jar them loose. Because of recognition being withheld so Long, they contend, other early birds got the Important worm. And another thing about which rec ognition exponents proclaim their feel ings Is that our government has been Inconsistent In Its foreign policy and has Insulted the people of a great na tion by withholding dlplomatlçjrela lions from them. They point to* that which Is true, that the United States has recognized de facto, or revolution of Russia made, governments throughout the Central and South' American nations with the very minimum of delay. Why, they have asked, has our gov ernment accorded recognition to gov ernments In South America where the Individuals at their heads have been little, If anything, more than brigands (racketeers, we call them In our own cities)? Much of the propaganda favoring recognition has had its origin among Individuals and groups with very defi nite and discoverable axes to grind. Some of It the crow flieWrom Communistic sym pathizers, If not from actual Commu nistic agents. They are master propa gandists. That being their Job, I think It Is unfair to criticize them, though I disagree with them and their pur poses. From many students of the sit uation, I hear only the demand that the propagandists come out In the open instead of seeking their ends and alms by dirty, sneaking trickery. Being acquainted with a good deal of the Soviet program to bring about recognition of their government by the United States, I took occasion to look up the trade records. The figures In black and white ought to be convincing to anyone. They fail to show that any nation which has established diplomat ic relations with the Soviet under the dictator, Stalin, has profited from that recognition. come as straight as * In the case of our own nation, our commerce with the Soviet was virtual ly on a level with As to Trade any of the nations whose diplomatic Results representatives were accredited to the Soviet. Onr trade has gone up or has gone Just about the same ns has the volume of those nations that have recognized the Rus regime. This experimental slan seemed to me to establish thnt rec ognition had nothing whatever to do with the question. Further, It seemed to prove that the other nations had gained no advantage, no foothold, which our own exporters had not had. To me, the figures definitely confirmed the statement made by the former secre tary of state. Balnbrldge Colby, that recognition had no bearing whatsoever on trade results. There are some social and humani tarian objections to recognition, how ever, that strike me as being worth while In view of the history of our na tion and the freedom of religious wor ship which was guaranteed by being written Into the Constitution. Presi dent Roosevelt got very close to the key in hls speech In New York on Oc tober 5 when he suggested that no na tion denying Its citizens the right of religious worship could subsist long. He Intimated a belief thnt eventually such a government would find Itself alienated from other peoples, and If that be true, then Mr. Roosevelt pre dicted the ultimate outcome of the system of which Stalin Is now the overlord. So it seems to me that In stead of Insulting the Soviet by deny ing. or rather, withholding, recognition, we Insult our own people when we take a position that makes equals of who destroy all evidence and rights of religious worship. to reasons for the lack of of Russian trade: the those Now as development authorities tell me that Russia volume of best _ j export only a given the several commodities figuring In In ternational trade. She cannot Increase she has had Insufficient can that because equipment with which to produce, cent bv a very slow process. The nat to tallow, of course, why thnt equipment? To this who will pay? ex ural question not sell her the reply Is «HnP 1 *-* 1 Russia has not the money and she can not get the money from outside of her domain because she has no credit. 1 had the pleasure of witnessing quite an unusual ceremony In the treasury the other day, and It was so Interesting that I feel it should be de scribed In these columns. The treas ury had decided to exercise Its option al right to redeem a portion of the gigantic fourth Liberty loan. It wunt-^ ed to 'Vail for maturity" approximate ly one-third of the Issue which now has a total outstanding In excess of $6,268,000,(XX). To accomplish that purpose, there were certain require ments of law to be met, and one of them was a determination of which of the bonds would be called by a meth od of chance. The great Issue, sold during the strife and strain of World war days and on the basis of patriotic appeal, was not due to mature until twenty years after Its tssufe, which made It mature In October. 1038. But when the government sold the bonds. It re served the right to call them for re demption five years before maturity If it so desired. Money market condi tions made It seem likely that bonds bearing a cheaper rate of Interest than the 4^4 per cent carried by the fourth Liberty bonds could be sold. If they could, the government, which means the taxpayers, could save money on Interest. Hence. J.he determination to call a part of the Issue and, hence, the ceremony, tlon of the big Issue could be resold at this time, so only one-third of It was UntiMual Ceremony It was felt that only a por called. Knowing of the program, I went In advance to the lobby of the undersec-, retary's office. A tall, wooden ped estal stood In the middle of the room. Atop It was a glass bowl. At the ap pointed time, an attache of the treas urer's office deposited ten envelopes In the bowl. Each was neatly rolled and held by a rubber band. Each en velope carried a formal order directing the retirement of certain portions of the Issue and stating that Interest on those bonds would cease ns of April 16 , 1034, the future date being neces because the bonds themselves s ary stated that a notice of six months had to be given In case of redemption In advance of actual maturity. Presently, the tall, dignified, Dean Acheson. undersecretary of the treas There was ury, entered the room, much taking of pictures, stills and movies. Mr. Acheson then reached Into the bowl and drew therefrom an envelope. It was opened by Frank Birgfeld, the treasury's chief clerk. Mr. Acheson read Its contents aloud. It said that fourth Liberty bonds Whose numbers ended In the digits "0 ' O' "1" or whose letter designations were either called for redemption. Thnt meant thnt anybody holding any of those bonds either would have to turn them into the government or lose interest them after next April. The new issue will bear only 3 5 /4 per cent Interest, so that the saving will be almost $19,000.000 a year, because the bonds called total $1,875,000,000. or or "A" were "K' 'J," on * Secretary Hull, of the State depart ment, apparently has had a stomachful of unwarranted German, or rather Hitler, assaults on American citizens by Hitler's storm troopers, and has askec. pointedly what Is being done about ending such Indignities. He will be told, of course, that efforts are being made to punish the offenders, but I think It Is no longer a secret that the Washington government is not at al! satisfied with the way Hitler and hls cohorts are treating citizens of other nations. signs that the Washington administra tion Is growing a bit "cold" on Hitler, Germany Irritates Indeed. I believe I can see himself. The Incident may or may not pro duce anything. It is possible that the of state may take that secretary step, as bold as It Is rare, of Issuing a proclamation that the United States cannot guarantee the safety of Amer ican citizens In Germany. The best obtain Is that this judgment I can stage will not be reached In the con Because, to make such a declaration is an action between na tions as bitter as applying the short and ugly word to an Individual. On other hand, attention must be called to the latent dangers In the sit uation and one must consider as well that Hitler Is playing a far-flung game. To Washington observers, the early advices In response to Mr. Hull's order check up on punishment of storm troopers who have assaulted Amerl cans have meant nothing but that the Nazi chieftain was dodging the Issue. When hls foreign office said "efforts being made" to catch the offend troversy. the 10 were ers. the corps of students of the sit uation here Immediately ejaculated thnt slang, but quite effective, ex "Oh ! Yeah." For It Is to pression ; be remembered that Mr. Hitler has complete domination of German affairs, and that under conditions where the dictatorship is so completely In con trol. there ought to he little difficulty Tn pulling an end to the condition of whlchoMr. Hull complains. ©. Ills. Wpstrrn Nowsp*per Union, Howe About: Straight Men Sound Judgment Huey Long By ED HOWE HEAR many fine compliments for the people; I have rarely known » man who did not say; "I have the finest neighbors In the world." There Is a gentler atmosphere where there are women and children: 1 read the other day that hawks and song birds often nest In the same trees. With mothers and young about, the hawk behaves himself, and does his killing elsewhere. When the Yankees went south In 1861-5, how they acted, no women or thlldren being along. My son has been In Texas for years, with his fam ily, and writes me; "It seems to me I have the best neighbors In the world." I Men are always rougher when the women and children are not along. Note what the men say on returning home after a day spent downtown 'It seems to me I have the with men ; meanest opposition In the world,' 1 often hear people say they Intend to take up a special course In music, French, literature, w'hlst, etc., but have never heard of anyone taking up * special course In taste, of Judgment In handling what education or sense one has. ... I oftener have need of taste or Judgment, than nearly any thing else. One does not play whist often, or often encounter a French word, but the exercise of sound Judg ment, taste, will greatly oblige him every hour of the day. • • • Huey Long, a Holy Roller In the radical religion, says his father was poor and Ignorant, and kept In thnt condition by the unscrupulous rich. . . . Huey has two brothers, mature men, and respectable and successful lawyers, was a They both say their father large farmer, a better edu cated and more Intelligent man than their brother Huey, and able to make a better speech than any of hts sons. The Long brothers also say thnt when they were children, they had Intelli gent and helpful neighbors, and were never ground down by anybody. . . . It Is easy for anyone to win In poli tics, If the candidate Is able to tell the demagogue story gracefully. The dem agogue story Is thousands of years old, and always the same; all dishon est voters ask of a new man foiling It Is thnt he be eloquent, dramatic, a good liar, and a rogue like themselves A new book on sociology by a col lege professor Is like a new memorial to Abe Lincoln: It is not actually needed. Prof. L. P. Jacks, of Oxford, has Just erected another monument of 408 pages to the Ideal society which expresses Itself In providing comfort able homes for the poor, drunkards, fallen women, orphans, criminals, etc., with hope of reclaiming the subjects of our charity. if our race ever attains an Ideal so cial arrangement, there will be no poor, drunkards, fallen women, or phans, or criminals. A man's great est Injustice Is that he Is hampered in hls efforts to successfully care for him self by being taxed to care for those less Industrious. Only of the man an imal Is It demanded that he carry a part of another's load. Say that in the natural march of man, the natural load of each one Is forty pounds; to carry forty pounds all day turns out a considerable task by evening. But we have increased the load of every reasonably hearty to certainly fifty pounds. Some man others are carrying only thirty, twenty ten pounds, or no load at all. In deed, many worthless persons are be ing carried in litters from camp to camp by the stronger. or The French woman called George Sand was a perfect type of the radi cal. Her morals were atrocious, but, like others of her type, she had enor mous visions of saving the world. "I would be cut to pieces for Ideals I know will never be realized," she I grope In darkness and my wrote. tired arms grasp nothing save delu sive shadows, yet If I followed my per sonal Inclinations I should not pull my neighbor's child out of the water." Radicals everywhere have always been like that: know they cannot ac complish what they so disturb the world by attempting, and neglect the little good hourly at hand. (Tills Indictment of radicals Is brief and simply written . that It may be easily understood. 1 so Intend It; I purposely avoid making a book of the Idea.) * A man Informs me that, he married who had lived all her life In a woman hotels and boarding houses, and that she was so little civilized that when he took her to a house he provided, she struck matches on the walls of the rooms. During the present depression I find that In my household we occasionally recover something of value from the attic. These articles were condemned and sent there during the higher standard of living days, but which we have during the past two or three been unable to maintain. . . . years (I recommend that the newspapers generally print this; It may prove help ful to a good many who are thinking of going on the county, but are de laying the final plunge. They may find something In the attic of use in the emergency, as we did. © l til, Beil Syndicat*. —WNXJ Servie«.