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;jlWWWWWWWVWVWi Stolen Plans, and Others Bg JACK CURTISS (Copyright. 11B, by W. G. Chapman.)" Bramwell, the general manager of the Loftus corporation, stared with a white face at Lewis, the treasurer. In front of him was an open safe. "It's gone!" he said. Lewis was shaking as if stricken with ague. "What do you make of it?" be stammered. "I tell you what I make of it!" shout ed Bramwell. "The Neatfoot company has stolen the plans for our new en gine. It means a difference of about twelve million dollars. They've been after it for a year. And to us it means bankruptcy." Lewis closed the safe before answer ing. "After all, it's up to Feggis," he said. "He put the plans in the safe He went off on a sudden jaunt to Eu rope without leaving any address. He's the president, not you or I." "But how did it get out of the safe?" demanded Bramwell, when they were closeted together in tho manager's of fice. "At least well trace the thief. Somebody knew the combination." "Ever hear of the man who opens safes by catching the sound?" asked Lewis. "Some fellow like that. It's an easy trick, I understand. Some con- "What Do You Make of It?" He Stammered. federate in the office introduced the man probably hid him in the ladies' coatroom around five o'clock, where he could hear the safe being opened. After that it was easy." "Who works at night besides Pe ters?" "Miss Graham." "Whew!" said Bramwell. "Engaged, aren't they?" They stared at each other and then smiled. There was small hope of re covering the plans, but at least it seemed to them that they were on the trail. John Peters, President Feggis sec letary, and Nancy Graham, his stenog rapher, had practically the run of the office during the president's absence. Tho inquisition had narrowed itself oown to them. . Nobody else could pos sible have been guilty. Peters had en tered the president's employ in his present capacity five years before. Miss Graham seven. She had worked up to her present position at thirty dol lars a. week, and there existed some feeling against her, not only on the part of the girls who were now her fcubordinates, but among Bramwell and Iewis, who resented the fact that she and Peters occupied a practically independent position during the presi dent's absence. In epite of the heads' precautions the story of the theft leaked out. In sensibly the suspicion of the office force was directed toward the occu pants of the mahogany-furnished room where Peters and Nancy worked to gether. And insensibly Nancy felt that chilling suspicion enter her own heart. There was, in reality, little room for private talk between them, even if they had been so minded. The presi dent's office, fitted with transparent windows that looked out directly upon the general office, allowed both occu pants to be seen at all times. Often Nancy would look up from her work to see a dozen pairs of eyes watching her. They were to have been married that spring. The marriage had been postponed when the crisis compelled the cutting down of salaries. John was making only forty-five a week now, a sum ample for their needs, only Nancy, with memories of a life of pov erty behind her, did not intend to start life, giving up her position af ter her marriage, without a substantial bank account. And she would not work when she was married. . She and John were old-fashioned people, and neither believed in that. "Nancy," John had pleaded, "give up your work and marry me. I shall be getting fifty again next year, and after that a substantial raise at some time. Don't let us spend our youth together here when we might be so happy." The girl had steadfastly refused. John Iiad taken it bard at first. Some times she almost .relented, but her principle kept her to her decision. He would be glad when the time came. "Nancy," he had once said to her, "if I could get some money, several thousand dollars, would yen marry me at once?" "How would you get it?" she par ried. "I have an investment," John bad laughed. And his words came back to her as she sat within the office, near John. Once she raised her eyes and looked at him steadfastly. His own eyes had been fixed scrutinizingly on hers. He dropped them. Later that day he told her some thing that amazed her. His invest ment had been of a little legacy a few hundred dollars only, but a tip from a broker had enabled him to real ize five thousand on it. He had the money safe in the bank. Would she marry him now? And the girl's eager joy was damp ened by the sudden fearful suspicion that came to her. She thrust it aside but it returned. John a thief? John, whom she adored with all her mind constantly? She waited with a crush ing burden at her heart. And day by day they felt the sus picion rise and hang over them like a dark cloud. OTJay, the mail sorter had been dis charged the week before. The new man, Fallon, a surly, vindictive-looking fellow, had his post opposite the window facing Nancy's desk. When ever she looked up she would see Fal lon's eyes fixed on hers. He seemed to be watching her. And it was not long before she began to see Fallon lurking behind her when-she went out to lunch, when she went home. The man was a spy. She was under sus picion, then. Those wretched days in the office, when John, absorbed, hardly spoke to her, were breaking down the girl's nerves. John was guilty! The impression had grown into certainty. The story of the legacy was preposterous. In Nancy's brain an idea was born. Quiet ly and unostentatiously she went from her lunch one day into the office build ing of the Neatfoot company, emerg ing through the other door. Glancing back as she passed out, she saw Fallon waiting for her. There was a look of satisfaction on his dark face. He followed her to the office almost openly. Twice more Nancy performed this feat. Each time she saw Fallon be hind her. And somehow, in the mys terious way of offices, that story got known too. Nancy read it in the faces of all the girls, in John's. He knew! And by now their intimacy had dwindled to a shadow of friendship. John no longer called for her, alleg ing the pressure of work in the office. He stayed there nightly, after Nancy had gone home. "Mr. Bramwell wishes to see you. Miss Graham!" , With beating heart Nancy followed the boy into the general magnate's room. Lewis was there with Bram well. "Sit down. Miss Graham," said Bramwell. "You know Mr. Feggis will be back today and before he comes " his voice was soft as honey "I think you had better confess that you stole that plan of the engine." They waited, watching her face like hawks. "We've got the goods on you," shout ed Lewis theatrically. "You'd better confess. You have been tracked to the Neatfoot offices." "Yes, I confess," said Nancy calmly. "I was bribed to steal that engine plan." : Before the triumph on their faces had risen to the full the door opened and John came hurrying in. "You can cut that out!" he shout ed. "I stole the engine plans, and I warn you that all 'the office is talking about Miss Graham being implicated. Well, it's a lie. I'm responsible." The look of triumph turned to amazement. Then Lewis leaped for ward. "You both stole them!" he shouted. "I have suspected you from the be ginning. This will be a jail sen tence " "Dear me, what will be a jail sen tence? What is this trouble about?" demanded a pleasant-voiced old gentle man, entering the office, umbrella in hand. "Mr. Feggis!" exclaimed Bramwell. "Sir, the engine plans have been stolen, sold to the Neatfoot company, and these persons are the guilty ones. They took the plans from the safe " "What are you talking about?" de manded Feggis. "Didn't the messen ger deliver that note I sent you from on board the Aquitaine? Why, my dear fellow. I took the plans. Had an emergency order from the French gov ernment, and couldn't wait to explain. Just got home with the contract." "But Miss Graham has confessed!" cried the bewildered Bramwell. "And Mr. Peters r.lso," said Lewis. Mr. Feggis turned and looked int the faces of the lovers. "I think," he said with quiet empha sis, "that if you will intrust the matter to me I can obtain a very quick re cantation from them " - But instead of obtaining the recanta tion he ' quietly - left the room with his aides. - "Oh, , John!" sobbed Nancy, "I thought you you Can you ever for give me?" "But I thought you " stuttered John. "Why, Nancy, what on earth didn't you believe in that legacy? I tell you what, dear, we've both been overworked and got a little nerve worn. What do you say to starting that honeymoon tomorrow?" "Tomorrow?" Nancy gasped. "Why, I can't possibly that is, not till the day after, John." fiA -TTTMJ PROPER CARE OF THE UDDER Cold Cement F16or," Bruising, Sudden Chilis, Etc., Are Some ot Exter nal Causes of Trouble. s Many good cows are lost to a use ful life on the dairy farm by the neg lect of a little necessary care at a critical time. This is particularly true of heifers and extra heavy milkers. Sometimes it is true of mediocre cows that have been fed too stimulating foods fcr a time prior to freshening, writes I. B. Henderson in Farm, Stock and Home. Under normal conditions the udder of the cow should not re quire special attention, but the far ther we get from natural conditions and the more we incline to forced pro duction the greater the likelihood of trouble. A cold cement floor, cold ground. bruising of the udder, sudden chills. etc., are some of the external causes of udder trouble. The preventive rem edies can be easily applied. 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A is a single bacterium; B shows bacterial growth in 24 hours with milk kept at 50 degrees. At C is the fam ily of a single bacterium after 24 hours - Milk-Cooling Effect. at 70 degrees. It is easy to see what a difference 20 degrees in tempera ture makes. At 50 degrees the mul tiplication is five-fold, at 70 degrees it is 750 fold. TO DISINFECT COW STABLES In Case of Contagious Abortion Any of the Standard Coal Tar Mixtures Will Be Found Good. For a disinfectant in cases of con tagious abortion in cows, any of the standard coal tar disinfectants are good. Crude carbolic and bichloride of mercury are two good ones. Contagious abortion of cows is a serious trouble and must be handled with extreme care if it is to be sup pressed. The proper disinfection of the cow stables and the entire premises that may become infected is very important. 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