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©By Dodd, Mood a Oa
WND SarTkco
"Quite right, Baxter." Cox's man
ner was crisp. "Mr. Warner Is en
tirely In onr .confidence.
"Oh. very well.
Warner knows all about tsy interest
In my friend Thompson In connection
with this matter. An excellent engi
neer. I believe?"
Neither Cox nor Caleb answered.
Baxter drew long envelope from his
Inside pocket with a bit of a flourish.
Cox's eyes fixed upon 1L He fancied
that thlswas the boomerang.
"This company has got to have Her
manns valley for its reservoir. Her
manns canyon at Its head for Its dam
site. Never mind where I got the In
formation. There's a model In your
directors' room that proves my asser
tion." For a moment he faltered. Cox
and Caleb had exchanged glances.
Baxter seemed suspicions of them.
"I've got the privilege of sale on
that property," he went on. "For one
year, and thereafter until revoked by
the party of the first part. Now de
ceased. It is an option-contract Bind
ing on the heirs and assigns of the
late- Captain, Clinto n. I'm going to
offer It to the company at a fair price
—with the stipulation already stated
to you concerning Mr. Thompson.
Here's the agreement The price to
me, as you will see. Is one hundred
and twenty-five dollars an acre. My
price to you. one hundred and fifty.
A fair profit and a fair price. No
for condemnation pr ore e d -
Sit down."
I take It that Mr.
ings." He handed the document to
Cox. who ran swiftly over the two
pages, refolded it and passed the pa
per to Caleb.
Caleb's face hardened as he rend.
The essence of the contract, aa It ap
plied to the situation, was that In It
Baxter was given permission to sell
the land without reservation as to Its
uses, for any purposes, without men
tion of the ranch-house—or of the
little cemetery where Clinton himself
- now lay burled.
"That's my hand," said
"Your play, Cox. But this thing has
got to be settled Immediately. Or—I
go to Oakville."
Cox took the paper refolded by Ca
leb as the latter laid it on the desk.
And he handed It back to Baxter.
"Doesn't Interest us," he said.
Baxter's Jaw sagged. He checked
« "What?" by biting hla underlip as
Cox went on:
"So far as the Crystal Springs Wa
ter company Is concerned, so far as
*ny wafer company Is concerned, that
carbon Is not worth the paper It Is
typed on."
Baxter-bad braced himself and man
aged a laugh as he leaned forward
"I'm not here to bluff," he said.
-Why isn't It7"
"I'll tell you. If you insist." Cox
spoke as If he had already dismissed
the matter and talked only out of
bored politeness. "You got Informa
tion about our project, Warner's pre
liminary prospectus and the model In
the next room, through leaks in this
office. There are leaks In every office.
We guard against 'em. Warner found
out long ago that the bed rock, as
the side formations. In Hermanns can
yon are not structurally able to sup
port an Impounding dam.
"He gave up the Idea of that dam
«Ile, hut we didn't bother to change
the model. The details of Warner's
amended plans were submitted to us
*nd we approved of them. But those
details, transcribed by a man whom I
cah absolutely trust—my own secre
tary- «-were not. filed where anyone
might get a look at them—as was the
case with the original prospectus.
They were filed back of you, Baxter,
In that steel cabinet, here In my own
room, under a key that I alone hold.
No leaks from that, my son. I repeat,
we are not In the least Interested In
jrour option."
^Th*_boomerang bad struck Ita
Baxter looked from one to the other,
e muscle twitching high up in one
cheek. Hie glance lingered venom
ously on Caleb, who had outwitted
"So that's your Joker card. Is It?
Well, I've got one to match It Cut
îhls out." He put the paper away,
and stood up. "Don't forget I've got
enough Information to interest Oak
rille. I've got an Idea they'll block
your project You won't be able to
buy up your lands on the quiet. I'll
attend to that even If Oakville doesn't
take hold. Though I fancy they will
and pay me for the Infortnatlon. too.
I'll put the ranchers wise and I'll
boost the price of Callente Sink and
all the watershed nntll the cost will
swamp yonr scheme at the outset"
He whirled on Caleb with a snarl.
"Ami ywu' H ieea year blg^suka- and
your Job at the same time, Warner,
for all yonr cleverness. Good morn
ing—and be d—d to both of yon!"
Baxter, starting for the exit, stopped
abort as It opened abruptly. He
stared and faltered os Mary Morgan
came swiftly in and shat the door,
leaning against it Her face was
white save for two spots of red. her
blue eyes were menacing aa she fixed
them upon Baxter and her breast
heaved tumultuously while she took
some papers from Inside her Mouse
and held them tight gripped.
Baxter made a sodden move toward
the girl, hla eyes fixed on the papers
•be held as If he had suddenly Ire
««•piH ods of them. She held
let one hand against him.
"Mr Warner." oho said bar breath
coming short, "please give these pa
pera to Mr. Cox." '
Caleb took them wonderlngly,
though he sensed the culmination of
an act In the drama between Barter
and this girl, a scene In which he was
on for a purpose, together with Cox.
She stood fast in front of the. door,
her frras spread, her fingers clutching
the outside of the frame on either
side. Baxter strode toward her.
"This doesn't Interest me," he said.
*T7 pt out of to y road."
"No!" The monosyllable was an ex
plosion of loathing and contempt.
Baxter recoiled a little before the girl.
The blonde stenographer was an em
bodiment of hatred and of determina
"Not until Mr. Cox has read those
papers and heard wivat I am going to
Caleb looked at Cox and the latter
nodded slightly In understanding.
"All right. Misa Morgan." said Caleb.
"You needn't stand by the ddbr. Mr.
Baxter wlllfstay."
She looked at him and read his face,
then moved away a little while Caleb
lounged agnlnst the door panels and
Baxter retreated before the fury that
the girl manifested. Cox looked at
his transformed stenographer through
half-closed lids. He had not yet read
the papers.
. "I don't Imagine you hear office gos
sip, Mr. Cox," she began, "but almost
everyone In your office knows that I
am going to have a baby. This—Bax
ter—Is its father. He has promised
a score of times to marry me or to
give me money enough to go away.'
He preferred the latter. And his
promises were like himself, worth
Baxter looked away from her Scorn,
first at Cox. sphlnxllke In his chair,
then at Caleb guarding the door with
an air of willing reaVllness to oppose
his exit. He had lost his poise. He
cringed under the whip of her words
and attitude. Then he tried to brave
It out, with a sneer that lacked defi
'This sort of stuff . . .** com
menced Baxter.
"Keep quiet." The order from Cox
was so brusque that the lesser spirit
quailed. "Oo on. Miss Morgan."
"Baxter came to me." continued the
girl, "some time ago with a form of
option that he wanted me to type. In
It Captain Clinton agreed to sell for
farming purposes only; he resei -d
the ranch-house and some few acres
from all sale. It was to be typed In
dupllcsfe and I made an extra carbon,
which I kept. You have It there. I
kept It for reference. But when he
brought me a blank form the day be
fore yesterday, with the name of Cap
tain Clinton and a witness already
signed, when,, he asked me to type ip
-the m a nuscr i pt -text--that--he supp li e d
and to do It so carefully that It would
look as If the signatures had heen nat
urally made. In spaces coming at the
right distance from the conclusion of
the typing. It was not hard to know
that something was wrong—that Bax
ter had practiced those signatures on
blank sheets untl.l he had got them
perfect. This option had no reserva
tions. He did not want a carbon of
that—no copy Ht It will he found
among Captain Clinton's papers. But
! made a carbon, the second paper
that yon hold, Mr. Cox."
Cox had glanced over the documents
as the girl made her points and now
he laid them down.
"You suspected the signatures were
forgeries? You knew Captain Clinton
was dead?" he asked.
"Yes." She spoke half defiantly.
"I knew that I have done more than
that. T gave Baxter Information I got
In the office here. I did It all because,
up till then, I wanted him to marry
me. He swore that he would If I typed
this last contract He said It would
bring him In a lot of money, that the
signatures were genuine. I didn't
challenge that because . . ."
For a moment she wavered but
caught herself up.
"But I didn't trust him. That Is
why 1 made the second carbon. When
I asked him to go with me and get
our license, he laughed at me. Then
I did accuse him of forgery. He said
that If It was, Clinton would not rise
from the dead to dispute It that no
one could defect It, that the witness
only signed with a cross and could not
read what was lo the option. And
that I was Just as deep In it as he was.
I suppose it was criminal. I have re
signed my position here. I have
played false to the company. You can
do whatever you want with me. 1 do
not mind punishment as long ss he
has to share It"
Baxter winced. The girt was In
deadly earnest
»I«X»I4I4»4I»I4X4X«I4I»m»I4X4m4I»I4I»I»X4X 4X«m4
Pointers for Men of Inventive Turn
Talking movies and a hat band that
doesn't get streaked by the rain are
two of the world'« needs not yet sup
plied. according to the British Insti
tute of Patentee*. The instltufe has
Just Issued its booklet on "What's
Wanted" as a guide to Inventors who
may be slightly uncertain aa to what
to in**».
Many of the Items listed have been
suggested by the war office, the air
ministry, post office and other British
government departments Industrial
concerns bare also offered suggestlono
of Inventions which would bo valuable
to manufacturers and artisans
The Hat Includes a noiseli
plane, better motor ear headlights.
for Instantaneous color
-How «boot It Barrer r asked Oa*.
"A mess of Ilea. She'« rooked It op
And I
because I won't marry her.
wouldn't because I am as doubtful of
the paternity of the child aa «be af
fects to be of the authenticity of the
—"Oh **'
hands changed to talons. Baxter
a swift step back,
the door, his fists doubled. Then Cox,
coming out from behind his desk In
rapid movement, caughf her «a she
tottered and helped her to a chair,
where she collapsed, sobbing hysteri
cally. — ~. " ' } :
"Both those options are genuine,"
"I defy you to
The girl stood rigid, bar
Caleb came from
bl ustered Baxter. _
prove them otherwise. I gof the **c
ond one from Clinton after my land
deal fell through. He was anxious to
realize on his estate."
"You admit the two documents!"
Cox's words were crisp.
«Certainly. And now we'll leavs
Mias Morgan and my personal affair*
out of it. If yon haven't anything
more to say, our proposition stand*
HS It did. You'll from Oakville.
or from me through the press. You
can't bully me. Cox." .
Cox leveled his forefinger at B»
ter. his eyes steely, bis words driven
home like the blows of a hammer.
"If you say anvthlng to Oakville, to
' 3 ' „ .ncominir the
the press, to anyone, concerning tne
_ , . ... ___
affalrs of this company, If you annoy ,
In any way this young lady. I'll
somethin- Baxter, that you will And
It very hard to finish. You know me. -
and I know you. You're clever but 1
. ■ . . a oi,.« in :
you re no • ' . < >•■»
these options. Padilla, may be lull
erate. but I fancy he'll remember that
he did not sign two papers In the
_ . ,,_ m _ m A „« orwro .._ nr
* a " le ® y ' ° . nifered the
date. when yoo altered th.
* x , e won e 1 I» j hnv . to cet
gan a testimony. Anüjf I l»ve to get
after you, my son. I won't hesitate to
hrlng any
sess. You're trailing to a smash fast
enough on your own account, but you'll
travel a lot more swiftly If I get busy.
Now, you grasshopper, hop out of this
He turned on his heel. Baxter
slunk past Caleb to the door. His
Jauntiness had nothing left hut a whis
per. But that was virulent as the hiss
of a snake to Caleb.
"I'm not through with you yet."
And his face. Ids eyes, were not those
of a sane man.
Mary Morgan had smothered her
hysteria and stood by the desk, await
ing Judgment.
"You spoke of going away. Miss
Morgan," said Cox In a voice that sur
prised Caleb by Its gentleness, as It
did the girl. She looked at him hesi
tatingly, wiping her eyes.
«I meant to go east, nnfll it was
"A friend." she did
over." she said,
not glance at Caleb, "furnished me the
money. But ! will stay here where
you can find me. I should rather not
leave California—only . .
have to. Though w
shan't need you In this affair. Bax
ter's through. After It Is all over,
come to me, or write me and I shall
he glad to help you to a position. With
the Capitol Land and Irrigation com
pany at-Sacramento. In nil probability.
They will always he g! -d of service as
capable as yours. Yon have man
aged to render ns a service that quite
wipes out anything else you may have
done foolishly." - -
Bewildered, she tried to express
"That will he quite all right. Miss
Morgan. Don't forget to apply to me.
And now you are excused for the day.
You can go out through my door to
the elevator. I'll have Harry get your
Caleb had Imagined Cox Just hut
not tightly turning to the side of
SHU the girl had effectively
And she had In
disposed of Baxter,
all likelihood saved Caleb a hundred
thousand dollars, besides his salaried
position. After she had gone Cox
turned from the window.
"Poor little devil." he said. "Baxter
made a fool of her. I've g<*t a girl at
home. Warner. Just about her age.
She hasn't had to earn her living, lark
for pretty things to wear or her full
share of fun and good times. This girl
may tom out sll rtgtU. with s helping
hand She has spunk. As for Baxter,
he hopped too far. She's cleverer
than he is. He's got a chrome streak
down his hack ; he's zehra-strlped
with yellow when If comes to a show
down. D—d shame the girl hasn't got
a brother. He deserves a good lick
l nK «
raleb remembering the fight on the
bridge, knowing Baxter's finançai
straits fancied he had not heen with
out punishment. That final threat he
dismissed as Idle.
"He nearly had us." wound up Co*,
"Publicity—or Oakville—would h»ve
ruined our plans. But he's hopped for '
the last time in ray meadow."
photography, elimination of rust and ;
transmission of speech by light ; also
a method of conveying speech directly
and readably to paper.
Suaptcioua of Columhua
Columbus had returned to Spain
bringing news of a wonderful new
land across the sea.
» "How much shall I write on It?"
queried the maritime reporter of the
Cadix Evening Bulletin.
-Don't write anything," replied (ho
etty editor "l-et cm ambus pay for j
hla advertising If be Wants any. it a j
probably a real estate proeaotio* ■
ache«»«."—Now York University Med- (
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Diagram of a Thras-Tnbs Reflex Hook-Up With Constant« Being Shown,
Summer Static la Reduced to Practically Nothing.
The principal feature of the circuit
- t J" ,°T Z'T
* rlf « L Tr8v ' 8 "
£ ««»m.er static Is re
no hing. let. the
'^>■»1 strength is greater than any of
S »' V 'T«I regenerative sets that I have
. . . . .. ,
tried. This. I think. Is due to the varl
. . .
the aerial circuit
, ,,^ *■ " s " W *"
, fnidl«-frequency
* et ' wh, ' e 1 •• DX r ^ 18 88 K"" d 88
u '- v m*utfmiync. When property ud
Justed and tuned to any wave length,
. . , . .
8 '"" nrt " 18 « 8 "
'" Tu ,
The only (line I am annoyed with
disturbances is when an eleclrl
^ storm js radUw of flve
nlllos - Ordinary stalle, while very nn
on radlo . freqU(>ncy „r regen
- "- * - » —
New Upright Antenna
Used by Station KDKA
At either side of station KDKA
(Pittsburgh) stands an antenna sys
tem, one of the new upright struc
ture, and the other of the conventional
horizontal or Hat top structure; one
used for short-wave transmission, the
other operated on an assigned hroad
ca s t i ng wave length ; one, counting ns
Its province only places on the North
American continent, although It Is
heard regularly in parts of South
America and Europe : the other reach
ing out with consistent duy-after day
transmission to the furthermost cor
ners of Hie earth.
One of these antenna systems Is for
(he station's 300-meter wave length,
while the other radiates on the short
wave lengths.
The upright antenna, the one used
with the Short-wave transmitting set,
la one of the most efficient antenna It
Is possible to build, of any type, con
sidering the present knowledge of ra
dio phenomena. KDKA engineers de
clare, as It has been practical to bnlld
this antenna so that Us natural period
of vibration or fundamental'frequency
Is very close to that used In the short
wave transmissions to be radiated
from It. That means that very little
tuning of fids antenna Is required and
the losses of ;>ower or energy through
tuning are therefore very small. This
antenna also permits the use of about
the greatest effective height that can
Aaa 72>e
[-Type of Antenna Used for Sho rt Wavs
W v ,-, w
P tuning roll as shown. The pipe Is
supported on long porrelaln Insulators
»nd Is topped with a large hull. A
counterpoise Is used Instead of a
«round connection. The antenna is
fed through a radlo-frequenry trans
mission line so that the antenna can
be_ obtained on tbs particular ware
length in use.
A wooden prie supports s pipe cut
ne«r the center for-the Insertion of
b« located at some distance from the
transmitter itself,
The horizontal or assigned wnve
length antenna also Is very efficient,
The fundamental frequency, however,
Is not quite so close to that of Hie
wave length which Is to he radiated.
Also, the full possible advantage has
not been taken of height. This Is be
cause, of.Hie type of wjpport ««ed- for
the antenna, a type which has many
advantages over steel to compensate
f 0r H ddcd height possible through
the use of steel supports.
Several antennae are used In the
short-wave transmitting system. These
different antennae are located with the
«.lam insulators hold the tube rigid
aafffttfäterrednce e l ect ri c ! no« e s. -
The length of the abort wave radl
«ted by the «tstlon expressed lo feet
la approximately 200 feet. The an
Ido* of getting directional effects on
the long distance relaying. Each an
tenna consist« of a copper tube sup
ported vertically on a high wooden
pole with a small horizontal counter
poise element at the lower end about
four feet from the ground. Long por
erative circuits, is not troublesome on
this one. __
The potentiometer shown Is of 400
ohms resistance. Only the arm and
one of the end terminals are used.
Colls L and LI are spider webs. Twen
ty-four turns of the secondary are
wound on, then the primary of 10
turns, «ml finally the remaining twen
ty-four turns of the secondary. Both
colls are wound clockwise, and both
are No. 22 double silk-covered wire.
The cryst a l — detector may he either
fixed or variable. When the variable
condenser In the aerial circuit and the
potentiometer are adjusted to the
aerial being used they can be left
alone, which leaves only two controls
to tune. The potentiometer may Be
used as a volume control and to con
trol oscillation.
tenna Is a few meters less than half
the length of the wave which It radi
ates, but a short horizontal counter
poise element at the bottom end of the
tulie, and llte lead-in wire connection
with the sot, help to compensate for
the deficiency In length, and bring the
natural period or fundamental fre
quency of the antenna near that which
Ik being radiated by the transmitting
Collodion Is Found B*st
Binder for Radio Coil
When winding tuning colls It Is
necessary to use some kind of a
binder. The radio laboratory of the
bureau of standards would recom
mend collodion for that purpose,'Com
parative tests with varnish, shellac,
and paraffin produced results Indicat
ing that cojlodlon Is best, with the ad
ditional advantage of drying rapidly.
Different binding materials were
applied to a single-layer coll, Just
enough to cover the entire surface.
The colla were then dried thoroughly.
Since measurements were difficult, mi
usual care was exercised Id perform
Ing the task. The difficulty of this
test Is apparent when we are told that
in some cases the resistance of a coll
using u binder was less by u fraction
of an ohm than u coil to which no
binding material was applied. (Jen
erally, however, the absence of a
binder contributed to the "low loss"
characteristics of a tuning coll.
Various binding materials showed
varying resistance at different radlu
frequencies. Examples are quoted :
At 300 kilocycles, a coil with no hinder
offered u resistance of 3.9 ohms; col
lodion, 3.8 ohms ; commercial Insulat
ing varnish B, 3.9 ohms; commercial
insulating varnish A, 3.8 ohms; shel
lac, 8.7 ohms; paraffin, 3.0 oh Ins. At
1,100 kilocycles, no hinder, 10.3 ohms;
collodion, 10 ohms ; commercial in
sulating u, 10.8 ohms; commercial In
sulatlng varnish A, 10.1 ohms; shel
lac, 11,4 ohms; paraffin, 11.8 ohms.
At 1,400 kilocycles, no binder, 13.2
ohms; collodion 13.2 ohms; commer
cial Insulating varnish B, 14.6 ohms:
commercial Insulating varnish A, 14.7
ohms; shellac 10.7 ohms; paraffin,
10.7 ohms. At a radio-frequency of
1,000 kilocycles, no binder, 14.2 ohms;
collodion, 14.4 ohms; commercial In
«rotating varplsh B, 10.9 ohms; com
mercial insulating varnish A, 10.4
»; ,
These results, as well us additional
evidence, are responsible for the radio
laboratory of the bureau of standards.
In drawing up the following conclu
sion : "All the Insulating material»
which were used us hinders caused
very slight increases In the resistance
of the colls. Collodion seems host
and also has the Inherent advantage
of drying rapidly after application to
the coll. This Is of especial advantage
lo the construction of u hunk-wound
Test Tubes by Shifting
to Different Socket»
Tubes are uot uniform In theli
characteristics. After * tube or a««
of tubes bas been used for several
months, they will develop slight dlf
ferences that will make some mon
suitable for radio-frequency, other»
for audio-frequency, and atlll other»
for detector service. In order to tell
which tube works bait In • psrticulai
condition, the operator need only shift
It from one socket to another, and In
staatlT tb * a ff a et wfll 1>* ii k** Med .
The Best "Ground"
High reslstan- Is Introduced InH
the circuit by the heating system If r
ground wire is connected to the radl
ator. This will jbav* considerable ef
feet on the receiving set. The cold
water pipe la best for ground Conner
A treat la tfao Peppermint-flavored
•ugar-coated Jacket and another in
the Peppermint-flavored gum inside—
utmost value lo long-lasting delight
Senator'a Court Dr taa
The Smithsonian Institution at
Washington has a new addition to Ita
"costume" collection. It consist« of
a handsome black velvet Jacket, white
silk waistcoat and black velvet knee
breeches. Black patent leather pumps
with silver buckles, black hose and
n black tricorn hat complete the en
glass case and bears this placard:
"Diplomatic costume worn by Henry
Cabot Lodge on the occasion of a re
ception at Buckingham palace, Lon
don, 1SÖ8. Presented by the Lodge
Fresh, aweet, whit«, dainty clothe*
for baby, If you uae Red Crosa Ball
Blue. Never atreaka or Injure* them.
All good grocers sail it—Advertise
ment ~
Oldeat Government Worker
- Col. Lee Crandall, at the age of
ninety-four, Is the oldest worker In
the government forces. He la a dep
uty collector of Internal revenu« at
Well, There'a Lota of Timi
Ted—She looks too simple and un
oo|MtMllcated In n bathing suit.
Herb—How so?
Ted—Hlu* hasn't any freckles above
her knees.
Many a man's failure is due to hla
having aimed too high with a short
range guu.
It Is not enough to do good; one
roust do It the right way.—Morley.
The shortest answer Is doing.
Sure Relief
6 Bell- ans
Hot water
Su ne Relief
254 and 75i Pk|g.SoW Everywhere
Burn« sad scald« in inevi
table in the kitchen. Keep
"Vsaeiine" Jelly hsndv.
Soothe« end heal«- Pure. Sate.
Famous for two génération«.
Chcaebrough Mfg. Company
State St. New York
- minute
D» . Schotr« n ov-fMda u tb* aaAsomJteahb*
IrMUnnt for own«. At dr of and »I«
far y>w tmou «ten. AM Mfc.0», Ota*»
Dl Scholl's
rmtmaom-tha M pelmt»aemat
Lb Relieve that Itching, horning foe
meat and start the healing with

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