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By WILLIAM NEWBAUER.
Synopsis of preceding ipst&Umentc: Balm Warbnrton’i mandate to Erie Reardon te to follow her greauetloa In two dan from a slrle' school in the South, and Betty Gordon and Clara Blanehard. her roommates. persuade her te meet Betty’s boy-friend, Tony Bar clay. ana two chums. None of Tony’s friends are free on such short notice and the four go to a roadhouse, Tony orders drinker and while be le danclns with Balne, Betty orders more drinks. Worried by her condition, they start to take her to his ilster’uplace, but Betty crabs the steerlns Wheel and the slf sagglna ear la struck by a truck. Betty. Is badly Injured and Balm la uncoa eenselous when they are taken to a . hospital Eric’s mother pad opposed hie marriage to the tlrl who had to help pay her way at ichool by acting as waitress, but finally screed to wait to see howElaine conducted herself at school The aristocratic Mrs. Reardon has just confided to Helen.Wortorskl. her companion -secretary, that she It giving Eric a nice Check tor hie honey moon -fo to Hewall and Helen Is ' wondering whether, when her employer learns of the accident, she wHl forbid Erie to marry Elalna and thus give her another chance at Eric, when e meld gives here the Inornint newspa per. When she reads of the drinking party end the accident, she does for bid Eric to marry Balne. CHAPTER 3. It had been such a wonderful dream, all about a gay little party she and Eric were giving for their closest and most interesting friends, with Clara and Betty on hand and on their very best behavior, each contributing as only they could do to the general funmaking. Elaine heartily enjoyed such pleasant dreams and it annoyed her to be dragged so unceremoniously away from one to, the sterner reality of pain and a hospital bedroom. She through Elaine’s body. She clutched hit bond excitedly. *Wia—was one of them a man?” "A very good-looking chap, «o the nurse told roe. And he was very determined to see you. So much so that when we refused to let him in he accused us of being a bunch of quacks.” His description of Eric amased her and Elaine stared with disbelieving eyes at the good-looking doctor. Well-mannered, meek Eric accusing them of being quacks? “But he didn’t,” she contradicted flatly; “Eric would never say such a thing.” Room More Cheerful. “I’m only repeating what the nurse at the desk told me,” Dr. Stuart said tersely. He glanced at his watch, sighed and rose from the chair. “Well, duty calls. But I wouldn’t worry about the lack of visitors. We’re going to permit them to come up today. And I’m willing to wager youll wish they’d never come.’’ Before Elaine could think of an answer to his parting remark the door closed behind his stocky, white clad figure and she was again alone in her room. She was alone to go back to sleep if she so chose, but now, suddenly, the room didn't seem quite so small, quite so cheerless, and nothing was further from her mind than returning to her dreams. Betty was going to live! Eric was coming to visit her! Elaine was1 Aunt Ella rushed across the room placing loving arms across her shoulders. “Elaine!” ■ she cried. “I was so worried about you. Are you all right?” scowled up at the young interne who was standing beside the bed shaking her awake. "Is the place on fire?” she asked sleepily, "or are you just amusing yourself?” "You’re the laziest person I’ve ever known, Miss Warburton,” the young doctor informed her, unper turbed by her scowl. "You must be getting in training to outsleep Rip Van Winkle.” Elaine raised a hand to cover a very impolite yawn. “I do as the Romans do, Dr. Stuart. When I’m at a party I dance; when I'm in bed I sleep.” Her remark brought a grin to his usually sober face. “You can over do most anything. But I really didn’t wake you up just for the fun of it. You’ve pestered me so often about your friend’s condition that I thought you would be interested to hear that she’s regained con sciousness. As a matter of fact, she’s completely out of danger.” Elaine’s Back Hurt. "Well, that Is worth waking up for,” Elaine cried with a happy smile. Elated by the news, she so completely forgot her own injury that she sat up in the bed. But she had hardly managed to achieve a sitting position before a fiery pain slashed across her back tearing a gasp from her throat. She sank back to the pillow grimly gritting her teeth. Glancing sheepishly at the doctor, she was annoyed to see that he was amused rather than sympathetic. "You’ll know better next time," he told her with a little laugh. "But I think I’ve bothered you enough for one afternoon. You must be anxious to get back to sleep.” Elaine didn’t know the reason why, but suddenly she became aware that she did not want him to leave. Not taking the time to realize that an interne might have more important things to do in a hospital than stand around talk ing with her, she reached out and plucked at his coat before he could take a step. “No, don’t go,” she pleaded in a small voice. It gets rather lonely In here. That’s why I sleep so much.*5 Calls Her Beautiful. “A beautiful girl like you lonely?” he scoffed, turning around. But there was a look of understanding In his line brown eyes as he brought a chair from across the room and sat down beside the bed. “Why, you must have a host of friends.” Elaine shook her dark head sadly on the pillow. "I'm not beautiful, as you very well know, and as for friends, well, no one has even come to visit me.” He laid a comforting hand on hers. “What you’re really trying to say is that he hasn’t come to visit you. But you shouldn’t let that bother you. The truth of the matter is that your aunt and two friends have been calling at the hospital all week. We didn’t think it would be wise to let you have visitors so soon. After all, you did have quite a shock, and we felt that rest was the best thing for you.” His wonts sent new hope winging almost tempted to pinch herself to make sore that she wasn't still dreaming. Rarely had she received so much good news at the same time. She had been a fool, she decided exultantly, able to laugh now at the thoughts which had de pressed her for almost a week. 8he< should have guessed that a girl of Betty’s type would live to be a hun dred, accidents and illnesses net withstanding. And as for Eric—a blush of shame stained her cheeks— she had been too hasty in her judg ment of him; she should have known that he would not fail her just when she needed him most. Finds Herself Hideous. ■ She wondered what time he would arrive and .glanced excitedly at the baguette wrist watch Aunt Ella had given her for a birthday present. Strangely, it was still keeping per fect time despite the 'crash The hands indicated 2:30. Recalling suddenly that her nurse had*once mentioned that the visitor’s hour began at 3, she pushed herself over to the side of the bed in order to more easily reach into the white enameled cabinet. She drew out her mirror—she must look her best for Efic. One glance at her reflection in the glass brought a cry of dismay from her lips. Why, she was posi tively hideous! Thankful that sne had possessed the foresight to check up on her appearance, she reached hastily into the cabinet for her compact and then groaned, as she recalled she had none with her. Her searching Angers did find a comb, howeyer, and she drew this out and began tugging it through the tangles of her wavy brunette hair. It was difficult to perform this job satisfactorily in a lying-down position, but she did the best she could and was pleased to learn after another examination in the mirror that this seemingly inadequate at tention had considerably enhanced her looks. Her cheeks were red with a healthy flush, and though she could use a little lipstick and. powder; she placed the cQmb and mirror back in the cabinet, decid ing that there was nothing more she could do. Surely Eric would make some allowance for the diffluilties under which she had labored? Her Aunt Arrive*. Another glance at her watch in formed her that only live minutes had been consumed in this tidylng up. But that was impossible. Her watch must have stopped. She raised it to her ear and was disappointed to hear the swift, staccato tick which denoted a perfectly adjusted me chanism. She heaved an impatient sigh, but then, realizing that im patience would accomplish nothing, she made a determined effort to quiet herself. She was being a fool again. After all, only 35 minutes more. Just then a noise at the door brought her head swiftly around and as it opened to reveal Aunt Ella a happy smile came to her lips. “Remember, only 15 minutes," the trim young nurse warned. “And you must not excite Miss Warburton.” "Young lady,” Aunt Ella declared dryly, “if an automobile accident couldn’t kill my niece I’m 'sure she'll live through my visit.” The nursr opened her mouth to speak, but apparently deciding otherwise, she walked out of the room and closed the door. “Elaine!” Aunt Ella rushed across the room and placing loving arms around her shoulders. Half crying, half laughing, she pressed her dark head close to her motherly bosom. “I-1 was so worried about you. I would have seen you soousr only they wouldn’t let me in. Are you all right?” Beaasures Her Aunt ”1 feel fine,” Elaine told her. hug ging her happily. "My back was hurt, but 111 be out of bed In an other week or so.*1 She looked re proachfully at the tears which streamed down her aunt’s plump cheeks. "But you musn’t cry, Aunt Ella. Honestly, I’m getting along swell.” “Sstop using lang,” Aunt Ella commanded briskly. But she did re lease Elaine and sat down in the chair beside the bed, dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief. ‘‘Now, tell me exactly what happened? I read about it in the papers, of course, but I want to know all about it.” Apprehension crawled in cold waves along her spine as Elaine caught thU reference to the news papers. It mean that Erie’s mother had heard about the accident, and— and what would her reaction be? The question was mirrored In her eyes and she looked at Aunt Ella, but seeing her fidget Impatiently on the chair, jfoe launched Into an explanation of the whole affair. As she stumbled self-consciously through the story her aunt’s face became grave, and Elaine felt her happiness of a few minutes ago fade way. Her cheeks were burning aa she finished her story. “I know how you feel,” she said sorrowfully. "You spent almost every cent you had to send me to the school. You were anxious to have me graduate from a fashion able college and—and I let you down.” ‘1 sent you to school because of your voice," Aunt Ella contradicted, managing to hide whatever disap pointment she felt. “In this world It Isn’t only whst you knew but whom you know that counts. I thought If you could meet people who amounted to something they might be able to help you if you decided to sing professionally. And as for graduating, well, you did. The school authorities decided that you girls had been punished enough. X have your diploma back at the hotel. I was worried about something else, Elaine." Her Heart Pounds Madly. Elaine felt her heart pound madly within her. She looked fearfully at her aunt. “Is—Ts it about Eric?” For a seemingly interminable mo ment Aunt Ella offered no reply and Elaine felt that the suspense would kill her. Just when she was sure she had reached the limit of her endurance Aunt Ella slowly nodded, her head. "Mrs. Reardon became quite angry when she read about the acci dent. She told Eric that if he mar ried you she would disown him. He —he decided to obey her.” It wasn't true! It couldn’t be true! She was just in the middle of some horrible nightmare. Eric would never let her down. He had held her tight in his arms and sworn he would love her always. He wouldn’t fail her just because of an accident. Aunt Ella was just teasing her. Soon she would smile and admit she was just joking. But even as the tears welled in her eyes Elaine knew that Aunt Ella had told her the truth. Eric had been forced to choose be tween herself and his mother. And he had chosen his mother! (Copyright. 1940, by William Newbauer.) (To Be Continued.) London has an anti-gambling drive. Commodity Price ChangesinWeek '»th* Associated Pnu. NSW YORK, Feb. 17.—Grains, cotton and some livestock tilted higher this week In cash commodity markets, but a long list of industrial raw'materials, table food items, and certain textile fibers turned down ward. Declines outnumbered advances in the Associated Press index of 35 weighted cash wholesale staple prices, and the measure dipped. The, index, with 1936 as 100, stood at 73.56, compared with 73.75 last week and'66.39 a year ago. Cash wheat, com, oats and rye advanced on reports of less promis ing weather in the winter grain belt. Cash cotton turned upward as prices In foreign markets stiffened. Hogs and lambs sold at higher figures in Chicago livestock trading. Among table food items, net cash declines were recorded by eggs, but ter, cocoa, flbur and lard. Cash rubber, steel scrap and turpentine tilted, lower in the in dustrial raw materials market carry ing the industrial component of the Associated Press index to a new low for the year. A mark-down in cash tin carried the non-ferrous metal component to a new 1940 low also. The index compared as follows: fbb. IS Pm. Te»r » Mew 1840 low Weekly Financial High Lights »m»*m«ni«iw. This week. Prev. week. Year ago. I- «eel production...- 683% 71.7% 643% 3—Auto production- 66360 96366 7*360 *—Freight earioedings- 636308 " 667304 676363 6—Stock MlM-- 3373366 3,734.755 2380,750 6—Bond sate.... 637,160,700 633,603,436 $25371300 Pinal three ciphers omitted in following: 6— Electric power produced (kpit.) 2333314 2341366 2368387 7— Crude oil produced (bbls.). 3366 3,406 3383 $ Security offerings- $146303 $32335 * $32367 9—Bank clearings .:-..i $4312348 $5360304 $4,447366 lde-Oemand deposits-— $10,106300 $10,190,000 $16376300< II— Business loans.. $4314300 $4305300 $3,745300 13—Excess reserves....... $5360300 $6330,000 $3,170300 13— Treasury gold stock- $18,063300 $17306300 $14,772,000 14— Brokers’ loans. $466,000 $467300 $660300 , Money and bank rates: Call money,». Y. Stock Exchange.. 1% 1% 1% Avg. yield long-term Ovt. bonds... 333% 232% 2.43% New York Reserve Bank rate..__ 1% 1% 1% Bank of England rate..' 3% 2% 2% ' Sources: 1—Am. Steel Inst. 3-rWard’s. 3—Aaso. Am. Railroads. 4 sad 6—N. Y. Stock Exchange.- 6—Edison Institute. 7—Am. Petroleum Inst. A—Poor’s. 9—Dun St Bradstreet. 10 and 11—Reserve member banks .In 101 cities. 12,13 and 14 Fed. Reserve. . ' 'P* ■' 11 ■ ■ ■ ... . ' .. . "O.e... — — ' Rubber Dealers to Help Prevent Big Exports By tb» AawelatoS hw. NEW YORK, Feb. 17.—Rubber dealers made plans today to eo operate with Government authori ties in preventing unusual wartime shipments of the commodity out of the United States.' The Rubber Trade Association of New York, Inc., has voted a policy of restricting re-exports of rubber tb "normal peacetime exports.” Directors were authorised to name a special committee to confer with Federal officials in Washington on ways at carrying out the policy. Re-export* of the staple, normally laround 400 and 500 tons a month, jumped to 6,000 tons in October and avenged about 1,000 tons the last three months, trade circles pointed out.. The increase gave rise to reports shipments indirectly were going to Germany.. The United 8tates, in a barter agreement with England, has been accumulating a reserve of rubber for use in event supply lines to the Far Eastern producing sources were cut. Copper Market Jetted By New Buying Rush It Pm AuoeUWd Trm. NSW YORK, Feb. 17.—Foreign and domestic orders had the copper market stepping fast this week. Lunging out of a long winter's sleep, sales totals for the red metal piled up to the best levels since early November last year. While primary producers held flm at a price of liy4 cents, metal ip the resale division was prised as high as 11% costs a pound and was set the way up at the week end. But the export division of the trade responded with a sharp mark up to the improved demand, for eign interests had to pay a premium of Y* cent above the domestic level and for March delivery were charged as high as 11% cents a pound. The sudden onslaught of buying had saltan scratching their beads wandering where to get hold , of the copper for delivery. The prwent free supply available for immediate delivery was limited largely to one major producer, according to trade sources. Even those who have in the past bought copper through the futures market on the commodity exchange were beaded for trouble since com modity exchange warehouse stocks totaled only around 1,500 tons. Prance started the foreign inquiry rolling with an order for 35,000 tons at 11% cents a pound for prompt shipment. This was in addition to the 150,000-ton order placed last December. JULIUS Where Most Smart People Shop! ✓ Iff! ■ 4-Pc. Modern Bed Room Suite ' ■ tjr ■ «>►* •. -• - th - , -> ; V* runt s» &&&§£$ Four massive piece*, built ot selected burl walnut veneen on gum woods, with richly . waterfall front*. Uqe round mir rors, duel proof construction, center drawer .guides. Comprise* kneehole vanity, droroer, panel bed and chest of drawen. 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