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For a moment Gail thought she was going to faint. The room with Its dim light, its magazine covered table and stiff uncomfortable chairs faded completely blotting out the faces of John Reid and the officers who were questioning him. But his answer seemed to have convinced them. “Okay, Mr. Reid, I guess that's all.” Through the fog she saw them striding importantly down the cor ridor. She realized then that John Reid's expression was one of humil ity. “So it was a blond woman,” he re peated. “And not your father. Be cause it must be the same person.” She did not answer but her eyes fixed upon his slowly filled with tears. “Do you know of any such per son?” he demanded. "Was there perhaps a woman like that who might have been an enemy of your father’s?” She shook her head. Drops Emerald. “No. It must have been by ac cident that she dropped the emerald in his pocket.” “But in that case you wouldn't think she’d have nerve enough to try it again. After five years,” he reflected. When he lifted his head even Anna must have pitied the misery In his face. “How could I have believed even with all that evidence that Robert Trenton could have done such a thing?” he groaned. “It's retribution that my own boy should be shot. . But If he lives I'll make it up to him.” 1_i:_*-««t_At_nit ■* UU WV UV. Vlll AO MIClIi "Of course I believe him. Christo pher has his faults but he has never lied to me in his life.” Even in her worry and confusion this praise from his father was like music in her ears. When he added, "Can you ever forgive me?” Gail aaid. "I'll try, Mr. Reid. But I think It is only right that you should publicly clear my father's name.” Won't Clear Trenton. "I'll do my best,” he promised. •But you saw how far I got with the police department. They have an Idea I'm trying to protect my son. And you see, Gail, at the time they found the emerald and the glove in your father’s pocket they considered the mythical blond woman an ac complice of your father's. So that even if they find her it might not clear him in their eyes.” Gail sighed but before she could reply they were summoned by a nurse who said. “The patient is back In his own room now if you wish to «ee him.” “How badly was he hurt? Did they find the bullet?” they asked in unison. The nurse who was young and pretty smiled sympathetically as she replied. "It was only a flesh wound and they removed the bul let, so unless an infection develops which isn't likely he’ll be out in a few days.” Gail leaned against the wall for support. It seemed a miracle that Chris who had lain so white and apparently lifeless on the floor of the store should ever be his former self. Yet there he was in bed, pale and wan but smiling. Without a word Gail kissed him while his father said, "You must take it easy now, son. Everything is all right." Chris looked as if he couldn't believe it. "Do you mean about the keys? It was certainly stupid of me to forget them. I would have sworn I put them in my pocket but I remember seeing them on the desk and I must have left them there. She was trying to open the safe with them and when I yelled at her she turned and levelled a pistol at me. It all happened like a flash." “What did she look like?” his father asked while Gail silently pressed his hand. “I didn't have time to see except that she was small and had a lot of blond hair. Her features were concealed by a heavy veil. You know one of those old-fashioned chiffon affairs women used to wear in automobiles.” The nurse said, "I think you’d better go now. The doctor has ordere a sedative.” Left Alone. John Reid asked, "Will you leave us alone for just a moment? I’ve some news for him that will make him sleep better than any medicine.” When she had gone he put his arm about the girl by the bed saying, “I’ve apologized to her, Christopher. I’m going to do everything I can to make amends.’’ The smile which passed over his son's face was radiant with love and gratitude. “Gee, Dad, that’s wonderful. My girl and my father.” he cried. “Gosh, it’s too wonderful to be true.” They left him beaming beautl flcally and the next morning the nurse said, "That certainly must have been good news your father gave you, Mr. Reid. You’ve been sleeping like a baby.” Pretty None. She was the prettiest nurse in the hospital and secretly consid erably impressed by the blond at tractiveness of her patient who lay like a wounded lion with his tawny hair rumpled above his handsome features. But Chris had no eyes for any one but the girl whose dark ened image had filled his dreams. “Get me a telephone, will you?” he grinned. “I want to make a call." “Not until you’ve had your break fast,” the nurse said smartly. “That telephone call can wait.” Gail who had slipped into the apartment without waking her mother the night before was sound asleep when it came. Anna answered but her daughter roused by the bell ran into the living room to take the receiver from her hand. “Hello, darling! How do you feel?” she inquired anxiously. Follows Anna. Sighing, Anna retired to the kitch en, but a few moments later Gail had followed her there. Clad in her bathrobe with her feet in fur mules Gail began to tell her mother what had happened. But the shock of it was too severe. Trembling and white faced Anna sank upon a chair. "But what did she look like? And 7C0W Wt Because of the inconvenience and the commotion caused by remodeling — we repoy those who shop with . . . 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DIXIANA—10.75 • r. ■ << > < how does Mr. Reid know it was the same woman who stole the em erald?” "He doesn't know for sure,” Gail admitted. "I never believed that story about a blond woman,” Anna said flercly. ‘I always thought that blond hair they found on Robert’s coat was Just a part of the frame-up. No, Gail, there’s something very peculiar about this whole deal.” “Oh, Mother, you’re as bad as the police. After all Chris saw her with his own eyes. If Mr. Reid didn’t doubt it why should you?” “Mr. Reid may have had his rea sons,” Anna argued. “But Chris was shot by somebody. Why should either of them try to protect anyone else?” “What is Mr. Reid going to do about vindicating your father?” “I don’t know what he can do unless they can find this woman" Gail admitted. “But at least it has changed his entire attitude toward our marriage." Nothing Changed. “It hasn’t changed anything so far as I am concerned,” her mother in sisted and suddenly Gall realized why. Anna did not want to believe that a blond woman could have had any possible connection with her husband. And the knowledge that this was true kept Oall from showing her the letter which shattered her own peace the following afternoon. (To be continued.) Full-Time Traffic Judge Is Urged Establishment of a traffic court, presided over by a full-time judge, would aid In clarlflcation of certain points which are variously inter preted, Russell E. Singer, general manager of the American Automo bile Association, suggested today. Mr. Singer, who urged clarifica tion of overtime parking regulations to District police officials, criticized the various interpretations Judges placed on parking regulations. Some Judges, he stated, maintain that it is an evasion of the regulations for motorists who park their cars all day in two-hour zones to move the cars a short distance at two-hour Intervals; other judges say as long as the cars are moved the drivers are within the letter of the law. 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