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feather which it isn't and
aren't the dandelions coming on
AN OFFICER WHO REALLY"
HAD HIS EYES OPEN
Los Angeles, March 2. Not
withstanding the fact that he is
"being congratulated on his as
tuteness and perception a local
policeman is in danger of the trial
board today. He made an arrest,
was congratulated for his clever
.work, and then his commanding
officers began to wonder if the
arrest hadn't been due to his
neglect of duty.
Mrs. N. E. Walton was arrest
ed for carrying.a revolver in her
stocking. First, sh was booked
on a charge of carrying concealed
.weapons, but questioning dis
closed that the gun was not con
cealedr Not so you couldn't no
tice it, anyhow.
The woman was looking for a
man who had wrongefl her. She
said that if she had found him
shewould have shot him and
mussed' him all up, even if the Re
volver was only a tiny 22. This
was told in police court, but the
policeman's story begins earlier.
Mrs. Walton was walking
long Spring street, with a venge
ful look in her eyes and the gun
in her stockings She passed a
traffic policeman. He was sup
posed to be directing teams and
preventing autos from irolicking
over pedestrians. But he saw
Mrs. Walton.v And, finding that
it didn't -hurt the eyes to look at
her, continued to gaze.
.Mrs. Walton was dressed stun
ningly. Her skirt was not 'elab- ,
orate, but stylish, as thef modistes5
say. The rest of her apparel wqs
overlooked by the policeman,
who was spellbound by the skirt.
Incidentally, the woman was
pretty well bound by it also, It
was tight. It fit her like a band-
age. .The policeman really
shouldn't have looked so long, be
cause it didn't require much time
to take in the whole affair. '
Drivers ' yelled. Chauffeurs'
swore. Traffic was tied" up, and
the only pleased people were
pedestrians, who walked leisure-1
ly across tre street, making deJ
risive gestures at the teamsters.'
And the policeman's eyes were
rooted -to that skirt, meaning the;
dress, and not the wearer.
A slight bulge disturbed its
clinging symmetry about halfway
between the ankle and the knee.
This was one of the first things
the policeman noticed. He im
mediately thought of the "lisle
bank," but discarded that theory
when he noticed the shape of the
He called another policeman
who was not on a fixed post, and
they discovered that the lady
was "packing a gun." The sec-
ond -policeman took her to the
station- . ;
The first patrolman turned
back to his work. His whistle'
tooted, and traffic renewed its'
march.- The excitement died out. '
But now the trial board, is ask-
ing itself if the policeman should? -be
praised for "detecting" the'
lady with the gun, or be censured
for gazing at her to the exclusion1!