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the elusive details of a difficult story.
So it naturally happened' that Blake
was in no amiable mood when he
was finally notified that Newton
wanted him on the long-distance.
"Wellington at last!" he exclaimed.
"I'll -Ob;" ''She Said, Weakly1
But it was a feminine voice that came
to him over the wire.
."Dp.. you. want Mr. Wellington?"
asked Oie .voice.
"Do I want " He broke off short
and demanded sharply, "Where is
"I thought you did," Bald the voice.
"I heard a messenger was hunting
for him with a telegram, so Ijot the
telegram and opened it. Then they
old me you'd been telephoning, too,
and I thought "
"Are you Wellington's girl?" Blake
blurted out thoughtlessly, and he
heard a gasp at the other end of the
"Why why, yes, I believe I am,"
:ame the hesitating reply.
"Well, get him' to the telephone
"I can't; he isn't here."
"Not there! Oh " Blake remem
bered that he was talking to a wqman
'ust in. time to .chop off the last word.
"No," said Wellington's girl, "he
'sn't here. He left for Highwood on
the first relief train this morning
ran right away from me when I
hadn't seen him for "
"Gone to Highwood!" cried Blake.
"Oh, good old Wellington!"
"Yes; he took three men -with
"Great old Wellington!" was all
31ake could say.
"And a photographer."
"Bully old Wellington!" 'cried
"Do you want any bulletins?" she
"Bulletins!" repeated Blake. "Say!
you're a newspaper girl all right."
Blake himself remained at the tele
phone and took her bulletins.
"She's a .prize!" he exclaimed as
he finally got up from the telephone
desk. "Tear up that note on Welling
ton's desk," he added as an after
thought. Wellington knew that he was mak
ing trouble for himself when "he
stopped over at Newton,-but he did
not believe it to be as serious a mat
ter as Blake was disposed to make
it, and besides he wanted to bring
the girl back with him. So he took
the risk and disobeyed orders.