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By Ethel Barry Lukens
'(Copyright by W. Qhapman.)
"-Madam, -we must do out duty!"
The dictum fejl awesomely upon
the still air of the Telford home and
upon all the hearts within. Mrs. Tel
ford -wavered, her face blopdless. Ina,
the fair daughter of the house, gave
& great gasp. She shivered, a mighty
dread at souL Filial love had re
ceived a terrible blow. Outside of
that, she thought of her fiance, and
her pulses beat cold.
Wolverton was a crude Kentucky
mountain town, but it was in neither
the feud nor the moonshiner belt.
David Telford was a respected and
moderately prosperous member of the
community. For six months, how
ever, he had cherished a secret and
had been acting mysteriously. He
wauld drive away Monday morning
into the mountains and not return
for several days. The upper part of
the barn he kept closely padlocked,
and during the days he spent at home
uaost of his time was passed there.
. For some time past, during his
periodical absences, mother and
daughter had been visited and ques
tioned by sinister-appearing strang
ers Upon this special morning the
thunderclap had come.
rWe are revenue officers;" an
nounced one of the two grim-faced
callers, "and we have a warrant for
lie apprehension of your husband,
Eaadam " t
d "Arrest David!" cried Mrs. Telford.
"As a moonshiner. If you doubt it
look at that truck we have found in
bis barn workroom," and the speak
er pointed to a miscellaneous heap of
Stuff in their wagon.
"How dare4 you invade my hus
band's property!" flared up Mrs. Tel
, "The law Is supreme, madam," re
torted the official with dignity, "It
f yonder you .will get ?few ef about
as complete a chemical, and still out
fit as'fheliest'mojjntala dew expert
in the district ever ograed. -yye've
got tbegoods aidithe evidence. We
wanrthe man.' riksay: tKfe to you:
Direct us to Vpur husband and his
making us nd trouble bunting- him
will help lightenhis sentence-,"
"Mr. Telford vrtJJ-b" e homerwfien his.
business away iff completed'- an
nounced Mrs. Xelftjrd with-quiet as-
Traversed Many a RapieTMite.
surance "He is. not what you
charge. He is a good, honest maa
and you are making a dreadful Mis
take." " "
The revenue officer, smiled, sneered
and cast a meantofcside-Jking leok at
the incriminating dtetillispapparatott.
"Get the evidence to the oqjbt
hpuse," he ordered-tie Silver of th,e
wagon. 'Then we'll so in search. b
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