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. unsentimental, for it landed directly
on his nose, giving that member a
sharp tap and rebounding to the
Dobyns picked it up. It felt light
and wobbly. Then, he noticed that it
was a split, hollow "ball. Inside of it
was a folded note. His heart flut
tered. JHe opened it and read:
"If you are a true man you will res
cue a lady in distress from a cruel
' guardianship. Will you? If so, wave
your hand- three times In response to
this note and get behind the, lot when
I am taking my evening stroll with
Immediately, with ardor and all
kinds of chivalric impulses uppermost
in his mind, Dobyns swung his arm
emphatically. A fair white hand
waved back to him from the window.
Here was romance indeed! The
imaginative Dobyns constructed a
complex theory of the condition of
affairs beauty in distress, perhaps
an heiress bereft of her rights by the
thin, sour-looking woman df uncer
tain age, a hearties jailer.
Before evening Bjbynsjiad all his.
plans made. They involved a fast, re
liable automobile.' Just at dusk this
was halted fatihe"rear of the lot nex
door and himself in readiness for ac
tion near by. .
In less than half an hohr Dobyns
caught sight of two light dresses flut
tering about among the shrubbery.
He ventured to show himself past the
front of the automobile. Then a
strange thing occurred. The thin old
lady made a dash towards the rear
of the lot As if in pursuit of her
the charming young lady darted after
her. She had fairly overtaken her
when the old lady stumbled over a
. loose board in her path. The girl.
t could not stop and fell over her. Both
were apparently stunned by the un
J expected fall.
"" "Mv nhanfie!" uttered Dobvns in a :
breath. He ran to the' spot where, '
gathered1 up the young lady- In his I
4jarms. The other victim of the acci-1
Tdent was beginning, to stir, into re
turning consciousness, but, he paid
no attention to her. All his thoughts
were t centered on the persecuted
heiress. Ha, to the rescue! Right
valiantly he bore her with swiftness
to the machine. Full tenderly he
placed her on the broad soft cushipns
of the rear seat Then into place at
the wheel he sprang and they were
away like the wind.
Dobyns chose a tortuous course be
yond the limits of the town to'baifie
possible rescue. Now he had rescued
the persecuted heiriess, what should
he do with her? He had a sister
twenty miles away. He began to plan
out a course of action, when thejove
ly form on the cushions moved and
his involuntary passenger sat,, up,
rubbed her eyes and stared in sheers
bewilderment about her.
"Why how where T' she cried.
"Don't be disturbed," spoke Dobyns,
halting the machine Under a tree.
"We are safe from pursuit"
"Safe pursuit and you the
Lyoung man, our neighbor!"
"Yes," nodded Dobyns.. "xou see,
-.1 got your note."
"And followed out your suggestion
to rescue you. .Fear not I will place
you in safe hands."
"My suggestion! Rescue!" cried
Rose Mayfield in the deepest amaze
ment, and then as Robyns hastily
sketched out the happenings back at
their starting point, she burst Into a
peal of merry laughter.
"Oh, what a comedy of errors!"
cried Rose. "I hope my aunt was not
injured. And oh the trouble she has
made for you!"
All the chivalry of his nature
seemed to shrival up as Rose Mayfield
was made aware of all the facts in
his blundering escapade.
Rose was the real chaperon, in
fact the guardian of her .erratic aunt
She and her father had been obliged
to curb the freedom and whims of
their odd relative, who at times' got
strange ideas into her head.