"I can’t tell you. It—it isn’t
mine to tell. Can’t you understand
that, Barry? Why won’t you be
He wanted to believe, but that
dark tormenting suspicion was tear
ing both of them to pieces.
"Believe that you can’t tell? Ol
yes, you don’t leave me in any doubi
"Barry!” Anne quivered and stiff
ened. "I’ve told you all that I car
tell.” She turned on him in pas
sionate appeal. "Don’t you trusi
me enough—don’t you love me en
ough to believe me when I tell yot
that no matter what appearance
may be, there was nothing, nothing
wrong in my going to meet Jin
She knew the second it came oui
that the familiar "Jim Kennedy’
had been a mistake. Barry looke<
shaken a man almost nersuaded
but at the last words hot suspicior
"Trust you! I did trust you.
trusted you that night when yot
came in fresh from keeping a cheaj
rendezvous with this same man
And you lied to me.”
"I have told you all that I can.’
"You’ve answered me.” He turn
ed abruptly and walked toward thi
door. With his hand on the knol
"I have this much more to say
There are some things which can’
be overlooked or forgiven—not be
tween man and wife. But I am no
going to have any open break witl
my wife over somebody’s chauffeur
nor have my mother’s name am
mine dragged through a tabloii
scandal. We’ll go on for the presen
as we are, and at least maintain thi
outward civilities. And then if yot
still refuse to clear this up satis
factorily, you and I are through.’’
She made no attempt to answe:
him. There was something in he'
eyes that hurt him savagely. If h'
stayed he’d be sweeping her inti
his arms and pleading with her. H
jerked the door open and went out
without a backward glance.
After the door had closed Anne
still stood there sick at heart. Barry
expected her to stay, but Jim Ken
nedy had said that she must go.
Just for a little, lying back with
closed eyes, she wondered what
would happen if she defied Jim’s
orders—if she stayed, and let John
Gage meet her here. Upheaval anc
ruin, and a slimy hail of disgrace,
j Sho laughed with a rising note oi
• hysteria, choked it back and abrupt
. ly pulled herself out of the chair.
She moved quietly, around th(
: room, opening drawers and closets
choosing articles here and there anc
i dropping them on the bed. Indeci
; sion was gone.
; There was a tap on the door. It
i was Bertha, with a message.
"Mr. Barry sent me up to pad
: for you. He savs he’s called bad
to Marston, and can you be ready tc
! leave tomorrow morning on th<
seven-forty-three? He’s just ’phon
. ed for reservations.’’
A filmy garment dropped frorr
Anne’s fingers. "The seven-forty
three,” she repeated blankly. Ther
’ she remembered the waiting Bertha
. "Yes, Bertha, of course I can bi
ready. Here are some of my things
I’ve just been gathering them to
Anne went toward the window
' and looked out to conceal her fac<
from the maid’s too-friendly eyes
"I’ll fight for him!” she'thoughi
: fiercely. "I won’t let both of oui
• lives be wrecked like this. I lovi
: him and when we’re at the Percl
t again I’ll get him back.”
I Cleo’s blue roadster swept reck
l lessly up the drive. A watchfu
: footman sped down the steps
> "Send Kennedy to me,” she ord
The footman was a new man, bu'
he seemed to be well trained.
Geo waited impatiently in th<
: library. Here Kennedy came, an in
: furiating eight minutes late.
) "Well, you’ve bungled your worl
: nicely, haven’t you?”
, "Think so?” He was defiant in ar
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or more individuals who have
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ne and Telegraph Co.
"I do! You undertook to see that
Mrs. Duane left here within a week.
She was to disappear completely, and
alone. And early this morning they
started back to that ranch. To
gether ! Imbecile! ”
"I’ve done better than you think.
If she and Duane are starting West
on the same train it’s fbr appear
ances, not for any joy ride. You’ll
probably find that one or the other
of them will go on to Reno,” he
"Oh, Duane horned in while we
were talking. At a place where I’d
asked her to meet me.”
Kennedy looked sharply at Miss
Cleo Pendleton. The small childish
face was lit for a second with a sort
of greedy joy.
"Now that they’ve gone, I’d bet
ter hold myself ready to follow up
and see that it goes through. I’ll
need money for that. How about
letting me have the other five grand
now: \^asn tms time.
Cleo considered it. "I will givt
you the ten thousand in cash and
you may turn over the check.”
"I couldn’t think of asking it.’
Kennedy bowed politely. "Five
thousand will be plenty. When the
job is complete I can come back foi
the other five, and trade it in foi
Cleo could have killed him. "Ver)
well. I will have it for you tomor
row at noon.”
The door closed on Kennedy.
1 In the hall the new footman ap
peared from a cross corridor anc
obligingly let Kennedy out. The)
| exchanged a word or two, and th<
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uuui V.1UOV.UI ilclllIV-U V pauavu JLUl l
second on the steps.
"There’s something phoney aboui
that bird,” he reflected. "He wai
out of breath. I’ll drift, as soon a:
I get the five grand.’’
! He got it the next day. Inside oi
an hour he had sent in his notice, re
ceived his wages and was on his wa)
•.to the station.
A few days later Kennedy’s ey<
i picked up an item in the paper.
| "Mr. and Mrs. Gage will leave
• next Friday on a trip to the Pacific
Kennedy’s eyes narrowed thought
fully. Gage had business interests
out there. It was not likely to be
more than just coincidence. "I don’t
see how there could be anything in
it,’’ he reflected, "but it wouldn’t
hurt to be on hand.”
Cleo saw the same item. She sat
up suddenly. Nancy and Barry had
gone West. The Gages were going
West, ostensibly to the Coast, but
Marston was on the way. Jim Ken
nedy, if he kept his word, was going
"I don’t suppose there can be any
thing in it,” she thought. “But
Barry knows the Gages, and he had
been trying for years to get John
Gage interested in that old valley.
It’s queer. I wish I had a decent
excuse to follow them.”
Anne was discovering that not
even the beloved Perch could ban
ish a tormenting devil of jealousy
and suspicion. Things grew worse
instead of better. As a slow week
dragged by, each day held less hope
Ling’s bland face never betrayed
anything. Anne was glad that Mar
tha Larrabee had gone back to Mars
Martha had closed the little house
| at Trail’s End only a week before
their return. It was quiet and peace
ful, but it was lonely. Sometime;
she wished bitterly that she hac
never seen Barry Duane.
r>1 1 r. 1.1
vjjliv iuuc v-<uiiicl uiLcjii. uui diway;
! alone. She saw Barry in the distance
one day, sitting with the Captain ai
a jutting point in, the trail. Comet
whickered a shrill greeting anc
Captain replied, but Barry merely
turned his head, raised his hat anc
Anne’s face stung with angrj
heat. She’d rather be ordered out o:
the house than treated like a chile
She went back to her own loneli
ness, and presently Barry came in
saying little. She was dropping hej
small efforts at cheerfulness now
She must have' it out with him anc
end this, one way or another.
"Are you busy, Barry?”
"No.” He put down the book h<
"Don’t you think it is time w<
came to a different understanding,
Barry? You know we can’t go or
“I agree with you entirely. I am
ready and have been, whenever you
want to do your part.”
Hep eyes closed for a moment
“But I have told you that there are
things that I cannot explain, with
out—without ' involving other
people. I’ve promised—you should
n’t ask me to break that.”
"Most escapades do involve other
people,” he retorted.
"I’ve done rash things, I know,
but nothing that I am ashamed of.
Won’t you believe that? You’ve
got to, Barry. All the rest of our
lives depends on it—just having
some—some faith between us. If
you can’t have that, I’m going. I
won’t stay in your house like this.”
He was on his feet now, tramp
ing impatiently up and down.
**T-T/"»TTr Trmi avnont- mn r*
- -J — —r — --
cept a situation like that blindly?”
He stopped in front of her and
caught her arm in a close grip.
"Don’t you know that I’d give up
everything I have on earth to hear
you say something which would set
this hideous thing right? To have
you back as you used to be—and to
be able to take my wife back among
my friends without—’’
If he only hadn’t said that, about
his friends! Anne shivered.
"I have told you all I can.”
She swayed a little, stiffened and
stared at him bitterly.
"As for your friends, they need
n’t matter so much now. Marston
is a long way from Granleigh. Tell
them I’m dead if vou want to.
That’s quite respectable, isn’t it?
The best people do it, Barry.”
"You’re talking ridiculously!
What do you mean?”
"Oh, nothing. I’m not going to
commit suicide. Not because my
husband refuses to believe that I’m
decent.” She walked slowly to
ward the door, pausing to look back.
"I’m going—back to Trail’s End.
"You can’t go now,” he said
sharply. "The Gages are coming.
They will be here next Tuesday.”
She stared at him in a shocked
sort of way, and said"Oh!” half
under her breath. "I am sorry,” she
added hurriedly. "But you see, I
shall not be here.”
In spite of all that had passed he
could scarcely credit his ears.
"I suppose,” he said in a tight
voice, "that you understand what
this visit means to me? Whatever
our personal uiuercnues may uc,
they expect a hostess.’’
"I’m sorry, Barry. Truly I am.”
Her eyes were desperate. "But I
can’t stay. I—”
"Don’t trouble to apologize. I’m
not a jailor, to keep you here against
your will. But if you leave me now,
I’m through. Don’t ever try to
come back again.”
She put her hand to her throat.
"I understand. I shan’t come
back, Barry. Good-bye.’’
"Good-bye,” he said curtly. He
was cruel with anger and savagely
He heard a door close softly, and
light footsteps that died. Silence
after that. Empty silence.
Many miles to the East a number
of small things had happened.
The new footman had left after
less than a week of service, a cir
cumstance which vaguely disturbed
the colorless Mrs. Pendleton. Cleo
looked contentedly at her own im
age in a long mirror and decided to
Contrive a call on Mrs. John Gage.
At the Gage offices Winston call
ed to make a personal report and
found that Gage had been called
away. A secretary admitted that
Mr. Gage was due to start shortly
on a trip west. Winston Kept ms
verbal dynamite stared in his own
In his comfortable hotel Kennedy,
was studying plump time-tables and I
discovering possibilities. He also
discovered that at odd moments he!
was seeing the same face with sus
picious frequency. Being resource-'
ful he considered the situation and
took reservations for New Orleans,
where he had no intention of going.
Then by car and plane and modest
day coach he shook off his. exas
perated shadow and zigzagged his
way to Marston.
The Junction’s best hostelry was
the railroad hotel. Kennedy regis
tered as Frederick -James acquired a
light, but convincing cough to ac
; count for his aimless presence, and
a battered old car.
He might have been interested if
■ he had known of Gage’s asbence
from town. This time Paula had
been left behind in their huge hotel
■ Nevertheless she pouted at the
thought of having to go to some
doleful ranch in a rough mountain
1 valley. She had just received a tele
’ gram from John, too, skying that he
; would have to join her at Chicago,
but had made all arrangements for
her by wire.
—-—■■■■ ■ ——
WASHINGTON . . . Judge J.
J. Thomas' (above). Democrat of
Nebraska is now Vice-Governor
of the Federal Reserve Board on
appointment by President Roose
velt. He is the “farthest West”
member of the Board.
Paula was feeling just a littli
sorry for herself. Miss Cleo Pend
leton could not have chosen a bette
moment to ask of Mrs. John Gage
A few days later, when Gag
boarded his own car in Chicago, hi
first glimpse was of a head of snug
shining gold, very much at horn
in one of his chairs. In the privacy
of a stateroom he jerked an expres
sive thumb and said "How come?’
"You don’t mind, John, do you
She is a friend of this Mrs. Duane’
and she told me that Mrs. Duan
had been asking her to come ou
and visit them. I thought it woul<
be nice to have somebody along am
she’s frightfully amusing.”
"Oh yes . . . yes, honey, it’s al
right. Old Ambrose’s girl, is she
How did she know we were headei
for Duane’s place?
"Why, I don’t know. She jus
seemed to know it. You’re not an
gry, are you? I did want somebod
with me, and I had to start al
"There, there!’’ He smoothed
roseleaf cheek and kissed her.
(CONTINUED NEXT WEEK)
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chapters in North Carolina will b
held at Tarboro Tuesday, Septem
ber 25. The other conference |wii
be at Pinehurst Wednesday, Sep
tember 26, and at Asheville Friday
The conference at Tarboro wil
open at 10 a. m. at the First Bap
tist church. Richard F. Allen
manager of the eastern area, o:
Washirigton, will attend the con
ferenceUnd will speak at thje lunch
eon session on "Today’s Challenge
to the Red Cross.” William Car
Hunt, assistant manager from the
area, will be another speaker frorr
national headquarters,'leading for
um discussions on membership
and financial problems and fun
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tion and service, A. J. Berres, Jr.
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