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Another Installment of "The Wolves-of New York'9 qn This Page
The Horse's Foot
A HORSE'S foot, more delicate than a watch, contains a
multitude of intricate springs, levers, and exquisitely
fitted joints,.all packed for safety into the outer case, the
hoof. In running or leaping a severe shock would be felt
b the horse's brain every time his foot touched the
ground if the impact were not lessened.
This Day in History)
THIb is the anniversary; of the paymeat in 13 of thelt
...,..,. .....i .uj. UM5, uvc rrjunaroa oi war indemnity
imposed on Fratnce by Germany ,in 1871. ThoVromptnesa
of. the navrncnl nii-nn'.o it,, ..-i.i t Y -I
that France lost 'Alsace and Lorraine, -which
the present war will see restored to her.
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The Wolves of New York
, A STORY OF LOVE AND MYSTERY
Valenski Leads the Way to ajluined
Castle, the Habitat of
' "Well, to continue. The village
was quickly left behind, and we
sped through the narrow valley at
tho mouth of which it lay. Valenski
spoke little; his attention was
wholly taken up by the horse,
spirited creatures that dashed alone
over the rough road at breakneck,
peed. Our way lay throujjh suc
cessions of these corses, the road
zlg-zagglne; and undulatjnr con
tinually Sometimes the bare rocks
almost met above our heads, some
times the sides of the mountains
were three coered to their sum
mits; Sid the road led for a mile or
so throuch the fringe of the forest.
Always there was a roaring torrent
at our feet, r.ow close b 'side u,
cow far be ow at the base of a
sheer precipice, wholly unguarded.
"Thus we droe for some two or
three hours. At last ( entered a
gorge In which there was hardly
a. sign of vegetation, and where tho
road was little" more than a track.
The valley was rather broader than
those through which we had been
passing, but Infinitely more deso
late. The mountains rose dark and
somber on either side, rocks of fan
tastic shape marking their summits
and protruding here and there in
gaunt ugliness. Patches of enow
lay in the crevices, and sometimes
across our path Above all rose
the great snow-mantled height
that I had noticed- that morning
shimmering red in the sunlight.
One could imagine that the rocky
buttresses gave refuge to tortured
souls and torturing fiends; it was
the setting for an inferpo.
"We are sear our destination,'
said Velenski, and he had almost to
shout his words because of the
roaring torrent that at this spot
formed a series of cataracts, hurl
ing Itself down from rock to rock,
rushing, surging, and seething mad
ly. He pointed to a dark shape
that lay before us, outlined -vaguely
upon a projecting buttress of
, ""That Is the castle of the ,Va
Tenskl's,' he said. 'From time Im
memorial my ancestors have owned
It. It Is mine today. And hither
at stated times comes those of the
race who wish to communicate
with me, to learn from me, or to
bring me tribute. For I am their
chief their leader their king. My
kingdom Is the world he spoke
with strange enthusiasm 'and this
Is the seat of government. Here
no man disputes my sway here- my
--word is law. What do you think of
If" He turned upon rae with a
sort of savage eagerness. Ton who
come from a great city, where man
Is all and nature is naught.'
"It Is a terrible spot,' I said with
a fchudder, 'a spot which Is best left
to nature, a spot unfitted for the
habitation of man '
"That Is why I love It.' he re
plied That Is why my reign Is un
disputed. No --one ventures Into
this valley unless he be of the Va
lenski's or unless he has business
with me. Peasants pass the branch
Ins road with fear and trembling,
and cross themselves n nervous
trepidition poor fools! Years ago
my ancestors used to hold the road
tD Dielitz, and all who passed over
It Pkld them tribute or they were
carried off to the castle, and there
well, probably enough, they were
willing to pay then.'
"He laughed and I fent a shud
der of Apprehension pass down my
spine. So it was to a brigand's
haunt that I had come! This man
was the descendant of a race of
thieves and murderers, self-avowed,
glorying In his ancestry!
"What a fool I had been.
"'We no longer practice thoe
arts.' he continued. 'It is not in
accordance with the spirit of the
times to do bo. I have no wish to
have my valley Invaded by soldiery
and my sway disputed. We are
not brigands, Mr. Swan. We are
but gypsies, and there is no law to
prevent gypsies gathering together
where it seems good to them. Our
methods today are more subtle, but
perhaps they are Just as effective.
It Is not only from a single road
that we draw tribute. American
gold finds its way Into my coffers as
well as Austrian paper
"'But the gypsies are peaceful
people,' I exclaimed. 'I have never
"He laughed shrilly. "Oh. yes, we
are peaceful people, all of us,' he
replied. 'We gain our ends by
peaceful methods. Our folk travel
all over the world they perform
at fairs as Zara does they have
little shops of their own. They
steal sometimes; the gypsy has
never fully understood the low of
poverty. .na by other means they
make money which they hae no
need to spend. You will under
stand better presently. I shall
show jou, and you shall know.'
Again he laughed, and then relapsed
"The castle was plainly visible'
by now. In the gathering twilight
I could see its frowning, time-worn
walls. As we n eared It I gave a
little cry of surprise.
" 'But it is a ruin! I cried.
"Yes,' he replied, 'it has been a
ruin for over a hundred years. But
ire. 'J Potion of It which is
still habitable, and what do I need
with more? My folk bring their
tents when they come to visit me
and many sleep In their carts.
Vans cannot be drawn, over these
"We were mounting a steep In
cline, and the walls of the castle
loomed above us. Upon a terrace
rjock I cojild now see that there
was Indeed an encampment of some
sort, and vaguely I could dlstlnglsh
the figures of men moving about.
There was a great roaring in my
ears, and presently I realized that
from the other side of the promi
nence upon which the castle stood
fr..men US ".cd hurled Itself
ir.to the valIeyelow. A slight bend
&,me.Kad hrou.bt th,s ,nto ".
From this side it seemed as If the
J P,?aTt.d .from oeoeith the
ery wills of the castle. The sight
was grand and impressive, but, at
tbime Ume terrible. w
Ihej roar of the water never
ceases," shouted Valenski in my ear.
"In the winter the flood pours down
from all sides and envelopes the
castle. But it stands Arm. never
theless. I has been within It at
such times, shut off for weeks from
the world. A houje that stands in
the very center of a waterfall
how does that strike ou, who are
accustomed to the conventionalities
of New York?'
"It did not strike me as at all
pleasant, and 1 said so. I fancy
that I msy even have said that I
did not like the appearance of my
surroundings, at which his lips
curled scornfully1, and, glancing at
him. it seemed that his face seemed
wicked and maligriant to a degiee.
Ifow was it that I had dared
trust myetlf to such a man?
"Presently we reached the. plateau
upon which the rastle stood, and
the horses drew up. pantinr and
out of breadth,- beforo a ruined
archway. A crowd of men pressed
about us the most villainous-looking
lot of cut-throats that you could
Imagine. They all stared at. nit. with
aggressive eyes, but Valenski shout
ed a few words to them In Mag
yar, 1 presume, or in their own
dialect, for I could not understand
a wqrd and they drew back. To
him they showed marked and al-.most.ser-.ile
respect. It was. indeed,
as if his boast .was true, and he was
regarded by these men as their
"We descended from the carriage.
My limbs were stiff and numb
from the cold and for a few mo
ments I could hardly stand erect.
"'Come,' said Valensk). 'jou will
need rest and refreshment. I will
show you the way. You need not
fear that-I shall offer you the poor
hospitality of a tent. I bava at
least a few rooms which are fur
nished with some pretense at lux
"He gave some orders to Paul
and led me through the gateway. The
great courtyard within, which we
had to traverse, was filled with
gypsy tents, as was the plateau
outside. From all sides, swarthy
facej, men and women, glared at
me while rendering obeisance, to
my companion. Then we reached a
massive door, .which Paul opened
with a key he had evidently been
to fetch, and we entered.
"The vast hall was absolutely
bare. Paul kindled a torch and
conducted us across the floor to a
massive door which he threw open
for us. Opening first, he applied
the torch to a large number, of
candles affixed to brackets in varU
ous parts of the room, and there
was one, larger than the others.
oer the hearth. A huge wood
fire blazed up a vast chimney.
"The room had once evidently
been a banqueting hall. It was
sparsely furnished now, and, in
spite of the fire', the atmosphere
of It chilled me through and
through. Valenski led me to the
"'If you will "kindly wait here a
few minutes,' he said, 'I will see
that your room Is prepared for you.'
"He went out. followed by Paul.
I heard the: sound of the key turn
ing in the loc"fc
"Was I a prisoner!"
To Be Continued Tomorrow
Coprrlzbtrd, XV. It. Hearst.
The Terrible Tempered Mr. Bang's Dinner Happened to Consist of the Very Same Things He
Had Iiaten For Lunch That Noon.
By FONTAINE FOX.
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When You Can't Sleep
SOME COMMON'SENSE SUGGESTIONS
By Brice Belden, M. D.
In the treatment of ordinary In
somnia drugs should not be em
ployed. When the cause of the
sleeplessness is ascertained, it is
generally possible to relieve It by
the correction of some sin against
tire laws of health. Indeed, to take
hypnotic drugs when the cause of
insomnia is easily removable is the
height of medical folly.
A very common cause of insomnia
is fatigue, associated with late eat
ing and indigestion. A meal eaten
early In the eeutng. but undigest
ed, may keep one awake, the failure
to digest the meal properly being
due either to the kind of food eaten
or to Its manner of cooking. Fa
tigue may or may not enter into the
problem Dental defects which
make effective mastication difficult
have much to do with the insomnia
People prone to insomnia because
of digestive disorders should take
a light and easily digested meal in
the evening, and a warm bath and
hot drink Just before retiring.
Hot drinks art in three )
they divert blood from the base of
the brain, they dilute the poisons
which are present In the blood in
excess when one is undulv fatigued,
and they facilitate the elimination
of such poisons.
When w e say hot drinks, alco
holic concoctions must not be un
derstood, for alcohol is a narcotic
poison, the use Of which ns a
"remedy" for insomnia would prove
a boomerang, for it would produce
sleeplessness after its hypnotic ef
fCLts had passed off.
Ceyrau Jsu br te ttnetisr aynarcat. lu.
A potent reason for keeping up
the evening beer guzzling on the
part of so many people' is the in
ability of such people to sleep un
less charged to capacity with the
amber fluid. And the same thing la
true of those who shock themselves
into sleep every nisht with third
roil whiskty which means any
An empty stomach will some
times produce insomnia. Sleep in
such cases may be wooed with hut
milk. Wakefulness In, the midd e
of the night from this cause may be
overcome, by eating a piece of cho
colate. Constipation may prevent or dis
turb sleep, and so also will disten
tion of the stomach from any cause,
huch as drinking aerated waters
late at nlcht
The insomnia or high blood pres
sure Is apt to be accompanied with
apprehension and unwelcome Ideas.
A rather prolonged hot bath I fre-
quently effective in such circum
Tea, coffee and tobacco are com
mon causes of insomnia which de
fies relief unless the- patient re
forms his habits in these .respects.
When insomnia follows brain
work In the evening and the feet
are cold upon going to bed the
sufferer should avoid mental activ
ity after nightfall and use a hot
water bag at the feet. In severe
cases a hot bath may usually be
depended upon to equalize the cir
culation. Bun down people who are drowsy
when upright and wakeful when
resiimbent need to hive their cir
culation toned up. The daily cold
bath is effective In such Instances.
A smart suit in black
velvet, featuring a
Here are some excellent recipes for
sugarless sweets recommenJed- by
the United States food administra
tion: IToney Cake.
Honey, 2-3 cup; sour milk, 1 3
cup; beaten egg, 1; barley flojr. l'i
cups; rice flour, l-o cup; baking
powder, 1 teaspoon: soda, i tea
spoon; salt, '3 tablespoon; fat.
melted, cup: anilla. 1 teajooon.
Combine the Ingredients in the
order given, sifting together the
dry ingredients. Hake the cake In
a rather shallow pan In a moderate
oven, thirty minutes. One-thrd
cup light corn syrup, and one-third
cup two-thji-ds cup honey.
Milk. 2 cups; dates, 'i pound Ci
cup); eggs, 2; salt, U teaspoon;
nutmeg, 4 teaspoon.
Cook dates with milk fifteen min
utes In top of double boiler, flub
through a coarse sieve, then add to
beaten eggs and salt; flavor with
nutmeg. Put into individual cus
tard cups. Stand cups In pan of
hot water. Rake in slow oven un
til firm (about fifty minutes). Chill.
Yield six individual custard cups.
Apple Drorrn Detty.
Apples, medium size, 0; fat, 4 ta
blespoons; bread crumbs. Hi cups;
hot water, t cup; lemon Juice. l'J
tablespoons; corn srup (dark). S
tablespona; salt. teaspoon; cin
namon, .j teaspoon.
Tare and cut apples Into thin
slices. Mix bread crumbs with
melted fat. Mix together the hot
water, Irmon Juice. Sirun. sait. and
rinnamon. Into a grensicd baking
dish put alternate lasers of bread
crumbs and apples, pouring pnrt of
liquid over each layer of apples.
Itake In a moderate oven about
fortj -five minutes. Yield ten serv
ings. Jellied .Apples.
Granulated gclatlm'. J", table
spoons; cold water. '2 cup: corn
syrup (light). 1 cup: ginger. 'J tea
spoon: cinnamon, '- t'HMon. old
water. i, iups: lemon. 1 Mke:
cooking apples (pared and quarter
ed), 1 juurt: hot water: lenlon
Juice. 1 tablespoons; lemon rind.
Soai: the. gelatine In '.i cup cold
water for ten minutes. Cook to
gether the syrup, spin, and slice
of lemon, ar.d 14 cups cold water
for ten minutes. Then ndd npples.
a few at ii time, letting them pool:
until tender, but not broken. Re
move from s.vrup when done and
place in a shallow dish When all
apples are cooked, add the syrup to
the Soaked pelatine; aU enough
hot water to mako 2 cups of liquid;
add lemon juice and gr.i'ed li inon
rind; strain; pmir over apples and
chill. Yield: S servings.
Stewed I'rnlt Wllh Itnl.'ns.
Tears. 5; water, 1 cup; corn syrup
(light), 1 tablespoonfuls; raisins.
"4 cup; lemon, 1 slice. '
Peel pearfc. out in quarters: re
move core, ndd water, corn sj-rup,
raisins and lemon. Cook until
pears are soft and transparent
Yield: 5 servings.
'A charming bat with feather, designed for
the late Summer days, and carrying an;uprto
date smartness all its own.
When a Girl Marries
ASEKIAL OP YOUNG WEDDED LIFE
By Arm Lisle.
(Copyright, 1018, by King Fettttires
. Syndicate, Inc.)
DOVT know what It was
friendly and fine, as Tom Ma
son's handclasp seemed to be
that Impelled me to msist that
I must return to the Walgrave at
I managed to do It so casually
I that he took no offense at my sud
den haste and Insisted on escort
ing me on my homeward Journey.
And he remained Jolly and friendly
even when 1 asked for the refusal
of his apartment for a day or two.
'I'd like to talk It over with
Jim," I confessed.
He smiled in big brotherly fash
Ion: 'Nice little old-fashioned wife.
Of course ou shall talk it over
Then still with courteous and Im
personal friendiness, he took me
to the desk and waited while I got
my key. The clerk handed me a
sealed hotel envelope.
"Captain Winston has telephoned
twice and wished you to call the
Army and Navy Club as soon as you
came in." he said, with something
very like a leer. Then he added.
"Your friends are not letting you
miss the lieutenant too mach, are
Perhaps he was only ovef anxious
to offer a guest "every possible
courtesy!" But his offtlousness
brought home to me very poignant
ly the fact that I did no) want to
live in a glittering big Intel a day
longer than I must
As soon as I got to ny room I
called Captain Winston Ind found
he was giving a dinner! for some
officers and their wives that even
and wanted Jim and me b come. I
could not bear the though! of seeing
hippy married folk togetler while
my boy was already leng hours
awav ana planning to gd still fur
ther from me. And I blirted out
"You poor little lonely lady! The
dinner is oft positively! My
friends are all a sportlnd lot. Xo
swank to 'em. They'll lej me give
the party another night and com
fort the bride tonight.) N'ot a
word, Mrs. Jimmle Husbxnd's mat
ey looks after the little lady to
night." f (j
A Wonderful SfeaL
And he did. He hatl a beautiful
time. A delicious dinnerjseasoned
with wonderful tales of pny boy's
days In the Royal Flyl:r Corps.
Never had I felt closer to Jim. To
Capt. Terry Winston I wis not a
woman to admire, but a lister to
protect above ail tho wlfi of his
"matey" sacred. He made me un
derstand the glorious urg that
sweeps the fiving man to his "0n
filcts above the clouds. I flt In
tunc .with Jim's desire to go balt
to Francc I was reconciled to mv
sacrifice. That dinner with Cap.
tain Winston on the roof of the
Valbriggia gave me a vision of
what a soldier's wife must be. I
He told mc of the new chivalry
of womanhood the war was calling
to Jife. Captain Winston spoke rev
erently of all womanhood, and then
there came one woman's name.
"You've seen the scar on Mrs.
Eryce's hand. That woman drove
her car dovrn a road the Huns were
shelling shrapnel got her when
she was helping a poor Tommy into
He stopped speaking abruptly. I
couldn't tell whether the reserve of
the ISritisher had put a period to
his reminiscences or If the emotions
of remembering what he had known
were too great or if he had sud
denly realized that he was speaking
of Jim Harrison's wife.
What was my husband's relation
to the beautiful woman who had
.staked her life In tho same struggle
that had called my boy over
seas? l'or a 'eennd Paptiin W n-' n
hail lifted the curl "in
with an air of reserve, he dropp4
We had an evening of bl
personal emotions- One accident,
cruelly personal, marred 1L
When I came to the desk for my
key there again was the Insolent
clerk, and talking to him was a.
familiar, over-dressed, white-haired
figure, Mrs. Varden.
"I see you got the captain all
right. Mrs. Harrison,' said . the
A, the sound of my name Mrs.
Varden turned. "Oh good even
ing she purred, focusln? her
lorgnette on the British officer.
. "How nicely you do manage to
while away the lonely hours. Mrs.
Harrison. Well, I suppose our Jim
mle knows how to amuse himself,
too. A soldier's wife has to be very
"Captain Winston Is my husband's
best friend," I said, Introducing hint
because there was nothing else to
He was frozen stiff, as the Eng
lish often are when -they recognize
lack of breeding and fine feelings.
That annoy ed "Mrs. Varden fright
fully. -lira. Varden and Jim's Krle4.
"I see I am intruding. Ton two
young, things want to finish your
tete-a-tete." she said at last with
unmistakable malice masking as
I insisted on going up In tbe ele
vator with Mrs. Varden. But she
managed to convey to me clearly
her sneering opinion that I had done
that to gloss matters over. I have
made a malicious enemy, and she
thinks she has me In her power.
The lunch with Mr. Mason was
unavoidable unless I wanted to
make an absurd scene, and act like
- an evil-minded person. To refuse
to dine with Captain Winston would
have been an affront to my hus
band's best friend and a matter of
real hurt to Jim. And yet Mrs.
Varden is ready to twist It all Into
a malicious tale. Her smile. Just
like that or "the cat tha.t ate the
canary," tells roe that. She made
me promise to breakfast wltn.her
tomorrow morning, and I felt com
pelled to' accept. I simply will not
let that cruel old woman sneer at
my Jim, or pity him. or think that
his wife consoles herself readily for
Jim is my world my man ray
life Itself. That she could sever
understand. And I won't try to be
little ray love by explaining It te
her. But one thing she must un
derstand. It is thlsi Jim Harri
son's (wife Is too completely satis
fied with him ever to be aware of
another man as a man!
I shall breakfast with Mrs. Var
den. She must respect Jim and
Jim's wife. But after breakfast I
cannot endure another hour in this
sneering, evil-minded place tho
home of such women as Mrs. Var
den. But where am I to go?
To Be Continued.
I USE A BRUSH
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Kth1 lSfc i.."HABl.Y
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ing and cankns have been issued
by the XatioLi war Garden Com
mission. Th mav be ohtalned
om.any, ot Tsi Washington Times
com ox -don't BE. 1
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Puss in Boots
By David Ootj.
OW you rtraembtr In too
last story, that puss had
gotten, the' betteV of th
great riant- who Vsa now
his' faithful servant. So affcr kiss
ing Puss Junior's paw In ttken of
submission, be lifted his llttij mas
ter on one shoulder and tie six
bags of gold on the othei aod
I started off throygh the forest
tvait a minute, ,kuo. iiu lor
he had forgottenhis magic foIs,
the az and the pickax, you see; So
the giant picked them up and ant
them In his pocket, and then oft
he went at a tremendous rate.
Well, after awhile, they came la
sight of a great castle where lived
a lord who was even mora wickett
than the cruel Blue Beard. And aa
they drew nearer they 'heard load
screams like those of some fair
lady In distress. And then all of
a sudden, they saw the wicked 'lord
dragging- a lovely lady across thai
courtyard by the hair.
With one stride the giant stepped
over the castle wall and stood be
fore the wicked lord.
"Shall I toss him over the moon!"
asked the giant.
"Xo, leave him to me," replied
Puss, while the wicked lord trem
bled and grew as pale as a white
swan that swam near by is a buui
tiful fountain.' c
So the Giant lifted little Paaa
Junior down te. the ground, and
as soon as the lovely lady saw him
"Oh. little Sir Cat, I have of test
heard of you. Were you net at
Kins Arthur's court, and did set
you and the good knight, Sia
Lanncelot, rescue a, maiden In hls
tress." "We did. fair Udy," answered
Fuss with a bow. And then he
turned to the wicked lord, waej
stood cowering- by the fountain.
."My giant servant' at sign frcssl
me, will pitch yon over the mocev.
But instead, I will give yon at
chance. Ton have the reputation of
being the greatest liar that ever
lived. Now we will see who cam
tell the biggest story, you or L,
If. you lose, you shall sire your!
castle to this fair lady and takst
yourself off, Z don't much car
where, but you must never return.'
So the wicked lord began to tell
the blsxeit story he could ihlafc
"I have a bun ao large that a rasa
can sit on each of his horns and
the two rant touch each other
with a twenty-foot pole."
"Ob, that's nothing." replied
Puss "At the castle where my fath
er, the famous Puss In Boots, lirca
is a bull so large that a serraat
sitting on one of his horns cant
see the servant sitting on the oth
er." And then the pretty Princess clap
ped her hands and' laughed, for she
knew that Puss hadbeaten the
wicked lord. So the ylcked lord
went to his stable and saddled his
best horse and rode away. But be
fore he rode through the gate Puss
touched his steed with his magic
flaming feather and instantly the
horse turned into an Immense bird
and flew away, but where he went
I do not know, and neither doea
anybody else. So that was the end
of the wicked lord. And next
time Til tell you of another adven
ture which little Puss Junior had.
(Copyright, 1948. E-avid Cory.)
Te Be qeatfaaed.
ADVICE TO THE
By BBATEIOE PAIBFAX
Difference of Eeligion.
Dear Miss Fairfax:
I haye known, a sailor for the
past five months, during which
time we have grown very food
of each other. He was on two
trips overseas and la now on a
third. He always brings me back
eome little taken, which I hesi
tate to accept. I care for him.
but do not know whether or not
to see him on his return trip. We
are wf different faiths and cannot
think of one another as anything
more -than friends. He has told
me that religlorv should not stand
in the way when people love each
other, but I think differently. Is
it advisable for me to Fee him on
his return, or do you think It best
to write and tell him? While he
is away I write to him. but my
letters contain nothing of en
couragement, whll his talk Is of
nothing but love and how much
he misses me. Please advise.
Many people of different relig
ious beliefs have married and have
been very happy together. If you do
not interfere with his creed and he
with yours, what real difference
does it make if you love each other?
This tremendous world war in
which we are engaged seems to
have given every one more f the
spirit of religion and less of the
letter. The other day I read In tha
paper where the Knights of Colum
bus, a Catholic organization, had
loaned their hall to the Jews for
religious services at one of tbe
cantonments. Imagine such a thing
even fifty years ago' Real relig
ion means brotherhood, not bitter
ness. Do you remember Who said
"I came not to bring peace, but a
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