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CONNECTICUT WESTERN NEWS, DECEMBER 28, 1922.
4- v ti .a The Itid Drum &y Willkm MacHarg and Edwin Balmer ISmtnakmt IRWIN MYSRS 8YNOPSI8 I-Wealthy and highly fa - ti Chica.ro business woria. LaUnntft Corral u something- of a re- olr-M and a mystery to uu associates. A46NT a stormy Intrviw with hi part f. JEeniy fip&rman, Corvet seeks Coa sMEHKerrIn7 daughter of ."his other t-ti (ianra hum written to a certain jUaa Cknr4, in Blue Rapids, Kanaa. id eHwted stranse agitation ovar the Walter. . V CESiJTKR IL-Oorvet's letter summons Ctater4, a youth of unknown parentage to Chiaaao. CAP-BEIR HL From a statement- St iTseems probabla Conrad is Cor vts (iajgitlmate son. Corvet has deeded - hli housQ and lt contents to Alan. CHAJPTJER '.IV.Alan "take! ;poIalon of his aew home. . s CHAPTER V. That night Alan discov er ' ian ransacking the desks and bu rtlu drawWa in Corvet's apartments. The avtxrasoa of Alan tremendously agitates v i totaruier, who appeareto think him a v gUOt jd raves of nha Jflwaka." After a struggle the man escapes. . - 'CHAPTER' VX Nett day AUn learns Xrep-S KHemU mat uorvei cm au.wu. uj la nun uvwucw w la astounded, at the dla- the man whom he bad found In his house the night before, , 1 CHAPTER VII. Alan tells mo one of his SKxaagp encounter, but in a prlrate Interview t&xee spearman with the fart. Spearman teiugha a and donee him COAPTam IX.-0arad reeovers, and .'the aflaftr remalna a myatery. f CKAPTBK. 3C-Alan Ijs fre Was f aaouam that it was Cwnrat'a aaalt to llSsa whoropeared pertplaafly, to the ahaenaa of WwMaqvaat, Xketaea tn the heuae denaandta ta aee Oacret. He la endenfly in a dying eondttlon. due to aTeofcol and eapoawa. Coaaad jph& without avail to get Wm to eaepalJ M oonnootlon with, Owrret The man dtea. Waaaaeniam giTea Conad a pape an wmieh U lilt of name. . . cniPTKR XI. FYom the document Al an thinks ne may nare a oui w mystery surrounding Correr s an Aiurniunnct. Ha leavea CaleajTo to it Lake Michigan porta in aenrth of U persona whose names were on the IlsC ' ..:'.." ." .V .. . - CHAPTEJR. ' XWataBe reeehrasia package wrapped ta a muffler whlect m recognises Corvet was weaving on the day he went away.- It eoataJma a tew nalna. a. wa,tch. and weJMAXT ring. She beliavea them ta have been property of correv aa aceepss a nroof of his death. Constance to marry Ma Efce eoasan , but refuses his desaama tor an ate ceremony. the watch in the pae had seem x EES?.,.: ffiSX down with his aUt). CHAPTOR XTV Workln on a freighter. Alan becomes aeanutd with an elderly man known aa "Jtm Burr' who seems to be peeeeased of tasorma tlon which Alan "believes would only he known to Corvet : CHAPTER Xty. Alan secures a position on the freighter of which Burr" . is wheelsman. He is satlsfled he has found 1 the man he believes to be his father. "Burr," at the wheel of the freighter, apparently In dementia, refuses to obey orders to change the vessel's course, and the ship collides , with a derelict. , In almost sinking condition they attempt - to reach port. The loaded freight cars which the vessel is carrying break loose. ' CHAPTER XVI. Corvet recovers bis reason and leads in the work of throw , ing the cars overboard. He and Alan . are pinned under the debria. Alan dis closes - his identity. Corvet : tells him Speajrnan had killed his father. -Alan is reacuea, out it is impossiue to save Corvet. A priest, passenger on the boat, is summoned, and Alan leaves them in conversation. The Beaver Builds Do You? A small animal through in r dustry intelligently directed constructs , a dam to protect hisiiome. i The , man who intelligently directs his energy builds too a leak proof wall for the pro tection of his loved ones and himself against misfortune. Our life income1 plan is the - simple, easy way Illnes3, acci dent, old age and death can't destroy the protection it gives. Ask for booklet and rate,s. Connecticut General Life Insurance Company of Hartford F. NORTH CLARK General Agent, LITCHFIELD Connecticut General Life Jnsur'ance Co. .'Hartford V(U-)H jpartaer, JLwrenc oneirui. turn sttrs from hr a promise not tomarry tt hn diAADDcars. tinerrui BpLrmaa Alan The fore trucks fell and, before the rear trucks reached the edge, the stern lifted and caught the car in the middle; It balanced, half over the wa ter, half over the deck. Corvet crouched under the car with a crow bar ; Alan and two others went with Mm ; they worked the car on until the weight of the end over the water tipped It down; the balance broke, and the car tumbled and dived. Corvet, hav ing cleared another hundred "Ions, leaped back, calling to the crew. They followed him again, unques tioning, obedient Alan .followed close to him. It was not pity which stirred him now for Benjamin Corvet ; nor was it bitterness; but it certainly was not contempt. Of all the ways in which he had fancied finding Benjamin Corvet, he had never thought of seeing him like this! - It was, probably, only for a flash ; but the great quality of leadership which he had once possessed, which Sbfrrill had described to Alan and which had been destroyed by the threat over him, had returned to him In this desperate emergency which he had cre ated. ' How jnuch or how little of his own condition Corvet understood, Alan, could not tell ; it was plain sonly that he comprehended that he had been the cause of the catastrophe, and in his fierce will to repair it he not only dis regarded all risk to himself ; he also had summoned up from within him and was spending the last strength of his spirit. But he was spending It In & losing fight. He got off two more cars ; yet the deck only dipped lower, and water washed farther and farther up over the fantall. Men, leaping from before the charging cars, got caught in the murderous melee of iron and steel and wheels ; men's shrill cries came . amid the scream of metal. Alan, tug ging at a crate which had struck down a man, felt aid beside him and, turn ing, he saw the priest whom he had passed on the stairs. The priest was bruised and bloody ; this was not his first effort to aid.-Together they lifted an end of the crate; they bent Alan stepped back, and the priest knelt alone, his lips repeating the prayer for absolution. Screams of men came from behind'; and the priest rose and turned. He - saw men caught between., two wrecks . of ( car crushing together; there was no moment to reach them; he stood and raised his arms to them, hia head thrown back, his voice calling to them, as . they died, the words of absolution. , Three more cars at the cost of two lives the crew cleared, ' while the sheathing of Ice spread over the steel inboard, and dissolution of all' the cargo became complete. Cut stone and . motor parts, chasses and eastings, far niture and beams, swept, back and forth, while the cars, burst and splin tered,, became monstrous missiles hurt ling forward, sldewise, aslant, recoil ing. Yet men, though scattered singly, tried to stay them by ropes and chains while the water washed higher and higher. Dimly, far away, deafened out by the clangor, the steam whistle of Number 25 was blowing the four long blasts of distress ; ; Alan beard' the' sound now and. then with Indifferent wonder. All destruction had come for him to be -contained within this car deck ; here the ship loosed on itself all elements . of annihilation ; who could aid It from without? Alan caught the end of a chain which Corvet flung htm and, tbougn he knew It was useless, he carried it across from one stanchion to the next. Something, sweeping "Answer Me; it Was the Martha Corvet?" across the deck! caught him and car ried him with it; it brought him be fore the coupled line of trucks which hurtled back and forth where the rails of track three had been. He was hurled before them and rolled over; something cold and heavy pinned him down; and upon him, the car trucks came. But, before them, something warm and living a hand and bare arm catching him quickly and pulling at him, tugged him a little farther on. Alan, looking up, saw Corvet beside him; Corvet, unable to move him farther, was crouching down there with him. Alan yelled to him to leap, to twist aside and get out of the way; but Corvet only "crouched closer and put his arms,- over Alan; then the wreekage came upon them, driving them apart. As the movement stopped, Alanv still could see Corvet dimly by the glow of the Incandescent lamps overhead ; the truck separated them. It bore down upon Alan, holding him motionless and, on the other side, it crushed upon Corvet's legs. ' :.Ue iuf1.6?. over, as far as he could, m a "J". anH SDuke to Alan. "lou have been - saving me, so now I tried to 6ave yam," he said simply. "What reason did you have for doing that? Why have you been keeping by me 7" O 'Tm Alan Conrad of Blue Rapids, fl Kansas," Alan cried to him. "Ana you're Benjamin Corvet i You know me; you sent for me Why did you do that?" Corvet made no reply to this. Alan, neering at him underneath the truck, could see that his hands were pressed ( O against his face and that his body ' Q hook. Whether this was from some ' O new physical pain from the movement of the wreckage, Alan did not know till he lowered his hands after a mo ment; and now he did not heed Alan or seem even to be aware of him. -"Dear little Connie P he said aloud. -Dear little Connie I marry him not him I seen to. What shall I She mustn't That must be do, what shall I do?" Alan worked nearer him. -Why mustn't she marry him?" he cried to Corvet. "Why? : Ben Corvet,-tell me J Tell, me why r "Who are you?" Corvet seemed only with an effort to become conscious of Alan's presence. Tm Alan Conrad, whom you used to take care of. I'm from Blue Rap Ids. You'know about me; are you my father, Ben, Corvet? Are you my fa ther or what what are you to me?" "Your father?" Corvet repeated. "Did he tell you that? Ufi killed your father." "Killed him? Killed him, how?" -Of course.' He killed them all alL But your father he shot him; he shot him through the head I" Alan twinged. Sight of Spearman came before him as he had first seen Spearman, cowering In Corvet's li brary In terror at an apparition. -And the, bullet hole above the eye!" So that was the hole made by the shot Spearman fired which had killed Alan's father which shot him through the head! Alan peered at Corvet and called to him. ' - . "Father Benltot I" Corvet called In response, . not- directly In reply to Alan's question, rather In response to what those questions stirred. -Father Benltot r Some one, drawn by thie cry, was moving wreckage near them. A band and arm with a torn sleeve showed ; Alan could not see the rest of the fig ure,' but by the sleeve he recognized that t was the mate. 4Whos caught here?" he called down. -Benjamin Corvet of Corvet, Sher rlll and Spearman, ship owners of ChW , cago," Corvet's voice replied deeply fully; there was authority In if and wonder too-the wonder of a man find ing himself in a situation which his recollection cannot explain. ! . "Ben Corvet J" the mate shouted in , surprise ; he cried it to the others, those who had followed Corvet and obeyed him during the hour before and had. not known why. The mate tried to pull the wreckage aside and make his way to Corvet ; but the old man stopped him. -The ' priest. Father Benltot ! Send him to me. I shall never leave hers; send Father Benltot!" The word was passed without the mats moving away. The mate, after a minute, made no further attempt to free Corvet ; that Indeed was useless, and Corvet demanded his right of sac rament from the priest who came and crouched under the wreckage beside him. "Father Benltot r "I am not Father Benltot. I am Fa ther Perron of IAnss," ..-It was to Fathe Benltot of SL Igr nace I should have gone, Father t . . . The priest got a little closer as Cor vet spoke, and Alan heard only voices now and then through the sounds of clanging metal and the drum of Ice against the hull. The mate and his helpers were working to get him free. They had abandoned all effort to save the ship ; It was settling. And with the settling,' the movement of the wreckage imprisoning Alan was , In creasing. This movement made useless the efforts of the mate; It would free Alan of itself in a moment. If it did not kill him; It would free or finish Corvet too. But he, as Alan saw him. was wholly oblivious of that now. HI&I tea m . . . S lips movea quieuy, nrmiy ; ana nis eyes were, fixed steadily on the eyes of the ' priest. .i CHAPTER XVII Mr, Spearman Goes North. . The message, in blurred lettering and upon the flimsy tissue paper of a car bon copy that message which had brought tension to the offices of Cor vet, Sherrill and Spearman and had called Constance Sherrill and her mother downtown where further Infor mation conld be more quickly5 ob tained was handed to Constance by a clerk as soon as she entered her fa-1 ther's office. She reread It; it already had been repeated to her over the tele-' phone. I "4 :05 a. a. Frankfort Wireless sta- j tlon has received following message !. from Number 25: 'We have Benjamin Corvet, of Chicago, aboard.' " j "You've received nothing later than this?" she asked. i "Nothing regarding Mr. Corvet, Miss Sherrill," the clerk replied. j "The crew?" j "Yes ; we have just got the names of the Crew." He took another copied sheet from among the pages and hand-. ed it to her, and she looked swiftly , down the list of" names until she found that of Alan Conrad. I Her eyes filled, blinding her, as she put the paper down, and began to take off her things. She had been clinging determinedly In her thought to the 'belief that Alan might not have been aboard the ferry. Alan's message, which had sent her father north to meet the ship, had implied plainly ! OEZXOl OE301 Leo Radom The Western Horse 180 East Main St., We import large number of HORSES from OHIO, IOWA and ILLINOIS, Our motto is Always to "Buy Only the Best." Constantly on hand a large supply of horses for all purposes. Every day we take in exchange second-hand horses that are sold at once for very low prices to make room for the fresh horses that arrive every month in the year. Give us a call and see for yourself. , Also new Milch-Cows bought and sold on reasonable terms. Wagons and Harnesses always on hand for-sale. ' 'We will sell the above at reasonable prices and on suitable terms. . Q O D O rsoi 0E301 omoxotaoi that" some one "whom" 3Tan "Believed might be Uncle Benny was on Number 25; she had been fighting, these last few hours, against conviction that therefore Alan must be on the ferry, too. She stood by the desk, as the clerk went out, looking through the papers which he had left with her. What she was reading was the carbon of the report prepared that morning and sent, at his .rooms, to Henry, who was hot yet down. The last message read: "6:40, Pe toskey is callliig Manitowoc, 'Signals from Number r 25, after becoming in distinct; failed entirely about 5:45, probably by failure7 of ship's power to supply current Operator appears to have remained at key. From 5:25 ,to 5:43 we received disconnected mes sages, as follows: 'Have cleared an other car . . . they are sticking to It down there . . . . engine-room crew is also sticking .... hell on car deck ... everything smashed . they . wont' give up . . . sinking now . . . we're going . . . good-by ... stuck to end . . , . all they eould . . , know that ... hand It to them . . . have cleared another car . . . sink . . . S. O. . 0. . Signals then en tirely ceased." . i. Constance had not realised, until the reports of the wireless messages told her that he was gone, what compan ionship with Alan had come to mean to her. She had accepted it as al ways to be existent, somehow a,com panlonship which might be Interrupted often but always to be formed again. It amazed her to find how firm a place he had found in her world of those close to her with whom she must al ways be intimately concerned. . The - telephone switchboard beside Constance suddenly buzsed, and the operator; plugging in a connection, saidi Tes, sir; at once, and through the 'partitions of the private office' on the other side, a man's heavy tones came to Constance. That was Henry's office, and in timbre, the voice was his, but it was so strange in other charac teristics of expression that she waited an instant before saying to the clerk, -Mr. Spearman has come In? The clerk hesitated, but the eoav tinuance of the toue from the other side of the partition, made reply so-, perfluous. -Yes, Miss SherrilL" Constance went to Henry's door and rapped. He made no answer and no move to open the door; so, after wait ing a moment, she turned the knob and went in. - Henry was seated at his desk, facing her, his big hands before him; one of them held the telephone receiver. He lifted it slowly and put it upon- the hook .beside the transmittex as he Monkey Glands! 1ATES styles to intrigue j old gullibles! Choice from short-haired, long haired, red, yellow,, black and white-haired monkeys! Line forms this way! BUT IN THE MEANTIME - Sensible people never for get that the vigorous health of youth may be retained just so long as bodily health is maintained. When the stomach fails to digest food, the liver slows up, and constipation alid biliousness result, wise men and , women heed Nature's warnings and cor rect all digestive and elim inative disorders with Beecham's Pills for 80 years the reliable family medicine. At All Druggists 25c and 50c mm OCXOl 30E30IOE30 Phone 354-4 Torrington, Fresh Load of Horses Just Arrived OE201 OE301 The Man Ha4 Never Mere Plainly Re. sembled the Pieture of Bsnjamln Cervet. v waTched hTr wifa steady, silent, ag gressive scrutiny. He did not rise; only after a moment he recollected that he had not done so and cams to his feet "Good morning, Connie," he said. Come In. What's the 'news?" The Impulse which had brought her Into his office went from her. She had not seen nor heard from Henry direct ly since before Alan's telegram had She Made No Reply but Gazed at Him, Studying Him. come late yesterday afternoon; she had heard from her father only that he had Informed. Henry ; that, was alL Tve ho news, Henry," she said. Have you?" - She closed the door be hind her, moving closer to him. MHow did you happen to be here. Connie?" be asked. She made no reply but gazed at him, studying him. The agitation which he was trying to conceal was net entirely' consequent to her coming in upon him ; it had been ruling him before. It had underlain the loudness and, abuse of his words which she had overheard. That was.no capricious outburst of temper or Irritation; it had come from something which had seized and held him in suspense. In dread In dread ; there was no other way to define her impression to herself. When she had opened the door and come in, he had looked up In dread, as though prepar ing himself for whatever she might announce. Now Uiat the door shut them In alone, he approached her with arms offered. ' She . stepped back, In stinctively avoiding his embrace; and he stopped at once, but he had come quite close to her now. As she stared at him, the clerk's voice came to her suddenly over the partition which separated the office from the larger room where the clerk was receiving some message over the telephone. Henry straightened, 11s- itened; as the voice stopped, his great, finely-shaped head sank between' his ( shoulders ; he fumbled In his packet J i for a cigar, and his big hands shook j as he lighted it, without word of ex cuseloher. Ajstrange feeling camejto 1 " Vs1l& , ( dm X f w IOC? o D O Louis Temkin Market Conn. . Q o D O n o 30E3Q1 OX30 a month GARRY home one of these handy Httle 6H lb. typewriters today. Pay for it at the easy rate of $5 a month, V 1 CANAAN PRINTING CO. Canaan Conn. ', The AsrscmaJ Wfrcing A&cains her, th"5T he fell wTiuT he "dread&nrp. pros.cn ing and was no longer conscious of .her presence. , ' , ' ' She heard fooitteps In the larger room coming toward the office, door. Henry was in suspense. A rap came at the door. He whitened, and wet his -lips. "Come in,? he summoned. One of the office girls entered, bring ing a white page of paper with three) or four lines of purple typewriting up on It which Constance recognized must be a transcript c a message just re ceived. She started forward at sight of It, forgetting everything else; but he t,ook the paper as .though he did not know, she was there. He merely held it un til the girl bad' gone out; even then he stood folding and unfolding It, and his eyes did not drop to the sheet The girl had said nothing at all but, having seen her, y Constance was athrill; the girt, had net been a bearer Of bad news, that was sure ; she . brought some sort of good news t Con stance, certain of it moved nearer; to Henry to read what he held. He looked down and read. ' ; -What la it, Henry r v 1 His muscular reaction, as he read, had drawn 'the sheet away from her; he recovered himself almost Instantly and gave the paper to her. "8 UJG a. m., Manitowoc, Wis. she read. "The schooner Anna S. Solwerk has been sighted making for this port She is not close enough for communi cation, but two. lifeboats, additional to her own, can be plainly made out It is believed that she must have picked up survivors of No. 25. She carries no wireless, so is unable to report Tugs are going to her." "Two lifeboats I" Constance cried. "That could mean that they all . are saved or nearly all; doesn't it, Hen ry; doesn't it? ' He had read some other significance tn It she thought or, from his greater understanding of conditions in the storm, he had been able to hold' no hope frdm what had been reported. That was the only way she could ex plain to herself as he replied to her; that the word meant to him that men were saved and that therefore it was dismaying to him, could not come to her at once. When it came now, it went over her first only in the flash of Incredulous question. x . The telephone buzzer under his desk sounded; she drew close as he took up his receiver. 'Manitowoc?" he said. "I want to . know what you've heard from the Sol- werk. . You hear me? .. . . , The men the Solwerk picked up. You have the names yet? . The Ben Ion?". . M 1 ' "Oh, I understand! All from the Benton. I seel . . . No; never mind their names. How about Number 25? Nothing more heard from them? Constance had caught his shoulder while he was speaking and now clung to it Release release of strain was going through him I she could feci it, and she heard It in his tones and saw it ln.hls eyes. (Continued Nexfy Week) EOXZZOl Ids 1923 Standard Diaries for sale at The Canaan Printing Co. - ... V." J