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MORE COOLIDGE VICTORIES
Michigan and Illinois should be a good barometer of the
so-called progressive West. Both states have endorsed
Calvin Coolidge emphatically despite the cumbersome
machinery of the presidential primary which operates often
in a mysterious way its wonders to perform.
Ihe sober second thought of the American people not
always reflected through popular primaries seems to have
been sounded at least in Illinois and Michigan where the
Coolidge endorsement is large enough to reflect Republican
Party sentiment toward presidential candidates.
Senator Hiram Johnson is the victim of his own captious
style of campaigning. His attitude in California when
Charles E. Hughes was a presidential candidate has been
fittingly rebuked. The rule or ruin policy seldom wins.
Destructive criticism builds no foundations of political
permanency. A nation is becoming surfeited with the kind
of activity congress is now engaged in. Endorsement of
Coolidge in these states of well known progressive tendencies
should be a rebuke to the senate continuing much longer as
a grand jury. '
President Coolidge has been attending to his knitting
and the voters are seeing through the ugly smoke screen
with which a lew designing politicians seek to besmirch men
ot well known and tried integrity. The partisanship of the
probers has become so apparent that the disclosures are
It is high time Tor the Republicans in the senate to real
ize that their attacks on Coolidge and the thwarting of the
people’s business for scandal forays are not popular with
the voting public. The department of justice and the courts
can perform the function of prosecutor much better than
can a senate facing the elections. , .
Nebraska failed also to see any great demand for Hiram
Johnson. Like North Dakota it reversed its 1920 prefer
ence. It looks like la Coolidge nomination on the first ballot.
CHECKING UP PUBLIC OFFICIALS
Some very interesting- instances of how inefficiency of
1 ne various officials of the political subdivisions costs the
taxpayers dearly each year were brought home keenly re
cently m the addresses delivered before Rotary, Kiwanis and
Lion clubs over the state by private tax experts. Thousands
ot dollars have been saved annually by these agents in cor
recting mistakes committed by elective officials..
The authority of the state examiners should be extended
4 and t “ eir d H tles made more explicit and the investigations
more intensive. More frequent examinations and the careful
checking up of contracts and bids for public work in even'
department of government would save the tax payers of
North Dakota great sums yearly.
Expense of these examinations can be borne by the poli
tic;d subdivisions involved and the saving honest efficient
examiners would effect would far outweigh any cost.
An entirely new system of purchas ng supplies for public
offi es should be devised. Until recently, for instance, county
auditors were supreme in the purchase of most printing sup
plies. Bids were seldom asked. In some counties election
supplies were furnished by certain publishing plants at fabu
The last session of the legislature passed a law requiring
bids for certain classes of public printing. Some counties
advertised tor bids and others have ignored the law and
through skill!ul tactics evade its spirit.
B j ds recently opened compared to prices charged under
the old scheme indict some county officials of either ineffici
. ency or down-right dishonesty.
t county the prices paid by County Auditor
Johnson to certain Fargo concerns for work which could
be done in Bismarck as well and as cheaply bv the four or
five local printing establishments are shown to be excessive
in comparison to the prices given recently under the compe
titive bidding process.
It is incumbent upon the County Commissioners to fol
low more closely this matter of purchase of all supplies and
see to it that these bids are not mere subterfuge and that
:: ' vork n , ot strictly within the content of these bids but of the
same character is not let at a figure other than is named in
the strict letter of the contract.
Here is a most fertile field for the tax students who are
seeking to cut down expenditures. Eliminate the loose sys
tern of purchasing supplies. T\\e legislature should impose
a, uniform system and see that it is made efficient by a care
lul audit by stat 6 officials to see that supplies are furnished
at contract prices and no excess supplies are allowed at
, higher figures to pad up the great difference over, prices for
An incident in Burleigh county that should arouse local
taxpayers illustrates the case very well. County Auditor
Johnson under the old system of letting work without bids
to concerns at Fargo paid $6lO for assessment supplies. The
other day under competitive bidding which The Tribune has
advocated, he secured the'same supplies for S6O. It behooves
the county commissioners to see that the county auditor
purchase all supplies at the lowest figure so that the tax
payers may find their burdens lighter.
The Tribune hopes that another legislative session will
:: not go by without provision being made for a more careful
checking up of tax levies, and especially of contracts for
public work and the purchase of supplies. It is a sad com
mentary that this work must be left to volunteer agents.
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Uncle Sam has 20,000 genuine. seal-skins and Jias
:i,; trouble selling them. A committee of experts recommends
to Secretary Hoover that educational campaigns be conduct
ed to teach women the “merits” of real seal fur. The gov
ernment idea seems to be that women don't want genuine
rep7odrifc&f fa tala
column may w may QO t asprm
the opinion of The Tribune. They
are presented here In order that
our reader* may have both tides
of important Issues which ar*
being discussed In the press of
EVES ON A CANADIAN TAX LAW
Rofier W. Babson, whose reviews
of economic conditions are pub
lished Monday morning in The
Minneapolis Tribune, calls the at
tention of American business men
to the sales tax that has been in
effect in Canada since the first of
the year, with flu* crmvment that a
scientific tax of this kind is wide
ly regarded as a logical solution
of the revenue question in ttho
Of the Canadian act, Mr. Babson
The new sales tax in Canada
calls for n payment on sales
by importers, large producers,
manufacturers, and, in some
circumstances, large whole
salers. When the manufactur
er pays the tax, however, the
wholesaler is exempt, and
when the wholesaler pays
the tax the manufacturer is
exempt. This will avoid the
pyramiding of taxes which, un
der the blundering system in
the United States, has hurt
business. Moreover, the Ca
nadian sales tax does less to
penalize efficiency and threat
en enterprise than the suicidal
income surtax To me this
intelligent procedure in the
raising of necessary
is one more reason for being
optimistic on the basic out
look for Canada. The United
States takes great pride in its
progress industrially, but when
it comes to economic policies
we have much to learn from
For some reason not’easy to ex
plain there ds such strong group
prejudice against a sales 1 tax in
this country that the proposal,
meritorious as it appears in many
ways, has made small headway.
Farmers as a ruie are against it.
and organized labor does not take
kindly to it. There i 9 widespread
fear that such a. tax would pyra
mid prices of 'commodities as they
are passed along on their several
stages from the manufacturer or
importer to the consumer, and
would thereby increase living
costs out of all proportion to the
economic necessities. In vain have
students of a sales tax argued
against this idea.
If the pyramiding contention
rests on a fallacy, possibly a prac
tical working of the Canadian act
will establish the fact and give the
sales tax proposal better standing
in the United States than it lias
In this country there is an un
fortunate delusion that a compara
tively few assume the tax burden
and that the rest escape a share ill
j it. No idea could be more erron
jeoua. The government may gather
its revenues directly from the few,
but it does not and cannot prevent
the few from tapping the pocket
books of the many to help pay the
bill, excessive taxing of the rich
defeats in large measure its own
end for reasons that ought to need
no restatement here. It drives
capital from productive investment
into tax-free securities and in
flicts the double ill of curtailing
the government’s revenue and of
contracting industrial activities, to
say nothing of increasing the cost
of money' for expansion purposes
in the public utility field.
As one writer puts it: “The
progress of civilization and the
growth of wealth depend upon the
spirit of enterprise and the readi
ness of the forceful and the able
to take risks. Anything which
seriously checks this spirit of
hopefulness or hampers the incen
tive to save (for productive rein
vestment purposes) has a very
definite reaction on the whole
body economic.” ,
The sooner we all learn in the
United States that taxation makes
its draft on all incomes, big and
little, the sooner shall wp approxi
mate the ideal system of obtaining
public revenues. Minneapolis
ADVENTURE OF f
BY OLIVE HOBEKTS BARTON
“Oh, dear!” croaked th« green
frog, pufTing*out his cotton side.; un
til his tissue-paper skin nearly burst.
“I do wish something would happen!
i hey call this Doofunny Land,
but nobody ever does anything and
it’s never funny.’’
“What do you want to do, Mister
Discontent?” asked Hinky Dinky be
tween nods, for his head'never stop
ped its bobbing up and down night
“Humph!” croaked the green frog.
“It’s all right for you to call me
Mister Discontent, for. you can be
happy anywhere. You weren’t made
to swim and sit in the sun on a
wet log, and catch flies, and watch
the moon and fireflies on summer
“Well, neither were you, dear sir,”
nodded Hinky Dinky. “Your first
swim would be your last. Your fine
green tissue-paper skin would peel
off you like the outside of a boiled
beet, and your white cotton flesh
would get as water-soaked as a
sponge. And your wire toes would
get rusty and you*—”
“Oh, stop, stop!” croaked the frog.
“They call me a croaker, but what
are you. Mister Hinky Dinky? I
never heard such dismal words in all
“There! There!” cried the little
man. “I only meant it kindly. I
just wanted to show you that you
are better off a a you are.”
“I do try,” croaked the frog, “but
one day I fell out of the window
and I saw how real frogs lived.
Happy was no name! They dived
and splashed and blinked apd croak
ed and swam races and, played leap
frog, and all I could do was to sit
there and watch, that wag when I
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decided to run away, and so i came
to Doofunny Land.’’ !
“The real frogs have their trou- j
Lies, too,” nodded Hinky Dinky.'
“You'd never guess how much trou-j
hie they have.” !
"I don't believe it,” declared the
paper frog. “I don’t believe it.” |
Nancy and Nick and Mister Fuzz
W uzz heard this conversation and
poor dear Mister Fuzz Wuzz was
worried. “I do hate to have folk
unhappy,” he said. “I do wish I
could do something.’’
Suddenly Silver Wings appeared
on a flower. “I am going to give
the froggic his wish,’’ she said. “The
Fairy Queen heard him and sent me
to weave a charm:
“I’ollywogs, froggies and lizards and
Turn a somersault backward and
sec how it feels.”
With that the frog gave a back
ward spring and sat grinning and
blinking his googily eyes, too happy
for anything. “Why, now I am a
real frog,” he boomed in a new deep
voice. “And I feel gorgeous. Good
With that he hopped off down the
road and disappeared in a hole in a
“We shall see what happens now,”
said Silver Wings, “Aii his life,
Mister Frog has lived in a safe place
and been taken care of. Now he
must look ouj, for himself in the
world where he has gone.”
"Well, he has gone now,” said
Mister Fuzz Wuzz, “and I should
like to know what happens to him.
Nancy and Nick, you can go any
where in your magic shoes. Follow
the paper frog out into the world
and keep an eye on him.”
(To Be Continued)
(Copyright, 1924, NEA Service, Inc.)
T A THOUGHT- T
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Wherefore putting lying,
speak every man truth with-,, his
neighbor; for we are members one
of another.—Eph. 4:23.
Lies can destroy, but not create.—
* Tom Sims Says *
Blessed arc the oil men for they
have inherited the earth.
Wasn't it spring when Rip Van
Winkle went to sleep and slept 20
Bad news from Canada today.
Ontario cow attacked a train, so now
her owner has steak daily.
It is getting sp about the only
drivers who will give pdßestrians
a lift are street car motormen.
The differences which cause most
divorces are indifferences.
Some of the new spring hats look
almost good enough to put a little
cream and sugar on and cat.
Spring is housecleaning time. In
Los Angeles, one woman clcanbd out
an entire theater by yelling “Fire."
They are having a hard time in
Washington. No politician can make
a good race if the wind is ugainst
The Germans are exporting syn
thetic camphor now, but should save
a little to smell when they receive
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USING HEADS TO WIN FIGHT
HAIR IS LONG AND SHORT OF
Will Bryan run for president?
Ihe question is a mos*t momentous
one. He would be a dangerous can
didate, chiefly because of the bob
bed-hair vote. “To bob or not to
bob is the cry heard in practically
every household throughout this
grand, and one might suy glorious,
nation of ours. And William wears
his hair bobbed. If he runs it may
create two new parties, the “Bobs”
and the f, Anti-Bobs.”
After scalding and sunning your
ice box, drive a nail inside to hung
the thermometer on this summer.
HOW TO MARRY
Never take the cigars out of his
vest pocket- before you hug him. It
shows too much experience.
TO STAY SINGLE
Get sent to jail for three months.
Then you will escape marrying dur
ing the dangerous June days.
“Nothing succeeds like success,”
says Miss Livewirc. So when she
has no date she makes the' people
think she has one by pulling the
parlor shades down and turning the
lights low just the same.
New soft soap preparation! Poli
ticians, here 'it is. Soft-soap the
voters. Made by mixing palmgrcasc,
cigars and business with pleasure.
The rising generation is awful.
Even at the age of one they often
stay up all night raising cain.
To get a divorce quickly say it is
foolish for her to remember the wed
A little brown purp, just a scrag
gly scroot, was wending his weary
way. He'd scamper here and then
back he d scoot, for he longed for a
bit of play.
Ah! There is a home with a warm
bright light, says this purp as his
tail wags fast. I'll park myself on
that porch tonight—a real place
to sleep at last.
The place he picked was a man
sion great; just the finest plucc to
stay. But the dog was wrong for, at
any rate, he was shortly chased
Minot, N. D., April 10—Forty-three
Minot Rotarian.s have signified their
intention of attending the Ninth Dis
trict conference of Rotury clubs to
be held at Bismarck on April 24 and
25, it was announced yesterday. Sev
eral Rotariuns arc in heed of “Why-.
not-Minot” coats and caps, including
several new members who have not
as yet had an opportunity to secure
this wearing apparel, it is stated and
anyone having these coats or' caps
and who docs not expect to use
them are requested to notify the
Association of Commerce.
It is plunned to make a get-ac
quainted tour out of the trip to and
from Bismarck, leaving Minot at 10
a. m. on April 23 and going by way
of Velva und Turtle Lake and leaving
Bismarck at 0 a. m. on Saturday,,
April 26, returning by the way of
Underwood and Max und reaching
Minot at 5 p. m.
' T -v
MOVE OLD WINDMILL *
Aldeburgh. Eng., April 9.—A cen
tury-old windmill hat been moved in
sections from its old site near Al
deburgh to another three miles in-
A Los Angeles woman offered to
sell her husband for SIOOO. We don’t
know the man, but it probably made
him feel cheap. And we don't know
the neighborhood, but some neigh
bor probably said the wife was prof
In training for a baseball game
no fan should neglect his ears: The
ears should be washed, starched and
ironed daily so they stick out straight
and enable him to hear the announce
Marry a good strong woman so
she can take care of the garden
after you are tired of fooling with
Bright jade or carmine shoes are
the fad with women who l ! kc to be
seen six blocks away.
Since crying makes the eyes red
it certainly itf a pity a girl can’t
cry with her cheeks instead.
Never slam the door when going
away to work mad. Kicking a win
dow out is much more expensive.
The man who could remember
when it was colder will soon be re
membering when it was hotter.
BROTHER TOM'S KITCHEN
Egg stains may be 1 removed by
scraping the back of the hand .across
Fishing bait reporflhey will be as
scarce as ever this year.
Tying your shoe in the middle of
the street is considered unhealthy.
So, on he went, with his tail hung
low, till he came to a lowly shack.
An old oil lamp gave a dimish glow
with a welcome at its back.
The lowly purp dragged his shiv’r
ing frame to this house that was
tumbling down. The sound of 'chil
dren's voices came and' the mongrel
A youngster’s face attthe window
pressed, and a smile was spreading
wide. And then, of course, as you
might have guessed—the purp was
(Copyright, 1924, NEA Service, Inc.)
land, where it is being rcrercctcd. It
will be used to pump water into a
storage tank, with a capacity of 20,-
000 gallons, which is in course of
The Northwestern Bell Telephone
Company this week completed the
stringing of a copper circuit from
McKenzie to Moffit and it is the in
tention as conditions warrant to con
tinue this line to Napoleon.
section just completed hqs
been connected with an existing
copper circuit at McKenzie und thus
Provides a cop/per circuit from Bis-,
marck to Moffit, which is there
connected to an existing circuit ex
tending to Napoleon.
The poles.and wire replaced have
heen taken over by the Morton Rural
Telephone Company of the Brittin
vicinity which will uso the material
to reconstruct its line which furnish
es its shareholders service into Bis--
marcV,; .; * -V• -/.'.-M
8M OPERA GLASSES
Paris, April 9.—The late M. Ar
thur Meyer, editor and owner of the
bed book by Americas bed kbman'Wrilef _ *^R
Published arrangement with Associated First National
Pictures, Inc. Watch for the screen version produced by Frank
Lloyd with Griffith as Countess Zattlany.
"Do you mean to aay you believe
■he’ll throw me over?" demanded
“I think you’re in danger, and
if I were you I’d throw Mr. Dinwid
dle’s advice to the winds and take
the morning train for New York.”
“Don't you believe that she loves
“Oh, yes. As love goes.”
•'What d’you mean by that?"
“I mean that Madame Zattiany
has long since reached the age
when power means more than love
—in a woman of that calibre. But
you, in turn, have tremendous pow
er over her. Sweep her off her feet
again and make her marry you.”
“You don’t believe she’s gone to
“I do not If that was all he
wanted of her, why didn’t he tele
phone? lam sure he could be am
biguous enough to defeat the curl
, oslty of any llsteners-ln. But a
man of that sort does not ask a
woman to marry him over the tele
“But Din thinks "
“How long do you think you can
stand inaction?" ,
“Not another hour, by God. I’m
nearly mad as it Is."
“I thought so. You are about the
last man on earth equipped to play
the waiting game."
“You don’t think she means to
“Never. She’s too much of an
artist for one thing. She might be
willing to begin a new chapter, but
she knows that asterisks In the
wrong place are fatal. This inter
ruption has done for your Idyl!"
"I had thought the same thing."
He sighed heavily.
“Oh, yes, Clavey dear, you are
•n artist yourself. No matter what
happens never forget that It is
your destiny to be a great one."
"Artist be damned. If —if—God!
If I lose her—l’ll never write an
“I don’t doubt you think so. But
you’re only Just beginning to know
yourself. You got a few glimpses,
I should think, while you were writ
ing that play."
“Don’t mention that play to
me. I bate it. If I hadn't let my
self go with the damned thing I’d
have had my wits about me and
would have married her off-hand."
"I wonder. Was she so very
anxious to marry?"
t He turned cold. Fear flared up
again. "What do you mean by
“Well, T don’t know that I mean
anything. - Except that like all
women she probably wanted to en
joy the thrilling hopes and fears
and uncertainties of that never to
he repeated prelude, to the limit.
Now, better wake up Larsing and
order the car if you mean to catch
that morning train. If you don’t
want to go back to bed I’ll sit up
with you. You can sleep on the
He left the next morning In a
dense fog. As Larslng rowed him
him across the lake he could not
see Its surface nor the wall of trees
on the opposite bank, and in a
moment the camp was obliterated.
Only Gors and Larslng knew of
his departure. _ Evqn Dinwiddle
was still asleep, Larslng had made
him a cup of ooffee, and Gora had
packed his bag, moving like a
mouse In his room. She kissed him
good-bye and patted him on the
“I’ll go out myself In a day or
two,” she said. "You may need me
The fog thinndd gradually and
the Ford made Its usual comfort
less speed down the . mountain.
When they reached Huntersville
the ▼alley was bathed in early
morning sunlight, and v Hunters
ville, asleep, shared the evanescent
charm of the dawn. It was a beau*
tiful and a peaceful scene and Clav
ering, whose spirits had descended
Into utter gloom while enwrapped
In that sinister fog, accepted It as
a happier portent; and wfcen he
was so fortunate as to find an emp
ty drawing-room on the express, he
went to bed and slept until the
porter awoke him at Tarrytqwn.
It was his first impulse to rush
direct to Murray Hill, but he knew
the folly of doing anything of the
sort. He needed a bath and a
•have and a fortifying dinner.
He concluded that It would be
unwise to telephone, and at nine
o’clock ha approached her house,
reasonably calm and quite deter
mined to have his own way. But
the house was dark from cellar to
roof. Every window was closed al
though it was a warm night He
•prang up the steps and rang the
bell, fie rang again, and then kept
his finger on the button for nearly
He descended into the area, but
the iron bars were new, and Im
movable. Moreover, a policeman
was sauntering opposite He ap
proached'the man Jn a moment and
asked him If he knew whethen
the house had been open earlier in
the evening. Yes, the officer told
him, he had seen one of the serv
ants go in about half sn hour ago
Glavering walked- away alowly.
Gaulois, who wasv.ffciftous for the . - -
collection of books, also owned a eol- ***Tt may be had for
lection of opera glasses pf whieh he ■ >: ' / '*■
was extremely proud. In the collec- "Ming in IOT hfMkUng jfiway.
tion are 800 pairs of glasses, some of *
themi of beautiful workmanship, Inquire 711 6th fit nr Phnnp
which belonged to distinguished I*o- 0l " Sl - 0r “ hone
*!*• - 288 R.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 1924
Copyright 1923 by Gertrude Atherton
It Mbltj had gone to Washlngtoii v
why had the servants not answered
his ring? It was too early for
them to be In bed. Then hla spir
its, which had descended to zero,
rose jubilantly. Hohenhauer! It
was against him she was barricad
ing herselt. No doubt she would
(eel herselt In a state of siege as
long as thd man remained in the
He went to the nearest. hotel
and telephoned. He was prepared
to be told, after an interminable
wait, that there was "no answer":
but In a moment he heard the voice
of the butler. Obeying a sudden
impulse he disguised his own.
"I should like to speak to Ifo
"Madame has retired."
He hung up. He had ascertain
ed that she was at home and his
spiritual barometer ascended an
other notch. He'd see her tomor
row if he spent the day on her
doorstep. He bought an evening
paper, picked out a new play, and
spent a very agreeable evening at
His nervous exclten\ent returned
next morning, but he forced him
self to eat a good breakfast and
read his newspapers. He was de
termined to show her that he was
completely master of himself. She
should be able to draw no unfavor
able comparisons with Hohen
hauer, whose composure bad prob
ably not been ruffled in forty years.
His comparative youth might be
against him, but after all a man of
thirty-four was no Infant, and In
ik // ffISKLr
"The room's benignant atmoa*
phere seemed to enfold him, calm
ed his fears."
some respects he was as old aqj»%
would ever be. He knew the value
of dignity and
whatever might come he would sac
rifice neither. But he sighed henv
ily. “Whatever might come.” But
he refused to dwell on alternatives.
It wag ten o’clock when he pre
sented himself at Madame Zat
tlany s door. As he had hoped, his
ring answered. Hohenhauer k
wag not the man to call on a worn- *
an at ten In the morning.
The footman permitted himself
to stare, and said deprecatlngly;
”1 am sorry, Mr. Clavering, but
Madame told me to admit no vis
‘Did she?” He entered.and toss
ed his hat on a high Italian chair.
“Kindly tell her that I am in the *
library and shall remain there un
til she is ready to come down.”
The man hesitated, but after all
Clavering had had the run of the
house, and It was possible that Ma
dame believed him still to be in the
mountains. At all events he knew
determination when he saw It, and
marched reluctantly up the stairs.
Claverlhg went into the library.
He was filled with an almost un
bearable excitement, but at least t
the man’s assertion that she was
at home to no one cemented his
belipf that she meant to sea noth
ing further of Hohenhauer.
He glanced round the beautiful
mellow room so full of memories.
After all he had been happier here
than he had ever been in his life—
uptil they had gone up to the
woods! The room’s benignant a&
mosphere seemed to enfold him,
calmed his fears, subdued that In- W
ner quiver. Surely she would sur*
render to his Influence and to his
—whatever had happened. Ha
knew she had always liked him the
better because he did not maka
lov© to her the moment they met,
but today he would take her by
surprise, give her no time to think.
But, as Mrs. Oglethorpe had once
told him, a clever man is no match \
for a still cleverer woman.
At the end of fifteen minutes the
footman opened the door and an- 1
“Madame is In the car, air, and
begs you will Join her.?
Clavering repressed a violent start
and an Imprecation. But there was
nothing to do but follow the man;
fortunately, he did not have what
was known as an “open counte
nance.” Let her have her own way
for the moment He could—and
would—return with her. For a
moment he felt primitive enough tn
(To Be Continued!
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