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which tntdo tho Princess flinch n
littio and wondor wbnthor she wna
deceiving him. "I wlrth," ho wont
on, "that you'd tell mo moro about
Hill, m you call him; who ho 1b,
I plana and why he's running
away."
"But you see," said tho Princess,
"I den't know myself hardly any
thing moro tbtn I told your brother.
IIo'b running away from his undo
because his uncle's heen cruol to
him. And his undo U trying aw
fully hard to cnlch him. Ho'ii got
detectives private detectives bc
causo ho doesn't daro toll the jiollco
watching for him at every hotol
and railway station In Chicago. And
he did chaso us all tho way to
Jackson Park and wd only got away
from him by hiding hero on tho
yacht."
"Hut who Is ho?" Joe demandod.
Tim Princes admitted that she
didn't know, adding, "Ho'b asked
me not to try to find out."
"Not to . . . I" Joo gasped nnd
went on to express his cxnspcratod
astonishment better than ho could
have done In words by banging a
furious tocsin upon tho bell. It
that sort ot nolso was what his
brother needed to keep him asleop
this outburst must havo submerged
him doop Indeed.
"I never enw him," tho Princess
went on, to doclnro whnt she could
again foe audible, "until yesterday
afternoon, and I don't know
name except that Dill Lawrcnco Is
the translation of It from somo
foreign language or other. And ho
said he liked having mo help hlra
Just for himself without my know
ing who ho really was. Ho said
he'd tell mo all about hlmsolt If
I asked him. But I wouldn't do It
for anything In the world."
Joe wrung his hands In honest
despair.
"Hut how do you know," ho de
manded, "that anything ho has told
you Is true? How do you know ho
hasn't done anything perfoctly hor
rible sorao crime that ho has run
away from? Maybe that's why his
head's shaved."
The Princess reached out an nfl
Yenturous hand and laid it upon
his knee.
"Joo," she ald, and at tho touch
and at tho sound ot his nnmo a
charge of some twenty thousand
volts went through him "Joe," sho
demanded with n stoady look Into
his eyes, "how did you know that
I'm really Leda Swan? It was Just
becauso you know I couldn't bo
pretending to be. Well, I know
about Hill In the sarao wny. I knew
he was somebody wonderful tho
very second I looked nthlm. That's
why I saved his life from tho
motor truck and carried him away
In a taxlcab. I know he's good and
I know ho's told mo the truth. I
wouldn't oven try to mnko your
brother or tho other man bollevo
that, but I thought you could be
cause you'd believed In mo In ex
actly the samn way. Well, I ask
you to take my word for Bill, I'm
ri'J 8?1?K t..B,,e nIm p unt" he;
ss,s fiuiii hi Uncle nut at Holly
wood or somewhere. He's JubI a3
helpless as a baby. If I gavo him
up I think he'd Just die. So I'm
not going to. But If you'd help us
I'1,1, be srateful to you as long as
1 live."
"I think." gald Joo, after a long
silence and awe would havo
stilled his voice to a whisper, evon
If caution had not Imposed It as
a necessity "I think that you'ro
the roost wonderful person In tho
world. I think. . . ." But hero
words failed him altogether nnd
he caught up tho Princess's hand,
then dropped It precipitately and
selred tho bell clapper Instead,
She sprang to her feet, turnod
away from him and clasped her
mice
own two hands tight togothcr. I.lfo
certainly was a wondor-box of
thrills, once you could get nwny
nnd begin enjoying It on your own.
Hero, with Hill barely a dozen
hours old In her experience, enmo
Joe, knocking at tho door demand
ing to bo cast for a part In tho
play. As what? As tho adoring
hopeless lover? As the ono who
wont to tho guillotine In Hill's placo
so that sho could bo happy? As
the ono carried away by tho Hood
from tho burst dam after ho had
como riding down the valley nnd
warned her and Hill In tlmo for
them to oscnpo tho peril? alio foil
n lump coming Into her throat.
What u wonderful thing Ufa was?
Joo stood beside her and pointed
"Look!" ho whlsporcd.
The mirror surface of tho lake
was beginning to shine. Tho mist,
silvered by tho dawn, was rolling
Itxnlf up like a bat of cotton wool.
Hut what Joo pointed at, It took
her a minute to neo.
Land! flhostly land through
the ravollng mist; sandhills;
Illimitable sandhills, dotted,
nnd here and thero fairly cov
ered, with foliage; not a rign
elthor way as far as tho oyo
could plerco, of human habita
tion. It might bo the shoro of
Hoblnson Crusoe's lMund.
Joe took her arm, turned
her around and pointed again.
"That speck awny ofT thero, that
you can Just barely see, Is tho
Michigan City light. Wo'ro ofT tho
Indiana dunes; and thorns no such
hiding place within a thousand
miles."
Sho fnced him nnd took both his
hands. "You will help us, then?"
sho whispered.
"I'll do anything In tho world
for you," ho said.
Onco moro ho flung himself upon
tho boll.
CHAPTER X.
Fate of the Mutineer.
THE Princess, an sho looked at
him, became additionally
awaro how handsome ho
was; (julto a different typo from
BUI (tho orlgliial Bill with his hair
on) not exotic n bit. His dark
hair was perceptibly wavy, his eye
lashes wero rather long and his
eyes wore blue, bluish gray, any
how. His faco was lirond nnd short
nnd his head rather email. Ho re
minded the Princess of a tomcat
sho onco had hnd for a pet. Tho
way ho said, "I'll do anything In
tho world for you," certainly pro
duced sympatbetlo vibrations in
her heart.
And this effect wns not lessened
by tho fact that the ono thing Bho
asked sho found It Imposslblo to
Induce him to accedo to. Her plan
of escape was simply to stoal down
Into tho cabin as soon as It should
bo light enough to distinguish
which of tho three sleepers wns
BUI, wake liim without rousing
tho others, get him up on dock and
thon Into tho dinghy, and finally
row him ashoro herself, All alio
wanted of Joo was that he koep
his brother lulled asleop by con
tinuing to bang the boll. Of tho
goings-on ot the pair of fugitives
until they had abandoned tho
dinghy on the bench, he was to
feign total unconsciousness Tho
Sally'B peoplo could easily enough
recover tho dinghy lator; or for
that matter tho Princess herself,
ota
nfler landing Hill, would undcrtnko
to row tho boat back to tho sloop
and swim nshore. . , .
"You know perfectly well," Joo
until, punctuating this scntenco
with a vicious crack or two nt tho
bell, "that I'm not worrying about
that fool dinghy. I could swim
nshoro for It myself as easily as
not. Hut them's only ono sensible
plan, and that would be for mo to
row 1)111 ashore, leaving you hero
tw go on ringing tho bell. I'd start
him off In the right direction and
thon row back to tho Sally. Ho
could find his way to n station
on tho Interurban oloctrlo easy
enough and go whorovor ho
pleased."
Tho Princess's objoctlon to this
plan, tho moro vohomont hecauso
nho felt a certain wcaknois about
It, was that sho had promised to
take Hill to Hollywood.
"He ran get to Hollywood all
right," Joo nssortcd. "All ho haB
"The crvatnl !s smnshnn vnii
Aldcn went on. . . . "That's blood on N '
the ribbon. I guess. Well, it was found on the seat of
yellow taxicab at Sixty-third nnd Stoncy Island two hours
ago. That looks like a slory, dont you think?"
to do Is to walk south to tho Lin
coln Highway Onco ho gets there
ho can bum his way clear to tho
coast, If he likes, In automobiles.
If ho wants to hldo out for a while
or get away from anybody thero
couldn't bn a Bafer way of doing It
than that.
"Kor that mnttor," ho went on,
having noted that tho Princess
didn't Hccm much Impressed by
this progrnmme, "If It's only in Chi
cago that they're looking for him
ho can got to Lob Angeles easy
enough by train. Tho Michigan
Central has a branch lino over to
Toilet whoro he can tnko tho Cali
fornia Limited Just an hour or two
out of Chicago. I'll tell all that to
Hill while I'm lowing him ashoro
nnd sotting him on his wny. Then
I'll como back on board and wo'lt
sail to Michigan City and you can
tolephono your friends that you'ro
all right. Or you can just take a
fast train back to town and turn
up as jt nothing had happened.
You can't deny," ho assorted, find
ing her oyo and holding It with a
look ot great Intensity -"you
can't deny that that plun's simple
nt least."
Tho PrlnccBB blushed. "I do dony
It," she retorted. "It's all very nice
for everybody but Bill. But what
docs ho know about bumming rides
or looking up timetable connec
tions? I promised him I was going
to look after him. I promlsod I'd
see him through till ho wns safe,
nnd I'm going to do It."
Thoro wns a momentary ellonee;
thon Joo nnnounced an Inflexible
roonlutlon.
"All right." ho said. "If thla for
eigner needs you to protect him,
then I'm wure that you need mo to
protect you. I'll go along too, We'll
Copj7ltit, J0I2. bj
Poor Little Picture Princess
all go ashore In the dinghy and
we'll Stick together until Hill's nut
of whatever danger he's In and
you'ro safe In the hands of your
frlonds. Them Isn't any objection
to that Is there?"
"It Isn't nnretsary a bit," tho
Prlncoas prntusted. "It wwuld make
jour brother horribly nntry with
you."
"It stiro would," kh til Joe
grimly. "(Jeorge would call
It desertion nt least, and
probably mutiny. Hut that's
nothing to mo compared to
knowing you're ante."
"Snfo from
wit nt?" tho
P r 1 n c u a s
dumanded.
And to this
question sho
failed to get
nny sort of ex
plicit VwBwer.
Joo - grumbled
' Miss
nnd blushed
didn't know.
and Anally said lis
"I don't know why," sho cried
petulantly tho moro so bcciiuso
of a pretty good notion that sho
did "I don't know why you can't
bo Benslhle about It, Instead of
mnklng difficulties for both nt us.
Because you aro. Your brother
would never tnko you Bailing again
on his yacht. And 1 know If you
came ashore with us you'd be per
fectly horrid to Hill. I can (ell by
tho way you look whenever you any
hi name."
"I'd try not to," ho said In a volco
hnarso with an Irrepressible emo
tion. "Ilut you do know why, don't
you? Can't you see why It'a per
fectly unondurnblo to thin); of put
ting you nshor with him over
thero on the dunes nlono? Nobody
to turn to for help if you found
you worn mistaken In him! If -If
tt hadn't been for uhat you told
me. that --that you weren't in low
with him nor going to marry him
nor anything like that If you
hadn't told mo that, tnnyhu, I'd
have felt differently about It I
don't know; or porhaps it would
hayo been worse. Oh, I wonder If
you understand!"
Tho PrlncQsa did understand
not perhaps tho logical, literal
meaning of Jo'a meandering
words, but tho brond fart that a
man was telling her he loved hr.
Though it did seem a little Incred
ible thut ho should be telling her
nil by himself with no director
standing beside tho camera chant
ing Instructions at him:
".Vow look Into her eyes. . . .
Now she Is beginning to crack up;
rearh for her. Hasy ther! Walt
till I say. Now! Kiss her! Hold
It! That's good."
II xreiiKwl, MS I say. a Utile In
credlblo and the morti thrilling to
havo a young man plenty good
looking enough to bn a picture
actor going through all thcao pro-
InternattonU Vcaturo S'nrl, Inc. Oreat IlrtUIn
lltnluarles voluntarily, spontane
ously, gratuitously.
It was Mtonlthlng what n dif
ference It made, having It done
like this, flhe felt her Jaw muscles
locking together nnd n lump com
ing Into her throat and a perfectly
terrifying woiiknoss about tho
kiuxM. It was so tad, a hopolnas
love llko this. He wns so j otitic to
Alt)! ft: 'rl:i- -it
I ' , P 'f
mum I -i t in sr 'I ivwrraferi iai 1 I "x
bo condemned to go through
llfo until ho was a bent, pal-
sled old man ot forty-five,
with nothing whatovet to
live upoi. but memories
the memory of this ono night
on bin brother' yacht. She
was surprland, and in a way
plwiBod, to find thnt her eyes wero
brimming with toars perfectly
natural, hommt tears no glycerine
about them, nor onion In the hand
kerchler. They wero, she felt, a fit
ting tribute to tho burial of a beau
tiful young love.
The effect of her tears pretty
well overwhelmed Joe. It was a
emit, once more, of having started
a hare and bringing n tiger to bay.
"Do you," he bognn, and stopped
the chattering of his teeth by look
ing thm together "do you really
care? Oh, don't cry! Please don't
cry!"
"I Can't help crying a little," said
tho I'rlneoM pathetically. "I don't
care, that way, but I'll never forget
you na long us 1 live. And I want
you to kiss me good by"
Sho swayed toward him a little,
aa he took her shoulders tn his
bands, uud lifted her own bands
that her palms and forearms ramo
against hla chest. She turned up
her face to his and then Just then
sho felt him stiffen and atop;
felt his hands pushing her away.
Her first thought was that ho
had chanced nt that moment to
remember his forgotton duty at tho
fog-bell, and this Idea of hers
broils-lit It nhuut that his hands fell
from her should) rs before sho re
linquished her hold upon the rolled
edges of his sailor collar. It wan
Poor dear uncomprehending (how
IttftiU HMmfd,
a matter, of course, of only a few
fragment of a so'-ond before the
contact was completely broken and
sho had whirled around to sen
what It was that had prevented
that kiss.
When you know what It was she
saw you will not wonder, I think,
that she uttered an only half sup
pressed shriek. 1 till ! Poor Hill!
could he comprohond?) Bill was
gazing nt her with the most tragic
eyes she hud ever seen In n human
face.
That is not quite nil of It. That
Is not what tho Princess shrieked
at. What she saw waa only the
upper part of Bill. Ho wan trun
cated at tho walat, to put it visu
ally, by tho fact that ho had come
only halfway through the hatch.
He was II t atandlng on the ilufTlo
bags In tho forahnld and ho hadn't
evon pulled Ills arms through, pre
paratory to n aprlng to the dock,
which Increased his apieurunce of
having beuu artificially bisected.
Ho had, however, for some reason
or other, perhaps on aocouut of
tho cold nnd damp of the early
morning, put on his wig, and this,
oddly enough, made him look more
unreal than over.
For h moment a I said, the sight
of him destroyed the moral and
mental onulllbrlum of the Prlncese
altogether. She uttered it shriek
of dismay, clappod her hand over
hor mouth uud stood staring In
ruins!
Then sho recovered her bolnneo
as quickly as she had lout It. Some
thing wns happening down there In
tho fere lie !il around Hill's legs.
There were voices. Hill stopped
staring at her to take an expostu
lutory glunen through the bit of
hatchway which his body was not
occupying.
With tho speed of a terrlor
aprintln to n ratho!e tho Princess
went stuttering aft, flung herself
down upon the transom, shoved t
the sliding hatch, slammed tho two
doors of the oompanlonwny nnd
lipped the bnr of ithe padlock
through the hasp. Just In timet
For sho heard In tho cabin, down
billow, the simultaneous rush of two
paltn of feet, and there was a
thump ngalnat tho doors Juit a sec-,
nnd after she hnd mndn them fast.
She dnnred to her feet, shouted to
Joo, "Quick! Pull him through!"
nnd rushed forward again to holp.
What sho did, arriving upon this
scene, was to selzo thci circular
hatch cover. Admlrnbln foresight
this proved to bo; tor It had
seemed to take forever to extricate
Hill's arms nnd legn from that
small circular hole, and tho In
furiated skipper down below, out
raged and astonished as hnj was,
and only a few secucdR out of a
aound sleep, did not wasto much
time at the locked doors of tho
companlonwny before rushing for
ward ngaln, Ills hands had already
gripped the hatch coaming before
Mill's feet were fairly out ot the
way.
But the Princess, Indomitably
n-aolute, a fanatic excitement blaz
ing in her eye, was standing over
the hatchway with that round steel
cover, lt edge llko that of a bak
ing powder tin, In her hnnds.
"Look out!" she said briefly. "I'm
going to shut It!"
flSvldently tho eklpper believed
she wns, for ho snatched his hands
away Just as tho cover, with a
brutal absence of hesitation, was
thrust homo and rotated over the
bayonet catch.
The mutlnoors were In comploto
possession of thn Sally's decks.
(To Be Continued.)

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