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Cbpyriqhr by EdwwvBalmer^
(Continued from last issue)
As the liist of tlie month wns ap
proaching', Wassaquam had brought
hifi household bills and budget to Alan
|that mornius directly after breakfast.
|To furnish Alaa with whatever sums
he needed, Sherrill hud made a consid
erable deposit In Alan's name In the
bank where he carried his own ac
count and Alan had accompanied Sher
rill to the bank to be Introduced and
had signed the necessary cards in or
der to check against the deposit
Alan had required barely half of the
hundred dollars which Benjamin Cor
vet had sent to Blue Itaptds, for his
expenses in Chicago and he had
brought with him from "home" a hun
dred dollars of hi* own.
The amount which Wassaquam now
desired to pay the bills was much
more than Alan had on band but that
amount was also much less than the
eleven hundred dollars which the serv
ant listed as cash on hand. This, Was
saquam stated, was in currency and
kept by him. Benjamin alvva had
had him keep that much in the house
Wnb&aquani would not touch that sum
now for the payment of current ex
On the first of the month, therefore,
Alan drew upon Ids ntnv bank account
to Wassaqunm's order, and In the early
'tfternoou Wassaquam went to the
bank to cash Ins checkone of the
very few occasions when Alan had
been left in the house alone Wassa
quam't. habit, it appeared, was to go
about on the first of the month and
pay the tradesmen In person.
Some two hours later, and before
Wassaquam could have been expected
back, Alan, In the room which had be
come his, was startled by a sound of
heavy pounding, which came suddenly
to him from a Hour below. Shouts
heavy, thick, and unintelligiblemin
gled with the pounding, lie ran Mviit
ly down the stairs, then on and down
the service stairs into the baseanent.
The door to the house from tlie aiea
way was shaking to irregular, lunvy
blows, which stopped as Alan reached
the lower hallwaj tin* thouts contin
ued still a moment more. Sow that
the nol^e of pounding did not inter
fere, Alan could make out what the
man was saying, "lien Corvet!"
the name was almost unintelligible
"lien Corvet 1 Ben 1" Then the bhouts
Alan sped to the door and turned
back the latch. The door bore back
upon him, not from a push, but from
a weight without which had fallen
'against It. A big, heavy man, with a
rough cap and niaikiroiw coat, would
have fallen upon the floor If Alau had
not caught him. His weight in Alan's
arms wus so dull, so inrt, thnt, if vio
lence had been his intention, there was
nothing to be feared from bin now.
Alun looked up, therefore, To set if
any one had come with him. The alley
and Uie street were clear. The snow
in the areaway showed that the man
had come to the door alone and with
great difficulty he had fallen once up
on the walk. Alan dragged the man
into the house nnd went Iwk and
closed the door.
He returned and looked at hfim. The
man wns like, very like the on ft whom
Alan had followed from the hus on
the night when he wns attacked cer
tainty that this .was the same man
came quickly to him. He sei'.jcd the
fellow again and dragged him up the
stairs and to the lounge in the library.
He was. or had been, a very jiovverful
mnn, broad and thick through with
overdeveloped almost distorting
muscles in his shoulders but Bis body
had become fat and soft, bis ce was
puffed and his eves watery and brilght
hi brown hair, which was sjhnti all
through with gray, was dirty and mat
ted he had three or four days' gr.pwth
of beard. When he sat up and looked
about It was plain that whisky wns
only one of the forces working upon
himthe other was fever \vhleh
burned up and sustained him in termlt
'"Lo!" he greeted Alan. "Where's
shat dn Injm, hey? I knfcvv Ben
Corvet was sherektaew lie va shere
an time. 'Course he's sherei he got
jto be shere. That's shright. You go
"Who are yon!?" Alan asked
"Say, who'r -you? What t'htils syon
dohV here? Never see yon before
J. gogo K?t Ben Corvet. Jus*
Bay Ben Ctfrvet, JiUluke's* si/ere. Ben
Corvet'll Itnow Lnluke all right al
'waysh, alwaysh knows me.
"What's the matter wtth you?'
Alan bad drawn back bnt rum went to
the man. again. The first Idea that this
'might have be merely some old sail
or Who had aerred Benjamin C'orvet
ttr perhaps, liad been a comrade in
the earlier days had been banished
by the confident arrogance of the
man's tonean arrogance not to.be
explained, entirely, by vhisky or*by
"How long have you."beeh this way?"
rtUan demandttj-*3V1UH didjgt^con
i Wj]liam A\acHurcj and Edwin Baimer
From?"'" He put his'hanu' on tlie wrist"
It was very hot and dry the pulse
was racing, irregular at seconds it
seemed to stop for other seconds it
was continuous. The fellow coughed
and bent forward. "What is it
pneumonia?' Alau tried to straighten
"Gi* me drink! Go get Ben
Corvet, I tell yout Get Ben
Corvet quick! Sayyou shenr? Yon
get rao Ben Corvet you better get
Bon Corvet you tell him Lunke's
here won't wait any more goin'
t'have my money now sright
away, ytfur shear? Kick me out s'loon
I giie*** not no more. Ben Corvet give
me all money I want or I talk J"
"Talk!" "Syon know it! I ain't goin'
ne choked up and tottered hack
Alan, supporting him, laid hira down
and stayed beside him until his cough
ing and choking ceased, nnd there was
only the rattling rasp of his breathing.
When Alan spoke to him again, Luke's
eyes opened, and he narrated recent
experiences bitterly all were blamed
to Ben Corvel's absence Xiike, who
had been drinking heavily a few
nights before, had been thrown out
when the saloon was closed: that was
Ben Corvet's fault if Ben Corvet had
been around, Luke would have had
money, all the money any one wanted
no one would have thrown out Luke
then. Luke Mept in the snow, all wet.
When he arose, the .saloon wns open
again, and he got more whisky, but not
enough to get him warm. He hadn't
been warm since. Thnt was Ben Cor
vet's fault. Ben Corvet better be
round now Luke wouldn't stand any
Alan felt of the pnlsa again he
opened the coat and under-flannela'
and felt the heaving chest. lie went
to the hall and looked in the telephone
directory. He remembered the name
of the druggist on the corner of Clark
street and he telephoned him, giving
the number on Astor street.
"I want a doctor right away,'' he
said. "Any good doctor the one that
can get quickest." The druggist
piomised that a physician would no
there within a quarter of an hour.
Alan went buck to Luke, who wns
silent now except for the gasp of his
breath be did not answer when Alan
spoke to him, except to ask for whis
ky. Alan stood watching, a strange,
sinking tremor shaking him. This
man bad come there to make a claim
a claim which ninny times before,
apparently, Benjamin Corvet had ad
mitted. Luke came to Ben Corvet
for money Avhlch he always gotall
he antedthe alternative to giving
which was that Luke would "talk."
Blackmail, that meant, of course
blackmail which not only Luke had
told of but which Wassaquam too had
admitted, as Alan now realized. Money
for blackmailthat was the renson
for that thousand dollars in cash
which Benlamln Corvet always kept
at the house.
Alan turned with a sudden shiver
of revulsion toward his father's chair
In place before the hearth there for
hours each day his father had sat
with a book or staring into the fire
always with what this man knew
banging over him, always arming
against It with the thousand dollars
ready for this man, whenever he came.
Meeting blackmail, paying blackmail
for as long as Wassaquam had l\eon
in the house, for as long as it took to
make the once muscular powerful fig
ure of the sailor who threatened to
"talk" into the swollen wlnsky-soaked
hulk of the man dying now on the
For his state that day the man
blamed Benjamin Corvet. Alan, forc
ing hlmvelf to touch the swollen face,
shuddered at thought of the truth un
derlying that accusation. Benjamin
Corvet's actwhatever it might be
that this man knewundoubtedly had
destroyed not only him who paid the
blackmail but him who received It
the effect of that act was still going
on, destroying, blighting. Its threat of
shame wns not only against Benjamin
Corvet it threatened also all whoso
names must he conucctqd with Cor
k's. This shame threatened Alan
ft threatened also the SheriilK What
Sherrill had told Alan nnd even Cor-
\et's gift/ to him had not been able
to make Alan feel that without ques
tion Corvet was his father, but now
shame and horror were making him
feel if In horror at Corvet's uct
whatever it might beand in shame
at Covert's cowardice, Alan was think
ing of Benjamin, Corvet as his father.
This shame, this horror were his in
He left Luke nnd went to the win
dow to sec if the doctor was coming.
He had called the doctor because in his
first sight of Luke lie had not recog
nized that Luke was beyond the aid
of doctors and because tb summon a
doctor under such circumstances was
the right thing to do but he had
thought of the doctor also as wit
ness to anything Luke might say. Bnt
nowdid he want a witness? He had
no thought of concealing anything for
his QWTL.aKft iir-ipr^a^^hej!s.,._bAt
he would, at least, want theTch"ahce to *n Tnjin!''
determine the circumstances under I Through the doorway to the library
which it was to be made public. I they could see the doctor force Luke
He hurried back to Luke. "What' back upon the couch: Luke fought blm
Is it, Luke?" he cried to him. "What furiously then, suddenly as he had
can you tell? Listen! LukteLuke,
Is it about the Miwakathe Mtwaka?
Luke had sunk into a stupor Alan
hook blm and shouted in his ear
without awakening response. As Alan
straightened and stood hopelessly look
ing down nt "him, the- telephone bett
rang sharply. Constance Sherrill's
voice came to him her first worda
made it clear that she was at" home
and had just come in.
"The servants tell me some one was
making a disturbance beside your
house a while ago," she said, "and
shouting something about Mr. Corvet.
Is there something wrong there? Have
you discovered something?"
He shook excitedly whlle^ holding
his hand over the transmitter lest
Luke should break out again and she
"Luke, la It the Miwakathe Miwaki?
should hear it, he wondered what he
should say to her.
"1'lease don't ask me just now. Miss
Sherrill," he managed. "I'll tell you
what I canlater."
His reply, he recognized, only made
her more certain that there was some
thing the matter, but he could not add
anything to it. He found Luke, when
be went back to him, still in coma
the bloodshot veins stood out agalust
the ghastly grayness of his face, and
his stertororts breathing sounded
through the rooms.
Constance Sherrill had come in a
few moments before from an after
noon reception the servants ted her
at once that something was happeuing
at Mr. Corvet's. They had heard
shouts and had seen a man pounding
upon the door there, but they had not
taken it upon themselves to go over
there. She had told the chsnffeur to
wait with the motor and had run at
once to tlie telephone and called Alan
Ms attempt to put her off made her
certain that what had'happened was
not finished but was still going on.
Her anxiety and the sense of their re
sponsibility for Alan overrode at once
all other thought. She told the serv
ants to call her father at the office
and tell him something was wrong at
Mr. Corvet's then she called her maid
nnd hurried out to tlie motor.
"To Mr. Corvet'squickly!" she di
Looking through the front doors of
her car as It turned into Astor street,
she saw a young man, carrying a doc
tor's ease, run up the steps of Cor
vet's house. Constance recognized
him as a young doctor who was start
ing in practice in the neighborhood. He
wns just being admitted as sne and
her maid reached the steps. Alan stood
holding the door open and yet block
ing entrance when she came up.
"Yon must not come In!" be denied
her but she followed the doctor so
that Alan could not close the door
upon her. He yielded then, and she
and her maid went on into the hall.
She started as she saw the figure
upon the couch In the library', and as
the sound of its heavy breathing
reached her nnd the wild fancy which
had come to her when the servants
had told her of what was going on
a fancy that Uncle Benny hnd come
backwns banished Instantly.
Alan led her into the room across
from the library.
"You shouldn't have come In," he
(said. "I shouldn't have let you In
butyou saw him."
"Do you know him?"
"KnowNhlm?" She shook her head.
can, you've never seen him be-
"HIR name Is Lukehe speaks'i0f
himself by that name. Did you evef
hear Vny father mention a man named
Luke's voice cut suddenly their con
versation the doctor probably had
given hira some stimulant.
"Where'sh Ben CorvetT Luke de
manded arrogantly of the doctor.
"You go get Ben Corvet! Tell Ben
Corvet I want drink right nway. Tell
Ben Corvet I want my thousan* dol
Constance turned swiftly to her
maid. "Go out to the car and wvdt
for me," eh commanded.
Luke's muffled, heavy voice went oil
moments while he fought for breath
Interrupted It. "f
Tou hear me, yon o^-n Ingln!
You go tell Ben Corvet I want my*
thousan" dollars, or I make it two nex*
J&meuyou^ejit.ot.i SLOB-j&Jell Ben
THE BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEER
Ton Tef"mT go, yofl
stirred to strength and fury, Ivufc'- col-
lapsed again. His voice went on a
moment more, and rapidly growing
"You tell Ben Corvet I want my
money, or I'll tell. He knows what
I'll tell. .You don't know, you
Injin devil. Ben Corvet knows,
and I know. Tell him I'll tell
I'll tell I'll tell!" The
threatening voice stopped suddenly.
Constance, very pale, again faced
Alan. "Of course, I understand," she
said. "Uncle Benny has been paying
blackmail to this man. For years, per
haps. She repeated the word
after an Instant, In a frightened voice,
"Won't you please go, Miss Sher-
rill?" Alan urged her. "It was good
of you to come but you mustn't btay
now. He'she's dying, of course."
She seated herself upon a chair.
Tin going to stay with you," she said
simply. It was not, she knew, to share
the waiting for the man In the next
room to die in that, of itself, there
could be nothing for him to feel. It
wa-. to bo with him while realization
which had come to her was settling
upon him, too^realization of what
this r.eant to him. He was realizing
that, she thought he had realized it
it made luni. at moments, forget her
while, listening for sounds from the
other room, he paced back and forth
beside the table or .stood staring
away, clinging to the portieres. He
left her presently, and went across the
ball to the doctor.
"Is he dead?" Constance heard him
"Not et," the doeror answered "but
it won't be long, now."
"There's nothing you can do to make
him talkbring him to himself long
enough .so that he will tell what he
keeps threatening to tell?"
The doctor shrugged. "How many
times, do you suppose, he's been drunk
and still not told? Concealment is his
established habit now. It's an inhibi
tion even In wandering, he stops short
of jutualiv telling anything."
Alan came back to Constance. Out
side, the gray of dusk wns spreading,
and within the house It had grown
dark. It was -very quiet in the library
she could not even hear Luke's breath
ing now. Then the doctor came out to
"It's over." he said to Alan. "There's
a law covering' these cases yon may
not be familiar with it. I'll make out
the deatli certificatepnenmonia tmd
a weak heart wjlth alcoholism. But the
police have to be notified at once you
have no choice as to that. I'll look
after those things for you, If you
"Thank you if you will." Alan went
with the doctor to the door and saw
him drive away. Returning, he drew
the library portieres then, coming
back to Constance, he picked up her
muff and collar from the chair where
she had thrown them, and held them
out to her.
"You'll go now, Miss SherrilV he
said. "Indeed,, you mustn't stay here
your car's still waiting, andyou
mustn't, stay here in this house!"
"Won't you come over home with
me," she said, "and wait for father
there till we can. think this thing out
Her sweetness almost broke him
down. "This together! Think
this out! Oh, It's plain enongh. isn't
II? For yearsfor as long as Wassa
quam has been here, my father has
been seeing that man nnd paying
blackmail to htm twice a year, at
least! He lived In that man's power.
He kept money In the house for hfm
always! It wasn't anything Imaginary
that hung over my fatheror anything
created in his own mind. It was some
thing realreal it was disgracedis
grace and worsesomething he de
served and that he fought with black
inait money, like a coward! Dishonor
(Continued in Next issue)
NEW ORLEANS OF LONG AGO
Pleasant Picture of Beautiful Southern
City in the Days Before the
New Orleans at that period was
filled with gay, animated, French
speaking throngs, says the Yale Re
view, telling of the long ago in the
Crescent t'lty. Slaves were as numer
ous as they had been in the old home.
The shop windows on Royal and Char
tres streets had nothing to fear in
comparison with the glittering streets
of Saint Tiere. Fashions, luxuries, bon
-bons, liqueurs, Iwoks. pictures nnd Jew
elry were displayed with the same's,ure
confidence of purchasers here as there
What Is called today the *Vleux
KCnrre" was then the city. It wn.
compactly bulb: with solid brick
houses, whose iron-railed balconies
with their garlands of filigree work ex
tended over the-banquet whose court
yards with great gates, then as now
wide open, showed the luxuriant trop
ical foliage of their seclnded garden
the lounging place of the gayly tur
baned women and the well-dressed
servant men of the establishment.
Fresh meats, fresh vegetables and
fruits were cried every morning in
musical patois. At night the theaters,
the opera and public halls, kept the
city awake and alive with their gayety,
while children fell asleep behind the
batten windows to the pretty tinkle
of the ice cream cart that busily
threaded Us way in and out of every
SUBSCRIBE FOR THE
MAY McAVOY IN NEW
PLAY AT GRAND TONIGHT
May McAvoy scores again, this
time in "A Virginia Courtship,"
which is showing for the last time
tonight .at the Grand Theatre. Who
ever made a star of this little girl
had the right Idea for she combines
brains, soul and beauty in exactly
the proportions which spell success.
There is action a-plenty, clever
characterization, and suspense. To
return to Miss McAvoywhither
one's thoughts naturally strayShe
depicts in a most intriguing manner
the change brought about in the
little girl whose playmate has been
a freckled-face lad younger than
herself, wnen the young man of the
house comes home from college.
The part of the young man is play
ed in finished manner by Casson Fer
guson while the rest of the large
supporting cast includes Richard
Tucker.Kathlyn Williams, Alec B.
Francis, Jane Keckley, L. M. Wells
Guy Oliver, Vern Winters, George
Reed and Washington Blue.
The direction by Frank O'Connor
leaves nothing to be desired, humor,
pathos and thrill being blended in the
most skillful manner.
Other numbers on the same pro
gram are: a brand new two-part
Christie Comedy entitled "Hocus Po
cus" which features the well known
^ommedian, Bobby Vernon.
'THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN"
AT GRAND THEATRE SUNDAY
There's a "Main Street" that runs
ihrough "Canaan" the mythical city
which Booth Tarkington wrote about
the "Conquest of Canaan."
in Canaan were some who were re
spectable and others who were not.
Once you were placed in the latter
:lass, it was next to impossible to
ive down the disgrace.
As the title suggests, Main Street
.n Canaan was conquered and by
two of the unrespectables, Joe Loud
en and Areil Tabor. Ariel was for
tunate enough to inherit money which
cook her to Pans. Joe could not
bring himself to conform with the
Main Street conventions which a
roused such prejudice within him
,hat he was forced to leave town to
arve out a better career.
The development of this interest
ing plot which brings out the biggness
as well as the pettiness of a middle
iized town, is illustrated in the Para
mount picturization of the "Con
quest of Canaan" which will be
mown at the Grand Theatre on Sun
day. Thomas Meigham, as Joe
Louden, stars in the picture and
Doris Kenyon in the role of Areil
Tabor plays the leading feminine
"CHASING THE MOON" AT
THE REX THEATRE SUNDAY
The genial, daring, fun-loving Tom
Mix is returning here next Sunday in
.lis latest Fox photoplay, "Chasing
.he Moon." He will be at the Rex
-heatre for two days. "Chasing the
Moon" is another Mix thriller, and
contains an unusual amount of fun
and frolic ,the story giving Mix a fine
pportunit to display his daring
stunts and to indulge his fondness for
outwitting his foes. Eva Novak is
again his leading woman, and is said
co give her usual performancewith
skill plus beauty.
Mix, in this story, starts in Amer
ca, goes to Russia and. finishes in
Spainwhere he also finishes his en
Ben Turpin, in his new comedy,
'Bright Eyes," is also on the pro
gram at the Rex theatre Sunday.
'THE HELLHOUND OF THE
WEST" AT REX TODAY ONLY
That most colorful and romantic
leriod of the great west will be seen
it the Rex Saturday when the Prai
ie production, "The Hellhound of
he West," starring "Fearless Dick"
latton, opens for an engagement of
It is a rapid-fire melodramatic
^ale of the plains, depicting attacks
jy the Indians, a strong love story,
tnd a revival of the thrilling Mazep
rn ride, so dear to the hearts of the
itre-goers of bygone years.
Willie Mae Carson is cast in the
ole of a dance hall queen with whom
.he younger brother, Frank, falls in
ove. Miss Carson, it will be re
nembered, plays the role of The
^ady with the Handkerchief in
Douglas Fairbanks' master produc
ion, "The Three Musketeers."
Another familiar face is that of
little Richard De Vilbiss. He was
seen recently in Rupert Hughes'
yreat drama of the heart, "The Old
MISS LULU BETT" AT THE
ELKO THEATRE TONIGH
Not to be outdone by his orother,
Cecil B. Dc Mille, who arranged
emarkable furniture destroying scene
"The Affairs of Anatoli" with Wal
acc Reid as the destroyer, William
De Mille provided a similar stunt, in
s new Paramont production
wheri Lois Wilson,
he long suffering Lulu, finally turns
ipon the Deacon household, wrecks
.he kitchen and raises ruetions gen
Among other things, she aealt Theo
lore Roberts, who plays Dwight Dea
:on, a resounding whack on the jaw
jvith her fist, "By Jove," observed the
/eteran actor, she carries a wallop
"It was lots of fun" said Miss Wil-
=?on who is proverbialiy mild temper
ed. "I put myself in the piace of the
nrl, Lulu, and thought of my loag
)ent-up self-pity. Then I went to it
I smashed dishes and battered up
.hat old kitchen till it looked like it
md been hit by a cyclone. It was fun
ny but I got quite a thrill out it all.
"Miss Lulu Bett" the prize play
ty Zona Gfle from her own novel and
was adapted by Clara Beranger. It
will be presented for the first time
here at the Elko theatre tonight, also
Sunday and Monday. Milton Sills
DAI LY PIONEE^is leading man. il
"THE SPENDERS" AT ELKO
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
If, vou have read "Ruggles of Red
Gap," "Ma- Pettingill," or "The
Spenders," then you know the charm
and interest of Harry Leon Wilson's
stories. Now comes a picturization
of "The Spenders," produced by
Benj. B. Hampton and directed by
Jack Conway, which will appear at
the Elko theatre next Tuesday and
Wednesday. There it. an all-star cast
of unusual strength, which includes
Joseph J. Dowjing, Claire Adams,
Robert McKim,- Niles Welch, Betty
Brice and others.
SUBSCRIBE FOR THE
SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 18, 1922
Incident Cured Him.
I first suffered qualms of the heart
during my grninuiar-sehj^^lnys. The
cause was a dark-haired nnss who sat
about three rows from me. One day,
durlug recess, when I was all alone in
the room, I, endeavoring to do some
thing to please the maiden, took somej
flowers that were on the teacher's
table and arranged them in the form
of a large heart ou the girl's desk. I
still don't know what mado me do it,
but at any rate the teacher came in
jnst as I was putting on the finishing
touches. When the rest of the class
came in she said, "I want you all to
take a look at the artistic heart
Archie has so artfully made on Irene's
desk." Let me tell you that my love
sickness ended then and there.Chi-
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The Sweetest and Most Charming Little Star
Star of "Morals""Sentimental Tommy," etc.
"A VIRGINIA COURTSHIP'
The story of a romping Tomboy who tried to arrange
some other people's romances and discovered one of
"HOCUS POCUS"with BOBBY VERNON
A New Two-Part Christie Comedy
The play that half of New York sawand talked about.
The book that half of America readand raved about!
Now on the screen, for all the world to enjoy!
A picture of -universal appeal, because it deals with the
lives of American people as no picture ever did before.
From the novel and play by Zona Gale
Scenario by Clara Beranger
MATINEES 2:30, 10c-25c-NIGHTS, 10c-30c
For Three Days
Night 7:15 & 9:00
Booth Tarkington's noted And of love that made a
romance of a town of the fighting young lawyer set
Middle West. Of its scan- the place right side up.
dais, pride and politics.
ALSO SHOWING"THE SEA WOLF"
A Short Interesting Subject
Th America home turned Inside out
as the runaway
flirt wlwflung a
bomb at Lulus