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MYSTERY AT THE LAZY R BY CLARKE NEWLON CAST OF CHARACTERS NIKKI JEROME, hirtinc; blend, popular, it engaged to »ix* foot, Hack-haired STEVE MALLORY. hero; who it accompanying her on a trip to Nikki't aunt and uncle on a Wyo ming dude ranch. Nikki't father, PETER JEROME it a wealthy, New York jewel merchant. * * Yetterday: Steve and Nikki are nearly caught in a dangerout landslide. Then a rock Kit* Nikki. She kneels in pain. CHAPTER X , Steve lifted Nikki to her fee.t "You go on." she gasped. "I'm a little-a lit'le hit slow." Her words were .spaced and la bored. "lio on. I'll make it." The rain had slackened a lit tle. High up on the cliff a wav ering, jabbed cut appeared and widened slowly as tons of earth slipped foot by foot from their moorings of centuries. • Steve stooped anil in one swift fnovement tossed Nikki on his shoulder ami stumbled forward in heavy, heart-breaking strides. The mud dragged at his feet ami a shower of rocks fell in vicious, bruising hail. The rumble be hind him became a thundering roar. He threw himself and Nik ki around the bend as a huge sec tion of the mountain slid slowly, irresistibly forward, obliterating a quarter of a mile of the trail as completely as though.it had never existed. . They lay flat for several min utes. spent, too out of breath to speak. Finally Steve said: "I'm going back to New York and find something easy—like crossing Times Square at six o'clock." He grinned. "Somehow these trails don't seem safe to nte." Nikki got to her feet and f«It carefully of her side where the rock had struck, wondering if a rib \va sbroken. She was aware of her own emotion subsiding and was grateful for Steve's light n ess. ~ re you nil minii, uvm j, asked. "Feels like a mule had kicked me," she said. "But it seems to lie only bruised. I'll live." * « * They stood staling back for a moment at the shattered moun tain where the trail had been. The side had accentuated the steepness. Five minutes before they had been walking along a narrow, but solid enough path. Where that path had been there now was precipitous, cashed earth, hopelessly impassable. . "Woody made it back all liirht, didn't he?" asked Nikki. a little of her own fearful reaction creeping into her voice. "I'm sure he did," said Steve truthfully. "He didn't have as far to go as we did and he wasn't wasting any time when I saw him last. We can't signal. Our guns are somewhere down there." He motioned toward that slide that was settling far below in a haze of dust, despite the rain. Nikki shuddered. i4I suppose Woody lost his irun too," he continued. "I guess we'd better follow this trail on and try to circle back to camp. We cer tainly can't co back the way we came." The rain had stopped as sud denly as it beiran. They were soaked. Mud was caked no their clothes. They mopped off soiled bands and faces with wet grass. "The sun will dry us out in a few minutes," said Steve, and »t did. They walked along the trail and followed its course around the- curve of the mountain, but when it continued on, obviously away from camp, Steve suggest ed they try a cutback along a tiny canyon. So they changed cour es and walked until they be lieved they should |»e somewhere near the camp. Without guns they could only call. Their shouts ci*hoed Hack and forth between the hills, but they pot no answer. Suddenly both realized it was far past noon and they hadn't eaten. So they sat down and took bat tered sandwiches from capacious pockets. I "Nothing ever tasted any bet-1 tor." said Nikki, as she took a bite of bread and cold beef. "Hut I expected we'd better *ave at least half of it. It's just possible, isn't it. Stcvie. my dear, that we're lost?" "Just possible." admitted Steve, his mouth full. * St * The possibility became increas ingly a probability as the next two hours passed and they found no sign of thi* camp nor received answers to their shouts. Just be fore sundown Nikki stopped. "It gets dark quickly up here, Steve, and it looks like we're go ing to spend the night out." "I've been thinking of that," he admitted, "and this seems to be as good a spot as any. "Water." He pointed to a tiny creek. They had crossed dozens of them, filled by the afternoon's storm. "Shelter." lie pointed to the trees. ! "And food," said Nikki. "we have." "Sure," said Steve, "and when that runs out I'll hit a rabbit with a rock—or something." "Well start hitting." said Nikki, and we'll have roast rabbit for breakfast." Steve wasn't much of a woods-1 man but he was enough to lash a branch between two trees with vines, hack down limbs with his hunting knife and make a lean to that was closed on three sides and open in front. That would protect them from the weather. He spent an hour gathering wood and piling it within their reach, while Nikki piled twigs' and leaves on the ground within the lean-to. That done they built a fire after a few false starts and sat within their little house, watching the flame just as the sun plunged their little valley in to dusk and darkness. "Very cozy," said Nikki. "And warm," said Steve. "You know," said Nikki, mov ing closed, "being lost up here is serious. Of course we're bound to be found in a day or so, though in the meantime we could get pretty hungry. Rut somehow I can't worry. Wp're tociether and , it's just fun." "Right." said Steve, putting his arm around her. "Tomorrow the sun will rise ! and we'll find the camp. Tonight . we can sit and love the night, the fire and each other." "I'll be compromised," said Nikki. sleepily. "You'll have to marry me." "Darn it," said Steve, "but that's all right. I was going to anyway, remember?" "Oh sure, I remember now." "If this was the movies I would give you the lean-to and I would j;o sleep on the other side of the fire." "I'm glad it isn't the movies," said Nikki. "So am I" said Steve. Some thing might bite me out there." "Much warmer here." "And much nicer." * * * So the night passed and the sun awakened them the next morning. Steve started to re kindle the fire and then decided there wasn't much point in it. ; They washed their faces in the little creek and starte I out. Steve | took his bearings by the sun and 1 decided they had been travelling too much to the right, so he al tered their course and they struck "lit directlv over the hill at their left. The walking was hard. The : rain had made the ground soft and they lre«iucntly had to stop and rest, (tranches tore at their clothing and scratched their Testifies Before Sidley Inquest j On«» of the witnesses to testify before the inquest at Toronto. Ont., into the death of Mrs. Maybelle Horltek Sidley, Amer ican malted milk heiress, was T H. Bull. above, son of W. Per kins Bull, wealthy Toronto at torney at whose home Mrs. Sidley died of a rare spinal dis i ease July 6. Another witness, a chauffpur who drove Mrs. Sid lev. testified that she was "men tally odd." faces, but they kept on pushing diagonally upward. They were -almost at the top of the hill when they heard a shot. They looked at each other in glee. "A shot means man and man means food," said Steve. "Come on." They hurried on upward and when they reached the top they could see-' down into the valley be low. "Now | to locate that shot—or the shooter," said Steve. They searched• through th csparse brush with their eyes and finally ! Nikki cauirht a movement and she i cried: "There he is." She pointed and they both watched a figure whose movements were veiled by dis tance and the brownish growths which matched his clothing. The man stood quietly for a moment, looking carefully about him and then his head rose as he scanned the hills. Steve took Nikki's arm and pulled her down out of sight be hind a bush. He wondered if the man had seen them. Nikki was looking at him in bewilderment. "Aren't you goinjr to call to him?" Steve was intent on the distant figure. "Look at the man carefully. Can you tell who it is?" Nikki stared and then a famil iar movement brought that stub i by form into recognition. "Sarto." she breathed. "I'ut h<> | could lead us back to camp ; couldn't he?" "He could," said Steve slowly. "But I wonder if he would. . . . He didn't come out here alone, surely." And then Nikki remembered | the shot they bad heard. (To be continued) Order for Copies o f The Times-News HENDERSON COUNTY CENTENNIAL EDITION Extra copies of the Henderson County Centennial Edition of The Times-News, published Friday, are available at 10 cents each for mailing or for filing as sou venirs. • • Persons wishing to mail copies of the edition to friends and former residents living elsewhere may list their names and addresses below and mail or bring to The Times-News office with the require d amount of money. The Times-News will wrap, address and pay the postage. A limited number is available for this pur pose. and promptness is therefore urged. The .Times-News: • . Enclosed is $ , for which please mail copies of the Centennial Edition to the following persons: Name: Address: I (Signed) Address MILL ACTIVITY, CONSTRUCTION SHOW UPTURN But Onlv Part Of June Re port For Southeast Is • Optimistic ATLANTA. Ga., Aug. I. (UP) Wholesale trade, cotton mill ac tivity and building permits re versed the usual trend and in creased in June in the Southeast, the Sixth District Federal Reserve hank reported Saturday. On the gloomier side of the balance sheet for industry in this section, the bank's monthly busi ness review listed declines <>f slightly more than the seasonal amount in retail trade, decreases in construction contracts award ed and in pig iron production in Alabama. "Wholesale trade in the Sixth District. according to reports of III firms to the United States Department of Commerce, in creased 1.r» per cent from May to June, contrary to seasonal ten dency. hut was I.'I per cent less than June last year," the hank reported for Alabama. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. "Gotton mills in Alabama. Ten nessee and Georgia consumed an average of 5,-70 bales of cotton for each business day in June, an increase of 2.J> per cent over Mav and fi.fl per cent larger than in April, but nearly 10 per cent less than in June last year." I ho roport stated the value oi building permits increased 13.2 per cent in June. The southern pine lumber mar ket, the review said, showed "marked improvement in the lat ter part of June and early July, and in the five weeks ending July !• orders at southern pine mills averaged 25 per cent larger than a year ago, and about one-third larger than production: On the agricultural iront: "Weather conditions in most parts of the district have recently boon more favorable to growing crops than earlier in the season." "The July crop report of the U. S. Department of Agriculture indicates increased production this year over 1937 in the six states of this district, taken as a whole, of corn, oats, hay, tobacco, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peaches, pears, and sugar cane in Louisi ana and Florida. . . The July esti mate of oranges in Florida from the 1937 bloom increased to 2<> million boxes, a gain of I5.fi per cent over the season before, and the estimate of grapefruit in [ creased to 1 1.2 million boxes, but I is 21.5 per cent smaller than in I the previous season." "The cotton report by the De partment of Agriculture showing I the acreage of July 1 indicates n decrease of 22 per cent from last year for the United States, and a decrease of 20.5 per cent in the combined estimates for the six I states of this district." The business review reported J coal production in Alabama and I Tennessee declined further in June and that employment in the OHIO TO OBSERVE PERRY'S VICTORY IN FIGHT WITH BRITISH WASHINGTON, Auk. I. (IT). Ohio will observe this fiill flu; 125th anniversary of Commodore Perry's smashing naval victory i over the British in the Rattle of Lake Erie. President Roosevelt has approv j ed a joint congressional resolu-j tioy setting September 10 as the j , date for the celebration; to lie I ! held at Sandusky and Put-ln-Bay, ! Ohio. Details of the celebration will ,1)0 arranged by a committee coin posed of Representatives Dow W. ; Darter, D.. 0.; William R. Thorn, j I).. 0.; Carl K. Mapes, If., Mich.; Dudley A. White, R., ().. and i I John MeSweeney, I)., O. j Perry, who gained fame with' j his victory slogan, "We have niel j the enemy and they are ours," d<- j feated the British on Septem her 10, 1SIin one »>f the most smashing victories of I lie War of 1812. Apparently hopelessly bottled up in Lake Erie, Perry nufmaueii- j vered the British fleet and finally captured the entire enemy sipiad I ron. Perry's naval brilliance dniimrj the war was recognized in I Il.'i(» ] I when congress established the Perry Victory and Internalioiiil i Peace Memorial Monument at ! Pnt-In-Bay, but never before has | a formal celebration «»f such ma*: j nitude been held. COLORED BOY LOSES LIFE IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE HIS PUPPY PATTKKSON, N. .1.. Aug. I. 1 (UP)— A little roloied hoy who j could not swim gave his life yes 1 terday to save his mongrel puppy 1 from drowning in the rain-swol 1 len Passaic river. ICdwnrd Sisco, II, look his dog I to the river because it's "so hot I and I think he'd like a swim." The child put the puppy in the water. It began to swim around. Suddenly the current pulled the dog under momentarily. Edward took off his shoes and waded ont. on the muddy bottom. As he pushed his pet to safety, Kdward was caught by the rushing water and was drowned. six states declined 'J.!' per cent in Mav, the lowest level since Octo ; her, 1935. There were two other bright, spots in the report, however. Daily average production of elec tric power increased 2.3 per cent in May. Receipts of turpentine and rosin "increased in June and were larger than a year ago, and | there was improvement in prices j in the latter pail of June and j early July." | SURPRISE FOR EGG THIEF ! SANTA ANA. Cal. (UP)—A i thief who stole 200 eggs from a ranch near heVe is supposed to have had a disconcerting surprise afterward. The eggs had been in an incubator for 18 days and had been taken out for a test. They were due to hatch within three days. William Howard Taft was edu cated at Yale. WOOD FUEL FOR AUTOS PARIS. (UP)—The first "fill-! injr" stations selling wood and charcoal for conversion into iras by cars usinjr this fuel have been opened in France. They arc spon sored by the ministry of agricul ture, which wishes to see greater use made of forest products. • STORIES IN STAMPS How a Notion Wos V\ovcd West word VV/HKN Americans spoke of th' "west" just 150 years ago thr\ neant the quarter-million square iiilrs of wilderness 1 ha I stretcher letween the Great Lakes, the Mississippi on the west, and thf Dhio river on the south. Originally this vast virgin area .vas claimed by four states on the jasis of graiits from the King o! Kngland or treaties with the In iians. Virginia, Connecticut anc Massachusetts, for example laimed the right to extend west ward as far as possible, conceiv ibly to the Pacific. Connecticut •lung to the 6000 square miles of he "Western Reserve" until 1800 On July 13, 1787, a harassen L'on gross passed the Ordinance of 1787, for "governing the Territor> lorthwest of Ohio." It guaranteed cligious freedom, right of trial by jury, public schools, and freedom from slavery. In December ot ;hat year Gen. Rufus Putnam darted an expedition overland from Massachusetts, through Pennsylvania, down the Ohio t<: Fort Harmon. Mere was estab ished the outpost and town named "or Marie Antoinette, Marietta. In i year 20,(100 came to the neu •ountry. Today 25,000,000 live in his area ami the nation has gone •;till farther westward. Marking the 1.00th anniversary >f the establishment of civil gov ernment in the Northwest Terri tory is the U. S. commemorative :;tamp above, enlarged. <('nnvriirlit IIKiR NK.\ SiTvit'f. I n • • ) Dr. Bertha W. Branstcttcr Osteopathic Physician Ultra-Violet Ray Treatment* Colonic Irrigation Homo and Hotel Appointments Office: Next door State Theatre—ground floor Phone 505 Residence: Ml 7 4th Ave. \\ csl J'honc 319-W llendersonville, N. C. HOLLYWOOD FILM SHOP HOLLYWOOD, Any. I. (UP). There is ;t little California town —Lone Pine—that expects u> collect a toll of $100 a Hay every time a movie company uses one of its roads. Rut at least one of its roads is no ordinary one. It is being laid out especially for movie studios l>y the city fathers. I Harry ftiermnn, producer of llopalong Cassidy western fea-1 tures, has had a glimpse of the' road and he vouches for its an-1 thenlicity. He said it had plenty j of rural atmosphere which con tributes to the success of west erns with so many city movie goers. Lone Pine is just another ex ample that proves when Holly wood wants something it wants it in the worst way and often is willing to go to extremes to got I it. Take the case of Russell Hay den. N'c^ long ago Russell llaydcn was business manager of the Sherman production unit. Today i llaydcn is an actor. This is his own story: "I worked my way through | Ingli school mi a job 111 the Para mount laboratory," lie said. I "When I was graduated, 1 got a job as business manager for the Sherman pictures. At that time,! ) Jimmy Kllisou was playing tin role of Lucky. "We had a company all set to leave on location one day whrri word was received thai Ellison had been given the role of Buf falo Bill in 'The Plainsman' by Cecil B. DeMille. Of course, Sherman released Ellison for the DeMille picture. But it left him without an actor. We were talk ing about what to do when sud denly he cocked his head and looked at me. " 'Son,' he said, 'you're all ar. tor from now on. You're playing 'Lucky.' " " 'But I don't know how to act,' I said." " 'Well, I need an actor and you're iroing to learn," Sherman replied." AUTO THIEVES MISS CACHE BAN'fiOR, Me. 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