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STORY WINS By Cleanor M. Incram Aotltor of "The Game and the Candle," "The Fifing Mercury." etc. . ' UuJntiom ly frederlc ThornbBrgh Capfxiclit ttlX Ti Bobba-Morrill Uowpaajr CHAPTER I. The Man Who Dared. Th official starter let his" raised arm fall and leaned forward, peering across the blended glare and darkness. "VSThatf he shouted, above the pul sating roar of the eleven racing ma chines lined up before the Judges' Hand. "Whatr ' There was a Curry around the cen tral car. whose driver leaned from his est to 6 tare down at the man who had slipped from beside him to the grtjund. The. great crowd congesting the grand-stand pressed closer to the barrier, staring also, commenting and conjecturing. "The mechanician of the Mercury is off his carl" - "Fainted " "Fell- . "The automobiles hadn't started; he must be sick The referee was already pushing his way back, bringing the report from the hastily summoned surgeon. "Heart disease," he announced right al left. "Stanton's mechanician Just dropped off his seat, dead. Out Stanton himself had already swung out of his car, with the ener getic decision that marked his every movement. "My man is out," he tersely stated to the starter. "I've got to run over to my camp and get another. Will yon hold the start for me!" The Question was rather a demand than a request. There was scarcely one among the vast audience . who would pot have felt the sparkle gone from this strong black wine of sport they had come to sip, if Ralph Stanton had been withdrawn from the.twenty-four-hour contest. He had not only fame as & skilful and scientific racer; he had . the reputation of being the most spectacularly reckless driver in America, whose death could be but question of time and whose record of accidents and victories verged on the ipalling. He knew his value as an attraction, and the starter knew it f lihough preserving impassivity. - tve minutes," tne offlcial con ceded, and drew out his watch. Already a stream of men were run ning toward the Mercury camp with tho news. Stanton sprang Into his machine,' deftly sent it forward out of die line, and shot around into the en trance to the huge oval field edged by the Beach, track; a mile of white rib- tfon bordering a green medallion. , The row of electric-lighted tents; . iaeh numbered and named for its own racing car, was in a turmoil of excite ment. ' But most agitated was the group before the tent marked fercury." "'Ourand's down and out give me another man," called Stanton, halting his noisy, flaming car. "Quick, you ' But no one stepped forward from a - mm . iue ciusier 01 iactory men ana me- chanics. Only the assistant manager of the Mercury company responded to the demand: "Yes, go; one of you boys. I'll make . it right with you. You, Jones." I'm married, sir," refused Jones succinctly. 9 "Well, you then, Walters. Good , heavens, man! what do you mean!" For the bnrly Walters backed away, setually pale. Tll dig potatoes, first, Bir." v "Why, you used to race?" . "Not with Stanton, sir." There was a low murmur of appro , sal among his mates, and a drawing ogether for supports, Stanton Btepped town from his carv snatching off his uasfc to show a dark, strong face trim 'with anger and contempt-" . "Yon wretched, backboneless '" cow-j-dslH he-hurled at them, his blue lack eyes flashing "over .the group. Do you know what I and the cdm .any stand to lose if I'm disqualified '.or lack of one of yon Jellyfish to sit .eside me and pump oil? Isn't there man in the camp? I'll give flfty dol ars myself to the one who goes, a hundred if I. win." . , . "Ill promise twice that." eagerly supplemented Green, - the assistant manager.. lie had private bets ; n- Stanton. : , . , Not one of the clustered ; workmen moved. : ' ; "Damn you!" pronounced the driver, bitterly, and comprehensively. "I'll re- . peat that offer o the man who will go for the' first three hours only, and meanwhile well send to New York and find a red-blooded male." r The men looked at one another, but c&oqk their heads. "No? You won't? You work your miserable bodies three months to earn what I pffer for three hours. What's the. mailer with yon. don't I risk my 'neck?' "He turned, sending his pdw- , erful voice ' ranging down the lice. Her, bu.nt thd , paddock, all of. you- T ANTON two hundred dollars for a man to ride ' the next three hours .with me 1 ' T "You can't take a man from another camp, Stanton," protested the frantic Mr. Green. "H might trick you, hurt the car." His appeal went down the wind un heeded, except for one lance from the racer's gleaming eyes. "H won't trick me," said Stanton. The crowded stands were a bulk of swaying, seething impatience. The paddock was in , an uproar, the Mer cury camp the center of interest But no volunteers answered the calL The panting machine, its hood wrapped In ets of violet flame, headlights and tail-lights shedding vivid ' iliumination around the figure of its baffled master, quivered with ' impotent life and strength. Raging, Stanton stood, watch in hand, his face a set study in scorn. .- ' - Suddenly the harsh rasp of the offi cial klaxon soared above the hubbub, warning, summoning. "Four minutes." panted the despairi ng assistant manager. "Stanton " Some one was, running toward them. some one for whom a lane was opened by . thev spectators from other camps who had congregated. "Get aboard," called ahead a fresh young voice. "Get aboard: I'll go." "Thank Heaven for a man!" snarled Stanton, as the runner dashed up. Why. It's a boy I" - "Floyd Mr. Green hailed hysterical- y. "You'll go?' "Ill go," assured Floyd, and faced the driver; a slim, youthful figure In a mechanic's blue overalls, his sleeves rolled to the elbows and leaving bare his slender arms; his head, covered ike a girl's with soft closely cropped curling brown hair, tilted back as his steady gray eyes looked up at Stan ton. , . ' "You? You couldn't crank a taxi- cab," flung the racer, brutal with dis appointment and wrath. "You'd go? A boy?" "Im as old as the driver of the Singer car, and scant, five years young er than you I'm twenty-one," flashed the retort "And I know all there is about gasoline cars. I guess you're big enough to crank your own motor aren't you, if T can't? You've got thirty seconds left; do you want me?" Met on his own tone, Stanton gasped, then caught his mask from the man who held it "Why don't you. get on your clothes?" he demanded savagely. Are you going to race like that? Jump, you useless ., cowards there can't you pass him his things? Tele phone the stand that I'm coming, some one." There was a wild scurry of prepara tion, the telephone bell jingled madly. "Jes Floyd is one of oar new factory Stanton Stood, Watch in Hand, men," hurried Mr. Green, in breathless explanation, as Stanton took his seat "He's a gas-engine wonder he knows them like a clock he tuned up this car you've got, this morning "m. : The klaxon brayed again. A trim ap- tparition in racing - costume darted from the tent to swing into the . nar- . 1 I M A k J 1 J r. A ryw Btai uesme uie uriver, aiiu o teu ton's car. leaped for -the paddock exit with a roar answered by; the "deafen ing roar- of .welcome from the specta tors.; " ' ": '. '. . ; ; .':-' ?. . "Seven minutes," snapped the start er, as the Mercury wheeled in line.: - - Stanton shrugged his shoulders with supreme indifference,' perfectly aware of his security, since the start had not been made. But his mechanician leaned foiward with-a little gurgle of Irresistible, sunshot laughter. -- : --"Don't worry," he besought "Really, well get in seven minutes ahead." r His mocldng young voice . carried above the ' terrific din of the eleven huge machinesr and Stanton - turned upon him; amazed and irritated at the. audacity. . The starter,., also j . stared. Just as ar' C"ashlTgh.t v flared up shd showed fully "-the young gray; eyes dancing behind the goggles,. the red young mouth smiling "below the mask, the shining young curls which this cap filled to cover.; He stared, then slowly relaxeTinto a smile; and "went forward. ' - ; - ' : "The talking done while I'm bp, Is" done by me," stated Stanton forcibly. Remember." " -"Don't you ever need a rest? queried Floyd. : . - v Stanton opened his lips, and closed them again without speaking. His trained glance went to sweep his op ponents, gaging their relative . posi tions, their probable order on the first turn, and his own. best move. The successive flashlights on either side were blinding, the -atmosphere was suffocating with the exhaust gasolene and acetylene fumes. It was as fa miliar to him as the odor of sawdust to the circus dweller, as the strong salt .wind to a. habitant of the coast; the unusual element , lay In the boy beside him Man, he . refused" to acknowledge hls ' - - .- The sharp crack of a pistol, the fall of a flag, and the whole struggling, flaming flock, sprang forward toward the first turn, wheel to wheel : in deathdged contest. And Stanton- for got Us mechanician. v J. The Mercury led the first circuit, as usual.. It was very fast and its pilot took the chances msrvi prudent drivers avoided. Still, the lead was less than the car's own length, two of Its closest ( rivals hanging at its flanks, when they passed the tumultuous grand-stand. Just ahead lay again "1her "death curve." There was a swift movement beside Stanton, the . pendent linen streamers floating from his cap were deftly seized and the dust swept from his goggles with a practiced rapidity. . "Car on each side an one trying to pass," the clear voice pierced the hearing. "No room next-the fence." Stanton grunted. The boy knew how "to rise in a speeding, machine, then, and how to take care of his driver, he noted. -Nevertheless, be meant to take that fence side. And he did. As the other drivers shut off power to take the dangerous bend more slowly, Stanton shot -forward at unchanged speed, cut In ahead and swept first around the turn, tak ing the inside curve. The spectators rose with a universal cry of consterna tion; the Mercury swerved, almost facing the Infield fence, skidding ap pallingly and lurching drunkehly on two wheels, then righted Itself under the . steering-wheel in the master's hands," and rushed on, leading by a hundred feet ' The people cheered frantically; the band crashed Into , raucous music Stanton's mechanician got up to lean over the back of the flying car and feel the rear casings. His Face a Set .Study in Scorn. "You're tryin' to tires," he imparted. hiB accents close to the driver's ear. ' That was the first time that Stanton noticed that Floyd lisped and blurred his final "g" in moments of excite ment It might have sounded effemi nate, if the Voice had not. been with- lout a tremor. K k . . A . As it was At the end of the first . hour, the bulletin -boards showed the "Mercury five laps ahead of its nearest rival. And , then Floyd spoke again to his driver. . . ' ' - "What?""Stanton questioned, above the noise cf the motor. ."We've got to run in; I'm afraid of the rear inside shoe. It won't stand another skid like the last" Stantoti's mouth sht ; in ; a . hard line..; v- .V .-v -" " "I will not" he stated. 1 "Get back in your rlace. You can't tell." . "lean." . Stanton deigned no reply, sliding past one of 'the " slower cars on" the back strelch. ' To go in meant to lose the whole time gained. As they took the back luro. Floyd again leaned over' ' ' - - -"11. FOOD DUTY FREE" HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL MAKE A3 NEAR APPROACH TO THAT AS POSSIBLE ' : FARMERS SURE TO OPPOSE IT Compensations, However, Will" B Of fered Agricultural Interests in the Way of Reductions on Articles That They Must Buy. '" . By GEORGE CLINTON. Washington. It Is said by members of the ways and means committee of the house at last constituted and who will continue to hold membership In that, body In the new "congrees; that the first and great effort of the, new tariff legislation will be "to reduce the cost of living." This is interpreted asjtoeaning that among other thingt there will be as near an approach to "duty free food" as" is possible. - The house unquestionably will put sugar on free list, hut also unquestionably the senate will decline to 'agree and will make a compromise on the pres ent duties.. The cane and beet sugar makers .are protesting to congress. Just as they protested last-summer, that free sugar would kill their indus tries.; ' A i tariff for free food means that i the duties will be taken off many eatables that now pay high rates, al though it Is known that the rates will be maintained on such foods as come under the head of luxuries, the "palate- ticklers" of the present customs laws. '.. -- The Democratic leaders know of course that if - an approach to free food is attempted there will be oppo sition from the agricultural Interests of the country or from a large part of them The Intention of the Demo crats, therefore, la to offset with com pensations, any damage which will be done to the farmer, the truck garden er and the fruit raiser. Their agu- ment is that if a man gets a-smaller price for his products he can afford the loss provided the things which he buys for his home use, clothing and other Articles, are reduced In cost Provide for Compromise. " It Is a delicate table of balances which the ways and means committee members will have to prepare, and they must prepare it with full knowl edge that changes unquestionably will be insisted upon by the senate. "The chances therefore seem to be that the house will make greater cuts in some of the rates than it would have made did It not know In advance that the senate would insist upon raising them. The plan of the house majority, and It is a very human plan, is to make the rates so low that the basis of com promise will be correspondingly low; in other words, that they can yield considerably more than they would have yielded if the rates had not been put very low with thefuli knowledge that It was necessary to prepare in any call for a margin of compromise. The Democrats say they understand fully the opposition which may come : to efforts to put certain kinds of foods on the free list or make them almost free. They- declare they are going to make an . effort in' their tariff bills to so reduce . the cost of other articles that the men who raise food stuffs for the markets will find they are better off at the end of the year even under reduced prices for their products than, they are under the present tariff ar rangements. ; All this the Republicans, of course, say remains to- be proved and they predict for the Democratic party great trouble Id bringing down the duties on manufactured-articles to a. point to offset the losses to the farmers be cause of free food, and to do It with out putting, the manufacturing con cerns out of husiness. - Tariff Hearings Hold Good. '.There' has been some curiosity ex pressed in letters received In Washing ton as tonow the last congress could go ahead holding hearings and making preparations . for tariff legislation which must be passed by a iy Incoming congress. The matter ..- is simple enough in Itself because the majority of the 'members of . the ways - and means Committee of the present house will continue to be the "majority In the next committee, and of: course their findings and their preparations will be endorsed by the same men who have just endorsed - therav; al though their findings will have to be passed - upon by a - house differently constituted In its personnel than was that of the last session. . It is" of course possible that the great Influx of new members, mostly Democrats, could by a combination with hold-over members' force re-hearings on tariff measures and pass an entirely different kTnd of a. bill than It Is the present intention of the ways and means committee to recommend for adoption. There la not one chance in ten thousand, however. " that this will occur. " ' ' . '-v.l .' .- ' ; Extra Session Program. " - - When congress gets - together April 1 the bouse - immediately ly will elect. a speaker to. succeed Chamn Clark and tho chances rare that the man to succeed will be Mr. Clark himself. Then when the com mittee msmbershlps definitely are ash signed the members will get down at once to tariff tinkering. '' " It is pretty generally expected ' in Washington'; that" the administration will asc congress to take up currency legislation at the extra sesBion, but It may b6 that the advice of some of the elder members of the banking and cur. rency committee of the house and of the flLance- coninsUtee of the senate will be listened to and monetary legis lation will be put over until the . first, regular session, which begins the first Monday in next December. There are reasons for the desire of a good many of the Democrats to do nothing with the currency until six or eight months' additional time has been given the financial experts to study a plan which they think will meet with the 'approval, of the county. As for " the ' tariff, : the Democratic majority says that, It. is not going to "tinker with if for the term implies simply' patching and repatchlng. The Democrats apparently think that they have already outlined a tariff program which will prove to be constructive and which will stand the test of time and business. . What the dominant party fears more than anything else, and Its members are free, to say so it the new tariff law, when they go into effect, materially will hurt labor. A good many of the Democrats do not express the- fear In Just this way. Some of them actually believe that if the excuse of an experimented low duty , is offered that some great con cerns may discharge parts of their working forces, lay it to the tariff, and trust to the . discontent which is aroused to reopen the whole tariff agir tatlon and possibly to bring back high tariff conditions - once more. House Majority for Reductions. The Democratic house leaders in the congress just ended and who un questionably will be the. leaders in the next house do not seem to be in th least disturbed about the ability of the Democratic "party to put through the lower chamber "quickly and In order" just such tariff, meas ures as the ways and means commit tee shall outline. .. Take the house all in all and a vast majority of its members as the body Is at - present constituted is in favor of tariff reductions. There are among the representatives, as among the senators, some Democrats of high tariff tendencies, but the majority of the members of that .party in both-j houses, and a great majority in the lower house," are in favor of reduc tions, and with' them stand Republic ans of the house and senate of the Cummins and LaFoIlette school, and also the members of the Progressive party, of whom In the new houso there are 19 and in the senate three or four. It can he seen from this that the house will have little difficulty in put ting through such tariff measures as the Democratic ways and means com mittee shaH" prepare, and it Is believ-T ed that the measures will call for radical reductions in some cases and have what may be called conservative ly radical reductions in other cases. The senate, however, as it will be con stituted, will not stand for the deep cuts which the house Intends to make, and so the chances are there will be a compromise. Sounding New Members. Members of the new lower house of congress are coming into Wash ington in numbers day by day. The Democratic and Republican lead ers are sounding out the senti ments of the- incoming members of their parties, primarily In a most del icate way, to find out definitely just what thelf "factional affiliations are. Tho Democratic leaders want to know whether the incomers are extremely conservative, Just plain conservative, progressive, -or radically progressive, and the Republican leaders are trying to find out just about the same things. The leaders of the house Democ racy is a man of marked conservative tendencies. He says so and his acts prove him so. It must not be under stood, however, that he is not progres sively inclined along lines which he considers safely . progressive. " His op ponents in his own party say that he considers few things safely progres sive and that therefore he is definitely conservative. The great majority of the Democrats in the next house will be. men who call themselves progres sives and who are known at ho ire as such. This majority will hava a marked influence on legislation and cd the upholding of President Wilson's policies, which everybody here be lieves "will be advanced. It Is not thought i a Washington that even the conservative leaders of. Democracy in the house will attempt to prevent the passage of legislation that Mr. Wilson may recommend, even If it appears to them to be "over radicaL" Aside from tho tariff, which wiii take up a large part of -the time of the-xtra igssion. and aside also from currency legislation, which may or may riot be give7reonslderation. there will be thousands of bills dropped into the 'Tioppef" of house and senate be fore ; ten days of the extra session have gono by. These bills will make provision for a multitude of thing. which attempts have been made to provide for; before, hut which " have failed for one reason or another. Few hew members of congress reach the -capital without full belief in their breasts- that they are ordained to be the aiakers of-tegislation which the statesmen eall "constructive." About one member fa "a thousand perhaps leaves alastlng name In legislation, and no it will he seett readily enough how many of the newcomers will- be disiliuekmed, and; doomed to know their t disappointment before many weeks cf . the ; new session have tassed. Bill preparing is r a : regular industry among .congressmen. The measures are drawn, put into- the house basket, read' by titles,, printed and referred to committees, but the ovcrv, helming majority of them never comes out of the committee room with any Jcind of a. report . '.. '"'.'.! Result of His Researches, ' i -Inveslig&tor What, la your opinion.' Is- the secret of good roads? Doirnstate Chauffeur The secret of SfCil rjui is La find 'em! , .: ' CBy IB. O. SELLERS, Director of Et nlnff Department The Moody Bible In. - stltute of Chicago.) LESSON FOR MARCH 1 6. THE TEST OF ABRAHAM'S FAITH. LESSON TEXT Gen. GOLDEN TEXT "I desire roodAMi Tand not sacrifice; and the knowledge of i GrtA mntfi than hum nlToHnca uvw The birth of Isaac ("laughter") 17:19, and the setting aside of the son of the bond woman, ' a story so rich with suggestlveness,Morm8 the con- nectlon between the lesson of week and the one of this week. I. Sacrifice Required. "God Iaet did prove Abraham" (R. V.) w. 1-2. Abra ham's ready response, "Behold me, here am I," gives evidence of his life long habit of obedience. lie was ready for sacrifice or service. His habit of taking God at his word prepared him for this final act of testing, and oer f ecting, of his faith. The revised ver sion "prove" is a better rendering than the authorized version "tempt."' God does not tempt, 1. e., solicit men to evil Jas. 1:13, but he does "prove" men; see Ex. 20:20 and I Peter 1:12 Abraham had been tried before but what father is there who will not say fhla Vfia iha ttn two m a tact V i called upon to give up his, "only son whom thou cheriahesL" . Abranam's Faith. Superficial critics have taken occa sion to make light of a God who would make such a demand upon an earthly heT. We need to . remember that Abraham had doubtless witnessed hu man sacrifices in Chaldea and that having seen God's faithfulness and his past deliverances, he had enough faith to believe that God could in his own Providence deliver Isaac. Fur ther, attention has been called to the exact language of the text, viz.. God's demand was that Abraham "offer" (not "kill") Isaac as a sacrifice. The liter al language Is "make him go up" up on the altar, doubtless in symbol. We read elsewhere,.Heb..ll:17 that "Abra ham offered up Isaac," but we know he did not kill Isaac. Those who stumble at that part of the story miss the great lesson God-intended to teach in the record of this incident. How ever, Abraham was ready to do (v. 10 what God himself did actually do when, he gave his "only son," John 8:16. Horn. 8:32. Isaac was the child of the promise, hence thevonly son (cf. Gen. 21:12). This makes the text more se vere for Ishmael had been sent off.. 21:14. God today is calling upon fath ers to sacrifice their sons, and fathers are sacrificing though not always unto God. Wo must put our children upon, the altar. Matt 10:37. II. Sacrifice Granted.. "Abraham rose up early," w. 3-10. The writer of Genesis has left us to fill In the emotions and the mental agony that must have surged through Abraham's heart yet we again see a wonderful illustration of prompt obedience, cf. Ps. 119:60. Abraham's Devotion. Attention has been jcalled to Isaac as a type of ChriBt (cf. John 10:17-18). (1) His name.. given before birth; (2) Jlis birth, supernatural, predicted; (3 His offering, a, by his father; b, voiun- uujr, liBui xi uui iud ucau . i?; i lie marriage; a, bride selected by his fath er; b, servant calls the bride; c, meet ing of bride and bridegroom. In this connection we behold Isaac pgarlng: the wood (v."6) a reminder of Christ bearing his cross, John 19:17. The, A J. J ,.tiu leai iu auiuuuui a itniu was iuu etu to the point that "he took the knife to slay his son," when God intervened. The repetition. "Abraham, Abraham." euggests the urgency of God to saver and the devotion of Abraham in thac he was not easily turned aside nor looking for a way of escaping a dis agreeable duty. Abraham was sus tained to the end (Rom. 4:20. 21 R. V.V and out of it all he is abundantly re warded, w. 15-18 and 26:4-5. m. Sacrifice Provided." "A lamb caught in the thicket," vv. 11-15. Again God spoke, to Abraham through "an ahgel," an old Hebraic way of saying, that God made himself known. It has. been suggested that at this point. the Hebrew broke away from human sacri fices. There Is nothing in this story, to sustaln'any claim that God Justifies human sacrifices, but the exact con trary, for God gave Isaac back to Abraham (Heb. 1:19 R. V.) and that he is constantly, doing to. those who Burrender their all -and their best to him, Mark 10: 29-30; Proy. 11: 24-25 Abraham did not leave the mountain' until he had offered a sacrifice and who can question but that hi's heart was filled with great, joy and thanks giving unto God. 2 Cor. 9:15. Without the-' shedding of blood we cannot ap proach God. .. ;-;". '.-..'. v Abraham is. a type of true piety; and Is constantly held up by-New, Tes tament writers as the Jdeal of religions the reason . is that " religion never ohangeK it Is the attitude of the soul to God. . Read Horace Bushnell's ex- Doubts." 7 Some men seem . ; to pass through life without much testing, the, question Is suggested, are they worth, lesuug, are uiejv vi pumcient Yaiue. : 'Trials are God's, vote of confidence." This, is also; a great ".illustration '?of iiuhstitutlcnary sacrifice, . ask Isaac if lie believed It? Ask the question 'How 6o we show our faith?" .