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Tiirc nrnTJNOTON free press amp, times - Thursday, may n, 1912. BfcsrnwR CS& AUTHOR Of THE' CGPYWMT 9G Br GaSGS'M&fWJLt OCX CHAPTER Vill. Str oWolr van th hour sot for tho start c' fan IJojcU race. An 1 it was Just seventeen minutes past fivo when Dick Ffrencli, hanging In a frenzy of anxiety oor tho paddock fence clrc!!:i'; the Inside of tbo mllo oval, uttered somc'hlng rosembllns ft howl nnd rushed to the gato to signal Ills recreant driver. From tho oppo elto side of the track Lostrango wnved pay return, making hla way through tho officials and friends who pressed around him to shake hands or slap his shoulkv caressingly, jesting and questioning, calling directions and ad Ice. A brass band played noisily In the grand-stand, where tho crowd heaved and surged; tho racing ma chines were roaring In their camps. "What's the matter? Where wiva j-ou?" cried Dlek, whim at last Le strange eroded tho course to tho cen tral fli Id. "The cars an- M-i 5 ut now for tho preliminary run Rupert's nearly crazy, snarling at everybody, and tho other man has been getting roady to Mnr Instead of you. ' "Well, ho can get unready," miled Lestrange. "Keep j (A, Ffrcnnh; I've fjot half an hour and I could start cow. I'm ready." Ho was ready: clad in tho c'osc-flt- Ung khaki costume whose immaculate daintiness gave no hint of tho cor- talnty that before tho first six hours ended it would be a wreck of yellow dust and oil. As he paused in run ning an appraising glance down fiio etreot-liko row of tents, the white clothed driver of a spotless whito car ehot out on his way to tho track, but halted opposite the latest arrival to stretch a cordial hand. "I hoped n trolley car had bitten yen." he shouted. "Tho rest of us v ould havo more Bhow If you got lost on the way, Darling." Tho boyish driver nt the next tent looked up as they passed and camo grinning over to giv his clasp. "Get a move on; what you boon do In' all day, dea:- chill? They've, been Eivin' your manager sa! volatile to held htm still." He nodded at tho agi tated Dick in ironic commiseration. "Go get out your car, Darling; I want to beat you)." chaffed tho next in line. " 'Strike tip the band, hero comes a driver,' " sang another, with an en trancing French acccni. Iaugtilng, retorting, shaking hands with euch comrado rival, Lestrango vent down tho row to his own tent. At his approach a swarm of mechanics :!rom the factory stood back from tho long, low, gray car, the drhcr who v.vs .o roMovo Mm during tho night t. id cay erica' slipped down from tho neat ard unmasked. "He s hrre," r-moiyuced Dick supor uon. I. "Uuper; where a Ruport? Don't toll mo lie's ;;one sow! Le strange " Put Ri:"rt was alrar.dy em.ertring ft thn tant v.-lth Lt'jtraar'fl gaunt Jsts and cap, hie expression a study Jn the sardonic "It harts rao fler-j t think how you crust havo hurried,' ho observed. '"Did you fvalk both wr.ys, or only all three? I'm no Eve, but I'd glvo a sna&o an apple to know whor yoa'vo fcosa &y day." jjrovoWnglT. clotrjilfig 0 goggle V)? Scoro nl oyc. "Well-. Iio spent the iost t?ro hijc rr tns Cfcty I3rtd tlMCh, about- thXdt! squaws Lm hero. I l. I I L - U I J -1 . . . 1 . , , . inutcuuiif lao uiO!(-'v pmy in mo nana. I didn't teel Uk ?rW5ng ioat then. It , fna Eibhtj- PosthlDR. too." ' Sajjcri tfbiad at Win, a dry tr prtVJnt; tasiilo Rtovly urlckSng bis durtc boa. "Mayfce, Dwriais," !o dmwVed, ead Fnt5 to ssakr. Jus own prspawffon. jrasc'intit'Adanclvfr'li'a, Dick looltd ' rtx eA tt3 methouioal flurry of tin next )rw mcai'mtfl, tmtll ijC3traaa wsr in Mi Mt nd Itupat twung in beH Jim. Then gfltturo suEMnoood him to ha sldo at Urn rnainrat. "fti run In agtdn boJatr? tro riwjo, , in cm phi." said Lt".'fOg- to bin. ' p.tcvo tio dAtfcuias nolr.o, of 'itt ran tot. "39 amund bJei I &nt to so you." j ftnptrrt leaned out, &U goa-l-taricr ' mill mors a.? n? po.'cicd tin ma- 'thlatb ; "Qot n ttilr. whatt" bo c- nlWJv Tr Lft 4u-te4 '.omuii. A lg ro'ii of vrIf-o wei.cocvtf 2-)r'xvn&if. Bnooplu,-; ndrrt on ' ;iidkocbJn& ond hoatA; w wavesS: h!a tAio pasaad mmr moatb 'i.o 2fiath. "FoiMJax, ofnt h?" c)nn.''rtd a mo t".4n nxt to Dick. "7hr don't fw get thn'; Ocoi'-cla trie, no, sa-." It wan not many tlrrw that tho ws cjuIC- clrchi thn trMlt. Quarter a: jiSje blow from hutios and klax--imu, signal flcj;a surt the cars to their wrip for Pis last tlmo bofovo tho "Como boro," Lestrango beckoned to Dink, as ho brought his maohino 'shuddering tu a standstill before tho tent. "Here, closo wo'vo tot a mo ment whllo thoy fill tanks." Ho unbooked his goggles and leaned OTW as Dick came beside tho whnel, tho faoe eo revealed bright and quiet in the sunuot of glow. "One never cun tell what may hap yen," he sold. "I'd rather tell you now than ehanco your feeling nftor rd that I didn't tront you quit Soiorely in kooplnc still. I hopo you won't take It is my father did; we've boon sood chums, you mid I, I ara irour uouiln, Dayld Ffrench." The moment nirnlshod no words. J.Mok leaned against tho oar, absolute ly limp. 1. "Ot couiM. I'm not going back to rrHn GAME AND WE CAHDLC Fffjchwood. Aftor thio raco I shall go to tho Duplex company; I nsed to be with them nnd thoy'vo wanted mo back. Your company can get along wltli mo, now all Is running well Inded,Tlr. Ffrench has dismissed mo." Uln firm Up bent a llttlo nioro firmly. "Tho work I was doing is In your hnndB and Bailey's; seo It through. Unless you too want to break off with me, we'll havo inoio time to talk over thl3 " "Break off!" Dick straightened his D0t-V "Vater," He Demanded Teely. chubby figure, "llrcak off with you, Les " "Go on, My sonic Is Lostrange now and nlways." A shriek from tho official klaxon summoned tho racers. Hupert swung back to his seat. Dick reached up lus hand to tho othor in the first really 1 dignified moment of his life. j "I'm glad you're my kin, Lcstraiige," ho said. "I've liked you anyhow, but ! I'm glad, just the same. Anil 1 don't t care what rot they say of you. Tako t earo of yourself." I Lestrange bared his hand to return , tho clasp, his warm smile flashing to ! his cousin; then the swirl of prcpara-1 Hon swept between them and Dick nest saw him as part of one of the 1 Aft wiifM; throbbing, flaming row of machines , worst, I honestly ucuevc. 1 no most beforo tho judges stand. outrageous thing I ever did was to It was not a tranqulllzing experi- lead a set of seniors in hoisting a cow enco for nn amateur to witness the Into tho dean's library ono night, and start, when tho fourteen powerful cars so get myr.clf expelled from college." sprang simultaneously for tho first "A cow?" tho other echoed, curve, struggling for possession of tho "A fat cow, and it mooed," he narrow track In a wheel to wheel con- stuffed tho pillow Into a more corn test where 0110 mlstouch meant tho fortablo position. "Is that our car wreck of many. After that first viow, running in? No, it's just passing. If Dick Eat weakly down on an oil barrel Frank doesn't wreck my machine, I'll and watched the raco in a ctato of get this race. And then, the same fascinafd endurance. week, my chum nnd roommate ran The golden and violet sunset melted ! away with a Dcraflora girl of somo va- pearl-like Into tho black cup of night. Tho glare of many searchlights made I tho track a glistening baud of white, ' around which circled tho cars, them solves fepimcd with white and crim- i sou lamps. Tho cheers of the pc-.v plo as thu lead was taken by one fa vorite or another, tho hum of voices, the music and uproar of tho machines hlendod into a web of sound indescrib able. Tbo spectacle was at onco ul- , tramodern and classic In antiquity ol conception. At el.;ht o'clock Lestrange came Cy Ins in, sent off the track to havo a j lamp relighted. "WaiaT," ho demanded tersely, in ihn lirtv aMnntlfi nt tlin cn, nnA lnMn-Wl nnonlv nt TOkVu n-',.nn " - " ' - vrtJll ho took the cup. "Wfey didn't you llgul It out tharcr esked tho novice, infected by the speed over aiv-uad him. "Fojjjot our matches," Rupsrt flunjj over bis shoulder, as they dashed oul agtda. An olbcmcar-d mhiiaic pa'.ronlt jigly explalaod: "jou cant lifFe oars manicuring all c-nv tbo truck and peoplo tripping O'til Gm. You cat cent ntf tr llrl.t nn ' and if uu dont go thoy Auo you lapa Vlachtistss darted In and out fre tbc-lr cr.tops at interv;d, each waklna i;teniy of excltomwut among to men. Ax ton 7'cksk tho ircnry car camo lu aaln, ttU tfcx ltoplns wltD a fiat Uro, ta ht it-lloja on by Ito mwchanlca. "We'rit loailngr, Uat woll loso by thlB." said Laatrans. tUppina out to rUs am. msdiUtltly ooatemolHtlng the atm-rt ijrlvor. who was standing ttcrwa the, omj). "Ffrctoh, alt twnlve I ni Jimo io como In to rt umn. rid , tnnr my raaahlna ovor to the othw ( mtr.. Asd I wont dato him -wrecking , j for me. I want mu. u nvr.nr fn glvo him ttbaofato urdnrti to do no rpwdlni?; let hJvn hold a flfty-'rwo mtlo an honr a'oro until I tako tho vrhwl actlft." "Mo?" "I can't do It. You, of course." "You could," Dlok nniiwerod. 'Tvo boon thinking how you and I will run thnt factory together. It's all stufl about your going away; why should you? You and your father tako me as junior partner, you know I'm not big enough for anything olso," "You'ro man's slzn," Lestrango as sured, a hand on bis shouldor. "But It won't do. I'll not forget tho offer, though, nover." "All on!" a dozon voicos glgnalod; men scattered In every direction as Lostrange sprang to hb place. The hours passed on tho whools of exo'tument and suspense. When Lo strango curno In again, only a watch convlncod Dick that It was midnight. "You gnre the order T" Lostrango asked. Tes." Ho descended, taking off his mask and showing a faco whlto with fa tlgno under the rtroaks ot dust mid arlme. "I'll bo all right In half tin hour," ho notldod, In answor to Dick's excla mation. "Send ono of tho boys for cotfoo, will you, ploasa? Huport ncods sonio, too. Iloro, ono of you "others, aok 0110 of thono ldlo doctor's appren tices to nnrao over with n fresh band age; my arm'fl a trlflo untidy." In fRot, bin right nloovo was wet and rcfl, whero tlio strain of driving had reopened tho injury of the day bo fore. Hut ho vould not allow Dick to Bpcak of It, "I'm Kolng to spond an htmr or two resting. Como In, Ffrench, and wo'll chat lu tho Intervale, If you like." "And Rupert? Whore'a ho?" Dick wondered, peering Into tho dark with n vaguo lmprosalon of lurking dangers on every side, "Ho'n hurried In cut of the nlsht j from th0 driver's goggles la prcpara air," reassured familiar accontoj a ton for tho ..dcoUl turn nboad. Thero small liRur-o lounged across into tho v,.an n Horoa of rapl(, c;pio3lonn tho light, making vigorous use of a drip ping towol. "Toll Dnrllug I feel faint nr'd I'm going over to that grandstand cafe a lr. car to got somo plo. I'll bo back In tlmo to read over my last lesson from the chauffeur's corro Bpondoiico school. Oh, seo what's hero!" A telegraph messenger boy had come up to Dick. "Menard Ffrench?" ho verified. "Sign, pleaso." Tho message wag from Now York. "All coming down," Dick road. "Lim ouslne making dolnv. Wire mo at St. Royal of race. Ralloy." Far from pleased, young Ffrench hurriedly wroto tho desired answer and gave It to the boy to bo sent. Hut ho thrust tho yellow envelopo Into his pocket beforo turning to the 'tent where Lestrange was drinking cheap black coffee while an Impatient young surgeon hovered nenr. The hour's rest was characteristical ly spent. Washed, bandaged, and re freshed, Lestrango dropped on a crjj In the back of the tent nnd pushed a roll of motor garments beneath his head for a pillow. There he Intermit tently spoko to his companion of what ever tho moment suggested; listening to every sound of the race and Inter spersing acute comment, starting up whenever the voice of his own ma chine hinted that the driver was dls oboy;ng Instructions or tho shrill klax on gave warning of trouble. Hut thro-igh it all Dick gathered much of the family story. "My mother was a Californlan," Le strango onen said, coming back from a tour of inspection. "Sho was twenty times as much alive as any Ffrench that ever existed, I've been told. I fancy rhe passed that quality on to me you know sho died when I was born for I nearly drove tho family mad. They expected the worst of me, and I tfavo the best worst I had. Iiut," ho turned to Dick tho clear candor of hla smile, "it was rather a decent rlety show and married her. I was romantic myself at twenty-one, so 1 helped htm through with It. Ho was wealthy and she was pretty; It seemed to fit. I believe they've stayed mnr ried ever since, by tho way. Hut somehow tho reporters i;ot affairs mixed and published me as tho bride groom. Have you got a cigar? 1 smoko about threo times a year, and this is ono of them. Yes, there was a line scene "hen I went homo that night, a Hroadway melodrama. I loel my temper easier then; by the time my father and undo gave me time tc speak, I was too angry to defend my self and set them right. I supposed they would learn tho truth by the next day, anyhow. And I left home for good in a dinner coat and raglar with something under ten dollars lr. odd change. "What's that!" "That," was tho harsh alarm of the official klaxon, coupled with the cr) of countlesa voices. Tho ambulance gong clangod as Lestrange sprang tc his feet and reached tho door. "Which car?" he called. Rupert answered first: "Not. ours. Number eight's burning up after a smash on the far turn." "Jack's car," identified Lestrange and stood for an Instant, "tlo fU Frank; I'll take tho machine agair myself. It's ono o'clock, and I've got to win this raco." Several men ran across to tho tracli In compliance. Lestrange turned tc mako ready, but paused bes'.do the awed Dick to look over tho Infield try ward tho flaming blotch against the dark aky. "Ho was In to chungo a tiro ten minutes ago," observed Rupert, beside Ihem. " 'Telt Lestrange I'm doln" time catchln' him,' ho yeUrd to me. Hero' hoping his broncho' machine pitched him clear from tho fireworks." When tho Mercury car swung In, c moment later, Lestrango lingered for a la:;t word to Dick. 1 "I'm engaged to Emily," ho said gravely. "I don't know what alio will hear of mo; If anything happens, I'vo told you tho truth. I'm old enough to see It now. And I tried to square things." CHAPTER IX. In tho dollcate, fresh Juno dawn, tho Ffrench llmouslno cropt Into tho Hooch Inclosuro. "We're hero," said Hnlloy, to his traveling companions. "You can't park tho car In front by tho fence; Mr. David might seo you and kill himself by a mlsturn, Como up to tho grand stand seats." Mr. Ffrench got out In sllenco and osslotod Kmlly to decond; a palo and wide-eyed Kmlly behind her yell. "Tho boys wero calling ojctras," she suggested faintly. "They said three accidents on tho track." Hnlloy turned to a bluo and gold of ftelol passing. "Number bcvou oil right?" h asked. "On tho trade, Lestrango driving," van tho prompt respond. "Loadlnd by thirty-two mllos." A llttlo of Kmlly'B color rushod back. Katlsflcd, llnlley load their way to tho tiera of seats, almost empty nt this hour. Pearly, unsubstantial In tho young light, lay the huge oval meadow ond tho track odglmr It. "I'vo scot over for Mr. Dick," Dalley Informed th0 other two. "Ho's bocn hero, and ho can tell what's doing. Four oars ore out of tho raco. There's Mr. David comlngl" A gray machine shot around the west curve, hurtled roaring down tho straight stretch pact tho stand and cronsod beforo thorn, tho mechanician rising In his seat to catsh tho pendant Hnou Ktreainnrn nn,l wltio tho dust driver shut off hla motor, tho maenmo swerved almost facing the 'nneld fenco and slid around the bend with a skidding lurch that threw a cloud of soil high lu tho air. F.mlly cried out. Mr. Ffrench half rooo In his placo. "What's tho matter?" dryly queried Dalley. "He's boon doing that all night; and a pretty turn ho makoa, too. Ho's bcon doing It for about flvo yenrs, In fact, earning his living, onlj wo didn't see him. Hero goes an other." Mr. Ffrench put on his plnco-noz, preserving the dlgnl'V of outward composure. Dtnlly 3aw and heard nothing; she was following Lestrango around tho far sides of tho course, around until again ho Hashed past her, repoatin his former feat with appalling exactitude. It was hardly more than flvo min utes before Dick csrau hurrying to ward them; cross, tired, dust-streaked and gasolene-scented. "I don't see why vou wanted to como," he beenn h'-fore ho reached them. "I'm busy enough now. We're leading; If L' strange holds out wo'll win. Hut he's driving alono; Frank went out an hour ano. on tho second relief, when he wen; through tho pad dock fence and hrok" his leg. It didn't hurt the machine a bit, except tires, but it lost us twonty-hlx laps. And It leaves Lestrango with thirteen steady hours at the wheel. Ho says ho can do it." "He's fit?" nailey questioned. Dick turned a peevish regard upon him. "I don't know what you call fit. Ho i-tys he. is. His han.is are blistered al ready, his right arm has been band aged twice whero Ik hurt It pulling tee away from the g ar-cuttor yester day, and he's had threo hours' re3t out of the last eleven. Seo that heap of junk over there; that's whero the Alan car burned up last night and giuuuoii Bsaimn,','-Jii -rmujuiJ3gna r "Hero Ones Another." Sent Its driver and mechanician to tho lu.spital. I suppose if Lestrango isn't fit and makes .1 mlscuo we'll see tomeihing like that happen to him and Rupert." "No!" Emily cried pltc.ously. Remorse clutched Dick. "I forgot you, cousin," he apologised. "Don't go oft; Les' range swears he feels fiuo and glbcu at mc for worry ing. Don't look like that." "RIchnrd, you will go down and or der our car withdrawn from tho race," Mr. Ffrench stated, with his most ab r.clute finality. "Tills has continued lo'.ig enough. If we had not beeu ur re: tod In Now York tor exceeding the speed limit, I shnuld havo been here to end this scene nt midnight." Stunned, his nephew stared at him. "Withdraw!" "Precisely. And deairo David to come hero." "1 won't," said DVck flatly. "If you want to rub It Into Lestrango that way. Fend Hailcy. And 1 say It's & confounded shanio," "Richard!" His round face ablazo, DIok thrust his hands In his pockets, facing his undo stubborn!. "After his splendid light, to stop hlrn now? Do you know how they take be ing put out, thosu fellows'' Why, whon tho Italluu car went off the track for good, last night, with Its chain tangled up with everything under neath, Itn driver sat down and cried. And you'd como dovn on Lestrnuge when ho's winning I won't do it, I won't! Sord Halloy; I can't tell him." "If you want to discredit the ear and its driver, Mr. Ffrench, you can do It without me," slowly added Bal loy. "H:;t it won't bo any uso to send for Mr. David, becuuso ho won't come." Tho autocrat of his llttlo world lookod from ono rebel to the other, confounded with tho unprecedented. "If I wish to withdraw him, it Is to placo him out of danger," he retorted with asperity, "Not because I wish to mortify him, naturally. Is that clear? Does ho want to pass tho next thirteen hours undor this ordoal?" "I'll toll you what ho wants," an swerod DIok. "Ho wants to be lot alono. It seams to mo ho's earned that." Ethan Ffrench opened bis lips and closed them again without speech. It hod not been his life's habit to lei peoplo nlone and tho art was acquired with dllllculty. "I admit I do not comprehond tho focllnga you descrlbo," ho conceded, at 1 7 w 1 last. "Hut thero Is ono person who has thn right to decldo whethor David nhnll continue this risk of his life. Kmlly, do you wish the car with drawn?" Thoro was a gasp from the other two men. "I?" tho young r?lrl oxolntmed, nmaccd. "I cau call him hero safe " Her voice died out ns Lestrango's car roared past, overtaking two rivals on the turn and sliding between them with an audacity that provoked rounds of applause from tho spectators. To call him In from that, to have him safe with hor tho mero thought was a do light that caught hor broath. Yet, she knew Lestrange. Tho three men watched her In keen nnsponse. The Morcury car had passed twice again before she raised her head, and In that space ot a hun dred seconds Emily reached tho final unselfishness. "What David wants," nhe said. "Uncle, what David wonts." "You'ro a brick!" cried Dick, In a passion ot relief. "Kmlly, you're a bilck!" Sho looked at him with eyea he never forgot. "If anything happens to him, I hope I dlo too," sho answered, and drew tho silk veil across hor face. "Go back, Mr. Dick, you'ro no good hare," advised Hnlloy, In tbe pausg. "I guess Miss Emily Is right, Mr. Ffrench; we've got nothing to do but look on, for David Ffrench was v.ipcd out to mako Darling Lcstrangp." Having left tho decision to Emily, It was In character that her undo of fered no remonstrance when she dla appolntod his wish. When Lestrango camo into his camp for oil and gasolcno, near eight o'clock, Dick Bolzod tho brief halt, tho first in three hours. "Emily's up lu the stand," ho an nounced. "Send her a word, old man; and don't get rccklsss In front of her." "Emily?" echoed Lestrango, too weary for astonishment. "Give mo a pencil. No, I can't tako off my gaunt let; It's glued fast. Ill manage. Ru pert, go take an hotfr's rest and nend 1110 the other mechanician." "I can't get off my car; It's glued fast," Rupert confffled, leaning over the back of the machine to appropri ate a sandwich from tho basket a man was carrying to tbo neighboring camp. "Go on with your correspondence, dearest." So resting the card Dick supplied on tho steering wheel, Lestrango wroto a difficult two lines. Ho was out again on the track when Dick brought tho message to Emily. "I just told him you were here, I cousin," ho whispered In her ear, and dropped the cam In her lap. "I'll enjoy this moro than ever, with you here," she read. "It's tho right place for my girl. I'll give you tho cup for our first dinner table, tonight. "DAVID." Emily lifted her face. The tragedy of tUe sceno was gone, Lestrange's eyes laughed at hor out of a mist. Tho sky was blue, the sunshlno golden; the merry crowds commencing to pour In woke carnival in her heart. "Ho said to tell you the machine was running magnificently," supple mented Dick, "and not to insult his veteran reputation by getting nervous. He's coming by look." He was coming by; and, nlthough unabl- w look toward tho grand-stand ho raised his hand In saluto as he passed, to the ono ho know was watching. Emily flushed rosily, hor dark eyos warm and shining. "I can wait," she sighed, gratefully. "Bicklc, I can wait until It ends now." Dick went back. The hours passed. One more car went out of tho race under the grind ing test; thero wero tho usual Inci dents of !)lovn-out tires nnd tempo rary withdrawals for repairs. Twlco Mr. Ffrench sent his partner and Em l.y to the restaurant below, tolerating his beat. Perfectly composed, his ex- pressian perfectly self-contained, ho watched his son. The day grew unbearably hot to ward afternoon, a heat rather of July ' than June. After a visit to his camp . Lestrango reappeared without tho suf focating mask and cap, driving bare- headed, with only tho narrow goggles 1 crossing his faco. The change left ' visible tho drawn pallor of exhaus tion under stains of dust and oil, his rollod-back Eleeves disclosed tbe crim son badge on his right arm and tho fact that his left wrist was tightly wound with linen where swollen and strained nv.:ados relxdlsd at the long trial. "He's been driving for nineteen hours," said Dick, climbing up to his party through tho excited crowd. "Two h3ur3 more to six o'clock. Listen to i the mob when ho passes!" Tbo Injunction was unnecessary. As the sun slanted low the enthusiasm grow to fevor. This was a crowd of connoisseurs motorists, chauffeurs, , automobile lovers and drivers they knew what was being done beforo , them. The word passed that Le- I btrange wa3 in his twentieth hour; peoplo climbed on seats to cheer him 1 as ho passed by. When ono of hla i tires blow out, In tho opening of tho first hour of his driving aud the twen- : ty-fourth of the race, tho tn-eat shout ! of sympathy and enoourngoment that went up shook tho grand stand to Its cement foundations. Neither Lestrnngo nor Rupert loft his seat whllo that tiro was changed. "If we did I ain't euro we'd get back," Itupert explained to DIek, who hovored around them agitatedly. "It I'd thought Darling's mechanician would got In for this, I'd have taken In sowing for a living. How much longer?" "Half on hour." "Well, watch us finish." A renowed bum of applauae greet ed tho Mercury car's return to the track. Men wero stondlng watch In hand to count tho last moments, theli eyes on tho bulletin board where tht roeled-off miles wero being registered Two of tho other machines were fight Ing deBporrrtoly for second place, hopo less of rlvnllng Lestrange., and after them sped the rest. "Tho finish 1" some one auddonlj cafied. ".Tho Jaitjapj" Dick was hanging ovor tho paddocli fenco whon the car shot by amidst braying, klaxons, motor horns, cheers and tho clashing muslo of tho band Frantic, the people hailed Lcstrungt ob tho black and whlto cbockod flag dropped beforo him In proclamation of his victory and tho ondod race. Rupert raised his arms nbovo hla head in the signal of acknowledg ment, as they flew across tho lino ond swept on to complete tho circle to their camp. Lestrango slackened speed to take tho dangerous, deeply furrowed turn for tho last time, his cor poised for the curving flight un der his guidance then tho watching hundreds saw the driver's hands slip from tho steering-wheel as ho reached for tho brake. Straight across tho track the machine dashed, Instead of following tho bend, crashed through tho barrier, and rolled over on Its Bide In tho green meadow grass. "Tho steorlng-knucklo!" Bailey groaned, as tho placo burst Into up roar around them. "Tho wheel I Baw It turn uselessly In his hands!" "They'ro up!" cried a do&un vo!co3. "No, one's up and one's under." "Who's caught in the wreck Le strango or hi mon?" But before, tho peoplo who surged over tho track, breaking all restraint, beforo tho elcftrlc ambulance, Dick Ffrench rsachod the marred thing that had been tho Morcury car. It was Lestrrmgo who had painfully struggled to one knee besldo tho ma-chin-?, fighting hard for breath to spoak. "Tako the car oft Rupert," ho pant od, at Dick's cry of relief on seeing him. "I'm all right tako tho car off Rupert." Tho next Instant they were sur rounded, overwhelmed with eager aid The ambulanco camo up and a sur geon precipitated himself toward Lo strange. "Stand back," tho surgeon com manded goncrally. "Aro you trying to smother him? Stand back." But it was ho who halted beforo a gesture from Lestrange, who leaned on Dick and a comrade from tho camp. "Go over thero, to Rupert." "You first" "No." They was nothing to do except yield. Shrugging his shoulders, tho surgeon paused tho necessary mo ment. A moment only; thero was a no protests, but ho himself never left sctttoring of tho hushed workers, a metallic crash. From the space tho car had cov ered a small figure uncoiled, lizard like, and staggered unsteadily erect. "Where's Darling Lestrango?" ras Reappeared Without tho Suffocating Mask and Cap, hurled viciously across tho sllenco. "Geo, you're a slow bunch of work ers! Whero's Lestrange?" The tumult that hroko loose swept I all to confusion. And after all It was I lestrange who was put in the sur ' neon's e.are. while Runort rodo back to tho camp on tho driver's seat of tho ambulanco 1 "Toll Emily I'll come over to her as soon as I'm fit to look at," was tbo message Lestrango gave Dick. "And when you go hack to tho factory, havo your steering-knuckles strength ened." Dick oxeceded his commission by transmitting tho speech entire; re penting tho first part to Emily with nl! affectionate solicitude, and flinging tho second cuttingly at his uncle and Bailoy. "Tho doctors say ho ought to be in bed, but ho won't go" he concluded "No, you can't fee him until they get through patching him up at tho hos pital tent; they put every ono out ex cept Rupert. He hasn't a scratch, aft er having a ninety Mercury on top of him. You're to como ovor to our camp. Emily, and wait for Lestrange. I suppose everybody had better come." It was a curious and an elevating thing to seo DIckio assume command of his family, but 110 ono demurred. An official, recognizing in him Le strango's manager, cleared a way for tho party through tho noisy press of departing peoplo and automobiles Tho sunset had long faded, night had settled over tho motordiomo and tho oleetrlc lamps had been lit In tho tents, beforo there came a stir and murmur In tho Mercury camp. "Don't skid, tho ground s wet," cnu tloned a volco outsldo tho door "Steady!" Emily started up, Dick sprang to open tho canvas, and Lestrnneo cross ed tho threshold. Lestrango, color less, his right arm In a sling, his loft wound with linen from wrist to elbow, and bearing a heavy pur plo brulso above his temple, but with tho bright ness of victory flashing nbovo nil weariness like a dancing flamo. "Swootheart'" ho laughed, as Emily ran to moot him, heedless of all things except that ho Btood within touch onco moro. "My dear, I told them not to frighten you. Why, Emily" For as ho put his ono avallablo arm about her, sho hid her wot eyes ou his shoulder. "I am to happy," sho explained breathlMily. "It Is only that," "Yu should not havo been here at all, aoy dear. Hut It Is eood to soo JT9j Who brought you? Bailey?." 6y "'3 catching sight of tho man beside Dick. "Good, I wanted some ono to help mo; Rupert and I have got to find a hotel and wo'ro not very active." Emily would bavo slipped away from tho clasp, scarlet with returning recollection, but Lostrango detained her to moot his shining eyes. "Tbo raco Is over," ho reminded, for her cars alono. "I'm going to keep you, If you'll stay." Ho turned to tnko a limping step, offering his hand cordially to the speechless Bailey, and faced for the first tlmo tho other man present. "I think," said Ethan Ffrench, "thai thero need bo no question of hotels, Wo havo not understood each other but you havo tho right to Ffrench. wood's hospltnllty. If you can travel wo will go there." "No," answered David Ffrench, as quietly. "Nover. You owo mo noth ing, sir. If I have worked in yout factory, I took tho workman's wages for It; If I havo won honors for your car, I also won tho prize-money given to tho driver. I nevor meant so '0 establish any claim upon Ffrench wood or you. I bellovo wo stand even, Dick has taken my place, happily; Emily and I will go on our own rond " They looked at each other, tho like ness between them most apparent In tho similar determination ot tnooii which wiped laughter and warm's from the younger man's faco. How over coldly phrased and dlctatorlallj spoken, It was an apology which Mr Ffrench had offered and which r" been declined. Hut ho had watchej "I Am 80 Happy." Lestrango all day; ho did not lift th gauntlet. "You are perfectly free," he con ceded, "which gives you tho opportun ity of being generous." HI3 son moved, flushing tkrough his pallor. "I wish you would not put It that way, sir," ho objected. "Thero is no othor way. I hava been wrong and I havo no control over you; will you como home?" Thero was no other argument but I that that could havo succeeded, and the threo who knew Lestrango knew that could not fall. You want me because I am a french," David rebelled in tho final protest, "iou have a substitute. "Perhaps I want you otherwise. And we will not speak In passion; thero can be no substitute for you." "Ffrench and Ffrench," munrcired Dick coaxingiy. "We can run that factory, Lestrange!" "There's moro than steering knuckles needing your eye on them. And you love the placo, Mr. David," said Ralley from his corner. From one to tho other David'a glance went, to res' on Emily's deli cate, earnest fnce in its setting of yellow-bronze curls. Full and straight her dark eyes answered 1i!b, tho convent-bred Emily's answer to his prido and old resentment and new reluc tance to yield his liberty. "Aftor all, you wero born a Ffrencli," she reminded, her soft ac cents just audible. "If that Is your work?" Very slowly David turned to his father. "I never learned to do things by halves," ho said. "If you want mo, sir" And Ethan Ffrench understood, and first offered his hand. Rupert was discovered asleep In a camp-chair outsldo tho tent, a few minutes later, when Dick went la search of him. "Tho limousine's waiting," hla awakener Informed him. "You don't feel bad, do you?" The mechanician roso cautiously, wincing. "Well, If every Joint In my chassis wasn't sore, I'd feel better," ho ad mitted grimly. "But I'm still running. What did you kiss me awake for, when I need my sleeps?" "Did you supposo wo could get Le strange homo without you, Jack Ru pert?" "I ain't supposing you could. I'm ready." Tho rest of tho party wero already In tho big car, with 0110 exception "Tako a last look, Rupert," bada David, as ho stood in tho dark pad dock. "Wo'ro retired; como help mo get used to It." Rupert passed a glance ovor tho de ferted track. "I guess my sentiment-tank has riv en out," ho sweetly acknowledged "Tho Mercury factory sounds pretty good to me, Darling. And I guess wo can mako a joy rldo out of living, on any track, If wo enter for It." "I guess wo can," laughed David Ffrench, "Got in opposlto Emily. We're going homo to try." THE END. Mrs. L. N. Snow, ro Winter St , nansor, Me., was troubled for many years with kidney and Madder ailments, and hart a pnln In hor back with dlziy spoils, nml other painful symptoms. She saw Folov Kidney Pills advertised and took them and splendid results followed. Pho says; "I have now taken threo bottles of Foley Kidney Pills nml to-day, I nm perfectly cured of kidney and bladder trouble." J. W. O'Pulllvnn, 24 Church St. TUB HEIOHT OF FOLLY. A woman Is foolish to marry a mnn for his money, but thon tho mnn Is twlco ar fooltah to let her. Detroit Free Press.