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« TAXI An Adventure Romance By George Agnew Chamberlain Oosrrtgkt, Tb* Buss* MswlU Oompu; PART IV—Continued. — 12 — Five minutes later, his cab was car rying, In the persons of Mr. Morgum, above mentioned, and another, the po tential pivota of very tight-vested In terests to the tune of twelve billion dollars. It may be thought that It was Slim Hervey's Intention to waft this precious pair to some bosky retreat, cover them with leaves, and hold them for ransom, but such was not the case. He desired nothing from these two race of lucre potentates among a giants beyond what might come to him through hls ever-open speaking slot. This Is all he heard: "Lewlsfader Is getting kind of fresh." "That's what I been thinklnV "When ?" "What about Friday, when the Bun kers-Bol I weevil report comes out?" "Good Idea ! Friday It Is." Not another word, hut, as It hap pened, It was enough to start Mr. Ran dolph honking uptown the moment he had dropped hls laconic fares at their next board meeting. No one had to tell him who Lewlsfader was; he bad been to college with that financier's son, and if there was one thing above all others that said offspring was good at, it was blowing his father's horn. Lewlsfader was this nnd Lewlsfader was that, but principally and especial ly he was the central rock In the money maelstrom known to the stock market as "Amal. I. S. & C.," which had only lately dared to swell Its portentous belly In the company of the most de veloped and vicious saurluns of the financial world. - All the way uptown, Mr. Randolph's face was concentrated In the nearest approach to a frown of which It was capable. He was not. however, weigh ing the substance of what he had heard this way nnd that, for the simple rea son that the moment the one word, "Lewlsfader," had reached hls ears, he had seen the great light and grasped hls hunch he.vond any thought of look ing hack. That part of It was settled; what worried him now was the amount of ways and means In hls pocket. By thinking very hard, he added up hls capital without bringing It forth to the light of day. The exact sum was six ty-eight dollars nnd fifty cents. No sooner had he passed the test 111 mental arithmetic than he drew up a little beyond the front door of the Rock et club. He started to leave bis cab, paused, considered, and then deliber ately lowered the flag. As he entered the lobby of the club, four scandalized fronts leaped to bar his way. They nsked him a variety of biting ques tions: Did he think It was a night chambermaid Which lunchwagon? was he calling on? Was he looking for Mills hotel? "Herbert!" roared Mr. Randolph. The functionary named, head door man for the Rocket club since first It started on Its appropriately meteoric career, leaped from hls dignified seat on the somnolent side lines and stared wide eyed at the servile apparition that had dared shout the open sesame to that inviolate portal. "Mr. Randolph!" he gasped nt last, and the stunned fronts started to slink away. "Hold on, there!" said Mr. Randolph, and divested himself of cap to one, overcoat to unother, gloves to the third, Of r'N m 0 ,o. J > o /> i//i -Good Ideal Friday ft la." and asked the fourth for a light. "Her bert," he continued, In modulated tones, "the cab oatside Is waiting for Mr, n. H. Randolph. It may be there for some time. Have ac eye kept on It" "Tea. MY. Randolph. Ill see to It. Mr. Randolph. George, Mr. Randolph's letters." "Never mtnrt the letters," counter manded the oft-named one, nnd pro ceeded to thread hls way to a certain small room strategically placed well adthla the depths of the edifice sod far from the maddening tumult of the streets. The said apartment at tho moment of Ids arrival contained five occupants seated round a circular table of convenient height and clothed In pale green, kindest of all shades to the eye of man. There were no mirrors on the walls. Mr. Randolph's entry was greeted first with consternation and then with shouts. "Bobby, you old scout!" "Herv, by great balls of sweat." "Randy, from where the devil?" The speakers arose and pump handled Mr. Randolph's arm. "Ye gods, man, where you been? Strayed In from a fancy dress?" "Never mind the glad rags, fellows," said Mr. Randolph. "I was Just feel ing lonely for the sound of chips. Room for another?" "The surest thing! You don't know these two chaps, do you? Mr. Seegar, passed on to us from 'Frisco, and Mr. Bowling-True, our latest new member. Gentlemen, this is Mr. Randy Ran dolph of New Haven and New York, In disguise hut still the best ever." "Table stakes?" murmured Mr. Ran dolph, as he took his place, apparent ly at random, but at the left of the two comparative strangers. "Of course! Same old ante. Same old game. You tulk as though you'd been away for a month." For a moment, but for a moment only, Mr. Randolph was dazed. Was It possible that the last three weeks hadn't been a year? He drew out his sixty-eight dollars and fifty cents non chalantly, as though they were merely the loose change he had on his per son, bought fifty In chips, and laid the small heap of what was left of his cash on the board. The strain on hls nerves during the next half-hour put that of the five duys' wait for a hunch on the Street to the blush. There came a moment when all hls chips were gone, and he was forced to see with a full house for hls small pile of change only. "Serves you right, Randy," said Mr. 'For forgetting to pile up the Mein. ready In a table-stake game; there are two and a half million walking the streets—" "Oil, stow It!" murmured Mr. Ran dolph, as he counted out hls share, amounting to ninety-two dollars and fifty cents, and poshed across the rest of the fat pot to the next best hand. He looked up nnd smiled. "Boys," he remarked frankly, "I'm riding a hunch with four legs. Watch me." Five spectators did, but got little excitement of their pains. Mr. Ran dolph was playing that most difficult and uninteresting of poker corollaries —a tight game. Mr. Seegar turned Im patient ns the conviction grew upon him that he had run up against the original hard-shell who never drew to less than a pair of tens, never bluffed, and could surrender three kings with out a sigh to a low straight unseen. He began to make facetious remarks In connection with the safety-first cam paign which was then at Its height. Mr. Randolph nursed hls pile through five long hours up to eighteen hundred dollars. Then It was that he suddenly met n raise of two hun dred on the part of Mr. Seegar, tacked on three hundred more, waited for that Individual to throw In his very good hand, face up, with the resigned smile of a wise one, and then careless ly displayed In the same manner, his own three-flush, so bohtalled that the attention of the S. I'. 0. A. should have been called to the case. The roar of laughter that went up from all hut Mr. Seegar was more full and free than oven such occasions usually produce. Mr. Mein pounded Mr. Randolph on the back. "Bobby, old hoy," he said, "that was the etemalest, patlenlest, and deepest laid trap I've ever witnessed In a life long pursuit of the only national pas time I" TJJie light merely flickered In Mr. Randolph's blue eyes, and he returned to hls old Job of sawing wood. Not for nothing had he mada that grand stand flourish, and hls oltject had been gained. A new seriousness, masked In cold-edged, classic poker smiles, set tled upon the table as a whole. The idea that they were gathered together merely to while away an Idle evening faded Into the background, and, one by one. like stars coming out at evening time, supper trays began to make their All but Randolph, they appearance, had been toying with poker; now they began to play It. That gentleman continued for the nonce the even tenor of hie stride ex cept for a Lenten concession f» hls Insides. He ordered placed on s stand at hls elbow a large Jug of Ice water and a platter containing four dozen No added touch could sandwiches, have done more toward persuading hls friendly antagonists that he, Randolph, was out for thick blood. If any one of the five had Joyed In the knowl edge that two slices, thin, of buttered bread embracing s silver of meat hnd been named eternally after the earl of Sandwich on Jtifk such nn epochal occasion as this, he would probably have seen the high sift 11 nn ^ H for home and bed. Night was fast Joining the discard when the weary Herbert dared to la terrupt. "Please, Mr. Randolph, the offleer on the beat says the grass Is lifting your cab, sir, and be thought ho ought to report anything like that." "Tell him to undo the check and let It feed Itself down again," growled Mr Randolph. The dny passed; night fell. Now one and then another of the six do votees of a science which even In the youth of this nation had forestalled all the wonders of the submarine, the flight of man, and wireless telegraphy withdrew Just long enough ta connect with the Dally Night bank round the corner or some other convenient base of supplies and returned to set new to catch old. But Mr. Ran money dolph had no occasion to do this. Hls heap Nf chips and cash of the realm rested on too solid a base of Its own. There may be recorded an amusing diversion from the serious business iu hand. It was ushered in by the crest fallen Herbert, who confessed that ac tual physical exhaustion had driven him to forty winks, during which time a professional purloiner of motor-car accessories had stopped, spellbound by . i m A a Of * Vt' m nil "The Officer on the Beat Says the Grass Is Lifting Your Cab, Sir." the gigantic sutn registered on Mr. Randolph's taximeter, had promptly stolen the preposterous clock, und was now on the club steps offering to set tle with w^ever was the Interested gent on a fifty-fifty basis. Great was the consternation of the enterprising speculator In theft when he wns confronted by two persons In one; nnmely, Mr. R. H. Randolph, lessee of Car No. 1898, and Mr. It. H. Ran dolph, alias Slim Hervey, the irate driver of said cab. Hls glib tongue, loaded to the gills with arguments as to how much the fare would save through the sudden exit of the clock from the ken of man, tripped hopeless ly on this vision of wrath In the shape of a driver In whose interests the tick er had been faithfully slaving. It took Mr. Randolnh Just thirty-two precious minutes to force the crest fallen one to replace and rendjust the busy bee of meter readings. When he returned to the fray upstairs, he no ticed a strange phenomenon of poker age, unmistakable age, had settled on the faces of the five youths. He put hls fingers to hls own countenance; he could feel the added years. The game ended, as do all titanic battles, In absolute silence. Mr. Ran dolph sorted, stacked, tabulated hls winnings, and stuffed them Into all the pockets o« hls person. He then noted the hour—eleven o'clock of a bright Thursday morning—and, proceeding to the nearest telephone booth, called up Mr. William Verrles of Verrlea 4 Cat, stock brokers. "That you, William? This la Bob Randolph. William, I've got alxteen thousand dollars In my Jeans at tbs moment of speaking. What's the low est margin you'll give me to sell Amal. I. 3. 4 O. short for delivery at tomor row's closing?" "8#ll Amal. L 8. 4 C. short 1" gasped Mr. Verrles. Buy, and I'll talk to you." (TO BE CONTINUED! Why, you're crazy I Probably He Made a Sale. "A happy new year I" cried the youngster to the old man who waa walking along a quiet suburtiac road. The old man's genial face grew thoughtful when he saw that hls well wisher handled a well-made snowball, while a pile of Icy ammunition lay at hls feet. "What are you going to do with those?" he asked. "I'm trying to sell them," replied tha 1, lad. "Why, that's a strange Idea! How much are you charging-" "Quarter the loti" retorted the bust nessllke youngster. "An' (hem a* don't buy 'em get* 'em for nothing!'' X-Ray Tube Is Aid to Science Dr. Lillienfeld Discovers Principle That Puts Roentgenology on New Plane. experts pleased with it Scientists Who Have Experimented With New Tube Believe With Doc tor Lilienfeld That It Makos Roentgenology Exact Science. New York.—By the Invention of an X-ray tube based on a comparatively ■lmple principle, roentgenology prom ises, for the first time siuce Roentgen discovered the mysterious rays that bear his name, a quurter of a century •go, to be au exact science. The In ventor Is Dr. Julius Lillienfeld, pro fessor of physics at the University of Leipzig. He is also luventor of the X-ray tube that has lieen In general ®se In Europe for the last decade, and which from now will be superseded by hls more recent discovery, oil Kx Ports who huve experimented with It believe as he does. Doctor Lillienfeld Is In New York, having arrived from Europe a few weeks ago. He has already given a public demonstration of hls new tube In the presence of Prof. George I'e gram ami Professor Davis at the de partment of physics of Columbia uni versity ami before the New York Roentgen society. Doctor Lillienfeld explained the principles of bis Invention to a Times reporter. He said ids discovery was not only of Interest to the medical pro fession and physicists, but to makers of wireless and all audlon apparatus . and amplifying devices, i "In order to explain the principle of this new tube," said Doctor Lillienfeld, "it will be necessary to recapitulate the history of X-ray tubes and to tell the manner which X-rays are gener ated. Whn Electrons Are. "Let us begin with the electron: It Is the smallest known component of matter and Is always associated with an unvarying unit charge of negative electricity. The atom of hydrogen la the smallest atom known. Yet an electron Is but 1-2000 part of the hy drogen atom. These electrons are al ways In motion. It Is supposed b# Some that chemical atoms consist of collections of electrons having orbital motions In a sphere of positive elec trification. Others ascribe them to disturbance of the ether. "An electron striking any matter, target or surface produces X-rays. The electrons must have speed, and, Indeed, they move with incredible ra pidity. They are negatively charged particles of electricity. There are three factors, therefore, connected with the production of X-rays. They ore electron, motion and the target." Doctor Lillienfeld pointed to a knife blade. "The electrons associated with that piece of metal," he continued, "are be neath its surface and are retained there by some superficial force. To produce X-rays we must get the elee Irons out of the metal through the co operation of some additional force. Roentgen used gas molecules, which i were Imprisoned In his glass tube in a partial vacuum, to get the electrons out of the metal, which. In this case, was the cathode by which the electric current leaves, In contradistinction to the anode by which the electric cur rent enters, a vessel. of gas Impigned on the cathode free The molecule j t Trying to Get Jobs for Ex-Fighters ; 5 tuummsmu !■ I V m k M mm. i ig : ; m fj '■0 •Sr l m v • wwm > I; 1 t - Ex * ■ R Service MEN i w W/ MxT: NTJOBS I >■. I The Aviation Club of Chicago is making a desperate effort to secure etn I (> | 0 yment for ex-soldiers, sailors and marines. At the Princess theater four ex-service men occupied a box upon which was a sign slating tha • the men were looking f»r work. A speaker appealed to the audience to try amt secure work for these patriots. Many of the audience were moved to tears aud those who could not offer any suggestions as to where work could be secured offered money to the men. no Ing the electrons, which, In turn, flew to and impigned upon the anode or tar get, from which they were thrown off as X-rays which penetrated the glass lube and scattered. "The method of producing X-rays by the gas tube did not prove satis factory. "In 1011 I made my first lube on a new principle. There was absolute vacuum in the tube, and 1 got the elec trons out of the cathode by means of applying heat to It. With the combi nation of the heated cathode and the extremely high vacuum, the electrons w'ould fly to the anode, or target, where they were given off as X-rays. "In 1918, Coolldge, In this country, applied the same Idea to the tube now In general use here. New Method Discovered. "Two years ago I discovered a new method of effecting the release of the electrons from the cathode, method has nothing In common with either of the two older ones. I start ed the electrons from r cold, unheated cathode in the presence of a high elec tro-static field. This actually pulls the electrons out of the cathode. The sec ond distinctive characteristic of the new method Is the shape of the ca thode. I use a sharp-pointed or sharp edged one, on the theory that the lines of electric force are concentrated on the sharp point or edge of the cathode. This proved to he the case | | ♦ This Where Railroads Are Not Wanted Afghanistan Years Ago Put Up Keep Out," "This Means You" Warning. SEND ENVOY TO WASHINGTON Believed That Policy of Absolute Isola tion From Rest of World Long Followed by Moslem Kingdom Is to Be Modified. Washington.—The arrival In Wash ington of an envoy from Afghanistan, now country in the world, seeking the rec ognition of hls home land and the es tablishment of diplomatic relations with the United States, seems to In dicate that the policy of absolute Isola tion from the rest of the world long followed by this Moslem kingdom Is to be modified. In this little-known region Is shown by the following communication to the National Geographic society Frederick Stmplch und llajl Mlrza peril ups the most mysterious Light on conditions posted against trade ami hunters, ngn nst mUshmarles, against nil military nnd poll I ers In particular, Keep ut ign p. "And the 'Keep Out sign Is still up. Today the foreigner Is no more wel hundred yeais ago. from Ilusseln: "The buffer stnte of Afghanistan, historic shock-absorber between Great Britain and Russia in Middle Asia, years ngo put up a 'Keep Out 1 sign, a 'This Means You' warning, to all white and Christians. The land is men •posted'—to use a poacher's phrase ■oncesslon and come In Afghanistan than he was a Forbidden Lhasa In actual practice iu I tue t < tl»*n* were readily pulle.i out. that In this method the (cathode end anode) are brought very closely together. "The application of the principle Is not limited to the production of X raya. It cun lie upplled to all umjdl* fylng und audlon devices and for gen erating electro-magnetic waves wireless. than the heated ones becituse It con tains no hot filaments and, Iherefore, no transformer Is needed to supply heat." I .dglit add electrode* for The tube Is less elusive | Lay Bandit's Career to Slant in Skull | Tacoma, Wash.—Hoy Oard ♦ ner, mall train robiter, In the federal penitentiary after two very sensat tonal escapes from guards, may be operated on to "reform" him, according to "Mother McColl, woman agent of the Department of Justice. "I want to be operated on and lead the life God Intended me to lead," Gardner told Mrs. Me Coll. "Gardner Is a wonderful speci men of manhood," Mrs. McColl 'Hls tendency to continued, crime Is caused by a deflection of the cranium, and It Is possi ble that surgical care will elim inate It. "He Is to he X-rayed, ami the physician at the prison will send to Los Angeles for X-ray plates which are said to show the scat of IiIn trouble." < > Itself is no more exclusive than brood ing, suspicious Kabul, the capital of tlds Isolate, unfriendly realm of, fanatic tribes, of rocks, deserts, lrrl^ gated valleys, and towering unsur* veyed ranges. "For reasons of foreign policy, tha amir has long left the necessity ofl secluding hls little-known lund to th® greatest possible extent from the out* side world. Only a few Europeans, mostly British, hut occasionally also an American nnd now und then a few) Russians or Germans, have had per mission to come Into this country andi to. sojourn for a while In Its curious 1 capital. Bui even on Much rare occa slons as when a foreign engineer, orj a doctor who o services are hadlyj needed, Is admitted by the grace of the amir, the visitor Is subject to a, surveillance that amounts almost to f Imprisonment. "No ambassadors or ministers, not even missionaries, are permitted taj reside In this forbidden Moslem land. "Today id other monntch anywhere, wields such undisputed authority or Is In closer touch with the everyday, life of Ills subjects. He personally! runs hls country's religion, Its foreign; affairs, and he even supervises much) of Its commerce. He also owns andi the only newspaper printed laj censors nil Afghanistan "From the World war, though ho took no active part In It, the n«ilr; emerged with singular profits. Hls old and once rival neighbors, Great Brit ain and Russia, drawn together ns al world conflict, left him a lies In tli free hand, and In 1010 Great llrltnln fflelnlly recognized llie political in dependence of this much-buffeted buf fer state, to whose rulers she had so long paid a fat annuity. "With nn area of 245,000 square miles, Afghanistan Is, next to Tibet, the 1 largest country In the world that Is practically closed to the citizens of other nations, wary, alert Kabul Is In sharp contrast to the meditative seclusion and classic, aloofness of the pious lamas at Amir Amanullah Khnn, ■ But pnlltlcnl life at ; Lhasa. 5 through hls agents In India and else Is In close touch with the current events; and, as the where, world's I Inst remaining Independent ruler of Moslem country, now that the pows of the Caliph nt Stamboul Is bro ke wields a far reaching Influence H ('I ken, throughout the Mohammedan world; also because hls land happens to lie It does on the map of the i Just as world, It Is plain that for a long tlm^ he will he an active force In, to come the iwdltlcal destinies of middle Asia, Wives Distributed as Gifts. the Persians the Afghans got the Idea of marrying more than one wife; but, like the Persians, too, the* have found, to their dismay, that is nowadays more expensive "From polygamy than exciting. "Sometimes, when the amir wants to favor his faithful officials with presents, or perhaps to play practical Jokes In certain cases, he distributes them; hut these 'gifts' troublesome that no women among often prove so degree of gratitude Is apparent the recipients. great among . "Amir Hablbullah Khan (who waa assassinated In 1010) had a harem of 100 women, and among these, over „ __ Strangely enough, were a few Kuro The present amir, Amanullah penns Khan, tins hut one wife. "The trade of Afghanistan Is moved entirely by caravans nnd Is largely In the hands of Hindus and Tadjiks, There Is not a mile of railroad In Iha kingdom, the amir fearing Hint steel highways would make Isold lion impos. alble.