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ANGEL * By LOUIS JOSEPH VANCE CHAPTER X—Continued. — 12 — "What I wished to convey was sim ply my intention no longer to bear my masculine weight upon u women—ei ther you or any other woman." A smile contended momentarily with the frown, and triumphed brilliantly. "I mean to ask you," he said delib erately, "to whom am I indebted—?" To his consternation the smile vun Ished, as though u cloud had sailed be fore the sun. Doubt and something strongly resembling incredulity In formed her glance. "Do you mean to say you don't know?" she demanded after a moment. "Surely Mr. Ember must have told you 7" "Ember seemed to be laboring under the misapprehension that the Fiske place was without a tenant." "Oh! Her tone was thoughtful. Has he gone baejc to town?" "Business called him. At least such was the plausible excuse he advanced for depriving himself of my exclusive society." "I see," she nodded—"I see . . ." "But aren't you going to tell me? Or ought I to prove my human Intelli gence by assuming on logical grounds that you're Miss Fiske?" "If you please," she murmured, hes Intent gaze seeking the distances of the sea. "Then that's settled," ho pursued In accents of satisfaction. "You are Miss Fiske—Christian name at present un known to deponent. And we are neigh bors. Do you know, I think this a very decent sort of a world after all?" "And still"—she returned to the charge—"you haven't told me what you mean to do, since you refuse my help." "I mean," he asserted cheerfully, "to sit here until some kind-hearted person fetches me a stick to serve as emergen cy staff. Then I shall make shift to hobble to your motor boat and thank you very kindly for ferrying me home." She shook her head In dainty annoy ance, then, light-footed, darted from sight round the side of the bathhouse. Presently she reappeared, dragging an eight-foot pole. He rose on one foot and tested the staff with his weight. "'Twill do," he decided. "And thank you very much." But even with Its aid, his progress toward the boat necessarily consumed n tedious time. It was Impossible to favor the Injured foot to any great ex tent. He made little or no attempt to converse while In motion, so she had plenty of opportunity to make up her mind about him. If her eyes were a reliable Index, she found him at least Interesting. At times their expression was enigmatic beyond any reading. Again they seemed openly perplexed. At all times they were warily regardful. Once she sighed quietly with a passing look of sadness of which he was wholly unaware. . . . "Odd—about that fellow," he ob served during a halt. "I was sure he was Drummond—until I saw—" "Drummond !" "Friend of mine . . . You don't by any chance know Drummond, do you?" "I've beard the name." "You must have. Supposed to have committed suicide—Jumped off Wash ington bridge a week before he was to marry Sara Law, the actress? . . . I may as well tell you—It's no secret, although only a few people know It— Ember saw Drummond, or thinks he did, alive, In the flesh, a good half-hour after the time of his reported suicide." "How very curious !" There was nothing more than civil but perfunc tory Interest In the comment. "Are you ready to go on?" And another time, when they were near the boat: "When do you expect Mr. Ember?" asked the girl. "Tonight, probably." "I shall be glad to see him," said the girl In what Whitaker thought a curious tone. "Please tell him, will you? Don't forget." "If that's the way you feel about hlm, I shall be tempted to wire him not to come." "Absurd !" she laughed. When finally they came to the end of the dock, he paused, considering the three-foot drop to the deck of the mo tor boat. "If It weren't low tide . . he explained, crestfallen. "But, since It is low tide, you'll have to let me help you again," the girl re torted, Jumping lightly but surely to the cockpit. She turned and offered him a hand, eyes dancing with gay malice. "Like all men, you must turn to a woman In the end—however brave your strut," "Oh, It's that way, Is It? Thank yon, but I fancy I can manage." And with the aid of tho clothes-prop he did manage to make the descent without her hand and without disaster. The girl started the engine and took the wheel as the boat swung droning away from the dock. Not until she had once or twice advanced the spark and made other minor adjustments did she return attention to her passen ger. There la reason to believe that Ember and the young woman, who helped Whitaker after his fight on the beach with the strange spy, have some sort of plan concerning Whitaker which they don't want him to understand. It Is outlined and strong hints are given about It In this Installment. You will be puzzled by developments. Whitaker, you know, had married an innocent girl to save her honor five years previously—at a time when he expected soon to die —and left the country. He returns, healthy and wealthy, and finds the wife, now a famous actress known as Sara Law, engaged to marry Drummond, his old partner. She disappears. Drummond sup posedly commits suicide. Whitaker is fiercely assaulted in the dark, and goes to the country home of his friend Martin Ember to recover. Ho surprises a mysterious spy at work, fights him, sprains an ankle and Is helped by a handsome girl living near Ember's place. Then, In a casual voice, she in quired: "You've been out of the coun try for some time, I think you said?" "Almost six years on the other side of the world—got back only this spring." "What," she asked, eyes averted, spying out the channel—"what does one do on the other side of the world?" "This one knocked about, mostly, for his health's sake. "I did drift Into a sort of business, after a bit—gold min ing In a haphazard, happy-go-lucky fashion—did pretty well at it and came home to astonish the natives." "You find things—New York—disap pointing?" she analyzed his tone. "I find It overpowering—and lonely. Nobody sent a brass band to greet me at the dock ; and all the people 1 used to know are either married and devot ed to brats, or divorced and devoted to bridge; and my game has gone off so badly In six years that I don't be long any more." She smiled, shaping her scarlet lips deliciously. The soft, warm wind whipped stray strands of hair, like cords of gold, about her face. Her eyelids were half lowered against the intolerable splendor of the day. The waters of the bay, wind-blurred and dark, seemed a shield of sapphire fash ioned by nature solely to set off in clear relief her ardent loveliness. Whitaker, noting how swiftly the mainland shores were disclosing the finer details of their beauty, could have wished the bay ten times as wide. CHAPTER XI. The Mousetrap. Late in the afternoon of the same day, Ember, appearing suddenly In front of the bungalow, discovered Whltaker sitting up In state; a com fortable wicker chair supported his body and a canvas-seated camp stool one of his feet ; which last was dls erectly veiled In a dripping bath towel. m MU h 1 : 7 /. (/////, . in wn. A . I Wm i V m f - HI m ■n ■ } ii\ a 1/ ■/// [< V I / % v V % v > 1 v; 7 , V Hs Rose on One Foot and Tested the Staff. Otherwise he was fastidiously arrayed In white flannels and, by hls seraphic smile and guileless expression, seemed abnormally at peace with hls circum stances. Halting, Ember surveyed the spec tacle with mocking disfavor. "Hel-lo!" he observed, beginning to draw off hls gantlets as be ascended tho veranda steps and dropped Into another wicker chair. "What the deuce's the matter with you?" "Game leg, thanks. Twisted my ankle again, this morning. Sum Fat has been doctoring it with intense en thusiasm, horse liniment and chopped ice. By tomorrow morning I'll be skip ping like the silly old hills In the Scrip tures." "Hope so. Well, you must've had a pretty rotten stupid time of It with that storm." "Oh, not at all. I really enjoyed It" Whitaker protested. "Oh, If you forgive mo for leaving yon alone so much, we'll call it square." Ember lifted hls voice: "Sum Fat ahoy 1" The Chinaman appeared in tbs door way, as suddenly and silently as If magically materialized by the sound of his name. "You're a sulphur-colored wizard with pigeon-toed eyes," said Ember se verely. "Go away from here instantly and prepare me all the dinner In the establishment, lest an evil fate over take you." "It Is written," returned Sum Fat, "that I die after eight-seven years of honorable life, from heart failure on receiving loi.g-deferred raise In wages." He shuffled off, chuckling. "I fancied I saw the flutter of a pet ticoat through the trees, as I came up to the house." "Acquaintance of yours, I believe— Miss Fiske." "Miss Fiske !" There was unfeigned amazement in the echo. "Anything wonderful about that?" Inquired Whitaker, sharply. "I fancied from what she said that you two were rather good friends." "Just surprised—that's all." said Ember, recovering. "You see, I didn't think the Fiske place was open this year." He stared suspiciously at Whitaker, but the latter was transparently In genuous. "She expressed an unaccountable desire to see you—told me to tell you." Such being the case, one would think she might've waited." "She had Just started home when you drove in," Whitaker explained with elaborate ease. "Oh? 'She'd merely run over for a moment to inquire after my ankle, and couldn't wait. 1 say, who are the Fiskes, anyway?" "Well . . . the Fiskes are the people who own the next cottage." "I know, but—" "Oh, I never troubled to inquire; have a hazy notion Fiske does some thing in Wall street." Ember passed smoothly over this flaw in his profes sional omniscience. "How did you happen to meet her?" "Oh, mere accident. Over on the beach this morning. I slipped and hurt my ankle. She—ah—happened along and brought me home in her motor boat." "You haven't seen Drummond—or any signs of him, have you?" Whitaker sat up. "Eh—what?" startled, how should I?" No. i , . "Oh, I say 1" Whitaker expostulated. touchod by this evidence of disinterest-! ed thoughtfulness. "You persuade yourself too much, old man. You set up an Inference and Idolize it as an] Immortal truth. Why, you had me going for a while. Only last night there was a fellow skulking round here, and I was just dippy enough, thanks to your influence, to think he er T merely wondered. You see, I . . . Well, to tell the truth, 1 took the llb erty of camping on his trail, while In j town. But I couldn't find any trace of blm." resembled Drummond. But this morn ing I got a good look at him, and he's no more Drummond than you are." Ember sat up, eyes snapping. "Who was he, then? Tell me about him— everything." Whitaker resignedly delivered him self of the tale of the mare's-nest—as he still regarded it. When he had come to the lame conclusion thereof,-Ember yawned and rose. "What are you going to do about It?" Whitaker Inquired with Irony. "Wash and make myself fit to eat food," was the response. "I may pos sibly tbi.ik a little. It's an exhilarat ing exercise which I don't hesitate to recommend to your distinguished con sideration." He was out of earshot, within the bungalow, before Whitaker could think up an adequately insolent retort. H« could, however, do no less than smile Incredulously at the beautiful world— so much, at least, he owed to his self respect In the deepening twilight a mental shadow came to cloud the brightness of Whitaker's confident contentment Neither good food nor good company seemed able to mitigate his sudden seizure of despondency. He sat gloom Ing over his plate and glass, the bur-1 den of hls conversation yea, yea and nay, nay. Hls host diagnosed hls com plaint from beneath shrewd eyebrows. "Whitaker," he said at length, "a pessimist has been defined as a dog "Well?'' said the other sourly. "Come on. Be a sport Have a good scratch on me." Whitaker grinned reluctantly and briefly. "Where's my wife?" he demanded abruptly. "How In blazes_1" "There you are I" Whitaker com plained. "You make great pretensions, and yet you fall down flat on your fool Ish face three times In less than as many hours. You don't know who the Fiskes are. you've lost track of your pet myth. Drummond, and you don't know where I can find my wife." , 4 w r _ , . * ^ . • f f ar K î n f n ' tnyse f am begin ••T h .* U er existence. T I hy .' h V 8he ,i g ° ". th ^o® 6 dlvorce proceedings! Whitaker remarked mo e membership In the Alimony dab. What's your hurry?" "Oh, I don't know." largely truth unveneered. 'Td like to get It over and done with." that won't scratch. I've met few men s'- eager for full Which was Do you think that Ember is surprised and puzzled to learn that Miss Fiske lives next door? Does he know where Sara Law now is? (TO BB CONTINUED.) Alive with the War Spirit Girl Students of Farmingdale Agricultural School, Long .stand. Felling Trees W > ; W'' J * i, •V. y:; 4. j r > ♦ x- ; - ' >' i. ■ V, * jW ■4 c : V £ X i ■' X. ~*y % \ ; * ► * \ 'm *v * a - & r/ / Ï 'Sx : *.. m ■/ /. v $ Western Newspaper Union Female students are laboring industriously at their work, agriculture, to aid the countr« in carrying out an effective prosecution of the war. Young women are doin^ ing all energy in patriotic endeavor. good share of the work while the opposite sex Is lend WAR POULTRY PROGRAM Early hatching, so as to produce fall and winter layers. Careful selection of breeding stock to reproduce n greater percentage of good types and profitable producers. To confine mother hens to brood coops for at least two weeks after the chicks are hatched. To provide free range for both grow Ing stock and layers in so far as pos slble to stimulate the growth and pro duction and conserve food consump tlon. To preserve eggs when, cheap for «Inter use. Production of Infertile eggs ns soon ns the breeding season is over. Disposing of surplus cockerels as broilers to conserve grain. To discourage the marketing of all profitable hens of the general-purpose class until the end of their second year anfl of the Mediterranean class until the pnd of thpIr tllir<1 Inj lng year, hnn dwp,lprs - , * lprpl '- v utilizing table scraps for the production of fowls and eggs for home use. To encourage when conditions per mit the feeding of a wheatless ration. The assistance and co-operation of all ponltrymen is earnestly desired In order to make this campaign effective. Those interested are requested to cor respond with their county advisor or with the poultry representatives in the state for definite information as to how they can assist. To discourage the marketing of all thrifty pullets ns broilers. To encourage backyard poultry keep ing, especially among city and subur as to the effect of cigarettes upon the soldiers who smoke them. A scientific Investigation is said to show that cig arette smoking has dlrecf effect on the heart, decreasing the smoker's ability to do hard work nnd to resist fatigue, other hand there Is evidence that cigarettes keep the men up to their tasks. Mrs. Charles H. Farnatu, a Loieg Ts land woman, who has Just returned * rom Serbia, where she spent several years in hospital work and where she earnpd the rank of sergeant, dellver ed a lecture one night recently in Brooklyn, in the course of which she sa **L; ,,,,,, . , T,1P 80ul of llfp ln ,he Spr,,lan arm -V ls n cl(fnrpne ' Thp n > pn through ,he K rpatPSt a K"nles If they have clg arpt i tpa la thplr t" 011 * 11 * a " d npvpr tl 1 ,ln , k the f aln ' , In " lost pf ,he k ' OR - , ptta,s }£ n ls a s > orta K p of anesthet * cs ' W hpn , n 80 £ ler lr ', to be oporntoci on they simply give him c ]g, m> tt e f 0 smoko during the or nn(1 j 10 go( , s through It happily." Tt I* probable that both views ns to the effect are correct; the excessive Bnioklng beInp bad for the heart, and the use of the cigarette being sooth ing and strengthening In time of ex cltement, trial and pain. Cigarettes as For the Wounded So'diers — There is much difference of opinion The wound ed soldier Is always given a cigarette. nn( j seems to be helped thereby to bear his trouble with patience.—Mobile Register. Oyster Farm in Salt Lake. Plans have been made to begin the propagation of oysters in Bear River hay. Salt lake, Utah, this spring, says Popular Mechanics Magazine. Analy sis has shown that the percentage of salt In tho water is practically the same us in ocean oyster beds. Government Reserves Coal Fields in Alaska to Have a Certain Supply of Fuel Through the work of the genera, land office and the bureau of mines, K°vernment reservations have been designated In certain coal fields In Alaskn - These reservations are In tended to cover such ground ns will provide coal for government use, pro tect ,,lp P ul *Uc from individuals at tempting to monopolize coal lands or extort exorbitant prices for coal, and s,il1 equally good areas In the best-known parts of the Helds for ex Ploratlon by private enterprise, Experts of the bureau of mines, hav *»8 to do with this work, state that the leasing units were laid out In corn paratlvely small blocks, which can be worked Individually or combined into larger tracts up to the maximum acre age permitted by law. Attention was given to the amount of probable coal of workable thickness in each of these areas, the relationship of the area to possible transportation lines, the qual ity of the coal and the general condi tions affecting mining. The future of the Alaska coal fields, It Is asserted, Is still somewhat prob lematical. Along the entire coast the output will come In direct competition with California oil, the coal fields of Oregon. Washington and British Co lumbia. and with hydroelectric power. Both the Bering river and the Manta nuska fields contain high-grade bitu minous coal suitable for coking and for nse In the navy, and the Nenana field I contains an excellent lignite, suitable for power or domestic uses, or as a powdered fuel in furnaces. Experiments have proved that coals from other states on the coast have not proved satisfactory for use by the navy. Anesthetic Some of Man V Notable Things That Have Occurred on Friday Washington's birthday anniversary fell on Friday this year, the day of the week on which he was born. A few other notable things occurred on Fri day. among them the following: Shakespeare was bom. America was discovered. The Bastille was destroyed. Queen Victoria was married. Napoleon Bonaparte was horn. .Tullus Caesar was assassinated. The battle of Marengo was fought. The battle of Waterloo was fought. The Mayflower Pilgrims were landed. The battle of Bunker Hill fought. The battle of New Orleans fought. The Declaration of Independence I was signed. was was Letters by Air Next Summer. An airplane mail service is to be es tablished between Washington, Phila delphia and New York next summer. The post office department already Is calling for bids for five planes. Trips are to he made daily. First-class mull only will be carried In the beginning, and this Is only a beginning. The end of the war will see a tremendous appli cation of the airplane to commercial and other uses, and this will provide employment for the large number of aviators that peace will release from service. Light-Heat Crre. An officer In the Medical Reserve corps states that he has found that light and heat, combined alleviate pain better than heat alone. Hence he pre fers an Incandescent bulb and reflector to a hot water bottle as a means of temporarily relieving suffering. Farm Loans If you are in the market for a farm loan, if you'd rather pay the principal and interest in your home town, write or call for rates and terms at the First State Bank Bonners Ferry Idaho Let Us Figure with you * We are prepared to do any kind of plumbing work and will guar antee our prices to be the most reasonable consistent with good work. We also guarantee our work and can assure our patorus of prompt service. If you are figur ing on installing a new heating plant, get our estimates. 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