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THE EXPLOITS OF DON 0
By H. HESKETH PRICHARD ( ojnjrf. /:>-?/, &:/ The M<Cl"rr Xnc&papcr Syndicate.
I.? Fuentes the Bull Fighter
DO.V MAM KLO Tl tZ. the Oov- ;
??mor of C;uHt''lU'i!'>. stand .it
the offloial letter which h.el r
oome by private courier. and which
lay upon his desk.
"Ktft\ thousand dollar*." he mot- I
'ered "The prion on I>on Q's heul :
i
's rising. A year ago it was twenty
thousand Well, wo must have tio ,
failures this time.''
He rang the bell 1
A man-servant entered ,
"At eight o'elock a c.aballero will ]
present himself at the lower door."
said the Governor. His name is '
Kuentes. the Hull Fighter. You w'H
bring him here and >ou will mention
hts visit to no one. To no one. you
understand. I will let him out my- '
self." ' |
The man-servant retired, ana tne
Governor threw himself hack In his I
chair and lit a cigarette He had
seen a good d?*al of service In the I'
Spanish Colonies and had behind ?
hlaa certain episodes which proved
that nothing would he permitted to ;
stand In the wav of his ambition. '
This may. or may not. have been '
the reason that caused the author- (
it lew to nominate him to the Gov- j
?raorship which so closely abutted '
upon those grim mountains In which ?
Don Q.. the most famous of all
brigands, had lurked for so many t
years, setting at naught ail the ef- f
forte made to capture or ki'.l him.
Expedition after expedition had
?et forth for that purpose the Gov
ernor reflected, but had always re- >
turned, unsuccessful, each leaving a '
large percentage of Its members to .
the vultures of the barren heights,
for Don Q. was a master of giterllla I
warfare and his intelligen e depart- '
ment was extraordinarily eftlcirnt.
For many a league round his hidden |
cave In the black rock every cazador ?
and every charcoal-hunter owed hint \
allegiance. He paid lavishly for the |
truth, and no man lived to bring him
false tidtngs twice. The result was ; \
natural. Nothing happened within ]
the sphere of his influence without ,
his hearing of it at oncerand though ,
Castelleno might be considered out
side that sphere, vet Don Manuelo ,
was a man who took no chances,
and had therefore arranged to re- ,
ceive Kuentes after dark and to have
him admitted by a servant who had j
been in his employ for twenty years. (?
Fuentes. the Governor considered.
w*s just the man for the task which ,
he was about to set him. Naturally ;j
fierce and morose, he had been
mildly popular as a matador because
of his courage and skill, but he hud i
had the misfortune to be tossed by
a bull a* Seville six month* previous
:o this chronicle, and the news had
Just been published In the Diarlo
that Fuenfe*' thigh muscles were so
badly torn that he could never hope <
to recover the agility to fight again
This meant that from being a
matador earning hundreds of fhou- ,
sands of pesetas a year, Kuentes ;
would now fall back into the aching i
poverty from which he had emerged.
Here surely there was a desperate
man and a sharp weapon ready to
the Governor's hand.
At this point thy door was thrown
open and a powerful man w-|th a pair
of black, crafty eyes, limped Into
the room. h
The Governor rose ard bowed.
"Don Ramon Kuentes7*' he in- !<
quired courteously.
"That is my name. Kxcelleney."
The Governor picked ur> a copy of ;
the Diarlo.
"I have read this." he said. ' Is It '
really true that we shall never atl-'i
mire again your unrivalled skill and
courage In the ring?"
Kuentos struck his thigh. j'
"That is all over." said he. "The <
doctors give me no hope The ac- ,
cursed Mlura bull has finished me." j i
"A thousand pities." said the Gov- <
ernor politely. j'
Fuentes bowed and was silent. ,i
The Goveror gave him a sidelong j I
glance. 11
"Doubtless you will retire to your)'
eetate of I^ls Fuernlas"" said he. ;l
Kuentes' hard mouth tightened. t
'!.??< Kni-r'i'a". is mor:gag. d and tin
nortR.ice foreclosed "
The <;ovi?rn?>r assumed an :?ir o*
i.x mputhy.
"Vou me," he said at
*st. "to offer vou employment. At
he momi'tit it happens that the
lovernment ilvsif-s tin- s?>t\ iris f
t brave ami reud> man and is hi!!
Or r?? pay for thorn Tin* work to
>?? done is. however. dangerous
men' dangerous."
lit- paused, then continued: "ISut
[ can offer you thirty thou-and dol
lars if ? ot> art successful."
At the mention of so largo a sum
'he hull-lighter's eyes glowed and
{listened.
"Successful in what""
"In killing or rapturing I>on y."
Kuontes bent his ey? s on the
l?o\ ernor's face.
'Other* hav?. Rone into the moun
tains on thtr errand," said he, "but
1 have not heard that any ever come
hack."
"Those others lu'vc not been men
determination, not men such as
roil I.lst-n. You wore a great
matador, but the Mlura bull tossed
iou and your thigh will never let
inu fight in the arena again. !??'
hftve no money Here is the chance
t0 retrieve all. Thirty thousand
dollar*! You could live on the in
terest of it in luxury. You cou-d
hold u;. your head when Pepldll.o
Cuarte. and your other rivals pas*
roil In the street. And to earn tr
what is needed? One straight
utroke or one hullet. and the nsk
*o more than that you have faced
many hundred times.
Fuentes. whose brow had dark
ened at the mention of his tight.ng
rivals, replied at once
"Have you any plan. F.xcellenov.
IS to how 1 should carry out the?
Ih?Wishes of the Government
The Governor shrugged his shoul
jfrs.
"None." said he. "T only tell you
? his The thirtv thousand dollars
ire waiting when you come to claim
?hem The rest is with you."
? i should like It on paper." said
? he bullfighter with his grim smile.
In on- profession. Kxcellency. one
earns the value of written con
tracts."
The Governor wrote a few sen
tences and signed his name to them.
Fuentes read the agreement through
ittentlvely. folded the papdr. and
put It In his pocket.
"You have signed the death-war
rant or I>on Q." he said gravely.
"I am sure of it." repllod the t?o.
;rnor.
Fuentes picked up his hat.
? This meeting must remain secret.
That Is understood." he snid One
whisper and It would go 111 with me
there"_;he hullrtghter made a
gesture toward the motintans.
Have no fear. There Is no vessel
in mv house that leaks." replied the
Governor. "I will let you out my
self. This way."
? ? ? ? ?
Now we must follow Fuentes.
leaving H?n Manttelo. the Governor,
tr. IIck his lips over the hunt he had
sot on foot for the Governor was a
hit of a gambler, and a bit of a
sportsman (of the spectator type',
and It amused him to loose so fierce
'a hound as Fuentes at Don Q.. the
cdd wolf of the mountains. To him
the thing promised entertainment.
Fuentes, however, was In deadlv
earnest, and all his nets proved this.
Well he knew that to approach Don
Q. with poor credentials mean* fail
ure and death, so after a week of
rn-rose dissipation deliberately un
dertaken. he. during a wine-shop
brawl, drove a knife Into one of his
companions (a man he had never
liked) and escaped out of fastel
leno. The Governor, who was fully
alive to all that was occurring,
raided a formal hue and cry behind
him. notices and advertisements of
fering a reward f?'' his recapture
were sown broadcast over the coun
try. while Fuentes. hiding by day.
was passed on at night from x
Llgaretto-seller to an out-of-work
picador, who In turn introduced him
;o one Caspar, a lowering Individual,
is full of suspicion as a bail egg.
This O&spar. for a fee. most reluct
antly consented to guide Fuentes
Into tho mountains. He said he was
a poo- man. and crossed himself
whenever Don W's name was men
tioned. but In the end ho went.
S'> IT r.iln,. that ? v. ni-.~
-Hi? s, on a nii.l. , .? i111 i i.i ;. ir
To..! found !;iiiis.>!C . iKi rirm :11? oar,,
tittd forhtddim; u"i'~i > of :li- Merr.i.
.\s they pas>,d ;t;i,\ .it? ] i-'ii? ?4? ??; :? i:
the need of s|'o> >-h :iii l t .ar:i? <1 t .
CJuspat.
Yon know Those m.. nil.iins w. 11,
ciilllr:nlr" ?
? Well cnmirll '
Fuentes
"Ferhaps j" i ?. o irsoif han t.>. >i
a handlt," said h" snuitnu
I have hern a l>nrid it foe the last
'thirty year*." said oalmh.
"t Mi" of I Km y * men'."
"It is true that I serve m- I..?i <1 !
of the Mountains." answer,d i hi-par. J
i Fin-ntes shot a <|ii:> k (fiance at ?
? him
You denied that in t'astrlleno.
comrade.'*
j ("Jaspar nodded.
Fuontes considered rhe position
j "See you keep faith w ith nie and
[lead nie to I?on ij.,** he said a; last. |
"You wish to rn" corn "i inr
Mountains, and my Lord "f the
,\|o;nta lis Wishes '<> ???? ?>?!. so a.!
is ?. I! "
Don kj. wishes to see rue,' .Tad
K'l' rites
"Mad it :;<>? i eet! sii [ ,h ? not
hit ve brought v o't tins far i n - *
I would h.f.e iriven the spin! when
we passed i.e.ir first out pus' s:\ hours
atfo. Th?n I should have ridden the
mule." said fiarp ir ieuretf.;!'y.
"And I?" smiled I'petite*.
'I>ead men !1!1 no -addles."
Km ntes. bravo man as he was.
shuddered.
"Hut how did Don i.,'. i.neH I win
oomlim?" lie finestloiieii
j "In the mountains minv ask
questions. hut only one ifives an
swers.'' raid Caspar
? ? ? ? ?
It was In the Itoci de 1/ot.o that
| Fuentes was at lenirth conducted
Into the presence of I?on Q. The
illrlcand chief was sitting. lookina
! exactly like a great brooding eagle
[beside a Are of wood at which from
'time to rime he warmed his hands
for the thin air struck chilt.
As Fuentes entered he rose ami
; bowed
| "Accept my simuath-, Don Rnnmn
I .? titos ' ho said in Irs soft sihilitnt
???. "It l? sail niilood That Jul
will kill in1 moro hnl's "
I'm nt*-s Hturofl,
"I t hat: k >? ?.? 11 for >?..;? n'ltd"!
??tirrs.'' In- Mini a* !.i-:
Ym; umimI.t ;-".-Ii 11tint llm
in*i\> if jmir if i is I' ?r I in m ? iti- I'l'-a-l.
r> a?-ln >1 mil ni>? irtaiii* ? I , m
mii'i' Mm. that It:'.-- ha;i|?'ii- la Iho
paints. word ?>:" uhtrli is ii"l hrtiuiiht
tn in'- :>j my 111' ii h'-l?- I".ii t,'
wnhis hand toward <>n-jinv an-1
|{n,'lo.jn. 'Hut lot lis let to I'usi
ii'"-s, thai w<>t\| si> (I' sol.itnin tint
in-i-i'.ssai.. V.ni d>-sir?-J tn s? ?? :n<?"
Vi-? '
Why
'Moralist- ihoso iiin four tlio law
tski- I" tin- lulls."
. "Anil ymi f'-ar tlto la'A ""
"A wook ami i sialdx-'l a man in
? 'astolleno."
Utiii ij nodded.
"Anil then'.'"' hi- asked.
I wont in to hiding until 1 i-ould
? si'(i|it' and ih-mand \?nir protoir
t not "
M. t'! "t <-.-! inn ? '
I wish t" tako s?-n in with ymi.
to Join your hand. '
' S<> yon w.sh to ' ;i n* "? ' \ i' ?? with
tttv
" YeS
1'on Q looked ???,! I*,a? ? ni. ?? fare
with .1 lone chilly star*
"V.i.j desire to i.i\' the ??.ii!i of
lo\alty to me ail'l 10 JO'ir Oompan
ions."
If yon have nil h an oath \"
"The words of ;!m; oath. .'*? ?*.?t
them Rot l'-do "
Roldedo stretched oil' his hand.
'1 swear 'Kit I u :! 1 serve nr. lend
? >f .the MourttnIns as :? tno- and
faith'nl servant Mas oro-nties shall
l>e my enenile* and my obedience
shall he his. If 1 fail in this oath
or in loyaltv t<> no l.otd or to niv
eom.ail's in wotd or deed nia\ I
die unshriven.*'
"Tli.i' is the oath. Will yoti
swear I><>n Minion?"
Kuentes' |'|'s tialtt" n?-d.
Yes." said he.
' Tlo n |da' e \ r?.i- hatol here."
I ton indicated n '>o\ .-overcd with
a vloth which ja> upon a roiis't
t it le, and repent the words "
l'acotes did so.
When !o> had finished I >on 'd re
moved r||c eloth from th. l.o\ nnd
opened It. Caspar and Kolledn
<?i-. N-.fll I ill III--' Ivt-H.
"Y<';i h.iv<- .nv. oru the I said
I >??11 kj . ' w <Tii >o.ir liiiini upon ih?' <
' t.T".| relics ..f Siin. P"<lrci of the i
Vieamidor. l-'r. in now onward yon ]
,.r< rnv man llo! Robledn will 1
show imi ;? our place beside the t
I ? ? 11-.nii tin- tn-\t w.-cli r icntes t
l.-iiiifil ih<- routine of a brigand's
!if- When lira* ho ha.l (tono into i
th.* iiioniii.'iin- Ik- had hoped that i
! ??>ii iy would cive him some posi- i
tinn as an office:- or lieutenant. '? p
h.- soon realized that in th-- llo-a i
de J.obo there m-vi-r was, nor c'-er t
would hi-, any <]? legation of author- 1
ity. There wen- the l.andits Itohlc
do. flasp.ir. himself and three score
of others, an-l there was Don ij. (
their chief. No military camp was I
'ever under mi -h discipline. Men ran i
.upon I?on ty's commands at lite!
i double? a sinitle word from lurn cut t
th<- sinilc from their lips, lie was
fantastic in his punishments and his
rewards.
A bandit's lit'.- 1'ucntes found, was
n lastj (lie. that Is. except when ,
'some active ' w or|{ was afoot, such
as the capture of a prisoner. At 1
other times, its daily curriculum !'
was mad.- up of sentry-ffq below the
nine trees at the north end of the
Lioca, and the usual duties of the
itamp, Its cleanliness, etc.. about J
which Don Q. was v.-ry meticulous.
For the rest, the band lay about
their fires and played beneath sun r
and stars for su.-h stakes as they .
could afford
I' Is but natural, s-elni; how many i
attempts had been made upon him, 1
?hat I ?on IJ. should he suspicious of
titose who attempted to join his
hand, and from tlu first. Fuontes
"You llaro Sworn the Oath," '
salt! Don
Ii.nl aroused h.s dnuhts N"f h id
the episode of jh?? oath which he
lift (I taken with such obvious un
willingness lessened the misgiving
<>f the hri?atid thief. So, i; < time
a ho u ? that I ?n save his orders
to ltohe do i ml ' la-par.
".M. children." said he. "vm will;
watch this Kiientes vert- carefully, i
It may he that I lie. e is guile Itl his
heart. When you discover anything
win will eotne to me .iitain."
So Hid'ledo and ilaspar. who had
spent many years of the r lives in
ilotil'tin- the motives of men, kept
an uncommonly sharp eye upon Ku
erites. Hut the e\-matador was a
man well ahlo to k'eji his own coun
sel. and In the end it was only
chance that favored the watcher*.
It so happened that through t'ae
southern end <>f ;h' flora dc I?ohu a
mountain torrent fell front pool to
pool down the pick*. Here, one day.
Roldedo. finspnr and Ku'-rtrs w?re
w ashing themselves when the hat
of Fi'entes fell irom his head an I
w is whirled away upon the current,
l-'uentes rushed down the tank, an 1
threw himself Into the stream.
Itot.ledo and t'.aspur followed him.
and it need> d all their efforts to saw.
him from being carried over the f ill.
M.i Fnetif's ?;ivf?! h,? hn'
A! !he tiir.e, neither Robledo nor
las par -aid anything. but th.it
light. wh'Je tb<- hullllghter slept,'
Robledo gained possession of the
lat. Then he went nwav, and by j
ho light of n fire examined It. It
hd not take him Inn;' to rind, sewn 1
aside liie lining the paper which
he (inventor of ("astelleno. I (on
diintflo had signed. The hat he ?,
?ojdaoed lif-ide iln sleeping l"n- 1
?rites, nnd *he paper lie carried Ini
lledlately to lion l).
The brigand ?-h:??!' was sitting over
lis lire, and at first he took no no
ire of the entrance of Ilobledo.
Five minutes passed, and then:
'1 arn waiting Robledo,'' said he.
Itobledo told his tale, and handed
iter the paper. Hon Q. read it. and
uivsnar done so. remained sunk In
ibstrnetion for many minutes.
At lenp'h ho spoke, and gave cer
ain orders.
? ? ? ? ?
It was In the dusk of that same
nenlng Unit two things happened
:o Fuentes. The tirst was that as
he passed by a lrntisro shrub a
voice gate the peculiar warning hiss .
nf the mountains, and a hand be
longing 10 a face and body which h ?
? eve.- saw. thrust a revolver into
liss own.
Fuentes stood for a moment star
ing at the revolt, r. opened It, saw
by the starlight that it was loaded,
then slipped it Into the folds of his
loose clothes.
A cbuple of hours later, "Fuentes,'' j
said Robledo, 'you are wanted at !
once above there.'*
"Above there" meant the rate of
I ?on Q. So Fuentes climbed the
nnrrotv path and walked In, to find
the chief seated In front of a table
nnd working at some pipers.
"Yon will relate to me.'* he said,
"exactly what passed between you
and the Civil (lovcrnor of Caste!
leno, Don Manudn Tulz, on the eve- j
ning of the IStli of June last."
Fuertos started.
"I have never neon Don Manuelo."
he said.
"Think again." replied Don Q. "At
eight o'clock you entered the house
of the Governor. You were ad
mitted i,y old I'loano. the servant.
You did not emerge until an hour
nd a half later, when the Governor)
hints' If opened the door for \ on."
It is not true'* said I"u?ntes.
Someone has been lying to ray
I ord.'*
"Yes. Fuentes, someone has In-j
let d been lying to mv . l.ord; hut
what happened during that hour and
a half? Shall I tell you? The Gov
ernor spolo* to you of many* things,
lie told yon that there was a price
of thirty ?hotisand dollars upon my
head. Me told you that you were I
?lie man to earn :t. Me told you that
if you did not do so. you. who had j
been a matador, a great bullfighter,
would fink to the misery of those
whose rivals triumph over them.
Now, Fuentes, did you sign that
pa per?"
Fvientes* predicament was terrible,
and he was dealing with one who
seemed to hold ail the cards and
who played them with the certainty
of a master
"I signed no paper.1 said lie. at
last.
Don Q. laughed. "That is the lirst
word of truth t tin t you have
spok> n." said he. "ii was not you
wh*> signed the paper, but Don
Manueio. and when lit- hud signed
the paper he gave it to you. Where
did you put It?'*
"There was no paper."' said Fu
entes. %
"Give me your hat."
Fuentes started bark.
"Ah!'1 said 1 ton tj. "You see the
game is up. You will h?> well ad
vised to obey m?*. ami swiftlv. J
have already wasted many precious
moments upon you."
Fuentes was a brave man. and he
placed his but up 'n the table. |>oft
?j. with one s'it of his knife ex posed
the document.
i? ncreed tba' Fuentes. the
bullfighter. shall receive u rennrd of,
thirty thousand dollars should he
succeed in producing ih-> h dy of the
brigand, commonly en lied Don ij
Signed 'i'uiz. ?"1 vi 1 Governor."
Don Q burst into a long low
lunch.
'So there," s.vd be, "we have the
reason why our excellent Fuent'*s
has paid us thi? vi*-it in tb.e moun
tains! At tlm ore end. a oowardlv
Governor and a few timiisnnd do'
lars n! the ??tlft*. otir happy little'
meeting of tonight." |
#
During I hi* conversation Fuentes'
hand had crept to that revolver by
which he had ccrtne ao strangely.
One shot ? one shot ? Into that
sneering high-bred face, and what
mattered anything that might come
after? Hut hard on this came an
other thought?hla oath?-the bones
of the saint! Ah. he thought, if
that oath had only never been
sworn.
"Well."* said Don Q.. "yon die to
morrow. and the manner of your
death is this: You know the great
precipice which overhangs the east
ern gorge? There is n plateau there,
You must know It well, for you have
watched from It as an outpost.
There you will he taken at dawn.
Your eyes will be bandaged. Your
comrades, Rohledo, <Jasper, and the
rest, w ho will, know of your Infamy,
will prick you forward with their
knives in the direction of the preci
pice. and then?farewell. Kuontes."
No\v truly once more temptatlog
came upon Fuentes, for his hatred
of Don Q. was great in that hour.
The brigand watched him with a
kind of grim amusement. At length
he spoke.
? Hat> you anything to say, for I
grow weary of your company."
"Yes." cried Fuentes, "I have a
few short words to say. The truth
is not as you tell 1'. It Is true that
the governor signed these papers.
It is true that I came here to kill
you. It is true that ore now 1 would
have done so or attempted to do so
had It not been for my oath, m.v oath
upon the hones of San Pedro of the
Mountains. See. all this time death
has been staring you in the faca,
and what has held It back? My
oath?the fact that I am a true man.
See. all this time j have held In my
hand this"?and he flung the re
volver upon the tarde.
Don Q. looked up and clapped his
hands.
Rnbledn and Haspar come running
ufl from the fires.
"This m:in Is a traitor." said the
chief coldly. "Tomorrow morning
as soon as the sun rises rome for
nic ami we will take him to the
precipice above th<- eastern gorge.
There lie will learn how traitors
die."
'1 lien, turning and pointing to the
revolver: "As to that toy. it was I
who ordered Rohledo to give It to
you in the inflow of the lentlsco
shrub, jou fojd. Remove the pris
oner!" '
? ? ? ? ?
Pawn was just heg-nning to rlee
lemon-colored over the rims of the
mountains when Don Q.'s men ban
daged the eyes of Fuentes. Before
that they had taken htm forward to
look down the vast precipice where x
he was to find his death.
Don Q. gave an order and the
bandits led Fuentes away and
blindfolded him. His knees they
tied together so that he must hop
forward, and presently he began to
hop. iie never knew how many
hoj.? he took, though he strove to
count them, but he thinks It waa
at the eleventh that he left the aftrth.
A moment later he found himself
lying upon a bank with all the
brigands grinning around him. and
even Don Q.'s face was less grim
than lie had ever seen it.
"What has happened?" he cried.
"Have done aiul torture me no
more!"
Rut lx>n Q laughed. "N'o. no. Fu
entes" said he. "Voti have proved
yourself a good Catholic, and so I
have shortened the length of your
drop by some hundreds of feet. See.
they pressed >oti over this little
bank not that great precipice. Now,
Fuentes, I lay a choice before you. '
You stay here, or you go from
among us. but if you stay here it
must be :,s my true man. After all.
you will n"t cliance the nature of
vour employment. for when Manuelo
Tul/. signed that paper he knew that
the reward 'upon m head had been
Increased to fifty thousand dollars.
He is one kind of brigand I am an
other. That is all. There lies the
path to the plains?here the path to
our fires. Choose."
Without a word Fuentes turned
luck to the brigands' camp.
Don laughed again. "I foresee.'*
said he, "tlint i: will be interesting
.when you go down into the plains
to report tin death, for I m"se!f will
accompany you. nnd together we
will draw the fif'y thousand dollars
reward from his Excellency, Don
Manuelo.
Next?The Blood Money.
CONFIDENCE
By Kraiik H. Williams
"Down in Hah-wah-ya.
Where the lovin' Is free,
A red-headed girl
Made a wreck out of me.
And there never w?n a wreck
Like the wreck' she made of
uiee-e-et"
The voice *hat gave utterance to
this thrilling sentiment was deep:
and full. And the man from who.n '
rhe voice came looked about as
much like a wrcek as a dread
nought Just o!T the ways. Ho was ;
somewhat over six feet in height, j
had a Jack Itempsey chest, a tan-j
ned face, blue eyes and engaging
smile.
His name was Howard Folwell.
He was singing as he strode hack
and forth in the basement of the
ftlvcslde Country Club waiting f< r
his companions to array them-.
selves in golf attire and sally forth 1
with him to whang the ball around )
the course for an hour or two.
But though he sang and though
he seemed carefree and happy.
there really was a cloud on Fol
well's life.
The cloud was the fact that
Beatrice Jackson, holder of th
women's championship at the
Riverside Club, scorned his ad
vances and smiled sweetly upon
Lent Wheeling, rival of Folwell in
love, in business and in golf.
Just the evening before Beatrice
had told Folwell In no uncertain
terms that she never, never, never
could care for a man who sliced
his drives and was a dub with a
putter Which was pretty hard on
Folwell, since he was all that and
a little bit more
"Say, old top." exclaimed one of
Folwell's friends, "if you put as
much time and effort into trying
to cut out your slice on your driw
you'd be a whirlwind."
"As a singer you're a wonderful
golf player and as a gotist you're
a knockout as a singer!" exclaimed
another of the men.
Whereupon Folwell turned
toward the lockers with the in
tention of messing up things a hit
with the playful mauling* of hi?
two-ton paw. when through a win
dow in tie basement, he saw
Beatrice puss by with hated Letn
Wheeling close beside her.
At this sight wrath rose in Fol
well's heart, lie saw red. lie hao
an intense desire to seize l.em l>.?
the neck of his fancy silk shirt and
rend him asunder. And with thi
teellng governing his actions. K'd
well hurried from the basement
out into the hot son.
By this time Ileal l ire and I,en
were at the first tee prepared to
drive off. Beatrice, turning !>a-k
toward the clubhouse, saw F'olweM
scowling at her.
"Hello, Hod." she cried "W'utcli
this!"
Gracefully, efficiently, I'.eattice
addressed the ball and then socket
it down the course for a good ll"o
yards.
"Now if I could only do as well
as that, or bother," sighed Kohvell
to himself, "there'll hi nothing :o
i'. She'd he mine before th>
week's over But it can't be don"
a dub like me can t. nor '
good. I v.ish ??ontet hint; would
happen, dawgone it!"
Perhaps Kola-ell's wish wu- r -
sponsible foi i' who k???"
but at air. rate 'ono-thing did
ha ripen _li| ~ t : li o. e': I ? i ? i ?
something which had a <1< ??!> aoi
lasting ?? 11? ? t on l-'olw ? ?!!' ftiiure
As 1'olw. !! stood gazing discon
solately after !;??:?? t ii and Iciu.
lie became conscious of the iact
that Ins favoiite caddy was stand
ing close to hint, watching him
I wi'li keen ryes. t'niiU'aty to the ?
I u~ua 1 ?ituat:o:i. this radily i?!<? 11z*? J
. Folwell iii spite of the lat.ter's poor
playing Always the faddy proph
osjod a brilliant future for Folwoll'
[iii the am imu panto of toll, pro
[vjih'i] only | p coiild got the piop-M
amount of OMiiiidi>nr?' 1:1 his own
ability.
i Now tin* mill!v came rime and
whi-p MMfl to Fohvoll mysterious)
"Say. yon can heat out that guy 1
I goi tio- ii"p'\ My brother's an
in\?tt(or. sic' lie's in.cn'cil .?
' in" ?; jo golf lor 11 It's almost il<
! ?!:: as air. I' ll :? mi!. " >o ;
!i ' 1; ; u 1,1'V - ??;?f N on 1 -c this
hall Show Up llliS \V heeling ti'l.i
Will the dani". Sr? '"
"II'ill ?" P''il Kohvell. n area
astonishment
' *1 o'l tlold ;;!? y nil h?? Iil III" ! "
? M'laifi i 1 lie cailtlj 1 11 tie ::
up .'in- you. 'Ill m you hit it ,
its' liifi' an' easy linn't strain I
.l'i-i watcli 1: p,o. Noihini: rait!
Tl.o -ndd' '? ??>.( ?:??; 111 :1: anil en
? u ,ii -to 11 it- :tianient<'<! 'hep'
j l'. is to I'ii|v.e!I In intense
ll.ipelI in*-s lie v. airbed the e;idil\
the hall. Then lie gripped his
1 r!' 11? I u.soly as the caddy srraiith'-j
jeue.l up He heard the caddy yeli
"Fore" and Paw- lira trier and l.rtn '
jahout 'J.'.n yards ahead of hint;
turn ;?ml look and then laugh, a*
though amused at the mere
thought that ho might ?11-i\c that
far
The caddy's confidence. th ?*
-corn of neat rice and Lct.i, nerved
Koltvell to a groat effort
While l.enttdre and Loin ??ro
?till watching him. Kolwell drew
hack and s\vun:r at the hail nine
and opsj without >ny real effort
l'p into the sk> the !>:? It ros".
v raoofiiily. unerringly Straight
?l-?\vn the course tt dev. o\oi
In".ad <>t the astonished couple
wa:i tunc lilin, and landoil plump
?l !!:?? fairway a mere tyille of
M'vn or twenty >arils from th'1
!tol>;. \ fine drive yard., at
1 ast.
Viiti see." rrieci : In- caddy
"My brother was tight ho said
yon louldn't stop this hall t ome
on ve ll show Chi up toda.. I"
"1'hat was <iir,c dij\e!" o\
claimi d le-atrico as lie pasted.'
"V. atcti my niat one!" cx
? d.-it i"?l I'ol'.vidl. in return.
The lir t hole I-'olwell inado o
* hrei i>n h!.? next drr. c he got
i good .".mi yards. And so. as lie
pursued his lonely way around the
course without waiting for his
male iriends. it went with all his
drives. He was playing in perfect
!ttrtii. Nothing could stop him.
| \ii;1 Ih" b<*st of ii -was ihaTi
: Beati ico and l.om were behindi
I Si:ii and he could si o Beatnr^'s J
(interest in liiin increase while hnr!
, ute;est in I.em slackened.
So it was that at the end of the!
eighteen holes when Foiwell itnd !
mode a score wliicli wa? two better j
) titan the record for the course that I
he drew Ueatrice aside with nr. I
; iiuthority and a conlidence he had j
?not hitherto displayed In his ileal-j
! tnev with her.
"Beatrice." he -aid. "I've always!
felt that if I was a itood coif player j
I you'd take me in preference to
| Lent."
"I want you more than any
thin*.' in the world." said Folwel'.
i "hi;t 1 won't win you under
handed i nup.ht to tell you that
my playing today #'?.+ not due to
my getting Rood all of a sudden, j
Thore wonderful drives were due |
ito the fact that I used a patented j
'ball it has a v - it mil center and
i* a- light ? * Now I don't i
:si:np?s<" v ^ ? .. ?v? anything!
to do .. Itn ttic attain:"
Bolwell looked at Beatrice anx
iously. sadly. Then to his intense
surprise and Joy. he saw a won
derful light come into her eyes.
"Oh. Hod." she cried, "only a t
real man could make a confession
, I ke that. I " J
Cut just then things were pet
ting so very interesting there canto
an interruption. Folwrll's caddy
?oiddenly appeared front behind ft
nearby hazard.
' Say. lady," said the caddy
briskly. "I just fooled Mr. Fol
well liete so as to give hint con
fidence. That's all he needs to
make a great golf player confi
dence. So I told hlJtt that dopft
about the vacuum ball. There
ain't such a thing- He used an
ordinary ball. Hut he did so good
because he had confidence. Look
here."
The caddy drew forth a ball
which Folwell recognized as tho
one he had used. Quickly thft
caddy cut it open with his knlfft.
Only the regulation center was re
vealed !
We'll be married just as quickly
as possible!" he exclaimed with
supreme confidence.
For just a moment Beatrice
demurred.
"My. but you're hieh and mlghiy
and?confident!" she exclaimed.
"I'erhaps I won't say ves, after
all."
"Oh. ves. you will," exclaimed
Folwell. drawing her to him and
kissing her in spite of the grinning
caddy!
And?.-he did!

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