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CHAPTER I—Captain Carl Norwood has
been sent from his native England to the
Kadur River district In India, along with his
indispensable manservant, Moses O'Leary,
soldier of fortune. Norwood’s job is to sur
vey the district to determine whether a valu
able secret diamond mine belongs to the
temple priests or to the ruler, the Mahara
jah of Kadur.
CHAPTER II—Norwood calls on the Brit
ish Residency to pay his initial respects. On
his way he catches a glfmpse of two women
in a palace carriage, one of whom is young
and beautiful. The other woman he knows
to be the Maharanee of Kadur. O’Leary
later tells him that the young woman is an
American girl named Lynn Harding, who
with her aunt, Mrs. Deborah Harding, is a
guest at the palace.
CHAPTER III—Mrs. Harding and Lynn,
her niece, are guests at the Maharajah's
palace. On a sightseeing tour Mrs. Harding
sprains an ankle, and sends to the palace
for aid. Prince Rundhia. handsome, spoiled
nephew of the rulers, comes to her rescue
and takes her back to the palace where he
meets Lynn for the first time. A Bengalese
doctor attends Mrs. Harding, despite her
protests. Mrs. Harding and Lynn are any
thing but friendly, due to the former's ex
acting demands. Mrs. Harding does not
like the royal family, especially Prince Run
dhia, but is forced by circumstances to
accept their hospitality.
CHAPTER IV—At a 'banquet that night
in the palace, attended by Captain Nor
wood, Mrs. Harding takes one of the native
doctor’s pills, and becomes violently ill. She
is placed in bed and arrangements are
made for Lynn to move out of the quarters
with her aunt and stay with the Maharanee.
CHAPTER V—That evening Prince Run
dhia attempts to make love to Lynn. She is
unwilling to listen to him, and at the crucial
moment Norwood appears on the scene,
much to Rundhia's disgust. Norwood sees
her home.
CHAPTER VI—O'Leary has located the
secret entrance to the diamond mine which
is being worked by the temple priests. He
takes Norwood to the mine, where death is
narrowly averted when a live cobra is
thrown in Norwood’s face. Later Norwood
visits the Brahmin priests, one of whom
slyly slips a packet of diamonds in his
pocket, unknown to Norwood. They are In
tended as a bribe.
CHAPTER VII—While Norwood is talking
to Lynn the diamonds fall from his pocket.
She notices them, and sees that he is sur
{rised. Later, when Rundhia tries to make
ove to her, she mentions the diamonds in
order to divert his mind. She realizes it
was a mistake.
CHAPTER Vin—Rundhia. though cha
grined bv Lynn’s attitude, is elated to hear
of the diamonds. He goes immediately to
the British Residency, and tells the Resident
of the diamonds, accusing Norwood of tak
ing a bribe. He also reveals that Lynn
told him.
CHAPTER IX—The Maharanee knows of
the ill-feeling between Lvnn and her aunt,
who has threatened to leave Lynn penni
less. She offers Lynn, whom she has grown
to love, a position in the palace so she will
be free from her aunt. During this time
Norwood has called a' the Resident’s office
to tell him about the diamonds. The Resi
dent, skeptical at firs', has already heard
the story from Rundhia, and thinks that
Norwood may be trying to "cover up.”
CHAPTER X—O’Leary gets further news.
He hears in the market place that Norwood
has been bribed, and reports his findings to
his master. Norwood is anxious for Lynn
and her aunt to leave the palace, knowing
Rundhia's intentions. He calls and sees
Mrs. Harding and tells her she Is far too
high-handed in the treatment of her niece.
Moses Lafayette O’Leary sat on a
box in front of Norwood's tent, less
sober than he looked, and looking
not so sober as he should be. Facing
him sat Sergeant Stoddart, weary
from a day’s work surveying the
Norwood dismounted near the
horse-line, issued sharply detailed
orders about the care of his horse
and strode toward the tent:
“I will send for you when I want
you, Stoddart. Come here, O’Leary.”
Norwood’s servant removed his
riding boots and produced whiskey
and soda. Norwood drank. O’Leary
watched him drink. Norwood light
ed a cigarette, smoked half of it,
and then spoke to O’Leary:
“Now then. Sit down that box
and begin. Omit the introduction.
Tell the news.”
’T’s bad, not good, news,” said
O’Leary. ‘‘Might have got some
good news if I’d had more money.
Good news comes expensive oftener
than not. What I’m tellin’ you now,
I’d tell to Father Manoel, on bended
knees, and none but him and Saint
Antonio to hear me. So get it first
time. If I have to say it twice over,
I might get muddled. I’m drunk, on
account of having had to drink cheap
liquor. Seeing it was your responsi
bility, and none o’ mine, me being
under your orders, I went gambling.
Cock-fights. I lost a little money to
a man who don’t know cock-fighting
from puss-in-the-corner. But he’s
runner for the layers of odds who’d
bet you you don’t know your own
name. And they’d make money do
ing it. But there weren’t much
news there.
“Never mind the details of your
bet. Tell your story.”
“I betted five rupees. The insid
ers are offering five to one that the
Maharajah won’t live the week out.
I betted he will.”
“If me and you weren’t on the
job, I’d hedge. It was a woman
told me why the odds are five to
one he’ll die within a week. She
was as drunk as a Bombay crow,
and she told me who’s taking the
five to one, same as I did, only for
a different reason. I asked her,
and she laughed like a hyena—”
“Never mind what she did. What
did she tell you?”
“She didn’t tell me nothin’. She
asked questions. If the Maharajah
should die, who would come to the
throne? Who owes a lakh of rupees
and has promised to pay when he
comes to the throne? Whose credi
tors have threatened to appeal to
the British Resident? Whose aunt,
being angry with him, this very day
refused him money with which to
pay off his creditors?”
“That sounds like palace gossip,”
said Norwood.
“-L 22-44 --u i'^orc-than th?/,
that’s happened in the palace,” said
O’Leary. "They’re betting even
money that the Maharajah will be
dead by midnight tonight.”
Norwood threw his cigarette
“Go on with your story.”
“It’s a string o’ questions, not a
story. When they tell you a thing
in plain words, 'tain’t true—ever.
Here’s a question: if the heir to a
throne should owe you money, and
you’d get paid if he comes to the
throne along o’ someone dying and
the odds was five to one that the
someone would die within a week
wouldn’t you bet heavy against
his dying, so that if he didn’t die,
you’d get some money anyhow?
That’s what Rundhia’s creditors are
doing. If the Maharajah dies, and
Rundhia comes to the throne, they’ll
get paid. And if the Maharajah
doesn’t die, they’ll win their bet.
You get that?”
“What else did you hear?”
O’Leary stepped outside the tent.
“You ain’t goin’ to like this one!”
“Come back, you fool. Sit down.
Now, tell it.”
“Naming no names. Everybody
says Rundhia stopped a wallop on
the snout from her that kept the
doctor busy for a half hour. That’s
all. I didn’t hear nothing else what
ever. Not enough money. I spent
what I had like a paymaster-gen
eral. What’s that you have in your
“Get me a dog and we’ll find out.
It’s some of Mrs. Harding’s food.”
“There ain’t no dog in camp, bar
ring that cur of Stoddart’s. Stoddart
keeps him tied up, on account o’
his having bit the cook. Stoddart
don’t favor the cook, he ain’t that
stupid. But if the cook gets hydro
phobia, we’ll all be biting one an
other and—”
“Bring the brute here.”
“You mean the cook or Stoddart?”
“The dog.”
Norwood sat smoking and frown
ing until O’Leary came towing the
dog, at the end of a length of in
sulated wire. It was a mean-looking
brute with pale blue eyes, a vaga
bond slink in its gait, and an insatia
ble void in its belly. The sight of
any kind of food excited the ani
mal. He pricked his ears. Nor
wood tossed him the piece of toast.
He gulped it.
“Hold him,” said Norwood.
The dog sat there seeming to ex
pect Norwood to go on feeding him.
Neither Norwood nor O’Leary spoke
until the dog’s attention wandered
and he began to strain at the leash.
“That will do. Let him go.”
The dog took six strides. Then he
stopped, and the toast cams forth
like Jonah from the belly of the
“Meaning?” asked O’Leary.
“Somebody wasn’t intended to
die,” said Norwood. “Merely in
tended to feel too ill to interfere
with someone. Can you sober up?
Or shall I—”
“I’m sober. Forget your medi
cine chest! Once was enough o’ that
stuff! What do you want done? I’ll
do it!”
“Do you know Rundhia’s Bengali
“What’s he doing?”
“So I needn’t be too particular?”
“You will be on your absolutely
best behavior.”
“What you want is a miracle.”
“Yes. And to produce one, if you
must, you may admit that it was I
who sent you to make enquiries. Get
Prince Rundhia returned from his
interview with the Resident charged
with that mysterious sensation that
can lead a genius to startling vic
tory. He had tasted success. He had
made a British Resident squirm.
Rundhia had crossed his Rubicon.
He had started something. He felt
like a genius, and he looked the part
now as he stepped out of his Rolls
Royce at the palace front door.
The Maharanee came fussing into
Lynn’s bedroom:
“Lynn darling, Rundhia wishes to
see you. And I have told him I won’t
speak to him until you forgive him.”
of course.
Lynn laughed: “All right. Come
and hear me forgive him. It seems
to me you’re more afraid of Run
dhia than I am. Read this first:
it’s a note from Aunty. Isn’t it per
fect? Aunty is one of those people
who never use more than ten
words in a telegram.”
The Maharanee read the note
“Refuse the Maharanee’s invita
tion, pack your things and come
away. Deborah Harding.”
“You will obey her?”
“No,” Lynn answered. “I have
obeyed her for the last time. May
I say I have accepted your invita
“Please, Lynn. Please accept it.”
“Very well, let’s keep Rundhia
waiting, while I write her a note.”
So Lynn wrote a note to her aunt,
but she did not show it to the Ma
(To be continued)
So What?
There are no bears in Africa, no
Eskimos in Iceland, no movies in
Nepal, no railroads in Albania, and
no icebergs in the North Pacific
ocean, reveals Collier’s.
John H. Davison
Republican Candidate for
Probate Judge of
Allen County
(Subject to May Primary)
John H. Davison is a popular can
didate for the office of Probate Judge
of Allen County. As we all know,
he is one of our successful lawyers
and during the years he has been
practicing his profession before the
local courts, he has gained a reputa
tion for his brilliance, keen knowl
edge of the law and his aptness at
repartee. He is prominent in club
and social life, and is a man ardent
ly imbued with a strong sense of
civic pride which he is ever ready to
actively manifest in behalf of the
welfare of his community. Lincoln
the lawyer, provided the statesman
ship which preserved the unity of
this country, and it is not presuming
to say that despite his greatness,
Lincoln the rail-splitter, could never
have been the complete statesman he
was, without his professional train
ing as a lawyer. Attorney Davison
undoubtedly has the material of
greatness, so we do not hesitate to
quote his followers who predict his
election and a tenure of office that
will be marked with sagacity, since
he too, has had the same kind of
valuable, legal training. Attorney
Davison is not only a good lawyer
but he is a right living and right
thinking man whose first thought has
always been for the people and he
deserves the support of all those who
are interested in their community’s
C. Shappell
Democratic Candidate for
Allen Co. Commissioner
(Subject to May Primary)
That there will be a particularly
strong campaign waged in local po
litical circles in Allen County goes
without saying, but there are some
candidates whose position is so strong
that their constituents need not
worry about their candidates’ success.
That strength of position is one of
natural admiration and popularity
rather than one obtained by political
force. For example, Arthur C.
Shappell who is a candidate for
Allen County Commissioner. Being
in politics naturally creates opposi
tion but Mr. Shappell has made many
friends. When the citizen who
knows how to think for himself looks
deep into the facts and then forms
his own deductions, he will decide on
voting for a candidate that has
shown by actual performance that he
is the kind of man best fitted for
public office. By actual perform
ance we refer to the manner in
which he has lived his life, socially
and in business. We mean the way
he has treated his fellow beings and
the kind of civic pride he has evinced
as a citizen. Allen County knows
Mr. Shanpell by these tests and like
him all the more. He is therefore
not only well liked but also popular.
His cand.decy is a strong one and
he well deserves the support of the
voters, regardless of partisanship.
Paul T. Landis
Republican Candidate for
Renomination for Prose
cuting Attorney of Allen
Paul T. Landis, who so ably holds
the office of Prosecuting Attorney of
Allen County must cope with all the
best legal ability and sometimes be
pitted against a battery of these
legal lights. There are some Prose
cuting attorneys who adopt the policy
of convicting in all cases, regardless
of extenuating circumstances, their
desire for personal aggrandiz.ement
and political ambitions being too
great to temper their views with the
demands of real justice. Attorney
Landis has the view point that the
office is a public trust and not a
machine tc lift him to dizzy heights
in the political arena, using unfor
tunate ones who have erred against
society, as mere puppets to serve as
stepping stones for his personal ad
vance. If the crime is the first of
fense or committed under circum
stances that seem to condone it, due
consideration is given by Mr. Landis.
It is such fairness and humaneness
that makes him so beloved and feared
at the same time for the hardened
offender suffers from his unmitigat
ed prosecution, which is both thor
ough and effective. After all, such
men deserve political preferment all
the more. Attorney Landis indeed
well merits a place in the realm of
public service and should have
hearty support in his campaign.
Harry Marshall
Democratic Candidate
for Allen County
(Subject to May Primary)
It has always been Harry Marsh
all’s first interest to see Allen Coun
ty advance and progress and it has
been that desire that inspired him to
enter the political arena. It is a
compliment to politics in general
that a man of Mr. Marshall’s hign
type acceded to popular request to
become a candidate for the office of
County Treasurer. In such an office
of importance it requires the services
of a man of very high caliber and
ability, to give a really efficient ad
ministration. But not always is a
man of such high type available.
Thus, Allen County may well feel
gratified at the opportunity uf hav
ing Mr. Marshall as a candidate and
that this is true will be splendidly
exemplified when the vote of the
citizenry is taken. Mr. Marshall
has always been an exemplary citi
zen, public spirited and always alive
to the needs of the community. In
the office of County Treasurer he
would apply those same fine prin
ciples as he has done in his own
personal pursuits of a private na
ture, and with the same success.
Allen County knows the advantages
of a businesslike administration and
they have been educated to the fact
that any other kind of administra
tion is costly and that their taxes
pay that cost too. Mr. Marshall is
a logical choice for County Treas
urer and his large following is signi
Roy E. Layton
Democratic Candidate for
Representative to Con
gress from 4th Dist.
In the lawyer may be found an
ideal combination of talents. He is
not only a friendly advisor in times
of stress but he is competent in the
capacity of the law giver especially
for his understanding is that of tech
nician, practioner and creator. He
has seen the law at work, he under
stands how laws, genial in intent,
can prove banal in effect. He is,
therefore, in a position to profit by
the mistakes of others, less gifted in
experience and training. Constantly
in touch with public needs, he is es
pecially prepared to give the people
exactly what they want. Therefore,
the candidacy of Ray E. Layton,
Auglaize County attorney, for repre
sentative to Congress from the 4th
Dist. has been received with hearty
approbation. Equipped with a sym
pathetic understanding of all classes,
honesty and love of justice, he will
undoubtedly fill the office with dis
tinction. No individual, clique or
organization vzill ever be ahle to
bend him to a small-sighted and
selfish will. His interests are plainly
of the people and it is this kind of
man, kn nvn well to the voters by his
actual performance, who will right
fully receive their hearty support.
He is one of Auglaize County’s most
valued citizens and deserves consid
eration of all who are interested in
good government.
Charles L. Mason
Republican Candidate
for Allen County
(Subject to May Primary)
This promises to be a great poli
tical campaign in the area and the
forces that be are already preparing
for the fray. But Charles L. Mason
is a man who need not worry about
his candidacy for the office of
County Commissioner. With no dis
respect to the other contenders for
the office, he is a logical choice that
is showing wide popularity on all
sides. Aside from party affiliations
Mr. Mason has attained to his high
standing because of his ability, in
herent and acquired, an ability that
has proved beyond the peradventure
of a doubt that he is capable of a
real, businesslike administration that
will show honest constructivencss,
refreshingly absent from intrigue or
selfishness. Mr. Mason is a man
with the courage of his own convic
tions, for he is a man who ccnsid
ers the interests and rights of the
people first and himself last, if ever
he thinks of himself at all. It is
such love for a community that is
refreshing. Mr. Mason therefore has
good reason for his large following
and the esteem of his constituents
and it is not at all surprising that
his campaign is generally conceded
as being one of the most forceful
and promising of any candidate.
Mr. Mason certainly merits hearty
support in his campaign.
Francis W. Durbin
Democratic Candidate
for Congressman
At Large
In Allen County there is no one
better known and respected than
Francis W. Durbin. He has devoted
some time to the interests and ad
vancement of the community in
which he lives and loves so well.
Always a staunch disciple of the
principles of the Democratic party
in his politics, Mr. Durbin has
proved over a period of time that
there was never a more loyal advo
cate in the advancement of the ten
ets of that party, whenever there
was an important campaign to be
waged. His abilities have been re
cognized more and more each year
and today finds him a candidate for
Congressman at large on the Demo
cratic ticket, an honor and distinc
tion which he deserves and will fill
with distinction. Mr. Durbin is serv
ing his second term as City Solicitor
for Bluffton. He has also been re
cently honored by Charles Sawyer of
Cleveland, national Democratic com
mitteeman by his selection as a
delegate at large to the national
convention at Chicago, an honor that
has not been conferred in Allen
County since 1892. He has also been
endorsed by all the Democratic or
ganizations of the Ohio fourth Con
gressional district, for state com
mitteeman for a second term, of
which there are two members to be
nominated. He will undoubtedly do
his utmost to conserve and advance
his community’s interests.
Clay T.
Republican Candidate for
Allen County Sheriff
(Subject to May Primary)
That Clay T. Cotterman’s an
nounced candidacy for the office of
Sheriff of Allen County is meeting
with popular approval is well ex
emplified on all sides by the expres
sions uttered enthusiastically in his
praise. We nil know the life and
character of Mr. Cotterman is such
as to command the commendation or
everyone vitally interested in the
welfare and standing of the com
munity. He is not only a man of
good heart but also of generous pur
poses. He has never harbored malice
and one usually finds a smile on nis
face, a kind word on his lips and a
warm clasp in his handshake and
the best part is that all of these
things are genuine and not affected.
Mr. Cotterman has a host of friends
eas/esf of all
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Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Klingler,
daughter Merilyn, sons Jack and
Howard of Hardin county, Mr. and
Mrs. Howard Nonnamaker and sons
Harold and Dean of Hassen were
Sunday guests at the Ami Nonna
maker home.
There was Holy Communion serv
ices at Olive Branch, also baptismas
services and reception of new mem
bers Sunday morning.
Callers at the Anna Koontz and
A. J. Nonnamaker home Sunday
evening were Mr. and Mrs. R. E.
Koontz and daughter Martha. Harold
Bell of Tiffin, Miss Flo Stratton and
J. D. Clymer.
Mrs. Albert Gossman spent Tues
day afternoon of last week with
Mrs. Ami Nonnamaker. N. R. Elzay
was an evening caller Wednesday.
Mrs. M. J. Stratton and John Rat
tles are still on the sick list.
A number from here attended the
services held at Bluffton high school
auditorium Thursday and Friday
evenings. Rev. Zoller, of Detroit,
was in charge.
Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Stratton and
daughter Flo had the following sup
per guests Friday: Mr. and Mrs. H.
D. Morrison of Tulsa, Okla., Mr.
and Mrs. N. B. Steinman of Bluff
ton, Mrs. Anna Koontz, Mrs. A. J.
Nonnamaker, son Roddy and daugh
ter Kaye, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kling
ler and daughters Gladys and Jean
Ann, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Stratton,
son Ortho and daughter Elaine, J. D.
Clymer and Jimmy Scott.
Other callers in the same home
during the past week were, N. R. El
zay, Rev. H. D. Camp of Rawson,
Raymond Tuttle, Mr. and Mrs. Haw
ard Nonnamaker and sons Harold
and Dean, Miss Bessie Arnold and
Miss Mabel Battles, Mr. and Mrs.
because he is himself a friend in the
original meaning of the word, gen
erous, kindly and warm hearted in
his associations and in his disposi
tion. He is an extremely intense
man, in work or in play, and coupled
with his inter.seness is a fixedness
of mind and a tenacity of purpose
that enables to successfully ac
complish any task which he chooses
to undertake. When once embarked
on an undertaking, Mr. Cotterman is
tireless his energy transforming
him into a host, in himself, in its
behalf. It is a privilege to have
such a candidate in the field.
dJf .. —1
D. D. Williamson and Russell Elzay.
Mrs. Luella Stauffer of Bluffton
spent Monday afternoon with Mrs.
Emaline Nonnamaker and Mrs. Dor
otha Basinger.
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Morrison left
Saturday morning for the Illinois oil
field where their sons Myron and
Denzel Morrison are engaged in the
oil field.
Civil War Stamps
Present-day Christmas seals and
tuberculosis stamps had forerunners
in the Sanitary Fair stamps of the
Civil war. Funds were raised in
Cleveland for the assistance of sol
diers wounded in the Civil war by
the sale of stamps in 1861. Similar
fairs, at which stamps were sold,
were held in Chicago, New York,
Albany, Boston, Stamford and else
Estate of Mary A. Sehafer, Deceased.
Notice is hereby (riven that Oren E. Dick
ai»on whose Post Office address is 501 Lima
Trust Bldg. Lima. Ohio, has been duly ap
pointed and qualified as administrator de bonis
non of the Estate of Mary A. Schafer, late
of Allen County. Ohio, deceased.
Dated this ixth day of April. 1940.
Judge of the Probate Court,
52 Allen County. Ohio
Melville D. Soash, M. D.
The Commercial Bank Bldg.
Bluffton, Ohio
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