THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1940
CQPYRIGHT-by TALBOT MUNDY W.N.U. SERVICE
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 glimpse 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 TV—AT a fianquet 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
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
prised. Later, when Rundhia tries to make
love to her. she mentions the diamonds in
order to divert his mind. She realizes it
was a mistake.
CHAPTER VHI—Rundhia. though cha
grined by 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
CHAPTER IX—The Maharanee knows of
the ill-feeling between Lynn and her aunt,
who has threatened to leave Lynn penni
less. She offers Lynn, whom she has grown
to love, a position ia the palace so she will
be free from her aunt. During this time
Norwood has called at the President’s office
to tell him about the diamonds. The Resi
dent. skeptical at first, 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
ha« been bribed, and reoorts 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
httfh-handed in the treatment of her niece.
CHAPTER XI—O’Leary again has star
tling news. He tells Norwood that the na
tive gamblers are betting that the Maharaja
will be dead within 24 hours. Norwood
tries an experiment. He has taken a sample
of the food given Mrs. Harding and tries to
feed it to a dog. who becomes extremely
CHAPTER XII—Lynn refuses to heed her
aunt who wants to leave the palace. She
writes a note to Norwood which is intercept
ed by Rundhia. By mistake it goes to Mrs.
Harding, who keeps it.
CHAPTER XHI—Rundhia Informs tbje
Bengali doctor that he may quit administer
ing nis drugs to Mrs. Harding, but tells him
that Norwood must be killed. The doctor
has also been administering a slow poison
to the Maharajah, unckr Rundhia’s orders.
Rundhia will rule Kadur upon the death of
his uncle. The Maharanee tells Lynn that
Rundhia will save Captain Norwood provid
ing she will marry him. Lynn accepts.
CHAPTER XIV—Norwood finds that a na
tive scoundrel named Gulbaz is in Kadur
City, and is planning some kind of a shady
coup. He refuses O’Leary permission to
harm Gulbaz. but allows him to call at
Through the door, down the alley
and straight to the truck, without
glancing aside, without a moment’s
hesitation, came a man of medium
height and middle weight, who
walked like a young god, though he
was middle-aged. He was dressed
in a tight-fitting turban, white singlet
and loin-cloth and a striped silk
semi-European jacket. He came to
the tail of the truck, gave one glance
at Stoddart and stared straight at
Moses. His smile changed, outward
ly only a little, but something hap
pened at the corners of his lips. It
had changed to a fighting smile,
“You’re a dog,” he remarked in
“Fancy you giving away secrets,”
Moses answered. “I’m here to sell
’em for cash on the nose. Me and
this Sergeant know something. It’s
hot. We’re splitting fifty-fifty. How
“I will listen. You may tell your
“Cash on the nose,” said Moses.
“Money down or nothing doing.”
Gulbaz’ smile changed again. It
conveyed a suggestion of vanity be
yond the utmost reach of ordinary
mortals. He glanced at Stoddart
then back at Moses.
“Are you satisfied?” he asked.
“You have recognized me? You can
truly report that you have seen me
in Kadur? You saw the door I came
from? Very well, you may watch me
return. After that, you may go to
“I’m staying here until my mes
senger comes out into the street
alive,” said Moses.
“I will send him to you,” Gulbaz
answered. “He is lucky. Luckier
than you are. Wait and See.”
Gulbaz strode back down the alley
and entered the door. A moment
later the messenger came out, look
ing scared, as if he felt murder be
hind him. He ran and crawled in
under the truck. Moses spoke to
the driver. The fruck started, for
ward, because the street was too
narrow to turn around in.
“V’hcrc Howl" asked Stoddart.
“Back to camp,” said Moses.
“Well, you drew blank that time.
If you feel as foolish as you look
you’ll think twice before you call me
a fathead again. You’ve spent a
rupee eight annas for nothing, and
you’re not a cent the wiser.”
“Plus having learned that you’re
stupider than any other blasted Brit
isher I ever met,” said Moses, “I’ve
learned all I came for. Gulbaz isn’t
as smart as he thinks. In some
ways he’s near as stupid as you,
all along of his pride.”
“Oh. that’s easy to say but it’s
just talk,” said Stoddart. “If you
ask me, you’re a liar. You haven’t
learned anything. To the extent
that a white man can condescend to
a half breed without losing caste,
we’ve been fair to middling friends,
you and I. But if you use my name
again promiscuous like that, I’ll
knock your block off.”
“Fathead,” said Moses. “He
knows me. He doesn’t know you.
He came out because he was cu
“And he told you to go to the
devil. That’s all you learned."
“Fathead! You mean that’s all
you learned. I learned that he’s
ready. He’s red-hot ready.”
“Ready for what?"
“To get Norwood. He’s trigger
ready. If he weren’t, he’d be play
ing for time, and we’d be arguing
this minute about the price o’ what
we’ll tell him if he’ll pay.”
“You mean he’d have bribed us?"
“I do not. Gulbaz makes prom
ises. And he sometimes keeps his
“Unless someone else can keep
’em for him with a long knife. He
can hire that done for five rupees
a head. So why pay us a thousand?
Can your intellect answer that con
undrum? Figure it out on a board
when you get home."
The Maharanee was scrupulously
fair. Rather than disguise her mo
tive, she revealed it. She stripped
objections to it naked. She didn’t
pretend that Rundhia was a prince
of virtue or a man of his word,
except when it suited him, or when
compelled to keep a promise. The
Maharanee believed every word she
said. But she used arguments that
sounded curious, even to Lynn, who
The Maharanee believed every
word she said.
was under the spell of the eastern
Lynn later found Rundhia stand
ing in moonlight, in a golden tur
ban and European dinner clothes.
As a palace door closed behind
Lynn, she, too, stepped into the
moonlight, with her face half veiled
under the sequined sari. It was she
who looked oriental, dressed accord
ing to the Maharanee’s wishes. Run
dhia looked like a western athlete,
in more or less fancy dress. And
he called Lynn a goddess in west
ern terms that any polo-playing
American gallant might have used:
“You look like Miss India! You
almost give me religion! Pull away
that curtain! Show your golden hair,
and let’s give all the other goddesses
a sight to make them green with
Lynn uncovered her head and
walked beside him in silence.
“I feel like a god tonight,” said
“Have you been drinking?” Lynn
“You golden-haired iconoclast!
Your arrow aimed into the heart of
my ballooning self-esteem! You de
licious archer! I have had five cock
tails. Do I seem drunk?”
“What sized cocktails?”
“Measured to my mood, exactly.”
“Then you seem astonishingly so
ber. What have you done about
“Lynn, let’s forget Norwood. I
want to talk to you.”
“I can’t forget him. You and I
have wronged him.”
“Has he answered your letter?”
“No. But have you forgotten your
“Didn’t the Maharanee tell you?
Don’t trouble yourself about Nor
wood. Forget him. Talk to me.”
“I wish to talk about Captain Nor
“He has talked about you, I don’t
mind telling you. According to one
of the palace servants, he told your
aunt this afternoon that he’s dis
gusted with you.”
“I can believe he is disgusted,”
Lynn answered. “But I can’t imag
ine him saying so to Aunty, or to
“Let us talk about you,” said Run
“Very well, what about me?”
“Now you have made me speech
“Have I? Then perhaps you will
listen to me.”
“Beloved, I will glady listen to
you, in an ecstasy of patience and
devotion, during years which shall
flow so fast that we’ll be old before
we know it!”
“Did you get that from a book?”
“I never read books. When I talk
to you, my tongue can only stutter
miserable hints of how I feel. You
make me delirious. Be good enough
to notice that these arms resist im
pulse!” He extended his arms to
ward the moon, then dropped them
to his sides. “Oh, Lynn, I love you.”
“Good job I don’t love you,” she
answered. “There’d be—”
“A new golden age in Kadur!”
Rundhia interrupted. “Lynn: philos
ophy, religion, economics and the
other muck they made me listen to
at school and college left me, until
you came, dry of faith in anything
but evil—and even evil dying! You
are my first glimpse of goodness.”
“Don’t you love the Maharanee?
Isn’t she good?”
“Oh, yes. She is good past his
tory. Lynn, you are the present and
the future! One straight look into
your blue eyes, and I knew what
hope means and the higher vision.
I had never seen it, until I saw you.”
“Sounds good,” Lynn answered.
“What was in the cocktails?”
“Don’t joke! Lynn, I’m in love. I
mean every word I’m saying to
“I mean what I say, too,” Lynn
answered. “I don’t love you—What
was that noise? In the distance. It
sounded like shooting.”
“I didn’t hear it,” said Rundhia.
They had reached the steps that
led to the kiosk on the garden wall.
It was dark in the wall’s shadow.
He was justified in offering his arm
to guide her up the steps, but he
put it around her. She could feel
his vibrance. She escaped him—ran
up the steps ahead of him, then
waited on the wall in full moonlight,
facing him, unafraid.
“There! Did you hear that?
Wasn’t that a rifle-shot, Rundhia?”
“Might have been,” he answered.
“Not so easy to tell.”
“Isn’t Captain Norwood’s camp in
that direction?” Lynn asked.
“Somewhere over there, yes. Pos
sibly a jackall or a stray dog scared
his sentries. Never mind Norwood.
Lynn, you say you don’t love me. I
don’t believe you.”
“Why not? I told you the plain
truth—Do you think sentries would
fire at a dog?”
“His would! He’s crazy. Lynn, I
don’t believe you because you for
gave what I did in the treasure
room. And because when you hurt
me, you were sorry. Also because
you are not afraid to be alone with
me now. Lynn, you don’t know
“Do you know yourself?” she re
torted. “Don’t you think it strange
that they should be shooting at
“No. Most soldiers live in a con
tinual state of false alarm. Lynn,
listen to me. Don’t I excite you?”
“You did. But I saw you, and I
heard you laugh at Captain Nor
“You dislike me?”
“‘You admit I can stir your emo
“Oh, yes. I admit that. Why tell
lies about it? You’re magnetic. I
almost fell in love with you.”
“Lynn, you are thinking about
East and West. That hoary old su
perstition! It lingers, they tell me,
in America more tenaciously than
anywhere else, though even school
books nowadays admit that we and
you are of the same race. Do you
know how many western women
have become the wives of Indian
“I don’t want to know. I don’t
"You are right, Lynn. Quite right.
Why should you care? It is love, not
what others have done, that crum
bles superstitions. Lynn, I love you.
I wouldn’t lie to you—” ».
“Have you done your best for Cap
tain Norwood? Have you really done
it? What have you done?”
“Never mind. I have done it.”
“Then I will listen. You
Rundhia had to recover the
of his thought.
He turned away
from her a moment, paced the wall,
and came back:
“Lynn, my love for you may sound
selfish. I always have been selfish,
until I met you. I have no practice
with words that a genuine lover
should use. But I am genuine. For
the first time in my life, I am un
selfish. May I tell you—will you
listen if I tell you—what my heart
“Yes, I will listen, Rundhia.”
“Will you really listen?”
“Yes, Rundhia. I would rather
listen to almost anything than my
own thought, at the moment.”
“You are feeling deserted?”
“Despised!” Lynn answered. “If
Captain Norwood had answered my
“You are lonely! So am I lonely!
Lynn, diwaza kola hai! The door is
open! Enter. It is that short step
across the threshold that makes you
“You mean into your arms?”
“Lynn, you make me hate my
self. Am I so unappealing to your—”
Suddenly he changed his voice. _He
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sounueG angry: ’'Are you in love
"I hardly know him. How could
I be? I only know that I never felt
dirty before in all my life. I don’t
like it, Rundhia And can’t for
give you for haying crowed over
Captain Norwood’s disgrace. You
and I brought it on him.”
“Lynn, is that all that’s the mat
ter? If I give you my word of honor
that I have solved the Norwood
problem, will you listen to me?”
“Have you solved it?”
“If I prove to you, before mid
night, that there is no longer any
problem about Norwood, will you
come into my arms?”
"Speak plainly, Rundhia."
“I will. Lynn, face it! Norwood
has no use for you. Has he answered
your letter? He has not! The mes
senger reported that he tore up your
letter without reading it.
know why you care a damn
happens to him.
what happens to you. Your
He doesn’t care
She is leaving you
Lynn interrupted: “You say Cap
tain Norwood tore up my letter?
Why didn’t you tell me that before?”
“To save your feelings. However,
you know now. That’s how he feels.
That’s Norwood. Lynn, you are
merely hesitating on that damned
old superstitious crumbling plat
form of ‘East is East and West is
West,’ that Kipling lied about. You
and I are above all that nonsense.
Lynn, beloved, come into my arms
now! You are lonely. So am I lone-
now! You are lone
ly. See, I am wait
here, Lynn. Come
Be mine. Face t!
side looking outward
my wife, and I swear by my love
for you, that Norwood—”
“Oh. that’s only a promise,’’
interrupted. “I won’t believe
about Captain Norwood, until
(To be continued)
Mrs. Hattie Althauser and son
Robert and Miss Sears of Upper
Sandusky were Sunday evening din
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Mrs. Clem Phillips of
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Monday evening callers at the
Cl ate Scoles home were Norval
Scoles and Walter Booth, Mr. and
Mrs. Ed Althauser, and Mr.
Mrs. Gorge Huber and son.
Mrs. Howard Smith and son
Tuesday visitors of
and Nellie Huber.
at the Norval
Dow Scoles called
Scoles home Sunday
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Jennings
and family were Sunday dinner
guests at the Tom Fleming home.
Mr. and Mrs. Avery Watt and
family called Sunday evening at the
Willard Jennings home.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Montgomery
and son, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lugi
bihl and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel Younkman and daughters,
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Zerbe and Miss
Lois Long were Sunday dinner
guests in the Wm. Lugibihl home.
Mrs. Sarah Oates and son and
Miss Clarabel Owens called on Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. Lugibihl and family
Mrs. Lily Fett, Miss Nellie Huber
and Mrs. Hazel Hess and children
Mrs. Sal lie Swaney and
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Coy Binkley home were Mrs. Alta
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Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
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Mrs. Dilton Williams of West Min
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Marquart
sons Francis and Melvin were
day dinner guests of Mr. and
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Mrs. Paul Rhoads spent the week
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Mrs. Sarah Finke and daughter
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and daughter Alice of St. Marys
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zimmerman
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight
Frantz and daughter, and Mr.
Mrs. Harold Badertscher and
spent Sunday afternoon with
and Mrs. Sam Badertscher and
Glenna Kohler, daughter of
and Mrs. Albert Kohler, underwent
an appendicitis operation Monday
Mrs. Elda Hoffman spent Sunday
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer Moorman and family of
Mr. and Mrs,
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with Mr. and Mrs. Dwight
Dean Dennis and
Miss Meredith Burkholder
Saturday night and Sunday
of Miss Rachel Schaublin.
son has been born to Mr. and
Robert Luginbuhl at a Cleve
hospital last Wednesday. He
been named Thomas George,
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
I. Luginbuhl and son Kenneth spent
Saturday at that place.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Maidlow
and family of Gilboa Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Roof and daughter Sharon
Kenneth Gratz of Lima Mr. and
Mrs. Wilford Gratz, Mr. and Mrs.
Reno Gratz and daughter Mary
Kathryn and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
Gratz and son James were Sunday
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
and Mrs. Ralph Maidlow
Compton, of Ottawa Mr.
Richard Core and daugh-
Lee, and Mr. and Mrs.
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Sunday dinner guests at the
and Francis Basinger home,
and Mrs. Sam Badertscher
Sunday evening with Mr. and
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Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Stryker of
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Mrs. Clyde Grant and son
Sunday dinner guests of Mr.
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College Students Here Break
Into National News Prominence
Bluffton college broke into
headlines of the nation last week, as
the result of a $3.23 reward offered
by seven students for Samuel Hard
en Church, who had placed a price
of $1,000,000 on the head of Adolph
Scraping together their pennies,
the seven Bluffton students made the
offer partly in jest and partly in
earnest on the charge that Church
was war-mongering by attempting to
“arouse passions and prejudices”.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sharp and
daughter Etta and son Jimmy of
Norwalk Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Nis
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the capture of Hitler.
Church is president of the Car
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was his contention that Hitler
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tribunal “for his crimes against the
peace and dignity of the world”.
Bluffton’s stalwart band of seven
countered promptly with the $3.23
offer for Church, on the basis that
his action would “strain internation
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Their action received wide pub
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Students who contributed to the
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