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THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 1941
“Now you’ve hurt my feelings,”
Karen said. “Here I practically
work up a headache planning a
beautiful day for you, and what
credit do I get? You tell me it’s
rotten. All that effort wasted!”
Richard Wayne appeared to
brighten. “No, it isn’t. It gives me
a much better idea. What’s the use
of wasting the whole program on a
chiseling little frump? No! I’ll take
you sailing, instead.”
“Me? Oh, I’m afraid I couldn’t—”
“Tomorrow morning,” Richard
Wayne prompted her, “at something
like nine?”
“Something more like ten,” she
“Great! You’re registered here?”
“I'll pick you up.” He rose, but
hesitated beside his chair. “And
whom shall I ask for?”
“What?” Karen said in a panic.
“The name, please?”
She crinkled her nose at him.
“You wouldn’t be able to pronounce
it. It’s a funny Russian name. I’ll
be waiting for you in the lounge—
you’ll know me, because I’ll be
wearing a potted geranium.”
“You won’t fail me?”
“I’ll be there.”
It was nearly midnight when Rich
ard Wayne called upon his brothers.
They had been expecting him ear
lier in the evening, and only an ob
jectionable message he had sent
them by phone had kept them wait
ing for him at an hour strictly out
side of their habits.
Richard’s two brothers, Ernest
Wayne and Willard Wayne, sat in
a large room which, in spite of its
prim order, showed the wear of the
humid years. The whole thing man
aged a transplanted New England
look obviously nothing had been
changed here for a long time.
The two brothers who here await
ed Richard Wayne seemed to have
been bred and raised by the New
England furniture. Both were older
than Richard, and when he looked
at them he was sometimes happy to
remember that they were only his
half-brothers, after all.
“It does seem to me, Dick,” Er
nest Wayne said fretfully, “that you
would show a little interest in what
is happening here.” Ernest, tall and
thin, did not look entirely well he
wore gold-rimmed glasses, which
did not seem to be strong enough
for his purpose, and when kent up
late he developed a peaked look. “I
don’t suppose,” he complained,
“that you realize you’ve kept us
waiting here almost four hours. We
held dinner for you a full thirty
five minutes.”
Dick sighed and sat down. “If I
weren’t interested I wouldn’t be in
Honolulu at all,” he said. “Now,
please try not to get all excited,
will you?”
“You don’t realize the seriousness
of the situation, Dick,” Willard said
heavily, without heat. “This thing
is critical in the extreme—perhaps
even desperate. Uncle Jim can’t
seem to "understand that he is not
invulnerable. He has delayed, and
“You think he’ll lose his shirt?”
His two brothers stared at him.
“It's unbelievable,” Willard said at
last. “You sit there and ask if we
will lose the case much as you might
ask if it were going to rain. The
island of Alakoa has been a family
possession for more than twenty
years everything we have in the
world is tied up in it. Uncle Jim
has given the best of his life to
building it into what it is today. And
now we stand to lose it, you sit
there just as nonchalant as—as—”
“As a hog on ice,” Dick suggest
ed. ‘As a duck with its eyelids,
so he with his nose—’
He rested his head upon the back
of his chair, half closed his eyes,
and tried not to think about his
“As I understand it from your let
ters,” he said now, “the complaint
is that when our mutual father
bought the island of Alakoa from
Garrett Waterson he practically
cheated the old boy out of his eye
teeth—is that the story?”
“Father was an industrious and
intelligent man,” Ernest Wayne said
with annoyance.
“Do you know anything much
about the original swindle?” he
asked them.
“I object to your tone,” Willard
Wayne said and Dick was aston
ished by the vigor of his brother’s
resentment. “Garrett Waterson was
a disreputable old pirate. He was
a waster and a speculator of the
worst sort—absolutely typical of a
certain kind of riffraff which trou
bled the Islands in the early days.
If father saw values in Alakoa that
Waterson did not, that certainly was
Waterson’s look-out. But now comes
this girl, this grasping, piratical lit
tle adventuress, intent on seizing not
only the whole of Alakoa, but all the
development which has cost Uncle
Jim the best years of his life, and—”
“Have you checked the identity of
this girl?” Dick interrupted.
“She’s Garrett Waterson’s grand
daughter, all right,” Willard admit
ted. “Naturally we hoped to dis
prove her identity. It now seems
that we cannot. Karen Waterson was
born in San Francisco in June, 1912
—that is to say, shortly before the
disarrcarance of Garrett Waterson
himself. Probably Garrett Waterson
never knew he had a granddaughter
at all, but here she is. It seems she
was orphaned, and brought up in
San Francisco by some aunts.”
"Well brought up?”
“The family has no distinction
whatever. The girl has been work
ing as a stenographer. Her relation
ship to the island of Alakoa proba
bly would never have occurred to
her as offering any possibilities, if
it had not been for this John Colt.”
“And who is this John Colt?”
“John Colt is thirty-six years old
and was bom in’New York. He is
one of the predatory speculators
who came to light in the boom days
of the late twenties. He acquired a
considerable fortune through water
developments in California. In 1932
his stock-juggling activities were in
vestigated, but without success.”
“You mean he’s not in jail?”
“No charges were brought. Need
less to say, he has now lost most of
his fortune and it is entirely possi
ble that everything he has left is
tied up in Karen Waterson’s project
to seize Alakoa. Undoubtedly, if the
girl succeeds, a large portion of the
loot will go to Colt himself. It is
pretty plain that Colt is the brains of
the whole fraud—probably the origi
nator, certainly the developer.”
“You seen? to have snootled
around to very good effect,” Tonga
Dick complimented them.
“And now,” Willard concluded,
“Karen Waterson, through her at
torneys, and undoubtedly acting on
the advice and direction of John Colt
is bringing suit, on the complaint
that her grandfather’s sale of Ala
koa was illegal—that Garrett 'Water
son, at the time of the sale, was
mentally incompetent. That shows
you the girl’s unscrupulous type—
she is willing to discredit her own
grandfather—prove him to have
been virtually insane—to gain ad
vantage for herself.”
“Same old story,” Tonga Dick
murmured. “But not so easy, in
the case of Garrett Waterson, I
should think.”
Willard Wayne exploded. “I tell
you it is easy! Unless we find a
way out, it is most certainly going
to be done! This is what comes of
dealing with irresponsibles of Gar
rett Waterson’s type. Evidence can
be brought in to show that Garrett
Waterson was not only totally irre
sponsible, but eccentric in the ex
treme. I myself am convinced he
was more or less deranged. Let
me remind you that xve’ve had hun
dreds of such cases in the Islands—
mostly successful!”
“I always heard,” Tonga Dick
said, “that Garrext Waterson was a
great old boy—quite a character.”
“Character be damned,” Willard
fumed. “He had no character at
all. He was an outrageous old brawl
er, always at the center of every
disturbance of any kind. He was
always doing incredible, outlandish
“And he sold Alakoa for fifteen
thousand dollars,” Tonga Dick com
mented. “What’s it worth today?
Three million?”
“Ridiculous,” Ernest snapped.
“The assets, as we carry them on
the book—”
“Maybe,” Dick said, “after all,
Garrett Waterson was a little fuzzy
at the edges, when he did that!”
“Right there,” Willard said mo
rosely, "is the whole point. If they
can show that Garrett Waterson was
incompetent, it follows that his
granddaughter was left destitute by
this single incompetent act.”
"AU of his acts were incompe
tent,” Ernest wailed.
“To prove that only makes things
worse. I tell you, if something isn’t
done, we’re utterly ruined. The suit
demands not only restitution of the
entire island to Karen Waterson, but
interest, or rental, for the last twen
ty years, amounting to more than a
miUion dollars. Dick, I teU you, I
think she can make it stick!”
“What do your attorneys say? Are
they hysterical too?”
“Gravely worried,” said Willard.
“They repeatedly urge that Uncle
Jim make an effort to settle out of
court. This Uncle Jim absolutely
refuses to consider he won’t hear
of any form of compromise at all.
So long as he takes that attitude
it is impossible for us, or for our
attorneys to talk to either Karen
Waterson or John Colt at all. Colt
evidently has great faith in her
case he meets every sort of over
ture with what amounts to silence.
And, by God, I’m afraid he knows
what he’s doing!”
Tonga Dick considered and pres
ently aUowed himself a slow grin.
"You know,. it’s just possible that
the girl really has you!”
Ernest flared up. “You have just
as much interest in Alakoa as we
have—or ought to have!”
"I guess,” Dick said speculative
ly, "I’d better have a talk with this
Waterson girl.”
"Can’t see how it can hurt any
"She won’t talk to you,” Willard
said shortly. “She won’t do any
thing at all without consulting John
“Oh, yes, she will. Tomorrow,
I’m going to take her on a cruise
up the coast—sight-seeing, you
"She won’t even see you,” Willard
said again.
“She already has. I talked with
her nearly an hour tonight.”
"You what?”
“I said, I’ve been talking to her
all night. Can’t you understand
"Did she know who you were?”
"Naturally. Do you think she’s a
His two brothers stared at him for
a little while in inarticulate outrage.
“I absolutely forbid this sailing
trip,” Willard got out at last.
"And so do I,” Ernest echoed.
“Any parley that is made with that
adventuress will be in full consulta
tion with us and our attorneys. I
absolutely forbid you to see this girl
again without the full concordance
"Go ahead and forbid,” Tonga
Dick encouraged him. "After all
there isn’t a thing in the world you
can do.”
■th* mavh
As he left them he was more
than ever thinking of them as pa
thetic and useless men. He had
reasons of his own for caring less
about the fate of Alakoa than they,
and this made their helpless panic
exasperating. The breach between
Dick and his brothers was widening
it soon would be complete. What
ever he was going to do toward
saving Alakoa for the Waynes—and
he believed he could save it, if he
wanted to enough—he was resigned
to attempting alone.
(To be continued)
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Begg and
sons Jimmie and Dean spent Sunday
afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. F. R.
Kerst in Wapakoneta.
Noah Moser was taken to the
Bluffton hospital Thursday, in a
serious condition with pneumonia.
Latest reports stated that he was
not much improved.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Stewart of
Mahoningtown, Pa., arrived here
Friday to spend several days with
the Marshall relatives in this vicin
The final service at the Presby
terian church in charge of Rev.
Charles Armentrout will be held
Sunday morning with a communion
service following the sermon. Rev.
and Mrs. Armentrout and daughter
Jeanne will leave Tuesday for
Indianapolis, Ind., where they will
make their future home.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Haas and
daughter Jeannine while enroute
here one day last week to visit in
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam
Haas, met with an auto collision
near Indianapolis which wrecked
their car, but the occupants for
tunately escaped with minor injuries.
Herbert Marshall, Jr., and Ralph
Marshall and a student friend at
O. S. U. spent the week-end with
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Marshall and
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Begg and
sons John and William were Sunday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clark
Van Meter and family in Delphos.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Stewart of
Mahoningtown, Pa., spent Friday
night in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Ray Marshall of Orange township
and were Saturday night and Sun
day guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. R.
Mayberry in Columbus Grove.
The Presbyterian missionary so
ciety met in the home of Mrs. Glen
Huber Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Begg
spent several days the past week at
the International Stock show in Chi
cago, returning home Wednesday.
Mrs. Ben Kidd will be hostess to
the Profit and Pleasure club for the
December program and gift ex
change Wednesday afternoon of next
week. The program includes: Roll
Call, What Christmas Tradition we
Keep at Our House Christmas
Comes Again, Mrs. Neva McDowell
Why the Chimes Rang, Mrs. Law
rence Begg Carols, club.
A. H. Marshall, a life long resi
dent of this community passed away
early Sunday, at the home of his
son Francis, following an extended
illness with paralysis. He was near
ing his eighty-ninth birthday and
had been able to do active work
about the farm until about a year
ago. He is survived by three sons,
Orlo, Walter and Francis and their
three children Jean, Mary and
Robert all residents of this com
munity. Funeral services were held
from his late home Tuesday after
noon with Rev. Charles Armentrout,
pastor of the Presbyterian church
officiating and interment in the
Rockport cemetery.
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Marion School Head
Talks At Lions Club
Much difficulty on the part of
students in the subject of mathe
matics is due to poor reading ability
rather than inability to work the
problems, it was stated by DeWitt T.
Mills, superintendent of Marion
county schools, who addressed the
meeting of the Lions club at the
Walnut Grill Tuesday night.
Mr. Mills has made a systematic
survey of the schools of Marion
county with an enrollment of more
than 3,000 pupils in order to deter
mine the needs of the students and
where changes of emphasis are need
ed. He has been assisted in this
work by Cleon Althaus, former Bluff
ton resident, who is a specialist in
testing programs and statistical re
Graphs were used to illustrate the
findings of the research into school
problems made by Supt. Mills. Mo
tion pictures showing the method of
administering the testing program
were also presented by the speaker.
Richland Center
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Courtnay and
family of Lima and Mr. and Mrs.
Clyde Grant and son were Sunday
dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. I.
Carol Jean Frantz spent Saturday
and Sunday with her grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Badertscher.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gratz, Mrs.
Richard Core and family and Mr. and
Mrs. Wilford Gratz were Sunday din
ner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Schaublin and daughter Rachel.
Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Luginbuhl and
Mrs. Warren Moser and son Kenneth
spent the week end in Indianapolis,
Ind., with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Ba
singer and daughter and Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Weeks and family.
Mr. and Mrs. John Marquart and
family, Mr. and Mrs.) Archie Hart
man and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Phil
lip Marquart and daughters and Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Marquart spent Sunday
afternoon writh Mr. and Mrs. Phillip
Marquart, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman and
daughter and H. P. Zimmerman spent
Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Wayne
Zimmerman and daughter.
The foods listed as available for
purchase by relief clients with blue
food stamps through December are
pork, grapefruit, apples, oranges,
vegetables, potatoes, shell eggs,
raisins, dried prunes, com meal,
hominy grits, dry beans, and several
types of wheat flour.
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S. Leroy Ghaster of Findlay was
a caller Monday afternoon on Mr.
and Mrs. T. B. Ghaster and daugh
ter Ruth.
Mrs. Mary Bolick was a week end
guest in the home of her grand
daughter Mrs. Joe Radabaugh and
family in Findlay.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ludwig spent
Thursday w’ith Mr. and Mrs. T. J.
Ludwig in Dola.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Radabaugh of
Findlay and Mrs. Bolick were Sun
day dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Ripley and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Dunson
were Sunday dinner guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Calvin Dunson in Kenton.
Chester Green who has been quite
sick passed away Monday morning.
His death is a great loss to this
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Stotts visited
recently with Mr. and Mrs. Oren
Martz at Deshler.
Mrs. Mary Clymer of Columbus
and Mrs. Clara Beauman of Find
lay were Friday evening supper
guests of Mr. and .Mrs. W. B. Kram
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jones and
family of Orrville and Mr. and Mrs.
Beam of Lima were Sunday after
noon callers on Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Kramer spent
Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs.
Bernard Stratton visiting with Mr.
and Mrs. O. W. Nonnamaker and
family and Mrs. Kathryn Firestone
and children.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collins of
Findlay spent Friday with Mr. and
Mrs. Virgil Woolley.
The following guests took baskets
to the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. D.
Reiter and family for Sunday din
ner: Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Dye of
Alvada, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Schaller and family of near Benton
Ridge, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon King
and family and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd
Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Reiter, Mrs.
Samuel Light called in the home of
Mrs. Lettie Rickley and family re
Mrs. Jim Watkins and Mrs. Lizzie
Flath returned from a visit to Ft.
Wayne, Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Kramer called
Sunday afternoon on Mrs. Elizabeth
Miller in Findlay and also called on
Mrs. Adda Krast.
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Kramer called
on Mr.and Mrs. Scothorn Monday
afternoon in Orange township.
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