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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 1942
SYNOPSIS CHAPTER I—Karen Waterson. convinced by her lawyer, John Colt, that she has a claim to the island estate and fortune of her grandfather, Garrett Waterson, arrives in Honolulu to attempt to gain control of the property. Here she meets Richard Wayne, or Tonga Dick, as he is known throughout the South Pacific. He is a member of the Wayne family that has been in control of her grandfather's island, Alakoa, since the old man's disappearance. Although Tonga Dick knows who she is. Karen attempts to conceal her identity from him. Dick offers to take her sailing and she accepts. CHAPTER II—Dick goes to the home of his half-brothers. Ernest and Willard, for a conference regarding their interest in Ala koa. In the course of their discussion it is revealed that the Wayne family obtained the island for a small sum and under the direction of the boys' uncle. James Wayne, it has been developed to where it has as sets of around three million dollars. The Waynes are worried that Karen may have a good claim to the island. Now go on with the story. CHAPTER IV She drew into herself, then. After a while Tonga Dick Wayne went aft to stand beside the man at the wheel, but Karen remained at the rail, her eyes on Alakoa. For a long time the island drew no nearer. The Holokai seemed fixed at a given distance from her goal, racing across a restless sea which forever interposed itself. Un der Karen’s feet die deck of the little vessel pulsed between the steady boom of her Diesel and the shock of the smooth swells she was smashing to pieces as she drove. She still carried all sail, heeling deep and boring off at a long slant, but the great added power of her engine made her lift and reel, reach ing across the face of the sea like a crazy thing. Stealing a glance over her shoul der, Karen saw that Dick himself now took the wheel. There was a great stir on deck as most of the canvas came down and after this the half dozen of the crew who were visible stood alert along the rail, watching the water. Very much alive with a definite concentration, Tonga Dick Wayne spun his vessel through Alakoa’s treacherous shoals. A Hawaiian boy was in the bow with a lead line, his eyes turned to Dick’s face, but Dick did not call for the lead. A great mound of water rose under the taffrail of the Holokai, slam ming her shoreward like a surfboard before it broke and raced along her counter in a thrashing roar. Then suddenly upon the little schooner there was silence—unex pected, but complete and final. The engine quit, and the voice of the reef diminished surprisingly, until it seemed no more than a whisper. Effortlessly, on so even a keel that she seemed to glide upon glass, the Holokai drifted under a single scrap of sail into Alakoa’s little harbor. Along the shoreline of the little bay the sun still struck the water so that a band of electric blue, emer ald, and the red-gold of reflected sunset made the shallows an aggres sive rainbow, unbelievable to main land eyes. Beyond this radiant prism the indescribable soft tan of the beach lay broadly then the deep, dark, silent green of tropic vegetation, studded through with lit tle buildings that were like toy build ings, quiet and lovely in the sunset light So absorbing was her interest in the little port that for a while she forgot Tonga Dick she was even un aware of the scrutiny of a hundred pairs of eyes—mostly those of small brown-skinned boys who swam be side the slowing Holokai. What oc cupied Karen now was this unfamil iar soil where her father had been born: this land which even yet, if John Colt was to be believed, be longed to her. The background of Alakoa’s tiny port was like that of Honolulu—a near swift rising of mountain slopes dark with ohia trees and kiavi brush, into which reached from be low the long pale green fingers of the kukui trees, following the moist er contours. But the foreground was new and unknown. At one side, just behind the beach, an old warehouse ran, long and low, silver-gray from uncounted rains. It was half smothered in a tangle of sea grapes, and over one end hung a »’ist flame tree of the bright est cri' xn Karen had ever seen. Out from it ran a massive but crazi ly leaning pier and all except the pier seemed lost in the riot of coco nuts and hula palms, breadfruit trees and banyans, which made a veritable jungle behind the beach. This ruined development was the old Waterson layout, now turned over to the fishermen whose sam pans and outriggers dotted the shal low water and the beach. The pil ings leaned and sagged, but stood. .Here wa^perhaps the last landing old Garrett Waterson’s eyes had ever touched, that day when he had pointed his tali schooner southward to the open sea—never, so far as Karen knew, to be heard from again. When she thought of that it made the shadowy figure of her grandfather seem unexpectedly close. But the pier that Garrett Water son had built was not the principal landing any more. Farther to the west the Wayne landing stood, a modern concrete dock, long and clean-cut. Behind it a number of long, handsome stucco buildings stood, set in parallels The.roadways. between them were ornamented with neat rows of‘date palms, and here everything was well planned, efficient, and clean. Already, from what John Colt had learned, Karen knew that this orderly and perma nent development showed in its ev ery angle the character and meth ods, d\ren the personality, of James Wayne. One hundred yards from the beach the Holokai’s anchor roared down, splashing water higher than her booms and now Dick Wayne was standing beside Karen again. He spoke to her with an imper sonal courtesy. “The ladder’s down. If you’re ready to go ashore—” Karen’s temper blazed up. “You’ve gone a long way out of your way,” she told him, “to put me in a perfectly impossible position. 1 don’t see why I should wish to go ashore at a place which cannot pos sibly contain anything else except more of your own kind.” “Well,” Dick grinned, “wasn’t this your own suggestion? ‘Take her out and show her the coast line. Feed shark’s-fin soup. Show her Ala koa—she’d be interested?’ “No doubt that is very funny,” Karen said incisively “your jokes are perfectly killing. But meantime I am virtually your prisoner, for reasons of your own that I know nothing about. And I don’t like it at all.” Dick Wayne spoke again, his voice very low and gentle. “I’m sorry it worked out this way,” he said. “Of course, I understand how you feel. I promise you that things will be made as comfortable as possible for you while you’re here. My brothers are in Honolulu, and there’s no one you’ll have to talk to here.” Karen Waterson’s anger died out. This man could put her into white blazes of temper, but, curiously, she did not hate him when the anger was gone. Her tremendous curiosi ty about .Alakoa came on her again, as strongly as if the heart of the island itself were pulling upon every part of her. She glanced at Tonga Dick, who, as usual, was not looking at her and, after a moment more, silently went down the ladder into the shore boat. Always afterward, Karen Water son was able to recall every detail of that landing upon Alakoa—the brown-green of the barnacles bris tling upon the rotting piles of the fishermen’s pier, the broken, water soaked fingernails of a small brown boy who clung for a moment to the gunwale at risk of the propeller the salty, fishy smell of drying nets, the buttery reek of copra, and the hot, lush breath of the verdant beach jungle, which seemed to give the island a soul utterly apart from that of the sea. But among all these things that were meaningless in themselves, one stood out: the figure of the man who stood at the stem of tAe shore launch, balancing easily to its roll. It was the figure of a brown-skinned young man, dark as stained ma hogany, who was getting ready to throw the painter to the landing. To Karen the great height and breadth of shoulder of this man seemed beyond belief. She knew that the burial caves of the old Ha waiians told a story of a race among whom a man seven feet tall was a commonplace and that museums contained Polynesian jawbones such as the hand of a modern man could hardly span. But she did not know that such types as this were com mon still, upon the remote beaches. To Karen it seemed that the broad sweep of this man’s shoulders sus tained something which she had sup posed was gone—something that had lived between the jungle and the sea a thousand years before the first white whalers rowed thirstily ashore. “Well, cast your line, Hokano!” Karen Waterson landed upon Ala koa fascinated, deeply stirred, and —afraid. “Your uncle,” Charles Wong said, “is very anxious to see you at once.” Ever since Tonga Dick and Karen had arrived, the tall Chinese, secre tary to James Wayne, had been hov ering near Dick—if Charles Wong could be said to hover. Charles Wong, who had never seen China, showed in his tall and bony frame the stamp of the Manchu, but about him was no mannerism belonging to the Oriental. Now that Karen Waterson had been turned over to James Wayne’s housekeeper, Tonga Dick could give his attention to the things that had brought him here. zThe aged Ha waiian woman who had always tak en care of this house had gone to join the Old Ones since Dick was last here, but her granddaughter, a slim Hawaiian girl named Lilua, was in her place, directing the little Japanese girls who did the work and Dick had no doubt that the girl he had brought here would be shown every hospitality. Dick was troubled because his un cle had not come out to meet him. “He’s in bed?” “No he’s supposed to be, but nobody can keep him there. We have carried him into his office and he’s sitting at his desk.” “Carried him? Is it as bad as that?” “This is very bad, Mr. Wayne,” Charles Wong admitted. “It’s al most impossible to get him to sub mit to any medical attention. But we think it’s his heart.” “Well—I’ll go right in.” Yet Dick hesitated he was won dering whether he had better ask the advice of Charles Wong. After all, it was two years since Tonga Dick had met his uncle face to face. “This girl,” Charles Wong said hesitantly, “this girl—” He stopped. Dick Wayne was startled. It was as if the Chinese had read his mind. He remained silent, waiting. “I was just thinking,” Charles Wong said after a moment, “that perhaps it might be unwise, consid ering your uncle’s condition, to in troduce a stranger now. I mean, if perhaps we lust said nothing^-” (To be continued) Richland Center Kenneth Luginbuhl has returned to Camp Shelby, Miss., after spend ing the past week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Yerks of Lima spent Saturday evening at the Amos Luginbuhl home. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hilty and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Young spent last Wednesday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin and daughter Rachel. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Amstutz, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Amstutz and son Darrel, John Amstutz, Mrs. Ruth Anderson and children and Mary Jane Worthington were Sunday evening supper guests at the Otto Amstutz home. Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Gratz were Sunday dinner guests at the Ernest Gratz home. Supper guests were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gratz of Lima. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Miller and family were Thursday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cuppies. Miss Patsy Ann Schaublin spent Wednesday and Thursday with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin and daughter Rachel. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stevens of Upper Sandusky and Mr. and Mrs. Otto Amstutz spent Thursday even ing at the Ernest Gratz home. Merlin Burkholder of Camp Shel by, Miss., was a Sunday caller at the Amos Gerber home. Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Badertscher and family and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Zimmerman and daughter were Sun day dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Badertscher and son. Kenneth Luginbuhl of Camp Shel by, Miss., Miss Harriette Criblez and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Grant and son were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Luginbuhl. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin and daughter Rachel spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boutwell. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Badertscher and son were Sunday dinner guests at the Lester Ackerman home of Lima. Gid Hilty of Memphis, Tenn., and Chris Hilty of Pandora called Fri day evening at the Amos Luginbuhl home. Mrs. Charles Strahm of Seattle, Wash., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ream of Lima, Miss Rhoda Hilty, Mrs. Ethel Niswander and daughter Letha, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hilty and grand children Hugh and Billy Ann Hilty, Mr. and Mrs. Herjry Hilty and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin and granddaughter Patsy Ann Schaublin were Wednesday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Niswander and family. Mr. antj Mrs. Hiram Reichenbach and family were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hochstettler and family. Mrs. Evan Davis of Rushmore and Mrs. John Habegger spent Tuesday WE PAY FOR HORSES $4.00 COWS $2.00 (of size and condition) Call ALLEN COUNTY FERTILIZER 23221—LIMA, OHIO Reverse Tel. Charge* E. G. Bnchaieb, Inc. THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO Red Cross Call to Service ________________________________________________________________________ 1 The poster by James Montgomery Flagg is the first war poster of the new World War. It is an appeal for a $50,000,000 American war relief fund to feed, shelter, clothe and give medical aid to American men, women and children bombed by the enemy. It is an appeal for funds to provide comforts for our American Army and Navy, and for welfare work for our troops at home and abroad,, and their families on the home front. President Roosevelt asks you to give. Your dollars will serve humanity. Give through your local Red Cross Chapter. afternoon at the Amos Gerber home. Rev. and Mrs. H. T. Unruh and daughter Mildred, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bixel and Mrs. Ray Heiks were Wednesday evening supper guests at the Otto Amstutz home. Miss Lester Bowscher of Lima Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Gratz, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gratz, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Jennings and son Rod ney, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schaublin and daughter Rachel spent Sunday evening with Mrs. Elda Hoff man of Lima. Mrs. Charles Sharp and Miss Shirley Odell of Norwalk were Wed nesday callers at the Amos Lugin buhl home. The Richland Community Circle will hold their monthly meeting at the home of Zella Hixon this Thurs day afternoon, Jan. 8. The Girls’ Guild of the Emanuel’s Reformed church will hold their meeting and have installation of officers at the home of Mrs. Vera Elliott this Thursday evening. The new officers who will serve for the coming year at the Richland Grange are as follows: Master, Arthur Bowers Overseer, Raymond Stratton Steward, Reno Gratz Ass’t. Steward, Otis Fett Chaplain, Mrs. Henry Huber Treasurer, Leo nard Gratz Secretary, Mrs. Elda Hoffman Gate Keeper, Dennis Brauen Ceres, Mrs. Wilford Gratz Flora, Mrs. Howard Moser Pomona, Mrs. Reno Gratz Lady Ass’t Ste ward, Mrs. Warren Moser Lecturer, Mrs. Raymond Stratton Executive Committee, Will Hilty, Walter Schaublin and Henry Huber Choris ter, Wilford Gratz Pianist, Mrs. Willard Jennings Business Agent, I. M. Jennings. The new officers who have been elected at the Emmanuel’s Reformed church and will be installed next Sunday morning are as follows: Sunday school officers are—Supt., Wilford Gratz Ass’t. Supt., Walter Hochstettler Secretary, Donavin Moser Treasurer, Lois Long Pian ist, Levada Balmer Chorister, James Gratz, and Cradle Roll Supt., Mrs. Raymond Matter. Church officers are, Elders, Walter Hochstettler and Earl Matter Deacons, Harry Am stutz and Warren Moser. Ohio Production Credit Associa tions with more than 12,000 farmer members begin annual meetings on January 8 and conclude the series on Feb. 19. NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT The State of Ohio, Allen County, ae. Estate of Hiram S. Locher, Deceased. Ruth Anne Locher, of 1532 Ansel Road, Cleveland, Ohio, has been appointed and qual ified as administratrix of the estate of Hiram S. Locher, late of Allen County, Ohio, de- Dated this 24th day of D'Cember, 1941, RAYMOND P. SMITH, 38 Probate Judge. For Vigor and Health— include meat in your menu. Always ready to serve you. Bigler Bros. Fresh and Salt Meats Boy Scout Notes Troop 56 By Robert Stratton At the meeting Monday night awards were presented to John Schmidt and Robert Fisher in a hand icraft contest. The awards were tie clasps with a scout insignia. The Explorer patrol will meet at the home of Robert Oberly, Thursday night. Troop 56 received an award for a troop budget plan by scout headquart ers, Each boy will contribute a nickle a week for which the scout will re ceive subscription to the Boy’s Life magazine. The fund will also be used to pay for the badges the scouts get and to provide an emergency fund for un forseen events. Troop 82 By Calvin Dudgeon Scout meeting for Troop 82 was held this week in the basement of the Presbyterian church, Monday night. Meetings are held there twice a month and on the other times at the Legion hall. A certificate of membership was presented to the scouts at the meet ing. Upon receipt of the member ship certificate the scout was required to explain one point of the scout law. The scouts participated in a form of baseball game in which one team asked the other team questions about the flag, uniform, badges and knots. After the meet all the boys help ed to bundle papers, cardboard and magazines. Mr. Ralph Steams, troop commit tee chairman, visited the meeting. The next meeting will be held in the Legion hall. Pleasant Hill Mr. and Mrs. F.arl Winegardner called at the Arthur Phillips home Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Lily Fett and Nellie Huber were Saturday night guests at the Robert Hess home in Findlay. Mr. and Mrs. George Huber called at the Paul Winegardner home Sun day afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Ira Larue were Sunday dinner guests in the Cal Herr home. Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Zimmerman and daughter called in the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Lugibihl and daughter were Sunday evening din ner guests in the Wm. Lugibihl home. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Jennings and son Rodney called Sunday after noon on Mrs. Elda Huffman of Lima. Mrs. Cora Huber and granddaugh ter Sondra were week-end visitors in the Paul Winegardner home at Harrod. Mrs. Paul Winegardner and child ren spent New Year’s day with Mrs. Cora Huber. Donald Yoakum called at the Cora Huber home Tuesday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Clate Scoles called at the George Huber home Sunday evening. Clf I •Disregarded STOP sign* was given as the contributing cause of 420 accidents on state highways outside municipalities for the first ten months of 1941, as recorded by the Division of Traffic 6? Safe ty* Ohio Department of Highways. Obey STOP signs when driving and aid in the emergency safety program to halt the rising acci dent rate, which is causing a cor responding rise in man-hours lost in war production. LaFayette Mr. and Mrs. Logan Shultz and daughter of Carrollton, were New Year’s guests of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Robinson. Edward Oberdier of Camp Bel voir, Va., has been visiting relatives and friends here. Mr. Chester Barber of Indiana polis, Ind., spent Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Robin son. Robert Bradley of Akron was a week end guest of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Bradley. Miss Lillian Desenberg spent the week end with friends at Cleveland. Jack Blunden left Monday for Cincinnati with a group of naval recruits. Many Ohio agricultural associa tions and societies hold annual meet ings at Ohio State University dur ing the 30th annual Farmers’ Week, Jan. 26-30. The Ohio Farm Defense Board, the Ohio State University extension service, machinery manufacturers and other agencies will cooperate to assist farmers in determining ma chine repairs needed in 1942 and in getting those parts by the time they are required. The farm survey to determine plans of Ohio farmers in food pro duction next year revealed intentions to meet or surpass defense goals in every case except planting gardens and in raising tomatoes for can neries. Fear of the labor situation and dissatisfaction with 1941 to mato prices caused Ohio farmers to plan a 10.3 per cent decrease in tomato acreage. The number of gardens will be increased but not enough to reach the goal set. Don’t Forget Your BLUFFTON NEWS SUBSCRIPTION Your YELLOW LABEL on this Issue Reads W JANUARY, 1942 YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS DUE NOW! Renew Your Subscription for the Coming Year! Special Club Rates on Newspapers and Magazines PAGE SEVEN AN ORDINANCE An Ordinance: Fixing salaries and com pensation of certain officers and employees of the village of Blugton. Ohio, and rejealing all previous ordinances inconsistent there with Be it ordained by the Council of the Vil lage of Bluffton, State of Ohio: Section 1. That the salary of the Marshal, Chief of Police. Village of Bluffton, Ohio, i.hall be one hundred ($100) dollars per month, payable monthly. Section 2. That the salary of the Deputy Marshal of the Village of Bluffton, Ohio, shall be one hundred and ten ($110) dollars per month, payable monthly. Section 3. That the salary of the Street Commissioner of the Village of Bluffton. Ohio, shall be fifty ($50) dollars per month, pay ab'e monthly. That the salary of the Caretaker of Maple Grove Cemetery of the Village of Bluffton, Ohio, shall be seventy-five ($75) dollars per month, payable monthly. Section 5. That all volunteer firemen of ficially appointed shall be allowed one meeting per month and each fireman attending the meeting shall receive two ($2.00) dollars and that each fireman responding to fire call shall each receive two ($2.00) do$»er« for each fire call response. Section 6. That the nfcwe salaries and comiensation shall be effective from and af ter the first day of January, 1942. Section 7. That all ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith be and the same are hereby repealed and this ordinance shall take effect from and after the earliest period allowed by law. Passed this Sth day of January, 1942. W. A. HOWE. Mayor. WILFORD GEIGER. Clerk. 38 FINANCIAL STATEMENT BLUFFTON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY 1»4I RECEIPTS Class entry fees ...................................... $ 99.40 Per Capita Tax (1940) .......................... 800.00 Junior Fair (1940) ......................................188.10 Loans ............................................................ 876.40 Membership Fees ................................... 41.50 Donations .................................................... 201.00 Total Receipts for the year ........... $22(k5.40 Balance in. Treas. beginning of year 63.22 TOTAL $2269.62 DISBURSEMENTS Secretary ................................................ $ 25.00 Expenses of member* ........................... 35.55 Advertising ............................................... 11.75 Printing. Ribbons. Premium Lists, etc 72.85 Postage....................................................... «.30 Premiuus Paid, Class ........................... 720.20 Premiums Paid, Junior Fair ............ 156.20 Judges ........................................*............ 42.00 Police and Nightwatch ........................... 8.00 Music ........................................................... 5.00 Labor and hauling ................................... 6.25 Insurance ..................................................... 3.00 Payment of Loan ................................... 988.10 Rent of buildings and equipment .... 9750 Straw for bedding ............................... 31.00 Miscellaneous ........................................... 19.46 Total expenditures for the year .. $22316 Balance in Treasury at close of year 39.46 TOTAL $2269.62 Total indebtedness at close of the year ....................................... $876.40 Reepectifully submitted. HARRY F. BARNES, Secretary. AUDITING COMMITTEE REPORT Bluffton, Ohio, Dec. 31, 1941. We. the undersigned, members of the Aud iting Committee of thr Bluffton Agricultural Society, having audited the records of said Society for the year 1941, desire to report them correct. Signed: Albert Winkler, Ben. Amstutz Joe Powell. NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT The State of Ohio. Allen County, as. Estate of Menno Badertscher, Deceased. A. D. Gratz, of Bluffton, Ohio, has been appointed and qualified as administrator de bonis non of the estate of Menno Badertscher, late of Allen county, Ohio, deceased. Dated this 24th day of December, 1941. RAYMOND P. SMITH. 38 Probate Judge. NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT The State of Ohio, Allen County, fw. Estate of Noah Moeer, Deceased. Clair C. Moser, of Columbus Grove, Ohio, haa been appointed and qualified as adminis trator of the eetate of Noah Moser, late of Allen County, Ohio, deceased. Dated thia 24th day of December. 1941. RAY’MOND P. SMITH, 38 Probate Judge. There were 195,290,755 bushels of old corn in storage on Dec. 14,1941, under government loans. Ohio farm ers had stored 246,625 bushels of that total.