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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 1942
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Well, cast your line, Hokano!”
Karen Waterson landed upon Ala
koa fascinated, deeply stirred, and
“Your uncle,” Charles Wong said,
“is very anxious to see you at
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
“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
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
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Badertscher
and son were Sunday dinner guests
at the Lester Ackerman home of
Gid Hilty of Memphis, Tenn., and
Chris Hilty of Pandora called Fri
day evening at the Amos Luginbuhl
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
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
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COWS $2.00
(of size and condition)
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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
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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.
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,
38 Probate Judge.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
•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.
Mr. and Mrs. Logan Shultz and
daughter of Carrollton, were New
Year’s guests of Mr. and Mrs. T. M.
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
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
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
38 Probate Judge.
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.
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

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