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HARRIET and tPIPER
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
SASE= "L
" " rist Field. tw'nty
__ eli ad beautiful, is
rcretary of the tilrta
i sbelle Carter. at
SRichard Carter'a
|ý pS res of seevent."en
S c Carter. Vtrd, t
years old and Inpres- t
acis himself it love with
urbedttracie scretary.
latest "affair i with
gload Pope. and the
ISloe it very eeriously.
Sthe teacUp thia
Sdtlfon Harriet is pro
gorbed by the arrival of
Soyal Blondin. Next
Sa Ina party in the city.
Makrr himself agreeabnle
ai, hleavs a deep impres
Stl unsophisticated gilrl.
o m tetlon over the appear
SlilM dn at "Crownlands"
by the fact that lie
Sdisturbing element in
s 0S years before, and she
i The man is an avowed
iing on0 the gullibilitY
W. es rich. He frankly an
gg M Mar1riet his intention of
SNina. who. a the daugh
igsb wealthY Richard Carter.
l ades/irable "catch." and
is to aid him. She la in
b lis power, and after
IWaith him to abandon his
f ie i to follow a policy
SIII.t Harriet visits her
Slht. Lnds Davenport.
6m e had had her home
har wIfnortunate acquaint
- Ith Dllsdla., and tells her of
The two women.
lags oucrupulous nature
l ý. eUw the future with
N °I'A tell IVt-Conttinud.
II" Harriet said, simply.
SW  of finding me; was
n I was." She stopped
ml sg on some unpalat
'ou wouldn't know
so I. a perfect freak.
and poetry, and the oe
STnare and the Russian
-ad the Ruslan mausic: he
them and he has been
aiuzsbl I He wears pon
ad red' tie, and has his
i --well, you never saw
Ssheeat anything or any
hving dinner with the
T To this Llnda could
ma amazed:
I" And as Harriet
h the gloom, she add
S"Why, he hadn't a
A always an Idiot--be
(ig 1 to eat ten years
,as waSgh to eat now I
et he gets three hon
has drawIng-roo.
pilm lYte mimings,' he
S.L Devenport was
esaltlument and In
feally-" she be
amklag her head.
you aid I" she
velee fell flatly.
h ht it over with
- !My ave minutes
the inevitable
tlbed--Roy and
sift. "He deesat
mnw am more than
4"0 agreed to a
t i r own
wa to
-We wa'et wery
u mmasewhat dimf
Me had an a n
WMSt game than I
hfer me mmmated
0#I--t ish all right,
ra happ breath
d that time earm
a t It wee yes
-tat I have edmbed
&I a happy-I
4 UA,-eat I haI-
t,t head wa
hnla great asehe in
th a msd molter
bd alreled them a
her Itte deter.
V.
sight r rather
. tal there. At
ee wId streemed
ma ttak, huot
l starriet, stan
..te rnmu-,
ot the crack
evr, the glrl
Three edlock,
w. Phe uank
Smtan stir until
, l the sm
i to leti
heekSW the
a lmtWeophte
hath Swat.
tmm i -t s
n aspected
sa ew
Ic-4
se 1esas
Wat;Ym ·mme
her trip to England and France and ki
Italy with her mother and brother ar
and grandmother. w
Suppose that she. Harriet. was right ci
In suspecting that Ward's feeling was E
more than the passing gallantry of w
q light-hearted boy? It would he a
nine-days' wonder, his marriage at
twenty-two with his mother's secre- N
tary, more than four years his senior. iu
But after that? After that there
would he nothing to say or do. Young It
Mr. and Mrs. Ward ('arter would es- ir
tahlish themselves comifortably. and h
tlhe lder Carters would visit them; al
lainelle absorbed as usual in her own
mysterlious thoughts, and Richard p
Cartler c
llarriet's thoughts, none too conm
fortable up to this po!nt, stopped here. it
and she flushed. She would not enjoy
telling Richard that she was to marry
his son. Those keen eyes would read
her through and through, and while
her father-In-law might love her. and
see her hbeaut and charm with all
the rest of the world. Harriet knew
that she must hegin an actual cnm
paign for his esteem on her wedding
day. The prospect had an unexpe(ct
ed piquancy. She had little fear of
its outcome. She would make Ward
Carter a wife for whom his father
must come to feel genuine gratitude
and devotion. There would he chil
dren, there would he hospitality and
music and a garden. And Ward
should seriously settle down to his
business, whatever it nmight he. and
show himself a worthy son of his
clever father.
"Why not-why not?" Harriet asked
herself, as she reached Madame Car
ter's pretentious apartment house, and
was whisked upstairs. She was to
meet Nina here. and she glanced about
for the big limousine at the curb, as an
indication that the old lady might he
ready to accompany them back to
Crownlands. But there was no car in
sight. The maid's first statement was
that Miss Carter had goene home with
her brother, and then Madame Carter
came magnificently into the room.
"Well, our bird has flown!" said the
old lady. Harriet could see that she
was pleased about something. t
r "Gone home with Ward?" Harriet I
asked. Madame Carter never shook
hands with her; there was conscious t
I superiority in the little omission. She t
sank into a chair, and Harriet sat t
t down.
"Ward and his friend, this Mr. Blon
t din," Madame Carter said. "A very t
interesting-a most unusual man. A
Svery good family, too-excellent old
family. Yes. Nina assured us that she i
had to wait and go home with her I
Daddy, but that-" Madame Carter
Sgave Harriet a deeply significant smile a
-"but that didn't seem to please
Somebody very much!" she added. "8o
I told Nina I thought Granny would be r
able to make it all right with Daddy, a
, and off the young people went."
She rocked, with a benignly trl
" umphant expresslon, and a complacent I
rustle of silken skirts. Harriet, be- i
neath an automatic smile, hid a tron- I
Sbled heart. Boyal was losing no time,
* Ward his innocent instrument, and this i
fatuous old lady of course playing his t
1 game for h I
Hiarriet aw that she was pleased I
I and attered by an older man's appasr
ent admiration of Nina; and that she
would further the girl' first definite I
affair In every way that lay in her I
power. It was maddening; it ex
asperating beyond words. An 'hone 1
warning would have merely flattered
CI S
I
' And Suddenly the Bright Had We
I In da's Lap and She Was Sebbing
k hear with Its ilpeatiaon of her I -po
IU tane; as, n, Isabelle and Harriet
I mlight try to hold the child back-4itt
II lOrann knew girl nature better than
a t either of thesi
i "Well, then. I mast follow th"
m hoe," arriet said, pleyantly. Yes
ai doat eme yek tensight '
cl TJ ths Madame Carter ver ypot-*
L. eily made no amwer; er pisam were
r net Mim ield buslamn
I "Th chad is growing apr" the eM
I "wlt, we, mut lek tfr love ahr
mow!" " "
ar Rrst t t- t there p &L
S"I thlak I wll matke thattws della
lrtai. Madam crter. mm i
1r s reseI m igtLtr., I
1this uemea,. qm aM bea ll
Ii - bom m t o dw e et m '_
d agint M ya aser.
knew that she was casting about for I
some honeyed and venomous farewell. I
when the muffled thrill of the hell x
came to them, and the footsteps ,f
Ella were heard. Immuediately after- s
ward Richard Carter ('nlme quickly ill.
He met Harriet at the door.
"Hlow are you, Miss Field? Tell I
Nina to hurry; I've got about five main- F
utes " he said. pleasantly.
"Don't keelp Miss Field; she Is mak- t
ing her train!" said his mother, coin
ing forward under full sail. and laying
both hands about his. "I'll explain
about Nina."
Richard Carter gave his mother the
peculiarly warm smile that was espe- 1
chilly her own.
"Went on with Ward, eh?" he said.
in his hearty voice. "That's all right,
1 .4
"A Very Interesting-A Most Unusual
Man-A Very Good Family, Too
Excellent Old Family."
then. Oh, Miss Field !" he called, after
Harriet's discreetly retreating back.
"the car's downstairs. Walt for me
there; I'll run you home in half the
time the train takes. I'm playing in
the tennis finals, Mother-"
Harriet, turning for Just a nod and
smile, heard no more. But as she en
tered the lift, the girl said to herself,
with a passionate sort of gratitude:
"Oh. I life you ! You're the only genu
ine and unselfish and kind-hearted one
in the whole crowd!"
She went down to the street, and
saw the small car waiting. He was
driving himself today. With a great
sense of comfort and relaxation Har
riet got into it, and was comfortably
established, and tucked In snugly,
when Richard came down. He smiled
at seeing her, got into his own seat;
the machine slipped smoothly into mo
tion, the hot and sordid streets began
to glide by.
"Ever think how illuminating it
would be, Miss Field, if we kept a list
of the things that are worrying us
sick, and read 'em over a few weeks
later?"
"I suppose so!" the girl said, a little
surprised, and yet with fervor. "We'd
have a fresh bunch then, and be wor
ryingaway Just as hard l"
The hpontaneous response in her
tome made Richard Carter laugh.
Harriet was content to enjoy this
restful Interval between the hurry and
crowdlng of Linda's house and the
currents and cross-currents that she
must encounter at Crownlands. She
watched the green ecuntry go by, the
trees silent and heavy with their rich
foliage, the tillages blazing with the
last Jane roses.
They flew by the great gates of the
country club, and turned in pasut
Crownlands lodge, and Harriet got out
at the steps, and turned her happy,
ashed face toward the man to thank
him. Whatever she saw in his face a
he smiled and nodded at her pleased
her, for she went upstairs saying again
to hpraelf, "Oh. you're real-you're
bMonest-I like you i"
It was delightful to get baeck into
the familiar atmosphere, to catch the
fragrance of flowers in the orderly
gloom downstairs, to take off her hat
and her hot, dusty clothing, and have
a leisurely hot bath; to put on fresh
and fagranmt summer wear, and to go
downdtairs presently, rejoicing in be
ing young and comfortable, and tre
mendously interested in life. The sIg
nifcance of Richard Carter's parting
look, its honest admiration and friend
lness, augmented by her own glance
at a chance mirror on her way up
talrs, stayed with her pleasantly.
- At one end of the terrice there was
an awnlng whose shade fell upon the
brik ortag and the jars of bloom;
and this aftetrnoom it also bshded Is
belle, In a basket chair, and the big
houd, and Tony Pope. Harriet cat
them a passing glance, and wodered
a little . her heart. The boy was
hndsome, and asciating, ad rich,
but it was just a little unusual to have
Isahelle so pegly Interested In san
undemhed and vage, this was still
ssmewhaer In thq deekriad et her
thuhs as the returmed to aream
leds, sad whm she met Ward Oa
a', wrustmsG with the engine o Ms
- - ash dimreats,cmdgs ar.
eot r i et t3e deaml gal
smhes o the r lgw
·r-- -; Y y~
as a er  mmn
his cigarette and straightening his I
neck. "She'll go like : bird, now. Say. r
get in anl try her, will you,?" he asked, I.
engerly. "('oneI onl-comel on, he ar
sport" 'But perhaps he a as as much s
surprised its delighted when she very
simply stepped into the low frolnt s.at. ii
lie gave her more than oneilll sidelise
glance as they went dipping siiiothly ii
up andl down tilt, green In'es, and said it
to himself, "(;,osh-whetn she crinkles I
those hile eyes of hers, antil her nl llth
sort of twitclheli s if she l':llwated to c
laugh, she is a Ibeauty-thal's whatl she f
is "
About a week later they met for as
few tlmoments in this very side- garden. f
It wats early evening, and twilight and
ouniiiiglht were mingled over the silent I
roses, and the trimmed turf, and the
low brick walls.
They c'atlne straight toward each i
other, and stood very close together,
and he took lth of lairriet's hatnds.
"Now, what is it-what is it?" the
man sald, quickly. "I've been waiting
long enough. I can't stand it any
longer! I can't go away t,lomonrrow.
perhaps for two weeks, and not
kno"w !"
"Ward." the girl faltered, lifting an
exquisite fahe that wore. even in the
failnt moonshinle, a troubled and In
tense expression, "cIan't we let it all
wait until you get hack?"
"Why, Harriet." and his arm went
about her shoulders, and he bent his
face over hers. "Hlarriet. why not let
me go happy?" he pleaded.
°"You'll see a dozen younger girls at
the Bellamys' catnp," Harriet rea
soned. "girls with whom it would be
infinitely more suitable-"
"Please!" he interrupted, patiently.
And almost touching her warm, smooth
cheek with his own, and coming so
close that to raise her beautiful eyes
was to find his only a few inches away.
he added, fervently. "You love me and
I love you-isn't that all that mat
ters?"
Did she love him? Harriet hoped.
when she reviewed it all in the rest
less, tossing hours of the night.that she
had thought. in that moment, that she
did. It was wonderful to feel that
strong, eager arm about her, there was
a sweet and heady intoxication in his
passion, even if it did not awaken an
answering passion in return. Under
all her reasoning and counter-reason
ing in the night there crept the knowl
edge thai she had known that this was
coming. had known that only a few
days of encouraging friendliness, only
a few appealing glances from uplifted
blue eyes, and a few casual touches of
a smooth brown hand must bring this
hour upon her. And back of this hour,
and of a man's Joy In winning the
woman he loved, she had seen the hazy
future of prosperity and beauty and
ease, the gowns and cars and homes,
the position of young Mrs. Ward'Car
ter.
She had let him turn her face up, In
the strengthening moonlight, and kiss
her hungrily upon the lips, and she
bad sen't him In to his dinner half-wild
with the joy of knowing himself be
loved. Harriet had gone In, too, shaken
and half-frightened, and with his last
whispered prophecy ringing in her
ears:
"Wait a year--rot I'll go to the
Bellamys', because I promised to, but
the day I come back, and that's two
weeks from today, we'll tell everyone,
and this time next year you will have
been my wife for six months!"
CHAPTER VI.
A most opportune lull followed,
when Harriet Field had time to collect
her thoughts. and get a true perspec
tive upon the events of the past week.
Nina was leaving for a visit to Amy
Hawkes, at the extremely dull and en
tirely safe Hawkes mansion, where
four unmarried daughters constituted
a chalperenage beyond all criticism.
t Isabelle Carter was giving and attend
Ing the usual luncheons and dinners.
t her husband absorbed in an especially
i important business deal that kept him
I alternate nlghts in the city. The house
Iwas quiet, the domestic tmachinery
running smoothly, the weather hot,
sulphurous and enervating.
She dlngd as usual alone, that eve
nins& and yas surprised, at about eight
r o'clock, to receive the demure notifia
t Itton from Rosa that Mrs. Carter would
like to she her. With hardly an In
a stant's delay shie went downstairsn.
"RUBBER IHEELS" ON MANY INSECTS
rasseehoppers, for nestance, Are Pro.
vided by Nature With Excellent
Shock Abesorbers.
Many Insects have "rubber bheels."
and especially the grasshopper. which
was in existence during the carbon
Iferous period when coal was formed.
All softer parts of an insect are in
closed in a more or less hardened
chitinous coveritng which is commonly
called the outer skeleton. Within this
skeleton all muscles and meaty parts
are formed and, when the grashop
per leds after Jumaplan, it would re
elve a slight ar, it ome meas f ab
oaerbilag it were provided. Of eorse,
the joiats take ease t part of the
sherk, and the few bristle-like lirs
roead e the estremslt also do tblh.
ut eve these ae lbamdlet to ab
serb the entire Jr. Tjhreore, No
tore wet to eert sad evlved an air
e.uahs. This ar euhlem Is ituated
at the eireoe tip at the tams and
juot bsnu the two dlaw of ser
beat Th edws he to besp the b
atst sa,, I w am I terab -a
sb eelur fs -a did seise t
en -mrn- p,,'
On the terrace outside the drawing
room windows they were at a card ta
hie: Iichard. looking tired and hot in
rumpled white, Isalwelle exquisite in
silver lace. and young Anthony Pope.
Ne.ar Ihy, .Madame Carter majestically
fingered some Illustratedtl mIagaZllines.
It aitp.ared that they wanted bridge:
it wasi too hot to eat, too hot to dance
at the club. too hot- said Isabelle
ipathetically-to live!
O)ligingly, Hlarriet took her place,
cut for tilt deal. IBut iher eyes had not
fallen lIupon the group before she
sen•sed that something wats wrong, and
she had a nlonlent's flutter of the heart
for fear selolle one suspectedl tier, that
she was under surveillance. Had
IRoyal-huld Ward
She turned a card, took the deal.
found Anthony Pope her partner, and
entered Into the game with spirit.
Ritilhard's first words to her were reas
suring; if there was constraint here,
she was not involved in it.
"No tullnp-says little Miss Field.
Well, that doesn't seem to frighten me.
Two sipdes."
"I think we might try three dia
monds, M!ss Field," Anothlony said.
gravely and pleasantly, and Harriet
felt hIerself acquitted of any apprehen
sion in that direction as well. It only
renmained for Isabelle to show friend
liness.
"Ibu hast dinmonten and perlen,
you two. I can see that! You're
down. iHarriet !" Mrs. Carter said,
thoughtfully. Harriet began thorough
ly to enjoy herself. If they were all
furious, at least it was not with her.
She speculated, as she gathered in
her tricks. Was it conceivable that
Richard did not enjoy the discovery
of the tete-a-tete dinner? But Isabelle
liadc often been equally indiscreet. and
a e had never seemed to resent it be
fore. Harriet knew that Isabelle was
Ill at ease; she suspected that Tony
was furious. The old lady was ohb
viously quivering with battled Inter
est and curiosity.
After three rubbers the game ended
suddenly; Richard said he had some
letters to write, and was keeping Fox
waiting in the library; Anthony scrhb
bled a check, said br!ef and unfriend
ly good-nights : Isabelle merely raised
passionate dark eyes to his. She was
r languidly gathering In her spoils
when the lights of his car flashed yel
low on the drive and he was gone.
Immed!ately afterward Richard
Carter said good-night to his mother
and wife. and went In to his study.
t
"Wait a Minute, Harriet, She Said
L Briefly, and Harriet Obedientl)
t Loitered.
Madame Carter followed him in, and
went upetairs, but Isabelle sat oc
moodily shuffling and reshufflng the
cards, In the bright soft lght of thi
terrace lamps.
"Walt a minute. Harriet," she ditd
Sbriefly, and Harriet obediently lote
But Isabelle seemed to have opthla(
to say. Her eyes were on theI
her beautiful breast, exposed 14the
low-cut silver gown, rose and fel
Sstormily, and Harriet saw that she was
b hiting her full under lip. as if ang-t
seethed strong within her.
"Miss Field, we have Jist
d a d n terile blew."
(TO BI CONTLNULED.)
The air cashion of the grassboppet
Is a round ball filled with air and alsN
provided wlth a few hairs. Thes
In a large measure absorb the shock
whenS the Insect lands on some rock
or boulder. Of course, when it lands
on some herb or gras, the shock Is
absorbed by the swaymlg plant
About the Limit In Bad Wine.
Very bad wine many decades age
was called "Three-Men Wine," be
cause It required one man to hold the
victim, a second to pour the wine
down his throat, and the third was
the victim made to drink, It. Abra.
ham Santa Clara. the preaching friar,
gave this name to the wine t Alsaee,
France, but the quality has somwhat
Improved tlne his dey.
An Aoeammeating Lo.tus.
"Gntlemem." said the aperbed
speaker, when the ights wet oeat md
the hea was seddely pluaasd in total
darknes. "this does not distua im n
the least, so I shall coatise mI
seek. I omly ask that theim at msm
aet of the halas sleb m kneo whoa
he is lavas and 1 step thee."
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