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Squirrel Food
By Charles E. Walk. Copyright. 1914, by A. C. MeCLug & Co.
"These two young men brought
this diamond, uncut. I remember
how my jaw dropped when the
tierce-eyed young fellow shook it
out of a funny-looking ivory box
onto a velvet pad; for I had never
seen such a diamond.
"I was given Instructions to
weigh and measure and cut the
stone so as to get the most per
fect finished gem possible. It took
many weeks, that job. And one or
the other of the two young fel
lows was always present, watching
until It was returned to them.
"And when I was through they
took their diamond and went away
to where efer it was they game
from —nopody efer heard where
that was.
"That Is all I efer knew—
egcept the name of the fierce
eyed fellow, who wasn't fierce by
nature. It was that name In the
newsbapers— "
Struber sharply Interrupted.
"What was the fella's name?"
he demanded.
If the room suddenly had turn
«d upside down, I could not have
been more staggered. I vaguely
heard Struber asking other ques
"Do you mean one o' the fellas
with the diamond was Steve Wil
"No, no, no; I didn't say Steve
•—Just Willets. That's all I efer
WE HAVE made every effort
during the past year to bet
ter our service. We know we have
not pleased everyone and that there
are still shortcomings to be cor
rected. But we think that we are
giving better transportation serv
ice than we were giving one year
ago, and that there is less cause for
criticism and complaint than there
was at the beginning of 1916.
We hope that for the coming
year there will be less cause for dis
satisfaction than ever before.
We have set as our goal— "A
Tacoma Railway and
Power Co.
heard of his name."
"And the little ivory box they
brought the uncut stone in, would
yuh recognize It If yuh were to see
it again?"
"Surely," replied Aartsen. "It
was square—about two lnohes"—
he Indicated the size with his
hands—"covered with funny Chi
nese carvings—"
We all turned abruptly to Miss
Fox. She had uttered an inartic
ulate cry of amazement.
"Why," she faltered, "that de
scribes a small Chinese box that
has belonged to my aunt ever
since I can remember. But of
course It cannot be the same one."
"Of course not," Aartsen read
ily agreed. "Just as there was
neft-r such another diamond us
this one."
"Don't be too sure," Struber j
dryly advised him. "I can show
yuh Insider of an hour a box I bet
yuh'll swear is the same one. I
Them dinkey little boxes seem to]
be as thick as fleas on a dog. How!
many Is there anyhow? I'd like to
see Miss Fox's aunt's."
"You may," she quietly told
him. "She'll show It to you It I
give you a note to her."
"Thanks Miss Fox. I'll slip out
there some time today, then."
Lois Vlows the King.
Up to this time I had spoken of
What's the Matter With Balmy Benny For an Efficiency Expert.
the death-ring to Miss Fox only in
the most casual way. But now,
with the potential connection be
tween the ring and the ivory boxes
in mind, and the manner in which
they had come into the mystery
surrounding her own life, I de
cided that she was entitled to all
the Information I could impart.
Accordingly, after wo were once
more back at the office, I called
Miss Fox Into my private room for
the purpose of telling her about
the ring. The story of the diamond
of course, she had already heard
that morning.
As I unlocked the drawer where
I had hidden the ring, 1 said:
"The diamond coming as it did
was enough to upset any man; but
Iho two boxes being exactly alike
was the limit." I drew forth tho
ring box.
The instant Miss Fox beheld the
box I knew its appearance was not
strange to her.
"If I didn't know differently
now." she declared, "I would be
willing to make solemn oath that
this is Aunt Lois'."
I began with the time six years
previously, when Mr. I'nruh, the
public administrator, first gave
mo the ring and told me the cir
cumstances of Charley Yen's
Now, It had not been a part of
my purposo to show her the ring,
but she calmly asked to see It.
"I don't ask out of curiosity,"
she explained. "It may have play
ed some part in my past that I
have forgotten; sight of it may
awaken my memory."
I opened the box and shook the
ring out upon the desk.
She saw It. The girl's first half
tlmld look changed swiftly to a
fixed stare. Next Instant she went
reeling backward toward the wall.
I sprang from my chair.
"Good heavens!" I shouted.
"What Is it?"
To some extent, she gradually
recovered hor poise, but shudder
after shudder continued to shake
her body.
Also she seemed to have forgot
ten my pronence, for after a mo
ment I heard her mutter:
"The Kiss of the Silent Death!
So It's true, then. How awful! —
how awful! Now I know what It
In the swift reaction from ter
ror, now that I was convinced that
she was unharmed, I slumped
weakly back Into my chair.
"Then for tho love of heaven,"
I pleaded, in a trembling voice,
"tell me too."
Without a word she calmly re
moved her collar, reached back
and unfastened some of the up
per buttons of her shirtwaist and
drew It down In front an Inch or
two, thus exposing perhaps a
Miss Sophie I_unl>, at rl-ihi. in
c barifn of one of Uncle Sam's ba
reau-i, and an applicant for work.
CHICA4_K>, Jan. H.-l'mle Ham f
ha* reached oat his hand to the
girl inn-do Ntndeiit Who must do
cabaretlng to pay for mnsle lem*
*'««, and tin* ambitious yonng
singer who must sing In cabarets
and dance tin 11* until noniethlng
else tarns up!
They have been taken under the i
wing of the Hnlted States employ- 1
ment service and many are secur- i
tng good positions through the
hand's breadth of loviness at the
base of her rounded throat. No
thought of the uncouventlonality
of the act entered either of our
heads at that palpitating moment.
"Look!" she said tensely, her
eyes glowing.
I did, and next Instant was once
more starting from my chair.
On tho white flesh, like a green
tattoo murk, was an unmistakable
imprint of the death seal.
Then our eyes met and we look
ed long into each other's awed to
silence. We were thinking of
Strang's inquiry about a tattooed
"H-h-how in the name of all
that's holy did that get there?"
She looked at me clear-eyed as
she buttoned her waist again and
refastened her collar.
"How ran | tell after this?
Birthmark, Indeed! Aunt Lois has
deliberately deceived me about it.
Why, Mr. Ferris, Just think of It!"
She iald a hand upon her bosom.
'This must be a tattoo-mark;
James Strang knows. But how did
he learn of it? Who could have
put it there, and for what earthly
reason? It's the most perplexing
thing I ever heard of!"
It was, indeed.
"But sight of the Ideograph
awoke some other association In
your mind," I reminded her pres
ently. "You uttered some strange
words—what do they mean?"
"That's true. I'll explain. At
the time 1 showed you the Strang
letters I honestly believed this to
be a birthmark. My aunt assured
me It was. But my mind flew back
to something that happened years
ago—when I was a very little tot.
"I woke up one night with a
feeling that somebody had kissed
my throat. In a dim way, I saw
Aunt Lois bending over me, cry
"Almost right away I drifted
back into sleep; but not before I
heard Aunt I.ois whisper in a dis
tressed tone: "The Kiss of the
Silent Death — God protect this
poor, helpless, Innocent baby!"
A sudden clamor of the tele
phone made I.ols and me jump. I
grabbed up the Instrument, clap
ped the receiver to my ear, and
Immediately recognized Struber's
"That you, Mr. Ferris?" he ask
ed. "This is Struber. Say, If you
can let Miss Fox of ihe'd better
come homo right away. Don't
scare her; her aunts all right; but
something wan pulJi.d off before I
got here and the old lady's gone
bug. Get me?"
I became aware that Miss Fox
was bending over me. She, too,
had hoard.
"Ask him," she hoarsely de
manded, "what hat* happened."
"Look here, Struber —Miss Fox
heard you."
"Take my word for It, Mr. Fer
ris, Mrs. Fox Is all right. She's
simply been scared stiff. I don't
want to say too much over the
"We can believe him," said T,
with conviction. "I'll go with you."
This proposal seeming to be
agreeable, I telephoned for a taxi.
federal employment bureau.
"We want to keep the young
music student and young singer,
unwise In the ways of the world,
away from cabarets," says Mrs.
Sophie l_-i.nl*. head of the woman's
division of the federal employment
Once in a tainted atmosphere a
girl's future Is doubtful —as far
as music goes and doubtful as to
moral standards.
"So the federal service which
A Fresh Yictiin.
Struber met us when our ma
chine drew up at the cottage
where Miss Fox lived.
Before my companion had time
to volte her anxiety, he an
nounced: "The old lady's all right
now. She's alone."
Miss Fox hastened up the walk
and disappeared Into the house. I
lingered to hear the particulars
from Struber.
"Don't ast me," he forestalled
my first question. "Nobody knows
wiiat's happened — only as I've
doped It out. Walt till Miss Fox
has had time to talk to her aunt,
then we'll know whether I'm right
or not.'
"What have you doped out?"
I was Impatient to know. "And
why should Mrs. Fox have been
'scared stiff,' as you expressed
"Dimno what scared her. It
might a-been worse than that If I
hadn t come just when I did. You
see, the Inside door was open;
just the screen was shut. I
knocked a couple o' times and
didn't raise anybody. Then I
walked In —In a hurry. I smelt
"Chloroform!" I ejaculated In
"Yep. Found the old lady on
the dining-room floor with a towel
over her face. Towel was soaked
with the stuff.
"I was just going to hunt a doc
tor when she come to and see me.
Then she went from one fit to an
other, so I rustled tho neighbors
and phoned you to get the young
lady home."
"Was It robbery?—burglary? I
"Well, you might call it both,
Struber slowly admitted. "Some
body wanted something of the old
lady's mighty bad to take such a
We moved together up to the
porch, where Miss Fox almost im
mediately joined us.
"Mr. Struber, do you know what
happened?" she asked.
"Only what I've guessed, Miss
Fox," he replied. "I was hoping
your aunt could tell us about It."
The girl shook her head.
"She can't tell much. She was
busy in the kitchen when she was
attracted by a slight noise at the
front of the house. She came to
the front door to Investigate. All
she saw was what she took to be a
Chinese laundryman's wagon
standing in front of the house
next door.
"But you know the Crlnese
habit of walking right Into one's
house without knocking. She
thought of this and turned to look
into the front room; then she was
seized from behind. Before she
could scream or si niggle, she says,
a cloth was pressed over her face;
she knew nothing more until she
came to and saw a strange man
stooping over her."
"That was me she saw," Stru
ber explained. "I made a quick
search of the house before the
neighbors got here, but It didn't
look torn up any. Of course I
couldn't tell if anything was miss-
helps many unskilled work women
and professional women has ex
tended its aid to the glrki in the
art world.
"We are aided by the largest
organization of women In the
country, the co-operative league of
the United States employment ser
vice. There are 8000 prominent
women In this organization. Many
of these women engage enter
tainers for home programs or club
or lodge affairs."
By Ahem
ing. Then your aunt didn't see
Miss Fox again shook her head.
"No, nobody at all, except you.
But I have discovered what they
were after —what they took."
We waited expectantly.
"The little Ivory box," she add
ed soberly, her eyes on Struber;
"the One you came here/o see."
We continued to discuss- the
epißOde at length, but with no
very satisfactory results. Conjure
our brains as we would, the whole
thing remained Inexplicable; so
presently I asked Struber whether
lie had (Mod the Republic Hotel's
missing guest. '■,%
He bcov> leil and shook his head.
My glance met Miss Fox's. In
hers I read understanding.
"Suppose I tell him," I pro
"If you think It best," she ac
Whereupon Struber listened
with marked attention to a recital
of Miss Fox's mysterious corres
Somewhat to my surprise Stru
ber made no comment on what we
told him. He gazed piedltatlvely
down the street for so mo time,
and finally asked if I hail noticed
a gray automobile following me.
His question gave me something
.of a jolt, for I had noticed Just
such a car, but had refrained from
saying anything about It, assuring
myself that It was ray overstrained
nerves and the untoward events of
the upast few days which caused
me to fancy it was following me.
Now, however, I told Struber all
I could remember concerning it,
especially of the begoggled occu
pants, two in number, whose Iden
tities were thus concealed. He
bade me to continue to act as if I
were not aware of being shadowed,
and departed for town.
Before I left 1 obtained an inter
view with M|M Fox's aunt g. She
could tell me little enough, yet
what she did tell had a direct
bearing on subsequent events.
According to Mrs. Fox, her
younger brother, Stephen, had al
ways been wayward, and before he
had reached maturity had been
obliged to flee the country because
suspicion pointed to htm as the
murderer of his older brother,
Here Miss Fox whispered to me
that this was the first she had ever
heard of her uncle Samuel.
The two brothers, It seemed, had
been fishing, and Steve returned
alone. Another fisherman told a
story later of having seen two men
fighting In a catboat after dark,
and Steve's tale that his brother
had been accidentally drowned,
was discredited. The body was
never recovered, and Stove disap
peared, not to be heard of for 14
Meantlme the Foxes had re
moved from San Francisco to I.og
Angeles, and had been In the lat
ter city barely a fortnight when
late one night Steve Willets had
appeared at their home, the same
cottage where we were now gath
ered, with a little three-year-old
He had left the child, which he
said was his, speaking, before his
going, of the mark on the little
one's breast.
"It's her brand," he told his sis
ter. "I put It there myself so I
can tell her If I lose her. If she
ever wants to know what it means,
tell her it's "The Kiss of Silent
Death.' "
Mrs. Fox could not bring her-
taasst Mini'Mi'jiiN MCVM _____
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1:00 p.m. Gray* Har Local—Via Point Deflano* ! i^soE™
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self to tell Lots such a dreadful
thing, so she had always said It
was a birthmark. She concluded
her story by saying that the Ivory
box stolen that afternoon was one
which Steve Willets had left
among the few clothes he brought
with the child.
All this seemed meager enough
at the time. I went back to my
office and pondered over it with
out getting anywhere, so I turned
to my safe for some papers on a
pending case that demanded my at
tention. While hunting for a docu
ment of earlier date which had
some bearing on the case In hanl,
I dumped the contents of several
compartments onto my desk.
Am on ■ other things that came to
light was an old note book of my
father's. 1 leafed It through Idly
until 1 came to the initials J. S.
They recurred again and again,
also the abbreviations "Syl" and
Most of the entries were con-
cerned with the shipping of goods
and J. 3. seemed to have been in
some sort of partnership with ray
father. Naturally the coincidence
of initials reminded me of James
Under the circumstances I threw
aside all hope of being able to get
my mind down to any legal busi
ness. In fact, I stuffed the papers
pertaining to the case back into
the safe and settled myself for an
exhaustive perusal of the note
Like the names "J. 5.." "Maj.,"
and "Syl.," most of the entries
were abbreviated. The following
one made me speculate a fool deal:
" .4 Intst set asd Marian if alv—
If hve to mrdr Chink."
I Interpreted It thus. "One
quarter interest to be set aside for
Marian, If alive—if I have to mur
der the Chink."
Who was Marian? And one
quarter Interest In what?
Just hero 1 was iuterruptel by
Struber calling on the telephone.
"Say," he drawled, "I lamped
the number of that gray car. Want
to know who owns It?"
. intimated that I did.
"Well," he pused, tantalizlnsly,
"tht there car that's a b»«eu
trackin' you so faithful belongs to
Mr. Meyer Hardwlck. Now what
do you think of that?"
He clapped up the receiver to
leave me to my thinking. And I
did some! For Hardwlck was Lois'
former employer, the mini who had
told her she was Steve Willeta'
daughter, antl discharged her; the
man who had faced me In fear
when I taxed him with his act at
the club. But why on earth should
he bo interested In my movements?
It was too much for me ani I
returned lo my speculations as to
who "Marian" might be.
Not until I had come to a bundle
of newspaper dippings did any
thing like enlightenment begin to
yield itself. They were from Kng-
iiKO.ounw bONtytJa.
Mrs. de Saulles has been award
ed divorce from the former Yale
quarterback and society man with
part custody of Lohn Longer de
Similes, jr. Mrs. de Saulles was
Senorita Blanco Krrazurlz, daugh
ter of tho richest woman in Chile.
Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1917.
"We Want the
Army Post"
to Come
Read What the Army
Men Think About It
Special Pierce County
Edition of the
"How the Soldier Pop
ulation Will Benefit
Pierce County," by
Raymond Allen, army
author of national
'' Biographic Sketches
of Mayor A. V. Faw
cett and Stephen
| Articles on Army Life
by Writers in the Ser
On Sale Thursday,
January 4, 1917.
Ilsh newspapers printed in Shang
hai and Hongkong.
One, manifestly the first an*
nouncement of an expedition,
identified "Syl."
It appeared that an exploring
) party was to start for Tibet from
Nanking and ascend the Yau-.-ts*
klang river as far as Chan-king.
After having traveled thus far—*
upward of 2,000 miles—the party
would be brought only to the point
of departure!
(Continued in Our Xext Issue.)
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110 SO. iiith ST. TEL. Mai** _M
l.u-i-h 11..0U1 la I num-rllo-
Behedule Auto Star* _ Freight
Service. Bag-fag* Checked.
I'srhonii.lo M, llkraon—l'-i-ona
isii-Hin-llr-ira tare)
Leave. A. M. P. U.
Carbonado 7 l:0 1 01
Wllkeeon 7:30 11}
Burnett 7:40 12}
South Prairie 7:50 1.31
Tacoma 9:00 2:41
Connect with Seattle Interurban.
Taooma 10:00 ll*
Puysllup I..0:80 got
Ortln-f 10 65 Sill
South Prairie 11:20 Elo
Burnett 11:30 0:0*
Wilkeson 11:40 6 10
Carbonado 11:50 6:30
Lv. Tat*t»nia 10 a. m.; 8:30, 8 p. m.
Lv. Buckley 8 _. in.; 12:30, 8 p. m.
Saturday and Sunday—Lv. Tacoma
10 a. a_| 3:30, 11:30 p. m.
Lv. '_*ae»>ma — S:00, 10:00, 11:30 a. M.i
3:00, 4:30, 11:10 p. m.
Lv. Dupont—B:oo, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.
m.; 12:30, 6:15, 0:46 p. in.
Sunday SJeclal —J:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.
m. and 12:00 in.
Hjrtrbos ti'i-.k i.n.i Hague Bex
Lv. Tacoma—6.3o, 7:30. 10:30 a mi
1, 1:15. 4, 6 and 10:15 p. m
Lv. N. E. Tac—7, 11 a. ra.; X:80, 111
p. m.
mim-ii \i._'i \. inn
Kibe, Alder, l.a t.minis
Lv. Mineral 8 a. m.
Lv. Tacoma 8 p. m
Lv. Tacoma—7:3o. 9:00, 11:00 a. a_l
1:00, 3:30 p. m.
Lv. Ashfortl— * a. m. and 2:16 p. m.
Lv. Tacoma—t a. m and 3 p. no.
Lv. Tacoma,—B:oo a. m.
Lv. Mutton —1:4 Ip. m.
Stage* for Koy, Yelm, Kapowslsj.
Qraham, Orting.
mil Jit., Owpom.u ■'•i-iufri-M.
Lv. Eatonvill* eav'ly I a m.; 1 p. m_
3.30 p. m. Sunday, I a. m„ I aadf
p. in.
Lv. Tacoma daallv I a. m . 1 p. m
4 p. m. Sun Jar I a hi., 4 and I ill
P. m.
Saturday Evening Speolat—Lsatre
Eatonvl'le 7 p. fa.; leave Tacoma.
1:15 p. m, ~
Maa*—4>oft Hotel, isiu r.riri. a-.
Tacoma and Telm, takevlew, Hlll
hur*t, Oreendale Roy, Mcftenna.
Lv. Taooma—ll ;o'o a. m. and 410 a.
m.; Sunday I a, m. and Mo p.' ■&.
Lv. telm—7l It) Am. and 1:1 a »\i
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