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Contragrav By H. M. EGBERT Nocmlixmd from thm Moving Pieturm Drama of thm Samm Namm Produced by thm Uniomrmal Film Mfg. Co. (Copyright, IMM I. "It Is wonderful!" “It is the greatest achievement of the age!" "Mr. Coxheim, you have accomplished something that will make your name immortal!” Qoxheim, the Inventor, beamed on the government officials whose praise seemed at last ample reward for his years of patient work. Loudest in praise was Ladoud, one of the favored few who were permitted the privilege of witnessing the initial demonstia tion of the Contragrav. "Why did you give it that name, Mr. Coxheim?” he asked. “Because it violates the known principles of grav itation?" "Yes. Don’t you think it is a good name?" "Oh, excellent!" returned Ladoud, quickly. “But, my dear Mr. Coxheim, you have not yet explained to us the motive force of this mechanism.” “The motive force?" inquired Cox heim, thoughtfully. He turned to a young man and a girl who were stand ing near. "Willard, Laline, come here, please," he said. "Mr. Ladoud," he went on, "permit me to introduce to you my son and daughter, both qual ified aviators. They are the motive force." “How? I beg your pardon?" stam mered Ladoud. "It was for them I worked, so that I might leave them ample means to prosecute their investigations after I am gone," said the inventor. Ladoud retired, baffled. As a mat ter of fact, Coxheim had no intention whatever of revealing his priceless se cret to anyone until the government had purchased it. He did not even allow a close inspection of his mys terious machine. None of those present knew that Ladoud was a spy who sold govern ment secrets impartially to the high est bidder, or that he was at present acting as the representative of a for eign country. 11. "Bui you must discover more, Mr. Ladoud!" said Olga Belgram. stamp ing her foot. “We all knew that the Cjxhcim Had No Intention of Reveal ing His Secret. Contragrav had been invented. What we need to know is how it works!” ‘‘But it seems impossible to learn,” answered Ladoud. "You men are hopeless,” answered Miss Relgram. "I could And out in a twinkling." "Then I have much pleasure In re signing the initiative into your hands. Miss Belgram," returned net tled "And I shall solve the secret," an swered the adventuress. On the following morning, while La line and Willard were experimenting with the Contragrav in front of their father’s house, at the edge of the cliffs, a high-powered automobile was seen approaching at a swift run. Ap parently it had got beyond the con trol of the operator, In it sat a wom an, seemingly palsied with terror as the big machine sped straight for the edge of the precipice. Just as the automobile poised itself upon the verge the woman seemed to recover self-possession. She leaped and fell In a heap on the very brink, while the machine dashed itself to pieces upon the rocks below. Inline and Willard were at Olga's side almost, immediately. Very care fully they raised the limp body and carried it within their father’s house Once housed within, Olga shonod signs of speedy recovery. ”1 believe I am better now. I can go,” she murmured, staggering to her feet. Neither Willard nor Laline. nor their father, who hnd Joined the group, would hear of this. "You must be our guest for the day, at least,” said Coxhelm. "And if you are really not hurt you must rest quietly until you have re covered from the shock," said Inline. "You are very kind,” Olga mur mured. Long before she left the Coxheim house Olga Belgram had a complete plan of it and knew very well that the mysterious Contragrav was hidden in a steel vault beneath the parlor floor. 111. The Contragrav was gone! In utter silence thieves had visited the house at night, had drilled through the vault and extracted the Contra grav. Coxhei n was frantic. All the results of his years of work had van ished at a blow. To make the theft public would call immediate attention to the invention Another means had to be devised. Within two hours of the discovery of the theft detectives had been placed in charge of the case. It was learned Olga Belgram was a famous woman agent for a foreign power which had long been suspected of wishing to ob tain possession of the Contragrav It was learned also that the conspirators had taken the Contragrav to a subur ban villa, where they sometimes met, obviously with the purpose of study ing its construction and duplicat ing it. The secret of the Contragrav de pended upon a knowledge of the nega tive air currents in the atmosphere. Of itself it was useless. By means of it, one could defy the law’s of gravi tation; with the Contragrav strapped about one, one could fly to any height, \ always taking advantage of the spe cialized knowledge referred to. This knowledge Willard and Laline pos sessed It was not probable that the conspirators could of themselves solve the problem. Nevertheless, the Con tragrav must ae recovered as speedily as possible. A few hours after the discovery of the theft Laline and Willard set out in their aeroplane, and half an hour later descended boldly at the door of the villa, which stood isolated in the center of a rural, unsettled district. Their ring was answered by a servant, who, seeing their aeroplane, and be lieving them to be connected with the confederates, promptly admitted them. But hardly were they within the house when Olga confronted them. “You know’ what w\> have come for." said Laline. boldly. "You will return the Contragrav instantly. To think that we admitted you to our hospitali ty, you miserable thief!” Olga Belgram smiled and pressed a button in the wall. Two men came hurrying In. They realized the situa tion instantly, and flung themselves upon Willard. With a couple of well-directed blows Willard sent them to the ground. At the same time Laline overpowered Olga, who had precipitated herself upon her. and threw her upon the floor. Before the trio could recover to re new the attack Willard and Laline had locked them w ithin the room and were in search of the Contragrav. The villa was small and it was an easy matter to locate it. A scattering of iron filings along the passage lead ing to a back room gave the clue. The confederates had been busy already at tempting to reproduce a certain valve feature which would naturally have seemed to them to contain the clue — though it did not. Bearing the mechanism between them, Willard and Laline retraced their steps along the passage. Just as they reached the front door the door which they had locked was broken down under the blows of the conspirators. But it was the work of a moment only to enter their machine. Contra grav and all A touch to the engine, and the aeroplane began to rise As the ground dropped away they heard the woman screaming behind them and saw her two assistants shak ing their fists after the aeroplane. Willard laughed and raised the ver tical rudder. The machine ascended to an immense height. The brother and sister could take no chances of publicity. They drove the aeroplane up in narrowing spirals till the earth looked like a checker board beneath them. "We are safe now. Laline." said Wil lard IV. Hardly had the words left his lips when Laline, looking down, perceived a tiny thing, like a small bird, rising toward them. They watched the man ner of its flight. It was no bird, and from the rapidity of its ulmost vertical ascent they knew that it was a heli copter, a machine designed to rise from the ground with great rapidity for the purpose of overtaking hostile aeroplanes, or uvoiding the danger of gunfire. It was, in fact, one of the latest type of war planes. In fact. Olga Belgram had tele phoned hastily to a confederate who kept this machine constantly in readi ness, for the purpose of aiding her to efTect her escape in case her activities were discovered. It had not occurred either to Willard or to Laline that there was a telephone within the room in which they had locked the trio. The confederate, 'receiving the call, hud brought hls machine to the vlllu grounds, urrlving Just as the brother and sister rose Into the air. They had a start of half a minute —no more. In his muchine were several bombs, and he was practiced in their use. Willard and Laline saw themselves being overtaken. The helicopter was much swifter than their ow n aeroplane and It mounted stendily. In vain the fugitives dodged and twisted. It came on with a celerity and HurenesH resem bling the chase of a hawk after a small bird. All the time it ascended. Now It was on the same air level; now It was übove them and sailing over them. “They’ve got us, Willard.” suid Laline. "But they must not get the Contra grav!" the axLFnr observer. "Willarc, what shall we do? We must save the Contragrav. We don’t count at all.” Willard turned to his sister as he turned the machine swiftly to avoid a bomb from the darting helicopter. "Laline. you understand the Contra grav better than I do. You were fa ther’s chief confidant. There is only one thing to do Buckle it on and jump.” "Willard, suppose—” "We must risk it, dear. With the Contragrav about you you can easily outdistance the helicopter, understand ing. as you do, the negative air cur rents. You must escape with it. and I’ll go on.” There was no time for argument. From his post above them they had seen an ominous motion of the pursu er’s hand They knew that he had hurled a bomb at them, though fortu nately it missed In a trice Laline had buckled the Contragrav about her body and leaped Willard watched her in fascination, thinking only of her, careless of hi 3 own safety. At first she fell like a stone. Then, suddenly, as though she were a swim mer in the air. she seemed to twist upward. She soared away, a dimin ishing speck, swooping, rising, at an The Contragrav Was Gone! incredible rate v of speed Willard watched her till she had disappeared in the distance. And. knowing that his sister and the Contragrav were safe, he resigned himself to the inevitable. Looking upward he saw that the helicopter was poised immediately above. The pur suer was resolved to make no error in his aim this time. Crash! A spurt of flame, a fearful sense of dissolution and Willard knew that the bomb had struck its mark. He felt his machine falling. He saw the ground leap up toward him. He knew that all wus lost. And. ready to meet his destiny, he waited for the inevita ble. The aeroplane struck the earth with fearful force. The helicopter, sailing away, was lost amoifg the clouds. And Willard knew nothing, for man and machine had been resolved almost into their original elements. He heard, but never felt the final shock. V. The story of the attack upon the villa, the desperate defense, the final overpowering of Olga and her confed erates was public property. There was no longer hope of keeping secret the invention of the Contragrav. But this was no longer necessary, since there was no longer danger in publicity. The government had bought the Contragrav. and Uncle Sam knows how to keep his own secrets. Olga Bertram and her aides were awaiting their end in prison. They had been found guilty of the murder of Willard and their government had been compelled to disavow them. Coxheim and Laline walked together under the shady trees of their garden "He died for his country as surely as though] he hud fallen upon the field of battle/’ said the girl. “One must not grieve for such a loss, father.” "No," said the old inventor. "I un derstand that and have resigned my self. And I am sure Willard is hap pier to have died and to have suved the Contragrav than he would be had he lived to see the fruits of our labor lost to us nnd to the nution.” Big Money for Simple Idea. A woman has just been paid a large sum for a simple invention that will prove a boon to womankind. It’s noth ing but just buttonholes In the hem of stockings to fasten supporters and insure longer wear. “The idea is so simple that it’s silly," remarked one woman "Now It is just the kind of u thing that makes every woman who hears about It remark: ’Now, why didn’t I think of that, get a patent on my Idea and live on pate de foies gras and sparrow wings ull the rest of my life?' The hem of the stocking is provided with six re-enforced button holes, two In each of three sets, at the front, side and buck. The upper row of three is an Inch above the lower. This arrangement allows for shifting gears, so that if the nether covering is not held quite tarit it can be made so by the use of a lower set. The scheme eliminates the wear and tear and prevents "ladders." STATE CAPITAL NEWS Western Newspaper Union News Service. GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENS Names Vivian Register of Land Board and Shaw for Warden of State Reformatory. Denver.—Governor Carlson Satur day night submitted the following ap pointments to the Senate, which were forthwith approved by that body: Register, State Land Board: John F. Vivian of Golden, for term ending Jan uary, 1921; State bank commissioner: Grant McFerson of Boulder, for term of four years; warden, State Reform atory: R. I. Shaw of Buena Vista, for term of two years; commissioner of mines: Fred Carroll of Ouray, for term of four years; Girls' Industrial School Board: Mrs. Ellen Van Kleek of Denver, for term of five years; Boys’ Industrial School Board: D. R. Hatch of Golden, for term of six years; Board of State Penitentiary Commissioners: Dr. N. Cooper of Canon City, for term of six years; State Board of Lunacy Commission ers: E. B. Wicks of Pueblo, for term of six years; Board of Trustees, State Teachers’ College: H. V. Kepner of Denver, for term of six years; Board of Trustees, State Teachers’ College: H. V. Kepner of Denver, for term of six years; Board of Trustees, School of Mines: H. C. Parmalee of Denver and H. M. Rubey of Golden, for term of four years; State Board of Health: Dr. Charles A. Bundsen of Denver, Dr. Clinton G. Hickey of Denver and Dr. A. C. McCain of Ault, for term ending Jan. 31, 1921. Bank Report Shows Prosperity. Denver.—Colorado’s state and pri vate banks are in flattering condition, according to a statement issued from the state bank commissioner’s office. In January a report was issued giving figures which broke all records for in creased resources. The total read $55,- 709,775.02. The midyear report is al ways larger than that of any other season because it contains the bulk of the money deposited by the agri culturist?, but the last abstract shows almost that amount in the total of $55,426,088.97 —and this during the dullest season of the year places the state on a new high record again in the matter of prosperity. The figures compiled by the bank commissioner show bonds and other securities in the state to the value of $8,794,147.66, which does not include $338,434 in state and savings banks and in trust companies as bonds to secure postal savings. They show also that there is due from reserve banks the sum of $10,624,8S9.98, and from banks not re serve $42,787.08. The corresponding report of the bank commissioner for last year gives a total of $53,799,643.87 in resources—nearly $1’,500,000 less than this year. $100,000 Relief Fund Being Used. Denver. —The $100,000 fund donated by the Rockefeller foundation for the relief of the unemployed of Colorado is being used already, according to H. J. Alexander, president of the First National Bank of Denver, who, with R. J. Radford, president of the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce, and A. A. Reed, professor of law at Colorado University, was appointed as a com mission by Governor Carlson to act in behalf of the unemployed and dis tribute funds collected for relief work. "This fund has enabled us to put a great many men to work,” said Alex ander, “on the roads in Boulder coun ty and on those around Trinidad. "After our meeting with W. L. Mac- Kenzie King, who represented the foundation, we immediately got in touch w’ith the county commissioners in Boulder, Gunnison and Fremont counties and devised means of getting unemployed meu to work as quickly us possible.” Teacher* Will Meet on April 24. Denver. —The annual meeting of the State Institute of Conductors and In structors and of County Superintend ents will be held at the State House on April 22. At the morning session questions of institute administration will be discussed, Mrs. Mary C. C. Brdaford being chairinun of the meet ing. and Dr. W. A. Cook presiding. A luncheon will be given at the Argo naut, the "Future of Institutes in Colorado” being discussed, and at 4 o’clock a tea will be given in Mrs. Bradford being chuirman of the meet tendents will hold their meeting that night, J "*4. Shriver, county superin tendent of Boulder county, presiding as president. Clark Named as Factory Inspector. Denver.- George Clark of Palisadt was appointed by Secretary of State Reiner as a factory inspector. The leasers on the Frisco mine, above Animas Forks, have accumu lated a good supply of ore during the winter. Says Women Will Heal Scars of War. Denver. —Out of the bloodshed and turmoil of the war gripping Europe will come a binding of ties between women of the nutiotis involved which will serve in the future to prevent such conflicts, in the opinion of Mrs. Mary C. C. Bradford, state superin-1 tendent of public instruction. Mrs Bradford’s belief is bused on numer ous letters which huve come to the Woman's Peace Party of America from Borne of the foremost women oi nations at war in Europe. Wonders of the Bosporus NARROWEST PART OF TMEI BOSPORUS | 0 the wonderful history of the Bosporus the great war is but adding another chapter, for its story runs back through the t centuries into the age of myth. Concerning this strip of water that separates the continents of Europe and Asia the National Geographic so ciety says: One writer states that there is perhaps no other locality in the world surrounded by so many his torical souvenirs and adorned with so many varied gifts of nature; another that God, man, nature and art have together created and placed there the most marvelous point of view which the human eye can contemplate upon earth; still another remarks that upon this planet there is no other stream so wonderful —that its equal can be found, if at all, only upon some other star. Dr. Edwin A. Grosvenor remarks that there is hardly a nation in the civilized world whose blood has not mingled with its waters; hardly a faith, hardly a heresy, which, by the devotion of its adherents and martyrs, has not hallowed its banks. Associa tions the most dissimilar, the most incongruous, the most distant, elbow one another in every hamlet and vil lage. The German emperor, William 11. in 1889, disembarked at the same spot which tradition makes the land ing-place of that other leader. Jason, with his Argonauts in that sublime voyage of the fourteenth century be fore Christ Deep, Narrow and Swift. The physical features of the Bos porus are described by the same author In striking terms. He says that in its swift flow it is a river, and in its depth a sea —yet many a sea is less profound and many a river spreads wider and has a less rapid current. Its average depth is about 89 feet. At no point in the channel is the depth less than 147 feet. So sharply do its submarine banks descend that large vessels, hugging the land too closely, though in deep water, often run their bowsprits and yards into houses on shore. The Strait of Gibraltar, which wrests Africa from Europe, is sixteen miles wide: even the Dardanelles expands from one mile to four. But at its widest the Bos porus is only one and four-fifth miles. The length of the Bosporus is less than seventeen miles. Each Asiatic side indenture finds a convex bend on the European side; each European bay is met by an Asiatic promontory. Tradition goes back to a time when, countless ages ago, titanic forces here rent Asia and Europe asunder: when the pent-up, resistless waters of the Black sea tore through valleys and leveled mountains, in their sudden southward rush to the Mediterranean. The volcanic origin of the region con firms this tradition. Great Place for Fishing. Seventy edible varieties of fish sport in the waters of the Bosporus. They are mostly migratory. The strait is the only line of communication be tween the Black sea and the Mediter ranean, their summer and winter hofnes. In their migrations countless shoals succeed one another at inter vals of days, and never did the men in the crow’s nest of a Nattleship scan the horizon more earnestly for an enemy than the lookouts for the fish ermen peer into the deep for signs of a fish migration. As soon as the ad vanced guard arrives, a signal is giv en, and immediately the Bosporus be comes black with fishing boats. So regular are the fish In their habits nnd so unchanging in their ways, that Aristotle's account of their movements penned twenty-two centuries ago. is still an accurate description of the va rieties and their migrations. A hundred years ago Constantinople nnd the Bosporus hung in the balance. Doctor Grosvenor relates how. ufter the treaty of Tilsit. Emperor Alexan der of Russia had Insisted to Napoleon upon the absolute necessity to his country of the possession of Constanti nople. He declared there was no price so great, no condition so hard, that it would not be gratefully accorded by him for the city’s acquisition. Napo leon gazed in silence, earnestly and long, at the map of Europe, of which ba was a* that moment the autocratic arbiter, and then exclaimed: "Constan tinople, Constantinople! Never! It is the empire of the world!” Sea of Marmora. The Sea of Marmora, which is the connecting link between the Darda nelles and the Bosporus, is a quiet sheet of w’ater. Nature has been more than generous in her provisions for guarding this sea between Asia and Europe against hostile power. The Bosporus, its approach from the Black sea on the north, is a deep, water filled, twisting valley, whose surface almost all the way is at the mercy of the enclosing mountain heights. In the south, the Dardanelles, while of greater breadth than the Bosporus, forms an easily defended channel, 47 miles long and commanded by its shore heights. Marmora sea is a wonderful amphi theater for a modern naval struggle. An elliptical bow’l of bluest water, it is enclosed by a hilly shore line, which is bold and steep upon the Asiatic side. From east to west, the sea is 175 miles long, while its extreme width is about fifty miles. It has an area of 4,500 square miles. Constantinople lies tucked away near the northernmost point of Mar mora, at the opening of the Bosporus outlet. In the west and south are several considerable islands, of which the largest. Marmora, has been fa mous for its alabaster and marbles since the days of Grecian sculptural and architectural glory. The Sea of Marmora is one of the most famous and important seas of passage in the world. Behind its wa ters. along the northern shore of the Black sea. are the most fertile and favored provinces of the Russian em pire, Russia’s granary; while on the eastern Black sea coast lies Russia's greatest oil port and her famous oil bearing hinterland. This sea is the most important avenue of Central Asia’s raw’ materials western transport and of the West’s manufactures for consumption in the central East. Benzol and Toluol. Dr. Rittman’s production of toluol and benzol from petroleum is also of importance if the process is sufficient ly cheap to be of commercial use. In this regard, too, the doctor was no ticeably cautious not to commit him self Professor Lietnii made "benzene and toluene" (benzol and toluol) in 1577 from Russian petroleum. I>ater the Nobel brothers did the same thing in their laboratory. In 190 4 V. Oglo blin described the preparation of ben zene. toluene, xylene, etc., in consid erable quantities, from the Russian crude oil. It should, perhaps, be noted that the Russian crude oil differs somewhat from that of Pennsylvania, being rich in hydrocarbons of the naphthene se ries. instead of those belonging to the paraffine group. Plainly none of these early inven tions was of commercial importance, for the bulk of the supply of benzol and toluol still comes from coal tar. The value of Doctor Rittraan’s proc ess depends almost solely upon ita cheapness. Small Leaks. A writer in the Scientific American has figured what we lose by a leaking faucet. If a faucet leaks to the ex tent of two drops of water a second, the leakage would amount In a month to a little over eighty-four gallons. If the water rate is twenty-five cents :i thousand gallons, the money loss would be about two cents a month. If the leak is from a hot water faucet, the loss w’ould of course be larger, for fuel has been wasted in heating the escaped water. If coal costs $5 a ton. the loss in water and heat will be nearly ten cents a month. “The fact that the loss is small." says the Scien tific American, “should not allow us to neglect small leaks, because by disre garding them we tend to become slov enly in all things Furthermore, small leaks do not stay small. The constant leakage of faucets wears small pas sages through the seats, and makes tightness impossible. The next thing is a new faucet with the accompany ing plumber’s bill, which is notorious ly not small."—Youth's Companion.