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□GYPSY GIRL - ?® Vm, THE STORY OF AN IMPASSIONED ROMANCE McDonald fk^ CHAPTER 60 THE OYPSIES parted around Con *uelo and Merla. the bride-to-be of Marou. There was ominous silence, all rxe< t Merla’s laughing*, her throat.', musical laughing over Con melo’s comment that Merla never would see (he inside of Marcu’s tent. "Now who is It that’s talking about seeing the inside of my new tent?” The laughter stopped. Consuelo straightened up. There stood Marou, tall, more handsome than she had remembered him. ”1 am, big fellow. 1 said I’d never go inside it.” ‘Rah! I would not have you! So you have come hack to Haunt your new jewelry to the camp.” He reached out and lore the necklaces from tier throat and threw them to Ute ground. ‘Slut!’’ “Liar!” “Shut up!" He slapped her across the fuce. “So you thought you woulu come back, my little one, eh? Well, i have a new bride that I am going to marry.” lie put his arm around Merla I have paid my gold for her. 1 marry her in a week, but now 1 have changed my mind. I will marry her tonight and she will sleep in my new tent." With one swing of her body Con euelo jerked Merla from him. Before she could speak Marou had her by the arm “Not so rough, little one,” he said. “I will marry her tonight, but before 1 do I have a little score to settle with you.” She pulled herself free from him. ! "And I with you, big fellow!" She took his ring from her finger lind threw it in the dust at his feet, j “There! Perhaps you remember It! Your hunk of glass 1 paid for!” He stared at her, eyes on tire, then slowly, deliberately placed his foot over the diamond and ground U iuto the dirt. “That is what I think of it and *f , you! ” “Liar!’* She laughed up Into fate STORMY LOVE x A YOUNG MAN’S ROMANCE fMAFTER i ALONG THE Nanking road the calls of ricksha coolies vied witl. the piping bedlam of eastern motot horns. A procession of students with banners had just passed so thai Shanghai's busiest thoroughfare surged in the fall sunlight with waves of traffic and humanity. in a taxi that was taking every opportunity to make headway against the tide. Lieutenant Valen tine Preston, LJ. S. N.—attached to the gunboat Panay of the Yangtze patrol—leaned forward urging the driver to greater effort. This pas senger who gripped a florist’s box uia a Chinese doll under one mus rular. tweed-clad arm, was a person able young man. although just now his square jaw was too tensely set, auosant nostrils flared impatiently, and his eyes—their marine blue in tensified by thick black lashes and his heavy tan —were fixed anxiously on his watch. As the taxi darted in and oul through each breach in the traffic, Val prayed that he should ream Janice bidding before her ship up anchored. Inwardly cursing the habitual carelessness that had let bun break last night's date with her. he told himself she must not sal' without knowing how contrite he was. Not tor the world would he have hurt her. And yet, he had shown her a discourtesy that a high spirited.girl like Jan would find hard to o vet look. it sickened him to think of *.t Why the devil couldn't one of his fellow officers have remembered that two months up-river put a man out of touch with the news? Why, when his ship returned to port yesterday, hadn't someone warned him that Jan was leaving China? Instead, he had nonchalantly let himself forget their long-standing date for his first eve ning hail; in Shanghai. And then only a half-hour ago. when he had driven out to Frenchtown to apolo gize and try to make his peace, he v*ad stunned to hear from a servart that Jan's lather had his orders back «o duty In the States. Indeed, it ap pealed the family had already boarded the President Taft, and was •Ailing—he stared down at his watch w <3ood Lord, in less than an hour! j Btill a bit fogged as to how last flight's blunder could have happened be recalled that yesterday when his ship dropped anchor in the Whang : poo. he had intended to phone Jari the moment he got ashore. At five o'clock he had landed at the jetty, then started down the sund to He himself at the AstOr for his,three days' leave. On the way. impor tuned by a shipmate, he had dropped Into the club bar for one drink-and a look around. There, they had run across a group •f Standard Oil men and news writers—an entertaining lot who were, in possession of the latest new* from the States and Europe and th? Japanese front —and as the drink® circulated laughter ard conversation had blended into a gay camaraderie Presently someone had urged him to the piano for one time. After that, more drinks. A gang gathered • round the piano to rehearse th, “Riff Song" and “Down With Bur gundy” until they could put them over like .a cold million. They had ntarted on “Good King Wenceslaus’ fallen he was electrified hy the mid night chiming of the bar clock! An.’ it was too late lo i all Jan or do any thing else but stick with the crowd and go oh forgetting— He was only vaguely aware of what happened later. He suppose! he had got to bed some time this morning. On awakening a while ago he had pulled himself together and had driven at nnr? i 0 the Edding home lo apologize. And now ho had discovered Jan was leaving China: bis head throbbed like a jungle drum, and he wanted a drink like no’iodv'e business The motor approached the h&rbot race. "Now what Is it you would show me?” He turned from her and went to his wagon. The girl stood and watched him. She was scarcely breathing. In a moment Marou came hack. In his hand was the wagon whip. “Now you will pay, you hussy!” “I have paid a thousand times, big fellow !" She was staring him in the eyes. “I have paid a thousand times!" she repeated. He hesitated, then raised the whip. "And one!” The whip curled around her body. No sound from the girl. Then she put back her head and laughed. “You have only kissed me!" she cried. H« raised the whip and again it curled around her. the sound echo ing through the gypsy camp. A thin line of red came through the white of her blouse. "Another kiss from the man who ■ loves me!” she shouted. "You lie!" Again the whip wound around her body and her laughter rang out. The sting of the lash was joy, she was crying inside, it is better than all the dreams I have dreamed. Again the whip caresses me. My eyes are | closed. 1 see the marble columns falling into dust and the floor of the j marble palace is crumbling beneath my fret. I am. not laughing now. Again the lash! It is beating down the marble walls. Again! They are gone now. Again! It is stripping from rue all that 1 have done. Again! Now the marble is only dust and the : high hill is gone and the last chain ! is torn from me! lam free! lam j home once more. I have never been j away. I have never tried to be a gorgio! T am n gypsy! I am a gypsy! Beat me. Marou, my loved one. beat me! It is better than all the kisses of a white man! He paused, the whip held high. “Now, you hussv. get to my tent! Mv old one is good enough for vou 1 ” /Coni/rlght) r*Y//I\ Afa»i She had snatched the last tampan. front and Val leaned his lithe iengtb forward to peer through the window There he could glimpse the black hull of the President Taft anchored far out in the swirling brown waters of the river where even now she seemed to strain at her chains. His already taut muscles tightened as the Nanking road swung around the turbaned authority of a huge Sikh traffic policeman to debouch sudden ly into the Bund. The taxi skidded to a stop. The young man leaped ou* to toss a bill and an answering grin to the driver, then turning, ran with swift, easy strides along the street and across the gangway to the cus toms house jetty. There his course was abruptly halted by an expanse of dirty watei widening between himself and the receding stern of the last tender carrying visitors to the President Taft. Nonplused* he stood for a de feated instant. ’Then as his finely built body swung about, his eyes leaped* to' : where a lone sampar awaited a fare. He strode toward it. But even a® he did so he was diverted by the ap pearance of a girl—something very special whit si fin, twinkling ankles, tiny feet, and carrying a leopard skin coat —who, with her imperious little hand held up to the coolie.- tripped from the opposite side of the jetty. Val had signaled the man first, but as the girl approached lie instinctively gave way for the in stant it took her to step into the Craft and settle herself. Hell’s bells! The last sampan and this young upstart had snatched it! As the small boat slid away lie glared down into the lustrous dark eyes that peered back at him over a graceful shoulder: but when she flung hirr. the faintest ghost of a smile, he found himself melting into an an swering grin. Nevertheless the grin soon faded, bis debonair manner grew momen tarily more subdued as his gaze vain ly searched the neighboring floats lor any oilier available water-tax* Usually there Were a dozen empty sampans to he whistled up; but'to day the little river craft all appeared engaged in carrying spectators to thr rowing races on Pootung-side Be neath his low*-pulled hat brim his blue eyes, burned with chagrin. He crammed' florist’s box and Chinese ■ doll under his elbow, fumbled with impatient flrigers for a cigaret, lighted it. took a deep drag and ex haled smoke and a sotto voce flow of (OvpvrishtJ HENDERSON, (N. C.) DAILY DISPATCH, WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1935. Hl* voice wsi wild with orultatlon. He picked up the diamond from rhe dirt. ‘ Tut it on before 1 heat you ! more!” He was like a drunken man. “Girtza, my father, where are you? Why have you kept Us waiting?" He need not have shouted, for Girtza was standing next him. “Well, now. what would vou have?" / Marcu took his purse of gold from his pocket and flung it to ihr ground. “No bargains. Take that. She is not worth more!" He cracked the whip above his head. “Now, woman, to my tenri To my tent, I say!” As she went, he followed behind hei. cracking the whip and shouting gypsy words. At the door of the I vent he paused and turned hack to the gypsies. "Fools, what are you staring for? j Petru, some music! Some songs! Dance, dance, all night ions!" He threw a handful of coins to them, "Get beer! Get wine! teat! Drink* This is my wedding night!* |n my tent is my bride!" He cracked the whip over his head again and then, folding it under his arms, strode into Ihe tent. The flap closed behind hint ami the strings were tied hastily in knots. And now lor the first time in months the camp came alive and the trees looked good and the stars were brighter than they had been. And it seemed that they must sing. and (heir songs had a happy lilt and Petru’s music was faster and gayer than it had ever been. Laughter was louder and there was kissing nhd love mak ing under the trees. The Dummy and Merla stood apart from the others, . “I guess she was his ■•first.":-.'she said, shrugging her shoulders.- She tilted her saucy head and looked at him. “I have never before seen how handsome you are. my big dumb one. Is your purse of gold always going to hang at your belt?" THE END. Bv BELLE BURNS GROMER sea-going language adequate to tfii occasion. Why, in the name of the Great Horn Spoon, had he let that girl wangle the last sampan from under hrs very nose? This was tire sort of thing, lie reflected with a disgusted shrug, that was always putting him off an even keel. Because this nervy little brat .had been smooth and at tractive, he had permitted himself to be turned aside from something that really mattered. She had kept him away from Jan. that was what she had done! He scowled at a rib-sailed junk thread ing its way past a nest of battleships Good Lord, surely there would lie a boat of some sort along in a minute' Jan mustn't sail thinking him indif ferent to last night’s slight. Why. they had been friends from then youngster days, navy “juniors" both, small wanderers whose brief periods of home life were succeeded by longer years of following the ships where their officer fathers found themselves on duty. At the Mare Navy Yard, near Sab Francisco, when she was a blonde curly-top in smocks and he a lad of 10, tlie oilier boys had ragged him for deserting their games to tearF her to swim; their jeers had got un der his skin but she had been, such a game pupil he had stubbornly ig;- nored his gang for her sake. Even whei she was convalescing froip measles Jan must have been very appealing to make him surrender sailing his raft on the shallow bay waters, indoors tlirpugh sunny afternoons reading St. Nicholas aloud or playing Halma with her. jri He paused to whistle frantically to a passing craft, then saw it had |* passenger. Impatiently pacing tl\e float he returned again to his thoughts of Jan and flushed to recall that although they had been ptoj)- mates through childhood, in later years, when he was a midshipman : a* Annapolis and' her father had re ported there as an instructor,-he. Val. had been engrossed with a seminqyy siren from Washington and had Ig nored the demure*!sc hoolgirU. Th.j£t l was his last year at the Navkl Acadehiy where, he remembered With no great pride, his claims to'fame fiav in his ability to play the piano, .the • composing of some singable music ■ for the Masqueraders, and his repu tatihn for the sensational pulchritude of the femmes he dragged to the hop*. ITO BE OONTINUEDJ 0 CHANGE CHARTER | People Would Have to Pass On Forms of Municipal Government ftally niupntck Rareim, In the Sir Walter Hotel. By C. A. PAUI. Raleigh. May I.—City charters could fce changed only by a vote of the peo. pie under the terms of a bill offered by Senator Ray Shute, of Union coun ty, which calls for a constitutional amendment to be submitted to the electorate in 1936. “If passed by the legislature and approved hy the voters next year.” said Senator Shute, “it would insure to the residents of a city or town the right to vole on any optional form of municipal government which the General Assembly might set up, such as mayor and board of aldermen, com mission form, or council-manager form. The form thus adopted could not be changed by legislative enact ment without again submitting the question to a vote of the people af fected.” Another section of the bill would require that all cities and towns be governed by “general law" insofar as incorporation and organization are concerned. Thus the measure would outlaw the practice of amending the great number of town and city char ters by the process of putting thro ugh the legislature “purely local” bills. Senate Shute does not subscribe to the practice of permitting cities and towns to have a mass of local laws, applicable only to the city or town named in the bills which flood 'egislative hoppers each session of the 'egislature. “Enactment of this meas ure.” said Senator Shute, “will speed progress of the legislature because it would not have to consume so much time considering local bills.” The bill is sponsored by the North Carolina of Municipalities be ing approved at its legislative con ference in Raleigh last January 23. The bill is expected to meet with opposition from those who oppose making the laws pertaining to city and town charters. Others will doubt less oppose passage of the hill this session solely on the ground that four constitutional amendments will be j submitted to the voters next year. County Road Fund Fully Safeguarded <Combined irons Rage One.) tenance and construction of county | roads, and betterments of State and | county roads, Senator Hurley, of Montgomery, chief in the" Sen ate of the State Highway Commission declared that all transfers would be made from the county funds to the State load funds. He charged that 'hat has been the practice followed in 'he past. He sent forward an amend, ment which would have removed from :he the first classification, maintenance of Slate highways. His amendment would have permitted ransfers only between (1) mainten ance and construction of county roads and (2> betterments of State and ounly roads. Immediately thereafter Senator Mor gan. of Richmond, sent up an amend ment which would limit transfens -rom any one of the three classifica tions to 15 per cent. Saying that “some elasticity was required in large ap propriations Senator Morgan said he believed his amendment would ac complish the protection of allotments for county roads. Senator Hurley with drew his amendment in favor of that offered by Senator Morgan. Approp riations Chairman Gravely told the Senate the Morgan amendment was acceptable to him, and it was adopt ed. The only other important changes ! made in the bill were in the approp riations for the State hospital at Ra- j Jeigh (Dix Hill) and a reduction in j the allotments for vocational Educa tion. The Raleigh hospital ap'prop-'j nation was increased to coven the j purchase of a new machine and ' equipment and to cover increased food costs. For next year the allotment was increased to $301,650 for the second year. $301,000. The figures in the ap. propriation bill as passed by the low- house were $276,650 and $276,800. The Senate made a compromise gesture concerning the appropriation for vocational education when it re duced the House allotments to $l7O,- ■ 000 for the first year and $l4O 000 for j the second year of the next biennium I which begins next July 1. The house ! of representatives had boosted the al- I lotments to $200,000 for each of the i two years. Much lower were the fig- i tires recommended by the joint ap- j propriations committee earlier in the 1 session. Theye were $116,065 for the 1 first year. $117,430 for the second. The Senate boosted the appropria ’ion f° r the library commission to I $15,945 for each of the next two years, I rp US roncurr ing with the lower house, i •he joint committee’s recommend?*- j Don called for sl2 825 for the first j yeai- $13,165 for the second. The State Industrial Commission ! had its allotments for the next bien- i num increased by $lO 000 for each of I the two years to cover the cost of i administering the new occupational i sease law. passed hy the present leg islature. } I T oev and Graham Will Fight! It Out For Governorship ■iVintiriHvi iront "mro r>».» cles here that the campaign between Ha ham and Hoey will be spirited and the outcome close, the belief in many circles is that at the present time Graham has a distinct advantage over the long-haired, silver-tongue orator from Shelby. It is pointed out that there is a steadily increasing demand on the part of the people over the •‘ate for a “New Deal” in State po- ; titics and in the State Democratic I party. Many believe that in 1936 the i people are going to break away from I the "Old Guard” Democratic organ- j ization in the State and its long-time j domination of Democratic affairs* and 1 .•■ill Mississim- Bing Crosby and W. C. Fields doing their stuff in Paramount’s comedy.romance with music, “Mississippi”, which comes Thurs day and Friday to the Stevenson Theatre. Joan Bennett is also starred in this screen adaptation of a Booth Tarkington play. the State government and demand a younger, more liberal-minded man as the Democratic nominee for governor,. If the trend continue in this direc tion during the next year and until the primary in June, 1936. it is freely predicted that Lieutenant Governor Grahamw ill be the next Democratic nominee for governor and the next governor. The more conservative element in the Democratic party, however, in cluding the older Democrats who for AS FRANK WALKER STARTS HUGE “SPENDING JOB” r w • ■ V- si ( i?- Hk Wl I. V I ||||fc It *at ? gr x ■■■« jii» \ t t i- :' Tr m lOififc JB j JI B Ik. wifilOllf r ? I WmH j ■ H - —— These excellent candid camera views show Frank C. Walker, former motion picture executive, ns he began the big task of spending' ?4,000,000,000 bv which After Easter Clearance % Thursday and Friday t COATS, SUITS and DRESSES 5 m ft? • ■* Xjr 1 Be Sure to Attend This Clearance If You Want Some Heal Bargains. *■>. Leggett’s Dept. Store “Henderson’s Shopping Center” years have been associated with what has become known as the “Democra tic organization” in the State, are con vinced that lloey will be the next Democratic nominee for governor and the next governor. They point out that first of all hew ill be assured of the support of the old line “Demo cratic organization” and of the more conservative minded Democrats in all sections of the State.. They also be lieve he will get the support of -the Ehringhaus bloc or ■•organization” the Roosevelt administration hopes to provide a job for every employable person now on the relief rolls. Walker will receive assistance from Federal Relief jargely because of the fact that r* ringhaus is credited with havin 'he support, of former Govern" ha<l Max Gardner, who is a bmtv, 01 ° law of Hoey and who j s no course, expected to support Roe’ ° f other words, those who believe w In will win the nomination are conv ed he will have the support bother the present administration, 0r ringhaus organization and of ' Gardner organization* e Supporters of Lieutenant Lover. Graham, however, maintain that n°' very factors upon which HoeyL f ri ' , are depending will also help Grab a For instance, if Hoey gets the sunnon of the Democratic ‘organization ’’r Graham can be depended upon to ihe support of the more liberal an I independent Democrats. Oldest Harvard Man jjUfrvv : : JsblFrSk Strenuous life Harvard undergrada used to lead didn’t shorten life of Henry Munroe Rogers, ’62. The old est Harvard grad, now 96, still u active lawyer in Boston. Administrator Harry L. Hopkins and Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes in administering the fund. The triumvirate i- on an equal footing.