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THE BRIDGEPORT TUvlES. Saturday, Dec. 30, -1922 Boomer Extraordinary By Charles Wesley Sanders SCHOOL DAYS (Continued From Yesterday) Two of them he recognized as Griggs and Kirby. The other two men were the tramps who had robbed him of his gun and his flash-light in the freight car. As a matter of fact his flash-light was even now in the hands of one of them. CHAPTKR IX "Some fine." The four men moved off through the woods. Jasper started after them lowly I Quinlan caught up with him. The others trailed behind. "You've got a bum steer, haven't you V Quinion asked. "How do you mean? "Why, two of those are only ho boes. "They're the men we're after, Jasper said. "I'll tell you about it after a bit." The four men kept on till they came to the other side of the woods They saf down inside a Tence which skirted the woods here. Jasper halt ed his party far enough hack of them to be out of ear-shot. "Those two bums robbed me of flash-light and a gun while I was beating my way into this moil's town,' Jasper explained to Quinlan. "I ran Into them later at the Kagle Hote "There was something familiar about them but I couldn't place them, 1 thought 1 must have met up with them somewnere in my travels. "When I met young Xorlon I half tumbled. Norton looked about the same as when he was in the box-car with the other two. They had rigsed themselves out in new clothes so that they were not recognizable They had pi ked up Norton in fhe West and had grabbed to him to use him for a stall. O'Day told you what their past had been. Things were getting loo hot for them the other side of the Mississippi. "A year ago Kirby, who had been working with thera came on here to stake a new t ' im where they were not known. Scarce as rails are now he had no trouble in getting a Job. "Eventually he landed the agency at Marvin Center. Day by day h learned what he could about how business in the town was conducted. He was in communication with Bon ner and Dayton right alone. "As a side issue lie was attracted by Miss Norton. Young Norton be gan knocking down on ticket sales he made at night. Of course he was caugnt at it before long. "He was fired and blew. When he got mixed up with Bonner and Dayton they wrote fo Kirby about him. Kirbv showed the letter to Miss Norton. Then he had lionner write another letter saying the kid was in bad again Miss Norton tell tor that. Kirby ousted you with her by threatening to expose the kid. You lost your temper and were an easy mark, it I may say so." "Some Fine." "How long will it be before I get my nanas on jviroy Quinlan growled "He's to be left -.o me, you under stand." "It won't be long," Jasper answer ed, "and I uti(ierand Bonner and Dayton brought Norton back here to help them in the Jobs they plan ned. "He knew the town well, and Bon ner and Daytn,, knew he would come in handy. He was scared of his" Itfe of them. "He hid in his sisters' home till the h!ck captain came there fooling toi me. Then he tried to run away I nailed him. "Bonner and Dayton slid Into this vicinity as a couple of tramps. The hopped off a freight about here, wem Up in the woods, find stayed there till Norton g..r their suit-cases from the Western Tc rm-inal. "Then they changed clothing and became a coup e of traveling sales men. They were set for an easy getaway if any one began to suspeci the apparently respectable Bonner and Dayton. "As soon as they finish this Job. ithey will change back to their othei clothes. If any one sees them here the hunt will be for a couple of bums, not for Bonner and Dayton. "How do Kirby and Griggs cover Tip?" Quilan asked. "That puzzles me." Jasper answer ed". "We'll have to wait and see." They waited for twenty minutes. An eastbound freight rumbled by. In twenty minutes more there was a west-bound freight. Two of fhe men near the fenc rose, i That's Kirby and Griggs,' said. I "You better keep your itneny uook out, ithis pvr.y." ThAey flattened themselves jtreesj Kirby and Grigg? iwTthrn a few fe. . of thm. Yo-JR. woTrtet- HAS LerTy-ea Diamond! Tfttte. IT ArtO OCRRl-W w UAIC !--'' - C.cTtO'S rVtwAE SO VOJW- r55 s-enat eue8?( i I'm r.T I If nwTV r NA1 . -"- By DW1C lilHI k wf, im zr y li t) u, rn mm I . ; . I By GLUYAS WILLIAMS Snapshots. OLD GENTLEMAN FEEL URGL" TO THROW A SNOWBALL fcETS MOST UP SLEEVE OF SMC'.V TINDS THAT SNOW IS A (SOOO DEAL. GOLTXR AND WE.T1TJ2 THAN IT USED TO BE: THK- ' o feALL WITHOUT NTUCH ENTHOSlA'tjIVl AT" neaR.ev -tree: BALL TRAVELS "THREE TT AND "FALL'S TO PIECES. SHRILL LAUGHTER 7-WOM ACROSS STREET T-iNDS SLOVCS PULL OP 5NOW. DECIDES THERES Nj TOOL LIKE. AN OLD POOL. PORTRAIT OF AN OLD jMANT RENEWING HIS VOUTH (C) Wheeler Syn. Inc. GloVa. SOMFBODY'S STENOG For Hr vntrire )Ft MAO THE Hai?dest1 IIMB FIAIDIaiS IT By Hayward They're they were safely by Quinlan took af ter them. Jasper turned toward Bonner and "Dayton. Thoy were dragging under brush away from the fence. Then one of them pulled out a heavy . edge ana tossed it over the fence, climbed through the wires. ODay crept to Jasp -. "Shall I butt in?" he asked. Jet them go." Jasper said, uldn't steer theni any better ley are steering themselves." When the two men reached the ack Jasper and the others were at I e fence. Knnner picked up the .dge. Dayton knelt and pushed a tool between the Joints of two rails. Bonner lifted the sledge above his head. Before it could descend Jas per was between the wires. He ran down the bank and across the right-of-way. Bonner dropped the sledge and turned. rayton got to his feet. A gun appeared in Bonner's hand. He fired at Jasper as Jasper came on. Jasper felt the bullet nip his shoulder. Then -ho closed with Bcnner. Over Bonner's shoulder he saw "Dayton whip out a revolver. Bay ton's hand was half-way up when there was a shot behind Jasper. Jas per saw the gun drop from Dayton's hand. Ho lifted 'he hand and Jasper saw that blood was prturting from It. Then O'Day was on top of Dayton. Bonner was Mtruirir!i"g fiercely, trr Icg to break Jas.pers grasp." Jasper's hand went toward Ponner's throat. Before it got there he felt Bonner (ro "suddenly limp in h! arms. He let go his h'Md and Bonner dropped down. O'Toole was stand ing: in front of Jasper with a clubbed gun In his hand. "T just tapped him." O'Toole said. "Thafs the quickest and ensiest way. Til show yot hr-v it's done." He turned , to the struggling O'Bay and T);1y ton. "In this manner." he said. He brought th- gun down on the back of Pavton's head by snapping Ma hand f -cm a relaxed wrist. Pay ton went lim.p as Bonner had done. "They will res for a while anfi have a headache when they wake up." O'Toole aald. "But the damage won't be permanent. The'e is no use in monkeytn with A couple of thu'js like them." "It's all over ouicker than -I expect ed." .Tanner said. OTooie poked h:m in the ribs with big thumb. "Don't you worry, lad." he said. "ll v- t,j ,i T,-if, t.'ofa It was a terrific struggle you had i Mr. Bonner before I put him You had him done for, too , but n't know it." . T was.i 1h.V'-iir iij.-ij tba.:." ' Dearie . T CAht 3etover how f i hao The harden t ) THZ, i'm CinT sopw.sed The Boss' I of course I Do-m"t kajow-b-jt its fu-mmv T - A ICE OU WEPETO AtE OA TIME F.WDIA. IT R IS SMS OfF6 ISJT IT ' MSS O'FLACS WEJT OFF EAF?LV f DJ TFLl X'gI& ' MKWS Hf TSZi I BSTEOAr ALL P.GGED UP FOR A AiOTOR " HO WHO P(JT ) -2 GATX. knCH ALtHT IUEMBERTHATBWER RlOE. WElL.DiDaiT YOU HEAR THS 30SS SXS Th ,T OM Vtl JovooJ Who oTeJd To b! across Thp ? rVruHrE1Tm- Bfc. P-3 Ij. DARUrrJlL-l ) SHE WFJT OUT WTH H,aa A FEW TiA Eb ( T"L'S, ffi T0rXV Wk V jWb ' AAlO THEAl SPOTTED A ATE.V F0I? COAT. ' ' By 3. E. MTJK" Ht TOOTS AND CASPEB Well, Well, Casper Drums Up More Trouble. , m ...... 1 I J . 0i:&sSJMSSrn T j w TrT- when BotteGcoP 1 U i hope ButteRcuP -J. PhCWftG Fo Noj, ) Bw?om umcl -virrTi TPiTnP J ! MOl-SY CM?Uv, FoC( fl&fCm ftINT i-OOWlN&.IXU ) (r'. ooKT "JoTlCE TMfT Jf V NUoTEC- ft " WSRtVtD USTE THE 017TTA LUCK CLUB Papa Has an Alibi Maybe. " " ' By DOC VIIjUARD. f Ott-TMIS 1 OW'T KNOW?" J AFTKR 1 . f IF Reallv believe N Be.mg what do ou ouoht. . f t.p 1 I Steai.it- ( WasTLookW Voo? STEP. FATHER CROOKED EVER THINK THEy TAGlV THEN HE 1 V ) AT THE CARS AND J Jasjper eye on coming behind passed When Jasper said. "That hero stuff doesn't appeal to me." "I know it doesn't." OTooie de clared. "But I don't blame you for leaniti' to it now. here's nothing gete a woman so quick and so hard as a little of that same hero stuff You leave it to me:" "Well. I wish you'd take a look at my shouldei," Jasper said. '"Bonner nicked me." "It's nothing." O'Toole said after he had examined it. "But you don'' need to let on to Kate that it ain't." "Oh, shut up," Jasper said. ' There was a long whistle blast to the west. "There's Xo. -2 coming now." Jas per said. "Wc had better get thes fellows off the track." They carried Bonner and Dayton over on the right-of-way. A head light showed to the west. Number 22 bore dowr on them and wept bast them a solid train o mall and express cars. "It would have been nice picking for Bonner arid Dayton and Griggs and that rat Kirby if them cars had gone all over the scenery, wouldn't it?" O'Toole said. "They could have grot all they wanted while everything was in con fusion. Here conies Kirby and 'rriggs now." Quinlan was right behind the two men. urging them along. They cam hrougb the fence. . , ! ho -a), i.i,. i".n:nn:i f T- m n n n r- GHi-rfuV and thfn sat tip- "How do they like it?" Jasper ask d Quinlan. "Oh, they would make a man weary." Quinlan answered. "I nought Kirby would show fight, bur when I got him dead to right he first whined and begged and then he tried to bribe me. 'Griggs turned on him. too. 1 'bought crooks were bad actors." "Xaw Iriggs said. "Am 1 close enough now?' Jasper isked. "Too darn-d close for comfort," Griggs said. "Korby balled things up. He tried to have you pinched to get you out of the W3y. but you ivorked too rapid." Bonner had got to his feet. He was rubbing the back of his-head. "I'll make you fellows s we ait for said .O Tone. "When you i this: he yelled. "Ill have you up get 'm right their nerve oi zes out I tor ass-iut wfth intent to kill, of them." "Thai's another old gag." O'Toole "How do, Mr. Griggs,' Jasper said. grinned. "A lawbreaker is always "Is that Job 'n tile broker's otilce still i going to have the law on a man that open?" nterferes with his pet schemes. Well. "As open as it ever was. Griggs 1 let s be moving. I 11 tip you answentd. "I'm in bad. off to something. 'Bonner and Dayton thought you were a railroad dick. They wanted to get a line on you. That's why I sprung that story. How did you rail us?" "I was hiding upstairs In your ho tel when you and O'Toole camo up." Jasper answered. "After you left. O'Toole and I found we belonged to the same lodge. We listened to Bon ner and Dayton while they plotted o wreck the train. "They were so full of their plan that they couldn't sle-p. They got up in the night o talk about It. I was surprised to hear them mention our name after you'd been so kind e to lend me Ave." ""fut was n t"ef clnse to us no." "Oh. men, won't this make that ooor fish of a captain sore?" "Just a minute before we go," Quinlan said. "I've got a little ac count to sqv :re with Mr. Kirby." He walked up to Kirby and stood n front of him. "Will you fight. Kirby?" he asked. Kirby looked at bim a moment in silence. Then a sudden gust of anger seemed to sweep through him. His rig'.t fist shot out and caugb Quinlan on the mouth. Quinlan fell back a step. "I didn't think you bad it in you," !:e said, "but I thank you from the bottom of my heart." Kirby sprang forward. Quinlan set himself and his own right fist caught Kirby on the point of the jaw Kirby went down and lay still. "That makes just a little bit more delay," O'Toole said, "but I guess it had to be done." Bonner took a step toward Jasper. "Look here," he said. "This boy Norton is concerned in the two rob beries committed here in Marvin Cen ter. He " "I know all about it," Jasper broke in. i ou used him as a lookout after you had threatened him. He tipped off your game to me." "We'll see that nothing happens to him. He's opened a brand-new book and I'm going to help him keep his record straight from now on. "Kirby is waking up, Quinlan. Bring him along." They went to the police station, where O Tooie made a too-deferential report to the captain. When the men were locked up, Quinlan and Jasper went to the1 street, followed by Nor ton. The two men faced each other. "I've got a call to make.' Quinlan said. "On the level I don't know what I'm going to say. I'm shaky." "I should have pasted Kirby lone ago and made Hazel marry me. She may turn me down for being such a mutt." "The best thing you can do is to go straight to her." Jasper said. "Tve got to see a doctor about hny should er." "Tour shoulder is bad all of a sud den, isn't it ?" Quinlan jeered. "I'll tell you whrlt you're roinr to do: you re going right up to the house with me and stand by me." "You're shy of Kate this minute, Just when things are looking good for you." "Well," Jasper .said, "this is all new to me. How do you put that ques tion to a girl. Kan?" "It gets itself done." Quinlan an swered. "You come along." At the Norton's gate Jasper stopped. i on and the boy go in," he said. "We're overlooking something. Kate will be at the station working." "Well, so she will," Quinlan said. 1 ou go down there. You hear me. Jasper?" "L'huh' " Jasper assented. Quinlan and Norton went up the 'ront steps. Norton opened the dor. "Hazel." he called, "here's Mr. Quinlan." There was the sound of footsteps along the hall. Hazel came into view mder the hall light. "Dan, oh, Dan!" she cried. Quinlan stood staring at her for a moment and then caught her up to bim. Jasper turned away. "I'm headed straight for the station where Kate is." he told himself. "If It's as easy as all that, it's soon done." As he went ulomr the platform, he saw Kate sitting before the telegraph 'able. At the sound of his footsteps ne looked up. Jasper expected her to run to the door as spcii as slie caught sight of him, but she only Icept her place and .verted her eyes. "Maybe it isn't so easy after all," Jasper told himself, "but I'll have it out with her. I won't make Vjm i-..ii . , ,, , He entered the office. Oood evt-nmg, Kate. he said. "Good evening," said Kate. "Aren't you glad to see me?" Jas per asked. Kate turned about. Jasper saw that there was smoldering resentment In her eyes. "Where have you been and what have you been doing?" she asked. Jasper stood looking at her. 'You have been relieved," Kate went on. "A new man is coming to take your place tonight." "So?" said Jasper. "Well. I think I'll protest to Dolan about that. May I send a message?" "I suppose so," Kate said. Jaspt r sat down at the way wire. He felt Kate's eyes on him. Suddenly he he.ard her gasp. "What has happened to you?" sne asked. "There is blood on your coat." "I jumped into a bramble buen. Kate, and I'm trying to Jump right out again," he answered- "'Here's the despatcher's office. Will, you copy thie message while I send t?" Kate drew a pad of cflip toward her. She leaned over It, pencil pois ed. (Continued on Paie 1 1 "