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1 By RUPERT HUGHES Copyright by Harper A Brothers Ihi B. EH 1Q. CHAPTER XXV -Continued. 16 ..That makes no difference," Daphne stormed, already converted to the shop religion. "Customers must not find the door shut. Run open it at once. Suppose Mrs." Romilly dropped In.- We'd lose her unless this no toriety drives her away." A little : blush of shame flickered in Daphne's pale cheeks a moment and went out. She sighed: "I suppose Mr. Duane has stopped that check, too If he eyer sent it. OhvdearP Then a nurse knocked; brought In a card growing in a large little aza lea tree. Daphne scanned it. "Mr. Thomas , Varlck Duane !" She peered closer at the pencilings and read aloud: "I Just learned. I'm heart broken. Isn't there anything I can dor - , ; - ' Daphne felt as if outraged society had forgiven her. , r : . ) '"Isn't he a darling?" she murmured. ;,' ' Mrs. ' Chiwis' ; begrudged , a stingy, ;Weli, of course" , She had the poor f olks conscientious scruples ; against wasting praise 'on, the rich. .' "You'll want' to see him, I presume." . But Daphne ' had hadV enough of evil appearance. "See him here? Never!" She glared at poor Mrs. Chiwis with a reproof that, was excruciating to ac cept, and ordered her . to go down and meet Mr. Duane and incidentally learn about the check. , "Business . Is busl- ' , Mrs. ChiyviS t descended in all the confusion of a Puritan .wife , meeting . a Cavalier beau. ,:' She came back later n.u tsay uia air. i;uane was rea.iiy .Yery nice, apd spoke beautifully and had sent' the check, and would send' an other if Daphne wished. It, and would make old Mrs. Romilly go on with the order, and 4 wpuld she like some spe cial fruits or soups or something?- He . was really very tilce. ; " V ' Daphne eyed her with ironic horror and said, "You've been flirting with , him! and me so helpless here!" "Daph ! nee ! ! Kip ! 1 1" Mrs. Chivj Ms screamed. The only, counter-thrust she could think of was, "And wfcat aoes xir. vvimourn say r ; , ; ; ; ? . This sobered -Daphne. Why . had Clay sent no word? Everybody else i In town .had seen the- papers. Clay read the papers,. Surely, he was not capable of such : monstrous' 7 pique. Vhen your worsti enemy . gets badly hurt- you've1' Just got to forgive if you're ; human.;-'!''?- ; -i- vfis , CHAPTER XXVI. ' Leila .was determined to endure everything that might be pecessary to ; regain . her, .beauty. . , She 'would s go through any ordeal of knives ' or plas ,. ter , casts or splints or medicines for that. She was quite grim' about it tier resolution extended to the spend ing of as much or Bayard's money as ' might be necessary on surgeons fees and doctors' bills. If she bankrupted Bayard it would be with the tehderest motives. .; ''')-' -' . '--m'A",-' . Five times she went to the operat ing table, made that infernal Journey ' anguishes watted her, what ' reaching ' and burning and bleeding. She braved .death, again : and . again,' took long chances with cowering bravado. t And , all for Bayard's sake. ; ; ; , One morning when Bavard reached ; his office after a . harrowing all-night .tiu ni ucua a siub uv was just, xauuig asleep over the first - mail when - his telephone snarled. He reached for it with alarm. A voice boomed in his ' "Ah mil thnhl" " ,-, Yes." . . j ' j "Keep the line, please. Now, you ah inrougn, sirr . Then a growl replaced the boom, a growl that. made the receiver rattle: "Ah you thah, Mr. Kip? This is Colonel Marchrnqnt. I dare say you remember Tour." conversation ' about , those damned contracts with Weth ' ereli. ' A "little ' farther discussion : might' not be amiss If you could make It perfectly convenient to drop uvyhu bi, say, u qunwiaa piuisi jao; ah." . , '.-., : --, Bayard pondered.. What hew per secution was. fate preparing? As he went to the office, he bought an eve ning paper.. A heavily headed cable- , gram' announced that the laborers In the British munition works were strlk- ; ing or threatening to strike. A gleam of understanding came into Bayard's veye. : When he reached the desk of Colonel f Marchmont he looked un abashed Into the revolver muzzle of the old, war horse's one "eye. Without any preliminary courtesies or any ; softening of his previous tone the colonel snorted: "Those devilish contracts you made with Wetherell The poor, fellow is no longer alive more's the pity, but Well, I'm afraid I was a bit severe with you. I fancy we might see our way to renewing those contracts at a reasonable figure say at a 25 per cent reduction from the terms you quoted." . -Bayard smiled and shook his head. He bluffed the bluffer. "The prices we quoted ' included only a fair profit, colonel. Since then materials have been going up in price every minute, owing to the demand from abroad. And the home market is booming. We can sell all our product here, and more, too, than we can make." Colonel Marchmont squirmed, but he was a soldier and loved a good counter-attack. He smiled as he squirmed. Wetherell was avenged when his successor signed new con tracts at a higher price than he had made. - The . changing times changed everything ; yesterday's exorbitance was today's bargain. - Bayard departed with a wallet full nf b--(H. : He trot back to his office Ca iVi -iu liit with Mrrcurial wines, t His feet were beautiful on the rug of the president's office. Bayard felt so kindly to all the world that he hurried to the hospital to scatter good news like flowers over Leila's couch. She was in that humor when anybody else's good fortune was an added grief to her. "I'm no use to you now," she walled "I never was much. But at least I dressed, and kept looking fit. And you said I was pretty, s. But now Oh, Bayard, Bayard! You used to call me beautiful, and I tried to be beautiful for you,' But now To be ugly and useless both it's too much I" Wise pathfinders say that when you are wandering In strange country you should turn every now and then and look back at the 'way vou came. It wears, a different aspect entirely from its look as you approached, and you will need to know how It will look when you return. From 'childhood on, Leila had been warned against extravagance as Bay ard had, as have we all. But only now that she, was looking backward could she realize, the wisdom, the In tolerable truth of the adage "Waste not,; want not." - ; : Meanwhile "Daphne was having so different a history that she felt ashamed. . It seemed unfair to her to get well quickly and with no blemish except a scar or two, that would not show, while Leila hung between death and deformity. ' , '. ' But seeing Bayard alone and hear ing Leila fret, she felt confirmed In her belief that she had done the whole some thing when she Joined the labor ing" classes. There were discourage ments without cease, yet Daphne was learning what a remedy for how many troubles there is in work- It seemed to be almost panacea. It was exciting, fatiguing, alarming, but it was objec tive. She was on her way at last to that fifty thousand a year she had dreamed of. She was uncertain yet of earning a thousand a year, but he was on the road. ;.W v - : ' Clay ; "Wlmburn, seeking chances In the West, did not see the New York papers or any other record of Daph ne's accident. When he got back to New York, his pockets full of con tracts, Bayard, equally successful, greeted him enthusiastically. Then he learned of 'the accident and the fact that Daphne was "in trade." He was Indignant at the news and wanted to see her at once" v ' ' ' , Bayard gave him the address, ' and Clay wasted no time asking further questions. He, made haste to the sub way, fuming; left the train, at - the Grand Central station and climbed- up to a taxicab. ' ' - Then he found Daphne. . She led him into a little shop empty of everything but the debris of re moval. '" . . "Where are we?" said Clay. ', "This was my shop." ' . "What's the matter? , Busted al ready?" Clay asked, with a not unflat tering cheerfulness.- ' 1 - "Not in the least," , Daphne ex plained. "We've ; expanded' so fast' we had to move. . We sublet and moved across the street. - , ' "You remember Mrs. Chiwis, don't you? Mrs. Chiwis, yon haven't for gotten Mr; Wlmburn. He's kept away so long you might ) have, , though. Where've ;you been, Clay? But wait you can ' tell me on the way over . to the new shop." 7, ' When she led Mm Into her new em porium the graceful fabrics displayed were all red rags to him. He was a bull 'in a crimson shop. , Daphne made Clay sit down and asked him If it were not all perfectly lovely. He waited until Mrs. Chiwis went on to the workroom. He had a glimpse of a number of girls and women on sewing bent. They were laughing and chattering. He answered, "It's, perfectly loath some' i . - . . . ; ' " ; ' Instead of resenting this Insult Daphne laughed till she fell against Wetherell Was Avenged When His Successor Signed New Contracts at a Higher Price Than He Had Made. the counter. The worst of it was that her . eyes were so tender. "Where did you get all the capital for all this stock?" Clay demanded, with sudden suspicion. "Oh. part of it we bought on credit and part of it on borrowed money." "Borrowed from whom?" "From Mr. Duane." This was too much of too much. Clay stormed : "I'll get him t" "Oh. no. you won't I" "Oh, yes, I will!" "I won't have you assaulting the best friend I've got in the world." He groaned aloud at this, not no ticing how she used the word "friend.' She ran on. She had not talked to him for so long that she was a perfect chatterbox. "He lent me five hundred dollars when I didn't know where else to get It. And It nailed our first real con-, tract a big commission from old Mrs Romilly. We paid back Mr. Duane's five hundred and then " She giggled in advance at what was coming "to Clay: "And then I borrowed a thou sand from him.- We owe him that now." Clay was as wroth as she had wished. He took out a little book, "Well, I'll give you a check for that amount or more.' And you cah tpay Duane ,off with' interest. I won't have you "owing him money." ' "You won't have !" Daphne mocked "You won't have? ;- Since when did you become senior partner here?" "Senior partner !" Clay railed "I'm no partner In this business! I hate this business. It makes me sick to see you in It." , "Then step out on the walk," said Daphne. 'You're scaring away cus tomers and using up the time of the firm. The boudoir is no place for you, anyway.' - . " A young woman with a bridal eye walked in and - Daphne left . Clay to blunder put sheepishly. He did not see that she cast sheep's ; eyes . after him. He was a most bewildered young man. ' He had made a pile of money and still he was not happy ! CHAPTER XXVII. , r In the course of a xfew wretched days Clay picked up some of the facts about Daphne's presence ;.n Wether ell's fatal car. He was inbre furious at her than ever and more r incapable Of hating5 her. , ,- He saw Bayard 'often, but Bayard knew little and sal4 less. One after noon he Invited Clay to ride with him to -the hospital, whence Leila "was to graduate. He warned Clay not to be tray how. shocked he would be at Lei la's appearance, which, he said, was a wonderful improvement on; what It had been. . . P i . , . r : She was, Indeed, a mere shell, and Clay was not entirely successful with his compliments. -. ; . , . v. ; .. Leila sighed: "Much obliged for your good intentions. " Tm a mere sack , of bones, but Tjm going to get well. The doctors say that if I take care, of myself every minute and go to a lot of specialists and go to Bar Harbor in the hot weather and to Palm Beach in the cold and spend about a million dollars I'll be myself some day. That's not much,' but It's all Tve got to work for. 'Poor Bydlel He didn't know he was endowing. a hospital when he married me." ' : "What do I care, honey?" Bayard cried, with perfect chivalry. "The money is rolling In and ; I'd rather spend It on you than on anybody else." The money's rolling out Just ( as fast as it rolls in,! Leila sighed. "The Lord seems to provide a new expense for every streak of luck, And that's my middle name--Expense." ' She had actually learned one lesson. That was a hopeful sign. Clay sought Daphne In her odious (to him) place of business. She 'asked him what she could sell him. He said he would wait till the shop closed. She raised her n eyebrows impudently and gave him a chair in a corner. He sat there feeling as. out of, place as a strange man In a harem. Eventually the last garrulous customer-talked herself dumb; the last sewing woman went. Mrs. Chiwis pulled down the curtains in the show window and at the door and bade good night. ' Then , Daphne locked , the door, dropped wearily Into a , chair, and sighed, "Well, Clay?" f "I want to know why you don't give up Tom Duane." i She shrugged her excellent shoul ders again, but she did not smile. She spoke instead: "I don't ask' you to give up. your stenographer." .-, "Oh, it's like that, eh? Wellthen, why won't you let me lend you money instead of Tom Duane?" Her answer astounded him with its feminine logic : "I can borrow of Mr. Duane because I don't love him and, never did and he knows it. I can't borrow of you because He leaped at the Implication: "Be cause you love me?" "Because I used to." "Dont you any. more?" he groaned. "How can I tell? It's been months and months , since I Saw the Clay Wlmburn that came out to Cleveland and lured me on to New York. The only Clay Wlmburn Tve seen for some time has been a horribly pros perous, domineering snob who is too proud to be seen with a working woman. He wants to marry a lady. I never was one and don't want to be one. I'm a business woman and I love it." "And yon wouldn't give up your shop for me?" "Certainly not." He looked at her with baffled emo tions. She was so delectable and so obstinate, so right-hearted and so wrong-headed. It was Intolerable that she should keep a shop. He spoke after a long delay: "May I come and see yon once in 1 a while?" "If yon want to." "Where you living now?" "Still at the Chivvises'." "You ought to take "better care of yourself than that. Surely you can afford a better home." , "I suppose so, but it would be inn'lv nnywhere ei T lias eni safe there since you quit calling on me. . It doesn't cost me much." "But you're making so much money." "Not so very much yet, but it's all my own and I made every cent ot It, and golly! how I love to watch it grow." "You miser." "Maybe. 1 guess that's the only way to save money to, make a pas sion out of it and get a kind of vo luptuous feeling from it. But I really think that it's the fun of making it that interests me most. It certainly keeps me out of mischief and out of loneliness. Oh, there's no freedom like having a job and a little reserve in the bank. It's the only life, Clay.r "And you wouldn't give up your 'freedom,' as you call it, even for -a man you laved? Couldn't you love a man enough to do that?" "I could "love a man too much to do that. For Where's the love in a woman's sitting around the house all "It Seyms' to Me It Couldn't Help Be ing a Better and a Happier Way of ; Living." . .. v .. ... ' - i' ' . day and waiting for a man to come home and listen to the gossip of her empty brain ?, That isn't loving, that's loafing j ' ' "; ; Clay was not at all persuaded. "But. there's no comfort or home life in v marrying a business woman." : "How-do you know? You know plenty v of unsuccessful wives who are not business women." . . ,: "I want a housekeeper, not ' a shop keeper." Go; get one, then, -1 say,' If a wom an can't earn enough outside to hire a housekeeper let her do her own house work But if she can earnenough to hire a hundred ' housekeepers why should she stlck to' lite kitchen? In my home, if . I ever get one,' .the cook will not be the star.' BesidesIt enlarges life so. Instead Of two Hying on the wages of one two will live on the earn ings of two. . It seems to me It couldn't help being a better and a hap pier way of living." , -" Clay blushed vigorously as he mum bled "What's your business woman going to do when the the babies come? Or do yop cut out the kiddles? Daphne-blushed, too. "Well, I should think that the business woman could afford babies better than anybody else. WORLD'S FIRST STEAM FERRY Was Established by John Stevens in 1811, Running Between Hoboken and New York. Thfl first fprrv tn trio wnHH wo a established in 1811 by John Stevens be tween Hoboken and New York. Tak--Ing up the study of steam In 1789, It is recorded, he took out patents on ma rine engines three years later, and in 1798 -completed his first boat, suc cessfully operating It on the Hudson river. In 1804 a second boat was equipped with two screws, and the style of propeUer, designed by him was for many years preferred above later inventions. Though this was the first application of steam to the screw-pro-( peller, yet this design was, the identi cal short, four-threaded screw used today. It is remarkable that this form of propulsion was not practically Intro duced until 1837. His original steam boat also contained the first condens ing double-acting engine ever made In America, and a multl-tubular boiler. In 1807 he built the sidewheel steam-r boat Phoenix, which was a few days behind Fulton's vessel In attaining the legal speed, and was ' thus shut out from the Hudson river; but he boldly steamed her around to the Delaware by ;sea, being the first to navigate the ocean with the new motive power. Rush for Free Molasses. When a tank car filled with 8,000 gallons of molasses was upset near Telford, Pa and the molasses began to run out, people came by scores, on foot. In carriages and by automobiles, and salvaged some hundreds of gal lons of molasses before the railroad men plugged the opening and left dozens of disappointed ones waiting to get at the outflow. His Tribute. Hans was on a visit to his grand father's farm, and for the first time yaw a lot of bees making honey. After looking at them with deep interest for a few moments he said : "Well, I must say they is certainly a wonderful lot ax little animals' She has to give up the housework, any way, even when she's a housekeeper. I suppose she could give up her shop for a while. At least she could share the expense or her husband could stand the bills since he escapes the pain. I tell you, If I ever had a daugh ter I'd make her learn her own trade If she never learned anything else. I'd never raise her to the hideous, inde cent belief that the world owes her a living and she's got a right to squeeze it out of the heart's blood of some hard-working mdn. No, sirree ! lit may be old-fashioned, but it isn't decent, and it isn't even romantic. The love of two free souls, with their own ca reers and their own expenses, seems to me about the best kind of love there could be. Then both of them can come home evenings and their home will be a home a fresh, sweet meeting place. Clay breathed hard. He was silenced, but not convinced beyond being con vinced that Daphne Kip was still the one woman in the world for him, in spite of her cantankerous notions Still, of course, a woman had to have some flaw or she would not be human Daphne's foible was as- harmless as anyone's, perhaps. So he blurted out "I suppdse you've given' up all thought of marrying me?" She answered him with pious ear nestness: "I've never given up that thought, Clay. , I've been trying to make myself worthy of the happiness it would mean., I have had the trous seau ail made, and paid for, a long while.- That's what I came to town for originally our trousseau. But when I saw how much sacrifice it meant for my poor old father and what a bundle of bills I'd be dumping on my poor young lover' I couldn't see the good of It. So I took my vow that I wouldn't get a trousseau till I , could earn the price i of It myself. And' now Tve earned the price and I've ;got it. But I've lost my excuse for wearing it. "Still, I'd probably have-lost you, anyway, or ruined you if I had brought you my old ideas. Everybody always says that money is the enemy of love. I wonder if it couldn't be . made ; the friend. It would be an interesting ex periment, anyway." "Daphne, honey let's try thejexperl- ment." ' ' . ' ' Sh6 looked at him with a heavenly' smile In her eyes, and 'answered, "Let's : . , -He moved toward her, but she dodged behind "the - counter." ' She studied him a moment, then reached below, the counterA bell rang and a drawer slid . out She' took ' some bills from, it, made a memorandum on a sUp of paper, and put, that in the place of the .bills, closed the, drawer, and leaned across the counter murmuring: ."They, say aU "successful businesses are begun on borrowed money. So I'll, borrow, this from the firmfor luck.' She put out her hand. Clay put out hisV She laid three dollars on hisvpalm and closed his fingers on them. "What's all this?" he asked, all mys tifled.r She explained; i-y t C "A plain gold band costs about six doUars, and that's for my naif of the partnership. ( Women are wearing their wedding rings very light nowadays." ' "I should say so f" Clay groaned, but with a smile. s ; ; She bent forward and he bent for ward and their Hps met. She was only a saleswoman selling a customer part of a heart! for part of a heart, but to Clay the very counter was the golden bar of, heaven,x&nd Daphne the Bless ed Dainozel that leaned on it and made it warm. " . i ' THE END. CROW IS ENEMY OF FARMER Under Modern Conditions There Seems Little Reason for the Bird's Con tinued Existence. The record of the crow Is like its coat about as black as black can be a writer in Detroit Free Press says. It may be that in the great plan of nature, some . time In ' the . past,- the crow served a useful purpose like wise the hawk and the buzzard. Take the buzzard, for example. Once pro tected by human laws everywhere, be cause useful for removing carrion, the stench of which offended the nos trils of all animal life, It Is now out lawed, because man realizes that It Is better to burn or bury the dead leav ing ho excuse for the existence of the disease-carrying buzzard!. 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