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HARRIET and the PIPER Kathleen Norris Illustration} by Irwin Myers niimiihiiiiliiiiiiihiiiiiiiiiiiiiihiiiiihiir; Copyright by Kathleen Norrta SYNOPSIS. CHAPTER I.—Harriet Field, twenty eight years old and beautiful, is the so cial secretary of the flirtatious Mrs. Isa belle Carter, at ••Crownlands.” Richard Carter’s home, and governess of 17-year old Nina Carter. Ward, twenty-four years old and impressionable, fancies himself in love with his mother’s attractive secre tary. Mrs. Ctt ter’s latest ”attalr” is with young Anthony Pope, and the youth Is taking it very seriously. CHAPTER ll.—Presiding over the tea cups this summer afternoon, Harriet is profoundly disturbed by the arrival of a visitor. Royal Blondin. Next day, at a tea party in the city, Blondin makes him self agreeable to Nina, and leaves a deep impression on the unsophisticated girl. CHAPTER 111. Harriet’s agitation over the appearance of Blondin at “Crownlands” is explained by the fact that he bad been a disturbing element in her life ten years before, and she fears him. The man 1g an avowed adventurer, living on the gullibility of the idle rich. He frankly announces to Harriet his in tention of marrying Nina, who, as the daughter of the wealthy Richard Carter, Is a highly desirable “catch,” and urges her to aid him. She is In a sense in his power, and after pleading with him to abandon his scheme agrees to follow a policy of neutrality. Chapter 4—Continued Linda’s rocker stopped as if by shock. There was an electric silence. When she spoke again it was with awe and incredulity and something like terror in her tone. “Royal Blondin I He’s In England !” “He was,” Harriet said, dryly. “He’s been in New York for two years now.” Linda shuddered. “I know —I remember!” she said In a whisper. And she added fervently, "I hoped he was dead!” “So did I!” Harriet said, simply. "Our meeting was entirely accidental. He had no idea of finding me; was as surprised as I was.” She stopped abruptly, musing on some unpalat able thought. “You wouldn’t know him, Linda. He Is a perfect freak. New thought, and poetry, and the oc cult, and Tagore and the Russian novelists, and the Russian music; he lectures about them and he has been extremely successful 1 He wears pon gee coats and red ties, and has his hair long, and —well, you never saw women act so about anything or any body! He’s having dinner with the Carters tonight.” To this Linda could only ejaculate an amazed: “Royal Blondin!” And as Harriet merely nodded, in the gloom, she .add ed, vigorously, “Why, he hadn’t a penny! He was always an Idiot—he didn’t have enough to eat ten years ago!” “Well, he has enough to eat now! Ward told me that he gets three hun dred dollars for his drawing-room talks —his ‘lnterpretive musings,' he called them.” “Well, that —” Mrs. Davenport was still dazed with astonishment and in dignation. “That really—” she be gan, and stopped, shaking her head. And Suddenly the Bright Head Was In Linda’s Lap and She Was Sobbing j Bitterly. “Tell me everything you said I” she | commanded. “I will 1” Harriet’s voice fell flatly. “I came home to talk it over with you.” Rut it was fully five minutes later that she began the inevitable confidences. “We talked—Roy and I —” she said, briefly. “He doesn’t belong in my life, now, any more than I do in his! We simply agreed to a sort of mutual minding of our own ! business.” r “Thank God 1” Mrs. Davenport said, I fervently. “He —lie doesn’t wont to— ! he doesn’t still feel —he won’t worry you, then?” she asked somewhat diffi dently. Harriet’s laugh had an un pleasant edge. “He Is after bigger game than I am. n^w!” she said. “The brute!” her sister commented In a whisper, _ “It—it is all right, then?” she asked, a little timidly. “All right!” Harriet echoed, bitter ly. “I haven’t drawn a happy breath since I saw him! All that time came up again, as fresh as if It were yes terday—except that I have climbed a little way, Linda ; I was happy—l was busy and useful —and I had —T had my self-respect!” And suddenly the bright head was I in Linda’s lap, and she was sobbing j bitterly. Linda, with a great ache in ’ her heart, circled her arms, mother i fashion, as she had circled them a hundred times, about her little sister. CHAPTER V. Harriet slept In the room with Julia -and Josephine that night, or rather tossed and lay wakeful there.’ At about two o’clock the wind streamed mercifully in, hot and thick, but prophetic of rain, and Harriet, wan dering about to make windows fast, encountered Linda, on the same er rand. When the worst of the crack ling and flashing was over, the girl glanced at her watch. Three o’clock, but she could sleep now. She sank deeply into dreams, not to stir until Linda’s alarm clock, hastily smoth i cred, thrilled at seven, and the small I girls rose with cheerful noise, to let I streams of hot sunshine upon h*»r face. Immediately after breakfast the two small girls attacked their Satur day morning’s work with a philosophic vigor that rather touched their aunt, had hurried away after his hasty meal; the boys were turned out Into the backyard, which Pip was expected to rake while he watched his small brother. Harriet’s heart ached deeply for them all as she watched the Jersey marshes from the car window a few hours later. Josephine was to be a stenographer when she finished high school, and little Julia had expressed an angelic ambition to teach a kinder- j garten class some day. Nina, at their ' ages, had her pony, her finishing ' school, her little silk stockings, and her monogrammed Ivory toilet set, her trip to England and France and Italy with her mother and brother and grandmother. Suppose >hat she. Harriet, was right in suspecting that Ward’s feeling was more than the passing gallantry of a light-hearted boy? It would be a nine-days’ wonder, his marriage at twenty-two with his mother’s secre tary, more than four years his senior. But after that? After that there would be nothing to say or do. Young Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carter would es tablish themselves comfortably, and the elder Carters would visit them; Isabelle absorbed as usual in her own mysterious thoughts, and Richard Carter — Harriet’s thoughts, none too com fortable up to this point, stopped here, and she flushed. She would not enjoy telling Richard that she was to marry his son. Those keen eyes would rend her through and through, and while her father-in-law might Jove her. and see her beauty and charm with all the rest of the world, Harriet knew that she must begin an actual cam paign for his esteem on her wedding day. The prospect had an unexpect ed piquancy. She had little fear of Its outcome. She would make Ward Carter a wife for whom his father must come to feel genuine gratitude and devotion. There would be chil dren, there would be hospitality and music and a garden. And Ward should seriously settle down to his business, whatever it might be, and show himself a worthy son of his clever father.' “Why not —why not?” Harriet asked herself, as she reached Madame Car ter’s pretentious apartment house, and was whisked upstairs. She was to meet Nina here, and she glanced about for the big limousine at the curb, as an indication that the old lady might be ready to accompany them, back to Crownlands. But there was no car in sight. The maid’s first statement was that Miss Carter had gone home with her brother, and then Madame Carter came magnificently into the room. “Well, our bird has flown!” said the old lady. Harriet could see that she was pleased about something. “Gone home with Ward?” Harriet asked. Madame Carter never shook hands with her; there was conscious superiority in the little omission. She sank into a chair, and Harriet sat down. “Ward and his friend, this Mr. Blon din,” Madame Carter said. “A very interesting—a most unusual man. A very good family, too-—excellent old family. Yes. Nina assured us that she had to wait and go home with her Daddy, but that —” Madame Carter gave Harriet a deeply significant smile —“but that didn’t seem to please Somebody very much!” she added. “So I told Nina I thought Granny would be able to make it all right with Daddy, and off the young people went.” She rocked, with a benignly tri umphant expression, and a complacent rustle of silken skirts. Harriet, be neath an automatic smile, hid a trou bled heart. Royal was losing no time, Ward his Innocent Instrument, and this fatuous old lady of course playing his game for him I Harriet saw that she was pleased and flattered by an older man’s appar ent admiration of Nina; and that she would further the girl’s first definite affair In every way that lay in her power. It was maddening; it was ex asperating beyond words. An honest warning would have merely flattered her with its implication of her iin|X>r tance; ah, no, Isabelle and Harriet might try to hold the child back —but Granny knew girl nature better than either of them! “Well, then, I must follow them home,” Harriet said, pleasantly. "You dog’t come back tonight?” _ ... To this Madame Carter very point edly made no answer; her plans were not Miss Field’s business. “The child is growing up!” the old Indy said, smiling at some thought. “Well, we must look for love affairs now!” Harriet felt that there was small profit in following this line of conver- I nation. She glanced at her twisted wrist. “I think I will make that two o’clock train, Madame Carter, unless there is wF' 1 ' ' Jflffl' -- " ’ “A Very Interesting—A Most Unusual Man—A Very Good Family, Too— Excellent Old Family.” some errand I might do for you?” she said respectfully. This courtesy, from a beautiful young woman to an old one, always an tagonized Madame Carter. Harriet knew that she was casting about for some honeyed and venomous farewell, when the muffled thrill of the bell came to them, and the footsteps of Ella were heard. Immediately after ward Richard Carter came quickly in. He met Harriet at the door. “How are you, Miss Field? Tell Nina to hurry; I’ve got about five min utes!” he said, pleasantly. "Don’t keep Miss Field; she is mak ing her train!” said his mother, com ing forward under full sail, and laying both hands about his. “I’ll explain about Nina.” Richard Carter gave his mother the peculiarly warm smile that was espe cially her own. “Went on with Ward, eh?” he said, in his hearty voice. “That’s all right, then. Oh, Miss Field!“ he called, after Harriet’s discreetly retreating back, “the car’s downstairs. Wait for me there; I’ll run you home in half the time the train takes. I’m playing In the tennis finals. Mother —” Harriet, turning for just a nod and smile, heard no more. But as she en tered the lift, the girl said to herself, with a passionate sort of gratitude: “Oh, I like you! You’re the only genur ine and unselfish and kind-hearted one in the whole crowd I” She went down to the street, and saw the small car waiting. He was driving himself today. With a great sense of comfort and relaxation Har riet got into it. and was comfortably established, and tucked in snugly, when Richard came down. He smiled at seeing her, got into his own seat; the machine slipped smoothly into mo tion, the hot and sordid streets began to glide by. “Ever think how illuminating It would be. Miss Field, if we kept a list of the things that are worrying us sick, and read ’em over a few weeks later?” “I suppose so!” the girl said,a little surprised, and yet with fervor. “We’d have a fresh bunch then, and be wor rying away just as hard!” The spontaneous response in her tone made Richard Carter laugh. Harriet was content to enjoy this restful interval between the hurry and crowding of Linda’s house and the currents and cross-currents that she must encounter at Crownlands. She watched the green country go by, the trees silent and heavy with their rich foliage, the villages blazing with the last June roses. They flew by the great gates of the country club, and turned in past Crownlands lodge, and Harriet got out at the steps, and turned her happy, flushed face toward the man to thank him. Whatever she saw in his face as he smiled and nodded at her pleased her, for she went upstairs saying again to herself, “Oh, you’re real —you’re honest —I like you !‘ It was delightful to get back into the familiar atmosphere, to catch the fragrance of flowers in the orderly gloom downstairs, to take off her hat and her hot, dusty clothing, and have a leisurely hot bath; to put on fresh and fragrant summer wear, and to go downstairs presently, rejoicing in be ing young and comfortable, and tre mendously interested In life. The sig nificance of Richard Carter’s parting look, Its honest admiration and friend liness, augmented by her own glance at a chance mirror on her way up stairs, stayed with her pleasantly. At one end of the terrace there was an awning whose shade fell upon the brick flooring and the jars of bloom; and this afternoon it also shaded Isa belle, in a basket chair, and the big hound, and Tony Pope. Harriet cast them a passing glance, and wondered a little in her heart. The boy was handsome, and fascinating, and rich, but it was Just a little unusual to have Isabelle so openly interested in any one. . • Undefined and vague, this was still somewhere in the background of her thoughts as she returned to Crown lands, and when she met Ward Car ter, wrestling with the engine of his own rather disreputable racing car. out in one of the clean, graveled spaces near the garage. Harriet felt a little quickening of her pulses as she saw him. There was no mistaking the pleasure in his eyes as she came close. “Spark plugs?” she asked, with the sympathy of one to whom the peculi arities of the car were familiar. “She’s fixed now; I’ve just cleaned ’em,” Ward announced, flinging away his cigarette and straightening his back. “She’ll go like a bird, now. Say, get in and try her, will you?” he asked, eagerly. "Come on—come on, be a sport!” But perhaps he was as much surprised as delighted when she very simply stepped into the low front seat. He gave her more than one sidewise glance as they* went dipping smoothly up and down the green lanes, and said to himself, “Gosh—when she crinkles those blue eyes of hers, and her mouth sort of twitches as if she wanted to laugh, she is a beauty—that’s what she Is!" About a week inter they met for a few moments in this very side garden. It was early evening, and twilight and moonlight were mingled over the silent roses, and the trimmed turf, and the low brick walls. They came straight toward each other, and stood very close together, and he took both of Harriet’s hands. “Now, what Is it —what is it?” the man said, quickly. “I’ve been waiting long enough. I can’t stand It any longer! I can’t go away tomorrow, perhaps for two weeks, and not know I” “Ward,” the girl faltered, lifting an exquisite face that wore, even in the faint moonshine, a troubled and In tense expression, “can’t we let It all wait until you get back?” “Why, Harriet,” and his arm went about her shoulders, and he bent his face over hers. “Harriet, why not let me go happy?” he pleaded. “You’ll see a dozen younger girls at ths Bellamys’ camp,” Harriet rea soned, “girls with whom it would be infinitely more suitable—” “Please!” be interrupted, patiently. And almost touching her warm, smooth cheek with his own, and coming so close that to raise her beautiful eyes was to find his only a few inches away, he added, fervently, “You love me and I love you—isn’t that all that mat ters?” Did she love him? Harriet hoped, when she reviewed it all In the rest less, tossing hours of the night,that she had thought, in that moment, that she did. It was wonderful to feel that strong, eager arm about her, there was a sweet and heady intoxication in his passion, even if It did not awaken an answering passion In return. Under all her reasoning and counter-reason ing in the night there crept the knowl edge that she had known that this was coming, had known that only a few days of encouraging friendliness, only a few appealing glances from uplifted blue eyes, and a few casual touches of a smooth brown, hand must bring this hour upon her. And back of this hour, and of a man’s joy In winning the woman he loved, she had seen the hazy future of prosperity and beauty and ease, the gowns and cars and homes, the position of young Mrs. Ward Car ter. She had let him turn her face up, in the strengthening moonlight, and kiss her hungrily upon the lips, and she had sent him in to his dinner half-wild with the joy of knowing himself be loved. Harriet had gone in, too, shaken and half-frightened, and with his last whispered prophecy ringing in her ears: "Wait a year—rot I I’ll go to the Bellamys’, because I promised to, but the day I come back, and that’s two weeks from today, we’ll tell everyone, and this time next year you will (pive been my wife for six months!” CHAPTER VI. A most opportune lull followed, when Harriet Field had time to collect her thoughts, and get a true perspec tive upon the events of the past week. Nina was leaving for a visit to Amy Hawkes, at the extremely dull and en tirely safe Hawkes mansion, where four unmarried daughters constituted a chaperonage beyond all criticism. Isabelle Carter was giving and attend ing the usual luncheons and dinners, her husband absorbed in an especially important business deal that kept him alternate nights in the city. The house was quiet, the domestic machinery running smoothly, the weather hot, sulphurous and enervating. She dined as usual alone, that eve ning, and was surprised, at about eight o'clock, to receive the demure notifica tion from Rosa that Mrs. Carter would like to see her. With hardly an in stant's delay she went downstairs. On the terrace outside the drawing room windows they were at a card ta ble: Richard, looking tired and hot in rumpled white, Isabelle exquisite in silver lace, and young Anthony Pope. Near by, Madame Carter majestically fingered some illustrated magazines. It appeared that they wanted bridge; it was too hot to eat, too hot to dance at the club, too hot —said Isabelle pathetically—to live I Obligingly, Harriet took her place, cut for the deal. But her eyes had not fallen upon the group before she sensed that something was wrong, ahd she .iiad a moment's flutter of the tatart for fear some one suspected her, that she was under surveillance. Had Royal—had Ward — She turned a card, tooh| the deal, found Anthony Pope her partner, and entered into the game with spirit. Richard's first words to her were reas- suring ; if there was constrain! here, she was not involved in IL “No trump—says little Miss Field. Weil, that doesn’t seem to frighten me. Two spades.” “I think we might try three dia monds, Miss Field,” Anothony sold, gravely and pleasantly, and Harriet, felt herself acquitted of any apprehen sion in that direction as well. It only remained for Isabelle to show friend liness. “Du hast dlamonten and perlen, you two. I can see that I You're down, Harriet!” Mrs. Carter said,- thoughtfully. Harriet began thorough ly to enjoy herself. If they were all furious, at least it wns not with her. She speculated, as she gathered in her tricks. Was It conceivable that Richard did not enjoy the discovery of the tete-a-tete dinner? But Isabelle had often been equally Indiscreet, and he had never seemed to resent it be fore. Harriet knew that Isabelle was 111 at ease; she suspected that Tony was furtmiß. The old lady was ob viously quivering with baffled inter est and curiosity. After three rubbers the game ended suddenly; Richard said he had some letters to write, and was keeping Fox waiting in the libraryAnthony scrib bled a check, said brief and unfriend ly good-nights; Isabelle merely raised passionate dark eyes to his.. She was languidly gathering In her spoils when the lights of his car flashed yel low on the drive and he was gone. Immediately afterward Richard Carter said gnod-nlght to his mother and wife, and went In to his study. Madame Carter followed him in, and went upstairs, but Isabelle sat on moodily shuffling and reshuffling the cards, in the bright soft light of the terrace lamps. “Wait a minute. Harriet,” she said, briefly, and Harriet obediently loitered. But Isabelle seemed to have nothing to say. Her eyes were on the cards, her beautiful breast, exposed in the ■ Ifwi -Walt • Minute, Harriet," She Bald, Briefly, and Harriet Obediently Lettered. low-cut sliver gown, rose and fell stormlly, and Harriet saw that she was biting her full under Up, as If anger seethed stronsr within her. (To be Continued) Serial No. 013746 NOTICE OF THE APPLICATION of the Oregon Basin Oil and Gas Com pany for a United Statea Patent to the Polly OU Placer Mining Claim United States Land Office, Lander, Wyoming, February 16, 1922 Notice Is hereby given that In pursuance ot Chapter 6, Title 32 of the Revised Statutes ot the United States, the undersigned, The Oregon Basin Oil and Oas Company, a cor poration oganized and existing under the laws ot the state ot Wyoming, with its ■ principal office and place ot business at Cheyenne, Wyoming, by Wilfrid O’Leary, its duly authorized agent and attorney in fact, claiming one quarter section or 160 acres ot oil placer mining ground known as the “Polly Oil Placer Mining Claim,” situate, lying and being in Park Coun ty, Wyoming, has made application to the United States for a patent for said oil placer mining claim, which is more particularly described as fol lows: The Southwest Quarter (BW%) of Section Five (6), Township Fifty one (51) North ot Range One Hun dred (100) West of the 6th P. M. The notice ot location ot situ Polly OU Placer Mining Claim Is ot record tn the office ot the Coun ty Clerk and Ex-Officio Register ot Deeds in and for Park County, State ot Wyoming, at Cody, Wyoming, in Book No. 6 of Location Notice Re cords at Page No. 262 thereof. That said claim and premises, to gether with the surface ground there in contained and hereby sought to be patented, is bounded as follows: On the north by the Sidney OU Placer Mining Claim; On the south by the Katie Oil Placer Mining Claim; On the east by the Pauline OU Placer Mining Claim; On the west by the Nicholas Oil Placer Mining Claim; Any and all persons cluin’lng ad versely to the said oil placer mining claim and premises or any part there of, so above described and applied for, are hereby notified that unless their claims are duly filed according to law and the regulations thereun der, within the time provided by law, with the Register of the United States Land Office at Lander, Fre- WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 192» mont County. Wyoming, they will b» barred by virtue of the provisions off said statutes. . IRVING W. WRIGHT, Register. First publication March 15, 1922. Last publication May 10, 1922. Serial No. 013743 NOTICE OF THE APPLICATION of the Oregon Basin OH and Gas Com. pany for a United States Patent to the Red OH Placer Mining Claim- United Statea Land Office, Lander, Wyoming, February 16, 192 S Notice is hereby given that ln> pursuance of Chapter S, Title 32 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, the undersigned, The Oregon* Basin OU and Gas Company, a cor poration oganized and existing under the laws of the state of Wyoming, with its principal office and place of business at Cheyenne. W’yomlng, by- Wilfrid O'Leary, its duly authorised: agent and attorney in fact, claiming, one quarter section or 160 acres of oil placer mining ground known as th® “Rod OU Placer Mining Claim,” situate, lying and being in Park Coun ty, Wyoming, has made application to the United States for a patent for said oil placer mining claim, which I® more particularly described as fol lows: Lots 'Three and Four (3 & 4) and the East Halt ot the Southwest Quarter (EHSW\4) ot Section Thir ty-one (31), Township Fifty-one (51> North of Range One Hundred (100> West of the 6tb P. M. The notice of location of said Red OU Placer Mining Claim* Is ot record in the office ot the Coun ty Clerk and Ex-Officio Register of Deeds in and for Park County. Stat® of Wyoming, at Cody, Wyoming, Im Book No. 6 ot Location Notice Re cords at Page No. 231 thereof. That said claim and premises, to gether with the surface ground there in contained and hereby sought to b® patented, is bounded as follows: On the north by the Josephine Oft Placer Mining Claim; On the south by the Anderson Oft Placer Mining Claim; On the east by the Purple 019 Placer Mi .>g Claim; On the west by the Elizabeth Oil Placer Mining Claim and vacant un occupied Government land; Any and all persons claiming ad versely to the said oil placer mining claim and premises or any part there of, so above described and applied for, are hereby notified that nnles® their claims are duly filed according to law and the regulations thereun der, within the time provided by law. with the Register of the United States Land Office at Lander, Fre mont County, Wyoming, they will b® barred by virtue ot the provisions off said statutes. IRVING W. WRIGHT. Register. First publication March 15, 1932. Last publication May 10, 1922. • » Serial No. 013744 NOTICE OF THE APPLICATION of the Oregon Basin OU and Gas Com pany for a United States Patent to the iAnderaon OH Placer Mining Claim United States Land Office, Lender, Wyoming. February 16. 192» Notice is hereby given that In pursuance ot Chapter 6. Title 32 of the Revised Statutes ot the United States, the undersigned. The Oregon Basin Oil and Gas Company, a cor poration oganized and existing under the laws of the state ot Wyoming, with Its principal office and place of business at Cheyenne. Wyoming, by Wilfrid O’Leary, its duly authorized agent and attorney in fact, claiming one quarter section or 160 acres of oil placer mining ground known as th® “Anderson OU Placer Mining Claim,” situate, lying and being in Park Coun ty, Wyoming, has made application to the United States tor a patent for said oil placer mining claim, which I® more particularly described as fol lows: Lots Three, Four and Five (3, 4 & 5) and the Southeast Quarter ot th® Northwest Quarter (SE%NWI4) of Section Six (6), Township Fifty (50> North of Rango One Hundred (100> West ot the 6th P. M. The notice of location of said Anderson OU Placer Mining Clalns is of record in the office ot the Coun ty Clerk and Ex-Officio Register of Deeds in and tor Park County, Stat® ot Wyoming, at Cody, Wyoming, its Book No. 6 of Location Notice Re cords at Page No. 228 thereof. That said claim and premises, to gether with the surface ground there in contained and hereby sought to b® patented, is bounded as follows: On the north by the Red Oil Placer Mining Claim; On. the south by Vacant unoccupied Government land; On the east by the Wilson No. 2 and Wilson No. 1 011 Placer Mining Claims; On the west by Vacant unoccupied Government land; Any and all persons claiming ad versely to the said oil placer mining claim and premises or any part there of, so above described and applied for, are hereby notified that unless their claims uro duly filed according to law and the regulations thereun der. within the time provided by law. with the Register of the United States Land Office at Landor, Fre mont County, Wyoming, they will b® barred by virtue ot the provisions of said statutes. IRVING W. WRIGHT, Register. First publication March 15, 1922. Last publication May 10, 1922.