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By SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS 'IT HAPPENED
O SAMUEL HOPKINS ADAMS WNU SERVICE
Kelsey Hare, young architect conva
lescing from a breakdown, meets Mar
tin Holmes, struggling author, in a storm
on a lake near Moldavia. N. Y. Caught
in a downpour, they seek shelter at
Holmes’ estate, '‘Holmesholm,” which
by its air of decay gives evidence of its
owner's financial embarrassment. Kel
sey suggests renting a room and settles
down there. Finding Holmes studying a
newspaper picture of a Park avenue deb
utante. Kelsey learns that a story by
Holmes has been rejected in a $15,000
contest run by Purity Pictures. A. Leon
Snydacker. president, for a novel suit
able for picturization, in which the win
ner of a Mystery Beauty contest will
star. Kelsey buys the manuscript from
Holmes and rents his house. One of the
conditions of the deal is that Kelsey
adopt Holmes' pen name. "Templeton
Sayles.” After Holmes departs on a trip,
a telegram arrives for Sayles which Kel
sey leaves unopened. Clunk, odd man
servant, places the debutante's picture
on the mantel. The Park Avenue Van
Strattens. at breakfast with their niece
Marion, are horrified to find her picture
In the paper as one of ten remaining
contestants for the Purity Pictures
award, and learn that Liggett Morse, ad
mirer. has entered Marion’s picture on a
bet. She is threatened with being taken
abroad until the "scandal" dies down,
and decides adventurously to go through
with the contest. In the offices of A
Leon Snydacker. heir to the Peckett's
Persuasive Pills fortune, Marion finds
nine other beauties She makes friends
with Gloria Glamour, flip professional
beauty contestant. At lunch together,
they meet Moby Dickstein. Snydacker's
press agent and factotum. Snydacker is
overwhelmed with Marion's beauty and
"class.” to which he is extremely sus
ceptible. and calls her "Darrling." Moby
is referred to Holmes for information on
Sayles. Gloria takes the call. Hare is in
terrupted in his rewriting by two callers
“Gal,” suggested Glunk hopefully
“That's more like it. Ask her
What she wants.”
His master w’ent outside to verify
the report. He thought he heard re
pressed laughter behind the hedge
“Who's there?” he called.
A ringing voice answered: "Your
This was something new. Did an
author’s creations come to life and
romantically visit him In the dim
watches of the night? If so, there
was more to this writing business
than he had suspected.
A horn blared an impatient sum
mons from the road. Retreating
r footsteps were audible. He stum
bled along through the darkness
Two dim lights winked and van
ished. A door slammed.
“Don’t come any farther.”
"If you do, we’ll go, and you won’t
see us again."
“I haven't seen you yet. Not real
ly. To what do I owe the honor of
this visit?” he added in his best
“Sounds exactly as Templeton
Sayles ought to sound, doesn’t it?"
put in a second voice.
“Who?” he asked unthinkingly.
"You. We haven’t got the wrong
bird, have we?”
"Oh! No. Os course not,” Kel
sey hastened to reply, thereby en
dowing himself with a personality
which, for many a troubled day,
was to enmesh him like an octo
“You’re sure you’re Templeton
“I think I may be accepted as
an authority on the subject.”
There was a whispered consulta
tion; then, "Prove it."
1 Inspiration, though unbidden, the
favorite claim of Malden Feather
ston, hero of "Love Beyond Sin”
came to his aid. "I know all about
women,” he declaimed.
"Perfect. Good-night,” came
back the joyous duet, as the car
sped away with a derisive hoot,
i A vague memory hovered in the
air and accompanied the young man
into the house. From the mantel
smiled the printed face oi the girl,
labeled by the ribald Holmes, Miss
Adelina Ashcan. Was there a like
ness? He almost made himself be
lieve it He picked up the clipping,
revealing back of it the yellow en
velope of the forgotten message ad
dressed “Templeton Sayles ” Well,
for better or for worse, he was
Templeton Sayles now. He opened
the envelope and read with uncom
Templeton Sayles, Esq.
c-o Holmesholm, Moldavia, N. Y.
Must see you at once stop hid
eous awful unpardonable almost
fatal mistake made by accident
stop when can you come to New
York stop will explain all stop
wire time of arrival and will have
representative meet you at train
stop vitally important stop do
not fail me.
A. Leon Snydacker,
President Purity Pictures Inc.
Recalling a casual remark made
by Martin Holmes to the effect that,
in dealing with motion picture peo
ple, you had to Do It Now or not
" at all, Kelsey again examined the
date of the message. Four days old.
Probably the crisis, whatever it
might have been, was all over by
this time. Anyway the thing didn’t
make sense to him. Thrusting it
into a drawer, he returned to his
contemplation of the portrait. He
gound it more interesting than the
Long distance calls from A. Leon
Snydacker at the rate of two per
hour kept the three voyagers town
bound in Moldavia until late the
following afternoon. They then set
forth to pay their first formal call
- upon Templeton Sayles.
t Moby Dickstein drove like a man
t on 2 life-and-death errand. The two
’ girls bounced about in the rear seat
• of the open convertible. At a slip
-5 pery curve overlooking the lake just
! short of Holmesholm they skidded
' into a shallow ditch. Gloria uttered
| a short, sharp yelp as the car start
- ed to tip over but thought better of it
• and righted itself. Something like
| an echo of her cry sounded near at
> hand. All three looked about them.
: There was nothing animate in sight
but an animal .peacefully grazing
' under a massive maple.
; “Maybe that bird was right last
j night,” said Moby Dickstein, "and
, the place is haw-aw-awnted.”
■ The haunt inadvertently coughed.
! "Why. Ido believe it’s up that
1 tree,” said Marne.
“Go and see what’s bitln’ him,
1 you girls,” directed Moby, "while
I look over the car.”
i Marne walked forward a few rods,
| accompanied by Gloria, advanced
to the fence, leaned on the rail, and
There was no answer. The so
called Templeton Sayles was not 1
Kelsey again examined the date of the message.
receiving callers that day, if he
could help it. In fact, he had scut
tled up the tree, temporarily dis
turbing a placidly grazing Holstein
"grade,” upon hearing Moby Dick
stein's distant horn, because of a
definite indisposition for human
companionship. Unhappily, in an
unsuccessful attempt to secret him
self more effectively he slipped and
made a betraying commotion among
“Why. 1 do believe it’s our hero,”
exclaimed Marne. “What are you
doing up there?”
“I came here on business,” was
the stiff rejoinder, as he slid to the
ground. He was playing for time
and searching his soul for a practi
Moby, who had now succeeded in
coaxing the car back upon the road
way, and had been introduced to
Kelsey by the girls, addressed his
new acquaintance. *
“You’ll pardon my natural curios
ity. but do vou live in that tree?”
"He says he was there oa busi
ness,” contributed Marne.
“What kind of business is up a
tree?” inquired Gloria.
“Maybe it’s private," suggested
"Not specially,” said the tree-sit
"Then what is the answer? Tell
Auntie,” encouraged Gloria.
“It’s a situation in a story I’m
“What was the story you were
working on?” inquired Gloria, show
ing polite interest.
“It’s called ‘Love Beyond Sin.’ ”
“Hey?” Moby Dickstein’s chin
jerked upward. “You say you’re
working on it?”
"Yes. Why not?"
“What d’you mean, workin’ on it?
It’s all written, ain’t it?”
"Not in final form. I’m rewriting
“For the luvva Mike, what for?”
! "I’m not satisfied with it yet."
i "So what?” demanded the puz
■ zled Moby.
1 "So I’m trying to improve it
■ Make it better, you know.”
"I’d say it was good enough if it
t was me. Fifteen thousand smack
r ers worth of Love Beyond Sin’d do
t me quite nicely. Whet d’you think
t you’re shootin’ for? Twenty grand?"
> An expression of such helpless be
: wilderment overspread the young
i man’s ingenuous face that Marne
“Wait a minute, Moby. I don’t
i believe he knows what it’s all
"No; I don’t believe I do."
"Then it’s time he got onto him
self,” stated Gloria.
“See here; you are Templeton
Sayles, aren’t you?” from Marne.
A gulp, followed by a faint mur
mur, seemed to indicate assent.
“And ‘Love Beyond Sin’ is your
“Yes.” Here he was on firm
ground. Hadn't he bought and paid
“Was his story,” corrected Moby
Dickstein. “It’s ours now.”
“Ours?” queried Kelsey.
“Purity Pictures’. What d’you
think we're payin’ you fifteen thou
sand shiny dollars for?”
"Pay whom how much for what?”
babbled the dazed Kelsey.
“I’m tellin’ you,” said Moby and
told him again.
"But the picture company re
turned the manuscript,” protested
Kelsey, remembering vividly the
real author’s disgust and disappoint
"That was a mistake."
“Without so much as a note.”
"Listen, bo. Didn’t you get a
“There was a telegram. It didn’t
explain anything. It didn’t even
"A Leon must have drafted it.
himself,” interpreted Moby.
“What is this A. Leon person? !
“A highly improper question,” re
buked A. Leon’s right-hand man 1
with dignity. "He happens to be
President of Purity Pictures.”
“So the telegram claimed. He
seemed to be upset about something
and wanted me to come somewhere
and straighten it out."
"What are we goin’ to do about
this bird?” inquired Moby. “Hey,
listen. I’ll give it to you in install
ments. You—won—the Purity Pic
tures —World—Contest —Prize. Got
“With—with this story?"
“Sure, with this story. What story
were you figurin’ on winnin’ it
with, may I ask you?”
"With ‘Love Beyond Sin?' ” qua
“Think he’s going to throw a fit?”
asked Gloria solicitously.
“I’m tellin’ you, ain't I? With
‘Love Beyond Sin.’ ”
Cultivation of Quaintness Is Found
Good Box Office by Ozark Residents
If you’ve never been a hillbilly, j
then you can’t imagine how rich and '
full life has become to us native 1
Ozarkers, writes Lucile Movies in j
the University Review.
After going along all these years,
struggling to conform to tiresome
standards of civilization, we sudden
ly are pounced upon by an excited
world begging us to be primitive.
All we have to do to meet the new
expectations is to rock in a split
hickory chair from morning until
night, singing “The House Carpen
ter,” or “Lord Thomas’ Wedding.”
If we can collect a gaunt houn’
daw r g or two to lie at our feet and
scratch fleas while we sing, then
there is increased applause.
"So you’re a native?” they ask us
Modestly we admit it. Then we
limp a little. That’s so they’ll know
we haven’t been wearing shoes very
long and that the pesky things still
feel powerful pinchy.
We can remember when it used to
make us fightin’ mad if they asked
us “So you’re a native?” in that cu
rious tone of voice. Our resent
ment, however, drifted away when
being a hillbilly became good box
J Now we push our splint bonnet ,
THE COOLIDGE EXAMINER
“Oh, my good Lord Almighty!”
"And now he’s going to break !
down and cry,” said Gloria in dis
gust. “That’s gnawing him, any
way? Are authors always like this?
Fifteen grand, rolling into my pock
et, wouldn’t hang any crepe on my
“Come up to the house and wfc’U j
have cocktails,” mumbled the \
young man. They followed him in. !
“Glunk!” he shouted. “Ice.”
The faithful henchman appeared
with a large chunk between his
hairy paws. At first sight of tbe ;
girls, he dropped it on the floor. The \
irregular triangle of his three pro- I
tuberant fangs outlined a pleased
“Gal,” he pronounced.
“Sweet cheese ’n’ crackers!
Where'd you get the hairy bear?” j
Glunk ambled over, stood before j
Marne and executed a series of ec- I
static bobs. “Gal!” he repeated.
“You’ve made a hit, baby,” re
Before Kelsey could interpose,
Glunk had snatched the printed
photograph from the mantel and
held it aloft.
“Why, it’s me!” said the original
of it. “How ever did that get here?”
! She smiled at Kelsey in a manner
i that thrilled him with a combined
! warmth of happiness and deadly
I chill of dismay.
“Give me that, Glunk,” he or
dered sharply, but the girl was hold
ing out her hand for it and the
monster was under her spell.
She read the inscription. “Miss
Adelina Ashcan, the Park Avenue
Debutter. That’s a pretty conceit,
Kelsey whirled upon the beaming
Glunk. “Get out of here before I
kill you,” he bawled.
With a frightened yelp, Glunk fled.
"Now you’ve hurt his feelings,”
accused Marne. “Not to mention
mine. They're absolutely lacerat
“I-I-I-I never,” began the wretch
ed Kelsey. “I didn’t mean—”
"Oh, lay off, kid,” said Gloria
out of the side of her mouth nearest
Marne. "The poor simp’s on the
(TO BE CONTINUED)
: back from our frank countenance, ;
smooth out the creases in our store- I
! boughten calico dress and coyly i
“Jest call me hillbilly.”
If the stranger prefers to call us
“ridge-runner” or “haw r -eater,”
that's all right, too. We’re getting
broad-minded. Some experts say
that we feminine Ozarkers are “hill
nancies.” That one, though, doesn’t
get over well. So we conform to
the vernacular the tourists know
Shallots Grow Like Garlic
Shallots grow in cloves like gar
lic, the entire bulb being pear
shaped. Top and bulb are used for
salads and are popular with those
who like a more delicate flavor than
a mild onion. Leeks are larger than
shaUots, have flat leaves and but
little bulb formation. Leaf and bulb
may be cooked or used raw,
chopped into salads. Chives are the
only variety of which only the hol
low grasslike leaves are used. They
are chopped into salads and cottage
cheese and are a favorite to grow
in a pot on the kitchen window sill
because they keep growing after
cuttings and supply fresh onionlike
i flavor when needed.
655 mm Ml 1681
’ youthful design in women’s
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requires 414 yards of 39-inch ma
No. 1681 is designed for sizes 34,
36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46 and 48. Size 36
requires 434 yards of 35-inch ma
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The best measure of a man
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