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THE HOLBROOK NEWS, HOLBROqK, ARIZONA, JULY 8, 1921.
miiwih.ii.i mm, ifiMui innnvmjiii COMI IAD S OF CHAPTER XII. 12 The Attack on the Cabin. There was no sound from without. except occasionally the echo of a dis tant voice shouting. Shelby, startled by these words and alarmed by her agitation, swiftly crossed the room. The body was gone, actually gone! As be bent over. Incredulous, distrusting the evidence of his own eyes, he could perceive the stain of blood In which the man had fallen, but that was aU. There was no semblance of a body there.. "Judas Priest I" he said soberly. "This beata anything ever I saw. He couldn't have been killed, but I never saw him twitch a muscle after be dropped. Gone ! Darn if I know what to make of It Why, where could he bave gone to? There ain't but one way out from this shack an' he sure didn't CO out there." "No, he couldn't," her voice quaver ing. "We would have seen him If he bad." "Seen him I Of course, we would. He must have revived and crawled away. Ton bet, there ain't no mystery about It Dead men ain't movin' around an' there ain't no angels com In' down to carry that cuss off. What's bappened Is, he got back strength enough to crawl. Likely he got Into that back room out o' sight Any bow I'm goln' to find out what's hap pened. Tou keep an eye at that hole In the wall yonder, while I scout around a minute. If you see anything movin" In siiootin' distance. Just blaze away. Don't hesitate a moment" She went forward as he told her without a word and stared out yet nervously turning her head about at the slightest sound. Shelby waited a moment, listening, and then stepped confidently forward across the thresh' old of the Inner door. He had no doubt that he would discover Macklin dead or alive, outstretched on the floor. The fellow must be there; he could have gone nowhere else. The place was as black as night; a step beyond the entrance and he had to jgrope his way blindly, unable to dis tinguish a single object There was something grim and ghastly in feeling about with his feet for an unseen body, Then the fellow might still be alive. even dangerous. He stopped at the disquieting thought and spoke sharply Into the gloom. "Are you there, Macklin? Come, speak up; nobody is going to hurt you. There was no response, no move ment no sound of a groan, no pulsing of breath. The stillness was intense, horrible. Shelby gripped himself and began to advance slowly, guiding his passage along the wail, expecting ev ery instant to encounter some obsta cle. His groping feet touched nothing, Inch by inch he explored the floor of the room, the perspiration beginning to stand in drops on his forehead. There was no body lying there, no form of a man, either living or dead ; the place was absolutely unoccupied. He could hardly believe this true; his mind refused to grasp the fact; he came back to the door dazed and un nerved. AH nature, all reasoning told him the man must be somewhere with in the cabin ; any other thought was simply Impossible ; yet where? He had already explored every Inch of surface to no result. So bewildered and dum founded was he before this mystery that he was even startled at the girl's voice asking an eager question. "Is he there? Did you find him?" "No; he's gone as though he had a pair of wings." "But how could he get out?" "That's what I say. Everything Is solid ; no human could vanish through these walls; there Isn't a window not boarded up and only that one door. We wasn't outside ten minutes, nor ten feet away from the step. A rat couldn't have passed without beln' seen. Blamed If it don't make me shiver, for, by thunder, however It happened, he ain't here; he ain't do where In this cabin. An'," he added, peering at the floor, "there ain't no trail o blood to show that he crawled awny; Just that little pool what he laid In." "Could he have got through the roof, or the floor?" .Shelby lnuphed despondently. -'Lord, I don't easily see how he could ; it's fifteen feet to them rafters an' no opening, while. Judging from outside, the floor must rest plum on the ground. Who shot him, anyhow? Did you see?" "Yes, I did," she explained excitedly. "I was looking that way, toward where the board was ripped off the window. I Just had a glimpse of a face behind the muzzle of the gun. It was a wom an ; I am sure It was a woman, with black eyes. Then the smoke obscured everything and she was gone." "She must have been Pancha," he admitted, struggling with the idea. "Why. of course, that's all plain enough. She overheard r-hat he said and fired In mad passion." "What do you mean? What are yóu talking about? This girl?" "Sure; I told you about her; sh helped me escape last night She was crazily Jealous over Macklin. She Is Mexican and is here with her brother; a little outlaw, no doubt, knowing no law but her own passion. She must have been there when he boasted to I.nud that he would leave her and mar ry you. It drove her crazy and she shot." "I can understand that yes," Olga hurst forth, "and later she was sorry. I believe It was she who came back and took the body away." "I hardly see how that theory helps much. How could she take him?" "Perhaps she may know some se cret passage. There might be one un derneath. I do not know, yet In what other way could the body have been removed?" By RANDALL PAHHISH Shelby shook his head gloomily, his eyes searching the floor for any evi dence and finding none. To all ap pearances It appeared smooth and solid. "I don't know," he said. "That idea may be as good as any. You might take this broken knife of mine an' see if you can start anything. What was goln on out there?" "Nothing much that I could see. There are men hiding behind the bank of the creek.; I think they are Indians, and there may be others off to the right In the weeds." "Just a guard left there to 6ee that we don't get away. They'll wait until dark and then try to burn us out I reckon; the bucks don't like my shooting. That was a rifle." "Yes; the bullet struck the log." He crossed over and looked out anx iously. "I thought It might be a signal, but I guess not Don't seem to be any thing moving." He straightened up again his eyes surveying the room. "If we only had two more in this outfit we might give those devils a run for their money. The trouble is we can defend only two sides, an' they know It anyhow. Laud does. I'm goln' to haul this bench over on that side ; then you can stand up there, and shoot through that hole in the window while I pepper them from here In front Well make It hot while It lasts." She watched him shift the bench. and then stood upon It to look out The sun had gone down, and the val ley swam In a purple haze. If she would utilize what little light still re mained, she must search at once. "Nothing out there?" "I can see nothing moving. It li growing dark. Let me take the knife.' He gave it to her, and she got down upon her knees on the floor, anxiously testing the openings between the blocks with the broken blade. Shelby turned his head occasionally, barely able to distinguish her movements, yet felt little confidence In the success of the effort Any attempt at escape through the door would be suicidal ; In all probability. In spite of the silence, and seeming loneliness of the scene without a dozen rifles were even then trained on the entrance, ready to shoot them down the instant either appeared. And there was no other way out unless it might be through some secret passage existing under ground. Macklin had certainly disap peared somewhere; the vanishing of his body was no miracle, and this theory of how It might have been ac complished alone appeared reasonable. In spite of his doubts, the man held to a measure of hope; nothing else than this remained which he could cling to; their only chance lay in some such discovery. Yet the woman, groping on her knees In the deepen ing darkness gave no sign of encour agement Shelby could bear the strain no longer In silence. "There is nothing to be found T he asked anxiously, "no appearance of a trap?" She lifted her head, with face turned toward him. "Nothing that I seem able to move, she answered. "I have found a block which does not appear to fit as tightly as the others; I can get the knife blade between, and It doesn't 6eem to touch any earth below, yet the slab Is Immovable." "Let me try my strength." He started back to Join her, but at that Instant there came a sudden burst of rifle fire without bullets thudding Into the cabin walls, the sound punctuated by savage yells. Shelby whirled about Instantly, and dropped to his knees with eyes peer ing out through the opening between the logs. Olga also deserted her search, and climbed to her post of de fense on the bench. The bullets did no damage, generally finding billet in the solid logs, although a few crashed through the planking of the door. To Shelby the meaning was sutEcIently "Was She Dead, or Alive?" plain ; the real danger lay, as he ex pected, at the rear; all this noise was being carried on merely to attract their attention. He called across, un able to see his companion, but well aware where she was. "Don't waste any shot until you see something within range. Those fel lows out there are Just plugging away blindly. They'll never rush this side. Keep your eyes wide open, though. I'm going back, and try to knock off a board from that rear window. If I can get a few shots out there we'll block their little game. You hear?' "Yes; I think' one or two are crawl ing closer through those weeds." "Likely enough, young bucks who can't hold back ; keep your eye on them, an let them have It as soon as you are sure. Call out If you need me." He groped his way as far as the In ner door, helped by the almost contin uous flash of the rifles outside; he bad even crossed the threshold, his heart choking him as he perceived a glare of red flame, already visible here and there through narrow chinks between the logs. Perhaps he was already too late those devils had fired the cabin, the licking flames even then beginning to eat Into the dry bark. He had no time In which to act, or even think Before he might venture another step forward, Olga fired twice rapidly, the flare of her revolver lighting up the entire Interior. What followed he scarcely knew ; there was a sharp cry, the crash of the overturned bench, and the sound of a body falling heavi ly on the floor. A revolver went spin ning noisily across the room, and then all was still, and black once more. Shelby could see nothing; only the blurred memory of that single Instant bad seared Itself on his brain. She had been shot his wife; this girl he had learned to lovel Some stray shot from an Indian rifle, fired blindly in the dark, had found fatal passage through that broken shutter, and struck her down. His first helpless daze changed Into a rage of revenge, mingled with a wild yearning that he might yet find her alive. "Olga I" he cried out "Olgai" There was no answer, no movement All was black, soundless; even the rifle fire without had ceased. He dropped to his knees, and crept forward, feeling ulong the floor with outstretched hnnds, dreading each In stant to touch her body. Suddenly bis searching fingers encountered an open ing In the puncheon floor. Shelby dared not move, except to feel downward into this mysterious opening. Yet he realized instantly what must have occurred the miracle which had so swiftly disclosed this se cret passage. The girt In falling, had dislodged the very block In the floor she had been endeavoring so vainly to discover. It had suddenly swung downward to the heavy blow of her body, and she had fallen with It into the unknown darkness below. But was she dead, or alive? Had the fall stunned her? He drew himself to the very edge listening. What was down there? Macklin perhaps; the two bodies might be lying there together in a common grave. But wait some thing moved surely! "Olga ! speak to me I" He couldn't restrain the agony with which he uttered the words. Fright ened as she was, dazed by the fall. scarcely conscious even yet or able to actually comprehend what had oc curred, his cry penetrated her mind, brought her back to life. "Yes, I I am here, Tom," she man aged to say weakly. "And you are not hurt?" his voice thrilling now with a sudden return to hope. "Oh, I I don't know. I cannot even tell what has happened. I stepped back quickly, the bench over turned and I fell. It is all earth around me where ara I?" "In the passage beneath the cabin," he explained quickly. "It has been a miracle; your fall opened the. trap, Perhaps we may escape from these devils yet Make room for me to come down; the cabin is already on fire. Is the hole deep?" "Not very, I think, and there Is room. He lowered himself, but It was not necessary to drop; his feet struck the earth floor, and, as he turned his hands came in contact with the slab still dangling. Just as It had fallen. Obeying the first Impulse, aware of a sudden outburst of red flames some where above him, he forced the block upward, back into Its place. Jamming it there with all his strength, until a sharp click convinced him the punch eon again was securely held. They were alone. Isolated, in the black depths, underneath the burning cabin. burled deep in the protecting earth. He reached blindly out through the darkness until he touched her, his fin gers closing convulsively on a fold of her dress. In the sudden reaction he felt as weak as a child, unable even to control his speech. "It was God who helptd us," he said humbly, "no one else could. You are sure, Olga, you are unhurt?" "I must be bruised, I suppose; It was an ugly fall, and and I really think I lost consciousness at first Then I seemed to hear you call me a long ways off. Is the cabin afire?" "Yes; those devils started it at the rear, xou can near uie wooa cracKie even down here, and we must get far ther back out of the way. When the roof falls this part of the floor may cave In also." In spite of the Increasing volume of flames above, scarcely a glimmer of red light succeeded in penetrating to where they were hidden. A very slight glow found entrance through a narrow crack above them, yet Shelby was compelled to learn their Immedi ate surroundings more by sense of touch than sight They were In a mere hole scooped out from the soft earth, hardly wider than the trap door which led to It the other puncheons of the cabin floor resting solidly upon the ground. Shel by leading the way, feeling his pas sage along Inch by inch, was suddenly hnlted by an earth barrier which seemingly blocked all further progress. He could feel that it did not wholly reach the top, leaving a space there through which It might be possible to crawl. Yet what would there be be yond? Why should they venture fur ther at present? Laud was outside with his Indians, the whole scene lit up with the glare of flames. They dare not venture to expose them selves. Here they were beyond reach, protected from both flames and sav ages. Unless some among those as sailants knew the existence of this tunnel, or accidentally stumDIed upon Its outer entrance, they could scarcely be exposed. Even If one or two found their way In, this barrier of earth would block them, and. If necessary. form the best possible defense. Con fident that they had perished, and that their charred bodies were lying In the midst of the still smoking embers of the cabin, there would be no guard watching for an attempt at escape. He reached out and grasped her band, drawing her down beside him. "What is It?" she asked in a whis per. "A fall of earth nearly blocking the passage," he explained. T have no idea where the tunnel leads to, and, If I did, we would never dare creep out Into the open at present" "You you think we had better re main here?" doubtfully. "Until the fire dies down; perhaps even longer. Let them believe we died in the cabin ; then there may be some chance for us to get away." "But they will search the ruins?" "Not for some time; those logs will be glowing embers for hours. That sounded like the roof falling In then It was see! It has crushed Its way down through the floor. There Is a caldron of fire In that hole we Just left but It can't reach ua here only the smoke." "Will It not show them where we have gone?" "I hope not; probably the smoking, blazing timbers will choke up the opening, leaving it so filled with part ly burned wood as to conceal it entire ly. Anyhow, this Is our one chance. We would be shot down mercilessly outside." The glare from the burning rubbish revealed their faces, and the smoke began to swirl past them In clouds, yet did not choke the tunnel, showing there must be an opening somewhere beyond to the outside. Shelby fast ened bis neckerchief over the girl's nose and mouth, and protected her, as well as himself, by means of his coat Scarcely conscious of the action they sat thus, their hands clasped, gazing at the leaping figures of flame, and listening to the variety of noises reaching their ears. The position. while one of brooding horror, did not apparently Involve Immediate peril. The flames could not reach them, and It was already evident that those dense volumes of smoke, while dis agreeable and suffocating, could still be endured. But being cooped up there, in that hole underground, un able to venture forth, choked by the fumes, their faces smarting from the heat the earth walls holding them In prison, death waiting for them which ever way they turned, brought a strain to Olga she could no longer combat Impulsively she clutched the man beside her, her head touching his shoulder, her slender form trembling to a sudden outburst "Don't lose your nerve," he whis pered, startled by her action, "nothing can hurt us here." "Oh, I know; it Is not that," the words almost a 6ob. "I do not think I am really frightened; only I I want to feel you near me." "Mel" he questioned surprised; 'why, I haven't been much good so far." "Oh, but you have; you have been splendid. No woman could ever ask more. I want you to know how grate ful I am." "Well, I don't Just like that" he protested. "There ain't no cause for you to be grateful, so far as I can see. A man who wouldn't stick with bis wife wouldn't be much." "Are you here Just because of that?' "Well, maybe not altogether. Of course, I'd be here anyhow. I wouldn't go back on no woman who belonged to me. But you ain't Just that exact' ly. Tve somehow got to thlnkln' a lot about you lately." "Truly?" "Sure; there's a heap o' things hap pened since we was lined up against the wall of that shack down at Ponea. I've found Out more what you are than I knew then ; an. I reckon, you got a better line on me." "I I chose yon even then." He laughed awkwardly. "Out o' that bunch I I don't take that as no great compliment Say, that was the ornarlest lot o cattle I ever rode herd over." "Oh, I don't know," her mood chang ing Into new Interest "There were some among them not so bad. Any how. I chose you." "Maybe you're sorry since?" "I am not," firmly. "I never have been. See here, Tom Shelby, I pretty near knew what sort of man you was when I selected you; your face told me that You thought I Just took yon so as to get away. Well, maybe I did In n sense, for I would have done al most anything to escape from that life. But I never would have gone with you. if I hadnt honestly liked you Just the same. You 6aid In the cabin there that you didn't marry me because you knew I had money that you had no such knowledge. Was that true?" "Certainly." "Then why did you marry me?" His face, burning from the heat of the nearby flames, grew redder. If pos sible, with embarrassment Her eyes were gazing straight at him, insistent of an answer. 'Well. I ain't exactly sure that I know," he admitted reluctantly. "May be I sorter sympathized with you Copyright, A. O. MeCIntf and Co. bit an' then I got almighty mad at the way them fellows acted. I I kinder got to wantln' you myself." "I knew you did." "You knew? But how? I never said anything like that" "No ; yet I felt the change. I would never have said 'yes' otherwise. I am willing to tell you now. Perhaps we shall never get out of this place alive, and I want to be honest with you for once. Whatever happens, I would rather you knew." "But you cannot mean " "It Is exactly what I mean, Tom. I love you ! Do you care?" "Care 1 Why, Olga, girt I have done nothing but care. I hardly knew what it all meant at first the way I thought "I Love You!" He Whispered Pas sionately. of you. Love came to me like a strange thing. I have led a man's life, and I have known few good women. Even now I cannot wholly realize what has come to me." He gathered her suddenly inte his arms, the neckerchief slipping down about her throat "I love you I" he whispered passion ately, "love you, wife of mine." (TO BE CONTINUED.) THIS IS SOME DICTIONARY Arabic Affair Used by Scholars Is in 20 Volumes and Weighs About 100 Pounds. The ponderous dictionaries of Eu rope, even the famous many-volumed etymological index of Larousse, which is the monumental work of all modern tongues, are more than surpassed, says the New York Sun, by the Arabic dictionaries of 500 years ago, which are still the great authority for stu dents in that language. The Arabic dictionary most used by scholars who are familiar with no other language Is In 20 quarto vol umes and weighs close to 100 pounds. There is a 50-pound ten-volume abridg ment of it presumably for use at home. This and virtually all the Ara bic dictionaries were made In the time of the Harun-al-Rashid. The Islamic empire Is credited by Moslems with two great eras. The first was that of conquest when the only history was written with the sword. Then came centuries of Mo hammedan domination, when the Mos lems peacefully held the empires they had conquered In Asia and In the Ibe rian peninsula. During these art and literature flourished and the Arabic dictionary was born. In Arabia the flower of this period was in the golden time of Caliph Harun-al-Eashld. Each of the words that have been familiar In the daily life of the no mad Arabs for centuries has an enor mous number of synonyms. The Hon, for example, was feared by villagers and hunted not only for sport but as a matter of necessity. Therefore In the Arabic dictionary the Hon has more than a hundred different names. The camel was the sole means of transportation across the thirsty des erts and is characterized In 122 dif ferent ways. But above all, the horse and the sword were the two great stand-bys of the Arab. There are more than 200 words that convey Ideas of "horse" and "sword." All other familiar words, such as tent flock, herds, wa ter, woman, sun and air, have long lists of synonyms that are Interchange able and In constant use. This affords some slight explanation why Arabic dictionaries are of so large size. Arabic, so the Arabs say, was the language of the Babylonians, and It Is also contended by them that it was the tongue which Abraham spoke. In Modern Times. Servant girl (at house phone) "No, Mr. Blalthers ain't In an' he an the missus can't come over to your house next Sunday, because I'm going out myself." Discriminating. J. Fuller Gloom "I make a practice of doubting everything an Hon. says, except when he Is denouncing another Hon." Kansas City Star. If a lawyer's success depended en tirely upon his gift of gab there would be more woman lawyers. A man may have his price, but he Is slow about shewing his cost mark. GRAHAM. BONNER. 1 corrtiCHT rr vtvrttN Krwarei umon THE BOBOLINKS. "I heard," said Mr. Bobolink, "that the Phoebe Birds had told their story of how they like to get acquainted with people, and have people become acquainted with them, and so they siug their name or say their name over and over again. But we would like to tell people that we do the saine way. Wouldn't we like to do that. Mrs. Bobolink?" "Indeed we would," said Mrs. Bob olink. "For If anyone does not know our story It Is time that they should that Is, of course. If they like to hear the stories the birds have to tell. "I most certainly hope they do, for the birds love to tell their stories and have people care for them. Birds care for people, and so it is natural that they like to have people care for them. "The only people birds don't care for are for those who would hurt them or take the eggs. It would be too cruel for anyone to ever take our lovely eggs. What beautiful whltlsh- brownlsh eggs these five eggs were! And what nice little Bobolinks they became. "Why, It would be as cruel to do that as it would be to put a sharp sword through Mother Bobolink's heart "It would be cruel if people took little babies out of their sleeping bas kets or cots and took them off Just to see what color eyes they had and how big' they were, and a few little facts like that "It would be so cruel a thing to do. And people can enjoy birds so much more by hearing them sing and by "You Are Watching." watching them perched on trees and grasses and fences, or by watching them fly through the air, chowlng their pretty feathers. "People wouldn't like it If bobo links or other birds ran off with their little ones, and so It Isn't fair to do such things to bobolinks or other birds. It isn't fair at all. It Is very, very cruel. And Just because people are bigger than we are it Is even more cruet "Of course, It would be Impossible for bobolinks and other bird families to hurt people. But isn't it even worse of people to hurt us because they are strong enough to do so? I think anyone who steals birds' eggs Is a bully, that's all, doing something mean to a little creature more help less than he or she is. "Rut let us not talk of such a sad subject, though It was I who started the talk on it. Let us talk of what you started to speak of how the Phoebe Birds told their story of how they liked to get acquainted with people." "Yes," Mr. Bobolink said, "the Phoebe birds told how they said 'Phoe-be, Phoe-be' over and over again so people would know who they were. "And I'd like to have people know that we say 'Bob-o-llnk, Bob-o-llnk' over and over again to let them know who we are. "We add a few trills to our song which the Phoebe birds don't bother about but Just the same we sing our name over and over again, very clear ly and distinctly." "You always guard me so welt' said Mrs. Bobolink. "You do not let any harm come to me. And if I am busy looking for food, though you may be singing for all you are worth, you are watching out too, to see that we are safe and that no one will harm us, and you warn me In plenty of time. "Ah, Mr. Bobolink, It Is not every creature who goes marketing and who does her household tasks who can have beautiful music to listen to as she works. But you sing for me, with your lovely voice, and again and again you tell me your name is Bob-o-llnk! To be sure I know It Is. But to me the name Is so sweet that I cannot hear It too often. No, Mr. Bobolink, I cannot hear the name of Bobolink too often." 'That is good," said Mr. Bobolink. And putting his head on one side he sang over and over and over again, 'Bob-o-llnk, Bob-o-llnk, Bob-o-llnk!" New Relativity Theory. James had frequently heard his uncle discussing the relativity theory. 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Unofficial estimates of the increase In Japanese In the United States, par ticularly on the Pacific coast, were borne out In the official tabulation which revealed a rate of expansion of 53.9 per cent California absorbed 30, 596 of the growth of 38,868 Japanese. On Jan. 1, 1920, there were 71,952 Jap anese in California. The remainder of the Increase was distributed largely In Washington state, where there are 17, 388; Oregon, 4,151, and Utah, Colora do and New York with between 2,000 and 3,000 each. Indian Group Dwindles. The white population showed only a 16 per cent expansion and the negro 6.5 per cent Both the Indian and Chi nese groups dwindled 8.5 per cent and 13.8 per cent, respectively. The growth In the white population was consider ably less than the rate for the previous decade, which was 22.3 per cent This decline, the statement said, was due principally to the reduction In Immi gration during the war. The rate of increase In the negro population was the lowest on record. The Negro Migration. Evidence of the migration of the negro to the North and West was found in figures showing nearly three fourths of the Increase In the negro population, or 472,418 of the 625,250 gain in these seetions. A growth of only 162,832, or about one-fourth, was reported for the South, despite the fact that 85 per cent of the total ne gro race still Is there. Decrease In the Indian race In the last ten years probably was due La part it was said, to the enumeration, ' as Indians In 1910 and as whites In 1920, of persons having only slight traces of Indian blood. The greatest numerical Increase In the white population was shown In the district embracing Ohio, Indiana. Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, where the increase was 3,011,363. U. 8. Agent Pleads Guilty. Missoula. Mont. J. A. Urbanonlcz. fiscal a cent for district No. 1 of thai federal forest service, which includes Montana and northern Idaho, offered a plea of guilty to a charge of embez zlement when arraigned before a United States commissioner here. His bond was fixed at $50,000. Assassins Attack General Gouraud. Damascus, Syria. An attempt was made recently to assassinate General Gouraud, commander-in-chief of the French army in the East as he was traveling In an automobile from Da mascus to the Sea of Galilee In north ern Palestine. The assault was com mitted by bandits. Sovletism Nipped by Denby. "Washington. Secretary Denby has taken action, on recommendation of Admiral Wilson, commander In chief of the Atlantic fleet, to nip in the bud tendencies toward sovletism in the navy. Capt C D. Stearns of the bat tleship Michigan, has been relieved for having permitted his crew to discuss with him disciplinary matters vested only In the ship's commiuidlng officer. Captain Stearns had issued an order establishing a "ship morale commit tee." Predicts Gas at 60 Cents. Ann Arbor, Mich. Prediction that rasollne would reach a peak price of 55 to 00 cents a gallon In the United States was made by Prof. E. IX Leslie of the chemistry department Univer sity of Michigan, in an address before a session of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers here. Automobile manufacturers, he added, would keep pace by developing motors that would five from thirty-five to forty miles on. rallón of fuel. t S