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wmim a NnyruzjJTo or SYNOPSIS. Harry Swlfton Is expecting a visit from . bis fiancee. Lucy Medders, a Quakeress whom he met In" the country. His auto Crashes Into another machine containing a beautiful woman and a German count. . The woman's hat Is ruined and Harry escapes. His sister, Caroline, arrives at his home to play hostess. Socrates Prim mer, cousin of Lucy's, arrives with a hat intended as a present for Lucy. Har ry Is trailed to his home by the Count find Mrs. Gen. Blazes, who demands her hat, a duplicate of which she says has een delivered at Harry's house. She is n great fear lest her husband hear of 'her escapade. Lucy Medders and her father arrive and the count is hidden in one room and Mrs. Blazes In another. Harry Is forced to do some fancy lying to keep Lucy from discovering the presence of the woman. The milliner, Daphne Daf flngton, who proves to be an old flame of Harry's, arrives to trace the missing du plicate hat and more complications eng uo. Daphne is hustled into the room oc cupied by the Count The latter, with whom Daphne had flirted at one time, demands the return of a ring he had given her on that occasion. She tells him that she gave the ring to General Blazes. As the Count had also given Mrs. Blazes a duplicate of, the ring he becomes some what excited. Daphne leaves the room and seeks refuge in the one occupied by Mrs. Blazes. Mr. Medder discovers the Count, who is introduced as Harry's Ger man tutor. General Blazes arrives and accuses Harry of concealing his wife. Daphne steps out and the general is gumfounded. Lucy gives way to tears. The Count takes the blame for the whole affair upon himself, but the verdict is re served until Harr7 can vindicate himself. CHAPTER X (Continued.) "My boy," he was saying, "I couldn't help coming back to assure you that I am deeply sorry." "Say no more about it, General," Harry begged. "But, Harry," the General asked, confidentially, "now did that little flirt happen to be in that room?" "Well," Harry explained, "that was a little affair concerning her and Count von Fitz. I don't feel at liberty to go into details but it's just a flir tation, you might say." "She's a charmer, all right enough, Harry, my boy!" the General said "Ah! If my wife only knew if she ever found out how I have flirted with some of these dashing damsels!" Mrs. Blazes, from the safety of her window, listened Intently. "What?" Harry asked. "You flirt, General?" "I'm deeD. Harry, devilish deep! I say nothing, but I saw a lot of wood Don't worry about any little flirtations of your own. Come to me for advice if you need It. Everybody must sow his wild oats, you know." "Yes," Harry agreed, "but the wild oats you sow the night before don't make good breakfast food the morn ing after." "Well, anyway," the General said, "we understand each other. No more kard feelings?" "Not a bit. Not a bit," Harry reas sured him. The General waved his hand cordially as he strode down to the street Mrs. Blazes watched him disappear In the dusk, nodding her head significantly. "Wild oats, eh?" she said. "Flirta tions, eh? Wait until I get home!" " She leaned out of the window and called to Harry. He glanced up at her and smiled wearily. "How in the world am I to get out cf here?" she asked, petulantly. "I think I'll have that run as a" puz tle In the Sunday papers," Harry an swered, grimly. "I'll say this, though: When you do get out you needn't be 00 punctilious about making your party call." "This Is no time for Joking " "It's the only, time I've got You've put me in a pretty mess." "I'm just as sorry as I can be, Mr. Swlfton. But look at the muddle I am In." "Oh, I've seen worse muddles than this," Harry answers, easily. "And I'm simply starving to death." she said, hungrily. "I'm going to slip some sandwiches In there for you, If the blockade doesn't lift pretty soon. Meantime, keep away from that window as much as possible. Some one may happen to see you and I'm out of explanations." s Mrs. Blazes drew back a bit from ithe window, and asked: "Have you heard anything of my fcat?" J Harry sank down on a lawn bench With a weary air. "Where have I heard of hats?" he said.. "I've ordered a hat for you. Daphne, the daffy daffodil, Is making one for you. She'll have it here be fore long." "That's dear of you!" Mrs. Blazes tmiled, appreciatively. "How do you know what'lt costs?" be asked, grimly. Mrs. Blazes clasped her hands mel odramatically and went on: "And I'm so worried about my hus band!" "You are? You ought to be," Harry told her. "And he's worried about you and I'm worried about both of you. Shut the window, and let me tblnk." the play by She closed her window, and he re sumed his meditations. "Sometimes," he muttered, "It's against a fellow to be Innocent I could have straightened this out in two minutes if I had been guilty." The front door opened, and Lucy appeared. She glanced down at Harry and smiled. "May I come out with thee awhile?" she asked. "It Is so peaceful out here everything seemeth so calm." "This is the headquarters for peace and calm," Harry observed, pleasant ly, rising. Lucy came down the steps and sat on the lawn seat wliile Harry leaned over the table beside her, look ing down at her. "Well," Lucy asked, "what can thee say?" "I can't say anything yet," he an swered. "I can only ask you to trust me until I can explain everything." "But surely thee can explain every thing now." - "No. Not, yet. I don't understand It "myself yet" Lucy's face changed, and Harry went on: - "Later, I'll tell you everything. I can't now, Lucy, because some one else Is involved." "I saw her," Lucy said, coldly. "I don't mean that way, Lucy," he protested. "What you saw may have a peculiar look " "Indeed, she had!" Lucy asserted. "But' you must remember that often there Is an unsuspected skeleton in the closet," Harry continued, manful ly. Lucy pursed her lips scornfully. My Boy," the General Said, "I Couldn't Help Coming Back to As sure You That I Am Deeply Sorry." 'Skeleton, Indeed!" she said. "That skeleton welgheth at least a hundred and th-rty pounds!" Harry laughed nervously, and pleaded: ) 'Now, listen, Lucy. Won't you take my word that everything is all right, so far as I am concerned?" "I might take thy word, but thee cannot -explain so easily to Cousin Socrates nor to father." "Cousin Socrates has been in the attic writing sonnets about you all evening, and I have talked with your father, bless his good old heart! He believes in me, and he is willing to trust me." "So do I believe In thee, Harry but thee cannot know how sorry I am that this has happened. I regret it." With an earnest effort to turn her mind to a lighter view of things, Har ry asked: "So you regret It?" "I do very, very much." "Then, If you regret it very, very much, I'll forgive you this time," he laughed, seating himself and taking her hand. She took her hand away quickly and jumped to her feet in Indignation. "How can thee jest at such a mo ment?" she cried. He rose and followed her. "I shouldn't have jested? he said, humbly. "Lucy, you are not a city girl and I'm glad of It but you are apt to judge things too much on ap pearances." Lucy turned and looked at him with a pathetic seriousness in her eyes. "Until this morning, Harry," she said, "I wanted to be a city girl. I thought the little town where I have lived was a pitiful place." "But It had you in It," Harry re minded her, gently. "I am beginmg to understand," Lucy said, "that here appearances are everything but there Isn't any everything. In the country, there is everything and that takes the deceit from the appearances." "Why, you're a genuine little philos opher," Harry said. ; "We have the blue sky in the day time back there," Lucy continued, "and here thee have clouds and smoke. There we have the stars at night, here thee have electric signs. There we get up at sunrise and the little birds sing us a welcome from the trees, but here " "Here the iolks stay up until sun rise and eat the little birds before that," Harry finished for her. "You don't want a city home, -then, Lucy?" "I want a home where the heart does not have to be hidden," she told him. "And so do I. I want a real home, with the best little girl in the world as my wife." There was no mistaking his mean ing. Lucy looked at him for half a minute, then said: "When thee have" explained, Harry." CHAPTER XI. Fifteen minutes later Count von Fitz cautiously crept beneath the window and whistled. Mrs. Blazes did not an- swer. He wistled louder. Still no an swer. "If you are gone, I'm glad," he said. "Cheer me by not replying." But no such cheer was in store for him. Mrs. Blazes noiselessly opened the window and whispered: "Sh! Be careful! Did you get my hat?" "Not yet," the Count told her. "Dey haff to make him. I vouldn't trust dot Daffle voman. I vent to anudder hat place. Der name Is T'erese." "But they won't know the model," Mrs. Blazes feared. "I eggsplain him perfectly. I tell her a shape like a smashed balloon, yellow on der outside mit a garden or red puppies." "Red poppies, you silly man!" "Puppies or poppies dey look chust as bad to me from now on." "You'd best go rignt back and stay there until it is finished," Mrs. Blazes suggested. "No. I told dem to sent it here, so I make sure I get it" "That's good," she said, with a tone of relief. "Now you come right oud und ven der hat comes I gift it to you, und avay you go." "Come out?" she asked sarcastical ly. "Am I an aeroplane?" "Lissen. Make a rope yet. und I pull you oud." "An idea!" she exclaimed with de light "I'll tear up the sheets and things In here, tie them together In a rope, and let myself down." "Splendid! I go und vatch foi der messencher mit der hat." The Count strolled dway, while she closed her window. A young couple came walking slow ly through the flower garden. It was "Well," Lucy Asked, "What Can, They Say?" Pigeon and Carolyn. The twilight spell had been cast upon them. Arm in arm, silently they strolled until they neared the bench. Suddenly Pigeon said: "Let's sit down here. I'v.e got to see Harry through his racket, you know" evidently continuing a conver satlon which had lapsed some mo ments before "but after that " He looked down into Carolyn's eyes "After that?" she asked, softly. For Carolyn had all a woman's intul tion, in spite of her younfj years, arid she diagnosed the symptoms of an ap proaching proposal. She did not in tend to accept him, but no woman will allow a proposal to get away from her, Proposals to a woman are as the scalps the Indian brave ties to his war belt - "After that," said Pigeon, beginning to sit down, "I can look after my own affairs. And I " An ominous, ripping sound came Mrs. Blazes was beginning to make her rope, but the young couple, of course, knew nothing of that Pigeon straigntenea up wun a jerK ana tnea to look unconscious. He did not know what had given away. Carolyn tried to smooth over his embarrassment by saying: (TO BE CONTINUED.) QUEER FACT OF ELECTRICITY Varying Fatality of Shocks Depends on Many Factors Other Than the Voltage. Workers in electrical establishments who are familiar with the-undoubted fact that men have withstood tremen dous electrical shock without damage, while -others have been killed by the same or even less voltage, will be interested in a paper published by the British Medical association. 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