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' * Cotton. Gains $3 as War Is Begun Exports Come Behind to Nearly Equal Last Year's NEW ORLEANS, Ln.~(/p)-The ill Wind of war blew some good to the rttton trflde Thursday as merchants reported the heaviest demand in months for (ho staple on a rising market. Prom Irtterlor towns come reports of a scramble for cotton in the primary markets. At the ports, orders flowed in from fnr-off points as the world suddenly decided that with a war on H« hands it needs cotton badly. Liverpool was o heavy buyer of the American fiber. The trml 0 pointed out that Italo'Elhiopian hospilities might cut off Englands great supply of Egyptian cotton and traders abroad turned to the domestic market to fill their heeds. The past week has seen complete rejuvenation of the depressed cotton industry. Spot sales at Southern markets Tuesday totaled 62.218 bales, largest for nny day this season, and comparable to on entire weeks sales earlier in the year. Exports, at one time this season only half of last year, have now totaled 722,287 bales, only 13,000 bales behind last year. More than 150.000 bales of this total has been shipped in the last week. One spot firm reported it hud sold more cotton in the last six weeks than hQjulf of the entire previous year. OV^TS reported more orders than they could fill. Potential buyers are handicapped because of the small surplus of "free cotton" In the market currently. With th c past few year's surplus closely held by the government and the current crop two weeks late, the available supply for merchants is limited. Domestic mills are also in thc market In a big way, augmenting foreign demand for war needs. Until the government's cotton policy had been determined, spinners stayed out of the raw cotton market. Then with the AAA's policy determined they storied to buy cotton, or to attempt to buy it, nil at once. £o far the demand has brought on advance t>t more thnn $3 B bale in the futures market. HOPE, STAR, BOt»E. ARKANSAS .*&! Former Little Rock Man Is Shot to Death COLUMBUS, Mi*s.-(/l-<)—J. M. Ledbitter. 28, lunch-stand operator, died I Fr!:l«v of a bullet wound, ;ind police held his wife's mint, Mae Hurst, in connection with the »--hool'->i' Lcdbettor cnme here from Little Rock, G'/ficers said he hud been di inking niul was Hlteinpliiif; to choice hi:: .young wife when shot. Tigers Beat Cubs (Continued f»»m page one) Cochranc walks. GohriiiKor singles, advancing Cochrunc to second. Goslin flip; to Galan in left field. No runs, cue hit, no errors. Chicago—Herman grounds \,, \M rt \ and thrown out at find. Lindsti-oru grounds to Cliftun at third and i* Oirown out. Hartnet grounds lo GchHiiRcr at second and Is thrown out .it first. No niiis, no hits, no errors. Fourth Inning Detroit—Fox lifts to Herman fit second, nogell flies to Herman at second. Owen grounds to Juries at short. No runs, no hits, no errors. Chicago— Demuruo liflr. lo White in centerfield. Cavarrtlln grounds to Gehringcr at second. Hack grounds to O\vcn at first base. Fifth Imihiir Dertcil—Clifton lifts lo Lindstrom in centerfield Auker strikes out. White singles to cenlerfield. C-jchrnne flics to Demarec who makes great diving catch. Chicago—Jurgcs walks. Lee sacrifices, advancing Jurgcs to second bosc. Galiin singles, bringing home Jurgcs, GUIan takes second on throw home. Herman singles, advancing Galon to third. Lindstrom hits into double play Gehringer to Owen at first. One run. two hits, one error, Sixth Inning Detroit—Gehringer pops to Hack at third. Goslin singles to right. Fox triples to right field, bringing home Goslin. Fox caught napping at third and is thrown out by Hartnett. Rogell strikes out. One run, two hits, no errors. Chicago—Harlnell grounds lo Gch- Speedy Italian Warships Challenge British Dominations at Gibraltar '•' ""E-i-Hr n aiul .r.n.Pis nl ML- It,-,!! rrr r "-•'«? *= c, i,.. -i,,, sl . „„. ..... „ „ !„„.,,. a . Bfl)() |o h( , gr>e(1(1)er JhBf) „,„,,. Br)t)g|) PCIjnter( ,., r(s ringer at second. Dcmnrcc walks. Cuvnretta bents out grounder when GthriiiKir throws to Rogell getting Demarec at second. Cavarretta later caught napping. Seventh Inning Detroit—Owen flies out to Dlmaree. Clifton walk.---. Gerald Walker bats for Auker, Walker hitting into d-mble play. Jtirges lo Herman to Cavaretta. Chicago -Heck grounds out Rogell to Owen rolls lo Hack and i.s thrown out. Lull. Lue grounds uut. Galan walks. Hennaii grounds out. Clifton to Owen. Klglilh Inning Detroit — While walks. Cochranc flies to Jurgcs. Gehringer doubles, bringing home white. Goslin single. 1 !, scoring Gehringer with the tying run. Warncke relieves Lee in box for Chi- efifio. Fcx singles to centerfield. Rogell •.ir.alc.s to centerfield, bringing home Gof-lin putting Tigers ahead. 4 to 3. Owen rolls to Hack on dis thrown out. Fox scores on piny. Clifton ends rally by grounding out. Four runs, four hits, no errors. Chicago—Lindslrom flies out to Goslin in left. Hartnetl flies out to white In ccnlcrfinld. Dcmaree strikes out. Ninl.li Inning Detroit—Clifton strikes out. Rowe pops out. White strikes out. Chicago—Cavarretta lines to White in centerfield. Hack singles to left. Klien bats for Jurges. Klien singles to left field. O'Dea bats for Warneke. O'Dea singles, scoring Hack from second. Golan flies to white in deep center, Klien racing home with tying run. Herman grounds out Clifton to Owen. Two runs, three hits. Tenth Inning Detroit—Cochrane up. French goes in for Warneke. Cochrane flies out. Gehringer flies out, Goslin doubles. Fox pops out. Chicago—Lindstrom doubles. Hartnett bunts, and is thrown out. Demare e grounds out. Cavoretta grounds out. Eleventh Inning Detroit—Rogell singled, Owen forced him. Rowe struck out. White singles, to bring in Owen. Cochrane flies out Chicago—Hack grounds out. Klien strikes out. Stophenson batting for French, strikes out. The Reason Why Chatty—"Oh, he's so romantic. When he addresses me he always calls me 'Fair Lory' " Catty—"Force of habit, my dear. He's a street-car conductor."—The Sunday School Herald. Washington Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Collins of Houston, Texas, spent Friday night with Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Delony. Fred Norwood ,Miss Letha Frazier and Mrs. J. M. May were Hope visitors Monday. Mr. nnd Mrs. A. P. Delony and Mis;; Julio Delony attended the fun- oral of Roy Collins at Spring Hill on Monday. Mrs. Neol Brewer and children of Gum Springs visited the Delony family last week end. Rev. S. A. Whitlow of Arkadelphia held services at the Baptist church last Sunday, both morning and evening. W. R. Pruitt, who has been in Oklahoma for several weeks, returned to his home here Saturday. Mrs. Reginald Bearden and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Bearden attended the funeral of Roy Collins in Spring Hill Monday. I Miss Lucille Hulsey, Miss Vivian I Beck and Weldon Johnson were Hope I visitors Sunday afternoon. i Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Black and Al| fred Black were visitors in ElDorado I last Saturday and Sunday. i Misses Myrtle Bearden and Mary Levins of Ouuchita College, spent the week end at home with their parents. Miss Agatha Bullard of the Columbus school faculty spent the week end with her mother Mrs. Mary Bullard. A number of Washington people attended the annual Homecoming at St. Paul Sunday, Mrs. Claud Agee spent the day Monday in Hope with relatives and friends. Mrs. Lee Holt, Mrs. J. A. Wilson and Mrs. Charlean Moss Williams attended the Group Conference of the Presbyterian Auxilary in Magnolia on Monday. Mrs. Ewing McPherson and baby were guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Bailey from Tuesday until Wednesday. Mrs. L. F. Monroe and Mrs. Luther Smith were Hope visitors Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Reginald Bearden, Mrs. W. I. S'troud and Miss Julia Bearden entertained with a shower in honor of Mrs. Ralph Hunt, their sister, Wednesday afternoon, in the home of Mrs. Reginald Bearden. Eunice Smith, who visited his mother, Mrs. Jennio Smith, th c past two weeks, rturned to his hoine in Port Arthur, Texas last Friday Mrs. Ralph Hunt of Rocky Mound is the guest of her mother Mrs. J. E. Enforcement of AAA Pdtftto Law Fbreca*t WASHINGTON.- (/p) -AAA circles indicated Friday that the compulsory prtato control law would be enforced despite misgivings ffl B«arden this week. Mrs. It L. Casey of Butterfield was a Sunday guest in the A. P, fielOfty home. Mifis Lemma Martin of Waterloo, who has been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Lee McDonald, returned home Sunday. Cecil Hicks and family of Columbus spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Lee McDonald. Miss Ella Monroe v/as shopping in Hope Tuesday. Mrs, Pink Horton spent the Week ?nd jn Little Rock- Mrs. Dale Jones of Hope spent the day Tuesday in Washington. The lovesick swain was discussing his love affairs with a sympathetic friend. "You say she partially returned your affectionss?" asked his friend. "Yes; she sent back all my letters, but kept the jewelry." Radium gives out enough heat to melt its own weight in ice per hour, "t can emit both heat and light for an indefinite time without losing its power. Henry's Chapel Health in this community has im- nrcved for the last few days. Several have been having malaria and : chills. Mrs. Lois Hamiltcn of Prescott returned home Sunday afternoon ; after a weeks stay with her parents,' Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ellis. Mrs. Parrish Fincher spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amzie East of Bluff Springs. Mr. and Mrs. Claude Blevins and little son, Richard of Camden spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Blevins. Joe Taulbee and Earl Fincher spent Thursday night with Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Johnston of Hope. Cecil Evans of Hope, Watson Rhodes of Shover and Ruth Cumbie of Green Lasater called on Miss Clara Ellis Sunday afternoon. Chas. Fox left Sunday for Ilinois for a two weeks stay with home;folks H. B. eanfitfd ftid ;...._. 0. ar»y art occupying hi* he te away. Mr. and Mr*. Joe fifilbet sptiWi . day with Mr. and Mrs. Barf FifteHe* and daughter f%tsy. Tf , Mr. and Mrs. Nolen Lewallen $p&t£ kst Wednesday with Mr. and Mfji. John Purtle of Gunwey. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Dodson afid( daughter, Margaret, of Hope, last Thursday with her parent and Mrs. M. B. Pfefkihs. • Monk Fore of near tlnidn was -lh(3 Thursday dinner guest of Mr> awt' Mrs. Earl Fincher Thursday. , , ; Mrs. John Purtle of Guernsey Ii., visiting her sUter, Mr. and Mfs..<Slrt Ellis and Mr. and Mrs. Carl FiricfleJ- this week. • Mr. and Mrs. Wise of Melroee vfsfted her sister, Mr. and Mrs. B*. L. Roth* well, Mr. and Mrs, Earl Fincher and daughter, Patsy, and Parrish Fincher spent Sunday with Mr. and Mm S. M. Fincher. , - Milburn Purtle of Bluff Springs tpent Tuesday night with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ellis. ft' , t "rV? V, ' Sheppard , J. M. Cornelius left here Monday for Saffard, Ariz., where his daughter Mrs. Ethel Collier will meet him afid ptay a while with Mrs. Pearl Hijl and then they will go to Carload, Calif., where Mr. Cornelius will make His home for a while. • < Mr. and Mrs. Jess Cornelius of Guernsey spent Monday night with Walter Cornelius and family arid left Tuesday morning motoring through fo Arizona, where they Will join' Mr. Cornelius' sister, Mrs. Pearl Hill.' . Mrs. Alice Finley was shopping "in Hope Saturday. ' i Roy Cornelius was shopping in Hope Tuesday. Walter Cornelius was in Hope Tues* day on business. Harvel Clayton was shopping 'in Hrne Monday. Mrs. Pearl Cornelius was the dinner guest of Mrs. Lelia Allen nearvHbpe, Saturday. Raymond Cornelius, Cleriton Chandler, Olen Hubbard and Carl Stevenson, of Eprudell, attended church at Guernsey Sunday, night. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cornelius spent Sunday with Walter Cornelius and family. < CHAPTER II AS Bobby pushed his clialr back, they realized that two men had come up to their table. One of them was Art Lannlng, the proprietor of the Golden Feather nlghi club. He woro a dinner Jacket. had dazzllngly sleelc black hair ahed back (ram a pale forehead Ii6 seemed Jlist a" little bit too affable and suave to be entirely reliable; but then, Jean told herself. he must he all right, tor hadn't j her own boss Introduced him to her? Lannlng's companion, she realized with a little, startled thrill, was the good-looking young man who bad been so noticeably watch Ing her from his table on the other side of the room. He was tall, and broad-shouldered, and although he wore his tuxedo as If he were iiRefl to It. he seemed to have an outdoors air about him. as ir he belonged on the western plains some where Instead of in this stuffy overcrowded night clnh. Perhaps It was hts hair that did It. It was sandy, aurt It refused to lie down In the well trained manner of Lan ning's; Instead, a long forelock drooped down over his (ornheail. making him look like a cowboy who had got used to the city but who, nevertheless, intended to go back to the range some day. Lannlng was smiling bin stereotyped smile — the smile of a man who IB everybody's friend but who watches all the angles, just tho same. He put his hands on the table and leaned tils big bulk over them. "Yon don't mini] If I Introduce an old friend of mine, do you?" he said. "This Is Sandy Harkins— <*j|&indy from the hair nnd Ilarkins ^vorn, the family. Sandy, this charming young lady In Miss Jean Dunn, and the lucky man with her Is Bobby Wallace." couldn't see mm. ... » m M "Well, look who's out seeing the A moment, "this Harkins sights," said a man's voice. Star- Kuy" was sitting at a table on tied, she looked up. Bobby had the far side of the room lalkino sprung to his feet, and was eagerly cirnpqilv «im, i,,, ,» • shaking bands with a qulet-looklng, " ln - esl)y Wlt " tw ° "' e "- «ne of dark-haired man In a neat gray cl ": was An ''"-"nlnR: the other lounge suit; and as the man turned v/ '"- s ' (l small, black ; hairert man who to her she,recognized him amj-ifiaM,- so'--slouched over bis-glass and ke'rii como^romr* Qlenn - wller ' e<(3 - : y° u <^®k quick, alert glances abom f ARRY GLENN shook hands with l " l ' m tellinfi y ° 11 ' (1)at 's all." «nlil l -* her and helped himself lo a | Ln " nln S- "Never mind where 1 vacant chair at an adjoining table, j f '" !:l( ' out. She conies from n small which he drew up between her and ) to<."n downstate. and her father Is- Bobby. He sat down, leaned hi? president, of the local bank." by Robert Bruce 1935 NEA Service, Inc. Bobby got up and stuck out his hand. Harkins extended a large well-manicured hand and gave him a, firm grip and a friendly smile. Then be turned back to Jean, to whom he had bowed while Bobby was getting out of his chair, and said, "We're not butting In, are we?" They murmured polite denials. "Well," said Sandy, "you know how It is. Here I am, a strauger In this town, sitting here wishing [ could lust have one dance before [ leave, and not knowing a soul to uanc£*MYith. And then my friend Art conies up, and 1 see him say hello to -''you folks as be passes your tab|e, and so I get up my nerve and ,1 ttilnk. 'Now maybe If Art takesypie over and Introduces me to those people. I could get that one dance — lust one dance.' " He grinned dlsurmlngly. as if to say, "Shucks.'^!'™ ]ust a friendly guy from Jjthq country, aud nobody gets mad ft mi." Then he turned to Bobby |mnd* said. "Would you Sandy n>as a good dancer. He a^ed, "1 didn't bother you, did /, earlier, s/urmg at pouP" obj«ct If 1 your young lady safe and sound to your boy friend as soon as the music stops." "Then," said Jean, "we'd better start, because this number's going to bo over in another minute." * * * G|HE got up, slipped Into his arm, and they glided away as smoothly as was possible, considering the crowded slate of the dance floor, He was a good dancer, she discovered, moving with the effortless grace of the born athlete: for a moment he was silent, as he maneuvered her through the erowd Presently ho looked down and grinned. "1 didn't bother you, did I, ear- ler, st!iriug at you?" he asked. "Were you staring? I didn't notice." "No? Baby, don't tell papa lies. Anyhow, I didn't mean to bother you. and I Moped you wouldn't be mad. But Mow could 1 help look- Ing at tho prettiest girl in the place?" This wns pretty obvious, thought Jean; stiil, sho admitted, It was rather pleasant. She made some "ippant reply, and he went cm talk- li'S In un easy, lazy drawl. for Just o|e (jttle dance?" His yoice,soin)ded vaguely south mM, or westpn^or something, Jean ....„ Bought. It-^wa* lazy and pleasant, | learned "that"he was In'This u,iv and it made, yoji like him. Even of Dover temporarily, that he had Bobby seeojed to be taken with j no Idea how soon be would leave that be was in some sort of busi- ness—sho wasn't quite clear Just what — that kept him trawling him"Not at all," said Bobby, grinding back at him. Sandy Harkins turned to her j about a again. "Lady, 1 need a dance awful Dad," be said. "I'll bring you back d«l. n* tha bad no hesitation whatever in de in response to his mood, and before long she discovered that she was enjoying this dance very much in deed; so much so that she felt a genuine pang of regret when tho music finally stopped. "Would you just faint and fall in it If I should call you up some day?" he asked, as they started hack to the table. "No," she said slowly, "but you don't know my phone number." "Don't worry about that, baby. What it takes (o find out phone numbers grows on me. Would you hang up on me? She ought to tell him not to call; sho knew that as well as she kn«w her own name. But what was the harm? A telephone call, after all —and besides, he was nice-looking, and he had an amusing way of talking. She found herself saying, "Try and see." They got hack to the table, and Harkins and Launing left them, after a few moments of Inconsequential talk. Hubby followed them with his eyes as they walked away. "Seems like a nice chap, doesn't he?" he asked. flood old Bobby! thought Jean. He's probably jealous as can be. Inside, but he's too nice to show it. And she had a sudden revulsion of feeling, in which she looked on Bobby with real tenderness, and lold herself that she would marry him aa soou us—well, as eoon as — well, some day; and meanwhile. elbows on the table, and smiled first at her and then at Rotihv "1 guess I'm getting old," he salrl 'The children seem lo be growinp up." Seeing him was almost like Rolnf. oack home. She bad not seen him since she and Bobby had been In high school. At one time he hart been the unwitting object of hot first schoolgirl crush: she had been a high school freshman then, antl he had been a person ot glamour and romance—the college football star, hack Iri the home town tr coach the high school football learn He bad been a frlencl ot lipr father's, and ho bad often dined In their home—and had looked down on her with an amused and friend ly tolerance. Then he had gum- east, somewhere, and she had heard that he had become a lawyer, find later had heard that he had some obscure but Interesting kind nf Jnh with the government. And hern lie was again, older and soberer now with friendly eyes nnd a lirm chin and an older-brother air toward joth of them that somehow made them both feel that if they evei got in any kind of trouble they on Id go at once to Larry Glenn ind De got out of It- "Wliat're you kids doing up here n Dover, anyway?" be was asking. "Kids!" said Bobby indignantly That's swell. We've been out o college exactly one year," "Bobby's selling nutos. and 1'ir aweleganl stenographer," sah Jean, "She's a bug on earning her owr iving now, but some day she's go ng to marry me," said Bobby, Ig noring tlio face she made at him Larry Gleua looked from one to he other. "Well," he said, "1 heard a coupl f years ago that things were drift- ng that way—" "They're not!" said Jean. Then went a longer he checked herself and said. "Well —not just now, anyhow." "They're drifting that way," said Bobby, "but not fast enough." "There's lots of time," said Larry. clariiiK that she, Jean Dunn, wasjif Mr. Ilarkins did call her up lops. She grew gay and Uippaut 'would just tell bim that she e looked at them fondly iu lence, then turned to Jean. "1 got a letter from your dad tell- ng me you were up here," be said, 1 promised I'd look you up. No" —hastily—"not to try to keep an eye on you. Just to say hello, and maybe take you out to dinner once in a great while, If Bobby doesn't object too mucb." "1 dou't object at all, to you," said Bobby. "It's handsome strangers like this Harkins guy that get me worried." "That," sighed Glenn, "seems to Indicate that i'm hopeless); unromantic and aged. And who la tbU Harkins guy, any way V" The blnck-hnired man lool< P ,i sideways at Harkins and grinned. "Can you h Pn r opportunity when it comes knocking?" MR nskp<i. Sandy Ilarkins grinned hark ni him, "J)on't rush me," he said. "I nnlv Just met her. She's kind of a neat little number, at that." He let his gnzo wander across the room to the Inble where Joan Dunn was sitting with Bobby Wailace and Larry Glenn. "Who's the guy wild her?" nslced the black-haired man suddenly. "Boy friend," said Sandy. "No, not him—I mean the older one." Sandy looked at Larry Glenn. "Never saw him before," lie Raid. "He wasn't there when I over." The. other man took look. ' "I <on't like his looks," he said unexpectedly. "WJat's the matter with him?" asked! Sandy. "I don't know. He just looks kind jof like trouble, that's all. Knowj who he is, Art?" The! proprietor of the night club shook j his head. "Hejs a new one on me." The; black-haired man turned away and shrugged his shoulders. "Weil," he said, "I don't like his looks.' 1 "Fo»get it," said Sundy. He turned to Lanning. "What's this elrl dting in Dover?" he asked. "Shj's a stenographer, or some thing.f replied Lanning. "Works for^Ityiald Montague, the lawyer." Thejotber two men raised their eyebrows and looked at oue another for a [moment. "Did you say something about opportunity?" asked Sandy, grin ning. fanning looked puzzled, and asked,["Wbat about ii.?" * "3rii ! 'y , / V * , £« '4^-t ^ *£ . "Wai," the black-haired mail, 'fvve might want to do a little busings with this Montague some day, tint's all. And if this dame— " He Ijoked again at Harkins. "I guess you've got an assignment, (Sandy," ue concluded, » * * A LL .unconscious ot the fact that shf was flf»rlng so extensively i« thfc mysterious conversation, Jean punn rested her chin iu her hand* and looked fondly at Larry GlennJ i Nolj only was Larry older and stronier than, either Jean or ; he was a familiar Bobby — almost a relative, it seemed. Ho came from their town, Maplehurst; he knew their parents; they had known him since earliest childhood; and Bobby, as well as Jean, had the feeling that either of them, in case of need, could appeal to him and he sure that whatever needed fixing would be fixed without delay or the asking of needless questions. "What're you doing now?" asked Jean. "And how come you're in Dover?" "Well," said Larry, "I'm a lawyer, you know. Right now I'm doing some work for Uncle Sam, and I just got transferred here." "You're working for the government?" said Jean. "What sort of work is it, Larry?" "Well," he said, "the last thing I did was investigate the circumstances of a bankruptcy case in which a business man tried to conceal some §50,000 worth of assets from his creditors. It was dry as dust, and I'm sure you wouldn't care to hear about it. Suppose you tell me what you're doing here." "But we ttold you," protested Jean. "I'm working for Mr. Montague, and Bobby's selling autos." "No, no," said Larry, smiling at her. "I mean, here—in the Gulden | Feather." I Bobby chuckled. j "Jean wanted to go slumming," ha said. "She wanted to see life in the raw. I guess she was hoping that we'd see lots of wicked people behaving evilly j n here. She wanted both a shock and a thrill." * » « J EAN made a dainty little face at her suitor. Wallace I "I did not. We just — well, I'd never been in n nislit chili in .my life before. And I'd heard people tell about this one, and 1 knew my boss, Mr. .Montague, conies here pretty often. And then one d,ay this Mr. Lanning was up in the office to see Mr. Montague about something, and Mr. Montague knew I'd never been to a night club so he introduced me and Mr. Lanning said I ought to come down some time, so—" Larry Glenn laughed. ' "So that's the way of it, eh? 1 he said. "Well, now you're here what do you think of it?" "To be honest with you, it's much—oh, much quieter than I'd thought it would be," she con fessed. "Quiet?" said Larry. "When that orchestra is playing you run't bear yourself think." "She means people are behaving themselves too well," suggested Bo lib}-. "Oh," said Larry. He gazed thoughtfully at the little glass vase in the center of the table, in which reposed one rather discouraged- looking rose. "Now listen, you two children—you don't mind getting a bit of advice from your elders?" They shook their heads expectantly. "Well," he said, speaking slowly as if he were choosing his words carefully, "uiaybe it'd be a good idea for the two of you to be just a little bit careful about frequenting places of this kind too often. Night clubs are funny places. Some of them are perfectly all right, aiid some of them—aren't. You want to go a little elow." i 'But this one-— why, it's as respectable as'a hotel dining room, as far as I can Bee,* Jean objected. "I know, I know. I don't mean that you're apt to get into a brawl here, or anything lik'e that. But sometimes some' rather peculiar 1 things go,, on^ Uijds^ .the surface." ' The eyes of the two young people were wide with excitement, and Bobby leaned forward and asked;> ,"HoW do you mean?".", I "Oh—" be paused, and took out a cigaret. "Yon-.never' know just who you're rubbing elbows with. The man at the next table may be 'a perfectly respectable business man, or he may he a gunman who's wanted for murder in half a dozen different cities. You have no way of-, knowing." * .''. TDOBBY and Jean glanced auto- 1J matically • at the 1 next table, where 'sat a;t>aldv well-dressed-man who could, not possibly-; under any scheme of things, have been anyone but a tired business man out on the prowl. "Oli, I didn't mean him." Larrv; amenaea, laugmng. "l mean—we'll, for example; take this Harkins lad you pointed out to me a fewjmlii' utes ago. Who's he?" "He?" echoed Jean uncertainly. "Why, I—I don't know. Mr; Lanning introduced ( him; to; me, that's all. And Mr. Ldi}n.'lng Is ii friend of Mr; Montague.; He must >he jail right, isn't he?"*-' i -\n ,.{'•}) "I'm not saying that he Isn't'," said Larry. "For all I know 'h« may be the president of a Curlsttyn Endeavor Society or something,'My point is just this; if you patronize places of this kind regularly, yq« meet all sorts of utter strangers in them—and you never have n chance in the world of finding out just who they are. They may be all right, and they may be most decidedly all wrong—and you never know until too late. Let me repeat, I didn't mean anything personal about this Harkins chap, I never saw him before. He may be a very fine young man. My point is that the contacts which you are bound to make in a place like the Golden: Feather are bound to be rather mysterious, especially when you're practically a stranger In a bis town, And because I've known you two youngsters ever since you used to play hopscotch on the sidewallc in front of my mother's bouse, J just wanted to warn you," Tlie two were momentarily sobered. Conversation lagged, for a minute, as they glanced curiously about the room, trying to realize that the people at the tables and on the dance floor might be sinister creatures with lawless and violent backgrounds. At last Jean chanced to look at the tiny platinum watch on her wrist. "Heavens!" she gasped. "I didn't know it was so late. Larry, I've got to get home and get to bed. Bobby, you're ready to go, aren't you?" Larry walked to the doop with • ue two young people, patted Item fondly <yi their shoulders an4 saw them, iiito a taatteab. As the car rolled away, he stood in the ear trance for a moment, looking after it with thoughtful eyes, and the firm line of his mouth was troubled. Then he shrugged his shoulders walked back into the night club. * -f •,£ 4 -, -* 1 V 5 * " •! i ^

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