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THE DAILY COURIER, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1918, Interned--A Near Tragedy MKtary Necessity Lead. Penrod and Sam Into Strategy Wliich Almcit Acti a* a Boomerang : . , By 3.OOTH '· (CoDyriehC 1917. ."Wheeler Syndicate, "inc.)--' a j ;.,,.,, ..After »och ricorau events, every! fields of- consciousness, : an'a the'dark e. comprehended that the game of . bonded prUomr -was-orcr, iand .there - n« · mggecttoo ; that It: 3h6nld: or . "might b« resumed. The fashion oi Its ; ' eoactasloii had 'bee* so .consummately secret;.of '^eir : '.Bn8tille'fi6ubled them, not--for-'tbe ^roain'-i'tid-'sfbiple reason ('.removed her hat and placed It and the cape upon the bed; alter which she "gave her hair a' push, subsequent to her scrritlriy of a mirror; then, turn-' ! ing out the 'light, she went as far as h the door. ; Being an orderly girl, she I ; returned to.the .bed and took the cape. i'j and^tlie hat-to her .clothes closet She '! opened the ' door of this sanctuary, ji'arid, in tile dark,'hung, her cape upon i ] u hook and placed'her hat iipon the .-tshelf. Then she : closeo. the door again, ! having noted'nothing unusual, though . I she hud an 1 impression'that the place : [ needed airing. She decended to 'the dinner table. · , The other members of the family, were already, occupied with the meal, · that they^iiadyfdrBOtteri'l'C' They rdrifted*-indoors,"iand lounu Sam's ra'pther's'jwnitei cat .drowsing on bj.'air parties (with the bat- :.a desk InTtiie llbrarr,;ithe""which colncl- ceptlpn of "-Roddy'B'itts) that.'a";'dence ofrvipasly.-lrisplredj'fhe experi- - renewal would have been tame; hence, '-ment' of u£certaini'ng"liow"successf u'Uy tarn-- minds of the company "ink could be used in-making a clean Sj-^-'twned-to other matters and .'became , white'Cat-look iike-a,coach-dog. There ?fe·:·".'-riwrtlesa. · Geergie-Baasett---withdrew I was neither malice nor mischief In fiK^..; B»*t, remembering that If^he'expected i thelr ; -idea';-simply',- a problem present- pf (i '.^le^b*'«...wonderful'.as 'usual, tomor-,j «J ·Itself.to the biological and artistic **s^~,. °*w r 'JS §5 n lai achool, it was-time to'-i questio'nin'es beginning to stir within sgV- -'-'jirepar* hUnieli,"though thisywas ' ~'" '-'·-" ' "" ' "' " fej:.-. "included in the statement he-mai" .leging'tae cawe-of his departure. | Bi* I any pain. 'They, were above teasing "·tog.- detained bodily -and 'pressied^for I'cats, and .".they -merely detained this " «kptanaUon,,.he desBorately sald;thif · one .and. made, her feel a little ,wet-- .^.ie..had..to.go home.to tease* the cook- -- j at considerable -cost to- themselves ...Which had the rakehelly air he thought | fcoin both the ink and the cat How, would .Insure. hl» release, bnt was not i ever, at the conclusion' of their ef- eonmiclered plausible. However,, h» ; iorts. It "was thought safer to drop "vaa'flMlljr allowed to soVanoVas flrsf j the"cat oufofthe -window before iiny- ""klBt» of evening were' already .cooling body came, and,-after some hasty -and darkening the air; Che parry broke "*p;"it«~Hiemh«r» setting forth, ..whistling, toward - their . .several homea, though Fenrod lingered with Sam. Hep- ·BMa- wa* the last to- go-from them,' [vas noi: them. They did not mean to do the } aide aV j "cat "the sHghtest injury or to cause her and' the visitor .was' replying politely, in his nonnmsticntdry intervals, to Inquiries-concerning the health of his relatives. . .So . sweet; and assured was the condition of Sam and Penrod, that Margaret's . · arrival from her room meant -nothing to them. Their memories were not stirred, . and. they con- ·tinued eating, their expressions brightly placid. : .- - . . -. "..: r .But from out; o£ floors there came tuc^sound o£ a calling and questing i voice, at first In tic distance, then. growing louder -- coming nearer,/ i "Oh, Ver-er-man! O-o-o-oh, Ter-er-j ma-an .'" " ' · · \ It was tho voice, of Herman. | "Oo-o-o-o-oh, Ver-er-er-ma-a-a-an r' ; And then two boys sat stricken at that: cheerful table and ceased to eat. Recollection awoke with a bang! '·Oil, my !" Sam gasped. "Wl:at's-the matter?" said Mr. Scho-field. "Swallow something the wrong way, Sam?" "Ye-es, sir." "Oo-o-oh, Ver-er-er-ma-a-an IT* . . And now the voice was near the windows of the dining room. "Whafs the matter with you T his father demanded.. "Sit down!" "It's Herman-- that colored boy lives In the alley," said Penrod hoarsely. ·1-- cipect-- I think--" . "Well, whafs the matter?" ___ . _____ __ ____ .. . _ . . . _ . . "I think his Uttle brother's maybe the alley, mid, iV'the alley gate, re- ! earlier in"-the"'dVy, that Sam should | got lost, and Sam and I better go heip- ieBiberiui; something, he paused and , be his friend's -guest for the evening i look-- " U«d to~thein. The lot "was a deeo 1 meal. Clean- to -tte^elbiws and with, i "You'll do nothing of the kind," said - -«««,-· «nd "they 'were toc-'ifar away to I' light 'neartsr-' they- set forth.' They I Mr. SehoBeld sharply. "Sit down and .-wort .with blotters, the. desk .was moved-.to.cover certain sections of the rag, and the. boys repaired to the bathroom- for .hot .water, and . soap. They knew -they had done nothing wrong, I-got-git.'at--stove-wood f | : l)Ut they. felt easier when the only -»op(uli,'| be said, ri3inp»nd stretching j truces remaining upon them were the «lm»eb!~" ""f'-gof"git"'at llU'soap-bbx leas prbinirient ones upon their gar- ..W.»«oOt »»' fo « orah trhereji 'nt new liouae boll'ln' on SecoB* street; "pick ' an' 'Blocks' "lajin 1 ._-"_··· WMtjthroogS ;th«- yard .toward ments.'- These precautions taken, It time _for.them to~.make their appearance "at Penrod's house for dinner, tor It ·had been", arranged, -upon petition, :,-; catch- -'mraniDg. Sam abouted,- "d Herman replied; ""iBt : sbU rinlitelllgibJy ; then.' upon 'Bum's- relation of "Cant hear you,'? Herman waved his arm in farewell,, -Inpljing that the matter was of little atgnlBcnttce, and vanished, Bnt-H-tney k«d tuiderstood' hlmV Penrod and Sam -»**ht have-coasldereiJ his" iuquir--7of -.ftutant-lmportance, for Herman's last ' 'marched,^whistling--though not pw | eat your dinner," - . · . . '£* ~~ ·btleed Sffieire Teraaii" weiit""'-" " - » '.'^., . Venaan'"and Verman's whereabout*: '**** -bomr, of no more con" duclng a distinctly musical effect, since neither had any particular air In mind --*md they found-nothing wrong with the world; they-hart-not it care. Ar;rived_'at _tnelr t adjacent destination, a palsy, -the miserable boy resumed his. seat He and Sam exchanged a single dumb glance; then the eyes of both swung fearfully to* Margaret Her appearance was one they found- Miss Margaret Scliofleld just. : _enterins. the front door. ·--"Hurry,'boys!" she said. "Mamma came home long before I did, and I'm j opened her closet door without discov- sure dinner is waiting. Run on out i ering Verman, that must h'ave been tqj'jtbe-dining: rpotnj and tell' them I'll j because Verman was dead and' Mar- of sprightly .content, and, from a certain point of view, nothing could have been_ more alarming. If she had to ruminate with a Uttle air of pride, j AFTER TWO THOUSAND YEARS then added: "Margaret has often : thought--oh. long before this!--Unit | skeletons of Four of the Victims of the Destruction of Pompeii Found in the Ruins. was a medium. 1 mean--if khe would let herself. So It wasn't atiy- Ihing the boys did." : Sir, Schofield grunted. | After a lapse of close upon 2,000 'Til admit this, much," he said. Jl'll j years since tlie destruction of Pompeii admit it wasn't anything we'll ever gel ! the skeletons of four of the victims out of 'em." hare been discovered in the actual And the remarks of Sam and Pen- positions in which they were over- rod, talcing leave of each other, one ! taken by the catastrophe, on each side of tlie gate, appeared to I Two of the victims, apparently a corroborate Mr. Scholield's opinion. -"Well, g'-night, Penroci." Sam said. "It was it pretty good Saturday, wasn't itr "Fine:" said "G'-night, Sum." Penrod casually. man and wife belonging to the upper- classes, had evidently been caught by Die shower of red-hot stones in the cloister garden of their villa, and while hastening to seek shelter In a corner i hud been suddenly trailed and asphysi- i ated through tlie collapse ai the roof ! overladen with volcanic dost, says the London Chronicle. Tha busband was. found in ti The "United Colonies." The phrase "united colonies" used for a little while before the rev- j position, with his head and back bent "I Got to'TelI Mai-flnret Sumpthina." liension once It Is stirred. That he might possibly obtain release by making a noise was too daring a thought and not even conceived, ranch less entertained, by tlic little and humble Ver- map. For, with the bewildering gap of his slumber between him and pre- vlons events, he did not place the responsibility for his being ia white folks' house upon the white folks who had put Mm there. His state of mlad was · that of the stable, puppy who knows he must not befound in the parlor. : Not thrice in his life had Ycrman been-within the doors of white folks' house, and. above nil things, he felt that. It was in some undefined way vital to him to get out of white folks' house unobserved and unknown. It was in his very blood to be sure of that , Further th»n this point, the processes of Yeranau's mind became mysterious to the observer. It appears, however, that he had a definite (though somewhat primitive) .conception of the usefulness ot disguise; and olutionary war began and before the phrase United' States was adopted. The second continental congress assembled at Philadelphia on Slay 10, 1775. Independence was iu Uie air, but the time was not ripe for action. The colonies were united, but they were not quite ready to - call them- selvefi states. On June 7, congress forward and the legs wide apart. His wife was standing erect Immediately behind him. Her golden earrings were found ou a level with her ears, and there were two gold rings still on the. fingers. A' third skeleton "was that, of n ' youth huddled with his fnce to a hole j in the garden wall. The last of the passed a resolution "th:it Tliursdiiy. I gj-onp, a full-sized man, bent almost Siim offered .prompt corroboratlon. j July 20, next, be observed throughout ! i onD } C under the weight of the suffo- "Yes, sir; she did. She i-aid for us j the twelve united colonies as a day of j Bating debris, had on. a ftnger of the both to tell her. I better go, too, I ! humiliation, fasting and prayer." The | r [ gnt nn i ron ring Inset with a guess, because she said -- " resolution said "twelve united colo- j p rer tily engraved cornelian. He was Interrupted. 'Startling upon I nles," because Georgia was not r e p - ' their ears rang shriek ou shriek. Mrs. I resented la that congress. A year Sehotleld, recognizing Margaret's voice. Inter congress declared the colonies -likewise shrieked, and Mr. Schofieltl uttered various sounds, but Penrod and.Sam were incapable of doing anything vocally.. All rushed from the table. Margaret continued to shriek, and it IH not to be denied that there was some cause for her agitation. When she opened the closet door, her light- blue military cape, instead of hanging on the hook where she had left it, came out Into the room iu a manner which she afterward described as "a kind of horrible creep, but faster than a creep." Nothing was to be seen except the creeping cape, she said, but, of course, she could tell there was some awful thing inside- of it. It was too large to be a cat, end too small to be a boy; it was too large to be he 'must have begun his preparations ] Duke, Penrod'B little old dog, and, be- before he heard footsteps In the room ; sides. Duke wouldn't act like that. It outside his closed door. i crept rapidly out into the upper hall. These footsteps were Margaret's. [ and then, us she recovered the use of be right, down." - j garet had failed to notice the body. _. _ . . . , . as they.pbeyed, she mounted I (Such were the thoughts of Penrod jt- 1 '' ««n to Sam and^Penrod than^was the-_stirirs,.humming a little tuno and ! and Sam.) But she might not have ^- ,j_ rm.-i -i.. . m f asten jj 1 g.fl le c i asp 0 [ UIQlong, light- i opened the .closet.door. And whether 1k« other side ol -tie.moon. That uhV- foftniuit* bonded prisoner had been blue military cape she wore. She went 15 _slucr ntterlr-effaced from-their to her own quiet room, lit the gas. Oo-e«-o-ch ver-er-er;«ia-a-a-an! she had or not, Verraan must still be there, alive or dead, for if he had escaped he woold have gone home, and fheir ears would not be ringing with the sinister and melancholy cry that now came from, the distance, "Oo-o-oh, Yer-er-ma-an!" ) Verman, in his seclusion, did not- hear that appeal from his brother; i. there were too many walls between ' them. But he was becoming impatient ' lor release, though, all in all, he had not found the confinement intolerable or even very irksome. His character I was ptu'losophic, his Imagination calm; | no bugaboos came to trouble him. When tlie boys dosed the door npon him, he made himself comfortable upon the floor and, for a time, thoughtfully chewed a patent-leather slipper that had come under his hand. He foand the patent leather not unpleasant to his palate, though he swal- i lowed only a portion of what he detached, not being .hungry at that time. The soul-fabric of Verman was of fl fortunate .weave; he was not a seeker -and questioner^ When It happened to him that. he. was at rest in a shady : corner, .he did not. even think about a .place In the sun. Verman took life as it "came. Naturally, he fell asleep. -And toward the conclusion of his slumbers, he had this singular adventure: a lady aet-her foot down within less than half-, an -inch of his' nosfr--and neither of them knew it- Verman slept on, without bciiig-'awakened by either the-ciosing or the opening of the door. What did-, rouse him ^yns something ample and soft falling upon him---Margaret's cape, which slid from the hook after she had gone. Enveloped in Us folds, Yerman sat up, corkscrewing, his knuckles Into the corners of his eyes. Slowly he became awa're of two important vacuums' .--one in time and one in his stomach. Hours .had.vanished strangely into nowhere; the game of bonded prisoner was something cloudy aiid remote of the ioug, long ago, and, although Yer- msn knew' where he was, be had partially forgotten how he came there: He perceived, however, that something had gone wrong, for ho was certain that he ought not to be where he found, himself. ' . .. ." . White folks' house! 'The fact that Veroan . could .not have pronounced ..these - words rendered them no less clear, in his mind; they began to stir his apprehension; and nothing becomes more rapidly tumultuous than appre- Just as Mr. Schoneld's collee was brought, and jnst after Penrod bad been baffled in another attempt to leave the tuble, Margaret rose and patted her father impertinently upon the head. "Y.ou can't bully me that way!" she said. "J got home too lute to dress, and I'm going to a dance. 'Scuse," And she begun her dancing on the spot, pirouetting herself swiftly from the room, and was Immediately heard running up the sutirs. 'Tenrod!" Mr. Schofield shomea. "Sit down! How many times am I going to-tell you! What is the matter with you tonight?" "I got to go," gasped Penrod. "1 got to tell Margaret suinnthing." "What have you 'got' to tell her?" "It's--it's sumiithlug 1 forgot to tell her." "Well, it will keep till she comes downstairs," said Mr. Kchofield grimly. "You sit down till tills ineal is lin- ished." Penrod was becoming frantic. ."I got to tell her--It's suinpthing Sam's mother told .me to tell her," uc babbled. "Didn't she, Sam? You heard her tell me to tell her; didn't, you, Sam?" * * A * ) ! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ! » * * JINGLES OF SPORT New York fan asks If John McGraw is losing his punch. Boy, go page Bill Byron. . Jack Hendrlcks will spend tlie coining summer managing Roger Hornsby. Those weightless, pugless, roundless fights are uot popular with tlie New York fistic public. Jack Dillon says that a llfe'in the ring Is easy after the first- seventy-five years or so. The mat game Is mighty healthy in "Washington. Unk 3- Samuel is wrestling with a lot * of problems. jf- Heinle Zim has one great 'regret,. He should have drawn salary from the White Sox for his services .in ^the- .world's scries. The fighter-who fights in .times of peace is peaceful in. times of J war. - - * Fred Fulton has challenged J .everybody but the.kaiser. * Players traded by the Dodgers )Jand Pirates have nothing on. each other. Being, a Dodger or it- a Pirate Is Sfty-flfty, J The poor downtrodden ball- * players will have to carry their J own luggage this season. - jf But the poor downtrodden..'^ .Pullman, porters will not miss'X- the liberal tips of other years. . ''free and Independent states." Irio Bath Luxury of Japanese. Each year on liny S tile Japanese public bathhouses furnish their guests with an iris water bath. From of oM it Is popularly believed thai bathing in water in which Is immersed the leaves and roots of the iris is efficacious in preventing colds. When placed in warm water the iris leaves glv» off a volatile oil having an agreeable odor. This oil penetrates through the glands of the skin of the bather and stimulates circulation. The thin film of oil left on the skin after the bath prevents an excessive loss of heat. Bathing for too long a time is to be avoided, however, as the great stimulation brings on a feeling of drowsiness. A New Proprietor. "So you. own your own house, "Wiggins?" "No." "Why, you told me BO last month f "Yes. We had no cook then." - Prelude to a Joyous Evening. "Anybody getting a real laugh out of this show?" asked the surly citizen. "Yes," replied the sardonic oshcr. "Who?" The ticket speculators." her voice and began to scream, the animated cape abandoned its creeping for a quicker gait---"a weird, heaving flop," she defined it. The thing then decided upon a third style of locomotion, evidently, for j when Sam - and I J enrod reached the '· front hall, a few steps in advance of Mr. and ilrs. Scbofield, it was rolling grandly down the stairs. .Mr. Schofleld had only a hurried glimpse of it us it reached the bottom, | close by the :tront door. : "Urab tha* "thing!" be shouted, dash- j Ing forward. "Stop It! Hit It!" j It was at this moment that Sam j Williams displayed the presence of | mind which was his most eminent i characteristic. Sam's wonderful In- ; stinct for the right action almost never : failed htm in a crisis, iiud It did not ; fail him now. Leaping to the door, at the- very Instant, when the rolling \ cape touched It, Sam flung the door '; open---and the cape rolled on. With ; Incredible rapidity and intelligence, it ; rolled, indeed, out into the night. I Ponrod Jumped after it, and the next :' .second reappeared in thi; · doorway ; holding the cape.. He shook out its ' folds, breathing hard but acquiring : confidence, in fact, he was able to . .look UD in Ills father's face and say, · with bright Ingenuousness. "It was ju-st laying there. Do you i know what I t h i n k ? Well, it couldn't i have acted that way itself. I think ! Would Let Him Know. Perkins -- If rd known you were going to drop in on us we'd have had a better dinner. Hawkins -- Don't mention it. old man, i bat the nert time I'll let you know. From, the Chestnut Tree. ''Vaccination Is no good." "What makes you say that?" "My cousin was vaccinated and three weeks- later he fell out of a trtwlow and was killed." Close. Mr rich relation* seem to b» Kot up to par. For none of thorn have banaed m* A cn*t-oTE car. The Remt%. "What did tlie doctor do for your wife when he found her iu such pain?" "Oh, he eased it off at once. He gave her an epidemic interjection." Equivocal. "We had some fine old punch at err house the other day." "I know you had. My husband came home full of it" One Exception. "No family line in this country cat support all that is put npon It" 1 "Oh, yes, one TM n ; the clothesline." there must have been sumpthing kind of inside of It!" Mr. Schofield shook his head slowly, In n'.ni-vollng admiration. "Brilliant--oh, brilliant!" he! murmured, while Mrs. Schofleld ran to · | support the enfeebled form of Mar' j garet at the top of tlie stairs. j . . . In the library, after Marj gcret's departure to her dance, Mr. . and Mrs. Schofield were still dlscuss- ! ing the visitation, Penrod having nc- j companied his homeward-bound guest as far as the front gate. "No; you're wrong," said Mrs. Schofield, upholding a theory, earlier devel- \ oped by Margaret, that the animated i behavior of the cape could be satis- j factorlly explained on no other ground | than the supernatural. "You see, the j boys saying they couldn't remember what Mrs. Williams wanted them to tell Margaret, and that probably she hadn't told them anything to tell her, because most likely they'd misunderstood something she sold--well, of course, all that doe's sound mixed up and peculiar, but they sound that way ibout half the time, anyhow. No; It couldn't possibly have bad a thing to do with It They were right there at the table -with us all the time, and they came right straight to the table the -minute they entered the house. Before that, they'd been over nt Sam's It Was Rolling Grandly Down the Stairs. cwbucbK.;--. - CAR. MOV/--

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