The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1918 · Page 6
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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THE DAILY COURIER, CONMEkLSVILLE, 'PA. MONDAY, FBRUARY 25, 1H18. (juaixxxxtMXMtMMxinnMztorrwrrrrri' Birigism^- Proves · Thriller for Penrod axid Sun ile It Lasts ' By BOOTH TARKINGTON (Coinicht, 19n,..'WllMler Syndicate, Inc.). .. enrod Schofleld. liavlDg been "kept^ lor the unjust period erf .twenty .tthH.tes.«lt« school, emerged to a de-i: Wed street. That is, th« street war dwerted. so lar as .Penrod .was deal to get me excited, unless if* sumpthing .mighty--" -"Ypju'll see!" : .Sam promised.,.:., .He opened ani.alley gate and stepped to his own yard "in a'inanrier signal- OOBCfieu. uu iur a» ..rciuvu .111*3 t.wu-L* ,-. ,.-. - . - ... - ceiled. Here and there people were I??..??"*??-*? 11 ? 1 . Jthe elj)lolt : 2" ns far, certainly required none--and Penrod began to be Impressed and hope- -,-;--.-o be seen upon. the. sidewalks, bat -jj ':Qf7 were adults,-- «nd- they and the ·hade trees ha'd abont-the~tiame.}ualrrj _o1E-siEnlficanue !n Penrod'i conscioos- -Usually he saw grown people "W?" to *° say,-they were Invisible to him,-thoagh ex- eeptiqas must be taken In favor of policemen,-firemen, street-car/conduct mptormen aud all other men.In ' They'entered the .bouse, silently, encountering -ne one,-»nd Sam ltd the way upstairs, · tiptoeing, Implying un- jasaml and Increasing periy TurninE, in Use ujiper hall, th«T ·went Into Sam's father's · bedroom, and - Sam closed the door with.a caution so genuine that al- read/ Penrod's eye* began to fulfill M» still protected under his coat. "I got to have my turn first, haven't I?" "Well, yours is over long ago." 'It isn't either! I--" ."Anyway," said'- .Sam ; decidedly, .clntching him by.^the right shoulder ynd- endeavorlrig to-reacb his left side ·--"anyway,- Tm goin' to have It now." '·You said I could have my turn out'!" Penrod, carried away by Indlg- nation, raised his voice. '" HI\dl'd not i" : .:Saai, likewise lost to :cantlon, asserted Bis denial loudly. .."Tou did, too." 1 "You', said--" "I .never said any.thlngP.-'; : ."You saluW Quit that!". · "Boys!"'Mrs. Williams, Sam's moth- · er, opened the-door of the room and stood npon. .the^threshold.' The scuffling of Sam and Penrod ceased Instantly; and' they 'stood hushed and stricken,. while fear fell upon them. "Boys! you weren't quarreling, were sort of uniform or regalia. Butl DO3 t!s..predlction., nn- . . . . . "Ma'a'mT'.sald Sam. ."5Vere;you quarreling with PenrodT*' "No,C ma'am," answered Sam. in. a 'small' voice. ' , "It sounded like it What was th« matter?" ' ' - . '.£oth boys returned ner curlons ·MJ stub w*. ·'·""'· · " ui icgnuo. i»uv.-j* -- -.-..* -- . ----- -- ,,..-- . -- -r -- --- ,. : -- . -- -- j . . this afternoon none of these met the ' other boy's house are. trying to the j glance with meekness. They were sun rovjig eye, and Penrod set out upon ...his homeward way .wholly dependent upon his own. resources. .To one of Penrod's inner .texture;-«· 'BQere unadorned walk from, one point' to' another was intolerable, .and -he 1 " fcad not'fone a block without. acbieT- 'log some slight reniedy for the tameness of life. An electric-light pole at ~th'e corn'erT'invested'"with""powers of ""obserratlon, might have l«en surprised ""to fihd'l'tself suddenly enacting a role nerves; and another boy's father's bed- j mooing their faculties--which were room; when invaded, has a violated sanctity that is almost appalling. Pen- .rod,felt.tliat.something was'aboat to- happen--somethlrig'.mnch more Important than he-had anticipated. ' . .Sam .-tiptoed across !.the. room, to a cbest of drawers,-.and. kneeling^, carefully- pulled but the lowest drawer until the" surface- of -Its-.-contents--Mr. ·Williams' .winter underwear--lay ; ex- pbseiL" Then he ftraibled beneath the of dubious hbnbr'In improvised melft-.'! sarmentfi.and drew-. forth a- 'large ob- ; ~ drama. ""Penrod,' approaching, ' gaT.t.i.Ject,, displaying It triumphantly to the " " ~ " " ' -the pole" ~a look of "sharp "suspicion, -then-one of conviction"; slapped ~lt - -- -Ughtly and contemptuously 'with his '·-'· -epen hand; passed on "h~ few paces,. . - ; · bnt turned abruptly and, pointing his u '" ...... right f oreflnger, uttered the' symbolic. " word, "King !" - -Early childhood 'Is not fastidious ·--about: the accessories of Its drama-r- -'·: a---citne-ls vividly-a.-gun .whlcb.'."may.Jn-. -··; ····taBtly, as vividly, become a'horse; -- »-- : fcut at Penrod's time of life the lath: (word Is ho longer satisfactory. In-. deed,-he now had · vague sense' that. _ 4 weapons of wood -were unworthy to -...-; the - point of being contemptible and* -;. i.. ridiculous, and he employed them only /. ;..when he was alone and unseen. For months a yearning had grown more and j,: ;.npte^polgn«it In his vitals, and this ..... .yearning ww symbolized-by-one" of .... .. his most profound secrets. - In the In-. ner pockets of his jacket he carried * T.-ii -Wt.of wood whittled Into the distant - likeness .of a pistol, but not even Sain .Wlll»ms bad seen it. The wooden pis- '.,;'.. tol never knew the light, save C. .. "when Penrod was in solitude; .aod yet .',"... It never left his side except at night, ".,,, ifhen It -was placed under his pillow. .; Still, It did not satisfy; it was but the _.. ..tbkeft of his yearning, and his dream. X-. TOth.all his might and main Pennxi longed for one thing beyond all others. ,,, ' He wanted a Kcal Pistol! '.'.'.' At this moment.a shoot was heard from the alley, "Yay, FenrqdJ," and the 'needed. Indeed, these are the crises .which · prepare a boy for the business difficulties of his later life. Penrod, 'with, the hugo weapon beneath his ^Jacket, Insecurely, supported, by an el-, bow and by a waistband which he Instantly begnn to distrust, experienced distressful sensations similar to those of the owner of too heavily Insured property carrying a gasoline can under his overcoat and detained for conversation by a policeman. And If In th« coming years, It was to be Penrod's lot' to find .himself la that precise situa- , tion, no doubt he would be the better of the,.heaviest pattern.made in the · prepared for It on accorat of this pres- seTentles. Mr.. VIlllams had Inherited j ent afternoon's eipcrience under the It ..from Sam's grandfather (a small . scalding eye of Mrs. Williams. It .man,, a deacon, a dyspeptic) and It was I should be added that Mrs. Williams' larger and_.more horrible than any re- , eye was awful to the imagination only. Tolver jelther of .the'boys hoa ever seen ;it was a gentle .eye and but mildly . satisfactorily dnmfonnded Penro'd. . . It. was a _ blue-steel Colt's revolver, In. any picture, .moving or stationary. Moreover, .greenish...bullets., of .^great- size were to be seepj'n the chambers of ..the,.cylinder, suggesting massacre rather than mer.e .nnirdcr... This rerol- Ter.was.r.eal and It was loaded! cartons, having no . remote suspicion of the. dreadful truth, for Sam had backed upon the chest of drawers and closed the. damnatory open one with the calves of his legs. ·. Sam. .not bearing the fatal evidence Both boys lived breathlessly through-,.upon.b!.vperson,.was la a better state a. magnificent .moment. .'."Leave me have it .'".gasped. Penroi; ,-iht o -. kt ne stillness than Penrod. though when boys fall "Leave me.haye hold ofjt!" ~." ' landy head of corarad Sain Williams -'sot * right to show you the way I do ' appeared above the fence. "Come on over," said Penrod. ' -As Sam obediently climbed the fence, ~ the Httle old dog. Duke, moved slowly away, but presently, glancing over-his ""shoulder 'and seeing 'the "two .boys 'ifan'ding together, he'bro^e'into a trot and disappeared round a corner of the house. He was a dog of long and en- llgh'te'nlng experience;'and "he made if clear that the conjunction of Penrod and Sain portended evehts-which." from ; liis point of view, might be unfortunate. Duke hud a fordving" disposition,'--but he also'/pos'sessed a melan-: · choly-wisdom. In the company of «itber Penrod or- Sam · alone, affefr '·-ttonroften cnosed hlm-to^llnger,'albeit '·'With a little pessimism, -hut-when he. ·aw-them together, he -invariably; withdrew" in as unobtrusive-a-manner as haste would alioiv. · - . - . - - - . -~- . . . "What you doln'?" Sam asked. . now assumed by ,_ . .- · ·-. - r-thosetwo, it should be understood that /Zon.wait.a minute.!" Sam protest-. :they are suffering. Penrod, in fact, ^'.' l °-» W , hl 5 )er - ''^. Mt -*0 5h °^ r° n ^was'the rrey..'to.apprehension ?o keen TOW.J do. . . _ _ . '-tihat the actuai pit of his stomach vis "Nb;"you show you bowl;'^i^' · · do I" Penrod .insisted; and they scuffled for'ppss'esslpn. .' "Look out!" Sam .whispered warn- 'fngly.^' "It might go off." ', ; . "Then you better leave'me.have 111*. Arid Penrocl victorious and [lushed. Yon be'a crook; and suppose yon got a dagger, imd I--" ' · .. ' "T'abn't jtvant any 'dagger,"-'Sam pro- ti?sted, a'dvaticlngV "I" wnnt Ih'iit revolver. . rf It's my father's revolaver, wait a minute", can't you? . Being "the actual custodian of tha ;crirae, he understood that his case was ( several degrees more 'serious than that -of Sam, who, in-the event of detection, '·would be convicted as only an acces- ;sory, .Irwris nlesson, and Penrod al- :allowinR Sam''to show how he did. first. "You're sure you weren't quarreling, Sam?" said Mrs. Williams. "Js'o, ma'am; we were just talking." · "I'm glad you weren't quarreling," said Mrs. Williams, reassured by this I reply, which though somewhat baf- I fling, was "thoroughly familiar to her ear. "Now, If you'll come downstairs, ·e you each one cookie and no havent IT" Penrod began an 1m- , -provisatlon on the spot "Say I'm coin- , . ,In' along-after dark like this-look,!", 0 TM- so 3TM", appetites won't be spoil- .Saih !.·· And -say yon- try- to make a I ea £or your a inne «- jump at'-'me " ··'· -- . . . i She stood, evidently expecting them '· "I-woirt!"- Sam declined- this role ' to Precede her. To linger might renew impatiently. "I-guess it ain't your fath- TMgue suspicion, causing It to become er's revolaver. Is it7" "Well,. It may be your father's but ,lf ain't yonrs,"'Penrod argued, becoming logical. '"It-.iin't cither's of us re- -volaver, so I got as mnchTight--" . "You haven't either. It's my fath--'' :.'."Watch,.can't you--'·just n'minute!" Je'nrod. urged, vehemently:" ."I'm not goin' to keep It,' am~I? -You can have it..when,-L get. through,; can't you? Here' I do: I'm comin.' along after, dark,, just walkin'. along this .way-like this^look,_Sam!V. ..:. :.;. Penrod,---suiting the. action 'to the ,wor4,. walked to. the. other end of the room, swinging, the revolver at his side -"NothinV What your": " - · ; · . --..('with affected carelessness. : 'TH show you If yoij'll come over to... "Fm jnst.walkin' along like this, and " first.I don't see you," continued the actor.. ."Then I kfnd-of get a notion sumpthing wrong's-liable'to happen, so I-- No!" He interrupted himself nb- -our honse," said Sam,-who was'wear- ·~ " - Ing- an important and secretive eipres- -;."-' *ton. . . - - . - . . ·...... ... ........ '-.- 'What for?" Penrod'showed'little Interest · · ··· -. "Well, I said I'd-shnw you if you ··^:--came on over, didn't I?" - --·-.- o.~_, '3$ut yon'haven't gofanythtag-I . «*.,.: baveu't got," said Penrod indiScrent- ... . ly. .'1 know, everything tbat's-la your -.-....yard, and. in your stable, and:-there · ti.«....lsn.'t.a. thing-T^r" _. " '··;.. .. "I.didn't say .it:.-was..Ln the yard.or '";-»... In the.stable, did I!" : .....,:-;;' ·. " I.,".- . ,."Well, there ain't anything in. your ;»," returned Pcurod. .frankly,, "that I'd walk two feet, to ..look at^-. -not a thing!? . ~- - "Oh, no!" Sam assumed .mockery. - --.-"Ohc-no,- yon wouldn't!... .Toa. .know,. ' rr ~-v.-hat it -is,-don't you? .Xes, yon do:!".. · : j"· Penrod's curiosity-stirred somewhat ; "Well, all right," .he... said,..'!! got ; ,^ nothin' to do. I just ns joon. go. "What .'!_:. ..."X.on wait and; see!" said Sam,-as. they climbed .the fence. "I bet your ole eyesll.pnen.JsrettT far in about a minute or so!'.\ .. ._... ' · ·' ' th.ey .don't. It .takes a, mptiy. ''No;-that isn't-it; Tou-wonldn't notice-that-I bad my good ole rerolover with -me. - Ton- wouldn't think. L had one,-becanse it'd be under my-coat Hke this, and you wouldn't see it.". Penrod- stuck the-muzzle- of the pistol into, the waistband .of- his knickerbockers at the left side und, buttoning his Jacke^ sntalned t/ie ; weapon, in couceal- mtent by pressure..of his- elbow. "So you think I haven't got any; you think Tm Just a. mac. corain' along, and so ...Sam advanced.. "Weil, you've had your^turn," he..said., "Now, it's mine. rm_goin!,yon how I--".. ·,- can't, you?" Penrocl walled. ..'.'I haven't,showed you how I do,.hnve I? .Sly goodness!.^ Can't you watch.jne.a.mlnute5".. .. . in.!. · You said yourself it'd b« my-turn-soon as you-^r". ."My goodness!--Let me -have chance, .can't you?" Penrod retreated n tp_the wall,- turning: his. right side to;ward; Sam. and keeping -the -revolver more definite; and boys preserve themselves from moment to moment, not often attempting to secure -the future. Consequently, the apprehensive Snm and thi unfortunate Penrod (with the monstrous Implement bulking against "his ribs).walked out of the room and down the stairs; "their countenances in- "dlchtinK an Interior condition of solemnity. Aud a curious! shade of behavior might have here Interested a criminologist. Penrod endeavored to "keep an close to Sam as possible, like a lonely person seeking company, while, on the other hand, Sam kept moving away from Penrod, seeming to desire an appearance of aloofness. "Go into the library, boys," said Mrs. Williams, as the three reached the foot o f - t h e stairs. "I'll bring yon your cookies. Papa's in there." Under her eye tbo two entered the library, to find Mr. Williams reading his evening paper. Ho looked up pleasantly, but it seemed to Penrod that he lin*l an ominous. and penetrating expression. ' - . " . ""What have-you been up to, .you boys':" Inquired this enemy. ' . . "Nothing." said Sam. * "Different things." ' "What lifcer . "Oh--Just different .things." ·Mr." Williams . uoddeil; then his' glnnce rested casually npon Peurod: . "What's the matter with your.arm, PenrodT' Penrod became paler, and Sam withdrew from him almost conspicuously. "Slrl" - ' ' "T said. What's the matter with your j arm?" I "Which one?" Penrod quavered. ! ''Your left. You seem to be holding i it In an unnatural position. Have you T'eni'od swallowed.. "Yos, sir. Ahoy »:*· TM°--\ mmtn n iUv!--n doir hit me." Mr. Williams murmured sympathetically: "That's too bad! Where did he bite TOO?" "On the--right on the elbow." "Good gracious! Perhaps you' ought to have it cauterized." "Sir?". . ' "Did you have a doctor look at It?" "No. sir. My mother pat some stuff from the drug store on it." ? "Oh. I see. Probably It's all right, then." "Yes, sir." Fenrod drew breath more freely, and accepted the 'warm cookie Mrs. WllUama bronght him. He ate it without relish. "Was it your own dog that bit you?" Mr.' Williams inquired. "Sir? No, sir. It wasn't Duke." "Penrod!" Mrs. Williams exclaimed. "When did it happen?" "I don't remember just' when," he answered' feebly. "I guess It -was day before yesterday." "Gracious! How did it--" ' She was interrupted by the entrance of a middle-aged colored woman : "Mis Williams," she began, and then, as she caught Bight of Peurod, she addressed him directly,-"You' ma telefoam if yon here, send yon home right away, 'cause they^waltln* dinner on you." "Run along, then," said Mrs. Wtl- llamB, patting the visitor lightly upon his shoulder; and she accompanied him to the front door. "Tell your mother I'm so sorry about your getting bitten, and yon must*.take good care of it, Penrod." "Yes'm." . Penrod lingered helplessly ontslde the doorway, looking at Sam, who stood partially' obscured in the hall, behind Mrs. Williams. Penrod's eyes, "with a veiled anguish, conveyed n pleading for help us well as a horror of the position In which he found himself. Snm. however, pale and determined, seemed to have assumed a stony attitude of. detachment, as if it were well understood between them that his own comparative innocence was established, and that whatever catastrophe ensued. Penrod had brought it on and must bear the brunt of it alone. . "Well, you'd better run along, since .they're waiting for you at home," said Mrs. Williams, closing the door. "Good night, Penrofl." . . . Ten minutes later Penrod took his place at his own dinner-table, somewhat breathless but with an expression of perfect composure. "Can't yon ever come home without being telephoned for?" demanded · his father. "Yes, sir?' Ana~Penr6d""added : reproachfully, placing the blame upon members of Mr. Schofleld's' own class, "Sara's mother and father kept, me, or Fd been home long ago. They would keep on talkin', aud I guess' I had"to be polite, didn't I?" His left arm was as free as .his right; there was no dreadful bulk beneath his jacket, and at Penrod's age the future is too far away to be- worried aboat. Ilia difference between temporary security and · permanent security is left for grown people. To Penrod, security was security,'and before his dinner -was half .«aten his spirit had become fairly'serene. . " Nevertheless, when he entered the empty carriage-house of the stable, oh his return from school the next, afternoon, his expression was not altogether without apprehension, and he stood in 'the doorway looking well about 'him before ;he lifted a loosened plnnfc In the flooring and-'took from beneath it- the grand.old weapon of .the Williams "family. ' Nor did his eye lighten with any pleasurable excitement us,he sat .himself dowu in a shadowy comer and 'began some sketchy experiments with :the mechanism. The nlinre of first -sight was gone. Jn Mr. Williams' bedchamber, with Sam clamoring for possession, it had seemed to Penrod that' nothing In the world was so desirable : as to have that revolver in his own hands--it was- bis dream come true. 'But, for reasons not definitely known to him, the charm had departed; he turned the cylinder gingerly, almost with distaste; and slowly there stole over him a feeling that there was something repellent and threatenjDg In the heavy blue steel. Thus does the long-dreamed real 'misbehave--not only for Penrod J More out of a sense of duty to blng- 'Ism in general than for any other rea- 'son, he pointed (he revolver at the lawn-mower, and gloomily murmured, ."Blng!" , Simultaneously, a low and cautious ; voice sounded from the yard outside, ,"Yay, Penrod!" nnd Sam Williams ·darkened the doorway, bis-eye falling instantly upon the weapon !n his friend's hand. Sam seemed relieved to Bee It ! Ton didn't get caught with it, did ,yon?" he said hastily. ", Penrod shook his head, rising. ; "I guess not! I guess I got some brains around me," he added, inspired by Sam's presence to assume a slight .swagger. "They'd have to get up pret- matterT' he demanded. "Why · don't you go on If you're-goln' to?" Snm lowered his arm. "I guess I didn't have her cocked," he said apolo- getically,-.-·whereupon Penrod loudly jeered. . "Tryln* to shoot a revolaver- and didn't know enough to cock her! If I didn't know any more about rerolavers than that I'd--" - "There'!" Sam exclaimed, managing to draw back the hammer until two chilling clicks. warranted his opinion that the pistol was now ready to perform Its office. "I guess she'll do all right to suit you this time I 1 .' "Well, wby'n't you go ahead, then; you know so much!" And as Sam raised his arm, Penrod again turned away his hehd and placed his forefingers in his ears. A pause followed. · "Wby'n't you go ahead?" Penrod, after keen suspense, turned to behold his friend standing with his right arm above his head, bis left hand over his left ear, and both eyes' closed. "I can't pull the trigger," said Sam indistinctly, his face convulsed as In sympathy with the great muscular efforts of other parts of his body. "She won't pull!" "She won't?" Penrod remarked with scorn. "ID bet I could pull her." Sam promptly opened his eyes and handed the weapon to Penrod, "AH right," Jie said, with surprising and unusual mildness. "You try her, ·then."_ ~~Inwardiy~discomfited to a disagreeable extent. Penrod attempted to talk his own Misgivings out of countenance. "Poor 'ittle baby!" he said, swinging the pistol at his side with a fair pretense of careless ease. "Ain't even strong ^enough to pull a trigger! Poor 'Ittle baby: Well, If you can't even do that much, you better watch me while I--" "Well," said Sam ifeasonably, "why don't-you go on and *f it then?" "Well, I am going to, ain't I?" "Well, then, why don't you?" "Oh, ni do It fast enough to suit you, I guess," Peurod retorted swinging the biff revolver up a little higher than his shoulder and pointing it in the direction of the double doors, which opened npon the alley. "You better rno, Sain," he Jeered. "You'll be pretty scared when I shoot her off, I guess." "Well, way don't yon see if I will ? I bet you're afraid yonrself," "Oh, I am, am I?" said Penrod, in a reckless voice--and his finger touched the trigger. It seemed to him that his finger no more than touched It; perhaps he had been reassured by Sam's assertion that the trigger was difficult His intentions must remain in doubt, and probably Penrod himself was not certain of them; but one thing comes to the surface as entirely definite--that trigger was not so hard to pull as Sam aid it was. Bang! Wh-a-a-ack. A shattering report split the-air of the stable, and there was an orifice of remarkable dl- 'Sam said confidentially. "Becau have, and be said there wasn't any ^ K ^ n fir _ ^ lm ^ JH.^,^ *TM chance ever gettln' It back, because ( yoti couldn't tell which one took It, .and they'd all swear It wasn't them. .So It looks like we could .keep It f o r j j; :OEr revolaver,- Penrod, dou't it? m give you half of it." Penrod affected some enthusiasm. 'Sam' we'll keep it out here In. the white boys yon think you is--man ;can't walk ''long street 'thout yon blow in' his head off!" He entered the stable and, with an indignation surely justified, took th'e pistol .from the limp, cold hand of'Penrod. "Whose gun yon playin' with? Where you git 'at gun?" "It's ours," quavered Sam. "It belongs to us." "Then you' pa ought to be Vested," said the young colored man. "Lettln' boys play with gun!" He examined Ihe revolver with an Interest In which there began to appear symptoms of a pleasurable appreciation. "Mv goo'- ness! Gun lilte 'iss blow a team o' steers thcw a brick house! Look at 'at gun!" With his right hand he twirled it in a manner most dexterous and surprising; then suddenly he became severe* "You white boy, 'listen me 1" he said. "Bf I went an did what I ought to did, I'd march straight out 'iss stable, git a policeman, an' tell him 'rest ] you on'.take you off to jail. 'At's what you need--blowin' man's head off! Listen me: Tm goin' take 'iss gnn an" th'ow her away where you can't do no mo' harm with her. Tm goin' take her i way off in the woods an.' th'ow her i away where can't nobody fine her an' go blowin'. roan's head off with her. 'At's what Tm goin' do!" And placing the revolver inside his coat as Inconspicuously as possible,'he proceeded to the open door and into the alley, where he turned for a final word. "I let yoo off 'iss one time." he said, ."but listen me--you listen, white boy: yo bet* not tell you' pa. r l ain* goin' tell him, an' you ain' goin' tell him. He want know where gun gone, you tell him you. los'. her." , ..... i He disappeared rapidly. I Sam Williams, swallowing continuously, presently walked to the alley door, and remarked in a weak -voice, "I'm sick at my stummick." He paused, then added more decidedly: 'Tm goin' 'home. I guess I've stood about enough ;around here for one day!" And be- 'stowing a last glance upon his friend. jwho was now sitting dumbly upon the :fioor In the exact spot where he had {stood to flre the dreadful shot, Sam jnoved slowly away, i The early shades of antnmn evening jwere falling when Penrod. emerged Ifrora the stable; and a better light Imlght have disclosed to a shrewd eye isome indications that here was a boy | |who had been extremely, If temporar- |:ily, ill. He went to the cistern, and, Rafter a cautious glance round the re- iassurlng horizon, lifted the Iron, cover. iThen he took from the Inner pocket of .Ills jacket an object which he dropped -listlessly into the water: It was a bit !of wood, whittled to the Ukeness of a pistol. And though his lips moved not, ·nor any sound Issued from bis vocal organs, yet were words.fcrmed. They -were so deep In the person of Penrod they cnme almost from the slowly convalescing profundities of his stomach. .These words concerned firearms, and .they were: "Wish Td never seen one! Sever -want to see one again!" | Of course Penrod had no Tray of i knowing that as regards blnglsm in general, several of the most distin- 1 .gnished old gentlemen in Kurope were iat that very moment In . exactly tbn 'same state of mind. .stable." violently distracted from some mental computations be was makhig in numbers, includlng.-particu- ly, those symbols of" ecstasy or woe, the case might be, seven and eleven, His eye J at once perceived the orifice on a line enervatingly little above the top of hfs head; and, "although he hod not supposed himself so well known in "Yra, and we'll go huntin' with it. this neighborhood, he was aware that 'We'll do lots of things with it!" But! De ffld - Sere TM* °ere, possess ac- 'Sam made no effort to take it, and I inaintances of whom some such un- nelther boy seemed to feel yesterday's ; complimentary action might be expert- necessity to show the other how he' ed os Mtnral nnd characteristic. His TWO MORE JOCKEYS ENUST :dtd. "Walt till next Fourth o* July!" Sam continued. "Oh, oh! LooX out!" This invited a genuine spark from 'Penrod. "Fourth o' July! I guess shell be .a ^little better than any firecrackers ! Jnst a little T3ing! Bing^! Sing I' shell be jgoln'. *BIng! Blng t Blng! 1 " The suggestion of noise stirred his immediate procedure was to prostrate himself flat upon the ground, against the stable doors. In so doing, his shoulders came brusquely in contact with'one ot them, which happened to be unfastened, and it swnng open, revealing to his gase two stark-white white boys, one of them holding an enormons pistol and ] comrade. "Til bet she'll go of? louder'n j both staring at him in stupor of ultl- that time the gas-works blew up! I wouldn't be afraid-to shoot her off any : tlme." ' "I bet you would," stild'Penrod. "Ton ; aren't used to revolavers the wny I--** "Yon aren't, either 1" Sam eiclalmed promptly, "I wouldn't be any more .afraid to shoot her off than you would." "Ton would, tool" "I would not I" ' · : "Well, let's see you then; you talk so much!" And Penrocl handed the 'weapon scornfully to Sam, who at once Wcnme less self-assertive. 'Td shoot her off In a minute," Sara said, "only It might break sumpthing If it hit It." "Hold her up in the air, then. It ain't htirt the'roof, can it?" Snm. with a desperate expression, ·lifted the revolver at arm's length. ·Both- boys turned away their hends, and Penrod put his fingers in ills curs '--but nothing happened. "What's the mate horror. For, to the glassy eyes of Penrod and Sam, the stratagem of the young colored onan, thus dropping to earth, disclosed, with awful certainty, a slaughtered body. This dreadful thing raised Itself upon Its elbows and looked at them, and there followed a motionless moment-a tableau of brief duration, for both ) boys turned and would have fled. Tommy Parrette and Eddie Klenck WE1I Wear Khaki Next Seaaon-- Both Clever Riders. Two more jocVeys--Tommy Parrett* and Eddie Klenck--will wear khaki Instead ot racing' colors next season. These steeplechase riders were mustered into the National army at Camp Upton. Both were clever handlers of jumpers and will be missed when, the season opens. On the whole, few Jockeys have been called thus far, as the general run are too light for soldiers. Everett Haynes, who rode Omar Khayyam at I/aoriel when the great three-year-old was beaten by Hourlesa, and A. JQctlaus, -who handled the jumpers of Capt J. B. Davis, are among those now In the service. NO AUTO RACING DURING WAR shrieking, but the body spoke: "'At's a nice business!".it said re- proachrnlly. "Nice bnsinessl Tryin' blow n man's head oft!" Penrod was nnable to speak, but Sam managed to summon the tremulous semblance of a voice."Where--where did It hit you?" he gasped. "Nemmine anything 'bout where It hit me," the young colored man returned, dusting nis breast ana knees as ho rose. "I want to know what kine o' Events Will Not Be · Sanctioned by American Automobile Association --Must Serve Country. No automobile races in America will be sanctioned by the American Automobile association until after the war ends. The contest board of the association recently decided upon their course, thus practically ending alljrao ing in America. The action was taken to remove the temptation, of radnR from more than 1,200 drivers and mechanics, many of wbom will now seek the same thrills by serving Uncle Sam. Ellison Enlists In Aviation Corps. H. S. Ellison, first baseman, who was purchased by tbe Detroit American League clnb from the St. Panl club last fall, has enlisted in the aviation service.' Ellison finished last season with the Tigers. KETEY DIJfK--But Not Acralnst loss, of Temper By C. A. VOIGHT \ CAW iw A Poticv PROTECTS AAIUST uoss OP SLeep-- toss APPtTlTe.-- LO'iS OP--- \klEU_, NWELt, GOOD --: F\rJE_, "BE M'E AtCTiHE TtME_

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